It’s Official: Cee Lo Green Leaves “The Voice”

In a “Voice” shake-up that maybe no one saw coming just 5 days before Season 6 premieres, original coach, Cee Lo Green, confirmed his exit from the reality competition Wednesday in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Green had been with the show for three straight seasons before taking a break (with Christina Aguilera) to allow for Shakira and Usher to fill their seats. He returned for the show’s fifth season, which will turn to be his last. He and Aguilera are sitting out the upcoming sixth season, premiering Monday Feb 24 on NBC.

“I’m not coming back at all,” he told DeGeneres. “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. But yeah, I’m going to miss The Voice, too.” Check out his announcement below and let us know what you think about his exit!

Cee Lo took to his official website to make an official statement.

“I’m officially announcing today that I won’t be returning as a coach on The Voice cycle 7 in the Fall. There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I’m excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong. The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit. Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night… expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!”

– CeeLo Green

I think we will all miss Purrrfect the cat.

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Melanie Martinez (The Voice) Releases New Video

Uploaded just over an hour ago, Melanie Martinez has debuted her official new video for her track ‘Dollhouse’. It’s… Interesting. A bit dark and creepy for sure.

You all remember Melanie. She was the girl on Adam’s team with the two toned hair, half blond/half black on The Voice Season 3. There was uproar one week when Christina decided that Melanie was not paying enough attention to her critique and showed her disapproval. Melanie fans took to Twitter angry with Christina for being so rude. This was the same year that Cassadee Pope won for Blake’s team.

Give her new video a look and and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Shakira, Usher, AND Cee Lo All Returning To “The Voice”

cp_the_voiceIn addition to the news that Christina Aguilera will be returning to “The Voice” this fall (which Carson Daly confirmed via Twitter), it appears the hit NBC competition will be opening their arms to welcome back all of their coaches.

The Peacock network confirmed to EW that Shakira and Usher will return to “The Voice” during the show’s 6th cycle, which will air in the spring of 2014. However, until then, joining Aguilera this Fall is former coach Cee Lo Green. The panel of Blake, Adam, Christina and Cee Lo will be reunited when the show’s red chairs swivel this fall.

Aguilera and Green recently took off the season’s 4th cycle to focus on personal projects. As such, Usher and Shakira will take the fall off for similar reasons.

Are you excited to see all of the coaches at some point in the next year?

Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, & The Killers Bolster THE VOICE Finale

UPDATE: NBC just announced the artists the Top 3 will perform special duets with Tuesday night during The Voice finale. Cassadee Pope will perform side by side with Avril Lavigne, while Team Blake teammate Terry McDermott sings alongside Peter Frampton. Nicholas David of Team Cee Lo will perform with Smokey Robinson.

We’re just under a week away from the third finale of NBC’s hit singing competition, The Voice, and NBC announced some of the headlining megastars that will be taking center stage for the finale. Bolstering the popular competitions finalists – Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, and Nicholas David – the show is bringing about a diverse group of artists to keep you entertained throughout the night.

American Idol champ, Kelly Clarkson, will take the stage to perform her single “Catch My Breath” from her Greatest Hits Album, which is in stores now. Joining Clarkson will be R&B star Rihanna performing her hit single “Diamonds.” On the heels of his new album release, Bruno Mars will be on deck to perform his new single “When I Was Your Man” for the first time on television. Finally, rockers The Killers are set to appear and perform.

It’s likely the show’s coaches – Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green – will in some way participate in the show’s festivities and NBC is promising a few more surprise performers along the way. The finale will surely have appearances and group performances featuring contestants who have been a part of the season, as well. The Voice airs it’s performance finale Monday at 8/7c, with a two-hour results finale on Tuesday night!

Who are you most excited to see? Which other artists would you like to see added to the lineup?

Blake Shelton Admits 2 Seasons of ‘The Voice’ Per Year Is Too Much

Blake Shelton, fresh off Season 2 of The Voice, is busy working on a recently announced Christmas album, touring the nation promoting Red River Blue, preparing for season 3 of The Voice, juggling married life and writing new music. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Even Blake thinks so. The reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and judge of NBC’s popular singing competition (who mentored winner Jermaine Paul) has come out to note that two seasons of the show per year might be a bit much. With production on season 3 kicking off today, Blake has been feeling the extra pressure.

In an interview with Country Weekly, Blake tells them that “At some point, something’s gotta give at some point. And I don’t like it. I’ve been very vocal with the network and Mark Burnett’s production company. It’s like, ‘Man, this sucks.’”

