Sarah's through-to-Hollywood cuisineDiehard "American Idol" viewers will remember Sarah Sellers as the geek-chic food blogger who made it to Hollywood Week last year. (Watch her Season 10 audition here.) Sarah has since continued her food-blogging, and has been cooking up scrumptious snack suggestions for any "Idol" viewing party and posting them here exclusively in Reality Rocks. And she's back this season to get your mouth watering every Wednesday and Thursday night.Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: Hollywood Week Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 6:40 PM EST
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 7:46 PM EST
Jamar RogersViewers of "The Voice" this week were no doubt moved by Team Cee Lo auditioner Jamar Rogers, not only because of his brilliant cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," but because of his harrowing backstory: After battling meth addiction, he got clean and sober six years ago, but now he is living with HIV as a result of his drug use. What made Jamar's story even more interesting, however, was the fact that it was not told when he appeared on "The Voice's" more conservative rival show, "American Idol," three years ago. Diehard singing competition fans probably remember Jamar from "Idol" Season 8, when he auditioned with his best friend, future third-place finalist Danny Gokey, and back then, Danny's sad story of young widower-hood received a huge amount of screentime. But "Idol" viewers oddly learned nothing of Jamar's own equally serious troubles.Read More »from ‘Voice’ Standout Jamar Rogers Discusses His Past with HIV, Addiction & ‘Idol’
Last night, episode 2 of "The Voice" aired, and the talent continued to impress. The two-hour Blind Auditions round featured the coolest contestant yet (Lindsey Pavao), a memorable "American Idol" alum getting a deserved second chance (Jamar Rogers), a random Prince medley, and a cat named Mr. Purrfect. The show was pretty much purrfect (as were the ratings), and today my "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are feeling pretty excited about Season 2.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Episode 2 Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 1:51 AM EST
Cee Lo with his furry friendAfter a ratings-bonanza Season 2 debut Sunday night after the Super Bowl, "The Voice" settled into its regular timeslot on Monday and kept trying to score. Of course, most of the focus as usual stayed on the judges, not on the contestants (my one real gripe about "The Voice"), as Cee Lo Green stole the show by dressing like a giant Disco Teletubbie in a red sequined onesie, petting a fluffy Mr. Bigglesworth-lookalike lap cat, and singing a random Prince medley with his allstar castmates. The auditioners who followed therefore had a lot to compete with, in order to grab the viewers' (and judges') attention--but there were a few singers who made a lasting impression.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Episode 2 Recap: Cat’s Got Their Tongues
Last night, "The Voice" Season 2 premiered after the Super Bowl, to huge ratings that totally dwarfed the Nielsen numbers for "American Idol"s Season 11 premiere last month. And so today, my "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I have many burning questions. Will "The Voice" be able to sustain such stellar ratings, as it settles into its regular Monday timeslot tonight? Will "The Voice" kick "Idol's" butt this year? Which show has the superior talent--and does it matter if "The Voice's" cast is packed with so many experienced singers (including one of Christina Aguilera's former "Mickey Mouse Club" cronies)? And finally, just to compare "The Voice" to another singing show...can "The X Factor" learn a thing or two about friendly judge rivalry from Adam, Xtina, Cee Lo, and Blake?Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 2 Premiere Dish
"American Idol" fans will remember hirsute contestant Casey Abrams' Season 10 mini-makeover, mandated by an angry Jimmy Iovine after Casey nearly went home in 11th place. But that was nothing compared to the drastic shearing Casey has recently undergone, this time of his own free will. The shaggy jazzbo looks barely recognizable by the end of this clip:Read More »from Casey Abrams Shaves His Beard For Charity
"The Voice" is back!Back at the 2011 Super Bowl, Christina Aguilera flubbed the national anthem, one of many setbacks she suffered in a year that include a divorce, an arrest, and both box-office and Billboard flops. Now, just a year later, her hit show "The Voice" has premiered on NBC right after the Super Bowl, in arguably the most coveted TV timeslot of the year. Christina is nothing if not an example that artists can get second chances.
And many second chances were handed out during Sunday's hour-long "Voice" premiere, as it turned out that four of the five singers chosen for the judges' teams came to the show with long and impressive résumés (just like last season's former major label signings, Javier Colon and Dia Frampton). There was a frontwoman for a Sony Music punk band; an opera crooner who's worked with Babyface, Heather Headley, India.Arie, Idina Menzel, and David Foster; and a gospel powerhouse who's sang with the Winans and was signed to Capitol/Underworld Records, along with brief clips of an Alicia Keys backup singer who received a special videotaped message of encouragement from Alicia herself, and an actor from Green Day's American Idiot Broadway musical. And that was all just in the first 45 minutes of Season 2.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Premiere: A Cut Above The Rest?
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Sun, Feb 5, 2012 6:29 PM EST
photo: Ezra Shaw/ Getty ImagesLast year at the Super Bowl, Christina Aguilera's national anthem performance was a disaster on an international scale. And this year, Xtina's new "The Voice" castmate Kelly Clarkson admitted on Twitter that she was nervous about her own big Super Bowl debut. "Just finished rehearsing the anthem in Indy…wow, I'm actually really nervous about singing at the Super Bowl ha! Here's hoping I nail it and don't screw it up!" she tweeted Friday.
Then, on the day of the game, Kelly anxiously tweeted: "Literally left my wardrobe at the hotel in Louisiana and my tour manager had to run back and get it. Now we're on the plane headed for the Super Bowl but that was a close one! I'm not sure if I could have pulled off spanx and heels while singing the anthem :)"
These were surprising confessions of nerves from a woman who came to fame singing in front of millions of viewers (and Simon Cowell) week after week. But of course, Kelly never faltered on "Idol," and suffice to say she absolutely did not screw it up when she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLVI. The American Idol did America proud. (And she looked great, too--it was a good thing her "wardrobe malfunction" crisis was averted!)Read More »from Kelly Clarkson’s Super Bowl Performance Truly Idol-Worship-Worthy
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Sun, Feb 5, 2012 3:56 PM EST
"The Voice" premieres tonight after the Super Bowl--arguably THE best television timeslot of the year--and the new action-flick-style "Voice" commercial that will air on NBC this afternoon is sure to make many armchair athletes, who normally sit out singing shows, put that remote aside and tune in after the big game.
Oh heck, as far as I'm concerned, this "Vocal Kombat" commercial IS the big game: It's got Kill Bill/Crouching Dragon-esque aerial stunts, a Blake Shelton-vs.-Adam Levine fistfight, Cee Lo Green doing karate kicks, and, just for another kind of kicks, a Betty White cameo (watch till the end). Try to top that at half-time, Madonna!Read More »from Game On! Watch “The Voice’s” Awesome, Betty White-Assisted Super Bowl Ad
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 9:02 PM EST
Last night, "American Idol" headed to St. Louis, for the final auditions episode of Season 11. (Sorry, New Jersey auditioners, your originally scheduled episode has been scrapped.) There were a few (five, specifically) promising singers in the mix, but today my "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are still feeling a little deflated. And a little worried. Seriously, that's it? No more auditions? This is all Season 11 has to work with?Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: St. Louis Auditions Dish
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