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X Factor US Season 2: Top 8 Perform: Number Ones

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Two of Brit's Teens were eliminated last week, Arin Ray and Beatrice Miller, leaving each judge with 2 acts each. The remaining 8 contestants will be taking on Number one hits tonight and for the third time this season, two of them will be waving goodbye. Who'll make it to the Top 6?  ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Top 8 Perform

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Xtina lost another team member when Sylvia Yacoub was eliminated along with Bryan Keith from Team Adam, which came as a shocker to most. None is safe. We are down to 8 now and by the end of the week, only 6 will remain. Will Xtina lose her last contestant? Will Adam and Blake be left with no team? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 2: Ricky Martin Replacing Keith Urban

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Since Keith Urban is stepping down as coach to join S12 of American Idol, there's a spot left on The Voice Australia's judging panel. Seal, Delta and Joel are all set to return for a second season. Today, November 29th, it has been announced that Puerto Rican pop singer and actor, Ricky Martin will be joining the series, in what sounds like a weird addition to the panel. I was hoping they went for Kylie, since she's arguably Australia's biggest star but she probably declined the offer. That means Delta is the only Australian judge, with Seal being British, Joel American and now Ricky, who's Puerto Rican. What do you think of the new addition? Are you excited for S2 now?

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: Top 8 Perform

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We are down to 8 after losing 8 contestants during the past two rounds. Tonight, in this season's semi-final, the remaining contestants will battle once more for a place at the final. Only 1 will make it per team. Who'll it be? This is The Voice!

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X Factor Germany 2012: Top 3 Perform: The Grand Final

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The one contestant I thought was gonna make it to the final with Mrs Greenbird, Barne Heimbucher, was sent home last week, leaving us with Björn Paulsen, Melissa Heiduk and the folky duo. Tonight, one of them will be crowned the winner of the third season. Who'll be the big champ? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 32 - Part 4 - Perform

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I know I didn't write The Battles recaps but it's not because I didn't want to but because I kept forgetting to do it. So instead of simply quitting to recap the series, I'll just skip to the liveshows! Tonight, each coach will give a total of 10 points to each contestant and those points (out of 40), will then be added to the public's points. We've got a colossal amount of finalists, 32!, so we better get started! ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 32 - Part 3 - Perform

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I know I didn't write The Battles recaps but it's not because I didn't want to but because I kept forgetting to do it. So instead of simply quitting to recap the series, I'll just skip to the liveshows! Tonight, each coach will give a total of 10 points to each contestant and those points (out of 40), will then be added to the public's points. We've got a colossal amount of finalists, 32!, so we better get started! ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 5 Perform: Abba and Motown

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The public reached a new low last week by the best two contestants remaining (Ella and James) landing in the bottom two and when Ella was sent home, the public were furious with many people taking to Twitter to complain about the result. Sadly the reality is that if you don't vote, you can't complain. It also means we're left with five acts, realistically with only one (James) being capable of any sort of successful music career after the show. The series has messed up big time and it's going to suffer from a very lacklustre final as a result of this. With rumours of a big twist this weekend, it's time to face the music!

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 10 Perform: Giving Thanks

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Tonight we are celebrating Thanksgivings. The contestants will be dedicating their songs to someone they are thankful for. "There's no thing more powerful than giving thanks, but make no mistake, they are still competing for 5 million dollars", LA says. Gee. So expect tears all over the studio. There'll be another double elimination this week. Last week's left LYIRIC 145 and Jennel Garcia out of the competition, so who's turn will it be tonight? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 8 Perform

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The Сhosen, as the voice-over guy keeps calling them, will be performing songs made in Ukraine tonight. Not all of them are Ukrainian though, but it's just a minor accent issue. We'll get to hear something fresh and that's definitely a plus (I'm a huge fan of English music, obviously, but some songs have been covered so many times I'm sick of them). By the way, it's Memorial Day here in Ukraine so don't expect many happy songs. ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Samantha Jade's, Jason Owen's and The Collective Winner's Single Out Now!

