American Idol

‘American Idol’ Finale Must-See Viewing

Posted on 05/12/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentYes, 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

Posted on 05/20/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt 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

Posted on 01/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSteven 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 …