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The Voice: Season 7, More Battle Rounds, 10/20/14

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Having battle rounds early on The Voice each season forces the judges to carefully consider their teams.  Do they put up the best against the best, and send one home?  Or do they put very different artists together and call the result based on how they want to present their final field?

1.  Adam pairs two of his singers from the same genre:  Kelli Douglas vs. Damian (no last name), both black R&B vocalists.  He assigns them “Knock on Wood,” and they appear fairly evenly matched.  Adam picks Damian, keeping one of his male R&B vocalists, and nobody steals Kelli.

2.  Gwen pairs two of her mainstream pop vocalists, Jewel soundalike Jessie Pitts against aspiring teen idol Ryan Sill. She assigns them a contemporary song, “I Need Your Love.”  Gwen picks Ryan, but Blake pushes his button and steals Jessie.  Let’s hope he assigns her a Jewel song.

3.  Blessing Offor, who invites comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, has to be one of the top contenders of this season.  While looking at Team Pharrell, I wondered who could be paired against the power-voiced blind R&B vocalist.  I guessed Griffin (who sounds like Michael Buble) was the best choice (or possibly Beyoncé-influenced  Elijah Rene).  Does the judge want an heir apparent to Charles and Wonder, or does he want an heir apparent to Buble?  However, Griffin and Rene were matched against others, and Pharrell matches Offor against 15-year-old Kariz Trinidad.  When she auditioned, Pharrell declared he wanted her on his record label, so she appears to be one of his favorites.  Offor is old-school, while Trinidad is more of a contemporary teen-idol type.  Pharrell gives them a Stevie Wonder song, “Do I Do.”  Although Offor’s plainly the better singer, Pharrell picks Trinidad, wanting to keep his teen.  Adam wants to steal Offor–so does Gwen–but Offor goes to Team Adam.  Which judge will work out better with which singer should keep fans watching.

4.  Adam pairs his remaining black R&B vocalist, Ethan Butler, against David Cook soundalike Matt McAndrews.  He gives them Coldplay’s “Yellow,” which they do as an unplugged version, playing acoustic guitars.  Adam admits, “Putting you two together was never a good idea.”  Butler has the more powerful voice, but Adam picks McAndrews, citing “something intangible.”  What McAndrews needs is a David Cook song–will he get a chance to do one?

5.  Blake matches one of his country female vocalists, Taylor Brashears, against a genre-defying singer, Bree Fondacaro.  He assigns them Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good,” a song that can be performed as country, R&B, or rock.  The choice is between Fondacaro’s quirky, smoky voice and Brashears’ pure tones.  During judges’ comments afterwards,  Gwen doesn’t like the way either of them did the song.  Pharrell and Adam both say they’d choose Brashears.  Blakc does keep his hard country singer Brashears, and nobody steals Fondacaro

6.  Final pairing of the night–Pharrell puts Toya Jones up against  Danica Shirey.  Both are soulful-voiced women, and their song is Beyoncé’s “Halo.”  This turns into one of those duets where the singers try to out-sing each other’s high notes, and it just sounds like screaming.  Pharrell surprisingly picks Danica.  Adam must have been surprised by the choice, too, because he immediately pushes his “steal” button.  Gwen joins in but Toya Jones goes to Team Adam. 

Tonight brings the final battle rounds for this season (unless there’s some twist coming) and Gwen’s the only judge left who can steal a singer.  Some of this season’s more promising singers have yet to appear.

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Beyond Reality – Dancing with the Stars – Season 19 – Recap 10/20/14

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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Project Runway Season 13 Episode 13: Collection Preview Surprise

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

In this web exclusive from Episode 13 (Finale, Part 1) of Project Runway Season 13, the designers talk about sharing previews of their final collections with the judges, as well as who they think had the best and worst looks.

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Survivor Live – Drew Christy

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Survivor Live Guest Host Malcolm Freberg sits down with the fourth castaway from Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, Drew Christy, to talk about the game so far.

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The Amazing Race: Season 25, Copenhagen, 4th Leg, 10/17/14

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Already we’ve seen the fourth leg of The Amazing Race Season 25 and next Friday brings the fifth!  The eight remaining teams camp overnight at the pit stop on St. Nenian’s Isle in the Shetlands.  (Now the narrative tells us how they get to and from there–by a sandbar connected to the larger island.  That wasn’t explained on the previous leg.)  As teams leave the pit stop the next morning, they get their next clue.  It directs them to take a thirteen-hr. overnight ferry ride back to Aberdeen, Scotland, then fly to Copenhagen, Denmark.  C-Max cars will be waiting there, with the next clue envelopes on their windshields.

Misty/Jim (Dr. and Dr. McDentist) are first to leave the pit stop, at 10:36 a.m.  They find the next ferry doesn’t leave until 5:30, so they ask the ticket seller about a travel agent.  She says there isn’t one.  She suggests they go to the local library and use the Internet to check flights.  They do and find one that arrives in Copenhagen at 4 p.m. the next day.

