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Steven Tyler: “American Idol” Reveals True American Hero

In Celebrity, Human Interest, Music, Reality TV, Television on January 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

Author: Alicia Milan

I have always been a fan of Steven Tyler and Aerosmith. From his singing and instrumental abilities, to his looks and style, he is the total package. However, I never expected what I have seen of him on his newest stint as a judge on American Idol. I expected a judge with the chops to make reasoned decisions. I expected a lot of things, but I am truly surprised but what I actually got. We have been privy to a glimpse of a  sweet, caring, emotional, honestly good man.  Damn, who woulda thunk it with his hard rocking, hard partying, womanizing image, that a genuinely evolved human being resides within. I have seen him empathize, admonish  Randy not to tell someone they are “bad” and be honest, while not crushing a spirit or dreams. I cried while watching him with contestant Chris Medina’s wheelchair-bound fiancé Julia Ramos. (Medina’s story of caring for her after her traumatic brain injury makes him another American Hero.)  Tyler hugged and kissed Ramos and whispered in her ear with obvious caring and raw emotion. Both Jennifer Lopez and Randy gave perfunctory attention to Ramos while looking slightly uncomfortable. I don’t know why I was so surprised and unreasonably proud, but I was.   While my concern remains that the new judges are too nice and don’t give really constructive criticism and suggestions may still stand, my respect for the man went up a thousand fold.  He has fought and won over his personal demons, and rightfully earned legend status in the world of music. He has now earned my respect (for whatever that is worth) and most likely the respect of many who have been avidly watching this new ‘Idol’ judging panel. Kudos to you Steven. Keep on setting an example for all the world to see of just plain decency, humanity and all the beauty that humans are capable of but so very rarely display.


American Idol Judges: Dream Team or Cream Puff Team?

In Celebrity, Music, Reality TV, Television on January 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

Author: Alicia Milan

The new season of American Idol is off and running. I watched last night with my daughter out of sheer curiosity. I love Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. I was sooooo hoping that this combination of judges would rock the panel. Unfortunately, one can’t live on hope alone. And seriously, that’s all I had and they took it away like candy from a baby. They were all soooo niiiiice. Nauseatingly, sickeningly, uselessly..NICE. It was pointless and boring and they offered little to no real observations on who HAD or didn’t HAVE *IT*. It may squeeze my innards to say, but the panel needed Simon, or any facsimile there of, to cut to the chase. Kids were put through to the next round that won’t survive 5 minutes. They pacified, they weenied out, and they whined over how HARD this was. OK, let’s break this down for you. To judge…would mean to offer an opinion, hopefully an educated one and even times harsh when necessary. It means to make clear cut decisions and do your best at tossing the weeds in search of the roses. We ended up with a lot of weeds with an occasional rose thrown in. Here’s hoping Nigel recognises where this panel is coming up short and fixes it ASAP. Otherwise, the megalith we all knew and loved as American Idol is on a very wobbly pair of last legs. I’m buying a new black outfit for the funeral while all the while hoping not to have to wear it.

The Grammys Announce the First Presenters for 52nd Award Show

In Celebrity, Music, Television on May 24, 2010 at 7:25 am

Author: Alicia Milan

This year’s Grammy Awards will air live on Sunday January 31st, 8pm-11:30 pm ET/PT on CBS. The Academy has just announced the first presenters for the show:

Actress Kristen Bell, pop/R&B tween heart throb Justin Bieber, actor Jeff Bridges, pop singer/actress and teen queen Miley Cyrus, actor Josh Duhamel (ahhh eye candy), pop sensation and teeny bopper gods, The Jonas Brothers, nine-time Grammy winner the honey-voiced Norah Jones, singer/songwriter Ke$ha, two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J (take your shirt off please!), Grammy winner and three-time Latin Grammy winner Ricky (living la vida loca) Martin, ten-time Grammy winner and three-time Latin Grammy winner Carlos Santana (hot, hot, hot) and nine-time Grammy winner the legendary Ringo Starr (Beatle Mania!).

These presenters join the performer/nominees who were previously announced: Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Dave Mathews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Pink, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band.

