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.
As a defensive player, Josh Norman doesn’t get to dance in the end zone very often (in his six-year pro career, he’s only scored two touchdowns). Instead, the Washington Redskins All-Pro cornerback will show off his dance skills on television. He’s one of the contestants competing on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, and he told us it’s his first chance to really show off his moves. (Click on the media bar below to hear Josh Norman)
Dancing with the Stars: Athletes premieres Monday, April 30 at 8/7c on ABC.
Roseanne Barr has polarized the television audience by making her personal political beliefs part of the rebooted Roseanne series. While it’s drawn raves from some of its fans — and a phone call from Donald Trump — it has been attacked by other viewers. At a press event, Barr said she never had any intention of sugar-coating the show’s politics for the sake of avoiding conflict, since political conflict in the USA is part of today’s reality. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roseanne Barr)
Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that Roseanne Barr is a magnet for controversy. That’s always been part of her modus operandi, and even at age 65, she’s not backing down or mellowing. The newly resurrected Roseanne has drawn both fans and fury for its “tell it like it is” approach, and Barr told us she wouldn’t have it any other way, because she feels it’s the right time to be politically incorrect. (Click on the media bar below to hear Roseanne Barr)
New episodes of Roseanne air Tuesday 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 Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c.