CeCe Frey finally goes homeWell, CeCe Frey had a good long run on "The X Factor." She survived a drastic bleach job, an even more drastic editing job, a countless number of bad decisions by her coach Demi Lovato, and a weekly bombardment of unbridled judging-panel hatred that'd probably make even "American Idol's" Sanjaya Malakar blanch. And every week, this "trier" tried, tried again--and she defied the odds and made it through. But eventually, CeCe ran out of tries, and this Thursday, she went home, after receiving the fewest votes of the week.Read More »from ‘The X Factor’ Top 6 Results: X Marks The Spots
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 6:42 PM EST
Last night, "The X Factor" top six performed, singing two songs apiece--one unplugged, and one very much plugged (and picked by fans). The results were mixed, as they often are on "The X Factor." While the acoustic numbers definitely showed up some contestants' vocal shortcomings (Emblem3, I'm looking at you), others that were expected to falter (CeCe Frey, cough) actually rose to the challenge. And of course, Carly Rose Sonenclar was awesome. But you already knew that.
Today, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I discuss last night's dozen performances, plus the poor performance overall this season by the show's four judges: L.A. Reid's bad attitude, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato's icky and unfunny infighting, Britney Spears's general uselessness, etc. Enjoy the debate!Read More »from The X Factor, The Day After: Top 6 Performances Dish
"The X Factor" goes unplugged [photo: Ray Mickshaw/Fox]Last week on "The X Factor," Paige Thomas and Vino Alan got the boot, in what was supposedly this season's "most shocking elimination so far." (Um, no, Mr. Weird Boxing-Announcer-Voiced Guy, the most shocking elimination of the season was actually when Lyric 145 and Jennel Garcia went home on the same night. Just sayin'.) But anyway, with only six contestants left in the competition and at least three of them considered "frontrunners" to some degree, and with the finale only two weeks away, the possibilities for even more shocking eliminations exponentially increased this week. Especially since each of the contestants had to riskily sing two songs this Wednesday, one of which was totally unplugged.Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 6 Recap: The Show Pulls The Plug
Last night, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez were eliminated from "The Voice"--and though I predicted as much, that doesn't mean I am happy about it today. Nor is my "The Day After" co-host, Matt Whitfield. But there's probably someone else who's even more bummed than us: Adam Levine, the coach to both Amanda and Melanie. At one time, it looked like a second Team Adam victory was a possibility, but now, with Adam (along with Christina Aguilera) left completely team-less, it's down to just Team Cee Lo and Team Blake in the next two weeks.
Today, Matt and I chat about what the future holds for Amanda and Melanie, and well as the overall future of "The Voice" Season 3. Who will be the final two? Who will ultimately win? Which contestants are we personally rooting for? And will the winner, whoever it is, actually sell records in the real world? Let's discuss.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Top 6 Results Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 9:15 PM EST
Adam Levine says goodbye to Amanda BrownAdam Levine had one of the strongest teams this "Voice" season, and with contestants like fiery rock-mama powerhouse Amanda Brown and artsy indie girl Melanie Martinez in his camp, it looked like he had a real chance of repeating his Season 1 victory. But all that changed this Tuesday, when in one fell swoop, both Amanda and Melanie were voted out of the competition--leaving Adam (like Christina Aguilera last week) without a team.Read More »from ‘Voice’ Top 6 Results: Another Coach Knocked Out Of The Running
Last night, the top six competed on "The Voice," singing two songs apiece: one of their personal picks, and one song selected by their respective coaches. In the latter category, some of the contestants (Terry McDermott, Cassadee Pope) got song selections that made sense, while others (Nicholas David, Melanie Martinez, Trevin Hunte) sadly did not. But luckily, all of them were able to redeem themselves, at least somewhat, when it came time to perform songs of their own choosing. Funny how that works, huh?
But regardless, two more contestants have to go home this evening--and with only six singers left, and all six of them being immensely talented, it's inevitable that my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are going to have to say some sad goodbyes tonight, possibly to our own favorites. Watch us discuss last night's performances and tonight's elimination predictions in the video below.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Top 6 Performances Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 5:06 PM EST
Blake Shelton's "Not-So-Family Christmas" special aired Monday night--in a brilliant but obvious bit of NBC synergy, right after Monday's "Voice." But while Blake exhibited some excellent comedic timing (particularly during his "Just-Like-The-Voice Chair" fake infomercial), there was one special guest who upstaged (and eventually outsang) him: his longtime pal and onetime "Voice" mentor, Kelly Clarkson.
Since "it's 2012, it's television, and people are singing," the Original Idol naturally assumed that Blake's holiday special was some sort of newfangled singing competition--and so she came to compete, and she came to WIN. And she did a great job. If those phone numbers scrolling at the bottom of the screen had been real, I totally would have block-texted for her.Read More »from Watch: Kelly Clarkson’s Winning Performance On Blake Shelton’s Christmas Special
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 4:35 PM EST
Blake Shelton's "Not-So-Family Christmas" special aired Monday night--in a brilliant but obvious bit of NBC synergy, right after Monday's "Voice"--and I have to say, if and when Blake takes a hiatus from "The Voice," he ought to consider a career in comedy instead of country. He exhibited surprisingly superb comedic timing, no doubt honed from months of wittily bantering with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green. And one of my favorite funny skits from his special was his infomercial, for the must-have gift for any "Voice" fan on anyone's holiday shopping list: the "Blake Shelton's Just-Like-The-Voice Chair."
I just wish this wasn't a skit. I kind of want one of these! Dang you, fake 555 phone numbers!Read More »from Blake Shelton’s “Just-Like-The-Voice” Chair: The Holiday Gift For The TV Fan That Has Everything!
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 11:23 PM EST
This Monday on "The Voice," the top six contestants (two apiece on Team Cee Lo, Team Blake, and Team Adam) each performed two songs: one pick of their own, and one coach's pick. Meanwhile, the team-less Christina Aguilera just sat around, fanning herself dramatically, singing Fiona Apple songs without provocation, and picking on poor Melanie Martinez.
Oh, and Christina joined the show's obvious pet cause and pimped Cassadee Pope shamelessly--basically prematurely declaring Cassadee the Season 3 champion, while Cassadee's coach, Blake Shelton, smiled smugly. But does Cassadee really already have this competition all sewn up? There were many other stellar performances this week, so I think it's still anybody's game. Anybody, that is, besides poor Melanie Martinez. Sigh.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Top 6 Recap: Picks, Pans, And Pope-Pimping
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Sun, Dec 2, 2012 10:12 PM EST
As "The Voice" and "The X Factor" continue apace, with their respective finales now less than three weeks away, the eliminations just keep getting tougher. And while the cut that personally went deepest for me last week was that of absolutely fabulous "Voice" showman Cody Belew, the one that felt ickiest was that of "The X Factor's" Vino Alan, who was so blatantly thrown under the bus, he may as well go ahead and get some tire marks tattooed on his face now.Read More »from It’s Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 30
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