Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Caleb Johnson’s third time on American Idol was the charm. The 23-year-old rockstar from Asheville, N.C. native beat 17-year-old Michigan singer Jena Irene Wednesday night, as the 13th season winner. During the final episode, the two performed Queen’s We Will Rock You, No Doubt’s Just a Girl and Bryan Adams and a flame cannonContinue reading “Caleb Johnson wins American Idol Season 13”

Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Southfield-native Malaya Watson went home from American Idol last Thursday following her Wednesday-evening performance of “Through the Fire.” The 16-year-old vocalist  got to the top 8, and in doing so, made history as the youngest finalist of all time. Through the experience, she said she’s developed as a musician andContinue reading “Malaya Watson, youngest finalist in ‘Idol’ history, reflects on experience”

Elimanted ‘Idol’ contestant Ben Briley talks experience, future

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit On Thursday night, Ben Briley became the first male contestant eliminated from American Idol season XIII. Briley said his song choice (Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets”), which broke away from his traditional country performances and spotlighted his piano skills, was probably the reason he was eliminated. While it disappointedContinue reading “Elimanted ‘Idol’ contestant Ben Briley talks experience, future”

Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit Emily Piriz, 18, was eliminated from American Thursday night, March 6 following her performance of “Stars.” The Florida native said her parents and boyfriend were her biggest support system, and she enjoyed being on Idol. The experience and constructive criticism, as well as many new friendships, are what she takesContinue reading “Emily Piriz eliminated from American Idol, reflects on experience”

The Pit Podcast: Episode V

Interviews I did with an American Idol contestant Malaya Watson and  Pixies drummer David Lovering appeared on the fifth episode of The Pit Podcast. Episode V of The Pit: Podcast features The Pit’s Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Sokol interviews American Idol’s Detroit contestant Malaya Watson as well as David Lovering from The Pixies. The Pit Crew returnsContinue reading “The Pit Podcast: Episode V”

SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It may have been her first time competing, but Michigan musician Malaya Watson, who will advance to the next round of American Idol Season XIII after her performance of “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin on Wednesday night’s episode, said her audition went well. “At the time it was nerve-wrecking, but it wasContinue reading “SOUTHFIELD RESIDENT ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF AMERICAN IDOL”

Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Vocal professionals and amateurs can step on stage and compete for a chance at $500, in the third annual Oakland County Fair Idol competition. “I think a lot of the fairs are struggling to keep up with keeping everything modern. (Fair Idol) is taking something that’s popular on televisionContinue reading “Oakland County Fair Idol brings music contest downhome”