Showing posts with label American Idol. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Idol. Show all posts

Friday, October 19, 2012

Video: Stevie Nicks on the Red Carpet at Elton John's recent Enduring Vision Benefit

October 19, 2012
The Insider

Stevie Nicks performed at Elton John's recent 11th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit benefiting his AIDS foundation (which ended up raising an incredible $2 million), where she once again weighed in on the American Idol drama between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

Stevie made headlines when she told The Daily that she would have "strangled" Nicki to death if she was Mariah, and has since apologized for it.
"They'll work it out," Nicks tells The Insider about the much-talked about feud. 
"I hope so. I hope they can."

And would the Fleetwood Mac legend be open to judging a reality singing competition herself?
"I don't know if I'd have the time, it's very time consuming," she says. "You have to really be willing to give up a whole lot of everything else that you do if you're going to put a whole solid year into that."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Elise Testone Talks Idol & Stevie Nicks

Meeting Stevie Nicks was the highlight of her Idol journey so far. “I definitely felt like her and I were old friends and clicked right away,” she recalled of their meeting a few weeks ago, when they joined together for an impromptu duet and Nicks said, “If I needed a singer, I’d hire her in an instant.” “She was so passionate and sincere with her advice when she spoke to me,” said Testone. “That was the most incredible mentor for me we’ve had so far. And I hope she calls me to be her backup singer!”

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Videos: Stevie Nicks on Idol

WOW What a Night!!
Stevie Nicks was absolutely wonderful tonight on American Idol. So personal... So caring... and I think the contestants that were taking advice from Stevie and Jimmy really felt that... I did!

Here are 2 mentoring segments from the show.  It was a two hour show, Jimmy and Stevie were interspersed amongst the live performances hearing each song the contestant was going to sing... They would critique them, give them pointers, encouragement - and Stevie even added her own voice to a few of the segments helping the idol work out the song...  It was great and really cool to see.  The kids all seemed so blown away by what Stevie had to say... and were so appreciative.  It was cool to see Stevie in action.  We've all heard the stories on how she likes to mentor the younger generation of singers and artists but that's never been for public consumption... So it was nice to hear her with these young artists.  Stevie could easily be the resident Mentor on Idol!

Here's a couple of examples.  First up is Skylar and then Hollie who sang Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take The Wheel - which was really a touching moment for Stevie when in trying to get across the emotion that needs to be in the song to make it believable explained that she just lost her mother a couple of months ago and wants to hear Hollie's heart in the song! Stevie, then listening to Hollie sing, began to tear up.


'American Idol': Stevie Nicks tells Phillip Phillips he could have joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975

Phillip Phillips rings like a bell through the night. And wouldn’t you love to love him?

Stevie Nicks would. This week’s American Idol mentor (I know!!!) told the 21-year-old from Leesbug, Georgia that if he had been friends with her and Lindsey Buckingham in 1975, “Mick Fleetwood would have said ‘I want all three of you to join Fleetwood Mac.’ No doubt in my mind, because you’re that good.”
“And last, but not least, he’s gorgeous,” she added.

American Idol' Recap: Stevie Nicks Crushes on Phillip Phillips
Hollywood Reporter
Guided by the expertise of the Fleetwood Mac legend, the remaining nine finalists face off during a night of impressive, emotional performances.
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'American Idol' Top 9: Stevie Nicks' mentor week is pretty strong
Stevie Nicks is the "American Idol" guest mentor for the Top 9, which is seriously awesome. Diddy schmiddy. Stevie Nicks is awesome.
Full article at Zap2it

Tomorrow night it's UP ALL NIGHT on NBC!!

The Top 9 on IDOL Talk Stevie Nicks: "She gave such thoughtful, helpful advice"

The "American Idol" Top 9 might be a very diverse group of singers with different outlooks on life, but they can all agree on one thing: Stevie Nicks is the best mentor they've ever had.

"She was amazing," gushes Jessica Sanchez.

DeAndre Brackensick agrees. "My favorite mentor ever," he tells Zap2it. "She came so prepared. She stayed up until like 4:00 in the morning the night before listening to all of our songs. She helped us be an artist not a product, which is what I really loved. She focused on what we wanted. I loved her."

Skylar Laine also appreciates the helpful advice Nicks gave. "Stevie was awesome. She did her homework. She came in and said 'I spent two hours last night listening to your songs and I still listened to them on the way here this morning.' I was like 'Dang.' No other mentor has said that to us. It was awesome because you felt so much respect for her and you just knew that she really cared about the mentoring. She wasn't just there beause she was asked to be there. She really wanted to help us."

For Elise Testone, the mentoring experience was especially wonderful because she actually got to sing with the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman. 

"I said, 'I sing your music,' and Jimmy [Iovine] was like 'Well here Stevie, why don't you sing a song together?' We sang 'Dreams.' She sang the chorus and I harmonized above her. I just jumped right in -- it was like we had been playing together forever."

In fact, the familiarity was apparent as soon as Testone and Nicks met. "There are certain people that I meet that I instantly feel like I have been friends with them or we know each other," she says. "I felt that way with Steven Tyler, and I felt that way with her. There's just something that we have that we just clicked. We were just friends. I was so excited and I couldn't stop giggling."

But even more exciting than meeting such an industry legend was the fact that she gave such thoughtful, helpful advice -- something every single finalist mentioned they loved about Nicks.

"Stevie Nicks was the one person who actually changed our perspective towards the mentor," Heejun Han explains. "A couple of past weeks we had a mentor who wasn't prepared, who pretty much just wanted to have their own [moment in the spotlight], but Stevie Nicks was really well-prepared and I think she's the best mentor we've had so far."

