American Idol 10 Idols, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks And More at Celebrity Fight Night

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The Season 10 Idols meet Kelly Clarkson at Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix AZ tonight!  Kelly is set to perform, and the Idols will also sing in a rare mid-season performance.

Phoenix native, Jordin Sparks is there too. She tweets, “Just met the AI10 top 10. So much talent I can’t even comprehend it!! I love them! Celebrity Fight Night is in full swing!

Over the past 16 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised nearly $65 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities.

Update: Michael Johns (stay tuned for the photo evidence) and David Cook (tweet evidence) are also there tonight.

Update2: Kelly Clarkson will sing a NEW song tonight. Plus Jordin Sparks didn’t sing, but she spoke on stage.

Update3: Casey Abrams is missing from Idol group photos with Mohamed Ali. It looks like he stayed behind in Cali. The Idols jetted back to LA pretty quickly after the show.  Check out 44 seconds of the Idols singing “Man in the Mirror” after the jump.

Update4: Kelly Clarkson performed “Why Don’t You Try” a song written by Eric Hutchinson that she recently recorded in New York.  She also sang onstage with Reba McEntire and Jordin Sparks!  See the photos after the jump.

Update5: No photos of David Cook attending Celebrity Fight Night…yet. But he was definitely there, as confirmed by Naima Adedapo and some others on twitter! Guess Cook wanted to stay under the radar last night….

Update 6: Kelly Clarkson posted on her facebook,  “I had such an amazing weekend! I got the chance to be a part of Fight Night in Arizona and I had such a great time! I can’t wait to come back next year! I made some new friends with some big hearts and it was just a very inspiring weekend. Please find a few charities and/or causes and give your time, heart and/or money because we are all so blessed even when we think we’re not :) have an awesome day everybody!”

Photos of the Idols with Mohamed Ali and more after the jump.

Season 10 Idols – “Man in the Mirror”

attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVII at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 19, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.

@AmericanIdol: “Private plane to Arizona for Fight Night. We could get used to this!!”

@AmeicanIdol: Walking the tarmac…who gets to do that?!?!

@AmericanIdol: “Imagine if Ben Franklin got his way & the turkey was our nat’l bird. Bald eagle is WAY more impressive. STUNNING!”

@TheRealJordin: Yaaaaaay! So fun to meet you all! :) RT @NAdedapoAI10 Anybody know her!? Lol! Yaaaay.

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  • tripp_ncwy

    Jordin Sparks is there too. She tweets, “Just met the AI10 top 10.

    What? Who’s missing or did Jordin mis-count?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    What? Who’s missing or did Jordin mis-count?

    I doubt she took the time to count. It could even be a typo.

  • gigglesmo3

    Apparently David Cook is there, too, according to this tweet:

    @mathewblades: @kellyurich I just ran into #David cook and said hello. He says hi. #fightnight

  • ptslittlecomment

    Don’t see Casey in the photos. He was fine this afternon, held a twitter contest.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Jordin just tweeted another photo of herself with Naima.

    http://yfrog.com/h2mh6aoj

  • kcostell

    If the idols seem tired or underprepared on Wednesday, at least we know why!

  • girlygirl

    so just Kelly and the S10 contestants are performing and the other ex-Idols are just attending…is that correct?

  • Trina

    Woot MAVID reunion tonight!

    Wow Idolpalooza at Fight Night!

  • Buffynut

    Wow! Jordin is all grown up, isn’t she! SEXY!

  • Buffynut

    girlygirl says:
    03/19/2011 at 11:04 pm
    so just Kelly and the S10 contestants are performing and the other ex-Idols are just attending…is that correct?

    I don’t think Casey is there. Can’t see him in that group pic at all.

  • lili_anne7

    Wow! Jordin is all grown up, isn’t she! SEXY!

    Yep. She’s looking fierce. Kelly also looks good in her black dress.

  • milwlovesadam

    Casey doesn’t seem to be on the tarmac. Maybe he needs to rest to stay healthy. The rest of them should too. With all that sickness. Oops. Mom in me coming out…

    Nice to see that Jordin brought her “girlfriends” with her!! That’s quite a dress!

    Kelly with Halle Berry. Very nice. I think I read that Billy Crystal would be there too.

  • Eileen99

    Jordin and Kelly both look beautiful. What exactly is this event?

    Oh, and I just saw the pic of Michael Johns. Verrrrrry nice.

  • platoken

    I want Scotty to meet Carrie Underwood already! Haha, looks like fun though.

  • cjinsd

    Paul McDonald
    Bald eagle awesomeness! http://plixi.com/p/85390029

  • abbysee

    Yep. She’s looking fierce. Kelly also looks good in her black dress.

