07:55 PM EDT 12/02/2013
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 10/23/2013 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 10/21/2013 05:05PM
Cee Lo Green could face up to four years in prison after being charged Monday with giving a woman ecstasy.
The Voice mentor, 39, was charged with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance to an unidentified 33-year-old woman in July 2012, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was allegedly dining at a restaurant in downtown L.A. with the woman when he slipped her ecstasy, according to the statement. The two later went back to the woman's hotel room.
Prosecutors declined to file a sexual assault charge against the TV personality, who was originally accused of rape of an intoxicated person. Prosecutors cited insufficient evidence and ask that his bail be set for $30,000.
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 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 06:00AM
It was an evening full of lessons on The Voice – in perseverance and in embracing coach Cee Lo Green's unique brand of quirky flirtation.
In the final night of Season 5's blind auditions, the coaches picked the last singers for their teams. And Green used his soulful charm on Tamara Chauniece, the daughter of two ministers who recorded her first gospel record at 11.
The 23-year-old Texan charmed both Green and Christina Aguilera with a lilting version of Beyonce's "1 + 1."
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:
Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:30AM
A stressed-out single mom and a former contestant seeking redemption scored the two four-chair swivels of the night Tuesday as The Voice's coaches inched closer to completing their teams during the fourth night of blind auditions.
The coaches' powers of persuasion – and sharp elbows – were on full display during the final showstopping performance of the night when Ashley DuBose, a single mother/programmer analyst from St. Paul, Minn., arguably outshone Rihanna while singing the Grammy winner's hit "Diamonds."
"Your voice cuts like a razor through this entire place," coach Adam Levine told the 23-year-old. "Those are the voices that make it real far on this show."
Originally posted 10/01/2013 07:45AM
It may be Kaley Cuoco's week to shine, as she announced her engagement, but it was little sister Briana who took her turn in spotlight Monday as a talented contestant on The Voice.
Briana, who works as Kaley's personal assistant, won over coach Christina Aguilera easily as she sang Lady Gaga's hit "You and I," earning kudos for her raw talent and power.
"You held those notes out really strong. You made me really happy," Aguilera told her, handily earning Cuoco's trust over competitor Cee Lo Green.
"Girl power!" Cuoco screamed as she picked Aguilera as coach.
Said proud sister Kaley, teary-eyed: "She's always put herself on the back burner for everyone else. There is no one who deserves this more." Watch Briana's audition below.
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