Saturday, April 16, 2011

American Idol's Haley Reinhart Tells the Boys "Call Me" on the Top 8 Show

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Season 10's Sexy and Sassy Blonde, sang "Call Me" by Blondie. The theme for the Top 8 Show is "Music from the Movies", and Haley choose "Call Me" which is featured in the movie American Gigolo, starring Richard Gere. Jimmy Iovine thinks this is a very difficult song to sing. "It's hard to do a song by such a stylist as Debbie Harry. Haley now has to transform herself, not into Debbie Harry, but into a personality and a character equally as powerful." Unfortunately, this seems to have been Haley's problem all along. She doesn't really know who she is as an artist, and always seems to be acting out a character on stage, rather than being herself. You can see her mind working ~ "Ok, they want me to transform myself into a character, and this character would look right, then look left and point, now walk three steps and dip." All of her movements seem calculated, not natural. Which is unfortunate, because when Haley gets it right, she's a brilliant singer! Her "Bennie and The Jets" was inspired. The hiss on "Jetsssss", the rasps and growls - all wonderful

Haley struts onto the stage from behind the judges' platform. She looks great! She's dressed perfectly for singing a song by the uber-sexy Debbie Harry. But, Haley was paying too much attention to her movements again. Haley really has great potential. The parts she gets right are fantastic. She has a very unique, beautiful voice. Her rasps and growls are sexy. If she paid as much attention to the notes as she does to the 'act', she could win this competition. She does look like she really enjoyed herself tonight, and the audience loves her. Randy Jackson criticized, "Honest, I didn’t love the beginning of it. At the end, you kinda started getting into the song. It felt when it started very karaoke to me. It wasn't a singer's song to show what you really have, and why you should stay in this to win it. It wasn’t a showcase for your voice for me." Steven Tyler, so in love with Haley he's stumbling over his words again, said, "I agree, but when you sing choruses, and you nail them, on that just-right song...this song is like a chorus. That "Call Me" was beautiful. You sang it heavy, you sang it great. I love that thing you got on. It's gorgeous too. Here's looking up your (old address?) dress." Jennifer Lopez praised Haley, saying, "I love when you started wailing at the end. And I'm gonna agree more with Randy, except I’m afraid to say anything negative, cuz I don’t want any of the girls to go home! I feel like all the girls are getting voted off, and I don't like that. We have strong girl singers, and they deserve to be here. Vote for the girls! But, it wasn't the best. After two killer performances like you just gave, Baby, you gotta keep taking it higher and higher. Songs that challenge you."




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Crystal Bowersox and B.B. King in New Diabetes Campaign


Crystal Bowersox and BB King In New Diabetes Campaign | mjsbigblog


American Idol Season 10 runner-up Crystal Bowersox and Blues legend B.B. King star together in a campaign for a diabetes product that measures blood-sugar levels called “One Touch.”

The ads, filmed in Las Vegas, debuted on national and regional television and will be followed by online and print ads over the next several months.

Crystal was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was just 6 years old. B.B. King ~ The King of the Blues ~ has been living with Type 2 since 1991.




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Friday, April 15, 2011

American Idol's Pia Toscano Visits Live with Regis and Kelly

American Idol Season 10's latest contestant to be eliminated, Pia Toscano, has been keeping super busy since leaving the show. With interviews at least five My Fox stations, and visits to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Today Show, MTV and HLN ~ among others ~ it's surprising she had time to drop by Live with Regis and Kelly! Pia performed Stevie Wonder’s “All is Fair in Love” and discussed her surprising elimination Thursday night, when she, Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk ended up in the bottom 3.



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Thursday, April 14, 2011

American Idol's Pia Toscano Visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The night after her shocking elimination from American Idol Season 10, Pia Toscano visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Pia and Jay discuss the voting results and Pia performs a medley of songs, including "River Deep - Mountain High" by Ike and Tina Turner, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston, "All in Love is Fair" by Stevie Wonder and The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You". (The video is a bit choppy. Leno never showed any of the songs Pia sang in it's entirety...just cuts of her singing as the show faded in and out to commercial breaks.)




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American Idol's Casey Abrams Performs "Nature Boy" on the Top 8 Show

Casey Abrams, American Idol Season 10's 'Sexy Beast' and one true artist/musician, performed “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. The theme for the Top 8 Show is "Music from the Movies", and Casey choose the theme song from the "The Boy With Green Hair" saying, "It is so hard to find a song that defines me as an artist. And this week, thank God, I have a song that I really just love." Jimmy Iovine wanted Casey to do something 'bigger'. "This show is like a hurricane, and if you really whisper, ain't nobody gonna hear you." Jimmy thought Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" was a much better choice, saying, "Every performer on this show has got to do a song that they say, "This can make me win." Casey thinks it would be a good show, but doesn't want "to lose myself in this process. I'm not going to feel comfortable on the stage unless I'm doing what I know I can do."

