06:20 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Originally posted 04/22/2013 11:15PM
As the second week of battle rounds began on The Voice Monday, talented singers swapped teams, proving the competition is as tight as it's ever been.
The night's soulful finale, pitting Team Usher's Orlando Dixon against Ryan Innes made for a rousing and inspired finish. The competitors, matching Innes's blues prowess against Dixon's technical mastery of R&B, left no doubt that winning season 4 will be tough.
Singing Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine," the men put on an impassioned show, featuring dueling runs, falsettos and raw emotional power. After much deliberating, Usher chose Innes, praising his conviction and depth, calling him "powerful."
Originally posted 04/21/2013 05:35PM
Introducing Reverend Jimmy Kimmel!
The funny man took on a very different role when he performed the vow renewals between Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, in St. Lucia, revealing a skill many were unaware the late night host had.
But Kimmel is far from the first celebrity to perform a wedding.
Originally posted 04/16/2013 10:40PM
The ladies stole the show for the second night in a row on The Voice Tuesday. And an epic steal showdown between coaches Adam Levine and Usher ensured that two of the youngest singers in the competition – unassuming singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser, 18, and wholesome high school country powerhouse Danielle Bradbery, 16 – would not go home.
Coach Blake Shelton paired the two shy young singers together to perform "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Shakira praised their performances "as refreshing as tangerine ice cream," while Levine called himself an "imbecile" for not turning his chair for Glaser during the blind auditions.
"Danielle's performance was maybe more perfect," said Levine. "But Caroline, there is just something so ethereal and magical and wonderful about your voice."
Originally posted 04/16/2013 10:20AM
Between her ever-expanding trophy collection and menagerie of mutts, Miranda Lambert has a full house – and both she and husband Blake Shelton prefer it that way.
"He's used to it now," Lambert, 29, tells PEOPLE about how Shelton has learned to accept her penchant for taking in stray animals, though she admits, "At first I think he was like, 'What's going on? We have a zoo.' "
Case in point: Last month, after bringing home a dog she found by the side of the highway, the country star named him Pistol Andy (in honor of her girl group the Pistol Annies) and attempted to find him a home. And she did – kind of.
Originally posted 04/15/2013 11:00PM
It may be a man's world (as the song goes) but the talented women of The Voice brought the heat on the show's first night of battle rounds.
"It was certainly a woman's world tonight," host Carson Daly said after power vocalists Karina Iglesias and Judith Hill threw down on the James Brown classic, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World."
Soaring, impassioned and fierce, the divas-in-training matched up perfectly, putting on a clinic of sorts in a performance that had judge Blake Shelton "freaking out."
"You guys were connected from the moment you first came out," said a grinning Usher.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 10:30PM
The battle lines are officially drawn!
The Voice's coaches finalized their teams of 12 singers Tuesday during the last night of blind auditions. (Spoilers ahead!)
Blake Shelton completed his team first when he scored classical ballerina-turned-tattooed rocker Jacqui Sandell from Oakland, N.J. The 24-year-old motivated both Blake and Usher to push their buttons with her rendition of "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.
"Your voice is so sneaky," Blake said as a compliment. "You have a very sexy sound."
Sandell quickly chose to join Team Blake and proclaimed she was so excited she wanted "to pee my pants." (Fortunately, she didn't.)
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:45PM
The talent pool got a bit deeper on The Voice Monday, when a new crop of artists of all ages had chairs turning on another night of blind auditions.
Ryan Innes, who performed last, impressed all four judges with his righteous yet controlled soul bend on John Mayer's bluesy "Gravity."
He picked Usher as his coach but not without mounds of praise from the competition.
"This is the most fun I've had listening all day," Blake Shelton told Innes, a rounded and bearded blue-eyed soul singer from Thatcher, Ariz.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:30PM
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean's favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
"I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows," Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. "For me, if I'm not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable."
That said, the singer, who's currently in the middle of his Night Train tour, doesn't hold it against his buddies Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for what they do on The Voice and American Idol.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:15AM
For Miranda Lambert, being Sunday night's big winner at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards caused her a major attitude adjustment.
Besides, she admits, she was really rooting for somebody else.
"I'm a pessimist," Lambert, 29, told PEOPLE after the show, "so I'm always like, when is the other shoe going to drop? It's over – my primetime is done. But your peers vote for you and believe in you, especially as a songwriter."
Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:15PM
You might say Blake Shelton had plenty to sing about when he found himself in the presense of four naked ladies: Sheryl Crow, the Pistol Annies's Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and, of course, wife Miranda Lambert.
In Sin City for Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, the show's co-host had quite the opportunity to indulge his, um, sinful side.
"The first night we got to Vegas, me and Sheryl Crow and Miranda and Angeleena went to Miranda and Blake's room and had a spray-tan party, so all of us were naked," Monroe, 26, told PEOPLE on the pre-ceremony red carpet. "We made Blake go upstairs and close his eyes."
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