Randy Jackson guests on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Also, watch out for eliminated contestant, Skylar Laine who will probably sit in with Rickey Minor and the band.
Haley Reinhart and Blake Lewis at AT&T event
Haley Reinhart and Blake Lewis, Season 10 and 6 alums respectively, pose for a photo at Thursdays’s AT&T event in Arlington Heights, IL.
‘American Idol’ Burning Questions: Why Did Joshua Ledet Brush Off His Duet Partner? Has Phillip Phillips Ever Gone Phishing? – So what really went down between Philip and Joshua? “I was scared of what Philip was going to do onstage because backstage, saying ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that,’” Joshua elaborated after the show. “So I was nervous of what he was going to do.” Under the threat of something “horrifyingly embarrassing,” Joshua pulled away. “I was scared,” he said. As for Phillip, he explains the situation this way: “We had to make the best of the situation because we were both, like, ‘Why are we doing this song?’ We didn’t really want to look at each other because we thought it would be weird, so at the end we just said, let’s have fun with it.” – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
American Idol Backstage Scoop: Did Jennifer Lopez Snub Tonight’s Eliminated Contestant? - Some Idol fans may be scratching their heads at the results, but it was pretty obvious at commercial break that Phillip’s female fans are keeping him in the competition. When Ryan Seacrest jokingly gave Phillip’s chewed-up gum (used as an impromptu prop on the show) to a pack of screechy cheerleaders, there was definitely a little scuffle to see who would end up with a scrap of Phillip to take home. Ummm…yeah. “Jennifer didn’t say much to me at the end,” she spilled. “She just said, ‘See you later.’ She was [short], but Steven [Tyler] is a known fan of mine, and him and Randy [Jackson] both told me I’ll have a long career. I also heard that Carrie Underwood said to someone that the country music community has already welcomed me with open arms, and that means a lot to me.” – Read more at EOline
American Idol Top 5 – Constantine Maroulis’ Unofficial Idol Forum
Carrie Underwood on husband Mike Fisher’s NHL playoff beard and having kids – But Underwood tells Zap2it backstage after her “American Idol” performance that she doesn’t have a really strong opinion about her husband’s beard either way. “I haven’t seen him. I answered that once and it got picked up everywhere that ‘Carrie hates her husband’s face,'” she laughs. “I mean, he’s hot — he’s a hot guy! So of course I would love him to look like he normally looks but he is a hockey player,” and beards come with the territory. – Read more at Zap2it
Carrie Underwood sad to see ‘American Idol’ country girl Skylar Laine go – “Of course I loved seeing Skylar up there representing country music,” she tells Zap2it backstage after her performance. “It’s sad to see her not on the show anymore.” So, now that the country girl is gone, who’s got her vote heading into Top 4 week? All of them. “I mean they are all very good. It’s hard for me,” she admits. “I have no idea who it is going to be. They really occupy their own genres and music which is really cool. I just have no idea who will end up as the winner.” – Read more at Zap2it
Carrie Underwood Backstage At ‘American Idol’
Steven Tyler Backstage
Documentary featuring James Durbin to debut on PBS – May is National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, and, in that vein, last year’s “American Idol” finalist James Durbin — who battles Tourette’s Syndrome — is featured in the PBS documentary “Different is the New Normal,” narrated by Michael J. Fox. The film, which premieres Sunday, May 20 (at 7 p.m.) on Ch. 13 here in New York, focuses on high school teen Ariel Small (whose mother, Robin Small, produced the film) — and the uphill struggles he’s faced dealing with the stigma that often accompanies Tourette’s sufferers (who deal with uncontrollable facial and vocal tics, among other symptoms). – Read moe at the New York Post
‘X Factor’ U.K. Veteran Judge Louis Walsh to Return for Ninth Season – LONDON – The team of judges for the U.K. version of The X Factor is slowly coming together, with ITV confirming the return of show veteran Louis Walsh for the music talent competition’s ninth season. The music manager is the only judge to have been with the Simon Cowell-created show, which returns to ITV in late summer, since its launch in 2004. Last month, the show had already announced that Take That star Gary Barlow would return as a judge. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter
Cee Lo Green Says He’s Sticking With ‘The Voice’ – “I would like to think that we were irreplaceable, you know what I’m saying?” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But the truth of the matter is, we’re still working-class artists and artists can be very fickle. …. I would like to be here as long as it’s fresh and new and exciting and fun for me.” Green, 37, said considers the gig a “day job” and expects that NBC has plans in place should any of the judges decide to leave. But for now he’s happy to continue “building the brand of Cee Lo Green” on the popular TV series, which ends its second season next week. – Read more at Access Hollywood
Lauryn Anabelle Martinez: J.R. Martinez’s Baby Girl – Congratulations are in order for “Dancing With the Stars” champ J.R. Martinez! He welcomed a baby girl on May 2 with girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones, People confirms. Lauryn Anabelle Martinez was born 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and is 21 inches long, and already has a nickname — Belle. – Read more at Huffington Post