In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of Hits and Misses. This week, Angelina Jolie undergoes preventative double mastectomy procedure and Chris Brown is scaring the neighbourhood kids with his terrible art.
HIT: Angelina Jolie undergoes double mastectomy to lower her chances of getting cancer
She’s a heroine on and off screen! After discovering she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer, Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing either. In an Op-Ed she wrote for the New York Times she wrote, “I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.” Brad Pitt, of course, was beside her every step of the way saying that she is “absolutely heroic.”
MISS: Chris Brown scares the neighborhood kids with his crappy art
He can sing, he can dance, but Chris Brown CANNOT paint. The “celebrity” painted fang-bearing goblins outside of his Hollywood Hills home which are scaring the neighbourhood kids. As such, the “bad boy” has been ordered to take down the images within 30 days or else face a fine. While the $376 (USD) fine probably is chump change to him, do you think he’ll take them down out of respect? “”There are scarier creatures on Harry Potter,” he tweeted. “Get a … life!” So, no.
HIT: Gwyneth Paltrow (tries) to cover her tracks, says she was thrilled to be at the MET Ball
Carly Rae Jepsen premiered a new song titled “Take A Picture” during the first of American Idol’s two-part season finale, Wednesday night.
Jepsen got a little help from her fans when it came to writing the new track. As part of the Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony contest, her fans were able to vote on their favourite lyrics that would ultimately make it onto the final product. “It was great to ask fans and find the answer to ‘What do the listeners love’,” the 27-year-old told Teen Vogue. She added that even though she didn’t have any say in how the song turned out, it was a really cool process.
Fans of the singing reality show can watch American Idol crown their winner on tonight’s show.
Help Carly Rae Jepsen write a new song in honour of American Idol and Coke’s Perfect Harmony program!
The “Call Me Maybe” singer has already written the beginning and it’s up to you to help her finish. Go over to www.americanidol.com/perfectharmony to listen to what she has so far. Fans can then vote for their favourite lyric from the three provided every week. The winning lyrics will be included in a new verse. Once the song is complete, Jepsen will sing the new track during the American Idol season finale.
WATCH CARLY TALK ABOUT PERFECT HARMONY BELOW:
Thanks to Coca-Cola, ANDPOP will be giving away an amazing prize pack in honour of Carly Rae Jepsen and American Idol’s Perfect Harmony program. All you have to do is to do is fill out the form below and tell us what your favourite lyric has been so far! Only residents of Canada (excluding Québec) may enter. The deadline to do so is May 14, 2013 (the day before the finale shows).
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- iPod Shuffle
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The season 4 American Idol winner is hitting a big milestone today! She’s turning thirty!
Since her 2005 debut, the country crooner has sold $15 million albums worldwide, and cranked out numerous #1 hits including “Before He Cheats,” “Carnival Ride,” and “Undo It.” (not to mention she married the very attractive Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher – you go girl).
In honour of her birthday, I’m posting my favourite Carrie Underwood song of all time: “Blown Away.” I never get over how amazing it is!
What’s your favourite Carrie Underwood song?
It has been quite a journey for American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. After winning in May 2012, he went from his parent’s pawn shop to having a platinum hit with “Home,” which also happened to be the official song of the US women’s gymnastic’s team during the London Games.
That’s a lot to take in in a short amount of time.
His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on Nov. 19. In this exclusive video, Phillips talks about his journey: “Having this all happen in such a short amount of time is just a blessing because I love music so much. It’s very therapeutic for me and I’m sure it is for so many other people. To be able to do that, to say I do this for a living, is just amazing,” he said.
In the midst of travelling and meeting so many new people, he has managed to stay grounded, remembering those moments at the beginning of his career: “I remember playing gigs and there’d be like five or ten people there,” he said. “I remember those small gigs when nobody was really listening. Now everybody’s just so into it when I go out to play and it’s an amazing feeling.”
For someone who used to play for free food, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has sure come along way.
“One night we were gonna play at a restaurant and gonna get paid but then it started snowing and no one else came to the show. It was just me my brother-in-law and I think my girlfriend. We cancelled the gig but it gave us free food and then we started playing for free food,” he said. “You just do what you gotta do to get out there.”
The Georgia singer was crowned Idol of the eleventh season of the show in May of 2012 and since then found success with his coronation song “Home,” which is on his debut album The World From The Side of the Moon.” It became the best selling of all the coronation songs.
Although it has been a whirlwind since then, Phillip’s prefers to stay at home. In our new episode of Small Talk the singer talked about being a homebody at heart and writing embarrassing teenage love ballads.
Watch it here
Nicki Minaj went on Ellen this morning to talk about the feud she apparently had with Mariah Carey a few months ago that was caught on video. Minaj says she “cannot hold a grudge,” and she doesn’t know if Mariah Carey is holding one. If she is? Minaj doesn’t care.
Minaj begged us and Ellen to believe that she’s NOT psycho. She also told Ellen about the strenuous hours already spent on the American Idol set, fearing she’ll say something nasty during upcoming live shows. Leave it to Ellen to eloquently tell Minaj what SHE thinks the popstar’s true problem is — that “Logical Nicki” likes to step back while “Crazy Nicki’s” passion gets the better of her.
