Jennifer Hudson is joined by fellow vocal powerhouse Leona Lewis and last year’s winner of The Voice UK Mo Jamil as her mentors for the crucial Knockouts stage of The Voice UK.
Leona and Mo team up with Jennifer to give advice to Team JHud during piano rehearsals as each act performs the song they’ll take to the stage during the Knockout shows next month.
Leona and Jennifer are good friends and previously recorded a single together, Love is Your Color, which appeared on the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack in 2010.
Leona has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and reached No.1 in more than 35 countries with her smash hit Bleeding Love. She was the first British female solo artist to top the US Billboard 200 album chart in more than 20 years with debut album Spirit.
Leona recently made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and is currently in the iTunes chart with her new single with Calum Scott, You Are The Reason.
Mo won The Voice UK 2017 as part of Team JHud. Both his show-winning song, Unsteady, and his debut EP ‘Globetrotter’ topped the iTunes chart and paved the way for him to work on his debut album, set for release this spring.
“I’m so excited that Leona is joining me as a mentor on Team JHud!
“I can’t wait to hear what wonderful advice she has for each act. She is incredibly talented and I really trust and respect her opinion.
“I’m also happy to welcome back Mo, who knows first-hand just what it takes to win this show. I think that will be a valuable point of view for the entire team.”
“It’s been great meeting all the talented singers and working with Jennifer. It’s a beautiful thing to play a part in nurturing homegrown talent, to even have a small role in their journey is something very special.”
“I’m so excited to be back with my Voice family and Team JHud where it all began!
“I’ve been working hard in the studio for the last 6 months and I hope I can pass on some of the things I’ve learnt whilst making my album to the talented singers on Jennifer’s team. I definitely think she’s got another winner!”
The announcement of Jennifer’s mentors follows Craig David pairing up with Olly Murs, the Black Eyed Peas joining fellow member will.i.am and Kylie Minogue with Sir Tom Jones.
The Voice Knockout
The Voice UK’s Knockout episodes will air on ITV in March.
Archewell Productions Announces First Netflix Series
Archewell Productions, in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, today announced its first Netflix series. Heart of Invictus, from the Oscar-winning team of director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara (The White Helmets, Virunga, Evelyn), will follow a group of extraordinary competitors from around the globe, all service members who have suffered life-changing injuries or illnesses on their road to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, now set to take place in 2022.
The multi-episode series will join the competitors as they train, and along the way reveal powerful stories of resilience and hope. The series will also follow the organizers as they work to prepare for the Games, postponed until next Spring, and as they partner with each nation’s team to support their competitors over the coming year.
Contribute in Their Own Exceptional Way
“Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year. As Archewell Productions’ first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn’t be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service,” said Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Co-Founder of Archewell Productions and Patron of The Invictus Games Foundation.
Dominic Reid, Chief Executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “We’re very excited about the opportunity to shine the global spotlight of Netflix on the men and women that we work with, in order to ensure that even more people can be inspired by their determination and fortitude in working towards their recovery. This partnership will also bring in significant funding to the charity. We are extremely grateful to our Founding Patron for his continued efforts to support the military community, and for making this partnership happen.”
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell Productions team are building an ambitious slate that reflects the values and causes they hold dear. From the moment I met them, it’s been clear that the Invictus Games hold a very special place in their hearts, and I couldn’t be happier that their first series for Netflix will showcase that for the world in a way never seen before,” said Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
Inform, Elevate and Inspire
This series is Archewell Productions’ first with Netflix and this partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation aligns with Archewell Productions’ aim to produce programming that informs, elevates, and inspires. The Duke of Sussex will appear on camera and serve as Executive Producer on the series.
The Invictus Games Foundation is serving as an Executive Producer and this project will provide significant funding to the organization, supporting their work to continue engaging and empowering their community in the lead-up to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. As part of that effort, their global community is being provided with access to support beyond the Games, including virtual sports activities to aid their recovery and preparation. The series will follow the Invictus competitors accessing this training, Invictus Endeavours, and other opportunities provided via their global platform, We Are Invictus.
Discover the Magic Behind Wandavision in Marvel Studios Assembled
WandaVision, was a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios and chief creative officer, Marvel said “Wanda and Vision are two of our most powerful and complex heroes, and this series is a perfect expansion point for MCU storytelling.”
The series not only marks the first Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series, it was its first journey into the world of sitcoms—with an MCU twist. “It’s a mash-up of classic sitcoms and large-scale Marvel action,” says Matt Shakman, who directs all nine episodes. “I think it’s really lovely that the first streaming show from Marvel Studios—producer of huge blockbuster films—is really a love letter to the history of television.”
Assembled: The Making of Wandavision
Now travel behind the scenes to discover the magic that went into creating Wandavision, in the new show Avengers Assembled streaming now on Disney+.
Find out from Wandavision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, along with Head Writer and Executive Producer Jac Schaeffer what went into creating the show, now in new series Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making Of Wandavision streaming now on Disney+.