"American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta sat down with writer Fred Bronson for a no-holds barred interview. In Part One, Iraheta discusses her early musical influences. Allison Iraheta, fourth-place finisher on Season 8 of âAmerican Idol,â was born April 2
Season 7 finalists Brooke White and Michael Johns will share the stage, or at least a roadie or two, when they hit the road together this fall. The co-headliners will travel to 11 cities, starting with Pomona on Sept. 17. The tour will mark the second collabor
Didn't make the cut on 'American Idol'? Perhaps judge Kara DioGuardi can still help. While 'Idol' has seen its share of major label cast-offs -- recent hopefuls Carly Smithson and Michael Johns come to mind -- DioGuardi is offering yet ...
Season 7 winner David Cook returns to the "American Idol" stage on Wednesday, much to this writer's delight. The 27-year-old Missouri native, who recently moved to L.A. but insists he still has one foot in his home state, is currently working on the follow-up
Like many longtime music journalists, I mourned the death of power pop pioneer Alex Chilton last week. He was the frontman of Big Star, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1970s whose musical legacy far outlasted their album-making years. Anyone who
Most of our "Idol" pundits called it correctly, but you didn't have to be an expert to figure out that Knoxville's Didi Benami was likely going home on Wednesday night. After a mediocre performance of the '60s soul classic "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
Well, werenât we just tickled pink to be invited into the secret lair that is Mondayâs âAmerican Idolâ rehearsal. Thatâs right, just the Top 9, executive producer Ken Warwick, stage manager Debbie Williams, Rickey Minor and the âIdolâ band, about
Former "American Idol" finalists are banding together to help feed America. As part of "Idol Gives Back's" initiative with Feeding America, some 11 "Idol" alumni -- including Kimberley Locke, Didi Benami, David Hernandez, Amy Adams, Chikezie, Mikalah Gordon, E
Ten former "American Idol" finalists, including Season 5's Elliott Yamin, Season 2's Kimberley Locke, Season 6's Brandon Rogers, Season 3's Latoya London and Season 9's Didi Benami, came together in downtown L.A. on Tuesday to help fill backpacks with food for
Last Wednesday night, most of the Top 12 attended an "Idol Gives Back" after-party at the Mondrian Hotel's Sky Bar (our invite must've gotten lost in the mail) that, according to former finalist Michael Johns, who was in attendance along with Season 5's Elliot
Always affable Aussie Michael Johns is the latest "American Idol" alumnus to pop by the L.A. Times video studio, providing plenty of laughs and a little season 7 insight. The eighth-place finisher talks about meeting Dolly Parton as a little kid (and the impre
As contestants go, few females in âAmerican Idolâ history were as bombastic as Carly Smithson. The Season 7 rocker, one of three in that yearâs Top 12 if you include David Cook and Michael Johns, brought all the grit she could muster into the competition
Some can still hear the collective gasp echoing from the night Season 7's Michael Johns was eliminated. An eighth-place finish seemed downright unfair then, as it does now, but the Australian-born rocker took the early dismissal in stride, much like his view o
When it comes to "American Idol," practically every die-hard fan of the show has a favorite contestant who went home too soon -- personally speaking, Michael Johns, Alexis Grace and Siobhan Magnus come to mind, not to mention universal choice Jennifer Hudson.
"Idol" producers, ex-contestants and the show's host Ryan Seacrest are all hinting at "big surprises" for Wednesday night's Season 9 finale. Thanks to various tweets and Facebook messages, we already know that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson and Season 3's Fant
It's often been said that "American Idol" is really just a popularity contest. Sure, singing and showmanship is important, as is a contestant's back-story and TV persona, but when it comes to advancing in the competition, many an inferior vocalist have managed