The live tour featuring the Top 8 contestants from NBC’s The Voice (but not the superstar coaches!) launches tonight at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre. So, in preparation for the six-city tour, EW caught up with the folks hitting the road — that’d be Beverly McClellan, Frenchie Davis, Dia Frampton, Xenia, Nakia, Vicci Martinez, Casey Weston, and winner Javier Colon — yesterday as they had a little time between rehearsals.
Here’s what scoop we could glean from them about the tour — and as a bonus, below, you’ll find a little video of the eight belters rehearsing the “Faith”/”Freedom” (George Michael extravaganza!) opening to show, along with Nakia going solo with Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”:
Frenchie Davis: “I had to fight a lot for song choice, and I did not win any of those fights. I fought to be able to do a ballad. I really wanted to do ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele or something that would have allowed me to show that I’m a singer. They wanted me to do more dance stuff. I’m doing ‘When Love Takes Over’ and ‘Like a Prayer.’ Of those two, I’m more excited to do ‘When Love Takes Over’ because I feel like between the two, ‘When Love Takes Over’ was much more suited for my voice.”
Casey Weston: “I’m singing the two songs I sang on the show during the live performances, ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ and ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I had strong opinions about what I should be singing, but you know, even though they weren’t my favorite songs, ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ is just fun. It’s energy, and it’s fun, so I think that will be great.”
Dia Frampton: “I can’t wait to sing R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion.’ I really like that band, and I really like the lyrics to that song. I just really like the lyrics.”
Nakia: “I’m most excited about getting to sing with Beverly. We never got to sing together on the show. It was something that I always wanted, and she had wanted to do. All of our fans kept saying, ‘You guys got to sing together!’ That’s my highlight right now because it’s something new that wasn’t a part of the original show.”
Vicci Martinez: “I love singing ‘Jolene.’ I’m going to sing the Adele song, the blind audition song I did ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ and I’m going to actually get to play my guitar. I’m a guitar player, but on the show, we kind of just put it to the side to focus on my vocals because it was called The Voice. But for this, it’s a lot more relaxed. I wish I was doing ‘Dog Days Are Over,’ but they didn’t put that on the list — I have no idea why. I think all of us would have probably made some changes. But I loved every song I did, so I don’t really have any reason to complain.”
Beverly McClellan: “What is my moment during the tour? All of it is going to be my moment, and I’ll tell you why: Because I get to hang out here with some of the coolest people in the world. Frenchie Davis, I get to rock and be a part of her choir on ‘Like a Prayer’! There’s going to be so many glorious moments. I get to go on a tour with some of the coolest people in the world and sing with them and do my own thing, too. If that’s not a freaking awesome deal there, I don’t know what it is! We all bring our A-game here. I am going to be singing ‘Beautiful’ with Nakia. I said, You know, the two unlikely people here to sing that here would be me and you! On the lesbian and gay scene, that’s been an anthem for some time for lots of people.”
Javier Colon: “We get to sing some songs from the show, as well as a couple that folks might not see coming. I’m going to be singing ‘Time After Time’ and ‘How to Fix You,’ and then ‘Stitch By Stitch,’ which is my single. Then there’s one surprise: Folks actually get to vote on one during the show, too. They text and then at the end of the show, it’s all tabulated, and that’s the one that I sing.”
Xenia: “I’ve never been on a tour. I’m actually not nervous. It’s mostly just excitement. We’ll see when the crowd is out there. I’m doing ‘Break Even’ and ‘Price Tag.’ Casey and Beverly are coming out with me and playing guitar for ‘Price Tag.’ It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s cool because, before we were competing and going against each other, and now it’s going to be all of performing our songs with each other.”
Enjoy the rehearsal video here:
Check back here on EW.com tomorrow for EW’s review of the first live show of The Voice on tour.