[SPOILER ALERT!!! Read on only if you have already seen Tuesday night's eliminations round.]
Tonight was The Voice‘s great social media experiment. Did it work? And more importantly, did America’s Twitter users save the right singer?
Voice fans: I know it’s a tad early in the game, but is season 5 shaping up to be the most interesting season of the highly rated reality competition yet?
After the reveal of last week’s top 12, it’s apparent that this season is already breaking two important trends. One, with only four female singers remaining, is it safe to say we can expect The Voice to be a male one? There hasn’t been a male winner since season 1′s Javier Colon and season 2′s Jermaine Paul. Factors of probability aside, has there ever been a season with male singers of this caliber of talent? Week to week, I find myself scurrying from Matthew Schuler’s indie-rock power-ballad camp to favoring James Wolpert’s versatile vibrato, to even rooting for clutch player Will Champlin, who many times seemed a goner without a coach’s save. Now I’d wouldn’t be so careless to rule out Tessanne — who’s been a favorite this entire season — but it’s not going to be easy for the powerhouse diva to steamroll past these guys. This talent pool runs deep.
Secondly, in addition, to the dearth of ladies in the competition, there’s also a noticeable lack of a female country singer. As my colleague Samantha Highfill wrote in her analysis of season 4′s artists, The Voice looked like it was on the the fast track to becoming a single-genre show with the purpose of exclusively catapulting country singers. While there’s nothing wrong with discovering another country star, this departure can only signal good things for Voice viewers. It will force Blake to rejigger his coaching sensibilities, give more screen time to idiosyncratic voices, and make it more fun to watch without the looming threat of winner déjà vu.
Here’s a refresher on the current top 12 (and the order I would rank them):
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Last night marked the first round of live shows for the top 20 contestants competing on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Entertainment Weekly was on the scene as members of Team Adam and Team Blake gave it their all in the hopes that viewers at home would vote them into the Top 12.
Check out a couple of things you didn’t see at home when the cameras stopped rolling below!
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The live rounds begin tonight! After two exciting knockout rounds last week, the top 20 singers are settled and the coaches have their five final picks. Have you found yourself aligning with any particular teams this early in the game? Do you fancy Blake’s army of country and soul singers? Or Christina’s band of divas and diva-men? This time around, instead of the coaches deciding our fair singers’ fates, it’s you, America. Read on for a crash course on the teams and vote for your favorites.
Here’s a refresher on the Season 5 teams:
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There’s another Cuoco making waves during primetime and it’s not for her acting chops, but rather her musical ability. Briana Cuoco, younger sister and personal assistant of big sister Kaley, just tried out for The Voice.
Host Carson Daly paid a visit to San Fernando Valley to chat with the Cuoco sisters and we saw some seriously adorable sibling synergy. Though as Kaley’s personal assistant Briana may spend time walking the dogs and obtaining revised scripts, her real passion is music. “My sister understands that I have aspirations, that I have things that I wanna do,” Briana said. And Kaley is effusive with support: “She’s deserved this her whole life… this is her time now.” (Kaley also admits she’s a huge fan of The Voice.)
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Ideally, singing competitions like NBC’s The Voice offer undiscovered contestants the chance to become almost famous. But in season 5, which began on Monday, we’re seeing contestants who are already famous.
During last night’s blind auditions, E.G. Daily — the voice of Rugrats‘ Tommy Pickles, a sometime movie actress (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure), and a singer with a top 10 hit (1987′s “Mind Over Matter”) — competed for a second chance at a music career. And during Monday’s premiere, host Carson Daly told Briana Cuoco, actress Kaley Cuoco’s sister, that she will get to audition in an upcoming episode. (Briana has had small roles on The Big Bang Theory, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and The Newsroom.)
In past seasons, we’ve seen blind auditions from a slew of semi-famous faces, including Raquel Castro (the daughter in Jersey Girl), Tarralyn Ramsey (VH1′s Born to Diva winner), Dia Frampton (of the band Meg & Dia), and American Idol alums Emily Valentine and Frenchie Davis.
Here are five other past Voice contestants who had previous brushes with fame:
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If you happened to land on tonight’s second auditions episode of The Voice and noticed the spirited blonde lady singing Faith Hill’s “Breathe” sounded a lot like Tommy Pickles from Rugrats, Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, Babe (that pig, in the sequel), or the voice of Jake Harper on the Two and a Half Men theme song, that’s no coincidence — she’s done ‘em all!
Country-pop singer E.G. Daily (a.k.a. Elizabeth Daily and Elizabeth Ann Guttman), 51, has been acting and voice-acting since high school. Check out her Voice audition — plus a throwback to her important work as Dottie in 1985′s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure — below: READ FULL STORY
As the cool kids (and the contestants on MTV’s The Challenge) say, the O.G.s are back! Tonight kicks off season 5 of the Emmy-winning reality series The Voice. And as longtime fans of the show know, things will be a little more familiar this season thanks to the return of all four original judges: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green.
After CeeLo and Christina took last season off (and were replaced by one-namers Usher and Shakira), they’re ready to return to their red spinning chairs. So to get you all in the mood for tonight’s shenanigans, here’s our rundown of what we want to see from this “original” season:
CeeLo’s animal of choice: First, it was Purrfect the cat, and then it was Lady the bird. So what furry friend will be joining Team CeeLo this season? My fingers are crossed for a baby tiger with a monkey literally on its back! READ FULL STORY
Midway through Hour Three of this year’s Emmys, host Neil Patrick Harris joked: “No one in America is winning their office pool.” Except that wasn’t really a joke: The 2013 Emmy Awards featured seven big upsets in the major primetime awards. Longtime also-rans got their moment in the sun. Some low-key performances beat out showier and more popular contenders. And, well, the boys of Breaking Bad boys went home emptyhanded. (But don’t weep for them too much.) Below, we rank the upsets from “We should’ve seen that coming” to “We couldn’t have seen that coming even if we were writing a TV show about this two years from now.”
7. The Colbert Report for Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won this award for a straight decade, a winning streak unparallelled in Emmys history. But if any series was ever going to beat Daily Show, it had to be spinoff Colbert. Colbert‘s win comes, somewhat auspiciously, after Stewart took the summer off. Could this indicate a changing of the guard in the Comedy Central late night political-comedy racket? More importantly: Since it technically aired outside this year’s Emmys eligibility period, does this mean we might get an acceptance-speech recreation of the Colbert “Get Lucky” video at Emmys 2014? READ FULL STORY