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American Idol Judges

Season nine of American Idol has been going strong since the first weeks of production. The judges have narrowed down the thousands of contestants who auditioned for a spot in Hollywood. The show is now getting to the top twenty five performers. The judges have narrowed down and deliberated about the best of the best to present to the audience these top singers. The audience votes on their favorite singer to try to get them passed to the next round of competition. The judges are harsher in their evaluation and give critique and praise to contestant’s performance of the night. The judges can sway or influence how the audience will vote. Here is a look at who the American Idol judges are this season.

Simon Cowell has been with American Idol since day one. He is one of the most well known judges yet he is liked the least because of his brutal honesty and temperament. However, the man knows what he is doing and is a leader in the entertainment industry. He produces music competition shows in both the U.S. and the U.K. Simon has been in the industry for more than twenty years and has worked as an executive at Sony Records. His ear for talent has made him a pioneer in the pop industry as he has shaped and molded some of the top pop artists of our time.

Kara DioGuardi is highly qualified to a judge on the show. She is a seasoned veteran in the music industry and has her own personal success. She is a songwriter that has produced hits for top recording artists all over the world. She is part owner of Arthouse Entertainment, and it is a very successful lucrative business. She is one of the highest demanded songwriters in the industry. She has written songs that have made an artist’s career skyrocket to stardom, and her songs also appear in movies, television shows, commercials, and all over the world. She has even written award winning songs for Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. You have probably heard Kara’s songs on the Internet radio, a movie, or a traditional radio station being sung by famous singers.

A judge that everyone loves and who has also been there since day one is Randy Jackson. He is also a powerhouse in the music industry. Like Simon, he has also been in the industry for twenty years. He not only produces music, but he plays music as well. He toured with the band Journey and played bass guitar. He has been a vice president and major recording labels and has toured, produced, and worked with some of the best in the industry including Madonna. He helps the contestants of American Idol become stars and his critiques are invaluable. He not only performs in the industry, but he has shaped and produced some of the best performers and has contributed to albums that have sold millions worldwide.

The newest judge who replaced Paula Abdul is Ellen DeGeneres. Unlike the other judges, Ellen isn’t a veteran in the music industry. However, she does know a thing or two about stage presence and performance because she is an actress, comedian, and the host of an award winning talk show. Her critiques and perspective on the show offer some new light and a different perspective to the contestants and audience. She is a star in her own right as she has been a leader in the entertainment industry for acting.

*Full length bios can be found at www.americanidol.com

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Musicians Take Over Reality TV

Reality TV has scooped up musicians as a new and popular hype. Retired musicians, as well as those attempting to jump start a second-wind in their career, have now allowed their personal lives to be taped for the sake of exposure.

Some famous musicians have taken the path to finding love, as Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison did, in his three seasons of ‘Rock of Love’. Others choose to exhibit a family life worthy of television, introducing Hollywood living at its best. The TOP 5 rated musicians whom have made reality TV appealing are:

1) Reverend Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons – Run’s House – Reverend Run, of Run DMC exhibits his hit rapper-turned-minister ways as a family man attempting to consistently manage his six children (Vanessa, Angela, Jojo, Diggy, Russy and Miley), and the launch of his come-back career. Rev. Run, alongside his wife Justine, have proven to be an act to follow since the show’s initial air in 2005.

MTV has since launched five seasons of the rapper’s New Jersey lifestyle, which has also led to the spin-off, ‘Daddy’s Girls‘. In Daddy’s Girls, the reverend’s daughters Vanessa and Angela leave home to pursue their career in fashion, while still staying in touch with Daddy ‘Run‘.

2) Ozzy Osbourne – The Osbournes – This kooky Prince of Darkness has become one of America’s favorite TV fathers. The Osbournes, a series featuring the domestic life of Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, children Jack and Kelly and special guest appearances from his son Louis) Ozzy and Sharon’s oldest daughter Aimee declined to participate in the show, completely. The program became one of MTV’s greatest hits, premiering in March 2002. The family’s final episode aired March 21, 2005.

3) Gene Simmons – Gene Simmons Family Jewels was a series that premiered in 2006. The show follows the life of K.I.S.S. bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed, and their two children, Nick (born 1989) and Sophie (born 1992). The show is similar to The Osbournes in that it follows a rock star and his family through their everyday lives. Season four ran from June 7, 2009 until August 16, 2009.

4) Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood is an American television reality show starring rapper Snoop Dogg and his family. His family includes wife Shante, daughter Cori whom he calls “Choc”, son Cordell whom he calls “Rook”, and his oldest son Corde whom he calls “Spank”. It premiered December 9, 2007 on E!, and premiered on January 13, 2008 in the UK. It is rated TV-14, but is often mistaken to be rated for a more mature audience. The series initially broadcasted on E!. The second season debuted November 30, 2008.

5) William ‘Flavor Flav’ Drayton – Flavor of Love premiered on VH1 after the rapper’s two prior reality shows, ‘Strange Love ‘ and ‘The Surreal Life 3′. In season one, 25 women from around the globe competed for Flavor’s heart. Women underwent physical, mental and emotional challenges all under the public eye. The winner of the season was awarded, not only Flavor’s heart, but also a set of gold teeth.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
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  • About the Author:
    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.
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