American Idol Results: Did Someone Get Saved?

The Great 8 has become the Heavenly 7.

Or has it?

Following an impressive performance show that saw the remaining American Idol contestants rehash original audition songs, viewers were left with a difficult decision on Thursday: 

Who deserved to get voted out?

Sam Woolf is Saved!

The answer came down to Sam Woolf, Malaya Watson and C.J. Harris, as this trio earned the lowest number of votes.

Ryan Seacrest then announced that Woolf would be going home, unless his latest version of “Babylon” would be enough to earn the judges’ one save of Season 13.

And it was!

“We are unanimous. We’re going to use the save tonight,” J. Lo told the audience, as confetti fell and Woolf was mobbed by his fellow contestants.

On one hand, Woolf has to stick around because he’s a white guy with a guitar, right? On the other, he’s been in the Bottom 3 THREE times already. Isn’t in clear America is not in love with the guy?

What do you think, fans? Did the judges make the right call in saving Sam Woolf?

 

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American Idol Top 13 Recap: Beautiful? Or a Disaster?

We are officially off and running singing on American Idol Season 13.

The finalists took to the stage as a group for the first time on Wednesday and the results were decidedly mixed.

Things looked bleak throughout the opening hour, with a case of the nerves seemingly hitting a number of contestants.

But a handful in the back half showed promise and the judges continued to excel, giving us hope that all is not lost for this once-great competition.

Watch all 13 performances now and then cast your vote below:

Well done, Kristen O’Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing “Beautiful Disaster” now.

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Kristen O'Connor - "Beautiful Disaster"

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Kristen O’Connor – “Beautiful Disaster”

Well done, Kristen O’Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing “Beautiful Disaster” now.


Majesty Rose - "Tightrope"

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Majesty Rose – “Tightrope”

Majesty Rose walks a “Tightrope” for this American Idol performance. What do you think?


M.K. Nobilette - "Satisfaction"

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M.K. Nobilette – “Satisfaction”

M.K. Nobilette makes like Mick Jagger for this American Idol performance. What do you think of her taken on “Satisfaction?”


Caleb Johnson - "Pressure and Time"

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Caleb Johnson – “Pressure and Time”

Caleb Johnson takes to the American Idol stage here with a take on “Pressure and Time.” A job pretty well done!


Sam Woolf - "Unwell"

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Sam Woolf – “Unwell”

Sam Woolf is an early American Idol favorite. He sings “Unwell” for this performance.


Emily Piriz - "Glitter in the Air"

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Emily Piriz – “Glitter in the Air”

Emily Piriz does an impression of Pink with her rendition of “Glitter in the Air” during this American Idol performance.


Jessica Meuse - "The Crow And The Butterfly"

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Jessica Meuse – “The Crow And The Butterfly”

Jessica Meuse sings “The Crow And The Butterfly” here for her very first performance as part of the American Idol top 13.


Alex Preston - "A Beautiful Mess"

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Alex Preston – “A Beautiful Mess”

Alex Preston does his best impression here of Jason Mraz. He’s covering “A Beautiful Mess.”


Jena Irene - "The Scientist"

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Jena Irene – “The Scientist”

Jena Irene covers Coldplay with “The Scientist.” What do you make of her rendition?


C.J. Harris - "Radio"

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C.J. Harris – “Radio”

C.J. Harris sings “Radio” here for his first performance as part of the American Idol Top 13.


Ben Briley - "Folsom Prison Blues"

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Ben Briley – “Folsom Prison Blues”

Ben Briley goes all Johnny Cash for this American Idol performance of “Folsom Prison Blues.”


Malaya Watson - "Runaway Baby"

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Malaya Watson – “Runaway Baby”

Malaya Watson sang “Runaway Baby” for her first Top 13 performance. Check it out now!


Dexter Roberts - "Aw Naw"

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Dexter Roberts – “Aw Naw”

Dexter Roberts performs “Aw Naw” as part of the American Idol Top 13. What did you think of this rendition?


WHOSE PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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American Idol Alums to Judge Season 13?

It’s the worst kept secret in Hollywood: American Idol will employ a new set of judges for Season 13.

Will beloved mentor Harry Connick Jr. be among them? Will a huge name such as Justin Bieber or Rihanna agree to come on board?

What changes will the show make to regain its ratings-based footing?

