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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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A Day in the Life of Cee Lo Green: 'The Voice' Drama & His Favorite to Win

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 20th 2011 6:30PM
Cee Lo GreenCee Lo Green says f*** you to a lot of things -- convention, boring outfits, anything without substantial sparkle-factor -- but he did say yes to a camera crew documenting a day in his life for Absolut's 'Cee Lo Distilled.'

Now more in the spotlight than ever thanks to his coaching duties on 'The Voice' (Tuesdays, 9PM ET on NBC), Green is not an easy man to track down. One sneak peek at 'Distilled' -- which you can watch the first half of now on Absolut's Facebook page -- and you can see just how crazy his life is.

I caught up with him to compare Cee Lo the performer and Cee Lo the guy (if there's even a difference at all), and he talked all about the tension between co-coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, whose team he would want to be on if he were a contestant and which singer he wished he'd gotten for his own team.

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Beverly McClellan of 'The Voice' Belts 'The Only One' on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 20th 2011 2:20PM
Beverly McClellan of 'The Voice' singing 'The Only One' by Melissa Etheridge on 'Access Hollywood Live'Beverly McClellan is one of the most popular contestants on 'The Voice,' in part because she can belt out a song like Melissa Etheridge's 'The Only One' with grit and passion. McClellan said Monday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that she appeared on a radio talk show with Etheridge and explained that she'd had to sing the song with a chest cold. It didn't seem to affect her performance (or her popularity).

When host Billy Bush reminded McClellan of her popularity, she said it warmed her heart. She also seemed humbled to have had the chance to speak with Etheridge. "[I] told her how hard it was to sing her song with a chest cold," said McClellan. "She's like, 'I bet.'"

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The Size of Christina Aguilera's 'The Voice' Paycheck Might Surprise You

by AOL Music Staff, posted Jun 19th 2011 11:30AM
Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera is definitely the biggest name of all the coaches on NBC's 'The Voice,' but how much bigger?

The singer/actress makes big money off of her latest gig as coach on NBC's hit battle of the bands show, but you might be surprised to hear just how much. Brace yourself.

Aguilera reportedly earns a staggering $225,000 per episode. Yup. That means Christina makes 2.25x the amount of the future winner of the show's $100,000 prize -- every episode. So in just eight episodes, Christina has grossed $1,800,000 since the show's April 26 premiere. Not too shabby for a month-and-a-half of work!

And it gets better. Christina's co-stars Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton only make $75,000 per episode, which is no doubt an enviable paycheck, but it means that Xtina makes $150K more per episode than her male colleagues. Break that glass ceiling, girl!

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Blake Shelton: Christina Aguilera's Boobs Honorary Member of 'Voice' Judges Panel (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 17th 2011 4:30PM
Blake Shelton talks about Christina Aguilera on 'Access Hollywood Live'If there's a breakout personality on the singing competition 'The Voice,' it's Blake Shelton. Already a popular country musician, Shelton has proved himself charming and quick-witted, characteristics he displayed Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Billy Bush and Kit Hoover asked Shelton about his fellow 'Voice' judge Christina Aguilera, and her penchant for ribbing Shelton and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.

What is her motivation? "She wants us," Shelton deadpanned. Shelton proceeded to tell a story about how 'The Voice' producers encourage the judges to use Twitter during commercial breaks to reach out to fans, and one viewer, like Billy Bush, thought that Aguilera should do more to cover up her cleavage. Shelton disagreed. "I was like, why would anybody ever tell her to ever do that?" he said.

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Aliens (and Christina Aguilera) Attack the Talking TV Podcast

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 17th 2011 1:00PM
This week's second Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast is a bit of an odd mixture. Ryan McGee and I talk about 'The Voice,' NBC's hit singing show, 'Falling Skies,' an alien invasion drama that arrives on TNT Sunday, and 'Outcasts,' another sci-fi drama that premieres on Saturday on BBC America. (By the way, the photo here is of Colin Cunningham, who is one of the best things, if not the best thing, about 'Falling Skies').

Running times for the podcast are below. In case you missed it, in the podcast we recorded earlier in the week, we talked all 'Doctor Who,' all the time.

