Idol Headlines for 2/1/14

Scotty McCreery will appear on the NBC Special, Legends of The Ice airing at 2:30/1:30 pm NBC. The American Idol season 10 winner tweeted, Loved singing for these #AmericanLegends! Tribute to American Legends of The Ice NBC today 2:30PM ET @DissonSkating.” More info HERE.

Candice Glover performed with Patti Labelle at the 15 annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Candice tweeted, “Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Patti Labelle. So honored!” With a tiny clip of their performance HERE.

Kree Harrison performed at the Opry last Night!

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Local Former American Idol Finalist To Star In Bucks County Cabaret Show – PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–A new cabaret show staring entertainer Justin Guarini will premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse on Valentine’s Day weekend. The show is called Justin Guarini: Lovesick. A humorous cabaret style production filled with music, singing and revealing stories of the entertainer’s relationships throughout his life. “My show starts off everything I learned about love I learned from my parents who were never married but somehow managed to get divorce.” – Read More at CBSLocal

Clay Aiken Could Face Long Odds in a Possible Congressional Race – Recent reports say the former “American Idol” star has been laying the groundwork to run for the House of Representatives this year. Aiken reportedly has already met with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders and is currently hiring campaign staff to prepare a run against Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. But while a run against Ellmers would garner national and increased media attention, the numbers alone are not encouraging for Aiken, a registered Democrat. Although no polls conducted in the district thus far have included him as a candidate, the area’s voting history does not bode well for a Democratic challenger. – Read more at Huffington Post

Carrie Underwood on Opry, Women in Country, and… Mudvayne – A: Which acts do you have your eye on? C: I do love Lauren Alaina. I know a lot of people are into Kacey Musgraves and her writing style. Sarah Darling has such a sweet voice. There are a lot of females that are kind of waiting for their opportunity. A: Who is one artist, from now or from the past, that you would like to share the stage with? C: If I could go back in time—I’ve always been a huge fan and lover of Freddie Mercury. I would listen to him when I was a kid. He could do so many amazing things with his voice. People like that, who had incredible voices, I was always drawn to. I would want to try to do what they do [with their voices]. They were my teachers. – Read more at Glam.com

Jordin Sparks & Jason Derulo Talk Super Bowl

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Premiere Includes Homage to… Duck Dynasty?! – In Drag Race‘s Season 6 premiere (Feb. 24, Logo), contestants are tasked with paying homage to a number of popular TV shows past and present, including Golden Girls, Downton Abbey, Dancing With the Stars and… A&E’s suddenly polarizing reality smash. A source close to Drag Race notes that the episode was shot back in June — well before a media firestorm erupted last month over Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments in a GQ interview. The incendiary quotes, which included him likening being gay to bestiality, led to Robertson’s brief suspension from the show. Because the challenge is an “integral” element of the premiere, the source added, editing it out is not an option. – Read more at TV Line

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Clay’s potential run for Congress sounds less and less promising, given the redistricting of NC-2 which made it a “safe” Republican stronghold.

    But while a run against Ellmers would garner national and increased media attention

    IF Clay runs and wins the Democratic primary, then I could see him gaining national attention from the media in challenging Ellmers, leading to a possible “talking head” job on one of the news programs when he (likely) loses. I’m sure that he’s hoping for a win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this were Clay’s more realistic goal behind this run.

  • curlyenta

    Las Vegas’ Desert Companion magazine names Taylor Hicks ‘Best Headliner’ in their Best of the City – Feb, 2014 edition!

    “The fifth-season “American Idol” winner’s success story actually began in Las Vegas. Stranded in New Orleans the night before Hurricane Katrina and unable to return home to Birmingham, Ala., Hicks was offered a free airplane voucher, and chose Las Vegas, where “Idol” auditions happened to be taking place. After a turn in “Grease” on Broadway, he made his triumphant return last year with a show full of heart, soul and good ol’ Southern charm.” http://issuu.com/nvpr/docs/desert_companion_2014feb?e=3118543/6545348
    (page 61)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4npXsBTt3Fw&feature=player_embedded

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The winners were voted for in an online poll:
    http://www.desertcompanion.com/article.cfm?articleID=782

  • Marko

    A great entertainer, exactly what Idol needs.

  • Larc

    Assuming Clay even gets far enough for his name to be on the Democratic primary ballot, my guess is he will have exactly 2 chances of clearing that hurtle: slim and none. I think the only way he could ever run against Ellmers would be as an independent candidate. Somebody else will be the Democrat in the race.

  • mel432

    I was wondering how he could have beat the headliners (like Celine) in much bigger venues. Idol fans really know how to vote

  • curlyenta

    Well duh! lol It’s a public opinion poll, apparently, the readers of that magazine and people who live in Las Vegas voted (it’s a local publication). Awesome he beat out a ton of other very talented entertainers they could have voted for! Rock on Taylor! ;)

  • L. R. M. L.

    Hopefully Scotty’s appearance on Legends Of The Ice will help further with See You Tonight single and album going up on iTunes. He’s singing 5 songs including See You Tonight.
    #17 this morning on Mediabase. Getting there slowly but surely.

  • Corrine43180

    Naaaah, that poll was being tweeted and posted at idol sites. It wasn’t only local people.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not “duh” because the way that you phrased your post sounded like the staff at the magazine made the choices. As for beating out others, I’m sure that a lot of Taylor stans voted for him without having ever seen his show. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Idol fans really know how to spam. lol

  • Guest

    TMZ just posted a recent picture of D-bag Bieber and his thug friend Khalil breast feeding on a stripper… Awww.

  • mel432

    There are many, many polls out there. The reason Adam Lambert has won over the likes of Gaga and Bieber in many polls is because his fans vote like crazy. (We never see those polls here for obvious reasons.) That doesn’t necessarily mean that person is, in fact, the best or most popular.

    You have to take with a grain of salt anyone who wins an online poll, especially someone from Idol.

  • mel432

    Justin, stop it already.

