11:29 PM EDT 06/17/2013
Originally posted 06/17/2013 11:00PM
Will the winner of this season's The Voice be a little bit country? Or whole lot indie rock and roll?
The three remaining acts on the singing competition made it tough for voters on Monday, each turning out distinctive performances on the show's energetic live final competition, which saw coaches Blake Shelton and Usher take heartfelt meetings with the artists and their families.
Predictions for the winner came directly from the judges themselves, with Adam Levine who quickly called it for Texas teen Danielle Bradbery, the show's youngest competitor. At just 16, she covered hits by a host of Nashville's powerhouse female singers including Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Sara Evans.
"I am insanely jealous of Blake for snagging you, from the beginning," Levine teased. "Your voice is so unbelievably powerful and perfect. I think Danielle is the winner of this thing."
Originally posted 06/17/2013 10:00AM
After a season filled with unique talent, The Voice wraps up its final night of competition Monday with two country acts squaring off against one inspiring indie rocker.
Will veteran coach Blake Shelton prevail again? Or will newcomer Usher take a win in his first season on the show?
Powerful performances are expected from Oklahoma's Swon Brothers, a duo known for sweet harmonies who last week was inducted into Oklahoma's Music Hall of Fame. But the Team Blake singers must fend off another country challenge from finalist Danielle Bradbery of Texas, the show's youngest contestant at 16, who has shown maturity in performance and praise for her pitch-perfect singing skills.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 07:55AM
They survived eliminations, bonded with their coaches and won over America with their talents and charm, but on Tuesday two of The Voice's five semi-finalists had to end their journey on the singing competition.
Team Blake's Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers and Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher all advanced to the finals.
Saying goodbye: Team Shakira's Sasha Allen and Adam Levine's Amber Carrington.
Originally posted 06/11/2013 09:00AM
At 16, Danielle Bradbery may be the youngest singer left on The Voice, but on Monday Blake Shelton's contestant proved she has what it takes to beat her older competitors.
Shakira called her "a little star," while a gushing Usher used the word "amazeballs" to describe the Texas teen's near-flawless performances, including "Please Remember Me," the 1995 Rodney Crowell tune later recorded by Tim McGraw.
"What you possess is genuine and God-sent," Usher told Bradbery.
With five artists left, Bradbery added to the increasingly tough competition as the artists covered disco (Donna Summer), '70s rock (Loggins & Messina) and even German electronic dance music from the producer Zedd on Monday's show.
Originally posted 06/05/2013 07:00AM
Team Blake's dominance on The Voice has finally come to an end.
After three weeks of keeping his team intact as his fellow coaches lost contestants during eliminations, Blake Shelton finally said goodbye to one of his three country artists Tuesday night: Baylor University marching band member Holly Tucker.
Tucker, 19, who received high marks for her sassy rendition of Martina McBride's "When God-Fearing Women Get the Blues" and a heartfelt version of "My Wish" on Monday night, dissolved into tears at the end of the show when the Swon Brothers, also of Team Blake, earned the final spot in the top five.
Originally posted 06/04/2013 09:00AM
After Judith Hill left The Voice last week, Sasha Allen of Team Shakira stepped up Monday to claim her spot as the show's reigning powerhouse diva.
In two strong performances that showed off her confidence, Allen, 31, proved she's a contender among the final six artists who sang a song of their choice and one picked by their coach.
Allen, a New Yorker and mother of two, was even compared to Beyoncé's famous alter-ego.
"I guess there is more than one Sasha Fierce," Usher said of Allen, who belted Carrie Underwood's hit "Before He Cheats" – ripping off her long, red dress to reveal black patent thigh-high boots and high-waist shorts.
Originally posted 05/30/2013 09:15AM
Adam Levine has already defended himself after saying "I hate this country" during an angry moment Tuesday on The Voice. But should he go further and apologize?
The Maroon 5 singer, 34, was overheard muttering those words after two of his contestants, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, were eliminated.
Facing a backlash, he later posted definitions on Twitter for the words "misunderstand," "lighthearted," "humorless" and "joke."
Originally posted 05/29/2013 04:15PM
Adam Levine may or may not have it in for America, but one thing's for sure: He loves his dictionary.
After the Maroon 5 singer was overheard muttering, "I hate this country" when viewers ousted two of his contestants on The Voice Tuesday night, he faced a patriotic backlash, which he answered with the help of Webster's.
Levine – who, by the way, was born and raised in Los Angeles – went to Twitter and cited the definitions for the words "misunderstand," "lighthearted," "humorless" and "joke."
Originally posted 05/29/2013 08:30AM
Adam Levine was "little bit p–– off" after having to say goodbye to two team members on The Voice's live results show Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the three other coaches – Usher, Shakira and Blake Shelton – were ecstatic that their artists will stay in the game.
The top eight singers all delivered performances that generated praise from the coaches Monday night, which made it nearly impossible to predict who would be sent home this week.
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