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On tonight’s episode of The Voice, we find out who is going to be continuing on to the Top 11!  Tonight was also the first night of #VoiceSave giving viewers the chance to save an artist from the bottom two to continue on next week.


During the show, we got to see performances from Team Adam, Team Blake, and G-Eazy!

Team Adam performed, “Hey Jude,” and dedicated the performance to the late Christina Grimmie #CGForever

Team Blake performed, “Crippled Inside.”

G-Eazy performed his new song “Good Life.”


From that point on, we were greeted by many commercial breaks, some behind-the-scenes looks, ya know the usual for an elimination show. The results go as follow:

Brennley Brown – Team Gwen

Jesse Larson – Team Adam

Lauren Duski – Team Blake

Vanessa Ferguson – Team Alicia

Aliyah Moulden – Team Blake

Lilli Passero – Team Adam

Chris Blue – Team Alicia

Hunter Plake – Team Gwen

TSoul – Team Blake

Stephanie Rice – Team Alicia

This left Troy Ramey and Mark Isaiah to battle it out for the Instant Save. Troy performed “Drift Away” and Mark performed “When I Was Your Man”. After patiently waiting for the commercial break to be over, Carson announced that the winner of the Instant Save was Mark Isaiah, from Team Adam.


Be sure to join us next week for the Top 11 performances!

25 April, 2017 0 comment
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On tonight’s episode of The Voice, we were blessed by an appearance from this week’s mentor, Shania Twain. (She even got her own chair during the show!) Tonight we also got to watch performances from the Top 12 as the battle it out for the viewers votes for the results show tomorrow night!


First up tonight we have Jesse Larson, from Team Adam, performing “Make You Feel My Love.”

It is such a vulnerable and amazing performance. This is definitely the type of music that Jesse should be singing; not that he can’t sing more upbeat songs, because he has definitely proven that he can do that as well.


Next up, also from Team Adam, we have Mark Isaiah performing “One Dance.”

I am actually really digging this rendition of the song, and love that Mark made it his own. Adam shares that even though he knew what Mark was performing tonight, he was still blown away by it.


From Team Alicia, we have Stephanie Rice performing “White Flag.”

Alicia saved Stephanie last week during the live playoffs, and it was a decision that I do not completely agree with, and this performance just kind of added to that. There are moments in the song that were great, but the performance as a whole, I was not blown away by. But Shania Twain seemed to love it, so maybe it’s different actually hearing it live.


Troy Ramey, from Team Gwen is up next performing “Free Fallin’.” 

The first few notes of the song I felt were a little too low, but as the song progressed, the performance got better. This rendition of the song is something that we are not completely used to, but it was beautifully sung.


Next up is Aliyah Moulden, from Team Blake, performing “Heat Wave.”

For someone so young, Aliyah has such a strong and powerful voice. I absolutely love watching her perform. Coach Blake and Shania give her a standing ovation at the end of the performance.


Chris Blue, from Team Alicia, is next performing “Love and Happiness.”

Overall, it is a great performance. Chris continuously performs with so much energy during every single song and it is so fun to watch.


Lauren Duski is next, from Team Blake, performing “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.”

I really enjoyed Lauren’s performance last week, and this week is no different. She continues to impress the coaches and the viewers with each of her performances. She is a must for next week.


Up next, from Team Adam, we have Lilli Passero, who was given the task to perform “Man, I Feel Like a Woman”

I was really hoping that someone would perform a Shania Twain song, and it is crazy that Adam picked Lilli to be that person. Truthfully, I was not totally impressed by this performance. It was good, but it could have been a lot better. I think that Lauren ,or even Brennley,might have been a better choice to sing a Shania Twain song.


From Team Gwen, we have Brennley Brown, performing “Long, Long Time.”

Brennley continues to surprise me every week with her performances. This was one of my favorites from tonight. Shania praised her for how much emotion she put into the performance.


