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Watch out, Jonas Brothers! Radar Online reports that Balloon Boy (a.k.a. Falcon Heene) and his two brothers (Bradford and Ryo) are forming a boy band. Seriously. Wait! It gets better. Their father, home-made helium balloon maker Richard, and mother Mayumi may appear as back-up musicians. We couldn't make this up if we tried.
Musician Smokey Miles, a family friend who penned the brothers' recent Bear Scratcher jingle (we have no idea what that means either), says, "They are good looking kids and talented, too. I'm sure they could be a success."
Miles went on to say the Heene family is a shining beacon of light for all families during these troubling economic times: "The family is doing well just now after everything they went through, and they are actually a good example for other families in these recessionary times." Nothing says family like falsely claiming your son is »
American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox has revealed the artists that she would love to work with in the future. The 24-year-old from Ohio - who lost the season nine title to Lee DeWyze - was asked about her dream collaborations in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Maybe Adam [Lambert] would be down! That would be cool, that would be fun!" she replied. "He has a heck of a voice. Even Lee, we might work together too. "I would love to work with Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker again, Ray Lamontagne, maybe Joe Satriani to play some guitar." The singer - who performed with Cocker (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Now that the star-studded season finale is behind us and Lee DeWyze is our new American Idol, what's next for the season nine contestants? Today Lee and runner-up Crystal Bowersox chatted with reporters about the whole Idol experience. Read on to see who Lee wants to work with and who Crystal would choose to take Simon's seat. Lee on having a drink with Simon at the Idol afterparty: "I did see Simon, and we cheers-ed, and he said congratulations and he told me that he's proud of me and excited to be working with me, and I told him thank you for the opportunity, because you know, without American Idol, I wouldn't have had this platform to start a career on a major level." Crystal on who should replace Simon: "Simon is such an epic figure in the show. 'Replace' is not a good word for me. Simon »
Lee DeWyze was crowned the winner of American Idol after snatching victory from favorite Crystal Bowersox this week. The female singer lost another one during the day of the finals as she has split with her boyfriend Tony Kusian right before she was set to perform for the finale.The show this week was a star-studded finale that saw an emotional Simon Cowell bow out after a decade at the helm. The notoriously blunt TV titan looked to be fighting back the tears during his big send-off, as he thanked the show for the “10 best years” of his life, ahead of the results announcement. In a two-hour extravaganza, superstars including Janet Jackson, the Bee Gees, Christina Aguilera and Joe Cocker graced the stage with the season nine finalists, who returned to help give the Fox show’s 19 million-plus viewers a dazzling spectacle. Last season’s controversial judge Paula Abdul also made a guest appearance, »
I have no problem with how things turned out on Wednesday night's (May 26) season nine finale of "American Idol." (That's actually not true. I have a lot of problems with how things turned out, but Joe Cocker has nothing to do with this.)
As I (also) predicted, Lee DeWyze did squeak it out against Crystal Bowersox, and even though it meant I ended my season on a losing vote while my fellow "Idol" prognosticators went out with a W, I still feel like I won.
See, I knew Lee would win, because after nine seasons of watching "Idol" and observing what kinds of singers America seems to be going for lately, Lee was the perfect package: Cute, but not runway handsome (David Cook), humble and solidly Hot AC rock-leaning (Kris Allen) and just nervous and shy enough to make him relatable.
Crystal, on the other hand, seemed to be bucking »
- Gil Kaufman
And America answered, .Hell no! We.ll make you the next American Idol!.
Oh, we tease Lee DeWyze. I wish I could work up more outrage regarding his victory over the more versatile and polished Crystal Bowersox, but as she said, .We.re going to have the lives we both deserve.. She gets it. This was their launching pad, and soon they.ll get to leave the Idol mothership and boldly go where Major Tom has gone before because it.s a beautiful day even though every rose has its... More >> »
- Matthew Jaffe
It's a long way from Toledo, Ohio for "Idol" first runner-up Crystal Bowersox, who likely has a big career ahead of her, but she won't be in the company of her boyfriend, "Big Tony," who split the morning of the finale, as reported on RyanSeacrest.com.
"Big Tony... he went home. He wasn't cool with the lifestyle," revealed the dreadlocked single mother. "I didn't break up with him... it was a mutual thing."
