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One would think after five episodes and three seasons in less than 18 months, The Voice's blind auditions would start to fizzle a bit. Hasn't been the case so far.

The judges are on fire (namely Blake) and the talent keeps pouring in. Let's break down the contestants who advanced last night, with video performances ...

Team Adam Levine

Benji, a former race car driver, slayed with "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Dude just commanded the stage and showed off some seriously impressive range:

Adam also picked up Collin McLoughlin, whose "Wild World" rendition was very good, even if it didn't knock any socks off like Benji. Take a look below ...

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The Voice! Welcome back! It's been so long since we've seen you!

Amid reports that Usher and Shakira are set to replace Christina and Cee Lo next season, the NBC singing competition treated us to its fourth night of blind auditions Monday.

The fourth night of the last eight. Overkill? A little. But entertaining overkill.

There was plenty of talent on display last night, but perhaps the most noteworthy try-out came from a man who failed to turn around a single chair.

Cupid. The man who made the "Cupid Shuffle."

Cupid came on the show to prove to everyone he was more than just a YouTube smash ... only to sing the very song he feels so deeply pigeonholed by!!

The irony is that he didn't sound bad, but missed the chance to take advantage of The Voice's format and audition truly "blind." Not smart, Cupid.

Anyway, on to those who DID move on!

Team Cee Lo Green

The big fella had a big night, picking up JR Aquino, who is in the top 100 most popular artists on YouTube. Here's him doing "Just the Way You Are" ...

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The Voice Season 3 just got underway, but is there already a casting shake-up in the works for Season 4? According to a new report, at least, there may well be:

Usher and Shakira are replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.

Alleged insiders say Shakira and Usher would take the place of Christina and Cee Lo alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton at the end of the current season.

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Earlier this month, Aguilera opened up to Ryan Seacrest about the show, admitting she once viewed her job as a coach on The Voice "kind of like a side project."

"[I thought], 'It'll keep me close to my son [Max, 4] in L.A. I don't have to travel," the Grammy winner said. "Then it kind of took off, and there goes my free time!"

The Voice sources say Christina will use her break from the program to focus on tours and promotional duties surrounding the release of her new album, Lotus.

Christina Aguilera's "Your Body", the first single from the upcoming record, is already out. Green, for his part, is currently working with NBC on a new show.

The rumor comes just as speculation surrounding American Idol's revolving door ends: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will join Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey as judges.

What do you think? Should Usher and Shakira join The Voice?

 

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The Voice vs. The X Factor. Christina vs. Britney.

TV's infatuation with singing competition shows reached its pinnacle last night, with NBC's Voice airing its third episode of the week in what was widely interpreted as a deliberate maneuver to blunt X Factor's season premiere on Fox. To a point, it worked.

Both programs averaged similar ratings (3.3) in the key 18-49 demographic, but The Voice outdrew The X Factor overall, 10.7 million viewers to 7.5 million.

Britney vs. Xtina

The Voice did lose 17 percent of its audience from its Tuesday show and even more from its Season 3 premiere Monday night, while X Factor is back on tonight.

A few more auditions like Jillian Jensen or Jannel Garcia and Simon Cowell's much-hyped, revamped project could be back with a vengeance ... but stay tuned.

Ratings aside, there's certainly been some tension, even gamesmanship between the two shows, with Cowell calling out The Voice on more than one occasion.

Most importantly, which singing competition do you like better? Vote!

 

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The Voice's epic first week came to an end last night, and the clear winner - aside from the contestants who actually get to move on - is Christina Aguilera.

Following Monday's The Voice Season 3 premiere and Tuesday night's hour-long episode, Wednesday again saw Xtina clean up against her fellow coaches.

Maybe she's just that popular, despite not winning either season? Or getting more screen time early on to blunt the impact of Britney Spears on X Factor?

Whatever the reason, she is picking up aspiring singing stars left and right in Season 3. Read our recap below to see which blind auditions made the cut!

The Voice Season 3 Photo

Team Christina Aguilera

Christina increased her team to seven members, most notably with Nelly's Echo, whose take on "Ain't No Sunshine" won over both Xtina and Adam.

