Due to the season finale of ‘The Voice,’ the June 18 episode of ‘America’s Got Talent’ was shortened to just one hour — but that didn’t mean there wasn’t enough talent to make your jaw drop!
The incredible acts on America’s Got Talent just keep getting better — and crazier. In just one hour, the June 18 episode of the hit show was able to boggle your mind, make you cry and astonish you with amazing acts.
Top 5 Performances From June 18
5. Kenny Chi: The Matrix Meets ‘Dance-ish’
When you first heard Kenny Chi talk about his ‘dance-ish’ act, you instantly thought it was going to be one of those performances. But Kenny shocked us all with robotic-like movements in an unforgettable dance. We’re still unsure of what exact genre this is but we were nevertheless amazed at his choreography. Howie Mandel said, “That was the best dance I have seen in a long time,” and Heidi Klum told Kenny, “You have a control over your body that is unbelievable.” We agree, Heidi, and can’t wait to see what Kenny comes up with next!
4. Sprice: Rube Goldberg Maker Extraordinaire
Wait, what? In one of the coolest acts of the night, 19-year-old Sprice astonished us with his Rube Goldberg machine, which basically combines chain reactions and dominoes. His elaborate construction had us on the edge of our seats as we waited to see if his machine would complete itself. After his act completed successfully, he scored a win with the judges and audience with his very creative and mind-blowing act.
3. Deanna DellaCioppa: Bringing Back Dreamgirls
Who doesn’t love a great rendition of the Dreamgirls classic “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”? This contestant practically brought us to tears with her story of trying to make in the music industry — but being unsuccessful because of her weight. Deanna DellaCioppa told the judges, “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life.” She wowed us with her powerful and passionate voice. Keep dreaming big Deanna because you’re going to go far, and as Mel B said, “Girl, you can sing!”
2. American Military Spouses Choir: Voices of America
In the most uplifting performance of the night, these ladies of American troops sang a soulful rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” They use their music as therapy for those who’ve served our country and are battling traumatic brain injuries. Well, thank goodness they’ve brought their gift to America’s Got Talent because these ladies are inspiring and immensely talented. Heidi — as well as just about everyone — had tears in her eyes as they gave a fantastic performance. Bravo, army wives, bravo.
1. Rong Niu: Amazing Acrobatic Mastery
Seriously, our jaws are still on the floor. This 42-year-old woman known as “Red Panda” blew us away with her traditional Chinese acrobatics. She was initially just on a unicyle — which was enough for us — but then she started juggling bowls in heels! She would toss them from her leg to on top of her head — and it wasn’t just one bowl but several. She had the entire crowd on their feet cheering and with tears in her eyes, it seemed like even she didn’t think she could pull off her amazing and unforgettable act. We agree with Howard Stern‘s statement: “You are fearless. You are the best thing I’ve seen all day here in Chicago.” Rong, we don’t know what you have up your sleeve for your next act — but we are counting down the days until we see you next.
So HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite performance of the night? Let us know what you think!
WATCH: The Amazing Red Panda Stuns With Acrobatics
That’s all, folks! After three months of tough competition, it all came down to Michelle, Danielle and the Swon Brothers. Read on to see who took home the title of ‘The Voice’ on June 18!
The Voicefinale was full of performance after performance after performance. From Christina Aguilera and Pitbull to an iconic performance by Cher, we almost forgot that someone had to go home. So, did one of birthday boy Blake Shelton‘s contestants win to make it a three-peat? Or did Usher‘s star rise to the top?
Christina Aguilera Returns For ‘The Voice’ Finale
It was quite the party on the finale of The Voice. Not only was it Blake’s birthday, so he was enjoying his “special latte,” of course — but it also was full of A-listers!
Then, for the first time in over ten years, Cher hit the stage and debuted her new hit, “Women’s World.” This will also be the name of her new album to be released on September 24 — it will be her first album in 12 years.
Final 3 Brings Back Old Faces
The final three weren’t ready for a last performance — and they didn’t want to do it alone, so each finalist chose some of their favorite contestants from the season to join them on stage.
The Swon Brothers brought back Amber Carrington, Justin Rivers and Holly Tucker for “Stars Tonight.”
Danielle’s bring back performance included Amber, Caroline Glazer and Sarah Simmons for “All American Girl.”
Michelle brought back Josiah Hawley, Vedo, and Cathia to reunite Team Usher, singing “We Can Work It Out.”
Old contestants Josiah, Vedo, Kris Thomas and Garrett Gardner performed of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” Even Holly made a appearance, showing off her saxophone skills! Then Judith Hill, Karina Iglesias, Sasha Allen and Cathia returned for “My Lovin.”
