This performance from @CyniahElise put her in the #AmericanIdol diva hall of fame! 💙https://t.co/aV71extxwb
Clarkson was crowned the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’ back in 2002.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’. Now a global superstar, Clarkson marked her career anniversary on Twitter, Sunday, saying she was "forever grateful" to the talent show.
Kelly Clarkson is celebrating 14 years of being an 'American Idol'
"14 yrs ago 2day @AmericanIdol opened a door w/such amazing opportunities & experiences 4 me!" the 34-year-old tweeted on September 4. "I am 4ever grateful & blessed! #heresto14more.”
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Celebrates 14 Years Since Winning 'American Idol'
Clarkson returned as a guest judge to 'American Idol' and gave a tear-jerking rendition of 'Piece By Piece'.
33 year old Clarkson, who was the first ever winner of ‘American Idol’ when it started in 2002, appeared as a guest judge giving out advice to the Top Ten contestants before getting on stage to sing ‘Piece By Piece’, her recent single.
It proved to be devastatingly effective, as Clarkson visibly started shedding tears during her full-on performance, with fellow judge Jennifer Lopez clearly moved and even bringing a tear to Keith Urban’s eye.
Continue reading: Kelly Clarkson Makes Emotional Return To 'American Idol'
'American Idol' judge and mentor Randy Jackson retires from the show.
'American Idol''s last original judge Randy Jackson is finally stepping down from the show after an impressive 12 year stint as both a judge and a mentor. While there's been reports in previous years of his ever impending departure, this time it's for good.
Randy Jackson finally leaves 'American Idol'
The former musician and record producer has been a constant fixture of the TV singing competition since 2002, where he worked alongside Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on the judging panel. As of 2014's Season 13, his role was changed from panel judge to in-house mentor, but now it's finally time to say goodbye. 'After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol', Randy Jackson announced in a statement to Deadline. 'I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever.'
Continue reading: Randy Jackson Finally Says Farewell To 'American Idol' Family
Carrie Underwood, appearing on 'Today' on Friday 26th September, said she still feels "kind of weird" about her pregnancy but that's she's "really excited" to be a mum.
Carrie Underwood explained how she was feeling about her pregnancy on Today.
Erika Jackson has filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years Randy Jackson.
Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences.
Randy Jackson and his wife Erika are reportedly divorcing.
American Idol winner Caleb Johnson is set to release his new album in August - the fastest turnaround in Idol history.
Caleb Johnson won’t be following in the footsteps of previous American Idol winners. Johnson, who was crowned as the season 13 victor this past May, is beginning his post Idol career by doing something that a winner has never done before: releasing their debut record only three months after the show’s conclusion. Usually, the album that an American Idol winner releases doesn’t see the light of day until much longer than Johnson’s three month timeframe. In fact, there hasn’t been a winner’s album that came out before October of the calendar that they won in. So, what makes Johnson the exception?
Caleb Johnson will release his debut album, Testify, in August
Since season 13’s finale, Johnson has been in the studio writing and recording for the album, working with established song writers like Sam Hollander and James Michael. "Usually, they just give (the winners) demo songs. I want this to be an artistic statement on my part,” Johnson told USA Today. On his upcoming album, Testify, out August 12, he has a co-writing credit on over half of the album’s tracks. Meanwhile, Candice Glover, winner of last year’s American Idol, only contributed to one of the songs on her album (ironically, one was even written by season three winner, Fantasia Barrino). Glover’s album, Music Speaks, was originally set to release in July 2013 – that would have made it the first album that broke the mold of Idol album release schedules.
Continue reading: American Idol Winner's Album Out In August, But Will It Succeed?
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Ryan Seacrest are all set to return for the 14th season of 'American Idol'.
American Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., will all be returning to the 14th season of American Idol, Fox announced on Monday (23rd June). Ryan Seacrest will also be returning as host and his contract was signed earlier this month.
Jennifer Lopez at the finale of American Idol season 13.
Lopez was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2012 but returned for the 13th season earlier this year. Urban has been a judge for the past two seasons. Connick Jr. joined the other two judges for the 13th season. All three are confirmed to return for the 14th season of the hit show.
American Idol crowned a new winner on the finale of its 13th season. Caleb Johnson won the competition and was able to perform with Kiss. There was certainly an impressive array of famous names and faces who turned up to appear in or watch the show and they posed for picture on the red carpet beforehand.
Caleb Johnson won American Idol season 13.
As USA Today reports, this is the third time Johnson auditioned for American Idol but the first time he got past the audition rounds. Yet third time's a charm and Johnson has proven critics wrong by winning the 13th season of American Idol.
Continue reading: On The Red Carpet At 'American Idol' Season 13 Finale [Pictures]
Has the show lost some of its glamour over 500 episodes? Not if last night is anything to go by.
Things are coming to a head on this week’s episode of American Idol. The finale is next week, so naturally, the contestants are pulling out all the stops at this point. To top it all off, Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jenna Irene also had the added pressure of performing on the show’s 500th episode. No biggie.
Despite his vocal issues, Caleb Johnson delivered a couple of showstopping performances.
To amp up the nostalgic spirit, the show kicked off with a montage of the greatest moments in Idol history. There was Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aken , the transformation of Clay Aiken, KEITH!, William Hung Bikini Girl (?) and even a video of Simon Cowell that time he was spot on about Carrie Undewood’s record sales. Ah, the good old days.
Continue reading: American Idol Recap: Anniversary And Homecoming
This week the contestants had to be evocative and heartfelt - not an easy task on a show like "Idol".
Last night’s American Idol can be summed up in one word: disappointing. It all started when MK Nobilette kicked things off with a rendition of Perfect by Pink. She had the emotion down, only her performance fell apart when she walked out on stage and she just didn’t recover after that.
Dexter Roberts covering Floriga Georgia Line’s “Cruise” was anything but. Not that he was bad, specifically. He was just there. Which is not what we’ve come to expect from the otherwise perky Dexter.
