Every now and then, one of our endless singing competitions stumbles upon the offspring of a celebrity – and, it would seem, with mixed results.
On “American Idol” last season, Jim Carrey’s daughter Jane tried out during “Idol’s” San Diego auditions, only to be swiftly eliminated.
And now, on this season of “The X Factor,” we’re hearing from KISS rocker Gene Simmons‘ 19-year-old daughter, Sophie.
The hopeful singer appeared on the show Wednesday along with her parents, and explained to judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears that she’d kept them in the dark about her audition ambitions until the day before.
“They’re pretty upset with me,” Sophie said. “I just didn’t want any help.”
And with that she gave a humble rendition of Adele‘s “Make You Feel My Love,” a performance that left L.A. and Demi wanting more but seemed to impress Britney and Simon. (The typically biting judge praised Sophie, saying that he thought she has “a very, very interesting tone,” and that he liked that she “took on this song” and made it her own.)
Despite the mixed reviews, Sophie wasn’t sent packing.
“I grew up with music, but I didn’t want my dad’s help with it,” she told “The X Factor’s” cameras. “It’s a big shadow. I really just want to step out from being the daughter of the guy from KISS. I want to be my own person, and hopefully this is a way to show the world who I am.”
But does the world want to know this side of Sophie? What did you think of her performance?
The “American Idol” judges had praise for Jane Carrey when they voted to send her on to Hollywood week, but it looks like Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler have held firm to their statement that the daughter of actor Jim Carrey wasn’t going to get special treatment.
Us Weekly reports that the 24-year-old gave a “shaky” performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Looking Out My Back Door,” and that Jane knew even before she was done singing that she wasn’t going to become the next “Idol.”
“I freaked out when I was [up] there so I was really, really shaky,” Jane said of her flubbed rendition. “I know I can do way better than that, so I’m really disappointed.”
Jane also placed a call to her dad, who’s gushed to CNN about his daughter’s talent, to ease the disappointment.
“I talked to my dad and he was kind of comforting,” Jane said. The 50-year-old actor told her, “‘I’ve been said no to a bunch of times,'” Jane said, “and it worked out for him. So hopefully I have a shot.”
Many were surprised that the judges had given the go-ahead to Jane when she auditioned in San Diego, but judge Jennifer Lopez told us that she really was impressed with the singer-songwriter’s vocals.
“To [reject] her because of who her dad is would not be fair either,” Lopez said. “She sang well and we put her through to the next round, period. That’s how it goes. If she wasn’t [good], we would have had to say very sadly, ‘No, and say “Hi” to your dad for me.’ But that wasn’t the case, she earned her way to the next step.”
Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it any further. What do you think – was it time for Jane Carrey to go?
It’s not a secret that Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t cut out for giving blunt critiques on Fox’s “American Idol,” but in a new interview with Parade magazine, she says there was more to her decision to leave the show.
DeGeneres lasted as an “Idol” judge for only one season, partly because as a self-described sensitive person, she likes to be “around kind, gentle people,” she tells Parade.
“It was hard for me to judge people [on ‘Idol’] and sometimes hurt their feelings,” DeGeneres says.
And then to add to her reservations, there was behind-the scenes dirt. “It was disappointing to hear things about the kids, the drama going on,” she says. “Some of them are not as grateful as you would expect. All of a sudden they have fan mail, millions of people saying they’re great, and some of them just stop appreciating it.”
DeGeneres’ professional plate is still filled in the absence of “Idol,” between her daytime talk show, her record label, and her new book, “Seriously…I’m Kidding.” The secret to her success, she says, is being open about her sexuality and being nothing other than her true self.
“I think I’m just very real, and people sense that,” she tells Parade. “They know everything about me. This is a platform that’s probably more powerful than politics, and I think if you have a loud voice, you should use it for good.”
“American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Wednesday to talk about tonight’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finale…. and to drop an “Idol” bomb.
Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson will all be back behind the judges’ table for the show’s eleventh season.
The announcement came after Seacrest asked Lythgoe, “Do you want to go ahead and do the Jennifer announcement here, or are we still waiting?”
To which Lythgoe responded, “I believe we’re still waiting for the official announcement, but I am delighted to say that all three judges, along with the brilliant host of ‘American Idol,’ [are] back for the next season.”
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