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Jessie J believes musicians can ''create a feeling in three minutes''.
Jessie J believes musicians can ''create a feeling in three minutes''.
The 28-year-old singer claims certain artists have the ability to put their feelings into a track and transport the listener to a certain place, or help them experience an emotion they've wanted to feel for their ''lifetime'' with one single song.
And the 'Bang Bang' hitmaker has credited Ariana Grande with that skill.
Continue reading: Jessie J Believes Musicians Can 'create A Feeling In Three Minutes'
With its fifth feature-length adventure, this franchise continues its preposterous journey at full tilt. As before, it's the zippy writing, lively vocal work and colourful animation that hold the interest. The story is merely a framework on which the cast and crew can hang a series of rapid-fire jokes, pop culture references and nonsensical action sequences. And it's still mindless fun.
After their previous escapades, the expanding herd of prehistoric critters is living a happy life together, thinking about love. Mammoths Manny and Ellis (voiced by Ray Romano and Queen Latifah) are struggling with the idea that their daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) has fallen for the too-cheerful Julius (Adam Devine). Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) has just been dumped and feels like he'll never find a partner. And tigers Diego and Shira (Denis Leary and Jennifer Lopez) worry that their violent nature will make them terrible parents. Then suddenly there's a bigger issue to worry about: a giant asteroid is heading for Earth, threatening them with extinction. With the help of nutty weasel Buck (Simon Pegg), they come up with an idea to save the planet. They also discover a magical place called Geotopia, ruled by the groovy Shangri Llama (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
Yes, the plot is utterly insane, especially as it is driven by the antics of franchise star Scrat, who discovers a flying saucer in the ice, activates it and heads into space, where his acorn-hunting antics trigger all sorts of mayhem back on Earth. But then this series has never had anything to do with science or biology, throwing random animals together (the dinosaurs make another appearance) for comical value while cranking up whatever suspense the writers can think of to add some momentum. They also of course pack scenes with sweet "family values" moments, plus a sideswipe at climate change deniers who refuse to acknowledge the possibility of impending doom.
Continue reading: Ice Age: Collision Course Review
The British singer is frustrated that her profile is much lower in her own country than it is in the U.S.
British pop singer Jessie J has expressed dismay that her music isn’t as widely celebrated in her own country as it is in America.
It also makes her “sad” that she wasn’t asked to perform at this year’s Brit Awards – or indeed, at any previous ceremonies – despite the fact she won the Critics’ Choice Award back in 2011 and has played at the Grammys and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Jessie J is frustrated at her lack of profile in her native Britain
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Hudgens played Rizzo in the TV special, which aired live on Fox on Sunday night.
Vanessa Hudgens took part in Fox’s special ‘Grease Live’ event on Sunday evening, just hours after announcing her father’s death. Hudgens played Rizzo in the special, the role made famous by Stockard Channing in the original film, alongside Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko.
Vanessa Hudgens starred as Rizzo in ‘Grease Live’.
Just hours before the broadcast Hudgens announced on twitter that her beloved father Greg had lost his battle with cancer. "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers," Hudgens wrote.
Most people are familiar with the big bang theory but not many people know just how significant Scrat is to the whole preceding. After a fluke accident (whilst trying to protect his beloved acorn) Scrat discovers a frozen alien spaceship and soon begins a collision course which will change the world forever.
The singer has refused to confirm wether we can expect to see her in the judges chair next year.
Rita Ora’s first season as a judge on ‘The Voice’ might not be over for a few weeks yet, but it appears the British singer isn't ready to commit to returning for another run. When asked if fans of the BBC talent show could expect Rita to stick around for next year, the 24 year old declined to give a definitive answer on her future plans.
Could Rita's tenure on 'The Voice' soon be over?
"Ooooh. That's THE question..." Ora told a reporter during an open mic night, where show’s remaining contestants performed for record company A&Rs."Let me get through this series first,” she then added.
