‘American Idol’ Top 8 Singers Love Their Loyal Fanbase

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The point of a singing competition may be to win it all, but part of winning is actually cultivating a loyal fanbase that will follow them whenever their show’s journey is over.

That concept is not lost on the remaining top 8 participants on American Idol. For Jena Irene, seeing all the complimentary tweets for her fans makes her day a bit brighter.

“I think that fans, you know, especially throughout everything, I mean I know people experience this every single day, but just to actually have people that don’t even know you follow you and tell you that you’re an inspiration to them and that they love you so much, it’s just, you can’t have a bad day,” said Irene, whose Twitter handle is @JenaAsciutto1. “‘Cause there’s so many compliments, you know, getting thrown at you.  And whenever you’re in a bad mood, just, you just read your Twitter and it’s awesome.”

For Jessica Meuse (@JessMeuse) shares a huge bond with her fans, as she believes this connection will continue long after American Idol. “They’re going to be there until my final day,” said Meuse, who performed a solid rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” last week.

To hear Meuse talk about her fans, click on the Soundcloud audio below:

As for last week’s eliminated contest, Majesty Rose is excited for the AI summer tour. Listen to what she had to say about the tour on an article I posted on my Deepest Dream site.

The top 8 perform tonight on American Idol (Fox, 8 pm et/pt)

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‘American Idol’ Recap: Majesty Rose Is..Your Next Commercial Model??

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It was definitely tough seeing Majesty Rose go last night on American Idol, but unfortunately her performance of Florence and the Machine’s “Shake It Out” received a lukewarm response. Rose was actually one of the show’s early frontrunners thanks to her vocal prowess, natural ease with the cameras, and talented musicianship (her audition performance of Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” is one of this season’s highlights).

Still, there are no free rides on American Idol and even the most talked about singers can go home the following week. “I think it’s really about each performance,” says judge Keith Urban ” ‘Cause I think, you know, she’s been in the top three a lot and for whatever reason the performance last night didn’t register with everybody as much as previous performances have, so who knows?  It’s a funny thing when we have to deliberate and make a decision.  Everyone’s booing us not saving her, but what we’re really doing is agreeing with the rest of America.”

As for Connick Jr., he understands that sometimes American Idol results may shock viewers. “I mean at this point, you know, really, what is the right choice,” said the singer. “Because you have nine artists and eight of them are going to go home.  So they’re all talented in their own right, so it’s just a matter of who America votes for.  And sometimes it’s so, so surprising, but you know, you have to respect the process.”

As for Rose, she managed to remain upbeat after her elimination, stating that she would love to also be a commercial model (along with being a pre-school teacher and a singer).

Click on the media bar below to hear Majesty Rose:

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Simon Cowell Ready to Return To American Idol?

16Is Simon Cowell returning to American Idol? Earlier today, the former American Idol Judge tweeted the following:

While the current Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban have been great, there seems to be an element lacking since the original judges departed Idol. We spoke to Cowell before one of his final American Idol shows and asked him why he thought his tenure on the show was so successful (Click on the media bar below to hear Simon Cowell)

Should American Idol producers bring Simon Cowell back along with Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul? Let us know!

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‘American Idol’ Preview: The Artists Share Their Survival Tactics

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It’s another week on American Idol, as the top 9 try to survive another week on the show. The great news is that these singers are all taking part in the anticipated Idol summer tour, and now it’s pretty much about building their respective fan base and attempting to win the coveted Idol crown.

Each performer has their own strategy and theory on how to keep their momentum going, and for Jessica Meuse a huge part of her success lies in her song selection. “I’m going to really, really look at song choice and you know, measure out the pros and cons and just make sure I pick the absolute perfect song for the ‘I’m with the band’ theme.”

With a countrified and roots infused voice and aesthetic, CJ Harris is one of this season’s most talented artists. Having a diverse skill set can have its drawbacks, as Harris now understands that staying in his specified lane should continue to serve him well: “I need to work on just staying to who I am, doing songs that really fit me and make my voice stand out because I think sometimes that I’m overthinking it and maybe trying to learn a new song to please other people instead of just going with what I know and what got me here.”

Along with Harris, Jena Irene is also focusing on the rock side of her musicianship. Click on the media bar below to hear Irene talk about dipping her toes this week with a “modern rock” tune:

American Idol airs tonight (FOX, 8 pm et/pt). To check out my piece on recently eliminated contestant MK Nobilette, go to Deepest Dream.

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Jennifer Lopez Says “American Idol” Has No Front Runners This Season

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For Jennifer Lopez, there are no huge favorites to win it all this season on American Idol. “I don’t think there’s a front runner this year,” said Lopez, who performed her hit single ‘I Luh Ya Papi’ on the show.” I think anybody can win and I think it’s very performance based and that’s what we’re seeing with the bottom three. (It’s) different every single times whereas in past seasons it’s kind of like you knew.”

“Certain people were never in the bottom three. Certain people just skated all through to win or just make the top four or five. That’s not what this year is like.”

It appeared that Lopez wanted to save MK Nobilette, who received mixed reviews this week with her rendition of Pink’s “Perfect,” from elimination. Unfortunately, fellow judge Harry Connick Jr. dished out the bad news to MK, saying: “It breaks our heart, but we have to say goodbye to you.”

As for Lopez, she was asked after the show about what type of music she listens to these days (her own album comes out June 17). Click on the audio below to hear her answer:

To hear what MK Nobilette had to say after her American Idol, check out the article on our sister site Deepeest Dream.

American Idol airs on FOX on Wednesday and Thursday nights (8 pm et/pt).

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‘American Idol’ Elimination Recap: Judges Weigh In On Ben Briley’s Exit

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On this week’s American Idol, country singer Ben Briley was eliminated, as his rendition of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” proved to be a costly gamble. To judge Keith Urban, there’s nothing wrong with taking chances, as long as that respective song can show off one’s talents.

“I think that’s where Ben went wrong last night,” said Urban of the performance. “He took a chance and that’s great. But you got to know that chance (will) play to your strengths.”

Harry Connick Jr. is one of this season’s highlights thanks to his brutal honesty towards the performers.  The musician clearly understood why Briley took the gamble and performed out of his comfort zone, but he also admitted every singer has their own strategy when approaching American Idol.

Click on the media bar below to hear Harry Connick Jr., who also performed on last night’s show talk about Ben Briley’s risk taking move on American Idol.

Jennifer Lopez added that the singer has a lot of fight in him, but made a “misstep” with “Bennie and the Jets.” Click on the clip to hear Lopez talk about Briley’s elimination from American Idol.

To check out Ben Briley’s reaction to being eliminated from American Idol, go to Deepest Dream.

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