This R&B Cover of ‘Do You Want To Build a Snowman’ is Absolutely Spectacular

STOP contemplating spending your bad day watching videos of dancing lambs and monkeys bothering cats and listen to the folky/R&B version of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” in all its glorious smile-inducing cuteness.

Yes, The Voice Australia semi-finalist Fatai just released her full rendition of the song everyone – even people who miraculously haven’t seem Frozen – are singing regardless of it being summer and there not being access to snow in most parts of the country.

Beyonce is surely jealous of all this note-stretching soulfulness, wondering why she didn’t come up with this for the sing-Blue-Ivy-to-sleep mixtape.  Continue reading “This R&B Cover of ‘Do You Want To Build a Snowman’ is Absolutely Spectacular”

How Will Gwen Stefani Match up Against Other ‘Voice’ Judges?

I’ve been watching a lot of Gwen Stefani interviews today to see what exact kind of personality we’re looking at, and so far I’ve learned that she stays in touch with Madonna, once wanted a pet monkey and continues to describe her husband as “hot” years after their wedding.

Like former female The Voice coaches Shakira and Christina Aguilera, Stefani is a super proud blond giver of birth who calls motherhood “the best thing that’s ever happened” in her life.

She’s adorably Californian, knows she’s fabulous, and will likely vibe well with fellow blond beauty/sourpuss Adam Levine and new token-black-guy-judge Pharrell (who is half to blame for the spelling lesson in “Hollaback Girl”). Go ahead and put on an EVEN bigger hat, you’ll still never be Cee Lo.  Continue reading “How Will Gwen Stefani Match up Against Other ‘Voice’ Judges?”

Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera Finally Met

Lady Gaga The Voice ChristinaOn yesterday’s finale of The Voice (spoiler: the Jamaican lady won!), Christina Aguilera joined Lady Gaga onstage for a special performance of “Do What U Want.”

Christina sexy chola danced across the stage while Gaga convulsed like an electrocuted cockroach.

It was as if Dracula broke into Liberace’s closet, put on a wig and seduced Bride of Frankenstein.

Towards the end, Dracula (Gaga) and BOF (Christina) hold hands and prance towards a chaise lounge where they share an intimate date involving rose petals, champagne and the half-assed version of motorboating a chest-to-face hug.  Continue reading “Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera Finally Met”

Shakira Gazed Deep Into a Soccer Ball and Found God

shakira elle magazine cover 2013Shakira is more than just the only refreshing thing on The Voice season 4 (besides Michelle Chamuel) and the only bangable pregnant woman, she’s a recording artist with a buttload of international fans who are impatiently waiting on her next album.

“I have no idea of where I want to go musically, but I’m fine that way,” Shaki said in an interview with Elle. ” I don’t need to remain faithful to any concept, you know.”

So her new sound could be anything from Hurdy Gurdy Screamo to Argentinian Goat Folk, but I’d like to see her lean on the rock she’s only previously dabbled in. (“Poem to a Horse” part II please.)

Also in the Elle piece, Shakira mentions how beefy ball keeper Gerard Piqué restored her faith in everything…  Continue reading “Shakira Gazed Deep Into a Soccer Ball and Found God”

Judith Hill Eliminated From ‘The Voice,’ Significantly Less Talented Swon Brothers Stay

Adam Levine crossing fingersThis week’s elimination episode of The Voice, season 4, drove me crazy. If you watch, you know I’m talking about Adam Levine’s entire team being kicked off in favor of Blake’s three country bumpkins.

An understandably pissed Adam was scrutinized for saying “I hate this country” in a moment of frustration after Judith Hill, a former mother*cking backup singer for Michael Jackson, was voted off by America.

Usher sported big-rimmed Michelle Chamuel (love her) glasses in support of his unlikely protégé and Shakira almost fainted when her only hope, Sasha Allen, was announced as safe.

The biggest injustice of Tuesday night had to be the non-elimination of the novelty duo The Swon Brothers, who I doubt will have much luck booking a concert at a bar with a $5 cover charge in a few years.

Continue reading “Judith Hill Eliminated From ‘The Voice,’ Significantly Less Talented Swon Brothers Stay”

Christina Turns Her Chair For Season 5 of ‘The Voice’

Christina Aguilera armsChristina Aguilera is bringing her particular brand of sass and insanity back to the fifth season of The Voice this September.

She just signed a $12.5 million contract to return to the red “I Want You” chair that Shakira’s been keeping warm for her.

I happened to see the studio where The Voice is filmed when I traveled via wheelbarrow to California. It’s an unremarkable black square with no windows in The Valley (where it’s already hotter than the toilets at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest).

That’s why Christina’s always fanning her escape artist tatas and why Robin Thicke looked like melted Dippin’ Dots on last week’s episode.

Speaking of tatas, I really wish Shakira and Christina could be on the show at the same time. Usher can dance off the edge of the earth that he probably believes is flat for all I care.  Continue reading “Christina Turns Her Chair For Season 5 of ‘The Voice’”

Cassadee Pope Takes ‘The Voice’ Season 3 Crown

Cassadee Pope train dress 1Former Hey Monday frontwoman Cassadee Pope beat out Terry McDermott and Nicholas David after performing with Kelly Clarkson, The Killers and Avril Lavigne in last night’s finale of The Voice. 

Pope was a clear favorite with two high-charting iTunes covers, including one (“Over You”) that knocked “Gangnam Style” from the top. Her win in season three was the most watched finale in the show’s short history, with 14 million viewers.

