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'The Voice' Finalists Discuss Their Coaches and Competition on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 27th 2011 12:15PM
Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon, and Dia Frampton of 'The Voice' on 'Today'The first season of 'The Voice' comes to an end this week with performances by the finalists Tuesday night and the results show Wednesday. Three out of the four remaining singers appeared Monday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to talk about what they've learned from their celebrity coaches and how they feel about their competition.

Dia Frampton said she's learned a lot from watching Blake Shelton perform for an audience. "I think the best time I ever had with him is when he took us to a show in Ohio and I was kind of watching him perform," she said. Vicci Martinez has had a good time just being around Cee Lo Green. "He's a riot," she said. "You never know what you're going to get from him."

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Bruno Mars Talks Writing for Other People, Performs 'Runaway Baby' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 24th 2011 2:20PM
Bruno Mars on 'Today'Bruno Mars made a big impact behind the scenes before his emergence as a performer, writing hits for other artists, including 'Right Round' by Flo Rida, 'Wavin' Flag' by K'naan, and perhaps the best known of his co-creations, 'F@#$ You!' by Cee Lo Green. Friday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), Matt Lauer asked Mars about his own career and writing for others.

After remarking on the attractive crowd Mars attracts, Lauer asked, "Now, though, that you're the guy with the Grammy and the front-man, are you going to keep writing for other people?" Mars, decked out in shades and a dark suit that matched the rest of the band, deadpanned, "Absolutely not. I'm done." He laughed and quickly retracted that, saying "of course" he would.

He and the band then played a raucous version of 'Runaway Baby' from Mars' album 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans.' Later Mars got off on the right foot with an impressive impression of James Brown's dancing, while his band did an amazing impression of James Brown's band.

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Cee Lo Green Takes Us to 'Bright Lights, Bigger City' on 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 12:26AM
Cee Lo Green, 'The Voice'If there is a male counterpart to Lady Gaga's stage presence in this era of pop music, it has to be Cee Lo Green. He brought his singular style to the first ever results show for 'The Voice' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) on his song 'Bright Lights, Bigger City.'

Once again, he donned a fun wig to bring a bit of Broadway style to the production, and proved that he's not just someone telling the contestants what to do, but a genuine talent in his own right. 'The Voice' seems to be determined to remind us each week that these Coaches are brilliant voices as well as mentors, and we think it's a great idea.

It lends credence to their coaching of the contestants, and it allows us the guarantee of professional-level entertainment even if the contestants don't deliver. Luckily, that has hardly been a problem in this inaugural season as the show has more than lived up to its name thus far.

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'The Voice' Predictions: Who Will Be Eliminated From Team Cee Lo & Team Adam Tonight?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 21st 2011 3:00PM
Tonight on 'The Voice,' we'll say goodbye to four more contestants, two from Team Cee Lo and two from Team Adam. But who will it be?

Their live performances last week showed off some strengths on each team, and a few weaknesses. Cee Lo Green's eclectic team -- Vicci Martinez, Nakia, Curtis Grimes and Tori and Taylor Thompson -- gave it their best and performed a funky rendition of 'Everyday People' with their wigged-out coach.

Team Adam on 'The Voice'

We also saw Adam Levine's team -- down to Jeff Jenkins, Javier Colon, Devon Barley and Casey Weston -- hold their own before coming together to perform 'With A Little Help From My Friends' with a little help from their Maroon 5 frontman coach.

I know who I think should be safe, but after some surprises last week, I'm still not sure how the eliminations will play out.

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'The Voice' Judge Cee Lo Green Addresses 'Homophobic' Tweet Controversy

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 21st 2011 5:30AM
Cee Lo Green'The Voice' judge and Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee Lo Green has released a statement addressing a controversial tweet he sent on Friday. In the statement, he apologizes for questioning the sexuality of a music critic who wrote a negative review of his performance in Minneapolis, Minn.

'City Pages' music editor Andrea Swensson called Cee Lo's opening performance during Rihanna's June 16 'Loud' tour stop "lackluster" and "gross." Cee Lo then expressed his feelings via Twitter, accusing her of being gay, and echoing the refrain of his recent hit song, 'F--- You.'

