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Alisan Porter Tells How She Covered Janis Joplin's 'River'

4/3/2016 3:01pm EDT
Alisan Porter
The Voice frontrunner Alisan Porter covered a musical icon this week when she sung Joni Mitchell's "River," possibly one of the artist's best known songs. After her knockout round performance punched her ticket to the live playoffs, Alisan spoke to Starpulse to comment on how she thought it went.

"I always have a hard time watching myself," she continued, "because there's so much I would change, but that's just because I'm hard on myself. I loved singing 'River' though, because it's one of the most beautifully written songs of all time."

"I changed the song up a bit to suit me and make it...
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Tamar Davis Discusses Her 'Special' Sam Smith Cover

4/3/2016 2:04pm EDT
'The Voice': Tamar Davis Discusses Her 'Special' Sam Smith Cover
This week on The Voice, Tamar Davis impressed Christina Aguilera with her cover of Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down." Christina chose Tamar over Maya Smith for one of her five spots in the live playoffs.

What did Tamar think made the difference? Starpulse spoke to her after her knockout round performance to discuss how she picked the song, what might have given her the edge over Maya, and what she'll want to do in that first round of live shows.

The song choice was great news for her. "It is one of my favorite songs," she revealed. "When I found out I was going to perform it, I jumped up for joy ...
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Katie Basden On How She Won Her Knockout

4/3/2016 1:04pm EDT
'The Voice': Katie Basden On How She Won Her Knockout
Katie Basden is on a roll. After her up and down and up again debut on The Voice, she won her knockout round this week to secure herself a spot as one of the five singers who will represent Team Blake in the first round of the live playoffs.

Starpulse caught up with Katie after the knockouts to talk about how it was to spend her first week on Team Blake and what might have made the difference to get her into the final phase of the singing competition.

"It was my idea," she said of covering "Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac. "I usually do this song in all of my acoustic performances and it’s extrem...
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'The Voice': Shalyah Fearing On Her Steal-Worthy Knockouts Performance

4/2/2016 2:03pm EDT
'The Voice': Shalyah Fearing On Her Steal-Worthy Knockouts Perfo
Shalyah Fearing joined a short list on this week's The Voice. The 15-year-old hopeful became one of only a few singers in the show's history to be stolen twice, with her knockout rounds performance good enough to earn her the last spot on Team Adam.

Starpulse spoke to Shalyah after the knockouts to discuss what went into the rendition that made her stand out and earn one of only four steals available. What made her choose this particular song and how was she able to make it work for her?

"The song that I chose this week was “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride," she explained. "It was my mo...
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Gwen Stefani Returns To 'Saturday Night Live'

4/2/2016 9:02am EDT
Saturday TV Guide: Gwen Stefani Returns To 'Saturday Night Live'
Former The Voice coach and current advisor Gwen Stefani will be the musical guest on tonight's episode of Saturday Night Live, airing on NBC at 11:29 p.m. ET/PT.

Stefani will be performing to promote her recently released new record, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which includes her hit single "Used To Love You." It's no surprise that her appearance tour includes SNL, since it's on the same network as The Voice.

It was announced last week that Stefani will not be returning to coach the upcoming Season 11, after the singer came back early this season to advise Team Blake in the battle ...
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Jordan Smith Sets The Bar For 'The Voice' Artists

3/29/2016 9:55am EDT
Jordan Smith Becomes Best-Selling Artist In 'The Voice' History
Jordan Smith is now the best-selling artist in "The Voice" history as his full-length debut "Something Beautiful" has hit number two on the Billboard Top 200.

Smith achieved the highest ranking on the chart by any winner of a television singing competition in almost five years, according to an official press release.

He has also shattered the record for the highest album sales debut from a new artist in 2016 and also now claims the record for most first-week album sales for a winner of "The Voice," making him the biggest selling artist to ever emerge from the show.

Smith also reached num...
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'The Voice': Is Alisan Porter Season 10's Jordan Smith?

