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May 20, 2013
Best Dressed At 2013 Billboard Awards — HOT SHOTS!
J. Lo may be 43-years-old, but she’s still gottttttt it!
The former “American Idol” judge joins the powerful young Hollywood set, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & Miley Cyrus, as Best Dressed at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
Do you agree with MJ’s picks? Who else would you like to see up here? Tweet @MicahJesse #BBMAbestdressed!Read More
February 6, 2013
Emilio & Gloria Estefan Headed To Broadway!!!!!!!
…well, sort of!
Today, Estefan Enterprises and the Nederlander Organization announced they have begun to develop and produce a new Broadway show, inspired by the music made famous by International superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband musician/producer and entrepreneur Emilio Estefan.
The musical will be set in a way that tells the Estefans’ riveting life story detailing their journey all the way from Cuba to superstardom. Additional elements will be announced and worked through with a creative team that will be assigned at a later date.
With seven Grammy Awards and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Gloria Estefan is the most successful crossover performer in the history of Latin music. No lie!
Don’t tell me you don’t know her hits — “Conga,” The Rhythm is Going To Get You” and “1, 2, 3″ among others. GLORIA is a celebratory favorite around the G-L-O-B-E!
She was won and been honored with practically a bajillion awards over the course of her career — including the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, MTV Music Video Awards, BMI Songwriter of the Year, and more and more and more. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received multiple Billboard Awards for her many chart-topping hits.
Her hubby, Emilio Estefan, is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada. With a resume that includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards, Estefan has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits.
“We are very excited to partner with the Nederlander Organization and Bernie Yuman to, after almost a decade of planning and developing, bring our music and life story to Broadway,” said Gloria and Emilio Estefan. “We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality. Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today. Our cultural roots, our life-defining challenges and the rewards that come with believing in yourself and striving for that which you believe in wholeheartedly, will be the foundation for this theatrical production. Sharing our life story through music will give us a new opportunity to honor our roots and, hopefully, to be able to inspire generations to come.”
Are you excited about this news? Will you be buying tickets to see Gloria Estefan & Emilio Estefan’s life story unfold on Broadway?Read More
July 26, 2012
VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez Releases Music Video For “Goin’ In” Featuring Flo Rida and Lil Jon!
After just recently leaving American Idol, pop star Jennifer Lopez has released the video for her new song “Goin’ In!” The video features a whirlwhind of neon colors, lots of dancers and booty shaking, and clubby beats that make you want to dance. J.Lo, who is constantly decked out in glitter, also shows off her sexy dance moves throughout the video.
“Goin’ In” was first heard on J.Lo’s greatest hits album, Dance Again… The Hits, which was released Tuesday (July 24), and is also featured on the soundtrack of dance film “Step Up: Revolution 3D.”
The track and video also feature Flo Rida and Lil Jon. “I’m a big fan of J.Lo,” Flo Rida told MTV. “Her people reached out to me. It was just an honor to get a call from J.Lo. [I'm a] big fan of her film work and her musical talent, and we did the collaboration ASAP.”
Watch below! What do you guys think of her new video?Read More
July 23, 2012
It’s OFFICIAL! Mariah Carey Has Joined “American Idol” As A Judge!
The 42-year-old will join the judges table for season 12. Her salary is expected to be somewhere north of $12 million — the sum paid Jennifer Lopez during her first year on the show — and possibly as high as $17 million.
Wowza! Go Mimi!
“It’s the biggest recording artist than any of these [singing competition] shows have ever had,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told critics at their press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday. “It’s an artist many of these contestants have tried to emulate.”
The addition of Mimi comes on the heels of Steven Tyler quitting the show, and Fox being unable to convince Jennifer Lopez to sign on for a third round. Lopez was holding out for a raise beyond her $15 million second-year salary.
As of now, Randy Jackson (who is also Carey’s manager) is now expected to stay on board, though nothing has yet been announced.
Either way, Fox is expected to now focus on its search for another male judge. According to reports, former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert is being considered.
What do you think of Mariah joining the show? Will she improve Idol‘s ratings?Read More
June 7, 2012
VIDEO: Watch Steamy Behind-The-Scenes Video From Kellan Lutz & Kate Upton’s Sexy Photoshoot!
That’s right, scorching hot-ness!
Shot by famed photographer Yu Tsai, on the sprawling sands and energetic promenade of Venice Beach, California, the two celebs sizzle for the brand’s Fall 2012 campaign, appropriately titled “California Dreaming.”
If you’re into the idea of seeing the “Twilight” hunk shirtless (come on, who isn’t?), watch the behind-the-scenes video… after the jump! (more…)Read More
May 29, 2012
VIDEO: Jessica Sanchez: Interview & “I Will Always Love You” On Live! With Kelly
Our little Jessica Sanchez isn’t so little anymore!
