Harry Connick Jr. is my favorite American Idol judge so far, and not just because he cradled a contestant like a baby on tonight’s season 13 premiere. (Anyone else jealous of that baby?) READ FULL STORY
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Could Americans be getting another chance to cast their votes for Clay Aiken?
The answer is “possibly,” according to a new report in the Washington Blade. The article cites anonymous sources who say that the American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up is “actively considering” a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, which is currently represented by Republican Renee Ellmers. (Aiken would run as a Democrat.)
According to the Blade, Aiken has been meeting with both pollsters and political figures including strategist Betsy Conti, who’s worked previously with Al Gore. The filing deadline for the district’s primary is Feb. 28. READ FULL STORY
Hustle. Beauty. Pie. Idol. Gangster. Dreamz. Gigolo. Virgin. Violet. Outlaws. Idiot. Girl. Boy.
They’re a collection of words (or, in the case of “dreamz,” almost-words) that seem to have little in common, until you put the word “American” in front of them. Then each becomes a title, and not just any title — an evocative, slightly ironic title which promises a story that could only happen in these United States, one offering commentary on our shared national experience and way of life. It’s audacious, patriotic, grandiose — sort of like America itself, or at least the idea of “America.”
Either that… or the work’s creators couldn’t think of a good title, so they picked out a random noun and slapped “American” in front of it.
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Okay, so in-flight airline safety video battles are a thing now.
Virgin America today released its new Jon Chu-directed safety video, a sleek and stylish (not to mention incredibly catchy) production number that stars Todrick Hall (the brilliant mind responsible for yesterday’s viral Disney villain mash-up) as a hoofing flight attendant who delivers safety tips — with flair! All your favorite emergency instructions are there, including Oxygen Mask, Flotation Device, and the ever-controversial Electronics Power-Down. Also included in Virgin’s great video: an insane child rapper, a belting nun, a contortionist in the middle seat, and enough choreography to make Adam Shankman cry.
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Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound After Midnight, a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
Producers said Thursday that Barrino, last seen on Broadway in The Color Purple, will be their first guest star in the show. Performances start Oct. 18, with an official opening night set for Nov. 3. Barrino ends her run Feb. 9.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Wynton Marsalis, the show appeared off-Broadway last year at New York City Center under the name Cotton Club Parade. Songs include “Stormy Weather” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.”
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Now that well-intentioned ramble-monster Mariah Carey and professional cotton-candy-cloud of artifice Nicki Minaj have both been released from American Idol‘s sequined shackles, it was clearly time to revisit the video for Mimi and Nicki’s classic 2010 collaboration “Up Out My Face.” (you can watch the original below). Only then could we better imagine their reactions to being released from the painful prison of having to sit and look pretty for millions of dollars….
“Ugh. Hello? What. You know we don’t SPEAK.” READ FULL STORY
Put away the Kibbles ‘n Bits, because the Dawg has officially left the building. Longtime judge/canine Randy Jackson announced last week he is leaving American Idol after 12 seasons of “Yo! Yo! Yo!” One can only pray the rest of the judges’ panel will shortly follow. The judging has been a major problem for this show ever since Simon Cowell packed up his scary collection of V-neck T-shirts three years ago. Sure, Idol tried to keep viewers interested by bringing in Jennifer Lopez to look gorgeous and Steven Tyler to hit on contestants roughly a third his age, but that never really worked. And the less said about this year’s panel the better.
But Idol has issues that extend far beyond the people sitting behind the red Coca-Cola cups. While it remains the only singing contest on TV that can still launch viable recording stars (as the recent success of the awkwardly named Phillip Phillips proves), the onetime television phenomenon has now become just another show, with recent episodes pulling in a paltry 11.3 million viewers. Fox should do the right thing and cancel Idol before it devolves further into irrelevance, but of course that scenario is about as likely as Mariah Carey offering any sort of useful critique whatsoever. So seeing as we’re stuck with each other, here are a few suggestions to pump some life back into the franchise. READ FULL STORY
SPOILER AHEAD, duh. After a finale (full recap here) chock-full of celebrity-contestant duets (Jennifer Hudson and Candice! Adam Lambert/Jessie J and Angie! Keith Urban and Kree!) and tough questions (Is Randy Jackson really a dog? Is Satellite Aretha the new Hologram Tupac?), we have an official leading lady! American Idol’s 2013 winner is… READ FULL STORY
Since “everything is on the table” regarding the future of American Idol anyway, one of the first things Fox should do is follow Dancing With the Stars‘ (and the network’s own So You Think You Can Dance) lead in eliminating its results show for next season. Agree/disagree/or so totally over it already? Vote below. READ FULL STORY
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