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Samantha Jade was ultimately crowned the winner last week after finding herself in the B2 three times during the season beating Jason Owen and The Collective, who came in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Now that the season is over, you may want to find something else to fill the void until the next season comes or The Voice AU premieres, so, in case you are feeling some withdrawal from the lack of the XF AU this week here I give you full studio versions of the winner's singles plus my take on them and a link to buy the songs. You can also vote on your favourite song! Enjoy!

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The Voice US Season 3: Top 10 Perform

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Both Xtina and Blake lose a team member last week when Adriana Louise and Michaela Paige were eliminated after receiving the least amount of votes. Tonight, the top 10 artists take the stage once more in order to win you over. This week, the judges have also brought music experts to help them over. Xtina is joined by record executive Ron Fair, who signed her to her first record contract. Country producer Scott Hendricks will be coaching Blake's team and Idol alumni/Grammy winner/Smash S2 star Jennifer Hudson will help Cee Lo. No one helps Adam, he doesn't need it apparently. The stakes are higher than ever cause this week, either Blake or Xtina could be left without a team. But will that actually happen? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 12 Perform: Divas

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Last week, not only Jason Brock was eliminated after predictably ending in the B2 alongside Cece Frey but  also, the ranking of the Top 12 acts based on the votes was revealed, with Tate Stevens topping it. The pressure is on tonight because not one, but two contestants will be leaving us. The theme is divas, so expect some overplayed boring tunes! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Germany 2012: Top 4 Perform: The Semi-Final

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Richard Geldner, Willy Hubbard, Klementine Hendrichs and Rune left the competition the past week, leaving us with our Top 4. This week, the remaining contestants will perform two songs each and only one of them will be leaving us. Next week, we've the final! Who'll miss out? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 6 Perform

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Manda Nilsénius left the competition after delivering a breathtaking performance when she found herself in the B2 against JEM. Ultimately, it went to deadlock and the struggling singer was sent home. Six remain and with only three weeks away from the final, the stakes are higher than ever. Who'll be eliminated tonight? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 3 Perform: The Grand Final

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Unfortunately, Bella Ferraro, the early front runner and my winner prediction, got the boot last week after she  found herself in the B2 against boyband The Collective. In the end, it was the audience who decided Bella's fate, sending her home with the least amount of votes. Tonight, the remaining 3 contestants will fight for your votes for the last time. Will it be country boy Jason Owen? Boyband The Collective? Or pop diva Samantha Jade? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 9 Perform

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Today's theme is not exactly a theme but a feature, a live orchestra. That's something everybody love, the artists, the judges and the public. So prepare yourself for a magical night. And by the way, singing with an orchestra is not an easy task for an act. It does require a higher level of energy and focus and concentration to sing with the orchestra (I quoted this part from a musician so it's the truth. Haha). Are you excited? I certainly am! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 6 Perform: Guilty Pleasures!

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I feel a bit ambivalent towards the show now, it just hasn't piqued my interest and even last week when finally one of the weaker acts went, I felt little care for any of the acts. James and Ella are probably the best two left but even they can't really save this series in my opinion, it's probably going to end up being the weakest series of the show to date. With tonight being Guilty Pleasures week, don't expect anything different, Christopher will sing a song older than the average age of an X Factor voter, James will do an amazing job with a quirky choice and Rylan's performance will be no different to any other week. It's Time To Face The Music!
  
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The Voice US Season 3: Top 12 Perform

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And we are down to 12! The remaining contestants will be singing for your votes and just for your votes since there're no more saves. Two will be going home every week but there's a twist, no coach is guaranteed a place in the finale, the B2, regardless their team, will be going home. The stakes are higher than ever. Can they handle the pressure?... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 32 - Part 2 - Perform

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I know I didn't write The Battles recaps but it's not because I didn't want to but because I kept forgetting to do it. So instead of simply quitting to recap the series, I'll just skip to the liveshows! Tonight, each coach will give a total of 10 points to each contestant and those points (out of 40), will then be added to the public's points. We've got a colossal amount of finalists, 32!, so we better get started! ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 32 - Part 1 - Perform

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 I'M LOOKING FOR A DUTCH TRANSLATOR, IF INTERESTED, EMAIL ME

I know I didn't write The Battles recaps but it's not because I didn't want to but because I kept forgetting to do it. So instead of simply quitting to recap the series, I'll just skip to the liveshows! Tonight, each coach will give a total of 10 points to each contestant and those points (out of 40), will then be added to the public's points. We've got a colossal amount of finalists, 32!, so we better get started! ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 7 Perform

