‘The Voice’ recap: Top 12 vie for Top 10 spots

10:00 pm EST, November 12, 2012

The Top 12 took the stage vying for 10 spots, marking the first time this season that America’s votes will make all the decisions on The Voice now that the coaches’ saves are no more.

Monday night also marked the first time all contestants performed on the same night, showing viewers just how the artists compare to each other.

Top 12 Performances

Trevin Hunte

Twitter: @Tamor_11

For a second week in a row, Trevin took on a Michael Bolton song, this week with “When A Man Loves A Woman.” The song says, “when a man loves a woman, he can do no wrong.” Well, when Trevin sings, he can do no wrong.

Bryan Keith

Twitter: @Bryanpeeps

Taking on Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Bryan Keith showed his jazzy, Sinatra side. With a voice that can take on the Goo Goo Dolls, Sublime and Amy Winehouse, Keith had one of the best performances of the night.

Cassadee Pope

Twitter: @CassadeePope

The former Hey Monday lead introduced America to her skills on the guitar while slaying the vocals with her take on Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” She spoke of a rocky relationship with her father in the recording bit before her performance and there was no doubting her emotions after hearing her sing.

Terry McDermott

Twitter: @TerryMacMusic

Singing Boston’s “More Than A Feeling,” the Scottish rocker continued to show his range and a beautiful falsetto. We’re waiting for him to whip out the Paul McCartney/Beatles any day now.

Sylvia Yacoub

Twitter: @SylvsYacoub

It takes guts to choose to sing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” but Sylvia Yacoub did it and did it well. It wasn’t perfect, but those runs at the end made the song her own and placed Sylvia among the best singers in the competition.

Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

Amanda Brown toned down the rock while showcasing her voice with “Spectrum” by Florence and the Machine and Calvin Harris. We’re partial to her take on “Dream On” but Amanda’s voice is so versatile, she’s hard not to love.

Dez Duron

Twitter: @DezDuron

The former Yale football player (a.k.a The Face) got soulful with the Lauren Hill version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Walking down the steps a la Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You, it was hard not to swoon over his best performance to date.

Cody Belew

Twitter: @CodyBelew

The Arkansas singer continued to entertain, this week with Tina Turner’s “The Best.” Though it was missing the wow moments from last week’s “One More Try,” Cody never fails to command the stage even if he’s just strutting about. The coaches called him the last natural performer left in the competition.

Nicholas David

Twitter: @TheFeelin

Minnesota soul man Nicholas David sang “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis. Levine called him “strange and beautiful,” which is very fitting for the unofficial face of No Shave November.

Melanie Martinez

Twitter: @MelanieLBBH

The indie-folk singer performed Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” by sitting on the stage floor. As always, the blonde brunette put her spin on the song with her soft, airy voice. But can her unique sound beat out the powerhouses?

Adriana Louise

Twitter: @Adriana_Louise

Singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Adriana Louise showed off her playful flirty side. Vocally it wasn’t perfect, but she rocked the stage, interacting with the guitarist and even got up close and personal with Adam Levine. Looks like Xtina was right when she saved Adriana last week.

Michaela Paige

Twitter: @FLASinger1

First out of the gate, Michaela Paige took on Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” minus her usual mohawk. Though it was a fitting song for the pop-rocker, it was too easy to compare the two, and Pink always wins. She had a better performance last week with “Everybody Talks” despite the praise the coaches gave her for her Pink cover.

Who will make it into the Top 10? There are no more coaches’ saves, so America’s votes will decide the final contestants. Vote on Facebook, NBC.com, by purchasing a contestant’s song on iTunes (if an artist’s song is in the top 10 on iTunes, his or her votes will be multiplied by 10) or by phone or text (Sprint users only) up until 10 a.m. ET to choose the artists to continue on to next week.

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21