Blake Shelton Defends Holly Tucker On Twitter

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Blake Shelton finally saw one of his singers sent home on this week’s The Voice elimination show. He also became the second coach to stir up some buzz in two weeks, as the country superstar had a few choice words for someone who made some unkind comments about the unlucky eliminee.

The Voice whittled its Top 6 down to the Top 5 on Tuesday night, and it was Holly Tucker, the Baylor marching band standout, who was sent home. Tucker was visibly upset when host Carson Daly revealed that America’s final save went not to her but to her teammates, The Swon Brothers.

Yet as emotional as she was, her reaction paled in comparison to Shelton’s Twitter speech after he caught wind of one blogger’s comments about Tucker late Tuesday night.

Houston Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra posted a link to his article regarding the results on Twitter, with the text “The Voice sends one singer back to Texas. Don’t worry, it’s not the one we care about.”

Whether it was that comment or the content of the article (or both) that irked Holly’s coach, we don’t know, but Shelton had some strong words for Guerra via his own Twitter account, some of which aren’t fit for print.

“It’s people like you that make me sick,” read Shelton’s first tweet of several on the subject. “Holly is not only a talented singer but a great person that’s simply chasing a dream.”

Later, he tweeted, “I swear to God I can’t understand the mentality of a grown man ripping on young kids over and over again for just trying their hardest. Kids!”

It’s not the first time that the Based on a True Story singer has stepped up to the plate to defend one of his The Voice singers. During season two, when teenage hopeful Raelynn was the subject of some rude remarks from another blogger, Shelton spoke out publicly to support her.

Shelton’s willingness to stand behind the singers on his team is a breath of fresh air in the often cynical entertainment business. It shows that he really does care about them, not just as reflections of him but for who they are as individuals, both on and off the show.

He also backs those words up with actions. As mentioned on-air this week, he keeps in touch with many of his former team members, including season one’s Xenia and season three’s Cassadee Pope, who performed on The Voice Tuesday night. Season two Team Blake member Gwen Sebastian is now one of Shelton’s backup singers and has toured with him almost since her departure from the competition.

While he might be on the verge of winning his third straight Voice title, what’s more impressive is that Shelton’s principles are everything America should want from a reality-competition coach: one who treats their artists as artists, not just TV acts, and who is there for them even when the cameras aren’t rolling. He understands that for these singers, it’s not just entertainment, but it’s them putting their real selves and career hopes out on display for a national audience.

He’s not the only coach on The Voice who’s emotionally invested in their performers. Last week, Adam Levine’s emotional reaction to the loss of two artists set off a controversy, as well. Given that, it might not have been the best time for Shelton to speak out so vehemently, but it’s understandable that he’d be protective of an artist he’s worked with for months.

What do you think of Shelton’s reaction? Do you believe reality-show judges should be more supportive of their artists? Should we hold critics and bloggers as responsible for their comments as we do celebrities? Sound off with your thoughts below.

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Postmortem: Season 4 Live Playoffs, May 27-28

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Are We In For A Team Blake Three-Peat?

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Could Blake Shelton three-peat on The Voice?

It certainly looks that way after this week’s results eliminated his biggest competition, and left all the show’s other coaches – Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher – each with only one artist to pin their hopes on.

Team Adam’s Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, who both turned four chairs in their blind auditions and were each considered possible winners, were sent home on Tuesday. Their exits mean that the only Team Adam singer left is Amber Carrington. Amber is actually a country artist, as Blake has mentioned several times on the show, including this week.

Shakira has only Sasha Allen and Usher is counting on just Michelle Chamuel.

Meanwhile, Blake has all three of the acts he brought to the Top 10 – Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers. If you’re doing the math, that means there’s a 50% chance that a Team Blake artist will be the new Voice champion, with each of the other three coaches having a just slightly better than 16% shot.

Danielle has long been considered another favorite, and with Judith’s departure, becomes the new best bet. This week, she was again referred to as a potential huge star in country music following her performance of The Judds’ song “Grandpa.”

