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The Voice, Season 10 – Blake and Gwen’s Duet + Results

Voice051016This is a big one they’ve been promoting all over the place. It doesn’t have anything to do with the contestants this season. It’s about promoting the hype that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have created around themselves and their relationship. They will be performing together tonight.

But first, Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram will take the stage. This week he is singing “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and is changing it up with a more acoustic vibe. It’s his coach’s favorite song he’s done so far. The move goes on to move the song out of the 80s genre. Christina Aguilera loves how he puts his heart and soul into everything. Pharrell Williams feels like he’s finding himself. Adam Levine finds him one of the most infectious performers they have. Blake Shelton thinks he’s the one guy who tries to take it another notch forward every week.

Sticking with Team Blake, Mary Sarah is up next. She’s doing “My Church,” which he thinks is somewhat of a throwback, which is of course her forte. She thinks the song captures that imperfectness that is so beautiful about everyone. She manages to take advantage of the finer points of her performance. Pharrell thinks Blake’s suggestion she perform without her guitar was a good one. Adam thinks it was her best as she found a lane. Blake thinks it’s easily the most connected she’s been to a song.

Coach Christina’s Nick Hagelin feels he’s been through it all with saves and being brought back. He’s singing “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and thinks it represents returning back to loving his wife the way she deserves to be loved. He’s such a family guy that when he can connect with that in songs like he does here, it’s when he really shines. Pharrell says his favorite parts were when he sang more in his chest voice. Adam though it was really cool that he was able to dance with it. Christina loved how he brought home his own little hook thing with the song.

Hannah Houston, the only artist Pharrell has left in the competition, is singing “Say You Love Me.” For her it’s super emotional, and she wants people to be moved. Her coach tells her to treat it like she’s stating a case to a jury. She seems to be displaying much more emotion than she usually does. Blake says it was his personal favorite of the songs she’s done all season. Christina agrees that it’s by far her favorite. Pharrell says the dynamics in her performance made her a great storyteller.

After a performance by Florida-Georgia Line, Shalyah Fearing of Team Blake is singing a song that her grandmother used to make her sing, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Her coach wants her to make sure she doesn’t rush past the cues. She ends up throwing everything she has into this. For Blake it brings him back to the playoff moment she had. Christina wants her to develop the low end. Adam says no one means it more than Shalyah does.

Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam had the number one blues records on the charts last week. This week he’s doing “We’ve Got Tonight,” as Bob Seger is from his hometown. Adam notes an intimate ballad is a different side of him. Indeed, seeing him at the piano instead of behind a guitar is different, but it’s a good different. Pharrell feels like America needs to vote him through every week because it’s a chance to support that guy you knew in high school that was just like him. Adam notes the room stopped, and his voice filled the whole room.

And finally, it’s Blake and Gwen debuting “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” They’re so different, but for some reason their relationship works, and for some reason the song works in the same way.

Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield will take the stage next. He”s singing “Love Has No Pride,” and he is again playing the keyboard. Blake knows he always has a unique take on a song, and he does with this one as well. And that take on this song makes it look so natural. Christina had a dream about him that she does not elaborate on. Blake says it is his best performance so far, and he’ll see him in the finale.

Alisan Porter of Team Christina brings her kids with her to her rehearsal. They sing the ABC song together. This week Alison is singing “Cryin.’ ” She says all the songs she’s done on the show are pieces of her and who she wants to be as an artist. She does Steven Tyler proud. Pharrell says she killed the perception of what moms can do. Christina tells her she is a superstar right now.

Last up tonight is Team Christina’s last artist, Bryan Bautistsa. HIs song was number one on the Latino charts last week. This week he’s doing 1+1, and his coach thinks it’s the perfect song to show off that sensual side of him. It ends up being his best song so far. Adam says as a male vocalist, he has the most impressive ability to sound effortless in all his super-high register stuff. Christina wants Beyoncé to do a duet with him. She thinks it would be magic.

As we skip ahead to results night, the first artist called safe is Hannah Houston of Team Pharrell.

James Bey takes the stage to sing “Let It Go” (no, not that one),” and then it’s time for more results. Bryan Bautista of Team Christina and Adam Wakefield of Team Blake are called safe.

The artists also had another top advisor come in this week to see them. It’s Adam Samberg, posing as Conor 4 Real. And, of course, with him it’s just a whole bunch of jokes. He then takes the stage with Adam to sing “I’m So Humble.”

It’s back to the results as Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam and Mary Sarah of Team Blake are called safe. With the last four still standing, the last two called safe are Alisan Porter of Team Christina and Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam. This leaves Nick Hagelin of Team Christina and Paxton Ingram of Team Blake as the bottom two, destined for a singoff for the Instant Save.

Paxton sings “How Will I Know” for his chance at the Instant Save. It’s a completely toned down version. Pharrell says it was a great song choice as it showed him as an inspirational leader. Adam thought it showed so much resilience. Blake wonders why they didn’t do that song in the competition.

Nick takes the stage to sing “Change the World” and does something a little different as he’s not singing with as much falsetto as he usually does. Pharrell notes he has this other thing to emote and connect which makes it hard to judge him. Adam finds this a horrible position to be in, because both he and Paxton are such bright personalities. The performance made Christina smile so much both inside and outside.

At the beginning of the commercial break the vote totals have Nick ahead with 52% over Paxton’s 48%, but it’s 50/50 by the time it comes back from commercial. By the time it’s all said and done, the fans have chosen to save Paxton, sending Nick home.

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Dancing with the Stars, Season 22 – Judges’ Team-Up Challenge

DWTS050916After last week’s shocking double elimination that sent Von Miller and Kim Fields home, it’s anyone’s guess who will go home tonight. There are just six celebrities remaining, and they’ll be teaming up in a judges’ team competition in addition to their regular dances.

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd are called safe right away. This week they’ll be doing the paso doble. He wants it to be powerful. They’re putting in a silent session in the dance so that everyone sees what Nyle deals with. It turns out really interesting but seems like he might have been off count. Len Goodman thought they needed a little mor shaping. Bruno Tonioli believes he really has a special kind of power. Carrie Ann Inaba gets very emotional and says she has never seen something on the show that touched her so profoundly. Their scores are 10, 9, 10.

Also declared safe are Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas, while Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe declared in jeopardy of going home. Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess are also in jeopardy and are dancing next.

Antonio, who is known for being late, gets to the studio a half hour early to work on the Viennese Waltz, which he calls the Vinamese Waltz. He declares he wants to be a professional dancer after the show. He just might get there with dancing like this. It’s very sexy. Bruno could tell that he was paying attention to detail. Carrie Ann says it was an elegant expression of his soul. Len says he never lost his will to win. The scores are all 9s.

Jodie and Keo are upset next, and he’s feeling like he’s letting her down after Carrie Ann noticed last week that he missed a step, and some people are saying he’s holding her back. The’re doing the jive this week with a lot of production behind them. This seems like their best dance ever. Carrie Ann agrees that it was her best dance ever. Len says he’s never seen a dance that made him feel so happy. Bruno could only see goodness and give some props to Keo as well. The scores are three 10s. She yells out to the audience, “Mom, I did it!”

