Idol Headlines for 03/18/09

Live from the Idoldome: The country battle lines

The countryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s red state/blue state mentality cut a fault line across the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  stage Tuesday night as Grand Oleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Opry night tested the 11 remaining singersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ reverence for the most traditional of American genres à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’- country music.

Many performers no doubt delighted à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  red state voters by kneeling at the altar of country standards; but others tempted the wrath of down home audiences with shocking re-interpretations that promised to please the bluer ends of the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  spectrum. But in the end, it was those who performed between the two colors that seemed to carry the day.

LA Times

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Phil Stacey blog: Who was ready for the Opry?

Anyone familiar with my work knows that I am a big fan of country music. So it should come as no surprise that I was incredibly excited to hear Lil Rounds, Danny Gokey and all the others battle it out with songs from the Grand Ole Opry.

I have been incredibly honored to perform several times this past year at the Grand Ole Opry. As Vince Gill told me the first time I approached the Opry platform, the exact same excitement rushes through your veins no matter how many times you take the stage.

LA Times

Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re Live-Blogging The Top 11 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Performances!

Forget St. Patrickà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Day, happy à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  day! Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s my favorite time of the week – live-blogging à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¨Ãƒâ€š  Tonight à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is celebrating the timeless tunes of the Grand Ole Opry, and when I say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“timelessà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  I mean old. Like, real old. Like Melinda Doolittle old. (Heard her debut album yet? Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got mad soulà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦for a sixty year old.)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¨Okay, not fair. Contemporary artists like Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis and Brad Paisley are all considered à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Opry Stars,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  so no matter how à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  tries to disguise it, tonight is basically à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Country Night.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Last weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s double elimination was bittersweet. On one hand we trimmed the fat of Jasmine Murray, who was so boring I fell asleep writing this sentence, and Jorge Nunez, who I boldly predicted would win à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  this season. Ha! My fortune-telling technique is as bad as Lauren Conradà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s. (Watch last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Detoxà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to figure out what Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m talking about. Shameless plug.)

MTV

‘American Idol’ recap: ‘Opry’-tunity knocks!

I’ve got a hideously early flight to catch on Wednesday morning, and so all day long I’ve been telling myself: ”No dilly-dallying tonight, Slezak! No Google image searches for galloping ponies. No pre-ordering Allison Iraheta performances off iTunes. No disrupting Annie Barrett with IMs asking her how far along she is with her Dancing With the Stars TV Watch. Focus on your writing. Give a run-down of the Grand Ole Opry Night performances à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  in order of preference à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  hit the save button, finish packing, and try to get some sleep!”

Entertainment Weekly

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ judges come down hard on favorites

On Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported the rumor that the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  judges and producers have already decided on their favorite choices, and are going to make sure that Lil Rounds, Alexis Grace, Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey make the final four.

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doubtful thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s true, because the show would have so little to gain and so much to lose by doing so, but it doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t take someone wearing a tinfoil hat to wonder if the judges saw the story and decided to be more critical of the quartet on Tuesdayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Grand Ole Opry night, just to be on the safe side.

MSNBC

My Adam Lambert Obsession

I was always obsessed with American Idol, since I wanted to be a rock star but possessed not an ounce of the required talent. Then I swore it off when two lesser talents defeated the phenomenal Melinda Doolittle and I threw the television against the wall, which at least forced me to buy a new flat screen. But a friend emailed me Adam Lambert’s performances of the Stones’ “Satisfaction” and Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” and my obsession is back. Somebody help me.

Huffington Post

Danny Gokey’s Glasses American Idol Contestant Has Large Collection of Eyewear

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – If you’ve been watching American Idol at all, you know there’s a lot of buzz about Danny Gokey. The Milwaukee native has a great singing voice, but Beverly Taylor tells you there’s something else about him getting a lot of attention.

FOXnewsnow6

‘Idolatry’: Jorge Nunez on ‘Idol’ subtitles; Jasmine Murray on Bikini Girl

The first two evicted members of American Idol’s top 13 stopped by Idolatry HQ yesterday afternoon to talk about their experiences on our nation’s favorite televised talent competition. Jasmine Murray was as poised and polished as she appears on TV. Jorge Nuà ±ez was as charming as you’d expect. And while neither one would dish which remaining contestant they’re hoping/expecting to take the season 8 crown — sorry guys, I don’t buy that you’re both rooting for all 11 equally! — they did spill a few interesting little beans of info. I asked Jorge about the way Idol’s producers subtitled his brother (despite the fact that the guy spoke perfectly intelligible English) and what really brought him to tears after his semifinal performance. Jasmine, meanwhile, revealed why she didn’t sing a Rihanna track for Wild Card Week (even though Kara DioGuardi specifically asked her to do so) and how she kept her head above drama during Bikini Girl’s Hollywood Week meltdown. Press play below — Jorge is up first; Jasmine’s segment automatically plays afterward — and enjoy!

Entertainment Weekly

Jacko on ‘Idol’?!

Will the King of Pop make an appearance on the King of Reality TV competitions? “Extra” went to the source for the answer — Mr. Simon Cowell! Plus, which contestant is the tough judge rooting for?

