NBC continues to pull out all the stops for its freshmen singing competition show The Voice. According to The Hollywood Reporter eight finalists—Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Javier Colon, Nakia, Xenia, Casey Weston and Frenchie Davis—will hit the road on a live tour, following the conclusion of the show’s first season this week. Noticeably absent from the tour, however, will be the four celebrity coaches. Sources told THR that Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton were approached by tour organizers, but apparently could not agree on terms of compensation. (Did the guys finally express frustration that Xtina makes three times as much as they do?) While the finalists have gained a healthy following of their own, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t curious to see these four in their semi-natural state. (Everybody study Christina and Adam’s body language! Did Blake just say something homophobic? Does Cee Lo actually have eyes underneath those glasses?)
Joining the likes of American Idol and Glee on the road, The Voice finalists will have also to compete with full-fledged pop stars, who use the summertime to launch their own lavish tours filled with elaborate set design and constant costume changes (see: Britney Spears and Katy Perry). But if TV is your thing, and you find yourself wavering between one, two or all three shows, may we offer some suggestions?
Pro: Another chance to see those performers who were unfairly voted off too early in the competition, with zero yakking from the judges. Or in the case of Steven Tyler, zero inappropriate flirtation with underage girls (onstage, at least).
Con: Sitting through those insufferable contestants you never liked in the first place. Plus, without Ryan Seacrest’s dramatic pausing, how will anyone know when it’s time to call it a night?
Pro: Judging by the title alone, seeing these characters jump off the small screen to perform their renditions of already popular songs is going to be SO! MUCH! FUN! If these live shows amount to anything short of a blast, consider those exclamation points to be false advertising.
Con: No Sue Sylvester.
Pro: All eight finalists can actually sing (and also, sang). With actual talent, it’s been a pleasant surprise to watch them thus far. After getting help from the likes of Xtina and Cee Lo, they should know a thing or two about putting on a memorable show. There could be worse ways to spend your time?
Con: No coaches means no swivel chairs (which likely wouldn’t fit each and every venue, anyway). Since it’s prime sunburn season, loads of sunscreen will be needed, especially for Beverly and Frenchie.