Blake Shelton + Adam Levine Dish on New ‘Voice’ Coaches for Season 4

Anyone who was worried that the influx of new coaching talent on Season 4 of ‘The Voice‘ might disrupt Adam Levine and Blake Shelton‘s incessant joshing can officially set their minds at ease.

As Entertainment Weekly made clear in a recent sit-down with the bromantic duo and their producer-slash-host, Carson Daly, we can expect plenty of Adam and Blake’s signature back-and-forth in the weeks to come.

Asked what we can expect from the upcoming run, Daly offered a couple of tidbits. “We loved the steal — we thought the steal really worked,” he responded, before going on to talk about the shake-up that has Usher and Shakira joining the coaching stable in place of the departed Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera. But the change isn’t permanent; as Daly put it, “Those guys are world-renowned musicians first, and America’s favorite TV coaches second,” and they’ll be back on the show before long.

In the meantime, the new coaching lineup means that, as Levine put it, Shelton “gets to spend a season making Usher feel uncomfortable” — something Shelton cheerfully copped to, admitting that “I think I’m doing a really good job at that, by the way — I’ve said and done about everything I can that crosses the line.” But that doesn’t mean his affection for Levine has waned: “As much as I think he’s cute and I have the bromance with Usher,” promised Shelton, “I’ll always come home” [to Levine].

And as for Shakira? In Shelton’s words, “I honestly think Shakira is maybe the most competitive person on the show … you can tell she feels like she has something to prove.”

From there, talk turned to Levine’s upcoming appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and which cast members might be best equipped to play Daly and Shelton. Levine suggested Bill Hader for the former and Fred Armisen for the latter, then quickly realized that Shelton didn’t know what he was talking about. He started to explain what ‘SNL’ was, at which point Shelton nodded and said, “Adam Sandler‘s on that show.”

“He was 20 years ago,” scoffed Levine. “Give me a break,” sighed Shelton. Yep, nothing’s coming between these two.

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Unveils First Shots of New Coaches Shakira and Usher (PHOTOS)

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Shakira and Usher look pretty comfy in their new coaching roles in NBC’s new promo shots for the fourth season of The Voice.

Getting fans excited for the next season, the stars take their place in the big, red swivel chairs – replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — alongside veteran judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

The chemistry already seems to be brewing on-set with the foursome, and Levine may even have a new co-star to banter with — even though he will miss Aguilera’s ball-busting.

“I’m going to miss him,” the “Your Body” songstress told Celebuzz. “He’ll miss me too. Nobody can bust his balls like me.”

“It’s bittersweet,” Aguilera added at the show’s live finale, which crowned Cassadee Pope as the Season 3 winner. “I’m not going to lie, watching the footage – the happy birthday wishes – the guys, we have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs and we bicker, we love each other like family, like brothers and sisters.”

In September, The Voice announced that they renewed two more seasons of reality singing competition series and that singers Usher, 33, and Shakira would replace Green, 38, and Aguilera, 32, as coaches for the show’s fourth season until the original two return to their seats (after pursuing their own musical projects).

The new panel of coaches will make their Voice debut when Season 4 premieres on March 25 on NBC.

Are you excited for the new era of The Voice?

Click through the gallery to see all the promo pictures.

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‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Isn’t ‘Surprised at all’ by Cassadee Pope’s Win (VIDEO)

Blake Shelton has got the goods when it comes to being a great coach on NBC’s The Voice.

On Tuesday’s third season finale of the reality show, two of the three remaining finalists – Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope – belonged to Team Blake. And last year, the country crooner proved he was the coach to beat with surprise winner Jermaine Paul.

Now, with Season 3′s winner, Shelton has done it again, nabbing back-to-back wins.

On Tuesday night, Team Blake superstar and former Hey Monday singer, Cassadee Pope was crowned the competition’s winner,  thanks in large part to the incorporation of iTunes voting. The singer had two of her three songs from Monday’s final performance show swimming in the Top 10 on the download program, allowing her votes to count 10-fold.

