News

'American Idol' judges good to go

Jonathan Storm
The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)

PASADENA, Calif. — Here come the judges.

Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez join veteran Randy Jackson on "American Idol," which premieres its 10th season next Wednesday. They met Tuesday with television critics at their annual winter gathering.

I took the role of a loser contestant who hadn't brought it, and I asked them what they would say to me?

"Isn't there an age limit?" J-Lo asked. Zing!

"You didn't bring it," said Tyler. "Maybe you got too much attitude. It's the whole deal, not just the voice."

"It's more of a critique," Lopez said. "Not pack your suitcase, but what you have to do, not to have to pack the suitcase."

Mine was never unpacked, I guess.

It sounds like the new "Idol" incarnation might be fun. Tyler said he saw a J-Lo video last spring, noted a little vulnerability packed into the blasting talent and thought, "I want to sit next to that." Then he babbled a bit and finally said, "I get to sit between her."

Silence on stage, then a little banter. "That's what the show's all about," Tyler said. "I can't tell you how many times I've said something weird, and she bails me out and Randy says, 'Yo.'"

But the old dog may have a few new tricks, now that he won't be commenting first. "My role has definitely changed," Jackson says. "You'll see a more assertive dog, more hair on the dog (if not on his head), fewer yo's, more no's."

"There's been a lot of talk of who's gonna be the tough one, or the mean one or whatever. You'll still hear that from all of us. ... If it's terrible, it's terrible, so what are you gonna say? You know what I'm saying?"

———

Still singing strongly as his 70th birthday approaches on Jan. 21, Placido Domingo has a very complicated relationship with his voice.

The tenor, who will be the subject of a "Great Performances" episode this year, "Placido Domingo: My Favorite Performances," spoke to the TV critics via satellite from Madrid's Teatro Real.

"I have been lucky that my voice has been very generous to me. I tell you, you have to take care of the voice. I mean, I always say that the voice is like a relation with a very, very, very jealous woman, you know. She demands everything. She wants everything, and you just have to give her everything. And if you treat her well, she reacts, and then she's happy, and makes you happy, and makes me make happy the people."

After 50 years of performing everywhere in the world, Domingo still has an adorable Spanish accent even if he is the director of the Los Angeles Opera.

Domingo selected the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and London's Covent Garden as the best opera houses in the world. "I think those are like the grand slam if we were talking of the tennis," he said.

Domingo comes from a musical family, and his first musical memory, of his father singing zarzuela, a Spanish form of operetta, is a formidable one:

"Here in Madrid, I remember my father dressed with tails, and there is a very famous zarzuela that is called 'La Gran Via' ... and this gentleman is a very elegant gentleman, and that he drives crazy the ladies, and he's with the frock. And I see my father singing that."

Don't look for any resurrection of the beloved Three Tenors. There will never be a substitute for Luciano Pavarotti, who died three years ago. "I can sing in a group of four or five people, but three tenors, I promised myself, since we lost Luciano," said Domingo, "and I promised to Jose (Carreras, the third tenor), and he did the same to me — we were never going to be three tenors singing together."


Music

Books

Film

Recent
Music

A Certain Ratio Return with a Message of Hope on 'ACR Loco'

Inspired by 2019's career-spanning box set, legendary Manchester post-punkers A Certain Ratio return with their first new album in 12 years, ACR Loco.

Books

Oscar Hijuelos' 'Mambo Kings Play the Songs of Love' Dances On

Oscar Hijuelos' dizzyingly ambitious foot-tapping family epic, Mambo Kings Play the Songs of Love, opened the door for Latinx writers to tell their stories in all their richness.

Music

PM Picks Playlist 2: Bamboo Smoke, LIA ICES, SOUNDQ

PopMatters Picks Playlist features the electropop of Bamboo Smoke, LIA ICES' stunning dream folk, Polish producer SOUNDQ, the indie pop of Pylon Heights, a timely message from Exit Kid, and Natalie McCool's latest alt-pop banger.

Film

'Lost Girls and Love Hotels' and Finding Comfort in Sadness

William Olsson's Lost Girls and Love Hotels finds optimism in its message that life tears us apart and puts us back together again differently.

Music

Bright Eyes' 'Down in the Weeds' Is a Return to Form and a Statement of Hope

Bright Eyes may not technically be emo, but they are transcendently expressive, beatifically melancholic. Down in the Weeds is just the statement of grounding that we need as a respite from the churning chaos around us.

Film

Audrey Hepburn + Rome = Grace, Class, and Beauty

William Wyler's Roman Holiday crosses the postcard genre with a hardy trope: Old World royalty seeks escape from stuffy, ritual-bound, lives for a fling with the modern world, especially with Americans.

Music

Colombia's Simón Mejía Plugs Into the Natural World on 'Mirla'

Bomba Estéreo founder Simón Mejía electrifies nature for a different kind of jungle music on his debut solo album, Mirla.

Music

The Flaming Lips Reimagine Tom Petty's Life in Oklahoma on 'American Head'

The Flaming Lips' American Head is a trip, a journey to the past that one doesn't want to return to but never wants to forget.

Music

Tim Bowness of No-Man Discusses Thematic Ambition Amongst Social Division

With the release of his seventh solo album, Late Night Laments, Tim Bowness explores global tensions and considers how musicians can best foster mutual understanding in times of social unrest.

Music

Angel Olsen Creates a 'Whole New Mess'

No one would call Angel Olsen's Whole New Mess a pretty album. It's much too stark. But there's something riveting about the way Olsen coos to herself that's soft and comforting.

Film

What 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Gets Right (and Wrong) About America

Telling the tale of the cyclops through the lens of high and low culture, in O'Brother, Where Art Thou? the Coens hammer home a fatalistic criticism about the ways that commerce, violence, and cosmetic Christianity prevail in American society .

Music

Masma Dream World Go Global and Trippy on "Sundown Forest" (premiere)

Dancer, healer, musician Devi Mambouka shares the trippy "Sundown Forest", which takes listeners deep into the subconscious and onto a healing path.

Music

Alright Alright's "Don't Worry" Is an Ode for Unity in Troubling Times (premiere)

Alright Alright's "Don't Worry" is a gentle, prayerful tune that depicts the heart of their upcoming album, Crucible.

Music

'What a Fantastic Death Abyss': David Bowie's 'Outside' at 25

David Bowie's Outside signaled the end of him as a slick pop star and his reintroduction as a ragged-edged arty agitator.

Music

Dream Folk's Wolf & Moon Awaken the Senses with "Eyes Closed" (premiere)

Berlin's Wolf & Moon are an indie folk duo with a dream pop streak. "Eyes Closed" highlights this aspect as the act create a deep sense of atmosphere and mood with the most minimal of tools.

Television

Ranking the Seasons of 'The Wire'

Years after its conclusion, The Wire continues to top best-of-TV lists. With each season's unique story arc, each viewer is likely to have favorites.

Film

Paul Reni's Silent Film 'The Man Who Laughs' Is Serious Cinema

There's so much tragedy present, so many skullduggeries afoot, and so many cruel and vindictive characters in attendance that a sad and heartbreaking ending seems to be an obvious given in Paul Reni's silent film, The Man Who Laughs.

Music

The Grahams Tell Their Daughter "Don't Give Your Heart Away" (premiere)

The Grahams' sweet-sounding "Don't Give Your Heart Away" is rooted in struggle, inspired by the couples' complicated journey leading up to their daughter's birth.


Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.