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The Voice (Indian TV series)

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The Voice
The Voice (India).jpg
Also known as 'The Voice India'
Genre Reality competition
Created by John de Mol
Based on The Voice franchise
Presented by Karan Tacker (1)
Meet Jain (backstage) (1)
Gunjan Utreja (2-)
Sugandha Mishra (2-)
Jay Bhanushali (2- GRAND FINALE)
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 54
Producer(s) Deepak Dhar
Location(s) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 40-45 minutes
Production company(s) Talpa
Endemol Shine India
Urban Brew Studios
Original network &TV
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 6 June 2015 (2015-06-06) – present
Related shows The Voice Kids
External links

The Voice is an Indian singing reality talent show, based on the original Dutch version of the program created by John de Mol and is part of a wider international franchise. The series employs a panel of four coaches who critique the artists' performances. Each coach guides their team of selected artists through the remainder of the season. They also compete to ensure that their act wins the competition, thus making them the winning coach.

The show first aired on 6 June 2015 on &TV and has aired for two seasons; it had produced two winners: Pawandeep Rajan and Farhan Sabir.

The first season of the series received positive reviews; one critic called the show "delightful", while another said that some of the participants on the show displayed fantastic singing. Due to the show's huge success, the channel announced a junior version of it which was aired on 23 July 2016.

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The show is part of The Voice franchise and is structured in three phases: blind auditions, battle rounds, and live performance shows.[1][2]

The Blind Auditions The first stage is the Blind Auditions, where artists sing in front of the judges/coaches. In this round, each coach selects 14 singers for their team. Four coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through a blind audition process. Each coach has the length of the auditioner's performance (about 90 seconds) to decide if they want the singer on their team. If one of the coaches is satisfied with the voice of an artist, and wants to mentor them for the next stage, they press the "I WANT YOU" button by their chair. This turns the chair around to face the stage, and allows the coach to see the artist for the first time after they have sung. This avoids any bias on the part of the judge/coach because of an artist's characteristics or personality. If two or more coaches want the same singer, the singer chooses their coach. The artist's journey on the show comes to an end if no coach selects them.[3]

The Battle rounds Each team of singers is then mentored and developed by their coach in the second stage, called the Battle Round. The team coaches help to develop their artists by giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success in the music industry. The coaches have two of their team members battle each other by singing the same song. The coach chooses which team member will advance to the next stage. The judges then have to choose from the individual "battles" which artists to take to the Live Round.[3]

The Live Shows The third stage, Live Shows, is where the remaining seven members of each team perform solo and try to entertain the audience and to impress the judges. After Round 1, each of the coaches can save three contestants to progress. After Rounds 2 and 3, each coach can save two contestants to progress. After Round 4, each coach can save one contestant to progress to the semi-final round. The remaining contestants progress, or not, based on a public vote conducted after each round.[3]

Semi Final In the Semi Finals, the final two contestants from each team face off against each other. The judges then split 100 points between the two performers of their team. The winner is decided by the combination of public votes received and points given by their respective judges.[4]

Final In the Finals, the winner is chosen from the final four contestants, one from each team, based on the results of the live public voting.[4]


The Voice India was created by John de Mol in the Netherlands and is based on the original Dutch series. de Mol then began to grow and expand The Voice competition franchise and on 6 June 2015, the Indian version of the show was launched on &TV. In April 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that &TV would broadcast The Voice in June 2015. Zee Entertainment Enterprises had bought the rights of the original version of the series from Talpa and John de Mol to telecast the Indian version of the show on &TV. The channel announced the series' premiere month as June 2015. &TV business head Rajesh Iyer said in a statement: "We are excited to present viewers with The Voice, a show which is already a global sensation, as one of our biggest non-fiction offerings." Talpa Media global managing director Maarten Meijs stated: "We are very pleased to be collaborating with &TV to bring The Voice to India." The show had been seen in 60 local productions in over 180 countries reach 500 million viewers worldwide.[5][6]

In April 2015, &TV and show producer Endemol India and producer of South Africa's Urban Brew Studios announced leading Bollywood singers Himesh Reshammiya, Mika Singh, Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan as the coaches for the first season[5] and Karan Tacker as the host.[7] In an interview with Mid Day, Shaan said: "It's the most sought after show for any singer-musician. If you want to be on television and on a music show it has to be The Voice India.[8] Endemol India and Urban Brew Studios SA announced that Terence Lewis would be choreographing the opening act for the premiere of the show.[9]

On 30 July 2016, India Today reported that The Voice India would return with the second season.[10] Shaan was again selected as the coach for the second season. Himesh Reshammiya, Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan were replaced by Neeti Mohan, Salim Merchant and Benny Dayal.[11]

