Pre-credit sequence. Let's see... It was Jeremiah who went home last? Sure. Sounds right. The Final 7 returns home. Jefra is exhausted, but she's feeling good about the decision she made to stay with Tony and that alliance. Kass is feeling smug about Spencer's Idol, which she claims she knew he had. [She did, indeed, voice those suspicions last week.] She's also feeling smug about knowing Spencer wouldn't give the Idol up, saying that a college-aged human male is "the most selfish beast on the planet." "I used my Idol and I used it wrong," Spencer laments. "Tonight we lost the battle, we have not lost the war," he insists of his dwindling alliance with Tasha. The next morning, Tree-Mail arrives and it includes billets of money. "Survivor" Auction! Trish is hungry and looking forward to eating. "FOOOOOD!" she howls. Tony, of course, knows that the auction will also include an Immunity Challenge advantage and he's determined to get it. "This is our life right now," Spencer says of the auction. He's not referring to bidding for peanut butter.
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The world learned about a shy singer-songwriter with the unique, sweet delivery and beautiful song sense. And then, in 2003, he was gone from self-inflicted stab wounds.
The story of Smith’s musical life is told in “Heaven Adores You,” a documentary, which debuts at the San Francisco International Film Festival next week.
A trailer for the Kickstarter-funded film, directed by Nikolas Rossi, debuted today and it’s appropriately ethereal and somewhat indecipherable.
The clip opens with Smith’s voice talking about how he doesn’t want people to try to pigeonhole him: “I like music, you know. That’s the thing. It’s very uncomplicated.”
“Heaven Adores You” marks the first time Smith’s estate has allowed his music to be allowed in such a project, and the doc includes interviews with his sister, several of his bandmates, and collaborators, sun as Jon Brion and Slim Moon, according to Pitchfork.
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Schwartz played coy when he talked about a song they have written with fun.’s Jack Antonoff. “The song that we did, we don’t want to say whose song it is, there’s a chance it will be coming out very soon,” Schwartz said. We managed to get a few more details out of him: “It’s a male song and it’s about running away, youth and rebelling.” He then added that the reason he was playing it cool was that they were still deciding which artist of those “circling around” the song would get it.
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2) FOX only said that the singers would be doing *a* song requested by America. What else will fill the time on Wednesday?
3) How excited do you think Alex Preston will be to have Jason Mraz as his mentor this week?
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Grande bowed the song at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (26), without Azalea, but with some of the visuals from the pair’s black & white lyric video, which debuted today.
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“Problem,” which plays off of Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” is the first single from Grande’s forthcoming second studio album. Her first album, “Yours Truly,” bowed at No. 1 last September.
Vevo is having trouble with the video right now, so as soon as we can, we'll embed it, but in the meantime, enjoy it here.
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