Name: Ashley, aka "AshSims"
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Bio: Ashley Rae, new media journalist, beginning her career in television in 2007 at Comcast Television. She started freelance writing in summer of 2013 for local newspapers and is a video journalist for Lareena Larue. Ashley Rae has a B.A. in Communication/Electronic Media from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.
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Ryan Seacrest announced Caleb Johnson as American Idol Season 13 winner. Caleb was the front winner throughout the season of the live performances. Caleb came out ready to win Tuesday night. Last week Caleb rocked out his performances with a bruised vocal chord. Caleb beat out Jena Irene. The two became best friends and Caleb will be escorting Jena to prom this year.
Caleb’s album is set to release August 12, 2014 and his single “As Long As You Love Me” can be downloaded on iTunes now. Both Caleb and Jena will join other Season 13 finalist for the American Idol Tour that launches June 24. The Top 10 will perform 41 show concerts.
Josh Kaufman from Team Usher won The Voice Season 6 on Tuesday night. Josh beat out Team Blake’s Jake Worthington and Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie. Josh ended the live finale on Monday night on a high with amazing performance of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain.” Josh receives the grand prize of a recording contract.
Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson had to sing three rounds during American Idol’s Finale. They sang producer Simon Fuller’s pick in the first round. The artist picked their favorite song to perform in the second round. Both artists performed their winner song if chosen as American Idol winner in the third round.
Tonight, was The Voice finale. The Voice Top 3 performed live during the finale. Each artist sang a that America voted on, a duet with their coach, and a song of their choice. Shakira has no more artists in the competition.
Christina added her own flavor to Mile Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Christina first blew the judges away with this song during her blind audition. Shakira thinks her up register is sick.
Adam and Christina performed “Somebody I Used To Know.” This was an interesting performance. Both artists are full of talent and their styles intertwined perfectly.
Christina chose Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Christina proved why she should be the last one standing.
America chose Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” for Jake Worthington. Jake’s performance was heartfelt. All of the judges liked his performance and
Jake had another emotional performance with “Right Here Waiting For You.” Usher said it was a spotless performance. Blake said Jake is a true country artist delivers the message of the song in the most honest and sincere way.
Blake and Jake took on “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank William Jr. This was a powerful take on a country anthem.
Usher and Josh sang “Every Breath You Take” by Sting. It was a moving performance.
For the second time Josh sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Josh electrified the crowd. Josh is the only artist that left with a soulful voice. Usher said Josh is “the new voice of the voice.”
Josh chose Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” as his final song. Josh ended the show on a high leaving Usher shouting for joy.
The first person revealed to advance to the finale was Jena Irene from Farmington, MI. Then Ryan Seacrest named Caleb Johnson from Asheville, NC as the other contestant to advance sending Alex Preston home. American Idol finalists Jena and Caleb have been the front-runners throughout competition. For weeks the judges praised majority of their performances said both individually were the one to beat. Both finalist are talented rock artists.
Caleb and Jena perform live Tuesday May 20th for America’s final vote.
The Top 3 perform on American Idol during Idol’s 500th episode. Each contestant sang three songs. Randy chose first round songs, the judges chose the second round of songs, and the contestants’ hometowns chose the third round.
Randy chose “Never Tear Us Apart by Inxs” for Caleb Johnson. Caleb has a bruised vocal cord and is suffering from bronchitis. Keith said he did a really great job. Jennifer told Caleb, “you on your worst night is better the people on their best night.”
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons was the judges’ pick for Caleb. Jennifer told Caleb to rely on the emotion and the lyric to help his performance while he is sick. The judges agreed he did a great job.
Caleb’s hometown, Asheville, NC, chose “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin. Caleb saved everything he had for this performance. Jennifer rocked out the entire performance and the audience chanted his name afterwards. Jennifer said it was “a true idol moment.” Harry loved him taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Alex’s first song was Bastille’s Pompeii. Alex had Jennifer once he picked up the percussion and started playing during his performance. Harry and Keith thought there were a few shaky spots. Keith said he is at his best when he is playing an instrument.
Alex took on Rihanna’s “Stay.” All three judges loved his performance. Jennifer said he made them forget about Rihanna.
Alex’s hometown, Mount Vernon, NH, selected “Story Of My Life” by One Direction. Harry thought it was strong and another classic Alex performance. Keith thought he came down after the previous performance.
Jena first performed “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia. Harry thought the performance was strong and hit all the critical notes. Jennifer said the beginning was shaky and the performance “felt a little stiff.”
Judges chose “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato for Jena. Keith loves when she is on stage with the band. Jennifer said she did great and it felt free compared to the first performance.
Jena’s high school, North Farmington High, chose “Creep” By Radio Head. Harry thought “it was a great way to end the show.” Keith thinks her progress throughout the competition is mind blowing. Jennifer said Jena “is going to be so hard to beat.”
Team Blake’s Jake Worthington was the first to be saved followed by Josh Kaufman of Team Usher. Kristen Merlin, Christina Grimmie, and Kat Perkins were sent to the bottom three. Each had to perform to win the instant save.