“You know I’m feeling really like a million pounds have been lifted off my shoulders,” Shelton told Celebuzz about Pope’s win after the finale. “I’m not surprised at all by Cassadee winning this show because she’s been a fan favorite and a frontrunner on iTunes all along.”

“I think that probably is the most impressive thing about Cassadee – holding on to that momentum and not peaking too early,” he continued to gush. “She is somebody who is smart enough to figure out what people react to. She’s the type of artist that can be artistic and satisfy herself and also give the fans what they want. That’s what makes her a superstar. It truly is. You can say what you want to say but that’s the truth. She connects with her fans and she’s here for them and that’s why she won The Voice.”

When the popular singing competition show returns for Season 4 in March, coaches Shakira and Usher will be joining Shelton and fellow coach Adam Levine as Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green take a hiatus from the program.

But does Shelton think he could beat the newbies and win three times in a row?

“I don’t think I have a three-peat in me,” he paused. “I KNOW I have a three peat in me.”

“I think winning three of these in a row could be very damaging to Adam Levine’s ego and that’s what I live for,” joked the star.

Watch Shelton’s full interview above.

Season 4 of The Voice begins Mar. 25 on NBC.

Do you think Blake could go for three next season? Are you happy with Season 3′s winner? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’ Winner Cassadee Pope Talks Finale Night: ‘A Lot of Dreams Came True’ (VIDEO)

Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice has come to a close and a winner has been chosen.

Viewers waited patiently as the three finalists performed with their peers and idols during a star studded two-hour finale event. But in the end there could only be one victor and the announcement didn’t come as much of a surprise to fans keeping tabs on the iTunes charts.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the Season 3 finale of The Voice.

As predicted by many, Cassadee Pope came away victorious on the finale of the reality show. Pope, who charted in multiple spots on the iTunes Top 10 following Monday night’s performances, told Celebuzz she was feeling “pretty damn good” after her big win.

The next two days are sure to be a non-stop whirlwind for the newly crowned Voice champion as she is set to make appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live! with Kelly and Michael and Today.

One of the best parts of the finale for Pope, was being able to perform with not one but two of her idols: Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.

“That was crazy,” she said of being able to perform with the stars during the broadcast. “Avril was so sweet. She knew that I’m a huge fan so I think she did a little research before she came. She watched my covers of ‘My Happy Ending’ and ‘I’m With You.’ She said she enjoyed them, which was really cool to hear.”

“Then Kelly Clarkson was the most down to earth, amazing person I’ve ever met,” Pope continued to gush. “She was like giving parts [of ‘Catch My Breath’] to me and Terry [McDermott] we weren’t originally supposed to have. She wanted to give us some more time so that was really cool. Overall, a lot of dreams came true tonight.”

And now that Pope has officially been declared the winner of The Voice, when can we expect to hear some original music from the pop star?

“I’m hoping January,” she said. “I’m going to hit the ground running right now. For Christmas, I’ll kick my feet back but I need to keep working. I need to keep up the momentum, which I’m really excited about, so hopefully January.”

Watch Cassadee’s full interview above.

Do you think America chose wisely? Should Cassadee have won The Voice? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’ Finale Results: Season 3′s Winner Is…

The winner has been chosen on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice.

Contestants Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, and Nicholas David duked it out for the winning spot and the associated recording contract. Once again, iTunes played a big role in determining the winner of the reality show, with each download counting 10-fold.

Though a big winner was chosen, there were a ridiculous number of amazing performances on the two hour finale from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and The Killers. In addition, the finalists were each able to perform with one of their idols: Cassadee with Avril Lavigne, Terry with Peter Frampton and Nicholas with Smokey Robinson.

But enough of the show, let’s get to it, the winner of Season 3 is….

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the third season finale of The Voice.

Cassadee Pope.

