Ever since Shakira was first announced as Christina’s replacement, fans of the blond vocalists have been participating in a battle round of their own. And now that we know that both Christina and Shakira will return to their red swivel chairs within the next year, fans are more polarized than ever. While both are undoubtedly superstars, as coaches, they both have their pros and cons. Is Christina too mean? Is Shakira too nice? We’ve heard it all before. Now, we weigh in with our analysis, and you get to tell us which bombshell you prefer: READ FULL STORY
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Last night, R&B singer Vedo took the stage during The Voice’s knockout rounds. He sang Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and impressed Usher enough to advance to next week’s live rounds. He also talked a lot about his mother, who recently died — something Usher acknowledged in his comments after the performance; and something that’s been mentioned on the show every single time Vedo appears. I wrote about how this makes me feel in last night’s recap: a combination of annoyed, deeply moved, and deeply apathetic. But many commenters disagreed. I still feel that way, and I’m assuming a lot of you still disagree with me.
So what are we really talking about when we talk about someone’s dead mom?
The Voice’s battle rounds are getting bloody, and they claimed their biggest victim so far this season on last night’s episode, when big-haired, big-voiced Jessica Childress was sent home after battling it out against fellow Team Usher-ite Vedo, on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” As my colleague Samantha Highfill noted in her recap, Childress is the show’s “cutest personality” — and her blind audition with Mars’ “Marry Me” was all kinds of fizzy (cruel irony). So what are we to do after her departure, Voice fans: mourn? And more importantly: What about Jess?
But hey, the age of reality competitions teaches an important lesson to its most tenacious cast-offs: If you’re good enough to earn a spotlight, carry it with you off the stage. In the interest of positive thinking, here is some unsolicited/expert advice on where Childress’ career can and should go next:
The weather is warming up, the brown things are turning green, and it’s time to watch some baseball. Or, if stadiums aren’t your thing, watch some baseball in a dark theater on a giant screen. Advance word on the Jackie Robinson flick 42 is quiet, though the First Family loves it.
The buzz on 42 – plus other things the White House has yet to approve for your week — below.
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We might as well call this premiere week. Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and The Voice are all back. Nashville returns from a long hiatus. Oh, and that movie where Ryan Gosling has a ton of tattoos that you’ve been thinking might be cool to check out is finally here.
Whether you’re planning an elaborate Game of Thrones party, still debating the Vampire Diaries dilemma that ended so many friendships, or just plotting the best possible way to get Matt Smith your phone number, this week has something for everyone. And we do mean everyone! We start with a salute to strong female characters from Broadway musicals and end with a show where the likelihood of blood (and/or sex) is 100%. Here’s what to do for the days in between.
Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway… All of ‘Em, 8 p.m., PBS
OK, hear me out. There are just so many TV options on Sunday! Revenge, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time! So, you’re going to watch your favorite. But if you choose to DVR any other show, why not give Chenoweth a chance! She’s got charm, pizzazz, and oh man that VOICE.
The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC
Speaking of voices, the best use of spinning chairs on television returns. We’re all excited to see if Shakira and Usher can carry their weight as judges. Plus, we get to hear a pretty seductive version of ”Sexy and I Know It.”
The Mindy Project, 9:30 p.m., Fox
Ellie Kemper guest stars! We can only hope that she becomes a regular on the show next season after The Office ends. Maybe if we all ask hard enough, Kemper and Kaling will bring their pop group, Subtle Sexuality, to the show eventually.
Nashville, 10 p.m., NBC
After a month off, we get to find out what’s up with Scarlett and Gunnar! Let’s hope it’s steamy.
The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., The CW
Klaus is shirtless. Caroline’s looking vengeful. We get the Katherine vs. Elena (sans humanity) scene we’ve been waiting for. Plus, we’re kind of loving Rebekah and Elena as partners in crime, right?
The Place Beyond the Pines hits theaters
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendez, and Rose Bryne star in this movie about fathers and sons directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). Come for Ryan Gosling’s abs, stay for his (and Cooper’s) strong acting. Watch some scenes from the movie here to get excited.
Doctor Who, 8 p.m., BBC America
You saw our two covers, paper dolls, and exclusive video, now it’s time for the premiere. How is Clara going to fare as a companion? Will she be able to fill the Pond-sized hole in our hearts? And who exactly is she? Be prepared to get taken through space and time by a man in a bow-tie.
Game of Thrones, 9 p.m., HBO
We’ve been preparing for this for a while and we know you have too. If the epic trailer, which basically looks like a movie, doesn’t make you want to watch consider this: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) goes ”dragon fishing” on a sea voyage.
Adam Levine may have moves like Jagger, but he hasn’t quite captured the Rolling Stone’s strutting confidence — on SNL, at least. While Mick was completely at ease as a host last season, Levine frequently seemed a little nervous during his own maiden hosting voyage; his cue card-reading was blatant enough to make us dock Maroon 5’s front man a few points. And then there was Levine’s performance in that cringe-worthy “Gay Network” sketch, which aimed for good-natured edginess and fell far short of the mark.
But overall, Levine did pretty well for someone who only recently began dipping his toe in the acting pool — and the SNL he oversaw was an improvement over Jennifer Lawrence’s disappointing episode. (Granted, this may have been thanks to The Lonely Island, Cameron Diaz, and Jerry Seinfeld rather than Levine alone). He charmed as Nev Schulman in the sketch show’s spot-on Catfish spoof, he held his own alongside Andy Samberg and co. as the Digital Short made its triumphant return, and he took off his shirt just a few minutes into the episode, which almost makes up for that obvious cue-card reading.
Still, if last week’s poll is any indication, it may be tough for Levine to top Lawrence. READ FULL STORY
On November 17 of last year, Adam Levine served as SNL‘s musical guest — along with his band, Maroon 5 — in an episode hosted by Jeremy Renner. Just two months later, he’s back in Studio 8H once more — but this time, as Saturday Night Live‘s host. Is the Voice coach’s latest SNL gig nothing more than a case of NBC synergy gone awry, or does Levine have the chops to impress even when he’s not employing that famous falsetto?
We’ll find out soon enough. Take comfort, though, in knowing that at least this won’t be Levine’s first acting experience. The musician was fine as Leo on American Horror Story‘s recently ended second season, although he didn’t have much to do; still, series creator Ryan Murphy praised Levine’s “great movie star charisma,” which bodes well for his Saturday Night Live hosting. Levine also got a small taste of SNL-style comedy when he sang the hook for the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-skewing “Iran So Far” digital short in 2007, though he was more of a straight man there than anything else. READ FULL STORY
Psst, DIYers: If you’ve got a normal office chair, a few sheets of red poster board, and a bunch of tape, you have all you need to make your very own imitation Voice swivel thrones.
That’s just what SNL did for this week’s promos, which feature host Adam Levine and cast member Bobby Moynihan. The pair’s charmingly lo-fi props would be right at home in a “Laser Cats” video — and they really elevate Levine and Moynihan’s series of Voice jokes. Not bad for the “Drunk Uncle” guy’s first promos, eh?
In the meantime, though, we’ll enjoy a night of star-studded duets — word on the street is that Cassadee Pope will sing a number with her soundalike idol Avril Lavigne, while Terry McDermott will do a tune with British rocker Peter Frampton and Nicholas David will meet his match in the iconic Smokey Robinson — and big-name performances by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, and the Killers. Hopefully, a full hour will also be devoted to Voice Confessionals and dispatches from Christina Milian in the Sprint Skybox™.
So come, Voice fans, and unleash your finale thoughts below
. I’ll update the post once a winner has been crowned — and don’t forget to check back even later for a full recap of the whole shebang.
The Voice is many things: an absorbing talent show, an extended high-end chair commercial, a crazy wig parade, NBC’s blessed ratings savior. That said, it hasn’t yet proven itself to be a reliable starmaker. Past Voice winners Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul have had limited success on the national stage, though Paul’s fortunes may change when his debut album drops later this week. Runners up like Dia Frampton and Chris Mann have had slightly more luck, but they’re still nowhere near the level of, say, Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood (let alone Jordin Sparks).
All that might change, though, when The Voice crowns its third winner tomorrow night. Every one of season 3’s finalists is talented; what’s more, each of the three has a specific niche that may make them more commercially viable than the R&B-singing Javier and Jermaine.
Terry McDermott of Team Blake is a Scottish classic rocker with a charming, lilting voice and a signature personal style (business in the front, party in the back). His teammate, Cassadee Pope, is an Avril Lavigne-esque pop rock singer who can also do a convincing country twang. And Team Cee Lo’s Nicholas David is a creature unlike any seen on reality TV before: a soft-spoken, deep-voiced ’70s funkster whose groove is as charmingly retro as his beard.
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