America did a lot of voting this week. Unfortunately for former Pittsburgher Loren Allred, her campaign came to an end.
Ms. Allred, 23, was eliminated from NBC's "The Voice" in this first week of live home-voting programs. Each singer performed in group numbers to start the shows and then took the spotlight for a solo.
She said her choice Monday of Lisa Stansfield's "All Around the World" harkened back to her childhood days, singing songs off the radio. Although the four judges, including her coach Adam Levine, generally praised her performance, they said her number was lacking the oomph of the previous week when she brought surprising grit to an Amy Winehouse song.
Pittsburgh native Loren Allred sings 'All Around the World'
Pittsburgh native Loren Allred sings "All Around the World" in the live rounds of NBC's "The Voice." (Video courtesy of NBC; 11/10/2012)
After her "All Around the World" performance, Mr. Levine said she should showcase more of her voice's higher range, as she did at the end of the song. "I want to hear more of that 'cause it's so good."
But Ms. Allred and fellow team member Joselyn Rivera were not among the top vote-getters, and Mr. Levine used his one "save" for quirky singer Melanie Martinez.
Another tattoo classic, the pinup girl, was the main challenge this week on "Ink Master" (Spike TV, Tuesdays). The episode also underscored the subjective nature of judging.
"Ink Master" judges are a colorful bunch who, entertainingly, won't pull punches, but their critiques for the pinup challenge were all over the place. A couple of the renderings looked as though the model had been in a fire, with uneven shading and streaks.
Another two gave her downright ugly faces. One had misshapen limbs but was widely praised.
Pittsburgher Sarah Miller's tattoo was lovely in form and color, yet the judges appeared to dismiss it, criticizing the length of the girl's legs and an apparent "buck tooth." She was not happy with the assessment; before the shows began airing, she'd said in an interview that trying to guess what the judges wanted was an exercise in futility.
But she was safe for another week. Earlier in the episode, Ms. Miller did well in the flash challenge, where the artists carved designs into the stocks of rifles (hers was a deer).
Connecticut's Steve Tefft won the flash and elimination challenges; going home was New York's Lalo Yunda.
Promos for the upcoming show feature Ms. Miller geeking out over the prospect of a "Star Wars"-themed challenge. Fans can vote for their favorites at www.inkmaster.spike.com.
Bakers, start your ovens!
CBS is holding open auditions for a new competitive reality show where amateurs see whether they measure up to any number of baking challenges.
Video auditions will be accepted at www.cbsbakingshow.com until Dec. 15, although open calls will be held around the country (cities and dates yet to be announced).
Visit the website for an FAQ and submission details.
In the "we are not making this up" department, it appears celebrity diving will be the new "Dancing With the Stars." Perhaps.
Industry reports say four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis will be a judge on the proposed ABC reality diving competition, "Celebrity Splash."
According to a news release, celebrities will be trained to perform a series of dives and somehow, this will be entertaining. Stay tuned.
Maria Sciullo: email@example.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.