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‘Idol’ Monday rehearsals: Lee and Siobhan get cozy, Crystal goes full-on hippie, Casey’s still sexy
It’s getting down to the wire with the Season 9 finale just about a month away, so does that mean the last six standing are letting the competition get in the way of their friendships? Actually, this crop of hopefuls only seems to be getting closer, two contestants in particular. Still, there was an element of staying inside their own heads, ear buds in place to shut out the rest of the world. Either that, or they were just passed out cold.
Tim Urban visits ‘Idolatry, ‘ talks condescending critiques and that crazy ‘Under My Thumb’ cover
There’s more to Tim Urban than lustrous locks and a big, goofy grin. The American Idol season 9 finalist stopped by Idolatry yesterday to discuss the highs and lows of his seventh-place run. Among the topics we covered: Why he was happy that he “snuck in” to the semifinals after Chris Golightly’s last-minute DQ; what went wrong with his initial live performance (a cover of OneRepublic’s “Apologize”); and how Elvis Week turned out to be his shining moment on the show. Tim also dished on why he didn’t let tough critiques from Kara and Randy get him down, and what exactly he was trying to do with that reggae rendition of “Under My Thumb.”
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American Idol’s Top Six Rehearse for Shania Twain Week
For the top six of American Idol, it is officially Shania Twain week! The country music pop star is set to mentor the contestants. Each of them picked one of her songs to perform, and good selection is just what they each did! Here is a recap of the six contestants at rehearsal Monday.
The Real Problem With ‘Idol’? It’s ‘Glee’!
Maybe it’s not just the subpar contestants sucking all the energy out of “American Idol” this season. Nor is it Ryan Seacrest’s snippy new attitude or Simon Cowell’s short-timer’s disease.
It might just be “Glee.”
Week after week, the members of New Directions are showing up the “Idol” contestants — on screen, on iTunes, on Twitter – just about everywhere but the ratings.
American Idol: 13 Most Awkward Mentor Moments
TIM URBAN’S ‘SWEET LOVE’ IS NOT USHER
”Have you ever been in love, man? Yeah? Well, make me that person, ” Usher told Tim Urban while trying to coax more feeling out of his rendition of Anita Baker’s ”Sweet Love.” Alas, the smiling Texan with the impressive locks wasn’t quite feeling it, dawg. ”I was like, ‘Whoa. Um. Well…, ” Tim explained to the cameras. ”I think some of the girls singing to Usher and picturing him as the love of their life would not necessarily be a big leap, but it was a little more difficult to picture that for me.” Alas, things didn’t get much better after Usher hid in a far corner of the room to let Tim try to get his lothario on. Imagination, 1; Tim, 0.
‘Idol, ‘ ‘Dancing’ evoke TV’s wonder years
“You brought music back into this house, ” Capt. Von Trapp tells Maria the governess in “The Sound of Music.” This is precisely how I feel about Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars, ” two terrifically engaging shows that are winding up their annual runs in the next few weeks.
These programs brought music back into the American TV-watching home and also brought it back into prime-time television, from which it had been largely absent since the 1970s. Where there had once been singing and dancing and the playing of instruments, prime time now was dominated by autopsies, forensic investigators, ghosts, killers, open wounds and something capriciously if not preposterously known as “reality.”
‘Idol’ stars put hometowns on the map
At the beginning of 2005, a then-unknown Carrie Underwood made her debut on “American Idol.”
As Underwood began her ascent to stardom, Rodney Stover, the owner of a printing shop in her hometown of Checotah, Okla., struck a deal with the singer and began producing and selling T-shirts, mouse pads and buttons bearing her name and image.
“During the year she was on ‘Idol’ it added substantial income to the business, ” Stover said.
Watching a local performer receive national acclaim on American Idol can be both exciting and nerve-wracking for hometown fans; a significant number of Cape Codders will surely tune in to see how Siobhan Magnus acquits herself tonight.
And for some local businesspeople, the enthusiasm and exposure can also translate into increased profits.
Tamyra Gray & Sam Watters ‘Really Excited’ For New Baby
A match made in music heaven, American Idol season one finalist Tamyra Gray and her husband, songwriter and producer Sam Watters, are passing their talent along to the next generation with the arrival of their first child together, due July 14.
“We’re really excited, ” former Color Me Badd member Watters, 39, told PEOPLE Moms & Babies at the ASCAP Expo in Los Angeles Friday.
Singer/Songwriter Kris Allen plays a post-Idol world
It’s no secret that America is searching for an artist to transform the current state of modern music, fix the economy and find a way to help the Chicago Cubs end their century-long battle with futility. Sadly, American Idol-winner and current harmony heartthrob Kris Allen may only cross one of the aforementioned goals off of his “to do list” this year.
“I’d like to do a lot of things in my life, ” laughs the laid-back pop star. “But right now, I’m just focused on trying to grow through my music.”
Ever since Allen burst onto the scene with a 2009 American Idol victory, the 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Arkansas has become an iconic pop-culture figure thanks to his boyish good looks and Southern charm. “The whole sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll thing didn’t suit me, I guess. I’m just more of a country guy, ” Allen says.
We Catch Up With Adam Lambert In A Soho Hotel
Having worked with Sam Sparrow and Justin Hawkins, Adam would love to collaborate with the likes of David Bowie and told us how working with Christina Aguilera would be “vocally exciting”.
“I would really like to work with David Bowie, either write a song with him or even just to talk to him and share ideas. I think he is such an innovator and he was really brave in what he did too.