Paige and Mark had a perfect jive themselves last week, and he wants to create what looks like a blizzard like The Game of Thrones for the Viennese Waltz. She’s ready to go all the way with this. It’s very well-done with its conception. Len complains about their hold, while Bruno says they took a big risk with their frozen moments in it but did amazing. Carrie Ann saw the most emotional and multi-tiered performance from her. The scores are 10, 9, 9.

For the remainder of the results, Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy are called safe, while Wayna Morris and Lindsay Arnold are in jeopardy.

Ginger and Val are doing the Argentine Tango this week. Her biggest challenge is going from graceful and elegant into this dirty brothel of a character. On top of that she’s really struggling with the dance. They do a really beautiful lift. Bruno says he was totally smitten with her performance. Carrie Ann says it was mind-blowing and yummy, yummy, yummy honey. Len says it was one hell of a dance. For them it’s three more 10s.

Wayne and Lindsay are the last to dance with the single dances. She’s blaming herself that they’re not doing better. They’re doing the jive this week, and he notes he’s already lost about twenty-two pounds with the dancing. He appears to go off step when he trips on her bandana. Carrie Ann says he moves so naturally even with mistakes. Len notes he came out all guns blazing. Bruno thinks he’s a lock for Blazing Saddles the musical. The scores reflect the mistakes with 8, 8, 9.

For the Judges’ Team Dances, Bruno is up first working with Jodie and Keo and Nyle and Peta. They’ll be doing the Argentine Tango. He says Nyle is incredibly intense and Jodie is blossoming into something, and he wants her to be a sex bomb. Additionally, the girls will dance together and the guys will dance together. It’s very, very crisp. Len loved the concept and liked Jodie and Nyle even dancing together. Carrie Ann was impressed the way they were so in sync. Their scores are two 10s from the judges and America gives them a 9 via live Facebook scoring.

Team Len consists of Ginger and Val and Wanya and Lindsay. They’re doing the samba, and Len notes the last time he danced this style was 1973 when Wanya was born. He’s going to make a special appearance in the dance. They put in some twinkle fingers just for him. Ginger and Wanya make a great team together with their personalities. Carrie Ann says they didn’t even need their secret weapon Len. Bruno calls it sambalicious. They get two 10s from the judges and a 9 from America.

Last up is Team Carrie Ann with Paige and Mark and Antonio and Sharna. She wants to create something powerful to work with their athleticism. Antonio brings Carrie Ann flowers when they work together. They’ll be doing the paso doble with water, and she’s worried about them slipping. Like Team Bruno, this is also very crisp with Paige and Antonio doing some beautiful lifts and work together. Bruno loved the physicality of it all. Len loved everything about it. They get two 10s from the judges and again a 9 from America.

With the bottom three of Sharna and Antonio, Jodie and Keo, and Wayna and Lindsay, the first couple called safe is Antonio and Sharna. The couple going home is Jodie and Keo as they leave on a high note with their perfect score in their first dance.

Jodie says she couldn’t ask for a better way to be eliminated, and she starts production on Fuller House tomorrow morning, so it all works out for her. She’s made beautiful, wonderful friends here.

Next week, it’s the semi-finals and another double elimination!

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Survivor Kaôh Rōng, Season 32 – From Hero to Zero

Survivor050416For the first time in a few weeks, things did not go Tai’s way at Tribal council. He pushed it a bit too far and got too ahead of himself. He alienated himself from the group and has now put himself in real jeopardy.

He is not the first Survivor that this has happened to. There’s always a tendency to get ahead of yourself, count your chickens before they hatch, even making pets of them and calling them Mark, and assume it’s all going to go your way then suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the vote. How many seasons did that happen to Boston Rob until he got it right?

After Last Tribal Council

Tai starts hitting it right away after the last tribal council and has his plan all figured out. He tells Joe and Aubry what his advantage is, that he gets an extra vote at tribal council. He says they’re the core alliance right now, and that they need to stick together. They can play his extra vote this time to give them four votes and keep each other safe, and then next time he can use his idol.

Jason is having a hard time of it. He has no alliance left. And now he’s much less likely to be voted out as he’s non-threatening. Because he’s a sore loser, he has stopped doing anything at camp. He’s really just taking up space with everyone knowing he’s a good one to take to final three.

Reward Challenge

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The teams break down into two teams of three: Jason, Tai, and MIchelle vs. Joe, Aubry, and Cydney. They have to go through obstacles in the water one by one, then maneuver three balls through a giant marble maze that they need to maneuver by walking around it.

Joe is is slow at this and puts them at a deficit right away. Also working against them is that Jason gets this figured out really quickly. The guy who doesn’t seem to understand the basis of teamwork suddenly gets it when it behooves him. They win easily.

These three go on their reward challenge, and get to visit an animal refuge and have a picnic. Jason knows his autistic daughter is loving this. Tai starts to warm up to him a little more. He realizes that while Jason is very persuasive, MIchelle hasn’t made any enemies and needs to go home.

Back at Camp

Joe has taken command of the camp for him, Cydney, and Aubry. He’s barking out orders on how to build the fire, and Cydney is quite put out over it. Aubry is kind of a suck-up, trying to help yet also trying to keep peace.

Immunity Challenge

The survivors have to balance blocks in a vertical tower that spell out IMMUNITY. They have to hold on to a rope to keep it balanced while walking back and forth to grab the blocks, then stack them. Everyone moves really quickly except Cydney. She goes super, super slow.

Joe is surprisingly in the lead and is being very aggressive with it. All the others are a short distance behind him except Cydney. But all the others drop their blocks and have to start over, at least once or twice. Jeff Probst calls Cydney out of the challenge a few times.

While Joe was leading in the beginning, he never made it back in. He started stacking again, but he kept spelling IMMUNITY wrong. Suddenly it’s Jason and Cydney left at the end. The person who was out of it is right in it at the end. It’s neck and neck until they are both walking back after spelling the word. Steps away from the platform, Jason drops his blocks, Cydney finishes and wins.

Controlling Tai

No, this subtitle isn’t about Jason controlling Tai, it’s about Tai controlling the others, believe it or not. He wants to vote out Michelle and not Jason and won’t listen to anyone else’s opinion. He has his mind made up and that’s it. The others don’t really want to go along with him though, namely Cydney.

Aubry knows it’s the right decision, but know Cydney doesn’t want to to do it. Mainly Cydney just doesn’t like to be told who to vote for no matter who it is. She likes to call the shots. She’s upset about Tai suddenly taking power like this. Aubrey says she’s not gong to make up her mind until tribal council. But before it’s all over, Tai tells Jason to vote for MIchelle.

