Idol Headlines 1/09/09

‘Idol’ tweaks its formula to stay fresh for Season 8

How long can the dominant but aging American Idol keep hitting the high notes?

Television’s top-rated series opens Season 8 Tuesday (Fox, 8 ET/PT) with its hugely popular auditions while trying to freshen a format now well into the TV version of middle age.

Although Idol is expected to easily maintain its No. 1 status, last season’s ratings drop was its biggest yet, Season 7 champ David Cook hasn’t ignited the charts, and some wonder how long a devoted fan base will remain loyal in a medium as fickle as television.

To stem Idol fatigue, the show has made changes: a fourth judge, Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi; an extra week of Hollywood rounds with the return of group performances; and a larger semifinalist field along with reinstatement of the judges’ wild-card picks.

USA Today

Kara DioGuardi happy to croon ‘Idol’ critiques

New American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will figuratively sing some performers praises. For others, she will literally sing critiques.

“For me, it’s so much easier to show them” how their song could be interpreted, the award-winning songwriter says. “That’s what I do every day in the studio when I’m talking to the artist, like ‘Why don’t you try it this way?’ I use my voice to express that.”

USA Today

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In the air: ‘Idol’ No. 8: You know what’s coming

It’s not exactly à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol: Extreme Show Makeover,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but when the eighth season of Fox TV’s reality juggernaut kicks off Tuesday, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  will be singing a slightly re-mixed tune.

Songwriter Kara DioGuardi will be joining Randy, Paula and Simon at the judges’ table. The semifinalist roster will grow from 24 singers to 36, and the wild-card round has returned. It also looks like the show will be devoting less time to the freaky audition episodes, although I am sure they will feel as excruciatingly long as ever.

And that is probably as it should be. Because one of the best things about à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is how dependably disastrous it truly is.


New ‘American Idol’ Judge Kara DioGuardi Insists She Fits In

Being the new kid is never easy, and “American Idol” rookie Kara DioGuardi will have millions of people watching her every move when she debuts on the show Tuesday. So how is the new judge fitting in with the time-tested trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?

“It took a minute to be yourself and also find a place in the show where you weren’t at all detracting from the people around you or inhibiting them in any way,” DioGuardi said in a conference call with reporters Thursday (January 8). “It’s something I’m still working on. I think I’m there”


The Watcher: Will Kara DioGuardi be ‘Idol’s’ second real judge?

In just a few days, the first episode of “American Idol” arrives, and your life won’t be the same until May.

Much of the early-season attention will fall on new judge Kara DioGuardi, who is about to go from moderate obscurity to a spot somewhere between Paris Hilton and Barack Obama on E!’s list of most important Americans.

DioGuardi is not without rà ©sumà ©. She has written songs for dozens of major artists, including Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, and is a talent executive for Warner Bros. records.

OC Register

5 BEST “American Idol” Top 12ers

Hoo boy! American Idol doesn’t start for another few days and already great chunks of the TV-gobbling populace hate my guts. The vitriol started mighty early this year. And you know what? I love it. All’s fair, I say. I attack your dopey faves; you attack doughy bloggers. However, all my friends and enemies, the powers-that-be will delete your comments if you curse up a blue streak. So while you are free to call me fat, “Jabba-esque” even, you can’t modify said zinger with any version of the f-bomb. Trust me: Your comments will have a lot more oomph if they actually stay on the page.

So now, where were we? Ah yes. Yesterday we accurately tackled the 5 Worst American Idol Top 12ers. Today, the 5 BEST American Idol Top 12ers. See? Pop Life is soooo positive! (If you’re wondering who’s gonna be surly this time, we should be hearing from the Claymates…right…about…now.)


The Season Doesn’t Start For Another Few Days, But I Already Have My Favorite “American Idol” Contestant

Meet Adam Lambert, a Los Angeles-based singer who the judges’ panel apparently liked enough to make him go through to the top 50. (Recall that this year, the 36 top candidates will make it to the big stage in Hollywood, as opposed to the 24-member semifinalist casts of previous years.) Lambert’s Jake Shears-meets-Frank N. Furtery version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” is above, and while I am kinda bowled over by its over-the-top, er craziness, I should note that I was one of those people who thought “Take Your Mama” was going to be a massive crossover hit a few years back. Apply your grains of salt accordingly, but do note that he at least isn’t trying to win peoples’ hearts by doing dopey Britney impressions.