    Yep, the idolettes are pulling out all the stops. Lovely!

  • Mary102

    Yeah, I’m so confused about what this event is – is it a fundraiser?

  • girlygirl

    yeah it is a fundraiser. no sure for what…possibly Parkinson’s Disease? (that’s what Ali has)

    Hope Casey stayed back in L.A. not because he is sick again, but just as a precaution…

  • tawny

    I believe it’s a fundraiser.

    Sad to see Ali looking so frail.

    Unpopular opinion but I think Casey needs to be DQ’d. He misses too much stuff that the others have to participate in. It’s not fair and it just isn’t looking like he is physically able to handle all that is required of the show.

  • just missed the train

    Poor Casey. I guess he’s taking Crystal’s advice and saying no. Or maybe they are forcing him not to go. The most important thing is that he makes it to the live show but I’m sad for him that he’s missing these cool, once-in-a-lifetime moments that make up the whole Idol experience. But his health is first!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj
  • alison8701

    Paul is never not smiling.

    and just curious, since when is Muhammed Ali so old. it’s like he’s richard Dreyfuss. have you guys seen richard dreyfuss lately?

  • springboard

    If the idols seem tired or underprepared on Wednesday, at least we know why!

    They have too much to do, not enough rehearsal time, and then we get out-of-tune crappy preformances.

  • lulwut

    It is unfair that Casey gets to sit out so many work. I think they want him on tour. Otherwise I can’t see it is fair for other contestants having to sacrifice their rest time and perhaps performance quality to get publicity for the show.

  • cookcricket

    Paul is never not smiling.

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it! imo.

    It is unfair that Casey gets to sit out so many work. I think they want him on tour. Otherwise I can’t see it is fair for other contestants having to sacrifice their rest time and perhaps performance quality to get publicity for the show.

    Yeah, they all look so disgusted about having to be there tonight. I just have a feeling that if you asked each of them what they would rather be doing, it would be Casey saying he’d rather be there w/ the others than the other way around. Who knows, I could be wrong.

  • adrianm

    It is unfair that Casey gets to sit out so many work. I think they want him on tour. Otherwise I can’t see it is fair for other contestants having to sacrifice their rest time and perhaps performance quality to get publicity for the show.

    geez louise. unfair? to whom? to your favorite? casey is not my favorite but c’mon now, the kid’s sick, what do you expect. if anything, life is unfair to him for having a crohn’s disease.

  • abbysee

    geez louise. unfair? to whom? to your favorite? casey is not my favorite but c’mon now, the kid’s sick, what do you expect. if anything, life is unfair to him for having a crohn’s disease.

    Agreed.

  • lulwut

    Other contestants have been sick, too. The show is as much as about this type of work-publicity events, Ford videos, etc as about performances. You can’t pick only the “relevant” or “useful” part. I think it is unfair and if Casey is not a producer’s favorite, he wouldn’t be able to remain in the competition or get break like this.

  • x57x

    Other contestants have been sick, too. The show is as much as about this type of work-publicity events, Ford videos, etc as about performances. You can’t pick only the “relevant” or “useful” part. I think it is unfair and if Casey is not a producer’s favorite, he wouldn’t be able to remain in the competition or get break like this.

    Also this gives Casey more time to practice on his Motown routine this week while the others are on the required promos. The contestants all state that they have to do promos, AND find time to pick their song, work on their routine for the live show, and record their studio version. So what is going to happen on the tour? Will he miss tour dates due to illness?

  • lulwut

    Don’t get me wrong that I “hate” Casey for “my favorites” or something. I feel uncomfortable being jumped on when I didn’t even state a favorite yet. Casey was my 2nd (tied with Paul) favorite going in the finals. Only his latest performance scared me. I was left wondering why judges keep tongue-bathing him rather than tell it as it is. So maybe he is indeed a producer’s favorite.

    Life is unfair to Casey? Life is unfair to the minors who have to do the show, the publicities, AND the 5 hour schoolwork each day. But they manage to get by.

  • x57x

    @lulwut what you are saying is a valid point.Many of the contestants have said that they have to remember lyrics, go through their routine, and have short time to practice, sometimes songs they don’t even know, in a couple of days. Meanwhile at the same time Idol has them doing promos, Ford commercials, meet and greets, and photo shoots.

    Meanwhile Casey can relax back at the mansion, practice, and go over his routine for Motown week while the others have to go shot promos for the upcoming show.

  • springboard

    Meanwhile Casey can relax back at the mansion, practice, and go over his routine for Motown week while the others have to go shot promos for the upcoming show.

    We don’t know for sure what’s happening with Casey. May he is ill again and he needs treatment.
    I agree that it would be unfair if he had more time to practice though.

