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May 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Why ‘The Voice’ & ‘American Idol’ have lost their pop | TV review

Earlier this week, in torrents of confetti, the new winners of two flashy TV singing contests were crowned. But the ballyhoo around the coronation of North Carolina hard rocker Caleb Johnson on Fox’s American Idol, and Indiana soulster Josh Kaufman, on NBC’s “The Voice,” was dimmed by chatter about the general decline of TV singathons.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: American Idol, Josh Kaufman, The Voice

January 9, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Polished homecoming for Austin Jenckes | Concert review

Full of an infectious energy that seemed to thrum deep within him, country singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes burst onto The Crocodile’s stage in a whirl of heartfelt lyrics and syrupy, satisfying hooks.

“Feeling good!” he exclaimed. It was not a question.

Forgive Jenckes for being excited. The Duvall, Wash., native recently finished up a run on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” and is headed out on tour with Cody Beebe and the Crooks. 

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Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: Austin Jenckes, cody beebe, The Crocodile

November 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

End of the road for Austin Jenckes on ‘The Voice’ | TV

Austen Jenckes (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Austen Jenckes (Tyler Golden/NBC)

After making it all the way to the top 10, Duvall, Wash., native Austin Jenckes finally got booted from NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” last night.

Jenckes, 25, sang “Your Love” by The Outfield during the live show Monday night and turned in a solid but not particularly memorable performance. When it comes to reality show competitions, being unmemorable is perhaps the biggest sin a competitor can commit and Jenckes just picked a bad week to be bland.

Winning a spot on “The Voice” wasn’t necessarily in Jenckes’ plans. The big, bearded dude with a soulful, charismatic voice was living in Nashville trying to find work as a songwriter when a friend suggested he try out.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Austin Jenckes, The Voice

November 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

‘The Voice’ top 10 power rankings | TV review

Matthew Schuler. Photo courtesy of NBC.
Matthew Schuler. Photo courtesy of NBC.

Matthew Schuler. Photo courtesy of NBC.

This season of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice” has reached a fever pitch. We’re down to the top 10 competitors, among them Duvall, Wash., native Austin Jenckes, who has continued to dazzle judges and television audiences with his powerful, emotive voice and energy.

Unfortunately for all the remaining singers, Monday night’s performances were pretty uneven, which had a lot to do with the song choices the coaches (Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and CeeLo Green) made. See how it all panned out after the jump.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Adam Levine, Austin Jenckes, Blake Shelton

November 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Top-12 power rankings for ‘The Voice’ | TV review

Jacquie Lee. Courtesy of NBC.
Jacquie Lee. Courtesy of NBC.

Jacquie Lee. Courtesy of NBC.

The top 12 competitors of NBC’s “The Voice” squared off Monday night. Duvall, Wash., native Austin Jenckes, had a nice night, but Tacoma’s Stephanie Anne Johnson was voted off by fans last week. Her run ended with the first round of live performances when fans (not judges Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine) voted her off along with seven other singers.

Just like any good reality show, Monday’s performances ranged from the very good to the very horrible. Two more contestants leave the show tonight. We’ve got the scoop on how the top 12 stacked up after the jump.

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Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Adam Levine, Austin Jenckes, Blake Shelton

November 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The Voice power rankings for Tuesday’s show | TV review

Jacquie Lee. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC.

Jacquie Lee. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC.

It was another night of live performances on NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition, and this time it was up to team members singing for Christina Aguilera and Cee-lo Green to prove they deserve to stay.

Among those singing for their lives Tuesday was Stephanie Johnson, a Tacoma resident. Final voting results (the live rounds are controlled by viewers’ votes) from this week’s round are set to broadcast Thursday.

See where Tuesday’s contestants were able to land on our power rankings and then check out our coverage of Thursday’s show with updated complete rankings to reflect who was able to hold on to a spot.

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Comments | More in Blues, Country, General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee-lo Green

November 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

‘The Voice’ power rankings | TV review

Tessanne Chin singing on "The Voice" Monday night. (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Tessanne Chin singing on “The Voice” Monday night. (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Soulful Duvall singer Austin Jenckes and Tacoma’s Stephanie Johnson have both made it through to the live rounds of “The Voice,” NBC’s singing competition where the contestants are coached by celebrity artists Cee-lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

Monday’s show featured Team Blake (whose team members have won three times in five seasons) and Team Adam, with Aguilera and Green getting a chance to see their team members square off tonight. Final voting results for this week’s round will be broadcast Thursday.

Until then, check out where Monday’s contestants rank and hop back here tomorrow for a recap of Tuesday’s show. Unlike the judges — who amazingly forget how to be critical during their first live show of the year — we won’t pull any punches. Rankings after the jump.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Adam Levine, Austin Jenckes, Blake Shelton

October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Two Western Washingon performers battle on ‘The Voice’

  On the way to choosing a season winner, NBC’s leading talent competition show The Voice puts its vocalist contestants through some brutal sing-offs. Two Western Washington performers have made it through the on-air auditions, and last week’s one-on-one battles decided by the pop star judges,  to take part in this week’s (ouch) “knockout rounds,” which air locally Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday…

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Comments | Topics: Austen Jenckes, Stephanie Anne Johnson, The Voice

September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

‘The Voice’ has a Seattle voice, Harry Connick to judge ‘Idol’

Western Washington singers have had a generous share of  airtime on television’s top vocal competitions in the past few years.  With the new season of “The Voice,” which starts Monday on NBC, the trend continues.  Maybe. In contention in the first round (and maybe beyond) is singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes, a young troubadour from rural Duvall.  Part of the Seattle indie scene, Jenckes has put out…

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Comments | More in Country | Topics: American Idol, Austin Jenckes, Harry Connick Jr.