ExtraTV

‘American Idol’ keeps the faith

After “American Idol” finalist Kris Allen first stepped onto the stage of the Fox singing competition, the 23-year-old college student later confided in his pastor that feeling the warm stage lights and seeing the eager audience looking up at him reminded him of only one thing: going to church.

Two weeks into the finals, and religion is playing a big role for Allen and many other singers this season on the popular show. More than half of the remaining 11 finalists have regularly performed at places of worship. Three of those six contestants à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  including Allen à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  have worked as worship leaders at their respective churches back home.

SF Gate

‘American Idol’ Christianity Story Gets Heated Reaction – ‘What does their faith have to do with singing?’ one commenter asks.

We learned two things about “American Idol” fans last week when we ran a story on how this year’s show features more Christian-affiliated finalists than ever before: Most of you don’t care what religion a singer is as long as they’re good, and the rest of you think even pointing out religion on “Idol” is “absolutely outrageous.”

Hundreds of comments flooded MTV.com and other sites that re-posted the story, and they ran the gamut from “good job!” to, well, not so good job. (Comments have been edited for grammar, clarity and length.)

MTV

Carrie Underwood Now Acussed Of Supporting Domestic Terrorism

After announcing that she would be donating a portion of the profits from sales of her new song, a version of Mà ¶tley Crà ¼eà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Home Sweet Home, to The Humane Society of the United States, pro-hunting groups came out of the woods to condemn the decision.

We first heard from Rick Story, vice president of the U.S. Sportsmenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Alliance, who called the HSUS a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Now, a new article on American Daily under the category of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Terrorismà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is claiming that Underwood and American Idol are directly funding domestic terrorism.

Can these people fall any further down the proverbial rabbit hole?

ecorazzi

Motley Crue And Carrie Underwood To Team Up In The Future?

The rest of us may have been surprised when Carrie Underwood covered the Crà ¼e classic, “Home Sweet Home,” for “American Idol,” but Sixx wasn’t. The bassist told the magazine that he was almost featured on the song alongside the country superstar à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and despite their musical differences, he’d love to work with Underwood in the future.

“I think we both want to write songs together. She writes pop songs and I think I’m a pop songwriter, however the songs are performed.”

MTV

Bay Haven Idols

Students at bay Haven Charter Academy got a special treat Tuesday morning as a couple of American Idol Finalists, Melinda Dolittle and Phil Stacey paid a visit to the school.

The two entertained the students with a brief performance and later made an appearance on the schoolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s TV station as well as taking time out to sign a few autographs.

Panhandle Parade

‘American Idol’ launching trading card line

LOS ANGELES (AP) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  “American Idol” fans will soon be able to trade Carrie Underwoods for Danny Gokeys.

“Idol” production company FremantleMedia and trading card publisher Upper Deck are launching a new line of trading cards featuring images of past and current contestants as well as the judges and host of the Fox singing competition. The 138-card line is set to debut April 21.

“The ‘American Idol’ brand has always been really strong in the interactive space,” said Nora Wong, FremantleMedia senior manager of consumer products. “With the trading cards, it’s an old school way of interacting with the fans. It’s another form of expression for the fans to demonstrate their connection with the show and collect their favorites.”

Six special cards autographed by past “Idols” will be randomly slipped into the five-card packs. Regular cards will feature rejected hopefuls such as William Hung and Nick Mitchell, past winners like Ruben Studdard and David Cook, and popular finalists including Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.

Associated Press

Kellie Pickler Well-Heeled in Las Vegas

March 17, 2009 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Kellie Pickler took part last month in the nominations announcement for this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Academy of Country Music Awards”, slated for April 5 in Las Vegas.

Despite the cityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s reputation, she doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t plan to kick up her red-high heels in the casinos.

“When I go to Vegas, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t go to the slot machines,” she says. “I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t gamble because Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not wasting my money.”

That doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mean she wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be spending some.

“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m gonna invest my money in something I can wear,” she insists. “Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of my favorite places to go because I get the best shoes when Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m in Vegas. That or in New York, but we donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have an awards show in New York, so Vegas is just as good.”

Voting is underway for the ACMà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Entertainer of the Year award. Fans can cast a ballot for Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney or Carrie Underwood at www.voteACM.com.

GacTV

Live Review: David Archuleta in Tempe, AZ

“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta [ tickets ] is a changed man. Long gone is the tentative Boy Scout who seemed unsure of himself on the television show and during his subsequent North American tour with the rest of the Top 10 finalists. That outing, along with his current club jaunt–which hit Tempe, AZ’s Marquee Theatre on Monday (March 16)–have allowed him to come into his own as a performer.

At the Marquee show, Archuleta showed a new side, rocking to the chorus of “A Little Too Not Over You,” pointing at the audience of mostly pre-teen girls and bending down to shake hands with some of them. When the “American Idols Live” tour kicked off in Glendale, AZ, last summer, he merely stayed put, mostly behind a piano.

After a set by Irish rocker Leslie Roy, Archuleta burst on stage to screams, signs and flashbulbs to sing “Touch My Hand.” He bounced to the beat and waved to his crowd of screaming girls, who no doubt were hoarse by night’s end.

