Idol Headlines for 1/6/13

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MALIN AKERMAN, WAYNE BRADY, STEPHEN COLBERT, CHRIS COLFER, HEIDI KLUM AND MANY MORE TO APPEAR AT “THE 40TH ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS” – Malin Akerman, Stephen Amell, Wayne Brady, Stephen Colbert, Chris Colfer, Lucy Hale, Matt LeBlanc, Stana Katic, Heidi Klum, Ross Mathews, Joseph Morgan, Meghan Ory, Ian Ziering, the coaches from “The Voice” and many more are scheduled to appear at THE 40TH ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 8 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, stars of the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, the live show will feature previously announced performances by Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic and Brad Paisley. Previously announced attendees include Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Nina Dobrev, Robert Downey Jr., Zac Efron, Anna Faris, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, Allison Janney, Michael B. Jordan, LL COOL J, Queen Latifah, Juliana Marguiles, Melissa McCarthy, Shemar Moore, Chris O’Donnell, Norman Reedus, Ian Somerhalder, Britney Spears, Miles Teller, Justin Timberlake, Michael Weatherly, Allison Williams and the cast of “The Big Bang Theory.” – Read more at TV By the

SNL KICKS OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH TWO SHOWS IN JANUARY – On January 18, Drake takes the SNL stage as host and musical guest. Drake was recently nominated for four 2014 Grammy Awards, and just completed his North American “Would You Like A Tour?” tour. Jonah Hill returns for his third hosting engagement on January 25. The Oscar-nominated actor stars in the Martin Scorsese film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” currently in theaters. U.K. band Bastille joins Hill for their SNL debut. Their single “Pompeii” topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart for four weeks and will be featured on “All This Bad Blood,” a multi-part deluxe album set for release in the U.S. on January 14. – Via NBC

Performers Announced For Beatles Special – The first performances for “The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles” have been announced. Scheduled to perform are four-time GRAMMY winner Annie Lennox and GRAMMY winner Dave Stewart reuniting as Eurythmics for one night only; 14-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys with nine-time GRAMMY winner John Legend; three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5; and seven-time GRAMMY winner John Mayer with four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. The show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. – Read more at

Daft Punk to Perform With Stevie Wonder at the Grammys – Daft Punk may have been laying low since releasing their smash hit album Random Access Memories this past May, but they’re making their first live performance in support of the album a truly memorable one. Stevie Wonder is set to team up with the electronic duo when they perform at this year’s Grammys, sources confirmed to Rolling Stone. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, who both appear on Daft Punk’s latest album, will also join in the performance, along with Random Access Memories session players Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim and Paul Jackson Jr. – Read more at Rolling Stone

Jessica Sanchez likens Boracay to paradise – MANILA – Amid her hectic schedule, Jessica Sanchez finally found time to explore the Philippines during her fourth visit to the country this year. After headlining a New Year’s countdown show at Eastwood in Quezon City last December 31, Sanchez traveled to Bataan, which is the native town of her mom. She was accompanied by her grandparents and two aunts. The young singer also went to Subic in Zambales where she saw a dolphin show at the Ocean Adventure. Aside from traveling up north, Sanchez also made sure to see the beauty of Boracay in the Visayas.

Jessica posted a bikini pic on instagram:


X-Factor Winners Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton

When an autograph seeker hands a pen and paper back to Alex after he signs, Sierra pouts, “What about me?” This little clip from TMZ is pretty amusing.

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  • justmefornow

    Today is James’ 25th Birthday. Happy Birthday James!!

    Here’s a cute video a fan made him for his birthday set to Parachute …

  • Anny_nanny

    Jessica Sanchez likens Boracay to paradise – MANILA – Amid her hectic schedule, Jessica Sanchez finally found time to explore
    the Philippines during her fourth visit to the country this year.

  • Kaylo17

    saw this on twitter, found it really funny.