Dexter Roberts' performance was not one of the highlights.
Continue reading: "American Idol" Recap: The Top 10 Sing, Sort Of.
Another lackluster night on Idol, with a few noteworthy moments.
Last night’s American Idol did not start on a promising note. The theme was Movie Night – something that the judges hoped would bring out the stars in the so-far lackluster Season 13 finalists. Audiences were just about to grab some popcorn and look out for the kind of entertainment only Hollywood wood provide. Fifteen minutes in, it looked like just another lackluster night at Idol. For the first hour or so, all the performers hammed it up on stage, including those, who can usually be counted on to deliver the night’s best performance. Case in point: Majesty Rose, whose song choice – Let It Go from Frozen – fell flat.
Majesty Rose delivered on the vocals, but not on the power.
It was Caleb Johnson, whose Bond-themed performance was the one that finally kicked things into gear. Skyfall was a great, if surprising choice on his part and, according to popular opinion, the first actual popcorn-worthy performance of the night. It may have been that performance that finally turned the night around. By the end - Malaya Watson's rendition of Dreamgirls' I Am Changing, things were looking much more hopeful for the next episode and for this entire season.
It's safe to say nobody saw that coming.
This week might be the first American Idol round in a while to see an actual twist – and it’s still just the second round of eliminations. The unfortunate Idol wannabe to end up on the chopping block was Emily Piriz, despite getting almost rave reviews for her performance of Jennifer Lopez’ Let’s Get Loud the night before. The other two contestants to end up in the bottom three were Jena Irene and MK Nobilette, who had to sing for her life for the second week in a row.
Competition was tight, but Emily Piriz ended up going home.
Before going home, Emily sang for her life, choosing Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
The first round of concerts was less exciting than it should have been.
Last night, American Idol entered its slightly less interesting stage – with the top 13 contestants selected, it’s time to actually remember the names and watch the dwindling group of people for two more months. Hence, last night’s “This Is Me” theme served as the introduction round.
Much like the name games at teambuilding meetings, it was not interesting as intended and many failed to stick out. Kicking things off with the classic “acoustic guitar and moody spotlight” routine, Dexter Roberts’ rendition of Aw Naw by Chris Young was good… just not memorable enough. Judge Keith Urban felt that Roberts failed to “make the song his own” and with it might cost him in the future. Malaya Watson performed a good cover of Bruno Mars’ Runaway Baby. That was it – good. The performance derailed slightly toward the end, but she still got an A+ out of the goodness of Jennifer Lopez’ heart.
Jennifer Lopez proved herself as the warmest judge again.
Continue reading: American Idol "This Is Me" Night Makes Us Think "This Is Familiar"
The former judge thinks Idol is fine now. What show has he been watching?
Randy Jackson thinks American Idol is regaining its form. Sure, the head mentor of the original TV singing competition has a vested interest in promoting the show regardless of its quality, but he really thinks it’s good again, honest. Jackson admitted in a conference call that by last season, Idol was getting a little bit stale. But it got a revamp and now everything is ok. Right…
Jackson thinks the show got the much needed kick in the rear this season.
“But now it’s Idol 2.0,” he said. “It needed a refresh, and it got it.”
In a recent radio interview, Mariah Carey said she "hated" her time on 'American Idol'.
Mariah Carey described her time on American Idol as "like going to work every day with Satan." Carey appeared on Hot 97, a US radio station, and discussed her feud with Nikki Minaj and how she "hated" working on American Idol.
Mariah Carey "hated" working on American Idol.
Carey featured on American Idol as a judge for one season, which was broadcast earlier this year. Season 15 of the show is set to air in January 2014, but owing to her hatred of working on the show, Carey will not be returning to the judging panel.
Continue reading: Mariah Carey "Hated" Her Time Judging On 'American Idol'
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. have been confirmed as the judges of American Idol. Season 13 of the show is due to premiere this month.
Harry Connick Jr. photographed in 2012, has been confirmed as the third American Idol judge.
Harry Connick Jr. was the last celebrity to gain the role, his judging position was only confirmed last week by THR. Connick Jr. has previously appeared on the show in the capacity of mentor for the show's twelfth season, a role he said he "really enjoyed". Connick Jr. also performed on last season's American Idol on a number of occasions.
It looks as though Fox are ready to splash big bucks on signing up Jennifer Lopez again.
Ok, so we know that the country music nice guy Keith Urban is returning to American Idol, but sources close to the big decision makers on the Fox show say Jennifer Lopez is "very close" to signing a deal to return to the reality singing competition.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the deal is yet to be signed though it could be a done deal within days.
Lopez is easily the most popular of all the Idol judges, entertaining audiences during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. So unhappy were producers with the latest season of the show that they reportedly courted Lopez to replace Mariah Carey midway through.
Continue reading: So Keith Urban Returns To American Idol, But What About Jennifer Lopez?
Lythgoe and Warwick had fallen out with show creator Simon Fuller
American Idol’s wholesale changes continues with the news that Nigel Lythgoe and his fellow producer Ken Warwick have both exited the show. In a twist, it turns out that the pair had a tiff with the show’s creator Simon Fuller.
“Both Nigel and Simon really clashed,” an insider told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column shortly before last season’s finale. “Ken and Nigel’s exit isn’t surprising…It’s hard for anyone involved in the production to get along with Fuller.” The parting has since been confirmed by The Wrap. The move comes in addition to judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson all leaving as well, with only Keith Urban awaiting his fate, these changes the result of a severe drop in ratings over the past series and with competition coming from NBC’s The Voice.
Commenting on the state of the program, Yahoo! Music Managing Editor Lyndsey Parker commented “It will return for at least a couple more seasons. Will ever be as big as it was? Honestly, no, I do not think so. ‘Idol’ no longer operates in a bubble. It operates in a saturated market, competing with ‘The Voice’ and many other shows, and even with a show on the same network, Simon Cowell's ‘X Factor,’ in a way.” Lythgoe and Warwick had been since the show since the beginning in 2002, though the former did leave in 2008 for two years.