Coaches and hosts

Coaches gallery
Mika Singh (2015) 
Shaan (2015-) 
Neeti Mohan (2016-) 
Benny Dayal (2016-) 

Coaches' teams

  • Winners are in bold, finalists are italicised, and eliminated contestants in small font
Season Coaches and their finalists
1[12] Himesh Reshammiya Shaan Sunidhi Chauhan Mika Singh
Deepesh Rahi
Sachet Tandon
Piyush Ambhore
Sanjana Bhola
Anish Matthew
Sakshi Chauhan
Mona Bhatt
Pawandeep Rajan
Snigdhajit Bhowmik
Akash Ojha
Ritu Agarwal
Varsha Krishnan
Arpita Khan
Sana Aziz
Rishabh Chaturvedi
Vishva Shah
Parth Doshi
Shristi Bhandari
Oishwaryaa Chattui
Pragya Patra
Gopal Dass
Parampara Thakur
Sahil Solanki
Tanvir Singh
Passang Doma Lama
Jyotica Tangri
Harjot Kaur
Akshay Ghanekar
2[13] Salim Merchant Neeti Mohan Benny Dayal Shaan
Parakhjeet Singh
Paras Maan
Yashodhan Rao Kadam
Archit Patadia
Rachit Agarwal
Sharayu Date
Purnima Tripathi
Oshin Bhatia
Yogandha Vashishth
Smita Shradha Das
Sona Vakil
Madhur Dhir
Niyam Kanungo
Mohd Danish
Sameer Hussain
Neha Bhanushali
Shruti Ravichandran
Kuldeep Pattanayak
Shwetha Devanahally
Harsha Ranjini
Vivek Prasad
Jahanvi Sangha
Nirvesh Dave
Aditi Khandegal
Rasika Borkar
Krunal Thakur
Shilpa Surroch
Veda Nerurkar
Paras Jetly
Krutika Borkar
Divyansh Verma
Baishali Lama
Abhishek Mukherjee
Molyshree Garg
Kamaldeep Kaur
Jaskaran Singh
Farhan Sabir
Neha Khankriyal
Meghana Bhat
Suchandra Mondal
Isha Singh
Abhimanyu Ganguly
Sumit Bhardwaj
Deepa Dhami
Rithika Vadaddi
Arfin Rana
Aviinash Singh Parihar
Sneha Kumari
Pratik Raj

Series overview

Color key
Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Other finalist(s) Winning coach Host(s) Coaches (chair's order)
1 2 3 4
1[12] June 6, 2015 August 30, 2015 Pawandeep Rajan Deepesh Rahi Parampara Thakur Rishabh Chaturvedi Shaan Karan Tacker
Meet Jain (backstage)
Himesh Shaan Sunidhi Mika
2[11] December 10, 2016 March 12, 2017 Farhan Sabir Rasika Borkar Parakhjeet Singh Niyam Kanungo Shaan Gunjan Utreja
Sugandha Mishra
Jay Bhanushali
Salim Neeti Benny Shaan

Seasons synopsis

Season 1 (2015)

The coaches of the first season were Himesh Reshammiya, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Mika Singh,[5] while Karan Tacker was the host.[7][14] The season premiered on 6 June 2015 and concluded on 30 August 2015 (with 26 episodes), with Pawandeep Rajan being crowned as the winner. Deepesh Rahi was runner-up, followed by Parampara Thakur in third place and Rishabh Chaturvedi in fourth place.[15][12]

Pawandeep received the grand prize money of 5 million (US$78,000) from &TV, a Maruti Alto K10 and a deal to record his first single with music label Universal Music Group. Thanking his coach Shaan, he said: “I would like to thank coach Shaan, who thought I was good enough to make the cut and mentored me wholeheartedly."[15]

During the premiere of the show on 6 June 2015, Sunidhi Chauhan wore a dress worth 0.3 million (US$4,700). The dress was created specially for her by internationally acclaimed Indian fashion designers Falguni and Shane Peacock. Chauhan wore the dress for a two minute-performance. She said in a statement: "Everything about the evening was just so grand - right from the spectacular production, the choreography, and my look."[16][17]

Many Bollywood celebrities appeared as special guests on the show, including Gaurav Gera,[18] Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, to promote their film Bangistan,[19] and Daler Mehndi,[20] Usha Uthup[21] and Kapil Sharma and Elli Avram to promote their film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon.[22]

Season 2 (2016-2017)

In July 2016, it was reported that &TV would launch the second season of The Voice.[10] Shaan was announced as returning coach; Neeti Mohan, Salim Merchant and Benny Dayal joined Shaan. Karan Tacker was replaced by Gunjan Utreja as the host of the season. Sugandha Mishra joined Utreja as the co-host.[23] The season began airing on 10 December 2016[11] and concluded on 12 March 2017 (28 episodes), with Farhan Sabir being crowned as the winner. Rasika Borkar was runner-up, followed by Parakhjeet Singh in third place and Niyam Kanungo in fourth place.[24]

