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“The Voice” Recap: The Top Eight Perform, Adam Discusses His New Blond Hairdo

By ABC News Radio

Trae Patton/NBCThe top eight artists on The Voice returned for another round of live performances Monday night.

But before they had the chance to sing, the coaches addressed the elephant in the room: Adam Levine‘s new, much-talked-about blond hairdo. When asked why he changed his hair color, the Maroon 5 frontman joked, “I don’t have an explanation. I woke up, had the day off, and I thought I’d look like Shakira.”

Adam said he likes how it looks on him, though he conceded that his mom hates it.

Blake and Usher teased Adam about his new ‘do, with Blake comparing him to both Meg Ryan and Miley Cyrus.

The Voice also welcomed to its stage Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, who will serve as the show’s two new coaches next season. Pharrell performed his new single, “Come Get It Bae,” and also joined Gwen for a rendition of her solo hit “Hollaback Girl,” which he co-wrote.

When asked what has her most excited about joining The Voice, Gwen replied, “What am I not excited about? Two minutes ago I was giving birth and now I’m standing here.” The No Doubt singer recently welcomed her third child, son Apollo Bowie Flynn, with hubby …read more

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Adam Levine: Blonds Have More Fun

By Tom Carr

Adam Levine Via TwitterAdam Levine‘s dark good looks aren’t so dark anymore: the singer has dyed his hair bleached blond.

The singer showed off his new color in a picture via Twitter, which he captioned, “Apocalypse prep course complete.” His fiancee, Behati Prinsloo, was also in the photo: she’s still a brunette. Adam’s hair color now matches that of the newest Voice coach, Gwen Stefani, not to mention Christina Aguilera‘s, but that’s not why he did it.

Asked by People magazine why Adam made such a drastic change, the singer’s hairstylist, Shaul Arbiv, explains, “With summer months coming up we wanted to do something totally drastic and different from his previous styles so we bleached it. I have been working with Adam for a long time and he likes to change up his style often.”

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“The Voice” Recap: The Live Rounds Continue

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Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice continued the live rounds on Monday night, with the 10 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour show:

Adam brought in rock legend Graham Nash to mentor Team Adam’s Kat Perkins as she worked up Fleetwood Mac‘s “Landslide.” Graham warned her to be careful of the low notes. Blake enjoyed seeing Kat’s softer side, and Adam called her a “blissfully perfect, amazing singer.”

Team Shakira’s Tess Boyer almost went home last week, so the stakes were high as she sang “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore. Blake called the performance “pitch perfect,” and Usher felt she was comfortable moving onstage. Shakira said Tess nailed it.

Audra McLaughlin from Team Blake took on Reba McEntire‘s vocally-challenging country hit, “You Lie,” but she flubbed the lyrics. Usher said this performance took Audra to another plateau. Shakira predicted Audra would make the top five this week.

Team Usher’s Josh Kaufman showed off his vocal range singing Kenny Loggins‘ “This Is It.” Shakira said soulful songs were Josh’s “sweet spot.” Blake said Josh’s performance sounded just like a …read more

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“The Voice” Recap: The Live Round Begins

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NBCThe Voice launched its live round on Monday night, with the 12 remaining artists taking the stage for solo performances. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher were there to offer their two cents.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour show:

Team Usher’s Bria Kelly opened the broadcast with a risky song choice: Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” Adam said it was a tall order to take on that hit, but she brought angst and something different to it. However, both he and Shakira wished Bria sang it in a higher key. Usher said he felt the passion and fire in Bria’s voice.

Team Adam’s Delvin Choice tackled The Righteous Brothers classic “Unchained Melody.” Usher said there was more “rejoice” in Delvin’s version, but he wouldn’t say whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. Adam said he had goose bumps from the performance, and he was so proud of Delvin.

Dani Moz of Team Shakira sang Pink‘s “Just Give Me A Reason.” Adam said it is such a hard song to perform that it leaves an artist no time to breathe. Shakira said Dani was dynamic, and heartfelt in the verses.

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“The Voice” Recap: Shakira and Adam’s Teams Perform in the Playoffs

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Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice resumed its playoff round on Monday night, with artists from Shakira and Adam Levine‘s teams performing for the opportunity to advance in the competition. Only three of five artists from each squad ultimately made the cut.

Blake Shelton previously watched his artists take part in the playoffs last week. Usher‘s protégés will have their turn on Tuesday night.

Here’s what happened on Monday night’s two-hour episode:

Kristen Merlin offered the first performance of the night for Team Shakira: a rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs.” Adam said she’s at the top of her game. Adam and Blake both thought it was Kristen’s best performance of the season. Shakira said Kristen was in control and had command of the stage.

Deja Hall took on Jordan Sparks‘ “Battlefield.” Blake and Usher both observed that she came out of her shell with the performance. Shakira said Deja showed off a more aggressive voice.

Tess Boyer belted out Christina Perri‘s “Human.” Her original coach, Usher, called her ability to hold notes “super-human.” Another of Tess’ former coaches, Blake, said Tess handled with ease what is typically a difficult song to perform. Shakira said …read more

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“The Voice” Recap: Latest Round of Battles Ends with a Blake Steal

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NBCThe Voice aired the last of the duets in “The Battles: Round Two” on Monday night. The remaining artists from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher‘s teams were paired, as the coaches continued to whittle down the field ahead of the playoffs.

