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Haley Reinhart Debuts New Single ‘Better’

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During American Idol‘s nostalgic series finale, there were a couple of names noticeably absent. Adam Lambert and Haley Reinhart being two of them. While the former couldn’t make it due to filming FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture remake, I haven’t heard why Reinhart was MIA. At least, she’s bestowed her fans a brand new single.

Better” is the lead cut off her forthcoming new album of the same name. The rock-tinged breakup anthem follows on the heels of Haley’s well-received cover of Elvis Presley’s classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” last year. It cracked the Top 20 on Billboard’s AC chart, and amassed 15 million streams on Spotify. Give the 25-year-old Idol alum’s new offering a listen below.

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I’m going to make this short and sweet for now as I have to head out for a birthday dinner. Until I write my commentary, check out all the performances on the American Idol series finale. It was an epic trip down memory lane with all the original judges reuniting for one last time. Check out all the action below. I’ll upload missing vids later.

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Fantasia Goes Country With New Single ‘Ugly’

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American Idol is nowhere the ratings behemoth it once was, but you know tonight’s series finale will attract plenty of eyeballs. The wave of nostalgia has already begun. The penultimate episode on Wednesday night gave the FOX show its best rating of a performance show in three years.

Fantasia is one of many alums returning to the Idol stage to bid the ground-breaking show adieu. Not surprisingly, she’s wisely recorded a brand new single that will be available on iTunes tonight. On the surprising front though, it’s a country-tinged song.

“Rock Soul is all types of sounds.. Go with me while I go Country for a sec. When you love music.. you love it all.” Fantasia tweeted

Ugly” was written by Audra Mae and Nicolle Galyon and produced by Ron Fair. The powerful ballad will be included on her forthcoming fifth album. Listen below to Tasia getting her country on. It’s a good look.

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This just made my day. Fingers crossed, his appearance is more than simply just walking on stage. God dang it, I want an encore performance of “She Bangs.”

William Hung never passed the audition rounds of American Idol Season 3, but he secured a record deal nonetheless. In fact, he’s probably sold more albums than some of the more recent Idol winners. That’s how powerful the once-mighty FOX show was.

These days, Hung can be found working at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Reportedly, he’s a technical crime analyst for them. Find out below, which ‘infamous’ personality from the show’s past is also returning for the farewell episode.

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American Idol Might Not Be Dead After All

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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American Idol bids farewell this week with a three-night extravaganza beginning Tuesday. After 15 seasons and dwindling ratings, it’s the perfect time to close up shop. But apparently, it’s not so much of a ‘goodbye’ but rather a ‘see you later.’

Simon Fuller tells Hollywood Reporter that this isn’t the end of American Idol, only the version that we know of.

“There will no doubt be another format or refinement or elevation of the format. Now I can actually revamp it and come up with a new version. And we can look back on 15 seasons and think of some legitimate ways to allow people to enjoy them again, maybe adding another dimension to it.”

While I loved American Idol, it’s silly to start talking about it returning before it’s even aired its finale. A major misstep from the 55-year-old creator if you ask me. Read below what other tidbits Fuller shared about the FOX singing competition.

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When FOX revealed which former alums were set to appear on the series finale of American Idol, there was one notable exception. Nowhere to be found on the long list was Jennifer Hudson. How could the singing competition sail off into the sunset with their solo Oscar winner? Unthinkable!!!

Thankfully, all is right in the world again. FOX confirmed the Dreamgirls actress will appear. Sadly though, it’ll be a pre-taped performance since the 34-year-old entertainer is currently starring on Broadway in The Color Purple. While I would’ve preferred to see Hudson stand with all the alums on stage, I’ll take this as a consolation prize.

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The end is almost here. American Idol bids adieu in just a couple of weeks. Hopefully, the network plans to send the show off in style. After all, the singing competition did chance the face of television.

FOX begins the three-night extravaganza with a 90-minute retrospective titled American Idol: American Dream on Tuesday, April 5. It’ll feature Ryan Seacrest, judges including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and more, along with alums walking down memory lane to share their personal memories and tell never-before revealed stories.

The two-night finale then starts on April 6 with the show crowning its final Idol on April 7 live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The big Thursday show will feature group and solo performances from a whackload of former contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and Fantasia.

I’m personally looking forward to seeing LaToya London, Kimberley Locke, Tamyra Gray and Jessica Sanchez the most. They even have Sanjaya on deck. Sadly, Jennifer Hudson isn’t included in the list. What’s up with that? Check out the lineup below.

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As the reigning Top-Earning Idol Alum on Forbes’ annual list, Adam Lambert returned to his former stomping grounds to show exactly why he has that title. The 34-year-old singer slayed both of his performances.

He kicked off the show to deliver a short reprise of his iconic “Mad World” cover during the eighth season of American Idol, where he placed second. Still feel that he was robbed, but oh well.

Later in the show, he seized the opportunity to promote his new single, “Welcome To The Show.” Dress in white leather jacket and matching white high-tops, Lambert brought the house down with his vocals. I have to say, I like the song much more after watching the live performance. Check out both clips below.

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