  • x57x

    We don’t know for sure what’s happening with Casey. May he is ill again and he needs treatment.

    …and maybe he is relaxing and practicing and going over his lyrics and routine. ;)

    Now if there is a report he is back in the hospital, then lulwut has a valid point.

  • lulwut

    If Casey is ill again then my bad. But he was fine answering to fans this afternoon on twitter. #caseycontest

  • adrianm

    Other contestants have been sick, too.

    Please. Don’t equate a contestant having a flu with a contestant having ulcerative colitis.

    I think it is unfair and if Casey is not a producer’s favorite, he wouldn’t be able to remain in the competition or get break like this.

    If there is such a rule that allows TPTB to DQ contestants just because they’re sick and can’t do the “other” functions of being an AI contestant, I would probably agree with you. Though ironically, I find that that would be more discriminatory than what you’re claiming as unfair.

  • x57x

    If Casey is ill again then my bad. But he was fine answering to fans this afternoon on twitter.

    ..but…but he is sick. Apparently not sick enough to have a twitter party.

  • lulwut

    I am not calling for DQ Casey. I don’t want that. I hope he gets well. I am just saying that it is unfair to others.

  • x57x

    Plus…remember that the contestants are going on tour during the summer. Many times the tour dates are right after each other, and the tour is grueling.

    How is he going to handle that if he can’t handle the Idol promos?

  • springboard

    Or perhaps he needs ongoing treatment and they chose a time when it doesn’t have a direct impact on the show like rehearsals, Ford commercial or studio recordings.

  • x57x

    Remember that during the tour the contestants have to ride around on a bus, from stop to stop, performing daily. They perform one night, get on the bus, travel to the next city and perform the next day. Then repeat.

  • alison8701

    I think both sides of the argument are valid. Casey is sick, but the idols are always exhausted because of all their duties… so perhaps they just shouldn’t do this much stuff to begin with.

    I do think though that, right or wrong, if it wasn’t Casey or a favorite they might not be as merciful. If it was Karen or something, I feel as if they would tell her to suck it up. Who knows though. We also don’t know the extent to which Casey’s illness effects him.

    Five hours of school for the minors is a little crazy. I believe in getting an education, but doing all of this is too much.

    but yeah, if Casey can’t manage this, then the tour will kill him. Because it’s apparently exacerbated by stress?

  • Miss Blue

    One of my tenants has Crohn’s disease. She has regular treatments at the hospital. She is tired all the time, is dehydrated on a regular basis, can’t eat practically anything with any flavor, and tries to maintain a cheerful facade through it all. Similar to Casey. Further, these contestants fill out a very detailed application, including health issues. The show knew about his chronic condition and chose him anyway. So it seems they were willing to accommodate his needs if he made the show.
    Further still, this disease causes extreme fatigue. I don’t think he’s partying it up while the other contestants are shooting commercials.On the other hand, I have no sympathy for the time demands of the minors. They also are well aware of the educational requirements before they go on the show. As are their parents.Someone with a chronic illness is considered disabled. If AI would discriminate solely on that basis, they would be violating the law. And I surely would have no respect for them and would stop viewing. Casey is losing out on a huge amount of extra cash so I’m sure he isn’t exactly thrilled with that, nor the fact that he feels like crap most of the time.I would take good health and being tired over his condition any day. I’m sure none of the other contestants would trade places with him.

  • sf3456

    Unpopular opinion but I think Casey needs to be DQ’d. He misses too much stuff that the others have to participate in. It’s not fair and it just isn’t looking like he is physically able to handle all that is required of the show.

    This. Everyone else has to do all of these commitments that have to do with the show. For him to sit out of all of that is not fair. He has to be a producer’s favorite to be able to get away with this. How is he going to handle the tour? A show every other night?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    How is he going to handle the tour? A show every other night?

    Probably. Just like Susan Boyle.

  • Dlynne

    I just noticed how white everyone’s teeth are in the group photo. I wonder if Paul is sharing his teeth whitening secrets with the others. :wink:

    They all look very nice tonight, though. And Jordin has grown up to be a very beautiful young lady.

    I will be very happy if a photo of Cook shows up!

  • TwigLA

    Jordin looks fantastic! as does Kelly. Sad to see how much Ali has deteriorated through disease and age. Parkinsons is such a dreadful disease as anyone who’s seen it in their own loved ones would know.

    I can’t believe the ragging on Casey for not being there. I suspect he’d have loved to be able to hobnob with stars and treated like royalty like the rest of them. Not to mention the added face time and publicity.

    Has it not occurred to you that they scheduled doctor’s follow-up visits and/or treatments during this downtime that precluded his being able to make the flight?

