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Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00AM
As any Hallmark card can tell you, the holidays are about bringing people together. For some of us, that means reuniting with grown-up children, or welcoming long-lost cousins into our homes. But for musicians, it means something else: seasonal duets, often performed with the oddest of partners.
From reality-show novelty songs to stocking-stuffer EPs, Christmas isn't Christmas until two people who have no business being in the same room have crowded in front of the mic to sing a holiday classic. Why do they do this? You should just as soon ask Black Friday shoppers why they camp out for hours in front of big-box stores. Holiday magic is a compelling thing.
Originally posted 12/03/2013 09:10AM
It's one thing to perform one of your coach's career-defining songs; it's yet another to do it powerfully and earn her full blessing.
That's what New Jersey teen Jacquie Lee did Monday night on The Voice when she tackled Christina Aguilera's coming-of-age ballad "The Voice Within" with a vocal range rivaling her own coach, who was feeling their connection.
"I do find so many similarities in you, not only as a vocalist but as a person," a beaming Aguilera told Lee. "It's a struggle to find yourself, so young, in this business … I wrote this song when I was 20, 21, and it was a time in my life when you're being pushed and pulled in so many directions."
Originally posted 11/27/2013 11:15AM
Adam Levine's winning streak continues.
For the third week in a row, The Voice coach – and PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive – not only kept his team of three intact, but avoided the dreaded bottom three, which this week featured one contestant representing each of his fellow coaches.
Team Adam's Tessanne Chin, 28, Will Champlin, 30, and James Wolpert, 22, were all saved, along with Jacquie Lee, 16, of Team Christina Aguilera and Cole Vosbury, 22, of Team Blake Shelton.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 01:00PM
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Originally posted 11/20/2013 07:15AM
He's the Sexiest Coach Alive – and a victorious one, too.
It was a pretty spectacular night for Voice coach Adam Levine, who was not only revealed as PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive on the show by host Carson Daly, but managed to keep all three of his teammates out of the bottom three during Tuesday night's live elimination show.
Tessanne Chin, 28, James Wolpert, 22, and Will Champlin, 30, all advanced to the Top 8, making Levine, 34, the only coach to have three singers still in the competition.
Christina Aguilera was the only other coach who avoided the bottom three, as she saw 16-year powerhouse Jacquie Lee and serial showstopper Matthew Schuler, who turns 21 Wednesday, advance to next week's live performance show.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 08:25AM
Matthew Schuler, who blew away the judges on The Voice last week with his impassioned version of "Hallelujah," did not disappoint again on Monday night's show, taking on the Labrinth (featuring Emeli Sandé) love ballad, "See Beneath Your Beautiful," as a song of hope for future romance, noting he was single but keeping his eyes open for a wife.
By the time Schuler finished, the crowd would not stop cheering, prompting the minister's son to lower his head and seem near tears. "Thank you. That's something else," the 20-year-old singer from Yardley, Pa., said humbly, barely heard over the noisy appreciation.
His excited coach Christina Aguilera admitted that she, too, was "blown away," adding, "Tonight you did show a different side of yourself, wanting this to be dedicated to your future love, your future wife."
Originally posted 11/13/2013 08:25AM
Twitter took center stage on The Voice's live results show on Tuesday when, for the first time ever, viewers Tweeted during the final minutes of the show to instantly save one artist in the Top 12 from elimination.
During the show, host Carson Daly slowly revealed the nine artists who would automatically become part of the Top 10. Eventually, only the bottom three remained on stage: glam rocker Kat Robichaud and Air Force vet Jonny Gray of Team Cee Lo Green, and New Hampshire vocalist Josh Logan of Team Christina Aguilera.
That's when the "instant save" kicked in. To cast their votes, Voice viewers were asked to Tweet the name of their favorite artist, along with the hashtag #voicesave.
So who went home and who stayed?
Originally posted 11/12/2013 08:35AM
The top 12 artists brought a new fight to The Voice stage Monday, turning it up with showmanship and song choices that highlighted their musical versatility.
But it was Matthew Schuler's night for Team Christina Aguilera. The 20-year-old from Yardley, Pa., brought church to the stage with his emotional take on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
The son and grandson of ministers, Schuler offered a passionate tribute to his gospel roots that left his mother – watching from the audience – in tears and his coach praising his follow-through on her advice to "be fearless."
Originally posted 11/08/2013 08:40AM
The Voice revealed its Top 12 Thursday night, thanks to America's votes and some anguished decisions from the coaches.
Earlier in the week, the remaining five contestants from each team delivered a string of strong performances during the first live shows. The two singers from each team with the most votes would automatically advance to the next round, while the coaches had to choose to save just one of their three remaining teammates.
Blake Shelton – fresh from his Male Vocalist of the Year win at Wednesday's CMA awards – was in the hot seat first. Host Carson Daly revealed that America had saved soulful Austin Jenckes and funky Cole Vosbury, which meant Shelton was forced to choose between pop singer Nic Hawke, powerhouse country singer Shelbie Z. and "swamp pop" artist Ray Boudreaux.
Originally posted 11/06/2013 08:35AM
She's the youngest performer on The Voice this season, but Jacquie Lee's performance on the second night of live shows Tuesday showed she just might be the one to beat.
The 16-year-old New Jersey high school student on coach Christina Aguilera's team, closed out the evening with an electrifying version of Nina Simone's "I Put a Spell on You."
The jaw-dropping performance awed fellow coach Cee Lo Green, whose team also performed Tuesday, and even left him a little angry.
"Oh my God, Jacquie. Damn," he exclaimed once the roaring crowd quieted down. "That was the absolute best. [It was] like the past and the present and you are most certainly the future."
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