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On the heels of news that NBC renewed The Voice for two more seasons came another round of blind auditions Tuesday. While the process is starting to drag, these singers made up for it.

In particular, Cassadee Pope made up for it.

Team Blake Shelton

Cassadee's powerhouse rendition of "Torn" got all four judges to turn around in rapid succession, a bit surprising given how discerning they've seemed with other capable vocalists.

Pope, who once toured with Fall Out Boy, ultimately went with Blake.

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The Voice Season 3 teams are almost set, which is probably a good thing as the blind auditions lose a little bit of their luster (a little bit) by the third week, which we're in now.

That said, they're still fun. Let's break down last night's by team...

Team Christina Aguilera

Her body turned around for Dez Duron (above, who returned from last season's near-miss and advanced this year with his take on "Sara Smile." That IS a good-looking dude, Blake!

Latin singer Laura Vivas and Jordan Pruitt, who used to tour with Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and the Cheetah Girls, made the team next. Take a look at Jordan's effort:

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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'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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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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