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Jordan Smith Set to Perform on People’s Choice Awards
The Voice winner, Jordan Smith, will perform on Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards at 9/8c on CBS.
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Gearing up for Wednesday’s Idol Premiere!
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Tori Kelly on What It Feels Like to Have Simon Cowell Call Your Voice “Almost Annoying” – Even though she has a totally ~fire~ track with Ed Sheeran out now (“I Was Made for Loving You”), she was once cut from American Idol. Back when she was 16, judge Simon Cowell called her voice “almost annoying.” Tori was eliminated from season nine. “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it,” she said. “I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.” – Read more at Seventeen.com
The End of ‘American Idol,’ TV’s Last Cultural Big Tent – The series became an island of mainstream in a sea of niche by embodying contradictions. It grabbed a broad audience by bringing together singers from different pop subcultures — country versus bubble gum, R&B versus rock — and pitting them against one another in a battle of national preferences. It was simultaneously vicious and sentimental, a uniter and a divider. It changed the rules for making pop stardom. Then social media changed those rules again, giving musicians an even more direct conduit to audiences than reality TV did and contributing to the show’s eventual downfall. – New York Times
Randy Jackson looks back on 15 years of American Idol (and the elimination that still pains him) – You’ve sat through countless auditions — have any songs been completely ruined for you?
Every season we banned songs. People were just killing Alicia Keys, they were killing Adele, they were killing Mariah [Carey]. People love and admire those songs, but sometimes they’re just so terrible it’s like, my God, come on, save yourself and save us. Save the world! But Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’.” Alicia, God bless you, baby, but man, I don’t know what was goin’ on with them and your song. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Ryan Seacrest gets nostalgic as final ‘American Idol’ season bows January 6 – As “Idol” lost its mojo in recent seasons, the original judges left, replaced by the current trio of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. But there has been one constant: Seacrest. “I never finished a season thinking, ‘Gosh, I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m bored with it.’ I never felt that. I always look forward to doing the show. I’ve always loved hosting it. It never felt right to say goodbye or walk away.” Although the show is ending, Seacrest is psyched that they will have an official farewell season. “I’m excited to re-live some of these great memories. It’s been such a great part of my life.” – Read more at AJC.com