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The lucky 13 finalists for season 13 of American Idol were revealed Thursday night, and immediately after, the group got to celebrate together in Hollywood. This week marked the first live shows of the new season, which has seen many format changes from previous years.
One of those changes is the just-finished Rush Week, which featured a workshop with former judge Randy Jackson and the help of Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. New judge Harry Connick Jr. also got the first “boo” of the season for his song-choice critiques to some of the female contestants. EW was on the scene »
- Jake Perlman
Fifteen men. Fifteen layered “rocker” outfits from H&M. Fifteen obligations to make preteen girls clap, whinny, and vote. Who will win? Who will whinny?
I did a couple of times. Not raucously, but overall, the first showcase of American Idol‘s male contestant crop was much better than the distaff half’s debut on Tuesday night. Some areas of improvement over the ladies: less screaming; more looking-like-they-belong-on-a-stage; handsomeness; guitar antics; palpable sensuality; faces for gay men to enjoy. Maybe we didn’t get a tender, tearful moment in the vein of M.K. Nobilette‘s whispery triumph on Tuesday, but I think we clearly saw five dudes fulla feelings emerge as frontrunners. Which is convenient, considering only five are guaranteed to proceed.
I know this isn’t news to readers of TheBacklot, but it must be stated: Adam Lambert, who again appeared as a guest mentor alongside the world »
- Louis Virtel
'American Idol' Recap
As with the girls, the 15 male semi-finalists waited nervously to see if their names were called by Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez or Harry Connick Jr. to hit the stage and sing for America’s votes. Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry were back mentoring in the workshop, as was veteran judge Randy Jackson.
Caleb Johnson, the 70s Meat Loaf lookalike, was the first name called. Singing “Stay with Me” by The Faces. Johnson carried the song by the British rock band admirably, while working the stage like a pro. Perhaps his biggest fan at the judges table, Urban, said the performance was “killer.”
Tuesday was Ladies' Night on American Idol, but on Wednesday the judges turned their attention to the guys. "We just have a new breed of musician and singer coming up," judge Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest before the performances began.
The show repeated its head-scratching formula from Tuesday, only allowing 10 of the Top 15 guys to perform on stage, with virtually no explanation for viewers as to why the remaining five got cut. Former judge Randy Jackson, as well as alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, also all returned as mentors.
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- Liz Raftery
If you’ve paid attention to my urgent, poetic recaps of American Idol, you know we’ve arrived at my favorite time of year: the live(-ish) semifinal where a couple dozen singers with edgy haircuts and/or edgy midriff-baring tops (or both, if you’re edgy-edgy Marrialle Sellars) beg you to dial things on their behalf. It’s the esteemed Top 30 round — or as I’ve long called it, The “How Can This Be The Best Of The Best When Everybody Was Forgettable, Nervous, and Named Something Stupid?” Round. My favorite.
But I didn’t count such a stupid gimmick creeping its way into the festivities. Though 15 women qualified to perform on Tuesday’s show, only 10 would be allowed on air thanks to a mysterious prescreening round where Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and Paul McCartney Disguised As Sheryl Crow In The “Soak Up the Sun” Video (a.k. »
- Louis Virtel
There were new twists, familiar faces and loads of drama on American Idol Tuesday night, as the ladies kicked off the first of the live performance shows. The new twists? In what was dubbed Rush Week, the judges reviewed tapes of the Top 15 Girls and picked the 10 that impressed them the most to perform, surprising the ladies one at a time. The familiar faces? Randy Jackson, the "Dogfather" of Idol, was back to mentor the contestants, leading a sort of Rush Week "wisdom workshop" for the pledges, which included vocal coaching from former Idol contestants Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, »
- Wade Rouse
The 15 girls that were selected at the end of Hollywood week received the mentorship of Randy Jackson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry and Rickey Minor. They also received style makeovers and even some spiritual advising. Unfortunately, five of the polished singers would not get the chance to sing before the live audience. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. had narrowed down the field to the 10 who outshone the others during dress rehearsals and throughout the workshop process.
Majesty Rose was the first name call by the trio of judges. She came out with her guitar to sing Pharrell’s hit song “Happy.” Many of the performances that followed didn’t match up to Rose’s stage presence or the pure strength of her voice. »
This is it! Tonight’s Feb. 18 episode of ‘American Idol’ takes us live to its first ever Rush Week where we watch 10 out of 15 girls perform for America’s votes — one of whom was shamed by Harry Connick Jr. for her sexy song choice!
For the special occasion of American Idol‘s very first “Rush Week” and this season’s first live show, Keith Urban wore his finest t-shirt! Because two hours just isn’t enough time, the judges will choose just 10 out of 15 to perform, leaving the other five without even the opportunity to earn America’s vote! Harsh. See below for who got the chance to perform and to see how they fared, and to find out why Harry decided to shame 18-year-old Emily Piriz for her song choice!
The episode opens with Ryan Seacrest on a dark stage with a lone spotlight trained on him, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner
American idol is live tonight and the top 31 contestants (see the list of contestants below) will become the top 13 by the end of the week. Check out the results and recap of tonight';s show below. Eighteen American idol hopefuls will be sent packing at the end of this week's competition. Who will stay and who will go? This week is fast and furious for the contestants and is aptly named "Rush Week." During the episodes this week, the remaining singers will go through a boot camp, led by mentor Randy Jackson with help from former contenders Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert. Here are the final top 30 and the judges decided not to eliminate Cj or Casey, so it is actually a Top 31 going into next week. Girls - Andrina Brogden Austin Wolfe Brandy Neelly Bria Anai Johnson Briana Oakley Emily Piriz Jena Asciutto Jessica Meuse Jillian Jensen Kenzie Hall Kristen O’Connor M. »
"American Idol" is finally getting to some live performances this week, with the Top 15 girls kicking things off Tuesday (Feb. 18) and the Top 15 boys performing Wednesday. But before they can take the (revamped) "Idol" stage, the Top 30 have to go through Randy Jackson's boot camp first.
