The reaction to the news of California high schooler Jeremy Tyler's plan was as predictable as it was tired. The New York Times reported Thursday that Tyler, a 6-foot-11 junior at San Diego High, plans to skip his senior year in high school to play professionally in Europe. In two years, when his high school class is one year past graduation, he'll return to the U.S. and enter the NBA draft.
Think you've got what it takes to win American Idol? Can you see yourself as the next golden-throated superstar adored by millions? Confident you could survive Simon Cowell's insulting jibes and mean-spirited put-downs?
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Phillippi Sparks for the magazine's Q&A.The former NFL star is the father of American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Here are additional excerpts from their interview:
Blake Lewis looked strangely serene when his adversary, Jordin Sparks, was declared this season's American Idol on the May 23 finale of the Fox primetime hit. Surely, Blake saw this coming. After the previous night's sing-off, American Idol's troika of judges - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - had all but crowned Jordin themselves.
Although Jordin Sparks was overcome with emotion when Ryan Seacrest announced that she was the sixth American Idol, she still managed to talk to reporters when the show ended. After sharing her win with her family, getting her makeup touched up - and meeting Bette Midler! - she spoke backstage at the Kodak Theatre about winning, paparazzi and what's next.
At least 29.5 million "American Idol" fans watched the finale of the hit talent show as 17-year-old Jordin Sparks was crowned the youngest winner yet in the program's history, preliminary numbers showed Thursday.
Blake's VIP Treatment Thirty minutes before the show started, Blake Lewis, rockin' his performance gear, made an appearance in the FOX VIP room in the Kodak Theatre lobby. The room lit up as the finalist was escorted in, looking cool as ice despite having to get onstage and take on Jordin Sparks moments later. Blake, who was all smiles, greeted guests, shaking hands as he made his way around the room.