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  • 'The Voice' Season 6 Playoffs, Round 2: Teams Adam & Shakira Are On the Edge of Glory

    Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks22 hrs ago

    "The Voice" Season 6 inched one episode closer to the long-delayed Live Playoffs this Tuesday, when the show staged its not -live Playoffs with Adam Levine and Shakira's semifinalists.

    Ten singers sang, six singers advanced, two hours passed. Overall, this was a more compelling episode than last week's Team Blake Playoffs, and for the most part the right contestants made it through — with the possible exception of one promising newbie.

    Let's get to the recapping, shall we?

    TEAM SHAKIRA

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  • Phillip Phillips Is a Work of Art in 'Raging Fire' Video

    Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks5 days ago

    Haters declaring that "American Idol" is over and is no longer a viable platform for rising artists should watch the new music video by Season 11 champion Phillip Phillips and kindly back off. While last year's winner, Candice Glover, has struggled commercially, P-Squared is still going strong.

    His quintuple-platinum coronation song, "Home," became the most successful "Idol" single of all time (outselling Kelly, Carrie, et al) and was featured in NBC's Summer Olympics promos and countless films, TV shows, and ads. His second single, "Gone, Gone, Gone," shifted another cool million units. A well-received tour with John Mayer followed, and now, as Phillip prepares to release his full-length sophomore effort "Behind the Light" on May 19, that album's lead single, "Raging Fire," is simultaneously ascending Billboard's Adult Alternative, Hot Adult Contemporary, and Adult Contemporary charts.

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  • 'Idol' Top 8 Redux Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the '80s

    Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks5 days ago

    Wednesday night on "American Idol" had the potential to be totally awesome. It was '80s Night .

    Not only was it '80s Night, but Season 7 winner David Cook — master of radical ( literally radical, as well as in Valley-Girl-speak "radical") '80s remakes, the only contestant to ever cover Duran Duran on the show, and a dead ringer for Social Distortion's Mike Ness nowadays — was the guest mentor. (David was filling in for decidedly less rad regular mentor Randy Jackson. You'd think with all the bragging Randy has done about playing with Journey in the '80s, he would've stepped up to the plate this week.)

    Additionally, the contestants did a fun photo shoot wearing blindingly colorful outfits that looked like a Rubik's Cube had exploded all over them (or a herd of My Pretty Ponies had thrown up all over them). Again, very awesome.

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  • 'The Voice' Season 6 Playoffs, Round 1: A Team Blake State of Mind

    Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks7 days ago

    After so many weeks of battles that I actually started to wonder if this "Voice" season would run long and Adam Levine would have to postpone his wedding, the top 20 Live Playoffs finally commenced this Tuesday.

    Actually, the Playoffs were no more live than that Academy of Country Music Awards performanceby Blake Shelton's buddies Rascal Flatts the other night. I don't mean that the contestants lip-synched. What I mean is, the actual live shows are still a couple weeks away, and Tuesday's Playoffs episode, featuring performances by Team Blake's five contenders, was pre-taped. While in the past three seasons, public voting started with the top 20, this season — for the first time since Season 2 — the top 12 semifinalists are being determined entirely by the coaches (or by producer Mark Burnett, probably).

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