Platinum Hit

2011, TV Show

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NBC's The Sing-Off Adds Jewel as Judge

Jewel

Jewel has joined the judges panel on The Sing-Off, NBC announced Tuesday.

The four-time Grammy nominee replaces... read more

Kara DioGuardi and Husband Welcome Their First Child

Kara DioGuardi

Here's news to sing about — or maybe write a song about? Ex-American Idol judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi is a new mom, People reports.

DioGuardi, 42, and her husband, Mike McCuddy, welcomed son Greyson James through... read more

Jewel to Play June Carter Cash in Lifetime Biopic

Jewel

Jewel will play June Carter Cash in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, The June Carter Cash Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Many people know about the legendary love story of Johnny and June, but June Carter Cash has her own epic journey filled with triumphs, tragedies, loves and losses," Lifetime executive Rob Sharenow said. "This movie will explore all aspects of the woman behind the icon, and we're thrilled Jewel will be playing the role."

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Platinum Hit's Jes Hudak on Antagonist Nick: He Needs a Hug

Jes Hudak

Jes Hudak's ride to the Top 2 of Platinum Hit was rocky, to say the least. Underrated by her peers (and flat-out antagonized by Nick), she exhibited the effects of her stress at one point in what looked like a meltdown at judging. Despite it all, she bounced back to become the show's first runner-up. Below, Hudak tells us why being an underdog was to her advantage, why she shared something as personal as her past assault on national television and how, regardless of what you may think, she's a "diehard optimist"...
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Platinum Hit's Scotty Granger on Being Gay, Choosing Happiness

Scotty Granger

Even in increasingly tolerant times, rare is a portrayal of a gay man on TV as well-rounded as Scotty Granger's was on Platinum Hit. The show's second runner-up openly presented exactly who he was inside (per the demands of a songwriting competition) without ever seeming like he was reducing himself to a stereotype or defining his entire existence by his sexuality. In fact, Scotty's sensitive, thorough portrayal may be the show's greatest contribution to pop culture (that is, until some of its talented contestants make good on their potential).

We talked to Scotty about the show's handling of his sexuality, why he uses the word "lifestyle" to describe it, how the show helped with his craft and why he was one of the only cast members to bond with Platinum Hit antagonist Nick...
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Platinum Hit Winner Sonyae Elise on the Secret of Making Pop Music

Sonyae Elise

Sonyae Elise was the queen of concepts on Platinum Hit, and her status took her all the way to victory in the songwriting competition. She repeatedly impressed judges with her clever wordplay ("Love Me to Life" was among her praised tracks) and keen understanding of what makes a pop song work. The 22-year-old winner was able to defeat even the most musically trained of her competitors, despite not playing an instrument herself. 

Below, she discusses her victory, her prizes (which include a publishing deal with Sony and the Writers Camp, as well as a record deal with RCA/Jive), opening up on national television and her secret to understanding pop music so well...
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Platinum Hit's Johnny Marnell on Reality TV Contrivance and Real Relationships

Johnny Marnell

Until he was eliminated on last week's Platinum Hit (Fridays, 8/7c, Bravo), Johnny Marnell seemed like the show's front-runner. But a song that was deemed a "miss" and an onstage showdown with antagonist Nick ultimately led to Marnell's demise. Below, he discusses his elimination (which, months after filming, he still disagrees with) as well as former castmate Melissa's allegation that Johnny's on-screen relationship with Nick was merely a "show-mance." That's not true, says Johnny, but doesn't mean you should believe everything you see on reality TV...
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Jewel, Ty Murray Welcome a Son

Jewel and Ty Murray

It's a boy for Jewel.

The singer and her husband, Ty Murray, welcomed son Kase Townes Monday in Texas, her rep confirms to TVGuide.com. The baby arrived at 7 p.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

"Ty and I are so pleased to welcome our new baby boy into the world," Jewel said in a statement. "We are overcome with happiness — it really is as great as everyone ...
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Platinum Hit's Jackie Tohn on Doing Idol Versus Hit

Jackie Tohn

The topic of last week's challenge on Platinum Hit was risk, and the judges showed eliminated contestant Jackie Tohn just how dangerous it can be to take one:  after choosing country as her genre, she found herself kicked to the curb. Below the American Idol alum compares her two reality experiences, discusses Nick's antagonism and explains the thought process behind her much-maligned "Super Duper Rapper" hook...
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Top Moments: True Blood's Lost Year and Stewart Goes On the Offensive

True Blood

Our top moments of the week:

15. Most Nauseating Puppy Love:
Platinum Hit's lovebird hipsters Johnny and Jes get all warm and fuzzy when they learn their challenge is to write about love — you know, that crazy thing that makes people weak in the knees and apparently abuse the English language. "Not surprisingly, a lot of Jes on my mind," Johnny tells the camera. "And I think... read more

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Premiered: May 30, 2011, on Bravo
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Twelve songsmiths battle in various tune-writing challenges in this music-competition reality show. The creative process of authoring music comes to the fore when the contestants must write for multiple genres. Prizes include $100,000 and a recording deal.

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