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NBC airs its third annual live musical production this Thursday. I predict the ratings will rebound this year after Peter Pan’s disappointing showing last year. The star-studded cast, along with the non-stop promotion has brand awareness really high this go-round.

In the latest promo, the peacock network does a little cross promotion. Shanice Williams aka Dorothy eases on down to The Voice to audition. Filling in for the usual judges are Ne-Yo (Tin Man), Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow) and David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion). Even Toto gets in on the action.

Naturally, Williams gets a four-chair turn. Check out the promo below to hear the judges’ comments. The whole things is pretty darn cute. Can’t wait to check out The Wiz Live! this Thursday.

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Romance is in the air over at The Voice. After weeks of speculation, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton confirm their romance. At least their respective representatives have.

Stefani’s spokesperson told Us Weekly and the AP, “Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating.” Shelton’s rep sent out a similar statement. Guess the old adage is true. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In this case, a blazing red-hot one.

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Fans of Xtina rejoice. Christina Aguilera is heading back to The Voice for its milestone tenth season. The 34-year-old singer last appeared on the NBC singing competition on Season 8. This will mark her 6th time in the red swivel chair. Will this finally be her year to win? I hope so. #TeamXTina

“The coaches on The Voice continue to bring incredible energy, unrivaled musical expertise and a want-to-win attitude that makes for the perfect ingredients of a two-time Emmy-winning show,” Paul Telegdy, president of late night and alternative programming at NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see what season 10 will bring.”

Joining Aguilera for Season 10 are Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams. The latter marks his fourth straight appearance. Love the “Happy” singer but I was hoping Usher would return as well. I’d love to see a Christina/Usher dynamic. Speaking of a break, it’s about time Shelton and Levine took at least one season off, don’t you think? Weigh in below.

The Voice Announces Season 9 Mentors

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The Voice just revealed the four mentors tapped to assist the judges for Season 9 during the Battle Rounds. As you can figure out from the picture above, Selena Gomez is one of them.

The “Good For You” singer, the youngest of the four, will be on Team Gwen Stefani. According to US Weekly, she was a backstage favorite.

“She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source reveals of the “Good for You” songstress. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

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Impersonating Britney Spears is old hat for Christina Aguilera these days. You just know Auggie probably spent countless hours perfecting it over the years. This is the second time the “Dirrty” singer has done it publicly in recent months.

However, this time, it feels a tad more mean-spirited. Brit is no rocket scientist, but Christina’s portrayal paints her as an air-headed bimbo. I felt a little guilty laughing. It’s not my fault those moments were the funniest parts 😉

Aguilera also does her best to mimic Cher, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Sia during their faux auditions to become a mentor on The Voice. In my opinion, the latter two along with Spears was where Christina shined the most. Check her impersonations below and weigh in on which ones were the best.

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Nate Ruess Heads To The Voice

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Last season Taylor Swift did it and this year it’s Nate Ruess. The 33-year-old singer heads to The Voice to impart knowledge to this season’s contestants during the Knockouts.

“I’m super excited and always happy to lend whatever knowledge I have to other vocalists,” Ruess said in a statement. “Plus I’ve heard nothing but great things about Blake, Pharrell, Christina, and the guy with the tattoos.”

Based on the above comment, you can see Ruess and Adam Levine are buddies. Better watch it Blake, there’s a new bromance on set 😉

Ruess recently debuted his first solo singleNothing Without Love.” He’s pursuing a solo career while his band, fun., is on hiatus.

Check out a preview of Ruess’ stint as an adviser on The Voice below. Dude seems to be a very likeable and fun (hehe) guy.

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The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.

Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.

Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.

Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.

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I have yet to see any winner from American Idol, The X Factor or The Voice sing their coronation song without getting choked up. To be honest, I’d much prefer for them to cry-sing like Kelly Clarkson did during “A Moment Like This” than to sing it perfectly. With that in mind, it’s not fair to judge the winner’s single until the studio version surfaces. Especially in last night’s case, when NBC cut off Tessanne Chin’s victory lap short.

Even though Ryan Tedder told Carson Daly he didn’t want to pen “the ‘standing-on-a-mountaintop, I’ve-won-everything’ kind of song,” he sorta did. “I wanted to do a real song about love and heartbreak,” he added. While not awful like American Idol’sNo Boundaries,” it’s no winner like Phillip Phillips’ epic winning single, “Home.”

Tumbling Down” falls in the middle of the pack among coronation songs. I was hoping Tessanne would have more of a reggae vibe to her track. Hopefully, The 28-year-old Jamaican-born singer’s debut album which becomes available March 25, 2014 has a couple island-tinged singles. In the meantime, check out the studio version of “Tumbling Down” below and be sure to give your two cents afterward.

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