There can only be one winner…and it should be Candice Glover.
Wow, can you believe American Idol is wrapping up its twelfth season already? I feel like the auditions were just yesterday, and speaking of…from the moment the season began, we had our frontrunner. That never changed, not even after tonight. With a killer conclusion to a very strong season (though not perfect by any means) of Idol, the winner was clear as day. Candice Glover and Kree Harrison both impressed tonight, but the show is designed to reward only one with a shower of confetti and the many rewards that come afterwards. Thank goodness my objectivity and subjectivity aligned on the most important night of competition. Here goes the review session, one last time… Read more on American Idol Recap: Finale Review…
Next week is the finale of Dancing with the Stars, and I have to admit that this is the strongest group of celebrities fighting for the mirror ball trophy. Any one of them could win and I would be happy with the results. The four stars safe to compete next week, have worked their asses off to be in the finale and deserve to win.
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The twelfth season of American Idol is getting ready to call it curtains this upcoming Wednesday with our first all-girl finale since Season 3′s Diana DeGarmo took on eventual winner, Fantasia Barrino. This time we have the vocally masterful Candice Glover taking on the poised and humble country girl, Kree Harrison. Staff Writer Joseph Braverman has done an outstanding job recapping all the episodes this season, as well as taking on the less than enthusiastic show from NBC.
Recapping the season, it’s been pretty impressive. We’re finally getting a female winner this year after being given the finger since Season 6′s Jordin Sparks. With a definite sign of manipulation that was set from the season jump, this year was riddled with poor choices for male contestants to set up an eventual all-five female lineup, an Idol first. There was also in the inclusion of Lazaro Arbos, the stuttering Miami native that forgot lyrics week after week and managed to outlast every guy in the competition. With Randy Jackson announcing his departure from Idol after the finale, rumors are swirling that all the judges including executive producer Nigel Lythgoe will be replaced next season. Read more on American Idol Season 12 Retrospective – Top 10 Performances of the Season!…
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It’s coming down to the wire on Dancing with the Stars. With next week being the finals, the stars knew if they didn’t perform they wouldn’t make it. Each star did the best they could, but there’s only one star that deserves to be eliminated Tuesday night. Let’s review.
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Candice Glover once again lands in the ‘Idol’ Hall of Fame.
Last night’s American Idol Top 3 showdown was as epic and competitive as we could’ve hoped for. Of course I miss my girl Amber Holcomb, but Kree, Candice and Angie all made such a strong impact yesterday that it would be tough for anyone (including me) to reject their participation this deep in the competition. While one contestant makes it easy for me to single out as a superstar, the other two are neck-in-neck as to who I felt took command of the show better than the other. Check out what I have to say about the Top 3 and their (mostly) spectacular performances after the jump… Read more on American Idol Recap: Reviewing the Top 3…
Sasha Allen is Shakira’s ultimate weapon.
Hello again! My recap of last night’s The Voice takes us through the second round of the Live Playoffs, where Teams Shakira and Blake went head to head. What did I learn most from yesterday’s show: never, ever count Blake out of the running. Every season it seems I underestimate The Voice’s resident country artist and — BOOM — he ends up landing not one, but two victories. Last night was no exception, as Team Blake fired on all cylinders. Just when I thought Team Shakira was going to be relegated to the back of the class like Monday’s Team Usher, one singer just swallows the competition whole. Find out all the details in my review session below… Read more on The Voice Recap: Live Rounds Part 2 (Team Blake and Team Shakira)…
With the Semi-finals next week on Dancing with the Stars, one celebrity isn’t going to make it. Even though I made the wrong prediction, we all knew this would be the next star eliminated. Monday night he showed no improvement and danced as though it was the first week of competition. While I wish someone else had been eliminated, he was never going to make it all the way.
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Caroline Glaser has one of the most beautiful tones in the world — truly!
