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I'm currently looking for some new writers in order to expand the blog given that I can't post the amount of things I'd like to. So if you are interested in writing about anything related to music (news, TV shows, album reviews, introducing artists) just drop me an email to musicisthedoor@gmail.com and we can discuss some of your ideas.

X Factor Germany 2012: Judges Houses

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We were presented to a revamped bootcamp last week. The addition of the duos added some drama to the show, with loads of artists forgetting their lyrics, but it also brought some unfairness. The top 24 will move on to the JH tonight, with only 12 moving on to the liveshows. Who'll shock us? Who'll crumble under the pressure? ... It's time to face the music!

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Introducing: The Glee Project's Nellie Veitenheimer

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Musical TV shows are extremely popular right now. There's Idol, The Voice, The X Factor and many many more. A very interesting show is The Glee Project. A Glee spin off, TGP is slowly becoming even better and more exciting than his bigger brother. It's a crossover between musical and reality show full of bright young talents. The winner gets a role in Glee, the others a chance for the world to see them. And I wanted you to see this year's fan favourite, Nellie Veitenheimer, who happens to be my own favourite too. 

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 6

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 9 Perform

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Last week two of Andreas's girls found themselves in the bottom 2. Molly Sanden's sister Frida and Manda faced each other in the sing off, with the four judges deciding to keep Manda over Frida. Only 9 contestants remain in the competition and by the end of the night, only 8 will continue. Or will they? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 6 Perform: Made in Australia

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Frontrunner Bella Ferraro found herself in the B2 with returning group Fourtunate last week but luckily, the judges were wise enough to save her. That means a fantastic group left the competition and Shiane and Jason both got to stay in the competition. Will it finally be the night one of them gets the boot? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 5

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 10 Perform: Halloween Week

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Another week, another slightly disappointing result as MK1 left us against Kye sones in the sing-off but hopefully Halloween week will finally see some of the deadwood such as Rylan head home. However, already, it's not without its' controversies as an announcement this afternoon revealed that Lucy Spraggan will receive a bye into next week's show because of an illness. Diana Vickers anyone? It's Time To Face The Music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 12 Perform

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This weekend something important is happening in Ukraine. And no, I'm not talking about the elections for government. I'm talking about the XF first liveshow! For me the most exciting part is too see how the contestants have been polished. It's only been a week for us since we've learnt the names of our lucky twelve, but for them it was much longer. So what's happened in the meantime? Let's find out!

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Live at Academy 2, Dublin: Bastille, Orla Gartland and Swiss Lips

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It was definitely no surprise that this gig was a sell out. With three outstanding acts to perform in such an intimate venue, it was bound to be a gig to remember.

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Introducing: Hudson Taylor

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Dublin brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor have been uploading videos to Youtube, and gigging on a small scale for a number of years now, and it seems it's paying off. From starting out busking on the streets (...or poles and bins in Harry's case!) of Dublin, and uploading videos to Youtube, to now being included in the line-up for the Cheerios Childline Concert 2012, is some achievement.

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 4

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Judges Houses

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This isn't my favourite stage of competition, if  I'm honest. Too much is going on in a short amount of time, we're always missing someone and a lot of people forget the lyrics and many people fail (it hurts to watch such things from someone we fell in love with). But no matter how I feel, the contestants still need to face this stage of the competition. Who'll survive and move on to the JH, who'll fail miserably? ... It's time to face the music!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: The Battles

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With the auditions already over and the liveshows only days away, I decided it was about time that we took a deeper look at this year battles round. Favourites crumbled, bad decisions were made and new favourites surged but did your favourite survived? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 7 Perform: Latest and Greatest

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Soul singer Angel Tupai was sent packing after ending in the B2 last week with Samantha Jade, who was also in the B2 for the second time. Tonight, the remaining 7 contestants will be singing songs from the past 5 years, so we can finally expect some current songs from The Collective and Jason!  ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 11 Perform: Club Classics