Kristen Merlin from Team Shakira sang “Blown Away.” Team Adam’s Kat Perkins chose “Good Girl” as her last attempt for votes. This is Kat Perkins third week in a row in the bottom. Christina Grimmie also from Team Adam performed “Apologize.” Christina who has been a front-runner found her self in the bottom after a bad night.
Christina received the instant save joining Jake and Josh in the Top 3. Coach Shakira is now out of the competition. The Voice Finals airs Monday May 19 on NBC
The Voice Top 5 perform live during the semi-finals. Each artist had to perform two songs.
Team Shakira’s Kristen Merlin chose “Gun Powder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert. Blake said it was a different approach to the song, but he thought it was good. Shakira said she has a “recognizable voice” and that is why she would make it in the business.
Shakira choose “Foolish Game” by Jewel for Kristen. Blake said that was the most connected Kristen has been with a song and gave credit to Shakira. Usher also credited Shakira for a great song choice.
Josh Kaufman dedicated “All of Me” to his wife and kids. Adam said Josh delivered his “weekly piece of humble pie and a dose of reality” for not choosing him in the battle round. Blake thought it was powerful and beautiful. Blake also said Josh deserves to be in the finale and has no doubt he will be.
“Love Runs Out” by One Republic was Usher’s second choice for Josh. The crowd was electrified and didn’t leave the coaches much time to critique the performance due to their continuously applause. Blake said Josh is a natural born killer performer.
For the first time Kat Perkins sang a pop song, “Chandelier” by Sia. Kat gave a dramatic performance. Blake said she showed another layer of her artistically.
Kat Perkins chose “Let It Go” from Frozen for the kids she nannies for back home. Usher said it was a “classic performance.” Shakira said the song allowed her to show another side. Adam said she “never makes a mistake and always on the money.”
Adam Levine chose Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” for Christina Grimmie. Christina took a risk by using a vocoder. Usher was disconnected in the beginning until she wasn’t using the vocoder. Adam defend his decision in having Christina use the vocoder during the performance.
Christina redeemed herself with her second song was “So Much For You” by Jersey. Usher said it was amazing moment for Christina.
Jake Worthington performed Waylon Jennings’ “Good Ol’ Boys.” Usher said Jake completely sold him in that moment. Blake couldn’t be more proud with Jake’s performance and America’s need a young country artist like Jake.
Blake picked 80s classic, “Heaven,” by Bryan Adams. Shakira thought it was refreshing and nice. Usher said Jack pushed through and gave it his all while dealing with throat issues.
This week on American Idol the Top 4 of American Idol performed three songs about love. Everyone was in jeopardy with only 4 left in the competition.
Jena Irene was the first to be saved. Jena stole the night on American Idol with her version of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” Caleb Johnson joined Jena leaving Alex Preston and Jessica Meuse in the bottom two. American saved Alex. It wasn’t surprising Jessica went home after her first two songs didn’t impress the judges.
American Idol’s Top 3 will visit their hometowns next week.
The Top 4 of American Idol performed three songs representing make ups and break ups.
Caleb started off the night with “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. All three judges loved his performance. Caleb has been consistently good throughout the competition.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Travelin Brand” was Caleb’s second choice of song. Harry stated, “This isn’t really a critique because I thought it was fantastic.”
“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney was Caleb’s choice for his make up song. Caleb showed his softer side and it was a phenomenal performance. Caleb got Jennifer and Keith out of their seats to applaud him. Keith said he nailed it. Jennifer thought it was his best performance since the beginning.
Jena chose Heart Breaker by Pat Benatar as her heart break song. Keith didn’t think she was a fully committed to ther performance. Jennifer disagreed and thought it was a great performance. Harry agreed with Keith and thought there was a disconnect between the song and her movement.
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga was Jena’s second song to perform. Jena chose to change the arrangement of the song. Keith really liked how she changed the melody of the chorus. Jennifer thinks she gives Caleb a run for his money, but didn’t like the change.
Jena wowed fans with a beautiful version of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” She also had Keith and Jennifer up at the end. Jennifer then came around and gave Jena a kiss. Jena’s performance gave Jenniferthe chills. Jennifer said it is the king’s song and she “reinvented it.” Harry thought it was “absolutely incredible.” Keith stated Jena is a “musical platypus” because she is so unique.
Jessica heart break song was Kelly Clarkston’s “Since You Been Gone.” Jennifer thought she had the right attitude, but didn’t think it was the right song for her. Harry said it wasn’t her best performance.
Jessica’s second song was So What” by Pink. The performance lacked the intensity Pink brings. All three judges agreed that the song wasn’t right for her.
Jessica chose “You and I” by Lady Gaga as her make up song. This performance was better than the first two. Keith thought it was the perfect song for her. Harry thought she “came out swinging with the perfect song.”
Alex Preston performed “Too Close” by Alex Clare. Harry liked the performance. Jennifer’s only concern is how he is going to be able to top Jena and Caleb. She thought it was good, but advises him to create more moments during his performances.
Alex dedicated Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” to his girlfriend. Jennifer said it stayed linear again. Harry thought there wasn’t anything different from the original and was looking for him to put the Alex spin on it.
Alex Closed the night with a great performance of “Yellow” by Coldplay.” Harry said Alex needed that performance. Keith described how Alex had “poetic vulnerability.”