Despite a string of earth-shattering performances and the ability to connect on every possible, minute level, Candice Glover can't go into Thursday night's American Idol eliminations with one percent certainty that she'll stay. She and Kree Harrison have been taken turns having panic attacks in the bottom two for the last two weeks, and with Kree's sudden surge of emotion and vitality, Candice might actually have a real threat to her spot in the Top 2.
Of course, I hope with every last fiber, cell, proton, neutron, and electron of my heart that Candice not only stays, but that she wins the whole competition. But I don't trust the voters.
Angie Miller, and all her Miley Cyrus charm (Nicki Minaj, Met Gala attendee, said it – not me), is a firm hook for one spot in the Top 2. Audiences love to love her and her style, which more broadly appeals to Idol’s pop-minded audience. They want sweeping, sweet singing. They want someone who looks prime to have their face slapped on a Thermos or a novelty blanket. They proved it last year when they crowned the boy with a sweet song called "Home" over a tiny little lady with a ridiculously powerful voice (Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, for those of you just joining us). The good thing is, Angie has that powerful voice too, and she proved it with her three admittedly fantastic (and far less theatrical than ever before) performances of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Pink’s “Try,” and Emeli Sande’s “Maybe,” which Angie played at the piano for her grand finale. She’s primed for a top two slot, and there’s no way she’s not going to get one.
But it’s not Angie who’s competing for Candice’s votes. It’s Kree. After falling from grace during the last two performance rounds (especially last week when her swift stroke of rebellion against guest mentor Harry Connick, Jr. backfired spectacularly), Kree slipped from top-of-the-heap country crooner to inches from packing her bags and leaving a week early. This week, between her phenomenal rendition of Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye” and her incredibly moving and emotional reprisal of Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again,” which she sang for her deceased parents on her hometown visit, Kree is back. She’s not ready to go home, and while her performances of “Perfect” by Pink and “Better Dig Two” by the Band Perry weren’t wowing the judges, they may have won over audiences with the easy-going, country style of Kree’s unique voice. That, plus her genuine emotions as she remembers the deaths of her parents with her similarly sweet sister when she pays a visit to Texas, may be the ticket she needs to overtake Candice.
As sweet and talented as Kree is, and as touched as we all were by her video package, the thought that she might take Candice “A-plus-mazing” Glover’s spot in that finale is crazier than the involuntary spasms of joy Keith Urban has when she sings. Candice came right out of the gate with Jimmy Iovine’s pick for her: “One” by U2 (also covered by Mary J. Blige). And as soon as she started singing it I worried she’d fall into the Mary J. trap: she had the boots, she has the “I’m so full of emotion I have to hop onstage while I sing” thing going, and she’s got the voice of a soulful angel. But by the end, it’s a rendition that Candice truly owns. It’s not Mary’s, it’s not Bono’s, it’s one hundred percent Miss Glover’s.
Then came the storm cloud: the judges picked another Emeli Sande song, “Next To Me.” It allowed Candice to play with a contemporary pop song, but not in the right way. The song was too wispy for Candice’s impressive vocals, leaving her to struggle to make the song a bigger moment than the lyrics and melody wanted to allow. It was still wonderfully enjoyable because Candice can sing anything, but it was certainly her dark spot for the night.
Luckily, Nicki gave her a wee bit of a boost with her bonding moment in which she declared Candice as the most confident person on the stage and cried tears of proud joy over how far the church singer has come. It’s that moment, and Candice’s final number, that will keep her from going home if she stays. After that incredibly palpable, heart-wrenching conversation, Candice later closes the show with a song that could have ruined her. The Idol production staff picks West Side Story’s “Somewhere,” also known as the song every high school girl trying out for the school play loves to sing, but Candice brought it back to where it belongs. She took it from an overplayed, once great ballad, to the earth-shattering emotional outpouring that it was written to be.
Literally, the only notes I could muster while she sang were “OH MY F**KING GOD.” (Only, my notes didn't have those handy little asterisks.) Listening to Candice sing this song of love torn asunder by circumstances completely out of the lovers’ control was beyond the seeming perfection of a moving Angie ballad or even Kree at her best. But Candice isn’t on a different tier. It’s not as if she’s doing something better, per se. Candice just is the music. She is that song. It’s inseparable from her, despite the years and years of history and the multitudes of versions that song has seen.
And while all of this is serving to boost her up to the top, there’s also a distinct possibility her fans (who, according to Keith, should be all people with a pulse) will be trading in the tears she evoked on Wednesday night for tears of injustice. Candice deserves to win this thing, hands down. But I only get 50 votes. There’s a whole voting pool out there, and they may not see things the way I and everyone else on the Candice side of life see it.
One thing is for sure: If we have to endure a week of Idol without the promise of a Candice performance next week, anyone who didn’t vote for this incredible, talented, amazing singer will feel the full weight of their faulty decisions and they’ll see just how right the rest of us were all along.
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Singer/songwriter Phillip Phillips has been forced to postpone the remainder of his current tour due to health problems. The reigning American Idol champion has been touring colleges around the U.S., but he announced on Monday (06May13) that he will have to scrap the rest of his live dates, and a scheduled stop in Dublin, Ireland.
Phillips took to his Facebook.com page to announce the news, writing, "Hey guys, due to doctor's orders I have to postpone my last few tour dates. They will be rescheduled!"
