Last season on American Idol, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner in the show’s history. The 17-year-old had originally been turned away when she auditioned in Los Angeles, but followed that up by winning Arizona Idol, a Fox affiliate-sponsored competition, which guaranteed her a place at the try-outs in Seattle. The lesson? Never let a little thing like defeat get you down. Sparks went on to win the competition without ever being in the bottom two or three, and released her self-titled debut last November. The record featured a variety of popular songs, including “This Is My Now” and “No Air,” on which she sings alongside nascent R&B heartthrob Chris Brown. We caught up with Sparks over e-mail to ask her about Chris Brown, this season’s Idol contestants and whether or not she had any tips for performing in front of the judges. Interview after the jump.
Beatlemania continued last night on American Idol, a questionable decision on the part of the producers, and one which gave us one of Idol?s most uneven nights yet. Even Simon conceded that the second week of Beatles tunes was ?weird? and perhaps inadvisable. Be that as it may, the 11 remaining contestants tackled the Lennon/McCartney songbook with a heartfelt, if misapplied, vigor. Let?s take a look:
Who better to teach the kids about chart-topping than the chart-toppingest female artist of all time? That’s right — Mariah Carey is set to appear on “American Idol” the day after her E=MC2 drops on April 15.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught Mariah’s SNL performance, her hilarious beauty-and-the-geek video for “Touch My Body,” or if you’re a little short on Mariah knowledge, we’ve got you covered — like Mariah on the front of her new record. Take the jump to find out Mimi’s tracklisting for her brand-new album, and read our review of what we got to hear.
Heath?s Family Battles Over His Cash
Everyone wants the dead actor’s money, no one wants to compromise. Sounds like every other f*cked up family. [People]
Is Kirstie Alley the Next Oprah?
O has offered Kirstie a development deal to create new TV projects. Let’s hope they all involve her wearing a bikini. [People]
Shia LaBeouf?s Legal Mess
A warrant has been issued for the actor’s arrest after he was busted for smoking. How appropriately G-Rated. [Us]
Jamie Spears? on Brit Panty Patrol
Brit’s dad alleging checks to make sure his troubled daughter is wearing underwear before she leaves the house. Now those are parenting skills. [DListed]
Simon Cowell Gives Toddler with Cancer $162,000
Believe it – Idol meanie Simon actually did something super nice! Even Paula would approve. [Us]
- Brit looks good – and acts well, too – in this brief clip from her stint on How I Met Your Mother. Emmy time! [DListed]
- Halle Berry names her baby Nahla Ariela Aubry. Shiloh, meet your new BFF. [US]
- Gwyneth cuts her hair, keeps her b*tchy face. [People]
- Jennie Garth’s family loves Crocs, each other. Grossness squared! [Page Six]
- Christina leaves the baby at home for sushi, red lipstick. Mama’s still got it. [ONTD]
Sometimes we forget that Brooke Hogan is only like, 19 years old. She’s all tall and mature and she’s dresses just a wee bit older than her age, so sometimes we get confused. Our girl Brooke’s been through a lot this year – her bro’s car accident and legal troubles, her parents’ divorce, Hulk’s alleged romance with her BFF – and that’s got be rough for someone who is still technically a teen. But our heroine seems to be working through her ish on her MySpace blog, and her latest post proves that even at 19, one can approach life’s crap with a cool hand. Will she be this levelheaded on her new reality show? We’ll have to tune it to find out. In her latest blog post, she reveals that maybe the healing has begun.
I realized your mother is your mother. Your father is your father. Nothing is thicker than blood. No matter how angry, sad or depressed you are, your family will always love you no matter what. We are all human. Yes, I?m still hurting very deeply inside, but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I?m not saying I will get over this in a week, month, year or ten years. I dont know when It will be. But you must always respect your father and your mother.
Yep, the time has come. You can blast Madonna‘s new track, “4 Minutes” right now. Timbaland supplies the beats, Timberlake provides the enthusiasm, and as Madge suggests that the clock is ticking for all of us, the grooves mow you down. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” she sings, “but if I die tonight at least I can say I did what I wanted to do.” She always has, right?
Tell us: do you like the song?
Say what? Mariah Carey, wearer of the shortest skirts and the skimpiest bikinis, is claiming she has low self-esteem. We always thought her love of barely-there outfits stemmed from an enormous sense of self-confidence, but perhaps we’ve been mislead by Mimi. She tells Allure magazine this month: “I’ve always had really low self-esteem, and I still do. What’s weird about that is being onstage, and the love that you get, and the adoration that you feel from your real fans. It’s hard for a partner to compete ? just imagine.”
Hear that Mariah fans? You’re better to her than her ex-hubby ever was! Mimi also addresses her reputation as a airhead: “It’s a dichotomy, I understand. I understand that people think I’m a ditzy moron,? as well as her sex life, calling herself a “freakin’ prude.” She may not be rackin’ up the notches on her bed post, but Mariah is about to have her 18th number one hit with her single “Touch My Body,” which ties her with The Beatles – THE BEATLES – for most number one hit songs. Surely that fact alone will help her esteem grow a little bit.? [Us]
The rap war that launched a thousand conspiracy theories underwent an enthralling development yesterday: according to an FBI informant, Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in Tupac Shakur‘s murder.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported the FBI was working with an informant who named Combs as having been aware of, and possibly involved in, an attack on Shakur at Quad Studios months before his death. In interviews prior to his death, Shakur swore Diddy and his crew were in some way involved in that attack. Two years later, Shakur was shot to death in Las Vegas. In a move many people think was retaliatory, Diddy associate Notorious B.I.G. was murdered seven months later, meaning that inadvertently, Diddy may have sealed his friend’s fate.
In the wake of Los Angeles Times story, Diddy issued a statement calling the report “irresponsible.” “Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any inolvement by Biggie or myself.”
Leona Lewis, our ultra-talented You Oughta Know artist, made her American TV debut on Oprah‘s show yesterday, and yep, she did some convincing. Remember the background. The young British singer won the UK version of American Idol and Simon Cowell‘s been inching her forward ever since. Listen to the way that Ms. Lewis swoops around the melody of “Bleeding Love.” Watch the video for the song right here. Make sure you’re here on April 1. We’ll be streaming the U.S. release of Lewis’ Spirit disc a week before it hits the racks.