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Queens woman makes it to American Idol semifinals


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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 signed with any record label, but that may change soon.

One dream, however, already came true for Torres when she auditioned for her musical idol, Mariah Carey, one of the season 12 judges.

“I’ve been listening to Carey since I was five years old,” she said in her pre-audition introduction. She even went to Camp Mariah and sang for her when she was 13, which Carey instantly remembered as she looked through Torres’ pictures.

Belting out “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King, Torres not only impressed Carey with her singing skills, but the other judges too, including fellow Queens native Nicki Minaj, and was unanimously voted through to the next round.

 

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Queens native Nicki Minaj to join ‘American Idol’ as judge: report


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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.

“I’m not sure the deal is completely done yet, but yes, she is definitely doing it,” one source told the magazine.

The Young Money Entertainment artist from Jamaica performed her song “Starships” on the show last year.

Minaj — born Onika Tanya Maraj — was also rumored last year to be in the running for a judging position on Fox’s “The X Factor.”

Mariah Carey announced last month that she would be joining “Idol’s” judging panel.

The new season of “Idol” is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 18.

 

J. Cole earns Best New Artist Grammy nod


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In a year that J. Cole released a debut album that reached the top of the Billboard charts, the St. John’s University graduate has been recognized for his meteoric rise with a Grammy nomination.

Cole, 26, was nominated for Best New Artist where he will go up against The Band Perry, Bon Iver, fellow Queens rapper Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.  Acts such as The Beatles, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys have taken home music’s version of Rookie of the Year.

The nominations were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles at a concert hosted by Queens’ own LL Cool J.

The rapper was born in Frankfurt, Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military, but grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. At 12, Cole began writing his own lyrics. After graduating from high school in 2003, Cole headed to the Big Apple determined to achieve his goals of breaking into the music business and earning his college degree.

In May 2007, Cole graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s and then got a part-time job selling classified ads for The Queens Courier.

The Roc Nation rapper’s debut album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” sold over 200,000 units in its first week.

Minaj also received nominations for Best Rap Album for “Pink Friday” and Best Rap Performance for “Moment 4 Life.”

The award show will be held Sunday, February 12.