It’s no surprise the pop rock singer won as she was charting with not one but two songs on the iTunes singles chart well into Monday night.  ”I’m feeling amazing, thank you for everyone who voted for me,” she told host Carson Daly after she was declared winner of The Voice. The singer then performed a beautiful rendition of her competition song, Faith Hill’s “Cry.” Pope’s win marks the second time a contestant on Blake Shelton’s team has taken the crown.

Here are our highlights from the episode:

1. The coaches’ attire. Cee Lo Green gets the gold star for best outfit on the finale. Those white spiked football pads were fantastic. Not to be shown up on her birthday, Christina Aguilera also rocked some chains and pearls with her bobbed hair. Meanwhile, we loved Adam Levine’s bowtie… though didn’t he kind of look like a waiter?!

2. “Adam Levine is so much more than a pretty face.” The profile of the multitalented frontman of Maroon 5 was adorable and hilarious. Our favorite comments on Levine from the other coaches: Cee Lo – “I’ve seen this man play the spoons”; Blake – “He’s just incredibly talented and it drives me crazy”; And Christina – “Adam is kind of like that guy in Mary Poppins.”

3. The Heartbreakers take the stage. The male contestants who are easy on the eyes – MacKenzie Bourg, Dez Duron, Cody Belew, Julio Cesar Castillo, and Diego Val – performed Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacey’s Mom.” The set, the singing – it was adorable and ridiculous.

4. Blake Shelton is a big flirt. I’m loving these profiles of the coaches and Blake’s was hilarious. The country superstar “loves everybody” and says he’s very secure in himself. Count on Blake to always tell someone if they’re attractive and to be the funniest coach on the show.

5. Season 4 preview. This preview for next season’s The Voice featuring new coaches Shakira and Usher was hilarious and fantastic. “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and Carson Daly in the next car over – I can’t wait to see what next season brings us.

6. Kelly Clarkson and Team Blake. I’m not ashamed to admit I love Clarkson. It was exciting to watch Cassadee perform with one of her idols. You could see how happy it made her to share the stage with Clarkson. And while Terry sounded a little under the weather during the performance, I enjoyed his part on “Catch My Breath” as well.

7. “Well, Scoobs, obviously.” Xtina’s declaration of love for Scooby Doo and her impression of the cartoon character during her birthday message was hilarious. Also, NBC gets extra points for adding the Muppets. Muppets make everything amazing.

8. Santa Cee Lo and product placement. Each of the finalists were rewarded with a Kia car. The finalists were understandably excited by their prizes, but this whole segment was just insane and so funny. I’m going to really miss Cee Lo on the next season.

9. Nicholas brings back Amanda, Dez and Trevin for “End Of The Road.” This song took me all the way back to the sixth grade. I absolutely adore Boyz II Men and this song. Nicholas brought back the perfect contestants to bring the song to life and sounded fantastic during the performance.

10. Cee Lo’s clip package. Of course, we had to put Cee Lo’s clip package on the highlights. Adam referred to him as a combination between “Buddha and Issac Hayes.” Though our favorite part of the package was Cee Lo telling Christina he is also “a genie in a bottle,” but “a three liter bottle.”

Season 4 of The Voice premieres Mar. 25 on NBC.

Do you think the right finalist was chosen as the winner? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’s’ Terry McDermott Is Glad His Dad Can ‘Catch Up on This Chapter’ of His Life (VIDEO)

Rocker Terry McDermott has had quite the ride on NBC’s The Voice. The singer from Scotland rocked the stage Monday night with his performances, including a killer duet with coach Blake Shelton on Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like A Lady” featuring a disguised and shirtless Adam Levine on guitar.

“Even in rehearsals we knew it was going to be a fun one,” McDermott told reporters of the performance after the show. “Every time we rehearsed it, we were falling around laughing just from the sheer stupidity of what we were doing on the stage. It was a great fun way to kind of poke fun at ourselves and have a good laugh. “

The singer also revealed that Monday’s live performance of the number was the first time Levine had performed with them sans shirt.

