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'The Voice' determines first four Top 8 and remaining singers perform


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/15/2011 

The Voice determined the identities of its first four Top 8 finalists during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC singing competition.

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Xenia, a jazz and R&B singer from Temecula, CA; Dia Frampton, an indie singer from St. George, UT; Beverly McClellan, a pop singer from Gate City, VA; and former disqualified American Idol finalist Frenchie Davis, an R&B singer from Washington, DC advanced to the competition's semifinals round.

Dia and Beverly -- members of the teams led by The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera respectively -- advanced after host Carson Daly revealed they had received the most home viewer votes of anyone on their team following last week's performance show, while Xenia and Frenchie were selected after their coaches picked them from their three remaining team members.

"Team Shelton" team will be comprised of Xenia and Dia moving forward after the singers beat out Patrick Thomas, a country singer from Dallas, TX; and Blake, a rock singer from Star City, AR; while "Team Christina" team will feature Beverly and Frenchie, who won out over Raquel Castro, a pop singer from Long Island, NY; and Lily Elise, an R&B and pop from San Anselmo, CA.

In addition to revealing the advancing finalists on Blake and Christina's teams, Tuesday night's live The Voice broadcast also featured the eight singers on the teams of additional coaches Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine performing in attempt to earn one of the competition's four remaining Top 8 spots.

"Team Cee Lo" featured singers Curtis Grimes, Nakia, Tori and Taylor Thompson, and Vicci Martinez, while Jeff Jenkins, Javier Colon, Casey Weston, and Devon Barley performed on behalf of "Team Adam."

The identities of the four finalists who will complete in the Top 8 will be revealed during next Tuesday night's episode of The Voice.  Similar to this week, the "Team Cee Lo" and "Team Adam" members who receive the most home viewer votes will automatically advance to the Top 8 and Cee Lo and Adam will then get to select one additional team member to join them.

In addition, next Tuesday's episode of The Voice will also feature the two remaining members of each team competing to become the final member of their coach's squad and earn a spot in the competition's Top 4.

Once each coach's team is narrowed to a single contestant, the four remaining singers will compete directly against each other on The Voice's June 28 broadcast and viewers will vote to crown one of them "The Voice" -- winning the singer $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group -- on the show's June 29 finale broadcast.

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