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Posted Saturday 12/15/18 at 12:22AM EST
American Idol alums Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken prove to be perfect complements in their Christmas stage show
Source: The New York Times
The Season 2 Idol champ and runner-up's two-hour stage show, titled Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show, showcases their personalities and singing abilities. "Mr. Aiken has an impish mien and, we’ll later discover in an audience-participation segment, a quick wit," says Elisabeth Vincentelli. "Mr. Studdard is laid back to the point of impassivity, and his no-presence presence makes his singing all the more stunning: He has the precision and warmth of a top-shelf R&B crooner while looking as if his mind was elsewhere entirely. On Donny Hathaway’s 'This Christmas,' Mr. Studdard surfs over the notes like a sleigh effortlessly gliding over fresh snow. He is that good" ALSO: Aiken and Studdard have "fixed" "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for their stage show.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
ABC sets midseason schedule, moves A Million Little Things to the post-Grey's Anatomy timeslot
ABC is expressing confidence in freshman drama A Million Little Things, which will air after Grey's Anatomy from January through March -- when Station 19 reclaims its post-Grey's timeslot. ABC also announced that American Idol will return on Sunday, March 3, while Match Game takes over A Million Little Things' Wednesday timeslot.
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
David Archuleta: I had to be treated for PTSD after competing on American Idol
Archuleta, who was just 17 when he came in second place on the 2008 seventh season of Idol, said he had to see a therapist who specializes in treating reality stars after appearing his season was over. "You’re basically a character on a TV show, and parts of it are worked so that it fits the TV show — but they’re using your personal life," Archuleta tells Yahoo! Entertainment. "So you become this character, but it’s with your own name, parts of who you actually are, but other parts that are portrayed in a way that you’re not actually." He adds: "A lot of the tension came because of the stress that the show created. They wanted to have something controversial to talk about. And there were times when I was really upset. I was young, and I was not good at speaking up for myself, so if the producers wanted to make something dramatic and to look a certain way, they would just do it. I couldn’t say anything about it. … I don’t think that’s OK. I have to sign a contract and whatnot to say of confidentiality and stuff, so I feel helpless, like I can’t do anything, because they have the power. And they let you know they have the power. If you say anything that will get them in trouble, then you’re going to be in huge trouble, and get sued, and all that. Then you’re stuck having to be the 'character,' as well as my dad become the character, and my family. They’re all at stake because of my choice that I made."
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
Katy Perry is the highest-paid woman in music thanks in part to American Idol
The Idol judge earned $83 million this year, according to Forbes, topping No. 2 Taylor Swift and No. 3 Beyoncé. About $20 million of those earnings are from Idol.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Bobby Bones is returning to American Idol as its official in-house mentor
The radio personality is joining the ABC singing competition full-time after helping out the Top 24 take the stage last season.
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Former American Idol rivals Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard will reunite on Broadway Christmas show
The Season 2 Idol winner and runner-up will star in Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show from Dec. 7 through Dec. 30. They'll perform Christmas songs and appear in comedy sketches.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
American Idol alum Antonella Barba arrested and charged with heroin distribution
Source: New York Daily News
Barba, 31, who made the Top 16 on the Fox reality show in 2007, was taken into custody in Virginia on Thursday and charged with heroin distribution of 100 grams or more. She is being held without bond.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 12:45PM EDT
American Idol judges don pilot gear for their first teaser for Season 17
Watch Katy Perry steal the spotlight from Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie in airport hanger.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Carrie Underwood got emotional during her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony
The former American Idol winner was joined at today's ceremony by her frequent CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley and former Idol judge Simon Cowell. “This shy lady walks in and sings ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and the show turned into full color," Cowell said of her first audition in 2004. "That was the effect Carrie had on me and the producers and we thought we may have found a great artist here." Underwood said of the honor: "How is this my life? How does a girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, get a star on the Walk of Fame? I will tell you: belief. So many people who have believed in me."
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 7:36PM EDT
Katharine McPhee shades Taylor Hicks, the American Idol winner who won over her
Source: Just Jared
McPhee posted a photo of her as the 2006 Idol runner-up with Hicks, with the message: "voting matters."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
Kelly Clarkson helped honor Simon Cowell at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony
Source: The Daily Mail
American Idol alums Adam Lambert and Katharine McPhee, as well as Cowell's America's Got Talent judging panel, were also on hand for today's Hollywood Blvd ceremony.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
How Aretha Franklin inspired reality singing competitions like American Idol
Source: The Washington Post
The Queen of Soul expressed interest in 2012 in joining the then-Fox reality singing competition as a judge. As Emily Yahr points out, Idol had a particular connection with Franklin. In 2012, the contestants traveled to Detroit for a special sit-down with her. But it wasn't just Idol that Franklin influenced. "If there was a prize for the song performed most frequently on a reality singing competition show, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' would have an easy shot at the crown," says Yahr. Contestants on everything from The Voice to Nashville Star to America's Got Talent "wanted to be like her, and they wanted to sing like her," says Yahr. "Franklin songs from 'Respect' to 'Chain of Fools' to 'Ain’t No Way' continue to be a reality show staple."
- MTV VMAs producer is scrambling to put together a tribute: "She’s one of the all-time greats so we have to do her justice"
- Franklin's version of the A Different World theme song is the only one that matters
- Late-night hosts pay tribute to Franklin: Trevor Noah recalled growing up to Franklin's music in a a “between the scenes” video
- Don Cheadle recalled to Jimmy Kimmel texting with Franklin
- From Scandal to GLOW: How TV and movies used Franklin's songs
- Scandal first use of an Aretha Franklin was her cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
- Watch David Letterman interview Franklin in 1981 and see her Late Show appearances between 1994 and 2014
# TOPICS: Aretha Franklin, American Idol, A Different World, GLOW, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, MTV Video Music Awards, Scandal, Don Cheadle, Trevor Noah, Reality TV
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Former American Idol champ Taylor Hicks: I had a source on the show who told me who would be eliminated each week
Hicks, who was crowned Idol winner in 2006, said the only time his "in" on the show didn't come through was for the finale.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Mariah Carey tells Jimmy Kimmel working on American Idol was a "bleak experience"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kimmel asked if it was true she discouraged Lionel Richie from joining the ABC reality revival. "If I didn’t, I should have," said Carey, who was a judge on Fox's version in 2013, adding: "I’ll tell you the best part was some of the memes we got."