A new “Voice” in reality television premieres April 26th, it isn’t Idol or the X-Factor (Videos)

NBC promises that the new singing competition, “The Voice” will be like no other.

It isn’t American Idol or the X-Factor where too often, contestants are picked or NOT picked for a number of reasons other than their singing talent. The idea: they’re looking for a ‘true vocal talent” – judging the talents based ‘purely’ on their voices hence the ‘blind audition.’

Blake Shelton, Grammy Award winners Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (Maroon 5) make up the coaches/judges who will help shape America’s next top singing star. Carson Daly hosts the series, which premieres April 26th.

NBC has teamed up with hit-making reality show pioneers John de Mol, Mark Burnett and Warner Horizon Television to bring Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show “The Voice of Holland” to America. The grand prize winner of this new competition will receive $100,000 and a record deal with a major label!

Auditions promo: “Casting Calls”

Meet the cast:

Blake Shelton (Blake Tollison Shelton: born June 18, 1976, in Ada, Oklahoma) is an American country music artist. In 2001, he made his debut with the single “Austin”. Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, “Austin” went on to spend five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. (Wiki page)

Cee Lo Green or simply Cee Lo (Thomas DeCarlo Callaway: born May 30, 1974), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. He originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob, later launching a critically acclaimed solo career. (WIKI page) His latest hit is the song “Forget You” or “F*** You.”

Christina Aguilera (Christina María Aguilera: born December 18, 1980) is an American recording artist and actress. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993–1994. Rolling Stone ranked her number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the age of thirty. She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s behind Madonna. Aguilera has sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. (Wiki page)

Adam Levine (Adam Noah Levine: born March 18, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the frontman for the alternative, pop-rock band Maroon 5.

Carson Daly, (Carson Jones Daly: born June 22, 1973) is an American television host. He is the host of NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, a late-night talk show that began airing on January 7, 2002. (Wiki page)

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Meet the 2011 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, two-hour premiere event on March 21

It seems like just yesterday that we were awaiting the big “Dancing With the Stars” casting announcement for the popular celebrity dance competition’s 11th season, where bold-faced names like Bristol Palin, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and eventual champ Jennifer Grey became even bolder during their time on the show.

Now, just six months later, the famous dance floor has been wiped clean to make way for a whole new crop of aspiring dance champs.

(The show airs on March 21st.)

Here’s a look at the 11 eclectic new contestants signed on for season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars”:

Chris Jericho
Jericho, born Christopher Irvine, is very well known to the world of professional wrestling fans. The 40-year-old was the first undisputed champion of the WWE in December 2001 (he beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock) but put his career on hold recently to focus more on his other passion project, performing as lead singer of heavy-metal band Fozzy.

Although originally signed up to strut his stuff on season two, Romeo was replaced at the last minute by his equally famous poppa, Master P (whose turn on “DWTS” has been touted by many critics and followers as one of the worst in the show’s history; his Paso Doble holds the record for the lowest score ever). With the bar set slightly lower than average, the 21-year-old rapper, who once played college basketball for USC, likely hopes to make it farther than his father.

Kendra Wilkinson
The decidedly un-shy, already established reality-TV star Wilkinson is no stranger to performing or baring all in front of audiences. Wilkinson, who got her start as a Playboy model, ventured into television as a part of E!’s “The Girls Next Door” before slightly tempering her party-girl ways to settle down with NFL player Hank Baskett, their domestic bliss being the subject of her current show, “Kendra: Bunny Next Door.”

Kirstie Alley
Before she was the subject of her own reality show, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” first on A&E and now Lifetime, and a Jenny Craig spokeswoman, Alley was known to several generations of TV watchers and filmgoers for her memorable turns on TV shows “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet” and movies like “Look Who’s Talking.” The outspoken celeb is a longtime “DWTS” fan.

Wendy Williams
The self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” made a name for herself as a radio DJ then became a best-selling author and currently hosts her own syndicated daytime talk show called “The Wendy Williams Show.” Williams has a knack for asking uncomfortable questions during celebrity interviews and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor. Her talk show is reportedly scheduled to go on hiatus while she competes on the show.

Chelsea Kane
As has been the custom over the course of the past few seasons, the “DWTS” team has welcomed another Disney star into their midst, Chelsea Kane (formerly known as Chelsea Staub, Kane legally changed her professional name back in December). The 22-year-old was a regular on Disney’s “JONAS,” starring the Jonas Brothers, and currently lends her voice to the character Bea on the animated series “Fish Hooks.”

Sugar Ray Leonard
Leonard, a former professional boxer, follows in the footsteps of a slew of former professional athletes who have danced before him. While athletes have been formidable competitors in “DWTS” seasons past, the boxers haven’t fared quite as well. The 54-year-old’s illustrious career includes winning world titles in five weight divisions, including the welterweight champion of the world, as well as being the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in total purse winnings. Here’s hoping Leonard’s footwork is more like that of Laila Ali than Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather.

