american idol

Queens woman makes it to American Idol semifinals
Queens woman makes it to American Idol semifinals
Entertainment Queens Courier Staff 2/20/2013 at 5:20PM

BY ADJANI SHAH She was one of our own before she made her way to Vegas as one of American Idol’s semifinalists for Season 12. Tenna Torres, 28, is from Jamaica, Queens and worked as a promotional model before Idol. According to her Facebook artist page, the pop singer and song writer is currently not [...]

Pia Toscano helps Howard Beach recover
News Toni Cimino 11/14/2012 at 8:07PM

From 3,000 miles away, Pia Toscano watched and worried. The “American Idol” finalist, now living in Los Angeles, saw news coverage of the destruction Sandy wreaked on Queens, and hoped and prayed that her family and friends in Howard Beach were safe, especially since she couldn’t get in touch with them. “I grew up there, [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 10/05/2012 at 7:02AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 5 to 8 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. EVENT of the DAY: A Night of Traditional Irish Music Performers include John Munnelly, an award-winning songwriter and musician specializing in up-tempo, honest, often raw, uncensored songs, and [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 10/04/2012 at 7:02AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Thursday: Areas of drizzle before 10 a.m., then a chance of showers between 10 a.m. and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 81. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is [...]

Queens native Nicki Minaj to join ‘American Idol’ as judge: report
Queens native Nicki Minaj to join ‘American Idol’ as judge: report
Entertainment Billy Rennison 8/20/2012 at 3:37PM

Queens rapper Nicki Minaj will be joining the judges table on “American Idol” for the singing competition’s upcoming season, according to reports. Sources confirmed to “Us Weekly” that the “Super Bass” singer will take one of the spots vacated when Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their departure prior to the popular show’s 12th season. [...]

Recording studio showcases talent
Recording studio showcases talent
Arts & Music Philip Hertling 8/03/2012 at 3:26PM

Ears and Gears Studio in Astoria is a new hotbed for rock musicians and fans across New York City. Over the summer, the studio’s doors were open to the public for a live performance series that kicked off on June 30. Devyn Rush, a contestant on “American Idol” Season 10, performed on opening night —a [...]

Heejun Han to tour with “American Idol” this summer
Heejun Han to tour with “American Idol” this summer
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 5/14/2012 at 1:40PM

Fans clamoring for more Heejun Han, will have the chance when the “American Idol” tour rolls through New York this summer. The “American Idol Live” concert tour — featuring the show’s top 10 performers — lands at Nassau Coliseum on August 22. Han, a graduate of Francis Lewis High School, will be among Colton Dixon, [...]

James Durbin Goes From American Idol To Rock Star
James Durbin Goes From American Idol To Rock Star
Arts & Music Cheryl Hoahing 4/09/2012 at 7:47AM

At this time last year, singer James Durbin was bravely competing on one of TV’s top shows—American Idol. The country anxiously watched as the charming and talented young man from Santa Cruz, Calif., who has both Tourette’s and Asperger’s syndromes, proved that a rocker can make it to the finals on Idol. Durbin wound up finishing [...]

Heejun Han sent home on ‘American Idol’
Heejun Han sent home on ‘American Idol’
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 3/30/2012 at 10:17AM

For the second straight week, Heejun Han found himself in American Idol’s bottom three. This time though, neither viewer votes, nor the judges were able to save him. Han was joined in the bottom three last night by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, but it was Han whose Idol dreams were ended. After host Ryan [...]

Heejun Han receives standing ovation from judges on ‘American Idol’
Heejun Han receives standing ovation from judges on ‘American Idol’
Arts & Music Billy Rennison 3/29/2012 at 10:02AM

A week after the American Idol judges were on Heejun Han’s back for not taking the competition seriously, the Flushing-native had them on their feet with his rendition of “A Song For You.” The top 9 Idols performed songs from their personal musical icons with Han choosing the Donny Hathaway classic. The song, which was [...]