I loved recording this song with @amyshark - and it was a first for me shooting a video under a 100 year old tree… https://t.co/Am0YuLZkyw
Country music has long been associated as a storytelling journey, but the evolution of the country sound has been made most obvious not by the music but by the image. There was a time when arenas would sparkle from all the rhinestones and when stetsons were a must-have. Then Johnny Cash brought his man in black phase into the mix, and with it a rebellion that few had seen before amongst those of that genre. Pretty soon it was all about carving out your own niche, fixing your own trademark look; whether it was Kenny Rogers and his white three-piece suits, or Tanya Tucker with her 'badgirl' catsuits and tight pants. Pictures from the mutation of country music throughout the last eight decades are perhaps some of the most telling because something about the looks of these country stars had as much of an impact as the music itself.
Last year Kidman told the story of a terrible first date she had with the ‘Tonight Show’ host, but it turns out there’s more to the saga.
During an appearance on the show in January of last year, Kidman had revealed her and Fallon once went on a date, but the funnyman didn’t realise it was a romantic set up.
Describing the evening Kidman said: “You wouldn’t say anything, and then you put a video game on or something...and so after about an hour and a half, I thought, ‘He has no interest, this is so embarrassing’ and then I was like, ‘Maybe he’s gay.’”
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Reveals Jimmy Fallon Missed A Second Chance To Date Her
Keith Urban has revealed he takes inspiration from other music artists and absorbs their music like a ''sponge''.
Keith Urban ''absorbs'' other artist's music like a ''sponge''.
The 'Blue Ain't Your Colour' hitmaker likes to listen to a variety of music genres before he works on his own tracks.
He said: ''I tend to think I make records more so like a sponge than focusing on every manner of a thing. Before I start working on a record, I'm listening to all kinds of stuff.
Continue reading: Keith Urban: I Absorb Music Like A Sponge
'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
The incident occured on the lawn at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield.
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with numerous intoxicated bystanders filming and taking pictures. The young woman was attending Urban’s gig at the outdoor Xfinity Center on Saturday night. On the same night, 20 people were hospitalized for intoxication. Another 50 were taken into protective custody, and several others were arrested over "alcohol-related issues," local authorities said.
Keith Urban has refused comment on the alleged attack.
The young woman and her alleged attacker were recorded by other concertgoers. It was a female attendee, who finally stepped in and asked the young woman whether the encounter was consensual. When she replied that it wasn’t, the witness pushed the man off and the woman got away.
A Boston teen allegedly raped an 17 year-old girl at the Australian singer's recent concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
It seems Keith Urban's recent alcohol-fuelled concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, was far worse than first thought. At the sold-out show, which finished with many fans receiving medical treatment after consuming too much alcohol, a teen concertgoer raped a 17 year-old girl.
Many of Urban's fans were treated for alcohol related issues after the show
Police have arrested the alleged rapist, 18 year-old Sean Murphy, after reportedly sexually assaulting the young female, which was apparently watched and even recorded by many bystanders.
Continue reading: Teen Charged With Rape At Keith Urban's Massachusetts Concert
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.
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.”
Nicole Kidman opens up about her previous marriage with Tom Cruise and how she has found her "great love" in Australian country singer, Keith Urban.
Tom and Nicole married each other on Christmas Eve in 1990, it lasted for 11 years before they divorced in 2001 due to Cruise citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
11 years could be considered as a long marriage in the world of showbiz and especially since their relationship was subject to intense media scrutiny, it seems that much more impressive.
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Talks Tom Cruise Marriage And Her "Great Love" Keith Urban
The actress compared her marriage to Cruise to that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Nicole Kidman features as the cover girl for the next issue of Vanity Fair magazine, striking a pose that echoes the former glamour of Princess Grace of Monaco, who Nicole will be portraying on film in an upcoming biopic about the late Hollywood royalty turned actual royalty. In her interview, she didn't just discuss her role and the late Princess, as she also discussed ehr relationship to current husband Keith Urban and former husband Tom Cruise at length too.
