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Martin Short Sings a Tribute to the Killing of Osama Bin Laden (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 4:59AM
Martin Short, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Martin Short went on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) with a tribute to Osama Bin Laden. Just like Elton John repurposed his song 'Candle in the Wind' to commemorate the death of Princess Diana, Short took that same song to pay tribute to 'Al-Qaeda's Rose.'

It was a beautifully dramatic presentation, with Short poised behind the piano, tickling the ivories. When he reached the lines "It seems to me you lived your life / Like a bastard in the sand / Never knowing when the US / Navy SEALs would land," the camera cut back to show men dressed in uniform representing SEAL Team Six.

By the end of the number, which included lines about Bin Laden getting shot in the face and burning in Hell, an American flag had dropped to emphasize the patriotism of this beautiful moment of cathartic silliness.

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Matthew Morrison Talks With AOL Music About 'Glee,' Gwyneth Paltrow and His New Single, 'Summer Rain'

by AOL Music Staff, posted May 10th 2011 3:30PM

Joseph Llanes for AOL

Today's a doubly good one for Matthew Morrison. Not only does the Golden Globe– and Emmy-nominated actor's hit TV series, 'Glee,' air tonight, but the musician's first solo album finally hit shelves.

The Broadway vet, who was nominated for a Tony for his role in 'The Light in the Piazza,' stopped by AOL's Beverly Hills studio to chat with AOL Music about his debut album and record a Sessions performance.

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Elton John Warns Royal Couple About Tabloid Scrutiny (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 25th 2011 11:30AM
Elton John's Advice to Royal Couple: 'Enjoy It While You Can'On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Elton John praised Prince William and Kate Middleton as a loving couple and wished them happiness in their impending marriage. However, he warned, for Middleton especially, the future promises a "most difficult life" given the "negativity" and "hatefulness" in the British press.

"Let's face it. We know what that kind of marriage entails. The press never leave you alone ... I admire her for going through with it," John said of Middleton.

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Elton John and Tom Hanks as Knights of the Realm on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:06AM
Elton John & Tom Hanks, 'Saturday Night Live'In a rather silly sketch, even by 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) standards, the British Knights of the Realm are assembled to fight a dragon that's attacking London. Long ago, knights did just this sort of thing, but now their numbers include actors and other celebrities.

Which is how Sir Elton John found himself presiding over the likes of Sir Michael Caine (Tom Hanks), Sir Bono, Sir Mix-a-Lot -- get it!? -- and Ringo Starr. Actually, Ringo Starr hasn't been knighted which is a recurring theme of the sketch.

Within the context of the story John was able to poke fun at Sting's alleged prowess and longevity in the bedroom and even Bono's disastrous stage production.

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'Saturday Night Live' - Elton John Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 3rd 2011 10:30AM
Elton John hosted 'SNL' on April 2, 2011
['Saturday Night Live' - 'Season 36, Episode 18']

I'll be honest, I was not aware that Elton John was still alive. But since dead people don't host late night television variety shows -- they do go to parties in sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts -- we were treated to a night of music and reverie.

It's always interesting when someone like Sir Elton hosts. He is certainly a musical and pop-cultural icon, but is he funny? If anyone saw his 2001 Grammy performance with Eminem, you know he has the potential to be hilarious. In the end, though, it shouldn't matter who the host is. It's the job of the writers and performers to pinpoint the host's comedic strengths and weaknesses, and to exploit them to the fullest. The best athletes make their teammates better. The best teachers make their students better. The best writers should make Elton John better.

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Elton John Tells Kings of Leon to Lighten Up and Let Their Songs on 'Glee' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2011 4:13AM
Elton John, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'There's been a bit of a backlash with some bands coming out against their songs being performed on 'Glee.' And, of course, there are artists on both sides of the issue. Sir Elton John, though, doesn't understand what the problem is. On 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC), he said it's a compliment.

"It's a compliment when someone records, or does one of your songs," he said. "It doesn't matter if it's a bad version, it's just a compliment."

And to those bands who are boycotting 'Glee'? "Lighten up you a*******," John said. "This is a compliment. It sends a positive message out. What the hell is wrong with you guys?"

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James Durbin Brings the Fire to His Elton John Performance on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2011 11:35PM
James Durbin, 'American Idol'There is no debate that James Durbin is the hardest-rocking vocalist on 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) this season. Week after week, he's proven he can wrap his big voice around anything. So how did he up the ante for Elton John week?

Tackling 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting),' Durbin took a huge risk. In 'Idol' seasons past, stylized songs with repetitive lyrics like that haven't led to the best performances, but Durbin managed to make it work. He also jumped around the stage and added some unexpected elements to spark the performance.

We certainly didn't see the piano fire coming, but by then we were fully immersed in this rock experience. Like Jennifer Lopez said, "When you're up there, I forget that it's a competition show. I think I'm at a show."

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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'American Idol' Top 11 Elton John Night: The Experts' Song List

by Hilary Rothing, posted Mar 29th 2011 5:45PM
It's been six seasons since 'American Idol' featured the music of Elton John, but with what's being touted as the best crop of talent the show has ever seen, the return of the "Rocket Man," seems to be in order.

