I don't know about you, but I was extremely excited when I found out Quentin Tarantino would be the special-guest mentor on this week's American Idol Movie Night. Some people might have thought Quentin was an odd choice--well, he's just an odd guy, period--but those naysayers didn't realize that a) Quentin is a pop-culture vulture who's always demonstrated an unabashed passion for the trashier/flashier side of entertainment, and b) he was once guested on AmIdol season 3 and was one of the awesome-est celeb judges EVER. He was as wonderfully cheesy as a Le Royale With Cheese and, most importantly, he was really, REALLY enthusiastic. Quentin is basically living proof that a person can be hip and edgy and indie AND still love American Idol. And I love him for that. So I couldn't wait to see him work his magic with the seven Idol finalists this week, the way he once made over other performers in need of some career guidance, such as John Travolta or Pam Grier.Read More »from Top 7 Performances: Idol Goes To The Movies!
So this week on the season finale of Rock Of Love Bus, Poison frontman Bret Michaels--having (surprise!!!) failed to find true love with previous Rock Of Love winners Jes and Ambre--gave it another go, narrowing down his third-season lovequest to Penthouse Pet Taya and cranky girl-next-door Mindy. (Both brunettes!)
He eventually chose Taya, despite the fact that her possible ulterior motives had been suspect from episode 1--every other word out of her mouth this season seemed to be "Penthouse," and her onscreen wardrobe seemed to consist only of promotional Penthouse T-shirts. Mindy seemed more likely to be on the show for "the right reasons" (if there CAN be a right reason for starring on Rock Of Love, that is). But come on now, there was no way she was going to win over a PENTHOUSE PET in the end.Read More »from Suggested Bachelors For ‘Rock Of Love 4′
When Clay Aiken appeared on America's Next Top Model this week, I initially rejoiced. American Idol and ANTM combining forces to become some sort of super-rad reality superpower? Huzzah! Was it Christmas already?
But then, as much as I enjoyed watching the newly out-and-proud Clay strutting his true stuff--portraying a flamboyant fashion show director during the models' acting-class challenge, as seen below...
...I then suddenly and sadly thought: Wow. A couple years ago, Clay wouldn't have had to do this.
See, there was a time when Clay Aiken was the ultimate Idol-underdog success story. He barely even survived on season 2, only making it to the finals as a result of the show's "wild card" policy--and he didn't even WIN, losing out by an extremely narrow voting margin to Ruben Studdard. And yet Clay made it onto the cover of Rolling Stone before Ruben did, and ultimately he became one of the show's biggest breakout stars.
In 2004, his debut disc, Measure Of A Man, racked up theRead More »from Clay’s Achin’ For A Career Comeback
Yep, just call me Miss Cleo. Last night I predicted that Anoop Desai, Lil' Rounds, and Scott MacIntyre would be in American Idol's bottom three. And I held fast to my projections, despite DialIdol.com's forecasting that Kris Allen would in fact be going home this week.
Well, guess what? It was announced early on in tonight's American Idol results show that Kris was safe...and my bottom-three prophecy turned out to be 100 percent correct! THREE FOR THREE!
And I correctly predicted the last-place loser as well! Woo-hoo! But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm too busy gloating. Sorry. Let me talk about Kris for a sec...
Now, I do think Kris actually deserved to sweat a little bit after his guitar-wanky cover of that ill-advised Don Henley dud this week--so I kind of wished that he'd had to wait a little longer to learn his fate. It would have lit a fire under him, maybe. But Kris was not the worst this week, and he ultimately didn't deserve to go home instead of theRead More »from Results Show Recap: American Idol Now Scott-Free
Last night's Adam Lambert American Idol performance--for those who actually saw it, of course--was another amazing Idol moment. It even made Simon Cowell get out of his chair and give Adam a standing ovation, and that never happens. Like, EVER.
Well, just as Taylor Hicks' unexpected season 5 cover of Ray Lamontagne's "Trouble" boosted that obscure troubadour's profile, or how in season 7 Jason Castro's "Hallelujah" spiked downloads for that Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song and David Cook's "Billie Jean" generated attention for Chris Cornell's hard-rock Michael Jackson remake...Adam's chillbump-raising performance of the Tears For Fears goth-pop classic "Mad World" this week has renewed interest not only in the '80s original, but in the 2001 cover version by L.A. singer-songwriter Gary Jules.Read More »from Idol Song Spike: It’s A Mad, Mad World
Perhaps not since DVRs across America cut off during the final minutes of the American Idol season 7 finale--just as Ryan Seacrest was announcing, "And the new American Idol is...DAVID..." --have Idol viewers been so up in arms over a TiVo snafu.
Audience favorite Adam Lambert was the final contestant to perform on the show last night--and while normally I'd call this the "pimp spot," the fact that many preprogrammed DVRs stopped recording before he sang on the overlong live taping didn't exactly put him at an advantage this week.
Or maybe it did help him, since it seems his performance of Tears For Fears' "Mad World" is all the rage on the Interweb this morning, with Idol fans frantically searching for the clip to see what they missed.
So in case you missed it--or you just want to watch it a second time because it was so freakin' awesome--I'm posting it here as a sort of public service:Read More »from Adam Lambert: In Case You Missed Him!
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