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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:

TEAM SHAKIRA

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.

However,...

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'The Voice' recap: Cierra Mickens survives battle scare

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season

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Just when we thought the battle rounds were over, “The Voice” added a whole new set of battles starting next week. Um, thanks?

Those will likely be the toughest cuts, as they go from 32 to 20 semifinalists, coached by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

However, the final battle round had its share of rough decisions. Here’s how they stacked up:

 

TEAM ADAM: Cary Laine vs. Sam...

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'The Voice' recap: Delvin Choice is 'The Man' in battle rounds Night 2

Delvin Choice, left, and Caleb Elder compete on

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Night Two of "The Voice" Battle Rounds confronts one of life's basic questions: Spread out your chores and balance them with fun stuff or pile them together and just plow through one bad day to finish them? "The Voice" producers apparently went for the latter option last night, cobbling together an afterthought of an episode to deal with some of the lesser competitors.

Here’s how the night...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis rules first battle rounds night

So far this season, “The Voice” hasn’t developed a crop of front-runners the way it has in the past. That makes the battle rounds seem that much more important at creating the kind of star they desperately want.

Here’s how Night 1 shook out:

TEAM USHER: Biff Gore vs. T.J. Wilkins, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

“Don’t dial back the emotion,” Usher tells them before the battle, and then...

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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice'

"The Voice" judge CeeLo Green on the Sept.

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CeeLo Green won’t be turning his chair for “The Voice” any longer.

One of the singing competition’s original four judges, Green told Ellen DeGeneres on a show airing today that he would not be returning for a seventh season of “The Voice." (Green was already sitting out the sixth season, which begins on Monday.)

“I don’t want to wear out my welcome,” Green told DeGeneres, adding that...

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Baldwin's Melanie Martinez unveils debut single, 'Dollhouse'

Melanie Martinez performs on "The Voice." (Nov. 26,

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Melanie Martinez, the Baldwin singer-songwriter with the two-toned hair who made a name for herself on the third season of “The Voice,” is turning heads again with her debut single and video “Dollhouse” (Melanie Martinez).

“Support my girl,” Tweeted her former coach Adam Levine, once “Dollhouse” hit iTunes on Monday and promptly cracked the Top 20 on the iTunes alternative chart. “Check out...

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