Blog Posts by Lyndsey Parker

  • 'American Idol' Top 7 Results: Not A-Meused

    Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts comprise the bottom two on American Idol's top seven results showThis week on "American Idol," Jessica Meuse, one of the few contestants this season who'd never been in the bottom two or three, received such a blatant busing, the show might as well have been sponsored by Greyhound.

    The judges gave Jessica's perfectly fine performance of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead" an unfairly harsh critique; dug up long-forgotten embarrassing footage of her from Hollywood Week; and even slammed the David Gray song she'd selected for fellow contestant Sam Woolf. I seriously hadn't witnessed such an obvious smear campaign against an "Idol" finalist since the judges inexplicably had it out for Haley Reinhart in Season 10.

    But Haley was a scrappy little fighter, and she fought all the way to third place in her season... and eventually landed a record deal, too. And while this week's busing worked to some degree — Jessica did find herself in the bottom two on Thursday's results show, and the sour look on her face showed that she was as displeased with this

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  • Losing to Win: Remembering the Real Stars of 'Star Search'

    Britney Spears in 1992

    Ten years ago this month, "Star Search" went off the air for good. The pioneering TV talent competition, which had its heyday during its Ed McMahon years from 1983 to 1995, underwent an Arsenio Hall-hosted reboot in 2003, but by that time, a little show called "American Idol" had come along and stolen its thunder.

    But truth be told, no talent show, not even "Idol," ever spawned as many superstars as "Star Search" did. Many hugely successful singers got their start on the charmingly cheesy show (including future Idols David Archuleta, Diana DeGarmo, and Kimberly Caldwell; current "Voice" contestant Josh Kaufman; and two "Voice" coaches, Christina Aguilera and Usher). Interestingly, many of these singers didn't win. But that obviously didn't slow them down.

    Thanks to the magic of old-school VHS technology and advances in new-school digitization, the Internet is awesomely awash in grainy, incriminating "Star Search" footage. Here are the best clips from the series' most notable losers

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  • American Idol, The Day After: Top 7 Performances Dish

    This Wednesday, the "American Idol" top seven contestants performed each other's song picks, and surprisingly, no one threw anyone under the bus. Well, actually, the judges totally threw Jessica Meuse under the bus. But the contestants all played nice with each other!

    And playing nice today with "The Day After" is "Idol" alum Alex Trugman, who you may remember from his "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" Season 8 performance or his recent star turn in the instant classic "Jewvangelist."

    While Alex admittedly hasn't faithfully followed "Idol" since he was on the show five (FIVE!) years ago, he's back on board after watching this week and checking out all the many format changes, from the more deluxe set to the addition of judge Harry Connick Jr. Check out what Alex had to say about Season 13 and this week's performances in today's chat!

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  • 'Idol' Top 7 Recap: Competitors' Picks and Picking on Jessica

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    This Wednesday on "American Idol," the unprecedented theme was "Competitors' Picks," meaning the top seven contestants chose songs for each other. The potential for sabotage was great, but everyone played nice. No one picked "Let's Get It On" for reluctant heartthrob Sam Woolf, or "My Humps" for stone-faced Jessica Meuse, or Justin Bieber's "Baby" for macho rocker Caleb Johnson, etc.

    So I guess these kids really do like each other. If this theme had been introduced last season, the shadiest "Idol" season ever, it would have been a very different situation. I can only imagine with a shudder what Curtis Finch Jr. might have selected for Lazaro Arbos.

    Truth be told, this current crop of contestants often showed better judgment choosing songs for each other than they have when choosing songs for themselves. "Idol" should consider having a "Competitors' Picks" theme every week. Overall, this was one of the best "Idol" episodes in a long time.

    But it was not without its problems, of course.

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  • The Voice, The Day After: Season 6 Playoffs, Round 3 Dish

    Last night, the "Voice" top 20 Playoffs concluded with the Team Usher semifinals, after weeks of battles, and now we finally have our top 12. Is it the best possible top 12 Season 6 could have had? Would it have been a better top 12 if America had had the chance to vote? These topics are up for debate.

    And today to discuss all this and more is returning "The Day After" guest co-host Nic Hawk, who you may remember from his awesome "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" and "Blurred Lines" show-stoppers on "The Voice" last season. Come join the chat now!

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  • The Thrill Is Gone? 'The Voice' Top 12 Revealed — With One Big Omission

    Someone is missing here... [photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images]

    "The Voice" Season 6 Playoffs wrapped Tuesday night with semifinals performances by Team Usher — meaning that now, finally, we have our top 12 headed to the Live Playoffs that begin next week.