  • Kaylo17

    Whenever she’s in the Philippines, she usually has a jam packed schedule. For example, the last time she was there, she spent the first few days fitting hearing aides in the ears of partially deaf kids, then when she returned to Manila, she had a few meet and greet sessions with fans, and met with the some of her sponsors i.e Bench Clothing to be specific.

  • jan

    Todrick Hall selected as one of Forbes 30 under 30 for Hollywood and Entertainment. I think that’s impressive. I think we will be hearing a lot from him. He is very creative.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Finally there is an official release date for David Nail’s new album – March 4. It’s of interest to me because track #6 is the song co-written by David Cook. :)
    The tracklisting was shown in the pre-order bundle.

    David Nail @davidnail It’s official! My next album, I’m A Fire, will be released on March 4th! Pre-order it here! #ImAFire #March4th</blockquote

  • Anny_nanny

    The 10 Highest-Paid Women In Music 2013

    No. 9: Carrie Underwood ($31 million)
    One of four artists on this list with a connection to American Idol, she’s the only former contestant—and she’s come a long way since winning the show in 2005. Her latest album, Blown Away, went platinum and she played over 100 shows in our scoring period.

    No. 1: Madonna ($125 million)
    No. 2: Lady Gaga ($80 million)
    No. 3: Taylor Swift ($55 million)
    No. 4: Beyoncé ($53 million)
    No. 5: Jennifer Lopez ($45 million)
    No. 6: Rihanna ($43 million)
    No. 7: Katy Perry ($39 million)
    No. 8: Pink ($32 million
    No. 10: Mariah Carey ($29 million, tie)

  • curlyenta

    Tonight’s BCS National Championship (Auburn vs FL State) held its pregame gala last night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Taylor Hicks (an Auburn alumni) was the featured entertainer!

    “Florida State and Auburn alums who got the prime invites for the VIP tents include Burt Reynolds, Charles Barkley, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, Taylor Hicks, Cheryl Hines, Michael O’Neill, Bo Jackson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Faye Dunaway, Gabrielle Reece and Octavia Spencer.”

    LA Sports Commission ?@LASportsTweets
    .@americanidol favorite @taylorhicks lights up the @hollywoodbowl stage at the #2014bcsparty

    Sequoia Productions?@SequoiaEvents
    @taylorhicks brings the crowd to their feet! Were you on the dance floor? Tweet your pictures with #2014BCSParty!

  • Incipit

    “Finally there is an official release date for David Nail’s new album – March 4. It’s of interest to me because track #6 is the song co-written by David Cook. :”)

    Cool! Good to know, wordnerdarchie. I’ve been checking every once in a while to see if it was on the release schedule; curious to hear it next to DC’s version from the Singer/Songwriter Benefit at the Tin Roof in Nashville.

    Interesting that DC just now talks about how he came to write a track for David Nail, and gives us the back story in that Q&A from KC on the 4th.

    “In instances where he gives a song to someone like David N, he can disconnect himself from it. He went into session to write for himself, but the song they wrote he felt didn’t fit him. His friend Travis who works in publishing in Nashville got a request from David Nail’s team to cut the song “Kiss You Tonight” and David was ok with it and likes what David Nail did with the song on his upcoming record.”

    Country singer or not – that track is a guaranteed sale from me.

  • DragonFly

    —has to be a “best present” for him. Kind of cinches a winner already if there’s a contest for a fan’s best video for this single. Very nice job!

  • windmills

    “Kiss You Tonight” is actually singled out as a spotlight track by the press release, too. It’s also nice to see that in a time where most country album/single PRs leave out songwriting credits, David Nail’s team listed songwriting credits for all cuts. There’s a teaser video for David Nail’s album featuring clips from several songs, but not “Kiss You Tonight”:

    Here’s the text of the PR:

    MCA Nashville recording artist David Nail is set to release his third album I’m A Fire on March 4. On I’m A Fire, the Grammy nominated Missouri native teamed back up with Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf for the producing duties.

