Christina Aguilera is returning to The Voice for the show’s eighth season, NBC announced today. Aguilera, who was one of the show’s original coaches, will join Voice regulars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and seventh season newbie Pharrell. READ FULL STORY
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The Voice launches its seventh season next week, with Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams joining the well-established buddy comedy that is Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. At a press luncheon for the show earlier this month, the coaches and host Carson Daly—minus Williams—discussed the new group’s dynamic and how Levine and Shelton welcomed the two newcomers into the fold. (Levine claimed to be nice; Shelton said “I’m going to beat you.”) Stefani also revealed she has a great description of Williams up her well-tailored sleeve. (She was wearing pinstripes; Levine wore a Hawaiian shirt.) Here are six tidbits EW gleaned from their conversation.
When the cameras turn off, how do the judges of The Voice, old and new, really interact with one another? How do they interact with this year’s talent? Entertainment Weekly was on the scene at a Universal Studio’s sound stage as the hit music competition show filmed its season seven blind auditions, reporting on the new judges, new talent, and new season. Here’s what was heard and seen on the set of The Voice.
Around noon, a diverse crowd—young and old, male and female, hailing from all sorts of backgrounds—walked into the aforementioned sound stage to the soundtrack of the nearby amusement park’s studio tour blaring the Jurassic Park theme. (Need a refresher? Click here.) John Williams has a way of sticking in your head and staying there all day, but it didn’t last long: His ’90s anthem was soon replaced by a mix of Top 40 megahits and indie favorites.
Fans filed in, anxiously anticipating the day ahead. “I’m going to cry when I see Adam [Levine],” an excitable girl sitting behind me said. I can’t verify whether there were tears, but the screams were certainly deafening when the judges appeared before the crowd. I’d like to think her all-consuming enthusiasm was amplified because Levine, who went platinum blonde last season, is back to brunette (a welcome return). On this particular day, at least. READ FULL STORY
Fans have been buzzing since last week about the possibility of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani joining The Voice as a mentor next season. While NBC is keeping tight-lipped on the subject, The Voice vet Adam Levine said he’d be very excited if there’s any truth to the rumors.
“I’m a huge fan — she’s a wonderful human being, and I love her to pieces,” Levine said of Stefani. “She’s so talented. She’s just great.”
Fellow coach Blake Shelton chimed in and said that, while he has never actually met Stefani, he’s very aware of who she is. “I know some of [No Doubt's] music — I’m not too familiar, but I look forward to beating anybody on this show, honestly!” READ FULL STORY
On Monday NBC’s The Voice kicked off the first night of its live shows with performances from members of Team Adam and Team Blake.
Team Blake contestant Nic Hawk, now notorious for his unique and upbeat renditions of Top 40 singles, got the crowd going with an energetic performance of Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.’s summer hit, “Blurred Lines.”
If the audience reaction to Hawk’s performance on Monday night was anything to go by, the charismatic pop singer might very well be one of the frontrunners for the singing competition’s fifth season.
Check out what Nic had to say about being on Team Blake and what his strategy is for sticking in the competition below!
When The Voice first hit the reality-television scene years ago, there were a number of things that set it apart from other singing competitions — including the chemistry between coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. And now, after a season without Aguilera and Green, the original foursome is reuniting for season 5 … and it feels so good.
In NBC’s newest promo, Levine and Shelton are enjoying a fishing trip together, reminiscing about how much they miss the show’s original divas by singing “Reunited,” when Aguilera and her killer vocals emerge from a critter-filled forest, and Green, who has since become Poseidon, rises from the depths of the sea to join the performance. But how will they get everyone safely to set? Oh, that’s right! Carson Daly has a yacht! As Green put it, “Now that is ridiculous.”
Watch the newest Voice promo below:
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Organizers of a televised benefit concert say they raised more than $6 million in pledges and ticket sales to help people in Oklahoma trying to recover after a deadly tornado last week.
A spokeswoman for the United Way of Central Oklahoma reported the updated figures Thursday after the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert hosted by Blake Shelton and televised live on NBC.
Several country music stars with Oklahoma ties performed during the Wednesday night concert in downtown Oklahoma City. The included Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts. Other performers included Usher, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan.
