06:20 PM EDT 05/17/2013
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 05/14/2013 06:45AM
Heat was Monday night's theme on The Voice – even the air-conditioning in the studio gave out for a time.
Despite the setback, the show drew a host of sizzling performances from powerhouse country singers who likely raised their stock for fans at home now voting for the Top 12 finalists.
After 30 minutes without the a/c, a sweltering Usher removed his shirt to reveal a black tank top and sculpted arms, which set fans screaming. But it was performances from country's Amber Carrington, 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery of Texas and the always-soulful Judith Hill that kept the room hot as the night's competition wore on.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 10:25PM
The Voice's celeb coaches looked visibly pained Wednesday night before having to send home one of their own contestants.
Shakira – whose team performed Tuesday along with Blake Shelton's singers – couldn't even wave to the camera when she was introduced at the top of the show. "I couldn't sleep last night because of what I knew I had to go through today," she said. "I know my heart is going to break into 100 pieces."
Usher and Shelton looked equally anguished about having to send home one of the singers, whom American did not save. Adam Levine – whose all-female team performed Monday alongside Usher's group – was so torn that he didn't blurt out his choice until credits were rolling.
So who went home Wednesday night? Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 05/08/2013 08:00AM
The Voice's celeb coaches Shakira and Blake Shelton beamed like proud parents as their teams delivered powerful performances Tuesday night, each fighting for a spot in the top 12 before Wednesday's live elimination.
Team Shakira's Sasha Allen – a steal from coach Adam Levine, whose team performed Monday along with Usher's – closed out the night with her show-stopping performance of "Oh! Darling" that left the judges drooling.
"I feel that we are in front of one of those moments that we all signed up for here, that we all live for in this show," Shakira said. "You just gave us this moment. You have one of the best voices I have ever heard in my life."
Originally posted 05/07/2013 09:00AM
With Team Adam and Team Usher kicking off the first night of viewer voting, it was ladies' night on The Voice Monday as the show moved into the individual performances of the live playoff rounds.
It was also Judith Hill's birthday – and she delivered a gift to the live audience, taking her time to work the soul nuances of Nina Simone's classic "Feeling Good." Her coach, Adam Levine, appreciated the way she played with the audience – a skill he said cannot be taught.
Originally posted 05/06/2013 04:30PM
The Voice's live shows kick off Monday – and all four celebrity coaches are hoping their carefully selected teams of four talented singers will lead them to victory.
Veteran coach Adam Levine has an all-female team – which fellow judge Usher playfully dubbed "Adam's Angels" – and includes powerhouse Judith Hill, a background singer who was once Michael Jackson's duet partner. Sarah Simmons, a rock, soul and blues artist, who gave a command performance of "Wild Horses" in the knockouts, is another favorite.
Fellow veteran Blake Shelton – who has won the competition twice before – has four country artists representing his team, including 16-year-old ingénue Danielle Bradbery, who had never performed before the competition. Another act to watch are the Swon Brothers, who mark the first time a duo has made it to the live rounds since season 1.
Originally posted 04/30/2013 11:20PM
Usher and Blake Shelton helped four singers on their teams inch closer to their dream Tuesday night when they selected them in The Voice's final knockout rounds. But their tough choices amidst strong performances – much like the previous night featuring singers on Team Shakira and Team Adam – also meant heartbreak for talented singers who won't be at the live shows next week.
Team Blake kicked things off Tuesday with country artists Savannah Berry and Justin Rivers. Berry earned praised for her country version of "As Long As You Love Me," but Blake chose Justin for his powerful performance of "The Climb."
"I really thought Savannah was going to win that," Blake said. "But Justin dug down, knowing that this was his last chance and he did it."
Originally posted 04/29/2013 11:00PM
It was a strong night of dueling performances for Team Adam and Team Shakira, which are now down to just four acts each after the first night of knockout rounds on The Voice.
Making tough choices with powerhouse singers – no steals, no saves – the judges admitted Monday that playing favorites and saying goodbye was ruining their night. But decisions had to be made.
Amber Carrington beat out quirky duo Midas Whale with a nuanced and powerful turn on Avril Lavigne's hit "I'm With You." Levine called her the "biggest surprise on my team" and said, "Every day we see you continue to blow us away."
In a second round, Team Adam's Amy Whitcomb and Caroline Glaser paired off in a tough battle. In the end, Glaser outshined her best pal with a performance of Little Talk's "Of Monster's and Men."
Originally posted 04/24/2013 03:15PM
Sure it's the Most Beautiful Woman issue, but we had to give some of our favorite guys love (including current Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum) so we asked them: "What have you learned to love about yourself?" Here's how they responded:
"Other than my ears? I mean, I finally grew into them ... My sense of humor. Laughter is the greatest thing going."
Originally posted 04/23/2013 10:00PM
Goodbye, battle rounds!
The Voice's coaches finalized their teams for the knockout rounds on Tuesday, paring down their roster from 12 singers to just six, plus the two new teammates they each added with their strategic steals.
Usher was the only coach who had an available steal and he used it to nab a Latina pop singer from Team Shakira in the final moments of the show. Shakira pitted Bronx native Cathia, an aspiring Latina pop star, against Cuban-born Mary Miranda – and in a bold move assigned the singers to perform her own song, "Antes Des Las Seis."
Usher teasingly wondered whether the choice was "narcissistic," but fiery (and slimmed-down) new mom Shakira explained, "I wanted to see if they would try to imitate my voice or make it their own."
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