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Monday
Mar212011

Lady Gaga Said to Have Worked on Two Tracks for J-Lo's New Album

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A second song off of Jennifer Lopez’s album Love? leaked online last week, and this one comes with a pretty impressive pedigree -- Lady Gaga apparently had a hand in creating it.

After the song, titled "Invading My Mind," went online, Gaga's producer, RedOne, revealed on his Twitter page, "For those who don't know, Lady Gaga worked with me on two records for JLO, 'Invading My Mind' and [another] one coming soon!!"

No word yet on what the other song is called.

"Invading My Mind" has the same kind of electro-dance sound as Lopez's current hit, "On the Floor."  There's still no release date for the album.

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Thursday
Mar172011

'American Idol's' Top 12 Perform Songs from Birth Year

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top 12 contestants sang songs from the year they were born on Wednesday night's show, but the program started off on a serious note.

Judge Steven Tyler sang a snippet of the Aerosmith hit "Livin' on the Edge" before asking for donations to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.  Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest also revealed that proceeds from downloads of this week's performances will go to the Red Cross's relief efforts in Japan.  A way to text in donations will be announced on Thursday night's show.

Wednesday night, the contestants had to earn America's vote to stay alive in the competition.  Here's what happened:

Naima Adedapo was born in 1984 and was actually carried onstage as a kid with her mother, who sang in jazz groups.  She chose to sing the huge 1984 hit "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner and gave it a fresh 2011 spin.  Tyler loved it, saying she had a great grasp of melody.  Lopez said she brought her own flavor to everything she does, but she warned her about pitch problems.  Jackson called the vocals a mess.

Paul McDonald was born in 1984, as well, and he chose to take on Elton John's hit from that year, "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues."  He was having some vocal trouble, and his voice seemed a bit hoarse and weak during the performance.  Lopez said he overcame the vocal problems with soul and star quality.  Jackson thought some of the notes were pitchy, but he thought he made the song his own.  Tyler said he defined a "cool dude in a loose mood."

Thia Megia came into the world in 1995 and sang Vanessa Williams' "Colors of the Wind" from the Disney movie Pocahontas.  Jackson thought the vocals were okay, but said the performance was safe and boring.  Tyler wondered if she really identified with "Colors of the Wind," and she said that it really applied to what was going on in the world right now.  Lopez wanted her to break out of the ballad mode and work on her vocal performance.

James Durbin was born in 1989, and he rocked out with that year's hit "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi, aided by a few pyrotechnics at the end of the performance.  Tyler said he had leftover sandwiches under his bed older than him, but the rock icon warned him not to get too poppy.  Lopez was singing along and said he always brought her joy.  Jackson said he really made the Bon Jovi tune his own.

Haley Reinhart was born in 1990 and grew up singing with her parents.  She took on the Whitney Houston hit "I'm Your Baby Tonight," but the tongue twister of a song proved to be a challenge for her.  Lopez thought she was a little tense and unsure in her movements.  Jackson thought she needed to find who she was musically, and Tyler wanted to hear more blues in her voice.

Stefano Langone was born in 1989 and sang Simply Red's hit cover of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" from that year.  Jackson said it was the best performance of the night so far, and Tyler loved his phrasing.  Lopez said it was a perfect song choice and predicted he could take the whole competition this season.

Pia Toscano's birth year is 1988, and she sang the second Whitney Houston song of the night, 1988's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," giving it a little more tempo than the original version.  Tyler said she was the reason the show was called American Idol: he said she nailed it.  Lopez loved that she did an up-tempo number and added that she was perfect every time.  Jackson said she was in it to win it.

Scotty McCreery was born in 1993, and decided to sing Travis Tritt's hit from that year, "Can I Trust You with My Heart."  Lopez thought he showed some growth with this performance, and Jackson said he did Travis Tritt proud.  Tyler encouraged him to stay true to himself.

