Last night, this season's "American Idol" top 10 finalists were announced, in a bizarre, awkward new format and without any Wild Cards, and my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I have mixed feelings about this year's bunch. Watch us dish and disagree about last night's big reveal and big "Idol" afterparty, and Season 12's big (or not-so-big) future, in the chatfest video below...and feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments section as well.Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 10 Reveal Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Mar 7, 2013 9:58 PM EST
When it was announced that "American Idol" Season 12's first live results show, on which the top 10 finalists would be revealed, would be a full 90 minutes long, I assumed that meant there'd be some wiggle-room for a few Wild Card performances. I mean, how else was Nigel Lythgoe going to pad an entire hour and a half?
Oh, but I should not have doubted Fox's ability to find new ways to make a process that could have been completed in five minutes feel like five hours. No, people, there were no Wild Cards on this Thursday's semifinals results show. There was, in fact, just a top 10. And every single one of the top 10, upon hearing their good news, did a victory song. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.
And then each contestant was critiqued by the judges, just to kill more time--except the singers weren't really critiqued, since having Nicki Minaj say, "That wasn't it, ladybug," or Randy Jackson exclaim, "Dawg, that was a mess!" probably would've sucked the wind right out of the contestants'Read More »from Wild Card-less Season 12 ‘American Idol’ Top Ten Revealed
Last night, the "American Idol" top 10 boys competed for spots in the overall top 10 finals, and while my icy-hearted "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield (the bad cop to my good cop, obviously) was unmoved by poor Charlie Askew's emotional display, I was deeply saddened to see the kid hurting so badly on national TV. There's a part of me that hopes he makes it through tonight, because I like him and don't want to see his dreams get crushed, but there's another part of me that worries what will happen to this fragile, sensitive boy if he continues on the show.
But you know made me just as sad--and made Matt as sad as well? How boring last night's ballad-heavy show was. Filled with treacle by R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, and even Perry Como, not much about the episode felt current or cool. Now it's pretty hard to predict which of these boys will make it to the top 10, or which will have any chance of prevailing over the girls once they do.Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 10 Boys Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Mar 7, 2013 4:00 PM EST
Sarah in the kitchen [photo: Justin Goode]Season 10 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, this season's top 10 finalists will finally be revealed, so for tonight's viewing, Sarah is serving up dessert. It's the perfect way to top off the third of this week's three "Idol" semifinals shows.Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Top 20 Results Viewing Nosh
When quirky, jazz-handy ginger Charlie Askew first appeared on “American Idol” this season, he was depicted as a merry misfit, an adorkable urchin who happily marched to the beat of his own hippy-dippy drum. But when he performed on “Idol” Season 12’s live show this Wednesday, he revealed the startling darkness behind his sparkly manic-pixie-boy persona, when he suffered a minor meltdown after receiving his first (overly) harsh critiques of the season.Read More »from ‘American Idol’ Top 10 Boys: Sorry, Charlie
Last night, the "American Idol" top 10 girls competed on the first entirely live episode of Season 12, and of course, chaos ensued. Yup, you gotta love live TV. From Nicki Minaj's weird remarks to the ladies (she called Kree Harrison her "wife" and complimented Tenna Torres's "boobs") to Zoanette Johnson's bizarre (even by Zoanette standards) opening performance, there was plenty of unscripted silliness. But when it came to the other nine performances, it really was just typical "Idol" fare: lots of good singing, but not a lot of personality.
Still, there were more than enough girls (at least seven) who gave performances worthy of advancing to the overall top 10...so it'll be interesting to see which five make the cut, in the first public vote of the season. Check out the latest "The Day After" chatfest below, in which me and my esteemed Yahoo! colleague Matt Whitfield dish about all 10 Tuesday performances and try to predict which girls will get through on Thursday's big live results show.Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 10 Girls Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Mar 6, 2013 2:46 PM EST
photo: FoxBritney Spears was a one-and-done judge last season on “The X Factor,” L.A. Reid jumped off the show’s sinking ship last year, and rumors are still running rampant that co-host-without-the-most Khloe Kardashian won’t be coming back for Season 3. But at least there’s some stability in Simon Cowell’s topsy-turvy TV world, since—according to a radio interview he conducted Wednesday morning with his old “American Idol” crony, Ryan Seacrest—judge Demi Lovato and her fabulous topknot/stenciled eyebrows will likely be returning to the show this fall.Read More »from Simon Cowell Says Demi Lovato Will Likely Return To ‘X Factor,’ Ryan Seacrest Can Guest-Host
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Mar 5, 2013 9:25 PM EST
They say anything can happen on live television, and never was that old adage more apt than it was this Tuesday—and not just because judge Nicki Minaj complimented busty contestant Tenna Torres’s cleavage on the air (a bold move that would make even flirty old man Steven Tyler blanch), or because she told the viewing public that another contestant, Kree Harrison, was her "wife." No, the most unpredictable part of “American Idol’s” first live episode of the season actually came during its first five minutes, courtesy of—who else?—zany Zoanette Johnson.
Tuesday’s top 10 girls show opened with Zoanette, the wild lion queen of Season 12, so of course it was time to expect the unexpected, no matter what. But c'mon, even with that being said, I had at least expected Zoanette to remember her lyrics.Read More »from ‘American Idol’ Top 10 Girls Night: Zoanette In The Danger Zoan
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Mar 5, 2013 3:58 PM EST
photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicBillboard has released its ranking of the top 100 “American Idol” singles of all time, based on Hot 100 airplay, and unsurprisingly, orignal Idol Kelly Clarkson is still the hottest of all, nearly 11 years after her Season 1 win. Kelly’s music in fact accounts for literally half of the list's top 20, with 10 charting singles, four of which made the top five. Take that, Clive Davis!
However, there is one Idol who managed to break Kelly’s top-five hot streak. No, not Carrie Underwood, as you might expect, but Jordin Sparks, whose 2008 hit “No Air (a duet with a wholesome, pre-Rihanna, pre-scandal Chris Brown) came in at number three.Read More »from Billboard Unveils Clarkson-Centric “Idol 100″ Powerlist
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Mar 5, 2013 2:59 PM EST
Perhaps not since the "Simpsons" characters joined musical forces for "Sending Our Love Down The Well," or the cast of "30 Rock" belted out "Kidney Now!" with Clay Aiken and the Beastie Boys, or Pulp hired a bunch of celebrity impersonators to spoof "Do You They Know It's Christmas" has there been a faux charity-single singalong as utterly awesome as "Can I Get An Amen."
And this one is actually not faux at all, since sales of the bizarre song, available now on iTunes, will benefit a very worthy organization: the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.Read More »from Great Musical Moments In Reality TV: RuPaul’s “Can I Get An Amen”
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