Before stepping onto The Sing-Off stage, Committed had never ventured far from their usual terrain of gospel and inspirational music. While that would have been a disadvantage going into a pop-friendly competition, these Alabama boys won over the judges and viewers.
"I believe it was our sincerity," Committed member Therry Thomas tells TVGuide.com. "Not saying the other groups aren't sincere, but I think it's just our background brings us to a whole other world, like a whole other place and sometimes we don't even imagine where we're going. It's magical."
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Before Sting decided to reunite The Police for a high-profile summer mega-tour, the eclectic musician tackled a much more low-key project: interpreting a set of lute-based songs by Elizabethan 16th-century composer John Dowland. The resulting CD, Songs from the Labyrinth, became a surprise hit on the classical charts. Tonight, Sting channels Dowland once more on PBS' Great Performances (check local listings), an almost spiritual hour of music and conversation that shows the singer in a more intimate setting than the stadiums and arenas he'll play in a few months. We spoke with Sting just days before he and The Police opened this year's Grammys.
Undoubtedly elating Sonya, my unrequited high-school crush whom I haunted with "Every Breath You Take" more than one too many times, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland announced on Monday that The Police will reunite for a tour kicking off May 28 in Vancouver, hitting Europe, then swinging by the States for dates in such cities as New York, Boston, Denver and Las Vegas. Recalling the genesis (oops, wrong '80s group) of this reunion, Sting tells the AP, "I woke up one morning about three months ago and this lightbulb went off: 'I'm going to call Andy and Stewart and tell them we should tour.'" As for the differences that splintered the trio in 1984, Sting dismisses them as artistic, not personal. "[They] were all about music. Also, hairstyles." The group, meanwhile, sidestepped questions about a new CD possibly being born of the tour.
In an interview airing on Thursday's Extra, Gwen Stefani hints that next on her L.A.M.B.-monogrammed plate, following her upcoming tour, is a reunion with No Doubt. "I'm sniffing around with [them]," she says. "We're going to record another record".... The Police have scheduled a Monday, post-Grammys reunion press conference at which, Billboard speculates, they will announce a 30th-anniversay world tour.... Celine Dion will unveil a new song, "I Knew I Loved You," during a tribute to composer Ennio Morricone at this month's Oscars. Said it before, I say it again: Didn't she retire?!
This just in from CBS:"Legendary five-time Grammy Award winners The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers) will perform on the Grammy Awards for the first time when they reunite to open the show." CBS will telecast the 49th Annual Grammy Awards live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 8 pm/ET.