Tribal Council

Michelle and Cydney make comments about Tai trying to vote out Michelle. Tai then tries to save himself, but he makes it way worse. He says he didn’t have time to talk to Cydney alone. Aubry thinks he had time, and Michelle wonders why there needs to be private conversations within their alliance. Then Tai really blows it and says there is a smaller alliance within the larger alliance. And Michelle smoothly points out that Tai keeps turning on all his alliances.

It comes down to the vote, and before the votes are counted Tai tells Jeff he wants to play his extra vote. He just needs four votes to get rid of MIchelle, so he is casting two votes for her. He just needs two more votes and thinks he has it in Aubry, Joe, and Jason.

But when it’s all counted, the vote total is one for Joe, two for Michelle, and four for Jason. Jason played it smart in case he stayed. He voted for Joe. Cydney, Michelle, Aubry, and Joe all voted for Jason. The only votes for Michelle are the two that Tai cast.

Now It’s Going to Get Crazy

Aubry obviously decided it wasn’t in her best interests to side with Tai. However, she needs him in that voting block with her. This is not the time to pull out of that alliance with him. He still has an idol in his pocket. All he has to do is hold on to it and play it to make it to final four.

Joe is never going to go against Aubry, but Cydney loves her blindsides. Cydney, Tai, and Michelle could vote out Aubry. Right now she holds the best chance for winning this thing. But now she might have lost it.

Then again Tai is a man without a country. It’s never good to be on the wrong end of a vote. Again, he has that idol. But he has to not let go of it no matter what. The others are gong to be trying to trick him into giving it to one of them or not using it. He has to remain firm with it.

To add to that, the previews show Tai and Michelle at least “considering” working together. He’s even giving her a backrub. But when it’s time for the vote, we’ll see if they stick with that.

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The Voice, Season 10 – Top 10, the First Lady, and Eliminations

Voice050316The contestants tonight have a lot to look forward to tonight. Not only have they made it to the top 10, but they also have Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in the audience tonight along with many veterans and their families. Mrs. Obama even introduces the top 10 singing “Home” in honor the military. Unfortunate choice of language: I mean the top 10 are singing, not Mrs. Obama.

Up first to perform tonight is Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino fresh off his Instant Save last week. He feels like he let his coach down. He’s singing “I Don’t Want to is a Thing” because it’s a culmination of his entire journey. It’s another one of those songs that’s been done so many times that there isn’t much different that he can bring to it. Adam Levine says everything should be considered an up until the bitter end. Christina Aguilera explains you definitely can’t say that he doesn’t have passion. She and Pharrell Williams both heard pitch issues.

Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing brings her mom into her rehearsals for the song “My Kind of Love.” It represents the type of artist she wants to be. Her coach is still waiting for her big breakthrough. She, too, has a few pitch issues but still has a powerful performance. Blake Shelton loves her going back to that type of performance. Pharrell says it’s cool that her spirit is present. Adam thinks she has the thing everybody wants but never specifies what that is.

Nick Hagelin of Team Christina says this validates the career he’s pursued for so long. This week he is singing ‘I Can’t Help It” and feels it defines his lane as an artist. His coach encourages him to change things up a bit with his falsettos. He starts the song sitting in a chair while still trying to do some dance moves which comes off a little weird. Pharrell says he represents all the people who were told no but still look for that second chance. Blake felt like there were times where he sounded like Michael Jackson. Christina is so happy that Blake brought it up, as she heard the same thing.

Team Pharrell’s Hannah Huston says her mom has been here every single week and is an excellent singer in her own right. Hannah is singing “Rolling in the Deep” and knows she has to be careful covering Adele. But Pharrell sees similarities as Adele also doesn’t apologize for how she feels. She definitely holds her own with this song. Adam can only be critical of her sliding up to the notes. Pharrell says that was 1000% amazing and so sick.

Next up is Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam. All of his albums pre-Voice are at the top of iTunes right now thanks to Pharrell’s mention. He’s singing “The Thrill Is Gone” this week, and Adam is happy, as he’s been wanting him to do some B.B. King. Once again he is absolutely sick on the guitar. Blake cautions him moving forward to not diminish his singing. Adam says it was by far the best show of musicianship he’s seen on the show.

Paxton Ingram of Team Blake is excited about charting on iTunes last week and getting tweets from other artists like Kelly Clarkson. He’s singing “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” this week,” and Blake thinks he’s finally realizing he’s more than just a guy who can sing and dance. And you can tell in his performance that Blake is right and that Paxton finally sees that in himself. Christina says it brought her back to her audition days. Blake explains what is happening with him right now is the reason he does this job.

Team Blake is up again with Mary Sarah. She had the number one song on the Country charts last week. This week she’ll be doing “Stand By Your Man” which Blake says is a very difficult song to song. He asks her if she’ll let him open for her someday. She manages to update the song a little bit, not that it needed it. Adam says it feels like this was the first thing she has done in the zone of who she is. Blake says she has no idea how she just engaged the entire Country audience.

Taking the stage next is Team Christina’s Bryan Bautista who is signing “Promise”” to pay homage to his Latin roots. His coach didn’t even know he could sing in Spanish before this. She thinks it’s a big deal to take a risk like this. He does have a few pitch issues in the song. Pharrell says he knows the Latin community is losing their minds right now. Adam says even his Jewish blood loves him very much. Christina boasts he is the only person representing the Latinos this season and wants the Latin community to show him the love.

Sticking with Team Christina, it’s Alison Porter singing the physical representation of the hardest time of her life with her addiction issues: “Let Him Fly.” She ended up leaving a relationship that wasn’t working, and right after that he died; she’s singing this for him. This song is beautiful, and her rendition brings me to tears. I think she may have just won the show. Adam notes the mark of an artist is to use everything in their life to speak through the music, and she did that. Blake loved her before but really loves her now that she’s doing Country. Christina is proud of her for being gracious enough to show her vulnerability.

Last up tonight is Adam Wakefield of Team Blake. His coach wants him to keep the pedal to the metal tonight. He’s singing “I Got a Woman” for his girl. Blake realizes he’s a shy guy but says it needs to look like he’s having the time of his life. He sings from behind the piano tonight and displays just how much of an artist he is. Pharrell can’t wait for that album he’s going to make. Blake wants to change it from “Damn Daniel” to “Add-Damn!”

Skipping ahead to elimination night, DNCE performs “Toothbrush” and “Cake by the Ocean.” Following this is a tribute to mothers with the contestants appearing with their moms and the coaches honoring their mothers as well.

The top ten take the stage to find out the first artists who are safe: Alisan Porter of Team Christina, Adam Wakefield of Team Blake, and Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam.

Sawyer Fredericks, Pharrell’s winning artist from season 8, returns to The Voice to sing his new single, “Four Pockets.”

The remaining seven artists take the stage for more results. Also called safe are Hannah Houston of Team Pharrell and Mary Sarah of Team Blake.

With one more look at the remaining five artists, three more artists are called safe: Bryan Bautista of Team Christina, Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam, and Paxton Ingram of Team Blake. This means Nick Hagelin and Daniel Passino will sing for the Instant Save.

