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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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The Voice crowned a season two champion last night, but long before Carson Daly announced this contestant's name, it was clear who the real winners were on the evening:

Beliebers across the land.

That's because the sensational singer took to the stage and performed his latest hit live... while sporting gold sneakers! It's something only Justin Bieber can pull off, but he pulled it off well.

With his new album due out on June 19, watch the recent high school graduate bring his A game on a rendition of "Boyfriend" below. A, of course, standing for adorable.

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After an amazing run, Jermaine Paul, Tony Lucca, Chris Mann and Juliet Simms learned who would emerge triumphant on The Voice's final results show.

On Tuesday's live Season 2 finale, their coaches – Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green – seemed as nervous as their singers.

"I truly believe that any one of these four deserve to win," Levine said at the start of the show, but obviously, only one could be. And that person is ..

Jermaine Paul! The former back-up singer for Alicia Keys has won Season 2 of The Voice and been signed to Universal Republic Records as a result!

Before reprising his moving performance of "I Believe I Can Fly" from the night before, an emotional Paul, a father of four, embraced his coach, Blake.

A proud Shelton shouted, "You did it! You did it!"

Juliet Simms of Team Cee Lo placed second, while Team Adam's Tony Lucca landed in third, followed by Chris Mann of Team Christina in fourth.

What do you think? Did America get it right?

 

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The four finalists on the second season of The Voice - Jermaine Paul, Tony Lucca, Chris Mann and Juliet Simms - gave their last performances Monday.

The winner will be announced this evening, based solely on audience votes. No coaches' input. Who will emerge victorious on the singing competition?

Not Tony Lucca, if Christina Aguilera has anything to say about it.

Tensions continued to flare between Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine's protege, a former Mousketeer who Xtina has had it out for all season.

After Tony Lucca offered a bluesy take on Jay-Z's "99 Problems" for his final performance, Xtina criticized him over the hip hop classic's lyrics.

The chorus? "I got 99 problems but a b!tch ain't one."

"Your beautiful wife and daughter and family are here and I just thought, you know, the lyrical connotation was a little derogatory towards women."

"It's called a metaphor," Levine responded, insisting that the line was referring not to women, but "life getting at you, things bringing you down."

"We're not referring to women. We're referring to everything."

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