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“The Voice” Recap: The Live Rounds Continue

By ABC News Radio

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: Artists from Usher and Shakira’s Teams Are Eliminated

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NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.

In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers’ votes, also included one of Dani’s teammates, Tess Boyer.

Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer’s first name.

Tess sang Kelly Clarkson‘s “Dark Side”; T.J. performed Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be”; and Dani Moz covered Adele‘s “Turning Tables.”

The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer,” while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt‘s “Put Some Drive In Your Country.”

Shakira took the stage, too, singing “Empire” from her recently-released self-titled album.

The live round resumes next Monday night on NBC.

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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: Team Blake Kicks Off Playoffs

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NBCAfter weeks of battles, The Voice launched its playoff round on Tuesday night. All five of Blake Shelton‘s artists took the stage to perform a song of his or her choosing. At the end of the one-hour episode, Blake picked three of them to advance in the competition: Sisaundra Lewis, Audra McLaughlin and Jake Worthington.

Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher were on hand to critique each performance.

Here’s a rundown of what happened:

Audra McLaughlin selected Martina McBride‘s “A Broken Wing.” Shakira said it was a beautiful performance, one that was believable. Adam urged Audra to unleash the performer “beast” inside of her. Blake admitted he had no idea how he was going to decide which three of his artists should advance, because they’re all talented.

Ryan Whyte Maloney sang “Second Chance,” by Shinedown. Usher praised the way Ryan held the long notes, comparing his ability to that of Adam. Adam, who was flattered by Usher’s comment, said Ryan’s professional moments have overshadowed his rough edges. Blake said Ryan showed improved control.

Madilyn Paige went with Zedd‘s “Clarity.” Usher, her former coach, said she’s becoming more well-rounded as an artist. 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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“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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“The Voice” Recap: Adam Pulls Off Another Steal

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Trae Patton/NBCThe battle rounds on The Voice resumed on Tuesday night, with each coach — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher — pairing two of his or her artists for a duet. While only one contestant can be named a winner of a battle, the other singer can remain in the competition if another coach chooses to use his or her “steal.”

During the hour-long episode, viewers also saw each team’s adviser lend a helping hand in rehearsals. To refresh your memory, the advisers are Aloe Blacc, for Team Adam; The Band Perry, for Team Blake; Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, for Team Shakira; and Jill Scott, for Team Usher.

Here’s what happened on Tuesday night’s episode:

Clarissa Serna and Jeremy Briggs of Team Shakira took part in the first battle of the night. Together, they belted out “Cold as Ice,” by Foreigner. Blake praised Jeremy for performing in the same key as Clarissa. Shakira wished Clarissa had been a little less dramatic with her vocals. Still, she felt she could do more with Clarissa going forward, so she chose her as the winner. Jeremy was not saved by the other coaches.

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“The Voice” Recap: Blind Auditions End with Each Coach Gaining One New Artist

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NBCThe last of the blind auditions on The Voice aired Tuesday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher rounded out their respective teams; each coach now has 12 artists to mentor.

Here are the highlights of the one-hour episode:

Joe Trombino was the first contestant to take the stage. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t convince any of the coaches to turn around for his rendition of “Love and Happiness,” by Al Green. He showed off some funky dancing during his performance, but, of course, the coaches didn’t see it.

Conversely, all four coaches made a bid for Kaleigh Glanton, who covered “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Adam said her great moments were really great; it was just a matter of putting together a more consistent performance. Blake disagreed with Adam’s critique, saying that Kaleigh’s act doesn’t need to be polished, she just needs a spotlight. Kaleigh became the 12th and final member of Team Blake.

Brittnee Camelle tackled the Demi Lovato hit “Skyscraper.” Usher and Shakira both pressed their buttons. Adam and Blake advised Brittnee to choose Shakira, but she went with Usher instead, filling the final available …read more

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