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Liza Minnelli Helps Judge the Finalists on 'Today's Voice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 15th 2011 2:30PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Liza Minnelli on 'Today'On a slick, well-produced reality show like 'The Voice,' every second of an announcement is timed to wring as much drama from the proceedings as possible. There are dramatic pauses, lighting cues, and the producer's favorite technique, holding the announcement until after the commercial break. When Liza Minnelli came on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to help judge the finalists for the 'Today's Voice' competition, she took a more direct approach, albeit by accident.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb each have teams of singers they work with and "train," just like 'The Voice.' Wednesday, Minnelli choose who would move on in the competition after everyone had performed. Without any frills, Minnelli just looked at the paper and read the name. She was supposed to have read the results for "Team KLG" first, but instead announced from Kotb's group. She was quickly corrected and wound up announcing that winner twice. Hey, a comedy of errors counts as comedy, right?

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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' Predictions: Who Will Be Eliminated From Team Christina & Team Blake Tonight?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 14th 2011 5:30PM
Tonight on 'The Voice,' we'll say goodbye to two contestants from both Team Christina and Team Blake. But who will it be?

Last week's first live performance show was a strong one, with Christina Aguilera's team of ladies -- Beverly McClellan, Frenchie Davis, Lily Elise and Raquel Castro -- battling it out in between performing 'Lady Marmalade' with their coach.

Team Christina, The Voice

We also saw Blake Shelton's team -- down to Patrick Thomas, Xenia, Dia Frampton and Jared Blake -- perform strong solos before belting out Maroon 5's hit 'This Love' with their country star coach.

I voted online, and I'm dangerously close to downloading a few of the songs on iTunes as well -- a sure sign of obsession -- but I'm still not sure how the eliminations will play out.

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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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Dia Frampton Owns Kanye West's 'Heartless' As Piano Ballad on 'The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 8th 2011 3:41AM
Dia Frampton, 'The Voice'Despite having already released a major label album with her sister as Meg & Dia in 2009, Blake Shelton noticed that Dia Frampton seemed to have a nervous energy about her on 'The Voice' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC). The band is unsigned now, so perhaps she sees this as a last opportunity to make a career doing what she loves.

In this first week of live competition, it's more important than ever for the contestants to come out strong and give their best performances. Shelton gave Frampton a real chance to shine with an unusual song choice in Kanye West's 'Heartless.'

To direct her nervous energy, she performed behind a grand piano and gave a very interesting and compelling performance. While her voice may not have soared as acrobatically as those on Christina Aguilera's team this week, Frampton certainly gave one of the most memorable performances of the night.

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NBC Extends 'The Voice,' Adds Live Results Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2011 2:10PM
The Voice'The Voice' is getting bigger. Capitalizing on the show's positive buzz, NBC has extended the singing competition and added two live results shows.

On June 22 and 29, NBC will air live broadcasts, with season 1 concluding on the 29th.

NBC is throwing quite a bit of might behind 'The Voice.' The Peacock has already slotted it behind the Super Bowl on Sun., Feb. 5. No word on whether it'll be the season 2 premiere or just a round of blind auditions.

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'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent' Hit Ratings High Notes

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2011 2:45PM
The Voice, America's Got TalentThe season premiere of 'America's Got Talent' heated up NBC with record ratings. The talent competition was watched by 15 million viewers, the highest premiere for the series.

Moving to its new time right after 'AGT,' NBC's new singing competition 'The Voice' was watched by 14.4 million viewers, a series high for the show so far.

'AGT' was seen by 4.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demo, while 'The Voice' grabbed 4.9 million.

Now in its sixth season, for the most part 'AGT' has averaged around 12 million viewers year after year. Last season's finale was seen by 16 million viewers.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Judge Singing Contestants on 'Today's The Voice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 1st 2011 2:20PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb judge 'Today's The Voice'Kathie Lee Gifford is a singer and songwriter who got her start in show business singing for 'Name That Tune.' Hoda Kotb most definitely owns an iPod. So it's only natural that the pair would use their musical talents to help aspiring singers on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) in their own version of 'The Voice.'

This morning, it was round two of 'Today's The Voice,' complete with chairs that spin around if Gifford or Kotb choose a particular singer. They weren't terribly picky. Everyone got through this round, including a man who sang "I Can't Make You Love Me," originally performed by Bonnie Raitt and covered by George Michael, a woman who sang "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You."

The grand-prize winner will be announced sometime at the end of June, and will win a trip to Los Angeles for the taping of the season finale of 'The Voice.' There will be more contestants in the next round next week.

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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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