Lambert & Queen at the 2011 MTV EMAsIt is an indisputable fact that Adam Lambert's Season 8 finale collaboration with Queen stands as one of THE best "American Idol" moments ever. Their "Idol" performance was in fact so stupendous, rumors quickly ran rampant that Queen had invited him to join the band lineup permanently. That of course did not happen, but there was always the possibility that the two would someday perform together again--and then, late last year, that possibility was thrillingly realized, when Adam sang with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast. That brilliant performance reignited hopes for more Lambert/Queen duets, and now Britain's Daily Star is reporting that the two may be joining forces again at Britain's Sonisphere festival this summer.Read More »from Will He Rock You?: Adam Lambert Hints at Future Historic Queen Performance
Blog Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 6:02 PM EST
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 1:30 PM EST
The two faces of AdamRemember how at the Season 8 "American Idol" finale, Ryan Seacrest described the Kris Allen/Adam Lambert showdown as "the guy-next-door vs. the guyliner"? Well, Adam is apparently a more complex man than Ryan gave him credit for. In Adam's new video for "Better Than I Know Myself," Adam takes on both roles--the light and the dark, the innocent and, as Britney Spears might say, the not-that-innocent--and the result is the most compelling music video Adam has ever done. Clearly, two Adams are better than one.Read More »from Lambert vs. Lambert: Good Adam Meets Evil Adam in New Video
- Lyndsey Parker | Stop The Presses! – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 12:19 PM EST
Madonna's game faceEver since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl had shocked game viewers doing spit-takes into their buffalo wings, half-time performances have been kneejerk-reactionary, sedate affairs, mostly by graying male rockers (McCartney, the Stones, Springsteen, Petty) who were pretty unlikely to have Justin Timberlake rip off their clothes mid-performance. So news that the queen of shock-pop, Madonna, would be playing the 2012 Super Bowl--accompanied by the always outrageous Nikki Minaj and the often politically radical M.I.A., yet--has had everyone wondering what to expect. Just how far will Madonna go on Sunday?Read More »from New Football-Themed Madonna Video Gives Clues To Super Bowl Performance
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 1:06 AM EST
photo: TwitterMany "American Idol" alums--notably Fantasia Barrino, Constantine Maroulis, and Clay Aiken--have gone on to great success on Broadway, but ironically, Broadway has always gotten a bad rap from the judges on "Idol." Ever since the Simon Cowell days, "too Broadway" has been a common criticism on the show, and now with Simon gone, it seems like remaining original judge Randy Jackson has taken up the show's unofficial anti-Broadway crusade. Last week, one of my favorite Season 11 contestants so far, the purple-haired Angie Zeiderman, auditioned with "When You've Got It Flaunt It" from The Producers, and while she eventually got a golden ticket--only after singing a second, non-Broadway song, "Blue Bayou"--she almost didn't, because her more theatrical first number displeased The Dawg. "The showtunes, that turns me off," Randy grumbled. "The problem is that it brings out that vibrato I don't like."
