Idol Headlines for 4/7/14

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Carrie Underwood will debut a new song tonight, at the ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops taping. The concert will air on CBS on May 20. Reportedly, it’s called “Keep Us Safe” and is co-written by Carrie, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Shane McAnally.

Ben Briley plans homecoming concert – A free concert featuring Briley is set for Thursday, April 24 on the square in downtown Gallatin. The performance is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will also serve as a fundraiser for the historic Palace Theatre. “It’s a real big honor to be able to do this,” Briley said about what will be his first public performance since leaving the show. “I’m really grateful that they wanted me to play.” -Read more at the Tennessean

Reality Check: Was the Idol Save Wasted? Plus: Too Much Power for Shakira & The Voice Judges?

Read more at TV Line

James Durbin Gives Acoustic a Chance at Yahoo Music – James Durbin made a name for himself on “American Idol” as Season 10′s resident rocker — screaming for vengeance with Judas Priest, grandly brandishing a Gothic cane while covering Muse, covering Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” movie theme, and coining the widely obeyed catchphrase “give metal a chance!” But there’s a softer side to James, as evidenced by his new toned-down look, the poppier sound of his sophomore album, “Celebrate” (on which he co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks), and his recent unplugged performances at Yahoo Music. – Read more at Yahoo Music

IN MY DREAMS official ABC trailer

New Hallmark movie, starring Katharine McPhee

Natalie (Katharine McPhee) and Nick (Mike Vogel) don’t know each other, but they share lots in common. They’re both frustrated in their work lives (Natalie is managing a failing restaurant; Nick is working as an unappreciated architect for an unpleasant boss). And they’re both frustrated in the romance department (Natalie despairs of finding Mr. Right; Mike’s meddling mother — played by JoBeth Williams — is forever trying to set him up with candidate girlfriends). After tossing coins in Hayward Fountain, Nick and Natalie start dreaming about each other. But here’s the catch: they may be perfect for each other, but according to fountain mythology, they only have a week to turn those sweet dreams into fabulous reality.

Keith Urban Says Nicole Kidman ‘Does an Amazing Job’ Keeping Family Together – “I always give props to Nic,” said Urban, 46. “Because we travel so much as a family, she does an amazing job keeping everybody together. She’s got the kids’ schedule dialed in, she’s dropping them off even in the middle of her work. I couldn’t do any of this without her.” – Read more at People

Simon Cowell’s ‘Got Talent’ Sets Guinness Record for World’s Most Successful TV Format – LONDON – The Got Talent franchise on Monday officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the globe’s most successful reality TV format. Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said the official record book keeper has verified the show’s number one ranking. The format, created by Cowell, first launched as Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 and has subsequently been adapted for broadcast in 58 countries, the producers said. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

‘Dancing With the Stars’: ABC’s Aging Reality Show Tries to Skew Younger With Changes – In an effort to stem steep ratings declines, Dancing With the Stars is changing its tune. After the move last year to a combined performance and results show failed to give the ABC reality flagship a lift, producers are overhauling the show with more current music, a new co-host in Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews and increased audience participation. Dancing is still a force in total viewers, averaging 15 million last season, but those viewers are now 62.1 years old, making it the grayest broadcast show not on CBS. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Peta’s DWTS Blog: ‘It’s a Very Strange Feeling’ Being Charlie’s Partner This Week – I think James’s bullying package during last week’s show was such a strong message for kids in school. Bullying happens everywhere, all over the world, and usually, most kids have a story dealing with it. I think he just wanted to share the message with everybody that everything is going to be all right if you stay strong and keep pushing through with your dreams. – Read more at People

DWTS’ Erin Andrews: Reports of On-Set Tension “Had Me Worried” – “I’ve got to be honest. … It kind of got me worried and scared,” Andrews told TVGuide.com last week, noting that she immediately called producers to do damage control. “I just went back and forth with the producers like, ‘Are we good here? Please tell me what I need to work on. Please tell me what I need to do. ‘And they’re like, ‘We couldn’t be happier.’” – Read more at TV Guide

  • Anna106

    I watch DWTS, but my husband only watched it when Kellie Pickler danced (and just for her dance). Last week he caught a glimpse of Erin Andrews and asked what she was doing on the show. When I told him, he said, “Maybe I’ll have to watch!”

