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Taylor Swift Reportedly Joins The Voice As Advisor

Taylor Swift has reportedly signed on for a role with The Voice! 

The singer will serve as an advisor for the upcoming seventh season of the competition. Like Coldplay singer Chris Martin in the sixth season, Taylor will be advising contestants across all four teams.

Taylor will work alongside coaches Adam LevineBlake SheltonGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Other advisros include the legendary Stevie Wonder (who is working with Adam), Gavin Rossdale (working with wife Gwen), Little Big Town (working with Blake), and Alicia Keys (working with Pharrell).

Taylor has been in the industry for a little while, and has had a great amount of success and impact, so it makes sense that she would be a guest mentor. I’m sure she will have great advice for the contestants.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Done with Dancing With The Stars

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is officially done with dancing! During his appearance on The View on July 29, the dancer announced he will no longer perform on ABC’s hit dancing competition, Dancing With the Stars!

“I’m done dancing,” he said on the daytime talk show. “I feel like it’s time.” Maks continued, explaining his decision, “When I came back to the show, it was not the same—I was different, probably. (He first left in February 2013 after season 16.) “When I came back, I saw this amazing talent…I looked at it and thought they can do much more and better. I was taking up a huge spot.”

This year, he returned for season 18, and took home the Mirrorball trophy for the first time with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis.After his win, Maks first hinted that he was ready to leave the competition behind for good during an interview with Social Life magazine. “I want Meryl to be the last person I dance with,” he said in June. “The last person I got to be passionate with and care so much for.” The dancer apparently discussed plans to start a family, too. “I raised so many children at the studio that I am ready to create one of my own,” he told the mag. “I am really ready to have a family now. I need an outlet. I have so much I want to give, and I need someone to give it to.

Maks first appeared on DWTS in its second season, dancing with some top stars like boxer Laila Ali, the Spice Girls’ Mel B., and singer Brandy. I don’t blame him for wanting to move on to something new. He has his Mirrorball now. It’s time to move on to the next adventure!

 

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CONFIRMED: Gwen Stefani Is Joining The Voice

Last week, reports circulated that Gwen Stefani was joining season 7 of The VoiceWell looks like it’s true! Gwen confirmed the news on Instagram, rocking her own version of The Voice‘s iconic hand gesture and a caption saying, “It’s true!”

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NBC also announced hat Christina Aguilera, who served as a coach for seasons one, two, three and five, will return to the show  for season eight. Taking off time for her pregnancy, Christina showed Gwen love and congratulated her on Twitter. “So excited to have you join #TheVoice squad @GwenStefani! Welcome to our crazy fam! Kisses- xoxo #blondesdoitbest,” she tweeted.

As previously reported, Gwen will join Pharrell Williams for the singing competition. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will also return to the series.

Again, I’m definitely excited that Gwen will be joining the show! She has a lot of great experience in this industry, and I think she’ll be amazing at not only spotting talent, but nurturing that talent as well!

 

Usher and Shakira Joining The Voice Next Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coaches for hit NBC show The Voice are changing up for Season 4! Usher and Shakira will take the place of present coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo GreenNBC announcedAdam Levine and Blake Shelton are staying on, at least through the next season.

Christina and Cee Lo wanted to take a break to work on other projects. Christina will be touring to promote her new album, Lotus, and Cee Lo has plans for new music and a scripted comedy about his life. However, both promise that they will be back!  “By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on The Voice in the future,” Christina said in a statement.

“I will return for season five and will be watching season four,” Cee Lo was quoted as saying.

“We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice,” Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in statement. “Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and Cee Lo.”

That will be an interesting change to the line up!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Finale (Week 10) Recap


Picking up from last week’s episode, the final three teams (CT & Diem, Johnny & Camila, and Ty & Emily) headed to Iceland for their final challenge. T.J. warned them that the final challenge “Viking Quest” would be no joke. The winning team will split $150,000, second place $100,000, and third place $40,000. All in all, not too bad. Only thing is, each team has to finish to get paid. The challenge is a race and has a series of checkpoints. At each checkpoint, after completing the given challenge, you have to collect an artifact (seven total). All of the artifacts together will unlock the key at the end to win the final prize.

