• Without Clue: The ‘American Idol’ Judges’ Biggest Musical Gaffes

    April 22, 2013 5:32 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On "American Idol" Season 12's top five night, contestant Amber Holcomb performed "Without You," a power ballad that judge Mariah Carey once famously covered--and scored a massive hit with--in 1994. At the end of her critique, Mariah declared, "Thank you, Harry Nilsson, for writing a great song!" There was only one problem: Harry Nilsson didn't write "Without You."     Now, I completely excuse any regular layperson out there who assumed that Nilsson's iconic 1...  | More »

  • Exclusive: ‘American Idol’ Fan Fave Charlie Askew Finally Speaks!

    April 15, 2013 9:50 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Charlie Askew was an early fan favorite (and my personal favorite) on "American Idol" this season, quickly amassing a devoted fanbase of Awkward Turtles with his quirky charm, theatrical performances, and weirdness-glorifying ethos. His exit from the show, after an unabashedly emotional (if polarizing and misunderstood) rendition of Genesis's brooding "Mama," was tough to take--and then the Turtles had to re-experience that heartbreak, when Charlie competed for a bonus spot on the Idols&...  | More »

  • ‘X Factor’ Star Josh Krajcik Gives ‘Lovely’ Performance at Yahoo!

    April 8, 2013 9:30 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Josh Krajcik, the beloved burrito chef and runner-up of "The X Factor USA's" first season, teased fans late last year with a self-titled EP and a live performance on "The X Factor" Season 2. But now he has finally released his first full-length album since competing on the show, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, out this week via BMG. The album certainly isn't typical reality TV fare--but that's just perfect, since Josh was never a typical contestant to begin with. Blindly, Lonely, Lo...  | More »

  • ‘Voice’ Frontrunner Judith Hill Talks Michael Jackson Past & Usher’s Memory Lapse

    April 1, 2013 9:30 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    When Judith Hill auditioned on "The Voice" Season 4's premiere this week, she wowed all four coaches and 13 million-plus viewers with her dynamite diva vocals. But this wasn't the first time that she'd performed for a massive TV audience: Back in 2009, Judith was hired to be Michael Jackson's duet partner for his This Is It London shows, and when those concerts were cancelled after Michael's shocking death, she sang "Heal The World" at his Staples Center memorial serv...  | More »

  • Video: Jessica Sanchez Performs 'Tonight'

    March 25, 2013 5:30 PM ET

    Jessica Sanchez is a petite girl who's about to have a very big 2013. The Season 11 "American Idol" runner-up just released her first single, an uptempo duet with R&B superstar Ne-Yo titled "Tonight," and she performed it on "Idol's" top nine results show to major fanfare. Her debut album, Me, You & The Music, is finally set for an April 30 release, and this May, the 17-year-old babydiva will join the cast of "Glee" for this season's final three episodes, portraying a p...  | More »

  • Carly Rae Jepsen Talks ‘Perfect Harmony’ Songwriting Contest, ‘Canadian Idol’ Origins

    March 22, 2013 11:08 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    additional reporting by Tiffany Lee "American Idol" has held songwriting competitions before--the Season 6 and 7 coronation singles were penned by contest winners, and two years ago, the show launched the "Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony" program, which enlists fans to help pen a new, original tune to be performed by a pop star on each "Idol" finale. Taio Cruz participated in the program in Season 10; last year's "Perfect Harmony" pop star was Jason Derulo; and this season's just-announc...  | More »

  • Exclusive Performance: Crystal Bowersox Rocks At Yahoo!

    March 20, 2013 9:18 AM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    It has been a while since Season 9 "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox was on the scene, but 2013 is sure to be a massive comeback year for the rootsy Portland-based songstress. With a new label deal with Shanachie Entertainment; a new album, All That For This, featuring a duet with the Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan; and a titular starring role in Broadway's Always...Patsy Cline, Crystal's career is sure to soon be hotter than ever. Right before Crystal began her U.S. tour t...  | More »

  • ‘Idol’ Top 10 Recap: American Idol Rewind

    March 14, 2013 2:00 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Wednesday was the first coed competitive performance show of "American Idol" Season 12, but judge Nicki Minaj couldn't even be bothered to show up on time for this supposedly momentous occasion. She was a shocking THIRTEEN minutes late for the live taping, missing all of the first performance before finally slinking onto the set in a Unabomber hoodie and Olsen-twin sunglasses. A judge being tardy for a live show? That certainly was an "Idol" first; even loopy Paula Abdul managed to make ...  | More »

  • Video: ‘Voice’ Star Jamar Rogers Rocks At Yahoo!

    March 11, 2013 5:26 PM ET

    Jamar Rogers was one of the breakout stars of "The Voice" Season 2--and if the show rules that later took effect in Season 3 (no team quotas, iTunes sales carrying more weight) had existed that season, there's little doubt that he would've made it to the finale alongside his worthy Team Cee Lo comrade, Juliet Simms. Conspiracy theorists have even suggested that the rule changes of Season 3 were created simply to prevent contestants as talented as Jamar from being robbed in the futur...  | More »

  • Wild Card-less Season 12 ‘American Idol’ Top Ten Revealed

    March 11, 2013 5:22 PM ET
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    When it was announced that "American Idol" Season 12's first live results show, on which the top 10 finalists would be revealed, would be a full 90 minutes long, I assumed that meant there'd be some wiggle-room for a few Wild Card performances. I mean, how else was Nigel Lythgoe going to pad an entire hour and a half? Oh, but I should not have doubted Fox's ability to find new ways to make a process that could have been completed in five minutes feel like five hours. No, peopl...  | More »

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