13. Kiss and Don't Tell Award: After American Idol woman scorned Pia Toscano sings her anthem "I'll Stand By You" on Dancing with the Stars (her all-but-confirmed beau Mark Ballas' show), Tom Bergeron gets right to ...
Hear this loud and clear. We are LOVING The Voice.
Last night, NBC's singing competition kicked off in a two-hour treat that was both wildly fun and chockfull of chills, thanks to some serious (as Cee Lo Green would say) sangers. It also had some tired bits, but hey, after 10 seasons of Idol, we'll take a few sob stories over endless weeks of clowny, time-wasting auditions...
You've heard the hype: On NBC's The Voice, contestants are judged by celebrities who can't see them! There are no train wrecks! Everyone's talented! It's the anti-American Idol!
How NBC's The Voice plans to out-class TV's singing competitions
But does it all result in a show that can compete with the attention already paid to Idol, watched by an average of 25 million viewers? Is there room for both? We watched Tuesday's two-hour premiere of The Voice to figure out what the big differences between the two are (and, OK, weigh in on which we think is better. For now.)
So, this is awkward. Paul Reiser already was scheduled to promote The Paul Reiser Show on Monday's Tonight Show with Jay Leno when he got word last week that his show was being pulled after two episodes. He showed up to chat with Jay anyway, commenting on the uncomfortable situation ("I said, 'Well, that's weird. What do you think, Jay? Should I come on and just say hi?'") and throwing barbs at NBC...
Cee Lo Green
Glee (Tuesday, 8/7c, Fox)
Too much isn't always a good thing for this erratic yet always exuberant series, but with Lady Gaga music as the hook (including "Born This Way," which doubles as an episode title), this week's outing expands to 90 minutes. With prom looming, Quinn aims her sights on the title of queen — but so does the super-sized Lauren. Meanwhile, Mr. Shue is using the Gaga playlist to teach the glee club more musical life lessons in self-acceptance and embracing what makes each of them special.
Cee Lo Green
Even Carson Daly was suspicious of The Voice's bright red swivel chairs.
On NBC's new singing competition, things kick off with those chairs and blind auditions. Four celebrity coaches sit listening with their backs to the contestants. Should they like what they hear, they slam down on a large button and their chairs swivel to the front. This means they want to guide that contestant through the competition, helping them with everything from their song choices to their style.
Daly, the late-night talk show host and former MTV veejay, first thought it might be "gimmicky" but ultimately found it to be "a great idea in an American Idol world."
"Young people seem to be so enamored with just becoming famous," Daly says. "This immediately takes all of that out. Here, you need skill. You need to be an artist that established artists want to help mold."
And there's the difference: The Voice, adapted from a massively popular Dutch format, aims not to take on Idol in its own game, but to elevate the game itself. Rather than leaving the contestants to plod along, choosing ill-suited songs or worse, the show enlists its coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — to mentor the hopefuls. And in a unique twist, the contestants will cherry pick their coach should more than one of them swivel forward.
NBC will give viewers a 12-minute preview of its new singing competition The Voice Thursday before The Tonight with Jay Leno, the network announced Wednesday.
Starting at 11:35/10:35c, the preview will feature The Voice's four judges/coaches, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green, performing...
Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
Cee Lo Green had the chance to join Simon Cowell on his highly anticipated singing competition series, The X Factor, but he said no. Instead, he joined NBC's rival, The Voice. Why did he turn down one of the most famous judges in reality TV history?
"I was unfamiliar with the concept of X Factor," Green told reporters Friday at NBC's Summer Press Day. "I didn't see it as distinctive enough...
It's been a rough couple of months for Christina Aguilera. She messed up the lines to the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, fell onstage during a performance at the Grammy Awards and jailed for public intoxication.
"In light of the past year, there have been obvious setbacks," the Grammy-winning singer tells Us Magazine. "I've gone through a really hard divorce, and anyone who has gone through a divorce will speak about how...
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green
To hear Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine tell it, NBC's upcoming singing competition The Voice will be nothing like American Idol.
For one thing, there will be no mean-spirited judges. For another, there will be no "judges."
"I think it's less about being judgmental and more about helping the singers out," he said Tuesday during a press conference. "That's kind of a dirty word, here on The Voice... Judge. Judging."