‘The Voice’ Television Series

The Voice

Dates: January 27 – May 25, 2012
Media: TV2, Norway
Last Updated: August 16, 2014

The popular international talent show ‘The Voice’ premiered in Norway on January 27, 2012, and Magne is participating as one of the four coaches. The other three coaches are Hanne Sørvaag, Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Sondre Lerche.

The word ‘coach’ is important – these are not ‘judges’, they are vocal and performance mentors, who will each work with a team of singers to ‘provide supervision and guidance to bring out the best in each of these hidden singing talents.’

Photo: The Voice Facebook Page

‘The Voice’ has a unique format that begins with blind singing auditions. In order to avoid any preconceptions or bias based on how a performer looks or behaves on stage, the four coaches sit in high-backed chairs, facing away from the performers. When a coach hears a voice they want to work with, they press a button to turn their chair around, and the singer will automatically become part of that coach’s team. However, if more than one coach turns their chair, the singer then must choose which coach they want to work with. At this point it is common for the coaches to make their case for the singer to join their team – how their particular experience and vocal coaching can help them in their development.

During the blind auditions, each coach selects 12 singers for their team. The next stage of the show is when the real work begins: the coaches dedicate themselves to developing their singers, offering them advice and encouragement, and sharing their own experience. Through a series of vocal face-offs, each team is whittled down to four singers; the next phase pits the top singers from each team against one another on live stage shows, with the audience and coach weighing in equally on which singers will progress to the finals. The winner of the show will get a record contract with Universal.

In an interview with VG, Magne said he has been asked to participate in various reality shows in the past, but has always said no. What sets this show apart for him is that the focus is all on the voice and the talent. Singers are screened in advance, so that during the blind auditions, the coaches can choose the singers and talents they really believe in.

In December 2011, the first ten episodes – the blind auditions – were recorded in Oslo on these dates (two on each night):

Monday 5 December
Tuesday 6 December
Thursday 8 December
Saturday 10 December
Sunday 11 December

The show premiered on TV2 in Norway on January 27, 2012. Also in January 2012, the battle round episodes were taped on the following dates:

Wednesday 25 January
Thursday 26 January
Monday 30 January
Tuesday 31 January

There will also be live battle rounds, beginning on April 27, when the television audience will have a chance to vote for their favorite artists. The final show takes place live on May 25. Tickets for the live battle rounds are available via Billettservice.

‘The Voice’ does a lot of social media promotion and interaction, which means that all the coaches and performers have a Twitter account and will tweet about the episodes and interact to a varying degree with the show’s audience. Find the show and coaches on Twitter here:

The Voice Norge | | Magne | | Sondre | | Madcon (Josef) | | Hanne

Episode Guide

Blind Auditions

Episode 1 (January 27): The mentors perform Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ | | Martin Halla
Episode 2 (February 3): Knut Anders Sorum | | Marius Beck | | Yvonne Walderhaug | | Monika Blomeid
Episode 3 (February 10): Heidi Frantzen | | Ruben Gundersen | | Tini Mykland
Episode 4 (February 17): Kjell Ove Knudsen
Episode 5 (February 24): Kristiana
Episode 6 (March 2): Birgitte Einarsen | | Marianne Pentha
Episode 7 (March 9): Kathrine Fuglien | | Shaun Bartlett

First Battle Rounds
Episode 8 (March 16): Marius Beck vs. Knut Anders Sorum
‘Bend and Break’ by Keane
Episode 9 (March 23): Monika Blomeid vs. Tini Mykland
‘Nothing compares to you’ by Sinead O’Connor
Episode 10 (March 30): Kjell Ove Knutsen vs. Shaun Barlett
‘Side’ by Travis
Birgitte Einarsen vs. Kristiania
‘Suddenly I see’ by KT Tunstall
Episode 11 (April 6): Kathrine Fuglien vs. Yvonne Walderhaug
‘Erase/Rewind’ by The Cardigans
Ruben Gundersen vs. Martin Halla
‘Keep on Walking’ by Salem Al Fakir
Episode 12 (April 13): Marianne Pentha vs. Heidi Blaasmo-Frantzen
‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Frankie Valli
Episode 13 (April 20): Kristiana – ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay
Kathrine Fugllien – ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ by Green Day
Marianne Pentha‘When Love Takes Over’ by David Guetta
Live Battle Rounds
Episode 14 (April 27): Magne’s team vs. Josef’s team
Marius Beck, Marianne Pentha, Monika Blomeid, Shaun Bartlett and Martin Halla
Episode 15 (May 4): Hanne’s team vs. Sondre’s team
Episode 16 (May 11): Shaun Bartlett, Monika Blomeid and Martin Halla
Episode 17 (May 18): Martin Halla and Monika Blomeid
Episode 18 (May 25): The mentors perform ‘Because the night’
Winner of The Voice – Norges beste stemme: Martin Halla!

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