Idol Headlines for 3/30/13

Jessica Sanchez and Jordin Sparks to Take Part in Annual White House Easter Egg Roll – This week’s final announcement details the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 135th year and the largest annual public event at the White House. The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 1st, on the South Lawn of the White House and is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. The entire Easter Egg Roll event, including all of the headliner music acts and Storytime Stage readers, will be broadcast live on Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Sesame Street, and The Wanted will perform on the Rockin’ Egg Roll Stage. Jessica Sanchez will sing the National Anthem. – Read more at

‘American Idol’ Creator Simon Fuller Settles Lawsuit With Fox Over ‘X Factor’ – “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller has made nice with the show’s network Fox, after suing Fox over credit and fees from its other singing competition, “The X Factor.” Fuller has settled a lawsuit he filed against Fox Broadcasting Company and “Idol” production company Fremantle, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. – Read more at The Wrap

Paul Jolley – Color Run – Nashville

Paul Jolley ran in the Color Run in Nashville this morning.

Devin Velez: ‘We all know Nicki wants a girl to win’ – It’s a girl’s year on American Idol — and the guys know it. “We all know that Nicki [Minaj] wants a girl to win — it’s okay,” says Devin Velez, the singer most recently ousted from the show. “But we have our own opinions about Nicki, too. It goes both ways.” (On Monday, the Idol judge said a guy had no chance of winning his year and named Ange Miller, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover as the competition’s front-runners.) – Read more at USAToday

‘American Idol': Devin Velez’s Last Words (Video)

Hollywood Reporter

American Idol, The Day After: Top 8 Results Dish with Brooke White

Kree Harrison Talks Aretha Franklin Performance,

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo Talks Collaboration

Jennifer Hudson on upcoming album: “I’m being able to show myself as a true artist” – The Grammy-winning singer recently entered the studio to start work on her third studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s “I Remember Me.” The “Dream Girls” star told that she’s really excited about the upcoming release, due out by the end of the year, saying, “I’m getting to be more creative. I’m even sitting the in the producer’s chair. I’m creating the Jennifer Hudson sound. And I feel like I’m being able to show myself as a true artist more so than a vocalist.” – Read more at

‘Voice’ Folkies Midas Whale Talk Rock Operas, ‘Idol’ Origins, and Being “Baked” – YAHOO! MUSIC: So would you say you are more “baked” now that you were on “Idol,” Jon? JON: I am so baked right now! [laughs] I would say that when I was on “Idol,” I most certainly wasn’t ready for the experience that came to me. I hadn’t really thought much about being in the music business. I hadn’t done much preparation for it, and I didn’t really know what I was getting into. And I hesitate to say some of these things, because I don’t want in any way to sound ungrateful. But I will say a lot of things came fast and furious that I wasn’t really necessarily prepared for, nor did I truly really appreciate them when they came along. And I think working at my craft for the last 10 years has given me a different perspective, obviously, than I had back then. –

Dancing’s Derek Hough: I’m Really Impressed By Kellie – We have the jive next. It’s a hard dance. It’s a lot different from the jazz, which definitely played to Kellie’s strengths. The jive is so fast and the technique in it is so difficult. There are a lot of different elements. This is the first week where the pressure’s really on since we only have five days to do a routine going forward. It’s tough because the jive is so fast, so that means more steps. There’s more choreography within that minute and 15 seconds. You could do six steps in one second in the jive, whereas in the rumba, you probably do, like, two steps in five seconds. – Read more at TV Guide

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  • Jason Gorny

    Interesting piece about Simon Fuller… He should be focusing on saving American Idol instead of worrying about the X-Factor. At least Simon Cowell is more involved with the X-Factor

  • Mateja Praznik

    The Voice UK season 2 premieres tonight on BBC.

    Daily Mail has an article about last seasons winner who bombed on the charts with her winner’s single:

    Digital Spy has an editorial about this, too. However, the writer doesn’t think The Voice has to produce a star.