Live Daily

VIDEO: Idol Confessions with Elliott Yamin

Season 5′s Elliott Yamin sings from his latest album and talks about livin’ the dream after “Idol.”

LA Times

Where Are They Now?

Keep clicking to find out where your fave “Idol” contestants have gone!

ET Online

Ruben Studdard shoots ‘Together’ video in Nashville

Ruben Studdard spent yesterday in Nashville shooting a video for his single Together at the new nightclub Fuse.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I do a performance in the club, and youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see these two workers here that have a relationship,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  says American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s second-season winner, who makes the single available as a download today. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“It goes through the complexities of whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going on with them.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

USA Today

Taylor Hicks Tickets — Totally Worthless

It’s not a charity show, it’s not a fundraiser … Taylor Hicks concert tickets have now been reduced to a whopping $0.00 — and it still hasn’t sold out.

The season five “American Idol” winner was originally scheduled to perform at The Roxy on Sunset tomorrow night — for $36.50 a ticket. But in the last few hours, a bunch of tickets wound up on goldstar.com — a website which claims to offer ticket discounts because, “Not every show sells out, so instead of letting seats go empty, venues list them with us to sell to our members.”

Now, instead of offering the usual half-price discount, Hicks tix are being given away for nothing … nada .. zip … zilch … except an $8.75 service fee.

TMZ

GMA’s Reigning Female Vocalist Of The Year, Natalie Grant Brings The ‘Make It Matter Tour’ To Multiple Cities This Spring

GMA’s reigning three-time Female Vocalist of the Year and Curb recording artist, Natalie Grant, will hit the road this week for her spring “Make It Matter Tour.” Sponsored by The Revolve Tour, HearItFirst.com and Grant’s Home Foundation, the tour will also feature American Idol finalist and Brash recording artist Chris Sligh, Word recording artist Meredith Andrews, and will introduce new recording artist Evan Milby.

Kicking-off March 19 in Columbus, Ohio, the “Make It Matter Tour” is slated to hit St. Louis; Baltimore; Indianapolis; Omaha, Nebraska; Elkhart, Indiana; and Asheville, North Carolina, among other cities before concluding April 26 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. One of the most noteworthy tours in Christian music this season, the March 22 stop in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is already sold-out.

Breathcast

Update: Clay Aiken to appear on 30 Rock

The Claymates are definitely in for a special treat as it was confirmed on Clay Aiken’s website that he will be appearing on the season finale of 30 Rock, slated for May 14th. Not sure what his role will be, but I’m betting that it has something to do with being related to Jack McBrayer’s character, Kenneth.

Clay is known for his quit wit and comedic timing. He just finished his second stint on Broadway’s Spamalot in January and fans are anxiously awaiting his return to the spotlight.

Examiner.com

Belinda Carlisle Go-Gos home on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Dancingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

A change of pacing: One of the advantages of the new à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“dance-offà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  format is that the show moved much more briskly through the dancers who were safe. By little more than halfway through the show, they had whittled it down to five, and then to two who might go home and would participate in a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“dance-offà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to try to improve their judgesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ scores: Belinda Carlisle and Steve Wozniak. This meant less time spent on glowing red lights and drawn-out announcements and throbbing drumbeats just to get to the final two. It also meant not too much false suspense over whether, for instance, Melissa Rycroft was going to be eliminated.

MSNBC

Carrie Ann Inaba blogs ‘DWTS,’ week 2

Tonight, despite the very sad departure of Belinda Carlisle (whose music I am a huge fan of — I used to choreograph numbers in my dance class to “Circle in the Sand”), I have never laughed so hard. When Bruno held up his paddle backwards, it was so funny to me. I’ve held up the wrong paddle once before, for Tia Carrere when she danced with Maks. I had to hold up an “Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sorry” paddle the next night. It was so embarrassing, but we laughed about it, and tonight, we laughed again. We are like family up there, the three of us.

Popwatch

Contestants Talk Strategy Backstage at ‘Dancing With the Stars’

ET is behind the scenes with the contestants after week two of “Dancing With the Stars”, find out how they felt about their performances and what they are planning to do to kick it up a notch in the weeks to come.

Julianne Hough tells ET about her plans to get Chuck Wicks more involved in their routine based on the judges’ suggestions.

“The criticism is so harsh this year,” Julianne says. “We’re still fifth position which is still a good place to be, there’s still room to grow. Next week they said they want to see more him dancing so I think I’m going to sit on a stool for the first half of the dance. I’m just gonna sit, he’s going to dance and do his thing.”

ET Online

DWTS’ Belinda Carlise: “My Spirit Isn’t Crushed” After Being Booted

Belinda Carlise, the first contestant to be eliminated off the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, isn’t sad she got the boot.

“My spirit isn’t crushed. I’m fine. Totally fine,” she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

US Weekly

ETA:

‘American Idol’: On the scene at the Top 11 performance night — special appearance by Carrie Underwood!

