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January 13, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A young Philadelphia woman who sang regularly at the Vatican and a Nazareth, Pa. band member who broke both wrists falling from a tree were among the those given golden tickets to Hollywood on the season premiere of American Idol last night. The two hours of Boston auditions, though, showed only snippets of Claire Fuller singing "To Be With You" by rock band Mr. Big, then celebrating making the next round. But the 2004 Germantown Friends grad has already had an interesting singing career.
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May 19, 2009 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's said we get the Idol we deserve. So who's it going to be, America? The glam screamer or the shy strummer? Adam Lambert or Kris Allen? This week's finale offers the most dramatic matchup in eight years of Idol, more pronounced than country gal Carrie Underwood vs. rocker Bo Bice in season four. The soft-spoken Allen, 23, is the worship leader at his hometown church in Arkansas. Lambert, with his shockwave hair, raccoon eyes and black fingernail polish (a fashion statement that really threw Idol mentor Randy Travis)
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February 18, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The leaked list got almost all the names right, including a Temple University sophomore and another young man from Pennsylvania. Last night, Tyler Grady of Nazareth, who's a psych major at Temple, joined Aaron Kelly of Sonestown, Sullivan County, among the Top 24 contestants - a dozen of each gender - on Fox's American Idol . Right after blonde Janelle Wheeler gushed over her good news ("If I was Bikini Girl, I would kiss you right now," she...
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May 30, 2009 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Harry behaving self in New York He's young, hot, richer than all get-out, and a real prince. We mean Prince Harry of Wales, 24, second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and also vet of the Afghan war and rehab. He began an NYC jaunt yesterday, his first trip as an official royal rep. He's meeting with relatives of 9/11 victims, laying a wreath at ground zero, and, as his mom did so well, plumping for kids' charities. Local cartoonist shreds! Cartoonist Mark Tatulli lives in Washington Twp., Gloucester County, and creates the cartoon Lio, which you can follow in The Inquirer.
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May 8, 2010 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Lost and 24 , two daring series that may be the decade's defining shows, are headed for the final roundup this month. And both seem intent on going out in a blaze of gory. 24 was gratuitously trigger-happy this week. What did Dana have to gain by shooting that poor banker in the safe deposit vault? He was a terrified, unarmed white collar guy. She could have just commanded him to sit on the floor. At the very least, this was a waste of ammunition. But Dana got hers when Jack cold-bloodedly executed her. Why?
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January 14, 2010 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A young Philadelphia woman who sang regularly at the Vatican and a Nazareth, Pa., band member who broke both wrists falling from a tree were among those given golden tickets to Hollywood on the season premiere of American Idol Tuesday night. The two hours of Boston auditions, though, showed only snippets of Claire Fuller singing "To Be With You" by rock band Mr. Big, then celebrating making the next round. But the 2004 Germantown Friends grad has already had an interesting singing career.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2010
A FEW THOUGHTS on Ellen DeGeneres bowing out of Fox's "American Idol," and the multiple reports, including one from the not-prone-to-speculation Associated Press, that Jennifer Lopez will replace the already departed Simon Cowell at the judges' table: _ Should J. Lo choose to continue Simon's tradition of wearing too-tight sweaters and T-shirts over his trademark jeans, I'm expecting to hear far fewer complaints about it. _ Fox, which smartly handled...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Mariah Carey has landed a seat in the latest game of musical chairs at Fox's "American Idol. " And what a seat it is. The opportunity to sit next to Randy Jackson and a Player To Be Named Later and to say kind or cutting things to young men and women who may or may not be able to sing is expected to bring the pop diva at least a bit more than the $12 million the now officially departing Jennifer Lopez was paid in...
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September 6, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The vacancy light burns brighter than ever now at American Idol . After weeks of rumor, hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi made it official Friday: She's stepping down as a judge on the show, making her exit just behind perennially perky Ellen DeGeneres and darkly demonic Simon Cowell . The rumor mills have ground out the names of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and multitalented singer Jennifer Lopez as likely new colleagues for...
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January 20, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
What would Simon Cowell say? This is the question destined to hover over the 10th season of American Idol - the first without the acerbic Brit passing his trademark judgments on the parade of wannabe pop stars. And hover it did during Wednesday night's Cowell-less kickoff on Fox, as first-time judges Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler seemed to split the loopy-nice, nutty-sincere Paula Abdul personality in half, while chief dawg judge Randy Jackson tried gamely to register the horror and the pity the usually baroquely scary audition rounds demand.
