NBC to Preview ‘The Voice’ Before ‘Leno,’ ‘SNL’

NBC’s answer to “American Idol” tries to drum up buzz

NBC is prepping audiences for “The Voice,” its answer to “American Idol,” with a pair of sneak peeks leading up to its April 26 premiere.

The network announced on Wednesday that the series – hosted by Carson Daly and featuring Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine as musical coaches – will be previewed as a lead-in to “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Friday night, followed by a shorter presentation before “Saturday Night Live” the next night.

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Unlike aspiring Idols, "Voice" contestants will perform to judges whose backs are turned. The idea is that they won't be influenced by extra-musical factors when making their decisions.