There were barely any celebrities in the audience at last night’s American Idol Grand Ole Opry show — other than Randy Travis, in fact, I only counted Rich Sommer, i.e. the adorable bespectacled ad man in Mad Men. But that didn’t really matter, because pretty much the biggest current bold faced name at Fox was in the house: That would be Peter Rice, the newly announced head of the network (and the man behind Fox Searchlight’s improbable top-grossing Oscar darlings Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, and Slumdog Millionaire). When I entered the Idol stage at CBS Television City, Rice was up at the judges’ table, getting a tour of the Thunderdome by Fox’s head of reality TV, Mike Darnell, like a newly crowned sovereign overseeing the most valuable duchy in his kingdom. And then, dear readers, Mr. Rice took his seat across the aisle from me. I know insider scoop about Fox executives isn’t exactly top dollar info for most Idol fans, but you gotta understand, watching the show next to Rice was a bit like getting to sit next to (mixed metaphor alert!) a Roman emperor taking in his first gladiator brawl at the coliseum. Would Peterus Ricerus give a thumbs up to Adam Lambert, or would he perhaps throw his favor to the likes of Michael Sarver?

Entertainment Weekly

  • frogcooke

    Washington post

    Idol’s Twangy Grand Ole Opry Week

    Please, Jesus, take the wheel. And the remote, too.

    Just when we thought the PTSD flashbacks were finally subsiding from Dolly Parton’s acoustic acrylic fingernail performance of “9-to-5″ last year, it’s Grand Ole Opry Week all over again on American Idol.

    And when guest mentor Randy Travis reckons right off the bat that the best he can do for these 11 Idolette finalists is “teach ‘em to train horses,” we know it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    more at link, they go through each contestant.
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    Rolling Stone

    Adam Lambertà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Bizarre Johnny Cash Cover Is the Talk of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Country Week

    American Idol à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the show that will honor itself with trading cards (we kid you not) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  honored country music last night, bringing in Randy Travis to teach the kids a few things about getting to the Grand Ole Opry. Lesson one: dudes in nail polish are not welcome. And thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s about as far as the lessons went. Whoever gets through elimination will be on the Idol Summer Tour, so prepare to see a lot of Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud and Kris Allen. But before we get to the rankings à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    more at link, they also go through each person
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    Nj Star Ledger

    American Idol, Top 11: Country/Grand Ole Opry Night

    I was at the United Nations for most of this evening to attend the special “Battlestar Galactica” panel (to be blogged about tomorrow), and when I got home I raced through tonight’s “American Idol,” skipping over most of the judges’ comments and other fluff and primarily just watching the songs. Song-by-song breakdown coming up just as soon as I catch the flu…

    more at link, also goes through each contestant.

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

    lol I got a shout out in Jim Cantiellos live blog:

    Three minutes to go! Nowà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a good time to shout-out my favorite comment from last week. It was a tough one to pick, what with one commenter complimenting the picture of my adorable cat, but flattery doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get you everything, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“cruzceleste.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  So instead…

    Now my goal for this season is not to my favorite Idol to win but to be “the comment for the week in Jim Cantiello`s blog”…

    ETA.
    I wasn ´t trying to flatter Jim, but I really love cats… and Jim ´s cat is really cute…

  • weareallinnocent

    LOL Way to go, Celeste!

    Dear Alexis, if you survive the night as you should, please cut, enlarge, and paste Slezak’s letter to you on every available surface in the Idol mansion as a constant reminder of what to do from this point forward. Yours truly, Fellow Memphian.

  • sma11ie

    Every contestant should read Slezak’s blog. He had a good point about Adam’s singing faces too. I liked that performance, but think he should tone down the faces a bit.

    My favorite bit from Slezak:

    And we witnessed some of the most dramatic coughing since Nicole Kidman came down with the consumption in Moulin Rouge!

  • poporange

    Congrads Celeste!

    TMZ-ouch! That is soo passe’ I know they do it for hits..I do believe the guy will be blamed for the Titanic now..The sad thing others jump on the bandwagon and no one derseves that treatment when not warrented..Just because they do not fit the “norm” does not mean others do not like thier style..AI is a little a fault ..

    Elliott -glad for the new cd and he is a class act and defends his freinds ..thankful evert day he got out form under 19…

  • lefty

    I have yet to successfully post a link, but I’m gonna try.

    Elliott singing FFL on Richmond station morning show here.

    He was in studio for a good long interview and sang 3 songs. Lovely acoustic versions.

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

    ^Yay for you Lefty, I just click your link and it worked well…

    Congrads Celeste!

    LOL Way to go, Celeste!

    Thank you guys…. ;D

  • Lu

    Cool for you Celeste!!!

    Lefty – I heard that interview live this morning. Elliott sounded great. He’s all over Richmond radio stations doing interviews today. We Richmonders love it when he’s home!!! :)

    ETA: I’m less than ecstatic about getting to see Carrie on idol tonight but maybe a duet with her and Randy will be interesting.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Entertainement Weekly’s American Idol on the Scene:

    Entertainment Weekly

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Mr Slezak was really on point this time. His letter to Ms Grace was really darn good advise. I never got the “dirty” and how that really helped her. Of Slezaks grades I would only change Adam’s grade to an “A” and Megan’s to a “D”.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    What exactly is the value of the red state/blue state false dichotomies, such as the latest from the LA Times? If anything, I thought Obama’s victory was supposed to be a rebuke against pigeonholing individuals or liberation from blanket assumptions about any group.

