‘American Idol’ Burning Questions: Is Phillip Phillips a Phil Collins Superfan? Who Pranked Skylar Laine and What Did Gwen Stefani Have to Say About It? – There were several moments during Wednesday’s American Idol where, if you closed your eyes for a minute, you might think you were at a dentists office — what with all the 80s soft rock pumping through your veins. Fortunately, season 11’s top 8 didn’t have to dress the part. And as hokey as many of the decade’s pop hits sound on the radio, it must be said: these finalists gave the tunes a fresh, unexpected spin. What inspired their song choices and how did they handle the judges’ critique? THR has the answers to your burning questions… – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
‘American Idol’s’ Colton Dixon: Obscenity-Free and Proud of It – Something we’ve learned after many years of covering American Idol is that not every twentysomething has the mouth of a sailor. Sure, those of us who live on “the coasts” are practically immune to the constant stream of obscenities thrown our way casually, but some, like season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, season 4’s Carrie Underwood or this year’s Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine refrain from cursing altogether. How do they do it? And why? – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
‘American Idol’ Season 10 Alum Naima Adedapo: ‘Jessica Sanchez Should Win’ – Season 10 finalist Naima Adedapo was in the house Wednesday for American Idol’s ’80s theme. Ironically, it was the eleventh place finisher’s reggae-flavored performance of the 1983 Elton John hit “I’m Still Standing” that sent her home, but her dancehall roots bear resemblence to Season 11 contender DeAndre Brackensick, who judge Steven Tyler dubbed “the male Naima” in an early critique. – The Hollywood Reporter
Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Other Top Country Stars Benefit Soles4Souls – Now that he can sing again, Gilman, 23, is using his talent to give back. He co-wrote a song called “The Choice,” and all the proceeds are going to the organization Soles4Souls, which provides shoes for children and adults in need around the world. Other artists participating on “The Choice” include Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, Steve Holy, Wynonna Judd, Richie McDonald, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Diamond Rio, Randy Travis, and Josh Turner. – Read more at the Huffington Post
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The Two Sides Of Adam Lambert – The better news is this firm drop date means Adam can finally embark on phase two of a new album release: promotion! And his first stop is Logo’s New Now Next Awards — taping tonight and airing Monday at 10 p.m.! Insider.com: So excited about your performance, Adam. What can you tease? Adam Lambert: I don’t want to tease too much, but I can tell you I’ll be performing Trespassing – the title track from the album. It’s a song I wrote with Pharell Williams. It’s super funky and it’s got a good, good groove. It’s a throwback in kind of a new way. Insider: Is that the next single? Adam: I don’t know what the next single is yet. It hasn’t been decided. Because it’s not decided and I’m so in love with this song, I wanted to perform it for the fans. It’s a great introduction to the album and we wanted to take the opportunity to do that. – Read more at Insider.com
OFFSTAGE: Scotty McCreery’s SAT Scores – I know I should have only asked Scotty McCreery questions about his ACM nomination. But come on. Aren’t you a little curious about his upcoming college life and how he ended up making the choice he did? Me, too. So when he came walking down the red carpet at Sunday’s (April 1) awards show, I first asked him how he did on his SATs. “I did pretty well. The score was up there, and enough to get me into college,” McCreery told me. Then I asked McCreery if he will be doing the whole college experience for real. Will he eat in the cafeteria? Be a Lambda Chi? Pull all-nighters studying for psych finals? And he said as much as possible, yes. “I’ve got four guys I know pretty well that I’m gonna room with. Guys I can trust. – Read more at CMT
Catching Up With Former “American Idol” Star Paris Bennett – All the while Paris Bennett never forgot her Rockford roots and she’s back in the stateline today. Tonight she will be singing at the Coronado Theater to raise funds for the Booker Washington Center. It will also feature special guest, Cameron and Rockford’s own “Fatally Unique”. – See the Video at MyStateLine
Jenny Has a Rock: Jennifer Lopez Wears a $2.1 Million Ring on ‘American Idol’ – We’re not fooled by this rock: on Wednesday’s episode of American Idol, Jennifer Lopez seriously caught our eyes with her fancy yellow-diamond ring by Cora jewelers — a sparkler that comes with a $2.1 million price tag. The 50.40-carat bauble — set in 18-karat yellow gold and ebony wood — will soon be available for purchase on the jeweler’s site. (Any takers?) The gem itself came from Africa; after it was found it was flown to New York where experts carefully sculpted and polished the diamond, preparing it for certification from the Gemological Institute of America. – Read more at People
Blake Shelton Defends ‘The Voice’ Hopeful RaeLynn From Online Critic – An online critic with harsh words for ‘The Voice’ singer RaeLynn is feeling the wrath of the blonde cutie’s coach today. Blake Shelton read a personal assault on his 17-year-old singer’s performance from Monday night and fired back with a (not so safe for work) series of tweets. “I wish all I had to do in life was lay around on my big a– judging the people who try while eatin’ extra movie theatre butter pop-secret…” Shelton tweeted around 10PM on Wednesday.
He was making reference to a TV.com article in which writer MaryAnn Sleasman said, “If I found myself locked in a room with the choice between Erin Martin or RaeLynn being played on a loop until death mercifully found me, I’d have to go with RaeLynn, but there is no way, America — no way — that her floppy, incomprehensible rendition of ‘Wake Up Call’ was better than Jordis Unga‘s ‘Alone.’” – Read more at Taste Of Country
‘Celebrity Apprentice’: Aubrey O’Day is back! And she’s listening to filthy talk from Clay Aiken and Teresa Giudice — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO – You can’t keep a good woman down. And it seems you can’t keep Aubrey O’Day down either! The controversial contestant walked off last week’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice after being brutalized in the Boardroom by Arsenio Hall, but she returns to the show this Sunday, and in this exclusive sneak peek, you can take a look at what’s in store for the fiery redhead. Why is Teresa Giudice telling Clay Aiken to “Come over here, honey, and get behind me”? Why is Clay responding with “Here, take it in your hand”? And what kind of jewelry is that Aubrey is wearing on her hand? Just click on the video player below to see for yourself and enjoy the triumphant return of Aubrey O’Day! See the Video at Entertainment Weekly