    The album has started off with a bang with the first single off the album, “Whatever She’s Got,” reaching GOLD Certification by the RIAA. The hit single, a song that Nail recorded for his wife Catherine, currently sits in the top-10 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts and continues to rise fast.

    Nail, who is in one of the best places of his life both artistically and personally, says “There’s so many moments on this record that make me think about the last four years that I’ve been married, and ‘I’m a Fire’ just sums it all up.” He adds “It [the title track] says, ‘I’ve walked through flames, come out on the other end, and the foremost reason is because of you.’”

    I’m A Fire boasts 11 tracks including “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” which features harmonies by past tour mates Little Big Town, “Kiss You Tonight” a song that expresses the strong emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives for another, the steamy “Burnin’ Bed” and one of the most special moments on the album, the cover of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston;” which Nail turns into a duet with in one of country music’s best songbirds, Lee Ann Womack.

    I’m A Fire Track List:
    1. Whatever She’s Got [Written by Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite]
    2. Broke My Heart [Written by David Nail, Scooter Carusoe and Jonathan Singleton]
    3. Burnin’ Bed [Written by Bob DiPiero, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally]
    4. When They’re Gone (Lyle County) [Written by Brett Eldredge and Scooter Carusoe]
    5. Brand New Day [Written by David Nail, Scooter Carusoe and Shane McAnally]
    6. Kiss You Tonight [Written by David Cook, Jay Knowles and Trent Summar]
    7. The Secret [Written by David Nail and Scooter Carusoe]
    8. Countin’ Cars [Written by Lee Thomas Miller, Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher]
    9. Easy Love [Written by David Nail and Lee Thomas Miller]
    10. I’m A Fire [Written by Jaren Johnston and Tom Douglas]
    11. Galveston [Written by Jimmy L. Webb]

  • Anny_nanny

    I don’t understand. What prevents Jessica increase the residence time in the Philippines two times and in calm mode to perform all the planned works and to visit the attractions, to communicate with relatives of the mother and relax? She does not have a busy schedule in the US, as we can see. She doesn’t learn anywhere else. It has all the capabilities to have a easy schedule.
    I’m sure in the Philippines, there are so many interesting and beautiful places that a young girl is worth seeing, and she can take advantage of the fact that she has already arrived there. And around the Philippines has many great places that can also be visited, as she had already crossed the ocean.
    I could understand that this is a hyperbole of journalists, but if she really has a very tight schedule in the Philippines, I don’t understand why they have done this.

  • BluSky

    Posting selfies on twitter and instagram is all she does! A little girl trying so hard to look grown up and sexy…. It’s sad that she feels she has to do this in order to win the audience. She’s doomed to fail, she can’t compete with Miley, Selena, or Rihanna in this department.

  • Incipit

    Thanks for the details, windmills. It ‘is’ cool that David Nail lists those credits. Another Good Guy from Missouri, I think.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Posting selfies on twitter and instagram is all she does

    Of course, a quick look at her official site reveals that Sanchez tends to post selfies that show her at events — either charitable or performing — such as the Starkey hearing aid junket to the Philippines or the NYE performance. If one reads the content that goes with the selfies, that say where she is and why. she turns out to keep busy.

  • BluSky

    So you just confirmed that Jessica likes to post selfies. That’s what i said! Most of her pics fall under the description “a little girl trying so hard to look grown up and sexy”. Just open her twitter and see…

  • elliegrll

    A “little girl” who has a few endorsement deals, so someone thinks that her image is good enough to sell their products.
    I think that Jessica looks fine. Posting pictures on Instagram is a great way to keep in contact with fans, and let people know that she is working.

  • Kaylo17

    You say that like selfies are a bad thing. Some of us actually like to look at her. If you don’t want them , it’s very easy to ignore them.