UPDATE: Jackson woman to be on ‘American Idol’

Here’s what Blackman Township resident Jessika Baier can say: She’s one of 16 singers who auditioned for “American Idol” in Puerto Rico and got a chance to sing before the show’s four judges.

What she’s not allowed to say until the episode featuring her airs à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  possibly next week during the season premiere à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  is whether Simon, Randy, Paula and new addition Kara DioGuardi sent her to Hollywood.

Baier, 20, won a July talent contest sponsored by Moose Lodge 156, earning a plane ticket to San Juan for Aug. 2 auditions along with 300 others.

She was told to come back to Puerto Rico on Sept. 29. Neighbors chipped in and organized a garage sale that raised $2,000 for her return trip.


Just David

With a non-stop year full of once-in-a-lifetime moments, screaming fans, and a chart-topping, self-titled album, you would think it would faze singer DAVID ARCHULETA, but, as Amy Choate-Nielsen finds out, the spotlight of fame hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seemed to faze him one bit. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still just David.

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 8 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and David Archuleta is standing in a corner of the Los Angeles International Airport talking to me on the phone.

Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got his back turned, a trick he learned to try to stay incognito, and heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s facing the wall, but it only takes a minute for the first person to walk by and happily ask for an autograph. Sure, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on the phone. And sure, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so tired he yawns and apologizes for it about every five minutes. But no, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s no problem to sign an autograph.

The Square Life

Welcome our new Idoltracker — Phil Stacey!

The Idoltracker blog is pleased to welcome a very exciting new member to our team: Season 6 alumnus and country and gospel star Phil Stacey, who will be joining us for the entire season to share his insight from his days in the Idoldome. From Phil we will hear what might be going on in the minds of the contestants, what the pressures are and the thinking behind the critical decisions made each week. We are delighted to have him aboard as part of the Idoltracker family.

And now, without further ado, following is the introductory post of a giant of the Idoldome, Mr. Phil Stacey

LA Times

Celebs Have High Expectations for Obama

Jordin Sparks, perky: “I’m excited to see what he can bring to the country and how he can help the economy while promoting volunteerism. And if he needs a babysitter, he just needs to call me!”


Theater Review: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Greaseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

CHICAGOà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ When we think of “Grease” most of us think: large cast and gobs of glitz. But this musical, written by Chicagoan Jim Jacobs with the late (transplanted to Chicago from New York) Warren Casey, originated as a small scale show. Over the years it has grown into a mega-phenomenon.

The road production that is now at The Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University has gone back to it rootsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ it is just what it was meant to beà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ show-casing strong talent and a cast of high energy performers. A total of 25 actors make up the entire cast.

Epoch Times

Taylor Hicks poised to take post-Teen Angel flight

Taylor Hicks knows how to make an entrance.

The “American Idol” crooner-turned-Teen Angel descends from heaven in a giant ice cream cone for “Beauty School Dropout,” his big number in the Broadway tour of “Grease” (through Jan. 18 at the Auditorium Theatre).

Hicks is fine with heights. Ah, but the hair issue is a different story. It’s a second job, taming his signature gray mop — Hicks started graying at 14 — into a 1950s pompadour. The process takes “as long as it takes from 1950 to 2008,” the 32-year-old singer jokes. “I don’t think it would work in this day and age. I might not have won ‘American Idol’ with a pompadour.”


It’s a perfect weekend for going to the dogs

Calling all dog lovers: This weekend is for you. Bring your friendly four-legged friend and enjoy Seattle Dog Winterfest Saturday and Sunday at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the waterfront while helping raise money for Ginger’s Pet Rescue of Seattle and the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation.

The highlights of the weekend are a meet-and-greet from noon-4 p.m. Saturday with Cesar Millan, of National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Whisperer,” and a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday honoring Millan. The $300-per-person fundraising dinner will also feature a musical performance by “American Idol’s” Blake Lewis and a slide show about Ginger’s Pet Rescue.

Seattle Times

The World Is Complete, Sanjaya’s Long Awaited Album is Here: Listen

The “American Idol” alum who I liked to refer to as “My Little Pony,” Sanjaya Malakar, is releasing his first album with a book to accompany it (why … why not.) His album is called “Dancing To The Music In My Head.” His book, which shares the same title, is being published by Pocket Books and is described as a memoir.

