Idol Headlines 1/13/09

Idol breakup

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

In Touch

There’s more new on ‘American Idol’ than Kara DioGuardi

At the center of the media whirlwind is the man who arguably has done more to shape reality television than anyone else: Fox’s head of alternative programming, Mike Darnell. The executive said he’s excited as he anticipates the reaction to the shake-up within America’s most popular television program.

But the new judge is one of a host of alterations made to the show in response to last year’s midseason stall in the ratings. This season there will be a shuffling of the midround rules — including a wild-card round — and the use of more backstage footage to underscore the young contestants’ emotional agonies.

“We’re going back to sort of a raw feel,” he said. In the middle rounds, after singing and being judged, the contestants will immediately be confronted by host Ryan Seacrest rather than being allowed to retreat backstage, as in the past.

“So you see if they’re upset with what Simon said, you get to see it right away instead of them going backstage,” explained Darnell. “It’s really the rawness of what’s happening. How do they feel right after? How do they feel stepping off that stage? They can’t hide it. They can’t cover it up.”LA Times

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

For à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ More Hope and Less Humiliation

LOS ANGELES à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  On the new season of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  humiliation is out, aspiration is in.

Whether a reflection of the dynamic times in which we live or an indication that its formula was feeling a little long in the tooth, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  has plenty of changes in store for its eighth season, which begins Tuesday on Fox.

Along with a new, fourth judge, more semifinalists and a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“wild-cardà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  round that gives some contestants a second chance to go to the finals, commercials promoting the new season have shown fewer of the bizarre and obviously untalented contestants than in previous years.

NY Times

The next à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢? Ask your computer

Could a computer pick the next à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ? The next Ludacris or Madonna?

New software by Israeli researchers promises to take much of the guesswork (and endless cover songs) out of figuring out which hip-hop or R & B artist will be the next “it” star in the United States. Using a mathematical formula to sort music requests logged by the massive Gnutella peer-to-peer file-sharing network, the researchers have boasted an enviable 15 percent to 30 percent success rate in automatically choosing artists or bands with breakout potential.

The solution, according to Tel Aviv University electrical engineer Yuval Shavitt and his colleagues, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“is based on the observation that emerging artists, especially rappers, have a discernable stronghold of fans in their hometown area, where they are able to perform and market their music.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 


Fox Faces Steep Climb in Mid-season, but Has Fully Stocked Arsenal

Fox has a tough mid-season ahead if it wants to catch and surpass CBS and keep its title as most-watched network for another year.

Midway through the season, Foxà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s total audience is down 9.6% from a year earlier, according to Nielsen (per Bloomberg). CBS, which is the leader in ratings so far, is the only broadcast net to maintain its total audience, though it is down 4.8% in the 18-49 demo.

Still, Fox has American Idol beginning tonight, which has, in the past four seasons, given the network enough of a boost to make it the top net in 18-49s. On the other hand, the showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s executive producer admitted that the eighth season of Idol is unlikely to match season seven.

Media Buyer Planner

Aging ‘Idol’ Ventures Fourth

After tonight’s season debut she’ll be a household name, but on a recent afternoon, Kara DioGuardi is spinning circles in a chair at Fox’s Manhattan offices, imagining an alternate reality. What if “American Idol” had existed during her days as a wannabe pop star?

Swivel, swivel, back and forth — it’s hard to tell whether she is daydreaming or cringing.

“A younger version of me meeting Simon Cowell? That would be funny,” DioGuardi says, turning a full 360 degrees before spinning back to the conversation. “I wonder what he would have thought?” She clicks her fingernails on a nearby tabletop as if visualizing the worst. Then, a playful shrug. “I won’t lose any sleep over it.”

Washington Post

Confessions of an “Idol” addictSo you’ve seen all the commercials on Fox and you know the “American Idol” season premiere is coming. Maybe you’ve heard your co-workers talking about the show and either felt left out or, alternatively, annoyed.

If you think it’s time to finally enter the heaven/hell of reality TV and tune in, here’s what you need to know:

1. If there’s one word to sum up the whole experience, it’s MANIPULATION. Contestants are toyed with, and so are you, the viewer. Strangely, many viewers get a kind of perverse thrill out of being manipulated, but I won’t get into that here.

