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‘The Masked Singer’ Eliminated Celeb on the State of the Music Industry: “No Substance”

The mix of celebrities cast in season two of Fox’s bizarro reality competition The Masked Singer has included talk show hosts, athletes, comedians and actors, but the person unmasked Wednesday night in the ninth episode of its sophomore run is a seasoned musician whose voice was nearly instantly recognizable for at least one of the judges.

By the time the Flower removed her mask for host Nick Cannon, judges Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy and Ken Jeong all knew that it was Patti LaBelle underneath, or “The Last Flower,” as the Godmother of Soul referred to herself when she spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her elimination.

The four singers who went head-to-head in the episode included the Leopard and the Flamingo, followed by a matchup between the Flower and the Rottweiler. Much like the first rounds of the season, the Leopard and the Flower competed in a final battle, with the Leopard ultimately moving forward in the competition and the Flower, aka LaBelle, going home.

“Really, really beautiful singers. I was hoping I would figure out who they were, but I couldn’t,” LaBelle told THR (she’ll have to watch the season with the rest of the cast to figure out who she was up against).

In addition to discussing her time on the show, LaBelle also touched on the state of the music industry today, which current singers are her favorite and why she’s never stopped touring.

Why did you decide to do this show? You don’t really have to prove anything to anybody.

Every time my son would ask me about The Masked Singer, I was hesitant. I said, “I’m not sure I could be in those costumes like that,” and we kept going back and forth and I finally said, “OK, I’ll do it.” You know, I did Dancing With the Stars at 71. So I said to myself, “I might as well do this at 75.”

How far did you expect to go in the competition?

I had no clue. Because I sounded just like me. I really thought I would be booted off the second week because Patti LaBelle was all over the place. I know Robin knew, and, well, they all knew it was me from what they told me after I lost. (Laughs.) I didn’t know how far I would go, but I was glad to take off that costume, honey. Those shoes!

How was that costume to wear? It was also a body-hugging dress with a huge mask.

It was heavy, but I felt like a flower. The costume department, they did such beautiful work. So I felt good even when I was in pain, you know?

Beauty is pain, right? Did you know exactly what the show entailed? Did you watch it in the first season?

Yes, I had watched it, with Gladys Knight and T-Pain. When I said yes, I couldn’t even call Gladys and ask her what she thinks about all the costumes and all this stuff because she didn’t know I was on the show. I was excited to do it. I mean, that’s why I did say yes. And I said yes to the dress, too!

How do you think these reality competition singing shows have impacted the music industry?

Well, from what you see there’s so many shows on and I think it’s giving people different ways of seeing singers and hearing singers and hearing different music. There’s all kind of stuff going on with music, like the Jamie Foxx show . Just so many things with music. I don’t know if I answered your question, but music is all over the TV.

If you were coming up today, do you think you would have gone on one of those shows?

Maybe! You never know.

Some of the talent that those shows have produced have gone on to have really successful careers, whether they’ve won or got kicked out early.

It’s true. I mean, like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer and all those singing girls, you know, they got jobs for life now because of these shows.

You’ve done so much in your career — what do you hope to do after this?

I’m too old for that, honey. It’s fun to do things like that, but the show won’t the rest of my life. It was just one of those things that I said ‘yes, I can,’ like I said Dancing With the Stars, things that people don’t expect a 70-year-old woman to do. Or a 75-year-young woman to do. But I did it, and I was happy while I was there.

Do you hope to get some younger fans who weren’t necessarily familiar with you before?

Sure! The audience I have now, they’re from 8 to 80, black, white, straight, gay, all types of people. Everybody comes to the show. A lot of it had to do with Dancing With the Stars, because when I ask the audience how many people are seeing me for the first time, about 80 percent raise their hands and clap. So it sure helps you get another audience. Somebody might be interested, after seeing you on The Masked Singer, in coming to your real shows.

What’s your take on the music industry and the entertainment industry in general these days? It’s such a different place than it was 10 years ago, 20 years ago. That’s admittedly a very wide-ranging question.

It surely is! I’ve been in it for how long? Sixty years performing, and I see changes all the time. I never know if we’re going to ever go back to when real music was real music. Because a lot of things today, they’re very — if a song, the title is “Get It Now” or something, you’re going to hear “get it now” the whole record, no substance. So there’s still some growth. And I hope that it goes back to substance.

In songwriting?

Yes. In the songwriting.

There are definitely some talented vocalists out there who still use filters and processing and they can sing, so why are they doing all of that?

Because some of them can’t really sing. I’m not saying it to knock anyone because that’s their hustle. And if you can get by with “Get It Now” and say it over and over and over and the record sells, then you did your job. But I’m still looking for substance.

Who are some of your favorites right now?

I love John Legend. I love Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia. I mean they sing sing. I love “Hello from the other side” — I love it. Adele. I love her and Alicia Keys. I mean, there are some singers out there who are singing songs, and I love them.

What’s next for you? You seem to be up for adventure and trying new things.

Oh, honey, I’ve never stopped touring. We leave tomorrow to do Tamron Hall, Kelly Clarkson. This week I’m doing some TV with those guys. And I never stopped touring, so then we go back out next Wednesday.

