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Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Did Ryan Seacrest know American Idol was live when he told Katy Perry "your mom's pretty"?
Seacrest may or may not have been joking on Sunday's show, but the moment rubbed some the wrong way following his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Reality TV shows should take notice of the shorter seasons on Dancing with the Stars and American Idol
Idol is airing just 19 episodes this season, less than half of the Season 3 high of 45. Dancing with the Stars, which used to run 21 episodes a season a decade ago, will have just four with the all-athletes edition. Both shows are proving that reality TV shows don't have to be bloated and stretched out. ALSO: Katy Perry wears six-foot angel wings to the Met Ball.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Katy Perry dressed as Snow White for American Idol's Disney night
The singer looked like a dead ringer for the iconic Disney princess.
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Katy Perry flies to Vatican City to meet the Pope in between Idol shows
The singer spent her days between American Idol meeting Pope Francis, accompanied by boyfriend Orlando Bloom.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
American Idol reboot shows the resilience of talent, even with superstar judges
The new batch of Idol contestants have managed to be quirky and interesting as they've grown into better performers. "In later seasons of Idol, and subsequently on The Voice, these contestant arcs were replaced by judge dramatics," says Jon Caramonica. "The Voice especially showed that pop stars, if they took the judging chair, would not just be the arbiters of a competition but also stars of their own weekly sitcom. The new Idol acknowledges this shift without crumbling under it. (Katy) Perry is a talented physical comedian and a ham willing to wail over her purported contestant crushes, though as a judge, she’s especially tough on the young female performers. Mr. Bryan is especially tough on the English language; as a judge, he’s Randy Jackson reincarnate. (Lionel) Richie is the shepherd of this uncertain flock. He is the most firm with criticism, and also the most generous with praise."
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Katy Perry had another American Idol wardrobe malfunction
Last night, the Idol judge split her pants, her second wardrobe malfunction so far this season.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Katy Perry has easily taken over American Idol with her unprecedented judging style
Perry, says Daniel D'Addario, "takes up just about all of American Idol‘s psychic energy," with Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan essentially serving as her backups. "Perry’s routine," he says, "is without recent precedent in reality-judging history, a medium that tends toward either flavorless earnestness or complete self-absorption: She takes American Idol lightly enough to make it largely about herself, but seriously enough to go to the effort to come up with a topspin on every comment. Any competitor who wants to learn something about stardom in 2018—about how to move forward from disappointment and how to triumph in an entertainment economy where meme-ability is the coin of the realm—could do well to look at Perry. She’s teaching a lesson in precisely what it takes to keep the focus on you, and more than any contestant we’ve so far seen, she is playing to win."
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Wendy Williams: Katy Perry hasn't shown she's worth her $25 million American Idol salary
The daytime talk show host this morning criticized Perry for a cruel joke last night -- "it was not a $25 million joke, honey. "Williams also said that Perry doesn't look like somebody earning $25 million. "She looks cute, she's super talented, but this is not her thing to be judging on American Idol for $25 million," Williams said. "She's not delivering $25 million worth of delivery. She's wearing the same hair, switch it up a little bit. Remember how we used to watch American Idol to see what Jennifer Lopez was wearing? Wear some cool clothes and stop with the dumb jokes. Nobody cares."
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Luke Bryan defends Katy Perry in American Idol first-kiss controversy
“It’s unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big,” says the Idol judge of contestant Benjamin Glaze getting kissed by the pop star. “I watched an actual interview where (Glaze) said that he was cool with everything.” The country singer added: “And I gotta back Katy on that. You know she’s in there working hard and making fun TV. And you know what, we’re gonna get right it sometimes and get it wrong sometimes."
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
American Idol's new judges seem to get that they're not judging a singing competition
Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have already rejected some perfectly good singers because they know that the show is about finding the modern pop star, says Meghan O'Keefe. American Idol faltered in its last years on Fox because it was too focused on finding good singers, instead of singers who could actually become pop stars who sell albums -- like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. "American Idol is not — and has never been — a 'singing competition.' Like poker, chess, and CBS’s reality juggernaut Survivor, American Idol is a game of strategy," says O'Keefe. "Sure, the goal is to be crowned America’s next great music star, and to get there, contestants have to survive months of cagematch-like musical battles. You’ll hear judges give lip service to things like pitch and timbre. You’ll even notice the glory of a high note and catch the tragedy of a badly executed key change. But you don’t win American Idol by being the best singer. If that were so, Season 6 vocal standout Melinda Doolittle would be the show’s biggest success story." ALSO: Too many contestants have auditioned with original songs this season.
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.