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Best Albums/Singles by American Idol Alumni

There is no doubt that American Idol will be missed. But thankfully, it brought us some great singers who have had some excellent albums and singles over the years. Here are my Top Ten favorite albums and singles from American Idol alumni.

Albums

  1. Kelly Clarkson — Breakaway
  2. Daughtry — Daughtry
  3. Carrie Underwood — Some Hearts
  4. Elliott Yamin — Elliott Yamin
  5. Carrie Underwood — Blown Away
  6. Blake Lewis — Audio Day Dream
  7. Jordin Sparks — Battlefield
  8. Kimberley Locke — Based on a True Story
  9. Kelly Clarkson — Stronger
  10. Dreamgirls Soundtrack

Honorable Mention

Daughtry — Leave This Town
David Cook — David Cook

Best Singles by AI Alumni

  1. Kelly Clarkson — Since U Been Gone
  2. Adam Lambert — Whataya Want from Me
  3. Carrie Underwood — Before He Cheats
  4. Kelly Clarkson — Miss Independent
  5. Carrie Underwood — Last Name
  6. Daughtry — Home
  7. Fantasia — I Believe
  8. Jordin Spark — No Air (w/ Chris Brown)
  9. Kimberley Locke — 8th World Wonder
  10. Clay Aiken — Invisible
  11. Elliott Yamin — Wait for You
  12. Phillip Phillips — Home

 Best Overlooked Idol Tracks

  1. Blake Lewis — Gots to Get Her
  2. David Cook — Time of Your Life/Paper Heart
  3. Adam Lambert — No Boundaries
  4. Kris Allen — Live Like We’re Dying
  5. Kimberley Locke — Change
  6. Mandisa — True Beauty
  7. Katharine McPhee — Home
  8. Josh Gracin — I Want to Live
  9. Bo Bice — Inside You Heaven
  10. Jennifer Hudson — You Pulled Me Through
  11. Scotty McCreery — Walk in the Country

Idols have touched us on screens big and small…. Movies and TV. Plus on Broadway too.

One of the things I loved about this show was that it took a nobody and made them a star. It presented you with regular people that were striving for their dreams — and that is something that everyone can relate to.

So that’s my list. Be sure to check out the songs and albums from some of my favorite American Idols. I am sure we will be enjoying their music for many years to come.

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Who Will Be the Final American Idol?

One of my all-time favorite shows — American Idol — is coming to an end this season, after 15 seasons. The show debuted back in June 2002 on the Fox Network. It soon became a cultural phenomenon and launched the careers of superstars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry and more. It changed the face of television and shook up the music industry too. So who is going to be the final American Idol? Read on for my picks from 8 to 1:download

8. Lee Jean. This kid is so out of his element. He wants to be the black Ed Sheeran, and he doesn’t have a chance.

7. Avalon Young. The tom-boy girl with the soulful voice. She is not very consistent of a performer.

6. MacKenzie Bourg. Cute, nerdy white boy who plays guitar. He seems very sincere… but ultimately very forgettable. They have had too many of this type already on this show.

5. Tristan McIntosh. She wants to be a black woman in country. More talent than Lee, but she is so young and doesn’t have control of her voice or a clear idea of who she is as an artist.

4. Sonika Vaid. She’s got looks and a voice — this girl is a real contender. But I don’t know she is sure of her of her musical path yet.

3. Dalton Rapattoni. The cute guy with the guyliner — He looks like the lost member of 5 Seconds of Summer. He’s shown quite a wide variety in his song choices.

2. Trent Harmon. He’s cute, and a bit quirky too. But he’s got a distinctive voice and that should take him far.

  1. La’Porsha Renae. The big girl with the big voice. This girl literally could blow all the other contestants away, and she does week in, week out. I think we have found our next superstar.

So those are my predictions. I have predicted most of the seasons correctly. I really hope that her album is great and she has a long career. The next big question is — how long till the re-boot? I am predicting that it will happen in the next 5-10 years.