So in the foreseeable future you’re still touring, still singing?

Your voice is so recognizable, so you knew people were going to recognize you that way. But were you surprised they didn’t pick up on some of the clues?

Well, they did! Robin, he knew. Mariah’s ex-husband knew. Everybody knew it was me, but I guess they couldn’t say it the first week or second week. I think they wanted me to hang around for a minute or something. On the street or flight attendants, “Hey, Flower.” So I’m so happy that I don’t have to lie anymore.

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The Masked Singer returns Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

‘The Voice’: Eve Makes an Appearance as Top 10 Is Revealed

The Top 10 artists of season 17 were announced on NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday night, following Monday’s Top 11 performances where contestants sang songs chosen by their fans. Eight artists were automatically voted through, and the bottom two vote-getters had to face-off in an Instant Vote for the final slot. Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson awaited the results.

The first two artists voted through were Team Blake’s Ricky Duran and Team John’s Katie Kadan.

After Team John performed “How Deep Is Your Love,” more results came in. Team Gwen’s Rose Short and Team Kelly’s Jake Hoot, who was the most streamed artist overnight, both made it into the Top 10.

Stefani performed a medley of some of her songs from her debut studio album, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Eve also showed up to sing on “Rich Girl.”

Team Gwen’s Joana Martinez and Team John’s Will Breman also advanced to the Top 10. Then, Team Blake took the stage for a performance of “Taking Care of Business.”

The last artists voted through were Team John’s Marybeth Byrd, Team Blake’s Kat Hammock and Team Kelly’s duo Hello Sunday. That left Team Kelly’s Shane Q and Team Gwen’s Myracle Holloway to sing for the Instant Save. It was a surprising position for Holloway to be in.

Shane Q first sang “Jealous,” and he worked through the nerves, delivering an entertaining and fresh performance that was better than his previous night’s.

Holloway sang “You Are So Beautiful,” and it was also a stellar performance. She overcame the high-pressure situation to give a performance that was emotional and impressive on a technical level. Shane Q won out in the end, and Holloway was eliminated, which was a big loss for Team Gwen.

The Voice’s Tuesday-night results show removed the “semi” from “semifinals” as it cut in half the Top 8. Based on Monday’s performances — if we ignore the ’80s duets, only one of which couldn’t be filed between “uninspired” and “unlistenable” — TVLine’s picks for the Final Four appeared to be poised to make it (this, despite the fact that Team Legend’s unstoppable Katie Kadan had given a solo performance that was a first of its kind for her: good instead of great). Which contestants actually advanced to the finals?

Before we found out, coach Blake Shelton reminded us all what a singer who’s comfy in his cowboy boots looks and sounds like when he was joined by Trace Adkins on “Hell Right”; Tones and I (who are — is? — apparently only one person) performed the catchy “Dance Monkey,” which always sounds way bigger on the radio; La Voz coach Luis Fonsi showed up (briefly) to help Kelly Clarkson learn to speak Spanish; and Season 14’s Kaleb Lee reunited with his former coach Kelly on their mumbly but memorable single, “I Dream in Southern.” And in the moment(s) of truth…

Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Katie Kadan (Team Legend)
Jake Hoot (Team Kelly)
Ricky Duran (Team Blake)

Immediately Eliminated (Bottom Two)
Will Breman (Team Legend)
Marybeth Byrd (Team Legend)

Middle Three

Hello Sunday (Team Kelly), “Chandelier” — Grade: C | I can understand why the girls picked Sia’s hit to go for the Instant Save — heaven knows it’s a big enough song. But it didn’t really play to their strength — those harmonies of theirs — and led them directly into Screechtown. Not awful, but at this stage, more Goodbye Sunday than Hello. Sorry, Kelly, I didn’t think that reminding the audience that the kids were 14 was gonna cut it this time.

Kat Hammock (Team Blake), “You’ve Got a Friend” — Grade: C+ | Aside from the fact that I so often want to hit Kat’s vocals with some autotune, I really like her and her chill vibe. Hell, I even like the pseudo-creepy, smiling baby-doll vibe that she has. But, as this hit-and-miss performance reminded us, she just doesn’t have the chops to win the show. Great studio singer, pleasant but inconsistent live one. Blake seemed to know that she was toast, reassuring her that whatever happened, she had a record to make with her coach.

Rose Short (Team Gwen), “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — Grade: A | Of the Middle Three, Rose was the one who really freaking nailed her song selection. I mean, what a perfect way for Rose to showcase her range, her vocal control, her stage presence. I hated to see Rose even in the Middle Three — I’d have bumped Jake down there — but s—. Once she started wailing, pissed as I was, I at least wasn’t worried. If she didn’t make the finale, viewers were as deaf as I’m so often accused of being.

Saved | Rose Short
Eliminated | Hello Sunday, Kat Hammock

So, there you have ’em — Season 17’s Final Four. Pay your respects to the contestant you’re sorriest to see go in the poll below, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

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The Voice premiered Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Who Are the Coaches on The Voice Season 17?

Blake Shelton (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Blake Shelton

Blake returns to The Voice for the 16th season with the incredible accomplishment of being the coach for six champions over the course of the series, including Chloe Kohanski, Sundance Head, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Jermaine Paul.