And who, exactly could Han be referring to? We'll let this exchange between Colton Dixon and Phillip Phillips speak for itself:

"I was really excited that we walked in and we had a rock singer in there," Dixon says. "I was so tickled to death about that. I was like finally! Not that Diddy couldn't relate to my music, but..."

Phillips interjects: "He couldn't relate!"

Dixon agrees. "Yeah, I don't think he could."

STEVIE NICKS joins forces with Jimmy Iovine TONIGHT on American Idol

Thirty one years after producing Stevie's debut album "Bella Donna", and the 1983 follow-up "Wild Heart" Jimmy Iovine, American Idol resident Mentor, teams up with Stevie Nicks to Mentor the remaining Top 9 contestants on season 11 of American Idol - airing Tonight! on FOX

Friday, March 23, 2012

Stevie Nicks is the mentor for next week’s American Idol 11 Top 9

Stevie Nicks is the mentor for next week’s American Idol 11 Top 9.
(Pictured with NNigel Lythgoe)
The theme for next week is “songs from your idols” which include Mariah Carey, Miranda Lambert, Led Zeppelin, Lifehouse and Daughtry.

American Idol Airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.. 
Check your local listings for airtime

'American Idol': Stevie Nicks to Mentor Top 9
Enlisted by old pal and in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine, the iconic Fleetwood Mac singer will guide the season 11 finalists as they perform songs by their idols.

It looks like Jimmy Iovine is hard at work enlisting artist friends to take part in this year's American Idol. The latest to join as guest mentor: singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks, who will guide season 11's remaining nine finalists on next week's episode. The theme: songs from the contestants' Idols. 

Only a couple Idols tweeted that they got to spend time with iconic vocalist, including 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez, who expressed her excitement over having met the one and only Stevie. Others, like DeAndre Brackensick were a bit more coy about who was guiding them. "ive [sic] got to say that our mentor this week is amazing," he wrote. 

Of course, Iovine and Nicks go way back -- the Interscope Geffen A&M chairman is not only a decades-long friend, but he (along with Tom Petty) produced her breakout solo album, 1981's Bella Donna, along with subsequent releases The Wild Heart (1983) and Rock a Little (1985). It's also fairly well-documented that the two dated for a stretch in the 1980s. More recently, Iovine praised Nicks and her place in his life when he was honored by the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing before last month's Grammy Awards. 

Tune in to Fox on Wednesday to see how the Top 9 fare.  

Twitter: @Idol_Worship

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#idol Recap of Haley Singing Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac a Stevie Nicks Penned Song

[From Wednesday's American Idol Show]

Haley Reinhart sings “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac on American Idol 2011.


Fleetwood Mac came back big on Glee a couple of weeks ago and last night Stevie Nicks was on Dancing With The Stars. Tonight, American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart channeled her inner Stevie Nicks as she performed “Rhiannon” live. Jimmy Iovine chose the song for Haley and despite it being a little windy on the Idol stage; Haley Reinhart did the song justice. Can she win American Idol Season 10?

By Brian Mansfield,

Watching Haley audition, I'm more convinced than ever that she's improved as much as any top-three contestant I've ever seen. The voice was there from the beginning, but she has learned how to use it better and how to present herself.

Haley says remembering the words will be a challenge as she sings Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon. "From the minute I met you, I felt you should sing a Stevie Nicks song," he says. Haley's a Stevie Nicks fan, via her mother.

Haley gets smoke and dramatic black-and-white lighting for Rhiannon, which begins with only piano accompaniment before kicking into a more Mac-like arrangement for the second verse, at which point a wind machine kicks up underneath her, blowing her hair and her dress every which way. More than Scotty or Lauren, Haley knows how present a song, and the show's producers are giving her every opportunity to show off that skill. Good performance, great TV.

For me, Round Two goes to Haley, too, though Scotty came close.

And, at this point, even the awkward banter with the judges is playing to her favor.

"You're in a zone right now," Randy says. "You're just having a good time right now. ... I would grow my hair out if I could have the whole wind thing."

"You remind me of why I fell in love with Stevie Nicks to begin with," says Steven.

"It was a really beautiful moment," Jennifer says, "and you looked really beautiful on camera. ... It was a nice contrast to what you did earlier."

From the judges, Round Two is a mixed result: Steven goes for Lauren Alaina, while Jennifer and Randy (and Jimmy) go for Scotty.

"It's going to be an interesting finish," says Ryan, pointing out that Neil Sedaka is sitting next to Jimmy.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

Thank our lucky stars! 

According to Perez Hilton, the legendary Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter will take to the 'Idol' stage for what promises to be an epic performance.

It's time to dust off the bustier, slide into some velvet and sew on some sequins! In news that will make music fans from several generations very, very happy indeed, it's been reported that both Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks will perform on the 'American Idol' season finale later this month.

The season finale is May 25 or 26th... If it's the 26th that's Stevie's Birthday... so yes Perez... It would be a gift! 

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Exclusive: Stevie Nicks & Lady Gaga On The Same Stage?

It looks like the finale of American Idol will be packed with divas.

RumorFix was first to tell you that Lady Gaga was locked in for the show in February, and now we've learned exclusively that Stevie Nicks is part of the all-star line-up.

The legendary Fleetwood Mac singer has a new album out called In Your Dreams -- it's her first solo effort in ten years.

So no matter who wins the singing competition, the finale is guaranteed to be a winning show!