74th Annual Emmy Awards

The annual Emmy Award presentations is a massive undertaking that requires two complete ceremonies – one for the creative arts and one for the actors and productions.

On September 12, the Prime Time Emmy Awards ceremonies were presented in a gala event with Keenan Thompson serving as host.

The night of celebration begins with host Keenan Thompson presenting a monologue while walking through the audience and then a dance to routine to TV theme show theme songs that included “Friends”,“The Brady Bunch”, “SVU”, and “Game of Thrones”. 

The winners of the Emmy Awards are chosen by their peers.

Oprah Winfrey presented the first award of the night Michael Keaton in “Dopesick” for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie.

The award for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Murray Bartlett for “The White Lotus”.

Keenan noted that they are celebrating the hundreds and hundreds of television shows and give awards to about five of them.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series went to Matthew Macfadyen in “Succession”.

The award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Julia Garner in “Ozark”.

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to SherylLee Ralph in “Abbott Elementary”.  After standing silently for several moments, SherylLee began singing and received a standing ovation from the crowd.  She said that this is what believing looks like.  After her speech, Keenan Thompson kept saying “oh, my goodness.”

Lizzo presented that award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series to Brett Goldstein in “Ted Lasso”. 

The award for Best Variety Sketch Series went to “Saturday Night Live”.  Host Keenan Thompson joined the cast on the stage to accept the award.

The award for Best Variety Talk Series went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”. 

The award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Jennifer Coolidge in “The White Lotus”.

The award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Amanda Seyfried in “The Dropout”.

The award for Best Reality Competition Program went to Lizzo for her “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”.  An emotional Lizzo said that when she was a little girl, she dreamed of seeing someone like her in the media.

This year’s Governor’s Award went to actress Geena Davis and her Institute on Gender in Media whose motto is “If she can see it, she can be it.”

The award for Outstanding Direction in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Mike White for “The White Lotus”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or TV Movie went to Mike White for “The White Lotus”.

The award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series went to Jerrod Carmichael for “Jerrod Carmichael Rothaniel”.

Anthony Anderson presented the In Memoriam segment.  John Legend performed as the video of artists lost over the past year aired.

The award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series went to Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”. 

The award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series went to Quinta Brunson for “Abbott Elementary”.

The award for Best Direction in a Drama Series went to Hwang Dong-hyuk for “Squid Game”.  He noted that he hoped “Squid Game” would not be the last non-English program at the Emmys.

The Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series went to Zendaya in “Euphoria”. 

The award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series went to Jean Smart in “Hacks”.

The award for Best Direction of a Comedy Series went to MJ Delaney for “Ted Lasso”.

The award for Best Writing in a Drama Series went to Jesse Armstrong for “Succession”.

The award for Leading Actor in a Drama Series went to Lee Jung-dae in “Squid Game”.

The award for Outstanding Limited Series or TV Movie went to “The White Lotus”. 

The award for Outstanding Comedy Series went to “Ted Lasso”.

The final award of the night was for Outstanding Drama Series and went to “Succession”.

DWTS Announces Season 31 Cast

Even before the “celebrity” dancers for season 31 of “Dancing with the Stars” it promised to be a historic season with the show moving from the ABC network to the streaming service Disney+.

After numerous complaints by fans over host Tyra Banks, producers added a second host with DWTS Mirrorball champion Alfonso Ribiero.

Original judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and head judge Len Goodman will be returning for another season.  And former pro dancer Derek Hough returns to the judge’s table this season.

Season 31 features more actors and artists than in recent years; along with fewer social media “stars”.  Season 31 will also include a third dancer who is deaf and for the very first time a Drag Queen joins the show.

Originally DWTS paired celebrities with previous dance experience with professional ballroom dancers for a competition of who could learn the dances and show the most improvement.  In recent seasons, the show has disregarded the “no dance experience” mandate and included dancers of all levels from novice to pro as a part of the cast.

Let’s meet the season 31 “Dancing with the Stars” cast…

Charli D’Amelio is a social media “Star” who posts her dance videos online.

DWTS has seen spouses compete against each other and even siblings, but there has never been a mother/daughter pairing until now when. Charli’s mom Heidi D’Amelio also joins the cast for the new season.

WABC and “Good Morning America” Emmy and Peabody Award winning weatherman Sam Champion joins the cast.

“American Idol” season six winner Jordan Sparks.  Hubby Dana and her four year old son will certainly be cheering her on.

Following in the footsteps of Marlee Matin and DWTS winner Nyle DiMarco, Daniel Durant – an actor who is deaf and most recently starred alongside Marlin in the award winning film “CODA” – is the third person with a hearing disability to join the cast of DWTS.

Not wishing to play off of his famous father’s name, Joseph Baena is an actor, bodybuilder, and real estate man who also happens to be the son of actor, body builder, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Country music singer Jesse James Decker is more than just a pretty face.  Along with singing, she is a songwriter, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and reality star.

This season’s “The Bachelor” franchise contribution is Gabby Windey who is an intensive care nurse that has appeared on both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”.

Model and actor Jason Lewis is best known for his role as Smth Jerrod in the “Sex and the City” franchise who played the love interest of Samantha played by Kim Cattrall.

While Trevor Donovan has appeared in a number of productions, he is best known for his appearance in the drama “90210” as Teddy Montgomery.

He was born DJ Pierce, but to the world he has become known as the drag queen and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Shangela.  Shangela was also a part of the remake of “A Star is Born” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Emmy Award winning entertainer Wayne Brady is a comedian, actor, and singer who has also hosted talk and game shows.

Actor Cheryl Ladd is best known for her role on the police/detective series “Charlie’s Angels” starring alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.  Ladd replaced Farrah Fawcett when she left the series after the first season.  The oldest celebrity in the show this season, the 71 year old Ladd admits that she has been asked a number of times to be a part of the show; adding that now was “just the perfect time”.

“Jersey Shore” alum Vinny Guadagnino has also appeared in the spin off shows “Jersey Shore Family Vacations” and “Seaside Heights, New Jersey”.

Teresa Guidice is known for her role on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ where she has appeared in all 13 season; but may be even more well known for spending time in jail for fraud.

An actor who has appeared in a number of movies including “Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy”, Selma Blair also appeared in the first season of “American Crime Story”.  She was diagnosed with MS – multiple sclerosis – in 2018 but says that she is currently in remission.


DWTS Por and celebrity pairings:
Jason Lewis and two time Mirrorball champion Peta Murgatroyd
Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong
Heidi D’Amelio and Mirrorball champion Artem Chigvintsev
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko
Trevor Donovan and Mirrorball champion Emma Slater
Joseph Baena and reigning Mirrorball champion Daniella Karagach
Teresa Guidice and Pasha Kovalev
Gabby Windey and two time Mirrorball champion Val Chmerkovskiy
Wayne Brady and Mirrorball champion Witney Carson
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart
Jessie James Decker and MIrrorball champion Alan Bersten
Vinny Guadagnino and new DWTS pro Koko Iwasaki
Cheryl Ladd and a returning Louis van Amstel
Charli D’Amelio and two time Mirrorball champion Mark Ballas
Selma Blair and Sasha Farber
Sam Champion and two time Mirrorball champion Cheryl Burke

‘The Voice’ Crowns a New Winner

It’s the grand finale on season 21 of “The Voice”! The votes have been counted, and in a two hour gala event the singers, coaches, and special guests gather for a night of music and fun.

The night of music begins Coldplay and a holographic BTS for their hit “My Universe”.

Coach Kelly Clarkson and 14 year old Hailey Mia join forces for a performance of “Funny”.

Walker Hayes takes the stage for a performance of his smash hit “Fancy Like”.

Blake Shelton and steal Paris Winningham pair up for a performance of “Love Train”.

Tori Kelly and Kiki Palmer take the stage for the holiday classic “Baby, Please Come Home for Christmas”. The duo are joined by the top 13 from this season.

Team Legend steal Jershika Maple joined forces for a performance of “O Holy Night”.

Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran takes the stage to perform his latest hit “Shivers”. Known for his looping, Sheeran builds the song on stage, adding layers to the song as he goes.

Taking “The Voice” stage for the very first time, Jennifer Lopez performs “On My Way” from her new upcoming movie “Marry Me”.

Country music super star Carrie Underwood joins up with John Legend for a performance of their holiday song “Hallelujah”.

Kelly and the first act ever to have four songs on the itunes chart at the same time and the first trio to appear on the show – Girl Named Tom – join up for a performance.

Host Carson Daly reveals that the winner and runner up will also earn an amusement park trip of their choice in either Orlando or California.

Blake joins up with Wendy Moten for a performance. In the video clip Wendy said that she did not believe she would make it this far; Blake had her in the finals from the moment she joined his team.

Former Voice coach Alicia Keys returns to “The Voice” to take the stage for a performance of “Old Memories” from her new album “Keys”.

Ariana Grande joins up with rapper Kid Cudi for a performance of their new song “Just Look Up”.

After a night of music, the time has finally arrived to learn the final results of the season.

The artist finishing in fifth place is Jershika Maple from Team Legend.

The artist in fourth place is Hailey Mia from Team Kelly.

The artist in third place is Paris Winningham from Team Blake.

It’s down to Wendy Moten and Girl Named Tom!

And the winner is…

…Girl Named Tom!!!

This marks the first time the winner of “The Voice” that a trio wins the title. The trio of siblings give Kelly her fourth win on the show.

Wendy Moten comes in second.

Finalists Perform on ‘The Voice’

“The Voice” has reached the finals of another season with five finalists including the first ever trio on the show.

Eight time “The Voice” winner Blake Shelton brings two of his three live show team members to the finals. Kelly also has two team members in the finals with John finishing out the finalists. Coach Ariana Grande failed to bring one of her team members to the finals.

Tonight the finalists will sing twice – a dedication ballad and an uptempo song. There is no duet with the coach or “The Voice” single this year.

Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia – the youngest member of the finalists at 14 – gets the night of music started off with “Déjà vu” by Olivia Rodrigo. Carson called it a great way to start the show. Ariana called the performance, “so fun”; adding that it felt like being at her show. John was impressed by how in control Hailey was. Coach Kelly called it great.

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham performed “Me and Mrs Jones” and dedicated it to his Dad. Carson said whatever supper club it is, he doesn’t want to leave. Ariana called it a gorgeous performance; adding she can’t wait for the album and tour. John called Paris a classic Soul artist…and a gifted artist. Coach Blake agreed with John; adding that Paris has just sold million of tickets to concerts he hasn’t booked yet.

Team Kelly’s trio Girl Named Tom took on Fleetwood Mac with “The Chain” and brought Kelly to her feet. Blake said that they did a great job; adding that they were always so well rehearsed. Coach Kelly called it “what a moment”; adding that they have done such a wonderful job on the show.

Team Legend’s only entry into the finals Jershika Maple dedicates “I’m Going Down” by Mary J Blige to her church and brought the coaches to their feet. Carson said that the performance was fantastic. Calling herself an idiot, Kelly said that Jershika made it look easy. John called himself fortunate to get to work with Jershika; adding that she has such a gift.

Award winning singer and “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson takes the stage for a little holiday music with “Christmas isn’t Cancelled…Just You”.

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten finishes out round one with the Whitney Houston song “How Will I Know”. Ariana called Wendy an incredible vocal technician. Blake was at a loss for words; adding it was one of the greatest live vocal performances he has ever heard.

Hailey returns with a Billie Eilish song that she dedicates to all the little boys and girls; telling them that it is okay to be yourself. John noted that Hailey has been so good this whole season; adding that it was his favourite of her performance s. Kelly agreed with John; adding that she was dripping with amazing tone. Kelly said that Haiely has grown every week.

Paris Winningham returns with the Rufus and Chaka Khan song “Ain’t Nobody”. With arousing applause in the background, Kelly said that Paris has a perfect balance of power and strength. Ariana caught Paris’ hat when he threw it. Blake simply urged fans to vote for Paris to win.

Girl Named Tom return to dedicate their song to each other. Ariana called the performance stunning. Kelly noted that the performance was “crazy beautiful” and “flawless”.

Jershika returns to perform the Adele hit “Rolling in the Deep” and brought the coaches to their feet. Carson called it a great finale performance. John kept saying “oh my god”; adding that there is no one like her.

Wendy Moten returns to close out the show with a performance of the iconic song “Over the Rainbow” that she dedicated to her hometown of Memphis and to Nashville. Wendy began her musical career at 16 when she won a talent contest singing “Over the Rainbow”. John said that he doesn’t think he has ever seen anyone with a talent like hers; adding she makes it look effortless. Blake agreed with John; adding that they have never seen anyone like Wendy on “The Voice” stage in 21 seasons.

In a two hour grand finale, the winner will be revealed after a night of special performances.

Finalists Revealed on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night for the Instant Save on “The Voice” as the final five are chosen.

On Monday night the eight semi finalists performed twice – once as a solo act and again in a duet.

Tonight on the Semi Finals results show, three artists must go home.

Ariana Grande has just one act remaining – Jim and Sasha Allen; Kelly and John have two artists each – Girl Named Tom and Hailey Mai for Kelly and Jershika Maple and Joshua Vacanti for John; while Blake has so far retained his team in tack with Lana Scott, Wendy Moten, and Paris Winningham.

The night begins with a performance by recent CMA – Country Music Association – winner Carly Pearce with “29”.

In the first results of the night…

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten is the first artist moving on to the finals

Twelve time Grammy Award winner and “The Voice” coach John Legend takes the stage for a performance of his new holiday song “You Deserve It”.

In the next results…

Team Kelly’s Girls Named Tom become the first trio moving on to the finals

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham is also moving on to the finals to make Blake the first coach to have more than one artist in the finals.

Eight time “The Voice” winning coach Blake Shelton takes the stage to perform his new single “Back as a Country Boy”.

In the final results before the instant save…

Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia is in the finals to give Kelly two artists in the finalists.

Lana Scott, Jim and Sasha Allen, Joshua Vacanti, and Jershika Maple will all have to perform in the hopes of earning the final instant save vote…and the last spot in the finals.

Up first is Lana Scot with “Things a Man Ought to Know”.

Joshua Vacanti chose another Celine Dion song for his instant save performance with “My Heart Will Go On”.

Jim and Sasha Allen chose the Hall and Oates hit “Rich Girl” for their instant save performance.

In the final instant save performance, Jershika Maple sang “Break Every Chain”.

And the final artist moving on to the finals is…

Jershika Maple form Team Legend!

Lana Scott, Jim and Sasha Allen, and Joshua Vacanti have all been eliminated from the competition.

Blake and Kelly each have two artists in the finals with Team Legend filling the final spot.  Ariana has no artists in the finals in her first season as a coach.

 

Semi Finals on ‘The Voice’

Of the thousands of singing hopefuls who came out to audition for the show, only eight remain as “The Voice” nears the end of another season with the Semi Finals for season 21.

This week the artists will perform twice – once as a solo artist and again as a duet.  All of the duets come from the 90’s.

Only five of the eight acts will make it to the finals.

Ariana’s only surviving act Jim and Sasha Allen get the night of music kicked off with the Simon and Garfunkel 60’s hit “Mrs. Robinson” from “The Graduate”.   During the performance Sasha runs up to Ariana to grab a guitar.  John loved the performance; adding that they looked very comfortable singing the song.  Kelly thought the switching off of the harmonies was cool.  Ariana again called it her favourite performance. 

Last week’s instant save and Team Legend’s Jershika Maple takes on the legendary Sir Elton John with “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and brought the coaches to their feet.  Host Carson Daly called it an incredible performance.  Blake said it was a performance that told people saving her was the right choice.  Ariana called it a powerful performance.  John said that everything about the performance said that she is a superstar talent.

In the first duet of the night, Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham take on Eric Clapton’s “If I Could Change the World”. 

Team Blake’s Lana Scott sings the Carrie Underwood song “Something in the Water”.  An excited Blake yells, “that’s what I’m talking about”.  John loved the performance.  Blake noted how consistent Lana has been; adding it was her best performance so far.

Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia sang “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Custodie.  Ariana said Hailey never looked or sounded more beautiful.  Kelly called Hailey’s voice nuts; adding that this is the most important week. 

Lana Scott returns to join Jim and Sasha for “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Team Kelly’s trio Girl Named Tom return to the folk roots when they took on new Kennedy Center Honours Joni Mitchell with “River” and brought the coaches to their feet.  John said that they make beautiful music every week; adding that choosing Joni Mitchell was cool.  Kelly noted that the trio cares about every part of their performance. 

Jershika and Joshua sang “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morrisette. 

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten sang “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye.   In the rehearsal tape Wendy said that when it is all over she wants a duet with Blake at the Opry.  Blake said that he wanted an album.  Carson noted that nobody is messing around tonight.  Ariana called Wendy insane; adding that she has a gift form God.  Still on his feet, Blake said that Wendy sat on a stool and blew the roof off of the place; adding that it was historical.

Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom and Hailey Mia join together for “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. 

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham performs the music of Teddy Pendergrass with “Close the Door”.  In rehearsals Blake noted that Paris is the guy women love and every guy wants to have a beer with.  Paris brought the coaches to their feet with his performance.  Kelly said that it was so good; adding that she didn’t know the song.  A laughing Blake said that Paris did exactly what he needed to do.  Blake said that he is married, but the performance made him feel something; adding that his heart was pounding.

Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti closes out the show with the Celine Dion song “Ashes”.  Joshua noted that season nine winner Jordan Smith also did the song; adding that he has been following Jordan.  In rehearsals John noted that Joshua has only scratched the surface of what he is capable of doing.  Ariana said that the performance was stunning.  John called Joshua a brilliant vocalist and storyteller.

On Tuesday’s results show, three will go home as the final five are set no matter what team they are on.

‘The Voice’ Top 10 Perform

This week on “The Voice”, the top 10 artists perform for fan votes with Challenge Week and songs “to challenge them outside of their comfort zone”. 

Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes goes Disco with “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.  Carson said, “what a way to kick off the show” and John agreed; adding that she seemed like singing Disco was in her wheel house.  Kelly called the performance amazing and fabulous.  Ariana said that the performance was incredible.

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten takes on the iconic Dolly Parton with “Jolene”.  When Wendy fell last week she ended up in the hospital; she fractured her right elbow and left wrist.  John said that every week Wendy is so perfect; adding that he was transfixed.  Kelly noted that Wendy has had such a week; adding that the performance was beautifully sad.  Noting that it is such a classic Country song, Blake said that he has never seen such focus and strength on the stage.

Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado goes Country with “Freedom Was a Highway”.  Carson said that Jeremy took them back to the block.  Saying she wasn’t familiar with the song, Ariana noted that Jeremy could sing the phone book.  Kelly noted that Jeremy was great with an up-tempo song; adding that he gets better each week.

Team Legend’s Jershika Maple “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore.  Carson said that it was, “so fun”.  Kelly said that Jershika is so powerful; adding that it was so cool that she did the song.  John said that once again it was the point of challenge week; adding that she knocked it out of the park.

Team Blake’s Lana Scott is the only Country music artist remaining in the show.  Tonight she takes on Katy Perry but puts a Country music spin on the song.  Ariana said that it was so beautiful.  Kelly said that it was cool that she made a pop song Country.  Blake noted that Lana’s performance was so conversational; adding she made it work.  Blake noted that there is no reason why they wouldn’t here Lana singing that song on the radio.

Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti takes on Alicia Keys with “If I Ain’t Got You”.  Joshua noted that he was terrified when he first saw the song.  Tonight is Joshua’s second wedding anniversary.  Blake said that Joshua is such an important part of the show; adding that he can’t wait each week to see what Joshua is going to do.  John noted that Joshua always challenges himself each week and he always delivers; adding it was a knockout performance.

Taking a break from the competition, Eurovision Award winners Maneskin takes the stage for a performance.

Back to the competition, Team Ariana’s Jim and Sasha Allen perform “Stay” by Rihanna.  Saying he is glad America saved them, John called the performance beautiful and well delivered.  Kelly agreed with John; adding that it was so good and well executed.  Kelly noted that a great song is a great song.  Ariana called it the their best performance of the season. 

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham takes on a song that has always wanted to do but never has.  Paris said that he fell in love with “Amazed” by Lone Star the first time he heard it.  John said that he got in trouble with his family for letting Paris go; adding that Paris keeps proving them right every week.  Blake called Paris a stud; adding that he is sure Paris is going to the semi finals.

Team Kelly’s Hailey Mai performs Country music for the first time with “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini.  Carson said she did a great job.  Ariana called Hailey stunning.  Kelly noted that Hailey has a lot on her plate right now; adding that she isn’t afraid to conquer anything.  Kelly said that Hailey sang the song flawlessly.

Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom close out the show with “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay.  Before forming the band, the trio had planned to follow in their grandfather’s footsteps and become doctors.  Blake loves that they switch things up; adding it was their best performance so far.  John said that he was just imagining what one of their concerts would be like with the ability to change things up.  Kelly called the performance amazing and cool.

On Tuesday’s results show two artists will be eliminated from the show.

Top 10 Revealed on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night the eleven remaining acts on “The Voice” performed fan selected songs. Tonight host Carson Daly sets the top 10 with fan votes and an instant save.

In the first results of the night…

Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti is the first singer in the top 10.

Also moving on to the top 10 is Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia.

New coach Ariana Grande takes the stage with team members Holly Forbes and Jim and Sasha Allen for their first performance together.

In the next results…

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham is moving on to the top 10.

And Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes will be a part of the top 10.

After a commercial break it is time for more results…

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten is in the top 10.

Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom is moving on to the top 10.

And Team Blake’s Lana Scott is moving on to the top 10 to make it a sweep for Team Blake.

Blake takes the stage with his team Lana Scott, Wendy Moten, and Paris Winningham for a performance of “Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”.

In the next results…

Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado is in the top 10.

And Team Legend’s Jershika Maple is in the top 10.

For the second week in a row and Jim and Sasha Allen are in the bottom two and will have to sing for the instant save fan vote.

After falling after her Team Blake performance, Wendy Moten reports that she is a little bruised but fine.

Gymani takes the stage to perform the Chaka Khan song “Tell Me Something Good”.

Jim and Sasha Allen take the stage to sing “I Won’t Give Up” in a bid to be the last act in the top 10.

And the final act in the top 10 is…

Team Ariana’s Jim and Sasha Allen!

Team Kelly’s Gymani has been eliminated from the competition.

Top 11 Perform on ‘The Voice’

This week on “The Voice” the remaining eleven acts perform in the hopes of being one of the top 10.

This week is fan week and all of the songs performed tonight were chosen by the fans.

The night of music gets started off with Team Blake and Wendy Moten singing “Freeway of Love” by Aretha Franklin.  Wendy also revealed that it is her birthday.  Host Carson Daly said what a way to get it going.  Ariana called Wendy her favourite singer.  John noted that Wendy is a flawless vocalist; adding that she makes it look effortless.  Blake noted that Wendy is stepping into iconic status with her performances.

Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom sang “More Hearts than Mine” by Ingrid Andress.  Carson said nice work yet again.  Blake said that liked them doing Country; adding their harmonies are special.  Kelly noted that it is fun to work with them; adding that they are so talented.

Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes took on Heart with “Alone”.  Carson said that the power Holly has is unparalleled.  John called Holly a gifted vocalist.  Blake said that the performance was epic.  Ariana said that Holly is consistently phenomenal. 

Team Legend’s Jershika Maple sang “How Can I Ease the Pain”.  In rehearsals John called her this season’s run queen.  Kelly called Jershika’s vocal runs special.  Blake said that Jershika made him really happy.  John said that Jershika has mastered her craft and it is a joy to see. 

Team Blake’s Lana Scott sang the Gabby Barrett song “I Hope”.  Ariana said that she felt like she was at a Lana show; adding that she has never sounded better.  Blake noted that every season they have the “breakout moment” discussion; and Lana just had hers.

Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti took on Queen with “The Show Must Go On”.  John noted that the song was made for Joshua.  The house was on their feet at the end of the performance.  Kelly said that Joshua is literally what the show is about; adding that he is such a gifted singer.  She wanted someone to create a Broadway musical for him.  Blake said that it was the perfect song choice and he slayed it.  John called Joshua a super star; adding that he gave his best performance.

Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado performed “Reckless Love”.  A worship leader, Jeremy said that he has performed the song many times.  John said that Jeremy is always wonderful; adding it was the perfect song for him.  Kelly said that Jeremy’s voice is flawless; adding that she is excited to see that he is doing what he wants to do.

Team Kelly’s Gymani was the instant save last week.  This week takes on Rihanna with “Diamonds”.  Ariana called the performance incredibly cool; adding that she made the song her own.  Kelly said that she felt like she was at Gymani’s show; adding that it was a smart song choice. 

Team Ariana’s Jim and Sasha Allen performed “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”.  The duo said that it is a song they have wanted to do.  Blake said that they sounded incredible; adding that the bond between them is incredible.  Blake asked Jim if there is an instrument doesn’t play.  Jim said that he doesn’t play the stock market.  Ariana called them brilliant.

Team Blake’s Paris Winningham refers to his fans as family.  The fans chose the Bill Withers song “Use Me” for Paris.  Carson said that many would have paid to see that.  John agreed that he would pay to see Paris; adding that it is so thrilling to see Paris perform.  Blake said that Paris controls the room when he performs; adding that it was his favourtie performance.

Closing out the night of music is Team Kelly’s 14 year old Hailey Mia.  The fans chose “Elastic Heart” by Sia for Hailey.  Blake said that Hailey is so good at this.  Kelly noted that Hailey is getting better each week.

Historic Win on DWTS Season 30!

“Dancing with the Stars” has reached the end of another season with the grand finale.  Iman and Daniella, Cody and Cheryl, Amanda and Alan, and JoJo and Jenna will all compete for the Mirrorball Trophy.

Tonight the couples will perform two dances including the ever popular Freestyle round, but first the couples will dance a fusion dance where they must combine two different dances.

The night of dance begins with the pro dancers and the dancers and “Dynamite” by BTS.

Last week it was revealed that Derek Hough had tested positive for the Covid virus and will not be in the ballroom tonight.  Sister Julianne is sitting in for Derek.

Amanda and Alan gets the competition started with a fusion of the Viennese Waltz and the Paso Doble.  Julianne what a way to open the finale; adding that Amanda has been consistent all season.  Bruno said that they succeeded beautifully.  Carrie Ann noted that every time Amanda steps on the stage, she knows that they will get quality in the dance.  Len said that as a dancer Amanda is a total eclipse of the sun.  Amanda and Alan scored 38 points including 10’s from Len and Bruno.

Cody and Cheryl dance a fusion of the Cha Cha and the Paso Doble.  In a video package, Cody called the season a journey of personal growth.  Bruno noted that it looked like Mission Impossible; but added it was Mission accomplished.  Carrie Ann said that Cody has proven himself.  Len loved the mix of the two dances; adding that it had vim, vigor, and vitality.  Julianne noted that Cody has been working on his footwork.  Cody and Cheryl scored 36 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna dance a Tango and Cha Cha fusion.  Carrie Ann said that she sees a woman transformed.  Len said that they just proved it doesn’t matter the partners.  Juliann said that JoJo is all things.  Bruno called them “freaking awesome”.  JoJo and Jenna scored the not surprising perfect score of 40 for their dance.  JoJo again called her partnership with Jenna the first on DWTS; however, they are the first AMERICAN couple, not the first in the DWTS franchise; that goes to an Israeli couple.

Derek makes an appearance via video and says that he is feeling good.  Derek gave a shoutout to all of the pro dancers this season.

Closing out round one is Iman and Daniella with a Cha Cha and Foxtrot fusion dance to “September” by Erath Wind and Fire.  Iman is the first NBA player to ever make it to the finals on DWTS.  Len said that Iman dances cool; adding that there was no confusion in the fusion.  Julianne said that she never looked on Iman as an underdog; adding that Iman never lost himself.  Bruno said that the eagle has risen to new heights; adding that the transformation is complete.  Bruno called Iman the “King of the Ballroom”.  Carrie Anne said that it is hard to watch Iman and express what they feel.  Iman and Daniella earned a perfect score of 40 for their dance.

Taking a break from the dancing, Melanie C returns to the Ballroom to perform “2 Become 1” while highlights from the season air behind her.

The DWTS pros take the stage for a performance to “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard.



Fusion round scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 36
Amanda and Alan – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 40
Iman and Daniella – 40


Cody and Cheryl kick off the Freestyle round with a dance that includes feathers, Beethoven, and Cody singing along.  Julianne said that Cody’s true self is shining through.  Bruno called the dance fabulous.  Carrie Ann said that it was the most flamboyant freestyle ever on the show…and may never see again. Len said the dance was wild, wacky, and wonderful.  Cody and Cheryl earned a perfect score of 40 on their freestyle.

Host Tyra Banks revealed that two of the couples are separated by .3 percent.

Amanda and Alan perform their Freestyle dance to the music of Coldplay.  Bruno noted that this show is really special; adding that they have seen a star reborn.  Carrie Ann called Amanda hope personified.  Len said that he so loved Amanda’s lyrical dancing.  Julianne said that there is a whole universe inside Amanda and this is just the beginning.  Amanda and Alan also earned a perfect score of 40 for their Freestyle dance.

JoJo and Jenna perform their Freestyle dance to “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. JoJo has been dancing non Ballroom dances most of her life and Jenna came to DWTS after appearing on the dance reality series “So You Think You Can Dance”.  Carrie Ann said that it was beyond amazing; adding that JoJo is a role model.  Len liked all the elements of dancing mixed together.  Julianne said that JoJo is an expression for everyone; adding that she is floored by JoJo.  Bruno said that he wished JoJo was around when he was a kid.  JoJo and Jenna also earned a perfect score of 40 for their dance.

Closing out the Freestyle round and the night of competition is the only star with no dancing experience.  Iman and Daniella perform their Freestyle to the music of Missy Elliott.  Len noted that this season has been like a fantastic book.  Julianne was speechless.  Bruno said that they brought the house down.  Julianne said that it was her favourite Freestyle in 30 years.  Carrie Ann noted that Iman showcased his partner.  Iman and Daniella also earned a perfect score for their Freestyle.

Freestyle round scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 40
Amanda and Alan – 40
JoJo and Jenna – 40
Iman and Daniella – 40


Total scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 36 + 40 = 76
Amanda and Alan – 38 + 40 = 78
JoJo and Jenna – 40 + 40 = 80
Iman and Daniella – 40 + 40 = 80

Country music star Jimmie Allen returns to the Ballroom to perform his hit “Good Times Roll”.

Tyra announced that Jimmie Allen and Amanda Kloots will be joining the DWTS tour this winter on select dates.

Tyra announced that there was a record number of votes cast.

In the final results of the season…

The couple in fourth place is Amanda and Alan.

The couple in third place is Cody and Cheryl.

It’s all down to Iman and Daniella and JoJo and Jenna.

And the winner of season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars” is…

IMAN AND DANEILLA!!!!

Iman becomes the first NBA player to win the title!

Top 13 Results on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night the top 13 artists took to the stage to perform some special dedication songs and frequently brought the coaches to their feet.

Tonight, two of those artists will go home.

In the first results of the night…
Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom
Team Legend’s Jershika Maple
and Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes have all been saved by the fan vote and will be singing next week.

EGOT winning coach John Legend joins team members Joshua Vacanti, Jershika Maple, and Shadale for the Stevie Wonder hit “Don’t You Worry About a Thing”. 

In the next results…
Team Blake’s Wendy Moten
and Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia have also been saved by the fan vote and will sing next week.

After the commercial break, host Carson Daly names three more artists who will be moving on to sing next week…
Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti
Team Ariana’s Jim and Sasha Allen
and Team Blake’s Paris Winningham.

Award winning performer and coach Kelly Clarkson joins her team Girl Named Tom, Hailey Mia, Gymani, and Jeremy Rosado for a performance of fellow coach’s John Legend song “U Move, I Move”.

In the next results…
Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado
and Team Blake’s Lana Scott

Gymani, Ryleigh Plank, and Shadale are all in the bottom and will be singing for the fan vote via the instant save.

Team Legend’s Shadale sang “Breathe”.

Team Kelly’s Gymani sang “Sweet Love”.

Team Ariana’s Ryleigh Plank sang one of Ariana’s own songs “Dangerous Woman”.

And the final singer moving on to the top eleven is Gymani from Team Kelly.

Shadale and Ryleigh Plank have been eliminated from the competition.

The top eleven return next week to perform.

Top 13 Perform on ‘The Voice’

Last week, 21 artists took the stage but only 13 survived the night on “The Voice”.

This week those 13 take the stage to battle it out for eleven spots on the results show.

This week the artists will be sending some special dedications out with their songs.

First up is Team Blake and Paris Winningham with “What’s Going On” and dedicating it to his grandmother who died early last year.  Pairs took his hat off and threw it during the performance.  John called Pairs so gifted.  Blake called it an incredible performance.  Blake noted that when Pairs threw his hat it actually landed on someone’s head.

Next up is Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado with the Celine Dion song “Because You Love Me” for his dad.  Jeremy said this is the first time he has sung the song.  Ariana said that she is such a fan of Jeremy’s; adding that he always moves her.  Leaving Kelly in tears, she noted that Jeremy is so vulnerable. 

Team Ariana’s Ryleigh Plank chose “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac for her sister who is named Rhiannon.  Blake called the performance really cool.  Ariana called it one of her favourite performances from Ryleigh.

Team Kelly’s trio Girl Named Tom dedicated the Kansas song “Dust in the Wind” for their Grandma Jean who has dementia.  Jean used to perform with her sister.  John called the performance magical and stunning; adding it was their best so far.  Kelly called it a special song in general; adding that all three of them are so gifted…as a group and individually.

Next up is Team Legend’s Shadale with “Life is a Highway” for her truck driving dad…and mom.  Ariana said that she was surprised by the song choice but loved the performance.  John noted that they let the singers choose the songs and was also surprised by Shadale’s song choice.

Last week’s instant save Hailey Mai from Team Kelly chose “I’ll Stand by You” and dedicated it to her coach Kelly Clarkson.  John loves the different textures in Hailey’s voice; adding that the performance was beautiful.  Kelly called Hailey an incredible vocalist. 

Team Blake’s Wendy Moten chose the Linda Ronstadt song “Blue Bayou” and dedicated it in a posthumous dedication to her high school music teacher.  Carson said that it was crazy how effortless Wendy makes things look.  Blake said that Wendy had so much finesse in her performance.

Team Legend’s Jershika Maple chose “God Only Knows” by King and Country and dedicated it to her fourth and fifth grade teachers.  Jershika brought all four of the coaches to their feet.  A tearful Kelly said that it was a beautiful performance.  John noted that you can tell Jershika has a message to tell; adding that it was so inspiring.

Team Ariana’s Jim and Sasha Allen chose the Sir Elton song “Your Song” and dedicated it to cousin Stephanie at age 26.  Blake noted that since the season began, he has seen the greatest improvement from them.  Ariana agreed with Blake that they are improving each week; adding that she is moved by them both.

Team Blake’s Lana Scott sang the Tim McGraw song “Humble and Kind” for her Dad.  Lana is the only Country music artist remaining in the competition.  Blake said that the performance was so good; telling Lana to never lose the innocence in her voice.

Team Kelly’s Gymani went to church for her choice of “Made a Way” for her mother.  Kelly called Gymani so crazy talented; adding that she has a special kind of gift.

Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti chose “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Even Hanson” to his music and drama teachers.  He also noted that it was for every theater kid who feels they don’t fit in.  Ariana called the performance stunning; adding that he is brilliant.  John loves that there is no one else like Joshua on the show; adding that he loves watching Joshua being himself.

Closing out the night of music is Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes who chose the Garth Brooks song “The Dance” for his step-mother who she says has always been there and a shining example of what a mother should be.  Blake noted that the song changed Garth’s life; adding that he loved Holly’s rendition of the song.  Ariana called it a special rendition of the song; adding that Holly is in her own lane.

On the Tuesday results show two singers will be eliminated from the competition.

Semi Finals and Double Elimination on DWTS

“Dancing with the Stars” has reached the semi-finals and just six couples remain after the double elimination last week.  This week the remaining couples must perform two full dances as they battle for a spot in the finals and try to avoid a second week of a double elimination.

Round one is the redemption dance where one of the judges gives the couple a dance they want to see again.

First up is Cody and Cheryl with a Salsa given to them by Bruno.  The last time Cody and Cheryl performed the Salsa, fans only saw the rehearsal footage due to a Covid diagnosis.  Bruno said that the race to the finale started with a bang; adding that it was so much better.  Carrie Ann said that was the definition of redemption.  Len called it an action packed full on Salsa.  Derek said that it was a huge improvement from the first dance.  Cody and Cheryl scored 35 points for their dance.

Len gave Melora and Artem the Rumba from week two for their redemption dance.  Len said mission accomplished; adding that it was a terrific routine.  Derek called it a pure Rumba.  Bruno said that Melora had the right motion and beautiful.  Carrie Ann noted that Melora’s hip action was greatly improved.  Melora and Artem scored 36 points for their dance including a 10 from Len.  Melora is celebrating her 24th wedding anniversary tonight.

Carrie Ann gave Suni and Sasha the Foxtrot from week three.  Carrie Ann worked on the character of the dance with the couple.  Carrie Ann yelled in excitement; saying that the dance was full of joy.  Len called it a joyful happy dance.  Derek said that the new Suni is amazing.  Bruno said, “fox or not, this girl can trot.”  Suni and Sasha scored 39 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna got a visit from Len who gave them the Argentine Tango from week three.  Len said, “that was bloody brilliant.”  Derek said that it was really cool to see two women dance an Argentine Tango together.  Bruno said they blew all his fuses; adding that the dance was outstanding.  Carrie Ann noted that there was so much passion in the dance.  JoJo and Jenna earned another perfect score of 40.

Iman and Daniella got a visit from Derek who wanted to see the Tango from week three.  Derek helped Iman work on his frame.  Derek said that Iman just debunked the idea that a tall man can’t have a good frame; adding that Iman has come further than any other basketball player.  Bruno noted the frame was much better.  Carrie Ann called the dance fantastic.  Len noted that there was a vast improvement from week three. Iman and Daniella scored 37 points for their dance, including a 10 from Derek.

Closing out round one is Amanda and Alan got a visit from Len who wanted to see the Tango from week one.  Len said the dance had attack and aggression.  Derek called Amanda the most consistent dancer this season.  Bruno called the dance platinum; adding that Amanda was on fire.  Carrie Ann called the performance incredible.  Amanda and Alan scored 39 points after Carrie Ann deducted a point for what she said was a foot off the floor.


Redemption Round scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 35
Melora and Artem – 36
Iman and Daniella – 37
Suni and Sasha – 39
Amanda and Alan – 39
JoJo and Jenna – 40


The pros take the dance floor for a performance to a new song from the upcoming movie “Sing 2”. 

In round two is the couples last chance to impress the judges and fans for a spot in the finale.

First up is Melora and Artem with a Contemporary dance to “Thunder”.  Len liked how the dance mirrored the music; adding that Melora is always a joy to watch.  Derek noted that you can feel Melroa’s love for dance.  Bruno said that Melora has such a joy in her dance.  Carrie Ann called Melora a beautiful lyrical dancer.  Melora and Artem scored 36 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl return with an Argentine Tango.  Derek was obsessed with the opening; adding Cody did a great job.  Bruno called it a “hot dance”; adding that Cody went for it.  Carrie Ann said that Cody brought the drama to the dance.  Len noted that Cody has come so far this season.  Cody and Cheryl scored 36 points for their dance.

Suni and Sasha perform a Contemporary dance to “Gravity” by Sarah Barealis.  Bruno said that her lifts are “weightless”; adding that the world is in her hands.  Carrie Ann said that Suni brought them in.  Len called the dance passionate and drama; adding that she danced with feeling.  Derek noted that Suni enjoyed herself out there.  Suni and Sasha scored 38 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna return for a Contemporary routine.  JoJo’s grandma Joan made a visit to the rehearsal hall.  JoJo dedicated the dance to her grandpa who died recently.  A dancer nearly all her life, JoJo has been performing this style of dance her entire career.  Carrie Ann called the dance perfection.  Len said that JoJo mixes artistry with athleticism.  Derek loves JoJo’s grandma; adding it was the best Contemporary dance ever on the show.  Bruno called the dance exquisite and perfection.  It is no surprise that JoJo and Jenna earned another perfect score.

Iman and Daniella perform a Jazz routine to a song that includes his wife.  Len said that the lifts were spectacular.  Derek said that the dance was amazing.  Bruno called the lifts heart stopping.  Bruno said that Daniella spent so much time in orbit that she should be on Space X.  Carrie Ann noted that Iman brings something very different to the dance floor; adding it has everything she wants to see in a dance.  Iman and Daniella scored 38 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dance, Amanda and Alan perform a Contemporary routine to a song written and performed by her husband Nick Cordero who died as a result of Covid last year.  Derek noted that  there are times that a dancer does something for themselves and she will always have that moment.  Bruno said that he was mesmerized and Amanda touched his heart.  Carrie Ann said that Amanda transcended.  Len noted that Amanda performed two different dances and did a fantastic job.  Amanda thanked Alan for the dance and the moment she will always have.  Amanda and Alan earned a perfect score for their dance.


Round two scores:
Melora and Artem – 36
Cody and Cheryl – 36
Suni and Sasha – 38
Iman and Daniella – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 40
Amanda and Alan – 40


Total scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 35 + 36 = 71
Melora and Artem – 36 + 36 = 72
Iman and Daniella – 37 + 38 = 75
Suni and Sasha – 39 + 38 = 75
Amanda and Alan – 39 + 40 = 79
JoJo and Jenna – 40 + 40 = 80

In this week’s results…
JoJo and Jenna
Iman and Daniella
and Cody and Cheryl are all moving on to the finale.

Melora and Artem, Suni and Sasha, and Amanda and Alan are all in danger of going home.

With the lowest votes of the night, Melora and Artem have been eliminated from the competition.

It is down to Suni and Sasha and Amanda and Alan.

Carrie Ann chose to save Amanda and Alan
Derek chose to save Amanda and Alan
Bruno chose to save Amanda and Alan

Amanda and Alan is the final couple moving on to the finale.

Suni and Sasha have been eliminated from the competition.

Len said that he would have also saved Amanda and Alan.



First Live Results on ‘The Voice’

It’s the first results show of the season for “The Voice”.  A total of 24 singers will be cut to just 13 as the live show eliminations begin.

Last week each of the coaches picked one of their eliminated artists to return to compete in the comeback artist fan vote.

Two artists from each team will move on via the fan vote, the coaches will select one act, and one comeback artist will be revealed for a total of 13 acts moving on to next week.

First up is Team Kelly…

The first act moving on to the next round is the trio Girl Named Tom.

Joining them are Jeremy Rosado.

Saying that they are all very talented, Kelly chose to save Gymani. 

Next up is Team Legend…

The first act from Team Legend moving on to next week is Jershika Maple.

Joining her is Joshua Vicanti.

Noting that it is a very difficult decision, John chose to save Shadale.

Next up is Team Ariana…

The first act moving on is the father and son duo of Jim and Sasha Allen.

Joining them is Holly Forbes.

Making her first live show decision, Ariana noted that they are all very talented and chose to save Ryleigh Plank.

Last up is Team Blake…

The first member of Team Blake to move on is Wendy Moten.

Joining her is Paris Winningham.

Saying that “it sucks” because they all deserve to move on, Blake chose to save Lana Scott.

Of the two remaining singers from each team, one of them will move on to sing for the wildcard instant save; while the other will be eliminated from the competition.

From Team Kelly, Hailey Mai will sing again but Katie Rae has been eliminated.