    BTW, where is Lauren’s hospital mask? Isn’t she still on her death bed? Or was that just a prop? What a trouper :::cough:::sarcasm:::cough:::

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think anyone is ragging on Casey, I think people are asking some real questions about his health and if he will be able to do the things he needs to do through the season and on the tour. Anyone who has a serious chronic illness, stress and lack of rest only makes it worse, and Idol contestants have to deal with a lot of both. Healthy contestants get sick and if one get’s sick, very likely everyone will get sick, due to the fact they are living in the same house and will be stuck on buses while touring. Casey don’t need to be picking up every’s else’s colds and viruses, on top of his own health issues. I’m predicting now, somewhere doing season 10, he’s going to have to leave the show, because he’s not doing to be able to continue.

  • jersey

    I don’t think Casey should be disqualified for being sick. It’s not like he’s claiming he has the flu or something. He ‘s been hospitalized. As long as his docs are ok with it, then I think Casey should be allowed to continue as long as possible. If Casey was back at the mansion practicing, then for all we know, it’s to make up for lost time when he missed his practice sessions due to his illness.

    If one of the other idols are concerned about not making it in the entertainment business because Casey Abrams received some unfair advantage, maybe they better find another career because I doubt much is fair in the music industry.

  • Kirsten

    Further, these contestants fill out a very detailed application, including health issues. The show knew about his chronic condition and chose him anyway. So it seems they were willing to accommodate his needs if he made the show.
    Further still, this disease causes extreme fatigue. I don’t think he’s partying it up while the other contestants are shooting commercials.On the other hand, I have no sympathy for the time demands of the minors. They also are well aware of the educational requirements before they go on the show. As are their parents.Someone with a chronic illness is considered disabled. If AI would discriminate solely on that basis, they would be violating the law. And I surely would have no respect for them and would stop viewing.

    I’m not sure I understand your post. No sympathy for the extra time commitments of the minors? Because the minors knew they were minors before they came on the show? Was this disease a surprise to Casey? I thought he knew about it. He too would have known about the time commitments. I’m sorry, I just don’t understand the logic or I’m misunderstanding your post.

    I have sympathy for both Casey and the minors on the show. I do wonder about Casey on tour though. I can’t see how he will be able to manage it given how much of the show events he has missed. The tour schedule is typically pretty rough on even the most healthy. Plus, how does one maintain consistent medical treatment when one is in a new town every day?

    My question is: Doesn’t it seem like there are a LOT more promo events this year than last? I don’t remember them flying out to random events in the past. Sure, there was the odd trip to Vegas or Graceland for the mentor shots, but what is with the Arizona trip? It seems to me they are pushing this year’s contestants a lot harder.

    @AmeicanIdol: Walking the tarmac…who gets to do that?!?!

    Anybody who flies on a dinky little plane or to a dinky little airport.

  • jersey

    I agree, Kirsten. I don’t think they’ve ever done this many extra appearances. I don’t remember them ever performing when it wasn’t for the show. I wonder if TPTB are trying to create more interest in the television show, or if they are trying to get these kids more exposure to benefit them (yeah right). I’m guessing they are using these contestant appearances to generate more buzz for the show. Greedy bastards. “let’s add one more appearance! There’s 2 more free hours! Sleep? They can sleep on the 2 hour plane ride!”

  • Kirsten

    Greedy bastards. “let’s add one more appearance! There’s 2 more free hours! Sleep? They can sleep on the 2 hour plane ride!”

    I’m sure that is what they are thinking.

    I would rather have them have time to practice so that I get an enjoyable show. Plus, then I don’t have to feel guilty, like some Roman watching the gladiators, when one of these kids collapses on stage from exhaustion.

  • Tess

    In season 8, at this time, the idols hopped a plane to Detroit for a whirlwind visit to Motown’s studio…and if I remember correctly someone didn’t make the trip because they were sick.

    Besides, Phoenix is an hour flight from LA (less than a car drive in most LA areas) and they didn’t spend the night….so it wasn’t much different than a fun night out in LA (which all of the idol seasons have had).

    As far as Casey, I’m going to stay neutral on this point with the caveat that if he does make the tour and his “health” becomes an issue that the 11th place finisher get’s an opportunity to step in….that would only seem fair since the “issue” wouldn’t be a surprise like Kat McPhees layringitis was in season 5.

  • Tess

    As far as the minors and their 5 hours of school a day- all the more reason why the age limit should never have been lowered.

    The lowered age limit hasn’t impacted the minors on idol. Anyone without a high-school diploma and who is under the age of 18 must attend “school” per California law. There have been 16 and 17 year olds who have made the finals every year that I can think of. And school isn’t five hours it is three. And their schedule is impacted by the school district they fall under….so if this week was spring break they don’t need to go to school, etc.

