Katy Perry: ‘Idol’ Judges Walk The Line Between Criticism & Caring

There are certainly times when being an American Idol judge is not an easy gig. Sometimes, a little bit of honest criticism from the judges might bring a contestant’s hopes and dreams crashing down around them. As an artist herself, Katy Perry knows how fragile the performer’s ego can be, so she says that she and her fellow judges try to mix a little bit of truth with a lot of compassion and some constructive criticism. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry)

American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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Nick Jonas Sings In ‘Ugly Dolls,’ But Not As Nick Jonas

The animated musical Ugly Dolls has a star-studded list of voice talent, including plenty of chart-topping pop artists like Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Ice-T, Bebe Rexha, Janelle Monae, and Nick Jonas. When we spoke to Jonas, he explained that he had to make sure he was singing in the character’s voice, not his own. (Click on the media bar below to hear Nick Jonas)

Ugly Dolls is playing now in theaters.

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Yet Another Surprise From Cher: She Turns Back Time, Erases Her Farewell (Again)

Funny how these things work — in 2002, Cher launched her farewell tour. It was a three-year extravaganza consisting of more than 300 performances. Alas, it didn’t really live up to its name, because she didn’t really say goodbye. She returned to touring in 2014, and she’s currently in the midst of her Here We Go Again tour, which will run through December. There’s talk that this may finally be her last tour, but can we really count on that? After all, Cher has made a career out of defying expectations, and she told us she’s been pleasantly surprised so many times, she can barely believe it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Cher)

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Adam Levine: Why ‘The Voice’ Still Comes Through Loud & Clear

In its 16th season, The Voice shows no signs of slowing down. It’s still a strong ratings performer for NBC, and it still manages to create a buzz after all these years. How does it keep doing that? Adam Levine, who’s been a coach since the very beginning, says it’s a combination of the great talent and a great concept. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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Queen For A Day: Adam Lambert Returns To ‘American Idol’

One of the most lasting legacies of American Idol is one that many people never even consider. Back in 2009, when Adam Lambert was contending for the Idol title, the producers of the show brought in one of his favorite bands, Queen, to play with him on the show’s finale. While it was certainly meant to be a one-off gig at the time, nobody realized that a new musical partnership was being born on television: Lambert has toured with the band as its lead singer since 2011, with another set of shows planned for this summer. With Queen’s popularity renewed once again by the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Idol will feature a Queen night next Sunday, with Lambert returning to the show as a mentor for the Top 8 contestants. Lambert told us he definitely looks at it as an opportunity to pay it forward, since being on Idol really prepared him for the stardom he’s found since being on the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)

 

American Idol airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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Blake Shelton: The Secret To ‘The Voice’s’ Success Is Funny!

When The Voice premiered, very few people could have predicted that it would last 16 seasons. As the show prepares to celebrate its 8th birthday this week (it debuted on April 26, 2011), we spoke to Blake Shelton. The country star, who — like Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine — has been with The Voice since the very beginning, told us why he thinks the competition has had such amazing longevity. (Click on the media bar below to hear Blake Shelton)

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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