Steven Tyler — The ‘Idol’ Audition That Made Him Cry
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Audra McDonald, Justin Guarini, Michael Cerveris Join Drama League Celebration of Patti LuPone
The Drama League will present its 27th annual all-star gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway, Feb. 7 in the Grand Ballroom at The Pierre New York. The evening will honor two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, most recently back on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
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The reality is that we love mean judges
All of which has fans wondering: Have we entered the age of a kinder, gentler “Idol”? And if so, can the show still thrive without a mean judge?
Toby Young isn’t so sure. The British writer and former “Top Chef” mean judge says he thinks it’s a mistake to encourage judges to play nice. “The brutal truth is that we enjoy watching other people suffer, ” he says. “It was true of the Romans and it’s true of us. Reality TV is the 21st century equivalent of the gladiatorial arena.”
Read more at Los Angeles Times
Jim Cantiello’s Randy Jackson Interview
Watch all 4 parts HERE.
Hudson, Lobo among Chicago Music Award winners
Rhythm & blues singers Jennifer Hudson and Jeremih and Pop music starlet Demi Lobo were among the recipients of the Chicago Music Awards.
The 30th annual awards show, held Sunday at the Excalibur nightclub, featured an array of talent across all genres.
Hudson snagged two awards: Pop Entertainer of the Year and R & B Entertainer of the Year.
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Jennifer Hudson Swept Up in Wedding Fever
“Everything is already set, ” she tells me. “We already have our wedding bands and everything made, and Neil Lane made them.”
And, she’s chosen her dress.
“I designed it myself. I did. It has its own show. It is a show, so it has to have its own moment with special lighting and everything, and theme music. Oh, I am so serious.”
She adds, “It’s white. That’s the color, in keeping with tradition. Baby came first, but hey.”
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Elliott Yamin Tours Japan
To promote his music, Elliott will perform at Billboard Live in Osaka, Japan on February 8, 9, and 17 and in Tokyo on February 11, 12, 14, and 15. When Elliott returns from Japan, he’ll play a show in his home state—Virginia—at the Meherrin River Arts Council on the 26th of February.
‘IDOL’ PRODUCER: YOUNGER CONTESTANTS BRING NEW ENERGY TO NEW SEASON
Lythgoe told Fox All Access that, at first, he was hesitant about changing the age limit, but after seeing the 15-year-olds who came out for the auditions, he’s now singing a different tune.
Via FOX All Access
‘American Idol’ Judge Steven Tyler Talks Sex, Drugs On ‘Howard Stern’
“He’s angry with me for what? Because I took f—ing ‘Idol’? What a crock of sh–!” he responded vehemently when Stern asked if the TV gig was putting even more distance between Tyler and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. “Wait till Wednesday, ” he teased. “I saw the debut … I’m not a TV guy, I’m a rock-and-roll junkie whore. I’m not used to your stuff, [but] it blew me away, ” he added about the emotions he felt watching the first 10 minutes of the debut episode.
In fact, it was Tyler who asked Stern if he’d ever been with two women at the same time, telling the radio host that it was “the secret to life.” But when the singer’s girlfriend suggested that she and Tyler had already invited another woman into their circle of trust, the Aerosmith frontman suddenly got a bit more squeamish and tried to change the subject. “Ah, Jesus, we’re on television!” he moaned about the Stern TV cameras focused on him, before again insisting that it hadn’t (yet) happened, but might in the future.
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American Idol Starts Tomorrow. You Jazzed Dawg?
Well, here we are, a day before the season 10 premiere of American Idol. Are you excited? I’m excited! First, let’s get this out of the way. The tweets are true: Michael Slezak has left EW. So who will be stepping in to recap five long months of inconceivable song choices, Vitamin Water beer glasses, and raging personality disorders? Who do you think? In true, slick, Seacresty fashion, “The person……recapping American Idol…….for EW.com…..is…..coming up, after the break.”
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Smug’s Out, Talent’s in at ‘Idol’
On Wednesday night, when Fox’s “American Idol” begins its 10th season, the spotlight will be fixed on the two new judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
But it is two others, the music executive Jimmy Iovine and the television producer Nigel Lythgoe, who will do the most to determine the future of America’s most-watched reality show.
Read more at NY Times
Jennifer Lopez Threatens Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes (VIDEO)
How did Jennifer Lopez escape the wrath of host Ricky Gervais at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards? She threatened him! Lopez promised to beat Gervais up after the show if his comments got out-of-hand, she said on ‘Access Hollywood Live’ (weekdays, syndicated).
“It takes a lot of guts to get up there and make the comments he made and go for that type of comedy, ” Lopez said, praising Gervais. “I’m sure, in his mind, it was all in good fun. But there were some awkward [moments].”
