Idol Headlines for 02/04/11 – The Evening Edition

Kris Allen, answering questions on Unleashed tonight, said he’s pushing hard to have some new music out by spring or early summer.

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Songwriter, David Hodges, answers fan questions on twitter. Hodges plans to write with Kris Allen and may write with Carrie Underwood:

RT @dy7764 @hodgesmusic OK I’ll just come out and ask, are you going to be writing with Kris Allen for his next album? // Affirmative.

RT @hodgesmusic Any session with Carrie? I know you are one of her closer songwriting friends. // maybe so.

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Jennifer Hudson tweets that she’s finishing up her “Where You At” Music video, “K . Back now yal! I’m headed back out n the Chicago cold to finish the video , since the storm is over”

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New show for former Warner Bros. recording artist, Josiah Lemming. He tweets, “New Show! 2/28 – Los Angeles, CA, all ages, and a sweet little spot called Cacao’s – 11609 Santa Monica Blvd”

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Artists & Songwriters come together for the Todd Cerney Benefit Concert

On Monday, February 28, country acts Restless Heart, Steve Holy, Ty Herndon, Bo Bice and Jeff Bates will come together to headline a night of music honoring well known songwriter Todd Cerney, recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma.

Todd is a Grammy-nominated songwriter best known for his hits “Ill Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart, “Good Morning Beautiful” by Steve Holy, and “No Mercy” by Ty Herndon.

Read more at Bo Bice.com

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Adam Lambert Spurs Charity:Water Giving, Breaks Donation Record

Adam Lambert hit the million-album sales mark last year and has broken records with concert attendance. But now he can add another meaningful milestone to his list of accomplishments.

He set a record on his birthday last month by raising $260,000 for charity:water, which brings safe drinking water into developing nations. He had originally asked fans to donate $29,000 in honor of his 29th birthday, a goal they helped reach within hours, reports SFGate.com.

Read more at Huffington Post

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Toby Gad & Kelly Clarkson in the Studio!

Kelly Clarkson tweeted earlier today,  “Finishing up with Toby Gad in the studio today, woohoo!”  Songwriter/producer Gad tweeted a photo as proof. CUTENESS.

Kelly confirms on her facebook that she and Toby “cut 2 songs for this record. Hope y’all like them!”

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American Idol Season 10 Hopeful, Tim Halperin, builds a Snowman with Green River Ordinance

Tim appears to be friends with GRO, a band that has toured with both Kris Allen and David Cook. Hm.

via Green River Ordinance

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FOOTBALL STARS AND JORDIN SPARKS BRING GIFT OF HEARING TO 200 CHILDREN DURING STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION SUPER BOWL MISSION

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (Feb. 4, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — Yesterday, with the help of football legends, recording artists and other celebrity supporters, the Starkey Hearing Foundation delivered the gift of hearing to 200 under-served, hearing-impaired children from the Dallas and Arlington, Texas area in tandem with the 2011 Super Bowl taking place this Sunday, February 6.

The Super Bowl mission, sponsored by the Dallas-based Jones Hearing Centers, featured emcee Justin Osmond, along with special celebrity volunteers to assist with the fittings. Celebrities in attendance included:

Jordin Sparks, official Starkey Hearing Foundation Hearing Ambassador.

Read more at PR Newswire

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Steven Tyler Answers Fan Questions (Hilariously)

Via StevenTyler.com

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Steven Tyler Make-A-Wish Story – Touching

Steven Tyler showed he has a heart of gold during an unforgettable “American Idol” moment, but who really knew this wild man rocker had such a sensitive side? The Templeton family did and here’s their story that you’ll only see on Access.

Read more at Access Hollywood

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AEROSMITH In The Studio

Most of the members of AEROSMITH spent a few days last week working on songs for a new album with co-writer Marti Frederiksen at a studio in Los Angeles. The only man missing was guitarist Joe Perry, who was unable to join his bandmates for the sessions due to what Billboard.com described as an “unspecified commitment.”

Via Blabbermouth

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Clay Aiken remains ‘Tried and True’

After much speculation about his sexual orientation, Aiken came out as gay to People magazine in 2008. Ironically, another musician, Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block, came out recently by saying he was never in. Aiken understands that. He disagrees with the notion that a public figure should come out when people expect it.