All five of the honored nominees for the Album of the Year award will be performing:

Artist                               Album

Beyonce                         I AM…Sasha Fierce

The Black Eyed Peas    The E.N.D.

Lady Gaga                    The Fame

Dave Mathews Band      Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King

Taylor Swift                    Fearless    

Beyonce swept this year’s nominations with a total of ten nods. Close behind her is Taylor Swift with an amazing eight nods, and Lady Gaga finishes in the top three with a very respectable five nods. 

To add to the magic at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will be a first time ever Grammy performance by Bon Jovi. It is a night not to be missed for music lovers everywhere.

It’s Official: Simon Cowell is Leaving American Idol

In Celebrity, Human Interest, Music, Reality TV, Television on May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

Author: Alicia Milan

Once again the rumor mills had it right on the money. Simon Cowell announced that he is leaving American Idol to focus on his US X FACTOR project. 2010 will be his last season on the show. Cowell was attending the Television Critics winter press tour when he made the announcement that many were expecting. Both shows will be a part of Fox’s lineup.

The loss of both Paula Abdul and soon Simon Cowell will be a tremendous blow to American Idol. It will be interesting to see how the show fares in 2011. While Cowell may be the judge viewers love to hate, however blunt and unkind, his assessments and comments are often the most accurate of the judging panel. He knows the music business, has a finely tuned ear — and most importantly perhaps — an even more finely tuned awareness of what does and doesn’t work. Paula, although more warm and fuzzy in her delivery, also has a strong music background and her blend of positive encouragement and constructive criticism were a key component of the panel. 

Is Idol strong enough at this point to stand and keep its share of the viewing audience without them? Randy will be the last of the original judges and while he is a known quantity on the show, he is the least popular of the judges. The real question will be is Jackson enough to carry Idol on his own with a new and inexperienced panel?  Time will tell, and the viewers will be judge and jury on these changes.

Katy Perry and Russell Brand Officially Engaged

In Celebrity, Human Interest, Music, Television on April 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

Author: Alicia Milan

Comedian Russell Brand 34, and “I Kissed A Girl” singer Katy Perry 25, are offically engaged. The two met four months ago when Brand flirted with her outrageously on the MTV awards show he was hosting. They have been together ever since.

Katy and Russell were on a trip to Asia that was her Christmas gift from him. They were in India staying at the 5 star Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Russell arranged for a horse and carriage ride to take them to a dinner under the stars at the base of a Jaipur mountain on New Year’s Eve. While watching the midnight fireworks atop an elephant, the comic proposed. Talk about a proposal to remember.

Russell claims that Katy has tamed him and only time will tell. If he puts as much time and consideration into the marriage as he did into the proposal they may just have a fighting chance in the world of tenuous celebrity partnerships.

Russell confirmed the engagement via text message to the UK’s Sun Bazaar Editor Gordon Smart. His rep confirmed the engagement on Wednesday.

Much luck to the newly affianced couple!

American Idol’s Dreadlocked Crooner Jason Castro Marries

In Celebrity, Music, Reality TV, Television on March 18, 2010 at 7:28 am

Author: Alicia Milan

Jason Castro of American Idol’s season 7 is a married man at the ripe old age of 22. The dread-locked, honey-voiced singer with the devastating blue eyes is officially off the list of eligible bachelors. Judging by the comments left on his blog, this is quite a harsh blow to his female fans! 

Jason married fiance Mandy Mayhall on Saturday in his Texas hometown. The couple announced their engagement in November of this year. Jason’s own blog gave details of his bachelor party earlier this week. News about the wedding was tweeted by his wedding guests on Saturday. Ahhhh social media, love it, love it, love it!

American Idol Premiere Set for January 12th

In Celebrity, Music, Reality TV, Television on March 18, 2010 at 7:24 am

Author: Alicia Milan 

The new season of Fox’s monolith, American Idol will have a four-hour, two- night premiere that will begin airing on January 12th. Following the always entertaining and occasionally painful open audition rounds, 12 male and 12 female semifinalists will be announced on February 17th, and voting will begin on February 23rd.