‘The Voice’ Results
Then it was time for the results! It all came down to Team Usher V. Team Blake. Michelle Chamuel put on three rockin’ performances on the 17th; the Swon Brothers hit every note of their falsetto; and Danielle Bradbery’s matchup with Blake was ultimate perfection.
Are we turning back time? No! On the season finale of ‘The Voice,’ Cher made her live TV comeback with a performance of ‘Woman’s World.’
Cher hasn’t performed live on television since 2003, but she made her TV return June 18 on the season finale of The Voice – and the icon proved she’s still got it with an incredible performance!
Cher Performs ‘Woman’s World’ Live On ‘The Voice’
The “Believe” singer performed the first single “Woman’s World” off her upcoming album, which is set to be released later this year.
Her performance was amazing — but would we expect anything less from Cher? At 67 years old, this vocal extraordinaire still knows how to steal a show.
Cher’s released her last album, Living Proof, in 2001, followed by an extensive tour in 2002. She starred in the 2010 film Burlesque – but it’s about time this legendary singer made her way back to television!
Cher’s Twitter Countdown
The singer had been hyping up her performance all over Twitter. She was counting down the days (as were we) and even had her television return streamed live!
On June 18, just a few hours before her performance, she tweeted, “Tonight is the night ! #CherLivestream @NBCTheVoice @Livestream.”
Cher’s live TV return was nothing short of glorious. We’re so glad she’s back on our screens, and we can’t wait to hear more songs off her album.
What did YOU think of Cher’s performance on The Voice, HollywoodLifers? What was your favorite finale performance? Let us know what you thought about the finale!
WATCH: Cher’s Livestream Performance Of ‘Woman’s World’
In a jam-packed season finale of music’s best, including Cher and Bruno Mars, country music’s adorable Hunter performed a sweet duet with contestant Danielle Bradbery.
Season four of The Voice came to a close June 18, and the two-hour finale was nothing short of epic. The contestants got the chance to perform with music superstars; Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery even sang a charming duet with country singer Hunter Hayes!
Hunter Hayes Performs With Team Blake’s Danielle
Hunter and Danielle sang Hunter’s original song “I Want Crazy.” The performance was absolutely adorable and their voices complemented each other’s so well!
The country crooner was so sweet to Danielle before the performance June 17, when he tweeted, “Hey, @DBradbery, so stoked to sing with ya on @NBCTheVoice #finale #gonnabecrazy.”
Danielle responded, “@HunterHayes @NBCTheVoice So excited to sing with you too..going to be so much fun!”
They are just too cute! Maybe Danielle should go on tour with Hunter? These two country youngsters are amazing together.
Kim Kardashian Living With Kris Jenner After Baby’s Birth
A friend of the Kardashian family tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Kim & her daughter, along with Kanye, will move into Kris’ house in Calabasas after they leave the hospital. It has already been decided. Kris has insisted from the very get go, that her home would be the best for Kim and the baby. Kris really wants to be there for Kim and help her during this transition.”
And don’t expect any hesitation from Kim. Our source adds, “Kim actually wants to stay at her mom’s house. Kris has plenty of space, and Kanye will do whatever makes Kim happy. Let’s not forget — Kris is the Grandmomager!”
It’s so sweet of Kanye to put Kim’s feelings first!
Kris Jenner Wants Kim Kardashian's Baby Revealed On Her Talk Show
"Kris Jenner wants Kim's baby all over her show," a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. "Either having the name reveal or having Kim bring the baby on the show, so she can be the first to reveal what the kid looks like. They know a lot will be revealed about the baby before the show’s July 15 debut, but many firsts with the baby will be revealed on Kris' show.”
Kris’ new talk show premieres on FOX on July 15.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Is it a good idea for Kim and the baby to live with Kris?
Plus, Aria wastes no time getting over Mr. Fitz — with another teacher! (Girl’s got a type.)
Mrs. DiLaurentis came bearing gifts on the June 18 episode of Pretty Little Liars– really creepy gifts. Apparently Alison (Sasha Pieterse) had a pet parrot that no one knew about, so of course she decided to dump it onto Ali’s “hefty” BFF Hanna (Ashley Benson). And this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill obnoxious bird; it might just hold the key to figuring out who killed Alison!
Spencer (Troian Bellisario) figured out the bird was whistling a phone-number tone — let’s not pretend like she isn’t the only smart one in the bunch – but “A” got its/their hands on the bird before the girls had a chance to decipher its melody.
Considering Spencer’s so smart, I was surprised she got rejected from the University of Pennsylvania. Maybe she should have applied to major in ornithology, or you know, actually do homework once in a while.
Aria’s Hot For Teacher — Again
They say the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else, and that’s exactly what Aria (Lucy Hale) did this week — even if she didn’t mean to. Her private self-defense lesson with super-hot instructor Jake (Ryan Guzman) started off well, but it took an awkward turn when she suddenly sneak-attacked him with her mouth.
