It's official: The Voice is bringing back its original lineup of coaches for season five.
It was announced Friday that Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been on the NBC singing competition since its inception, will be reunited in the red chairs with Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Greenwhen The Voice returns in the fall.
After a night of heated performances and risky choices, two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. (Thankfully, everyone stayed cool, since the air conditioning worked just fine.)
Everyone was feeling the heat on Monday night’s episode of The Voice -- mostly because the studio’s air-conditioning was busted for the first half-hour of the taping. “I can’t hear! It’s so hot in here, the sound doesn’t carry!” joked Blake Shelton, as Carson Daly rolled up his sleeves and Usher momentarily shed his layers to stay cool in a tank top.
Adam Levine's NBC footprint is about to grow larger.
The Voice coach and Maroon 5 frontman has inked a one-year first-look development deal at NBC with his longtime manager-turned-producing partner, Jordan Feldstein. Together, the pair will create both scripted and alternative programming to serve as series and specials for the network.
The second night of live shows brought members of Blake Shelton and Shakira's teams to the stage to sing live in front of an audience and their coaches. Four members of each team performed.
Viewers will select two of the contestants to save, and the coaches will vote on the third save. One contestant from each team will be sent home. Those results will be revealed on a special Wednesday episode.
It’s time for the playoffs on NBC’s The Voice: live tapings, elaborate sets, big costumes and even bigger hairdos. As each of the coaches loosen their reins on their four remaining contestants, America votes for their top two teammates, while each mentor can save one. In the end, one singer from each team will be sent home.
On a special two-hour Tuesday episode of The Voice, the knockout rounds continued, with contestants from Team Usher and Team Blake fighting for survival. Only four artists from each team will move on to the live shows.
Blind auditions and battles are child’s play in comparison to the knockout rounds on The Voice. Similar to the battle rounds, contestants are paired up for a sudden-death sing-off, except they have no idea who their opponent will be, and they select their own individual songs instead of dueling on a duet. Coaches announce the matches just before musicians pick up their microphones and only have a few minutes to pick the winner and send the other home.
Former coach Cee Lo Green will return to The Voice stage May 8 -- this time as a performer.
Several artists have been announced for upcoming episodes of the NBC singing competition. In addition to Green, Rod Stewart, Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will all perform in May.
The battle rounds wrapped up on Tuesday night with an epic sing off between Shakira's two Latin singers. Also, Usher started out the night as the only coach with a steal still to use. He's been a careful decision maker throughout the competition, so whoever he selects as his final save is sure to deserve it.
Find out who survived final night of battle rounds:
When Shakira and Usher replaced Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for season four of NBC's The Voice, the veterans of the group, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, had differing views on how the series would fare. If Monday's NBCUniversal summer press day was any indication of how well they all get along, the foursome passed with flying colors.
Which coaches would be returning for a fifth season, however, have yet to be officially announced. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter's cover story featuring Levine, it is expected that the original four coaches, including Aguilera and Green, will return. Shakira and Usher remained mum about continuing on the show.
"I don't think we were ever nervous. We were certainly curious of what the chemistry would be when the new guy and gal came," Levine told reporters. "It's obvious too if you watch the show that there's a lot of chemistry. You never know, it could've not been there. ... It's a different chemistry than the chemistry before, but we're happy it's there."