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02/09/15 04:36 PM
What has Craig, bad haircut Boyd done since stealing the show?
02/11/15 12:46 PM
Pharrell Williams Is Really Tired of Being Asked Whether The Voice Will Ever Produce a Star
This past January when Fox was advertising the new season of American Idol, instead of blasting the names of its star judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., it was the names of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood that flashed across the screen during promos. Why? Because it's the one advantage Idol still has over its younger, higher-rated competitor The Voice.
But during a junket to promote Season 8, which premieres Monday, Feb. 23 at 8/7c on NBC, returning judge Pharrell Williams made it very clear he is not concerned with making a star. "The show is not a record company," Williams told reporters Monday. "It's a training camp. It's an academy. And you only advance forward when you have what it takes to move forward. And there's nothing wrong with working for something.
There's nothing wrong with having your eye on the prize and not winning. But there's always a winner, and there's eleven other people that ultimately end up going home. But they go home different people, because they've had tutors that they would never ever in a million years probably have met."
Although the show has been a ratings juggernaut for NBC, it has yet to launch a music sensation (unless you count Blake Shelton's impressive rise from the least-well-known judge in Season 1 to its arguably biggest asset now going into Season 8.) It is a question that has followed the shows for years, and although it's just his second season on The Voice, Williams' said he's already tired of hearing it.
"I don't understand why we have these interviews, and people ask that same question every time," he said. "That's not why we're here to do this interview. We're here to do this interview because... we want to explain to you what this is and what it means to us. It's a gift."
Williams continued: "The show is not about someone signing a record deal and getting signed. The show is about a bunch of people who really care about people that they encounter, and make sure that they're changed when they walk off."
Christina Aguilera, back for her fifth spin in the big red chair, defended Williams' stance as well, looking back at her own path to success. "Whenever the journey on the show ends, we don't need instant gratification for their success right away. I mean, their journey is kind of just beginning. This is the training ground," she said.
"I always consider my training ground to have been The Mickey Mouse Club when I was 11 and 12. I didn't make a hit record at 13, 14. I made 'Genie in a Bottle,' which was the start of my career, at 16, 17, which was years down the road."
Aguilera said it's what Voice contestants do with the lessons they learn from being on the show that really matters. "The true talent doesn't evolve like that. Like, true success, sometimes it takes time to build something great," she said.
"You have to start with an awesome foundation, and then allow yourself the patience and the time to mature and to grow into something long-lasting."
But while singers like Aguilera may have needed Mickey Mouse Club or Star Search to help hone their craft, Williams said that today, artists can be much more in control of their own career thanks to the Internet. "
My two cents is I always tell them stop worrying about the industry, because that is kind of non-existent. Most artists that are being broken today are not being broken by labels, they're being broken by themselves," he said.
"Radio doesn't chase what record companies tell them to chase, they chase what feels good, what's out there. So you're just as empowered as any other artist. ... It's really all on you. And I wouldn't concentrate so much on the business, as I would the music. Because if you don't have great music, it's not going to go viral anyway."
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02/15/15 01:19 PM
Ahmus wrote:The question is - will Blake even try this season? His demeanor, though easily the most fun, gives an "I'm kinda over it, but it's an easy paycheck and I can drink while working" sorta vibe. If he wants to rack up another win, he'll choose a good-old country artist again. I could also see him dumping his country roster just before the live shows to make it more of a contest and switch gears this season. After all, Blake is pretty transparently the coach that lets production make decisions for him (even turning his chair for and advancing some no talent returnees), so if they ask him to mix it up, he probably will oblige.
02/15/15 03:10 PM
Kingcrab wrote:Ahmus wrote:The question is - will Blake even try this season? His demeanor, though easily the most fun, gives an "I'm kinda over it, but it's an easy paycheck and I can drink while working" sorta vibe. If he wants to rack up another win, he'll choose a good-old country artist again. I could also see him dumping his country roster just before the live shows to make it more of a contest and switch gears this season. After all, Blake is pretty transparently the coach that lets production make decisions for him (even turning his chair for and advancing some no talent returnees), so if they ask him to mix it up, he probably will oblige.seriously? He was manic on a couple of those votes, where he thought mediocre Craig might go home. He's a win at any cost kinda guy.. and in this case, at the expense of the show's integrity. He's over the top competitive, and has like I just said destroyed what was a really interesting ..show.
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02/22/15 05:56 PM
5 Reasons the New Season of The Voice Presses All the Right Buttons
The Voice returns for Season 8 on Monday (8/7c, NBC), but it's not quite business as usual. Yes, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are back once again, but this marks the first time Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams will sit side-by-side in those big red chairs. After two cycles away from the competition, will X-Tina bring her A-game? How will Pharrell switch up his strategy and coaching style now that he has one season under his belt? TVGuide.com caught an early look at the two-hour premiere to tease fans about what's to come.
1. A serious losing streak. No, thankfully, this isn't referring to some poor sap who keeps coming back for blind auditions only to get rejected by the coaches. One of the superstars themselves will suffer through an unbelievable dry spell, despite their very best efforts to turn their fortune around and add singers to their team. Will it be semi-newbie Pharrell? Or will it take Christina time to get her head back in the game? Or will doing eight seasons back-to-back-to-back finally catch up to Blake or Adam?
2. Blake gets a blast from his past. Usually the calm, cool and collected one on the show - after all, he's won four times now - Shelton is clearly shell-shocked when someone he knew a decade ago tries to get the coaches to turn their chairs. Even better than Shelton's reaction? The throwback photo of the two that puts Shelton's shoulder-length curly hair front and center. So. much. yes.
3. A heated new rivalry. They may be one of reality TV's strongest and longest-running show-bromances (yes, that is a thing we made up), but Blake and Adam have always been known to express their affection for one another through mean-spirited one-liners and playful yet fervent jabbing. That dynamic is still alive and well, but there is a new rivalry that will definitely capture viewers' attention within the first hour. These two have a mutual respect at their core - they share a sweet embrace after losing one singer to a third coach - but their constant sparring over contestants appears to just be getting started.
4. A surprise duet. Once again, the new season kicks off with a four-coach performance of a hit song guaranteed to get viewers on their feet... or at least swaying on their sofas. However, there is a second surprising duet that happens toward the end of the two-hour premiere that will be sure to get viewers, ahem, clapping along.
5. A major fashion faux pas. No, we're not talking about one of Christina's one-of-a-kind ensembles, although her blind-audition outfit does not disappoint. In the premiere, someone actually snatches Pharrell's hat for a few minutes. This is not a joke. This is not a test.
02/22/15 10:43 PM
HAHAHAHA on Twitter. I tried to enter that realm... just couldn't. PM me your Twitter handle, I'll follow you, wink, wink...
I need to stop being so damned jaded..lol
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