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Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade enjoyed being mobbed by fans at USC

Soaking up the spotlight? Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade didn’t mind when fans mobbed her while she was a student at the University of Southern California.

When asked via Twitter if she was ever bothered by her fanbase in a newly resurfaced video, posted in February 2018, the YouTuber, 19, said: “I’ve never been annoyed at a fan, ever. I get really excited if I meet subscribers, or ‘fans,’ if you will. So no, I haven’t gotten annoyed.”

When the same Twitter user brought up a specific time the beauty guru was hounded by her fandom at her university, she responded: “And at USC, when I got mobbed, that wasn’t annoying to me. That was fun and funny and exciting. I was, like, there’s so much adrenaline and it was game day. But yeah, no, I really don’t get annoyed and I love you guys.”

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The social media influencer encouraged her supporters to introduce themselves to her in public. “So if you ever see me, please say ‘hi.’ I hate when people look at me and then don’t say ‘hi’ and we know, we both know what’s going on, but they’re too shy,” she noted. “I don’t want to approach someone if I think or assume, because if it’s the wrong assumption, that would be super embarrassing.”

Olivia’s comments re-emerged in the aftermath of her mother and father Mossimo Giannulli’s alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scam, otherwise known as Operation Varsity Blues. The Fuller House star, 54, and the fashion designer, 55, have been accused of paying $500,000 to secure Olivia and 20-year-old daughter Bella’s admission into USC by staging them as recruits for the crew team. Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested last week and each released on $1 million bonds and are set to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29.

Although Olivia and Bella will reportedly not return to USC in the wake of the scandal due to fears of bullying, according to TMZ, Loughlin never meant to hurt her daughters. 

“Lori is a really great mom who is completely into her kids and family life. She lives and breathes for her husband and children,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly. “Her intentions were pure. In her mind, the end result made everything she had to do worth it. And she really didn’t even see it as being a huge deal.

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Felicity Huffman, who was also arrested last week for her alleged involvement in the racketeering scheme, feels the same way. “They haven’t fully grasped the extent of their alleged crimes or the possibility of prison time,” a second source told Us of the Desperate Housewives alum, 56, and Loughlin.

Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to improve her daughter 18-year-old Sofia’s SATs score. The actress, who also shares daughter Georgia, 17, with husband William H. Macy, will also appear in court in Boston on March 29.

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Amazon’s Alexa and celebrity holistic health coach Koya Webb are making it easy for you to workout

It’s officially the third month of the new year and while some of us have not given up on our New Year’s resolution to get into shape, many of us, frankly, have. Here is where Amazon’s Alexa can help.

If you’re a person on the go, it can be tedious to set up your music, videos, and timers for every  single workout move. According to celebrity holistic health coach and yoga instructor, Koya Webb, programming Alexa with these tasks can make it easy for you to squeeze in a quick workout to keep healthy.

“Taking the time to connect with ourselves, before we’re on the go, and do for the world, do for our job, our families, is so, so very important,” says Webb. “You just tell Alexa what you want to do.”

Especially if you are strapped for time, Webb suggests that setting up a timer for 10 minutes is plenty of time to get a workout in — no matter if you’re at home or the office.

“You can set it up with four or five [yoga] poses and just tell Alexa what to do and she’ll set up your playlist,” says the yoga instructor. “So you have the music you want, you have the poses you want.”

Some of the moves Webb recommends are: Chair, Child’s, Boat and Ragdoll poses for some tension-releasing action.

“It’s grounding, it’s nurturing,” says the yogi. “Especially if you’re doing a million things.”

Alexa uses voice-control technology so you don’t have to keep constantly looking at your phone and getting distracted by other notifications. You can also program it with other fitness apps so they work together to help you stay on track towards your fitness goals. The device can even send you healthy meal recipes, class reminders and control your lights around your home for an instant meditation sanctuary. 

Working on our New Year’s resolutions round two.

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Joe Biden’s support for Iraq war problematic for 2020 bid

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden’s voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which began 16 years ago on Wednesday.
  • In the months leading up to the start of the conflict, Biden cited former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to defend his stance, and contended the US invasion was not preemptive.
  • Biden is expected to run for president in 2020, and could face questions about his foreign policy record on the campaign trail.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s vote in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which began 16 years ago today, could cause the long-rumored presidential candidate problems during the 2020 Democratic primaries.

