photo courtesy of FoxThursday night, in what was surely the biggest shocker of the "X Factor" season so far and possibly one of the most shocking reality TV results shows ever, rapper Astro--long considered a frontrunner in the competition--was in the bottom two, and he was almost sent home in 10th place. But that wasn't the shocking part. No, the real surprise was Astro's defiant reaction to the news of his near-elimination: When it came time for him to sing for the judges, he at first flat-out refused, saying he "didn't think it was necessary" and declaring, "No disrespect to you or this show, but I just feel like if you're gonna put me in the bottom two, I don't wanna perform for people who don't want me here, you know what I'm saying? That's it." Eventually, he went through the motions of an obviously half-hearted performance that his disgruntled mentor L.A. Reid said was the song of a "quitter." It was not a good look, and Astro's terrible attitude triggered an immediate public backlash, transforming him from the kid to beat to, well, the contestant to hate.Read More »from Former ‘X Factor’ Frontrunner Astro Blows His Chances, Implies That He Was Set Up
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, Nov 18, 2011 2:05 PM EST
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Nov 17, 2011 9:54 PM EST
LeRoy Bell finds out he is safeOn Thursday night's results show, "The X Factor" experienced its first real shocker of the season, when the two contestants that many pundits (including myself) assumed would be most at risk were actually the first two contestants sent to safety by host Steve Jones--before the first commercial break had even aired. LeRoy Bell, who sang this week in the kiss-of-death first spot and had been widely panned by the judges (L.A. Reid called him "B-O-R-I-N-G"), surprisingly sailed through, along with Paula Abdul's one remaining hope, country group Lakoda Rayne, who'd almost gone home last week after being in the bottom two.
Simon's reaction"How the hell did that happen?" Simon Cowell immediately tweeted to his 300,000 new followers, in only his eighth tweet since joining Twitter the day before. And I hope someone took a screengrab of the priceless look on Simon's face when this news was announced, so it can be his new Twitter AVI.Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 10 Results: This Season’s First Shocker
James DurbinFans of James Durbin eager to hear more snippets of his debut album, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster, should truly enjoy part two of my chat with of the "American Idol" rocker, as he quite frequently randomly breaks into song throughout our conversation. It's obvious just how enthusiastic he is about his new music (and music in general--he even belts out a song by one of his favorite new bands from Finland!)...and his enthusiasm is extremely contagious.Read More »from Durbin Interview, Part 2: Sing Along with James!
This Wednesday, "The X Factor" hosted its "rock" night. Please note the quotation marks in the previous sentence. Because precious little about this week's Rock Night top 10 episode actually rocked at all, other than Josh Krajcik's solid Foo Fighters cover and Marcus Canty's surprisingly unembarrassing attempt to embrace the rock genre with a Janis Joplin number. Astro tried to pass off a Diddy cover as a Police song, Drew and Melanie covered some of the least-rocking lite FM tunes in the U2 and R.E.M. songbooks, Chris rapped over a reggae beat, and none of the judges seemed to know what "rock" even is. (Nicole Scherzinger actually called Stacy Francis "glam-rock" at one point. Um, no.) All this was enough to make me wish that funk-rocker Dexter Haygood was still on this show.Read More »from X Factor, The Day After: Top 10 Show Dish
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, Nov 17, 2011 3:33 PM EST
Dia Frampton rocks a new Rapunzel look"The Voice" runner-up Dia Frampton has just released her first post-show single, "The Broken Ones," and I must say the lovely folk-pop power ballad is growing on me--just like Dia's hair seems to have grown about 22 inches since "The Voice's" April finale, judging by her appearance in the song's new video.