The 16-year-old “American Idol” runner up appeared on “Live! With Kelly” this morning for an interview and performance of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You.”
Watch her interview + performance now!
May 23, 2012
American Idol Showdown: Jessica Sanchez & Phillip Phillips Battle It Out For The Win! Who Will It Be?
On last night’s episode, each of them sang three songs each: Simon Fuller’s choice, favorite song of the season, and their winner’s song.
In case you missed it, Jessica‘s performances are below, and Phillip’s — after the jump! Who do YOU think is going to take home the win?
Jessica Sanchez - I Have Nothing:
Jessica Sanchez - The Prayer:
Jessica Sanchez - Change Nothing:
Keep reading, to check out Phillip Phillips’ performances!Read More
April 8, 2012
Ricky Martin Opens “Evita” On Broadway! — Where Were The Stars This Week?
Ricky Martin looked like a million bucks at the opening night festivities for his “Evita” Broadway gig at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Martin has been working hard and is ready to show off his stage skills!
Kid Cudi spotted on the mic hyping the crowd from the DJ booth at boutique Hollywood nightclub AGENCY Tuesday, as Fernando Garibay, official musical director for Lady Gaga during the making of album “Born This Way,” played an entrancing DJ set.
Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and John Slattery sawing into steaks at Ben Benson’s with NBC’s Brian Williams, Al Roker, Today Show Producer Jim Bell, PR Man Jon Harris and Andy Ostroy of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Ben Benson himself came out to greet the crew, who gathered for a charitable lunch to benefit the Foundation.
CMT star Melissa Rycroft kicked off her heels and slipped into some chic and comfy Crocs at The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend for some much needed R&R with her family – husband, Tye Strickland and daughter, Ava Grace. Ava Marie was spotted in Croc’s Keely shoes in a Navy/Pink Lemonade.
Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal were spotted out and about in the big apple this week. The stud and his pregnant sister walked through Chinatown while the paparazzi captured some good shots! Nothing like some sibling bonding!
Kim Kardashian goes west…no pun intended. The reality star was spotted at JFK airport catching a flight out of NYC back to good ol’ LA! She looked cute and casual wearing a printed white top and a big smile as well!
FOR MORE STAR SIGHTINGS THIS WEEK, KEEP READING… (more…)Read More
April 5, 2012
American Idol Season 11: Top 8 Perform — Micah Jesse’s Peach Picks!
If you haven’t been watching “American Idol” this season, you’re missing out!
MJ agrees wholeheartedly!
On Wednesday night’s performance episode, the contestants were coached by No Doubt‘s Gwen Stefani and Tony Canali, in addition to music mogul Jimmy Iovine. There are strong girls and strong guys — but someone’s gotta R8TE the Top 8! So here’s MJ‘s rundown:
1. Jessica Sanchez – She effortlessly nailed her performance of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” The judges loved it, giving her yet another standing ovation! She is the absolute full package and is ready for stardom… MJ has been calling it for years right here on MicahJesse.com! (Watch the video of me and Jessica meeting in LA in 2008!)
2. Joshua Ledet – He brought power and a whole lot of soul to his performance tonight, singing, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red. Tonight was a real dealbreaker for him. He is in this competition for the long haul. Even J.Lo said it — Joshua and Jessica could be the Top 2!
3. Phillip Phillips – I’m usually really impressed by Phillip but tonight was just “OK” for me. He performed “That’s All” by Genesis — with his brother on stage on the guitar. That was the most adorable thing!
4. DeAndrea Brackensick – Thankfully for onight was a shining night for DeAndre! He sang “I Like It” by DeBarge, which was a great choice for him, because it really allowed him to be playful with both the vocals and his movements. DeAndre shined tonight!
5. Skylar Laine – I was nervous for Skylar to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” made popular by Bette Midler , because that is a tough song to sing — and lots to live up to. Skylar really nailed it and especially brought it home in the end with a very powerful ending. I think Skylar is definitely safe from the bottom three.
6. Colton Dixon – Singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was a great choice for Colton tonight, especially with how he turned a usually female song into a beautifully masculine rendition. I think what Colton lacks is memorability, and that is so essential on this show.
7. Hollie Cavanagh – Holly has an incredible voice, but she just couldn’t catch a break tonight singing “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” the great theme song by Irene Cara . She had plenty of pitchy moments but the overall consensus was that she was stiff. The judges suggested that she not listen to criticism from the mentors so much so that it affects her performance. Hollie really needs to let go a little if she wants to stay in the competition.
