The spinning red chairs and charming coach bickering are back
By John Kubicek
This is the first of three consecutive nights of blind auditions, so let's try to pace ourselves.
After a long intro, the show kicks off with the four coaches performing "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones. But I'm too distracted by the fact that Cee Lo Green has apparently traded Purrfect the Cat for a pink parrot. I'm starting to think he's turning into Dr. Moreau and soon Cee Lo will crossbreed his animal army. If you see any half-cat, half-parrot hybrids, run for your lives!
He's a 35-year-old Scottish rocker who was in a band called Driveblind. I wonder if they're similar to Driveshaft. He's got an insanely adorable son with an awesome mop of hair. Terry is a solid singer, but I'm not sure if there's anything particularly special about him other than the accent and his kid.
Coaches: Adam, Blake and Cee Lo all turn around at the last minute. He joins Team Blake. The combo of Scottish and country accents is enough to make this amusing.
Coaches: Cee Lo and Christina turn around at the last minute. She joins Team Christina. Wow, that's unexpected because De'Borah seems to have a lot in common with Cee Lo (misfits whose parents are preachers), but she was inspired by the music of Christina.
Gracia Harrison ("I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana)
Coaches: Adam, Blake and Cee Lo turn around, with Adam being first followed quickly by Blake. Adam is desperately trying to pick off the country artists from Blake, saying she's the best country singer the show has ever had. He's making the hard sell and then Blake throws Adam under the bus, saying he'd hate to see her talents wasted with another coach. She joins Team Blake. Adam then throws a temper tantrum and does a great impression of Blake. Suck it, Mr. Levine!
Coaches: No one turns around. They tell him he has a lack of control, which makes sense since he's so young and immature as a singer. Christina gives him a hug and calls him adorable while Adam tells him to keep working at it because he's better than Adam was when he was 16.
Coaches: Christina, Blake and Adam turn around. Obviously Christina desperately wants her own Mini-Me. Adam says he has a record label he could sign her to like he did with Tony Lucca, while Blake mentions that he took Dia Frampton on tour with him. This is bordering on bribery. She joins Team Christina.
Bryan Keith ("It Will Rain" by Bruno Mars)
Coaches: All four turn around. They all really, really want him, and Adam says he'll die if he doesn't get him, while Blake pulls the "I pushed my button first" card. He joins Team Adam. Something tells me Bryan Keith is going to make it very, very far in this competition.
Daniel Rosa ("Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye)
Coaches: Cee Lo and Blake turn around. Everyone recognizes him and Adam runs up to hug him. The whole "I love you, but I didn't push my button for you" aspect of this show is kind of annoying. The judges like Daniel's comeback storyline a lot more than I do. He joins Team Cee Lo. This is nice for Daniel, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna be cut right away in the battle rounds. Simply making a team is his prize.
Coaches: No one turns around. The judges think the performance didn't have enough heart and soul because it's a song that needs to be felt, not just sung. Then she does an a cappella version that is far more haunting. Now all the judges have non-buyer's remorse.
Joe Kirkland ("Gives You Hell" by the All-American Rejects)
Coaches: Blake and Adam turn around. It's another epic battle between these two bickering winners. Blake tries to play the "vest" card, because they both wear vests. He joins Team Adam. Adam tries to rub Blake's face in it, but he shouldn't, because I don't see Joe surviving that long in this competition.
Coaches: No one turns around. It was just OK, but the coaches all agree it lacked magic. It was just average, not great like what they're looking for.
Danny Hunter Jones, Jamie Pickett, Odiseas Georgiadis
Coaches: No one turns around.
Trevin Hunte ("Listen" by Beyonce)
Coaches: Christina, Blake and Cee Lo turn around. Christina turns around almost immediately and Blake yells at Adam for not pushing his button. Adam says he didn't push his button because he was scared of the other judges. Everyone wants him and they all think that teacher of his is an idiot. He joins Team Cee Lo. Cee Lo is understandably giddy because now he has a chance to win this season.
So at the end of night one, all four coaches have two team members on their 16-person teams.
"The Voice" airs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Has Simon Cowell finally found his evil twin?
The signs are looking good for a bad Britney Spears. Unlike dismissed "X Factor" judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, Spears -- new to the judging table along with Demi Lovato -- seems to enjoy destroying contestant dreams.
"She has taken this very seriously and she's surprisingly quite mean," People quotes series creator and star Simon Cowell. "In the past we've had judges that never say no, [but] she can't say no quick enough on this show. She's quite difficult to please."
Of course, it's possible -- in fact, quite probable -- that Cowell is giving Spears mean lessons behind the scenes. Genuine or not, however, it's still fun to witness. In a preview released by FOX, Spears is shown beating down a mouthy contestant who insists he's worked "way too frickin' hard" to hear negative criticism. Check out the clip:After the dude owns Levato -- telling her "that's why you use auto-tune and I don't" -- Spears snaps: "I want to know who let you on stage. I feel uncomfortable with you even staring at me."