He is also a winner in his own career, having recently been named Favorite Country Artist by the People’s Choice Awards. He was also named the 2018 CMT Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year winner for his chart-topping single “I’ll Name the Dogs.” He was named Top Country Artist of the Year at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and ended the year as Billboard’s Most Played Country Artist. He is a 20-time ACM nominee and has taken home five CMA Male Vocalist of the Year trophies.

His most recent album, Texoma Shore, was his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. “I’ll Name the Dogs,” the first single from the project, became Shelton’s 25th No. 1 song, a streak that began in 2001 with “Austin” from his debut album.

Kelly Clarkson (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Kelly Clarkson

The two-time winning coach of The Voice, with artists Brynn Cartelli and Chevel Shepherd, returns for season 17, even as she began hosting her own daytime program, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Clarkson, who recently released her critically acclaimed eighth studio album, Meaning of Life, is among the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles.

The Texas-born singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol, and has since gone on to become one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Miss Independent” and “Because of You.”

Clarkson has released eight studio albums, one greatest hits album and two children’s books.

She is the recipient of an array of awards, including three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards and one Country Music Assn. Award. She is also the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts.

John Legend (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

John Legend

After winning season 16 of The Voice with Maelyn Jarmon, the EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, multiplatinum singer-songwriter returns for season 17. John has garnered 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Tony Award and Emmy Award in his career. He is the first African-American male to earn an EGOT and one of only 15 people in the prestigious club.

John has released six albums over the course of his career: Get Lifted Once Again, Evolver, Love in the Future, Darkness and Light, and A Legendary Christmas.

John played the title role in NBC’s 2008 special Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, for which he won an Emmy as a producer, and was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Gwen Stefani (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

Gwen Stefani

Gwen previously served as a coach on seasons 7, 9, and 12 of The Voice and as a mentor on seasons 8 and 10. She will once again be taking a seat in the big, red swivel chairs for season 17.

A three-time Grammy Award winner, Gwen has achieved global success as a performer, songwriter, frontwoman for iconic rock band No Doubt and multi-platinum solo artist. To date, she’s sold more than 50 million units worldwide, including her four-times-platinum debut solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a 2004 release delivering the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and the Pharrell Williams-produced No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.” Her 2006 sophomore album, The Sweet Escape, featured the Billboard Hot 100 top-10 smash “Wind It Up.” Her third solo effort, This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and includes the powerful No. 1 single “Used to Love You.”

Stefani premiered her exclusive Las Vegas headlining residency “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl” in 2018 at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Stefani has also emerged as a celebrity artist to translate music stardom into a series of massively successful lifestyle brands. Through her fashion line L.A.M.B., its sister label Harajuku Lovers and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani, the designer and entrepreneur has merged modern glamour with fashion-forward streetwear.

Who Is the Mega Mentor on The Voice Season 17?

Taylor Swift (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Taylor Swift

Ten-time Grammy Award winner and global pop icon Taylor Swift served as the Mega Mentor on season 17. During the Knockout Rounds, the artists were paired with a teammate and selected their own songs to perform individually. Taylor was on hand to work with all four coaches and their teams to provide feedback and suggestions as the artists prepared for their performance.

The artists who really got to Taylor was Kelly’s duo Hello Sunday, comprised of 13-year-old Chelsea and 14-year-old Myla, who performed Ariana Grande’s “Almost Is Never Enough” because they felt it was the perfect song to evoke emotion and they weren’t wrong.

“I promise I’m okay in my personal life,” Taylor joked, as she wiped tears from her eyes. “This is not from some outside place.”

Taylor went on to explain, “When I started out, I was 10 or 11 years old singing for people, but seeing young performers who so firmly have their musical identity figured out, I was so completely shattered by it. I fully fell apart. It was that good.”

The girls were moved by Taylor’s tears, but it also gave them confidence, especially when she added, “I’m fully crying. I don’t know why. This is really, really great. It was perfect. The amount that you were connecting with each other, the amount that you were then facing out and connecting with the audience…

Hello Sunday went on to win their Knockout Round.

Taylor previously served as the Mega Mentor on season 7. She also performed her chart-topping single “ME!” ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco on the season 16 finale of The Voice.

Who Are the Team Mentors on The Voice Season 17?

Normani, Kelly Clarkson (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Normani

Normani, a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, will mentor along with Kelly Clarkson. Her first single outside of the group was the 2018 duet “Love Lies” with Khalid. It reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Normani is no stranger to singing competitions. She made it to the second round of The X Factor in 2012, but was eliminated. Then, she was brought back to the show and put into a group with Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane, and Camila Cabello, which would later become Fifth Harmony. The group released its first EP in 2013, but in 2018 announced its decision to take an indefinite hiatus to pursue solo careers.

Will.I.Am, Gwen Stefani (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

will.i.am

Best known as a founding and lead member of the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas, but also a solo artist, will.i.am will team up as a mentor with Gwen Stefani. He joined The Voice U.K. as a coach in 2012 and also served as a coach on The Voice Australia in 2014. Also a record producer/songwriter, will.i.am was most recently on NBC’s Songland.

Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Darius Rucker

The former member of Hootie and the Blowfish, who has since gone country, will mentor alongside Blake Shelton. In 2008, Darius released the single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” and became the first black artist to reach No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. This will be his first appearance as a mentor on The Voice.

Usher, John Legend (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Usher

The “You Make Me Wanna,” Grammy Award-winning singer will pair with John Legend. In 2013, Usher replaced CeeLo Green as a coach in the big, red chairs for the fourth season of The Voice. His last act, Michelle Chamuel, lost the title to Danielle Bradbery. He returned for the sixth season and won with Josh Kaufman.

Will There Be a Comeback Stage?

“We are not doing that this season,” Morrissey says. “It definitely had its fans and critics. There are often people who don’t get a chair turn in the Blinds that just had an off day and, really, it’s great to see them get another chance. Then there are other people that felt, “Oh, my gosh, how could somebody who didn’t get a turn in the Blinds end up in the Live Shows when so many other people who did get turns didn’t?”

*Is the Live Cross Battles also gone?

Yes. “Last season we made some formatting changes, and I think it was good to try,” Morrissey says. “This season, we’re concentrating on getting back to the basics of the show and why people love the show. I do feel that because of the way that season was produced, people didn’t feel as connected to the artists, because there was less story in those shows. They didn’t get to see them off stage as much. We realized you can’t underestimate the power of that. People want to get to know these performers and want to root for them.”

Where to watch the Voice Season 17

The Voice premieres Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show airs every Monday night with a two-hour live show on NBC, and again on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

What’s happening with Blake and Gwen?

“They’re adorable,” Morrissey says. “They’re in love. They have a wonderful relationship, but Gwen is no shrinking violet. She really came back as fierce Gwen rock star and she owned it. She does well on the show and takes a lot of people from Blake. Let me say this, if there was any time where Blake maybe felt, “it’s been a few seasons since Gwen’s done this maybe I’ll go easy on her,” that quickly turned into, “what am I talking about? I’ve got to try hard to get people.” It’s no easy season for Blake Shelton.

Who was the winner of the Voice Season 16?

Maelyn Jarmon, John Legend (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Maelyn Jarmon, a 26-year-old artist originally from Frisco, Texas, was crowned champion of The Voice on May 21, 2019. Jarmon, who was coached by John Legend, stood out all season for both her stunning pop alternative vocals and ability to master her sound as an artist who is deaf in one ear.

Who were the coaches on Season 16?

Adam Levine (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Adam Levine

Adam served as a coach for 16 seasons of The Voice and, even though he decided not to return, he maintained his relationship with NBC, serving as an executive producer on the summer series Songland. As the frontman of Grammy Award-winning recording group Maroon 5, Adam has left an indelible mark on popular music. The primary songwriter for the band and a guitar player, his heartfelt ballads and pop anthems have become part of the fabric of today’s pop music scene.

Blake Shelton (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC) Kelly Clarkson (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC) John Legend (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Who Won the Voice Tonight?

Following are the artists who made it into the Live Shows by team:

TEAM BLAKE:

Cali Wilson, Blake Shelton, Kat Hammock, Ricky Duran (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Cali Wilson

Cali Wilson (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Cory Jackson: Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Cory Jackson (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

EllieMae: Eliminated in Battle Rounds

EllieMae (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jordan Chase — Eliminated

Jordan Chase (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Josie Jones — Eliminated in Battle Rounds on October 14, 2019

Josie Jones (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Kat Hammock

Kat Hammock (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Marina Chello — Eliminated

Marina Chello (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Matthew McQueen — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Matthew McQueen (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Ricky Braddy — Eliminated

Ricky Braddy (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Ricky Duran

Ricky Duran (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Zach Bridges — Eliminated

Zach Bridges (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

TEAM GWEN:

Myracle Holloway, Gwen Stefani, Joana Martinez, Rose Short (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Brennen Henson — Eliminated

Brennen Henson (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Calvin Lockett — Eliminated

Calvin Lockett (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Caroline Reilly — Eliminated

Caroline Reilly (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Destiny Rayne — Eliminated

Destiny Rayne — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Elise Azkoul — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Elise Azkoul (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jake HaldenVang — Eliminated

Jake Haldenvang (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jessie Lawrence — Eliminated

Jessie Lawrence (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Joana Martinez — Stolen From Team Blake in Knockout Rounds

Joana Martinez (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Kyndal Inskeep — Eliminated

Kyndal Inskeep (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Myracle Holloway

Myracle Holloway (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Rose Short

Rose Short (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Royce Lovett — Eliminated

Royce Lovett (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

TEAM KELLY:

Jake Hoot, Max Boyle, Kelly Clarkson, Hello Sunday, Shane Q (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Alex Guthrie — Eliminated

Alex Guthrie (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Brennan Lassiter — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Brennan Lassiter (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Brooke Stephenson — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Brooke Stephenson (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Damali — Eliminated

Damali (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Gracee Shriver — Eliminated

Gracee Shriver (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Hello Sunday — Saved by America in the Instant Vote

Hello Sunday (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Injoy Fountain — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Injoy Fountain (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jake Hoot

Jake Hoot (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Kiara Brown — Eliminated

Kiara Brown (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Lauren Hall — Eliminated

Lauren Hall (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Max Boyle — Stolen from Team Legend

