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The dress that broke the internet officially made its way onto American Idol tonight, when one of the contestants wore it during her performance. Jackie "Jax" Cole, one of the top 8 girls, donned the definitely, absolutely blue and black dress while she sang a slowed down, jazzed up rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High." Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban weren't huge fans of the performance, saying that it changed the song a little too much, but they were perfectly happy to weigh in on the color when Ryan Seacrest hopped up on stage to hold up the original picture on his cell phone. "I see blue and black," he said of Jax standing next to »
American Idol is about to back that thing up.
TVLine has learned exclusively that next Wednesday’s Top 12 performance telecast (8/7c on Fox) will find the remaining Season 14 hopefuls revisiting their audition songs as they fight for a spot in a special Thursday sing-off.
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Here’s how the next couple weeks will play out in the House That Made Katharine McPhee an Unlikely TV Star:
On Wednesday, March 11, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the five guys and five women who advanced from this week’s Top 16 performances based on the public vote. »
After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:
Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »
- Jonathan James
Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.
The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).
“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »
- Matt Joseph
We need your help, Derbyites. As Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. continue to narrow down the number of contestants on Season 14 of "American Idol," we want to know who's really the best winner so far? Vote in our poll below. -Break- Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for 'Survivor' Season 30 There are many worthy winners to choose from over the past 13 years -- some more successful than others -- but you can only vote for one, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 13 winners? Then scroll through our "American Idol" photo gallery below the poll that highlights every victory since 2002. After voting in our poll, be sure to cast your predictions as to which "Survivor" castaway will win using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. Top score wins $100. And be sure to sound off on the current seasons of all your favorite shows in Gold Derby's reality TV forum. »
It’s the final day of Hollywood Week on American Idol, but Michael Simeon’s saved the best for last!
The soulful singer made his impression on viewers and the judges during the audition round, when he recruited Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban to accompany him as he slow-danced with Jennifer Lopez to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me."
Video: 'American Idol' Returns! Behind the Scenes of Hollywood Week
Simeon impressed the panel once again with his Hollywood Week performance, wowing Lopez and the other judges with his rendition of Colbie Caillat’s "Try."
"I feel it’s your heart, it’s not just your voice," J.Lo told Simeon. "It’s something coming through so clearly that you care."
Lopez was a little emotional herself as she praised Simeon’s performance, adding, "We want that as an audience. That’s when it’s like, superstar time."
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“Can anybody find me somebody to love?”
I posed one of Queen’s most plaintive lyrics for most of Wednesday’s American Idol “Group Rounds” telecast — and unfortunately, only a handful of contestants answered the call. There were forgotten lyrics, cacophonous harmonies, a few instances of face-down-on-the-carpet exhaustion and a smattering of “I didn’t come here to make friends” squawking. But “Holy crap, I want to know that contestant’s 877-number so I can start voting for him/her right this second!” vocals were in short supply.
VideosReality Check: Hooray for Hollywood Week on American Idol! Plus: The Ickiness of Contestants Hitting on J. »
When last we left "American Idol," they'd cut a bunch of people from Hollywood Week, albeit nobody we'd been made to care about in the slightest. And as last Thursday's episode ended, Alexis Granville was clinging to life. Or, at the very least, Alexis Granville was having a panic attack. What comes next? Follow along with my recap of Wednesday's (February 11) episode... 8:00 p.m. Et. "It's always a very telling day," J-Lo says, sitting up in the balcony with the other judges. 8:02 p.m. But back to Alexis Granville and the subsequent time-out. Recovered from her anxiety attack, Alexis made it back on the stage with Sal's Gal. Sal Valentinetti won some good faith with his kindness to Alexis and he does his Rat Pack thing. Alexis warbles uncertainly. Jax mewls and growls soulfully. There were several other people in that group we didn't hear solo. Boo. Harry Connick Jr. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The ratings for this venerable singing competition have been falling for quite awhile and they saw a big drop last season. Will the numbers continue to fall or will they start to rebound? Could American Idol finally be cancelled? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol will air twice a week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, for only part of the season. For the first time, the results will be wrapped into the performance episodes. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban return to the judge's table.
Sorry for the three "American Idol" recaps I missed the past two weeks. The combination of film responsibilities at the Sundance Film Festival and predictably atrocious wifi at the Sundance Film Festival had me casting aside some of my TV responsibilities. But I'm back and I'm all caught up after rushing through three "Idol" episodes in around 90 minutes over the weekend. There were some pretty good singers in New Orleans and San Francisco. I'd point to Maddy Hudson, Greyson Turner, Tyanna Jones, Rocky Peter and Hunter Larsen as just a few performers I'd be happy to see/hear again if the opportunity presents itself. Ditto with Carlos Santana's nephew and a few of the White Guys With Guitars who were better-than-generic, but not immediately nameable in my memory. We're starting Hollywood Week on Wednesday (February 4), so follow along! 8:00 p.m. Et. In case we've forgotten, in order to become American Idol, »
- Daniel Fienberg
While the ratings for American Idol continue to fall lower and lower, it's remained Fox's top show. Will they continue to drop or will they start to rebound this time around? Could the ratings fall low enough to see the series cancelled? Stay tuned.
