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'The Voice': 5 Soundbites From The Top 12

April 22nd, 2014 9:20am EDT
'The Voice': 5 Soundbites From The Top 12
The Voice is now live, and we were on hand yesterday to watch the Top 12 artists perform for your votes. Afterward, we spoke to several of the finalists - as well as coach Adam Levine - and here are five of the most entertaining or memorable soundbites from Monday night.

1) Kristen Merlin doesn't think montaging artists is a good thing: Team Shakira's country singer brushed off a microphone failure that left half her performance falling on deaf ears, but she did admit to a little apprehension when it came to The Voice's practice of montaging certain pre-taped performances. "It makes me ner...
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Gwen Stefani To Replace Pregnant Christina Aguilera On 'The Voice'

April 19th, 2014 7:47am EDT
Gwen Stefani To Replace Pregnant Christina Aguilera On 'The Voic
While Christina Aguilera prepares for the birth of her second child, she’ll be taking a break from “The Voice,” and Gwen Stefani will take her place on the judging panel – at least for a little while.

TMZ.com reports that Aguilera will be nearly 9 months along when the popular battle rounds begin on the reality singing competition.

NBC reportedly wanted Aguilera to continue shooting despite her condition, but the pop star decided she wanted to to take a hiatus.

Stefani has only signed a contract for one season, and Aguilera plans on returning to her position in the spinning chair on seas...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Playoffs, Night 2

April 15th, 2014 9:03am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Playoffs, Night 2
After narrowing down Team Blake last Tuesday, The Voice is putting two more teams on the chopping block Monday. It's Team Shakira and Team Adam who are being narrowed down from five members to three, with their coach having to decide which two artists are going home.

Shakira's squad begins the night, with country singer Kristen Merlin batting leadoff after being montaged for last parts of the season. We're finally getting a good look at what Kristen can do with Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs." Her take on the song certainly has enough power behind it, including one crazy note in t...
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Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album

April 9th, 2014 4:17pm EDT
Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album
One of the most talented musicians we've ever seen (who also happens to be one of the best people we've ever known, too) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new full-length studio album. Tony Lucca, who you probably know from being Team Adam's finalist on Season 2 of The Voice, went live with his Kickstarter Wednesday morning.

If it succeeds, he'll be the latest in a line of Voice alumni that have funded albums through the platform, including fellow Season 2 Team Adam members Pip and Katrina Parker. He explained his new campaign through the video you can check out below.

Hav...
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'The Voice 2014 Tour' Finally Revealed

April 9th, 2014 11:04am EDT
'The Voice 2014 Tour' Finally Revealed
After weeks of vague commercials and speculation, we now have most of the details about the upcoming The Voice summer tour, which was officially unveiled today.

All three Season 5 finalists - winner Tessanne Chin (Team Adam), runner-up Jacquie Lee (Team Christina) and second runner-up Will Champlin (Team Adam) - will participate, as will Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton.

A fifth alumni will be added to the tour next month "by America via social media," specifics of which were not disclosed.

After the three finalists from the currently airing Season 6 are named, those three artists will al...
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'The Voice' Recap: The Live Playoffs Begin

April 9th, 2014 7:02am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: The Live Playoffs Begin
We're now in the home stretch: The Voice playoffs. On a Tuesday. And they're not live yet. And you're not voting yet, either. So this isn't what you're used to when you hear the word "playoffs" on this show, but it's happening. How could we kick off the playoffs with only an hour-long show, you ask? Well, let's find out.

Carson explains that now each of the artists will choose their own songs, starting with Team Blake. All five members will perform and then Blake will have to kick two of them off the show. We definitely wouldn't want to be in Blake's position tonight!

Audra McLaughlin sta...
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Carson Daly Dishes On 'The Voice' Season 6

April 8th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
Carson Daly Dishes On 'The Voice' Season 6
Whenever we need an answer about The Voice, we can always go to Carson Daly. The show's host - and one of its producers - has served as the link between the hit singing competition and its audience, explaining the various changes and listening to our questions and concerns. So when we found Carson at The Voice's red carpet Thursday, we welcomed the chance to ask him about the alterations in Season 6 and how the Emmy-winning series has evolved over the last three years.

First, about replacing the knockout rounds with a second set of battle rounds. "We loved it," Carson told us. "I think it ...
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'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battle Rounds

April 8th, 2014 8:20am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battle Rounds
The Voice is just steps away from turning control over to you at home. In fact, we're less than two months away from crowning a new champion. But before we can do that, there are more battle rounds and more scenes of Chris Martin that we need to get to. So, here's Monday night's fight card!