Seattle Times

Best ‘American Idol’ Performances Ever

Kelly… Ruben … Carrie … David … They may all own the title of ‘American Idol,’ but winning is one thing — turning in one of the show’s most memorable performances is something else entirely. We scoured through the past seven seasons to come up with the 16 best. Click through our choices and vote for your favorites. Then come back Jan. 20 to see the No. 1 greatest ‘Idol’ performance of all time.

Local singer competing on ‘American Idol’

WAYNE TWP. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Season 8 of “American Idol,” the hugely popular talent competition, begins tonight, Jan. 13, and fans of the local band Instereo will be tuning in to see how far singer Ryan P.A. Johnson makes it.

According to his agreement with the producers and the Fox television network, Johnson isn’t allowed to speak to the media until he is eliminated or wins the competition. But sources close to the band say that Johnson traveled to California last fall for taping after winning a local competition and a regional audition in Louisville.

Also, Internet “spoiler” sites are reporting that Johnson has at least made it to the top 50 performers.

Oxford Press

`American Idol’ back with new tune for season 8

Dave Della Terza enjoys kicking “American Idol” around on his Web site that encourages viewers to vote for the most awful contestant.

But even Della Terza is rooting for television’s top-rated show when it returns for its eighth season Tuesday. The two-hour debut airs at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

“Last year really bored me. The show seemed really desperate. I want it to go back to being the good, cheesy fun it was,” said Della Terza.

The singing contest remained TV’s No. 1 program last season but saw a dip in viewership, averaging about 28 million weekly viewers vs. the previous year’s nearly 31 million weekly average.

Associated Press

Revealing the secrets of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

“American Idol,” which returns Jan. 13 for its seventh season, has generated billions of dollars in revenue, and been watched by millions of people, many of whom have questions about some behind-the-scenes details of the number-one show in the U.S.

Here’s a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about the series. Note that some of our answers are based upon information from previous seasons; with “American Idol 8″ making a number of changes this year, there’s always the possibility that the show and contestants’ experience might change.


Could Newnan High senior be the next ‘American Idol’?

Music lovers across America may be shaking their heads in confusion tonight when they hear “Alan Jackson” and “Newnan, Georgia” mentioned on the last show they’d expect– “American Idol.”

But it’s not a mistake. When TV’s monster hit show kicks off its eighth season tonight, another Alan Jackson from Newnan will be trying to add his name to the short list of local entertainers who made it to the top of the music world like the country music star.

Tonight’s two-hour premiere focuses mainly on Idol’s Phoenix, Ariz., auditions. Wednesday night, another two-hour show reveals what happened at the Kansas City audition.

Times Herald

Local rumored to be American Idol contestant

American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the popular Fox television talent series, may shroud its contestants in secrecy, clamping down on any communication with the press. But that hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stopped speculation that a local man will be appearing on the show.

Several sources claim Elizabeth City native Ricky Braddy will be among contestants when the blockbuster talent show airs tonight and Wednesday.

Speculation that Braddy is a contestant began after he appeared on several FOX à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  TV ads and on several Web sites.

Daily Advance

Anti-‘Idol’ site hurls stones at reality giant

Since the show’s third season, Dave Della Terza, 26, has been throwing a wrench in the mega-hit’s machinery with his immensely popular Web site,

For the sake of humor, he encourages fans to vote for the corniest, most controversial contestants and helps keep the Sanjaya Malakars and Scott Savols on far past their expiration date.

“There aren’t a lot of Web sites that say ‘ “American Idol” is stupid,’ ” he says. “We’re one of the only Web sites that tries to disprove the show.”

Della Terza also breaks “Idol” scandals and offers hysterical commentary.


‘American Idol’ by the numbers

If you’re expecting the same-old, same-old from “American Idol” this year, well, you’ll only be partly right. In an effort to spice up the yearly talent competition, “Idol” (7 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday, WFLD-Ch. 32) has made a few changes. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know, by the numbers:

Chicago Tribune

Meet the new ‘Idol’

Reinvention is a necessity in the record industry. Top stars like Madonna, Britney Spears and others seem to craft new personas each season.

