Video: Rihanna Rocks ‘American Idol’

Rihanna transformed from pop star to rock star while performing her new single “Rockstar 101” on Wednesday’s “American Idol.” The singer picked up a black electric guitar and gave us a taste of what we can expect on her upcoming “Last Girl on Earth” tour.

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40 Comments

  1. Giamma

    She rocked! I told ya baby!

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  2. Isis

    YAWN….BORING!!! EVEN WITH THE COSTUMES, SMOKE AND BACK UP SHE IS LACK LUSTER!!! JUST STRUTS AROUND LOOKING CUTE…I WANT MORE FROM AN ENTERTAINER!

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  3. Over?

    Wow I’m not a fan of Rihanna at all but she KILLED IT! That was an incredible performance!

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  4. ayee

    shheee craneeedout on black guitar fuckin in love with ririri cant wait till the tour is she coming to md or DC please sayyy yeaahhhhh…………………badest bitch in heels right there

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  5. RUDE BOY

    SHE FUCKIN SLAYED!

    THIS ABOUT TO FLY UP THE CHARTS ON iTUNES!

    HER VOCALS WERE FLAW-LESS!

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  6. idruski

    That Bitch fucking Slayyed! I cant wait for the Tour. She was on total diva fucking mode on Idol! Threw that God Damn Mic Like What?

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  7. Tracie

    Wouldn’t buy a ticket to her show if she was indeed the Last Girl on Earth! She was just walking around…I’m sorry that performance was all about props, costumes, theatrics not talent…who mad?

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  8. ayee

    no talent doubt it i bett all the haterz watch american idol just cause she was on their to knit pic ery little detail will see how much tickets talent sale cause best beleive riri got it!!!!!! though it did have dry moments its was innovative and her vocals was on all i can say is YES YES!!!!

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  9. ayee

    OOOO TO ADD WATCH RIRI COMMENTS GO FROM 4 TO 40 IN A MATTER OF HOURSSS LOL WERE THEM GIRLS TALKIN TRASH WHERE DEY WHERE DEY AT WHERE DEY AT

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  10. Joyams

    I love her but not a good performance.

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  11. Giselle

    Tracie, why you comment if you didn’t like it? LMAO! Some people are really dumb. You’re just making Rihanna more famouse by keeping her name in your mouth.

    Awesome performance!

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  12. jr

    yea Rihanna rocked it but she should have choosen a different single than Rockstar 101. I’m not sure if it will do good with radio play but I still think she should’ve have release Stupid In Love as the next single.

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  13. just no

    ^ stupid in love would’ve been a stupid choice imo.

    FIREBOMB >>>>>

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  14. sagb

    i thought te amo was the next single??

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  15. Tu Madre

    Rihanna, please come to Utah. :)

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  16. HAHA

    Everytime yall say her song will flop, it reigns! “Rude Boy” #1 for 4th week in a row. I know the
    haters are in rage!And y’all know most of you don’t even watch American Idol anymore and only tuned in to see the QUEEN! U MAD?

    By the way, let me give an early thank you to the haters for making this post a future “most read stories of the week” on Rap-Up.com

    “That Rihanna Reign Just Wont Let Up!”

    STAY MAD!

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  17. YUUUUUP!

    Everytime yall say her song will flop, it reigns! “Rude Boy” #1 for 4th week in a row. I know the
    haters are in rage!And y’all know most of you don’t even watch American Idol anymore and only tuned in to see the QUEEN! U MAD?

    By the way, let me give an early thank you to the haters for making this post a future “most read stories of the week” on Rap-Up.com

    “That Rihanna Reign Just Wont Let Up!”

    STAY MAD!

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  18. Lisa Reynolds

    I’m a huge fan of Rihanna but this absolutely sucked!!! and wtf is up with choosing this ear wrenching song as the next single?! Where is Firebomb, Te Amo, or Cold Case Love?!?!

    Common Rihanna!!

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  19. Kyle

    Her label is really tossing around the song for the 4th single. First it was “Photographs,” then “Te Amo” and now “Rockstar 101.” I love the song but I don’t think it’s single worthy. They should have left it at “Photographs.”

