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Historically speaking, the female winners of American Idol have proven themselves to be quite successful in their post-Idol careers. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood see-saw back and forth as the top-earning act from the singing competition ever year on Forbes’ list. Fantasia and Jordin Sparks have also found success in their own right since winning their respective year. Season 12′s Candice Glover definitely has a lot to live up to.

Adding more pressure is the fact both Season 10 and Season 11 winners, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, turned it around with their highly-successful debut albums after declining sales for the franchise. Stakes are even higher for the show itself. It needs to prove they can still create viable recording artists given their ratings free-fall the past couple of seasons. Can Glover keep the streak alive for the ladies and recent sales renaissance for the show? I surely hope so. The 24-year-old releases her first album titled Music Speaks on February 18 after a few delays. She spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming LP.

“Love is my favorite thing,” she said of the record. “I’m a hopeless romantic and I want people to listen to the album and fall in love all over again. I’m hoping it helps people get through what they’re going through. My main focus is to help people through music.”

Damn” recently leaked online and while not a potential radio hit, it’s still pretty awesome and allows for Candice’s impeccable vocals to shine. It chronicles the heartache of being a man’s other woman. Who knew Candice was such a hussy ;) Give it a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

Your American Idol Season 12 Winner Is…

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After months of enduring auditions, Hollywood Week, Vegas round and Lazaro Arbos, we finally are about to crown a winner. After doing this 11 times prior, you’re fully aware that we have to sit through two more hours before we actually know the results. With that being said, the results show was pretty entertaining. There were a couple of sensational duets along with a couple cute video packages. Check out all the performances and more importantly find out who the winner of American Idol Season 12 is below.

check out the performances after the jump

Angie Miller Reveals You Set Me Free Artwork

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

The second Angie Miller performed her original song during Hollywood Week, she became an instant frontrunner. Even though she never matched the magnetism and magic of that performance throughout her American Idol run, I still maintain she deserved a spot in the Final 2 over Kree Harrison. Miller has more potential of becoming a crossover artist, matching the likes of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, more than Harrison or Glover for that matter.

Miller was supposed to perform “You Set Me Free” on the finale tonight, but was nixed. Instead, she’ll be performing a duet with Adam Lambert. Even though the 19-year-old won’t get to perform it live tonight, she’s releasing the single immediately after the finale on iTunes, ergo the newly-released artwork. It’ll be interesting to see if she outsells either of the Final 2′s coronation songs. If you missed Angie’s breakout Hollywood performance, check it out below.

relive her Idol performance after the jump

American Idol 12: The Final 2 Perform

In: Donovan, TV Shows

And then there were two. After weeks of competition, we’re finally at the Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak, to crown the Season 12 winner. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover face off for one final time. One of them will be the first female American Idol winner since Season 6′s Jordin Sparks. In fact, it’s the first all-female finale since Season 3 when Fantasia beat Diana DeGarmo. Barrino got a reality show and DeGarmo got Ace Young ;) Who’s the real winner?

Each lady sang three songs apiece- Simon Fuller’s pick, their potential coronation song and their favorite performance. Even though Kree won the coin toss, she elected to go first. Silly girl. It’s all about the last spot. Minus the unnecessary Carly Rae Jepsen performance (couldn’t they wait til the results show), it was a solid night. Check out all the performances below and be sure to weigh in on who should win.

check out the performances after the jump

Before we get to the results, a shocking development. I honestly thought Randy Jackson was the cockroach you couldn’t get rid of. Turns out I was wrong. The last original American Idol judge standing announced via E! News that he’s leaving the FOX talent show.

“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”

With him officially going, plus rumors that FOX isn’t exercising any of the second year options on Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey, the network has a lot of hiring to do. To boot, there’s also speculation that Nigel Lythgoe isn’t being asked back. Season 13 could either be the end of the veteran singing competition or the dawning of a new era. It all depends on what direction production goes with casting.

Apologies for not recapping Wednesday’s performance show. I was at a restaurant opening and too tired to watch the show when I got home. When I finished watching it, I felt it was ridiculous to post it so late. Instead, I’m going to quickly give my thoughts on last night’s performances. I agree with Jimmy Iovine that Angie won Round 1, but I have to disagree with him and put Candice on top during the second round and again for the last round. If she goes home tonight, it’ll be a huge travesty.

I wholly believe Kree is going home. Though I think it’s time for Harrison to go, she was sabotaged big time last night. All three song choices picked for her didn’t allow her to shine. I can’t believe production is so evil to not let the contestants pick at least one song of their own. To have no power at this stage of the game is completely ridiculous. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

Mariah Carey Dumps Randy Jackson

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, Music

After spending several months sitting side by side with Randy Jackson on the American Idol judging panel, it appears Mariah Carey is tired of him. The 43-year-old singer is dumping the Dawg as her manager. Carey now jumps into bed with Red Light Management, joining other artists such as Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Miley Cyrus and the Dave Matthews Band to name a few.

According to Showbiz 411, Carey officially parted ways due to their schedules being “too hectic.” I smell BS. Jackson was reportedly instrumental in brokering her record-setting $18 million deal to join him on the FOX show this season. I wonder how much Randy scored in commission from that deal.

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American Idol 12: The Top Four Elimination Is…

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I’m sure by now you probably know which contestant American Idol bid adieu to. And even if you didn’t, I’m pretty sure you had a good idea which lady was in danger. Out of all the eliminations during Season 12, this one was the easiest to predict. That’s why I’m not even going to wait til the jump to reveal that **SPOILER ALERT** Amber Holcomb was finally sent packing. Love the girl, but it was definitely time for her to go.

Proving her inability to pick the right song was part of her undoing, the 19-year-old selected Whitney Houston’s “I Believe In You And Me” as her farewell song. Why she picked it is mind-boggling. Her original cover wasn’t anywhere near her best performance during her entire run. And her second attempt at it wasn’t any better. Though I’ll give her a pass as I’m sure her emotions got the best of her. That end where Amber choked up à la Kelly Clarkson during the Season 1 finale was sorta adorable.

It’s usually a cliché when ousted contestants claim you’ll be hearing from them in the future, but I believe it in Amber’s case. She might be the Jennifer Hudson of the season. Given the right material, Holcomb could be huge.

Like Amber’s elimination, the rest of the show was anti-climatic. The hour featured performances by Season 7 winner David Cook, will.i.am and this week’s mentor Harry Connick Jr. The part I did enough from #ThrowbackThursday was catching up with Season 4 standout Constantine Maroulis. Congrats on being the first Idol alum to snag a Tony nomination. Check out all the performances, Amber’s elimination and Constantine’s update below.

watch all the videos after the jump

American Idol 12: Top 4 Perform (Again)

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Apologies for the delayed American Idol recap. I injured myself on the swings while babysitting my niece yesterday. Don’t ask what happened. It’s far too embarrassing. Sufficed to say, I iced my poor self last night and fell asleep while watching my shows. I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

Before we get to the performances, can we talk about Harry Connick Jr? This guy needs to be on the judging panel next season. He’s not afraid to tell the contestants how it is, or the other judges. Loved that he called out Randy Jackson for his often contradictory critiques. Their debate was great to watch. Nicki Minaj’s facial expressions during it were everything. Nigel Lythgoe, make Harry happen next year. Don’t you agree?

This week, the girls sang two songs apiece- a song from “now” and standards from “then.” To be perfectly honest, none of them blew me away tonight. I think the nerves got to the better of some, while the others were thinking way too much about the end game. Check out their performances below.

check out all the performances after the jump

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