Headlines: The Voice Hopes to Find a Star

Tonight, it’s another two hours of Dancing with The Stars on ABC and The Voice on NBC 8/7c PM. As always, we’ll be live blogging both!

Carrie Underwood Announces She’ll Play C2C Festival in March

On Heels of Emmy Win, ‘The Voice’ ‘Is a Really Happy Place to Be,’ Says Executive Producer – How about the track record of Voice alumni. How is it looking for this season? It’s something that is often talked about in terms of the show — like we haven’t produced a star yet at the level of some of the other artists that have come from other shows. It’s certainly something that we want to do. I believe we will do it. I think we’re all learning there are a lot of factors that go into launching a star, and it’s not just a TV show. It takes more than that. But I will say I know, beyond Jacquie Lee and some of the other people that have been on the show and Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, there are people from the past two seasons that I’ve been hearing their music that they’ve been working on and they’ve been signed to the labels. I was recently in the studio with Pharrell and Sawyer Fredericks from last season and there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming. So I’m very excited to see what unfolds in the next few months on that front. Producers pay lip service to the notion of The Voice launching a star. They know it doesn’t matter. Launching stars isn’t what the show is about. – Read more at Billboard

David Cook on the End of ‘American Idol,’ New Album: ‘It Has Reignited My Love for Music’ – Finally, how do you feel about American Idol coming to an end in 2016? It’s obviously sad. It’s a bummer to see a platform like that go away. But it might be time to step away for a while, reassess and allow people to miss it. Hopefully it could come back and be a platform again. What it’s done for me and countless others, I don’t think that can be quantified. The industry has shifted from when I first got into it seven years ago, to where it’s easier now to get people to listen, but it’s harder to get people to pay attention. Idol was a way to get people to pay attention and give people a voice who may not have had the opportunity before. What it did for people like me is impressive, and that’s such an understatement. I have a career doing something I love because of that show and that is not a small thing. – read more at Billboard

Country singer Underwood says her songs are for ‘real people’ – “I definitely get that country music has most of its culture in the (United) States and in the southern part of the States. But we sing about real people and real stories and people that work hard, and I feel like that’s universal,” Underwood told Reuters on Monday night at London’s Roundhouse music venue. “So country music has evolved a lot over the decades and I feel like there’s a lot of artists like myself that are just working hard to break stereotypes and just bring good music to everybody,” Underwood said before stepping on stage to perform for the live-streamed Apple Music Festival. – Read more at Reuters

‘American Idol’ bits: Danny Gokey interview – “I really enjoyed being in the country music realm,” said Gokey in a phone interview today. “I’m not sure they enjoyed me.” He said that with a chuckle, adding, “I may have had too much faith. I wanted to share my faith everywhere I went.” (Indeed, he was probably not obsessed enough with bro-country topics like beer, fishin’ by the creek and hanging in a flat-bed truck with his lady friend in short shorts by his side.) – Read more at AJC

So You Think You Can Dance Winner Gaby Diaz Talks Miami, JLo, and More – “Honestly, I was confused at first because I wasn’t sure if Cat was saying that I was the runnerup or that I was the winner,” the Cuban-American says over the phone from her hometown. Naturally, her initial reaction was shock and then genuine happiness. Before the show aired, Diaz confesses, she had mentally prepared herself to take fourth runnerup. “I kind of put myself in fourth place just in case, I mean you never know. You can have an incredible week one week, but you never know what America is voting for or how you’ll be perceived. – Read more at Miami New Times

Burning Questions with Bruno: Hometown Week – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Wow, what a difference one week makes with this group of celebrities! BRUNO TONIOLI: It was surprising! Some people got better. Some people got worse. This week is tough because they have two consecutive nights with two dances, so obviously it’s challenging. I thought some people did better than I expected. Like Gary Busey for example! I thought it was going to be complete chaos, but it actually looked like a Foxtrot! You can never tell what’s going to happen on the show. That’s what makes it good. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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