Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Singing Competition TV Shows

Jimmy Kimmel was going hard at reality singing competitions in his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ monologue on Thursday night (May 24), including the latest which joins him on the ABC lineup – ‘Duets’. The show, which features John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke, joins ‘American Idol’ and ‘The X Factor’ on FOX, as well as ‘The Voice’ on NBC in the genre. Kimmel joked:

We’re excited because we have a new show premiere tonight here on ABC, a singing competition show. It’s about time somebody did one of those.

Each of the new show’s stars say they are in search of undiscovered talent, which I don’t think we have anymore, to be honest with you. In fact, I think we should start forcing some of our existing celebrities back into obscurity.

Here’s how a TV pitch meeting goes. “Ok, so, it’s a singing competition, and…” “Stop right there, we love it. We’re putting it on.”

A new ‘American Idol’ winner for the fourth year in a row is the white kid with the guitar. This one’s name is Phillip Phillips. It will be hard to forget someone with that name, but I have every confidence that we will.

Elliott Yamin: Jessica Sanchez Should Have Won ‘American Idol’

Elliott Yamin on Carlton Way

Elliott Yamin checked in with his Twitter followers (@elliottyamin) earlier tonight, talking about Phillip Phillips beating out Jessica Sanchez on Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol’ finale. The ‘Idol’ season five third place finisher apparently took some flack for strongly showing his support for Sanchez while suggesting Phillips wasn’t a real singer. The 33-year-old singer writes:

Missed the Idol finale tonite #AI …..but it sounds like I didn’t miss much by the sounds of who “won” #justsayin Jessica Sanchez is a REAL singer!.. I thought this was a singin competition??.. what a shame

American Idol has become MUCH like politics, in the sense that – we, as a people get mad at who’s in office, when WE are the people who put them there…or, are we?

Look yall, @americanidol has been sooooooo good to me and gave me a CAREER I’ve ALWAYS dreamed of, so, I’m NOT “biting the hand that’s fed me” and I am in debt with the amount of gratitude I have towards them… I’m just sayin, that I don’t get it, that’s all.. hats off to the winner & ALL the finalists!

American Idol Tour Jam Session

Footage of the top 11 contestants from season 10 of ‘American Idol’ rehearsing for the ‘Idols Live!’ hitting the road this Summer has been posted at Ryan Seacrest’s YouTube channel. The tour kicks off July 6th in Utah, going across the U.S. and a stop in Toronto before concluding September 10th in Rochester, New York.

Watch Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo joining in on performances of ‘Forget You’ by Cee Lo Green, ‘Gone’ by Montgomery Gentry and ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King below. Check out the tour dates after the cut.


Nigel Lythgoe Upset With Lee DeWyze Over ‘Idol’ Snub

Lee DeWyze

‘American Idol’ producer Nigel Lythgoe turned to Twitter yesterday, apparently unhappy about season nine winner Lee DeWyze refusing to present the show’s top prize to last night’s winner Scotty McCreery. Nigel told his followers (@dizzyfeet):

I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he’d been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy

The refusal apparently had ramifications beyond the Tweet, with Lee getting no recognition for being in the audience by host Ryan Seacrest. Instead, Lee was pointed out before a commercial break by the show’s unseen announcer. Lee had earlier told his Twitter followers (@LeeDeWyze) that he wasn’t asked to perform on last night’s finale.

Scotty McCreery On Lauren Alaina: We’re Really Close

Scotty McCreery

Fox All Access producer Monica Guerra walked along with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina backstage right after ‘American Idol’ as they were leaving the Nokia in Hollywood. Scotty did all the talking due to Lauren’s vocal problems, which forced her to write the one question she was asked on a notepad. “We’ve been together since day one,” Scott said about their friendship, though several clues including their behavior during this interview suggests it’s more than a friendship. “I met her day one in Hollywood, we were going to confessional, and she was asking questions left and right, just being a chatterbox like she is. So we’ve been friends since day one. Been in school together, so we’re really close.” Watch the video via YouTube below.

Scotty McCreery Discusses ‘Idol’, Lauren Alaina Friendship & Fans

May 24, 2011 – Fox All Access producer Monica Guerra spoke to Scotty McCreery on Monday (May 23) ahead of tonight’s ‘American Idol’, discussing what he’s learned about himself during the process, taking the judges’ advice to be himself, how he and Lauren Alaina agreed there’s no hard feelings no matter who wins, and his thankfulness for the fans’ support. Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Will Laryngitis Spoil Lauren Alaina’s ‘Idol’ Finale Hopes?

Lauren Alaina

This week’s season finale of ‘American Idol’ appears to be getting thrown into turmoil after Lauren Alaina came down with laryngitis. Haley Reinhart, who was eliminated last week, may have to replace Lauren against Scotty McCreery to compete for the ‘Idol’ crown. TMZ reports Lauren was ordered not to speak or sing by the doctor on the set this afternoon after she was unable to complete her three songs during rehearsal.

Clay Aiken On Scotty McCreery’s ‘Idol’ Journey

Clay Aiken spoke with WRAL about how ‘American Idol’ contestant and fellow Raleigh, North Carolina area native Scotty McCreery is in the same position he was eight years ago. “He’s very different than me, isn’t he?” Aiken joked. “If he makes it to finale, even if I don’t watch, I’ll call in.” The singer added that local support through the competition’s final week was “a large part of why I made it as far as I did.” Watch the interview at WRAL.com.

