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.
Australian Country Singer Keith Urban, topped the Billboard 200 Album Charts, beating Canadian singer The Weeknd, in a tremendously close race.
Billboard reported that 'Fuse' sold 98,000 copies whereas 'Kiss Land' sold an equally impressive 95,000, with 3,000 copies separating the No.1 and No.2 spot, based on Nielson SoundScan data collected from the past week.
This was the smallest margin of victory since January of this year (2013) where the soundtrack to 'Les Miserables' nudged past Mumford &Sons 'Babel' by only 2,000 copies. Rapper 2-Chainz took the No.3 spot with 'B.O.A.T.S II #METIME' selling 63,000 copies which is a huge drop compared to his debut album 'Based on a T.R.U Story' that finished at the top spot, selling more than twice as much with 147,000 copies.
Continue reading: Keith Urban Tops Billboard Album Charts With 'Fuse'
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.
The all new and improved judging panel...looks rather familiar.
Well, it looks like the American Idol mayhem is all over. We can all breathe a little easier, knowing that the American Idol set won’t feature two empty chairs next season, driving poor Keith Urban to such a state of lonely desperation, that he ends up pushing a hidden button under his Coke cup, which causes the entire set to explode in a massive fireworks display announcing the death of America’s original televised talent show, while Mariah Carey’s 'Hero' blasts out of the sound system.
Say hello to Harry Connick Jr.!
It would have been spectacular to behold, but so is the new jury lineup, which consists of Urban, of course, in the company of Idol veteran Jennifer Lopez (three cheers for J.Lo and her top bun!) and, the new face nobody was expecting – former Idol mentor Harry Connick Jr. Idol’s resident nice guy – Randy Jackson – returns in the role of mentor.
Jennifer Lopez may return to judge on 'American Idol'. Sources working within the show have suggested she is currently in talks with the 'Idol' produces.
Jennifer Lopez may be returning to judge American Idol if sources working on the televised reality show can be believed. This is according to a source speaking to the New York Post earleir this week, however, the source was not able to officially confirm whether Lopez has signed the deal as they lacked authorisation.
Will Jennifer Lopez be returning to judge American Idol?
However, another source close to Lopez believes the 44-year-old will be returning to judge. This source appears to be Lopez's boyfriend, and former backing dancer, Casper Smart who told E! she would be returning for the 13th season. Despite plans to work on her music, it seems Lopez has decided she wants to return to the show in order for her schedule to include more time with her children. Lopez has 5-year-twins, named Emme and Max, with her ex-husband Marc Antony.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lopez Planning Return To American Idol?
Good news for Idol junkies: J Lo is back!
Turns out Jennifer Lopez’s time on American Idol really has been the show’s most entertaining run to date. It’s no wonder that the show is bringing back the opinionated singer (hopefully with her majestic top knot in tow). According to a report by Deadline, Lopez has just signed a $15 million deal with Fox to return to the next season of Idol, along with longtime judge Keith Urban and of course everyone’s favorite Idol host Randy Jackson.
Jennifer Lopez made for one of Idol's most entertaining seasons to date.
Lopez and Idol have a long and storied history together. The singer came on Fox’s talent competition in 2010, at a low point in her own career. She managed to save the show’s ratings after the departure of the judge everyone loved to hate, Simon Cowell. Now, Fox seems to be hoping for the same kind of turnaround, after the network wasted some extremely high paychecks on Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj last season. All the diva spats in the world couldn’t save American Idol from a ratings nose dive and almost losing the competition to NBC’s brand new shiny contender, The Voice.
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?
Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the names confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in September. The two-day festival, set to be held on September 20 and 21, will also feature performances from Elton John, Keith Urban and a special pairing of Queen (with Brian May) and the former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
The main festival line-up was announced on Monday morning (July 15, 2013) in a press conference hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A final schedule will be announced closer to the festival, though Timberlake, Perry, Elton and Bruno Mars are likely to be the marquee names. The likes of Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Fun, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim Mcgraw, Ke&ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi are other high profile names to have been confirmed.
Last year's festivals played host to No Doubt, Pink, Usher and Swedish House Mafia though it will be remembered for Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown during Green Day's set. After smashing the band's instruments in protest of his set being cut short, Armstrong left the stage and was admitted to rehab the next day, cancelling his band's tour dates and promotional appearances.
The iHeartRadio Festival lineup packs a lot of talent into just two days.
Prepare for strangeness, as the iHeart Radio music festival is once again upon us and it comes with an eclectic lineup once again this year. Said lineup has now been announced, and while there won’t be another meltdown from Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong, since the band won’t be performing this year, there are still plenty of names on their for fans of various genres to get excited about.
Productive as ever, Justin Timberlake will make an appearance.
For anyone who’s following current musical trends, Justin Timberlake and Ke$ha both feature in the lineup, as do J Cole, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, AWOLNATION and even 30 Seconds to Mars – pretty much everyone, who has an album to promote, it would seem. The festivities will once again be based in Las Vegas, taking place over Sept 20 and 21. There are some changes to the festival structure as well, with the addition of the iHeart village, featuring such talent as Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. The village is actually a brand new festival stage – according to the official website “ On Saturday, September 21, from 10a - 4p, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village takes over a brand-new outdoor venue, The Lot, right on the Strip. ” The full lineup (for both the main stage and the village) is listed below, curtesy of the official iHeart website.
It was a gig to remember for country fans.
