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Who Will Win The Voice? Blake, Adam & Usher Sound Off

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The Voice Coaches Sound Off on the Final Three

Originally posted 05/20/2014 01:45PM

With just a few hours left until a new Voice winner is crowned, the coaches and the top three, who performed Monday night, took a breather to reflect on what they appreciate most about one other.

"His eyes," Jake Worthington told PEOPLE about his coach, Blake Shelton. "Does that not turn you on?" he joked about his mentor's crinkly gaze.

In all seriousness, the country kid from Texas, who Shelton, 37, foresees is "going to breathe life back into country radio," has looked up to the "Mine Would Be You" crooner since before the show even existed.

"I never would've thought I'd be friends with him," said Worthington. "He's really just inspired me to want to stay true to myself."

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The Voice: The Top Three Pull Out All the Stops in Their Final Performances | Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher

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The Voice: The Top Three Pull Out All the Stops in Their Final Performances

Originally posted 05/20/2014 06:25AM

It came down to the wire on The Voice Monday as the top three artists – Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington and Josh Kaufman – delivered knockout performances.

Kaufman closed out the show with applause that went on so long and so loud that the coaches could barely comment. Singing Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain," the Indianapolis father of three made a case for himself as a masterful soul singer.

"Oh, my," his coach, Usher, enthused, barely audible over the cheers. "Throughout this whole process you have wanted to represent soul and that is precisely who and what you are."

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Who Made It into the Top Three on The Voice? | Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher

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The Voice's Top Three Artists are Revealed

Originally posted 05/14/2014 07:00AM

With just one week to go until the finale, the Top Five artists on The Voice learned their fate Tuesday in a semifinal elimination that had the male contestants celebrating and the female singers forced to perform one more time for the last Twitter instant save of the season.

Early in the show, the first save of the night offered a genuine surprise: Host Carson Daly revealed Texas teen Jake Worthington would move on to next week's finals.

The decision had coach Blake Shelton beaming – and probably helped him forget about the pile of manure Adam Levine poured on his precious truck the previous evening.

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Payback! See How Adam Levine Got Revenge on Blake Shelton | Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher

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The Voice: Adam Levine Covers Blake Shelton's Truck with Manure

Originally posted 05/13/2014 07:45AM

A popular Disney hit re-imagined as a rock song was not a problem for Kat Perkins, who turned the catchy tune embraced by fans worldwide, "Let It Go," into a head-banging anthem on Monday night's The Voice semi-final.

"You murdered it," said an enthusiastic Usher of Perkins's powerful take on the song from Frozen, which she dedicated to the Keller children for whom she served as nanny, and who watched adoringly from the audience.

"I don't know what I can say anymore. It doesn't get better as far as vocals are concerned," noted her coach Adam Levine.

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The Voice: Adam Levine Is 'Confused' as Three Top Singers Are Eliminated | Adam Levine

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The Voice: Adam Levine Is 'Confused' as Three Top Singers Are Eliminated

Originally posted 05/07/2014 06:15AM

Some of the strongest artists on The Voice found themselves in the bottom four Tuesday night, which confounded the coaches and forced those singers to perform one more time for the lone Twitter save.

After weeks of deftly avoiding elimination, veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton found themselves in a vulnerable position following Monday night's Top Eight performances when Usher's lone artist, soulful family man Josh Kaufman, and Shakira's only remaining singer, Massachusetts country singer Kristen Merlin, were the first artists to be deemed safe.

A short time later, host Carson Daly revealed Team Adam's teenage dynamo Christina Grimmie also made it through, along with fellow teen and self-professed redneck Jake Worthington of Team Blake.

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The Voice Recap: Blake Shelton Says Blond Adam Levine Looks LikeMeg Ryan | Adam Levine, Meg Ryan

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The Voice: Blake Shelton Says Blond Adam Levine Looks Like Meg Ryan

Originally posted 05/06/2014 06:40AM

The Voice introduced its two newest coaches – Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, who teamed up to perform "Hollaback Girl" – on Monday night as the eight remaining artists performed.

Team Adam Levine star Christina Grimmie followed last week's genre-bending Drake cover with another original moment on Lil Wayne's "How to Love."

The audience would not stop cheering. "You should be soaking this up right now," Blake Shelton praised. "You look and sound like a superstar up there."

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Usher on the Perfect Kiss: 'The Wetter, the Better'

Usher on the Perfect Kiss: 'The Wetter, the Better'

Originally posted 05/05/2014 09:10AM

If you want to know if he loves you so, Usher says it's all in the kiss.

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Listen: Michael Jackson's Posthumous New Single 'Love Never Felt So Good'

Originally posted 05/02/2014 12:30PM

It's been nearly five years since Michael Jackson passed, and his music continues to live on. The singer's record label, Epic, premiered a new single, "Love Never Felt So Good," from the late pop star's upcoming album Xscape at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night.

Jackson and Paul Anka originally recorded and produced the song in 1983. Singer Usher paid tribute to Jackson at the awards show by recreating his signature dance moves to a sample of the track. The full version of the song became available on iTunes one minute past midnight on Friday.

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The Voice's Top 10 Is Revealed in Dramatic – and Confusing – Fashion

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The Voice's Top 10 Is Revealed in Dramatic – and Confusing – Fashion

Originally posted 04/23/2014 06:25AM

Twitter took center stage Tuesday night during The Voice's adrenaline-fueled live results show kickoff, which featured new twists that confused even one of the coaches.

The somewhat controversial Twitter instant save returned for a second season, but with an added feature: The artists in the bottom three would have one last chance to save themselves by performing another song, just before another online vote.

The show kicked off calmly, as host Carson Daly revealed the names of the contestants who were moving on to next week, coach Shakira performed a single off her new CD, and coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton performed with their teams.

But things got interesting about two-thirds of the way through the hour-long show when it was revealed all of Levine and Shelton's artists were saved – what is their recipe for success? – leaving Team Usher and Team Shakira vulnerable for elimination.

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The Voice: Adam Levine Praises Kristen Merlin After Her Mic Dies

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The Voice: Adam Levine Praises Kristen Merlin After Her Mic Dies

Originally posted 04/22/2014 07:15AM

Country singer Kristen Merlin was made fully aware Monday night that The Voice competition is now live.

Performing as one of season 6's Top 12 finalists, Merlin's mic dropped out for more than a few seconds, leaving her to continue – and exhibit some admirable "show must go on" professionalism – after she had only delivered a little more than half of a touching and intimate version of Sugarland's hit "Stay."

The judges were on their feet and Adam Levine was effusive after Merlin jerked out her ear monitor, took hold of a new mic from a stage manager and continued like nothing went wrong.

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