It was a revealing and informative chat from Kidman, who is clearly relishing her role as Princess Grace, not to mention her current love life with country star Urban, who recently spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about their use of sexting to make it through long periods of separation. But it was when she began discussing her previous husband, Tom Cruise, when things began to get a little more juicy, as she recalled their "intoxicating" love for each other.
“There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you,” Kidman told December’s Vanity Fair. “And there is only one other person that’s going through it. So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that — because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”
Continue reading: Nicole Kidman Recalls Her "Intoxicating" Marriage To Tom Cruise
Despite the two star's having drastically hectic and differing work schedules, the married couple manage to keep hold of their spark with some raunchy texts.
Keith Urban is one busy guy and his wife, Nicole Kidman, is a very busy lady too. Their hectic work schedules make regular visits almost impossible and as a result the pair have to find new ways to keep in touch and keep that spark in their relationship still as bright as it was when they first married seven years ago. On the Monday, 28 October, edition of Ellen Degeneres' talk show, Ellen, the country star and American Idol judge revealed just how the two combat their conflicting work schedules and stay in touch despite the massive distance between them.
The couple have been married seven years but still keep things fresh
Urban, who currently splits his time between hosting on Idol and touring North America, appeared on Ellen and gave a few choice methods he and Nicole use for keeping in touch with each other. Whilst Kidman, 46, is currently in London filming her next film - the couple's two children; Sunday, 5, and Faith, 2, are with their mother - he admitted that there is often an ocean-sized gap between the two lovers, but wherever there is a will, there is a way.
The crooner has chosen to take up the last remaining judging spot on Fox's hit reality show
Harry Connick Jr. will be pitching up next to Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming season of the ever-popular American Idol, as the singer has been confirmed as the third and final artist to sit in the judge's seat next season. Having served as a mentor on the show on multiple occasions, the singer will finally ascend to the judge's table for the show's 13th season, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed.
Harry Connick Jr. may possibly last more than one season as a judge
On Friday (30 August) it was confirmed that the crooner had signed a deal to become the latest judge on the show as producers apparently wanted a lack of female presence on the show following the friction and drama that followed last season's bickering judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The friction between the two reflected particularly badly in the show's key demographic; older women, something that the addition of Connick will hopefully strengthen this time around.
Continue reading: Harry Connick Jr. Picked As Third 'American Idol' Judge
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are not divorcing, contrary to reports in a US tabloid. Their representative said the rumours were "totally ridiculous and false."
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at 48th Annual American Country Music Awards, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Speculation began last week when the National Enquirer reported the couple's marriage was over owing to a number of factors. The couple's representative has spoken to The Huffington Post and firmly denied rumours that McGraw is having an affair with Taylor Swift; that Hill has trust issues or that McGraw is concerned he is mistreating his wife. These rumours have been labelled "totally ridiculous and false" by the couple's representative.
Continue reading: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Divorce Rumours Are "Ridiculous"
The third 'American Idol' judge has been announced. Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel for season 13 of the reality show.
Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.
Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition.
Keith Urban is back on American Idol, but what about J'Lo?
So successful was country music judge Keith Urban, that American Idol have signed up for more. Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly confirmed the news, and hinted that something may be close for Jennifer Lopez to make a return to the show.
"Keith did a great job last year. The fans really liked him. Keith's a really funny guy," Reilly said. "You could see how much he loved the show." Urban will slide back into judging action when Idol returns in January 2014.
But Will J-Lo be donning her winter attire and joining the country star on the panel?
Continue reading: Keith Urban Set For Idol Return - Jennifer Lopez Close, Too
Keith Urban will return to judge American Idol, Fox executives confirmed on Thursday (1st August). Jennifer Lopez is currently in talks with the show.
Keith Urban will return to the American Idol judging panel. The show will start its 13th season with a new (well returning) set of judges and will, possibly, have a new format. Fox entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly told the press on Thursday (1st August) at the Television Critics Association press tour that Urban would definitely be returning to judge.
Keith Urban at the 2012 American Idol Finale Results Show Live at the Nokia Theater in L.A.
On Urban's return, Reilly said "the fans really like him." He continued to compliment Urban by saying "Keith is a really funny guy."
Continue reading: American Idol Judges: Keith Urban Confirmed And Jennifer Lopez In Talks
These guitar heroes are heading to a cinema near you, if you live in America.
