Christina Aguilera cries on The Voice as Alisan Porter dedicates song to ex-boyfriend who died Former child actress Alisan Porter, aka Curly Sue, made Christina Aguilera cry on Monday's episode of The Voice while talking about a former boyfriend who had died. In memory of her lost love Alisan, a former drug addict, sang Patty Griffin's ballad Let Him Fly as the top 10 performed. Wiping her eyes the Lady Marmalade singer expressed how 'proud' she was of her student. See The Voice updates as Christina Aguilera wipes away tears on as Top 10 perform pre bonded hairGetting emotional: Christina Aguilera wiped away tears on Monday's episode of The Voice after learning her singer Alisan Porter was dedicating her song to a dead former boyfriend 'Show 'em what to do Curly Sue…that got to me,' agreed Blake Shelton. 'And he's cold inside,' joked the host Carson Daly. Adam Levine also had high praise for the 34-year-old singer. 'I think the mark of someone who is an artist is someone who uses everything in their life, good or bad, to speak through the music and you did that tonight, and I commend you for that,' Adam said. Touching tribute: Alisan sang Let Him Fly in honor of a former boyfriend who passed away Lost love: The Patty Griffin song struck a cord with the audience and judges
Opening up: Alisan shared her story of lost love with her mentor Christina Felt it: Blake Shelton called Alisan by her TV character 'Curly Sue' and said she moved him Earlier in the night Adam had stellar praise for Laith Al-Saadi – calling his performance 'the best show of musicianship' he'd ever seen on the singing competition show. Laith, a bearded Michigan native had tackled the BB King classic The Thrill Is Gone. He shredded on his guitar while belting out the song and left the panel in awe. remy hair extensionsGuitar master: Laith Al-Saadi shredded it on the guitar while singing The Thrill Is Gone by BB King 'Your guitar playing… it's absolutely incredible,' said Blake, who also praised the impressive 'range and power' of Laith's vocals. 'That was by far the best show of musicianship I've ever seen on this show,' blazed Adam. 'This guy is quickly becoming my favorite,' he beamed at the 38-year-old singer. The judges: Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina and Blake provided feedback as the top 10 performed Another strong performance came from Adam Wakefield from Team Blake, who sang Ray Charles' I Got A Woman for his girlfriend. 'I wouldn't be here without her,' said the 33-year-old Nashville resident, who pounded the piano for the fast-paced track. Blake also gave him 'big' musical backing to 'pull out all the stops'. Piano man: Adam Wakefield impressed again with his take on the Ray Charles song I Got A Woman 'So much soul, I can't wait to hear that album you make with Big Machine Records…you're the next one bro,' said Pharrell Williams. The show had opened with Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden who appeared as tribute for active duty and retired service members. 'We wanted to show them how much we appreciate their service,' said Biden. Special tribute: Dr. Jill Biden and Michelle Obama paid tribute to active and retired US military members Show of appreciation: Show host Carson Daly talked to the First Lady about the Joining Forces initiative
On the stage: Jill and Michelle were there to mark the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces Top ten: The special guests introduced the top 10 singers for a joint performance of Home Obama then introduced The Voice's top ten, who sang Dierks Bentley's Home with a brass band backing. 'What talents, this was awesome,' said Obama, who was there to mark the fifth anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative. The first performance of the evening was handsome Daniel Passino, who was perturbed after being in the bottom two last week. Brass band: A brass band backed the singers for their performance of the Dierks Bentley song Powerful voice: Mary Sarah unleashed her powerful voice during the group performance In harmony: Shalyah Fearing and Nick Hagelin hit notes together Center stage: Paxton Ingram took center stage during the group performance Rocking out: Adam belted out his part as the top 10 teamed up perruques cheveux naturels'Do you know how many times I've been in the bottom two in my whole life?' comforted his coach Pharrell. 'I've been doing this since I was 18, I was 40-something-years-old before I had the biggest record of my life,' explained the Happy singer. Daniel, a 21-year-old Michigan naive, did Aerosmith's I Don't Want to Miss A Thing. First up: Daniel Passino was the first to sing after finishing last week in the bottom two Christina praised his 'passion' but pointed out a few technical issues with 'pitch'. 'But I love good heart and passion,' she told him. 'I definitely heard pitch issues,' agreed Pharrell, who thought he 'saved' the track overall. Team Adam's Shalyah Fearing then tested her R&B chops with My Kind Of Love by Emeli Sandé. Teen talent: Shalyah Fearing took on My Kind Of Love and received a standing ovation The 16-year-old singer blasted out the track – gaining a standing ovation. Blake said it almost blew off his hair. 'It was kind of wild,' he said, calling it 'ragged and edgy'. Next was Christina's young father Nick Hagelin, who wanted to emerge from the metaphorical 'box' in which he's been residing. Stellar performance: Nick Hagelin practically channeled Michael Jackson for his rendition of I Can't Help It from Off The Wall He did this by performing in an actual box on stage. The 28-year-old Atlanta native wore white for Michael Jackson's I Can't Help It from his 1979 album Off The Wall. 'Those were big shoes to fill,' Pharrell told the former ballet dancer. 'I love what you stand for,' he told Nick. Big shoes: Pharrell told Nick that he had big shoes to fill and loved what he was doing Blake and Christina said there were times when he actually 'sounded like MJ'.