Minaj also talked to Ellen about her dating life, specifically her ring and her New Year’s kiss. I’m not sure what is more embarrassing… being grilled on your dating life or being psychoanalyzed by Ellen Degeneres.
Watch Nikki talk about her feaud with Mariah here
Watch Nicki talk about her dating life below
Okay, so the song definitely isn’t even anywhere near the same vicinity as Kelly Clarkson’s past hits (Miss Independent, anyone?), but “Catch my Breath” is damn likeable. The American Idol winner pretty much nails it with this song, because she perfectly captures where she is right now in her career. The single, which is supporting her upcoming Greatest Hits — Chapter 1 album, explains how Clarkson sometimes needs to take a chill pill and realize how far she’s come. I think that Clarkson totally deserves to give herself a pat on the back (or several) for all of the awesome work she’s done in the past. Let’s take a look at the singer’s career so far, shall we?
Five awesome moments in Kelly Clarkson’s career:
Who can forget this instant blockbuster hit, “From Justin to Kelly?” The film captures the awesome rapport between Clarkson and fellow American Idol contestant/dreamboat, Justin Guarini.
Remember the song, “Because of You?” If you don’t, I question your dedication to heartbreaking songs 101.
First winner of American Idol!
I wonder if Kelly knew that she’d be the first winner of the show that would become a cultural phenomenon.
Looks like all those rumours surrounding the potential cat fight between newly christened American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are coming true. TMZ released footage of Minaj at the Idol judging table going ballistic on Carey, even threatening to knock her out.
It all went down in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday after a disagreement over a contestant’s performance. In the video, Nicki shouts: ”I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there.”
Mariah replies: ““Oh why, WHYYYY do I have a three year old sitting around me?” Carey goes on: “I can’t see my kids, because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.”
According to TMZ Nicki threatened to knock Mariah out before the video starts. I had a feeling Mariah would be a little dramatic this season but the only one who looks awful to work with in this video is Nicki.
Actually, the people I feel most sympathetic to in this situation are fellow judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, who have to put up with the bickering. In fact, Randy must be missing the days when notoriously vile (but probably a secret softy) judge Simon Cowell was on the panel.
Transcript from ThatGrapejuice:
Nicki Get this s**t in self control. Get in control. Get in control.
Randy Settle down, settle down.
Nicki Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
Nicki (inaudible) every 5 minutes. So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
Nicki I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.
Mariah Oh why, WHYYYY do I have a three year old sitting around me?
Nicki I’m not gonna sit here every f*cking minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.
Mariah I can’t see my kids, because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.
Watch it here:
Chris Richardson did his very first Twitter interview with ANDPOP’s @britt_mahaney. The “Joy & Pain” singer/songwriter and American Idol alum talked about his upcoming album, what he thinks of Nicki Minaj as an Idol judge and whether or not Tyga has taken him to Rack City.
Before we wrapped up the interview, we dared him to tweet us a photo. A lot of the fans were crossing their fingers for a topless pic (okay we were too) but we got an equally awesome mobster-chic pic. Check out the interview below!!
It’s confirmed! Jennifer Lopez is out and Mariah Carey is in.
Kevin Reilly announced today that Carey will be the new judge for season 12 of American Idol at the TV Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills. That means there will be one less DIVA available to judge a singing competition.
“I’m so excited to be joining ‘Idol.’ I wanted to be there today and I wish I could’ve been there myself to tell you,” Carey said via phone after Reilly called her on speaker. “It happened really quickly. I can’t wait to get started in a couple months. Everybody have a great TCA and I will see you in January.”
Rumours are already swirling about whether Carey will be a handful. According to TMZ, sources said Carey was a nightmare to work with when she was a guest judge in 2008.
Watch it below:
After months of speculation, Jennifer Lopez is officially leaving ‘American Idol.’
Chatting with host Ryan Seacrest during his radio show on Friday,the singer, who served as a judge for Seasons 10 and 11, confirmed her departure just after fellow judge’s Steven Tyler’s announcement that he too, would be leaving the show as well.
“I really was dreading this phone call with you,” she told him. “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love Idol so much.”
Lopez then continued by explaining how busy her life is and the many opportunities she still has. And seeing that she is also a mother of twins, she added, “Something has to give and that’s where I am right now.”
But fans of Lopez shouldn’t fret. While she may not be coming back, she tells Seacrest she’s always going to support the show.
“No matter what you guys need over there, I am always going to be there,” she said. “I don’t know if I can be there every single day, all the time, the way we’ve been doing it the past two years.”
While it’s sad to see her leave. JLo is a businesswoman and has other responsibilities.
That being said, who do you think should replace her on Idol?
As Fox gears up for Season 12 of American Idol, there’s lots of talk and speculation about who the new judge will be and who will be replaced.
Top speculations started off with fan fave and Idol alum, Adam Lambert who seems to be the perfect pick in my eyes. Not only does he have mad vocal skills, killer style and a very honest personality, he was also the runner up to Kris Allen on Season 8 and has a clear vision of what it was once like.
