Idol Headlines for 5/20/14

LOTS OF TV TONIGHT!  Dancing with the Stars FINALE airs on ABC at 9/8c pm.  The Voice 6 FINALE airs on NBC at 9/8c.  The American Idol FINAL performance show airs on FOX at 8/7c pm. SO MUCH TO WATCH. But, if you miss ANYTHING we’ll have the recaps and videos RIGHT HERE.  Plus, ACM Presents an All Star Salute to the Troops airs on CBS at 9/8c pm and features a special performance from Carrie Underwood.

What went wrong with ‘American Idol’ this season? – A few weeks ago, when Sam Woolf was still competing on American Idol, Harry Connick Jr. told the handsome teenager to look directly at someone in the audience when he heard screams and smile at that person. Woolf tried it, and the camera cut to his grandparents. That moment encapsulated the problem with Idol in Season 13, which ends this week with a performance show and star-studded results finale (Fox, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET/PT). No matter how much the show’s producers tried to present these singers as the voices of young America, no matter how full they packed the front of the house with screaming girls, this season’s competition boiled down to a bunch of kids singing for their elders. – Read more at USA Today

Nigel Lythgoe can’t bear to watch ‘Idol’ anymore; – “To be frank,” he said to me, “it upsets me personally having left the show to watch it. I’m hugely supportive. I love the judges. I can honestly say I have not seen much of the talent. I wish it every success.” – Read more at AJC

‘American Idol’ Bandleader Rickey Minor on His Favorite Performance and What It Takes to Win – Was there something that you saw in each of these kids when they were so young that hinted that they’d all end up becoming such huge stars? The first thing I see in them is talent. They have the talent. But that’s not enough. They have the passion. That’s not enough. All of that has to line up. So many things have to go right. These are variables you can’t qualify. Otherwise, we’d have a world of superstars! You can’t number or quantify all these wonderful things that have to happen in order for you to have a successful career. It could be timing, material, your management team. But the biggest thing is your commitment to excellence. So people like Usher, Beyoncé, Christina, Mary J. Blige—there’s a commitment that is non-tangible. You can’t teach it. You can’t read it. You can’t drink it. You either have it or you don’t, that work ethic. That combined with the talent, you have a better chance. Do you remember the Idol contestants from the past that you saw those things in them the second they arrived? That’s an easy one for me: Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, David Cook. You know who else? Jordin Sparks. – Read more at The Daily Beast

The Idol Insider – The Final Two

Conversations With Phillip Phillips – Mike Ragogna: Phillip, the songs on Behind The Light–not exactly a light album–seem deeper or a little more introspective than those of your previous album, The World From The Side Of The Moon. What was the creative process like for this new one? Phillip Phillips: The title itself, as you said, it’s not as light as the first album, but that’s what makes it special; it’s different and it has its own character to it. In this process, I had a little more time to play with the songs and really learn how they wanted to build themselves up, instead of me just forcing them together. It was a lot of fun because I brought my band in for a couple weeks. I wanted it to feel like a band record instead of just me. – Read more at The Huffington Post

Clay Aiken, candidate: People need to ‘see me in a different light’

Former “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken, who narrowly won a Democratic primary election in North Carolina, agreed Tuesday that his celebrity status has been both a blessing and a curse to his congressional campaign.

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Someone’s got the post-Vegas blues! Jordin Sparks looks downright miserable as she jets into LA sporting wrist brace following Billboard Music Awards – The Battlefield hitmaker was wearing not a lick of make-up on her flawless complexion, while she looked like she had just hopped out of bed in her pyjama-like leopard-print pants. She completed her outfit with a charcoal singlet top, matching high-top sneakers and a black hoodie. As well as carrying a black handbag and large white Hello Kitty backpack complete with the Japanese character’s signature bright red hair bow, the star wheeled along her own colourful suitcase, showing no sign of diva demands. – Read more at The Daily Mail

‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2014: Pro Anna Trebunskaya on Final Four Showdown – Professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya weighs in on the finals of “Dancing With the Stars.” The “DWTS” veteran knows what it takes to dazzle on the dance floor and gives her take on the dances, the choreography and the judges’ scores. You can find her on Twitter @atrebunskaya. – Read more at ABC

Are Usher and Shakira Done With The Voice? Get the Latest Scoop! – The Voice may be saying goodbye to Usher and Shakira for good after this season. The two coaches who joined in season four of the NBC reality series returned for season six, but season seven they are both out with futures unclear. “I think being at The Voice has been not only a greater connection to my fans and for people who know I guess now a little bit more about my process as an artist and mentor…if there’s an opportunity to be here, I’d love to,” Usher told E! News’ Jesse Giddings. “It is a little bit too early to say where I’m going to land. Right now I’m going to be focused on my new album.” – Read more at E Online

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