“There was this misconception that I was not out,” he says. “I was in ‘Spamalot’ and everyone knew, but I don’t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with.”

Read more at the GA Voice

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Clay Aiken: Out ‘American Idol’ singing star says life is good as he launches ‘Tried & True’ tour

To his throngs of loyal fans, singing star Clay Aiken can do no wrong.

“My mother doesn’t defend me as much on some days,” says Aiken, who debuts his Tried & True concert tour Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Read more at the Miami Herald

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Jennifer Lopez’s FAO Schwarz Family Shopping Spree

Closing out their stay in the Big Apple with a family shopping spree, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony ventured over to FAO Schwarz in New York City on Friday (February 4).

The “American Idol” judge was all bundled up as she and her hubby made their way inside the store with two bodyguards carrying their twins, Max and Emme.

See the Photos at Celebrity Gossip

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‘American Idol’ Judge Jennifer Lopez to Watch Super Bowl With Obama

Jennifer Lopez has a big Super Bowl date this year: President Barack Obama.
Along with two United States, the American Idol judge and her husband Marc Anthony will be watching the Super Bowl at the White House Sunday.

Lopez tells Extra that she wasn’t sure why she scored an invite. “Maybe that’s why I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. “I don’t even feel like it’s real.”

Also on the White House’s Super Bowl party guest list:

Read more at THR

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Jennifer Lopez: Daughter Emme, 2, Sings “Like Shirley Temple”

She’s already sent a handful of singers through to Hollywood Week on American Idol, but newbie judge Jennifer Lopez admits that some of the best female vocals she’s heard can be found at her very own home.

“It’s funny when you listen to her, because…she sings out of pure joy and pleasure,” Lopez, 41, tells Rachael Ray of her 2-year-old daughter, Emme.

“The minute she thinks you’re watching her, she stops,” the proud mom tells Ray during an appearance to air Monday on The Rachael Ray Show. “But she has a beautiful little voice, almost like a little Shirley Temple vibrato type thing.”

Read more at US

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Jennifer Lopez on Sirius Satellite

Jennifer Lopez on Rickey Gervais and the GGs

Jennifer Lopez Talks American Idol and Mom’s Jackpot on SiriusXM Hits 1

You can listen to Jennifer’s entire interview HERE.

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Jennifer Lopez: American Idol Already Has Frontrunners

Jennifer Lopez won’t name names, but she already has her favorite singers on American Idol.

When asked on SiriusXM radio’s The Morning Mash Up if there was a contestant who appeared to be a frontrunner, Lopez admitted, “I thought that about a few different people. And as we go through the process and I see them perform more and more, it changes. That’s how many good people we have.”

Read more at People

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Envelope Music Producers Roundtable: Hitmakers look forward to new year of bigger hits

Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” Cee Lo Green’s “[Forget] You” and B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” not only proved to be major game changers for the artists performing them, but it put the three hitmakers responsible for crafting the singles (Alex da Kid, Ari Levine of the production trio the Smeezingtons and RedOne) on the map.

After spending a better part of 2010 blanketing airwaves and filling headphones with indelible hooks and melodies, the three are now duking it out for Grammy gold in some hotly contended races.

Watch the Video at the LA Times

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The X Factor Judges Still Yet To Agree Deal For UK Series

Bosses on The X Factor are still yet to agree on a deal with any of the judges, despite auditions for the show starting in the next few weeks.

According to The Sun, the ongoing negotiations regarding the US version of the programme have brought this year’s series of the hit ITV show to a standstill.

The futures of judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole are still unclear, as well as that of host Dermot O’Leary, who could be joining the music mogul and Chezza in America.

Read more at MTV UK

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‘Glee': Lea Michele’s Cosmo cover makes moms mad and teenage boys ‘confused and offended’

Lea Michele and her “Glee” co-star Dianna Agron stirred up some controversy when they posed in provocative photos for GQ’s October 2010 issue (Note: Cory Monteith did not stir up controversy, presumably because he’s a dude) and now it looks like Ms. Michele is at it again.

Michele’s March cover of Cosmopolitan features her in a plunging neckline, revealing plenty of skin but not a whole lot of cleavage. Let’s face it… she’s not Sofia Vergara.

