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"THE VOICE" CONTINUES WITH BLIND AUDITIONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All the coaches on "The Voice" picked up new talent for their teams except Adam Levine. He failed to add one singer on last night's show to his team. Christina Aguilera's team now has a waitress whose family was held at gunpoint, as well as a singer who had his jaw wired shut for six weeks. A former wrestler who sings country music won over Blake Shelton the moment he walked across the stage, because Shelton heard his cowboy boots. Shelton also has a mariachi singer on his team. Cee Lo Green's team now has a teenage singer who contracted a virus that nearly killed him. The production coordinator for LeAnn Rimes tried out but got no turnarounds.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA WILL GET SPECIAL ALMA AWARD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Christina Aguilera will receive special recognition at the ALMA Awards, which celebrates Latino achievements. Aguilera will be honored for her career and her philanthropy. The ceremony will be taped Sunday and will air on NBC on September 21.

AVRIL LAVIGNE IS THINKING OF WEDDING DRESSES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Many brides describe their dream gowns as "elegant," "simple" or "classic." Avril Lavigne describes her dream gown as "badass." Lavigne is engaged to singer Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Lavigne says she's either going to design her own dress or collaborate with a designer. Lavigne spoke to fashion reporters in New York after showing off the latest designs in her Abbey Road clothing line.

ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS MAY NOT BE LOOKING AT YOU

CHICAGO (AP) -- When Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects looks out onto a concert crowd, he may not be seeing them. Ritter says he sometimes softens the focus on his eyes because he still gets nervous on stage. Ritter says sometimes he'll be two songs into the show before he realizes he still has his soft-focus on. Ritter actually enjoys the nerves. He says if he didn't get nervous on stage he wouldn't have fun.

JUSTIN BIEBER OFFERED HOCKEY TRYOUT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- A minor league hockey team thinks Justin Bieber could be what they need. The Bakersfield Condors have offered Bieber a tryout for the upcoming season. Head Coach Matt O'Dette says he's seen Bieber in online videos skating with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He says Bieber has a "combination of skill and toughness" and a right-handed shot that would benefit the Condors. The team has even reserved Bieber's favorite number, 6, just in case. Bieber's people have not responded to the offer.

JUSTIN BIEBER'S MOM WANTED TO NAME HIM JESSE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Justin Bieber nearly was Jesse Bieber. Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, tells NBC she called him Jesse all through her pregnancy. She says when he was born, he didn't look like a Jesse, so she decided on Justin. Bieber also reveals he got kicked out of class every year, including the first day of first grade. That time it was because he was making armpit noises in class. The interview runs on tomorrow's "Today" show and "Rock Center With Brian Williams."

DREW LACHEY MAKES HIS PREDICTIONS FOR "DANCING WITH THE STARS"

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees believes winning on "Dancing With The Stars" does not mean he's got an advantage on the All-Star edition. Lachey says there are five other winners competing who are just as good as he is. He says the runners-up are probably still ticked off they didn't win and will try harder this time. Lachey does think it could be an advantage that he has a new partner. He says people will see something new from him as a result. "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars" premieres September 24.

RINGO STARR SAYS IT'S NOT HIM ON RECENTLY FOUND RORY STORM TAPES

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ringo Starr says sorry to disappoint, but he doesn't think it's him playing drums on recently discovered tapes by Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. The tapes were recorded in 1960 at Storm's house and at a Liverpool club and were forgotten until they were found recently in Storm's sister's basement. Starr says he had left to join The Beatles by that point. He says the only Rory Storm tracks he did were in Germany: a two-sided acetate of "Mailman Bring Me No More Blues" and "Fever." Starr says he'd love to hear those tracks because he doesn't have a copy.

BOB DYLAN-ROLLING STONE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone he doubts the U.S. can ever get rid of the shame of slavery. Dylan notes the nation was -- quote -- "founded on the backs of slaves." He adds today in America people are still at each other's "throats just because they are of a different color."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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