Harry was a fantastic mentor on American Idol during Frank Sinatra week, and the latest contestant to get kicked off the Fox show thinks he’d make a great judge, as well!
Now that Simon Cowell is about to say goodbye to American Idol and start work on his new show, X-Factor, his replacement is definitely needed ASAP. Aaron Kelly, the latest contestant to get kicked off Fox’s hit singing competition, has a very clear idea of who should replace the cranky British judge: Harry Connick Jr.!
“Harry would be a really great replacement for Simon,” the 17-year-old singer said on a conference call May 6. “He would fit the bill perfectly. He’s very honest. I don’t know if he’d be interested, but in my opinion, he’d be a great Simon. He’s a great person to fill Simon’s spot.”
If their behavior when the cameras stopped rolling was any indication, these two Rat Pack-esque doppelgangers are well on their way to becoming new besties!
Not only was Lee DeWyze the contestant with the most votes on American Idol May 5, but he was clearly mentor Harry Connick Jr.’s favorite new friend. The two got on like a house on fire! 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!
American Idol’s fan favorite Crystal Bowersox was boring with a capital B during Shania Twain week, and I’m afraid she might go home tonight!
Believe it or not, every single contestant brought their A-game to the American Idol stage last night — every single contestant but my favorite, Crystal Bowersox, that is. One word comes to mind when I think about the 24-year-old Elliston, Ohio native’s rendition of Shania Twain’s “No One Needs to Know” April 27 — TIRED. Read more, watch & VOTE!
It’s going to be a real challenge for American Idol’s sexy rocker to pull off Shania Twain’s brand of country pop — but I’m still pulling for him!
It is going to take a miracle for Casey James to pull off singing a Shania Twain song tonight on American Idol.
Shania’s music — while entertaining — is a hard sell for a real man. Her tunes are all about love, emotion and longing…and when I think of Casey all I think is: ‘sex’ (and you can’t confuse THAT with love)! Read more & VOTE!
Goldilocks rocker Casey found himself in the bottom three April 21, but didn’t seem to be bothered by possibly getting the boot: he was too busy checking out the ‘talent’!
“Idol Gives Back” was an emotional night. But if Casey James was affected by the heartbreaking footage of needy kids around the world, he didn’t show it — he was too busy ogling Orianthi! Read more
I’m utterly baffled as to why Idol’s most wooden performer consistently draws rave reviews from Simon Cowell & co. — he bores me to tears!
Can somebody PLEASE tell Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres and Randy Jackson that Lee DeWyze isn’t all that and a bag of chips? I’m sick and tired of the American Idol judges gushing all over his junk as if he’s about to become the next Chris Daughtry! Watch ‘Idol performances here & VOTE on who should go home!
When in doubt, Crystal Bowersox, go for The Pretenders. But dear god, whatever you do, avoid Celine Dion at all costs!
It’s ‘Inspirational Song’ week on American Idol – and you know what that means. Yup, a lot of heartfelt warbling and Celine Dion impersonations. That said, I hope that this week’s mentor, Alicia Keys, firmly tells the remaining Idols to stay far, far away from Celine and her diva counterparts Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Get my picks & weigh in with your own!
The Idol kids finally woke up and smelled the guyliner after getting some reasonable, rational advice from Glambert last night. Thank god!
Can Adam Lambert be a mentor on American Idol every week? Pretty please with a cherry on top? In my opinion, the controversial king of cool was the best mentor yet this season! Read more
Did most of the top 12 boys choke, or are our expectations just too high?
After suffering through disappointing performances from the top 12 girls on American Idol, we finally got a chance to watch the guys take the stage last night, and the results were… slightly less disappointing. Though there were a few standout performances (big ups to Casey James and Joe Muñoz) we couldn’t help but long for the boys of season eight: Where were the Adam Lamberts? The Kris Allens? We’d even settle for another Matt Giraud! Todrick Hall, 24, set the tone for the evening by butchering Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone” with an awkward R&B rendition that just didn’t work. Even 20-year-old Tyler Grady (who we love) put on a lackluster performance of The Guess Who‘s “American Woman.” The judges agreed his ’70s rocker vibe is too cliché and it feels forced. Tyler told Ryan Seacrest he may have to take a trip to the mall to change his image — and we can’t wait to see to see what he comes up with! Read more & tell us what YOU thought!
Did you know that Aaron Kelly sang at community gigs before his big Idol break?
16-year-old country crooner Aaron Kelly might be the youngest top 24 contestant to appear on American Idol’s ninth season, but he’s been working professional gigs for years. In this video from June 2007, watch a then-14-year-old Aaron belt out Patsy Cline‘s ‘Crazy’ at a local radio station’s party in downtown Nashville.
The top 24 has finally been revealed! Drop us a comment and let us know who you want to win this season.
Take a good hard look at that photo. One of those 24 people will be the next American Idol — isn’t that crazy? After weeks of watching all those painstaking auditions, the semifinalists have finally been chosen and the first live performance is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 23. But before you get those texting fingers ready, take a look at the 12 guys and 12 girls you’ll be able to vote for. We’ve gone ahead and put pink stars next to the frontrunners, but let us know who YOU’ll be rooting for when the live shows start next week. Click here to meet the contestants and tell us your favorite!
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