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'The Voice' Recap: Live Semi-Final Eliminations Find The Final Four

May 2nd, 2012 12:20pm EDT
The Voice Semi-Finals
Some familiar faces joined the new during The Voice’s semi-final eliminations. Host Carson Daly welcomed special guests including Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez and Javier Colon, all of whom were last year's finalists.

The eight hopefuls, Tony Lucca, Erin Willett, Chris Mann, Jamar Rogers, Jermaine Paul, Katrina Parker, Lindsey Pavao, and Juliet Simms, battled it out on Monday’s episode, and discovered tonight what the coach judges and America thought of their efforts.

The process is a little complicated, involving 100 points for each coach to split between their team mem...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: On Tour With...Dia Frampton!

March 20th, 2012 11:05am EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton rocks Los Angeles, plus meet Team Adam's Nathan Parrett and Katrina Parker!

A reminder: if you missed any of last night's battle round action, you can read my recap, and don't miss my interview with Jewel on mentoring Team Christina.

Dia Frampton may not have won The Voice, but she's found plenty of success after the show. She released her album Red last year and joined her coach, Blake Shelton, on his "Well Lit and Amplified" Tour this spring.

But just because she hit the national stage on the show doesn't mean she's become...
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Happy Birthday, Adam Levine!

March 18th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Adam Levine
Maroon 5 front man and The Voice coach Adam Levine turns 33 today. Naturally, I couldn't let that happen without saying something.

There's no doubt that Levine is a professional success. With Maroon 5, he's got a huge following around the world, three Grammy Awards, and an American Music Award, plus countless nominations. He made history last year as the first artist to crack the Billboard charts both as a group (with "Moves Like Jagger") and as a solo artist (guesting on the Gym Class Heroes hit "Stereo Hearts"). He's a coach on the show that broke American Idol's ratings dominance and,...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Interviews With Monday Night's Artists!

March 13th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Juliet Simms
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: hear what Juliet Simms, Kim Yarbrough and Lee Koch had to say before their battle round performances!

If you missed any of last night's battles, you can read my recap here.

Juliet Simms

Team Cee Lo / Twitter: @JulietSimmsALL

Don't let appearances fool you: Team Red Zone's rocker Juliet Simms is surprisingly sweet and outgoing. She is more likely to make you laugh with how funny and approachable she is.

"This is all I've ever done my entire life. This is my huge passion," she told me. That passion came through in her blind audition vers...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: More Season 2 Artists Speak Out!

February 21st, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: meet more of Season 2's new singers (and hear what Tje Austin thinks of them), plus see the homes of coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, and new Dia Frampton video!

We're almost done with the blind auditions (that's right, it'll be five weeks of 'em - and if you missed any of last night's action you can read the recap here). Want to meet the newest members of your favorite team? Here's some of the best quotes from my recent chats with all the new artists.

Not only can the coaches not see you during auditions, but you can't see the...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Get To Know Your Season 2 Artists!

February 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's what's new on and around NBC's The Voice: with blind auditions almost over, it's time to meet the new members of our four teams! Plus, the Grammys...

Our four coaches have almost finished picking their teams, and so it's time that I started talking to their team members! Here's what the new artists had to say about their blind auditions and their hopes for being a part of The Voice.

Team Blake 2.0

RaeLynn (pictured): I would say this experience has just been really crazy and I didn’t expect for it to be as big as it was. It’s just been so awesome. I’m just really super-excited a...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: The Start of Season 2! (Video)

February 7th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's what's new on and around NBC's The Voice: season 2 is officially underway, so it's time to meet your new artists - and hear what the season one singers have to say about them!

I'm sure you were all tuned in to the show's post-Super Bowl premiere, which scored big for NBC, delivering the biggest ratings for a non-sports telecast on any network in 6 years. 37.6 million people showed up to see the first round of blind auditions! Wow!

If you missed any of the action, you can catch up with my recaps of season 2 blind auditions, part 1 and part 2. We'll continue the blind auditions nex...
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Lady Gaga And 'Glee' Lead 2012 GLAAD Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 11:33am EST
Lady Gaga
Pop superstar Lady Gaga and hit show Glee are among the nominees for this year's Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards.

The Poker Face hit-maker has been named as a contender for the outstanding music artist category alongside MEN, Girl In A Coma and Beverly McClellan.

Glee is in the running for outstanding comedy series, and goes up against other shows including Modern Family and The Big C, while Grey's Anatomy and Shameless have been nominated for outstanding drama series.

The best film category contenders include J. Edgar, Beginners and Albert Nobbs, while Dancin...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With Season 1

January 3rd, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I look back on what each team from Season 1 accomplished after the show. Who had the best 2010?

What happened after The Voice ended? We know that the Top 8 artists went on a national tour and that a CD of highlights was released. The majority of the artists continued to actively perform across the country, and the coaches kept themselves busy with touring, new albums and Grammy nominations.

