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‘The Voice’ Stars Not Out to Rip Anyone, Even the Competition

Interesting, the jockeying for position among singing competition shows before the kickoff of the 2012-2013 season.  While Simon Cowell has been teasing his new “X Factor” judges by letting the world know Britney Spears has turned out to be Quite Mean, NBC’s “The Voice” team made a point of stressing that they have no desire to be mean — or negative at all.

“We’re not interested in being on a show where we rip people.  That was a common theme,” said Adam Levine, who turned out to talk to press about the show at producer Mark Burnett’s posh Malibu home the other day, along with his fellow “The Voice” music superstar coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, as well as host Carson Daly.

“And it proved something.  The blind auditions replaced the need to find terrible singers and rip them,” added Burnett, referring to the early audition rounds full of non-talents and scathing critiques so familiar to “American Idol” audiences.

“I really have been averse to it,” Levine went on.  “I personally have never experienced a positive feeling — I don’t like to see that.  It looks like someone getting bullied and it makes me sad, it really does.  I don’t like to watch.” 

His fellow coaches – remember, on “The Voice,” they’re more into coaching than judging –agreed.

Aguilera even had kind words for Britney, who, of course, she’s been getting sized up against since their “Mickey Mouse Club” days together. 

 “I know she’s a pro and she’s going to give, I think, great advice,” said the pop star, resplendent with blond and lavender hair for the panel.  “I don’t know the format of the other shows.  I just know the format of the show I’m on. But I welcome these very talented women.  Especially in my genre of pop, the media gets in there to pit us against one another and women against women, this and that, and you know, I’m just not down for that at this point in my life.  I have no patience for it, so I’m like, come on, the more the merrier.  She’ll have fun with it.”

Considering the fact that this year, “X Factor” will be going toe to toe with “The Voice” – “The Voice” launches Sept. 10 and “X Factor” two days later — Aguilera is likely going to find comparisons impossible to avoid.  (“American Idol” returns mid-season.)

The wide-ranging talk, accompanied by the sounds of surf and sea birds near the beachside grounds of Burnett’s home, also covered the topic of celebrity mentors.

Green talked about reaching out to artists with whom he has personal relationships and friendships, like Prince and Rob Thomas, to work with his up-and-comers.  Levine has Mary J. Blige.  Aguilera has Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Armstrong wasn’t a friend, she said, when she went after him to be a mentor for her team.  But they did have mutual respect.  With his “punk, badass” persona, “He brings a whole different energy and different advice than I would give from a female pop star perspective.  He comes from a completely different world and kind of puts a whole new spin on everything,” she observed.

Blake Shelton’s bringing in Michael Buble.  Their paths have converged a surprising number of times, considering they, too, are from different musical worlds.  Shelton noted that he had a country hit with a Buble song, then they worked together on a David Foster special, and a Shelton Christmas album.  “We’ve become friends – as close friends as you can be when he lives in Vancouver, and I live in Oklahoma,” Shelton said.  When it came time to adding a new mentor for “The Voice,” “I thought, ‘This is a no-brainer.”

The joking, teasing, competitive camaraderie between the coaches that is one of “The Voice’s” greatest assets was also on display. Talking about their crammed schedules, Burnett noted that Shelton had been juggling tour dates, and in fact had just made a whirlwind trip back and forth to Washington. 

“Is that what Blake told you?  You guys are so gullible.  Tour!” cracked Levine – who was, himself, leaving for South America tour dates the next morning.  The show’s social media maven, Christina Milian, noted that the four singers can do dead-on imitations of one another.

Daly noted that we’ll see more of Green, Aguilera, Levine and Shelton performing this coming season, “because that’s what they do.” 

But what about “The Voice” come spring?  Burnett admits that the “matrix of tour dates of these artists is a producer’s nightmare” in terms of scheduling.  “We’re all talking, all the time.”

“I want to do it,” said Green.

“We all want this to work,” said Levine.

But there is a chance that the current foursome might help bring in substitutes for themselves to fill in.  “The good news is we’re all friends; we’re all openly talking about it all the time,” said Burnett, who stressed that he and his team knew what they were signing up for when they became involved with touring musical stars at the top of their game.  “This is really like family.” 

Country Hottie Blake Shelton In No Hurry to Jump into Acting

Blake Shelton

Hunky country star Blake Shelton looks mighty good on those videos of his like “Home” and “Hillbilly Bone,” and would appear to have acting potential as well. No wonder he’s had some inquiries from Hollywood.

So, does he want to add film or TV work to his resume? “I don’t’ want to say I don’t have any interest in it,” he tells us. “But it’s not something I’ll pursue. If something came my way that looked like a good fit, it might be fun. But I’m just getting to point where I always wanted to be,” he adds, referring to his music career. “So I want to completely concentrate on what I do, now more than ever.”

Shelton will be touring all summer, he says. “We pretty much tour anyway, at least one gig a week, even in the down season. But when June rolls around, it’ll be most of the time until September.”

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE: Tom Sizemore keeps managing to get work despite his time behind bars, in rehab, and all over the tabloid media. The latest is a low-budget picture called “Visible Scars” in which he’ll play “a hermit serial killer” according to casting notices. They’re filling the roles of his potential next victim and of the ghosts of twin girls who were abducted 17 years ago. The action takes place in cabin in the wilderness.

