Keith Urban Sees ‘American Idol’ As Great ‘Performance University’

idol8With last night’s elimination of powerhouse singers Olivia Rox and Gianna Isabella, there’s only eight remaining singers left to take the final American Idol crown. It’s been a solid season thus far, and the remaining contestants’ varying musical influences should ensure a healthy share of unique performances.

“This show has always been about diversity in styles,” said Idol judge Keith Urban. “We’ve certainly got that represented even as of now with Top 8. So it will be interesting to see who doesn’t make it from here.”

Winning American Idol is just an aspect on why this experience is beneficial for singers. Click on the media bar below to hear Keith Urban explain why American Idol is the perfect training ground for these aspiring artists.

What did you think of last night’s eliminations? Did an all too mature song choice (“If I Ain’t Got You”) lead to Gianna Isabella’s exit, and were you surprised that early favorite Olivia Rox was also sent home? Feel free to comment below!

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Harry Connick Jr. “Thrilled” To Be Part of ‘American Idol’ Final Season

connick88The 15th and final season of American Idol starts Wednesday, January 6 on FOX, and although they say good things must come to an end, it’s hard to see such a television stalwart leave the airwaves. Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez have carved out a distinct chemistry with one another over the seasons, with Connick Jr. serving as the strictest judge of them all. Though his criticism can often be deemed as unsparing, it’s Connick Jr.’s tough love that effectively balances the overall sweetness behind Lopez and Urban’s handling of the contestants.

Whether it’s his lifelong love for jazz or his early comparisons to Frank Sinatra (anyone remember his work on the When Harry Met Sally or The Godfather III soundtracks?), Connick Jr. has carved out a diverse music career. Acting has also been part of his skill set, as his start began all the way back to the 1990 movie Memphis Belle (his most recent film was the 2014 release Dolphin Tale 2).

In the audio clip below, Connick Jr. compares American Idol’s popularity to I Love Lucy and he adds that he’s “thrilled” to be a part of its final season:

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For ‘American Idol XIV,’ The Judges Aim Remains The Same

011662With Season 13 officially in the books, American Idol is already looking ahead to next season, with the first auditions taking place in Minneapolis just four short weeks from now. With Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. reportedly on board already, and Jennifer Lopez looking likely to return as well, it could be the first time since 2007 that the Idol judging panel remains the same. As far as Urban is concerned, that’s a great thing, because he enjoys not only the chemistry, but also the diversity within the trio. (Click on the media bar to hear Keith Urban)
When the auditions start next month, Harry Connick, Jr. told us the judges’ goal will be exactly the same as it was this year. (Click on the media bar below to hear Harry Connick, Jr.)

American Idol will return to FOX for its 14th season early next year.

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

American Idol (FOX, Michael Becker)

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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‘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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