  • windmills

    The song Carrie’s performing at tonight’s taping, via @Typo21 (who found out from somebody backstage at the ACMs) is “Keep Us Safe,” and Carrie cowrote it with Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally. I’m hoping for a beautifully emotional country tune that was written without any pressure to be a current radio single! It was written for the Salute To The Troops special & news of its debut is being kept under pretty tight wrap. I’m thinking it may become a charity single when the show airs on 5/20 and that this is one of the “special projects” Carrie referred to in a recent blog.

  • justmefornow

    Yahoo Music ?@YahooMusic
    James Durbin Gives Acoustic a Chance at Yahoo Music http://yahoo.trib.al/JVuYkV1

  • Marko

    This headline sounds cynical.

  • Carriefan1

    Katharine McPhee’s new movie: “In My Dreams”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d44MryaETm0

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    “101 Kick-Ass Music Covers” (of magazines, not cover songs), an AdWeek listicle probably blatantly intended as click-bait, but kinda fun since it goes all the way back to Eddie Cantor and includes a lot of pop icons looking much, much younger than they are now. For reality-show connection, there’s Christina Aguilera being pregnant and One DIrection posing with puppies.

    http://www.adweek.com/news/press/101-kick-ass-music-covers-156788

    ETA: AdWeek’s current online issue features the music industry, so there’s lots of worthwhile content that has a bit more depth.

  • justmefornow

    It’s really not, lol. It’s a very good interview.

  • justmefornow

    Baby Durbin on the way!!

    PEOPLE Babies ?@CBBVips
    James Durbin (@DurbinRock) has plenty to #Celebrate – he’ll welcome his second child in November: http://peoplem.ag/vwuIG

  • Marko

    Lyndsey Parker is an excellent interviewer. I bet she couldn’t resist to put “give a chance” in the title.

  • bridgette12

    There is nothing in that snippet that would motivate anyone to watch this movie. She is a dead fish, couldn’t act to save her life. How she keeps getting parts I don’t know.

  • Marko

    I have the impression that Kat is the most hated person in the blogosphere.

  • justmefornow

    The play on words was pretty obvious, lol. But she has always fangirled over James, so I knew it would be tongue -in-cheek.

  • Tess Herself

    Probably not the most hated but the consensus Idolette that has done the most with the least.

  • Marko

    Lol. Good description.

  • Amy Beth

    Peaches Geldof, the 25 y.o. daughter of Bob Geldof, the man behind Band Aid and Live Aid, has been reported dead. Sadly, her own mother died of a drug overdose when she was a child.

  • nick

    HALEY REINHART achieved and exceeded her $30,000 funding campaign goal with 12 days left. Still time left to donate. Music video will begin shooting in May for her new single “Show Me Your Moves”.
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/haley-reinhart-new-music-video

  • Incipit

    Good for Haley! These funding projects are not always successful.

  • Incipit

    Very sad news. I just saw the other day that she was mentioned in one of those ‘Children of Stars’ articles on the web – otherwise I may not have known who that was. A shame that her life came to this.

  • ptslittlecomment

    She also posted several photos of her mother on her facebook account just prior to her death. I hope that there is not some sort of meaning/ connection there ( i.e. deliberate death) . Geldof’s statement is heartbreaking (which is what I am sure his heart is doing)

    He told the BBC

    “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken. Bob, Jeanne, Fifi, Pixie and Tiger Geldof.”

  • bridgette12

    No, probably the most laughed at, that someone with very little acting ability, keeps getting acting jobs. She’s better at stealing other women’s husband than being believable in any her roles.

  • Tia Lakandula

    Angie Miller is traveling to South East Asia for Fox International Channels

    In exactly 1 week I will be flying to Thailand, Vietnam, then Indonesia for a Press/Promo tour! Hope to meet #Dreamers there!! Details soon!— Angie Miller (@angiemiller) April 1, 2014

  • Q3

    Adam has been in Stockholm working on his album for the past 4 weeks, and after working with producers this morning is heading home. (Presumably to Los Angeles.)

    Hopefully, he is done with recording and we will get new music soon rather than “soonish” ;).

