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:

It’s Official: Christina and Cee Lo Out, Shakira and Usher In

The wild speculation is over just about as quickly as it began: as we all figured awhile ago, The Voice‘s original foursome will not all be back in Spring 2013 for Season 4.

Via press release from NBC, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green “will take the cycle off to fulfill other commitments before returning next year.” Their replacements will be Shakira and Usher.

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will keep their big red chairs for at least one more season.

It’s worth noting that both Christina and Cee Lo are quoted in the press release as saying they’ll be back, with Cee Lo point-blank saying “I will return for season five,” which would be in Fall 2013. I also like the below quote from Christina, because it says what many of us have brought up since the idea of a year-round show was pitched:

Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take season four off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Christina as a coach, I don’t think anyone can argue with her logic. Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Adam and/or Blake take Season 5 off, given that they’ve expressed the exact same desire. (I’m actually surprised that Adam is staying, given his tour commitments with Maroon 5.)

The important thing is that – although plans can certainly change – right now it looks like we’ll have the original fab four back in the fall of next year. That’s certainly something they didn’t have to do, and I think it speaks to their commitment to the show and to helping new talent.

How do you think a Christina-less, Cee Lo-less, Shakira-and-Usher-plus Voice will pan out?

Editorial: No, ‘The Voice’ Coaches Won’t Coach Forever (and Why That’s OK)

There’s been a lot of media noise about The Voice coaches recently. Yahoo! TV ran a story based off an Access Hollywood report, and the headline was Blake Shelton On His The Voice Future: I Don’t Know ‘How Much Longer’ I’ll Last. That wasn’t the first such article I’ve seen, and it grinds my gears a little bit. People seem to be trying to create some sort of drama or suspense around the fate of our Fabulous Foursome, and it just doesn’t make any sense to me, because this isn’t breaking news.

Let’s be clear: it’s when, not if, one or more of the coaches will leave The Voice.

The writing has been on the wall since May, when NBC concluded Season 2 and then announced Season 3 exactly a week later. It’s common sense that these four working artists cannot tape two seasons a year and have time to tour and be able to record new music and have any semblance of their own lives. There just aren’t enough days on the calendar. Something has to give, and as Adam, Blake, Cee Lo, and Christina are performers first and TV personalities second, it will be and should be The Voice.

Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate all four superstar coaches – but because I appreciate them, I want them to be able to pursue their careers, spend time with their loved ones, and do anything else they might want to do. We know that at least two of the four have had to push back other professional commitments in order to accomodate the filming of Season 3. Cee Lo announced he was delaying the start of his residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and as a Maroon 5 fan, I was deeply disappointed to hear that although their new album Overexposed dropped in June, North America will probably have to wait until 2013 to see the band on tour. The success of the show shouldn’t come at the expense of fans of the music.

Blake, in particular, has made it very clear that it won’t, either. In said Access Hollywood interview, he’s quoted as saying that “As far as Christina and Adam and Cee Lo and I – if we want to tour, there’s not a chance of that doing back to back seasons. That’s not acceptable to me.” He’s absolutely right.

So we ought to stop acting like the idea that the coaches could leave is some sort of surprise; the only questions up in the air are who will be the one(s) to go and when they’ll make that decision. We could see one of them leave now and someone else leave later on; it could happen as early as Spring 2013, or perhaps they’ll be able to juggle things for at least another half-year. (If anyone can make a schedule work, it’s Voice uber-producer Mark Burnett, whose name is on more shows than would seem humanly possible, yet he does it.) They could even leave and come back again. Who knows? And until we do know, there’s no sense in getting all worked up about it. That’s much ado about nothing much.

The bottom line is this situation was created by the business of television. I have a hard time believing that whoever at NBC decided to run two cycles of The Voice a year didn’t realize the position it would put the coaches in – but they have a ratings winner on their hands, and with big ratings the network makes more money, which any business needs to do. I can only assume that the execs figured that the unique format of The Voice will keep it viable after the departure of any of its coaches, like how Law & Order survived numerous cast changes and stayed on the air for two decades. I’m not sure I agree with that logic, but I do understand it.

I also know there’s nothing I can do to change the prognosis. So instead of needlessly speculating, I’m going to enjoy Season 3 while it’s in front of me. I’m going to appreciate that we have Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Christina for at least one more go-around. Now more than ever is the time to thank these four huge stars for the time, effort and heart they put into the show, and all the wonderful things that have come out of their participation, whether it’s introducing you to a new artist you now love, or fondly looking back on moments such as the premiere of “Moves Like Jagger” or the introduction of Purrfect the Cat. Those things wouldn’t exist if anyone else were sitting in those big red chairs.

Whatever happens and whenever it happens, Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Christina have changed the face of music competition on television – and for that, and so much more, I can only offer them a heartfelt thank-you.