  • bridgette12

    Do we really need to see this picture?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The site of the online poll did not have restricted access to only “The readers of that magazine and people who live in Las Vegas & southern Nevada”. The voting ballot requires people to write in the names of nominees.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dc2014botc

  • Marko

    You are probably right but I don’t see any harm in that.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It just gives delusional fans something to brag about. lol

  • GRUMPY CAT™

    NO, JUST NO

  • Marko

    Lol indeed

  • No Thanks

    Please remove that nasty picture.

  • elliegrll

    How do you know that his friend is a thug? What has he done that makes him a thug but not Justin?

  • RCormier

    Strange how pictures of Justin with prostitutes, strippers and models are so plentiful but it is almost impossible to get a picture of him smoking pot, using Molly or drinking Sizzurp. Makes you wonder if the stripper pictures are leaked or allowed to be leaked to build up his image as a ladies’ man. Hope not because the guy still has lots of young fans and his team should work just as hard to suppress pictures of him sucking stripper breasts as him smoking pot.

  • curlyenta

    Looks like a pretty interesting happening in Vegas last night. Taylor Hicks and his Vegas promoter on the left, Lance Sherman! Not sure who’s in the middle. lol

    Let Loose Vegas
    Last night in ?#?Vegas
    https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/s403x403/1656126_699110226777643_1935777905_n.jpg

  • Sabrina

    American Idol winner Phillip Phillips said he’s also rooting
    for the Broncos. “I’m a football fan, but not too big on parties. All
    these famous people here — I get weirded out.”

    On Sunday, he’ll be back in his comfort zone — playing music at the
    tailgating party before the game. And then it’s back to working on his
    next album, set to come out in May.

    http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/celebrities/free/20140201athletes-stars-party-espn-super-bowl.html

  • Lexie O’Neill

    The Skating tribute was recorded in December. Tonight, Scotty is scheduled for Augusta, GA and the Boot Scoot Boogie Bash at the Savannah River Rapids Pavilion. http://kicks99.com/

  • dd999

    Just watched the skating Legends Of The Ice show with Olympic Gold Medalist winners, some going back many years. The dedication and hard work that goes into this sport always leaves me in awe. Scotty’s voice and singing was awesome as always, and I couldn’t help think what an honor for Scotty to be chosen to sing for these amazing athletes but then again Scotty is truly one they can look at as another dedicated hard-worker whether it be singing, baseball, academics, Scotty gives it his all! He sang beautifully!!!

  • usedtobelucy

    Wouldn’t be surprising if they let these leak, seems to me. I’m sure they’re looking to move him out of the “nonthreatening boy” idol category into something more, um, exciting to post-pubescent people. So they would leak his non-nonthreatening images that aren’t also illegal. …. He probably doesn’t have a lot of those to choose from.

    Aside from the strippers, he doesn’t seem to do much except get high, drive recklessly, have his father block off areas where it’s safe for him to play, yell incoherently, piss in the wrong places, throw food, and have people carry him when others are walking. That leaves them kind of hard up when it comes to showing him acting like man.

  • justmefornow

    James is performing tonight at a private SuperBowl party in NYC thrown by Wheels-Up (a VIP private jet company). Looks like he also scored some new headphones at another pre-Super Bowl event today.
    Nice :)

    Wind-up Records ?@WindUpRecords
    #HearWhatYouWant @DurbinRock @beatsmusic @beatsbydre #Soho #SuperBowl #Parachute pic.twitter.com/9IEIld9DSR

  • Madilo

    Really album in may ? omg

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  • DragonFly

    For his sake I hope you’re right about him scoring those headphones –he looks to be liking them anyway. Would be nice to get even 1 or 2 pics of tonight.

  • L. R. M. L.

    Yes Scotty was truly amazing singing with the skaters, especially at the end on America the Beautiful. Max Aaron who skated on See You Tonight was also so in synch with Scotty singing. Was perfect.

  • Mia

    That means he is ready to release a lead single by Feb/March. This is great ! There appears to be no hesitation, reworking on his or label’s part with the material they have.

  • girlygirl

    I’m still going to be surprised if they release it that soon, what with him going back out on tour in March and him still recording Supposedly his single isn’t ready yet, since they canceled plans for him perform it (I assume it was going to be the new single, anyway) at the Super Bowl party. That timeline just seems really ambitious to me. I still think it’s more Phillip’s hope rather than anything official on the part of the label. But, having said that, I suppose it’s not impossible that it could be out by then. I know P2 really wants the cd out before he tours this summer, so it could be that he is pushing his team to release it sooner rather than later.

  • Mia

    There is a difference in recording it and performing it live especially because he does not like to do the live version the same as recorded- needs more practice.

    I assume he is going to iron out the kinks in the live version during his Canadian tour. There was a concert date for him in New Mexico in June for which tickets have already gone on sale. I assume more US concert dates will pop up soon. So if he plans to tour US in June/July- release in May makes complete sense.

  • Madilo

    I think by the end of february early march, we’ll get the single.

  • Madilo

    May is not soon though, he has the time all february to record his album ? And i’m sure the single is already in the finish line, so it’s doable imo.

  • TheOther

    It’s more like Jimmy Iovine/Interscope that wants this timeline. Phillip has been in New York full time since the beginning of Jan. He’s rented an apartment. We already know his producer is Greg Wattenberg.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Wow, Candice release in February, P2 release in May & and a new winner announced in May. Which one of the three will get the short end of the stick?

  • Mia

    One have nothing to do with the other. Candice can perform her lead single on Idol, P2 can perform his lead single on Idol. New winner can sing his coronation song on idol. Candice’s album is going to be released 3 months before P2. Winner’s will not be ready for release 4-5 months after P2. They really have no connection to each other. P2 and Candice are doing what is best for their career.

  • Madilo

    Wish them all great things :)

  • mel432

    Has he been watching the new Idol season? “I haven’t, but I wish everyone the best of luck.” He added,”I’m glad I’m done.”

    I still think Phillip could do a better job of being an ambassador for AI. I know he has said in the past he isn’t interested in watching the show. I think all the idols, especially winners, have always been supportive and encouraging. Even if they haven’t had time to watch, they will say they will catch up with it whether from their DVRs or on-line.