Sorry, did you expect Aria not to hook up with the hot teacher? While he’s no Ezra (Ian Harding), at least Jake’s in Aria’s age range.
(A legal relationship for Aria? What a novel concept!)
Did Ashley Kill Wilden?
Either Rosewood suddenly became a suburb of New York City, or Hanna’s mom wasn’t out of town for as long as she claimed. After finding a pair of muddy heels in the house, Hanna straight-up asked Ashley (Laura Leighton) if she’s the one who killed Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson). She denied the allegation, obvs, but seemed far-less-innocent while attempting to dipose of her incriminating footwear later that night.
As much as I’d love to jump on the Ashley bandwagon, I feel like her involvement would be too easy. There’s a reason this show keeps us all up at night – nothing is obvious!
Hell & High Water
A near-death encounter with “A” in the woods left Emily (Shay Mitchell) all banged up – why do these girls insist on hanging out in the woods at night?! — but like the determined little liar she is, she refused to sit out of her big swim meet. After all, her dream of attending Stanford with Paige (Lindsey Shaw) was on the line!
Sadly, pushing herself too hard ended up sending Em to the hospital, where she had plenty of time to think about her actions. She’s still determined to start a new life – far, far away from Rosewood — with Paige, but she’ll also start taking it easy. She’ll be no use to anyone if she’s dead.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this week’s episode? Did Ashley kill Wilden? Who was Alison calling the night she disappeared? Drop a comment with your best theories below!
The coach came back to ‘The Voice’ on June 18 for a rocking performance with Pitbull. She looked amazing and we can’t wait to see her come back for season five!
The Voice‘s fourth season finale brought back several familiar faces — including judge Christina Aguilera! After taking a year off from the judges’ panel, the singer returned to perform her hit “Feel This Moment” with Pitbull – and she looked better than ever!
Christina Rocks Out With Pitbull For ‘The Voice’ Finale
Music’s finest turned out for The Voice season finale — including Cher, One Republic, and The Voice coach Christina!
Christina performed her spicy hit “Feel This Moment” with Pitbull and it was crazy good. She recently announced she would be taking back her judges chair from Shakira for season five, but it was nice to see her make an early return.
The singer has often been criticized for her weight gain, and she spoke about her troubles in the Feb. 2012 issue of Marie Claire.
When I worked on Burlesque, I lost so much weight that I was too skinny. I don't weigh myself — it's all about how I feel in my clothes. What looks good on one person might not look good on another body type. I happen to be very confident in my own skin. It takes time to get to that place, but it's all about embracing yourself and your body.
Well, we think Christina looks great, and her performance with Pitbull on The Voice season finale was off the charts!
What did YOU think of Christina and Pitbull’s performance of “Feel This Moment”? Are you excited to see her return for season five? Let us know!
WATCH: Christina Performs Song At Billboard Music Awards
So cute! After days of breathless anticipation, Kim and Kanye have selected a baby name for their beautiful newborn daughter. A source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, it’s both ‘beautiful’ and ‘sentimental.’
Kai Georgia Donda West — The Meaning Behind The Name
Kim’s father Robert Kardashian passed away from esophageal cancer on September 30, 2003, and his middle name was George. Kanye’s mother, Donda West, passed away very unexpectedly on Nov. 9, 2007, at the young age of 58, due to complications following plastic surgery.
Clearly, Kai Georgia Donda West would be a name that’s both beautiful and sentimental.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you a fan of the name?
We were shocked to hear that Miley’s parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus filed for divorce, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Liam is helping Miley cope after her parents’ split. Find out how!
Liam Hemsworth: Miley Cyrus’ Parents Split — Helping Miley Cope
Miley is heartbroken over Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus’ split. A source close to the singer tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “She’s taking it as well as she can. No one wants their parents to end a marriage. Billy Ray and Tish are awesome people and even better parents. Miley’s sad, of course, but that’s between her parents. There’s not much she can do.”
Thankfully, though, Liam is there to support Miley in this time of need.
Our source adds, “For sure, [Liam's supporting her]. She’s upset, yes, but she’s an adult and will be fine. She loves both her parents and they will always be in her life.”
Movie dates are certainly a great way to get your mind off the stresses of life.
We’re so glad to hear that not only is Miley leaning on Liam, but that regardless of what happens, Miley’s parents will always be in her life.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy Liam’s supporting Miley?
Drake & Chris Brown Beef — Drizzy Drake Needs To Stop Dissing Breezy & RiRi
It may seem silly to fight over a woman, but we can certainly see why one would fight over Rihanna — she’s drop dead gorgeous. Regardless, though, Chris and Rihanna, 25, don’t deserve to be dissed by you in the media. They deserved a second chance at love regardless of anyone’s approval or disapproval.
