My issue with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s harmonies are similar to their general relationship. It’s a square peg and a round hole, and no matter how much they use the media to convince us of their love, the pairing just seems odd. But perhaps that’s a good thing. After all, Blake and Miranda seemed like a perfectly matched country couple, and that didn’t work. Plus, Gwen has a good track record for monogamy, having only been in two very long relationships for her entire life. Watch their performance of “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” on ‘The Voice’.
Everyone knows that the sole purpose of ‘The Voice’ is to give the judges a chance to peddle their projects in front of a large population of people. And one of those judges now includes Gwen Stefani, who performed her new track live on the show. Her latest song, “Spark the Fire,” is an up-tempo tune, which was predictably co-penned and produced by hit maker Pharrell Williams. The eye-catching, animated video is a must see. Watch below to see Stefani at the top of her solo game.
While it doesn’t surprise me that contestants of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ are subject to immense contractual restrictions, it certainly surprises me that the show can override the voting system. ‘The Voice’ revolves around the viewing public, so it’s shocking that NBC is given the authority to arbitrarily veto their votes. In fact, this revelation might shed light on why ‘The Voice’ has yet to find a star. The idea behind shows like ‘American Idol’ has always been to let the public pick their star, because industry insiders aren’t always right. To eliminate that feature is to undermine the integrity and purpose of the process. It’s unclear whether this elimination power has ever been executed, but many suggest it might explain Judith Hill’s shocking departure last season. As for who leaked this and why, I’m guessing someone with sour grapes got the idea.
Danielle Bradbery won The Voice, and she sure deserved it. The Voice desperately needed a main-stream star, because after three seasons, they had yet to compete with American Idol’s track record. I think it’s safe to say they’re now in the clear. Danielle is going to be huge. Watch her top performances below.
FINALE — “I WANT CRAZY”
TOP FIVE — “PLEASE REMEMBER ME”
TOP SIX — “SHAKE THE SUGAR TREE”
TOP EIGHT — GRANDPA (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)
This is more shocking than the news that the tooth fairy only left a dollar under my childhood pillow (I deserved way more). Despite my consistent disapproval, Christina Aguilera will return to season five of The Voice with a sizable paycheck. Though I didn’t have inside knowledge of her contract, I assumed she was sacked. But even The Dishmaster can eat crow. I really did like Shakira, but all good things can’t last forever . . .
Just because you’re a successful performer, doesn’t mean you’re successful at finding new talent. That’s an A&R side of the brain that the judges of ‘The Voice’ are clearly missing. Because if they had it, they would have all turned around in unison for Mackenzie Bourg, who is likely the only contestant so far with any hope of a post-show career. And in case you doubt The Dishmaster’s ability to spot talent, just remind yourself that I interviewed The Lumineers before they blew up (yes, I’m bragging).
I will try my hardest not to judge Green Day frontman Billy Joe for joining ‘The Voice.’ It’s a popular show, he’s a popular guy, and he has to stay popular — because he has an album coming out. That being said, my vitriolic hatred for Christina Aguilera and my talent show fatigue makes this revelation difficult. Watch their interview below, and by “their,” I mean hers, considering he barely got a word in.
“I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls. . . . A little bit of a bimbo. Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of them, is that I love them so much. . . . I was the music dude that was naked all the time with the girls, and that’s fine. . . . But I wanted to create a little balance. When ‘The Voice’ came around, I thought, ‘People now know that I have a brain.'” The always douchey Adam Levine on the deep reason behind his man-whore syndrome.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Christina Aguilera for confirming to the outside world what industry insiders have known for years — she’s a huge bitch. This confirmation took place on tonight’s episode of ‘The Voice,’ when Christina outwardly criticized Tony Lucca and Adam Levine’s song choice, objecting to the lyric, “99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.” According Radar Online, the fight between Levine and Aguilera started earlier today, and it obviously continued on-air. Apparently, she felt the lyric in question was specifically directed at her, presumably because . . . well . . . if the shoe fits. After Lucca performed, Aguilera’s disdain became immediately clear when she claimed the lyrics were “derogatory toward women.” And since Adam Levine is a complete badass, he explained to the audience that the lyric isn’t about women in general, but it’s a metaphor for anything bringing you down. Aguilera didn’t buy it, and a verbal brawl began. But Levine cleverly had the last word, removing his button-down to reveal a “Team Xtina” shirt. As an aside, Tony Lucca killed it, and Adam Levine is unequivocally the best coach. Maybe she can ask him for advice if her option gets renewed. Watch below.
Not a day goes by where I won’t point out how much I dislike Christina Aguilera. Today’s edition is about Tony Lucca, who Christina Aguilera took some serious time to criticize while commenting on Katrina Parker’s performance. In short, she outwardly advised Adam Levine to pick Parker instead of Lucca, telling Levine to reject “the obvious choice.” First, Christina Aguilera obviously has some residual Mickey Mouse Club animosity (which might include a hatred for fellow Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake who supports Lucca). Second, she’s a terrible judge. Lucca is the “obvious” choice because he will be the most successful in the industry. Katrina Parker isn’t even close. And lastly, none of Aguilera’s former team members from last season became successful after the show, which means she’s also a bad coach. Watch both performances below.