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This Day in Pop Culture for April 26


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2011: ‘The Voice’ is Heard (and Seen) for the First Time

The television singing competition reality TV series, The Voice, aired for the first time on this day in 2011. The NBC show is based on The Voice of Holland,  where contestants try to get the attention of the four celebrity judges by singing to their backs. If one of more of the judges turn their chairs to face “the voice,” the contestant will join that celebrity’s team of singers. If more than one chair is turned, the contestant gets to choose which team they would like to join. After all of the teams are filled, the contestants are coached by the judges and perform live on TV where viewers vote on the best performances. Those who have served as coaches on the show include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Shakira, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Nick Jonas.

1940: ‘Tugboat Mickey’ Premieres

Between 1935 and 1940, Walt Disney produced a number of animated shorts that starred Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck working together as a team. While popular, the studio soon realized that Donald’s and Goofy’s antics outshined Mickey’s. On this day, Tugboat Mickey was released as the last one. The three didn’t appear on screen together until 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The trio reunited to work together as a team in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, a straight-to-video produced in 2004. The characters began working together once again (with a decidedly different look and tone) in a series of new shorts created 2013 by Paul Rudish.

(Disney)

Birthdays

  • 1965: Kevin James (actor)
  • 1970: Melania Trump (first lady)
  • 1977: Tom Welling (actor)
  • 1978: Stana Katic (actress)
  • 1980: Channing Tatum (actor)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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