  • ptslittlecomment

    She is not the first beauty who has gotten cast in leading roles simply for her looks, not talent. Hollywood especially is an appearance driven town. She may knock better qualified actresses from the parts but she will not be remembered (in a positive way anyway) for them.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Melinda Doolittle is doing an all request Stageit show 4/22

    https://www.stageit.com/melinda_doolittle/all_requests_live/35788

  • Q3

    She is Idol’s answer to “Tory Spelling”. ;)

  • ptslittlecomment

    Very apt.

  • Marko

    Melinda rocks.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Reality Check: Was the Idol Save Wasted? Plus: Too Much Power for Shakira & The Voice Judges?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymUas4OwIJw

  • bridgette12

    I think his “soon” will be late fall,

  • bridgette12

    Lol! good comparison.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Could David Cook be a guest mentor on AI this week?

    David Cook @thedavidcook
    Interesting things are afoot… pic.twitter.com/YVA3cE98uX

  • bridgette12

    If it’s true, he would be a good choice.

  • Incipit

    Whut! That’s Sam in that long shot, isn’t it? The Game’s Afoot!

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Could David Cook be a guest mentor on AI this week?

    Given how loudly the Idolsphere has bitched about this year’s contestants not being Cook or Lambert — and that Lambert’s already mentored — having Cook mentor would be hilariously and aptly meta.

    If so, one hopes he’s good at explaining how to do things, as well as at doing them.

  • Incipit

    Yeah, especially if we are talking about the ‘wall’ put up between the contestant and the audience, and how to tear it down!

  • weareallinnocent

    That’s exactly what I’m thinking. I bet they even sell it that way. “The kids are working on connecting, and who better to mentor them than David Cook!” Honestly, they should simply single out Sam and the “wall connection” with David. But, they probably won’t.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Yeah, I’m thinking we’re going to be told over and over in the packages (which I don’t watch anyway) that the contestants — and Woolf in particular — value mentoring on how to connect and make a song your own and HAVE connected and MADE IT THEIR OWN and CONNECTED, damn it, whether it’s true or not.

    So if this is the game plan, I hope it turns out to be true that they connect, as I’d rather be pleased at the performances than enraged by the lies.

  • Incipit

    Yes, they probably will sell it like that. IDK how much damage can be undone in one visit – keeping expectations reasonable, and hyperbole free – which I’m sure Idol won’t do — but there’s still no way I’m missing Wednesday night!

  • Trina

    YEEESSS I said 2 weeks ago he would be the perfect contestant to mentor these kids.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Loved what Melinda said about CJ and his pitch problems. lol

  • Sassycatz

    Well, this definitely can’t hurt. (Anyone is better than Randy.) But, it’s not always the case that someone who’s particularly good at something, can necessarily translate that or teach it to others — even a few others and over such a short amount of time. I’ll be mighty curious. Also, I’m not holding my breath about screen time. Idol always says, “so and so is mentoring” and we barely see seconds of them. So, we’ll see how much we’ll get to hear of what Mr. Cook says to each (or to any) of them.

    In any event, they have my attention.

  • Incipit

    Exactly.

  • Sassycatz

    They can fix it by auto tuning his recordings, which they may very well have been doing, Miss Melinda! That’s probably what JLo meant and she’d probably know. ;-)

  • babyspock

    I’m not going to use hate because compared to the vitriol that is always thrown at a few of the other idols she really isn’t getting it that badly. She’s just not getting the positive comments to balance things out. But wasn’t she “not liked” during her season even before all these things you chastise her for have happened? During her season I didn’t venture out from my regular message board to other boards or blogs, but by what got brought back from other posters, she was “not liked” by most of the other fanbases. It was not surprising that she was not liked by most of the more hardcore idol fans – she’s a very beautiful girl with a reserved personality. It was probably due to the casual fans that earlier seasons had and how fracture the hardcore fans were that she was able to finish second.

  • Marko

    Great news.
    Let’s call some girls mentors next time.

  • Nedsdag

    I always thought she should’ve chose a modeling career or become a back up singer.

  • Sassycatz

    Melinda Doolittle. We know she’s seen all the performances and she’s already been evaluating them.