    I just hope that the youngins’ understand the importance of staying with their education…some prior idols have given up on school once they turned 18 and still haven’t even gotten their GED (or whatever the heck it is called).

  • Kirsten

    As far as Casey, I’m going to stay neutral on this point with the caveat that if he does make the tour and his “health” becomes an issue that the 11th place finisher get’s an opportunity to step in….that would only seem fair since the “issue” wouldn’t be a surprise like Kat McPhees layringitis was in season 5.

    That is unlikely to happen. In Season 2, Josh was not allowed to go on tour (he was in the Army, part of his pimp package, and Idol knew that he might not be able to tour. It was even possible that his unit could have been deployed while he was on the show). They did not replace him with the 11th place finisher.

    I can see Idol just happily pocketing the money they don’t have to pay Casey and they would never consider lowering the ticket price. I can also see them use it to generate buzz (will Casey be here tonight or won’t he? Idol blogs report from the bus line. His toe was spotted almost emerging from the bus. Conflicting reports has somebody’s sister’s Aunt’s cousin saying that they are sure they saw Casey in the emergency room eating some vanilla pudding. Oo! He’s been spotted in a Starbucks in Van Nuys. But isn’t the tour in Des Moines? Maybe he was at the Starbucks in Des Moines with some guys in a van? I hate twitter. Maybe he will…nope! Cellcert reveals that they are skipping over his set!!!! Later, TMZ will report that he was eating ice cream in a pool in Venus Beach. The Idolsphere explodes).

  • Listening

    What about the minors who have missed an event for some reason Casey isn’t the only person who has had an unfair “advantage”.

    Also to be honest it’s only an advantage if he is in a well enough condition to practice b/c having a what 10 -30 minute twitter party isn’t an indication one is actually well enough to do all that practicing requires, I mean your moving one figure.

    There are other advantages in the contest such as performance order, which producer you get to work with, if your stylist actually makes a good choice in the clothes you wear, if the song you want clears. Advantages are there for everyone like someone said life is unfair. But you know what sometimes it balances out while other times it just dumps all over you. :P

    If Casey makes the tour which is pretty likely if he’s not well enough to perform then he’s not going to. It’s not the first time I believe Katherine Mcphee didn’t perform for a few events b/c of a broken leg. In that case they would simply extend the amount of time someone else got to sing or maybe allow the idols to have more conversation time w/ the audience. Yeah my guess is that the people whom Casey is their favorite would feel sad but would rather let him have the opportunity to perform when is well as opposed to not at all.


    Also I’d like to point out I believe that the producers or who ever is in charge would do the same for anybody not just a favorite if they felt someone was too ill or it was detrimental to their health they wouldn’t make them go to an event. They’re not monsters.

  • Chicagolaw

    I’m sure if Casey was well enough to “practice and run through a routine” he would be on the plane with them.

    I don’t know about other seasons, but in Season 8 they all flew to Detroit during Motown week. And I think they took a trip to Graceland at some point, as well.

  • Falfor

    Casey has to learn to live with this disease for the rest of his life. It is a livestyle change. A 20 year old told no pizza, no strawberries, no nuts, no granola’s, this is a drastic change none of us want to make, let alone make it at 20. Is he getting an unfair advantage on the others who have so much to do. No. I am sure he would rather be doing what the others get to do. I think they are having the time of their life, enjoying the amenity’s and Casey is missing out. Casey has to enjoy without the amenity’s. Not by choice, but by necessity. It is little more than living vicariously. It is better than not having that experience at all.
    Jordan looks beautiful. Mohammed Ali, definitely frail.

  • Hazehel

    In Season 2, Josh was not allowed to go on tour (he was in the Army, part of his pimp package, and Idol knew that he might not be able to tour. It was even possible that his unit could have been deployed while he was on the show). They did not replace him with the 11th place finisher.

    The 11th place finisher, Charles Grigsby, did go on tour, but that was to replace Corey Clark who got disqualified. They chose not to replace Josh with 12th place finisher Vanessa Olivarez, who for some reasons appeared to be not liked by Idol.

    Stuff happens on the show, Idol rearranged the schedule because Crystal Bowersox was sick, Christina Christian missed the result show due to illness, and the Celebrity Fight Night isn’t so important that missing it would be a reason for disqualification. Unless he misses a performance night, in which case he should be disqualified, I don’t think this is an issue at all.

  • x57x

    Pia is so pretty in that photo with Stefano.

  • Falfor

    Pia and Stefano are together a lot. Maybe we have a budding romance here.