American Idol Judges, Season 12

According to a new report, producers hope to revisit the past in order to boost the future, as they’ve allegedly contacted successful alums about coming on board the panel.

Sources tell E! News that Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson both have an interest in judging, while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also possibilities.

How likely in this scenario? An insider says the show is “95 percent there” in terms of signing up past fan favorites.

We actually think it’s a great idea. Do you concur? Should past contestants come back to judge Season 13?

 

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Nigel Lythgoe Blames Lack of "Chemistry" for American Idol Judging Problems

This just in: The American Idol Season 12 judging team didn’t work out so well.

In an interview with Haute Living, producer Nigel Lythgoe owned up to this not-so-astonishing fact, blaming a lack of overall chemistry for the ratings disaster instead of singling out any individual panelist.

Season 12 Panelists

“Chemistry is something that everyone has to contribute to,” Lythgoe said. “Each one of them is terrific on their own – they all bring something to the table – but they just don’t gel as a whole.”

Lythgoe praised Mariah Carey’s “wealth of knowledge” and said Nicki Minaj was “very focused” throughout the season.

He also referred to Keith Urban was a “wonderful guy” and said “America loves” departing judge Randy Jackson.

Still, even if Fox is yet to make it official, changes are clearly on the way. Jackson is already out. Everyone else is expected to soon join him.

Will Idol be able to lure a huge name such as Justin Bieber as a judge? Who do YOU think should judge American Idol Season 13?

 

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American Idol Semifinalists: Five Are Alive

And then there were five. Men, that is.

To join the five women from last night, as American Idol cut five male contestants tonight and moved five more on to the semifinals.

Did your favorite move on? Were you as unimpressed by these performances overall as we were? Or do you think the women have a real fight on their hands this year?

Below, we’ve listed the five men that advanced, along with the songs that helped get them there. Scroll down and then sound off!

  1. Elijah Liu – “Talking to the Moon”
  2. Paul Jolley – “Tonight I Want to Cry”
  3. Charlie Askew – “Rocket Man”
  4. Curtis Finch, Jr. – “Superstar”
  5. Devin Velez – “Listen”

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Was Diane Sawyer wasted during ABC’s election night coverage?

Oh my, Diane Sawyer was “maintaining” as Kaiser puts it, last night during her job as co-anchor for ABC’s election coverage. She was slurring her words, acting goofy, and basically embarrassing her co-anchor, George Stephanopoulos, who stared at her stony-faced as she went on babbling about the election. It was fun for me to watch on several levels. Of course because Sawyer was so visibly wasted, and also because I never watch ABC for election night, I flip between MSNBC and CNN. Plus I actually missed the point last night when they called the election for Obama! I was so tired I passed out before that happened. I’m still burned from staying up until 4am in 2000. Anyway, so many people noticed Diane’s inebriated state, and it was so non-debatable, that People Magazine is now carrying this story. It’s already a meme.

Barack Obama supporters had plenty to toast to Tuesday night when the President claimed victory over Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Also saying cheers to the end of a tight election season: Diane Sawyer?

Amid the nail-biting unveiling of the presidential election results, some viewers of ABC’s news coverage were just as focused on host Sawyer, 66, wondering on social media if her political celebrating got the best of her. Her seemingly odd conduct was even chronicled by the Associated Press, which noted her slow speech and the way she seemed to hold out her arms to prop herself up as the election night results trickled in.

Of course, social media outlets lit up with observations about the veteran broadcaster’s commentary, which seemed off and, at times, slurred, with co-host George Stephanopoulos.

But her coverage fell short for some political junkies, who wondered if the motto of the night was “four more years” … or “four more beers.”

The Internet’s infatuation with “Drunk Diane Sawyer” quickly followed in the footsteps of the debates’s Big Bird, binders full of women and bayonets. The comparatively light-hearted political commentary continued through the results — on a parody account.

[From People]

Here’s a link to the Drunk Diane Sawyer Twitter account that People mentions – it’s hilarious.

im not drunk u gusys r dunk

— Drunk Diane Sawyer (@DrnkDianeSawyer) November 7, 2012

As Crazy Days and Nights puts it, Paula Abdul was like this for a few seasons on American Idol. We can learn to live with occasionally drunk Diane Sawyer. She makes much more sense than Paula ever did.