Bowersox was stoic about the split, »
Forget about who won "American Idol" on Wednesday night -- the finale was all about the surprising performers, including rocker Bret Michaels -- now clearly on the mend -- old standby Joe Cocker, and newly coiffed and still nasty Janet Jackson.
Michaels, who has been making the rounds since winning "Celebrity Apprentice" Sunday, rocked the house with "Idol" finalist Casey James, singing the power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Here's the performance:
Then Jackson, »
momlogic's Vivian: Well folks, we have us a new American Idol! But before the champ was crowned and Simon bid us his emotional (really!) adieu, we bore witness to a series of surreal resurrections from today (Bret Michaels! Paula Abdul!) and over 30 years ago (Chicago, Hall & Oates and Michael McDonald). Read on!
First, the top 12 contestants returned from their day jobs to give us a taste of the upcoming "American Idol" tour. Contestants like Didi and Siobhan visibly relished each opportunity to reduce the chosen covers to show-tune status, but watching someone innately cool like Casey James do a clumsy prance around the stage is always completely ridiculous.
Orianthi and Alice Cooper joined them to perform Cooper's rebel anthem, "School's Out" -- a completely and utterly surreal moment on television. Alice Cooper goes Broadway?! Mind you, I'm a crone, so songs like this -- and many others on the set »
During the American Idol 9 finale, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze performed a duet of "A Little Help From My Friends" along with Joe Cocker, and Lee got the line, "What would you do if I sang out of tune?" The answer from viewers who vote was clear: We'll make you the winner. Yes, season nine is finally over, and as the perfect end to the show's worst season yet, Lee DeWyze won, despite being »
- Andy Dehnart
"I couldn't be happier for Lee. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy," Crystal says. Does she have any messages to her fans? "Love, love, love. Love for the world, love for yourself. Greet every moment of your life with love."
What about the outcome? Did it surprise her after Lee seemed to falter a bit during the final performances? "I knew Lee was going to win. People seem to be surprised by that, but I just had a feeling and as I said before, I couldn't be happier for him. He deserves every minute of this," Crystal says. "I feel like I won because Lee won. I have such a respect for him as an artist and as a human being. I told him before the show I said, »
Lee DeWyze is your American Idol The ninth season of American Idol came to a sensational conclusion tonight as Lee DeWyze was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on Fox. DeWyze, 24, from Mt. Prospect, Il, emerged as America's choice in a competition that began with more than 100,000 hopefuls who auditioned in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and Orlando.
DeWyze capped his coronation on Wednesday's finale by singing "Beautiful Day," which is available for download exclusively on AmericanIdol.com and iTunes.
The broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles featured appearances by Alice Cooper, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald, Dane Cook, Christina Aguilera, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Alanis Morissette, Bret Michaels, Chicago, Janet Jackson and Joe Cocker.
"American Idol" crowned the ninth winner of the Fox hit reality show on Wednesday, also paying tribute to judge Simon Cowell on his last night on the show. Lee DeWyze was crowned the ninth "American Idol" and the 24-year-old former paint salesman from Illinois was immediately mobbed by his fellow contestants hugging him. "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest divulged that Lee was victorious over fellow contestant Crystal Bowersox by an only two percent margin. "Oh my God," Lee said upon hearing the good news. "Thank you guys so much, everybody, I can't believe this. This is amazing. I love you guys. Crystal, I love you. I'm just a happy man. I've never been happier in my life." He said there were "no words to describe" his feelings before he launched into a rousing rendition of U2's "Beautiful Day." Also during the two-hour season finale, Paula Abdul returned to "American Idol »
Simon Cowell says farewell, Lee DeWyze wins American Idol and Bret Michaels is on stage performing "Every Rose Has its Thorn." "It has come down to a single mother from Toledo and a paint salesman from Chicago," emcee Ryan Seacrest after a star-studded night that saw the Bee Gees, Chicago, Michael McDonald, Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker, Christina Aguilera and Alanis Morissette alter her R-rated lyrics in a duet with Crystal Bowersox. "After the nationwide vote. I can now tell you the winner of American Idol 2010 is ... Lee DeWyze!" DeWyze said, "I've never been happier in my life." The two-hour show included a send up roasting by comedian Dane Cook and a speech by former judge Paula »
- April MacIntyre
A new "American Idol" winner has been crowned. At the end of the two-hour finale on Wednesday night, May 26, it was unraveled that dark horse Lee DeWyze has managed to gather the most votes and beat out his competition, frontrunner Crystal Bowersox, by a 2 percent margin to claim the coveted title and a recording contract.