Karen Rodriguez sported a huge Snooki hair bump to sing her song from 1989, Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back."  Jackson thought it started rough but said she found her way halfway through.  Tyler said he loved when she broke into her "ethnic whatever it is-ness," and Lopez applauded her for overcoming her fear during this performance.

Casey Abrams, born in 1991, sang Nirvana's breakthrough hit from that year "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  It was the first Nirvana song ever performed on American Idol, and he played electric bass while performing the aggressive tune.  Tyler said he was crazy and talented, though Lopez thought parts of the performance were screechy.  Jackson compared him to Radiohead and Muse for putting art first.  Jackson didn't think it was his best performance, but he loved his fearlessness.

Lauren Alaina was born in 1994, and performed the Melissa Etheridge hit "I'm the Only One," albeit with a higher arrangement to show off her voice.  Lopez loved her strong vocal performance and the country flavor she gave the song.  Jackson loved her vocals too, and Tyler called her a shining star.

Jacob Lusk, born in 1987, took on the Heart classic "Alone" and started out really strong.  Jackson liked that he stepped out of his comfort zone and called the performance "genius."  Tyler said "gospel had a baby and they named it Jacob Lusk," while Lopez loved that he gave himself completely to the performance.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol, airing on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Season nine winner Lee DeWyze returns to perform, and the Black Eyed Peas will appear as well, performing their new song "Just Can't Get Enough."

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Thursday
Mar102011

'American Idol's' Top 13 Perform for America's Vote

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top 13 finalists performed for America's vote Wednesday night, delivering songs originally recorded by their idols.

Judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their critiques.

For this round, all 13 hopefuls worked with record label honcho Jimmy Iovine and other big-name producers to perfect their performances.  Here's what happened:

Lauren Alaina was up first, singing "Any Man of Mine" by her hero Shania Twain.  Mega producer Don Was and Jimmy Iovine coached her on the performance, and they both thought she had star power.  Tyler liked the song, but he wished she had punched it up a notch.  Lopez loved her voice but she also wanted more energy from her.  Jackson doesn't think she knows how talented she really is, and he wants her to really stretch herself in the future.

Casey Abrams' idol is Joe Cooker, so he did Cooker's cover of The Beatles' "I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends."  Lopez was so overcome during his performance, she grabbed Jackson's arm and said, "I'm watching somebody important."  Jackson said he was "exciting" and "unbelievable," and Tyler called him a "rainbow of talent" and said he had a "plethora of passion."

Ashton Jones sang Diana Ross' song "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" after working with R&B super-producer Rodney Jerkins.  Jackson thought the song choice was a little safe, but he felt that she showed growth as a singer with the performance.  Tyler said he thinks she has more to her than she's showing yet, and Lopez challenged her to choose more familiar songs.

Paul McDonald looks up to Ryan Adams musically, so he chose to perform Adams' song "Come Pick Me Up."  Tyler loved the character in his voice, but he thought "Come Pick Me Up" wasn't in the right key for him.  Lopez thought he really engaged the crowd, and she hoped it translated to America.  Jackson loved that he is a little left-of-center and thought he was good for American Idol.

Pia Toscano chose Celine Dion's "All By Myself."  Lopez had tears in her eyes and was pretty much speechless while critiquing her.  Jackson applauded her natural talent and said he was in awe of her.  Tyler said she slammed it and called the performance "beautiful."

James Durbin went with Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," but he put a different spin on it with a little help from producer Jim Jonsin.  Jackson was amazed that he slew a Paul McCartney tune and showed his sensitive side this week, saying, "James Durbin is dangerous, America."  Tyler said he took everything he ever felt and kicked into the middle of next week with that performance, and Lopez applauded him as a great rock singer.

Haley Reinhart sang "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes, which called for quite a bit of country vocal acrobatics.  Tyler said the country and Western part of America was roaring for that performance, and Lopez said she has a really unique voice.  Jackson loved her range, noting that she performed an Alicia Keys song last week, but he thought this week's performance was boring.