  • elliegrll

    Do you have a list of the events that Jessica has performed at in the Philippines?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Wait. what? Posting photos of oneself at events is a normal part of celebrity PR. There’s nothing particularly “little girl” about it, unless the many other celebs — both male and female — who tweet/instagram photos of themselves at fundraisers, red carpets, and soundchecks are also “little girls.”

    ETA: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all established themselves as driven by strong visuals. She’s not going to promote herself by posting essays.

  • bridgette12

    I agree Jessica do come across as someone who tries to hard to look sexy and grownup. She dresses too old and wear too much makeup. But, the selfies is something everyone seems to be doing, both celebrities and the average person.

  • Kaylo17

    Why does this bother you so much? lol. So what if she’s a little girl trying to look sexy??

  • BluSky

    Right. And the pic above is a solid proof of what you said, haha! “let people know that she is working”
    Or this one
    or this one
    or this one
    Anyway, never mind my opinion. It’s just an opinion

    of one person :))

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  • BluSky

    i don’t mind selfies at all! And if Jessica wants to be like all those posting selfies, who cares…
    What bothers me is that she tries too hard to look sexy. And it doesn’t suit her at all!! She is a little sweet girl, let’s all admit that :))
    It’s a big turn-off for me when people try hard to be someone they are NOT. That’s all. Jessica is sweet, not sexy (yet at least). So she just looks ridiculous with all the grown-ups hairdo and heavy makeup and sexy poses. Just plain funny.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t have a problem with the swimsuit photo. At least it seems like she’s being real. It’s better than those overly made up photos that we usually see. It’s ten times better then how she look performing at concerts or on tv.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    She is a little sweet girl, let’s all admit that :))

    She is 18 years old, as of this past fall. In the Philippines, she’s an adult woman, not a “little girl.” In the United States, the only states where there’d be any question about her adulthood are Alabama and Nebraska, along with the territory of Puerto Rico.

    Sanchez is an adult woman, in her late teens, who is short and slightly built, not a little girl.

  • BluSky

    very much agree with you :)

  • Porfivor Nixon

    I think she looks cute in it. It’s not overly sexual at all-

  • Amy Beth

    The photo MJ posted is not a selfie. It wouldn’t be physically possible!

    A selfie isn’t just a picture of yourself. It’s a picture you TAKE yourself.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    Jessica looks great in the bikini. Look at the curves on her- and it’s a nice picture, it’s not trashy or tasteless.

    The Beatles special doesn’t look so interesting to me, it looks like an American Idol Results show bonanza- those performers might have won a lot of Grammy awards, but give the same performance every time they hit the stage, and we’ve seen it all a million times. Annie and Dave, that will be exciting, but the rest- not feeling it. I’m particularly over Alicia Keyes.

  • BluSky

    Yes. Please accept my apologies for calling this particular picture a selfie. How could I??

    Any comments about the pics below? :))

  • bridgette12

    Do they really need another tribute to the Beatles? After a while, these tribute performances start to feel like a night of karaoke.

  • Amy Beth

    Selfie has a pretty negative connotation of vapid girls making duck lips in a bathroom mirror.

    Jessica posted a picture a photographer took of her.

  • BluSky

    “Selfie has a pretty negative connotation of vapid girls making duck lips in a bathroom mirror”

    Yeah, tell that to Jessica when she posts a selfie next time…

  • Incipit

    “Sanchez is an adult woman, in her late teens, who is short and slightly built, not a little girl….She is 18 years old, as of this past fall.”

    Yes, what’s with this “Little Girl” thing? A ‘Lolita’ she is not – Jessica is street legal – and her features are striking, not infantile. IMO.

    I can see her doing High Concept, High Fashion photos; she has already done some photo shoots like that – in fact, she’s got an excellent profile for pictures, especially in vintage style hats. Is there some reason to diminish her with this “Little Girl” thing?

    It does not compute, to me.