Since two artists are dropped from the show each week, the worst-case scenario is that The Voice sees two of its coaches taken out of contention in the same night. It wouldn’t be unheard of: last season’s finale was also Team Blake-heavy, with two of the three finalists being from that group.

If one of Team Blake’s three artists does in fact earn the season title, it will be the third time in four seasons that the country music star has been The Voice‘s winning coach. He led Cassadee Pope to victory last December and before that, Jermaine Paul won last May. (The show’s first winner, Javier Colon, was from Team Adam.)

However, it’s worth noting that audiences haven’t yet seen how Blake’s picks perform in the music industry. Cassadee Pope signed her record deal and has been on tour with Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry, but is still working on post-show music. As for Jermaine Paul, he’s released only two singles since being crowned the champ, and one was a cover. His album “Finally” still doesn’t have a definite release date.

Fans will find out if anyone can stop Team Blake when The Voice continues next Monday. In the meantime, you can join Blake, Usher and a slew of other musical guests including Reba McEntire and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder as NBC broadcasts Blake’s “Healing the Heartland” concert to benefit disaster victims in Oklahoma. The special will air tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC and several NBCUniversal cable channels.

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‘The Voice’ Celebrates Memorial Day

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The Voice’s latest performance show fell on Memorial Day, but being on a TV show didn’t stop the singers from recognizing the holiday.

Some of the Top 8 artists said the occasion lent an extra significance to their performances. Others recognized loved ones who had served or who are serving. All of them agreed that they were happy to have taken the stage.

“The show must go on, isn’t that what they always say?” Team Adam’s Amber Carrington told TODAY.com after Monday night’s performances. “But I think it was really cool, because we got to sing and it was in memory of our troops and everything. We got to put on a show for people.”

“It was kind of interesting,” agreed her teammate, Judith Hill. “It was really cool to know that today’s Memorial Day and sing with that in mind.”

“There’s always that thought in our heads of ‘Oh, my gosh, it’s another week. We have to survive. We have to practice. We have to do all this.’ But [we were] able to get a little bit away from that today,” said Team Blake’s Holly Tucker, “and really remember all the sacrifices that people have made for us. I’m always thankful for that. So I made sure that people knew that today.”

She has several relatives who have served. So did both Amber and Judith’s grandfathers. Team Adam’s Sarah Simmons got emotional as she mentioned loved ones currently in the military.

“My cousin is in the Air Force and then one of my best friends is about to go to Afghanistan soon,” she told us, wiping tears from her eyes.

Yet as Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers pointed out, being a musician often means working on all sorts of holidays. “More than likely – judging by our past schedule – if we were at home, we’d be performing somewhere,” said Zach Swon.

Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel agreed. “I’ve been in a band before [the show] for five years,” she explained. “We played almost every holiday. New Year’s Eve, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Halloween.”

For those observing Memorial Day who still decided to tune in, the Voice artists expressed a desire to have brought something positive to a national day of remembrance.

“I hope that it could bring joy to people. I know we’re supposed to be celebrating our troops and our country. There are more important things than a singing competition show,” said Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen. “I don’t have any family members who’ve served, but I take it to heart, all the soldiers that have lost their lives for our freedom.”

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Postmortem: Season 4 Live Playoffs, May 20-21

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Meet Team Blake’s Holly Tucker

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Blake Shelton has his dream team on The Voice this season: a final three loaded completely with country artists. BFTV recently caught up with one of those artists, Baylor marching band star Holly Tucker, to get to know her better.

“I always expected big things because I’ve seen the show on TV and it just looks larger than life,” Holly said of her Voice experience so far. “That’s exactly what I got and more.”

Speaking of big things, America has watched Holly blow the doors off the Voice studio with her powerful performances of LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” and Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing.” How does she prepare her voice to be able to hit such amazing notes every time she takes the stage? “It takes a lot of warm-up,” she explained. “You just have to sing scales and make your voice be able to hit those notes with ease. And breathing. Breathing is very important.”