Ralph Macchio
Although he’s had a few memorable parts on TV shows like “Entourage” and “Ugly Betty,” for a lot of people, Macchio will always and forever be the original “Karate Kid.” Sure, Jaden Smith karate-chopped his way to box-office success with his turn in 2010’s remake, but Macchio kicked his way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere with 1984’s “The Karate Kid” and subsequent sequels.

Hines Ward
They’re certainly not skimping on the athletes this season! Ward joins the cast as one of three professional athletes competing for the famed discoball trophy. The onetime Super Bowl MVP currently plays wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was born in Seoul, South Korea. In September of last year, President Barack Obama appointed him a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Petra Nemcova
This Czechoslovakian beauty is a supermodel with a big heart. The 31-year-old was one of hundreds of thousands of people caught in the devastating South Asian tsunami in 2004, which killed 250,000 people in 14 countries, including Nemcova’s boyfriend at the time, Simon Atlee. When Nemcova visited the site of the tsunami several months later, she was unsatisfied with the structure of how charitable donations benefit those living in states of emergency, so she created the Happy Hearts Fund to help children in post-disaster areas in eight countries: Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hurricane Katrina-affected areas of the United States.

Mike Catherwood
While most TV watchers are familiar with Dr. Drew from his various VH1 shows, his “Loveline” radio partner, Mike Catherwood, might not be as well-known. Catherwood, also known as Psycho Mike, has co-hosted the syndicated radio show for a year now, following Adam Carolla’s exit back in 2005. The muscly radio host — who also works on Los Angeles’ “Kevin & Bean Show” — recently made a memorable appearance filling in for Regis Philbin on “Live With Regis & Kelly.” We’ll see if his smooth-talking skills and time in the gym translate to a successful “DWTS” run.


via MTV By Kara Warner

American Idol Top 24: The ‘chosen ones’ of Season 10

Finally a reveal of the Top 24 on American Idol Season 10.

After weeks and weeks of showing us drama and hype, from wailing contestants, odd auditions to crying judges– we get down to the serious stuff.

Presenting the Top 24 in no particular order: Lauren Alaina, Brett Loewenstern, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, James Durbin, Jovany Barreto, Jordan Dorsey, Karen Rodriguez, Pia Toscano, Thia Megia, Rachel Zevita, Lauren Turner, Julie Zorrilla, Scotty McCreery, Clint Jun Gamboa, Paul Mc Donald, Jacob Lusk, Robbie Rosen, Tim Halperin, Kendra Chantelle, Ashton Jones, Naima Adepapo, Haley Reinhart and Ta-Tynisa Wilson.

This season, American Idol introduces online voting for the first time ever. Residents of the US can log on to the official American Idol site via their Facebook accounts and have the option to vote up to 50 times during the open voting period. There will also be a wild card round; we’re not sure how they’re doing that just of yet.

X Factor Coming to America on September 2011 (Promo Videos)

The X Factor is Simon Cowell’s brand new singing competition and they’re on a mission to find America’s next undiscovered superstar.

The X Factor debuts on FOX this fall and they’re giving away the biggest television pot prize to date– a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music.

What’s great about The X Factor is that it is open to anyone – vocal groups and solo singers, over the age of 12 – and there’s absolutely no upper age limit. (So it could be you!)

Over the coming months, auditions are coming to these US cities: New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, LA and Seattle.

Lady Gaga has it. The Beiber has it. Madonna and Katy Perry both have it. Have you got it?

Simon Cowell on Extra, talks about possible judges?

Lee DeWyze debut album: “Live it Up” out November 16th. Listen to some tracks

American Idol Lee DeWyze is releasing his post-Idol debut album, Live It Up, on November 16th.

Lee’s first single off the album, “Sweet Serendipity,” debuted on October 13th.

The tracklist for Live It Up:

1. “Live It Up” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad
2. “Sweet Serendipity” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Glass, Jordan Lawhead, Produced by David Glass
3. “It’s Gotta Be Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the full track here.)
4. “Dear Isabelle” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen here, lyrics included)
5. “Beautiful Like You” – Written by: Thomas Salter, Andy Stochansky, Produced by Chris “Rockwell” DeStefano (Listen to the full track.)
6. “Stay Here” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjorklund, Claude Kelly, Produced by Espionage for 45th and 3rd Music LLC (Listen to the track.)
7. “Me And My Jealousy” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks
8. “Brooklyn Bridge” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad
9. “Weightless” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, John Shanks, Zac Maloy, Produced by John Shanks (Listen to the track.)
10. “Earth Stood Still” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Produced by Toby Gad (Listen to the full song here.)
11. “A Song About Love” – Written by: Lee DeWyze, David Hodges, Michael Busbee, Produced by David Hodges (Listen to the full song.)

