Showing posts with label AMERICAN IDOL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AMERICAN IDOL. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 05, 2017


La'Porsha Renae

La'Porsha Renae was spotted the other day in fashion in New York City. The former American Idol runner up looked great and was all smiles for the roving cameras.

Friday, June 05, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Lambert

BRIAN’S VIEW --- I attended yesterday’s taping of ABC‘s The View, where they had a fascinating and exclusive interview with Brian Wilson and his wife, Melinda.

I’ve been really knocked out by his most recent solo album, No Pier Pressure (it’s been immediately placed on my “Best of . . .” music list for this year, most assuredly) and I’m going to see the new movie, Love & Mercy, this weekend about Wilson and his Beach Boy brothers Carl and Dennis.

First off, this was the first time I’ve been to the new View studios, located a scant few blocks away from their old digs at 125 West End Avenue. An old-world cavernous studio, if there ever was one. I remember being there, with The Monkees and a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany appearance, and being amazed at the space. I mean, wow, you could have landed the Space Shuttle in there! But, that’s the way they did it back in the day.

The new space is decidedly smaller—tight, in fact—and Whoopi Goldberg firmly rules the roost. After the second coming (and going) of Rosie O’Donnell—where the two fought more than was necessary—Whoopi‘s more in control than ever and sets a really nice tone. She’s funny, poignant, terrific. I remain a huge fan.

Former View ‘er Joy Behar was present yesterday as well, and she was a hoot. She’s an old-school comic, and remains just drop-dead funny. Her lead story was how she and her husband fought over her driving. Think of her as the female version of Regis Phlbin. Funny . . . old-school, but funny.

Wilson and his wife were on the second segment. As soon as they came out, interviewed by Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace, you could sense Brian’s growing sense of unease. The hulking Wilson was a terrific interview, though, as an obviously-overwhelmed Goldberg peppered him with questions about the movie, as well as his new album.

Wilson wasn’t exactly chatty, but he did address her questions and you could sense that both the movie and the new album were important new works to him. Interestingly enough, when Goldberg was attempting to explain what his music has meant to her, she broke down . . . and co-host Wallace admirably stepped in.

I’ve seen Whoopi many times, and I know for a fact that this was a genuinely emotional moment for her.

A figure like Wilson can and should bring that out in anyone. His music is a vital part of the soundtrack of our lives.

It’ll be on today at 11:00 AM on ABC—check it out.

LAMBERT’S IDOL --- No matter the outcome of the final American Idol season, which will air in 2016, Adam Lambert will forever stand as the series’ most memorable showman. Still, six years removed from the show and with two albums under his belt, he’s finally ready to let the pressure of that impressive distinction go.

And, will he appear one last time on the show? I think you can bet on it!

In an interview with Next, for which Lambert appears on their June cover, the multi-octave belter mapped out the journey to his upcoming third album, The Original High, and, at 33, says he’s exactly where he wants to be.

“I wanted to take away a lot of the theatrics that I’m known for and just be a little bit more real—not so much of a character,” he told the magazine of his forthcoming collection of songs.

“Coming off of a show like Idol, I ended up being put in the category of the ‘rock ’n’ roll’ guy, so I was doing a lot of rock music. Then the second album I did kind of reflected this funk pop thing I was feeling at the time…[this time] I wanted it to feel authentic to my social life. It’s also nostalgic, in a way, for the ’90s.”

Lambert admitted that a new label and new co-workers have certainly changed his sound (“The people around you are the ones that make all these ideas come to life,” he noted), and added that he’s thrilled to see a certain collaborator—Tove Lo—making waves on charts.

“She’s the most down-to-earth, chill, fun-loving girl next door,” he said. “We wrote ["Rumors"] before “Habits” became a big hit, so getting to watch it climb the charts and her become a star is really exciting…She’s not trying to be P.C. about it. She’s just being honest and forthright. I really clicked with her on that."

The new album, The Original High, is out on June 12!

