The Voice took a turn toward democracy in its first live episode of the season appropriately airing on Election Week. We rank the best performances of the night in our Live Playoffs Part 1 recap.

After Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds with steals and the Knockouts, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams were up first vying for three spots on each team. But not before jointly performing Boston’s “Peace of Mind.”

Once the individual performances began, however, it was hard to pick a loser as all 10 contestants delivered.

Team Adam

1. Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

The former backup vocalist stolen from Team Cee Lo surprised yet again by choosing Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” She killed the vocals and had fun doing it (with Adam air drumming from his chair).

2. Bryan Keith

Twitter: @Bryanpeeps

New York crooner Bryan Keith got some of the loudest cheers from the crowd with his passionate take on the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” It’s hard not to love Bryan’s voice, though we’re still waiting for it to bring out the goosebumps.

3. Melanie Martinez

Twitter: @MelanieLBBH

The New York high schooler found her sassiness for Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack.” Making the song her own, Melanie got praise from Blake and Adam, but Christina seemed to struggle to give her positive feedback because she’s “married to the original.”

4. Joselyn Rivera

Twitter: @MsJoselynRivera

The 17-year-old Floridian, who Adam stole from Team Xtina during the Battle Rounds, took on Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Punching the air accenting the drums (awkwardly at times), Joselyn entertained the crowd and showed voice control as she moved around the big stage.

5. Loren Allred

Twitter: @LorenAllred

“Most Improved” singer Loren Allred showed off her sultry side with “All Around The World” by Lisa Stansfield. She got through the blinds, battles and knockouts without much hype, but the wedding singer has killer vocals.

Team Blake

1. Cassadee Pope

Twitter: @CassadeePope

Former Hey Monday lead Cassadee Pope showed off her pop rock vocals with Avril Lavigne’s “My Happy Ending.” Hitting some beautiful high notes, Cassadee may have improved on the classic Avril song.

2. Michaela Paige

Twitter: @FLASinger1

Blake’s young rocker took on Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks” multi-colored mohawk and all. Cee Lo, Blake and Adam (although Adam changed his mind later) called it the best performance of the night with good reason. Girl rocked the stage, the attitude and the vocals.

3. Terry McDermott

Twitter: @TerryMacMusic

The Scottish rocker sang Journey’s ever-popular “Don’t Stop Believin'” and slayed it as he has classic rock songs throughout the competition. As Blake put it, “When God was passing out the ability to rock, he gave Terry just a little bit more.”

4. Liz Davis

Twitter: @LizDavisMusic

As the only country artist left on season 3 of The Voice, the “country as mud” singer took on Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.” Will uniting the country vote work out for Liz? We’ll soon find out!

5. Julio Cesar Castillo

Twitter: @JulioCCastle

The Chicago Mariachi singer returned to his roots, after taking on the Biebz last week, with his second full song in Spanish – “El Rey.” He got the first standing ovation of the night after delivering a strong emotional performance.

While the presidential election will take over Tuesday night programming, The Voice returns with live performances from Teams Cee Lo and Christina on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The live results show on Thursday, Nov. 8 will see the return of last year’s winner Jermaine Paul and Maroon 5’s debut of its new single, “Daylight.”

Viewers can vote for their two favorite contestants per team by purchasing an artist’s song on iTunes, on Facebook, by phone or text message (Sprint users) or on NBC.com until 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. Each coach will then save one more contestant, taking three artists on to the next round.

Once the Top 12 perform next week, however, the two artists with the lowest votes, no matter what team they are on, will be eliminated, as per a new rule change that doesn’t guarantee each team will be represented in the finals.

Who are you voting for to move on in the competition?

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!