  • Mia

    But do they ? He is at least honest.
    Besides look at his schedule, It is a punishing schedule. Almost all of it on the road. He said that he had to buy TV show episodes on iTunes to watch.

  • bridgette12

    Why lie if you don’t have to? If your too busy and don’t have time to watch it, then say so.

  • Madilo

    He doesn’t need to lie though. Being an ambassador has several meanings imo and some of them are releasing music, selling them and performing in events like the Super Bowl Pregame tomorrow :) Every interview and article says the AI winner so…

  • mel432

    Phillip isn’t the only idol who is busy. There are so many supportive things he could say, but he seems to always indicate he is done with the show and moving on.

  • Mia

    He just does not have the diplomatic language but he has legitimate reason not to watch. He is the only idol with more than 150 gigs last year in more than 130 different cities and 3 continents.On his off days he had radio gigs. Where was the time ?

  • Larc

    Although I hope things have changed now, that’s also how he seemed to feel about his parents at one point.

  • Amy Beth

    Did he even watch the show before he was on it?

    I don’t get the sense he sees AI the same way the average fan does. He certainly wasn’t one of those contestants who grew up waiting to audition.

  • Mia

    Really ? Last I heard P2 said he spoke to his parents daily on the road on Skype while on the road with JM unless of course you have some other inside knowledge for the insinuation.

  • mel432

    Just because articles mention he is the AI winner doesn’t mean Phillip is doing his part of being an ambassador. Everyone knows Carrie is a winner and a superstar, but she doesn’t count on articles mentioning that. Phillip needs to take a page out of her book on how to be an American Idol ambassador. And she is not the only one.

  • Madilo

    I said it’s because for you being an ambassador is being encouraging and supportive and i gave you mine above. He’s doing and awesome job in my book :)

    Besides, this is not the first time the subject is discussed, it’s like a broken record, so i’m out.

  • Mia

    His girlfriend is the fan of the show. He was channel surfing one day and caught Casey Abrams on his stand up Base and that is the only reason why he watched the show- because he was such an anomaly on the show with his musicianship and Jazz influence. He watched the show for Casey’s performances and stopped watching when Casey got booted.

  • curlyenta

    Nope, don’t think that’s how this decision by the magazine in declaring Taylor “Best Headliner” went down. It was a poll of their readers and Vegas patrons who determined that. And even if your ‘theory” that it was Taylor’s “stans” to voted him in, it bodes well that he has a TON of them in the Vegas area to overshadowed and beat out other big name headliners. Who knew he was that popular! LOL

  • Larc

    I’m pretty sure I know, but would rather not say. A hint would be that Lee DeWyze is probably looking forward to getting out of the basement. ;)

  • Madilo

    Wasn’t that a TMZ report that was not true ?

  • TheOther

    Phillip is actually the greatest ambassador for Idol – every time his songs are played, tickets are sold to his shows. He’s the most successful from a TV singing show since 2012. He’s sold something like 7M records. Has the biggest song from Idol ever. Scored an AMA nomination. The highly publicized John Mayer tour, Rock of Rio. Now, the Super Bowl. I seriously doubt viewers or TPTB care which alums watches the show.

  • Mia

    All I know is P2 is still very close to his parents and his sisters and his brothers in law and his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s parents. None of us know what went down but whatever did go down did not affect their relationship with one another.

  • Madilo

    That’s what i see too but Larc seemed to take tha false rumor that was posted on TMZ as the truth which is lol

  • mad1son

    “I’m glad I’m done.”

    Ha! Dream on, buddy. It doesn’t matter how much you want to believe you’re above and beyond AI now. The show will never come off your resume.

    P2 does seem to go out of his way to take snippy little potshots at idol, but who cares? It only reflects poorly on himself. Unless there’s another Home on his next album, the odds are he’ll be working that Idol connection as hard as he can in a few years, and we can all enjoy the karma.

  • Madilo

    In the mean time you can watch him perform a 45mn set tomorrow at the Super Bowl Pregame on FOX at 4pm :)

  • TheOther

    Phillip is done with Idol from the perspective he is no longer a contestant. He worked his butt off for Idol and made them lots of money.

  • Mia

    You see what you want to see.

  • Amy Beth

    There’s no way Fox is giving PP 45 minutes of air time on Superbowl Sunday. Bruno Mars is doing the half-time show and he’s only getting 12 minutes.

  • Madilo

    Only one performance will be shown on TV.

  • Mia

    The Tailgate show is 4 hrs long and starts at 2 PM- ends at 6PM in the stadium. There are only 2 musical acts. Band Perry is slated to go first and P2 later on. They both have a 45 min set out of which about 7-10 min worth of footage from P2s will likely be shown nationally. His 45 min set is aimed at the audience in the stadium.

    I don’t know if the whole concert will be shown on NFL channel later on- I hope so. Generally they rehash and rerun extended programming in off season.

  • Mia

    This !!!

  • HKfan

    Its not because he’s too busy and doesn’t have the time., its because he doesn’t like the show. He never watched it before he was on, and hasn’t watched it since.

  • weareallinnocent

    Wow, such a great post!!

  • L. R. M. L.

    Really? LOL

    From my perspective, he can’t sing a lick. He was just lucky that his song was picked up by the Olympic and I’ll leave it at that..

  • weareallinnocent

    Well, I don’t know. Taylor’s voting fans may be more adept than Adam’s, since Taylor’s fans brought home the win for him on Idol. And, sadly, Adam’s fans (myself included) did not. :-)

  • HKfan

    I’ve voted for Adam occasionally in polls on line for a magazine, radio station etc, supposedly for their readers/listeners, and I’m in Asia. Its really nor hard to vote in these polls. And whilst its great for your Idol to win, and sometimes helps get their name out there, it really doesn’t mean anything.

  • TheOther

    From my perspective, he can’t sing a lick. He was just lucky that his song was picked up by the Olympic and I’ll leave it at that.

    No artist can please everyone. Everyone is different. Obviously Phillip has enough people who spend their hard earn money on his music, go see his shows who enjoy him as a life performer.

    It’s also been shown that one song doesn’t always sell a CD.

