No Hits, Just Anthem Performances For ‘American Idol’ Alums

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ joked about how lately winners of ‘American Idol’ haven’t done so well with their post ‘Idol’ careers, with many making public appearances to sing the National Anthem.

The comedy clip, featuring anthem excerpts from Taylor Hicks, Crystal Bowersox, Kimberly Caldwell, Josh Gracin, Jessica Sierra and Chris Sligh, has since been removed at YouTube.

Preview Jennifer Lopez & Steven Tyler In Action On ‘American Idol’

December 5, 2010 – Get your first look at new judges Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Jennifer Lopez as they join returning judge Randy Jackson for season 10 of ‘American Idol’ with a pair of 45 second promos before the show’s debut on FOX on Wednesday, January 19th.

Past Winners Star In ‘American Idol’ Season 10 Commercials

November 1, 2010 – The winners of the last 9 seasons of ‘American Idol’, from season one champ Kelly Clarkson to last season’s winner Lee DeWyze, are featured in the first promos for the upcoming 10th season of the show, as first revealed during game three of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. ‘Idol’ returns to FOX January 2011. Watch the 30 and 60 second commercials via YouTube below.

Changes To ‘American Idol’

September 23, 2010 – On ‘Good Day NY’, Chloe Melas of HollywoodLife.com took a closer look at the new judges panel on ‘American Idol’, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. They also discussed how Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine is going to be the new in-house mentor and may be the show’s “villain” to fill the role of Simon Cowell. Video of the segment at MyFoxNY.com has since been removed.

‘American Idol’ Online Auditions

Ryan Seacrest 'American Idol'

‘American Idol’ has partnered with MySpace to provide online auditions from September 15th through October 6th. Hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 can submit an audition video at www.myspace.com/americanidol. Watch a message from ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest about the news below.

Kara Dioguardi Feels Now Is The Best Time To Leave ‘Idol’

September 4, 2010 – Kara Dioguardi issued a statement confirming she’s no longer going to be a judge on ‘American Idol’, though it was widely reported the songwriter was given the boot rather than leave on her own. Kara said:

I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol. I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol – it has truly been an amazing experience … I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!

Ellen DeGeneres Leaving ‘American Idol’

July 29, 2010 – Ellen DeGeneres issued a statement earlier today to announce she is exiting ‘American Idol’ after only one season, joining Simon Cowell who left the show last season to work on the American version of ‘The X Factor’. Ellen said:

A couple months ago, I let FOX and the “American Idol” producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on “Idol” and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.

Norman Gentle ‘Brit Slap’ Video

May 31, 2010 – ‘American Idol’ season eight semi-finalist Norman Gentle offered a saucy toast to outgoing judge Simon Cowell in his debut dance toss-up ‘Brit Slap’. The track features beat and production from New York-based duo DNA. The song’s music video features a cameo from ‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge Nigel Barker. Watch the Mark Andrew directed treatment via YouTube below.

Harvey Levin: Lee DeWyze “Choked” On Too Much Saliva

Lee DeWyze’s performances on ‘American Idol’ didn’t impress TMZ’s Harvey Levin, who said the man who the next night won ‘Idol’ had “choked” on Tuesday. Harvey said Lee literally choked because there was too much saliva in his mouth. The video report from TMZ at MySpace has since been removed.

Lee DeWyze Wins ‘American Idol’ Season 9

May 27, 2010 – As expected by anyone who paid attention to Intrade or DialIdol this week, Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of ‘American Idol’ last night. The 24-year-old former paint salesman told EW.com afterward:

I didn’t know what to do when I won, man. It was a surreal experience. What do you do when you win American Idol? I don’t know — I’ve never done it before, you know? It’s just, it’s like something I can’t even explain to you right now. It’s amazing.

Urban Talks About His ‘American Idol’ Experience

May 2, 2010 – Recently ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Tim Urban talked about being sent home packing and more at the “If I Can Dream” house in what appeared to be an online chat where he was reading questions off a big screen TV. “I wasn’t like really surprised,” Urban said of his exit. “I was kind of prepared for whatever [Ryan Seacrest] was going to say, so when he said my name I was like, ‘Oh, alright. Well, I guess I’ll be leaving now. I wonder what they put in my [compilation] package’.” Tim added that Ellen DeGeneres was probably his favorite judge since he got a hug from the comedian. Watch Popstar! magazine footage via YouTube below.

Will Adam Lambert Replace Simon Cowell On ‘American Idol’?

Adam Lambert

The National Enquirer reports that after Adam Lambert “bowled over” producers with his ‘American Idol’ performance as a mentor, the show’s executives are convinced he’d be an ideal successor for Simon Cowell when he leaves the show at this season’s end to begin work on the U.S. version of ‘The X Factor’. “They believe he’ll bring a fearless, youthful freshness to the show,” an ‘Idol’ source told the tabloid.

