Back in 2013, I questioned if Tori Kelly was the one American Idol let slip through their fingers. The California native auditioned for the ninth season of the FOX singing competition, making it to Hollywood but failing to make the Top 24. Simon Cowell called her “almost annoying” during her audition. Fast forward years later and it’s the 22-year-old who’s now having the last laugh.
After Idol, Tori became a huge YouTube personality. Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, scooped her up and guided her to a record deal with Capitol Records.
The infectious lead single, “Nobody Love,” off her debut album is building buzz and destined to be her breakout hit. That shouldn’t be a surprise given that it’s produced by Max Martin. The Swedish hitmaker has crafted hits for Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and P!nk to name a few.
Commit Tori Kelly to memory because mark my words, she’ll be pop’s next big sensation. Check out her “Nobody Love” music video below.
Up until now I’ve refrained from posting any of FOX’s American Idol promos. With their latest though, I couldn’t resist. As I’ve said before, until The Voice can produce a bonafide superstar like Idol has, the veteran competition will still be on top. The statistics don’t lie as evident in their latest promo.
408 #1 hits, 19 platinum albums, 11 Grammys, and an Academy Award. It’s safe to say that no one has a track record like American Idol! Hell, they even have a Dancing With The Stars mirrorball trophy thanks to Kellie Pickler. The only thing missing from their mantle is an Emmy. That’s the one category that The Voice has bragging rights. The NBC show recently dethroned The Amazing Race for Best Reality Competition.
American Idol returns to FOX on January 15. Though they’ll never return to their glory days, I predict Season 13 will be a comeback of sorts. Harry Connick, Jr. is the best thing that’s happened to the show in ages. The chemistry on the new judging panel is undeniable and infectious. Check out the new promo below, along with the previously released ones. I highly recommend, “Who Will Be Next?,” “Inside Look At Season XIII,” “Fun With The Judges,” along with “The Stats Don’t Lie.”
The twelfth season of American Idol was the lowest-rated in the show’s history and the subsequent tour canceled several dates. Originally, Candice Glover’s debut album was slated to hit stores on July 16th, but then pushed back to October 18th. It was again delayed and now scheduled for February 18. Much better if you ask me, since American Idol will be back on the air for its 13th season and can promote it heavily.
Even with the odds stacked up against her, I predict Glover will outsell Lee DeWyze and not become the lowest-selling American Idol winner ever. After all, female Idol winners typically do better than their male counterparts. If Candice’s album is anything like the lead cut, she’ll definitely continue that trend. She may not beat Phillip Phillips’ numbers, but I foresee a respectable run.
“Cried” is a million times better than her coronation song “I Am Beautiful” which barely cracked Billboard’s Hot 100. The new single is soulful and a monstrous of a ballad. It probably won’t break into the mainstream charts, but could do very well on adult contemporary and urban radio. Candice is too good of a talent to let slip through just because Season 12 was marred with awful ratings and judging drama. Give the heartfelt track a listen below. I can see Candice absolutely slaying this during a live performance. Her “Lovesong” cover on the show still gives me chills.
With “The Art of Letting Go” debuting just the other day, naturally Mariah Carey is on the promotion train pimping out her new single. I’m sure the last thing she wants to talk about is her badly-reviewed one season stint as American Idol judge. However, that’s not the case for Angie Martinez who interviewed Carey for Hot 97. I think it’s time for people to heed Mariah’s track and let it go.
When asked about the FOX singing competition, Carey tries to avoid it at first but then dishes some tea and throws a bit of shade. She reveals she hated going to work, how she felt duped by producers and calling someone Satan. Clearly, she’s talking about Keith Urban ;) Check out the interview snippet below.
Tori Kelly appeared on the ninth season of American Idol which was the last one featuring Simon Cowell on the panel. In fact, he was the only judge who said ‘no’ to her during the auditions. I’m chalking up that brain fart to him already mentally checking out of Idol because Tori is good, like really good.
Since the FOX singing competition, Kelly has become a YouTube personality with her amazing covers and released a couple of EPs. With Scooter Braun now managing her, she’s primed for a major breakthrough. Her upcoming album will feature collaborations with Pharrell and Ed Sheeran to name a few. Check out her new visual for “Dear No One” below. It’s well produced and appears to have some decent money behind it.
I haven’t liked a Daughtry track in ages, but their latest has me jumping back on their bandwagon. “Waiting For Superman” is the lead cut off their fourth studio album, Baptized. Can you believe they’ve released that many albums already?
With their new track, the Chris Daughtry-led band modify their hard rock sound to a more radio-friendly one. This decision might yield results similar to their smashes “It’s Not Over” and “Home.”
For the accompanying video, the band enlisted Shane Drake to direct. His wide array of work includes Tegan and Sara (“I Was A Fool”), Kelly Clarkson (“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”) and The Wanted (“Walks Like Rihanna”). The visual also features Thomas Dekker (The Secret Circle) and Patrick Muldoon (Days of Our Lives). Check it out below. It’s definitely one of their better produced clips.
The auditions for American Idol Season 13 begin today in Boston. It’s only fitting FOX officially unveil its latest judging panel line-up. Question is… can they save the show?
Initially, music producer Dr. Luke was to fill the third slot, but due to a professional conflict of interest, he had to step down. This sent the show’s producers into a panic trying to find a last-minute replacement. Enter Harry Connick, Jr. Personally, I’m not sure why it took this long to bring him on board. He’s always been a great mentor and never been afraid to mince words with the other judges, but not in a Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj uncomfortable way.
Connick Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the panel. Lopez makes a return after a season break, while Urban is the only returning member from last year’s lineup. Randy Jackson also returns, but in a mentor role. He takes over for a departing Jimmy Iovine. Just when I thought I was finally rid of Jackson, he returns. I just hope Idol doesn’t dedicate too much time for his input. I’m so over him. Check out what everyone, including Ryan Seacrest have to say about the upcoming season below.
Coming off their worst season to date (ratings wise), it’s not surprising American Idol producers have had difficulties filling seats on the judging panel. They asked Keith Urban back from last season even though it was the show’s worst. Secondly, they’ve reportedly inked a deal for Jennifer Lopez to return after a season hiatus. Hell, they even resorted to bringing back Randy Jackson, albeit in a mentor role, even though he bid farewell to the show last year.
Instead of a huge recording superstar, FOX has tapped a big name behind the scenes to step front and center. E! News is reporting Lukasz Gottwald, a.k.a. Dr. Luke, will fill the remaining vacant slot. Dr. Luke began his career as a lead guitarist for the house band on Saturday Night Live but rose to prominence as the guy behind Kelly Clarkson’s breakout hit “Since U Been Gone.”
While not a huge name, I think Dr. Luke isn’t a bad choice. He doesn’t come with all that celebrity baggage Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj brought with them. This way, the show can shift its focus back on the contestants. With that being said, I still would’ve preferred the All-Star Idol alum panel idea that floated around a few months ago. Don’t you agree?
If you want to know more about Dr. Luke’s impressive music resume, check out my Top 10 favorite tracks he’s produced or written below.