Are you looking forward to a toxic Britney Spears?
Season 2 of "The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Former 'Idol' competitor teams up with Heidi and company during Fashion Week
Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to be a guest judge on the upcoming "Project Runway" finale. The former "American Idol" competitor is returning to reality TV, but this time around, she's joining the judging panel to help crown a winner.
Hudson sat in the front row of the "Project Runway" New York Fashion Week catwalk show on Sept. 7, teaming up with program regulars, including host Heidi Klum, fashion designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire magazine fashion director Nina Garcia.
Only the "Project Runway" finalists will have their NYFW collections aired on the show. But to avoid spoilers, the last eight designers in the running sent models down the catwalk at the prestigious event. Oscar-winning singer/actress Hudson also has been filming scenes for her guest-starring role on NBC's musical series "Smash" while in the Big Apple.
"Project Runway" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
'X Factor' honcho says pop princess will surprise viewers
Simon Cowell has praised the new "The X Factor" star Britney Spears for her no-nonsense judging style, and insists she will surprise viewers with her hard to please attitude. For years the pop princess has been known for her sweet-yet-sexy personality, but when she takes a seat at the judges' table for FOX's singing competition, Cowell hints that viewers will see a totally different side of Spears that they won't expect.
Preview: 'The Voice' vs. 'The X Factor'
In an interview with the press on Thursday, Sept. 6, the music mogul teases Spears' new role on the show. He says, "You know if you buy a dog you expect it to lick you and then it turns out to bite you. It was rather like that. It was a real surprise. She’s really, really difficult to please. "But in a way, it made it more interesting, because she just wouldn’t say yes for people to like her. When you do these auditions in front of 5,000 people, they boo you. But she was kind of fearless."
Cowell also reveals that new judge Demi Lovato felt afraid when she first took the stage for the show's audition rounds. He adds, "I remember the first time Demi said no and she got booed, I could see the look on her face 'I don’t think I want to do this show anymore.' It’s kind of difficult. She’s going to surprise a lot of people when you see her." The second season of the revamped "X Factor" premieres next Wednesday.
"The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Controversial R&B singer inks deal with BET for a new unscripted series
R&B singer Bobby Brown has signed on to tackle reality TV once again, with a new unscripted series for BET. The controversial star made waves in 2005 when he starred in Bravo's "Being Bobby Brown" with then wife Whitney Houston, chronicling their hectic lifestyle.
Bing: More about Bobby Brown
Now, producers at BET are developing a new reality series for Brown, which will document his life and various business ventures, according to the Los Angeles Times. Set to executive produce the series is acclaimed reality expert James DuBose, who helmed NFL star Michael Vick's reality show following his imprisonment for involvement in a dogfighting ring.
The singer's new series is sure to provide the same kind of drama as seen in "Being Bobby Brown." In 2012 alone, the star reunited with his '80s pop group New Edition for a U.S. tour, married his longtime manager, Alicia Etheredge, checked into a rehab facility and dealt with the death of his ex-wife. BET bosses have yet to announce the title or premiere date for Brown's docu-series.
The Kardashian sis looks like the favorite to replace Steve Jones
"X Factor" Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Potential four-judge lineup reportedly close to being locked in
'The Voice' executive producer shoots down charges from 'X Factor' over reschedule
"The Voice" executive producer Mark Burnett has shot down Simon Cowell's accusations he purposely pitted his NBC show up against the new season of "The X Factor" in order to take attention away from Britney Spears' judging debut.The music mogul slammed NBC execs on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for expanding their upcoming premiere week to a third night, thus clashing with Cowell's new-look "X Factor," which debuts on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the same time as "The Voice."
Preview: 'The Voice' vs. 'The X Factor'
Outraged over the rescheduling, Cowell insists "The Voice" team broke their "gentleman's agreement", and he has accused them of "dirty tricks", adding, "They don't want people to see 'X Factor' because they've heard how good the series is. They don't want their audience to see Britney Spears."
Incidentally, this is the first time Spears has served as a reality competition judge, and her former pal and longtime pop rival, Christina Aguilera, is returning for her third season in the spinning chair on "The Voice."
Now Burnett has responded to the Brit's claims stating, "There was never ever a meeting or a discussion of what my show was up against. The fact is ... it shows you where our minds are at and where others are because it literally never crossed my mind. This is someone trying to read into something that doesn't exist. I'm just glad we're on Simon's mind."
"The Voice" Season 3 premiere airs Monday, Sept. 10, and continues for the next two nights with the blind audition rounds.
"The Voice" premieres Monday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and "The X Factor" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.