Between live shows in Sacramento and Phoenix, the tour busses carrying the top 11 finalists from season 12 of American Idol stopped at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. There, before they took to the stage, the alums took time out from their day to chat with The Hollywood Reporter about their set list, revealing some deeply personal connections to their song choices.
American Idol's season 12 finalists about to embark on a North American tour met the press this week but were in for a surprise when they came face-to-face with the crew from The Hollywood Reporter and were asked to play journalists. In what's become an Idol Worship summer staple, we asked the Top 11 to interview each other.
Ask one of the season 12 Idols which songs they will be singing on their summer tour, and they won’t tell you. It’s supposed to be a secret, but one song was revealed today when the top 10 plus one (Aubrey Cleland from this year’s top 20 joins her fellow Idols for the tour) spent time talking to the press at a Burbank rehearsal facility.
LAUREN, YEAR THREE: After placing second on season 10 of American Idol, Lauren Alaina debuted on the Billboard country singles chart the week of June 11, 2011. Her debut single, “Like My Mother Does,” peaked at No 36 on Hot Country Songs. The follow-up, “Georgia Peaches,” is her biggest hit to date, which came in at No. 28. In the summer of 2012, she peaked at No. 37 with “Eighteen Inches,” a song co-written by Carrie Underwood.
In a move widely expected by industry insiders, American Idol executiveproducers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick "will be leaving the show,” a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. However, formal exit discussions have not yet begun.
It looks as if the American Idol summer tour, much like judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, is also a casualty of a ho-hum season 12.
Late on Friday, 19 Entertainment, the company that produces Idol in partnership with Fox and FremantleMedia, announced that nine dates of the North American trek have been canceled and one has been rescheduled. They include stops in St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Tulsa, Las Vegas and Oakland, among other secondary markets.
Two AmericanIdol fans in York, Pennsylvania took a heated debate over season 12's top two to extremes when their argument ended in multiple stab wounds.
Karen Elaine Harrelson, 48, and Gregory L. Stambaugh, 57, were watching the Idol finale in the basement of Stambaugh's West Manchester Township home on Wednesday, May 15, when they got into a drunken argument over which finalist -- CandiceGlover or KreeHarrison -- should win the title.
American Idol finalist Angie Miller proved her songwriting chops on season 12 of the Fox show when she performed an original number, "You Set Me Free" and captured the judges' -- and America's -- hearts. Now a major publishing company is showing it's willing to bet on future music from the Beverly, Mass. native.