Oh man, this is rich, I can not wait for all the hub-bub to start on this — wait, are we over him, or do we love him? I never know! Either way, this is bound to give me a little guilty pleasure. A ton to talk about with the gals at water aerobics! After the jump, take a listen to a few songs, I promise it’s soooooooooo worth it.

New York Post

American Idol Experience Contestant Preview

There are a couple websites out there talking about what the guest experience will be like for those in the audience at the American Idol Experience, which is currently in soft-opening phase (which means not guaranteed to be open on any particular day and no golden tickets awarded) at Disneyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hollywood Studios. But Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been given a few details from a couple first hand accounts of what the audition and show performance is like from those guests lucky(?) enough to pass the muster.

So if youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re considering auditioning. Heads up. Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s your first look at what youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll need to be prepared for.

The Disney Blog

Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell Attempt To Recapture the Island Magic

After yesterday’s fleshy collection of Steve Martin/Martin Short beach photos, we were feeling charitable toward seaside man-duos (we are not going to say “bromance”…we’re just not.) Then, Ryan Seacrest came along.

This latest addition to the Defamer beefcake collection (of Seacrest and his man-duo partner Simon Cowell jetskiing in the Caribbean) is ideal for those Seacrest fantasists who had always imagined him in his off hours, adorned in nothing but a vest, a saucy, come-hither stare, and something dangling from his lips. Enjoy, and kill yourself.


Simon says try new things

Simon Cowell says American Idol is not an “inherently mean show.” (REUTERS/Fox/Handout)

When Simon Cowell was asked about the notion of the Emmy Awards adding a category for best reality-show judge, he didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sound too confident about his own prospects.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Well, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a good thing, providing I win, and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a bad thing if I lose,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Cowell said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t hold my breath on winning.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Indeed, the subjective nature of the phrase à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“best reality-show judgeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  comes with the word à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“best.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  How might one evaluate such a thing?


Lord Lloyd-Webber: Simon Cowell doesn’t work hard enough with his artists

Simon Cowell should work harder with his artists, Lord Lloyd-Webber has suggested, contrasting his own treatment of up-and-coming talent with that of the X-Factor impressario.

The composer hit out at Cowell after putting identical twins Francine and Nicola Gleadall, who were rejected from the X Factor, into the final of his BBC One show to find a good Eurovision act for Britain.

Cowell, 48, had described the pair as having “the personality of two bananas”. They were ejected at the boot camp stage of the show.

But Lord Lloyd-Webber criticised Cowell’s attitude with some of his artists, saying he had ” a problem”.

He said: “I think the public will fall in love with them. If Simon Cowell didn’t think so, that’s his problem.


Dakota Fanning On Jennifer Hudson: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Make It Through Anythingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

Jennifer Hudson has remained out of the spotlight since the tragic murder of her mother, brother and nephew in October, but her à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Secret Life Of Beesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  co-star, Dakota Fanning, told Access Hollywood that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s certain Jennifer will à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“pull through.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Dakota told Access Thursday night at the Criticsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Choice Awards that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d had contact with the Academy Award-winning actress since the tragedy and would support her in any way needed. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The cast and the director and the producers have just let her know weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re all here for her,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the young actress told Access. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really strong, so I know sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll pull through, but, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really tough.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Secret Life Of Beesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  cast, which also includes Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo, became very close knit during production, said Dakota.

Access Hollywood

Clarkson’s Album Cover, Title, Real Face – Revealed!

Well, here it is! And by it, I mean the cover for Kelly Clarkson’s new album – “All I Ever Wanted.” I am digging this shot of her standing in front of what looks like the wrapper for a Willy Wonka candy treat way more than the one she’s using to promote her single, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You.’

I’m also happy that the rumored album title, “Masquerade,” was just that – a rumor. Plus, it’s nice to see that she eased back on the photoshop this time around.

What do you think of the cover and title for her disc, dropping March 17?