Nick sings “Thinking Out Loud” for his Instant Save. He should have sung this last night. Adam thinks he’s a talented dude and a good person and believes he should be the one moving on. Christina notes he’s just that guy who everyone falls in love with..

Daniel sings “Uptown Funk” which is quite a departure for him. I don’t think it will save him. I’m pretty sure he’s on his way out the door. When Pharrell thinks about all he’s done, of course he wants him to move forward, yet he feels content with all they have done together.

At the beginning of the commercial break, the vote count is 19% for Daniel and 81% for Nick. It’s not looking too good for Daniel.

With all the votes in, the artist America chose to use their Instant Save on is Nick Hagelin, sending Daniel Passino home and leaving Pharrell with just one artist left.

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Dancing with the Stars, Season 22 – Icons Night

DWTS050216It’s way too hard to tell who will be eliminated tonight. All the obvious “early outs” have already been eliminated. But before we even make it to the eliminations, where two will be eliminated, The stars and their professional partners will be dancing under the theme of icons Night with the women and the men going against each other in a team dance in addition to that.

Up first are Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe will be dancing the quickstep to Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life.” She’s still feeling the physical effects of last week’s injuries and is taped up by a physical therapist. You wouldn’t get she was dealing with injuries watching her. Len Goodman says she came out and went for it. Bruno Tonioli thought her freedom of movement was really good tonight. Carrie Ann Inaba loves her aura tonight. Her scores are 8, 9, 9.

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber tied for the bottom last week, but this week they will be doing the samba to The Jackson 5’s “ABC.” She says that Jermaine Jackson actually appeared on Facts of Life with her, and she was also a friend of Janet’s growing up. Watching her this week, it’s hard to believe she was on the bottom of the leaderboard last week. Bruno says she had a touch of the Jacksons but the spark of the Mary J. Carrie Ann loves that she was pissed at the judges last week. Len says it was her best dance. This equals scores of all 9s.

This week Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd are doing the foxtrot to U2’s “Beautiful Day.” They spend a lot of time talking about Nyle’s words last week comparing himself to Val. He seems to make up for last night’s misunderstandings. Carrie Ann is glad that he took this week seriously. Len notes that his bum stuck out a little bit in hold. Bruno likes his dedication to the dance and his partner. His scores are 10, 9, 9.

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess are doing the tango to the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black.” They’re staying in L.A. this week because he wants to put even more time into his practices. He says you either go hard or go home. Antonio starts with a look on his face that says maybe he should be doing the paso doble. Len says it had plenty of attitude, but there were a few mistakes. Bruno notes that Antonio has awakened his dramatic persona. Carrie Ann says speed was his enemy, preventing him from finishing his moves. He ends up with scores of all 8s.

Doing the foxtrot this week to Aretha Franklin’s “Say a Little Prayer” are Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold. He misses a day of rehearsal becuase of a previous engagement. He’s not happy about that. He may have missed some practice time, but you can’t tell. Bruno says it was as wholesome as apple pie. Carrie Ann thinks it was good but not “yeah!” Len found it to be a joyful performance. Their scores are all 9s.

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy are gong from Janet Jackson last week to Whitney Houston this week with “I Have Nothing” and the Viennese Waltz. He’s worried he’s ruining the experience for her with his perfectionism. It’s a beautiful performance. Carrie Ann says it was perfection. Len compares it to a cool breeze on a warm summer day. Bruno notes that content, style, and interpretation were impeccable. She gets the first perfect 10 of the season.

Von Miller and Witney Carosn are taking on salsa to Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation.” They were tied at the bottom of the leaderboard, but he isn’t ready to go home. He wants the mirror ball trophy next to his Super Bowl trophy. But don’t they get rings for that? He makes this really fun to watch. Len says the lifts were spectacular. Bruno says Witney might need a chiropractor. Carrie Ann calls it rough around the edges. Their scores are three 8s.

The last of the single dances has Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas doing the jive to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” She wants to show girls everywhere that you can do anything you want and just need confidence in yourself. She has the Tina leg shake down really well, but some of the dance seems go off step. Bruno says from a technical point of view the speed was insane. Carrie Ann notes when you can channel energy like Tina Turner and do it that great, everybody loves you. Len thinks this was UFC under control. The scores are all 10s for the second time tonight.

The men stars and their partners are competing with Team James Brown. Wanya misses part of it because some of the practice is on that Friday that he missed and has a difficult time in camera blocking. Nyle is late on top of it. None of these hiccups are seen in the performance, but it’s far from a 10. Len salutes the group. Bruno says these guys can funk. Carrie Ann notes that they were able to be completely in sync even when Nyle was a little ahead. They all sped up to meet him. Their scores are 9, 9, 10.

The girls and their pros make up Team Beyoncé. Paige found it overwhelming with all the pros in the room. They figure they all have to channel their inner Beyoncé. They seem to be a little more crisp than the guys’ team was. Bruno loved the fact that they teased him with different moves and situations. Carrie Ann thinks they all brought their nasty game out. Len believes the competition right now is really fantastic. Their scores are 8, 8, 9.

All teams are now facing the double elimination. The couples in jeopardy are Kim and Sasha, Wanya and Lindsay, and Von and Witney. One is safe, and the other two will be eliminated. Wanya and Lindsay are safe, sending Kim and Sasha and Von and Witney home.

Von notes the competition was tough and that he now has a special relationship with Witney. Kim is shocked and didn’t see it coming. It’s been a blessing for her to be part of the family. These are two couples that didn’t seem likely to go tonight, and it’s anyone’s guess who will win the mirror ball, but my money right now is on Nyle or Paige.

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Survivor Kaôh Rōng, Season 32 – ‘Did You Say Wine?’

Survivor042716We knew going into tonight that it was never going to be as good as last week. Nothing could beat last week. And thank you Survivor producers for showing us last week’s blindside again at the beginning of tonight’s show. I needed to laugh that hard again. And I’m smiling right along with Aubry

And right away, as we all expected, Jason starts flapping his gums about the blindside. He thinks he’s such a great player that he was the obvious next one out. He found out he was wrong, though. Without his partner in crime, he’s not a threat at all. Instead they just ended up taking away another one of his manipulations.

And the beautiful person that Tai is? He went and tried to make nice with Jason. He felt bad about the blindside. Jason and Scot never felt badly about how they were treating him or anyone else, so he shouldn’t have felt badly, but he did. And Jason is trying really hard to find a way back in. He just doesn’t get it. He keeps working the girls to get back in, but if he ever would have realized what a great alliance member he had in Tai, he wouldn’t be in this position now.

Reward Challenge

The reward challenge had them working in pairs. But there is seven of them left, so that means one of them is the odd man out when they draw for teams. This person will not have a chance of winning the reward of going in a helicopter to a remote island and having a picnic. And yes, Aubry, there’s wine. Jason’s the odd man out again. He doesn’t get to play.

