Idol Headlines 1/12/09

Faux fights and other à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ clichà ©s

Intentionally awful auditions

Talent competitions and bad auditions go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  bad just isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t bad enough anymore. Sure, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  viewers have seen loads of would-be singers overestimate their talent and warble their way through à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Unchained Melody,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but the camera loves someone whoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s willing to take awful to the next level. Enter the intentionally bad hams of show. They know they canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t carry a tune, but thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not going to stop them from a shot at gruesome televised glory. And why should it? Season threeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s William Hung translated his ear-splitting à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“She Bangsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  audition into a three-record deal.

MSNBC

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Can Fox’s ‘American Idol’ do it again?

The question each January, as Fox readies the premiere of its mega-hit reality show à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is whether à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  hold on viewers will finally begin to soften.

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been the No. 1 show among adults 18-49 a record five straight seasons, the most since demographic ratings were introduced 20 years ago, pushing Fox to first place in the demo the past four years.

Yet signs of softening are there.

For the second straight year, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  declined among adults 18-49, with its Tuesday edition slipping 9 percent, from an 11.7 rating to a 10.7, and its Wednesday edition falling 14 percent, from a 12.0 to a 10.3.

Media Life

5 Weirdest “Idol” Top 12ers

By now, you should be loose and limber for Tuesday’s big American Idol kickoff, which we’ll celebrate right here with our award-winning live Pop Life Idol Chat & Spring Cotillion. In recent days, we’ve tackled the 5 Worst Idol Top 12ers and the 5 Best. We’ve called each other names; we’ve bonded over misplaced aggression and Constantine Maroulis’ come-hither sneer.

And now, because I didn’t have anywhere else to put my incandescent favorite Idol contestant of all time, my surly scream-queen with Elsa Lanchester’s ‘do, I present to you the 5 Weirdest Idol Top 12ers:

Tampabay.com

It’s baaack! ‘American Idol’ kicks off Tuesday on Fox/Ch. 13

Didn’t “American Idol” just end? Didn’t we just ride a huge wave of David Archuleta-mania that crested when the Utah teen finished No. 2 on America’s No. 1 TV show?

Well, it has been almost eight months. And we’re getting set to do it all over again.

And, crazy as it sounds, the odds of having another Utahn make the finals are actually higher than they were a year ago because more Utahns auditioned. Which comes as no surprise given that “American Idol” brought its auditions to Salt Lake City last summer.

Deseret News

1/12: Kara DioGuardi song list, Fantasia gets house back

Kara DioGuardi has a vast array of hits under her belt as a songwriter. Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a sampling of her work. I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t embed videos yet so I have to do the good olà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ link thing:

AJC.com

‘TELL ME TO MY FACE’

IT took a few weeks for Kara DioGuardi to find her rhythm as the new judge on “American Idol” – especially when it came to dealing with Simon Cowell.

“Simon would say, ‘Oh she’s talking too much, she’s this, she’s that,’ so I had to pull back a bit at first,” DioGuardi, 38, told The Post.

“I kept thinking, these people are very successful, and they’re a big part of making the show such a huge success. I didn’t want to upset them and I didn’t want to come in and upset the balance of the show to the point where it breaks up the magic, but at the same time, I had to figure out a way to be myself.

NY Post

American Idol Experience Attraction Tour

The American Idol Experience Attraction is currently in cast member previews at Disneyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hollywood Studios and no photos are allowed. That means ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very difficult to get pictures of the theater and set design. I hear the design looks just like the real thing from the popular TV version of American Idol.

But over the last few weeks, I have been able to walk around and get some great shots that give you a great idea of what youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re going to experience when you do get to see the show.

Up above you see the Marquee for the attraction. It features a giant screen that will be used to broadcast the shows when the theater fills up. It will probably do that frequently as the theater capacity is not that big for a show of this magnitude.

The Disney Blog

David Cook Talks About The American Idol Experience

WDWNewstoday

American Idol Finalist Sings Hawaii’s Praises

With “American Idol” about to launch a new season, the timing couldn’t be better for Season 3 finalist and “Maui girl” Camile Velasco to get on the bus — in this case, Marriott’s Spirit of Aloha tour bus. She will be their headliner promoting Hawaii on a 25-day West Coast tour, starting tomorrow (Jan. 12) in San Diego.