3/27/2016 12:04pm EDT
'The Voice': Is Alisan Porter Season 10's Jordan Smith?
During this week's battle rounds on The Voice, Adam Levine dropped some strong words when he suggested that Team Christina's Alisan Porter could be Season 10's equivalent of Season 9 winner Jordan Smith.

So far it's a fair comparison: both artists have been positioned as frontrunners in the NBC singing competition, with their blind auditions being leaked to the Internet ahead of time and each of them slaying their initial performances.

What did Alisan think of that comparison? And how would she describe her battle round performance? Starpulse asked her those questions in this week's post-...
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Jordan Smith Delivers Compelling Debut Effort

3/23/2016 1:50pm EDT
Jordan Smith Delivers Sheer Beauty On 'Something Beautiful'
When Harlan, Kentucky musician Jordan Smith appeared and ultimately won NBC’s The Voice, there was a sentiment that perhaps the popular show might have it’s first true commercial success. Why? Jordan Smith possessed a superb set of pipes – easily among the best seen on ANY reality singing competition. The letdown, unfortunately, usually comes when the shining star of the show records the album. So does the prodigiously talented 22-year old deliver on Something Beautiful? Overall, yes.

Something Beautiful commences with traditional pop standard “Over The Rainbow.” A truly beautiful vocal i...
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Katie Basden On Her 'Rollercoaster' Season 10 Debut

3/20/2016 3:06pm EDT
'The Voice': Katie Basden On Her 'Rollercoaster' Season 10 Debut
Katie Basden had the most interesting introduction on The Voice in the history of the show. Thanks to the TV editing process and NBC's decision to air a split episode on Monday, she was the last person to audition for Team Adam, then minutes later was eliminated in the battle rounds, and then got stolen for Team Blake.

Needless to say, that was pretty crazy. Starpulse spoke to Katie this week to ask her what it was like to see her Season 10 story unfold that way.

"It was very funny because they aired Blake [Shelton]’s last person right before me," said Katie, who was watching Monday's sho...
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'The Voice' Battle Rounds Begin

3/15/2016 8:48am EDT
'The Voice' Battle Rounds Showcase Gwen Stefani vs. Christina Ag
Battle rounds got underway Monday on The Voice, but the real match-up to watch was the chance to compare Gwen Stefani with Christina Aguilera.

Aguilera, The Voice's original female coach, returned this spring for Season 10. Stefani, who fills her seat when she's not there, was brought back as the battle rounds advisor for the team of Blake Shelton. That presented a unique opportunity for Voice fans, who have never seen both of them on the show at the same time except for a one-off appearance from Stefani in Season 8.

But back then, Stefani was serving as Aguilera's Top 8 advisor, so they ...
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'The Voice' Singer Tells Why He Performed 'Happy' For Pharrell

3/13/2016 3:03pm EDT
'The Voice' Singer Tells Why He Performed 'Happy' For Pharrell
This week on The Voice, Brian Nhira became the latest artist to perform a coach's song when he chose to audition with Pharrell Williams' massive hit single "Happy." His version of the song earned him a place on Team Pharrell, and Starpulse spoke to Brian afterward about what motivated him to cover a coach's song in front of the original artist - and which other coach his father wanted him to pick!

"I chose 'Happy' as my audition song [after] I saw an interview with Oprah [Winfrey] and Pharrell," Brian recalled. "It was after 'Happy' had been out for a little while and it was obviously just...
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Check Out Gwen Stefani Advising Team Blake (Watch)

3/12/2016 8:04am EST
First Look At Gwen Stefani Advising Team Blake On 'The Voice'
NBC has released the first video of Gwen Stefani's tenure as advisor to Blake Shelton's team on The Voice - and you can watch it now by using the media player included with this article.

In the behind the scenes clip, Blake isn't shy about complimenting Gwen, referring to her as a "rock and roll goddess," "diva," "legend" and "living legend." Voice fans then get to see some clips of the duo giving advice to various battle round pairings from Team Blake.

