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Yes, I know that Alex and Sierra are fan-favorites, but come on — who could really create a hit record? Think about the radio for a moment, and it’s Jeff who can be a hit maker!
If there was any contestant who delivered big-time with their X Factor finale performances Dec. 18, it was Jeff Gutt. The Detroit-born 37-year-old with the sexy, raspy voice was a rock star with every note.
While Alex & Sierra are cute and delivered a pretty rendition of “Say Something,” they totally wimped out on both their duet of “Bleeding Love” with Leona Lewis and their delicate rendition of “Give Me Love”.
Hey, I know it’s heartwarming to see them look adoringly into each other’s eyes, but honestly, when was the last time that a sugary, folksy duo ever had a hit record? I’m sorry, »
- Bonnie Fuller
Pickpockets to highwaymen, bank heists to drug smuggling, the readers' collective Robin Hood act has made a treasure chest
Under the cover of darkness they came. Precious time was snatched to deliver. One reader endured terrible pain and went to hospital, another is set to move house, but this did not stop them. And another, more delightfully, saw the delivery of a beautiful baby (I dedicate this blog to you, prolific Rr regular BeltwayBandit - congratulations!), and despite all of this, during this crazy pre-Christmas period, you still brought riches. Thank you, me hearties, for your bountiful song booty! From rampant robbery to surreptitious smuggling your treasures cascaded through the cellar door of the Readers Recommend and I spent many hours admiring, examining, analysing and enjoying. I am a man poor in time, but rich in song.
And now my turn again to stand and deliver. And indeed, among all the thieves, »
- Peter Kimpton
• Vintage Burgundy: classic Anchorman quotes
Just over a dozen or so years ago, when Will Ferrell was still a cast member of Saturday Night Live and starting to think of a future full-time film career, he met up with the head of a major Hollywood studio.
"The thing with comedy characters," the head honcho said to him, "is that they have to be likable."
Ferrell thought about this for maybe two seconds, looked up and replied, "You are absolutely wrong."
"And the two development assistants standing by the studio head just went … " Ferrell makes a rubber-faced look of Munch-like horror, and he laughs remembering the moment which, from today's perspective, sitting in London's poshest hotel at the tail »
- Hadley Freeman
Do you think the right singers were sent home tonight? Find out who got the boot, then weigh in with your reaction.
If you weren’t having mild heart palpitations during the Dec. 10 elimination episode of The Voice, you weren’t watching it correctly. This season’s final five singers came together for one last night of intense performances before losing two more members of their family.
With the all-important Twitter save no longer in play, there was protecting the remaining contestants from elimination. James Wolpert was the first to officially be given the boot, followed by Cole Vosbury at the end of the hour. They were both surprising, emotional exits — but at this point, anyone leaving the competition would be a bummer. Every single singer has become a fan-favorite.
With James and Cole now out of the running, we’re left »
- Andy Swift
Tessanne Chin left Adam Levine speechless with her Dec. 9 performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ but it also left her in tears. She talked exclusively to HollywoodLife.com after her performance about what had her so upset — and the impact she hopes it had on others.
It’s no doubt that Tessanne Chin is a fan favorite on The Voice because of her amazing range. However, it hasn’t always been easy for her. The 28-year-old performer revealed that she got bad news this week, making her performance that much harder. You wouldn’t be able to tell, though — she sung her heart out.
“I think I left my heart out there,” she told HollywoodLife.com after her performance of the Simon and Garfunkel hit song. “I left everything that I was feeling on stage and it was very much therapeutic. »
- Emily Longeretta
Even in a competition, music can be therapy. And it was exactly that for The Voice's frontrunner Tessanne Chin, who is one of Adam Levine's three remaining competitors, on Monday night when she wowed the coaches and viewers with an emotional rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." E! News chatted exclusively with Tessanne backstage after the show, where she revealed that she initially didn't want to sing the song, but it took on a whole new meaning for her after receiving a text message from her sister. "I was in his kitchen when [Adam] told me the song, and I was like, 'What about this song?' and he just gets this look where you know there's »
We're one week away from the season finale of The Voice and there's still no clear winner. They seem to want us to think it's Tessanne Chin, but it could just as easily be Will Champlin. Either way, it's going to be a good year for coach Adam Levine, as two of his three teammates will almost certainly be among the top three in the finals.
Rolling Stone's Complete Coverage of 'The Voice'
The only member of Levine's fully intact team not in the running for first place? »
Tessanne Chin's coach, Adam Levine, alluded to a personal and private burden she'd been carrying this week, but she channeled those raw emotions into her performance on The Voice on Monday, with a searing version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that had the audience on its feet cheering. Pouring out her heart, the Jamaican power vocalist ended her song with a sustained note that showcased her strength and likely cemented her place in the show's final as the last five contestants battled in the live semifinals round. "That was crazy what just happened," Levine said. »
- Andrea Billups
The Voice Recap: Group Performance
The five contestants opened the show together, performing the upbeat song “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors.
