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The Voice returns February 5 on NBC, right after the Super Bowl.

Already pulling out all the stops to market its sleeper hit singing competition, the network is filming extended commercials to air ... during its Super Bowl coverage.

That's one way to remind the audience what's on next.

Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg recently filmed a spot featuring Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green. Here's a pic from it:

The Voice Season 2 Pic

Why watch The Voice when there are a billion other shows like it? One 60-second ad, titled “Vokal Kombat,” plays off an element of The Voice that’s truly unique.

The judges' swivel chairs, which turn to face a contestant during auditions when a judge hears a singer that deserves a shot, are the focal point of the new ads.

If more than one judge turns around to face the stage, they must compete against each other to win over the contestant, which can result in a battle royale.

The Voice will be competing directly against American Idol, which kicks off its 11th season January 22. Is there room for two? Will you watch either? Both?

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Maroon 5 singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine poses topless for the new issue of gay magazine Out, while taking shots at a rival singing competition.

Levine, whose brother is gay, takes American Idol to task for making its contestants allegedly "mask" their sexuality, as Adam Lambert recently claimed.

Runner-up Lambert said he wasn't allowed to discuss his sexuality on the show due to AI's restriction on contestants giving interviews during the season.

Adam Levine Shirtless

"What’s always pi**ed me off about American Idol is wanting to mask it, for it to go unspoken,” says Levine. “C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point?"

"On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives," he adds. "To me, the fact that The Voice didn’t have any qualms about being completely about it is a great thing.”

Ironically, on The Voice this spring, Levine was briefly criticized for a perceived slam of Lambert, whose hit song he claimed he had never heard of.

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NBC is bringing back The Voice after Super Bowl XLVI on February 5.

Following a successful first season of the singing competition won by Javier Colon, the network began plans for a second campaign almost immediately.

Reports that it would follow NBC's presentation of the Super Bowl surfaced last month. Now the Peacock has confirmed the season premiere schedule.

The Voice Finalists

With its entertaining interplay between four big-name judges, unusual format and array of talent, the program became a sleeper hit for NBC this spring.

The Voice will air for one hour after the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012, then return for a two-hour episode the next night (Monday), according to EW.

That will lead into the season premiere of the musical drama Smash.

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“I’m a mixture of blues and rock with a shot of Southern Comfort.” - Beverly McClellan

The openly lesbian, bald rocker who made it all the way to the finals of NBC’s The Voice calls herself a Janis Joplin-Melissa Etheridge-Etta James hybrid.

That's quite a statement, but the Florida native proved with her recent run on the reality hit that she's got the vocal chops to make such a bold claim.

Excerpts from Beverly's interview with TV Line this week ...

On her reaction to success on The Voice: "Where the hell did the rock and roll go? Epic moments were made: We need those again. I have no fear."

"I’m a bit of a rebel, a kid that never grew up. I feel like I’m finally, for once in my life, where I need to be, showing the right people, even if it’s not something I planned on doing: Come out here and get famous."

"I thought, “S***, I have just as much chance as anyone else.” Am I blown away that I came this far? Yeah. But I don’t want to slow the train down."

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Dia Frampton made quite an impression on The Voice.

Despite appearing shy or out of her element at times, the singer lasted until the bitter end, when she came in second to Javier Colon.

In an interview with TV Line, Frampton explains her on-screen persona, sheds some light on her experience, and looks ahead to what's next:

On the blind auditions: "The blind audition was by far the scariest. I saw singers go in there before me that I knew the judges didn’t turn around for, and I’d think, 'That person was amazing! I’ve been in a hotel with her, and she’s awesome!'"

"Did Christina just want the big, big voices? I thought Blake would want all country. I had my pre-conceived thoughts, and I was having a hard time with it."

On her audition song, "Bubbly": "I wanted to pick something that kind of represented my style, but thinking back now, that was a really, really safe song for me. I didn’t want to go out there and do some weird REM thing then."

"I was so scared and I was playing it by the book."

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Even though Javier Colon won The Voice Wednesday night, it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet. The 34-year-old says he's still in disbelief.

“I was 100 percent in my mind, I was ready and prepared for Carson to say, ‘The winner of The Voice is Dia Frampton," he tells Celebuzz

"I was going to be okay with that because I absolutely love Dia ... She is amazing and deserved a win as much as we all did. We all have the same dreams and are trying to succeed in a very hard business."

Javier Colon Pic

"But in that moment, when he announced my name, it was unexpected. I am very, very thankful to those who voted for me. It was so close."

Below are a few excerpts from Celebuzz's talk with Javier:

On Adam Levine's reaction off the air: "He was emotional about me and my situation. He genuinely wanted me to win so badly. It wasn’t that he wanted his team to beat the others, it was because he wanted me to succeed."

"To see him get emotional meant a lot to me because it reaffirmed the fact that he really cares. We’re going to be friends for a very long time."

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Unlike its nemesis on Fox, there's no judging controversy on The Voice. At least not yet.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will all return for the competition's second season.

The Voice Judges Panel

"Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning," Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of NBC, said in a statement. "We look forward to building season two and making The Voice an even greater experience for fans."

The NBC hit crowned Javier Colon as its first champion this week and will return in January.

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Following his victory on The Voice, Javier Colon told reporters: "I didn't expect to win."

But those who watched this singer's performances throughout the competition couldn't have been that shocked.

Under the guidance of coach Adam Levine - who says his team member won because his vocals are "so powerful and special" - Colon improved each week - and we've got the video evidence to prove it!

Sit back and watch a slew of Colon's renditions below, from his early auditions to his finale duet with Stevie Nicks...

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The Voice crowned Javier Colon as its first-ever champion last night.

Before awarding the title to this Connecticut native, however, the show featured all four finalists in a series of impressive duet. They teamed up with stars such as Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert, Ryan Tedder and Pat Monahan.

Check out the quarter of finale performances here and then vote: Did Colon deserve to win?

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