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'The Voice' top 5 tease song choices for tonight's live performances

Last week, Entertainment Weekly hung out in the recording studio with The Voice top five contestants and got a sneak peek as to what Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Cole Vosbury, and James Wolpert will be performing on the show tonight. Unfortunately, we can’t spill the beans as to what each contestant will be singing tonight — song choices must be kept under wraps until the live performances — but we did get a chance to speak with contestants about the thought process behind their songs this week.

Read on to find out what The Voice finalists had to say about what songs they’ll be performing when The Voice airs live at 8 p.m.:

'The Voice' clip: What you didn't see during the live shows -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of NBC’s The Voice are probably all too familiar with the footage you see of contestants’ individual practice sessions with their coaches that rolls just before the singers take the stage. Oftentimes, this footage puts its central focus on showing the contestants fine-tuning their singing, but if this new exclusive clip from NBC is anything to go by, there’s a lot that ends up on the cutting-room floor in the editing process.

The short, two-minute clip features a nice mix of lighthearted moments between the coaches and their contestants. Most notably, we see Preston Pohl joking around with Coach Adam Levine about how The Voice has changed him for the worst, Nic Hawk making good on his promise of trying to teach Coach Blake Shelton how to dance, and CeeLo Green getting his groove on with the house band.

All in all, it’s nice to see that despite tonight’s looming elimination night, there’s still room for fun to be hand on set among contestants and coaches alike.

'The Voice' contestant Nic Hawk says 'it's really anybody's game at this point'

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!


'The Voice' stomps 'X Factor' in rare head-to-head battle


Fox’s The X Factor sunk to another all-time ratings low Tuesday night when an out-of-pattern telecast resulted in a rare head-to-head fight against NBC’s singing competition hit The Voice.

Simon Cowell and Co. faced Christina Aguilera’s crew for the first time this fall, with both shows airing two-hour telecasts that overlapped in the 9 p.m. hour. Factor averaged 4.8 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 — less than half the audience and adult demo rating for The Voice.

But to be fair, Factor entered this ring with some real disadvantages (aside from the show itself, which typically delivers significantly smaller ratings than The Voice). Factor has been preempted the last couple weeks due to Fox’s baseball coverage — Tuesday is not Factor‘s usual night, so The Voice had a home-field advantage. Any pattern interruption can shed viewers, and last night’s Factor aired on both a different night and after skipping some airings.

Also, The Voice did not escape this fight without taking some damage too — last night’s episode was down 15 percent to a season low.

Still, seeing Cowell’s big music competition show several tenths of a rating point away from The CW’s Supernatural and getting beaten outright by NBC’s The Biggest Loser is pretty striking.

Also Tuesday: ABC’s freshman sitcom The Goldbergs held steady despite not having a new episode of of SHIELD for a lead-in, and Trophy Wife improved a bit; CBS’ Person of Interest fell to a series low (this new time slot has not been good for its health). Full chart:


'The Voice': Which coach makes a big steal next week? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With the Battle rounds in full swing, things are getting tense in The Voice-box.

In this exclusive preview of next week’s matchups, artists Matt Cermanski and Brian Pounds feel the pressure to live up to their famous mentors, Ryan Tedder and Cher.

Looks like the judges are starting to feel the pressure of Blake’s triple win too — Christina looks more damsel in distress than diva when she’s faced with a difficult decision. Adam scores such a sensational steal, even he can’t believe it.

Watch a sneak peek of week five battle rounds here:

'The Voice' doing Rose Parade float: First TV show since ... ?


The Voice has been ruling the ratings this fall. So why not throw the show a parade?

NBC’s singing competition hit is joining the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The network has been told this is the first time in the memory of current parade organizers that a broadcast television show has been asked to participate (in other words: It might be the very first time, but nobody is 100 percent sure). The nationally televised event will be 125 years old, after all.

The parade is held in Pasadena in conjunction with the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Each year features about 40 floral-decorated floats (I’m thinking a lot of red and white roses for The Voice, yes?).

