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Glad partyrepris med Icona Pop


Party party party.När Icona Pop kommer tillbaka till Gröna Lund slutar det med en glad festrepris. Men inte så mycket mer.Alla som tycker att Icona Pops medverkan i ”Så mycket bättre” var ett konstnärligt fall framåt räcker upp en hand.Nähä? Ingen?Okej då. Det är väl rimligt.Om man bortser från coverspåren – på tivolit blir det tolkningar av Sabina Ddumba och Moneybrother – är duons senaste singlar två gästspel (hos Peking Duk och Sweater Beats) som inte gjort något jätteavtryck. De får inte heller någon särskild plats den här kvällen.Det understryker lite av känslan att Caroline och Aino är mellan album. Att de ännu inte riktigt formulerat nästa steg.Men de behärskar sina gamla danssteg väl.Icona Pop är en pålitlig liveattraktion Deras hitsinglar står aldrig och stampar. De är, i sina bästa stunder, ett ambulerande proffsparty som spelat världen över och turnerat med Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry och One Direction.De bubblar av positiv energi – tjejerna är två glada leenden kvällen igenom – och jobbar hårt med publikkontakt och konfettin för att skapa feststämning.Det funkar för det mesta, även om ”Weekend” mest låter som en städtisdag och ”Clap snap” känns som Lollo & Bernie med ett beat.Men avslutningen är kalas. Debutsingeln ”Manners” är nog fortfarande det modernaste de spelat in, ”Emergency” är en sprallig popkarussel och ”I love it” deras pålitligaste publikkort. Alla dansar. Alla älskar den.Icona PopGröna Lund, StockholmPublik: 7 000.Vem: Aino Jawo, 31, och Caroline Hjelt, 30, debuterade 2011. En av tre svenska artister som sålt platina i USA (de andra: Avicii och Swedish House Mafia).Vad: Sommarspelning med dansduon som härnäst spelar på Pride i Los Angeles och senare turnerar med tjejpaketet Queens of Pop i Sverige, i juli och augusti.Följ Expressen Nöje på Facebook – där kan du kommentera och diskutera våra artiklar.

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Katy Perry Confirms Relationship Status with Orlando Bloom, Says She’s ‘Not …


Katy Perry just confirmed she’s going steady with Orlando Bloom!

During Tuesday’s finale of American Idol, the singer, 33, revealed she is no longer on the market when she hilariously professed her love to special guest, Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin.

“Can I be in the running?” Perry jokingly asked as she got down on her knees and gave Kufrin a kiss on her hand.

“Yes, I’ll give you all my roses,” the reality star responded as Perry remarked, “I’m not single but I still like you.”

RELATED: Luke Bryan Issues a Playful Warning to Orlando Bloom About Hurting ‘Little Sister’ Katy Perry

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

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Though she did not specifically say her on-again boyfriend’s name, she and the actor have been spotted on numerous occasions as of late.

Just last month, the “Roar” singer and Bloom, 41, traveled to Rome together, where they met Pope Francis in Vatican City.

Also in April, the father of one let the world know about the strength of his feelings for Perry.

“She’s a remarkable human being, actually,” Bloom told U.K. newspaper The Times when he opened up about the couple’s relationship, adding that since he’s “a little older” than Perry, he wasn’t “overly familiar with her artistic endeavors when we met.”

Katy Perry and Becca Kufrin

“I wouldn’t have imagined anything happening. And, you know, when you get hit sideways you get hit sideways,” he continued. “You don’t pick who you fall in love with.”

Fellow judge Luke Bryan previously had some choice words for Bloom.

“I haven’t met Orlando yet to suss him out, check this guy out,” Bryan told Access Hollywood earlier this month. “If he hurts my little sister—I mean, he just thinks all that bow shooting he did on Lord of the Rings … I got some real-world bows.”

Katy Perry and Becca Kufrin

A source previously told PEOPLE that Perry and Bloom were back together after announcing their split in February 2017.

“Orlando and Katy are great. They are dating exclusively again and things seem more serious,” the source said.

“They are both excited about it and don’t want to hide, but at the same time they are trying to keep privacy as well,” the source added.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom with Pope Francis

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Perry and Bloom first sparked rumors of a reconciliation earlier this year by vacationing together in the Maldives in January. They went sightseeing in Prague two months later.