  • justmefornow

    I’m sure we’ll see some pics, celebs and pro athletes will be there and you know how they like to post pics of themselves, lol.

    Something else of interest I noticed. James has a page on the site for the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. (Notice at the end they mention another tour when the album comes out in April)….

    MHFM ?@mhfm 4h
    Our Picker’s Page is back up after a break during the induction show! Read about James Durbin (@DurbinRock) here! – http://bit.ly/1epazob

  • L. R. M. L.

    Thanks. Have nothing against him but just think he can’t sing.

    And still believe that he had (and still has) extreme luck on his side.

  • curlyenta

    It actually does help quite a lot if you’re headlining a show in Las Vegas. There’s a *lot* of competition there to get people into your show, so being named “The Best headliner” from a major local magazine does influence people to buy tickets to your show.

  • Corrine43180

    Phillip didn’t care what show he went on, he just wanted it get on a reality show competition. He auditioned for Americas Got Talent first. That’s what cracks me up everytime he acts like he’s above it all. Embrace the cheese Phillip.

  • Corrine43180

    Do you know them personally?

  • Sue tiedemann

    Scotty McCreery did a fantastic job on “Tribute to American Legends of the Ice”. His single See You Tonight was fantastic and he also did a beautiful job singing America the Beautiful!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that it’s possible for any fan to really know the true nature of a celeb’s real life relationships.

  • Karen C

    Right, there have been a lot of other Idol winners that were very busy after they were on the show, but they were far more supportive and also appreciative of the show.

    Even if someone hasn’t had time to watch, they could be supportive.

  • Anny_nanny

    They can always ask any other participants in the show about it and they will gladly tell how they keep track of this season in the real-time mode. I see no problem here.

  • Mia

    Of course not but I know what P2 has said in his interviews and his girlfriend, her family, P2s sisters, brother inlaws all of whom are on twitter – their back and forth are easy to follow if you follow P2. There are instagram pics of his family in breaks, holidays. ultimately you chose to believe that or the reliable, legit, non sensationalistic news source such as TMZ. Your call.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t follow P2, but has he ever expressed gratitude to Idol for his music career in public?

  • Mia

    It’s a matter of opinion and the one that seems to be rehashed here over and over every few months. Power to you for yours, I think I am happy with my point of view.

  • Mia

    Of course he has. Just youtube his exchange with Letterman.

  • Anny_nanny

    I hope his record label is not going to sell his second album only to fans of the show, but plans to work in support of the album, and I’m okay with that. AI-fans will be engaged in a new winner, and this is absolutely correct, otherwise the victory of the show does not make sense. Phillip has to work on promotion of the new album as any other artist.

  • Anny_nanny

    Concerts in June? Source?

  • JLE12

    Don’t have an opinion either way concerning P2.
    He is done with Idol and can choose to watch or not. Who cares? It changes NOTHING about him or his success. But, I had to laugh when you said because of his travel, he is to busy. I travel for work, gone 247 nights last year, in different cities all over the place and worked at minimum 8-9 hours everyday not including travel days. I still managed to keep up with whatever TV shows I wanted to watch. There is time if you want there to be and he doesn’t. Big deal.

  • Mia

    *

  • Anny_nanny

    Of course. But people believe that if previous winners follow the show after their victory, Phillip as he who has the most success, must seize people on the street for the sleeve: “Do you know that I won the AI?”
    You need very few know about this show, to assume that all the guys from the South follow them religiously. This is not football and not baseball. And if Phillip must purchase the episodes of his favorite “The Walking Dead” and then find the time in the schedule to see them, I see no reason that he did not sleep nights, catching the show that he was not looking ever.
    When last year he had free time, he looked AI and spoke enthusiastically about the voice of Candice on his twitter.

  • Mia
  • maymay

    Phillip is a Dave Matthew`s rabid fan. This kind of fans are always indifferent to singing shows. It is hard for them to express their passion to these cheesy singing shows.

    But Phillip auditioned for Idol which the whole thing and experience will always make his cool attitude weird and awkward no matter before, now and of course, the future. But it is what it is. His attitude will be blamed forever. This subject has been discussed many times. This time will not be the last time.

    On last season finale, Phillip did two hours live tweets for the finale show on twitter. So he doesn`t really get out Idol.

    As for this season, after Idol used his audition as a promo, on twitter, he said “1 week to go..brings back a lot of memories. #itsreal @AmericanIdol.
    youtu.be/thj4NZUI468.” https://twitter.com/Phillips

    So, Phillip still does some connections with Idol. Not much but still does.

  • maymay

    It always has nothing to do with so called karma. Many winners still flopped no matter how they embraced Idol. If Phillip flops, that must have something to do with his music commerical potential but not his attitude to Idol.

  • girlygirl

    He isn’t going to get anywhere near that much airtime. As I said the other day, the concert is not the focus of FOX’s coverage.The focus is going to be on the Super Bowl, the players and the coaches. They are going to be doing a ton of interviews, features, game analysis, etc. Not to mention commercials, commercials and more commercials. The concert is more for the people who are at the site than it is for tv viewers. They’ll probably televise 1, maybe 2 songs.

  • girlygirl

    I doubt the NFL Network would have any interest in airing this concert. Why would they? — it has nothing to do with football.

  • maymay

    By the way, it is said that Kelly seemed indifferent to Idol after her winning. And Idol fans were angry with her. If it is true, I don`t see any karma for her.

  • jayidrocks

    I don´t see any negativity in this comment ( ” I`m glad I´m done”.)
    You can compare Phillips time on American Idol with a very hard and maybe sometimes unpleasant timeperiod in your life , (for example highschool or college): You are happy, if you have it behind you and you don´t want remember this time so often, but you are thankful, that you had the chance for this because it helped you for the next steps in your life.

  • Corrine43180

    Not so indifferent that he didn’t audition for two of them with one of those being the cheesiest talent show on tv.

  • jayidrocks

    You are right, it is your perspective ,that he can´t sing and some others are with you. But there are a lot people, who have an other opinion. It is all very subjective.

  • Mason

    “Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low…”

  • HKfan

    I thought he fitted the Idol mode perfectly…WGWG!!!

