Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson Both Deserve to Win The Voice

The Season 12 semifinals for The Voice are the epitome of bittersweet, for while we get to see an amazing Top 8 duke it out for a spot in the finale, there’s the underlying knowledge that four artists will soon be going home. Let’s just hope that Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue are not among them, because if tonight’s duet is any indication, they’re both worthy of winning the whole shebang!

Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue duet video

Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue duet video

Ferguson and Blue were given a huge challenge for tonight’s episode: perform a duet to one of Alicia Keys’ best songs, in front of Alicia Keys. Talk about nerve-wracking! They certainly felt the pressure, but Keys was fully confident that they could rock the song just as well as she always does.

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The song of the evening was If I Ain’t Got You, and we’re pleased to say that it exceeded our expectations, which were high to begin. The powerful duo brought the judges to their feet and received plenty of well-deserved praise to boot.

Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You

Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You

The praise was by no means limited to the judges. Several fans came out of the woodwork on Twitter, sharing their excitement over the remarkable duet, and reminding their followers to vote:

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Chris Vanessa tweet The Voice

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Chris Vanessa tweet 2 The Voice

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Chris Vanessa tweet 3 The Voice

Blue has been referred to as the show’s frontrunner for a long, long time, but based on tonight’s performance, Ferguson has a shot as well. Either way, Alicia Keys has a clear path to victory, which would be super cool – we’re good and ready for another female coach to win The Voice!

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As you may recall, Ferguson earned her spot in the semifinals with an Instant Save performance. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s doomed, but…it doesn’t look good. Contestants rarely last long after they’ve landed in the danger zone, so Ferguson will need all the votes she can get tonight. In other words: if you want Ferguson to continue on alongside Blue, you need to vote!

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Do you think Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson deserve to make the finals for The Voice? Comment and share your opinion below.


Drake Sympathizes With Woman Who Broke Into His Home

It’s been a month of ups and down for Drake. First, he was facing some crazy baby mama drama with Instagram model Layla Lace (that turned out to be a complete hoax). Now, his $7.7 million home has been broken into, but that’s just the life of a celebrity, right?

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The 24-year-old woman broke in on April 3 and was charged with felony burglary, but now Drake is reportedly telling the police to drop all the charges against her.

According to The Daily Mail, Drake’s lawyer contacted the Los Angeles County District Attorney to “make it clear he will not cooperate in any prosecution” of the woman, because Drake thinks she has “mental issues,” and “thinks it would be cruel to make her a felon” for the break-in.

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To be fair, she may have broken into his house, but she didn’t really do anything malicious. Reports say she helped herself to some Pepsi, Sprite and Fiji water from the fridge, then put on one of Drake’s hoodies and went to bed in one of the house’s six bedrooms. A member of Drake’s entourage found her later. Even though she insisted she had permission to be in the house, he called police. It still hasn’t been publicly revealed how she got onto the gated property, which Drake calls the YOLO Estate (of course he does), but hopefully we find that answer out real soon.

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Time for a real question though: If you’re going to break into a house with an 80-foot water slide and a giant movie theater, why would you just drink some sodas and then go to bed? You had the chance to be a legend, and you squandered it. SMH.

Gwen Stefani Just Suffered The Voice’s Most Awkward Moment

The Voice has been more restrained with the Gwen-Blake romance than we initially anticipated (minus that lap sitting moment during the season premiere) but that all ended tonight, when Stefani’s mouth got her in trouble. It was one of the most awkward moments of the season, and not in a good way.

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The trouble began when Team Alicia’s Chris Blue went up against R.J.Collins with a powerful rendition of Miguel’s “Adorn.” Both artists were amazing, of course, but Stefani evidently was less impressed by their vocal chops, and more interested in their appearance.

After complimenting Blue’s ability to become completely absorbed by his music, Stefani admitted, “I don’t even know if I was listening to your voice because I was so mesmerized by your body.”

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Adam Levine was the first person to object to this ill-timed statement. He stuttered, “Hey, whoa whoa.” Shelton quickly chimed in with, “Hey! What the?”

Stefani tried her best to explain her awkward declaration, but as Levine correctly observed, “It’s hard to talk your way out of that one.”

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To be fair, Stefani’s statement would have been weird even if she was still single. The proximity of her boyfriend made it that much worse, however, as did revelations about Blue’s fiance, who was sadly rediagnosed with cancer.

As if the statement about Blue’s body wasn’t bad enough, Stefani then turned her charms on his competitor, exclaiming, “R.J., I did not know you were 18 years old. I mean, you look like a man, ya know?”

