Idol Headlines for 05/17/11 – The Evening Edition

Congratulations to Jennifer Hudson, who is nominated for Best R&B Female Artist at the 2011 BET Awards!

Via American Idol Facebook page: 2 new dates added to the Idols LIVE! Tour. 8/15 in Newark & 8/24 in Uniondale. Tix on sale for 2 additions this Fri @9am

David Archuleta will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America at the Dodgers game in Los Angeles tonight. More information HERE.

Season 6 Idol, Chris Richardson is featured on the new single from hip-hop artist, Tyga, a ballad called “Far Away”. It’s now available for download it from iTunes.

Fox’s ‘American Idol’ remains dominant sans Cowell

NEW YORK (AP) — “American Idol” is re-establishing its dominance heading toward the conclusion of another season.

The two airings of Fox’s contest were the most-watched programs in prime-time television last week, the Nielsen Co. said. It’s a familiar role for the show, which has held up well in the ratings despite losing Simon Cowell and adding Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges.

Even Fox executives conceded this week that the show, seen by 23 million people on Wednesday, exceeded expectations. The show’s cast is signed for at least another year with the exception of Lopez, and Fox said she is negotiating to stay.

Read more at the Associated Press

Idoloonies: All-Girl Finale for Punching Bag Haley and ‘Underdog’ Lauren?

It seems like just yesterday we were watching Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, and Lee DeWyze visit their hometowns and duke it out for a place in the American Idol season 9 finale. But nope, that was then, and Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina, and Scotty McCreery are our now.

On this week’s episode of Idoloonies, Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle and I take a long, hard look at the Idol season as it approaches the point of confetti explosions, copious tears, and incredibly maudlin ballads.

See the Video at TV Line

‘American Idol’s’ Nigel Lythgoe ‘thrilled’ and ‘delighted’ with Season 10

“I am extremely happy with the success we had this season, ” Niles Lythgoe, executive producer, tells Zap2it. “It was a season of transition, a season where we lost our two No. 1 stars. I am thrilled, delighted.”

Not one to sugarcoat his opinion, Lythgoe reflects on the problems of the previous season.

“It got quite dark the year before with Ryan [Seacrest] and Simon [Cowell], ” Lythgoe says. “I wanted to make sure Ryan found light.”

Read more at Zap2it

For Your Consideration: Richard Marx As An ‘Idol’ Judge

“It’s not about artistry, ” Richard said of “Idol” and similar shows. “How am I supposed to know about some 20-year-old’s artistry when they’re making him sing some old Motown track to a horribly bad arrangement?” Hey, the man had a point.

Additionally, Richard argued, with great validity: “Audiences seem to think that a singer is really good not necessarily because that singer is singing well, but because they’re just singing loud. Singing loud doesn’t necessarily mean you’re singing well–and everyone on ‘American Idol’ sings loud!”

Watch the video at Reality Rocks

Chord Overstreet and Jenna Ushkowitz Tease Glee Death and Original Songs

Who’s dying on Glee? Is Chord Overstreet wearing socks? These and other burning TV questions are answered in Jason Kennedy’s exclusive interview with McKinley High’s sexy Sam and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz).

Press play above to see what the stars shared at Fox upfront event in New York about the final hours of Glee’s second season, and then tune in to E! News tonight at 7:30 and 11 p.m. for more breaking news about the new fall shows!

Watch the video at EOnline

‘Glee’ Stars Talk ‘Funeral’ Episode

“I’m kidding, ” he continued about any of those people actually dying on the show. “There’s going to be a death in the cast and the person that dies is very important in the show and that’s all I can say. Everyone’s going to be surprised, but I think it shows a dramatic side to everybody in the cast. It’s a good episode; it’s really strong.”

See the video at MTV

‘DWTS’ Cat Fight: Karina Calls Bruno ‘Dirty, ’ ‘Inappropriate’ & ‘Rude’

Missed it? Well, the pro dancer, who performed a sexy Salsa in a cat suit, was on the receiving end of this nasty double entendre from Bruno: “You were too rough on your p****, darling.” Karina immediately reacted, turning away, and looking disgusted as the audience booed and everyone backstage gasped.

How do you feel after tonight’s performance?
Karina: Dirty. We’ve never expected the judges to be on our side. They’ve haven’t been on our side for most of the season, but it was just inappropriate and rude and uncalled for.

Did Bruno say anything to your afterwards?
Karina: No. He wouldn’t make eye contact though [laughs], which was really interesting.
Ralph: That was just an unprofessional thing to do. I thought the performances were great. We had a couple of days and I nursed my injury at the start of the week. The tango I thought was sharp to start. We made a choice. I’ve seen this show do it a thousand times. It was a bad joke by him.

Read more at Fancast

Dancing’s Maks: Making the Finals Would Mean Validation

Sorry for being MIA the past week! It has been really busy with rehearsals, especially with the semifinals.

I hope you enjoyed the show last night. I honestly think we’ve done all we could to make the finals and it’s time to let the chips fall where they may. Kirstie did a wonderful job last night. I don’t think anybody expected there to be three dances. I really think the only way the celebrities are able to handle the workload is because they’re in a trance at this point. They’re on an autopilot at this point. It doesn’t matter — three, five, 17 dances. You’ve got to give it to them. I’ve had my share of my partners. I’m so proud of Kirstie. She’s the least likely candidate to survive, so to speak, and she has! She’s not just surviving. She’s also showing improvement, resilience, determination. And she’s really coming out of her shell. We’re not just doing some filler stuff. She’s dancing tough, tough routines.

Read more at TV Guide

The Voice’s Frenchie Davis: Christina Aguilera “Really Gives a Damn About Helping Us”

The Voice finalist, whose American Idol disqualification is now nine years behind her, sat down with E! News to dish on what it’s like having Christina Aguilera as a mentor and how she thinks America will be pleasantly surprised to hear what Xtina is really like.

“America will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Christina kinda has, like, a mama bear, nurturing kind of personality when she deals with us, ” Davis says of her Grammy-winning coach on the show.

See the Video at EOnline

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