T.J. woke the teams up at 5:00 am to get started. He took them to start Day 2 of the Final, which consisted of crossing a glacier and climbing a mountain for 12 miles! Of course, the team had to complete the remaining checkpoints to collect their artifacts. The temperature definitely hurt, putting Emily and Ty in last. CT and Diem got a little lead, though. Checkpoint 3, Feast for a Viking, had a eating competition. Every challenge, the teams always have to eat something disgusting, and this one was no different. The teams had to eat a head of an animal and drink a horn of sheep’s blood. Sucks for Diem since she’s a vegetarian and hasn’t eaten meat since 6th grade.  Conquering a lot of puking. CT and Diem get the lead on the remaining two teams. Johnny and Camila comes close behind them, with Emily and Ty bringing up the rear

At Checkpoint 4, Ice Key, the teams needed to use a rock has to be taken to break the box to unlock the key to their snow shoes. The teams struggled to lock their shoes in, especially CT and Diem, and the other two teams passed them. Emily eventually took the lead over everyone, but Ty was slacking behind, with eventually hurt them.

At Checkpoint 5, Poled Out, the teams needed to solve a puzzle, using 12 out of 13 logs to make 6 complete boundaries around the boulders. CT and Diem killed it, taking back their lead and leaving the rest of the teams behind. Ty and Emily didn’t even make it to Poled Out until Johnny and Camila were basically done.

At the next checkpoint, What an Ice Hole, the teams had to dig out snow with an ice pick to get their next artifact and then go through a huge tunnel to get the artifact. CT and Diem conquered this and maintained their lead. However, Johnny and Camila were still right on their heels. Meanwhile, back at Poled Out, Ty and Emily exhausted the max amount of time for the puzzle, and got a pass to go ahead to the next checkpoint.

After What an Ice Hole, CT started to run out of steam really bad. You have to learn to pace yourself, of course, but even when you’re bone tired, you have to keep pushing through. I’ve been watching these Challenges for years, and it’s near the end where people lose gas, and lose their lead in the process.

At Checkpoint 7, Sliced Up, the teams had to complete a puzzle of sliced up blocks to match the picture given. CT and Diem passed the checkpoint first, but, as always, Camila and Johnny weren’t that far behind them. Ty and Emily struggled to catch up, not making it to Sliced Up until Camila and Johnny had already passed.

The final stop was Finish It, which had a final puzzle for the teams using the seven artifacts in a sundial to open the box to get the key to reach the final. CT and Diem have a little lead, but Johnny and Camila came right up behind them. CT and Diem finished their sundial and had to climb up the mountain to get to the final. CT, at this point, was extremely gassed out, and Johnny and Camila passed them.

After a long trek up the mountain, Johnny and Camila win the whole shebang!!! T.J. pops out of nowhere and gave them their check of $150,000! CT and Diem made it to the top and got second, while Emily and Ty eventually came in, snagging third place.

It’s definitely been a crazy season, especially watching these exes battle it out in competition and with each other! And who would’ve thought that the Challenge would start in the Dominican Republic and end in Iceland? MTV always throws us viewers for a loop! It’s been great watching and recapping the episodes. Thanks for hanging with me! Catch you at the next Challenge!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Week 9 Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week’s episode of The Challenge, Paula and Dunbar were sent home after an intense elimination round in the Dome versus Ty and Emily. In the “Blown Away” challenge, CT and Diem prevailed once again, taking Power Couple, while Johnny and Camila came in last, automatically getting sent to the Dome. After a hard deliberation, CT and Diem chose Mark and Robin to go against Johnny and Camila to see who would be the third couple in the Final Challenge.

