- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV1 hr ago
When diva Tessanne Chin won "The Voice" Season 5 on Tuesday, her reaction was true reality TV: It doesn't get more real than falling to one's knees and sobbing for one's "mama!" For Tessanne, who'd been struggling to sustain a singing career in her native Jamaica for years, this victory was the U.S. breakthrough she'd been waiting for all her life, and she couldn't help but break down.
Later, backstage as she cradled her fist-shaped "Voice" trophy, a more composed Tessanne told Yahoo's Reality Rocks of her pre-"Voice" career: "I had definitely hit a wall, you know? I felt like I was just on a treadmill running and running and working, but not getting anywhere — a hamster wheel. And it just became a point where it was exhausting and I wasn't doing music, I wasn't being the artist I dreamed of being. I was just doing songs and music to get by so I could make a living at it…so I was at a point where I really knew I had to reevaluate. Was I going to do this, or not at all? But I made up my mind that no matter what happened, I'm always going be singing."
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV2 hrs ago
It's déjà vu all over again. Right around this time last year, just before the Season 2 finale, L.A. Reid announced that he was exiting "The X Factor." And now, during "The X Factor" Season 3's finale week, People is reporting that current judge Demi Lovato is leaving the fledgling show after this year.
Demi has not yet made an official announcement, and a source close to the show would not confirm People 's report, telling Yahoo's Reality Rocks: "No one from 'X Factor' has discussed next year with Demi." However, the source added, "There are a lot of other conversations happening about new ideas and what the show should be like. There are a lot of conversations happening at the moment with Fox and 'The X Factor' in how going forward would be new and different." (Insert déjà vu flashbacks to the series' massive, "The Hills"-style makeover in Season 2.)
- Elizabeth Durand Streisand at Yahoo TV8 hrs ago
Speaking with GQ, Robertson lamented that when "everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong ... sin becomes fine." So just what qualifies as sinful in his book?
"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," he declared.
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Phil probably should have cut himself off at this point (considering he's a national TV star), but instead he paraphrased Corinthians. "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God," he warned. "Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV17 hrs ago
On TV, it was a good year to be a bearded duck hunter. It was not the greatest year to be a leotard-clad bunhead.
Here's a rundown of 2013's ratings winners and losers:
1. "The Blacklist": In recent seasons, a solid success like Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" (averaging 10.1 million total viewers this fall, per the latest Nielsen stats) would be the freshman standout. But this NBC crime drama starring James Spader has been out-of-the-box big, building on its "Voice" lead-in, dominating DVR playlists, and amassing a Top 5-sized weekly audience of nearly 17 million.
2. "Scandal": One year ago at this time, this Kerry Washington ABC series was a good-sized guilty pleasure, averaging 8.4 million viewers. Now it's a full-blown hit, with 12.2 million viewers each week, not including those who intend to binge on its Shonda Rhimes plot twists at a later streaming date.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV18 hrs ago
Jamaican diva Tessanne Chin had already experienced some success in her native land — first as a member of the reggae-rock band Mile High, later as a solo artist with the 2006 hit single "Hideaway." She even toured with Jimmy Cliff and collaborated with Shaggy. But it was actually her friend Shaggy's suggestion that she try out for "The Voice" that finally made Tessanne an American sensation, when she was crowned the Season 5 "Voice" champion on Tuesday night.
Upon hearing the good news, Tessanne broke into hysterical sobs, which only grew louder when her coach Adam Levine ran onstage, knelt at her feet, and presented her with a shiny new "Voice" trophy. She had just about composed herself, like a true professional, to perform her Ryan Tedder-penned coronation song "Tumbling Down"...when she broke down again as her mother walked onstage. "MAMA!" she screamed, as she ran into her mom's waiting embrace. Aw .
- jblacklow at Yahoo TV23 hrs ago
If you've read Kristen Johnston's 2012 memoir "Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster," you know that she's an actress who knows a thing or two about perseverance.