Adam Lambert – Heaven London – 26 April 2010
British fans of US talent show American Idol are in for a treat in the next couple of weeks as three of its competitors are turning their attentions to the UK. Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino is popping to these shores to play a headlining show at London’s Indigo at the beginning of May. Season 8 stalwart Allison Iraheta drops her debut single “Friday I’ll Be Over You” around the same time and the true star of that year’s Idol Adam Lambert releases his album For Your Entertainment.
Mr Lambert has already hit the European promo trail, with volcanic eruptions slightly scuppering the second half of his UK plans, finally landing in the capital again in time to sit on Lorraine Kelly’s sofa and play a couple of sets at London’s Heaven venue.
Getting to know Sons of Sylvia (a.k.a. Carrie Underwood’s favorite band)
We’re back to an hourlong results show this Wednesday but one that’s jam-packed with performers. Four, to be exact: Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Sons of Sylvia.
In the company of such musical heavyweights, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Sons of who?” as I did upon hearing some guys from Nashville landed a much-coveted performance slot. But any self-respecting “American Idol” fan would know this band had they watched Fox’s short-lived attempt at a group version of “Idol” called “The Next Great American Band.” Sons of Sylvia won that show, back when they were called the Clark Brothers. The prize: management by 19 Entertainment and a contract with Interscope Records.
But their family ties reach far beyond TV talent shows. The brothers Clark are also related to Ryan Tedder, of OneRepublic fame (also signed to Interscope).
Scott MacIntyre: The Reality Rocks Interview, Pt. 1
Scott MacIntyre may best be known to casual TV viewers as “the first blind guy on ‘American Idol'” (those are his joking words), but there is so much more to him than that. With a long history of classical training, musical scholarships, and independent recordings in both the classical and pop genres, the gifted 24-year-old pianist and former child prodigy should be famous for more than just Ryan Seacrest’s ill-advised high-five or those notorious pink pants.
’24’: Cherry Jones to ‘American Idol’s’ Mandisa: Pres. Taylor will ‘not go unscathed’
What happens when a star from a hit scripted show on FOX meets a star from a hit reality show on FOX? Information on the final season of “24” via an “American Idol” finalist emerges.
Season 5 “Idol” finalist Mandisa tweets April 26: “24 SPOILER- When I met Cherry Jones @ LAX she warned me that Pres.Taylor would not go unscathed. This makes me sad.”
Simon Cowell to skip Britain’s Got Talent auditions
The TV judge, 50, told Reveal magazine that he would ”eventually leave” the ITV show.
He said: ”I won’t be doing the BGT auditions next year. I will join the show at the semi-final stage. I will eventually leave but nothing is decided yet. We launch US X Factor next year too which is a huge challenge.”
Cowell hinted recently that he might skip the audition stages of the hit ITV show, featuring Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan as fellow judges, saying: ”I like the show but it takes a hell of a lot of time. You sit there watching horrific acts and you think, ‘I genuinely can’t do this any more’.
”I am considering next year, coming in for the semi-finals, just the studio bit. Can I see the show without me? Yes, it can work without me.”
‘Dancing’ judges fall into routines, dock points
The people who do the dancing on “Dancing With the Stars” have their little patterns: Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a hothead, Derek Hough is a show-off, that kind of thing. But the judges have their patterns, too, as was clearly in evidence on Monday.
It was a sleepy night, especially at first, in spite of featuring the sexy Argentine tango and the samba. In fact, the first three couples all got exactly the same score. Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower; Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya; and Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel all received 21 points.
Dancing with the Stars Recap: Swingin’
On the week 6 performance night of Dancing With the Stars, the seven remaining couples danced either the Argentine tango or the samba, dodged or fully embraced the miracle of Donny Osmond’s touch, and competed in a swing-dance marathon during which the only thing more pre-determined than the pairs’ final placement was that Derek would find a way to smother his partner’s face with his crotch. Hey, it’s tradition!! Whatever helps you win!
?”All our stars are true contenders, ” said Tommy B, which was a nice euphemism for ”Kate Gosselin is gone.” Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inaba!
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Worries About Ratings After Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin failed to impress the judges — or the audience — during her time on ‘Dancing With the Stars, ‘ but ABC knows Kate’s clumsy moves were a sure ratings draw.
“No doubt people were turning in each week to see what Kate would do next, ” an insider tells me. “If she wasn’t fighting with her dance partner, Tony, she was fighting with the judges. Kate might be someone that we love to hate, but she is great TV.”
Nervous executives will be watching the numbers carefully this week to see if the show remains red hot without Kate. If it doesn’t, may I suggest a recount?
Drinking with the Stars: ‘Glee’s’ Chris Colfer
“Glee” guy Chris Colfer — perhaps better known to you as McKinley High’s Kurt Hummel — may not be old enough to knock back a couple alcoholic beverages with Korbi TV, but that certainly didn’t stop us from getting him to the bar.
Kurt — whom Madonna just recently said is one of her two favorite “Glee” characters — has a big episode this Tuesday (April 27) as he plots to unite Finn’s (Cory Monteith) single mother (Romy Rosemont) with his single father (Mike O’Malley)
‘Glee’ is music to songwriters’ ears
Steve Perry was skeptical when the producers of a television pilot about a high school glee club sought permission to use his band’s signature song in their show; the former frontman for the classic rock group Journey is protective of his legacy. “I want to be able to put these songs somewhere with good conscience that they’re not going to be abused, ” Perry said in a recent interview. “I don’t want to see that happen.”
He needn’t have worried. Perry overcame his doubts, agreed to license the song to the producers of ” Glee, ” and a year later “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” has reached a new generation of music fans.