Country singer Audra McLaughlin, of Glenolden, Delaware County, and two other vocal powerhouses, Sisaundra Lewis and Delvin Choice, all got the boot on NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night, leaving five contestants left in the vocal competition. Voice coach Blake Shelton had called McLaughlin, 22, an Interboro High grad, one of his favorite singers in all of country music, but he couldn't save her in the battle for the final 5.
Lady Gaga's "artRAVE: the ARTPOP Ball," scheduled to hit the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, has been rescheduled to May 15. She was supposed to perform here on the 12th and in Washington on the 15th. But, see, if there's a Game 6 in the NBA playoffs between the Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers, that'd happen in Washington on the 15th. So she switched the dates. All May 12 Philly tickets will be honored on the 15th. Info at Comcasttix.com, or 800-298-4200.
Steve Capus, former NBC news chief, joins CBS as top exec for Scott Pelley's newscast. Steve's got local roots: Bryn Mawr born; William Tennent High in Warminster; Temple University (graduated 1986, B.A. in journalism); stints at WCSD-FM, WCAU-TV, and KYW-TV.
Ben Affleck, playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last week, with Jennifer Garner looking on, was caught counting cards and invited to go play any other game. . . . Prince tells Essence mag no more dirty words in his tunes. Why? We should treat our children and parents as "royalty." . . . For like reasons, Jessica Alba has a no-nudity clause in her film contracts. Why? She doesn't want her grandparents to see her breasts. "It would be weird at Christmas," she says. . . . Justin Bieber is said to be kissin' on Yovanna Ventura. . . . American Idol winner in 2011 and country singer Scotty McCreery, done with his second year at North Carolina State in Raleigh, got robbed at gunpoint Monday near campus.
Julianne Moore tells Shape mag she eats a "deeply boring diet of yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars." Yuck! She hates it: "I think I'm a slender person, but the industry apparently doesn't. All actresses are hungry all the time, I think."
OK, Rutgers University. Concert pianist Condoleezza Rice pulled out as commencement speaker. So you get former state gov Tom Kean to fill in . . . but then you mistakenly tell Eric LeGrand, a paralyzed football player who was graduating, and scheduled to speak, thanks, no? The momentary blowback was such that the university issued the official word that it was a mistake and Eric is still on the bill. Calm down, everybody.