Some might say Phillip Phillips had us at hello. Specifically: that fateful first audition in Savannah, Ga., some 200 miles from his hometown of Leesburg, when the 21-year-old looker sang Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as it never had been sung before. Strumming an acoustic guitar like his life depended on it -- even breaking a string midway through -- he revealed an unexpected blue-eyed soul in two minutes flat.
When American Idol winner David Cook returned to the stage that launched his career on Thursday, the purpose was to debut a brand new song, "The Last Song I'll Write For You," and offer a sonic sneak peek at his musical future. But his appearance also prompted many viewers to look back at the past -- to season 7 when the Missouri native first wowed an unsuspecting audience of some 30 million viewers with his always memorable performances and endless charm, turning out to be one of the most beloved victors the show had ever seen.
American Idol is ramping up for some big bookings as season 11 winds down for the year.
On April 30, it was announced that series favorite and season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert would be performing his latest single, "Never Close Our Eyes," on May 17 and this week comes news that season 7 winner David Cook will debut a brand new song on the Idol stage on May 10.
On next week's American Idol, the remaining nine contestants will take on songs from their own Idols, Fox announced on Thursday night. The non-specific theme reveal comes on the heels of Billy Joel night, which sent finalist Erika Van Pelt packing following her performance of "New York State of Mind."
Calling all David Cook fans! The season 7 winner will be appearing on the show this year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. It will mark the Blue Springs, Missouri native's fourth year in a row returning to the stage that launched his rock career. Cook's performance is tentatively scheduled for May.
Scotty McCreery has snagged a new role on American Idol as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest.
The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "Please Remember Me" starting Thursday on Idol's results show. Wednesday night features performances by the top 13 finalists, one of whom is slated for elimination.
While American Idol's inclusion of Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane, sparked plenty of chatter this week, she certainly isn’t the first hopeful to try out for the show who's related to a celebrity -- or a previous Idol contender, for that matter. In fact, Carrey joins a growing list of siblings, sons, and daughters competing for the much coveted golden tickets and a shot at the title.
To wit: the following six alums, including one from this season, with famous family ties.
With American Idol season 11 (!) kicking off tonight, it feels fitting to take a look back at how we got here: to a show anchored by superstar judges and a tireless host, a dream maker and taker and a platform like no other.
Indeed, it’s been a long road that launched with meager beginnings – a makeshift judges’ table and the Texas-sized voice that could: Kelly Clarkson. She set the bar high but plenty have moved it along the way. From the first time a runner-up outsold a winner to the first eye-popping moment when Adam Lambert turned up the heat to 11, Idol has seen many game-changing contestants and performances in its decade on the air. Here, our picks for 10 that stand the test of time:
James Durbin knows the sting of American Idol rejection all too well. Not only was the Santa Cruz native thisclose to making the top 3 on season 10, but he was unceremoniously denied entry to season 8, too, never making it past the first round. “I auditioned with ‘Faithfully’ by Journey,” he recounts. “I had someone coaching me and he didn't know what he was doing. They asked to hear a second song, and I wasn't prepared to sing another.
American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook has left 19 Entertainment and signed with Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporterhas confirmed. In May, Cook's contract with 19's management arm came up for renewal. With the option to re-sign with 19 or go elsewhere, the rocker made the move to new management, although he remains a 19 Recordings artist.
Grabbing his guitar, David Cook launches into Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” with more than a hint of irony. “I gotta know tonight, if you’re alone tonight,” he sings from center stage at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Calif., trying his best to find the emotional core of the 1987 hit (Cook was five when it came out, his fairytale TV story still 21 years away). It doesn’t take long before the American Idol season 7 winner, who clenched his victory in large part by reimagining radio classics just like this one, breaks character and his band breaks down in quick succession.