American Idol kicks off Hollywood Week with emotional outbursts -- and a medical emergency
American Idol’s Hollywood Week kicked off Sunday night with two rounds of cuts, as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie begin to whittle down the 175 finalists.
The first hour saw the contestants performing brief solos for the judges. Many of the standouts from the audition rounds made it through the first cut. As in past seasons, the judges lined up contestants and did the "When I call your name, step forward/backward" form of eliminations.
Katy Perry was feeling all the feels and showing her love for certain contestants in, um, aggressive ways. Laci Kaye Booth so impressed Katy with her country-tinged rendition of “Natural Woman” that Katy threw her chair right off the judges’ platform.
Next, L.A. standout Alejandro Aranda wowed Katy with his voice and intricate guitar moves on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” moving Katy to throw her jacket at him. And when Madison Vandenburg, dubbed “the next Kelly Clarkson” in her audition round, took the stage to sing a -- you guessed it -- Kelly Clarkson song, Katy was so overcome that she ran straight out of the room.
Perhaps the most emotional moment of this round came courtesy of Dimitrius Graham, who FaceTimed his mom, who was about to go into surgery. He sang Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Katy broke down in tears pretty much as soon as he started.
Each of these contestants made it through to the next round.
Other standouts who were safe this round: Myra Tran, Margie Mays, Nick Townsend, Walker Burroughs, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.
Some notable nos: Lauren Engle, the woman whose husband died tragically in a car crash, and Peach Martine, the teen Katy jokingly thought was a robot.
The group round is typically make-or-break for the contestants, as they deal with the stress of working with others while going on little to no sleep. The most common issues this time around: bossy group members, contestants forgetting the lyrics, and some getting sick.
Colby Swift -- who was gifted Luke Bryan’s own boots in the first round -- forgot to the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and was eliminated, while Wade Cota wrote the lyrics to The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” on his arm and still forgot them, but somehow made it through anyway.
The best group of the night was Unexpected Vibe, which included the legally blind Shayy, Dimitrius Graham, Assata Renay, and William Oliver. When Shayy became frustrated because she couldn’t see the lyrics to memorize them, her group mates rallied around her. They delivered a flawless performance of Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” and donned darkened glasses during the performance to simulate how Shayy sees. The gesture of solidarity was enough to move Lionel to tears. Everyone except William made it through the round.
Before the final group of the night could perform, the show ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. One of the group members, Nate Walker, gets so sick that EMTs were called and he was rushed to the hospital. We’ll have to wait until Monday night to find out what happens to Nate and how the group -- ironically named Ain’t Going Home -- performs.
Monday night also marks the Solo Rounds, so tune in to American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Adam Levine previews The Voice Battle Rounds with advisor Charlie Puth
The Voice Battle Rounds are upon us.
Monday kicks off the next phase of the competition with help from team advisors. In an exclusive preview on People, Adam Levine gushes over his team’s advisor, Charlie Puth.
In the clip, Adam says he chose Charlie to help his contestants because he’s “brilliant musically” and “the perfect advisor.”
“Charlie is amazing,” Adam says. “I’ve known him for a few years now. We just love talking about music and really are kind of cut from the same cloth as far as our influences and the things that we love.”
Charlie previously served as a mentor for former coach Alicia Keys’ team in 2016.
Kelly Clarkson’s team advisor this season is country star Kelsea Ballerini, while John Legend’s is Khalid. Blake Shelton has two advisors: legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn.
The Voice airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Nick Jonas says the Jonas Brothers are "building a plan" to go on tour
Now that the Jonas Brothers are back and better than ever with a number-one single, “Sucker,” Nick Jonas says they’re currently “building a plan” to get back on the road.
But now that the bros all have partners -- Nick is married to Priyanka Chopra, Joe is engaged to Sophie Turner, and Kevin and wife Danielle have two young daughters -- Nick tells HuffPost he’s not quite sure what a tour will look like for the growing Jonas family.
“Just by way of coming back together, we’re adults now,” he says. “We obviously all have our families and seeing what that would look like in this modern era is just really exciting. And I’m anxious to get out on the road and we’re building a plan now, so please stay posted.”
“I think it will be a lot of fun,” he adds.
As for more new music on the way, Nick says they’ve been “really fortunate” to work with Ryan Tedder, who helped them oversee the project as a whole.
“I think the fans can expect a really good combo of Joe’s sounds and DNCE’s meets my solo sounds, and I think ‘Sucker’ is a good kind of stepping-off point,” he teases. “But I’ve got more and more favorites on the album that I’m really excited for them to hear.”
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt and Ellen DeGeneres among winners at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2019 aired on Saturday, with Chris Pratt, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. each taking home the coveted orange blimps, along with TV's Fuller House and Riverdale and Avengers: Infinity War on the movie side.
Netflix's Fuller House won top prize for Favorite Funny TV Show, while the CW's Riverdale won for Favorite TV Drama. Ellen DeGeneres was voted Favorite TV Host, while Jace Norman and Zendaya were named Favorite Male and Female TV Stars for their respective roles in Nickolodeon's Henry Danger and Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover.
Avengers: Infinity War took home Favorite Movie honors, with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man earning the Kids' Choice award for Favorite Superhero. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Chris Pratt took home the trophy for Favorite Butt-Kicker. To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Noah Centineo and The Kissing Booth's Joey King each walked off with blimps for Favorite Movie Actor and Actress.
Incredibles 2 was voted Favorite Animated Movie, with Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez wining awards for their respective voice roles in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
In the music categories, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes each took home awards.
Here are the winners:
Favorite Funny TV Show
Favorite TV Drama
Favorite Reality Show
America’s Got Talent
Favorite TV Host
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
Favorite TV Judges
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent)
Favorite Male TV Star
Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger)
Favorite Female TV Star
Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)
Avengers: Infinity War
Favorite Movie Actor
Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
Favorite Movie Actress
Joey King (Shelly “Elle” Evans, The Kissing Booth)
Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man, Avengers: Infinity War)
Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Favorite Animated Movie
Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie
Adam Sandler (Dracula, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie
Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation)
Favorite Music Group
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
"thank u, next," Ariana Grande
Favorite Breakout Artist
“No Brainer,” DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo
Favorite Social Music Star
Favorite Global Music Star
North America: Taylor Swift
Favorite Video Game
Just Dance 2019
Favorite Social Star
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