Chemistry is a fragile thing at the judges' table of any talent competition series -- just ask the producers of 'American Idol,' where ratings have been in decline for years -- so it seems likely that there was some nervousness behind the scenes of 'The Voice,' when Usher and Shakira plunked down in the big red chairs recently vacated by Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera.
The annual White House Correspondents Dinner offers an opportunity for comedy's best and brightest to roast our nation's most powerful politicians with their targets in the room -- and gives those same political leaders a chance to demonstrate their own sense of humor. On Saturday (April 27), Conan O'Brien got most of the laughs as the 2013 dinner's emcee, but President Obama got in a few solid quips of his own.
We hear a lot about how American schools continually need to battle for resources on behalf of their students, and few people would argue that we could do a better job of meeting those needs. That's where the Real Change Project comes in -- and with the help of an assortment of stars that includes Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, and Jason Mraz, they're helping make a difference.
Thanks to Auto-Tune, it's just about impossible to hear anyone singing anymore without wondering if they're actually as talented as they sound.
Ariana Grande has received some flattering vocal comparisons to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey lately, and while it's still too soon to say she deserves them, we can't fault her willingness to prove her pipes are real.