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‘The Voice’ Crowns Craig Wayne Boyd The Winner & Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Hozier, Meghan Trainor Perform: Watch

Craig Is The Champion!
14 Overlooked Albums From 2014
14 Overlooked Albums From 2014
Did you miss the fact that these albums came out? Revisit the forgotten ones.

How time flies on The Voice. One day, there are countless hopefuls whose names will be forgotten in an instant, and the next there are just four…whose names will take slightly longer to forget. (I kid! I kid!) The final four all broke into the iTunes Top 10 last night with their original singles, a first for the show. In fact, Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” knocked Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” out of first place on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Perhaps this is the season where a real star is born.

Speaking of real stars: Tuesday night’s finale was full of them! Coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine got to kick back in their red chairs for most of the finale, while A List talent including Hozier, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Jessie J took the stage. So hey, three runners up, you may not have won The Voice, but you had backstage passes to a pretty great Jingle Ball, right? More »


‘The Voice’: Watch The Finalists Perform Original Songs, Including Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love”

Did Matt Already Win?
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: Our 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the 20 best singles from the past 12 months.

Last night, three contestants from Team Adam Levine and one from Team Blake Shelton competed to be the Season 7 champ on The Voice, while eliminated coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell watched in bitter awe of the veterans. Speaking of bitter awe, Danielle Bradbury stopped by to show her new tattoo that reads, “God is greater than the highs and lows,” which sparked a little concern for how the former champ’s life has been going post-Voice. At least she has a new gig opening for Miranda Lambert’s tour. Stay strong, Danielle.

Contestants Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew wrapped up their last performance show on The Voice with a new original song, a coach duet and a bonus song that pretty much just filled time. All four contestants were charting on the iTunes Top Songs chart, with Matt McAndrew’s new number falling only one behind Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” as of the end of the east coast broadcast. Hold on to that high, kids, because three of you are going to have a disappointing night on Tuesday. More »


‘The Voice’: Team Adam’s Damien Returns Thanks To The Wildcard, Performs Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”

Welcome Back, Sir
2014′s 10 Best Albums
2014′s 10 Best Albums
Idolator's editors pick their 10 favorite albums of the year.

Tuesday night wasn’t a typical results show for The Voice. In fact, even after all was said and done, only three out of the four finalists were announced! After giving us the three that were voted through from the semi-finals, and the nine performances from the remaining Top 12 that followed, The Voice ended on what should really be described as an historic cliffhanger…

…or at least a really annoying use of network synergy. Instead of announcing the fourth finalist on The Voice, Carson Daly announced the fourth finalist on the Today Show, forcing all of the Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton fans out there to cross over into Matt Lauer’s world.

Clever, NBC. Very clever…but don’t pull this again in the actual finals. More »


‘The Voice’: Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe Do “Lonely Tonight,” Chris Jamison Kills Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man”

Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
What was your favorite album of the year? Vote & let us know!

Adam Levine was sitting pretty on The Voice Monday night, and not just because he’s actually pretty: the veteran coach boasted a whopping three out of five semi-finalists! Adam certainly had an edge over Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, each with only one contestant to speak of, and definitely over Pharrell, whose only shot at a Voice trophy is tomorrow night’s Top 12 return twist (or Ebay).

Before the Adam-centric competition night (which, yes, included a Maroon 5 cover) commenced, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe of The Pistol Annies performed their duet “Lonely Tonight.” It was even better than Blake’s “Just A Fool” duet with Christina Aguilera (which set a low-ish bar), and was a great way to reycle that Pinterest barn constructed for Craig Wayne Boyd last week. More »


‘The Voice’: RaeLynn Returns To Perform “God Made Girls” While Christina Grimmie Is Back “With Love”

Oh, So *That's* Why God Made Girls...