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May 10, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
LET'S FACE FACTS, the judges on "American Idol" do less actual judging than the "judges" at Philadelphia Traffic Court. Their purpose is to cheerlead and create drama and give viewers some name recognition to latch on to while they learn the names of the new batch of karaoke singers. Judging chemistry is hard to duplicate, and "American Idol" has been floundering around since the original trio of Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson , mixing in Kara DioGuardi , Ellen DeGeneres , Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler before adding this year's newbies.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — Mariah Carey has landed a seat in the latest game of musical chairs at Fox's "American Idol. " And what a seat it is. The opportunity to sit next to Randy Jackson and a Player To Be Named Later and to say kind or cutting things to young men and women who may or may not be able to sing is expected to bring the pop diva at least a bit more than the $12 million the now officially departing Jennifer Lopez was paid in...
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January 20, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
What would Simon Cowell say? This is the question destined to hover over the 10th season of American Idol - the first without the acerbic Brit passing his trademark judgments on the parade of wannabe pop stars. And hover it did during Wednesday night's Cowell-less kickoff on Fox, as first-time judges Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler seemed to split the loopy-nice, nutty-sincere Paula Abdul personality in half, while chief dawg judge Randy Jackson tried gamely to register the horror and the pity the usually baroquely scary audition rounds demand.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2011
AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Channel 29. YOU ALREADY know that "American Idol" is going to be different this year: Simon Cowell is gone (along with Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres), taking with him his Magic Mountain/cruise ship performance similes, his "If I'm being honest" assessments and his very tight T-shirts. Randy Jackson is now, if not top dawg, at least longest-running dawg, sharing the judging with Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2010 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD, conradl@phillynews.com 215-854-2270
REMEMBER WHEN Jennifer Lopez was cool? When her Versace dress at the Grammys rocked the fashion world? When she could hold her own on-screen with stars like George Clooney ? When she had a street name? "American Idol" remembers. To the tune of $12 million, the Fox talent show has nabbed Lopez to fill a seat at the judges' table for the 10th season, sources told People.com. Kara DioGuardi was forced out after one limp season, and the mighty Simon Cowell has moved on. Lopez, like the also-departed Ellen DeGeneres , signed on just for a year, so if things don't work out, there's a graceful exit clause.
NEWS
September 6, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The vacancy light burns brighter than ever now at American Idol . After weeks of rumor, hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi made it official Friday: She's stepping down as a judge on the show, making her exit just behind perennially perky Ellen DeGeneres and darkly demonic Simon Cowell . The rumor mills have ground out the names of Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and multitalented singer Jennifer Lopez as likely new colleagues for...
NEWS
August 24, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fantasia Barrino , 26, says the overdose that sent her to the emergency room on Aug. 9 was a suicide attempt, not an accident. "I didn't have any fight in me. I didn't care about anything. I just wanted out," the American Idol winner tells VH1 in an interview set to air Tuesday, the same day her new CD, Back to Me , is due out. "At that moment, I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with. " In the chat, which has been excerpted by People.com, Fantasia says she was driven to despair after Paula Cook , the wife of her former lover Antwaun Cook , accused her of destroying the Cooks' marriage.
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August 20, 2010 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD, conradL@phillynews.com 215-854-2270
AEROSMITH front man Steven Tyler has signed on to become an "American Idol" judge, as the Fox show hustles to replace Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres . At least in this job, the big-haired, bigger-mouthed singer could remain safely seated. He's taken a few nasty tumbles during recent Aerosmith gigs, breaking a shoulder last autumn. His latest unintentional stage dive occurred Tuesday in Toronto as the band was performing "Love in an Elevator. " Video shows Tyler hip-bumping guitarist Joe Perry , who bumps back and sends the spindly rocker flying.
NEWS
August 20, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could it be true? Could the crisis that has been sinking American Idol really be over? Seems we're halfway there: Variety says Steven Tyler has signed to replace Simon Cowell on Fox's talent show in a top-secret, yet-to-be-announced deal. "Steven is doing [ Idol ]," Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told the Newark Star-Ledger late Wednesday. "The ink is dry on that. " Adds Hamilton, "I don't know if American Idol will be rock-and-roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ? Getting the judges of Fox's "American Idol" together in one place for a news conference has always been a bit like herding cats - especially when one of the cats was named Paula - but at least reporters generally knew who they were waiting for. But as Fox's time at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings came and went yesterday without the hoped-for introduction to the franchise's new panel of judges, there...
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