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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 05/21/2013 10:30PM
The Voice said goodbye to two more contestants Tuesday night, leaving just eight skillful singers in the competition.
The tragedy in Oklahoma once again took center stage at the top of the show when coach Blake Shelton, an Oklahoma native, and wife Miranda Lambert delivered a heartfelt version of her song, "Over You," dedicated to the victims of the devastating tornado.
Later, host Carson Daly presided over the tense eliminations, as the saved artists were slowly revealed over the course of the show.
So who went home Tuesday night? Read on to find out ...
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."
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.
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 04/12/2013 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
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 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
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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