These days Taylor Swift is an unstoppable force in pop, but she made it clear that she hasn’t forgotten her country roots when she teamed up with Tim Mcgraw and Keith Urban at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville this weekend, The LA Times reports. Taylor joined McGraw for a performance of his latest single, Highway Don’t Care, which is a collab between McGraw, Urban and Swift herself, and sounds like a cross between a ballad and a PSA for careful driving. It is a pretty catchy tune though and the trio managed to do it justice with their live performance.
At first, Swift appeared onstage alone to perform an homage to her idol – one of her first hits, “Time McGraw” after which the man himself materialised on stage and the two launched into the emotional performance of Highway Don’t Care. Urban popped by soon after for the ballad’s guitar solo. After their appearance, all three musicians were ecstatic and didn’t fail to share the feeling with their fans over Twitter.
“Such a blast joining @TheTimMcGraw and @taylorswift13 tonite at #CMAfest!!! Ready to rock Saturday!!! –KU,” tweeted Urban after the show. For a snippet of their number together, check out the video below.
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'
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
Talking to TMZ's, The View, Barbara Walters, who spoke with Mariah, said she was concerned because "Nicki walked off the set and multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch." The quote was met with gasps from the audience and panel, alongside a few chuckles. Walters, who also quoted Mariah as saying that Nicki is "unpredictable", went on to explain how concerned she is, and how she's with her twins, hoping nothing would happen. Nicki tweeted: "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave." And continued: "I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn." Ouch.
Fellow judge Keith Urban has mixed feelings on the on-going feud; he told Extra TV, he felt like "the UN" but added, "I love it, I gotta say. I love working with passionate people. I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It's a very alive and very invigorating work environment."
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A video obtained by TMZ had previously shown Minaj shouting that she's "not f---in' putting up with Her F---ing Highness over there," and now a source close to the action has confirmed that the drama was once manageable, but is now getting out of hand. "This is really starting to get nasty. . A bit of controversy is OK - even good - because it adds spice to the show," explained the source. However, if it gets too intense and their true dislike for each other becomes obvious - and continuously obvious - then that moves into the uncomfortable stage for the viewers," they added. Fox have declined to comment both the video, and the state of affairs that lead to Minaj and Carey's fiery showdown, presumably because of the rumours that the events are being fabricated for publicity. But they are just that: rumours. Another source, this one close to judge Keith Urban, said: "Keith is such a wonderful, easygoing, lovely guy. This kind of drama was not the reason he signed on to be an 'Idol' judge. . He hates nastiness in any form."
Ryan Seacrest, though, as the host of the show, thinks the tension is a good thing. " 'Idol' needs some passionate debate. It did get intense. We want that. . The feedback that they give is very good," he explained on his radio show yesterday (October 4th, 2012).
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?
The video serves to validate the rumours that Minaj and Carey have been feuding during their time on the talent show, as reports suggest that both ladies would prefer to be centre of attention. "I told them, I'm not (expletive) putting up with her (expletive) highness over there," Minaj said on the video, turning towards Carey, who does offer a repost, but her part of the video is inaudible.
Keith Urban, who is seated between the two women, can be seen raising his arms to suggest his departure from the conflict, and fourth judge Randy Jackson can be heard saying "Hold up" in an apparent effort to defuse the clash. Cynical as it may be, the Idol people may be hoping this kind of thing manifests itself on stage, as nothing screams ratings louder than a diva fight, live on television.
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Nicki Minaj’s American Idol journey may have only just begun, though it looks like the NY Queens rapper may be getting the taste for reality television. During an interview with Perez Hilton, the multi-talented MC hinted that she may let cameras into her life for a new series.
Asked if she was working on a separate project to Idol, Minaj coyly answered, “That I'm going to keep a secret for now,” though revealed she was “considering” the idea of a Kardashian-esque reality show. To be fair, the rapper seemed pretty convinced by the idea of a reality show, telling Hilton, “I will say that I find the more people see, is the more they understand, and then it's the more they like you…When you pull them in your world, they see you as a real person. I'm not running away from it anymore.” In the past couple of months, the 27-year-old has released a new perfume, an album, and has a fashion line set for later this year, though it seems she’s still ready to take on new projects. Minaj will also make her judging debut on American Idol in January, though she’s currently taping the audition rounds with Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson.
Reports suggest E! Online (the home of the Kardashians) will have first option on the reality series, while rumors suggest she’s already started filming!
Well that didn’t take long now did it? As expected, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj wasted no time going in going head-to-head during the first day of shooting on American Idol on Sunday (September 16, 2012).
Possibly proving correct the theory that there’s room for only one ‘diva’ on the ‘Idol’ panel, the pair began feuding almost immediately – according to TMZ.com – with Mariah interrupting the ‘Pink Friday’ rapper on numerous occasions. However, each time the 42-year-old attempted to take the spotlight, Queens-born Minaj fought back by talking even louder. One insider privy to the first day of filming said “Mariah and Nicki tried to cover their disdain for each other but everyone saw through it,” adding, “These girls just don’t like each other.” You may recall TMZ.com reporting on the new judging line-up a couple of months back, with a source claiming Carey had literally slammed down the phone when producers told her Minaj had been hired. The two are part of a new look judging panel for the Fox reality singing show, with country crooner Keith Urban and Randy Jackson also providing their expertise.
Though questions about Carey and Minaj’s suitability on the same panel will inevitably remain, it’s likely that Fox bosses are already rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of a diva-feud. Ratings, ratings, ratings.
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