The Season 9 contestants react to the shift in the judging panel but remain sure the show will go on!
Next season’s judging panel for American Idol may be up in the air, with Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi out, rumored to be replaced by names including Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Jessica Simpson, but last season’s contestants feel like the show will go on no matter what! Former contestant Lee DeWyze told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “I don’t think anyone is going to ruin the show, the show is going to be successful as long as people are doing there own thing and not trying to copy anyone else, they’ll be fine.” And everyone else seems to agree!
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Two of our favorite American Idol finalists give HollywoodLife.com an intimate look at the drama that goes on behind-the-scenes!
Are Lee Dewyze and Siobhan Magnus an item? Does Crystal Bowersox REALLY have a thing for Casey James? We’ve been dying to know how the Idols really feel — and we FINALLY got the inside scoop! Watch our exclusive video interview with the uniquely fabulous Siobhan Magnus and R&B powerhouse ‘Big Mike’ Lynche to hear all about the relationship drama you didn’t see on TV!
CLICK HERE to watch the Idols’ first public performance!
Our very own American Idol judge tells us who he hopes to meet in the recording studio — and why, although his favorites didn’t win, he’s pleased with this season!
Blake Lewis has weighed in with his expert American Idol opinion on HollywoodLife.com all season long, and now that it’s over, our own personal Idol judge confides that’s although he’s upset his favorite contestants didn’t win, overall he’s pleased by this season’s outcome!
“My favorite people didn’t win, but they did a good job. I picked Michael Lynche and Didi Benami and Crystal Bowersox for my top three and one of them made it to the finals, so I’m happy” the 28-year-old season six runner-up told HollywoodLife.com exclusively at KIIS FM’s Idol viewing party May 27 in LA.
Read more & WATCH Blake perform live after last night’s American Idol finale!
Can you imagine a more unlikely pairing than ‘Big’ Mike Lynche and Justin Bieber? We can’t – but Mike loves the little guy!
The hot topic of conversation in between commercial breaks during American Idol May 25 was, naturally, the finale’s special guest performers. One name in particular kept coming up — none other than Justin Bieber!
Idol’s warm-up guy, Cory, outed fourth place contestant Michael Lynche’s obsession with the 16-year-old tween singer, announcing to the entire 7,000+ person audience, “Sorry Mike, I know how excited you get by Bieber, but he won’t be here tomorrow night.”
Crystal Bowersox and her ‘musical crush’ Lee DeWyze are in the finale on American Idol — but why would these two pals have a beef?
You called it, America! You’ve long predicted a Crystal Bowersox/Lee DeWyze showdown in the season finale, and last night you were proved right when sexy Casey James got the boot. But these two BFFs — who seemed genuinely stoked that they’d be facing off against one another — ever dislike the other?
Ouch. Sounds like someone is bitter at having to leave the American Idol building!
“It was not surprised and not expected,” Mike said of his elimination during a conference call May 13, while his newborn baby girl cried in the background. “America is a fickle creature and she’s shown that as the competition has gone on. You just never know. I think that I was consistent every week and always gave my heart when I sang.”
So long, Big Mike! Sorry to see you go, but I’m glad Casey James is sticking around instead!
Hasta la vista, Big Mikey! I seriously thought Casey James was about to be given the boot on American Idol May 12, but thankfully America voted wisely, and the good-lookin’ Texan in still in the competition! But aside from my glee at Casey’s save, elimination night was otherwise a little sleepy for me, dawg.
Read more of my behind-the-scenes ‘Idol’ report!
Our very own American Idol judge had a problem with Lee’s rendition of “Kiss From a Rose” — but says he’ll still be around come next week.
Oh, Lee DeWyze, WHY did you choose to pick a song as big as Seal’s power ballad, “Kiss From a Rose?” Our American Idol judge, Blake Lewis, can’t figure it out!
“I wasn’t a fan,” the 28-year-old season six runner-up tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “[Lee] started out really weak, and the song moves around too much vocally for his range. The song was too big for him.” But don’t worry, Lee fans — Blake still thinks he’ll be back next week. “No doubt he will still be here tonight because Americans have an affinity for that scratchy rock guy sound,” he says.
Contrary to popular belief, Casey did NOT craftily choose said song to appeal to his older fan base!
There were some chuckles (OK, a lot of them) when Casey James picked Simon & Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” as his song of choice during movie week. And although he’s been the obvious object of 39-year-old judge Kara DioGuardi’s affection since day 1, the sexy 27-year-old swears his selection wasn’t a sly bid to woo his older fans – including Kara. Read more
Casey, Crystal, Lee and Mike will sing songs from the movies tonight — but if they sing anything from Titanic, I’m turning off my TV!
Every single year, without fail, some silly singer thinks they can take on Celine Dion or Mariah Carey. Well guess what kids? You can’t (unless you’re Adam Lambert, of course). So please, stop picking songs from female vocalists that have dog-whistle voice ranges. My heart will NOT go on if choose Celine’s power ballad. In fact, I’ll stop voting for you! Read more
While we were hanging out in LA, Lee said he actually believes he has a shot at winning American Idol — which is a big change from the shy, unconfident guy I was expecting!
Never, ever would I have thought that I would be hanging out with the four remaining Idol hopefuls, let alone be joking around and becoming pals with them! But today stars aligned in my favor, and I got to hang with Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Big Mike Lynche and Casey James at the American Idol Studio in LA. Sweet! Betters are predicting a Lee/Crystal finale, and I can see why: the guy is utterly devoid of ego, but so cool and collected. When he talked about his future as a winner, it sounded like he really BELIEVED (finally!) good things will happen. Read more
Our very own American Idol judge wonders why the judges’ golden boy got so much praise last night when he looked and sounded bored beyond belief.
Lee DeWyze received heaps of praise for his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” , but Blake Lewis doesn’t think he deserved it! In fact, our very own American Idol judge was BORED!
“The lowlight for me was closing the night with Lee DeWyze,” the season six runner-up tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “He got lots of praise from the judges, which I thought was crazy! He sang all right, but still doesn’t even look like he cares about having a singing career on stage. He looks so bored.”
I now get what the judges have seen all along: Lee is totally an American Idol contender!
It was Frank Sinatra week on American Idol May 4, and I was positive every last contestant was going to suck. Imagine my (pleasant) surprise when the singer I love to rag on the most, Lee DeWyze, gave a performance that would have made Ol’ Blue Eyes proud. His rendition of Frankie’s “That’s Life” was so good (dare I say it)that I think Lee has a real shot of winning the whole competition! Watch Lee perform & VOTE!
Friends or BF and GF? Siobhan took some serious comfort in Lee’s arms after getting voted off Idol last night!
I was shocked that Siobhan Magnus was sent packing from American Idol April 28 for her rendition of Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” — but I wasn’t half as dismayed as the judges’ golden boy Lee DeWyze. The dude was so unhappy that he looked like he was going to cry…but what else is new? Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on Lee & Siobhan HERE!