The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.
Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.
Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.
Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.
SCHWING!!! NBC’s decision to devote the entire night to Saturday Night Live proved to be a wise decision. It generated huge ratings for the peacock network.
Not including Super Bowls, the SNL 40th Anniversary Special netted 23.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers give the special the honor of being NBC’s s most-watched prime-time entertainment in more than 10 years since the ER finale in 2004. With regards to the coveted demo, it’s the best since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.
The special broadcast also broke records on Twitter. According to Nielsen Social, 1.3 million tweets were sent with 9.1 million viewing them. Guess Amy Poehler’s comment during her return to the Weekend Update desk proved prophetic.
I’m sure the cold weather on the East Coast helped bolster numbers since people were advised to stay indoors. Did you watch the special? Favorite moments? Weigh in below.
NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.
With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.
Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.
The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.
Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.
The time has finally arrived. It’s time to crown the Season 5 winner of The Voice? While the main purpose of tonight’s show is to reveal the results, there were plenty other highlights. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. Lady Gaga’s surprise duet with Christina Aguilera on “Do What You Want” was epic. R. Kelly who? They harmonized beautifully, drank champagne and were overall FIERCE. These two need to head to the recording studio immediately. Check out that performance below, along with the others and the results.
The penultimate episode of The Voice Season 5 is here. The Final 3 get three chances to show America why they deserve this season’s title. Each reprise their audition song, perform a new solo and duet with their mentor. Speaking of mentors, for the first time since Season 1, someone other than Blake Shelton will earn bragging rights. #itsabouttime
Will it be former backup singer Tessanne Chin? She’s certainly been the most consistent. How about Will ‘the little engine that could‘ Champlin? It’s the first time a contestant who’s benefited from the judges save has made it to the finals. Not only once in his case but twice. Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine saved him during the battle and knockout rounds respectively. Let’s not forget the teenage ingenue, Jacquie Lee. Whomever wins, they deserve it. Each have had a defining star-making performance throughout their run.
Be sure to tune in Tuesday night for the season finale when the winner will be crowned. It promises to be an exciting show with performances by this season’s singers along with Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, and Paramore all scheduled to perform. Without further ado. Let’s get to the performances.
NBC isn’t holding back. It appears the peacock network is doing everything in its power to salvage Sean Saves The World. Yesterday, they gave us the Will & Grace reunion we’ve all been waiting for- Jack McFarland and Karen Walker together again. Today, we have another bit of stunt casting. Sean Hayes finally gets some man-on-man loving. His love interest has been cast. Find out who below.
Both Sean Hayes and Debra Messing appeared on Smash, but never shared a scene together. It doesn’t matter anyway because THIS is the Will & Grace duo we’ve been waiting to reunite. Break out the gin, vodka, tequila or whatever is in your cabinet. Karen Walker was never discerning about what liquor she drank. The dynamic duo are back together.
TVLine.com reports that Megan Mullally is heading to NBC’s Sean Saves The World. She’ll appear on the show’s 17th episode and play Sean Hayes’ onscreen sister. As BFFs they were hilarious. As siblings, I can only imagine what mayhem these two get into. This marks Hayes and Mullally’s first onscreen reunion since Will & Grace ended its run back in 2006. I can’t wait.
To refresh your memory why Jack & Karen were so fantastic, check out the video below.
Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.
“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”
Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon ;) With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.
Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.
In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong ;) Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.