Max Boyle (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Melinda Rodriguez — Eliminated

Melinda Rodriguez (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Shane Q

Shane Q (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Steve Knill — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Steve Knill (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

TEAM LEGEND:

Will Breman, Marybeth Byrd, John Legend, Katie Kadan (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Dane & Stephanie — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

Dane and Stephanie (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

James Violet — Eliminated

James Violet (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jared Herzog — Eliminated in Battle Rounds

THE VOICE — Season: 17 — Contestant Gallery — Pictured: Jared Herzog — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Katie Kadan

Katie Kadan (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Khalea Lynee — Eliminated

Khalea Lynee (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Marybeth Byrd

Marybeth Byrd (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Matt New — Eliminated during Battle Rounds

Matt New (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Mendeleyev — Eliminated

Mendeleyev (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Preston C. Howell — Eliminated

Preston C Howell (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Will Breman

Will Breman (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Zoe Upkins — Eliminated

Zoe Upkins (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Photos: Meet The Voice Season 17 Artists Going into the Battle Rounds

Tonight, on The Voice, the first portion of the singing competition will wrap up the final Blind Auditions, as the coaches finalize their teams. Then when the teams are set, the Battle Rounds begin with each of the coaches being joined by their mentors — Normani (Team Kelly Clarkson), Darius Rucker (Team Blake Shelton), former coach Usher (Team John Legend) and will.i.am (Team Gwen Stefani) — to prepare their artists for a dueling duet.

The Voice EP Audrey Morrissey Explains How The Coaches End Up Pairing Their Best Artists Together for the Battle Round

Now that the Blind Auditions are over and the Battle Rounds have begun on season 17 of The Voice, coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani are selecting two members of their team to go face-to-face in a duet, which will see one of them eliminated. That is, of course, unless their coach uses his or her one save, or another coach uses his or her one steal to keep or add an artist on their team.

The latest news on Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani on Celebrating Blake Shelton, Her Signature Red Lip and Returning to The Voice

No Doubt lead singer and former coach of TV’s The Voice, Gwen Stefani, 49, extends her Gwen Stefani—Just a Girl residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas into November 2019 and continues to donate money from each ticket sold to the Cure 4 the Kids Foundation. Read the full interview here.

The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 recap: Someone’s not a team player

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As much as I’m enjoying all the drama on The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2, I’m really going to need Team U.S. to stop all the infighting and actually work together as a team to take down Team U.K. Save all the infighting for when it matters later in the season! We’ve got some underperforming players to cull and now I’m getting nervous that some of them might actually skate by and fail miserably in a final. We’re only six episodes in but at the rate we’re losing champs, the odds of an entertaining final are quickly dwindling. Wes, Laurel, and now Bananas have all been voted in to an elimination and sent home by their own team, so is another Team U.S. champ next? Let’s dive in to this week’s episode to find out.

Things kick-off, as they usually do, immediately when everyone gets back to the house after Bananas’ elimination, and people are reeling from Paulie’s betrayal. Of course, Josh is taking it personally and getting real emotional. Yeah, he even starts crying. But things go from zero to 100 real quick when Josh and Paulie start screaming at each other, security runs in, and Paulie loses his mind, shouting he’s going “to f—ing kill” Josh while being held back by multiple beefy security guys. That escalated quickly.

But the rest of the Challengers call it correctly: Wes, Laurel, and Bananas getting the boot has left a power vacuum, and Paulie’s eager to fill it. But he’s pretty low on the list of potential power players in the house right now, and his actions do not scream leadership; they scream loose canon. It’s actually Leroy who comes out as an early contender for Team U.S. leader, calling a team meeting the next morning and declaring there will be no more voting in Team U.S. members and no more bringing up the past betrayals (i.e. Wes, Laurel, and Bananas). With Bananas gone, Leroy finally has a chance to shine on his own instead of being a sidekick. Will he rise to the occasion?

Bolstered by Leroy’s new position as leader, Nany nominates herself as the team’s speaker if they win the next challenge, knowing that with most of her allies gone she’s probably the next female out. Kam suspects Nany is motivated for selfish reasons so she adds that Leroy and Ninja should round out the Tribunal. It’s the United States of Le-merica, and we’re all just livin’ in it.

On the romantic side of things, Dee caught real feelings for Rogan! Producers are tossing out the “L” word and she’s just giggling and saying “yes” and also crying. It goes from adorable to frightening pretty fast. Didn’t they just meet less than a few weeks ago? And Georgia still has feelings for Bear (girl, why?!), which makes watching him play spin the bottle and motor boating Kayleigh extra awkward. So she decides to get back at Bear by making out with Josh. This will totally end well. CT’s got it right: Ugh.

The Challenge: Trivia!

Okay, so the challenge is actually called “Explosive Decision,” but we all know what it really is. It’s the challenge that all players hate but all viewers love! These dumb-dumbs are asked the simplest, easiest questions and never seem to know the answers. This is the best week ever. This season, the teams pick their six smartest players (weeding out the dumbest of the dumb at the start, which, bummer!) “Idiots” get to sit this one out. Boo! One player from each team will be strapped into a launch chair, and TJ will ask a series of questions. If answered wrong, players will be launched into the air. If answered right, that team gets a point. First team to six points wins the challenge.