At the beginning of this week’s episode, the house went out to party. CT, Diem, Ty and Emily really enjoyed themselves, knowing that they had a spot in the Finals. However, Mark and Johnny mentally prepared themselves to go against each other in the Dome.

Back at the house, Robin was obviously afraid to go into the Dome, because she has a bad record in eliminations. Of course, the other two teams wanted to see Robin and Mark come back, because they are the weakest team left. Ty and others tried to encourage her, but Robin really had no fight left in her.

At the final Dome, the teams prepared to play X Battle. As always, there are two heats–girls and guys. A X made of steel is set in the middle, and you have to try to wrestle it away from your opponent two out of three times. In the girls’ heat, Camila beat Robin, putting the pressure on Mark to beat Johnny. It was a tough battle, but Johnny beat him. As Mark and Robin walked off, MTV played a recap of Mark’s history with MTV, as Mark is done with Challenges for good. I mean, he is 40. Time to hang up that Road Rules bandana sir!

T.J. encouraes the remaining three teams to really get some rest. Later, he gave them a clue to the Final: “You’ll be 66 degrees north. Pack you bags and I will see you in Iceland.” Iceland was actually freezing around the time of filming, and the amount gear that the house had to wear was ridiculous. In spite of the freezing cold, the house went out for one final night out on the town, and had a really good time. At the end of the night, all of the teams said what they love about their partners, and how much they appreciated having each other by their sides.

That night, T.J. texted them saying: “I hope you got some rest. The final challenge is tomorrow. Be ready at 8 am.” The next morning, the crew got wrapped up in their snow gear, and prepared to hit the mountains.

T.J. warned them that the final challenge “Viking Quest” will be no joke. The winning team will split $150,000, second place $100,000, and third place $40,000. All in all, not too bad. Only thing is, each team has to finish to get paid. The challenge is a race and has a series of checkpoints. At each checkpoint, after completing the given challenge, you have to collect an artifact (seven total). All of the artifacts together will unlock the key at the end to win the final prize.

The first checkpoint was a race with dog sleds for one mile to get to the next checkpoint. Because Iceland only gets a couple of hours of daylight  each day, T.J. warned the teams that they will have to race in the dark.

After the race, CT & Diem came in first, Johnny and Camila second, and Ty and Emily third. The second checkpoint strip down to your underwear and plunge into a river to touch a buoy as cold as it is. In fact, it’s so cold that T.J. said that 30 seconds in the water would cause hypothermia! Yikes! The team with the fastest time combined from the race and the plunge will get the best sleeping arrangements. As each team went, it looked really painful! Each team made it out okay, but CT and Diem ended up winning this part of the Final.

The campsite itself was set up on the ground in the snow. However,  CT and Diem got the best tent with air mattresses, heating lamps, deer skin blankets, etc to keep warm. Johnny and Camila, coming in second, got a small heater and an air mattress. Ty and Emily’s arrangements were worst of all with some yoga mats, getting to sleep right on the ice. Oh, and it’s -23 degrees outside. Crazy!

This challenge looks like it will be the toughest in Challenge history. Johnny even tells Camila, “If today is a sign of what is to come, it’s gonna be a monster.”

Watch The Challenge: Battle of the Exes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST only on MTV!  And make sure you stay on the lookout for my recaps after the show!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Week 8 Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week’s episode of The Challenge ended on a cliff hanger with CT and Diem still unsure of who they were sending into the Dome. The pair ended up picking Paula and Dunbar to face Emily and Ty, which sucks for Paula and Ty’s new romantic endeavor. Now, one of them will have to go home no matter what.