1. Team Shakira: Dani Moz vs. Clarissa Serna, "Perfect"

Shakira matches her "powerhouse singers," looking to narrow it down to just one on her team. Their choices include Pink's "Perfect," Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," and Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath." They go with the Pink tune, which has already...
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'The Voice' Coaches Talk Before Season 6 Live Playoffs

April 7th, 2014 12:12pm EDT
'The Voice' Coaches Talk Before Season 6 Live Playoffs
Live playoffs for The Voice are just two weeks away - and so BFTV snagged a few quick words with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira about potential changes in their strategies, what they've learned from being coaches, and who might stick around for this fall's Season 7.

While you're watching tonight's battle rounds, know that yes, they really are as agonizing as they look on TV. "That's the worst part of the job," Blake told us. "Anything that's in between the blinds and the live shows sucks for coaches, because the first thing we do is beg these people to pick us and be...
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Why 'The Voice' Can't Lose Adam Levine And Blake Shelton

April 5th, 2014 12:08pm EDT
Why 'The Voice' Can't Lose Adam Levine And Blake Shelton
Can you imagine The Voice without Adam Levine and Blake Shelton?

We can't either.

The Internet's been abuzz this week following the news that Pharrell Williams is signing on to NBC's Emmy-winning singing competition for Season 7. Everyone wants to know if the Maroon 5 hitmaker and the multiple CMA award winner will be joining Pharrell in those big red chairs this fall. The network, for its part, has only said that the identities of the other three coaches for the show's next cycle will be revealed "at a later date."

But there is absolutely, positively no way The Voice should go on withou...
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Shakira Shakes Up 'The Voice' Red Carpet Event With Sexy & Sheer See-Through Ensemble

April 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Shakira Shakes Up 'The Voice' Red Carpet Event With Sexy & Sheer
Shakira showed off her fabulous figure at NBC's "The Voice" red carpet event at The Sayers Club in Hollywood on Thursday. The singer wore a sheer, low-cut blouse and black skinny jeans.

After a five-year hiatus, the Latin superstar has released another English-language album, "Shakira," featuring the sexy single “Can’t Remember To Forget You” featuring Rihanna.

Shakira and her "Voice" co-star Blake Shelton are performing together at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night.
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 - 2nd Battle Rounds, Part 2

April 2nd, 2014 9:30am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 - 2nd Battle Rounds, Part 2
After an opening episode that was sometimes great and sometimes underwhelming, and featured entirely too little Chris Martin given how much we heard about his advising debut, The Voice is back on Tuesday with more second-round battles. Here are the results of the action.

1. Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis vs. Biff Gore, "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World"

Probably one of the more obvious pairings on the board, this is another case of Blake whittling down two similar artists to just one spot on his team. They get to choose between Otis Redding, Eruption and James Brown for their battle song, an...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 - 2nd Battle Rounds, Part 1

April 1st, 2014 8:37am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 - 2nd Battle Rounds, Part 1
The Voice is giving us a second helping of battles, with a side of Chris Martin (ironically as the Coldplay singer's personal life is making headlines). Are more battles better than the knockout rounds? Does Martin bring anything to the table that previous advisors Aloe Blacc, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and Jill Scott didn't? What's it like when four teams have one advisor? So many questions, only two hours to answer them in. Let's get battling.

1. Team Blake: Audra McLaughlin vs. Megan Ruger, "The Climb"

Unlike the first battle rounds, Carson doesn't give us a handy introduction to ...
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Pharrell Williams Joining 'The Voice,' Producer Mark Burnett 'Happy'

April 1st, 2014 6:27am EDT
Pharrell
Pharrell Williams has signed on as a new coach on The Voice.

The singer is set to take the spot of Cee Lo Green, who announced last month that he would be leaving permanently following the current season.

"I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family, and this time... as a coach," said producer Mark Burnett. "Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly."

The show announced the news via its twitter page, writing, "Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #Ne...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds, Part 4

March 26th, 2014 9:04am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds, Part 4
It's hard to get excited about The Voice finishing up its battle rounds now that we know there's more battle rounds in store around the corner. Nonetheless, the final handful of first-round fights concluded on Tuesday, so here's who made it through to the Top 32.

1. Team Adam: Cary Laine (4 chairs in blind auditions) vs. Sam Behymer (2 chairs), "Give Me Love"

Here's an interesting way to star the evening: two talented artists on Adam's team that we'd honestly rather keep around. But one of them's gotta go. Their coach hands them an Ed Sheeran song in hopes that they'll "meet in the middl...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds, Part 3

March 25th, 2014 8:26am EDT
The Voice
The Voice is back with six more battles, and only a handful of steals remaining. Let's break down the matchups, the winners, and who gets one of those lucky second chances - one from Blake, one from Shakira and two for the very discerning Usher.