Blake will be joining Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo back in their special red chairs for season 3, but questions are arising whether a new batch of artists will be around for season 4 should it air in January of 2013. Shelton went on to say that ”The reason that you want the four of us is because we’re viable artists right now, current..and we can’t do both if we do back-to-back seasons.” He went on, “I’ve been hammering them about it, but we are gonna do this fall. We’ve already committed to that … and I look forward to it. I love it, and I can’t imagine not being a part of ‘The Voice,’ ever.” Balancing the show with his music career and marriage is tough. ”I mean, I’d love to do it from now on, but it just needs to work in a way that I can still [tour] and do that at the same time,” says Shelton. “So, something’s gotta give, you know.”

Shelton is currently atop country music charts with his new single, “Over.” The Voice will be hitting Memphis, TN (July 7-8), Minneapolis, MN (July 14-15), New York, NY (July 21-22), Dallas, TX (July 28-29) and Los Angeles, CA (Aug 11-12) looking for THE VOICE in America. If you’re interested, more details can be found on NBC’s The Voice official website.

The Voice Fight: Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Who Won and Other Mysteries

As reported in our forum HERE on Monday, apparently there was more to The Voice finale than meets the eye. I personally had missed Monday’s episode but luckily had it recorded, so, I sat down to watch them both, back to back last night.
After reading about the tension between Adam and Christina during rehearsals Monday, it made both shows much more interesting. It was reported, by a source supposedly close to Christina, that Ms. Aguilera was quite upset at the song choice Adam was said to have picked for his finalist, “99 Problems” by Jay Z. In it, the lyric goes “I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one”, which I guess Christina took as a reference to her.

Maybe it was, but then, do you blame Lucca and Adam?

According to said source, Christina threw a fit, called it ridiculous and was highly offended. All in all, she got NBC to tell Adam  and Tony that they would have to change the song lyric from “bitch” to “chick.” Adam was not pleased saying changing the song lyric would be a death sentence. He blew up during the coach’s rehearsal… (yes, the coach’s were supposed to sing together last night) and called her a “f***ing c***.” Christina then went to production saying Adam should be fired, that she is tired of Adam being treated as “the golden boy” and she is “sick of being treated this way.” The source went on to say that “If America knew how disgusting he (Adam) was, they would be appalled.”

Adam’s fit put a halt in rehearsals supposedly, locking himself in his trailer saying he won’t do anything until this gets figured out. Christina called him “incredibly immature.”

After watching the shows, it pretty much matches the vibe.

First show, Christina critiqued Tony on his “99 Problems” song (in which he neither said “bitch” or “chick”) called it degrading to women. Ahem. Christina… really? First, why not tell that to Jay Z. Tony Lucca didn’t write it. Secondly, why not cover up those breasts a bit, or put on pants at least, before you start discussing degradation. Or better yet, here is Christina’s version of NOT being degrading to women:

Adam of course responded, telling her that it was a metaphor for life’s problems, rather than an attack on women. After a bit of a back and forth, Adam then took off his shirt to reveal a pink sparky “team xtina” shirt. Oh Adam, stop mocking poor Christina! Can anyone say awkward?

Here is the video if you missed it, including Christina’s critique:

A bit later in the show, while Tony was thanking not just his, but ALL the coaches including Christina, as the camera panned over to them, you can see Christina texting or what not on her phone rather than paying any attention to him. Way to take the high road Christina.

On to the next night. First notable, there was no coach performance. Looks like that got scrapped. Second notable… Hall and Oates jammed out their famous tune”Rich Girl” in which the word “bitch” is said over and over and over, and yet NBC allowed it. I guess Christina didn’t have a problem with it then?

Third most notable… where the hell were Christina’s pants? Did Adam take them?

Since, Christina has supposedly apologized to Lucca, but it appears the fight continues. Just a few hours ago there was another veiled tweet from Adam saying “Ignorance has this unique way of making me want to both laugh AND cry simultaneously…” Was that yet another jab at the diva? One will never know.

My personal opinion? Christina seemed to have a problem with Lucca from the get go. Just about every week was another diss from her. Was there some unsettled Mickey Mouse business going on there? Did she have a crush on him back then and he didn’t return the favor? Was he mean to her back then?

Regardless, it’s time for Christina to grow up a bit. Not everything is about her, and what is, really, shouldn’t be able to penetrate her. She has a great voice and a huge career. Why something so trivial would put her in a huff is beyond me. She takes herself way too seriously. In fact, she hasn’t been that easy to work with in the past. Little things, like before rehearsals at the Grammy’s a couple of a years ago, she was chewing gum which she proceeded to toss on the floor and have a P.A. come clean it up. It really is little things like that show you the kind of person someone is. Way too seriously, or, true diva, you decide.

Course wishing her to grow up a bit might not be what I want. Turmoil on set between Adam and Christina, while  Cee Lo just smiles and Blake tries to stir the pot a bit is a lot more fun than just watching them all kumbaya over their contestants, isn’t it?

Stay tuned for more information on the whereabouts of Christina’s pants… That one has me fascinated.

Oh and congrats Jermaine! Sorry it became all about this and not about you. Nice win though!