For those of you who didn’t manage to get to Crossroads – Eric Clapton’s guitar-fest – you needn’t fear, as the legend himself will be taking footage from the festival and making it available to his fans via the medium of cinema.
You'll find Clapton, Bb King and Jimmie Vaughan at Crossroads
'Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013' will feature edited highlights of these guys in action (take a deep breath): The Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes. And relax; now that’s a lot of strings!
The Crossroads Guitar Festival hit Madison Square Garden in April this year with tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. It's no wonder either, with some of the best guitarists in music history making up the line-up at the 2013 event including the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr., Vince Gill, John Mayer and, of course, festival organiser Eric Clapton. Clapton has been curating this event since 2004 with talent-filled festival taking place every 3 years in aid of the Crossroads Center Antigua - a private drug rehabilitation centre founded by the artist himself.
Fox finally ripped the bandage and called time on Minaj and Carey's Idol presence.
The Great American Idol eviction continues at full speed with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey being the latest two to get the boot. Nobody is entirely shocked by the news though, as this seemed to be looming over the judges’ heads. With the last season, which ended with Candice Glover being crowned as the winner pulled in the lowest viewing figures of any American Idol year – with just 14.2 million people tuning in to watch the finale – it was clear something was amiss. Apparently the (truly impressive) level of conflict and drama that Minaj and Carey brought to the format, wasn’t enough to get the audience to pay attention. Rumors of firings and a complete restructuring of the judging panel have also been rampant ever since the show’s disappointing finale. It was only a matter of time.
Both Nicki and Mariah announced the news if their respective departures over Twitter and Fox released statements regarding both decisions, which, considering the circumstances, was the very least they could do.
"Mariah Carey is a true global icon - one of the most accomplished artists on the planet - and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the 'American Idol' contestants this season," Fox said, via Reuters.
Was Jennifer Lopez's performance on Britain's Got Talent too raunchy for family audiences?
Jennifer Lopez gave UK viewers of Simon Cowell's Britains Got Talent a real eyeful on Tuesday night, performing her new single 'Live It Up' while wearing a skimpy black leotard that barely covered her famous behind. Twitter immediately sprang into action, with some parents concerned about the "inappropriate" nature of her performance on what is considered a family show, with some young children actually performing.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for TV regualtor Ofcom said, "Ofcom can confirm that it has received complaints about the Britain's Got Talent broadcast last night, which we are assessing but not currently investigating." One viewer on Twitter said, "BGT does #jenniferlopez realise it's a family show - only thing missing was the pole - cover up your cheeks please!" though judge Simon Cowell was pretty happy with how things went, telling Lopez, "Seriously, J-Lo. If anyone wants to know how you do it. That's how you do it,' he said. "Seriously world class."
For what it's worth, Lopez herself seemed pretty oblivious to any concerns and happily posted an Instagram of the R&B star being held up by various dancers. "Thanks @GotTalent for a great night #liveitup," she added.
Watch Jennifer Lopez's Britain's Got Talent performance, courtest of Daily Motion.
Jennifer Lopez - Live It Up (Live Britain's Got... by JohnJLover
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Slammed For Raunchy Outfit On Family Show [Video]
Keith Urban may be on his way out of American Idol.
Keith Urban says he is still awaiting his fate on American Idol and remains in the dark of producer's plans for the new season. Urban has been a popular and inoffensive judge on the show for season twelve, though industry sources suggest Fox are planning a complete overhaul of the show for season thirteen.
"I have no official information of anything. I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around," Urban told the Associated Press, "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." Last week, E! News reported that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Urban would be replaced by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and possibly Aiken. American Idol producers were left red-faced midway through season twelve after it emerged they had tried to replace Mariah with previous judge Jennifer Lopez following dwindling viewer ratings. Carey's legal team blocked any such thing from happening.
We assume Urban wouldn't be too fussed should Idol bosses want to take the show in a different direction. His new album Fuse will hit shelves on September 10, 2013 and he'll head out on a huge tour in mid-July. Oh, and he's married to Nicole Kidman. So...
John Fogerty has enlisted a number of musical luminaries for his new album.
