It's Jordan Smith, of course
Was there ever any doubt Jordan Smith would take home the crown on NBC's The Voice this season?
The 22-year-old Kentuckian, who learned the ropes singing at his Harlan County church, was declared the winner Tuesday night on the second of a two-episode season finale.
Smith, who was coached by Adam Levine, on Monday scored the Nos. 1 and 3 hits on iTunes with a rousing - some would say bombastic - performance of The Sound of Music's "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and a soulful rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?" The latter song won him standing O's from all four judges.
Pharrell Williams, who didn't have a contestant in the finals, Monday said he hoped Smith would be able to stick to his artistic integrity. "My greatest hope for you is that [your] dream is realized, but in the proper way," said Williams. "You know, not becoming something else, not chart-chasing."
Smith's closest rival, Tennessee country singer Emily Ann Roberts, 17, from Blake Shelton's team, also had a strong finale performance Monday with Cam's ballad "Burning House" and Elvis' "Blue Christmas," which landed at Nos. 2 and 13, respectively.
The remaining top finalists this season were Barrett Baber of Team Blake, who sang Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" as his main final song, and Jeffery Austin from Gwen Stefani's team, who went with Sugarland's "Stay."
The top two also pleased fans Monday with their respective duets, which did not count in the judging. Smith and Levine went with the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," while Roberts and Shelton sang a lighthearted rendition of "Islands in the Stream."
J.J. Abrams on directing Ford
J.J. Abrams, 49, is a seasoned writer, director, and producer. But even a man of his accomplishments must feel like a little kid next to screen giant Harrison Ford. "It's funny, because it was a little weird - just the idea of doing that," Abrams tells People of directing Ford, 73, in the new Star Wars.
"But it ended up being shockingly easy because he was so cooperative and so hungry to do the work. What was weird was how it wasn't weird." Right.
Dockery rushed to fiancé's side
cut short her latest trip to America this weekend to be at her fiancé's bedside during his final hours. John Dineen, an Irish PR professional who began dating Dockery in May 2013, died Sunday at 34 of a rare form of cancer. He was diagnosed this year.
Dockery, who turned 34 on Tuesday, was in America to promote the sixth and final season of her hit costume drama, Downton Abbey.
In a statement, she thanked her fans for their support and kindness.
Rose on the breakup
Orange Is the New Black
actor Ruby Rose, 29, won't be walking down the aisle with Phoebe Dahl after all. Rose, who worked with Dahl to design ethical street wear for their clothing range, Faircloth Lane, says her ex-fiancée "remains very dear to my heart." Writing on Facebook, Rose adds, she "will forever treasure our time together."
Too much information
"I puked yesterday," megahit Hunger Games' megastar Jennifer Lawrence tells Stephen Colbert.
"I'm a puker. I'm a big-time puker. I think I have, like, nervous . . . I think that I don't stop working because I'm a show pony. I don't have a choice. So I just keep going, I think, until eventually my body's just like, 'If we don't make her barf or pass out, she won't stop.' I get, like, Lindsay Lohan-grade exhaustion, but without any drugs or alcohol."