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Two contestants were eliminated during last week's result show, struggling girl band Hey Mary and teen heartthrob and, to me, one of the front runners of the competition, Oscar Zia. The theme this week is Swedish songs so the contestants will be taking on Sweden's best. (Btw, sorry about the low quality pics, the site I use to fetch them didn't post them this week) Who'll miss on the Top 6? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Germany 2012: Top 8 Perform

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Last week we saw Andrew Steven Fischer, Josephine, Colin Rich and unfortunately, Lisa Aberer leaving the competition in what felt like an unfair new twits. Tonight, 4 more contestants will be leaving based on the public's vote and 4 of them will advance to next week's semi-final. Will we find a star tonight? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 13 Perform: Songs from movies

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Thousands auditioned but now only 12 remain with the elimination of David Correy, Sister C, Willie Jones and Diamond White during last week's result show. Tonight, for the very first time, the final 12 battle for your votes taking on Songs from the Movies. We'll have a big twist tonight as well, but we are all kinda expecting it, aren't we? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 4 Perform: Power and Passion

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Only 4 remain after Shiane Hawke finally hit the bottom against The Collective and was sent packing by the judges. Tonight is the semi-final and each judges has one act each but in the end, only 3 will remain and a judge will miss getting to the final. The theme for today is Power and Passion, "one to get your heart pumping and one to pull your heart strings" according too Luke. The contestants will be singing two songs so the pressure is higher than ever. One misstep and your out ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: The Live Playoffs (Top 20) Part 2

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With The Knockout Rounds a thing of the past (I know I've not written the posts, I'll eventually complete them), the remaining 20 contestants will be tested once more when they perform live for the first time. We've got 5 acts per category and by the end of the week only 3 will survive, 2 saved by the public and one saved by their mentor. At the end of this round, we'll have 12 finalists and here is when things change, but we'll get to those changes next week. First, we'll be witnessing 20 performances. Will we find a winner tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 7 Perform: Best Of British

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The public suck, I have come to that conclusion after another awful elimination when talented Kye Sones was eliminated in favour of Rylan Clark, who I am warming to but was all the same considerably weaker than Kye. What annoys me is that Christopher and District 3 are sailing through despite weak performances every week and the likes of Kye and Jade Ellis who were great singers and performers have been eliminated. Tonight, the remaining seven contestants will sing Best Of British. It's Time To Face The Music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 10 Perform

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Thousands of Ukrainians are saving sunflower seeds for Saturday's X Factor show and that totally suits today's theme, "Songs from the movies". So in order not to waste those precious snacks, the show better be good tonight! ... It's time to face the music!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: Top 16 - Part 2 - Perform

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The battles left us with some questionable decisions but in the end, only 4 acts remained on each team. During the next stage, two contestants from each team will perform, with one of them being sent home. It's basically a battles redux. The judges will be given a 100 points to split, 60 for who they thought was the best and 40 for the other. Then the public will vote, also splitting 100 points between the 2 contestants. The winner will advance to the semi-final. This is The Voice!

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Interview: Natalie Holmes

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19 year old, British singer/songwriter, Natalie Holmes is set to release an EP in January 2013. Having just supported Lewis Watson on his UK tour, I thought I should catch up with Natalie and find out what we should be expecting next!

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The Voice US Season 3: The Live Playoffs (Top 20) Part 1

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With The Knockout Rounds a thing of the past (I know I've not written the posts, I'll eventually complete them), the remaining 20 contestants will be tested once more when they perform live for the first time. We've got 5 acts per category and by the end of the week only 3 will survive, 2 saved by the public and one saved by their mentor. At the end of this round, we'll have 12 finalists and here is when things change, but we'll get to those changes next week. First, we'll be witnessing 20 performances. Will we find a winner tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: Top 16 - Part 1 - Perform

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The battles left us with some questionable decisions but in the end, only 4 acts remained on each team. During the next stage, two contestants from each team will perform, with one of them being sent home. It's basically a battles redux. The judges will be given a 100 points to split, 60 for who they thought was the best and 40 for the other. Then the public will vote, also splitting 100 points between the 2 contestants. The winner will advance to the semi-final. This is The Voice!

