06:20 PM EDT 05/17/2013
Originally posted 04/22/2013 11:15PM
As the second week of battle rounds began on The Voice Monday, talented singers swapped teams, proving the competition is as tight as it's ever been.
The night's soulful finale, pitting Team Usher's Orlando Dixon against Ryan Innes made for a rousing and inspired finish. The competitors, matching Innes's blues prowess against Dixon's technical mastery of R&B, left no doubt that winning season 4 will be tough.
Singing Bill Withers's "Ain't No Sunshine," the men put on an impassioned show, featuring dueling runs, falsettos and raw emotional power. After much deliberating, Usher chose Innes, praising his conviction and depth, calling him "powerful."
Originally posted 04/16/2013 10:40PM
The ladies stole the show for the second night in a row on The Voice Tuesday. And an epic steal showdown between coaches Adam Levine and Usher ensured that two of the youngest singers in the competition – unassuming singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser, 18, and wholesome high school country powerhouse Danielle Bradbery, 16 – would not go home.
Coach Blake Shelton paired the two shy young singers together to perform "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae.
Shakira praised their performances "as refreshing as tangerine ice cream," while Levine called himself an "imbecile" for not turning his chair for Glaser during the blind auditions.
"Danielle's performance was maybe more perfect," said Levine. "But Caroline, there is just something so ethereal and magical and wonderful about your voice."
Originally posted 04/15/2013 11:00PM
It may be a man's world (as the song goes) but the talented women of The Voice brought the heat on the show's first night of battle rounds.
"It was certainly a woman's world tonight," host Carson Daly said after power vocalists Karina Iglesias and Judith Hill threw down on the James Brown classic, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World."
Soaring, impassioned and fierce, the divas-in-training matched up perfectly, putting on a clinic of sorts in a performance that had judge Blake Shelton "freaking out."
"You guys were connected from the moment you first came out," said a grinning Usher.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 10:30PM
The battle lines are officially drawn!
The Voice's coaches finalized their teams of 12 singers Tuesday during the last night of blind auditions. (Spoilers ahead!)
Blake Shelton completed his team first when he scored classical ballerina-turned-tattooed rocker Jacqui Sandell from Oakland, N.J. The 24-year-old motivated both Blake and Usher to push their buttons with her rendition of "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.
"Your voice is so sneaky," Blake said as a compliment. "You have a very sexy sound."
Sandell quickly chose to join Team Blake and proclaimed she was so excited she wanted "to pee my pants." (Fortunately, she didn't.)
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:45PM
The talent pool got a bit deeper on The Voice Monday, when a new crop of artists of all ages had chairs turning on another night of blind auditions.
Ryan Innes, who performed last, impressed all four judges with his righteous yet controlled soul bend on John Mayer's bluesy "Gravity."
He picked Usher as his coach but not without mounds of praise from the competition.
"This is the most fun I've had listening all day," Blake Shelton told Innes, a rounded and bearded blue-eyed soul singer from Thatcher, Ariz.
Originally posted 04/02/2013 10:35PM
The Voice's celebrity coaches added some powerhouse talent to their rosters Tuesday during the fourth day of blind auditions, which featured songs by Adele, Taylor Swift, Joe Cocker and more.
Country sweetheart Savannah Berry, a 17-year-old singer from Houston, helped score a major victory for Team Blake in the final moments of the show with a confident version of Swift's aptly titled "Safe and Sound."
The performance wowed Blake Shelton, Shakira and Adam Levine (who scored a major coup Monday night when he snatched away a country singer from Shelton for the first time). Yet Levine seemed to know he was toast when Berry named Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, as one of her musical influences, while Shelton tantalizingly hoisted his wedding ring in the air.
"You're so good," Levine pleaded with Berry before she made her choice. "You're so screwed," Shelton said to Levine.
Originally posted 04/01/2013 11:00PM
The third night was the charm for a new crop of The Voice contestants, who covered Tom Petty, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry – and even songs by judges Shakira and Blake Shelton Monday night.
But there was also heartbreak: Julie Roberts, a gold-record selling country artist who hit fame in 2004 – only to be dropped by her label in 2010 – failed to turn the chairs of any judges in a comeback bid, even as she sang Shelton's "God Gave Me You."
"She just kind of fell through the cracks in the business and it's not fair," Shelton said of her talents once he saw who had performed his song. "I just feel really bad that I didn't turn my chair around."
Roberts, 33, who lost everything she owned in the 2010 Nashville flood and was also diagnosed with MS the same year, took the tough news well. "God just has another path for me and I have to find that," she said.
Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:55PM
The Voice is back! And there are new celebrity coaches.
Shakira, who welcomed a son, Milan, in January, and Usher officially took over for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera Monday night, joining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the show's two-hour season 4 premiere.
The quartet kicked off the show with a group performance of the Beatles' "Come Together," with Levine on drums and Shakira playing a harmonica while Shelton and Usher traded licks on guitars.
But it was the emotional backstories of several contestants that stole the show.
Originally posted 03/21/2013 08:45PM
The coach says (in a roundabout way) that it's all Usher's fault for being so "cocky and confident"
Originally posted 01/11/2013 10:30AM
Talk about a lot of talent in one place!
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that Usher, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley and Katy Perry will be performing for the Kids' Inaugural and official inaugural balls in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Barack Obama's being sworn in for a second term.
The kids' concert (Jan. 19) continues a tradition started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, four years ago during the President's first inaugural celebration.
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