Asked why he chose Gwen as his advisor for Season 10, Blake tells the audience, "I picked Gwen because if there's anybody who understands...
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Adam Levine's Blake Shelton Impression Leads 'Voice' Season 10 Outtakes

3/8/2016 11:25am EST
Watch: Adam Levine's Blake Shelton Impression Leads 'Voice' Seas
One of the biggest draws of NBC's The Voice is the unpredictable antics of the coaches, which are on full display in this new video featuring outtakes from the first week of Season 10 blind auditions.

Click here to watch what didn't make it onto the TV broadcast, including Adam Levine's nonsensical impression of fellow champion Blake Shelton that has Pharrell Williams unable to contain his laughter.

Not exempt from the craziness, Pharrell gets an invisible violin assist from one of his colleagues while making a blind audition pitch. Blake continues to take shots at Adam, surprising no one...
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'The Voice': Season 10's New Artists Share What They've Learned

3/6/2016 12:03pm EST
'The Voice': Season 10's New Artists Share What They've Learned
NBC's The Voice returned on Monday and has already introduced us to almost half of the Top 48 artists who will be battling it out in the singing competition's milestone tenth season. You've seen them sing - now hear what they have to say about what they've learned from being part of the show.

"I think more than anything I learned that I really want to still do this," said Team Christina's Alisan Porter, who was the first person to have her blind audition seen in Season 10, when it was leaked by NBC on YouTube prior to premiere. "I was kind of nervous about putting myself back into somethin...
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Do You Recognize This Former Child Star? She Killed It On 'The Voice' Blind Auditions

2/26/2016 9:08am EST
'Curly Sue' Star Alisan Porter Brings The Judges To Their Knees
Who knew "Curly Sue" had such an incredible singing voice? In a new clip for the upcoming season of "The Voice," Alisan Porter auditioned for the competition, pitting all four judges against one another as they vied to get her on their team.

Porter, 34, is best known for playing the curly haired kid in the beloved 1991 film but she also released an album in 2008.

During her audition she sang "Blue Bayou," which impressed coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera, who all turned their chairs around to see who was behind the powerful voice. Both Levine and...
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Adam Levine Reveals Story Of 'Low Five' With Pharrell

2/19/2016 9:06am EST
'The Voice': Adam Levine Reveals Story Of 'Low Five' With Pharre
As we get closer to the new season of The Voice, NBC is asking the show's coaches about their pre-show habits. In a video released on Thursday, Adam Levine explained the origin of the "low five" he gives Pharrell Williams after the coaches are introduced by Carson Daly.

Watch the video below to find out where Adam got the idea for the low five - and of course it wouldn't be an Adam Levine video without some commentary regarding his friend and rival Blake Shelton.

Both coaches will be entering their tenth season when The Voice returns on Monday, February 29 at 8 PM on NBC. Adam is the reig...
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The Best 'OMG' And 'WTF' TV Moments

1/1/2016 12:04pm EST
The Best 'OMG' And 'WTF' TV Moments Of 2015
We've reached that time of year: where we spend the last week of 2015 looking back on the best that TV has brought us. Over the next five days, I'll be bringing you profiles of some of the greatest performances and most impressive moments from the year on the small screen.

Today, as we've officially started 2016, we finish the countdown off with:

The Best "OMG" and "WTF" TV Moments of 2015

The best part of television are those moments that make you fall out of your chair or just stare in shock. Sometimes they're great, sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're supposed to be great and ...
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Blake And Gwen Can't Get Enough Of Each Other

12/22/2015 8:35am EST
Gwen Stefani Kids 'Love' Blake Shelton As Couple Celebrate RaeLy
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani continue to make strides in their romantic relationship. Reportedly, Stefani's sons with Gavin Rosslae "love: the country crooner.

According to a story published by People Magazine, "Blake loves kids and has been having a lot of fun when he spends time with Gwen's kids," said a source close to the couple.

Stefani has three sons, Kingston, 9, Zuma, 7, and Apollo, 22 months.

Reportedly the boys, according to People, "adore him."