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Kelly Clarkson — Still Our “Idol”

Kelly Clarkson in Concert
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Staples Center

Special guests: Abi Ann, Eric Hutchinson, Pentatonix

Piece by Piece Tour 2015

Merchandise purchased: T-Shirt

Songs performed: Problem, Telephone, Cheerleader, Rather Be, Can’t Sleep Love, Aha!, Michael Jackson, On My Way Home, Daft Punk (Pentatonix); Dance with Me, My Live Would Suck Without You, Catch My Breath, Nostalgic, Mr. Know It All, Invincible, Piece by Piece, Tightrope, Take You High, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Because of You, Breakaway, My Funny Valentine, Cool for the Summer, Sober, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Heartbeat Song, Walk Away/Uptown Funk, Bang Bang, Miss Independent, Since U Been Gone (Kelly)

Comments: American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made a triumphant return to the Los Angeles concert scene at the Staples Center the other night. She is touring behind her 6th studio album “Piece by Piece.” She had taken a few years off to get married and have a baby.Kelly Clarkson

Kelly is one of those artists that can sign just about anything in my opinion: rock, pop, soul, country, ballads, dance, etc. “Dance with Me” was the opening number, most recently featured in ads for this past season of “Dancing with the Stars.” It was the first of 7 songs off her most recent album.

The stage itself had a cool accordion partition that surrounded it, that could either be open, or closed with smaller video screens on it. And it was used to show supplemental footage during the show. So the backdrop was basically a wall of lights and colors. This was not a show big on special effects or stunts… when you have a voice like Kelly’s you don’t need them! Her voice is the special effect! Not many people have the range or power of her voice.

Besides the new album, the show contained all 5 singles off her landmark 2nd album “Breakaway,” as well as songs off of every one of her regular studio albums. What is remarkable is how many anthems the girl has in her song catalog at this point: Miss Independent, Stronger, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Because of You and more.

During the middle part of the show, she sang a few songs in stripped down arrangements, with just her and a piano accompanist. One of these was the title track “Piece by Piece.” She broke down and missed some of the lyrics as she sang it… and then said… I am so totally pregnant! What? Congratulations to Kelly and her husband… nice that she felt comfortable to share that with her fans in such a big way.

“Sober” was the Kelly Clarkson classic for the night…. those songs that might not have been hits, but are still good songs. She chose to cover her friend, Demi Lovato’s new single, “Cool for the Summer” as her cover song for the night. A tall guy with fuschia colored hair was previous chosen to come on stage for the open mic spot and he sang “My Funny Valentine.” Good vocals, if not the best song choice in my opinion.

She brought back Pentatonix to sing “Heartbeat Song” with her. The highlight for the evening for me had to be the mashup of “Walk Way” and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.” I just thought that was incredible. “Walk Away” is such a fun and sassy song, and to put it with one of the biggest hits of the year was genius.

Kelly has so many great songs, you know some had to be left out… the most shocking omission for me was ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay” her duet with Jason Aldean.

Abi Ann was the first opening act. A country pop girl with a decent voice. She sang 3 cover songs (Taylor Swift, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert) in her set of 5 songs. He single was her answer to the bro country movement, how she didn’t want to be “Truck Candy.” Next up was Eric Hutchinson. He was very good, and reminded me of a pop-rock singer songwriter type like Gavin DeGraw or Andy Grammer. He had a very soulful and powerful voice. He played both keyboards and guitar in his set. I definitely want to hear more from this guy. I liked that fact that his stage banner read “Eric Hutichinson is pretty good”… he was more than that to me.

The final opening act was the acapella group Pentatonix. They are the group that came to fame off “The Sing Off” as well as their YouTube videos. They added a staircase on the stage, which they sat and sang on in their set. Their vocals were excellent… the 4 guys and one girl, add up to one satisfying sound mix. It seems like 2 of them do mostly the backgrounds, with the 3 others taking turns as leads. The crowd was really into them and gave them a lot of love. I can only see bigger things happening for them.

I would have dropped Abi Ann in my opinion… she came across as not quite sure of herself still as to what type of artist she wants to be.