Her competition, Radagast and Bilbo from The Hobbit, had decent pipes but no chance of achieving the commercial success that Pope can and hopefully will.  Continue reading “Cassadee Pope Takes ‘The Voice’ Season 3 Crown”

The Two Best Performances From ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Part One

The Voice battle rounds kicked off yesterday complete with the new “steal” button that can be used on contestants who were dismissed by their judge.

Don’t ask me why Jack Johnson-sounding “Santeria” whiteboy Collin McLoughlin was picked up and Christina’s guy, Nelly’s Echo, was not (at least hip urkel, De’Borah, is still in the running).  Continue reading “The Two Best Performances From ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Part One”

Shakira And Usher Replace Christina Aguilera And Cee Lo For Season Four Of ‘The Voice’

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of me crapping my she-wolf pants. Shakira is temporarily replacing Christina Aguilera as a judge on next season of The Voice, with Usher sitting in Cee Lo’s seat.

HOWEVER, Aguilera and Cee Lo will return for season five (Blake and Adam are staying), as they are simply on a hiatus to work on new music.  Continue reading “Shakira And Usher Replace Christina Aguilera And Cee Lo For Season Four Of ‘The Voice’”

‘The X Factor’ Season Two Vs. ‘The Voice’ Season Three

The second episode of NBC’s The Voice aired on Wednesday at the same time as Fox’s U.S. The X Factor season two. Christina and Britney pitted against each other in a Mickey Mouse Club judge-off…

While Britney entertained me more than Christina, I will still vouch for The Voice over X Factor, Idol, and America’s Got Talent. Here’s why:  Continue reading “‘The X Factor’ Season Two Vs. ‘The Voice’ Season Three”

‘Girls,’ ‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Degrassi’ And ‘American Horror Story’ Among Emmy Nominees

Lena Dunham and her highly-criticized (hilariously random and painfully awkward) HBO comedy Girls are nominated for three Emmys this year for directing, Comedy Actress and Comedy Series.

Other personal favorites include Supporting Drama Actor Peter Dinklage who won for his portrayal of Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister in 2011, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, The Voice (Reality Competition Program), Degrassi (Children’s Program), and Seth Green’s Robot Chicken.

Jimmy Fallon, whose gig as Late Night show host has been on since 2009, earned a nod for Outstanding Variety and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL (along with Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph).  Continue reading “‘Girls,’ ‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Degrassi’ And ‘American Horror Story’ Among Emmy Nominees”

Jermaine Paul Is Too Much Like Javier Colon

Another champion of The Voice was crowned on Tuesday and, as was true with season one, the other contestants proved far more interesting than the winner. Season one’s Javier Colon and Jermaine Paul have far too much in common…

I’m not just talking about the fact that they’re both black, Jamar Rogers could have won (though Juliet Simms ending up representing team Cee Lo) and would have had nothing in common with Paul. The two winners being men with similar tones, styles, range and song choices has everything to do with it. Excellent singers but boring as all hell.  Continue reading “Jermaine Paul Is Too Much Like Javier Colon”

Who Has What It Takes To Win ‘The Voice?’

I became obsessed with The Voice last season, when the show was in its beta phase. When they didn’t anticipate enough rejections in the blind auditions, and cast members had to re-audition to fill spots.

The show is still flawed, battle rounds pit too good of foes against one another, causing people who might have won to go home early. Angie Johnson versus recently axed Cheesa was one of those times.

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Alright Voice Judges, Time To Change Your Clothes

You may or may not have noticed that this, but for the third battle round in a row, the judges on The Voice haven’t bothered to change their clothes.

This is actually because these two-hour episodes were filmed all at one time.

The dummies at NBC didn’t bother to tell Christina Aguilera to take off her shrunken Liza Minnelli hat to at least allude to it being a different day.

I’m tired of Adam Levine in his oversized brown J-Crew abomination that looks it’s from the closet of some rustic cabin in Colorado. And Cee Lo, in a specially-made letterman jacket for Big & Tall dwarfs.

Continue reading “Alright Voice Judges, Time To Change Your Clothes”

Total Eclipse Of The Divas, ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Begin!

After five fantastic never-grueling rounds of blind auditions, season two of The Voice (or, as one blogger called it, “DID YOU KNOW UGLY PEOPLE CAN SING, TOO?”) has progressed the ever-so-difficult Battle Rounds.

Difficult because the pairings are sometimes mismatched due to singing style or talent. Monday night’s episode had two battles where each of the four contenders were so good that they could have won American Idol in a snap.  Continue reading “Total Eclipse Of The Divas, ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Begin!”

Lindsey Pavao Is The Best Thing On ‘The Voice’

Besides the vinegar, water, fruit punch and bacon chemistry between judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera, the best thing on NBC’s The Voice so far is Lindsey Pavao and her rendition of Say Ahh” by Trey Songz.

Pavao has that classic Zooey D, Katy Perry, Lizzy Caplan look to her but with the side of her head shaved and a powerful but dreamy indie pop quality to her vocals.

Three of the four judges turned their chairs to express interest in her for their prospective teams (Adam passed) but ultimately team bacon bits won. Xtina told her,

“You have such a unique quality to your voice, and I don’t want to touch that…You’re awesome, you have a beautiful voice, a beautiful face – you inspire me If you grab my attention just by being you, I’m not gonna mess with that.”  Continue reading “Lindsey Pavao Is The Best Thing On ‘The Voice’”