    I’m a conservative Christian who lives in a red county in a blue state. I think Adam is the best AI singer ever. If you believe you are more qualified to tell me who I am than I am, trust me — you are not.

  • Paula

    TMZ is a sleaze rag site that has continually bashed Taylor. Of course it’s being picked up by numerous bloggers.

  • dv

    Billboard.biz

    Kelly Clarkson Conquers Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

  • Buderschnookie

    What exactly is the value of the red state/blue state false dichotomies, such as the latest from the LA Times? If anything, I thought Obamaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s victory was supposed to be a rebuke against pigeonholing individuals or liberation from blanket assumptions about any group.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m a conservative Christian who lives in a red county in a blue state. I think Adam is the best AI singer ever. If you believe you are more qualified to tell me who I am than I am, trust me à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  you are not.

    Thank you.

    I live in a red state and think these ridiculous stereotypes only serve to drive further apart folks who are very much the same.
    There are some very progressive liberal thinkers in red states, and some horribly stodgey neanderthals in the blues- and vice versa.

    Some of these “writers” are much too busy thinking up new ways to increase their page hits and unfortunately creating controversy does it really well.

  • frogcooke

    celeste, here is an awesome awesome vid of David singing a longer version of como la flor, its close up and great audio!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9GjGbUBg5c

  • http://emmarude65embarqmail.com carroll

    Well, it is not sold out, but the tickets are still for sale.
    TMZ, does anybody believe any of this?

  • sma11ie

    Entertainement Weeklyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s American Idol on the Scene

    Thanks, I was waiting for that.

    Maybe Megan can regain her standing by strategically coughing again, since I don’t seem to recall her once hacking up a lung when the cameras weren’t on. (Hey, I just calls it like I sees it.)

    Hahaha… I love this. I realize I’m hating on Megan a bit, but I’m really sick of her, and decided I am keeping this up until she leaves my screen, haha. I’m enjoying the Matt G love– stealth TCO woot!

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

    celeste, here is an awesome awesome vid of David singing a longer version of como la flor, its close up and great audio!

    Thank you froggie…

    I want to said that I loved Adam yesterday, his performance was very sexy and the arragement was really cool… actually I downloading this one… and this one only (IÂ ´m still not in his side, but yesterday he was really awesome)

  • lefty

    Lu, I’m a VA native, visiting family, and lucked into hearing that interview this morning. He did sound great … I so love Elliott.

    And weareallinnocent, hello to you from another fellow Memphian. :) I also could not agree more with Slezak. Kara is starting to creep me out with all that “dirty” talk.

  • abbysee

    I want to said that I loved Adam yesterday, his performance3 was very sexy and the arragement was really coolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ actually I downloading this oneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ and this one only (I ´m still not in his side, but yesterday he was really awesome)

    I love ya cruzceleste! You’ve got great taste.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    American Idol: Will the Judges Save Alexis Tonight?

    Just yesterday, an “insider” told the Daily News that American Idol producers had already decided on a season finale between annoying widower Danny Gokey and the usually excellent (though charisma-lacking) Alexis Grace. But on last night’s episode, Alexis performed a strange arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” that seems to have impressed no one, eliciting some of the harshest reviews of the evening (Simon told her it was a “sound-alike” and that people would forget about it in ten minutes). And now, according to the generally reliable DialIdol, she may have received the fewest votes last night.

    New York Mag

    Idol Worship: Best To Worst Of Country Night

    Well, well… Maybe American Idol isn’t so predictable after all. Here we are, only in the second official week of the competition, and the tide is turning. A couple of favorites impressed in this Top 11 round, but many more fizzled. And, in an unexpected twist, some who we were ready to write off (ahem, Anoop), came back with guns a-blazin’ on Grand Ole Opry week. Of course, nothing could compare to the jaw-dropping flameout that was Adam Lambert, which will stand among the most memorable Idol moments ever (and not necessarily in a good way). Read on for our best to worst ranking…

    Jaded Insider

  • flicker

    Ken Levine cracks me up. Apologies if this has been posted already — I don’t see it, but I miss stuff sometimes.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-levine/iamerican-idoli-country-w_b_176251.html

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Phantom of the Opera on crack.

    Now I’ve heard it all….

  • weareallinnocent

    ^^^Hey there, lefty, or should I say, Howdy Neighbor! LOL Love the internet. You feel like everyone’s an alien life form living on a distant planet, when they’re way more likely to be the gal or guy next door. :-)

  • oceana

    I love Slezak. Especially:

    Allison Iraheta: I worry about Allison. Because when you don’t have an enormous fan base, and you get stuck performing second, and then Simon accuses you of looking like you’re struggling to remember your words, and you get further shafted with bizarre camera angles and wonky lighting, sometimes it’s hard to stay out of the bottom three. But all my Idol night terrors aside, I thought Allison’s ”Blame It On Your Heart” was raucous and good-humored and beautifully gruff. Paula had a point that the Kool-Aid-haired teen might want to experiment with all the shades of her vocals, but in the end, I found myself agreeing with (cue additional night terrors) Kara (”You could sing the alphabet!”) and Randy ”I thought it was dope!”)