Jacob Lusk really used his gospel background to deliver R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with a choir backing him up.  Tyler said his performance was so good and pure he couldn’t even judge it.  Lopez said he made everyone feel so much when he sings, and Jackson was excited to see what he did next.

Thia Megia's performance of the Charlie Chaplin classic "Smile" began normally, but then she put a little beat behind it at the halfway mark.  Jackson liked the beginning, but thought she got pitchy when the jazzy part started.  Tyler agreed with Jackson, but cut her some slack since she was so young.  Lopez wanted to see her move a little more but said she sang like an angel.

Stefano Langone chose to sing Stevie Wonder's "Lately" because the words tell a story.  Tyler thought he really pulled it off, and Lopez was actually dancing during the performance.  Jackson thought he soared with this performance.

Karen Rodriguez went with Selena's "I Could Fall in Love" for her performance, and Lopez thought she seemed a little uncomfortable with the low notes.  Jackson said it seemed like she was fighting with the song and thought it fell flat.  Tyler added that he knew she could do better and hoped to see that next week.

Country boy Scott McCreery teamed up with producer Don Was to work on his rendition of "The River" by Garth Brooks.  Jackson told him not to change a thing, and Tyler told him, "Scotty, you did the Garth justice."  Lopez thought he opened up as a performer this time around.

Naima Adedapo went with "Umbrella" by Rihanna and worked with the producer of the original version, Tricky Stewart.  Tyler said she was crazy good, even though there were some pitch problems.  Lopez said the pitch issues didn't matter because she had flair during her performance.  Jackson said she needed to maintain vocal control while dancing, but he loved the reggae flavor she added to the song.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show.  The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox with performances from Diddy Dirty Money and Idol alum Adam Lambert.

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Friday
Mar042011

'American Idol' Announces Top 13 in Surprise Twist

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol announced its lucky top 13 Thursday night -- lucky for a few of the Idol hopefuls because judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler chose one more wild-card entrant than expected.

Here are the 10 contestants who advanced via fan voting, in the order they were announced:

* Scotty McCreery
* Lauren Alaina
* Pia Toscano
* Karen Rodriguez
* Jacob Lusk
* Casey Abrams
* Thia Megia
* Paul McDonald
* Haley Reinhart
* James Durbin

And these are the three contestants who earned wild-card spots from the judges:

* Ashthon Jones
* Stefano Langone
* Naima Adedapo

Throughout the first hour and 15 minutes of the results show, Seacrest introduced the Idol top 24 in groups of two or three and revealed the results of the fan voting. 

The judges granted opportunities to six contestants to sing for a wild-card spot: Jones performed the Dreamgirls tune "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," Langone selected the Smokie Norful ballad "I Need You Now," Chantelle belted out "Georgia On My Mind," Barreto chose Jon Secada's "Angel," Adedapo sang Donny Hathaway's "For All We Know," and Rosen performed Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word."  In the end, the judges went with Jones, Langone, and Adedapo as their wild cards.

Thursday's results show also featured the hotly-anticipated premiere of Jennifer Lopez's music video for her hit song "On The Floor."

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Thursday
Mar032011

'American Idol' Top 12 Girls Perform

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- The guys had their chance on Tuesday, and on Wednesday night, it was American Idol's Top 12 girls' turn to perform for the nation's votes.

Here's what happened:

Ta-Tynisa Wilson got the show started with Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)," which didn't do anything to show off her vocals.  Still, Steven Tyler said it was "beautiful" and he liked it a lot.  Jennifer Lopez praised her for "playing to the crowd" and said she "brought it all the way home."  But Randy Jackson slammed her for her pitch problems, and for not bringing anything "special and different" to the tune.
   
Naima Adedapo sang an upbeat version of "Summertime."  Jackson called it "a little lounge-act-y," but praised her for hitting a high note at the end.  Lopez, meanwhile, said she was like "an exotic flower," while Tyler praised her "old-timey" sound which he said is "what America needs right now."