Breathing is something that Holly has learned to do over her time on The Voice. Her coach has pointed out to her that she is sometimes too hard on herself, and that he wants to see her have more fun. Now that America has voted her through into the Top 12 and later the Top 10, it’s given her more confidence in herself.

“I feel incredible,” she said. “Just being able to go up there and feel so strong and so confident. I should’ve been feeling this way the whole time. And now I finally feel like I’ve grown into the [belief] that I deserve to be here and it’s a really good feeling.

“Getting that validation from America, as well as my coach, is the best feeling in the world.”

Has that affirmation meant that she’s stopped being so self-critical? “I do feel like I’m getting there,” Holly continued. “When I start to do that, I just think to myself, ‘Holly, back up. You’re fine. It’s okay to be imperfect sometimes. It’s all right.’”

Whereas many artists on The Voice go out and find new identities through the course of competition, she has decided that she’s already found the genre she wants to remain in. “I want to stick to country,” she explained. “Even if I may go out and experiment with some other genres, I’m always going to be country and I love my country fans. That’s just who I am.”

No matter what happens, to her, being on the show has paid off. “I already feel like a winner,” she said, “because I’ve gotten to learn so much throughout this experience and have Blake coach me and teach me everything he knows. Of course I want to move forward, but I will never count this as anything I regret.”

Although she’s now facing the best of the competition, Holly isn’t dwelling too much on if or when she might go home. “No point in worrying. That’s what I say,” she told us. “America is going to vote on what they like, and what happens happens, and it happens for a reason.”

Holly performs for your vote tonight as The Voice continues at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC. You can also watch her and all of Team Blake rocking out on “Play Something Country” with this article.

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Postmortem: Season 4 Live Playoffs, May 13-14

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Episode Recap: Season 4 Live Playoffs, Night 2

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After Team Adam and Team Usher performed on last night’s The Voice, it’s time for Team Blake and Team Shakira. Blake is overjoyed that he has a team of all country artists, restating his dream of bringing a country artist to the grand finale. Shakira, on the other hand, is nervous and comparing herself to a mama bird. Usher and Adam are asked to reflect on how their teams did the night before, and dole out the usual amount of praise, as if Carson expects that one of them is going to go on live television and say something negative about their artists.

Team Blake starts the show, with a clip package of them getting coaching at a karaoke bar. Being taken to a karaoke bar by Blake Shelton has to be one of the most awesome experiences on the planet. Performances of party songs ensue, with the most entertaining of them being Danielle Bradbery laughing her way through “YMCA.” This segues right into Team Blake’s group performance of “Boondocks.” Such a Blake choice, and it sounds exactly like you’d expect it to.

Leading off the individual songs is Team Shakira’s second-chance artist, Garrett Gardner. Shakira has asked him to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” – an iconic tune if there ever was one – and play the piano. Turns out that Garrett is a Lennon “fanatic,” so that must add a little pressure for him, too. However, he’s got nothing to worry about. His version is pretty darn fantastic, and if he can pass muster with Adam, who is a well-known admirer of that track, he should get through to the next round. On another note, Usher confuses the words “computer” and “piano.”

Usher: I’m happy to see you at a computer…I’m happy to see you at a piano.

Following Garrett is Team Blake’s Holly Tucker, with “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes, best known as the closing theme from the 1997 Nicolas Cage-John Cusack flick Con Air. Blake wants to see her have more fun because she’s so hard on herself. If you’ve ever heard the original version of this song, Holly has the power to give the track the push that it needs. It’s a straightforward country ballad done by a straightforward country artist, and Blake is way too excited about it.

Carson: He’s a proud papa…and he’s been drinking.

In the middle of uniform applause for Holly, there’s this lovely gem:

Adam: You’re better looking and more talented than Blake is.

Blake’s so happy, he applauds that, too. Maybe we should cut off his supply of Starbucks lattes but that probably wouldn’t help much. Moving on, it’s Team Shakira’s Kris Thomas. Shakira has assigned him Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” (there’s a lot of Bruno Mars love on the show this season). The two of them sing part of the song together during rehearsal, which throws Kris for an understandable loop. His performance is solid, if a bit nervous, as Adam points out. Blake points out that people should be nervous under these circumstances. Going on to try and describe the difference between male and female singers, he then makes Carson wish they weren’t on live TV.

