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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 12 - Part 2 - Perform

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Claudia de Graaf, Sam Holden, Babette van Vugt and Laurrhie Brouns were eliminated during last week's Top 16, leaving each team with 3 members each and a total sum of 12 contestants competing for the title. Only 8 will remain after this show, will we have any shockers tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 12 - Part 1 - Perform

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

Claudia de Graaf, Sam Holden, Babette van Vugt and Laurrhie Brouns were eliminated during last week's Top 16, leaving each team with 3 members each and a total sum of 12 contestants competing for the title. Only 8 will remain after this show, will we have any shockers tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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

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As you know, last Friday the world was supposed to end. And as you also know, it didn't happen. I don't know if the acts and mentors believe on it, but I hope they weren't just waiting for it to happen but rehearsing, rehearsing and rehearsing. Each act will perform two song today, one being a romantic song and the other a dance song. Dance week is usually awful for some acts and surprisingly good for others. I can't imagine Aida in particular singing something uptempo, but let's not get ahead of ourselves yet ... It's time to face the music!

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Pat Byrne: "All Or Nothing" Album Review

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The second series of 'The Voice Of Ireland' is just around the corner so whilst we count down until the chairs resume their spinning normality and we await the arrival of new coach Jamelia, replacing Brian Kennedy, we're catching up with the winner of the first series, Pat Byrne who has released his first album 'All Or Nothing' this month. 

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 4 Perform: The Semi-Final

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Cece Frey and Diamond White got the chop last week, with the ex-villain receiving the least amount of votes and the saved teen losing her sing off against Cowell's manufactured group Fifth Harmony. Only 4 remain now and by the end of the night, we'll know the identity of our finalists, who will make it to the final? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Top 3 Perform: The Final

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Trevin Hunte finally hit the road last week leaving soulful Nicholas David, rocker Terry McDermott and pop singer Cassadee Pope vying for the crown. After weeks of auditions, battles and live performances, tonight we will finally know who'll be Jermaine Paul's successor. The black guy trend is already broken but can the male trend be broken too?  ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor US Season 2: Top 6 Perform: Unplugged songs/Pepsi Challenge

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Last week, Paige Thomas and Vino Alan left the competition "in the most shocking elimination so far". Tonight, everyone is fighting for a place in the semifinal as the top 6 risk everything singing unplugged songs and facing the Pepsi challenge. Anything is possible, no one is safe, anyone can go home (If you haven't noticed it yet, yes, I'm mostly quoting the intro)... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 5 Perform

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Last week early favourite Julia Plaksina left the show. The public was shocked and tried to convince the producers to bring her back but failed, obviously. Why bring her back if the public didn't vote for her in the first place? So now, Sosedov is lonely and desperate. I wonder how harsh his critiques will be tonight? Today each act will sing two songs, a retro-song and a current song. Judges can't change anything anymore and there won't be a song for survival, the public alone will vote one act off, simple as that ... It's time to face the music!

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Skylar Grey: "C'mon Let Me Ride" (feat. Eminem) First Listen

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 UPDATE: Watch the music video!

"My new song is a very clear example of the part of me that will surprise my fans. I'm also really silly and I have a really dirty mind", the singer confesses. The song is definitely a major departure from darker tracks like "Coming Home", favouring a more poptastic sound. The stand out isn't the song itself though, but the raunchy lyric video, which is plagued with hilarious sexual references from beginning to end. This is what Skylar had to say about the song's meaning: I'm poking fun at the overly sexualized aspects of today's culture and music and everything". Yeah, right. Regarding her debut album, it's no longer called "Invinsible", nor is coming out this year. Now it's title is "Don't Look Down" and will be hitting the stores, presumably, on spring 2013, with Eminem as the executive producer. So Skylar fans, you'll just have to wait a little longer.