Biden, a US senator for Delaware at the time, defended the conflict as not preemptive in nature and made the case for the war in speeches.

“I will vote for the Lieberman-Warner amendment to authorize the use of military force against Iraq,” Biden said in October 2002. “I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security.”

Read more: Human rights group accuses the US of killing at least 14 civilians in Trump’s shadowy drone war in Somalia

In the speech Biden also invoked for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has been heavily criticized by many on the political left:

“As the most powerful nation in the world, the United States has a special unilateral capacity and indeed obligation to lead in implementing its convictions. But it also has a special obligation to justify its actions by principles that transcend the assertions of preponderant power. It cannot be in either the American national interest or the world’s interest to develop principles that grant every nation an unfettered right of preemption against its own definition of threats to its security.”

“Dr. Kissinger is right,” Biden added. “What message would declaring a policy of prevention send to the Indians and Pakistanis, the Chinese and the Taiwanese, the Israelis and the Arabs, the Russians and Georgians?”

The 2003 Iraq War was met with pushback from many parts of the international community, who said the US was launching a unilateral, preemptive invasion without the support of the UN. In 2004, then-UN secretary general Kofi Annan condemned the conflict as illegal.

In the run-up to the conflict, Biden argued that the invasion would not be preemptive.

Read more: America’s year in war: All the places US armed forces took or gave fire in 2018

“If we go to war with our partners to disarm Saddam, it will be to enforce the UN resolutions, which I would argue in terms of international law are the equivalent of a peace agreement,” Biden said in February 2003. “This is not — is not — preemption. There’s nothing preemptive about it. If you turned on now and the television showed aircraft striking Baghdad, it would not be a preemptive attack. There is nothing preemptive about it. It’s an enforcement.”

RELATED: Saddam Hussein’s life

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More recently, Biden has been teasing a possible 2020 presidential run. If he declares, Biden will likely face questions on his long record in Washington, which could include scrutiny of his defense of the Iraq invasion.

Many of the liberal voters who will decide the Democratic primary are staunchly anti-war and anti-intervention, hence the growing popularity of candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders — who voted against the invasion.

The issue already came up in 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced significant criticism over the fact she voted for the Iraq invasion while a US senator for New York. Overall, 29 Democratic senators voted in favor of authorizing the use of military force in Iraq

Read more: Here are the biggest endorsements all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have received so far

Biden hasn’t even announced yet, but has already seen his record on race relations dissected at a time when Democrats seem to crave diverse, progressive candidates. Biden’s support for one of the most divisive conflicts in the modern era will likely be no exception to this trend of scrutiny. With that said, Biden has been at the top of recent polls, even though he hasn’t officially joined the race.

The US justified the invasion of Iraq by citing what ultimately proved to be false intelligence that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Biden in 2005 expressed regret about voting in favor of the invasion.

“It was a mistake,” Biden said on NBC’s Meet the Press at the time. “It was a mistake to assume the president would use the authority we gave him properly…We gave the president the authority to unite the world to isolate Saddam. And the fact of the matter is, we went too soon. We went without sufficient force, and we went without a plan.”

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Sixers’ Ben Simmons shows support for Australian protester ‘Egg Boy’

The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year and 76er, Ben Simmons, may be far from his home down under, but still found a way to support his country’s heroes from afar.

During the Sixers’ Tuesday night game against the Hornets, the Australia native was spotted wearing bright yellow kicks with the words “EGG BOY” etched on the side of them. “Egg Boy” referred to the nickname given to the 17-year-old Will Connolly, the protester who on Saturday, smashed an egg on Australian senator Fraser Anning’s head while he spoke to press after a right-wing rally.

Anning had made despicable remarks following the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand, blaming the tragedy on Muslim immigration, accusing the religion of Islam of being violent.

Australian senator egged after blaming Muslims for New Zealand mosque attacks

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Connolly’s actions were in response to Anning’s speech. After the egg incident, Anning and his supporters attacked the teen, strangling and punching him in front of multiple press and cameras. Authorities said the altercation was under investigation.

Simmon’s support of young protesters on his apparel isn’t out of the norm for the NBA All Star.

Around the same time last year Simmons dawned a March For Our Lives t-shirt during a March 24 Sixers versus Timberwolves game.