The 24 year old was asked about her upcoming stint as a panellist on 'The Voice' when she spoke about the music industry.
British pop star Rita Ora has claimed that it is harder for women to make their way in the music industry than it is for men.
Speaking to the Mirror, the 24 year old singer was asked about her appointment to the panel of ‘The Voice’, when she said: “Without pulling the whole female card, I think it has always been harder for females in all aspects. Whenever we have an opinion it always seems to be taken out of proportion.”
Rita Ora believes it's harder for females to prove themselves in the music industry
Continue reading: Rita Ora Says It's Harder For Females To Succeed In Music
Jessie J paid three years rent for writing Party in the USA.
You now annoying Miley Cyrus song Party in the USA? Well, you might be surprised to hear that she didn't write it. Actually, you probably wouldn't be surprised, but you not have known that the hit, which went 7-times platinum in 2009, was actually penned by the British singer-songwriter Jessie J.
Jessie J penned the Miley Cyrus song Party in the U.S.A
Speaking recently to Glamour magazine, Jessie discussed reaping the rewards of the song, which she wrote with Dr Luke and Claude Kelly.
Continue reading: Jessie J Says 'Party In The U.S.A' Paid Rent For Three Years
The trio’s single sold nearly 100,00 copies in its first week, while Meghan Trainor entered top 40 after selling zero.
Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande should be celebrating this week after their single ‘Bang Bang’ took the UK number one spot on Sunday (September 28th). Last week’s number one, Sigma’s ‘Changing’, which features vocals from Paloma Faith, was knocked just one place, down to the number two spot.
Nicki Minaj is celebrating her first UK number one
‘Bang Bang’ marks the first time rapper Nicki Minaj has found herself in the number one spot in the UK No 1, having previously managed to make it to number two. For Jessie J, the only British artist of the trio, ‘Bang Bang’ is her third UK number one while Grande’s ‘Problem’ made it to the top spot earlier this year.
Jessie J's second single from her upcoming album will be a collaboration made in pop heaven.
Jessie J has announced the details of her upcoming single, 'Bang Bang.' Set for release at the end of the month, the new track will reportedly feature the talents of US pop superstars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
'Bang Bang' will be the first single to be released from Jessie's upcoming third studio album, which is currently untitled, as well as Ariana Grande's new album, My Everything. Yesterday (29th June), Jessie teased the new release, telling her Twitter followers Not one... but TWO amazing feats on my next worldwide single! Find out who and what the single is called tomorrow #jessiejalbum3."
A few hours later, Jessie posted the big reveal: "Me + @arianagrande + @NICKIMINAJ = BANG BANG World Premiere 29th July! #BangBang. Ariana returned the sentiment, tweeting "7/29 @JessieJ + me + @NICKIMINAJ = Bang, Bang." Meanwhile, Minaj posted an Instagram image of the single's artwork which features a triptych of the singers along with their names and the song's title.
Jessie J has revealed she is no longer bisexual. Will her mutable sexuality alienate her LGBT fan base who had been so inspired when she 'came out'?
We’ve got to admit, when young female celebrities admit that they are bisexual, we immediately raise an eyebrow. Sexuality is, of course, each individual’s prerogative, it makes no difference to anybody’s ability to do their job, live their life, treat other people respectfully and so on. As a concept invented roughly 2000 years ago, sexuality should be recognised for what it truly is - a dated idea that should hold no influence in modern society.
Jessie J is no longer bisexual, wants a husband
Over the past few years admitting to being bisexual has become the sort of ‘in-thing’ in the celebrity world. Female celebrities may feel it makes them sound more alluring, more mysterious to have an ambiguous sexual preference. Perhaps they believe that if the public assumes that they do the nasty with both men and women it gives them an extra edge, makes them sound more dangerous, more desirable. Of course, they may truly swing both wells, in which case, fantastic, carry on the swinging. From Megan Fox to Johnny Depp’s fiancé Amber Heard, it seems there’s rarely a heterosexual star to be found.
