NBC scored ratings gold with the surprise hit of the spring, "The Voice." The singing competition was a standout thanks to the chemistry of Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, who served as mentors and judges to top-notch contestants. The singers quickly gained fan followings of their own, thanks to the show's social media push and iTunes presence. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts likened it to a "musical game show." And the best part? The contenders, like winner Javier Colon, were originally chosen for their pipes alone, and judges couldn't actually see them until after they were selected. The show, which reached a high of around 12.5 million viewers, is sure to get an even bigger boost next season when it returns in February, with all four judges, right after the Super Bowl on NBC.
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