  • dy

    Couple of pictures from the private event Kris played last night in Lake Tahoe…

    http://instagram.com/p/j4KyktvOL9/

    http://instagram.com/p/j3MvZwtze_/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, it’s not exactly an incredible show of gratitude, but when Dave calls Idol a “dung heap”, P2 busts out laughing, and says, “It’s got me where I am today”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqdWVG_s0t8

  • macfae

    Exactly. I don’t think he is being disrespectful at all.,
    I have heard him say many times of how appreciative he is of idol.
    His attitude ( to me ) has always come across as that’s the past, lets talk the present and future.

  • Mia

    Then why show the halftime show too since that has nothing to do with the football.

    Fox which is a National network and is contracted to air the Superbowl nationally will only air a certain portion but the NFL network that has nothing else to really air except NFL draft till the next season begins always has extended reruns of the game and the festivities. I don’t know if they will show P2 or not but to say NFL has nothing to do with it is odd since he is there because of invite from NFL.

  • Mia

    OK Lol you win ! You wanted gratitude so you got gratitude. I am sorry I don’t have either incredible, stupendous, fantabulous, earth shattering or jaw dropping show of gratitude…..Sorry P2 is just not too great with adjectives..

  • maymay

    It is meaningless to be picky about someone`s level of gratitude. Besides, Phillip has expressed his gratitude many times in public. As long as mentioning Idol, he usually expresses his gratitude.

  • Summerlake

    He still finds time for The Walking Dead.

    Carrie is probably as busy as they come and she still finds time to watch.

  • Mason

    Yeah he should have said “I’m eternally grateful to Idol. I’m indebted to Idol for at least 7 generations. I’ll try my utmost best to make time to watch Idol for as long as the show is on tv”

  • maymay

    When with music stuff, Phillip is always indifferent to some things. For example, he misunderstood Jimmy Lovine`s “If he stands still” metaphor on his season. Or he in public expressed that he didn`t want Home to be his first single. So his cool attitude to Idol is not unusual. Besides Idol thing, he is also indifferent to many things if things connect with music.

    People always put their feet into their mouth. For example, the rock genre pursues so called authenticity but also pursues the big commerical success. They are anti paternalism but also anti female.

    So being contradictory is people`s nature everyday and everywhere. It is what it is.

  • Pippygirl

    Well TWD is a much more entertaining show ;)

    I don’t think Phillip is obligated to watch Idol for the rest of his life just because he won the show.
    (Of course now I’m imagining a 50 year old PP strapped in front of his television and cursing, “Will this damn show never get cancelled!”).

    However I will admit that his too cool for school attitude toward Idol does annoy me just a bit.

  • Anny_nanny

    Carrie looks not show because she won ten years ago, but because she was a fan of the show before. & David Cook too. I am sure they are both not miss a single episode, if there have not been any serious reasons.

  • macfae

    Audio from Kree’s performance at the Opry 1/31/14

    https://soundcloud.com/kreepers-1/kree-harrison-grand-ole-opry

  • macfae

    I’m expecting that he’ll be breaking in some of the new songs too. I’m envious of our Canadian neighbors who’ll be seeing those shows.
    But I’m sure ( hope ) there will be lots of video.

  • supersonic

    They’re not going to show 7-10 minutes of Philip Philips performing. They’ll probably show about 30 seconds or maybe even a minute then go back to the talking heads who are doing the pre-game show and focus on them.

    NFL Network will not be showing the concert later. They re-air the Super Bowl. Not the pre-game festivities.

  • DragonFly

    Re. the end of this article’s again confirming a tour for CELEBRATE–I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next!!

  • breakdown

    How would he know that Casey was an anomaly unless he watched singing shows?

  • Kariann Hart

    I’m so happy Candice had this opportunity to sing with Patti. So cool…

  • Dewayne Boyd

    Remember this guy worked two jobs to buy his guitar. He is passionate about music for sure. Everyone who is successful in life is lucky. An heir to a fortune is lucky. A CEO may have worked hard, but 5000 other people could have gotten the same job. But some people give themselves the best opportunity to be lucky. And Philip definitely did that.

  • breakdown

    Especially when they have been given go-phones.

  • Madilo

    I know that girly and i said it to Amy below, he has a 45mn set but one performance will be shown. He said so in an interview there’s no speculation needed imo.

  • Madilo

    This !

  • jayidrocks

    But I also don´t see exactly a “I´m above this all” or “I´m too cool for school” attitude, but the opposite: he comes across humble and a bit shy.

  • jayidrocks

    … hopefully an other song than “Home”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Look. I’m just responding to what P2 said in a video that was recommended as an example of his public expression of gratitude to Idol. Of course, I don’t expect anything like your sarcastic comment, but if that video was supposed to be a great example of P2’s kind of public gratitude to Idol, I think that I am not out of line with my comment about it not being very impressive. If you have a better (more typical) example, then post it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Again, I’m responding to an example that was recommended to me by a fan (since I don’t follow him). If this is a typical example, then I still think that it’s pretty understated. If you have a better example of his typical public gratitude to Idol, then supply it, or your criticism has no merit to me.

  • Amy Beth

    Home would remind viewers of the Olympics, which are starting in 4 days on a different network!

    So probably a different song.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that P2 is fundamentally a nice guy who isn’t the best as expressing himself in public. I do think that he recognizes his strengths and limitations, and I’ve always appreciated his candor about his limited singing abilities. As for the “I´m above this all” or “I´m too cool for school” attitude, he should remember that he tried out for AGT and Idol to get his break, so if he really is trying to project that attitude, it’s a joke.

  • Mia

    Because his girlfriend and his mother are fans of the show and watched it. His girlfriend is always tweeting about the show. P2s musical tastes were influenced by his brother-in-law who played in Rock Bands, who does not watch the show. Also, P2 was a guitar player first and has always thought of himself as a guitar player. He did not start singing till he was 18.

    Just see his full audition on youtube where Ryan Seacrest is interviewing his mother where she says that she has seen every season since the show came on and was a big fan of Ryan Seacrest.

