It’s purely speculative at this moment, but how friggin’ awesome would it be if this actually came to fruition. According to Vulture.com, American Idol execs are contemplating replacing at least one, if not all the judges, with former contestants. The site claims that both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have been approached while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also rumored to be in the running.
In my dream world, a Clarkson-Hudson-Lambert trifecta would be EVERYTHING. Not only do they all have successful post-Idol careers but each would bring something different to the table. Kelly would be the nurturing down-to-earth motherly one, while Jennifer would be Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj combined- divalicious and sassy. Need I say what Adam would bring- glamor and pure gayness. In addition, each had a different journey on the show. We have a winner, runner-up and someone who was eliminated way before their time.
FOX needs to make this happen. This could be the direction needed to save the show. Clearly high-priced talent hasn’t done the trick. The show’s massive ratings decline this season resulted in FOX losing the 2012-2013 TV season in the coveted 18-49 demo to CBS for the first time in eight years.
During last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, Adam Lambert was honored with the organization’s prestigious Davidson/Valentini Award. An award presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The American Idol runner-up became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his 2012 album Trespassing. Mel B was on hand to present the award to Glambert.
The 31-year-old also picked up another award during the event. He tied with Frank Ocean in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist category. Other honorees include Archie Comics‘ Kevin Keller and the San Francisco Giants. The baseball team is the first professional sports organization honored by GLAAD. They were the first ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game in 1994 and first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better project.
Joining in on the festivities were Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Rex Lee (Suburgatory); Jaymes Vaughn, James Davis (The Amazing Race); Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Tamala Jones (Castle); Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) and Jessica Clark (True Blood) to name a few. Check out Adam’s speech below along with the rest of the winners.
Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.
Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.
Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.
Being a little bit of a musical theatre vet, I love/hate when great stage musicals become movies. Back in the early days at MGM, the studio was really able to capture the essence of song and dance on film with their stellar old Hollywood stars and insane triple threat training to make those movies not only magical but classic as well. In my opinion, the only cross-over musical movie to capture that same essence was Chicago and even then, it missed a few key ingredients that make the stage version so much better. The latest film to take the leap of faith in this genre is the epic, Les Miserables which I have yet to see. But, after reading what a former Idol contestant had to say, I may wait until it’s out to rent.
One of the above former Idols took to their Twitter to discuss their taste for a major of the actors who were cast in the film. They tweeted, “Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances… But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” OUCH! But, did they speak the truth? Without A-List actors involved, it’s hard to sell such a massive film. Could they have survived at the box office by just hiring Broadway stars or really talented, not famous singers?
I have to admit when I first heard what initial acts were headlining this year’s VH1 Divas Live concert, I was a tad underwhelmed. Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Ciara? I rest my case. To be fair, each lady has a respectable recording career, but their names just don’t pop up when I think of the annual VH1 fundraiser. The trio aside, I found myself pleasantly surprised by last night’s show.
The telecast kicked off with a cute clip of Adam Lambert trying to unleash his inner diva. With the help of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes and American Idol’s Paula Abdul, Lambert successfully found it and worked it throughout the concert. Correction, most of the night he did. The Madonna “Ray of Light” homage was a bit of a trainwreck. From the outfit to the sound, it just seemed a little off. Thankfully, his David Bowie “Let’s Dance” and group performance with Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson rocked.
Another mild disappointment was Kelly Clarkson. While she was vocally pitch perfect as usual, I was a little bummed she didn’t perform a cover. The recently-engaged singer was there to promote her song, “Catch My Breath“, and not pay tribute to dance music. Demi Lovato also just sang from her catalogue. Even Miley Cyrus got in the spirit and performed Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell“. Clarkson could’ve also done a medley like Ciara who paid homage to Michael Jackson before segueing into her own track. Check out my five favorite moments from last night’s show, along with my two least favorite.
The list just keeps growing for this year’s Divas Live concert. It’s kinda turning into a bit of a gong show at this point. First, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks were revealed as this year’s crop of Divas. American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was given the responsibility of being the master of ceremonies. A few weeks later, Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric, Havana Brown and Pitbull were added to the roster of talent. Now, we have another handful of performers on deck to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music.
Before I reveal who the latest additions are, I wanted to quickly share who the network have enlisted to make an appearance at the event. La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Stacey Kiebler and Kelly Osbourne will have the difficult task of introducing the acts. Also on tap is the wonderfully sassy Miss NeNe Leakes. She definitely has come a long way since her signature, “close your legs to married men,” catchphrase. Also on deck as a presenter is Brandy Norwood. To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised she isn’t performing. After all, she did headline the second edition of the VH1 Divas franchise.
Watch out Adam Lambert, there’s another American Idol alum headed to the 2012 VH1 Divas Live concert. Kelly Clarkson is one of five new acts added to this year’s event being held in Los Angeles on December 16. A few days ago, the network released a promo featuring Lambert shattering glass with his voice. If anyone else could give Glambert a run for his money on those extremely high notes, it’s the original Idol, Miss Kelly “Stronger” Clarkson.
This isn’t Clarkson’s first time at the rodeo. She co-headlined last year’s tribute to the great soul cities with Mary J. Blige & Jennifer Hudson. Kelly previously headlined the show back in 2009 as well with Adele and Leona Lewis performing. The 30-year-old singer joins Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks as they celebrate dance music at this year’s concert. The show also includes a tribute to Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. Find out what four new acts were added to the list of performers.
In all the years that VH1 has been airing the Divas Live specials, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before. With the vocal heights that Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and especially Mariah Carey can reach, shockingly none of them have shattered glass. Leave it to this year’s host, who happens to be a DIVO, to achieve this feat. Obviously, Adam Lambert can’t break chandeliers or glasses with his powerful voice. At least I don’t think so. You never know what Glambert is capable of ;)
The network just unveiled a trio of cute videos promoting the American Idol runner-up’s stint hosting the 2012 special. On deck for this year’s salute to dance music are Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Jordin Sparks. Show producers recently added Pitbull to the roster of talent this year. The show will also honor two dance divas who passed away in 2012- Donna Summer and Whitney Houston. This years event will take place on Sunday December 16 in Los Angeles. Check out Lambert’s promos below.