At the Dome, TJ said that Diem and CT made the dumbest decision in Challenge history, not picking either Johnny or Mark’s team to break up their alliance.  He even said he would see them in the Dome next week if they don’t win, which is true. The elimination round had the girls going against each other, with the girls going later. The object of the game was to run back and forth between a row of haystacks, throwing balls in the opponent’s goal on the other side while trying to stop them from scoring. Ty won the first round against Dunbar by a few seconds.  Emily smoked Paula, keeping her and Ty’s undefeated record in the Dome and sending Paula and Dunbar home. Of course, this far in the game, it’s emotional for them to lose. Ty and Paula said their final goodbyes. I wonder now though Paula, how you are going to deal with your boyfriend when you get home!

Emily, Diem, and Ty tried to figure Robin out. Diem herself said that Robin went from a bright bubbly person, to more seemingly depressed and strange. However, Robin is over making friends in these Challenges, now focusing on winning the game to provide for her son.

There is only one more challenge before the Finals. T.J. sent the house a  clue: “You will be blown away by tomorrow’s challenge.” The next day, the “Feel The Burn”  challenge looked like it would do just that. Using 80 mile an hour winds created by a private jet, the house had to go back and forth between two stations. One station had all of the items seen at a picnic. All of the items had to get to Station 2, as well dummies as guests. Then the team had to race downwind with a parachute to get across the finish line. The challenge had a 20 minute limit, with each team being judged on how far they got at that time. The last place team, as always, get sent straight to the Dome. The winners not only win $2500 and Power Couple, but are also guaranteed a spot in the Finals, and a quick trip back to the house on a jet ride with T.J.

Back at the house, Camila was bitter, and felt screwed over by CT and Diem’s decision to pick them first. At the end of the day, she needs to suck it up, and get ready to perform in the Dome. This is a GAME, and CT and Diem are going to and should make the best decisions to benefit their team. CT and Diem made a huge move in picking Johnny and Camila to go first. Because the couple didn’t have the opportunity to see anyone else go, they really struggled. The amount of force is unbelievable, with every couple falling everywhere, especially Johnny and Camila.  Emily and Ty are the first of the couples to actually make it across the finish line, using a crawl strategy to get past the jet winds. CT and Diem use a variation of the same strategy, winning Power Couple, and getting a ticket to the Finals! However, Johnny and Camila, with the worst time, automatically get sent to the Dome.

Diem and CT have another celebratory dinner, but are really unsure about who to pick between Mark & Robin and Ty & Emily.  It would be smart to pick Ty and Emily because they’re such a strong team. Going against Johnny and Camila, there will be one really strong team going home regardless. However, Diem and CT also consider that Ty and Emily have been in the Dome 3 times, and fought for their position here. However, Mark and Robin have yet to be in the Dome, and have really been coasting through.  After deliberation, the couple decides to pick Mark and Robin, making it Mark’s first elimination round since he started doing them 17 years ago! The man is OLD. Time for this pair to step their game up and prove that they deserve to be in the Finals!

Next week, Johnny and Camila go head to head with Mark and Robin in “X-Battle,” to see who will snag the final spot in the Final Challenge!

Watch The Challenge: Battle of the Exes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST only on MTV!  And make sure you stay on the lookout for my recaps after the show!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Week 7 Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picking up from last week’s episode of The Challenge, the house lost Rachel and Aneesa, who lost “Banded Together” against Paula and Dunbar. The win was great for Paula, who has a little side fling with Ty back at the house!

On a day at Paradise Island, the house had fun in the sun, while Ty and Paula continued flirting and kissing. Ty worked up the courage to ask Paula if they could take their relationship to the next level, a proposal that Paula quickly rejected. I’m not sure why. Pretty sure, if I was your boyfriend waiting for you back home, I’d be done with you, calling other men “baby,” kissing on them and whatnot! Might as well make it official. Emily doesn’t trust Paula, though, because she feels like Paula will distract Ty from the game.

Back at the house, Diem was still so angry at CT, and hadn’t talked to him in three days since their huge fight in the last episode. After some advice from Ty, Diem had a talk with CT about her feelings toward him. They both apologized for their past actions and words, and hugged it out.

