Corey Clark, former American Idol contender- Star &B star in the making
*Corey Clark is best known for being one of the standout finalists on the second season of the mega-hit Fox reality TV series “American Idol.”
A weekly showstopper, he was rewarded with a rare standing ovation from the regular judges, while the guest judges unanimously praised his singing.
Legendary Motown producer Lamont Dozier called him “a new and rising Smokey Robinson,” and Gladys Knight described his voice as “absolutely wonderful.” Not to mention, the CD “American Idol 2,” featuring Corey, has been certified RIAA Gold. Continue reading
*CJ Harris realizes the history he’s making on “American Idol” this season.
The 23-year-old Jasper, Alabama native finds himself in the show’s Top 13 after nearly being sent home at least twice. Equally as impressive, he’s the lone African American, guitar-playing, trucker hat-wearing country/rock/blues singer to ever get this deep into the competition. …Or, perhaps, get on the show, period.
“I bring something different,” he acknowledged during interviews with the Top 13 this week. “I bring a different southern country soul to the show that has really never been seen on there before. So, I think it just brings something a little different to the table this year.”
*“American Idol” kicked off its first ever “Rush Week,” where five of the 15 female contestants were eliminated by show’s end – without ever getting to sing for America.
The remaining 10, chosen by judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., performed Tuesday for our votes, as will 10 of the 15 male finalists tonight (Feb. 19). Five guys will also exit the show without getting to perform. On Thursday, one male and female contestant will be sent packing based on America’s vote.
This new “Rush Week” wasn’t the only thing different on “Idol’s” Tuesday episode. Longtime judge Randy Jackson also debuted as a mentor for the Top 30, giving out performance advice alongside guest mentors and “Idol” alum Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.
*Alfred Wright — the brother of “American Idol” contestant Savion Wright — was found dead in November with his tongue ripped out amid rumors of his relationship with a relative of a local law enforcement agent, who is white.
The case in Sabine County, Texas has sparked allegations of Alfred’s murder being a hate crime that was staged to look like a drug overdose. [Watch CNN’s report below.]
“Alfred was dating the white relative of someone in law enforcement,” one local source tells Radar Online. “You can’t do that in East Texas. If you’re a black man, you’ll get killed. They still have cross burnings in that area!”
*Amber Holcomb, the “American Idol” finalists dubbed Whitney Houston by former judge Nikki Minaj last season, has welcomed a baby girl.
The 19-year-old shared the below pic of her daughter’s head on her Instagram account Friday (February 14), and has received numerous congratulations from her fans.
Amber, who came in fourth on “American Idol” last year, revealed she was expecting over the summer.
So far, no word on the baby’s name.
Jennifer Lopez on the set of the new Ricky Martin music video in Miami, Florida on February 10, 2014.
*“American Idol” pulled over 11 million viewers on Thursday (Feb. 6), and was the third most-watched program for the night behind the Winter Olympics and “The Big Bang Theory” at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
That being said, Fox’s singing competition is far from the ratings goblin that it was during the glory days of Fantasia and the Velvet Teddy Bear.
Despite the fan-approved return of Jennifer Lopez at the judge’s table next to Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., Season 13’s Jan. 15 premiere was bittersweet: The episode drew 15 million viewers and won the night, but it was its lowest-rated premiere in history – marking the fourth consecutive year of record low premieres, and continuing an overall ratings slide that began in 2006.