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It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 2

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Meanwhile, over on "The Voice," it was time for the Knockout Rounds, which were really just a continuation of the previous weeks' Battle Rounds, since, you know, these episodes just featured more singers battling. At the start of last Monday's broadcast, there were 40 singers standing, but by the following night, only 20 of them (five per team) remained. And quite a few supposed frontrunners were sadly not among those 20. Goth girl Caitlin Michele and double-threat dancing/singing sensation Avery Wilson shockingly got booted by their coach, Cee Lo Green. Christina Aguilera, a woman with a long history of bad judgment when it comes to both her "Voice" outfits and her "Voice" eliminations, cut two of her most interesting team members, buttery-smooth soulman Aquile and flamboyant Gaga backup vocalist Chevonne. And Adam Levine thwarted his chances of cornering the mass-texting girly vote by sending home adorably emo Artist Vs. Poet singer Joe Kirkland.

But the last cut was the deepest. On Tuesday's final "Voice" battle, Blake Shelton had to choose between keeping Cassadee Pope, the former frontwoman of failed pop-rock band Hey Monday, and Suzanna Choffel, the awesome Austin music teacher with the heart and hair of gold. Cassadee performed a cover of Maroon 5's "Payphone" that was just okay; she kind of payphoned it in, really. Suzanna, meanwhile, magnificently hit the stage in a Studio 54 onesie looking like Alison Goldfrapp, and although her cover of Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" wasn't the ideal showcase for her lovely voice, she still seemed like the clear victor. But Blake apparently isn't a big Marley fan, or a fan of metallic disco jumpsuits, or a fan of great singers, because he picked Cassadee instead--much to the horror of many Suzanna fans (Su-fan-nas?) who'd hoped to see her to go all the way to the finale.

Perhaps Blake just isn't as invested in "The Voice" as he used to be. Although Blake has officially signed on for spring 2013's Season 4 (unlike Cee Lo and Christina, who'll be going on hiatus to focus on their actual music careers), he has repeatedly, quite loudly complained about "The Voice's" new grueling two-seasons-a-year shoot schedule, and during one of his acceptance speeches at the CMA Awards last week, he somewhat disparagingly referred to his "Voice" gig as a "side job." (Ouch. Sorry, Mark Burnett.) But hey, if Blake keeps making dumb decisions like the one he made regarding Suzanna, then I encourage him to take as long a hiatus as he desires.

Meanwhile, if for some reason Cee Lo doesn't return to "The Voice" for Season 5, maybe he could get a side job filling in for Randy Jackson on "American Idol." During one of his critiques last Tuesday, Cee Lo attempted his best Randy impression, quipping, "Yo, dawg, that was hype, dope, and fresh!" (Maybe he was just trying to be Randy Jackson for Halloween?) Now I'm hoping that when "Idol" comes back in January, Randy gets some payback by impersonating Cee Lo. I'd personally love to see The Dawg holding a white Persian cat on his lap.

Moving to on to actual "Idol" news...lest you forget, "American Idol" is still the only one of these talent shows (in the U.S., at least) that has consistently produced any stars that actually sell any records. Reigning champ Phillip Phillips in fact recently hit new a "Idol" milestone by selling an unprecedented 2 million downloads of his coronation single, "Home." Will his debut album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, be as successful when it comes out November 19? Take a listen to brand-new, Yahoo!-premiered snippets from the album, and you can play judge:

Looking ahead to this coming week, it's obviously election time, but NBC and Fox execs are also hoping you'll cast your ballot for "The Voice" and "The X Factor," which are finally about to open up to public voting. But since there will be no "Voice" broadcast on Tuesday due to election night coverage (priorities, people, priorities!), the two shows will go head-to-head on Wednesday and Thursday this week. And I have a feeling that the popular vote, so to speak, will be very obvious, when "The Voice" wins in a ratings landslide. Talk about a TV bloodbath!

Parker out.

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