"Whhhhaaat?" and "Daaayum!" was how X Factor finalist Chris Rene reacted after seeing Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone perform on American Idol during Whitney Houston week. Although brand-loyal to the show that launched his career, the 29-year-old Santa Cruz native was so impressed with the girls' singing chops, he's become a vocal fan and insisted THR pass along a video message.
Tuesday night’s episode of American Idol, which followed what seemed like the longest audition process ever, with endless emergency room visits, flu bouts, and even a peek at Steven Tyler’s derriere, we finally got to hear the first live performances from the top 25.
With Simon Cowell, out of sight certainly does not mean out of mind.
Take, for example, the current brouhaha over who might be the next X Factor judge -- Mariah Carey? Janet Jackson? Katy Perry? Pink? It seems to be all people want to talk about, while the American Idol gang looks, well, idle.
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:
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest along with the show’s three judges, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, executive producer Ken Warwick, Fox Alternative Programming head Mike Darnell and FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz took the stage at the 2012 Television Critics Association to talk about America’s No.
American Idol Season Two runner up Clay Aiken found it easier to face notoriously crabby former Idol judge Simon Cowell than Donald Trump, whom he takes on in the new season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.
Among the 12 million viewers who are watching The X Factor every week is a select group of people who know better than anyone what the contestants on the freshman series are experiencing: the American Idol alumni, who have gone through a very similar experience themselves. (According to an insider, a few Idol grads even tried out for X Factor this year, among them: season 6's Lakisha Jones and Haley Scarnato and season 7's David Hernandez.)
Though Simon Cowell and American Idol co-creator Simon Fuller have been in a very public feud for years and most recently over the U.S. broadcast of The X Factor,Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has managed to steer clear of the drama for the most part.
A kinder, gentler Simon Cowell? Don't let that pink sweater fool you.
If the new promo for The X Factor proves anything, it’s that the gloves are most certainly off when it comes to Fox’s slate of competing singing contests. How else do you explain Cowell’s not-so-subtle digs at American Idol, the TV show that made him an international star?
How about we just call it like it is: Jennifer Lopez’s recent admission to the BBC that she’s “on the fence” about returning to American Idol next season is likely nothing more than a ploy for a pay hike. Lopez’s current salary: a reported $12 million. How high could her demand ultimately go? Another $23 million, if the Simon Cowell budget is your barometer.