Girls Rule American Idol Season 12!

Every year, American Idol proclaims that it’s a girl’s year to win, and every year, I’m left feeling disappointed as we watch the female contestants drop one by one (Seasons 9 and 10), and witness a girl falling just short of the title at the grand finale (Seasons 9, 10, AND 11). However, it seems as if the tides have finally turned in Season 12.

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Top 5 girls have remained in tact in the Top 8 of the competition. Even better, three of those girls were named the Top 3 vote-getters during Top 10 week! With this resurgence of recognition and support for female talent, can the show finally find its first girl winner since Season 6’s Jordin Sparks in 2007? I believe so!

Just look at and listen to these five fantastic female contenders – Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, and Kree Harrison
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Phillip Phillips’ “Home”

Phillip Phillips‘ music video for “Home” is just as the song’s title suggests – homely, humble, and hopeful. In Phillips’ video debut, the singer-songwriter chronicles his ventures as a musician on-the-road, featuring footage from the American Idol tour (which is currently traveling along the east coast – get your tickets here!) interspersed with glory shots of the pensive artist and the great outdoors of America. As a fan who has been following Phillip’s journey since his Idol audition, it is comforting to see how he has retained the same down-to-earth composure through it all. “Home” is a beautiful song which will always remind me of the Summer of 2012!

The reigning Idol champion struck gold with his certified golden coronation single “Home”, which is gaining speed on the digital charts once again, thanks to exposure from NBC’s Olympic coverage of Team USA’s Women’s Gymnastics Team and the theatrical trailer for Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film, “Trouble With The Curve“. With this recent surge in iTunes sales, “Home” should be sprinting towards platinum status in no time!

“Home” will make its television debut on tonight’s broadcast of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX.

Just know you’re not alone, I’m gonna make this place your home.

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Concert Review: American Idol Live! Tour 2012 in Seattle

The American Idol journey is far from over after the confetti has been swept away from the finale stage. Every summer, the Top 10 Idols embark on a cross-country summer tour, during which they get to sing for all of the fans who supported them on the show. Without the stress of the competition on their shoulders, the Idols soar to new heights vocally, managing to both impress and gain new fans through the live concerts. This year’s Idols proved to be no exception! After witnessing the American Idol Live! Tour in Seattle on July 18th, I can declare without a doubt that this is one of the strongest Top 10 in years, and is now my second favourite group, right beside the illustrious Season 7 Idols.

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American Idol Inspired Duos

I am a shameless fan of singing competition reality shows. While some may write off shows like American Idol and The X-Factor as overhyped karaoke contests, one cannot deny the tremendous impact that these shows have had on the music industry. Where would stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and One Direction be today without Idol and XF? Probably not on our iPods!

This summer, Queen Kelly (a.k.a. the original Idol) is devoting her time to being a mentor/coach on Duets, a new singing competition which pairs amateur singers with their musical idol as duet partners. The fascinating premise of this show led me to realize something significant about these reality shows. Though Idol and XF mainly serves as a launchpad for solo artistry and group acts, some former reality show alums have gone on to establish some great singing duos as well, forging collaborations with fellow musicians, contestants from other singing competitions, and even former competitors!

On that musical note, here are three of American Idol and The X Factor’s finest duos for you to check out – it’s double the discovery and twice the listening fun!

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