GLBT @ QPB: June is Gay Pride Month, and it turns out that Taking Woodstock author and gay rights icon Elliot Tiber gets to celebrate the occasion by seeing his brand-new memoir, After Woodstock, picked up by the popular Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) as a top title for summer reading lists. Good things have happened for Tiber from the start of his now-three-book run with Long Island indie publisher Square One Publishers, including a fortuitous connection with PR pasha David Salidor on his first book back in 2007. Time will tell if Tiber's new GLBT-geared book is made into a feature film, as his first one was by director Ang Lee with James Schamus and the folks at Focus Features. In the meantime, though, every review for the book so far has been excellent and the fact that it has now been picked by one of the nation's strongest book clubs means that a lot more people are going to be embracing what looks to be Tiber's finest work to date. Having read it myself, I can say that After Woodstock stands as one of the best reads of this year - and that applies, whether you're gay or str8 . . .

CLOSING NOTES --- At yesterday’s View show; Raven Simone was also a guest host. First off, with her bleached-blond hair and Goth-like attire, I hardly recognized her. Also, she barely said anything during the show, save for a how-to segment with make-up queen Bobbi Brown. I felt a little bad for her . . .

Watching the new Netflix show Grace and Frankie (and, loving it). On episode number eleven, “The Secret,” the Lily Tomlin character confesses at the end that she made out once with a Monkee—Micky Dolenz. The episode ends with “She,” a song written by Boyce and Hart on which Dolenz sang lead back in late 1966. Terrific!

Watched ABC’s new show The Whispers, and really liked it. Based on a very early Ray Bradbury short story from 1951 (“Zero Hour”), its plot starts with a bunch of random children all with an imaginary friend named Drill . . . who has them do his evil bidding. Mysterious, right? Done very well, and with Steven Spielberg as executive producer (and who is also involved in CBS’ Under the Dome), you’d expect everything to be great . . . right? But, having invested so much time in shows like these (Flash Forward, Nowhere Man, The Event, Millennium), only to see them disappear after one summer season, I’m somewhat reluctant. This one has some great twists and Milo Ventimiglia (Batman, Heroes, Rocky Balboa) is there . . . so I’m compelled to keep watching. We’ll see.

Florence + The Machine on ABC’s Good Morning America later this morning. Great new album from her: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It may be her best yet . .

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Ryan Seacrest

LOS ANGELES, April 14, 2015 - AMERICAN IDOL®, the most successful music competition show in television history, returns this summer with an unprecedented 14th consecutive national tour. 19 Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the 37-show concert tour launches Tuesday, July 7 in Clearwater, FL, and stops in major cities, including New York, Chicago, Houston and Nashville before wrapping in Riverside, CA, on Friday, August 28th. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, April 17 via 

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Top Five IDOLS from Season 14. Our Top Five will showcase their individual artistry and talents all set to a live band. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips and many more.

AMERICAN IDOL® XIV airs Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2015 Tour Dates:


July 07 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall

July 08 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

July 09 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Performing Arts

July 11 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

July 12 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

July 14 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse

July 15 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre

July 17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

Wednesday, January 14, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Lambert

ONE MORE AUDITION FOR LAMBERT --- American Idol’s Adam Lambert can still audition for the show like nobody's business!

Tomorrow, Thursday, marks the season eight winner's debut as a guest judge (filling in for judge Keith Urban).

In the show, Jennifer Lopez gushes about how thrilled she is to have Adam back on board - no disrespect to Keith, obviously. And during the auditions process, Jennifer and Harry Connick Jr. challenge Adam to audition once more.

Lambert’s choice? Queen’s signature "Bohemian Rhapsody," which he sang in his 2009 audition (along with "Rock With You"), and the results prove the 32-year-old has still got it. An amazing performance … once again!

American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday on Fox.

COOPER SET FOR PEAKS --- If you're looking for damn fine coffee, David Lynch and Mark Frost, the producers and creators of the upcoming Twin Peaks reboot have just what fans have been waiting for.

Fans of the cult 1990 ABC series can breathe a bit easier knowing that Kyle MacLachlan will indeed return as FBI Agent Dale Cooper.

The quirky agent investigated the mysterious death of Laura Palmer, captivating viewers when it originally aired over two seasons.

MacLachlan made a surprise appearance at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Monday, as part of Showtime's presentation.

Ironically, when the reboot/revival was first revealed, I had just finished watching the initial 2 seasons of the program and marveled at not only how well it held up, but how well the writing and acting was. It reminded me of the first season of True Detective ... that good!

It'll be very interesting to see how Lynch and Frost tweak the new series of shows; which right now will be only 9 episodes in 2016 – but, I predict that order will be upgraded.