Behind the scenes, Christina Milian replaced Alison Haislip as the show's social media correspondent, and teams were expanded from 8 to 12 artists for...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Dia, Javier & New Video!

December 13th, 2011 11:10am EST
Dia Frampton
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: reviewing Dia Frampton's Red and Javier Colon's Christmas EP, plus new video from NBC and an interview with the man producing Cee Lo Green's next album!

In last week's edition, we celebrated the release of Dia's new album - and as promised, it's time to take a full look at Red.

Here are ten tracks that take full advantage of the Voice runner-up's unique sound and musicianship. Lead single "The Broken Ones" is still quietly haunting even though we've had the chance to hear it many, many times by now. The other songs show Dia's range, but t...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Dia Frampton's 'Red' Arrives!

December 6th, 2011 11:10am EST
Dia Frampton
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton's Red drops, Los Angeles hosts a reunion of season one artists, and the coaches score Grammy nominations!

The big news today is the arrival of Dia's new album Red. The disc contains the recently-released single "The Broken Ones," as well as "I Will," which features Dia's coach Blake Shelton.

If you download the album via iTunes, there are two bonus tracks. One of those is "Hearts Out To Dry," which Dia named as one of her favorites on the album in our recent interview. If you've already picked up the CD elsewhere, don't wor...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: On Tour With Beverly McClellan

November 29th, 2011 11:00am EST
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: finalist Beverly McClellan takes San Diego, a review of Casey Weston's new album, and a busy holiday season for your artists!

The day after Thanksgiving, Team Christina's Beverly McClellan arrived in San Diego to play a one-night showcase at the city's notable Anthology music venue, and graciously invited me along for the evening.

Located in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego, Anthology has previously played host to significant names in the jazz world, including Oleta Adams, Brian Culbertson, and Boney James. The club has...
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Commentary: The 5 Things I'm Thankful For In 2011

November 23rd, 2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, many Starpulse writers are giving thanks for our favorite pop-culture moments. Here's what's on my list, from a reality show to a play that was all too real.

My list is a bit different from those of my colleagues. I've had a very blessed - and also very difficult - year that has had amazing highs and been marred by literally life-changing lows. When I look back on 2011, I'm not thinking just about things I enjoyed, but experiences and people that made a difference.

It goes without saying that I'd like to thank my loved ones and the doctors, surgeons, nurses, ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Dia Frampton!

November 22nd, 2011 11:40am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton drops by, reviews of Javier Colon and Beverly McClellan's new albums, and the AMAs!

I start this week catching up with season 1 runner-up and Team Blake finalist Dia Frampton, whose new album Red will hit stores two weeks from today, on December 6. Dia was kind enough to chat with me about The Voice and how her life has been post-show.

How much did things change for her after The Voice? "A lot," she confided, adding that she started "right after [the finale], literally the next day, to write songs and record, because I was ho...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Keeping Up With The Ladies!

November 15th, 2011 1:15pm EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton's new single arrives, and we're one week away from Beverly McClellan, Casey Weston, and Javier Colon's new albums!

That's right, right now you can head to iTunes and purchase Dia's new single, "The Broken Ones." It's the first cut off her album Red, which arrives on December 6. It is a fantastic listen - it's amazing to see how far Dia has come since that first blind audition, isn't it? Not just incredible talent, but sincerity and poise...she's going to go a whole lot farther!

As an added bonus, the video for "The Broken One...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: New Albums & 'SNL' Videos!

November 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: do you know that your favorite artists from the show are putting out new albums? Plus Saturday Night Live - with the first Season 2 promo!

No surprise here, but many of the talented musicians from season one have gone back to the studio and are bringing new music your way now that you've had a chance to discover them. Here's a handy guide to the new releases in your future.

You can pre-order any of the albums by clicking on their titles below.

Javier Colon

Previous albums Javier and Left of Center re-release on November 15. They're both...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catch Up Before Season 2!

October 25th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: now that season 2 has started taping, are you caught up with what's been happening since the end of season 1?

On June 28, Team Adam's Javier Colon was named "The Voice." Here's our profile of season one's winner. Since then, Javier has been busy recording his new (as yet untitled) album, which will arrive in stores on November 21. You can read my interview with him from the day after his victory.

In support of that album, Javier will embark on a tour which begins November 27 in Boston and ends December 18 in Orlando. See the rest of his t...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Beverly McClellan

October 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Beverly McClellan, the finalist for Team Christina who exemplified what the series was all about - not just being yourself, but being proud of yourself.

She was an example of the blind auditions in action; she didn't look the part of a conventional music star, but she had the talent and the personality. After catching the eye of Christina Aguilera, Beverly let her self-confidence guide her throughout the competition. She was being herself, loud and proud and without fear.

Her rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Vicci Martinez

September 20th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Vicci Martinez
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on rocker Vicci Martinez, the semifinalist from Team Cee Lo and favorite of Javier Colon's kids.