The money goes directly to the United Way of Central Oklahoma. It will distribute funding to agencies helping those affected by the May 20 tornado.
The Voice may be getting more buzz this week for the controversial remarks of coach Adam Levine after two favored contestants were eliminated than for the show itself, but the NBC singing competition is actually about singing — and lots of it.
The Voice will be airing two extra-long episodes on June 10 and June 17, as the finalists edge toward the finish line. The two-hour shows will maintain the same format, with competitors singing for the judges and America voting for whom they want to keep. The final voting will take place June 17, and the winner will be announced the following night.
When it comes down to what sets The Voice apart from other singing competitions, all signs point to the four individuals sitting in the red swivel chairs. Between the competitive witty banter and the always-growing bromance between Adam and Blake, the coaches are what make watching the show so much fun. And working side-by-side comes with its perks. For one thing, they get to know one another pretty well. Example A: We have an exclusive video of the coaches doing their best impressions of one another. From finger-pointing to catchphrases and one mention of Usher being a ninja, it’s evident that these four people observe more than just the contestants.
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Things are coming together for the benefit concert that Oklahoma native Blake Shelton announced on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. On Wednesday, May 29, NBC will air Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert to support victims of the fatal tornado that caused wreckage in central and eastern Oklahoma earlier this week.
The concert will be televised live from Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9 p.m. ET, raising funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. READ FULL STORY
'The Voice' champ Cassadee Pope: Hear her new single and learn who she's really pulling for in season 4 -- VIDEO
Cassadee Pope, the pop-rock singer who embraced her country roots to win season 3 of The Voice for Team Blake, will be returning to The Voice stage on June 4 to debut her new single, “Wasting All These Tears.” But fans will have to wait until fall for Pope’s full not-yet-titled album, which she promises will give fans the same mix of country and rock that she delivered on the show.
“[Fans] can expect a mixture. I grew up singing country music. It’s always spoken to me; it’s always felt natural,” Pope says. “Then I had a band. I did the whole rock thing as a teenager. Now I’m merging both. It’s very relevant to country music now, there’s a lot of country-rock, country-pop going on. What you saw on the show, me covering ‘Cry’ and ‘Stupid Boy,’ that stuff is very similar to my original songs, so they can expect the same kind of vibe.”
And although Pope still keeps in touch with former coach Blake Shelton, she can’t promise that you’ll hear him on her album… but she’s working on it. “I would love that,” she says. “I do have a song that I think would be great for him to sing on and hopefully that will work out. I still have to record that myself, so there’s still time. Hopefully we’ll get him in the studio and he’ll sing a verse or something like that.”
For now, Pope is preparing to open for The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts on the Live and Loud tour, starting May 30 and lasting through October. She’s also teamed up with Outnumber Hunger to help feed those in need. And when she gets a spare moment, which isn’t often, she tunes in to season 4 of The Voice, where she remains loyal to Team Blake. “I’m officially The Swon Brothers’ fan,” she says. “They blew my mind. I love them, and if they won I’d be so excited. But I gotta pull for a girl again. Gotta make it balance. It was two guys; now it’s gotta be two girls. Danielle I think has a real good chance.”
Her advice to the contestants? “Keep doing what they’re doing. Obviously, people love it. Stay true to themselves. To pull something out of a hat at this point when things are going so well and people are loving what they’re doing is just not the best move.”
Catch The Voice on NBC June 4 at 9 p.m.when Pope stops by to perform “Wasting All These Tears,” which you can check out below: READ FULL STORY
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton opened last night’s Voice results show with an emotional ballad dedicated to the victims of Monday’s horrific tornado. He sang “Over You” with his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, as the Red Cross’s phone number flashed onscreen.
And the musician isn’t stopping there. Shelton annouced last night that he’s also organizing a benefit concert for tornado victims that will air sometime soon on NBC.
Though details are sparse thus far, Shelton expects the benefit to come together quickly: “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard Tuesday after The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” If this concert follows the model of NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit, it should air by this Friday. (That telethon, too, was thrown together after a natural disaster that occurred on a Monday.)
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