And above you’ll see Johnson explaining the collaborators he worked with — including “Wake Me Up” and “The Man” crooner Aloe Blacc — during his whirlwind journey to get Testify recorded since his Idol win in May. He also clues us in on the best things about his hometown: “There’s great barbecue and beer. Asheville is like Beer City USA [for] four years in a row. That was like the OG of the mircobreweries.” More »
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Watch Caleb Johnson Discuss ‘Testify’, Collaborating With Aloe Blacc & Missing His Hometown: Interview
The Buckhead, Ga., native had auditioned for Idol in 2008 at age 29, the maximum age for eligibility. He would finish in eighth place, then release his debut album, 2009′s Hold Back My Heart. “I do like his voice,” Dolly Parton, country star and then-Idol mentor, once said on the show. “He would make some great records, and I think I could probably write some good songs for him, so I do hope that he becomes a star.”
“We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from all corners of the globe,” a statement from Johns’ family said. Among others, those who worked directly with Johns on Idol – from judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul to host Ryan Seacrest and associate musical director Michael Orland – took to Twitter to remember him. See their reactions after the jump. More »
The show is bringing back Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. for its judging panel, along with host Ryan Seacrest. “Their interaction, warmth and experience made them an absolute joy to watch. I can’t wait to see their evolution together continue next season,” Simon Fuller, Idol‘s creator and executive producer, said in a statement.
Next season will not be the last, according to Fox chief Kevin Reilly. However, Idol will be pared down significantly, from 50-plus hours to a neat 37 – an answer to the show’s faltering ratings. Last season’s performance finale drew just 6.6 million viewers, making for the least-watched episode in the show’s history, including at its infancy with Kelly Clarkson facing off Justin Guarini. More »
Toscano recently backed J. Lo in an Idol performance of “I Luh Ya Papi,” alongside past contestants Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta. And she’s excited to continue learning from the Season 13 judge. “[W]e don’t think we realized getting into it what it takes to become a superstar like Jennifer Lopez,” she says. “I was just watching her in rehearsal just now and she is performing like she is doing a concert.”
See the tour dates (starting tomorrow, May 30) after the jump. More »
The 22-year-old North Carolina native topped the more pop-oriented Jena Irene in last night’s star-studded finale, during which he performed with Kiss and belted out his debut single “As Long As You Love Me” as confetti rained down for the victory. That song, which was written by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, will appear on his album. More »
In addition to learning the identity of the winner, the episode was packed with songs from guest performers including Jennifer Nettles, Phillip Phillips, Kiss, Aloe Blacc, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Richard Marx, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. Not to be left out, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban also got on stage to perform together. Former host and mentor, Randy Jackson also joined in on the fun. Heck, host Ryan Seacrest even did his best to sing a tune. More »
While ratings have been down this season, American Idol finally delivered the goods with a spectacular finale. There were killer performances by judge Jennifer Lopez, Disney diva Demi Lovato and even a duet by Ryan Seacrest and ’80s pop icon Richard Marx. Check back tomorrow for a full recap of tonight’s (may 21) show but watch Caleb’s winner’s single “As Long As You Love Me” in the meantime. Find it after the jump. More »
For the occasion, host Ryan Seacrest is decked out in a white tuxedo jacket, black bow tie and pants. The two finalists emerge onto the stage, each looking very much like rock stars. The judges, not to be outdone, are also looking fabulous with Jennifer Lopez in a leather and sparkle dress and her hair done up like Brigitte Bardot in her heyday. Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. are looking fancy in jackets and big smiles.
We get a flashback clip of Jena asking Caleb to prom. This prompts Idol to film a throwback prom vignette. Despite myself, I find it quite cute. I hope they actually do go to prom together. More »
Caleb’s debut single is called “As Long As You Love Me” (maybe trying to piggyback on some of that Bieber search traffic?) and was written by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, with production from Howard Benson. (Hawkins also wrote “Music Again” for Adam Lambert‘s first album.) As you can guess, it’s a strutting studio rocker, full of wailing vocal theatrics.
As for Jena, her single is “We Are One,” written by Anne Preven, Felicia Barton and Mitch Allan , with Allan handling production. It’s a glossy pop stomper, with Irene roaring like Katy Perry before an impressive Kelly Clarkson-like finish.
Hear the new songs below, and be sure to watch part one of the finale on Tuesday. More »
To open the show, host, Ryan Seacrest enters the stage with his new beautiful, black puppy named Georgia, whom he quickly passes off to a handler off stage. The top three contestants look pained as they sit in the lounge waiting for the results show to commence. Our beloved judges arrive, Keith Urban looking rock and roll in his signature leather jacket, t-shirt and jeans. Harry Connick Jr.‘s all dressed up in a suit and Jennifer Lopez is a bedazzled dream in a tight-fitting Pucci dress and a braided updo. More »