ABC/Josh VertucciAmericanIdol’s Hollywood Week kicked off Sunday night with two rounds of cuts, as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie begin to whittle down the 175 finalists.
First Round The first hour saw the contestants performing brief solos for the judges. Many of the standouts from the audition rounds made it through the first cut. As in past seasons, the judges lined up contestants and did the "When I call your name, step forward/backward" form of eliminations.
Katy Perry was feeling all the feels and showing her love for certain contestants in, um, aggressive ways. Laci Kaye Booth so impressed Katy with her country-tinged rendition of “Natural Woman” that Katy threw her chair right off the judges’ platform.
Next, L.A. standout Alejandro Aranda wowed Katy with his voice and intricate guitar moves on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” moving Katy to throw her jacket at him. And when Madison Vandenburg, dubbed “the next Kelly Clarkson” in her audition round, took the stage to sing a -- you guessed it -- Kelly Clarkson song, Katy was so overcome that she ran straight out of the room.
Perhaps the most emotional moment of this round came courtesy of Dimitrius Graham, who FaceTimed his mom, who was about to go into surgery. He sang Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Katy broke down in tears pretty much as soon as he started.
Each of these contestants made it through to the next round.
Other standouts who were safe this round: Myra Tran, Margie Mays, Nick Townsend, Walker Burroughs, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon.
Some notable nos: Lauren Engle, the woman whose husband died tragically in a car crash, and Peach Martine, the teen Katy jokingly thought was a robot.
Group Round The group round is typically make-or-break for the contestants, as they deal with the stress of working with others while going on little to no sleep. The most common issues this time around: bossy group members, contestants forgetting the lyrics, and some getting sick.
Colby Swift -- who was gifted Luke Bryan’s own boots in the first round -- forgot to the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and was eliminated, while Wade Cota wrote the lyrics to The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” on his arm and still forgot them, but somehow made it through anyway.
The best group of the night was Unexpected Vibe, which included the legally blind Shayy, Dimitrius Graham, Assata Renay, and William Oliver. When Shayy became frustrated because she couldn’t see the lyrics to memorize them, her group mates rallied around her. They delivered a flawless performance of Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” and donned darkened glasses during the performance to simulate how Shayy sees. The gesture of solidarity was enough to move Lionel to tears. Everyone except William made it through the round.
Before the final group of the night could perform, the show ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. One of the group members, Nate Walker, gets so sick that EMTs were called and he was rushed to the hospital. We’ll have to wait until Monday night to find out what happens to Nate and how the group -- ironically named Ain’t Going Home -- performs.
Monday night also marks the Solo Rounds, so tune in to American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana GrandeArianaGrande's gonna have to find room in her house for two orange blimps after her pair of wins at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday in Los Angeles.
Ariana was named Favorite Female Artist, while her hit "thank u, next" was named Favorite Song. Shawn Mendes, no surprise, continued his killer year with a win for Favorite Male Artist.
Taylor Swift, also no surprise, was named Favorite Global Music Star, while "Bury a Friend" singer Billie Eilish was voted Favorite Breakout Artist.
Selena Gomez was a winner, too, but not for her music. She was voted Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie, for providing the voice of Mavis the vampire in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
If you missed the Saturday broadcast and the Sunday night repeat, you can catch the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards when it airs again Monday night at 8:00 ET on TeenNick, and Tuesday night, also at 8:00 ET, on Nicktoons.
Peggy SirotaNow that the Jonas Brothers are back and better than ever with a number-one single, “Sucker,” Nick Jonas says they’re currently “building a plan” to get back on the road.
But now that the bros all have partners -- Nick is married to Priyanka Chopra, Joe is engaged to Sophie Turner, and Kevin and wife Danielle have two young daughters -- Nick tells HuffPost he’s not quite sure what a tour will look like for the growing Jonas family.
“Just by way of coming back together, we’re adults now,” he says. “We obviously all have our families and seeing what that would look like in this modern era is just really exciting. And I’m anxious to get out on the road and we’re building a plan now, so please stay posted.”
“I think it will be a lot of fun,” he adds.
As for more new music on the way, Nick says they’ve been “really fortunate” to work with Ryan Tedder, who helped them oversee the project as a whole.
“I think the fans can expect a really good combo of Joe’s sounds and DNCE’s meets my solo sounds, and I think ‘Sucker’ is a good kind of stepping-off point,” he teases. “But I’ve got more and more favorites on the album that I’m really excited for them to hear.”
