Cassadee Pope’s Vision for Album: Edgy, Mature With a Lil’ Blake Shelton– “If you were to take Taylor Swift, make it edgier with a just a little hint of country and make the lyrics a little more mature, that would be the direction I’d like to take,” Pope told Billboard. She said she has already asked her coach on the show, Blake Shelton, to be a part of her album, to which he said “I would pay her to be on her record. I wish I could scientifically describe what it is about her, but I can’t explain it – she’s just one of those people destined to be a star.” – Read more at Billboard
‘The Voice’ Winner Cassadee Pope: ‘A Part of Me Didn’t Want to Do This Show’ – Not surprisingly, Pope has no regrets now. “Doing the show was, I think, the best career decision I’ve ever made,” she says. “It got people to really take a second to listen. It’s not going to be Hey Monday; it’s going to be something entirely different.” That’s not to say Pope didn’t have second thoughts throughout the season. The singer admits she was taken aback when many on the Internet protested that her previous music-industry experience put her at an unfair advantage in the competition. “When I came into [the show], I got a lot of that and it was discouraging,” she says. “But I had to just prove myself and try to prove people wrong. I thought it was kind of crazy to think that someone like me – who’s been working towards this my whole life, since I was four years old, and then toured in bands and did all that, and really has been working hard – doesn’t deserve it as much as someone else next to me who’s never done it before. I feel like if you have the heart and the passion for it, you deserve it.” – Read more at Rolling Stone
Exclusive Video! Backstage At ‘The Voice’ Season 3 Finale – Notable takeaways from Reality Rocks’ finale night interviews…–Cassadee hopes to get a single out by next month (fantastic idea)–Terry has awesome musical tastes beyond classic rock (Tame Impala! Wye Oak!) and really wants Kellogg’s to make a special box of Totes Amazeballs cereal for him–Nicholas really knows how to accessorize–Blake doesn’t mind uttering the words “blood in my stool” in a public interview (yikes)–Adam has some damn funny advice for new “Voice” judges Usher and Shakira–And Peter, who performed “Baby, I Love Your Way” with Terry on Tuesday’s finale, has mixed feelings about the very different version that Emblem3 performed on rival show “The X Factor” last week. – See the Videos at Yahoo Music
Cassadee Pope Interview- Winner – We talked to ‘The Voice’ Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope right after her big win! She tells ClevverMusic what it’s like being the first female winner of ‘The Voice’ and what kind of music she will make going forward. Check out the full interview!
‘The Voice’s’ Blake Shelton on Cassadee Pope: She’s ‘Destined to Be a Star’ – Shelton says it was when Pope performed his wife Miranda Lambert’s song “Over You” that things started to change for her on the show. “We both went, ‘What do you think it was about that? Why did you think that happened?’” Shelton says. “We all figured out that Cassadee has a gift of telling the story and making people feel what you’re thinking and what you’re talking about. You can’t teach somebody that.” “She’s magic. She’s just a special artist that god gave a little extra to,” says Shelton of his contestant. “I wish I could sit here and scientifically explain to y’all what it is about her, but the truth is none of us can explain it. She’s just one of those special people that is destined to be a star.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Terry McDermott Interview– ‘The Voice’ – We talked to ‘The Voice’ Season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott right after the finale show. Terry tells us what is next for his solo career and his plans to work with his coach Blake Shelton!
Emblem3 Part 3: Acoustic Jam Session! – Now that the boys of Emblem3 have been fed and had a chance to relax, time to kick back at the Young Hollywood Studio with some trusty instruments and have a little jam sesh! The “X Factor” finalists give us an exclusive acoustic performance of their original tunes “Grind On” and “Sunset Blvd”! Hosted by Tracy Behr (@tracybehr).
The X Factor: The Inside Story on Season 2?s Wildest Production Numbers – As Creative Director for The X Factor, Brian Friedman has to keep a lot of people happy: the show’s quartet of mentors, their various contestants and a demanding viewing audience. The key to his success, he says, is picking his battles. “I feel like I’m editing myself every 30 minutes of the day. But you have to know whether an element of a performance is really important to the overall vision,” he says. “And if I know an act especially wants something, then I will do a little extra fighting.” – See the Photos at TV Line
Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, LA Reid & Simon Cowell Talk Finalist – X Factor judges Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, LA Reid & Simon Cowell talk about how talented the finalists are, Carly Rose Sonenclar shares her celebrity crush, & Simon talks about Demi performing a duet with Fifth Harmony.
Simon Cowell Gives “X Factor” Deets – Simon gets super-candid about One Direction, L.A. Reid’s departure, the mysterious Britney Spears, and if his fave judge Demi Lovato will stay on the show!
Simon Cowell Confirms He’s Dating Carmen Electra! – Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra are an item! The British music mogul confirmed the news to Ryan Seacrest Wednesday, saying he and the I Like It Loud singer are “people who date. “She’s adorable, isn’t she?” the wry personality joked. – Read more at Radar Online
‘X Factor’ Sees Significant Social Media Strides – With the X Factor finale mere hours away, it’s an appropriate time for reflection on a second season that, at first, struggled to find its footing. According to data released by Fox and citing Bluefin Labs, X Factor is the most social broadcast show and has quadrupled its social TV activity with its second season. What kind of numbers are we talking about? Some 522,000 social media comments per episode; In 2011, the show was averaging 132,000. (Fox scored top three status for Glee and American Idol as well, the latter of which logged 1 million comments during a single season 11 episode). Other impressive X Factor factoids: the Dec. 5 performance episode spurred 112 trending topics and its social comments generated an estimated 858 million impressions, according to Bluefin. What were people talking about? Finalist CeCe Frey, for one. Her Twitter handle was mentioned over 89,000 times and her name another 73,000. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter