Amber Holcomb cries in her dad's armsFor weeks on "American Idol," the judges worked tirelessly on a campaign that I'd like to dub Operation Make Amber Happen. Amber Holcomb was an "Idol" underdog really ever since she squeaked into the top 10, but the judges and in-house advisor/Interscope Records exec Jimmy Iovine really believed in her--frequently praising her as the most "marketable" and "current" contestant in the competition, even when she sang the most old-fashioned ballads imaginable.Read More »from ‘American Idol’ Top 4 Redux Results: And Then There Were Three
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 2, 2013 9:31 PM EDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 2, 2013 6:20 PM EDT
On last night's "American Idol" top four redux show, Nicki Minaj threatened Mariah Carey with a Q-Tip (a cotton swab, not the A Tribe Called Quest rapper). Meanwhile, guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. seemed to be threatening Nicki and Mariah's jobs, when he boldly sat behind the judges' table and looked right at home. Just another bizarre night on the "Idol" set, then.
Today, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I talk about last night's episode (including Nicki's weird weight remark to Candice Glover, and Harry's all-around awesomeness), and we make our predictions for who's going home tonight. We also we address Nicki's latest Twitter rant, of course, which erupted online this morning. Enjoy the "Idol" chatter!Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 4 Redux Night Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 2, 2013 4:19 PM EDT
Sarah in the kitchen [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.
This week, the theme for the returning top four "Idol" finalists was "Then & Now," so Sarah "decided to take a classic (old) recipe and put a modern (new) twist on it," she explains. Enjoy!Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Top 4 Redux Results Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 2, 2013 4:01 PM EDT
photo: Nicki Minaj's TwitterAs "American Idol's" ratings continue to freefall (Wednesday night, it hit a new series low), and controversial judge Nicki Minaj continues to bear most of the public blame, Nicki sadly isn't doing much to help "Idol's" tarnished tabloid image. On Thursday morning, Her Minajesty took to her very unfiltered Twitter page, and she often does, to reignite her feud with co-star Mariah Carey.
It wasn't pretty. Or professional.Read More »from Nicki Minaj Goes Off Twitter Rant, Calls Mariah Carey “Bitter” and “Insecure”
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 2, 2013 3:18 AM EDT
Which of these girls seems the most "current"?Over the past few weeks of this "girls' season" of "American Idol," I've noticed an uncomfortable trend: The judges have repeatedly praised Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb--i.e., the two thinner contestants who tend to wear tiny shorts--as "marketable" and "current," even when these girls performed Julie London, Celine Dion, or "MacArthur Friggin' Park." Conversely, the judges have blasted the two fuller-figured (though still quite attractive) contestants, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison, for being too "old-fashioned."Read More »from ‘American Idol’ Top 4 Redux: High Standards and Low Blows
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, May 1, 2013 5:52 PM EDT
Last night, "The Voice" Season 4 Knockout Rounds continued and concluded, and today, it's a hard-Knockout life for us. My "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are feeling quite disgruntled, since on Tuesday even more of our early favorites (Luke Edgemon, Grace Askew, Jess Kellner, Savannah Berry) went home. Yes, the Knockout Rounds are always tough, but this week's "Voice" episodes have really knocked the wind out of our proverbial sails.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 4, Knockout Rounds Pt. 2 Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, May 1, 2013 3:57 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, the theme for the returning top four "Idol" finalists is "Then & Now," so Sarah "decided to take a classic (old) recipe and put a modern (new) twist on it," she explains. Enjoy!Read More »from Snackin’ With Sarah Sellers: ‘Idol’ Top 4 Redux Night Viewing Nosh
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, May 1, 2013 3:36 PM EDT
Wannabe hipsters, indie purists, and dyed-in-the-leather rockers scoff at hokey talent competitions like "American Idol" and "The X Factor," but there are a couple new programs in production that just might make the skinny-jeans set tune in...or try out.Read More »from Two New Talent Competitions the Hipsters Might Actually Like
Luke Edgemon gets knocked outThis Tuesday, "The Voice's" controversial Knockout Rounds continued, as did my ongoing frustration with the coaches' puzzling decisions. After Adam Levine and Shakira let go of some truly promising contestants on Monday night, I was hoping Tuesday's Blake Shelton and Usher would make wiser choices…but seriously, some of their choices were even worse.
All around me, my Season 4 favorites were being cast aside like Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green's old wigs. Savannah Berry! Jess Kellner! Luke Edgemon! Grace Askew! All gone, gone, gone--as the winner of a certain other singing competition might say. It was enough to make me curl up in a fetal position in one of those big, comfy red chairs and despondently suck my thumb, wishing all this "Voice" insanity and inanity would just go away--or at least wishing that these Knockout Rounds had Steals. Or Saves. Or Wild Cards. Or something!Read More »from ‘The Voice’ Knockouts, Pt. 2: Hard Knocks
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
On Monday, "The Voice" Season 4 Knockout Rounds began...and my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I sort of got the wind knocked out of our sails, as some of our early favorites (Midas Whale, Tawyna Reynolds, Amy Whitcomb, Warren Stone, Shawna P.) were eliminated as the result of some bizarrely mismatched pairings. Seriously, what were Adam Levine and Shakira thinking?
Sigh. Let's hope that tonight's Knockouts, featuring Teams Blake and Usher, will make a little more sense. In the meantime, come commiserate with me and Matt, as we discuss [read: whine about] last night's "Voice" episode.Read More »from The Voice, The Day After: Season 4, Knockout Rounds Pt. 1 Dish
News for You
- The new consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. The unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall's debut of Nintendo's Wii U and a preview in February of the upcoming PlayStation 4 from Sony.
- Singer Kellie Pickler named new 'Dancing' champ
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kellie Pickler came into the final "Dancing With the Stars" episode in second place but finished in first.
- Woman on Trump: 'Somebody had to stand up to him'
CHICAGO (AP) — An 87-year-old woman who alleges Donald Trump cheated her in a skyscraper-condo sale told jurors Monday she had qualms about suing the real estate mogul and TV celebrity. But, she quickly added, "Somebody had to stand up to him."
- Restaurant learns online reviews can make or break
PHOENIX (AP) — It was the customer service disaster heard around the Internet.
- First Look: New Xbox elegant, but much unknown
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Will gamers want One?
- Disney-owned ESPN cutting hundreds of jobs: source
By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - ESPN, the sports channel that is Walt Disney Co's most profitable unit, is cutting 300 to 400 jobs across the company and closing a small Denver office, a person with knowledge of the cuts said. The job cuts, comprising 4 to 6 percent of ESPN's staff of 7,000, include open positions that will not be filled, said the source, who asked not to be named because the information is not public. But ESPN will continue hiring for other open positions, the person said. The channel has recently won rights to exclusive coverage of the U.S. ...