January 28, 2016 |
After four - failed - auditions for American Idol , Junhow Wei got the message that he probably wasn't going to be a pop star. But Wei, who is now on the verge of getting his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to turn his rejection into something positive: a study on how Idol losers deal with bad news. Wei's own reaction the first time he was rejected - anger - was a common one, he said. But, like lots of others, he also decided to try again, a tack he considers more in line with the "meritocratic" ideal that hard work and talent can triumph over lousy odds.
January 16, 2014 |
* AMERICAN IDOL. 8 tonight and tomorrow, Fox 29. PASADENA, CALIF. - One fewer judge, way less drama. Or so it seemed as the new three-judge panel for this season's "American Idol" met with reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings. The same session a year ago turned out to be largely about parsing the relationship - or nonrelationship - between then-judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. This year, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and newbie judge Harry Connick Jr. got to talk about all kinds of things.
September 5, 2013 |
EVERY DAY there's another reason to question the sanity of the Kardashian empire. In another story that's so ridiculous it's difficult to believe, Life & Style reports that Kim and Kanye won't allow baby North to wear pink. "They do not dress North in any other colors except three: black, white or cream," a family insider told the magazine. "No pinks allowed!" Uh, what about the nursery? "The colors are dark navies, blacks and whites," said an unnamed person who's allegedly seen it. "It's not girly at all. " But the nursery does have a flat-screen TV, because every 2-month-old needs one. And North's closet?
May 18, 2013 |
With viewers abandoning American Idol in flash mobs, the future of the former ratings juggernaut is wrapped in turmoil and scotch-taped in uncertainty. So it was tempting to watch Idol 's finale the way Kremlinologists once pored over pictures of the Politburo, trying to deduce who was in and who was out. Randy Jackson, the only original judge left on the show, was honored for 12 loud years of service with a video valediction. Unfortunately, it was framed in a Dogs Playing Poker package, with subtitled barks.
May 10, 2013 |
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.
February 14, 2013 |
At 8 tonight on Fox's American Idol , a Girls High grad who works as a hostess at the South Philly Chickie's & Pete's, will try to outsing 163 other young women struggling for stardom, including two from Southeastern Pennsylvania and another from South Jersey. Word is that Taylor Ivy Rand, 19, who also tends bar at Connie's Ric Rac, a South Philly performing space, will get some face time, as well as Courtney Calle, 16, a Council Rock North junior from Newtown, Bucks County. Also in the mix: Sarah Restuccio, 18, of Camden County, and Emily Fritz, 27, of Lancaster.
January 10, 2013
PASADENA, Calif. - Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj brought their two-diva show to TV critics Tuesday. And it was everything you'd want from an act that's probably sorely needed to drum up interest in Fox's "American Idol," which launches its 12th season Jan. 16 with Carey, Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban - who'll be lucky if he gets a word in edgewise - at the judges' table. Both women wore Louboutins, though Minaj's heels looked a half-inch or so higher than Carey's. Minaj's hair du jour was a relatively conservative jet-black.
January 4, 2013
THERE'S more on this winter than British drama . Here's a look at some of what's new, and returning, over the next several weeks: Monday * New: "Deception" (10 p.m., NBC10), a soapy thriller in the style of ABC's "Revenge," focuses on an heiress' suspicious death and the childhood friend (Meagan Good), now a cop, who goes undercover with the dead woman's wealthy, wildly dysfunctional family. Victor Garber plays the dead woman's father, Tate Donovan her older brother.
January 2, 2013 |
Anyone can take the road to fame and fortune. Anyone. Just ask Muhammad Shahid Nazir , a Pakistani-born fishmonger who became an overnight sensation while hawking frozen snapper and mackerel for one British pound ($1.61) at a London market. Following in the well-trodden footsteps of that adorable Canadian teen Justin Bieber , Nazir, 31, found a massive audience after a video showing him singing a catchy tune was posted on YouTube. Unlike Justin, Nazir performed not a love song, but a tune about selling fish.
October 4, 2012 |
OK. Guess whom "SideShow" is imitating. "Beeeeeep. Beeeeeep, beeeeeep. " The Road Runner ? Star Wars ' R2-D2 ? My Mother the Car ? No, no, and no. We're channeling the bleeps on American Idol now that Nicki Minaj , who can bench-press 350 pounds of foul language, is a judge on the show. Apparently, the feud between her and Mariah Carey (also a new judge) has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane. A trending video on YouTube shows Minaj on Tuesday, chucking *%#s at Carey, who may well be chucking back, though only Minaj is audible.