Team U.K. players: Rogan, Bear, Theo, Georgia, Nicole, and Dee.

Team U.S. players: Tori, Ashley, Kam, Paulie, Jordan, and Zach.

Degree of physical difficulty: N/A. This is all mental, especially with the fear of getting launched into the air upon failure to answer correctly.

Degree of mental difficulty: Moderate to high. TJ’s trivia questions are always so easy! Sometimes you just have to spell a simple word. And yet … these competitors always seem to surprise me with how many questions they can’t answer.

Potential for drama: Low. This is all comedy. We’re just here for TJ’s cackling as he launches dumb players into the air.

Winner: Team U.S. Despite the even playing field in this week’s challenge having no physical component, Team U.S. still absolutely smoked Team U.K. with a clean sweep of 6-0. So how badly did Team U.K. screw up their answers? Let’s run through them all!

Jordan starts out by correctly identifying the inventor of the telephone, and Theo fails by answering that Antarctica is the only continent that hits all four hemispheres. Guess he doesn’t know what hemispheres are? He’s the first to be launched into the air. Next, despite Georgia’s classic distraction technique of shouting noises while he’s trying to answer, Paulie correctly spells “alliance.” He’s broken enough of them to know! Georgia thinks “Oliver” is Tiger Woods’ first name, so she’s the next to be launched. Kam correctly identifies a Mean Girls quote, while self-described “completely dumb” Nicole gets asked how many seconds are in five minutes and says … “56.” That’s not even one minute! Is it just me, or are Team U.S.’ questions way easier than Team U.K.’s?

That changes with Tori v. Rogan, as she gets a multiple choice question about how many hearts an octopus has and gets it wrong, so she’s the first Team U.S. player to get launched. Rogan’s multiple choice question is how many men have walked on the moon, and he gets it wrong too, so not only is he launched, but no team gets that point. Zach can’t identity The Simpsons‘ dog’s name — ironically, Zach wasn’t allowed to watch The Simpsons when he was younger because it would make him “stupider.” He loses his shoe when he gets launched, which delights TJ to no end. Dee thinks South Africa and Russia are two continents so she gets launched too for another no point round. Ashley correctly identifies America as one of the two nations who fought in the War of 1812 while Bear couldn’t identify the artist with the most-streamed song of all time (it’s Ed Sheehan), so he gets launched. Back in the chairs for round 2, Jordan correctly identifies Einstein as the person who discovered the theory of relativity, while Theo couldn’t even come up with the first number of Pi so he gets launched again. In the final round, Paulie correctly spells “cutthroat” (again, because he literally is that word) despite Georgia’s garbled yelling, while Georgia didn’t know Bruno Mars’ real name. And thus, Team U.S.’s domination in challenges continues!

Tribunal: As previously agreed upon, Nany is speaker, with Leroy and Ninja forming the Tribunal with her … even though none of them even competed in the challenge. That seems right? Going into nominations, people seem pretty sure that Esther is going to be voted in because she’s the weakest player. Things kick off pretty awkwardly, as most of the guys make it clear that they all want to throw in Esther without actually saying her name. That gets her angry that all the guys are speaking when the women didn’t argue on a guys’ elimination week. Esther then tries to throw Nicole in for messing up the trivia challenge, and that prompts CT to point out the divide on Team U.K. — there’s the group of best friends who won’t vote each other in and everyone else. There’s a lot of angry yelling, and the vote ends up really close between Esther and Nicole, with Nicole maybe getting just one more vote? But Kyle storms off before the count can be totally finalized. Either way, it’s Nicole instead of Esther. And I totally understand Kyle’s frustrations.

Esther is without a doubt the weakest player here from both teams. She’s constantly needing help in the physical challenges, slowing down her team. And Team U.K. needs all the help they can get to beat Team U.S. Nicole may not be a powerhouse and she royally screwed up the trivia challenge, but she’s more of an asset to the team than Esther. This was a dumb move, plain and simple, just like throwing Theo in last week. After the rest of the team leaves, Nicole asks the Tribunal to put in Esther, knowing she’d have the best chance of returning. Plus, she throws it out there that if she wins, she’ll probably be a turncoat and join Team U.S. Would she really? Or is she just angry in the heat of the moment?

Leroy wants to have a team meeting to decide who they’re going to vote in to the Proving Ground, but Nany immediately starts looking out for herself. She doesn’t want to paint a target on her back by throwing in a stronger player who has a better chance of coming back and then coming for her. But she only got the speaker position because Team U.S. decided to start acting like a real team and make decisions together! Leroy reminds her of that, and Ninja agrees with Leroy. This is why the rest of Team U.S. wanted fair, trustworthy players in the Tribunal in case they’d have to outvote Nany. And she’s going into full panic/paranoia mode. It is too early for this, girl, especially if you’re so committed to finally winning a final for your first time ever!