“You know what the funny thing is actually,” he said. “Apparently some people on the show had to tweet that it was Adam because some people were like ‘Hey, who’s this shirtless guitar guy? and it was like, ‘No, it’s Adam Levine.’ But it was a really nice way to kind of celebrate the end of the show and I know that I’ll remember [that performance] for a long time.”

The 35-year-old added that the duet was “great energy and a nice way to balance out the heavier side of  [his other two performances] ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ and ‘Broken Wings.’”

As his breakout song, McDermott chose to sing Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” telling reporters he’d like the song to be remembered as his finest moment on the talent show.

“I wouldn’t have imagined it connecting the way it did, but the way it was stripped down reminded me a lot of the music, the original music I did with my band in Scotland,” the father said. “It reminded me of that feeling of being on stage, pouring your heart out. So, I think that connection reminded me I need to get back to the music and I would hope that was strong enough that people remember it.”

In addition to his performances, McDermott was again surprised by Shelton with a family member from across the pond – his father.

“It [was a] wonderful surprise. I hadn’t seen my dad in four years,” he revealed. “He has to watch from afar being back in the UK, so the fact that he could come over and participate is great. The last time he was here was when he came to see me with my band play The Viper Room after we’d signed the record label so it’s nice to for him to kind of catch up on this chapter.”

McDermott then joked, “Although I did say to him, partly I have to have a record deal or be on a TV show for him to come see me in L.A., so I said we have to kind of stop that. You have to love me all the time.”

The two-hour Season 3 finale of The Voice airs Tuesday at 9 PM on NBC with a 60-minute recap at 8 PM.

Watch McDermott’s performance of “Broken Wings” again above.

Who do you think will take The Voice crown? Sound off in the comment section below!

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‘The Voice’s’ Cassadee Pope Says the Possibility She’ll Win Has ‘Set In, for Sure’ (VIDEO)

Cassadee Pope is feeling “content” after her three performances on Monday’s performance finale of NBC’s The Voice. Besides feeling “great” about how her three performances went off on the show, the singer says she is happy that she got to be “part of something that’s way bigger than the show.”

“I got to be part of paying respects to the people we lost and that’s something that I never thought I’d be able to accomplish,” she told reporters after Monday’s show of their tribute to the Sandy Hook shooting victims. “I had a voice now, so that felt great.”

And on a personal level, she said repeating her breakthrough performance of Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” also helped her touch upon her own feelings about the horrific tragedy, which took place on Friday in Newtown, Conn.

“It was great timing for me to be able to have a moment on my own to kind of pay my respects to Connecticut because [‘Over You’ is] a song about losing someone and I’m happy I got to do that on my own, in this dress I love and to a song that I love that my coach wrote it,” she said. “It just all felt so right.”

Not even an hour after the live performance show of The Voice aired on the east coast, Pope’s performance of “Cry” was already charting on iTunes at No. 5, meaning her votes could be increased 10-fold. And at press time, she had not just one but two of her performances from Monday’s finale in the Top 10. So has she started seriously contemplating she might win?

“It’s set in for sure,” the former Hey Monday singer said. “In my head I’ve been like ‘OK, so this is what’s going to happen if I win’ and it’s kind of just been there so it hasn’t set in that much but it might hit me tonight when I see iTunes — hopefully it [the song] keeps climbing, that would be great.”

While Pope says that she is most proud of her performance of “Over You” this season, she indicated that an album of her own would be more similar to Kelly Clarkson.

“’Over You’ is a performance I’m very proud of,” she said. “I feel like visually and musically and vocally, that was my best performance, but if I were to give someone a preview of what’s to come from me I’d probably have to go with either tonight’s ‘Cry’ or ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes.’ I feel like those genres and those songs are very true to who I am and musically where I want to head.”

Lucky for Pope, Clarkson, will be performing on Tuesday’s finale.

“I’d love to sing with her, for her, as her background singer, on her album as oohs aahs in a background,” she gushed over the original American Idol. “I love her so much and I respect her so much. It’s going to be great. I hope I get to meet her.”