From Team Legend, Samuel Harness will sing again but David Vogel has been eliminated.

From Team Ariana, Bella de Napoli; but Raquel Trinidad has been eliminated.

And finally from Team Blake Peedy Chavis will sing again, but Libianca has been eliminated.

The comeback artist is Team Ariana’s Vaughn Mogul will compete for the final spot in the top 13.


Hailey Mai, Samuel Harness, Bella de Napoli, Peedy Chavis, and Vaughn Mogul will all sing for one last change to move on to next week with the instant save vote.

 After the instant save fan vote, the final artist filling out the top 13 is 14 year old Hailey Mia from Team Kelly.

Blake told Peedy that if he did not make it to next week, he had some venues that he wanted to book Peedy in tonight.

10 Paddles Fly on DWTS Janet Jackson Night

This week on “Dancing with the Stars” the remaining couples will have perform two dances to the music of Janet Jackson…and it’s a double elimination night.

The night begins with a group performance by the pro dancers to “Nasty Boy”.

Miss Jackson herself makes an appearance via video from London.  Jackson noted that it was great having the couple dance to her music; adding that it is another form of expression.

First on the dance floor is Jimmie and Emma with a Cha Cha to “Escapade”.  Len called the performance nice; adding that he wasn’t sure if nice was enough to make to next week.  Derek said that it was good but not his best dance.  Bruno thanked Janet for the music; adding the dance was fun and playful.  Bruno noted that Jimmie was singing along.  Carrie Ann said that Jimmie always brings the fun.  Jimmie and Emma scored 32 points for their dance.

Feeling good, Suni returns to perform a Samba with Sasha to “All for You”.  Derek said that Suni was so vibrant.  Bruno said that Suni was running on high octane and brilliant.  Carrie Ann said this is what they have been waiting for.  Len said that if he was a Dr giving Suni’s Samba a health check, it would be an A-1.  Suni and Sasha scored a perfect score of 40 for their dance.

Melora and Artem dance a Paso Doble to “If”.  Bruno called the dance ferocious; adding that the artistry was there.  Carrie Ann called the dance amazing and passionate.  Len said that the dance was aggressive and had attack; adding that he loved the skirt because it reminded him of the cape.  Derek said that Melora slayed the Paso.  Melora and Artem also earned a perfect score of 40 for their dance.

Olivia and Val dance an Argentine Tango to “Anytime, Anyplace”.  Carrie Ann called it a beautiful performance but wanted a little more heat.  Len loved the interaction and chemistry.  Derek noted that Olivia has a joy about her.  Bruno wanted a little more passion but called it a lovely Argentine Tango.  Olivia and Val scored 36 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl dance a Paso Doble to “Black Cat”.  Cody dedicated the dance to his mom.  Cody said that his mom took him to his first Janet Jackson concert.  Len said that the dance was full of fire; adding that Cody was so dominant that he didn’t see Cheryl.  Derek noted that Cody has really stepped it up; adding that it was all there.  Bruno said that Cody has released the beast within.  Carrie Ann asked Cody how it felt; adding that the dance was fantastic.  Cody and Cheryl scored 38 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan dance a Jazz routine to “Miss You Much”.  Derek said that Amanda was a leading lady from start to finish.  Bruno said that Amanda was in charge of the dance from beginning to end; adding that her personality showed.  Carrie Ann came down and gave Amanda a hug.  Len said that the dance was amazing.  Amanda and Alan earned the third perfect score of the night with 40 points.

Iman and Daniella dance a Cha Cha to “Rhythm Nation”.  Bruno said that it was a great tribute to a great performer.  Carrie Ann said that Iman delivered with his usual pizzazz.  Len was impressed with the group precision; but not enough Cha Cha moves.  Derek said that they delivered a memorable performance.  Iman and Daniella scored 35 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna dance a Salsa to “Feedback”.  Carrie Ann noted that it was the most intense competition they have had in DWTS history.  Len called JoJo an excellent dance; but didn’t like the “gimmicks”.  Derek loved the opening lift; adding that JoJo is a great partner.  Bruno called the dance “drop dead sexy”; adding that she pushes it as far as she can.  JoJo and Jenna scored 39 points for their dance.


Round one scores:
Jimmie and Emma – 32
Iman and Daniella – 35
Olivia and Val – 36
Cody and Cheryl – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 39
Suni and Sasha – 40
Melora and Artem – 40
Amanda and Alan – 40

Some of the DWTS pros going on tour in January take the stage with season 29 winner Kaitlyn Bristow to dance to “What Have You Done for Me Lately?”.

Round two is a dance off round where two couple will dance side by side for two bonus points.

First up are Jimmie and Emma and Suni and Sasha Salsa for Bruno.  Married couple Emma and Sasha will be pairing off against each other.  Bruno said that they both did great performances.  Noting that it was a difficult decision, Bruno chose Suni and Sasha as the winner.

JoJo and Jenna and Olivia and Val Rumba for Carrie Ann.  Married couple Jenna and Val will face off against each other.  This is the first Rumba for both couples.  Carrie Ann called it the dance off of dance offs.  Carrie Ann chose JoJo and Jenna.

Melora and Artem and Iman and Daneilla Foxtrot for Derek.  Derek said that he loves the dance off challenge.  Derek noted Iman’s improvement.  Derek noted that he thought it was going to be a blowout on paper but it didn’t turn out that way.  He chose Melora and Artem as the winner.

Amanda and Alan and Cody and Cheryl dance a Cha Cha for Len.  Len said both dances were great.  He chose Amanda and Alan as the winners. 


Dance Off scores:
Suni and Sasha – 2
JoJo and Jenna – 2
Melora and Artem – 2
Amanda and Alan – 2


Total scores:
Jimmie and Emma – 32
Iman and Daniella – 35
Olivia and Val – 36
Cody and Cheryl – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 39 + 2 = 41
Suni and Sasha – 40 + 2 = 42
Melora and Artem – 40 + 2 = 42
Amanda and Alan – 40 + 2 = 42

In this week’s results…
Suni and Sasha
JoJo and Jenna
Amanda and Alan
Cody and Cheryl
and Iman and Daniella are all coming back next week.

Melora and Alan, Olivia and Val, and Jimmie and Emma are all in danger of going home.

Earning the lowest votes of the week, Olivia and Val have been eliminated from the competition.

Melora and Alan and Jimmie and Emma remain for the judges save.

Derek chose to save Melora and Artem
Bruno chose to save Melora and Artem
An emotional Carrie Ann chose to save Melora and Artem.

Jimmie and Emma have been eliminated from the competition.

Len said that he too would have saved Melora and Artem.

Next week it’s the semi finals.

Knockouts Conclude on ‘The Voice’

Week two of the Knockout rounds on “The Voice” begins with only Blake having a steal; Ariana, Kelly, and John have all used their one steal for the round. Kelly has four acts on her team, Ariana and John have three acts, and Blake only has two artists on his team.

John gets the knockouts started with Shadale with “Impossible” by Shontelle and Samara Brown with “The Best” by Tina Turner. John and Ed sang background for Shadale in rehearsals. Shadale was emotional at the end of the song. Kelly said that it was well done. Blake loved it. Ariana said that she is a fan of both of them. John loved the soul Samara put in the song; adding that it was a flawless performance. He said that Shadale reminded him of a Mary J Blige show; adding she gave her best performance yet. John chose Shadale as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired Country singers Carson Peters with “Amarillo by Morning” with his fiddle and Lana Scott with “Wildest Dreams”. Ariana loved the performances. John loved seeing Carson playing the fiddle and Lana’s voice. Kelly said that Carson is gifted and compared Lana to Pam Tillis. Blake noted that up til now Lana has flown under the radar; adding that it was a tall order to sing a George Strait song. Blake chose Lana as the winner of the battle.

Ariana paired Bella DeNapoli with “Chandelier” and Katherine Anne Mohler with “Poison”. John noted that it is a big risk to change an arrangement in an effort to try and stand out. Kelly said that it was a cool move to change up the song. Blake said that it was the most equal knockout round in the competition. Ariana said that she loved them both. Ariana chose Bella as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired Jeremy Rosado with “Run to You” by Whitney Houston and Xavier Cornell with “Falling Slowly”. Ed said that Jeremy made a great song choice. Blake said wow. Ariana thought both did a great job. Kelly loved the emotional connection the singers had with their songs. Kelly chose Jeremy as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip Blake paired Peedy Chavis and Berritt Holmes for a battle with Peedy winning the battle.

Ariana paired steal Manny Keith with “Golden” and Jim and Sasha Allen with “Home”. John said that the performances were joyful. Kelly noted that Manny feels the music; adding that Jim and Sasha have a magical thing together. Blake said that their song sounded like it was something they wrote; adding that Manny was great. Ariana said that Manny is incredible; adding that both acts performed brilliantly. Ariana chose Jim and Sasha as the winners of the battle.

In the final knockout battle, John paired steal Jershiska Maple with “Inseparable” and Paris Winningham with “Tennessee Whiskey”. Ed said that Jershika gave him chills and Paris made the song his own; adding that Paris is a voice he would buy the record. Kelly kept saying, “oh my god”; adding that they were both so good. Ariana and Kelly were mad that they didn’t have a steal. Blake said that Paris killed it; adding that he couldn’t believe Kelly let Jershika go. Ariana called the performances next level. John said that they were both A+ level performers. John said that it wasn’t fair that he had to choose just one, but chose Jershika as the winner of the battle. Blake finally used his steal on Paris.

Each of the coaches will choose one eliminated singer to come back.

For the first time in “The Voice” history there is two groups moving on to the live rounds.

Team Blake:
Wendy Moten
Libianca
Lana Scott
Peedy Chavis
Paris Winningham – steal

Team Ariana:
Raquel Trinidad
Holly Forbes – steal
Ryleigh Plank
Bella DeNapoli
Jim and Sasha Allen

Team Kelly:
Katie Rae – steal
Gymani
Girl Named Tom
Hailey Mia
Jeremy Rosado

Team Legend:
Joshua Vacanti
Samuel Harness
David Vogel – steal
Shadale
Jershika Maple


Queen Night on DWTS

It’s Queen Night on “Dancing with the Stars” and the couples will be dancing to music by the award winning Hall of Fame band.

And this week the couples will have to dance twice.

The night of music begins with a group number by the pro dancers.

Getting the competition started off are Amanda and Alan with a Jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now”.  Len wanted more rhythm and something special.  Derek loved the open but agreed somewhat with Len; adding it wasn’t bad but not her best.  Bruno said that it was so good as he climbed on the table.  Bruno said that Freddie would have loved it.  Carrie Ann said that everything Amanda does is great but it is becoming metronomic.  There was a lift in the dance and lifts are not allowed in the Jive.  Amanda and Alan scored 33 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val dance a Quickstep to “Fat Bottom Girls”.  Derek said that Olivia is so genuine when she dances; added that she was on point.  Bruno called Olivia a lean mean quickstep queen.  Carrie Ann said that Olivia is light on her feet and uses the whole floor.  Len liked that the dance had speed but control; adding he wanted more body contact.  Olivia and Val scored 38 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella dance a Paso Doble to “Another One Bites the Dust”.  Bruno said that the basketball legend is now a Ballroom dancer.  Carrie Ann said that sometimes it feels like a spiritual experience.  Len said that the dance had attack and attitude; adding that he lightens up the dance floor.  Derek said that Iman oozes joy but the dance lacked posture.  Iman and Daniella scored 32 points for their dance.

Jimmie and Emma dance a Viennese Waltz to “Somebody to Love”.  Jimmie said that he learned  how to connect with the audience from Freddie Mercury.  Jimmie is on tour during the show.  Emma goies on tour with him.  Carrie Ann noted that Jimmie has been working on his lines.  Len said that Jimmie is finishing strong.  Derek loved the dance.  Bruno said that Jimmie has become a true leading man.  Jimmie gave his wife some flowers at the end of the dance.  Jimmie and Emma scored 38 points for their dance including 10’s from Derek and Bruno.

The Miz and Witney dance a Foxtrot to “Radio Gaga”.  Mike’s dad came to rehearsals this week.  Len said that Mike had a good frame but the dance needed to be more natural.  Derek noted that he was impressed.  Bruno said that The Miz needs to be more fluid.  Carrie Ann said that The Miz is too tight and needs to relax and have fun.  The Miz and Witney scored 32 points for their dance.

Jojo and Jenna Tango to “Body Language”.  Derek called it a tantalizing Tango.  Bruno called it a supermodel Tango.  Carrie Ann noted that people need to grow; adding that JoJo is growing.  Len said noted that there wasn’t enough light and shade with no slow moves.  JoJo and Jenna scored 39 points for their dance.

Suni and Sasha dance a Paso Doble to “We Will Rock You”.  Bruno said that Suni rocked the Paso.  Carrie Ann said that Suni is already a champion.  Len noted that Suni was a bit hesitant but did a sterling job.  Derek said that Suni is truly a champion.  Suni danced sick tonight – it is not covid related.  Suni and Sasha scored 33 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl dance a Foxtrot to “You’re My Best Friend”.  He dedicated the dance to his best friend Oscar who died in February as a result of addiction.  Carrie Ann said that she saw true joy in Cody’s dance.  Len said that overall it was well done.  Derek said that it was Cody’s best dance.  Bruno said that it was a Foxtrot glowing with affection.  Cody and Cheryl scored 34 points for their dance.

The final dance in round one is Melora and Artem with a Foxtrot to “Killer Queen”.  Melora gets a visit form the “The Bold Type” co-stars this week.  Len said that the dance was an all around polished affair.  Derek said all hair Queen Melora.  Bruno called it a full performance package.  Carrie Ann said that Melora upped everything a notch tonight. Melora thanked the judges for the “gentle kick in the butt” last week.  Melora and Artem scored 36 points for their dance.


Queen Night scores:
Iman and Daniella – 32
The Miz and Witney – 32
Amanda and Alan – 33
Suni and Sasha – 33
Cody and Cheryl – 34
Melora and Artem – 36
Olivia and Val – 38
Jimmie and Emma – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 39


In round two, it’s a relay round where the couples are divided into three groups and dance back to back.  The judges will award a single bonus point each to the winner to be added to their scores.

The Miz and Witney, Iman and Daniella, and Cody and Cheryl will all dance a Jive to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.  Len said that it was so much fun to watch.  Derek said that it was a tough one.  Bruno noted that there was so much energy.  Carrie Ann said that they were all incredible. 

JoJo and Jenna, Olivia and Val, and Jimmie and Emma will all dance a Foxtrot to “Under Pressure”.  Derek said that they all did so good.  Bruno said that all of them raised the bar.  Carrie Ann noted that they have all grown.  Len noted that they didn’t show any pressure and performed beautifully.

Suni and Sasha, Amanda and Alan, and Melora and Artem dance a Viennese Waltz to “We Are the Champions”.  Bruno said that it keeps getting better.  Carrie Ann jumped on the table, calling the dances amazing.  Len loved it; adding that it was wonderful to watch.  Derek said that they were all sensational. 


Dance Relay scores:
Suni and Sasha – 1
Amanda and Alan – 1
Melora and Artem – 2
Iman and Daniella – 2
Cody and Cheryl – 2
Olivia and Val – 4


Total scores:
The Miz and Witney – 32
Amanda and Alan – 33 +1 =34
Suni and Sasha – 33 + 1 = 34
Iman and Daniella – 32 + 2 = 34
Cody and Cheryl – 34 + 2 = 36
Melora and Artem – 36 + 2 = 38
Jimmie and Emma – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 39
Olivia and Val – 38 + 4 = 42


In this week’s results…
Suni and Sasha
Olivia and Val
Cody and Cheryl
Iman and Daniella
Melora and Artem
Jimmie and Emma
Amanda and Alan

JoJo and Jenna and The Miz and Witney are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Bruno chose to save JoJo and Jenna
Carrie Ann chose to save JoJo and Jenna
Derek chose to save JoJo and Jenna

Len said that he would have chosen to save JoJo and Jenna.

The Miz and Witney have been eliminated from the competition.

 


 

Knockouts Continue on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night, “The Voice” got the knockout rounds started off with mega mentor Ed Sheeran.

Ariana and Kelly have both used their one save for this round.  Blake and Ariana have two of their five team members; while Kelly has three and John has just one singer on his team.

Tonight, “The Voice” celebrates the most watched show of the decade with their 500th episode.

Johnj pairs up BrittanyBree with “Best Part” and Samuel Harness with “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi.  Kelly said that they both were so good.  Blake said that Brittany did some great things vocally but Samuel “had a moment”.  John said that he didn’t know what to do because they were both so good.  John chose Samuel as the winner of the battle.

Kelly paired teens The Cunningham Sisters with “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and Hailey Mia with “Arcade” for a battle.  In rehearsals, Kelly said that she was very impressed.  Blake said that it was the cutest thing he had ever seen.  Ariana said that she was obsessed with all three of them.  Kelly said that they were all so gifted.  Kelly said that as a mammas it was very hard; she chose Hailey as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Ariana paired David Vogel with “Lose You to Love Me” with just his guitar and Ryleigh Plank with “Midnight Sky”.  John called Ryleigh a star and said that David’s choice to go acoustic was great.  Kelly noted that both singers are free spirited.  Blake said that David put his stamp all over the song; adding that Ryleigh had a “thing”.  Ariana called David’s performance so special and Ryleigh has the vocals of all the greats mixed together.  Ariana chose Ryleigh as the winner of the battle.  John pushed his button to steal David.  Ariana was thrilled that John stole David.

Team Blake:
Wendy Moten
Libianca

Team Ariana:
Raquel Trinidad
Holly Forbes – steal
Ryleigh Plank

Team Kelly:
Katie Rae – steal
Gymani
Girl Named Tom
Hailey Mia

Team Legend:
Joshua Vacanti
Samuel Harness
David Vogel – steal


Knockout Rounds Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over and it’s time for the Knockout rounds. This season’s mega mentor is award winning British pop star Ed Sheeran.

The coaches have a steal for this round but there are no saves for this round.

It was recently revealed that Sheeran has test positive for the Covid-19 virus. The Knockout rounds were recorded prior to that diagnosis.

Blake gets the night of music started with a pairing of Wendy Moten singing Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and steal Jonathan Mouton with “I Can See Clearly Now”. Jonathan said that his mother sang the song to him during his battle with cancer. Wendy told Blake that she has been a part of the Country group The Time Jumpers for two years.

Ariana noted that there is too much talent this season. She loved Jonathan’s rendition but said that Wendy blew it out of the park. John loved how Jonathan opened the song A Cappella. Blake said that Jonathan was incredible; adding that he couldn’t wait to see what offers were going to come Wendy’s way. Blake chose Wendy as the winner of the battle.

Ariana paired Raquel Trinidad with “Valarie” and Katie Rae with “Hold on to Me” by Laruen Daigle. John said that both of them were so good. Kelly said that Katie Rae’s tone is magical and Raquel is sassy in a good way. Blake said that Raquel lit the room up and Katie gave an emotional performance. Ariana said that the decision is extra hard for her because the girls are two of her favourites. Ariana chose Raquel as the winner of the battle. Kelly used her steal on Katie Rae.

Kelly have Ed one of her jackets. Kelly paired Gymani with “Pillow Talk” and steal Kinsey Rose with “Strawberry Wine”. Blake noted that the two couldn’t be more different. Ariana said that they both were very good. Kelly said both did a great job. Noting that she thinks she is the better competitor, Kelly chose Gymani as the winner of the battle.

John paired Joshua Vacanti with “Falling” and Sabrina Dias with the Ed Sheeran song “Photograph” while playing guitar and drums for a battle. D said that it was the first time he has heard one of his songs live. He sang with her during rehearsals. Kelly said that it was so cool. Blake was impressed with Sabrina but said that Joshua went for the fences. John said that it was so cool to see them both shine on the stage. Saying that they did not make the decision easy for him, John chose Joshua as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired up Libianca with “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish and Hailey Green singing Blake’s song “God’s Country”. Ariana called the performances incredible. John said that Hailey’s voice is powerful but Libianca was like a master class in vocals. Blake thought both performances were incredible. Calling the decision soul crushing, Blake chose Libianca as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Kelly pairs the family trio Girl Named Tom with “Wichita Lineman” and Holly Forbes with “Superstar”. John said that’s he glad he has a steal. Blake said they both did a great job. Ariana called Girl Named Tom’s performance an award show performance but Holly is what she grew up hearing. Kelly said that they both were incredible, she chose Girl Named Tom as the winner of the battle. John and Ariana both pushed their buttons to steal Holly. Saying that she loves both of them, Holly chose Ariana as her new coach.


Team Blake:
Wendy Moten
Libianca

Team Ariana:
Raquel Trinidad
Holly Forbes – steal

Team Kelly:
Katie Rae – steal
Gymani
Girl Named Tom

Team Legend:
Joshua Vacanti


It’s Horrrs Night on DWTS

With Halloween less than one week away, “Dancing with the Stars” is celebrating the event with Horror night.

It has been a tumultuous half season so far with some very controversial eliminations and accusations of favourtism by the judges.

New judge Derek Hough will come from behind the judging table and take to the dance floor for a performance.

The Miz and Witney perform a Paso Doble inspired by “Hell Raiser”.  All week long, Mike tried to scare Witney in rehearsals.  Witney’s family joined The Miz’s family for some Halloween fun.  Len said that Mike nailed it.  Derek called the dance really impressive.  Bruno said that it was a devilishly good dance.  Carrie Ann loved the dance.  Tyra asked Mike what his biggest fear was and Mike said that stepping on the dance floor every week and being judged by professionals.  The Miz and Witney scored 34 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon dance an Argentine inspired by “Arachnophobia”.  Derek said that Kenya has an elegant demearnour about her.  Bruno said that Kenya could wrap him in her web any time; adding that she has great poise.  Carrie Ann said that Kenya has so much power.  Len said the Kenya spun a web that captured the flavour of the Argentine Tango.  Kenya and Brandon scored 32 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna are not clowning around when they dance a Jazz routine inspired by “It”.  JoJo came to rehearsal dressed as Jenna.  JoJo’s family came to visit in rehearsals this week.  Bruno called the dance brilliant; adding that they turned a nightmare into a work of art.  Carrie Ann said that there were so many thoughts going through her head; adding that JoJo is a brilliant dancer.  Len said that the dance captured the flavour of the book.  Derek said that it was beautifully done and phenomenal.  JoJo and Jenna scored their second perfect score in a row with 40 points.

Cody and Cheryl Cha Cha inspired by “American Psycho”.  Cody chats with his partner via video this week.  Cody dedicated the dance to his partner Andreas.  Carrie Ann said that Cody was amazing.  Len said “hallelujah”; adding he has been waiting for Cody to show them his potential…and he did it.  Derek called it Cody’s best dance.  Bruno said that the dance was great.  Cody and Cheryl scored 36 points for their dance.  This is Cody’s highest score so far.

Jimmie and Emma perform a Contemporary dance inspired by “A Quiet Place”.  Emma included American Sign language into the dance.  Jimmie was very emotional after the dance.  Len said that he loved the dance; adding that it held his attention.  Derek called it a beautiful routine.  Bruno said that Jimmie went beyond the film with their dance.  Carrie Ann said that Jimmie just understood the power of dance.  Jimmie and Emma scored 38 points including 10’s from Carrie Ann and Derek.

Taking a break from the competition, Derek, his girlfriend Hailey, and some special guests perform “Tango of the Dead”.

Olivia and Val dance a Paso Doble inspired by “The Purge”.  Derek said that Olivia has been amazing all season.  Bruno said that Olivia kept up with Val very well.  Carrie Ann said that Olivia makes things look effortless.  Len said that Olivia has come back to life and gave a terrific Paso Doble.  Olivia and Val scored 36 points for their dance.

Melora and Artem dance a Jive to “Hound Dog” inspired by the Stephen King film “Cujo”.  Melora’s dad was in “Cujo”.  Melora’s parents visit the rehearsal hall this week.  Melora dedicated the dance to her parents who were in the audience.  Bruno said that all of Melora’s performances make him feel good.  Carrie Ann said that it was a great performance; but wants more.  Len said that it was a mix of quantity and quality; adding that it was a proper Jive.  Derek said that Melora danced beautifully but agrees with Carrie Ann and wants more.  Melora and Artem scored 34 points for their dance.

Iman and Danielle dance a Contemporary routine inspired by Us”.  The dance brought the judges to their feet.  Carrie Ann stood up and said “holy cow”; adding that it was genius and perfection.  Len said that Daniella came up with the most brilliant concept; adding that the dance was terrific.  Derek jumped on the table; adding it was a dance people will watch over and over.  Bruno was transfixed; adding that it was a masterpiece performance.  Iman and Daniella earned a perfect score for their dance. 

Suni and Sasha dance a Tango inspired by the “Vampire Diaries” to the music of Ed Sheeran.  Sasha is known as the DWTS prankster but Suni got him; but Sasha got her back.  Len liked the frame; adding that there was lots of good movement.  Derek agreed the frame was beautiful.  Bruno said that Suni had bite tonight.  Carrie Ann noted the lift; adding that she can see the fun coming out.  Suni is a big “Vampire Diaries” fan and she got a video message from the show.  Suni and Sasha scored36 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan close out the night of dancing with an Argentine Tango inspired by “Saw” to “Paint it Black”.  Amanda is not a fan of sp38ooky stuff.  Alan said that it is the hardest dance he has had to choreograph.  Derek noted that it was a challenging routine but a 10.  Bruno said that the dance was so sharp and so much real Argentine Tango content.  Carrie Ann said that Amanda is forcing herself instead of allowing it to happen.  Len said that the dance was a bit too sharp.  Amanda and Alan scored 38 points for their dance.


Horror Night scores:
Kenya and Brandon – 32
The Miz and Witney – 34
Melora and Artem – 34
Cody and Cheryl – 36
Olivia and Val – 36
Suni and Sasha – 36
Jimmie and Emma – 38
Amanda and Alan – 38
JoJo and Jenna – 40
Iman and Daniella – 40



In this week’s results…
Iman and Daniella
Olivia and Val
JoJo and Jenna
Cody and Cheryl
The Miz and Witney
Amanda and Alan
Jimmie and Emma
and Melora and Artem are all safe for another week.

Kenya and Brandon and Suni and Sasha are in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Suni and Sasha
Derek chose to save Suni and Sasha
Bruno chose to save Suni and Sasha

Kenya and Brandon have been eliminated from the competition.

Len would have made it an unanimous decision.

Next week DWTS will rock out the music of Queen.

Battle Rounds Conclude on ‘The Voice’

When the final night of the battle rounds on “The Voice” begins, only Blake has a steal. Ariana, Kelly, and John all have seven members on their teams and need just one more artist; Blake has two spots remaining on his team.

Ariana opens the night of music with a battle between Ryleigh Plank and KCK3 with “Come on Over Baby”. John called the performance captivating. Kelly said that they all did great on the song. Blake loves the harmonies of KCK3 but Ryleigh really shined. Calling the night perfect, Ariana chose Ryleigh as the winner of the battle. Ariana is the first coach to fill out her battle team.

Kelly paired The Cunningham Sisters and Parker McKay for a battle of “It’s My Party” by Leslie Gore. Blake said that it was tricky. Ariana said that everyone sounded beautiful. John is conflicted in his decision. Kelly said that they did such a beautiful job; adding that they nailed it. Noting that she has a tough decision to make, Kelly chose The Cunningham Sisters as the winner of the battle. Kelly has filled her battle round team.

In a video clip, Blake paired Berritt Hanyes and Kaitlyn Velez for a battle of “Yellow” wth Berritt winning the battle.

In the final performance of the battle rounds, John paired Paris Winningham and Jonathan Mouton for a battle of the Luther Vandross song “Here and Now”. Kelly said that there was some beautiful singing. Blake said that it sounded like a record and he wanted to hear it again. Ariana called the performance incredible; adding that they were both world class singers. John noted that neither was better; adding that they are both evenly matched and as great as they needed to be. John chose Paris as the winner of the battle. Blake finally used his steal for Jonathan. Jonathan was shocked when Blake pusehd his button. John was glad that Blake saved Jonathan.

The knockout rounds begin on Monday with Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran!

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Manny Keith – steal
Ryaleigh Plank

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save
Joshua Vacanti
Sabrinaa Diaz
Shadale
Paris Winningham

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell
Holly Forbes
Hailey Mia – steal
Gymani
The Cunningham Sisters

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca
Carson Peters
Wendy Moten
Berritt Haynes
Jonathan Mouton


Battle Rounds part 3 on ‘The Voice’

When “The Voice” kicks off week two of the battle rounds, all four of the coaches have already used their save. John is the only coach to use his one steal for this round.

Team Legend gets the night of music started off with Joshua Vacanti and Keilah Grace with “good 4 u”. Kelly called the performance so good and a really fun pairing. Blake said that he wasn’t sure what happened on the stage but they both sounded great. Ariana called the performance emotional and energetic. John said that they knocked it out of the park. Saying that both of them made him proud, John chose Joshuaas the winner of the battle. Ariana regrets not stealing Keilah.

Blake paired fiddle player Carson Peters and Clint Sherman for the Vince Gill song “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slipping Away”. Both guys are playing the guitar on this song. Ariana called it one of her favourite performances; adding that both sang it so well. Kelly said that Carson looks like a country Patrick Swazey. Blake thanked the guys for working hard on the song; adding that they stepped up to the plate and did a great job. Blake chose Carson as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip…
Kelly paired Holly Forbes and Wyatt Michael for a battle of “Sunny” with Holly winning the battle.

Ariana paired Sophia Bromberg and Jim and Sasha Allen for a battle of “Sign, Sealed, Delivered” with Jim and Sasha winning the battle.

Ariana paired Raquel Trinidad and Hailey Mia for a battle of the Rolls Royce hit “Car Wash”. John called it a fun song selection; adding that it was so fun. Kelly said that she adores both of the girls; adding that there is a path for both of them on the show. Blake loves both girls voices. Ariana chose Raquel as the winner of the battle. Kelly stole Hailey Mai.

Kelly paired Gymani and Aaron Hines for a battle of “working”. Blake said that they both did a great job. Ariana said that she loves both singers and adores their voices. John said that they are both truly excellent singers. Kelly said that she had so much fun; adding that they elevate each other. Kelly chose Gymani as the winner of the battle.

John paired Sabrina Diaz and Jack Hogan for a battle of “cardigan” by Taylor Swift. Kelly called the performance so cool with the storytelling and not with just their voices. Blake said that they both did a great job. Ariana said that it was a beautiful rendition of the song. John said that the performance was so well done. Saying that both of them are wonderful, John chose Sabrina as the winner of the battle.

In another video clip…
John paired Janora Brown and Shadale for a battle with Shadale winning the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Blake pairs Wendy Moten and Manny Keith for a battle. Wendy sang with Dierks just two weeks before the battle rounds. The duo are singing the Sting hit “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”. Ariana said “oh my god;” adding it was an incredible performance. John noted that it almost felt like they weren’t performing together. Kelly said that if Wendy isn’t in the finals, there is something wrong with the world. Blake chose Wendy as the winner of the battle. As Manny was walking off the stage, Ariana pushed her button to steal Manny.

The battle rounds conclude on Tuesday.


Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Manny Keith – steal

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save
Joshua Vacanti
Sabrinaa Diaz
Shadale

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell
Holly Forbes
Hailey Mia – steal
Gymani

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca
Carson Peters
Wendy Moten


Wk 1 of Battles Conclude on ‘The Voice’

When “The Voice” ended on Monday night, Gershika Maple was about to announce which of the coaches she wanted to be her coach. Kelly had chosen Jeremy Rosado as the winner of the battle and was unable to save Gershika since she had already used her save. John and Ariana pushed their buttons to steal.

Ariana has also used her save; leaving only Blake and John with a save remaining.

Gershika chose to join Team Legend. John is the first coach to use his steal.

Blake paired Lana Scott and Hailey Green for a battle of “Girl”. John called them both great singers. Kelly said that both girls held their own. Ariana liked both of the girl’s tones; adding that it was not an easy choice. Saying that it is his least favourite part of the show, Blake chose Hailey as the winner of the battle. As Lana was walking off the stage, Blake used his save on Lana.

In a video clip…
Blake paired Libianca and Tommy Edwards for a battle with Libianca as the winner.
Kelly paired Carolina Alonso and Xavier Cornell for a battle with Xavier as the winner.

Ariana paired Katherine Ann Mohler and Vaughan Mugol for a battle of “Dilemma”. John called the performance really fun. Kelly called it a well matched battle. Ariana called the performance “so good”. Ariana chose Katharine as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, John paired Samara Brown and BritttanyBree for a performance of “Something He Can Feel”. Kelly said that their voices are insane; adding she loved every minute. Blake said that he was so blown away; adding that they owned the moment. Ariana called them both spectacular. John said that they both did exactly what they were supposed to do. John chose BrittanyBree as the winner of the battle. John pushed his button to save Samara. Ariana and Kelly chose to steal Samara. Samara chose to stay with Team Legend.

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Bella DeNapoli – save
David Vogel
Katharine Ann Mohler

Team Legend:
Samuel Harness
Gershika Maple – steal
BrittanyBree
Samara Brown – save

Team Kelly:
A Girl Named Tom
Kensey Rose – save
Jeremy Rosado
Xavier Cornell

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Hailey Green
Lana Scott – save
Libianca


DWTS Disney Night – Villains and Double Elimination

On Monday night, “Dancing with the Stars” celebrated the heroes of Disney; on Tuesday the couples flip over to the dark side and will become Disney villains.

No one went home on heroes night but at the end of the show two couples will be eliminated.

After winning the Mickey Dance Challenge on Monday, Jimmie and Emma get the night of dancing started with a Jazz routine to the music of Bilie Eilish with Jimmie as Captain Hook and Emma as Tinkerbell. Len liked the concept; adding that Jimmie surprises him each week. Derek said that he was impressed with Jimmie; adding he loves seeing the progress. Bruno noted that Jimmie stayed in character; adding that it was his strongest performance to date. Carrie Ann called the dance amazing. Jimmie and Emma scored 35 points for their dance.

Cody and Cheryl dance a Viennese Waltz to the music of “Beauty and the Beast”. Derek noted that they had the least amount of rehearsal time this week – three days. Bruno is happy to see Cody in a full production. Carrie Ann said that Cody was polished. Len congratulated Cheryl on her choreography. Cody and Cheryl scored 31 points for their dance for his highest score yet.

Melanie C and Gleb Viennese Waltz to the music of Lana Del Ray with Mel as Maleficent. Bruno called the dance magnificent; adding that she has plenty of drama. Carrie Ann called it Mel’s best dance by far. Len liked the mood; adding that Mel had a great atmosphere. Derek called in an ominous performance. Melanie C and Gleb scored 35 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna dance a Paso Doble to the music “Descendants 2”. Carrie Ann called JoJo a fantastic performer but felt the dance was a bit hectic. Len said that the dance had control. Derek agreed with Len adding that dance was full of content. Bruno said that it was like watching two super villians. 35 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon dance a Viennese Waltz to “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande with Kenya playing the evil queen for “Snow White”. Len appreciated the bars on hold; adding the dance was done very well. Derek said that he was into it; adding that Kenya is fierce. Bruno loved how Kenya played the character. Carrie Ann loved how Kenya was on center; adding that it was her best dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 30 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella Argentine Tango to the music of “Aladdin”. Iman puts Daniella on the judge’s table. Derek called the opening lift iconic. Bruno noted that there were no effects used in the dance. Carrie Ann was truly blown away, calling it magical. Len called it Iman’s best dance. Iman and Daniella scored 33 points for their dance including two nines.

After earning the highest score of the night on Monday, Melora and Artem look to repeat the performance with a Jazz routine to the music of “Tangled” with Melora providing the vocals. Kate Flannery made a visit to the rehearsal hall this week. Bruno said that Melora “delivered”. Carrie Ann called the performance theatrical and amazing but a bit safe. Len said that the dance was truly delightful. Derek called Melora magnificent. Melora and Artem scored 37 points including the first 10 of the season form Len.

The Miz and Witney Argentine Tango to the music of “The Lion King” with Mike as Scar. Carrie Ann said that the men are on fire tonight; adding that it was incredible and amazing. Len liked the lifts with lovely moments of Argentine Tango. Derek said that it was 10’s across the board for costumes and characterization. Bruno noted that there was so much content in the dance.

Brian and Sharna dance a Paso Doble to the music of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Len liked the agrression in the dance. Derek loved the dance/fight choreography. Bruno said that Brian was fully loaded tonight. Carrie Ann said that Brian was in it to win it. Brian and Sharna scored 27 points for their dance.

Matt and Lindsay Paso Doble to the music from “The Jungle Book”. Derek said that he was feeling Matt. Bruno called it a solid performance. Carrie Ann said it was the first time she felt that Matt gave it all. Len noted that Matt could give him so much more. Matt and Lindsay scored 31 point for their dance.

Olivia and Val perform a Jazz dance to the music of “Coco”. Bruno said that he is having so much fun; adding that they captured the spirit of the movie. Carrie Ann was impressed with the acting; adding that it felt safe. Len called it a joyous performance. Derek called Olivia a natural born performer. Olivia and Val scored 35 points for their dance.

Suni and Sasha Viennese Waltz to the music from “Hocus Pocus”. Carrie Ann said that she could feel the energy. Len said Suni was great in hold. Derek said that Suni was magnificent. Bruno called the performance bewitching. Suni and Sasha scored 35 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing is Amanda and Alan with a Paso Doble to the music of “Curella”. Amanda said it is the dance she has been dying to do since day one. Len said that it was a lovely interpretation of the dance. Derek said that Amanda played the part to perfection. Bruno called the dance devilshy stylish. Carrie Ann called the dance powerful and masterful. Amanda and Alan scored 36 points for their dance.


Disney Night – Villains:
Brian and Sharna – 27
Kenya and Brandon – 30
Cody and Cheryl – 31
Matt and Lindsay – 31
Iman and Daneilla – 33
The Miz and Witney – 34
Jimmie and Emma – 35
Melanie and Gleb – 35
JoJo and Jenna – 35
Olivia and Val – 35
Suni and Sasha – 35
Amanda and Alan – 36
Melora and Artem – 37

Disney Night – Heroes scores:
Brian and Sharna – 25
Matt and Lindsay – 26
Cody and Cheryl – 27
Kenya and Brandon – 29
Iman and Daniella – 30
Melanie C and Gleb – 31
The Miz and Witney – 31
Jimmie and Emma – 30 + 2 = 32
Amanda and Alan – 32
Suni and Sasha – 33
JoJo and Jenna – 35
Olivia and Val – 35
Melora and Artem – 36


Total scores:
Brian and Sharna – 25 + 27 = 52
Matt and Lindsay – 25 + 31 = 58
Cody and Cheryl – 27 + 31 = 58
Kenya and Brandon – 29 + 30 = 59
Iman and Daniella – 30 + 33 = 63
The Miz and Witney – 31 + 34 = 65
Melanie C and Gleb – 31 + 35 = 66
Jimmie and Emma – 32 + 35 = 67
Suni and Sasha – 33 + 35 = 68
Amanda and Alan – 32 + 36 = 68
JoJo and Jenna – 35 + 35 = 70
Olivia and Val – 35 + 35 = 70
Melora and Artem – 36 + 37 = 73


After combining the scores from both Disney nights and the fan votes…
Cody and Cheryl
Melora and Artem

Iman and Daniella
The Miz and Witney
Suni and Sasha
Jimmie and Emma
Amanda and Alan
JoJo and Jenna
Olivia and Val
and Melanie C and Gleb
are all safe and will dance for another week.

Kenya and Brandon, Brian and Sharna, and Matt and Lindsay are all in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Brian and Sharna had the lowest number of votes and scores and are the first couple to be eliminated from the show.

Bruno chose to save Matt and Lindsay
Derek chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Carrie Ann chose to save Matt and Lindsay
Head judge Len Goodman gave the final vote and chose to save Kenya and Brandon.

Matt and Lindsay is the second couple eliminated in a double elimination night.

Blind Auditions Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the blind auditions on “The Voice”. Ariana, John, and Blake each need one more artist to fill out their teams; while Kelly needs two more artists to fill out her team.

Wedding singer Aaron Hines gets the night of auditions started off with chair turns from Kelly, John, and Ariana. And Blake made it a four chair turn. John said that he loves Aaron’s voice; adding that he sounded like he knew what he was doing. Aaron starts singing “All of Me” and John joins in. Kelly also loved Aaron’s voice. Ariana said that Aaron’s tone almost stopped her in her tracks. Blake uses his, I know I’m not the obvious choice ploy to win Aaron over. Aaron chose fellow Texan Kelly Clarkson to be his coach.

The trio KCK3 caught Ariana’s attention quickly and had her up out of her chair very excited about what she was hearing. Following in the footsteps of their grandfather and father, the sisters are third generation singers and have been singing all of their lives.

Ariana’s team is full!

Montana native Tommy Edwards loves the outdoors but loves making music too and performs with his dad in a number of bands. This is the first time he will perform outside of his home state. After saying “I like that”, Blake pushed his button but John is going to give Blake a run for his money when he turns his chair near the end of the song. Kelly was looking for more range. Blake said that Tommy reminded him of the Black Crows. John said that Tommy really knows how to make his presence felt. Tommy chose Blake to be his coach.

Blake’s team is full!

Shadale has sung in church and performed in musical theatre. She has travelled the world performing Gospel music. Shadale got about three notes out before Kelly had her chair turned around. A short time later John Joined her. Blake was wishing he could add someone else to his team. John said that Shadale put on a show and energized the place; adding that he could see her in the finale. Kelly said that it was like a mix of Bruno Mars and Beyonce. Shadale chose John to be her coach.

John’s team is full!

Stop motion animator Joe McGuinness plays many instruments…but he can’t play the pipes. He says that music is a part of his soul. Kelly is the only coach with a spot remaining on her team but did not turn her chair for Joe.

In the final blind audition, Parker McKay has spent as much time as possible in musical theater until she moved to Nashville where she began performing pop music. It took a while but Kelly finally pushed her button for Parker to fill out her team. John called it a fun performance.


Team Kelly:

Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters
Jershika Maple
Xavier Cornell
Wyatt Michael
Aaron Hines
Perker McKay

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai
Bella DiNapoli
David Vogel
Ryleigh Plank

Sophia Bromberg
KCK3

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters
Kaitlyn Velez
Berritt Haynes

Clint Sherman
Manny Keith
Libianca
Tommy Edwards

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brown
KJ Jennings
Sabrina Diaz
BritanyBree
Shadale

‘The Voice’ Begins Blind Auditions Week 3

This week on “The Voice” all of the coaches have used their blocks and will have to fight for the singers they want to fill out their teams. Kelly has seven artists on her team, John has eight artists on his team and Blake and Ariana both have nine artists each on their teams.

Kelly is the first person to push her button for Ryleigh Plank. Ariana joins Kelly in turning her chair. Ryleigh said that she grew up singing Kelly and Ariana’s songs. Ariana said that Ryleigh brought her to tears. John said that he noted there were some issues but he is looking forward to hearing what she can do. Kelly said that Ryleigh has an incredible voice. Ariana and Kelly battle using their gifts. Ryleight chose Ariana as her coach.

Jershika Maple is a security guard by day but is looking to make music her life. She was a backup singer for “The Voice” alum Rose Short on her tour and got a message of good luck before her audition. Near the end of the song, John and Kelly pushed their buttons at the same time. Ariana said that she loves Jershika’s voice. John said that Jershika was ready for this moment and hit the challenging high notes. Kelly loved Jershika’s spirit; adding that she will be an amazing addition to the show. The gifts come out. The Killeen, Texas resident chose Kelly to be her coach.