TSoul, from Team Blake, is next performing “Always on my Mind.”

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It was a great performance from TSoul, and Blake shared that he was a proud coach after this performance. It’s cool to see TSoul perform something completely different from last week’s performance and still perform it so effortlessly.


Next, from Team Gwen, is Hunter Plake performing “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Hunter definitely put his own spin into this song, and I actually kind of like it. It matches his style, and he sang it really good. I was impressed, and the coaches were too.


The final performance of the night goes to Vanessa Ferguson, from Team Alicia, performing “A Song For You.”

Another great performance to end the show. I do not think that Vanessa gets enough praise, I am very impressed by how effortlessly she sings these songs week after week. It would be great to see her back next week.


That’s it for the Top 12 performances!

Be sure to vote for your favorites as one artist will be eliminated tomorrow night!

 

 

 

24 April, 2017 0 comment
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Ruben Jay and Sheena Brook talk about her time on the Voice. She talks about how she felt being eliminated from the Voice.

 

23 April, 2017 0 comment
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The Voice season 12 just announced the top 12 contestants after a hard fought battle on Monday and Tuesday. But who were the best of the best this season? We take the the best of the best make a top 5 list in this week’s “Best of the Voice”.

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#5 – Lauren Duski “Someone Else’s Star”

Lauren is showing that she is listening to her coach. This is a song chosen by Blake Shelton. Duski has done this for a while and trusting Blake `100% on choosing her songs is huge.

#4- Chris Blue “Love On The Brain”

Chris Blue took an extremely popular song by Rhianna and made it his own. He showcased a solid falsetto and made this hit sound like it was written for him. Chris also showed that he might be a dark horse contestant that is going to fight hard to win The Voice.

#3- Vanessa Ferguson “Lean On”

Vanessa Ferguson is one of the contestants to keep an eye on. She’s extremely talented and she showcased that she can take on a challenge. “Lean On” was one of the anthems of 2016 CHR radio and she killed it.

#2 – Aliyah Moulden “Mercy”

15-year-old Aliyah Moulden took this iconic song by Duffy and made it youthful and fun. Moulden really made it clear that she’s here to win the entire competition. Moulden also made it clear that she wants to be a big name in the music business and if she is used properly, she can be a breakout star the show has lacked from day one.

#1 – Stephanie Rice “Every Breath You Take


Stephanie Rice is one of the more inspirational performers on this season. She’s got an amazing story and she has some killer talent behind it. She took this popular Police song and made it original. Rice shows that she has the chops to sing a song incredibly well and can write her own music.

21 April, 2017 0 comment
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Here we go for night 2 of  the Live Playoffs! Tonight we will see performances from Team Gwen and Team Adam as they battle it out for the remaining 6 spots in the Top 12.

Tonight’s show will run similar to last night’s episode; Team Gwen will perform first, followed by Team Adam, and at the end of the show, we will find out which 2 contestants were voted by America to stay in the competition. It is then that Gwen and Adam will each get to choose 1 person of the remaining contestants to continue on to the Top 12.


First up, from Team Gwen, we have Johnny Gates, who is actually Gwen’s comeback artist, performing “Hands to Myself.”

Johnny put his own spin to this song, and it is actually really good. It reminded me of those Rock albums that do covers of Pop songs, his voice would be perfect for that. He has great energy throughout the whole performance, and even Alicia compliments him on it.


Next up we have Troy Ramey performing “A Case of You”

Almost immediately, his voice reminded me a little bit of John Legend’s. It was a simple, kind of vulnerable performance, something we are not totally used to seeing from Troy. It is one of my favorite performances between all the performances we’ve seen so far from the Live Playoffs.


Quizz Swanigan is next performing “My Girl.”

I’m getting similar performance vibes… TSoul wore an almost identical suit last night, and similar style song…. but anyways, Quizz does give an impressive performance with this song. For someone so young singing an older song, it’s not always easy, but he did a great job.