Also in March, the duo also spent time together in Tokyo, where Perry seemingly dedicated her song “For Me You See” to Bloom as he took in a show on her Witness world tour in the audience.

Gabby Barrett joined fellow finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe for the first night of the two-part finale. The second part airs live on Monday at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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10 kändisar som är SJUKT lika varandra


Enligt forskning, som BBC skrivit om, så är fullt möjligt att alla på jorden har en person som är EXTREMT lik en själv. Då gäller det alltså ansikte och inte saker som höjd och bredd. Med över sju miljarder personer på vår planet är det kanske inte så konstigt. Nyheter24 har tidigare skrivit om både Luo Yuanpin som är en kopia av Vladimir Putin och om svenska Alexandra som är rysligt lik Britney Spears.

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De 17 snyggaste och häftigaste klänningarna från Met-galan 2018


Årets höjdpunkt är äntligen här! Eller i alla fall om du ÄLSKAR att frossa i vackra och häpnadsväckande klänningar. I natt var det dags för årets upplaga av Met-galan och vi är långt ifrån besvikna på gästernas kreationer.

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Katy Perry träffade sin idol – påven


Katy Perry var inbjuden till Vatikanen tillsammans med skådespelaren Orlando Bloom. Perry talade i Vatikanen under en konferens med fokus på vetenskapliga framsteg när det gäller sjukvård och hälsa, skriver Huffington Post.


Vatikanen var en av arrangörerna bakom konferensen, ”Unite to Cure”. Under tre dagar samlades vetenskapsmän och ledare från hela världen för att tala om framtidens hälsovård. Perry talade om meditation vid konferensen, och hade med sig sin meditationscoach, Bob Roth.


Konflikt med nunna på kloster


Katy Perry skrev i en post på sociala medier att hon beundrar påven för hans medkänsla och hans inkluderande sätt. 


Sångerskan har tidigare haft mer konfliktfyllda kontakter med katolska representanter. Hon är inblandad i en tvist som gäller försäljningen av ett tidigare nunnekloster i Los Angeles. 80-åriga syster Rita Callahan, den sista nu levande nunnan från klostret, vill inte att Perry ska få köpa huset.

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ABC’s ‘American Idol’ loses again as critics ponder costly show’s future


ABC’s revamped “American Idol” suffered yet another loss on Monday night as NBC’s “The Voice” prevailed in the head-to-head battle of singing competitions. The loss to ”The Voice,” which mirrors what has happened each times ”Idol” has faced the NBC show since it premiered, is raising eyebrows due to the show’s high cost.

“The Voice” beat ”American Idol” by by 28 percent on Monday. NBC’s show picked up a 6.4 rating/10 share in households, while ABC’s “Idol” settled for 5.0/8, according to Programming Insider.

Monday’s episode featured the Top 24 contestants reveal, and many viewers took to Twitter to express disappointment in the cuts. Yahoo’s Kylie Mar predicted that contestants will “bring the heat next week” when the remaining competitors perform alongside their favorite celebrity artists — ABC executives presumably hope she’s correct.

Television critic Marc Berman wrote that “smaller than expected returns for this ABC reboot may not justify the high costs of producing it.”

The latest season of the once-canceled singing competition show has reportedly been the most expensive season yet. According to the Wall Street Journal, the celebrity stars for the revived show are being paid 60 percent more than in previous seasons. Katy Perry is raking in a reported $25 million for the season, while host Ryan Seacrest and judge Luke Bryan are each making $12 million. Lionel Richie is being paid a reported $10 million for his participation.

Other networks – such as Fox and CBS – passed on the pricey reboot, execs have previosuly revealed.

CBS’ Les Moonves said ”Idol” didn’t make sense for the network from a finacial standpoint.

“We were offered ‘American Idol,’” Moonves said last year, according to Entertainment Weekly. “…For a couple of reasons, we didn’t like it. For one, the price is so expensive you need a 35 share [in the ratings] to break even, OK? And that’s not going to happen. Number two, as I mentioned, [making money off ownership from the] back end of these shows is becoming more important — or as important — as the front end [from making money off advertising]. We think we’re in a much stronger position [than ABC], we wouldn’t want to spend four hours of our schedule that we wouldn’t have any piece of selling any back end, that’s not necessarily financially beneficial.”

Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden admitted last year that it was difficult to see a show synchronous with Fox land on ABC, but the decision was based on disagreements between FOX and “Idol’s” production company FremantleMedia.

Dwindling ratings combined with disagreement over judges forced Fox to end the original version in 2016, but Walden was open to bringing it back to Fox in 2020. FremantleMedia had other ideas and took the show to ABC after a 15-year run at Fox.

Syracuse communications professor and “pop culture ambassador” Robert Thompson told Fox News last month that if the show fails it will be chalked up as a “very expensive, one season experiment.”

According to Walden, Fox felt that the show needed to make some changes, take some time off and regroup after a few years off. She explained that the Fox spent millions promoting the 15th season as the “farewell season,” and it would have been “extremely fraudulent” to bring back the show so soon after the network had promised it had aired its final season.

“We tried to engaged Fremantle in conversations about bringing it back in ’20… and they just weren’t interested it,” Walden said on a 2017 executive conference call. “They wanted it back on the air and they thought ABC was a good opportunity.”

Once ”Idol” landed on ABC, the Disney-owned network was reportedly going to cap the show’s talent budget at $50 million, but Perry broke the bank.

“This has become a very expensive show. If ‘Idol’ doesn’t work, it will blow up big time in [ABC executive Ben] Sherwood’s face,” an ABC source told the New York Post last year as news of the bloated salaries was reportedly causing drama behind the scenes.

ABC Television boss Ben Sherwood opened Disney’s wallet to pay the stars of “Idol.”

The “Idol” disappointment is unfolding as ABC executives are celebrating the success of the ”Roseanne” reboot.

“’Roseanne’ is dumb luck for them. And now they think this will save their jobs. Well it won’t. It’s one show. The rest of the shop is in utter disarray,” an ABC insider told Fox News.

Meanwhile, the “Idol” stars earning the biggest paychecks have been polarizing for viewers. The original “Idol” turned Seacrest into a superstar, but the ABC host has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment leveled by his former stylist for “E! News.” Seacrest has denied all allegations.

Perry recently upset viewers when she tricked an unsuspecting male contestant into kissing her on the lips. The contestant later told The New York Times that the “Idol” judge made him feel uncomfortable because he was raised with conservative values and wanted his first kiss to be special.

She also battling poor publicity arising from a legal battle with some elderly nuns over a convent Perry wants to convert into a luxury estate.

Fox News’ Leora Arnowitz contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

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Goodrich teen thanks supporters following ‘American Idol’ exit


GENESEE COUNTY, MI – The ”American Idol” run is over for Atlas Township teen Genavieve Linkowski.

But the 19-year-old wasn’t down the day after celebrity judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan didn’t pick her to make it into the top 50 contestants following her solo audition during Hollywood Week.

”I cannot express how amazing of an experience I had on this show, and even though my American Idol journey ended, I believe it’s just the beginning for so much more!” she said in a Monday, April 2, social media post.

Linkowski was chosen as a contestant on the ABC reboot of the former Fox singing competition show after a casting producer spotted a May 2017 viral video of the home-school teacher signing Little Big Town’s ”Better Man” at the Burton Volunteers of America store.

Viral video helps land Goodrich teen on ‘American Idol’ reboot

Thinking the first message she’d received from the producer was a joke, Linkowski ignored it.

But a second call came and then a Skype audition, followed by traveling to Dallas for an audition, and a performance in front of the judges at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, where she sang Jason Mraz’s song ”I Won’t Give Up,” and receiving the invite to Hollywood.

She made it through the first round of judging, with Richie comparing Linkowski’s voice to that of Celine Dion. She made her exit from the show Sunday night after singing a rendition of ”Praying” by Kesha.

Michigan’s Genavieve Linkowski wows American Idol judges, goes to Hollywood

Linkowski added in her post that she won’t give up on her dream ”because I know this is God’s call that He has for me, and God’s will is better than anything I could ever imagine!”

She thanked people alongside her for the journey for ”all the support you’ve given to me and continue to give me” and gave a shout out to the show as well.

”Thank you @americanidol for allowing me to be on the show and share what I have with America! The best is yet to come!”

