• Attack Of The Show: 'American Idol' Season 12 Premieres

    January 22, 2013 12:11 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Even the most casual "American Idol" viewer knew all about the months-long feud/publicity campaign leading up to last Wednesday's premiere of "Idol" Season 12, starring new alpha-female judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The "leaked" TMZ video of their on-set war of (four-letter) words. Mariah's subsequent claim, to Barbara Walters, of Nicki-administered death threats and the need for beefed-up security. Nasty Nigel Lythgoe, "Idol's" executive producer, telling reporters that...  | More »

  • 'American Idol' Preview: Season 12 Just May Be ‘The Nicki Minaj Show’

    January 14, 2013 4:04 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" Season 12 doesn't officially begin until January 16, and it remains to be seen if this upcoming season will uncover/discover a new singing superstar of Clarkson- or Underwood-esque proportions. But judging from a 45-minute "Idol" preview that screened in 11 locations across the nation on Wednesday, January 9--a full week before the Fox network's premiere--Season 12 may already have a breakout star: the one and only Her Minajesty, Nicki Minaj.   Nicki was in fa...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Most Memorable Reality Rocks Moments Of 2012

    December 28, 2012 11:35 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Reality television offered so many memorable moments for music fans this year, I almost needed to buy a second DVR to keep track of it all. But let's get real...THESE are the 20 reality moments that ultimately stayed with me--and stayed on my DVR's hard drive--in 2012. 20) Britney Spears Makes "The Face" When Britney signed on for "The X Factor" in 2012, it soon became apparent that she hadn't spent a penny of her $15 million salary on Botox: On every episode, she let loose a...  | More »

  • The Most Robbed 'Voice' & 'X Factor' Contestants Of Fall 2012

    December 27, 2012 12:19 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    As you have probably figured out by now, if you managed to turn on a television set or check Twitter during the last week, former Hey Monday frontwoman Cassadee Pope won The Voice Season 3, and country crooner Tate Stevens won The X Factor Season 2. Congrats to them both. But I'll be straight-up: As talented as both of those singers are, neither were my first picks for their respective shows. Particularly on "The Voice," it's a massive testament to the talent on that show that so ma...  | More »

  • A Very Reality Rocks Xmas: Holiday Music From 'Idol,' 'The Voice' & More

    December 17, 2012 4:03 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    'Tis the season. "Idol" season, that is--and "Voice" season, and "Sing-Off" season. Yes, many singing-show contestants have holiday music out right now, to bring you warm tidings during those cold and lonely weeks between when "The X Factor" ends on December 20 and "American Idol" relaunches on January 16. If you're making a list and checking it twice when shopping for the reality fan in your life, here are some suggested musical stocking-stuffers! Kris Allen, Waiting For Christma...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Dec. 8

    December 10, 2012 9:00 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last week, while the contestants on The Voice and The X Factor were still vying for the chance to become the next Javier Colon or Melanie Amaro, a couple of American Idol alums were nominated for actual Grammy Awards, proving once again what Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has so often and so adamantly attested: that Idol is still the only one of these singing shows with a tried-and-true track record of producing long-term stars. Last Wednesday – exactly 10 years, three months, and one day...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 30

    December 3, 2012 12:40 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    As "The Voice" and "The X Factor" continue apace, with their respective finales now less than three weeks away, the eliminations just keep getting tougher. And while the cut that personally went deepest for me last week was that of absolutely fabulous "Voice" showman Cody Belew, the one that felt ickiest was that of "The X Factor's" Vino Alan, who was so blatantly thrown under the bus, he may as well go ahead and get some tire marks tattooed on his face now. Only two weeks ago, Vino had...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 23

    November 26, 2012 10:51 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last week was Thanksgiving week, which was cause for celebration, of course--at least on "The Voice." But it was a (melo)dramatically different story on "The X Factor," which cruelly opted to air a double-elimination episode ON THANKSGIVING, aka the night that will henceforth be known as Black Thursday to the latest two probably-unthankful†"X Factor" castoffs, Arin Ray and Beatrice Miller. Sheesh, that Simon Cowell really is a Scrooge. But let's focus on the celebratory stuff for...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 16

    November 19, 2012 12:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "The Voice" and "The X Factor" continued apace last week...and more than ever, it was abundantly obvious just how different the two singing shows truly are. Over on "The Voice," it was all happyfuntimes, group hugs, and unflagging team spirit, while on "The X Factor," it was all about that series' usual stock in trade: "shocking" eliminations, icky judge infighting, manufactured drama, and just plain old bad vibes. Oh, Simon Cowell, will you ever change? So last week was Diva Week on "T...  | More »

  • It's Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 9

    November 12, 2012 12:25 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    As we all well know, last week, voting was crucial. The very future of America depended on it. I mean, if citizens didn't vote...they'd possibly end up with an "X Factor" or "Voice" champion they never even wanted! In all seriousness--if you take singing competitions seriously, that is, which I somewhat embarrassingly do--both "The Voice" and "The X Factor" finally opened up to public voting last week. And there was a whole lot on the singing-show ballot, so to speak, with a whoppi...  | More »

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