Visalia singer Rudy Parris — who had made it throughthe first two rounds of popular NBC singing competition “The Voice” — couldn’t make it past Tuesday night’s knockout round. He was matched up against Terry McDermott, a Scottish singer with undeniable classic rock pipes. McDermott’s already a judge and fan favorite, making Parris an underdog from the get-go.
Parris also didn’t do himself any favors with his song choice. He sung Chris Brown’s “Forever.” In practice sessions, his coach (and country star) Blake Shelton was skeptical of Parris’ decision. Shelton’s fellow judges later agreed, forcing Parris’ dismissal.
After the show, Parris posted on Facebook, thanking the show, Shelton and adding “God has opened a door.” He shared this video, he said, as a thank you to his fans. Know this, local fans, we’ll certainly see more of Parris. He was a busy and popular local artist before “The Voice” and there’s no reason he shouldn’t be afterward.
Visalia singer/guitarist Rudy Parris is in the national spotlight today after a successful stint on NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night. Parris passed the show’s blind auditions and eventually picked country singer Blake Shelton as his coach. You can watch his performance and the judges’ reaction below.
Here’s the pre-song bio segment on Rudy, which gives you more his story.
Lambert is known for songs such as “The House That Built Me,” “Kerosene” and “Heart Like Mine” and is famously married to fellow country star Blake Shelton.
Tickets cost $37.75 and $52.75 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan 27 via Ticketmaster and the Save Mart Center box office. Lambert was last at Save Mart Center in 2010, opening for Brad Paisley. Before that, she played Table Mountain Casino in 2008.
“The Voice,” 9 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1): Don’t look for this new singing competition show to attract more viewers than “American Idol.” But, those who do give it a shot will find a program that at its heart pays more respect to music.
There are no silly contestants jumping around in costumes or showing a complete lack of musical skills. All of the hopefuls have singing skills. Some are just better than the rest.
Tonight’s opener is entertaining because the four celebrity judges – Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton - have to pick a team of eight singers based only on hearing the voices of the contestants. There is some real negotiations going on when more than one judge wants a singer for his or her team.
Don’t miss the opening moments because there’s a performance by the judges that rocks.
Hip-hop pioneer KRS-One visits Fresno today for a lecture and performance. He’s talking to Fresno State students in just a few minutes (at 2 p.m.), then is performing tonight at the Satellite Student Union with Planet Asia. It starts at 8 p.m. and is free for students. Nonstudents may have to pay a few bucks (no more than $5, probably). But be there early, because space is limited.