Keith Urban is officially the only American Idol judge left.
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are bothleaving American Idol after just one series on the Fox talent show.The announcement comes in the same month that original judge Randy Jackson left the panel, while the future of Keith Urban now looks increasingly uncertain.Rapper Minaj told her 16 million Twitter followers: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!" while Mariah's departure was also announced on Twitter.
Reports suggest Mariah Carey earned $18 million for her year on the show, while Minaj took home $12 million, though neither gelled. According to the Hollywood Reporter, show bosses were keen to replace Mariah with previous fan-favourite Jennifer Lopez midway through the twelfth season, but Carey's considerable legal team put the stoppers on the deal.
In a joint statement with American Idol's production company, FremantleMedia, Fox said, "Nicki Minaj is a superstar who brought a level of honesty and passion to American Idol and who had a tremendous positive impact on so many contestants this season," adding that Mariah Carey was a "true global icon." Despite the nice goodbyes, it's no secret that Idol bosses will be glad to see the back of both stars, having suffered in the ratings over the past year. The show's ratings fell to its lowest point in 12 years this series, which was won by soul singer Candice Glover.
Continue reading: The Great American Cull: Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj Leave 'Idol'
Hanging out at Cannes and making an album is a pretty good way to pass the hours
Keith Urban has no idea whether he’ll be back on the American Idol books again for the next season, but apparently, that’s the way things work with Fox’s talent competition. In the meantime, though, Urban has popped together a new record, due for release in September.
"I have no official information of anything," the 45-year-old explained to the Associated Press. "I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around. I don't know anything more about what's happening next season. It was like this before I signed on ... so it's not unusual for the 'Idol' folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together." So while you’re twiddling your folky thumbs, what better way to pass the time than record an album? For Urban, there literally was no better way. So he did. His follow-up to 2010's Get Closer features a plethora of collaborative talents. "It's just been really creatively liberating to me," Urban said. "I love collaborating. It's the thing I've always loved doing, whether it's writing or performing or being in the studio, I love the collaborative process. I think finding people's strengths is the thing I love the most."
One thing’s for sure; Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj won’t be presiding over a judging chair. The low ratings dictated that they get the boot, and Minaj’s inflammatory attitude can’t have helped her case either.
Continue reading: Keith Urban In The Dark On American Idol Future, New Album On The Way
As the show's producers plan on bringing back past winners to judge the next season of the show, is there any merit to their decision?
With FOX bosses panning a complete re-haul of the American Idol judging panel for next season, it has emerged that producers will no longer be looking to the stars for a new panel, but rather sticking with what they already have. The 2014 season will therefore be bringing back former Idol stars as judges for the next instalment of the long-running talent show, a plan that seems fool-proof, but may end up being a disaster.
As E! News reported on Friday (May 24), Jennifer Hudson has all but signed on the dotted line, effectively bringing her back to the show where she first made her name. Producers are also said to be eying up returns from the first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, with either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken being lined up to take on the remaining hot seat. The plan seems like a decent one as it will remind viewers and contestants of the star-making ability the show possesses (or at least what it once possessed) and will no doubt please die-hard Idol fans, however there may be a flaw to the plan as the move will effectively place Idol in it's own little bubble, free from outside influences.
Anyone who watches Idol and listens to popular music will know that the songs performed week in and week out do not necessarily reflect what is popular in the rest of the musical landscape, and it is really here where the problem with Idol lays. The poor viewing figures of recent series may be reflective of an unpopular judging panel, but it more likely reflects a irrelevance now held by the show in the rest of popular culture.
Jennifer Lopez may have performed on Idol, but don't take it as a sign that she's back for good.
Right after performing at the American Idol finale, Jennifer Lopez gushed about the experience of being back on the Idol stage and a possible return as a judge. The singer sat down with Extra TV to talk about her return of sorts, saying: “It was fun. It was great to see the team there. They were like, ‘We miss you!’ I was like, ‘I miss you, too!’”
Aside from that maybe-sort-of hint, JLo didn’t confirm or deny the rumors that she’s been redrafted as a judge for next season, after falling ratings have led to a complete revamping of the panel. Lopez did talk about some of her numerous other endeavors, though, including purchasing a house in the glitzy New York resort the Hamptons. “It's always been a dream of mine to have a house where my whole family can spend Christmas. And I always want the kids to be close to Marc, who lives here in New York, so it was a natural thing to happen.”'
The recently divorced singer explained that her children have been the first thing on her mind and the deciding factor in her life and career. “They are my first priority, so as long as their good, and I can work and change the world in my own little ways, I’m happy.”
The winner has been crowned... and it's probably the one you expected.
Well, after months of intense competition and emotions – both from the contestants and the judging panel – American Idol finally has its winner. It came down to Candice Glover and Kree Harrison and in the end Candice won out the audience’s affection. Of course, those producers weren’t keeping still and in record time, Glover already has her debut album out for iTunes pre-order and the record is expected to drop July 16. So far the songstress has only recorded one track, her coronation song “I Am Beautiful.” And with recording for the album in full swing, as well as the American Idol Live tour coming up, Candice has quite a lot on her plate. But that’s the life of a pop star, after all. For the moment though, she’s taking some time to just soak it in and bask in the glory. This is Glover’s third try on Idol, meaning she won it the hard way – hard, if you don’t compare it to the struggling musicians of Ye Olde Days, of course.
"I went through the first two years and getting eliminated and coming back," she recalled. "[I'd be] telling my parents, 'If I could just get to top 20, if I could just get to top 10, if I could just get my voice out there and get some voters and get a fanbase, then I'll be fine. I don't have to win.' And then I came and I won. I can't even tell you how I feel to say that. I don't know. I'm losing it."
