photo: FoxSo Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" returned to Fox for a second season Wednesday night. And the much-ballyhooed new judges (last year's models, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, have been very publicly replaced by the blonder, fresher faces of pop princesses Britney Spears and Demi Lovato) weren't the only drastic tweaks to the once-struggling show's format. Hated host Steve Jones was also gone--but NOT replaced--thus allowing the program to take on a voiceover-free, fly-on-the-wall, documentary-style feel, masterminded by the producers of MTV's "The Hills." The result was something that felt fresh, exciting, different from any other talent show on television (aside from maybe Oxygen's underrated "The Glee Project")...and it was about five gazillion times less garish and Vegas-y than Season 1. Simon might really be on to something this time.Read More »from ‘The X Factor’ Season 2 Premiere: Embrace The Madness
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- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Sep 12, 2012 6:53 PM PDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Sep 12, 2012 3:05 PM PDT
Monday night, "The Voice" Season 3 got off to a solid start...but last night's mere hour-long follow-up episode didn't quite deliver the goods, with an annoying emphasis on over-the-top sob stories instead of actual over-the-top performances, and very few performances of any quality, in general. (A not-so-grand total of five contestants made it through.) So this was hardly the momentum-maintaining episode needed to keep viewers tuned in for a third consecutive episode tonight, as "The Voice" goes blonde-head-to-blonde-head with "The X Factor's" big, Britney-centric Season 2 premiere.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 3, Episode 2 Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Sep 12, 2012 8:51 AM PDT
Chehon & Cyrus: a battle of oppositesTowards the end of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 9's final competitive episode on Tuesday, judge/producer Nigel Lythgoe named ballet girl Eliana Girard not only his favorite dancer of this season, but in "SYTYCD" history (sorry, Allison Holker). Then he told inexperienced animator Cyrus Spencer: "I am not going to vote for you tonight, only because I'm a dancer and I know what it means to work all your life to get to this point...I have to support Chehon [Wespi-Tschopp] tonight, for my own personal reasons."
So basically, Nigel openly declared that he thinks Eliana and Chehon should be crowned this season's co-ed winners next week. Wow, I don't always agree with Nigel, but I sure did in this case. Eliana and Chehon for the win, I say.Read More »from ‘SYTYCD’ Top 4 Recap: Pole Positions & Animation Domination
After a fairly awesome kickoff on Monday, "The Voice" Season 3 resumed Tuesday, and this time, the talent wasn't quite so awesome. Maybe NBC editors had shortsightedly frontloaded Monday's premiere episode with the most promising singers, leaving episode two to rely mainly on thickly laid sob stories, rather than on actual exciting auditions. Or maybe, when NBC executives made a last-minute decision to air a third episode this Wednesday, they hastily hacked what was originally supposed to be a single two-hour Tuesday episode into a pair of one-hour chunks. All I know is, when Tuesday's brief episode ended abruptly at the 9 o'clock hour, it just felt unfinished and anticlimactic.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Season 3, Episode 2: Tuesday Blues
Last night, "The Voice" Season 3 premiered, and perhaps a moment too soon. After all, it'd only been four months since Season 2 of "The Voice" wrapped. And with the series airing in the fall for the first time, up against some other major network shows, it had its lowest-rated season premiere ever. But will that stop my Yahoo! colleague/fellow pop-culture junkie Matt Whitfield and I from talking about it today? Heck no! We admit that we still missed "The Voice"...and from Xtina's ill-advised trapeze-aerialist leotard to a slew of new standout contestants, there is still plenty to discuss today.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 3 Premiere Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Sep 11, 2012 7:46 AM PDT
photo: Ian DittbrennerSeason 8 "American Idol" champ Kris Allen has been tirelessly touring in support of his recently released third album, Thank You Camellia, playing everywhere from a rained-out ball game at Boston's Fenway Park (he jammed in a warm-and-dry stairwell instead), to Pet-A-Palooza, to even a guerrilla gig at the Santa Monica Pier that got busted up by an overzealous patrolman. So Kris fans probably think they've seen it all from this guy...but now they're in for yet another musical configuration, as showcased in a series of intimate new performances shot at Yahoo!'s studios in Los Angeles.Read More »from See Kris Allen Perform His “Monster” Ballad Acoustic
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Sep 10, 2012 7:17 PM PDT
Well, it's only been four months since Jermaine What's-His-Name won "The Voice" Season 2, and already Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green are back on NBC, searching for yet another singer who won't sell any records. Oh snap. Okay, yes, that sounds a little harsh and jaded. To be fair, Jermaine Paul hasn't even released an album yet--but that's precisely my point. Isn't it too soon for "The Voice" to be coming back? How can we miss it if it won't go away?
Well, like it or not, "The Voice" is back, and, to be honest, I did miss it just a bit. (Most of all, though, I missed Cee Lo's feline mascot, Purrfect, who apparently has been replaced by a considerably less cuddly pink cocktaoo.) "The Voice" is the TV talent show with arguably the widest and most impressive range of singing talent, even if that talent is too often overshadowed by the show's superstar judges, and Season 3's Monday premiere did not disappoint in that department.Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Season 3 Premiere: Still The Best, Hands Down?
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Sep 10, 2012 12:18 PM PDT
courtesy Chuck Jones Photography/Manuel CoutureSeason 10 "American Idol" roots-rocker Paul McDonald--he of the Rod Stewart-esque rasp, rhinestone Nudie suits, and Pepsodent-commercial megawatt smile--may be following in the footsteps of his actress wife Nikki Reed by taking on a recurring role on NBC's "Parenthood"--but he's still a musician at heart, and he's currently at work on his long-overdue post-"Idol" album. And from the sound of "Counting Stars," a new track off the forthcoming "independent as it gets" release, going Hollywood hasn't changed this man one bit. He still sounds just like the gravel-voiced indie artist who charmed America with his understated covers of Rod The Mod's "Maggie May," the Beatles' "Blackbird," and Ryan Adams's "Come Pick Me Up," and he still sounds great. It's wonderful to hear his distinctive, character-filled voice once again.Read More »from Exclusive Song Premiere: Paul McDonald’s “Counting Stars”
photo: ITV"X Factor U.K." wannabe rock star Eddy String couldn't sing his way out of a Tesco paper bag, clearly believes he is the illegitimate lovechild of Pete Doherty and Russell Brand, and is so cocky, even Gary Barlow finds him annoying.
And yet, I am obsessed with him.Read More »from Introducing “The X Factor U.K.’s” Eddy String
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Sep 7, 2012 8:57 PM PDT
Alex Wong, keytar make video debutAlex Wong recently returned to "So You Think You Can Dance" as an allstar, but after a series of unfortunate injuries that caused him to bow out of Season 7's competition and delayed his original Season 8 allstar stint, it's no wonder he's looking into backup career options. So why not give him singing a go, right? Alex actually successfully tried out for Nigel Lythgoe's other big talent show, "American Idol," earlier this year (his audition wasn't shown, but if you squinted hard, you may have seen him sitting in the theater during Hollywood Week)--and while he didn't make it to the live rounds, that didn't discourage him from pursuing a music career. The result is his first single and video, "Crave."Read More »from So He Thinks He Can Sing: Alex Wong Releases First Music Video