Kimberley Locke Talks About New Season Of ‘American Idol’

April 16, 2010 – Kimberley Locke visited ABC News Now to talk about her new single ‘Strobelight’, what she’s been up to since her ‘American Idol’ season two experience, her picks for this season’s ‘Idol’, feeling the contestants this year are being “a little lazy” and not going for the high notes, and reports that Crystal Bowersox was thinking about leaving the show. “If she knows now that this business is not for her, then I say take it home,” Locke said of Bowersox. “If she wants to miss out. Listen, if I told you I never got homesick I’d be lying to you. I get homesick now… That’s life, and if she’s willing to give up this amazing opportunity that she has, honey rock on. I’m sure the other six will be happy that she’s gone. That’s one less competitor.” The interview video has since been removed.

Post ‘Idol’ Interviews With Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato

Last week’s ‘American Idol’ post show interviews at AmericanIdol.com featured ‘Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi, mentor Miley Cyrus, and performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato. Miley said after her next album comes out in June, she’s “gonna take a break from music for a little while to do film.” Demi said the show was “great” and admitted to being “a little nervous” The Jonas Brothers singer talked about the message behind ‘Make A Wave’. Video of the brief interviews have since been removed.

First Performers Announced For ‘Idol Gives Back’ 2010

April 5, 2010 – The ‘American Idol’ charity special ‘Idol Gives Back’ will welcome Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck as performers on this year’s event, airing Wednesday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Additional artists scheduled to perform and appear to be announced.

‘Idol Gives Back’ has made history by raising over $140 million for charity to date. This year’s special will help raise awareness and funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities, including Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation. Viewers will again be able to make donations during and following the show. In addition, the week’s voting results will be revealed, sending one of the finalists home.

Didi Benami: Ryan Seacrest’s Probing Was “Uncomfortable”

Didi Benami spoke with USA Today after being voted off Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol’, where the singer discussed that moment with Ryan Seacrest after her performance of ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’. Asked about the ‘Idol’ host pressing her on why she was getting choked up singing the song, Diddi said, “I was trying to convey a message through the song, not through somebody asking me why I was singing it. It was an uncomfortable question.”

While Didi didn’t mention her name, she thought most people who watch the show probably knew she was singing about Rebecca Lear, Didi’s roommate at Nashville’s Belmont University, who died in a car wreck on her way home for Christmas break after their first semester there. Read more.

Update: Didi told EW.com about the incident:

It was tough, and it was uncomfortable Tuesday night. I think that I reacted in a way that I should have. I didn’t want to talk about it. Bottom line. I wanted to get it over with and go, you know? It was tough. It was hard and there was nothing I could do to change what he said. So, it sucked.

Did Uncomfortable Exchange With Ryan Seacrest Spell Doom For Didi Benami?

Didi Benami was the latest finalist to be voted off ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday night after her performance of ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’ failed to impress the judges the prior night. What was more talked about though was her exchange with host Ryan Seacrest afterward, where he uncomfortably pressed Didi about why the song always gets her choked up – check it out below. Didi declined to offer specifics but Ryan continually pressured her to fess up, leaving many to wonder if she was being too secretive or if she didn’t want to prompt a sympathy vote if she offered the sad and/or tragic reason why the song made her so emotional. It will be interesting to hear what Ryan has to say when Didi visits KIIS FM on Thursday morning about the incident and whether he feels responsible for getting her ousted from the show.

How To Vote On ‘American Idol’

March 31, 2010 – Last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ featured Uncle Frank explaining on how to vote for your favorite ‘American Idol’ using the 4-1-1 method, because as Jimmy warned, “if you don’t vote, you forfeit your right to complain about the direction karaoke in this country is headed.” The comedy bit at YouTube has since been removed.

Lacey Brown Discusses The Love Hate Relationship With ‘Idol’ Judges

March 21, 2010 – Lacey Brown reflected on being on ‘American Idol’ finalist after her elimination on Wednesday and what she learned about the experience. “I’ve learned that I’m capable of more things than I thought,” Brown said. “I’ve also learned how to take a critique and kind of change it to make certain things work for me on stage. I don’t think I would have gotten so far without those critiques so the relationship with the judges are kind of like a love hate relationship. You love them because you need them to make you better and you kind of hate them because it hurts a little bit if they give you a bad critique or whatever.” Brown added that she wouldn’t have done anything different and she did everything how she liked to perform.

Video at AmericanIdol.com has since been removed.

Lacey Brown Is Voted Off ‘American Idol’

March 18, 2010 – Lacey Brown was the first ‘American Idol’ finalist to get voted off by viewers on Wednesday night. The ‘Idol’ judges declined to use their one save for the season on the redhead who sang ‘Ruby Tuesday’ on Tuesday night. “That’s alright. I’m having a blast” she said after getting eliminated. “I’m not going to stop singing for my fans because I love to do this. I am excited for the future.” For the remaining 11 contestants, next week’s song choice theme will be teen idols.

