During rehearsals for American Idol at the Mirage Hotel’s Love Theatre, home to Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love in Las Vegas, season 12's top 10 guys took some time backstage to hang with The Hollywood Reporter. Among the topics discussed: their road to the finals, influences and brushes with Idols past.
During rehearsals for American Idol at the Mirage Hotel’s Love Theatre, home to Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love in Las Vegas, season 12's top 10 girls took some time backstage to hang withThe Hollywood Reporter. Among the topics discussed: their lifelong passions for music and Idol, influences and what it's like to be recognized in public.
When Zoanette Johnson first auditioned for American Idol with a wacky cover of the national anthem and a demand to be invited to the White House, befuddled viewers were shocked to see she earned a golden ticket.
She then stunned audiences with a frenzied improvised song behind a drum kit during Hollywood Week.
American Idol continues its “field trip” this week, originating at Las Vegas' Love Theatre inside the Mirage hotel on the nights when Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love is dark. Among the Idol loyalists in the audience? The Hollywood Reporter, keeping eyes and ears peeled to bring you these eight behind-the-scenes things you didn't see on the broadcast:
Between rehearsals, elimination shows, photo shoots, make-up and hair sessions and media interviews, American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey all have schedules that keep them going every waking hour, as does host Ryan Seacrest.
THE MONROE DOCTRINE: It looks like a cast album to the new Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, but Smash: Bombshell is actually a television soundtrack, the second one to chart from the NBC show Smash. One of the vocalists featured on this new release is the runner-up from season five of American Idol and a star of Smash, Katharine McPhee.
Aspiring ventriloquist Halie Hilburn famously tried to make it to Hollywood on American Idol season 12 with her beloved puppet Oscar, but ditched her pal at the request of judge Keith Urban, who said her sidekick was "holding her back."
After Wednesday night’s disastrous episode of Don’tForgetTheLyrics, er, AmericanIdol, the show insisted on reminding the audience how many years it has been (six) since a girl has won the Fox singing competition.
Nicki Minaj's transformation into the New Simon Cowell is now complete, and it is a magnificent thing to behold.
While she was wild and warm during season 12's auditions, Minaj became cold as ice during the men's solo round of Hollywood Week on Thursday, crushing contestant's hopes and dreams with a show-no-mercy, Cowell-like honesty.