Continue reading: Jessie J No Longer Bisexual, But Is Sexuality So Easily Switched?
The emerging singer beat Sampha, Ella Eyre and Banks to the success-predicting crown
Sam Smith is a name we are hearing more and more of recently, and it is also a name that we will be hearing even more than we are already, as his star keeps on rising and rising. In his latest brush with success, Smith has been named as the BBC Sound Of 2014 by the broadcasting company, which marks the best new artist of the upcoming year.
Sam Smith's stock is rising fast
Having tasted considerable success in 2012 and 2013 with collaborative singles from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, with the songs 'Latch' and 'La La La' both becoming big tracks last year, Smith is ready to make a name for himself, by himself, and his recognition by the BBC is the latest indication that more success is on the horizon.
Continue reading: Sam Smith Picked As BBC Sound Of 2014
Banks, Sam Smith, Sampha, Chance The Rapper and more are all up for the gong
It's that time of year again, time for the BBC to poll who it thinks we will all be listening to this time next year. You might be familiar with some of the names, others you might not be so knowledgable about, but they are all names that the broadcasting house has earmarked for success over the next twelve months.
Sam Smith is one of the favourites for the contest
In the past, victors have included Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and last year's winners, Haim, and once again the list is predominantly pop-based, but there are some notable exceptions. Soloists such as Ella Eyre and Sam Smith appear on the list, having already found notable fame for their guest appearances on other artists' tracks. 21-year-old Smith appeared on Naughty Boy's chart-topper 'La La La' and Disclosure's 'Latch,' whilst Eyre found success as a featured vocalist on Rudimental's hit 'Waiting All Night.'
Continue reading: BBC Unveil The 'Sounds Of 2014' Longlist
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted big names in pop for this year's Variety celebration.
Yesterday evening, the London Palladium played host to the 86th Royal Variety Performance where Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla welcomed a starry line-up of celebrity guests and entertainers. The annual gala's line-up consists of high energy family entertainment, including comedians, pop stars, dancing and other novelty acts.
Gary Barlow Kicked Off The Star-Studded Royal Variety Show.
This year saw stars in attendance including Jessie J, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs, Gary Barlow, Mary J. Blige and Dame Edna Everage. The latter of whom provided one of the evening's biggest surprises when she turned up in the royal box rendering both Charles and Camilla speechless but laughing heartily.
The first night of Jessie J's mini-arena tour could have gone better, but might still bid better things ahead.
Jessie J has been having an unpleasant couple of years – a postponed tour and losing her position on the X Factor judging panel (due to excessive theatrics, if the rumors are true) added to the poor sales of her second album Alive (chart entry #3), mean that the once A List pop star is quickly losing ground. There were still the O2 Arena gigs to look forward to, however and judging Jessie on her performing skill seems fairer than, say on the arbitrary measure of her reality show engagement.
It hasn't been an easy two years for the musician, who seems to be slipping from the American market.
Despite an initial glitch, which started off the show with an unlit stage, the stage design and production were certainly a thing to behold, according to the Financial Times. The lighting, particularly during the emotional “Who You Are” was also top notch.
The Australian pop star has joined The Voice's judging panel.
Kylie Minogue is making sure that her new big red judges chair on BBC's The Voice moulds to fit her petite posterior ahead of the talent show's series three kick-off in January. The Australian singer has joined the contest for the next season along with Kaiser Chiefs' frontman Ricky Wilson after previous judges Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue left the show.
Kylie Prepares To Judge Britain's Singing Talent.
Minogue will join Wilson as well as existing judges Tom Jones and Will.i.am in The Voice's 2014 return. Promo shots released show that Minogue has taken the third seat, with Jones and Will.i.am seated directly either side of her and Wilson on her far left.
Continue reading: Kylie Minogue Settles Into The Voice Twirly Chair Ahead Of Third Series
The Nashville rockers' new album has shot to the top.
