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The Voice US: Season 4: The Live Finals: Top 8 Perform

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Acoustic pop model Josiah Hawley and RnB singer Kris Thomas left the competition last week, with only one male act remaining. That also leaves both Usher and Shakira with one member on their teams while Adam and Blake still have their three acts. Could one of them lose all their acts tonight? Or is it time to say goodbye to someone on Team Blake? Maybe on Team Adam?

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The Voice US: Season 4: The Live Finals: Top 10 Perform

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After we said goodbye to dancing pop star in the making VEDO and growly rocker Garrett Gardner last week, the Top 10 will take the stage one more time in order to make it through another round. Tonight, the coaches brought back the advisers from the battle rounds to help mentor their teams. Cee Lo will aid Shakira, Sheryl Crow will help Blake,  Hillary Scott teams up once more with Adam and Pharrell Williams gives a hand to Usher. We'll we have our first shock tonight?

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The Voice US: Season 4: The Live Finals: Top 12 Perform

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Last week the live shows began with the Top 16 finalists giving their all to make it into S4's Top 12. Unfortunately, Latino singers Cáthia and Karina Iglesias, country crooner Justin Rivers and indie darling Caroline Glaser, were all sent packing after failing to make the Top 3 among their team. This week, the two lowest voted contestants will be going home, regardless of their team. Who'll lose the first acts?

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X Factor New Zealand: Season 1: Top 12 Perform: NZ Music

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The live shows began last week when the Top 13 took the stage to tackle #1 hits. Unfortunately, one of them was a flop, as indie darling Eden Roberts was sent packing when facing hip hop duo L.O.V.E. With only a few stand outs, the first night was a big disappointment. This week we are celebrating NZ music month, which was first celebrated on May 2002. Will the remaining acts overcome their jitters tonight?

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The Voice Australia Season 2: Live Finals: Top 16 Results + Top 12 Perform

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Last week, the Top 16 performed for the audience once more. This time, their coaches were able to save one of them before the voting began, with the public deciding the fate of the remaining three contestants. Tonight, not only will we find out who will make it through to the Top 12 but we will also have 12 sensational performances. Are you ready? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Ukraine: Season 3: The Super-Battles

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Each coach now has 8 acts but the shows doesn't have the time nor the budget for all of them so they'll have to cut their teams by half. At the end of the day, we'll be left with our Top 16. Will your favourites make it?

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The Voice US: Season 4: The Live Playoffs: Top 16 - Part 2 - Perform

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Welcome back guys! I've not been following The Voice up to this point, honestly, because I couldn't take more auditions, but since the liveshows are already here, I guess it's about time to start covering the show again. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton returned as coaches, being joined by Colombian star Shakira and RnB singer Usher. We are down to 16 acts and tonight, Team Shakira and Team Blake take the stage. By the end of the week, only 12 will remain. Two will be saved by the audience and one by the coaches. Will your fave make it?

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The Voice US: Season 4: The Live Playoffs: Top 16 - Part 1 - Perform

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Welcome back guys! I've not been following The Voice up to this point, honestly, because I couldn't take more auditions, but since the liveshows are already here, I guess it's about time to start covering the show again. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton returned as coaches, being joined by Colombian star Shakira and RnB singer Usher. We are down to 16 acts and tonight, Team Adam and Team Usher take the stage. By the end of the week, only 12 will remain. Two will be saved by the audience and one by the coaches. Will your fave make it?

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X Factor New Zealand: Season 1: Top 13 Perform: Number-one Singles

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New Zealand is finally getting their own edition of the XF. The show was originally announced on 2010 but it wasn't until early 2013 that it went into production. Hosted by Dominic Bowden, who was previously seen on  New Zealand Idol, the show premiered on April 21, 2013. Australia's talented has always been impressive, so we've got to wonder, are the Kiwis equally as good?

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The Voice Australia Season 2: Live Finals: Top 16 - Part 2 - Perform

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The wonderful Emma Pask and powerhouse singer Lyric McFarland were unjustly eliminated the previous week, leaving us with only 16 artists, 4 per team. The live finals are finally here and by Tuesday, 12 will be left. There's also a save in play tonight. The judges will be able to save one of their acts from the public's votes. Who'll it be? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 2: Live Finals: Top 16 - Part 1 - Perform

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The wonderful Emma Pask and powerhouse singer Lyric McFarland were unjustly eliminated the previous week, leaving us with only 16 artists, 4 per team. The live finals are finally here and by Tuesday, 12 will be left. There's also a save in play tonight. The judges will be able to save one of their acts from the public's votes. Who'll it be? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice of Ukraine: Season 3: The Battles

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They say life is a battlefield. Well, I don't know about life, but The Voice certainly is. Imagine how does it feel to be a contestant - one day the judges battle each other over you and then you battle with another contestant over them. Tough! The good news are, you don't have to battle anyone, so just relax and enjoy the show!

