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After signing a contract for a reported $18 million to do American Idol, Mariah Carey probably thought it was going to be easy-breezy work; team up with her old friend Randy Jackson and give contestants some good advice for money. What could go wrong? But psych your mind and make your booty shine, it was actually all kinds of drama, every damn week, that was hard to watch. Carey bumped heads often with Nicki Minaj, and in all honesty, she didn’t have the right kind of charisma to be entertaining or to give the type of advice you thought she would (there was just a lot of glitter throwing really…). She’s since moved on from the show after one season (as has Minaj, while Keith Urban is the last man standing), and released new music in “The Art of Letting Go.” To promote that, Carey sat down at HOT 97 with Angie Martinez to talk about those Idol days, which she said was like working with Satan (is she talking about Nicki!?), marriage and more. Here’s the tea (or sparkling cider, which is what they were drinking during her interview):
On Still Being Insecure About Her Beauty
“I’m only judgmental of myself, I don’t judge anybody else. It’s called insecurity. I’m trying to lose it, we’re working on it [laughs]. It’s just that when you grow up a certain way and you just feel like different and whatever from everybody else, you just have it.”
“That’s over. No. Honestly, I hated it. I was led to believe I was the first person signed on…Honestly, I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment and I was just like, okay. ‘Randy Jackson will be there, I’ve known him forever. He used to play bass for me. This isn’t a big deal, this will be nothing.’ But it wasn’t like that. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan. [laughs] Naw, I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much. I was just disappointed. I loved the contestants and some of them were so good and also really good people, you could tell, it was disappointing when they would, for political reasons, not put people through. It was like, ‘I don’t have to sit here and do this, I would prefer to just put this person in the studio and record a record with them or tell another producer, you should produce this artist, they’re beautiful, they can sing, they’re talented,’ you know? But that’s the way it is on that kind of TV thing.”
On Her Man Nick Calling Himself Mr. Carey And Talking About Their Marriage:
“He provokes that. He uses it for his comedy act, Mr. Showbiz. I hate it when I look at it on TV and we’re watching it together. I’m like, ‘Was that necessary?’ In his world in the world of comedy he can have license to say things he wants to say. But if it goes too far that doesn’t mean I won’t say ‘Check please. Can we have a discussion about this cause I didn’t care for it…’
I look at certain relationships in the public eye and I go, ‘See that’s class when you don’t need to talk about the relationship that much. I would prefer he silencio just a little bit [laughs].”
Very interesting, especially her breaking down her disappointment in doing Idol. Check out her interview with Angie Martinez below, and the Idol talk begins at the 10-minute mark if you don’t have the 16 minutes to spare.
These shows started off with a bang — and great ratings — but over time they fizzled out and for some reason, unbeknownst to us, remained on the air.
Former basketball wife Shaunie O’Neal had a hit on her hands when she introduced the world to Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozado, Royce Reed and Gloria Govan, better known collectively as the “Basketball Wives.” While some of the men in the NBA were upset the women in their lives were given a show, fans tuned in each week to see how the rich, yet slightly ratchet, lived. The show was so successful, it spawned a spinoff version in Los Angeles. But as the cast members changed each season, the show’s fights became more insane. By the time Evelyn jumped over a table barefoot to go after her former friend and fellow cast mate Jennifer, there was a public outcry against the show and a petition was started to end the violence. While the fights have now died down, so did everyone’s interest in the show.
From Hello Beautiful
Long before Beyonce was the superstar we know today, she was the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and the opening act for one of the best-selling female groups of all time, TLC.
T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili invited the Houston-based girl group to perform on their 1999 world tour, and Beyonce said that was one of the best moments of her life.
In an interview with The Grio to promote their new VH1 biopic, the ladies of TLC recalled the day Beyonce personally thanked them for, what she described as, a life-changing experience.
“We were backstage [before a 2011 performance on “American Idol”} and she walked up to us and was thanking us, and we had never heard that from her before and it was really nice,” Chilli said.
