Joshua Ledet Goes Home On Idol

I must admit I thought both boys would in the final two.  I was prepared to see Jessica Sanchez go home tonight.  Apparently, America had other ideas.  Joshua has a career ahead of him and we wish him well with his future endeavors.

Next week, the Idol finale will be Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. 

Who will be the Season 11 winner????

Hollie Cavanagh Goes Home On American Idol

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.

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/05/10/american-idol-season-11-who-was-voted-off-tv-recap-4/?mod=google_news_blog

Skylar Laine Goes Home On American Idol

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.

Elise Testone Goes Home On American Idol

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:

Phillip Phillip

Joshua Ledet

Skylar Laine

Jessica Sanchez

Holly Cavanagh

Colton Dixon Goes Home On American Idol

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!

Adam Lambert Returning To F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre

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Adam Lambert, one of the three finalists for American Idol and a San Diego native, sings the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" during his visit to at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

American Idol” Season 8 runner-up and future front man for the band Queen Adam Lambert will play an area show, it has just been announced.

Lambert will play at 7:30 p.m. May 25 at F .M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, the center has just announced.

Tickets, at $35, $45 and $60 will go on sale to Kirby members and a special online sale by Wyoming Valley radio station WKRZ-FM 98.5 at 10 a.m. April 20, and to the public at 10 a.m. April 23 at the Kirby Center box office at 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, by phone at 570-826-1100 or online at www.kirbycenter.org. To become a Kirby member, call 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

Read more: http://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2012/04/american-idol-runner-up-adam-lambert-to-play-area-concert.html

Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet Join Elise Testone In ‘Ridiculous’ Bottom Three On ‘American Idol’

Editor’s note:  Phillip Phillips is Vote For The Worst‘s pick for this week.  They have also branched out and have RaeLynn on The Voice named for this week.  VFTW is proclaiming victory that their votes forced the judges to waste their save on Jessica Sanchez.

Colton Dixon and Joshua Ledet up on stage next as “American Idol” names its bottom three and cuts to its final six.

They’ve been having contestants stand in two groups tonight; Ledet joins Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone, while Dixon joins Hollie Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips.

Next up is Skylar Laine. You’d think whichever group she joins is the safe one, but who knows.

Read more: http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/american-idol-1.811965/jessica-sanchez-joshua-ledet-join-elise-testone-in-ridiculous-bottom-three-on-american-idol-1.3658174

DeAndre Brackensick: Mom Predicted My ‘American Idol’ Elimination

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Editor’s note:  Somebody has to go home every week.  The competition is very strong this season.  Not surprised by the order of eliminations thus far.

Curly-topped high-school senior DeAndre Brackensick is heading home to San Jose, Calif., after getting booted Thursday from “American Idol,” but it didn’t come as a huge surprise.

After the studio audience filed out, the heartbroken teen spent close to 10 minutes soliciting last words of advice from the judges at center stage — and admitted he knew the end was near.

“My mama told me this was gonna be the day,” he told the judges.  “She kind of predicted it. I felt it too.”  

Read more: http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11056799-deandre-brackensick-mom-predicted-my-american-idol-elimination?lite

Daughtry’s Musikfest Show Is Official; ‘American Idol’ Alum To Play Aug. 11

Musikfest announced Thursday what Daughtry‘s fan club had already leaked: The chart-topping, platinum-selling “American Idol” finalist will be one of the headline performers at the festival.

Daughtry will play the main SteelStage at SteelStacks in south Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. The festival runs Aug. 3-12.

Tickets, at $34 to $49, go on sale to ArtsQuest members at 10 a.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. March 30 to the public at http://www.artsquest.com and 610-332-1300.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/music/mc-daughtry-musikfest-announcement-bethlehem-20120322,0,7801843.story

‘American Idol’ Finalist Tweets That He’s Gone

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Editor’s note:  If he wasn’t out, he will be after tweeting that!

Jermaine Jones is apparently out on “American Idol.”

The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., tweeted Tuesday night that he no longer would be on the Fox singing contest.

He wrote on his official “Idol” Twitter account: “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” The post and Jones’ official “Idol” Twitter account were later deleted.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter or confirm his tweet.

Read more: http://www.timesherald.com/article/20120314/ENTERTAINMENT03/120319835

“American Idol” Puts Adam Brock Of Washington, Pa., In Top 24

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Amid the glitz of Hollywood and Vegas, a creative arts director from “Little Washington” sung his way onto the main stage of “American Idol.”

Adam Brock, 27, was announced Thursday night as one of the 24 finalists in the venerable Fox talent competition. Live shows kickoff next week and viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorites, ultimately naming the 11th American Idol.

For Mr. Brock, who graduated from Trinity High School and Messiah College in Harrisburg, it had to have been a tough week. The latest selection process was completed last month but the bluesman, who calls himself “White Chocolate,” was forbidden to reveal the results.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12055/1212400-67-0.stm#ixzz1nPzv0MWX

Lancaster Catholic Graduate Not Idle On “Idol”

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Naomi Gillies knows more than she’s telling.

