American Idol

Carrie Underwood Makes Rare Showing of Flesh in ‘Cry Pretty’ Video (See!)

Carrie Underwood beats herself up, figuratively at least, in a new video for “Cry Pretty,” her ballad about the emotional ups and downs of a country musicians life. It’s her first since her accidental fall that left her with a broken wrist and nearly 50 stitches in her face. It could be called a comeback of sorts. Carrie has been keeping a low profile since her accident. Last night, though, she returned to her roots to release the video on the latest episode of “American Idol.”...

Justin Bieber Bangs His Own Drum on James Corden’s Show (watch!)

Justin Bieber has been called a lot of things, but nobody has ever called him untalented. He slipped into the drummer’s seat with Reggie Watts and the band on the “Late Late Show With James Corden” and kept a mean beat while Watts sang. What a guy! Bieber, who was a creep in an 18-month run of loutish behavior, is now slowly creeping back into everyone’s good graces. He was supporting musical guest Tori Kelly, a protege. ...
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Keith Urban Kicks Off New Tour at Good Morning America (watch!)

Keith Urban, the Australian country star who is married to Nicole Kidman, took his tour to Central Park in New York City for Good Morning America’s summer concert series. He banged out three songs and talked about the upcoming “American Idol” series. Urban said the reality music contest show is about to hit the road for another round of auditions. Nashville will be the first stop....

Phillip Phillips, American Idol’s Next Superstar, Hits Today Show (video!)

Phillip Phillips, who won Season 11 of “American Idol” in 2012, could well be the latest artist from the show to build a successful music career. He appeared on the “Today Show” this morning (June 27), in a superstar performance. Phillips, who is only 23, has been hampered by medical problems since he won the reality show. On the “Today Show,” he sang the lead single from the new album, “Raging Fire,” a top ten hit. ...

Christina Aguilera Leads ‘Voice’ Coaches on ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’

Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, showed why they’re coaches on NBC’s “The Voice,” with a rousing rendition of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” to open Season Five of the reality competition series. “The Voice” has moved ahead of the pack of reality music competitions like “The X Factor” and “American Idol.”...

Jordin Sparks Back to Music With New ‘Skipping a Beat’ (listen!)

Jordin Sparks, who has largely lived up to her “American Idol” billing, has released her first new song, “Skipping a Beat,’ in four years. She’s set to refocus on music after her solid outing in the 2012 film “Sparkle” with the late Whitney Houston. The track has an easy listening R&B vibe as she sings about true love, presumably inspired by boyfriend and singer Jason Derulo. The singer released her sophomore album, Battlefield” in 2009....

Kara Dioguardi, of American Idol, Trades LA Mansion for Maine (photos)

Kara Dioguardi, the sexy songwriter who scored a bundle as a judge on “American Idol,” got a welcome Christmas present. She unloaded her Studio City mansion for $6.3 million and appears lucky enough to have broken even or made a slight profit. The Los Angeles real estate market is still hit or miss four years after the financial crisis and real estate bust....

Mariah Carey Pulls No Punches in Triumphant Video (watch!)

Mariah Carey, the newly minted “American Idol” judge, has given up on her music career. She showed off her svelte post-baby body in a new video for her latest single “Triumphant.” It features heavyweight (literally) rapper Rick Ross. Mariah, 42, plays a front-row glamour girl sitting at money-man Rick Ross’s side and a stunning ring girl, who announces the rounds. Rapper Meek Mill plays a fighter and also raps on the track....

Adam Lambert Crafts New Look, Stunning Tattoo (photos!)

Adam Lambert has always had a flair for the flamboyant, to say the least, and he’s ever experimenting with his look. He showed off two different styles on twitter just this week, plus a new tattoo. Lambert, 30, who was the runner up on American Idol’s eighth season in 2009, finishing behind Kris Allen. Some critics say his over-the-top gayness cost him the crown....

Kelly Clarkson Finds Can't Go Home Again; Selling Texas Manse

"American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson is pulling up roots in her Texas hometown and selling her sprawling 56-acre estate in nearby Mansfield, Texas, although there is some question over the price and listing details. Clarkson, 30, has priced the 6,880-square-foot, traditional style home either at $1.495 million or $3.545 million, depending on the listing site. Web site zillow.com estimates the price at a more modest $1.27 million....

Steven Tyler Beats Jennifer Lopez to Punch; Quits American Idol

Steven Tyler is done as an American Idol judge after two seasons, just when his squawking, screams, yelps and effusive love for contestants were finding a groove on the show. Wait, is this about money? Because if money is the issue, they should pay Tyler, 64, what he wants. He started off a little slowly, but provided much needed color, personality and humor to a show that's showing its age....

Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart Sex Up American Idol (watch!)

Jennifer Lopez is drawing mixed reactions for her performance last night on American Idol that featured boyfriend Casper Smart. Did she look too old for the dancer? It’s rapidly becoming known as the Madonna syndrome, where aging female performers hook up with boyfriends young enough to be children....

Jennifer Lopez Longs to Love on 'Dance Again' (listen!)

Jennifer Lopez hooks up with Pitbull on her new single “Dance Again,” (not that way!). It’s an insipid little tune that has the singer looking for a hot booty call. The song has a smooth upbeat sound and a steady thumping dance beat that would be hard to miss on the club floor. Pitbull collaborated with Lopez on her 2011 song “On the Floor.” ...

Jennifer Lopez Looks Hot Man Sexy as Prizefighter (photos!)

Jennifer Lopez looks like she’s ready to knock someone’s block off in a sexy, tough girl photo spread for V magazine. The 42-year-old singer has never looked better. Who wouldn’t want to take a punch in the gut from her? Lopez created a sensation at last week’s 84th Academy Awards when she appeared to suffer a wardrobe malfunction while presenting an award on stage....