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X Factor Germany 2012: Top 12 Perform

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This week I found out some incredibly disappointing news. Apparently, the number of liveshows have been cut down to just 4, so we'll be losing 4 contestants the first week (one from each category), 4 more the second one (one from each category) and then 1 the third week (the act with the least amount of votes), leaving us with 3 finalists. There will be no sing off and no judges decision, just the public vote alone will decide the fate of the contestants. Probably the worst move ever, this means that we'll only get to see one performance from some of our finalists and that's a complete shame cause the talent this year is crazy, in fact, it's the best we've have since the show began. To me, the show has been turned into a low budget version of The Voice now, I definitely think most the contestants wouldn't have auditioned for it have they known they were gonna do this to the liveshows. But what is done is done and with that, let's take a look at the performances! ... It's time to face the music!

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Live at Academy 2, Dublin: Lewis Watson, Orla Gartland and Jack Lynskey

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I always love gigs in the Academy 2. There's just something about the place. Usually when you think of an 'intimate venue', you probably think of a tiny room with poor lights and sound. But The Academy 2 succeeds in being a beautiful, intimate venue, without losing the sense of a proper venue. And who better to perform on that stage, than 20 year old, British singer/songwriter, Lewis Watson.

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X Factor Australia 2012: Top 5 Perform: Judges' Challenge

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The unthinkable happened when sexy voiced Nathaniel Willemse faced popstar Samantha Jade in the B2 last week. The former Idol contestant was the one to face the axe and Guy was left with only on Over in his category. Since the judges've been constantly complaining about the mentors song choices, tonight they'll have to pick a song not for their acts but for another contestant. That should be interesting.  ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 8 Perform: Number Ones

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If you're reading this, wondering if my subtraction skills are terrible, there is an explanation. Last week, 9 of the Top 10 performed after Lucy got a bye due to illness leading to the departure of yet another talented act in Jade Ellis, the less said about the shoddy decision made by the judges the better. However, Lucy hasn't got much better and is still too ill to perform tonight so she has decided to withdraw from the competition, believing that it would be unfair for her to be given another bye tonight were she unable to perform. Sadly, that means that we're down to 8 acts as there will be no replacement for Lucy, contrary to my original hopes that we might see the triumphant return of Jade Ellis. It also means that we'll most likely have single eliminations throughout the competition this year as presumably, they planned a double elimination with the addition of Christopher Maloney to the competition. Anyway, tonight the remaining contestants will sing Number Ones. Will Jahmene give a ballsy performance? Will Rylan sing a ballad as promised? Will Christopher sing another 80's karaoke classic? Find out the answer to these questions below. It's Time To Face The Music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 11 Perform

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Last week we saw the very first live tears of the season as the final 12 became 11. I can't even begin to imagine how awful it'd feel to go home first. Maybe it's like waking up in the morning in the middle of the most beautiful dream ever. But we still have 11 acts fighting to stay in the competition! The theme today is not Halloween related, its 90s hits ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 9 Redux Perform

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The unexpected happened when Manda returned to the competition a day after she was eliminated from the show. In fact, Hey Mary was the act to receive the least amount of votes but the girls also got to stay in the competition. So that can only mean one thing, this week we will have a double elimination! I expect Manda to survive but my prediction for the girlband isn't so bright. One thing is certain though, with the added pressure of a double elimination, we'll be presented some incredible performances! ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 16 Perform: Made in America

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I've been having a lot of problems with this show since it began. The first season wasn't completely covered since I couldn't do it myself and the guy that was writing it decided not to do it mid season. The same thing happened again this year. That's why I've decided that it'd be better if I did it myself. So from now on, I'll be covering the XF US for you all. I won't be writing the missing posts (Auditions 5 and 6, Bootcamp and JH) because it'd take me too much time I don't have it, but I hope you enjoy the live shows recaps! So 16 contestants have made it to the lives but by the end of the week, only 12 will remain, with the judges picking 8 contestants for a sing off and then sending 4 of them packing. The theme tonight is Made in America but don't expect anything great, I've heard it was a pretty lame night ... It's time to face the music!

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