“Anytime I watch a performance of any kind I’m taking notes,” declared Taylor Swift on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Girl, we hear you, and are taking just as many notes on your mentoring stint during the Knockout Round. Judgment, after all, is a favorite pastime.
Some of the 1989 singer’s advice was solid, some was weak, and some was downright bat-ish crazy. Following the first week of Tay Tay’s stint on The Voice, here are the highlights of her mentoring wisdom. More »
It is a strong crop this year on The Voice. Sure, there have been a few ill-advised song choices in this Knockout Round (looking right at you, Griffin and your Justin Bieber misstep) but rarely has there been either a clear victor or deadweight in these performances. This trend continued on Tuesday night, as Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton coached some of their contestants toward the live rounds, and sent others back to their pre-Voice beginnings.
Livening up the scene with her bright-eyed take at mentoring was Taylor Swift. While she couldn’t dry the tears of the ousted contestants, she offered much advice on connecting with an audience (hint: it requires a lot of arm movements). More »
Could there be a future Coach Taylor Swift on The Voice? Miss Swift did seem right at home mentoring Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams during The Knockout Round on Monday (October 27) night. The perpetually-touring singer gave advice on stage presence to the hopeful contestants, while keeping any harsh criticism to herself. How very Voice of her.
The 1989 songstress kicked off her two-week television gig on Monday night, and helped the four coaches strengthen their teams. The four regulars then continued the painful process of cutting down those teams for the upcoming live rounds. More »
As The Voice transitions from the Battles to the Knockouts, it’s time for celebration: get ready for a wardrobe change! Here’s hoping the coaches step it up in the ridiculous department, though, because this season’s fashion choices have been a little too safe. Sure, Adam Levine donned a bowling shirt, but his hair has stayed the same normal color, and there have been no Hawaiian shirts to speak of. Pharrell’s hat sizes have been beyond reasonable, and Gwen Stefani’s pilgrim socks from the Blind Auditions were nowhere near as ridiculous as the silk pajamas — or really anything — that Cee Lo wore on the show.
Come on, team; you can do better than this. A saucer fascinator topping Blake Shelton’s jeans-and-blazer uniform would do the trick, or even a wacky novelty tie with Carson Daly’s suit. Don’t make the audience wait until Christina Aguilera returns next season to bring out the outlandish.
On to the talent: Tuesday (October 21) night, The Voice wrapped up the Battle Round. Only Gwen entered the night with a steal remaining, but struggled with how to use it. The few televised Battles, after all, were surprisingly mellow — and that just ain’t her style. More »
Though Pharrell is undoubtedly the lyrical genius on the Voice panel, it is Gwen Stefani who had the quote of the night/Battles/season when speaking of bringing in her husband, Gavin Rossdale, to mentor her team. “I was kind of nervous about it, because we’ve never done anything outside of make out and have kids,” she said.
Take note, newlywed Adam Levine: making out and having kids have brought the Stefani-Rossdales through 12 years of marriage. Whatever it takes to spark the fire, as they say.
Besides making out and having kids, there was work to be done as The Battles continued. Going into the evening, Pharrell was out of steals, Adam had yet to use one successfully and Blake Shelton and Gwen still each had one steal to drop in this final week. More »
The Battle Round of The Voice continued on Tuesday, and the coaches really started to fall into their grooves. Gwen Stefani complimented all.the.things, and was filled with regret letting any contestant go. Blake Shelton basically called something from each battle “The most/best/perfect-est [FILL IN THE BLANK] that we’ve ever seen on this show!” Adam Levine celebrated the tremendous growth of just about everyone in such a short period of time (lives changed, people) and Pharrell Williams was all chill, all the time.
It would be remiss not to point out that Pharrell also managed to wear a sweater straight from The Cosby Show (Theo’s, though, not Bill’s) and looked super cool doing it. For this, he is the true winner of the Battles. More »
After spending weeks building their teams (not to mention lasting friendships, riiight?), Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton started cutting them right back down on Monday’s episode of The Voice. The coaches finally stepped into their actual coaching roles, and prepared their contestants for their Battles with the help of advisors Gavin Rossdale, Alicia Keys, Stevie Nicks and Little Big Town.
Yes, it’s the Battle Round: the joyous part of the season where half of the contestants realize that they weren’t the only ones to be told all of that “I wanna take you all the way” nonsense. But at least some of them get to meet music legends on their ways out the door! More »
Country gives the Billboard 200 a kick in the butt this week, as Blake Shelton sails into the top spot (thus knocking Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek down to #4) and Lady Antebellum land in the runner-up position. Shelton’s Bringing Back The Sunshine arrives on the strength of 101,000 copies sold in the LP’s first week, down from the 199,000 the Voice coach‘s previous album Based On A True Story opened with.
Country-pop trio Lady Antebellum enter the Billboard 200 at #2 with 747 after moving 74,000 copies. Meanwhile, Prince has two debuts in the Top 10 this time around: Art Official Age goes in at #5 (51,000), while collaborative 3rdeyegirl album Plectrumelectrum starts at #8 (26,000).
Have a peek at the rest of this week’s Top 10 below. More »
To pose the age-old (or, more accurately, a three-year old) question of The Voice: is it better to try out early in the competition when the coaches are still working out their preferences, or later in the competition when they have limited spots to fill?
Early. Duh. Early in the competition, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will take anyone who doesn’t brutalize an Adele song, whereas later it takes a whole lot of special…or the “let’s get this over with” syndrome that comes with being the last coach with an incomplete team. More »
The novelty of pressing the buttons is officially over! Where as in night one of The Voice’s Blind Auditions Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton seemingly hit the red circle just for the physical thrill of the chair spin (who can blame them?), by Tuesday’s night four they were like, “Not worth the vertigo, bro.” Some strong singers were turned away, and some stronger ones were only approved by one or two coaches.
Don’t worry: in keeping with true Voice tradition, it was still mostly all compliments, and there were still a couple inexplicable four-chair turners. More »