Choosing from Elton's vast catalog of hits is an intimidating assignment. While the 'Idols' may be on their own as they comb through Elton's classics, I've left choosing the kids' songs this week to those better versed in his tremendous collection of big hits and deep cuts.

Veteran 'Idol' pundits MJ Santilli (MJ's Big Blog), Rodney Ho (Atlanta Journal Constitution) and Michael Slezak (TV Line) have all weighed-in on what the gang should sing. There's some interesting overlap in a number of picks. Will the 'Idols' go the experts' route or fly off the rails completely? We'll have to wait until Wednesday to find out!

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Simon Cowell: Paula Abdul Being Considered for 'X Factor' Judge Spot (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:30PM
Simon Cowell Names Possible Judges for 'X Factor'Simon Cowell continues to be cagey regarding final selection for the 'X Factor' judges panel. He did, however, reveal the names of possible judges and those who definitely aren't being considered on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

Cowell said that George Michael, Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul are possibilities, but that Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry are not. He also said that Elton John is absolutely not in the running "He's so grumpy nowadays. He'd just be moaning the whole time," said Cowell.

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Elton John to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in April

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:30AM
Elton John to Host 'Saturday Night Live'Sir Elton John is returning to 'Saturday Night Live' for the first time in close to 30 years. However, the musician won't just be the musical guest -- he'll host the April 2 show too.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, John will perform with Leon Russell in the spring show.

The announcement came during John's annual Oscar bash benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. At the party, a VIP package for two to SNL's April 2 show and cast after party went to a winner with a $75,000 bid.

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Elton John Gives Billy Joel Some Tough Love About His Drinking on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 10th 2011 12:25PM
Elton John talks about Billy Joel on 'Today'Elton John spoke of his relationship with friend and fellow songwriter Billy Joel this morning on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). John currently graces the cover of Rolling Stone, and Matt Lauer pressed him on some of the revelations in the piece, including his criticism of Joel's drinking and some of the canceled tour dates that resulted from it.

"He hates me at the moment," John said, "and I understand why." John said the two had not spoken privately since the piece came out, but that Joel had sent a message and he was not happy.

John said, "I really love the guy" and called Joel "an American treasure" for his songwriting and that his criticism comes from place of love. "I'm sorry I had to say it," said John, "but I'm saying it because I really want Billy to live a long life and be very happy. That's all it came from."

John went on to talk about his own experience. "Years ago when I was using, people tried to tell me," he said. "I didn't talk to them for years. How dare you talk to me like that?"

John said Joel "may want to punch his face in at the moment, but it's OK."

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Elton John Calls Lady Gaga His 'Bastard Daughter' on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 24th 2010 1:00PM
While Elton John discusses a duet with Lady Gaga that will appear in the upcoming animated feature 'Gnomeo and Juliet,' Kelly Ripa points out he's had an obvious influence on the songstress on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). John agrees, and even refers to Gaga as his "bastard daughter.'

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Elton John Laments the Lack of Quality Modern Songwriters on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 21st 2010 3:01PM
Elton John, 'The View'Somebody must be pouring sour milk in Sir Elton John's Cheerios, because the legendary musician was a little cranky on 'The View' (Weekdays, Syndicated on ABC). Actually, he was responding to some quotes he'd made recently about the current state of music, and while he's critical, he makes some interesting points.

"In the '70s you could buy records every week by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Carole King, James Taylor. Great songwriters whose songs lasted forever," he explained. "Today's songs are more like nursery rhymes," according to John.

"No one's going to be singing 'Jenny from the Block' in ten years time," he argued, using Jennifer Lopez's 2002 hit (which does at least mean he remembers it eight years later).

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Why Does Elton John Hate TV Talent Shows?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 19th 2010 10:00AM
Sir Elton JohnThough his name was tossed around this summer as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell on 'American Idol,' Sir Elton John probably wouldn't have said yes if he were actually asked to fill the cranky Brit slot at the judges' table.

According to the BBC, John said he is not a fan of televised talent competitions. "I don't want to be on television," John told the Radio Times. "It's become boring, arse-paralyzingly brain crippling. I like Simon Cowell, but what he does is TV entertainment."

John didn't stop there -- he also criticized former British 'X-Factor' winners Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. "TV vaults you to superstardom and then you have to back it up, which is hard," he said. "Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are at the mercy of the next song they can get."

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Was Jennifer Lopez Second (or Third) Best for 'American Idol'?

by PopEater Staff, posted Aug 3rd 2010 1:00PM

-- By Rob Schuter, Popeater.com

Could mega-star Jennifer Lopez be on 'American Idol's' B-list? Sources tell me that thespot on the judges' panel only became hers after several big-name celebrities said "thanks, but no thanks."

"J.Lo was definitely not the first choice," an 'Idol' insider tells me. "In fact, she wasn't even the second or third choice."

My source tells me that before they approached Lopez, producers first asked Elton John and Barry Manilow to join the hit -- but starting to struggle -- show. Both are undeniably great singer-songwriters who have mentored contestants in prior seasons, so it wouldn't have been a stretch.

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