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Kourtney Kardashian’s nude bathtub photo slammed as a Photoshop fail: ‘I honestly think this was a joke edit’

All of the Kardashian sisters have been the subject of a Photoshop fail accusation or two, but it’s Kourtney Kardashian‘s turn at the moment.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is being accused of extensively editing a photo that shows her soaking in a bubble bath that she posted to promote her upcoming project, Poosh, which appears to be a lifestyle website.

Critics of the photo pointed out the odd placement of her legs and the appearance of something that looks a lot like a nipple on her wrist, among other problems. Some couldn’t get over the contrast of the photo and the caption Kardashian chose for it: “Love yourself as deeply as you love them.”

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A sample of the reactions:

“Love yourself but you photoshoped the s*** outa this whats wrong with ur legs????”

“We all just ignoring the nipple on her wrist????”

“Oh my goodness.. It’s a joke”

“Hey Kourtney there’s a nipple on your hand. Might wanna get that checked out.”

“I’ve never seen something more photo shopped in my life”

“I believe there are bubbles but as a photographer who edits I honestly think this was a joke edit. Unless she has a big mole on her wrist, that’s a nipple.”

“She is totally trolling us with this picture. She’s got to be. Lol.”

The Kardashians have denied significantly editing their many social media photos multiple times over the years. Just last month, Khloé was slammed for a snapshot she posted to promote her Good American line of jeans. Kim has been accused of too much editing, too.

Kourtney’s bathtub photo might have been deemed a Photoshop fail, but it definitely got people talking about her and Poosh. And, of course, that was the point.

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Trump is ‘looking into’ Facebook ‘bias’ as aide melts down over suspension

President Trump threatened an investigation into Facebook over perceived bias after a White House staffer was temporarily banned from posting comments on the site.

Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, complained Monday that Facebook had banned him from posting comments.

“Dear Facebook,” wrote Scavino, posting a screengrab of the blocking notice he received, “AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”

Scavino’s account was temporarily blocked from posting comments (although not new original posts) because previous messages had been reported as spam.

Trump — or potentially Scavino, who has access to the president’s Twitter account — retweeted a story about the suspension, adding “I will be looking into this! #StopTheBias

White House aide Dan Scavino listens and films as President Donald Trump speaks during an executive order signing ceremony regarding trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, March. 31, 2017.

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Dan Scavino and Kellyanne Conway, aides to President Donald J. Trump, are seen on the West Front of the Capitol after Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017.

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, left, and assistant to the president and director of White House social media Dan Scavino, center, and Mike Dubke, White House communications director, listen during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump in the East RoomPresident Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participate in a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Dan Scavino Jr., White House director of social media, right, speaks with Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Republican leaders were still pitching their plans to overhaul the health-care system and tax code Wednesday, despite a steady stream of chaos from the White House.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

White House Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller (L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino arrive to meet Pope Francis, May 24, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (L) and social media director Dan Scavino Jr. stand outside the Oval Office of the White House upon President Donald Trump’s return to Washington, U.S., May 17, 2017.

(REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

White House staff members Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland (L), Senior Advisor Stephen Miller (2nd L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino (3rd L) arrive with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) as he returns from a weekend at his New Jersey golf estate home via Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 7, 2017.

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A Facebook spokesperson told Yahoo News that a system intended to stop bots had temporarily halted Scavino’s ability to post comments, and that the company had apologized and restored his account.

“In order to stop automated bots, we cap the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time, such as @mentioning people,” said the spokesperson in a statement. “These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case. We’ve been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience.”

Donald Trump and Dan Scavino's Facebook notification. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos AP, Facebook)

Trump had complained about Facebook and other tech companies earlier Tuesday morning, writing, “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA

When asked about social media during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tuesday afternoon, Trump stated that there is “collusion” among tech companies against conservatives and that “we have to do something.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a Trump ally who was chair of the House Intelligence Committee until January, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter on Monday over what he described as “abusive, hateful and defamatory” content, including from parody accounts under the names of “DevinNunesMom” and “DevinNunesCow.” The Cow account has gained over 100,000 followers since Nunes announced the lawsuit.

Trump said in November that his administration would look into Facebook, Google and Amazon for potential antitrust violations. Tech companies and their treatment of conservative content has been an important cause for the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who targeted Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, accusing it of “deboosting” conservative posts. In 2016, Gizmodo reported that Facebook had suppressed conservative news stories. Facebook’s reputation has declined precipitously over the last year amid a number of controversies, including data privacy.

