• HeeJun Brings the Love Back to Yahoo

    October 18, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    "American Idol" fans surely remember HeeJun Han, aka the Richie Law nemesis and class clown of Season 11, aka the man responsible for one of the greatest "Idol" moments ever when he stripped off (and ticked off Steven Tyler) during his performance of Billy Joel's "My Life." But there's more to HeeJun than such shenanigans, as his recent visit to Yahoo Music proved. HeeJun (he goes by just a single name now, much like Cher, Madonna, or Sting) recently dropped by Yahoo to give his fi...  | More »

  • Watch: Jedward’s Big Adventurous Interview!

    October 14, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    They're baaaack! Everyone's favorite blond identical Irish twins who came in sixth on "The X Factor U.K." four years ago have paid another memorable, chaotic visit to Yahoo's Southern California headquarters. Who on earth could I be talking about? Why, Jedward, of course: John and Edward Grimes, the "double divas of Dublin" who stunned all onlookers (even Simon Cowell) when they appeared on "The X Factor U.K." Season 6, and continue to stun all doubters with the massive Jedwar...  | More »

  • Cassadee Pope Frames Her Past in Frank New Interview

    October 9, 2013 11:00 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Cassadee Pope, winner of "The Voice" Season 3, releases her new album, Frame by Frame, this week. The country-pop record may be a departure for the singer, who cut her teeth in the Decaydence Records emo band Hey Monday and played the Warped Tour, but when Cassadee visited Yahoo's Ram Country studio to perform tracks from the album, it seemed like a natural progression. Afterwards, Cassadee sat down with Yahoo to talk about her past — not just as a country-loving kid and punk-ro...  | More »

  • Video: Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus, “Gone”

    October 8, 2013 1:13 PM ET

    Allison Iraheta, who four years ago made a massive impression as the 16-year-old rocker chick with the old-soul voice on "American Idol" Season 8, is finally back — and this time, she's all grown up and making an even more massive impression on tastemakers like Duran Duran's John Taylor, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, Slash, DMC of Run-DMC, her old "Idol" pal Adam Lambert, and even the legendary Paul Williams, all of whom have sung the pr...  | More »

  • Video: Ne-Yo & Cher Lloyd Team Up

    September 23, 2013 6:55 PM ET

    R&B impresario Ne-Yo and "X Factor U.K." breakout star Cher Lloyd recently paired up for the duet "It's All Good," a song written in celebration of the launch of new Fruttare Fruit Bars with lyrical input posted on social media by fans. The duo performed the tune for the first and only time at the Village at this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas, and afterwards they sat down with Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks for a chat that was full of good stuff. Speaking about h...  | More »

  • ‘X Factor’ Standout Lillie McCloud Addresses Backlash

    September 16, 2013 7:20 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    It happens almost every season, on every talent show: A promising singer is presented by producers as being a fresh-off-the-turnip-truck total unknown, but it only takes a few YouTube or Wikipedia searches to uncover that contestant's illustrious professional past — and the public cries foul. Such "scandals" surrounded "American Idol" contestants Carly Smithson and Joanna Pacitti, who'd had major-label deals as teens, and "The X Factor" Season 1's Stacy Francis, who beca...  | More »

  • Simon Cowell: “The Days of Squawking Judges Are Over!”

    September 12, 2013 5:55 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    While "The X Factor U.K." has launched stars like Leona Lewis, Cher Lloyd, Little Mix, Olly Murs, and of course the world-dominating One Direction, the American version of the singing show has so far struggled to establish itself in a market dominated by "American Idol" and "The Voice." But the show's creator and lead judge, Simon Cowell, believes the third U.S. season, which premieres Wednesday night, will be the charm. How? By focusing on the CONTESTANTS, not on superstar judges. This...  | More »

  • Exclusive: Cher Will Mentor Team Blake on ‘The Voice’!

    September 9, 2013 4:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On the upcoming fifth season of "The Voice," Christina Aguilera's team will be advised by Ed Sheeran, Adam Levine's contestants will work with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and Team Cee Lo's guest mentor will be Miguel. But three-time winning "Voice" coach Blake Shelton will have the biggest superstar of all in his arsenal: the one, the only, the awesome…Cher. Yes, Cher. Cher!! CHER!!!! [insert Moonstruck-style slap here] Snap out of it! Seriously, this is very excit...  | More »

  • Nigel Lythgoe on ‘Idol’ Judge News

    September 3, 2013 7:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On Tuesday, it was officially announced that the judging panel for "American Idol" Season 13 will be Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. Ironically, this was actually the "dream team" suggested by longtime "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, before he was fired from the show earlier this year. So Nigel got his way in the end — but it was all too little, too late. On Tuesday evening backstage at his other Fox franchise, "So You Think You Can Dance," Nigel was candid when spea...  | More »

  • J.Lo, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban Officially Join ‘Idol’

    September 2, 2013 7:30 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    The new "American Idol" judges will make their first joint public appearance Tuesday, at the Season 13 audition tapings held at Boston's Copley Square Hotel. America, it's time to meet your "new" judging panel: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and last-minute recruit Harry Connick Jr. "'American Idol' has always been about discovering the next singing superstar, and next season our judging panel will deliver a most impressive combination of talent, wisdom, and personality to ...  | More »

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