    Alexis Grace: Dear Alexis, Look, your rendition of ”Jolene” wasn’t perfect. You seemed to botch every fifteenth note or so, perhaps because you seemed to be trying a little too hard to prove to the judges you’re worthy of the season 8 crown. But honestly, you need to ignore those four overpaid tools behind the table, because they are playing some kind of sick game with you. Kara would like you to cover ”Last Name” or ”Before He Cheats” and ”bring out the angst” in your voice? Because a song about a green-eyed beauty stealing your husband is, what, too peppy? And because you’d want to draw comparisons between yourself and Idol’s most popular current hitmaker? Dial 1-800-Hell-No! Furthermore, Simon was totally wrong: Your rendition sounded nothing like Dolly Parton’s original. And if America gets it right and sends you through to the top 10, don’t feel like anyone other than Kara wants you to bring ”more dirty” to your performances. With mild to moderate concern, Slezak.

    I mostly agree with his grades but was surprised he put Kris first. I must be missing something with him.

    Kris Allen: A-
    Anoop Desai: B
    Adam Lambert: B
    Allison Iraheta: B
    Matt Giraud: B
    Alexis Grace: B
    Danny Gokey: B-
    Lil Rounds: B-
    Megan (Joy) (Corkrey): C
    Michael Sarver: C
    Scott MacIntyre: C-

    If Alexis goes home tonight it would be a shame but I also wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. I just think it’s weird how the judges keep telling her what to do, especially telling her to get dirty. What’s up with that? I don’t get it.

    ETA: “Phantom of the Opera on crack.” LOL that’s good. A very demented Phantom of the Opera.

  • LK09

    Oceana- I like Alexis, but I am not that thrilled yet about anyone. The only big reason I think it would be a shame if she goes tonight is that there are at least a couple of others who don’t deserve to go on tour instead of her and who definitely IMO weren’t better than her last night, namely Michael and Scott.

    The comments on the EW article are very interesting- a lot of dislike for Adam. It seems to me like Adam is going to do what he wants to do and he feels people can take it or leave it. I kind of like that attitude. He is who he is, and he is not going to change just to win people over. He probably won’t win, but I think he will have a large fanbase and he will get a contract anyway.

    Did anyone notice how much Danny was up on dialidol? I think he has tons of the evangelicals voting for him. Those numbers make it look like he is bound to win. Maybe things will change, but that is what it looks like to me.

    ETA- BTW Cruz- It’s cool that you got a shoutout! I did see a video of a girl who got “Arch Angel” tatooed on her leg.

    BTW- I think the red state/blue state statement in the LA Times article is ridiculous. You can’t pidgeonhole any part of the country when it comes to music.

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

    I actually think that the one that will be voted off tonight are Allison or Megan… If it is Allison I hope the judges save her… I don ´t care about Megan (Joy) at all..

    I love ya cruzceleste! Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve got great taste.

    Thank you thank you very much… after tatooing my back with “I ´m Arch Angel Forever” (j/k) I can ´t lower my standards this season…. I have to live up to my reputation ;)…

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I just think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s weird how the judges keep telling her what to do, especially telling her to get dirty. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up with that? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it.

    I think it’s weird that she continues to contemplate doing it. Who does she want to please – the judges or the audience?

  • frogcooke

    REally nice review of the Ponoma show, OC Register

    David Archuleta debuts his solo show
    ‘Idol’ runner-up a solid performer in Pomona on Tuesday.

    David Archuleta bounced on stage at the Glass House in Pomona on Tuesday and gone was the shy boy who finished second on “American Idol” last season.

    Oh, sure, the 18-year-old still has a bit of the golly-gee-whiz about him: nine different times Archuleta told the audience how awesome they and the night were. (We’re so awesome that we actually counted each awesome!)

    But there’s a confidence now that you seldom saw on “Idol” and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ what’s this? à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ a showmanship that seemed far more mature than what you remembered from his TV appearances.

    And, of course, there’s still the voice that won him so many Idol votes, a pitch-perfect, pure instrument, which regardless of how you feel about the flavor of pop-rock to which he applies it, cannot but be admired.

    they have pics too

    more at link

  • ohnonotagain

    I like Kelly, but…if memory serves me right DC’s first week of his album sold 279,000 and entered at # 3 !!!!

  • soundscene

    I like Kelly, butà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦if memory serves me right DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first week of his album sold 279,000 and entered at # 3 !!!!

    DC had the advantage of releasing close to the start of the holiday season, when sales are higher overall.

  • oceana

    LK09, I hear ya about Alexis, she doesn’t deserve to go home and it would be a shame, but I guess I’m not invested in her.

