"With Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel as your introductions, you're definitely in for a penny, in for a pound when it comes to the singer songwriters. It's hard to stop."
Mohammed Assaf, a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza, became not only the first Palestinian to win "Arab Idol," but also the first in decades to prompt such a visceral outpouring of emotion, uniting Palestinians of all walks of life, political affiliations and generations in a winning moment - a rarity, to say the least.
In March 2013, I read a story on a Palestinian website about a young man from Gaza who auditioned to be on the Arab version of the popular show American Idol. The show is produced in Egypt but includes participants from across the Middle East.
With all of that hoopla that surrounded the American Idol franchise, the effect that it's had world-wide on the music industry, and the legions of fans that it produced, how did something that seemed so impervious to self destruction lose its glorious stature?
Pitbull credits him mom with a lot, telling us, "My mother always told me the pen is mightier than the sword."
Now that Season 12 is over, let's judge Idol's judges, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey, for all they're worth -- and, hell, Seacrest too. Frankly, they all deserve it.
It's been a long road but the "American Idol" finale is finally here. With country singer Kree Harrison and the soulful Candice Glover as the only two...
It's been well documented that the current 12th season of American Idol has come up Joba Chamberlain-trampoline lame. The one-time juggernaut is repe...
Okay, I, admittedly, haven't been a (loyal) American Idol viewer since the adroit Carrie Underwood went all the way during season four.
Candice ended the night belting out "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and her powerful vocals had Keith asking, "How do you that?" and Randy declaring it to be one of the best vocals in "Idol" history.
Nobody was eliminated last week, which meant all four girls got the chance to perform one more time. With another week gone by and all four contestants still in the running, the pressure was even higher to stand out.
The truth is we are forever looking at ourselves in comparison to those around us, creating our own internal A and B lists of who is successful in marriage, in career, financially, as parents, and then putting ourselves in one or the other category.
I realize Mr. Arbos needed to disclose his stutter since so many people do not identify with the speech impediment; however, the piece was orchestrated to pull mercilessly at your heartstrings. It was pity itself that stirred up controversy.
For the first time in the show's history, "American Idol's" Top 5 is all-female and this week, the powerhouse ladies were able to showcase their wide range of abilities. The night was packed with Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Celine Dion, making it one of the most empowering and inspirational shows yet.
The true star of the night was Candice. She started off with "Don't Make Me Over," but it was her performance of The Cure's "Lovesong" that brought down the house and left the judges speechless so Mariah just threw some glitter at her.