Well, on Thursday, Betty Buckley, a Tony Award-winning stage veteran probably best known for her remarkable rendition of "Memory" from Cats, got fed up with "Idol's anti-Broadway bias, and with Randy in particular. And she therefore let it rip on Twitter, in a rant that was actually more entertaining than many of Season 11's "Idol" auditions.Read More »from Betty Buckley Blasts ‘Idol’ For Anti-Broadway Remarks in Epic Twitter Rant
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 10:20 PM EST
Carrie Underwood in Season 4Eight years ago, a little Oklahoman farmgirl you may have heard of named Carrie Underwood tried out for a little show called "American Idol," and the rest was history. So when "Idol" returned to Carrie's original audition city, St. Louis, this Thursday, they milked it for all it was worth, all in an attempt to convince viewers that The Next Carrie was somewhere to be found here in the gateway to the West. (Or "the gateway to 'Idol' success," as Ryan Seacrest put it.) They kind of failed.Read More »from ‘Idol’ in St. Louis: Carrie Underwood, William Hung, Madonna Upstage Actual Auditioners
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 7:18 PM EST
Last night, "American Idol" headed to Portland, where the judges found an adorkably awesome indie girl (Brittany Zika), a breakout R&B diva (Jessica Phillips), and a few other promising contenders. But with only one more auditions episode left (tonight in St. Louis) before Hollywood Week, and with "Idol" ratings continuing to slip, my "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are starting to worry if there's enough standout talent in the mix to keep Season 11 going. Is Nigel Lythgoe saving the best for last? Or for Hollywood? Let's hope...Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Portland Auditions Dish
Melanie's singleMelanie Amaro is the girl who won "The X Factor" last year, in case the hoopla this week about all the shocking "X Factor" cast changes made you temporarily forget about her. But these days she apparently has the XC Factor. ("XC" is the Roman numeral for "90," fellow dorks.) Yes, Melanie may have sang mostly ballads during her run on the show, but on her new single--a '90s-retro, Hi-NRG, Hi-BPM cover of Aretha Franklin's "Respect"--she's definitely picking up the pace. And now I'm wondering if she was right to stick with ballads before.Read More »from Melanie Amaro Goes Totally ’90s on First Single
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 5:30 PM EST
Sarah has the spirit of St. Louis!Diehard "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’ St. Louis Night Viewing Nosh
Sadly, no one covered "Portlandia's" "Dream Of The '90s" theme on "American Idol" Wednesday night (how cool would that have been?), but the dream of the Idols was still alive in Portland this week. Sure, some auditioners' dreams got crushed, like the fast-food worker with the unfortunate/kinda-awesome name David Weed, who tried to take on Rush, or hyperactive wannabe rocker Ben Harrison, who sang a version of Queen's "Somebody To Love" that nobody on the judging panel loved at all. But the show did start out with one quirky girl who was so cool, she should actually get her own "Portlandia" guest spot alongside Aimee Mann. (Fred Armisen, are you reading this?)
Jessica with boyfriend D'Angelo PerryBut more on Quirky Girl later. Portland's episode had its share of decidedly non-comedic moments too, like the audition by a Liberian refugee who grew up in a war camp, or the one by yet another single mother trying to make a better life for herself and her adorable kids. But the sob story that the episode saved for last, in its all-important pimp spot, was that of Jessica Phillips.Read More »from ‘Idol’ Goes to Portlandia: Put a Songbird On It!
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Feb 1, 2012 8:39 PM EST
Brittany Zika on "Idol"Brittany Zika has only received about four minutes of "American Idol" screentime so far, but already I heart this girl so hard. I loved her goofy personality and dorky horn-rimmed spectacles from the moment this "Tripster The Hipster" tripped while bounding into the Portland audition room Wednesday night, and I was thrilled/relieved when she sang Brandi Carlile's "The Story" and actually had a beautiful voice that belied her geek-girl exterior.
Brittany is a persistent type, it seems, since she once convinced her own idol, Sara Bareilles, to bring her onstage for a "Gravity" duet just by waving a glitter-glue cardboard sign above her head. "My dreams LITERALLY came true when Sara read a sign I wrote on cardboard a few minutes before I left home for the concert. The sign said,'Will you let me sing Gravity with you on stage...pretty please?' Sure enough, after a wink and reading my sign aloud to the audience, she let me up on stage for a duet!," Brittany posted on her YouTube page. "I was crying and nervous so I didn't do as well as I would have hoped, but I got REALLY into it! Hope I don't come off as UpStagey! Anyway...My life is either complete or just beginning when it comes to showbiz...either way, I'm the luckiest, happiest young woman in the world!!!!!!!"Read More »from Watch ‘Idol’ Hopeful Brittany Zika Duet with Sara Bareilles
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