“American Idol,” the top-rated show that attempts each year to find the next pop star, also is no stranger to changes. Last season saw the addition of instruments. Season 8, which kicks off at 7 tonight with the first round of auditions on WFLD-Channel 32, will feature a fourth judge and a wild-card format enabling a judge to bring back a previously eliminated contestant.

A few questions to be answered this season on “American Idol”:


Will Birmingham produce another Idol’?

You could, of course, just flip on the television, flop on the couch and settle into the season premiere of “American Idol.”

The popular reality show and vocal contest – which, lest we forget, has produced two winners and two runners-up from the Birmingham area – will launch its 2009 edition at 7 p.m. today on Fox 6.

But why zone out in front of the tube, being passively entertained, when it’s so much more fun to be actively and aggressively engaged? “Idol” is filled with tricks and treats, subtleties and subtexts, that viewers won’t want to miss.

Here are five ways to increase your enjoyment of the show and prompt more effective scrutiny:

American Idol: Welcome Back

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Idol time again! And just like when the show first debuted nearly a year after 9/11, the ratings behemoth could be just what the doctor ordered during à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“these economic times.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  What could possibly warm the old cockles more than a bevy of fame hungry single parents quitting their jobs at Don Pablos to follow their dreams of being the next Gina Glocksen or Ace Young? Or young kids foregoing their junior proms to realize their goals of being the next Kevin Covais, while their chaperone parentsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ eyes are glazed over with dollar signs, only their trucker hats hiding secret fears that their precious babies might not be as un-annoyingly precocious as David Archuleta?

Ah, Idol. How weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve missed you.


Fremont’s ‘Idol’ wannabe sticks up for hosts

David Cook ended up being the biggest “American Idol” to audition for the show in Omaha.

But who can forget Chris Bernheisel, the bubbly kid from Fremont who grabbed a bunch of face time during the “Idol” episode that featured Omaha a year ago?

His few minutes of fame ended with that episode, while Cook, of course, went on to win the competition. But Bernheisel, 26, is still loving “Idol” – which starts its eighth season tonight on Fox at 7 p.m. – and still getting recognized for his role in the show.

Some of the highlights:

The American Idol Chart!

Today, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m debuting something I hope to make a weekly feature on Idol Chatter — an American Idol-specific airplay chart. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m still working out my methodology, but ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a cross-format ranking of new and old tracks by American Idol finalists using Mediabaseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s The Big Picture chart.

If Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve done this right, it should be a ranking of every Idol finalistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s track that received 250 or more spins from Mediabaseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s published panel during the week ending Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009

USA Today

I’m living the ‘Idol’ dream. Who’s next?

Bon Jovi and I have jammed. Tom Cruise and I hung out at a party. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been featured at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. I have shared the stage with the most prominent country and Christian artists of our time. I am Phil Stacey, and I owe it all to American Idol.

Oh yeah, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve also been on a CD with Miley Cyrus. If that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t make me cool, then nothing will (at least that is what my daughter tells me . . .).

This time two years ago, I had no idea what the future held for me. I was sitting at home in Jacksonville trying to keep it a secret that I was still a contestant on American Idol. I knew my life was getting ready to change, if only for a second. An Idol commercial aired that showed my face for less than a second. I received phone calls for days, some from friends I had not heard from since elementary school.

David Archuleta thrills NY fans

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

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

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

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

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

Virgin Media

David Cook on The American Idol Experience

Next month the exciting new American Idol Experience will open at Disneyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hollywood Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World!

When it opens to the public on February 14, The American Idol Experience will take its inspiration from TVà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and invite park guests to take a shot at performing or take their place in a state-of-the-art theater and vote for their favorite singer. In the finale performance each day, the singer getting the most votes gets a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“golden ticketà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  a.k.a. priority access to a regional audition for the TV show.

The Disney Blog

Love Affair With Jasmine

Is it any wonder that Hawaii fell in love with Jasmine Trias, the highest-placing contestant from the islands in the history of “American Idol” (and thus the answer to yesterday’s quiz in Hawaii Insider?)