Next we have Brennley Brown performing “Fly.”

Brennley has the usual country singer voice, but it is still a very pretty voice, and there is something unique about it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is exactly. Another favorite performance of mine from the Live Playoffs… truly amazing!


JChosen is next performing “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Now, JChosen has a lot of pressure on him because he’s performing a Prince song, and when I first heard that I was scared for him. I am amazed by how great this performance is. This song was perfect for him to perform tonight, and he truly gave it his all and did not disappoint.


The final performance from Team Gwen is from Hunter Plake performing “Elastic Heart” 

Another change to the tempo of a hit song, but it definitely matches Hunter and his personality. Overall, it was a great performance, and I very much enjoyed it. Adam praises Hunter, and tells him how great of a singer he is!


It is now Team Adam’s turn to perform! First up we have Johnny Hayes performing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

The second night of performances, in my opinion, is a lot better than the first night. (Sorry Team Blake and Alicia). Johnny has so much energy on stage, and it went with this song so perfectly. It is a great performance, if he stays in the competition, I would love to see him perform more songs like this.


Next from Team Adam we have Hannah Eyre performing “Skyscraper.”

Personally, I do not think that Hannah has the right voice to hit those lower notes, BUT the higher notes she was able to hit. Unfortunately, I don’t think this was the right song to perform at this point of the competition. It’s wasn’t terrible… but it also wasn’t my favorite, which is disappointing because I do think that Hannah has such a great voice.


Josh West is up next performing “More Than a Feeling.”

See now this is the perfect example of having the right song choice for a performance. Josh sang this song pretty much flawlessly, aside from some possible technical issues that snuck in, but still great. Adam, without hesitation, even calls Josh a badass!


Taking the stage next is Mark Isaiah performing “All Time Low.”

Mark definitely has that ‘heartthrob’ look to him, and the girls very much enjoy him. This performance was actually pretty good, and I was impressed by how well he performed this song. Adam pretty much begs the viewers to give him more time to work with Mark so that he can make him “the best version of himself.”


Next up is Lilli Passero performing “It’s Too Late.”

I actually really like this performance. Lilli has a very beautiful voice, and the song choice was perfect for her style. It was a very classical, yet powerful, song, and she sang it so effortlessly.


The final artist from Team Adam is Jesse Larson performing “Sir Duke.”

Certainly last, but not least! This was a great performance from Jesse, vocals, stage presence, everything. I think it was a great performance to bring the show together again at the end. Adam described it as the “best vocal of the night”!


It is now the end of the show, and the results are in for Team Gwen!

Carson reveals that Brennley Brown and Hunter Plake are the two that America voted to keep in the competition. Coach Gwen decides to keep Troy Ramey!

Then its time for the results for Team Adam!

Carson reveals that Jesse Larson and Lilli Passero are the two that America voted to keep in the competition and Coach Adam chooses to keep Mark Isaiah in the competition!


Just like that, we have our Top 12 contestants! We are a week closer to seeing who the winner of The Voice is going to be…

Any guesses???

18 April, 2017 0 comment
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Tonight is the first night of the Live Playoffs! Similar to past seasons, during this round of performances, each coach has the opportunity to bring back any artist of their choice that was previously eliminated to perform during the Playoffs.

The results of tonight’s show are voted in real time, through Twitter and The Voice app, which will lead to a results segment at the end of the show, sending 6, of the 12 contestants that performed, home.

Tonight, only contestants from Team Blake and Team Alicia will be performing, making it a little easier for us to keep track of who’s eliminated and who is safe to compete in the Top 12!


The first performer tonight is Casi Joy, from Team Blake, performing “Parachute.”

Casi gives a pretty great performance, and has great stage presence. Something seems a little off to me, but I can’t tell if its her performing, or just the way the sound is coming through my devices (because I do watch each performance twice, once on Live television, and second through YouTube, with headphones in and volume full blast). But overall, it is a great performance, and Blake applauds Casi by how much energy she gave and how “accurate” the performance was.