Sabir received the grand prize money of 2.5 million (US$39,000) from &TV and a Maruti Alto K10 with Automatic Gear Shift. The top 4 finalists received a gift hamper from Alto and handsets from Vivo Camera and Music as well.[24]

The Voice Kids

Due to the huge success of The Voice India, in June 2016, &TV announced plans for a junior version of the show which would feature contestants between the ages of six and fourteen. It was announced that Sugandha Mishra and Jay Bhanushali will host the series, while Neeti Mohan, Shaan and Shekhar Ravjiani were declared as the coaches. The children's has the same format as the original show and began airing in July 2016.[25][26][27]


Season 1

The Voice India received a positive reception from critics. Tulika Dubey of The Times of India, said that the judges on the show had brought variety to the panel, in terms of profile and expertise and called the show "delightful". She concluded by saying, "the winner of the finale stands to have a great career ahead."[28] An India Today reviewer enjoyed the premiere episode, saying it had "drama, glitz and glamour", and concluded that "some of the participants on the show displayed fantastic singing."[29] Rajyasree Sen of Firstpost, called it a "'wowtastic' show" and encouraged its readers to watch the show. Appreciating the show, she said that the focus of the show was actually on the talent.[30]

The show earned high ratings for &TV and has become the most watched show on the channel. Raj Baddhan of website Biz Asia said, "The Voice India seems to be working a treat in UK ratings on &TV." The show pulled in 39,000 viewers – peaking at 59,800 viewers on the channel between 9 PM IST – 10 PM.[31]

Season 2

Anvita Singh of India Today liked the premiere episode and said that "the chemistry between the judges is fresh, young, and peppy." She concluded by saying that she can't wait for more to happen in the season.[11] Karthika Raveendran of Bollywood Life gave the season a 3.5 rating out of 5 stars. Liking the new judging panel and contestants, she said that "the show is a must watch".[32]


Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
14th Indian Telly Awards 28 November 2015 Best judge for The Voice India Himesh Reshammiya, Shaan, Mika Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan Won [33]

See also


  1. ^ Each date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


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  2. ^ "&TV's 'The Voice' to hunt for the country's most promising voices". The Times of India. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Indian edition of the global singing reality giant 'The Voice'". Endemol India. 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "PUBLIC VOTING T&CS". &TV. 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "'The Voice' Gets Indian Version". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Voice India: The ultimate musical tussle begins". The Times of India. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Karan Tacker to host desi version of 'The Voice'". The Times of India. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Shaan: Will judge contestants on the basis of voice". Mid Day. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "'The Voice India' to start with Terence Lewis's moves". The Times of India. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "The Voice India may soon return with season 2". India Today. 30 July 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d "The Voice India Season 2 Review: The new season makes a powerful start". India Today. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c "The Voice India Grand Finale Winner News". Audition Date. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "'The Voice India'". &TV. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "V Reporter Meet Jain plays blindfold with talents backstage". &TV. 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Pawandeep Rajan wins 'The Voice India'". The Times of India. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sunidhi to flaunt Rs.300,000 outfit". The Statesman. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Voice India premiere: Sunidhi's Rs. 3 lakh dress and Shaan's swollen face". The Times of India. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Gaurav Gera to be seen in 'The Voice India'". The Indian Express. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat to appear on 'The Voice India'". The Indian Express. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "'The Voice India' celebrates the Independence Day". Mid Day. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Usha Uthup to appear on 'The Voice India'". The Indian Express. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Kapil Sharma, Elli Avram add star power to 'The Voice India' finale". The Indian Express. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "Gunjan Utreja steps into Karan Tacker's shoes to host 'The Voice India'". The Times of India. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "Delhi boy Farhan Sabir from Team Shaan triumphs as the WINNER of&TV's The Voice India – Season 2". The Times of India. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Shaan to join Neeti Mohan as coach on The Voice India Kids". India Today. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Sugandha Mishra to host The Voice India Kids". The Asian Age. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  27. ^ "The Voice India Kids". &TV. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  28. ^ "The Voice India: TV Series Review". The Times of India. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  29. ^ "The Voice India debuts with fantastic singing". India Today. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  30. ^ "The Voice India: HR, Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan as judges make for a 'wowtastic' show". Firstpost. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  31. ^ "Overnights: 'The Voice India' leads Sunday UK ratings". Biz Asia. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  32. ^ "The Voice India season 2: Cool judges and cooler contestants make it worth a watch". Bollywood Life. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  33. ^ "Telly Awards 2015 winners' list: Big wins for Divyanka, Karan, Radhika, Sriti [PHOTOS]". International Business Times. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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