Season 6 Premieres Tonight: Your Catch-Up Guide

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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 replace him, whether it’s Usher or anyone else.

In happier coach-related news, Blake Shelton has announced he’ll hit the road for a 2014 version of his Ten Times Crazier Tour; information can be found on his website (blakeshelton.com). And Adam Levine and his Season 4 artist Judith Hill performed on the same stage when both participated in CBS’s February 9 special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. You can hear some words from Adam and see a clip of Maroon 5′s performance in the below video.

A few The Voice artists have turned out new music since December. Season 1 finalist Vicci Martinez has a new release, Otra Cancion, available via Bandcamp. Season 4′s Melanie Martinez debuted her new single, “Dollhouse,” on iTunes. According to iTunes, Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin will release her record in March.

We’ve also caught up with several former contestants to find out what they’re up to recently. You can check out our interviews with Season 3 finalist Nicholas David, Team Cee Lo’s Kat Robichaud from Season 4, and Team Adam’s Caroline Glaser from Season 4. Kat’s recent music video, as well as a music video from Season 2′s Pip, can be found in our January news roundup.

The Voice also won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Competition TV Show in January, over America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, MasterChef and the now-cancelled The X Factor.

Lastly, if you missed the various announcements over the last few weeks, we now know the full advisor lineup for Season 6. They are Aloe Blacc (Team Adam, after his appearance performing opposite Team Adam’s Will Champlin in Season 5), The Band Perry (Team Blake), Jill Scott (Team Usher) and Miranda Lambert (Team Shakira, her second go-around after advising Team Blake in Season 2). You’ll see the advisors in a few weeks, when Season 6 heads to its battle rounds.

The Voice premieres tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC. Stay tuned all season for our recaps, interviews and news behind the scenes here and by visiting BFTV’s sister site, Big Red Chairs (bigredchairs.com).

(c)2014 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse and Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.

Cee Lo Green Leaving ‘The Voice’

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Cee Lo Green is leaving The Voice again – permanently this time. I give the facts of the situation and a quick look back at his coaching record on the show at Fan Voice. (Forgive the lack of length; why is it every time he announces he’s going somewhere, I’m on vacation? Trufax.)

What do you think of the news? Surprised or not surprised? And who do you think should fill Cee Lo’s chair? Should NBC try to retain Usher for back-to-back seasons like Blake and Adam, or look for a new coach, and if so, who would you suggest?

‘The Voice’ Artists Taking California Before Season 5 Premiere

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The Voice coach Cee Lo Green has reunited with Goodie Mob, and the group is bringing their “Age Against The Machine” tour to Los Angeles’ House of Blues tonight, and San Francisco Thursday. But the pet-loving singer isn’t the only performer from the hit NBC series to be visiting the Golden State right now. Fans who are eagerly awaiting The Voice‘s September 23 premiere can also see a number of their favorite artists live over the next two months.

There are three venues that are Voice friendly, with several singers on their calendar. The first is one of Los Angeles’s best music venues, Hotel Cafe. It plays host to Season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton for three shows on September 6, 9 and 16. Season 2 semifinalist Katrina Parker is hosting a release show for her upcoming album In and Out of the Dark there on September 10. Season 2′s Jamar Rogers is scheduled to appear on September 27.

Lestat’s Coffee House in San Diego is home to Rebecca Loebe from Season 1 on September 5, and Season 2′s Charlotte Sometimes will visit there on September 22.

Up north is San Francisco’s Hotel Utah, where Rebecca Loebe will perform on September 10, followed by Charlotte Sometimes on September 17.

There are also a variety of other cities playing host to Voice artists in the near future. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope will be performing two dates in Southern California, at Chula Vista’s Sleep Train Ampitheatre on September 13 and then Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre on September 14. “11,” the latest single from her upcoming album Frame by Frame, was released on Tuesday.

August 31 sees Orlando Napier in Studio City and Jamar Rogers in Los Angeles. On September 6, Napier plays Santa Barbara. Rebecca Loebe will be in Altadena on September 8. September 12, Season 1 duo Elenowen performs at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater, a great and relatively undiscovered venue that’s hosted live music and exceptional plays for years. They then move to Santa Ana on September 13.