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Carmen Smith: "They Don't Know Me" Music Video

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Back in May, after making it to the live shows on the debut season of The Voice of Australia, we learnt that audition stand-out Carmen Smith had been disqualified from the competition, allegedly for having an unfair advantage over the fellow finalists by being featured on one of Guy Sebastian's (XF Au judge) videos. That didn't stop the soul lady though. Her debut EP, "They Don't Know Me" is already out. It's actually been out for a while, since August 24, and honestly, I forgot about posting this underrated gem when I first saw it. Either way, the EP is probably not what you were expecting from her. "They Don't Know Me" is a funky, uber stylish, uptempo soulful debut, proving that there’s more to Carmen than the soulful performances she gave us on The Voice. Her quirky debut didn't chart on the ARIA charts but that doesn't really matter as long as she keeps giving us more material like this and if she stays true true to herself, she's on the right path.

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 6 Perform

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Talent shows make something with our minds. I was getting home on the train a couple of days ago when two street musicians entered. They started to sing and I just couldn't stop judging them on how well they connected with the song and made it their own. I didn't even know I had those phrases ready in my head. But I guess we all do now. Let's use them on the next portion of the show then! Today's theme confuses me a little, "Cover versions". Isn't everything on shows like this a cover? ... It's time to face the music!

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The Voice US Season 3: Top 4 Perform

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Adam's team was wiped away last week, with his two ladies, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez, leaving the competition. Only team Cee Lo and team Blake remain and by the end of the night, only 3 contestants will be headed to the final. Who'll miss out? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice US Season 3: Top 6 Perform

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Cee Lo lost Cody Belew and Xtina her last team member Dez Duron last week. It's between Cee Lo, Blake and Adam now and either judge could be left without a team this week. Plus the contestants take on two songs tonight! Who'll step up to the challenge? ... This is The Voice!

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

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J.E.M., our manufactured group, and the last one remaining, left the competition last week, when the audience decided to save fellow bottom 2 contestant Isak Danielsson, who seems to be less unlikely to win as the weeks past. Who'll be crowned the winner tonight? Old fashioned Benny Hult? Poppet Awa Santensson-Sey? Or underrated soulman Isak? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 3 Perform: The Final!

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Union J lost out on a place in the final last week after polling the least votes in an unsurprising result. So now we have an all solo male final, Christopher Maloney for the Overs and Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur for the Boys. Personally, I would like James to win but I have a feeling that it might just be Jahmene who clinches it and there's always the fear that Christopher could end up winning, hopefully not but you never know with this show. It's Time To Face The Music!
   
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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 16 - Part 2 - Perform

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We lost 16 contestants last week (Omri Tindal, Niña van Dijk, Nicola Ebbink, Marx Margono, Katty Heath, Sifra Geessink, Patt Riley, Denzel Dongen, Randy Soewarno, David Gonçalves, Mathijs Rumping, Janine Heines, Ron Link, Velorisa Yorks, Jared Hiwat and Pomme van de Ven) and we were left with 16 more. I've named all the eliminated contestants cause chances are that you've already forgotten most of them. This week, 4 more will be leaving us, resulting in a Top 12, a more manageable number of finalists. Who'll be facing the axe tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Holland Season 3: Top 16 - Part 1 - Perform

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We lost 16 contestants last week (Omri Tindal, Niña van Dijk, Nicola Ebbink, Marx Margono, Katty Heath, Sifra Geessink, Patt Riley, Denzel Dongen, Randy Soewarno, David Gonçalves, Mathijs Rumping, Janine Heines, Ron Link, Velorisa Yorks, Jared Hiwat and Pomme van de Ven) and we were left with 16 more. I've named all the eliminated contestants cause chances are that you've already forgotten most of them. This week, 4 more will be leaving us, resulting in a Top 12, a more manageable number of finalists. Who'll be facing the axe tonight? ... This is The Voice!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 4 Perform

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In a shocking result, Malcom Brandin left the competition when finding himself in the B2 against JEM, and the judges deciding to save the manufactured group over the rapper. Tonight, for the first time this season, the 4 remaining finalists will perform 2 songs, one they previously performed and a new one. Who'll leave us only one week before the final? ... It's time to face the music!