Kelly let her backup singers do most of the leads on “Bang Bang” — the Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj song. She came out in the last verse and sang some of it. Then it was the 1-2 punch of “Miss Independent” and “Since U Been Gone” to close out the night! Kelly had wowed us with her voice, as well as endeared us with her relatibility too… she is one of us, and she seems like a really nice person too. Thanks to Kelly and her band for a fun night!

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Who Will Win American Idol 2015?

I have watched American Idol since season one. It is the best singing competition show on TV. Their ad campaign has said it all: we make superstars. With all the platinum records, online downloads, concert tickets sold, and major industry awards like the Grammys — this is the only show can boast about their track record. Even “The X Factor” has produced bigger stars than “The Voice” ever has. So who has what it takes to win it all this season? Read on for my list — from least likely to most likely — to win and be crowned the next American Idol.American Idol Season 14

7. Rayvon Owens (Richmond, VA; 23) — He is very soulful and reminds me of John Legend or Ne-Yo. Negative is his reliance on his falsetto, which he isn’t always good with. He’s been in the bottom a few times, so he is not connecting with the audience.

6. Joey Cook
(Woodbridge, VA; 23) — The kooky girl with the retro looks and little instruments (squeeze box or ukelele) is a bit too quirky for her own good if you ask me. Her interpretations have been interesting at times, but can’t see how she fits in today’s music scene.

5. Tyanna Jones (Jacksonville, FL; 17) — This young lady is definitely a powerhouse vocalist, with one of the strongest and biggest voices in the competition. She seems comfortable on stage. Hopefully she picks good songs for herself, and has self confidence too.

4. Jax (East Brunswick, NJ; 18) — This smoky voiced single named young lady definitely has star appeal. How far she can go with it, I am not sure. Her take on “Poker Face” by Lady GaGa was horrible, so she’s still finding her sound.

3. Clark Beckham (White House, TN; 22) — Clark is going for the white boy soul of a Darryl Hall, but reality is he is a bit overrated for me. He can be a bit over the top for me with his vocals. He thinks he’s better than he actually is.

2. Quentin Alexander (New Orleans, LA; 20) — This guy is a refreshing change from a lot of the singers in the competition. This guy is a real artiste— with his love of fashion and unconventional looks (afro, African jewelry), plus his unique interpretations of his song choices. He reminds me of Prince or Terence Trent D’Arby.

1. Nick Fradiani (Gulford, CT; 29) — This handsome singer/songwriter is a working musician whose stage presence shows all of his experience playing gigs. He looks like a lost cousin of the “Jersey Shore” gang, and has a voice that has echoes of Chris Daughtry. Plus he’s been consistent throughout the competition.

So those are my predictions. I predicted the last 2 winners, but missed it with Phillip Phillips. Do you think I got it right? I would love to hear from you.

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The Problem with The Voice

NBC’s The Voice returns this fall for all new episodes with new coaches: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. This show has taken the country by storm for sure. People love the rotating chairs and the concept of finding a real singer… someone known for their Voice. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s popularity have both soared since they have been on the show. But what about the winners? Can you name one, and if so, what is the title of their hit single? So there is definitely a problem with the show as Adam Levine himself suggested. I watched this show the first 3 seasons, but gave up when I saw that you never heard from the winners again. It’s not like the contestants aren’t talented because they are. Read on for my suggestions to make this show relevant to today’s pop charts.The Voice Season 7

