via press release:
GRAMMY-NOMINATED SINGER-ACTRESS CHRISTINA MILIAN IS NAMED NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CORRESPONDENT FOR NBC’S HIT SERIES ‘THE VOICE’
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 26, 2011 – Grammy Award nominated singer-actress Christina Milian (“It’s About Time,” “Be Cool”) has been named as the new Social Media Correspondent for the second season of NBC’s “The Voice” (Mondays, 8-10 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.
“Christina’s extensive musical background and widespread recognition make her the perfect choice for the role of Social Media Correspondent on ‘The Voice,’” said Telegdy. “Her experience as a singer will provide a comfort level to our artists when they speak to her about the ins and outs of the competition. She is a hugely valuable addition as we prepare for another spectacular season.”
“The Voice” is an innovative vocal competition series modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.” The series is hosted by Carson Daly and features the musician coaches working through the various phases of the competition with only the most talented vocalists. The show’s second season will air mid-season Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET).
NBC will use television’s biggest stage following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012 to unveil the second-season premiere of “The Voice” (10-11 p.m. ET; time approximate). “The Voice” also will premiere in its regular day and time on the following night, Monday, February 6 (8-10 p.m. ET).
Four musician coaches of NBC’s “The Voice” – Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – will return this season.
In addition, “The Voice” will continue to push the boundaries between broadcast and online by bringing social media conversations to the on-air show. Bridging the gap between on-air and online is new Social Media Correspondent Milian who will make regular appearances during the live broadcasts. Milian will engage fans and connect them to artists and coaches from “The Voice Social Media Room” via Facebook, Twitter, NBC.com and NBC Live. In the live shows, fans who use #TheVoice or tweet to the show, coaches or artists’ official handles may see their tweets appear in the lower third of the screen during cutaways during the live show.
Milian is a multi-talented phenomenon whose resume includes film, television, theater and music.
She was most recently seen in the television movie “The Christmas Cupid” and “CSI,” and recurs as the voice of Esther on “Family Guy.” Milian also starred in the last installment of the popular franchise “Bring It On” in “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish.”
Prior to that, Milian’s feature-film credits include “Pulse” opposite Kristen Bell, “Be Cool,” alongside John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn, “Man of the House” with Tommy Lee Jones, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” a remake of the classic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love” and the action-thriller “Torque,” opposite Ice Cube and Jay Hernandez.
Born in New Jersey, and raised in Waldorf, Md., Milian — who is of Cuban descent — knew show business was for her immediately. At a young age, Milian became a junior journalist on the Disney’s Channel Movie Surfers. Before igniting her musical journey, she appeared as a guest on several TV shows such as, “Clueless,” “Sister, Sister,” “Smart Guy,” “Charmed,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” and as a recurring character on “Get Real.”
Milian’s “It’s About Time,” released on Island/Def Jam Recordings, featured the mega-hit “Dip It Low,” and combined her unique mix of urban, Latin and pop sound. By incorporating a myriad of influences from her background, Milian’s sound reflects the pop arena and much more. Her self-titled debut, “Christina Milian,” produced the hit “AM to PM.”
Milian moved to California at the young age of 13 and was selected to sing the hook on Ja Rule’s #1 hit single, “Between Me and You.” The enormous success of the song introduced her to the mainstream music world and gave her commercial success. Milian then co-wrote the Jennifer Lopez hit “Play,” co-wrote Paula DeAnda’s popular “Walk Away,” and was one of the co-writers of Justin Bieber’s smash “Baby.” That success gave Milian the confidence to release her debut album internationally on Def Soul Records in October 2001. A huge commercial hit, she scored three #1 hits and reached a cult status in Japan only seen by the likes of fellow pop-stars Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue. Not only a singer/song writer, she is an entertainer as well, incorporating choreographed dance into each performance.
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 musician 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.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will 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. From these four, one will be named “The Voice” — and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.
“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers.