Phillip Phillips & Jessica Sanchez [photo: Fox]From the moment that Phillip "P-Squared" Phillips walked into the "American Idol" audition room, I thought his Season 11 victory seemed preordained. (I actually wrote in my recap that night: "So basically, this guy just won, right? Like, do we even need to have an entire Season 11?") And four months later, I still haven't changed my prediction. Barring some major upset, Phillip Phillips will be the next American Idol. I suspect this will be a controversial result, but the man does have genuine talent, and he deserves a lot more credit than he's received this season. He's not just another "WGWG."Read More »from Why Phillip Phillips Will Win ‘Idol’ – And Why That’s Not Such A Bad Thing
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- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, May 21, 2012 12:20 PM PDT
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Mon, May 21, 2012 10:03 AM PDT
Mick Jagger took over "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend, and he was one of the best "SNL" hosts the show had had in a long, long time. And one of the most awesome skits of the night was "So You Think You Can Dance At An Outdoor Rock Festival," which featured Mick doing a better Steven Tyler than Steven Tyler himself, and Bill Hader doing a better impersonation of Dave Matthews than even Phillip Phillips!Read More »from Great Musical Moments In Reality TV: ‘So You Think You Can Dance At An Outdoor Rock Festival’
"American Idol" is in its final stretch, and while much of America is excited about this week's showdown between Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, I think there are a few other also-rans who really got robbed this season, contestants I would have at least liked to see get a shot at the finale. Season 11 was packed with talent, so much so that many awesome contestants--many of them, oddly, in the awesome Vegas group Groove Sauce!-- were sadly left on the sidelines this year.
Here are my picks for the 11 most-robbed contestants of "Idol" Season 11. Let's hope some of these singers get record deals anyway, or at least end up on "The Voice" or "The X Factor" in the future...Read More »from The 11 Most-Robbed Idols of Season 11
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Sat, May 19, 2012 8:34 PM PDT
There's an old adage in the music business that goes something like this: You have a lifetime to make your first album, and six months to make your second. But of course, if you're an "American Idol" contestant, and especially if you're an "Idol" winner, the opposite is true: Just five months after Kris Allen won "Idol" Season 8, his self-titled post-"Idol" debut was out in time for the holiday shopping rush. However, Kris waited two and a half years to follow up that effort with his new album, Thank You Camellia. And now, almost three years to the date of his "Idol" victory, he reenters a fickle marketplace already crowded with Idols (Camellia comes out the day before a new "AI" champ is named, in fact) and yet another John Mayer record.
But you know what? Thank You Camellia was well worth the wait. I wholeheartedly thank Kris, and the powers-that-be, for taking their time with one--and while I'm at it, I want to thank this Camellia chick, too.Read More »from Giving Thanks For Kris Allen’s ‘Thank You Camellia’
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, May 18, 2012 7:54 PM PDT
photo: Michael Becker/FoxSeason 11's "American Idol" finale is coming up, and while the top two finalists, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, have both had their amazing moments this year, some of the finest performances of this season came from contestants who've already been voted off. "American Idol" often works out that way, sadly. But the good news is, the top 12 will return to the "Idol" stage for the finale next Wednesday. And hopefully on Tuesday's final competitive show, Phillip and Jessica will deliver performances as fantastic as the ones listed below!
Here are my picks for the 10 best performances of "Idol" Season 11. Who is on your top 10 list?Read More »from The Top 10 Performances of ‘American Idol’ Season 11
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, May 18, 2012 5:01 PM PDT
Last night, "American Idol's" top two were revealed, and sadly, Joshua Ledet was not one of them. Joshua, clearly the judges' favorite and certainly one of my favorites, rather surprisingly went home in third place, with (the also worthy) Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez advancing to next week's Season 11 finale.
But cheering me up today is another one of my "Idol" favorites, from Season 10, and a fellow Ledet lover: Naima Adedapo, who dropped by to be my guest co-host for a very special episode of "The Day After"!Read More »from American Idol, The Day After: Top 3 Results Dish with Special Guest Naima Adedapo
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, May 18, 2012 4:20 PM PDT
Season 10 "American Idol" goddess of the growl, the fabulous Miss Haley Reinhart, recently came by Yahoo! Music to perform two songs from the aptly titled Listen Up!--her lushly retromodern debut album (think Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Nicole Atkins, Joss Stone) that is the perfect combination of sass and class.
Check out her performances below, and once again marvel at the fact that this girl only made it to third place...Read More »from Listen Up! And Watch! Haley Reinhart Performs at Yahoo!
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Fri, May 18, 2012 12:34 AM PDT
Adam Lambert performs on "Idol" [photo: Fox]Season 8 "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert fabulously performed his new Trespassing single "Never Close Our Eyes," resplendent in yellow neon and silver sharkskin, on "Idol's" top three results show this week--the same show on which one of his favorite Season 11 contestants, Jessica Sanchez, made it to the final two, but another one of his faves, Joshua Ledet, did not. When asked how he felt about this outcome (he'd recently controversially tweeted that he thought Jessica and Joshua "wiped the floor" with the other contestants), Adam revealed that he'd undergone a bit of a change of heart regarding Phillip Phillips.Read More »from Adam Lambert Offers Advice For Phillip & Jessica, Coyly Hints at ‘Idol’ Finale Prediction
- Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – Thu, May 17, 2012 11:20 PM PDT
Joshua says goodbye [photo: Fox]Joshua Ledet's third-place elimination on "American Idol" Thursday was a shock and a disappointment to many viewers, but there was one thing that wasn't disappointing about that night: His swan-song performance of "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World," arguably THE best exit song in "Idol" history. The judges were on their feet (of course), everyone was in tears, and even Joshua's beloved mama got in on the act. It was bittersweet to think that a phenom capable of such a stupendous performance would not be in next week's finale, but Joshua certainly went out in style--and he definitely set the bar for the two contestants, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, that remain.
Speaking backstage to Yahoo!'s Reality Rocks after his emotional elimination, Joshua said his last performance was a bit of blur. "I was, I don't know, I was just in that state of mind where I was ready to leave everything on that stage," he recalled, "because I've come so far...just making it to the top three out of the 200,000 people that auditioned was the most amazing thing ever."Read More »from Joshua Ledet Says He Left “Everything On That Stage”
An emotional goodbye [photo: Fox]For weeks now on "American Idol," it seemed like Joshua Ledet was the Season 11 contestant to beat--the judges certainly thought so, anyway. Steven Tyler once said Joshua was "one of the top two Idols of all time," Randy Jackson declared him "one of the best singers ever on this show," and Jennifer Lopez even called him "one of the best singers of the past 50 years." Joshua even received no less than sixteen standing ovations throughout the season. But apparently ovation number 16 was not so sweet--because this week, Joshua "Mantasia" Ledet narrowly missed making the finale, shockingly going home in third place, leaving Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez as the final two.
This was wrong. Just WRONG. Apparently, it's a man's, man's, man's world...but not a Mantasia's world.Read More »from ‘American Idol’ Results: And The Final Two Are…