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Suspect in Kidnap of New Hampshire Girl Faces 205 Charges


New Hampshire Attorney General's Office(CONCORD, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire man who allegedly kidnapped a teenage girl and held her for nine months now faces more than 200 charges, including assault and felonious sexual assault, prosecutors said Wednesday.N

Montana Man Found Guilty in Slaying of German Exchange Student


iStock/Thinkstock(GRANT CREEK, Mont.) -- Markus Kaarma has been found guilty in the slaying of 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede, whom he shot after the teen wandered into Kaarma’s Grant Creek, Montana, garage.Kaarma had claimed that he

Meteorologist Shot Outside Texas TV Station


KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) -- A Texas meteorologist was shot Wednesday outside a TV station in Waco, police said.The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN's morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio's parking

After Five Years in Prison, Alan Gross Says It's 'Good to Be Home'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Alan Gross, the American subcontractor released Wednesday morning after more than five years in a Cuban prison, says it’s "good to be home.”"What a blessing it is to be a citizen of this country," he added.Gross, who wa

Boston Marathon Suspect to Make Court Appearance Thursday


FBI(BOSTON) -- Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to appear in federal court for a final status conference hearing Thursday before his trial is slated to begin on murder and terrorism charges next month -- making it the first tim

Johns Hopkins Sends Rejected Students 'Welcome' Emails in Error


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Johns Hopkins University accidentally sent nearly 300 students emails suggesting they had been accepted to the school, when actually they had already been turned down, the school admitted.The university quickly se

ABC EXCLUSIVE: Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has learned exclusively.In a landmark humanitarian prisoner exchange to

Water Leak at Barclays Center Causes 'Rain Delay' During NBA Game


Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat was delayed for about 30 minutes Tuesday after a leak left water dripping onto the court.The installation of a new roof at New York City’s Barclays Ce

Drive Sober Campaign Aims to Top Last Year's Success


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says motorists should be wary about seeing a red light in their rear view mirror this holiday season. It probably won't be from Rudolph's nose but a cop pulling them over for poss

Jesus Sign at Fire Station Becomes Hot Topic


Hemera/Thinkstock(UTICA, N.Y.) — The chief of a Utica, New York, fire station says its holiday sign reading "Happy Birthday Jesus We Love You" is staying put.Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, Wisconsin, contends the sign outside Fir

Man Rushing to Wife In Labor Says Cop Pulled Gun on Him During Traffic Stop


shiyali/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- An Ohio man says a Cleveland Heights police officer acted aggressively when he pulled his gun on him during a traffic stop as he was rushing to his wife in labor.Samuel Taylor says he didn’t immediately pull o

Sony Says Theaters Don't Have to Show "The Interview" After Threats


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sony has told theaters they do not have to show The Interview, after the group claiming responsibility for stealing troves of Sony executives' emails released a note apparently threatening attacks on the theaters where th

Man Rescued From Deserted Island After Raft Drifts for 5 Days


Ivan Cholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A man who was stranded for six days — five days on the water and then one on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas — has been rescued by the Coast Guard.Larry Sutterfield, 39, was found on the island

LAPD to Have Body Cameras on All Officers on Street


Antonprado/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department will receive funding to provide body cameras to every officer on the street in the next budget, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday."Out on the street, things aren't a

Family of Ohio Man Shot and Killed by Police Officers at Walmart Store Files Law


SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BEAVERCREEK, Ohio) -- Family members of John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by Beavercreek police in a Walmart store in August, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the officer who fired the fatal gunshots, h

Watch the Trailer for Backstreet Boys Documentary "Show 'Em What You're Made Of"


Francesca FoleyA trailer for the upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of is now online, and it shows the group discussing everything from their early beginnings to their troubles with Lou Pearlman, the man who first put them together.The documentary, which arrives in theaters and on VOD on January 30, features AJ McLean saying, "From 1999 til about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world...then, it just stopped."In the trailer, we see scenes of the group recording in the studio in the present day, discussing Pearlman's financial misdeeds, and talking about how they had to go to Europe to start their career because at the time, the American music scene had no interest in boy bands.There's also behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals, plus scenes of the group onstage and, of course, screaming fans. "We've seen the best and worst of each other," says AJ.  "20 years is a long time, for anybody, let alone...a buncha dorks jumping around onstage, singing and dancing."The documentary's title comes from a song on the Backstreet Boys' most recent album In a World Like This.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Confirmed: Elton John Will Marry Partner David Furnish This Weekend


JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty ImagesA rep for Elton John has confirmed to ABC News Radio that he and his longtime partner David Furnish will marry this weekend.The news that the two would take advantage of Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in March, was initially reported by a British tabloid.  The wedding reportedly will be private. Elton and David got a civil partnership in 2005, and they'll now convert that status to marriage.  The couple, who've been together for 20 years, have two sons: three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Train, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on "Disney Parks 'Frozen' Christmas Celebration"


Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney ParksAfter you're done opening presents on Christmas Day, you can check out some great music on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration, airing on ABC.The show, hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, will feature Gavin DeGraw will perform from Disney's Hawaiian resort Aulani, singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and his single "Fire."  Train, meanwhile, will perform from Disneyland in California, singing their seasonal tune "Shake Up Christmas."In addition,  Ariana Grande will be seen performing from Walt Disney World, singing "Santa Tell Me" and her cover of "Last Christmas" by Wham!  X Factor winners Alex & Sierra will perform "Love Is an Open Door," from Disney's Frozen, while YouTube star Lexi Walker will perform her acclaimed version of Frozen's "Let It Go."There will also be plenty of Frozen-themed festivities, including appearances by Elsa and Anna, as well as some touching reunions of real-life families.  The show is set to air at 10 a.m. ET but will vary depending on your location; check your local listings.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Madonna Addresses Album Leak, Thanks Fans for Not Listening


Image credit: Mert & MarcusA few weeks ago, Madonna and her manager were furious when a couple of songs from her upcoming album leaked online.  Now the entire album has apparently found its way online, but some fans, aware of Madonna's feelings on the subject, have taken to Twitter to say they won't listen.   The Queen of Pop has now taken to Instagram to thank those fans, and to caution them that what's out there isn't exactly the finished product."Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty!" Madonna writes in her post.  "Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world."The alleged album is being referred to by one of two titles: Iconic or Unapologetic B**ch, that last one being one of Madonna's frequently-used hashtags.  The alleged track listing features song titles that have already been confirmed or rumored, such as "Rebel Heart," "Make the Devil Pray," "Messiah," "Living 4 Love," and "B**ch I'm Madonna."Madonna's new album, which includes production and songwriting collaborations from the likes of Avicii, Diplo and Ryan Tedder, as yet has no official title or release date.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Reportedly Looking for Pad in Palm Beach, Schedules 21st Show at MSG


Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket:  he's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, Billy unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos for $12 million.  Now, he's eyeing a place in Palm Beach on the ocean, and is looking to spend $15 to $20 million.  Supposedly, Billy's good pal Howard Stern, who owns a place in the area, convinced him it was the place to be.Meanwhile, the Piano Man has just scheduled yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he does a monthly residency.  The September 25 show will be the 21st show in the residency, and the 67th overall of his career at that venue.  Tickets go on sale December 19.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Michael Bublé's Christmas in New York" Airs Tonight with Three Divas: Streisand


