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 »
The Blind Auditions continued on The Voice Monday (September 29) night, and new coach Pharrell’s niceness is just getting weird. He outwardly supported his colleagues Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in their pursuits of contestants…even when he’s also in the running. Either no one has explained the rules of the game to the producer/singer, or he decided to take an opposite approach to the “I know you want it, I know you want it, I know you want it” seduction technique from “Blurred Lines.”
Probably a good idea. More »
The gloves were off and the Arby’s hats were on when The Voice Blind Auditions continued on Tuesday (September 23) night. All four coaches were tied at two contestants apiece going into the evening, and started exercising their individual power moves/mind games to get an edge.
Gwen Stefani jumped in regularly to ask contestants, “So, who do you pick as your coach?” (which was a little presumptuous for her first season, no?). Adam Levine perched himself anywhere on his red chair other than in the seat part to physically preside over his colleagues. Pharrell Williams tried to be nice and supportive of his fellow coaches (talk about mind games!), and Blake Shelton pulled out the over-sized Arby’s hat to mock Pharrell (Kind of a Feburary joke, B, but you tried). More »
If there was any question as to who NBC views as the main selling point of The Voice Season 7, it was answered within about 2.5 seconds of the season premiere. No medleys, covers or country hybrids were so much as hinted to, as Gwen Stefani led backup performers/fellow coaches Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in a performance of No Doubt‘s hit “Hella Good.” The split-screen performance was hella meh, and the highlight was the look on Pharrell’s face that screamed, “I would have never let this country singer near this song when I was producing.”
And so begins this season of the ratings juggernaut, complete with self-congratulatory Emmy mentions, new alliances and a whole lot of Starbucks product placement. Joining perennials Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. As their coaching styles emerge, it begs the question of which voids they might fill. Will it be laid back Usher? Poetic Shakira? Brutal (but fierce) Christina Aguilera? Exotic-pet-toting-and-kind-of-cool-before-all-this-controversy Cee Lo?
Or something new altogether?
The coach personalities and alliances begin to take shape as the Blind Auditions begin. More »
may be joining The Voice
as an advisor. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor,” an unnamed source said to Us Weekly
. Neither NBC nor Swift herself have confirmed the news.
Previously announced Voice guest mentors include Stevie Nicks, Little Big Town, Alicia Keys and Gavin Rossdale, who will be working with veteran coaches Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, plus newcomers Pharrell and Gwen Stefani, respectively. More »
finished third on season six
of The Voice
but she was arguably the breakout star with high-profile support from industry heavyweights Justin Bieber
and Lil Wayne
. The talented 20-year-old was soon signed to Islands Records and wasted no time recording “Must Be Love” — the lead single from her as-yet-untitled sophomore set.
The celebrate the July 31 release of “Must Be Love”, the former YouTube sensation has put together a special Spotify playlist to put you in the mood for romance. Beyonce‘s “Love On Top” and James Blake‘s beautiful cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case Of You” are great picks, while Christina Aguilera appears twice (“Beautiful” and “Impossible”). Which is no surprise because Ms. Grimmie is a loud and proud Xtina fan. Listen to rising star’s playlist and check out a couple of snippets from her own single after the jump. More »
Adam Levine may have scored rock icon Stevie Nicks
as his go-to sage for the upcoming fall season of The Voice
, but new coach Gwen Stefani
also has quite an ace of up sleeve, as well: her husband, Gavin Rossdale
. “guess who’s going to be my advisor on #TheVoice?” Gwen wrote on Instagram while posting the above photo.
Bush frontman Rossdale told Access Hollywood, “I don’t know how it came about, but it was just one of those things [where] the idea was mentioned — I wasn’t even sure who was mentioning it — and then it came around to, ‘So, next week you ready? You are gonna come and do this?” More »
Did You Hear?
:: First week sales of Robin Thicke‘s Paula in Australia look bleak, more so than in the US and UK. The album failed to chart in the ARIA Top 500, meaning that it sold less than a Blondie compilation at #500 with just 54 copies sold. Oof. [NME]
:: Arctic Monkeys and George Michael have reportedly been dodging their taxes in England. Naughty, lads! [NME]
:: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now,” Garth Brooks says, in a letter addressed to Aiken Productions. The company behind his five comeback shows in Dublin (July 25 – 29) decided to cancel all of them, after Brooks refused to play just three concerts. [Rolling Stone]
:: Shania Twain hints that she will embark a tour following her successful Caesars Palace residency. “Vegas has been a really good transition for me to get back onstage again, and I guess I’m enjoying it. So why not do more?” she says. [Calgary Herald]
:: Adam Levine has recruited legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks as a mentor for The Voice. Nicks appeared on the reality competition show’s first season, singing Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide” with eventual winner Javier Colon. [CNN]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
It’s the moment that Carson Daly
spends the entire season prepping for: it’s time to announce the winner of The Voice
! In this case, a moment clearly means an extended episode of recaps, packages, live performances and buildup to an announcement that should really take 10 seconds, but in Voice
world, takes two hours. Three, if you’re counting the pre-Finale recap episode for those who needed the extra coverage (a.k.a. INSANE PEOPLE).
Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton still have horses in the race (these horses’ names being Josh Kaufman, Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington, respectively), and Shakira is just along for the long ride.
Kicking off the show, Voice “family” members OneRepublic perform “Love Runs Out.” Front man Ryan Tedder had a much larger role in the Season 5 finale, penning Tessanne Chin’s sendoff song “Tumbling Down,” so this limited involvement was a bit of a downgrade. No matter: The Voice is a moving target of rotating rules, so there’s always next year! More »
That’s a wrap, folks. Season six of The Voice
came to a close tonight (May 20) after a marathon of performances culminating with Coldplay
‘s “A Sky Full Of Stars.”
After that, Carson Daly
lined up finalists Christina Grimmie
, Jake Worthington
and Josh Kaufman
, and after the requisite dramatic pauses, he announced that Josh Kaufman was this season’s champion.
“I can’t even talk,” Josh exclaimed as confetti fell overhead after his victory. “I’m overwhelmed, I’m surprised, I’m happy, I’m relieved.” And so are we, Josh. So are we. More »