“Her exact words were: ‘Thank you so much, those were some of the best times of my life,” T-Boz added. “Thank you for letting us open up for y’all because that was the best time… one of the best times of my life.’”
“That was so sweet,” Chili said before T-Boz chimed back in: “That was amazing!”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
Well, it was about thisclose to panic time for the executives but the American Idol judges have finally been confirmed!
The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively revealing that crooner Harry Connick, Jr has agreed to be a judge on season 13 of the reality show. While ratings may be dwindling, this could give the show a nice boost. Not only is Connick already a familiar face to the show having served as a mentor many times, but the New Orleans native is also loved by older women which is key to their ratings.
The show was in jeopardy of being delayed after producer Dr. Luke had to drop out due to record label conflict (he has a deal with Sony Music while all Universal Music Group holds all the exclusive music rights to the Idol recordings).
Connick joins other American Idol judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez who’ve already been confirmed according to multiple reports.
While show reps aren’t saying anything one way or another, The Hollywood Reporter did say that Simon Fuller, the show’s producer, held a small party Thursday to toast the new judges. The guests included Lopez, Urban and Connick, as well as former judge Randy Jackson who will now serve as a mentor on the show.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest also added on Friday morning that he had some show news to reveal soon.
So that’s that. In the words of Ryan Seacrest, “Say hello to YOUR American Idol judges.” Those of you hoping for a cancellation will have to wait at least one more season,
What do you think of the new panel?
“I Have Spent Days Skipping Meals In Order To Make Sure I Have Enough”: Former “Idol” Star Talks Struggle For Success
Remember Justin Guarini? He was the biracial cutie with the curly fro that everybody used to love on the first season of American Idol. And while Kelly Clarkson won that season, and would go on to have major success, winning Grammy Awards and international stardom, Guarini kind of faded into the background. He did the movie From Justin To Kelly with her, but that didn’t do well (because it was terrible), and since then he’s done stuff here and there, doing theater work and putting out two albums in 2003 and 2005. But the singer took to his blog this week and opened up about the post-American Idol struggle, including trying to figure out where his next meal would come from and trying to raise a family with such and up and down career. However, he says that he’s found strength through such adversity, and is happy with his blessings. Here are excerpts of what he had to say on the blog, which has now been deleted, according to Us:
“I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children, and my wife have enough.
There was a time when I could have thrown down cash for a house, and had any number of lovers in and out the door. A flashy car and clothes to match. An ego to trump them all. Now I rent a home filled with love.
I have a wife whom I love and who loves me (me!) and who lifts me up. Children who give me cherubic-lipped kisses before I leave for work and who are the most delicious morsels of joy and peace and prosperity.
I’m unafraid to say that I am terrified. I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up. Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from). …I am unafraid to be afraid, and in that fear I gather strength.”
As I told you, the original post has been taken down. Probably because, according to Guarini, People tried to imply that he was saying he was living in poverty. To that, he posted a message to the magazine on Twitter saying, “News isn’t news anymore, and I’m nowhere near poverty.”
Guarini might not be anywhere “near poverty,” but it’s clear that just because you get a little shine on these shows doesn’t necessarily mean the shine will continue in the long-term. Just ask some of the actual Idol winners we haven’t heard anything from…But luckily for Guarini, he just got a role on Broadway in the new Romeo + Juliet play starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.
Or You Could Just Cancel The Show: Jennifer Lopez And will.i.am Reportedly The New Judges For “American Idol”
Somebody at Fox clearly wants that old thing back, because according to omg! Insider, Jennifer Lopez is about to be back as a judge on American Idol. And that’s not the only new news. Not only was country singer and judging favorite Keith Urban asked to return, but will.i.am has allegedly been asked to be a judge for the show as well. These folks will take the place of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and original judge, Randy Jackson, who all left after a tumultuous season 12. even longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe was axed after that strugg season. The executive producer of omg! Insider spread the news after Fox’s recent TCA panel and speaking with a “reliable as can be” inside source from the show.
