Those outfits! Those wigs! Those ... pets?! There are plenty of reasons why CeeLo Green (and Purrfect the cat, and Lady the bird) are irreplaceable on The Voice. But, like it or not, NBC will soon have to start searching for the next music superstar to fill Green's big red chair this coming fall on the heels of his exit from the highly rated singing competition.
CeeLo Green not returning to The Voice
So who should fill the "Forget You" singer's bedazzled, one-of-a-kind shoes? We round out six great candidates...
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The X Factor continued Thursday night with the performances at the judges' homes. Picking up from where Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato left off, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid had their chance to mentor their six singers and watch them perform in order to pick which four in each category will advance to the live performances round.
American Idol singer Frenchie Davis. Mickey Mouse Club member Tony Lucca. The Voice has always been about giving talented singers a second chance at fame. Now, the show is giving its singers another second chance with a twist that could shake the game up in a big way: the Steal.
In the battle rounds, which kick off Monday at 8/7c on NBC, the coaches will have the opportunity to press their buttons once again — this time to steal a singer from another coach after that singer has lost their battle. "I have to say as a naturalized American, what the country is all about is second chances. And this is a second chance for people," executive producer Mark Burnett tells TVGuide.com. "When they hit those buttons and the lights come on, it's like, 'Wow!' I've been doing this long enough that I know when I see something magical happen."
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The Steal comes after the early eliminations of front-runners like Niki Dawson in
The Voice crowned its Season 2 champ on Tuesday night, but backstage, everyone was talking about the feud between coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine -- everyone, that is, except winner Jermaine Paul, of Team Blake Shelton.
Oh snap, Tony Lucca. That was just perfect.
After taking a jab last week for scoring some Twitter support from his Mickey Mouse Club pal Justin Timberlake by fellow Mouse House vet Christina Aguilera, The Voice's handsome troubadour wannabe took the quarter-finals stage last night and did what any self-respecting artist would do: He covered another famed MMC alum, Britney Spears.
This is how confident we were that Tony Lucca would advance through this week's battle rounds on The Voice: We got a hold of him Monday morning — just as he'd completed a weekend performing on a rock cruise — to ask him if his missing facial hair would make a comeback in subsequent episodes, what really happened after Christina Aguilera failed to recognize her former fellow Mouseketeer ("Wake up," Christina!), and whether or not coach Adam Levine is actually a loveable, cocky rock star (or just a cocky rock star) when the cameras aren't rolling.
And, of course we grilled him all about MMC (that's Mickey Mouse Club for those who didn't grow up in the 90s), from dating Keri Russell and making Britney Spears swoon, to his affection for the soap-within-the-show Emerald Cove. In our minds, there's no doubt that it was the Mouse Club faithful that helped send "Tony Lucca" trending on Twitter immediately after he appeared on The Voice's second season premiere. (And — spoiler alert — we were
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13. Lamest Dirty Talk: It took time, but The Bachelor's Jamie finally decides she's going to kiss Ben. Despite being a self-proclaimed prude, Jamie straddles Ben and tells him exactly how she is going to plant one on him. But she doesn't stop there. She keeps flapping her gums, even while the two are kissing, which just makes Ben laugh. If first kisses say it all, then it seems clear why Jamie didn't get a rose.
12. Best Surrender: Realizing he lacks the duende (read: passion) to get the job done, Mr. Schue steps down as McKinley High's Spanish teacher to give the...
Mickey Mouse is now three quarters of a century old, but whatever you do, don't tell him that. As animated as ever, the adorable rodent has filled up his schedule with more photo ops and marketing meetings than the cast of Friends. But, even as he looks forward to the summer '04 video release of The Three Musketeers — believe it or not, his first full-length feature with Donald, Goofy, et al — he kindly allowed TV Guide Online to bend his ear long enough to ask him Seven Silly Questions.
TV Guide Online: Mickey, how is it that after 75 years, you still look as young and spry as you did when we first met you — or rather, when our parents did? Plastic surgery? Botox? Clean living? What's your secret?Mickey Mouse: Aw, gee, thanks, pal. Let's see... I try to eat right, and I mousercise. Oh, and for the occasional wrinkle? A good