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How do you solve a problem like Maria? “The Sound of Music” fans everywhere have been long awaiting the answer to that question, first posed by Rogers and Hammerstein in their 1959 stage musical, adapted to film in 1965. Well country fans, Carrie Underwood may finally help answer that age old question, as Carrie will be portraying Austrian aspiring nun turned nanny, otherwise known as Fraulein Maria, in a live re-make of the classic movie. The live broadcast will air during the 2013 holiday season on NBC. Robert Greenblatt, the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, stated “Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp. She was an iconic woman who will now be played by an iconic artist.”
Congratulations to Carrie for signing on to such an exciting project! We have no doubt that Carrie will do the role of Maria Von Trapp great justice, as Julie Andrews did in the original screenplay.
This particular Keepin’ It Country writer could not be more excited about this adaptation of “The Sound of Music,” as the movie is, admittedly, one of MY absolute favorite things (along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, of course). Do we have any other diehard “The Sound of Music” fans out there who are already x’ing the days off their calendars for next year’s holiday season, counting down the days until this live broadcast will air? Let us know!
Aside from being judges on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” you wouldn’t think that Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera have an awful lot in common. However, when you hear them together on “Just a Fool” from Christina’s forthcoming album, Lotus, you’d think that they’ve been singing together for years.
In the video, Christina calls Blake her “favorite” co-judge and her “big brother.” We have a feeling that it’s hard NOT to love Blake, and it’s also hard NOT to love this song. Give “Just a Fool” a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!
Earlier this week, we told you that Blake Shelton was offering one lucky fan an exclusive opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to attend a private television taping with Mr. Shelton himself. We’ve learned that Blake will be joined by Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and his mom, Dorothy Shackleford, at this taping, which just may get attendees into the holiday spirit a little early this year. The special will air on NBC (Date TBA), and is entitled “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas Special.”
Expect to hear songs from Blake’s Holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, which features all those lovely ladies. They technically may all not be Blake’s family, but we have to laugh, as he’s enlisted his wife, his mom, and his manager’s step-mom and girlfriend. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty dang “family” to me!
Let’s catch up with Team Blake!
RaeLynn, Jordis, Erin, and Jermaine took the stage last Monday giving us some great performances. At the end of the show, however, Blake had to make an elimination live on the spot. He decided to let the previous rounds’ votes dictate the outcome and let Jordis go home. That left RaeLynn, Erin, and Jermaine to compete for America’s votes.
On last Tuesday’s results show, it was announced that Jermaine was the highest vote-getter for Team Blake. RaeLynn and Erin were in jeopardy and both had to perform for their life. It was a tough decision for Blake, but he chose to save Erin.
And then there were two….
Tune in next Monday on NBC at 8/7c to support Jermaine & Erin. Go Team Blake!
If you missed Team Blake’s performances, continue reading to check out the videos…
The Voice kicked off their live shows last night!
The competition is now in full force with the fate of the contestants placed in America’s hands.
Each of the six members from Team Blake and Team Christina took the stage for a solo performance. Tonight, the votes will provide a bottom three from each team. Then, Blake and Christina will each save one contestant and two people from each team will be sent home.
Team Blake did a great job, and came out ready to win.
Continue reading for a recap and videos of their performances…
The competition is getting intense as The Voice goes live on Monday night!
That also means, the outcome is now in your hands! It is time for you, the fans, to vote for your favorites.
Here is all of the voting information…
As usual, you can vote by calling the toll-free phone number, texting from your Sprint phone, or voting online at NBC.com. Similar to last season, downloading the contestant’s song via iTunes counts as a vote as well. And this year, there is a new voting method added to the mix. You will now be able to vote through a Facebook app!
Voting is not unlimited, however. You can only vote ten times using each method.
The Voice‘s social media correspondent, Christina Milian, explains the voting process in this video:
Watch The Voice on Monday on NBC at 8/7c!
And there you have it…
The Voice‘s battle rounds are now complete, and six members from each team are moving on to the live shows.
For the battle, Naia and Jordan performed Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” As the coaches pointed out, we have seen better from both contestants and their full skills were not on display this round. When it was time for Blake to make a decision, he decided to advance Naia to the live shows.
Continue reading to check out video of the battle…
This week, we saw Jermaine Paul up against ALyX and Erin Willett versus Gwen Sebastian. Two of our favorite girls, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert, were back to mentor and assist the team. Jermain and Erin got some help from Kelly, while ALyX and Gwen worked with Miranda.
Jermaine and ALyX performed Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” for their battle. Both did a great job and it was a solid fight, but Coach Blake Shelton decided to go with Jermaine.
Jermaine is a seasoned performer with such professionalism and killer voice. He had me the whole round, and I felt like I was at his own concert.
Congratulations to Jermaine! We can’t wait to see you next round. Also, good luck to ALyX! We are sure she will have success.
Continue reading for Erin and Gwen’s battle…