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'The Voice' updates: four locals in knockout rounds, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Jordan Smith

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Monday, March 27, 2016

NBC's "The Voice" is subbing out Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera with Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys this fall as coaches for season 11.

This is the first time the four-person coaches panel will feature two women.

In the meantime, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have chosen to stay on the show for 11 consecutive seasons. Their interplay - like two bickering 12-year-old boys - has been a key reason why the show's been so successful.

As for a winner tally count, Blake has an edge over Adam 4-3 though Adam pocketed season 9's heralded Jordan Smith.

Cyrus, at age 23, would be by far the youngest judge ever on the show. Keys would be the first black female as a coach.

Women coaches have never been able to lead someone to victory through nine seasons. Christina Auilera is 0-5. Shakira is 0-2 and Gwen Stefani is 0-2.


(clockwise): Atlanta's Nick Hagelin, Marietta's Jessica Crosbie, Kennesaw's Angie Keilhauer and Marietta's Peyton Parker. CREDIT: (TR) publicity photo, the rest: NBC

As the knockout rounds begin tonight, four Atlantans are vying for the top 20 slots and performing on the live show. Currently, there are 32 singers and 12 will be eliminated in this pre-taped portion for the live shows. (Four will be saved besides the 16 that compete head to head.)

The quartet of locals in the running: Atlanta's Nick Hagelin, Kennesaw native Peyton Parker and Marietta residents Jessica Crosbie and Angie Keilhauer.

Both Peyton and Angie were "montaged" during the battle rounds, a bad sign for their future in the knockouts. Team Pharrell placed Nick and Jennifer head to heard during the battle round and picked Nick. Adam stole Jessica, keeping her alive for his team.

Some spoilers are already out there if you want to peek.


THE VOICE -- "Live Finale" Episode 918B -- Pictured: Jordan Smith -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Jordan Smith, the popular season 9 winner, debuted at No. 2 on the album charts this week with his first album "Something Beautiful." He sold 54,000 units, the most of any "Voice" winner to date, beating Cassadee Pope.

He was beat out by two-time "Voice" judge Gwen Stefani with her first No. 1 solo album "This is What the Truth Feels Like."


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