The internet is swirling with reports that NBC is going to branch their franchise of “The Voice” out to include children! As first reported by the New York Post, citing a source close to the show, the network wanted to get a kids version of “The Voice” rolled out with the show’s upcoming fifth season, set to air this fall. However, timing did not allow for that to happen.
Casting calls reportedly went out last week in New York, LA and Dallas for kids 8-14 to audition. According to the “insiders” quoted, NBC plans to film this kiddish version of the mega-hit singing competition on the same stage and at the same time as the “adult” version will be filmed. NBC has not released any official comments about the project.
What you might not know is that “The Voice Kids” has already been done in the Netherlands, Finland and Germany – and was met with much success. This won’t be the first time the networks have tried to include children into the reality landscape. You may remember “American Juniors,” which was produced by the folks at American Idol back in 2003. The show lasted just one season and wasn’t met with much support. CBS also went the child route with Kid Nation, while “The Biggest Loser” successfully tackled childhood obesity on “The Biggest Loser” this year. No word on when “The Voice Kids” will premiere, but all signs point to the Summer of 2014. What do you think? Is this “The Voice” overload or are you ready to see how many talented kids this country has?