Obviously, Aguilera won out, and enlisted this act:

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The Voice's blind auditions continued Tuesday night, the second installment of what will be a three-part Voice Season 3 premiere extravaganza week.

Only 5-6 performances were aired during this truncated, hour-long episode, but some of those blindly auditioning made their mark just the same.

Who was 2-for-2 in landing the contestants they coveted? Who came away empty last night and what singer was a cross between Bieber and Potter?

Read our recap below to see who made the cut!

Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine

Team Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera started off the night by snagging Adriana Louise, who got all four of the coaches to turn around by singing Jessie J's "Domino." 

Xtina also landed Aquile, beating out Adam and CeeLo for the rights to this singer. Watch both of their performances below and tell us: Who's better?

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The Voice returned for Season 3 last night, premiering in the fall for the first time (perhaps to stir up unfriendly competition and level The X Factor).

For whatever reason, Blake Shelton's folksy, borderline inappropriate wise cracks are back, along with Cee Lo Green's eccentricities and cockatoos.

Christina Aguilera's booty is off the charts (in a good way), and Adam Levine continues to impress in his role as a judge, mentor and showman.

Oh yeah, the blind auditions were pretty cool too.

Aguilera on The Voice

Team Christina Aguilera

The format is the same: With their backs turned to a singing hopeful, the judges turn around if they like what they see ... er, what they don't see.

If more than one turns around, then the candidate gets to choose his or her coach. Xtina got her first team member Monday night with De'Borah.

Her buzz cut and hot pink ensemble won't be a turn-off here folks, because they can't see! Not that her take on "Hey Soul Sister" wasn't well done.

Devyn Deloera also joined Xtina's roster, following a rousing rendition of "Ain't No Other Man" no less. Devyn is sure to be a favorite (among guys).

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A few days prior to their season premieres, the rivalry between The Voice and The X Factor is growing seriously intense.

First, the NBC competition announced it would air a special Wednesday installment next week, a programming decision clearly aimed at hurting the opening edition of The X Factor Season 2, which kicks off September 12.

Simon Cowell's response? Citing a "gentleman's agreement" between programs, he blasted the move as "cynical, cold-hearted" and an "unprofessional way of doing business."

The X Factor Team

Going off to TMZ, Cowell said this is a "dirty" last second trick by NBC and added that one of his new judges will be especially angry over the counter-programming.

"Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina - who has been a bit of a rival - isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own."

Why does Simon think The Voice is going up against The X Factor's premier? Because it's scared, of course.

"The reason they've done this is they don't want people to see X Factor because they've heard how good the series is. They don't want their audience to see Britney Spears. They don't want their audience to see Demi Lovato."

Ummm... of course NBC doesn't want its audience to watch a Fox program. Not exactly breaking news there, Simon.

Which of these competitions will you tune in for next week?

 

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Christina Aguilera is one attractive woman, but the airbrushing she gets in these two new promotional shots for The Voice makes her borderline unrecognizable.

On her own and with her cohorts, the 31-year-old looks great with her wavy hair, custom Xtina bling, and a piano-themed, black-and-white slimming dress.

And Photoshop. Lots and lots of Photoshop.

  • Christina Aguilera, The Voice
  • Voice Season 3 Pic

We'll never quite understand the need to doctor images of someone so pretty already (see Christina Aguilera photos), but such is life for PR folks.

The singer will reportedly perform her new song, "Your Body," on The Voice when it comes back in September - its first season premiering in the fall.

Are you excited for the NBC singing competition's next go-around?

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Chris Mann of The Voice is engaged! To Laura Perloe!

The singing show's finalist accompanied her to the L.A. premiere of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World on Monday - Perloe plays a small role - and broke the news.

Mann said they got engaged four weeks ago. Nice!

Laura Perloe, Chris Mann

"He had just gotten of The Voice, so it had been craziness," Perloe said.

"We decided we wanted to take a few days to ourselves and go up to Napa and just kind of relax ... Reconnect with each other. We went to one of our favorite Vineyards and he did it the old fashioned way... got down on one knee!"

"It was nice," Mann, who ultimately lost out to Jermaine Paul, but won in life, agreed. "It was our first time alone in six months because it was chaotic. Now it's fun."

Congratulations!

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