    As for Adam, yes he is who he is, and we can either like it or not. I wasn’t sure what I thought about him but I think it’s crystalizing for me that I don’t like him more than I like him. I see him and Danny as two extremes at opposite ends of some pole. They are caricatures, OTT in their own ways. I think they’re both overrated. Adam reminds me of horror movies, which I’m not into. And Danny acts like a buffoon and is not a very good singer.

    It’s not an exciting season for me and it’s funny how they seem to go every other season like that. But of these contestants I find myself rooting for the non-outrageous ones like, as of now, Matt, Allison, and now I have to add Anoop. I’d love to see a finale of these three. But will Idol go for the loudest and most shocking over quality? This season seems more overtly manipulated than ever before, so they very well might.

    I have to get this in–two hours is too long! They are taking too long between contestants, the judges are talking too much, and they are not all that interesting. The show is just too much about the judges.

  • oceana

    I like Kelly, butà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦if memory serves me right DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first week of his album sold 279,000 and entered at # 3 !!!!

    I don’t think it’s a fair comparison. DC had just won Idol and had a lot of momentum just coming off the show, which helped his first week sales. This is Kelly’s 4th cd, which is a different thing. She did this on her own, without much help from Idol (well she did have an appearance but it’s not the same thing). Kelly has established herself as a multiple-platinum artist. I can hope that DC will have similar success, or something approaching it, but I wouldn’t use that particular comparison.

  • LK09

    Regarding the two hour show– I cut my two hours by using TIVO. Even going fast through the comericals seems long. I also cut out the Ryan banter after the judge’s comments.

    I once saw the “Rocky Horror picture show” when in High School, and Adam reminds me of that.

    I am not sure TPTB would let those “boring” people in the finale this year, even though those “boring” people from season 7 are doing very well and will likely have great longterm success. I guess maybe idol though, is all about ratings, not about subsequent success.

    frogcooke- I thought it was interesting that the OC register article said that Jason Castro was at the concert and that the crying girl was there and everyone was taking pictures of her.

  • sma11ie

    So next week’s theme is Motown or something? Anyone know what comes after?

  • Jabkmc

    Frog – more from the OC Register about DA’s concert last night.

    http://soundcheck.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/18/set-list-david-archuleta-at-the-glass-house-in-pomona-on-tuesday/5339/

    That David Archuleta show last night was awfully crazy, I wish we taped it. After tearing off his shirt and smashing a bottle on the floor, he picked a up dove and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  wait, my bad, different concert, or maybe a really freaky dream.

    David Archuleta was as nice as ever in his solo concert debut in California, selling out the Glass House in Pomona and offering a set that showed off his pipes without being overly showy.
    In our review we more or less concluded that with stronger songs à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  a lot of these tend to the bland, lyrically speaking à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the kidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got a future in this biz.

    You can read the full review here. For a complete list of the songs he played, read onà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦
    Main set: Touch My Hand / Barriers / A Little Too Not Over You / Somebody Out There / My Hands / Works For Me / Waiting For Yesterday / Covers medley: One (U2) / You Gotta Be (Desà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ree) / Love Song (Sara Bareilles) / Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Yours (Jason Mraz) / To Be With You / Como la Flor (Selena cover) / Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Let Go / Zero Gravity / You Can / Crush

    Encore: A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton cover) / Angels (Robbie Williams cover)

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    Wow, the “Archies” are a devoted bunch!

  • houstonrufus

    Aww, that is so cool that Jason was at Archie’s show last night!!

  • lefty

    ^^^Hey there, lefty, or should I say, Howdy Neighbor! LOL Love the internet. You feel like everyoneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an alien life form living on a distant planet, when theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re way more likely to be the gal or guy next door. :-)

    lol … so true.

    I just think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s weird how the judges keep telling her what to do, especially telling her to get dirty. Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up with that? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get it.

    I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s weird that she continues to contemplate doing it. Who does she want to please – the judges or the audience?

    Exactly. Maybe that’s why I’m not connecting with her … she’s too busy trying to connect with the judges. Or something.

  • widz

    Exactly. Maybe thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s why Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not connecting with her à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s too busy trying to connect with the judges. Or something.

    Was just going to post something like this. Haha.
    ITA.

  • Keel

    Bwah! Ken Levine (Huffington Post) is awesome:

    I must admit though that although I enjoy Country music I’m not an aficionado of it so I apologize if I don’t get all the titles exactly right.

    Texas redneck Michael Sarver sang “Don’t get my girl confused with my horse”. . . .

    Adam Lambert . . . sang “Ring of Fire” but in the more traditional pre-Hitler Berlin cabaret style.

    Allison Iraheta (the Little Mermaid) did a great rendition of “Take my heart but leave the beer”.

    Kris Allen, this season’s tween sensation sang the touching ballad, “If you leave me now I’ll kill your dog”.

    Scott McIntyre did a lovely interpretation of “There’s not enough whiskey in Kentucky to get me to take you home”.

    The judges again scolded Alexis Grace for not looking and sounding like a whore. She sang, “Picking dingleberries”.

    Widower/crooner Danny Gokey did not wow the judges this week with his version of the Carrie Underwood smash, “Jesus, check the oil”.

    Now I feel bad that I missed the whole thing.