The winner of The Voice will be revealed on the live Season 3 finale at 9 PM on NBC. Tune in at 8 PM for a 60-minute recap of Monday’s episode.

Watch Pope’s performance of “Cry” above and The Voice‘s moving tribute to Newtown, Conn. below.

Do you think Cassadee is a lock for winning The Voice? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’s’ Cassadee Pope Says the Possibility She’ll Win Has ‘Set In, for Sure’ (VIDEO)

Cassadee Pope is feeling “content” after her three performances on Monday’s performance finale of NBC’s The Voice. Besides feeling “great” about how her three performances went off on the show, the singer says she is happy that she got to be “part of something that’s way bigger than the show.”

“I got to be part of paying respects to the people we lost and that’s something that I never thought I’d be able to accomplish,” she told reporters after Monday’s show of their tribute to the Sandy Hook shooting victims. “I had a voice now, so that felt great.”

And on a personal level, she said repeating her breakthrough performance of Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” also helped her touch upon her own feelings about the horrific tragedy, which took place on Friday in Newtown, Conn.

“It was great timing for me to be able to have a moment on my own to kind of pay my respects to Connecticut because [‘Over You’ is] a song about losing someone and I’m happy I got to do that on my own, in this dress I love and to a song that I love that my coach wrote it,” she said. “It just all felt so right.”

Not even an hour after the live performance show of The Voice aired on the east coast, Pope’s performance of “Cry” was already charting on iTunes at No. 5, meaning her votes could be increased 10-fold. And at press time, she had not just one but two of her performances from Monday’s finale in the Top 10. So has she started seriously contemplating she might win?

“It’s set in for sure,” the former Hey Monday singer said. “In my head I’ve been like ‘OK, so this is what’s going to happen if I win’ and it’s kind of just been there so it hasn’t set in that much but it might hit me tonight when I see iTunes — hopefully it [the song] keeps climbing, that would be great.”

While Pope says that she is most proud of her performance of “Over You” this season, she indicated that an album of her own would be more similar to Kelly Clarkson.

“’Over You’ is a performance I’m very proud of,” she said. “I feel like visually and musically and vocally, that was my best performance, but if I were to give someone a preview of what’s to come from me I’d probably have to go with either tonight’s ‘Cry’ or ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes.’ I feel like those genres and those songs are very true to who I am and musically where I want to head.”

Lucky for Pope, Clarkson, will be performing on Tuesday’s finale.

“I’d love to sing with her, for her, as her background singer, on her album as oohs aahs in a background,” she gushed over the original American Idol. “I love her so much and I respect her so much. It’s going to be great. I hope I get to meet her.”

The winner of The Voice will be revealed on the live Season 3 finale at 9 PM on NBC. Tune in at 8 PM for a 60-minute recap of Monday’s episode.

Watch Pope’s performance of “Cry” above and The Voice‘s moving tribute to Newtown, Conn. below.

Do you think Cassadee is a lock for winning The Voice? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’ Performance Finale: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV (VIDEO)

The finalists’ performances are done and the votes and iTunes purchases will now be counted to determine the winner on NBC’s The Voice.

Cassadee Pope, Nicholas David, and Terry McDermott all performed three songs on the last performance show of Season 3 Monday night. In addition to their competition songs, the singers each performed their breakout song –- from a previous performance – and a duet with their coach.

The three finalists also came together with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green and fellow Top 20 contestants to perform a moving and powerful tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook School Shooting in Newtown, Conn. With a candle lit for each victim, they took the stage to perform a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluiah” each holding the name of one of the deceased.

Celebuzz was once again in the audience for the episode, to get you the behind-the-scenes scoop on the final night of performances. Here are 10 things you didn’t see on TV:

1. The coaches performed. Pre-taped performances have been a big part of The Voice all season. Often when there is a musical guest, the show will pre-tape their performance to make the live show run smoother. On Monday, the coaches performed Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” which will open Tuesday’s finale. They performed the song twice for the crowd before the show went live. But the very first time they attempted the performance, Shelton messed up the words. Aguilera joked to producers, “Take the red cup away from him.”


