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September 17, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The prospects for pant-less days and bedazzled outfits on "The Voice" just diminished significantly: NBC announced Monday that Shakira and Usher will join the show's judges panel in the spring, filling in for pant-fearing Christina Aguilera and sequin-loving Cee Lo Green. The move will allow the veteran judges some breathing room as they embark on other projects. Aguilera is releasing a new album and going on tour. Green is working on new music and developing a scripted comedy series for the network based on his life.
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April 15, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Teams Shakira and Adam stepped up and sang songs of their own choosing during Season 6's second night of playoffs on Monday. And they did it surprisingly well, leaving their coaches, who each had to pick only three singers to take through to the live rounds as part of the top 12 and send two home, with tough decisions. Well, maybe not that tough. The three most solid singers on each team quickly emerged, so when it came time to make the call, both coaches' choices were fairly clear-cut.
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April 30, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
It's the Knockouts, that instant elimination round sandwiched between the Battles and the live shows, on "The Voice" this week. On Monday night, in the first of two back-to-back two-hour shows that will trim 32 contestants to only 16 (four from each team) to compete for viewers' votes next week, Teams Adam and Shakira took the stage. The coaches paired up their contestants, two by two, coaching each on a song of the vocalist's own choosing and then, after watching the contenders perform in front of the audience, the cameras and the other coaches, selected one singer from each pair to make it through, sending the other home.  Adam Levine paired amusing folk duo Midas Whale, whom he dubbed a "show favorite," with 19-year-old up-and-comer Amber Carrington, a singer he called "the biggest surprise" on his team.
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April 1, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Meet the new battles (a.k.a. The Battles, Round 2). They were pretty much the same as the old battles but for two relatively small differences: 1) The dueling singers had to work together to choose a song from three options provided by their coach. 2) All the contestants - on every team - shared the same celebrity mentor: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. Otherwise, pretty much all the same rules applied. Each coach paired singers on his or her team, worked with them, then opted to keep one and send one home, unless another coach scooped up the eliminated singer by using his or her single steal.
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June 11, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Shakira and company kick off the World Cup in Africa. ( Los Angeles Times) Hollywood prepares for "Clash of the Titans 2." (Los Angeles Times) Gary Coleman still isn't interred. (Los Angeles Times) The Go-Go's have to cancel their farewell tour after Jane Wiedlin falls during a hike. (Jane Wiedlin.com) John Goodman is losing weight. (Huffington Post) Conan O'Brien records a rockabilly album.
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February 25, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Back in Season 4, when Usher and Shakira first appeared on "The Voice," filling in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, the two newbie coaches often looked awfully green in their red leather chairs. Though both brought energy and commitment, heart and a highly competitive spirit to their mentoring duties, Usher and Shakira sometimes seemed strategically unseasoned, clinging loyally to a so-so contender, for example, while shortsightedly sending a more solid singer home. It was hard to see how these rookies would give veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine a real run for their money.
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March 26, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
If it seems like Season 3 of "The Voice" ended just a few short months ago, that's because it did. But only three months after Cassadee Pope stepped away with last season's win, on Monday night the judges returned to their spinning red chairs for the premiere of Season 4. Not all the judges returned to their chairs, of course. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green are sitting out the season, replaced by two new judges with equally big names (albeit only one apiece): Shakira and Usher.
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November 5, 2006
I teach citizenship and English classes to mostly Latino immigrants. Your article ["The Cross-Back-Over Success of Shakira," Oct. 29] demonstrates that despite the misconception that one has to "sell out" in order to assimilate and become part of the great American fabric, this is not necessary. Shakira is a great example of how to be real and adopt another culture. Being able to compete in the mainstream will only benefit our community. People like Shakira are helping us more than any novella or local Spanish newscast.