The second performer tonight is Felicia Temple, who was Blake’s choice to bring back to perform during the playoffs. Felicia is singing “Defying Gravity.”

Personally, I do not think that this was the best song choice for Felicia to perform for her “comeback” performance, and it might have hurt her more than helped her. Not that it wasn’t a good performance… it just could have been a lot better considering the circumstances that she was performing tonight. Blake still described it to be an incredible performance.


Next up we have, Aaliyah Rose, from Team Blake, performing “Brass in Pocket.”

Now this song, was perfect for Aaliyah during this point of the competition. It really showed her personality on stage and showed everyone the different notes her voice can hit. Blake describes it as her best performance yet, and I could not agree more.


TSoul, from Team Blake, is next performing “Knock on Wood.”

Just the first minute of the song is amazing on its own, he doesn’t even need to continue on with the rest of the song. If he gets eliminated tonight, there will be issues, because that was just too amazing not to keep him in the Top 12. His stage presence and the way he interacts with the crowd is just amazing to watch.


Next from Team Blake is Aliyah Moulden performing “Mercy.”

An older song, but almost perfect for Aliyah’s voice. It is also obvious how much fun Aliyah had performing this song. She’s so cute and adorable but also a “firecracker” as Blake described her.


The final contestant performing from Team Blake is Lauren Duski, singing “Someone Else’s Star.” 

I got some Celine Dion vibes from this performance, but also some real country vibes. It is a great performance all around, very simple, yet impressive, and perfect for Lauren. Blake assures Lauren that after this performance, she is going to receive a lot of support from country music fans.


First up tonight from Team Alicia is Chris Blue performing “Love on the Brain.”

At first, I was a little worried about the higher notes in this song, and how Chris was going to approach them, but then I remembered how amazing his falsetto is. He hit those notes without any issues. Chris puts so much passion into this performance, I’m just sitting here in amazement honestly. Gwen described his performance to be mesmerizing.


Next up we have, Anatalia Villaranda performing “Stand by Me.”

This was a great performance from Anatalia, but she had so much energy during it that I kind of wish she had a more upbeat song. The energy she was giving off was a little too much for the song she was singing, so if she sang one that was a little faster, I would have enjoyed it more.


Alicia’s comeback artist Jack Cassidy is up next performing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Overall it is a good performance, but similar to Felicia’s, I think that a better song could have been chosen to really show off what they have. They were brought back by the coaches for a reason, so they should really prove why they deserve to stay. Jack does hit some good notes, and its not a terrible performance, but it didn’t necessarily blow me away either.


Vanessa Ferguson is next performing, “Lean on.”

The rendition she sang of this song surprised me because it is pretty much the complete opposite to the original song. This was a great performance, and I can’t be the only one who was amazed that these were the actual lyrics of the song right????


Next up from Team Alicia is Ashley Levin performing, “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

This was the perfect song for Ashley to sing, just the right amount of soulful, rock, and country all put together. Alicia had nothing but nice things to say to Ashley for this performance.


The final contestant from Team Alicia is Stephanie Rice performing “Every Breath You Take.”

Stephanie is a great singer, but this week I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the performance. I feel like her voice is meant for more rocker, upbeat songs, and if she does a slower song like this it needs to be approached a different way. But hey, I’m not a coach or contestant on the show, so who knows what I’m talking about.


Team Blake is first up to get the results and Carson Daly shares that Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden are the two with the top votes and moving on to the Top 12. Then it is up to Blake to decide who of the remaining four he wants to save. Ultimately he decides to keep TSoul in the competition. (Thank goodness)

From Team Alicia, Carson reveals that Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson are the two with the top votes and will be moving on to the Top 12. Then Alicia chooses to keep Stephanie Rice in the competition!

 

That’s it for the first night of playoffs! Be sure to join us tomorrow as we watch Team Gwen and Team Adam battle it out for the final spots in the Top 12!