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  20. Lisa

    I’m a huge Rihanna fan but that was awful!! And wtf is up with choosing that ear wrenching song as the next single?! Where is FIREBOMB, Te Amo, or Cold Case Love?!

    Common Rihanna!

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  21. Baron

    How is she going to headline a tour when she looked tired by the end of this 4 minute clip?? I think she needs to get her weight up – eat better, start working out, do some endurance training.

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  22. Will

    Photographs should have been the next single. It would have been the perfect song to sing live at American Idol and also as a 4th single. Hard and Rudeboy are both uptempo club bangers and this next single should have been a slow layed back song that people can relate to.

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  23. Chet

    rihanna looked HOT and her swagger is on point, but this girl seriously lacks substance. oh, and amerie played the guitar first.

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  24. Kyle

    After just watching this performance I feel bad for Rihanna. I just don’t think she was meant to really perform. Her songs sound good on CD, but she has never been able to bring them to life onstage. That was not a good performance IMO.

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  25. ARIES79

    GOOD PERFORMANCE…. I’LL BE GLAD WHEN THE HATERS REALIZE SHE IS ON TOP BECAUSE SHE GOT MORE FANS THAN HATERS

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  26. YUUUUUP!

    LOL at the guy who said Amerie played the guitar first. That was really funny! You mean she’s the first YOU’VE seen play it first. You are pathetic to think no one else can play a guitar excpet one singer SMH!

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  27. An0thrDream

    I Love rihanna’s singles, but lately her performances have been extremely boring. She isnt giving any heat since Rated R has came out, cept for Russian roulette

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  28. bijan

    This song is garbage

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  29. hk

    that was boringgggggg

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  30. ybg

    That was great!! wish i can c her in concert. com to s.a fast!

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  31. theresa_keys

    shes always been a good girl. although people are meant to evolve in their music hers was kinda fast …….. she went from light to dark in just one album….

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  32. Hahahahaa

    Her performance was horrible, she lacks in the performance area……..I indeed would not buy a ticket even if she was the last girl on earth, i rather be stranded.

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  33. love me or hate me

    not good at all. rihanna needs to understand that even if she play instruments performing live. she still is terrible as a perfomer. rihanna dont seems to understands that she’s the problem. she cant seems to get in the zone with her own music, performance. so you can bring all the circus with you riri but you have to work on yourself first. some people say she was great. but they dont seems to know what a true performer is. but maybe she just cant, maybe its time to accept that she cant do better.

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  34. ella

    HHHHHAATTERRSS SHUT THE F.UP RIHANNA IS #1

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  35. hahaaa

    Hahaa i dont know what yall were watcing..she slayed alright..in a bad way..that guitar performance look a mess..her vocals were not good at all and all she does is strut around bobbin her head..she has NO stage presence..call me a hater but im bein soooo serious!

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  36. Phoenix_Wright

    It was ok, I loved this song. Only half of the album was good. It seems like she is this and her last 3 singles were wisely chosen. The Guitar part….dry! lol

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  37. rhea20

    i luve riri…buh i didnt like this performance…she ruined the guitar she jus kept playin one note….buh shes done better

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  38. jessef

    rihanna killed it.. i love her

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  39. amy

    ummm..the guitar?ok.rih.sit down honey.lol.

    if ur not gnna actually play it.dnt fake it.it makes u look stupid.

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  40. dan

    as if rihanna played the guitar…

    love rihanna and her album, but this is such a wrong choice for a single! te amo, or even better photographs…they have great summer vibes

    dont even know why thinking about another single…rude boy can be her next umbrella, she should let it last a little…

    rockstar is not a single, an ok album song at its best…with a little luck it will be a top 20

    i respect her for always trying different things, people dont acknowledge, maybe cause they dont like her…but she always does something different….

    but sometimes i dont know what happened to her, she came first with those dance songs and little moves and now she does nothing, except for rude boy
    i believe she could dance if she wanted, at least she can move, her whining is absolutely hot

    but sorry, this is a step backwards…from going to the sunny side with a new style back to the dominatrix thing

    and please chose te amo as a next single and shoot a sexy video with katy perry being your lover!

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