America voted … and the loser of American Idol is “No Boundaries.” This season, as with all other seasons on Idol, the winner has sung a theme song written specifically for the show. Think “A Moment Like This,” the song Kelly Clarkson sang at the end of the first season, which became a best-seller. This year, the song “No Boundaries,” co-written by superfluous judge Kara DioGuardi, was that special song and it’s safe to say no one took to it. Not even DioGuardi: during the finale she actually told winner Kris Allen that the song wasn’t written for someone with his register, which is probably one of the reasons the song has been canned from the Idol tour this summer.
Apparently, the song was getting such a poor response during the live concerts that producers told Allen to find something else to sing to replace it. We hope Kara doesn’t feel too bad about it — if anything, she should take a lesson from her own overly-optimistic lyrics. Let nothing stand between you and your dreams, Kara. [Source: NY Post]
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American Idolas a TV show is about as successful as you can get, but people might not realize just how big the empire is. Okay, some of its former contestants probably realized after it was too late that conquering movies was maybe not their thing (From Justin to Kelly to … nowhere). But if you consider their musical track record, it’s pretty impressive. Since the show started in 2002, there have been more than 200 songs by Idol alums to hit the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. David Cook even had 11 songs from his self-titled debut hit the chart in 2008 in the same week.
We took into account album sales and chart-toppers and threw in a dose of personal favorites to bring you our list of The Top 25 Greatest American Idol Alumni Videos. Some artists show up a few times (Kelly Clarkson bookends the list) and a certain someone only shows up once because his baby face is just too sweet to stare at for too long (David Archuleta, we’re looking at you…). Our methods aren’t scientific, but they do take things like over-cuteness into account.
25. Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You”
The latest of Clarkson’s singles, it made our list because while it’s a great song, the video sticks to the Clarkson formula that all other Clarkson videos adhere to – shots of Kelly performing with the band, spliced with shots of Kelly freaking out on/about a guy in a series of dramatic reenactments.
24. Bo Bice – “Witness”
Bice’s hair blows so freely — in the wind, in his convertible, by the sheer power of song — throughout the video, we couldn’t turn away. Viewers loved it too, the song spent three weeks at #1 on the VH1 Top 20 in December 2007.
23. Daughtry – “Over You”
“Hi, my name is Sara. Only it’s not, it’s Jessica Szohr, of TV’s Gossip Girl. I’m sorry I just cried throughout this whole video while wrapped in a towel. Actually nevermind – that was probably pretty hot. You’re welcome.”
“Kelly Clarkson pregnant” has been high up on Google Trends all morning, which perplexed us as she very recently revealed that she doesn’t want kids. “Oh, my God, I have no desire,” the singer told USA Today. “I would not be a good mother.”
So what gives? According to speculation on The Insider, it’s just “weight gain.” You’d think the fine citizens of America, in which 63 percent of the country is overweight, would be able to distinguish a couple pounds of water weight from a growing baby belly (seriously, WTF is wrong with you, America?) . After all, it’s the two things we’re most obsessed with in the U.S. But what’s most troubling to us is the assumption that Kelly’s gained something other than commercial success. That’s all we’re looking for these days – bellys to criticize or celebrate – even when there’s no reason to do so. [Photo: GettyImages]
Turns out America doesn’t give a crap about you no matter how uplifting your English as a Second Language backstory is or how many gorgeous sisters you have back in Mississippi. The two finalists sent home last night on American Idol‘s first finals results show were Jorge Núñez and Jasmine Murray who proved they just couldn’t satisfy America’s taste for the King of Pop. Pack your bags and say goodbye to the insane Hollywood mansion we got a glimpse of last night, kids. No more black light bowling or steam room for you guys. As sad as their departures may be, we still found five choice moments to discuss.
5. The Judges’ Save
After announcing that Jorge was eliminated from the competition,Ryan Seacresttold him “I’m going to have you sing while the judges chat,” presumably about whether or not Jorge deserved “The Judges’ Save,” which is the new twist to season 8. Seacrest explained that the judges would allow one “save” this season in case someone they thought was worthy needed a second chance after being voted off. There will be only one save, it must be unanimous, and the week after the save, two people will be eliminated to make up for it. We LOVE that Ryan even bothered to tell us that during Jorge’s performance the judges would “deliberate” in case they deemed him save-worthy, because while Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell appeared chatty, uh, Paula Abul and Kara DioGuardi not so much. Paula was on her feet the whole time. But of course we know Paula expresses herself through dance.
Her life might suck without you, but that doesn’t mean she’s in love. On the eve of Kelly Clarkson‘s return to American Idol (she’ll perform tomorrow along with Kanye West), the singer toldBritish Cosmopolitan that cheating exes and her parents’ divorce has left her more than a little cynical about potential mates. “I’ve never been in love. I want to be so badly—I’m a hopeless romantic, but I haven’t been there yet. [One ex dated me] because he wanted to be famous. Oh, and he also had [another] girlfriend the entire time we were together.”
Even the good dates haven’t been good enough. “If I found a guy who could handle my job, that would be cool,” she told USA Today. “But I’ve dated a couple of guys who were awesome, and the celebrity part of my life and the traveling part are hard to get around. You never get to see each other, especially if you’re both musicians.” Plus her biological clock hasn’t even begun to tick. “Oh, my God, I have no desire [to have kids]. I would not be a good mother.” Someone remind her that she’s only 26! Plenty of time to meet a good guy—and a couple more bad ones.
Last week, we brought you the evolution of Kelly Clarkson‘s hair, which mirrors the rise of her career. The winner of American Idol‘s first season went from selling vacuums door to door (then: a sloppy cut of bungled highlights) to mega pop star (now: a windblown hairdo highlighted to perfection). This week, we not only have Kelly’s latest music video, but also a stream of her entire album before it hits stores. Listen to every song fromAll I Ever Wanted.
When Steve Carell yells your name during The 40-Year-Old Virgin while getting his chest waxed, you know you’re big time. As the first winner of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson has transcended her title as winner of a reality show and become a total star. Beyond her singing career, the girl has had endorsement deals with Candies, NASCAR, ProActiv and even Vitamin Water. Fashion-wise, she’s no Aretha (whose hat has it’s own Facebook fan page), but the girl has definitely evolved since her Idol makeover. While her sense remains pretty consistent (girlfriend loves her crop tops), her style evolution can best be tracked through her hairstyles. Let’s take a ride on the Clarkson fashion roller coaster and check out the ups and downs of Miss Independence.
Going from hometown hopeful to Hollywood hottie is not always a smooth ride for American Idol contestants. From haircuts to diets to porcelain veneers, the Idol kids have undergone some extreme makeovers. See who changed for the better, and who changed for the worse. While Carrie Underwood may have become a country music super-babe, Jessica Sierra‘s mugshot demonstrated her damaging lifestyle. Check out the pics below to see the transformations of all your favorite Idol contestants from seasons one to seven.