Monday night was a homecoming of sorts on The Voice! No, this was not that awkward moment where coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton explain to Carson Daly that there’s no room in their limo to the big dance, but rather where contestants of yesteryear make their big comebacks to where it all began (and, for the most part, where it all ended). Here, they entertained the Top 8 before three were eliminated, and gave them a ghosts of Christmas future-esque peek at what they have to look forward to post-Voice. More »


‘The Voice’: Watch Gwen Stefani Perform “Spark The Fire” & Nick Jonas Sing “Jealous”

Spark The Fire!

It was a milestone type of evening on Monday’s episode of The Voice. Not only did Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams (finally) grace the audience with the live premiere of “Spark The Fire,” but also the series reached 20 million contestant songs downloaded on iTunes! Gwen, Pharrell, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine started the show onstage to congratulate themselves thank the fans for this accomplishment, which had the added benefit of showcasing Gwen’s white hot pantsuit. Win-win, really. More »


‘The Voice’: Watch Taylor Swift Return To Belt Out “Blank Space”

'The Voice': Christina Mentors Gwen's Team
'The Voice': Christina Mentors Gwen's Team
Xtina returns to 'The Voice' to help Gwen Stefani's crew of singers.

For everyone who spent the weekend worrying that the Voice contestants would not have a Thanksgiving feast, you may now rest easy. Well, not about how you prioritize your worries, but about the whole Thanksgiving thing. All of the Top 10 contestants who gathered for what they thought to be Friendsgiving were surprised by the presence of their parents. What an adorable way to fill the massive amounts of time that The Voice needs to fill during the results show.

An even better way to fill said time? Performances by Taylor Swift, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams — all of whom brought their talents to Tuesday’s episode. More »


‘The Voice’: Christina Aguilera Returns To Mentor Team Gwen Stefani In Place Of Absent Meghan Trainor

OMG OMG OMG

Isn’t Thanksgiving supposed to be the holiday du jour? Because it seems like it was replaced when Christmas came early Monday night. Instead of Meghan Trainor – who Carson Daly announced last week would be mentoring Team Gwen Stefani – Christina Aguilera graced The Voice Top 10 with her mentoring presence!

All due respect to Meghan Trainor and that bass she’s all about, but Xtina was a fairly major upgrade. Beyond Xtina, music legend Diana Ross came aboard to mentor Team Pharrell, and legendary producer Clive Davis gave some words of wisdom to the contestants. The ever-so-slightly less legendary Colbie Caillat and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump rounded out the guest mentor lineup for coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, respectively. As if there wasn’t enough pressure on the contestants in these live rounds. More »


‘The Voice’: Gwen Stefani & Her Team Sing Blondie’s “The Tide Is High,” Ella Henderson Performs “Ghost”

Blonde On Blonde

“It’s too intense! It’s too much!” exclaims coach Gwen Stefani of the Live Elimination on The Voice. Though she’s talking about the suspense that surrounds possibly losing one of her contestants, the same could be said of the not just one, but two major announcements regarding the ever-evolving show format!

To start with, Carson Daly lets it be known that the contestants eliminated between now and the final four will compete to rejoin the (actual) final three in a new “wildcard” slot. This bring-back – the first in Voice history – feels very X Factor, but it’s not The Voice without mid-season rule changes…

…or mid-season mentors! Pharrell Williams announces at the top of the show that the legendary Diana Ross will be appearing on The Voice next week to further mentor his team. Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will mentor Teams Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, so…Pharrell wins on that front. More »


‘The Voice’: Watch Chris Jamison Belt Out Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” & Matt McAndrew Do Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”

You're so sexy/beautiful...

Getting through a whopping 12 performances proved to be quite a challenge on Monday’s episode of The Voice. Typically verbose coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani had to keep it brief, both for fear of Carson Daly’s wrath, and for the sake of ending the show before the barely anticipated premiere of State Of Affairs.

Ultimately, they made it through all 12 — along with a requisite promotional appearance by Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard — with what appeared to be only one skipped commercial break. More »


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