Let’s see: In addition to placing third in the show’s third season (2004), the beautiful Jasmine wore a pua in her hair, talked about her training in hula and in general represented her hapa roots — Filipino, Chinese and Spanish — with grace. Her very name recalls Hawaii’s fragrant pikake lei of white jasmine. (The flower earned its local moniker from the peacocks that strolled Princess Ka’iulani’s jasmine-laden estate at Ainahau, now subsumed by Waikiki.) Congratulations to reader Jim Kelly of Castro Valley for being the first to respond with the correct answer to the Hawaii Insider Quiz.


Katy singer looks beyond Britney impersonation

Kady Malloy still gets asked to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“do Britney.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

The Houston singer appeared on the seventh season of American Idol and quickly made her mark with dead-on impersonations of pop superstar Britney Spears, down to the breathy voice cracks. Malloy is also able to mimic Shakira, Rascal Flattsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Gary LeVox and Cher à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  but Spears is the one that naturally stuck.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“It does come up a lot. Whenever somebody realizes who I am, they always go, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Do Britney!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Malloy says with a laugh.

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll do Britney. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care. Now I have more songs to choose from. I love (Circus, Spearsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ new album).à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

But impersonations werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t what got Malloy into Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s top 24. Simon Cowell said he had à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“a feelingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  about her after the first audition. He dubbed Malloy à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“the best so farà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“super, super talentedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  after a smoky reading of Unchained Melody.

Josh Gracin Prepped for “Idol”

Jan. 12, 2009 à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  When Josh Gracin made his first appearance on “American Idol,” he had a leg up on much of the rest of his competition.

Many of the contestants who try to sway Simon Cowell and crew have never seriously performed anywhere outside of their bedrooms, but Josh already had performed numerous times for people in his homestate.

“I did fairs and festivals in Michigan when I was 16 years old, so I was used to performing in front of an audience,” Josh told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi. “It was still a shock knowing there was 30 million people watching [à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢], but it’s done in a small studio, so the audience there isn’t that big.”


U rah!

If they’d lost, they would’ve had to drop the pompoms over their school emblem, and that was not an option for the University of Hawaii cheerleading squad.

“We have so much pride in the H and our school,” said George McGuire, a member of the squad for four years. “We needed to make sure it didn’t get covered up.”

So the H remained visible to the end on “RAH! Paula Abdul’s Cheerleading Bowl,” as the UH team won the MTV competition with a combination of athletic moves and stylish routines. Guys lifted girls, bodies flew — there were flips, spins, kicks, dance moves, mind-boggling balancing acts and human pyramids. The team even made a grand entrance on a surfboard. In the end viewers understood — this is a sport.


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  • kbr

    Wow, that’s a flood of information for the season premiere tonight!

    MJ, I hope this is the correct place to write a comment about this, it seems that people post extra info under these threads as well. This is an FYI for all Michael Johns and Brooke White fans out there, they did a duet for the Shaun White documentary Don’t Look Down soundtrack that will be released on Jan 20th. The snippet available on Itunes doesn’t feature Brook’s vocals unfortunately, but if you are interested in hearing the full song just check it out here: Michael does lead vocals on 9 tracks, this duet with Brooke, and then Rye Randa who co-scored the soundtrack with Michael and Jeff Foxworth sang the other song with vocals.

    This song was sent to MJO from Michael’s management at Three Rings Projects (TRP). I think it sounds great and I was really suprised how well their voices worked together! I don’t think there is any plan to release this as a single for either artist, but I think it’s a nice treat for fans of both artists. Hope you enjoy!

  • sma11ie

    Fascinating MSNBC article. I know a lot of young people who get music exclusively on peer-to-peer networks, and the idea of predicting musical trends and breakout stars from that data is so cool.

    The real power of popular peer-to-peer networks like Gnutella, as suggested by Shavittà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s study, is that they not only predict trends, but also cause them, Baym said.
    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My big-picture thought on all of this is that the labels would do well to release their material to file-sharing networks because ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a publicity mechanism and ultimately rebounds to them in sales, although many of them vehemently dispute that,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Interesting tie in to AI, too:

    You can see if a certain competitor is gaining momentum,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s slightly different from what we are doing, but it can be done.

    A lot of AI fans have discussed that AI should use the iTunes data to gauge of a contestants commercial viability post-Idol, but this is even better because it will capture growing interest in a contestant’s music before it manifests into sales. If they can capture youtube trends and stuff, that’d be even better.

