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Chat transcript: 'The Voice' contestant (and Hanson native) Kristen Merlin

Posted by Emily Wright March 7, 2014 11:42 AM

"The Voice" has a habit of picking up talent from the Bay State (i.e. former finalist and Wellesley High alum, Michelle Chamuel), and this year is no exception.

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Hanson native Kristen Merlin picked for 'The Voice' team

Posted by Emily Wright February 25, 2014 10:36 AM

The Bay State has another local reason to watch "The Voice."

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Bradbery takes home 'Voice' title, Chamuel comes in second

Posted by Emily Wright June 19, 2013 09:10 AM

Adam Levine's prediction came true on the season finale of “The Voice” Tuesday: 16-year-old Texan Danielle Bradbery took home the title.

Before Carson Daly announced Bradbery had won, she thanked her coach Blake Shelton for being an “amazing person” who taught her so much. “I’m so thankful I have you in my life now,” Bradbery said. “I love you, coach.”

Shelton celebrated his third consecutive win on the show, as well as his 37th birthday Tuesday night. Bradbery is the youngest winner in the show's history, and she had the opportunity to sing with one of her favorite singers, Hunter Hayes, during the finale (above).

Amherst’s Michelle Chamuel came in second place, and the Oklahoma-bred Swon Brothers came in third. Chamuel united with One Republic for a duet during the finale, while the Swon Brothers strummed alongside Bob Seger for a memorable rendition of "Night Moves."

The show was packed with other performances by big names, including Cher, Bruno Mars, and former contestants. Cher, 67, debuted a new song, "Woman's World," and Mars performed his newest single, "Treasure."

Do you think the right person won? Are you disappointed Chamuel isn't bringing home the title to Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments.

Amherst's Chamuel, Texas's Bradbery wow during 'The Voice' finale

Posted by Emily Wright June 18, 2013 10:02 AM

Michelle Chamuel consistently wowed the judges on Season 4 of "The Voice," and while last night's rendition of Annie Lennox's "Why" earned praise, it was Danielle Bradbery's solo performance of "Born to Fly" that stole their attention.

Bradbery, 16, is one of three remaining contestants in the final round, and one of two left from Blake Shelton's team. Shelton's fellow mentor Adam Levine predicted that Texas's Bradbery would take home the title after she closed the show with the upbeat country pop tune originally sung by Sara Evans. Check it out below.

Chamuel performed two songs, "Why," and she was joined by Usher for a duet of "One" by U2, both below.

Country boys The Swon Brothers rounded out the top three on Monday. Hailing from Oklahoma, Colton and Zach joined Shelton on stage to perform "Celebrity," poking fun at reality stars -- like themselves.


Tune in to NBC tonight at 9 p.m. to find out who gets crowned the winner.

New season of 'Dancing With the Stars' premieres tonight

Posted by Emily Wright March 18, 2013 11:29 AM


ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" premieres tonight at 8 p.m.

Hosts Tom Bergon and Brooke Burke-Charvet will introduce 12 celebrity hopefuls and their pro partners for the season 16 opener of "DWTS." This season's celeb cast ranges from Olympians (including Needham's Aly Raisman) and comedians and adds three new professional dance partners into the mix.

Do you plan to watch? Have you already selected a favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post stated that NBC's "The Voice" would premiere tonight; instead, the show returns on Monday, March 25, at 8 p.m.

'The Voice' pays tribute to the school shooting victims

Posted by Kristi Palma December 18, 2012 08:42 AM

"The Voice" paid tribute to the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last night.

The coaches and contestants sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and held up the names of those whose lives were lost on Friday morning. They stood behind a line of candles.

"The Voice" will announce its winner Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.


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Boston's Caitlin Michelle makes them spin on 'The Voice'

Posted by Rachel Raczka October 2, 2012 11:24 AM

On last night's episode of NBC's "The Voice," the last round of blind auditions commenced as coaches Adam Levine, Blake Sheldon, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera filled the final slots on their respective teams.

Caitlin Michelle of our fair city, Boston, sang Florence + the Machine's "Cosmic Love," sending Adam and Blake twirling around in their chairs. The country crooner continued to scowl through strained laughter as Michelle joined Team Adam. Sorry, Blake. Country ain't country without a little heartache!

Fifteen-year-old Nathalie Hernandez had Blake and Christina spinning within seconds of her performance of Taylor Swift's "White Horse" (watch above), ultimately taking a spot on a fellow pint-size powerhouse's team (yes, we mean Christina).

Moving on, Nashville singer-songwriter, 18-year-old Nicole Johnson, gave a twangy version of Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All," and finally gave Blake an "A-ha!" moment he can work with. "You had me at 'thang,'" he sweet-talked. Fellow spinner, Cee Lo, is unable to give a compelling argument that makes up for the fact that she's a "country girl" who wants a "country coach." She goes Team Blake. At long last.

