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With regards to Nielsen ratings, The Voice comes out on top. When it comes to creating music superstars, American Idol has the upper hand. But who’s on top when it matters most? Saturday Night Live answers that question.

During last night’s show hosted by Blake Shelton, the two singing competitions went head to head in a game of Family Feud. Naturally, the country singer played himself with Adam Levine (Taran Killam), Pharrell (Jay Pharaoh), and Christina Aguilera (Cecily Strong) joining him. Representing the FOX show were Keith Urban (Kate McKinnon), Nicki Minaj (Sasheer Zamata), Harry Connick, Jr. (Beck Bennett), and Steven Tyler (Kyle Mooney). Bennett was killer as Harry. Find out who won below.

Another memorable parody featured Shelton as The Bachelor. If you watch the ABC dating show, you’ll really enjoy this. Watching the parade of desperate and crazy women perfectly played by the SNL ladies is almost like watching the actual show. Where do producers find some of those emotionally-unstable crazies. PS. Are you watching this season? Personally, I’m rooting for Kaitlyn. Weigh in below.

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After the debacle that was the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj pairing on Season 12, there was talk about an all-star American Idol alum panel for Season 13. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert were just a few names being tossed around to fill the seats. Sadly, that never came to fruition and instead, Harry Connick Jr was brought in to join a returning Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. On the Thursday night episode, we caught a glimpse of what could’ve been.

Lambert filled in for Urban during the New York auditions while the country singer was tending to a family emergency. The “For Your Entertainment” singer was a natural and fit right in with his constructive, strong and empathetic feedback. Adam became the first person to experience the American Idol journey from both sides of the judging panel.

In between auditions, Connick asked Lambert to recreate his audition from Season 8. “I would kill if you auditioned for us,” Harry said. “I want the whole Adam Lambert experience.” Without any warmup, Lambert slayed an a capella rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Loved the flashbacks showing the panel when Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi occupied seats.

In other Lambert-related news, he announced his third studio album and first with Warner Bros, will be coming soon. He also revealed that he’s teaming up with Max Martin and Shellback again. The duo was responsible for his hit “Whataya Want From Me.” I.CANT.WAIT!!! While we wait for his new material, check out his impromptu Idol performance below.

watch him perform after the jump

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Did you watch FOX’s highly-anticipated hip-hop Dynasty-like soap opera last night? If you did, you weren’t alone. Empire premiered to 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, giving the network the highest-rated series debut in three years.

Empire also ties ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder as the highest-rated new show premiere this season. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Lee Daniels-produced drama beat ABC’s Modern Family head-to-head in the coveted demo and built on it’s American Idol premiere by 19 percent.

Speaking of Idol, the veteran show saw it’s lowest season premiere in its 15-year history. As an avid fan and supporter of the singing competition, I didn’t even watch it last night. Could this be it’s last year?

What a difference a new year makes. Last Fall, FOX saw most of its new offerings like Red Band Society, Gracepoint, Mulaney and Utopia fizzle. Gotham, it’s lone standout, has managed to perform well and stabilize. Things appear to be looking up with Empire on deck.

Hopefully, Empire can keep the momentum if not build on it. I absolutely loved it. Taraji P. Henson is EVERYTHING on it. She looks like she’s having so much fun playing the part of Cookie.

Other standouts include Gabourey Sidibe and the Frank Ocean-like gay character Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett. If you missed his “Good Enough” performance, you have to check it out. #moving

With Courtney Love, Macy Gray and the stunning Naomi Campbell coming on board in future episodes, Empire is only going to get better. Check out a few performances from last night’s premiere below. Be sure to weigh in on the show if you watched it.

check out some of the performances after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Title Of Forthcoming Single

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It’s only fitting on the day of the premiere of American Idol Season 14 that the original winner makes a huge announcement. After taking a break to get married and give birth to her first child, Kelly Clarkson is ready to return back to the spotlight. The 32-year-old announced the title of her new single and when we can expect it.

Mark your calendars all you Kelly fans. On January 12, the lead single, titled “Heartbeat Song,” off her forthcoming seventh studio album will debut. Check out the Twitter video announcement below. If you want more info about her comeback single including the cover art, you’ll have to share the teaser to help unlock more teasers.

check out Twitter announcement after the jump

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Ding-Dong! The witch is dead. I suppose that’s being a little harsh. Randy Jackson isn’t exactly a witch but he’s removal from American Idol is long overdue. Very long overdue!!!

When Jackson announced he was leaving after Season 12 and Harry Connick, Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban took the reins on the panel for Season 13, I thought that day had finally arrived. Unfortunately, in a last second reprieve, the 58-year-old was brought back. He took over the mentor slot after Jimmy Iovine left. It appears this time, his departure is for real and going to stick.

“I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what’s next.” – Jackson told Deadline.

read production’s statement after the jump

All Judges Returning For American Idol Season 14

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Despite falling 28 percent among adults 18-49 last season, producers have decided to stick with the judging trio that is Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez. I’m sure this move will please remaining loyal American Idol viewers. The panel’s chemistry was generally well-received among fans and critics alike. Not a difficult feat given the debacle pairing up Mariah Carey with Nicki Minaj.

“Jennifer, Keith, Harry, and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I’m thrilled that they are returning to American Idol for another season,” said David Hill, senior executive vice president of 21st Century Fox. “Each brings unique qualities and expertise to the team, but they all share the same passion for helping undiscovered singers achieve the American dream.”

Connick was one of the best moves the show has done in the past few years. Personally, I think the lack of viable recording artists among the finalists is what did the show in. They need to fill the Top 12 with Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods and Phillip Phillips-like singers. Idol still has bragging rights over The Voice with creating superstars. After seven seasons, the NBC show still hasn’t achieved that.

What do you think? Glad everyone is back on board? Hopefully Randy Jackson finally goes away. Weigh in below.

American Idol 13: Final 2 Premiere Debut Singles

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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While I’ve enjoyed Harry Connick Jr on the judging panel (ecstatic he’s coming back), Season 13 of American Idol has been a little lackluster. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. With that being said, I do believe the rightful two made the finals and are the most deserving. Both Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene have impressed during the past weeks. Especially the latter who made the Top 13 via wildcard and landed in the Bottom 3 early on. Props to her for turning it around and winning viewers over.

Unlike in previous seasons, the show has released each contestant’s debut single aka coronation song prior to the finale. While not nearly as catchy as “Home” or “A Moment Like This,” both tracks are pretty good.

As Long As You Love Me” by Caleb Johnson is the better of the two, IMHO. However Jena Irene’s “We Are One” has a Katy Perry meets Kelly Clarkson vibe to it. May the better singer take it all next week. I’m personally rooting for Jena Irene. And you? Give both tracks a listen below.

listen to both tracks after the jump

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Will “Raging Fire” reach the heights of “Home?” Most probably not, but Phillip Phillips has a future hit on his hands. “Raging Fire” earned Billboard’s “Greatest Gainer” designation in terms of airplay on Adult Top 40 earlier this week. What better time to premiere the accompanying music video.

Phillips stays in his folk-rock lane for the lead cut off his sophomore album, Behind The Light. The Season 11 American Idol winner heads to the Windy City to film the clip. In between all the close-up shots of the 23-year-old playing on his guitar in front of numerous Chicago backdrops, he lays down on a huge sheet paper as people paint all over him. My only complaint is that he’s not shirtless. If you’re going to be a canvas, you might as well be a blank one, right? Check out the clip below.

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