Following his elimination on "American Idol," Billboard chatted with Burnell Taylor who explained that he's excited to return to his hometown because "he's got work to do." He also mentioned that he plans to take Keith Urban's comments about him occasionally being "a bit pitchy" to heart as he works to further his career.
Finishing seventh on last year’s season of “American Idol” hasn’t stopped Colton Dixon from living out his dream. The 22-year-old Tennessee native has carved a niche for himself and is quickly becoming a staple in the Christian rock market.
“Idol” celebrated its 450th episode last night, sending Devin Velez packing and leaving only Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos as the remaining boys in the competition. Following the show, Billboard caught up with Velez, who discussed his future plans and his time on the show.
The good news with "American Idol" this week? Apparently 'Motown Week' means less ballads on the singing competition, which after the last few weeks is a welcome respite indeed (let's thank Smokey Robinson, the mentor this evening). The bad? It's down to the top eight and still needs to fill two hours, so it's time for group performances!
Billboard caught up with Paul Jolley who revealed his post-"American Idol" plans of continuing to pursue a career as a country/pop vocalist (no straight pop!), his thoughts on the judges being so hard on him, and his plans for returning home and eating "anything but a salad."
Paul Jolley pegged himself early on as a contestant looking to align himself within the same side of country that produced artists such as Rascal Flatts and Lonestar -- that is, country, but more on the pop side of it. Twang, but not overpowering or at times noticeable at all. Jolley himself even professed a hope to become a male version of Taylor Swift.
The Beatles have a fairly sizable song catalog that ranges from up-tempo, high-energy tunes to slower, more intimate selections. "American Idol" is often known for its singers tending to choose the latter when it comes to song selection; apparently, singing a ballad pays far more dividends than a barn burner that gets the crowd moving.
Billboard caught up with Curtis Finch, Jr to discuss his reaction to being the first finalist booted from "American Idol,"Nicki Minaj's support, post-"Idol" plans, and how he's already preparing for the Top 10 tour.
Despite the undeniable singing talent of Curtis Finch Jr., questions persisted about the Missouri native's ability to connect with a large portion of the "American Idol" voting public. Big-voiced gospel each week on a show known for its pop leanings? Jimmy Iovine in particular expressed concerns that such a thing could get old, and fast.
It's been said a hundred times by a hundred different people, but the ladies of "American Idol" are certainly the season's strongest, laying down the gauntlet each and every week for a fairly unspectacular -- aside from Burnell Taylor, of course -- group of boys.
Season 12’s Top 10 on American Idol spent last night in Los Angeles at The Grove spanning the Red Carpet, posing for photos and answering press questions. Billboard spent some quality time with the new contestants to get the scoop on their favorite Idol alums and performances.
"American Idol" has a new top ten, and no doubt viewers at home have strong opinions on whether the right crop was picked. Billboard caught up with two of the judges on the red carpet last night to glean how they were feeling about the picks.
Leaving the futures of 20 different singers in the hands of the American voting public can be an overwhelming thought, but America pulled little surprises Thursday night as it voted in the top 10 finalists on "American Idol" 2013.
While it may seem like a tired thing to say, 2013's "American Idol" girls really are on the money. Measuring up was going to take a superb effort from the 10 remaining guys to even be mentioned as part of the conversation.
The general landscape of male contestants on "American Idol" this season has certainly changed in comparison to previous years. In the past, the show was often dominated by a guy or guys who sang lighter rock or adult-alternative fare and who played guitar. Those guys ended up winning, too; the exception to the rule has been Scotty McCreery, who slots into the country genre.
A lackluster episode last Wednesday preceded the 10 girls who took the "American Idol" stage last night to sing for a spot in the top 20. Though a few singers, like Kree Harrison and Angela Miller, stood out, it wasn't incredibly reflective of the claims that the remaining female contestants were a talented crop, possibly the best chance the gender has had in years of actually winning the entire competition.