Stefani has always remarked about how important her family is to her. So it is no surprise that the singer has spent a lot of time...
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Can ‘The Voice’ Winner Jordan Smith Breakthrough To The Next Level?

12/16/2015 9:18am EST
Is Jordan Smith The Most Important 'The Voice' Artist Ever?
Even before Jordan Smith physically appeared on The Voice, there was a buzz surrounding the young pop singer from Kentucky. Just prior to this season's premiere, NBC leaked a clip of Jordan's blind audition, teasing it with the phrase "the most shocking reveal on The Voice yet."

Once his audition aired, audiences saw the four superstar coaches give Jordan a standing ovation and some of the strongest praise ever handed out in the series. So no one was surprised when he took home the Voice trophy on Tuesday night - but is the show's newest winner as significant to the series as he was advert...
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'The Voice' Finalist Perform: Here Are Our Picks For Top 3 Performances

12/15/2015 9:11am EST
'The Voice': Top 3 Performances From Season 9 Finale
The Voice had its four finalists perform three times on Monday night, as they went head to head (to head to head) to determine which one of them will win season nine and a contract with Republic Records.

The final four - Team Gwen's Jeffery Austin (pictured), Team Blake's Barrett Baber and Emily Ann Roberts, and Team Adam's Jordan Smith - each sang a regular song, a holiday song and a coach duet during the season-ending performance show, and we've picked who sung it best in each category.

Solo Performance: Jordan Smith, "Climb Every Mountain"

Jordan has proven himself the master of bal...
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'The Voice' Season 9 Finalists Are...

12/9/2015 10:39am EST
Here Are Your Four 'The Voice' Season 9 Finalists
In its weirdest results show ever, The Voice announced on Tuesday the four singers who will be competing in next week's season 9 finale - and they are pretty much the people you thought they would be.

Team Adam's Jordan Smith, Team Blake's Barrett Baber, Team Blake's Emily Ann Roberts and Team Gwen's Jeffery Austin are the four finalists. Smith, Baber and Roberts earned America's votes while Austin won the final Twitter Instant Save of the season.

That means that Blake Shelton has had at least one finalist every season while Adam Levine has done so eight of the nine seasons (excepting sea...
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Team Adam, Team Blake Poised For Finals

12/8/2015 9:24am EST
'The Voice': Team Adam, Team Blake Poised For Season 9 Finals
Season 9 of The Voice is set to be another Team Adam vs. Team Blake showdown. With more than half the field about to be eliminated, Monday's semifinal performance show proved that the two winningest coaches in the show's history are winners for a reason: they get the artists who perform in the clutch.

Team Adam's Jordan Smith and Amy Vachal have been the voices to beat, with both of them riding streaks at the top of the iTunes Singles Chart. Jordan has charted within the top ten (and earned the prized multiplier) every week of the live playoffs, and while his version of Queen's "Somebody t...
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Blake Shelton Wins Artist Of The Year

12/4/2015 9:16pm EST
Blake Shelton Wins CMT Artist Of The Year, Admits He's Had A 'Cr
Blake Shelton picked up some bumps and bruises during 2015, but he's ending the year on a high note, with a new girl by his side and now a new award on his mantle.

Shelton accepted his award as one of the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year on Wednesday. He wasn't shy about referencing the ups and downs he's encountered in 2015 during his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank my entire team," Shelton said. "There's too many people to stand up here and name, but more importantly this has been a crazy year from the way it started to the way it's ending so awesome for me, so thank y'all. This is a gr...
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'The Voice' Recap: What Had Gwen Stefani Looking So Grim

12/2/2015 9:03am EST
What Had Gwen Stefani Looking So Grim On 'The Voice'?
Gwen Stefani is known for being bubbly and bright when she's coaching on The Voice. So what had her looking super-serious on Tuesday night? It wasn't that she was still drained from her emotional performance of new single "Used To Love You" the night before - it was that all the bad news was coming her way.