  1. First off I feel there is a disconnect between the show and the singer’s post Voice careers. With American Idol, they are invested with the winners. The company behind Idol (19 Entertainment) manages them after they win. So that is why the contestants do a tour and an album each for the Top 2 usually. Not so with the Voice. I think in season 1, there was a small tour for the Top Ten. There was a recent tour this past summer too. But not enough to really connect with their fans.
  2. You can say it is all about the voice all you want. But in reality, looks and personality play a big part too. So are great songs, great producers, and having a marketing budget behind you.
  3. There’s too much of The Voice on TV. With NBC, running the show 2 times a year, there is not much time for the winner to celebrate. By the time one gets their album out finally, another winner is already being crowned. The most recent winner last May 20th was Josh Kaufman. The previous winner was Tessanne Chin and her album came out July 1. Did anyone care?
  4. So much fuss is made about the celebrity mentors. Sure, star power is nice. But why not have people more relevant to becoming a star? I am thinking of songwriters, producers, stylists, talent managers, radio DJs… Dianne Warren and David Foster are 2 names that come to my mind who would be good. Pharrell being on there definitely adds something… as for me, I am more familiar with his productions and songs, than I am with his own records.
  5. NBC has 2 venues that I think should be used to promote Voice winners or contestants… The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. Why not have a winner be the musical guest on SNL, or do a morning concert on The Today Show?
  6. Why not give us a release date or a preorder option for the winner’s album? Idol has done that for the past 2 winners… Candice’s album was delayed. But Caleb Johnson’s album came out about 2 months after winning Idol. And it is good too. (I guess I was one of few to care… he debuted horribly, so Idol is having a tough time breaking stars these days too.)
  7. Let the contestants sing their own songs! I have never seen an original song on there yet. Idol is letting the contestants do originals the last few seasons. It gives the viewer a better look into what type of artist they want to be.

So will you be watching this season of The Voice? One of these days someone is going to break out. I might watch it again… and I hope that the winner actually does something this time.

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Who Will Win American Idol 2014?

The latest season of American Idol (Season 13) will be winding down in a few weeks. This season’s ratings have been down, and people are saying that the contestants are boring. There are rumors about changes in store for Season 14 — a shorter season and only 1 night per week. I am not in favor of either change. I like the fact that get to see your favorites so many times (over so many weeks), versus a show like ‘The Voice”.AMERICAN_IDOL_XIII_TOP_13

As a long-time AI watcher, I can’t say I liked the new Rush Week. I thought it was horrible that they eliminated people before they even hit the stage… especially when some of the ones that got picked, didn’t rise to the occasion. I am sure we would have had a different Top 13, if those other people had been given the chance to sing.

And now this week, the judges used their save for Sam Woolf. He seems like a nice kid, decent voice, a little cute — but there is no way this kid can win. So I think this particular save was wasted. I don’t see him lasting much longer.

Anyways, back to the competition… who do I think will rise to be crowned the champion this season? Read my thoughts on the contestants below:

8. CJ Harris — This singer from Jasper, AL wants to be the next Darius Rucker. He sings country, blues and rock. His performances have been a bit uneven.

7. Sam Woolf — This singer from Bradenton, FL has the teen girl vote in his pocket. He has a decent voice, and plays the guitar. He needs more confidence in his talent.

6. Jessica Meuse — This singer from Slapout, AL is a singer-songwriter with a Sheryl Crow vibe. She also plays guitar. She has a streak of pink hair (which didn’t help Nikki McKibbin in Season 1). Very uneven also. She was good this past week on the 4/2/14 episode, so who knows… she could stay longer.

5. Malaya Watson — This singer from Southfield, MI has one of the biggest voices in the competition. She has tackled soul, gospel and pop. She is a fan of Jennifer Hudson and Bruno Mars.

4. Dexter Roberts — This singer from Fayette, AL wants to be the next Jason Aldean. He is another contestant that favors country rock. He is a good singer, buts needs to make the songs his own versus doing good karaoke versions.

3. Alex Preston — This singer from Mount Vernon, NH has become known for his original arrangements on pop songs. He aims to be a Jason Mraz-type. He is a talented musician who can play many instruments.

2. Jena Irene — This singer from Farmington Hills, MI has a big voice. And a name that doesn’t sound like it’s spelled (she goes by GINA). She likes rock and EDM… artists like Evanescence and Paramore. If she sticks to her styles, she could win it.

1. Caleb Johnson — This rocker from Asheville, NC is a working musician. And it shows! He commands the stage every time on it. He is a bit of a throw-back. But he has the vocal chops and the consistency. I think he will take the crown.

Hopefully Caleb can write his own songs in addition to them hiring some top-notch songwriters and producers for him. I am pulling for him.

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New Year, New Idol?