FEELING A LITTLE SICK: Just when you think you’ve heard it all, here comes a new reality show called “Virus Hunters,” featuring real-life stories of people who’ve contracted ailments that pose a threat to the greater population. Casting is underway for actors to portray people who have a virus. “I hope this is the bottom,” responded one actor we know, “because if they’re going lower, I’m going to have to leave.”

Blake Shelton Knows He’s in for it With Marriage Comment

Blake Shelton

Hot country heartthrob Blake Shelton knows he’s in for it after having let drop the other day that he’s thinking of marriage with his long-time girlfriend and fellow country star Miranda Lambert.  “Anytime you say something like that, you know, ‘Oh, man.  I’m going to have to hear about this for awhile,’ and you kinda kick yourself,” he tells us.

But that’s how he feels, right?  “Yeah, I definitely can see that happening one of these days.”

And what does she say?  “I don’t’ know what she wants to says about that,” he replies.  “You’ll have to ask her.”  Stay tuned.

Shelton will be in the spotlight this weekend, in Las Vegas for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which is being carried live on CBS Sunday (4/18).  He and buddy Trace Adkins, who have an instant bar classic with their good time rolling “Hillbilly Bone” duet – up for Vocal Event Of The Year honors – will perform.  There’ll be radio appearances to do, gatherings to drop by, before the big event.

“I know I’ll have fun.  I have fun wherever I go.  Just because I’ll have the chance to see a lot of people I don’t get to see that often, I know it’ll be a great time,” he says.  He adds that the awards “are a great chance, especially for new artists, to get exposure in front of a wider audience than they get on country radio or cable TV.”  Reba McEntire hosts the show that boasts a bonanza of star performers (John Fogerty, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith…) in addition to presenters the likes of Kristen Bell, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Hough, LL Cool J and Matthew McConaughey.

Shelton gets lots of exposure in old media and new.  He built a gigantic Twitter following with his funny, unguarded remarks, though recently he cut back on tweets to focus on other things.  A current offering on his blakeshelton.com site allows fans to download clips of Shelton telling their ex-girlfriend, boyfriend, bad boss or various others (their choice) to “Kiss My Country A—“ as in one of his popular tunes.  And he’s blazing a trail with his “Hillbilly Bone” album that Warner Music Nashville released in a  new “six pak” format consisting of a half dozen tunes at a slashed price.  He reveals that his next six pak will be out “in late August or early September.”

AND IN THIS CORNER:   Little people have been have been trying to fit in for years, as can be seen on shows like TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” but the guys on Spike TV’s “Half Pint Brawlers,” are embracing their differences.

“I’ve been debating those guys for the last eight years on radio and such and it’s great debates,” says Puppet – a “midget wrestler” who runs the Half Pint Brawlers wrestling organization.  “They don’t like that I use the word midget in my advertising, but I refuse to bend on that because it’s a marketing tool.  Midget wrestling gets people out to the shows.  They won’t come out to see little people because they won’t know what it is.  I understand where these other ‘little people’ are coming from but we’re professionals and we’re just out there to entertain.”

The guys will certainly be doing a lot of entertaining both in and out of the ring when their show premieres June 7 on Spike TV.  “A lot of times when people hear midget wrestling they think it’s so degrading but once they see it, they realize it’s a lot of fun.  People think it’s going to be more of a joke but these guys are athletes.  They come off the top rope and do hardcore moves.  Anything that you see on WWE, these guys are going to do it.  You didn’t use to see that back in the day.  It used to be that the midgets were the joke.  It was more of a circus.  I’ve really pushed away from that,” Puppet tells us.  “This company is just a great way to be an entertainer.  How many people can say they tour around the nation, they wrestle, meet girls, have a few beers, and get paid to party?”

WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS:  Jane Seymour is sitting on top of the world.  And now her fans can sit there with her.  She’s making couches.  Jane will on hand tomorrow (4/17) in High Point, North Carolina, to introduce the line of furnishings she has designed for the major AICO firm, with founder and designer Michael Amini.  The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 80,000 people to High Point every six months when  the top manufacturers and retailers gather to study what’s new in the furniture world.  This year, it’s Jane.  She has already had grand success with her Open Heart line of necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches and other shiny objects, all reflecting the open heart philosophy Jane has put forward in several books.  And although the artist formerly known as “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” is also painting up a storm as one of the top-selling oil and watercolor artists in the land, she’s not neglecting her acting.  She has signed to star in a romantic comedy feature film called “Love, Wedding, Marriage.”  She’ll race off to start it right after High Point.  It seems Jane’s career is always at a high point.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Casting is being completed for Kathleen Turner’s indie film “The Perfect Family” – which certainly sounds like a juicy acting vehicle for her.  The movie has Turner as a wife and mother who is in the running for Devout Catholic Woman of the Year honors – while unbeknownst to her fellow faithful, her daughter is gay and having an in-virtro baby with her lesbian mate, her son has just left his wife, and her own marriage is in trouble.  Production starts in early May.

(With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster)