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Digital Spy can reveal the first pairings and songs for this year's The Voice UK Battle Rounds.
The first episode this Saturday (May 11) will see six pairs of contestants chosen by Jessie J, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue in the Blind Auditions go head-to-head singing the same track at the same time.
Jessie J will also see four of her acts sing for survival - Katie Benbow and Sarah Cassidy will tackle Katy Perry's 'Et', and Ash Morgan and Adam Barron attempt to impress with James Morrison's 'I Won't Let You Go'.
It's night two of the knockout rounds on "The Voice," with coaches Blake Shelton and Usher pitting their teams against one another to see who'll make it to the live shows next week, after Adam Levine and Shakira put their teams through the paces last night. Who will make it through?
First Knockout: Team Blake - Savannah Berry vs. Justin Rivers
Performances: It's interesting that both chose a gender-flipping pop star's song to compete with. Justin's rehearsals reveal that he's bringing a much more straightforward version of Miley's track, while Savannah's really trying to something different with her spin on the Biebs.
In her performance, Savannah really presents a twist on "Alaylm," charming Bieber's mentor Usher even into singing along. Justin's performance is a slog. This song choice doesn't make any sense for him. »
Oh sure, his rakish charm remains as reliable as ever. Who else could get away with yelling “kiss my ass!” to Adam Levine and making it land without a hint of toxicity? But Blake’s sudden and inexplicable “I only want country artists!” mindset has been a smudge on the show the likes of which we haven’t seen since Xtina’s wayward lipstick exploits of Season 3.
Yes, I know Blake’s heart belongs to Nashville, and there’s nothing wrong with that. »
- Michael Slezak
Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Saturday, 6th April K/o: 15:00 Team News
West Brom will be without Youssouf Mulumbu, who will serve the first of his three-match bans against visitors Arsenal following his dismissal against West Ham last week.
However, the Baggies are boosted by the return of James Morrison, who returns from a hamstring injury.
Arsenal look like they will have to wait a little longer for the return of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.
The duo are back in training but have only “an outside chance” of featuring, according to assistant boss Steve Bould.
Arsenal have fond memories of the Hawthorns. They clinched Champions League qualification on this ground on the final day of last season and will be hoping for a similar success this weekend as they continue their push for a top four spot.
Arsene Wenger’s men are fifth at present and will »
- Joseph Dempsey
The show is based on a Danish series and tracks a police detective (Sevigny) and forensic profiler (D'Arcy) who track down serial killers. Joe Carnahan ("The Grey") directed the pilot, written by Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"). James Morrison ("24") and Kerry O'Malley ("Shameless") co-star.
The pilot was shot in Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the pending pick-up, noting production is expected to begin in August for a likely 2014 premiere.
"Those Who Kill" would be just the latest in a string of serial killer projects on the air including the recent arrival of Fox's "The Following," NBC's "Hannibal" and A&E's own spin on the genre "Bates Motel" (inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho").
It's that time of year again. Reality television is dominating our spring/summer screens, and what better way to start than with The Voice UK?
With her Comic Relief head-shaving and various pop achievements, it's no wonder that birthday girl Jessie J is on everyone's minds at the moment, and here are ten fast facts about the lil' Jess herself.
1. Jessie J was born in London on March 27, 1988 as Jessica Ellen Cornish, and studied at the Brit School along with Adele and Leona Lewis. Talk about friends in high places! Before Jessie took to songwriting like a duck to water, she appeared in television commercials and theatre, her most famous production being Whistle Down the Wind. As you can see below, »
Home Nations rivals Scotland and Wales will face-off tomorrow at Hampden Park, with both sides needing a win to keep any hope alive of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The two bottom sides in Group A met last October at the Millenium Stadium with Wales emerging victorious thanks to a Gareth Bale double. James Morrison had earlier scored for the Scots and Steven Fletcher had a goal disallowed but like much of Craig Levein’s tenure as Scotland manager luck was not on their side.
Chris Coleman also has not endured the best of times as a national team manager. However, he picked up his second win as Wales manager in February when Austria were beaten 2-1. This gives them some momentum going into this match. Scotland also have a new sense of optimism with former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan now at the helm and he will be »
- Adam Henderson
American Idol has been on the air for 12 seasons. From the early days of Kelly Clarkson, the judges continually hounded the contestants on song choice. Simon Cowell (remember him?) would criticize contestants for being "cabaret," "old-fashioned" and, worst of all, "boring." Some of this season's contestants have been watching Idol since they were in elementary school, which makes it all the more inexplicable that they still choose to sing songs like Peggy Lee's "Fever," which is 57 years old. The show began with the 10 contestants rising from the floor, Hunger Games-style. Five of them will continue, while five of them met their end. »
- Steve Helling
When aliens finally come to Planet Earth — and if you’ve watched Battlestar Galactica or Contact, you know it’s just a matter of time — let’s hope the Cylons don’t judge the pop-cultural significance of American Idol based on its February 28, 2013 installment.
There are a thousand sleepytime metaphors I could call on to describe the tedious proceedings — gentle sheep leaping over fluffy clouds, the swooping descent of the Lunesta butterfly, a tin-soldier-esque lineup of the last letter of the alphabet (Zzzzzz) — but why not just speak the ugly truth of the episode: The final 10 guys competing for a »
- Michael Slezak
It's the final night of Sudden Death on American Idol. The guys in the competition so far haven't been spectacular. The remaining 10 will sing for the judges and then the judges, perhaps with the help of our pal Jimmy Iovine, will send half of them home.
Five will be left standing (because really, those stools are uncomfortable) and they'll join last week's winners in rounding out the top of this season's male contestants.
By the end of tonight, we'll have this season's Top 20 American Idol contestants and America will begin voting. Let's get to it...
Mathenee Treco, originally from Jamaica, is a choreographer. He knew he wanted to be a performer in middle school. Tonight he takes on The King singing Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation." He jerked around like he was rapping, but he was singing a crazy arrangement of the song and it was bizarre. Keith advised him »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Miranda Wicker)
Here’s round two of my 10 Must-Have Albums series. I find myself discovering new music by new artists every day – while I don’t like it all, it’s worth the discovery.
My life – and most others – are made easier with music. Different genres, different sounds and styles; they all benefit humankind by creating a form of release – an outlet for emotional distress, and a form of communication. Whether for the listener or the musician themselves, music has shaped and moulded society for the entirety of humans’ existence.
All that being said, allow me to spread some of my personal favourite discoveries with you. Here are just a few albums from musicians that I believe deserve more recognition for their artistic ingenuity.
10. The Lateness of the Hour – Alex Clare
London-born Clare released his debut album in 2011, however the album did not receive much recognition until mid-2012, when Microsoft selected “Too »
- Sam Tuchin
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