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Aretha Franklin had a malt-down at a Johnny Rockets in Niagara Falls ... after one of it servers screamed at her for trying to eat her takeout order inside the restaurant. Franklin ordered a burger to go from the popular chain after her sold out show Tuesday ... then sat down to eat ... and that's when she claims the server went off, saying her conduct violated the take-out policy.Franklin said the worker was "very rude, unprofessional and nasty. »
- TMZ Staff
History repeated itself for American Idol's Top 8 Wednesday night, as they re-sang the audition songs that originally earned them golden tickets to Hollywood. Malaya Watson, 16, channeled her inner Aretha Franklin, belting a version of "Ain't No Way" that had Keith Urban on his feet. "You had this voice right from day one, you just needed to be with it," Urban said. "You were with it tonight." "You're blossoming into a star right in front of our eyes," said Jennifer Lopez. "You're gonna run away with this competition." Alex Preston, 20, was a true original singing his original song, "Fairytales," which »
- Wade Rouse
When Ryan Seacrest flashed early poll results to "American Idol" voting on Wednesday's show, something seemed odd. Contestants with low support had just received raves for their musical performances from the "American Idol" judges. -Break- Caleb Johnson ranked third out of four contestants evaluated by "American Idol" viewers over age 21 and he was in dead last among voters under 21 in the poll. But Jennifer Lopez declared his performance of "Chain of Fools" "perfect" and Keith Urban swooned, "You're a blues warrior! Soul conqueror! Rock and roll viking!" Alex Preston was also dangling in the bottom rungs of those polls even though that notorious curmudgeon Harry Connick Jr. praised him for singing his own tune: "I like the fact that you did an original and I liked the arrangement. You were shaking that bravado out!" Keith Urban added: "Great job, Alex!" 'American Idol »
American Idol’s theme of the week was “Auditions,” which meant that the remaining contestants had to repeat one of their past audition songs.
American Idol Recap
In addition to the eight singers’ solo performances, Wednesday night on Idol featured a number of well-known duets. Alex Preston and Jena Irene sang Pink and Nate Reuss’ “Just Give Me A Reason, while Caleb Johnson and Jess Meuse took on “Stop Dragging My Heart Around" by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Two of Idol’s younger singers, Sam Woolf and Malaya Watson, sang Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz’s “Lucky," and country singers Dexter Roberts and Cj Harris sang "Alright" by Darius Rucker.
First up for her solo was Jess Meuse, singing her original song “Blue Eyed Lie.” Singing her own song up on the Idol stage, Meuse was confident and strong vocally. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. all praised the singer, »
The theme for "American Idol" this week is going back to the start, which means performing the song they used for their initial audition for the judges. They will also be paired up for duets, which should be interesting.
1. Jessica Meuse, "Blue Eyed Lie," original song
This might be the most emotion we've seen from Jessica since her audition, you can tell she wrote this. She sounds great, really rocking the Stevie Nicks moments on some notes, but also showing off a great growly rocker voice. The only big criticism is that when the camera pulls back, she's standing there knock-kneed. When she doesn't have pants on, she needs a better stance behind the mic. Heh.
This was ... Ok. Definitely let him show off some personality, even if he wasn't exactly on key in spots. However, I was kind of bored. It sounded »
So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu? Weird. Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know. Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together... 8:00 p.m. We've got eight performers and two hours. Are we going to get to duos this week? Trios? Something so that this isn't just wheel-spinning for a full two hours? 8:01 p.m. The filler starts with a tribute to funny moments from the judges in the auditions, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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