In an interview with MTV, Glover gushed about her victory and the direction she hopes to take with her music: "Definitely some different things than what I've been doing on the show and some stuff that will get my fanbase to know the type of singer I'm actually going to be."
Continue reading: Candice Glover Won American Idol, Now What?
Has Candice Glover done enough to secure the American Idol crown?
Candice Glover and Kree Harrison squared off in an all-female American Idol final on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) with Ryan Seacrest proclaiming the night to be country versus soul. On one side, there's the gleaming country balladry of Harrison, against the wide-ranging soul of Glover.
Both competitors brought their A-game, though Glover appeared to edge it. In the first sing-off, she sang Adele's 'Chasing Pavements,' while Harrison opted for the all-too obvious Angel. In the next round, Harrison opted for 'All Cried Out' while Glover went for 'I Am Beautiful' which Billboard said was, "perfectly expressed the kind of music Glover could be doing in a few months, highlighting her strong R&B tendencies with an empowering chorus that dispels all detractors." In the third and final sing-off, both performers were asked to choose their favourite song of the season, with Kree choosing 'Up To The Mountain' - which she first sang in the Hollywood round - and Candice choosing the Tom Jones track 'I (Who Have Nothing).
"The dramatic intensity was in full force, a lone timpani accompanying Glover as she actually topped her earlier version of the song (which was a tall, tall order), with some of the runs and held notes absolutely blowing the doors off the Nokia Theater. Absolutely killer," said Billboard.
Continue reading: So, Candice Glover Just Won American Idol, Right?
Back to square one for ailing Fox reality show with judges and producers getting the chop
American Idol’s problems this season have been well documented, but it looks like Fox are really at the end of their tether with a show that has lost 22% of its viewers this season, an issue compounded by the fact that its main rival The Voice, on NBC, is surging up the ratings and recently beat the show in both total viewers and the much-important 18-49 demographic.
So what’s happening? Well, according to The Wrap EVERY judge is going to get the boot going into season 13. You heard: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban even Randy Jackson! They’re all going apparently, no more high-paid contracts to divas (we’re looking at you Carey and Minaj,) no getting by just because you’ve been there sodding ages (Jackson) and no being there because… well, we’re not sure why you’re there Urban. It’s also being mooted that the show’s producer Nigel Lythgoe could also get the boot – man, this really is a blood bath.
From all of this you’d think that they should just go ahead and cancel the show, but what American Idol still does for Fox is to bring in a whole heap of advertising revenue, the show bringing in $836.4 million worth of the stuff alone last year. Added to the fact that Fox doesn’t have anything to replace it, and that Simon Cowell’s X Factor is also on shaky ratings ground, then it really does seem that the best option for the network is to patch it up and hope to keep it on the road.
Jason Aldean has been unable to repair marriage after indiscretion.
Jason Aldean really has put his wife Jessica through the mill in recent months, hasn't he? Firstly, TMZ.com, snapped him cheating on his high-school sweetheart wife with a woman in a Hollywood bar, and now HE's the one that's filed for divorce. Country star Aldean filed papers in Tennessee on April 26, 2013, seeking to end his 11 years marriage due to "irreconcilable differences."
The 36-year-old singer filed the papers on the same day that he announced he and Jessica had separated. At the time, Aldean's representative had said the couple were "having problems" though there was no mention of a divorce. It appears the problems began when Aldean was snapped kissing American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr on the Sunset Strip in September while he was in Los Angeles for a concert. He and wife Jessica attempted to patch things up and even walked the rep carpet together back in November, though it doesn't appear to have worked. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," Aldean said in a statement on Monday afternoon, "Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple. She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our (hash)1 priority."
Aldean and his wife back long before he became country music's top selling male act. Recently, he won the Academy of Country Music's male vocalist of the year award. The couple have two children together, Keeley and Kendyl.
Continue reading: Jason Aldean Files For Divorce, 6 Months After Kissing 'Idol' Singer
Mariah Carey and the rest of the judging panel put on a brave face during last night's American Idol after the network let slip that they were considering giving Carey the boot.
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj may have learnt, along with everyone else, that their positions on American Idol were under threat, but that did not prevent them from completing this week's show in a thoroughly professional manner.
Mariah Carey's possition could be in jeopardy
FOX let it slip this week that they were considering bringing back former judge Jennifer Lopez and replacing either Carey or Minaj at the mid-point of the series, and given the usual diva-ish behaviour the two play out during a normal week on the show there were some expecting yesterday's (April 25) show to be explosive. Unfortunately for those wanting a little added drama to their Thursday night view it wasn't forthcoming as both judges actually seemed in high spirits throughout the show.
Continue reading: Mariah Carey Plays The Professional Despite Idol's Major Blunder
A new report suggests Mariah Carey's legal team but the kibosh on things.
A secretive plan to have Jennifer Lopez replace Mariah Carey midseason on American Idol was abandoned when Carey’s heavyweight legal team threatened action, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This year’s ratings have been pretty disastrous, with Carey failing to establish the same on-screen presence as Lopez did with ease. The multi-million selling diva was the big new addition to the judge’s panel this year, though her chemistry with Nicki Minaj has been non-existent and Fox put in place a plan to replace both.
“This is just another ridiculous Idol judge rumor, likely started by talks of Jennifer performing on the finale,” a Fox spokeswoman tells THR in a statement. Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe said, “I have not been included in any conversation regarding replacing Mariah with Jen this season”, though sources close to the situation say they’re merely covering up a badly executed coup d’etat.
