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Rising Artist Spotlight: Mackenzie Thoms

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Tori Kelly proved last year she didn’t need to win American Idol to make a huge splash in the recording history. Girlfriend became the “It Girl” of the year despite not even making the voting rounds. The 23-year-old singer was certainly the one that got away. Here’s another rising talent that the FOX singing competition rejected.

Mackenzie Thoms tried out for Season 11 of American Idol. Clearly he didn’t make it far because I don’t really remember him on the show. Like Tori proved, that doesn’t matter if you got mad skills.

The Seattle-raised singer made heads turn with his debut single “Conviction,” released last year. His latest, “Do Me All Again,” is even better. It’s R&B with a pop sensibility and radio friendly. Give it a listen below, along with his previous single.

“‘Do Me All Again’ is about the difficulty being in a relationship. Basically me asking the other person if being with me was worth the heartache. When I wrote this song it was with 2 of my friends when I was in a moment of vulnerability. I really wanted to be express my situation at the time. So that’s what I did. I hope when people listen they realize that nobody should ever be with a person who’s only giving or getting half of themselves.” – Mackenzie Thoms

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With American Idol beginning its farewell season, Forbes decided to crunch some numbers to determine the top earning alums to come from the FOX reality show. It’s a bit surprising who topped the list in 2015.

Adam Lambert didn’t even win Season 8 but tops the annual list for the first time. He surpasses Carrie Underwood who held the title the past two years. The Storyteller singer has to settle for second place with $8 million. Poor little rich country girl 😉

According to the publication, Glambert earned an estimated $10 million which mostly came from playing arena shows fronting the legendary rock band Queen. It’s not like The Original High flew off the shelves. None of the album’s tracks, including “Ghost Town,” became hits. It truly is a shame. Definitely underrated.

Surprisingly, Kelly Clarkson tied for fifth place with $4 million. Forbes reveals that only three of her concert shows were eligible during the scoring period of their rankings. Check out the Top 5 below.

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American Idol kicks off its farewell run this Wednesday with its Season 15 premiere on FOX. As always, it’ll begin with memorable auditions from on the road. Kanye West was one of those who performed in front of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban.

“My name is Kanye, I’m from the south side of Chicago,” the 38-year-old entertainer told the judges.

Obviously, it’s a gimmick crafted by producers to drum up interest. Why would Kanye do it, you ask? Sure, he’s a fame whore and all but I figure it had more to do with Kim Kardashian. Ryan Seacrest who produces her reality show probably asked for a huge favor.

Check out his full audition of “Gold Digger” below. While I love that song, personally I wouldn’t have given him a golden ticket to Hollywood. I’ve seen better. Perhaps, he should’ve called up Season 8 winner Kris Allen for a duet on “Heartless.” Remember Allen’s epic performance of that? So good.

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FOX promises the final season of American Idol will be a season-long celebration. Based on the opening sequence, they’re making good on their word. The intro is a nice blend of nostalgia while looking ahead to crowning the next and last American Idol.

“American Idol changed people’s lives,” says Lopez in the clip. “Not just the contestants. Not just me. But the people watching it because it made them believe that they could do anything.”

As a huge fan of the singing competition during the Simon Cowell era, I’m definitely tuning in and soaking up every minute. I can’t wait for the finale which will undoubtedly feature all the previous judges and previous winners, along with notable past contestants.

The final season of American Idol premieres Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. Check out the opening sequence below.

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FOX Premieres American Idol Mini-Documentary

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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In just a month on January 6, American Idol kicks off its 15th and final season. For any fan of the singing competition, especially of the earlier years, definitely tune in one last time. FOX promises the farewell run will be a season-long celebration.

The network begins its goodbye by releasing a mini-documentary. The current judges, Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr and Jennifer Lopez, are interviewed along with the OG panel of Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, to discuss the show’s highlights and impact on pop culture.

Watching the 20-minute clip, I couldn’t help but be a little nostalgic for the glory days. Used to be obsessed with this show, along with millions. While no longer the powerhouse it was once, you can’t deny American Idol’s accomplishments. It’s churned out plenty of household names who have sold millions of records and earned countless Grammys.

Walk down memory lane by watching the video below. It’s amazing to see how far and successful both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have comes since auditioning for the show.

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News of Kanye West’s appearance on the farewell season of American Idol first broke months ago. FOX just released a new promo featuring the rapper’s much-heralded cameo.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Kim Kardashian is bundled up with some of the singing competition’s most notoriously bad singers. From William Hung’s unforgettable “She Bangs” audition to Season 6’s Sanjaya Malakar and a few in between. After watching this, I’m even more curious to see what West has in store for his ‘audition.’

American Idol Season 15 kicks off January 6. Check out the new promo below.

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When American Idol returns for its swan song in January 2016, a few familiar faces might pop by. Ryan Seacrest reveals that past and present judges will be together again to bid adieu to the long-running singing competition.

“I’ve spoken to all of them recently and we as a team have talked to them about coming back to do something for the final season,” Seacrest told Access Hollywood on Thursday.”They are going to do it, it’s just a matter of figuring what to do with them.”

While I was fully expecting the original threesome, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson would return for the farewell season, I’m actually a bit surprised all the former judges are open to a reunion.

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj had a fiery feud during their time on the show. To boot, both ladies along with Ellen DeGeneres have commented that they’ve regretted sitting on the panel. Nonetheless, it would be great for everyone to reunite on stage.

Excited to see all the judges return to their former stomping grounds? Does anyone even remember Kara DioGuardi? I kid. Weigh in below.

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‘Discover an Idol one last time,’ encourages American Idol. The once-dominate singing competition heads off to the television graveyard after Season 15. A recent promo takes a nostalgic look back at the show’s glory days, specifically at the OG Idol, Miss Kelly Clarkson herself.

Check out the video below and try not getting a bit misty watching it as Kelly belts out “A Moment Like This.” You might need a tissue or two.

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