Since Steven Tyler performed a cat-scratch rendition of the national anthem at yesterday’s AFC Championship game, the performance has gone viral and been met with an Internet response about as hospitable as New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s “What’s that smell?” face. Which brings to our attention for the trillionth time that, Man, that song is tricky. Since Francis Scott Key penned the rousing lyrics in 1814, many have been felled by its one-and-a-half-octave range and flummoxing verbiage (“O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming”? That’s old-time speak!). For fairness, I’ve mainly stuck with actual singers (or people who clearly think they can sing, ahem, Carl Lewis). Below, some of the biggest “Star-Spangled” screwups. (We’ve included video. You’re welcome!) READ FULL STORY
Tag: Christina Aguilera (41-50 of 70)
No, we’re not talking about Courtney Stodden, we’re talking about this year’s newcomers to the Twitterverse. Having passed its half-decade mark, the site continues to attract A-listers who have a little time and 140 characters to spare for an occasional rant or rave. So, which celebs got a taste of the dreaded #failwhale for the first time in 2011? Read on… READ FULL STORY
Britney or Christina? It’s a question that philosophers have been contemplating since approximately 5 A.D. (after Disney). One’s the ultimate American girl, the other’s multi-lingual and multi-talented. One’s got enormous popularity; the other’s got an enormous voice. One’s a blonde ex-Mouseketeer who was romantically linked to Fred Durst, the other’s… a blonde ex-Mouseketeer who was romantically linked to Fred Durst. How to choose? It was a tough debate for Leah Greenblatt and me. Check out our arguments below, and tell us what you think in the comments.
(This is part of an ongoing series of posts in which EW writers debate the most defining pop culture rivalries. Past subjects have included Schwarzenegger/Stallone, Godfather/Goodfellas, and the neverending boy-band battle between ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Come back here on Thursday for a duel over the relative greatness of Movies and Videogames, and then spin back here in one week for a cage match between The Simpsons and South Park to decide the great American animated comedy.) READ FULL STORY
(Update: The recap is live!) We’ve obsessively analyzed iTunes sales, dissected the finalists’ performances ad nauseum, and argued about Christina’s image issues until we were blue in the face — and tonight, we’ll learn whether Dia, Javier, Vicci, or Beverly has been crowned The Voice. Yes, that’s right: After just ten weeks on the air, The Voice‘s too-short first season is coming to an end. What? No, I’m not getting teary! There’s just… there’s just something in my eye!
Go ahead and discuss the show’s star-studded finale below; as soon as we find out who’s been named the winner, I’ll update the post with their name. For the record: A whopping 48 percent of you are predicting that Dia will be victorious, and 40 percent also believe that she deserves to win (though 30 percent think Javier should get the title). I think you guys are right on the first count… though if Beverly somehow manages to be number one, I might just do a celebratory chicken dance. UPDATE: So who won? Check it out after the jump! READ FULL STORY
After four more hopefuls were unceremoniously booted, The Voice‘s eight remaining contestants sang their hearts out in last night’s semifinals. This evening, the group will be whittled down by half yet again — and each coach will be left with just one vocalist. Oooo, I can hardly contain myself!
As we wait to find out who our final four will be (COUGH diabeverlyjaviervicci COUGH), feel free to discuss The Voice‘s first-ever results show below. I’ll update this post as soon as we know who made the finale — and be sure to check out my full recap of the episode once it goes live later tonight. UPDATE: And the final four are… READ FULL STORY
13 talented singers will enter the Voice Box this evening, but only 8 (or 9, if the boogie woogie Thompson sisters somehow make the cut) will be left standing by 11pm eastern time. Which of Adam and Cee Lo’s protegees will survive to battle against Xenia, Dia, Frenchie, and Beverly? We’ll find out soon enough — but until then, feel free to chat here about tonight’s episode. And don’t forget to check back in the wee hours for my full recap of the show.
UPDATE: And the final four semifinalists are… READ FULL STORY
Just a few months ago, Christina Aguilera was at a career low point. Over the span of about four weeks, she had messed up the words to the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, been arrested for public intoxication, stumbled at the Grammys, and gotten sued. Oh, and lest we forget, all that came right her album Bionic tanked, her movie Burlesque flopped, and she filed for divorce from her husband of five years. Phew! Maybe words can’t bring Xtina down, but it sure seemed like a string of public misfortunes could.
Then something wonderful happened: Aguilera’s next project, The Voice, became a bona fide hit. And like Idol judge Jennifer Lopez before her, suddenly, the public began to see the diva in a whole new light. READ FULL STORY
The Voice saved the best for last. No, the show is far from over, but the Battle Round concluded last night and the field was cut to 16 hopefuls after four memorable duets featured perplexing costumes, stirring vocals, and a kiss that would’ve made Mitch & Mickey proud.
Jeff Jenkins dressed down for his duet of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with the more-Elton inspired Casey Desmond, but boy’s got pipes to get away with it. Xenia and Sara Oromchi were tasked with a difficult song, “I’ll Stand By You,” that wouldn’t be any teen girl’s first choice. Lily Elise blew everyone away on “Since U Been Gone” — with her outfit! — but that was enough to send Cherie Oakley home. And then, Emily Valentine and Curtis Grimes sealed “Need You Now” with a kiss. So sweet that no one even minded that Lady Antebellum’s song is about drunken booty calls.
Which was your favorite duet last night? Vote below. READ FULL STORY
Leave it to The Voice to offer something for everyone. Last night’s Battle Round featured songs from diverse eras and genres, and though the pairings didn’t always make the songs their own, at least they kept us guessing. (Can 16-year-old Raquel really deliver that deep Rihanna note?) Serabee and Dia’s version of “You Can’t Hurry Love” was bizarre — Cee Lo’s word — but Devon and Rebecca both held up strong singing Radiohead’s “Creep,” a true test for any rock vocalist. The trio “duets” continue to feel unbalanced, though Tori & Taylor advanced despite sounding deferential to Kelsey in their performance of “Unwritten.”
But what duet did you like best? Which would you want to hear again and again on your iPod? Vote below. READ FULL STORY
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