 

17 April, 2017 0 comment
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 13, 2017 — Global superstar Shania Twain will be a key adviser for the Top 12 artists on the Monday, April 24 8 p.m. (ET/PT) live telecast of NBC’s three-time Emmy Award-winning series “The Voice.”

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Twain remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Twain’s albums include her platinum-selling 1993 debut, “Shania Twain”; “The Woman in Me,” her Grammy Award-winning double diamond-selling 1995 release; “Come on Over,” the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with more than 40 million units sold worldwide; and “UP!,” Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release.

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Twain is the first and only female to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and she recently received the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Twain’s many hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”

On Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m., the remaining artists will compete for a spot in the Top 12 during “The Voice” live playoffs. The stakes are high as the artists from two teams perform in front of coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on each night for their chance at a coveted spot in the live shows. Through innovative real-time voting on “The Voice” Official App and Twitter, fans will be able to advance two artists per team into the Top 12, and results will be revealed on the same night. During this exciting and music-filled night, two coaches will then immediately choose the final artist from their teams to save, sending the other artists home.

The Top 12 artists will then move on to the final live-show phase of the competition and have the opportunity to work with Shania Twain, which will begin on Monday, April 24.

The current cycle of “The Voice” is averaging a combined 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.7 million viewers overall on Monday and Tuesday nights in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research, keeping NBC the consistent #1 network on both nights. So far this cycle, both editions have ranked in broadcast television’s “live plus same day” weekly top 10 in adults 18-49 and total viewers each week the show has aired.

The Voice” is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Lee Metzger and Chad Hines.

For embeddable clips and more, please visit NBC.com’s official show site: http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice.

Please follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice and on twitter at @NBCTheVoice and #TheVoice.

13 April, 2017 0 comment
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Lauren Duski took the time out of her busy schedule to talk to Ruben Jay on the Voice Off Podcast. Lauren talks about how nervous she was during her blind auditions and what it was like working with Randy Travis.

ABOUT:

With a resume of experience dating back to a very young age, Lauren has developed into a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and performer. Originally from Gaylord, Michigan, she has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 7. Several local performances in her hometown led to many years of traveling across Northern Michigan with a band, performing classic country hits. Those shows allowed her the opportunity to open for acts including: Lonestar, Randy Travis, Confederate Railroad, and Bill Anderson. She began songwriting in middle school after getting her first guitar. She started posting videos of original songs and covers on Youtube while in high school, gaining significant views worldwide. Later as a student at the University of Michigan, Lauren focused more on songwriting but managed to keep up with local performances opening for Gloriana and Thompson Square. After graduating in the spring of 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, she put her plans of attending dental school aside. She spent a few months in Chicago after graduation with opportunities to record original and commercial material, but Nashville became home in early 2014. There, she hit the ground running with songwriters such as Bill Luther (Tim McGraw), and has been crafting a group of songs that she considers her best work to date. Lauren’s heartfelt songwriting, along with her sultry, yet powerful vocals, leave listeners wanting more.

12 April, 2017 0 comment
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Born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Jozy is the baby of 5 siblings. She grew up singing, dancing, and playing all sports, but her family knew from a young age that she had a special talent. Singing has been Jozy’s true passion in life and she is determined to share her gift with the world. Most recently, Jozy branched out of North Dakota in pursuit of making her dreams of becoming a professional singer come true!

Jozy Bernadette hit the big time stage on this season 12 of NBC’S #1 Hit Show The Voice!

Pop rockers Adam Levine & Gwen Stefani hit their buttons for JozyB.

She chose Gwen and joined TEAM GWEN. Jozy got first hand coaching from Gwen and her celebrity advisor…CELINE DION! The time she got to work and perfect her singing with Celine and Gwen has helped drive her to pursue singing even more.  Although her time was cut short on The Voice Jozy is eager and ready for whats next in her career.

8 April, 2017 0 comment
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