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March 2018

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Is Katy Perry Sexually Harassing ‘American Idol’ Contestants?

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Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan are judges on the revival of ‘American Idol. (ABC)

We live in a new world, folks. And that world doesn’t include hitting on people who are simply trying to break into the industry. That world also doesn’t include double standards, so when Katy Perry uncomfortably flirts with eager American Idol contestants, it’s the same violation as if it was done by a man. What if Harry Connick Jr. used his post to playfully flirt with 19-year-old contestants? He wouldn’t get a pass, and Perry shouldn’t either. In fact, she even stole a first kiss from a non-consenting teenager (Benjamin Glaze) who later said the moment made him uncomfortable. Though he didn’t feel it rose to the level of harassment, that does not make it okay. Nor is it okay to suggest he should feel lucky for the kiss because of Katy’s star stature. Another contestant, named Trevor Holmes, lamented about making ends meet to support his family, only to be interrupted by Perry who exclaimed, “You’re so hot.” Imagine if a woman in a casting audition, who was trying to win a role, had the same demeaning interruption while others, who could come to her defense, sat there in silence. We don’t need to imagine it, because it’s been mentioned many times in the #MeToo movement.

It’s also worth noting that there was a time when American Idol was an unbeatable force in the industry. The show’s reign lasted far longer than expected, and its decline was due more to audience fatigue than content. But it’s important to remember exactly why the show was a success. Though Simon Cowell’s barbs were a consistent point of conversation, they represented more than schadenfreude or voyeuristic bullying. You see — Simon Cowell actually had a record label, and the man knew what made a star. Who could forget when he proudly predicted Carrie Underwood’s massive success extremely early in the game. Without an A&R person on the panel, the show loses it’s ever-present edge over its competitors. This is a show about making a star and to date, it’s the only show that has made a star. To make up for that absence by playing up Perry’s flirtation, is not only a dated ploy, it’s inappropriate.

Friday

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February 2016

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Kelly Clarkson Sings “Piece by Piece” Through Tears on ‘American Idol’

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Kelly Clarkson proved her vocal prowess once again on the stage of American Idol where she was crowned the first champ as the surprise summer hit would eventually peak at 38 million viewers. Simon Cowell once told Howard Stern that Clarkson was by far the most self-assured, “ruthless” contestant in history, having fired the entire management team assigned by Idol almost immediately after her win. In fact, Clarkson often distanced herself from the show. But that all changed last night on the Idol stage when she sang “Piece by Piece” through tears. Though Clarkson often keeps her personal life close to the vest, the lyrics are telling, and the singer has said that as a child of divorce she “never had a man stick around and “whenever people said, ‘I’m in love,’ it didn’t really hold very much weight or gravity with [her].” Clarkson said the song is a “love letter celebrating and thanking [her] husband for being a man that knows how to love [her] and [their] children without expecting anything in return.” Clarkson is married to Brandon Blackstock who she met through Reba McEntire. Reba was married to Blackstock’s father for over two decades before calling it quits amidst the 2015 wave of celebrity divorces. Because Clarkson was pregnant with her first child while creating her album, she was unable to write most of the tracks, with the exception of “Piece by Piece” and a few others. Watch her very moving performance below. The song hit #1 shortly after her performance, further illustrating Clarkson’s ability to move a room.

Thursday

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May 2014

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Harry Connick Jr. Returns to American Idol — Signs for Season 14

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“Hatchet Harry” will don his judging hat for another installment of ‘American Idol,’ as Season 14 is also expected to see the return of his well-liked cohorts. Though Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez have yet to sign, Idol has made their expectations clear, calling the trio their “dream team.” If you haven’t tuned in this season, you’re missing out. For the first time in years, the judges are actually giving tangible critiques of each contestant, with Harry Connick Jr. leading the charge. For a show that’s been more about insulting the contestants or calling them “pitchy” in excess, it’s a refreshing revamp. Watch an interview with the very handsome Harry below.

Thursday

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May 2014

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Alex Preston Slays ‘Stay’ — Watch #IDOL Performance

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I must confess I’ve been secretly rooting against Alex Preston, considering nearly every American Idol winner fits his bill and has not had continued post-show success (see Phillip Philips, Lee Dewyze, David Cook, and a handful of others). Last night, he proved he stands alone, and because he’s a songwriter with a unique look, it’s possible he’ll win the show AND the after-show. Idol needs a breakout star badly, and this is a true test. Watch his chilling performance of ‘Stay’ below.

Wednesday

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April 2014

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Alex Preston and Jo Dee Messina are Cousins!????

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American Idol front runner Alex Preston sang an original song on tonight’s American Idol, and he killed it. But before you ask yourself how he has yet to be discovered, there’s a little information that somehow slipped by the main press. He’s cousins with Jo Dee Messina! Who knew?! Plus, he’s written songs with her. To see a sample of his talent, watch below.


Alex Preston – Fairytales – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic

Thursday

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March 2014

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#ILUHYAPAPI ON #IDOL — JLO Kills It

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Jennifer Lopez can show just about any girl how it’s done, tearing down the stage with complicated head bobs, dazzling denim, and throw-back kicks. And to top it off, she got a little help from Idol alums Pia Toscano and Jessica Sanchez. My favorite part of her performance was Harry Connick’s hilarious attempt at her choreography. Watch JLO prove once again why she’s the queen of reinvention.


[HD] JLO – I Luh Ya Papi (Ft Jessica Sanchez… by IdolxMuzic

Thursday

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March 2014

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American Idol Top Ten Perform — How’d They Do?

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My favorite part of American Idol is Harry Connick Jr., who is the first judge in history to actually give constructive criticism. The other judges take his lead, upping the ante on their opinions. In fact, it gets even better when Harry challenges his sidekicks, especially Jennifer Lopez, who can easily contend with Harry’s critiques when they involve performance-related feedback. Watch two of my favorite judging moments below, including CJ Harris and Jessica Meuse.


Jessica Meuse – Pumped Up Kicks – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic


CJ Harris – Invisible – American Idol 13 (Top 10) by IdolxMuzic

Thursday

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March 2014

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Tuesday

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February 2014

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Tuesday

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February 2014

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‘American Idol’ Does “Rush Week” — Hatchet Harry Returns!

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In case you doubted Harry Connick Jr.’s well-deserved position on the American Idol panel, take a look at the video below, where Connick criticizes Emily Piriz’s performance of Grace Potter’s ‘Paris (Ooh La La).’ Connick felt the lyrics were a little too racy for an 18 year old and asked that she recite the original two lines which insinuated oral sex. Though Seacrest dubbed his dig “daddy-mode,” it’s a valid critique. We don’t need another Miley Cyrus on our hands.


Emily Piriz – Paris Oh La La – American Idol 13… by IdolxMuzic