For me, I do hope several other characters return from the original series; like Michael Ontkean, who played Sheriff Harry S. Truman; Lara Flynn Boyle who played Donna Hayward; and, certainly Ray Wise, Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn. Beymer and Tamblyn from West Side Story no less!

Also, the exemplary music from Angelo Badalamenti (and, Julie Cruise) was off the charts. And, think for a moment how that music has so influenced the music of today. I hope they'll both return ... and, how could they not?

Many critics and fanboys alike have noted that there’s a line in the end of the show that basically says I’ll see you in 25 years. I didn’t catch it, but I’m sure it’s there. Next year will meet that date.

With TV now being the #1 creative wonderland, what with shows like Fargo, Transparent and True Detective, here’s hoping for the 2016 Twin Peaks to be all that and more. Honestly, it is the media event of 2016 so far.

SHINING ON WITH FRANK SHINER --- “He shines because he isn't afraid to embrace that era of classical … evoking memories of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.”

Tapped out on duet albums? Crooner-Frank Shiner (NY’s own) has released The Real Me; an album of perhaps, lesser-known songs (but no less impressive) from the likes of Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Randy Newman. Like Groban and Buble before him, Shiner has already drawn comparisons to both Sinatra and Darin. The debut album is via Pyramid/Universal Records.

Our favorite is “Temptation” from the pen of Tom Waits. Shiner’s vocal abilities are flawless. His conviction determined. One of the best new voices we've heard in far too long. Unquestionably, a true new talent.

We'll have an in-depth chat with the Wilkes-Barre, PA native next week, where he'll discuss the new album, his influences and his plans. Stay tuned.

CLOSING NOTES --- With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, the Light Of Day Winterfest 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, reaches to New York City in its ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease with tonight’s presentation starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama’s John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, and more at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC …

The first round of performers for the 57th Grammy Awards were announced yesterday: Ariana Grande, Madonna, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Eric Church will perform at the Staples Center Stage in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 for the annual music awards.

All of the performers so far – except for industry vets Madonna and AC/DC – also nabbed nominations this year.

Country-rocker Church is up for 4 trophies, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders. Sheeran is up for three (including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for x), and first-time nominee Grande is up for two (Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything and Best Pop/Duo Or Group performance for megahit "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj …

Friday, September 19, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Adam Lambert

HARI’S ON TOUR --- George Harrison wrote the song "Dark Horse" in 1973, and in the following years, the track became something of a theme song for the ex-Beatle: The next year, he gave the same name to his subsequent album, as well as his tour with Ravi Shankar and his new record label, on which Shankar earned the first release.

When the the final version of "Dark Horse" was released in late 1974, it featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians (including Billy Preston on keys) and reached the Top 20 of the U.S. singles chart. Here, listen to an early, sparser take on the song, one featuring only Harrison on acoustic guitar and a few singers harmonizing on the hook. Harrison's vocals, meanwhile, are noticeably cleaner than they are in the hoarse single. 

On September 23rd, the song will be released as part of the George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set. The set will also include remastered versions of the artist’s first six solo albums (some of which will contain unreleased bonus tracks), a DVD containing music videos and a short film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia and a book filled with essays and unpublished photos.

Speaking of Harrison, his producer and good friend Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) headlined a 90-minute concert at London’s Hyde Park last week. I heard a tape of it last night and it was terrific and very well received. According to his manager Craig Fruin, “Jeff had so much fun; a tour may well be in the works.”

LAMBERT GUESTS --- Obviously, this is a very rough week for Keith Urban. His father-in-law -- Nicole Kidman's dad -- died suddenly last week, so he is mourning that loss and putting all of his work-related commitments on hold.

But since the American Idol show must go on, Adam Lambert has stepped in to take over Urban's spot at the judges' table for the New York auditions going on this week.

Lambert’s a good replacement, I think, because he knows exactly what it feels like to be on the other side of that table. He was on the eighth season of American Idol in 2009, coming in second after the winner, Kris Allen. And while he's not a country singer, I remember him doing Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" during Grand Ole Opry week and solidly nailing it.

Idol's Twitter page had the official announcement. "Adam Lambert will be serving as guest judge at the NY auditions. Our thoughts are with Keith and his family during this difficult time," they said, adding later, "Guest judges @adamlambert is helping make our contestants comfortable for their moment in the spotlight!"