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Eurovision 2013: The Grand Final

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Baku called last year after Ell & Nikki won the contest with their duet "Running Scared" in  Düsseldorf. 42 acts competed on Azerbaijan's hosted contest last year yet it was Loreen's epic "Euphoria" which was awarded with the title, collecting 372 points, the second-highest point total in the contest's history, just below Alexander Rybak's 387 points for "Fairytale". Our 26 finalists are now selected and tonight, they'll battle it out for the ultimate prize, who will be lucky enough to take it all?

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KZ Tandingan: Debut Album Out Now!

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Wondering where she's been hiding all this time? KZ was crowned the inaugural winner of the X Factor Philippines back in October. We've gotten nothing from her since, besides the occasional TV appearance. 5 months later, here she is, with a brand new album and single. Released on May 3, the self titled debut showcases her gorgeous tone to perfection, "Umiibig" is one of the songs that comes to mind. It's a relief to see that she's stayed truth to herself, with her jazz roots staying intact. Her original cover of "Killing Me Softly" is also a stand out, with her emotional first single "Scared to Death" also worth a listen and the slow "Bakit Lumuluha" the stunner of the album. All in all, a wonderful first effort from an insanely talented singer. She has a bright future ahead and I intend following it.

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Interview: Amanda

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She'll always be remembered as that phenomenal singer who shockingly missed the final on the sixth season of the Danish XF. Amanda was the front runner from the very beginning yet she only placed 4th in the competition. It's hard to say what went wrong, since the girl didn't miss a beat in the entire competition. This is my chat with her, in which she answered some burning questions for us. Like, who was the master mind behind those amazing songs, why we saw her cry during the JH and what's next for her. If you ask me, brilliance.  

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Eurovision 2013: Semi-final 2

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Baku called last year after Ell & Nikki won the contest with their duet "Running Scared" in  Düsseldorf. 42 acts competed on Azerbaijan's hosted contest last year yet it was Loreen's epic "Euphoria" which was awarded with the title, collecting 372 points, the second-highest point total in the contest's history, just below Alexander Rybak's 387 points for "Fairytale". This year, 38 countries have flown to Malmö to join Idol Sweden's Robin Stjernberg. 17 more acts will be performing tonight, with 10 of them making it to the Final. Important to note, the following post only features  8 performers, with 3 additional honorable mentions. Did your favourite made it?

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Eurovision 2013: Semi-final 1

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Baku called last year after Ell & Nikki won the contest with their duet "Running Scared" in  Düsseldorf. 42 acts competed on Azerbaijan's hosted contest last year yet it was Loreen's epic "Euphoria" which was awarded with the title, collecting 372 points, the second-highest point total in the contest's history, just below Alexander Rybak's 387 points for "Fairytale". This year, 38 countries have flown to Malmö to join Idol Sweden's Robin Stjernberg. 16 acts will be performing tonight, with only 10 of them making it to the Final. Important to note, the following post only features  8 performers, with 3 additional honorable mentions. Did your favourite made it?

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Poll: X Factor New Zealand Is a Go!

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UPDATE: I've decided to start covering the show! Since this is it's first season, I won't be recapping either the auditions, bootcamp or Judges Houses, just the liveshows. Let's just treat it as an experiment! The first performance show airs May 19!

Almost 3 years since first announced,the X Factor NZ is finally seeing the light of day. Judged by Daniel Bedingfield, Melanie Blatt, Ruby Frost and Australian Idol S7 winner Stan Walker, the show, which premiered today, is NZ's first attempt at the franchise. XF Australia has been quite great the last couple of years and The Voice Australia is a monumental success. Could NZ achieve the same amount of talent? Can the production values be as high as their Aussie counterpart? Most importantly, can it produce a star? As you can see, I'm in a dilemma and I need your help to solve it. You'll find a poll after the jump and hopefully, it'll make me decide if it'll be worth recapping! 

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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 3 and 4 - Results

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We've seen the second half of the contestants perform and tonight, two artists from each team will advance to the next stage of the competition. Unfortunately, that means we'll be saying goodbye to 8 more contestants, will we have our first shock of the season tonight? Plus, The Wanted performs!  ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice UK: Season 2: The Battle Rounds!

