February 19, 2014 at 9:02 am #553619
Some big news for “The Voice” fans:
The two-night season 6 premiere of NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Voice” airs on Monday, February 24, 2014, and Tuesday, February 25, 2014, starting at 8 PM ET on both nights.
Original coach Cee-Lo Green will NOT be returning for future installments of the talent competition series.February 19, 2014 at 9:14 am #553621
CeeLo Green says he won’t be back on “The Voice”
Bill Keveney, USA TODAY 11:13 a.m. EST February 19, 2014
The singer, an original “Voice” coach, appeared in the most recent season.
A “Voice” original is giving up his spinning chair.
CeeLo Green tells Ellen DeGeneres that he won’t be returning to NBC’s hit singing competition in an interview that can be seen Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“I’m not coming back at all,” he tells a surprised DeGeneres in a clip of the interview on the Ellen website (ellentv.com).
The singer has been a coach on four of “The Voice”’s five seasons, although he wasn’t scheduled to appear on season 6, which starts Monday (8 p.m. ET/PT).
After having the same four coaches in its first three seasons—Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton—the music series has gone into a partial rotation. Shakira and Usher, who will join Levine and Shelton for season 6, replaced Green and Aguilera last spring for season 4, with the latter two returning for the most recent competition in the fall.
The show has not announced coaches for season 7, which would take place in the fall if “The Voice” continues its twice-a-year schedule. Green is the first of the coaches to say he is permanently vacating his chair.
On the “Ellen” clip, DeGeneres is interviewing Lionel Richie, who introduces Green, saying he will join him on an upcoming tour. DeGeneres asks Green what he’s doing these days besides the tour.
“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. I’m not coming back, guys,” he says.
He continues: “I don’t want to wear out my welcome there. I have so many other things I want to do. I haven’t released an album in four years. I’m almost done with an album.”
By the end of the segment, Green seems to realize the news he had made with his matter-of-fact announcement. “I didn’t mean to drop the bomb today,” he says.
As recently as January, Green expressed interest in returning to the show. During a panel discussion with television critics to discuss his summer TBS reality show, “CeeLo Green’s The Good Life,” he said of “The Voice,” “Yes, I will gladly go back if they have me.”
However, he qualified his remarks. “But I will say, I’m human and I have other ambitions that I want to see through that will require my undivided attention. And so with that being said, sometimes it becomes questionable.”
Green must still deal with a felony drug charge that could carry up to four years of prison time if he is convicted. Los Angeles prosecutors accuse him of furnishing the drug ecstasy, or MDMA, during a 2012 dinner with a woman. He has pleaded not guilty and denied the allegation.February 19, 2014 at 10:06 am #553622
Well, I’m guessing Usher or Shakira just may be taking his spot in the fall (hopefully Usher)February 20, 2014 at 5:30 am #553623
I’m ok with this. I still remember a lot of his interruptions to ask hilarious things like “are those boots from Aldo????” and stuff like that, he was funny in that way, but once the live shows started and specially towards the end when it became obvious he wasn’t going to win (which happened more than once), his attitude just changed and it bothered me. Same with Usher and his lack of interest and/or fun. Taking themselves too seriously is not what the judging in this show is about.
As for a replacement, hopefully Shakira. If this new song with Rihanna is any indication, she’s not going anywhere and shouldn’t let a tour get in her way like that Christina tour that of couse never happened. I also don’t understand why they need three men and a woman, this isn’t Mindy or New Girl were the more men the better. Unless it’s in Christina’s contract.February 20, 2014 at 6:22 am #553624
I want a new big name as coach this fall. Usher and Shakira can do their spring cycles if they must, but what’s Janet doing right now? Madonna? Mariah? Shania? There really should be gender parity on the panel at this point. No reason why there’s only one female coach there every season unless it’s rooted in some contractual obligation. And if Cee-Lo’s replacement has to be male, one name that immediately came to mind is Pharrell Williams. He’s having a moment right now, and I think he’ll do well with that quirky slot occupied by Cee-Lo. But knowing this show, they’ll just do something dull and have Usher on full-time. Meh.February 20, 2014 at 7:43 am #553625
The Voice: Our Top 6 Picks to Replace CeeLo Green
Feb 19, 2014 08:55 PM ET
by Kate Stanhope
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.