Hello again, fans of NBC’s The Voice! Due to some time conflicts, I was unable to catch last week’s shows or recap them, but bottom line is that I’m back and ready to dish the dirt on these Live Playoffs. The only person I’m truly sad to have lost was my mini-Selena Gomez, Mary Miranda, and duo Midas Whale (more so because of former Idol finalist Jon Peter Lewis). Team Usher, let’s be frank, has zero shot at winning; and judging by their horrendous group performance last night probably each needed another year or two of growth before trying out for the big leagues. However, the show must go on and thus I must judge accordingly. Part 1 finds the first eight of sixteen contestants battling it out, representing either Team Adam or Team Usher. Nobody wowed me enough to dole out a perfect score, but at least no one horrifically stunk up the joint (phew). Without further ado, let’s get this judging party started… Read more on The Voice Recap: Live Rounds Part 1 (Team Adam & Team Usher)…
Sometimes I enjoy Dancing with the Stars so much that I forget the season has to come to an end at some point. With the Semi- Finals right around the corner, the judges are stricter with their scoring and expect much more from the remaining celebrities. Monday night the stars danced one individual dance and were then challenged to a trio dance. The trio dance is a challenge they introduced to the show a few seasons ago. For those of you who have forgotten, each couple invites a pro dancer into their routine and they all just dance together. Either the celebrity succeeds or they fail, and tonight two stars did not do very well. Let’s review. Read more on Dancing with the Stars: Week 8…
After a non-elimination results show last Thursday, the American Idol Top 4 are back again for your votes. The theme this week was “Then and Now,” which is pretty self-explanatory but I’ll still be cordial and break it down: one song is a “Standard” and the other is one from 2013. Easy, right? Well apparently not, since returning
drill sergeant mentor Harry Connick Jr. laid down the law for many of them, forcing each to stay away from runs and focus entirely on being the vessel for a record’s original singer and songwriter. Personally, I didn’t much care for Connick’s methods since they stripped away each contestant’s creativity and originality, but apparently bluntness is always better (or so we’re told). Let’s get these to performance reviews, shall we?
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I won’t beat around the bush about the elimination Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars. Since week one, a lot of viewers have admired Andy Dick’s motivation to continue improving on the dance show competition. But while we admired him, we wondered when it would be his time to be eliminated. Ingo Rademacher and Andy Dick were the two stars in the bottom two.
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Week seven on Dancing with the Stars has brought a Latin challenge and a dance off for the celebrities to fight through. Last week during the elimination episode, it became apparent which two stars are the weak links. With one of them doing slightly better than the other Monday night, it’s clear which star will be going home next. Let’s review.
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Angie Miller: frontrunner by default?
Despite sharing the judges’ enthusiasm for prodigal talent Amber Holcomb, their slander and dismissal of Candice Glover on last night’s American Idol really boiled my blood. No contestant walked away unscathed as far as performances go — and don’t even get me started on those yucky duets — but to suggest Candice was in some way commercially irrelevant after twisting an R&B/rap song into a beautiful ballad is utter blasphemy. I won’t stand for it, and neither should you! Below you’ll find out just how dirty I can dish it. Read more on American Idol Recap: Reviewing the Top 4…
Cathia and Mary Miranda duke it out…in another language!
The time has arrived, fans of The Voice! The battle rounds are officially over, and as soon as I review the last three duels of the episode, you’ll see my updated rankings. The major difference between the rankings post-Blind Auditions and the ones post-Battle Rounds is they are all based on objectivity this time around. My performance scores won’t come into play, as I’m merely making an educated guess about how each coach views their entire lineup. With that said, it’s time to finish up Season 4′s Battle Rounds with my regular review session… Read more on The Voice Recap: Battle Rounds Part 4…
With a few stars underperforming Monday night on Dancing with the Stars, it was no shock which stars landed in the bottom two Tuesday night. Boxer Victor Ortiz and bachelor star Sean Lowe were voted the bottom two stars after performing poorly.
So who goes home? The boxer who can’t seem to move his hips or the hunk who proved to have no musicality?
The next star eliminated of Dancing with the Stars is… Read more on Dancing with the Stars: Week 6 Results…
It’s now week six on Dancing with the Stars and the stars are challenged to perform their usual dance and a group dance. With many of the stars improving their dancing abilities, it’s those who are no improving that are being sent home. But it’s obvious watching the stars dance who’s going to make it to the finals and who’s going to be eliminated sooner than later. On Stevie Wonder night, who excelled and who failed to impress? Let’s review.
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‘Idol’s’ Jon Peter Lewis battles “The Dude” with dreads.
Tonight marks the end of the Battle Rounds, but first we have to go over the penultimate sparring episode of The Voice’s fourth season. Personally, I’m not attached to any of the talent showcased yesterday, although I will say that one young lady on Blake’s team has the potential to wind up in the final episode. I think you all know exactly who I’m referring to. Also, a previous American Idol finalist goes up against a professional musician from the holy land of Memphis, Tennessee. Does Jon Peter Lewis triumph
or go home to get ready for his X-Factor audition? Find out below!