Kings Of Leon are celebrating yet another chart-topping album with their new and sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. Sufficiently tantalised by the teasing stream of singles we've heard in recent months, such as 'Supersoaker,' fans have rushed to purchase the new release and have given the Nashville band their fourth UK No.1 to date.
Kings Of Leon Are Top Dogs Again.
Drummer Nathan Followill tweeted his thanks for the fans support of their new album writing, "Thank you to all of our fans for showing us so much love on the new record. We made it for y'all and that's all that matters. #bestfansever."
Continue reading: Kings Of Leon Crowned Rulers Of The Charts With 'Mechanical Bull'
It's all looking rosy right now for the birthday boy.
Jason Derulo has had a stormer of a week: not only has he kicked Katy Perry's 'Roar' off the top of the UK singles chart with his new single 'Talk Dirty,' he also rocked the Las Vegas iHeartRadio Music Festival stage and celebrated his 24th birthday to top it all off.
Can He Get Much Higher?
As Derulo's just-released album starts to head for the top of the charts, his lead single 'Talk Dirty' has conquered the UK singles charts to snatch No.1 from Katy Perry's 'Roar' claws which has dominated the best-selling song list for a fortnight.
The singer in the Leeds-based indie band has been chosen to replace the departing Danny O'Donoghue.
Ricky Wilson, the frontman of The Kaiser Chiefs, has been chosen to fill the remaining seat on The Voice judging panel for the next season of the BBC talent contest. Wilson has been brought in to replace the departing Danny O'Donoghue of The Script, as he joins one of four new faces joining the show.
Ricky is the final new face to be added to the show.
As the frontman of the three-time BRIT Award winners, Wilson garnered a reputation as one of the most energetic frontmen in popular music and recorded such hits as 'I Predict A Riot,' 'Oh My God' and 'Ruby.' He will join fellow newcomer Kylie Minogue, who has been chosen to replace Jessie J, as well as show stalwarts Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am. But it isn't just Wilson and Minogue who will be joining the show for the first time, as The Voice will introduce two new hosts following the departure of Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates. JLS singer Marvin Humes and Big Brother presenter Emma Willis have since been hired to present the show when it returns next year.
Continue reading: Kaiser Chiefs Frontman Ricky Wilson Completes 'The Voice' Judging Panel
'The Voice' dealt a blow after celebs' exit, but welcomes some exciting new faces.
Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates have become the latest names to jump ship from the BBC talent show, The Voice. The presenters join the show's judges Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue who also revealed they wouldn't be signing up for a third series, despite the second season outperforming the first in ratings for its final episode.
Presenter Holly Willoughby Won't Be Returning To The Voice.
The remaining judges Will.i.am and Tom Jones were also reported to have been considering an exit and underwent extensive talks with the show's bosses to negotiate a contract for a third stint. Kylie Minogue and Big Brother presenter Emma Willis have both signed up to be the new female faces on the show, in the wake of Willoughby and Jessie J's departure.
In a move that could be the talent show coup of the year, Kylie Minogue has agreed a deal to be a judge on 'The Voice'
Kylie Minogue remains one of the biggest names in pop music today, with a back catalogue that most modern day pop starlets could only dream of for their future output. With this in mind, her appointment as a judge on the upcoming season of the BBC's The Voice looks as though it could be the coup of the TV talent shows, however not everyone is convinced that she'll make a convincing judge on the show.
Kylie has been brought in to add some style to the talent show
Her credentials as a pop artist need no justifying, however her credentials as a presence on television will be seriously tested when she begins her new job sitting alongside Tom Jones, Will.i.am and whoever is brought in to replace the departing Danny O'Donoghue. She is my all means a much more popular entertainer compared to Jessie, and probably more so than some of the men that she is joining, but she enters the BBC series as an inexperienced TV presenter and may struggle to assert any kind of personality and endear herself to the audience. Either that, or she'll be a massive success and be loved by all.
Kylie Minogue will have cost big bucks, but is she worth it?
