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 Then again, why the hell does American Idol keep dragging out these incredibly outdated and overdone themes?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.

Lady Gaga gets defensive; drops an R bomb

Last year it was Jennifer Aniston who got in trouble for using the word “retard” in an interview, and now it’s Lady Gaga‘s turn.  When asked in a recent interview whether she thought her songs and her persona in general were too reminiscent of Madonna, Gaga flew into a rage and called the recent allegations of plagiarism “retarded.”

She went on to say that there is nothing derivative about her music, and that as a songwriter she prides herself on her originality.  Gaga claims that it is ridiculous to compare anything she has ever done to anything Madonna has ever done.  Now, of course, no one cares about the originality thing anymore – they just want to know if she’s going to apologize for saying “retarded.”

Lady Gaga cuts ties with Target

Lady Gaga is nothing if not loyal to her principles, and recently she has ended a partnership with Target over the retailer’s connection with anti-gay politics.  Target was set to have exclusive rights to a deluxe edition of Gaga’s new album, but it seems they donated money to a political candidate who has spoken out against gay marriage.

Gay rights activists voiced their concern to Lady Gaga, and as always, she was quick to act – she contacted Target about making up for their past mistakes, but the two sides could not come to an agreement, so Gaga backed out of their business partnership.  No word as to how much money she’ll lose because of it, or indeed how much money Target will lose.

Lady Gaga’s Madonna rip-offs becoming more blatant

There have always been comparisons between Lady Gaga and Madonna, some more favorable than others, but now it’s getting pretty obvious that Gaga is not just honoring Madonna, but pretty much copying her.  Gaga’s new single, “Born This Way,” was released last Friday, and immediately people were talking about how it’s so reminiscent of classic Madonna tracks that the resemblance can’t be denied.

Express Yourself” and “Vogue” are the two songs that most often come up when people are asked what they think the new Gaga single sounds like, but some have said that it’s reminiscent of “Like a Prayer” or even TLC’s “Waterfalls.”  Good thing imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue’s Power Issue

Once a year, Vogue magazine puts out a Power Issue, and though some would say it’s a sad comment on our society that a pop singer is considered powerful, Lady Gaga graces the cover of the issue.  She’s got a bit of a different look going on, with a pink wig and an outfit that’s a lot more minimal than her usual fare.

In the Vogue article, Gaga describes herself as having “one of the greatest voices in the industry” and asserts her belief that she is one of the greatest songwriters.  She goes on to say that she doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with being confident in your abilities… and then she said approximately ten other things about how great she is.

Grammy performers announced

The performers for this year’s Grammy Awards have been announced, and it’s a pretty impressive line-up with Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Katy Perry all chipping in with a song.  Cee-Lo Green is also slated to perform, though presumably he’ll be doing the tamed-down version of his hit single rather than the version we actually like.

It’ll be interesting to see what Eminem has to bring to the mix – Gaga is bound to do something big and flashy, and Katy Perry tends to be a bit gimmicky, as well.  Eminem… well, he just does his thing, and usually that’s enough.  Soon we’ll get to see if he still has it, as the Grammys air on the 13th of February.

Lady Gaga postpones Paris show – again

Paris just doesn’t seem to be working out very well for Lady Gaga.  A show scheduled for October had to be postponed due to street demonstrations regarding the legal retirement age, and now the rescheduled show has had to be postponed yet again, this time because of the heavy winter storms covering the region.

Gaga’s equipment trucks were prevented from reaching the venue because of safety regulations that limit the maximum weight load certain roads can handle in the snow.  She wanted to do a version of her show without her elaborate stage setup, but even the power sources and the sound system were unavailable, so the show has had to be postponed again.  Perhaps the third time will be the charm?