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Watch Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon

Blake Shelton has been a mainstay on "The

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Blake Shelton was worried about doing “The Tonight Show.”

At a recent press lunch with reporters for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” which returns for its seventh season on NBC on Monday, Shelton was wondering how he ended up agreeing to do a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Gwen Stefani.

When I asked him what songs he was doing, he said he was doing Taco’s version of “Puttin’...

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'The Voice' recap: Jake Worthington will win Season 6

The final three contestants on "The Voice" are

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Sometimes, nice guys do finish first.

We’ll see if that happens Tuesday night on “The Voice” Season 6 finale, because, frankly, what sets young Jake Worthington apart from the rest is his incredible likability.

The 18-year-old from LaPorte, Texas, had a good night musically on the show’s final performance night. But it was his sweet, aw-shucks demeanor and dry sense of humor that should...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman leads Top 8

Josh Kaufman performs "I Can't Make You Love

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Sometimes, it’s easy to take “The Voice” for granted, especially when it’s bringing the idea of “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” to life.

But Top 8 night was so packed with great performances that it became obvious why the show is pounding that other singing competition. Somehow, they will send three singers home tonight, any of whom could probably out-sing this season’s “American...

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'The Voice' recap: Christina Grimmie pulls ahead

Christina Grimmie performs on Top 10 night of

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“The Voice” Top 10 night was filled with bad ideas.

Let’s start with Blake Shelton tweeting out Adam Levine’s personal cell number. Was it a prank on Blake’s bromance, aka People’s Sexiest Man Alive, part of their ongoing bro-vorce? Or a prank on the viewers? Hard to tell, though Adam did seem upset. Either way, it wasn’t actually funny.

The real bad ideas, though, were many of the song...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman leads Top 12

Josh Kaufman performs "Stay With Me" on Top

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“The Voice” finally hits the live shows and the results were, well, mixed.

Theoretically, the main differences between “The Voice” and “American Idol” disappear once both shows hit the live shows, but that’s not true. “The Voice” finalists are much more seasoned and confident on stage and the show’s coaches are far more entertaining and likable than the “Idol” judges. That said, Adam Levine,...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman rules Team Adam

Josh Kaufman performs "It Will Rain" in the

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To wrap up “The Voice” playoffs, Usher’s final choices last night were tough ones.

But it didn’t seem that Usher figured in the fact that the public starts voting on who moves ahead in the season next week. Aside from likable underdog dad Josh Kaufman, who was head-and-shoulders above the rest of the team, Usher went with skill over likability in his other choices since the others were all...

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'The Voice' recap: Kat Perkins leads strong Team Adam

Kat Perkins performs "Open Arms" for Team Adam

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“The Voice” playoffs continue with tough cuts, as the coaches narrow their teams from five contestants to three.

Team Adam’s cuts seemed especially hard, considering that his entire team performed better than anyone Team Shakira had to offer.

Here’s how the night shaped up:


Kristen Merlin, “Two Black Cadillacs”: She drew standing ovations from Shakira and Adam...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis leads Team Blake

Sisaundra Lewis performs during "The Voice" Season 6

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Now that “The Voice” has finally reached its “playoff” round, (The Round Formerly Known as The Knockouts) there’s a time-tested music industry battle brewing on the team Blake Shelton has chosen to field for public votes.

Sisaundra Lewis has an incredible voice and she showed how well she can use it on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” But young Jake Worthington has a pretty good counter-argument...

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'The Voice' recap: Jake Barker surprises in final battle round

Brittnee Camelle, left, looks on as Carson Daly

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“The Voice”’s final “battle rounds” show had its share of surprises.

Maybe the biggest, though, came from mentor Chris Martin, who revealed that he was intimidated by Rihanna when they first sang together.

It’s interesting to see how quickly some judges’ love for certain singers diminished, though that it is how the music business works sometimes. It’s a prelude to the brutal cuts that...

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'The Voice' recap: Is Jake Worthington unstoppable?

Jake Worthington (left) is declared a battle round

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This week, “The Voice” added another long-term issue to its pile of concerns.

The show is undoubtedly successful – currently the No. 1 unscripted show on the networks and the No. 2 series overall among the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. So long-term issues like the overexposure and burnout that come from running two seasons a year obviously take a backseat to keeping the momentum going.


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