September 18th, 2012 by faye
Coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green from the hit singing competition “The Voice,” who have been with the show since its launching, will be leaving at the end of this season, NBC announced on Monday.
According to reports, pop star Christina Aguilera will be taking some time off from the show to promote and tour her new album titled “Lotus,” while singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green will focus on starring and executive producing a comedy for NBC which is based loosely on his real-life relationship with his former wife and kids.
Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be replaced by Usher and Shakira.
“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to ‘The Voice,’ ” Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in statement. “The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam and Blake. Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and Cee Lo.”
Executive producer Mark Burnett added, “‘The Voice’ has always been known for pairing incredible up-and-coming talent with superstar coaches who are top-level current artists. Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour. … This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans.”
NBC said that both Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are slated to return to the singing competition after their one-season hiatus.
Christina Aguilera released a statement about her hiatus from “The Voice,” saying: “By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on ‘The Voice’ in the future.”
“Thank you, NBC, for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus!” said Cee Lo Green. “I will return for season five and will be watching season four.”
Meanwhile, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are staying through season four of “The Voice.”
Although Shelton is expected to stay through next season, he may be the next coach to take a break from the hit show. During an interview with Access Hollywood, the country music artist said he did not know how much longer he could do “The Voice.”
“It’s their decision (for us to leave), in that they’re the ones choosing to do back-to-back seasons,” he told Access. “They really leave us no other option … if we want to tour, there’s not a chance of that doing back-to-back seasons. That’s not acceptable to me.”
June 28th, 2012 by edsel
Part of the sentence for Hollywood hacker Christopher Chaney involved paying Scarlett Johansson nearly $67,000 as restitution.
E! News reported that the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office recently filed a sentencing recommendation regarding Chaney’s case. The SAO recommendation also detailed recommended settlements for Chaney’s victims, which included ‘Avengers’ star Johansson and ‘Voice’ judge Christina Aguilera but not, oddly enough, Mila Kunis.
The sentencing recommendation suggested $7,500 for the ‘Voice’ judge. However, while Christopher Chaney hacked into the email of Christina Aguilera, the government decided that Scarlett Johansson had suffered more.
According to E! News, Johansson was forced to deal with a website that posted nude photos of her. (That scandal, incidentally, led to Chaney’s arrest.) And that’s not even getting into how Chaney went through the “depressing” emails Scarlett Johansson exchanged with Ryan Reynolds during their ongoing divorce at the time.
So the government determined that Christopher Chaney needed to pay Miss Johansson $66,719.49 for her troubles.
Scarlett Johansson didn’t get the highest amount of restitution, though. That goes to Renee Olstead, the star of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’ Chaney owed her $76,767.35.
E! News noted that Mila Kunis was identified as one of the hackees. However, no restitution was assigned to the ‘Friends with Benefits’ star. Instead, prosecutors suggested that Christopher Chaney cut a check for $10,374.59 to the health fund of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
However, the state’s attorney also determined that it was “unlikely” that Chaney would be able to “repay any significant amount to the victims” given his employment record. So the sentencing recommendation also suggested a “high-end” prison sentence of 71 months.
Back in March, Hollywood hacker Christopher Chaney pleaded guilty to nine counts of unauthorized computer access and wiretapping. He will receive his sentence for hacking the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson and company on July 23.
May 11th, 2012 by edsel
Christina Aguilera has done the unthinkable. She actually apologized to ‘The Voice’ contestant Tony Lucca.
Perez Hilton earlier reported that the ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ singer did not like Lucca’s choice of ’99 Problems’ because the Jay-Z song disrespected women. Adam Levine rose to the defense of Lucca -who had dropped the word “bitch” from his rendition of ’99 Problems’- and argued with Aguilera.
And now Tony Lucca informed Perez Hilton that Christina Aguilera approached him near the end of Tuesday’s show.
“She just wanted to clear the air a bit,” ‘The Voice’ hopeful related. “She apologized this became much more of a dramatic thing than she ever intended it.”
Lucca was happy to accept. “I hope that we can be cool moving forward,” he recalled himself telling Christina Aguilera. “I take pride in the fact that my whole career has been a career of integrity, and sound relationships,” he shared with Perez Hilton.
“Her criticism for the most part has inspired me,” Tony Lucca said of Christina Aguilera, “And led me to a higher plane than I might not have found otherwise.”
