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Lady Antebellum, Rod Stewart, and more to perform on 'The Voice'

The Voice will welcome an influx of celebrities in the next few weeks: Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will all appear on the show, NBC announced today.

Stewart and Green will perform Wednesday, May 8; Lady Antebellum, along with Thicke, Williams and T.I., will hit the stage Tuesday ,May 14. For many of the artists, this isn’t their first tango with the spinning chairs. Williams was previously an adviser to Team Usher; Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum served as an adviser to Team Adam earlier this season. Thicke dropped by the show last year, and of course, Green was previously a judge on the program.

The Voice has continued to perform well despite a recent ratings dip. Last Tuesday, the show had 12.4 million viewers and a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

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Adam Levine on 'Voice' versus 'American Idol': 'We don't get involved in stupid s-- like that.'

The Voice judges aren’t starting any feuds.

When asked during an NBC press event today about the well-documented decline in ratings that Fox’s American Idol has seen this year, judge Adam Levine shut down the attempt to drum up any ill-will between the two singing competition shows. “We don’t get involved in a stupid s–t like that,” he said. “What’s the point? We love our show. [Idol] is an institution…At one point it was getting bigger ratings than we’ve ever gotten. So we don’t think about that when we make our show. We think about making our show as good as it could possibly be.”
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'The Voice' hits season high for battle rounds

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The Voice continues to prove it’s a rising star for NBC as it launched into its battle rounds last night.

Monday’s two-hour episode edged up 2 percent to a season-high rating among adults 18-49. Airing against all-original competition, The Voice continued its rise with new judges coaches Usher and Shakira. Not only does this multi-week climb go against the usual post-premiere trend for TV shows, it also helps erode an early criticism of The Voice — that the show’s popularity drops once the chair-spinning blind auditions conclude.

If anything, one would have expected The Voice to go down tonight because of the tragic bombing attack on the Boston Marathon. Oftentimes major news events send TV viewers to the cable news networks and Internet for ongoing coverage in the prime-time hours. CBS was seemingly impacted since its entire lineup was notably lower this week, with every show either hitting a season or a series low.

At 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, NBC preempted Revolution with news special anchored by Brian Williams covering the attacks. Since the special aired live, these early overnight numbers are considered unreliable for calculating its performance.

The remaining Monday shows were within 5 percent of their previous performances. The CW rolled out the premiere of game show Oh Sit, which didn’t really impress, yet didn’t exactly sit the bed either.

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InsideTV Podcast: Michael from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to Kim Jong-il. Plus: 'Mad Men,' 'New Girl,' 'The Voice'

He was best known as “My Gay” or “The Gay” during his run on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites, but the man actually does have a name, and the name is Michael Snow. Michael was voted out of the game last night after the Favorites got cold feet about their plan to take out Malcolm so targeted the New Yorker instead.

Now, Michael calls into the InsideTV Podcast to talk all about his time on the island. How does he feel about Corinne’s comments about him? What other moves did he try to make to stick around longer? Why was he the only person out there who did not trust Dawn? And what’s the one thing he would change about his game if he could go back and do it over again. Michael reveals all, while also naming Phillip as his least favorite Favorite and comparing the Specialist to another unpopular leader, Kim Jong-iL. To hear it all for yourself just click on the audio player below! (The Survivor discussion and interview begins at 16:25.)

But first, we check in on a trio of other shows. Jessica Shaw loved the Mad Men season premiere while I was a bit lukewarm on it. We discuss and debate what works best on the AMC drama and where this season may be headed. Then, we’ve always worried about anything involving Winston on New Girl, but now we’re concerned with the charade of a Cece wedding storyline currently taking place — especially when we both agree there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that she will end up actually getting married. Has New Girl hit a bit of a rocky patch, and what can the show do to get out of it? (The New Girl chat begins at 6:30.)

Finally, we weigh in on the new coaches on The Voice. Has the show traded up or down with the switch from Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green to Shakira and Usher? I have some definite opinions about this Aguilera-less season of the NBC hit. (The Voice talk starts at 11:00.) READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' ratings rise: Shakira and Usher are working

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Shakira and Usher on The Voice? Working.

