The Voice recap: Jennifer Hudson returns to nab three artists in season 15's first blind auditions
The Voice kicked off its 15th season Monday night with two hours of blind auditions.
Returning coach Jennifer Hudson nabbed three artists, while her fellow American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson tied with veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with two artists each.
The absolute stand out of the night was 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes who had all four coaches turn their chairs after performing Adele's "Turning Tables." Adam said Kennedy "can become the biggest thing to ever come from this show," and Blake said she is the best vocalist to audition this year.
But after an impromptu duet with Jennifer, Kennedy finally chose the "I Am Changing" singer as her coach.
Iraq War veteran Mikele Buck also moved the judges with his country performance of Brooks & Dunn's "She Used to Be Mine." He performed the song in honor of his friend who took his life after returning from war. After a heated battle between Kelly and Blake for him, Mikele ultimately chose Kelly as his coach.
A 19-year-old Fililpino American from New Jersey named Radha also had the coaches in a heated battle. After performing "Mama Knows Best," Adam used his one block of the season to prevent Radha from choosing Jennifer as her coach. Ultimately, Radha chose Adam after he said "it's the era of the female."
Ayanna Joni, a 29-year-old mother and former child actor, became the first contestant in the series' history to come back after getting no coaches to turn their big red chairs. She will take part in this season's new segment: Comeback Stage where she will get a second chance to perform in the live shows after being coached by country artist Kelsea Ballerini.
Other contestants that took a stab at the blind auditions include:
Sarah Grace, 15 years old, has synesthesia
Sang: “Ball and Chain”
Judges: Kelly, Blake, Jennifer turned; Sarah chose Kelly
Tyshawn Colquitt, 23 years old, singing cake delivery boy from the projects
Sang: “Like I can”
Judges: Jennifer, Blake turned; Tyshawn chose Jennifer
Tyke James, 17 years old, surfer in Hawaii
Judges: Adam turned; Tyke chose Adam
Mercedes Ferreria-Dias, 17 years old, auditioned last season but no one turned around
Sang: "She Used to Be Mine"
Judges: Blake and Kelly turned; Mercedes chose Blake
Kameron Marlowe, 21 years old, works on cars
Sang: "One Number Away"
Judges: Kelly and Blake turned; Kameron chose Blake
Sam Hastings, 22 years old
Judges: No one turned
Patrique Fortson, had a record deal as a child
Sang: "Get Here"
Judges: Jennifer and Adam turned; Patrique chose Jennifer
The blind auditions continue with a one-hour episode airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Kelly Clarkson says her kids might "pop up" on her new talk show
Kelly Clarkson may not be the only member of her family who appears on her new talk show, set to premiere next year on NBC.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kelly says her children may also appear on the show. "We have four, so I'm sure one of them will pop up every now and then," she said. Kelly and husband Brandon Blackstock's family includes daughter River Rose and son Remington, as well as Brandon's two kids from a previous marriage, Savannah and Seth.
And speaking of kids, Kelly told ET that she's "so happy" for her friend and fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who's expecting her second child. Watching Carrie perform over the weekend at a music festival, Kelly said, "Carrie's killing it, and she's pregnant!...I hated singing pregnant."
Kelly also said she reached out to Carrie to tell her how important it was that she spoke out recently about the miscarriages she suffered before her current pregnancy.
"I have a lot of friends who have gone through that several times as well," Kelly told ET. "It's a really cool thing [Carrie did]. I was emailing her, because I was like, 'It's so important that you talk about it.'"
Kelly added: "I know you don't have to, because it's a hard thing to do, but it makes [the] women who feel inferior, or feel like something's wrong with them...it makes them feel comfortable, [to know] that people go through it."
Kelly also said she'd love to have Carrie as a guest on her talk show.
Selena Gomez announces she’s taking another social media break
After posting a bunch of Instagram Stories and doing an Instagram Live Q&A over the weekend, Selena Gomez has decided she’s done with social media for a while.
She posted a smiling photo of herself on Instagram as she let her fans know she may be offline for a bit.
“Update: taking a social media break. Again,” she captioned the pic. “As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit!”
She added, “Just remember - negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”
One fan commented on the post, “so glad to see u so HAPPY recently,” to which Selena replied, “best I’ve ever been!”
Selena, the most-followed person on Instagram, previously told Elle magazine that she doesn’t even have her password to the app. When she needs to update Instagram, she said, she accesses it from her friend's phone.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald final trailer introduces a familiar, venomous villain
The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out, and the biggest surprise is that one of the Harry Potter series' most venomous villains is, in fact, a woman.
And we mean venomous literally. Nagini, the giant deadly serpent that the evil Lord Voldemort kept as a pet in the Harry Potter movies, is revealed to be Nagini the circus performer, whom we see in the trailer transform into Nagini the snake.
Actress Claudia Kim, who plays Nagini, tells Entertainment Weekly her Crimes of Grindlewald character isn't all evil -- at least, not yet. "In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being," Kim says.
Of course, Harry Potter fans know Nagini will ultimately not only remain a serpent, but will serve as one of the Horcruxes that hold pieces of Voldemort's soul, and ultimately lead to his demise.
Otherwise, the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features more tantalizing glimpses of the forthcoming film, including new footage of Jude Law as a young Professor Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the nasty wizard Gellert Grindelwald himself.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald -- starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Jacob Fowler, Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz -- opens nationally November 16.
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