The Voice top eight headed out on tour this summer: How can they make the tour amazing without their superstar coaches?


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As we reported yesterday, NBC’s The Voice is following the lead of smash singing competition American Idol, planning to send their best and brightest out on the road following the show’s finale Wednesday night.

The eight finalists–Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Nakia, Xenia, Beverly McClellan, Casey Weston, Frenchie Davis, and Javier Colon–will anchor The Voice Live on Tour. Unfortunately, the show’s esteemed squad of coaches, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton, will not be joining them. Apparently talks broke down because compensating stars of that caliber would be too costly (and also, Blake and Adam have tour and promotional commitments of their own this summer).

That said, the eight finalists have proven they’re ready for the big stage: I could listen to Javier Colon sing his soulful cover of “Time After Time” or “Angel” all day. Same for Beverly McClellan and her headbanging rendition of “I’m the Only One.” These guys are worth seeing, even without Mr. Levine hummingbird vocals or Ms. Aguilera’s sassy theatrics.

The tour’s budget likely won’t be as robust as the millions spent on each episode of the show, so count on there being a lot less Hollywood sheen on this outing. But as they saying goes, good music trumps everything. The key question is, without all the bells and whistles NBC’s production crew provided and sans the guidance of veteran superstar talents, can the final eight give stellar performances nightly? I think so.

Which Voice star are you guys looking forward to seeing hit the stage this summer? And what songs should they sing?Anything or anyone you think would be better left off the setlist?

By the way, whoever wins on tomorrow’s episode will make an appearance The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, July 7.

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  • Betsy

    I would love to hear Xenia sign some Christina Perry…maybe Bluebird!

    • Betsy

      Uh…”sing” not “sign”

      • Alex

        …or maybe both? haha

      • top 2

        Thank you EW, for putting the pictures of the two best singers there.

  • MattyG

    I saw Dia Frampton perform live with Meg & Dia back in 2007. She was great then; I’m sure she’ll be excellent on this tour as well (also got to meet her after the show; she was very nice/cool).

  • justme

    Anybody else bored with The Voice already? Or just me??!!

    • TvTroz

      Just you (come on, you walked right into that one).

    • phil

      no just you

  • Elizabeth

    Small, intimate venues – don’t overshoot like that other show does.

  • Alex

    DIA FRAMPTON! Dia has a cover of the song “The Cave” by Mumford & sons on her youtube channel that is amazing, I would love to see her perform it live! I think it could also be really interesting to see what she would do with Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory”.

    • Alex

      It could also be really interesting to see her do a rendition of a dance song and strip it down and tweak it… like Wynter Gordon’s “Til Death” (amazing song, fyi)

  • Harry

    They’re all pretty good but my faves are Xenia, Dia, Beverly, and Javier in that order. Would watch those four anytime.

  • Jeff


  • AOI

    I’d love Xenia to cover “Stay” by Lisa Loeb, “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant, or “Bizarre Love Triangle” (the Frente! version).

  • wsugarlove

    I think Beverly is outstanding…she just Great!!! – I’m not into county music – BUT I love that song that Honeybee that Blake sang…Love it

  • Elyse

    I can’t wait to see Dia sing the music she already has written!!!

    • PN

      I think she’s tired of singing covers and wants to sing her own songs live in that summer tour! I hope she gets the liberties to do that!

  • Rebecca M

    Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler don’t tour with the AI people, so why wpuld that matter for the people on there? I’d love to hear Beverly and Javier live.

  • Hel

    I want to see Nakia,, Wish we could vote for a couple to join the 8.

    • Hel

      My bad. Its the final 8, so Nakia will be there…should still vote for 2 more though.

  • PN

    To some people complaining that the celebrity singer coaches should have gone on tour with them–these 8 need to perform on their own. It’s their time to shine. Christina, Adam, Cee-Lo and Blake coached and guided them–now it’s time for them to branch out and show the concertgoers what they’ve got in their performances. I hope they include song they wrote themselves and not rely on covers, have more creative control of what they want to perform on stage!

  • PN

    The thing is, Adam and Maroon 5, Blake Shelton and Cee-Lo are on concert tours or resuming them this summer. They’re busy right now. I don’t think their commitments will make them perform with those 8 singers. Don’t know what Christina is doing but she needs to get her own tour to support last year’s underperforming Bionic album.

  • PN

    I hope that Dia, Vicci or Xenia sing some Adele! They might do half of the songs from Adele’s 21 album if they wanted to! They have said that Adele is their favorite.

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