Gillies, a 22-year-old music student from Lancaster County, is an entry-level contestant in the 11th season of “American Idol.” And she knows what happens next.

“I grew up watching the show, and I was like, wow, I’m in this show,” she said Sunday during a telephone interview from Boston.

While she can say she passed the audition — which aired on “American Idol” last week — and appears in the “Hollywood Week” edition that airs this Wednesday on Fox, she can’t, according to a nondisclosure agreement with the network, say if she made it through grueling elimination rounds in Pasadena to appear in the semifinals.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/582114_Catholic-graduate-not-idle-in–Idol-.html#ixzz1ljF877iZ

Hollywood’s War Of The Wages

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The second season of a Simon Cowell-free “American Idol” started this week. Cowell ditched the popular talent show last year to launch a U.S. version of his British music competition “The X Factor,” which he vowed would attract 20 million viewers. It fell short, topping out at 12 million. Now there’s word that the new “American Idol” judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, had been joking backstage that they would be “devastated” if they didn’t get 20 million viewers. (They did for the season premiere, but just barely.)

Lopez may be winning the ratings war, but Cowell is winning the war of the wages. The music executive earned $90 million last year thanks to “The X Factor,” which he owns a share of, and his record label, Syco. Lopez earned $25 million. Most of that came from “Idol” but she also has several movies coming out and a new clothing line.

Read more: http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=697139

“American Idol” Judges, Producers Zing “The Voice” & “The X Factor”

The comparisons between “American Idol” and every other singing competition on TV are numerous, but the “Idol” team — judges, host and producers alike — would like to remind you that “Idol” is the first and the best in the game.

Judge Randy Jackson says that although he is friends with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul and he wishes them the best of luck with “The X Factor,” nothing else can compete with “Idol.”  “I think that ‘Idol’ is still the best TV show of its kind, anywhere.  We’re the original,” he says.  “We kind of invented this whole game that everybody’s now copying.”

Executive producer Ken Warwick goes further, saying that “Idol” is the only reality competition you can count on for real talent.  “This is the show that produces the stars,” he says.  “There is no other series over the years that has produced anywhere near the number of stars that we have.  To be honest, Leona Lewis was kind of a one-and-a-half hit star for a minute, but there’s no Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods, Jennifer Hudsons.  Coming up on [NBC] now is Kat McPhee — they are real stars.  They really are.  And none of these other shows are producing stars like that.”

Read more: http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=694291&ocid=rr-tv-news

Adam Lambert Jailed And Released In Finland For Fighting

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American Idol alum, Adam Lambert is known for his “kerfuffles” as well as his singing.

Adam Lambert and his reality TV star boyfriend, Sauli Koskinen, were arrested and jailed Thursday morning for getting into a fight outside a Helsinki, Finland bar.  The duo were released several hours later, and the 29-year-old “American Idol” alumnus says he is ready to move on from the incident.

Read more and watch video: http://wonderwall.msn.com/music/adam-lambert-lesson-learned-after-vodka-induced-arrest-1658912.story

Simon Cowell’s X Factor

I watched the X Factor last night and throughly enjoyed it.  I miss Simon and Paula on Idol.  I do enjoy Jennifer and Steven as Idol judges, so no offense to them.

Simon seemed a little kinder and Paula was very lucid.  The addition of L.A. Reid as a judge is great.  Nicole I can take or leave.  I never thought I would say this but Ryan Seacrest is a better host than whoever they have on X Factor.

I like the fact that Simon appears to pay attention to the audience reaction more than when he was on Idol.  There were times on Idol that Simon should have paid a bit more attention to an overwhelmingly positive audience reaction and did not.

I am looking forward to next week already!  I want more!

Kelly Clarkson To Drop New Single August 30th – New Album To Be Released October 25th

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Kelly Clarkson is getting ready to release her fifth album since being crowned the first American Idol.  To whet our appetites, she will drop her new single, Mr. Know It All, tomorrow during a webcast from 5:30 – 6:00.  You can listen here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203194156406417

You can also check out Kelly’s website for more information: http://rsvp.kellyclarkson.com/

Starting on September 5th, you can download the new single.  Kelly is also taking preorders for her new album Stronger on her website.

Looking forward to hearing her new music!

Congratulations Scotty McCreery – Our New American Idol

Congratulations and best wishes to Season 10 American Idol Scotty McCreery and to runner-up Lauren Alaina.  What a year!

I thought the finale was the best in a while with many big stars and great numbers:  Judas Priest, Mark Anthony, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Gladys Knight, Bono and The Edge and more!  I really enjoyed Scotty’s duet with Tim McGraw along with all the other performances.  It was good to see the top 13 again.

Again, congratulations to Scotty – a county superstar in the making!

American Idol Final Two: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina

We said goodbye to Haley tonight.  Next Tuesday, Lauren and Scotty go head to head to be the American Idol winner of Season 10.

The two-hour season finale will be on Wednesday night!  Look for big surprises and performances!

Congrats to Haley Reinhart for a great run!