2. A moving moment. Also pre-recorded was the touching tribute to Newtown mentioned above. The crew made sure the performance was perfect, polishing the candleholders for almost a minute before “Halleluiah” started. The warm-up guy instructed the crowd for silence as the group performed the song twice. We were also informed that the decision for this performance was decided Monday morning. On a side note, watching this live absolutely destroyed me and some others in the crowd. Many tissues were needed.

3. Even the contestants are fans. Sitting at the top of our section was much of the Top 20. Though photography isn’t really allowed inside the studio, we saw Rudy Parris take out his camera to snap a shot.

4. Carson Daly is a fun host. Not only did we catch Daly singing along to Nicholas David’s performance of “Lean on Me” but we also saw him dancing to one of Aguilera’s tunes playing over the speakers.

5. Jokesters.There was a funny moment between Carson and Blake while Terry McDermott’s package was playing on the screen. As the host went over to talk to the country star, they laughed and played with Shelton pretending to put his hands around Daly’s neck.

6. Give me the mic. Everytime a contestant gets off the stage, there’s a man waiting for them who takes their mic and gets it ready for the next performance. His job is literally to take their microphone away.

7. Christina loves her feet. If you’ve ever seen how tall Xtina’s heels are, then you probably wouldn’t be surprised that she sometimes lets her feet be free and goes sans shoes on set. But that’s not the only tidbit we have on her tootsies – the Your Body singer was also seen getting a foot rub during a commercial break.

8. Terry’s son is the cutest.McDermott’s wife and son were both in the live studio audience on Monday and little Liam was looking adorable. Decked in a mini-Blake outfit with a white button down shirt and vest, Liam and the warm up guy talked about his Dad’s success and their visit to Shelton’s “humongous” house.

9. Christina loves her fans. Still barefoot, the singer headed over to the pit to sign copies of her CDs for a few lucky fans.

10. Who’s cuter? There were a lot of great kid comments during the commercial breaks. Our favorite? When the warm up guy asked a 10-year-old if she thought Blake was cuter than Adam and she said, “Hmm, I don’t know.”

The finale of The Voice airs tomorrow at 9 PM on NBC. Monday night’s episode will be replayed in a 60-minute edition at 8 PM.

Now that you’ve seen them perform, who do you think will win The Voice? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’s’ Terry McDermott Talks Taking on The Beatles on the Semi-Finals (VIDEO)

It’s not every day that a contestant on a singing competition show gets to sing The Beatles, but on Monday night Terry McDermott did just that on NBC’s The Voice.

“We actually settled on a different song and somebody mentioned that one [“Let It Be”] and I was like ‘That’s the one we want,’” McDermott told Celebuzz of his risky decision after the show. “Everybody was universally in agreement but said there’s no way it will be on the show … it will never be cleared. It takes personal approval from Paul Mccartney to clear it and he did.”

So how did that feel to get the stamp of approval from a music legend?

The rocker was almost speechless. “What can you say?” he laughed. “One of the Beatles is ok with you singing the Beatles, even just to hear the words out loud, to say that out loud, one of the Beatles digs me enough that he can let me sing the Beatles – I mean just think about it — that’s unbelievable.”

McDermott did say that taking on the iconic band was a “bit scary” but as fans saw on Monday his choice paid off.

His coach Blake Shelton called the performance, “musical perfection.” Speaking about the high praise he received, McDermott joked, “If his praise gets any higher I’m going to need a stepladder to get up to hear it.”

“He keeps surprising me every week with his faith and belief in me and if I’m lucky enough to get into the finale, then I don’t know what I need to knock out of the park to beat ‘Let It Be’ but I got to come up with something quick,” he added.

