ABC’s second season of American Idol premiered to a lower rating than last years return, but the show still lead in Sunday ratings.
Idol brought in 7 Million viewers.
MULTIMEDIA PERSONALITY BOBBY BONES JOINS ABC’S ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AS OFFICIAL IN-HOUSE MENTOR
As announced during tonight’s telecast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” famed radio DJ, comedian and best-selling author Bobby Bones is set to join “American Idol” as the show’s in-house mentor. Last season, Bobby joined the Top 24 Idol hopefuls as they prepared to take the stage with their all-star celebrity duet partners. In his expanded role this season, the award-winning personality will offer his industry expertise throughout the competition, helping contenders reach the next level of their artistry and performances.
Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest honoree ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” (Forbes). His nationally syndicated radio show “The Bobby Bones Show” reaches millions of listeners on nearly 140 stations and recently garnered its third ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, also earning a 2017 Country Music Association award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. His popular podcast, “BobbyCast,” recently surpassed 100 episodes and has been downloaded more than 6 million times. Bobby is also a two-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, touring stand-up comedian, philanthropist and chart-topping comedy artist – a true “jack of all trades” (ESPN).
“American Idol” is returning to The ABC Television Network for the 2018-2019 season, after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network during the 2017-2018 season. Helping to find the next singing sensation is music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host. The beloved singing competition series recently completed its open call bus tour auditions, visiting 24 cities across the country in a nationwide search for the next superstar. Judge auditions are currently underway in select cities across the country.
“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner; Megan Wolflick; and Chris Anokute, representing Industrial Media. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide
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.
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.