Kendra Chantelle sang Christina Aguilera's "Impossible," and Jackson raved about her vibrato, which he said made him feel "warm and connected."  Lopez told her she had heart, but said she hoped she stayed around to show what else she could do.  Tyler said, "Voice hot. Clothes hot. Style hot. A whole package."

Rachel Zevita sang a drastically reworked, jazzy version of Fiona Apple's "Criminal."  Tyler said it was "a little too Broadway" for him, while Lopez questioned whether this was the image she wanted to project with her first big performance.  Jackson said it wasn't good, it didn't work and he didn't even recognize the song at first.

Karen Rodriguez sang Mariah Carey's "Hero" and made it her own by performing it in a mixture of English and Spanish. She also hit every note perfectly.  Jackson approved, telling her, "You figured out a way to make it you."  Lopez said she had goosebumps and added, "Wow! Amazing."  Tyler called it "fantastic."

Lauren Turner sang Canadian singer Jully Black's version of Etta James' "Seven Day Fool." Lopez said her voice was "unbelievable," while Tyler said it was "spectacular."  Jackson enthused, "That's how you do it!"
   
Ashthon Jones sang "Love All Over Me" by Monica.  Tyler told her, "You've got the confidence of a queen," while Lopez said she "had all the makings of a diva." Jackson put a damper on the love fest, though, saying he didn't love the song, and that she was "broader and bigger" than that.

Julie Zorrilla stumbled badly on "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson.  Tyler said it was the wrong song for her, while Lopez said it wasn't the "best thing we've seen you do."  She also criticized her for not connecting emotionally to the lyrics, something she'd warned her about before.  Jackson said she brought nothing new or different to the song, and didn't sing it nearly as good as Clarkson.

Haley Reinhart turned in a sassy version of "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys, and though she hit every difficult note, from low to high, Jackson said it felt like karaoke and he didn't get it.  Lopez disagreed, saying the song showed off the "colors" in her voice, while Tyler thought it was "just the right amount of style, just the right amount of sexy."

Fifteen-year-old Thia Megia sang "Out Here on My Own," an Irene Cara number from the movie Fame, starting the song a cappella.  Jackson raved about her "tone," which he compared to Michael Jackson's and said, "This is what singing is about."  Lopez called it "so beautiful" and said she captivated everybody in the room, and Tyler agreed.

Lauren Alaina did an upbeat, fun version of Reba McEntire's "Turn on the Radio."  It wasn't incredible, but the judges still fell all over themselves praising her, with Jackson comparing her to both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Lopez calling her "amazing" and Tyler telling her, "You're the best."

Pia Toscano closed the show with The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" and she absolutely brought down the house -- for the first time this season, the judges gave someone a standing ovation.  The crowd followed. Tyler called it "unbelievable" and "gorgeous," while Lopez said it was "out of this world."  Jackson added, "You just put yourself at the top."

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Wednesday
Mar022011

'American Idol's' Top 12 Guys Perform

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After weeks of auditions, American Idol season 10 kicked off in earnest Tuesday night as the Top 12 guys performed for America's votes.

For the first time, viewers saw the judging panel on a live show without Simon Cowell.  Randy Jackson sat in his usual spot, Jennifer Lopez was in the middle and Steven Tyler was at the end.  Tyler gave his comments to the hopefuls first, then Lopez, and finally Jackson.

Here's how it all went down:

Clint Jun Gamboa got things rolling with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."  He gave a good performance, moving all over the stage, but his vocals were more screamy at times than melodic.  Tyler called it "beautiful" and "brilliant," while Lopez said it was good, once he'd worked out the "bits of nervousness."  Jackson said he loved it and agreed it was "brilliant."