As other teams get their ferry tickets, they decide to either go to a travel agent in Aberdeen or just buy tickets at the airport, when the ferry docks at 7 a.m. the next morning.  Teams end up divided between five different flights:

Women cyclists Kym/Alli luckily get on a fight that arrives at 2 p.m.  (It probably wasn’t available when Misty/Jim were booking their 4 p.m. flight.).  Jim’s unhappy the other team jumped ahead.  “Until Phil tells us we’re second, we’re racing for the win,” he declares.

The main pack (Whitney/Keith, Bethany/Adam, Brooke/Robbie, and Amy/Maya) is on a third flight.  It gets to Copenhagen about 5:10.  Gay couple T/T are on a fourth flight that gets delayed, meaning it’s almost 6 p.m. when they get to Copenhagen.  In last place are mother-daughter team Shelley/Nici, whose flight is delayed by more than a hour, and they get to Copenhagen at 6:35.

Kym/Alli land hours ahead of the rest of the field, find a waiting C-Max, and open the next clue envelope.  It tells them to drive from Copenhagen, about 20 miles (including across an 8-km. bridge) onto Swedish soil.  The car has a fuel efficiency gauge that will tell them how much gas they used.  If they use less than one-tenth of a gallon, they may immediately get their next clue.  If not, they’ll have to search for a student who has a map of the Scandinavian countries, and answer her question, slowing them down.  Either way, they simply drive back to Copenhagen, which is a very strange way to demonstrate fuel efficiency.  (It would have made more sense if they’d actually had to drive to a detour or roadblock while conserving gas.)

The lead team gets their next clue immediately, as they’ve used only 1/100th of a gallon.  They open the envelope and find detour instructions.  One option involves delivering a wedding cake by bicycle, so that’s the one they pick.  They first have to go to a bakery and put the final touches on a Danish wedding cake.  It’s not like the standard wedding cake at all.  It resembles a two-ft. high tower of doughnuts, decorated with white icing and Danish flags.  One team member must then ride the delivery bike while the other holds the cake (and keeps the tower from toppling).  They have to deliver it to a restaurant and have the maître d’ sign off on the delivery receipt.  Then they can ride the bike back to the bakery and get their next clue.

The bike’s a cargo bike with a platform on the front end.  One of the women explains it’s difficult for even experienced cyclists to balance on it.  The girls’ cake tower takes a minor topple, so they hit on the idea of dividing the tower in two and then putting it back together.  They deliver the cake, but they can’t find their delivery receipt.  (One of the girls even checks her sports bra for it.)  Fortunately they find they dropped it just outside the restaurant, so they remain hrs. ahead of other teams.  They get their next clue from the baker before any other teams catch up.

By this time other teams are arriving in Copenhagen.  Misty/Jim drive across the bridge to Sweden.  A man is waiting to check their fuel efficiency gauge.  He tells them they’ve used more than 1/10th of a gallon, so they must find the student and answer her question before they can get the next clue.  The question asks teams to name the capitals of the three major Scandinavian countries.  The dentists hunt down somebody with an iPhone to get the answer.  Most other teams do the same.

Misty/Jim choose the second detour option, to construct an urban living space in a parking space. (It’s apparently a popular thing in Copenhagen.)  Using a photo as a guide, they have 30 min. to construct an outdoor living room or garden room, and make it look exactly like the picture.  If they can’t make the space look exactly like the picture in 30 min. they have to switch to a vacant parking space and start again.

The third flight arrives.  Brooke/Robbie, Bethany/Adam, Whitney/Keith, and Amy/Maya all get their cars and make the drive to the Swedish island.  Whitney/Keith pass the fuel conservation test but Bethany/Adam, Brooke/Robbie, and Amy/Maya don’t.  Teams have to drive slowly to pass the test, but that means they risk losing time in the race.  The three couples choose the wedding cake detour.  Amy/Maya choose the “park” detour.

When Kym/Alli complete their detour and get their clue from the wedding cake baker, it’s for this leg’s roadblock, at a famous gourmet sandwich restaurant, the Ida Davidson.  The restaurant’s menu offers 280 sandwiches.  One team member must take orders for four sandwiches, and then, from memory, recite the sandwich numbers and ingredients to the kitchen.  Once the team member has correctly served the customers, the team gets the next clue.

T/T arrive in Copenhagen and drive over the bridge.  They deserve some kind of award because, although they use more than 1/10th of a gallon, they can name the capitals of Denmark, Sweden and Norway without having to hunt up someone with an iPhone.  They choose the “park” detour.

Shelley/Nici arrive at the airport but can’t find their car, putting them even further behind.  They do pass the fuel efficiency test, however, and choose the “park” detour.

Three young couples (Brooke/Robbie, Whitney/Keith, Bethany/Adam) converge on the bakery.  They all get their cakes and bikes at about the same time.  Bethany/Adam quickly learn this wasn’t a wise choice–not with Bethany’s one arm.  They give up and switch detours.  So do Whitney/Keith.  Wrestlers Brooke/Robbie tough it out.  Brooke’s practically screaming about her arms and back while she’s balancing the cake on the bike’s platform, but the couple deliver the cake and get the clue for the sandwich place.