Later, T.J. sent a clue to the house for their next challenge: “Guys, hope you catch your runaway bride!”  At the Playa Grande, an obstacle course was set up for the teams’ next challenge,  “Race to the Altar.”  Each team had to complete a series of wedding-themed tasks at each station from putting on tuxedos and bridal gowns to eating wedding cake. The last couple to make it at each station is automatically out of the game. The first couple eliminated at the first station was automatically sent to the Dome, while the last standing couple won Power Couple and $2500. Unfortunately for Ty and Emily, the duo gets lost looking for a garter in the sand, and get automatically sent into the Dome after being last at the first station. After the other couples are eliminated, the last couples standing are CT & Diem and Paula & Dunbar.  It’s literally a race to the altar in the end, but CT and Diem take the cake! It definitely means a lot, since CT and Diem had so many problems before.

Back at the house, CT and Diem have a celebratory dinner and talk about their decision as Power Couple. After talking to each couple separately, the two still weren’t sure who they should send in.

That night, the house went out on the town, hosting a party for the “newlyweds” CT & Diem. At the club, Ty and Paula continued to mess around. Later, Camila and Emily thought it would be funny to dress up as the couple to make fun of them. Emily, face doused in chocolate, really offended Ty, who started packing his bags to go home. Mark and Johnny convinced Ty to stay the night and think things through, while Paula begged him not to leave. The next morning, CT had a talk with him, and convinced him to talk to Emily, who is feeling terrible about the entire thing. Seems she lived a very sheltered life and didn’t completely realize how insulting her costume would be to others. Turns out though that Ty was more upset at the fact that out of all people in the house, she was the one who knew him best and shouldn’t have been making fun of him in the first place. While the incident definitely threw a wrench in Emily and Ty’s communication, Emily apologized and Ty decided to stay in the house.

The morning of eliminations, CT and Diem still hadn’t decided who was going in the Dome against Emily and Ty. The episode ended on a cliffhanger, leaving viewers guessing on who will be sent in. This close to the end, nobody wants to take the chance of going into elimination!

Watch The Challenge: Battle of the Exes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST only on MTV!  And make sure you stay on the lookout for my recaps after the show!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Week 6 Recap

The Power Couple spot is up for grabs, and both Camila and Diem want to win it for their teams.

Picking up from last week’s episode of The Challenge, we’re down another couple, Abram and Cara Maria, who lost “X Battle” against Ty and Emily. Back at the house, Paula and Ty continued to flirt away from home, with them even talking about what their kids will look like! Only problem with this love affair is that Paula has a boyfriend back home! Johnny continued to worry about Camila keeping it together in the competition. The Challenge is more than halfway through, with the strongest of the teams left, and now’s not the time to fall apart.

The house got a clue from T.J.: “Don’t slip up at tomorrow’s challenge.” The teams headed to the San Marcos Farm, for the “Lube Me Up” challenge. The goal is to slide down the course, which is lubed up, drop into a muddy pit, and retrieve a ball.  If you don’t have a ball, you have to fight to get one from an opponent. After you get your ball, you have to use the ropes provided to get back up the slippery hill and to the finish line. The game was split into a women’s heat and a men’s heat. The team that gets last place in the first round would be automatically sent to the Dome. But there was a little extra incentive for last night’s Power Couple, who would win $2500 (and a nice pat on the back from T.J.).

The game was a huge messy fight to the finish, as round by round, teams were eliminated. In the final round to determine Power Couple, it came down to the women. Camila and Diem competed against each other for the coveted position. Though Diem showed serious heart, Camila ended up winning her and Johnny the title! Last place team Dunbar and Paula got sent straight to the Dome.

Back at the house, Johnny and Camila have a serious decision to make as to who will face Paula and Dunbar in the Dome. Paula has an insane fear that she will have to go into the Dome with Emily, and will get eliminated from the competition. Emily is a beast, so no one really wants to face her.

