Phillip Phillips Has ‘American Idol’ In The Bag, Experts Say – Even if she hadn’t been saddled with what is possibly the worst “American Idol” finalist song in the show’s history, the chances of Jessica Sanchez beating Phillip Phillips seemed slim. The guitar-strumming, foot-swiveling, five-o’clock-shadow-having Dave Matthews doppelgänger was many critics’ early pick to continue the recent trend of cute white boys who strum guitars winning the crown. So MTV News asked some of our favorite “Idol” experts to place their bets on who will be dusting confetti out of their hair when Ryan Seacrest reads the final results Wednesday night (May 23) and, well, it was (almost) unanimous. – Read more at MTV
Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips Talk About Choosing their songs
Jessica says she had very little time to choose her song. But stresses, that musically she knows exactly who she is. BOTH Phillip and Jessica were rejected from America’s Got Talent!
Scotty McCreery Offers Advice To Idol Hopefuls: ‘Go Out There & Learn’ – “Go out of this thing looking to still learn,” Scotty told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman at “American Idol” on Tuesday night, when asked what tips he’d share with the remaining two “Idol” hopefuls. “Don’t go out of the gates and just try to do as much as you can and conquer the world your first year out. You wanna go out there and learn.” Through “Idol,” the 18-year-old star has been afforded the chance to learn from some of the biggest stars in country music – an experience he doesn’t take lightly. – Read more at Access Hollywood
Steven Tyler and Jordin Sparks Say Phillip Phillips to Win ‘American Idol’ – After the “American Idol” finalists performed for the last time Tuesday night, “Extra” went backstage to ask America’s burning question: “Who is going to be crowned the season 11 champ?” When judge Steven Tyler was asked his prediction of Georgia boy Phillip Phillips or 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, he said, “I would say Phillip. Plus, I think that Phillip is going to… he’s going to be a big actor too.” Phillips commented on Tyler’s remark, “An actor? I don’t know I get nervous… I hate talking in front of people!” – Read more at Extra
‘American Idol’ Winner Lee DeWyze on His Career – After I won, I definitely would have done some different things. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have released some of the singles. I don’t want to represent myself in a way that isn’t me. I wanted to be a part of the writing process. That made it more stressful; having to write an album while you are on tour is overwhelming. I just don’t think RCA and I were on the same page. It wasn’t their fault or my fault; I think it was the kind of music I was making. I don’t think we were a really great fit together from the beginning. I was really looking forward to making a second album with them and taking it in a slightly different direction, but it just didn’t pan out that way. – Read more at The Daily Beast
Season four ‘Idol’ runner-up Bo Bice, now in Cumming, grapples with alcoholism. And who will be on the finale tonight? – Bo Bice, season four “Idol” runner up, last fall realized his life wasn’t in order. Blame it on the alcohol. On September 25, he had his last drink and entered rehab. He said in an interview last week that he has remained sober ever since.
Under the influence (Heineken was the standard though he did love whiskey), “I tend to sometimes act like an idiot,” he said. At age 36 at the time, he said it was time for him to grow up. – Read more at AJC
Kelly Clarkson’s New Boyfriend Is Her Exercise Inspiration – He may have limited some of her songwriting subjects – especially those angry, brokenhearted ones – but Kelly Clarkson says her boyfriend has fueled her desire to work out. “I would love to say that it had something to do with my work, but it doesn’t,” Clarkson, 30, whose new singing competition Duets premieres Thursday, told reporters during a conference call. “I have a boyfriend, and if I’m being completely honest, no one likes to be not toned when you are dating someone.” – Read more at People
Dumped ‘X Factor’ judge Cheryl Cole eyed for ‘American Idol’ – LOS ANGELES — Discarded “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole could be headed back to TV, sources said. Fremantle and 19 Entertainment executives reached out to Cole on Monday to see if she would be interested in joining “American Idol,” either alongside Jennifer Lopez or as a replacement if J.Lo jumps ship.
The two women appear in the movie, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” The British pop star has a cameo as a talent show judge in the movie’s opening scene. Lopez, who earns $22 million from the FOX network gig that revived her career, said she may not return when filming starts in late August for season 12. – Read more at MYFox