Top 10 ‘The Voice’ blind auditions – Week 3

9:03 pm EDT, September 25, 2012

The Voice continued to discover new talent in the third week of season 3 blind auditions.

The coaches got picky and Cee Lo showed us he knows how to turn someone down gently (by performing “Forget You” with eliminated contestant VJ) as all four coaches filled up 14 spots on their teams, leaving just two left to fill next week.

1. Michelle Brooks-Thompson

The mother of two and wife to a former football player, Michelle Brooks-Thompson kicked off the third week of blind auditions with “Proud Mary.” Team Adam scored the powerhouse vocalist even though Cee Lo and Christina also pushed their buttons.

2. Cassadee Pope

Former Hey Monday vocalist (and Hypable Band of the Week recommendation) Cassadee Pope got all four coaches to turn their chairs with her take on “Torn.” She chose Team Blake.

3. Terisa Griffin

Sassy 42-year-old Terisa Griffin pulled off Adele’s emotional “Someone Like You” beautifully. It took a little coaxing but Christina and Blake turned around to get interrogated by the songstress. She surprisingly chose to go with Team Blake.

4. Brandon Mahone

Smooth crooner Brandon Mahone took on “I Wish It Would Rain” and got Adam, Cee Lo and Christina to turn around. The soulful 17-year-old, inspired by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight, chose Team Adam despite soulman Cee Lo Green’s attempts at winning him over.

5. Alexis Marceaux

Hurricane Katrina survivor Alexis Marceaux earned herself a spot on Team Cee Lo with her rendition of “Go Your Own Way” and her “smart girl chic” look. Audiences also learned that “rocker chicks turn [Cee Lo] on” thanks to her performance.

6. Charlie Rey

Singing Michael Buble’s version of “Home,” 20-year-old car mechanic Charlie Rey got Blake and Adam to push their buttons and fight over the California native. Charlie chose to go with Team Blake.

7. Suzanna Choffel

Texas music teacher Suzanna Choffel took on “Landslide” for her blind audition. The seasoned performer chose to go with Team Blake.

8. Sylvia Yacoub

Originally from Egypt, Sylvia Yacoub auditioned on The Voice to pursue a career her mother had been unable to pursue as woman in the Middle East. Her rendition of Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World” won over Christina, Cee Lo and Blake, with Sylvia choosing Team Xtina.

9. Dez Duron

Pretty boy (and Elvis look-a-like, according to Blake) Louisiana native Dez Duron auditioned for The Voice in season 2 with a Backstreet Boys song. He went more old-school this time around with Hall & Oates’ “Sara Smile” and won over Blake, Christina and Cee Lo, ultimately going with Team Xtina.

10. Diego Val

The Peruvian native gave a raspy, slightly nasally performance of “Animal,” which earned him a spot on Team Cee Lo. Adam and Christina seemed okay with that because they have plans to possibly “snatch” him up later.

Tune in to The Voice next Monday and Tuesday on NBC.

New ‘Power Rangers’ movie costumes revealed

The suits for the ladies are... questionable.

12:30 pm EDT, May 5, 2016

Can we morph into a world where female super heroes don’t have to wear high heels?

EW.com has exclusively revealed the first look at what the new Power Rangers costumes will look like when they hit the big screen next year. Check them out below.

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The new suits are explained as “alien” according to costumer designer Andrew Menzies. “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Noticeably in the picture, both the Pink Ranger and the Yellow Ranger’s costumes feature full busts and even wedge heels. Haven’t we learned anything about last year’s Jurassic World protests!?

This photo comes after the previously released photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa which also featured a brand new look.

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What are your thoughts about the new Power Rangers suits? Should they have stuck a little closer to the original concept from the hit ’90s TV show?

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. The cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle may have only just crash-landed in a dumpster near you, but we’ve already got information on the second book!

According to his newly upgraded website (hey! us too!), the second book in Rick Riordan’s latest Greek mythology series will be released on May 2, 2017 and is titled The Dark Prophecy. That doesn’t sound ominous at all.

The synopsis reads, “Zeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered 16-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.”

Riordan’s fancy new website has a cool feature where, as you scroll the page, the dotted yellow line is replaced by a solid red one, like you’re really seeing yourself exploring the world as you venture through his books. (Accurate.) The Hidden Oracle took place in New York City, but our map tells us Apollo will be venturing into the unknown for the second book. Or has that bit of information just not been set in stone yet? There was something about Indiana…and bananas.

The Trials of Apollo is already off to a fantastic start. Check back later for our review of The Hidden Oracle and other in-depth coverage.

What did you think of ‘The Hidden Oracle’?