Kym/Alli finish the RB and get the pit stop clue while other teams are still performing the detours.  This leg’s pit stop is at a sustainable-living apartment house.  Phil is waiting with greeters–including two Great Danes–to check teams in.  The young women cyclists win the leg, and each wins a C-Max.  This team is becoming one of this season’s dark horses.

Misty/Jim at least twice ask a judge to check their garden space but something’s wrong.  They can’t figure out what, so they switch detours.  They’ve lost at least an hr. and Amy/Maya have passed them, assuming second place.  (The female scientists did the outdoor living room.)  Keith/Whitney finish the outdoor living room, too, placing them fourth.  (The wrestlers are running third.)  Surfers Bethany/Adam have to do the garden space a second time.  T/T and Shelley/Nici catch up.

Amy/Maya, Brooke/Robbie, and Keith/Whitney converge on the sandwich restaurant.  Amy/Maya finish the RB 2nd.  Robbie turns his order-taking into a show, and he and Brooke finish 3rd but are 2nd to hit the mat.  (They’re turning out to be this season’s comic relief.)  Whitney/Keith finish the RB 4th.  They’re 3rd to the mat.

Jim/Misty get their wedding cake and bike to the restaurant, but their cake loses one of its Danish flags along the way.  The married couple have to go back along the route and retrieve the flag before they can finish the detour.

Three teams are stuck on the parking space detour.  T/T and Bethany/Adam are having trouble finding out why their garden spaces don’t match the picture.  Could it be the way the flowers are arranged in a pot?  It’s the pot!  One pot has slightly different designs on two sides.  The side that shows a sunflower with eight petals is the correct side.  (That’s what Jim/Misty missed.)  Adam/Bethany and T/T finally get their clues for the RB.  Shelley/Nici are the last to finish the living space.

Amy/Maya slide a couple of spaces, getting to the pit stop in 4th place.  Darkness is falling as T/T and Bethany/Adam get to the RB.  They’re soon joined by Misty/Jim and Shelley/Nici.  Everybody finishes the RB except Jim/Misty.

Misty’s getting the ingredients right but the kitchen isn’t accepting her order.  She estimates she spends about an hr. at the RB.  She finally rereads her clue–she hasn’t been calling out the numbers along with the ingredients.  When she and Jim get their pit stop clue, the whole restaurant applauds.

The trailing teams start checking in.  T/T get to the pit stop in 5th place.  It’s been a few seasons since a team argued their way through the race.  Shelley/Nici argue all the way to the pit stop and accuse each other of wanting to lose.  They place 6th.  Bethany/Adam place 7th.  That leaves Jim/Misty, and Jim approaches the pit stop with the couple’s “save” pass ready.  Phil tells him he can keep it, because this is a non-elimination round.  Jim admits his confidence is gone.








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Pitbull to Guest Judge and Perform Tonight on Dancing With the Stars

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments


The Nine Remaining Couples Will Perform to Pitbull’s Hits and Favorite Songs

“Episode 1906″ – International superstar Pitbull returns to the ballroom and for the first time joins Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as a guest judge MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on “Dancing with the Stars.” Pitbull will kick-off the night with a steamy performance of his hit single “Fireball” followed by the nine remaining celebrities performing to a mix of his hits and personal favorite songs. Dance styles will include Salsa, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango and Jazz. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination. [Read more →]

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The Biggest Loser – How to Stay Motivated

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The trainers dish on how they keep themselves motivated to stay in shape.

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The Coaches Enlist Fellow Musicians To Prepare for Battle Tonight on The Voice

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

“THE VOICE” “THE BATTLES, PART 3″ 10/20/2014 (08:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday)

THE BATTLES CONTINUE- THE COACHES ENLIST FELLOW MUSICIANS STEVIE NICKS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, ALICIA KEYS AND GAVIN ROSSDALE TO PREPARE THEIR ARTISTS FOR BATTLE – The “battle rounds” begin and the coaches enlist the help of the music industry’s top recording artists to offer their knowledge and skills as advisers. Adam Levine teams up with Stevie Nicks, Blake Shelton with Little Big Town, Pharrell Williams with Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani with husband Gavin Rossdale. In this phase, the coaches pit two of their own team members against each other in a dueling duet. After the vocal face-off, each coach must choose which artist from their team is the strongest, and has the option of stealing losing artists from an opposing coach. Each coach has two steals during the battle rounds where their artists will proceed to the new knockout rounds. Carson Daly (“Last Call with Carson Daly”) hosts. TV-PG

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Project Runway Season 13 Episode 13: A Trip to Salvatore Ferragamo

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Tim Gunn takes the designers to Salvatore Ferragamo where they have the chance to talk to Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director at Salvatore Ferragamo, in this video extra from Episode 13 (Finale, Part 1) of Project Runway Season 13.

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Project Runway Season 13 Episode 13: Rewind

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out highlights from Episode 13 (Finale, Part 1) of Project Runway Season 13, where the designers travel to Rome for inspirations and share previews of their final collections with the judges.

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