President Obama points out that the lipstick on his collar belongs to last year’s American Idol runner-up’s aunt, Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
*Since former president Clinton’s indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky in the White House, no president wants to be the center of that type of controversy.
Our president is no different. He’s crossing his t’s and dotting his i’s and pointing folks out!
President Obama was at a White House event Tuesday evening for Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, when he had to put last year’s American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez on blast for her aunt’s indiscretions with him.
She left a print of her lips on his collar that he wanted to ensure Michelle or no one else got misconstrued, according to the New York Daily News.
*As previously reported, Gloria Gaynor, Gladys Knight, Thelma Houston and Sheila E. were due to honor the late Donna Summer during Wednesday’s “American Idol” finale, but the all-star moment never happened – with zero explanation from producers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the salute, which also included Jennifer Holliday and Nelly Furtado, was scheduled for the first half of the two-hour show, but was pulled last-minute by the network.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells THR that the reason the medley was cut was “purely and simply time [constraints].”
However, some in the audience had seen a portion of the tribute taped at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on Tuesday, when Kristin Chenoweth and “Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez teamed for “Enough is Enough,” Summer’s chart-topping single with Barbra Streisand. The performance was described by one observer as “weak,” notes THR.
Some of the tribute participants were also heard rehearsing a medley on Tuesday night. In fact, according to a THR source, “Idol” had already paid for several of the artists’ travel and accommodations. Still, another insider tells THR that at least one of the women — Furtado — was never confirmed for the finale in the first place.
In related news, ratings for this year’s “American Idol” finale were the lowest in its 11-year history – and down 32% compared to season 10′s last show.
*A slimmed down Chaka Khan – in a catsuit – took the stage at last night’s “American Idol” finale to sing with the six female finalists, while Fantasia – also in a catsuit – joined “Mantasia” to bring the house down with an Elton John classic, and eventual runner up Jessica Sanchez got a chance to get her “ugly face” on with Jennifer Holliday.
The top 6 girls– Sanchez, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Shannon Magrane and Erika Van Pelt–performed a medley of hits from Chaka Khan and were later joined by the diva herself for “I’m Every Woman.”
Khan, celebrating a recent 60 pound weight loss, wore a body-hugging one piece that showed it off. Watch the performance below.
Third place finisher Joshua Ledet got to see a dream realized when Fantasia joined him on stage for a rousing gospel-enhanced version of Elton John’s “Take Me To The Pilot.” The headline this morning, however, is less about their performance and more about ‘Tasia’s outfit and Pocahontas weave. Watch below.
One of the more memorable moments was a duet of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” featuring eventual runner up Sanchez and her own personal idol Jennifer Holliday, who made the song famous in 1981 as the original Effie in Broadway’s “Dreamgirls.” Holliday fans already know she can make some strange faces while pushing out those powerful notes.
Below, we asked Sanchez what it was like to perform with Holliday, and whether or not she was thrown by those facial expressions. [Scroll down to watch the performance.]
Below, Rihanna performs her latest single “Where Have You Been” and Jordin Sparks teams with finalist Hollie Cavanaugh for “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
*Jennifer Hudson must’ve experienced déjà vu following her performance on “American Idol” Thursday after witnessing three of the strongest and most soulful contestants end up in the bottom three, thanks to America’s votes.
During Hudson’s run on season 3, she found herself in a similar predicament after America put her in the bottom with fellow R&B singers Fantasia and LaToya London.
Last night, church singer Joshua Ledet, soulful rocker Elise Testone and pint-sized powerhouse Jessica Sanchez found themselves on the verge of going home. Sanchez, 15, ended up with the least amount of votes, but while she was singing for her life, the three judges interrupted her to reveal that they will use their one “save” of the season to keep her on the show.
Before that whole episode, J-Hud took the stage with Ne-Yo to perform “Think Like a Man,” the first single from the film’s soundtrack. Watch below.