Fox News found some moms who are absolutely appalled by the photos. The parents claim that because Michele plays a high school “good girl” on TV, she should uphold that image off-screen as well. No word on whether these parents understand what “acting” means, but we’d imagine they expect Jane Lynch to berate children in the street and Kevin McHale to remain wheelchair-bound at all times when in public.

Read more at Zap2it

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All Hat … Some Cattle

The ACMs are six months away from the CMAs. Both are huge platforms for the labels. Prestige of a Grammy, sales push for a performance at the ACMs. All the awards are high-stakes bragging rights and resume material. An artist may not care, but his booking agent sure does. A win can mean bigger money. Can mean you get a chance when, pre-win, you were not on that person’s radar. The Carrie Underwood omission from the ACM Entertainer of the Year slot is not something fans of Carrie wanted. But did others feel good not seeing Carrie in the competition? You bet! Enough said on that … Birds and bees stuff. Some folks are very naïve and some don’t like having the curtain pulled back in the Land of Oz!

The Idol show is rolling along. Ratings are about even to where they were. Fox doing a much better job at promotion. That 23-year-old cowboy was called out by TMZ for something already. He’s too good to be true with the right: hair, hat, clothes, song, mama & daddy, horse and even a former record deal … whoops, maybe he’s not the rookie he seemed to be? Still, John Wayne Schultz. Didn’t sing enough really to hear. I guess Hollywood week will see what he has. No way he survives … or you wouldn’t think. The blonde from Tennessee may have a chance, too. Both may get a deal despite Idol.

Read more at All Access

  • windmills

    Jimmy Carter’s Rumbles From The Row column which discusses Music Row stuff has some insights about awards shows in general (Oscars and the ACMs) are the ones he mentioned but IMO this is relevant to all shows including the upcoming Grammys.

    Apparently, some folks in the consumer word actually thought award shows nominated and voted on people weighed on their success and worth.

    Politics in Egypt have nothing on the biblical judgments that take place in Nashville and Hollywood deciding on who gets the studios/labels block support for an award.

    The ACMs are six months away from the CMAs. Both are huge platforms for the labels. Prestige of a Grammy, sales push for a performance at the ACMs. All the awards are high-stakes bragging rights and resume material. An artist may not care, but his booking agent sure does. A win can mean bigger money. Can mean you get a chance when, pre-win, you were not on that person’s radar. The Carrie Underwood omission from the ACM Entertainer of the Year slot is not something fans of Carrie wanted. But did others feel good not seeing Carrie in the competition? You bet! Enough said on that … Birds and bees stuff. Some folks are very naïve and some don’t like having the curtain pulled back in the Land of Oz!

    So basically he’s saying Carrie would’ve won Entertainer again had she been nominated which is part of why she got blocked out (the label supporting others being the other part). It really sucks because this was probably the year she’s deserved it the most.

    He also talks about AI again:

    The Idol show is rolling along. Ratings are about even to where they were. Fox doing a much better job at promotion. That 23-year-old cowboy was called out by TMZ for something already. He’s too good to be true with the right: hair, hat, clothes, song, mama & daddy, horse and even a former record deal … whoops, maybe he’s not the rookie he seemed to be? Still, John Wayne Schultz. Didn’t sing enough really to hear. I guess Hollywood week will see what he has. No way he survives … or you wouldn’t think. The blonde from Tennessee may have a chance, too. Both may get a deal despite Idol.

  • gangreen29

    Tim appears to be friends with GRO, a band that has toured with both Kris Allen and David Cook. Hm.

    But, if he wins he can’t be compared to any of the last three winners because clearly they are all different and it is ridiculous to lump them all together because their music is so different and varied. Right? ; )

  • BigNLiddle

    GRO was fully pimping him out that night he was on Idol, lolz

  • Milly21

    oh for god’s sake
    spare me the righteous moral outrage about Lea’s cover
    i wonder how those moms would feel if they knew Lea exposed her breasts and simulated sex scenes a couple of times per show, 8 shows a week in spring awakening, while playing a 14 year old girl.
    lea is 24 and can do whatever she wants

  • koshka

    Milly21:
    02/04/2011 at 7:14 pm
    oh for god’s sake
    spare me the righteous moral outrage about Lea’s cover
    i wonder how those moms would feel if they knew Lea exposed her breasts and simulated sex scenes a couple of times per show, 8 shows a week in spring awakening, while playing a 14 year old girl.
    lea is 24 and can do whatever she wants

    I’m with you. I just watched Bones last week where they showed someone literally getting their head blown off at 9:05 in the evening. I bet that didn’t even raise an eyebrow.

