The Voice Season 16: The 10 Singers Who Are Likeliest to Win Are…

Now that the dust has begun to settle in the wake of The Voice’s Season 16 Battles — both the old-school and new-fangled Live Cross varieties — it’s become a whole lot easier to predict which singers will still be standing, come finale time. Sure, we’re not quite done smarting from the eliminations. For instance, […]

The Voice Cross Battles Results Show Cut… Wait, How Many Singers?!?

From here on out, the cuts were supposed to be coming fast and furious to The Voice. Tuesday’s Live Cross Battles Results Show had the potential to give the hook to a whopping eight contestants. But it turned out that Steals and Saves were what was really coming our way fast and furious. Only three […]

The Voice Recap: Did the Right Singers Make It Into the Top 32? — Plus, the Live Cross Battles Format Explained

As Tuesday’s episode of The Voice dropped the curtain on Season 16’s Battles — or, as I think of them, the Wait a Minute, Did I Like This Contestant During the Blinds? rounds — four more singers were told to exit stage left. Or right. The direction didn’t really matter; they just had to exit. […]

American Idol Recap: Are the Right Seven Singers Going Live? Watch the Best All-Star Duets and Weigh In

For the first time all season, Sunday’s American Idol dimmed the lights to reveal (half of) the singers proceeding to the live episodes, sending three hopefuls home in the process. Related But that made the night sound way more depressing than it was. With a little help from some of the most recognizable voices in […]

The Voice Recap: Which Singers Were the First Casualties of the Battles?

“Just duet” became The Voice’s unofficial motto Monday as Season 16 launched the Battles, which thanks to their bizarreness — “OK, you guys sing beautifully together… even as you try to blow each other off the stage and out of the competition!” — might just be my favorite of all the rounds. Also, it’s the […]

American Idol Season 17: Top 10 Singers to Watch in Hollywood Week

Now that American Idol‘s audition rounds are (finally!) over, it’s time to look ahead to Hollywood Week, where the judges will separate the true stars from the false idols. But with so many auditions in the bank — at least 50+ made it to air, complete with emotional backstories — how do we know which […]

The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: Which Singers Sounded Finals-Bound?

Believe it or not, there was some business to attend to on The Voice Monday besides Adam Levine more or less totally ignoring the #AdamSucks backlash that erupted after he played favorites with his team members during the Top 10 Results Show. The remaining eight singers — including the now-recovered Reagan Strange — performed twice […]

Book Excerpt: A Deaf Music Writer on the Singers That Move Him

When you make your living and listening to and writing about music, hearing loss would presumably be a game-ender. That was the dilemma facing British music journalist Nick Coleman, once the music editor of Time Out and music writer for The Independent, when he began to lose his hearing in 2007. But instead, he leaned in, […]

The Voice Top 13 Performance Recap: Which Singers Were Slaying to Win?

Monday’s performances by The Voice’s Top 13 invited us to leave behind the shocks and disappointments of the Live Playoffs. But — I don’t know about you, but — my head was still spinning like a disco ball without an “off” switch. How did we possibly arrive at this stage of the competition without Michael Lee… […]

The Voice Top 10 Performance Recap: Which Singers Slayed Challenge Week?

Technically, every week is Challenge Week for The Voice’s contestants, right? From the Blind Auditions all the way through to the Finals, they’ve got to deal with everything from conquering their stage fright to remembering their lyrics. But Monday’s episode threw extra obstacles in the path of the Top 10, tasking them with tackling numbers […]