8 Boomer Superstar Hopefuls Are Ready to Compete

Eight potential Boomer Superstars are headed to AARP’s “Ideas@50″ event in San Diego next week in hope of winning $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings in the Boomer Superstar competition Sept. 5. Coming from five states, eight cities and a variety of musical backgrounds, the contestants – all over 50 – were among hundreds who submitted music videos to AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest, powered by American Idol Live! In fact, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will emcee …

‘American Idol’ Finale Must-See Viewing

Yes, I did compare Randy Jackson’s yo-yo-yo dawg-dawg-dawg repetitiveness to Barney the Dinosaur a few weeks ago in terms of things I simply cannot bear to watch anymore.  But now he’s leaving “American Idol” and I feel kind of bad.  It’s the end of an era – and all the more reason that this week’s season finale Wednesday and Thursday is must-see territory. The worst is behind us – not only Randy’s tired catch phrases, but also Nicki Minaj’s endless …

Good TV This Week: The ‘American Idol’ Finale

It is the colossus of the week that cannot be ignored.  Even if you haven’t been following “American Idol” this season, get in on the finale, because:  1.  It’s exciting. 2.  It is a major annual showcase for the music industry.  Last year, our own Tony Bennett sang Irving Berlin with contestant Haley Reinhardt.  Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin and a gospel choir teamed with Jacob Lusk.  Tom Jones, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Judas Priest and even Jack Black performed numbers …

Steven Tyler Finds ‘American Idol’ Making the Most of His Bad Boy Image

Steven Tyler claims he “really wasn’t okay with it” last year when he felt his slips of the lips were being hyped by the “American Idol” forces.  To hear him tell it, they kept “using the occasional [bleep] and really pushing it up to the top, and saying, ‘Wow, Peck’s Bad Boy.’”  He shrugs.  “But it’s TV.  It works.” So it does.  And if anyone knows how to work a rock reprobate appeal, it’s the 63-year-old Aerosmith frontman, who goes …