Jovany Barreto sang Edwin McCain's "I'll Be," and Tyler reacted with, "Holy Shipyard!," a reference to Carreto's former place of employment.  He said it was beautiful and he loved it, and Lopez said she was glad people really got a chance to see what Jovany could do.  Jackson, though, called it "very karaoke," and complained that Barreto didn't bring anything different to his interpretation of the song.

Jordan Dorsey made a serious misstep by performing Usher's "OMG," a song that has nothing to do with singing and everything to do with cool dance moves and Auto Tune.  Tyler said it wasn't his favorite performance, and Lopez told him, "That isn't really who you are as an artist, you're the soft R&B guy."  Jackson called it "pitchy" -- hey, the first "pitchy" of the live shows! -- and said it wasn't "a singer's song."

Tim Halperin performed "Streetcorner Symphony" by Rob Thomas and it was not good.  Tyler said, "I've heard you sing so much better," while Lopez said she'd "hate to lose him" because he chose to perform a song that "didn't show who you really are."  Jackson said Halperin had been much better before, and there was nothing exciting or new about the performance.

Brett Loewenstern sang a version of The Doors' "Light My Fire" that started off really mellow and then built in power.  He constantly shook his red curly mane back and forth, causing Lopez to say, "That was more hair-tossing than me and Beyonce put together in the past 10 years!"  Tyler told Loewenstern he was "on fire" and he "brought it home," and Jackson said despite a few pitch problems, his performance was "fun and bold."

In an American Idol first, James Durbin sang a Judas Priest song, the British metal band's classic "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," and he rocked the house, earning a standing ovation. Tyler declared it "Bleepin' crazy good!"  Lopez called his performance "organic and real," while Jackson yelled, "That's how you do it!  That was great!"

Robbie Rosen sang Sarah McLachlan's ballad "Angel" and Tyler loved it, telling him, "You can sing a ballad like nobody's business."  Lopez said that despite the notes not being all perfect, "when you sing, you feel every word." Jackson disagreed, saying that it wasn't a great performance and Rosen's attempts at falsetto weren't always successful.

Scotty McCreery sang John Michael Montgomery's "Letters from Home."  Tyler told him he "couldn't have picked a better song," while Lopez told McCreery he was born to sing country music.  Jackson said he was a big fan of McCreery's "throwback" country style.

Stefano Langone sang Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" and the judges loved his performance.  Tyler said he liked how his voice "cut through the air in this room," while Lopez told him, "You're a beast up there!"  Jackson praised Langone for getting all three judges rocking and feeling that he could be on the radio right now.

Paul McDonald sang "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart in his very unique voice, and added some unique stage moves in there as well.  Lopez praised him for his smile that lit up the room.  Tyler said he loved the "character" in his voice, and Jackson said he was happy that the show could embrace someone so "quirky and different."

Jacob Lusk brought the house down with the Luther Vandross version of "A House Is Not a Home," earning a standing ovation and heaps of praise from the judges.  Lopez, who said the late Vandross was her favorite singer of all time, told Lusk, "He's gone, but now we have you!"  Tyler told Lusk he was "honored" to be in his presence and said his singing made him cry. Jackson said Vandross would be "so proud of you" and declared that the show was "lucky" to have Lusk as a contestant.

Casey Abrams closed the show in what's commonly referred to as the "pimp spot" -- the final position in the show, which is where the producers put contestants they particularly want to promote and want the audience to remember.  He performed a passionate, raw rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and really acted out the part, causing Lopez to say, "You're sexy, Casey!"  She praised his "hunger and fire," and said, "You ate it all up!"  Tyler told him, "You are 'in your mind good' and 'outta your mind unreal!'"  Jackson declared, "I love how you transform yourself into the spirit of the song," and asked for "More, more, more!"

Wednesday night, the Top 12 girls perform.  On Thursday, the top five vote-getting girls and the top five vote-getting guys will make up the Top 10, and then the judges will make their Wild Card picks.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Jennifer Lopez Weeps over 'American Idol' Elimination

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol had an drama-packed show Wednesday night, sending home a popular candidate and unveiling five of the top 24.

