photo: NBC"Tonight, there are no bells and whistles. It is stripped down, so you can focus on what matters--the voice," host Carson Daly announced at the start of Monday's first live competitive "Voice" show of Season 3, in what kinda/sorta seemed like a dig at rival show "The X Factor's" wild kitchen-sink approach. Of course, "The Voice's" directors, particularly those directing Team Cee Lo's performances, haven't always shied away from over-the-top theatrics either. But suffice to say, this evening's scaling-back would ensure that no Season 3 contestants would get Mussolini/The Wall-style dictator sets, creepy kabuki-masked backup dancers, or Egyptian carriages, like some singers got last season.
But that might all change when Cee Lo Green's contestants perform later this week, on Wednesday. Considering that Cee Lo attended Monday's "Voice" taping in a ruffle-shirted, Afro-topped getup that made him look like the illegitimate lovechild of Pam Grier and Prince, anything's possible when the Playoffs return for episode two.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Live Playoffs, Pt. 1: Game On For Team Adam & Team Blake