Last night, the first episode of "The Voice" Season 3's new Knockout Rounds aired, with Team Adam and Team Cee Lo being reduced from 10 to five singers each. And while this phase of the competition wasn't so different from the Battle Rounds we'd been watching for the past three weeks (it was, after all, two hours of singers battling), and there were some very controversial decisions made by Adam and Cee Lo, in the end it was still a fantastic episode--perhaps one of the best in "Voice" history. So today, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I have much to discuss.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Knockout Rounds Dish, Pt. 1
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 6:24 PM EDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Oct 30, 2012 12:38 AM EDT
This week, "The Voice" introduced yet another new Season 3 twist, the Knockout Rounds. Duh-duh-duh-dummmmm. Surely no two words have ever struck so much cold fear straight into any "Voice" contender's heart--or "Voice" blogger's heart, for that matter. Why? Because at the start of Monday's episode, there were 40 singers standing...but by Tuesday, only 20 of them (five from each team) would be moving on to the live shows.
But would they be the right singers? Well, yes and no, based on a few of the controversial outcomes of the Knockouts between Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green's contestants, who sang on Monday. Some of the frontrunners of the season did make it through, but a few others shockingly did not--and while sometimes Adam and Cee Lo's decisions to go with unexpected underdog contestants were surprising in a good way, there were other times when the coaches made absolutely the wrong calls.
Ugh. Why can't the Knockout Rounds have Steals, too?Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Knockouts, Pt. 1: Frontrunners & Favorites Fall Hard
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Oct 29, 2012 5:52 PM EDT
Astro, aka Brian Bradley, aka "The X Factor" Season 1's Astronomical Kid, first made a splash rapping about his mother, when he auditioned last year with his instantly viral hit, "Stop Looking At My Mom." And now the seventh-place "X Factor" finalist, who's currently signed to L.A Reid's Epic Records, is back with another old-skool-style potential hit that boasts a parental theme. But while "Stop Looking" celebrated Astro's mom's gawkable beauty, "Dead Beat" is a much darker, much less celebratory song, all about an absentee dad.Read More »from The Astronomical Kid Returns! Listen To Astro’s “Dead Beat”
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Oct 29, 2012 4:11 PM EDT
The Darkness's Justin Hawkins is one of the top rock songwriters of the 2000s, not only penning such Darkness classics as "Love On The Rocks With No Ice," "Get Your Hands Off My Woman," "Knockers," "Dinner Lady Arms," and "Everybody Have A Good Time," and his other band Hot Leg's "Gay In The '80s" and "I've Met Jesus" (the man never disappoints with his song titles), but also anthems for fellow rock gods Foxy Shazam and Meat Loaf, and even many commercial jingles. Justin also famously wrote one of my all-time favorite Adam Lambert tunes, "Music Again," a song that once caused me to lose my dang mind. Well, it's time for me to lose my mind all over again, because in a recent exclusive interview with Yahoo! Music, Justin amazingly reveals that he has submitted a song to another "American Idol" star, Kelly Clarkson. Cue squeeing now.
Unfortunately, the song has one lyric that needs altering before Kelly can consider it...Read More »from Exclusive! Justin Hawkins Talks About His Song For Kelly Clarkson
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Oct 26, 2012 5:17 PM EDT
photo: Kristen (Jower-Ho) Shaffer"So You Think You Can Dance" had a rough time during Season 9, a season plagued by unfortunate format changes, timeslot switchups, and a couple of momentum-killing hiatuses. But one thing that did not plague Season 9 was a lack of talent. And when a dozen of this past season's talented dancers (the top 10, plus fan-picked wild cards Amelia Lowe and Matthew Kazmierczak) returned to Los Angeles on October 25 on the SYTYCD 2012 Tour, their dancetastic revue was a welcome reminder of how "So You Think You Can Dance" continues to be one of the best, if not THE best, talent shows on the air.Read More »from Cue Music! Season 9′s ‘SYTYCD’ Dancers Return To L.A.
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Oct 25, 2012 3:18 PM EDT
It's election time, and even though he's not a U.S. citizen, Simon Cowell still nobly wants to stress the importance of voting this November...for "The X Factor," of course, after the show goes live on November 1. Yep, leave it to Simon to always have his priorities in the right place.Read More »from Simon Cowell Claims He’s What “America Deserves” In Election-Style Smear Campaign
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Oct 24, 2012 8:56 PM EDT
Phillip performs at game one of the World Series"American Idol" champion Phillip Phillips may not have the big, belty, booming voice usually associated with the National Anthem--that's usually the domain of his Season 11 co-stars, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet. In fact, he actually once told Yahoo!'s Reality Rocks that he'd never want to try and tackle the tricky "Star-Spangled Banner," because, as he often humbly likes to say, he's "not that good a singer." But of course, an all-American boy like P-Squared could not turn down an opportunity to perform the Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series, which took place this Wednesday.
Although Phillip had never performed the iconic song publicly before, and he was performing it for a massive television audience that literally made "Idol's" viewing audience look positively minor league, the guy knocked it out of the park (and he stayed on the melody, in case you were wondering.) And he did the song in his own style, staying true to himself, just like he always did with his cover tunes on "Idol."Read More »from Phillip Phillips Sings The National Anthem, His Way, At The World Series
photo: TwitterJedward, the "double divas of Dublin" who had a license to thrill on Season 6 of "The X Factor U.K.," don't usually get mentioned in the same sentence or breath as actual powerhouse diva Adele. Understandable, I suppose. But now Adele and the Grimes twins finally have something in common: They've both recorded versions of the new James Bond theme, "Skyfall."Read More »from Jedward Cover “Skyfall.” No, Seriously.
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Oct 24, 2012 6:22 PM EDT
Last night, the sixth and final episode of "The Voice" Season 3's Battle Rounds aired, and this phase of the competition ended with a bang, with some of the most entertaining, interesting, and evenly matched battles of the season. Today, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield break it all down for you...plus, we look ahead to next week's brand-new twist, the Knockout Round (whatever that is).Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Battle Rounds Dish, Pt. 6
CeCe Frey, aka Miss "Capital-C-e-Capital-C-e," has quickly become one of "The X Factor" Season 2's most unlikable contestants. Even her mentor, Demi Lovato, admitted that the girl has a likability problem--even though that didn't stop Demi from advancing CeCe to the top 16 this week. So before the live competitive shows, a major CeCe reinvention is in order, to wipe the TV slate clean and make America forget all about the leopard-faced villainess who talked smack about fellow contestants, called herself a "boss," and technically stole a spot in the semifinals from America's "X Factor" sweetheart, Jillian Jensen.
The result? The most extreme reality-show makeover outside of "America's Next Top Model," and definitely the most extreme singing-show makeover since Tommy Hilfiger convinced "American Idol's" Erika Van Pelt to chop her blonde bob into a Kris Jenner crop. Yes, the photo on the right really is CeCe Frey:Read More »from Behold CeCe Frey’s Extreme ‘X Factor’ Makeover!
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