Idol Headlines for 5/15/13

It’s here! The American Idol 12 Final Performance day! Watch Kree Harrison and Candice Glover battle for the Idol crown tonight at 8/7c. And then at 9/8c, The So You Think You Can Dance auditions continue. All on FOX. On ABC, it’s major drama in music city. Nashville airs at 10/9c pm.

Carrie Underwood has been nominated in the International Artist category in the British Country Music Awards, along with Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts. It’s her first time being nominated. The BCMA’s will take place Sunday November 245h, in Heathrow, UK. More info HERE.

‘American Idol’s’ Kree Harrison and Candice Glover: Ready for Their Final Bow – In the middle of a busy schedule that includes wardrobe fittings, song rehearsals and media interviews, season 12’s top two finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison took a few minutes of their Tuesday afternoon to do a rooftop press conference on the highest level of Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre: the roof of the parking garage. Asked where they wanted to be in five years, both gave the same reply. “Hopefully making music,” said Harrison. “I want to be on the road. I want to make a good record and go on tour.” Glover concurred: “Making an album, a tour of my own, doing what I love.” To a reporter who wanted to know which mentor gave the best advice, Glover replied, “Smokey Robinson. He said no matter how high your head gets in the clouds, don’t ever let your feet come off the ground. It means stay grounded and humble.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

For the top two, winning ‘Idol’ is ‘super important’ – Candice: “I’ve always been considered an R&B singer, but I really want to be R&B with a touch of jazz, and just (do) songs that really touch your heart, but also those fun songs.” Kree: “Country. I’ve written songs since I was 14. Maybe I’ll put something on there that’s an original, but I trust the people that are working their butts off to find the single and the album for the winner. … Maybe me and (third-place finisher Angie Miller) will write a song together. We’ve talked about that a bunch.” – Read more at USA Today

Candice Glover ‘Still in a Daze’ After Earning ‘Idol’ Finale Spot – What were you telling yourself during last week’s performance night? In the first song, when they said that I was sharp, I agreed because I know when I’m doing something wrong. Mariah [Carey] said she could see in my face that I knew I was off. So I wasn’t happy with, to be honest, any of my performances yesterday! I didn’t like any of them. Even the third one [“Somewhere”]? No. I mean, that was my favorite one, but I still didn’t like it. I don’t like anything… I’m a perfectionist and I can always find something that I could’ve done better. I always beat myself and be like “You know, you could’ve done better. What is your problem? Get it together.” That’s how I treat myself. So this morning, I woke up and I was like, “You know what? Today is a crucial day, but no matter what, you guys are the Top 3. This is your third time. Top 3 is not bad! So make sure you’re not going to be crawling all over the stage crying if you go home tonight. It’s going to be okay.” I gave myself the talk: “If you go home, it’s all right.” – Read more at Billboard

Ryan Seacrest Calls Randy Jackson’s ‘American Idol’ Departure ‘Bittersweet’ – “It’s bittersweet, because I love the guy,” Seacrest said of last week’s surprise announcement, which even appeared to catch him off-guard. “I want him to go do what he wants to do. I love him and I can’t imagine walking out, going down those stairs and not seeing Randolph Jackson sitting behind the panel. [I’m] proud of what he’s brought to our show for 12 years now.” When MTV News spoke to Seacrest he hadn’t yet screened this years winner’s songs, but was expecting to hear them before Wednesday night’s (May 15) final performance show. “They’ve got a lot to live up to after last year’s big smash with Phillip [Phillips’ ‘Home’],” he said. “I know both those girls are really excited. They’re really good friends. They’re competitively sweet with each other. See more at MTV

6 fixes for the next season of ‘American Idol’ – Though “American Idol” finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison have yet to sing for the final time in season 12, the show’s executives are starting to focus on next year. Original judge Randy Jackson is already out, having announced his resignation last week. With the show slipping in both ratings and entertainment value, odds are small the changes will end with his exit. The one-time ratings juggernaut needs a lot more work done than just changing one judge on the panel if it hopes to get back on track. These six moves could be a good start in the right direction. (Heck, almost any change would be something at this point.) – Read more at

Should ‘American Idol’ lose the results show, too? – Since “everything is on the table” regarding the future of American Idol anyway, one of the first things Fox should do is follow Dancing With the Stars‘ (and the network’s own So You Think You Can Dance) lead in eliminating its results show for next season. Agree/disagree/or so totally over it already? Vote below. It’s obvious, though, right? The Idol results show is nothing but trouble, from the either achingly lip-synced or barely audible group numbers, to the tragic Ford product-placement segments, to the plodding clip-show recaps of each contestant, to Ryan Seacrest’s endless commercial-break fakeouts. It’s not the series’ biggest problem by a long shot, but it is certainly a mess. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

