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[06/28/11 - 06:44 PM]
Sprint Presents "The Voice" Live on Tour: Top 8 Finalists of the Most Successful New Television Show This Season Will Hit the Road Beginning July 27th
The Live Nation-promoted tour has confirmed six shows beginning in Los Angeles, with stops in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Boston and Wallingford.

[via press release from NBC]

SPRINT PRESENTS 'THE VOICE' LIVE ON TOUR

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TOP 8 FINALISTS OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL NEW TELEVISION SHOW THIS SEASON WILL HIT THE ROAD BEGINNING JULY 27TH

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Tickets On Sale NOW at LiveNation.com

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2011) - As announced tonight on the top-rated new television show, "The Voice," the final eight contestants from the smash hit program will hit the road for Sprint presents "The Voice" Live On Tour. The Live Nation-promoted tour has confirmed six shows beginning July 27th at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, with stops in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Boston and Wallingford. Tickets for Sprint presents "The Voice" Live On Tour are on sale now at LiveNation.com.

The surprise live event of the summer will kick off shortly after tomorrow's highly anticipated Season 1 finale on NBC (check local listings). The tour will feature performances from the show's top contestants including Team Christina's top two artists, finalist Beverly McClellan and runner up Frenchie Davis; Team Blake's top two, finalist Dia Frampton and runner up Xenia; Team Cee Lo's top two, runner up Nakia and finalist Vicci Martinez; and Team Adam's top two, runner up Casey Weston and finalist Javier Colon.

Sprint presents "The Voice" Live On Tour has also teamed with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the show, including premium seats, meet and greets, exclusive gifts and more. For more information please visit www.iloveallaccess.com

The top eight artists from "The Voice" are:

Beverly McClellan - A member of Christina's team, Beverly is a soulful rock singer with honest lyrics and a raw sound. Beverly plays over 10 instruments and has already released five independent albums. Originally from Virginia, she's worked the clubs and bars around Fort Lauderdale, Florida for nearly 20 years, always looking for that big break.

Vicci Martinez - A member of Cee Lo's team and only 26 years of age, this bluesy soul singer from Tacoma, Washington has already opened for or shared the stage with notables such as Sting, Annie Lennox, B.B. King, the Doobie Brothers, Etta James, and Jonny Lang. She draws strong support from her family - and the memory of her late father.

Javier Colon - A member of Adam's team, this soulful pop singer's father worked at a radio station, immersing his son in music from an early age; by 13, Javier was writing his own songs. His young talent led to touring gigs and even a contract with Capitol Records, but his career never really took off. Now, the devoted husband and father of two is taking a final shot at pursing his musical dreams before leaving music behind to support his family.

Dia Frampton - A member of Blake's team, this 23-year-old singer-songwriter hails from St. George, Utah. Her career aspiration has been to be a voice-over actress, but her considerable singing talents may just steer her elsewhere. A life-long bookworm, Dia also writes novels and children's books.

Frenchie Davis - A member of Christina's team, this Washington D.C. native found success on Broadway, where she starred in "Rent," for four years. She also had headlining roles in the touring shows of "DreamGirls" and "Ain't Misbehavin," which she received a Grammy nomination for the cast recording. Frenchie hopes to record an album of dance, classics, broadway, and a few new original songs.

Nakia - A member of Cee Lo's team and based in Austin, Texas, 36-year-old Nakia draws strength from his extended family and inspiration from the memory of his father. Until he passed away in 2009, Nakia's dad encouraged him to follow his dreams. The bluesy singer knows he doesn't look like a typical pop performer, but that doesn't discourage him at all. He realizes that on The Voice, all that matters is how he sings.

Casey Weston - A member of Adam's team, this recent high school graduate from Naples, Florida is passionate about two things: music and animals. The child of two professional volleyball players, Casey was being groomed for a career as an athlete. But at age 13, the urge to perform took over, and Casey's musical star has been on the rise ever since.

Xenia - A member of Blake's team, few of her high school classmates even knew Xenia could sing - until now. The young artist from Temecula, California also plays the guitar, harmonica and piano by ear. The middle child in a family of five, Xenia draws strength and inspiration for her music from her family and from what she sees and hears in her daily life.

Sprint presents "The Voice" Live On Tour Dates

July 27 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre

July 30 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

August 2 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre

August 4 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion

August 5 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

August 6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre

Additional ticket and tour information is available at LiveNation.com

About "The Voice":

"The Voice" is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland's top-rated vocal talent discovery show, "The Voice of Holland." Hosted by Carson Daly, the show features four musician coaches: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who will coach only the most talented vocalists.

The show's innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance. The show's casting team is working with the music industry and searching the country for the best singers to bring to the blind audition process. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by a contestant's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel to face the contestant selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which singers will advance.

At the end of the battle episodes, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the live stage shows. In this final performance phase of the competition, the top contestants from each team will compete against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save one contestant on each team, leaving the coach to decide live who they want to save and who will not move on. At last, each coach will have his/her best contestant left standing to compete in the finale. From these four, one will be named "The Voice" - and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract and $100,000.

"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers. http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/about/

For contestant blogs, embeddable clips and full episodes of "The Voice" please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice.

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world's top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthlyunique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 showsannually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world's top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

About Sprint Nextel:

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 51 million customers at the end of 1Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.





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