American Idol kicked off its twelfth season in decent fashion - a 6.0 rating and 17.9 million viewers will have convinced Fox that Carey and Minaj were the perfect replacements for fan-favorite Lopez and rocker Steven Tyler. Then things went wrong. The Wednesday performance show is averaging a paltry 4.3 rating, it’s worst since the 2001 season. In worse news for Idol, the newly rebooted The Voice with a more contemporary judging panel including Shakira and Usher has seen ratings climb to 5.2. Last week, American Idol was beaten by The Big Bang Theory, which on the surface doesn’t seem so bad, right? Well, it was a repeat episode of the comedy show. The realisation probably sent Idol producers scrambling around for ideas, and replacing Carey with Lopez was apparently the best they had to offer.
The talent show finalist expressed her love and support for her hometown onstage.
Wednesday night’s American Idol stage was the setting for an emotionally charged performance by finalist Angie Miller in the wake of the Boston bombing. Miller is not technically a Bostonian, but she grew up in a town just 30 minutes outside the city. As such, she wanted to express her support for her community and Boston as a whole with a special musical tribute.
“Right when [the bombings] happened, I knew that I wanted to have some sort of dedication-- show my love for Boston-- in some sort of way,” Miller told Fox News after her performance.
She chose the song “I’ll Stand By You” for the occasion as the ballad “fit perfectly” with her emotions. “I love Boston. I want Boston to know that I love them, and I hope that song did that,” Angie commented.
UK music mogul Simon Fuller has settled a copyright case against TV network Fox over the US version of The X Factor.
Simon Fuller, the UK-born media mogul behind the massively successful Pop Idol (which ultimately spawned American Idol and the various international variations of the show), has settled a long-standing battle between himself and his production company and the television network Fox and production company FreemantleMedia over copy-write infringement. Fuller began the lawsuit against the two companies in 2011, claiming that the Fox show failed to honour an agreement that would give the Idol creator credit and a fee for the airing of the X Factor.
Simon Fuller managed to settle the case against Fox and FreeMantleMedia outside of court
The Hollywood Reporter were the first to reveal that the lawsuit has come to an end at last as court papers have now been filed in LA Superior Court dismissing the claim made by Fuller with prejudice, meaning no further legal action will be taken. The terms outlined in the the settlement are to remain confidential with both lawyers for Fuller and Fox declining to comment on the arrangement. The recent dispute follows a previous clash of opinions between Fuller and rival talent show titan Simon Cowell back in 2004 over the similarities between Idol and Cowell's first incarnation of The X Factor on UK screens.
Continue reading: American Idol Boss Simon Fuller Settles Copyright Case Against X Factor
Tough season for the men on American Idol, as another guy, Devin Velez, got voted off last night.
The latest contestant to be voted off American Idol is Devin Velez.
This fits in perfectly with Nicki Minaj’s early prediction that the men were going to have a tough time this season. Not only was Velez voted off last night (March 28), but he was in the bottom three along with the other two male contestants, Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor, while all five of the female contestants were safe this week. As his final song, Velez performed a bilingual rendition of "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)", but the judges chose not to save him. Even so, Mariah Carey was visibly upset by him leaving and, according to Devin, it was the first time he had seen the singer cry.
Despite the emotional goodbye, however, Velez says he has no regrets about his time on Idol. "It's been a great journey," Velez told Us Weekly after being voted off the FOX talent competition. "It can only get better from here, and I still get to do the tour."
American Idol producers revert to old ideas and come up with few surprises
Really, American Idol? Another Motown special? You’d think that with so much experience under their belts, and with world-class talent like Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on board, the folks behind American Idol would be able to think of something a little more… how you say… challenging? or interesting, even, than yet another Motown-themed evening on American Idol. That’s what viewers were faced with last night though and once again, it is via the medium of Motown that the weekly winners and losers shall be decided.
So who were those winners and losers? Well, Nicki Minaj has already stated, unequivocally, that whoever wins this year’s American Idol, it will not be a male contestant. Hanging on by a thread, then, is Lazaro Arbos. Even the presence of a gaggle of backing singers and brass players couldn’t lift Lazaro’s performance above being mediocre. And as for his joint performance with Burnell Taylor and Davin Velez? Well, that was a disaster and he even admitted that he didn’t know the words to the song. It’s not looking good for Lazaro right now.
Nicki Minaj was not expecting to be well-liked when she joined American Idol
Nicki Minaj isn’t one to mince her words and in a recent conference call with reporters this week, she was quite open about what she was expecting when she signed up to the show. “I felt like, 'Okay. I know everybody's just going to hate me,” she said, according to Fox News, before adding a dismissive “Oh well.”
As it turns out, Nicki was half right and half wrong. She has certainly caused a stir since she’s been on the show, though she claims that she doesn’t always understand people’s reactions to her behaviour. “I didn't realize that maybe I am a bit strange," she said. "The way people react to what I say to the contestants, it's like, that's really how I act. But people think it's kind of strange. Like when I asked Kree Harrison to marry me… I guess looking back at it now, maybe no 'Idol' judge has ever asked a contestant to marry them on live TV. I don't know. I guess in general I'm just surprised at the way people react to things that I see as very normal."
Nicki was also unequivocal when it came to another important matter: who is going to win the show. Obviously no one knows that just yet but Nicki is sure of one thing: It’s going to be a girl. When she was asked if there was any hope of a guy winning this season, she answered “No, absolutely not.”
Julianne Hough reportedly broke up with Ryan Seacrest because he didn't propose to her as she was keen to tie the knot with him.
Although the 38-year-old 'American Idol' host was looking at rings, friends believe he took too long to get around to it, leading Julianne to end the two-year relationship.
A source told Us Weekly magazine: "He just wouldn't propose. [However] Ryan was this close to looking for rings. He did want to marry her. Julianne is the only girl Ryan allowed him to get serious with. He's so upset that it's over."
Continue reading: Julianne Hough Wanted To Get Married
Some flopped, while others (kind of) soared, which is to be expected when the bar is as high as The Beatles.
In preparation for the night, producer and Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine had this to say to the remaining singers: "If you sing these songs well they will deliver for you," he advised. "If you don't sing them well, the whole world is going to know." And they did. The night was mostly filled with ballads from the band’s catalogue, perhaps because those are usually the wider known Beatles tracks, or maybe they were just the safer choices? That didn’t really save some of the Idol wannabes, though.
