Idol Headlines for 05/25/11 – The Evening Edition

Former ‘Idols’ Predict The Season 10 Winner: Will It Be Lauren Or Scotty?

Kimberly Caldwell, Ace Young, Tim Urban and many other former “American Idol” contestants chat with Access about who they think will be the next “American Idol.” Plus, why does Blake Lewis say that you can never bet on his picks?

See the video at Access Hollywood

Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, & Ryan Seacrest Rehearsed Lauren Alaina’s Third Song [AUDIO]

After last night’s part one of the season 10 “American Idol” finale, and much buzz beforehand regarding Lauren Alaina potentionally dropping out of the contest, Ryan got the scoop of what went down pre-show.

As Ryan explains, “at one point we weren’t quite sure what was going to happen, her voice was hurting her, so during the dress rehearal she didnt actually sing her third song.” Adding, “I actually sang it …with Randy and Steven, and she stood there and the camera took shots of her so she could rest her voice.”

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‘American Idol’ Season 10 Finale: Winner Predictions From The Experts

MJ Santilli of MJ’s Big Blog and ‘Something Pitchy’ predicts it’ll be Scotty despite Lauren’s strong performance last night. “Scotty McCreery will win ‘American Idol.’ Scotty is an unstoppable train at this point. He’s probably never been in the bottom 3/2. He’s a young kid with confidence and a firm idea about who he is as an artist.”

Vote For The Worst’s Dave Della Terza calls it for Lauren, though Scotty is the VFTW choice. “I think Lauren will win. The show has been shoving her down our throats all season and they keep trying to generate sympathy for her. Also, Lauren is much more marketable than Scotty. So the show is going to try desperately to get her to win — meaning I want Scotty to win, ” he said.

Read more at TV Squad

Former ‘American Idol’ Contestants Have a Cook-Off on ‘Rachael Ray’ (VIDEO)

Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald and Pia Toscano may not have won this season’s ‘American Idol, ‘ but today they had a chance at a different prize. The three former ‘Idol’ contestants held a cook-off on ‘Rachael Ray’ (weekdays, syndicated) as part of the ‘Rival Ray’ segment. Toscano made a quesadilla she described as “the bomb, ” McDonald made a grilled cheese sandwich, and Langone a pasta dish.

See the video at AOL

Blake Lewis: ‘Lauren Has My Vote But Scotty Will Take It Home’

The Nokia Theater was crazy yesterday. As an ‘Idol’ returning to the finale show, it is always so much fun to see past contestants, friends, and producers we have all had the pleasure to know and work with. I love the AI family vibe when there’s a finale.

My day started at 9am doing the radio remotes with all the major pop radio stations in the nation. Good times!!! When I arrived at the Nokia Theater, I got in the elevator with Gordon Ramsay. He is exactly the same as he is a on TV – haha. Very into what he is doing.

Read more at TV Squad

Melinda Doolittle reviews the ‘American Idol’ Finale performances for HitFix

It’s finale week! Someone is about to be crowned the tenth American Idol!

In the past, we have had amazing breakout performances in the Top 2 performance night. Some of my favorites include – Adam Lambert’s “A Change Is Gonna Come, ” Fantasia’s “Summertime, ” Katharine McPhee’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, ” Clay Aiken’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water, ” and the list continues. So…I was expecting a lot from tonight.

Well, we didn’t get a huge moment from either contestant, but they were both solid all the way through. I think we have a really even match up and I’m very curious to see who takes home the crown.

Here are my thoughts on tonight’s performances…

Read more at HitFix

‘American Idol’ Alums Weigh In On Season 10

While the current crop of American Idol Contestants were basking in the limelight of this year’s Season 10 ceremony, the glory of Idol’s past was illuminated in the courtyard outside of the Nokia Theater where the AT&T Idol Celebration had gathered a few favorites from the past ten years.

In attendance: Kimberly Caldwell (Season 2), Blake Lewis (Season 6), Jason Castro (Season 7), Kimberley Locke (Season 2), Diana DeGarmo (Season 3), Nikki McKibbin (Season 1), Ace Young (Season 5), Elliott Yamin (Season 5), Michael Johns (Season 7), Michael Sarver (Season 8), Andrew Garcia (Season 8), Scott MacIntyre (Season 8), Didi Benami (Season 9), Tim Urban (Season 9), Lakisha Jones (Season 6) and Terrel and Derrel Brittenum, otherwise known as the disqualified embittered twins from Season 7.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Why ‘American Idol’s’ Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina may be DOA at radio

Regardless of whether Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery wins “American Idol” on tonight, it looks like these two crazy, country-loving teens are going to have a tough row to hoe at country radio. Some radio programmers have resolutely declared themselves neither Team Lauren nor Team Scotty before they’ve heard the first note of any post-”Idol” project. We call that crazy talk.

My former Billboard colleague Phyllis Stark surveyed radio programmers recently for radio tip sheet Radio-Info to take their temperature on the two contestants. While 17-year old McCreery has been stone-cold country from day one, 16-year old Alaina has proven more versatile, but seems headed to Nashville as well given that most of her vocal selections have come straight off the Billboard country charts.

Read more at HitFix

Kelly Clarkson Picks Lauren to Win ‘Idol, ‘ Says She Can’t Wait for ‘X Factor’

“I do still watch ‘Idol, ‘ more this season than any other, ” she said. “I totally love Lauren [Alaina] … I just love when you can see someone sing through their ‘person’ and you can just feel it — she has so much beauty that comes through with her singing.”

Clarkson also says she’s hyped for Simon Cowell’s new project, ‘The X Factor, ‘ debuting on FOX this fall.

Read more at Pop Eater

Kellie Pickler Admits She’s Partial to Fellow Carolinian Scotty McCreery Winning ‘American Idol’

“You know, I finally got caught up on what was going on last night. I think it’s really cool that there’s two country bumpkins in there!” Pickler tells Taste of Country. “I think, you know, at this point, they’re both going to get deals, and I’m sure I’ll see both of them in Nashville and we’ll probably bump into each other on the road, you know, touring wise. I do wish them both the best of luck.”

Read more at Taste Of Country

Celebrity Ologist: Anoop Desai, Week Four

One of my best friends got married this weekend. Every time one of them gets hitched, it’s a reunion for all of our college buddies. I sang with most of these guys in the Clef Hangers at UNC Chapel Hill, and when we get together I assure you there’s never a dull moment. We’re spread all across the country now, and these weddings are about more than just the bride and groom. They’re about the experience of being together once again in that special place where carefree abandon and profound meaning meet.


‘Glee’: Max Adler talks about character Dave Karofsky, Season 2 highlights

“Chris is really, really great to work with. He’s always on his game.”

“He’s a complicated guy, ” Adler said of his character. “He’s like a ying-yang. He’s got two complete different sides and he has a guard up about everything.”

“Whoever he is, he’s not liking who that person is. That’s the problem.”

Read more at MassLive

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