8. Elise Testone – She’s got a powerful voice so I don’t think anyone questioned it when it was announced Elise would be singing “I Want To Know What Love Is,” by Foreigner. However, her performance tonight fell short of everyone’s expectations (especially after an amazing week last week), with lots of pitchy vocals. I think she is 100% going to be in the bottom 3 tomorrow. But will she get sent home? If so, I’m going to assume the judges will use a save on her. Let’s wait and see!
March 29, 2012
American Idol Top 9: Top 5 “Peach Picked” Performances Of The Night! — VIDEOS
American Idol is getting GOOD again y’all!!
If you haven’t been tuning in, you’re really missing out. We’ve been on the edge of our seat every Wednesday and Thursday since the competition got down to the Top 12, to watch all the performances and anxiously wait to see who America sends home. The competition is stiffer than ever this year with so many incredible voices, but MJ is going to start posting the top performances — in cased you missed it!
On Wednesday night’s performance night the legendary Stevie Nicks was on hand to give her musical advice to the Top 9 contestants… and thankfully many of the contestants took it!
Here’s Micah Jesse’s Top 5 Performance Picks of the Night – Top 9!
#1. Jessica Sanchez – “Sweet Dreams”
#2. Phillip Phillips – “Still Rainin”
#3 Joshua Ledet – “Without You”
#4 Elise Testone – “Whole Lotta Love”
#5 Deandre Brackensick – “Sometimes I Cry”Read More
March 15, 2012
Jessica Sanchez: “Turn The Beat Around” On American Idol! — VIDEO
The theme of Wednesday night’s “American Idol” show was songs from the year the contestant’s were born…
Although the judges didn’t give her a standing ovation like they did the last two weeks, they still said it was a good performance…and they LOVED her FANCY PANTS! (Which happens to be one of this season’s hottest trends!)
While it may not have been Jessica’s “strongest” performance, according to judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, it’s clear Jessica is still a fan favorite and some are saying she is the clear winner of the competition, and it’s only the Top 12!
Tune into “American Idol” tonight to see if Jessica makes it to the next round!
Watch Jessica Sanchez sing “Turn The Beat Around” on last night’s “American Idol!” below:Read More
March 2, 2012
Spotlight Feature: Get To Know Hot New Pop Star — Carishma!
Pop singers are a dime-a-dozen, but it isn’t every day you come across one like Carishma, who has the seductive beauty of Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and J.Lo!
MJ is always scouring the ‘net for young talent and it’s safe to say – Carishma is worth getting to know! So, we caught up with the Jersey girl about her career, her musical inspiration, what it was like working with Timbaland, and so much more!
Get to know Carishma:
I loved recording that song with Rodney Jerkins. I feel like it’s a really relatable song about first love, so to see it connect with so many people has been really exciting. At the same time, I am at the beginning of my journey so I am looking forward to putting out some more music and showing people other sides of myself. It was also great to work with someone as talented as Taj Stansberry, the video director. He also did J.Lo’s “On The Floor,” which has the 2nd most views of any music video on Youtube. He was great to work with, and really helped bring my vision to life on screen. It really portrays what my romantic night on a beach would be.
MJ: Tell me what your life is like now?
My life really hasn’t changed. I work really, really hard. I worked really hard during college at NYU and having recently graduated, I’m working just as hard at music but I love it so much more! Having a career in the music industry is a lot more work than most people think it is. It’s not just photo shoots and talking to media. I’m in rehearsals, in studio, recording and writing songs, doing vocal coaching, learning choreography, talking to my lovers on fb and twitter, and to bloggers like you!Read More
March 1, 2012
Jessica Sanchez Gets Standing Ovation — Singing Jennifer Hudson’s “I Love You I Do” — VIDEO
America…who’s next — on American Idol season 11?
Randy Jackson: That girl can really sing. One of the best of the last 2 nights.
Jennifer Lopez: The whole things is beyond your years.
Steven Tyler: You’ve got exceptional timing. Your voice is perfect. They need to pay you the next time you sing the National Anthem for the Chargers.
…and there you have it! MJ called it!
February 21, 2012
Who Will Make It In The “American Idol” Top 24? Find Out Tomorrow Night!
Have you been watching “American Idol” this season?
On tomorrow night’s episode, the Top 24 contestants will be revealed… and based on this new promo commercial, we have a sneaky feeling our homegirl Jessica Sanchez is going to make it!
MJ always knew Jess would make it big — we called it from the get-go!
This 16-year-old has been chasing her dream since she was in diapers… and this isn’t her first time auditioning in front of national audiences. When she was 8-years-old, she performed on “America’s Got Talent” and just a few short years later she tore down the house at “Showtime at The Apollo.”
She truly deserves this more than anyone, so be sure to vote for our pal!