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.

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.

Disney has set its sights on another live-action retelling of an animated classic: The Little Mermaid.

Deadline reports that the studio “recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea,” and “discussions have also taken place with some major producers, including some with a strong connection to the studio.”

That’s all we know for now. A “new take” makes it sound like they could be contemplating an alternate story than the one we saw in the 1989 animated classic, but I’d personally prefer a direct adaptation. I want to see live-action Ariel sing some of the Disney classics! Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has spoiled me.

Like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, so expectations for a live-action adaptation will immediately be set very high. With their recent adaptation of The Jungle Book hitting theaters to very positive reviews and the first trailer for their live-action Beauty and the Beast being very well received, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Disney start to look at other potential animated properties for source material. (But you would’ve expected to hear about a live-action Lion King before Little Mermaid after The Jungle Book’s success, wouldn’t you?)

The Little Mermaid is the latest in a long line of animated-to-live action projects in the works at Disney. Others include an Aladdin spinoff looking at the Genie’s origins, The Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson, Dumbo with director Tim Burton, Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt, and Tinker Bell with Reese Witherspoon. And then there are sequels to the adaptations like Maleficent 2 and The Jungle Book 2.

Be sure to cross The Little Mermaid off your animated-to-live-action bingo card.

Do you think Disney can pull off a live-action ‘Little Mermaid’?

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.