Shakira and Usher reclaim their big red chairs on Monday's Season 6 premiere of The Voice (8/7c, NBC), and it seems absence really does make the heart grow fonder — or at least hungrier.
Both coaches return from their season-long break ready to win and willing to do whatever it takes to do so. After making their debuts last spring in Season 4, Usher and Shakira seem poised to officially come out of the shadows of the original judges they replaced, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green. How will they do it? And what else can fans expect from Season 6? Read on for five teases about The Voice's highly anticipated return...
Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
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In the sneak peek below from the upcoming season, the foursome do a switcheroo, as Blake Shelton performs a Shakira song and vice versa, while Usher belts out a Maroon 5 favorite before Adam Levine jumps into an Usher ditty. By the end of the set, the four are jamming out together.
Christina Aguilera, Matt Rutler
Christina Aguilera has plenty to celebrate this month!
Less than a week after announcing her engagement to longtime boyfriend Matt Rutler, Us Weekly reports that the singer is...
Do you miss CeeLo Green as a judge on The Voice already? Well, you can check out the musician on the season finale of Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters...
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
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CeeLo Green has turned his chair for the last time: The Voice coach won't be returning to the hit series, he announced on Wednesday's episode of Ellen.
"I'm going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year," the singer toldEllen DeGeneres. "But yeah, I'm going to miss The Voice, too. I'm not coming back, guys."
Usher, Blake Shelton
They may call him "Break It Down Blake" back in Oklahoma, but on the set of The Voice, Usher has much harsher words for Blake Shelton's dancing skills.
"I don't think that...
Amy Poehler, Michael J. Fox
NBC has learned its lesson.
Last season, after a strong fall powered by The Voice and Revolution, NBC not only kept the shows off the air until March 2013, but chose not to launch any midseason series in January, cuing up a huge collapse.
"Essentially the momentum from last fall fell away. This year things are different," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Sunday at the network's Television Critics Association winter previews. "Of course, we've got the Olympics for 18 nights, but I also think we've also gotten smarter about how we've scheduled January and February. We didn't take The Blacklist off the air in January. ... Last Monday's episode ... saw a 60 percent jump in the demo."
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The Blacklist, Greenblatt noted, is the No. 1 drama and No. 1 new series in the 18-49 adult demo and No. 2 scripted series ...
NBC headed into midseason last year with plenty of momentum — only to see its fortunes collapse as The Voice took a winter nap and new hit Revolution went on hiatus.
Lesson learned. Not taking this fall's solid ratings for granted, NBC will bring its new smash, The Blacklist, back in January before taking a break for the Olympics. And the Winter Games will provide a ratings boost as well as a broad platform on which to market the network's upcoming series.
Thanks to his glittery outfits, crazy wigs and hilarious pet sidekicks, CeeLo Green has one of the most distinct personalities in the entertainment industry. Which is why it's not too surprising that the "Forget You" singer and Voice coach is starring in his own reality show.
"I have truly made a success out of being myself," Green told reporters at at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Friday. "So it's very easy for me to be honest. It takes a lot for me to lie."
CeeLo Green's The Good Life, premiering this summer on TBS, follows Green and three of his best childhood friends — Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo — as they prepare to release their...