Me and My Jealousy

Live it Up

Sweet Serendipity

Brooklyn Bridge

First Listen: Crystal Bowersox “Farmer’s Daughter” Album Preview

Crystal Bowersox’ debut album is finally set for release next month, December 14th.

The album is titled “Farmer’s Daughter” and features the runner-up of “American Idol” in a country rustic setting, with a pitbull sitting next to her on the cover art.

“The pitbull was the landowners dog, she jumped up there with me and we were just chillin,” Bowersox tweeted.

We get to listen to snippets of three fresh tracks off of the 12-track album: “Farmer’s daughter” (don’t ask us why there isn’t an apostrophe on the title ‘farmer’s CORRECTED! But we caught it first!! See the corrected image below), “Hold on” and “Lonely won’t come around.”

“Hold On” is co-written by Kara DioGuardi and Chad Kroeger, while “Farmer’s Daughter” is produced and mixed by David Bendeth. “Lonely Won’t Come Around” co-written with David Ryan Harris. (Full acoustic version of “Farmer’s Daughter” at the bottom page)

Farmer’s Daughter Tracklisting:

1. Ridin With The Radio
2. For What It’s Worth
3. Farmer’s Daughter
4. Holy Toledo
5. Lonely
6. Hold On
7. On The Run
8. Kiss Ya
9. Speak Now
10. Mine All Mine
11. Mason
12. Arlene

In this video interview below from VH1, we are blown away by the ‘transformation’ of Crystal. She talks about her album and answers five questions from fans. She really has come a long way from her humble beginnings. She never looked so beautiful and elegant. Way to go Crystal!!

Farmer’s Daughter

8/14 Counting Crows Concert Review, Hyannis MA: No Music, Just Noise (PHOTOS)

It is not common for us to review concerts. We attend and usually enjoy most concerts because we get, in general, what we want. They can be too short; they can miss your favorite song; they can even just be plain off the mark that night, but rarely is any concert we attend worth mention in any exceptional way.

The Counting Crows concert at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts on August 14th is a true exception. We therefore feel we have to provide a review so those planning to attend can assess if this concert is worth the price of admission.

We eagerly anticipated this concert and paid much more than we have in the past to see the Counting Crows, because we expected to see a spectacular band and a man with an amazing voice belt out a few of our favorites combined with some jamming, twists and magic. In all the shows we have attended in the past, half a dozen in total, we always experienced pretty much what we expected, without fail. They would deliver on their talent and allow the audience to enjoy many of their superb selection of songs while also demonstrating their diversity and personality in their live performance. In all of these shows, it was evident; you were seeing the Counting Crows at their best.

Sadly, in this show in Hyannis, the band was almost nonexistent. Their music became static noise in the background on a radio station. It disappeared like the parts painted over in an errant piece of artwork. It was as though the Counting Crows weren’t even present, and we were at the concert to listen to bad rap music by rapper NOTA and karaoke vocals of Counting Crows tunes by guest band Augustana.

It appears that the lead, Adam Duritz, was completely hammered drunk during the performance. He appeared barely able to stand, stumbling about the stage like a boob. This man that we had respected so, that had belted out unbelievable vocal performances in the past demonstrating how great he can be, could barely remember a single lyric.

The combination of noise led to the destruction of even the best of songs this band performs. They even destroyed “Rain King” by interjecting a bad Beatles sing-along with nearly 2 dozen noisemakers singing along on stage. We never got to hear the actual lyrics, only the chorus used to play out this sadly hysterical presentation.

We paid $60 per ticket for this concert, when, in retrospect, it wasn’t worth going out of our way to attend for free. A drunk, a rapper and a much lesser band all combined to create a horrific and boring experience. Had we been asked, we may have paid even more just to make them stop.

This lazy group of untalented noise makers may have fooled some of the audience, but this long time fan will never attend a Counting Crows concert again. They were, in the only word that can describe their performance in the English language, LOUSY, and it was primarily because they were also lazy and either didn’t care about their audience or took them for granted at $60 a pop.

Adam Duritz




More Photos via DBFANSITE on Flickr

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox signed by 19E; official sites now live!

Both American Idol Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox have been signed by 19 Entertainment recently. 19E under Sony Music is home to Idol winners and promising finalists who are given recording contracts.

Along with the album comes the official websites where fans can interact and get latest updates from the said artists.

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox’ websites are up and running- now open for ‘business’! Lee is scheduled to have an album release this Fall 2010 while Crystal is soon to follow before the year closes.

Who will sell more records remains to be seen?!