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My favorite part of The Voice is finally here: THE BATTLE ROUND.  Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton pit their artists against each other in order to find the best of the best.  The twist is that rejected artists can be stolen by the other judges!  Let the fun begin…

Round One – Team Blake – Casey v. Terry:  With the help of Blake and guest mentor Michael Buble, country singer Casey and Irish rocker Terry face off against each other with the song “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.  While Casey showed growth and strength, Terry’s pure, controlled voice prevailed.  Blake definitely had trouble letting go of such a star.  He even tweeted, “How many country fans out there enjoyed @KCMuessigmann‘s performance tonight? He did an awesome job – wasn’t easy letting him go #TheVoice.”

Round Two – Team Adam – Bryan Keith v. Collin Mcloughlin: These young singers battled on the song “Santeria” by Sublime.  Coaching from Adam and celebrity mentor, Mary J. Blige, made both artists irresistible.  In the end, Adam chose Bryan Keith, but Blake was not about to give up on the chance to steal Collin.  So, at the end of this round Blake added another strong contender to his Team.

Round Three – Team Cee-Lo – JR Aquino v. Diego Val: YouTube star JR and Peruvian Diego were pitted against each other on the classic 80’s song “Jessie’s Girl.”  Cee-Lo employed Matchbox 20 member Rob Thomas to help him mentor his artists.  Even though Diego faltered a lot through rehearsals, he rose to the challenge and was chosen by Cee-Lo.

Round Four – Team Xtina – De’borah v. Nelly’s Echo: After coaching from Christina and guest mentor Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day, the two young, swagtastic artists tested each other on the Police song “Message in a Bottle.”  Both artists performed beautifully, but De’borah truly shined and earned herself another round on Team Xtina.

Round Five – Team Blake –  2Steel Girls v. Gracia Harrison: These powerful country ladies really delivered on the Dixie Chicks song, “Sin Wagon.”  However, Gracia’s stage presence and charisma caused Blake to choose her.

Round Six – Team Cee-Lo – Amanda Brown v. Trevin Hunte: Blowing the house down with their performance of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love,” both Amanda and Trevin had all four judges on their feet in complete admiration of the performance.  Cee-Lo definitely faced the most difficult decision to have to choose between these two phenomenal artists.  All 3 judges were poised and ready to steal away the contestant who Cee-Lo didn’t choose.  In the end, Cee-Lo chose to be a part of Trevin’s journey, and Adam snagged Amanda for his team!

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It’s not everyday an aspiring artist gets to sing for his favorite artist.  Rarer yet, is the chance to sing with them.  So, when music teacher VJ was denied a chance to continue on The Voice, instead of drowning his sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, he was able to sing with his music idol, Cee-Lo!  After a shaky performance of “Forget You,” Vj was joined by Cee-Lo who sang with him and helped him to tune up his voice.  I think its safe to say VJ will never be forgetting those 90 seconds of one amazing performance.

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With all the American Idol hubbub going on over its new judges you may have missed some important news about The Voice. It was announced yesterday that NBC’s The Voice will be getting 2 new judges of its own with Shakira taking Xtina’s place and Usher taking over for Cee Lo. Does this mean Christina and Cee Lo are gone for good? Read on to find out….

If you’re a fan of Cee Lo or Christina’s massive boobs talent you may have already passed out believing that they’re gone for good. Well never fear as it appears the change in judges is just to allow Christina and Cee Lo time to work on other projects. I actually thought this was coming sometime as all the stars on The Voice are very popular and it was only a matter of time before they’d need some time to work on new music of their own. Cee Lo and Xtina will be MIA for next season, but their replacements certainly aren’t shabby fill-ins as Usher and Shakira will definitely be fun to watch on the show.

Cee Lo and Christina will definitely return for The Voice, and one can only assume that Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will swap out with other artists as well sometime in the future. Personally, I think it’s a good move and a great way to keep things fresh as the show goes forward although I think that you can never get enough Cee Lo, and Xtina’s always a pleasure to watch… What do you think are excited to see Usher & Shakira on The Voice in the spring of 2013 or would you rather have more Ce Lo and Xtina?

While you ponder that sit back and enjoy one of my favorite moments from the first three seasons of The Voice… gotta’ love Cee Lo!