Neil Jacobs/NBCIf it's the holiday season, it must be time for a Christmas special from Michael Buble.  The singer is hosting his fourth annual holiday extravaganza on NBC Wednesday night, and he says his favorite thing about it is that he gets to "be invited into people's homes all over the world" and join in their celebrations.This year's show, Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York, was taped at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and features appearances by the famous Rockettes dancers, plus Miss Piggy, pop princess Ariana Grande and one of the greatest divas ever, Barbra Streisand.  But wrangling all those guests and balancing all the show's elements isn't easy, says Michael.  "Listen, the show's a lot of work. It's challenging," he says.  "It's challenging to make it different and fresh and to get these great guests, but once it all comes together it's really fulfilling."Landing Streisand for the special was a big deal, says Michael, even though the two had already worked together on her #1 album, Partners. "I think when people see it they're going to get a huge kick out of it," he says of their duet. "We were completely connected. We were present and in the moment together. Honestly, I love her. I mean, obviously, listen: she's Barbra Streisand. She's got the greatest gift ever. Her voice is amazing. She tells a story like no one else. But she's funny. What a coup it is to have an icon like that coming to be part of this year's special."As for Ariana Grande, Michael says despite reports to the contrary, she didn't act like a diva at all: she showed up early and was easy to work with.  "Ariana of course is probably the hottest act in pop right now," he says. "She has the voice to back up her stardom. I mean, she is really the real deal."Some of the songs you'll hear tonight include “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  Michael and his band will also do an "unplugged" series of songs requested by his fans via social media.  The segment is inspired by the unplugged backstage warm-up tunes Michael and his band do before every show -- often by request -- and then post online.  Among the songs you'll hear: "I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Michael's original song “Cold December Night” and “Blue Christmas.""The holidays always meant a lot to me because of the way that my family treated us during the holiday and what it meant to them and there's a great amount of sentimentality that comes with that," Michael says, explaining why he loves Christmas so much. "And I get to be invited into people's homes all over the world to celebrate something that's just as personal and special to them."As for his holiday wish, Michael says, "I hope that there's blessings for everybody all over the world and that they have a safe, happy, and sweet Christmas with their families and their friends.""For me, I just want to recreate what my family gave me...with my little boy and my wife," says the father of 16-month-old Noah. "I know that that's probably one of the things we're most excited about: Christmas and Disneyland."While we're watching Michael on TV, he'll be in London wrapping up his To Be Loved Tour, which has involved 157 shows all over the world and grossed more than $100 million in 2014 alone. Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York airs at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

"The Voice" Crowns Craig Wayne Boyd as New Champion


Trae Patton/NBCCraig Wayne Boyd is your new The Voice champion.The country/Southern musician from Nashville, who represented Blake Shelton's team, was named the season-seven champion of the NBC singing competition on Tuesday night, earning a recording contract. He triumphed over runner-up Matt McAndrew, a member of Adam Levine's team.Two of Matt's teammates, Chris Jamison and Damien, finished third and fourth, respectively.Blake is now a four-time winner as a coach on The Voice.The show's two new coaches this season, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, did not have any artists advance to the finals.After host Carson Daly announced the results, Boyd sang his original tune, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face."During the finale, the four finalists had the opportunity to pair up with a special musical guest. Boyd and Lynyrd Skynyrd joined forces on the band's hit "Sweet Home Alabama"; McAndrew sang alongside Fall Out Boy on "Centuries"; Jamison and Jessie J sang her tune "Masterpiece"; and Damien and Jennifer Hudson belted out her song "It's Your World."The men also brought back previously-eliminated artists for performances. Boyd invited DaNica Shirey, Sugar Joans and Taylor Brashears to join him on a rendition of The Georgia Satellites hit "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."McAndrew welcomed back Mia Pfirrman, Sugar Joans, Taylor John Williams and Taylor Phelan for Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way."Jamison teamed up with Luke Wade, Ricky Manning, Taylor Phelan and Ryan Sill on the Lloyd song "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)." Damien invited Anita Antoinette, DaNica Shirey and Elyjuh Rene to sing the R&B classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with him.The two-hour finale also featured Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars bringing the energy with their hit "Uptown Funk"; Meghan Trainor delivering her new single "Lips Are Movin"; Ed Sheeran entertaining viewers with "Thinking Out Loud"; and Hozier performing "Take Me To Church."The Voice coaches took the stage, too, singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."The Voice will be back on NBC for its eighth season next spring, with Stefani departing the show and on-again, off-again coach Christina Aguilera returning. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Crowns a New Champion


Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCCraig Wayne Boyd is your new Voice champion.The country/Southern musician from Nashville was named the season-seven champion of the NBC singing competition on Tuesday night. The Team Blake Shelton artist triumphed over Team Adam Levine's Matt McAndrew.Two of Matt's teammates, Chris Jamison and Damien, finished third and fourth, respectively.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time" Album to Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame


