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Tragedy in Oklahoma Overshadows Competition on The Voice

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The Voice Competition Tightens, with Oklahoma Disaster on Everyone's Mind

Originally posted 05/21/2013 08:30AM

Competition tightened for the top 10 on Monday's episode of The Voice, with star potential growing as singers showed off deeper range and greater confidence in their performances.

As rescuers searched for survivors of Monday afternoon's Oklahoma tornadoes, Voice host Carson Daly offered a shout out of support to all affected by the tragedy.

Oklahoma native Blake Shelton said his family is safe but that the violent, massive storm made it hard to focus on the competition.

"They are going through hell right now," Shelton said. "It's bad news. [But] I've got a job to do and the team is counting on me."

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The Voice: Usher and Shakira Each Lose a Singer

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The Voice: Usher and Shakira Each Lose a Singer

Originally posted 05/15/2013 08:00AM

Two talented singers ended their journey on The Voice Tuesday night, after America voted to determine which artists would make up the season's Top 10.

The eliminations came one night after the Top 12 delivered red-hot performances – quite literally – in a live playoff show that connected with the audience so strongly that host Carson Daly said each artist charted on iTunes.

But one day after the performances, three singers – Sasha Allen and Garrett Gardner of Team Shakira and Vedo of Team Usher – stood nervously as Daly announced the results: Allen received the final save, sending Gardner and Vedo home before the next round of live performances on Monday.

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Shakira Happy to Steal on The Voice's First Night of Battle Rounds | Shakira

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The Voice: Shakira Steals Talented Singers in First Night of the Battle Rounds

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.

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Shakira's Son Visits The Voice | Shakira

Shakira's Son Visits The Voice

Originally posted 04/12/2013 06:00AM

We have a winner!

Shakira melted the hearts of The Voice audience members at the show's battle round taping on Tuesday evening in Burbank, Calif., when she showed off her new son, Milan, born in January.

While on a break between contestant performances, the singer beamed when she was handed her baby boy. Holding her son up so the cheering audience could see him, Shakira then sat back down in her red chair, cradling her babe while their picture was taken.

The show's host, Carson Daly (also a dad), went right over and starting 'oohing' and 'ahhing' at Shakira's little guy, while coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine took quick peeks before returning to their seats.

Moving Milan to the beat of fellow mentor Usher's "OMG," Shakira "was nothing short of a proud and doting mom," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. But just before the break, the 2½-month-old started to fuss – loud enough that his little cries echoed through the whole studio. After the crowd let out a cute 'aww,' Shakira handed her baby off to be taken backstage – but not before puffing out her bottom lip in protest. – Jessica Herndon

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The Voice Coaches Finalize Their Teams – Who Will Win?

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The Voice Coaches Finalize Their Teams

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.)

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Shakira and Usher Pick Up Big Talent on The Voice

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The Voice: Older Artists Make Their Mark

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.

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Carson Daly: Why My Son Is My Secret Weapon | Carson Daly

Carson Daly: Why My Son Is My Secret Weapon

Originally posted 01/08/2013 07:10AM

The Voice host explains that when baby Etta won't stop crying, it's time to bring in the big guns: brother Jack

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Carson Daly's Thanksgiving Plans Include Football – and the Couch | Carson Daly

Carson Daly's Thanksgiving Plans Include Football – and the Couch

Originally posted 11/22/2012 10:00AM

"To sit with my dad and drink a beer," The Voice host says. "Those are moments I cherish now"

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It's a Girl for Carson Daly | Carson Daly

It's a Girl for Carson Daly

Originally posted 09/06/2012 10:00PM

The Voice host and girlfriend Siri Pinter welcomed their second child, daughter Etta Jones, on Thursday

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Jermaine Paul 'Shocked' over Winning The Voice

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Jermaine Paul 'Shocked' over Winning The Voice

Originally posted 05/09/2012 11:40AM

Just before host Carson Daly announced Tuesday night that Team Blake's Jermaine Paul was the winner of this season's The Voice on NBC, Paul tells PEOPLE that he "couldn't look at anybody and allow myself not to believe. In that moment I prayed."

Despite Monday night's phenomenal final performance, when he sang R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," Paul says his confidence was low going into the finale.

"I didn't feel good about the overall outcome," he says. "I didn't know if I was going to win or not."

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