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Well the show really is digging its' own grave at the moment isn't it? After a promising start, they ditched Carolynne and then last week, Melanie, two amazing acts gone in two weeks over two ridiculous acts, Rylan and District 3. It doesn't help that Louis and now Tulisa seem to think the 'sing-off' doesn't really hinge on the singing part. Melanie literally blew District 3 off the stage and then some more in her sing for survival yet apparently we'd much rather see dull, old-fashioned, generic boybands than bluesy, authentic rock and soul singers like Melanie who was also very likable and down to earth. Anyway, we also have to lay some of the blame to the teenagers who are using the new, ridiculous voting system to get their votes in for all the 'well fit' teenage singers. Obviously and sadly, ears don't develop fully in puberty until they age of about 16 or 17. Anyway, moving on, we still have a few stand-outs like Jade and James left, if either leave tonight, I'm going to throw something at my TV hoping it will go through the screen and knock one of the producers out. With club classics being tonight's theme, how relevant will the songs be? Not very relevant is the answer. Expect to hear Lucy singing original song 'Club Song', Jahmene belting out 'I Will Always Love You' and District 3 tackling club classic 'One Thing'. Oops, think I let the cat out of the bag ... It's Time To Face The Music!

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 3

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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Little Mix: "DNA" Video

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With their album set to hit the stores on November 19, the XF UK S8 winners are debuting their sophomore single, the title track of their album, "DNA". While the song will be released on November 11, the music video is already available. The girls may have tricked you to believe they are innocent cute little girls but they are anything but sweet on this Sin City looking new video. The song, which was co-written by the girls, sounds a lot like their XF "ET" performance, which was by far one of their best during the season, with it's synth pop gothic style and the powerful vocals, that make the song interesting and different from anything other girlbands have released before. Given that their first single "Wings", which debuted at #1, became the best selling group single of 2012 and since "DNA" is a much better track, I'm confident it'll also become a hit.

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 10 Perform

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Marie almost lost her second group in a row last week, when Hey Mary faced the struggling Over Freja Modin in the B2. The judges decided to save the retro girlband, sending the blond singer packing. Only 10 remain now. Who'll succeed? Who'll crumble? ... It's time to face the music!

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Nicole Sabouné: "Unseen Footage From A Forthcoming Funeral" Video

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You might remember Nicole from her recent stint on The Voice of Sweden's inaugural season. She was one of Ola Salo's acts and got to the semi-finals thanks to her quirky style. With the help of her mentor, Nicole presents us her debut single, "Unseen Footage From A Forthcoming Funeral", which was composed by The Ark's frontman himself and released this past October 17.  But if you are expecting the indie goddess that wowed us with her heart wrenching performances, prepare yourself to be disappointed. That doesn't mean that this isn't a little gem, it's just something completely different from what you, and I, were expecting. It's a quick-paced alternative rock track, presented in a very Lana Del Rey-ish way, with a black and white music video with lots of footage, which sounds about right looking at the song's title. Nicole's range has always been impressive and here her voice's also got a sassy punk I've never seen on her before. Add to that the surprising catchiness of this song, and you could have a hit.

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Bootcamp

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This isn't my favourite stage of competition, if  I'm honest. Too much is going on in a short amount of time, we're always missing someone and a lot of people forget the lyrics and many people fail (it hurts to watch such things from someone we fell in love with). But no matter how I feel, the contestants still need to face this stage of the competition. Who'll survive and move on to the JH, who'll fail miserably? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 2

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Russia Season 1: The Blind Auditions

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 UPDATE: Yoli won't be writing this until the auditions are over cause she can't find the videos. She'll write The Best of the Blind Auditions instead.

The Voice has infected a lot of countries like a virus. The idea itself is so beautifully simple, celebrate the voice, no matter how the person looks like. I often wish we'd be able not to see the contestants either but that wouldn't be good TV, maybe a  good idea for a radio show? Let's introduce our coaches. First we have Dima Bilan (Дима Билан), who represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 and won it in 2008 in Belgrade. He's joined by Leonid Agutin (Леонид Агутин), a Russian singer-songwriter and Alexander Gradskiy (Александр Градский), a Russian rock legend. The judges panel is completed by Pelageya (Пелагея), a folk singer and the only female judge. Ok, let's start now!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 11 Perform

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Marie's group NJOY was the first act eliminated during last week's result show, which saw the girlband facing Freja Modin  during the sing-off. The judges supported the blond singer, who eventually made it through to the Top 11. Well, also have Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen performing her newest single "Crying Out Your Name" tonight, so watch out for that! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 8 Perform: The 80s

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Carmelo Munzone returned to the competition only to be eliminated three weeks later, but that's better than not even being a finalist, right? The theme for tonight is the 80s, which despite being completely boring, doesn't seem to be disappearing anytime soon. Will someone succeed at reworking a classic? Will we witness another trainwreck? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 12 Perform: Love & Heartbreak