Jennifer Lopez had an on-screen breakdown after eliminating contestant Chris Medina, whose touching backstory appealed to the judges. Medina's fiancé requires constant attention as a result of a nearly fatal car accident.

The contestants sang a medley of Beatles favorites, with Naima Adedapo, Hailey Reinhart, and Jacob Lusk taking on the band's song "The Long and Winding Road," and Paul McDonald and Kendra Chantelle singing "Blackbird."

Ashton Jones stood out in a performance of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," winning Lopez's heart.

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Thursday
Feb032011

'American Idol' Apology for Steven Tyler: Is It a Joke?

Photo Courtesy - Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Three weeks. That's how long it took before American Idol had to apologize for judge Steven Tyler.

At the start of Wednesday's show, Fox ran an apology for its most unrestrained judge: "American Idol would like to apologize for last week's outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler."

It was followed by a second black card, which read: "Mr. Tyler has been warned and assured us it will never happen again."

Although many people had speculated earlier on what "it" was, the Fox producers were making amends for Tyler's comment last week when he joked that a contestant's last name rhymed with a profanity.

When Jake Muck introduced himself, Tyler, 62, said, "You know what Muck rhymes with, don't you?" When Muck replied, "Duck," Tyler responded, "Read my lips."

The comment reportedly drew complaints from viewers.

But skeptics reportedly believe the apology was just another joke; this time from producers. Fox declined to comment about the apology, and the show's producers did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's request.

Even before the 10th season started, Tyler was making headlines for comments he made about snorting Lunesta and partaking in a backstage three-way.

On the season premiere, Tyler quickly upstaged fellow freshman judge Jennifer Lopez. He punctuated the auditions with his signature scream, sometimes singing and tapping along with the contestants. 

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Thursday
Jan202011

‘Idol’ Viewership Drops Big on Season Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Zumobi(NEW YORK) – American Idol saw double-digit drops in viewership for its much-anticipated season 10 premiere in comparison to last year's premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite new, "A"-list judges, the Fox show fell 13 percent among all viewers for the two-hour premiere Wednesday in comparison to the 2010 opening episode, according to preliminary data from Nielsen. 

This year’s premiere, which featured new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, brought in 26.1 million viewers compared to last year’s premiere audience of 29.9 million.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Steven Tyler Upstages Jennifer Lopez on 'American Idol' Premiere

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Randy Jackson took Simon Cowell's seat at the judges' table, alongside freshman judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, for the 10th season of American Idol, but it was clear that not one of them was out to replace the so-called "mean" judge.

After months of speculation about who would replace Cowell and fellow judges Ellen DeGeneres and Kara Dioguardi, who left at the end of last season, the new judges made their debut in an opening worthy of the American Idol finale.

Following a montage of headlines, host Ryan Seacrest made the announcements on the main stage of the show before hundreds of screaming fans.

"I took this gig because I love music," Tyler said in the opening minutes of Wednesday night's premiere.

"I think I'm going to be compassionate," Lopez said.  "I'm not in the business of crushing spirits."

"It's a different table," Jackson said, "but you know what?  It's hot.  Let's go baby."

As Jackson led the way, showing a more powerful role than before, during opening auditions in New Jersey, it at first appeared that Tyler and Lopez were competing for who could be nicer.  But it was Lopez, who, reminiscent of Paula Abdul, had a hard time saying no and seemed to hold back her harshest criticism.

Tyler, on the other hand, had plenty of them, punctuating the auditions with his signature scream and sometimes singing and tapping along with the contestants.

In the end, the judges gave golden tickets to 51 contestants to proceed to the next round.  But it was the last contestant who brought back the show's main mission -- to find the next superstar.

After sharing his heart-tugging story of spending part of his childhood in a homeless shelter in the Bronx, 16-year-old Travis Orlando performed for the judges.

"I think you sing beautiful," Tyler told him, with the judges giving him a unanimous "yes."

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