"I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night!" Cee Lo wrote. "I'm guessing you're gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f--- you!"

Cee Lo then semi-apologized for the tweet, which he quickly deleted, in yet another tweet that he also quickly deleted. "Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he way gay which is fine but its nice to what u think of me," he wrote.

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Cee Lo Green Channels Sly Stone on 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2011 7:50AM
Team Cee Lo on 'The Voice'We've reached the Quarterfinals round on 'The Voice' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC) so everyone's pulling out all the stops in their live performances.

This week it was the turn of Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green to each take to their stage with their team for a group performance.

Maroon 5 frontman Levine chose the classic 'With a Little Help From My Friends,' which his team performed with the help of a high school gospel choir singing backup.

Team Cee Lo chose to stay in the '60s, and knocked it out of the park with an exuberant -- if possibly over-accessorized -- rendition of Sly and the Family Stone's 1968 hit, 'Everyday People.'

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'The Voice': Three Things We Never Want to See Again

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 8th 2011 3:45PM
Christina Aguilera performs on 'The Voice'Last night, I went online and voted for reality TV contestants for the first time in my life, and I blame it all on 'The Voice.'

NBC's new hit reality singing competition has captured our attention and our hearts with touching stories, an interesting coaching concept and truly talented performers. Plus, the star power of coaches Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine can't be denied.

But it's not all butterflies and rainbows, and this week's first live performance show proved that.

Here, three things from last night's show that I never want to see again on 'The Voice,' and one thing I could watch all day -- and you can, thanks to our looping video!

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A Surprise Kiss Closes the Battle Rounds of 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2011 2:15AM
Curtis Grimes & Emily Valentine, 'The Voice'The Battle Rounds on 'The Voice' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC) came to a surprising close this week, but the NBC hype machine maybe set our expectations a little high. Usually when we see people's jaws dropping in promos, we're anticipating a twist in the competition, but this was nothing like that.

The final pairing was Emily Valentine and Curtis Grimes from Team Cee Lo Green. He chose Lady Antebellum's mega-hit 'Need You Now,' which was a natural fit for country boy Grimes. Valentine had to reach a little out of her rock comfort zone to find the song, but we thought she juggled it admirably.

What was more evident was her feelings for Grimes. He'd already given up one dream -- baseball -- for a girl, so he said he wouldn't do it again. But at the end of their performance, he took off his cowboy hat and planted a kiss on her that told another story.

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Eminem and Justin Bieber Win Big at 'The 2011 Billboard Music Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 2:28AM
Britney Spears & Rihanna, 'The 2011 Billboard Music Awards'All the stars of popular music came out for 'The 2011 Billboard Music Awards' (Sun., 8PM ET on ABC), where they saw Justin Bieber and Eminem dominate the night with six awards apiece.

Other big winners included Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Taio Cruz, Taylor Swift and Usher with three awards apiece.

The night was filled with memorable performances as well, including Cee Lo Green floating through the sky at a piano and Britney Spears and Rihanna in a sexy duet that climaxed in a lingerie pillow fight.

Beyoncé received the Billboard Millennium Award, while Neil Diamond was given the Icon Award. Diamond joked that he'd "Google it right after the show and find out exactly how an icon is supposed to handle himself."

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'Glee' Adds Writer, Schwarzenegger's 'Governator' On Hold & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 20th 2011 11:00AM
Glee'Glee,' a show often criticized for its uneven writing, is adding a fourth writer.

Yes, up until now, only three people -- Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan -- were writing 'Glee.' So, who is this new guy we can pin all of our hopes and dreams to? None other than comic book scribe and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

That name sound familiar? That's because Aguirre-Sacasa is the man behind the 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' rewrites. He's penned several episodes of 'Big Love' and wrote critically-acclaimed comics such as 'Marvel Knights: 4' and various 'Spider-Man' comics.

According to Deadline, Aguirre-Sacasa will also become a co-producer on 'Glee.' He's also been tapped to write a remake of 'Carrie' for the big screen.

