Jena Irene “Can’t Wait” For “American Idol” Performance With Paramore

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Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson faced off last night on American Idol at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, and for Irene it was pretty much the experience of a lifetime.

“To just perform in front of an audience of that many people and in an amazing venue is so different than what we’re used to each week,” said Irene. “So I was definitely a little bit nervous but I was excited more than anything. My adrenaline was going just the whole time.”

For judge Harry Connick Jr., the matchup reminded him of one of boxing’s greatest rivalries. “It really is kind of like Ali and Frazier. Caleb really (packs) a powerhouse punch and Jena is really more of like a boxer (laughs). It really seems like that.”

This season’s American Idol champ will be crowned tonight (FOX, 8 pm et/pt), and one of the many anticipated moments will be Irene’s collaboration with Paramore. Click on the media bar below to hear Irene talk about getting the chance to perform with the popular band:

To check out Caleb Johnson’s thoughts on the impending results of American Idol, check out the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.

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Jennifer Lopez Talks “American Idol” – “It’s Been A Great Season”

American Idol is now down to its top 5, as C.J. Harris was eliminated on this week’s show. The blues-rock singer and Jessica Meuse received the lowest number of votes on the show. During his final moments on the show, Harris thanked the hard working Idol band for all their help during his journey. He then dished out a wonderful rendition of the Marshall Tucker Band tune “Can’t You See” before getting his share of hugs and love from his fellow colleagues.

“You can tell by when the other contestants were saying goodbye to him, how they felt about him,” said Lopez. “I don’t think you’ve ever seen that kind of embrace that held on for that long. He’s a good guy.”

Click on the media bar below as Jennifer Lopez gives her thoughts on this season’s American Idol:

To check out an interview with C.J. Harris, read the post on our sister site Deepest Dream.

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‘American Idol’ Singers Reflect on their Top 7 Success

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American Idol continues tonight (Fox, 8 pm et/pt), as the top seven attempt to survive another week in the competition. For singer Jena Irene, part of her Idol journey has helped her gain a ton of confidence as a performer.

“My confidence level, I mean it’s grown,” said Irene. “It started off very small, but after over the months of preparing and getting all the advice that I’ve gotten and taking everything into consideration, I think my confidence and then my originality, I hope that people like what I come up with in the next few weeks.  But, yeah, it’s been fun.”

For CJ Harris, American Idol has also helped him hone his craft. Although he’s a natural musician and has an authentic, down home country/blues voice, Harris’ talent did need a bit of nurturing.

“I knew that I could do something with music,” said Harris.  “I was just really waiting on the help, man.  I couldn’t afford to have the voice lessons and the guitar lessons and things like that I really wanted to get help on.  Now that I’m here and I get help on interviews, on how to do an interview, how to breathe, how to do this and that, and it’s just helped me all around as a musician, from my stage performance to a lot of things.  I’m just excited.”

To hear Caleb Johnson talk about showing his creativity on American Idol, click on the media bar below:

We’ll also miss last week’s eliminated singer Malaya Watson. Check out her thoughts on her American Idol experience and also hear what JLo had to say about Watson’s “God-given” talent on this Deepest Dream post.

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‘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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