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Big Red Chairs: July 5, 2012 – Tony Vincent, Shields Brothers, Moses Stone, Angie Johnson, Season 3

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Welcome to Big Red Chairs, the blog for all of your The Voice needs…this week, a couple of big personalities put out new material, there’s one heck of a Voice party coming up at The Grove, and what are Adam and Cee Lo doing together? Without further ado…

New Music: Tony Vincent, Shields Brothers, Moses Stone

A big hand to Team Cee Lo’s Tony Vincent, who became the first season two Voice artist to launch a crowd-funding project (in his case, with PledgeMusic), fund it and put out the finished product. Tony’s new EP In My Head has been released to the people who pledged to his Kickstarter – and I’ve gotten an early listen to it!

The first track is one you should already know: “Starting Over,” which was released as a single earlier this year. There are three other new songs: the title track “In My Head,” as well as “Stronger Than Before” and “Where Did I Go Wrong.” Lyrically compelling, full of heart, each of them are catchy in their own way (I caught myself singing along with multiple tracks before I’d even finished my first listen of them!), and this definitely should hook some new fans as well as longtime ones. At least, it left me wanting a full album.

One of the things I love most about this EP is that Tony makes a very clear artistic statement with it. You can obviously hear his Britpop influences in each track, in addition to his ability to compose lyrics that are both articulate and with a real meaning. He’s so very different from 80% of what you hear in music right now, and he owns that. It’s the quality I admire most in Tony: he’s always been secure in and forthcoming about who he is both artistically and as an individual, and you can tell that this EP is true Tony Vincent.

The EP will be released to the general public on July 10, and I’ll post a link as soon as that happens. You definitely want to grab your copy as soon as possible!

In other news, Team Christina’s Moses Stone has released the trailer for his new documentary series, Dreams To Reality. You can watch that trailer here. Much like the Dia’s Next Stage videos from season one, Moses will be showing us where his life takes him next – and since he has a variety of ventures, this will no doubt be an interesting series to watch.

And to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, Team Cee Lo’s Shields Brothers brought us their cover of the Springsteen classic “Born In The USA,” as only they can ever do. Check that one out here.

Getting Music Made: Angie Johnson

Team Cee Lo’s Angie Johnson has now joined the ranks of Voice artists on Kickstarter. You can go here to help Angie make a new recording.

And here’s a heads-up: Lindsey Pavao is working on a Kickstarter as well! I’ll be sure to post a link as soon as that goes live. It seems that many of our Voice alumni have decided to skip “the machine” and go directly to their fans to make their new music…and so far, they’ve been pretty darn successful!

Tour Updates: Jamar Rogers, Tony Lucca, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, Dia Frampton

Los Angeles fans are getting a lot of love from The Voice of recent. If you somehow missed Jamar Rogers on his recent tour with Vicci Martinez, he’ll be at the Hotel Cafe this Saturday, July 7. Speaking from experience, Hotel Cafe is an excellent venue, so if you are anywhere near the area, definitely do not miss him! More info here.

Something big is also coming the West Coast way: as part of The Grove Los Angeles’ Summer Concert Series, four alumni will be there on July 25: season one runner-up Dia Frampton, as well as season two finalists Tony Lucca, Chris Mann and Juliet Simms. The best part is this concert is free! It starts at 7:30. More information can be found at the venue website.

Coach News: Adam and Cee Lo Make A Movie

For somebody who’s never acted before, coach Adam Levine is getting a lot of acting work! He and fellow coach Cee Lo Green will both appear in the upcoming film Can A Song Save Your Life? opposite Keira Knightley and Hailee Steinfeld. Adam plays the boyfriend who dumps Knightley’s character, after which she eventually meets a group of eclectic musicians, including one played by Cee Lo. Adam has already tweeted pictures from the shooting of the flick in New York City. (Although it’s worth noting that Simple Plan already answered the title question.)

Season 3 News: Battle Round Dates Announced

Mark your calendars: 1iota is already taking ticket requests for Season 3 battle rounds, which will film next month. But there’s a (so far unexplained) twist! Battle rounds are listed by their website as taking place August 3-5, but there are two more days listed as “face offs,” August 10 and 11. What’s a “face off”? We have no idea.

What I do know, though, is that this partly conflicts with Season 4 auditions, which take place in Los Angeles on August 11 and 12. So if you’re planning to audition for Season 4, you might have to miss out on the opportunity to see a possibly new part of Season 3…which seems weird, but that’s how the cookie crumbles this time around.

If you’re counting, we’re only about two months away from the premiere of Season 3…are you ready?

Also, FYI, this blog will be taking a hiatus next week as I’m out of town covering San Diego Comic-Con International 2012. But I’ll keep tweeting the latest updates as work permits, so be sure you’re following on Twitter if you’re not already!

That’s all I’ve got for this week; as usual, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter at @bigredchairs.