We are only one week away from The Voice finale, when either Team Blake’s Sundance Head, Team Adam’s Billy Gilman and Josh Gallagher, or Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald will become the Season 11 champ.
Bassist Tommy Black (left) and singer Scott Weiland of Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts perform during day 1 of the Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Stone Temple Pilots frontman and ‘90s alt-rock legend
No single contestant ever dominated Season 11. There was no Javier Colon, Jordan Smith, or Alisan Porter. Not even Wé McDonald or Billy Gilman were locks for the finals.
Seriously, didn’t the top eight learn anything from their fallen comrades Austin Allsup and Courtney Harrell, who both got the boot last week after performing soft-rock tunes by John Waite and Cher? Interestingly, a couple of Monday’s standout performances were duets, as the eight contestants paired
Matt McAndrew may have placed second on The Voice Season 7, but he’s come out a winner, as one of the most popular contestants to ever compete on the show. His official Voice single, “Wasted Love,” skyrocketed to a then-record-setting #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (with opening sales of 209,000), and
Core brought Stone Temple Pilots the sort of vicious criticism usually reserved now for Nickelback or pre-Purpose Justin Bieber, but the tides slowly started to turn with the release of their sophomore album, Purple — thanks to heavy but undeniably catchy anthems like this one and “Vasoline” (along with
This was a suspenseful, historic, and all-around immensely enjoyable week on The Voice, with a slew of great performances (many of which cracked the iTunes top 10), a shocking double-elimination, and even an awesome Miley Cyrus/Dolly Parton/Pentatonix “Jolene” collaboration. Mark Burnett better clear
Tuesday, on the most jaw-dropping results show of The Voice Season 11 so far — and in the season’s first double elimination — Blake Shelton, the most successful coach in the series’ history, lost two of his three contestants in one brutal swoop. It also wasn’t a surprise that Team Blake’s Courtney Harrell
Monday’s Voice top 10 competitive episode was one of the best in recent memory, with Christian Cuevas, Brendan Fletcher, and Sundance Head all delivering phenomenal, even potentially gamechanging performances. Adam Levine described ex-country child star Billy’s Martina McBride cover this week as a “
The Voice Season 11’s top 11 Live Playoffs aired this week, and here joining me to discuss everything that went down — via Skype, from his childhood Illinois home, this Thanksgiving week — is my “The Day After” co-host, Season 9 finalist Jeffery Austin.
A big nasty wrecking ball swung smack into Team Miley on Tuesday’s Voice top 11 results show, when two of Miley Cyrus’s contestants, Aaron Gibson and Darby Walker, were up for elimination — the day before Miley’s 24th birthday, yet. Wack!” Miley joked at first. Later, Miley told her mini-me protégé
This Monday’s Voice episode had a little bit of everything, from Nine Inch Nails to Springsteen and Seger, from Rihanna to “Rosanna.” This here recap even has a random Spinal Tap reference, just for kicks. After having such a magical moment last week with an elegant Leonard Cohen tribute, Ali made a
The American Music Awards ceremony was light on political commentary this Sunday — unless you count co-hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah’s second-rate Melania and Donald Trump impressions, presenter Chrissy Teigen’s reference to “this f—ed up f—ing election” (which got beeped out by ABC censors), or the
The anniversary issue bizarrely dismissed Bandwagonesque as “forgettable,” and pointed out that Nevermind had actually topped Spin’s Best Albums of the ‘90s countdown, while Bandwagonesque hadn’t even placed on that list. Then-Spin editor Mark Blackwell was completely correct in ’91, when he wrote that
The latest shocking hate crime to be committed in President-elect Donald Trump’s name has taken place at a surprising location: a children’s playground. .@beastieboys Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights was left defaced with ugly symbols of hate today. It should be noted that Yauch (also known as MCA
The Voice Season 11’s top 12 Live Playoffs aired this week, and here joining me (via Skype) to discuss everything that went down is my “The Day After” co-host and Season 9 finalist Jeffery Austin.
Eight days ago, Voice viewers only had one important voting matter to consider: which of the top 20 semifinalists would advance to the top 12 Live Playoffs. The following day, however, another, obviously much more important vote took place. And now, a little singing competition seems… well, kind of silly
Monday night on The Voice‘s top 12 Live Playoffs show, Season 11’s resident indie singer-songwriter, Aaron Gibson, insisted on performing Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” despite his coach Miley Cyrus’s concerns that the relatively obscure song wouldn’t be a hit with mainstream
Last week, Leonard Cohen, one of the greatest artists of all time, tragically passed away. So remarkable were Cohen’s songwriting powers that his 1984 ballad “Hallelujah” has become one of the most-covered tunes in reality TV history. Therefore, when The Voice aired this Monday, it hardly would have
If Leonard Cohen, who passed away Thursday at age 82, had only released one song in his lifetime, “Hallelujah,” his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would still be very deserved. “Hallelujah” has certainly earned him a spot in the Reality Rocks Hall of Fame, since the moody yet majestic ballad
Monday just may have been THE craziest night in The Voice history, as the show crammed 20 performances — and eight eliminations, based on real-time East Coast voting results — into its lightning-speed first live episode of Season 11. Yes, today’s election will be a real nail-biter, of course, but last
Well, my fellow American citizens, we all know that we have a very contentious, very controversial voting situation on our hands this historical week.
It is probably the ultimate goal of all aspiring musicians who try out for televised talent competitions that they will one day become so successful, their reality TV stints will be mere footnotes on their multi-page résumés. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are great examples of this
The top 20 contestants for The Voice Season 11 have been revealed (check out their cast photos and Reality Rocks’ full ranking here), and before they head into next Monday’s lightning-round Live Playoffs, it’s time to get to know these singers a little better. What are their top five go-to karaoke songs