ABC/Eric McCandlessKaty Perry went through quite a lot of tissues for this Sunday’s American Idol.
In an exclusive preview of the episode on People, one of the contestants gets a surprise proposal from her boyfriend and brings the recently-engaged Katy to tears.
Johanna Jones was getting ready to walk off the stage during Hollywood Week when her boyfriend Matt walked on and got down on one knee.
Katy immediately starts bawling, but to see Johanna’s full reaction -- and whether or not she says yes -- you’ll have to tune in.
The proposal comes just after two of last season's contestants, Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner, announced their engagement Friday.
In another preview clip on Entertainment Weekly, Katy needs tissues for a very different reason. She’s dealing with a cold, so she sticks two tissues up her nose and tells the contestants the show must go on. Luke Bryan challenges her to sing “Firework” with her nose plugged and she belts it out like a pro.
ABC/Rick RowellJennifer Lopez has something to cure whatever has got you down.
The multi-faceted entertainer has announced a brand new single, “Medicine,” featuring French Montana. The song drops April 5.
“Wish I could give you guys a taste of my new single, Medicine, ft. @frenchmontana!! I CAN’T WAIT for you all to hear it!!!!!!” JLo wrote on Instagram, along with an image of her wearing a crystal-covered mask with many faces.
She also revealed more ticket info for her It’s My Party tour in celebration of her 50th birthday this summer. Pre-sales for the tickets begin on Tuesday and officially go on sale Friday, March 29.
“It’s my party!!!! Let’s sing and dance the night away!! I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday with all of you on tour this summer,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, J.Lo and her new fiancé Alex Rodriguez received a very special congratulations on their engagement from none other than Barack and Michelle Obama.
A-Rod posted a photo of the handwritten note on Instagram, which reads, “Michelle and I just wanted to congratulate you on your engagement. After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes it all better.”
Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice Battle Rounds are upon us.
Monday kicks off the next phase of the competition with help from team advisors. In an exclusive preview on People, Adam Levine gushes over his team’s advisor, Charlie Puth.
In the clip, Adam says he chose Charlie to help his contestants because he’s “brilliant musically” and “the perfect advisor.”
“Charlie is amazing,” Adam says. “I’ve known him for a few years now. We just love talking about music and really are kind of cut from the same cloth as far as our influences and the things that we love.”
Charlie previously served as a mentor for former coach Alicia Keys’ team in 2016.
Kelly Clarkson’s team advisor this season is country star Kelsea Ballerini, while John Legend’s is Khalid. Blake Shelton has two advisors: legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn.
Def Jam RecordingsLogic has released the title track off his upcoming new album, along with a bloody music video.
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" finds Logic -- birth name Bobby Hall -- reflecting on the negative aspects of fame. He admits to insecurities and suicidal thoughts, but the song ends on an uplifting note with Logic rapping about his vision for a better future.
"Do what you love and do not give a damn/F*** all the haters you see on the 'Gram/Just mind your own business and be a good man," he raps.
In the music video, Logic starts the song as blood begins to flow from a gash on his neck. The wound gets worse and worse but he seems to numb to the pain, even lighting up a joint at one point.
The clip ends with a blood-soaked Logic smiling at the camera and walking away.
"I wrote this one in Blood," Logic says of the track on Twitter.
That's not the only writing he's been doing. While his new album doesn't yet have a release date, Logic's debut novel comes out next week. Supermarket, a dark thriller, hits shelves March 26.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCIn honor of Madonna’s Like a Prayer album turning 30 on Thursday, fans can now sport new 30th anniversary merch.
Madonna's official store now includes several Like a Prayer t-shirts, a pillow, rosary beads and tote bag. One of the t-shirts features “Saint Madonna” in a stained glass window, while another features a sketched design of the Madonna image.
Another tee, as well as the pillow and tote, feature a 30th anniversary edition of the album cover.
A signed Like a Prayer vinyl album will randomly be included in one of the order placed before 11:59 p.m. PST Friday.
Like a Prayer, Madonna’s fourth studio album, was released March 21, 1989. It spawned the hit title track, as well as “Express Yourself” and “Cherish.”
Earlier this month, Madonna celebrated the 30th anniversary of the title track’s release and reminded everyone of the controversy the music video stirred back then.
"30 years ago today I released 'Like a Prayer' and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses!” she wrote on Instagram. “I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. ?????? Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy!"
