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Paris Jackson stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her part in the TV Show Star.

22 March, 2017 0 comment
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USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties, is providing expanded access to 2017’s WRESTLEMANIA, WWE’s biggest event of the year. On Sunday, April 2 at 6/5c, USA will feature a live, one-hour broadcast of the second hour of the official WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF SHOW. Additionally, fans can tune in to the WWE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY special following MONDAY NIGHT RAW on Monday, April 3 at 11/10c.


The WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF SHOW will include predictions and commentary for the night’s action by hosts Renee Young and WWE Hall of Famers Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Shawn Michaels.


The one-hour 2017 WWE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY special features WWE Legends including Kurt Angle, Diamond Dallas Page, Teddy Long, Beth Phoenix, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Rick Rude, all of whom will be immortalized for their accomplishments and contributions to WWE in this year’s Hall of Fame class.


WRESTLEMANIA 33 takes place live from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL on Sunday, April 2 at 7/6c on WWE Network.

21 March, 2017 0 comment
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NBC’s The Voice is well under way. We just wrapped with the blind auditions and there is a ton of talent on all teams. has created top 7 blind auditions.

#7 – Jozy Bernadette “American Woman”

Jozy showcased an incredible voice and a super sexy delivery to her performance on Monday. You can tell that Jozy enjoys performing but also pays attention to the details of an over all look. Gwen was the perfect choice for her. Gwen is the queen of being fashionable, sexy and an incredible front woman.

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17 March, 2017 0 comment
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WWE Announced earlier today that Kurt Angle will be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame by John Cena. John Cena and Kurt Angle have had memoerable moments in the ring. Check out John Cena’s debut against Kurt Angle.

John Cena will have the honor of inducting Kurt Angle – his very first opponent in WWE – into the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2017 Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 31, airing live on WWE Network.

Cena was a long way from becoming a 16-time World Champion on June 27, 2002 when he accepted the Olympic Gold Medalist’s open challenge, believing he had the “ruthless aggression” to defeat Angle before striking him. Though he did not earn the victory, Cena established himself as a force to be reckoned with in WWE.

Angle and Cena would remain rivals throughout the latter’s rise to Superstardom, even battling over the WWE Championship in 2005. Now, Cena will present Angle to the WWE Universe for the first time in more than a decade – and officially as a WWE Hall of Famer.

What will Cena have to say when he inducts one of his greatest rivals into sports-entertainment history? Find out during the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on the award-winning WWE Network!

16 March, 2017 0 comment
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Late Sunday afternoon, Howie Mandell announced that Tyra Banks was replacing Nick Cannon on America’s Got Talent. This move brings some life to Tyra Banks career and also extends Tyra’s role on NBC.


Banks was an advisor on The Celebrity Apprentice to former host Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Banks is not new to hosting. She hosted America’s Next Top Model for over 20 season as well as her own day time talk show Tyra.

Congrats to Tyra Banks on her new gig!

13 March, 2017 0 comment
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Week 2 of the Blind Auditions continued tonight with some fresh new performances. The competition is getting hotter, and the coaches are getting more competitive as they fight to get the best of the best on their teams.

Malik Davage“Sure Thing”

One of my favorite songs ever honestly, and already I can tell that Malik is going to give this song a whole new meaning to me. Adam is the first to push his button, and Malik continues to give such a flawless performance. As Malik is introducing himself, he gets emotional and it is the cutest thing ever, and even I start to get emotional. Gwen and Adam both give him big hugs and he shares that he’s so honored to be able to sing for them and be able to do what’s best for his daughter. TEARS SO MANY TEARS. I’m glad that Malik is joining Team Adam!

Josh Hoyer“Oh Girl”

Josh has an amazing voice and clearly has the crowd’s attention. It takes awhile for any coach to push their buttons, but Blake and Gwen are the only two to push their buttons, which means that these two are really about to battle it out. Gwen points out that she doesn’t have anyone like Josh on her team, and Blake points out that there’s no one like him on the show. Josh decides to join… Team Blake!

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10 March, 2017 0 comment
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Only Fools and Horses was voted Britain’s favourite sitcom in a BBC poll in 2004. With 54 episodes over an initial period of 10 years from 1981, and 10 further special episodes being made right up until 2003, the show’s longevity speaks for itself, and it’s cultural impact is still felt by anyone who saw more than a handful of episodes. Three wheeled Robin Reliant vans immediately invoke memories, and although now perhaps on the wane, the words “cushty” and “lovely jubbly” are likely to raise a smile from many.