The teams are Tai/Joe, Cydney/Michele, Julia/Aubry. They have to move through obstacles and collect three rings. They then have to throw the rings at a target and try to land them on the hooks. Julia and Aubry aren’t even close to being in it. It’s between Tai/Joe and Cydney/Michele for who will get their last ring

It’s Cydney and MIchele who win this challenge. They get to pick one other person to bring on the reward. They do the honorable thing and pick Aubry … not because she wants wine, but because she’s the only one who hasn’t been in on a food reward yet.

Plotting

Michele realizes she was kept out of the loop with the vote last week, so she uses this reward challenge to try to worm her way back in with Aubry and Cydney. Aubry trusts her as she has always voted with them before, so she decides they’ll let her back in.

But Cydney points out to Aubrey that there is no way they can go to final three with Tai. That’s an obvious. He’s a winner. She suggests they take either Joe or Michele. Aubry, though, should realize that if Cydney is thinking this about Tai, she’s probably also thinking it about Aubry, as she’s just as much of a threat to win at final three. And Cydney is a dark horse to win, so her best bet is to go without either of them.

Julia and Jason do some plotting as well, and they, too, are trying to get Tai out. They figure they can get Michele’s vote, but that’s just three votes. They need a fourth to either get rid of him or at least flush out his idol. Jason tries to sell Cydney on taking out Tai. Little does he knows she’s already thinking about it. Julia wants to eat Mark as soon as Tai is gone.

Immunity Challenge

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They save themselves from having to do yet another endurance challenge tonight. Instead they will have to swim out to a platform, memorize the symbol and number combinations, use that to figure out a combination to hopefully get the right key to open the puzzle pieces which when put together correctly will spell out “Blindsided.”

While most of the survivors have to go back a second time to remember what was on the wheel, Julia and Michele are phenomenal with this and get the key on the first try. Well, Joe doesn’t go back either, but that’s because he gives up. Michele figures out the puzzle right away and wins immunity.

More Plotting

The problem with Julia doing so well but not winning is she just tipped to her hat as to how smart she is with such things, yet she doesn’t have the immunity necklace around her neck. The main alliance starts discussing that while Jason is a threat with his athleticism in the water, Julia is a threat mentally as well. Suddenly her name is brought up for their target.

Basically it breaks down into this: Jason and Julia are going to vote for Tai. But for this to work, Michele and Cydney have to go against the main alliance and vote him out. Additionally, Tai has to feel safe and not pay his idol. If he does, Julia still goes home. Michele and Julia are really tight, and as was pointed out, Cydney loves a blindside, so this vote could easily go either way.

Tribal Council

At the Tribal Council, Tai’s name is continually brought up as being a threat, worrying him. Additionally it’s pointed out that he has an idol as well as an advantage. Jason tries to point out that Tai keeps flipping on his alliance trying to get the others to worry about keeping him. He also tries to point out that Aubry and Joe are even closer than he and Scot, and they are, but they aren’t plotting in the same way. The two of them together are not the threat that Jason and Scot were, basically because Joe is more or less a slug in this game. He does nothing.

It’s also brought up that they need to make the right moves to impress the jury. They want to be impressive in their game play, but they can’t piss off the people who then end up on the jury. And really that still benefits Tai and Aubry. They’ve been controlling the game but haven’t been so obvious about it that they are pissing off the jury.

After the vote, Jeff Probst makes the call for immunity idols. Tai asks Aubry if he should play it. She tells him she thinks he’s safe, but he has to go with his gut. In the end, he doesn’t play it, leading to lots of tension. But the only votes for him were from Jason and Julia. All other votes are for Julia. She’s the fifth member of the jury.

Imploding

From the previews it seems like next week the main alliance is going to start to implode. But the most astounding thing is Cydney goes off talking about someone thinking they are in control when they aren’t, surely thinking she is.

That’s a surefire way to get voted off the island. Don’t start thinking that you are the deciding vote or that you are in control of the whole thing. It never works out well. Instead of being in control, you’ll be the one who gets voted out. If she’s battling for control of the game, I’m guessing it might be with Aubry.

And still, I do not get why no one has brought up voting out Aubry yet. She and Tai are the biggest threats, but they only see him as a threat because they are looking at his idol and his advantage. They need to wake up or they will be patting her on the back in a couple weeks when she walks away with a million dollars.

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The Voice, Season 10 – Top 11 Perform + Results

Voice042616We start the show with a dedication to Prince. Adam Levine says he is one of the most profound influences on him and notes he did things his way until the end. Pharrell Williams won’t forget his aunt playing Purple Rain the first time and says he always played it when he’d visit after that. Christina Aguilera notes he’ll always be such an inspiration for all generations to come. She loved his passion for artists’ rights. Blake Shelton wishes he would have had a chance to meet him and says his music can always change his mood when he hears it.

Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam is up first. She’s taking on “The Climb.” He loves the song on her, and she says she used to listen to the song a lot, and it reminds her of her family. He wants her to enunciate more. The song might be a little too much for her, as she does get a little pitchy. Blake says all he could think of was how true the song is to her story right now. Christina thinks Miley Cyrus will be proud of this version of the song. Pharrell notes even though she didn’t do a gospel song, you can still hear that in her. Adam thinks she’s like the embodiment of the dream.

Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino wants to show a more vulnerable side and wants to sing Pink’s version of “Time After Time.” His coach tells him to work the audience and sing into the eyes of the girls. Daniel appreciates that he treats him like a student of music. He doesn’t get up and close with the girls in the audience until close to the end. Blake calls him smooth. Christina gives kudos to Pharrell for the coaching. Pharrell says the last note was crazy.

Paxton Ingram of Team Blake is doing an inspirational song as suggested by Pharrell. It’s cool to him to go back to the basics after singing in church. He’ll be singing “Break Every Chain.” His coach knows this song is pushing him which is what he needs. You have to hand it to Pharrell for this suggestion; it’s a perfect genre for Paxton. Pharrell feels like he’s seen him the freest he’s been. Adam says it was the perfect thing for him to take all his skill and put it together. Blake believes that although Paxton is always smiling, he’s never smiled like this.

Owen Danoff, last week’s save for Team Adam, is singing “Fire and Rain.” He had a friend he grew up with who joined the Marines and was deployed but didn’t make it back, so that makes him connect to this song. Adam wants him to emote more and give it everything. Watching the performance, this guy belongs back in the 70s. It really seems like this is how the song was written. Christina remembers him as a storyteller even back to the auditions. Adam loves the version of the song he did and is always proud of him.

Mary Sarah of Team Blake is singing “Johnny & June,” and Blake notes it’s not old school but is a tip of the hat to old school. She thinks it speaks to a love that is unconditional. Her coach is working hard on making it something fans will want to download form iTunes. While last week she didn’t seem to be able to carry off Carrie Underwood, this one translates much better. Christina calls her consistent and strong. Pharrell gives it to her for being able to remain in her upper register that long. Blake really feels she will move the dial on iTunes tonight.

