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Meet the Artists Advancing from Last Night's THE VOICE

Last night on The Voice the following artists made it through the blind auditions:

Alaska & Madi (Team Blake) - Tulsa, OK

Alaska and Madi have been singing together since they were 11 years old, when they joined "American Kids," a group that helps kids overcome stage fright. In 2011, the girls were named the American Kids' "Performers of the Year," an honor also bestowed to Blake Shelton. They want to prove they have what it takes to become The Voice. Follow Alaska & Madi on Twitter at @AlaskaandMadi.

Austin Ellis (Team Adam) - Columbia, MD

Growing up, Austin struggled with weight issues and bullying. After discovering music, he was inspired to lose more than 80 pounds and Turn his life around. He hopes to inspire other people through his music and show them that no matter your circumstances, you can change your life for the better. Follow Austin on Twitter at @austingellis.
Cali Tucker (Team Blake) - Nashville, TN

Cali has had an inside look at the music business through her famous aunt, country singer Tanya Tucker. Although she's been in the industry for a while, she wants to prove she can make it on her own. The Voice is her chance to step out her aunt's shadow and into the spotlight. Follow Cali at @CaliTucker.
Cierra Mickens (Team Shakira) - Eagle River, AK

Cierra grew up on a military base in Alaska. Even though she lived in the great outdoors, she spent most of her time singing inside. She had wanted to be a lawyer, and has a degree in criminal justice and political science. Now that she has earned her degree, it's time to give music one last shot. Follow Cierra on Twitter at @cierramickens.
Ddendyl (Team Shakira) - Washington, DC

Ddendyl grew up in a home exploding with creativity and taught herself to play the piano and violin. She went to a prestigious boarding school for music in Michigan. Currently living in Washington D.C. and working as a lounge singer, she wants to be on The Voice to follow her passion. Follow Ddendyl on Twitter at @ddendyl.
Jake Barker (Team Usher) - St. Petersburg, FL

Jake was primarily focused on athletics until he posted a video of himself singing on YouTube. It got a huge response and he has been at it ever since. He moved to New York to pursue his dream and is currently bartending to pay the bills. Follow Jake on Twitter at @IamJakeBarker.
Josh Kaufman (Team Adam) - Indianapolis, IN

Josh has been singing on-and-off his entire life. He supports his wife and three kids by playing local gigs and working as a SAT prep tutor. Josh is hoping The Voice will allow him to stop tutoring and be a full-time musician to support his family.
Josh Murley (Team Adam) - Kerrville, TX

Music has always been a part of Josh's life; he grew up singing in a choir in high school, and then became a full-time musician. He has been playing shows around Texas with his band ever since. Money has always been a struggle for Josh, and now that he's a father, he wants to offer a better future for his family. He is hoping that auditioning for The Voice will be his chance to provide for his family. Follow Josh on Twitter at @joshmurleymusac.
Kat Perkins (Team Adam) - Minneapolis, MN

Kat started a rock band with her husband, but they divorced six months later and she decided to take a break from the music business. She's currently a full-time nanny for a family of five, with whom she created an unofficial band with for fun. The Voice is the first time Kat has gone solo and can't wait to step out on her own. Follow Kat on Twitter at @katscarlethaze.
Paula DeAnda (Team Blake) - San Antonio, TX

Paula was signed to a record label at 16. She put out a No. 1 album, opened for Chris Brown, and then was suddenly dropped. She's been recording music on her own but hasn't been able to secure another deal. Paula is hoping that The Voice will be her second chance at fame. Follow Paula on Twitter at @pauladeanda.
Ria Eaton (Team Blake) - Billerica, MA

Ria grew up in a dance studio - her grandmother and mother were both dancers - but her true passion is music. She currently lives with her grandmother in Massachusetts, but she's hoping The Voice will take her hobby of singing into a career. Follow Ria on Twitter at @riamusic.
Tess Boyer (Team Usher) - Glen Carbon, IL

Tess grew up dancing, cheerleading and competing in pageants. She was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Rams football team and currently works with special needs children while studying pre-law. Tess's true love is singing, and she auditioned for The Voice to prove she has what it takes. Follow Tess on Twitter at @tesshannahmusic.
The Voice
Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesdays (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC

"The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's sixth season. Celebrity musicians and coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton return, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host.

The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.

During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them -- thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.

After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds.

At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their own teams, but this time they find out only minutes before performing with whom they are competing. The artists each select their own songs to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.

In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.

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