Manny Keith grew up in a musical house but didn’t start singing until he was 14. He joined a dance team before turning to singing. Blake pushed his button for Manny. John said that Manny has a lovely and inviting voice. Manny told Ariana that he is a big fan. Ariana said that there were moments that reminded her of JC Chasez’s voice. Blake said that Manny is an incredible singer and an entertainer.

Austin Percario is a former boy band member whose band had limited success. Austin failed to turn any chairs. Saying that she loved his voice, Ariana said that she could hear the nerves. John noted that it might have been better by changing the key. Kelly loved the tone of Austin’s voice.

KJ Jennings loves to wake surf to classic rock. KJ followed her mother into the theatre when she was six years old. It only took a few measures for John and Blake to push their buttons. Blake said that KJ has a really cool voice. Ariana loved KJ’s voice. John said that she is an adventurous singer; adding that he loves what she is doing. Saying that she is honoured that both of them turned for her, KJ chose John to be her coach.

In some video clips Sabrina Diaz sang in Portuguese and got John to turn his chair

Xavier Cornell got Kelly to turn her chair.

Libianca was born in the U.S. but was raised in Camaroon, West Africa where she was immersed in the music. She returned to the U.S. when she was 13. Ariana was quick to turn her chair. Blake followed shortly thereafter. Kelly called the performance beautiful; adding that she didn’t know why she didn’t turn. John noted that the song choice didn’t give them a chance to really hear Libianca’s voice. Ariana said that she was obsessed with Libianca. Blake noted that Libianca has so much control in her voice. Libiance chose Blake to be her coach.

Jared Brasher has played baseball since he was four years old but after being released from the Washington Nationals minor leagues, he turned to music and has never performed before a live audience. The Blind Audition will be his first ever gig. Jared failed to turn any chairs. Blake said that the performance felt like he never got comfortable. The coaches were shocked that this was Jared’s first performance.

A big fan of the show, Sophia Bromberg says that it is sureal that she is on the show. John, Kelly, and Ariana all pushed their buttons together. Ariana called the performance interesting and well controlled. John called the performance riveting. Kelly said that Sophia paints with her vocal chords. Blake said that he didn’t turn his chair to protect a folk singer on his team. Sophia chose Ariana to be her coach.

Singing “Mack the Knife”, Wyatt Michael impressed Kelly and Ariana and got them to turn their chairs. The audience was clapping along and cheered at the end. Wyatt used to play in a rock band with his brother but an introduction to Frank Sinatra by his mother showed him the way to go. While he loved the music, Blake thought there was something more that Wyatt needed; adding that one of the girls would bring it out. Ariana said that Wyatt took her back to the Frank Sinatra era. Kelly said that she loved Wyatt’s voice; adding that no one sounds like him. Wyatt chose Kelly to be his coach.

Alexandra Stojack says that singing and performing makes her happy. While the audience was clapping along, she failed to get any of the coaches to turn their chairs. Kelly said that she has a cool voice but there were some pitchy moments. Ariana noted that nerves got in the way. John encouraged Alexandra to come back.

In the final audition of the night, BritanyBree grew up singing in the church and has sung predominantly gospel music…until now. John and Ariana pushed their chairs together. Kelly joined them. John and Ariana were out of their chairs dancing. Blake made it the only four chair turn of the night on the last note of the song. Ariana called Britany unbelievable. John said that he thinks Britany could go so far. Kelly called Britany such a storyteller; adding that if Britany isn’t in the finale then something is wrong. Britany chose John to be her coach.

Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters
Jershika Maple
Xavier Cornell
Wyatt Michael

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai
Bella DiNapoli
David Vogel
Ryleigh Plank
Sophia Bromberg

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters
Kaitlyn Velez
Berritt Haynes
Clint Sherman
Manny Keith
Libianca

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brown
KJ Jennings
Sabrina Diaz
BritanyBree

It’s Britney Night on DWTS

Season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars” has barely begun, but the show has already seen some controversy including its first cases of the Covid-19 virus.

Long time fans of the show have expressed their displeasure with Olivia Jade being a part of the show since she was involved in a college tuition scandal.

Last week it was revealed that professional dancer Cheryl Burke had contracted the Covid virus and has been placed in quarantine. During the week, Burke’s partner Cody Brigsby has also announced that he has tested positive for the virus. Cody and Cheryl have not been eliminated from the competition, but will be performing remotely.

This week the couples will be dancing to the music of Britney Spears.

While he tested negative, Derek Hough is not at the judges table tonight due to exposure to someone with the virus.

Amanda and Alan get the night of dancing started off with a Cha Cha. Len said that Amanda coped very well with her Latin dance; adding that he wasn’t excited. Bruno said that Amanda oozes star quality; adding that she should put more into her hips. Carrie Ann called Amanda stunning; adding that the dance was clean and sharp. Amanda and Alan scored 24 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniella perform a Tango. Bruno called it a nice solid piece of Tango; adding that Iman needs to work on making the dance smoother. Carrie Ann said that she didn’t expect what she saw. Len said that he could see Iman was trying to work on his feet; adding that Iman always gives it his all. Iman and Daniella scored 19 points for their dance.

After beingsaved last week, Christine and Pasha dance a Paso Doble. Carrie Ann said that she was go glad they saved them. Len said that they danced a clean Paso. Bruno noted that Christine really went for it. Christine and Pasha scored 21 points for their dance.

JoJo and Jenna perform an Argentine Tango. Len called it an extremely well crafted routine; adding that JoJo is always on point. Bruno said that JoJo always knows how to hit it; adding that there was too much staccato. Carrie Ann said that there is something very powerful about JoJo’s dances. JoJo and Jenna scored 24 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon Tango. Bruno said that Kenya is back on track; adding that she glided across the floor. Carrie Ann called the performance beautiful; adding that she was refined and elegant. Len noted that the hold was a bit loose; but added they captured the flavour of the dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 21 points for their dance.

Real life couple Brian and Sharna Tango. Carrie Ann said that Brian has finally arrived in the Ballroom; adding that it was amazing. Len said that the frame was overall good but the footwork was poor. Bruno agreed that the footwork needs some work. Briand and Sharna scored 19 points for their dance.

Melora and Artem dance a Cha Cha. Melora says that she is an actor not a dancer. Len said that it was the Artem he knows and loves; adding that it was a great performance. Bruno said that it was like a veil had been lifted form Melora. Carrie Ann said that Melora made it look light and easy. Melora and Artem scored 23 points for their dance.

Melanie C and Gleb Tango to “Toxic”. Bruno said that Melanie was flying high. Carrie Ann noted that the dance was filled with content; adding that she needs to breathe. Len said that it took a while to get cracking and was really good at the end. Len called Melanie a terrifc dancer. Melanie and Gleb scored 22 points for their dance.

Jimme and Emma danced a Salsa. Jimmie face timed his family during rehearsals this week. Carrie Ann noted that real men do cry; it shows their sensative. She had an issue with his fists. Len liked the easy action but felt the steps were too big. Bruno said that when Jimmie let loose, everything flowed. Jimmie’s wife is pregnant and due anytime. Jimmie and Emma scored 20 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val danced a Tango. Val gave Olivia a cake for her birthday during rehearsals. Len called it a proper Tango; adding that it is what he wants to see. Bruno said that they were on it; adding that Olivia has become a beautiful dancer. Carrie Ann noted that it was the best dance of the night; adding Olivia is blossoming. Olivia and Val scored 24 points for their dance.

With positive Covid tests, Cody and Cheryl perform a Jazz routine from their own homes in a live remote performance. Bruno admired the commitment; adding that he wished they were here. Carrie Ann noted that they had to judge according to what they saw; adding that it wasn’t as great as it could be. Noting that he wasn’t sure how it would work, Len thought that under the circumstances they did a great job. Cody and Cheryl scored 18 points for the lowest score of the night so far.

The DWTS pros are heading out on tour later this year.

Suni Lee and Sasha dance a Foxtrot. Carrie Ann noted that Suni is definitely pushing her boundaries. Len said that they didn’t capture the Foxtrot; adding that it was too steamy. Bruno liked that they played with the character. Suni and Sasha scored 21 points for their dance.

Matt and Lindsay danced a Tango that Matt dedicated to his Mom. Len congratulated them that it was a full on routine. Bruno said that they did a very good job; adding that the dance had lots of content. Carrie Ann agreed with her fellow judges. Bruno falls out of his chair. Matt and Lindsay scored 20 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing are The Miz and Witney Salsa to the smash hit “Oops, I Did it ” that was filled with lots of tricks. Bruno told Mike whatever is is, keep going. Carrie Ann wanted to see a more relaxed Mike. Len noted that Mike has no dance experience and did a fantastic job. Mike and Witney scored 22 points for their dance.

Brittney Night scores:
Cody and Cheryl – 18
Iman and Daniella – 19
Brian and Sharna – 19
Jimmie and Emma – 20
Matt and Lindsay – 20
Christine and Pasha – 21
Kenya and Brandon – 21
Suni and Sasha – 21
Melanie and Gleb – 22
Mike and Witney – 22
Melora and Artem – 23
Amanda and Alan – 24
JoJo and Jenna – 24
Olivia and Val – 24

Next week is a two night special Disney event that includes some special dance moves in the “Mickey Dance Challenge” no matter what style they are given.

In this week’s results…
Olivia and Val
Jimmie and Emma
Melora and Artem
JoJo and Jenna
Iman and Daniella
Melanie C and Gleb
Brian and Sharna
Matt and Lindsay
Suni and Sasha
Amanda and Alan
Cody and Cheryl
The Miz and Witney are all safe and will be dancing next week.

Christine and Pasha and Kenya and Brandon are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Bruno chose to save Kenya and Brandon
Len said that he would have chosen to save Christine and Pasha

Christine and Pasha have been eliminated form the competition.

‘The Voice’ Concludes Week 2 Auditions

When “The Voice” ended on Monday night, Holly Forbes was in the process of selecting which one of the coaches’ teams she would join. While a four chair turn, Ariana was finally successful in blocking John.


On Tuesday the show opens with Holly making her decision…she chose Kelly to be her coach.

Tuesday’s show begins with Kelly and Blake having six acts each with Ariana and John having seven acts.

Bella DeNapoli comes from a musical family who performs on weekends. Bella first performed on stage when she was 13 but this is the first time she will be singing solo. All of the coaches were looking at Ariana during Bella’s performance. Kelly, Ariana, and John all pushed their buttons at the same time. John said that it was an interesting song choice; adding that she could do anything. Kelly said that she felt like she was at Bella’s show. Ariana said that Bella is such a great singer; adding that she has great control. Saying that it is crazy, Bella chose Ariana to be her coach.

David Vogel chose one of Ariana Grande’s songs for his audition. He said that he has never done anything even remotely close to “The Voice” but will sing his heart out. Ariana finally pushed her button at the last note of the song. David said htat Ariana is his dream coach. Arian said that it was a unique take on the song. Kelly said that it was a smart thing to take songs and make them your own.

Janora Brown has been singing most of her life at home and in church. Kelly and John turned their chairs together. Ariana called it a beautiful performance. John loved the song and Janora’s version of it. Kelly said that Janora had a lot of control with her runs. Blake said that Janora’s voice would be instantly recognizable on the radio. She chose John to be her coach.

Kaitlyn Velez grew up watching “The Voice” and is now going to audition for it. John and Blake pushed their buttons together to turn their chairs. John loved Kailyn’s vibrato; addng that there is no one like her on the show. Kelly like Kaitlyn’s tone but wondered whether she could open it up. Airana called Kaitlyn super talented. Blake noted that Kaitlyn has her own way of performing. Saying that she was shocked he turned his chair, Kaityly chose Blake to be her coach.

In a video clip…
Berritt Haynes was granted a Make-A-Wish to see the show but ended up singing for the coaches. Haynes and Clint Sherman both joined Blakes team.

Kayla Lilly chose “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman” for her audition but failed to impress the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Ariana said that Kayla has a great voice but needs to find a balance. Kelly told Kayla to let go and come back. The coaches thought that Kayla was thinking too much.

In the final audition of the night, teens The Cunningham Sisters whoare obsessed with the show and grew up singing in the church take the stage for a performance of “Never Alone”. Kelly was the first one to turn her chair with John right behind her. Ariana was mad at herself for not turning her chair. John noted that he is the only coach who does not have a duo or trio on his team. Kelly said that the girls have great voices; but added that the girls need to learn how to blend and be in sync. The girls chose Kelly to be their coach.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado
Holly Forbes
The Cunningham Sisters

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai
Bella DiNapoli
David Vogel

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters
Kaitlyn Velez
Berritt Haynes
Clint Sherman

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown
Janora Brow

Auditions Continue on Week 2 of ‘The Voice’

Week two of the Blind Auditions on “The Vocie” begins with Kelly and Blake having four artists on their teams while Ariana and John have five artists each on their teams.

Blake reminds everybody that he has won the show eight times with his entrance.

Ariana is the only coach who still has her block.

Self proclaimed hippie and glass artist Raquel Trinidad calls Miami home. She chose the Stevie Wonder song “I Wish” for her audition. After dancing around a bit, Jon was the first one to push his chair. Ariana follwed and then Kelly to make it a three chair turn. Ariana said that Raquel’s voice is like a breath of fresh air. John noted that Raquel has a flexible voice. Kelly noted that Raquel has some great runs; adding that she is really talented. Raquel chose Ariana to be her coach.

The trio The Joy Reunion have been playing together for over 10 years. The group says that they play California Country. After saying tat they were country on the first notes, Blake waited a bit before pushing his button and was joined by John for a two chair turn. John said that they were so fun to listen to. Blake noted that he always tries to get a country artist in the finale. Kelly noted that she didn’t turn because she already has a group. The Joy Reunion chose Blake to be their coach.

Jasmine Mills is a mother of two who sings at church. Her version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” failed to impress the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Blake apologized for not turning but said it started off a bit. Kelly and Ariana liked the performance but were looking for a little something more. John noted that perhaps a better song choice will get some chair turns.

Haily Mia shocked the coaches and impressed Kelly and Ariana enough to turn their chairs. At 13 years old, she is the youngest singer to appear on the show. She says that she has been waiting to get on the show. Kelly said that she thought she was turning for someone who was 24; adding that Hailey could sing anything she wanted. John said that for Hailey to perform the song was impressive. Ariana noted that she could tell Hailey was young but not that young. Hailey chose Ariana to be her coach.

Jeremy Rosado put his musical career on hold to raise his niece that became his daughter. Saying that he is not a Country artist, he is doing a Rascal Flatts song for his audition. He missed his daughter’s high school audition to audition for the show. Jeremy had to wait until the end of the song before Kelly and Blake turned their chairs. Kelly called the performance incredibly cool; adding that he is overwhelmingly talented. Blake said that Jeremy kept getting better and wouldn’t take no for an answer. John noted that Jeremy has a big heart. Jeremy chose Kelly to be his coach.

Piney Flatts native Carson Peters is known for his fiddle playing and has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and opened up for Ricky Skaggs who also brought him on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Carson got a message from Ricky Skaggs before he went on stage. Carson played the guitar for his audition of “Tulsa Time”. It didn’t take long for John to turn his chair for Carson. Blake followed shortly thereafter. Ariana joined the guys in turning her chair and Kelly made it a four chair turn at the last second. John noted that he turned his chair first; adding that it looked like he was having fun. Kelly said that she loved Carson’s voice and hopes that Carson would play his fiddle. Ariana said that she appreciated Carson’s voice. Blake was impressed with Carson. Saying that it is tougher than he thought it would be, Carson chose Blake to be his coach.

Keilah Grace had to wait a bit before Kelly pushed her chair; John and Ariana joined her by the end of the song. John said that Kelah took them on a journey with her voice. Keilah comes from a musical family and has been performing with her family for several years. John said that Keilah had an Olivia Newton John vibe to her voice. Kelly said that she felt it; adding that she turned her voice first. Ariana said that Keilah has a great voice. Saying that she loves them all, Keilah chose John to be her coach.

Buffalo native Bubba is a hair stylist be day but wants to make music his life. He failed to impress the coaches enough to turn a chair. John said that he was so close noting that there were some pitchy moments. Kelly and Ariana felt that Bubba needs to stop thinking so much.

Samara Brown is following in the footsteps of her sister Amanda who appeared on season three of “The Voice”. She has performed around the world but calls the show her biggest opportunity. She chose a Chaka Khan song for her audition and got John to turn his chair early with Ariana. Ariana tried to block John but she waited too long. John and Ariana were standing up dancing to the song. John said that Samara killed it; adding that he would love to work with her. Ariana called the performance perfect from start to finish. Samara chose John to be her coach.

Lucas O’Reilly began playing guitar when he was six years old. Singing came many years later with a garage band. A big fan of James Taylor, Lucas chose a James Taylor song for his audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly wanted to hear more range. Ariana said that she would buy his album but wanted to hear more. John noted some pitch issues; adding that Lucas has a great tone.

In the final audition of the night, Holly Forbes is a caregiver and uses her music with her clients. She chose the Sir Elton song “Rocket Man” for her audition and got Kelly, John, and Ariana to push their buttons together; Blake made it a four chair turn early but Ariana finally got to use her block on John. Blake called it a great performance; adding that she isn’t just a singer, but an artist. Ariana called the performance moving and emotionally charged. John said that Holly gave a very compelling performance. Kelly admitted that Ariana is great…but she is great too. Kelly noted that Holly got lost in the song. Holly’s daughter Violet loves Ariana Grande and thinks her mom should go with Ariana; but fans will have to wait until the Tuesday show to learn which team Holly will join.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose
Carolina Alonso
Gymani
Jeremy Rosado

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul
Chavon Rodgers
Jim and Sasha Allen
Raquel Trinidad
Hailey Mai

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten
Lana Scott
Hailey Green
The Joy Reunion
Carson Peters

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan
Samuel Harness
Joshua Vicanti
Paris Winningham
Keilah Grace
Samara Brown

First Elimination…and Covid Case on DWTS

On week two of “Dancing with the Stars” the first couple will be eliminated.

But that isn’t the only bad news for one cast member of the show, On Sunday, just one day before the show was due to air, professional dancer Cheryl Burke announced that she has tested positive for the Covid-10 virus despite being vaccinated. Burke will have to quarantine for the next 10 days.

In determining which couple will go home, the scores from this week and last week will be added to the fan votes.

After the opening number was cut short to allow host Tyra Banks her signature cat walk entrance, Banks announced that Cody Rigsby is not in the Ballroom but he is not out of the competition just yet.

Matt and Lindsay get the night of dancing open with a Samba. Matt’s girlfriend Rachael makes a visit to the rehearsal hall. Matt takes his shirt off and throws it at Bruno during the dance. Len said that Matt would have been better served working on his hips instead of throwing the shirt. Derek noted that Matt needs to work on his bounce and his feet. Bruno told Matt to get those hips moving. Carrie Ann noted that there was a lift and Lindsay needs to keep her feet on the ground. Matt and Lindsay scored 22 points for their dance.

Olivia and Val performed a Viennese Waltz. Derek noted that there was a purity in Olivia’s performance. Bruno called it incredibly done for a beginner. Carrie Ann noted that there was a trust and vulnerability to the dance. Len thought the rotation was nice and a nice mix of steps. Olivia and Val scored 27 points for their dance.

Kenya and Brandon Cha Cha to “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer that ended with a stage filled with baloons. Bruno said that Kenya is irresistable. Carrie Ann called Kenya amazing. Len said that Kenya has plenty of gear in the rear and was working her hips. Derek called Kenya amazing; adding that there were moments of greatness in the dance. Kenya and Brandon scored 24 points for their dance.

The Miz and Witney Tango to the music of Poison. Carrie Ann said that was what she wanted to see; adding that it was amazing. Len said the dance had plenty of attack but no finesse. Derek said that The Miz was so locked in with awesome control. Bruno said that the dance was channeled. 26 points including a five from Len.

Real life couple and partners Brian Austin Green and Sharna Rumba to the music of James Arthur wile surrounded by a Van Gogh styled virtual immersion. Len noted that there was some romance about the dance but was mostly just posing. Derek said that it was a dance just for them. Bruno noted that it was an honest dance but felt more like a contemporary dance not a Rumba. Carrie Ann noted that the chemistry is great but needed more moves. Brian and Sharna scored 23 points for their dance.

Christine and Pasha Salsa to the music of Luis Fonsi. Christine admits to being a DWTS super fan who used to wit outside for tickets to the show. Derek said that Christine knows how to use her body. Bruno told Christine to watch the dismount. Carrie Ann said that Christine’s passion is amazing. Len noted that he doesn’t think they will be going home this week. Christine and Pasha scored 24 points for their dance.

Jimmie and Emma Rumba to one of his own songs. Jimmie brought the house to their feet. Bruno said it was a great song; adding he did a good job using his arms. Carrie Ann said she felt it; adding that he had so much respect for the art form. Len noted that the foot work was a bit hit and miss but the upper body work was great. Derek said that Jimmie’s upper body was great. Tyra said that she was feeling it. Jimmie and Emma scored 27 points for their dance.

Amanda and Alan Foxtrot to “It Had to Be You”. It was her and Nick’s wedding dance…and the song he sang in the Broadway show where they met. Carrie Ann called Amanda a star; adding it was like watching a Broadway performance. Len loved the song; adding that he liked it so much he didn’t want it to end. Derek called Amanda’s legs stunning; adding that it was so enjoyable to watch. Bruno called the performance radiant; adding if you got it, flaunt it. Amanda and Alan scored 32 points for their dance. It is the highest score this season so far.

JoJo and Jenna Cha Cha to “Rain on Me”. Len called it his favourite Latin dance of the season. Derek loved the performance and energy; but needs to contain it a bit. Bruno said that the dance was crisp it was crackling. Carrie Ann said that it was like watching a dance off; adding that the duo is fantastic together. JoJo and Jenna scored 31 points for their dance.

Iman and Daniela Rumba to one of his and his wife’s favourite songs. Derek said that Iman just looked like he enjoyed it; adding he did a great job. Bruno appreciated the work Iman put into the dance. Carrie Ann noted that there was more content and connected with the music. A smiling Len liked the dance; adding that it was a great improvement on last week. Iman and Daniela scored 25 points for their dance.

Coming back from the commercial break…and a costume change…

Martin and Britt Cha Cha to “Twist and Shout”; a song Martin danced to at his wedding. Bruno said definitely more content. Carrie Ann is happy for Martin; saying that he let loose and was having fun. Len said that Britt has done a sterling job working with Martin. Derek loved the opening move; adding that it was a lot of fun. Martin and Britt scored 15 points for their dance.

Host Tyra Banks announces that next week is Britney Spears week; the dancers will be performing to her music.

Melora and Artem Rumba to “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. Celine Dion performed the song…along with several other artists, but it was composed and originally performed by Eric Carmen. Carrie Ann called the performance dramatic; adding that she loved it. Len said that overall it was easy like Sunday morning but she needed more hip action; adding that he wanted more Rumba steps. Derek said that Melora’s movements are beautiful. Bruno said that the dance was much more centered. Melora and Artem scored 27 points for their dance.

Cheryl Burke is quarantining at home and partner cody Rigsby is not in the Ballroom after being exposed to Cheryl and the virus. Dancing a Salsa, Cody and Cheryl’s rehearsal dance airs. They are not in costume but rehearsal clothes. Cody and Cheryl are brought in virtually to hear the remarks. Len wishes Cheryl a speedy recover; adding that the dance had a lot of Salsa content. Derek noted that it was very good for a rehearsal; adding that he could imagine the dance in the Ballroom. Saying they missed them, Bruno noted that the talent was clear. Carrie Ann noted that the dance had lots of content but was not fantastic. Cody and Cheryl scored 24 points for their rehearsal video.

Melanie C and Gleb Foxtrot to The Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun”. Melanie grew up in Liverpool. Derek called Melanie a gorgeous dancer; adding that it was clean and elegant. Bruno said that Melanie did a great job. Carrie Ann said that she loved seeing that side of Melanie. Len used a few Beatles song titles to describe the dance. Sir Ringo Starr sent Melanie a message of peace and love. Melanie and Gleb scored 30 points for their dance.

Closing out the night of dancing, Suni and Sasha Cha Cha. Bruno said that the dance was precise and clean; adding that when she smiles she shines. He tells Suni to become a character. Carrie Ann noted that she could see Suni gaining confidence as the dance went on. Len said that the dance was well done. Derek called Suni sassy in the dance. Suni and Sash scored 28 for their dance.

Weeks two scores:
Martin and Britt – 15
Matt and Lindsay – 22
Brian and Sharna – 23
Kenya and Brandon – 24
Christine and Pasha – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Iman and Daniela – 25
The Miz and Witney – 26
Olivia and Val – 27
Jimmie and Emma – 27
Melora and Artem – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Melanie C and Gleb – 30
JoJo and Jenna – 31
Amanda and Alan – 32


Season 30 Premiere scores:
Martin and Britt – 13
Iman and Daniela – 21
Jimmie and Emma – 22
The Miz and Witney – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Matt and Lindsay – 24
Brian and Sharna – 24
Olivia and Val – 25
Christine and Pasha – 25
Melora and Artem – 26
Kenya and Brandon – 26
Melanie C and Gleb – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Amanda and Alan – 28
JoJo and Jenna – 29

Total scores:
Martin and Britt – 15 + 13 = 28
Matt and Lindsay – 22 + 24 = 46
Iman and Daniela – 25 + 21 = 46
Brian and Sharna – 23 + 24 = 47
Cody and Cheryl – 24 + 24 = 48
Christine and Pasha – 24 + 25 = 49
Jimmie and Emma – 27 + 21 = 49
Kenya and Brandon – 24 + 26 = 50
The Miz and Witney – 26 + 24 = 50
Olivia and Val – 27 + 25 = 52
Melora and Artem – 27 + 26 = 53
Suni and Sasha – 28 + 28 = 56
Melanie C and Gleb – 30 + 27 = 57
JoJo and Jenna – 31 + 29 = 60
Amanda and Alan – 32 + 28 = 60

After all of the votes were tabulated and the scores combined…
Iman and Daniela are safe
Amanda and Alan are safe
Suni and Sasha are safe
Cody and Cheryl are safe
Matt and Lindsay are safe
JoJo and Jenna are safe
Melora and Artem are safe
Jimmie and Emma are safe
Melanie C and Gleb are safe
Olivia and Val are safe
The Miz and Witney are safe
Brian and Sharna are safe
Kenya and Brandon are safe

Martin and Britt and Christine and Pasha are in the bottom two.

Derek votes to save Christine and Pasha
Bruno votes to save Christine and Pasha
Carrie Ann votes to save Christine and Pasha
Len said that he would have voted with his fellow judges.

Martin and Britt are the first couple to go home.

‘The Voice’ Premieres Season 21

“The Voice” closed out season 20 last November with another win for the only original coach Blake Shelton. This season Nick Jonas steps aside and Ariana Grande joins Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.

This season the singers perform before a live audience.

Coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton get the season started off with a duet performance of “Hold On”.

Then Kelly Clarkson and Arian Grande take the stage asking for a little “Respect”.

The guys return to the stage for a performance by all four coaches before the competition begins.

The Blind Auditions begin with a trio that has Kelly turning her chair right away. John doesn’t wait long to join Kelly. After a bit of a wait, Blake and Ariana make it a four chair turn. Girl Named Tom is a family group. Kelly said that she really wanted to work with them. Blake said that he would be proud to represent them. Ariana loved the tight knit harmonies. John noted he loved what could happen when harmony is down right. The trio decided to be the first members of Team Kelly.

Katie Rae has been singing most of her life but didn’t sing before an audience until she was 30. She chose the Maren Morris song “Bones” for her audition. John and Kelly were quick to turn their chairs with Ariana following shortly behind. Country boy Blake Shelton did not turn his chair. Ariana loved Katie’s voice. John said that he loved a powerful woman; adding that it would be an honour to work with her. Ariana tried to interrupt John by playing a piece of her music. Kelly noted that a lot of people can sing but not many people can move you. Katie chose Ariana to be her coach. Ariana has a lunch box filled with teas and other such goodies for her singers this season. Blake noted that he didn’t turn his chair because Katie wasn’t quite what he was looking for.

John was quick to push his button the the “Heatbreak Hotel” singer with Blake right behind him. The Elvis look alike had John out of his chair dancing. Kelly said that Peedy Chavis was adorable. Blake said it had him fired up. Blake noted that the song was introduction to Elvis. John noted that he turned his chair because Peedy sang his butt off; adding that he would love to bring the older music to a new generation. Peedy chose Blake to be his coach.

LA native Johnathan Mouton comes from a musical family; his mom was a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. A professional singer, Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Five years cancer free, Jonathan performs on “The Voice” stage and had to wait for a bit before John turned his chair. Saying that she had to, Ariana turned her chair while John was dancing to Jonathan’s performance of “Leave the Door Open”. Ariana noted that Jonathan has so much control. John called the performance so silky; adding that he would have so much fun working with Jonathan. Kelly called Jonathan an incredible artist. Jonathan chose John to be his coach.

Marco Salvador calls Miami home but was born in Venezuela. His grandfather was a big singer in Venezuela. The 15 year old chose an Enrique Iglasies song for his audition that was in English and Spanish. But he failed to turn any chairs. Blake noted that there were some great moments in the song. Kelly noted that he was incredible for 15.

Katherine Ann Mohler won an A Cappella contest in high school. Katherine had to wait until her final noted before Ariana and Blake pushed their buttons. Ariana noted that she could tell Katherine was nervous but had a wonderful voice. Kelly and John ganged up on Blake to help Ariana. Katherine chose Ariana as her coach; a person she has been obsessed with.

Jack Rogan calls Rochester, New York home and while he has performed before friends and family, his blind audition will be his first big performance. Playing his guitar, Jack sang “House of the Rising Sun” and got Kelly and John to turn their charis quickly. Ariana said that she was waiting to be moved just a bit more. John said that the beauty of his tone is what made him turn the chair; adding that it was an enjoyable performance. Kelly said that she loves Jack’s voice; adding that he got better and better. Jack chose John to be his coach. No songs this year, John has boxing robes for his members.

Kinsey Rose got Kelly’s attention quickly…and there was a block as well. Kelly blcoked Blake. Kinsey got the chance to perform with her idol Vince Gill. Kelly has jackets for her team members.

Vaughn Mugol was born in the Philippines and is carrying on the family tradition as a registered nurse. He uses his singing abilities to help comfort his patients. Again John and Kelly pushed their buttons together; Ariana joined them shortly thereafter. Ariana called the performance beautiful. John didn’t believe that Vaughn has no performance experience. Kelly noted that Vaughn is an emotional singer. Noting that he was going to take a leap of faith, Vaughn chose Ariana to be his coach.

Gracie Nourbash failed to impress any of the coaches enough to turn their chairs. Kelly noted that Gracie had amazing range. Gracie brought some photos of her and Ariana taken six years ago.

In the final audition of the night, Wendy Moten has toured with some of the biggest names in the business but calls her blind audition a scary thing. Blake didn’t wait long to turn his chair…and make a block. John and Ariana followed shortly to find that John was the blocked coach. Kelly made it a four chair turn. John said that Wendy’s voice is beyond…and phenomenal. Ariana said that she didn’t know where to start; adding that she is spectacular. Kelly said that Wendy is what the show is all about. Lake called it top three blind audition of all time; adding that he would be honoured to be Wendy’s coach. A 35 year veteran of the music business, Wendy chose Blake to be her coach.

The Blind Auditions continue on Tuesday night.


Team Kelly:
Girl Named Tom
Kinsey Rose

Team Ariana:
Katie Rae
Katherine Ann Mohler
Vaughn Mogul

Team Blake:
Peedy Chavis
Wendy Moten

Team Legend:
Jonathan Mouton
Jack Rogan

DWTS Premieres Season 30

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres its 30th season with a new cast of “celebrities” and a returning Len Goodman who was sidelined last season due to the Covid pandemic.

As expected returning for her second season, host Tyra Banks strikes her “model’s pose” upton entering the stage attired in a dress to rival the Mirror Ball trophy.

Spice Girl Melanie C gets the night of dance started off with a Cha Cha with partner Gleb to one of her Spece Girls songs. Len said that he is happy to be back; adding that Melanie was teriffic with a polished performance. Derek said that the dance was clean and precise; adding that Melanie has some great legs. Bruno thanked Melanie for spicing up his life…and the dance; adding that she had some good leg action. Carrie Ann said that Sporty Spice was her fav; adding that Melanie was very clean. Melanie and Gleb earned 27 points for their dance.

WWE star Mike “The Miz” pairs up with Witney Carson for a Cha Cha to the new BTS hit “Butter”. Derek noted that it was good to see Witney back; adding that he was surprised at Mike’s performance. Bruno said that Witney tamed the beast; adding that Mike was light on his feet. Carrie Ann said that Mike was incredible with great energy. Len said that Mike was better than expected. The Miz and Witney scored 24 points for their dance.

NBA star Iman Schumpert pairs up with Daniella for a Jive to the Black Eyed Peas. Bruno noted that it is very hard for tall people to do the Jive but Iman was light on his feet and showed some musicality; adding that it was a great debut. Carrie Ann called Iman the Fly Guy of this season; adding that he was stylish and smooth. Len felt like the dance was all too causal but fun and entertaining. Derek noted that Iman looked comfortable; adding that it was a great first week. Iman and Daniella scored 21 points for their dance.

Olivia Jade is paired up with Val for a Salsa. Carrie Ann said that the dance was well done with great lines. Len said that dance was clean and polished. Derek said that Olivia has great legs and a great first dance. Bruno said that Olivia took to the dance like a duck to water. Olivia and Val scored 25 points for their dance.


Country music star Jimmie Allen pairs up with Emma Slater for a Tango. Jimmie said that he wants to be an amabassador for Country music…and to win. Len said that the dance didn’t support Jimmie’s personality; adding that he has great potential. Derek called it an incredible week one frame. Bruno noted that Jimmie managed to keep the Tango on track; adding that there were some good moments. Carrie Ann noted that it was a tough dance but Jimmie did a great job. Jimmie and Emma scored 22 points for their dance.

Actress Melora Hardin pairs up with Artem for a Tango to the music of Robert Palmer. Derek stood up and clapped; saying that he was blown away. Bruno said that Melora had great lines and brilliant. Carrie Ann said that Melora brought the drama to the dance. Len liked it; saying that Melora just came out and danced. Melora and Artem scored 26 points for their dance.

Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Suni Lee pairs up with Sasha Farber for a Jive. Bruno said that Suni had great kick and flicks. Carrie Ann called Suni incredible and amazing. Len said that the dance was neat and precise. Derek noted that Suni has the technique. Suni and Sasha scored 28 points for their dance to take the lead.

Fitness guru Cody Rigsby pairs up with Cheryl Burke for a Tango that has Cody starting out on a bike. Carrie Ann noted that see what all the hype is about; adding that Cody needs to relax. Len said that Cody has great presence and potential; adding that he is one to watch. Derek said that Cody was so much fun and entertaining. Bruno loved the attitude. Cody and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Broadway actor and talk show host Amanda Kloots pairs up with Alan for a Tango. Len said that the dance. Derek noted that dance is the best way to claim your joy; adding that it was a sensational routine. Bruno said that Amanda has it all. An emotional Carrie Ann said that Amanda was elegance and beauty like an angel. Amanda and Alan scored 28 points for their dance.

When the show returns from a commercial break, host Tyra Banks has made a costume change.

Karate man Martin Kove pairs up with Britt for a Paso Doble that opens with a speech from Martin. At 74, Kove is the oldest dancer this season. Derek noted that he felt Martin was a bit unprepared. Bruno said that they need to work on the content. Carrie Ann said that Martin had commitment to character but lacked contact Len said that from someone in his seventies, he felt that Martin came out and made a great effort. Martin and Britt scored 13 points for their dance.

Reality star and former Miss USA Kenya Moore pairs up with Brandon for a Fox Trot Doja Cat. Bruno said that it was classy and glossy; adding that Kenya moves very well. Carrie Ann said that Kenya looked like a queen out there; adding that the dance was well done. Len said that the dance had charm and sophistication. Derek said that Kenya has so much potential; adding that the dance was beautiful. Kenya and Brandon scored 26 points for their dance.

Actress Christine Chiu pairs up with Pasha for a Tango to the music of Fergie. Carrie Ann said that Christine is like a diamond in the rough; adding it is what they are looking for on the show. Len noted that Christine had great control. Derek loved the dress; adding that she had a great frame. Bruno called Christine a gem but needs a bit of polish. The duo has already had to deal with injuries. Christine and Pasha scored 25 points for their dance.

Bachelor Matt James paired up with Lindsey for a Cha Cha to the music of Rick James. Noting that he has no dance experience, Matt wore crocs to his first rehearsal. Len would have liked more hip action, but added that Matt’s future could be rosey. Derek called it a great Cha Cha. Bruno said that Matt delivered; adding that next time he would be brilliant. Carrie Ann liked the way they ussed the space; adding that the body rolls were great. Matt and Lindsay scored 24 points for their dance.

Actor Brian Austin Green pairs up with girlfriend Sharna Burgess for a Fox Trot. Derek said that the dance was so good. Bruno said that he is sensing some sizzling chemistry. Carrie Ann said that she loved seeing Sharna so happy. Len said that Brian needs to work on his feet; adding that the competition is working on being something special. Brian and Sharna scored 24 points for their dance.

In the last dance of the night,JoJo Siwa pairs up with Jenna for a historic DWTS event as the first same sex dance couple on the American version of the show. The very first same sex couple happened in 2010 in Israel. The couple performs a Quickstep to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” with JoJo as the lead. Bruno noted that it was finally the groundbreaking moment they have been waiting for. Carrie Ann called it amazing. Len noted that the dance was entertaining and full of attack. Derek said that JoJo was made for DWTS. JoJo and Jenna scored 29 points for their dance to top the leaderboard.

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Season 30 Premiere scores:
Martin and Britt – 13
Iman and Daniella – 21
Jimmie and Emma – 22
The Miz and Witney – 24
Cody and Cheryl – 24
Matt and Lindsay – 24
Brian and Sharna – 24
Olivia and Val – 25
Christine and Pasha – 25
Melora and Artem – 26
Kenya and Brandon – 26
Melanie C and Gleb – 27
Suni and Sasha – 28
Amanda and Alan – 28
JoJo and Jenna – 29

VMA’s Celebrate 40 Years of MTV

On September 12, 2021 the MTV Video Music Awards returned with live performances and a live audience in New York City.

Celebrating 40 years of MTV and music videos, Madonna opens the show with “and they said it wouldn’t last”.

Justin Bieber gets the night of music started off; followed by Olivia Rodrigo.

Doja Cat hosted the musical gala from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

MTV Legend Jennifer Lopez presents the first award of the night for Song of the Year to Olivia Rodrigo for “Good 4 U”. She dedicated the song to all the girls who write songs on their bedroom floor.

Hailie Bieber takes the stage to introduce Kacey Musgrave who makes her VMA performance debut with “Star Crossed”.

21 Pilots take the stage for a performance of “Saturday”.

Cyndi Lauper noted that she won the first MVA Moon Person (Moon Man Award) back in 1984. She presented the award for the Best Pop Award to Justin Bieber for “Peaches”.

Saint. Jhn performs.

In an outdoor performance from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Ed Sheeran performs his new single “Shivers”.

Broadway star Billy Porter introduced Lil Nas X who performed “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow and “Montero” in a performance that proved the guys can have suggestive dances too.

Avril Lavigne presents the award for Video for Good to Billie Eilish for “Your Power”.

Sean Mendez debuts “Summer of Love”, but first Camila Cabello takes the stage for a performance of “Don’t Go Yet”.

Latto takes the stage for a performance of “Big Energy”.

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles intorduces host Doja Cat for a high flying performance of “Been Like This” and “You Right”.

MMA star Conor McGregor presents the award for Artist of the Year to Justin Bieber in a category dominated by women. In his acceptance speech, Bieber noted that music was a wonderful outlet for bringing people together.

Chloe of Chloe X Halle gives her first solo performance on the VMA stage with “Give Mercy”.

Wyclef Jean presented the award for Best Hip-Hop went to Travis Scott with Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise”. He told the crowd to spread love and we would be ok.

Normani takes the stage for a performance of “Wild Side”.

Latto returns for a performance of “Muwop”.

Latin music star Ozuma takes the stage for a performance of “La Funka”. The fun Spanish language performance featured “bear” dancers. The giant Moon Person on the stage was temporarily changed to a bear holding a Puerto Rican flag.

The award for Best Collaboration went to Doja Cat and SZA for “Kiss Me More”.

Saint. Jhn returns to perform “Sucks to be You”.

Members of the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and 98 Degrees take the stage to present the award for Best K-Pop to BTS for “Butter”. The Korean band sent a video message of thanks…and a shoutout to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohai Otani.

Billie Eilish presented the MTV Global Icon Award to new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Foo Fighters. The rockers took the stage to perform a medley of songs.

SZA introduces Alicia Keys who is joined by Swae Lee for a performance of her new single “LaLa”. Keys also takes to the piano to perform her signature song “Empire State of Mind”.

The award for Best Alternative went to Machine Gun Kelly with Blackbear for “My Exes Best Friend”.

Latto returns on the Extended Play stage to perform.

Doja Cat presented the fan voted award for Best New Artists to Olivia Rodrigo.

Swizz Beatz introduced Busta Rhymes who gave a medley performance of his music that lasted several minutes.

BTS won the award for Best Group
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Sun Sonic won the Best R&B award for “Leave the Door Open”
Lil Nas X won the Best Direction Award for “Montero”
Beyonce, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn, and Wizkid won the Best Cinematorgraphy Award for “Brown Skin Girl”

Harry Styles won the Best Choreography Award for “Treat People with Kindness”

Rocker David Lee Roth presents the award for Video of the Year to Lil Nas X for “Montero”.

Closing out the night of music was Machine Gun Kelly with Travis Barker in a performance of “Papercuts”.


DWTS Announces Season 30 Celebrities

The wait is over for fans of the reality dancing competition show “Dancing with the Stars”. On September 8, ABC revealed the celebrity cast members for season 30.

It was previously announced that pop singer JoJo Siwa and Olympic gold medal gymnast Suni Lee would be a part of the show. And in a DWTS first, Siwa will have a female dance partner.

Joining Siwa and Lee are:
Country singer Jimmie Allen
Spice Girl singer Melanie C
Christine Chiu from “Bling Empire”
actor Brian Austin Green from “Beverly Hills, 90210”
Melora Hardin from “The Office”
social media star Olivia Jade
Matt James from “The Bachelor”
Amanda Kloots of “The Talk”
Martin Kove from ”Cobra Kai”
WWE wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
Kenya Moore from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby
and Basketball player Iman Shumpert

While the celebrities are busy working on their first dances, fans will learn who the partners are on the first show of the season on September 20.

The pro dancers joining the show this season are:
Brandon Armstrong
Lindsay Arnold
Alan Bersten
Sharna Burgess
Cheryl Burke
Witney Carson
Artem Chigvintsev
Val Chmerkovskiy
Sasha Farber
Jenna Johnson
Daniella Karagach
Pasha Pashkov
Gleb Savchenko
Emma Slater
and Brit Stewart

Tyra Banks returns this season as the host and executive producer for the show.

Len Goodman returns to his role as head judge with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough at the judge’s table.


Meet the celebrities:

Jimmie Allen is a songwriter and Country music singer who made history in 2018 when he became the first man of colour to have the first two singles from his debut album reach number one. Allen is the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Artist of the Year.