Going into the finale, it was Crystal who seemed to come out victorious. After the final showdown on Tuesday, May 25, the single mom rocker overshadowed Lee with her performances. The soulful singer received the most praises from the judges. For the final song, judge Simon Cowell has even described her rendition of "Up to the Mountain" as "outstanding."
Nonetheless, it was Lee who won the most votes from Americans. Asked how he was feeling after the announcement, the 24-year-old bluesy guitarist told host Ryan Seacrest, "Oh my God. I don't know." He continued, "This is amazing. »
The final day had a big surprise and a departure in store for the fans. Former paint salesman Lee DeWyze was the surprise winner of American Idol on Wednesday, beating front-runner Crystal Bowersox on a night that saw all the talent show's former champions reunite to bid farewell to Simon Cowell.DeWyze, a 24-year-old Chicago native, won the coveted title and a recording contract after a nationwide phone and text vote based on the contestants' performances the night before.Idol judges had all but anointed Bowersox the winner after her three songs on Tuesday outclassed a nervous DeWyze. But Americans made up their own minds and chose DeWyze."I have never been happier in my life," said a stunned DeWyze, choking back tears after the result was announced at the climax of a two-hour finale that featured performances by Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson and Joe Cocker.Initially shy, »
Jermaine Dupri, a record producer and rap artist, tweets, "@Oceans7LTL: Lifers once again be sure to watch American Idol tonight the Queen Icon @JanetJackson will B performing "Nothing" 2nite! @bmc_1201 @LTLline @johntalsr."
Janet would be just the next in a long line of music legends rumored to be joining the "Idol" party. Other rumored artists include Melissa Etheridge, Joe Cocker, Chicago, Hall & Oates and the Bee Gees.
Comedian Dane Cook is supposedly performing a comedy song and Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia are slated to duet. Who won't be in the "American Idol" house? Adam Lambert, reportedly because he skipped out on rehearsals.
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Being that this is "American Idol," the results show — which could legitimately be only five minutes long — will run well over two hours. And being that this is Simon Cowell's final "Idol" episode ever, expect lots of celebrity cameos. (And when I say "celebrity," I mean Blake Lewis and Normund Gentle.)
Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias are scheduled to perform (in honor of 1999, the year Simon first got his flat-top haircut), as well as our reigning Idol, Kris "Not Adam Lambert, The Straight One" Allen. There are plenty of rumored appearances, too, ranging from Janet Jackson to Hall and Oates. (Those greatest hits albums aren't going to sell themselves, now will they?)
But wait! There's more!
"Idol" finales bring back the entire Top 12 of the season, and often the singers get paired up with established acts, so congratulations random dude who hoped to see Paige Miles and Insane Clown Posse perform together. »
- Jim Cantiello
The internet rumor-mill is abuzz with talk about which legendary artists will be on hand to crown the "American Idol" Season 9 winner and send Simon Cowell riding off into the sunset to start his show "The X Factor."
Sources tell Zap2it that comedian Dane Cook was seen leaving "Idol" rehearsals this week and will be on hand to perform a comedic number.
Mix 106.3 is reporting that Lee DeWyze is performing "I Can't Go for That" with Hall & Oates and Crystal Bowersox is performing "With a Little Help From my Friends" with Joe Cocker, while Idol Tracker is saying Crystal's duet with Melissa Etheridge is back on the table.
Finally, apparently the "Idol" boys have »
How’s this for a dream come true? American Idol hopeful Lee will be performing with his musical doppelganger during the Idol finale!
When Lee DeWyze performed Joe Cocker’s hit, “The Letter”, on American Idol March 23, you couldn’t help but agree that their voices are pretty similar. In fact, you might just say Lee, 24, is a baby Cocker in the making! It’s a good thing, too, because as it happens, the 66-year-old British singer will be appearing on the Idol finale this week — and performing with the final two contestants Lee and Crystal Bowersox!
An insider tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that the trio will be performing together on May 26 — right before a season 9 Idol winner is crowned. Although we’re uncertain of song selection at the moment, we really, Really hope not to hear “Up Where We Belong.”
Now if only Crystal could perform with Her musical influence, »
- Laura Schreffler
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