A Day in the Life of ‘American Idol’ Musical Director Ray Chew – The Hollywood Reporter was invited to spend a day with American Idol musical director Ray Chew on the set of the Fox staple. Our vantage point was the vertigo-inducing top step of the staircase that Ryan Seacrest walks down every week to begin the show. That meant looking down at Chew in his well-designed space. For each of his three seasons on Idol, Chew has had a different location, depending on the design of the set. Months before a new season begins, Chew meets with the set designer and works out the placement of all his instruments and equipment, with help from music librarian Eric Fischman. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Derulo Talks Jordin Sparks: My Neck Injury Brought Us Closer Together – He continued, “It really gave me a chance to get to know myself and really get close to my family and it got me closer to Jordin, which is also really amazing. It really did bring a lot of positive to my life. It gave me a chance to look at my life and decipher what was positive and what was kind of taking up space.” Sparks was there every step of the way as Derulo healed. “Jordin was very instrumental in my recovery,” the 23-year-old dished. “The simplest things that we take for granted, like tying my shoes or putting on a shirt, she was right there for me,” he said. “That situation brought us very close because I think it takes a very special person to drop everything they’ve got going on in their life, especially someone of her caliber, to come and aide me. That was really special.” See the Video at E Online

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American Idol: Exclusive Interview with Season 8 Winner Kris Allen – Tomorrow night, either Candice Glover or Kree Harrison will be named the new American Idol. They’ll embark on a nationwide tour, then head right into the studio to record their debut album – a dream come true for any contestant. As we await the final performances and results, RealityWanted caught up with Season 8 winner Kris Allen on tour at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and talked life post-Idol, becoming a dad, his second album, and his loyal and devoted fans. – read more at Reality Wanted

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Showbiz Analysis: Erika Van Pelt’s Top 4 Lessons Learned from American Idol – American Idol has been captivating audiences for twelve seasons and propelling the careers of talented young artists by giving them a national platform and instant notoriety. As AI sings off for the season, it seemed like the perfect time to talk with someone who has lived the experience. Erika Van Pelt, one of Season 11’s Top 10 idols, recently joined me for my iTunes podcast Whine At 9. In the spotlight, Erika stole the hearts of millions by proving her vocal and hairdo versatility week after week. Now a business owner with a new album on the way, Erika shared with me her insights about the Idol process… – Read more at Parade

Demi Lovato Reveals ‘X Factor’ Helped Her Get Over ‘Fears’ – “I have had my ups and downs with recovery, and it’s not been a walk in the park. It certainly didn’t stop after I went to rehab where the emotions were still there and what I did say with that when I did say that, I think people took the wrong idea and said I shouldn’t have done it, the wrong headlines, which is what tabloids do,” Lovato said. “What I was meaning to say was I don’t know if that was the best timing because… and I don’t know If I’m going back to acting… I think someone that’s recovering from an eating disorder can only be in front of the camera so much before it starts to play mind games.” – See the Video at MTV

Megan Hilty Previews ‘Smash’s’ ‘Big Finish’ Series Finale – “Smash” star Megan Hilty told The Huffington Post that the series goes out on a high note, thanks to a big musical number. “It’s me and Katharine McPhee and a bunch of dancers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote it — it’s amazing,” Hilty said at the Gersh Upfront party in New York City. The song, appropriately titled “Big Finish,” caps the two-hour series finale airing Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. “Of course I’m sad that I won’t get to work with all these amazing people, but I learned a long time ago that there are a lot of things out of my control. This is just one of them,” Hilty said of the network’s decision to cancel “Smash” last week . “All I can really do is be grateful for the time I had and all these amazing people and look to the next thing.” – Read more at Huffington Post

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Reflects on 300 Episodes, Talks New Format – “I’m a glass half full kind of guy,” says Tom. “I get the rationale behind it. There’s no denying the numbers have been slipping. On the plus side we still beat The Voice last night by two million viewers, but they are beating us in the demo and that’s what the advertisers look to and that’s the strategy behind, I think, pushing the Tuesday viewers into a Monday show.” “There have been times in the past, and this will not come as a news flash to you, late in the season we’re stretching to fill two hours,” he admits. “It’s sort of like, how much water can you put in the soup? This will afford us the luxury of not having to worry about that. We’ve gone from sometimes stretching to fill the three hours to now saying, okay, we’ve got an embarrassment of riches here with what we can do in two. Interestingly the research we’ve had over the past few years shows that only about 40 percent of our Tuesday viewers have watched the Monday show. I would’ve thought there’d be much more crossover.” – Read more at OK Magazine

Cee-Lo Green, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, PSY and Shania Twain Among Billboard Music Awards Presenters – An awards show isn’t complete without a stocked roster of superstar presenters, and the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC Sunday from Las Vegas, promises to deliver. Cee-Lo Green, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Rowland, PSY, Kid Rock, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha, Jennifer Nettles, Sky Blu, Alanis Morisette, Wiz Khalifa and Florida Georgia Line lead up the music side of the presenters list. Hollywood will be represented by Hayden Panettiere (“Nashville”), Chloe Grace Moretz (“Dark Shadows”), Alyssa Milano (“Mistresses”), Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time”), Gabriel Mann (“Revenge”), Stana Katic (“Castle”) and Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”). – Read more at

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