Nobody can accuse John Fogerty of resting on his laurels. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer has teamed up with the likes of Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and Kid Rock for his new album 'Wrote A Song For Everyone' - featuring fresh takes on his classic hits.
Fogerty, who released the new record on his 68th birthday on Tuesday (May 28, 2013), revamped some of his Creedence work, along with solo hits and new songs. It was in fact Fogerty's wife who had the idea of a collaborative effort, "She suggested getting all my favorite artists to do various songs, and it seemed like a great idea - to do fresh arrangements and interpretations of them," Fogerty told Reuters.
"It's remarkably hard to get 14 different artists organized, as they're all busy with their own careers, touring and recording," Fogerty said. "Everyone wanted to do it but I had no idea it'd be so difficult."
The singer could be replaced by an 'all-Idol' panel, but in the meantime he has his album to work on.
Country star Keith Urban might not be on the next season of American Idol, but at least he's not dwelling too much on it because in the meantime the singer has announced that he's heading into the studio for a new album. The singer plans to bring out the work-in-progress Fuse, the follow-up to 2010's Get Closer, in September this year. He didn't get specific on the date, but did seem fairly confident of a fall release.
The singer revealed the news on Tuesday (May 28) to USA Today, detailing the album name and release details in a statement that said he is finding the album-making-process as a "liberating" and "creative" one. He went on to say, "I don't know why that is, because I've always been fortunate enough to make the records I want to make. I think just working with other people has just been a really enjoyable thing."
Urban went on to discuss the album layout, estimating that the album will feature up to 16 songs, and collaborators. He will be teaming up with the more pop-friendly production techniques of Butch Walker on some songs, as well as regular studio-whiz Nathan Chapman and a selection of other well-known country producers.
Continue reading: Keith Urban Plans New Album While He Waits On His American Idol Future
The singer hasn't been just been sitting around
Somewhere on this earth, there’s an Australian folk singer waiting for an American talent show to call up and tell him he’s still got a job. That Australian folk singer is Keith Urban, but he hasn’t just been sitting by the phone, he’s been recording a new record, too.
“I have no official information of anything,” Urban 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.” Everyone knows that when you’re sitting around, twiddling your thumbs, you put together an album. That’s just the done thing. Fuse will be released on September 10th, and features an array of collaborations; a new partnership with Jay Joyce was formed, as well as contributions from Eric Church Nathan Chapman and rocker Butch Walker.
"I'm just seeing what comes out of me working with those guys,” he told Billboard. “I love working with people who play a lot of instruments, and really, all these guys play lots of instruments and they program and play synths and they can build an entire track just on their own."
Continue reading: Keith Urban Twiddling His Thumbs – American Idol Still Haven’t Called!
Former 'American Idol' finalist Jennifer Hudson is rumoured to be on the judging panel for season 13.
Jennifer Hudson is reportedly in talks about becoming a judge on the 13th season of 'American Idol'; the same show on which she became a finalist in season 3.
The 'Dreamgirls' star and Grammy winning pop star has had previous experience in talent show judging, having become Kelly Rowland's guest mentor during the Judges Houses stage of the UK show 'The X Factor'. Now she could be set to revisit the beginnings of her own career though, this time, on the other side of the table according to a source in TheWrap. She made an appearance on the show recently for the finale and is allegedly now in talks with the producers. 'She got the offer and her reps are currently negotiating with [production company] Fremantle', said the source, adding, 'The show's producers feel they've lost their core audience. And they want to bring back former contestants in order to tell their core audience, 'We love you.' They know they've made some major mistakes over the past few seasons and they want to make it right with their fans.'
Continue reading: Jennifer Hudson To Judge On The Show That Launched Her Career?
American Idol bosses are planning a complete overhaul of the show, including getting rid of all four judges
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are all set to be thrown off the American Idol judging panel in a complete remodelling of the singing competition by FOX. The network has seen viewer ratings over the current season drop to 25% lower than last years overall figures.