    Boobies = Bad
    Violence = Good

  • stwbcross

    So basically he’s saying Carrie would’ve won Entertainer again had she been nominated which is part of why she got blocked out (the label supporting others being the other part). It really sucks because this was probably the year she’s deserved it the most.

    Thanks Windmills for the snippits from Jimmy Carter on Carrie. I suspected that a sure win for Carrie was part of the reason she wasn’t nominated, especially after she took down all 6 awards at the recent American Country Award show. But do I ever agree with you…. it sucks!

  • justshootme

    I think you can be opposed to both the objectification of women AND graphic violence. It’s not like it’s an either/or proposition. And Cosmo is a POS rag regardless of who is on the cover. IMO.

  • koshka

    justshootme:
    02/04/2011 at 7:51 pm
    I think you can be opposed to both the objectification of women AND graphic violence. It’s not like it’s an either/or proposition. And Cosmo is a POS rag regardless of who is on the cover. IMO.

    Didn’t say you couldn’t be opposed to both. I just find it ironic that sex/showing skin is abominable, but showing a scene where someone’s head is blown off during prime time doesn’t even rate discussion in the media much less even create a glimmer in the public conscience. The glorification of violence on TV is ignored by those that are trying so hard to protect. Someone flashing their breasts on TV would have hell’s fury rain down on them, but watching a head get blown to bits, no even talks about it.

  • larc

    windmills:
    So basically he’s saying Carrie would’ve won Entertainer again had she been nominated which is part of why she got blocked out

    Not sure it’s only for the Grammys that’s done. I suspect there have been occasions when Idol cut a contestant because they didn’t want to risk having that contestant win.

  • sr4mjc

    Somehow I doubt many teenage boys were confused and offended by Lea’s cover.

  • koshka

    sr4mjc – I’m sure they were confused. You know all those feeling that came out of no where. They’ve never seen anything like that at school, on Skinamax (I mean Cinemax), in movies, in magazines. It must have been quite a shock. ;)

  • lifeisgood

    Regarding Steven Tyler:

    Love him!

  • CindyM

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/adam-lambert-charity-water_n_819017.html

    Nice story in the Huffington Post about Adam and Charitywater

  • sr4mjc

    I’m sure they were confused. You know all those feeling that came out of no where. They’ve never seen anything like that at school, on Skinamax (I mean Cinemax), in movies, in magazines. It must have been quite a shock

    LMAO My husband says it’s like the teenage kids rubbing the balloons on each other in the SNL skit this week. ;)

  • Incipit

    Some folks are very naïve and some don’t like having the curtain pulled back in the Land of Oz!

    Speaking truthiness to the powerless? Larc, I have no doubt you are right – and it’s all of a piece with the Teflon Cowell Rep for ‘honest’ critiques – even after he was quoted as saying differently in Season 2. People don’t want to know about this either.

    Apparently, some folks in the consumer word actually thought award shows nominated and voted on people weighed on their success and worth.

    Prime snark.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • girlygirl

    couple photos of Kris (and Cale, I think) rehearsing for the New Life Church #Decade event (which is — I think — a week from this coming Sunday)

    http://twitpic.com/3w8qiw/full

    http://yfrog.com/h0ttpeoj

  • wordnerdarchie

    ROFL at David Cook playing WWF with an associate editor of magazine that he had an interview with a couple of weeks back. Here’s a tweet that links to a summary of the conversation up this point. DC is ahead at the moment, but it’s a close one. :)

    UPDATED. How @thedavidcook got into a WWF battle w/ @aswinn’s editor, @JJones6. Heee! @aswinn Trying to get my (cont) http://tl.gd/8k0r1g

    (via imogenPH)

  • luly

    hodgesmusic: RT @dy7764 @hodgesmusic OK I’ll just come out and ask, are you going to be writing with Kris Allen for his next album? // Affirmative.