Better known to Spice Girls fans as Sporty Spice, Melanie C becomes the second Spice Girl – after Mel B. to join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”. The Spice Girls broke onto the music scene in 1996 with “Wannabe”. Mel and the Spice Girls have gone on to sell over 85 million albums around the world.


Known as a star on the Netflix series “Bling Empire”, Christine Chiu is the founder of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and the Regenerative Medicine Aesthetic Institute.

Actor Brian Austin Green broke out on the series “Beverly Hills, 90210”. He has gone on to appear in numerous productions including a guest judge on “The Masked Singer” and the executive producer for the 90210 remake.

Best known for her role as Jan Levinson on “The Office”, Melora Hardin has appeared in over 100 productions including “Transparent”, “A Million Little Things”, and “The Bold Type”.

You Tube influencer Olivia Jade offer advice to young women on fashion, lifestyles, wellness, and social issues. She has garnered over three million followers.

The first man of colour on “The Bachelor”, Matt James is this season’s selection from “The Bachelor” franchise to appear on DWTS. A former pro football player, James now calls New York City home where he finds creative ways to engage youth in under served areas of NYC.

Broadway actress and television host Amanda Kloots came to the nation’s attention last year when her husband Nick Cordero was hospitalized with the Covid-19 virus and subsequently died as a result of the virus leaving Kloots alone with a small son. One of the hosts for the talk show series “The Talk”, Kloots is also a dance and fitness guru who has led many classes in the New York City area.

Veteran actor Martin Kove has appeared in over 200 film and television productions including the original “Karate Kid” as John Kreese. He most recently reprised the role of Kreese on the television series “Cobra Kai”.

Suni Lee is a three time Olympic medal winning gymnast who most recently brought home the gold medal for the individual all-around at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 18 year old will be working on her dance moves in between classes at Auburn University.

Known as “The Miz” in the wrestling ring, Mike Mizanin has been a part of WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment – for the past 12 years. Prior to making his mark in the wrestling ring, The Miz was a staple on MTV’s reality shows.

Best known for her role on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Kenya Moore is a former Miss USA – only the second woman of colour to hold the title – and has her onwn hair care line.

Dancer Cody Rigsby has shared the stage with the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj and has gone on to become a Peloton instructor who is the director of Cycling Content. He pushes class members to push themselves but have fun in the process.

NBA basketball player Iman Shumpert was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2011. He went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the Brooklyn Nets before turning his attention to music and rapping where he goes by Iman. He most recently added acting to his list of accomplishments by entering the reality series world.

Identifying herself as a lesbian, pop singer JoJo Siwa is the first cast member of DWTS that will be dancing with a same sex partner. With over 80 million social media fans, Siwa will be starring in the new series “The J Team”. She is also an executive producer of the live-action musical sereis.

‘The Voice’ Crowns Season 20 Winner!

“The Voice” concludes its twentieth season of finding talented singer with a grand finale event that includes old friends and former contestants.

The night of music begins with a performance by Gwent Stefani.

Stand in coach for Kelly, Kelsea Ballerini performs and is joined by Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler. Host Carson Daly called the performance beautiful. Speaking on Kelsea’s sitting in for Kelly, Carson said that she did a great job.

Carson announced that the top two finalists will get a trip to the Universal parks in Orlando.

Nick joins his singer Rachel Mac for a performance of a Foo Fighters song. This marks the first time that a Foo Fighters song has been allowed on the show. Normally wearing a hat, Rachel goes hatless but Nick has on a hat and is playing the guitar.

Making a return to “The Voice” stage, OneRepublic performs their new song “Run”. Ryan Teddy and the band were among the performers of the very first “The Voice” gand finale 10 years ago.

Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Tedder both began their performances back stage and worked their way onto the stage.

Two time Grammy Award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle performs her new single “Hold on to Me”.

Mega mentor Snoop Dogg returns to “The Voice” and takes the stage for a performance of “Sitting on Blades”. Snoop brought his blinged out bike to the stage for the performance.

“Dear Evan Hanson’s” Ben Platt comes to “The Voice”. The award winning actor earned a Tony Award for his performance and has reprised the role for the film adaptation of the musical.

Justin Bieber takes the stage for a performance.

Victor Solomon and his coach John Legend took on Donnie Hathaway for a duet performance. John began the season by singing to his team members using a small keyboard; for this performance, he takes to the big grand piano.

Ben Platt returns to perform his new single “Imagine”.

Kelly Clarkson takes the stage with her singer Kenzie Wheeler for a performance of the Keith Whitley song “When You Say Nothing at All”.

In a remote performance, Country star Thomas Rhett performs his new song “Country Again”.

Coach Blake Shelton takes the stage with both of his singers Jordan Matthew Young and Cam Anthony. Cam and Blake sings “She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals. Jordan and Blake sing the George Strait song “All My Exes Live in Texas”. Jordan and Blake also play guitar while they sing.

Making a return to “The Voice” for the first time since his departure as a coach, Adam Levine takes the stage with his band Maroon 5 for a performance of their new single “Beautiful Mistake”. Not a part of the show, Maroon 5 sings the song with Megan The Stallion on the single.

And finally it is time for the results of season 20!

The singer in fifth place is Team Legend’s Victor Solomon.

The singer in fourth place is Team Nick’s Rachal Mac.

The third place singer is Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young.

It comes down to Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler and Team Blake’s Cam Anthony.

And the winner is…

Team Blake’s Cam Anthony!!!
Predicting that Cam would win early in the season, Blake has won with his eighth singer in 20 seasons.


‘The Voice’ Final Performances

After thousands of auditions, it all comes down to the final five on “The Voice”. Kelly, John, and Nick each have one singer in the finals, but Blake has two chances to win his eighth trophy with two singers in the finals after Jordan Matthew Young won the instant save last week.

The singers will perform twice – a personal dedication song and an upbeat song that shows who they are.

Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler gets the night of music started off with “Heartland” by George Strait. Kelly blocked Blake to get Kenzie. Kelly is out of her chair clapping and dancing. Carson said that it was a great way to start off the finale. Blake said it was good and he sounded great. Kelly called the performance amazing; adding that it felt like being at a live show.

Team Legend’s Victor Solomon dedicated his song – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt – to the love of his life. John was on his feet. Nick loved the dedication; adding that it was a phenomenal performance. Nick said that Victor is so creative vocally. Coach John agreed with Nick; adding that Victor has shown so many sides of himself.

Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young sang “Key to the Highway”. Blake yelled, that’s what I’m talking about. John said that he loves what Jordan brings to the show; adding that Jordan is the best dressed man this season. Blake thanked Jordan for rocking the stage.

Rachel Mac dedicates her song – “I Hope You Dance” – to her eight month old nephew Ezra. Kelly said that the sweetness of Rachel’s voice is so sweet; adding it was a job well done. Coach Nick noted that Rachel is the only female remaining and a one chair turn.

Coach Blake takes the stage to perform his newest single “Minimum Wage”.

Blake’s fiancee Gwen Stefani and namy of the singers that were a part of Team Blake over the past 10 years send messages of congratulations to Blake Shelton on his tenth anniversary on “The Voice”. Blake noted that all of the people who sent messages are making a living with music.

Team Blake’s second singer Cam Anthony dedicates his song to people…all people and faith and love with “Stand Up” from “Harriet”. Cam brought all of the coaches to their feet. John said that Cam is ready for any stage he wants to be on; adding that Cam has everything to be a superstar artist. Cam said that he looks up to John. Coach Blake said that the only thing bigger than Cam’s talent is his heart.

Kenzie returns with his emotional dedication to his hometown Dover, Florida – a seventh generation Floridian Kenzie performed “The Keeper of the Stars”. Nick said that Kenzie has been so far to watch this season; adding that he has made a lot of people in Florida proud. Kelly said that Kenzie doesn’t know just how talented he is; adding that his purpose in life is to make music and tell stories.

Rachel Mac returns to perform the Fleetwood Mac song “The Chain”. John said that it was so fun to watch; adding that it was powerful. John said it was a great song choice. Nick said that he has missed live music and felt like it was a concert he didn’t want to end.

Jordan returns to dedicate his performance of “Stay” by Rihanna to both of his grandmothers who impacted his life but are no longer alive. Nick says that Jordan has such a cool voice and is excited to buy his record when it comes out. Nick noted that Jordan can do it all. Blake noted that Jordan showed them another level of himself.

Cam returns with the Bon Jovi hit “Wanted Dead or Alive”; saying that he wants to celebrate his time on the show. Cam noted that his family used to rock out to the song. Kelly was surprised by the song choice; saying that he nailed it. Blake noted that there are people born with people…then there are people like Cam who can do anything.

Victor returns to close out the night of music with “Freedom” by Beyonce and brought the house down. Kelly called the performance awesome. She wants to know when the tour stars because she will be there. John said that he has never seen anything like it on “The Voice” stage; adding that it was incredible.

On Tuesday night the new winner will crowned in a two hour grand finale filled with all star performances.

Idol Crowns 2021 Winner!

It has all come down to this one final episode on “American Idol” By the end of the night eight Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham, or Willie Spence will be crowned the newest Idol.

But first, a night of celebration and all star performances with Macklemore and Lewis getting the night of music started off and is joined by the finalists.

With the winner still up for the vote…the judges select a song for each of the finalists to perform.

First up is Grace Kinstler with “All By Myself” originally performed and written by Eric Carmen. Katy said that she picked the song for Grace because of its power and vulnerability. Luke called the performance amazing. Lionel said that Grace is a storyteller with a great voice.

The judges chose a Ray Charles song for Willie Spence with “Georgia on My Mind”. Willie told mentor Bobby Bones that he almost quit after his grandfather died. Willie noted that he had to do a soundcheck on the same day as the funeral. Willie brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that he can smell magnolia, Spanish moss, and peaches. Ryan and Luke are also from Georgia. Luke noted that Willie has delivered with every performance. Lionel said that Willie is a religious experience; adding that it was a great performance. Katy said that she needed her hankie; adding that the sky is the limit for Willie.

Closing out round one, Chayece Beckham sang The Beatles hit “Blackbird” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that Chayce has an identifiable voice. Katy said that they chose the song because it is a small mighty song. Luke told Chayce that he has earned a bass fishing date.

Ryan Seacrest announces that the voting is very close.

In round two the singers make the home town heroes trip.

First up Idol travels back to Illinois and Grace’s home of Crystal Lake. For her hometown round performance Grace sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Katy noted that the voting is very close; telling fans that if they don’t vote then they can’t complain. Luke said that he wanted to stand on the desk. Lionel said that Grace has outdone herself and gave an amazing performance.
When Willie Spence went back home to Douglas, Georgia, he didn’t get just a day, he got a whole week dedicated to him. It was a very emotional reunion for Willie and his mom. He performed before a stadium filled with fans. For his hometown dedication song her performed the Sam Cooke song “A Change is Gonna Come”. Luke noted that they have heard the song on the show a few times before but never like that. Lionel noted that people look at Willie with pride and inspiration. A tearful Katy said that they are so proud of Willie; adding that it melted her heart to see Willie with his mom. Willie’s mom is in the audience. Katy gives a tearful Willie a tissue.

Chayce Beckham returns to Apple Valley for his hometown visit. The town planted an apple tree in Chayce’s honour. Chayce sang the Chris Stapleton song “Fire Away”. Lionel called the song a great choice for his voice. Katy noted that sometimes God has to turn up the volume to make sure you are listening…and Chayce is listening. Luke noted that it is a big deal to see the change since they first met him.

Idol alum Mickey Guyton returns with Alyssa Rae for a performance of “Black Like Me”.

In the first results of the night…
The singer in third place and the first elimination is…

Grace Kinstler.

Willie Spence and Chayce Beckham will compete for the title of the next “Ameircan Idol”. Host Ryan Seacrest said that the vote is very close.

Jingle writer and singer Tom McGovern gives his take on the season in song.

Graham Defranco returns to give Ryan a hand introducing Fall Out Boy with “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”. Some of the finalists from the season join Fall Out Boy on stage.

Ten time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall Famer Chaka Khan takes the stage to perform a medley of her hits and gets a little help from some of the Idol singers.

For the first time this season, Ryan, Katy, Luke, and Lionel all had a group hug. The judges were not allowed to hug any of the singers this season due to Covid protocols.

UK “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis takes the stage with finalist Willie Spence for a performance of “You Are the Reason”.

Multi Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow takes the stage with Graham Defranco for a performance of a medley of her songs.

After the judges eliminated him, the outrage nearly broke Twitter. Murphy returns to the Idol stage for a performance of a medley of his original music.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage with Casey Bishop for a performance on the stage at Whiskey-a-Go-Go and then on the Idol stage with the Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Judge Lionel Richie takes the stage with some of the finalists for a performance of his song “One World”.

Lindsey Buckingham takes the stage for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac hit “Go Your Own Way” with Cassandra Coleman.

Alessia Cara and Grace Kinstler take the stage for a performance of “Stars to Your Beautiful”.

CMA Artist of the Year Luke Combs joins Chayce Beckham for a performance of “Forever After All”.

Judge Katy Perry takes the stage with Hunter Metts for a performance of her song “Thinking of You”. Katy plays the guitar for the performance.

Chayce Beckham takes the stage for a performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow”. Katy noted that there isn’t anything left to say; adding that he is living his dream. Luke noted that Chayce has a bright future. Lionel said congratulations and welcome to your career; adding that he has an amazing future.

Willie Spence returns for one final performance with “Stand Up” from “Harriet” by Cynthia Erivo. The judges were on their feet during the performance. Luke said that they love the voice and where it comes from…God and a soul within. Lionel said thank you; adding that his presence on the show has been a religious experience. Katy thanked Willie for blessing and saving them.

After the final vote of the season…

The 2021 “American Idol” is Chayce Beckham!!!!

Willie Spence is the runner up.

Chayce performs his single “23” in his first performance as the newest Idol.

Final Five Revealed on ‘The Voice’

On the Monday performance show of “The Voice” nine semifinalists took the stage for a solo performance; along with a trio performance of a song from the seventies.

On Tuesday’s results show only five of the singers will survive the night.

The top vote getter from each team will move on to the finale with the remaining singers battling it out for the last instant save of the season.

The show begins with the first results from the night with Team Kelly’s Gihanna Zoe, Corey Ward, and Kenzie Wheeler. The first singer moving on to the finals is Kenzie Wheeler. Kenzie brought the house down with his performance of the George Jones hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

Next up is Team Legend with Victor Solomon and Pia Renee. John’s singer moving on to the finals is Victor Solomon who chose to sing a Gospel song on Mondah night.


Season 17 winner Jake Hoot returns to “The Voice” stage to perform his new single “I Would Have Love You” with coach Kelly Clarkson

In the next results, Team Nick’s Dana Monique and Rachel Mac. The third singer moving on to the finals is Rachel Mac.

Australian rapper Maked Wolf performs his hit single “Astronaut in the Ocean” via a virtual performance.

And now it is time for Team Blake’s Cam Anthony and Jordan Matthew Young to learn their results. The fourth member moving on to the finals is Cam Anthony.

Jordan, Gihanna, Corey, Dana, and Pia will all get one more chance to impress the fans with their last chance performance for the instant save.

Pia sang “Everything I Wanted”.

Corey Ward sang the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris”.

Dana Monique sang “Caught Up in the Rapture”.

Jordan Matthew Young sang the Dobie Gray hit “Drift Away”.

The final last chance performance came form Gihanna Zoe with “Someone You Love”.

Via the fan vote and the instant save, the final singer moving on to the finale is Jordan Matthew Young!

It’s the Semifinals on ‘The Voice’

With just a couple of weeks remaining in the season on “The Voice”, it is down to the final singers.

Over the weekend it was reported that Nick Jonas was hospitalized after an onset injury while filming. Nick is in his red chair. Nick reports that he took a spill on a bike and cracked a rib and has various bumps and bruises but he is doing okay otherwise.

It’s the semifinals with nine singers vying for five positions. The singers will perform twice tonight – a new solo performance and a trio performance paying tribute to the ’70’s.

Team Legend’s Victor Solomon gets the night of music started off with “I Can Only Imagine” that was originally recorded by MercyMe. Victor brought all four of the coaches to their feet. Kelly called the performance beautiful; saying that she wants to know which church Victor will be at. Noting that he is a preacher’s kid, Nick loved the performance…and is a bit worried for his team after that. John noted that Victor would be great as a minister if he chose to do so.

Team Blake’s Jordan Matthew Young calls himself a working class musician who never dreamed of getting this far on the show. Jordan chose “Rose Colored Glasses” by John Conlee. Blake noted that he performed that song in his early days; adding that Jordan reminds hem of himself. Kelly loved the song; adding that it was perfect. Blake agreed with Kelly; adding that he nailed it and did an incredible job.

In the first trio of the night Cam Anthony, Corey Ward, and Kenzie Wheeler join up for a performance of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop.

Team Legend’s Pia Renee goes reggae with her rendition of the Bob Marley and the Wailers song “Turn Your Lights Down Low”. Kelly said that Pia already looks like a star; adding that she is very talented. Nick said that it was like watching an award performance; adding that she should win every award. Saying that he is smiling from ear to ear, John loved everything about the performance; adding that it was perfect.

Season 19 finalist Ian Flannigan returns to “The Voice” stage with his coach Blake Shelton to perform his new single “Grow Up”.

Team Nick’s Rachel Mac chose the Christine Perry song “Human”. John called it a revelatory performance; adding that she gave a full range of emotions. Agreeing with John, Kelly called it a powerful performance. Coach Nick said that he was proud of Rachel for opening up; adding that she nailed the vocal performance.

Team Kelly’s Corey Ward – the instant save artist last week – chose to sing “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence. In rehearsals, Kelly said that the song sounded like one Corey had written. Blake noted that Corey is really making some headway; adding that Corey is so authentic. An excited Kelly said that Corey was great; adding that the vocal execution was perfect.

In the next trio; Pia Renee, Dana Monique, and Victor Solomon join up for the Earth, Wind, and Fire hit song “Shining Star”. John was up dancing and even Nick was out of his chair clapping.

Team Kelly’s Gihanna Zoe chose “Reflection” from “Mulan” for her solo performance. The song was originally performed by Christina Aguilera. Host Carson Daly said that it felt like a finale performance. Nick called Gihanna a star; adding that he was blown away by the vocal control. Saying that he has been a fan, John called the performance stunning and impressive. Kelly said that Gihanna delivered; noting that it was a very difficult song to sing.

In the final trio of the night Gihanna Zoe, Rachel Mac, and Jordan Matthew Young join up for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac song “Go Your Own Way”.

For the first time on “The Voice”, Team Nick’s Dana Monique chose to sing “Leave the Door Open” by Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak. All four coaches were on the feet at the end of the performance. Carson said that Dana did an excellent job. John noted that Dana has been giving them finale worthy performances all season. Nick said that a star is born tonight; saying that she topped her performance from last week.

Team Blake’s Cam Anthony chose the R&B hit “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men. Cam began the song A Cappella. And once again the coaches were on their feet. Carson said that Cam did a great job. John noted that the song came out before Cam was born; adding that he did a great job. Kelly called the performance incredible and brilliant. A grinning coach Blake called the performance beautiful; adding that Cam is a superstar. Blake predicted that Cam is going to go far in the music business.

Team Kelly’s Kenzie Wheeler closes out the night of music with the George Jones smash hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Kenzie said that it is his mom and grandma’s favourite song. Nick said that Kenzie has wonderfully classic voice. Kelly said that Kenzie is so gifted; adding that he is one of her favourite country artists.

Final Four Perform on Idol…One Goes Home

Last week on “American Idol” fans voted for their top five favourites from the top seven singers. But this week the five have become four after 16 year old Country singer Caleb Kennedy was dismissed after a video appeared demonstrating some questionable content.

On semi finals night the remaining four singers will perform three songs – songs written by their own idols, an original singles round, and a favourite past performance. The singers also pair up for duets of a Finneas song.

Award winning producer Finneas is mentoring the singers this week.

First up is Chayce Beckham who got to play one of his original songs for Finneas. Finneas told Chayce to focus on his voice. Chayce sang “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band.

Katy said that Chayce was born on “American Idol”. She called Chayce’s guitar his ammunition. Luke said that Chayce is there because he is “real”; adding that people love authentic and genuine. Lionel said that Chayce earned the right to have everyone like him. Host Ryan Seacrest said when he stands next to Chayce, he realizes how much coolness he doesn’t have.

Casey Bishop chose to perform a song by mentor Finneas’ sister Billie Eilish; one that Finneas co-wrote with Billie. Finneas told her to sing as if she had just thought of the lyrics just before she walked out on the stage. Casey chose “wish you were gay”. Luke said that Casey crushed it; adding it was her best performance yet and a perfect song choice. Lionel noted that Casey has been pushing it all season; telling her to own her persona; adding that she killed it. Katy said that Casey found her star dust.

The 2019 Idol winner Layne Hardy returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music.

Grace Kinstler chose a song by original Idol winner Kelly Clarkson – “A Moment Like This” – for her idol song. Finneas told her to just fall in love with the song. Lionel noted that Grace is bringing who she is to the stage. Katy noted that her cousins wanted Grace to win; adding it was a great song choice. Luke said that all four of the finalists are super stars.

Closing out round one is Willie Spence with a song by John Legend. Finneas said that Willie has one of the best voices he has ever heard. Finneas said that Willie has a powerful voice. Willie sang the Academy Award winning song “Glory”. Lionel keps saying “oh my god”. Katy said that she was glad Willie took them to church. Luke wanted to talk to Willie for three minutes…but he couldn’t. Luke said that Willie will save people’s lives that his voice; adding that the performance was amazing. Lionel said that Willie has a stellar persona; adding that he uplifts and moves people.

Ryan Seacrest noted that the voting is close again this week.

Taking a break from the competition, this week’s mentor Finneas and Ashe take the stage for a performance of “Til Forever Falls Apart”.

In round two, the singers pick one of their favourite performances from the season to sing and perform their original song.

Chayce Beckham returns to sing his original song “23” and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton. Luke asked how do they create another way to say great job; adding that it felt like a real concert. Lionel said that from the beginning to now it has been a complete turn around; adding that everything is lining up for number one in show business. Katy asked Chayce where his song is on the chart. Chayce said that it is number one on the Country chart.

Casey Bishop returns for her original single “Love Me, Leave Me” and her original audition song “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. Lionel kept asking what??? Lionel loved the performance; adding that he wants front row seats and back stage passes. Katy said that her favourite song right now is “Love Me, Leave Me”. Kath said that Casey checks all the boxes. Luke noted that they were only two miles from all the bars where the 80’s hair bands played.

Willie and Grace pair up for a performance of “What They’ll Say About Us” – a song he began writing while Nick Cordero was still alive and completed after his death. Finneas said that if he had known about Grace and Willie’s voices when he wrote the song, he would have given it to them.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage to perform his new single “Waves”.

Idol alum Michael J Woodard returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music. He said that after the show, Katy signed him.

Grace Kinstler performs her original song “Love Someone” and “Father” by Demi Lovato. Luke said that it was a great performance. Lionel noted that it is clear that the birds are about to leave the nest. Katy said it was a great first song.

Willie Spence returns to debut his single “Never Be Alone” and a performance of Beynce’s “I Was Here”. Lionel asked what have we done; saying that he wants to see the tour. Lionel called Willie a giant of a voice and talent. Katy said that she gets chills when Willie performs; adding it was a great original song. Katy said that Willie is walking in the light. Luke said that Willie is like a teddy bear…until the lights come up.

Ryan said that he wishes they could have four winners.

For the final performance of the night Casey and Chayce take the stage to perform the Finneas song “Break My Heart Again”. Finneas told them that he was listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra the summer he wrote the song; adding that they could take melodic liberties with the song.

Ryan said that it has been amazing watching the four of them perform; adding that he thinks it is the best final four they have ever had.

The first singer in the finals is Chayce Beckham

Willie Spence is also moving on to the finals

It’s down to Casey and Grace.

The final singer moving on to the finals is Grace Kinstler.

Casey Bishop has been eliminated.

‘The Voice’ Top 17 Results

On Monday night’s show of “The Voice”, 17 singers took to the stage for the first live performances of the season.

On the Tuesday results show, only nine of the 17 will survive the night – top votes from each team, coaches choice, and an instant save.

In the first results of the night, Team Blake takes the stage…

In the fan vote, Cam Anthony is moving on to the next round.
For the coaches save, Blake chose Jordan Matthew Young is moving on to the next round.

Next up is Team Nick…

In the fan vote, Rachel Mac is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, Nick chose to save Dana Monique.

Then came Team Legend…
In the fan vote, Victor Solomon is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, John chose to save Pia Renee to move on to the next round.

And finally it was Team Kelly’s turn to learn their results…
In the fan vote, Kenzie Wheeler is moving on to the next round.
In the coaches choice, Kelly chose to save Gihanna Zoe.

The four singers that have earned the highest remaining voetes and will be performing for the wild card instant save are:
Pete Mroz
Jose Figueroa Jr
Ryleigh Modig
and Corey Ward

Anna Grace, Andrew Marshall, Devan Blake Jones, Zania Alake, and Zae Romeo have all been eliminated from the competition.

First up to sing is Team Blake’s Pete Mroz with the Dan + Shay smash hit “Speechless”.

Team Nick’s Jose Figueroa Jr took on Stevie Wonder with “Superstition”.

Team Kelly’s Corey Ward sang “Lose You to Find Me”.

And closing out the wild card performances is Ryleigh Modig with “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars.

And the final singer moving on to the next round is Team Kelly’s Corey Ward!

Next week the top nine will take the stage for the semi-finals.

‘The Voice’ Goes Live with Performances

All of the auditions and battles are over and after taking a week off to celebrate 10 years of performances, “The Voice” returns with the live shows and the fan vote.

Sixteen singers have secured their spots in the live shows, but there is one more singer to join the finalists. After a week of voting for the saved artists – Savannah, Devan, Emma, and Carolina; the fans have chosen Team Nick’s Devan Blake Jones.

On Tuesday’s results show nearly half of the singers will be eliminated when only nine will survive the night.

Team Kelly gets the night started off with an impassioned performance by Corey Ward. Nick noted that Corey blows them away and had so much passion in his performance. Kelly loved the passion in the performance; addng that you can’t teach emotion.

Host Carson Daly announced that all of the performances from the show are available on all streaming services.

John said that Gihanna Zoe sang beyond her ways. Kelly said that she thinks Gihanna has the biggest voice on the show.

Kelly’s steal Zae Romeo impressed Kelly with her saying that he was like a mix of Corey and Gihanna.

Kenzie Wheeler closes out Team Kelly with some music by Brooks and Dunn. Blake said that Kenzie died a good job. Saying that she loves Kenzie, Kelly thought Kenzie is a fantastic performer and wants to see how he does as a songwriter.

Next up is Team Legend with steal Ryleigh Modig getting the team started off. John called the performance so special; adding that he is lucky to have her on his team.

Detroit singer Zania Alake performed “Dangerous Woman”. John said that he knew Zania was a great singer but this was even bettter.

Pia Renee sang “Need You Bad” and had John out of his chair dancing. Blake said that it was the Best Team Legend performance of the night. John called the performance fantastic; adding that he loves seeing her blossom on the stage.

Closing out Team Legend is Victor Solomon perform the Stevie Wonder song “I Wish”. John and Kelly were up dancing during the performance and had all four coaches on their feet at the end of the song. John pointed out that it was the first four coach standing O of the night; adding that Victor was flawless.

Up next is Team Nick who has five singers thanks to the save vote of Devan Blake Jones.

Getting the team performances started off is Dana Monique with “Free Your Mind”. Dana had the coaches out of their chairs dancing along. Carson called it a fierce performance. Kelly called it amazing; adding that her dream was to sing backup for somebody like Dana. Nick simply said that it is an honour to be Dana’s coach; adding she blew it out of the park.

Nick steal Andrew Marshall sang the Corine Bailey Rae song “Put Your Records On”. Nick called Andrew a star with an incredible tone.

Gospel singer Jose Figuero Jr sang “Talking to the Moon”. John said that Jose has a special gift; adding that it is a pleasure to hear him sing. Nick noted that Jose pushed himself and was unbelievable with his best vocal performance on the show.

Knockout save Devan Blake Jones performed “Shape of My Heart”. After congratulating Devan on winning the knockout, Nick called the performance unbelievable.

Closing out Team Nick is Rachel Mac with a performance of “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves. Nick called Rachel a special artist who was born for the stage.

The final team of the night is Team Blake with Jordan Matthew Young taking on some Fleetwood Mac and brought all four coaches to their feet. Kelly said that Jordan is too cool to be on Blake’s team; adding that he is an incredible talent. Blake called the performance a breath of fresh air; adding that there is no one like Jordan in the competition.

Blake steal Anna Grace sang “Let Her Go”. Blake noted that nobody has sung with such artistry during the show; adding that Anna is unbelievable.

Former Blake band mate Pete Mroz took on Pat Benetar with “We Belong”. Blake noted that he has a special place in his heart for Pete; adding that Pete still has the same passion and talent he had when they wer band mates.

Cam Anthony closes out the night of music with a performance of “Take Me to Church” by Hozier and brought the coaches to their feet. John said that every time Cam sings, it breaks his heart; adding that Cam is phenomenal and has so much potential. Blake said that Cam has delivered every time he takes the stage; adding that people are always asking about him.

Two More Go Home on Idol

Tonight on “American Idol” the remaining singers will in an Idol first take on the music of British rockers Coldplay with lead singer Chris Martin serving as mentor for the contestants.

Continuing the multiple eliminations, tonight two more singers will be eliminated.

Casey Bishop gets the night of music started off with a performance of “Paradise”. Chris Martin told her to exist inside the song and not worry about what anyone thinks. Katy said that it was great to see Casey cut loose and harness the energy. Luke noted that he has never heard Casey deliver a bad note in the competition. Lionel said Casey was fantastic.

Next up is Chayce Beckham chose to sing a song he loved – “Magic”. Martin said that he forgot to mentor Chayce and just played along. Luke said that Chayce did a great job; adding that he has so many artistic moments in his performances. Lionel said that half of game was to have confidence and the other half was to have fun. Lionel noted that Chayce has a signature voice. Katy said that Chayce has the Chris Martin vibe.

Willie Spence sang “Yellow”. Willie grew up singing in the church; Chris Martin revealed that he grew up singing in the church too – a very strict English church. When Willie said that he has some insecurities, Martin said he did too; especially after hearing Willie sing. Lionel noted that Willie took a Chris Martin song and made it a Willie Spence song. Katy said that when Willie sings, it’s amazing; adding that Chris Martin helped Willie soar. Luke said that he will treasure all of the times he has gotten to see Willie sing. Luke wants to add some episodes so he can hear Willie sing more.

Country singer Caleb Kennedy puts his own country spin on “Violet Hill”. Martin revealed that this was the first Coldplay song ever. When Caleb played a song he had written for Chris Martin, Martin was impressed. Katy said that she has never had a Coldplay song scare her, but that one did…in a good way. Luke told Caleb to never say he isn’t a singer because he is a singer and a songwriter. Lionel agreed with Luke and reminded Caleb that the audience isn’t at the rehearsals so to remember to bring it on the stage.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that the search for the 2022 edition of “American Idol” has begun.

Arthur Gunn chose one of Coldplay’s early songs with the Grammy Award winning song “In My Place”. Noting that music is like water flowing, Chris Martin was very open to the singers re-arranging his songs. He told Arthur that he has to do what he thinks is right. Luke noted that Arthur walks to the beat of his own drum…adding that it was cool. Luke said that he loved the vocals on the song. Lionel called Arthur a treasured soul; adding that he is an artist. Katy said that Arthur sound good like it was at his show; but would have like to sing along but didn’t know the melody.

Grace Kinstler couldn’t decide which song to perform and got a little help from Chris Martin on her song choice. Chris said that he could never win “American Idol” but he would love being vulnerable. Grace chose to sing “Fix You”. Lionel noted that Grace’s flaws are her magic; adding that it was the part that makes entertainment. Katy said that Grace has finally arrived with that song. Luke said that he was pumped up with the performance; adding that he almost said a really bad word on TV.

The top five will be entering the studio to perform a single and they will be mentored by award winning producer Jinneas.

Last up is Hunter Metts who chose to sing “Everglow” – song Martin said was written after listening to a lot of Bonnie Raitt. Chris Martin said that Hunter is another one who didn’t need mentoring, just sit and listen. Katy noted that she gets so many texts about Hunter. She said that Hunter is beloved. Luke said that it was amazing seeing Hunter on stage; adding that he has a unique voice. Lionel noted that Hunter is a storyteller with a unique voice; adding that the sky is the limit.

In a debut performance Coldplay performed their new single “Higher Power”.

Performing two songs tonight, the singers return for a round of “Mother’s Day” songs.

Casey Bishop returns for a performance of “Ironic” by Alanis Mofrisette. Casey had the judges out of their chairs dancing during the performance. Luke said that it was fun watchig her. Lionel said that the song choice and stage presence were right on the money. Katy told Casey to keep bringing that kind of stage presence.

Ryan Seacrest revealed that the voting was really close tonight.

Chayce Beckham returns to perform an original song that he wrote for his mom – “”Mama”. Lionel said that Chayce had him crying. Lionel told Chayce to put the song out now..it is a hit! Katy called Chayce sensitive and vulnerable and gave him an A+. Luke said it was the right song on the right night. Chayce had everyone tearing up…including himself.

Willie Spence sings the Joe Cocker song “You Are So Beautiful” for his mom. On a video, his mom was in tears. Katy said that she has never heard the song performed like that; adding that it was very connected. Luke noted that Willie has so many amazing qualities in his voice. Lionel said that the way Willie navigates the notes is beautiful; adding that he Williezied the song.

Caleb Kennedy returns with an original song for his mom – “Mama Said”. Luke called Caleb a true anomoly; writing songs that sound like they were written by a 50 year old man, not a 15 year old. Calling Caleb gifted, Lionel told Caleb to put the song out right now. Katy said that wearing his heart on his sleeve was awesome.

Arthur Gunn performs the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Simple Man” for his mom. Lionel called Arthur a stylist and has a signature sound. Katy said that she connected with Arthur; adding that the song was great for his voice. Luke reminded Arthur that things are getting tough and to bring it every time.

Grace Kinstler sang one of her mom’s favourtie songs – “When e Were Young” by Adele. Katy said that she was proud of Grace tonight; adding that she has stepped up her game. Luke called it magical…like a movie. Lionel said that it was perfectly done; adding that the delivery was right on point.

Closing out the night of music, Hunter Metts performs a personal request from his mom – his original song “The River”. Luke called the performance incredible; adding that all of the original songs tonight were amazing. Lionel said that Hunter has drifted into professional status. Katy applauded Hunter and all of the original songs.

And finally it is time for the resutls that will reveal the final five…

Ryan Seacrest announced that the vote was really close tonight.

The first singer in the top five is Casey Bishop.

Also moving on to the top five are Grace Kinstler.
Next in the top five is Chayce Beckham.

Also moving on to the top five is Willie Spence.

And the final singer in the top five is Caleb Kennedy!

Arthur Gunn and Hunter Metts have been eliminated from the competition.

Disney Night on Idol…3 Go Home

After taking a week off to make way for the 93rd annual Academy Awards, “American Idol” returns with the top 10 and songs from the Disney songbook in a live simulcast show across the nation.

Sophia gets the night started off with a performance of “A Whole New World”. She is joined the rest of the contestants.

Katy comes out dressed as Tinker Bell.

On a special Monday show two weeks ago, America voted for the comeback singer to join the top 10 and America voted for Arthur Gunn.

After the live cross country vote, three singers will be eliminated at the end of the show.

Television, film, and Broadway actor and musician John Stamos mentored the singers this week from Disney World.

Kicking off the competition with a rousing performance is Caleb Kennedy who sang “Real Gone” by The Cars. Katy said that every time she sees Caleb he has a little more sparkle; adding it was a perfect song choice. Luke said it was a total Caleb the artist look; adding that it was great. Lionel loved that Caleb actually gave them a smile; adding that it was a radiating performance.

Willie Spence sings “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”. During rehearsals, John Stamos had to stand up for Willie’s performance. A smiling Luke said that Willie just made him feel alive; adding that Willie has the magic. Lionel said that Willie has a voice that he could sing the phone book and make it his own; adding that Willie has an incredible delivery. Katy called Willie a bona fide Idol; adding that the performance was brilliant. Katy said that she couldn’t wait to hear Willie sing again.

Deshawn Gonclaves performs the iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” with a Big Band Jazz flair. Deshawn starts out behind the piano. Lionel asked, “who are are you really?” He added that Deshawn is showbusiness. Katy also wanted to know who Desshawn is; adding that he was amazing and unlike she has ever seen before. A grinning Luke noted that Deshawn has blossomed; adding that he is not the same guy who showed up at the audition.

Host Ryan Seacrest reveals that next week along with some special Mother’s Day message, for the first time in Idol history the singers will be performing songs from the Coldplay songbook. In a special message from the band, lead singer Chris Martin noted that they will be mentoring the singers…and maybe he can learn how to sing better.

Casey Bishop sang a stripped down version of “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story”. Clips from the movie aired while Casey sang. Katy said that Casey’s vocals will take her to infinity and beyond; adding that she loves Casey can sing anything. Casey gave Luke goosebumps. Lionel said that Casey is grace beyond her years.

Next up Chayce Beckham chose “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo”. Chayce said that it reminded him of when he was a kid. During the mentoring session John said that Chayce was true and authentic. Luke gave Chayce massive props for bringing the steel guitar to the stage; adding the performance was him with a solid and great performance. Lionel told Chayce to stop thinking that he was here; telling him to enjoy the moment. Katy said that Chaayce took a lullaby and made it a cool song.

Alyssa Wray took on the original princess Cinderella with “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. She begins the song A Cappella. Lionel said that he will have to go back and watch the movie; adding that her dress was on fire. He called it an amazing performance. Katy noted the control was unlike any other; adding that Alyssa is a princess. Luke noted that it was so much fun to watch the singers turn into a work of art; adding that Alyssas did a great job.

Comeback vote winner Arthur Gunn chose the Oscar winning song “Remember Me” from “Coco” but with his own spin on the song. John Stamos called Arthur’s voice stunning. Katy called it one of Arthur’s best performances; adding that it was amazing. Luke called the performance authentic Arthur Gunn. Lionel said that it is the greatest part of being a stylist when a singer can take any sing and make it their own.

Taking a break from the competition, John Batiste performed “It’s All Right” from the Oscar winning animated film “Soul”. He had the house on their feet dancing.

Cassandra Coleman chose “Go the Distance” form Hercules”. Luke called it Cassandra’s most solid performance vocally. Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that she showed the clarity of her voice. Katy noted that Cassandra’s confidence has grown.

Hunter Metts chose “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”. Hunter said that it is his Mom’s favourite song. Lionel said that’s what he was waiting for. Lionel told Hunter to enjoy the stage. Katy said that Hunter sounded great. Luke said that Hunter has a recognizable voice.

The final contestant of the night is Grace Kinstler with “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”. Katy said that Grace had a magic wand in her voice. Luke said that Grace had the eye of the tiger and went beyond.

After the live nationwide vote…

Chayce Beckham is the first singer in the top seven
Casey Bishop is also in the top seven

Willie Spence is in the top seven

Hunter Metts is in the top seven

Caleb Kennedy is in the top seven

Grace Kinstler is in th top seven

and the final singer in the top seven is…Arthur Gunn!

Cassandra Coleman, Alyssa Wray, and Deshawn Gonclaves have all be eliminated from the competition.

Knockouts Conclude on ‘The Voice’

This week on “The Voice” the coaches will complete the knockout rounds with mega mentor Snooop Dogg.

John and Nick have used their steals. Kelly only has one member of her knockout team; while John has three. Nick and Blake each have two team members.

Team Nick gets the night of music started off by pairing Rachel Mac with “Foolish Games” and Zae Romeo with “Electric Love”. In rehearsals, Snoop said that Rachel has a lot of soul. Zae compared being around Snoop was like a visit to the neighbourhood barbershop.

John called Rachel’s high notes beautiful; adding that he felt Zae’s performance. Kelly said that Rachel has a great tone; noting that Zae loses himself in the song and his performance was incredible. Nick said that Zae gave his best performance and noted that Rachel keeps growing. Saying that the decision was very difficult, Nick chose Rachel as the winner of the knockout. Kelly used her steal on Zae.

Kelly paired Kenzie Wheeler with “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and steal Avery Roberson with “Tomorrow”. Avery had Snoop Dogg dancing in his chair. Kenzie had Snoop wanting a beer. Snoop told both guys that they were young and fresh. Blake had to get a good look at Kenzie’s mullet. Kenzie asked Blake if he was going to grow one. Nick said tht it was Avery’s best performance yet; adding that Kenzie brought the party. John felt like Avery was holding something back, but Kenzie is a star and people are going to want to hang out with him. Kelly noted that she thinks Avery doesn’t know how good he is. She said that Kenzie is the kind of perform people want to know. Kelly named Kenzie as the winner of the knockout.

For John’s last pairing, he put Detroit natives Zania Alake iwht “If I Were Your Woman” and Rio Doyle with “Issues”. Snoop noted that both girls have the ability to make music their life.

Kelly said that Zania sang like it was her song; adding that now she has to cover that song. Blake said that he had never seen “Issues” done any better on the show. Nick noted that Rio approached her song like theatre; adding that Zania just had a special moment and is one to watch. John said that both girls made him so proud. John said that Zania delivered a masterful moment. John named Zania Alake as the winner of the knockout.

For his last pairing, Blake put Conor Christian with “Youngblood” and Cam Anthony with “Feeling Good”. Cam brought the coahes to their feet with his performance. Nick noted that Conor has the lead singer for a band voice; but Cam was very impressed. John was jealous of Cam’s performance; adding that he is a true artist. John noted that Conor has a lot of fire. Kelly thought Conor’s tone was cool; but Cam was something special. Blake noted that Conor needs a lot of air with his style of singing; adding that Cam is the king of the mountain. Blake chose Cam as the winner of the knockout.

In a video clip, Nick paired Jose Figueroa and Raine Stern for a battle with Jose winning the knockout.

In the final knockout, Kelly paired Gihanna Zoe “Glitter in the Air” with and Anna Grace with “If I Die Young”. The tears were flowing during rehearsals; Kelly was ready to have tissues in her chair during the performances. Blake noted that this was going to be a hard one for Kelly to choose; noting that both girls are unique. Nick said that Anna made the song her own; adding that Gihanna shows up every week with something different. John liked the confidence in both of the girls. Kelly said that both girls are very powerful in different ways. Kelly chose Gihanna as the winner of the knockout. The only coach with a steal remaining, Blake pushed his button for Anna.

Team Kelly:
Corey Ward
Zae Romeo – steal
Kenzie Wheeler
Gihanna Zoe

Team Legend:
Ryleigh Modig – steal
Pia Renee
Victor Solomon
Zania Alake

Team Blake:
Jordan Matthew Young
Pete Mroz
Cam Anthony
Anna Grace – steal

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Andrew Marshall – steal
Rachel Mac
Jose Figueroa Jr

The knockout teams are filled and ready for the live performances but now it is time for the fans to have the first vote of the season with the four way knockout battle between the four singers the coaches saved during the battle rounds.

Nick save Devin Blake Jones chose “Sign of the Times”.

Kelly save Savannah Woods chose “Black Hole Sun”.

Blake save Emma Caroline chose “Neon Moon”.

John save Carolina Rial chose “Anyone”.

The winner of the fan vote will be revealed at the beginning of next week’s live show.