This years stats are even further from the wonder years of the Simon Cowell-era, but rather than concede that they are flogging a dead horse FOX are steadfast in their loyalty to the show as they look to compete with NBC's The Voice as well as The X Factor, which is also shown on FOX. The Warp broke the news of the plans to ship out this seasons newly installed panel and although the show is struggling, admitted it is still popular and the network's drastic plan could work in their favour.
Mariah Carey might not be coming back next season
Continue reading: FOX Plans Complete Overhaul Of American Idol Judging Panel
Angie Miller was eliminated from American Idol, despite being the huge favorite to win the competition.
Angie Miller - the favorite to win American Idol since the Hollywood rounds - was sensationally booted out of the competition on Thursday (May 9, 2013). Miller stunned the judges earlier in the competition with a performance of her original song 'You Set Me Free' and even changed her name from 'Angela' to 'Angie' as audiences warmed to her.
However, Miller's run on Idol ended at the top three after her elimination last night. It followed Wednesday night performances of Elton John's 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,' Pink's 'Try' and Emile Sande's 'Maybe' after which she was deemed to be the round one winner. Following her shocking elimination, she was often unable to sing the lyrics to her exit song after being overcome with emotion.
Miller's exit paves the way for a final including Candice Glover and Kree Harrison, slightly underwhelming for Idol audiences. Once this year's victor is crowned, the show looks set to undergo a major overhaul with veteran judge Randy Jackson already announcing his exit. According to industry website The Wrap, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are also set to get their marching orders are a season of poor reviews and worse ratings.
Continue reading: How On Earth Did Angie Miller Get Eliminated From American Idol?
Randy Jackson is the first of the four judges to confirm he is leaving American Idol
Randy Jackson has confirmed that he is leaving American Idol, adding credence to reports that he and the three judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have been axed from the show in a dramatic shakeup. In a devastating cull, Idol bosses have decided to start over and reportedly told all four judges they would not be returning next season.
"Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season," Jackson said in a statement, "I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry," he said. "It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."
An insider told The Wrap on Thursday (May 9, 2013) that Fox plans to start the show from scratch after the current season came in for the worst reviews and ratings of the series so far. The website also reported how executive producer Nigel Lythgoe may not be returning, though Ryan Seacrest will probably stick around.
Continue reading: Randy Jackson Leaves American Idol, Carey, Minaj And Urban To Follow
Blues legends and modern artists jam on stage at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at the weekend.
Eric Clapton, BB King and John Mayer were among some of genius performers at Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival last weekend.
It was a blues infused weekend at Eric Clapton's fourth tri-annual Crossroads Guitar Festival on April 12th - 13th 2013 at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests ranging from the legends, to the more modern performers of the genre. 68-year-old Clapton, who remains to be the only three-time inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was seen enjoying a jam session with the King of blues BB King, 87, while John Mayer teamed with country star Keith Urban to show that there was little to sneer at with modern blues-pop. 'The Blues Brothers' star Dan Aykroyd, also made an appearance in a pair of Ray-Bans and a suit reminiscent of the 1980 movie, as well as Texan guitarist Gary Clark Jr. with his band and 76-year-old former Muddy Waters member Buddy Guy.
Though Nicki MInaj has impressed as an American Idol judge this year, she will not perform on the show.
Nicki Minaj has certainly been a fiery judge during the live shows of American Idol, though the Young Money rapper insists she will not follow Keith Urban and perform on the show herself. "I don't know if I want to wear the performer hat on Idol" Minaj told MTV News, "I think kudos to Keith for doing it, but I just don't know if I want to wear that hat there."
Nicki is probably aware that both judging and performing on the show comes across as a little, well, greedy. The singer has become a hit with American Idol viewers for her brutally honest opinions of contestants, though she insists everyone in the live round of the show deserves their place. "All of these kids that are left right now, I don't want to see any one of them go now," she said, "To be completely honest, I feel they could all go out and make an album right now and be successful around the world. And also, they put in work, they put in a lot of work and they deserve to be there. I think that's what makes me happy. The people we have left deserve to be there."
There were high hopes for singer R&B singer Burnell Taylor, though he struggled through Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and was subsequently eliminated on Thursday. Nevertheless, Minaj remains hopeful for its future in the music business, "Burnell has a real R&B soulful John Legend voice to me. I could completely see myself doing a song with Burnell," Minaj said.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Reluctant To Perform Live On American Idol
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?
