Is American Idol Ready for Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga and American Idol? Now that’s a combo I can’t wait to watch. What will the woman who isn’t afraid to wear a dress made out of meat say to the American Idolfinal four? Unfortunately since it is a ‘family’ show, we’re sure there probably won’t be any flank steak bikinis going on, but still, we are hoping Lady Gaga will be more entertaining than the boringly drab mentors they usually feature. Although, hell, ANYONE would have to be better than former Idol mentor Miley Cyrus. I mean, really? Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga Performing Monster - Photo by aphrodite-in-nyc, Wikimedia Commons

Although we are always happy to jump on board the Gaga train, we do have to wonder why on Earth the show producers decided to have her mentor during the week the contestants are required to perform Leiber & Stoller tunes. Then again, why the hell does American Idol keep dragging out these incredibly outdated and overdone themes? Is “Jailhouse Rock” or “Hound Dog” really the kind of music that is going to set teenage hearts pounding and launch the career of the next singing sensation? Could we at least move the music themes to sometime after the majority of the contestants were actually born?

Of all the remaining contestants, we can kind of see James Durbin having a little Lady Gaga in him there somewhere. Lauren Alainamight wish she did, but sorry hun, it’s just not happening. As for Haley Reinhart and Scotty Mcreery, well, we just want to watch Gaga’s face while they are singing. Just for funsies. Speaking of Haley though, we think it is a shame she didn’t learn enough from that fantastic duet with Casey Abrams. THAT is the kind of music that makes her voice sound heavenly divine. Her pipes were made for that genre. Too bad she really doesn’t quite seem to get that yet.

James Durbin for the win. Still calling it. Even with the echo of Adam Lambert hanging over his head.

“Vote for Haley” says Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams doesn’t seem all that sad about being voted off American Idol last week, and in fact he has now given his full support to Haley Reinhart.  Casey and Haley have both denied that they’re in a romantic relationship – Casey says he simply thinks Haley is the most talented of the five remaining contestants.

Internet polls seem to disagree, however – it seems that rocker James Durbin is the current favorite to win, and Haley is pretty consistently at the bottom of the poll standings, sometimes trading places with Jacob Lusk, whom voters also seem to think is likely to go home soon.  We’ll see who’s right later this week!

Steven Tyler says he blew $20 million on drugs

It’s hard to tell whether Steven Tyler is trying to show off or whether he’s honestly trying to help others by example, but recently he has been telling interviewers that he spent an estimated $20 million on drugs over the course of his decades-long career.

He says his addiction left him with almost nothing, having sold a Porsche, a plane, and his home in order to pay for his cocaine habit.  Tyler has been in rehab eight times, and has only vowed to make it work this time because his son pleaded with him.  Also, Tyler says that being a judge on American Idol has made a difference, as he doesn’t want to embarrass himself on live television.

J-Lo and Skeletor get their own music show

It’s no secret that Jennifer Lopez has always given favor to American Idol contestants who sing in Spanish, so now she and husband Marc Anthony have been handed their own TV show so they can find even more people to sing Latin music for them.  The show is going to be called Q’Viva! The Chosen (yes, really), and rather than being a competition, it’s going to be something… else.

Apparently Jennifer and Marc are going to travel all around the American continents, searching for the best Latin performers in the most unlikely places.  The idea, of course, is to uncover talent that would otherwise die a lonely death, but I imagine the hosts and producers of the show stand to gain just a little bit of money and attention, as well.  They need to fire whoever came up with that name, though

American Idol accused of discrimination

Some people will do anything to cause a scandal – a young woman by the name of Ashley Kauffman, who attended the American Idol show last week, is claiming that Idol producers sent her to the back of the studio, out of the range of the cameras, because they said she was too fat to sit up front where she could be seen.

A representative for American Idol says that this is simply not true – according to them, Kauffman and two of her friends sat in the floor section, in direct line of the cameras, and that they were nowhere near the back.  Certainly Kauffman most realize that Idol has the video evidence to back their story up, so there’s no telling where she thinks she’s going with this tale of fabricated discrimination.

Pia Toscano gets a record deal

After the shock of Pia Toscano being eliminated from American Idol last week, record companies have been scrambling to make sure the young woman’s talent doesn’t go to waste.  Interscope Records rushed in to make sure that no one got there before them, and within a couple of days they had a contract ready for her to sign.  She’s expected to make it official this week.

Not everyone was surprised that things went this way, though – producer Nigel Lythgoe says that Pia was never even close to the top of the weekly results, and based on that he doesn’t think she would have had a chance at winning, anyway.  And the scandal of being eliminated has brought her a lot of attention, so this will probably work out well for her career.

Simon Cowell talks about X Factor and Idol

Simon Cowell has been promoting his upcoming show, The X Factor, and as you can imagine, he’s having to answer to all sorts of comparisons with his former show, American Idol.  Cowell recently said that the current judges on Idol are putting up with performances that never would have made the cut in previous seasons, and that he’s hoping The X Factor will bring back a certain strict standard to the talent show format.

Cowell went on to say that although Idol contestants tend to be formulaic, he wants people to know that contestants on the X Factor could be more distinctive, more out-there, and that artists of all kinds are encouraged to audition.  Bring on the crazies!