Casey takes the stage looking like a Cool Cat in his suit, with his upright bass, and bongos and piano on stage. It was like being in an uber hip Jazz club, lounge or cabaret. Casey was great with his growls and scatting. Casey is so confident on stage, he's willing to take huge risks that the other contestants won't. Great performance! Not your typical American Idol pop fare. It looked like the young audience actually got it. Casey received a very long standing ovation ~ not just from the audience, but from all three judges as well! (A VERY RARE occurrence.) Jennifer Lopez raved, "I gotta say, at the beginning I was nervous, "He's not going to win any popularity contests with this song." I hope that America got that, because you bring that special, special thing to music. And those notes at the end? Woo-hoo!" Randy Jackson said, "We have real true artists on the show. I don't think we’ve ever had anybody exactly like you, ever. You've given a Grammy kind of performance. It’s about embracing who you are. I can see you making an extended (Michael) Buble kind of record. I thought it was brilliant. Genius. It's makes me proud to judge artists." Steven Tyler added, "You are an artist in the truest sense of the word. You took a song by Nat King Cole, who sang "Keemo, kimo stare-o-stare
Ma-hye, ma-ho, ma-rump-sticka-pumpernickel. Soup-bang, nip-cat, polly-mitcha-cameo," and you took a song that my mama sang to me when I was a little baby, and you do what’s in your heart. You believe what was in your heart, and you did it. That's the truest sense of artist. You are so good man."




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American Idol's Lauren Alaina Performs “The Climb” for the Top 8 Show

Lauren Alaina, American Idol Season 10's sweet and funny Southern Belle, performs "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. The theme for the Top 8 Show is "Music from the Movies", and Lauren choose Hannah Montana The Movie. "I picked this song because it's about a young girl who is struggling to reach her dreams," said Lauren, who is that young girl right now. Lauren received a huge vote of confidence from Interscope Producer Jimmy Iovine when he told her, "You're a much, much stronger singer than Miley Cyrus." Jimmy added, "With this song, you can take all those (Pia's) fan, those votes." And Will.i.am thinks she can "bring the house down...with a Miley Cyrus song."

Lauren looks great! So much better than the disastrous faux-hawk and ill-fitting shorts of last week. She's gaining more and more confidence each week. Jimmy was right, Lauren sang "The Climb" much better than the original. This girl has pipes! Her voice is so strong and the Country twang so slight, that she really can sing any ballad. Lauren poured her heart into this performance, and really enjoyed herself, ending the song with a huge smile on her face. She knows she nailed it! Another standing O from the audience, and Jennifer Lopez was applauding and smiling like she truly enjoyed it! Jennifer praised, "I loved hearing you sing this, and I loved the tear you have in your voice. It's a cry. It's something that really transmits. You sang it so beautifully, you don’t need to steal anybody’s votes...you're getting plenty of your own." Randy Jackson said, You know what I love? The Lauren that we first saw in Nashville is roaring back. We've believed in you since day one. We all said, "Oh my God! This girl is so talented." It sounds like it was written for you. Amazing." Steven Tyler, so smitten with Lauren, added, "I love what you bring to a song, and more, what a song brings to you. And how you own it, and your spirit, and your voice. Beautiful. You move me beyond tears."




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American Idol's Scotty McCreery Croons “I Cross My Heart” for the Top 8 Show

Scotty McCreery, American Idol Season 10's Country Star, croons “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait ~ "The King of Country Music". The theme for the Top 8 Show is "Music from the Movies". Originally, Scotty was going to sing "Everybody's Talkin" by Harry Nilsson, "but after thinking about it, I felt a whole lot more comfortable singing "I Cross My Heart" from the movie Pure Country. I'm kinda goin' back to my Country roots with this song." (I don't remember Scotty ever leaving his Country roots behind. He's got such a great, unique voice; I'm dying to hear Scotty try something new!)

Scotty performed this slow Country ballad seated on a stool. That charisma of his still came shining through. And, boy, can he hold a note! Beautiful. He made George Strait proud tonight. Steven Tyler said, "Scotty, I just love your voice, Man. I think all of America's fallen in love with your voice. You did it again. You picked the just right song. It's great. You’re good." Jennifer Lopez complained, "Everybody wants us to be tough with you guys, but the truth is, you guys are so damn good. All I really want to say is "Wow." Was it my favorite song choice for you? No, it wasn't. But you still performed it beautifully." Randy Jackson added, "I actually love you singing George Strait. I love when you return and stay at your roots. If it ain’t broke don’t even consider fixing it. A star is born on this stage. You’ve grown so greatly. I‘m a huge ginormous fan. Hot!"




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