Velasco, whose debut album “Koy” is due out in March 2009, also has had island airplay of her single “Guava Jelly” with Stephen Marley, released in October (click on her MySpace page for samples.) Along with representatives of Marriott Resorts Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines and the Polynesian Cultural Center, she’ll be making a number of public and media appearances during the bus tour; check her MySpace page for the day-by-day locations and times. (And if you haven’t seen Velasco since her emotionally shaky exit on “AI,” you should know she’s calmed her nerves — and her curls — and finessed her urban contemporary sound.)

SFGate.com

Grease: The True High School Musical

Other reality show veterans pull up the hype-slack. Taylor Hicks, winner of “American Idol” season five plays the crooning Teen Angel complete with his trademark microphone and harmonica. Hicks injects exciting star power and unique vocal style into an otherwise conventional production. It would have been nice if Hicks could have performed without the microphone, as it sometimes made it hard to understand his words (assuming you don’t already have them memorized).

Broadway World

Kelly Clarkson Talks Radio One

Kelly Clarkson (in Nanette Lepore) signs some autographs for fans after being interviewed by UKà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Radio One in London on Sunday (January 11).

As the 26-year-old original American Idol champ said, sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s in town to do some promo work for her new album, All I Ever Wanted.

Just Jared

‘IDOL’ SETTLES

CHARLOTTE, NC – Attor neys for Fantasia Barrino agreed over the weekend to settle a debt with a Florida creditor to prevent the “American Idol” star’s $1.3 million home from being auctioned off today.

“Assuming the promised payments all get paid as indicated, we will be satisfied,” said Larry Goldman, the lawyer representing creditor Broward Energy Partners. “I didn’t want to take her house.”

The 24-year-old singer owes the Florida company $65,000 – money she borrowed in 2006 to pay back taxes she owed the IRS.

NY Post

Idol Chartwatch, January 12: Idols Drop on Billboard Charts

With nothing much new on the charts this week and slumping post-holiday sales, all the Idol albums took a dive on the Billboard charts this week. Read on for more.

Foxes On Idol

Life after à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is back this week. With a new season comes new faces, voices and a few changes.

But fear not fans and thwarted contestants. Win or lose, thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s life after à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idol.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Just ask Season 2 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  veterans Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis and Trenyce Cobbins. Studdard won the second season of the super-popular reality show in 2003. Davis was disqualified the same season following a controversy, but has made a career in theater and performed in Broadwayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Rent.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Cobbins, known on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as Trenyce, was in the final five that season.

Now the trio have reunited on stage and are starring in Tuesdayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s production of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Misbehavinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of UNC-Pembroke. They are part of a five-person cast with Studdard playing the ebullient Fats Waller.

Fay Observer

As Lythgoe Presents Superstars, He Admits, “I Miss Idol”

Nigel Lythgoe knows reality competition shows. As an executive producer of both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, the U.K. native has helped spur dreams of stardom worldwide. The producer’s latest baby, Superstars of Dance, (Mondays, 8 pm/ET, NBC), has joined the performance show playing field with a global spin on the genre.

TVGuide.com

ETA:

American Idol 8 kicks off with new judge in lineup

Local TV channel Quality Television (Q-11) expects to score huge ratings numbers once more when it airs the much-anticipated eighth season of the popular talent show American Idol starting tomorrow (Jan. 14).

Simon Cowell

Q-11, a subsidiary of listed GMA Network, Inc., gained a strong audience following after it got the rights to broadcast American Idol in the Philippines last year. Before Q-11 took over, the former Associated Broadcasting Co. (ABC-5) had been airing the program on local free TV since 2004.

Q-11 will broadcast the show via satellite starting with a four-hour, two-part season premiere tomorrow night and the following night (Jan. 15) at 6 p.m. The channel will then broadcast American Idol every Wednesday and Thursday night at 6 p.m. with encore telecasts the same night at 8 p.m., and on Saturdays at 5 p.m., until a new singing champion is declared on May.

Bworldonline

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a straight shooter,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ new à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ judge promises

When Kara DioGuardi’s dream of rock stardom didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t materialize, she switched gears and became a songwriter, rising to the top to become a go-to tunesmith for music superstars ranging from Celine Dion to Pink. DioGuardi believes her struggles and successes will earn her artistic empathy among contestants and critics alike as she joins the ranks of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  as the hit talent showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s fourth judge.

DioGuardi, 38, joins the familiar trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson when the show begins its eighth season Tuesday night on the FOX network. Appearing live on TODAY Monday, the New Rochelle, N.Y., native told Matt Lauer she will only prick the balloon of an aspiring singerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s dreams if it is warranted.