So who should fill the “Forget You” singer’s bedazzled, one-of-a-kind shoes? We round out six great candidates:
For starters, he already has experience pushing that iconic red button! Like CeeLo, Usher would bring a much-needed R&B and hip-hop influence to the show. Also like CeeLo, Usher is all about showmanship, which means he knows how to play it up for the cameras, whether it be his random bursts of dance or his great wardrobe (specifically his gold sneakers). Most importantly, Usher is one of the show’s most competitive coaches which makes him a great sparring partner for previous champs Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
First and foremost, it would nice to see The Voice diversify and include two female coaches in the same cycle. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer wasn’t afraid to use being the only woman to her advantage last spring, and from the looks of season 6, Shakira is back to her old tricks. Christina Aguilera has done the same, albeit to a lesser extent, which means both ladies would be forced to come up with new strategies to recruit contestants for their teams. Also, Shakira is similar to CeeLo in her more diverse song choices that stretch far beyond the reach of traditional top 40 radio—a trait that is appreciated pretty much any time a contestant tries to out-Adele Adele.
Again, it would be nice to see two female coaches on the same season, assuming that X-Tina comes back for season 7. Not only does Clarkson boast coaching experience from her stint on ABC’s short-lived Duets, but she also served as a mentor for Team Blake on The Voice and was a contestant on that other singing show not so long ago. The “Since U Been Gone” singer has been through the best of times and the worst of times over her career, which makes us think she wouldn’t be afraid to tell her team how things really work in the music biz. Plus: With Kelly on the show, Blake would be forced to play a something more than the “I’m-a-country-singer” card.
The Voice could definitely benefit from having a seasoned music producer as one of the coaches—so why shouldn’t it be the Grammy winner for Producer of the Year? Unlike Simon Cowell or Randy Jackson pre-American Idol, Pharrell is already a household name thanks to his vocal contributions to two of 2013’s biggest hits, “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky.” During his time as a battle round advisor for Team Usher last spring, Pharrell put his great ear to good use. Not to mention, his daring fashion choices might just—dare we say?—top CeeLo’s glitter!
OK, we know this one is kind of a long shot, but it could happen! Christina’s former Mickey Mouse Club co-star and touring mate would bring a more retro vibe to the singing competition, in addition to that irresistible Southern charm (Blake who?). Thanks to his extensive acting experience, JT would also make an entertaining presence on camera when he’s not trading adorable inside jokes with Christina or getting into fake arguments with Adam over contestants. (Can’t you just see it already?). Timberlake has always been about focusing on the craft—which is why fans had to wait so long for the The 20/20 Experience—so he seems like the type of coach that would push his acts out of their comfort zones week in and week out.
Christina has long held the title of the supreme voice on The Voice, but wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a talent who could make a play for the throne? Keys would not only represent the R&B and hip-hop genre, but she’s a unique triple threat in her abilities as a powerhouse vocalist, skilled pianist, and long-time songwriter. That last talent could become especially handy after last season’s three finalists each performed an original song written by the show’s first-ever in-house producer and songwriter, One Republic lead singer Ryan Tedder.
The Voice returns for season 6 on Monday, Feb. 24 at 8/7c on NBC. Who do you think should replace CeeLo Green?February 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #553626
I like the suggestions above and am going to four more:
1) Toni Braxton – She would be a great choice.
2) Lady Gaga – Probably not going to happen but just imagine if it does.
3) Mel B – I know she is a judge on AGT but could she do both shows?
4)Annie Lennox – How cool would this be?February 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm #553627
Pink might be a good coach but I heard she’s not into reality competitions. I think JT would be an interesting coach too.February 21, 2014 at 5:24 am #553628
Christina’s pregnant so she may decide to skip next season.February 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm #553629
Episode Title: “Blind Auditions” (Part 1)
Synopsis: In the two-night, season six premiere, the blind auditions round begins.
Discuss.February 25, 2014 at 5:00 am #553630
I don’t really get why Adam and Shakira turned around for Dawn and Hawkes. Jeremy was great though.February 25, 2014 at 7:13 am #553631
Yeah, I didn’t think they sounded that great. Quite a number of good singers so far. And Shakira got 2 great artistes, with very different styles. Great for her.February 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm #553632
FYI: Christina’s pregnant, so there might be another coach’s seat up for grabs this fall.February 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm #553633
Alex and Sierra just won X Factor, so it would be weird to see Dawn and Hawkes go far on The Voice, considering they are a lesser version of the other two (yes, something from X Factor is better than something from the Voice).
The rest of the episode was just alright, it’s the same thing all over again and we were just here a few months ago. This show doesn’t need to be on twice a year, NBC needs it, we do not.
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