While seven of the Top 10 artists charted on iTunes after Monday night's performance show, two of the three members of Team Gwen weren't among them. Both Korin Bukowski's cover of Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love" and Braiden Sunshine's version of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" underwhelme...
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'The Voice' Top 10 Perform

12/1/2015 9:03am EST
'The Voice': Top 3 Performances From The Top 10
We're down to the Top 10 on The Voice, and with the pressure getting higher, some artists struggled to pull off a show-stopping performance. Which three singers were the most impressive - and most deserving of your vote - during Monday night's performance show?

Below are our Top 3 covers from the Top 10, and why we believe they'll make it through Tuesday night's eliminations show. If you haven't voted yet, you have a few hours left (until noon ET) to cast your vote via iTunes, Facebook, The Voice official app and the show website at NBC.com.

Zach Seabaugh, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"...
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What Were The Best Performances On 'The Voice' Last Night?

11/24/2015 8:25am EST
'The Voice': Top 3 Performances From The Top 11
The Voice's Top 11 performed for your votes again on Monday night at Universal Studios Hollywood, and we've compiled our short list of the three best performances that deserve your vote.

Read on to see who we're voting for, and if you haven't cast your vote yet, you have just hours to do so. Voting closes at noon Eastern time today. You can vote online at NBC.com, by buying the artists' singles on iTunes, on The Voice's Facebook page, or by downloading the show's official app.

Here are our Top 3 from the Top 11, in the order in which they performed:

Barrett Baber, "Delta Dawn": The Team ...
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‘The Voice’ Top 12 Elimination Show: Who Moved On?

11/18/2015 9:13am EST
'The Voice' Recap: Who Didn't Make It To The Top 11?
The Voice aired its Top 12 Eliminations show on Tuesday, taking things easy by only sending home one artist instead of the usual two singers. But which artists found themselves in the bottom two and having to appeal to social media to earn the Twitter Instant Save? And who was left packing their bags?

The results were not particularly surprising for anyone who watched the iTunes Singles Chart on Monday evening, or who knows how the history of the show has played out at this stage. The two artists at risk were from the usual teams that find themselves on the chopping block in the early roun...
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'The Voice' Top 12 Round Begins

11/17/2015 10:04am EST
'The Voice': Top 3 Performances From The Top 12
The Top 12 round is here on The Voice, with the last three singers from all four teams performing on Monday in order to avoid being the one(!) person that will get eliminated tonight.

As the voting window closes - you have until noon ET to cast your vote online, on Facebook, on iTunes or by using the show's official app - we've selected the top three performances that deserve to get the artists through to next week, including the fresh cover from Team Blake's Barrett Baber.

Here are our Top 3 performances from the Top 12, in the order in which they performed on Monday:

Braiden Sunshine (...
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What Does Xtina Think About Blake And Gwen Dating?

11/13/2015 1:31pm EST
Christina Aguilera Speaks Out On Blake And Gwen's New Romance
The original Queen of 'The Voice' has bestowed her blessing on two of her fellow co-stars.

Christina Aguilera, who is currently filming Season 10 of NBC's hit show, said in an interview Thursday that she's pulling for Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who recently confirmed their new romance. Aguilera and Shelton have sat side by side as judges for multiple seasons of the 'The Voice', including the upcoming Season 10. Stefani and Shelton reportedly connected when Stefani filled in for Aguilera during filming of Season 9.

"They're both great people and divorce is tough. Let them have their h...
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Live Playoffs Begin On 'The Voice'

11/10/2015 10:14am EST
'The Voice' Recap: Live Playoffs Begin With Team Adam vs. Team G
Season 9 of The Voice is down to its last quarter: the live playoffs. The final act started Monday night with Team Adam and Team Gwen - and two "Coach Comeback Artists" given a new lease on life - performing for fan votes for the first time. Only three singers from each team would make the cut, but who had the best shot?

At the top of the show, though, was this season's new plot twist: each of the coaches was given the opportunity to bring back an eliminated artist into the Top 20. Neither decision was a surprise. Adam Levine chose to save pop singer Chance Pena, while Gwen Stefani went wi...
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