Above, Jackson, as the new in-house mentor, addresses the contestants. Then below, former "Idol" stars Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry help out with staging, arrangements, style and just any general advice they have for the contestants.
If you'd like to know what a day at boot camp is like, check out Zap2it's on-the-scene account in this photo gallery and tune in Tuesday at 8 p.m. Et/Pt for the first night of "Rush Week" before we have our Top 13 finalists.
Randy Jackson returns to American Idol tonight in his new role as mentor, guiding the contestants through Rush Week. The 31 remaining hopefuls will cycle through Jackson's workshop, a series of classes focusing on vocal skills, styling and social-media training. Former finalists Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry will also be around to field questions. Idol's top dawg breaks down the intensive two-day process.
TV Guide Magazine: Why did you want to come back for this workshop?
Jackson: Being a judge, you don't have that closeness with the kids. I know they have a trillion questions, so I really wanted to prepare them for the show and make it informative. You've got all these people at the top of their fields who want to help. This is for the rest of the [contestants'] lives, so they have to take advantage. It's like a college-prep course, and I'm the dean!
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- Rob Moynihan
American Idol has undergone some changes in season 13, including replacing Jimmy Iovine with Randy Jackson as the new in-house mentor. When the semifinalists perform this week, we'll get our first look at Randy in his new role when he has the singers take part in the first-ever Idol workshop.
Randy talked with reporters, including BuddyTV, about why he wanted to be a mentor this year instead of a judge, the workshop (and reuniting with Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert), changes to the themes and the level of talent this season. And read on to also find out what he thinks of the first openly gay contestant and if he would ever work with Simon Cowell again. »
American Idol viewers will welcome back three familiar faces next Tuesday, as the show will debut its first-ever "boot camp" episodes with Randy Jackson, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. Story: Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Weight Loss and Those People on the 'Idol' Billboards Speaking with reporters on a conference call Thursday, Jackson said that the idea is something he had wanted to do for a while -- and alumni Lambert and Daughtry were his first choices to helm the concept. The longtime Idol mainstay said the workshop, as well as other new changes, will help the show, which needed
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
For those who commented that "the real Mariah was So not there" on American Idol during season 12, Mariah Carey agrees. Story: 'American Idol': Alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry to Return as Mentors She dished in an interview with Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Zoo on Wednesday morning that she was anything but herself while on the judges' panel with Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. "I should’ve been a mentor on the show and that’s it -- I should’ve been like the Jimmy Iovine, and we love Jimmy," she said. "Jimmy did a great job! He’s
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
It looks like "American Idol" is bringing some of its more successful alumni back into the fold to help out the new crop of talent in Season 13.
The singer couldn't keep his and Lambert's participation a secret, tweeting, "Hanging with @Adamlambert at the #idol workshop. Glad to be back! Stay tuned..."
According to Daughtry, the "Boot Camp" phase -- a two-day workshop aimed at allowing America "to get to know the contestants before they vote for the first time" -- will air on February 18 and 19.
Are you looking forward to seeing Daughtry and Lambert back at their old stomping grounds?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox. »
The singer’s mother, Bernadette, 55, died over the summer and he made sure to let the world know how special she was by writing her name in huge letters across his drum set.
Bruno Mars‘ Super Bowl halftime show was bittersweet, he had an awesome performance yet he his biggest fan wasn’t there in the crowd. The Hawaiian native headlined the halftime show and made sure to place his mother, Bernadette Bayot‘s name, wrapped around a heart, on his drum set. It was so sweet and we couldn’t help but feel a little sad for Bruno in that moment!
Bruno Mars Pays Tribute To His Late Mother During Super Bowl Halftime
The 28-year-old lost his mother, 55, to a brain aneurysm in June 2013, and he clearly wanted to let the world know just how special he thought she was.
His mother would have been so proud, he took »
- Chloe Melas
The Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 2 was awesome and celebrities took to Twitter to express how much they loved it! Check out the celeb tweets from your favorite A-listers!
Celebrities flocked to Twitter immediately following the Super Bowl halftime show and it was so cool to see their excited tweets! Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers managed to please the audience of all ages at the MetLife Stadium and their tweets are so fun to read.
Super Bowl Halftime Show — Celebrities React
To everyone that said #Bruno was Not a good choice for half time: How’s that crow tasting? Mmmmmm
— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) February 3, 2014
Who loved the halftime show?
— Bruno Mars (@ltsBrunoMars) February 3, 2014
Bruno Mars is so cool. #fan #classactonstage »
- Chloe Melas
First off — Happy New Year! The 42nd Annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 with Ryan Seacrest on ABC features an extensive run of celebrity performances and interviews leading up to the famous Times Square ball drop midnight in New York. It also features the longest title of any ongoing annual television special.
Here’s a rundown of all the awkward moments and performances that you may have missed during your Nye festivities:
- Maricela Gonzalez
18 items from 2014
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