Clearly, some of the contestants, like Amber Holocomb and Lazaro Arbos, were not familiar and certainly not comfortable with their songs, which didn’t go unnoticed by the judges or the audience. Their performances of She’s Leaving Home and In My Life, respectively, elicited the worst response from the judges, and Arbos’s rendition was dubbed the worst of the night by Randy Jackson. A performance everyone could rally behind turned out to be Jannelle Arthur’s closing rendition of the fairly obscure I Will, off The White Album – yes, another ballad, but this one was actually interesting to listen to. It was certainly more country than rock'n roll, but oddly enough, not bad.
Continue reading: American Idol Recap: Who Managed To Pull Off The Beatles?
American Idol has finally whittled down its performers to just ten, though questions remain about the quality on show.
America has spoken. The general public have chosen this year's American Idol Top 10, and there's few surprises in the line-up for season eight of the show. Blessed with good looks and a half-decent voice, Paul Jolley was the first to make it through to the live final on Thursday's show, despite receiving only lukewarm support from Nicki Minaj and her fellow judges. It's difficult to imagine Jolley as a frontrunner for the competition and we predict he'll be packing his bags pretty early.
A shoo-in for the Top 10, Curtis Finch Jr duly made it through after his sensational version of John Legend's 'So High' this week, while fan favorites Devin Velez an Lazaro Abros also made it through comfortably. From the girls, Janelle Arthur made it through, singing Dierks Bentley's Home as her 'victory song.' After a couple of so-so performances in recent weeks, home is probably closer than she thinks.
Strong vocalist Candice Glover and Angie Miller also made it through, with the former singing Mary J. Blige's 'Goin Down' and establishing herself as the competition's most accomplished R&B singer. Filling out the Top 10 were Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb and Burnell.
Continue reading: American Idol Chooses It's Top 10: But Are Any Of Them Good Enough?
Curtis Finch Jr was the shining light in an altogether boring American Idol semi-final.
It was the men's turn on American Idol last night, though it's highly unlikely any of the male contestants on season twelve of the show will be competing for the crown in a couple of months' time. Over in the girl's camp, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover are arguably fully formed artists, though it's slim pickings in the rival gender.
Wednesday's semi-final was the best example of this, with a selection of the male vocalists singing tracks so horrendously predictable that the whole thing became a snooze fest pretty early on. I Believe I Can Fly? Really?
Each male singer has plenty of flaws to overcome should they want to be in with a sniff of the title come May, though Curtis Finch Jr probably represents the men's best chance of winning. USA Today said he has "the best pure voice in the competition," though unfortunately "comes off as arrogant even while he's saying Bless You." Elsewhere, Lazaro Arbos has a clear potential though is perhaps too emotionally fragile to be thrown in front of a camera and told to sing for millions. Paul Jolley, Nick Boddington and Vincent Powell basically have no chance, while Elijah Liu and Cortez Shaw will be forced to improve dramatically should they want to win a place in the live finals.
Continue reading: 'Arrogant' Curtis Finch Jr Is Best Of A Bad Bunch On American Idol
Zoanette Johnson wows the judges with her American Idol performance
No one saw Zoanette Johnson – the huge-haired, larger than life, Liberian-born singer – getting this far in American Idol. She made the National Anthem sound like rallying cry during her initial try-outs, and erratic drum-bashing got people wondering how she made it through.
But now she’s through, she’s making the most of it. "First of all, I love that I have no clue what you’re gonna do. I sometimes wonder if you do, said Keith Urban. Forget the king of the jungle. Kudos to the queen of the jungle!" he continued. Nicki Minaj, who started crying (she always cries) told Zoanette, "You just served it. You're unforgettable. You're a superstar.” And Mariah Carey – so often at odds with Minaj but this time in total concurrence: "It's almost like your spirit is too big to be contained." Fellow top 20 Idol Aubrey Cleland took on Beyoncé’s Sweet Dreams while Breanna Steer sang Jazmine Sullivan's Bust Your Windows. "You had your swag on," Minaj said of Steer’s performance. "You're giving me sexy on a stick right now."
Continue reading: Zoanette Johnson Is “Queen Of The Jungle” On American Idol
A DWTS source has suggested that former American Idol Contestant Kellie Pickler will be starring in this year's show
The news has broken that we have a DWTS Idol Contestant in the making. TMZ have discovered the identity of four of this year’s Dancing With The Stars contestants and one of them is a former American Idol hopeful. 26 year-old Pickler was a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and has subsequently gone on to sell over 800,000 copies of her debut album Small Town Girl.
Clearly, Pickler’s career needs a little pick-me up, or maybe she just misses the pressure of a TV reality show contest, because she’s now signed up for the dancing program, according to sources close to the show, in a bid to win the nation’s hearts once more. The information that was leaked to TMZ, ahead of Tuesday’s official announcement (February 26, 2013), also reveals that another country music star, Wynonna Judd, will be taking to the boards, as well. The 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman is also rumoured to be amongst the cast members due to be announced tomorrow. And Sean Lowe, former star of The Bachelor will be there to ruffle a few feathers, too.
Raisman’s odds are looking good, to be honest, given that three Olympic champions have won the show in the past; we reckon they’ve got a little bit of an unfair advantage in terms of the training required to take part in the shows, but there you have it. A spokesperson for the show refused to confirm whether or not those four rumours are definitely true, telling TMZ “We do not comment on casting rumors, but tune in to 'GMA' on Tuesday when we reveal the cast live!”
American Idol judges did not rate Shubha Vedula's performance of Born This Way.
Mount Pleasant's Shubha Vedula was axed from American Idol on Wednesday night (February 20, 2013) after being told she sounded like a cross between Christina Aguilera and the "Gangnam Style guy," by influential judge Nicki Minaj. Vedula - still a student - tried her hand at Lady Gaga's Born This Way, but the results were not good.