  • LadyBeBop

    I am a Casey fan, and hopes he does well on the tour. But I am being realistic. Assuming he gets through this week and makes the tour, if he thinks he will miss more than a handful of shows on the tour, he should bow out ahead of time and let the 11th place finisher take his place.

  • Allison

    The 11th place finisher, Charles Grigsby, did go on tour, but that was to replace Corey Clark who got disqualified. They chose not to replace Josh with 12th place finisher Vanessa Olivarez, who for some reasons appeared to be not liked by Idol.

    I don’t think it was ever made clear who replaced who on the AI Season 2 tour, but it is correct that there was only 9 on tour – 5 girls, and only 4 guys.

    What do you think about this weeks studio recordings?

    I listened to them all, but really there wasn’t much to recommend about any of them. Do a better job or forget about them and concentrate on the live performance.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder: The topic is last night’s “Fight Night” please don’t “change the subject”

  • x57x

    oh, sorry mj

    ;)

  • x57x

    I thought that photo of Reba was Kathy Griffin.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    If you want to discuss iTunes Downloads, There’s a thread for that:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-10-top-12-itunes-downloads.htm

  • x57x

    Also in the photos it looks like James has gained some weight since the start of the show.

    They must be feeding him really good in the mansion, but he looks like he has gained some weight.

  • x57x

    If you want to discuss iTunes Downloads, There’s a thread for that:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-10-top-12-itunes-downloads.htm

    Thanks MJ

  • Hazehel

    I don’t think it was ever made clear who replaced who on the AI Season 2 tour,

    It was actually known at that time. Corey Clark got disqualified at Top 9 and it was understood that Charles Grigsby would replace him by the end of the season. Josh however got recalled quite late, by that time they were already rehearsing for the tour which included Charles Grigsby.

    This is a report from that time –
    http://www.foxesonidol.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article1272.art&page=1

  • Kirsten

    The 11th place finisher, Charles Grigsby, did go on tour, but that was to replace Corey Clark who got disqualified. They chose not to replace Josh with 12th place finisher Vanessa Olivarez, who for some reasons appeared to be not liked by Idol.

    Oops. You are right. I try to forget about Corey. I just remembered that there were only 9 on tour.

  • Suzanne

    whoa. Hazelhel’s got the goods.

    About Fight Night–I guess Jordin Sparks has made peace with the idea of showing her breasts to the public.

    Kelly Clarkson looks fantastic in the black v-neck dress. I thought she’d lost some weight until I saw the pictures in the silver-sequined top. She should have performed in the black dress. She, in that black v-neck dress, looks not bigger than Hallee Berry and Reba McIntyre. It’s clearly a miracle dress . . . and I want one.

  • Suzanne

    Pia and Stefano are together a lot. Maybe we have a budding romance here.

    They are the same age, but he seems younger–like a teen still. Pia and Paul seem like a better match.

  • BootStar

    I’m not sure I understand your post. No sympathy for the extra time commitments of the minors? Because the minors knew they were minors before they came on the show? Was this disease a surprise to Casey? I thought he knew about it. He too would have known about the time commitments. I’m sorry, I just don’t understand the logic or I’m misunderstanding your post.

    I don’t want to speak for the original poster, but I think the difference between Casey’s situation and the teens’ is that Casey has a chronic, lifelong disease. Unless there’s a huge medical breakthrough, this is what life is always going to be like for him. Delaying auditioning for something like Idol offers no benefit because there’s no guarantee it will ever get any better.

    The teens (as far as I know) cannot slow the aging process and will eventually age out of that “disability.” ;-) Waiting would have its benefits, although I can certainly understand why they wouldn’t want to. I have no sympathy for their having to “go to school” for three hours every weekday. I spend more time than that driving my kids back and forth to school.

    Speaking of teens who have grown up, dayum, Jordin looks fantastic in those photos. Kelly looks really good too. (Michael Johns always looks good! I’m assuming that’s his wife with him. She looks lovely too.)

  • claudette

    I think they seem very happy to make this trip. what an experience.

    I think poor Casey needs to be byba bathroom so long traveling with a group might be uncomfortable. i expect he can perform though.

    Lauren was put up in a hotel for her sickness which was real. i feel very sorry for minors and Casey. Its not fair to have same expectations but is a competition.

    PIA is so beautiful. But no to she and Stephano. He is too young and immature for her.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Sorry Casey had to miss out. :( (It was Michael in Season 8 who didn’t make it to Detroit, BTW.)

    Michael Johns always looks great, but wow! His wife, Stacey, looks gorgeous. Would have loved a Mavid reunion.

    Pia is not a favorite of mine (though I think she has a lovely voice) but there is no doubt about it. She already looks like she belongs on the cover of a magazine.