Later that night, when everyone goes out to a bar, Nany continues her paranoia campaign by trying to reason with Ninja, but Ninja has the logic on lock for why throwing Jenny in against Nicole is the smarter move for both of their games than Esther. Meanwhile, Georgia throws out a comment to Dee about how Rogan told Nicole that once they all get home, he’s going to forget about Dee. She immediately breaks down, but Rogan assures her that they’re “so solid.” He even slips up and says they “love each other,” before immediately correcting himself with how they “like each other.” Okay, so things are back to being cute with Dee and Rogan now that it’s clear they’re both on the same page. Crisis averted! Nice try, Georgia.

The next day, Ninja and Leroy host a Team U.S. meeting to find out who the team thinks should be thrown in to the Proving Ground. Nany does not look pleased. And surprisingly, Tori comes up with the idea of sending in a weaker player, having Nicole come back pissed at her own team, and not risking any blowback on Team U.S. That’s a less risky move for sure, but how does that help Team U.S.? And Nany completely throws out Leroy’s initial team unity attitude by point-blank saying how she’s going to do what benefits her own game. Yikes. Shockingly, Leroy is having a hard time deciding what to do, either going with what the team wants or what his friend Nany wants. It’s time to step up and earn that leader role, Leroy!

The Proving Ground elimination

As the teams arrive at the Proving Ground, it looks physical but players are heard discussing how it’s a puzzle and not a headbanger, so the Tribunal whispers about throwing in Jenny. But Nany is still committed to not voting for Jenny. Ninja immediately votes for Jenny; Nany votes for Esther. So it all comes down to Leroy — and he earns his new leadership position by voting for Jenny.

Elimination challenge: Trapped. Players start at the top of glass towers where there is a puzzle. At the bottom, there’s a key hidden underneath balls. They will drop to the bottom, memorize the key, climb back up the tower, and solve the puzzle. Whoever solves it first, wins.

Degree of physical difficulty: High. Getting back up that tower looks tough and draining. Doing it multiple times? Major stamina and strength is needed, especially if you can’t memorize a lot at once.

Degree of mental difficulty: High. Memorizing what looks like 32 different nonsense symbols while blowing all your strength and stamina getting up to the top is going to be tough.

Potential for drama: Low. Either way, a Team U.K. player is going home. But if they lose Jenny, they lose one of their strongest females. Nicole hasn’t really proven herself yet, so now’s her chance to do so.

Winner: Jenny. Nicole completely gasses out after one climb up the tower and starts to doubt herself. She doesn’t even want to go back down and actually thinks (out loud!) about giving up, which is the cardinal sin of The Challenge. Jenny continues to push and proves herself as one of the biggest female threats here, pulling out the win in the end. She even earns TJ’s respect! She also stays with Team U.K.

Challenger of the week: Leroy, for finally stepping up and being the player we’ve always known he can be. He just needed to step out of Bananas’ shadow to do it. I’m excited to see him continue on this path!

The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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‘The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2’ Episode 2 Recap: Who Went Home?

The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 Episode 2 began with Idris choosing to stick with Team UK even though he recognizes how well Team USA performs. Additionally, Zahida’s grandmother unexpectedly passed away, so she decided to leave the competition and be with her family.

Faith quit the show after an argument with Bear when he was too loud while she attempted to sleep. Nonetheless, a female contestant still went home at the end of the episode. Who? Keep reading to find out.

Georgia Harrison, Stephen Bear, Johnny Bananas, Nany Gonzalez and Kyle Christie | Terry Scott/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Which team won the Cryptic Crossbow Challenge?

For the competition, the teams had to swim across a lake and collect letters. Then, they had to place the letters on a board and figure out four-lettered words. Next, a player is launched into the lake from a giant crossbow to retrieve a cryptic puzzle and solve it using the words from the board.

Wes, an excellent swimmer who boasts about it every time there’s a swimming challenge, came down with an illness. However, he still outperformed everyone and retrieved his letter considerably faster than his teammates.

The lone wolf isn’s so lonely anymore… #TheChallenge34https://t.co/R60sEWZOZJ pic.twitter.com/3LGhPAxcsw

— The Challenge (@ChallengeMTV) September 5, 2019

Group One for Team USA finished first, allowing the second group to collect their letters. Even though everyone on the American team continually fought for the leader position, they came up with a successful strategy to place their letters on the board first, and then launch Jordan from the crossbow, while solving the puzzle while he swam.

Once again, Team USA pulled out the win. When T.J. asked who would lead the tribunal, Kam immediately spoke up and nominated herself, rubbing Tori the wrong way. She chose Ashley and Paulie to join her, upsetting the latter because he wanted to be protected next week when it’s a guy elimination.

Who did Team UK nominate for the Proving Ground?

Before participating in the challenge, Jenny, a fitness trainer and bodybuilder, led a small workout class. She was impressed by Georgia’s athleticism, but Jenny noticed Big T couldn’t always keep up.

Therefore, Team UK was already contemplating throwing the London native into elimination. During the challenge, the team also noticed that Esther wasn’t in the best physical shape.

Did the team UK men plan that color scheme or…. Inquiring minds need to know! #TheChallenge34 pic.twitter.com/OcFaCsEjVz

— The Challenge (@ChallengeMTV) September 5, 2019

Wanting to give the girls a heads up, Georgia notified Big T that the team was considering her and Esther for nominations. While they discussed it as a group in front of the tribunal, Kayleigh asked her team why only Big T and Esther were in the conversation for elimination and not two other rookies, Jenny and Nicole.