"It's a bit comical because you have a beautiful strong voice but it's a mash up between Christina Aguilera and that Gangnam Style guy," Minaj told Vedula, with her publicist later confirming to Michigan's Morning Sun that she will not progress into the female Top 20. "She already knows where she stands in the competition," she said. The 17-year-old had sailed through to the latter stages following her performance of Aguilera's 'Something's Got A Hold On Me' in front of judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban earlier in the month, though it appears she lacked the star-power required to make it through to the knockout stages.
Vedula remained upbeat on her Facebook page following her exit. "American Idol has been one of the highest moments in my life," she said. "I have no regrets! I have enjoyed it every step of the way! Never have I felt so much love and support from my community."
Continue reading: Was American Idol's Shubha Vedula A Cross Between Aguilera And Psy?
Angela Miller stole the show on Thursday night's American Idol (February 14, 2013), leaving the judges gobsmacked with a performance of her own song, 'You Set Me Free.' The 18-year-old food services worker from Beverly, Massachusetts, introduced the track by saying, "This song is about being set free from baggage and the weight that you carry from hard times."
Sitting at a piano, Miller delivered the teary ballad effortlessly while wearing a sheer black ensemble. The judges were immediately taken with the track, while the often hard-to-please Randy Jackson was effusive in his praise. "Wow, wow, wow...really? Who knew? Wow," he repeated. Rapper Nicki Minaj told Angela, "'That is a top 40 song right there already," while Keith Urban agreed, saying, "If that was recorded now I would play that in my car...that is just a beautiful song, oh my god."
It's been six years since a woman - Jordin Sparks - won American Idol, though Miller has firmly established herself as the big favorite to all the way on season twelve. Unfortunately for some contestants, the quality of Angela's performance highlighted the distinctly average qualities of other efforts. The judges were forced to reject over half the contestants
Continue reading: American Idol: Angelina Miller Leaves Randy Jackson Speechless
American Idol kicked off its 'Hollywood week' on Wednesday (February 6, 2013), with the singing hopefuls bidding for a place in the grand finale. We say Hollywood week, we actually mean Quiet Suburb Week, as the contestants were shipped off to Northridge in the San Fernando Valley to sing for their futures on the show.
Anyway, it was the boys' turn to sing for the judges (in groups) and plenty of them impressed. Mathheads, featuring singers Matheus Fernandes and rocker Gabe Brown gave a great performance of Queen's 'Somebody To Love' to progress to the next round. A group that NOBODY expected to work was the Couch Potatoes, which teamed jazz-handy Charlie Askew with the gospel singer show-boater Curtis Finch Jr. The combo read like a disaster in the making - on paper, anyway - but it seemed to all come together for a cover of Bruno Mars' Lazy Song. In fact, the performance earned a standing ovation from judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Another standout group was the Four Tones, who were powered by strong vocalist Micah Johnson and soul man Vincent Powell. Their cover of Sam & Dave's Hold On, I'm Coming was a particular highlight.
American Idol continues next week, when the women will have their chance in front of the judges.
Continue reading: Hollywood Week: Could One Of 'The Couch Potatoes' Win American Idol?
American Idol contestant "Pepper LaBeija from the House of LaBeija." rocked up in an impeccable face of make-up and a big blonde wig ready, a very short skirt and honking false boobs. She raring to audition, only for judges to double over in laughter upon the realisation that LaBeija was actually ex-American Idol judge, and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, reports MSN.
"I just wanted to come by and say hello. I love you. Good luck with this year," he told the judges for the reasoning behind is surprise appearance. Sadly, LaBeija nor Tyler actually got to audition and he flounced out of the audition room saying "No Hollywood for me." Clearly, he was very disappointed. However, while neither Tyler nor LaBeija got through, 45 other hopefuls certainly did.
This year's judges are long time judge, Randy Jackson, plus Keith Urban, and at centre spotlight in the months leading up to the new series, rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Mariah Carey. Carey and Minaj had a bit of a dispute last fall which culminated in an alleged death threat. It's all water under the bridge now though, and by the time the live shows come around they'll undoubtedly be the best of friends.
Last week TMZ reported that lawyer James Freeman was planning to file a suit against the makers of American Idol for racist discrimination, after he noticed that all the contestants who had ever been publicly disqualified from the show had been black. Now, Fox News has spoken to another Californian lawyer who has ripped his case to shreds before it has even reached court.
Freeman's case is based on the Californian law that prohibits employers from asking a potential employee about prior arrests, or from discriminating against them on account of their race. "[T]he key words here are 'employer' and 'employee'," Anahita Sedaghatfar explained. "The California Fair Employment and Housing Act[s]... which prohibit racial discrimination in employment, simply do not apply because it will be hard to prove that these individuals were employees." Arguably however, the point of the show is for its contestants to find employment by signing a record deal and becoming a singer full time, which is convincing in layman's terms, but in legal jargon perhaps holds less water.
Sedaghatfar goes on to explain that even if the case were done under 'civil rights statutes', Freeman may have little chance of a win because of protection by the First Amendment.
American Idol is at the centre of a racism lawsuit after it was claimed black contestants were booted from the hit talent show as a direct result of discrimination. TMZ.com obtained a letter filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by New York lawyer James H Freeman, which accused the show of deliberately exploiting black contestants to improve ratings.
Entertainment lawyer Freeman requested permission to sue American Idol and Fox on behalf of nine former singing contestants who believe they were forced from the competition because of their race. His clients include Corey Clark, Jaered Andrews, Donnie Williams, Terrell Brittenum, Derrell Brittenum, Thomas Daniels, Akron Watson, Ju'Not Joyner and Chris Golightly. Freeman says he noticed something was awry when Jermaine Jones was kicked off the show in March 2012, with producers claiming he was disqualified because he had not told the show there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Nine other people had been publically disqualified from the show: all were black.