NY Post

Kelly Clarkson Reveals à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“All I Ever Wantedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Album Cover, Amazon Previews First Single

That image up there is the cover for Kelly Clarksonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s new album, All I Ever Wanted, due out March 17th. Earlier this week we reported that the first-ever American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s new LP would be called Masquerade, but we were trusting the Wall Street Journal on that, so donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t blame us. Like the singerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My Life Would Suck Without Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  single, the cover depicts a shiny, happy Clarkson, one ready to step out of the shadows of the brooding My December and reclaim her pop throne. Personally, the image kinda reminds us of another à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“comebackà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  album: Britney Spearsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Blackout.


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  • houstonrufus

    I highly recommend the article in Square Magazine for fans of David Archuleta and/or the curious. Very well done and a terrific photo shoot (probably the best pics ever taken of David) to boot.

  • weareallinnocent

    Season 7 champ David Cook hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t ignited the charts

    Geeezzz, gimmeabreak. Totally unnecessary potshot, and completely untrue, or at least unduly negatively skewed! Let’s see, he has a platinum single that’s reigning powerfully and making a play at history at #1 for the 13th week on AC, a soon to be gold single making its way steadily up the radio play charts, and a debut album released only six weeks ago that has already sold nearly 850K, just to name a few…. What’s a guy gotta do to get some respect nowadays?! :-)

  • JudyOhio

    “Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.”


    I found that quite a statement and a true one. Had there been a less talented winner and/or one that did not go on to gain success in the music business, Idol would have been just another talent show that fizzled out in a couple of years. Instead, AI is in its 8th year and a ratings bonanza.

  • Jolene

    Eh. One of the things I resent in the media coverage for Season 8 is how they try to diminish and downplay last season to either play up the coming one as better (producers, Fox insiders etc), or imply that the franchise is on a spiral downwards (Journalists who are fed up with having to write about Idol).
    Both Davids are commercial success stories as of now, but negative spin is what it is, and that was clearly the intention there.

  • itsalleternal

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’

    I found that quite a statement and a true one. Had there been a less talented winner and/or one that did not go on to gain success in the music business, Idol would have been just another talent show that fizzled out in a couple of years. Instead, AI is in its 8th year and a ratings bonanza.

    If Justin Guarini won season 1, I don’t think there would have even been a season 2.

  • GwendolynD

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    So, so true.

    If Justin Guarini won season 1, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think there would have even been a season 2.

    :laugh_tb: Dude!!!

  • CookifiedTexan

    I noticed that little cheap shot too, weareallinnocent. Kinda ticked me off…. but if they were to praise anyone from last season, then S8 would dim in comparison (and it will anyway, IMO). Whatever.

  • weareallinnocent

    Yeah, you’re right Jolene. Maybe the public is stupid or forgetful enough now to buy that last season sucked and had boring contestants, as opposed to how it was billed last year as the greatest talent evah. But, ya know, I think the world could get on board with, “If you thought last year was great, wait ’til you getta load of this!!” At least that approach would be consistent with their decision to replay THE WHOLE FRICKIN’ LAST SEASON to reignite the fire that burned white hot for last year’s bunch, ya know?

    IDK, this is a consistent gripe for me that the media panders to the stupid and insults the vast majority of its patrons. But, hey, whadda I know? They’ve done their studies and such, so maybe we really are that stupid. :annoyed_tb:

    ETA: Ya know, CookifiedTX, I believe you nailed it. TPTB know this year probably won’t measure up to the last, so the only choice is to diminish the last in hopes of salvaging this one. Still insulting, but at least seems appropriately (if cynically) calculated. LOL Thank you, I feel better now.

  • jumpstart

    I read these articles and just laugh. They downplay past seasons every year in a lame attempt to increase ratings. At this point, they’re simply shooting themselves in the foot.

  • hardkandy

    Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.


    Probably even earlier.

  • mj

    Just wait until Simon begins dissing last year’s contestants during his critiques. And he will. It’s like a ritual.

  • cruzceleste

    He said: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I think the public will fall in love with them. If Simon Cowell didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think so, thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s his problem.

    I think ALW has a lot of sense in what he is saying, Simon couldn ´t tell personality even whwn he has it in front of his face..

  • JudyOhio

    Thinking of AI being in it’s 8th season, wonder what you would have done MJ instead of this blog over these years.

    I found this site when Graycharles would refer to it and treat it like the god of idol sites for extra info on TH and would quote MJs or have us notice something here. Looking back now, I find it amazing how much time I’ve spent reading here since then, lol. All told, by now I’ve probably spent weeks of my life here! Hmmm, even wonder what I would have done with that time. I’m so addicted to this blog and probably need professional help, but my family enables me, what can I say, LOL.