My intention is to watch every episode and to chart where the series goes, looking at running story arcs, continuity, styles of humor, character development and anything else that stands out. I’ll be borrowing liberally from the terminology of the TV Tropes wiki to try and keep some sort of structure to my analysis.

Familiarity can however breed contempt, or at least in the case of OF&H, somewhat tarnish a legacy. Growing up with it as part of the television schedule, I remember a relatively grounded sitcom, rooted in at least some form of recognizable reality, but frequently memories of the show are boiled down to slapstick moments, catchphrase comedy and memories of diminishing returns, particularly in the case of the final trilogy of episodes, and I’m interested to see where on the scale of “One of the greatest British shows of all time” to “Parody of itself” the majority of the show lies.

Episode 1: Big Brother 

Original airdate 8th September 1981
9.2 million viewers
Running time: 30 Minutes
First appearance of David Jason as Derek Trotter, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter, Lennard Pearce as Grandad and Roger Lloyd-Pack as Trigger

Well that’s a surprise. As I hit play, I’d completely forgotten the first episode had a different theme tune from the well known tune sung by creator Sullivan. It’s this number by Ronnie Hazlehurst instead…

I can already tell that these reviews are going to leap wildly between retrospect and trying to assess as if I’m watching for the first time, so immediately some retrospect; I think the switch to the theme tune they used later is an excellent move. This one is fine, and I can see it fitting Del’s character to a certain extent, but it feels very, VERY generic. OF&H I think worked as a package, and something as iconic as the opening theme being different doesn’t quite have the same ability to make me sit up and take notice, or maybe it’s just because it’s different. Anyhow, onward!

Great establishing shots early, showing the mishmash and clutter of the Trotter’s flat. The idea of this was that anything and everything was for sale with Del, and so the furnishings of the flat constantly changed, except that is for one thing early on. Grandad’s corner of the room. Doing all they can to make the old man happy, he has two televisons, one colour, one black and white (not uncommon, I had a black and white portable in my room right into the 90s) on at the same time, on the same channel.

And like with the opening theme, I’d forgotten how quickly we get into a classic moment.

“That Sidney Potter’s a good actor in’ne Rodney? He was marvelous in guess who’s coming to dinner”
“Yeah, knockout Grandad [beat] Sidney Potter?”
“Yeah, you know ‘im, always plays the black fella”
“Sidney Poitier”
“It’s Potter”
“It’s Poitier!”
“It’s Potter!”
“It’s bloody Poitier I’m tellin’ ya!”

Of course, enter Del and he breaks up the fight by letting Grandad know he’s in fact watching Harry Bellafonte. It’s a scene already that’s given us an entertaining insight into two main characters.

Del is presented as cocky immediately, his sharp dress immediately standing out against the bland colours elsewhere, saying he gets better looking every day. Then we get into a few minutes of screentime that makes my head spin with the volume of notes I have to take for the purpose of this article.

Rodney informs Del he’s started keeping accounts for their business, which leads Del to creatively insult him (“dozy little twonk”), and then we get a description of their business practices. They don’t do accounts and paperwork, because the paper trail would lead to the taxman and that leads to them going to prison. It’s stated very clearly they don’t pay tax or claim a penny back. Rodney says he understands that but wants to keep tabs on Del, feeling sure that he’s being cheated by his older brother somehow. Del immediately invokes their late Mother. It won’t be the last time he does this. Then we get a barrage of useful continuity keeping information…

  • We find out Del was a Mod in his teens.
  • He was 13 when Rodney was born.
  • Their Mum was 39 when Rodney was conceived.
  • Rodney is 23.
  • That means Del is 36 (I’m only 4 years younger then DEL TROTTER. This is worse than the time I was older than Monica in an episode of friends)
  • Assuming the show is set in 1981, it means Rodney was born in 1958 and Del in 1945.

I’ve a feeling I’ll be referring back to that a fair bit! The scene concludes by Rodney stating he wants a career.

Well that was a pretty masterful scene for a pilot episode. None of it felt tacked on or unnatural, there wasn’t too much exposition which is frequently a problem in new shows, we got a LOT of information about the interaction of the central characters, their personalities and their relationships without it feeling like they were just launching information at us. Really this should be the blueprint for new any new character driven show.