In response to this story, an ABC executive supposedly told The Daily Mail (off the record, so they could be making it up) that Diane was just “exhausted” and that “Diane’s been up for days and she’s had many sleepless nights. She was covering the hurricane and then preparing for the election broadcast.” It sounds like how I prepare for Oscar night – with some cocktails.

Ready, set at the @abc desk for Election Night. RT if you’ll be watching as America chooses a President. #YourVoice twitter.com/DianeSawyer/st…

— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) November 6, 2012

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Election Day: Best of Celebrity Tweets



Barack Obama. Mitt Romney.

One of the two will be elected President of the United States today. Sorry, third-party candidate backers … even Gary Johnson says he has no chance.

What’s the celebrity world thinking right now, with the future of the free world hanging in the balance? Read some of the best Election Day tweets below!

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NICKI MINAJ

    Beyond proud of your passion to let your voice be heard. Happy Election Day

JENNIFER LOPEZ

    If you are an American, today is the day to make your voice heard! Find your polling place and vote today!

FERGIE

    I have made my choice. My hope is 4 President @BarackObama 2 get reelected & get more time 2 turn this country around.

TORI SPELLING

    We all have a voice. Today we get to use. It’s our children’s future. Be a part of building it #election2012

SHONDA RHIMES

    While you should vote your conscience, I hope that conscience includes our LGBT brothers and sisters and their rights.

IAN SOMERHALDER

    VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE. Be patient pls, its worth it. Workers at polling places move like molasses on a cold day(very slowly) unfortunately

PITBULL

    get out there and make a difference in our country daleeeee ponte las pila #election2012 #vote

ELIZABETH BANKS

    Me and @oliviawilde are voting for @BarackObama TOMORROW  Get inspired to vote with this great speech… #Election2012 @CristinaOpina

RYAN SEACREST

    spoke to @BarackObama – breaking – his guilty pleasure is nachos & guac

EVA LONGORIA

    Here we go America!!! Election Day is finally here! Vote! Vote! Vote!

B.J. NOVAK

    vote, you bunheads

ZACH BRAFF

    If you’re lucky, you get to borrow this planet for 100 years or so. Whilst here, you must opine on how it’s run. Vote.

MELISSA JOAN HART

    Finish this sentence for me… Being a republican in Hollywood is like being…..???? #election2012

PAULINA RUBIO

    #WeVoteWeWin Obama! http://bit.ly/SuGFkY PLEASE RETWEET Latinos a votar!

AMBER ROSE

    Off to the polls for my grandson

MINDY KALING

    “I guess being able to vote is kind of an American humblebrag.” said the insufferable first date guy, somewhere, this evening.

GABRIELLE UNION

   Observed or experienced Voter Intimidation (?) – please contact: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.. that’s (866) 687-8683

STEPHEN COLBERT

    Rock the Vote! Or if you’re middle-aged with a sentimental side, Easy Listen the Vote!

NICK LACHEY

    People, get out and vote today! This year, more than ever, every vote counts. This is your right AND privilege. #VOTE

PAULA ABDUL

    First thing that came to my mind this morning was a 4 letter word: #vote :)) Happy Election Day! xoxoP #Election2012

KERI HILSON

    Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you’re a registered voter & are turned away from the polls for ANY reason. Let no one take your voice away!! #VOTE

LIL SCRAPPY

    After you Vote and you hop in yo car, take a pic of your i Voted Sticker lets keep it Legal !! we gotta win #TEAMOBAMA !!

PATRICK DEMPSEY

    Get out and vote !

PETER FACINELLI

    Make sure u vote today. Ure vote counts and does make a difference.

FRANK OCEAN

    Vote for Obama.

GAYLE KING

    Just voted! Important to make sure YOUR candidate knows you cared. so make YOUR pick&watch election coverage I recommend @CBS you’re welcome

PAULA DEEN

    Your vote counts, but only if you cast it. We are blessed to have this freedom, so make the time today to not take it for granted.

BETHENNY FRANKEL

    It’s election day! Vote! Vote! Vote! It’s what gives you the voice that many others don’t have. This one is a nail biter!

NE-YO

    GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!!!

T.I.

    Let’s go vote…!

MARCIA CROSS

    So excited to vote! What a privilege!! WE THE PEOPLE.. Be part of the WE. Xo m

RUSSELL SIMMONS

    Proud to cast my vote for Barack Obama!! Doing tv to promote voting .. Wherever u are get someone beside yourself to vote !!!!!!