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‘American Idol’ recap: Hollywood week #2


AMERICAN IDOL – “107 (Hollywood Week)” – “American Idol” contestants continue to vie for their chance at stardom while in the heart of Los Angeles, as the search for AmericaÕs next superstar continues on its new home on AmericaÕs network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (ABC/Eric McCandless)
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Posted Sunday, April 1, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The solo performances tonight give me confidence “Idol” will be able to find a solid top 10 for us to vote on in a couple of weeks.

They open the two hours with Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” introducing the show. April Fool’s! (And ABC synergy alert!)

The third round features the classic three rooms, each with about 25 contestants. Two rooms go to the next round, one room goes home. “Idol” has been using this device for most of its first 15 seasons.

The top 50 is named tonight. Monday will be the “green mile” episode where the top 50 find out who the top 24 will be.

We heard 29 out of the 76 singers at least in part. They will do a “spotlight” performance in front of a live audience that will pare down the 50.

Up first: Gabby Barrett (17, Pittsburgh, Daddy’s Girl): In black leather, she goes old school with an R&B smooth cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.” A few over-strained notes but she can belt. Luke is especially psyched. “I feel like I smashed it,” she said.

Marcio Donaldson (28, Compton, Calif. server) – He twists “Natural Woman” (Aretha again) by going to “Natural Man.” We kind of only hear part of it since we hear him doing a narration. What little we hear is fine.

Effie Passero (26, Modesto, assistant property manager) – Her “Alone” is confident and strong though I can’t help but think of Carrie Underwood’s season four take. She goes a little overboard in the chorus but overall, her voice is super powerful and Katy gives her a standing O. No doubt she’s through.

Amelia Hammer Harris (26, Lexington, musician) – The daughter of a famous songwriter gives “Feel it Right” a real R&B tinge and we hear just enough of it to know she’s going through.

Cade Foehner (21, Shelbyville, Tex., student) – Unlike Amelia, he takes the Portugal, the Man hit bluesy Texas grit. And all three judges give him a standing ovation. “Take me back to ’68!” Lionel said, comparing him to Robert Plant.

Harper Grace (16, McKinney, high school student) – She sang an original song in her audition so she’s back with another one “Rest in Peace.’ On the keyboard, she brings a mature, airy pop voice. Impressive. “Luke Bryan kept smiling at me and I kept blushing,” she said.

Two of the quirkiest characters in Hollywood are “alpaca” Noah Davis and hyper happy dorky Catie Turner.

Noah (18, Royal, Ariz.) – He brings decent strength and vulnerability to “Piece by Piece” with a bit of Clay Aiken harm. But the judges felt like he lacked confidence. So he might be on the fence.

Catie (17, Langhorne, Pa., high school student) – “If I’m going out, I’m going out with no regrets.” She is so charming and her voice just warms the heart. Her lyrical content is exceptional. She can stab you with a smile. They can’t possibly not move her to the top 24.

Two folks sing Daughtry’s “Home.” We hear their versions interspersed.

Brandon Elder (23, Arab, construction) is the dude who sang a song about his dead mom that made me teary eyed. He is still pretty raw and growls a lot.

Dennis Lorenzo (26, Philadelphia, singer) offers a smoother, cleaner version.

Maddie Poppe (20, Clarksville, Iowa) She opted for an original song, “Don’t Ever Let You Children Grow Up,” as her dad recommended. She has one of my favorite voices in the competition and her song was good enough to highlight her strengths.

Michelle Sussette – She taught the judges how to dance during her audition – sorta. She lost her voice at the most inopportune time. She doesn’t sound terrible during a very spirited performance. She has some charisma and “Idol” could use a little Latin flair.

Ron Bultongez (21, Plano, Tex.) – He opts for Phillip Philips’ “Home” and while he looks super nervous, his vocals are interesting. He is far from perfect but he brings emotive power, which matters more. “Home is created by the people,” he said.

Jonny Brenns (18, St. Augustine, Fla., college student) – He does not have his dad’s approval pursuing music and it hurts. I like his voice but he is a bit shaky during the chorus. And he botches the end. (But surprise! He makes it through…)

Crystal Alicea (20, Winter Haven, Fla.) – She struggled with lyrics during Hollywood. She struggles with “Set Fire With the Rain.” Her notes are all over the place and then seals her fate by forgetting her lines. “Idol” didn’t even bother posting her video. Ouch. “She didn’t have confidence,” Katy said. “Learn the lyrics, girl.”