  • curlyenta

    Taylor Hicks ?@taylorhicks
    Hey everybody: Watch the #BCS National Championship on ESPN2 tonight at 8:30
    PM ET! I’ll be on the BCS Megacast in the 3rd qtr. #WarEagle

  • Tinawina

    Yeah, she stopped looking like a scrawny, gangly kid a while back to me, now she just looks like a college student IMO. A short thin one, but I wouldn’t look twice if I saw her in a club anymore.

    But then again almost all the Idols who were teens on the show (Archie, Allison, even Diana LOL) will sometimes have problems being seen as anything other than a sweet, innocent kid. Its stil hard for me to compute sometimes that Jordin Sparks is actually old enough to date (and actually live with!) Jason Derulo. LOL

  • mjsbigblog

    She’s doomed to fail, she can’t compete with Miley, Selena, or Rihanna in this department.

    You do realize that all of those artists you named are constantly instagramming themselves in various stages of dress/undress?

    What Jessica is doing is no different than what other pretty female singers do to create buzz around themselves.

    I don’t think Jessica needs your concern.

  • elliegrll

    Thank goodness that she just doesn’t use Instagram or twitter to post work related pictures. That would be boring, and a poor use of a tool that is meant to connect an artist with fans on a somewhat personal level. Jessica, like any singer, is not going to appeal to everyone. I don’t see a problem with any of the pictures that you posted, and I doubt that her target audience would either.

  • BluSky

    You again confirmed what i said – that Jessica is constantly posting selfies to create buzz around herself.
    What i find sad though is that the music industry pushes the girls to post pics “in various stages of dress/undress” in order to stay current and make money. And it’s sad that Jessica feels the same way – that her voice alone is NOT enough to be successful as a singer. She feels that she has to follow the footsteps of other girls that post sexy selfies and that are ready to strip down to nothing. It’s just sad that she is no different.
    But of course it’s just my opinion. Ignore it if you don’t like it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Headed out to Nashville this week to get started recording this record! #album3

  • halo9125

    The problem is that she is working WAY too hard to shed her little girl image and to portray herself as sexy and provocative-and she is neither. All I see when I see Jessica is an overly sheltered, incredibly naive child.

    Maybe I’m just sick and tired of seeing girls posing with the pouty, come hither look,

  • Jcasa12

    jessica sanchez was in Boracay a tropical island surrounded by lush foliage, coconut trees, white sandy beaches, clear water blue ocean, clear skies, scorching sun , temperature above 32 deg C .I think her attire was appropriate for her location don’t you think?

  • girlygirl

    Can’t say the lineup for this thrills me, but I get why they’re doing the tribute: It’s the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan/first US tour, aka the start of “Beatlemania” (outside of the UK)

  • girlygirl

    someone should tell Taylor the game’s on ESPN…not ESPN2

  • HKfan

    I’m going to keep out of the Jessica in a bikini talk….but I agree with her on paradise. The first time I went to the Philippines, we stayed on Mindoro Island, had to get there by boat, and pulling up to the place was the nearest I’ve ever come to seeing paradise, so stunningly beautiful.

  • justmefornow

    “American Idol” contest James Durbin talks about new album “Celebrate”

    …..”With this tour I want people to be able to hear these songs the way they came out of my hand and the way in which they were originally written. I think this is a great way for people to understand the material”…..

  • bridgette12

    I thought that was last year. Whatever, it’s not the first tribute of this type and it get’s to be a little old after a while. Made even worse when they pair people up who shouldn’t be sing together or singing a Beatles song.

  • bridgette12

    It’s gotten to be a rite of passage for these girls. It’s not unexpected, but sometimes they need to put those cameras down.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Thanks for the additional info windmills D Cook mentioned the song in his long VIP Q & A. He said he really liked the different take Nail had on the song.

  • Madilo

    Goog luck, here’s hoping for great sales too, it’s not easy but maybe it’s possible :)

  • Madilo

    She’ll top the Idol list on Forbes.