  • SashaB

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    So, so true.

    If Justin Guarini won season 1, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think there would have even been a season 2.


    OMG – that was hilarious! and so true. Or more in the realm of Nasheville Star or Star Search.

    “Lord Lloyd-Webber: Simon Cowell doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t work hard enough with his artists”

    Shocker? I think not. That’s funny.

    As for the USAToday article, I think it was just a blase or cavalier comment not necessarily in the realms of subversive attack. No foul. Bill Keveney is a TV reporter – covers ratings and shows. He’s not a music reviewer or critic, so I’m thinking that he glanced at the top40 charts and didn’t see Light On in the top 10. It’s not (thank goodness, IMO) like DC released “Hot & Cold” or “So What” that’s played non stop and everywhere. Because Keveney failed to mention the Magic Rainbow’s reign as #1 AC. Everyone ignores the Rainbow. Heh.

  • Ladybug

    Just wait until Simon begins dissing last yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s contestants during his critiques. And he will. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like a ritual.

    So true and I simply do not understand why they feel the need to diminish their formerly hyped product year-to-year. They didn’t do this originally, but starting with S.5, it became the thing to do. What up??

    I agree with the comment about Kelly C. above. No question she helped keep the image of Idol alive there. I do think there would have been a few more seasons, but her success certainly ratified the Idol franchise and paved the way for Carrie Underwood to continue riding the post-Idol success train.

    Both David’s have done well post I-7, so where does this perception of failure come from?? Even Jordin Sparks’ star has risen from an incredibly boring Idol S-6.

  • snuffles

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Without Clarkson, Idol would have been done three seasons ago.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’

    AMEN! They should thank their lucky stars that they found and Idol like Kelly Clarkson. She was the real deal. She gave AI legitimacy.

  • 123abc456

    I don’t get why they feel the need to put down last year’s contestants either. I think that the top two have done well. A little compliment thrown the two David’s way by American Idol or the judges would help this year’s show. Back to lurkdom

  • sunchick

    If Justin Guarini won season 1, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think there would have even been a season 2.

    Oh, you never know. If the tide of public opinion had swung his way, From Justin to Kelly could have launched a spectacular movie career. :smirk1_ee:

  • Pam

    Another DC interview:


  • SashaB

    Maybe the judges stupidly think this is a way of generating the buzz and hype towarsd AI8? The next best and new thing is just around the corner. In with the new, forget and trash the old. AI 8.0. if you will.

    But in reality, I’ve been very impressed at how AI features and references so many past AI contestants. This is my first time watching, and apart from the breakout stars like Kelly, Carrie, and Daughtry, I wouldn’t know who was an also-ran Idol contestant from seasons 1-6. But I was surprised to see so many non- winners: Kelly Pickler, Kat McFee, Blake, and Constantine and Lakisha on AI7 redux. I think Freemantle has been very good to the alumni, on balance. I won’t touch THicks with a ten foot pole. Having successful idols in the music, entertainment, tv industries lends more credibility to AI and cachet – that AI is a launching pad for careers. Some choose music, but looks to me like Justin Guarani is earning a solid income from his tv hosting duties. Doubtful he would’ve gotten the job with the AI on his resume.

  • gingerly

    Love gargle idol. Hate those peanut butter cookies DC likes. Samosa’s ftw!

  • weareallinnocent

    All this talk of dissing Season 7 peeps has me wishing that ol’ after-the-show non-disparagement (of AI, judges, etc) requirement for the contestants was mutual … Just seems a little wrong that it’s not … KWIM?

  • sma11ie

    The new Ken Barnes replacement dude has a nice intro post about himself up at Idolchatter. Sounds like an interesting guy with diverse tastes and experiences. I haven’t decided if I think the whole not having a favorite AI contestant decision is a copout, but I’m excited about some mediaplay analysis.

  • LK09

    I think ALW has a lot of sense in what he is saying, Simon couldn ´t tell personality even whwn he has it in front of his face..

    Cruz- SO TRUE! BTW, where do you live?

  • sunchick

    Another DC interview:


    Wow, that was all over the map. Barry Jonas….FTW :laugh_tb: Insensitive female DJ….FTL :nono_tb:

  • Jolene

    DC is making the radio rounds! I’m sure we’re missing some of the ones he did yesterday and today.