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So after several weeks of blind auditions, we're at the Battle Rounds when each coach will slice their teams in half by pitting them against each other in pairs. However, this year there is a twist as each coach has one 'steal' which allows them to steal an act that one of their fellow coaches has decided to send home. So as twelve acts are cut down to six then rounded up to seven, who will deliver a knockout blow and who will be KO'd by their opponent?


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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 4

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Over the next two weeks, each team of 8 will be singing off for only 4 coveted spots for a team in the finals. The artist we the most votes immediately goes through, then it's coach will have the chance to save one of the remaining three artists. "The showdown is designed to ensure that the strongest possible team makes it through to the final" Seal says. Tonight, it's the second half of Team Delta and the other half of Team Joel. "The showdown is the moment of truth" Joel adds. Who's ready for some singing? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 3

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Over the next two weeks, each team of 8 will be singing off for only 4 coveted spots for a team in the finals. The artist we the most votes immediately goes through, then it's coach will have the chance to save one of the remaining three artists. "The showdown is designed to ensure that the strongest possible team makes it through to the final" Seal says. Tonight, it's the second half of Team Seal and the other half of Team Ricky. "The showdown is the moment of truth" Joel adds. Who's ready for some singing? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Belgique Season 2: Top 16 Highlights

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We are down to 16 now but unfortunately, only 9 were interesting enough this week. Among their picks, Adele, Stevie Wonder, Queen and Marilyn Monroe. Yes, you read that last one right. But did the 9 acts made it through to the Top 12?

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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 1 and 2 - Results

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We've seen half the contestants perform and tonight, two artists from each team will advance to the next stage of the competition. Unfortunately, that means we'll be saying goodbye to 8 contestants, will we have our first shock of the season tonight? Plus, will.i.am, The Voice UK coach, performs!  ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 2

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Over the next two weeks, each team of 8 will be singing off for only 4 coveted spots for a team in the finals. The artist we the most votes immediately goes through, then it's coach will have the chance to save one of the remaining three artists. "The showdown is designed to ensure that the strongest possible team makes it through to the final" Seal says. Tonight, it's half of Team Delta and half of Team Joel. "The showdown is the moment of truth" Joel adds. Who's ready for some singing? ... This is The Voice!

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The Voice Australia Season 2: The Showdowns - Part 1

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Over the next two weeks, each team of 8 will be singing off for only 4 coveted spots for a team in the finals. The artist we the most votes immediately goes through, then it's coach will have the chance to save one of the remaining three artists. "The showdown is designed to ensure that the strongest possible team makes it through to the final" Seal says. Tonight, it's half of Team Ricky and half of Team Seal. "The showdown is the moment of truth" Joel adds. Who's ready for some singing? ... This is The Voice!

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 4 Highlights

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The unthinkable happened when the wonderfully talented Astrid Smeplass was eliminated after finding herself in the bottom 2 with another insanely talented lady, Astrid Sugaren. 4 remain now and tonight they'll sing two songs each, one being their favourite past Idol performance and the other a duet with a former finalist. Who'll leave us tonight?

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 5 Highlights

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Sverre Eide left the competition last week after yet another atrocious performance. Only 5 remain now and tonight they'll be singing original songs, which will then be released. Who'll deliver a hit? Who'll flop miserably?

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 6 Highlights

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Georg Lipai left the past week after an uninteresting rendition of Keith Urban's "Days Go By". Tonight, the Top 6 take on Norwegian music, which will certainly give us some interesting results. Who'll miss out of next week's Top 5?

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 7 Highlights

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Martine Rygvold was our latest casualty leaving after an outstanding Nirvana cover. It's country week tonight with the song list including Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and First Aid Kit. Can you guess who sang what? And yes, only 4 performances this week!

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 8 Highlights

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Ola Weel Skram was the unfortunate contestant eliminated last week after singing the unlucky "Ambitions". This week, the contestants take on some of recent year's most iconic songs to some fantastic results. 6 of them made it this week, with the best performances being Carly Rae Jepsen's hit and a Pink Floyd's classic. You don't wanna miss it!

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Idol Norge 2013: Top 9 Highlights

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Last week we only saw the girls. 3 great singers and one who had an off week. This week, we take a look at some of the boys, one of them got eliminated but if you ask me, it wasn't much of a loss. Who impressed you the most this week? A certain blond?

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