ABC/Image Group LAAmerican Idol isn't just good at finding singing talent -- it's apparently good at finding love matches, too.
Last season's winner Maddie Poppe is dating her runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, and now two other former contestants are engaged.
Gabby Barrett, 19, and Cade Foehner, 22, confirmed to People that they are getting hitched. The proposal took place at the L.A. hotel where they first met while competing on Idol.
Cade says that while he has been thinking about proposing for a while, he actually hadn't planned on doing it that particular day. But the fact that they were in the same hotel made it seem like the perfect opportunity.
"My sister overnighted the ring to our church," Cade says.
The young couple hasn't set a date yet, but say they want to get married in "colder weather." And, of course, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will all be getting invites.
"The judges are like family to us," Gabby says. "Idol was the very beginning of our love story and we would love for all of our family to be there."
The only other Idol couple to get hitched are Diana DeGarmo, the runner-up from season three, and Ace Young, a contestant on season five.
With TV appearances including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a headlining U.S. tour, a gold single and now the release of his debut album, A Place We Knew, Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis has discovered that making it big in America hasn't been nearly as hard as he thought. It's been a pleasant surprise for a guy who thought U.S. success was just a pipe dream.
"We have this thing in Australia...everyone knows it: to break in America, it's impossible," Dean tells ABC Radio. "I guess now maybe it's becoming a smaller world....but in the past, it's been impossible."
"You also hear about how slow things move in America, on radio and stuff like that, but for me it's been quite fast," he marvels. "So everything that I've heard about here -- and the impossibility of it -- all seems very possible right now."
Friday's release of A Place We Knew follows the global success of Dean's hit, "Be Alright." But he says don't expect a whole album full of those sad breakup ballads.
"Actually, 'Be Alright's' probably the saddest song on there, in the sense of like, the tempo," he tells ABC Radio. "There's definitely a lot of other stuff, and there's horns on there as well -- y'know, just trying to make some of the choruses pop."
Dean says A Place We Knew reflects who he is an artist, something he claims he didn't have a clue about when he released his 2017 EP, Same Kind of Different.
"An EP is like, you throw everything at the wall, you don't really know what your sound is," he explains. "I didn't know what my style was. Now...I know straightaway how to make a song sound like me."
Gotham/GC ImagesJustin Bieber is putting down roots in Los Angeles.
According to E! News, last week the singer bought an $8.5 million Beverly Hills home for himself and his wife Hailey Baldwin.
The more than 6,100-square foot house has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a sunken family room, a wine cellar, an infinity pool with a cabana, and a screening room inspired by the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel – among other amenities.
Bieber hasn’t owned a house in L.A. in around five years. He used to own a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in Calabasas, but sold it to Khloe Kardashian in 2014 for $7.2 million. That was the house he was living in when he was charged with misdemeanor vandalism for egging his neighbor’s house.
Since then, he’s been renting properties around L.A., New York and London. According to Architectural Digest, in 2016, he rented a 15-bedroom mansion in London for a whopping $133,000 a month.
Andrew MacPhersonPink is dancing with shadows in the new video for “Walk Me Home.”
The cinematic clip begins with Pink walking down a busy city street in a red dress. Suddenly, everything stops and we see Pink alone on the street. She begins walking and dancing by herself. As the chorus kicks in, she floats off the ground.
Pretty soon, she isn’t completely alone: She’s joined by dancing shadows. There’s even a stunning sequence where she performs a routine along with the shadows projected onto the side of a building.
It ends with Pink coming back to reality and finding herself on a crowded street once again.
The video was directed by The Greatest Showman’s Michael Gracey and co-directed by Stuart Bowen. Pink previously recorded the song "A Million Dreams" for The Greatest Showman: Reimagined soundtrack.
"Walk Me Home" is the first single from Pink's upcoming album Hurts 2B Human, out April 26.
ABC/Rick RowellMore than a year before A Star Is Born came out, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were seen hanging out. So what are we to make of the news that Gaga's now been seen hanging out with Jeremy Renner?
A source tells Us Weeklythat Gaga and the Oscar-nominated actor have been "spending a lot of time together," but they "don't believe it's romantic at this point."
And it's not just Renner: The source dishes that Gaga has been hanging with the Avengers star and his six-year-old daughter Ava, whom he shares with his ex, Sonni Pacheco.