Next we see the Nag’s Head pub for the first time and meet Joyce, who I don’t remember around, but her name is mentioned a few times, so she might be recurring in the first series at least. The 3 wheeled van gets a first mention also. There’s some interesting dialogue here. Del asks for a “Low Carbohydrate Beer” which was not a phrase I expected to hear used in 1981, even in a comedic setting and while discussing Joyce’s looks with Rodney, describes her as as an “old dog” but manages to somehow turn this into a backhanded compliment. Referring to women like that was more common in comedy in this period, and it’s certainly less unpleasant than the rampant sexism in On the Buses for example, but it jars a little to hear it now. One thing that’s very noticeable to me here is that Del’s mannerisms (thumbs in his braces/lapels etc) aren’t nearly as pronounced as I remember them.

We get more character information too. Del talks about ducking and diving. We also find out (more bullet points)

  • Rodney has 2 GCEs in Art and Maths.
  • He was expelled from Arts School for drugs possession.
  • He got an 18 months suspended sentence for the offense.

All of this is used to explain why Rodney’s hopes of a job and career are a bit of a pipe dream. We also get another jarring bit of dialogue with some casual racism as Del states while discussing Rodney’s ex-girlfriend “Chinese? Japanese? All the same to me”. Quite uncomfortable in 2017.

We’re saved from this awkward moment by Trigger’s arrival. Immediately we get one of the longest running jokes from the series, Trig’s inability to remember Rodney’s name, always calling him “Dave”. Trigger though is quite different from the character I, and probably most people remember. He’s a wheeler dealer like Del here, criminal to the point of needing an alibi. He’s clearly not bright (“It looks conspicious”), but he’s a savvy small time criminal, street smart and not the complete dunce most will recall. He’s got 25 (stolen) briefcases to sell, Del eventually buying the lot from him. As Rodney gets the drinks we get a nice extra side to Del too, speaking very highly of Rodney’s intellect. He’s obviously very proud of his younger brother, even if he doesn’t let Rodney know that. Rodney then proceeds to make Del pay more than he’d negotiated for the briefcases, somewhat undermining his argument there.

Back at the flat, Del and Rodney argue over that and Grandad grumbles about the fact Rodney brought him a cheeseburger which wasn’t what he had ordered. This is a big strength of this episode, the arguments feel authentic. Grandad and Rodney have spent a lot of time together, they argue over petty, silly, insignificant things and it feels real. I believe these people could be related, you forget you’re watching something scripted, especially as the arguments weave in and out of each other.

Del discovers he’s trying to sell the cases to the person they were stolen from, but worse than that, they’re worth nothing. The code for the combination locks is locked inside the case! Rodney suggests throwing them in the river, which Del points out would literally be throwing away their profit. We find here that Rodney despite his ambitions isn’t always the brightest, wanting to be a Financial Advisor because of his Maths GCE, having previously cost Del money in negotiations. It’s not a strong foundation for him to argue from.

More biographical information arises through the argument…

  • Their Mum died when Rodney was 6 (so 1964, Del being 19 at the time)
  • Their Dad walked out and left them when Rodney was 8 (so 1966, Del being 21)

Rodney says he feels suffocated. Now I’m going to enter into supposition. I think he had a decent argument here. Del has obviously kept him close and protected him throughout his life, but maybe overly sheltered? Rodney is 23 and here pitching a fit like a stroppy teenager. He storms off, then returns to ask Del for some money. More ‘acceptable at the time’ humor too as Del calls Rodney a “Ponce” to finish the scene.

We open to the next morning as Del returns home having been trying to sell the briefcases, only to find out that Rodney has gone, left for Hong Kong to meet up with his ex girlfriend. Grandad desperately wants him back and Del, despite his own bravado is worried too.

We get something then that I only recall being used a handful of times throughout the entire run, a musical montage as Del tries to sell the briefcases and looks for Rodney, suspecting he won’t have got far. The music used is the same as the theme tune, which is nice at least as a lot of the DVD releases have edited the series 1 theme for the better known Sullivan one, so at least the Hazlehurst theme will get heard at least once on those.

Del gets home after a long day, only to be quickly followed by Rodney, who we learn has been away for 6 days. Says he was in St Tropez, coming up with an elaborate story before saying he missed home. Del soon bursts Rodney’s bubble by mentioning that he left his passport and so couldn’t have been to the south of France. Rodney feels even more disheartened than before until Del tells him he took some of his advice; the briefcases are in the river.

