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EDITOR’S NOTE: Please welcome
American Idol Season 6 contestant/guest contributor Chris Richardson, who not only live-tweeted the Idol finale from the audience for us (see a roundup of his tweets below), but also summed up the spectacle with the following recap.
American Idol definitely pulls out the stops with special guests and flashy performances. A lot of excitement was built around two girls being up for the big award, from the red carpet chatter to the talk around the crowd and judges. Other years seemed to have a little more excitement, though, when it came to the Idol finale.
I was impressed by the actual live performances, but as a member of the audience, some were guests were pre-taped and brought down the excitement of the room. I feel like the judges weren’t as involved this go-around, and was kind of hoping I’d see Nicki get up there and rip the stage.
I rooted for Kree Harrison, but Candice Glover really did show her pipes live, which impressed me fully. Next year I hope they bring more idols back and have more guests and performances at the finale. That’s what the people want to see. All in all, the energy in the Nokia was “okay,” and nobody seemed surprised at the winner. I wish Candice the best of luck in her future. And I hope Idol can liven up the show a little more next year. Maybe even have Chris Richardson perform (shameless plug). I won’t pre-tape mine. — Chris Rich More »
Did You Hear?
:: Kelly Clarkson is celebrating this Christmas. She announced on Saturday that she and boyfriend Brandon Blackstock will be heading down the aisle at some point. “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night!”. She then gushed about Blackstock, “I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever.” [MTV News]
:: Deadmau5 proposed to girlfriend Kat Von D via Twitter: “I can’t wait for Christmas so…. Katherine Von Drachenberg, will you marry me?” He also attached an image of a ring which had had text written on it explaining that slight modifications that would be made for her actual ring. “Changing the diamond to a black diamond FYI. Sorry for the jpg … they’ll finish the actual ring soon I hope.” Just the tweet every tatted-up girl dreams of reading. [Billboard]
:: Are the Spice Girls reuniting without Posh? The quintet came together for the London Olympics, and met up once more last week for the premiere of Viva Forever!, a musical based on their hit songs. Now there’s talk that the spicy ladies are going to reunite — but without Victoria Beckham, who no longer wants to be a part of the super group. [Pink Is The New Blog]
: :A 17-year-old Odd Future fan, Chassan Rasagi, is said to be suing the group after they and members of their crew allegedly beat him up at a San Antonio concert last week. A report on the potential suit says, Rasagi suffered lacerations on his head, scratches, and burns, and also suffered two seizures. [Popdust]
:: British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran claims he was kidnapped by the boys in The Wanted and forced to stay the night on their tour bus. Who’s complaining? ! [Sugarscape]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »
has created a touching tribute in response to the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. In a new acoustic song entitled “Heaven,” dedicated to the 20 school children and 6 adults whose lives were taken in Friday’s shooting, the Detroit singer hopes to give inspiration despite the shocking tragedy.
In his dedication, the 24-year-old wrote, “Hey guys…I wanted to do SOMETHING for the victims’ families and I didn’t really know what else to do. Writing songs is pretty much the only thing I’m any good at so I hope you’ll share this as you see fit.” More »
Looks like Trey Songz
“made it rain” on the wrong woman. Hip-hop star Trey Songz
, 28, was arrested for assault after allegedly tossing a bundle of cash at 36-year-old Donna McIntosh-Inoe
after she snapped a cell phone picture of him at a strip club in Queens, New York at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 22.
“He chucked a wad of cash at me,” McIntosh-Inoe told the the Daily News. “A wad of cash.” More »
Like Tegan and Sara
? Good. Like Cyndi Lauper
? Also, good. Because how could a Tegan and Sara cover of “Time After Time” go wrong? The talented twins took on Lauper’s ’80s classic and strip it down for Billboard’s Candid Covers series.
“We were lifetime fans. She was always an influence. We started out in a punk band and they said it was like a cross between Cyndi Lauper and the Minny Pops and I remember thinking it was the best compliment we had ever been given,” said Sara Quin of Lauper.
Watch the Canadian duo’s rendition of Cyndi’s #1 hit above, and let us know if you think it was a truly colorful rendition. [Via Stereogum]
On Saturday night, the dream team of Lady Gaga
and the Rolling Stones
did not disappoint audiences during the final concert in the band’s One More Shot tour
, a celebration of 50 years together
. Fans went gaga when Mother Monster took to the stage and belted “Gimme Shelter” as the boys rocked out at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Always having a flair for the dramatic, a long-haired Gaga, looking like Ziggy Stardust-esque space invader and outfitted in a striped, one-piece jumpsuit, gyrated and twirled about the stage as she held her own with flawless vocals and her mesmerizing stage presence. There’s even a bit of dance off between Mother Monster and Mick. Who won? You can be the judge. But, our money’s always on Mick. More »
’s new video is finally here! Sort of. The pop world has been waiting with bated breath for One Direction’s newest music vid, “Kiss You,”
and we’re here to say that the wait is … not over! While most 1D fans must somehow bide their time until December 17 to see the highly anticipated offering in its entirety, some very lucky fans won tickets to the clip’s premiere. And while you might not get to watch the whole video today, you can get an eyeful from the fun-filled “Kiss You”
premiere event! More »
Lady Gaga teamed up with British rock legends
the Rolling Stones
during a rehearsal for the final night of their 50th anniversary concert tour, One More Shot, at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Changing up blood and baubles for a more demure ensemble, the Mother Monster was pictured with Mick Jagger
and the rest of the boys in the band during a pre-concert rehearsal.
Gaga is in good company as Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys and Mick Taylor will also be rocking out with the Stones during tonight’s pay-per-view event. Check out all the onstage antics during the Rolling Stones’ One Last Shot concert, which will be telecast live worldwide tonight (December 15) at 9pm EST.
[Via Rolling Stones Official Site.]
Rap and hip-hop heavy hitters Lil Wayne
, Rick Ross
, Kendrick Lamar
, Big Sean
, 2 Chainz
, the Weeknd
, Meek Mill
, along with Def-Jam newbie Trinidad James
, got in the Christmas spirit last night for Power 106’s annual Cali Christmas Concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA. During the show, Ross used his brand of Miami-kingpin style to send his prayers to the victims of Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
“I wanna send all my prayers out to their mothefucking lives in Connecticut. Amen. Amen. We will all rap for them. Put your hands in the sky,” said Ross onstage before performing “Stay Schemin’.”
Along with Ross’ explicit shoutout, some highlights at the concert included Ross and Meek Mill’s “Imma Boss” performance, Kendrick and Lil Wayne’s onstage collaboration, and 2 Chainz’s full 30-minute set during Power 106′s sold-out show. More »