Idol Comeback Performances

Last year, the world of entertainment was turned upside down with the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic that locked down businesses all over the world including music, concerts, and television production.  Just as “American Idol” was preparing for the live shows, all in person productions were brought to a halt. 

Idol finished out the season by providing all of the finalists with lighting and cameras to stream their performances live with the judges commenting on the performances from their homes.

Since they missed out on any of the live shows last season, Idol has brought back some of those finalists to perform on the Idol stage.  Fans cast their votes for the singer they like the best with the winner moving on to fill out the top 10 for season four on ABC of “American Idol”.

Kicking of the Comeback Show performances is Cyniah Elise who sang “Edge of Midnight”.  Noting the plot twist, Katy loved the runs at the end; adding that Cyniah did a good job.  Luke said that it was fun to see Cyniah’s stage presence.  Lionel was happy to see Cyniah on the stage.

Next up was Nick Merico singing his original song “City Lights”.  Luke said that it showed who Nick wanted to be as an artist; adding that for him Nick didn’t knock it out of the park.  Lionel loved the dancing and how Nick commanded the stage.  Katy noted that Nick has taken the time to find his own personality on stage.

Aliana Jester sang the Lady Gaga song “I’ll Never Love Again”.  Lionel said that Aliana handled it with grace and poise.  Katy said that she didn’t recognize Aliana; adding it was like watching a Divas show.  Luke called the performance elegant and beautiful.

School of Rock teacher Franklin Boone rocked the house with “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot.  Katy noted that Franklin threw them a curve ball.  Luke noted that the big stage and lights are bringing out different things.  Lionel commended Franklin on taking a chance. 

Faith Becnel takes on Janis Joplin with “Cry Baby” – a song she sang last season but messed up and forgot some of the lyrics.  Luke noted that he was a fan of her; adding that it was a great song choice.  Lionel noted to all of the singers that coming back, they were all winners.  Katy noted that one of the biggest remarks from last season was a lack of balance; adding that what she saw tonight was balance.

Taking a break from the competition, Idol alum and Jazz legend Harry Connick Jr returns with a medley of songs from his album “Alone with My Faith” – an album he wrote and recorded during the lock down; performing every instrument including percussion, keyboards, tuba, and trumpet.

Last season runner up and Nepal native Arthur Gunn returns to perform the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris”.  Lionel said that Arthur stuck the right chords with him; adding that his voice is immediately recognizable.  Katy loves that Arthur goes his own way; adding that he is authentic.  Luke said that in a room where everybody is overstated, Arthur can walk out and be recognized.  The song choice was a last minute decision for Arthur.

DeWayne Crocker Jr returned with a performance of “Voice of God”.  DeWayne said that faith is a big part of his life.  Katy said that DeWayne looked like an artist; adding that he connected with the audience.  Luke said that it was great seeing DeWayne again; adding it was a solid vocal and a great song choice.  Lionel said that DeWayne has clearly stepped into the light; adding that DeWayne had their attention from the beginning.

Last season’s judge’s save Makayla Phillips sang “Anyone” by Demi Lovato.   Luke called it a wonderful performance.  Lionel said that Makayla has a signature high end to her voice; adding they felt the performance.  Katy noted how Makayla kept building in the song.

Idol alum and award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle returns to perform “Look Up Child”.

Olivia Ximines promises a dance break during her performance of “Say Yes”.  Lionel said that Olivia danced into their lives last year; adding that she has the ability to make everyone smile.  He called her performance amazing.  Katy called the performance the complete package; adding that she was meant for the stage.  Luke said that Olivia makes everyone feel comfortable in her world; adding that she has show business dialed in.

Closing out the night of comeback music is Louis Knight who as a songwriter, chose one of his own songs – “Maybe That” – for his comeback performance.  Katy said that Louis came out and bared his soul; adding that she felt the song.  Luke noted that Louis showed tremendous growth; adding it felt like a real show.  Lionel commended Louis on becoming a great songwriter.  Louis called the performance a dream come true.  Louis began writing the song during the auditions last year.

Idol fans have the rest of the week to cast their votes as to which one of the 10 comeback singers will join the season four top 10.

Idol returns on May 2 to reveal the top 10 who will sing songs from the Disney songbook.






Knockout Rounds Begin on ‘The Voice’

This week on “The Voice” the knockout rounds begin with surprise super mentor Snoop Dogg himself to help the coaches mentor their teams.  Known largely as a rapper, Snoop Dogg is a producer and collaborator that has won numerous awards.

And after taking a couple of weeks off due to illness, Kelly Clarkson returns after Kelsea Ballerini sat in.

And the steal returns…each coach will get one change to steal an eliminated singer.

First up is Team Kelly with Ryleigh Modig singing “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon and Corey Ward singing one of Kelly’s own songs “Already Gone”. In rehearsals Snoop Doog told Ryleigh to make herself one of the instruments; adding let the music find her and to make them feel what she is saying.  Snoop Dogg said that Corey gave him chills.  Kelly said that Corey did the song the way it should have been done; adding that he did it better than she did. 

Blake said that both singers did incredible.  Nick noted that they set the bar very high and what a way to kick off the knockout rounds.  John noted that Corey made Kelly’s song his own.  Kelly said that it was exciting to see them both perform in person.  A stressed Kelly chose Corey as the winner of the knockout.  Nick and John pushed their buttons together to steal; and then came Blake for a triple steal attempt.  Ryleigh chose John to be her new coach.

Next up, Blake puts Ethan Lively and Jordan Matthew Young for a knockout battle.  Snoop Dogg told Blake that he loves Country music.  Snoop feel in love with Ethan after hearing him talk.  Ethan chose “Help Me Hold On” by Travis Tritt and Jordan chose to sing “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crows.  Snoop said that Ethan is what Country music is supposed to be.  Snoop suggested a talking moment in the song; adding that it’s old school country.  Blake said that Jordan’s voice sounded incredible on the song.  Snoop told Jordan to channel some Snoop Dogg when he opens the song. 

Nick thought both performances were strong.  John said that Ethan has a cool voice and Jordan was in the zone.  Kelly called Ethan special; adding that Jordan’s performance was well thought out.  Blake wished that he could have taken a sick day because having to decide sucked.  Blake said that he was going with who he thought was ready now and chose Jordan as the winner of the knockout.  No one chose to steal Ethan.

Snoop Dogg jammed a little with the band.

John paired up Pia Renee with “What the World Needs Now is Love” and Ciana Pelekai with “Cause I Love You” by Lizzo.  Pia revealed that as they were gathering for the battle rounds that her mother passed away.  Snoop said that Pia made him think that Whitney was up there.  Snoop gave Ciana a little advise on how to rap on the song. 

Kelly called Pia’s performance beautiful and authentic.  Blake loved the performances.  Nick said that he felt like he was listening to Whitney with Pia’s performance.  John said that Pia’s performance was flawless; especially knowing what the song meant to her.  John chose Pia as the winner of the knockout. 

Nick paired Dana Monique chose the Ike and Tina Turner song “Nutbush City Limits” and steal Keegan Ferrell with “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations.  Keegan heard the song as a child with his dad.  Snoop noted that some of the best singers in the world have sung that song.  Snoop said that he felt Tina in the house; adding that Dana needs to sing how she feels and move. 

John called it excellent song choices.  Kelly loves Keegan’s tone; adding that Dana channeled all the people she loves.  Blake noted that Keegan never felt happier with that song; adding that Dana has a ton of talent.  Nick noted that Keegan has a phenomenal voice; adding that Dana is an unbelievable vocalist.  Nick chose Dana as the winner of the knockout.

For John’s next pairing, Victor Solomon sang “My Girl” by The Temptations – a song John said his dad always sang to his mom – and steal Gean Garcia with “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran.  Snoop was up dancing during the rehearsal; saying it was like he had never heard the song before.  John said that Gean has a beautiful voice.  Snoop told him to relax and engage the audience.

It wasn’t long before Victor had John out of his chair dancing during his performance.  Kelly called the performances amazing.  Blake was drawn to Gean’s performance but Victor really got his attention.  Nick said that they both did a great job.  John was happy with the performances.  John chose Victor as the winner of the knockout. 

In the final pairing of the night, Blake paired Pete Mroz with “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi and Blake steal Andrew Marshall with “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.  Snoop told Andrew to make them feel the song.  Snoop told Pete to channel a rapper with some of his lyrics.

Nick said that he didn’t know who to pick.  John thought that it was very close to being even.  Kelly said that there was something special about Pete; adding that Andrew’s voice was magical.  Blake said that this one was tough; adding that both guys had great moments.  Blake chose Pete as the winner of the knockout.

Before Andrew could say anything about being with Blake, Nick pushed his button to steal Andrew and bring him back to his team after loosing him in the battle rounds.

Team Kelly:
Corey Ward

Team Legend:
Ryleigh Modig – steal
Pia Renee
Victor Solomon

Team Blake:
Jordan Matthew Young
Pete Mroz

Tean Nick:
Dana Monique
Andrew Marshall – steal

Idol Goes to the Movies

Last week on “American Idol”, the top 24 contestants performed and in a special Monday night episode, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the top 12 singers.

On the Monday results show, Ryan Seacrest announced that Wyatt Pike left the show for what was later announced as personal reasons.

Former Idol judge Paula Abdul sat in for Luke Bryan after the Country music star tested positive for the Covid virus.

This week the top 12 will become nine in the first across the country simulcast with live voting. On Monday finalists from last season who never got to take the Idol stage due the the virus and lock down rules will take the stage with one of them joining the 2021 singers to fill out the top 10.

Gearing up for the annual Academy Awards presentation next week, the theme for tonight’s performances is songs from Oscar winning and nominated songs.

Idol judge Lionel Richie opens the show with a performance of his Oscar winning hit “Say You Say Me”.

After a week off for Covid, Luke Bryan returns to join fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

First up is Grace Kinstler for a performance of “Happy” by Pharrell. Katy said that Grace can sing the telephone book. Katy wondered what kind of record Grace would make and what kind of artist she is. Happy to be back, Luke liked the way Grace commanded the stage; adding that he loved hearing her voice. Lionel noted that Grace was in control; adding that she needs to pick songs that demonstrate who she is.

Ava August chose “City of Stars” from “La La Land”. Mentor Bobby Bones said that Ava is a singer far beyond her years. Bobby gave the 15 year old a driving lesson in the golf cart. Luke noted that Ava’s moments are amazing; adding her performance was incredible. Lionel said that Ava has managed to appear as if she been singing her whole life. Katy noted that she has socks older than Ava; adding that she wants her to BE 15.

Country boy Caleb Kennedy took on Willie Nelson with “On the Road Again”. Bobby took Caleb fishing and told him to channel the feeling while he was on the stage. Last week Caleb performed without his hat, this week the hat is back. Caleb had the house on their feet dancing…including the judges. Lionel called the performance fantastic; adding that they couldn’t wait to get back on the road again. Lionel said that if Caleb keeps it up, he will be on the road for a long time. Katy said that Caleb sounded great; adding it was so cool when Caleb invited them to join in. Luke noted that Caleb didn’t over sing; adding it was his best performance. Luke said that Caleb chose a great song.
Hunter Metts performs “Falling Slowly” from “Lost”. After some rousing applause, Katy said that it was his best performance ever. Hunter was very emotional after his performance. Katy called it an incredible song choice and connected with them. Luke said that it was intense for him watching; adding that Hunter took him on a crazy ride of emotions. Luke said that Hunter’s falsettos were some of the best he has heard on the show. Lionel related a time he forgot the lyrics and the audience took over. Hunter thought he messed up, but all of the judges and Ryan said that he did not mess up, he was emotional and perfect.

Madison Watkins takes on Whitney Houston with “Run to You” from “The Bodyguard”. Luke said that Madison always gives solid performances. Lionel said that she knocked it out of the park. Katy called it an A level performance; adding that Madison played the favourites.

Chayce Beckham chose the Bryan Adams song “Everything I Do (I Do for You)” from “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”. Lionel said that Chayce found himself in the second half of the song. Katy noted that there are a lot of young ladies thinking the song was just for them. Luke was so inspired by Chayce’s growth since the auditions; adding that he thinks Chayce is the front runner.

Judges save Beane performs “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing”. Beane put his own spin on the song and opened with the guitar and sitting on a stool before getting up to dance around the stage as he sang. Katy noted that she saw another side of Beane; adding the performance was cool. Katy said that Beane is ready for the stage.

Alyssa Wray chose “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. Lionel called Alyssa a subtle force; adding that when the guns go off, they know it will be amazing.
Ryan announced that the nine remaining singers will go to Disney World in Florida after the show.

Deshawn Goncalves took on the iconic Barbra Streisand with “The Way We Were” from the film “The Way We Were”. Luke called the performance beautiful, classic, and classy; adding that he was caught up in the moment. When Luke couldn’t find the words, Katy mentioned Luther Vandross.

Casey Bishop performed the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” made famous by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. Katy noted that Casey can do anything she wants; adding that Casey is the front runner. Luke said that Casey came out and gave another side of herself. Lionel said that it is one of his favourite songs. Lionel wonders what the DNA is made of from the 16 year old; adding that going from rock to Judy Garland is incredible.

Cassandra Coleman performed the Sam Smith song “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre”. Luke said it was some of the most amazing stuff he has heard on the show. Lionel said that Cassandra brings them in. Katy told Cassandra that she isn’t what the world thinks of her but what she thinks of her.

The final performance of the night was from Willie Spence with a gospel inspired song from “Harriet” with “Stand Up” performed by Cynthia Erivo. Cynthia sent him a video message of thanks and encouragement. Standing, Lionel had a few words for Willie, “Amen, religious experiece, and you delivered the goods”. Katy called the performance powerful. Luke said that Willie taught him to never use the word front runner until the whole show is done.

After the nationwide voting, Ryan revealed the nine singers who would be moving on to the top 10…
Grace Kinstler
Casey Bishop
Willie Spence
Alyssa Wray
Caleb Kennedy
Deshawn Goncalves
Chayce Beckham
Cassandra Coleman
and Hunter Metts

Ava, Madison, and Beane have been eliminated from the competition.

On Monday, the comeback show where singers from last season will compete for the final spot in the top 10.

To 12 Revealed on Idol

On Sunday’s episode of “American Idol”, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the top eight singers from the top 12 that performed last week. Each of the top 16 performed once again for fan votes.

On the Monday episode, Ryan will reveal the top 10 vote getters; plus two more singers chosen by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

On Monday morning, Luke Bryan announced that he has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Luke is at home and sitting in for him is Idol alum Paula Abdul.

Paula compared the top 16 to the Grammy’s Best New Artist.

With no further explanation, Ryan announced that Wyatt Pike has withdrawn for the competition.

Ryan reveals the top 10 singers in no particular order.

The first singer in the top 10 is Casey Bishop who performs “House of the Rising Sun”.

Colin Jamieson is in the danger zone and will have to sing for his life in hopes of earning one of the two judges choices. He sang “Waves”. Lionel said that Colin did exactly what he was supposed to do. Katy noted that Colin has grown so much; adding that all of his performances are like a celebration. Paula said that she enjoyed watching Colin because of his passion; adding that he made her smile.


Ryan revealed that the difference between votes with some of the singers was less than 900 votes.

Next up to learn their results was Deshawn Gonclves who has made it into the top 10. Donning a gold jacket, Deshawn took on the great Stevie Wonder with “Higher Ground”. He had Paula out of her seat dancing. It wasn’t long before Katy and Lionel were out of their seats too.

Cassandra Coleman is also in the top 10. She sang “Light On” by Maggie Rogers.

Caleb Kennedy is the next person to learn his fate. Normally seen wearing a hat, Ryan didn’t recognize him at first. Caleb chose an original song after learning that is in the top 10. The song “Nowhere” is one Caleb had started before his audition and has recently finished. Lionel said that Caleb has become a great songwriter. Paula called Caleb extremely talented.

Long time Idol alum Randy Jackson Facetimed Ryan on his ipad. He called all of the judges amazing.

Next week, Idol will broadcast live across the country with real time voting.

Madison Watkins is in danger and will have to sing for her life with “Hotline Bling” by Drake. Lionel said that it was very clear to him that she was singing for her career and put it all out on the floor. Katy noted that Madison came out and brought the light. Paula called Madison extraordinary; adding that her voice is like an old friend.

Next up is Ava August who is moving on to the top 10. The youngest singer in the competition at 15, she chose the Queen song “Love of My Life”. Lionel said that Ava makes him forget that she is 15; adding she sings like a long time pro. He said that she owned the song. Paula said that Ava leaves her speechless; adding that she reaches notes that don’t exist.

Luke sent a text message saying that he misses them and being sick stinks.

In the next results, Beane learns that he is in the danger zone. He sang “Grow as We Go” in hopes of earning one of the judges spots in the top 12. After bringing the judges to their feet, Lionel noted that Beane has grown into his artistry; adding that Beane gave a stellar performance. Saying there is only one Beane, Katy said that she is a card carrying “Beanie Baby”. Paula also admitted that she is a Beane fan; adding that he shines like a spotlight.

Chayce Beckham has earned a spot into the top 10. Singing his audition song; Chayce performed “What Brings Life Also Kills”. Katy said that Luke texted her saying, “dang I’m still not that cool”.

Ryan announced that in a two night event, the top 12 become nine and then on Monday 10 of the finalists from last season will return to perform live on the stage after having to perform from their homes last season and fans will vote one of them to join the lineup for this season to fill out the top 10.

Alyssa Wray is the next singer to learn her fate and will join the top 10. She chose to sing the Michael Masser and Linda Creed song “The Greatest Love of All” originally made a hit by George Benson. Alyssa chose to sing the Whitney Housston version of the song. Alyssas got a message from her idol Jennifer Hudson. Paula said that Alyssa looked like a pro. She advised Alyssa to pick songs that let her shine.

Next up was Alanis Sophia is not in the top 10 and will have to sing for her life with “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato. Lionel wondered how Alanis could hear that news and then give such a performance. He told her not to judge herself or think while she is performing. Katy said that she uses her rejections to fuel her fire. An impressed Paula agreed with Lionel of don’t think, just sing; adding to give it her all.

And then there were four…

Willie Spence blew the house away with his performance on Sunday night and earned his way into the top 10. Willie’s choir room performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna went viral back in 2017; tonight he performs it live for the first time. Willie had his fellow contestants and the judges on their feet during hs performance. Katy called Willie brilliant; adding that he has an old soul vibe.

Only Grace, Hunter, and Graham remain…

Grace Kinstler is moving on to the top 10. She chose to sing “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. Lionel said that Grace has an amazing attitude on stage; adding that it was an oh my god performance.



It’s down to Hunter and Graham…two great friends.

Hunter Metts is the final singer in the top 10 and sang the Bonnie Raitt song “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Paula noted that Hunter’s vocals are very distinct; adding that she is a big fan. She noted that the whole night has been incredible.


In the final performance of the night, Graham Defranco sings for his life with “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell. Lionel asked Graham if he understood what he has done; adding that he is punching his way to the future. Katy said that she thinks Graham got very close; adding that she thinks he has finally taken flight. Paula called Graham’s voice so comforting; adding that it was like butter…so smooth.

After the judges deliberation…

Lionel announced that after a tough evening that Madison Watkins is moving on to join the top 10.

The final spot in the top 12 is….
Saying that based on tonight’s performance, Katy announced in a unanimous decision Beane is in the top 12.

Colin Jamieson, Alanis Sophia, and Graham Defranco has been eliminated from the competition.

Battles Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final week of the Battle rounds on season 20 of “The Voice”.

Kelly and Nick have both used their save and their steal for this round. Blake still have his steal and John still has his save.

Team Legend gets the night of music started off with Deion Warren and Victor Solomon for “You Got it Bad” by Usher. John got Brandy to give him a little help in mentoring the singers. Nick said that the guys reminded why he had pushed for them in the blinds; adding that he loves both of them. Kelsea said that she felt like she was at a show. A happy coach, John called it a fantastic performance that was entertaining. John chose Victor as the winner of the battle.

Team Kelly, with a little help form Luis Fonsi, paired Anna Grace and Ainae for a battle of the Amy Winehouse song “”You Know I’m No Good”. Blake said that they did a great job. Nick said that hearing Ainae’s voice on a record would be fun. John enjoyed hearing them both. Kelsea noted that Kelly loves both of the girls. Kelsea named Anna Grace as the winner of the battle.

Nick got some help from Darren Criss with a pairing of Andrew Marshall and Raine Stern for a battle of “Adore You” by Harry Styles. John felt that Andrew was, “in the pocket”. Nick noted that this one was tough. He agreed with the other coaches that Andrew did a better job of the song. Saying that they both deserve to be there, Nick chose Raine as the winner of the battle. Blake used his steal on Andrew. There are no more steals for this round.

Blake paired up Savannah Chestnut and Pete Mroz for a battle of “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hyatt. Blake brought in Dan + Shay to help mentor his team. Blake noted that Pete was a great singer 25 years ago when they were in a band together and he is still a great singer. Blake chose Pete as the winner of the battle. Blake’s team is complete.

For her last pairing, Kelly chose JD Casper and Kenzie Wheeler for a battle of “Fishin’ in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Blake noted that it was such a fun song to sing and stands the test of time. Nick said that Kenzie feels like he jumped out of a time machine; adding that JD is a wonderful artist. John noted htat both guys sound like they know who they are. Kelsea said that she enjoyed the performance. Kelsea named Kenzie as the winner of the battle. Kelly’s team is now full.

For his final pairing, Nick put Bradley Sinclair and Rachel Mac for a battle of “Your Song” by Sir Elton John. John called the performance beautiful; adding it was what music was supposed to feel like. Kelsea said that she wished Kelly could have felt the performance in the room. Nick said that they both just gave the best performance of the battle rounds. Saying that both of them were amazing and deserve to be in the competition, Nick chose Rachel as the winner of the battle.

In the final pairing of the battle rounds, John put Carolina Rial and Rio Doyle for a song he said that he has wanted to do on the show for a while – “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye and Kimbra. During rehearsals Brandy said that they sang from their souls and moved her. Kelsea called both singers incredible. Nick called both singers exceptional. John loved the confidence and composure of the teens. Saying that it was a tough decision, John chose Rio as the winner of the battle. John used his save on Carolina.

All the teams are full and the knock out rounds begin next week…with a big surprise super mentor!

Battle Round winners:
Team Kelly:
Ryleigh Modig
Avery Robertson – steal
Gihanna Zoe
Corey Ward
Savanna Woods – save
Anna Grace
Kenzie Wheeler

Team Legend:
Gean Garcia – steal
Pia Renee
Zania Make
Ciana Pelekai
Victor Solomon
Rio Doyle
Carolina Rial – save

Team Blake:
Connor Christian
Ethan Lively
Cam Anthony
Emma Caroline – save
Jordan Matthew Young
Andrew Marshall – steal
Pete Mroz

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devin Blake Jones – save
Jose Figueroa Jr
Keegan Ferrell – steal
Zae Romeo
Raine Stern
Rachel Mac

Top 16 Revealed on Idol

The top 24 artists have performed their solos and celebrity duets on “American Idol”. And now it is up to the fans to cast their votes and choose the top 16. One third of the singers will be sent home by the end of the show.

The top 24 performed over two nights. Host Ryan Seacrest will be announcing the top eight vote getters from each night.

The first singer moving on to the top 16 is Alyssa Wray who performs the Roberta Flack hit “Killing Me Softly with His Song”. Katy said that the performance was totally a vibe; adding that she was an actual artist. Agreeing with Katy, Luke called it a great song choice. Lionel noted that it was down ot confidence; adding that it was a stellar performance.

The next singer moving into the top 16 is survey pilot Graham Defranco who performed the Frank Sinatra song “That’s Life”. Luke noted that Graham is the guy who can’t believe he is here; adding that Graham has a timeless voice. Lionel noted that the crowd feeds off of Graham having fun. Katy said that Graham picked the best song for his voice; adding that he has an incredible voice.

The next singer moving on to the next round is Grace Kinstler who sang “Elastic Heart” by Sia. Standing, Lionel called Grace a force to be reckoned with; adding that she draws them into her performances. Katy noted that Grace can sing everything. Luke said that Grace has an amazing voice.

Ryan Seacrest named Alonis Sophia who chose to perform “The Story by Brandi Carlile. Katy thought it was a great song choice for her voice. Luke noted that it was a rangy song. Lionel wanted to know if they witnessed an explosion; adding that Alonis needs to learn how to work the stage.

The next singer into the top 16 is Willie Spence who sang “The Prayer” with Katherine McPhee for his duet last week. This week, Willie chose to sing the Adele song “Set Fire to the Rain”. Luke said that the coolest thing Willie did was suck them in. Lionel stood and said that God took control; adding that tit was close to a Donnie Hathaway, Luther Vandross moment and brilliant! Katy said that Willie was possessed in a Godly way.

Next in the top 16 is Deshawn Goncalves who took on the iconic “Feeling Good” and began the song A Cappella before playing the piano. He brought the judges to their feet with his performance. Lionel noted that the hardest thing for a singer is to open with a cold start; adding that he owned the piano as well. Katy said that Deshawn went to the next level with his performance. Luke said that Deshawn put it all together. Ryan asked if the 16 year old had any butterflies with that cold start. Deshawn said absolutely.

The next singer in the top 16 is street singer Wyatt Pike who sang the Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody”. Katy noted that Wyatt looked so nervous; adding that he is an authentic singer songwriter. Luke said that Wyatt is going to be able to do music for the rest of his life. Lionel noted that Wyatt has a style on stage that makes them want to watch; adding that Wyatt made the song his own. Katy wants to hear Wyatt sing something to make them cry. Wyatt said that he would like to do that.

The final singer from the top 12 on last Sunday night is Cassandra Coleman. She chose to sing the Chris Isaak hit “Wicked Game”. Luke said that her verses were incredible but needs to soar more on the choruses. Lionel noted that the key word is confidence; adding don’t concentrate, just sing. Katy said that she would love to see what would happen on a tour.

Alana, Cecil, Andrea, and Anilee have all been eliminated from the competition.

The first singer from the top 12 on Monday night’s performances is Caleb Kennedy. The 16 year old Country singer chose the Chris Stapleton song “Midnight Train to Memphis”. Lionel said that he is convinced Caleb has ice water in his veins; adding he gave a great performance. Katy noted that Caleb has a grit and is becoming an outlaw. Luke noted that Caleb has a course he wants to follow and is doing a great job.

Next up is rocker Colin Jamieson who chose to perform the Tears for Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. Colin had the audience clapping and dancing along. Katy said that Colin is an incredible vocalist. Luke noted that Colin was working the camera; adding that he “sang his butt off”. Lionel noted that it is called show business; adding that Colin was having fun on stage.

The next singer moving into the top 16 is Casey Bishop who sang the Soundgarden song “Black Hole Sun”. Luke noted that Casey can sing anything; adding her performance was impressive. Lionel said that it is fascinating to watch Casey; asking where is the extra pair of lungs. Katy called it the best performance from Casey so far.

Continuing to build the top 16, Madison Watkins is the next to perform. She chose “Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles. Lionel said that Madison gave a perfect presentation. Katy was surprised; saying that she was locked from the first few notes; adding it was her best performance. Luke said that Madison gave a flawless vocal performance.

Bean is lucky number 13 in the list of 16 singers. Beane chose to perform “Searching for a Feeling”. Katy said that Beane showed another side of himself. Luke noted that he thinks America wants to be entertained and Bean gave that to them. Lionel said that watching Beane perform is inviting.

The next singer moving to the top 16 is Hunter Metts performed “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Luke said that Hunter really dug in; adding no one sounds like Hunter. Lionel agreed with Luke. Katy said that Hunter gave them growl which was impressive.

Next into the top 16 is 15 year old Ava August who sang “2002” by Ann Marie. Lionel said that he is going to declare Ava 15 and dangerous. Katy reminded Ava that classic always turmps cool…and Ava is classic. Luke told Ava not to forget the classic and grace.

The final singer in the top 16 is Chayce Beckham who chose to sing “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley and Wailers. Chayce sat on a stool and played his guitar as he sang the classic raggae song. Katy said that Chayce checks all the boxes. Luke said that the count off was the coolest thing; adding he can deliver. Lionel said that if you can identify with real, then America will fall in love…and they did.

Jason, Mary Jo, Llahona, and Hannah have all been eliminated from the competition.

On Monday’s results show the top 12 will be revealed – 10 by fan vote and two selected by the judges.




Top 24 Perform on Idol, pt 2

On the Sunday episode of “American Idol”, 12 of the top 24 singers took to the stage for a solo performance and a duet with an all star artist.

Tonight, the remaining 12 will take the stage for their turn to perform; first a solo and an all star duet before a live audience.

The top eight vote getters from each night will be revealed next Sunday for the 16 singers remaining of the hundreds who came for the auditions.

The judges can express their opinions, but now it is all up to the fans.

First up is Jason Warrior with “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd and brought the judges to their feet.  Jason joins PJ Morton for a performance of “How Deep is Your Love” by The Bee Gees that again brought the judges to their feet.  Katy called it the best solo and duet performance she has heard so far.  Luke called it good old fashioned entertainment.  Lionel said that it doesn’t get any better than what Jason just did.  Host Ryan Seacrest said what a way to start the show.

Madison Watkins performed “Holy” before joining Idol alum Tori Kelly for a performance of the Stevie Wonder song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”.  Luke called Madison a natural entertainer; adding that she really showcased her voice.  Lionel noted how Madison reacted to Tori, not just sang the words.  Katy called the performance a show of vocal Olympics.

Beane takes the stage for a performance of “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.  Beane shared the stage with international star Josh Groban for a performance of “Angels” by Robbie Williams.  The performance had the house on their feet and Lionel yelling yes.  Lionel said that they noticed exactly what he was doing.  Katy said that Beane has incredible artistic vision; adding that she would sign him.  Luke noted that Beane is growing in every round of the show.

Hannah Everhart sang “ I Was Wrong” by Chris Stapleton before taking the stage with award winning Country music star Jason Aldean for a performance of “She’s Country”.  The duo had Katy up dancing and Luke singing along.  Katy appreciated the risks Hannah took in her solo.  Luke said that it was fun watching Hannah grow.  Lionel agreed with his fellow judges; adding that she held her own with Jason Aldean.

Mary Jo Young sang the Ed Sheeran song “Castle on the Hill” before taking the stage with platinum selling artist Jewel for a performance of “Foolish Games”.  Luke said that he was proud of Mary Jo.  Lionel said that Mary Jo represented her generation.  Katy said that Mary Jo is legitimately becoming an artist before their eyes.

Next up is Chayce Beckham with “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran.  For his duet, Chayce joins Incubus front man Brandon Boyd for “Drive” by Incubus.  Chayce is the first contestant that plays an instrument – guitar – on his duet.  Lionel said that Chayce has a magical voice; adding that Chayce needs to engage the audience.  Katy called Chayce a bona fide musical artist.  Luke noted that Chayce is just naturally cool.

Colin Jamieson sang the Bruno Mars song “Locked Out of Heaven” before taking the stage with Tori Kelly for a performance of “Hollow”.  Katy said that Colin looked like he performs 300 shows a year.  Luke called Colin infectious with his having fun.  Lionel said that Colin has the secret, performing like he is in his living room and they just stopped by.  Ryan said that Colin is seamless.

Llahona Olayan sang “Just Friends” before taking the stage with PJ Morton for a performance of Morton’s song “Say So” and brought the judges to their feet.  Luke said that Llahona is radio ready.  Lionel said that she has come so far since the first time they saw her.  Katy agreed that Llahona is radio ready.

The youngest singer remaining in the competition, Ava August performs “drivers license”.  The 15 year old performed the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now” with Josh Groban.  Lionel said that Ava is singing far past her age.  Katy called Ava an old soul.  Luke said that watching Ava and Josh Groban was like watching Judy Garland.

Caleb Kennedy chose The Allman Brothers classic “Midnight Rider” for his solo performance.  The 16 year old joined up with Jason Aldean for a duet performance of “Fly Over States”.   The 16 year old revealed that the song came out when he was in kindergarten.  Katy said that Caleb is authentically himself.  Luke thought that “Midnight Rider” showcased him better.  Lionel said that Caleb has been possessed by an old country man; adding that he has so much promise in his future.

Hunter Metts sang “Chandelier” by Sia before he joined Jewel for a performance of “Who Will Save Your Soul”; a song Jewel said that she wrote when she was 16.  Luke said that the beauty of Hunter is that he has an undeniable voice.  Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that Hunter has everything he needs to be a super star.  Katy fells that Hunter is judging himself against others; adding he has a voice of his own.

The final performance of the top 24 is Casey Bishop with “Decode” by Paramore.  Brandon Boyd returns to perform another song from the Incubus songbook “Wish You Were Here”.  Lionel wondered what America was going to do with all the talent this year; adding that Casey owned the stage.  Katy told Casey to grasp it.  Saying that Casey needs to listen to Katy, Luke noted that Casey is a 16 year old girl trying to bring rock back.



Battles Continue on ‘The Voice’

It’s week two of the battle rounds on “The Voice” with Kelsea Ballarini continuing to sit in for an ailing Kelly Clarkson.

Team Blake gets the night of music kicked off with Cam Anthony and Emma Caroline with a performance of “10,000 Hours” by Team Blake mentors Dan + Shay.  In rehearsals Dan + Shay noted that Cam and Emma did a better job than the original.  Nick said that the duo did very nice. John said that Emma has a lovely tone; adding that Cam sings win fire and conviction.  Kelsea noted that Emma’s voice is her superpower; adding that Cam is impressive on stage.  Coach Blake called Emma an incredible vocalist and Cam looks like he was born to be on the stage.  The winner of the battle is Cam.  Blake used his save on Emma as she was walking away. 

Last week Kelly/Kelsea and John used their only steal of the round and Nick used his save.

Kelly paired up Halley Grace and Gihanna Zoe for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.  Talking with mentor Luis Fonsi, Kelly said that she could never cover “Despacito”.  Luis noted that the pairing was going to be a girl power battle.  Blake said that Halley’s voice is really different; adding that Gihanna has a voice older than her age.  Nick said that Halley has all the makings of a great singer and he told Gihanna that if he closed his eyes, he could imagine Beyonce.  John called Halley interesting and Gihanna is fantastic.  Kelsea said that Kelly loves both of the singers.  Kelsea called Gihanna a technically perfect singer; adding that Halley is quirky…and that is a good thing.  Kelsea chose Gihanna as the winner of the battle. 

John paired Zania Make and Durell Anthony for “Emotions” originally recorded by The Bee Gees.  The singers were shocked to see Brandy was their mentor.  Brandy called them amazing singers.  John told the singers that they wanted their artists to be great storytellers; as well as, good singers.  John have them a standing ovation.  Kelsea said that they complimented each other well; adding that she was blown away.  Blake said that they sounded great.  Nick called the song choice brilliant.  John loves Durell’s falsetto voice; adding that Zania has poise and grace.  Saying that both singers were wonderful, John chose Zania as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired Jordan Matthew Young and Keegan Ferrell for a battle of “Calling All Angels” by Train.  There were a lot of wows from the coaches after the performances.  John enjoyed the performance.  Kelsea also enjoyed the performance.  Blake called both of the guys incredible.  Blake chose Jordan as the winner of the battle.  Nick pushed his button to steal Keegan.  Jordan was glad that Keegan got stolen.  Nick is the first coach to use both his save and steal.

Nick paired up Lindsay Joan and Zae Romeo for a performance of “Rewrite the Stars”.  Nick brought in actor/musician Darren Criss as his guest mentor.  Lindsay and Zae threw each other kisses before they sang.  John called it a powerful duet; adding that seeing them soar together was a sight to behold.  Kelsea called it an interesting song choice.  Nick called the performance a learning opportunity for them; adding that he was honoured to coach them.  Nick chose Zae as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip…
John paired Denisha Dalton and Ciana Pelekai for a battle with Ciana taking the win.

In the final battle of the night, Kelly paired Corey Ward and Savanna Woods for a battle of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.  Savanna said that they expected to be paired together for a battle.  In rehearsals, Kelly said that she has never seen two people more destined to form a band.  Luis called them the real deal.  Blake said that they both did great.  Nick called them both special artists.  John noted that it appeared both singers loved being on the stage.  Kelsea said that they made the song their own.  Kelsea chose Corey as the winner of the battle.  Kelsea pushed her button to save Savanna after getting a text from Kelly.

Next week the battles will conclude.

Battle Round winners:
Team Kelly:
Ryleigh Modig
Avery Robertson – steal
Gihanna Zoe
Corey Ward
Savanna Woods – save

Team Legend:
Gean Garcia – steal
Pia Renee
Zania Make
Ciana Pelekai

Team Blake:
Connor Christian
Ethan Lively
Cam Anthony
Emma Caroline – save
Jordan Matthew Young

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devin Blake Jones – save
Jose Figueroa Jr
Keegan Ferrell – steal

Zae Romeo

Top 24 on Idol, pt 1

Last week Lionel, Luke, and Katy revealed the top 24 singers to move on and to perform before a live audience and fan votes, “American Idol” has brought in some all star performers to join the top 24 to perform once in a lifetime duets.

After having to stay home last week due to a possible Covid-19 exposure, Lionel returns to join his fellow judges in the theatre.

On Sunday 12 of the singers will take the stage where fans will vote for their favourites.  Eight of the 12 will move on.

For the first time in two years, Idol singers will perform before a live, socially distanced (in pods) audience.

Alanis Sophia takes the stage for a performance of “Alive” by Sia.  Jimmie Allen joins Alanis for a performance of “Shallow”.  Katy enjoyed the solo performance; adding that it was controlled.  But, she felt that Alanis was a bit overwhelmed in the duet.  Luke said that Alanis has an amazing voice but needs to learn how to own the stage.  Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that her nerves got the best of her.

Cassandra Coleman performed “Find Me” for her solo performance.  She is joined by One Repulic’s Ryan Tedder for “Apologize”.  Lionel called it a great performance but noted he could see her trying to concentrate.  Luke said that she needs to control the nerves.  Katy called Cassandra’s voice an otherworldly experience.

Alyssa Wray performs “Something in the Water” by Idol winner Carrie Underwood.  Alyssa pairs up with Idol alum Katherine McPhee (Foster) for a performance of a Whitney Houston song “I’m Your Baby Tonight”.  Lionel said that watching Alyssa perform is like trying to cap a volcano; adding that the duet looked like they had been doing it for years.  Katy noted that Alyssa was the first singer to feel comfortable with a star.  Luke called Alyssa a star on the stage.

Wyatt Pike performs “rubberband”.  Luke noted that Wyatt felt like a star.  Ben Rector joins Wyatt for a performance of “Brand New”.  Ryan said that Wyatt looked like he had been living on the stage.  Katy noted that Wyatt practiced; adding that he could go on tour right now and fit in.  Luke admits that he was emotional the whole time; adding that Wyatt was in his moment.  Lionel noted that Wyatt owned the moment.

Alana performed “Blow Your Mind” by Dua Lipa.  Award winning performer Brian McKnight joins Alana for a performance of “Back at One” – a song that earned him a Songwriter of the Year award.  McKnight noted that this is the first time he will perform the song as a duet.  Katy called Alana a star.  The duet brought the judges to their feet.  Luke said that Alana had great energy on the stage.  Lionel said that Alana has the stage presence to be a star but needs to work on the attitude.  Katy said that Alana embodied entertainment.

Anjlee List sang the Billie Eilish song “my future” before taking the stage with Joss Stone for a performance of “Tell Me Something Good”.  Joss admits that the last time she sang the song, it was a duet with John Legend and she came in in the wrong key.  Lionel said that it was a perfect example of seeing a person who was very comfortable on stage; telling Anilee to go with it.  Katy said that Anilee has a powerhouse voice and took them to church.  Luke said that Anilee is so close to next level greatness; adding that she needs to enjoy the moment.

DeShawn Goncalves sang the Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” and had Lionel calling the performance great.  Ryan Tedder returns to sing “I Lived” with DeShawn.  Ryan noted that he wrote the song about his child after an incident on an airplane.  Katy said that DeShawn has one of the most iconic voices on the show.  Agreeing with Katy, Luke and Lionel told DeShawn to enjoy himself.

Graham Defranco sang “Raye” before taking the stage with Ben Rector for “Love Like This”.  Ben noted that it is a difficult and challenging song to sing.  Luke said that Graham’s voice is so listenable and able to turn songs into his own style; adding that Graham did a great job.  Lionel said that Graham moved them.  Katy said that Graham drew her in with his duet.

Andrea Valles sang the bilingual song (English and Spanish) “Lo Vas a Olividar”.  She joins Brian McKnight for a performance of “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.  Sporting an eye patch, Andrea said that she recently had retina detachment surgery.  Lionel was amazed; saying the two’s voices complimented each other.  Katy noted that Andrea made the eye patch look fashionable.  Luke noted that the singers had to capture people’s attention, and her performance put her on the map.

Cecil Ray sang “Paint Me a Birmingham” before joining Jimmie Allen for a performance of “Freedom Was a Highway” and brought the judges to their feet.  Calling Cecil the underdog, Katy called the solo ok; adding that Cecil needs to let it go.  Luke noted that there were some pitch issues.  Lionel said that they need some stage presence and attitude.

Willie Spence took on the Bette Midler hit “Wind Beneath My Wings.  Joining Katherine McPhee, the duo performed the iconic “The Prayer”.  Willie dedicated the song to his grandfather recently due to Covid.  He said that he grew up hearing his grandmother sing the song in church.  Luke said that Willie does not wrong in his eyes; adding he loves the way Willie goes about performing.  Lionel called his Willie Pavarotti; adding that Willie is mesmerizing and makes every song his own.  Katy called the duet performance “goosebump central”.

Closing out night one of the top 24, Grace Kinstler sings “Queen” by Jessie J before pairing up with Joss Stone for a performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight.  Lionel said, “Wow!”.  Lionel called Grace a winning package.  Katy called the duet timeless; adding that Grace’s gift are those classic songs.  Luke said that he couldn’t belief he has a front row seat.

The remaining 12 members of the top 24 will perform on Monday night with the results revealed next week.



Top 24 Revealed on ‘American Idol’

When “American Idol” ended on Sunday night, Luke was about to announce whether or not teen singers Casey Bishop and Alanis Sophia had made it into the top 24.

The show opens with a recap of the events from Sunday night with Luke revealing that Alanis Sophia and Casey Bishop both are in the top 24.

Willie Spence said that Hollywood Week has been a good experience for him. Wearing a black suit, he chose a Beyonce song for his showstopper performance and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel called it a powerful performance. Saying that he thinks Willie’s life is going to change in amazing ways, Luke told Willie that he is in the top 24.

Emisunshine chose the Janis Joplin hit “Piece of My Heart” for her showstopper performance. Telling her her performances need to be authentic, Emisunshine didn’t make the top 24.

Lizzy O’Very chose a Harry Styles song for her performance. Lizzie did not make it to the top 24.

Camille Lamb feels that she has the full package as an artist and chose “Feel Like Making Love” for her performance. Katy announced that Camille failed to make the top 24. She feels that Idol made a mistake; adding that she thinks she could have won it all.

After forgetting the lyrics during the duets, Mary Jo Young chose a James Bay song for her showstopper performance and redeemed herself by remembering the words. Telling Mary Jo that she needs to own the stage, Luke told her that she is in the top 24.

Hunter Metts is filled with self doubt but really wants to make music a part of his life. At his first audition, Katy told him that he is a top 10 performer. After taking a risk in his showstopper performance, Luke told Hunter that he is a part of the top 24. Luke told Hunter to keep pushing.

Mom Althea Grace chose a Beatles song for her showstopper performance. Katy said that they have seen so much growth in Althea but she felt the showstopper song was the wrong choice. Katy told Althea that she did not make it to the top 24.

Ronda and Funke had an unforgettable duet when Funke passed out during the remarks. She has three stitches after hitting her chin. Funke chose a Nat King Cole song for her showstopper performance and Ronda chose a Stevie Wonder song for her performance. Neither one of the girls made it to the top 24.

Grace Kinstler chose “Father” by Demi Lovato for her showstopper performance but later second guessed her song choice. She brought the judges to their feet and had Lionel calling it powerful. Luke noted that it wasn’t her best. Katy noted that feeling a song is important, but you have to choose the right songs. Grace made it to the top 24.

Deshawn Goncalves chose to play the keyboard and sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for his showstopper performance. Lionel noted that Deshawn has been on a rollercoaster his entire life; adding that Deshawn’s journey has brought tears to his eyes. Lionel told Deshawn that he is in the top 24.

Former boy bander Colin Jamieson took a chance in his showstopper performance with a song from Fall Out Boy while playing the keyboard. Katy was bouncing hin her chair during the performance. Lionel was excited over the song. Katy said that Colin surprised them with his performance which included pulling out his ponytail. After taking a big chance Katy revealed that Colin is in the top 24.

The youngest singers in the competition Ava August and Laila Mach both took chances in their showstopper performances; Laila chose an Alica Keys song, while Ava chose to perform an acoustic original song with just her and her guitar. Luke called Ava interesting. Katy said that Laila’s voice is getting better and better but she did not make it to the top 24. Katy told Ava that the song wasn’t there yet but she is a part of the top 24.

Nia Renee chose a Sam Cook song for her showstopper performance but it was not enough to get her into the top 24.

Hawaiian Lliahona Olayan has struggled since her brother was eliminated in the genre round. She chose a Megan Trainor song for her showstopper performance and brought the judges to their feet. Luke noted that they see a lot in Lliahona; adding that she is in the top 24.

Madison Watkins chose a James Brown song and Alana chose “Bust the Windows” for their showstopper performances. Lionel told Madison that she did a great job and is in the top 24. Alana is also in the top 24.

Anilee List also made it into the top 24 after her showstopper performance of “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus and Chaka Kahn.

And then there were two singers remaining…but only one open spot. Drake McCain chose a Luke Bryan song for his showstopper performance and had Luke up dancing. Cecil Ray sang a Leon Bridges song. Noting that they have seen a lot of growth, Luke announced that the final singer in the top 24 is Cecil Ray. For the second time Drake failed to make it to the live shows.


The Top 24:
Alyssa Wray
Jason Warrior
Andrea Valles
Chayce Beckham
Caleb Kennedy
Wyatt Pike
Cassandra Coleman
Beane
Hannah Everheart
Graham Defranco
Alanis Sophia
Casey Bishop
Willie Spence
Mary Jo Young
Hunter Metts
Grace Kinstler
Deshawn Goncalves
Colin Jamieson
Ava August
Lliahona Olayan
Madison Watkins
Alana
Anilee List
Cecil Ray

Next week the top 24 perform live for fan votes in a two night special event.

Battle Rounds Begin on ‘The Voice’

The Blind Auditions are over and the teams are full on “The Voice”. Now it is time for the Battle Rounds.

When the coaches go to take their chairs, the guys – Nick, John, and Blake – notice something is wrong…Kelly is missing. Kelly is under the weather and has asked former mentor Kelsey Ballarini to sit in for her. Host Carson Daly said that her not feeling well is not Covid related but NBC has some strict protocols and Kelly is watching from home.

Kelly brought in Luis Fonsi as a mentor. Fonsi has been a mentor and a coach in several of the South American countries. Kelly has paired Dominican born Gean Garcia and Ryleigh Modig for a battle of the Ariana Grande song “pov”. Blake questioned why Kelly paired the two together. Nick said that Ryleigh is the kind of person he would like to write songs with. John recalled that he did not turn for either singer and is now questioning himself. Kelsey said that Kelly is sad that she couldn’t be there. Kelsey calls Kelly; she told Kelsey that she didn’t think either singer was going home. Kelsey chose Ryleigh as the winner of the battle. John and Nick pushed their buttons to steal Gean. Nick noted that he did push his button for Gean but was blocked by Blake. Gean chose to join Team Legend. And John is still singing for his team members.

Blake brought in Dan + Shay as his mentors for this season. Blake has paired Connor Christian and Aaron Konzalman for a battle of a Waylon Jennings song.In rehearsals Blake noted that there is no one like either one of the guys on the show. The guys rocked the stage and had everyone clapping along. Nick called the battle a “barn burner”. John said that he had a fun time listening to the performance. Kelsey said that the song choice was perfect. Blake questioned how either one of the guys could do anything else besides music. Blake chose Connor as the winner of the battle.

Nick brought in friend and “Glee” star Darren Criss to be his mentor. Nick paired Devin Blake Jones and Dana Monique for a battle of “Stuck With You” by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. Blake called the battle a “knockout”. Kelsey said that she forgot she was supposed to take notes; adding that she just enjoyed it. Nick said that it was a tough battle. Nick chose Dana as the winner of the battle. Nick pushed his button to save Devin Blake Jones; saying that he deserves to stay on the show. Devin was very emotional when he heard the news.

John brought in Brandy to help mentor his team. John has paired Christine Cain and Pia Renee to perform a Brandy song. Brandy was excited to see what the girls did with her song. Brandy noted that she was just 16 when she recorded “Baby”; adding that the girls are doing the adult version of the song and she wants to sing the song like them. Kelsey said that is felt like a “sass off”. Nick noted that both singers were naturals. John chose Pia as the winner of the battle.

Nick’s next pairing was Awari and Jose Figueroa J for a battle of “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. John called it a very tough decision. Kelsey was impressed, calling both guys incredible. Nick called the performance phenomenal; adding that it took him to church. Saying that it was a tough choice, Nick chose Jose as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired up Avery Robertson and Ethan Lively for “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”. Nick said that the guys made him feel like he had a high voice. John called it an inviting performance. Kelsey said that felt like she was being serenaded. Noting that it was a tough song, Blake noted he uses the battles to push people out of their comfort zones. Blake chose Ethan as the winner of the battle. Kelsey pushed her button to steal Avery after getting a text from Kelly.

Battle Round winners:
Team Kelly:
Ryleigh Modig
Avery Robertson – steal

Team Legend:
Gean Garcia – steal
Pia Renee

Team Blake:
Connor Christian
Ethan Lively

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devin Blake Jones – save
Jose Figueroa Jr

Idol Top 24 Revealed pt 1

Last week the singers who earned a golden ticket on “American Idol” all gathered in Hollywood for a genre round and a duet round.

This week, those who have survived Hollywood Week, will participate in the Showstopper round for a spot in the top 24.

Katy and Luke will be watching the performances live; but due to a possible Covid-19 exposure, Lionel is watching the festivities from his home.

The singers learn their fate after they sing in the pre-recorded show.

Alyssa Wray got the night of music started off with a song from “The Color Purple”.  When Alyssa hit a high note, Lionel said, “Boom!”.  Her performance brought Katy and Luke to their feet and Lionel saying yes, yes ,yes.  Katy felt that there were too many vocal gymnastics.  Katy and Luke told Alyssa that she has the talent but she over does it.  Alyssa is the first singer in the top 24.

Next up it was Jason Warrior with an Imagine Dragons song.  Lionel kept shouting, “that’s what I’m talking about.”  The judges were on their feet and Luke called the performance unbelievable.  Katy noted that Jason should harness his voice.  Lionel delivered the news to Jason over the internet; saying that at times Jason has a tendency to overdo.  And with that Jason learned that he is in the top 24.  Jason was very emotional when he heard the news.

Country boy Alex Miller was the next to learn his fate after performing “Silver Wings”.  Luke noted that Alex is hard not to watch.  Katy felt that it wasn’t a great performance.  Luke told Alex to work on carving out who Alex is because right now he is too wrapped up in the older artists.  Alex did not make it to the top 24.  Alex agreed with what Luke said and thanked them.  Alex said that it wasn’t the end but the beginning.  Back home Alex got a video call from Luke Bryan and Alex will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Andrea Valles sang The Weeknd hit “Blinding Lights”.  Katy noted that she chose the wrong song  Lionel revealed that Andrea that it wasn’t a great performance and announced that Andrea is in the top 24.

Chayce Beckham was told that he was a top five after his audition.  He chose a Chris Stapleton song for his showstopper performance.  Katy felt that Chayce made a bad song choice.  Katy noted that there was something about Chayce, but showstoppers was not his best moment.  Chayce agreed and said that was regretful and should have chosen a different song.  Chayce is in the top 24.  Chayce said that his heart was beating out of his chest after hearing the news.

Caleb Kennedy barely squeezed by after his duet performance and changed his song choice from Travis Tritt to an original song for his Showstopper performance.  Katy felt that the “whole package” was not quite ready.  Luke noted that Caleb’s original song was good but not great.  Katy told Caleb not to second guess himself.  Luke revealed that Caleb made it to the top 24.

Wyatt Pike chose a George Ezra song for his showstopper performance.  Lionel said that he loved Wyatt’s Style.  Katy noted that Wyatt has had some incredible growth since the audition.  Noting that they have some big voices, Luke reveals that Wyatt has earned a spot in the top 24; adding not to change anything, to stay himself.

Cassandra Coleman called her duet performance with Wyatt Pike her best yet.  She chose an Auroa song for her showstopper performance and brought Katy and Luke to their feet.  Katy said that she did a nice job.  Katy said that Cassandra reminds her of Florence from Florence and the Machine; adding that Cassandra has something unique.  Saying that they don’t want to see her go, Luke announced that Cassandra is in the top 24.  She asked them how they have so much confidence.  Katy told her to trust herself.

Amanda Mena got the news from Lionel via video after singing “All By Myself” in her showstopper performance.  Katy said that she wants Amanda to figure out who she is.  She got a no from Lionel.

“Viking” Anthony Guzman also got his news form Lionel after singing Maroon 5 for his showstopper performance.  Lionel also gave Anthony a no for the top 24.

Beane had mixed feelings about his Hollywood Week performances.  He chose a Marvin Gaye song for his showstopper performance noting that there were singers in the competition who could sing circles around him but felt that if he could connect with the song, he could win over the fans.  He had Katy dancing in her chair and brought the judges to their feet.  Calling it a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, Lionel gave the news that Beane is in the top 24.

Hannah Everheart has never performed with a band but chose to sing “Wrecking Ball” for her showstopper performance.  Katy said that there was something there; Luke added that he wasn’t sure if she was all the way there yet.  Telling Hannah to do the work, Katy told the 17 year old that she is in the top 24.  Hannah promised to bring Katy a full slab of ribs the next she sees her.

Pilot Graham Defranco dedicated his showstopper performance to his dad who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer.  Luke wasn’t crazy about the song choice.  Katy told Graham that he was as good as all of them.  Luke noted that they have an amazing group of talent this year…and Graham is one of them.

After mixed views from his various performances Murphy chose an original song for his showstopper performance.  Murphy has visual disabilities and is frequently getting comments to make more visual contact in his performances.  Katy said that he has grown before their eyes.  He called his showstopper performance a birthday wish answered.  On his birthday, Murphy learns that the judges believe in him but needs more experience.  Saying that he has something special, Katy revealed that Murphy is not moving on to the top 24.

Teens Casey Bishop and Alanis Sophia learned their fates together.  Luke noted that Alanis surprises them; adding that he has thrown around the top 10 during auditions with Casey but felt she walked through the motions during her duet performance.  Katy told Alanis to stop trying to ace the test. 

The show ended just before Luke made his announcement.  That news and the revelation of the remainder of the top 24 will air on a special Monday episode.


The Top 24:
Alyssa Wray
Jason Warrior
Andrea Valles
Chayce Beckham
Caleb Kennedy
Wyatt Pike
Cassandra Coleman
Beane
Hannah Everheart
Graham Defranco

Hollywood Week on ‘Idol’

The auditions are over and the singers have gathered in California or “Hollywood Week”.

The night opens with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie singing The Beatles hit “All You Need is Love”. The got a little help from the singing hopefuls that had gathered in Hollywood.

In years past the singers had to compete in multiple rounds including an all night session for a group performance. But in this year of Covid, things have changed a bit. There are only two rounds this season – the genre round and the duets.

For the genre round, the singers pick one of six genres – Pop, Rock, Country, Indie and Folk, R&B, and Soul – and choose their own songs.

Idol has brought back Bobby Bones to serve as mentor to the singers; to aid in song choice or just help them cope with being so far away.

There is no feedback during this round, just singing with the judges making their announcements as to who stays and who goes after each group has performed.

First up is the biggest and most popular genre – the Pop singers.

After the first group of pop singers, the judges announced that only three of them are moving on including 15 year olds Ava and Laila. Llahona made the cut but her brother Ammon did not.

Next up is the first group of Country singers – a group that has bonded like family. As one singer put it, everybody speaks his language. In this first group of Country singers five of them are moving on to the next round.

Next up is the Soul genre. Yale student Xavier Washington was studying his Chinese book for a test while he waited to perform. In this group, all but two of the singers are moving on; including Xavier.

The Indie and Folk singers are next. Lionel pointed out that they don’t need to sound like anybody else as long as they are themselves. Of this group four singers will move on.

In the next group of pop singers is a very eclectic group of singers including Viking Anthony who performed wearing a kilt and Erika who is on the search for a new boyfriend…and a spot on the show. Only two singers are moving on from this group including Anthony. After not making the cut, Erika went off, arguing with the judges, and even asked to see the manager.

In the next batch of Country singers nerves and a lack of timing got the better of some singers. Only one of the three singers made it to the next round.

In the final batch of Pop singers were Claudia Conway, who was unrecognizable – in her original audition she was blonde, now she is a brunette. All of this group got the good news that they are moving on to the next round.

The R&B group finally gets their chance to perform, but New Yorker Vahley did not make it.

Another group of Indie and Folk singers take the stage including storytellers, quarky singers, and professional busker Murphy. In this group four singers are moving on including Murphy.

Nine rockers take the stage to show off their chops. All but one of the group made it through to the duets round.

Douglas, Georgia’s Willie Spenge was the final singer in the genre round. His performance of “All of Me” by John Legend brought the judges to their feet and earned Willie a spot in the next round.

After learning that they had made it into the duet rounds, the singers were busy planning who their duet partners were going to be…but the judges revealed that they would be deciding who will perform with who. Lionel told the singers that both could move on, only one could move on, or no one will move on.

Sitting out by the pool, host Ryan Seacrest announced the singers. Each singer was called up to select their photo, on the other side of the photo was their duet partner.

The singers that survive will perform in the showstopper round.

The judges visit the pairs to offer some advice for their performances.

First up are Laila and Llahona. Llahona is finding it hard to handle being on her own without her brother who was sent home during the genre round. After Katy gave Llahona a good talking to, she gave both singers a yes.

Next up were Cameron and Graham, whose performance of “Watermelon Sugar” broke up the duo with Graham going through.

Beane and Kari also sang “Watermelon Sugar” also broke up the duo with Beane getting a nod for the next round.

Katy announced that they were banning “Watermelon Sugar”.

Bobby Bones told Anthony and Adriel that their song choice of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was boring so they chose another song…”Watermelon Sugar” and brought the judges to their feet with their rousing performance. Both guys earned a spot in the next round.

The singers have a set list of songs to choose from; as a result, the judges hear the same songs several times.

Madison and DeShawn have become more than just partners, they are also very good friends. Noting that they have two very powerful voices, Lionel announced that both singers are moving on to the next round.

But not all of the couples hit it off. Claudia was paired with Hannah, but she couldn’t find her. She finally found her and said that they needed to rehearse. Hannah’s response was “oh”. Katy told the duo that she was going to be looking for teamwork in their performance. Katy noted that the duo had made some good growth from the rehearsals but didn’t carve out enough individual time. Hannah is moving on to the next round but it is the end of the road for Claudia. An emotional Hannah told Claudia that she enjoyed working with her.

Alex and Emisunshine “Walk the Line” in rehearsals but Luke asked what would be another choice for them. In the end, they stuck to the song that even included a little yolding from Emisunshine. Luke said that he wants to see what Alex turns into and told him to throw them a curve ball. Luke passed both of them through to the next round.

Indie singers Murphy and Lizzy paired up for a Fleetwood Mac song. Lizzy prefers to go barefoot and she got Murphy to take the stage in bare feet for their performance. Bringing the judges to their feet, Lionel said that Lizzy brought something brand new out of Murphy; both singers are moving on to the next round.

Cassandra and Wyatt are paired up. Katy walking into the room and Cassandra’s nerves got the better of her. Bobby Bones said that the best way not ot have nerves was to be prepared. Katy said that Cassandra looked fear in the face and said not today; adding that Wyatt made her feel safe. Both singers are moving on to the next round.

Monica and Miguela sang “Titanium” but neither singer moved on. Lionel said they did a duel and not a duet.

The singers had one day to learn the songs.

Ronda’s insecurities got the better of her but her partner Funke helped her through it. After a beautiful performance Katy and Luke disagreed on a decision that Luke had to solve. While talking to the girls, Funke hit the stage and busted her chin. The judges walked over to Ronda and Lionel told her that both girls are moving through. Ronda was visibly upset about what had happened. Funke was treated for dehydration and had stitches in her chin.

Willie and Kya took the stage next. Willie noted that following the medical incident was a rough act to follow. The performance brought the judges to ther feet and had Lionel saying “Lord have mercy”. Lionel called the performance devine. Luke said that he had been waiting for that moment. Lionel said that both singers are going through with flying colours. Willie said that he was so grateful to be paired with Kya.

Ben and Henry paired up for hairstyles and a song. Luke said that he couldn’t shoot any holes in the performance; adding that both were moving on to the next round.

Next up were Jazzy Rose and R’eh. Calling them both incredible, Lionel told them that they were moving on.

Zach and Sloane were paired together. Sloane was very excited but Zach calls himself a nerd. Bobby reminded Zach not become Sloane’s backup singer. Katy said that Zach has grown; adding that both singers need more experience and will not be moving on.

Christina and Chayce were paired together; both singers were excited to hear the news. Luke called it a believable performance; adding that both of their voices were very unique. Chayce is moving on but Christina is going home.

Alec and Saide, Samantha and Alaina, Althea and Camille all had issues with their pairing and songs. Althea got a call from home that her father had to take her daughter to the hospital. Althea’s daughter is doing good. Katy noted that the sum of the girls together was better than them separately. The girls moved on to the next round.

Hunter and Ave join up. Luke told them to challenge themselves and push for the big moments. Katy thought that they played it safe, but Luke called the performance star like. Both singers are moving on to the next round. Katy told them that the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.

The final pairing of the night was powerhouse singers Grace and Alyssa. Lionel told them to remember to support each other. Their performance of “Gernade” brought the judges to their feet. Katy called the performance unbelievable. Lionel said that they stopped the show; add “you are absolutely going through”.

Next week, it’s the Showstopper round and a revelation of the top 24.

Blind Auditions Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It is the final night for the coaches to fill their teams.  Each of the coaches on “The Voice” have nine singers on their teams.

Who will be the first coach to fill their team???

Denisha Dalton gets the night of music started off.  While still a child, she formed her own girl groups and performed at school.  Blake was the first to push his chair; and was joined by Kelly and John.  Kelly said that Denisha had so much sass; adding that she doesn’t have anyone like Denisha on her team.  Blake said that Denisha would cap off his team.  Nock noted that he was at the point where he has to be picky.  John said that Denisha has style and was authentically herself.  Saying that it was a tough one, Denisha chose John to be her coach.  John said that since she was the last person to make his team, he was going to perform the full band version of his welcome song.

John is the first coach to fill his team!

A father of two, Awari is in the Air Force but is looking to focus on music and family.  While in the Air Force, Awari performed the National Anthem for a number of football games.  Kelly toyed with her button for a bit before pushing it.   John was enjoying the performance but has no spots on his team.  Nick turned his chair as well.  Nick called the performance phenomenal; adding that Amari performed one of his wife’s favourite songs.  Kelly loved the song selection and the runs.  Saying that it is way harder than he though, Awari chose Nick to be his coach.

Nick’s team is full!

Charlotte Boyer is the shy girl in the corner when off the stage; but when she takes the stage, but once she begins singing she feels at home.  Charlotte failed to turn any chairs, but still felt it was the highlight of her life.  John thought she had a lovely voice but it felt too stylized.  Blake also loved Charlotte’s voice; but felt her style was out of his lane.  Nick invited Charlotte to come back.

Playing the keyboard as he sang “She Will Be Loved”, Keegan Ferrell didn’t have to wait long before Kelly turned her chair and after a bit Blake joined Kelly.  Keegan was born in China and found in an alley; he was adopted when he was just six months old.  Blake and Kelly battled back and forth over Keegan.  Blake said that Keegan had a smooth voice. Keegan chose Blake to be his coach.

Blake’s team is full!

And then there was one…

Hawaiian native Conner Snow began playing the ukulele when he was 12.  Conner failed to catch Kelly’s attention enough to turn to turn her chair.  Nick noted that the performance had some really special moments; adding that Conner should come back.  Kelly noted that Conner had a beautiful tone.  Blake told Conner to come back and do it again.

Ainae comes from a musical family.  Her dad is a rapper and songwriter; her grandmother was a jazz singer.  It wasn’t long before Kelly turned her chair to finish out the blink auditions.  Nick said that Ainae’s voice has some interesting qualities.  John said that he was regretting that his team was full; adding that she reminded him of Mini Riperton.  Kelly said that Ainae is unlike anyone else on the show.

Kelly’s team is full!  And the blind auditions are over!

Next up…the Battle Rounds!

Team Kelly:
Kenzie Wheeler
Corey Ward
Gean Garcia
Ryleight Modig
Halley Greg
Gihanna
JD Casper
Savannah Woods
Anna Grace

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devan Blake Jones
Raine Stern
Zae Romero
Andrew Marshall
Jose Figeuroa Jr
Bradley Sinclair
Rachel Mac
Lindsay Joan
Awari

Team Blake:
Cam Anthony
Pete Mroz
Aaron Gonzelman
Ethan Lively
Emma Caroline
Avery Robertson
Connor Christian
Jordan Matthew Young
Savanna Chestnut
Keegan Ferrell

Team Legend:
Christine Cain
Victor Solomon
Carolina Rial
Pia Renee
Ciana Pelekai
Durel Anthony
Deion Warren
Rio Doyle
Zania Alake
Denisha Dalton

Idol Auditions Conclude

It’s the final night of auditions on “American Idol”. And on the biggest night in music with the annual Grammy Awards the final group of singers are loooking for that golden ticket and a trip to Hollywood.

Madison Watkins gets the night of auditions started off with an original song abut her dad while he sands outside the room with his ear to the door. Lionel loves the timbre of her voice. Luke called Madison the whole package. Katy called Madison the fresh off the bus Brittney Spears; adding that she is what they are looking for on Idol. Madison got her golden ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Some of the singing hopefuls were also big Katy Perry fans and bit more than star struck when they came into the audition room.

Liv Grace Blue brought her guitar for her audition. A big Katy Perry fan, she sang one of Katy’s songs.

Ava August is a singer songwriter and played the piano for her audition.

Both girls got their tickets to Hollywood.

Jackson State University tuba player Deshaun Gonclaves sang “Everything Must Change” while playing the piano for his audition. Lionel called the performance powerful; adding that God saw fit to put him in front of them. Katy called the performance magical. Luke called Deshaun wonderful. He got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

In a series of clips, Alana and Cameron, sports players and singers got their tickets to Hollywood. The only member of the family not to play in a sports family, Tryzdin Grubbs had Luke concerned about the confidence. Lionel said that there was something there but needed some more confidence. Luke wanted to hear another song. Tryzdin brought the judges to their feet with the song. Luke’s only advice was to get some confidence. Tryzdin got his ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Andrea Valles sang “Landslide” for her audition while playing the guitar and had the judges saying very good. While Katy liked her voice, she wasn’t sure. Luke called her an unpolished diamond. Katy started talking and Andrea launched into another song. Lionel said that she needs to create magic in front of them. With a reluctant yes from Katy, Andrea got her ticket to Hollywood.

Registered nurse Kiko had to bring in a little help on guitar – his brother Francisco Martin who auditioned last year. Kiko performed a song by another Idol alum, Alejandro. Katy called the performance interesting; adding that he needs a little work. Lionel gave Kiko a yes but Luke agreed that Kiko had some work to do.

Making a return to Idol, Zachary D’Onofrio sang “Golden Slumbers” for his auditon while playing the piano. Katy said that Zach was like a math equation on the board. Katy wanted to hear more so Zach brought in his girlfriend to help – Catie Turner, another Idol alum. Katy said that Zach was with the right Catie. Luke said that Zach needs to pour on the gas. Katy noted that Zach reminds her of a turtle. Lionel said that ach needs to come out of his shell. Katy was a yes with a ? mark and the guys made it unanimous. Zach is going to Hollywood.

Helen Blondel sang a duet with her sock puppet. She was just one of some no clips.

Brianna’s sister posted a Tik Tok video of her that went viral. On the night before her audition Brianna ended up in the hospital due to her Cystic Fibrosis. Fortunately, the audition was rescheduled and she impressed the judges with her audition of a Pink song. Lionel loved the texture of her voice. Luke noted that there were a few things he would like to work on with her; adding that she knocked it out of the park. Brianna got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Friends Danny Falco and Colin Jamieson are best friends and former boy band mates. Katy said that the performance felt a little put on. Luke noted that Danny has a good singing voice but isn’t using it properly. Lionel agreed that Danny has a great voice; adding that Idol doesn’t seem to be his destination. Danny got three nos from the judges. Luke said that Colin has a great voice but was concerned about all the breathes. Lionel said that there was something in Colin’s voice. Colin got yeses from all three of the judges and a ticket to Hollywood.

Vahhley chose a Whitney Houston song for her audition and brought Katy to her feet. Luke said that her singing is really good. She brought her toddler son into the room and he was running all over the place. Katy told Vahhley to believe in herself and gave her a yes. Luke and Lionel made it unanimous and Vahhley got her ticket to Hollywood.

Steven Paul chose a Brooks and Dunn song for his audition and had Luke joining in. Lionel called it something really special. Steven got a no from the judges because they felt he was a bit of an imitation.

Busker and songwriter Wyatt Pike sang an original song for his audition. Wyatt even brought his busking suitcase to the audition. Luke said that Wyatt was a twin of his high school bass player; adding that Wyatt is totally unique. Katy said that nerves got to Wyatt. Lionel called Wyatt a fabulous storyteller. Wyatt got yeses from all three of the judges. Luke put the golden ticket in Wyatt’s suitcase.

Jackson Snelling used to watch Idol when he was a child and now is auditioning for the show with an original song. Katy said that Jackson has a good voice; adding that he needs some experience. She said that there is something special in there. Lionel was impressed with Jackson; adding that he agrees with Katy that Jackson needs more experience. Lionel told Jackson to work a little more and come back.

In the final Idol audition for 2021, Althea Grace chose an original song for her audition. Luke loved the tone of Althea’s voice; adding that she has some Stevie Nicks qualities to her voice. Lionel said that Althea has something in her voice but needs to work on the confidence. Katy said that Althea needs to work on the fire. Althea got yeses from all three of the judges and her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week Hollywood Week begins…filled with challenges and curveballs.

More Blind Auditions on ‘The Voice’

Week two of the blind auditions on “The Voice” ends with more singers hoping to make their way onto one of the coach’s teams.

On Monday’s show John was the only coach with a block; which he used to block Nick and secure his choice. With all of the blocks gone the final selections are sure to cause some rousing discussions between the coaches.

Kelly has five members on her team; while John, Blake, and Nick all have six singers on their teams.

Night four kicks off with Connor Christian who has grown up playing music. He chose a Gary Clark Jr song for his audition and got Blake to turn his chair. Nick and Kelly joined Blake at the end of the song. Despite rocking out to the song, John did not push his button. Kelly said that Connor is in a lane all by himself. A pumped up Blake said that Connor just came out and rocked; adding that he controlled the stage. Nick loved the performance; adding that he doesn’t have anybody like Connor on his team. Connor chose Blake to be his coach.

Kaitlyn Meyers is a classic rock and Motown fan who chose “If You Really Love Me” for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly was shocked when she turned around saying that the song felt a little wild. Nick noted that she has a lot of potential. John noted that the sky is the limit for Kaitlyn and told her to come back.

Bradley Sinclair has been singing since he was 12 years old and performed in musicals in high school. Kelly pushed her button and was followed by Nick near the end of the song. Blake said that he enjoyed the performance. Nick said that Bradley has a good foundation. Bradley asked if he and Nick could sing some old school Jonas Brothers songs. Saying that she is not a Jonas Brother, Kelly said that she loves Bradley’s voice. Bradley chose Nick to be his coach.

It took a while but Kelly and Nick pushed their buttons for Gihanna. John noted that the performance was strong at the end. Kelly noted that there were some pitch issues at the beginning of the song. Nick called it a really great performance. Gihanna chose said that she loved both of the coaches but chose Kelly to be her coach.

JD Casper comes from a military family and has served in the Navy but now makes music a full time career. He is playing multiple instruments during his audition. It was near the end of the song before Kelly turned her chair. There were lots of whoa’s when the coaches turned their chairs. Nick said that it was a cool performance. Kelly said that JD did a really cool performance.

In the final audition of of the night, probation officer Deion Warren chose “Shallow” for his audition. And for the first time tonight, John pushed his button; followed by Kelly and Nick. The son of a preacher, Deion said that he was born, raised, and dipped in the church. Nick said that he thought Deion was emotionally connected to the song. John liked the song choice; adding that Deion showed his artistry. Kelly said that Deion’s voice was perfect for the message of the song. Deion chose John to be his coach.

Next week, the auditions continue…

Team Kelly:
Kenzie Wheeler
Corey Ward
Gean Garcia
Ryleight Modig
Halley Greg
Gihanna
JD Casper

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devan Blake Jones
Raine Stern
Zae Romero
Andrew Marshall
Jose Figeuroa Jr
Bradley Sinclair

Team Blake:
Cam Anthony
Pete Mroz
Aaron Gonzelman
Ethan Lively
Emma Caroline
Avery Robertson
Connor Christian

Team Legend:
Christine Cain
Victor Solomon
Carolina Rial
Pia Renee
Ciana Pelekai
Durel Anthony
Deion Warren

Auditions Continue on ‘The Voice’

As week two of “The Voice” season 20 begins, John and Kelly each have three singers on their team; while Blake and Nick each have four singers.

Ryleigh Modig gets the night of auditions started off with a Billie Eilish song. She grew up making music with her dad. Kelly was the first coach to turn her chair; Nick followed near the end of the song. Nick called it an excellent song choice; adding that her voice spoke to his soul. John said that the power of her vibrato was captivating; adding that it is her secret weapon. Kelly noted that Ryleigh got lost in the song; adding that she is eally cool. Ryleigh chose Kelly to be her coach.


Next up, Pia Renee has worked as a full time musician, flight attendant, and a tanker driver. She chose the Stevie Wonder song “Master Blaster” for her audition and had to wait until the last note before Blake and John turned their chairs. Blake called the performance so good. He noted that it sounds like a strange combination but he has had a lot of experience on the show. John said that Pia has so much energy and soul. Kelly said that she felt out of her league; adding that if one of the guys messes up, she will steal and try to learn something. Pia chose John to be her coach.

Andrew Marshall has been singing most of his life. A cancer survivor, he chose “Gravity” by John Mayer for his audition. Andrew was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 16 and had a “Make a Wish” to meet Mayer…which he did. Nick did not wait to turn his chair. John said that Andrew has a lovely tone. Kelly agreed that Andrew has a great voice. Nick noted that all of the faces on the screen lit up when Andrew came out on the stage.

Emma Carolina is the daughter of a military helicopter pilot who has been deployed around the world. This is the first time her dad will get to hear her sing. Blake was quick to turn his chair for the Alabama native. Kelly also turned her chair for Emma. Nick said it was a great song choice. John noted that once Blake turned, they didn’t have a chance. Kelly loved the song. Blake was excited because Emma brings something they don’t often see – a mountain styled voice. Emma chose Blake to be her coach.

Musical dad James Tutson is looking to step up beyond his current band; but failed to turn any chairs. John said that James has a sweet tone but it didn’t quite come all together for him. Blake said that the singing felt a little too laid back. Nick said that James is super talented and thinks he should come back and try again.

Hawaiian native Ciana Pelekai now calls Las Vegas home. She sang the national anthem at a basketball game when she was a child. John was the first to push his button early in the song; Nick followed later but discovered that John had used his block on Nick. John was the last coach to have a block. Blake and Kelly thought that the block was funny. Nick said that he hopes John makes some mistakes and he can steal Ciana later. John said that he was impressed by Ciana’s performance.

There are no more blocks available.

John didn’t wait long before he pushed his button for Jose Fiigueroa Jr. Nick also pushed his button at the end of the song. John said that it felt like a four chair turn to him. Blake called Jose a sharp dressed man. Kelly said that Jose has a phenomenal voice but felt that there were too many runs. Nick called Jose’s performance incredible. Saying that both coaches are incredible, Jose chose Nick to be his coach. Jose said that he chose Nick because he felt that he and John are similar and wants to go in a different direction.

Seattle science teacher Halley Greg is a musician by night. She chose Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird” for her audition and got Kelly to turn her chair early on. While John noted the performance was nice, he did not turn his chair. Kelly said it was an awesome feeling because she knew that she wouldn’t lose. Kelly said that Halley reminded her of Annie Lennox. Nick noted that Halley was emoting during the song. Blake called Halley awesome.

Durel Anthony is a full time musician who began his musical career in the church. He chose the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On” for his audition and got John’s attention very quickly. Kelly turned her chair at the end of the song. John called it a beautiful rendition of the song; adding that he would love to work with Durel. Nick said that the song suited Durel perfectly. Kelly said that Durel came across as a songwriter. Blake said that he loved Durel’s voice. Durel chose John to be his coach.

Jesse Desorcy was in the Coast Guard when he was diagnosed with a rare optic nerve disorder. It was then when he turned to music and formed a band where he has opened for Big and Rich. While Kelly sang along with part of the song, she, nor any of the coaches, turned their chairs. Kelly noted that there were some pitch issues. Blake noted that Jesse sand sharp a lot.

In the final audition of the night, small town North Carolina Avery Robertson comes from a musical family. He has dreamed of being on “The Voice” since he was a child. John led the way with the chair turns, followed quickly by Kelly, Blake, and Nick made it the first four chair turn since the debut episode last week. Kelly noted that Avery stayed himself; adding that he has an incredible voice. Blake said that he is the only coach that knows the song Avery sang. Nick asked Avery what he wanted to do. Avery said that he started in pop and now sings country. Nick noted that he is inspired by Country music; adding that it is all music at the end of the day. John said that he turned because he heard a beautiful voice. Saying that all of the coaches were amazing, Avery chose Blake to be his coach.

Team Kelly:
Kenzie Wheeler
Corey Ward
Gean Garcia
Ryleight Modig
Halley Greg

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devan Blake Jones
Raine Stern
Zae Romero
Andrew Marshall
Jose Figeuroa Jr

Team Blake:
Cam Anthony
Pete Mroz
Aaron Gonzelman
Ethan Lively
Emma Caroline
Avery Robertson

Team Legend:
Christine Cain
Victor Solomon
Carolina Rial
Pia Renee
Ciana Pelekai
Durel Anthony

‘American Idol’ Auditions part 3

The third week of “American Idol” brings more silliness from the judges and singers hoping to earn their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Gabby Barrett fan Laila Mach plays the piano and sings an original song for her audition. Lionel said that Laila had him fooled; givinger her songwriting props. Katy said that Laila is what it takes to be on the show. Luke agrees with his fellow judges; adding that he is impressed. Laila got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Lead singer in the Army National Guard band Re’h took on Disco Queen Donna Summer with her performance of “Bad Girls”. She didn’t just sing the song, she performed it! The judges stood and saluted her. Katy said that Re’h has a real good shot. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Michael Gerow performed an original song for audition. The audition was filmed on the day the Georgia Bulldogs played the Alabama Crimson Tide so there was much rivalry going on between Luke and Katy. Lionel loved Michael’s voice. Katy called him an exceptional singer; adding that she though he was top 10 material. Luke just said yes. Michael got his ticket to Hollywood.

High school cheerleader from Alabama Cameron McGhar sang the Little Big Town hit “Girl Crush” for her audition. Luke stopped Cameron saying that she has a big voice but it didn’t look comfortable. Katy said that it wasn’t believable. She got another chance and chose a Loretta Lynn song. Katy kept saying attitude. Katy noted that they had to pull it out of her. Lionel said that Cameron had an infectious personality but doesn’t think she is ready. Katy noted that there is a lack of experience; adding that Cameron isn’t ready. Katy said that she would roll the dice and gave Cameron a yes. With Cameron begging, Luke finally agreed with Katy and gave a yes…and her ticket to Hollywood.

Bean (Brandon) chose “Wait for the Moment” for his audition. Luke and Lionel had big smiles on their faces during the performance. Katy called the performance fun. Lionel said that it was like Bean was very familiar but wasn’t sure it was right for Idol. Katy said that there was something special about Bean. The wedding singer got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Anthony Key chose the BTS hit “Dynomite” for his audition and danced as he sang. Katy wanted Anthony to teach them a few of his dance moves. Katy called the audition fun; adding that she wasn’t really sure who he was. Luke noted that the strength of the vocals weren’t really what it should be. Lionel noted that there is a place for Anthony in the entertainment business but Idol wasn’t it. He got nos from the judges.

Ash brought he guitar to perform an original song for her audition. She wrote the song for her Dad but he has never heard the song, so the judges brought him in to hear the song. Luke said that Dad has raised a very talented lady; adding that she has a nice vibrato. Lionel said that she found the one thing that never goes out of style…love. Katy gave Ash a yes; Luke and Lionel agreed for three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Cheryl K is a big Lionel Richie fan and sang “Endless Love” with him. She brought the 45 of the song…and her dog to the audition. Lionel said that Cheryl brought tears to his life. He noted that it takes a lot of guts to sing with one of them; adding that she is going to be competing with some really big voices and isn’t sure she cabn compete with them. He said that she has it but not the control. Katy agreed with Lionel. Luke noted that she has a great voice and spirit but needs to learn more.

Heather Russell is a big Katy Perry fan and chose one of her songs to sing for the audition while playing the piano. Luke reminded her to look at them and watch the tricks; adding that Heather is one of the better singers they have heard this year. Noting that Heather has total control, Lionel agreed with Luke. Katy said that it was way too much; adding that she has the best voice and needs to learn how to use it. Heather got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that Heather has a great voice but doesn’t know how to use it.

Caleb Kennedy brought his guitar for an original song at his audition. Katy wanted him to finish the song because it would take him somewhere. Luke said that Caleb’s voice goes beyond just being a 16 year old kid. Lionel said that Caleb has mastered the storyteller’s voice. Caleb got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Abby Lebaron played the piano on her audition. Katy said that Abby has the talent but needs to work on believing herself. Luke said that when Abby started he had chill bumps. Abby got her ticket to Hollywood.

Professional busker Murphy chose “Just the Two of Us” for his audition. Katy said that Murphy is on the edge but not quite there. Lionel wants to see more of Murphy. He asked for another song and he chose an original song this time. Lionel said that he couldn’t help but watch Murphy’s face. Luke said that he would give Murphy a shot. Saying that it was a bit too novelty, Katy gave him a no. Saying that they don’t have anything like him, Lionel gave a yes and Murphy got his ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition of the night, small town Kentucky native Alyssa Wray grew up watching Idol. She chose “I Am Changing” for her audition and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel kept saying that he was so happy. Luke noted that the most challenging thing in show business is presence. Katy noted that Alyssa must have grown up having dreams; adding the world is open to whatever she can dream. Lionel asked how lucky were they to say that they knew her when… Alyssa got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions come to a conclusion.

More Auditions on ‘The Voice’

“The Voice” continues week one of their 20th season with more blind auditions after nine singers found teams on the last night’s premiere.

As night two begins, Kelly has already used her block on Blake.  Blake, Kelly, and John all have two singers each; but Nick has three singers on his team.

Night two begins with Gean Garcia who is the son of a Spanish Christian artist and has even recorded with his dad.  He gave his audition playing a solo guitar.  Blake pushed his button early, but when Nick pushed his button, he discovered that Blake had blocked him.  Near the end of the song, Kelly pushed her button to make it a three way chair turn.  John said that Gean has a voice that is almost haunting.  Kelly said that Gean moved her.  Blake said that he was passionate about Gean’s voice; adding that people could connect with Gean.  Gean chose Kelly to be his coach.

Aaron Gonzelman is the son of Christian music artists who grew up with music.  He now performs music with his wife.  John and Blake pushed their buttons together.  Blake noted that they don’t get a lot of artists like Aaron on the show; adding that he and Aaron have a lot in common.  John noted that Aaron’s voice was raspy and passionate at the same time.  Aaron chose Blake to be his coach.

Carolina Rial has always had music as a part of her life.  The daughter of a Bolivian mother and a Spanish father, Carolina is a first generation American.  John and Nick turned their chairs together.  Carolina brought John to his feet.  Nick said that Carolina has the kind of voice that this show is about; adding that she is very talented.  John called Carolina’s performance a “tour de force”.  Kelly said that Carolina has a beautiful voice but felt she used too many riffs.  Carolina chose John to be her coach.  Kelly and Nick joined in on John’s improv song for Carolina.

Ethan Lively is an east Tennessee native and a farm boy who is still in high school but is looking to make music a career.  The 17 year old chose a George Strait song for his audition but had to wait for a while before Blake turned his chair.  Blake noted that he was a little embarrassed that the other coaches didn’t turn their chairs.  Kelly called Ethan, “so charming”.

Making his home in Oklahoma, Blake has been ragging on his fellow coaches about being Hollywood.  Blake is engaged to Hollywood with Gwen Stefani.

Yellsmiles has been singing and creating art since she was a child; but failed to turn any chairs.  John noted that there was an edge to her voice but didn’t quite showcase her voice.  Nick said that she can turn the no into a yes down the road.

Closing out the auditions for week one, Zae Romeo grew up in Texas where he was adopted with his siblings when he was six.  He chose “Fallen” by Harry Styles for his audition and had Kelly leading the only four chair turn of the night.  The coaches were on their feet after the performance.  Blake said that Zae has a unique voice.  John noted that Zae’s performance had a lot of twists and turns; adding that he has a beautiful gift.  Nick called the performance spiritual and phenomenal.  Kelly called the performance emotional; adding that she loved his voice.  Zae chose Nick to be his coach.

Team Kelly:
Kenzie Wheeler
Corey Ward
Gean Garcia

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devan Blake Jones
Raine Stern
Zae Romero

Team Blake:
Cam Anthony
Pete Mroz
Aaron Gonzelman
Ethan Lively

Team Legend:
Christine Cain
Victor Solomon
Carolina Rial

‘The Voice’ Kicks Off Season 20

“The Voice” returns for season season 20 as they celebrate 10 years of reality music competition.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still causing numerous issues, the audience is virtual.

Nick Jonas joins Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton in the Big Red Charis.

Getting the season started is country boy Kenzie Wheeler with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley.  Kenzie has opened for Charlie Daniels.  Kelly led the first four chair turn of the season; but Blake was blocked by Kelly Clarkson.  Nick said that hearing Kenzie’s voice brought him pleasure.  Blake remarked on Kenzie’s mullet – calling it great.  Kelly has jackets for her singers again this season.  Kenzie chose Kelly to be his coach.

The coaches get only one block in the blind auditions…and Kelly used hers on the first blind audition.

Dana Monique chose the Aretha Franklin song “Freeway of Love” for her audition and had Nick pushing his button right away; with John following shortly after.  Nick said that Dana has vocal power and gave an unbelievable performance.  Dana was a cruise ship singer.  John said that the performance was energetic.  John sang a Chaka Khan song to Dana.  Saying that she did have something to prove, Dana chose Nick to be her coach.  Nick keeps notes on the auditions and gave Dana a note book of her own.

Cam Anthony grew up with the sounds of the boom box blaring from the streets of his Philadelphia neighbourhood.  He grew up singing in the church…and moved on to You Tube videos.  He sang for President Obama and the First Lady at one of the Easter Egg Rolls.  Cam got Nick and John to turn their chairs at the same time; but Nick blocked John.  Blake also turned his chair.  John said that he really wanted Cam to be on his team but got blocked.  Kelly said that she couldn’t wait to hear more from Cam on the show.  Blake said that he would be honoured to have Cam on his team; adding that he would keep his lane open for Cam.  Nick said that Cam has a smooth voice; adding that he could hear that Cam has family support.  Cam chose Blake to be his coach.  Blake has Blake? Bobbleheads this season.

Christine Cain’s blind audition is only the fourth time she is performing live.  She chose a Harry Styles song for her audition.  After grooving for a bit, John turned his chair.  Kelly joined John in turning for Christine.  Nick noted that Christine got the crowd going.  John called it the most soulful performance of the song he had heard.  Kelly said that Christine had a cool vibe; adding that Christine did a better job than her.  Christine chose John to be her coach.

John doesn’t have a physical gift for his singers, he improvises a song for them.

Madison Curbelo brought her guitar for her audition of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” but failed to turn any chairs.  Nick and Kelly noted that it was so close; adding that she was talented.

Golf equipment salesman Pete Mroz would love to make music a full time career…and even had visions of being the next Garth Brooks when he was younger.  John was the first one to turn his chair; followed by Blake.  Pete thanked the band after he sang.  John noted that Pete was fully into the music.  Come to find out that Pete and Blake sang together 25 years ago in a group called The Young Riders.  Pete chose to reunite with his former band mate Blake.

Devan Blake Jones is a multi-lingual singer who is looking to take the next step in his career.  Playing his guitar as he song, Devan got Nick to turn his chair.  Kelly loved the performance but was waiting for something more.  Nick said that Devan’s high voice spoke to him.

Raine Stern got the coaches grooving and finally got John, Blake, and Nick to turn their chairs.  She has a nine piece band in Madison where she arranges all of the parts.  Blake said that she knows how to milk a performance; adding that she is a rare find.  Nick called her one of the most unique performers ever on the show.  John noted that Raine was working the audience even though there was no live audience in the room.  Raine chose Nick to be her coach.

Madison Marigold is not only a singer, but speaks Chinese.  She has even opened for Demi Lovato at a festival in China.  After not turning any chairs, Blake noted that the song was a lot to chew in a blind audition after choosing a Julia Michaels song.  While Kelly thought she was talented, Kelly noted that the audition didn’t show where she could go.

Corey Ward returns after not getting any chairs to turn last season.  John and Kelly were quick to turn their chairs.  Nick said that Corey crushed it.  Kelly called Corey an emotional singer; adding that she was looking for someone to move her.  John noted that Corey’s performance made him look at the song in a different way.  Corey chose Kelly to be his coach.

In the final audition of the night, Stepper Victor Solomon started out singing gospel music.  He chose “Glory” by Common and John Legend for his audition and got Blake to turn his chair early; John followed quickly behind.  Nick also turned his chair.  John kept saying beautiful.  Blake said that Victor has an “old man” voice.  Blake had no idea that John wrote the song…and won an Oscar for it.  Kelly said that she didn’t turn because she couldn’t compete; adding that Victor even sounded a bit like John.  Nick noted that he also grew up in the church.  Saying that he too grew up in the church, “Glory” was written with those gospels in mind.  John noted that Victor did the song better than John.  John said “Ordinary People” with Victor.  Victor, not surprising, chose John to be his coach.


Team Kelly:
Kenzie Wheeler
Corey Ward

Team Nick:
Dana Monique
Devan Blake Jones
Raine Stern

Team Blake:
Cam Anthony
Pete Mroz

Team Legend:
Christine Cain
Victor Solomon

More Auditions on ‘American Idol’

On this third week of auditions, “American Idol” begins with the judges doing a little meditation in Ojai, California.

Texas native Cecil Ray got the music started off with a performance that had Luke calling him absolute perfection and what they are about at Idol. Katy called Cecil a fireball; adding that she reminds her ofa country Justin Bieber. Lionel said that Cecil has no idea what he has. Cecil got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

An Idol first, an entire family – The Sharpe Family Singers – performed before Samantha Sharpe performed “Titanium”. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Graham Defranco is a pilot by profession but is looking to expand his music beyond a few open mic nights. Lionel said that Graham has a gift that he hasn’t gone for. Luke added that his voice is one of the most listenable voices they have ever heard. Graham got three yeses nd a ticket to Hollywood.

McGovern sang an original song about auditioning and the judges. Tom didn’t get his ticket to Hollywood but got some encouragement for writing jingles from Katy.

Mary Jo Young’s mother has never heard her sing live. While she has been singing since she was small, she has never performed in public. Katy said that it was pretty cool. The judges had Mary Jo get her mom so they could see and hear her sing in person. Katy said that Mary Jo has an amazing voice; adding that Mary Jo reminded her of Julia Michaels. Lionel said that he loved the idea of watching Mary Jo grow on the show. Luke called Mary Jo a top 10 singer. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

In a series of clips Xavier Washington, Celeste Butler, and Dzaki all originally auditioned online and when they performed before the judges, they all got their tickets to Hollywood.

Christian McGuckian chose the Little Big Town song “Girl Crush” for her audition. This being her very first audition, she was very nervous. Luke said that she had magic country stuff in her voice but let things going on around her get in the way. The judges noted that she had a timing issue. Katy said that Christian has the talent. Christian got her ticket to Hollywood.

Alanis Sophia took Katy’s breath away before she even uttered the first word with her audition. Katy called Alanis confident and pure. Lionel said that there was a purity in her voice; adding that she had so much potential. Luke said that it felt awesome to watch. Alans brought her “American Idol” toy microphone for the audition. Katy told Alanis’ mother that she was the best they had heard today. She got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Mias is a firefighter in Apopka, Florida and comes form a large family. He chose the Lynrd Skynrd song “Simple Man” for his audition. Katy called his voice pure and magical but is missing something. Lionel loved the timbre of Mias voice; adding that there was a lot in there. Luke said that there is a lot in there. Katy said that it was a no…for now. Lionel wants Mias to come back.

Timmy Skelly got a little help with his auditon of “My Funny Valentine” when his mom joined in. Timmy got his ticket to Hollywood.

Calling herself extraterrestrial, ET – Erika Perry – had Katy calling her out of this world. Luke wondered what language Erika was singing in. Lionel wondered if it was a singing style or a gimick. Katy wanted to hear more with no gimicks. Katy called Erika likable. Katy gave Erika a yes, Lionel didn’t get it, and Luke said that he thought there was too much to do. Lionel gave her a very reluctant yes. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Franklin, Tennessee native Hunter Metts is hoping that the third time is the charm for his Idol audition. In previous attempts it was seen as a conflict of interest since his sister worked for Disney. Luke said that Hunter one note that was the real deal and almost brought him to tears. Lionel said that they have plans for him. Saying that he was excited about his vote, Lionel gave a yes. Katy and Luke called Hunter top 10 material. Hunter got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Ronda Felton, got emotional in the interview and Lionel gave her his handkerchief. Performing a song from “Dreamgirls”, Ronda brought tears to Lionel’s eyes. Lionel called the performance the moment that would change Ronda’s life. Luke called it a great performance; adding that he had a feeling that it wasn’t her best performance. Ronda got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood. Ronda’s mom’s favourite song is “Zoom” by The Commodores. Lionel sang the song with them. Lionel noted that when he wrote the song, he was deeply troubled; adding that he was happy it brought joy to her life.

Next week the music…and tears…continue as the auditions go on.

Auditions Continue on ‘American Idol’

“American Idol” returns for a second week of auditions.

The night begins with a beautiful rendition of “Golden Slumbers” that had the judges saying all together that she was going to Hollywood. The show didn’t show the girl’s name.

Siblings Llahona and Ammon Olayan performed an original song. The two hail from Hawaii and are the oldest of eight children. Lionel liked what they did. Luke said that they complimented each other. Katy called them incredible songwriters and talented beyond belief. They both got three yeses from the judges.

Dressed as Thor, Anthony Guzman sang “Cry Me a River” and threw the judges curve. Lionel said that Anthony can seriously sing, so now it is time for Anthony to take himself serious. With a no vote from Luke, Anthony got his ticket to Hollywood.

Country girl Hannah Everhart sang “Wayfaring Stranger” for her audition. Luke stopped her and told her not to keep checking out the judges’ reactions. After saying that she had originally planned to sing “At Last”, Katy asked to hear her sing it. Luke said that Hannah is very close to being an amazing singer; adding that he is going to push her to be her best. Katy said that Hannah is no longer allowed to play it safe. Lionel said that Hannah is sitting on a gold mine, but needs to bring it. Hannah got her ticket to Hollywood.

Mississippi Delta native Calvin Upshaw is looking to turn his life around and provide for his family…and it begins with his audition. Lionel noted that the crack in Calvin’s voice was an emotional one. He broke down during the audition. Katy told him it was a new day. Calvin got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Luke and Lionel go golf cart racing in Ohai, California. Luke won the race.

Florida native Casey Bishop chose to sing a Motley Crue song a cappella for her audition. The judges noted that it was a first on the show. Katy wanted to hear some Ella Fitzgerald but Casey sang a Sarah Vaughan song instead. Lionel said that he would love for Casey to appreciate rock but sing like she just did. Luke has Casey in the top 10 already; adding that he thinks she is the winner. Katy said that Casey is really really good. Casey has never performed live before. Casey got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Cuban native Yurisbel calls Miami home and is looking to be the next big Latin music star like Pitbull, whose song he chose for his audition. Katy called him the Latin Luke. Lionel called it the best workout – they were dancing along. Katy called it fun and Luke said that it was awesome. Lionel called it so much fun. Katy siad that he would stir up the competition. Saying she wanted to say yes but said no, Luke and Lionel gave Yurisbel his ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that he sounded like a Cuban Cookie Monster.

Chayce Beckham had Luke clapping even before the song was over. Chayce performs with a reggae band. Lionel said that he loved what Chayce did and knew it was real. Luke said that Chayce is what the show is all about; adding Chayce had him with the first note. Katy called Chayce a top five. Chayce got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Ace Stiles gave performed an original song for her audition. Now 16, Ace decided at 14 that he was a boy. Katy said that Ace was doing great and would get better and better. Luke was concerned about the quietness of Ace’s voice; adding that he isn’t quite ready for Idol. Katy said that Ace has an interesting voice and worth investigating. Lionel gave Ace a yes but Katy and Luke said no.

Cassandra Coleman performs online and has never performed live before an audience. Luke and Katy loved the performance. Lionel said that the performance was about as angelic as it was going to get. Luke said that he got caught up in the moment. Asked if she was a musician, Lionel wanted to hear Cassandra on the piano. Luke said that Cassandra is her own voice with no one like her. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Georgia native Willie Spence is hoping to turn his passion for singing into something more. He sang the Rhianna song “Diamonds” for his audition and brought Lionel to his feet yelling yes yes yes. Luke called him a special individual; adding that he didn’t want it to end. Lionel kept saying unbelievable. Lionel said that Willie is what they have been looking for; adding that he had chills on the first note. Willie got his ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…


Idol Premieres a New Season

The global pandemic rages on and live music performances are still on hold; but the competition reality series “American Idol” returns for another season with Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

Backflipping Benson Boone gets the auditions started off singing and playing the piano. He impressed the judges with his performance; bringing Lionel and Luke to their feet. Katy said that she sees Benson winning Idol. He got his golden ticket to Hollywood.

Country boy Alex Miller brought his guitar to perform an original song for his audition. The 17 year old thrilled Luke and Lionel. Luke came out and sang with Alex. Lionel called the performance something special. Alex got his ticket to Hollywood.

Jason Warrior took on the legendary Marvin Gaye for his audition and brought the judges to their feet dancing. Lionel said that very few people could turn a Marvin Gaye song into their own; adding that it was phenomenal and one of the strongest performances he had heard. Katy called the performance magnificent. Jason got his ticket to Hollywood.

After some no clips, Ryan Romano took on Sir Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for his audition playing his portable keyboard impressed the judges with his showmanship but felt he lacked the vocals. Katy loved Ryan’s coat and offered him $400 for the coat.

Anilee List has been performing most of her life. Luke Kept saying amazing after her performance. The judges called the audition flawless. Anilee got her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel said that he can’t wait to see where it goes.

Danaica Steakley brought her Dad to accompany her on her audition. Katy called Danica talented but noted she could hear that she was 17 and a bit timid. Lionel was impressed with the high end, saying that Danica doesn’t know her voice yet. Luke said that she has all the makings to be a great singer, but needs to get out there and gig. Danica didn’t get her ticket to Hollywood after getting no’s from the guys. Her Dad was angry at the judge’s remarks.

Several singers brought their Dad’s to help out with the auditions.

DJ Johnson comes from a large musical family; she played the piano and sang an original song for her audition. She got very emotional during the song and Lionel offered her his handkerchief and told her to take her time. Luke asked if she wanted her Dad and they brought him in for some support. The judges noted that they wanted to give her a hug bug couldn’t. Katy and Lionel also got emotional during the performance. Lionel said that the message in the song was a hit record and the delivery was honest. Luke noted wondered how she got through the song; adding that she is very talented. Katy noted that some of the greatest artists have gotten that way because of the pain in their life. JD got her ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Dressed in black and white, Katy pretened to be a cow and Luke was cow tipping her.

Nia Renee had the judges attention from her first note with her performance of “Chain of Fools”. Luke said that Nia was born to do it. Katy said that Nia has a power in her voice. Nia got her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel said that they have never had anything like that.

After more clips of no performances, Claudia Conway – the daughter of Kelly Ann and George Conway – performed the Rhianna song “Love on the Brain” for her audition but got stopped by Katy, noting that she lost it. Katy gave her another chance to sing a different song. Luke noted that Claudia is singing like she is 16; adding that it was great. Lionel noted that Claudia showed that she can take coaching. Claudia got her ticket to Hollywood despite a no from Luke.

Bobby Bones returns as the Idol mentor this season.

Hoping to impress the judges for his talent and not for his appearance – he came into his audition wearing socks, shoes, and bikini shorts. It was a no for Mario.

Closing out the debut of a new season, Grace Kinstler wowed the judges with her performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia”. Luke asked what her other song would be and Grace sang “Natural Woman”. Katy told her to sing it like the legend she wanted to be. Lionel noted that Grace has great control of her voice. Luke said that it was the first time on the show that someone’s singing made his cry. Katy said Grace gave her chills. Luke compared Grace’s audition to that of Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Grace got her ticket to Hollywood.

‘The Voice’ Names a Season 19 Winner

It has all come down to this one final night on season 19 of “The Voice”…

On Monday’s performance show the five finalists performed twice – a new cover tune and an original song that will be their first single – for fan votes.

On the three hour grand finale “The Voice” begins the night by recapping the performances from Monday night before turning to a star studded night of music that culminates in the crowning of a new “The Voice” champion.

The live grand finale opens with a performance by the top 20 singers with a little holiday music with “Rock Around the Christmas Tree”. 

 Nelly and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line take the stage for a performance of their hit “Lil Bit”.

Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi takes the stage to perform his hit single “Before You Go”.

24K Golden joins up with Iann Dior for their number one hit song “Mood”. 

Kelly pairs up with her finalist Desz for a performance of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”. 

Grammy Award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle performs her chart topping hit “You Say”.  The song sat on top of the Christian music chart for over 100 weeks.

Jason Derulo performs from his home out by the pool.

EGOT winner and Voice coach John Legend joins his finalist John Holiday for a performance of the Simon and Garfunkel hit “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with both John’s playing the piano.

Host Carson Daly reveals that the winner and second place singer will earn a trip to Universal Studios.

Grammy Award winning Country singers Dan + Shay are outside on the Universal backlot for a performance of their first holiday song “Take Me Home for Christmas”.

Award winning Country singer and Voice coach Blake Shelton takes the stage to perform with both of his finalists.  Blake and Jim Ranger perform “Streets of Bakersfield”.  Blake and Ian perform “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”. 

Julia Michaels and JP Saxe pair up for a performance of “If the World Was Ending”.

Gwen Stefani joins her finalist Carter Rubin perform Gwen’s holiday tune “You Make it Feel Like Christmas”.

Country music superstar joins up with award winning pop star P!ink for a performance of “One too Many” in a remote performance.

And finally it is time for the last results of the season…
the artist who finished in fifth place is…

John Holiday

the artists in fourth place is…

Desz

the artists in third place is…

Ian Flanigan

It comes down to team Gwen’s Carter Rubin and team Blake’s Jim Ranger with…

Carter Rubin giving Gwen her first Voice win!!!!  At 15, Carter is the youngest male winner ever on the show.


                                         

‘The Voice’ Season 19 Finals

It’s finals week on “The Voice” and the five remaining  singers battle it out for the fan vote and the title of “The Voice” for season 19.

The finalists will sing twice tonight – a new cover song and an original song.

Team Gwen’s fifteen year old Carter Rubin gets the night of music started off with “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.  Blake said that he is a fan.  Gwen called Carter unbelievable; adding that he is meant to do this.

Team Kelly’s Desz performed her original song “Holy Ground”.  Host Carson Daly said that it was like being at a Desz concert.  John said that Desz is fantastic.  An emotional Coach Kelly said that they needed the song and the message; adding that Desz is crazy talented and the best vocalist she has ever heard.

Team Blake’s Ian Flanigan performs “In Color” by Jamie Johnson.  Ian was saved last week by fans in the instant save.  John noted that they all love Ian and appreciate his unique voice; adding that Ian is inspiring.  Blake wonders whether Ian is from the past or the future; adding that he is iconic sounding.

Team Blake’s second finalist Jim Ranger performs his original song “Last”.  Gwen said that it was such a pretty song; adding that Jim has a beautiful voice.  She noted that Jim can do anything with his voice.  John noted that Jim’s heart comes through in everything he sings; adding that he tells stories with his heart.  Coach Blake said that it was almost like Jim was giving him advice…on how to make a marriage last. 

Closing out round one is Team Legend’s John Holiday performed his original song “Where Do We Go” that he dedicates to his fans.  Kelly said that it was a song she could never cover; adding that there was no room to breathe and John breezed through it.  Coach John noted that John Holiday is so versatile and continues to challenge himself…and master everything he does.

Desz returns for a performance of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac – a song she choice to perform – and brought the coaches to their feet.  Carson said that he has heard the song hundreds of times, but never Deszified like that.  Saying that he took the words right out of her mouth, Gwen noted that the performance was so beautiful and understated, tasteful, and emotional.  Coach Kelly said that Desz does things vocally that no one else can do; adding that it is all the things she desires to do…and will never reach.

Taking a break from the competition, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani take the stage for a performance of their number one hit “Happy Anywhere”.

Ian Flanigan returns to perform his original song “Never Learn”.  Ian said that the song spoke to him as a parent.  Blake called Ian’s voice a “friendly monster”.  John said that it was a great song choice; adding that Ian sang it with such beauty and wisdom.  Coach Blake called Ian’s voice majestic and larger than life; adding that it lent itself to a song like that.

John Holiday returns to perform “Halo” by Beyonce.  Carson noted that John hit every note on every scale known to man.  Kelly loves that John likes a challenge; adding that the performance was beautiful.  Kelly said that she has never heard anyone in her life like John.  Coach John agreed with Kelly that there is no one like John; adding that he has an out of this world gift.

Carter returns to perform his original song “Up from Here”.  Coach Gwen said that she is proud of Carter; adding that she can’t wait to see what happens after the show.

Closing out the night is Jim Ranger with the iconic classic “With a Little Help from My Friends”.  Carson said that was how you ended a finale.  Kelly said it was Jim’s best performance of the show; adding that it felt like it could be his original.  Gwen agreed with Kelly; adding that Jim felt like a big star.  Coach Blake said that Jim let it all out.  John said that Jim was preaching.

On the Tuesday results show a new winner will be crowned.

Finalists Revealed on ‘The Voice’

On Monday night, the nine remaining singers took to the stage to perform two songs – one solo and one as a part of a trio.

On results night, only five singers will survive the show to move on to the finals.

The top vote getter from each coach will become a finalist with the final spot being chosen via the instant save.

Coach Kelly Clarkson opens the show with a performance of “Under the Mistletoe with Country singer Brett Eldridge.

In the first results of the night, Team Kelly takes the stage with Desz moving on to the finale.  Cami Clune will be singing for the instant save.

In the next results, Team Legend takes the stage.  Due to the instant save last week, John has three singers competing for a spot in the finale.  The Team Legend singer moving on to the finale is John Holiday.  Bailey Rae and Tamara Jade will be competing for the instant save.

Team Blake’s team takes the stage with Jim Ranger.  Ian Flanigan will be singing for the instant save.

“The Voice” coach, Emmy, Tony, Oscar, and eleven time Grammy winner John Legend takes the stage for a performance of his new single “Wild”.

In the final fan vote results before the instant save performances, Team Gwen takes the stage with 15 year old Carter Rubin moving on to the finale.  Ben Allen will be competing for the instant save.

The five remaining singers take to the stage to perform songs that they have chosen in hopes of winning the fan vote in the final instant save of the season.

Ben Allen sang “Prayed for You”.
Cami Clune sang “When the Party’s Over”.
Bailey Rae sang “Your Cheating Heart”.
Tamara Jade sang the classic “Feeling Good”.
Ian Flanigan closed out the performances with “Anymore”.

In the final results of the night, the final singer moving on to the finale via the instant save is…

…Ian Flanigan!

Next week, it’s on to the finals.

Semi Finals on ‘The Voice’

It’s down to just nine singers on “The Voice” and only two weeks remaining in season 19.

Tonight the singers will be performing two songs – one solo and a trio performance.

Blake’s save Jim Ranger gets the night of music started off with one of his dad’s favourite songs “Without You” by Harry Nilsson.  Jim brought the coaches to their feet.  Host Carson Daly noted what a way to start the show.   John called it Jim’s best performance yet; adding that it was flawless and he is a force to be reckoned with.  Blake said, “you just did it, dude!”.  Blake noted that he was more impressed than he has ever been on the show.

Team Kelly’s save Cami Clune sang “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile and dedicated to her mom.  Gwen said that Cami’s voice is like an angel; adding that she is unique and wants to be Cami when she grows up.  Agreeing with Gwen, Kelly said that Cami has a way to tell a story.

In the first trio of the night; Carter Rubin, Desz, and Jim Ranger sing the Billy Preston hit “Will it Go Round in Circles”.  The coaches were out of their chairs dancing during the performance. 

Gwen’s steal and save Ben Allen performs a song by her finacee Blake Shelton with “All About Tonight”.  Ben dedicates his song to Blake and Gwen.  Blake was jealous and blown away; saying that Ben slayed the song and wanted to be Ben.  Gwen said that she thinks it’s funny that she will win the show singing a Blake Shelton song.  She said that Ben did a great job and was blown away.

Team Legend’s John Holiday was the leading vote getter last week.  John performed the Coldplay song “Fix You”.  John Legend said that it was a perfect song for John Holiday.  Kelly said that the song got better as it went along; adding that John has a perfect voice.  Coach John Legend noted that he was over there crying; adding that they felt it.

In the next trio performance; Tamara Jade, Ben Allen, and Ian Gallagher sang “Tulsa Time”. 

Team Kelly’s Desz performed “Don’t Let Go (Love)” by Envogue.  During rehearsals, Kelly sang backup for Desz.  Kelly was standing up with her mouth wide open.  John said that he felt the fire; adding that Desz sang with such power and soulfulness.  An excited Kelly said that it was her favourite performance from any of her singers.  She said that she wanted to put in her application to be Desz’ backup singer.

Instant save and Team Legend’s Bailey Rae sang the Ray Charles song “Georgia on My Mind”.  Blake noted that he loves Bailey Rae; adding that she encompasses the old school country sound.  Coach John Legend noted that America needs to be reminded how young Bailey is – she’s 16.  He said that she sang the song with such confidence.

Three time Grammy Award winner and “The Voice” coach Gwen Stefani debuts her new single “Let Me Re-introduce Myself”.

In the next trio John Holiday, Cami Clune, and Bailey Rae come together for a performance of “Pompeii” by Bastille.

Team Blake’s Ian Flanigan performed the Sarah McLachlan song “Angel”.  He dedicated the song to his girlfriend; now fiancée.  Ian brought the coaches to their feet.  Kelly noted that Ian can sing anything…literally anything.  She noted that she could see Ian writing the song.  Coach Blake noted that it was Kelly was the one who suggested the song; adding that Ian killed it and was incredible.

John Legend save Tamara Jade performed the classic Beatles song “Let it Be” and dedicated it to her coach John Legend.  Gwen said that Tamara has a sparkly and shiny personality.  John said that Tamara is incredible and a superstar.

Closing out the night of music, Team Gwen’s Carter Rubin performed the Kermit the Frog hit “Rainbow Connection”.  Carter dedicated the song to his brother who is autistic.  An emotional Gwen called the performance flawless; adding that it was God answering her prayers.  Gwen called Carter so gifted.

On the Tuesday results show five of the singers will move on to the finals.

Top Nine Revealed on ‘The Voice’

It’s one of the biggest night’s on “The Voice” when nearly half of the singers will be eliminated.

On Monday night, 17 singers took the stage for the first live performances of the season.

The show began with the announcement that classically trained opera singer Ryan Gallagher has inexplicitly left the show.  Rumours continue to float around social media and while Gallagher himself has yet to give an explanation, he did say that he did not drop out.

Host Carson Daly announced that the top four vote getting singers from each group will move on to the top nine; the coaches will each choose one singer, and the instant save will choose the final singer.

In the first results of the night, Team Kelly takes the stage.  The first singer moving on to the top nine via fan vote is Desz.

Kelly chose to save her steal Cami Clune.

Next up is Team Gwen with the fans choosing to put Carter Rubin in the top nine.

Gwen chose to save her steal Ben Allen.

Team Blake takes the stage to learn their results with the fans choosing to put Ian Flanigan into the top nine.

Blake chose to save Jim Ranger.

Team Legend takes the stage to learn their results with the fan vote selecting John Holiday to move on to the top nine.

John chose to send Tamara Jade into the top nine.

Now it is up to the fans once again with the wild card instant save.

Tanner Gomes, Payge Turner, Worth the Wait, and Bailey Rae will all perform for the wild card instant save to fill the final spot in the top nine.

Madeline Consoer, Joseph Soul, Taryn Papa, Sid Kingsley, and Chloe Hogan have been eliminated from the competition.

Up first is Team Blake’s Worth the Wait with “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”.

Team Gwen’s Payge Turner sang the Rihanna song “Diamonds”.

Team Kelly’s Tanner Gomes sang “Pickin’ Wildflowers”.

In the final performance of the night, Team Legend’s Bailey Rae sang “Never Again Again”.

After the wild card instant save vote….

Team Legend’s Bailey Rae is the final singer in the top nine.

Live Shows Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions, battle rounds, and knockouts have all been concluded.  It is now time for the fans to have their say in who stays and who goes home as the live performances begin.

Before the performances begin, host Carson Daly reveals the results of the fan vote from the four way knockout battle.  The four artists saved by the coaches went head to head last week for the final spot.

After giving an impressive performance in English and Italian last week, Ryan Gallagher had to leave the competition; leaving only three singers in the battle.

After the first fan vote of the season, Taryn Papa from Team Blake is the final singer in the top 17.  Julia Cooper and Larriah Jackson have been eliminated from the competition.

Seventeen artists will perform but half of them will be eliminated to reveal the final eight after an overnight fan vote.  A ninth singer will be chosen via the instant save.

Team Kelly’s Desz gets the night of music started off with a performance of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”.  John said that Desz was like an assassin out there; adding that she was soulful and magical.  Kelly said that Desz was what every Texas woman wants to be.

Continuing with Team Kelly, Madeline Consoer sings “What if I Never Get Over You”.  Blake noted that Madeline has performed two Country songs in a row; adding that she did a great job.  Kelly said that Madeline did a fantastic job.

Tanner Gomes sang “Loving on You”.  Kelly said that Tanner was so good and misses honky tonk; adding that people are in a good mood after seeing Tanner.

Team Kelly steal Cami Clune sang “Never Tear Us Apart”.  Kelly said that Cami so cool and talented.  She said  that Cami is a one woman show.

Next us is Team Gwen with Payge Turner and her guitar for “It’s Gonna Be Me”.  Carson said that the performance sounded like a James Bond opening film.  Gwen said that Payge did a great job of making it her own.

Team Gwen steal from Blake, Ben Allen sang “There Goes My Life” with just piano accompaniment and brought the coaches to their feet.   Gwen said that she was lucky to have Ben on her team; adding that the performance was beautiful and perfectly in tune.

Hawaiian Joseph Soul performed the Bee Gees hit “How Deep is Your Love”.  Gwen said that Joseph showed a side that they haven’t seen before; adding that it was incredible.

Closing out Team Gwen is the youngest artist in the show this season with 15 year old Carter Rubin singing “Hero”.  Gwen said that she was honoured to know Carter (who just turned 15); adding that he is mind blowingly good.

Next up is Team Blake who has five artists and the only group this season.  Kicking off Team Blake is Jim Ranger with “Rumor”.  An excited Blake called Jim unbelievably talented and will be in the finale.

The trio Worth the Wait perform “Love is Alive” and brought the coaches to their feet.  Blake said that they stepped up to the next level; adding it was the best they have sounded this season. 

Ian Flannigan sang “Make You Feel My Love” and brought the coaches to their feet.  John called the performance stunning.  Blake reminded everyone that the show is called “The Voice”; adding that they should vote for Ian.

Four way Knockout winner Taryn Papa sang “I Hope You’re Happy Now”.   Blake said that Taryn sounded incredible.

Closing out Team Blake is steal Sid Kingsley singing “Beyond”.  Blake said that he can’t understand how Sid ended up on his team after being on two other teams.  Blake noted that Sid is an incredible musician.

Last up is Team Legend…  Tamara Jade gets Team Legend’s performances started off with a performance of “Crazy” and had John and Kelly on their feet dancing.  John called Tamara a superstar who owned the stage; adding that he is so honoured to coach her.

Chloe Hogan performed “The Future” by Billie Eilish and brought the coaches to their feet.  John said that the performance was tasteful and graceful. 

Country singer Bailey Rae sang “Sweet Music Man” by Kenny Rogers.  John said that he loved hearing Bailey’s voice on the song; adding that she sounded so good.

Closing out the night of music and Team Legend is John Holiday with “Fly Me to the Moon” and had John out of his chair dancing along.  John noted that Holiday showed so many sides of himself; adding that he is one of the greatest vocalists ever on the show.

The nine finalists will be revealed on the results show on Tuesday night.

Knockouts Conclude on ‘The Voice’

On part three of the Knockout Rounds on “The Voice”, Kelly is the only singer with a steal remaining.

First up is Kelly with Tanner Gomes and Marisa Corvo.  Marisa chose the Cher hit “If I Could Turn Back Time” and Tanner chose to sing the Tim McGraw song “Real Good Man”.  Blake said that Tanner did some stuff that was very impressive; adding that Marisa nailed the high notes.  John said that he saw another side of Tanner; adding that it took Marisa a bit to hit her spot.  Gwen said that Marisa had everything going for her; adding that Tanner’s confidence is very special.  Kelly said that Marisa showed her pop side; adding that Tanner showed another side of country music.  Kelly chose Tanner as the winner of the battle.

John chose to pair John Holiday and Cami Clune for a battle.  Cami chose to sing the Annie Lennox version of “I Put a Spell on You” and John chose to sing the Eric Carmen composition “All By Myself” but chose the Celine Dion version.  Usher was amazed at how high John’s voice was.  When John began to sing, Kelly got to her feet and had her mouth open in surprise.  Gwen noted that Cami is very different; adding that John was impressive.  Kelly said that John is incredible and she is impressed with Cami.  Blake said that he loves John but hates him as a coach.  Blake said that Cami’s talent is unbelievable.  John said that they are both phenomenal performers and gave flawless performances.  John chose John Holiday as the winner of the battle.  Kelly used her steal on Cami.

In the final battle of the knockout rounds, the four singers that were saved by the coaches go head to head battle for the final spot in the live performances.  The fans will make the final choice with their votes.

Up first is Team Blakes’s Taryn Papa with “Cry”.

Team Legend’s Julia Cooper sang “Wish You Were Gay”.

Team Gwen’s Larriah Jackson sang “One and Only”.

Closing out the performances is Team Kelly’s Ryan Gallagher with “Time to Say Goodbye” in Italian and English.  Ryan’s mother has been battling the Covid-19 virus and during the battle rounds she was in ICU.   Ryan revealed that his mother is out of ICU.

The results of the four way knockout vote will be revealed at the beginning of the live performances next Monday.



Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
Bailey Rae
Chloe Hogan – steal
John Holiday

Team Gwen:
Payge Turner
Ben Allen – steal
Joseph Soul
Carter Rubin

Team Blake:
Worth the Wait
Sid Kingsley – steal
Jim Ranger
Ian Flanigan

Team Kelly:
Desz
Madeline Consoer
Tanner Gomes
Cami Clune

Knockouts pt 2 on ‘The Voice’

The knockout rounds continue on “The Voice” as the coaches continue to build their teams for the live performances.

Last week, John and Blake added their first team members with Gwen getting two singers after using her steal on Ben Allen.

“The Voice” coach and winner Usher serves as the mega mentor for the singers this season.

Kelly has paired Desz and  steal Sid Kingsley for a battle.  Desz chose “Can We Talk” for her performance and Sid sang “Make it Rain”.  Both singers brought Kelly out of her seat and the coaches to their feet.  Blake called Desz unbelievable and Sid was a big surprise; adding that it was some incredible singing.  John is happy that Sid is back; adding that it was his best performance.  John called Desz a tour de force.  Gwen noted that Desz was so in control; adding that Sid has a lot of soul.  Kelly called them two of her favourite artists to work with.  She said that they were the kind of artists she would play and drink wine to every night.  Saying that she hopes someone gets stolen, Kelly chose Desz as the winner of the battle.  John pushed his button to steal Sid back, but Blake made it a steal battle.  Sid chose to go with a new coach and picks Blake to be his new coach.  Sid noted that he should take advantage of as many coaches as possible.

Blake paired up Jim Ranger and Jus Jon for a battle; saying that they may be in different genres but are both soulful singers.  Jus Jon chose the Bruno Mars song “Finese”; a song he performs with his band on every gig.  Jim chose to sing the Tim McGraw song “Humble and Kind” – a message he wants to pass on to his children.  John noted that he could see Usher’s influence on Jus Jon; adding that it was a lovely song choice for Jim.  Gwen loved Jon’s performance; adding that she feels that Jim could win the show.  Kelly loved Jon’s energy; adding that Jim’s song choice was great.  Jim got very emotional in explaining why he chose the song.  Blake said that Jim’s performance was great and moving.  Blake noted that with Jus Jon he has a hard time separating himself between coach and fan.  Blake chose Jim Ranger as the winner of the battle. 

John paired Country singer Bailey Rae and steal Lauren Frihauf.  Bailey chose “Let Me Down Easy” and Lauren chose the Janis Joplin song “Cry Baby”.  Gwen said that Bailey has a beautiful voice and is impressed; adding that Lauren is a baby full of talent and a voice.  Kelly noted that she just figured out that the girls were teens; she loved Bailey’s song choice and Lauren embodied the song.  Blake said that it was a dirty trick by “The Voice” god that Bailey is on John’s team; adding that there was something innocent about Lauren.  John noted that Lauren’s version of the song worked and Bailey’s voice sounded like classic country.  John chose Bailey Rae as the winner of the battle.

Blake paired Ian Flanigan and steal James Pyle.  Ian chose to sing the Luke Combs song “Beautiful Crazy” and James chose to sing “In My Blood” by Sean Mendes.  John said that both guys were really fantastic.  Gwen said that James had a cool rhythm – he plays the drums; adding that the music comes through Ian.  Kelly said that James made some nice changes; adding that she liked Ian’s mysterious vibe.  Blake said that it was exciting to see James talent; adding that there is nobody who sounds like Ian.  Blake chose Ian as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip…
Gwen paired Joseph Soul and Van Andrew for a battle with Joseph taking the win.

Kelly paired Kelsie Watts who chose the Alains Morrisette song “You Oughta Know” and Madeline Consoer who chose to sing “Die from a Broken Heart” by Maddie and Tae.  Blake said that Kelsie really made the song work; adding that Madeline nailed it.  John noted that Madeline connected with the song; adding that Kelsie carried herself like an A level pop singer.  Gwen was impressed by both girls, calling them so talented.  Kelly said that Kelsie made the song her own; adding that Madeline was the Country girl she would want to see.  Kelly chose Madeline as the winner of the battle.

Gwen paired 14 year old Carter Rubin and Chloe Hogan.  Carter chose to sing “You Say” for his performance and Chloe chose to sing an “Weak”.  Kelly said that Carter gave a finale performance; adding that Chloe made her fall in love with her.  Blake said that Carter is as skilled as anyone on the show and Chloe’s presence is magical.  John said that Carter nailed it and is talented; adding that the degree of difficulty was higher for Chloe.  Gwen called Chloe awesome; adding that Carter picked a song that he was connected to.  Gwen named Carter as the winner of the battle.  John pushed his button to steal Chloe.

Kelly is the only coach with a steal remaining.


Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
Bailey Rae
Chloe Hogan – steal

Team Gwen:
Payge Turner
Ben Allen – steal
Joseph Soul
Carter Rubin

Team Blake:
Worth the Wait
Sid Kingsley – steal
Jim Ranger
Ian Flanigan

Team Kelly:
Desz
Madeline Consoer

DWTS Crowns a Season 29 Champion

“Dancing with the Stars” reaches the end of another season with the final four, the freestyle dances, and celebrity performances.

The night of dancing opens with the four finalists and the professional dancers taking the dance floor to the music of “Flashdance”.

Before the couples strut their stuff with the Freestyle dance, they will perform their most memorable dances.

Kaitlyn and Artem kick off round one with an Argentine Tango to the music of Britney Spears.  Derek said that it was a perfect dance to show that Kaitlyn deserved to be there.  Bruno said that they took his breath away; adding that the detail was even better this time around.  Carrie Ann said that she was glad they chose the dance; adding that it is one of her top three favourite dances of all time.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 30 points for their dance.

Next up was Nelly and Daniella dance a Samba to “Rhythm of the Night”.  Bruno noted that Nelly had everybody up dancing; adding that he was engaging to watch.  Carrie Ann said that Nelly’s journey has been the most fascinating; adding that dance is about the joy of life.  Derek said that the show is about moments and Nelly is a moment maker.  Derek noted that Nelly connects with the people at home.  Nelly revealed that he will be auctioning off all of his dance shoes and will be donating the money earned to a worthy cause.  Nelly and Daniella scored 27 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna chose to perform their Paso Doble to the music of “Swan Lake”.  Carrie Ann called the performance perfection; adding that watching Nev is a treat.  Derek loved the change with the dance opening with Neve solo.  Bruno asked how do you improve on perfection?  Neve and Jenna earned a perfect score of 30 for their dance.

Closing out round one was Justina and Sasha with a Cha Cha.  It was the first dance Justina performed on the show.  Derek said that Justina explodes with charisma and is sensational to watch.  Bruno said “viva Latina:” adding that she knows how to shake those tail feathers.  Carri Ann said that Justina knows how to bring it; adding that she has fire.  Justina and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance.

Most Memorable dance round:
Nelly and Daniella – 27
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30
Nev and Jenna – 30
Justina and Sasha – 30

Before the couples perform their Freestyle dances, Derek comes out from behind the judge’s table for a dance performance in a celebration of the season; a la Fred Astaire. 

Nelly and Daniella kick off the Freestyle round.  There are no rules when it comes to the Freestyle dance – all lifts and tricks are allowed.  Bruno called Nelly the king of swag and bling; adding that they were in the presence of Hip-Hop royalty.  Carrie Ann said that the dance gave them hope for the future.  Derek called it a Grammy worth performance.  Nelly and Daniella scored 30 points for their dance for their first perfect score.

Kaitlyn and Artem dance their Freestyle to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”.  Carrie Ann said that the song is one of her favourites; adding that she threw everything in including the kitchen sink.  Derek congratulated Kaitlyn.  Bruno noted that the dance was jam packed with content.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 30 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna perform their Freestyle dance to “Singing in the Rain” complete with umbrella props and rain.  Derek called Nev a leading man; adding that you can’t do Fred Astaire type dances without being a leading man.  Bruno called the dance show stopping; adding that he wasn’t expecting it.  Carrie Ann called Nev an incredible performer.  Nev and Jenna scored 30 points for their dance.

In the final dance of the night, Justina and Sasha perform their Freestyle dance to a medley of Latin music songs.  Bruno called the dance a celebration of Latin spirit; adding that it was a tonic for your soul.  Carrie Ann loved the dance; adding that it was a celebration of Justina.  Derek said that he couldn’t think of a better Freestyle to end the season.  Justina and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance.

Freestyle scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 30
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30
Nev and Jenna – 30
Justina and Sasha – 30


Total scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 27 + 30 = 57
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30 + 30 = 60
Nev and Jenna – 30 + 30 = 60
Justina and Sasha – 30 + 30 = 60


While all the votes and scores are being tabulated, Nelly trades in his dancing shoes for a microphone for a performance of some of his greatest hits.

In the final results of the season…
The couple in fourth place is Justina and Sasha.
The couple in third place is Nelly and Jenna

That leaves only Kaitlyn and Artem and Nev and Jenna.

The season 29 DWTS champion is Kaitlyn and Artem!

Knockouts Begin on ‘The Voice’

With the conclusion of the Battle Rounds on “The Voice”, it’s time for the knockouts to begin.  Again for this round, the coaches get only one steal.

The knockout rounds is the last time that the coaches have any say in who stays and who will go home.

The mega advisor for this season is “The Voice” alum and winner Usher.

Team Legend kicks off the knockouts with Casme and Tamara Jade in a battle.  Casme chose the Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball” for her performance.  Tamara chose the Stevie Wonder hit “Higher Ground”.  Gwen called the performances incredible.  Kelly loved both singers.  Blake noted that they set the bar high.  John said that they made the song their own; adding the Tamara delivered the message.  John named Tamara as the winner of the battle. 

Gwen paired Payge Turner and Ryan Berg for a battle.  Payge chose to perform “Creep” by Radiohead.  Ryan chose to sing “Makomg Me Look Good Again” and brought the coaches to their feet.  Kelly said that she didn’t know what happened; adding that both singers were incredible.  Blake called the singers “Urban Cowboy” and “Saturday night Fever”.  John was stunned by Payge’s delivery of the song.  Gwen noted that both singers were weird in a good way.  Saying that both singers deserve to be here, Gwen chose Payge as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, Blake paired Ben Allen and Worth the Wait for a battle.  Ben chose “She Got the Best of Me” by Luke Combs.  Worth the Wait chose to sing “Delta Dawn”.  The mother of the group revealed that both of her parents, who are in their 80’s, have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.  John noted that Ben has been consistently good every round; adding that it was easily the best performance from Worth the Wait.  Gwen said that she was excited for America to hear a family sing together; adding that Ben is really really good.  Blake said that it was classic country.  Blake named Worth the Wait as the winner of the battle.  Gwen used her steal on Ben Allen.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade

Team Gwen:
Payge Turner
Ben Allen – steal

Team Blake:
Worth the Wait

Battles Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the battle rounds on “The Voice”.  Blake and Kelly each have four members on their team, John has five, and Gwen has only three members on her team.

