08:23 PM EDT 12/11/2013
Originally posted 10/31/2013 10:45AM
In her first public appearance since becoming Mrs. Brandon Blackstock two weeks ago, Kelly Clarkson radiated cheer and joy.
Then again, she was taping a Christmas TV special.
The former American Idol winner took the stage at the Las Vegas Venetian Wednesday night, belting out songs from her Wrapped in Red album, along with a few of her greatest hits.
At one point Clarkson spoke about how attractive an audience member was. When some shouted out that she was a newly married woman, the singer replied good-naturally, "I will hit on someone and make him jealous … I'm just kidding, I love my man."
Originally posted 10/30/2013 07:30AM
Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine did something on Tuesday that no Voice judges had ever done before – they stole back singers who they'd previously cut loose in the battle rounds.
Thanks to a new twist, the coaches were each given one steal during this week's knockout rounds – the final hurdle before the live shows kick off next week.
Levine grinned like a schoolboy as he pressed his button for Will Champlin, a young dad whose father is Chicago band member Bill Champlin.
Originally posted 10/29/2013 09:30AM
Fans got quite the shakedown on The Voice Monday thanks to an eye-opening, sexy and unexpected hip shake from Jasper, Ala., native Shelbie Z., who turned it up several notches on the show's first evening of knockout rounds.
The hairdresser and beauty-pageant coach not only owned Carrie Underwood's morning-after confessional "Last Name," she also showed real star potential and plenty of attitude, playing with her long blond hair provocatively but letting her growling vocals steal the night for Team Blake.
"So much presence and charm and personality – wow," Cee Lo Green exclaimed, while Christina Aguilera called it "one of the most confident performances in the knockouts I've seen."
Originally posted 10/25/2013 09:15AM
At a sunset ceremony Thursday evening with Tennessee's Smoky Mountains in the background, country singer Ashley Monroe wed her baseball beau, Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks.
"I married my best friend," says Monroe, 27, a Knoxville, Tenn., native who met Danks through a mutual friend in 2011 after a show in Chicago. "He has such a good heart."
Blake Shelton officiated the nuptials, which took place at Blackberry Farm, the same bucolic site where Kelly Clarkson said "I do" four days before, while Monroe's best friend (and fellow member of the Pistol Annies) Miranda Lambert was her maid of honor.
Originally posted 10/23/2013 09:25AM
The Voice's battle rounds wrapped up Tuesday night with a trio of commanding performances that show the competition is still any singer's game.
The evening kicked off on a patriotic note when coach Cee Lo Green paired military veterans Jonny Gray of Austin, Texas, and Shawn Smith of Utica, N.Y., on "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Green chose the song in part as a nod to their service – rocker Gray, 29, completed a tour of duty for the Air Force, while country singer Smith, 32, served in the Army and lost 80 percent of his hearing in his right ear when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. The pair delivered an impassioned version of the song that caught the attention of all four coaches.
Blake Shelton said he agreed with a female audience member who yelled, "That was hot!" while Adam Levine said, "I believe every single word of what you guys did."
Green ultimately chose to keep Gray, praising his "frenetic" energy onstage. "You become something undeniable," he explained.
Originally posted 10/22/2013 10:00AM
The men dominated the second week of battle rounds on The Voice Monday night as rock and pop music took center stage during several powerful duets, including a credible cover of one coach's own hit.
Christina Aguilera had her soulful team members Josh Logan and Michael Lynch perform a rendition of "Harder to Breathe," a 2002 Maroon 5 hit written by frontman Adam Levine for his group's first record. Levine seemed entertained by their confident performance as Cee Lo Green pointed out the similarities to the original.
"You almost sounded identical," Green told Logan, a 33-year-old father from Manchester, N.H., who began singing as a teen alongside his mother, who was a karaoke DJ.
Originally posted 10/16/2013 10:00AM
The Voice contestants brought their A-game to the second night of battle rounds Tuesday. Yet it was coach Cee Lo Green who provided the most drama of the night – thanks to a single button push.
Green firmly hit his button in the final moments of the show to save soul singer Monika Leigh, a Team Blake Shelton member who had just lost her battle against Louisiana father Ray Boudreaux.
The two delivered a powerful version of "Some Kind of Wonderful," but Shelton – who received some help from guest mentor Cher during rehearsals – ultimately chose Boudreaux, 25.
Originally posted 10/15/2013 04:20PM
Miranda Lambert is bringing her sass and style to her hometown of Lindale, Texas. The singer, who is nominated for five CMA awards, opened her second Pink Pistol store over the weekend and the crowds came in droves to get a glimpse of the award-winning hometown star.
"I'm freaking out!" Miranda's mom Bev Lambert exclaims during the opening festivities. "I don't know that Lindale has seen this kind of traffic ever."
Originally posted 10/15/2013 07:30AM
Call them Baby Beyoncés.
Two teenage vocalists tore up the stage diva-style Monday night on The Voice, delivering an impassioned and mature version of Beyoncé's ballad "Listen."
Their youth and sheer talent on the first night of the show's battle rounds brought coach Christina Aguilera to tears.
"If I was up and coming on the scene I would be scared of you guys right now," Aguilera told Houston's Amber Nicole, 17, and San Diego's Timyra-Joi, 15.
Originally posted 10/08/2013 08:30PM
The Voice coaches finalized their teams Monday night, and it sounds like the battle to win it all might be epic.
All four coaches nabbed some powerhouse talent during the blind auditions, and all are itching for a win.
But who will emerge as The Voice victor?
Here are our picks for the ones to watch:
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