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Despite initially voicing his objections, Shelton took Stefani’s flirtation in stride. He did admit, however, his preference for Blue, purely because he didn’t want his girlfriend to snag him for her own team.

Adorn video The Voice

Adorn video The Voice

Blue is an attractive man, but Stefani’s attention is definitely misplaced. His vocals were nothing short of magnificent this evening, and we’re so glad he gets to move on in the competition. Whether Alicia Keys selected the battle’s winner based on looks or vocal skills, she made the right choice.

What did you think of Gwen Stefani’s faux pas on The Voice? How about Blake Shelton’s response? Comment and share your opinion below.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s wedding day is going to cost an absolute fortune

Only a month after their engagement in Dec. 2015 – which took place on stage at the SWAY: A Dance Trilogy event in Miami – Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd immediately started planning for the future.

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And their future includes a “massive” wedding. In fact, the couple plans to splurge and will be dropping an insane amount of cash.

“I want it to be a million-dollar wedding! She wants a princess thing with the horse and carriage, and I want to give that to her,” Chmerkovskiy told In Touch Weekly in January 2016.

“I love doing this type of thing,” Murgatroyd revealed. “It’s going to be massive, probably 500 people, somewhere in New York. Our families will fly over for it.”

Now, more than a year later, Chmerkovskiy has revealed the romantic New York location where the wedding is actually taking place.

“We have an amazing, amazing space on Long Island, Oheka [Castle],” he told ABC News, adding that he had dreamed for years of getting married there. “I remember when I was passing by this castle when I first immigrated, and [I said,] ‘That’s where I want to have my wedding,’ and I just said it so [casually] and now it’s happening. We went there. It’s perfect. We’re going to have it for two days. They’re closing the whole hotel. It’s going to be unbelievable.”

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As for the rest of the wedding plans? Chmerkovskiy is leaving them mostly up to his lady.

“I hate to admit, but I’ve just removed myself from it,” he said. “I had to do my part of the list, which I never thought was that difficult, but it’s kind of ridiculous.”

He added, “Some things are a little too much but we just dreamt up this opportunity for ourselves and we’re trying to make it happen the way we want it to. I want her to have the wedding of her dreams.”

But can we expect to see any famous faces at their nuptials? What about other Dancing With the Star pros?

“Sharna Burgess will definitely be in the bridal party, and I would love to have [my 2012 DWTS partner and season winner] Donald Driver and his family there, and Gilles Marini and Tommy Chong,” Murgatroyd gushed.

It already sounds like an affair not to be missed, plus Murgatroyd will undoubtedly look gorgeous.

“I just want it to be a really classic wedding dress that would never go out of style,” Murgatroyd told the publication of what she intends to wear. “I love Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier.”

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But it’s not just a massive (and super expensive) wedding that the couple foresees in their future, as Chmerkovskiy revealed he “can’t wait” to start a family.

“I would definitely love kids – two or more,” Murgatroyd gushed. “Maks will be such a warm and loving father. I can’t think of anybody better to have children with. He’s not the grizzly bear that everybody thinks he is!”

What are your thoughts on Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s extravagant wedding plans? Let us know in the comments below.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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Originally published January 2016. Updated March 2017.


A 30-Day Money Challenge to Save You Loads of Cash

If building up your savings account feels just about as likely as finding the cure to cancer, then it’s time to reevaluate your finances. While saving money isn’t always easy, it’s not as complicated as you might think. What it requires is a keen awareness of personal priorities and a game plan to help you reach your goals.

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This 30-day money challenge provides simple, daily steps you can take to analyze your current financial state while tapering the outward flow of money from your accounts. Best of all? You don’t have to (completely) cut back on little indulgences like your daily morning coffee. Rather, the goal is to help you re-prioritize your expenses and plan ahead when making purchases, making it easier to save money without completely disrupting your life.

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Before you kick off the 30-day program, familiarize yourself with each of the challenges. Some require more planning and forethought, while others require extra time. Track your savings using a spreadsheet or notebook so at the end of the month you can accurately assess your results. Good luck, and happy savings!

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HGTV’s Getting Real Extra With Five – Five – Flip or Flop Spinoffs

Christina and Tarek El Moussa must have really caused a shit storm for HGTV when they split up. Their show, Flip or Flop, is massively popular, but a big part of it working out is the fact that the El Moussas are a happy family who all work together. So much for that fairy tale.

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And so there have been a lot of rumors flying around about the future of the show. Some have said that HGTV is forcing the El Moussas to stay married or risk being sued for breach of contract. Others have said things are getting progressively more hostile on the set and that the El Moussas spend filming time verbally abusing each other. Fans have wondered about the future of the show now that its co-hosts have announced their divorce to the world and all the magic is gone. They’re filming Season 7 right now, but there’s been no word about future seasons after that.