However Facebook, which was a key element of Trump’s 2016 campaign, has not silenced pro-Trump messages. A study released last week found that the most popular publisher on Facebook over the last year was Fox News, a network that is closely associated with and extremely supportive of the White House. The sixth most popular site was Daily Wire, a conservative outlet.

The Trump 2020 campaign has been very visible on Facebook as well. Trump’s reelection campaign spent $3.5 million on the platform between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 10, far more than any of the Democratic contenders, and more on Google than any of its rivals during that period.

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Trump is ‘looking into’ Facebook ‘bias’ as aide melts down over suspension

President Trump threatened an investigation into Facebook over perceived bias after a White House staffer was temporarily banned from posting comments on the site.

Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, complained Monday that Facebook had banned him from posting comments.

“Dear Facebook,” wrote Scavino, posting a screengrab of the blocking notice he received, “AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks.”

Scavino’s account was temporarily blocked from posting comments (although not new original posts) because previous messages had been reported as spam.

Trump — or potentially Scavino, who has access to the president’s Twitter account — retweeted a story about the suspension, adding “I will be looking into this! #StopTheBias

White House aide Dan Scavino listens and films as President Donald Trump speaks during an executive order signing ceremony regarding trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, March. 31, 2017.

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Dan Scavino and Kellyanne Conway, aides to President Donald J. Trump, are seen on the West Front of the Capitol after Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017.

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, left, and assistant to the president and director of White House social media Dan Scavino, center, and Mike Dubke, White House communications director, listen during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump in the East RoomPresident Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participate in a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Dan Scavino Jr., White House director of social media, right, speaks with Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Republican leaders were still pitching their plans to overhaul the health-care system and tax code Wednesday, despite a steady stream of chaos from the White House.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

White House Director of Oval Office Operations Keith Schiller (L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino arrive to meet Pope Francis, May 24, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (L) and social media director Dan Scavino Jr. stand outside the Oval Office of the White House upon President Donald Trump’s return to Washington, U.S., May 17, 2017.

(REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

White House staff members Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland (L), Senior Advisor Stephen Miller (2nd L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino (3rd L) arrive with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) as he returns from a weekend at his New Jersey golf estate home via Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 7, 2017.

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A Facebook spokesperson told Yahoo News that a system intended to stop bots had temporarily halted Scavino’s ability to post comments, and that the company had apologized and restored his account.

“In order to stop automated bots, we cap the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time, such as @mentioning people,” said the spokesperson in a statement. “These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case. We’ve been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience.”

Donald Trump and Dan Scavino's Facebook notification. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos AP, Facebook)

Trump had complained about Facebook and other tech companies earlier Tuesday morning, writing, “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA

When asked about social media during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tuesday afternoon, Trump stated that there is “collusion” among tech companies against conservatives and that “we have to do something.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a Trump ally who was chair of the House Intelligence Committee until January, filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter on Monday over what he described as “abusive, hateful and defamatory” content, including from parody accounts under the names of “DevinNunesMom” and “DevinNunesCow.” The Cow account has gained over 100,000 followers since Nunes announced the lawsuit.

Trump said in November that his administration would look into Facebook, Google and Amazon for potential antitrust violations. Tech companies and their treatment of conservative content has been an important cause for the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who targeted Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, accusing it of “deboosting” conservative posts. In 2016, Gizmodo reported that Facebook had suppressed conservative news stories. Facebook’s reputation has declined precipitously over the last year amid a number of controversies, including data privacy.

However Facebook, which was a key element of Trump’s 2016 campaign, has not silenced pro-Trump messages. A study released last week found that the most popular publisher on Facebook over the last year was Fox News, a network that is closely associated with and extremely supportive of the White House. The sixth most popular site was Daily Wire, a conservative outlet.

The Trump 2020 campaign has been very visible on Facebook as well. Trump’s reelection campaign spent $3.5 million on the platform between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 10, far more than any of the Democratic contenders, and more on Google than any of its rivals during that period.

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3 foods to avoid if you want Blake Lively locks, according to a nutritionist

Now that you know tangerines can keep your tresses from going gray and that almonds are the ideal hair-boosting snack, what about foods that you should stay away from in the quest for gorgeous locks? We tapped nutritionist Frida Harju-Westman for some of the worst offenders. 

Mackerel

While it’s true that fish is loaded with healthy, anti-inflammatory fats, you want to be careful about having too much mercury in your diet, which can actually cause hair to fall out, says Harju-Westman. In general, the bigger the fish, the more mercury it contains (like shark, king mackerel and swordfish). It’s totally fine to eat mackerel in small portions, but avoid overeating it if hair loss is something you’re worried about. 

