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MJ Family Offended by ‘A.I.’ Pepsi Moment
Michael Jackson’s family is offended by a comment made on “American Idol” last night by a contestant, who made light of MJ’s devastating injury that triggered years of drug abuse.
The “Pepsi moment” is a reference to the 1984 incident where Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial, severely burning his scalp — an injury that triggered an addiction to prescription drugs that may have ultimately taken his life.
A Jackson family rep tells TMZ, “We were shocked to see this. It’s nothing to make light of and everybody should be focusing on who was responsible for Michael’s death.”
The rep says Joe was particularly upset that producers didn’t take the remark out of the West Coast feed.
UPDATE: James Durbin just tweeted, “For anyone talkin..I said pepsi NOT MJ! I have no disrespect for Michael. I grew up singing his art. I guess youll take it how you want it…” and then followed that up with, “Talkin about MJs passing is too soon. Making a reference to an incident 25 years ago..not too soon. The stab was at pepsi people.”
Record-Setting 55 Million Votes Cast After Last Night’s “American Idol” Performance Show
Last night, after the Top 11 finalists performed the songs of Sir Elton John, more than 55 million votes were cast, setting a new American Idol voting record for this early in the competition.
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‘American Idol': Post-Show Breakdown With the Top 11
After an Elton John-themed night of American Idol, the remaining 11 contestants sat down with reporters to discuss the previous week and the night’s performances.
On the judges using their save last week:
Casey Abrams: I think I just lost color in my skin and the fact I was just shaking and I dropped the microphone and this … I didn’t know what to do, there were a lot of F-bombs there; I was really scared.
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Kris Allen dropped by the American Idol offices this afternoon, and he brought along Zorro
@AmericanIdol: “Let the music play! Some of our #idol boys jamming in their fav studio hangout spot…”
Something Pitchy: The Top 11 Perform … Again
Did Haley Reinhart finally hit the mark or was it a case of trying too hard, too late? Was Naima Adedapo’s Rhasta rendition of “I’m Still Standing” an innovative performance or a total put-on? And what about Thia Megia’s perma-smile and James Durbin’s pyro-piano antics?
Myself, Rickey Yaneza and MJ Santilli sink our teeth into the Top 11’s Elton John hit parade in this edition of AOL’s ‘American Idol’ talk show, “Something Pitchy!”
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Justin Guarini, Paul Iacono to Star in RENT at Surflight Theatre, 5/28-6/19
Direct from Broadway’s American Idiot, American Idol’s Justin Guarini and MTV’s Paul Iacono (star of the hit series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger”) will star in Jonathan Larson’s landmark rock musical RENT at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ, from May 28 through June 19. Guarini will play Roger and Iacono will star as Mark. Opening Night is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at 8:00pm. Celebrating its 62nd Season of Broadway by the Beach, Surflight Theatre, a Jersey Shore entertainment destination for over 60 years, is now under the leadership of Producer and Surflight alum Roy Miller.
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Guest Blogger and ‘American Idol’ Alum Siobhan Magnus: ‘Bring on the Pyro and Smoke Machine!’
I’m not going to pretend, this was the first time I tuned into American Idol since being on the show. I’d seen the contestants’ faces on the commercials, because I watch a lot of Seinfeld on Fox on our basic cable TV, but hadn’t heard any of them yet.
It was mainly because I’ve been super busy working on my music, but also, I was kind of apprehensive of how it would make me feel to watch Idol again. Just hearing the theme music in the ads caused a sensation in my belly that put me right back in this mental state of panic — like it’s my turn and I’m about to go on the show. So that crazy feeling of performing kept me away and also the fear of watching and getting mad, bitter or bratty about it. Like if the judges are really nice to somebody who made the same mistake I did, I would have to cry, “No fair!” And I’m all about justice.
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Carrie Underwood On ‘American Idol’ Season 10: For Whom Is She Rooting?
Former “American Idol” Carrie Underwood chats with Access at the “Soul Surfer” premiere about Season 10 of “American Idol.” For which of the contestants is she rooting? Plus, what does she think about Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges? Lastly, how has it been for Carrie having husband Mike Fisher playing in Nashville?
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Rock of Ages Casts Its Leading Man
Attention hair-metal fans: Vulture has learned that Adam Shankman’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway (and soon, West End) musical Rock of Ages (yes, the one co-starring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin, among others) has found its leading man in Diego González Boneta.
If the name has you asking, “¿Diego … quién?” you know him from telenovelas both Mexicano and gringo: Boneta played the killed-in-a-limo-wreckpop singer Javier Luna on the last two seasons of the CW’s 90210, and more recently had a recurring role on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars as the hardworking, salsa-dancing line cook Alex Santiago.
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