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Apparently, today is the official day for American Idol Season 10 contestants to release their debut music videos. We just don’t get one, not two but three alums from the past season showing off their first post-Idol offering. Winner Scotty McCreery, runner-up Lauren Alaina and gone-too-soon Pia Toscano go head-to-head-to-head trying to become the most successful singer from Season 10.

Based on the quality of the visuals, I would have to give the upper hand to Pia Toscano. Hers seems to be the most polished and financially-backed. That being said, the other two are targeting country listeners, so having a glitzy glamorous video isn’t exactly of the utmost importance. Check them all out below and see which one you like the best.

Watch all three music videos after the jump

The beautiful Jennifer Lopez is covering the latest issue of Vanity Fair and she’s talking about the relationship that is most important to her: the one with herself. I know that sounds a little vain (it is Vanity Fair after all) but if you can’t love yourself, how can you love anybody else? She also expresses how she wants to make sure that she never settles for less than she believes she deserves. She says,

It’s not that I didn’t love myself before. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself – if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now. Sometimes it doesn’t work – and that’s sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love.

If you’ve been following the break-up of J Lo and Marc, you know that rumors have been circulating that Marc was controlling in the relationship and would even approve which pictures of J Lo could be released. To me, Jennifer seems like a pretty independent woman and being nailed down by her man like that only stifles her freedom. Sometimes, I think it takes a great deal of courage to just walk away. But what about the future with Marc and more importantly, the kids?

More of the interview and full cover after the jump

Interscope Records Signs Haley Reinhart (Finally)

In: Donovan, Music

When I first heard Haley Reinhart sing, I was on the fence. Then when she sneaked into the Top 12 on this year’s “American Idol“, I was annoyed she claimed a spot over a couple of my other favorite girls. I wanted her gone immediately, especially during the first few weeks. I wasn’t alone. She was perennially found in the bottom three.

But then something happened, Haley started to find her groove. She started to pick the right songs and have more confidence on stage. All of a sudden, the girl who I wanted desperately eliminated was now my favorite contestant– not just from this season but from the past two. My how things had changed. So you can imagine my delight this morning when I read the utterly talented Haley finally scored a record deal.

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Creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller is suing FOX for some money he believe he’s owed. To my surprise, it’s not for Idol but for FOX’s new show launching this fall: The X Factor.

Fuller is claiming that FOX and Fremantle North America (producers of Idol and X Factor) are not holding up their end of the bargain on a deal that was allegedly made to give him an executive producer credit on the new show as well as receive the money that would go along with that title. Yesterday, Fuller filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages rumored to be well into seven figures. However, FOX and Fremantle say that Fuller is off his rocker.

This little spat trails back to 2004 when Fuller sued Simon Cowell in the British courts for ripping off the Idol format to create The X Factor in the UK. FOX was able to help the two Simons come to an agreement where Idol held Simon as a judge until 2010 and gave him a bigger chunk of the show. In return, Cowell agreed not to bring X Factor to the US until this year.

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Listen To Pia Toscano’s Debut Single “This Time”

In: Donovan, Music

Pia Toscano’s elimination on this year’s “American Idol” was arguably the most shocking. Many viewers thought she was a contender and should’ve lasted longer. As we all know in the world Idol, it’s not where you place, but rather what you do with your national exposure. Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert all didn’t win, but have certainly made the most of their Idol fame and achieved more success than most of the Idol winners. Will Pia Toscano follow suit or become Idol also-ran roadkill?

The stunning brunette debuted her first single on Ryan Seacrest’s show yesterday. “This Time” is a mid-tempo song written by Ester Dean who’s responsible for such hits like “S&M,” “Rude Boy” and “What’s My Name” for Rihanna and also Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. Dean also co-wrote this season’s Idol win Scotty McCreery’s coronation song, “I Love You This Big“. So what does her new single sound like?

It’s more in the vein of McCreery than Rihanna. “This Time” sounds very Celine Dion-lite and other numerous songs you’d hear on adult contemporary stations. In fact, the track and vocals remind me of another previous Idol contestant… Katherine McPhee. I’m almost certain this won’t be the breakout hit Toscano is looking for, but I could be wrong. It’s a little surprising she didn’t come out the gates with a soaring ballad. We all know she loves doing those. Check out her debut single below. WARNING!!! You might find yourself falling asleep midway through the track. LOL.

“This Time” Chorus

This time, this time I’m gonna do it my away
This time, I’m finding out the hard away
This time, I’m gonna go back to the girl I was on the night you found me
No more, closing back the real me
Just wait, in a minute you’ll see
This time, is in time, it’s my time
Getting back to the real me

listen to the track after the jump

When all else fails, there’s always, right? This past year, “famous” men keep popping up on the NSFW site showing of their abs, and in some cases a lot more. Now, a former American Idol 10 contestant has just showed up on the site rocking his sexy body. If America was voting on his abs, he’d surely have won.

This guy has actually had quite a few shirtless iPhone pics surface over the last few months. The former shipyard worker has been working hard at the gym and I guess he wants to show off the fruits of his labor… immediately following his workouts (the pictures are taken in the locker room).

Check out the shirtless pics after the jump…

It seems like the newest trend for Hollywood is having your own daytime talk show. With Oprah leaving the airwaves the only real competition left out there is Ellen. So, you can imagine why many stars and reporters want to throw their hat into the ring to give the TV hosting thing a try. It looks pretty fun and easy to me… walk out, say some jokes, sit in a chair, talk with celebs, play fun games with your audience, talk about current issues… all in a days work. So who’s the newest celeb to jump on board the daytime talk bandwagon?

To my surprise, it’s American Idol judge Randy Jackson. Anyone else out there as shocked as I am? While Randy is most well known for his knowledge in music and reality dance TV (America’s Best Dance Crew), the rumor is his show will be more about what’s hip and happening in pop culture. Randy believes he has his finger on the pulse of what’s bubbling up. Apparently Randy has recently been shopping this show around to TV execs but so far, no one has taken the bait. In my honest opinion, a show of this nature sounds more like an MTV or VH1 show than an NBC daytime one hour gab session. However, Randy’s star power could land him a potentially coveted time slot.

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You looking for a special performer for an upcoming event? A celebrity perhaps? Well, ever wonder how much former Idol contestants make per gig after they’ve completed the star-making process that is American Idol? Well, a list has been compiled of the top earners from the ten past season, and fees range anywhere from $5,000 all the way up to a whopping $500,000.

As you would probably guess, the top earners include Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, but who else is up there at the top of the list? And, who’s at the bottom? You know, not that it’s a bad thing. There are fifteen people on this list, so at least out of the thousands and thousands of people that have been on this show, this handful of people are making a living from their singing careers. Good for them! Check out the list below!

Find out after the jump…

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