The pop star, who has sold 68 million hits worldwide, replaces the outgoing Jessie J, who pulled out of the hit BBC show to concentrate on the promotion of her second album.
"I'm very excited," the Australian singer told the corporation, "I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series.Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!"
Continue reading: 'The Voice' Snags Kylie Minogue, But Is She The Right Choice?
Gaga gears up to bring 'Artpop' to London during next month's iTunes Festival.
Lady GaGa has left the irritation of Monday's 'Applause' new single leakage behind her and has turned her attention to September, tweeting her excitement for next month's iTunes Festival. The singer announced that she's be gracing Camden's Roundhouse on the 1st September - the first night of the month of free concerts - with the Tweet: "I'M HEADLINING ITUNES FESTIVAL ON SEPT 1 AT ROUNDHOUSE IN LONDON. ONE HOUR OF ALL NEW MUSIC. #UKMonstersGetReady" to make sure all her UK fans knew what awaited them.
Lady Gaga's New Look.
The NY singer called a "911 pop emergency" on Monday after a snippet from the lead single from her upcoming album, Artpop, leaked on the internet. "Little Monsters" rushed to their idol's aide by reporting illegal uploads to record company UMG but the hot new track spread like wildfire across the internet. Gaga made the radical decision to change the single's release date to the 12th Aug, dropping the new track immediately on American radio stations to combat the pirates.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Promises "One Hour Of All New Music" At ITunes Festival
Welsh singer and 'The Voice' judge could be the next to step away from the singing talent contest.
The Voice judges are dropping like flies! Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue are both said to be leaving to concentrate on other projects after two series as big red chair judges. Will.i.am is rumoured to be considering taking up a better offer as an American Idol judge and now singer Sir Tom Jones is reportedly in talks to negotiate his tenure on the show.
Could Tom Jones Be The Next Judge To Walk Away From The Voice?
BBC bosses apparently are keen on keeping the Welsh warbler on the show because of the credibility his name brings. A source speaking to The Sun explained that "Tom leaving would be another massive blow for The Voice. His credibility is a huge asset and he would be very hard to replace." Indeed, he won the first series in 2011 with his candidate Leanne Mitchell and is considered to have the breadth of industry experience vital to the show's success.
Continue reading: Will Tom Jones Be Next To Quit 'The Voice'?
Cheryl has been rejected from a judging job on The Voice after being sacked from The X Factor.
Perhaps Cheryl Cole's future doesn't lie in talent contest judging. After being sacked by The X Factor for having an unintelligible accent, she's been told she won't be making the move to the BBC's The Voice singing show.
Cole's Time As A Talent Judge May Be Over.
Cole, 30, has allegedly been rejected from the The Voice judge job despite Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue's exits meaning there are two big red chairs going cold. The Sun reports that Cheryl's snub comes as a result of her being still too closely linked with The X Factor, with a source saying "Even though Cheryl is a massive name, she's still too closely identified with The X Factor. Producers want to bring on stars who don't have that kind of previous relationship."
Continue reading: Cheryl Cole Slammed With Rejection From 'The Voice' Judge Job
Check out the video for Jessie J's new single 'It's My Party'
The new video dropped early on Thursday (August 8, 2013) and see's Jessie - with her newly shaved blonde hair - dancing around, err, her party.
As well as Dunn, the party-going cast is made of many of Jessie's close friends, including the songwriter Daley.
Continue reading: Jessie J Enlists Model Pal Jourdan Dunn For 'It's My Party' [Video]
This guy had to go. He had to.
The only thing worse than Jessie J’s attention seeking antics on BBC’s flailing talent show franchise, The Voice, is Danny O’Donoghue’s incessant showing off. So 'O’Donoghue quits The Voice' will have come as a welcome headline, and builds upon the positive news that Jessie-J stepped down, too.
Here he is in a field doing something
The other two, Will.i.am and Tom Jones aren’t bad; the legendary Welsh singer must be wondering exactly what he’s doing, but when he checks his bank statement, he’ll soon remember.