  • mjsbigblog

    And it’s sad that Jessica feels the same way – that her voice alone is NOT enough to be successful as a singer. She feels that she has to follow the footsteps of other girls that post sexy selfies and that are ready to strip down to nothing.

    Because shes an unknown, and she’s playing the buzz game, just as many talented females have done before her. Like I said, there no reason for “concern” for her.

    And it’s not like she’s naked! She’s in a bikini. It’s an entirely tasteful photo, and really no big deal. Glee star, Lea Michele, just posted an instagram of herself with her butt cheeks hanging out. She is successful, well known, and has one of the best singing voices around. Oh, she’s also in full promotion swing for her upcoming album. It’s not a big deal.

  • Dilly

    It seems to me the only people who think she is “doomed to fail” are folks like yourself who have been wanting her to fail ever since she beat out whoever you were voting for on Idol.

    There’s a couple people here (you included) who stalk every article about Jessica and just rip into her about everything for no reason.

    Let it go already. She is already crazy successful, is booked solid, recording with big names, and is worth more at age 18 than most of us will ever be in our lives.

    …and she took the high road to get there.

    Just let it go. She succeeded and you can’t stop it.

  • Dilly

    because lots of people plan vacations. She took a week vacation after 2 non-stop years working her ass off, and said this is the first vacation she has EVER taken in her life.

  • Pippygirl

    Well considering the assault on my eyeballs that Miley usually produces, I think Jessica should and is doing it in her own way.
    I think she looks classy and gorgeous.

  • Ricky T

    Amen, to that it’s same two or three people that rip on her on this blog everytime something posted. I get if your not a fan support someone else then and quit trying to find fault in everything she does.

  • Liteasy

    Taylor’s there with some “big names” – great exposure for him.

  • Sassycatz

    So, Crystal Bowersox is bisexual? I was getting the feeling she was going to come out as gay, but I guess this explains all those “hints.” Does she have a lady in her life?

    @HuffPostCeleb “American Idol” star reflects on coming out as bisexual /

  • Dilly

    Sigh. What do YOU wear at a tropical beach? What do most 18yo women wear on a tropical beach?

    If you respond “Swimsuit”, then you owe Jessica Sanchez an apology.

  • Dilly

    Judging her by her numerous photoshoots for fashion magazines is pretty shallow. These photo spreads tend to push the edges in fashion, and having trendy makeup is part of that. Same goes for her ‘Tonight’ video, which is set in a rave disco.

    Her makeup is always appropriate for the venue/event she is at.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Yeah, MJ posted a thread a while back on it. Not sure if she is dating though.

  • Sassycatz

    Someone mentioned that. I must have missed it, so I was taken a little by surprised.

  • bridgette12

    Her makeup might be appropriate for the venue/event, but it can still look bad or overdone. When you have so much crap on your face and your looking like a drag queen, like in that concert video, it might be a good idea to look in the mirror before going out on stage.

  • Anny_nanny

    I think Kaylo17 has such a list.

  • Anny_nanny

    I know that I badly know English language, but I do not think that to the extent that my posts absolutely impossible to understand.

  • Anny_nanny

    No doubt!

  • mjsbigblog
  • Anny_nanny

    Agree. I would prefer to show zealots like Ozzy or Grohl, and let them sing what they want – it might be fun than a bad karaoke from someone with a Grammy. I’ll check only Annie and Dave.

  • mjsbigblog

    She’s on stage, in an arena. It’s not makeup for a close up.

  • Guest

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    Oh God please say this isn’t happening….


  • Corrine43180

    I thnk she’s beautiful and real. She’s not a child, no matter how many idol fans want to see her that way.

  • Blueknight24

    “She does not have a busy schedule in the US, as we can see. She doesn’t learn anywhere else. It has all the capabilities to have a easy schedule.” How did you know that? lol Even though she don’t have appearance in TV, It doesn’t mean she’s not doing something in her career.

