Posts tagged "American Idol"

Watch Caleb Johnson Discuss ‘Testify’, Collaborating With Aloe Blacc & Missing His Hometown: Interview

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Caleb Talks 'Testify'
Recently, American Idol winner Caleb Johnson stopped by the Idolator studio to talk to us about his love of good ol’ rock and roll and his debut album Testify, which was released today (August 12). We already posted the first part of our chat with him, where the Asheville, North Carolina native played a game of Rock Dudes Vs. Divas: Who’s More Badass? (Scratching your head over what that might be? Click the link and find out!)

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 »

‘American Idol’ Finalist Michael Johns Dies At 35

Michael Johns, American Idol seventh season finalist, died August 1 at age 35, according to FOX. “Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by news of his passing,” the network’s official statement said.

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 »

Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban And Harry Connick Jr. Will Return To ‘American Idol’

While the future of reality competition shows remains uncertain, American Idol will return with the same talent from Season 13.

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 »

Jennifer Lopez Taps ‘Idol’ Alum Pia Toscano For Summer Tour

Pia Toscano will embark with Jennifer Lopez as a back-up singer on a six-date tour this summer, including stops for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America. “I have to pinch myself a little bit that I am in the same room with her now,” Toscano, a favorite from American Idol‘s Season 10, said to The Hollywood Reporter, following a rehearsal with Lopez herself.

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 »

‘American Idol’ Winner Caleb Johnson Announces Self-Titled Debut Album

Well, the powers that be over at American Idol wasted no time. Hours after Caleb Johnson was crowned the winner of Season 13 last night (May 21), details of his debut album were announced. The self-titled set will be released August 12 on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records. (Based on the cover, we’ve got ourselves another White Guy With Guitar, but anyone who watched this season knows this guy can wail and that he’s not in that sensi-crooner field.)

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 »

‘American Idol’ Finale: Jennifer Lopez & Demi Lovato Perform, Caleb Johnson Beats Jena Irene

By now, you’ve surely read the news that Asheville, North Carolina, native Caleb Johnson was crowned winner of American Idol‘s 13th season. The top two finalists, Caleb and Jena Irene, had a good, old-fashioned sing-off Tuesday night with the results of America’s final vote announced last night (May 21).

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 »

‘American Idol’: Caleb Johnson Wins Season 13

Well, this is something of a surprise! Jena Irene was favored to win season 13 of American Idol (at least according to social media commentators) but Caleb Johnson walked away victorious. The 23-year-old from Asheville, North Carolina also made history as the first hard rock/heavy metal singer to win the talent show. Congratulations!

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 »

‘American Idol’ Recap: Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson Rock Out

The buildup of an entire season has led us all to this week, with the remaining two contestants, Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene duking it out in a final round of songs live from Los Angeles. On Tuesday night (May 20), each kid is tasked with singing three songs. The first is a selection from American Idol creator Simon Fuller. The second is the contestant’s choice, with Jena and Caleb selecting their favorite song from a previous performance.

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 »

‘American Idol’ Finalists Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene Release Debut Singles: Listen

Last night (May 15), Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson learned they’d been voted into the American Idol season 13 finale, and today the show has released the two finalists’ debut singles, ahead of next week’s finale where they’ll perform the tracks live for the first time.

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 »

‘American Idol’ Recap: Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson Advance To Finals, Alex Preston Departs

This was the second to last week of American Idol, with next week’s finale scheduled to take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Wednesday night, the top three contestants, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson and Alex Preston, sang three different songs in the hopes to earn a final shot at the grand title. Thursday evening (May 15), all of America learned the identity of the final two singers remaining, and we were treated to a performance from Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery.

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 »