Jeopardy Contestant Slams Host Alex Trebek


(PCM) During Wednesday night’s episode of Jeopardy, a contestant took a pretty nasty dig at host Alex Trebek by accusing him of wearing a suit made by sweatshop laborers.

The sarcastic comment made by contestant Tom Kavanaugh when Trebek was asking him what he planned to do with his winnings. He claimed he wanted to use the money to fund a documentary about sweatshop labor.

Kavanaugh said ” I toured a garment factory in Bangladesh about 10 years ago and thought ‘What if the shirt I am wearing was made by these people?’ so it’s a plan to try to put a face on the people that make our clothing.”

There is nothing wrong with that statement, however he then cuts directly into Trebek by saying “Maybe you can find out the names of the 8-year olds who made your fancy suit there, Alex?”

Ouch!  Trebek appeared to be a bit taken back by the comment, but handled himself professionally and moved right ahead with the show.

The in-studio audience booed Kavanaugh who then sarcastically commented “Was that a low blow?”  Yes, Mr. Kavanaugh it really kind of was!

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Pharrell Williams Replacing CeeLo Green on “The Voice”

williams__140331191240-275x275(PCM) Pharrell Williams is on fire right now; his single with Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” was one of the biggest hits of 2013, he won an Academy Award for his song “Happy” in Despicable Me, and he recently released his critically acclaimed album Girl.

The producer/musician isn’t showing any signs of slowing; Pharrell will be replacing CeeLo Green as a judge on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice” next season. CeeLo announced his departure from the show back in February saying:

“I’m officially announcing today that I won’t be returning as a coach on The Voice cycle 7 in the Fall. There are numerous reasons that led to this decision, which has been amicably reached with NBC, but I’m excited to be developing several other ideas with the network and my association with NBC remains strong. The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there. I will always be there in spirit.

“Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night… expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. And The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!”

Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment said of Pharrell Williams’ entrance to the show: “It’s been a huge year for Pharrell, with recognition for his contribution in the world of music — the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise soundtracks, his Oscar-nominated song Happy and his Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the breakout dance hit Get Lucky, his dominance in record sales in 2014, coupled with his incomparable accomplishments in the world of fashion and design, make him an irresistible addition to The Voice family.”


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The Voice Names Chris Martin As Key Adviser For The Battles: Round Two

Chris-Martin1(NBC) NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series “The Voice” has confirmed Coldplay frontman Chris Martin as the key adviser for the current season. As part of a new format change, Martin will serve as a mentor for the artists on each of the four teams, a “Voice” first.

Coldplay, which formed in 1997, has sold more than 60 million copies of their five No. 1 albums. Coldplay’s sixth studio album, “Ghost Stories,” is set for a May 19 global release.

The newly created The Battles: Round Two will begin Monday, March 31 and pit the remaining artists from each team—all previous winners and stolen artists—against one another to perform an agreed-upon song. Both artists will sing for their coach’s approval in hopes of moving forward to the Playoff Rounds.

Martin advised each of the The Battles: Round Two performers on vocal techniques, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their persona and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the Playoff Rounds. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in this round.

The Live shows begin Monday, April 21. The top 12 artists will compete each week and the at-home audience will vote to save their favorite artists. In addition, during each Live results show, the three artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the “Instant Save.” These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. Then, America will have the opportunity to save their favorite performer by tweeting out #VoiceSave along with the artist’s name. The two singers with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week until one winner is announced as “The Voice” on May 20th.

Keep up-to-date with “The Voice”:
Twitter: @TheVoice and  #TheVoice

Photo credit: Trae Patton, NBC

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