MSNBC

  • ozarka

    Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music video for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Too Not Over Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is number 2 on AOLà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Top 11 Countdown!
    Congratulations, David!!!! :thumbup_tb:

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    ^Go ALTNOY…

  • hardkandy

    Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music video for à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Too Not Over Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is number 2 on AOLà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Top 11 Countdown!

    Go Archie! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    Yay!!!!New Blog from Archie:

    Hey everyone! It’s me again, and I’m just checkin’ in with you guys here in New York…. eating grapes… haha. I’ve gotten a chance to spend more time with my family lately, and it’s been sooooo nice catching up with them. It’s nice just to hang out and talk, or play video games, or do some music stuff together, or go out for lunch with my brother and sisters. I also got to hang out with my friends, which was also really fun. The governor’s inauguration was so cold! But it was a good experience getting to sing for him again, even though the flag kept like hitting me in the face haha. So Utah time was good. Oh! I’ve also been getting more exercise in, which has felt amazing! I haven’t really gotten the chance to go running and stuff for a while, so I was so excited to be able to fit that in. What made it really fun is I got to work out with my friends a lot, and that made it a lot easier to spend more time at the gym or wherever haha. But yeah. I’m in New York for a performance I have at the Hard Rock Cafe, where I’m doing a small set for Bauer Publishing’s J-14, M and Twist Magazines. I think some contest winners have been invited too! I love New York, even though it’s freezing! I don’t deal too well with the Utah cold or the New York cold, so I always have to make sure the heat’s blasting in my room. After New York, I’ll be heading back to the West coast to LA to do a few more things. But that’s all I really have to say for now. See you guys around!
    P.S. I hope I’m getting better at not rambling too much about things! I’ll keep working at it haha.
    Song for the day: Stranger In Moscow – Michael Jackson

  • ozarka

    Oh, David, ramble away, please!! We like it when you ramble.

    See, I told you guys. I really think that blogging once a week is David’s New Year’s resolution. Lucky for us! Glad to hear that he’s getting some exercise to work off all those cookies and Pad Thai. LOL! Sounds like he’s got some sort of gig going on in LA. I wish he’d tell us about these things. He’s so secretive.

  • SashaB

    Aw, Archie’s in NY. It’s cold here today. Glad that’s he’s so busy and the Hard Rock Cafe is a great venue. Good for him.

  • Jabkmc

    Oh, David, ramble away, please!! We like it when you ramble.

    See, I told you guys. I really think that blogging once a week is Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s New Yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s resolution. Lucky for us! Glad to hear that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s getting some exercise to work off all those cookies and Pad Thai. LOL! Sounds like heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got some sort of gig going on in LA. I wish heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d tell us about these things. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so secretive.

    I love it when he rambles too! But I think it’s the exercise thing that is his resolution…though I’ll take the blogs! haha!

    I think the LA stuff is the recording of the Build-A-Bear song…and maybe doing something with Jordin. The rumor on one of her fan sites is that she will be recording something with David for her new album. Don’t know if it’s true or not…but the rumor is circulating.

  • SashaB

    Hey MJ, I didn’t see this posted on 1/9 in your headlines thread. So I’m adding it here, but apologies if you posted it later. I couldn’t find it. Makes a great point about the non-rivalry between the Davids in their post AI careers:

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¢ They are not competing in the marketplace. Cook’s debut CD is straight-ahead rock, while Archuleta’s is primarily pop, bordering on adult contemporary.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¢ They like and respect each other. Both report a big-brother, little-brother type of relationship that continues through frequent text messaging.

    Bottom line: If you prefer one David or another, please keep in mind that any sense of competition between the two is long over. And when it did really exist, it was a construct of a TV show geared at manufacturing conflict for the sake of TV ratings.

    http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/american-idol/2009/01/09/which_david_was_your_favorite.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    ^Nice one… I really wish fan wars will be over… they are getting anoying and is not like we have the DeLorean to go back 7 months and change the results… kudos to the writer and peace and candies for everyone in Idol Land…

    I think the LA stuff is the recording of the Build-A-Bear songà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Yes!!! Hurry up with that one Archie, I already want my koala singing…lol

  • LK09

    Bottom line: If you prefer one David or another, please keep in mind that any sense of competition between the two is long over. And when it did really exist, it was a construct of a TV show geared at manufacturing conflict for the sake of TV ratings.

    well-said!

  • Trina

    Someone at ESPN really loves them some David Cook! Go to the 6:09 mark to hear Heroes.

  • Jolene

    Someone at ESPN really loves them some David Cook! Go to the 6:09 mark to hear Heroes.