Simon and Randy remain as judges this year although rumor has it that 2010 may be the last Idol season for Simon. Cowell is preparing to bring his UK hit the X-Factor series to the US in 2011. Kara DioGuardi remains as well, not that her presence seemed vital as part of the judges panel. She added little to the mix, but at least she has a solid music business background to add some validity to her input.

Ellen DeGeneres replaces Paula Abdul this year. Abdul announced her departure from the show amidst a contract dispute earlier this year. Paula will be missed by contestants and viewers alike. She was the perfect Yin to Simon’s Yang and provided a warmth and caring to the contestants many of whom are young and green.

Ellen will not appear until February after the tryout rounds, and her lack of music backround leaves a question mark as to why she was chosen as a panel judge. Perhaps the hope is that she will add a comic factor to the proceedings.

Guest judges at the auditions will include; Mary J. Blige, Avril Lavigne, Joe Jonas, Katy Perry, Shania Twain, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and Victoria Beckham.

Sir Elton Helps Eminem Fight His Drug Addiction

In Celebrity, Human Interest, Music on February 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Author: Alicia Milan

Sir Elton John, 62, music legend, icon, openly homosexual and recovered drug addict wants to help others struggling with addiction problems. In a BBC radio interview, Elton spoke of his past drug abuse and his willingness to help those who are ready to accept that help.

He went on to say that he has worked with Eminem, 37, the long troubled and eminently successful rapper, known for bashing homosexuals in his lyrics for well over a year now. An unlikely pairing, that goes to show when all else is stripped away, it simply comes down to one human being helping another.

Eminem has admitted in the past to a crippling drug problem that had him consuming large quantities of pills. He spoke of taking twenty a day of Ambien, Vicodin and Valium combined, but in an interview with Vibe magazine he stated, “the number got so high …I don’t even know what I was taking.”

Eminem is no stranger to rehab.  His first attempt took place in 2005 following a drug overdose. He took pills given to him by an acquaintance without any knowledge of what he was ingesting. As it turned out, they were methadone and almost killed him.

According to Sir Elton, Eminem is “doing brilliantly”. Here’s wishing Eminem continued success in fighting his demons, and kudos to Elton for his willingness to help and give back

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Engaged

In Celebrity, Music on February 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

AJ McLean ProposesAuthor: Alicia Milan

Sorry ladies, but it is official, Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean is off the market! McLean celebrated his 32nd birthday with a bang. While partying at Hard Rock Hotel’s Wasted Space Nightclub in Las Vegas, A.J. had some ulterior motives. When he got up on stage this time, it wasn’t to perform.

Once onstage, the DJ turned off the music and McLean did the traditional down on one knee proposal to girlfriend Rochelle Karidis. When she said yes, reportedly the crowd went wild. According to a witness, Karidis appeared to be very surprised as were AJ’s friends. It seems they knew he intended to propose, but were not clued in that this was to be the night.

The best of luck to AJ and Rochelle, and also with the Backstreet Boys new album: Playlist:The Very Best of the Backstreet Boys, due out in stores January 26th.

Aerosmith’s Lead Singer Steven Tyler Enters Rehab

In Celebrity, Music on January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Author: Alicia Milan
Steven TylerSteven Tyler, frontman for the mega rock group Aerosmith has grappled with ten years of performance injuries. His latest was just this past August while performing in South Dakota when a fall from the stage broke his left shoulder. As a result of his numerous injuries and subsequent pain, he has developed an addiction to prescription painkillers. Tyler’s decision to enter rehab focused on pain management, as well as addressing his addiction.

Tyler is now 61-years old and suffers severe chronic pain from all of the orthopedic injuries he has suffered while performing. He still requires surgeries to his hands and feet according to his orthopedist Dr. Brian McKeon. To his credit, Tyler has utilized alternative therapies, custom shoes and has worked with his medical team to find a balance between pain control and addiction. However, that kind of balance with chronic severe pain is tenuous at best.

Steven’s family, bandmates and legions of Aerosmith fans are supportive of his decision to enter rehab. His fans eagerly await his return to the thing he loves and is loved for, performing with Aerosmith