• ‘American Idol’ Season 13 Contestants Who Inexplicably Disappeared

    February 20, 2014 3:39 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" actually won an Emmy for Best Editing in Season 7, but don't expect even a nomination in that category for Season 13, a season that so far has been packed with continuity fails. [Related: "Idol" Season 13 Recaps on Reality Rocks] Since the season debuted last month, we've witnessed one awesome audition after another — only to never see or hear from those contestants ever again, or at least not get any definitive answers as to why those contestants were cut in...  | More »

  • Video: 'Idol' Lessons Learned From Randy Jackson

    February 17, 2014 5:30 PM ET

    Randy Jackson may no longer be a judge on "American Idol," but the Dawg is still in the house this season, albeit in a mentoring role. With the show now down to a top 31, Randy is back to whip these contestants into shape via his intensive boot camp program, with handpicked assistants Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert (two of "Idol's" most successful non-winners) joining in. And as someone who's been through his workshop, I can tell you, Randy has not gone soft during his hiatus from ...  | More »

  • Video: Candice Glover's 'Music Speaks'

    February 12, 2014 11:20 AM ET

    "American Idol" Season 13 is in full swing, but Candice Glover, who won Season 12 last year, is finally releasing her long-delayed debut album, "Music Speaks" on Feb. 18. And Yahoo Music has the exclusive premiere right here, right now. So, does Candice, the first female "Idol" champion since Season 6's Jordin Sparks, have any fear that she may be overshadowed by this season's crop of guitar-toting boys and girls? "It was an issue for me," she admits to Yahoo Music. "I was like, &...  | More »

  • 16 Things That Went Wrong for ‘The X Factor’

    February 10, 2014 10:05 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    It takes three to make a thing go wrong, apparently — at least when it comes to "The X Factor USA." After three seasons of diminishing returns, ratings, and record sales, the fledgling Fox singing show has officially been canceled, or, as Fox's press release words it, has "completed its domestic run." Yes, producer and judge Simon Cowell has tried to put a positive spin on all of this: It was announced with great fanfare Friday that he's returning to the judges' table at...  | More »

  • ‘X Factor’ Winners Alex & Sierra Writing With John Legend

    February 3, 2014 11:20 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Season 3 "X Factor" champs Alex & Sierra hit the red carpet for Delta Airlines' star-studded Grammy party at Los Angeles's Soho House Thursday night, and proving that they're well on their way to becoming big stars themselves, they excitingly revealed to Yahoo Music that they're working with a very special collaborator on their debut album. "We're writing with John Legend tomorrow. It's going to be amazing," gushed Alex Kinsey — who also said that he a...  | More »

  • American Idol’ Season 13 Premiere Recap: Just Wild About Harry

    January 17, 2014 12:10 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    While the majority of singers who entered the Boston and Austin audition rooms on Wednesday's "American Idol" Season 13 premiere seemed starstruck by glamazonian returning judge Jennifer Lopez — leaving poor newbie panelist Harry Connick Jr. to whine about his relative anonymity as clueless contestants confused him with "Robert Downey Jr., or someone like that" — there was one hopeful, Pakistan-born jazzbo Munfarid Zaidi, who was just wild about Harry. "I read your Wikipedia...  | More »

  • 10 Ways ‘American Idol’ is Trying to Win You Back

    January 13, 2014 11:55 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year, "American Idol" Season 12 ended pretty much the way it began: in tears. It ickily kicked off with a tabloid-fueled Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud that alienated much of the show's conservative fanbase, and it wrapped months later with an astounding 20 percent ratings drop. Then there was the failed-to-launch single and multiple album-release delays for winner Candice Glover; runner-up Kree Harrison's unprecedented inability to secure her own record deal; sluggish ticket s...  | More »

  • It’s a Brooke White Christmas at Yahoo Music!

    December 23, 2013 12:21 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    It's a [Brooke] White Christmas this year, thanks to one of the coolest contestants ever to grace the "American Idol" stage, Brooke White. The Season 7 songstress's seasonal CD (titled White Christmas, of course) features her putting her own quirky spin on some traditional holiday fare, including "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," Wham!'s "Last Christmas," and Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." But when Brooke recently stopped by Yahoo Music, she brought s...  | More »

  • Adam Lambert Says New Album Coming in 2014

    December 19, 2013 12:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Adam Lambert has had a crazy year, highlighted by a critically heralded headlining set with Queen at the iHeartRadio Festival, a recurring role on "Glee," and a co-write on Avicii's hit album…and marked by a split from his longtime record label, RCA. As 2013 comes to a close, Yahoo Music caught up with him in Yahoo's Purple Room lounge before his performance at the TrevorLIVE concert in Hollywood on Dec. 8, to talk about the year's highest highs and what's in store ...  | More »

  • The 8 Most-Robbed Contestants of ‘The Voice’ Season 5

    December 17, 2013 8:10 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    This has become an annual tradition (or, in the case of "The Voice," a biannual one): listing the robbed finalists and semifinalists from any given talent show. Not all of my favorites can make a show's top 10, and obviously, only one can win. So any singing-show season offers its unfair share of heartache. It's both a blessing and a curse on "The Voice" in particular that the talent level is so high and the talent pool so deep. This ensures that a lot of very worthy candidates get...  | More »

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