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Amber Holcomb conquers Streisand.
After watching American Idol last night, it’s beyond evident who should be in the final two. In fact, I’ve felt this way since the Top 10. There are two girls that simply outshine the rest with their voice, stage presence, and exemplary taste in music. No way in heck is America going to follow through with this just course of action, but I thought I’d make it known here who I am rooting for (and have been for quite some time) for the remainder of the season. With that said, it’s time to take the plunge and critique the five women still standing. Whatever happens in the end will outweigh the bad since the new Idol crown will at last be worn by a female. All five girls deserve their placement in the Top 5, and all are winners in my estimation. Okay, enough with the sappy talk — let’s review!
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Another night of Battle Rounds on The Voice, but this time the vocal sparring proved far less exciting than the previous night. Yesterday’s show had far too much cannon fodder on display, but I suppose that’s what a one-hour Tuesday show is for. Nevertheless, one special singer-songwriter in particular hit the right note with one coach, and hopefully the entire country. Check out my performance recap after the jump… Read more on The Voice Recap: Battle Rounds Part 2…
It’s halfway through the Dancing with the Stars season and it’s time for another star to get eliminated. Monday night was the side by side challenger where the stars were forced to dance side by side with a professional couple. This challenged showed their dancing ability and what they’ve learned thus far. But with another elimination it’s only natural the star with the least amount of dance potential get sent home. Tuesday night boxer Victor Ortiz and comedian D.L. Hughley were chosen as the bottom two contenders.
Which star got eliminated next? Read more on Dancing with the Stars: Week 5 Results…
At last we’ve made it to my favorite stage of The Voice: the epic Battle Rounds portion! Judging by last night’s show, there’s no question this is the best season in terms of overall talent. It actually makes me a little upset knowing some of these folks didn’t try out for American Idol, especially since the show has a proven track record for churning out chart-topping stars. Oh well, I can’t have it all…but what I do have is a fantastic feeling about this season’s crop of contestants. Only one artist left yesterday that deserved to remain in the competition, but for the most part those who left needed to. Moreover, those who were spared by the judges’ “steal” option happened to be some of my early favorites, so I certainly am not complaining and am happy to see them fight another day. Let’s review the singing brawl… Read more on The Voice Recap: Battle Rounds Part 1…
We have reached the half-way point on Dancing with the Stars and the challenges are only getting tougher. This week the stars will compete side to side with a professional couple to reveal their true dancing abilities. At first I thought this was a terrible idea because more than half of these stars don’t dance well, but it turned out to be a success. Which star will be sent home Tuesday night? Let’s review.
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Most of us love television. The Emmy Awards are a great event every year and we’re coming to the tail end of our television season. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association, sister to the Broadcast Film Critics have announced that they will hold their third annual Critics Choice Television Awards on June 10, 2013.
The group, in which I’m a member, has the delicate task of choosing eclectic choices to reward the best on television. Last year, NBC’s “Community” managed to beat out three-time Emmy-winner “Modern Family” while Showtime’s “Homeland” won Best Drama Series. ”Modern Family” did win a pair of awards for co-stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen. “Breaking Bad” won a pair of awards as well for Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito. A great get for the group was rewarding Louie C.K. for his hilarious turn on FX’s hit-show “Louie.”
What television shows do you think we should consider this year? Read the full press release down below. Read more on Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Third Annual Critics Choice Television Awards!…
Candice Glover serves perfection on two silver platters.
I have to admit, sometimes I have my doubts about American Idol. When I see the show continue to roll out ancient themes that have no relevance to today’s music scene, I begin to understand why ratings are dropping like frogs in a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. The Voice, meanwhile, allows freedom of expression and song selection, not to mention the judges’ chemistry is endearing enough on its own to make the show a success. In other words, I absolutely get why The Voice is the preferred choice by many. However, when Idol is at its best (like last night), there is not a damn singing competition in existence that even comes close to it. Whatever “issues” I might have had with this current season were put to rest after a performance show like none that I’ve seen in awhile. How crazy is it that one of the most successful nights in the show’s history — including a performance so incredible it instantly finds a seat in the “Top 15 Best Idol Performances Ever” — can also contain one of the worst vocals in the program’s twelve season run? Low and behold, such cataclysmic events did indeed occur, which makes the entire experience all the more memorable and legendary. I’m about to hyperventilate, so let me catch my breath while you jump on down to my recap… Read more on American Idol Recap: Reviewing the Top 6…