1. Team Adam: Austin Ellis (1 chair in blind auditions) vs. Josh Kaufman (4 chairs), "Happy"

On paper, it's a one-sided battle over a song that you've probably heard two dozen times by now. But it's so not that simple. Advisor Aloe Blacc thinks the pairing will help "to show how diverse soul music is." Adam wants to see more vocally from Josh and ...
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'The Voice' Changes Format Again: What Does It Mean?

March 19th, 2014 12:05pm EDT
'The Voice' Changes Format Again: What Does It Mean?
On Tuesday, NBC announced a handful of changes to The Voice, confirmed the return of the hotly contested Twitter save, and revealed that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will join the show as another guest mentor. As the network once again shakes up its biggest hit, we're here to give you the breakdown of each change and what impact it may have on Season 6.

1. Chris Martin will be the "key advisor" for the next phase of competition.

The Coldplay singer's (pictured above) addition follows the appointment of OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who was named the show's in-house songwriter and producer ...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds, Part 2

March 19th, 2014 8:35am EDT
The Voice
We're now halfway through The Voice's battle rounds, and there were six more head-to-head matchups that went down on Tuesday night. Which also happened to be coach Adam Levine's birthday. And the day that two Team Adam alumni released new music. Here's who won, who lost, and who got one of the five second chances remaining in the competition.

1. Team Shakira: Clarissa Serna (4 chairs in blind auditions) vs. Jeremy Briggs (2 chairs), "Cold As Ice"

The two rockers on Shakira's team are paired together on a Foreigner song. Shakira compliments Jeremy's range, while advisor Miranda Lambert li...
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Tony Lucca Returns With 'Drawing Board' EP

March 18th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Tony Lucca
Less than a year after making a splash with his With The Whole World Watching EP, Tony Lucca is back with a new acoustic record, Drawing Board.

The five-song EP features the title track as well as the songs "All My Friends," "Nashville," "Los Angeles (In The Rear View)" and "My Love." For those of you who somehow still haven't heard him outside of Season 2 of The Voice, the album is typical Tony Lucca material: soulful, simple music that's honest and without an ounce of pretention.

Especially when listened to in conjunction with Whole World Watching, Drawing Board gives a sense of how muc...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds Begin, Part 1

March 18th, 2014 8:22am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Battle Rounds Begin, Part 1
Now that The Voice has picked its Top 48, it's time to see what they're made of. We're set for 24 head-to-head battles, with each coach having two steals to use in this phase of competition, ultimately leaving only eight artists standing on each team. Got that? Good, let's get started.

1. Team Usher: Biff Gore (4 chairs in blind auditions) vs. T.J. Wilkins (3 chairs), "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"

Usher matches two R&B artists on a classic R&B hit. Advisor Jill Scott calls their initial approaches "a complete contrast," unsurprising because there's a 20-year age - and therefore experience - di...
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'The Voice' Recap: Who Won The Final Four Spots?

March 12th, 2014 8:29am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Who Won The Final Four Spots?
There are only four spots left on The Voice, and just one night left in which to fill them. Thankfully, since this is only an hour-long episode, there shouldn't be much time for filler. Let's see who gets the distinction of being the last person added to each of the coaches' teams.

New Yorker Joe Trombino bats leadoff here, but his version of Al Green's "Love and Happiness" doesn't initially impress our coaches. "He's too behind the beat," says Adam, and indeed Joe seems a little too caught up in his dance moves than the vocal performance, a fatal flaw for many Voice hopefuls. He goes home...
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'The Voice' Recap: 80's Night With Blake Shelton

March 5th, 2014 8:31am EST
The Voice
As we finish the second week of Season 6 auditions on The Voice, the teams are filling up. Defending champion Adam and Usher each have only 5 spots left, while Shakira is half-complete with 6 open spaces, and Blake is bringing up the rear, looking for 8 more artists. Who will the coaches discover tonight?

Maybe it'll be Megan Ruger, who looks like the distant cousin of Season 3's Michaela Paige. Megan performs "Just Like A Pill" by Pink, which gives her big shoes to fill, because the last person to audition with a Pink song was Season 5 champ Tessanne Chin. (It's worth noting that NBC cen...
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'The Voice' Recap: More Twins, More Arguing, More Montages

March 4th, 2014 9:09am EST
'The Voice' Recap: More Twins, More Arguing, More Montages
When last we left The Voice Season 6, Teams Adam and Usher had 4 of their 12 artists selected, while Team Shakira had 3 and Team Blake only 2. Who will get the lucky call-ups (0r button-pushes) tonight?