But even her drive to keep working through illness (as she documented in "Guts") couldn't help in her current battle. Johnston, 46, will be taking an upcoming two-episode break from her hit TV Land show, "The Exes," as she continues recovering from her recent diagnosis with an auto-immune disorder, which she's only now speaking about for the first time.
"I was vacationing at the Mayo Clinic in November for two weeks," she explains. "I've finally been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder, where your immune system starts attacking healthy tissue. This has been way worse than anything that happened in 'Guts.'" [In her amazingly candid first book, Kristen describes her painful recovery process from an addiction to painkillers and alcohol.]
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV1 day ago
On Monday, the "Voice" top three performed for the last time, and on tonight's big finale, either Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, or Will Champlin will be crowned the Season 5 winner.
While all three are deserving of the title in their own ways, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are rooting for Tessanne, based on her epic "I Have Nothing" performance. And judging from today's iTunes numbers — "I Have Nothing" went to number one, and Tessanne's "Let It Be" duet with her coach Adam Levine got to number four — much of America is rooting for her as well.
But don't count out Jacquie or Will just yet. Both have ardent fanbases and celebrity support (and loads of talent, of course)...which means tonight's finale may be the most suspenseful in "Voice" history. Any of them could take this.
Watch us discuss all this and more, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV1 day ago
They don't call it "The Voice" for nothin'. It was a big ole battle of the multi-octave divas on Monday's final "Voice" Season 5 showdown, as the remarkable Tessanne Chin took on Whitney Houston's near-untouchable "I Have Nothing," and then pint-sized powerhouse Jacquie Lee belted Jennifer Holliday's gauntlet-throwing Dreamgirls epic "And I Am Telling You." Even with the volume turned down, this was one very loud episode.
But where did that leave the quiet man of Season 5, scrappy singer-songwriter Will Champlin, who sang in between these two mighty-lung'd ladies? Did he get lost in the shuffle? Or is it possible that Tessanne and Jacquie could cancel each other out, thus leaving an opening for the nerdy, likable Will to pull off one of the biggest underdog upsets in singing-show history on Tuesday's grand finale?
Let's recap all of the performances and assess...
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV1 day ago
After a masterful season of “Survivor” in which he controlled the game for weeks, Tyson Apostol outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted 19 other players to win $1 million.
When the near-unanimous jury vote revealed him to be the winner, it was a moment of redemption for the 34-year-old bike shop owner, who played (and lost) twice before. And this time, it was an experience that he got to share with girlfriend Rachel Foulger for a few days.
Apostol chatted with Yahoo! TV about his crafty gameplay, any regrets he has about the season, and whether he’d play in an all-winners edition of “Survivor.”
Congratulations on the win! What are you going to do with all that money?
I don't know! Cash it all in twos, two-dollar bills, and then roll around in it.
You got very emotional as Jeff Probst read the tally last night. Did you think that you had the votes to win?
- Caroline Kepnes at Yahoo TV1 day ago
"The Sound of Music" was just the beginning of this musical holiday season.
Sunday night, USA presented “Psych: The Musical,” a two-hour murder-mystery wherein Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) sing, dance, and, of course, hunt down a bad dude: Z (“Rent” star Anthony Rapp).
The fuzz starts an investigation when Z, a criminally insane playwright, escapes. Z is famous for going nuts while doing rewrites on his play about Jack the Ripper. And now a Santa Barbara theater is producing a play about Jack the Ripper. And his BFF in the institution is serial killer Yang (Ally Sheedy, intense as always).
Jimmi Simpson is back, too, and dazzling as Mary Lightly. There was truly no weak link in the cast. Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson, and Kurt Fuller are all ready for Broadway and/or the next network stunt live musical.
"Psych-Os" loved what they saw and heard. The only frustration was the classic how-do-I-tweet-and-watch-at-the-same-time conundrum. And there were a couple of fans who were longing to hear Corbin Bernsen raise his voice in song.
Anyhow, it's time for us to share a few of our favorite things about the theatrical California Caper. Enjoy!