Carson: It’s clear tonight Blake doesn’t know what a ‘girl place’ is. Thanks for that.

Kris is continuing to work hard every week, and there’s no huge fault with anything he’s done so far. If there’s a question about him, it’s if he might run into some trouble later on in the competition, when he could up splitting the R&B vote with Vedo.

Next to perform are the show’s only remaining duo, Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers. Their take on Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing in the Dark” is the usual good time we’ve come to expect from them. Shakira points out how they make her feel at ease and comfortable. Adam is happy that Blake finally has his country moment, and then mentions that an instrument was out of tune. Blake laughs at Adam for not knowing the song, which is ill-advised, as Adam points out in his retort:

Adam: You never know any songs ever. The first song I didn’t know. Leave me alone.

After more Sprint Skybox chatter, Blake and Shakira combine for Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” You wouldn’t expect a Latin superstar to handle a country song so well, but she does. Even though she has a noticeable accent, Shakira enunciates the lyrics better than some American singers out there. Blake, of course, could probably perform this song while asleep. As an added bonus, you can even see Usher clapping and singing along. If you missed that duet, it’s at the end of this recap.

Team Shakira’s Karina Iglesias has to follow that, with her version of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Hearing that, Adam is disappointed that he let her go. Blake laughs at Adam admitting to his mistake. Everyone thinks Karina did well. Following her is Team Blake’s Justin Rivers, whom Blake has handed Diamond Rio’s “Meet in the Middle.” Usher believes Justin’s performance was cool even though he felt like he was the only person who didn’t know what was going on. Then there’s Adam.

Adam: I like that there’s a country artist that’s genuinely a threat to Blake’s career. That’s kinda awesome.

Shakira takes her team to meet with her choreographer in order to prepare for their performance of “We Are The Champions.” They’re going to have to work hard because the song was already covered well, first by the coaches and then by Season 2′s Tony Vincent. No one can deny they’re trying, but it’s just not the fist-pumping rock anthem this particular song should always be.

NBC has wisely saved two of the stronger artists to the end of the show. The first is Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery, with the Pam Tillis song “Maybe It Was Memphis,” which Blake correctly predicts a lot of peole won’t know.  Those people certainly know the song now as Danielle continues to perform like someone a lot older and more experienced than she is. After Adam jokes that Blake has never said any wise words, he crowns Danielle one of the best singers in the competition, and reminds us all that she’s just sixteen years old. We can now all look back on what we were doing at sixteen and feel inadequate.

Finishing off the night is Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen, with “Oh! Darling.” Juliet Simms pretty much delivered the definitive version of this song in Season 2, but Sasha hits some crazy notes in her version. Adam suggests she could win the show if she were on Carson’s team. Blake laughs at Adam again and continues to do so up until the point where Shakira starts talking. It’s clear that Sasha has won over the coaches, and she probably made a few new fans, too.

You can vote to save your favorites from Team Blake and Team Shakira until tomorrow morning (voting has closed for Team Adam and Team Blake) on nbc.com, Facebook, and iTunes. Once you’ve done that, don’t forget to tune in to a special results show tomorrow night, when four artists will be sent home, leaving your Top 12.

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Episode Recap: Season 4 Knockout Rounds, Part 2

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Team Blake and Team Usher, it’s your turn! After Team Adam and Team Shakira had their ranks thinned last night on The Voice, now it’s time to see who’s left standing from the other two squads.

It’s Team Blake that goes first, and Blake pairs up early favorite Savannah Berry with the guy who shocked us all in battles, Justin Rivers. This could potentially be disaster for him, as both these artists are not to be trifled with. Savannah decides to sing Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Blake wonders if Savannah could be his Justin Bieber. Um, what? Justin picks “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, setting up the battle of country artists singing teen pop. This is not quite as weird as it sounds. Savannah’s arrangement of Bieber turns the song into something totally different, and Justin gets his ballad on pretty well, including a pair of ridiculous notes.