    Meanwhile, Ant & Dec (Britain’s Got Talent hosts) aren’t too worried about The Voice. They are going head to head with The Voice tonight with their hit show Saturday Night Takeaway. Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan appear on it tonight.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam doing a commercial for reality singing competition in Korea called Super Star K5:

  • Miz

    Really enjoyed Brooke’s take on this year’s Idol with Lyndsey Parker.

    I also enjoyed LP’s interview with Midas Whale. Lots of interesting stuff from Jon and Ryan about their Voice experience so far. I really hope they go far. I’m a fan now of both them and The Voice.

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    Midias Whale = Might as well?

  • H.A.

    Adam Lambert, His Faces, His Hunger & His Hotness Hit The Abbey For Lunch.

    Oh hey Adam Lambert! Look at you being all fabulous and eating a yummy lunch.The incredibly gorgeous hit-maker was spotted at West Hollywood hot spot The Abbey yesterday (March 30) grabbing lunch with a group of friends. Adam was all about making faces during lunch, which were all hysterical. Also, he is really getting into that food.

    Adam Lambert: GLAAD Media Awards Honoree!

    Adam Lambert keeps it fierce while grabbing lunch with his
    friends at The Abby on Friday (March 29) in West Hollywood,

    Adam Lambert on the cover of SoundUp Magazine- Indonesia

    ALEX RUDIART – Time for Miracles (Adam Lambert)- XFactor Indonesia 29 March 2013

  • H.A.

    Love Radio – Adam Lambert concert in St. Petersburg

  • Axxxel

    About that clip from X factor Indonesia… I woke up at 1 am and heard the last notes of his performance on live TV. Of course it was not perfect and he was not saved by the judges… but when I saw the video package of his journey…. it turned out that he was the “rocker”… and only in his more recent performances he showed a more flamboyant side… Wish him well.. and thank you for giving me that pleasant surprise of waking up to an Adam Lambert song.

  • bridgette12

    Love that he was on he cover of a Indonesian magazine and TFM was sung on their XFactor.

  • Incipit

    “Midias(sic) Whale = Might as well?”

    Yes, DorkAngel-GBW, according to JPL, when said in his duo partner’s regional accent. It’s a clever name, I think – it has good connotations. Midas = ‘what you touch turns to gold’, and Whale is another name for a big spender at a casino…or just a successful person open to being an investor..what is also called an “Angel”. (Although Midas Angel wouldn’t work at all. *snerk*) In any case, it’s quirky, and leaves the impression of Big Things happening. I like it.

  • joelhss1

    Love Brooke! I think that season probably had the closest connection between the contestants.

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    I think it’s pretty clever too. Like Nike’s logo, “Just Do It” (Go for broke). I’ll have to go listen to their performance. Btw, I really love the background knowledge/insite/input you give here at MJ’s. Thanks :)

  • girlygirl

    So Harry from 1D is recording a solo album? Isn’t this usually the first step in boy bands breaking up?

  • Happyhexer


    *Whoops! I responded before I saw Incipit’s post below.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Didn’t the group just sign a huge multi-year contract that keeps them together?

  • Mateja Praznik

    Yeah, as far as I know, the boys have a strict contract for the next three years with 1album/year arrangement or something.

    The boys are working on new music, even while on tour. And when they record, sometimes only two or three go to the studio together.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Last night’s UK TV ratings are in. As expected, And & Dec’s show had no problem beating The Voice UK premiere.

    UK TV Ratings @TVRatingsUK
    A clear win for @antanddec over #TheVoiceUK with and without +1, although The Voice peaked higher once #SNT ended.

    UK TV Ratings @TVRatingsUK
    AVERAGES (including +1): @AntandDec’s #SNT 7.19m (8.23m peak). #TheVoiceUK 6.24m (8.15m peak).

    Good news for ITV and Simon Cowell. Britain’s Got Talent is expected to launch on April 13th. Ant & Dec also host BGT.