Three black contestants have won the show, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino and Jordin Sparks, while prominent judge Randy Jackson is black. Season two contestant Corey Clark sued MTV for $40 million in 2012 for their coverage of his disqualification from the show.
American Idol’s troubles with accusations of racism are far from over. Earlier this week, a letter was obtained by the tabloid TMZ, in which New York attorney James Freeman is asking permission from the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to sue Idol, as well as Fox on behalf of nine of his clients, all of whom have been disqualified from the show.
The plaintiffs, who are all black, have been disqualified publicly, on the grounds that they didn't notify Idol about their previous convictions and the letter claims that this hasn’t happened to any white or non-black contestants. This of course, constitutes discrimination. Additionally, Freeman is claiming that part of the background checks Idol performs on the contestants are unconstitutional – particularly asking about their criminal history. The nine plaintiffs are Corey Clark and Jaered Andrews (season 2), Donnie Williams (season 3), Terrell Brittenum and Derrell Brittenum (season 5), Thomas Daniels and Akron Watson (season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (season 8) and Chris Golightly (season 9), all of whom have been ousted from the show and are now claiming damages to their reputations and personal lives.
Idol reps have vehemently denied any instances of racism on the show and four former contestants have come forward to defend the show as well. Season six finalist Melinda Doolittle adamantly said: “It is shocking to see such allegations. In my experience on the show, the 'Idol' team strives to champion everyone, regardless of race. However, each contestant is explicitly told that the withholding of information that may compromise the show or artist, can and will result in immediate disqualification.”
Continue reading: American Idol Accused Of Racism By Former Contestants
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has spoken publicly about the sacking of her former colleague Kelly Brook from the ITV1 show.
The model and actress was cut from the talent show judging panel after only six days in the job last month.
At the time head judge Simon Cowell said it had become clear that the talent show's format did not "support another judge".
And Holden has said Cowell's statement last month was "absolutely right".
"It was one of those unfortunate things where nobody could foresee that it was game over when there were four judges," she told Radio 1's Newsbeat programme.
"Because of the buzzer situation, four judges on our show doesn't work," she continued. "If we didn't have the buzzers then it would definitely work like it does on American Idol and on X Factor.
"It was a really difficult thing to try and work out, when two people pressed the buzzer and two people didn't, then the person on stage didn't know whether to wait for all the buzzers to go.
"Ant and Dec were confused, we were all confused. In the end, the producers and everybody felt that it was jeopardising the show."
Former Wild at Heart actress Holden added: "It was nothing to do with Kelly Brook. She was thrown completely in at the deep end."
The third series of Britain's Got Talent begins in the spring, with a new batch of aspiring performers aiming to follow in the footsteps of previous champions Paul Potts and George Sampson.
Holden explained she and her fellow judges Cowell and Piers Morgan completed filming on the audition process of the show last Saturday.
"We've picked the last 40 acts for the live shows in May. Let's say we should rename the show Britain's Got Self Belief!" she joked.
As well as claiming a £100,000 prize, the winner gets a chance to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.
Continue reading: Holden Explains Kelly Brook's Britain's Got Talent Exit
Prince has come under fire from Simon Cowell after a brief and supposedly rude performance on American Idol.
Following a strange appearance on American Idol, Prince has come under fire from Simon Cowell for his performance on the show's season finale on 24th May, 2006. The flying visit annoyed Cowell, as the 'Purple Rain' singer arrived very briefly for two songs, before leaving without saying anything to the audience or contestants.
Simon Cowell hopes his contestants will not repeat Prince's performace
Ryan Seacrest - the host of American Idol, explained how he wasn't even sure that Prince would arrive on the show, as he only arrived at the Kodak Theatre within a matter of minutes before he was scheduled to go on stage to perform. Prince then left, refusing to greet the audience or talk to any of the contestants.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Criticises Prince Over American Idol Performance
In an episode of American Idol, contestant Ace Young performed 'We Will Rock You' with Queen. But an interview with guitarist Brian May might have been edited to undermine his performance.
Brain May, the legendary guitarist from the equally legendary rock band Queen, has revealed that he may have been used by producers of 'American Idol' in order to undermine the potential of one of the contestants. In an entry on his personal blog on Thursday, May explained how on Tuesday night's show, his encounter with the contestant Ace Young was entirely misrepresented.
Brian May maintains that his conversation was edited to sound more negative.
As part of the show, a conversation between May and Young was recorded, but according to May, "it was edited in such a way that it looked as if I was purely negative." Furthermore, May suggests that his thoughts and comments were made at a completely different time. As part of the editing process, the section appeared to show the two discussing the new composition of 'We Will Rock You', "after we had played together, which was not the way it happened, making me look like I was against the whole thing."
Continue reading: American Idol Edit Brian May To Undermine Contestant
With a current scandal around 'American Idol''s contestants being arrested, the judge Simon Cowell has come forward himself to reveal his own criminal past.
After a number of 'American Idol' contestants have been involved in tangles with the law recently, world famous judge Simon Cowell has admitted that he, too, is without an untarnished reputation with the law. Cowell's crime, however, was hijacking a bus with a gun. This was, supposedly, just a prank, as he and a friend decided at the age of 12 that they were going to hijack a bus with a "pea gun".
The music industry heavyweight recounted the story of his childish antics, by saying: "When I was 12 years old, I hijacked a bus with a pea gun. It's a gun that fires peas and they go about six feet. Myself and a friend were going on a bus and we thought it would be a joke to put the gun to the driver's head and say take us to where we were going. He believed us and I remember sitting on the bus thinking, 'God, this guy's really playing along with this well,' because he didn't stop for 20 miles. We got to the other end and there were police cars waiting for us and they threw us in jail."
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reveals His Hilarious Brush With The Law At The Age Of 12
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