Team Christina’s Alison Porter is singing “Stay with Me Baby” this week and knows it’s been done by incredible artists. It will be fun for her to figure out how to do it. Christina thinks it’s wonderful to see her take such a risk. She is just so amazing, listening to her week after week. Adam thinks she’s going to win this thing. Blake notes the growth in her performances, as there’s no where else for her to go. Christina notes she’s making her family proud week after week.

It’s more Team Christina with Bryan Bautista. He’s singing “Just the Way You Are” and says he sang this song for his little sister when she turned 16. Christina thinks it sounds very Marvin Gaye/Donny Hathaway-ish. He starts to get really creative with it. It’s hardly recognizable as a Bruno Mars song. Pharrell calls it effortless. Adam thinks he definitely has the greatest range of anybody there. Christina says it was silky smooth and the choices were all right.

Adam Wakefield of Team Blake brings his mom, straight from Scotland, in to meet his coach. He’s performing “Lights” this week and tries to put it more in his usual genre. Blake wishes he could do something more powerful with the memory. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I do, just not as much as his usual stuff. Pharrell thinks he has a little Steve Winwood in him. Adam says the crazy thing about him is he does everything. Blake notes you always know there’s just a little bit more that he could do.

Nick Hagelin from Christina’s team notes his little boy broke his shin last week, but he’s still watching. He’s singing “Your Body Is a Wonderland” this week,” and his coach says he has a special way of connecting with the people in the audience, so has him pick up the guitar again. This is definitely the type of music he should be performing. Blake likes seeing him get back to this thing and thinks it was one of his better performances. Christina has become a big fan of his on and off the stage.

Hannah Houston of Team Pharrell wants to do something more stripped down this week so is singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Her coach knows she needs some height with the song to give her that stripped-down feeling. This song has been covered so many times before, that it’s hard to listen to it and hear something new, but she manages that at the end. Adam explains she can sing so well but still has a unique character in her voice. Pharrell knows all of Nebraska was standing up for her tonight.

Up last is Laith Al-Saadi who is surprised he’s still there since he isn’t the youngest or prettiest. He’s singing “Make It Rain” because his coach wants him to do something more contemporary. Adam thinks this is rooted so much in the classics, that it fits him. Listening to him it”s hard to believe it’s an Ed Sheeran tune. Blake can’t wait for what he’s going to do each week. Pharrell asks for the names of the recordings he made before The Voice and encourages everyone to download them. Adam calls him amazing.

Skipping ahead to results night, the first artists to be called safe after a performance of Thomas Rhett singing “T-shirt” are Mary Sarah of Team Blake and Nick Hagelin of Team Christina. Also deemed safe are Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam and Alisan Porter of Team Christina.

Team Pharrell sings “Let Love Rule,” and then Hannah Houston of Team Pharrell and Paxton Ingram of Team Blake are declared safe as well.

Team Christina take the stage to perform “Live and Let Die,” and then the last three artists called safe are Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam, Adam Wakefield of Team Blake, and Bryan Bautista of Team Christina. This leaves Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell and Owen Danoff of Team Adam to face off for the Instant Save.

Daniel sings “Jealous” with a much more moving performance than the song he performed last night. Christina says he showed just now why he’s still around. Pharrell thinks the performance spoke for itself.

Owen sings “Burning House,” sticking to the same type of music that he is known for. Blake doesn’t want him to beat himself up too much about being in the bottom two two weeks in a row. Adam says Owen tells the truth and is extremely genuine in the way he does it.

At the start of the Instant Save in the first commercial, the vote totals are 53% for Daniel and 47% for Owen. By the time it’s all said and done, America decides to save Daniel, sending Owen home.

I agree with Adam that Alisan could easily win it all, but there are some definite dark horses in the competition as well. Laith was mentioning how all of his songs are ending up on the iTunes charts, and if that’s the case, consider that horse very dark.

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Dancing with the Stars, Season 22 – Classic Dances Redone

DWTS042516It’s been a tough week for Jodie Sweetin and Kim Field, both with dealing with injuries. We’ll see if they’ll able to perform tonight. They’re in costume, though, so by all appearances they’ll be able to. And they’re back with their original partners with the partner switch-up now over.

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber are taking on the jive and “Can’t Stop the Beat” from the movie Hairspray. What she is demanding of her body is mind blogging for her, and she gets an MRI and is told no rehearsals, but she keeps hitting it. She does really great with this, and you can’t tell she’s injured at all. Len Goodman calls himself a happy clappy crappie. Bruno Tonioli says she had him dancing as well. Carrie Ann Inaba says she’s so consistent sometimes it scares her, as she doesn’t want her to disappear into the background. The scores are all 8s.

Von Miller and Witney Carson are taking on “Bad” and Michael Jackson’s choreography. They’ll be doing a jazz routine. One of the dancers in the troupe worked with Michael, so he’s in on rehearsals to teach Von some of the signature moves. He does exceptionally well with the classic Jackson moves in the routine. Bruno calls it badass. Carrie Ann could tell he was nervous but thinks he ended up killing it. Len notes they didn’t need the wind machine, as they had a fan right there with him. The two get scores of all 8s as well.

Up next is Jodie Swwetin and Keo Motsepe, and they’ll be doing Pink’s video of her song “Try” in the style of contemporary. She took an injury to her nose right off the bat and then worked with the original choreographers from the video. She gets rushed to the hospital with an injury, but makes it back, dealing with the pain. She does extremely well. Carrie Ann felt it was difficult to watch, but they transformed it into something beautiful. Len liked the confrontational feel of it. Bruno notes even a professional dancer would find it hard to reproduce that routine. The scores are 9, 8, 8.

Paige VanZant is back with partner Mark Ballas Their original song got pulled, leading to them switching styles to jazz and the opening scene of Austin Powers. She’s excited to be able to incorporate some of her athleticism. Watching them you can’t tell that they missed a few days having to start over. Len said there was nothing in that dance that he didn’t like .Bruno says it’s wild to be brought back to the swinging 60s. Carrie Ann found it to be by far one of her favorite dances. They get scores of 9, 10, 9.

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgaatroyd are doing a routine to Jim Carrey’s The Mask, and they’re doing the quickstep. They’re going all the way, complete with teeth and a green mask. He’s feeling so confident, he doens’t see the other celebrities as his competition. He’s looking at Val. He has a great comedic flair with this, but I think it might be a stretch to compare himself to Val. Bruno says he managed to maintain a true quickstep throughout but lost speed a couple of times. Carrie Ann felt like his frame was very broken tonight. Len is upset about the Val comparison. They get scores of 8, 8, 9.

And for comparison, here’s Val Chmerkovskiy along with Ginger Zee. They are doing jazz to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” She knows she’ll stand out if she’s bad, as there will be professionals behind her. She knows she needs to start getting 9s and 10s. She could have stood to be a little more “nasty.” Carrie Ann thinks the whole thing is about attitude and wanted to see more. Len says it was more tasty than nasty. Bruno says she needed to punch it much, much more. Her scores are three 8s.