    The chartwatchers on this thread would love this:

    For their ongoing research, Shavitt and his collaborators are testing out a new algorithm to see if they can predict how long a song will stay on the charts.

  • cruzceleste Top Ten Idol: Our Favorites American Idols

    Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, Cook, Archie, Clay…

    Fox’s American Idol has given us the best and worst of people over the seven seasons it’s been on the air, and while the worst have sunk into anonymity (except William Hung), the best have seen their careers take off.

    American Idol premieres edition eight tomorrow night, and while we’re looking forward to checking out some fresh blood, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the previous contestants who really left an impression.

    David Archuleta still waiting for first kiss

    David Archuleta might be the latest heart throb to grace the American music charts, but he has no reservations in admitting that he is still waiting for his first kiss.

    During an interview with Seventeen magazine, the American Idol runner-up revealed that, unlike many of the other guys in his age bracket, he is ; “still waiting for the right moment” for his first kiss.

    He went on to say, “I think so many people want to rush things, they want to rush hanging out, they want to rush making out, and then it’s like they don’t even know the person they’re with” Saying things like that, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure he wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be waiting much longer.

    He getà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an even bigger thumbs up for me when he acknowledges how similar boys and girls are; “I think girls get a bad rap for being emotional all the time. But I think a lot of guys are too. A lot of my guy friends, they really feel things deeply,” he says.

    “Girls tend to blame themselves, even when the guy is the one who messed up. My girlfriends will tell me about something a guy did, and I’m like, ‘That’s not your fault.’ Sometimes guys are just dork faces. But girls don’t see it that way.”

    I think I am already in love with him, even if he is a little bit too young for meà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ keep your eyeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s peeled for our very own interview with David, coming later this week.

    FemaleFirst – Ruth Harrison

  • LK09

    I am not sure that gauging a contestant’s viability by itunes would be very accurate. DA, for instance, never really had a chance to do younger pop stuff like he is now doing, and many people just don’t get into the old covers that much. I think Jordan was the same way. I didn’t watch idol until season 7, but I have heard people say that noone thought she could sing up to date stuff afterwards– very far from the truth. Idol doesn’t neccessarily showcase what an idol is capable of or what they will end up doing.

  • mj

    MJ, I hope this is the correct place to write a comment about this, it seems that people post extra info under these threads as well.

    Yes, this is the spot to post anything newsworthy you might have about an Idol.

    I just posted a link out front a little bit ago.

  • ozarka

    MSN TV has a feature on American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s most memorable singers. The 26-page “scrapbook” highlights most of the past idol winners and runner ups as well as some who placed lower, including Daughtry, Syesha, MJ, even Sanjaya and William Hung! Somehow, Archie is on there twice. Hehe!

  • BigNLiddle


    So either its one giant mosh pit nowwwwwww…or…well, I dont know what the or part is….but bah. lol

  • dv

    The music industry’s hottest party in town — Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Party — is set to be the golden ticket this year, with word that Whitney Houston will start her official comeback at the bash.


    Also performing will be Jazmine Sullivan, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson and possibly (still rumored) Jennifer Hudson.

  • SashaB

    “So you see if they’re upset with what Simon said, you get to see it right away instead of them going backstage,” explained Darnell. “It’s really the rawness of what’s happening. How do they feel right after? How do they feel stepping off that stage? They can’t hide it. They can’t cover it up.”

    This from Rushfield’s LA Times makes me see one change as regressive rather. I liked that they covered some of the contestants and allowed them some dignity. Frankly, I would not have enjoyed Brooke’s meltdowns or sadness back stage – what she showed on camera was already hard to watch for me. But then again, I don’t want Celebrity Rehad and a number of shows that focus on “raw” emotions. Kind of goes contrary to the Headline “More Hope, Less Humilation”, IMO.

    I am also very much appreciating Brian Mansfield of USAToday. The radio spins count information is awesome to see.

  • MySpencer

    Hi everyone, been lurking for a long time and finally registered.
    Just wanted to let BigNLiddle know that the tickets said that last year too.


    I think they have that on the tickets so, just in case you end up standing, in the pit, you won’t be surprised. But we already know, it’s pretty much hand picked UCLA sororities that get the pit.

  • oceana

    Does anyone know what Syesha is doing since the tour ended? I haven’t heard anything about her. I think she’d be great on Broadway.

    Also, three weeks of bad auditions is still way too much. I hope they will show more of the good auditions this year. I would love to see the good ones. The bad ones are a pain to watch.

  • JudyOhio

    I’m glad the DC/KC breakup news is official now. They won’t have to deal with the scrutiny of that anymore and that will be good for both of them. I wish them well.

  • kbr

    Yes, this is the spot to post anything newsworthy you might have about an Idol.

    I just posted a link out front a little bit ago.

    Thanks MJ!

  • soundscene

    DA did an interview with WPLJ in NY this morning and Fans of David has the audio. He sang a bit of A Little Too Not Over You and Crush acoustic, accompanying himself on piano. Just the first verse and chorus for both but he sounded great.

  • SashaB

    Yup, so I guess they are keeping the swaybots in the mosh pit? That wasn’t one of the changes. Darn. USC and UCLA sorority girls in the mosh pit to look forward to.

  • jpfan

    The mosh pit was horrible Too bad they’re keeping it. Adding to all the new Idol music news, Elliott Yamin’s album will be released on May 5, the first single will be released to radio in February and he will get an official website. (hard core Elliott fans know how truly amazing that last piece of news is.)

  • GwendolynD

    In Touch has confirmed the once fairy-tale romance of American Idol stars Kimberly Caldwell and David Cook is kaput.

    Say it ain’t so!!!

  • JudyOhio

    The Mosh Pit :thumbdown_tb:

  • cruzceleste

    Archuleta Wants To Know Your Deepest Thoughts. Then Slip You The Tongue

    Adorable stuffed animal David Archuleta performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC yesterday on the eve of the eve of “American Idol’s” relaunch and I couldn’t be more excited for another go-round of potential Kelly Clarkson’s. Although there always ends up being more Sanjayas.

    And now that the pressure of being the reigning runner-up will soon be taken off lil’ Davey’s shoulders, perhaps he’ll have time to focus on his love life and find someone to serenade late at night. Or, maybe not.

    “I think so many people want to rush things, they want to rush hanging out, they want to rush making out, and then it’s like, they don’t even know the person they’re with,” he told a reporter, sounding wiser than his 18 years. And like he’s learned quite a few lessons from watching “Sex and the City.”

    In related news, David Cook has finally broken up with Kimberly Caldwell, a chick he rushed into hanging out with, rushed into making out with and explained their break up. “It’s like I didn’t even know the person I was with,” he said. OK, Cookie didn’t say that, but I image that — and the realization he could do much better — is why they ended things

    lmao at the tittle, and ouch to Kimberlly…

  • poporange

    Here is I think a critic from Yahoo on his take on the changes of American Idol…Thier in one nippicky thing that kept it from being good was the critics commentary on The Davids ,Jordan,Ace and Taylor was not nescesary and should of been left out .I know critics have thier bias but come on whom did what to your coffee?–77

  • hardkandy

    Brooke was interviewed by John Jay And Rich HERE. Yay, she’s recording for her new album. I’m so excited. The duet with MJ was lovely, can’t wait to hear more Brooke!!!

  • Niall

    Gosh if Kim and David are kaput then who will DC’s Cougars hate and blame now for the fact that they STILL have negative 0% chance of ever dating him themselves? LOL

  • poporange


  • Jolene

    According to that Brooke interview, she has a single coming out in the next month and a half and an album in the late spring! Nice. I didn’t expect it to be so close, since we didn’t really hear anything from her.

  • jpfan

    It is incredibly hard to get the message out to the world that you have an album. Promotion is key and that’s what the major labels provide. Everyone unsigned by a major will need an incredible single to get attention. IMHO I don’t think anyone but the Davids had enough of a fan base from the season to generate a decent first week of sales. That’s just the way it is but since Brooke seems to have good management, she may get some good gigs and get her music noticed that way.

  • frogcooke

    David Archuleta Says Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s New Judge Is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹More Picky Than Paulaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Is she more like Simon? Or more like Paula?