    Trina, that montage is a few days old. It got its own thread right here on MJ’s.

  • May

    I think I would have liked that Seattle times article more if he hadn’t put in the David vs David poll at the end. It sort of cheapened the article a bit and seemed contradictory to what he was trying to preach.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I think I would have liked that Seattle times article more if he hadn’t put in the David vs David poll at the end. It sort of cheapened the article a bit and seemed contradictory to what he was trying to preach.

    To be honest, I saw the article, and then didn’t read it when I saw the poll.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    ^Same here, MJ..

    I don’t know if this has been reported, but David Cook is doing the Patriotic Festival on May 30th (one day after my bday!! – anyone want to buy me plane tickets from Singapore-Virginia? lol)

    SATURDAY MAY 30, 2009

    David Cook

    Event site opens at 5 pm
    Concert starts at 7 pm

    Admission is FREE to all shows.

    Reserve VIP Seating will be available January 24, 2009 for David Cook

    http://www.patrioticfestival.com/performers.html

    Ticketmaster says Reserve VIP tickets cost $50

  • frogcooke

    Crush from the hard rock and his dancing before it because they played the wrong track. hahahaha He lies!!!! Says he cant dance…. my butt!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwru7lZ1sQI

    I’ll be With long intro:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF1rDyEdObs

    ATM:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBJh7XZybFU

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be With long intro:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF1rDyEdObs

    :wub_tb: That intro was really cute…I love his IÂ ´ll Be…

    and is little dancing before Crush was super cute…

  • frogcooke

    That was cute how he kinda stopped in the middle of ATM, he was like ‘are you ok?’ at someone in the front… then he had to adjust his pedal haha

    Altnoy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBsr0MT0MWw

  • sma11ie

    Aww, Archie is getting soooo good and so comfortable with the banter. It’s so jarring to watch Idol reruns now and see such a contrast with how he was on Idol with the interviews. What a difference a few months have made! And I’m jealous of anyone who has perfect pitch. He didn’t have to hit a key on the piano or anything before just launching right into an a capella song. Pretty impressive.

  • frogcooke

    and he probably hasnt done that song in ages….
    —–

    Angels:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrODtpPnnlA

  • frogcooke

    heres just a close up of ill be, no banter.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV4Rg0Q3Dbg

    David was just on the Fox 5 news in NY.

  • frogcooke
  • caringgirl

    That was a really good live version of ALTNOY. I actually love that song.

  • gabam

    Thanks for the links to Archie at the Hard Rock. He kinda rocked out on Crush. He looked so happy and had some cool moves on the stage. Archie can dance.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    It’s confirmed – David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell broke up before the holidays

    In Touch has confirmed the once fairy-tale romance of American Idol stars Kimberly Caldwell and David Cook is kaput. A rep for Kimberly confirms, “Kimberly and David ended their relationship just before the holidays. The couple remain good friends and being very private people, appreciate their privacy at this time.”

    Source: http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/01/idol_breakup.php

  • frogcooke

    Today on itunes both davids, daughtry and jordin’s albums are in the whats hot section.

  • frogcooke

    Virgin Media

    David Archuleta thrills NY fans

    David Archuleta gave fans a night to remember when he played at the In-Tune concert at the Hard Rock Cafà © in Times Square, New York.

    The American Idol finalist gave over 100 lucky readers from J-14, M and Twist teen magazines an exclusive performance, and was joined by rising star Nolan Gerard Funk, who sang songs from his upcoming Nickelodeon TV movie, Spectacular!

    The hour-long special concert, organised by Bauer Publishing’s Teen Group, wasn’t enough for the fans, who screamed for more.

    “I’m very excited,” David revealed on the red carpet.

    “I’m feeling good. I’m a little nervous right now, but it’ll be great.

    “The Hard Rock Cafà © is like a cosy type of setting with a relaxed feel, so that should be fun. Over December, we did a lot of arenas and Christmas shows so this should be nice and not with so much intense pressure. It will be chilled and laidback.”

  • sma11ie

    Kimberly and David ended their relationship just before the holidays

    Interesting that Kim’s rep felt the need to emphasize the timeframe of the breakup– to dispel those cheating rumors, perhaps? Whatevs, I hope this ends the coverage.

  • frogcooke

    david just did altnoy and crush on the piano in the studio on plj morning voice ftw

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    ^Oh Dang It, and I ´m in the work right now…how he dare to do those things when I can ´t listen to it… thank you froggie