Wolpert from Adam Levine’s team opened up the individual performances with the powerful ballad “With Or Without You” by U2. Wolpert gave a strong performance, catching each note exactly and conveying the emotionality of the song.
Champlin sang fun.’s hit single “Carry On” next. Champlin added small changes to the arrangement to make it his own but still maintain the melody. His performance was fun and original, and his coach expressed his happiness with seeing Champlin smile while performing.
Christina Aguilera’s contestant Lee took on the emotional “Angel” by Sarah McLachlin. Lee sang the angelic, »
Can People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” (*With a Current Project to Promote/Not Named Idris Elba) be stopped?
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Of course, perhaps the even bigger question is whether membership on any coach’s team means anything at all. I mean, fans of NBC’s reality singing huggernaut — a typo, but that seems apt given all the positive vibrations, »
- Michael Slezak
It's the beginning of the end, "Voice" fans. Season 5 is beginning its quick march to the finale with Monday's (Dec. 9) live semi-finals. As the Top 5 take the stage for one song each, which of our favorites will hit all the right notes? And who will fall flat? Let's find out!
Before we get into tonight's competition, all five finalists take the stage to sing "Best Day of My Life" together. It's a really fun number, though Cole Vosbury's microphone seems to suffer a few malfunctions. Also, Blake Shelton is wearing a fake wig. Happy Monday!
For tonight's first performance, James Wolpert will be taking on U2's "With Or Without You," which coach Adam Levine is hoping will be a huge, anthemic performance -- one to prove that America made the right choice with their Instant Save last week. It's the right song choice. James sounds terrific throughout, really hitting »
On TV this Sunday: The Mentalist gets technical in its fall finale, The Amazing Race crosses the finish line, faith is broken on Homeland and American Dad breaks bad. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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Washington, December 7: Paul Simon is set to be honored for his career achievements and charity work at Carnegie Hall, in New York.
The 72-year-old American musician will be celebrated with a series of tribute performances as part of the venue's annual music education benefit, which aims to raise funds for underprivileged youths, on March 31, 2014, Contactmusic reported.
Simon is currently prepares to embark on a North American tour with 'Sting'. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisInside Llewyn DavisOscar Isaac has an unfortunate habit of being the best thing in bad movies (W.E., Won’t Back Down, The Bourne Legacy), so I’m thrilled to say that he’s finally the best thing in a great one. As Llewyn Davis, perhaps the most talented - and most unsuccessful - folk singer in New York, Isaac is a rumpled, miserable mess. He doesn’t particularly like people, but he’s forced to prevail upon them constantly, »
- Alynda Wheat and Oliver Jones
The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist. Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
I met him once, in February 1995. He’d not long been President of the new Republic of South Africa and a debate was on to write the new constitution. A »
- Jake Perlman
Nelson Mandela’s passing today at the age of 95 had a strong impact on Hollywood. While the South African politician and revolutionary leader has been depicted in films such as the upcoming TWC biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” he also partnered with insiders on charity campaigns. Here, he is remembered by some who knew him:
“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism. »
- Variety Staff
Following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday, Hollywood took a moment to express their condolences.
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Vice President Joe Biden: "Nelson Mandela once said, 'A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.' Mandela's wisdom and compassion were formidable enough to change the world. First his courage and then his forgiveness inspired us all, and challenged us to do better. In the words of the South African poet Peter Horn, he 'dreamed the world another way.' I saw his world the way it used to be when I visited South Africa as a 34 year old Senator. When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented. When I tried to enter Soweto township with Congressmen »
Nelson Mandela -- the long-jailed activist whose famous struggle to replace South Africa's racial segregation system of apartheid eventually led him to become the country's first black president -- has died at the age of 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
Mandela -- who was born July 18, 1918 in the South African village of Mvezo -- had been hospitalized in recent months after being treated since early June for a recurring lung infection. A message posted to Mandela's official Twitter page on Thursday read: "Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace."
Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s. He joined the African National Congress (Anc) in 1942 and for the next 20 years, directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against his country's racist policies.
When the Anc was outlawed in 1960, Mandela was forced to go underground »
Whether it's due to confused format changes, the omnipresence of Samsung tablet devices, or a plain old lack of killer talent, The X Factor is losing the ratings battle to Strictly, in a contest that has over the years become cast as great geopolitical struggle rather than the country's chief incubator of cleavage engineers. But as Simon Cowell waits in the wings to install himself for another three years as judge and prodigal son, ITV has announced another singing competition that, if popular, could potentially send the high-trousered one back to looking after Zig and Zag.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The X Factor has confirmed details of next week's Jukebox theme.
Viewers will be given the opportunity to choose a song for each of the five acts to perform on next Saturday's (November 30) quarter-final live show.
Their second song will be selected by the viewers from a grouping of three, as part of a public vote.
The choices for each act are as follows below:
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
2. Skinny Love (Bon Iver)
3. One Day Like This (Elbow)
1. The Prayer (Josh Groban and Celine Dion)
2. Amazed (Lonestar)
1. The Living Years (Mike and the Mechanics)
2. Clown (Emeli Sandé)
1. The First »
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