Capitol Records/UMe/Business WireNick of Time, the 1989 album that revived Bonnie Raitt's career, is one of the inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015.  Each year, the Recording Academy recognizes singles and albums that are at least 25 years old and that exhibit "qualitative or historical significance."  This year's list features 27 inductees spanning from 1909 to the late 1980s, and Nick of Time is among them.The album, which reached #1 on the Billboard chart and went on to sell five million copies, was the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 10th album, and the one that really made Bonnie Raitt a star.  It contains the hits "Thing Called Love," "Have a Heart" and the title track, and won three Grammys, including Album of the Year.  Bonnie has said, "I think it may be the best record of my career."Also on the list of inductees this year: ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Chic's "Le Freak," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," and classic albums by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson.The new additions to the Hall of Fame will be acknowledged during the 57th annual Grammy Awards, which will air February 8 on CBS. In conjunction with the new class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, a special collector's edition book featuring in-depth details about the recordings will be made available for purchase soon online at GrammyStore.com, as well as at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and at various retailers.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joey Fatone Is Now Confirming that Justin Timberlake's Going to Be a Dad


Tom Munro / RCA RecordsWhile he previously alluded to it, Joey Fatone is now coming right out and saying it: his 'N SYNC band mate Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are indeed expecting their first child.Speaking to In Touch Weekly  magazine, Joey says, "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it!”Neither Justin nor Jessica have publicly confirmed the pregnancy.  Joey says that they're ready for parenthood, though, telling In Touch, "Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart. [They’ll have] fun.”Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Say Something" Tops Google's 2014 Top-Trending Searches for Song Lyrics


Joseph Llanes/Epic RecordsGoogle has unveiled its list of search data for 2014, and it reveals that an awful lot of people wanted to know the words to "Say Something,"  A Great Big World's hit with Christina Aguilera.The Grammy-nominated duet tops the list of the Top-Trending Song Lyrics of 2014,  Other lyrics that made the top 10: Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," Lorde's "Royals," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."By the way, "top-trending" refers to people or things that had the biggest increases in searches over the past 12 months.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jon Bon Jovi Curates Photography Exhibit, Proceeds Going to Charity


David BergmanVisitors to New York City this holiday season will have the opportunity to pick up some unique Bon Jovi collectibles. Jon Bon Jovi has curated a gallery display of photos by David Bergman, who has shot more than 200 of the band's shows, as well as other celebrities from the world of music and sports.  He's also autographed a limited number of the prints, which will be on sale in the exhibition space.  Jon is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of each photograph to ACE New York, a charity that helps the homeless in New York City.The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, and will run through December 24. It's open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Soho Holiday Collective at 150 Wooster Street in New York City.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stevie Nicks Reflects on Her "Voice" Experience: "You Just Want Them All to Make


Trae Patton/NBCTuesday night, NBC's The Voice wraps up its seventh season, and this year saw quite a few high-profile mentors join coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, including Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks. Looking back on her time advising Team Adam, Stevie says she was surprised how much she ended up caring about the contestants and their careers."That you become really invested in the contestants, in the kids, because you feel their pain, you know?" she tells ABC News Radio when asked to name the most surprising part of her experience on the show.  "You just want 'em all to make it, and you don't want anybody to be sent home. Well, maybe there's a couple of people you want to be sent home.""You know how much it means to each one of them because you've seen it.  It was you before, so you want them all to make it!" Stevie adds.  That's why she says she appreciates the fact that The Voice isn't in the business of tearing contestants down. "It's like all the judges say, 'We try to make this as positive of a show as possible.  We aren't gonna rip these kids apart,''' says Stevie.When it came time to help the kids during the mentoring sessions, Stevie says, she and Adam were always encouraging."We might say, 'You need to practice more' or 'You need to get a vocal coach' or 'You need to listen to some diverse music,' but we're never gonna say, you know, 'You suck and you should really start looking into doing something else,' because that's not fair."Stevie, who enjoys mentoring younger artists, feels that if you want to try your luck in the music business in any way, including being a contestant on a reality show, she's not going to try to talk you out of it."You need to, you know, let kids do what they want to do and go their own way, and let them make that decision," she tells ABC News Radio. "I'm not gonna make it.  'Cause it is hard to make it in the music business right now, even if you're fantastic.  So, you just want to let them come to that decision on their own." Tonight's Voice finale will feature performances by Bruno Mars, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran and more.  You might recall that Stevie actually performed on the finale of the very first season of The Voice, singing with Team Adam's Javier Colon, the show's very first champ.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: The Final Four Take the Stage to Perform Three Songs


