Shine Australia to Co-Produce 'The Voice' for Australia's Nine Network

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Hit U.S. format will also be co-produced by Talpa Productions.

SYDNEY -- Shine Australia and Talpa Productions will co-produce a local version of The Voice for Australia’s Nine Network, the broadcaster said Friday.

The Voice will feature the same format that’s getting an average of over 10 million viewers per week on NBC in the U.S. The format consists of three stages of competition with a blind audition, battle rounds and the live shows, to reveal Australia's very best undiscovered artists, coached by four superstars.

Nine will be hoping the show will replicate its success on NBC, with Nine’s total audience share falling 9% in the first half of the year this year.

While the announcement from Nine said The Voice will be seen on the network in the “coming months,” a Nine spokeswoman has previously told The Hollywood Reporter the show will be broadcast in 2012.

The host and coaches for The Voice Australia are yet to be announced but its believed that the producers are scouting for international talent as The Voice coaches.

Other talent shows here feature foreign judges with Brian McFadden appearing as judge on the last two seasons of Australia’s Got Talent and Ronan Keating this year being joined by Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown as a judge-mentor on X Factor Australia. It has been rumoured that producers want to sign Christina Aguilera for the show here but no confirmation has been made.

Jeffrey Browne, managing director of Channel Nine, said: "We are very excited to bring this special television event to Australian audiences. The Voice will become must watch entertainment for the whole family."

"The Voice is all about real and amazing singing talent. Only the best of the best is good enough to enter our Blind Audition. In the early stage of the show, if more than one coach is interested in an artist, the power shifts and the artist will choose their own star coach. That makes it very exciting. You could say that The Voice starts where Idol ends," John de Mol, creator of the format and executive producer of The Voice said.

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