Sugar

No surprises here, right? Sugar slows down your body’s absorption of protein, which—you guessed it—is essential for healthy hair. 

Alcohol

Sorry, but too many glasses of pinot can reduce the levels of zinc in your body, which keeps hair follicles strong. “Additionally, while dehydrating your body, it also follows that alcohol dehydrates the hair, making it more prone to breakage,” says Harju-Westman. Looks like we’re skipping happy hour tonight.

Superfood Beauty

Superfoods like matcha, spirulina, avocado, green tea, functional mushrooms and more are making their way into beauty products.

According to Whole Foods, brands like Cocokind use functional mushroom powders in their bronze, rose and gold-hued shimmery highlighters, while body care brand Alaffia blends the mushrooms with coconut and vanilla into body creams.

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Microbiome-friendly products

Prebiotics are making their way into skincare to leave “good” existing bacteria on the skin, the kind responsible for making skin look and feel soft. Find it in moisturizer, sunscreen, night creams and more.

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‘Voice’ coach Blake Shelton creates bizarre cat story

The Voice’s coaches have been known to do anything to recruit a contestant, and Monday, on the final Blind Auditions episode of this current season, Blake Shelton tried to prey on the sympathy of four-chair-turner Celina Babini by telling her his cat had died earlier that afternoon.

“I really think this could really help brighten my day up,” he told her, begging her to join his team in honor of his fallen four-legged friend, Sandy the Cat.

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#FAKENEWS. Or, #FAKEMEWS! The thing is… Blake doesn’t — or didn’t — own a cat.

When his fellow coaches called his bluff, it was obvious that he was pretending to be in mourning for Sandy, just like he always pretends that he’s not really drinking vodka from his ever-present coffee thermos.

Celia didn’t believe his sob story either, eventually picking Adam Levine as her coach.

“The worst thing about Celia going with Adam is the disrespect for Sandy,” grumbled Blake, later posting a dedication to his non-existent dead pet on Twitter that prompted a furry flurry of #SandyTheCat memes. (and probably some sincere condolence from non-Voice viewers not in on the joke.)

Personally, I am still mourning the abrupt and mysterious departure of Purrfect the Cat from The Voice. Purrfect has not tweeted since 2015; I hope she’s OK. Also, this was the second time on a TV singing show this Monday that someone fibbed about a deceased kitty, the other being “Lady Mapo” on American Idol.

I could see why Blake’s, or Sandy’s, competitive claws came out for Celia. The 17-year-old’s Lorde-like cover of Billie Eilish’s “Idontwannabeyouanymore” was confident and compelling, also drawing comparisons to Fiona Apple and Adele.

But Adam made the better sales pitch by telling Celia, “It is my dream for you to win The Voice. … We’re missing a Fiona Apple…. You are the future, as far as I’m concerned.” (Sorry, Sandy. Rest in peace.)

These were the other final successful auditioners of Season 16:

Cecily Hennigan, 16: “Foolish Games”

This theater arts school student went viral last year with a video of her singing in the McDonald’s drive-thru — a stunt inspired by an early viral video by American Idolcontestant-turned-YouTube sensation Todrick Hall. Her Jewel ballad was bit maudlin for me. This performance was missing some special sauce.

Who turned? Just Blake. I guess the other coaches weren’t lovin’ it.

Result: Team Sandy. Um, I mean Team Blake.

Kalvin Jarvis, 29: “A Good Night”

This son of rapper MC Scrap 1 took a risk by covering a John Legend song, but John lit up as soon as Kalvin started singing. I thought Kalvin’s voice was nasal and strained. Maybe he should have rapped the Andre 3000 lines from “Green Light” instead.

Who turned? Adam and Kelly — but not John!

Result: Team Adam. Adam actually admitted that John would have been a better coach for Kalvin. Ouch. Kalvin will be dunzo in the Battles.

David Owens, 24: “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

This was another meh performance. David sounded hoarse, and he wasn’t projecting much. Was he sick? Was his microphone turned down? This didn’t make me love him.

Who turned? Just Kelly. But she seemed into it, even standing up midway through David’s song. Maybe it sounded more powerful in the room than on TV.

Result: Team Kelly, duh.