Batting leadoff is Ryan Whyte Maloney, who's looking forward to being able to make music his career, and not just his hobby. Ryan's version of "Lights" attracts Adam and Blake simultaneously, and then Shakira follows right afterward, apparently keeping good on her promise to push every time Blake does. Usher finally joins the party just as the song is drawing to a close, making Ryan yet ano...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Blind Auditions, Part 2

February 26th, 2014 9:10am EST
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Blind Auditions, Part 2
In the first night of Season 6 auditions on The Voice, Team Blake picked up 1 of 12 singers, Team Adam and Team Shakira landed 2 and Team Usher a leading 3. There are still plenty of spots to fill, though, so let's get to it.

We start off with another returning artist, Delvin Choice, who comes armed with Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You." That piece was pretty much killed by Jesse Campbell in Season 2, but Delvin nails it himself, earning three quick button pushes from Adam, Shakira and Blake. Usher waits until almost the last moment, but he's finally persuaded, too. Delvin is understandab...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Premiere Blind Auditions, Part 1

February 25th, 2014 8:38am EST
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Premiere Blind Auditions, Part 1
And we're back! After a quick three-month break, The Voice is looking for its sixth champion, beginning with a fresh round of blind auditions in front of Adam, Shakira, Usher and Blake. Here's what happened on premiere night.

Of course, every season has to start with a coach performance, and we have to say Blake and Shakira make an even better pair than Blake and Christina did. They sing Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever" and Blake's "Boys Round Here" and improve both songs. Then Usher starts the whole group off on Maroon 5's "Love Somebody." That segues into Adam performing "Without You," whi...
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'The Voice' Returns For Season 6: What Have You Missed?

February 24th, 2014 12:10pm EST
'The Voice' Returns For Season 6: What Have You Missed?
Tonight begins Season 6 of NBC's The Voice, but there have been plenty of happenings with past artists - and the coaches - since Season 5 wrapped in December. Before you tune in to the new cycle, read on to find out what you may have missed over the last three months.

The major news is that coach Cee Lo Green announced last week that he will not return for Season 7, marking his second departure from his big red chair. Cee Lo's best finish on The Voice was having the runner-up (Juliet Simms, season 2) - which Usher has already matched (Michelle Chamuel, season 4). No word yet on who will re...
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Cee Lo Green Quits 'The Voice' To Focus On New Show, Album

February 19th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Cee Lo Green Quits 'The Voice' To Focus On New Show, Album
Cee Lo Green is leaving "The Voice" to host his own show. The musician announced the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which airs today.

He explained: "I'm not coming back guys. I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year.

He added, "But yeah, I'm going to miss 'The Voice' too. So I'm not coming back guys."

Green appeared on the first three seasons of "The Voice," took a break for season four, and returned for season five.

"I don't want to wear out my ...
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Kat Robichaud On Kickstarter And Her Respect For 'The Voice'

February 13th, 2014 2:04pm EST
Kat Robichaud On Kickstarter And Her Respect For 'The Voice'
Kat Robichaud impressed us during Season 5 of The Voice with both her hard rocking on stage and her straight talk off of it. BFTV spoke to Kat on Monday about her Kickstarter campaign for a post-show album, and what she really wanted to say about her time on the show.

"The pacing of life is so different," she said of transitioning out of reality TV. "When you're on the show, you're constantly busy. There's constantly something to look forward to. Then you get eliminated, and you go home, and everything is going just as it should go. But it's not as fast-paced as the show, so you feel like ...
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Nicholas David: Good Music And Good Deeds After 'The Voice'

February 13th, 2014 1:04pm EST
Nicholas David: Good Music And Good Deeds After 'The Voice'
As The Voice gears up for another season, it's time for us to fill you in on what some of the show's great artists are up to now. Season 3 finalist Nicholas David has kept pretty busy since being a member of Team Cee Lo, and BFTV snagged some time with him recently to chat about the success of his Say Goodbye EP and the charity work that this awesomely down-to-earth performer has been doing abroad.

Nicholas has racked up plenty of travel miles since the June release of his EP, touring with the Avett Brothers on the West Coast, then visiting the East Coast and Texas. With successful shows b...
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'The Voice' News Roundup: Music Videos From Pip And Kat Robichaud

January 9th, 2014 12:03pm EST
The Voice
We took a few weeks off after The Voice's Season 5 finale, but now the news is starting to roll in again, so that means it's time for a fresh roundup. Here are the latest news and notes from around the Voice universe:

Our show took home the People's Choice Award for Favorite Competition TV Show on Wednesday night, over network sibling America's Got Talent, ABC's Dancing With The Stars and FOX's MasterChef and The X Factor.

There were also a few other nominations for our coaches: Adam Levine and Maroon 5 lost Favorite Band to One Direction, Taylor Swift beat out Blake Shelton for Favorite ...
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