Unlike his colleagues, the rapper's plans remain hazy.
Will.i.am is still keeping mum about his possible return as a judge on the panel of The Voice. Following announcements from fellow judges Jessie J and Danny O’Donnoghue that they will not be reprising their roles on the show, will.i.am has said… not much, really. Both Jessie J and O’Donnoghue have explained that they chose to focus on personal musical endeavors – with Jessie reportedly leaving to work on an upcoming album, while Danny plans to focus on his band, The Script.
The rapper/producer is fresh off his performance at Wireless Festival this weekend.
Will.i.am, on the other hand, had the following to say to BBC's Newsbeat, while he was hosting a party as guest technology editor for Wired Magazine. When asked whether he would take part in series three of The Voice after giving away his salary for the show to the Prince's Trust, Will replied: "No. What that means is I paid to do The Voice that year. That means the hotels and the travel and the food, I paid to be on TV, because the money I would have earned went to kids in the Prince's Trust to learn science, technology and mathematics. That's what that means.”
Continue reading: Will.I.Am Or Won't He Return To The Voice?
Jessie J will not return for the third season of The Voice, which could make the other judges think twice about singing on the dotted line.
Jessie J is to leave her role as coach on BBC1's reality singing contest The Voice, blaming overseas touring and promotional commitments for her new record. In fairness, the BBC was lucky to hang on to the pop-star for its second season after she delayed committing to the show following Leanne Mitchell's surprising win.
The corporation - which has already announced a third season of the show - said it was "so sorry" to see her go. You bet they were. Though Jessie J is often considered a polarising figure in music circles - perhaps for her wacky idiosyncrasies and the fact she tells contestants how it is to be a woman in the music industry ever week - she is absolutely key to The Voice's target audiences. She came to prominence with her debut single 'Do It Like a Dude' though it was the smash-hit 'Price Tag' that catapulted her to global fame - the catchy track topping the charts in nineteen countries including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and France. Her debut album Who You Are sold 2.5 copies and fifth single Domino broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US - no mean feat for a British pop artist.
Winner of BBC's The Voice, Andrea Begley speaks out for better treatment of disabled fans at gigs and details her plans for a successful music career.
The partially sighted winner of 2013's singing talent show The Voice, Andrea Begley, has voiced her concerns over disabled fans' experience at gigs. "I have had some frustrating experiences at gigs and festivals," confessed Begley, who apparently celebrated her victory by going to a Laura Marling gig. "Sometimes access can be poor because of lots of steps and poor lighting. But often the problem can lie with a lack of knowledge on the part of staff. I think it is essential for venues to train all their staff in disability awareness so as they are able to deal sensitively with disabled customers."
Andrea Begley, Winner Of The Voice 2013.
Hailing from County Tyrone, the singer lost 90% of her vision after a degenerative childhood disease, yet plays guitar and piano and hopes to someday collaborate with the likes of Adele, Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran. The 27 year-old from Northern Ireland beat favourite Leah McFall to sign a £100,000 recording contract. McFall was being coached by The Voice judge and former Black Eyed Peas', Will.i.am, who seemed set on knocking the wind out of the ecstatic winner's sails with an odd, unsportsmanly tweet: "You should feel the audiences vibration in the room tonight after the public's vote... its unexplainable... so sad... perplexed." According to Yahoo!'s omg!, Begley was personally congratulated by the American singer and producer after the gig, saying she has "no hard feelings."
American rockers Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon have both been added to this year's free iTunes Festival, which will be held at London's Roundhouse venue throughout September.
It won't be solely a festival of rock though - artists from other genres have also been invited, giving everyone at this September's festival something to look forward to, such as Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, and classical composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Having being held since 2007, the annual iTunes festival is held over every night in September and this year will host over 60 acts at the Camden venue.
Jessie J wasn't exactly a fan favorite during this season's premiere of The Voice, but she had some things to say herself.