Trae Patton/NBCThe final four artists on NBC's The Voice went head-to-head one final time on Monday night, again performing for viewers' votes to determine who will be crowned this season’s winner. Host Carson Daly revealed that each contestant would perform three songs: one their coach picked; a duet with their coach and an original tune. The artists also released original videos for their new songs.Adam Levine has three artists in the finals while Blake Shelton has one.  Pharrell Williams' and Gwen Stefani’s teams have been eliminated.The first performance of the night came from Team Adam’s Damien, who was given Donny Hathaway’s version of “A Song for You” by his coach. Blake complimented the singer on the incredible power of every note he sings, as well as his great sense of pitch. Pharrell also praised Damien’s power, saying the singer “took him to church.” Adam said Damien “lifted everybody,” and added that it was his best performance of the competition.Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd, was next with his original song. Blake chose “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” a song Blake said he had been carrying around for years. Blake said he felt it was a hit, but was afraid to record because it was “so freakin’ hard to sing.” After a long round of applause following his performance, Pharrell told Craig, “Welcome to your future.” Gwen agreed and said Craig was “ready to pick.” Blake was happy with his artist’s performance, declaring the song was meant for him.Next up, Adam Levine joined his artist Chris Jamison for a duet on Robin Thicke’s soulful “Lost without U.” The coaches didn’t offer any comments after the performance, but it drew cheers from the audience and a standing ovation from Gwen.Another Team Adam contestant, Barnegat, New Jersey’s Matt McAndrew, performed the original song, “Wasted Love,” backed by a choir. Adam said he was attracted to the tune because it was “soul, from a different era.” It brought the crowd to its feet. Gwen said she got “lost in the performance.” Adam said he was proud of his artist and proclaimed that he was also a fan.Shelton and Craig Wayne Boyd then performed their duet, Randy Houser’s “Boots On.” Once again, the coaches’ comments were skipped, although the Nashville, Tennessee, resident brought Adam to his feet as the audience cheered loudly.Damien, the former TSA agent, returned to perform Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with his coach, Adam Levine. The coaches’ comments were skipped once again, but the audience voiced their approval with spirited applause.Team Adam’s Chris Jamison returned to perform the original song, “Velvet.” Pharrell declared, “A star was born on this television show,” noting Jamison, a campus mailman at his college, Capital University in Ohio, has grown dramatically as an artist. Adam praised Jamison, declaring he was “blown away” by the performance.Matt McAndrew and his coach Adam Levine teamed up next on the song “Lost Stars,” from the film Begin Again. Adam made his acting debut as a musician named Dave Kohl in the film.Team Blake’s Craig Wayne Boyd was up next with his coach’s pick, “In Pictures,” by Alabama. Boyd dedicated it to his two-year-old son. It brought Gwen to her feet. She said she was happy for the artist. Blake thought it was a great statement about the point that Craig has now entered in his life and where he’s headed.Team Adam’s Damien performed his final song of the night, the original tune “Soldier.” Adam said he had listened to “a hundred songs” before finding this one and chose it because it seemed to sum up what Damien is all about, noting the Monroe, Louisiana, native is a “strong person.” Adam gushed that the performance made him “the happiest coach in the world.”Adam’s coach’s pick for Chris Jamison was Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” It drew some of the loudest applause of the night and brought Pharrell to his feet. Adam said Jamison was his “young Jedi,” and added, “Welcome and congratulations.”Team Adam’s Matt McAndrew closed out the show with an emotional version of his coach’s pick “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the film The Wizard of Oz. Gwen called it a “beautiful performance,” adding McAndrew is “original and pure” and has an ability to connect with the audience. Pharrell noted that he’s watched Matt “walk through walls” of categories and classifications because he simply has a great voice. Adam thought the rendition was “bittersweet and perfect,” adding “The universe just paused for a second.”The Season 7 winner of The Voice will be revealed on Tuesday night's results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Taylor Swift Tells Barbara Walters Why She's Not Rushing Into an Acting Career


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