New Jersey-bred former Gaga backup singer Chevonne wound up on Team Cee Lo with The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket," and 17-year-old Kayla Nevarez fought through her back story tears (her father is suffering from a liver disease) to pull off a solid version of "American Boy" by Estelle. Adam, Cee Lo, and Christina spin. She snagged the final spot on Team Adam.

(Editor's note: And this is when we pause and reflect on just how long this show is.)

Celica Westbrook's performance of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" put her on Team Christina and Rudy Parris's slightly country version of "Every Breath You Take" landed him on Team Blake.

Finally, Cody Belew grabbed a last-second spot on Cee Lo's team with a kicky performance of "Hard to Handle" (watch above), causing what Adam says was "the best reaction we've ever heard. Ever." Curse words, hugs, violations of Cee Lo's personal space. We love you already, Cody.

And then there were the ones that weren't so lucky: Former boy bander Rod Michael failed to impress with his rendition of Mike Posner’s "Please Don’t Go." However, Adam offered the consolation that the crowd was going "all 50 Shades of Gray" for his performance, which we're pretty sure is as high a compliment as a male artist can get. School teacher Kameron Corvet's performance of "Crazy" didn't spin any chairs, and Jessica Cayne's "Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood didn't win her any favor, even after she took off her shoes.


Tomorrow's episode is a recap of the "Best of the Blind Auditions" (in case you haven't had enough already), and next week begins the first round of Battles.

'The Voice' and 'X Factor' face off: Which reality singing show will you watch?

Posted by Rachel Raczka September 10, 2012 01:07 PM

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It's a time slot turf war! NBC's third season of "The Voice" debuted Sept.10 at 8 p.m., kicking off our fall reality TV schedule with its preliminary blind auditions, where hopefuls compete unseen to the judges for a spot on the show. The series will roll out a three-night premiere, not so conveniently conflicting with Simon Cowell's anticipated new season of "The X Factor" this Wednesday on Fox. The season of Cowell's American edition of the British franchise has been hyped up because of new judges and pop stars, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, who are taking the spots of Paul Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, alongside Cowell and music mogul L.A. Reid. "The X Factor" panel's star power is quite strong, but it will have to compete with "The Voice" judges: Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton, who span multiple music genres.

Cowell has not been taking the competing time slots lightly and called the addition of a third night of "The Voice" premiere: "a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business," in an interview with TMZ.

He went on to say that the networks had a "gentleman's agreement," so the two shows would run their two-night episodes on opposing schedules ("Voice" on Monday and Tuesday, and "X Factor" on Wednesday and Thursday) before the third "Voice" slot was announced last week.

Cowell also noted that this may peg two former Mickey Mouse co-stars against each other: ""Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina -- who has been a bit of a rival -- isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own."

However, Yahoo! shared an opinion that Cowell's anger may be a little misplaced: "Ironically, the penultimate and grand-finale episodes of 'America's Got Talent,' a program that Simon Cowell actually executive-produces, is ALSO airing the same nights next week as 'The X Factor' -- so maybe Simon should be equally angry with himself!"

"The Voice" kicks off their three-night season three premiere tonight on NBC at 8 p.m., and "X Factor" premieres this Wednesday and Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Following premiere week, "The Voice" will resume a Monday and Tuesday 8 p.m. slot while "The X Factor" will take on Wednesday and Thursday at the same time.


What do you think of the decision to extend "The Voice" premiere into "The X Factor" time slot territory? Do you think it was a power move, or merely a coincidence? What do you think of Cowell's comments -- out of line? Typical Simon behavior? Or justified?

And finally, are you Team Christina or Team Britney? As for us, call us when someone gets Justin Timberlake on a panel.

Jermaine Paul wins 'The Voice'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 9, 2012 08:30 AM

Former background singer Jermaine Paul is now in the spotlight.

The 33-year-old crooner, who has backed stars like Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC's "The Voice" on May 8. Paul, bested rocker Juliet Simms, who Boston.com readers had pegged as the singer to take home the "Voice" title.

After learning that he won, Paul was joined on stage by members of his family and sang an emotional version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."

'The Voice': Who will win?

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 8, 2012 12:10 PM

The last four voices gave it their all last night, leaving the choice of who wins "The Voice" in America's hands. The winner will be revealed in tonight's episode on NBC.

Tony Lucca put a country spin on Jay-Z's "99 Problems" that Blake Shelton and Cee Lo seemed to dig, and Christina Aguilera had a problem with. Aguilera took issue with the track, whose chorus includes an insult typically lobbed at women, calling the lyrics "derogatory." Perhaps the lyrics were a not-so-subtle way of Lucca taking a dig at Aguilera, who has been basically slyly slamming her fellow ex-mouseketeer for much of the season (Lucca's coach Adam Levine said he and Lucca previously discussed the lyrics and did not interpret the song as being derogatory toward women).

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