  • Face

    totes not surprised… unlike in the US… The Voice in the UK is not seen as the fresh new shiny alternative…
    TV UK judges don’t have the same chemistry as their US counterparts, aren’t seen as fun, sexy and playful… if anything people many commented on how annoying they were… with interactions often seeming forced and feedback to the contestants sometimes seeming trite…
    and as in UK we’ve had X Factor for 9 years the mentoring concept is nothing new, so its really only the blind audition and turning chairs that have any novelty… if I recall last year ratings plummeted after the auditions ended…
    plus the talent last year was hardly spectacular… with anyone possibly decent being eliminated early on… I imagine partially because TV UK is on BBC1… which generally has an older and more middle of the road demographic… hence we ended up with a nice but bland female AC winner doing drab covers of 3rd class Whitney ballads… yawn

  • HKfan

    Will I am and Jessie J are lots of fun and playful…..

  • Face

    much of my comments are based on what I have read and heard others say about the show… I tried to watch it but found it was nothing more XF UK (with spinning chairs) but from about 6 years ago… even though they tried to make it out in the pre launch press and media it was different to and better than the XF…
    plus I had seen TV US S1 and there clearly wasn’t the chemistry those judges had, nor the level of talent…
    if you like will & Jessie then, great… but I agreed with most of the negative comments about TV UK… and I didn’t really care for the judges at all… actually haven’t really cared about UK XF judges for a couple of years now either… but at least that show doesn’t try and pretend its something its not…

  • Incipit

    So, I had to look up who were Ant and Dec and what was their show – which I found. Is Saturday Night Takeaway like a variety style show with guest stars? I guess only The Chairs on The Voice is of interest in the UK too?

    But while I was out looking for that, I saw that record producer Phil Ramone had died on Saturday. I knew who he was. The music world was left richer for his contributions, and poorer for his loss. Billy Joel called him “…the most talented guy in my band,” Mr. Joel said in a statement on Saturday. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw onstage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with — longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

  • Mateja Praznik

    Ant and Dec are British TV hosts and yes, SNT is a variety show. And not a new one:

    They might bring this to the US.

    And and Dec also host Britain’s Got Talent, I’m a Celebrity … Get me out of here! and Red&Black. They also presented Idol in the UK.

  • Incipit

    “They might bring this to the US.”

    Wow. That would be interesting…because there is a long tradition of weekly variety shows with guest singers in the US that nowadays exist in the form of specials and proliferating award shows instead. SNL is the one remaining example, and Glee is the Bastart Child of the Variety format. IDK what “Smash” was, but I have often thought the audience for good music would tune in if Variety shows were once again offered at a polished enough level to draw interesting artists who would keep the audience’s attention. But that kind of show needs a popular host, and writers who are in tune with the current mood of the public.I’ll be interested to see what happens – it may be time for that format to return…we can’t fit too many more award shows into the schedules. *snerk*.

  • elliegrll

    In the US, I think that The The Voice is only the shiny new thing among some members of the press, especially those who don’t like American Idol. It’s ratings don’t indicate that it is anywhere near achieving the cult status that AI had.

  • valarie

    My local Fox affiliate is advertising the heck out of the ‘Are you ready to rock/ no slow stuff’ theme. Apparently they think ballads are killing the ratings. LOL

  • Happyhexer

    Not sure this is the best spot for my question, but has MJ posted the studio versions of the Top 8 songs anywhere, and I just somehow missed them? Or is that posted later on, on a different day? Very curious about that.

  • HKfan

    Love Ant and Dec, especially hosting I’m a celebrity.
    They have been working together since their teens when they appeared on Byker Grove together (a kids drama series). They were also a pop duo for a while, and did 3 albums I think…

  • Jennifer Woolley

    Corey Monteith in rehab– damn.,,20687046,00.html

  • KelseyW

    There is a thread about them that was posted this past Thursday. Here’s a link to it. :)