Wednesday, June 20, 2018
TV and Media

Juliet Simms already hard at work on career after 'The Voice'

The last few days Clearwater-raised vocalist Juliet Simms appeared on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, she was fighting off more than just three other finalists trying to win the show's top title.

She was combating a case of walking pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis and a fever that reached up to 103 degrees, keeping her from rehearsing any of the songs she performed Monday.

Still, Simms refuses to blame her illness for losing the competition, despite placing second in the show's finale, just behind former Alicia Keys backup singer Jermaine Paul.

"I didn't come that far to let (illness) get the best of me," said the 26 year old, calling from Los Angeles a day after the show's big finale. "I feel like, sick as I was, I overcame it."

Even though she lost, there's an unmistakable tone of relief and joy in Simms' voice, as she can finally relax after weeks on competing in a contest that whittled more than 70 singers down to just one winner.

And for Simms, that sense of relief started with Tuesday's two-hour finale, where she could enjoy singing with Miami-based rapper Flo Rida, knowing audience votes had already been tabulated.

"It was the first time I got to go into the show's performance purely for fun," said Simms, who sang on a mash-up version of the rapper's hits Whistle and Wild Ones, barely noticing that the show delayed announcing results until the show's last 10 minutes.

She describes the time after Tuesday's finale ended as a bit of a blur; rushed into a van and whisked away from the studio, she had to speak with a psychologist and assure that "I'm not going to kill myself because I lost. Actually, I was very happy."

Small wonder: Now that the dust is clearing, Simms said her coach on the show, Cee Lo Green, has promised to help her develop material for her next record.

But don't expect Simms to revive her old band, Warped Tour mainstays Automatic Loveletter. The singer said in an earlier interview The Voice taught her not to compromise her artistic vision to fit in a band.

Ask if the rivalry between Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and pop diva Christina Aguilera was real — the two joined Green and country star Blake Shelton as celebrity mentors on the show — and Simms answers without hesitation.

"Nothing is fake…nothing is staged or done for publicity stunts," she said, referencing how Aguilera seemed to direct special barbs to Levine's mentee, Tony Lucca. "Cee Lo and I were just like Switzerland, watching everything go down and staying out of it."

Simms still isn't sure when she'll get back to Clearwater. Her work is just beginning in Los Angeles, taking advantage of her visibility on the program while the showbiz buzz is still hot.

"Second place feels like first," she said. "I'm just happy to represent Florida and ready to use this opportunity to any advantage I can."

Miss Vanjie talks her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit, memes, drag roots

Miss Vanjie talks her ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit, memes, drag roots

Tampa might have the worst track record when it comes to contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race.Both queens who hail from the Cigar City were eliminated right away during their seasons. Alisa Summers was the first boot on Season 4 in 2012. Then on Season ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Wednesday, June 20

TODAYBaseballDodgers at Cubs2 p.m.MLBMarlins at Giants3:30 p.m.FSFMariners at Yankees7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. North Carolina7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals Championship6:30 p.m.GolfHor...
Published: 06/19/18

Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

TODAYBaseballOrioles at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesFlorida vs. Texas2 p.m.ESPNTexas Tech vs. Arkansas7 p.m.ESPNGolfPGA Professionals c...
Published: 06/18/18

Sports on TV/radio for Monday, June 18

TODAYBaseballYankees at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. Washington2 p.m.ESPNNorth Carolina vs. Mississippi State7 p.m.ESPN...
Published: 06/17/18

Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

TODAYAutosXfinity: Iowa 250 qualifying2:30 p.m.FS2Xfinity: Iowa 2505 p.m.FS1BaseballMarlins at Orioles1 p.m.FSFRays at Yankees2 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMAstros at Royals2 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners (in progress)5 p.m.MLBCubs at Cardinals8 p.m.ESPNCollege b...
Published: 06/16/18

Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 16

TODAYArena FootballPhiladelphia at Albany6 p.m.CBSSNAutosTrucks: Iowa 250 qualifying4:30 p.m.FS2Trucks: Iowa 2507 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles4 p.m.FSFTwins at Indians4 p.m.MLBRed Sox at Mariners8 p.m.FoxCFLHa...
Published: 06/15/18
Sports on TV/radio for Friday, June 15

Sports on TV/radio for Friday, June 15

TODAYArena FootballWashington at Baltimore7 p.m.CBSSNAutosNHRA: Thunder Valley Nationals qualifying6 p.m.FS1BaseballRays at Yankees7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Orioles7 p.m.FSFCFLToronto at Saskatchewan9 p.m.ESPN2GolfU.S. Open10 a.m.FS1LPGA: Meije...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
WATCH: New live-action Dumbo trailer

WATCH: New live-action Dumbo trailer

Disney dropped the a new trailer for Tim Burton’s dark live-action Dumbo reboot Tuesday. The short trailer features a gloomy take on the song “Baby Mine” and already has fans ready to reach for the tissues. one day Disney will re...
Published: 06/14/18
WUSF names new ‘Morning Edition’ host

WUSF names new ‘Morning Edition’ host

The new host for NPR’s Morning Edition on WUSF-FM 89.7: Jessica Meszaros.The reporter and anchor on Thursday officially replaced longtime host Carson Cooper as the local voice of one of public radio’s signature shows."She has real confidence in her v...
Published: 06/14/18
Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 12

Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 12

TODAYBaseballBlue Jays at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMGiants at Marlins7 p.m.FSFMets at Braves7:30 p.m.ESPNGolfUSGA Celebration of Champions4 p.m.FS1HockeyAHL: Texas at Toronto (if needed)7 p.m.NHLSoccerExhibition: Women’s U.S. national team vs. China7 ...
Published: 06/12/18