01:46 AM EDT 03/12/2014
Originally posted 03/11/2014 06:30AM
The final week of blind auditions on The Voice kicked off strong Monday for Team Blake and Team Adam, as each coach earned four more artists and battled for the night's strongest singers.
It was also an evening of memorable and falsetto-filled soul performances, capped by 38-year-old Josh Kaufman, an academic tutor from Indianapolis, who stunned with his passionate version of George Michael's "One More Try," earning the night's only four-chair turn.
So inspired was the singing, that Adam Levine was standing up and pumping his fist in excitement before the song was even over.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 06:45AM
Miranda Lambert apparently has some serious competition.
The Voice coach Blake Shelton – who also happens to be Lambert's husband – scored a big win Tuesday night when he added Philadelphia singer Audra McLaughlin to his team after she performed "Angel from Montgomery" so powerfully Shelton said it rivaled his wife's version of the song.
"Audra is absolutely amazing," a triumphant Shelton said after McLaughlin decided to join Team Blake. "That's one of Miranda's all-time favorite songs. She took it to a place that Miranda doesn't take it."
The 21-year-old closed out the fourth night of blind auditions with the only four-chair turn of the evening, and her decision particularly crushed fellow coach – and Shelton frenemy – Adam Levine.
Originally posted 03/04/2014 06:30AM
Three-time winner Blake Shelton struggled a bit for the right artists in the first week of blind auditions on The Voice, but he closed out Monday night's show by stealing a major talent away from nemesis Adam Levine.
After the Maroon 5 front man scored the night's country rock talent, Patrick Thompson, who seemed perfect for a country music coach, Shelton and shocked all three of his fellow judges by earning a dazzling R&B singer that everyone wanted on their team.
It took just a few bars of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way" to show everyone that Sisaundra Lewis was likely an artist to beat.
Originally posted 02/26/2014 06:30AM
Adam Levine: sexy and shrewd?
The Voice coach – and PEOPLE's reigning Sexiest Man Alive – made a bold move on the second night of blind auditions Tuesday when he relinquished his red swivel chair to country contestant Cary Laine, who managed to turn all four chairs with her commanding performance of "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry.
Laine, 28, a mom from Pinedale, Wyo., looked and sounded like a perfect fit for coach Blake Shelton, even calling herself country "to the core." Yet Levine and fellow coaches Usher and Shakira did their best to convince Laine to step out of her comfort zone and join their teams.
"Blake is not the right one for you," Levine declared after escorting her to his chair. "Don't you want to break the mold a little bit? Do what you do, but do it through me."
Originally posted 02/25/2014 06:35AM
The Voice opened Season 6 with a wealth of new – and returning – talent and plenty of fireworks, setting up an epic battle between Adam Levine and his nemesis, Blake Shelton, who clearly didn't take losing in Season 5 too well.
And then there's Usher, who dragged out his own shimmering gold Grammy award to lure one of the night's breakout stars, Bria Kelly, 17, who threw it down with a growling version of "Steamroller Blues" that had all judges vying for her attention.
"O-M-G," a stunned Levine said of Kelly's performance, which got a standing ovation from all four coaches. "I can't believe that was you doing that. You haven't been alive long enough to feel the pain that you were showing up there."
But it was Usher's award show bling that won Kelly over, and he wasted no time throwing it up in his fellow coaches' faces, dancing in front of Levine in wicked delight.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 08:30AM
The man who was driving the jet-ski that struck Usher's ex-wife's son, Kile Glover, was convicted of homicide for the 2012 accident that killed the boy.
Originally posted 01/26/2014 10:45PM
Justin Bieber's Panama entourage just got bigger by one – mentor Usher has officially joined him in the Central American country.
Originally posted 01/23/2014 01:45PM
Just as every comedian knows exactly how to fix Saturday Night Live, every celebrity knows exactly how Justin Bieber should stay on the straight and narrow.
Originally posted 01/14/2014 06:00AM
Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio had plenty in common at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. Both were nominees for best actor in a comedy or musical; both brought their moms to the event; and both later accepted Diddy's invitation for some after-hours fun.
DiCaprio won for The Wolf of Wall Street, but that didn't seem to dampen Phoenix's spirits, as the actors, both 39, hit up Butter Group's soon-to-open nightclub 1 OAK LA in West Hollywood, where Diddy held court and a deejay spun tunes late into the night – and Diddy's new DeLeon tequila flowed generously.
Phoenix, who was nominated for Her, arrived at about 10:45 p.m. with his mom, his girlfriend Allie Teilz and some other friends. The famously reclusive actor was in a great mood, smiling and laughing throughout the evening and even hitting the dance floor with Teilz. At one point, Teilz threw her arms around him and the two were lovey dovey.
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