There have been whispers since the middle of last season that Jennifer Lopez would possibly return, and she has played very coy in interviews since then about what her next move would be. But who wouldn’t want to collect those easy millions by listening to people sing in designer clothes all day and night? Lopez would be crazy not to go back. But as a trio of judges, I can’t say that I’m really excited about this possible lineup. Keith has an awesome personality, J. Lo is cool, and will.i.am knows a lot about making great music, but as a unit, we’ll have to wait and see if they can actually bring in viewers. What do you think? Either way, it’s going to take a lot to resurrect this show.
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Back in January we reported on a developing lawsuit being filed against Fox and American Idol by nine former contestants, who all claim that they were unfairly kicked off of the show because of their race. According to the suit, the nine constants, who are all men of color, are accusing producers of implementing ”cruel and inhumane” practices to exploit them for ratings, humiliating them on national television. The suit goes on to claim that producers illegally pulled up their prior arrest records.
Since the initial filing, the number of plaintiffs mentioned in the suit against the popular show has been bumped up from nine to ten. Contestants include:
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Jacob John Smalley (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju’Not Joyner (Season 8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
According to TMZ, each contestant is requesting $25 million in damages, which according to their attorney, James H. Freeman, is a reasonable amount, considering that Idol producers made them out to be ”violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants” and that the lives of these young men have been ruined due to the show’s inaccurate portrayals of them. To make matters worse, none of the contestants were ever convicted of any of the charges stemming from the arrests pulled up by the show.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that only Black contestants were probed about their arrest history. In addition to requesting millions of dollars in damages, contestants are also asking that Idol adopt anti-racism regulations so that this doesn’t happen again.
As always, we’ll continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Did you witness any of these live eliminations? Do you feel there were racial undertones?
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American Idol winner Candice Glover is looking extra slim these days!
The vocal powerhouse tells People she’s dropped 30 lbs. “Over the course of the show, from January to May, I probably dropped 20 lbs. And I’ve lost about 10 more since the finale,” Glover opened up while rehearsing for her national American Idol tour. “It is always good to be healthy, so I am happy about it.”
Glover says she shed the pounds because of her busy schedule, not by hitting the gym. “I’ve always—well maybe I haven’t always—been comfortable with who I am. This weight is just dropping off because of my crazy schedule. I just walk a lot in the airports, and we are rehearsing the choreography. I call [rehearsal room] the gym, to be honest.”
You can read the rest over on Essence.com, including which other “American Idol” is at the starting line to a healthier lifestyle!
Do you think that Candice would have started being pressured by her record label to lose weight if it hadn’t started happening on its own?
“The Velvet Teddy Bear” Ruben Studdard Competing On New Season Of “The Biggest Loser” To Drop Pounds
From the moment we were first introduced to Ruben Studdard, singing Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway classics on the second season of American Idol in 2003, he has been a pretty big fella. That’s how he ended up with the nickname “The Velvet Teddy Bear,” both for his size and his silky smooth vocals. And while his weight is something many people know Studdard for, it’s also been something Studdard has been struggling with for years.
The stress of being in the spotlight after winning his season of Idol caused Studdard to gain “some 100 pounds,” peaking at more than 450 pounds at one point. Though Studdard had managed to become a vegetarian years back and initially tried to lose weight because of a history of diabetes and high blood pressure in his family, after his marriage ended to Surata Zuri McCants in 2008 and he had to pay thousands in back taxes, he wound up gaining weight again. Because of all that, his weight has been on yo-yo mode for a while now.
So now Ruben Studdard has decided to get some real help. He was working out with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson (who works with Ciara and many others) for a while, but now, according to ‘Today’, he’s taking things a step further and has decided to compete on the 15th season of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. The show never really has any notable names competing, but he will have to be the exception. The new season is set to begin on October 8, and if Studdard has ever watched the show, he probably knows he’ll need to get mentally prepared for the physical a** kicking he’s about to go through. I used to watch the show a lot a few years ago and they literally run those folks silly for hours each day and put them in intense training, so much so that some manage to lose more than five to ten pounds a week! But maybe after trying so many different methods and trying hard on his own to good and bad results, Studdard is ready for this type of help. We will be rooting for you Ruben!