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Well what can be said about last week's show other than that it was shameful? What an absolute farce, there's no way in hell that Carolynne deserved to go and certainly not in thos circumstances, against Rylan of all people. I need not just blame the public alone as obviously producers knew what they had to do to produce the desired result, change the voting format so people can vote for their favourites before anyone has sung, give her a strange VT, make her sing a country version of a dance-pop song and then make sure the most gullible judge takes the vote to deadlock. Unless you haven't noticed, I'm not very pleased. Hopefully tonight, as the remaining twelve contestants perform 'Love And Heartbreak' songs, we see the RIGHT result come tomorrow night, I won't be holding my breath.
  
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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: The Blind Auditions

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The Voice of Denmark is back for a second shorter season. Lene Nystrøm, Sharin Foo and L.O.C. are returning to the judging panel, with Steen Jørgensen leaving and being replaced by Danish singer Xander. An interesting fact, Xander is Anne Linnet's son, who'll be joining the Danish XF next year. Host Morten Resen is also out, with Felix Smith, who has hosted the Danish Melodi Grand Prix on three occasions, 2009, 2010 and 2011; stepping in. But don't be tricked, just because the season will be shorter it doesn't mean that the talent will be worse, in fact, I'm sure that we'll get an even more talented bunch of contestants this time around. It's Denmark after all! ... This is The Voice!

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Interview: Orla Gartland

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 It’s fair to say it’s been a very busy year for Dublin singer/songwriter, Orla Gartland. Having played a tonne of gigs over the last few months, within Ireland and the UK, Orla is set to play her second ever headline show, in London at the end of the month. Before opening for Bastille, to a massive crowd in the Academy 2, I got the chance to catch up with Orla and ask her a few questions.

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The Voice US Season 3: The Battles Part 1

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64 contestants moved on but after the battles end only 5 per team will move on to the next round (I think that's right, this show is so confusing this year!) With the addition of a new twist, the steal, the losing battle contestants will have another shot to make it into the liveshows. Adam will be joined by Mary J Blige, Blake by Michael Buble, Ceel by Rob Thomas and Christina will get the help of Billie Joe Armstrong. Who'll crumble under the pressure? Who'll emerge victorious? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 3 Perform: The Grand Finale

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With Allen Sta Maria's elimination last week, only 3 contestants remain and after tonight, one of the will be crowned the winner of the 1st season of the XF Philippines. Will it be the clear frontrunner throughout the competition, KZ Tandingan? Or teen heartthrob Gabriel Maturan? Or could dark horse Daddy's Home take the prize? ... It's time to face the muisc!

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X Factor Germany 2012: Bootcamp

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The auditions brought us the addition of the Xs and the jokers. Tonight, we are presented to a whole new bootcamp stage! VOX is pulling all the stops to make the XF better but is it really succeeding at it? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: The Auditions

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UPDATE: Kiev auditions, Episode 6, added. 

Hello my fellow XF enthusiasts, I'm Olia from Ukraine and I'm gonna be writing the recaps for the XF Ukranie's third season. First of all, I'd like to introduce the judging panel. My favourite judge is Sergey Sosedov (Сергей Соседов), a music critic who's openly gay (it's not a common thing in Ukraine or Russia). You can either love him or hate him but you can't be indifferent. His comments are beautifully unpredictable - we've seen musical lectures, fangirling and long passionate speeches. The second best judge is Seryoga (Серёга), a successful Belorussian rapper, highly charismatic, who often makes poems or slogans of acts and judges. He was also the winner of the second season, with Victor Romanchenko from the Overs. The other judges are Igor Kondratyuk (Игорь Кондратюк), who is also a judge in Ukraine's Got Talent, and Irina Dubcova (Ирина Дубцова), a former music reality contestant. So without more talking, let's get right into the action ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 12 Perform

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We saw some weird decision being made during the Judges Houses, with the judges sending home early favourites like Sabina, Sara, Kristin, Lukas and Adam. But that is now in the past. With the top 12 now selected, it's time for them to take the stage and face the public vote. Who'll be first to get the axe? Who'll be the unexpected dark horse? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Audiions 7

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It's the last week of auditions and the judges will fight for the latest batch of contestants in order to complete their teams ahead of next week battles. Will we end on a high note? Or will we face a disappointment? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 9 Perform: Legends

