Lampeter-Strasburg High School graduate, James Wolpert is one the competitors on NBC’s “The Voice” and sang the heck out of Queen’s power ballad, “Somebody To Love”.
LOS ANGELES — “American Idol” is betting that a judges’ remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.
The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They’ll join Urban to make up the talent show’s first panel consisting solely of singers — a la NBC’s successful 2011 upstart “The Voice.”
Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on “American Idol” after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several “Idol” appearances.
Urban’s return to the contest was announced last month by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly, who said the singer didn’t get a chance to show his personality in his first turn as a judge. Urban appeared overwhelmed last season by the Carey-Minaj crossfire that drew complaints from some viewers.
“I will confirm one thing: Keith is going to return to the show,” said Kevin Reilly, Fox Chairman of Entertainment, as he addressed a room full of reporters. “Keith’s a really funny guy, and I didn’t think he was able to let his full personality shine through” last season, due to the diva drama [between former judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj] that overshadowed not just Urban, but also the contestants.
“To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said in a statement Thursday. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.”
The 56-year-old record producer and bassist called the experience a “life-changing opportunity.” He said he’s leaving “Idol” to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.
Fox‘s singing competition entered its 12th season Wednesday with three new judges and sharply lower viewership. An average of 17.8 million total viewers tuned in to the two-hour premiere, slumping 19% compared with last season, according to Nielsen.
FORT WASHINGTON — If the first two episodes of the new Season 12 of “American Idol“ are any indication, the show is looking to make big stars of two talented female singers who are great performers and have big personalities.
That’s because the episodes, shown Wednesday night in special sneak peek theater presentations for an invited Philadelphia-area crowd and at eight other cities nationwide, focused far more on the show’s new judges than on any – or all – of the contestants.
The new season of “Idol” starts with the two-night premiere on Fox at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday.
You have to hand it to “The Voice. ” Last week, the show added a third Wednesday episode to ruin “The X Factor‘s” big premiere night. And now, with the new “American Idol” and “X Factor” judges having had hardly any time to bask in their publicity, already “The Voice” is stealing both shows’ thunder once again–with breaking news that two new singularly named superstar judges, Shakira and Usher, will replace Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green for Season 4. Both Christina and Cee Lo will be back for Season 5 in fall 2013, according to NBC.
Rumors have swirled for months that NBC’s overkill decision to air “The Voice” twice yearly would at least temporarily drive away some or all of the show’s regular judges, causing the lineup to be revamped for the spring 2013 season. Apparently such is the downside of hiring judges who, you know, are still relevant hitmakers and have other important things to do with their time, like touring and recording, besides sitting on an NBC soundstage six months out of the year. (And this is why talent shows should consider hiring non-celebrity judges, but I digress.) In fact, just last week when talking to Ryan Seacrest, Christina admitted that she’d first assumed her “Voice” gig would be “kind of like a side project…then it kind of took off, and there goes my free time!”
With Christina getting ready to release her comeback album, Lotus, in November (her new single, “Your Body,” debuted last week to positive reviews), and the ubiquitous Cee Lo working on a Christmas album and a new sitcom, it’s no surprise that they are the first “Voice” judges to take official leaves of absence.
We don’t know how she knows, but Katie Couric, during the taping of Friday’s “Katie,” told former “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez who will be filling the panel in the singing competition’s upcoming season: Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.
So far, only Carey has been confirmed by FOX, which has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment or made any public announcement.
“What do you think about the new group of judges?” Couric asked Lopez, according to a Thursday morning press release from “Katie.”
Just heard randy is back on idol. Right decision.
One source says, “I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it. A few more slight things to sign off on but it is happening.”
A second source adds the R&B star is “100% confirmed to judge American Idol.”
Fox just made it official: Carey is the latest successful pop diva to join American Idol. The 42-year-old will join the judges table for season 12.
As reported in this week’s issue of EW, Carey has been the leading contender to join the panel this summer, which has seen a flurry of celebrity names floated in the press as possible candidates. Her salary is expected to be somewhere north of $12 million — the sum paid Jennifer Lopez during her first year on the show — and possibly as high as $17 million.
Tyler leaving ‘American Idol‘ after 2 seasons; Lopez says his exit will affect her decision
NEW YORK – Steven Tyler says he’s exiting “American Idol” to put rock `n’ roll first.
Tyler said he’s leaving the hit show after two seasons to rededicate himself to Aerosmith, the band he fronts. The rock star said he loved every minute on the hit Fox singing contest but added, “it’s time to bring rock back.”
“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress `American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” Tyler said in a statement, making a joking reference to the 1987 Michael Douglas-Glenn Close thriller “Fatal Attraction.”
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”
REUTERS – Britney Spears and former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato will join talent show “The X Factor” as judges when the U.S. version of the contest returns to television in September, Fox television and the show’s creator Simon Cowell said on Monday.
Cowell said in a Twitter message that Spears, 30, the world’s biggest pop phenomenon of the 2000s, will join him on “X Factor,” which searches for a new pop star from tens of thousands of ordinary Americans.
Spears will be joined by singer and actress Lovato, 19, to fill the judge’s seats left by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were both fired by Cowell after a disappointing first season in 2011.
Cowell announced the news on Twitter, sending a photo of himself with record producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Spears and Lovato and saying “Can’t believe it’s finally happening. Very exciting!”
