Last night on The Voice, University of the Arts graduate Matt McAndrew pulled out a blind audition that had mentors Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton turning their chairs around to duke it out for him.
McAndrew—a music instructor at Bach to Rock in Wayne, Pennsylvania—decided to go with Adam Levine despite a hard sale from Pharrell. NJ.com reports that McAndrew will advance to the next round with “two female singers from Freehold, Alessandra Castronovo (also on Team Adam) and Gianna Salvato (on Team Gwen Stefani), plus Florida singer Ricky Manning (Team Pharrell Williams), who is staying with his father in Jersey City while he busks in New York City.”
Check out his blind audition above.
If you tuned in to NBC’s The Voice on September 23rd, you may have seen a familiar face. Jimi Milligan, of Philadelphia’s The Big House Band, sang The Temptations’ “Get Ready” for the celebrity judges during the show’s Blind Auditions.
Milligan was one of just a few dozen contestants to perform for Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton after over 100,000 performers responded to open calls. Though Milligan was not selected for one of the judges’ teams, he received plenty of compliments from the hit-makers. Shelton said, “I think you’re a really good singer,” and Williams agreed, while Adam Levine said, “You did a great job.”
The Big House Band is one of the area’s top special events bands, which Milligan has been part of for 18 years. Playing weddings, clubs, bars, casinos and more throughout the tri-state area, they average 250 dates per year.
So far only two other Pennsylvanians have made it to this season’s Blind Auditions: Danica Shirey of York and Chris Jamison of Pittsburgh. A few other local faces have graced The Voice stage in the past, including Yardley’s Matthew Schuler, who made it to 6th place during Season 5.
The day has finally come: Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe were sentenced in court this afternoon on a string federal fraud charges the couple plead guilty to in March. The charges included hiding income and lying during a bankruptcy hearing.
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Fans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.
This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.
“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”
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Again, spoiler alert!
Temple alum Cody Calafiore, who is said to have flirted his way to the end, took home the second-place prize on last night’s finale of the 16th season of Big Brother. The title earns him a not-too-lousy $50,000 prize.
Some would say he handed away his chance of winning when he decided to take Derek Levasseur to the final two. Levasseur had been praised for playing one of the reality show’s best social games of the season, and was considered to be a shoe-in for voters if he made it to the end.
The 23-year-old graduate of Temple‘s Fox School of Business grew up in Howell, New Jersey. He also played midfield on the Temple Owls soccer team.
As we reported at the beginning of the season, Calafiore makes a living working as a sales account executive, though he’s raised some eyebrows as a model in this blush-worthy underwear ad:
Courtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”
There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.
She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!
If you’ve always wanted to be on a show like The Biggest Loser, pay attention. We just got word that a casting team will be in town on Saturday, September 13th, to interview potential contestants for a new NBC weight-loss show called Weight for Love. It’s aimed at couples who each have at least 100 pounds to lose and who want to work together to shed the weight.
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People can’t get enough of Kate Gosselin and her brood. TLC just announced it has ordered more episodes of Kate Plus 8 that will air in December.
According to People, the premise of the new season will revolve around Gosselin and her kids traveling to the East Coast, exploring Boston, New England, and—just guessing here—Philadelphia?
Evidently filming is already in progress. People reports that the special will also include snippets of Gosselin getting the clan—now in eighth and fourth grades—ready for school at the end of summer.
Last year Philly actor/model/singer/G Philly cover boy Cory Wade Hindorff debuted in the first season of America’s Next Top Model to feature male and female models. He didn’t win (though he came in a commendable third place) but apparently he made enough of impression to be asked back.
Producers just announced that he’ll be returning this season—Cycle 21 (!)—as a special guest, serving as a mentor to the new contestants. So get ready for an arsenal of his signature one-liners, and sassy hand gestures galore.
In the video above he chats about what he’s been up to since the last season, and drops some hints about the hot-hot-hot male models that will be competing this season.
The new season of America’s Next Top Model airs tonight, Monday, August 18th, on the CW at 8 p.m.
Cast of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other elected state officials have signed a statement asking the Discovery Channel to drop its series Amish Mafia.
The reality show, according to Discovery’s website, follows a group of Amish men “who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster.”
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