    His Mom wanted him to try for the show for a few years but he refused till he saw Casey play jazz on a stand up base.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “When with music stuff, Phillip is always indifferent to some things. For example, he misunderstood Jimmy Lovine`s “If he stands still” metaphor on his season. Or he in public expressed that he didn`t want Home to be his first single.”

    I wouldn’t characterize P2’s attitude towards having “Home” as his first single as “indifferent” at all. He publically objected to the song and clearly he cared a lot to express that objection. Not “indifference”, or he would have just not cared.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Well, since he’s introduced as the “American Idol winner”, his origins are never a mystery whenever he appears on television. I didn’t ask about whether P2 watches Idol. I honestly don’t care if he does, and lots of former Idol alums are too busy in their careers to catch the show regularly, so that isn’t an issue for me. Nice that he complimented Candice, but that doesn’t address the issue of gratitude to Idol. Do you have a typical example of P2’s public expression of gratitude to Idol? Please supply it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If you have a more typical example of P2’s gratitude, then please post it.

  • Anny_nanny

    With my knowledge in English? Are you kidding me, I’m sure. I understand judges of the AI only third words. (OK, so I loved Randy and his mighty vocabulary. LOL)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Nope, don’t think that’s how this decision by the magazine in declaring Taylor “Best Headliner” went down. It was a poll of their readers and Vegas patrons who determined that. ”

    That is incorrect, as I posted earlier (in a response to you) the link to the online ballot that the magazine used to vote in this poll that was accessible to everyone, not just readers and Vegas patrons.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dc2014botc

    As for the number of votes that were received, it’s likely that the poll could easily be spammed, so those numbers are not an indication of the number of fans any of the nominees have who voted.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m asking for a link to an interview or video where P2 expressed his gratitude to Idol. Since you said “of course”, I assumed that you were aware of many examples of that. If not, no big deal.

  • justmefornow

    Journey of a Frontman
    Sitdown Series: James Durbin

    …”It’s no secret that he has an extraordinary talent for singing with some of the most impressive pipes in quite some time. With his live show, he brings the soul of the sixties, the arena rock stage presence of the seventies and eighties, the powerful songwriting of the nineties, and the 2000s influence of dominant bands such as 30 Seconds To Mars and Muse”….

    http://journeyofafrontman.com/2014/02/02/sit-down-series-james-durbin/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It will be interesting to see if they air P2 singing one of his own compositions.

  • jayidrocks

    He always says, that he is glad he is done with AI as competition with him as part of, but he is blessed to stand where he is now because of winning AI, because of the fans and Jimmy Lovine.

  • jayidrocks

    I´m hoping for one of his co-writes GUGD. The song is catchy and fun inspiring.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yet, P2 auditioned for AGT prior to Idol, so it appears that he just wanted to find a way to get his break and wasn’t fussy about what the show was about or its content. I have no problem with this, unless now, he’s trying to behave like he’s above those shows (I don’t follow him enough to know about this). Historically, it’s probably a good idea not to pay too much attention to the public stories that are put out there for PR purposes.

  • maymay

    Letterman show is a talk show that is supposed to be fun. And Phillip is always a fun guy too.

    As for the typical public gratitude, for example:

    “To some the show is a big deal, for me it’s not as much, I mean I am grateful for everything that has come from it, but in general I am not a competitive person and I really don’t like performing on TV.”
    http://goo.gl/1wMhqk

    Phillip also knows how to credit other people. He mentioned how grateful he is for the great band in “Idol,” and that, when the “Idol” tour is through, he will miss not just his fellow Idols, but members of the production staff and security, too.
    http://goo.gl/GmLjvK

  • Anny_nanny

    I almost don’t understand what they say in the video, I can only read, but I don’t save the links and I have never come across extensive transcript of the interview Phillip. Besides, I usually am looking for jokes and silliness. But if I remember and can find the link – I will bring it to you.

  • maymay

    I mean, with sales, Home was a great coronation single that would sell a lot. But Phillip didn`t care about its commerical potential so he refused it to be a lead single in public. Phillip cared about music but was indifferent to sales.

  • L. R. M. L.

    Last night Scotty performs at the Annual Boot Scoot Boogie Event

    This is the largest fundraiser for the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross that services 10 counties in the area during emergencies.

    http://www.wjbf.com/story/24610928/scotty-mccreery-performs-at-annual-boot-scoot-boogie-event#.Uu3dB6zGOPk.twitter

    He has been performing to quite a few charity events in the last few weeks. Really giving back.

  • justmefornow

    One thing that’s looks like is next is a Vegas stop on this tour:

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock 9h
    Looks like I may be putting in a #vegas show before the end of this tour ????

  • Corrine43180

    Lolol. “for some, Idol is a big deal, for me it’s not as much..” and “I’m not competitive and I don’t like singing on TV”. He should have finished with ” even tho I auditioned for two separate competitive singing shows, that wasn’t really me, cuz I’m cooler than that”

    These examples really aren’t helping his case lol.

    It is what it is and that’s fine, his fans don’t care and outside the idol bubble, no one probably knows or cares.

  • Sassycatz

    Huh? I don’t believe that for a second. First of all, he’s now in the music business and he clearly wanted to be in the music business. If he didn’t care about commercial success he wouldn’t have ever tried out for Idol or AGT or any other commercial talent competition. If he’s not interested in a song being a commercial success, then he’s a fool because commercial success, of some sort, is his bread and butter.

    The success of “Home” and P2’s initial disassociation from it has always struck me as amusing, really self-*un*aware, and almost ungracious. When it comes to most Idol coronation songs, they were just bad. Just bad. No one could make them a big success. David Cook’s song was a hit, but no one on this planet would ever say that the song represented his type of music, fit him to a tee, or could’ve ever been a song he would’ve penned. On the other hand, “Home” fit P2 like a glove. It was totally in his wheelhouse and he was damn, damn lucky to get it.

  • Madilo

    I would love too lol

  • Madilo

    Why ?

  • roarpen

    Good for him. But he is still not coming anywhere near me. : ( How was the show that you attended?