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff are taking on Bollywood from Slumdog Millionaire. Even she has never danced this style before. She knows this style is not what you think of when you think of Doug Flutie. He’s looking more like Thriller, though, than Bollywood. Len felt it was jolly good. Bruno notes it had all his favorite steps. Carrie Ann says it was by far her favorite number of Doug’s. His scores are all 7s.

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold are taking on jazz and N’Sync’s performance at the 2000 VMAs. There’s extra pressure on him since he’s a friend of Joey Fatone’s. They’re dancing along with TV screens for their heads as added difficulty. At the beginning he seems too stiff, but he lightens up. Bruno calls it pop in its most pure and brilliant form. Carrie Ann declares, “this boy is on fire!” Len explains he just took a big step towards the finals. The scores are 10, 9, 10.

Last up, Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess are doing the jive to Footloose. But first he’s a little upset that when asked last week, she thought Wanya was the guy to beat and not him, and he feels like she gave up on him. She sees it as their chance to go all in. They do a good job incorporating jive and Footloose. Carrie Ann says that’s the way to bring the house down. Len says it’s his best dance. Bruno feels he proved that he’s a leading man. Their scores are all 9s.

The couples in jeopardy this week are Paige and Mark, Doug and Karina, and Von and Whitney. It should be Doug and Karina going home, and it is. He says he will take away with him an enthralling experience and getting to know Karina. She says she is proud of him, and it’s been a great season. The couple going home next week is anybody’s guess, and it will be a double elimination on top of it.

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Survivor Kaôh Rōng, Season 32 – Faith in Tai Has Been Restored

Survivor042016This definitely has to go down as one of the best blindsides ever. Have there been other cocksure players before? Sure. Have there been others before who have switched alliances? Sure. But there was just something so delicious about this one.

Fallout from Last Tribal Council

Yeah, the biggest cock in this season of Survivor is not Mark the chicken, Tai’s pet. It’s a tie between Jason and Scot. After they played their hand and let everyone know in the last tribal council that they not only had two idols but that they could play them together to form a super idol, those two thought they had it made.

These guys were literally strutting around camp not worrying about their safety at all, believing that they were safe and could call all the shots. Scot even went to Aubry and softly asked her to work together saying they would give back the axe and machete if they agreed to do what they wanted. But that’s not who Aubry is. She wasn’t buying it.

Reward Challenge

It was a little different this time. There were three awards: Food, Love, and Advantage. They could choose what reward to fight for whether it be a cheeseburger meal, letters from home, or an unknown advantage in the game. Everyone had their choice, and they only had to beat the others who were competing for that same prize. They had to balance a balance beam with their foot. If clay pots at the end dropped, they were out.

Julia and Joe competed for Love. That was easy. Joe was out within seconds. By no one’s surprise, Scot and Jason competed for food, but Michelle joined them. Scot was out right away and then Jason. Michelle got the cheeseburger. Then it was between Tai, Cydney, and Aubry for the Advantage. Cydney was out surprisingly early, and Aubry made it far, but finally lost to Tai. Neither of the two cocks won anything, but Scot thought the best thing is that Cydney didn’t eat or get the advantage, so she would go home.

After the Reward

With Michelle with a full belly and Julia crying over her letters from home, Tai went and read his advantage in secret. His advantage is an extra vote at Tribal Council that he can use up through final five.

Julia then goes to Michelle and Aubry and suggests the girls and Joe all vote for Tai. They figure this way they can flush out the idol. If he doesn’t play the idol, he and his idol go home, and if he does play the idol, he no longer has it as a threat, and Cydney goes home.

Aubry thinks better of that plan, though. She wants to work with Tai. She knows he’s a better person than the two cocks he’s working with. She tells him that some of the girls want to target him to flush the idol out. She offered that they could work together and promises to tell him what’s going on.

But Tai does something mind-boggling. He goes and tells Jason and Tai exactly what Aubry said. Scot decides they should vote out Aubry instead of Cydney, and at that point Tai says he likes the plan, but he’s starting to feel like an outsider in his alliance. He notices that they are always telling him what to do. He goes along with it, but he’s wondering if that’s his best move.

More Clay Pots

For the Immunity Challenge, it’s more clay pots and more endurance. This time they have to push two wooden discs attached to clay pots with their full wing span. The space is set so that they can only push with their fingertips. If they move just a little bit, their pots will drop.

And yeah, Joe is out early … again. You would think Tai would have been there at the end, but he wasn’t. Neither was Cydney. The last two standing are Jason and Aubry. He wants her out, and she wants him out. She makes it really far, but she finally falls, and Jason wins immunity.

The cocks think they have thing won. Jason gives his idol to Scot since he has immunity. Julia comes to them and tells them that the girls are voting for Tai. They tell her that they want Tai gone as well later in the game as they don’t want to face him in the final three and would rather take her. Julia is happy as a clam as she wants to go to final three with the cocks as she knows no one else like them and figures she has an easier chance of winning the game.

Aubry is feeling connected to Tai and doesn’t want him to go. She talks to Cydney, and they decide they can get Joe with them to vote out Scot. Aubry plays it really smart and doesn’t pressure Tai but tells him it’s his game and he has them behind her. He’s left wondering whether he should stick with the guys or follow Aubry.

Tribal Council

The cocks say again that they know they are not going anywhere tonight. Jason boldly says the others need to decide who should go next. Either they decide which one of them they will cut, like they did with Debbie last week, or his alliance will decide for them.

Jeff Probst asks Tai why he’s so quiet and asks if he’s not comfortable with the boasting. Tai admits it’s not what he does in his personal life, but he has to do what’s best for his game. Jason points out that Tai has stepped up for them time and time again.

Jason says if you’re not confident of what’s going on, it’s smarter to be on the right side. You might as well jump on the train or your game will be dictated for you. He wasn’t talking to Tai, but that seems to have really made him think.

Julia urges Tai to play his idol, but Scot tells him not to. In the end, the only votes for Tai are Julia and Michelle. Aubry gets two votes from Jason and Scott. And Scott gets four votes from Aubry, Cydney, Joe, and Tai.

And in the best thing I may have ever seen on this show, with Scot being voted out, he and Jason expected Tai to play the Super Idol with him. He refuses and shakes his head, then says sorry. Everyone but Jason and Scott and Tai are smiling and/or laughing. Scot left the game … with Jason’s idol in his pocket.

And Then There Was One

Julia is a double agent, so it’s unclear whether she’s going to stick with Jason and try to do something or just abandon ship. But any of the others who share information with her aren’t playing a good game.

Tai’s safe now and did his duty to get rid of Scot, but he needs to realize he’s not safe by any stretch of the imagination. These people helped him this time and saved him by taking out Scot, but he’s still a really big threat to win this game, and he needs to keep watching his back.

That goes for Aubry as well. She’s playing a really good game, too, and is also a big threat to win if she makes it to the final three. Maybe she’s figured that out, too, and maybe that’s why she is trying to save Tai. If the two of them are in the final four, they can only vote out one of them, and the other will be in the final three. She stands a better chance of staying with Tai in the game.

