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The Voice open auditions come to Washington DC

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The Voice, NBC's hit vocal competition show hosted by Carson Daly, will hold open auditions for Season 7 contestants at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW) on June 7-8, 2014. The Voice is unique among the many televised singing competitions because the artists are selected from blind auditions. The decisions made by the celebrity musician judges (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani) are based solely on ability – not looks or image.

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After the blind auditions, the winners are coached by the celebrity musicians and have to progress through several stages: the battle round, knockout round, etc., until they reach the final phase: live performance. The artists from each team compete weekly and the television audience will cast votes for their favorite singer. The eventual winner is named “The Voice” and takes home the grand prize recording contract.

Josh Kaufman, a singer from Indianapolis, Indiana – and a member of Team Usher, prevailed in the Season 6 finale of The Voice. Usher, and fellow judge Shakira, have decided to focus on their solo careers and will not return for the upcoming season. Christina Aguilera, who is having a baby, will return as a judge in Season 8.

To audition for The Voice you must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 15 years of age (a photo ID is required). If you are under 18 a parent or legal guardian must accompany you. Open call participants must be prepared to perform two a cappella songs – no instruments or background tracks are allowed. The songs can be from any musical genre.

For more information about the DC open call, or to sign up for the other auditions in Cleveland, Ohio (June 14-15, 2014) or Denver, Colorado (June 21st), visit www.nbcthevoice.com to create your artist account and download your official audition pass. The NBC casting team can be contacted at: info@nbcthevoice.com, and you can also follow them on Twitter: @TheVoiceCasting.

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