  • Mason

    Or better yet perhaps you should advise him how to answer any random question posed to him in any random interview on the go that is acceptable to YOU

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that P2 really wanted a break and he realized that shows like AGT and Idol would be the best (and fastest) ways to achieve that. He had to be competitive enough to want to stay on the show as long as possible, and even endured a fair bit of pain and suffering with his kidney condition in order to stay on the show. Perhaps, he means that he’s not competitive with the other contestants, and I think that may be true.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Still no example of P2’s public gratitude to Idol? OK. I guess that you aren’t aware of any.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s OK, don’t bother spending the time.

  • shell29

    The NFL Network will be too busy breaking down and analyzing the SB post game (and probably debating this year’s Hall of Fame inductees which were announced last night) to care about re-airing a pregame ‘tailgate’ concert. It’s a nice gig but it’s not that important the grand scheme of Super Bowl-related events. I seriously doubt they’ll re-air that concert-the NFL Network’s viewership likely doesn’t care all that much about it.

  • Axxxel

    “Im glad I’m done”…. I think he is referring to the auditions (3 of which 2 in front of producers), Hollywood rounds, live performances etc…

  • Incipit

    Two things strike me about this conversation – lately, I’ve been reading a great deal of information about Millennials in the Workplace – and Millennials and TMI. (Born between 1980 and 1999 – about an oncoming Culture Clash with generations that preceded them as they join the workforce. Google?)

    Phillip doesn’t come across as self-aware, at all – his communication skills are proof – and an example of TMI is this phrase from Maymay’s quote – “To some the show is a big deal, for me it’s not as much,”which could easily have been omitted without changing the jist of his message. It leaves me wondering if this is just a common state of affairs with Millennials who have had absolutely no training in communicating with other generations? IDK – but it’s plausible.

    As Corrine43180 points out – those examples don’t help his case.

    The other thing that jumps out is the Ambush Tactic from the hosts of these shows – like Letterman calling Idol “a dung heap” – and Philip’s answer not disagreeing w/that assessment – points out again that many of them either don’t get much Media training – or it just doesn’t take.

    I think Phillip’s got Millennial Hoof in Mouth disease and he often adds TMI that can cast him in a bad light… in lieu of training in Public speaking – the self-awareness he needs will probably only come with age and experience – He doesn’t have much of either one right now.

    Academically, it makes an interesting discussion – I’m not a fan of his voice or his music – – but I’m interested to see how the next crop of alums do with the media…

    JMO. Of Course

  • Madilo

    To sum it, it appears that it doesn’t bother Idol at all that Phillips is an “ungreatful” kid who “doesn’t” say “nice” things about the show because they still invite and promote him while, sometimes, ignoring the “grateful” kids, so unfair of them to do ugh lmao.

  • shell29

    Thank you-this myth that these guys don’t care about commercial success needs to be debunked every time. These Idol alums wouldn’t go through the trouble of auditioning for this show if they didn’t want commercial success. Otherwise they could have stayed home and continued playing side gigs, etc.

    The thing with P2’s initial attitude about Home was funny to me as well. Of course at the time he made those comments he didn’t envision the song becoming this massive multiplatinum hit (although many felt it was one of the best coronation singles ever handed to an Idol winner-and this was before the song became huge). But it does go against the notion that he’s some musical genius who always knows what works best for him when he wanted to distance himself from his biggest hit to date-the song that is largely responsible for the success and opportunities he has experienced since he won.

  • girlygirl

    You don’t have to be in Vegas to vote in that poll. You can live anywhere and vote on pretty much any online poll. I’ve lost count of how many Idols have won online polls over far more successful/famous artists because Idol fans/stans power vote. Unless an ex-Idol is going up against someone else with a super invested fanbase (like 1D or Bieber, someone like that) the Idol has a very good chance of winning any poll. And the polls that pit ex-Idol vs ex-Idol? Nothing but bait for tired old fanwars. In the end, most of these polls mean very little in terms of helping anyone’s career. I know most radio stations haven’t suddenly started ex-Idols’ singles after they win one of these polls, for example. They get maybe a brief blip of press, and then everybody forgets about it.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    It leaves me wondering if this is just a common state of affairs with Millennials who have had absolutely no training in communicating with other generations? IDK – but it’s plausible.

    Y’know, I remember Baby Boomers making the exact same “they’re self-absorbed and have no communication skills” claims about my Gen X, and I’ve seen sources where pre-Boom generations made that claim about Baby Boomers when they were young. It usually goes along with “have no work ethic,” which I’m sure P2 isn’t guilty of.

    I think the “aw, shucks, I’m too focused on my music to do spin” is by now as much a part of P2’s OMG!authentic image as the perpetual gray shirts. It works for his target audience.

    It’s not my first preference on how to communicate, but since P2 seems to get all rewards and no serious penalties for it, I’ve resigned myself to this being what he does.

  • Madilo

    He only gets penalties here which is more than fine lmao

  • Pippygirl

    I have noticed that when it comes to Idol contestants, it seems the prevailing wisdom is that those who have had success owe it to their “musical genius” and industry savvy, while those who struggle do so because of personality flaws, naivete etc.
    Personally I’ve felt that luck, and in particular lucky timing, plays an even more important part in success for these alums.

  • gclay

    I’m just laughing at the fact that there is a magazine called “Las Vegas Desert Companion”

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I know most radio stations haven’t suddenly started ex-Idols’ singles after they win one of these polls, for example.

    I can recall at least one case where the radio station that ran the poll and had promised to play the winning Idol’s single attempted to renege on the promise, then finally gave it ONE spin and called it done. That was considered a triumph of fan activism, as most stations running those polls gave the single ZERO spins.

    Meanwhile, Clay Aiken is probably fantasizing about getting North Carolina to initiate online voting with no proof of residency required…

  • Tess Herself

    I believe that in the grand scheme of things almost any corporation (and Idol is a corporation) doesn’t care too much about what someone may say in alluding to the corporation as long as that individual keeps adding to the financial coffers. They have gone through law-suits, bad press, put up with Taylor Hicks, felt the stinging arrows slung from Kelly, and have never gagged anyone from speaking their minds. “Good Vibes” coming from past contestants shouldn’t, in my opinion, be an automatic invitation for Idol to embrace them in the future. Having a happy camper on the show doesn’t necessarily lead to better ratings or interest, which is what Idol wants and needs.