    RT @skemann @hodgesmusic Any session with Carrie? I know you are one of her closer songwriting friends. // maybe so. ;)

  • Incipit

    wordnerdarchie I saw that – looks like fun. So @Aswin put up her salary for the interview?

    If this is like scrabble, it could go on for a while….but the Editors tweet was the funniest –

    >>@JJones6
    WWF vs @thedavidcook is on. Began w/a 16-ptr. He countered w/51-pt Bingo. In the words of Ron Burgundy, I immediately regret this decision.


    *chuckle*

  • artemis

    David Hodges just confirmed on twitter that he would be writing on Kris Allen’s next album.

  • Kirkee

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/adam-lambert-charity-water_n_819017.html

    Nice story in the Huffington Post about Adam and Charitywater

    Very nice indeed! This is what it says on the cover of their Celebrities page. Different from the above link.

    American Philanthropy Idol: Adam Lambert Spurs Record-Breaking Charity:Water Donations

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  • girlygirl

    nice to see David Hodges confirm he’s writing with Kris again

  • Ratna12

    MJ, you have the Headline Thread as Jan 4.
    Confusing me for a second.

    Kris is right now in the Unleashed radio

  • Ratna12

    LOL, the radio DJ just informed Kris that the fans don’t want any questions / talk about American Idol.

  • sma11ie

    the Editors tweet was the funniest –
    >>@JJones6
    WWF vs @thedavidcook is on. Began w/a 16-ptr. He countered w/51-pt Bingo. In the words of Ron Burgundy, I immediately regret this decision.

    *chuckle*

    An Anchorman quote! I like her already. Actually I looked at her twitter bio, and she lists “lamp” among her list of “loves”. LOL. I remember David quoted that same line at a concert once. He was in DC, and his dad and niece and nephew were in the audience, so he was giving them shoutouts, and started saying I love dad, I love x, y, z relative names, and started rattling off the crew, and said among his list, “I love lamp”. I remember laughing pretty hard cuz it didn’t seem like too many people caught the joke. Anyway, Steve Carell rules, so David using that quote just amused me disproportionately.

    Anyway, rooting for David and Race for Hope (though I’m sure the editor’s charity is worthy too)-so cool the author is donating her salary! Also? I am beyond jealous of the editor getting to play WWF with David…

  • girlygirl

    Kris fans just wanted the interview to focus on what he is doing with his own music — not on what’s happening with Idol (especially not rehashing S8). But it ended up being an extremely awkward interview anyway because the hosts (especially the female) were clueless and kept asking pointless questions and even the callers’ questions were annoying.

    ETA – The only information we got out of this silly interview is that Kris is pushing hard to have some new music out by spring or early summer.

  • mermichelle

    Kris fans just wanted the interview to focus on what he is doing with his own music — not on what’s happening with Idol (especially not rehashing S8). But it ended up being an extremely awkward interview anyway because the hosts (especially the female) were clueless and kept asking pointless questions and even the callers’ questions were annoying.

    That interview was all kinds of AWKWARD!!
    I felt bad for him having to sit through that and listen to the pointless stories of the hosts and be asked such silly stuff.

  • Ratna12

    Well, the female DJ was clueless. She was surprised that she heard an accent in Kris voice.
    Kris was like : accent ? uhm, I’m from the South.

    But the interview was unorganized and more time spent on looking for what questions to ask next.
    But, :) for the Boxer question. And I was just reading on twitter on who asked the question.
    I think I remember him in one of Kris concert gushing about Kris from start to finish.

  • Elliegrll

    But the interview was unorganized and more time spent on looking for what questions to ask next.

    I’m the main one who’s always saying that Kris needs more publicity and promotion, but I don’t think that needs to include “do it yourself” internet shows, that don’t even try to be professional, and that probably won’t expose Kris to new people. Looking at the sites FB page, it seemed like only 70 or so people followed it, and only a few hundred on twitter, and I’m sure that both of those numbers were boosted by Kris’ fans who followed both this week, so I doubt this interview, or the one a few weeks ago with that kid, introduced Kris to new people, or even helped Kris keep in touch with the few hundred fans who knew about the interview.

