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'The Voice' contestant Kristen Merlin powers through mid-performance mic outage -- VIDEO

The best part of watching The Voice is, well, hearing the voices.

That can’t be said for Top 12 contestant Kristen Merlin, who took the stage during season 6′s first live episode Monday — only to have her microphone fail completely during the last third of her performance.

Merlin was in the midst of singing her solid rendition of Sugarland’s “Stay” (delivering one of her strongest performances) when her voice cut out about 80 seconds into the song. A few seconds later, Merlin removed her in-ear monitor while she continued to sing; when a stagehand finally gave her a microphone 20 seconds later, the audience had already begun cheering as Merlin finished the song with a pitch-perfect “Stay” (that’s the title — everyone take a shot!). Following the performance, overwhelming audience response and enthusiasm from the coaches — including Merlin’s coach Shakira — visibly moved the singer to tears.

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Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom': 'I feel like I'm just now starting to learn how to write it' -- LISTEN

Everyone, can I have your attention please? Aaron Sorkin has something he’d like to say about The Newsroom. And get this: It’s an apology!

According to Buzzfeed, Sorkin took a little time at a Tribeca Film Festival event Monday to say a few sheepish words about The Newsroom. It went a little something like this:

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Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull on 'Billy on the Street' -- VIDEO

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This week’s big Billy on the Street takeaway? If you see someone in a Pitbull mask, chase after them. It might be Amy Poehler!

Poehler recently stopped by Billy Eichner’s show, and a preview clip released on Funny or Die this morning shows the Parks and Rec star in a Pitbull mask, running up to innocent bystanders before revealing something even better than the “Timber” rapper: Her own face.

The best part, as always with these videos, are people’s reactions, from normal excitement to blasé acknowledgment. (Also, that moment when Billy mistakes a lady for a dude.) Side note: What is with all these people not having seen Parks and Rec? DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MISSING? EICHNER HAS A RECURRING ROLE ON THAT PROGRAM.

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'Tonight Show' rap star Brian Williams conquers 'Gin and Juice,' wants to do Ludacris next -- VIDEO

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams wants you to know he never said “hippity.”

Jimmy Fallon has turned Williams into a rap star through videos of Williams “performing” hip-hop classics like “Rapper’s Delight” and, as of last night, “Gin and Juice,” via some very fancy editing. So on Monday, Williams himself went on The Tonight Show to talk about his burgeoning rap career. And he has some of his own ideas.

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Courteney Cox shuts down talk of 'Friends' reunion on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

Could she BE any more clear?

Courteney Cox went on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, and Letterman told her he had to ask her about something she probably didn’t want to address: A Friends reunion.

Fans have been clamoring for one since the show went off the air in May 2004 (10 years ago!). Unfortunately, Cox said she’s got some bad news: She can barely get Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow together for a cast dinner. That means a taped reunion simply isn’t in the cards. “It’s not gonna happen,” she said. (For the record, Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane told EW the same thing earlier this month: “The show is over. What was at the heart of the show is done,” said Kauffman. And as Crane added, “People say they want it, and the more that we say it’s a bad idea, people [disagree]. But I think if we actually gave it to people, there would be such backlash.”)

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'The Blacklist' star Ryan Eggold reveals his first crush, quotes 'Tommy Boy' in our Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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While The Blacklist fans are still pondering all the details surrounding who Tom Keen really is, we got some dirt on the man who plays him.

When Ryan Eggold stopped by our office, we put him in the hot seat for our Pop Culture Personality Test, where he revealed the thing he remembers most about his crush on Penelope Cruz — that mole on her boob — and the film that terrorized him. Hint: It’s a remake.

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'Dancing With the Stars': Week 6 is liiiiiiive!

Who’s ready for a party?!

On tonight’s Dancing With the Stars, the final eight couples are taking to the floor to dance to some of the best party anthems out there. And obviously, the perfect guest judge for Party Anthems night is LMFAO’s Redfoo (and his amazing hair). Party rock is in the house tonight, guys! Try and have a good time, won’t you?

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: Despite playing a pimp in tonight’s tango, Drew Carey, along with partner Cheryl Burke, was eliminated. For more, check out my full recap!

 

Tony Hale stars in incredibly depressing 'Where's Waldo' update

Oh there’s Waldo! And, wouldn’t you know it, he looks a lot like a sad-sack Tony Hale character.

That’s because the Veep star is playing the stripe-clad sneak in a new photo essay published Monday in The Occasional, the Funny or Die offshoot that began as a humor magazine app and has morphed into a McSweeney’s-esque website. And needless to say, “Where’s Waldo Today?” with Tony Hale doesn’t exactly paint a rosy future for Martin Handford’s famous creation. READ FULL STORY

Check out this interactive 'Game of Thrones' map (with spoiler control!)

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Few shows on television cover greater distance than Game of Thrones, which currently spreads its action to the farthest reaches of two different fantasy continents. Of course, Thrones has impressive source material: George R. R. Martin has spent the last couple of decades meticulously exploring the various cities, towns, villages, and various geographical phenomena throughout his invented world. And now, you can explore that world — without fear of spoilers! READ FULL STORY

'Mindy Project': Should Mindy and Danny become a couple again? -- POLL

Should Mindy and Danny get back together on The Mindy Project, or are they a Taylor Swift song waiting to happen?

Chris Messina broke hearts a few weeks back on The Mindy Project when his character, sexy doctor Danny Castellano, ended his just-beginning relationship with Mindy because he “didn’t want to ruin the friendship” or whatever, a.k.a.: He’s a big baby and fans were/are not amused.

But! The darkness may be coming to an end soon. Messina told Vulture on Sunday, “There is a payoff that I think is worth sticking around for. We just shot the finale and I think it’s our best episode. It’s very romantic.” That lines up with what Ike Barinholtz told EW earlier this month: “I think the dynamic between them is special and different and they are unlike any other couple on TV because they are such distinct characters and they fight so much. To put them back together just makes so much sense…eventually.” The finale episode is called “Danny and Mindy,” so it sounds like that “eventually” may come pretty soon. READ FULL STORY

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