The news comes as The Voice celebrates season 3 winner Cassadee Pope getting some serious career traction, landing the No. 1 album on the iTunes country chart last week. The Voice was knocked last year by X Factor guru Simon Cowell, who said the NBC show may be doing well in the ratings, but hasn’t produced a star. Well, now it has (not to rain on Cowell’s parade … oh, that’s right, he’s not in one).

'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope talks her new CMT docuseries -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Whether you recognize the name Cassadee Pope from her one-time band, Hey Monday, or as the season 3 winner of The Voice, you’re about to get the opportunity to know her a lot better. On Oct. 4, CMT will premiere Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, a six-part docuseries that follows the Voice winner’s journey from reality-TV hit to full-time singer-songwriter, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the show.

“I was actually approached by CMT about it, and I have to admit, at first I didn’t want people to think that I just do reality shows now,” Pope says. “And then the more we got to talking about it the more I realized it wasn’t going to be like your everyday reality show. It’s raw, and it’s gritty, and it’s not super polished.”

In terms of a timeline, Team Blake’s Pope won The Voice in December of 2012, and the docuseries started filming the following March when she was wrapping up her first album, which is also titled Frame By Frame and will be available Oct. 8. The series kicks off during Pope’s radio tour and concludes after she finishes shooting her first music video, totaling about three months of her post-Voice life.

'The Voice': Will Tessanne get all four judges to turn around? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

She hardly even had to try. Tessanne Chin makes her incredible version of Pink’s “Try” seem effortless as she takes The Voice by storm on Tuesday night’s episode. Watch her performance and then watch the judges squabble over the unique singer:

'The Voice': Cher joins Team Blake as an adviser

NBC says The Voice is getting four new advisers, with Cher among them.

The network said Monday that coach Blake Shelton picked Cher to work with in the upcoming fifth season. As an adviser, the pop star will help Shelton groom his chosen contestants as they try to advance in the singing contest.

The other coach-adviser pairings include Christina Aguilera and Ed Sheeran; Adam Levine and Ryan Tedder, and, as EW previously reported, CeeLo Green and Miguel.

The Voice, hosted by Carson Daly, returns Sept. 23 on NBC.

'The Voice' season 5 promo: Original coaches are back and cheesier than ever -- VIDEO

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:

Miguel joins 'The Voice' as Team CeeLo adviser -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It looks like The Voice coaches are turning to rising stars to give their teams a little extra advice in the show’s upcoming fifth season. First, Christina Aguilera brought in Ed Sheeran as her team’s mentor, and now EW has learned exclusively that CeeLo recruited Miguel to help his team through the Battle Rounds.

Previous mentors have included Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Jewel, and more.

The Voice premieres Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on NBC,with the Battle Rounds kicking off on Oct. 14.

'The Voice' season 5 official poster

Call it “The Originals.”

Here is NBC’s official marketing poster for season 5 of The Voice, with Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake all smiles in red and black. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Cher: If 'The Voice' was around when I was starting out, I wouldn't have played roller rinks

When you’ve been in the business as long as Cher has, you have loads of perspective from more than 40 years of career ups and downs. On Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice, after her first live performance in a decade, Cher took the time to talk to EW from her lofty position as the Goddess of Pop.

She first looked at me and wondered aloud why they were letting 3-year-olds interview her, but she seemed enthusiastic about the new wave of musical TV. Coming from a TV background, thanks to her ’70s variety show with then-husband Sonny Bono, Cher said she would have loved to have had the opportunities afforded by shows like The Voice.

“Going on shows like this, this is an amazing thing. … When I first started, we played bowling alleys and roller rinks,” she recalled. “We didn’t get to go on anything. We got to go on stuff when we were famous, but this is amazing, when you have actual people who have been in the business, been successful and want to help you. You can bypass a lot of trashy stuff.”

If  given the opportunity she would’ve been first in line to audition for a singing competition show. “Oh gosh, yeah, are you kidding? I would’ve been like, ‘Let me in!'”


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