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Tonight was The Voice‘s great social media experiment. Did it work? And more importantly, did America’s Twitter users save the right singer?
Leah Remini, Henry Byalikov, and Tony Dovolani put their finest Wacky Lady, Old Guy, and Flair Monster impressions to work as they deftly spoofed Dancing With the Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli in a jive trio on Monday’s Week 9 performance show (read my full recap here).
See the bizarro world in action, plus a collection of Tony-oli’s cheekiest moves, below: READ FULL STORY
Six stars remained, and head judge Len Goodman returned, tragically not wearing one of Cher’s discarded costumes from her bleep-inducing stint as guest judge last week. (Did you know Len’s on Twitter as “@GrumpyLGoodman“? I’m a bit disappointed he didn’t go with his vanity license plate, DANCMSTR, instead.)
Voice fans: I know it’s a tad early in the game, but is season 5 shaping up to be the most interesting season of the highly rated reality competition yet?
After the reveal of last week’s top 12, it’s apparent that this season is already breaking two important trends. One, with only four female singers remaining, is it safe to say we can expect The Voice to be a male one? There hasn’t been a male winner since season 1′s Javier Colon and season 2′s Jermaine Paul. Factors of probability aside, has there ever been a season with male singers of this caliber of talent? Week to week, I find myself scurrying from Matthew Schuler’s indie-rock power-ballad camp to favoring James Wolpert’s versatile vibrato, to even rooting for clutch player Will Champlin, who many times seemed a goner without a coach’s save. Now I’d wouldn’t be so careless to rule out Tessanne — who’s been a favorite this entire season — but it’s not going to be easy for the powerhouse diva to steamroll past these guys. This talent pool runs deep.
Secondly, in addition, to the dearth of ladies in the competition, there’s also a noticeable lack of a female country singer. As my colleague Samantha Highfill wrote in her analysis of season 4′s artists, The Voice looked like it was on the the fast track to becoming a single-genre show with the purpose of exclusively catapulting country singers. While there’s nothing wrong with discovering another country star, this departure can only signal good things for Voice viewers. It will force Blake to rejigger his coaching sensibilities, give more screen time to idiosyncratic voices, and make it more fun to watch without the looming threat of winner déjà vu.
Here’s a refresher on the current top 12 (and the order I would rank them):
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In Thicker Than Water, Bravo introduces us to a family that combines firm religious beliefs with a penchant for the finer things in life. The new reality series follows the Tankards, who aim to be the best, biggest, and brightest in everything they do.
After watching Sunday’s season premiere, here are five thoughts:
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It’s been a great week for Bravo fans. Following the premieres of both The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the Shahs of Sunset returned for a third season. Last season, the group of Persian-American friends living in Los Angeles got into some crazy pool party fights and the world was introduced to the glory that is diamond water.
The premiere picks up three months after we last saw the group together. So, are Reza and MJ still talking? Is MJ getting along with her mother? Can we all just admit that MJ may be the root of all the problems? Here are five highlights from the premiere: READ FULL STORY
Guest judge Cher certainly looked and felt at home on television’s most sparkly alternate universe during her intergalactic visit to Monday’s Dancing With the Stars (read our full episode recap here).
The most subdued of the three judges (which is really saying something, namely that Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are cuckoo), Cher gave out mostly 9s and compliments. But she was extremely amusing throughout the two-hour episode, threatening to “knee” Tonioli if he flailed too hard, upping her game from a demure sequined shift to a ridiculous feathered headdress for her second musical performance (watch it below), and dramatically delaying her score announcements as if conjuring up the paddles from the sleeves of her magical cloak.
At one point, during a critique of Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (Spiderweb Bodysuit and Shirtless)’s jazz routine set to her song “Bang Bang,” Cher endured one of the LONGEST BLEEPS EVER RECORDED. Damn that 10-second delay! Try to figure out what she said along with me, and check out some other highlights below. READ FULL STORY
Baby, save up all your tears. You might need them someday...like right now, as another pair has just been ejected from Planet Mirrorballus following Cher’s bleep-heavy guest judge stint on Dancing With the Stars.
The seven remaining couples danced to Cher songs in front of Cher. It’s like the exact definition of #SPARKLEBARF. Look it up. No, no need. It’s on TV. You can preview some of the Cher Night routines here — and hear Brant/Peta, Corbin/Karina, and Jack/Cheryl tell EW all about the hardships of Week 8 — over on Inside TV.
Update: The eliminated couple is…. READ FULL STORY