By the end of the night, each coach had five artists on his or her team.

Before each battle, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was seen in rehearsals giving advice to the artists.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour episode:

Team Shakira’s Clarissa Serna and Dani Moz faced off. They chose the Pink hit “F***in’ Perfect” from a list of three songs. Adam saw major improvements from both artists. Usher, still wearing his raccoon hat, thought Dani was the winner because she was “unwavering,” a skill that can’t be taught. Shakira complimented Dani on her “insane” ability to reach high notes, and picked her. Clarissa was not stolen by the other coaches.

The next battle featured two of Adam’s acts: Kat Perkins and the duo Dawn & Hawkes. They joined forces on a folksy version of KT Tunstall‘s “Suddenly I See.” Blake felt Kat made the song her own and made it seem as if Dawn …read more

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“The Voice” Recap: Adam Pulls Off Steal in “The Battles: Round Two”

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NBCIt was night two of “The Battles: Round Two” Tuesday night on The Voice. Artists from Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher‘s teams were represented in four battles. Adam Levine‘s team did not participate in the one-hour episode.

Once again, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin served as a guest adviser during rehearsals.

Here’s what happened:

Team Blake’s Biff Gore and Sisaundra Lewis kicked things off with a rendition of James Brown‘s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Usher favored Biff, but only because he was Biff’s mentor before Blake stole him during the previous round. Adam joked he was 80-percent sure that Sisaundra is “not from Earth,” given her talent. Blake named Sisaundra the winner, saying he can’t miss out on the opportunity to work with such a brilliant vocalist. None of the other coaches stole Biff.

Shakira paired Ddendyl with Deja Hall. They joined forces on A Great Big World‘s “Say Something,” a version of which features usual Voice coach Christina Aguilera. Adam said Deja has a “richness” to her voice. Blake added there was an innocence to her performance. Shakira said that while Ddendyl is artistic, she felt the artist who has made the most …read more

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Watch Adam Levine Act Like a Jerk, Sport Bushy Beard, in Trailer for “Begin Again”

By Andrea Dresdale

The Weinstein CompanyCan Adam Levine act? Finally, we can find out — at least a little bit — thanks to the new trailer for his upcoming movie debut Begin Again.

The trailer for the film, previously called Can a Song Save Your Life?, premiered Friday morning on NBC’s Today, and in it, we see Adam as a musician named Dave, breaking up with his girlfriend, played by Keira Knightley, when he finds fame and fortune. But she has the last laugh: singing a song about her heartbreak in a club, she’s spotted by a washed-up record executive, played by Mark Ruffalo, who’s determined to make her a star. Soon, he has her recording an album all over New York City: on rooftops, in Central Park and on subway platforms.

Eventually, Adam as Dave comes crawling back — now sporting a bushy beard — and tells Keira’s character, “If I could somehow do anything that would undo what I did to us, just tell me what it is.” “I think everything’s changed,” she shoots back. “Nice beard, you loser,” snarks one of Keira’s producers…though not to Adam’s face, of …read more

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“The Voice” Recap: Battle Rounds End with an Usher Steal

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Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice ended its battle rounds on Tuesday night, with the coaches further paring down their teams. By the end of the one-hour episode, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher each had eight artists in his or her group.

For the final time, we saw footage of the guest advisers, including Aloe Blacc, with Team Adam; The Band Perry, with Team Blake; and Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, with Team Shakira.

Here’s what happened in the episode:

Adam selected Cary Laine and Sam Behymer to square off. They performed “Give Me Love,” by Ed Sheeran. Blake said that determining a winner would come down to a matter of taste. Adam said they both performed equally well. Citing the power and emotion in her voice, Adam chose Sam. Cary was not stolen by another coach.

Team Blake paired Kaleigh Glanton with Noah Lis. The duo sang Michael Bublé‘s “Everything.” Usher thought Noah initially came off as a lounge act, but eventually turned things around. He said if it were up to him, he would declare Noah the winner. However, Blake went with Kaleigh. Noah was sent home.

At this point in the episode, three battles …read more

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“The Voice” Recap: Usher, Shakira and Blake Steal One Artist Each

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NBCThe second week of battle rounds began on The Voice Monday night. More teammates were paired up for duets in front of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher. Each duet ended with one winner and one artist hoping that a competing coach would steal him or her.

Once again, the battle round advisers offered tips to the artists during rehearsals. Aloe Blacc assisted Team Adam; The Band Perry helped Team Blake; Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, worked with Team Shakira; and Jill Scott advised Usher’s crew.

Here’s what happened during the two-hour episode:

Team Adam’s Austin Ellis and Josh Kaufman were assigned Pharrell Williams‘ ubiquitous hit, “Happy.” Shakira said it was one of the best battles of the season, in part because both men managed to win the audience over. Adam added that Austin and Josh were equals as singers. He named Josh the winner. Austin was not stolen by another coach, so he was eliminated.

Up next were Audra McLaughlin and the duo Alaska and Madi, from Blake’s team. They tackled “When Will I Be Loved,” originally recorded by The Everly Brothers and later covered by Linda Ronstadt. Shakira thought both artists were a little “over the …read more

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