September 14, it’s Napier in Laguna Beach, Season 2′s Lee Koch in Temecula, and Elenowen in San Francisco. September 15 sees Season 2′s Nakia in Pioneertown, Season 2′s Whitney Myer in Bakersfield with her Whitney Myer Band, and Elenowen in Redding. Nakia appears in Mill Valley, CA on September 16, with Charlotte Sometimes arriving there on September 18. On September 19, Nakia plays in Sacramento. September 20, while Orlando Napier is at The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Charlotte Sometimes visits San Luis Obispo.

It all leads up to when The Voice returns to the airwaves on Monday, September 23, with Green and Christina Aguilera returning to the series alongside coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

You can find more information about every The Voice artist’s upcoming performances through September by visiting the concert calendar at Big Red Chairs.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse and Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.

Photos From ‘The Voice’ House of Blues Concert

If you weren’t able to catch last night’s The Voice coaches/Top 12 performance at House of Blues Sunset Strip, no worries – I have you covered. Here are photos of each of the Top 12 from House of Blues via the Big Red Chairs Facebook page. You can also see NBC’s photos of the coaches in my Examiner news blast. I have some photos of the coaches that I shot which I’ll be posting over the weekend. Enjoy!

People’s Choice Award Initial Nominees Include Lots of ‘The Voice’

It’s time again to vote for the People’s Choice Awards, and The Voice is well-represented on the PCA’s first-wave ballot, which pools a field of 12 possibles before narrowing them down to the 5 nominees eligible to win the awards.

Not only is the show up for recognition itself as Favorite Competition TV Show, but all four coaches could be picked for the shortlist for the Favorite Celebrity Judge trophy, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 have possible nods for Favorite Band, Favorite Album (Overexposed) and Favorite Music Video (“Payphone”),  Blake Shelton is up for consideration to be nominated for Favorite Country Artist, and host Carson Daly is a candidate for Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host.

Only the top 5 vote-getters in each category will become official nominees on the final ballot being revealed on November 15. You can vote now and vote often to make our Voice folks nominees for the People’s Choice Awards by visiting their online ballot.

Lots of Updates: Team Cee Lo’s Christmas Album, Lisa Scinta’s Kickstarter, Xenia’s New Single

Thursday is shaping up to be a big day for The Voice fans, as either new music or news about new music is emerging. Here’s what I know so far, and this post will be updated as more develops.

  • Several members of Team Cee Lo, including Season 1′s Vicci Martinez and Season 2′s Jamar Rogers and James Massone, have been spotted in Las Vegas recently. Why? Because they’re appearing on coach Cee Lo Green‘s Christmas album, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment. Cee Lo’s extended an invitation to as many as 20 of his past and present team members to join him on the recording. It comes out at the end of this month; you can pre-order a copy via Amazon. (If you’re counting, that’s two coaches and one artist with a Christmas album this year…it’s a Voice Christmas!)
  • It also came out in a recent Billboard interview that Cee Lo signed his Season 2 finalist Juliet Simms “to a management contract.” It’s not clear what specifically that means, but congrats Juliet!
  • Speaking of coaches, you can also pre-order a deluxe version of Christina Aguilera’s Lotus, which is due out next month.
  • For those of you upset by Tuesday’s editing down of the battle rounds, we’ve found Team Christina’s Lisa Scinta. She has a Kickstarter up to fund a new release effort. Click here to take a look – we can’t get her more airtime on TV, but we can help her get a record made.
  • If you’re not near a WalMart, WalMart.com finally made available Chris Mann‘s Home for Christmas EP. Here’s the item page for you to order yours!
  • Team Blake’s Xenia announced via Facebook that her new single would be available on iTunes today. You can download “Hiding Places” here. Interestingly, it’s copyrighted to Xenia rather than Universal Republic, which unfortunately looks like it confirms our speculation that UMG let her go.

And here’s a new cover video from Team Adam’s Karla Davis: