Duets Premiere! Live! (5/24/12 recap)

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Tonight is the premiere of Duets. The reality TV singing competition that will take two to win – one superstar and one aspiring dreamer. This is a one-of-a-kind singing competition that puts the judges on the stage with the contestants themselves. The judges, the superstars, journey across America looking for undiscovered talent who are worthy to be their proteges. When all is said and done, only one duet will remain at the top of the charts. The winning amateur will then receive their very own recording contract to one day become a superstar themselves. (Note: We are live recapping this…

The Voice Recap: Can Will Champlin Tide Over Tessanne Chin & Jacquie Lee in Finale Performances? (12/16/13)

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We’re finally down to The Voice’s finale performances, the last chance Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin and Jacquie Lee will get to prove if they’re worthy of a big win and a record deal. Among the three, Tessanne and Jacquie had a relatively easier ride this season with their mentors (Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, respectively) faithfully staying with them each week. Will had a rougher time but he makes a compelling example of an artist’s phenomenal ride backed by tenacity (having paid his dues in the music industry) despite stumbling along the way. Interestingly, Will started with Adam, got stolen…

The Voice Recap: “Gone Too Soon” for Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons & Adam Levine

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Tuesdays on The Voice’s live broadcast is a mix of frenzy and woe with two great artists about to go home in an hour’s time. The biggest pressure falls on Shakira and Usher who each have one artist left. Towards the middle of the show, Usher ends up lifting Michelle Chamuel off the ground when she gets the first seat to next week’s show. Several minutes later, Shakira explodes in a celebratory gesture as Sasha Allen learns that she, too, is moving forward. And then there’s the shocker: Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, two consistent powerhouses, go home on the…

The Voice Recap: Sasha Allen Steals Limelight in Night One of Knockout Rounds

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The Voice is moving up with its Knockout Rounds featuring last week’s battle rounds survivors. Tonight, the 16 artists in Teams Shakira and Adam go toe to toe against their teammates (eight per team) for a chance to get in next week’s live shows. The knockouts also happen to be my favorite part of the show: with the looming live shows, the artists are pressured to go all out without having to outperform their competitors as demanded in duets. The absence of steals also levels the playing ground and provides a set of artists that are capable of handling the…

American Idol Recap 4/24/13: Top 4 Show Season’s Most Boring

American Idol Recap 4/24/13: Top 4 Show Season's Most Boring

Only the great singers are left in American Idol, but the Dream Top 4 have run out of songs. Maybe Kree goes home tomorrow, as Candice had a tiny intro moment, the judges liked Amber’s three performances, and Angie had the best Round 1. The show highlights are Holcomb’s Children’s Hospital visit only because it aired first, and Angie’s grandma’s sobby support. Jimmy Iovine thinks that Amber’s “Power of Love” by Celine Dion will be hard to beat. Judge Nicki Minaj thinks that Holcomb looks like sexy milk. Judge Randy Jackson asks Amber to turn around. Her pantsuit is all-white except for…