Since this involves Bieber, Carson turns first to Usher, who compliments Savannah’s song choice before being impressed by how long Justin can hold a note. That doesn’t stop him from choosing Savannah, though. Shakira doesn’t offer a choice. Adam reiterates that Justin is the biggest surprise. It’s then time for Blake to make his pick, and in a surprise move for the guy who’s displayed a tendency to go with young country artists, he goes forward with Justin. Did you spot Adam’s mock pout?

Adam: I don’t envy Blake on that one.

Team Usher’s Josiah Hawley must now square off with Jess Kellner. Josiah opts for Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” but he’s got some work to do considering not only how his battle round turned out, but how Bryan Keith told a great story with the song previously. Usher thinks Jess’s choice is pretty interesting: it’s James Morrison’s “You Give Me Something.” In the ring, Josiah can’t actively engage the audience given that he’s behind a guitar and at times, looks like he’s all of an inch from the microphone. Yet the ladies still love him. Jess has more mobility, and proves she has a bit of soul diva in her, but doesn’t get the same reaction from the crowd.

Adam suggests that they should’ve switched songs.  Then there’s a whole conversation about Josiah’s looks.

Shakira: He looks like my boyfriend.
Adam: She’s basically hitting on you right now.
Blake: …It’s weird in here now.

That takes up most of the discussion time. In the end, Usher opts to keep Josiah, sending an emotional Jess home. Given the unique sound we’ve been able to hear from her and how Josiah’s on that line of his singing ability being overshadowed by his looks, that may be Usher’s first major mistake as a Voice coach.

Back to Team Blake. It’s Holly Tucker versus Luke “where did he come from?” Edgemon. Holly confuses Blake for a second by selecting Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Her coach tells her that she has to have more confidence in herself. Having the support of Blake Shelton ought to help with that. Luke, who came over to Team Blake from Team Shakira, makes Blake more confused by saying he wants to do Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Blake compares Luke’s voice to a fist with this gem of a sentence:

Blake: I don’t want you to put me in the hospital. I just want you to beat me up.

There’s no wrong choice in this battle for Blake. Holly clearly has the capacity to be a strong female country singer, with a certain maturity to her performance, like a Martina McBride or even – dare we say – Reba McEntire. Like Savannah before him, Luke takes his song somewhere else entirely, and motivates Adam to immediately start giving Adam unsolicited advice.

Adam: He’s amazing. Don’t be stupid. I’m not playing games.

Usher doesn’t get Luke’s song choice, but Shakira does and so does Adam. Blake doesn’t discount Luke’s performance, but he thinks Holly took more chances than Luke, and ultimately that’s what gets her through to the next round. Adam and Shakira promptly get out of their chairs and continue to argue the point with Blake.

Adam: Let me explain why you’re an idiot. He’s a whole unique thing. He’s original. He’s different.
Blake: All I’m telling you is, you’re miscalculating her.

That doesn’t placate Adam’s disbelief. Moving on, it’s time for more of Team Usher. Audrey Karrasch and Michelle Chamuel are the next singers up, with Usher looking for an “epic performance” between them. Will it be Audrey’s version of “How to Love” by Lil Wayne? Her coach calls it “a little bit all over the place” in rehearsal, so he decides to get up close while she tries it again. That’s not the most unorthodox tactic he tries. As Michelle works on Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” he suggests she jump rope. She counters with push-ups. It’s a singing competition and physical fitness!

Audrey still sounds like she’s straining a little bit during her performance. Michelle doesn’t quite have the attitude that Pink brought to the original version of her song, which is also a big part of what makes that track work so well. Both artists have room for improvement. During Shakira’s comments, Adam doesn’t think Blake should talk about anyone’s dance moves or lack thereof.

Adam: Blake doesn’t move when he’s on stage. He just stands in one place the whole time.

Adam likes Michelle. Blake thinks that it’s like someone told Michelle that she won the lottery just before she went on stage, and he wanted to buy a boat with her. While Adam laughs at that description, Usher names Michelle the winner of the knockout round.

