I’ve never been a big on Keyshia Cole. I always respect when artists work hard to work their way from the bottom up. So despite my thinking her voice sounds like a cat being tortured, I cannot knock Keyshia Cole’s hustle.
Especially after catching several episodes of her BET celeb-reality show The Way It Is, in which we get to take a peek into Keyshia’s family life. Where last season viewers got a look at Cole rise to stardom - from her trouble past, to becoming a critically acclaimed artist - this season goes deeper into Keyshia’s family life, juxtaposing the dynamic of her adoptive family against that of her biological family.
The most entertaining bits are perhaps also the saddest. Drama ensues as Keyshia tries to mend the relationship with her mother, Franky, who was recently released from prison. Take a look at the clip below and tell me Franky ain’t off the chain…
As you can see, this mending is not easy and Keyshia is dealing with some very heavy stuff. From an outside perspective, many will laugh and talk about how crazy Keyshia’s mother is. If we watch with compassion though, and look at Keyshia Cole as a person, our hearts will go out to her as she works to be healthy and whole, and drag her family into that same wholeness.
None of this drama stops Ms. Cole from continuing to do her thing. She recently released her third full length LP entitled A Different Me, which Keysha says pays homage to her current transformation. Check out what she had to say about her new album here.
Keyshia Cole also kicked off her tour in Chicago today and will continue through January 14th. Visit Keyshia Cole MySpace for show dates near you.
In case you didn’t hear about it back in August, a fourth judge has been added to the American Idol panel. This new element being added to the mix is none other than hit making, award nominated, song writer Kara DioGuardi.
“We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.” [source]
Lately folks have been buzzing about possible tension between DioGuardi and veteran Idol judge/pop icon Paula Abdul. Adbul laughed off the rumors, pointing out that she and DioGuardi are close friends.
According to the Daily Dish, if this was an attempt by Simon Cowell to throw Abdul off her game, or drive a wedge between the two women, he completely missed the mark. Apparently it was Abdul who gave DioGuardi her first big break:
“This one has backfired on him. Ten years ago on a rainy day in New York a girl comes up and says, ‘You’re Paula Abdul. There’s a signed thank you letter you wrote in my boss’ office.’ I asked who her boss was, and he was the president of Billboard magazine. So I invited her to lunch, and we wrote a song that day, on a napkin.
“It turned out to be the biggest song for Kylie Minogue ever (’Spinning Around’). It hit number one all over Europe.”[source]
Sounds like season 8 of American Idol is set to explode with drama. Catch the season premier January 13 & 14, on Fox. If you care not about the drama between the judges and just want to get a peek at the Season 8 auditions and get the latest American Idol news, visit the official website.
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