07:56 PM EDT 12/02/2013
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 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 10/03/2013 09:05AM
Christina Aguilera is sitting pretty.
She's back in the red chair for season 5 of The Voice and says she feels sexier than ever.
Thanks to some time off, a new fitness routine and healthy eating, Aguilera has put in the hard work to slim down – but says her family is still a priority over exercise.
"If I have to choose between working out and spending time with my son after a hard day, it's not even a question," Aguilera tells November's Redbook, on newsstands Oct. 15.
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 09/25/2013 09:00AM
Powerhouse performances and power struggles dominated the second night of The Voice's blind auditions Tuesday, which included two four-chair turns and even gave an '80s cult actress a second chance at stardom.
"The fabulous four," as returning coach Christina Aguilera dubbed the reunited coaching panel at the top of the show, duked it out throughout the night as they each vied to persuade their favorite singers to join their teams.
At the top of everyone's list was Tessanne Chin, a Jamaican singer who closed out the night with a fierce version of Pink's "Try."
Originally posted 09/24/2013 09:15AM
Season 5 of The Voice kicked off with an energetic premiere and its first blind auditions on Monday, featuring two returning star coaches and the sparring chemistry of seasons past.
Soul man Cee Lo Green was back with Michael Jackson's wardrobe and his trademark quips. Three-time winner Blake Shelton and his show nemesis Adam Levine resumed their snarky sparring. Also back and raring to win was a gam-o-licious Christina Aguilera, who represented with spunky girl-power, throwing off sex appeal and a lot of shapely leg.
The contestants brought their A-game, too, and some cute stage bravado. "What's goin' on, handsome?" said musical theater buff Nic Hawk, nakedly flirting with Levine, but only after killing Blu Cantrell's "Hit Em Up Style (Oops)."
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