After that, Blake puts together a cute but deadly battle: the much-adored Danielle Bradbery with Taylor Beckham. He thinks both of them have confidence issues and wants to see who can overcome that. Danielle wants to perform Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel,” which another country artist named Jeff Jenkins did in season one. Former Team Usher member Taylor picks Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette.” Danielle gives her best performance yet, rivaling Jeff’s version in terms of sheer power, not to mention that she looks much more grown-up than we’ve seen her before. There’s nothing technically wrong with Taylor’s performance, but there’s also not that same connection with the audience.

Usher doesn’t think Taylor’s song selection gave her enough space, and believes that Danielle won the matchup. Shakira is once again surprised by Danielle’s apparent lack of nerves. Adam agrees that Taylor wasn’t bad, but lacked some confidence, and calls Danielle almost perfect. The decision is pretty clear, and it’s Danielle. Once again, song choice breaks an artist’s chances.

Team Usher’s C. Perkins must now take on Vedo, as Usher decides to start spelling things. C. opts for a Chris Brown song, “She Ain’t You,” but admits to his new coach that he’s not confident in his ability to hit the high note. Don’t worry, C., Usher has some tips for you. He also approves of Vedo’s song choice, “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” by Bryan Adams, which Vedo dedicates to his late mother. But can he control the tremendous emotion that comes with that? C. definitely knows how to work the crowd, and there’s no doubt he can sing, but he seems to miss that aforementioned note – where as Vedo hits a huge one in his heart-melting ballad.

What do the coaches think? Shakira thinks C. shouldn’t quite have worked the crowd so much. Adam thinks Vedo’s song choice showed another side of him. Blake gets C. to tell us that his full first name is Craig, after which Adam suggests that Blake might consider going by his first initial too.

Adam: Maybe you should try that. You need to try something.
Blake: Kiss my ass, Adam.
Adam: That’s a lot of smart talk coming from a guy whose initials are, in fact, BS.

Hilarious banter aside, it’s decision time for Usher, and he keeps Vedo on his team for the live rounds.

Blake’s last pairing is all country: it’s Grace Askew against The Swon Brothers in what he says is a classic country showdown. His description might be slightly flawed, as Grace chooses a song that is not country: Tina Turner’s “I Can’t Stand The Rain.” Blake advises her to enunciate, which he should also tell about half of today’s musical artists. The brothers opt for the Dobie Gray classic “Drift Away.” They show that same ability to connect with the audience that they had when they performed “American Girl” in the blinds. Usher’s even singing along!

When it comes time for comments, he thinks Grace’s choice to play the guitar was a distraction, and gives the round to the duo. Shakira advises Blake that if he wants something different, he needs to go for Grace’s more original sound. Adam sees positives on both sides. So what will Blake do? Joke about how Colton Swon can hit high harmonies.

Blake: There’s no question why his guitar is placed where it is.

Ultimately, though, he gives his final live round spot  to the Swon Brothers. We have our first duo in the live shows since season one! Let’s take a moment to celebrate that, while we also note that Team Blake is, erm, entirely country. Will that lack of diversity be a detriment in the next phase?

Closing out the night and this round of competition are Team Usher’s Ryan Innes and Cathia. Cathia has picked “Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson, and Usher wants to see serious stage presence from the ex-Team Shakira artist. Four-chair singer Ryan arrives with Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want To Be,” which or might be awesome if he can give it enough bite. So essentially, these two have the same challenge in front of them. Cathia impresses Blake and Shakira with her sass. Ryan needs to do with his song what Nakia did with Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” and he certainly tries his best.

Shakira makes up a new word. Adam naturally compares Ryan to Gavin DeGraw’s original, because as has been previously established, he knows Gavin and so he has a certain knowledge of that song. Blake is impressed by Cathia. Usher deliberates, before awarding the last slot in live shows to Cathia.

From 48, you now have your Voice Top 16. If you missed any action, NBC has a handy recap show airing tomorrow night – otherwise, tune in Monday for live shows, when it’s now your turn to decide who ultimately will become The Voice.

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