HGTV just came up with a solution: Flip or Flop is getting spinoffs in five different cities. Apparently, HGTV isn’t taking any chances and making sure it has plenty of backup couples in the event of another El Moussa-level divorce scandal.

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Obviously, HGTV isn’t admitting that, and execs at the network insist they had already planned all the spinoffs before the El Moussas ruined their perfect-couple image and pretty much signed a death warrant for their show.

“We’ve been building this franchise for over a year and a half,” a network insider told Us Weekly. “We’re thrilled to bring new chapters, new stories and new talent to complement a series that’s been a big success.”

The spinoffs will take place in Las Vegas, Texas, Atlanta, Chicago and Nashville. Vegas will be the first to premiere on April 6. The show will feature local house-flipping couple Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, who in stark contrast to the El Moussas, insist they never fight about anything.

“We don’t have disagreements,” Aubrey said. “In our relationship, it’s pretty happy!”

Yeah, because that’s believable and not pointed at all.

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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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SVU Latest Episode Could Very Well Save Victims IRL

If we’re being really honest here, Law & Order: SVU is nearly always painful to watch. Not because the show isn’t good, of course – it’s fantastic – but, rather, because the subject matter can truly be gut-wrenching. This week’s episode, a domestic abuse case with a twist, proved to be particularly hard to wrap your head around.

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Perhaps it resonated with me in such a powerful way because the state I live in, South Carolina, ranks terribly where domestic violence is concerned: a woman is killed by a man in this state at a rate of one every 12 days. As recently as last year, the murder rate for women here was more than twice the national average.

Domestic abuse is a serious problem, and yet there are only 16 domestic violence shelters in the state – meaning hundreds of at-risk women and children are turned away because of lack of room and resources.

Nationwide, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That’s more than 10 million women and men each year.

What does all of this have to do with this week’s episode of SVU? A lot.

The episode centers around an elite youth hockey league, shortly after a boy on the team named Jack misses a game-winning goal. After the game, he collapses walking to his car, where his mother discovers evidence that he has been sexually assaulted.

At first Jack acts as though he doesn’t remember what happened, so the detectives go to talk to the coach. He admits there are two boys on the team nicknamed the “Bash Brothers” who can get pretty rowdy.

When they are questioned, one of the boys cracks under the pressure and admits that they only held Jack down – it was another teammate named Kyle who sodomized Jack with a hockey stick.

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Horrible, I know. This is where the part of me that is a mother of two children feels like someone just sucker punched me. How can we possibly protect our kids from all the evil in the world, especially when that evil is hiding in plain sight as friends and peers?

But, as it is wont to do, the plot thickens.

Upon speaking to Kyle and his family, it becomes abundantly clear that Kyle has been physically abused for a prolonged period of time by his father. Unfortunately, Kyle’s mother is doubling down on her “he’s a good man who loves his family” defense, so there’s little the detectives can do at this point.

When they go back to the hospital to speak with Jack, they learn he died from an infection shortly before their arrival. They then get a call that Kyle’s father just beat the hell out of Kyle’s older brother, Adam.

But Adam recorded the entire thing on his phone, giving the detectives the ammunition they need to bring the dad in. However, they still need Kyle to get his father to admit that he told Kyle to assault Jack. After Carisi opens up about a bully he didn’t confront in school who later killed someone, Kyle agrees.

When Kyle’s dad meets him at the rink, Kyle manages to get him to openly admit what he had encouraged his son to do. With that, the SVU team comes in and carts the monster off.

Like so many episodes in the SVU canon, this one is incredibly important because it calls attention to an issue that no one likes to talk about: domestic abuse.

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It makes people uncomfortable. They tend to look the other way or, like Jack’s father fesses up to, feel like it’s none of their business. And while most people are already made uncomfortable by this epidemic thinking of it as an issue between men and women, the tragic reality is that children often suffer from the trickle-down or directly from domestic abuse themselves.

Did you know that men who, as children, witness their parents’ domestic violence are twice as likely to grow up to be abusers too?

Or that girls who suffer physical abuse at home are much more than twice as likely to become future victims of domestic abuse themselves?

It’s a problem we should be talking about and raising awareness about (not to mention violence and sexually-charged hazing among boys and young men). If someone has spoken up about Kyle’s dad prior to the incident in this episode, little Jack might still be alive.

And that’s just a fictionalized TV narrative. It isn’t too much of a stretch to think that there are a lot of real-life Jacks living in very real danger right now, just waiting for someone to be a voice for them.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below!

Mariska Hargitay through the years
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