All kidding aside, while it's a little disconcerting to see the formerly bobbed Dia sporting what appears to be an Ann Wilson wig, she does look and sound gorgeous in her "Broken Ones" video. And the song remains steadfastly true to the signature sound she cultivated on "The Voice" with her "Heartless" and "Losing My Religion" covers and her original song "Inventing Shadows"--the latter of which went to number one on iTunes. So it's a nice relief to learn that Dia's musical style didn't undergo a makeover too.Read More »from Dia Frampton Debuts New Music Video, Hair Extensions
Simon rocks his trademark smirkThis week's top 10 show on "The X Factor" was originally supposed to be Lady Gaga/Madonna Night. But at the last minute, Simon Cowell changed it to Rock Night. As it turned out, the switch made little difference. Rock Night just didn't really, well, rock. Of course, with a top 10 cast of mostly R&B, pop, and country singers, it was understandable that few of the contestants were willing, or able, to tap into their (possibly entirely non-existent) inner rock stars. But some of them didn't even get assigned actual rock songs that would have allowed them to do so, anyway.Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 10 Recap: Rock ‘N’ Roll is Dead
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Wed, Nov 16, 2011 9:11 PM EST
James DurbinBeing a rock singer, particularly a hard rock singer, transitioning from the "American Idol" bubble to the real rock 'n' roll world is no easy feat, since rock purists tend to turn up their pierced noses at what they consider to be just some fluffy, credibility-killing karaoke show. James Durbin, arguably "Idol's" first full-fledged, full-throttle metalhead, definitely made major inroads during his thrilling Season 10 run, covering the Heavy Metal cult movie theme, performing with Zakk Wylde and Judas Priest, and nearly setting the stage (and himself) ablaze with all his KISS-worthy pyro. But he is still challenged in an age when radio is sadly dominated by ProTooled pop, and when metal has practically gone underground. However, with his surprisingly solid debut album, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster, James just might get all of America to "give metal a chance." He just may be the one to bring back that sense of hair-flipping, fist-pumping, beer-swilling, Bic-flicking FUN that's been missing from the scene for far too long.Read More »from James Durbin Talks Haters, Hair Bands & “Holy Diver”
The star-crossed and unlikely love story between "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald and Twilight actress Nikki Reed--who met when the "Idol" Season 10 cast attended the Red Riding Hood movie premiere earlier this year, and married only six months later--continues apace this week, with a new twist. This Monday, the newlyweds premiered their new love duet, "Now That I've Found You" (music by Paul, lyrics by Nikki, vocals by both), on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM morning show. Paul also tweeted a photo of the single's cover art, with an announcement that the song will soon be on iTunes. It's Paul's first official recording since he left "Idol" in eighth place back in April.Read More »from Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed Record Love Duet
Vocal PointMonday night was R&B night on "The Sing-Off," meaning the five remaining teams had to infuse some actual soul into their performances. This would be no easy task for any a cappella group--not even for "rap-a-pella" team Urban Method, and especially not for the clean-cut Mormon boys of Vocal Point. But hey, they all tried. And you know what? Judging by Monday's thrilling opening number, all of them actually possess way more soul than I'd ever given them credit for.Read More »from ‘The Sing-Off’ Top 5 Recap: Soul’d Out
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 11:40 PM EST
Blake Lewis, Didi Benami & Tim Urban are on a boat!Some people book vacations to the Bahamas to get away from it all. I, of course, am not one of those people. So when it came time for me to take a winter holiday, I chose to fly out to Grand Bahama Island for the Grand Lucayan resort's Inaugural Celebrity Weekend, a charity gala organized by entertainment industry veteran Lisa Tenner (founder of Las Vegas's EAT'M Festival), to see some of my favorite reality singers--"American Idol's" Blake Lewis, Didi Benami, and Tim Urban, and "America's Got Talent's" fabulous fop Prince Poppycock--perform in a seaside setting. Now that was a proper vacation, as far as I'm concerned. Velvet-sand beaches, bottomless Bahama Mama cocktails, AND Prince Poppycock covering Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the Grand Lucayan ballroom? Yep, this was a total Bahamian rhapsody.Read More »from Bahamian Rhapsody, or How I Spent My Winter Vacation with ‘Idol’ & ‘AGT’ Stars
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