May 9th, 2012 by edsel
A spat ensued between coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera during the finale of ’The Voice.’
Gossip Cop reported that contestant Tony Lucca -the anointed one of Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine- belted out the song ’99 problems’ by R&B singer Jay-Z. Lucca omitted an admittedly offensive word; he didn’t say “b***h” in the song lyric “I’ve got 99 problems but a b***h ain’t one.”
‘The Voice’ coaches Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green liked the censoring spin that Tony Lucca added on the song. Shelton called it “really cool” and Green said that he “liked it.”
Christina Aguilera agreed that Lucca “sounded great.” Then she added that the song struck her as “a little derogatory towards women.”
“We’re not referring to women,” Adam Levine defended the Jay-Z song. He described ’99 problems’ to be a “metaphor” for all kinds of problems that are “bringing you down.”
“Girl problems,” Christina Aguilera interjected. “If that’s how you have to get points,” she added.
Levine -who had earlier called Jennifer Love Hewitt “aggressive” and described himself to be an “pain in the ass” on talk show ‘Ellen’- told Aguilera that, “I love you, Christina.”
Adam Levine then took off his plaid shirt to show Christina Aguilera and the rest of ‘The Voice’ what he wore underneath: a T-shirt with pink sparkles and ‘Team XTina’ emblazoned upon it.
May 3rd, 2012 by edsel
Calling ‘The Voice’ judge Christina Aguilera a “total b***h” last week was only the beginning for The Wanted, as they now gossiped about Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.
According to Gossip Cop, in an interview on New York’s Fresh 102.7 on Monday, the British boy band related their experience opening for ‘X Factor’ judge Britney Spears in Manchester, England last fall.
“We signed a confidentiality thing that we should never say anything about what happened,” Tom Parker -The Wanted member who talked smack about Christina Aguilera- told the radio show, “But let’s tell it anyway.”
Teammate Siva Kaneswaran then recounted that, “I was in the hallway with me tour manager. Basically we were looking with a laptop, trying to get Wi-Fi… facing the middle of the hallway. [Britney's] bouncers came down with her and told us to face the wall.”
“As Miss Spears is walking through,” Tom Parker added. “We’re like, come on!” Siva Kaneswaran continued, “We turned around and I faced a wall for about 10 seconds until she got really far away.”
Jay McGuiness played diplomat for The Wanted by clarifying that what they found absurd was the singer’s security detail, not Britney Spears herself. “Honestly, when we actually met her person to person, she was so down-to-earth. You can tell she’s a total southern girl,” McGuiness said of Britney Spears
Jay McGuiness then told the host that “[Justin Bieber] punched Siva in the balls” when The Wanted discussed opening for singing sensation Justin Bieber.
“He gave Siva [Kaneswaran] a jab to the left testicle,” elaborated another member of The Wanted.
May 2nd, 2012 by edsel
When British boy band The Wanted talked about their guest appearance in ‘The Voice,’ they remembered Christina Aguilera for all the worst reasons.
The Hollywood Gossip reported that, according to the band’s Tony Parker, Christina Aguilera “is a total bitch.” Parker told Now FM (whose Youtube video of the interview with The Wanted has been taken down) that, “She might not be a total bitch in real life, but to us, she was a total bitch … she just sat there and didn’t speak to us. Wouldn’t even look at us.”
Siva Kaneswaran backed up Parker’s claim. “She was quite rude,” he observed. “I mean, Who does that?”
“She was a bit scary, to be honest,” chimed in Max George.
Come the inevitable comparison of their spot on ‘The Voice’ with their recent appearance on rival show ‘American Idol,’ George piped up with a favorable opinion of Jennifer Lopez.
“J. Lo’s hot,” George said. “Christina’s nothing special.”
The Wanted weren’t the only guest performers on ‘The Voice’ to get the cold shoulder treatment. Justin Bieber dropped by to debut a preview of his ‘Boyfriend’ music video.
The Brit boys noted that Justin Bieber received an equally cold reception from Christina Aguilera. The Wanted also said that the judge made a weird face as Bieber went in for a friendly hug.
Christina Aguilera denies accusations of snobbery and coldness on her part. “Haha,” she tweeted. “Can’t a girl have a little Bieber Fever after getting kissed by the Biebs?”