Presley Tennant, 16: “Stone Cold”

This ATV-riding tomboy badass was clearly not meant to stay in her former tween girl group, Five Little Princesses. I thought the pacing of her Demi Lovato song seemed oddly rushed, but Demi is not easy to emulate, and Presley possessed the proper pipes.

Who turned? Just Kelly. “I am so excited that they are dumb,” Kelly said of her fellow coaches’ missed opportunity.

Result: Team Kelly. Now I want to see Presley and Kelly ride ATVs together.

Rod Stokes, 34: “To Love Somebody”

This construction worker and gospel/country/soul singer described himself as a “male Kelly Clarkson.” His Bee Gees cover was pleasantly husky and sexy, even if his stage presence was lacking.

Who turned? Adam, John, and Blake. But not Kelly. So much for that “male Kelly Clarkson” thing, huh?

Result: Team Blake. Makes sense. Adam might’ve had a chance if he hadn’t misidentified “To Love Somebody” as a James Morrison song.

Andrew Jannakos: “Beautiful Crazy”

This sweet, nerdy kid reminded me of American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, in that his resonant country baritone totally did not match his boyish face. His Luke Combs cover was a little nervous, but solid.

Who turned? Adam and Kelly. Blake’s team was full, giving the obvious second choice, country-adjacent pop star Kelly, a chance to finally score a male country singer for her team.

Result: Team Adam! Kelly should have told Andrew her cat just died.

Kayslin Victoria, 16: “Feel It Still”

I was extremely impressed by this teen’s poise and confidence — which seemed natural and easy-breezy, rather than robotic and theater-schooled and stage-mothered. What a likable kid! She could go really far.

Who turned? Kelly and John.

Result: Team Legend. I thought Kelly was on her way to a third consecutive victory with a teen girl contestant, but this might be John’s year.

Jackson Marlow, 18: “Troubadour”

This nephew of Season 13’s fan-favorite fourth-place Team Blake contestant Red Marlow was of course raised on old-school country — just like his uncle. His George Strait cover didn’t exactly reinvent the country wheel, but he was a total pro. Ol’ Red has taught him well.

Who turned? Kelly, the only coach whose team wasn’t already full. Finally, she got her country male contestant. “Kelly found a guy who could not say no,” joked John.

Result: Team Kelly by default… but Jackson told her she was his first pick anyway. (Man. Such disrespect for Sandy!)

Come back next Monday, as the Battle Rounds commence.

Article source: https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/03/19/voice-coach-blake-shelton-creates-bizarre-cat-story/23695490/

‘American Idol’ Season 4 Top 12 Finalists: Where are they now?

Ah, 2005. A year of chunky blonde highlights, the iPhone Nano, Myspace — and who could forget Season 4 of “American Idol”?

Before Carrie Underwood would become Hollywood’s chart-topping country-pop queen, she auditioned for the singing competition at just 21 years old. We all know how the story goes from there, but the journeys have been quite different for the rest of her fellow Top 12 finalists.

These fresh faces from well over a decade ago have been through a lot over the past 14 years. Here’s what they’re all up to now:

Carrie Underwood: THEN

Carrie Underwood: NOW

Nearly 15 years after taking the ‘Idol’ crown, she’s the bonafide queen of country music.

Bo Bice: NOW

Pretty crazy transformation! The rocker continues to make music and recently had a string of shows in Hawaii.

Jessica Sierra: NOW

After long-fought battles with drug and alcohol abuse, Jessica was eventually sentenced to a year in rehab. She now has a child of her own and speaks to kids about the dangers of substance abuse.

Mikalah Gordon: NOW

She has a standing gig every night singing at Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel. She also created a web series based on her life, which premiered in 2017.

Anwar Robinson: NOW

The dreads are gone! He’s a music educator and creative arts advocate.

Constantine Maroulis: NOW

He’s snagged a number of leading Broadway roles, including the title role in “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Lindsey Cardinale: NOW

She still makes and performs new music.

Anthony Fedorov: THEN

Anthony Fedorov: NOW

How’s that for a makeover? He still makes music and is a proud father. 

Nadia Turner: NOW

So gorgeous! She continues to pursue her career in music.

Vonzell Solomon: NOW

The singer-songwriter was at this year’s Oscars, proving that you don’t need to win “American Idol” to end up on the red carpet.

Scott Savol: NOW

He’s mostly kept a low profile since the show.

Nikko Smith: NOW

Still killing the stage!

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