Social media feeds lit up this past week after 13-year-old Courtney Hadwin got the Golden Buzzer from Howie Mandel, sending her directly to the live shows. Could she be the season’s breakout star? Host Tyra Banks is convinced that, after the success of last season’s winner, the show will definitely find another star this time around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tyra Banks)
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.
Carrie Underwood knows exactly what an American Idol finale feels like. After all, she was the winner of the show’s fourth season in 2005, and that set her on the road to being the superstar she is today. Thirteen years after her victory, she still looks back and recalls some very, very anxious moments. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Having been a guest on the current season of Idol, Underwood has had a chance to meet this year’s contestants, and she has a pretty good idea of what will be going through their minds this Sunday. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
The season finale of American Idol airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC.
Between the two of them, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have had 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, so they know what it takes to make it to the top. But both of them had very different experiences. Richie’s career got started in the pre-MTV era, when it was incredibly difficult for new artists to get exposure. Perry, of course, came to fame just as social media was starting to become a cultural force. Because of that, now anyone can try to get exposure, but with so many competing voices out there, it’s hard to stand out. And that’s why they say American Idol is still one of the most effective ways of finding new talent. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol airs live on Sunday nights across all time zones, starting at 8 ET and 5 PT.
If you think being a judge on a music competition is only about spotting talent, Katy Perry wants you to think again. When we spoke to the American Idol judge, she told us that she and her fellow judges (Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan) are more interested in being mentors than critics, since they know what it’s like to be in the contestants’ shoes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)
The finalists have been chosen, and the live shows have begun — American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Although it didn’t really deliver on its promise in its later years, American Idol definitely made good on its subtitle — “The Search for a Superstar” — in its early days. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood were all among the show’s discoveries, and Underwood doesn’t think she could have made it as a singer any other way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
With a new network and new judges, will American Idol recapture the magic and find another superstar? New episodes air Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
For the contestants, American Idol is a journey. But it’s also a journey for the judges — a journey back in time. When we spoke to Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, they told us how watching these performers chase their dreams takes them back to a time in their lives when they were struggling to find success in a difficult, demanding industry. And while they’re doing their best to give a piece of themselves to the contestants, they admit they’re also getting something very valuable in return. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol, which also features country star Luke Bryan at the judges’ table, airs Sunday night at 8/7c on ABC