NBC’s singing competition hit is doing something that other reality shows only wish they could pull off: Showing ratings steadiness, and even growth, in the weeks following a premiere — despite a new judging panel.

Three weeks into its spring run, Monday’s two-hour The Voice inched up 4 percent to its best performance this year — 13.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. In fact, this matches the fall edition’s finale as the highest-rated Voice of the season. Competition was mixed: CBS comedies were in repeats at 8 p.m., but CBS’ live coverage of NCAA basketball had some big numbers after the repeats. At any rate, The Voice‘s apparent strength is supported by what we saw last week, with its Tuesday edition also rising from the prior week’s premiere.

These ratings with Shakira and Usher in the red chairs must come as a huge relief to NBC. Not only does it help boost the current edition of the show, it also suggests the network’s prime-time performance isn’t wholly dependent upon the cooperation of Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera (because prime-time sure is dependent on The Voice). The show could still plummet, mind you. We’ve seen other many shows defy gravity for a few weeks than suddenly drop, but for now it seems The Voice can function without two of its original stars.

Too bad The Voice‘s rise didn’t do more for Revolution. The apocalyptic drama just went up a tenth of a point at 10 p.m., but it was facing some very strong basketball numbers. Over on Fox, fellow freshman drama The Following ceased its recent dips, while on The CW The Carrie Diaries concluded with a whimper. Full Chart: READ FULL STORY

'The Voice': Shakira and Usher debut strong in ratings

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How did NBC’s The Voice perform for Monday night’s big return premiere with Usher and Shakira in the red chairs?

It depends on which comparison you use. Last night’s The Voice spring kickoff had 13.4 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49, easily winning the night.

Normally you would stack those numbers against the show’s Monday premiere on the same night last year. But that episode was a day after NBC aired the Super Bowl and had a giant 6.7 adult demo rating. So it’s down 30 percent from that. Another comparison (and in this case, NBC would argue, the more fair one) is the show’s season 3 premiere last fall, which had a 4.2 rating. So it’s up 12 percent from that round.

Overall, I say this is a good number for the show — especially since the series swapped out half its judging panel, with Xtina and Cee Lo expected to rerun in the fall. How often do you see a judges panel shakeup without a ratings drop from the show’s previous cycle? And given NBC’s recent severe ratings woes, some wondered if The Voice return would suffer. But clearly fans are fully capable of turning on NBC again when the broadcast network has a show they actually want to see.

And since some of you below are debating these Voice numbers vs. Fox’s American Idol this season, here’s some help: Last night’s Voice is down 22 percent from Idol‘s January premiere. But it’s higher than every Idol episode since January.

The return of Revolution, however, is bit less sunny. After a four-month break, the freshman adventure-drama returned to 7.2 million viewers and a 2.7 rating. That’s down 13 percent from the show’s prior average, yet was still easily enough to win 10 p.m.

Meanwhile Fox’s The Following continued its decline to a season low — down 8 percent this week. The Voice put the hurt on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which dropped 28 percent this week. On CBS, The Voice seemed to pressure the network’s 8 p.m. hour, with How I Met Your Mother dipping 10 percent to a season low.

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'The Voice': This auditioner is sexy, and he knows it -- EXCLUSIVE

A wannabe singer transforming a beloved pop song into a moody, acoustic ballad? Been there, done that. What Voice season 4 auditioner Christian Porter does to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” though, is something different altogether. The only thing this cover shares with the original is its lyrics; otherwise, Porter’s take on “Sexy” is a bluesy, falsetto-tinged jam that seems tailor made to go viral. (For good reason: As commenters have pointed out, the performance seems to have been inspired by Noah Guthrie’s own acoustic “Sexy and I Know It.”) Prompting three of the competition’s four judges to turn their chairs around is a good start.

Check out Christian’s new spin on the electro-dance duo’s hit below — and tune in for more memorable blind auditions when The Voice returns on NBC March 25.