Next was Pharrell's Nebraska preschool teacher Hannah Huston, 24, who stepped up to the challenge of Rolling In The Deep by Adele. 'Hannah is my sunshine,' beamed Pharrell proudly. Major challenge: Hannah Huston was brave enough to take on Rolling In The Deep by Adele Adam told Hannah that he didn't like her notes that 'slid up into the chorus'. 'But 99 percent amazing,' he added. Pharrell was more generous, calling it 'one thousand percent amazing'. The host: Carson kept the two-hour show moving 'That was so sick,' he gushed. Team Blake's cheerful dancer/singer Paxton Ingram tested his mettle with It's All Coming Back To Me Now by Céline Dion. 'I really enjoyed that Paxton, you brought me back to my audition days,' Christina told the 20-year-old Miami native. Getting better: Paxton proved that he can impress with just his voice perruques cheveuxIn the zone: Blake told his protege that he was 'in the zone' 'You really made it your own, great job,' she praised, while Blake said he was 'in the zone'. 'I can't look at you without smiling…this is the reason I do this job,' grinned Blake. Mary Sarah, 20, honored the traditional country artist Tammy Wynette with Stand By Your man. Country classic: Mary Sarah honoured her country roots with Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette Blake, her coach, was jubilant that she pulled off the notoriously difficult track. 'You have no idea how you just engaged the entire country audience out there,' he smiled. 'That was amazing, that is a major song,' agreed Adam. Christina's Latin protégé Bryan Bautista did Promise by Romeo Santos featuring Usher. Major song: Adam called Mary's performance amazing The 23-year-old Brooklyn man dedicated the song to his mother and sang much of it in Spanish. 'Bro…come on, bro, that was awesome,' Pharrell told him. 'The Latin community are losing their minds right now,' he added. 'I have Jewish blood and it loves you very much,' said Adam, calling him 'gifted'. The Voice returns on Tuesday when one contestant will be eliminated. Spanish song: Bryan Bautista dedicated Promise by Romeo Santos to his mother and sang much of it in Spanish
Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City. The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage. Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak 'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption. The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite. A friend added crying-laughter emojis. They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here The post was then taken down. The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders. A source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home. The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged. On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ. The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and Zahra Savanna, 12. lace front wigsChris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear. In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters. The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012 She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.' But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child. TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school. She mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family. They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters. However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached. Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.
Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday. The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience. The 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990. 'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture. Scroll down for video 'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada. 'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote. Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white. Who's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday cosplay wigsDemure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19 In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her. Madonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps. The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band. She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders. Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy. Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10