The episode closes on a note reminiscent of the classic episode of Porridge (a show also featuring David Jason, albeit not in this episode), A Night In. In that episode, Fletcher and Godber make plans as though they were going to head out on the town before settling on “A night in” in their prison cell. Here, Del and Rodney speculate on a night out, heading out on an imaginary yacht to St Tropez, before deciding against it, in case they run into the floating briefcases!

This was an enjoyable episode, some briefly uncomfortable moments aside. I already know a lot of the central characters, their motivations and their history from just this short time and although the episode lacked any big plot, Rodney’s safety was never really in doubt and the briefcases didn’t put Del and Rodney in financial jeopardy after all, it didn’t feel plodding or directionless either. You might have noticed that for a comedy, I didn’t mention any big laughs, which is maybe a mark against it. There were laughs to be had, especially the Potter/Poitier exchange and Trigger’s criminal side, but my sides weren’t aching by the end, but I’ll chalk that up to it being the opening episode rather than it not having aged well and previously being full of ‘actual lols’. Nevertheless though, a really solid start and I’m sure there is better to come

10 March, 2017 0 comment
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Last night brought more amazing blind auditions and more battles between the coaches. It is no surprise that this season is already filled with so much talent, so let’s see what other contestants joined our coaches teams.

Micah Tryba“I’m Every Woman”

Starts off very strong and powerful, I can’t pin point which singer she reminds me of but she has a beautiful voice. Blake is the first to push his button, and Gwen follows not too far after. Alicia hasn’t pushed her button, but she sings and dances along to the song, pretty much the whole time. Blake and Gwen are the only two to push their buttons so it’s time to watch these two battle it out again. Blake points out that Gwen has not won a show yet, therefore Micah should choose him. But finally, she choice’s to join… Team Blake!

Taylor Alexander“Believe”

Within two seconds, we can tell he is a country singer, and it is actually kind of hard to tell that he’s singing a cover of a song made famously by Cher. But once Adam recognizes it, he pushes his button and is just in awe for the rest of the song. Even I am amazed by this rendition of the song, it is sung so beautifully and has a country side to it that is just amazing. Adam ends up being the only person to push his button and he is super excited about it, and Taylor seems to pretty excited about it as well.

Gaby Borromero “Happy”

She has a very sweet and soft voice and just totally has everyone in awe. The chorus comes and Adam and Blake are the first two to push their buttons. Gaby just keeps hitting these amazing falsetto, and at the end of her performance she starts crying, and Adam runs up to hug her and it’s the cutest thing ever. Adam tells her that he is surprised that it was not a four-chair turnaround, and he believes she can win the whole competition on his team. Blake claims that he only has country singers on his team, so having Gaby on his team would be a nice change. Ultimately, Gaby chooses to join… Team Adam!

Troy Ramey“Wild World”

The first couple seconds of the song is amazing, and Blake thinks so too as he is the first person to push his button! Not too long after, Adam plays it cool and pushes his button while Blake freaks out a little bit. Gwen follows pushing hers, also kind of disappointing Blake, Alicia follows after, making it a four-chair turnaround for Troy! At the end of performance Troy is clearly blown away, and Adam and Blake give him a standing ovation. Troy says he sung the song in tribute to his late father and I would be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a little bit. Blake and Adam continue to bicker per usual, Alicia says that she’d like Troy on her team but also does not bad mouth any of the other coaches, and Gwen says that she feels they are meant to work together. I am actually kind of surprised by the decision, but I support it 100% when Troy chooses to join… Team Gwen!

Jack Cassidy“One of Us”

Fun fact: As I am writing this, Jack is #17 on Trending on YouTube. It is a great performance, Adam is the first to push his button, and not too far after, Alicia pushes her button and she shows so much excitement for Jack playing the piano on stage. Jack was raised by a famous musical family and has basically been singing since he was born. Jack claims that although he loves Adam, he decides to go to… Team Alicia!

Missy Robertson“Scars to Your Beautiful”

Her nerves seem to be hitting just a little bit, but nonetheless, still an amazing singer. The performance is a little shaky, but Missy is still trying to really blow away the coaches. At the absolute last second, and I’m not even exaggerating it was the very last second, Blake and Alicia push their buttons at the same time! Missy has a very cute and humble personality, and I hope she chooses Alicia honestly. But Blake still gives his pitch and claims that he wants someone on his team who isn’t like the other members on his team; Adam points out that it is the same line he uses when he’s trying to get country singers on his team (which is true). Missy ultimately chooses… Team Alicia!