    Just because Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s new judge, Kara DioGuardi, co-wrote Kylie Minogueà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Spinning Aroundà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with Paula Abdul, doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mean sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s as easy-going as the veteran judge. According to American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, the newest judge on the show is à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“a tough personà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“a bit more picky than Paula.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    But that doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t necessarily make her a grouch like Simon. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“She has a lot of spunk,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Archuleta said Monday before a performance at New Yorkà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hard Rock Cafe. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not afraid to tell it like it is and be herself.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I may say things that are negative,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  DioGuardi told PEOPLE recently. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“But I always try to do it with some heart and some understanding of what ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s like to be on the other side of the table.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    According to Archuleta, who collaborated with DioGuardi on his self-titled debut album and his hit single à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Crush,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the fourth judge will be an interesting element added to the panel. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m excited about the new judge because I think Karaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s grounded,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Archuleta said. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an amazing singer, an amazing songwriter.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    DioGuardi has worked with other former Idol contestants including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Katharine McPhee on their post-show endeavors. Now, America will see what she can do with the newest crop of Idol wannabes. The new season of American Idol airs Tuesday on FOX (8 p.m. ET).

  • frogcooke

    David Archuleta Isn’t Ready for Broadway

    (Jan. 13) – While some ‘American Idol’ contestants have used their fame to launch their careers on Broadway, David Archuleta says he’s not going to be one of them. Archuleta would rather focus on his music career than follow in the footsteps of Broadway bound Idols like Clay Aiken or Fantasia Barrino, he exclusively told PopEater.

    “I never really thought about [performing on Broadway.] I am more about performing and doing music,” Archuleta said.”Maybe my tastes will change but not right now,” he added.
    Instead Archuleta gushed about performing an intimate concert at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on January 12. “I’m so excited,” Archuleta said. Honored to be performing in the same venue as music’s greatest legends, he added, “It’s a cozy setting, so it will be a lot of fun.”

    more at the link, they have pics from the hard rock and a aol session vid up.

  • Michelle

    ::is on waiting list 3 times for those AI/OCA tickets:: ;)

    The mosh pit doesn’t bother me so much as the SWAYBOTS…and hopefully they’ll quit with that now that Nigel’s gone (for some reason I think they’re his fault.)

  • frogcooke

    The swaybots better not be there… uggg annoying. But I have my doubts they are gone…..

    EXCLUSIVE! Our Event With David Archuleta & Spectacular’s Nolan Funk – j-14

    American Idol’s eighth season kicks off tonight on Fox–but last night, J-14 got our own Idol experience with an intimate InTune concert at Hard Rock Cafà © in New York City’s Time Square with last year’s runner-up, David Archuleta.

    We were there from start to finish, getting a true taste of what David is really like. Right off the bat, it was clear he didn’t have even a speck of superstar attitude. In fact, chatting with David is no different than just hanging out with one of your closest friends…he’s so friendly, so open, and so sweet.

    The moment we stepped into David’s dressing room, he was already singing–it’s no wonder he’s such a natural. Once he got on stage for his soundcheck, he was even more of a pro… adjusting and tweaking sounds so they were just right.

    David was constantly being pulled in different directions: meeting fans, doing interviews, posing for photos, and so much more… but he was totally chill about it all and did everything with his trademark grin and modest attitude. He’s just the kind of person you want to be a star.

    more at link

  • IdolFanatic

    I already feel sorry for the new finalists of season 8. Having to be followed offstage by the cameras and confronted by Ryan just seems silly and unnecessary. The backstage clips they showed last year were more than adequate. We don’t need anymore reasons to throw hatred their way by judging not only their performance but also their reactions to the judging. Don’t these kids get enough hatred from the general viewing public without this extra footage being shown?

  • GwendolynD

    Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t these kids get enough hatred from the general viewing public without this extra footage being shown?

    They want to be on the show. I hardly think it’s a grave injustice.

  • frogcooke

    Kara, Randy and David A talk about Season 8 on Fox(video):

    American Idol is Back!

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ is back, as Season 8 premieres tonight! David Archuleta, Season 7 runner-up, told me in an interview last night he canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait to tune in!
    Archuleta hinted that he might be interested in returning to the show as a mentor, because he knows just how the contestants feel. He also says Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks inspired him during his run on the show.