JOAN RIVERS

    I’m off to vote!!!

ROSEANNE

    Vote for ME Roseanne Barr Tuesday November 6th

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Who Got the First 10s?



After last Tuesday’s shocking double elimination, Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ fourth week featured the nine survivors showing off some of their best moves yet.

Some of them even scored perfect 10s for their efforts.

Watch them all here and see their scores in our recap!

Week 4’s DWTS: All-Stars scores, out of 40 due to the presence of guest judge Paula Abdul:

  • Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 39.5 (10s except from Len, stingy with that half-point)
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 39.5 (Same as Giles)
  • Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 37.5 (Two 10s)
  • Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 37 (One 10)
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 36
  • Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel: 35.5
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 34.5
  • Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 32
  • Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30

Who do you think’s going home tonight? Will it be Kirstie Alley or Bristol Palin? Or will the voters shock us once again by taking someone from the middle of the pack?

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Britney Spears and Demi Lovato announced as X Factor judges, how will they do?


We’ve heard the announcement that Britney Spears will be joining the American version of “X Factor,” and there were rumors that Demi Lovato was in talks to also become a judge. Last night both stars joined Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid at the Fox Upfronts to make the official announcement. Spears and Lovato will be replacing first season judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. TMZ has video of the upfronts, with both Britney and Demi making brief prepared remarks on stage. Britney’s voice falters a little bit and she looks scared to be there. It’s kind of hard to watch, and I’m hoping that Simon and the other higher-ups at X Factor make sure that she’s comfortable and supported while she’s on the show. She’s only done her own press very rarely and it may take her some time to get accustomed to being on television. Here’s more, thanks to the Detroit Free Press:

It’s official: Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will be judges when the second season of the U.S. edition of “The X Factor” debuts this fall.

“I’m a huge fan of the show and now I get to be a part of the action,” Spears said during Fox’s upfront presentations to advertisers in New York City.

While details of the two stars’ new contracts weren’t revealed, reports over the last few weeks suggested Spears would be signing a $15-million deal.

Spears and Lovato will sit alongside Simon Cowell, the show’s creator, and music executive L.A. Reid. The two pop stars replace former judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who, along with host Steve Jones, were fired by Cowell following the conclusion of the singing competition’s first season.

“I’m absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us,” Cowell said. “Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world; she’s talented, fascinating — and I believe she knows exactly how to spot ‘The X Factor.’

“Demi’s had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She’s young, confident and enthusiastic,” the outspoken TV personality said. “I think it’s really important that she speaks to our younger audience.”

[From The Detroit Free Press]

As opposed to Britney, Demi looked and acted much more confident on stage. Demi has done plenty of interviews recently and I don’t doubt that she’ll be able to handle herself on X Factor. As Bedhead mentioned, Demi may have problems going in front of the camera and dealing with the criticism and scrutiny that go along with that. She’s mentioned that she feels “fragile… in front of the camera” when she’s acting. How is she going to feel as a judge on an unscripted show?

I’ll be honest, I’m worried about Britney. She’s a shy person and it’s going to take some coaxing and the right environment to help her out of her shell. Is Cowell capable of creating that environment?

Here are photos from the Fox Upfronts, as well as a Twitpic of Britney in the white dress she wore to make the announcement. (More photos of her in that dress are here.) It wasn’t flattering on her. She needs to move away from the tight short numbers she sported at the beginning of her career. This eggplant-colored v-neck dress is somewhat better.

Also, I’m not a fan of Demi’s bleached hair. She switches up her haircolor often, so it’s possible she’ll change it again soon. I actually like Demi’s bright patterned dress, even with that weird trailing piece at the front. It’s contemporary and it works on her.

TMZ just reported that Demi’s X Factor salary is in the low seven figures. Britney received a reported $15 million for just this single season.

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It’s Official – Britney Spears Will Join The X Factor Next Season

Oh I’m so excited! It has been confirmed that Britney Spears will join fellow judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as one of the judges of The X Factor for the upcoming season.

Rumours had been swirling for quite some time now that Brit was in negotiations to join the show after previous judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were let go, and today E! confirmed the news.  According to their source;

The contract is signed.  There’s been a lot of back and forth over the past few weeks as they negotiated the small details, but she’s on. It’s all completed and Britney is beyond excited.”

Brit reportedly signed a one year $15 million deal.  This will definitely make me tune in to the next season of The X Factor – will you?

 

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