Aaliyah Rose“Rise Up”

At just 14 years old, she has such a beautiful and powerful voice, and immediately catches the attention of Gwen, who pushes her button and is in awe during the rest performance. Aaliyah absolutely kills the rest of her performance, and Gwen is the only one who has pushed her button and they are both clearly so excited for this. Aaliyah also shares her background performing songs on YouTube and says that she has covered some of both Gwen and Alicia’s hit songs. She seems very thankful to be joining Team Gwen!

Kawan Debose“Let’s Get It On”

Although he’s got a Pharrell style hat, he kind of reminds me of Usher with his sexy soulful sound. Adam is the first to push his button, with Blake following not too long after. Gwen follows a few seconds later, and all the coaches are just amazed by his stage presence and interactions with the crowd. He has such a strong personality, and totally just clicks with the coaches. Adam says that he is very picky with the people he turns for, and even points out that the only other person he can think of that has ever been able to hit falsetto like that is Prince, and everyone’s jaw drops at such a flattering comparison. But it is true, the way he sang it, less like Usher, a lot more like Prince. Adam says that Kawan would be the number one priority on his team, and later Alicia definitely sides to get Kawan on Adam’s team. Kawan chooses… Team Adam!

Josh West“Ordinary World”

The song perfectly matches his style in my opinion, but it is hard to tell who I think would be a better coach for him. Adam is the first to push his button, and Gwen following seconds later. Josh hits this note that Gwen is clearly very impressed by, and Alicia and Blake both give each other a head nod and push their buttons, making it a four-chair turnaround! Josh is 17 years old and he is very cute and kind of shy when talking to the coaches which is interesting because you can tell that he is most comfortable when he’s singing. Josh chooses to join… Team Adam!


8 March, 2017 0 comment
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The Battle Begins April 18 at 10/9c, Following Live Airings of WWE SmackDown


New York, NY — March 6, 2017 — Epic competition series TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is bringing more heat to USA Network’s Tuesday night line-up. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR will premiere its 11-part second season on USA beginning Tuesday, April 18 at 10/9c, immediately following WWE SMACKDOWN.


TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, part of the Emmy® nominated franchise “American Ninja Warrior,” pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed. Originally debuting on Esquire Network in 2016, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR ranked as the network’s most watched original series in its history. Esquire recently announced that the network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will transform into a digital-only brand.


TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is a perfect pairing to WWE SMACKDOWN,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “With this powerful franchise, we’re giving our passionate audience three full hours of jam-packed, high-stakes action every Tuesday night.” 


For Season 2, fan-favorite competitors from “American Ninja Warrior” will form 28 teams, each with two men and one woman, and settle their rivalries on the warped wall — for ultimate ninja bragging rights. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports’ Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.


TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Dunk King,” “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge”), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of “American Ninja Warrior” which is based on the “Sasuke/Ninja Warrior” format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and airs on NBC. 


About USA Network:

USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA’s award-winning website is located at


About A. Smith & Co. Productions:

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,500 hours of award-winning programming – with budgets totaling well over one billion dollars across more than 47 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include “Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “Acting Out,” “Team Ninja Warrior,” “Container Homes,” “The Game of Dating,” “That Awkward Game Show” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Wizard Wars,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Celebrity Duets,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “Skating with Celebrities,” and many others. For more information, visit


About Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.:

Established in 1951 and with over 50 years of experience licensing programming overseas, TBS has distributed programs of all genres – dramas, anime, documentaries, formats, movies – totaling tens of thousands of hours of programming in over 160 countries worldwide, and has firmly established its presence as a major content provider in the global arena. TBS is one of the most innovative broadcasters in creating variety formats, having licensed nearly 200 localized versions with several thousand episodes being produced, including global hits like America’s Funniest Home Videos, Takeshi’s Castle/MXC and Sasuke/Ninja Warrior. TBS program online catalogue: TBS Global Business Official Facebook:

 Commentary: Team Ninja Warrior moving to a much larger network can only help the program! The show has strong numbers and  has a strong niche audience that will follow it wherever it goes. Following Smackdown! Live is a plus.

6 March, 2017 0 comment
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Gwen Stefani is probably the most experienced artist coaching The Voice this season. Check out this cool feature on the shows Youtube channel with Gwen Stefani talking about her song “Just a Girl”.

6 March, 2017 0 comment
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