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Frank Micelotta/FOXMalaya Watson, the Michigan teen who was eliminated from American Idol last week, was this season’s youngest contestant, and the second-youngest ever to reach the live shows, after season 10′s Lauren Alaina. While she admits that the Idol experience is “a lot harder than it looks,” the 16-year-old says she’d still encourage other young people to try out, with one condition: your grades have to be good.
Speaking to ABC News Radio, Malaya says, “From the outside in, [American Idol] looks like so much fun, but then when you’re in show business, you notice all the details of everything. It’s a lot. It’s a whole lot!” That’s why any kid who wants to try out has to make sure they’ll be able to simultaneously handle both their schoolwork and all the Idol commitments.
Asked if young teens like her should audition for the show, Malaya tells ABC News Radio, “If their school is good and they have time on their hands, then yeah, if that’s something they want to do.” But, she warns, “Don’t do it while you got all this debt, and your grades look terrible, because then …read more
Trainline.comThe guys in Train had such a good time this past February on their first Sail Across the Sun fan cruise that they’re doing it again next year — and you can sign up now for all the fun.
Train’s second annual Sail Across the Sun cruise will leave from Miami on February 13, 2015, and visit Key West and Great Stirrup Key before returning to Miami on February 17. You can register for the cruise pre-sale now at SailAcrosstheSun.com, and on that same website, you can watch a video documenting what went down this past year on the cruise to get you psyched up for next year.
Last year’s cruise featured musical guests like Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti and John Oates of Hall & Oates, and there was also a food and wine component, with tastings, and famous TV chefs like Jonathan Waxman and Aarón Sánchez giving cooking demonstrations. Of course, there were also plenty of chances to get up-close-and-personal with the members of Train themselves, and see the band perform in intimate settings.
ABC/Lou RoccoMuch has been made of the fact that Lorde has managed to accomplish all that she has at such a young age. But the 17-year-old star from New Zealand says she sometimes wonders if people will still think she’s so great when she hits the ripe old age of, oh, say, 25.
Speaking to Elle.com, Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, says, “I think a lot about mortality, and I just get way too in my head about it. Since I started making music a lot was made of how old I was and it made me think about, ‘What happens when I’m 25? Will people still like what I’m doing? Is it still important if I’m not this hyper-youthful being?’”
“It’s stupid,” she admits. “I know I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. It’s just one of those things. I’ll get over it.”
Lorde is also concerned with keeping her head on straight as her enormous fame grows. Noting that a year ago, most people didn’t know who she was, she tells Elle.com, “I guess it has been fast. But I don’t feel like it’s moving …read more
(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.
Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.
Here’s what happened during Tuesday night’s one-hour episode:
T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of “Tell Me Something Good,” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.’s ability to reach the high note was his “ace under his sleeve.” Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when “Tell Me Something Good” was released, the mid-1970s.
Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé‘s “Halo.” Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that …read more