• EXCLUSIVE: Introducing Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus!

    February 25, 2013 9:30 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Allison Iraheta is undoubtedly one of the most awesome "American Idol" contestants of all time. Even when she competed on Season 8 at age 16, her awesomeness was apparent, as she held her own alongside the trifecta of that season's big boys (Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, and Danny Gokey). Her major-label album, Just Like You, which followed in late 2009, was one of the best "Idol" debuts ever--a righteously rockin' record, from its fun and feisty lead single "Friday I'll Be Over U"...  | More »

  • ‘Idol’ Top 40 Revealed! And You’ll Never Guess Who’s One Of Them…

    February 18, 2013 2:30 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    A couple weeks ago, on what was THE weirdest episode in "American Idol" history, a bug-eyed, big-haired, booty-poppin' lady named Zoanette Johnson delivered perhaps the most controversial televised National Anthem performance since Roseanne Barr's...and somehow, against all odds and logic, she was granted a golden ticket to Hollyweird. And this Thursday, zany Zoanette wowed America again, when she shockingly advanced to this season's top 40. Yes, dear readers, Zoanette Johnson...  | More »

  • Why Nicki Minaj Is The New Simon Cowell (And Why That's A Good Thing)

    February 11, 2013 2:24 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    If you only started watching "American Idol" in the post-Simon Cowell era, over the past two seasons, then you were undoubtedly very confused when you tuned in last week for the Season 12 Hollywood Week boys' episodes. What was this? An "Idol" judge giving actual advice? Having strong opinions? Not just telling everyone they're "beautiful" and "in it to win it"? Yes, newbie judge Nicki Minaj stepped it up and officially became "Idol's" new Simon Cowell last week, proving once a...  | More »

  • Watch Jedward's Jepic Interview With Reality Rocks

    February 11, 2013 10:05 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    For all you Yanks watching this who are unaware of the awesomeness that is Jedward, you are about to get schooled with a crash course in all things Jepic, via Reality Rocks' in-depth, out-of-control interview. Jedward are John and Edward Grimes, the double divas of Dublin from "The X Factor U.K." Season 6. On that show, they famously pulled stunts like singing "Ghostbusters" while wearing proton packs, reciting the Titanic monologue while dressed in Britney-inspired red latex suits, and...  | More »

  • 'Idol' Contestant Matt Farmer Lied About Military Injury

    February 4, 2013 10:15 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Last year, "America's Got Talent" contestant Tim Poe went from celebrated military hero to public enemy number-one, when it was revealed that he had lied about being injured in Afghanistan. And now it seems that a similar scandal has unfolded on "American Idol," centering on Matt Farmer, a standout contestant from last week's "Idol" auditions in Long Beach, California. Matt was the 26-year-old rock 'n' roll dad who was accompanied by his adorable 3-year-old daughter, Cade...  | More »

  • 'American Idol' Finds Peace In The South (Sort Of)

    January 28, 2013 11:51 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    This is where it all happened," host Ryan Seacrest ominously intoned at the start of last Wednesday's "American Idol" episode. Ryan, of course, was referring to Charlotte, North Carolina, the infamous audition city where catfighting alpha-female judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj went from frenemies to full-on enemies--and some intrepid TMZ spy was conveniently on the scene, flipcam in hand, to document what went down. Last Wednesday, viewers finally found out what really happened to se...  | More »

  • 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 »

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