Ryan Seacrest Dons A Casey Abrams Beard

April 25, 2011 – After Casey Abrams performed on ‘American Idol’ Songs of the 21st Century night, host Ryan Seacrest surprised everyone by wearing Casey’s beard. Watch behind the scenes footage showing how it went down to Ryan’s surprise below.

Weighty ‘American Idol’ Audience Member Controversy

April 16, 2011 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about the ‘American Idol’ audience member controversy, with an overweight 19-year-old woman claiming she was moved from the front row because she was too fat. “Which is a great idea for a show by the way, ‘Biggest Loser American Idol’,” Kimmel joked before playing a video of Randy Jackson receiving similar treatment. Watch the comedy clip via YouTube below.

‘American Idol’ Summer Tour Expanding

March 31, 2011 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about how ‘American Idol’ is expanding the size of their ‘Idols Live’ tour after the show’s tenth season concludes. “Normally they only take the top 10 contestants on their summer tour, but this year they’ve made an exception, they’re taking the top 11,” Kimmel explained. “So they’re really stepping on the gas this season.” Jimmy then played a faux ‘Idol’ commercial promoting an ‘American Idol’ B Team Tour featuring the bottom 246 contestants. The comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

Karen Rodriguez On Singing Before Her Idol Jennifer Lopez

FOX All Access spoke to ‘American Idol’ finalists Paul McDonald and Karen Rodriguez, asking them how meaningful it is to get advice from Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez, who themselves had to overcome the struggles to find success in the music business. “I love Jennifer Lopez so much,” Karen said. “I’ve been a fan of her since I was so small. To be able to sing in front of her and have her sit in front of me and tell me this is what you need to do, I love this, I didn’t like that, it’s just like she’s helping me. It’s great to see my idol, one of my big idols just be there for me.” Watch the comments via YouTube below.

Most Uttered ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Word: “Baby”

March 17, 2011 – ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ profiled how there’s a new favorite word for the judges on ‘American Idol’ and it’s “baby”. Kimmel played a highlight reel of the dozens of times Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson used the world. “Is Justin Bieber holding the cue cards or something,” Kimmel asked. The comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

Get To Know The ‘American Idol’ Finalists

March 10, 2011 – Want to get to know the ‘American Idol’ finalists a little better? Fox All Access talked with the guys and the girls, and are giving viewers a little glimpse of who they are when they’re not on stage. Watch the interviews with Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Ashthon Jones, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia, Stefano Langone, Karen Rodriguez, Scotty McCreery and Naima Adedapo via YouTube below.

Simon Cowell Isn’t Missing ‘American Idol’

March 6, 2011 – Simon Cowell outsmarted the paparazzi by answering questions with questions the other night. The former ‘American Idol’ judge says he doesn’t miss the show as he prepares for the U.S. debut of ‘The X Factor’ later this year. “No, I’m on to something else now,” Cowell said when asked if he missed ‘Idol’. Watch via YouTube below.

Chris Medina Talks J.Lo, Fiance & ‘Idol’ Exit

Chris Medina visited with ‘Access Hollywood’ after his shocking ‘American Idol’ elimination on Wednesday night. The singer talked about the fan support that he has been receiving, donations he and his fiance Juliana have received to help with Juliana’s care after she was severely injured in a car accident, his believe that the judges made the right decision by the judges, what he thought about Jennifer Lopez tearing up after giving him the boot, and what he’d think about being asked to re-join ‘Idol’ if someone was unable to continue next week.

“I didn’t until I saw it last night, it was really touching,” Chris said about Jennifer Lopez’s breakdown. “I couldn’t believe that she had that kind of bottled up emotion over that specific situation. She handled herself really, really well until I left. You could tell she was sad when she was telling me, but I had no idea it was like that. It was very moving… It was real nice that she cared.”

Watch the 3-part interview below.


Chris Medina ‘What Are Words’ Video

Chris Medina

Chris Medina left ‘American Idol’ earlier this week after the judges felt he wasn’t among the best 24 contestants on the hit FOX show. The exit prompted judge Jennifer Lopez to erupt in a flood of tears during the emotional exit interview. Now, Medina has released a song based on his emotional story called ‘What Are Words’ on the ‘Idol’ 19 Recordings/Interscope imprint. The track was written and produced only a few days ago especially for Medina to perform by acclaimed hitmaking songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige). The song is now available for download at iTunes. A video, shot this past weekend, just premiered on AOL.com.

A 26-year-old barista from Illinois, Medina captured the hearts of viewers for more than simply his vocal talent. His story of becoming the primary caregiver to his fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who was severely injured in a car accident just months before they were scheduled to wed, won him fans around the country. One of those touched by the story was Jerkins, who was so inspired that he penned ‘What Are Words’ for Medina to record earlier this week.

“To go from a mass audition in Milwaukee to the ‘American Idol’ stage in Hollywood and then to record an original song by and for Rodney Jerkins has been an amazing journey not just for me but for Juliana,” said Medina. “To be able to work in the studio with someone of his stature was a dream come true.”

Added Jerkins: “When I heard the story of Chris and Juliana, the words and music just flowed. Sometimes a song is more than a song and that’s really true with ‘What Are Words’.”

Watch ‘What Are Words’ below.