“It’s too intense! It’s too much!” exclaims coach Gwen Stefani of the Live Elimination on The Voice. Though she’s talking about the suspense that surrounds possibly losing one of her contestants, the same could be said of the not just one, but two major announcements regarding the ever-evolving show format!
To start with, Carson Daly lets it be known that the contestants eliminated between now and the final four will compete to rejoin the (actual) final three in a new “wildcard” slot. This bring-back – the first in Voice history – feels very X Factor, but it’s not The Voice without mid-season rule changes…
…or mid-season mentors! Pharrell Williams announces at the top of the show that the legendary Diana Ross will be appearing on The Voice next week to further mentor his team. Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will mentor Teams Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, so…Pharrell wins on that front. More »
Getting through a whopping 12 performances proved to be quite a challenge on Monday’s episode of The Voice. Typically verbose coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani had to keep it brief, both for fear of Carson Daly’s wrath, and for the sake of ending the show before the barely anticipated premiere of State Of Affairs.
Ultimately, they made it through all 12 — along with a requisite promotional appearance by Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard — with what appeared to be only one skipped commercial break. More »
The signs of audience takeover on The Voice have emerged. To start with, Pharrell Williams has traded in his hats for sweatbands, presumably to sop up pools sweat from those tense live elimination moments (or just because he’s Pharrell and he can make vintage NBA looks happen whenever he wants). Gwen Stefani’s eyeliner is on-point, which is a risky move now that tears are a true option threatened often.
Blake Shelton has passed up his usual vodka in a Starbucks cup for what looked like iced tea (or at least a base of iced tea). Carson Daly has kicked his relevant part of the season, which basically consists of desperately trying to end the show on time by cutting off overly talkative coaches (looking right at you, Adam Levine).
Yes, aside from one final save in this first live round, the coaches have passed the voting power on to the audience. Are the people ready for such power? Well, there’s an app now, so it will work itself out somehow. More »
Tuesday brought another night of exciting live performances on The Voice. After Monday’s showcase of veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s teams, newbies Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams were up to make their first marks of the Live Rounds. The two take very different approaches: Gwen professes her love to just about every one of her contestants, and Pharrell produces the hell out of every one of his. To each his own.
Before they can get to these stripped down performances, however, Pharrell opens up the show with a not-so-basic performance of “Hunter.” There are plenty of backup dancers on hand to support him, and a section of models in sunglasses watching on in what appears to be white bathrobes. Such is the way with the mega producer.
Pharrell is a tough act to follow, but the show must go on. Here are Team Gwen and Team Pharrell’s 10 live performances. More »
Gwen Stefani‘s future club banger “Spark The Fire” was first teased last month on On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and now Pharrell has jumped in to play the song in its entirety live on stage! The track’s producer and frequent collaborator with Stefani gave the audience a listen to “Spark The Fire” at the Odd Future Festival on November 8.
Judging from the static audio, the tune is a fiery uptempo with clanging synths and punchy rap verses with a dreamy bridge to break it up. No word if “Spark The Fire” will be the follow-up single to Stefani’s “Baby Don’t Lie,” but we sure hope she releases it soon! The singer’s upcoming third solo LP doesn’t have a set release date either (yet it may drop sometime in December). More »
Barefoot choreography with Taylor Swift! Steal vs. Steal Knockout on Team Pharrell! Gwen Stefani de-fringing a contestant with a mandatory makeover! A lone, untelevised performance on Team Adam Levine! An episode-ending steal from Blake Shelton!
The final night of the Knockout Round had just about everything one could hope for to get them through te last episode until the Live Rounds — everything, perhaps, except for Taylor Swift’s cat, which was mysteriously absent during her entire Voice tenure.
While we can only hope that fur ball Olivia Benson rides Tay Tay’s elbow crook to a surprise Live Rounds appearance, we now know for sure which contestants will be showing up when The Voice goes live next week. Head below to see who rounded out the Live teams! More »
“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 »
Calvin Harris‘ feature-filled album Motion, out on November 4 (next week!), is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest releases, packed full of certifiable club smashers like “Summer,” “Blame” with John Newman and “Outside” with Ellie Goulding. (Have you entered to win a copy of the record yet?)
But of all the new tracks, arguably the most anticipated track of the whole bunch is “Together,” featuring the inimitable vocals of Queen Gwen Stefani. And, at long last, the wait is over. Listen to the track after the jump. 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 »