Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music1 hr ago
The bad news is, there's no actual Hello Kitty cameo in Avril Lavigne's new "Hello Kitty" music video. And the good news is… well, there is no good news. "Hello Kitty" is mewlingly terrible.
Avril's bizarrely bad new clip premiered Tuesday night, and the claws instantly came out on the Internet, with music fans calling out Avril (and by proxy, her husband Chad Kroeger, who co-wrote the song) for ripping off Skrillex's side-shaved haircut and Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls" shtick from more than a decade ago — not to mention for inappropriately appropriating Japanese culture.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks16 hrs ago
Last year on "American Idol's" rival show "The X Factor," a contestant named Bree Randall claimed she was " — a semantically incorrect sentence that was ultimately her undoing. But when it comes to the current crop of contestants on "Idol" Season 13, there's actually some truth to that statement. Music truly seems to be in their DNA.
Alex Preston has the most famous musical relative of all the contestants: his cousin is country star Jo Dee Messina. "She was my first concert, too," he reminisces. "She's been so supportive of me, and she even let me live at her house in Nashville as I pursued music. She supports me in this 'Idol' journey, too — always tweeting to her fans to watch! She is a big inspiration."
Reminder ! Watch my cousin Alex Preston tonight on idol. Gooooooo Alex !!! http://t.co/xWvIO264CJ
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks17 hrs ago
The first results show of "The Voice" Season 6 took place Tuesday, and it aired uneventfully, with no real surprises. Perhaps the only mild shocker was the fact that two Team Shakira contestants were in the bottom three, since Shakira had seemed to have such a strong team going into the top 12.
So the bottom three comprised Team Shakira's Tess Boyer and Dani Moz, and Team Usher's T.J. Wilkins. The low iTunes sales for T.J. and Dani — the only two contestants that didn't even crack the iTunes top 200 this Monday — obviously sealed/foretold their fates. As for Tess, who I'd predicted would be up for elimination this week, her odd song assignment, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You," did her no favors; it didn't define the type of artist she is, nor did it tap into any sort of fun '80s nostalgia. Tess was the third-lowest iTunes-charter of the week, at number 176.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks1 day ago
Ah, the magic of live television. "The Voice" Season 6 finally went live with the top 12 finalists this Monday, and the show was not without its problems. Specifically, during an otherwise lovely performance of Sugarland's "Stay" by Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin, her microphone shorted out, and for more than 20 seconds, there was… silence . On a SINGING COMPETITION, there was no singing.
Conspiracy theorists may have wondered if NBC's powers-that-be had it out for poor Kristen. After all, she was the only contestant in the top 12 whose two past Battle Rounds performances had been ruthlessly edited, and she was the only performer this Monday who experienced any technical difficulties. If this latest setback had dented (or just plain crushed) Kristen's confidence, not a single viewer would have blamed her if she'd crumbled on live TV.
But Kristen did not crumble.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks4 days ago
Gwen Stefani recently joined Pharrell onstage at Coachella, and it looks like she'll be joining him again soon, this time for much longer, when she sits next to him in one of "The Voice's" big red chairs.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks4 days ago
Although Jedward, aka "double divas of Dublin" John and Edward Grimes, were considered novelty contestants when they placed sixth on "The X Factor U.K." in 2009, they've managed to carve out quite a career for themselves since, with endorsement deals, several television shows, two competitive performances at Eurovision, and three albums to their credit.
[Related: Exclusive Jedward Interview]
But now at age 22, they're ready to really be taken seriously, as they prepare to release their fourth album, "Free Spirit" — the first album written and produced by the twins themselves. And Yahoo Music is thrilled to present the online premiere of the album's title track (out on iTunes May 17).
This week on "American Idol," Jessica Meuse, one of the few contestants this season who'd never been in the bottom two or three, received such a blatant busing, the show might as well have been sponsored by Greyhound.
The judges gave Jessica's perfectly fine performance of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead" an unfairly harsh critique; dug up long-forgotten embarrassing footage of her from Hollywood Week; and even slammed the David Gray song she'd selected for fellow contestant Sam Woolf. I seriously hadn't witnessed such an obvious smear campaign against an "Idol" finalist since the judges inexplicably had it out for Haley Reinhart in Season 10.
Ten years ago this month, "Star Search" went off the air for good. The pioneering TV talent competition, which had its heyday during its Ed McMahon years from 1983 to 1995, underwent an Arsenio Hall-hosted reboot in 2003, but by that time, a little show called "American Idol" had come along and stolen its thunder.
But truth be told, no talent show, not even "Idol," ever spawned as many superstars as "Star Search" did. Many hugely successful singers got their start on the charmingly cheesy show (including future Idols David Archuleta, Diana DeGarmo, and Kimberly Caldwell; current "Voice" contestant Josh Kaufman; and two "Voice" coaches, Christina Aguilera and Usher). Interestingly, many of these singers didn't win . But that obviously didn't slow them down.
This Wednesday, the "American Idol" top seven contestants performed each other's song picks, and surprisingly, no one threw anyone under the bus. Well, actually, the judges totally threw Jessica Meuse under the bus. But the contestants all played nice with each other!
And playing nice today with "The Day After" is "Idol" alum Alex Trugman, who you may remember from his "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" Season 8 performance or his recent star turn in the instant classic "Jewvangelist."
While Alex admittedly hasn't faithfully followed "Idol" since he was on the show five (FIVE!) years ago, he's back on board after watching this week and checking out all the many format changes, from the more deluxe set to the addition of judge Harry Connick Jr. Check out what Alex had to say about Season 13 and this week's performances in today's chat!
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks6 days ago
This Wednesday on "American Idol," the unprecedented theme was "Competitors' Picks," meaning the top seven contestants chose songs for each other. The potential for sabotage was great, but everyone played nice. No one picked "Let's Get It On" for reluctant heartthrob Sam Woolf, or "My Humps" for stone-faced Jessica Meuse, or Justin Bieber's "Baby" for macho rocker Caleb Johnson, etc.
So I guess these kids really do like each other. If this theme had been introduced last season, the shadiest "Idol" season ever, it would have been a very different situation. I can only imagine with a shudder what Curtis Finch Jr. might have selected for Lazaro Arbos.
Truth be told, this current crop of contestants often showed better judgment choosing songs for each other than they have when choosing songs for themselves. "Idol" should consider having a "Competitors' Picks" theme every week. Overall, this was one of the best "Idol" episodes in a long time.