As for Jason, aka Cock #1? He’s safe for awhile. Everyone is going to want to take him to final 3. None of those people are going to vote for him to win, just like Julia realized. But floaters usually don’t make it to the end, so she doesn’t stand much of a chance. Joe would be a good one to take to the end as well. He’s done nothing. Aubry’s been controlling the game, no matter what the Cocks think, and Tai made the biggest move so far. The game belongs to them right now. They just have to make it to the end.

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The Voice, Season 10 – Top 12 Live + ResultsThe Voice, Season 10 – Top 12 Live + Results

Voice041916It’s a big moment for the contestants this week on The Voice. They’ve made it to the live top 12, but they can’t stop yet. They still have to hand in a top performance to make it to next week.. And now, it’s out of the coach’s hands. It’s all up to the fans on who will stay and who will leave.

Mary Sarah from Blake Shelton’s team is first up tonight. She’s singing “So Small” because she is kind of leaning towards being that kind of artist. She relates the song to her brother who weighed only 1-1/2 pounds when he was born. Maybe she should stick to traditional country, though, as her performance doesn’t match what Carrie Underwood could do. Christina Aguilera says she always knows she’ll deliver a solid performance. Pharrell Williams wonders if she ever imagined she’d be doing this when she worked at Boot Barn. Adam Levine thinks she did a very unique version of the song. Blake got completely wrapped up in the lyrics of the song.

Team Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi is singing “Born Under a Bad Sign” this week and is honored to be able to sing it. He notes he’s a big fan of the blues and has been singing it since he was young and has even shared the stage with B.B. King. This sounds like what you’d hear in a blues club, and that’s a compliment. Blake believes that has to be as good as it gets for the blues. Pharrell notes that this guy is the real thing. Adam notes that he plays authentic blues.

Daniel Passino of Team Pharrell is singing “Human Nature” because the origin of everything he loves about pop music comes from Michael Jackson. Pharrell sees it as a brilliant choice. It’s a bit hard to separate the song from Michael Jackson, so it makes it hard to enjoy it from another artist. Adam notes that it’s amazing what confidence does. Christina has the comment of the night: “Damn, Daniel!” Pharrell can’t take any praise, saying it’s all him.

Sticking with Team Pharrell, Emily Keener brings her dad in to meet her coach. He’s the guy who introduced her to these old classics. This week she’s singing “Lilac Wine.” Pharrell thinks it will transfer people to a different time. She was a save for Pharrell, and I’m not so sure this highly artistic song will find fans that her last performance didn’t. Adam has been wanting that song on the show. Christina says that’s what she was waiting for from her. Pharrell reminds everyone that she’s just 17.

Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin first heard “Mine Would Be You” by Blake Shelton four years ago and immediately thought of his wife. His coach notes he’s transformed the song now into something that sounds like it was custom-made for him. He accompanies himself on the piano and could easily turn this into a hit for himself. Pharrell says Blake should write more songs for him. Blake says when he sings in concert this weekend, people are going to want him to do Nick’s version of this song. Christina has to say that he’s such a pleasure to work with.

Adam Wakefield of Team Blake will be doing “Soulshine” as an homage for his brother who died. He tries it with bluesy chords, but Blake thinks that confuses the message of the song, so they decide to try it as gospel instead. They picked the perfect genre for this song; it’s another one that could be released as a hit. Pharrell asks if that’s what we’re doing, taking people to church on television and setting them free. Adam Levine says Adam Wakefield will be able to do anything he wants with some of the people he worships. Blake tells him he’s going to be around a long time and not just in terms of the show.

Christina’s saved artist Bryan Bautista is up and will be singing “Kiss from a Rose.” She believes with this song people will see more of a softer side of him. She wants him to really deliver his heart out there. He may have bit off more than he can chew, as it’s a little pitchy at times. Pharrell is sure there will be a record deal for him at the end of the show. Christina says every girl needs to buy that and be lulled to sleep by him.

Owen Danoff, Adam’s save, is singing “7 Years.” He loves it because it’s like a flashback. Adam has lots of advice for him and obviously wants to keep him around, suggesting he not play the bass while he’s singing. It’s obvious that it’s not an easy song to sing, yet he breezes right through it. Pharrell says it’s awesome to see a shy person come out and sing something like that. Adam says the best part of the performance was watching him bust out of his shell when he walked to the other side of the stage.

Alisan Porter of Team Christina picks what her coach calls a monster song, “Stone Cold.” She connects to it since both she and Demi Lovato have struggled with addiction issues. She’s just as remarkable as she always is but somehow brings even more grit to her performance. Adam says every year there’s one person who epitomizes what the show is about, and obviously he means her. Blake asks if she’s bored with being great and asks her to suck sometime. Christina cannot wait for the Alisan album.

Next up is Blake’s save, Paxton Ingram. He’s singing “Hands to Myself” but doesn’t have the grip on it yet that his coach wants him to. They finally reach it, and he says he gets that from church. He has such an ease in his performance level. Pharrell thinks Miami should be very proud. Blake thinks he’ll be around for awhile.

Team Pharrell is up with Hannah Huston, and she is singing “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” He believes there’s not much she can’t do and encourages her take charge of her performance. This song makes it really difficult to imagine her being a preschool teacher. Adam thinks it’s a new genre of music and calls it alien soul. Blake says it’s hard to not get wrapped up in her performances. Pharrell believes this is innate and within her.

Last up is Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam. They’re still talking about her great performance last week. She’s taking on “Up to the Mountain,” saying that’s what she needs at this point in the competition, some faith. Her coach encourages her to have a blueprint to her performance. And that blueprint leads to a really powerful performance. What Christina loves about her is that she’s a fearless singer. Pharrell loved feeling when she was going to “press the gas.” Adam is so impressed by the woman that she’s becoming in front of everyone.

Skipping ahead to the results show from Tuesday night, Coach Gwen Stefani comes back to the show and starts out the night with a performance of her song “Misery.” Boyfriend Blake clearly enjoys it. Granted, it’s a good song, but I’m not real fond of her odd hairstyle.

The top 12 takes the stage to get some results. The first two artists called safe: Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield and Team Christina’s Alisan Porter. Neither of those two are a surprise. The next two safe artists are Team Christina’s Bryan Bautista and Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino.

After a performance of “I Love a Rainy Night by Team Blake and their coach, it’s back to the results. The next to be called safe are Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing, Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram, and Team Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi.

Before hearing the last of the results, Team Adam and their coach sing “If You Want Me to Stay.” The last three contestants declared safe are Team Pharrell’s Hannah Houston, Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin, and Team Blake’s Mary Sarah. Both Blake and Christina’s teams are completely safe. The bottom two are Emily Keener and Owen Danoff.

Emily sings “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” for the Instant Save. Owen sings “Lego House” for his chance to stay. With the vote open during the commercial break, we can see Owen leading the votes. When the final votes are tallied, the artist saved is Owen, sending Emily home.

The top 11 will perform next week with Team Pharrell once again handicapped from the start and down one member from his team.

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