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Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Katy Perry's Idol flirting is treated as a joke, but is it problematic in the #MeToo era?
Perry ran into some controversy last week for giving contestant Benjamin Glaze his first kiss without permission. But the flirtation didn't stop there. She's been flirtatious with a number of contestants, including an 18-year-old crooner. “Eighteen-year-old girls would eat this up! If a 32-year-old cougar would eat it up," she said. As Emily Yahr notes, Perry may have good intentions, but they seem problematic in this #MeToo era: "Idol producers and the network seem excited to treat Perry’s shtick as a joke. Same with the contestants — but then, do they really have a choice? That gets into the power dynamics issue that the entertainment industry has been forced to confront over the last several months. As a result, it can become more uncomfortable to watch auditions such as the one starring 26-year-old William Casanova: Although he and Perry had an entertaining rapport, he had to retrieve his ticket to Hollywood from between Perry’s toes after she found out that he was a shoe salesman."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Where did American Idol and Katy Perry go wrong in this week's first-kiss hubbub?
"ABC’s decision to treat it as a playful, feel-good moment—and use it to advertise the show—is bafflingly obtuse," says Christina Cauterucci in writing about Idol's "regressive sexual politics" that was revealed by Benjamin Glaze's first-kiss controversy.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
American Idol contestant kissed by Katy Perry has since had his "first kiss in a real way"
Benjamin Glaze entered his first relationship after auditioning for the ABC reality show, and his new girlfriend is totally cool with him having kissed Katy Perry. “He kissed a celebrity — how great for him," says the new girlfriend, Carrie. “It was incredibly special,” adds Glaze. “Katy Perry was my first kiss, but Carrie was my first kiss in a real way. If you really sat me down and asked me, I would tell you about how our first kiss was and it was just as special as I wanted it to be.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
American Idol contestant clarifies: "I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry"
After The New York Times posted a story Wednesday about the "unwanted kiss" Benjamin Glaze received from Katy Perry, which marked the first kiss of his life, the contestant took to Instagram to clarify that the article made it appear he was more upset than he really was. Even though Glaze told The Times the kiss made him "a tad bit uncomfortable," he writes: "I am not complaining about the kiss, I am very honored and thankful to have been apart of American Idol...I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it."
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
American Idol contestant isn't happy Katy Perry gave him his first kiss without his permission
”I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” says 20-year-old Benjamin Glaze, who was 19 when he filmed his Idol audition last October. He tells The New York Times he wanted to save his first kiss "for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.” Some Twitter users questioned Perry's decision to deliver an unwanted kiss, saying it would be seen differently it was a male judge and a female contestant. Glaze says of the kiss: “Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no. I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.” Still, he said there is an upside to being kissed by Katy Perry. He received more screentime, which he points out has drawn more attention to his music.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Katy Perry has already proven she's worth her $25 million American Idol salary
"Katy Perry gives the reboot both the dazzle factor and gravitas it needed to work," says Malcolm Venable. "Katy Perry's animated, exaggerated pop persona make it natural to assume she'd bring her cheeky, squeaky fun to show and she does. But she also brings the realest critiques, and often leading the show's conversation rather than her male counterparts (which was par for course when Simon Cowell judged the og version). Could this be a chicken/egg situation, in which her male co-stars Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan knowingly accept that they're salary inferiors and get in line? Perhaps. But now that the show has aired, Katy is showing why she's worth the top earning slot: she's not only the most relevant pop culture figure on the panel in 2018, she's also the best judge." ALSO: Why Idol can't recapture its former glory.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
American Idol's second night was no match for The Voice
After premiering Sunday to a strong 10.3 million viewers, Idol fell to 8.4 million on its second night. Meanwhile, the heavyweight singing competition The Voice attracted 11.7 million viewers on Monday. ALSO: Katy Perry accidentally flashed her fellow Idol judges.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
ABC's "Disneyfied" American Idol reboot is "eerily upbeat"
The Idol revival "packs an Epcot Center’s worth of anti-cynicism," says Spencer Kornhaber. "It is kind and gentle and proficient and fakey: Disneyfied in the classic sense. The opening montage crisscrosses the country with images of regular folks pursuing their dreams, set, naturally, to the sound of Coldplay. In the auditions that unfold, the focus is on the prospective stars who get told yes, with most of the nos relegated to a quick montage at the end of the episode. Even the folks who get the thumbs down are advised not that they are bad, but that this isn’t the right time for them, or maybe not the right show." ALSO: Katy Perry is worth $25 million -- she is carrying the show.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
American Idol is pretty much the same on ABC, but a little more sappier and more Disney-fied
Just about everything on Sunday's premiere is like the Fox version, right down to the host, the emotional contestant backstories, the music and the judges, who -- like the old ones -- "are also mostly OK," says Kelly Lawler. She notes that ABC seems to put a greater emphasis on the "American" in American Idol. "The tone is heartwarming; failed contestants are let down as easily as possible and the contestants who make it to Hollywood are all as sweet and diverse and quirky as can be," she adds. "The problem with making Idol a warm and fuzzy show that takes literal trips to Disney World is this: The vitriol is what helped catapult the series to its onetime status as a phenomenon. Idol was, for much of its long run, a show about telling people the truth, even if it hurt."
- Burning questions: Will sexual harassment scandal affect Seacrest? Will The Walking Dead and O.J. Simpson hurt the premiere?
- ABC defends the high costs of its Idol reboot: It's about the same price of an hourlong drama, $3.5 million to $4.5 million
- For Lionel Richie, American Idol is a chance to share his six decades of experience in the music industry
- Kelly Clarkson defined what a reality show winner should be: Nobody has done it better than her
- Kelly Ripa "auditions" for Idol
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 2:09PM EST
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Left Shark viral moment was intentional
Meet Bryan Gaw, who works as a hair stylist in West Hollywood and proudly lists "Left Shark" on his resume three years after his big Super Bowl halftime moment. “So there's a set choreography," he explains. ”There's also what's called free-style choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer. ... I'm in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There's no cool in that. So what's the other option? Well, I'm gonna play a different character."
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Report: American Idol is struggling with Katy Perry’s tardiness and a lack of comedic tension between judges
Perry is “almost always late” to the audition rounds, according to TMZ, which adds that another concern is the lack of comedic tension that helped make the original Idol a hit with banter between Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. “Katy is really fun, Lionel (Richie) has a strong point of view and Luke (Bryan)'s pure country,” says TMZ. “But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.”
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Katy Perry on joining American Idol: "Literally, we are wasting our time if we do not find a star”
The singer was asked at the TV press tour to name the last three Idol winners. "I can't, because this is the first season of American Idol," Perry joked. But seriously, she added, "They need another legit American Idol."
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
CBS’ Victoria's Secret Fashion Show broadcast has become an “international nightmare" after China bans Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid
The Chinese government is clamping down on this year’s Shanghai-based event, with fashion bloggers having trouble getting visas, TV producers needing permission to shoot out in the open and controversial figures like Perry and Hadid forbidden from entering the country. The fashion show is still scheduled to air on CBS on Nov. 28.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Will kindler, gentle judges result in a boring American Idol?
Katy Perry says "I’m not here to tell anyone they suck. It’s not about that.” Instead, she and the other judges plan to give constructive criticism. To which Clover Hope responds: “Nice, but it’s possible to be both constructive and direct. Can they find a healthy medium without coddling contestants who aren’t all young kids?”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Catch an NFL-themed glimpse of ABC’s American Idol reboot
ABC's sister network ESPN shared a clip of Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones auditioning before Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.