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Shakira's claws come out on 'The Voice': First look at the new coach -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The Voice may have lost one spicy Latina judge in Christina Aguilera, but newcomer Shakira seems poised to infuse season 4 with a kinder-hearted, just-feisty-enough zest. In the exclusive video below, the 36-year-old Colombian superstar gamely takes on old-timers Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (after three seasons, she promises a contestant, “They’re almost deaf!”), slyly mocks the super-casual posture of fellow new judge Usher (pictured), and even rushes the stage during blind auditions to hug a singer she wants on her team. The competition is on! And don’t worry — she isn’t above segueing into Spanish to get her point across. (Silly Blake Shelton assumes she’s referring to a very spicy dip.)

Season 4 of The Voice premieres March 25 on NBC. Watch Shakira in action below: READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' return poster: Usher and Shakira join the team

Ready for an exclusive first look at the new Voice poster?

Below is The Voice‘s midseason key art that features returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton mixing it up with newcomers Shakira and Usher. “My god, they’re very competitive,” Shelton recently said about the new coaches. “Especially Shakira. I’ve gotta hand it to her, she came in with her claws out — she definitely had done her research and saw the bartering that goes on in the blind auditions and she was ready for it.” Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are taking a cycle off, but are expected to return this fall.

The Voice debuts on Monday, March 25, along with the midseason return of Revolution. Here’s the new ad … READ FULL STORY

Man involved with Manti Te'o scandal also auditioned for 'The Voice'

The Manti Te’o hoax web just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

For the uninitiated, Manti Te’o is a star Notre Dame linebacker whose inspirational story of overcoming the death of his grandmother and girlfriend caught the media’s attention over the past college football season. But Deadspin published an article Wednesday that revealed that the girlfriend never existed in the first place. Central to the complex story is a guy named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who allegedly either conceived of the hoax with Te’o, or tricked Te’o into believing it.

But this isn’t Tuiasosopo’s only moment in the media spotlight. He also auditioned for the upcoming season of The Voice, EW has confirmed. Us Weekly broke the news, saying Tuiasosopo also spun quite a story for producers. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' winner Cassadee Pope talks Blake, her upcoming album, and dealing with haters

Ready for your mind to be blown? According to 23-year-old Cassadee Pope — newly crowned winner of NBC’s The Voice — the ever-eccentric Cee Lo Green is actually “really normal” in person. “You can sit down and have a conversation with him and it’s not weird,” she explained yesterday during a visit to EW’s offices in New York City. “He’s very intellectual.”

Cassadee’s insight about Cee Lo is much more surprising than her recent win, which seemed foretold as soon as her cover of Blake Shelton’s “Over You” shot to No. 1 on iTunes’s singles chart. While the singer says she never thought of herself as season 3’s frontrunner — “I knew that stuff can happen in this show and not be lasting” — she will admit that her iTunes sales made her “very optimistic” before Tuesday’s finale. And though Cassadee feels like her victory still hasn’t really sunk in, she also can’t wait to get back to the recording studio in January and start work on a debut album that combines pop, rock, and country — sort of like “an edgier Taylor Swift [record], not as country, with more mature lyrics and more challenging vocals and melodies.”

Intrigued? Read on for more about Cassadee’s time on the show, her relationship with mentor Blake Shelton — and her near miss with the Muppets.

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New 'Voice' judges Shakira and Usher take a ride with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- VIDEO

With Cassadee Pope crowned season 3’s Voice victor, it’s out with the old and in with the new judges.

In a new promo for next season’s show, newcomers Shakira and Usher bond with returning judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton (the only two judges with winning team members) over music, naturally. After the odd couple picks up the Latin songstress and R&B crooner, the four egos fight over control of the radio. Struck by “a total eclipse of the heart” (we’ve all been there …), they finally agree on a station.

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Maroon 5 debut new single on 'The Voice,' season 2 champ Jermaine Paul returns -- EXCLUSIVE

Last season’s Voice champ Jermaine Paul will return to the singing competition this week to perform his debut single “I Believe in This Life,” EW has learned exclusively. Paul takes the stage again as part of the show’s first live results show, during which the Top 12 artists will be revealed. The results show will also feature Voice coach Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 premiering their latest single “Daylight.”

The Voice‘s first live results show airs Thursday from 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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