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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
Casey, your rendition of Shania Twain’s “Don’t” was so impressive that Blake says it sounded like it had been written specifically for you!
Hot damn! HollywoodLife.com’s very own American Idol judge, Blake Lewis, has some high praise for sexy rocker Casey James this week! “This song sounded like it was written just for him!” the 28-year-old season six runner-up says. “He should look into recording this for his album!”
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!
Crystal’s performance during Inspirational Week was so touching that it even gave Blake goosebumps!
Hot damn you’re good, Crystal Bowersox. SO good, in fact, that HollywoodLife.com’s own personal Idol judge, Blake Lewis, was ready to name you the newest ‘American Idol’ after watching you perform Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” April 20 during Inspirational Week. “I got goosebumps,” the 28-year-old Season 6 runner-up tells us. “With a performance like that, I was just waiting for [Ryan] Seacrest to come up and say: ‘THIS is your American Idol.’”
Who else did our judge dig last night? Take it away, Blake!
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