American Idol season 14 premieres tonight! It’s a ONE HOUR SHOW at 8/7c pm, followed by the premiere of the hip hop musical drama, Empire at 9/8c pm. On FOX.
The People’s Choice awards airs tonight at 9/8c PM on CBS. Katharine McPhee and more are set to appear.
Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015 – Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, will present the award to recognize Borchetta’s vision and leadership over the course of his career. Previous honorees include Clive Davis, Sylvia Rhone, Dick Clark and Ahmet Ertegun. – Read more at Billboard
iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air Sunday, March 29 on NBC – NEW YORK, N.Y. and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif – January 7, 2015 – iHeartMedia and NBC announced today that the successful iHeartRadio Music Awards will return on Sunday, March 29, 2015 live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The awards will again be broadcast live simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform. – Read more at TVByTheNumbers
What to expect at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards – Favorites in TV, film and music will be recognized at Wednesday’s People Choice Awards, set to air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on CBS starting at 9 p.m. ET. An array of celebrities are scheduled to attend, including Patricia Arquette, Matt Bomer, the cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” Jon Cryer, Viola Davis, Portia de Rossi, Emily Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr., Donald Faison, Billy Gardell, the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Kristen Johnston, Katharine McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah, among others. Ben Affleck will also be honored with the People’s Choice Favorite Humanitarian Award. – Read more at CBS News
Next ‘American Idol’ winner to be Taylor Swift’s labelmate – There’s another shake up ahead for the series, which returns with an hour-long episode at 8 p.m. Wednesday and a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. Thursday: Starting with the live shows in mid-March, “American Idol” will cut back to a two-hour show once a week, on Wednesday. It’s a logical move given the aging show’s ratings decline in an increasingly competitive entertainment landscape, said analyst Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. “American Idol” dipped last season to an all-time low weekly average of 10.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen company figures. That’s about a third of the 30.2 million the singing contest hit at its peak in 2006, when Taylor Hicks claimed the title over runner-up Katharine McPhee. But “Idol” remains a relatively strong performer for Fox, one the network seeks to protect, Adgate said. – Read more at The Daily News
Phillip Phillips on Why He Won’t Mentor “American Idol” Contestants: “I’d Feel Like They Were Just Going to Slap Me” – “No! I don’t have good things to say about even myself, even my work,” Phillip told ABC News Radio when asked if he’d like to do what Adam Lambert , Chris Daughtry and David Cook did last season and give pointers to the Idol hopefuls. “I can’t judge anyone,” he insists. It’s not false modesty on Phillip’s part: he just feels like he’s not seasoned enough to advise anyone. “Maybe twenty or thirty years down the line, but somebody who’s just in the industry for, you know, three or four years, you still got a lot of learning to do, you know,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I don’t know. To work with somebody and tell them, like, ‘No, you need to do this,’ I can’t do that,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I would feel too bad. Or if I told them, ‘I don’t like that,’ then I’d feel like they were just going to slap me or something!” – Read more at ABC News Radio
Elise Testone to leave Charleston for New York after 10 years in music scene – When Elise Testone graduated from Coastal Carolina with a vocal performance degree in 2005, leaving Myrtle Beach to land some paying gigs in Charleston was the next logical move. Now, as she packs up her home on James Island nearly a decade later, the singer said her next career move to New York City feels a bit more profound. “I never really set out to make it big, but I am setting out on a journey and a new chapter in my life,” she said. “Feeling really comfortable here is great, and I’ll always come back to Charleston, I love it here. But I’m not going to grow if I’m comfortable.” – Read more at the Post and Courier
Where Are They Now? American Idol Contestants – When American Idol burst onto the TV scene in June 2002, the show quickly became a national sensation. Co-hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman (remember him?) guided viewers through this singing competition that promised to make a star out of a young, unknown performer. Idol proved to be the ultimate in audience participation. As Seacrest explained, “You at home decide who will become the next American Idol.” – Read more at Biography
Can Scott Borchetta save a sinking ‘American Idol’? – “American Idol” is back for Season 14 on Wednesday night with a shockingly low amount of fanfare — sure, there were some commercials on Fox lately, but nowhere near the amount that used to bombard audiences when the reality singing competition is in its heyday. Ratings plummeted over the last several seasons, and the network knows they’re not likely to improve by much.
So, now that so many viewers have jumped ship, what’s the point anymore? We get it, but there’s one very intriguing element that should compel you watching: Scott Borchetta, the show’s new mentor for the season, replacing Jimmy Iovine and Randy Jackson. – Read more at Washington Post
Harry Connick Jr. Talks ‘American Idol’ Talent, Making JLo Laugh – See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2015/01/07/harry-connick-jr-talks-american-idol-talent-making-jennifer-lopez-laugh/#sthash.RryBq7p2.dpuf – “I’d say this year is ready for primetime. They’re green, and they’re not very experienced because they’re all really young. As you know, some of them are 15 and 16-years-old,” he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest over the phone on Tuesday. “But there’s qualities that they have that I think that make them more suited to the big stage of American Idol. Last year we had people that were immensely talented, but in a nutshell, they were shy.” – Read more at Ryan Seacrest.com