Philadelphia is called “The City of Brotherly Love” and for good reason. Even ousted American Idol contestants like Jermaine Jones are greeted with open arms.
Such was the case on Monday night, when the gentle giant himself was spotted outside of South Philly's Wells Fargo Center taking pictures and signing autographs with fans of the Fox show. Yes, he even posed with yours truly (and my Idol Worship devotee and deserving daughter, Amanda). A quick chat revealed that he got together for a pre-show dinner with Joshua Ledet the previous night, while after the show, he serenaded enthusiastic crowds as they exited the latest stop of the American Idol Live tour.
As the next phase of American Idol auditions draws near -- specifically, the part we see on television where pop star hopefuls perform for a panel of celebrity judges -- some behind-the-scenes drama is brewing among top brass at the Fox show. You could even say it's fizzing over.
If running up the Billboard charts were an Olympic event, Phillip Phillips would be collecting three gold medals today. Thanks to some valuable musical exposure on NBC’s broadcast of the summer games for his American Idol coronation song “Home,” Phillips’ tune races 47-1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, 44-1 on the Hot Digital Tracks chart and 10-1 on Rock Digital Songs.
The rumor mill is running on fumes at this point as practically every pop star imaginable has had his or her name floated as a possible replacement for American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Not that any of the three music-turned-TV stars has made an exit announcement -- official or otherwise -- but hey, it’s fun to play this game! Not.
Moments after Nicki Minaj took the American Idol stage on Thursday -- and sassed judge Jennifer Lopez from yards away -- the rapper and pop star stopped to talk to THR special correspondent and Idol season 9 alum Didi Benami about television competition shows.
Is a feud brewing between Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez?
Following her performance of the dance-y single "Starships" on Thursday's results show, Minaj seized the moment to needle Jennifer Lopez, a fellow diva with an equally attention-getting wardrobe and ample derriere.
"I was hoping maybe I could come back and be a guest judge," Minaj declared from the stage, adding: "J-Lo, can you scoot over a little bit?"
American Idol has lost its comic relief: Heejun Han, the New Yorker whose perpetual smirk kept viewers wondering whether he took the show seriously, said goodbye Thursday night, leaving eight remaining finalists in his wake.
Han reprised his rendition of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You," but judges declined to use their "save" privilege to keep him in the competition.
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."