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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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The Voice revealed its final four last night, with the judges (in two of four cases anyway) weighing in to influence the results. Who moved on to the finals?

The coaches had to split 100 points between their two singers. Combined with America's votes, those point totals would determine which would move on.

Of course, two copped out and awarded them 50-50, which shouldn't even be allowed. If you're not going to go at least 51-49, why even have this step?

In any event, Christina gave Chris Mann and Lindsey Pavao each 50 points.

"I really wanted America ... to be the deciding factor in this case," she said, leaving it up to the voters, who kept opera singer Mann and sent Pavao home.

Adam Levine, despite saying that "both of you guys have improved so much and come into your own," gave Tony Lucca a 60-40 edge over Katrina Parker.

That was enough to propel Tony into next week's season finale.

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The remaining eight contestants on The Voice – two from each coach's team – gave what could be their final performances during Monday's semifinals.

With the season finale set for next Tuesday night, audience votes plus scores from their respective coaches will determine which four singers advance.

Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green will have a chance to weight their hopefuls' chances tonight. Who will they favor?

From Team Blake, Erin Willett became overwhelmed with emotion after a powerful performance of David Guetta's current radio hit, "Without You."

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"I just emotionally kind of got lost," a tearful Erin, who lost her dad during the competition, revealed to MC Carson Daly after the stirring performance.

"I would give anything to have a tenth of the talent that you have," said Shelton, in what may be his highest praise. "Your singing is unbelievable."

Shelton, whose own father passed away in January, added: "But more than that, Erin, I'd give anything to have the strength that you have."

"I know what that song means to you," the country star added. "It means the same thing to me right now also. And you held it together."

Still, it was Team Blake's other semifinalist, Jermaine Paul, whom Shelton described as the "frontrunner" after a heartfelt take on Journey's "Open Arms."

"Jermaine is the guy," Shelton told his protégé. "Every time you get on stage, you separate yourself a little bit more from the rest of the pack."

Adam Levine begged to differ.

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After Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green sent home Pip and James Massone, respectively, in The Voice's instant elimination round Monday, they had to turn around and cut another contestant apiece on last night's results show.

Tony Lucca (Adam) and Jamar Rogers (Cee Lo) advanced from America's votes.

That left Mathai and Katrina Parker to sing for Adam's save, with Cheesa and Juliet Simms battling for Cee Lo's spot in the semifinals. Who moved on?

Mathai sang a spirited version of Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" but it was Katrina Parker's version of "Perfect" by Pink that won over the panel.

Adam struggled with the decision but finally chose Katrina to continue on.

"I'm shocked and obviously very happy," Katrina said, fighting through the tears. "This is very bittersweet because I'm very attached to Mathai."

Mathai, for her part, was a class act as she thanked Adam, the show and America for "showing me how much I want to sing for the rest of my life."

As for Team Cee Lo, Cheesa and Juliet went toe to toe with the former belting out Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone" and the latter "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia.

Cee Lo hammed and hawed a bit, but he ultimately saved Juliet from elimination, citing the extent to which America has rallied around her this spring.

Not enough to save her with their votes, but still, point taken. Do you think Adam and Cee Lo made the right calls? Who will win The Voice? Tell us below!

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At least after last week's instant elimination twist was sprung on Xtina and Blake, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green knew it was coming last night on The Voice.

But that didn't make it any easier.

Their teams performed Monday night on The Voice, going all out with a wide variety of performances that crossed many genres and tugged at heartstrings.

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Team Cee Lo's Jamar Rogers started the night off with a bang, performing "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. "You are such a strong, such a sweet spirit," coach Cee Lo told Jamar, who is HIV positive. "We can't help but all be inspired by [you]."

Katrina Parker sang "Jar of Hearts" and thrilled the judges by coming out of her shell. "It's like seeing you and hearing you for the first time," Cee Lo said. "You have one of the best voices now," Adam said. "You've evolved so much."

Matthai performed "I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado, though some didn't think she truly connected. Ditto James Massone on "Just the Way You Are."

Mousketeer Tony Lucca pulled off a rocking version of "... Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. "That was really smart," Blake Shelton said.

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