With the coveted home town hero visit on the line, four became three tonight on the “American Idol” results show.
But before their fate was revealed the foursome kicked the show off with a snoozy version of “California Dreamin”” by the Mamas and Papas.
Then, we got down to business, or so we thought. First up, double P as Ryan said. Jimmy called Phillip’s performance the beginning of Phillip coming into his own. But Ryan didn’t reveal a thing. He told Phillip to return to “the couch,” but said, those are not the results. Which means what?
Next up was Hollie, who struggled on her second showing last night. Jimmy understood why the judges were okay with Hollie’s Journey showing, but he didn’t agree. And of her Bonnie Raitt performance, Jimmy said, “she hit the opera button” and “crashed and burned.” But still, the torture for us and them continued as she too was sent back to the couch.
Editor’s note: GOOD, she should lose her job!
Christina Aguilera has apologized to The Voice contestant Tony Lucca for being a little more catty than judge-like. That however may not be enough to save the diva, who is reportedly disliked by many crew members working at the show.
Christina Aguilera and Tony Lucca are both former “Mickey Mouse Club” stars, but long lost history didn’t seem to go far between the two, who kept up a steady back and forth battle during season two of The Voice.
After Lucca’s Monday night performance of “99 Problems” Aguilera charged that the singer’s song pick was “derogatory towards women” adding “if that’s what you have to do.” Later when her own contestant Michael Kiwanuka performed, she remarked “Now that’s how a real man sings.”
The final four contestants were Jermaine Paul, Tony Lucca, Juliet Sims and Chris Mann. Second place went to Juliet Simms, third place went to former Mickey Mouse Club star Tony Lucca and fourth place went to opera singer Chris Mann.
Jermaine Paul was a backup singer for Alicia Keys before auditioning for The Voice. Congratulations to Jermaine for realizing his dream to move to the front of the stage
BTW – Christina Aguilara was pretty hard on her former Mickey Mouse Club costar, Tony Lucca for the duration of the competition. Not really liking her much this season. BOO!
And then there were four! Things are winding down on Idol and the final show is only a few weeks away. Tonight, Skylar went home. She found herself in the bottom two along with Hollie Cavanagh. I was rather surprised. I thought surely Holly would get sent home tonight but America had other ideas.
As usual, Vote For The Worst is taking credit for keeping Phillip Phillips on the show. I think they give themselves too much credit.
So we are left with Joshua Ledet, Holly Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips.
And then there were five…
America sent Elise Testone home after two less than stellar performances and poor song choices. Elise was argumentative with the judges as well… a turn off to voters.
According to Starpulse.com, their ranking of the final five is:
Another shocking elimination tonight as Colton Dixon, who many thought had a good chance of winning, was sent home. As you may recall the judges used their save on Jessica Sanchez last week so there was nothing they could do to save Colton.
Vote for the Worst is encouraging people to vote for Phillip Phillips, who they really dislike for some reason. Last week they claimed victory in messing with the results. Apparently they want a white guy who plays the guitar to win?? Not sure what that’s all about but I don’t think I want to understand their logic.
Losing isn’t always a bad thing on American Idol. Look at Chris Daughtry. This gives Colton a jumpstart on his music career instead of wasting a year doing what AI wants him to do and waiting too long to release his first album. Hopefully he will strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of his time on national television!
Good Luck, Colton!
Reality television has spawned many singing competitions, with NBC’s The Voice being one of the most successful. Back for a second season, judges Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green have selected another bumper crop of talent to compete on their live shows, where Americans get to vote for their favorite singer(s)!
One of this year’s contestants is Tony Lucca. Tony was on the Mickey Mouse Club with big stars like Christina Aguilera, Brittney Spears and Justin Timberlake. However, Tony hasn’t become a household name yet like the people I just mentioned. That’s not to say Tony isn’t an amazing talent, but there are plenty of talented people who don’t “make it” for one reason or another.
Charles W. Yerger, who taught English in the Spring-Ford School District for 21 years, is our Montgomery County connection. Mr. Yerger, in addition to teaching at Spring-Ford and working with actress Lisa Waltz during his tenure there, was one of the main tutors for the Mickey Mouse Club stars. Charles would impart knowledge and wisdom to the young actors from a trailer on the back lot of the Disney MGM studio. Mr. Yerger worked with these now household names when they were adolescents and played a role in shaping their lives, as teachers often do. Many have stayed in touch with their former teacher. Tony has not only stayed in contact with his former teacher over the years but even invited Mr. & Mrs. Yerger to his wedding.
By all accounts Tony is a genuinely nice guy, a family man and a role model! If you would like to see a video of Tony’s Beautiful Day battle, click here: http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tony-lucca/video/
I guess most people have heard the theory about six degrees of separation, if not click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_degrees_of_separation. To make the circle even smaller, there is also a Pottstown connection to Tony Lucca (or should I say former Pottstown connection). Charles Yerger’s daughter is well-known to many people in the Pottstown School District. Stephanie Carmody was a member of the President’s Task Force and long time supporter of the Pottstown School District before her recent move to Harleysville. So if you know Stephanie or Charles, you are also connected to Tony Lucca. Way cool!
The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC. Tune in and check out Tony Lucca! He could use your support!