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April 17, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Years after they broke up, Shakira is still trying to shake her relationship with longtime beau Antonio de la Rúa. And the moral of the story may be: Always insist on a pre-nup when you're a walking global brand. After the split, both moved on to new partners. Shakira is now attached to Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué, lives in Barcelona and recently gave birth to the couple's first child, a son, Milan. De la Rúa is enamored of Daniela Ramos, a former Miss World Colombia, who recently gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Zulu.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
In spite of the song's title, Pop & Hiss has found it pretty easy to forget Shakira's irritating duet with Rihanna, which after premiering two weeks ago has already dropped to No. 61 on the current Hot 100. But as the fruit of a much-hyped superstar collaboration, "Can't Remember to Forget You" can hardly be left to die on the vine -- especially since the song is supposed to establish some buzz ahead of the March 25 release of Shakira's new album,...
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March 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Maroon 5, Shakira, Paramore, Ed Sheeran, One Republic and Tiesto have all been tapped for this year's Wango Tango, set for May 10 at the at StubHub Center in Carson. Others tapped for KIIS-FM's daylong spectacle include B.o.B, Kid Ink, Rixton and A Great Big World, who will be joined by Christina Aguilera. EDM spinster Tiesto is slated to close the show. More artists are expected to be announced later. Wango Tango will again be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and his KIIS-FM cohorts.
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March 12, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches took their teams from almost full to completely full on "The Voice" on Tuesday. "I truly believe that we all have winners on our team," Adam Levine said magnanimously as the final night of blinds kicked off. Later, though, he was less generous. "Team Adam is the best team," he said. "Duh. " Levine and fellow coaches Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira all added solid talent to their rosters Tuesday. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Shelton filled the final spot on his team with Kaleigh Glanton, a 20-year-old classical guitarist, singer and CrossFit enthusiast from Wichita, Kan., who turned all four chairs with her take on "Have You Seen the Rain?"
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March 4, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The teams are swelling on "The Voice," as the coaches add swell voices to their teams. On the third night of the Season 6 blind auditions, Adam Levine and Usher started out with four singers each on their teams, Shakira with three, and Blake Shelton, who seems to be less favored by contestants than usual, with only two. By the end, Levine, Usher and Shakira had each added three more singers, making for a total of six for the fellows and five for...
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February 26, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches on "The Voice" amped up the inter-chair drama -- yes, even further -- on night two of the Season 6 blind auditions. There was name-calling, umbrage taking and the defending of reputations. (Usher and the rest of us have been advised to remember Shakira's hips aren't the only part of her that don't lie.) There were sneaky last-minute spins to try to outmaneuver the competition (backfired!), crude jokes at one another's expense (something about rainbows and orifices it's best not to dwell on)
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February 25, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Back in Season 4, when Usher and Shakira first appeared on "The Voice," filling in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, the two newbie coaches often looked awfully green in their red leather chairs. Though both brought energy and commitment, heart and a highly competitive spirit to their mentoring duties, Usher and Shakira sometimes seemed strategically unseasoned, clinging loyally to a so-so contender, for example, while shortsightedly sending a more solid singer home. It was hard to see how these rookies would give veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine a real run for their money.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
In spite of the song's title, Pop & Hiss has found it pretty easy to forget Shakira's irritating duet with Rihanna, which after premiering two weeks ago has already dropped to No. 61 on the current Hot 100. But as the fruit of a much-hyped superstar collaboration, "Can't Remember to Forget You" can hardly be left to die on the vine -- especially since the song is supposed to establish some buzz ahead of the March 25 release of Shakira's new album,...
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December 28, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Shakira is not yet a mommy, no matter what her partner, Gerard Pique, might say. "Ya ha nacido nuestro hijo!" Pique wrote Thursday in his native Spanish on Twitter, announcing the "birth" of the couple's new son. "Estamos muy felices! Gracias a todos por vuestros mensajes!" (Roughly translated, that's, "We're very happy, thanks to everyone for the messages. ")  So, was it baby time? Not exactly. Just the father-to-be taking part in a little local tradition. Again tweeting in Spanish, the soccer player said 10 hours later (translated)
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February 26, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches on "The Voice" amped up the inter-chair drama -- yes, even further -- on night two of the Season 6 blind auditions. There was name-calling, umbrage taking and the defending of reputations. (Usher and the rest of us have been advised to remember Shakira's hips aren't the only part of her that don't lie.) There were sneaky last-minute spins to try to outmaneuver the competition (backfired!), crude jokes at one another's expense (something about rainbows and orifices it's best not to dwell on)
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June 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
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