Candice stuns with her "Lovesong" coverUp until literally the final seven minutes of Wednesday's "American Idol" top six show, things were looking pretty dire. Frontrunner Angie Miller tanked in her first performance. Lazaro Arbos's butchering of a much-loved Carpenters hit had Randy Jackson shouting "NOOOOO!" in slasher-flick-style horror. The babbling and rambling critiques by Mariah Carey, the top-earning talent show judge on television, proved that she must get paid by the word. And Ryan Seacrest's announcement of the first hour's fuddy-duddy theme, "Songs Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David," elicited little more than golf-claps from the unimpressed studio audience. (Way to court the youth demographic, "Idol.") But then, in the second hour, when the theme changed to "Songs I Wish I'd Written"…Candice Glover covered the Cure. And all was right with "Idol" once more. Candice's "Lovesong" was exactly what Wednesday's episode--nay, this entire "Idol" season--really needed.Read More »from ‘Idol’ Top 6 Night: Candice Glover is the Cure for the Season 12 Blues
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 10:42 PM EDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 6:13 PM EDT
Sarah Sellers [photo: Justin Goode]Season 10 "American Idol" alum and cool food blogger Sarah Sellers has been posting her viewing-party snack recipes in Reality Rocks for two "Idol" seasons now, and she's back this year to get your mouth watering every night of Season 12.
Tonight, one of the themes for the top six "Idol" finalists is "Songs I Wish I'd Written," so Sarah's theme this week is "Recipes I Wish I'd Thought Of First." Enjoy!Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Top 6 Night Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 4:49 PM EDT
On Monday, "The Voice" Season 4 Blind Auditions wrapped up, and the coaches' four teams (of a dozen each) were at long last complete. Now, let the Battles begin!
Today my "The Day After" cohost Matt Whitfield and I discuss the last four contestants to make it through, and we also assess where all the teams stand so far. Which team do you think is the strongest going into next week's Battle Rounds? Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments section below.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 4 Final Auditions Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 9:33 PM EDT
Luke Edgemon stands out during the final Blind AuditionsThe final night of "The Voice" Season 4 Blind Auditions aired Tuesday, and with the coaches having only one vacant spot each on their respective teams, they had to be very picky. Now was not the time for them to gush over any singer with a decent set of pipes and a pulse (like that Melissa McCarthy "SNL" skit parodying "The Voice" last weekend). So among the passed-over auditioners were Mark Lennon, longtime frontman of L.A. local heroes Venice (despite host Carson Daly's unabashed fanboying) and a cute indie nerd-boy named Dustin Hatzenbuhler. But by the end of the hour, four contestants made it through, and the teams were at long last complete. And it was game on.
Here are the final four singers who advanced to next week's Battle Rounds:Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Final Auditions: Warped Girls, Good Girls, and Glee Boys
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 7:47 PM EDT
On Monday, "The Voice" Season 4 continued with more Blind Auditions, and while a few strong singers made it through, my "The Day After" cohost Matt Whitfield and I are more focused on the ones who got robbed: Jane Smith, who really should have been picked for a team, and former "Sing-Off" contestant Amy Whitcomb, who was recruited for Team Adam but didn't have her entire audition shown in full. Montages suck!
Today, Matt and I discuss last night's contenders--and, with only one night of Blind Auditions left, and only four open slots (one per team) left to fill, we also assess where all the teams stand so far. Feel free to leave your own comments below, too!Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 4, Episode 5 Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 6:14 PM EDT
photo courtesy of Vanguard RecordsLee DeWyze has had a rough time of it since he won "American Idol" Season 9, earning the dubious dishonor of being the lowest-selling "Idol" winner ever and subsequently parting ways with his major label after releasing only one album, the critical and commercial disappointment Live It Up. But DON'T count Lee out just yet. With a new deal with good-sized indie Vanguard Records, the man seems artistically recharged.
Case in point: Lee's anthemic new single "Silver Lining," which is far and away THE best thing he's ever done.Read More »from Lee DeWyze Finds the “Silver Lining” With Comeback Single
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 1:57 AM EDT
Jane Smith is inexplicably rejected on "The Voice"The second-to-last episode of "The Voice" Season 4's Blind Auditions took place on Monday, and while there were a few dynamite ladies who got me all excited for next week's Battle Rounds, there was one extremely awesome lady, a not-so-plain Jane, who bizarrely didn't get picked. What does Adam Levine have against girls named Jane, huh?
I kid, I kid. Sort of. I'll get over this loss in time, as long as the amazing Grace Askew sticks around. Keep reading to learn about Grace and the other contestants who made it through--and about Jane, the one that got away--on Monday's episode of "The Voice."Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions, Pt. 5: What Ever Happened to Jane?
It has been nearly two years since pint-size powerhouse Vicci Martinez made it to the Season 1 finale of "The Voice," and almost a year since she released her post-"Voice" album, Vicci. But happily, that album's first single, "Come Along" featuring her old Red Zone coach Cee Lo Green, is finally gaining momentum at radio--which means the searing song now has its own long-overdue music video, released this week.Read More »from “Come Along” and Watch Vicci Martinez’s New Video
Last night on "American Idol," Burnell Taylor went home in seventh place. This was not a massive surprise, considering the rough week he'd had; my "The Day After" cohost Matt Whitfield and I had both predicted that Burnell would get cut this week. However, we'd also predicted that Lazaro Arbos would be in the bottom two with Burnell. So that was the true surprise last night: that Lazaro not only escaped the bottom two, but made the top three. Meanwhile, my favorite contestant of the week, Janelle Arthur, was in the bottom with Burnell and almost went home.
Today, Matt and I discuss what went down. Why are people voting for Lazaro? Should he have been put in the top 20 in the first place? Does he have a chance of actually making it to the finale--or even winning? And will his continued controversial survival hurt a show that is already struggling in the ratings? Watch us talk about all this and more in our latest chat.Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 7 Results Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Apr 4, 2013 9:22 PM EDT
Lazaro watches Burnell say goodbye"If America gets it right, there can only be one person going home tonight, and that's Lazaro," tough-talking, truth-serum-swilling "American Idol" advisor Jimmy Iovine declared on Thursday's top seven results show. His pronouncement sounded like a rerun of last week's results show, when Jimmy unabashedly rallied for Lazaro Arbos's elimination. But, just like last week (when Lazaro survived over the inarguably more talented Devin Velez), America didn't agree with Jimmy. Lazaro was safe yet again. However, unlike last week, Lazaro wasn't in the bottom three this time. HE WAS IN THE TOP THREE.
Yes, you read that right. That was not a typo. Lazaro Arbos was in this week's top three on "American Idol."Read More »from ‘Idol’ Top 7 Results: Another Boy Hits Rock Bottom
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