You have beef with Chris because of your mutual affection for Rihanna. That’s no one’s fault, and it’s certainly not Chris and Rihanna’s fault if they ended up together again after she dated you.
You admitted to MTV that at one point, after Chris assaulted Rihanna in 2009, she fell into your lap and you “treated her with respect,” suggesting that Chris never did.
It’s never easy losing someone you care about, but if Chris and Rihanna thought they were meant to be together, it’s not your place to stand in the way or judge their decision.
Drake Disses Chris Brown’s Ability To Rap
Furthermore, in your interview with GQ, you diss Chris by saying “he's not even a rapper.” Chris may have become famous for being an R&B singer, but Chris has been known to dabble in rap from time-to-time.
Chris, 24, recently told HotNewHipHop, “I like Rap. I love it. Music is my passion. Even on my album [X], there’s a couple songs that I rap on.”
Drake, there’s no need to diss Chris’ career, no matter how you classify the singer. I personally feel that anyone can be anything they want to be — singer, rapper, etc.
Drake: Focus On Love, Not Hate
Drake, what I do enjoy about your interview is that you talk about love. You said that Will Smith told you “love is when you become one and you need that person.” That’s so profound!
You mention that you don’t know if you’ve ever felt that way towards a person, and I think you should focus on finding that.
Rihanna’s an amazing woman, but maybe she’s not the one for you. Instead of throwing disses at Chris Brown, you should focus your attention on finding “the one.”
And not to be smart, Drake, but we probably wouldn't talk about your beef with Chris Brown if you and him didn't keep dissing each other. If you want everyone to leave it alone — and especially if you want it resolved — just stop talking smack!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Drake stop dissing Chris and Rihanna in the press?
An Ohio mother and her child were mercilessly beaten and threatened with pitbulls and snakes as they were held hostage for two years in what is being called “modern day slavery.” The innocent victims were finally freed, and four suspects have been charged in the gruesome case.
An Ohio woman, identified only as “S.E.,” that has been held captive with her child in an Ashland, Ohio, apartment have finally been freed, but that doesn’t make what they had to go through any easier to bear. Federal authorities announced June 18 that three suspects have been charged for the kidnapping.
Ohio Woman & Child Held Captive: Charges Pressed On Kidnapping Suspects
Jordie Callahan, 26, Jessica Hunt, 31, and Daniel Brown, 33, have been charged with forced labor, with Jordie also receiving a charge for witness tampering, CNN is reporting. The fourth suspect has yet to be named.
The suspects had kept S.E., who has some mental disabilities, and her child in captivity since May 2011, forcing them to do manual labor including cleaning and running to the store. Occasionally they would be forced to care for the multiple animals around the apartment, including pit bulls, pythons and a venomous snake, but most of the time the animals were used as threats to make them work harder.
The case began unraveling for authorities in October when S.E., who is believed to be around 30, was caught for attempting to steal a candy bar from a local convenience store — and asked to be taken to jail. Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli told CNN, “in the course of interviewing her, they discovered the rest of [the] facts slowly.”
Release And Relief For Mother & Child
Once the suspects began to be questioned about the case, Jordie showed authorities a cell phone video of S.E. beating her child on a, but S.E. told police she was forced to do so while the suspects videotaped so they could use it against her in case she went to authorities about the kidnapping.
Eric Smith, Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland division of the FBI’s Northern District of Ohio, announced on June 18 that Jordie, Jessica and Daniel were put into custody this morning. He said the suspects deprived S.E. and her child of the most fundamental of American rights, freedom, as they were subjected to multiple amounts of heinous crimes.
Despite their horrific treatment, Eric said S.E. and her child are “doing relatively well and have been receiving assistance from the FBI’s victim witness coordinator and other non-profit service providers” in their area.
Unsurprisingly, Kristen is not ready to date since she and Rob broke up. HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that Kristen won’t be having a rebound romance, but she is looking towards the future.
Kristen Stewart is not ready to move on from Robert Pattinson, HollywoodLife.com has exclusively learned. However, Kristen is not sitting around her home weeping; instead she is “getting out of the house” and “looking towards the future,” but she is nowhere near ready for a “rebound romance.”
Is Kristen Stewart Boyfriend Hunting?
Kristen, 23, and Robert, 27, broke up in May 2013 after years of dating on and off. And while Kristen is keeping a brave face following the split, she is not ready to move on just yet.
A source close to the Twilight actress EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com:
She was super-depressed after the split, but now she has been getting out of the house to cope with the pain — and it’s definitely helped. She’s looking toward the future. She’s mentioned dating other guys, but it’s definitely seemed to be something for the future, as she’s not a person who sleeps around or has rebounds. She’s very romantic and wants to make sure.
Kristen is definitely making the right choice. She needs some time to heal following the break up, and dating someone on the rebound would be a terrible idea.