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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

check out the entire list after the jump

Is NBC Giving Smash Fans A Glimmer of Hope?

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Once NBC banished Smash to the television graveyard, aka Saturday nights, to burn off the remainder of the episodes, the show was pretty much Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. It was only a matter of time before the network officially canceled the show. In a rather somewhat surprising twist, the peacock network is airing the Season 2 finale on Sunday, May 26 instead of letting it die quietly on Saturday night.

What does this mean? Is NBC contemplating renewing the musical for a third go-round? Well, they did say it was a “season finale” and not a series one. Or are they simply just giving the show a proper send-off given it’s pedigree (Steven Spielberg) behind the scenes? Personally, I hope it gets one last season. I’d love to see Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) battle it out for a Tony award. At the very least, it could renew it so that NBC has an opportunity to air Smash on the other nights it hasn’t aired yet. In the two short seasons, the beleaguered show has aired on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and now Sunday.

Are you still watching Smash on Saturdays? What do you think of NBC’s decision to air the two-hour season finale on Sunday? If NBC does renew it, I wonder what it means for those actors who already booked pilots, most notably Debra Messing. Sound off below.

American Idol 12: Top 8 Elimination

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I really hope America gets it right this week. None of the girls should be going before the boys. Absolutely NONE of them. Jimmy Iovine also agrees with me. In his recap, he believes the bottom three should be all the guys. Fingers crossed that’s true. I would hate to lose Amber this soon. Side note: Kree got a shout out from Aretha Franklin praising her performance. That’s pretty dope.

Tonight’s show was all about filler (even more so than other weeks). There was this random segment where the Idols went to some school to teach them Phillip Phillips’ “Home” ?!?!?! Performances by Colton Dixon, Keith Urban and OneRepublic featuring Katharine McPhee were on deck. Speaking of the latter, why Seacrest introduced her as “recording artist Katharine McPhee” instead of Idol alum or Smash star was kinda odd. Don’t you think? After 45 minutes, we finally get to the eliminations.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

NBC Relocates Smash To Television Graveyard

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At least there’s a silver lining. Fans will have an opportunity to see how the second season of Smash plays out. NBC promised to air all 17 episodes they’ve ordered. Bad news, the musical show is pretty much canceled. Though NBC didn’t officially axe the show, displacing it to a new night pretty much puts the nail in the coffin.

The ratings are so bad, the peacock network isn’t even putting it on Friday nights, but rather Saturday. If Fridays are where shows go to die, Saturdays is where they go to get cremated. Not even the addition of Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes or the removal of Debra Messing’s scarves could save the show. Katharine McPhee and company better brush up their auditioning skills.

Hopefully, the writers provide a satisfying ending to the handful of people still watching Smash. The relocation won’t take place until April 6 which allows it to take advantage of a strong lead-in from The Voice which premieres on March 25. The Broadway-themed show isn’t the only change to the schedule. Check out other tweaks NBC made below.

check out other changes in store for NBC after the jump

Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.

Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.

check out the Forbes ranking after the jump

2013 Golden Globes: My 10 Favorite Dresses

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Did you watch the 70th annual Golden Globes? Expectations were high for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s first hosting attempt, and boy did they deliver. I had a few people over for a potluck viewing party and we found ourselves laughing throughout the three-hour ceremony. Hopefully, this is the dawn of a new era. Fingers crossed that the duo emcee the event again next year. It definitely didn’t drag with them on deck.

Equally as impressive, were the ladies on the red carpet. There were barely any fashion trainwrecks this year which is a shame since it’s fun to mock bad choices. If there was a common theme this year, it was to go simple and understated. Another big trend was long sleeves. A few ladies really worked this to perfection. Check out my Top 10 picks for best dresses at the 2013 Golden Globes below.

check out my Top 10 picks after the jump

Can we just officially rename the show to Smash featuring Jennifer Hudson? With the amount of hoopla and attention regarding the addition of Hudson, it only makes sense. I admit, I’m giving the NBC musical show a second shot solely due to the Weight Watchers spokesperson. I even watched Dreamgirls again the other day to get ready for Smash’s Season 2 premiere on February 5.

During NBC’s TCA press tour, the cast and producers took to the stage to face the music. Many of the questions asked by television critics revolved around the changes in store for viewers now that Smash has a new showrunner. Josh Safran (Gossip Girl) promised more music and less scarves. LOL. Regarding the latter, Debra Messing’s wardrobe was the subject of a lot of Twitter hate.

“I think it’s (still) ‘Smash’: I don’t think it’s changed that much. Stuff from last year that you loved is still there, and maybe stuff people thought went off on tangents we’ve looked at (and) sort of tried to find a way to put back together. – Safran

Messing’s neckwear might be gone and so are four original characters including the much reviled Ellis (Jamie Cepero), but he may not be gone forever. On the second episode of Season 2, Ellis is heard on a phone call. Does that mean, we might see the scheming character pop up in person later in the season? Fingers crossed, he does and a spotlight lands on that curly haired head of his ;) Check out the newest trailer of Smash below. There’s even more J-Hud fabulousness than before.

check out the new trailer after the jump

If the Smash thing doesn’t work out for the ladies, someone needs to cast this lovely trio for a musical incarnation of Charlie’s Angels. Can’t you just picture them parading around in glittery dresses belting out tunes while solving Broadway-related crimes? I can ;) Can’t be worse than ABC’s failed reboot of the iconic 70s series last year.

Entertainment Weekly tapped Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty and Jennifer Hudson for their Winter Television Preview issue. Say what you will about American Idol being irrelevant, but the show does discover and create stars. Pretty amazing that two alums were picked to grace the cover instead of a long list of other stars including Oscar and Emmy winners. Check out more photos of each of the ladies below.

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