In a statement Adam responds, “Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career,” Lambert says. “If Idol wants to talk to me about judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”
Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry would bring in the younger, modern crowd while Will.I.Am (who has been a past mentor on the show) and Fergie know everything there is to know about making catchy hits, both members of the popular band, The Black Eyed Peas.
With new competing shows such as Fox’s X-Factor and NBC’s The Voice, it would actually be refreshing to see someone new judging these upcoming singers and not have to hear the same feedback over and over. No offence dawg, I mean Randy Jackson. Let us know who’s your vote?
Screw Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and the Beat,” let’s bring it back to Disney. Controversial American Idol contestant and Broadway veteren Todrick Hall spoofed Beauty and the Beast in a modern day parody of a bougie Belle living in the hood, called Beauty and the Beat.
Belle leaves her French-country home in the morning with a basket of hopes and dreams, making her way to the salon where she unofficially adopts a child. Then she bumps into a persistant Gaston who’s after her for the wrong reasons. The parody features American Idol stars Katie Stevens and Vonzell Solomon as well as YouTube stars GloZell and Antoine Dodson.
Watch it here:
I’m dreading this Fox dating show called The Choice, which features sleazy, celebrity bachelors that all agree to go on semi blind dates. The show is set up similar to The Voice in that the celebs can’t see their potential dates — they can only hear their voices. The contestants share their date pitches with the celebrities until they’re chosen.
GAG. Apparently Fox likes to recycle every successful show by applying the exact same formula to other aspects of life.
Celebrity bachelors include Jersey Shore’s Pauly D and ‘The Situation,’ as well as American Idol
star singer Taylor Hicks. First, I don’t know why anyone would want to go on a romantic date with anyone whose motto is DTF and also, why would Joe Jonas need help finding a date? Weren’t girls all over him a couple years ago?
Female celebrities include actress Carmen Electra and model Hope Dworaczyk. The trailer below insists no one plays the dating game like Fox, but The Choice and Take Me Out is a little too tacky for me. What do you guys think?
Watch it here:
Adam Lambert lives in some high-security, 1984-esque society in the music video for “Never Close Our Eyes.” He wakes up in cement cell, which is under 24-hour surveillance, and promptly marches in an orderly fashion to the cafeteria where everyone is distributed a nutritious breakfast of blue and white pills.
The entire society is brainwashed to submission, sweating over menial jobs like scrubbing the cement floors with soap and water. But Lambert breaks up the hypnotized party by with some sort of Mockingjay-inspired speech, inspiring everyone to rebel against the uniformed-guards.
Despite having virtually no freedoms, the guy manages to look stylish (as always) especially at the end when his grey-toned outfits transform into bright and colourful suits. The track is from his album Trespassing, which topped the Billboard 200 chart.
Watch it here:
Rihanna looked GORG performing “Where Have You Been” on the season 11 finale of last night’s American Idol. Girl rocked a double leg-bombing black number and dreads, and shook her hips with a crew of tribal-esque dancers.
The set was foggy and laser lights exploded all around her. Plus, there was a wicked acrobat just chilling at the side, totally lost in the other theatrics.
Her performance was a welcome break from the suspenseful finale, which crowned Phillip Phillips as the new idol.
Watch her performance here:
Earlier this week we wondered whether Britney Spears would accept Simon Cowell’s offer and become the next X Factor judge. Turns out, Spears rejected the $10 million offer three weeks ago. The offer was in the ballpark of what Christina Aguilera earned on season three of The Voice and close to what Jennifer Lopez was paid for American Idol. But it wasn’t good enough for Spears and she apparently asked Fox for a whopping $20 million!
Now, it’s being reported that the singer is considering a different offer, to become a resident performer at a Las Vegas hotel in the fall, just like Celine Dion.
Paul Abdul was paid $2.5 million for X Factor so I would be flattered if I was Spears. When you get to have an exorbitant amount of riches, wouldn’t you just want to settle down with a project you really want to do instead of reaching for more and more money?
I’m usually disappointed when American Idol contestants attempt to sing record-breaking songs by music legends. Their performance can never compare to the original and they end up ruining the song altogether.
This cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was an exception. Jessica Sanchez didn’t change the song much from the original version, but her performance is now going viral. She got a standing ovation from all three judges and Steven Tyler said: “Jessica, you may be the one. You just made 40 million people cry.”
I’m not a huge American Idol fan but you have to admit the girl is impressive, and she’s only 16!
There’s a promising country twang to Carrie Underwood’s new “Good Girl” single and it makes me wish summer were coming sooner.
The song is about a well-bred “good girl” who strays to the
dark mildly naughty side, ie having drinks with the gals, flirting with the guys and YouTubeing NBD Worldwide. Oh! Living on the edge aren’t we Carrie?
The song is a catchy anthem for prepsters who secretly think they live life a little more dangerously than the rest, just because they wear their shirts a little too tight and their skirts a little too short. That said, Carrie kills the song (in a good way) and it will probably be stuck in my head all day.
“Good Girl” will be on Underwood’s still-untitled fourth studio album, which will be out on May 1.