Former American Idol contestant and total science nerd, Trevor Douglas, has released the lyric video for his latest song, “Take This Back”. Check out the song above.
ABC News is reporting that Ryan Seacrest has been formally cleared of allegations made against him last November.
Suzie Hardy is the former stylist to the American Idol host and claims that during her time working for Seacrest, she was sexually assaulted on more then one occassion. Hardy worked for Seacrest while he hosted and produced E! News.
The E! Network launched an external investigation into the claims made against Seacrest and cleared him of any wrongdoing back in February. Seacrest also denied any sexual misconduct immediately after the claims were made.
The LAPD told ABC News Thursday that the department “did look into allegations of sexual battery against Seacrest. No charges were filed. And the case is closed.”
Seacrest is one of the “Me Too” Movement accused who didn’t lose his job right as the allegations were made.
Former American Idol finalist, Jessica Meuse, has released a “Slapout” record called Halfhearted, available on all streaming platforms and her website, and it’s really great!
The Slapout, Alabama native has finally released a full length album after 4 years of playing shows and writing music. Meuse had some great moments on Idol, but one moment stands out above most.
When Meuse appeared before then judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez, she and Connick had a laughable moment after she said that she was from “Slapout, Alabama”.
Meuse would go on to finish 4th in the 13th season of American Idol.
Now, Let’s Talk About Today
Today, Jessica Meuse is on the road playing music almost every night. She just released her first album, Halfhearted, and it is incredible.
Halfhearted really touches on her country roots while also playing into some great southern rock overtones; it’s a great collection of style and skill from Meuse and her band.
One of the things that I really admire about this album is Meuse’s ability to truly tell a story with each song. She didn’t write this ablum halfheartedly (see what I did there?). The first song on the album is called “Brown Eyed Devil” and it tells the story of a guy who’s no good for you. Listen to it, really listen to it.
The writing for this album is absolute gold. Here are the lyrics to “Brown-Eyed Devil:”
“He’s got barbed wire in his soul,
Lips like Sugar Cane.
A hand that you can hold
His kiss will take your breath away,
He’s a rose with poison thorns.”
Seriously, amazing writing.
This album has been on repeat for me; and every time I play it again, I find more gems in the writing. One of my favorite songs on the record is “Love Her Better.”
The song is an upbeat letter to an ex lover saying they hope you love your next lover better. I find myself dancing a little to this song.
The title track, “Halfhearted” is an interesting song. It starts off with her singing the hook and then into a verse of a talk-rap. I feel like this might be about Meuse’s journey in music.
“Halfhearted” tells the story of someone who chased their dreams instead of going and becoming a nurse (I’m sure it’s imagery for any job that’s “easier” than chasing your dream) and spent her time getting on TV (Idol) and racking up views.
At one point in the title track, Meuse talked about being an outcast in her journey. She connected with other people who were also outcasts. This song can connected with anyone who has chased their dreams as opposed to taking an “easier” road and got a “normal” job.
Former American Idol contestant and finalist, Bo Bice made an appearance on this record as well. On Meuse’s song “Without You,” Bice and Meuse have a really nice back and forth duet. Incredible. The two vocals compliment one another really well.
Overall, this album is phenomenal from start to finish. You will truly enjoy this record. Don’t sleep on this one! Go and purchase the album or stream it from your favorite streaming platform.
The Voice just started taping their 15th Season and there is already drama on the set. According to Radar Online, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson are not getting along.
Hudson is apparently making things difficult for Clarkson. According to Radar, Hudson is going around telling everyone that she’s guaranteeing a victory in this season of The Voice.
From Radar, “She is telling everyone who will listen that she may have lost Idol but she is not going to lose The Voice.”
Sources close to The Voice are saying that Hudson hasn’t changed a bit since her last stint on the show that actually annoyed staff and cast members.
While producers and staff members aren’t excited about Hudson being back, many people love Clarkson and are excited to have her back.
Commentary: I find it funny that we have an Idol loser who also then went on to not win her season (Hudson) and the Idol champion who also went on to win her first season on The Voice.
American Idol couple, Gabby Barrett & Cade Foehner, release a cover of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”. Check out the great cover.
American Idol crowned Maddie Poppe as the 16th winner (and first on ABC) and she has released a music video for her song “Going, Going, Gone” thru Hollywood Records. Check out the videos. It is pretty funny.
The OG Judge on American Idol is not interested in the show anymore. Simon Cowell had an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he spoke on his thoughts on the show that brought him to fame.
“I’m genuinely not interested,” he said when asked if he’s been watching the show. “I think when we were on it years ago, it was a fun show. It was different, it was kind of naïve, lots of surprises…. I kind of think we’ve been there, I’ve been there, time for something new.”
“And we have some good singers on the show this year. Interestingly, on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent, I think we get better singers on the Got Talent shows than the other singing show. I don’t know what it is,” he added.
America’s Got Talent has returned to NBC and is expected to do extremely well in the ratings for the network.
Maddie Poppe appeared on Live! With Kelly and Ryan to talk about winning the 16th season of American Idol. In the interview, Poppe made a revelation.
Poppe turned to Seacrest and said “You’re really bad at hiding the results card!” in which Seacrest jumped up and shouted “WHAT!?”.
According to Poppe, Seacrest held the card very low and Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson (2nd Place) both saw the card. Check out the interview above.
With American Idol‘s 16th season coming to an end tonight, I think it’s time for me to make my official prediction who is going to win. So here is my official prediction:
3rd Place: Gabby Barrett. I loved Gabby up until last night. I think she was the front-runner to win the show. At one point I wrote that Gabby Barrett was the reincarnation of Carrie Underwood, which would have been a great thing for Idol. However, her this week’s performances have thrown her into the bottom of the top 3. I still think she has a great chance to make some really big moves in music.
2nd Place: Caleb Lee Hutchinson. Caleb has become a dark horse for a while and I was really surprised to see him in the finale. His performances last night were just slightly better than Gabby. One note that I have for him would be to get a stool and sit while performing.
And you’re new American Idol…Madde Poppe. I’ve been a huge fan of Maddie’s since day one. I thought she was a “slow burn” of a contestant where she didn’t show too much but also grew week-to-week. I truly believe that she is going to be crowned champion tonight.