    FOX News crews in Los Angeles interviewed judge Randy Jackson last night. He says he saw great talents in Salt Lake City, Kansas City and in Puerto Rico. Plus, the new fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi, stopped by FOX News headquarters in New York last week to give us a sneak peek at the show. She told us about one of the hopefuls weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see on tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s premiere.

    more at link

  • houstonrufus

    Man, lots of ink on Archie today! Go D!

  • frogcooke

    Yeah quite a bit of stuff on him today. Also #1 on xrank for celebs and musicians.

  • frogcooke

    was this posted?

    ‘American Idol’ additions anticipated, questioned by fans

    Although Tim Kolstrom couldn’t make last year’s American Idol audition in Philadelphia, he said he won’t be missing the hit show’s eighth-season premiere at 8 tonight on Fox.

    Kolstrom (sophomore-communication arts and sciences), who has been a fan of the show since its 2002 start, said he’d still like to audition sometime in the future.

    “I’m not like the hard-core rock guys,” he said of his musical style. “I’m more like a David Archuleta.”

    Tonight’s premiere will be a two-hour episode, followed by a second two-hour episode at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    This season marks a new start for the show — the first time it will feature a permanent fourth judge, songwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi.

    DioGuardi will join the show’s current judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

    more at the link

  • ShariG

    I was so sorry to hear that Kimberly and David have broken up. When I saw them together in Tulsa they just looked like they were having so much fun and really enjoying each other. They were also a really cute couple. It is sad. I don’t know how anyone maintains a relationship with the kind of travel schedule people in the entertainment business keep. Anyway, my heart goes out to both of them because no matter what side of a break up you are on, it is painful. I wish them both nothing but the best.

  • ozarka

    Radio adds for David Archuleta:

    Mainstream Top 40 (ALTNOY)
    WKSS-FM Hartford (#50)
    WKSE-FM Buffalo (#52)
    KQMQ-FM Honolulu (#64)
    WVYB-FM Daytona Beach (#85)
    KRCK-FM Palm Springs, CA (#133)
    WPIA-FM Peoria, IL (#150)

    Hot Adult Contemporary (ALTNOY)
    KUDD-FM Salt Lake City (#31)

    Adult Contemporary (Crush)
    WLIT-FM Chicago (#3)
    KRWM-FM Seattle (#14)
    WSHH-FM Pittsburgh (#24)
    KMGA-FM Albuquerque (#69)
    WJBR-FM Wilmington, DE (#75)
    KJSN-FM Modesto, CA (#108)
    WBBQ-FM Augusta, GA (#110)
    KRNO-FM Reno, NV (#124)


    Radio adds for David Cook:

    Mainstream Top 40 (Light On)
    WVKS-FM Toledo (#88)

    Hot Adult Contemporary (Light On)
    KMXB-FM Las Vegas (#33)
    WTSS-FM Buffalo (#52)
    WAJI-FM Ft. Wayne, IN (#106)

  • soundscene

    Well, the day is almost over, so it’ll be down soon, but DA is on the front page of AOL linking to a Popeater article that frog posted above. Picture on the front page is from TRL.

    And apparently “Crush” was used in tonight’s episode of 90210 during an “almost” sex scene. lol.

  • cruzceleste

    ^really Soundscene… thats awesome

  • Jabkmc

    And apparently à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Crushà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  was used in tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s episode of 90210 during an à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“almostà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  sex scene. lol.

    My first thought was “OMG! No! Not an Archie song!” But…

    On second thought, it was…oddly… inappropriately… appropriate. lol!

    ‘Cause they didn’t actually do the deed and the guy had the sense to stop after she said she’d always wanted to wait for “the one”.

    My third thought was “YAY! David’s song is now a make out song!” Everyone go buy it! haha!

  • frogcooke

    Yeah its kinda of ironicly.. inapropriately appropriate… haha As weird as that is..

    someone late to the album reviews.. reviewed both albums…
    ‘Idol David duo battles it out with debut albums’

  • cruzceleste

    ^Fair enough a little too late… but I think he is good to both Davids, thank you Froggie..

  • kingpeter