NBC Launches New Online Video Contest To Search For Next Pop Superstar

The new socializing tool will allow wannabes to showcase their talents from home in front of their computer. This happens while the tool records the performance and rates it based on pitch and expression. I'd win hands down on my expressions alone.

This is a first for Network Reality Competitions, “The Voice Online Audition Tool” which is happening through NBC.

The new socializing tool will allow wannabes to showcase their talents from home in front of their computer. This happens while the tool records the performance and rates it based on pitch and expression.

Truly, this is a tool for those who aspire to become famous because while the show’s casting team is searching the nation, working with music industry experts and hosting casting calls in an effort to find the nation’s top talent, “The Voice Online Audition Tool” takes the process one step further — allowing the show to find potential contestants right in their own homes via the use of a personal computer and a webcam.

The process seems pretty simple, but I wonder if you can delete and re-record. NBC reports tool records performances and then rates them on a scale from 1 to 10. Once submitted, eligible performances will be showcased on NBC where they can then be rated by fans and shared via social networks.

You better hurry up and submit. “The Voice” casting team will review submitted videos, seeking the ones that boast the highest scores and the best performances. Users interested in a chance to compete in this season of the show are encouraged to submit their best performances by March 1, 2011 the current casting cut-off.

What is interesting is that unlike an open casting call, users of the online tool have the opportunity to practice and hone their performance, rate themselves against others, work to raise their score and submit multiple times.

If you are not familiar with “The Voice” that’s okay because I can tell you a little bit about it. It was modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.”

Carson Daly hosts the show, focusing on “real talent.” But, what is “real talent”? Anyway, four famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition.

The first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows.

During the blind auditions the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks.

The coaches hear the contestants perform but they don’t get to see them thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the contestant’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant for his/her team.

At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the contestant he/she has selected.

If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach he/she wants to work with throughout the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will mentor the contestants and dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.

At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows.

In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save one talent on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. At last, each coach will have his or her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

Interestingly, I don’t see any mention of social networking while the competition is in full. I am sure this isn’t the case because why bother social networking at the beginning if you don’t finish it until the end.