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Last weeks result show was sublime. Justin Standley was finally sent home when he faced judges fave Angel Tupai in the B2, leaving us with an almost perfect Top 9. We still need to get rid of Jason, but there's always time for that tonight. The theme this week is "legends", much like the heroes theme on the XF UK first liveshow. We'll have Madonna, Coldplay, The Beatles and much more today, you don't want to miss it! ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions Ranking

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Since I didn't write most of the Blind Auditions recaps, I decided to do a ranking just to let you know who my faves are. The Battles start tonight and with them more than half the contestants will be going home. Let's just hope it's not anyone in my top 10, though they probably will.

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 13 Perform: Heroes

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We've already met twelve of our top thirteen acts after Tulisa, Gary, Nicole and Louis chose their contestants for the live shows in last week's Judges Houses but for one of Adam Burridge, Times Red, Amy Mottram and Christopher Maloney, it will be second time lucky as the winner of the wildcard vote will join the other contestants in the line-up. With the theme celebrating the OIympics Success this summer with inspirational songs and songs by musical heroes, who will get gold and who will have a false start? It's Time To Face The Music!

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X Factor Philippines 2012: Top 4 Recap

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Jeric Medina, who was considered a front runner, left the competition last week after yet another average performance. Only 4 remain now and the stakes are higher than ever since only 3 of them can advance to next week's big finale. Who will it be? Balladeer Gabriel Maturan? Cutie Allen Sta Maria? Quirky KZ Tandingan? Or the one group left, Daddy's Home? ... It's time to face the muisc!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Judges Houses

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There were no major shockers during bootcamp, with most of the fan favourites making it through. Now the remaining 24 contestants will be joining their mentors at their houses. The Girls will be mentored by Andreas who'll be helped by Axwell from Swedish House Mafia, the  Boys by Ison with the support of Stor and Leona Lewis, the  Overs by Orup joined by Eric Gaad and the Groups will be coached by Marie who's getting help from EMD. Will the judges make the right decision? Will your faves move on to the liveshows? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 8

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Kody realized he couldn't really recap the show as he committed to do, so I'll be taking over the writing duties for both The Voice and The XF US this season, but if anyone is interested in the job, I'll be more than glad to hand it over. I don't eventually feature the unsuccessful auditionees but since Kody's been doing it, I'll also do it. So that's basically why this episode's been posted so late. ... This is The Voice!

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Nirvana: The Music Lives On

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The late 1980’s, early 1990’s, was a major era in the trans­form­a­tion of music, we all know that. But why? Although Nirvana weren’t com­pletely ori­ginal and not the first to do what they did, people listened. They, above any­one else, had the abil­ity to shock an audience This is what Kurt did, it was what he was born to do, and still, today, the further we get from Kurt’s death, the more bands we can find like Nirvana.

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The Voice US Season 3: Blind Auditions 7

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Kody realized he couldn't really recap the show as he committed to do, so I'll be taking over the writing duties for both The Voice and The XF US this season, but if anyone is interested in the job, I'll be more than glad to hand it over. I don't eventually feature the unsuccessful auditionees but since Kody's been doing it, I'll also do it. So that's basically why this episode's been posted so late. ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Blind Audiions 6

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Loads of acts coloured our screens last week, with the likes of  Anneloes Wigboldus and Loes van de Mars both impressing the audience with their renditions of "People help the people" and "More" respectively and former Idol contestant David Gonçalves making a triumphant return. Will we witness another magical moment tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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Interview: Brian Reilly

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Welcome our newest writer, Wynona Grant!

Youtube sensation, and Dublin singer/songwriter, Brian Reilly, better known as BriBry, recently released his latest singles ‘Everything’ and ‘Your Life Over Mine’ on iTunes. Both songs have received a majorly positive response, and it is clear that Brian is well on his way to major success with his music. In the recent weeks, Brian kindly agreed to answer some questions I, and I’m sure many others, had been dying to ask him.

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 10 Perform: Top 10 Hits

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We were in for a major shocker last week when judges favourite What About Tonight ended in the bottom 2 with Over Nathaniel Willemse. The judges decided to go to deadlock, revealing that WAT had received the least amount of votes, thus leaving the competition. The Top 10 will be singing, coincidentally, top 10 hits. Who end up being a one hit wonder? ... It's time to face the music!

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