After conceding its regular Tuesday slot to the presidential election, The Voice returned with live performances from Team Cee Lo and Team Christina. We rank the best performances of the night in our Live Playoffs Part 2 recap.

Teams Adam and Blake had the chance to prove what they were made of on Monday as puffy-shirted Cee Lo and pink-haired Christina looked on. Red, white and blue were the colors of the night for coaches Christina and Cee Lo Wednesday as they watched their teams take the stage together singing My Chemical Romance’s “Sing.”

Team Cee Lo

1. Trevin Hunte

Twitter: @Tamor_11

Nothing puts a bigger smile on our faces than listening to Trevin’s dulcet tones. He’s only 18 years old and he’s likely the frontrunner in the competition. Singing Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” Trevin overshadowed everyone.

2. Nicholas David

Twitter: @TheFeelin

Minnesota soulman Nicholas David did Cee Lo proud with Barry White’s “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything.” He said he didn’t quite understand swagger, but it looked like he got it as he strutted around the stage. In fact, he did so well, Adam Levine felt “like making a baby after listening to that song.”

3. Cody Belew

Twitter: @CodyBelew

Who knew one could successfully shimmy to George Michael’s “One More Try”? Cody Belew proved shimmying during a ballad only makes the performance better, as do his killer high notes.

4. MacKenzie Bourg

Twitter: @BourgMacKenzie

The “Harry Potter-meets-Justin-Bieber” singer continued his streak of putting his spin on bubblegum pop songs (remember his take on “Call Me Maybe”?) – this time with One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” He even put his guitar aside after the opening. MacKenzie has our vote for most adorable.

5. Diego Val

Twitter: @DiegoValMusic

“Sexy, hairy” Diego Val found his inner Latin lover for Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailamos.” As Adam Levine mentioned, the Peruvian singer seemed disengaged at times, but he still showcased his natural rasp.

Team Christina

1. Sylvia Yacoub

Twitter: @SylvsYacoub

The Egyptian singer went for a softer, stripped down performance by playing the piano during Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” Cee Lo called it his favorite performance of the night and we don’t disagree. Sylvia Yacoub is a powerhouse with a beautiful vulnerable side.

2. De’Borah

Twitter: @MusicTrappa

The Chicago church singer took on Pink’s “Who Knew” adding extra soul to the emotional song. Anyone else would have looked awkward skipping around the stage the way she did, but De’Bo’s movement evoked only pain and emotion.

3. Dez Duron

Twitter: @DezDuron

The former Louisiana football player put the Dez twist on Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” The ladies in the crowd loved him (read: his face) and we loved his runs (read: his bod).

4. Devyn Deloera

Twitter: @DevynDeLoera

The Texas singer showed off her more vulnerable side, with Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” An otherwise great vocal performance was overshadowed by Devyn’s struggle to hit some of the high notes and her overly dramatic and rehearsed moves.

5. Adriana Louise

Twitter: @Adriana_Louise

Nerves may have gotten the better of Adriana Louise during her rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Though it got better as it went on, she seemed to have difficulty with the lower notes in the beginning. Still, the judges had nothing but kind words for the Brooklyn waitress.

Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul and Maroon 5 will return to The Voice during Thursday’s results show where Adam Levine’s band will debut its new single, “Daylight.”

America will save two contestants on each team by voting on Facebook, NBC.com, and via phone, text message or by purchasing the an artists’ cover song on iTunes. Voting ends at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. During Thursday’s results show, the coaches will each save one more artist per team, taking three artists on to the Top 12 next week.

Although each team will say goodbye to two contestants this week, things change starting next week. As per a new rule change, the two artists with the lowest votes will be eliminated no matter the team.

Who should move on in the competition?

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

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?