ECB president Christine Lagarde has presided over two consecutive interest rate hikes. Philipp von Ditfurth/Getty Images The European Central Bank just pulled the trigger on its biggest interest rate hike. The central bank increased rates by 75 basis points, and signaled further hikes. Economies around the world are raising rates as they battle to keep […]
The Voice Recap: Night 2 of the Battles Tees Up a Couple of Head-Scratching Saves and a Particularly Painful Cut
OK, so maybe I’m the only viewer of The Voice who was quite so crestfallen to see a Blind Auditions frontrunner get cut Monday night. I always make the mistake of getting too attached to contestants way too early. But even for me, the episode wasn’t a total bummer as a couple of other early […]
The Voice Recap: Which Contestants Survived Night 2 of the Battles — and Which Major Contender Didn’t?
Let the head-scratching begin. During Night 2 of The Voice’s Season 19 Battles, three more contestants were given the hook, including one that, for my money, could’ve given Gwen Stefani her first-ever win. Who went down for the count before the Knockouts had even begun? Read on… Team Kelly: Desz (Grade: B+) defeated Joseph Soul […]
The Voice Recap: Which Nine — Well, Technically, 11 — Singers Became the Last to Make It Through to the Battles?
That, folks, is that. Monday’s episode of The Voice brought to a close Season 19’s Blind Auditions, adding to the coaches’ rosters the worst nightmare of Team Blake’s Sam Stacy, a coupla middling country singers and the only act in the competition that can do its own harmonies (as the photo above suggests). It also […]
The Voice Recap: Did Right Singers Make It Past Night 2 of the Battles?
The Voice’s coaches love to act like settling on the winner of a Battle is the equivalent of Sophie’s Choice. But sitting on our couches at home, it always seems pretty easy, no? We can pick the better of two singers in the time it takes us to wish we hadn’t thought a half-glass of […]
The Voice Live Cross Battles Results Recap: The Top 24 Revealed at Last — Plus, Who’d Blake Shelton Steal Back?
Knowing that The Voice would be eliminating five singers in Tuesday’s second (and final) Live Cross Battles Results Show, I made a few fearless predictions before Season 16’s Top 24 were revealed. Thinking over Monday’s performances, and considering the results of TVLine’s poll, I figured that the contestants who’d be losing their Battles would be […]
The Voice Cross Battles Results Show Cut… Wait, How Many Singers?!?
From here on out, the cuts were supposed to be coming fast and furious to The Voice. Tuesday’s Live Cross Battles Results Show had the potential to give the hook to a whopping eight contestants. But it turned out that Steals and Saves were what was really coming our way fast and furious. Only three […]
The Voice Recap: Did the Right Singers Make It Into the Top 32? — Plus, the Live Cross Battles Format Explained
As Tuesday’s episode of The Voice dropped the curtain on Season 16’s Battles — or, as I think of them, the Wait a Minute, Did I Like This Contestant During the Blinds? rounds — four more singers were told to exit stage left. Or right. The direction didn’t really matter; they just had to exit. […]
The Voice Recap: Which Singers Were the First Casualties of the Battles?
“Just duet” became The Voice’s unofficial motto Monday as Season 16 launched the Battles, which thanks to their bizarreness — “OK, you guys sing beautifully together… even as you try to blow each other off the stage and out of the competition!” — might just be my favorite of all the rounds. Also, it’s the […]
‘Bumblebee’ Clip: ‘Bot Brawl! Bumblebee Battles Blitzwing, Baby!
Almost everyone who has seen it seems to agree that Bumblebee is indeed the best Transformers movie (make of that what you will!). Michael Bay is out of the director’s chair, and Travis Knight is in. Knight’s take on the material is different than Bay’s, and that’s paid off. Ahead of Bumblebee‘s impending release, watch a new Bumblebee clip […]