Faith Hill's braces became the subject of intense discussion and debate during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 10, 2013), with the country songstress debuting her new mouth gear. The singer looked stunning in a black J. Mendel gown though confused fans by wearing braces, despite her usually flawless smile.
Hill told country station KNIX that she had braces as a kid, but forgot to wear her retainer. When explaining the need for a second round of dental gear, Faith advised. "Kids, wear your retainer!" Her two eldest daughters with husband Tim Mcgraw - Gracie and Maggie - both wear braces, too. The couple presented an award at Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards and were photographed hanging out with their close friends Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Five-times winner Grammy winner Faith Hill teamed her lavish gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, Tom Ford shoes and a pretty impressive looking Bottega Veneta clutch.
With a new panel and a whole new dynamic, this season of American Idol is going strong so far.
It looks like the driving force behind the revival are mostly the ladies – after the obligatory fight/feud/general beef (what’s the trendy term these days?) Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj seem to have reconciled in their mission to let as many hot guys as possible through the qualifying round. Nicki is her usual larger-than-life self, complete with eye-popping colour palette, (mostly) witty banter, and a ready comment for every contestant. Maybe her energy is exactly what the talent competition needed to get back on its feet. But the reason that Miss Minaj’s whole persona works on the show, is that it works with the other judges.
Mariah balances out Nicki’s zany personality with her calm, serene appearance (seriously, does anyone know what they have in those cups?), while Keith Urban is the nice guy every judging panel needs, in order for the viewer not to hate them. Meanwhile, Randy Jackson is just there to stir up the occasional spat, by egging on contestants and judges alike. It’s always clear, however, that any drama is mainly for the cameras and in overall, they all just get along. Just like one big, mismatched, reality TV family.
In 1990, when she was just 23, Nicole Kidman married the man that she thought would be the love of her life: Tom Cruise. Yes, any woman under the age of 30 was pretty much convinced at that point that Tom Cruise was destined for her, but Kidman both won and lost. They were married for 10 years, but divorced in 2000, which Kidman said, in her latest very indepth interview with DuJou, "was a shock to [her] system." Despite it taking her a long time to heal, 12 years on and her life is not just back on track but the whole landscape of her existence is basking in the warm glow of contentment and joy, it appears.
"My life changed," she said, since meeting her current husband Keith Urban. "He is a wonderful, caring man and he makes me feel secure. We don't ever like to be separated." She and Urban married in 2006 and have two daughters together. It isn't only her marriage that changed her life, but having babies has changed a lot as well. Her first child Sunday Rose was born in 2008 in Nashville. "Having my baby has been a healing experience," she says. "It took me so long to have a child. I feel enormous gratitude. Sunday has healed an enormous amount in me. It's a very private thing, but she just has."
It's a delight to hear how great Kidman's life is. "Before, I was running away from life. Now I embrace it. You never know how long you have. So I cherish every minute." She said, "I'm happier than I've ever been in my life." Kidman is currently filming for 'Grace of Monaco', a film about Grace Kelly which is set for release in 2014.
Nicki Minaj has been caught cussing at Mariah Carey on American Idol. It was never going to be long before the two divas came to blows but we thought Carey would be the first to lose her cool. Apparently not! TMZ have posted footage of Nicki Minaj ranting at American Idol’s production staff and at Mariah herself. The footage is a little blurry and TMZ had to bleep out quite a large portion of what was coming out of Nicki’s mouth. You can see Keith Urban sat between Nicki and Mariah looking exasperated and Randy Jackson is stood at the end of the table, equally powerless.
Not all of the rant is audible but you can hear Nicki saying “I told them I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out… I'm not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.” According to the report, Nicki also threatened to “knock out” Mariah but said it before the camera was recording.
It’s hard to know what the American Idol bosses will be thinking about this latest drama between Nicki and Mariah. In essence, it will probably be good for the show as it’s bound to get more and more viewers intrigued and tuning in. After all, one of the main reasons they revamped the judging line-up was too boost falling viewer figures. What better than a foul-mouthed rant from a rapper in a pink wig to do that?
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