Terry McDermott with Todd Burman"The Voice's" breakout star Terry McDermott may have placed second on Season 3, but he's done quite all right for himself since leaving the show--and it all came together organically for him, in a way that never would have happened if he'd been tied to a record label. Just last week, while on a visit to Los Angeles, he got together with his buddy Todd Burman (formerly of Australian band Juke Kartel); the two wrote the power-ballad "Pictures," put it up on SoundCloud, and the response from Terry's fans (aka the "McHobbits") was so overwhelmingly positive, he rushed it to iTunes. And less than five days after the song was recorded--and less than 24 hours after it became available for download--it hit number one on the iTunes rock chart.Read More »from Terry McDermott Gives Amazeballs Performance At Yahoo! Music
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Feb 28, 2013 2:53 PM EST
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 10:04 PM EST
Okay, let’s just cut to the chase. This Wednesday, Zoanette Johnson made it through to “American Idol’s” live top 20 shows, which kick off next week. Yes, that Zoanette Johnson. (Could there ever be more than one?) The one who mangled the National Anthem at her bizarre Oklahoma City audition. The one whose Hollywood Week solo performance was a scream-of-consciousness jazz-funk improv behind a drum kit. The one who showed up this week in a lightsocket-shocked Dee Snider weave that made Nicki Minaj’s hair look like Anne Hathaway’s crop. On Wednesday, 10 more female semifinalists competed in Vegas, five of them were instantly eliminated…and Zoanette survived. In fact, she was the very first contestant that the judges saved.
Oh—and did I mention that Zoanette got the pimp spot, and that she sang Elton John’s Lion King anthem “Circle Of Life,” which was Jennifer Hudson’s signature song on “Idol” Season 3? Yep, that actually happened.Read More »from ‘American Idol’ In Vegas, Round 3: The Lion Freaks Tonight
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Feb 27, 2013 4:44 PM EST
Sarah Sellers [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, Vegas Week continues with the 10 more female semifinalists, so for tonight's viewing, Sarah is naturally inspired the Southwest. Enjoy!Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Vegas Week Night 3 Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 2:49 PM EST
Blake has the magic "Touch"Following "American Idol" Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis's announcement this week--issued exclusively via Yahoo! Music--that he has signed to major label Republic Records, he has now premiered his new single, "Your Touch," in the most major way possible. The galvanizing electro-anthem is the new theme for Microsoft's Internet Explorer Touch, and Blake appears in the global ad campaign's 60-second commercial, released today.
The ad spot is practically as much a commercial for Blake as it is for Microsoft, and it is sure to relaunch Blake's career after a four-year hiatus between albums.Read More »from Blake Lewis Is The New Internet Explorer Touch Posterboy
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 10:46 AM EST
photo: Robert Sebree“American Idol” Season 6’s beatboxing runner-up Blake Lewis hasn’t released a full-length album since his underrated 2009 Tommy Boy Records release, Heartbreak On Vinyl (the follow-up to 2007’s Audio Day Dream, which came out on the “Idol”-affiliated BMG). But he has never stopping working, recording, and collaborating, and those tireless efforts are finally paying off….as Yahoo!’s Reality Rocks is thrilled to exclusively announce that Blake has signed to major label Republic Records (home to Drake, Florence + The Machine, Alex Clare, Gotye, and many more). Blake’s third album, officially titled Portrait Of A Chameleon, will be released by Republic this spring.Read More »from EXCLUSIVE: Blake Lewis Signs To Republic Records, Teases New Tune
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Sun, Feb 24, 2013 10:27 PM EST
MacKenzie Bourg was an early Team Cee Lo frontrunner on "The Voice" Season 3, winning over coaches and viewers alike with his winsome guitar-pop covers of "Pumped Up Kicks," "Call Me Maybe," and "What Makes You Beautiful." Adam Levine even once shockingly described MacKenzie as "an American idol." The night of Mac's Blind Audition, I actually predicted he would win the entire season. And I'm still a little surprised that he didn't.Read More »from MacKenzie Bourg Brings His Voice, “Story” To Yahoo!
A few weeks ago on "American Idol's" Oklahoma City episode, an intrepid ventriloquist named Halie Hilburn auditioned with Oscar, her trusty dog-puppet sidekick. Oscar certainly seemed to have "Idol" potential, but unfortunately, he was robbed: Halie followed the judges' stern advice to go solo, and she left her felt friend behind in Oklahoma (IN A DUMPSTER, yet) and went to Hollywood alone. And then, thanks to the totally A.D.D. editing this "Idol" season, viewers never saw Halie again.Read More »from Dumped ‘Idol’ Puppet Oscar Resurfaces As Rapper
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 6:56 PM EST
Last night, 10 of this season's "American Idol" boys competed in Vegas, and with the exception of Phil Oakey/Pete Burns-esque androgyne JDA and "awkward turtle" Charlie Askew (who were polarizing, but at least interesting), it was a pretty sedate show of boring balladry. Maybe Season 12 will be a girls' season after all, just like Nigel Lythgoe and Randy Jackson have been insisting.
Watch me and my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield dish (and disagree) about last night's Vegas performances, and feel free to weigh in with your own opinions in the comments section below.Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Vegas Rounds, Night 2 Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Feb 22, 2013 6:53 PM EST
Shaggy Scottish rocker Terry McDermott made his mark on Season 3 of "The Voice" belting out hairy Camaro classics from the Great American '70s/'80s Rock Songbook (Journey, Boston, Foreigner, et al). But his new original track, "Pictures," evokes the mid-2000s Britrock of bands like Travis, Embrace, Starsailor, and of course his own former Geffen group, Driveblind. It's very British, and it's bloody good.
Have a listen:Read More »from ‘Voice’ Runner-Up Terry McDermott Brings Back Britpop With New Track
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Feb 21, 2013 9:58 PM EST
photo: FoxAfter an excellent start to the “American Idol” Vegas rounds this Wednesday with a batch of 10 girls, the show returned to the Cirque du Soleil theater on Thursday to do it all over again with 10 boys. And what a diverse group of boys it was. Performing in front of a live studio audience—a first for “Idol’s” top 40 semifinals—the male contestants ran the gamut from conservative country to old-school R&B, from Spanglish Beyonce to a Pete Burns/Phil Oakey/Prince clone named Josh "JDA" Davila, who gave possibly THE most outrageous “Idol” performance of all time. And interestingly, there was nary a guitar-wielding Lee DeWyze or Phillip Phillips clone in sight. Seemingly determined to ensure that a girl wins this season—or at least that a “WGWG” doesn’t—the show’s powers-that-be stacked the deck with some very atypical contestants this year.
And the most atypical was gender-bending JDA, of course. Rocking an outfit that was sparklier, gothier, and girlier than what many of the femaleRead More »from ‘American Idol’ Vegas Rounds, Part 2: The Guys Glorify Weirdness
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