April 11, 2013 |
Candice Glover showed us -- twice -- why she undoubtedly belongs in the top three on "American Idol" on Wednesday night, no matter what Jimmy Iovine and the judges (save for Mariah Carey) said last week. In fact, the South Carolina 23-year-old soul singer proved she's right up there with Kree Harrison (sorry, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb) as a worthy contender to win the whole thing. If I had to rank the remaining contestants at this point -- in terms of my own favorites-- it would look something like this: 1 and 2 (in no particular order)
April 5, 2013 |
Country star and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and Casey James, who came in third in Season 9, returned to perform on "American Idol" Thursday night, and one of this year's contenders, Burnell Taylor, was sent packing. Not Lazaro Arbos -- not even close. Even though Arbos was clearly (just ask Jimmy Iovine) the weakest link among the top seven -- repeatedly forgetting words, singing muddily, dressing cheesily and often not handling himself well (tears, anger) -- the voters placed him in this week's top three, along with Kree Harrison and Angie Miller.
April 1, 2013 |
Nicki Minaj is not about to calm down, Devin Velez, and she's not afraid to let the world know how she thinks contestants should behave once they're off "American Idol. " The flamboyant judge and recently nuked contestant Velez got into a war of words, with Minaj definitely working the louder public voice online. After first telling reporters in a Friday conference call that he was "not really unfairly" criticized for last week's three-man "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"
March 29, 2013 |
Poor Devin Velez. He didn't deserve to get kicked off "American Idol" just yet - certainly not before that cheesy amateur Lazaro Arbos -- but that's what the "Idol" voters did Thursday night. And the judges, who can't use their one save of the season without agreeing unanimously, did not opt to yank him back and give him another shot next week. It appeared -- although of course we can't be certain -- that Nicki Minaj was the holdout, unwilling to use the save for the gold-haired singer whose solo performance she praised and group number she reviled Wednesday.
March 28, 2013 |
The "American Idol" top 8 tackled the music of Detroit on Wednesday. That turned out to mean mostly Motown, but also, incongruously, a song by Madonna -- "Michigan's own Material Girl," Ryan Seacrest reminded us - and a countrified version of it at that. Under the twinkling green eyes of Motown legend and guest mentor Smokey Robinson, it ought to have been a miraculous gem of a show, but alas, while some performers shined, others turned in woefully flawed performances. The judges' critiques too seemed a little off -- either rambling (Mariah Carey)
March 27, 2013 |
Jessica Lange played singer Patsy Cline in the 1985 movie "Sweet Dreams" and received an Academy Award nomination. Starting in July, "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox will incarnate the country singer in the Broadway-bound musical "Always… Patsy Cline. " Bowersox appeared on "American Idol" during the Fox singing competition show's 2010 season. She was a finalist and ultimately lost to Lee DeWyze. "Always... Patsy Cline," written by Ted Swindley, is a jukebox musical that features the singer's greatest hits.