Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks3 hrs ago
This Wednesday on "American Idol," the unprecedented theme was "Competitors' Picks," meaning the top seven contestants chose songs for each other. The potential for sabotage was great, but everyone played nice. No one picked "Let's Get It On" for reluctant heartthrob Sam Woolf, or "My Humps" for stone-faced Jessica Meuse, or Justin Bieber's "Baby" for macho rocker Caleb Johnson, etc.
So I guess these kids really do like each other. If this theme had been introduced last season, the shadiest "Idol" season ever, it would have been a very different situation. I can only imagine with a shudder what Curtis Finch Jr. might have selected for Lazaro Arbos.
Truth be told, this current crop of contestants often showed better judgment choosing songs for each other than they have when choosing songs for themselves. "Idol" should consider having a "Competitors' Picks" theme every week. Overall, this was one of the best "Idol" episodes in a long time.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks14 hrs ago
Last night, the "Voice" top 20 Playoffs concluded with the Team Usher semifinals, after weeks of battles, and now we finally have our top 12. Is it the best possible top 12 Season 6 could have had? Would it have been a better top 12 if America had had the chance to vote? These topics are up for debate.
And today to discuss all this and more is returning "The Day After" guest co-host Nic Hawk, who you may remember from his awesome "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" and "Blurred Lines" show-stoppers on "The Voice" last season. Come join the chat now!
"The Voice" Season 6 Playoffs wrapped Tuesday night with semifinals performances by Team Usher — meaning that now, finally , we have our top 12 headed to the Live Playoffs that begin next week.
It's a bit of a bummer, after so many weeks of Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, more Battle Rounds, and non-live Playoffs, that the live shows will only go on for five weeks — with double eliminations every week between now and the finale. But you know what else is a bummer? When Usher made his decision this Tuesday as to which three contestants to send to those live shows, he made one glaring omission.
Sure, this was a tough call; with really no weak links on Usher's team, it was inevitable that he'd be sending home two great vocalists, even if he drew their names out of his raccoon hat. But maybe he should have pulled names out of a hat. Because then, maybe, Stevie Jo would have stayed.
For "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, the past couple of years have been more dramatic than an entire season's worth of elimination nights.
In 2012, he issued his second post-"Idol" album, "Thank You Camellia," only to receive little promotion and part ways with both 19 Management and RCA Records shortly after its release. Then in 2013, he experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. He became a father, but he also shattered his wrist in a head-on car crash; after multiple wrist-fusion operations, he still has a limited range of motion that has affected his guitar playing.
But through it all, Kris has survived like the champion that he literally is.
"I remember the first time I looked at [my wrist], I said, 'I'll probably never be able to play again,'" Kris tells Yahoo Music. "But after three surgeries and playing with a cast on, over and over again, I figured it out. It's not the same way of playing, but I do play guitar, which is great. I'm glad that I'm still able to do that and write songs."
Last night, the "Voice" top 20 Playoffs continued with Team Shakira and Team Adam's contestants. And today, "The Day After" has a very special guest, Season 2 "Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers, to discuss all of the performances.
Jamar is a very busy guy these days, what with his youth pastor work, touring, recording for Tommy Boy, hanging out with Bill Clinton, and wedding-planning. (Congrats, Jamar!) So "The Day After" is delighted and honored that he took time out his packed schedule to watch last night's "Voice" episode and share his thoughts today. Come check out our chat now!
"American Idol" diehards surely recognize Danny Noriega as the hair-flipping, Simon-sass-talking Azusa teen from that show's Season 7. "RuPaul's Drag Race" diehards know him better as flawed-but-fabulous drag queen and self-described "punk-rock mermaid" Adore Delano. And when original "Idol" judge Paula Abdul guest-judged "Drag Raçe" this week, she recognized Danny/Adore right away, despite the fact that Adore was wearing a Hannibal Lechter-style mask, waist-length crimson wig, and enough jewerly to fill an entire new Paula Abdul QVC collection.
[Related: An Exclusive Interview With Danny Noriega]
At first I was upset that Adore was in the bottom two for the first time this season — almost as upset as I was when Danny sashayed away on "Idol" six years ago. But then I realized this was the perfect setup by those genius World of Wonder producers to get Adore to lip-synch a song by old pal Paula (the "most lip-synched artist in 'Drag Race' herstory"), and create some amazing TV.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks2 days ago
"The Voice" Season 6 inched one episode closer to the long-delayed Live Playoffs this Tuesday, when the show staged its not -live Playoffs with Adam Levine and Shakira's semifinalists.
Ten singers sang, six singers advanced, two hours passed. Overall, this was a more compelling episode than last week's Team Blake Playoffs, and for the most part the right contestants made it through — with the possible exception of one promising newbie.
Let's get to the recapping, shall we?
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance2 days ago
Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival was a cameo-filled affair this year, with surprise appearances by everyone from Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Mary J. Blige to Slash, Drake, and even Justin Bieber. But the cutest cameo of the weekend took place Sunday during Beck's Main Stage set, when he was joined by his adorable lookalike son, 10-year-old Cosimo.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance3 days ago
Call it "Cameochella." At this point, the special guests at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival generate more buzz than any of the actual official headliners. After Saturday featured surprise appearances by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and many others, the cameos kept coming on Sunday. Really, only at Coachella would Justin Bieber and Slash ever grace stages on the same field on the same day.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance4 days ago
Saturday at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival boasted more cameos than a grandmother's jewelry box — led by Coachella's reigning, returning power couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z.
At Coachella 2010, when Jay Z headlined, Beyoncé performed a surprise duet with him on "Forever Young." This year, she kept it in the family — dashing out during her little sister Solange's Gobi Tent show to bust some adorable synchronized-sibling moves on Solange's hit "Losing You," as the crowd went predictably ballistic.