If Gaga's pre-production behavior with Cooper is anything to go by, this could mean that Gaga's lined up another acting job, and Renner's part of the project.
Gaga called off her engagement to Christian Carino a month ago and has been seen out having fun with reality stars Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd, and popping into an L.A. jazz club to perform a set.
ABC/ Paula LoboOneRepublic, Sheryl Crow and Black Eyed Peas are among the top acts performing at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.
Also on the bill are Maren Morris, Colbie Caillat, Cheat Codes, Plain White T's and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, as well as some blasts from the past: Blind Melon, REO Speedwagon, Squeeze and Duran Duran.
Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon are among the other headliners.
NickelodeonIt’s slime time! The lineup for Nickelodeon’s second annual U.S. SlimeFest has been announced.
Pitbull and Bebe Rexha will be taking the stage at the two-day event, taking place June 8 and 9 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois.
The fest will also feature performances from teen star JoJo Siwa and rapper T-Pain, as well as appearances from some Nickelodeon stars, and different interactive activities incorporating the network’s signature green slime.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. CT at NickSlimeFest.com.
The event first launched in 2012 in Australia and since then, it's been held in countries such as South Africa, Italy, the U.K. and Spain. Last year was the first time it was held in the U.S.
Wes And AlexMaroon 5's "Girls Like You" is one of the band's biggest hits, if not the biggest, and its innovative, star-studded video is one reason why. Now the video has reached an impressive milestone.
The video, with its message of female empowerment, released May 30, 2018, has now racked up two billion views across Vevo and YouTube. It reached that milestone in just 10 months.
"Girls Like You" featured Adam Levine singing while surrounded by notable and accomplished women, among them Jennifer Lopez, Tiffany Haddish, Gal Gadot, Mary J. Blige, Chloe Kim, Aly Raisman, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Danica Patrick, Elizabeth Banks, Ashley Graham and more.
While the song itself was #1 for seven weeks and spent 33 weeks in the top 10, it's the video for "Girls Like You" that landed the song on the New York Times' recent list of "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now."
"At a time when women and nonwhite men have been facing down the White House and law enforcement’s relentless disrespect with civic, public and artistic resolve, the most crucial multitude were the 26 female entertainers, athletes, politicians, activists and survivors who seized control of the song’s video," writes the New York Times.
The Times describe Adam Levine in the video as "the ultimate embodiment of a stubbly, privileged white bro who belatedly realizes that he needs his partner."
ABC/Image Group LAFor the next few months, Julia Michaels will be pulling double duty on the road: She’s weaving headlining tour dates in between her supporting gigs for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour. And in a new interview with Inkedmagazine, Julia says she's been a longtime fan of Pink, who balances her own daunting tour schedule with raising two young kids.
“I got to write with her for her last album [Beautiful Trauma] and got to meet her and talk to her, sit down with her...,” Julia says. “It was amazing. She really is who you think she is. She's just a bada**, unapologetic, beautiful, awesome person, and I've gotten to watch her perform a few times.”
She adds, “I've just never seen anything like it. How she can control her voice while doing acrobatics the entire time. It’s pretty exciting and pretty nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting.”
Julia has worked with some of the best in the biz, most recently collaborating with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan on songs for her EP Inner Monologue Part I. She also joined James Bay on his new track, “Peer Pressure.” So who’s left to collab with?
“I've written with Ed Sheeran, but I've never done a song with him,” she says. “I think that would be really awesome because we write very similarly. We both write from the heart.”
She also cites The Weeknd and newcomers Alec Benjamin and Dominic Fike as others she’d like to work with someday.
Julia hits the stage tonight for Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour stop in San Antonio, Texas.
Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty ImagesNow that Orlando Bloom is engaged to Katy Perry, he doesn’t need his bachelor pad anymore.
According to Variety, the actor has put his Beverly Hills, California home up for sale for an asking price of nearly $9 million.
The modern, minimalist property features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a sunken sitting room, a zero-edge swimming pool and spa, and a fire pit. The master suite opens to a lounging and dining deck with skyline views.
It’s unclear if Katy and Orlando will buy a new home together, but they may not need to, since Katy already has plenty of properties to choose from.
Last month she sold two side-by-side homes at the top of Runyon Canyon for $12.7 million, but she still owns two multi-million-dollar homes in Beverly Hills and is involved in an ongoing bid to acquire a convent in Los Feliz that she plans to convert into a family compound.