‘American Idol’ judges weigh the competition as finalists play post-Disney Night matinee – The top eight — Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Walker Burroughs, Wade Cota, Laine Hardy, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Alyssa Raghu and Madison VanDenburg – showed no wear and tear, aside from one singer’s vocal strain, and seemed quite happy to be at what was billed as a “listening session.” For one thing, it means they’re still in the ABC singing competition. In response to social-media complaints that Uche and Graham were the only two black singers remaining, Perry says the judges advance singers based on their talent and performance, and there’s often “a disconnect” between “Idol” voters and those who comment on social media. As for the viewers’ choices, “it’s out of our hands. The audience is what it is. We try to bring many different voices to the table, but we only choose based on the talent.” – Read more at USAToday
American Idol Q&A: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie
Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie sit down with Radio Disney’s Morgan Tompkins to share their best advice, behind the scenes stories, and what it’s been like mentoring the “GREATEST” Idol class ever!
‘American Idol’ hopeful Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon’s brave coming-out story: ‘Everybody was a little jolted by how transparent I was being’ – “I think ‘estranged’ would be the wrong term,” Harmon clarifies to Yahoo Entertainment. “I think one thing that I’ve learned in the process of owning my own story, and taking my personal power, is how to draw appropriate boundaries in my life. And part of that resulted in me quitting the job at my dad’s church and deciding to move out of my parents’ house, because of differences that we had. Even through that, I’ve always been in touch with them, and I’ve made it a point to keep the conversation going. I’ve never been estranged from my parents. There is intentional distance, but I think that distance has been healthy for us. “I think everybody is going to see how that’s shaped and strengthened our relationship next week,” he adds, revealing that his parents will be in the audience when he performs on this Sunday’s Queen Night. – Read more at Yahoo.com
Kelly Clarkson: ‘I love the Cross Battles’
Kelly believes the round puts the focus back on the contestants.
Q&A: Singer Haley Reinhart talks inspiration for latest album, industry experiences – They’re all kind of crazy different transitions that I’ve made through my journey as an artist. So I feel like there are probably some similarities – definitely a streamline – between my first record, “Listen Up!,” and “Lo-Fi Soul,” … but I would say on my two original albums, “Listen Up!” and “Better,” you’ll definitely hear a lot of the same kind of, stylistically speaking, moves that I’ve made, because that’s just me. But I do feel like I’ve evolved a lot. So I’ve taken a lot of these different genres that I love so much and finally mixed them together in a way that I think really shows exactly who I am as an artist. – Read more at Daily Bruin
Carrie Underwood Backstage at her Cry Pretty Tour
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Katie Steven Talks ‘The Bold Type’ Season Three and Plans for a ‘Faking It’ Onscreen Reunion
‘The Bold Type’ star Katie Stevens sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio to discuss her days on ‘American Idol,’ why she wants a ‘Faking It’ reunion and more.