I haven’t watched a single, solitary episode of “American Idol” this season, but nevertheless, I feel confident saying Joshua Ledet is the one to beat. But how can you possibly make that prediction, Amelia, if you haven’t seen any of the performances? you might be asking yourself. Well, I have seen one performance: Ledet’s rendition of “To Love Somebody” on last night’s episode, which was the single best performance I have ever seen on “American Idol” or any other vocal singing competition. I got chills almost immediately. The judges are with me — Jennifer Lopez even said that Ledet is one of the best vocalists of the last 50 years. And not only does he have an incredible voice, but he performs with such a genuine passion — it’s amazing to think the dude heard the song for the first time only a few days before he sang it. Amazing. Watch it above.
Entertainers of the world, we understand you need to lip sync every now and then. All we ask is that you at least come close to making it look real. Today at the Macy’s parade, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery most definitely did not, notes the Huffington Post. The recording of his “The Trouble With Girls” got off to a cringe-worthy start: See the clip here.
“It’s like owning a dog and the dog will only sit next to its master. If she’s away from me, she pines. She’s unhappy. She has to sit next to me … I like loopy. I can be a bit loopy at times, and I can hang out with her socially because she gets on with my friends. We have a similar sense of humor and I tell her there are no rules on this show, so don’t worry about how you want to behave.”
—Simon Cowell talks to People about his relationship with Paula Abdul, who will be joining him on the show “The X Factor.” Wait, did he really just make an analogy in which he is the master and she is the puppy? Ick. [People] Keep reading »
Sure, Jeff Probst has dimples the size of the Grand Canyon, but his function on “Survivor” is pretty much only to deliver the line, “The tribe has spoken.” Oh, and to snuff out that flame. Like Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor” and Ryan Seacrest on “American Idol,” he mainly blends into the scenery of the show and doesn’t actually get to show much personality. So we were surprised to hear that Jeff will soon be hosting his on daytime talk show, which will cover everything from “newsmakers to ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances.” I’m just not sure what to expect with that. [EW]
In honor of Jeff’s new gig, I think it’s time to Shun, Shag, and Marry he and his fellow reality TV hosts. Keep reading »
Are “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina and this season’s champ Scotty McCreery dating? Rumors are swirling after Thursday’s finale when she planted a wet one on him amidst the falling confetti after his win was announced.
Was she caught up in the moment, or is there more to her affections? The 16-year-old from Rossville, GA, told “Entertainment Tonight,” “He might be my boyfriend … ask him.”
Oh-la-la! Love “might be” in the air! Wait, what? It appears the young lady may be more media savvy than anyone expected! Without officially confirming the relationship, gossips are left to speculate. Scotty, however, played his part too. Read more… Keep reading »
Beyond walking into a ladies’ bathroom or applying to a women’s college, there are not all that many arenas in which being female is a distinct advantage. But if you happen to be one of the final contestants on “American Idol,” having breasts and a vagina is a very good thing. Over the years, female winners and runners-up on “Idol” have gone on to superstardom. Meanwhile the guys—well, they tend to disappear quietly. Hardly the end anyone expected when the tears of happiness ran down their cheeks after they made it to Hollywood Week.
Think about it. Keep reading »
Last night, during the finale of “American Idol,” Beyoncé strutted onstage to debut a new song off of her new album, “1+1.” As you can guess, the song shows off her arithmetic skills. But more impressively, the soulful ballad repeats the line “Make love to me,” which feels like a nice return to the days of “Let’s Get It On” and, more recently, “No Diggity (Bag It Up).” And those are two of the influences Beyoncé notes on the new album, in addition to afrobeat. “I found a lot of inspiration in ’90s R&B; Earth, Wind & Fire; DeBarge; Lionel Richie; Teena Marie,” said Beyoncé. “I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence + the Machine, and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back.” Keep reading »
It was a night of high profile falls for reality TV on Wednesday — when two reality stars took tumbles during their big moments.
First up: Haley Reinhart on “American Idol.”
Haley was so into her performance of Led Zeppelin’s “What Is & What Should Never Be” Tuesday night that she tripped on the stage right in front of the judging panel. The 20-year-old got right back up and finished strong. Watch it here. Keep reading »
“My dad wears girls’ clothes — it’s so funny. Sometimes I see him and I’m like, ‘Nice shirt!,’ because it’s from my closet… I think he’s really handsome. I feel really proud of him. I think he’s a really amazing, magical man and all those funny things that he says that people find so strange, my whole life I’ve been hearing them and they make me laugh. And I speak his language; I understand what he’s talking about.”
—Liv Tyler talks about her papa Steven Tyler and his penchant for raiding her closet. I plan to make a new drinking game out of watching “American Idol” and guessing the items of clothing that Steven is wearing that are actually Liv’s. [People] Keep reading »