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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The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.