John has used both his steal and his save; while Blake still has his steal remaining.  Kelly and Gwen have yet to use their saves.

First up is team Gwen with Larriah Jackson with “Like I’m Gonna Loose You” by Megan Trainor with John Legend.  The performance brought the coaches to their feet.  Kelly said that the performance was so well done.  Blake said that it wasn’t fair because of the age difference; Larriah is 15 and Carter is 14.  John said that both singers were wonderful and he was impressed with the performance.  Gwen who is very undecided, finally chose Carter as the winner of the battle.  Carter was very emotional after the win.  Gwen used her save on Larriah and Carter was very excited.

Blake chose to pair Aaron Scott and Ian Flanigan for a battle of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival.  John said that the guys did a fantastic job. Gwen said that the performance felt really balanced.  Kelly said that they did an amazing job; adding that she couldn’t keep her eyes off of Ian.  Coach Blake noted that every note made in rehearsals came into play with the performance.  Blake chose Ian Flanigan as the winner of the battle.

John paired Casme and Rio Souma for a battle of “You’re All I Need” and had John up dancing and singing along.  Gwen said that she felt like she was at the Grammys.  Kelly said that Casme was born to be on stage; adding that she loved Rio’s voice.  Blake loved Rio.  John called it the most engrossing performance of the battle rounds.   Saying that it is a tough decision John chose Casme as the winner of the battle. 

Kelly paired Ryan Gallagher and Marisa Corvo for a battle of a Celine Dion song – “I Surrender”.  In rehearsals Ryan revealed that his grandmother and mother both have the Covid-19 virus with his mother being admitted to the hospital.  Blake noted that the right song is everything; noting that Marissa took over the room.  John agreed that Marisa took over the performance.  Gwen noted that Ryan was controlled; adding that both singers are so talented.  Kelly noted that she had never heard a man perform the song; adding that both singers are very gifted.  Saying that it was her hardest battle, Kelly chose Marisa as the winner of the battle.  Kelly used her save on Ryan.

All of the coaches have used their saves; only Blake has a steal remaining.

In a series of video clips…
Kelly paired Emmalee and Kelsie Watts for a battle with Kelsie taking the win.
Blake paired Sam Stacy and Ben Allen for a battle with Ben taking the win.
Gwen paired Tori Miller and Van Andrew for a battle with Van winning the battle.

Gwen paired Liam St. John and Ryan Berg for a battle of “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blac.  Kelly called the performance awesome.  Blake noted that both singers are aggressive vocally.  John noted that Liam has an impressive vocal range but likes Ryan’s tone.  Gwen called it her biggest surprise battle; adding that the performance was very energetic.  Gwen chose Ryan as the winner of the battle. 

In the final performance of the night, John paired Cami Clune and James Pyle for a battle of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak.  Gwen called the performance shocking in a good way.  Kelly called the performance really beautiful; adding that it was her favourite battle.  Blake said that somewhere Chris Isaak is asking whether he wrote that song; adding that it was a very inventive cover of the song.  John noted that they had a very creative version of the song.  Saying that it was an impossible decision, John chose Cami as the winner of the battle.  Blake finally uses his steal for James.

Team Blake:
Worth the Wait
Taryn Papa – save
Jus Jon
Jim Ranger
Ian Flanigan
Ben Allen
James Pyle – steal


Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
Lauren Frihauf – steal
Bailey Rae
John Holiday
Julia Cooper – save
Casme
Cami Clune

Team Kelly:
Madeline Consoer
Sid Kingsley – steal
Desz
Tanner Gomes
Marisa Corvo
Ryan Gallagher – save
Kelsie Watts


Team Gwen:
Payge Turner
Joseph Soul – steal
Chloe Hogan
Carter Rubin
Larriah Jackson – save
Van Andrew
Ryan Berg

It’s the Semi Finals on DWTS

“Dancing with the Starts” has reached the semi finals of another season with just six couples remaining…and a double elimination one week before the finals.

The couples must perform two dances this week – a redemption dance – one they have performed before and get a second chance to improve – and a new routine.

In the redemption round, the judges choose which dance the couple are to perform.

First up are Skai and Alan with a Cha Cha.  Bruno said that Skai brought solid gold to the dance; adding that she was hot.  Carrie Ann said that Skai was tight and crisp.  Derek noted that Skai was much more confident and sharp; adding that he loved the costume.   Skai and Alan scored 27 points for their dance.

Justina and Sasha perform a Tango.  Derek noted that dance had attack and passion; adding that her frame was fantastic.  Bruno said that it was what he was waiting for; adding that she was “on top of it”.  Carrie Ann said that Justina was on fire tonight; adding that it was a wonderful dance.  Justina and Sasha scored 28 points for their dance; including Justina’s first 10.

Johnny and Britt dance a Salsa for their redemption dance.  Carrie Ann said that Johnny was so much more in control; adding that she saw what she wanted to see.  Derek noted the difficulty in the dance; adding that it was well done.  Bruno said that Carrie Ann did a good job; adding that Johnny showed great improvement.  Johnny and Britt scored 27 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella perform a Paso Doble for their redemption dance.  Bruno said that you could see the artist…and the shapes; adding Nelly showed restrained power.  Carrie Ann said that Nelly danced with power and presence; adding that their was a regelness to what he was doing.  Derek said that there was definitely improvement and focus this time around.  Nelly and Daniella scored 26 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna dance a Foxtrot.  The dance reminded Derek of his competition days; adding that it was a pure Foxtrot.  Bruno called Nev a class act; adding that he never lost it.  Bruno called the dance brilliant.  Carrie Ann said that Nev has mastered the technique and become an artist.  Nev and Jenna scored 30 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem danced a Paso Doble.  Carrie Ann called the dance passionate and powerful; adding that Kaitlyn was “in the zone”.  Derek said that Kaitlyn sold him.  Bruno said that he felt like he was in Seville on a hot summer night; adding that it was 100 percent authentic Paso Doble.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 30 points for their dance.

Redemption dance scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 26
Skai and Alan – 27
Johnny and Britt – 27
Justina and Sasha – 28
Nev and Jenna – 30
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30

Justina and Sasha get round two started when they perform a Contemporary routine.  Derek noted that this is the point of the season where all the emotions come out.  He said that Justina makes everything look effortless.  Bruno noted that Justina has freedom of movement.  Carrie Ann called the dance beautiful, authentic, and magical.  Justina and Sasha scored 30 points for their dance.

Skai and Alan dance a Viennese Waltz.  Bruno said that the dance was beautiful and maintained an emotional connection.  Carrie Ann called Skai and exceptional woman.  Derek said that the dance was beautiful and connected.  Skai and Alan scored 30 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt perform a Jazz routine to the music of One Republic.  Carrie Ann loved the dance; saying that it looked like Johnny was on cloud nine.  Derek called it a beautiful routine; adding that he felt the genuine connection.  Derek said that he wanted to give the dance an eleven.  Bruno called the dance clean, clear, and with purity of line and form; adding that everything he loved was there.  Johnny and Britt scored 30 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna dance a Contemporary routine.  Derek said that he forgot to judge; adding that it was wonderful to watch.  Bruno said that Nev had to have done it before; adding that he was totally in it.  Carrie Ann noted that Contemporary is Jenna’s thing; adding that Nev nailed every step.  Nev and Jenna scored 30 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella perform a Jive to “Jump, Jive, and Wail” and brought the judges to their feet.  Bruno said that Nelly nailed it.  Carrie Ann said that Nelly was incredible.  Derek agreed that Nelly nailed the routine.  Nelly and Daniella scored 30 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem close out the night of dancing with a Contemporary routine.  Carrie Ann noted that it has been an incredible night of dancing; adding that she has been waiting for them to do a Contemporary routine.  Derek said that his favourite part of the show is telling stories.  Bruno called the dance powerful and beautiful.  Kaitlyn and Artem scored 30 points for their dance.

Round two scores:
Justina and Sasha – 30
Skai and Alan – 30
Johnny and Britt – 30
Nev and Jenna – 30
Nelly and Daniella – 30
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30

For the first time in the show, every couple earned a perfect score for a semi finals dance.

Total scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 26 + 30 = 56
Skai and Alan – 27 + 30 = 57
Johnny and Britt – 27 + 30 = 57
Justina and Sasha – 28 + 30 = 58
Nev and Jenna – 30 + 30 = 60
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30 + 30 = 60

After all of the votes have been counted and added to the judge’s scores…
Nelly and Daniella
Nev and Jenna
and Kaitlyn and Artem
will all be dancing in the finals.

Skai and Alan, Johnny and Britt, and Justina and Sasha are all in the bottom with two of the couples going home.

The couple that earned the lowest votes and scores are Johnny and Britt and have been eliminated from the competition.

In the final judge’s save…
Derek chose to save Justina and Sasha
Carrie Ann chose to save Justina and Sasha
Bruno chose to save Justina and Sasha

Skai and Alan have been eliminated.

Battles Continue on ‘The Voice’

On this second night of the Battle Rounds, the coaches will join forces with the chosen mentors for a socially distanced mentoring session with their team members as they continue to build the teams for the next round on “The Voice”.

The battles begin with Team Kelly who pared Desz and Joseph Soul for a performance of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.  Blake said that he feels like he knows both of them now.  John noted that Desz is a force to be reckoned with.  Gwen noted that Desz’ performance is effortless; adding that Joseph is super talented.  Kelly called Joseph an angel that sings R&B; adding that Desz is powerful.  Kelly chose Desz as the winner of the battle.

Gwen pushed her button to steal Joseph Soul; saying that she couldn’t let that voice leave the stage.

Blake pared up John Sullivan and Jim Ranger for a performance of the Kane Brown song “Good as You”.  Advisor Kane Brown said that it is his favourite song to perform live.  John called it a fun rendition of the song.  Gwen called the performance engaging.  Kelly called it a great marriage between Keith Urban and John Mayer.  Blake said hats off to both of the guys; adding that the paring looked good on paper.  Blake chose Jim as the winner of the battle.

In a video clip…
Kelly pared Tanner Gomes and Skylar Alyvia Mayton for a battle with Tanner as the winner of the battle.

Gwen pared Chloe Hogan and Lain Roy for a battle with Chloe winning the battle.

The final battle of the night is Team Legend members Julia Cooper and John Holiday for a performance of “Summer Soft” by Stevie Wonder and brought the coaches to their feet.  Gwen called the performance amazing; adding that both singers have unusual voices.  Gwen said that she doesn’t know how John is even real.  John noted that they were the only singers who could do the song; adding that they knocked it out of the park.  John chose John as the winner of the battle.

John used his save on Julia Cooper.

Host Carson Daly announced that former “The Voice” coach and winner is going to be the mega advisor this season.


Team Blake:
Worth the Wait
Taryn Papa – save
Jus Jon
Jim Ranger

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
Lauren Frihauf – steal
Bailey Rae
John Holiday
Julia Cooper – save

Team Kelly:
Madeline Consoer
Sid Kingsley – steal
Desz
Tanner Gomes

Team Gwen:
Payge Turner
Joseph Soul – steal
Chloe Hogan

Battle Rounds Begin on ‘The Voice’

The blind auditions are over an it is time for the battles to begin on “The Voice”. Each of the coaches have brought in some special artists to help mentor the team members.

John Legend has brought in Miguel
Blake Shelton has brought in Kane Brown
Kelly Clarkson has brought in Leon Bridges
Gwen Stefani has brought in Julia Michaels

“The Voice” is working hard this season to keep everyone safe. The places where the artists work with the singers has them separated. The big boxing ring stage has been changed to two smaller stages to promote social distancing. Because there are no masks, the show is emphasizing the separation for safety.

Kicking off the battle rounds is Team Blake with the family trio Worth the Wait and Taryn Papa for a battle of “Little White Church” by Little Big Town. John noted that it was fun to watch. Gwen is curious to see what happens next with the trio. Gwen said that Taryn held her own; adding that Worth the Wait sounded great together. Kelly noted that Taryn has an incredible range; adding that the trio sounds like one voice. Coach Blake said that Taryn reminds him of Casidee Pope and Mia from Worth the Wait reminds him of Danielle Bradbury – both who went on to win the show on Team Blake. Blake chose Worth the Wait as the winner of the battle.

Blake pushed his button to save Taryn Papa.

Each coach gets one save and one steal in this round.

Team Legend paired up Tamara Jade and Olivia Reyes for a battle of “Hard Place” by H.E.R. Gwen called the performance interesting. Kelly noted that both singers are completely different but were both great. Blake felt that it was an equal battle between the two singers. John said that both of them were fantastic. John chose Tamara as the winner of the battle.

Kelly, sporting a patch on her right eye after an infection, paired Madeline Consoer and Eli Zamora for a battle of “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely” by Ricky Martin and Christine Aguelera. Eli helped Madeline with the Spanish in the song. This is Leon Bridges first time appearing on “The Voice”. Both singers performed in English and Spanish. Blake said that they felt like they were going to break up Donnie and Marie; adding that they should form a duo. Kelly noted that they did so well together because they worked as a team; adding that both did an amazing job. Kelly chose Madeline as the winner of the battle.

Gwen chose to pair Lauren Frihauf and Payge Turner for a battle of “If the World was Ending” that features mentor Julia Michaels. Kelly called the performance intense. Blake noted that both singers were great. John said that both girls did an excellent job of portraying what the songwriter wanted to convey. Gwen was impressed by both performances; adding that it will probably be her hardest decision. Gwen chose Payge as the winner of the battle.

John pushed his button to steal Lauren Frihauf. Blake also pushed his button to steal. Lauren chose John to be her new coach.

Blake paired his one chair turns Payton Lamar and Jus Jon for the Sam Smith song “Dancing with a Starnger”. John said that they had great energy together. Gwen loved the performance. Blake noted that they put in the work during rehearsals; adding that he is a super proud grandpa. Blake chose Jus Jon as the winner of the battle.

In the final battle of the night, John paired up Sid Kingsley and Bailey Rae for a performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Gwen called the performance exciting. John said that they both gave a fantastic performance. Saying that both of them was incredible, John chose Bailey as the winner of the battle.

Kelly pushed her button to steal Sid.

Team Blake:
Worth the Wait
Taryn Papa – save
Jus Jon


Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
Lauren Frihauf – steal
Bailey Rae

Team Kelly:
Madeline Consoer
Sid Kingsley – steal


Team Gwen:
Payge Turner

Icons Week on DWTS

This week on “Dancing with the Stars” it’s Icons Week where the seven remaining couples will dance to the music of their iconic performers. Again this week the couples will be performing two dances.

First up is Justina and Sasha with a Rumba to “Crazy for You” by Madonna. Derek said that it was a beautiful Rumba. Bruno noted that they saw the gentle side of Madonna tonight; adding that the content was there and nice. Carrie Ann noted that Justina looked amazing but wanted to see more dynamics in Justina’s performance. Justina and Sasha scored 24 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella dance a Jazz routine to the music of Tupac Shakar. Along with dance rehearsals, Nelly was in the studio to record his cover of “California Love”…the song he is dancing to. Bruno said that Nelly was cool and confident in his element. Carrie Ann said that Nelly did a great job; adding that he looked like he was entertaining them. Derek loved all the elements in the dance; adding that the dance was celebratory. Nelly’s track was used for the dance. Nelly and Daniella scored 24 points for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl dance a Viennese Waltz to “Somebody to Love” by Freddie Mercury and Queen. Carrie Ann said that AJ started out strong but lost it later. Derek said that AJ was beautiful in frame. Bruno noted that AJ danced to rock royalty. AJ and Cheryl scored 23 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem pay tribute to Brittney Spears with an Argentine Tango to “Toxic”. Derek stood and clapped for Kaitlyn; adding that it was an exquisite performance. Bruno said, “Hit me Kaitlyn one more time”; adding it was a star performance. Carrie Ann also stood and clapped saying that everything was amazing. Kaitlyn and Artem scored a perfect score of 30 for their dance.

Johnny and Britt pay tribute to Amy Winehouse with a Quickstep to “Valarie” with Johnny dressed as Amy. Bruno said that Amy would have loved it; adding that he did it very well with an excellent Quickstep. Carrie Ann noted that they have never seen a Quickstep like that; adding that he delivered every move and used the floor like an ice rink. Derek said that he dance was clean. Johnny and Britt scored also earned a perfect score of 30 for their dance.

After being saved last week, Skai and Alan dance a Paso Doble to the music of Janet Jackson. Carrie Ann thanked Skai for sharing her story; adding that the Paso was fierce and amazing. Derek noted that Skai is strong and powerful. Bruno noted that the Paso is one of the most grownup dances they have and Skai lived up to the dance. Skai and Alan scored 27 points for their dance.

With the final dance in round one, Nev and Jenna channel their inner Sir Elton with a Jive to “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting”. Derek noted that has seen Nev grow through the competition; adding that he did a great job. Bruno loved the structure and theatricality of the dance. Carrie Ann noted that Nev is a pleasure to watch. Nev and Jenna scored 27 points for their dance.

Round one scores:
AJ and Cheryl – 23
Justina and Sasha – 24
Nelly and Daniella – 24
Skai and Alan – 27
Nev and Jenna – 27
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30
Johnny and Britt – 30

In round two six of the couples will participate in a dance off. With the highest cumulative scores Nev and Jenna are immune from the dance off and will earn two bonus points.

First on the floor are Justina and Sasha and Kaitlyn and Artem with a Cha Cha to “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. After the side by side performance, Justina and Sasha won the dance off and earn two bonus points.

Next up were Skai and Alan battle Nelly and Danielle dance a Salsa to the music of Ricky Martin. Skai and Alan won the dance off despite Nelly taking off his shirt. Skai and Alan get two bonus points added to their score.

In the final dance off, AJ and Cheryl and Johnny and Britt pair off with a Jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham. AJ and Cheryl won the dance off and earn the extra points.

Dance off scores:

Nev and Jenna – 2
Justina and Sasha – 2
Skai and Alan – 2
AJ and Cheryl – 2

Total scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 24
AJ and Cheryl – 23 + 2 = 25
Justina and Sasha – 24 + 2 = 26
Skai and Alan – 27 + 2 = 29
Nev and Jenna – 27 + 2 = 29
Kaitlyn and Artem – 30
Johnny and Britt – 30

After all the scores and votes have been tabulated…
Kaitlyn and Artem
Skai and Alan
Nev and Jenna
Justina and Sasha
and Nelly and Daniella
are all moving on to the semi finals next week.

AJ and Cheryl and Johnny and Britt are in the bottom two and in danger of going honme.

Bruno chose to save Johnny and Britt
Derek chose to save AJ and Cheryl
Carrie Ann chose to save Johnny and Britt

AJ and Cheryl have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week it’s the semi finals and a double elimination.


Blind Auditions Conclude on ‘The Voice’

It’s the final night of the blind auditions on “The Voice”. The coaches will fill their teams of 10 singers.

Blake, Gwen, and Kelly all have eight singers on their teams; while John has seven artists.

First up is Julia Cooper who has been singing since she was five years old. It didn’t take long for John to turn his chair; Gwen and Kelly quickly joined him in turning their chairs. Noting that he is also from Ohio, John said that he feels that they were meant to be together; adding that she had a super cool tone. Kelly said that she is a big fan of Julia’s voice; adding that she doesn’t sound like anybody else. Gwen noted that she knows how to connect with people through her story. Julia chose John to be her coach.

Saying music is life, Apropos has been around music all of his life. He had Sir Elton John introduce his song on a radio program. He chose “I Heard it Through the Grapvine” for his audition but failed to turn any chairs. John liked his tone but felt he didn’t show off his range. Blake and Gwen told him that he has to come back.

John Sullivan grew up playing the piano but waited until he outgrew baseball before turning to music. Playing the guitar, John sang “Operator” by Jim Croce for his audition and got Blake to turn his chair. Gwen also turned her chair. John said that they were all impressed with his tone. Blake loved the song choice; adding that he had perfect pitch and was a storyteller. Gwen said that he had an honest voice. John chose Blake to be his coach.

Fifteen year old Skylar Alivia Mayton got Kelly’s attention early for a one chair turn. Skylar was hpoing that Kelly would be her coach. Kelly said that she was stoked to learn that Skylar was that young and that talented.

John and Gwen were quick to turn their chairs for Lain Roy. Lain said that he was freaking out. Gwen said that Lain was a really good singer. Lain noted that his mother was a touring singer; adding that he sang a John Legengd song in 10th grade. Saying that she has been doing this (music) for so long, Gwen feels that she has something to offer. Blake said that Gwen is good at selling a ton of albums. Lain chose Gwen to be his coach.

Jared Ming calls Hawaii home where he tended bar and performed Country music but failed to turn any chairs. Gwen noted that he has a great range but was pitchy. John noted that he has a voice for the radio. Blake noted that Jared sounds more like a Country crooner. John told Jared he should come back.

For the first time on “The Voice” the female trio Worth the Wait – a mom and daughter group – comes to the show. It only took three notes for Bwen to turn her chair; Blake, John, and Kelly quickly followed for a four chair turn. Gwen was shocked when she turned around and saw three of them. Kelly loved the harmonies. Blake thought it was the perfect name, noting that he has one spot on his team…and he was waiting. Blake said that he would be proud to have them on his team. John noted that he isn’t an expert on Country, but he does know about harmony and working with family. The group chose Blake to be their coach.

Blake becomes the first coach to fill his team.

Emmalee said that she always knew she wanted to be a singer. She had one of her songs appear on “The Young and the Restless”. She chose a stripped down version of the Whitney Houston song “How Will I Know” for her audition and had John and Kelly turning their chairs after only a few notes. Blake said that it was a really cool version of the song. John said that Emmalee executed the song beautifully. Gwen said that she had never heard the song done that way before. Kelly also thought that Emmalee has a beautiful tone; adding that she has air for days. Emmalee chose Kelly to be her coach.

Kelly’s team is now full.

Bailey Rae has been clogging since she was five and singing in the church since she was seven and has been performing every since…including one of Blake Shelton’s venues. John didn’t wait long to turn his chair and finally got himself a Country music singer. Blake made his pitch to steal Bailey during the battle rounds. John noted that music is universal.

Labour delivery nurse Neci loves what she does but singing is something she wants to do. She sang “God Bless the Child” for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Blake noted that Neci is a gifted singer; John agreed but heard some pitch issues. Gwen noted that she was very close to turning her chair.

Tori Miller was raised on classic Country and grew up on the stage performing those songs. Singing “When You Say Nothing at All”, Tori got Gwen to turn her chair. Now Gwen also has a Country singer on her team. Gwen said that she loves Tori’s voice.

Gwen’s team is now filled.

In the final audition, John finds his perfect person in drummer James Pyle. After performing only three times in public, James wows John with his performance. Kelly said that she wanted to push her button; adding that James is super fantastic. Gwen said that James’ voice is unreal; adding that he is one of the best singers she’s heard. Gwen said that if James is available for a steal, she will do it. John called it a masterful performance. Blake called James an incredible singer.

And with that John fills his team and the blind auditions are over.

Next week the Battle Rounds begin…

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley
Rio Souma
Casme
Olivia Reyes
Julia Cooper
Bailey Rae
James Pyle

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Payge Turner
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan
Ryan Berg
Carter Rubin
Larriah Jackson
Van Andrew
Lain Roy
Tori Miller

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher
Kelsie Watts
Deszi
Tanner Gomes
Skylar Alivia Mayton
Emmalee

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott
Jus Jon
Ben Allen
Sam Stacey
Payton Lamar
John Sullivan
Worth the Wait

And Then There Were 7 on DWTS

With the season already over halfway complete, nine couples remain and will face a doulbe elimination this week.

After narrowly avoiding elimination last week, Jeannie Mai announced that due to health issues, she is withdrawing from the competition. With that announcement, eight couple remain and only one couple will be eliminated this week.

And for the first time this season, the couples will have to perform two dances.

Kaitlyn and Artem get the night of dancing off with a Jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Derek noted again that they always so much content in their dances; adding that Kaitlyn is amazing. Bruno said that Kaitlyn has what it takes but wants more passion and attack in her performances. Carrie Ann said that Kaitlyn came back with grace; adding that it was one of her better dances. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 25 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna follows up the first perfect score of the season with a Viennese Waltz to the music of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. Bruno said that he could see the confidence; adding that he was oozing charm and charisma. Bruno said that Nev was very musical. Carrie Ann said that the dance was beautiful and elegant. Derek said that Nev danced a beautiful and smooth Viennese Waltz. Nev and Jenna scored 27 points for their dance.

Justina and Sasha dance a Samba and Justina dedicates it to Rita Moreno – the person who got her interested in performing. Carrie Ann said that Justina is so fierce; adding that she makes them feel good when she dances. Derek loved the dance; adding that she is so fun to watch. Bruno said that he loves watching Justina; adding that she makes every hour look like happy hour. He noted that all the content needed for a Samba was there. Justina and Sasha scored 27 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella dance a Rumba to one of his sister’s favourite songs. His sister Jackie died in 2005 as a result of leukemia. Derek appreciated Nelly sharing his story. Bruno said that in the Rumba the man is the frame for the lady…and Nelly did that. Carrie Ann said that she is proud of Nelly for how far he has come; adding that she wants more from him. Nelly and Daniella scored 21 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb dance a Viennese Waltz to “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. Carrie Ann called the dance graceful and sexy. Derek said that he can see Chrishell improving each week. Bruno said that Chrishell had some very good moments in the dance. Chrishell and Gleb scored 24 points for their dance.

Skai and Alan dance a Salsa to the music of Missy Elliott. Carrie Ann noted that Skai was really aggressive with the dance. Derek noted that Skai was more grounded in this dance. Bruno was screaming during the dance with all of the lifts. Skai and Alan scored 25 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt dance a Foxtrot to the music of Shawn Mendes. Derek said that Shawn Medes would be proud; adding that he had a great frame. Bruno said that Johnny had a wonderful sweeping movement that covered the stage. Carrie Ann said that Johnny dances with so much artistry. Johnny and Britt scored 27 points for their dance.

From her hospital bed, Jeannie spoke on why she had to leave the show. She had to have emergency surgery for an infected abscess in her throat.

Closing out round one of the dances, AJ and Cheryl dance a Rumba. Bruno said that he was so captivated by the dance; adding that there wasn’t much Rumba content. Agreeing with Bruno, Carrie Ann said that the dance moved them but didn’t have enough content or hip action. Derek appreciated AJ’s story; adding that this was a dance for himself. AJ and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Round one dances:
Nelly and Daniella – 21
Chrishell and Gleb – 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24
Kaitlyn and Artem – 25
Skai and Alan – 25
Nev and Jenna – 27
Justina and Sasha – 27
Johnny and Britt – 27

For their second dance of the night, the couples will perform a relay dance. Divided into three groups and will dance in a relay for bonus points.

Carrie Ann judges a Cha Cha between Nev and Jenna, Chrishell and Gleb, and Nelly and Daniella. Carrie Ann called the performance fun; saying that Neve started off a little weak, Chrishell and Gleb had more content, and Nelly had the most improvement.

Carrie Ann awarded…
Nev and Jenna – 3 points
Chrishell and Gleb – 2 points
Nelly and Daniella – 2 points

The points will be added to their first round scores.

Next up Derek will judge Justina and Sasha and Johnny and Britt dancing a Viennese Waltz. Jeannie and Brandon were also supposed to be in this group. Derek sent wishes for a speedy recovery to Jeannie, Justina and Sasha performed a beautiful Viennese Waltz but he wanted a little more energy; Johnny and Britt were phenomenal.

Derek awarded two points to Justina and Sasha and three points to Johnny and Britt.

Last up, Bruno will judge AJ and Cheryl, Kaitlyn and Artem, and Skai and Alan in a Samba. Bruno was in a party mood. AJ got into the feel of the dance and was very rhythmical, Kaitlyn was well placed and sexy, Skair and Alan were much improved.

Bruno awarded…
three points to AJ and Cheryl
three points to Kaitlyn and Artem
and two points to Skai and Alan


Total scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 21 + 2 = 23
Chrishell and Gleb – 24 + 2 = 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24 + 3 = 27
Skai and Alan – 25 + 2 = 27
Kaitlyn and Artem – 25 + 3 = 28
Justina and Sasha – 27 +2 = 29
Nev and Jenna – 27 + 3 = 30
Johnny and Britt – 27 + 3 = 30

After all of the votes and scores have been tabulated…
Nelly and Daniella
Justina and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
Kaitlyn and Artem
Johnny and Britt
and Nev and Jenna
are all safe for another week.

Skai and Alan and Chrishell and Gleb are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Skai and Alan
Bruno chose to save Skai and Alan
Derek chose to save Skai and Alan

Chrishell and Gleb have been eliminated form the competition.

Next week the remaining seven couples will dance to music by some of the biggest icons in music.

Blind Auditions part 4 on ‘The Voice’

When the Monday episode of “The Voice” Blind Auditions went off the air, everyone was left in limbo as to who the night’s only four chair turn would choose to be her coach.

Deszi chose Kelly to be her coach!

Kelly now has seven singers on her team; while Gwen, John, and Blake each have six singers.

Olivia Reyes made the shower her stage when she was younger, but season two winner Jermane Paul’s daughter signed her up in a surprise audition.  This is Olivia’s first public performance.  She chose the Harry Styles song “Fallen” for her audition.  John was the first one to push his button; Gwen joined him at the end of the song.  John said that Olivia had a clear tone.  Kelly said that she has a wonderful voice.  Gwen noted that it was more about singing; adding that she could help Olivia with that.  Olivia chose John to be her coach.

Tony Mason comes from a musical family and was a part of The Mason Brothers; he has been making music for over 40 years.  At 56 he is the only grandfather to audition this season.  Tony chose “What’s Going On” for his audition but failed to turn any chairs.  John said that Tony reminded him of Donny Hathaway.

Putting his own spin on “Fire and Rain”, Sam Stacey got Kelly, Gwen, and Blake to turn their chairs.  Sam traded his bank job in for a guitar and a full time music gig.  Kelly said that he has a warm tone to his voice.  Saying that he is friends with James Taylor, Blake noted that Sam is not a razzle dazzle singer but an emotional and believable singer.  Gwen said that Sam has a beautiful voice.  Sam chose Blake to be his coach.

Larriah Jackson is only 15 years old but she has already given over 350 performances.  She chose “I’ll Be There” for her audition and had Gwen turning her chair within a few measures.  Gwen said that Larriah has a rich and warm singing voice.  Blake noted that the two girls are going to have a blast.

Payton Lamar spent seven months gigging in Paris but had to wait until the very last moment of her song before Blake turned his chair.  Blake noted that it was going to be a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

The second oldest of 10, Van Andrew moved to Nashville in March; two days before a tornado and Covid hit. Gwen and Blake turned their chairs together near the end of the song.  Blake said that Van got to him at the end.  Kelly felt that there were some pitch issues.  Gwen said that Van has a unique voice; adding that its all about the song.  Blake said Van’s voice was like nothing he had ever heard; adding that Van is an awesome singer.  Saying that it is so hard, Van chose Gwen to be his coach.

In the final audition of the night, Tanner Gomes grew up on a ranch and turned to Country music for a way to escape.  He called being on “The Voice” stage one of the biggest stages ever.  Kelly was the first one to turn her chair for the Country singer; Gwen and John joined Kelly at the very end.  Blake said that Tanner is a great singer but he already has a bunch of Country artists on his team.  John said that Tanner has a rich baritone…and a great hat.  Gwen said that she has learned so much about Country music and thinks she can help Tanner.  Kelly said that Tanner’s voice has everything she loves about Country music.  Saying that he has watched the show since the first season, Tanner chose Kelly to be his coach.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade 
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley
Rio Souma
Casme
Olivia Reyes

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Payge Turner
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan
Ryan Berg
Carter Rubin
Larriah Jackson
Van Andrew

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher
Kelsie Watts
Deszi
Tanner Gomes

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott
Jus Jon
Ben Allen
Sam Stacey
Payton Lamar

Blind Auditions Continue on ‘The Voice’

Week two on season 19 of “The Voice” continues with the Blind Auditions. Last week John, Blake, and Gwen all picked up four singers each for their teams with Kelly leading the way with five singers.

Gwen is the only coach remaining with a block after John and Blake used their blocks on Kelly and Kelly used her block on Blake.

The auditions begin with Rio Souma who works on an assembly line at Chrysler in Detroit. And while he loves his job, music is his passion and Rio is looking to follow his dreams. Rio chose the Smokey Robinson song “Cruisin’” for his audition and has Gwen turning her chair right away; John and Kelly soon follow. John is up singing and swaying to the song. Kelly said that Rio has an incredible gift. Blake said that he loves Rio’s voice; added that he was not familiar with the song. John said that it is one of his favourite songs on the planet; adding that Rio brought power to the song and made it his own. Gwen said that she loved the sound; adding that Rio showed confidence on the stage. Rio chose John to be his coach.

Next up was Ryan Berg with a John Mayer song. Gwen quickly turns her chair. John was next to push his chair but Gwen used her block on John. Gwen said that Ryan had a classic sounding voice. Blake liked Ryan’s style.

None of the coaches have any more blocks.

Becca Kotte comes from a musical family and has been a part of the Las Vegas “Rock of Ages” and has been a backup singer for Sir Rod Stewart. She chose “American Woman” for her audition but failed to turn any chairs. Kelly called her an incredible singer but just heard a few things she wasn’t sure about. Close to pushing his button, Blake agreed with Kelly. John invited Becca to come back.

Jus Jon began his musical career in his father’s church. It took a while, but Blake finally turned his chair. Kelly said that he had a powerful voice but was waiting for something else. John said that Jon had a great voice. Blake noted that there is nobody on his team like Jus Jon.

Ben Allen was a bike champion but has turned his bike in for a guitar. It only took about three measures for Blake to turn his chair with Gwen pushing her button shortly after. John followed right behind Gwen. Gwen said that Ben sounded like a record; adding that he has a lot of potential. Kelly cited Blake as her reason for not turning her chair. John said that Ben has a voice for days. Blake said that he misses a good old fashioned country singer and that’s what Ben is. Ben chose Blake to be his coach.

Showboat performer Kelsie Watts chose a Kelly Clarkson song for her audition. It took a bit for a shocked Kelly to turn her chair and had Gwen joining her. Kelly said that Kelsie sang “the crap out of my song”; adding that Kelsi made it even better. Gwen called Kelsie so talented and incredible. Kelsie chose Kelly to be her coach.

James Mays started singing in church and pursued music in college. He noted that Kelly could sing the phone book. He chose “The Show Must Go On” by Queen for his audition but failed to turn any chairs. John noted that James had a powerful voice but heard some pitch issues. Blake suggested that James pursue musical theatre; Kelly agreed. Blake told James to come back with a song that shows more of what he wants to do.

Fourteen year old Carter Rubin surprised the coaches with his performance. John didn’t wait very long before pushing his chair; Gwen followed shortly thereafter. Gwen said that Carter did not look like his voice. His grandfather was a part of Jay and the Americans. Kelly said that Carter has the most incredible smile on the planet; adding that he has a great voice. John said that Carter has control with a brilliant tone. Gwen said that Carter has an incredible tone; adding that she has a 14 year old son. John noted that Carter is the youngest person he has ever turned for and would love to have him on his team. Carter chose Gwen to be his coach.

Casme was excited to be on “The Voice” stage. The New Orleans native chose “Baby I Love You” for her audition and had John grooving along with the song before he finally turned his chair. John said that he was so happy that he has Casme all to himself; adding that he is lucky to have her on his team. Saying that she has a powerful voice, Blake noted that Casme is going to be a beast on the show.

Michelle Moonshine has been playing music since she was 18. Her first chance to audition on “The Voice” was sidelined by the birth of her son Liam. Six years later she finally gets her chance and plays the guitar as she sings “Carolina in My Mind” for her audition but fails to turn any chairs. The coaches liked her voice but thought her voice was too timid and lackadaisical.

The final audition of the night was from Desz who has performed with the Houston Opera and the Kanye West Coachella Choir. She sang “Unbreak My Heart” for her audition and didn’t have to wait long before Kelly turned her chair with John following. Gwen was the third coach to turn her chair; and Blake made it the only four chair turn of the night at the end of the song. Kelly said that Desz nailed it. John noted that they were enthralled with the performance. John noted that Desz made the song her own. Gwen said that there was so much more than to performing than singing; adding that she could help Desz with it. Noting that she turned around first, Kelly loved the big notes and control. Fans will have to wait to learn who Desz chooses for her coach until the Tuesday edition of the show.

Team Legend:
Tamara Jade
John Holiday
Cami Clune
Sid Kingsley
Rio Souma
Casme

Team Gwen:
Lauren Frihauf
Payge Turner
Liam St. John
Chloe Hogan
Ryan Berg
Carter Rubin

Team Kelly:
Joseph Soul
Eli Zamora
Marisa Corvo
Madeline Consoer
Ryan Gallagher
Kelsie Watts

Team Blake:
Ian Flanigan
Jim Ranger
Taryn Papa
Aaron Scott
Jus Jon
Ben Allen

Celebrating Halloween with Villain’s Night on DWTS

It’s “Villain’s Night” on “Dancing with the stars to celebrate Halloween.

Ten couples remain and will perform some frightfully delightful dances to celebrate the sppoky season. Even host Tyra Banks and judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli are dressed in costume.

Jeannie and Brandon get the night of dancing started off by paying tribute to Hannibal Lecter with a Paso Doble to “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado. Derek said that Jeannie ate up that Paso Doble; adding that it was a great Paso. Bruno said that Jeannie made a meal out of it; adding that she was irresistable. Carrie Ann called it an explosive Paso; adding that it was incredible with great attack. Jeannie and Brandon scored 25 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt put the bite on a Viennese Waltz with a tribute to vampires with “Creep” by Radiohead. Bruno said that the dance was very very good; adding that the prince of darkness ruled the dance floor. Carrie Ann said that Johnny floated to the dance like a dream; adding that it was beautiful and well done. Derek loved the version of the song and the way Johnny performed the dance. Johnny and Britt scored 27 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb tribute the Disney film Maleficent when they perform a Paso Doble to “In the Air Tonight”. Carrie Ann said that Chrishell was in her element; adding it was simple moves executed brilliantly. Derek called the performance cinematic. Bruno called the performance mesmerizing; but noted she lost the fluidity at times. Chrishell and Gleb scored 26 points for their dance.

Monica and Val “Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with a Jazz routine to “Fever”. Derek loved the musicality and transisitions; adding that overall it was a strong performance. Bruno said that he got a mild chill because she didn’t express the moves through her body. Agreeing with Bruno, Carrie Ann said that the intention behind the moves was lacking. Monica and Val scored 22 points for their dance.

AJ and Cheryl dance a Tango to the music form “Psycho”. During stage rehearsals Cheryl fell and hit her head. Cheryl has been cleared to dance. Carrie Ann was truly impressed; adding that it was a difficult routine. Derek loved the intro; adding AJ had some great footwork. Bruno called it a slasher of a Tango; adding the character was truly believable. AJ and Cheryl scored 26 points for their dance. The judges noted that it was AJ’s frame that needs work.

Nelly and Daniella pay tribute to Freddie Kruger with an Argentine Tango to “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Nelly said that he was excited to dig his claws in to the dance. Carrie Ann said that it was by far Nelly’s best dance. Derek said that is definitely was not a nightmare on the dance floor. Bruno said that Nelly killed that Argentine Tango. Nelly and Daniella scored 27 points for their dance for his highest score of the season.

Justina and Sasha pay tribute to “Carrie” with a Tango to the music of Hozier. Derek said that Justina set the place on fire; adding that it was aweseme. Derek siad that Justina has an exquisite frame. Bruno called the dance bloodcurdling good; adding that it was powerful. Agreeing the Bruno, Carrie Ann said that Justina makes use of the space. Justina and Sasha scored 26 for their dance.

Nev and Jenna pay tribute to “Black Swan” with a Paso Doble to the music of “Swan Lake”. Bruno loved the performance. Carrie Ann said that there were high expectations going into the dance and they met them. Derek loved the shaping in the moves of the dance. Nev and Jenna scored 30 for the first perfect score of the season.

Skai and Alan pay tribute to the “Bride of Chuckie” with an Argentine Tango to the music of Billie Eilish. Carrie Ann was proud of Skai; saying that she has had the toughest road this season. Derek noted that Skai was on a mission; adding that she killed the routine. Bruno said that there wasn’t a bad step in the dance; adding it was her best placement. Skai and Alan scored 27 points for their dance.

Kaitlyn and Artem close out the night of dancing with a tribute to Cruella DeVill with a Paso Dobe to “Disturbia” by Rihanna. Derek wanted to adopt Artem – the dalmation. Derek noted that there was a lot of content in the dance; adding that it was a great way to end the show. Bruno said that the dance felt slightly rushed. Carrie Ann noted that Kaitlyn is a good dancer but there were moments of chaos; adding that it was another week of not a great dance. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 24 points for their dance.

Villain’s Week scores:
Monica and Val – 22
Kaitlyn and Artem – 24
Jeannie and Brandon – 25
Chrishell and Gleb – 26
AJ and Cheryl – 26
Justina and Sasha – 26
Johnny and Britt – 27
Nelly and Daniella – 27
Skai and Alan – 27
Nev and Jenna – 30


Time for the results…
Nev and Jenna
Johnny and Britt
Skai and Alan
Nelly and Daniella
Chrishell and Gleb
Justin and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
and Kaitlyn and Artem are all safe for another week.

Monica and Val and Jeannie and Brandon are the two couples in the bottom and in danger of being eliminated.

Bruno chose to save Jeannie and Brandon
Derek chose to save Monica and Val
Carrie Ann chose to save Jeannie and Brandon

Monica and Val have been eliminated from the competition.

Next week it’s a double elimination and a double dance week.

Blind Auditions Continue on ‘The Voice’

Season 19 of “The Voice” premiered on October 19 with a four chair turn, a block, jaw dropping surprises, and eight singers already paired up with coaches.

Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani have come armed with gifts for their team members.

Kelly leads the way with three members on her team; John and Blake follows with two each, and Gwen with just one singer on her team.

The blind auditions continue on Tuesday with more jaw dropping auditions.

Taryn Papa is a full time musician who has performed at Blake’s club in Nashville.  She gets the night of auditions started off with a Martina McBride song.  Blake was the first to turn his chair; followed by Kelly and Gwen; but Blake blocked Kelly.  Gwen said that she thinks she has a chance; adding that she gets Taryn.  John noted that Taryn has passion and emotion.  Blake said that there is currently no female singer like Taryn on the charts.  Taryn chose Blake to be her coach.

Kelly has been blocked twice now.

Liam St. John has been jumping all his life and was looking to be a pro athlete before turning to music full time.  Liam had to wait a while before Blake finally turned his chair; followed by Gwen.  Blake said that there must be some hearing issues since only two chairs turned.  John said that it was an all around good performance.  Gwen said that Liam sounded incredible; adding that his voice sounded rich.  Liam chose Gwen to be his coach.

Faye Moffett has played all around Tulsa for the past 10 years.  She performed before Rosa Parks when she was only 10 years old.  Faye performs “Anyone” with just the pian