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

    BTW Cruz- Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cool that you got a shoutout! I did see a video of a girl who got à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Arch Angelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  tatooed on her leg.

    My mon will cry if I were to get a tatoo… lol…

  • t2

    I read a good portion of the articles and what catches my eye — Phil’s album went up in sales. Anyone have any info on that?

    If Alexis makes it throught this week, I agree with taping Slezak’s letter up so she can view it at all times.

    It is never a good thing to sing to please the judges — just ask Carly.

    Also, Alexis — can you make a copy of that letter for Anoop?

  • yeahyeahsure

    I like Kelly, butà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦if memory serves me right DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s first week of his album sold 279,000 and entered at # 3 !!!!

    Thanksgiving/Holiday sales.

  • TwigLA

    Ken Levine’s article had me laughing out loud.

    I hope Dial-Idol is wrong and Alexis doesn’t get the boot. I actually liked her rendition of Jolene.

    The judges won’t use the save this week. If they did, it would screw up the tour by kicking off two next week. Unless they change the number of people who tour this year.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rjveritas MrRJ

    “Adam Lambert . . . sang à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ring of Fireà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but in the more traditional pre-Hitler Berlin cabaret style.”

    While I thought Adam was spectacular, I find the above comment to be funny to the exteme.

  • blmetsfan

    Paula was on the Johnjay and Rich show this morning and said she believes the theme for next week is motown R&B.

  • cheese

    More on next week’s Motown theme:

    The top-rated television show will encamp at the Motown Historical Museum on Thursday, the Free Press has learned, shooting footage for a Motown-themed episode next week.

    In Motownà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s old Studio A, Detroit icons Berry Gordy Jr. and Smokey Robinson will mentor the showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 10 finalists through a series of Hitsville song selections, sources said. The taped segments will air next week before the contestants perform the songs live on the showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Los Angeles stage.

    Link

  • LK09
  • Tess

    I’m an absolute sucker for MOTOWN. Especially the choreography! This is the genre’ where I think that anything NEWER than 1980 would be crap. I want to hear the original stuff modernized. Bring on Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, the Four Seasons, Little Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, Bobby Darin, Kiki Dee, Rick James…oh the list is endless. Someone could even try and flop with the Supremes and Aretha.

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

    Idolatry: The Poetry of Paula Abdul= lol

    From season 7:

    David.
    You are ridiculous.
    I want to squish you,
    squeeze your head off,
    and dangle you from
    my rear-view mirror.
    (Judging David Archuleta’s season 7 performance of ”Imagine”

  • frogcooke

    haha thats an interesting link celeste. lol

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I read a good portion of the articles and what catches my eye à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Philà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album went up in sales. Anyone have any info on that?

    Several Idol albums landed back on the Billboard charts last week, including Phil’s album and Elliott Yamin’s holiday album.

    I think it’s because of the huge closeout sales at Circuit City last week. I was reading that they had a bunch of Idol albums on sale.

  • AnoopFan

    DC had the advantage of releasing close to the start of the holiday season, when sales are higher overall.

    Uhhh, Kelly also got way more promo

  • latingrl2005

    Kelly also got way more promo

    Kelly has made RCA about $100M, so they should be promoting her more than any other Idol.

  • ggdoorsfan

    The review of David’s performance last night in Pomona (originally posted in today’s OC Register) was just posted in MSNBC:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29756564/

  • frogcooke

    Former ‘Idol’ star visits center

    David Archuleta may sound familiar to you if you are one of the 35 million Americans who watch the hit TV show “American Idol.” On March 15, Archuleta, the second runner-up in last season’s show, surprised more than 20 teens and their families with a special appearance at The Wellness Community – Arizona (TWC-AZ).

    The teens, who are cancer survivors, met and talked with the popular pop star. A group of Make-a-Wish teens also attended the “surprise” event. David’s appearance was orchestrated by a Valley cancer survivor and alumni of TWC’s cancer support programs.

    The teens only discovered the identity of their surprise star guest when they registered for the event.

    Teen cancer support program participant Dani Koenes, 15, who is being treated for a brain tumor, said “I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time.” Archuleta sung his Billboard hit “Crush” and “Angels,” took photos with each teen and signed autographs.

    “David really went out of his way for the teens. He was so kind and caring,” said TWC Teen Counselor Tracy Lentz.

    more at link

  • yeahyeahsure

    Kelly has made RCA about $100M, so they should be promoting her more than any other Idol.

    Yep. The girl has already given RCA so much. She damn deserves every promotion she’s getting (and much, much more). It’s a give and take thing. She gives RCA profits, she takes promotions (and vice versa). Now if she’s a new artist and RCA showered her with all the promos in the world and she can’t even sell that much, then that could be a problem. That’s why most Idols get dropped after a flop 1st album.

  • soundscene

    Uhhh, Kelly also got way more promo

    DC’s promo wasn’t really lacking… in any fashion. Kelly did get more, but it was offset by the time of the year when sales are lower, and the fact that she’s not coming off of Idol and this isn’t her first debut album (so people aren’t all, “omg, wonder what that sounds like”).

  • frogcooke

    Pics from the reno concert from the reno gazette