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Haley Reinhart Previews Debut Single

In: Donovan, Music

It’s only fitting as this season’s American Idol Top 24 are being revealed, that a fan-favorite from Season 10 is prepping her debut single for Interscope Records. Obviously, I’m talking about the growling jazz chanteuse Haley Reinhart. Early in the competition, her growl annoyed the crap out of me, but she slowly won me over each week as she got stronger. Her cover of “Rolling In The Deep” still blows my mind. With Adele’s record sales keeping cash registers busy, the time is perfect for Reinhart to throw her hat in the highly-competitive recording industry ring.

During a recent event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, Reinhart surprised audiences with a performance of her first post-Idol single titled “Free“. Even though Haley only sang a stripped down acoustic version of the song, I have a feeling I’m going to love the finished production. It combines all her musical influences of R&B, soul and jazz into a nicely written track with huge potential. I can’t wait to hear the official release when it hits stores in March. In the meantime, check out a preview below.

listen to Haley’s track after the jump

Simon Cowell’s Interesting Proposal

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Gotta hand it to Simon Cowell for his latest attempt to drum up attention for “The X Factor“. The British personality taunted his former boss SLASH frenemy Nigel Lythgoe to participate in an epic showdown for the ages. Cowell suggested the winner of this year’s “American Idol“, “The Voice” and “The X Factor” compete in a battle royale at next year’s Super Bowl. Personally, I think the idea is brillballs. Unfortunately, Lythgoe doesn’t share the same sentiment. In true Nigel fashion, he took to Twitter to address Cowell’s idea and kibosh’d the idea. Check out the exchange between the two below.

“Maybe the winner of @TheXFactorUSA this yr should compete with winner of The Voice & Idol in a super final. Just a thought. I’d be up for it.” – Simon Cowell

“@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the voice and x-factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” – Nigel Lythgoe

Even though the first and only World Idol competition years ago where Kelly Clarkson lost to Norway’s Idol winner Kurt Nilsen bombed big time, this proposed battle IMHO would work. The fact only Americans can vote would make it an even playing field for all three. Plus the fact “American Idol” is no longer the juggernaut it once was, doesn’t give that winner an unfair advantage.

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Well, Hollywood week is finally done and a good amount of the sad sacks that needed to go have gone. And, I do mean sad as too many people often skate through those original auditions based on “Momma left me early on” stories that pull at the judges heartstrings so much that their ears can’t hear actual talent and send them through. Hollywood was a great chance to see some talent that didn’t make it to the silver screen before hand and an even better chance to stress out those tiny tots to the point that they crack and show not just what they had for lunch but also just how terrible and inexperienced they truly are. Still, it’s not quite done and there’s plenty more crap that needs to go. I mean, come on: Richie god damn Law is still there!

So it’s now Vegas Week 1 and while we’re still seeing the kids perform in groups, it’s the BETTER remaining singers so hopefully way less lyrical amnesia than we saw last night in Hollywood. Unfortunately, they have them singing in the style of the 50s and 60s which sounds ridiculous to me as all they ever tell them come live performances is NOT to sound dated. Considering how things have been going in the season thus far I’m expecting more puke, more collapsing and a whole lot of tears… Oh right, and some “talented performers” :P Spoiler alert, I am SUPER disappointed in the performances, drama and judges tonight and find myself wondering if they were drinking from Paula’s cup cause these three must are clearly on drugs.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see some clips of the more memorable songs

Well FINALLY get to see those performances held just out of our reach last week as we instead were subject to Bitchathon/Pukathon 2012. Today’s article is titled the OFFICIAL Round 2 article as apparently last week’s Thursday counted more as a segue episode that all leads to these final group attempts.

Group Night is always one of the toughest nights for the kids as they struggle to meld Type A personalities into one coalesced mound of talent and keep their voices from crackin’ and losing it to one another on stage. Though we’ll get to see a good amount of tragedy to be sure, there’s always, ALWAYS a strong amount of collectives that stroll out and just dominate the stage. Often because the kids themselves can just tell who the winners are they seek each other out to make sure no anchor will hold them back, the result of that is that the leftovers often have to try and scrape something together at the last second. Speaking of awful groups scraping things together…

Click through to read the rest of the review and see some of the better performances

Hollywood Week returns and we get the draaaaaaamaaaaaaa of Round 2. Year after year this remains a secret favourite of mine as attitudes are checked and bravado goes out the window, forcing the real personalities of the bitches and bros to finally show as they group up and realize they have to share the spot light… at least for today.

While the singing is less the focus of this ep, the tears more than make up for it by far! Though Donovan has already revealed the Top 12 Girls as well as the Top 12 Guys, I am a purist with reality TV and opt not to peek ahead at internet chatter and leaked hints of things to come. So, all my predictions and ups and downs are of-the-moment and therefore more than likely my faves are without a hope and those I hate seem to always stay. That being said, let’s get to last night’s review and most importantly start with the CRASH of Symone Black off the stage!

Click through to read the rest of my review and see a clip from the episode

FINALLY IT’S HERE. The moment you’ve all been waiting for: tears, drama, pressure and actual talent, it’s Hollywood Week!

Often the moment when many Idol fans actually start caring about the show, Hollywood week is that special time of the year when we finally see what those original Golden Ticket winners can TRULY do when the pressure is on, the stage is huge and the song isn’t always something they get to control. We are gonna see gays passing out from consumption, divas pulling hair and backstabbing like no other and straight guys wondering just what the hell they signed up for. So, without further ado, let’s look at the most memorable moments of American Idol XI’s Hollywood Week!

Click through to see some clips of the best and worst and read my review of the night!

American Idol 11: St. Louis Auditions

In: Adam, TV Shows

THE AUDITIONS ARE FINALLY OVER!! Well, after this final review that is. Typically, the loyal viewers of Idol fall into two groups: those who like the try outs and those who prefer to jump on the wagon once the messes have been sorted. I have always been one to like finding the stars early, before the producers, stylists and makeup men and ladies take hold and change everything about them. So, as we hit the final audition city of St. Louis, I have high hopes that maybe SOMEthing worth a snuff will show up.

A pretty established city for talent and performers who do well enough in past seasons, I’m slightly optimistic going into this but considering the awfulness of the last 6 cities (save for Galveston), that optimism is VERY limited. So, let’s take a deep breath, take a few shots of whatever says at least 80 proof and dive into this the final night of what might go down as the lamest series of auds ever recorded.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see the bigger and badder clips

Oh Idol, what a roller-coaster of lameness and slight peaks of excitement you’ve sent us on thus far. Thank FRIG for Galveston, Texas last week cause otherwise my coverage today might have been a lot more disenchanted and in my world that equals complete and utter bitchiness. So, for the talent’s sake, it’s a lot better I go into this with an open mind… trust me.

I’m slightly more excited this time around that they’re auditioning so close to my hometown in a great city I love to party in… though, once again they choose a slightly no-starter town and state: Portland, Oregon. Yes, the land of Dr. Kevorkian and a mecca to married lesbians everywhere, Portland has many an interesting thing to offer but an abundance of star-worthy talent isn’t typically what comes to one’s mind: at least not mine. Still, I’m banking on this whole Texas episode thing as being a turnaround moment for this show and hoping against hope that we see something valuable in this “jewel” of the northwest as Ryan so scriptedly puts it.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see some of the highlights from the episode!

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