Forbes recently released its list of top American Idol earners from 2012.
Kelly Clarkson tops the list – moving up from fifth place in 2011 – with $8 million in earnings. Kelly can thank her "gold" album Stronger, appearances on The Voice, Toyota commercial, and successful tour for her success.
Kelly stole the number one spot away from Carrie Underwood. This year, Carrie shares the number two spot with Chris Daughtry's band Daughtry – with $5 million in earnings. Forbes reports that Carrie and Chris each earn six figures for one single concert. It must be nice to be an American Idol!
Last night on American Idol it was The Boy Next Door vs. The Southern Belle as Scotty McCreery the 17-year-old from Garner, NC and 16-year old Lauren Alaina from Rossville, GA – the youngest finalists ever – went head to head in the only all-country finale in Idol history.
To kick off finale week, judge Jennifer Lopez took the stage immediately after leaving her figure skating practice in a green sparkly leotard looking umm… dress and Ryan Seacrest fancied it up in an impeccable tux. I don’t know what Randy Jackson was wearing, but it was something… In a shocking bit of information we learned that Lauren sprained her vocal chords during rehearsals! In fact, TMZ reported yesterday that 2nd-runner up Haley Reinhart was backstage and ready to take Lauren’s spot in the case she wasn’t able to perform. The AI doctor however came onto the stage to let us know that Lauren had been heavily medicated but he felt she would be able to perform just fine.
Each finalist went through three rounds performing three different songs with the judges deciding who won each round as part of their critique. Round One consisted of the contestants choosing their favorite song of the season. Scotty went first singing, Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” giving a show-stopping performance. Then Lauren took the stage singing her rendition of “Flat On The Floor” in a saucy, high-energy performance. The judges determined that even thought it was close Scotty took round one, with Randy saying he felt like he was at a “Scotty concert.”
In Round 2, AI added a new twist by having the Idol’s own idols choose a song for the contestants to perform. Scotty’s musical idol, George Strait, chose “Check Yes or No.” Scotty played guitar himself during the performance and personally, I love this song and I thought he did a great job. Lauren’s idol was none other than past Idol winner Carrie Underwood who chose Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis” for her to perform. Lauren accompanied the song with a Grand Ole Opry style dress and cowboy boots. Round Two went to Lauren only because she is prettier than Scotty according to Steven Tyler! Actually all the judges felt she did a fantastic job with her rendition of the song and were really impressed with her performance.
Round 3 featured each contestant’s first single if they win American Idol. Jimmy Lovine explained how they chose each song for the idols. Scotty’s single “I Love You This Big” was a country ballad sure to get the teenaged girl army swooning as the Country Beiber crooned into the microphone. The judges felt the song really exemplified Scotty’s range and how far he has grown in the competition. Lauren’s single, “Like My Mother Does” was a special homage to her mom. During the performance Lauren walked off stage with a Seacrest escort and found her mom in the audience, giving her a hug. Both Lauren and her very proud mama were moved to tears. The judges loved it with Randy announcing: “Lauren Alaina has arrived America!” Despite her vocal injury Lauren aced Round 3, as well, with the judges deciding she had won it hands down.
Tomorrow AI comes to a close with a live 2-hour Season Finale and the winner is confetti’d!
Who do you want to win American Idol Season 10? Who was the better performer yesterday?
The 49-year-old matchmaker, who finally got engaged last year to beau Andy Friedman after 5 long years of dating, sat down for a video interview with Popeater during which she discussed filming the 3rd season of her hit show in NYC, her wedding plans and sounds off on some headline making celebrities.
When asked what was one of the biggest challenges she faced since moving her show from Los Angeles to New York, Patti doesn’t mince her words, answering: “Finding hot girls in New York city.”
On how regular women can go about snagging their millionaires – “Well if you want to get a millionaire, you got to hit a steak house… Go where the men are. If they are playing golf, go there. If they are playing tennis, go there.
On her upcoming wedding plans – “No we haven’t planned one yet, Bravo’s kept me on a tight leash. She later added that “there is no rush,” and that she has no plans to have any children. She is however open to “adopting someday.”
Patti also dishes up some love advice for some celebrities –
On Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston – “That’s the ridiculous thing, he has no interest in her. He had a baby out of wedlock, he’s selling her down the river and she’s selling herself down the river. This is a shotgun wedding at most and they’re never getting married.
On Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher – “I love this couple. I knew the minute like she made a decision to get married like after twenty one, that girl would find true love. And she found an athlete, and he’s very wealthy in Canada besides playing hockey. She’s marrying into a good family. I’m happy for her! A baby in 2 years.”
On Jessica Simpson and new ex-NFL player beau Eric Johnson – “Umm he has no money, no job. Seriously what are we thinking here? He basically is 30-years-old, making her do cupping, trying herbs. This is a creepy deepy guy.”
When asked which other celebs she would like to sound off on, Patti revealed she would like to help Kate Hudson and Jessica Simpson find love, then going on to refer to them as the “serial daters” and “the crazy pants.” Patti would also like to put Tiger Woods and Jesse James in another group to help them. Helping Mel Gibson is also not off limits, that is if he decides to become a jew according to Patti.
Good to see Patti is still the same ol Patti. The 3rd season of the Millionaire Matchmaker continues to film in NYC. Bravo has yet to announce the premiere date.
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The 20 year-old Texan found himself in the bottom three alongside Aaron Kelly and Casey James. His cover of the Goo Goo Dolls failed to impress viewers and he was sent packing. Ryan Seacrest affectionately called him the Comeback Kid and Teflon Tim, as Tim has had to endure a ton of criticism this season, and has even been compared to season six’s Sanjaya.
Tim’s elimination came on “Idol Gives Back” charity night which included performances by Joss Stone, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige.
In other Idol news, Crystal Bowersox made headlines last week when it was reported she tried to quit the show, and was talked out of it by Ryan Seacrest. Crystal’s friend and former Idol hopeful, Katelyn Epperly, then revealed in a radio interview that Crystal sent her the following text message: ‘Oh, yes, I’m fine, Betrayed by Seacrest,” when asked how she was doing by Katelyn.
Crystal however seems to be changing her tune, telling PEOPLE magazine that all is well between she and Seacrest. There is “no beef with me and Ryan…We were never angry with each other. We had a conversation. He gave me good advice and I highly respect him,” said Crystal.
But then again do we really expect her to say ‘Ryan’s a scumbag, I confided some things in him, and he went behind my back and leaked it to the media.’ She would never say that of course, and is actually smart to make the PC comment about all being well.
Next week, the six remaining contestants will have former guest judge Shania Twain as their mentor. They will all be singing her songs.
Carrie Underwood, winner of season five American Idol will be performing at the finale between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Underwood will be returning to the stage where it all started just a few years ago. Underwood has won four grammies and is not slowing down anytime soon. In addition, she has graced the cover of several magazine. Her representatives say, she will be singing this year’s farewell song, a cover of Motley Crue’s metal ballad “Home Sweet Home,” . Proceeds from the digital single to benefit the humane society of the United States for abused and abandoned animals. In march, Underwood made a guest appearance with country star and idol, Randy Travis. Both stars performed that night wooing the audience.
In the 8th season of American Idol, Adam Lambert faces off against Kris Allen. What’s really exciting is that both artist are unique and have different music styles. Most people seems to think that Lambert will out sing Allen. What do you think, we wanted to hear from you? I know Idol lovers can’t wait to witness who will be the next American idol? Stay tuned next week.