January 13, 2010 |
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.
May 19, 2009 |
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)
February 18, 2010 |
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...
May 30, 2009 |
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.
May 8, 2010 |
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?
January 14, 2010 |
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.
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...
July 25, 2012 |
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...
September 6, 2010 |
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...
January 20, 2011 |
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.