The 21 year old has had ongoing health issues that led to him requiring surgery to remove kidney stones last year (12), just weeks before he embarked on a tour with his fellow American Idol contestants.
There is no word yet on whether the Home singer will be able to honour his plans to perform on the Idol season 12 finale next Thursday (16May13), but he has assured fans that his dates with John Mayer this summer (13) will not be upset by his latest health problems.
The Hangover 2 was shocking for one young mum because she had no idea that Zach Galifianakis had pretended to "jerk off" her baby son in character as zany Alan. The funnyman took the idea to director Todd Phillips on the set of the movie, who then approached the tot's fun-loving father when his wife had left him in charge of their kid.
Phillips tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I waited for the mom to go upstairs because the mom was a little bit more not into stuff like that. I go to the dad: 'It would be funny if Zach pretends to do this. Would you have a problem with that?'
"He literally goes, '(My wife is) going to be gone for a half-hour. Can you do it in the next half-hour?'"
"When we were scouting, there was Stu and him, and I go, 'I gotta take a picture'. The Alan one, who was very belligerent, turned round (and said), 'It's $10'. I go, 'I made the movie! I just want to send it to the guys'. I didn't have my wallet on me. Luckily the Stu character recognised me." The Hangover director Todd Phillips on coming face-to-face with the characters he helped create on the Las Vegas strip.
The Hangover director Todd Phillips knew he was in control of his gambling problems while making the third movie in the film's trilogy because he returned to Las Vegas and didn't spend night after night at the card tables. The comic genius behind the smash-hit films admits his addiction became a huge issue when he was trying to balance the budget and keep the first film on schedule back in 2008.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I had a gambling problem... I was always in my pyjamas, downstairs gambling every night, smoking.
"All the pit bosses knew me. I was getting in fights."
Mike Tyson has revealed he was in a daze while shooting his iconic comedy scenes in The Hangover because he was still battling substance abuse issues at the time. Reflecting on the making of the movie, which helped turn Tyson's fortunes around, the former boxer tells The Hollywood Reporter he wasn't "coherent" about the project or his role in it.
He says, "Somebody had told me something about a movie, but I wasn't coherent as to what he was talking about. They made it sound like it was low-budget, not a serious movie."
Director Todd Phillips adds, "At that time, Mike was sort of struggling. He's the first to admit he was still struggling with drugs while we were filming that movie, although I didn't know at that time."
And Tyson was more than a little confused when he bumped into an excited Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis at a Las Vegas party and they told him they were thrilled to be working with him.
He recalls, "They said, 'We're going to be shooting a movie with you in two weeks...' I said, 'Really?' and I started drinking with them. I was a little wasted at the time."
The Hangover director Todd Phillips has obtained a 10-year restraining order against a woman he had a one-night stand with after she was arrested outside his home in January (13). Juliana Shiao pleaded no contest earlier this week (ends05May13) to allegations of felony stalking after she was caught outside Phillips' Los Angeles home on 3 January (13).
The 22 year old was told to stay at least 100 yards away from Phillips over the next 10 years, and she must also complete 30 days of community service as well as a year-long psychiatric programme, reports TMZ.com.
In court documents filed earlier this year (13), the filmmaker claimed Shiao began harassing him after they had a "one-night relationship" in 2011. He also alleged she followed him to Las Vegas in November (12) and then visited his L.A. home, where she allegedly damaged his girlfriend's car.
David Cook didn't quite hit as well as fans thought he would after he was crowned the Season 7 winner of American Idol. He had a few hits, but as of yet, he hasn't quite matched up to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, or even Jordin Sparks. But we always knew he could do more. He was always destined to reach a little further. And Thursday night, Cook took the stage for the results show that saw the elimination of darling Amber Holcomb, and proved one very important thing for the castoff contestant: There's no where to go but up.
Cook took a quick little victory jaunt, happily joking about how teary the hometown visits are about to make Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, and Angie Miller cry (just like he did, over and over). But then he got down to business. And his song was, well, the business. "Laying Me Low" has all the fire and angst of the best Kelly Clarkson songs, a veritable anthem for the Idol fan who's oh-so in touch with all of their feelings, whose hearts have been broken (or at the very least confused). Cook has tapped into the right vein with his new pop-rock song and if he plays his cards right, it could carry him right to a firm lock as a summer jam.
What do you think of Cook's new song?
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Lindsay Lohan missed out on a leading role in The Hangover after director Todd Phillips determined she was too young to play a Las Vegas stripper. The Mean Girls star was 22 years old when she met with the moviemaker and discussed playing the character Jade in the 2009 comedy.
Phillips opted not to hire Lohan and cast Heather Graham instead, and he now tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Honestly, it felt like she ended up being too young for what we were talking about."
But the director wants to make it clear Lohan didn't turn the role down: "People love to attack her for everything, like, 'Ha, she didn't see how great The Hangover was going to be. She turned it down'. She didn't turn it down. She loved the script, actually. It really was an age thing."
Phillips also reveals he had Jake Gyllenhaal in mind for a role in the first Hangover film, but ended up changing his mind.
The third and final film in The Hangover trilogy will hit cinemas this summer (13).
"Insane pregnancy dreams have begun: Last night I dreamt I was hanging out with John Mayer and we BOTH were wearing ridiculous fedoras..." Expectant actress Busy Phillips has a bizarre dream about the rocker.