Ramiro GarciaSob stories are nothing new on "American Idol." And there were plenty of 'em on Thursday's Galveston, Texas, episode, including the usual suspects like a struggling single mom and an ex-"Idol"-contestant trying out for a second time. And sure, there were some nutty auditioners as well, including not one but two wannabe William Hungs caterwauling Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" (ack! unbreak my ears!) and countless wannabe Scotty McCreerys croaking out "Your Man" (aka the "babylockthemdoors" song). But there was ONE sob story that I'd truly never seen on "Idol" before, in all 11 seasons: a singer who was born without ears.Read More »from Messing with Texas: ‘American Idol’ Goes to Galveston
Blog Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Jan 26, 2012 10:10 PM EST
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Jan 26, 2012 7:32 PM EST
Last night, "American Idol" headed to Aspen, where a magical man named Magic Cyclops air-guitarred his way right into my heart. (And into my wardrobe, obviously, judging by my outfit today.) This wackjob comic genius's time in the "Idol" spotlight was cut short, tragically--or thankfully, according to my "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield, who was giving Cyclops the side eye--but the dude's exit was soundtracked by the "Incredible Hulk" TV theme song, and now that makes me want to have every "Day After" episode end with a similarly Bill Bixbian walk of shame. Genius, I tell you, genius!Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Aspen Auditions Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Jan 26, 2012 5:23 PM EST
Season 10's Sarah SellersDiehard "American Idol" viewers will remember Sarah Sellers as the geek-chic food blogger who made it to Hollywood Week last year. (Watch her Season 10 audition here.) Sarah has since continued her food-blogging, and has been cooking up scrumptious snack suggestions for any "Idol" viewing party and posting them here exclusively in Reality Rocks. And she's back this season to get your mouth watering every Wednesday and Thursday night.Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Houston Night Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 11:43 PM EST
Magic Cyclops on "Idol"I am sure there are many "American Idol" viewers who heaved a massive collective sigh of relief Wednesday night when air-guitar maestro/novelty act/comic genius Magic Cyclops got unanimously rejected and walked away from his trainwreck audition as the "Incredible Hulk" '70s TV show theme hauntingly played in the background. But those viewers wouldn't know a gut-bustingly funny auditioner if he came running up to them wrapped in Norman Gentle's headband and Renaldo Lapuz's furry white hat. Come on, humorless haters, admit it: Magic Cyclops was the most entertaining thing to happen to "Idol" this season so far.Read More »from Watch Magic Cyclops’ “Unicorns In Space” Music Video
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 10:23 PM EST
Magic Cyclops rocks!For several episodes now, "American Idol" viewers have whined and moaned that Season 11 has been too light on "crazy" auditions. Where are all the William Hungs, Larry Platts, and Norman Gentles this season? Well, rubbernecking trainwreck-lovers in TV land had their prayers answered during Wednesday's Aspen episode, in the form of an air-guitaring rock 'n' roll messiah named Magic Cyclops. The guy was like the "Idol" version of Andrew WK, and he came to party hard indeed. Everything that came out of this dude's mouth--other than his singing, of course, which was admittedly awful--was pure television gold. The guy practically out-Tylered Steven Tyler, he was so nutty. And so awesome.Read More »from ‘Idol’ in Aspen: Magic Cyclops & Glitter Queens & Sausages, Oh My!
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 6:39 PM EST
Yesterday, Adam Lambert spoke to Reality Rocks in part 1 of his interview about the lighter side of his upcoming second album, Trespassing--what he calls the "I'll-sleep-when-I'm-dead party songs." Today, he delves into his darker side, and the sadder side of the album, as he discusses outlaw love ballads, odes to the human condition, and writing about the issues the gay community faces every day. To loosely borrow one of Adam's common catchphrases, it actually is that deep.
But of course, there's still some frivolity in part 2 of this interview, as Adam talks straitjackets, studs, and getting nasty. Enjoy part 2, along with a breakdown of some of the interview's best soundbites, below!Read More »from Adam Lambert Discusses His Shady Side, “Straight-Jackets,” Nastiness, and Naked Love
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 4:51 PM EST
photo: Rob Carr/Getty ImagesReactions to "Idol" rocker Steven Tyler's rendition of the national anthem at last Sunday's Patriots/Ravens AFC Championship game were mixed at best, but there was something everyone could agree on: that his glittery Patriots scarf was awesome. And it turns out there's a very cute story behind it--one that has, totally overnight, turned a local Patriots fan and artist into a much-in-demand scarf designer.Read More »from The Story Behind Steven Tyler’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamscarf
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 3:25 PM EST
photo: FoxIt's still up in the air whether last season's Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald, or Thia Megia will get signed. But considering the unprecedented number of "American Idol" contestants landing deals these days, it seems like it's only a matter of time. It was officially announced today that Naima Adedapo, my favorite female "Idol" contestant from last year, is the latest Season 10 alum to land a recording contract!Read More »from Naima Adedapo Becomes the Eighth Season 10 Idol to Land a Record Deal
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 3:07 PM EST
Sarah serves up Colorado cuisineDiehard "American Idol" viewers will remember Sarah Sellers as the geek-chic food blogger who made it to Hollywood Week last year. (Watch her Season 10 audition here.) Sarah has since continued her food-blogging, and has been cooking up scrumptious snack suggestions for any "Idol" viewing party and posting them here exclusively in Reality Rocks. And she's back this season to get your mouth watering every Wednesday and Thursday night.Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Aspen Night Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Jan 24, 2012 7:23 PM EST
Adam's in a good mood these daysWATCH PART 2 OF ADAM'S INTERVIEW HERE
Adam Lambert is preparing to release his salivatingly anticipated second album, Trespassing, and Reality Rocks recently had the chance to speak to him about it in thrilling detail. From the album's lyrical themes (love gone wrong and love gone good, being an outsider, being gay, growing up), to its many musical influences (Michael Jackson! Prince! Nineties house!), to the foolproof way the music was tested (on a party bus!), this interview covers a lot. And there's more in part 2! But right now, check out the first installment below, along with a handy cribsheet of some of Adam's juiciest part 1 quotes.Read More »from Adam Lambert Talks Party Buses, Hot Messes, Turning 30, Finding Love & Finding His Voice
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