Jessie J’s debut on the first season of The Voice might have been a right laugh for some, but the singer is still struggling to win over a few viewers and critics in season two.
We’re not quite sure what the singer did wrong during last Saturday’s season premiere. She did a pretty good job of filling the role of the quirky, overly emotional panellist, if you ask us. Of course, you probably weren’t, so here are some critics, commenting on Jessie’s judging prowess instead: The Mirror's Ian Hyland wrote: “I was beginning to wish Jessie had decided on a sponsored silence for Comic Relief rather than shaving her head.” Another criticism went: “But what really kills the mood is the malign presence of Jessie J, who still mistakes being charmless, rude, egotistical and unpleasant for being 'real'.”
Ouch. Perhaps that’s a bit too harsh for someone, who’s just putting in a tad more feeling into the job than we’re used to? But we assume what hurt the most was probably the number of viewers, expressing their distaste for the singer’s antics. It’s no wonder then, that a rather affected Jessie took to Twitter to vent: “And we hung out when? An edited version is never the full story. You wouldn't write a review on a book after reading 3 pages would you?” She added: “When you go to b***** about someone you have never met.... Think.... for a second before you do... 'Oh yeah I have NEVER met them'.”
Continue reading: Jessie J Responds To Criticisms Of Her Appearance On The Voice
Using a tried-and-tested formula of acoustic versions and covers, this most recent instalment of the series sees further performances for Dermot O'Leary's radio show now available to own. The artists included cover a broad spectrum, from near-unknowns to arena fillers, and predictably results vary from the terrific to the terrible.
A brave and successful take on 'Eleanor Rigby' from Emeli Sande begins proceedings, while Will Young reminds us of his vocal talent on a lovely rendition of Blondie's 'Hanging On The Telephone'. The classic Jackson 5 number 'I Want You Back' loses its magic in the hands (or should that be voice?) of Rachel Sermanni, but the running is immediately rescued by The Do taking on Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire'. They morph the rock anthem into a chill-out moment and in vocalist Olivia Merilahti have a fantastic talent. Of those presenting their own material, Florence + The Machine and Jessie J give solid presentations of 'Never Let Me Go' and 'Price Tag' respectively, while Robbie Williams' altered performance of 'Candy' does well to take it away from sounding like an advertising jingle and make it a folk-style sing-a-long.
An ill-advised attempt at Blur's 'Song 2' from Plan B begins the second disc in horrendous manner, something that becomes all the more surprising once you hear the beautifully soulful version of 'Empire State Of Mind' gifted by Maverick Sabre. Miles Kane gives a decent rendition of The 'Stones 'Play With Fire' before Dry The River provide a highlight of this release with a lovely cover of 'Homeward Bound', originally by Simon & Garfunkel. A trio of British bands close out this record and, for an act with such a fierce live reputation, Kasabian's 'Days Are Forgotten' is limp to say the least. By contrast, the Manic Street Preachers bring a raucous 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' and Athlete provide a stirring 'Wires' - a worthy selection as the latter book-end.
Liam Payne dubbed 80's pop icon Boy George "weird" after a run-in at the Brits
The One Direction boys seemed in pretty high spirits at the BRIT Awards in London last night. There was Harry, dancing around the stage like a lunatic, Louis helping himself to the complimentary fizz, Zayn looking all mysterious and broody, and the little Irish fella was presumably just happy to be there. But what about Liam? Something appeared to have riled our Liam, and we may have found the answer. Ready for this? Deep breath.
80's pop star Boy George - who debuted a slimmer, altogether healthier look this week - was at the bash with his young niece, getting snaps with her favourite pop stars. Now, there appears to have been some confusion when the One Direction boys came there way. Later on Twitter, the Karma Chameleon hit-maker wrote, "Top marks to Harry Styles for stopping for a picture with my niece and B*llox's to Liam and the disrespectful w**ker of a minder!" adding, "Stars of the night, Harry Styles, Lana Del Rey, Jessie J. Too many drug f**ked twits to mention elsewhere! Emily Sande (sic) was great!" George later suggested Harry Styles would leave the band, saying, "You heard it here first!"
