October 28, 2011 5:56pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Voice' Going Straight to Blind Auditions in Premiere Episode
The Voice is no longer the new kid on an increasingly crowded block of talent competitions.
X Factor has name talent. Its judges act as mentors -- it also attracted big guest mentors. And it has solid ratings. So, The Voice is apparently focusing on the aspect of the show it knows no one else has: The blind auditions.
At a press junket for Season 2 on Friday, executive producer Mark Burnett announced that the show's Feb. 5 premiere after the Super Bowl will go straight into the blind auditions. He says that's really what fans responded to on Season 1 and it intends to give them more of it. Instead of eight contestants on each of the coaches' (not "judges," Burnett emphasizes) teams, there will be 12 with more weeks of blind audition rounds.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson tells THR an exact episode order by NBC has not been finalized.
Also, Christina Aguilera teased that she and her fellow coaches will once again open the season with a "kickass" group performance. She then declined, or was pretty much asked not to, elaborate on the performance.
What else is different about the second season? Host Carson Daly is now credited as a producer on the show. His publicist points out that it's not exactly a new role for him. Years ago, he was a producer on MTV's TRL.