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, American Idol typically airs twice a week, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, for only part of the season. For the first time, the results will be wrapped into the performance episodes. Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban return to the judge's table.
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Jane the Virgin, Parenthood and Scandal!
1 | Which Saturday Night Live intern goofed, that the Family Feud sketch featured a weirdly outdated array of American Idol judges? (Also, raise your hand if you could do a better Harry Connick Jr. impression.)
2 | Were you as floored as we were, during the SAG Awards, to learn that Lifetime Achievement winner Debbie Reynolds didn’t know how to dance before Singin’ in the Rain? And »
A melancholy pixie, a model-pretty belter and the type of teenage boy so adorable, Paula Abdul would want to squish his head off and dangle him from her rear-view mirror. A bubbly teenage girl sporting a bowtie, multiple shots of Season 7 standout Carly “Bury Me Alive” Smithson ensuring J.Lo never comes within 20 feet of a deranged woman wearing an ill-advised frock from the Big Bird collection, and… Harry Connick Jr. losing his damn mind to the tune of Sia’s “Chandelier”?
Yep, American Idol‘s final audition episode of Season 14 had something for everyone — maybe even two or three possible Top 10 contenders. »
Blake Shelton has been the breakout comedic star of The Voice since its premiere in April 2011, and yet it’s taken ’til January 2015 for him to land a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live? (Whoever’s in charge of cross-promotional synergy at NBC has clearly been in a professional freefall since the demise of Law & Order: La.)
Better late than never, though, I suppose. The country music star proved an absolutely terrific choice of emcee — scoring laughs in a wide range of scenarios and not relying on cue cards nearly as much as you’d expect for a neophyte. I »
A glittering purple unicorn landed smack in the middle of American Idol‘s Season 14 New Orleans audition stop — which in no way suggests that the show’s producers surprised us with a special return appearance by Nicki Minaj at the judges’ table. (People genuinely like Keith Urban, after all — they don’t want to see him break out into a Ptsd-induced panic attack.)
Rather, I’m talking about the Idoloonie Nation getting the all-too-rare opportunity to see a 2-to-1 vote against sending a contestant to Hollywood.
Don’t cry for 28-year-old Sarah Quintana, though. Sure, Keith was the only one »
True confession: I may be the only person in the United States who dramatically slid down a wall and let out a tortured “Nooooooo!!!!” after learning that American Idol will eventually cut back to one night a week midway through Season 14.
After three consecutive hump days of middling vocals, “heard it all before” backstories and not nearly enough scenes of Ryan Seacrest getting bear-hugged by jubilant families, however, I’m reconsidering my stance.
Perhaps, in a world where orange is the new black and Idris Elba could/should be the next 007, less is destined to be the new more »
Every American Idol hopeful wishes he or she possessed magic keys to advance directly to Hollywood Week. And based on the following exclusive video from tonight’s Minneapolis auditions (8/7c on Fox), it looks as though Jacob Tolliver has 88 of ‘em!
Indeed, while Jacob’s cover of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” includes a solid vocal, it’s his work at the piano that makes this clip one of the more memorable auditions of Season 14.
While our preview ends midway through the judges’ comments, I’m wondering if Harry Connick Jr. will be able to resist the urge to leap »
This just in from the Department of Obvious Newsflashes: Adam Lambert makes everything better.
On this week’s installment of Reality Check, my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I break down the extraordinary talent unearthed by Adam, J.Lo and Harry Connick Jr. — and disagree (just a little) over how exactly to rank ‘em. Plus, we brainstorm a new “Golden Ticket Veto” twist designed to bring out Melinda’s dark side, throw some side eye »
They're used to manning the judge's table on American Idol together, but on Saturday, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban had the chance to get a little social. The trio popped up at Fox's TCA party in La, where Andy Samberg provided even more entertainment. In other fun moments, Beyoncé and Jay Z proved they're still crazy in love, Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara hit the town together, and Ryan Gosling looked dapper for a special night. Read on to see all that and more! »
“American Idol” producers are banking on fewer hours and stronger contestants to boost the franchise’s 14th edition after suffering a precipitous ratings drop last year.
“We’re pleased to be down to one show a week,” Trish Kinane, executive producer and an exec at FremantleMedia North America, said Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. “We have all the drama of an elimination and all the performances. I think it’s going to be jam-packed. There’s a lot to do in that one show.”
The show had aired twice a week — often with two-hour episodes — since it exploded as a hit for Fox a decade ago. After last season’s ratings tumble, producers made a number of changes, including enlisting music mogul Scott Borchetta as a mentor to work with the 24 finalists from the beginning.
- Cynthia Littleton
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