During the American Music Awards, ABC aired auditions from three "Idol" hopefuls who just missed getting a golden ticket; the public can now go to americanidol.com/vote and override the judges' decisions.
Haley Reinhart was only 19 years old when she competed on American Idol in 2011, but viewers could tell right away that she was an old soul. Having been raised on classic ’60 and ’70s music since was a little kid hanging out with her parents’ band, Midnight, in Chicago clubs — a childhood she admits was “badass” — Reinhart brought fire, soul, and life experience to her Fleetwood Mac and Elton John covers. Reinhart later released two albums of originals, Listen Up! and Better, that were distinctively retro in feel, à la Amy Winehouse or Duffy.
After months of gossip and speculation, R&B legend Lionel Richie has finally signed up for ABC’s "Idol" reboot, and will be joining previously announced judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan (and returning host Ryan Seacrest, the lone holdover from the series’ Fox era) in spring 2018.
Hello… it was apparently Lionel Richie that American Idol was looking for. The Grammy Award-winning musician will join Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on the judging panel for ABC’s revival of the singing competition series, the network announced Friday. “I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan on American Idol,” Richie said […]
Luke Bryan was just named the newest judge on "American Idol," and Claudia and Jackie Oshry of "The Morning Breath" are here for it.
When Taylor Swift shared a 13-second preview of her hotly anticipated "Look What You Made Me Do" music video last week, it should have been a celebratory moment for her good friend Todrick Hall. But instead, Hall was trolled online by haters, who accused the openly gay performer of betraying both the black and LGBTQ communities just for associating with Swift.
Top three finalist Dalton Rapattoni stood out on the final season of American Idol — or what was supposed to be the final season of American Idol, at the time — not only for his passionate performances and quirky, theatrical style, but for his outspokenness about living with bipolar disorder since age 9. “It’s nice to have people talk about it, because there’s not a lot of media figures that have bipolar disorder that are really good influences,” he tells Yahoo. “Any time people see someone with bipolar disorder on television, it’s always on Law and Order where a person with bipolar disorder murdered 14 people — and it just makes people afraid of people with any sort of mental illness.
“I mean, George Michael was like a God-gifted voice from the heavens,” said Lambert at the event, where Michael was honored for his philanthropic efforts.
Since making the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 (and historically quitting Drag Race All-Stars 2), Adore Delano has recorded pop with an R&B/EDM flair – almost more in line with the music she performed as Danny Noriega on American Idol in 2008 than with her modern-day “punk-rock mermaid” persona. “It’s a 100 percent alternative rock album, inspired by all the greats before I was on American Idol. Everything that inspired me when I was a little angry kid and when I was younger, during the Bush administration, came out of me during this political climate.
“I think there’s been talk that I’m going to be a judge [on American Idol] every year since I’ve been off the show,” chuckles Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, when he’s asked about recent rumors that he’ll be joining his pal and Direct Management roster-mate Katy Perry behind the judges’ table on ABC’s Idol reboot. “I don’t know where this talk comes from! I don’t think I’m going to be a judge on American Idol. Lambert is forever grateful for his Idol experience (“I owe the show the world,” he says), but the man hardly has time to commit to a regular TV gig right now.
Americana artist Paul McDonald first caught the public’s attention on American Idol Season 10, with his sparkly Nudie suits, raspy vocals, abandoned dance moves, and adventurous song choices. After leaving the show, he continued to work hard on his excellent original music, but a high-profile celebrity marriage, followed by a high-profile divorce in 2014, unfortunately overshadowed his artist output.
As rumors swirl that Lionel Richie is being tapped to judge next year’s American Idol reboot, the contestant who changed the Idol game by covering Richie’s song “Hello,” Season 7 champion David Cook, has some thoughts about the series’ revival — and whether he’d ever want to be an Idol judge himself.
“My fans have been extremely patient, and if I could do anything to reward that, I’d like to,” American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook tells Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks, referring to his past lengthy recording hiatuses between releases. “They waited four years for [the 2015 album] Digital Vein, and I promised them at that CD release party that I wasn’t going to make them wait four years again. I’m inclined to keep that promise.”
As Clarkson and Hudson search for a new singing star, they may be directly competing for ratings with the TV show that made them superstars in the first place.
Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the video for Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus’s “Band Aid,” cowritten by Paul Williams, from “The East Lansing Sessions.”
Durbin teamed up last month with Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi for a new collaboration called Maps to the Hollywood Scars, whose debut EP also featured playing by Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed. “I have been a fan of James’s for a while, and after we got an impromptu chance to jam together in Las Vegas last fall, we kept in touch and the ideas just started flowing back and forth,” Grossi told Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks at that time.
He’s the American Idol finalist who jammed onstage with Judas Priest and begged the nation to “give metal a chance.” And now James Durbin is putting his metal where his mouth is, teaming up with veteran Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi for a new collaboration called Maps to the Hollywood Scars. Their debut five-song EP, Maps to the Hollywood Scars – Volume 1, which also features playing by Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, comes out today (Friday, Feb. 17) — and to celebrate, Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is premiering the project’s first lyric video, for “Till Death.”
On Season 8 of American Idol, Adam Lambert battled Kris Allen. And, while he put up a noble fight — and got to sing with his future band, Queen, on the big finale — he didn’t win the show. This week, almost eight years later, Lambert faced off against another worthy opponent. And his time (spoiler alert!), he emerged victorious. He is the champion, my friends.
Life hasn’t always been very funny for pop-rock singer-songwriter Jax. After an emotional run on Season 14 of American Idol (chronicled in her scathing kiss-off single “La La Land,” which has absolutely nothing to do with the Oscar-bait film of the same name), the 20-year-old found out that she was suffering from both Hashimoto’s disease and thyroid cancer. “The EP definitely takes you through different phases of my story,” Jax tells Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks.
The year is coming to a close, and sadly, American Idol won’t be coming back in 2017. But the show left me with a lot of great musical memories in 2016 — and on top of that, there were some fantastic performances from The Voice, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and America’s Got Talent to fill the Idol-shaped hole in my heart. So it’s time to look back at the best talent show moments of a 2016 that was so utterly performance-packed, I couldn’t cut off this list at an even 25.
American Idol may have ended this year, but this holiday season, the show is the gift that keeps on giving. Thursday morning on The View, one of the series’ most beloved duos, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, reunited for a sweet “This Christmas” duet that surely even TV Scrooge Simon Cowell would enjoy. While Ruben and Clay both appeared on this past April’s big Idol series finale (in a group number alongside Katharine McPhee, Jessica Sanchez, Casey James, Carly Smithson, and Amber Holcomb), this performance was actually their first televised duet since they competed on Idol Season 2 way back in 2003.
Watchful reality-viewers keeping up with American Idol this year may have noticed a few familiar faces in Season 15: Three promising hopefuls (Sonika Vaid, Shelbie Z., and MacKenzie Bourg) are all alumni of rival program The Voice. Of course, singing-show crossovers are nothing new (last year’s Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, once competed with his band Beach Avenue on America’s Got Talent, for instance).