  • Sassycatz

    It didn’t hurt that the winners, since Interscope took over, were working directly with the label all along as opposed to having the label sitting on the side, having nothing to do with them. Plus, earlier winners being encumbered with “winning” songs that had almost nothing to do with their strengths, genre, wheelhouse, or *especially* with what was selling in the commercial marketplace. Frankly, I blame Candice’s current position, not just on the manipulations of Idol last year, but with Interscope’s almost total hands-off, “who me?” attitude towards her — unlike how they treated both Scotty and Phillip. They seemed to take a role reminiscent of RCA this past season, as opposed to the very active role they played in the two previous seasons.

  • Anny_nanny

    I wonder, only I can understand the words of Phillip about the reluctance of commercial success only as a reluctance to alter yourself in favor of success? Maybe it’s my bad English. But while Jimmy is not trying to makes him sing pop (I remember about “So Easy”, but I know how it ended), I am quite satisfied with the results. Because Phillip can write and perform music that he loves writes, Jimmy can give him a new “Home”, as Phillip himself into a state choose GGG without help from Jimmy.

  • Pippygirl

    Your response seems to go along with my idea that timing plays a huge role in whatever success these alums have.
    I predict that if Candice does poorly with her album, much will be said within the idol bubble of Candice’s poor attempts at marketing herself during interviews, not knowing her strengths and weaknesses…..well you get my drift.

  • Incipit

    I just looked this quote up two days ago for a different post, in another context – so forgive me if I am pleased to be able to use it again – effective search strings can be the very devil to create! Heh.

    One Idol Alumni speaking on how Idol reacts to Brand Loyalty, in his opinion. Which is a lot more ‘informed’ than my assumption/observation/opinion would be.

    ” Michael Johns said in 2009, on EW, at the launch of the “American Idol Experience” at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL with a lot of other Idol Alums:

    “The thing about Idol is, if you’re respectful of it, and you enjoy it, and you’re a good ambassador for the show, you’re in it for life,” says Johns…”

  • usedtobelucy

    Thanks. I needed that. ha

  • justmefornow

    Terrific! I posted a brief re-cap in the headlines thread of that day 1/24. He was sounding better than ever and he had tons of fun in the arcade there as well.

    (Plus, I brought him some belated birthday gifts too including this hat because it’s been so cold here lately, lol)…

  • Mia

    He is incredibly ambitious.

    He has said in several Radio interviews that one day he hopes to be where John Mayer is, headlining his own shows in amphitheaters. That is not a small ambition. He is going to work very hard to give that dream his best shot. The evidence is that he is working incredibly hard.

    What he has also said repeatedly is that he wants to get there with music that is authentic to him and at personal level steadfastly being who he is.

    When he says he does not care for success, he means that he does not care for success at the cost of his personal or artistic integrity.

    There are no makeover gurus hovering over him and his label is letting him call all the shots on the album no 2.

    You don’t see him dating a celebrity, partying his nights away or doing something risqué to get the media buzz.

  • Anny_nanny

    “What he has also said repeatedly is that he wants to get there with music that is authentic to him and at personal level steadfastly being who he is.”

    This!

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    his label is letting him call all the shots on the album no 2

    If Interscope is giving him no input at all on a viable radio single, they have failed to learn from experience. Launching a successful sophomore album on pure fanbase => 80%+ drop in sales.

    I could believe Interscope is going with the same deal as album #1 (“we pick a minimum of two singles, and you can veto but we’ll bring you another one then, and the rest is yours to do as you like”). I cannot believe Interscope is blowing off the radio question entirely in favor of “whatever you want goes,” especially when WWCF was not a major AAA hit, so it’s not like there’s proof that P2 has sterling radio judgment.

  • http://mjsbigblog.staging.wpengine.com/ mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please keep the “is Phil Phillips grateful or not ” conversation in the threads that have already been started. Posting a new comment at the top of the page is unnecessary, and makes it hard for readers who are wading through the comments who don’t care and are looking for for conversations they might be interested in.

    And I ban the first person who drags the topic into today’s headlines thread. lol.

  • Mia

    WWCF was a label decision.

    I don’t think songs P2 wrote for album 1 were aimed for radio success. They were just good songs.

    This time he has attempted to write/cowrite stuff that can be a good single. The label must have liked it as from his interviews it looks like the single is ready just needs performance practice.

  • jayidrocks

    I have to disagree, GUGD would have been a radio friendly song.

  • Mia

    I totally agree with you. Such a great pity that did not get a chance as a single.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The label must have liked it as from his interviews it looks like the single is ready just needs performance practice.

    If it really just needed performance practice, P2 and his band would have practiced it so as to perform it today. He announced the decision not to perform it a couple days ago. Delaying this kind of soft launch means the song needs tweaking as a song.

    Inexperienced songwriters don’t just decide “my next song will be a radio hit” and write a radio hit with no outside intervention or feedback. It’s a great mythos, but it’s not how reality works.

  • Mia

    I did not say he did not get a feedback. Obviously he must have. It is too big a decision for him to have taken it on his own.

    He may need tweaking of the song or performance of the song but he has a song.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I can’t speak for the whole Idol bubble, but I won’t think it’s any of those three things. I think she was given a poor coronation song, just like many before her, but somehow she didn’t have the fanbase right off the show to make it work (poor tv viewership, etc.). In my mind, TPTB interpreted that to mean she’s just not got “it.” And then everything else is dominoes….sadz.

  • jpfan2

    I hope the label plays a big part and secures another hit for him. I get why people see him as ungrateful but P2 comes across as very sincere to me. What you see is what you get and that’s part of the appeal. He’s not a big fan of the show and doesn’t pretend to be.

  • shell29

    I agree with you. I think luck and great timing do play a big part in the success of these alums. I feel like Lee (for example) was a victim of bad timing (and a label that really didn’t support him).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Your sarcasm is unwarranted.

  • CanadianLady

    He did a super job!

  • Madilo

    That bwas not the case though. They showed his whole performance :)