    So I guess “There is nothing to talk about” is the company line, and I doubt we’ll hear anything more about that. Good for him and hopefully other DJs will get the memo and not even bother asking.

  • ozarka

    Shining Star Awards:

    Artist of the Year:
    1. McFly
    2. David Archuleta
    3. Tokio Hotel
    4. Jonas Brothers
    5. Paramore
    6. David Cook

    Album of the Year:
    1. McFly à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Radio: Activeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    2. David Archuleta à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“David Archuletaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    3. Jonas Brothers à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Little Bit Longerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    4. David Cook à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    5. Taylor Swift à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Fearlessà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Song of the Year:
    1. David Archuleta à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Crushà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    2. Jonas Brothers à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Burninà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    3. Paramore à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Decodeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    4. David Cook à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Time of My Lifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 
    5. Katy Perry à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hot and Coldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Solo Artist of the Year
    1. Demi Lovato
    2. Katy Perry
    3. Miley Cyrus
    4. David Archuleta
    5. Taylor Swift

    Congratulations to the Davids!!! :thumbup_tb:

  • weareallinnocent

    LOL at Taylor Swift sales machine coming in after the Davids…

    PSA – Amazon is having 5 albums on sale for $5 each on Fridays, and Paramore has one among them today… I’m still considering… (Oh, and Bon Jovi’s Cross Road is the $1.99 deal of the day if you’re um old like me. :-))

  • chelley

    I just saw this on the Snarky’s site…it’s someone doing a parody of Crush and it’s so, so funny:

  • lovegoodmusic


    A little compliment thrown the two Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s way by American Idol or the judges would help this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s show.

    I agree with this. And both David’s have very passionate heavily invested fans, and if they start dissing the David’s they will lose a whole lot of viewers.

    At this point in time, I am more interested in watching the new judge and what she has to say, than I am in the contestants.

  • chelley

    (I hope my link works this time…I’m new at this.)

  • dv
  • LK09

    Chelley- that is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time!

  • frogcooke

    LOL at the crush parody… *snort*

  • sma11ie

    we decided the cover of the album and just in case you havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seen it ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll post it! ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very colorful and they have definitely photo-shopped the crap out of me but i donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care haha! whoever she is, she looks great ha!

    Hahaha, I love Kelly.

  • GwendolynD

    Kelly’s too funny….

  • oceana

    Love Kelly and ALW. Hate the annual tradition of trashing the previous year.

    But it’s always been a love/hate relationship I’ve had with Idol. It’s nothing new. This is what they do.

    The one thing I’m looking forward to this year is the new judge. I like her already.

  • mac

    Shining Star Awards

    Who the heck is “McFly”? (I assume it is not the guy from the movie Back to the Future!) Are they some teen band?

  • ozarka

    ^^ Haha!! I’ve never heard of them either. Apparently, they are a a British pop rock/pop punk band. The band members’ ages range from 21 to 23. You can listen to some of their soundtracks and watch their music videos from this site… (definitely not my cup of tea)

  • Kaykohl

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve watched this show since day one of the first season and I totally disagree that without Clarkson Idol would have ended after the first season. I think Idol has a lot of viewers like me. I find the idols interesting during the season but at the end on the season I lose interest. I read articles here about the idols but I mostly skim them. I will continue to watch and enjoy the show but I will still not give a darn about who wins since I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t vote.

  • primeminister

    we decided the cover of the album and just in case you havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seen it ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll post it! ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very colorful and they have definitely photo-shopped the crap out of me but i donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care haha! whoever she is, she looks great ha!

    haha yes this is why I love Kelly!

  • ozarka

    Here’s today’s Mediabase update for ALTNOY:

    90 71 DAVID ARCHULETA A Little Too Not Over You 125 72 53 0.813

    What this means is that ALTNOY rose from 90th to 71st in the last 7 days, with 125 spins, up from 72 during the previous 7 days, for a total increase of 53 spins (or roughly a 66% increase in airplay!). The decimal at the end means that 813,000 pairs of ears heard the song in the last 7 days.

    source: Snarky Archies

    GO, ALTNOY, GO!!! :clap_tb:

  • Jolene

    I think I just died of the sheer level of cuteness.