In addition to delivering a killer performance on The Voice’s semi-finals, McDermott experienced a whirlwind trip to Louisiana to see his family, including a special surprise visit from his aunt and uncle from Scotland who he hadn’t seen in five years.

“I couldn’t comprehend it. It didn’t make any sense to me. I could not believe they were sitting in front of me,” he said of the shocking visit. His uncle was almost unable to make the trip due to illness.

“He’s actually still got such a pain in his legs that they didn’t even know he could make the journey but he made the journey just to be in America for 12 hours,” the 35-year-old added. “They’ve never been to the United States and they flew in to be on the show, we had dinner with them, we went to sleep and we woke up and then they were out of America again. That was their trip. That said [it was] everything I need to know about how much they love me and the kind of motivation that I have.”

Watch McDemott’s performance of “Let It Be” above.

Do you think McDermott will make it to the finals? Will it be a Team Blake finale? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘The Voice’ Semi-Finals: 9 Things You Didn’t See on TV

And then there were four.

Monday night’s semifinals of NBC’s The Voice were in a word… EPIC. It was all about the ballads as Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott, Nicholas David and Trevin Hunte all brought the audience some amazing emotional performances. I won’t even venture a guess at who may be headed home on Tuesday night because it’s flat out impossible to choose between these four contenders. But a day from now, only three will be headed to the finals.

The semi-finals also featured the contestants heading home for a rollercoaster 24 hours or less with their families and friends as well as a performance by crooner Michael Buble and all of Team Blake.

Celebuzz snagged a seat in the audience for the amazing performance show to get all the scoop on the behind-the-scenes action that went down when the cameras weren’t rolling. Here’s nine things you didn’t get to see on TV:

1. Cassadee is soaking it up. Prior to the start of Monday’s episode, Ms. Pope could be seen signing autographs for the lucky crowd members in the pit. Despite limited time, she also took a picture with a very young fan in the press room after the show.


2. Carson Daly is a fan of Michael Buble. When the crooner opened the show with a Christmas tune, the host was seen rocking out to the song off stage, clapping his hands along with the crowd.

3. Follow the rules. Prior to the show going live, the warm-up audience guy tells the crowd how they should act when filming begins. One big rule: Don’t yell out to your favorite coach when it’s quiet. So what happens when you do? A stern lecture. You may have heard an audience member shout, “I love you,” to Christina Aguilera within the hour. Well seconds later, he was taken away by an employee and given a talking to before returning to the pit.

4. A loose thread. Coach Adam Levine was looking mighty sharp in his blazer and tie on Monday but he was not without help getting his look together. During the first commercial break, I saw a seamstress stitching up his coat.

5. Fans are fun. During every commercial, the warm-up guy tries to keep the crowd hyped by going around the audience and striking up conversations with some funny fans. One particular fan told him that he really wanted to take a shot with Shelton. Though it didn’t happen, it made the crowd and the coaches chuckle.

6. Fake snow is slippery. After Team Blake’s performance of “White Christmas,” Cassadee was helped off the stage very slowly by Blake and a production assistant so she wouldn’t slip on the snow before her performance. While it was funny to see, in and of itself, it was even funnier that she was the only member of the team actually helped.

7. Carson and Blake like to share. I can’t take full credit for this one, as a fellow member of the media clued me in but it seems Carson likes to take a swig of Blake’s drink a lot. Every week, he happens to head over to the country singer’s chair and drink from his cup.

8. Blake’s a proud papa. Shelton was watching the clip package of his full team coming together for “White Christmas” very intently. He seemed excited and ecstatic to have the gang together again.

9. Coaches take photos on their iPhones too. Levine and Cee Lo Green were seen taking a pic together with Green’s makeup artist at one point. Are stars really just like us and it was instagrammed? I haven’t found it yet, but we’ll see if it pops up somewhere on Monday.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 PM on NBC.

Whose performance did you like the best tonight? Which three singers are your picks for the finals? Sound off in the comments below!

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