    I know that the mainstream press isn’t knocking down Kris’ door right now, but 19 has to do better than just letting him do these types of interviews.

  • tripp_ncwy

    couple photos of Kris (and Cale, I think) rehearsing for the New Life Church #Decade event (which is — I think — a week from this coming Sunday)

    You are correct. It is 2/13. Looking at the website there is less than 1000 tickets left for Verizon Arena. You can still reserve free tickets while supplies last.

  • lorismile

    That interview was all kinds of AWKWARD!!
    I felt bad for him having to sit through that and listen to the pointless stories of the hosts and be asked such silly stuff.

    Most radio interviews are strange. He’s paying his dues. It’s what they all do. He needs to find a way to not make them awkward.

  • CindyM

    couple photos of Kris (and Cale, I think) rehearsing for the New Life Church #Decade event (which is — I think — a week from this coming Sunday)

    I didn’t realize that this concert was the same day as the Grammy’s. It’s in Little Rock, right? So he must not be staying in LA very long this week?

  • dy77

    What was frustrating about that chat was that they asked the fans what to ask him. We indicated new stuff, new music, tour, new album. Lots of good questions were tweeted to those interviewers and posted on the FB page. Pretty much all ignored except for the two fans who called in and asked. Also, fans don’t want Kris to disavow Idol, but we’d like interviewers to do a bit more beyond that. I agree with the comment that 19 has to do better and I think Kris handled those two amateurs with a lot of grace.

    On the positive side, I was excited Hodges tweeted me back. And MJ, I am taking your side in the great Idol blog wars.

  • Eileen99

    Most radio interviews are strange. He’s paying his dues. It’s what they all do. He needs to find a way to not make them awkward.

    I don’t know if you listened to the interview or not, but it wasn’t Kris that was awkward, it was the two people interviewing him. Kris hung in there & tried to make things light & funny while they stumbled around, but that was just awful. At least we heard Kris say he’s working hard to get new music out to the fans in the spring or early summer.

  • Elliegrll

    Kelly just tweeted about the songs she did with Toby Gad:

    kelly_clarkson
    Toby and I cut 2 songs for this record. Hope y’all like them! http://fb.me/TsWroIbb That’s another picture of Kelly and Toby Gad.

    Toby is good, and I like all of the songs that he co-wrote with Kris (I even like The Truth, just not as a second single), so this could be good.

    I don’t know if you listened to the interview or not, but it wasn’t Kris that was awkward, it was the two people interviewing. Kris hung in there & tried to make things like & funny while they stumbled around.

    Yep. Kris has gotten good at handling these interviews.

  • girlygirl

    Tonight’s interview was just awkward — someone asked him if he wanted a pet unicorn. Another asked him how much he loves eggs. One of the hosts claimed Liza Minnelli had called in to leave Kris a message. The other host was surprised Kris has an accent and couldn’t even pronounce Kanye West’s name right (I would be surprised if she even knew who Kanye West is). Seriously? I don’t know how the hosts of this internet show expect to get people to agree to come on their show and be interviewed if this is the sort of stupid stuff they can expect. It’s meant to be funny, I’m sure, but it was lame and ended up being pretty much a waste of Kris’s time. They tweeted about the appearance all week and asked fans to send in questions — and then they didn’t use any of the ones sent in that actually asked relevant things about him currently writing for his album, when he plans to go into the studio, tour plans, etc. As always, Kris was a very good sport about the whole thing, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he wonders why they agreed to book that in the first place.

  • girlygirl

    CindyM

    yeah, Kris will likely only be in L.A. for this next week. He’s flying in on Sunday and would have to go back to Arkansas no later than on Saturday. Still, that’s enough time to get in 4-5 writing sessions, maybe more (depending on how long sessions are). I know some people can have 2-3 separate sessions in a day…

  • tripp_ncwy

    CindyM, ITA on Kris & Idol.

    girlygirl, get out of my head.

    I will be interested to see if Kris hooks up with Mike Elizondo while there. They seemed to have a good working relationship.

  • TwigLA

    That blogtalkradio show was painful. I can’t help feeling that Kris was wondering what the hell he got himself into. The questions that they used were idiotic. I thought they were jokes.