Watch the Video at TV Squad
J.Lo Dishes On ‘Idol’ & ‘Glee’
“Some of them were great and some of them weren’t. I had one girl sing ‘If You Had My Love’ so beautiful, she kind of put her own… spin on it and it was so beautiful to hear the song, and I love that, ” Jennifer continued. “And then somebody came in and sang ‘Jenny from the Block’ and butchered it. And I was like, ‘Wow!’ You never know what you’re going to get!”
The singer told Billy and Kit that prior to heading to “Idol” she spoke to Simon Cowell about possibly doing his new show.
“We spoke about ‘X Factor, ’ she explained. “But at the end of the day, I thought this was the right choice for me… I’ve always loved ‘Idol, ’ I love it!”
Read more and see the Videos at Access Hollywood
Randy Jackson Reveals Details About ‘American Idol’
Do you guys grab dinner?
Yeah we grab dinner. I mean, Ryan eats a lot of doughnuts. I keep telling him that doesn’t help his skin, but yeah you know. I think he’s trying to get a Clearasil ad or something.
Have Jennifer and Steven surprised you in the way that they handle being a judge?
I don’t know if I’m really surprised so much, but they’ve become great judges. I mean, we did the auditions and the first city was a little kind of… but dude, a couple hours into it, they were off. What surprised me a little bit is I know artists care deeply, but they actually really care. They actually want these kids to do well. Not that I don’t want them to do well, I do, but only if you deserve to do well. But they’re really passionate people.
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The ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Premiere: The 10 Types Of Contestants You’ll See
While the early episodes will likely be focusing on the new judges, it’s important to remember that the element that really drives “American Idol” is the pool of contestants (which is why the previous season was generally so weak). We won’t truly know who to root for until Hollywood week rolls around, but until then, here are the 10 types of contestants you’ll be seeing on the audition episodes over the next few weeks.
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‘American Idol’ Season 10 Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know
Like a high school girlfriend who comes back from her first semester at college looking totally different, no matter how much you think you knew her, the 10th season of “American Idol” will feel brand new.
After a tumultuous off season that saw a nearly wholesale remake of the judging panel, the new season will launch Wednesday with the first of the beloved audition episodes, which always bring the promise of new talent and a fresh crop of delusional weirdos to mock. After Wednesday night’s premiere, head back here to MTV.com at 10 p.m. ET for “Judging the Judges: An ‘Idol’ Without Simon, ” a live stream featuring post-show analysis from Jim Cantiello and special guests.
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10 Predictions for Season 10 of ‘American Idol’
Host Ryan Seacrest and judge Randy Jackson are still there, but there’s been a lot of changes. There was the departure of Simon Cowell and the return of Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe from “So You Think You Can Dance.” Then there was the introduction of online auditions and the painfully teased announcement of new judges of Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
1. Lowering the age requirement to 15 backfires when David Archuleta’s little brother Timmy Archuleta launches into “Satisfaction” after winking at Steven Tyler and saying, “This one’s for you, Mick.”
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American Idol Returns Wednesday: Six Ways We’d Improve Season 10!
The premiere of American Idol‘s hotly anticipated/anxiety-inducing tenth season is only a day away, and like a contestant on Bridalplasty, the show will be debuting a radically different face when its veil gets lifted this Wednesday at 8/7c.
It remains to be seen whether or not all the widely reported changes will ultimately reinvigorate or eviscerate Fox’s veteran ratings juggernaut, but regardless, I’ve got a little extra advice that I think will boost the chances that 2011 will be remembered as the year Idol got its groove back. Without further ado…
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Powerfox and Poneymane AKA Jackie Tohn and Jes Hudak mash up Aerosmith and Jlo!
Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ Coming To ‘Glee, ‘ Amber Riley Says
“Glee” star Amber Riley confirmed to MTV News on Sunday (January 16) that not just one, but two Bieber jams will be made over by the cast of the hit song-and-dance show, including the Ludacris-assisted chart-topper “Baby, ” which was dubbed the most viewed music video on YouTube in 2010.
>”There’s gonna be two Bieber songs, and I think ‘Baby’ is one. I think that’s correct, ” Riley disclosed on the Golden Globes red carpet.
According to Riley, the Gleeks are also set to rock another Bieber-helmed dance-floor filler: “Somebody to Love.” “I think … those are the two songs, ” she revealed
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Ryan Seacrest to Replace Regis Philbin?
Sources tell “Extra” ABC is interested in making a blockbuster deal to get Ryan Seacrest, since the “American Idol” host’s TV contracts will be up for the first time in years.
The alphabet network already secured Seacrest for “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, ” so they may have dibs on putting together a deal that could include Regis’ spot, as well as other primetime opportunities.
“Regis is one of the guys I looked up to all my career, ” Seacrest once told “Extra, ” adding, “I think he’s fantastic.”
Read more at Extra