The show also featured performances by Orianthi, Ke$ha and 2008’s ‘Idol’ champ David Cook.

Colbie Caillat Is Happy ‘American Idol’ Said No

Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat tells USA Today she enjoyed watching Casey James performing her hit song ‘Bubbly’ recently on ‘American Idol’. “I thought it was cool,” the 24-year-old said. “Guys don’t normally sing that song.” Colbie added it’s always a shock to hear songs she’s written performed by other people. “There are other artists whose songs I love and people sing them on the show, and I get excited,” Colbie said. “But it’s weird to know that people know of my songs. It’s still hard for me to grasp that I am like that for other people.”

As for her own failed ‘Idol’ audition years ago, Colbie has no hard feelings. “I wasn’t ready for it at all,” she said. “I was shy. I was nervous. I didn’t look the greatest. I wasn’t ready for it yet. I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no.”

Ellen DeGeneres Answers Viewer Questions About ‘American Idol’

Ellen DeGeneres answered viewer questions about ‘American Idol’ on her show, including why she thinks Kara Dioguardi sits so close to Simon Cowell, where Ryan Seacrest goes when the contestants are performing, how ‘Idol’ is more than she expected, and how filming her show is different than ‘Idol’. “I know that [Ryan] introduces them and he kind of disappears behind the wall, I hear a lot of noise happening, I don’t know what’s happening,” Ellen joked about the busy host. “I think he’s going over prompter, because he reads a lot of stuff, he has to do the text numbers and stuff, and I think he’s preparing for the next thing, but then he drives the judges home at the end of the night. You never know who’s going to go home first because he’ll say, ‘Ellen, I’m going to take you home… right after I drop Simon off.”

Video at AmericanIdol.com has since been removed.

Still No Word On Whether Crystal Bowersox Will Make Tonight’s ‘American Idol’

March 3, 2010 – ‘American Idol’ executive producer Ken Warwick appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show at KIIS FM studios in Los Angeles, where he talked about the sudden illness Crystal Bowersox was hit with. Warwick said that Bowersox had “a condition that we know about” but did not say what the condition was. If she doesn’t make it for tonight’s show, and moments ago MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett tweeted that there is still no word if she’ll be able to compete. “If you’re in the Olympics, and you’re going for the semifinal, for the final, if you don’t turn up, you don’t get straight through to the final,” Warwick said when asked if her absence would mean she’d be eliminated. Watch the interview below.

Update: Ryan Seacrest just told his Twitter followers (@RyanSeacrest):

Yes she is performing.. live in 10 min RT @Karen445: @RyanSeacrest Is crystal performing tonight or not ? Please tell her fans something

Simon Cowell: Howard Stern Should Replace Me On ‘American Idol’

March 2, 2010 – Paparazzi caught Simon Cowell out with his fiance Mezhgan Hussainy in Los Angeles, where the ‘American Idol’ judge was asked who should replace him when he ends his run on the hit FOX show this spring. Cowell told the paps, “Howard Stern”, but was silent when Perez Hilton, who has been heavily lobbying for the job, was brought up. The comment may be interpreted as a diss by his fellow judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara Dioguardi, since Stern has said he wouldn’t take the job unless they were to go. Watch Hollywood.tv footage below.

Did ‘American Idol’ Censor Alex Lambert For Dropping The F-Bomb?

It hasn’t received much attention, but during Thursday night’s ‘American Idol’ semi-final elimination show, the audio cut out when Tyler Grady was eliminated from the hit FOX show and Alex Lambert was safe. Lambert, a 19-year-old high school student from North Richland Hills, Texas, had been told by Simon Cowell his performance was “the most uncomfortable performance of the night” the prior evening. A Fox spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the Associated Press to clarify why the audio was apparently censored.

Surprisingly little traffic about the incident was posted on Twitter when searching for “Idol censored” or other word combinations related to the muted audio.

Update: A posting at Vote For The Worst’s message board says Lambert’s words were, “You’ve gotta be fu**in’ shi**in’ me.”

Update 2: A Fox spokesperson confirmed to E! that “the audio was dropped by broadcast standards due to language.” No word yet on whether this will prompt ‘Idol’ from dumping Lambert.

Positive Reviews Roll In For Ellen DeGeneres After ‘American Idol’ Debut

February 12, 2010 – Does America think Ellen DeGeneres was worth the wait as a judge on Idol? Brooke Anderson discussed how the ratings and reviews for Ellen suggest that the answer is yes on ‘Showbiz Tonight’. Watch the segment via CNN.com below the cut. (more…)

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