    It's a bit of a bummer, after so many weeks of Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, more Battle Rounds, and non-live Playoffs, that the live shows will only go on for five weeks — with double eliminations every week between now and the finale. But you know what else is a bummer? When Usher made his decision this Tuesday as to which three contestants to send to those live shows, he made one glaring omission.

    [Related: Season 2's Jamar Rogers Dishes About the Season 6 Playoffs]

    Sure, this was a tough call; with really no weak links on Usher's team, it was inevitable that he'd be sending home two great vocalists, even if he drew their names out of his raccoon hat. But maybe he should have pulled names out of a hat. Because then, maybe, Stevie Jo would have stayed.

    Sorry for the spoiler only three

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  • The Voice, The Day After: Season 6 Playoffs, Round 2 Dish with Jamar Rogers

    Last night, the "Voice" top 20 Playoffs continued with Team Shakira and Team Adam's contestants. And today, "The Day After" has a very special guest, Season 2 "Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers, to discuss all of the performances.

    Jamar is a very busy guy these days, what with his youth pastor work, touring, recording for Tommy Boy, hanging out with Bill Clinton, and wedding-planning. (Congrats, Jamar!) So "The Day After" is delighted and honored that he took time out his packed schedule to watch last night's "Voice" episode and share his thoughts today. Come check out our chat now!

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  • Ex-Idol Danny Noriega Lip-Synchs Paula Abdul for Paula Abdul…in Full Drag

    Danny Noriega as Adore Delano [photos: Fox/Logo]

    "American Idol" diehards surely recognize Danny Noriega as the hair-flipping, Simon-sass-talking Azusa teen from that show's Season 7. "RuPaul's Drag Race" diehards know him better as flawed-but-fabulous drag queen and self-described "punk-rock mermaid" Adore Delano. And when original "Idol" judge Paula Abdul guest-judged "Drag Raçe" this week, she recognized Danny/Adore right away, despite the fact that Adore was wearing a Hannibal Lechter-style mask, waist-length crimson wig, and enough jewerly to fill an entire new Paula Abdul QVC collection.

    [Related: An Exclusive Interview With Danny Noriega]

    At first I was upset that Adore was in the bottom two for the first time this season — almost as upset as I was when Danny sashayed away on "Idol" six years ago. But then I realized this was the perfect setup by those genius World of Wonder producers to get Adore to lip-synch a song by old pal Paula (the "most lip-synched artist in 'Drag Race' herstory"), and create some amazing TV.

    As Adore

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  • 'The Voice' Season 6 Playoffs, Round 2: Teams Adam & Shakira Are On the Edge of Glory

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    "The Voice" Season 6 inched one episode closer to the long-delayed Live Playoffs this Tuesday, when the show staged its not-live Playoffs with Adam Levine and Shakira's semifinalists.

    Ten singers sang, six singers advanced, two hours passed. Overall, this was a more compelling episode than last week's Team Blake Playoffs, and for the most part the right contestants made it through — with the possible exception of one promising newbie.

    Let's get to the recapping, shall we?

    TEAM SHAKIRA

    Kristen MerlinOh hi, Kristen, nice to see you again. It's been a minute. Seriously, I can't recall a singing-show contestant who's received a more schizophrenic edit than Kristen has this season. She was totally pimped in the Blind Auditions, but after that she all but disappeared, with both of her battles inexplicably getting the montage hatchet job. I was beginning to wonder if something had gone awry for her during the Battle Rounds that had justified such a fodder edit. Well, Kristen sure didn't

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  • Coachella 2014's Cutest Cameo? Beck's Mini-Me Son

    Beck with 10-year-old son Cosimo at Coachella

    Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival was a cameo-filled affair this year, with surprise appearances by everyone from Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Mary J. Blige to Slash, Drake, and even Justin Bieber. But the cutest cameo of the weekend took place Sunday during Beck's Main Stage set, when he was joined by his adorable lookalike son, 10-year-old Cosimo.

    [Photo: Biggest Surprise Guests in Coachella History]

    Beck played the very first Coachella in 1999, five years before Cosimo was even born, and though the alt-rocker made a couple surprise Coachella cameos himself in the years since, this was only his second official appearance at the festival. "Fifteen years later, here we are, on the same stage, with the same band," Beck told the delighted crowd. "Justin Meldal-Johnsen on the bass, Gus [Seyffert] on the keyboards, Joey Waronker on the drums, Smokey Hormel on the guitar, Roger Manning on the keyboards... and we've got someone new. We've got Cosimo on the tambourine up

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