But everyone else is dressed down for the informal awards ceremony
It might be the Brit Awards 2013 tonight, but as far as the press were concerned, it was a star from the US who captivated them as the stars arrived for the UK's musical industry awards showcase this evening in London (February 20, 2013). Much has been made of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles both being at the event tonight, and it's believed that they're to keep kept apart; that's just as well because if he gets a sight of Taylor tonight we reckon he'll be itching to get back together with her.
The Voice didn’t exactly have the huge success in the UK that its format has been enjoying in the USA, where it’s emerged as a considerable rival to both American Idol and The X Factor in the reality singing stakes. We can’t even remember the name of last year’s winner, and with good reason, given that their winning single didn’t even make the UK top 40 singles charts. Meanwhile, the proposed finalists live tour – a staple for the likes of the X Factor after their series has finished – never materialised after a slow take-up in tickets meant they had to cancel all the dates. Embarrassing.
However, rather than retreating, the BBC has had a tweak of the format and announced that the show will be returning for a second series. The show’s highest ratings came during the ‘blind’ auditions, with judges picking singers for their teams based only on hearing them. To maintain interest in the live shows, the BBC have announced that judges (called coaches, remember) will be allowed to ‘steal’ a losing member of others’ teams if they think they still see something in them. Additionally, each coach is going to have 12 contestants in their team. Two more than last year. All four of last year's coaches, Will.i.am, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue will return.
So will it make a difference? We’re not too convinced, but executive Producer Moira Ross is. According to The Independent she said: “We can’t wait for The Voice UK to return to Saturday nights. With our four global superstars back on board, an unrivalled standard of vocal talent and the added excitement of the “Steals” and “Knockouts”, it’s set to be an extraordinary series.”
The next season of The Voice will see all of the players from the last - thats Tom Jones, Jessie J, Will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue from the Script - return to their posts on the show for another run, a new trailer by the BBC reveals.
In the trailer, which aired on the BBC earlier today, all four of the judges appear together in a sneak peak of things to come in the new year. The trailer, imaginatively called 'Love 2013,' also treats fans of Doctor Who and Miranda by showing sneak peaks at those shows too, promising a rather compulsive viewing period for license payers next year.
The Voice is expected to return to screens in the spring, with the show's producers hoping it can reach the standard set by fellow BBC compatriot Strictly Come Dancing, rather than it's musical talent show rival The X Factor, which suffered a massive ratings drop during its last season, whilst Strictly's viewer figures went up.
Continue reading: Jessie J, Will.i.iam And Co. To Return To The Voice Next Season
The four judges from The Voice will be returning for the second series, which means fans of the show will once again be treated to Will.i.am saying "dope" a lot, Danny O'Donoghue talking drivel, Jessie J telling people she knows what it's like to be a female in the record business and Tom Jones generally looking bemused.
The BBC were probably most keen to sign Jessie J on for the second series, and the 'Do It Like a Dude' singer initially said she wouldn't be returning to the show. There were also rumours that Sir Tom might quit the show, while O'Donoghue is presumably just happy to be there. Audience figures for the first series began strongly, beating ITV's behemoth X Factor before dropping off monumentally. Leanne Mitchell won the first series. That's Leanne Mitchell. Anyone?
Anyway, they're all set to do it again, with O'Donoghue saying he has high hopes for the spring return. "The level of singers auditioning has gone through the roof", he told the BBC. The programme's format is likely to change slightly to keep viewers more interested in the latter stages of the competition. The blind auditions are a unique aspect of the show, though after that, it essentially follows the same tried and tested format of X Factor and Pop Idol. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August, BBC controller of entertainment Mark Lindsey hinted at more use of the "spinning chair" segment.
Continue reading: No Surprises: The Voice Judges Confirmed For Series Two
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