  • BootStar

    She, in that black v-neck dress, looks not bigger than Hallee Berry and Reba McIntyre. It’s clearly a miracle dress . . . and I want one.

    Really! Where can we get that dress? The 12-inch heels that are all the rage play no small part in her transformation, however, and I’d love to know how many injuries are caused by those ridiculous designs. I wish women would Just Say No to fashion like that. What next, foot binding?

    Lauren was put up in a hotel for her sickness which was real.

    Seriously. The CDC estimates that 36,000 deaths occur annually due to flu-related complications. I’m sure Lauren’s mother would not allow her daughter to travel if she were that sick. Lauren’s clearly on the mend.

  • Kirsten

    I don’t want to speak for the original poster, but I think the difference between Casey’s situation and the teens’ is that Casey has a chronic, lifelong disease. Unless there’s a huge medical breakthrough, this is what life is always going to be like for him. Delaying auditioning for something like Idol offers no benefit because there’s no guarantee it will ever get any better.

    I don’t know a lot about this disease, but if it truly isn’t going to get any better, then maybe a life of a recording artist is not something he can have. If the first week of Idol sent him to the hospital for a transfusion and the second week sent him to the hospital for more days and multiple transfusions, can he really survive the kind of schedule that a typical recording artist must follow? The tours, the interviews, the television performances?

    He is very musical, but perhaps he should consider something more stable and localized like teaching? They don’t give blood transfusions lightly these days.

    If he is not going to be able to tour, then I hope Idol is already making arrangements for the 11th place person to tour. The contestants can learn a lot touring and the money isn’t bad either. Plus, it would be a thank you card to that person’s fans (even though they may not have a lot).

  • BootStar

    If he is not going to be able to tour, then I hope Idol is already making arrangements for the 11th place person to tour. The contestants can learn a lot touring and the money isn’t bad either. Plus, it would be a thank you card to that person’s fans (even though they may not have a lot).

    Agreed.

    I think there is some thought that the disease is an autoimmune disorder, and those things can go into remission, but given the nature of his disorder, I think the life of a touring artist is going to be problematic for Casey. I don’t know that one can plan far in advance for those times when it doesn’t flare up.

    I feel bad for him, but I also admire his courage. If I had a condition that required me to be near a toilet 24 hours a day, I think I’d be afraid to leave the house!

  • mmb

    I know two people who gave ulcerative colitis/crohns disease and they have totally full lives, travel the world, completed very stressful graduate degrees at ivy league universities etc etc. They do have big flare ups every few years, sometimes requiring hospitalization. But there is no reason Casey can’t be a touring artist. His flare up is coming at a very inopportune time for him, no doubt. But his condition should not and does not mean that he will be unable to be a recording artist and tour. FWIW the ability to feel well enough for a twitter party does not mean Casey I’d healthy enough to fly/ go to photo op/ rehearse. You can have a twitter party laying down in bed- heck you can have one sitting in the toilet. I wish Casey the best and hope he can get the situation under enough control to remain in the competition

  • tomr

    Jordan looks…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How old is she now? All grown up. She looks AMAZING!!!!!

  • ross

    If he is not going to be able to tour, then I hope Idol is already making arrangements for the 11th place person to tour. The contestants can learn a lot touring and the money isn’t bad either. Plus, it would be a thank you card to that person’s fans (even though they may not have a lot).

    When did he make the Top 10?

  • standtotheright

    I have no particular interest in whether or not Abrams continues (if he’d wanted me to care he shouldn’t have stuffed up SLTS so terribly), but it seems that after Bowersox was hospitalized, the producers were more proactive about handling her abilities and limitations. It seems to me that what we’re seeing now may well be the same thing.

    I very much agree with this:

    His flare up is coming at a very inopportune time for him, no doubt. But his condition should not and does not mean that he will be unable to be a recording artist and tour.

    If he misses a performance, of course he should be disqualified. But this was just an extra gig, and we don’t know how adequate the kinds of accommodations the organizers would have made for him would have been. The show’s producers and crew have more flexibility, as will crew support on the AI tour. (If they can give the kids a touring chiropractor/massage therapist, surely they can also hire a dietitian who works with IBD issues.)

    As for his own potential future tour? That’s why they have riders.

  • Kirsten

    When did he make the Top 10?

    LOL. I’m just assuming. If he gets the boot this week, then there won’t be any more questions about his touring (although, I expect the knoll to go crazy and that there will be a flood of new immigrants to knollville).