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A few weeks back I covered American Idol, but my favorite singing show is definitely NBC’s The Voice. Whereas Idol has kind of dried up over the years, The Voice feels fresher and doesn’t put an age limit on performers which really opens up the competition. I’m not going to go into all the reasons why The Voice is better (Cee-Lo and his Cat), but I will give you a rundown of tonight’s episode…

We started things off with Carson doing his monologue and the coaches cracking up. What’s so funny? Cee-Lo farted, and apparently it smelled as the coaches beside him couldn’t hold in their laughter. He admitted it, and everyone got a good laugh while I got to slip in one more reason that The Voice is better than Idol. On another note Xtina’s boobs stayed in tonight which is a shame, but at least it seems like she threw away the saucer she called a hat for the first part of the season.

First up we’ve got Jamar Rogers who does a fair version of “It’s my Life” by Bon Jovi. It’s a nice song choice considering his story and the coaches agree. Next up is Katrina Parker singing Christina Perri’s “Who do you think you are. Nice song and she sang it well, I’ve just heard it a lot so I kind of zoned out for that one. Mathai sang a little Nelly Furtado with her old hit “I’m Like a Bird”. We learned that once again, Blake hates things going on in the background during performances and this time Adam agrees. Christina get’s uber-bitchy again with Adam (as usual), and basically makes things a bit awkward like she does every week.

James Massone of the greasy hair and lettermen’s jacket fame sang a favorite song of mine with Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are” and I wasn’t impressed. Neither was Blake or Christina, but Cee-Lo and Adam loved it. I think he’s a great singer, but I can’t side with a man who wear’s hair band’s or barrettes and wants to be taken seriously. Next up is my boy, Tony Lucca who throws it back at Christina (Adam’s idea) with Britney Spears “Hit me Baby One More Time.” Great idea and I actually liked the rocked out version of it and thought it was very cool. I agree with Blake on the weird background action now though, as they actually took a little away from the performance for me. On the other hand Christina looks pissy about the thing, makes a few Mickey Mouse references and then blows it all off by saying she enjoyed it. Either way, great job and it was hilarious to watch Xtina and the coaches’ reactions.

Like Chessa? I’m not a huge fan and she did Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” which was good, but it’s one of those songs that I personally don’t want to hear anyone else sing besides Whitney.  Nice job though, and the coaches seemed to think so as well. Pip… Pip actually didn’t piss me off quite as much tonight as he took off that weird bow tie. He announced that before he ever performed when he told America that he’s switching it up by removing the offensive neck ornament. He then promptly ruined that by apologizing to the “hipsters” for doing so. He went on to sing a song by Keane called “Somewhere Only We Know” and didn’t do that great. Better than I could do, but yeah not great and only two coaches even commented which I thought was a little odd.

Last but not least we’ve got Juliet Simms. I wanted to like it and I almost did her rendition of Aerosmith’s “Crying”, but I thought it was just a little too all over the place. Blake liked it, Xtina thought it was good, and Cee-Lo compared her voice to leather and called her his “little red corvette” which was pretty funny. I thought she looked hot with the blonde hair, but that’s all I’m going to say otherwise you might hear me say she just butchered a great Aerosmith song. Oops… I just did say that.

Now for the eliminations and Cee-Lo is up first. He gives a speech to his team (a very lengthy one) then eliminates… James Massone! I’m actually a little surprised by his decision, but “The Hair” is officially gone. Now it’s time for Team Adam and he kills the hopes and dreams of  Pip. No more bow-tie and the two most ridiculously dressed contestants are gone from the show.

It was a fun episode tonight, the banter between the coaches was great and some of the performances were as well. Cee-Lo once again killed it with his team performance when they did “Dancing in the Street” and while Adam’s team followed up with their version of the classic cut “Instant Karma”. We did not get to see Purrfect tonight, but we did get to see the return of Cee-Lo’s Emo Wig and a kick ass performance by Goodie Mob. Overall, it was another great episode of The Voice, but I’m curious to see the reactions around the net about who the coaches voted off. Do you think the coaches got it right by eliminating Pip and James (I do) or do you wish someone else had gone home?