Vicci's personality struck a chord with her coach and the fans, and season one champ Javier told Jay Leno that his two daughters loved her. It was easy to see why, as she brought a fire to every song that she performed through the season. Giving a roaring rendition of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" in blind auditions, she edged out Niki Dawson in a battle round duet of Pink's "F--king Perfect," then steamrolled her way thro...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Nakia

August 22nd, 2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
NBC's The Voice introduced the nation to a fantastic group of artists that I know I'll never forget. By far, the show's biggest personality and one of its most loveable was soul singer Nakia Reynoso, the semifinalist for Team Cee Lo Green.

Almost two months after The Voice came to an end, the Texas native has recently returned from the subsequent Voice Live concert tour and is planning his own solo schedule. Before he hits the road, though, I was able to catch up with him to reflect on the journey thus far and talk about what his future holds.

It's fantastic to catch up with you. Now th...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Old Arguments & New Merchandise

August 17th, 2011 5:43pm EDT
Adam Levine
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Adam Levine sparks muttering (again), NBC rolls out new swag for you to take home, and the coaches are keeping busy...

At the beginning of The Voice's season, Levine ran afoul of American Idol judge Randy Jackson when he declared that the people not selected for The Voice "could win American Idol." Now more of his comments are being seen as shots against the FOX mainstay.

In a candid and thoughtful interview with Out Magazine, Levine frankly admits that he disagrees with Idol's approach to the sexuality of its contestants. "What’s always ...
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CD Review: 'The Voice' Season 1 Highlights

August 12th, 2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
I've made no secret of my passion for NBC's The Voice. Handing me the new season 1 compilation album? Somewhat like an early Christmas present. On the music alone, it's a wonderful album, but whether or not you're interested in it will vary greatly, depending on how familiar you are with the show.

Thanks to an existing partnership with iTunes, if you're a huge fan like myself, you've probably already downloaded some if not all of the contents as they became available after the episodes aired. These aren't any different than the previous versions. All of them are still available t...
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Review: Don't Miss 'The Voice' Live On Tour!

July 28th, 2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
How do you follow up the smashing success of NBC's The Voice? With an equally fantastic concert tour that proves the show's talented artists are here to stay.

Almost exactly a month after the finale, the top eight contestants - winner Javier Colon, finalists Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, and Beverly McClellan, and semifinalists Casey Weston, Xenia, Nakia and Frenchie Davis - have joined together for a six-city tour that opened last night at the Gibson Ampitheatre in Los Angeles. Make no mistake about it, this is not a quick attempt to cash in on the show's popularity, nor is it recycling...
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Armchair Musician: "The Voice," Week Ten

June 30th, 2011 9:25am EDT
The Voice
Two and a half months later, my journey with The Voice has come to an end. I'm sad to walk away, but I'm also overjoyed (and grateful) to have gone out on top.

Everyone wants to finish on a high note, and this show certainly did that, for the most part. The final performance show saw the four finalists duet with their coaches - a move which signified their having flourished over the course of the competition and become equals. Dia Frampton and Blake Shelton were certainly having a great time performing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," complete with Blues Brothers-esque black suits a...
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Armchair Musician: 'The Voice,' Week Nine

June 23rd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
The Voice
I thought my experiences on The Voice couldn't get any better. Then Adam Levine happened. If you hadn't heard, he made my life on Tuesday night. This week's column, then, is a mix of objective discourse and subjective wide-eyed wonder that I'm not even going to try and apologize for.

First, let's talk about the music.

You have not truly seen this show until you've had the chance to see it in the studio. Adam and Maroon 5, with the help of Christina Aguilera, led off as they pre-taped the premiere performance of their new single "Moves Like Jagger." As a fan who hadn't yet seen Adam perf...
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The Voice Live Show Quarter Finals #2 June 14

June 16th, 2011 6:00am EDT
The Voice
I don’t know why Carson Daly bugs me, but he does. Is it the blandness? Or his complete lack of animation? Either way, the night starts with him introducing the judges/coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera before announcing the first cuts of the finals.

From Team Christina: Beverly McClellan, Lily Elise, Raquel Castro and Frenchie Davis. Tearfully, and proclaiming it ‘the hardest decision of my whole life,” (really? A few other moments come to mind.) Christina saved Frenchie Davis. Yeah! That girl can sing! To my surprise, America saved Beverly McClellan,...
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The Voice Comes A Live! First Quarter Finals Jun 7

June 8th, 2011 6:09pm EDT
The Voice Quarter Finals
The ‘band’ blew my mind last night. Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green, I mean! Yep, the judging foursome opened the show again, this time with a medley of Queen hits. Cee Lo performed without his trademark sunglasses, and Christina made a really unfortunate wardrobe choice in a pair of black short shorts and nude stockings. But yeah, those guys can sing. Question is – can the finalists we’re about to see?

Carson Daly gave us a brief recap of the past six weeks, along with clips of the contestants and judges. We’re also told that this is the first week that the...
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