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Line: "Os To" Music Video

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Remember Line? Of course you do! She was Ida's runner up on XF Denmark last season and soon after the show came to an end, her winner's single, the wonderful "Efter Dig", was released via Sony Denmark, doing impressively well on the singles charts. Now, over a year after her XF run, her highly anticipated post-XF single is seeing the light of day. "Os To", which was produced by The Providers, the same team behind most of Medina's material, was released on  November 19, and it seems Line is staying put in the dance genre, which I'm extremely glad because this girl is Medina 2.0, something I've been saying since her time on the XF. This song is golden, even better than her winner's single indeed and her voice works fantastically with this. Give her some time and she'll be something big. ... Is this the type of song you were expecting? Do you think Line can be as big as Medina?

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Bella Ferraro: Debut Single "Set Me On Fire" First Listen

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 UPDATE: Listen to the gorgeous full song now!

Despite only placing 4th on the XF Au's latest season, which was won by Samantha Jade, the once front runner was signed by Sony Australia and a debut single will be soon hitting the stores. The enchanting singer, who cites Lykke Li and Bon Iver as her influences, will be releasing "Set Me On Fire" on December 14, 2012 with her debut album scheduled for 2013. The song, written by Australian Idol S7 runner-up Hayley Warner and songwriter/producer Louis Schoorl, captures all the beauty of Bella's voice creating a very Birdy sounding tune. I bet the full version sounds even better, December 14 can't come soon enough for me ... What do you think of Bella's first effort? Hit or miss? Are there any other finalists you'd like new music from?

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X Factor Ukraine 2012: Top 7 Perform

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Some countries have already crowned the winner (I spot Samantha Jade's face up at the blog's header) but we are only half way of choosing it. I wish we had the rankings like in the US version to know who is number 1 right now. Is it almost-as-good-as-a-professional Julia, stone-cold beauty Aida, experienced Yakov, shy rocker Alexey, actor-singer Eugeni or charismatic Dmytry? At least I know it's not dynamic trio D-version, but they still are my own number one two weeks in a row. Will they be as good tonight or is this their time to go? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor Sverige 2012: Top 5 Perform

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We said goodbye to Alexander Holmgren when he unexpectedly found himself against favourite Isak in the B2. That's a major wake up call for the young chap, he needs to step it up even more if he still plans taking this. Only 5 remain now and the stakes are higher than ever. Who'll leave us just two weeks before the grand final? ... It's time to face the music!

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X Factor UK 2012: Top 4 Perform: The Semi-Final!

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We lost Rylan last week which was probably a bit of a loss entertainment wise for the show but let's be honest, on a talent basis he did sort of overstay his welcome. I quite enjoyed his performances but I'm glad that we have a final four with three acts who have at least a decent amount of talent, even Chris who is the weakest in my opinion can sing. As only three can make the final, which of the four will miss out? It's Time To Face The Music!
  
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Vote For Your Favourite!

Hey guys! A website I write for- 'Fortitude Magazine', have set up a shortlist of our favourite albums from 2012. You get to vote for up to 3 albums, by just commenting in the comment box at the end of the page. I will leave the link to the page down below. The voting will close on January 1st 2013, and we will be announcing the album of 2012. Get voting for your favourite! Thanks a million!

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Voice - Danmarks største stemme Season 2: Top 4 Perform: The Grand Finale

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Christoffer Stjerne, Louise Schouw, Kamille B. Schjøter and Johannes Hubertz all left the competition during last week's semi-final. Only four remain now and by the end of the night, we'll find out who'll be Kim Wagner's successor. Will it be pop singer Christian? Jazzy Dianna? Soulful Emilie? Or unexpected Andreas? ...  This is The Voice!

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