The 13th season of American Idol will soon be upon us. I have been an Idol watcher since the first season. Yes, it has taken a few hits in recent years in the ratings. The Voice has emerged as the #1 singing competition show on television. Plus there has been drama in front of camera (fighting or lack of chemistry with judges panel) and behind the scenes with the show (change of executive producer; lame theme nights) too. Not to mention a few too many years of white guys with guitars winning the show also. But you know what? Idol is still the best at what it does. And that is — it makes stars. I think it says a lot that NBC chose an American Idol winner to headline “The Sound of Music — Live”. They could have cast someone from “The Voice”, but they needed a superstar and that show has not produced one yet. Same for “The X Factor” too (at least the US version).American Idol

The drama with the judges panel should be over now. This season will have Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Keith is back for a 2nd season, and J Lo. is on season 3 (non-consecutive). Harry is new to the panel but not new to Idol. He has served as a mentor before. Not crazy about the idea of Randy Jackson replacing Jimmy Iovine as the consultant w/ the contestants. But we’ll see. Jimmy has been the voice of reason for the last few seasons, so I am sorry to see him go.

As for the contestants themselves, I think last season’s winner (Candice Glover) was the best winner they have had in a long time. She is an amazing singer. And I am glad that she is taking her time with her album. It was supposed to come out last July, only 2 months after winning. Instead it will come out in February 2014. She is definitely a star, and I hope that she gets the material she deserves.

As for the show itself, I hope that there are a few changes in store. Let the talent speak for itself! Last season it seems like the contestants were tilted in favor of the women. I had a hard time believing that the Top Ten guys were the best they saw. Why not let the viewers see more of the Hollywood Week? Sometimes the producers have followed people because they have an interesting story… not because they are the best vocalists. Does a person have to have suffered and struggled to make them relatable? I don’t think so… as long as they are humble.

I think it is nice that they have allowed the contestants to play their instruments in the competition. How about letting them play more of their original songs if they have them? What about having a songwriting session with some top songwriters? Maybe nothing would come of it — but then again maybe there could be a hit there.

As for the theme weeks, I say OK as long as it allows the singer to stay within their genre. Sure, it is nice to say a person can sing rock, pop, country, R&B and more. But most artists know what suits them best. And if your style is country, you should not have to sing a Michael Jackson or Queen song just because that is the theme that week. So keep “Songs from the Year You Were Born” and “Billboard Hot 100 Songs” but ditch the aforementioned Queen and Beatles weeks. How about “Songs That Should Have Been Hits” or  “Love Songs” week? I liked the idea of “One Hit Wonders” but the way it happened last time, it was a bunch of songs that had been remade over and over (yes, the were big hits, but I was thinking more of like “Take on Me” by a-ha than what we ended up with).

Cutting the results show down to half an hour makes sense. It is usually just a bunch of filler and than 5 minutes of results. I do like seeing all the old Idol alumni come back and perform. And I guess I am the only one who likes to see the group numbers. I could do without the Coke commercials and what the contestants think about each other. Or what it is like living at the Idol house.

So I hope you will join me for another season of the best singing competition show on television. All of the music sales, #1 hits, accolades, and awards speak for themselves. This is where superstars are born!

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Who Will Win American Idol 2013?

So we are into the Top Ten on American Idol. This is where the competition really gets interesting. Sure, Idol is the older statemen of all singing competitions, but it is still the best of them. Let me remind you, we are at season 12 here. The Voice (3 seasons), The X Factor (2 seasons) have yet to yield the level of talent or cultural relevance, that Idol had by Season 3 (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson). Here’s my take who will win the crown for Season 12 (and the order they will leave the competition from 9 to 1):American Idol Season 12

9. Paul Jolley — He’s described himself as wanting to be the male version of Taylor Swift, doing country pop. While I think there is room in the market for someone like that, I don’t think he is it.

8. Devin Velez — He’s got several things going for him: cute, hispanic and nice voice. He’s been making poor song choices though. I would love to see him let loose more and have some fun.