  • SloDancer

    Alex would benefit from Cook’s mentor role, and maybe Jessica, but I’m waiting for Harry to step up and spend some time with Malaya since he knows “so well” what ails her.

  • SloDancer

    “Rained $100 bills to get the viewers excited”…selling us cheap.

  • weareallinnocent

    I’m hoping early fall after the Queen tour wraps. But, yeah, not that soon.

  • Mel432

    It is forever a competition to idol fans. Taylor Hicks fans, in particular, detest Kat, and others hold it against her for getting acting roles because of her looks.

    I firmly believe because of her flawless beauty, she will continue to get acting parts. Given enough experience, I no doubt think she will get good at it.

  • Mel432

    Except Tori is not attractive whatsoever (even after her plastic surgery).

  • Mel432

    Nice little revenue stream. “Lay Me Down” used in Lipton Tea ad in Greece:

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

  • Mel432

    Altho LMD was not on Adam’s album, he has had a number of his songs from Trespassing (not BTIKM or NCOE), in TV commercials overseas. So, at least he is making some $$ from songs he co-wrote from Trespassing.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • Liteasy

    I think it’s more of the Daughtry fans that don’t like it because she stole the #2 spot from him.

    It’s who you know in the business – Daddy works(ed) for Fox and mommy is an Idol voice coach, and her hubby is a Broadway actor.

  • Trina

    Were you around here by any chance during season 5? Till this day probably the biggest fanwarring ever. The Kat/Taylor/Daughtry fans were always ready to kill each other lol

  • Mel432

    I highly doubt Kat’s husband has any influence whatsoever in getting acting parts for her. Same goes for her mother. Kat may run around in the right circles, which possibly may help, but I still think it’s her beauty that helps her get acting jobs.

  • ptslittlecomment

    My comments are not based on Idol. I never watched Idol until Cook. BTW, Taylor’s hometown is less than an hour away from me, and believe me, I have heard lots of stories about him too if we want to judge on personality. My comments about Kat McPhee are based on the fact that her acting skills range from null to negative nill. Hopefully she will learn to act at some point. And then, maybe, I will feel motivated to watch. But I doubt that will happen until her beauty fades and a director feels empowered to call it like he/she sees it.

  • ptslittlecomment

    And her recent fling is a director/producer ;) But it is her looks that get her these roles.

  • Mel432

    Late fall is too late for a first single. Adam has better management and label, so I think their timing and promo will be 100% better for this album.

  • http://talkinaboutmovies.blogspot.com Brenoga

    melinda and michael are just AWESOME together. They should come back to the old format with at least two videos per week, though. One video of 15 minutes is way less than we deserve.

  • justmefornow

    James Durbin’s ‘Celebrate’ review: ‘American Idol’ alum’s eclectic pop

    “James Durbin made a name on “American Idol” as a hard rocker with a big voice, but on his sophomore album, “Celebrate” (Wind-Up), he tries out all sorts of musical styles. His current single, “Parachute,” is a straight-up pop-rock winner”…

    Grade:B

    http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/james-durbin-s-celebrate-review-american-idol-alum-s-eclectic-pop-1.7610962

  • Mel432

    Oooh. Do you have some good Taylor Hicks stories? The only thing I’ve heard is that he is arrogant, but then again, I don’t follow him.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Let’s just say that he has always been very confident of his abilities and is a master of self-promotion and writing his own history.

  • Mel432

    Hmmmm, interesting. Writing his own history?

  • DragonFly

    A lot of goodness written in the review—too bad radio is being eggheads again (too easy to call them worse in print). Grade B sounds good–I think he’ll take that. Like how they pointed out Louder Th A Loaded Gun as a great rock-themed song too–I agree. TV promo or anything more yet?? People are giving him positive comments for the album & all different songs sugg as people’s favorites.

  • DragonFly

    Really a nice picture!

  • Corrine43180

    The ad has shown up in about 10 countries now. Hoping they’ll use it for the US too, closer to summer.

  • justmefornow

    Another good review:

    Pittsburgh In Tune ?@PghInTune_Sisk
    Former ‘American Idol’ hopeful James Durbin drops solid sophomore LP in ‘Celebrate’ http://wp.me/p4t7pY-3s