The girls offered to throw their names in the mix, but ultimately the majority voted in Big T. She then asked the tribunal to give her anyone except for Jenny to compete against in eliminations.

Who went home in ‘The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2’ Episode 2?

Before nominations and the Proving Ground, Kayleigh started a rumor that Georgia thinks she’s “untouchable” because of her incredible performance last season as a rookie.

Killa Kam confronted Georgia about what her friend said, but the Love Island star denied it. Georgia later went outside by the pool and got upset because she felt like she couldn’t protect herself against the bad things people were saying about her in the house.

So proud of these #TeamUK ladies y’all. @georgiaharisonx AND Big T deserve several rounds of applause for enduring THIS elimination.
Great battle! #TheChallenge34 pic.twitter.com/yPbOV5QX76

— Nope Likeshit. (@IamDMVixen) September 5, 2019

Several Team USA members wanted to vote in a big UK player to potentially eliminate them early in the game. Because Georgia is one of Team UK’s strongest competitors and was at the center of drama, the tribunal unanimously chose the Essex-native to take on Big T.

For the Proving Ground elimination, the girls had to push a dumpster filled with rocks and a torch on top to their opponent’s side and light their fuse. Josh, on Team USA but romantically involved with Georgia, loudly rooted for her, annoying some of his team members.

After an almost two-hour-long grueling battle, Georgia eventually beat Big T. As the winner, she could choose to switch teams. However, Georgia made it clear she would never. Who will go home next? Keep watching The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on MTV.

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When we last left MTV’s reality competition show The Challenge, rookie Turbo ended up winning $1 million after a brutal final.

This season? It’s the sequel: War of the Worlds 2, which pits a British team against a squad from the United States, although there are some twists that involve some “free agents” joining both sides.

As always, we task our resident Challenge expert Charles Curtis to power rank each of the competitors after each week. Here’s his take after the tenth episode.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

This week: FINALLY we can say the British team lost … but in a shocking turn, they LOST one of their players in the process.

Georgia and Turbo

Oh man. What an episode. Apparently, there’s a two-strikes-and-your-out policy with this show, that if there’s a second violent episode — even if it doesn’t involve punches landing — with a player, they’re out. And that’s why Turbo was sent home.

As for Georgia? I can’t believe she was ousted because of Kayleigh’s long-standing feud with her, and that Joss went along with it. And that was after the U.K. team WON A CHALLENGE AND COULD HAVE ELIMINATED A U.S. PLAYER!

1. PAULIE

Another week and he’s still at the top with his alliance.

2. CARA MARIA

Same.

3. ROGAN

If you’re involved with Paulie in any way, you’re up here in the rankings. Also, sheer dominance in this week’s challenge, Incoming, in which players wrestled for footballs in a mud pit.

4. JOSS

Honestly, I don’t get it or maybe I forgot some history. But why send in Georgia, YOUR OWN TEAMMATE!? ONE WHO IS GREAT AT RUNNING, SOMETHING YOU DO A LOT OF IN FINALS? He still deserves to be up here, but man. Not good.

5. KAM

Still strong, still in the right alliance, still cruising to the final barring a surprise.

6. JORDAN

Why, after all the ripping from his teammates, is he up this far? It’s because Turbo is gone, whether it was right or not for him to be sent home for getting into another physical altercation. It’s because he’s still here despite the odds against him. And …

7. TORI

HIS FIANCEE DEFECTED TO THE OTHER TEAM. Do you realize what this means? No matter who wins this Challenge, they both win money. Brilliant play all around. Also, nice win over Georgia in the Blockbuster elimination.

8. ASHLEY

I have no reason to move her down, so she’ll stay here.

9. LEROY

From his performance in the challenge to the way he was forced to handle the Nany or Ninja vote, he’s a leader and a deciding vote on this United States squad. It might cost him a friendship, though.

This week on The Challenge: War of The Worlds 2 relationships are tested and they might not all be able to weather the storm! ⛈ #TheChallenge34 pic.twitter.com/hgrrNVyI30

— The Challenge (@ChallengeMTV) October 28, 2019

10. JENNY

I’m starting to wonder if the British team is underrated at this point. Strong players like her are now mostly on the roster.

11. KAYLEIGH

I’m just putting her here for one week, simply because holy cow, she’s been waiting a bunch of seasons to get revenge on Georgia … and wow, did it ever work. Savage. Was it good for her team? No.

12. THEO

Reminder: when we reach the final, he’s going to be a huge X-factor.

13. CT

Same with him, especially when we get to the puzzles and the Brits need a voice in the room to lead.

14. DEE

I think she’s safe through the final if the Brits go back to losing.

Nany warned us! #TheChallenge34 pic.twitter.com/dMpjp8fo1W

— The Challenge (@ChallengeMTV) October 31, 2019

15. NANY

She’s right: Turbo was manipulated by everyone and was pushed out of the game unfairly.

16. ZACH

Still big and tall and therefore very relevant for the United States team.

17. NINJA NATALIE

She was thisclose to being sent into elimination.

18. JOSH

Again, I try not to rank based on next week’s promos, but things don’t look good for him.