*“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.
*Whitney Houston‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has reportedly lined up a couple of powerhouse mentors in her quest to become a pop star like her late mother.
Radar Online is reporting that Mariah Carey and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson are serving as her advisors.
“Mariah and Randy were close friends of Whitney’s and were heartbroken after she died suddenly in 2012. They kept in touch. Now Randy has decided he wants to make a full court press to help Bobbi Kristina become a star– and Mariah told him she wanted in, too!” a source close to music producer Jackson told Radar.
“American Idol” season 13 auditions at Georgia’s Gwinnett Arena (July 26, 2013)
*“American Idol” premieres its 13th season next month with Keith Urban the lone judge returning from last year’s catastrophe.
Producers hope the country crooner – alongside “AI” veteran Jennifer Lopez and newcomer Harry Connick Jr. – will have the right combination of chemistry and audience appeal to bring back the viewers who abandoned ship somewhere around Taylor Hicks…if not sooner.
“Except the unexpected with us,” Connick told us during interviews for the new season. “I mean, I didn’t know what to expect and Keith and Jennifer had both done it before and I think the whole fun of it is not knowing what to expect. Like I don’t know what Jennifer is going to say, I don’t know how Keith is going to react and that’s – I think we all roll like that.”
With original judge Randy Jackson replacing Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor this season, and original music director Rickey Minor returning from the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” producers have done everything short of bringing back OGs Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul to give the show a fighting chance.
J.Lo, who judged during 2012’s Season 11, returns to the show by popular demand. Below, the single mother of twins says she’s happy to be back and looks forward to the new season.
Actress Gabrielle Union is 40 today
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
Oct. 29: Singer-actress Melba Moore is 68. Singer Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is 52. Rapper Paris is 46. Actress Gabrielle Union is 40.
Oct. 29, 1947: President’s Committee on Civil Rights condemned racial injustices in America in formal report, “To Secure These Rights.”
*Longtime musical collaborators Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri are adding a new dimension to their professional relationship.
According to Vibe.com, the singer has hired the producer as her manager – a move JD confirmed at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival in Atlanta over the weekend, reports BET.com.
“A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable,” the So So Def chief said in a statement. “I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me it’s about the execution.”
Added Carey, “We have a bond that surpasses music. I am excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come into fruition.”
Carey recently parted ways with “American Idol” judge and music veteran Randy Jackson as her manager in May, and reportedly signed to a management firm. She is currently working on her upcoming album, “The Art of Letting Go.”
Carey and Dupri’s classics include “Always Be My Baby,” “Shake It Off,” and the heartbreak ballad “We Belong Together,” which was named Song of the Decade by Billboard magazine and spent 14 non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.