    BTW People aren’t in here wishing Casey doesn’t go on tour. They are just saying that IF it is not possible due to health reasons, Idol should take the 11th place finisher. People aren’t wishing that Casey doesn’t have a future in music, they are just saying that IF his health doesn’t allow for it, then perhaps the life of a major label recording artist is not in the cards. It is not worth risking one’s life for and he had multiple blood transfusions. They just don’t hand out blood transfusions like candy at Halloween. He had to have been seriously ill. He would probably have died without them. It’s tough to give up on your dreams, but sometimes, life is not fair. And sometimes, one can realize one’s dreams in another way. Pushing him to risk his life, IMO, shows lack of compassion. It’s just a reality show competition. BTW, Just to be clear, I’m not saying that anybody in this thread is pushing him to continue.

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  • EmmaCT

    I would be fairly certain that Casey didn’t think he “got a break” – not take the private plane, not do a “real” performance, not get the camera time and not be part of the ‘group’ – I think if he missed this trip he would have been really disappointed, not glad to have more time to work on his song…

    It was Megan Joy that didn’t go to Detroit, and I think it was to her disadvantage. Re the tour – I’ve gotten used to 9 idols as I saw concerts missing Amy Adams (season 3), Katherine McPhee and worst of all, the concert Kris Allen was unable to perform at due to illness…

  • halo9125

    Seriously. The CDC estimates that 36,000 deaths occur annually due to flu-related complications. I’m sure Lauren’s mother would not allow her daughter to travel if she were that sick. Lauren’s clearly on the mend.

    Lauren’s mother looks like the typical stage mother to me. I read somewhere that Lauren had a weekly Weds. night singing gig in a restaurant in her hometown. I have trouble respecting a parent who would let her child do something like this.

  • Tess

    I read somewhere that Lauren had a weekly Weds. night singing gig in a restaurant in her hometown. I have trouble respecting a parent who would let her child do something like this.

    Oh, I feel just the opposite. I don’t think there is anything better for kids then to have some responsibility as early in life as best suited to themselves and their temperments. I think it is great when kids have “jobs” whether it be delivering papers or bagging at a grocery store or mowing lawns and shoveling snow. And if a child has a good voice and can get some money for a gig at a restaurant singing…well, more power to them.

    I think there are as many if not more “child” singers and actors who have gone on to really good lives as adults. And I think “stage” parents is often an over-used term…for every “bad” stage parent I could probably name several who were damn good with their kids. Heh, one child actor just won an Academy award and she has been in the business since she was pre-pubescent.

  • karenc

    The thing with Casey, is he isn’t missing anything that is required to be a contestant on the show, he is missing the extra things. So far, he has been able to do his performances and recordings. It might be that he was told not to travel yet.

    I also wonder if this is a new condition or if he had it before he started with the show, and it just flared up from the stress. I haven’t seen anything either way.

    Kind of hope he can continue with the show, and wondering about touring too. Hopefully he can get this more under control.

  • claudette

    Today is Sunday. Lauren was put in the hotel at the beginning of LAST week so as others in the house wouldn’t get it. I’ve heard of many instances of Idols being separated when sick. If she was sick last Monday she may be better.

    I’d love to read where Lauren’s mother is the stage mother from hell. Please direct me to that. Is it just because of the way this southern Georgia mom dresses???

    I think ALL the Idols look so amazing and it’s so much fun to see how excited they are. Concerning Casey, I think the only thing that matters is him singing on Wednesdays.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The thing with Casey, is he isn’t missing anything that is required to be a contestant on the show, he is missing the extra things. So far, he has been able to do his performances and recordings. It might be that he was told not to travel yet.

    I disagree. I am sure all of this is covered under their exclusive 19 contract as part of being on the show. Muhammad Ali is one of their legacy clients.

  • karenc

    Tripp_ncwy:

    But it doesn’t affect him being allowed to remain a contestant on the show. The only thing that really does is whether he can perform on the show night.

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  • blkeener

    BTW, where is Lauren’s hospital mask? Isn’t she still on her death bed? Or was that just a prop? What a trouper :::cough:::sarcasm:::cough:::

    Lauren was definitely sick. She looked ready to pass out on Wed & Thu during commercial breaks. Thursday night she kept leaning her head on Paul’s shoulder.

  • blkeener

    I don’t know about other seasons, but in Season 8 they all flew to Detroit during Motown week. And I think they took a trip to Graceland at some point, as well.

    The went to Vegas last season to be mentored by Adam. I do recall Crystal almost tying the knot that weekend. [Oh how history would have rewrote itself]

  • Grammie Kari

    When Bo Bice, Amy Adams, and Katherine McPhee got sick on the tour, I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t have the 11th place person take their place while they were out sick.

    Didn’t Matt Rogers do some mic work and MCing during Season 3?

    Maybe something can be worked out for the tour that the 11th place person does tour but Casey is in whenever he can be. It may mean he doesn’t perform every night or every city, but his health comes first. Just some thoughts…