7. Lazaro Arbos — Cute, stuttering boy has gotten a lot of mileage from his back story. Not sure it will carry him very far. Uneven so far in the vocal department. He may be this season’s Sanjaya.

6. Janelle Arthur — Country has done well in this competition. Her voice does seem to be a bit of a throwback to Patsy Cline. But then again, that is not what is selling in country now.

5. Burnell Taylor — He is definitely a very distinctive singer, and that is a good thing. He might be too mellow for his own good though. He should try some more uptempo numbers.

4. Kree Harrison — Not sure exactly where she is headed, she loves country, rock, blues. But she is good at all of them. Still not seeing a star, even if her voice says otherwise.

3. Amber Holcomb — Another big voiced young woman. If she believes in herself, she will go far. Unfortunately, she is pretty, and the cards are stacked against pretty girls going all the way on Idol.

2. Angie Miller — She’s a singer/songwriter type, and is best when she stays in her lane. We’ll see how she adapts to the theme weeks. She has the appeal of the girl next door.

1. Candice Glover — I remember Candice from her tryouts in past seasons. This is definitely her time, and I am glad she came back. She is a powerhouse, and the one who is “in it to win it” as Randy says. Her take on songs by Mary J. Blige and Jordin Sparks were both excellent. I look forward to hearing her album!

So that’s my predictions! Please sound off and let me know what you think.

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Let’s Fix American Idol

I am a bit of an American Idol fanatic. Season 11 just finished and the winner was Phillip Phillips. Not my choice at all. I wanted Jessica or Skylar to win it. The boy has some talent, but I have had it with WGWG (white guys with guitars) winning. Richard Rushfield, author of the book American Idol: The Untold Story, said, “You have this alliance between young girls and grandmas and they see it, not necessarily as a contest to create a pop star competing on the contemporary radio, but as…who’s the nicest guy in a popularity contest.” So here are my suggestions for how to fix the show for Season 12:American Idol

  1. An all-woman season
    After having a male winner for the past 5 seasons, it is time to do something to guarantee a female winner. How about a season of all females? This has not been done before. Considering the wide variety of styles that could be showcased (country, pop, R&B, jazz, rock, singer-songwriter), I would definitely tune in to see this.
  2. An all-star season
    Heard from Ruben Studdard lately? He was great on the season he won… and his career never lived up to his promise. I heard a song from David Cook recently in a store, and he is good too. What about Melinda Doolittle, a favorite from season six? Past winners, or finalists whose career never reached the heights they should have could return, and have a second chance at stardom. (more…)

Kelly Clarkson: Sass & Soul

Kelly Clarkson in Concert
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Nokia Theatre LA Live

Special guest: Matt Nathanson

Stronger Tour 2012

Songs performed: “Dark Side,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Heavy In Your Arms,” “When You Believe,” “Einstein,” “Walk Away,” “Til the World Ends,” “Leave the Pieces,” “I Know You Won’t,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Let Me Down,” “I Forgive You,” “Already Gone,” “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like,” “Breakaway,” “Mr. Know It All,” “Miss Independent,” “Never Again,” “Because of You,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “My Life Would Suck Without You”

Comments: Kelly Clarkson brought her “Stronger” tour to LA at the Nokia Theatre last night. I was instantly reminded why I fell in love with her in the first place on “American Idol.” She is just the girl next door with a fantastic voice, and a down home personality. This is someone you could see hanging out with, and someone you can relate to. She has one of the most distinctive voices in pop music today, and for me, she can sing just about anything. And she showed that she can do rock, pop, soul, blues, country and even dance.

This was my third time seeing Kelly. The first time was on her co-headlining tour with Clay Aiken. Second was on her headlining tour for the “Breakaway” album. Years of recording, touring and award show performances have done her well. She is the seasoned veteran now after winning “Idol” over 10 years ago.

The show started with “Dark Side,” one of the new songs. Using a screen backdrop at the front of the stage, they displayed headline images from the tabloids about her — Is she too heavy, is she a diva, is she losing sponsors, is she washed up at 29? Showing from the show that she put on, she is far from over! This was followed by 2 of her big hits from her “Breakaway” album: “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone.”

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