    At least we got to hear Kris’s voice.


    That story of the young dying boy and Steven Tyler was truly touching.

  • Incipit

    I’m agreeing with the Kris Allen fans here – interviews are a main source of information, if the media person is not completely lazy, inept, or has an agenda of their own. There are not so many of them that a fan wants to see opportunities wasted by the clueless – and when they don’t even bother to do their own research, but ask the fans for questions? it’s legitimate to request no more of the same old same old, please. Good questions usually elicit good answers – not stock responses.

    Looks like it didn’t work in this case, but just lately, I saw DC fans making the same request. Idol is the LEM’s go-to for questions, and many of them ask the same. damn. thing. A fresh, interesting Idol based question is rare on the ground.

    The DC fandom has experience with many too many supposed ‘interviews’ that are nothing but Idol product placement, and do nothing to inform about the artist being talked to. They also, as pointed out above, make the interviewer appear rather inane. That red herring about distancing from Idol doesn’t even apply – this is a Fan Request for real information.

    The worst best example of this I can recall is L Parker’s 6/18/09 meeting w/David. Half was devoted to AI Season 8 and AL – the rest was compliments that gave the lie to everything else that she had written previously. I can do chapter and verse on that one – but because David had experience staying on point and cutting through BS slants, we got some intel. Not because she mentioned the Platinum record that she dissed without listening to it, or his current music, or the tour, or the band – because she never did. Someone without much media experience would not have been able to redirect the questions to stay on point. The person being interviewed ought not to have to do all the work, IMO.

    Which all lead, eventually, to “A Ficus Flows Between Us”- a completely snarky take on such lame interviews. Looks like Kris is getting the same sort of thing. It’s an occupational hazard, yes – but if fans don’t speak up – the interviewers actually think they did a good job – instead of wasting everyone’s time. Actually, I think it’s useful to tell them up-front, and give them real questions if they can’t be bothered to research. It even makes them look better.

    But, that’s Just My Opinion.

  • CindyM

    Tonight’s interview was just awkward — someone asked him if he wanted a pet unicorn

    A fan sent in that same question for Adam when he was doing an interview in France I think. So silly. I liked Adam’s answer though, he said he’d rather have a dog because Unicorns need a lot of room and they poop all over the place and he wouldn’t even know what kind of hay to feed it.

  • girlygirl

    LOL – that was a good answer from Adam. He’s very good at thinking on his feet and coming up with clever answers to even silly questions, isn’t he?

  • tripp_ncwy

    A fan sent in that same question for Adam when he was doing an interview in France I think. So silly. I liked Adam’s answer though, he said he’d rather have a dog because Unicorns need a lot of room and they poop all over the place and he wouldn’t even know what kind of hay to feed it.

    Well Kris just said something to the effect probably not because he had a dog. Then the crazy female host goes into some nonsense about him winning idol and a unicorn being mythical BS.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I felt so bad for Kris, that lady asked himself can’t remember exactly, and then Kris answered her back. And she asked him are you going to punish me with hot sauce? I mean what the heck. Just very wierd. The whole set up was. At least Kris seemed to be a sport about it all. Great that Kris will be writing with David Hodges.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    OK. I should have followed my initial instincts. DELETING NOW.

  • ross

    At least we got to hear Kris’s voice.

    Yeah, that’s always nice.

    Great that Kris will be writing with David Hodges.

    Yeah, and they’re both from Arkansas.

    One of the hosts claimed Liza Minnelli had called in to leave Kris a message.

    And the message was “balls to you!”

    These hosts are really childish. That’s about the nicest thing I can say.

    Incidentally, that “message” from Liza was from an interview I happened to see, that she did recently on TCM with Robert Osborne. She was talking about the sense of humor of her godmother Kay Thompson (singer, vocal arranger, actress, author of “Eloise”). K. T. once supposedly sent a man she had broken up with a box of baseball bats with the note, “Bats to DiMaggio…” (With the inference being, “Balls to you!”) Liza finished the sentence, in the interview, and that was the sound clip you heard.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Hi !!!! tripp_ncwy That interview was very strange. I would never want Kris to diss what helped him become my Idol, but what’s so wrong with us not wanting to here the same Idol question over and over again? Am sure all fans of winners, winner-ups, etc, get tired about hearing the same questions at almost every interview. And I never heard Kris say anything bad about Idol ever. His always been so wonderful about Idol and answering the same things over and over again.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Hopefully The Five10 that was taped while Kris was in Hawaii went a lot better when it airs Sunday.