Lambert tweeted, too, writing, "What a fun day guest judging on @AmericanIdol! @jlo and @HarryConnickJR r SO fun 2 work w. Def a few potential Stars that auditioned today!"

Auditions are taking place at New York's Nassau Coliseum.

GLEN’S FAREWELL --- It won't be released till October 24th, but we saw a special sneak of the forthcoming documentary on Glen Campbell, titled I’ll be Me this week and it’s devastatingly brilliant. If you're a fan, this is a must see for sure. Heartbreaking, triumphant, and informative …. It’s one of the best docs we've ever seen. Stay tuned!

CLOSING NOTES --- The next Hedwig will be Michael C. Hall, from Dexter and Six Feet Under. Brilliant choice; he’ll be spectacular …

Comedy Is Hard, with Micky Dolenz and Joyce DeWitt, opens Wednesday. We’ll be on site with full details …

Finally getting into F/X's Fargo with Billy Bob Thornton; and, it's excellent. Thornton, who won an Emmy for his role, is sensational. Best thing he's ever been in. Also, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Adam Goldberg spot on excellent. Creator Noah Hawley's vision is spectacular. I cannot recommend it enough

SIGHTINGS --- Henry Winkler walking on West 56th street walking towards Patsy’s; Liam Neeson at Chelsea’s Bow Tie Cinema for the premiere for his new A Walk Among The Tombstones; NY-1's Bill McCuddy at China Grill with Peggy Siegal.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Scotty McCreery

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood New Jersey is proud to present American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Friday, July 11th 2014 8PM. Be sure to reserve tickets for this show at or Box Office at 201.227.1030.

In two short years, Scotty McCreery became one of country’s hottest new stars, with album sales topping 1.6 million, including a platinum-selling debut album that made Billboard history and helped him win several new artist awards. During this whirlwind career explosion, he sang for President Barack Obama, performed the national anthem at the World Series, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY Show,” and toured the country from coast to coast.

Friday, March 01, 2013


Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest was present during the Idol Across America kick off press event today in New York City.

Friday, January 11, 2013



Randy Jackson And Ryan Seacrest

Nikki Minaj

Keith Urban

Jessica Sanchez

Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon along with Jessica Sanchez, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Keith Urban and Nikki Minaj, were snapped at The American Idol Premiere Event at Royce Hall UCLA, in Westwood, California.

Thursday, July 19, 2012




Celebrity-author Mark Bego, who currently has Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (Skyhorse Publishing), out in the bookstores, commented recently on the possibility of Franklin joining TV’s American Idol: “Aretha Franklin has long been revered as the epitome in the terms of ‘singing icon’ and ‘musical legend,’ so on one hand her volunteering to join the cast of ‘American Idol’ seems to be a brilliant and refreshing idea that would assuredly interpret into ‘press worthiness’ and ‘viewer anticipation.’ 

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Anthony Fedorov

Anthony Fedorov ("American Idol" finalist) joins the Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical 'Rent' at The New World Stages in New York City last night.

Friday, March 02, 2012


American Idol Top 13 Finalists Party

Jennifer Lopez

Steven Tyler

Ryan Seacrest

Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson along with Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest and others, attended The American Idol Top 13 Finalists Party held at the Grove in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Sauli Koskinen And Adam Lambert

David Cook

Tim McGraw

Carrie Underwood

Dr. Drew Pinski

Randy Jackson

Lori Loughlin

Scotty McCreery With Lauren Alaina

Lil Jon

Jennifer Lopez

Haley Reinhart

Jack Black With Guest

David Archuleta

Paul McDonald

Melora Hardin

Kris Allen

Blake Lewis

Pia Toscano

Ashley Rodriguez

Chris Richardson

Stefano Langone

Allison Iraheta

Casey Abrams

Jason Castro

Thia Megia

Sarah Hyland

Judas Preist

Naima Adedapo

James Durbin

The American Idol Finale Episode was held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California last night. They really rolled out the red carpet for this star studded event.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


Reagan Gomez-Preston

Dot Marie Jones

Haley Reinhart

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler along with Reagan Gomez-Preston, Haley Reinhart and others attended the "American Idol" Finalists Party Rooftop Parking Structure at The Grove in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD/ Scott Kirkland/ Retna Digital