In other TV news ...

Cee Lo Green says all of the judges will be back on 'The Voice' next season. "We've already been secured for a second season, so prepare to see a lot more of myself, Christina, Blake and Adam, and a host of great artists doing their thing," Green said. [Reuters]

Adam Shankman will only be one of a set of rotating guest judges on the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe will be the two resident judges. [Reality Blurred]

David Fury of 'Lost' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fame has joined the creative team of 'Fringe.' He'll serve as a writer and consulting producer on the Fox series. [Deadline]

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Cee Lo Green Chooses the Underdog in the Second Battle Round of 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 2:11AM
Nakia, 'The Voice'The Battle Rounds continued this week on 'The Voice' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC), with each of the four coaches presenting another duet to the audience. From each duet they chose a winner to continue in the competition, and they eliminated another singer.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Cee Lo Green pitted smooth R&B singer Tje Austin against soulful crooner Nakia on Ne-Yo's 'Closer.' It was a hard-fought battle and both singers sounded fantastic, but Nakia's passionate intonation just carred more weight than Austin's smooth tones.

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Cee Lo Green's Team Delivers the 'Best Duet of the Night' on 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 2:58AM
Cee-Lo Green, 'The Voice'This is a big week for 'The Voice' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC). It's opening gimmick was the blind auditions, but that round is over. As the competition moves into the battle rounds, it will be critical to see if that big audience stays with the show.

Based on the four performances we saw last night, we think they'll stick around. Each of the coaches paired up two of their team members and had them face off in a duet of a popular song. Then, while the other coaches could weigh in, it was up to the singers' coach to eliminate one of them.

Adam Levine didn't hesitate to call Vicci Martinez and Niki Dawson on Pink's 'Perfect,' "by far the best duet of the night." The coaches were shocked that Cee Lo Green paired the two as that meant he would have to lose one from his team.

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Former 'Idol' Contestant Frenchie Davis Tries to Win Us Back on 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 27th 2011 2:39AM
Frenchie Davis, 'The Voice'Frenchie Davis stole the hearts of America early in the second season of 'American Idol,' but later found herself disqualified for topless photos she had taken earlier in her career. That didn't sit well with 'Idol's family-friendly image. Now, eight years later Davis returned to a new singing competition series, 'The Voice' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC).

In this premiere episode, it's the Blind Auditions. This means the coaches can't see who's singing and have to decide whether or not they want to work with them toward winning the show based on their voice alone.

This almost proved a double-edged sword for Davis as being recognized might have helped her get more support from the coaches.

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Cee Lo Green and Carson Daly on Why 'The Voice' Is Less Pretentious Than 'Idol' (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2011 3:30PM
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Carson Daly of NBC's 'The Voice'
Even though I've never been a huge fan of 'American Idol,' I have to admit that the concept of NBC's new singing competition show, 'The Voice,' is intriguing (premieres Tuesday, April 26, 9PM ET).

Four of the hottest names in the music business -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, and country star Blake Shelton -- listen to singers without seeing what they look like. If they like what they hear, they turn their chairs around.

Then comes the intriguing part: If more than one of the coaches like a singer, they fight to make their case that the singer should choose him or her as a coach. The goal? To build as strong a team of singers as possible for the competition phase of the show.

I spoke to Cee Lo and 'Voice' host Carson Daly about what separates 'The Voice' from shows like 'Idol' -- the phrase "lack of pretentiousness" was thrown around a bit -- and who is the most competitive of the four mentors. Check out the video interview after the jump.

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Christina Aguilera on 'Voice' Judges: I'm Mama Bear Trying to Reign in Rowdy Boys (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 11:15AM
Being a judge on the vocal competition 'The Voice' sometimes requires a firm hand, said Christina Aguilera on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC). In fact, Aguilera affectionately referred to fellow judges Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as "boys" who occasionally need "slaps" to be kept in line.

"Well, I'm the mama bear trying to reign in my rowdy boys here," said Aguilera. "It's literally me and the boys. I can't even believe I'm witness to some of the conversations that happen ... They're just like three brothers."

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