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The Voice: Season Two Premiere

All four judges are back for another season

Immediately following Giants win over the Patriots, “The Voice” premiered its second season complete with all four original judges: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton.  

Six contestents started off season two of “The Voice” strong, with only one, Daniel Rosa, not being picked for a team.  Other contestants included a classically trained opera singer, a formerly homeless single dad and a man who had been a part of the Mickey Mouse club with Christina. Aguilera didn’t recognize her fellow mouseketeer until he was almost off the stage.  

“The Voice” does a wonderful job in setting itself apart from similar shows like “American Idol” and “The X Factor” in more ways than one.  The judges, or “coaches”, as they like to be called, must fight to have the contestants of their choice on their teams.  The auditions are “blind,” and the coaches can only see the contestants’ face if they like their voice enough to put them on their team.  “The Voice” is also different because the coaches don’t like to put the contestants down; there definitely isn’t a Simon equivalent.  All of the coaches are more like Paula who would rather give constructive criticism than tell someone they were terrible. 

Another aspect of “The Voice” that gives it an extra boost is the coaches’ use of Twitter; they have friendly banter on camera as well as on twitter.  Blake Shelton, during the show, tweeted, “I may be just a country star, but I’m kicking @adamlevine’s rockstar ass.” 

“The Voice” airs again tonight for part two of the premier on NBC at 8 p.m. 

Josh Powell, sons dead after explosion

Apparent double-murder suicide is being investigated

Josh Powell allegedly set fire to his home on Sunday after a social worker dropped off his two sons for a supervised visit.  Powell and his two sons Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, were found dead following an explosion in their Washington home.  

According to reports, when a social worker showed up at Powell’s home, Powell grabbed his sons, shoved the social worker out the door and locked it behind her.  Almost immediately, an explosion shook the neighborhood and the house was engulfed in flames. It is believed that accelerants were used in this alleged double-murder suicide.

Last week, Josh Powell was denied custody of his sons and was also ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.  According to CBS News, the two boys had also started to become more vocal about the events surrounding their mother’s disappearance.  An attorney for the Cox family said of the boy’s comprehension on that night, “They had gone camping.  Their mother had been in the trunk and later, their mom and dad walked out into the desert and mommy got lost.” 

According to PEOPLE, Josh Powell’s brother-in-law believes the boys recent openness with family and authorities may have been the motivation for Sunday’s events. 

Powell had been a person of interest in the case of his missing wife, Susan Cox Powell, who disappeared from their Utah home in December 2009.  He claims that on the night of his wife’s disappearance, he had taken the boys on a camping trip in a remote part of Utah where temperatures would have been freezing.  Powell initially lost custody of his two sons because he was living with his parents when child pornography was found on his fathers’ computer last year and the boys have since been in the care of their maternal grandparents.