Deonte Baker (26, Chicago, vocal coach) – He has some good moments and Lionel liked it. But Luke and Katy looked pained. No way he’s coming back.

Jurnee, a favorite early on, gets montaged, along with Trevor Holmes. They both thought the judges liked him. I don’t feel I heard enough of either to proffer a firm opinion.

Maddie Zahm (19, Boise, Idaho, special education teacher) felt tentative to me during her initial audition but she has blossomed in Hollywood. What we hear sounds rock solid in a “Up to the Mountain.” Katy thinks she’s holding back.

Shannon O’Hara (17, Mooresville, NC, nanny) – It’s not the cleanest vocal of “Up to the Mountain” but she can bring out the emotion, which matters more. Very pretty.

Genavieve Linkowski. (19, Goodrich, Mich., home school teacher) She of the nine siblings goes for Kesha’s “Praying.” This is a super hard song and she is off key at times but it’s pretty good. Is pretty good good enough? Probably not.

Garrett Jacobs (18, Bossier City, La) – He is of the bluesy variety and smartly picks Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” He sounds decent but the judges feel like his voice is shot.

Brittany Holmes (28, Frisco, Tex., vocal coach) – She was rejected by the judges but the public voted her in during a DWTS promo. She is a professional, allowing us to “dive” into her feelings. The judges are clearly impressed.

Gabbii Jones (26, caretaker) – She has a time limit from her dad to make a go at this singing. But this “A Million Reasons” is super messy.

Thaddeus Johnson (25, Oklahoma City, server) – He goes for a Katy Perry “Rise” and gives it a lovely intense gospel feel. Katy gives him a standing ovation. He is in the top 50 for sure.

We hear a little bit of Kay Kay doing Adele, then Laine Hardy comes in. He’s the dude who whined about doing Justin Bieber during group. His Chris Stapleton is raspy as heck. The judges sound disappointed.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson (19, Dallas, GA) said he struggled being away from his family. The best shot to make the top 24 from Georgia charms the judges with “Your Man” by Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery’s tune. He isn’t the most charismatic on stage but his country sound hits the spot.

Final one we’ll hear: Michael Woodard. This bowling alley employee has a sweet soprano who decides to go Broadway with a “Cabaret” song, very different from his audition. His outfit looks like he’s trying out for “Grey’s Anatomy” but he has the judges on their feet. Katy puts her chair away and just stands to applaud.

Room 1 features Catie Turner, Maddie Zahn and Dennis Lorenzo.

Room 2 includes Crystal Alicea, Brandon Elder and Deonte Baker. It’s clearly the dead room. Lionel gives the bad news.

Room 3 features Jonny Brenns, Mara Justine and Ada Vox.

Thaddeus Johnson is inexplicably moved from room 1 to room 3. Is that just to mess with their heads??? Of course! In the end, it makes no difference because those are the two “live” rooms.

Here is the top 50, compiled by MJ’s Big Blog.

Females

Alyssa Raghu
Amalia Watty
Amelia Harris
Britney Holmes
Carly Moffa
Catie Turner
Christina Jones
Effie Passero
Gabby Barrett
Harper Grace
Julia Cole
Jurnee Siani
Kaitlann Runnels
Kassy Levels [AI15 Top 51]
Kay Kay Alexis
Kourtney Smith
Layla Spring
Lee Vasi*
Maddie Poppe (The Voice – No Turn S10)
Maddie Zahm
Mara Justine (America’s Got Talent S9)
Michelle Sussett
Shannon O’Hara
Victoria McQueen

Males

Adam Sanders A.K.A. Ada Vox [AI12 Top 52]
Brandon Diaz (X Factor)
Cade Foehner
Caleb Hutchinson (The Voice No Turn S9)
Cody Martin
Dennis Lorenzo
Dominique Posey
Ephraim Bugumba (Storyteller)
Garrett Jacobs
Jonny Brenns
Justin Ray [AI9 Top 48]
Laine Hardy
Les Greene
Marcio Donaldson (AI15 Hollywood Week)
Michael J. Woodard
Milo Sposato
Noah Davis
Ricky Manning (The Voice Season 7)
Ron Bultongez
Samothias Sohmer
Stephen Quinn
Taylor Williams (Reportedly Taylor John Williams from Season 7)
Thaddeus Johnson [AI9 Top 48]
Trevor Holmes
Trevor McBane
William Casanova