Putting challenge troubles aside, on a crazy night out on the town, Ty and Paula take their flirtation to the next level, and end up making out and having sex (literally a foot away from Emily, I might add).We all knew that was coming. While one couple is hooking up, a partnership started breaking down with Diem and CT end up getting into a fight about their past relationship. Diem and CT are both obviously still harboring feelings for each other, and don’t know how to properly express it, so they fight about past problems. If if was all over and done with for them as far as their love goes, they would not be fighting as much as they do.

Surprise, surprise, Camila and Johnny choose Rachel and Aneesa to face Paula and Dunbar. We all know that Johnny and Rachel are not cool at all, so I figured, especially since the game is getting down to the wire, that Johnny would decide to throw them in.  In “Banded Together,” Paula and Dunbar come out hard, and win their spot back in the house, eliminating Rachel and Aneesa.

While Ty is certainly happy that Paula is back in the house, Emily isn’t. She still wants revenge for the time that Paula and Dunbar sent her and Ty into the Dome. Or could it possibly be that she’s a little jealous of Ty messing around with Paula? Hmm…

Watch The Challenge: Battle of the Exes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST only on MTV!  And make sure you stay on the lookout for my recaps after the show!

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MTV’s The Challenge: Battle Of The Exes Week 5 Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picking up from last week’s episode of The Challenge, we lost Tyrie and Jasmine in the endurance-testing “X Marks The Spot.” At the start of this week’s episode, love is in the air with Ty and Paula (who happens to have a boyfriend at home), and Abram and Cara Maria. Cara Maria asked Abram to move in with her, and he excitedly said yes.  Meanwhile, Johnny and Camila have trouble, especially after Camila gets drunk at the club, and becomes annoyingly needy and seeks attention from Johnny. After she fails to get his attention, she went around throwing stuff and ripping up the house. Johnny realizes that he is “attached to arguably the biggest liability in the house.” Camila wakes up the next morning, and doesn’t even remember why she was so mad at him, while most everyone in the house (and me) thought, “This chick is completely crazy pants!”

The next day, the house got a clue from T.J. for the next challenge:  “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The next challenge was “Don’t Rock The Boat” down at the Playa Grande. A boat is shipwrecked on the beach. Two teams compete at a time starting on either side of the boat. Each team works together to cross the masts to get to the crow’s nest in the middle, with the two fastest times competing for the coveted Power Couple. If you fall, you have to start over, and you can only fall once before you’re disqualified. The team that comes into last place, of course, gets automatic entry into the Dome.

The last place teams, Diem and CT and Cara Maria and Abram, were only separated in their times by 3 seconds. However, Cara Marie and Abram end up losing, immediately getting sent to the Dome. Though Ty and Emily gave it their all, Mark and Robin go against Johnny and Camila in the final round for Power Couple. It was a close round, but “old-timers” Mark and Robin end up winning the power.

Later, before the elimination round, Abram and Cara Marie have another conversation about moving in, with Cara Maria rethinking the idea, considering their current finances. This upsets Abram, who walks away in a serious huff. Meanwhile, Camila and Johnny talk about their issues, and seem to settle them, though Camila admitted she had feelings for Johnny that he didn’t seem to reciprocate. Those are the breaks kid! Get your head in the game, and win some money!

For the elimination round, Mark and Robin sent in Ty and Emily to go against Cara Maria and Abram in the Dome. The game is getting down to the wire, and now it’s about sending in tough competitors who you probably won’t want to face in the final challenge. Emily, of course, was pissed off, but that’s how the game is played.

At the extremely physical “X-Battle,” Emily smoked Cara Maria, and it’s a fight to the finish with Ty and Abram! Ty eventually won, sending Abram and Cara Maria home. I have to say that Emily and Ty are quite the power couple themselves! They always seem to pull it out in these eliminations! I bet they stick around to the end.

Watch The Challenge: Battle of the Exes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST only on MTV!  And make sure you stay on the lookout for my recaps after the show!

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