    David Cook Introduces: A Puppy!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll go recover a bit now.

  • Grammie Kari

    For me, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so much easier to show themà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  how their song could be interpreted, the award-winning songwriter says. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what I do every day in the studio when Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m talking to the artist, like à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Why donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you try it this way?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ I use my voice to express that.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    I find this so hopeful for the show and look forward to seeing and hearing Kara judge . It makes me think TPTB or the interns are listening to what the fans are saying. Many are simply sick of Randyisms; that is the repeated, uneducated phrases that Randy used over and over again. Quite a few people called him the useless judge.

    They may have also taken into account one of the greatest errors in AI history; that is, Paula giving critique on a song Jason had not sang yet

    So, I say BRAVO and on with the show!

  • Pam

    Dublin is adorable. That is all. :wub_tb:

  • poporange

    MJ delete if already have the link……CHECK THIS OUT..
    CHRIS Sligh -making of a is quite funny…

  • CathyMK

    David and Dublin’s video is on the front page of DCO too. Definitely cuteness overload, Jolene, between David, Dublin, and the photo on the TOML plaque!

  • cookcricket

    David Cook Introduces: A Puppy!!!!!!!!!

    Awwww, awwwww, AWWWWW! He’s simply adorable, and so is Dublin!!! Okay, I meant this for Dublin.

    One more thing! “Heroes” was in the background! RCA, methinks this would be an awesome next single!!!!

  • Pam

    One more thing! à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Heroesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  was in the background! RCA, methinks this would be an awesome next single!!!!

    I couldn’t agree more. Hint hint. :P

  • movin2thabeet

    Ditto on the sheer cuteness of the new canine member of the David Cook family, Dublin!, and on the awesomeness of releasing Heroes as the next single, with the possible telegraphing of that possibility in the choice to play it in the background. Hmmmmm?

  • Grammie Kari

    Season 7 was one of my favorites, so I don’t know where trash talk fits in. Yes, I was a Dreadhead; however, I adored both Davids. This was a case of having two finalists, both extremely talented, and both capable of being the winner.

    Maybe they want a season where the contestants are fighting with one another or causing extreme scandals? True fans know that Season 7 will be hard to equal, let alone be better.

    So nice to read the good news for Phil Stacey and his career!

  • GwendolynD

    What a cute puppy (with a rockstar collar). Adorable….

  • gabam

    IMO, ALW is being a hypocrite. He wasn’t nice to all of the AI contestants and did not show even normal respect . He could not get over the fact that Jason had dreadlocks and sang “Memory”. His tone was condescending when he said in that laughingly, mocking tone that he could never have imagined that he would ever see a man with dreadlocks singing “Memory”. WTF.

    He did not even bother to listen or consider that the song was being interpreted in a more quite manner not with the diva high notes he was used to hearing. I have seen Cats live more times than I care to admit and I can honestly say that I loved Jason’s version of the song because he made it more intimate by taking the volume down and showing the pain that she was feeling and from which she wanted to be released. Considering what the song was about, the quite tone suited the song very well, IMO. ALW was closed mined and unkind. He really pissed me off.

    Carly followed his advice and changed her song. We know how that turned out.

  • hypertwink

    In fairness to ALW, he did create Cats. And sometimes, you just can’t see past your own creation. because I think in your mind, you created the perfect song for the perfect character. And Jason didn’t fit Grizabella. At least, for me, Jason didn’t do so well. I think he should have picked another song. But perversely enough, I actually want to hear him sing I Don’t Know How to Love Him.

    About Carly, he was right that should pick the bigger, showier song. The song fit her voice. It’s not his fault that Carly was desperate and lacking in confidence (and losing votes) which made her fail to live up to the song.

  • ozarka

    I’m in agreement with you, gabam. I really liked Jason’s version of “Memory”. His iTunes recording of it was lovely too. And why did he keep picking on Archie for closing his eyes? He harped on it all the way into the finale even. It’s not like he had his eyes closed the whole time. Some of the other idols were doing the same thing. Like David’s song says, “If it works for me, then it works for me.” And it did work for him. It got him all the way to the final two. LOL!

  • cookcricket

    CHRIS Sligh -making of a is quite funnyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    poporange, thanks for posting this. I don’t know much about CS, only through this site, I think. Very, very funny!