  • Anny_nanny

    Apparently it’s a family.

  • Anny_nanny

    That I just know about Jessica – she’s on twitter is not reported only her credit card number. If she is not writing on twitter that’s happening, if not discuss her fans – it does not exist. But we can certainly think that this is not so, and somewhere in the mysterious dungeon someone is working on a plan to capture the Universe. Good luck to them!

  • springboard2

    I don’t think that she is trying to be sexy or provocative in this pic. She is just a young girl in a bikini, like the thousands on warm beaches.

    The trouble is that it’s just what she is, and although by everyday standards she could be called a pretty girl, she is just ordinary pretty, and no amount of flesh or provocative poses could put her at the level of Rihanna, Miley Cirus and co.

    She is an all round talented-ish and pretty-ish girl, but she falls short of anything special that would put her on par with successful female singers.

  • justmefornow

    ‘Idol’ alum James Durbin gives back

    …..”This record as a whole just kind of throws genre out the window. I think ‘Parachute’ is a great way to kind of bridge the gap between the style of my first record and then the style of this first record.”…..

  • CanadianLady

    Go, James!

  • CanadianLady

    I hope this works – sounds like he’s following Casey’s style.

  • justmefornow

    Casey is more jazz influenced with his touring musicians whereas James will be him on guitar, with his bass player and his drummer, so more acoustic rock. But yeah definitely a more stripped down version live of the songs for sure.

    James did hint recently about a full electric tour later in the spring when the album comes out, no idea yet who he’d be touring with then. I hope that tour comes my well as well :)

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah, I meant style of touring/promotion as opposed to style of music. :) Smaller venues, acoustic, etc. Those can be good, but it’s not exactly a step up.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Eh, I suspect “what size venue can we reliably fill?” was higher on Durbin’s management’s mind than “ah, that Casey Abrams has a brilliant touring strategy!”

    When I saw Durbin headline in Scottsdale a couple years ago, it was a great show, but I’m not gonna pretend it was anywhere other than a nightclub with a capacity around 250, and while it was full enough to be satisfyingly crowded, it wasn’t at capacity. I’ve seen it emptier for newish acts that were “bigger” in their niche than Durbin in his; it’s just a tough industry for newbies these days.

    He gets points for putting the stylish spin on it, though. That’s correct PR technique.

  • justmefornow

    Actually I saw him during his acoustic radio/tour in era #1 in Jan 2012 and it was just him, Dylan and Blake on guitars. So it’s very similar to era 1 actually, he did that tour during the winter of 2012, then followed by an electric tour starting in April of that year after his Idol appearance.
    I’m guessing they are following a similar playbook with hopefully an Idol appearance around the album release, this time in 2014.

  • CanadianLady

    Ah, okay. I knew he did the acoustic tour for some websites people and so forth when he didn’t sound so wonderful with his single, but must have forgotten they also toured at that time.

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah, you have to keep plugging away. Hoping for the best for him!

  • justmefornow

    Yup, that sounds about right for his headlining gigs that tour. It was only when he was opening for Buckcherry or even Drowning Pool that year that he played in venues of about 1500 to 2000. (Except of course for the festivals that summer with multiple bands. Those averaged in the tens of thousands.)

  • justmefornow

    Yup. A lot of those shows were radio sponsored gigs. Although he did a few one offs in clubs in Jan. that year as well.

  • Dilly

    How many photos of yourself or your relatives were taken at the beach wearing a swimsuit? Hmmm?

  • Dilly

    Concerts are for a large audience, not close ups. That is how you make features stand out from afar. Check out any Broadway actor.

    This is exactly why Jennifer Holliday made over-the-top gestures in her duet with Jessica – because she was thinking she was performing on a big stage and needed projection, not closeup on TV.

  • Dilly

    Then surely you will LOVE this second swimsuit shot of her taken on the tropical beaches of Boracay, Looking young, fit, and successful.