    Kris Allen (American Idol), Don Bolles (Germs/Fancy Space People), and Richard Elfman (Producer/Director) on the next theFIVE10 Radio!

    We’re doing something we’ve never done before. We’re having 3 guests on this week’s theFIVE10 Radio!! And it’s a big one! First we have Kris Allen. He was the winner of season 8’s “American Idol” and has taken to country by storm! Our Co-Host Traci got a chance to sit down with Kris to talk about what he’s going going on.

  • Eileen99

    Those pictures Kelly tweeted w/ Toby Gad are cute – has she worked with him before?

    I’m sure word will leak out next week who all Kris is writing with, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Toby was one. TT notwithstanding, I love I Need To Know, which came out of a writing session with Toby.

  • windmills

    This was cool to read. There’s a blog called Saving Country Music that HATES mainstream country for selling out and being too pop. So as you can imagine they’re not big on Carrie other than recognizing she’s got one of the best voices in country. They’re discussing the fixed aspect of awards shows and here’s a comment from a regular poster there.

    All I’m going to say is that Carrie Underwood should be up for any female vocalist award at any pop music awards show.

    Her voice is legit, each and every night she sings, it’s not a DAT machine or Pro Tools rig.

    I can also say with knowledge that she is a fantastic person, who treats her crew, and union members/local crew members like gold. This is something that means a lot to me due to my line of work.

    I agree with you on your comment though Trig.

    The part about her treating her crew and union members/local crew members like gold made me happy. Not that I expected her not to but that they’d feel that way is really cool.

  • lorismile

    There are not so many of them that a fan wants to see opportunities wasted by the clueless – and when they don’t even bother to do their own research, but ask the fans for questions? it’s legitimate to request no more of the same old same old, please. Good questions usually elicit good answers – not stock responses.

    I understand but a lot of people ask fans to send in questions for interviews. It’s how they help generate interest.

  • Eileen99

    If anyone listens to the internet station @NixaCountry, they are now playing both Kris’ Is It Over & To Make You Feel My Love. They play a lot of Idols as well including lots of Casey. It is mostly request-driven, I believe.

  • CindyM

    OMG, too funny. A parody video of If I Had You…. called If I Had Glue The bridge part is the funniest…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_cpIi4Z-LU&feature=player_embedded

  • Incipit

    lorismile, agreed, it’s good PR for the interviewer and the interviewee – and when it works, it’s a mix of fan questions with the researched interviewer questions. When they are completely clueless, it shows, and it doesn’t work at all. IMO. Of Course.

  • connie0128

    CindyM, Sent that link to my daughter. She responded with this:

    “Had to rewatch the original Adam …what if we remake Labyrinth with Adam in the David Bowie part? Because they are remaking everything else from the 80’s.”

  • wordnerdarchie

    VH1 Top 20 Countdown 2.5.2011

    13 Crystal Bowersox “Farmer’s Daughter” [5|9] [-4]

  • istersay

    VH1 Top 20 Countdown 2.5.2011

    13 Crystal Bowersox “Farmer’s Daughter” [5|9] [-4]

    thanks :)
    on CMT: Farmer’s Daughter #2 on CMT Pure 12 Pack … #17 CMT Top 20…#2-CMT High 5

  • tripp_ncwy

    Teresa LaBarbera Whites who was a former A&R rep at Jive gives a shout-out to Allison Iraheta.
    http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/whites123.htm


    Here is an update article when the talk about Steve Kipner’s (co-wrote LLWD) long resume and mentions Kris & posts his video.
    http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/kipner.html

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris singing the NA at the Pro Bowl. At the end you can see Peyton Manning come up to him (cool).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cphGpnamNpM&feature=youtu.be

  • nncw

    Kris singing the NA at the Pro Bowl. At the end you can see Peyton Manning come up to him (cool).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cphGpnamNpM&feature=youtu.best

    That was really nice of Manning and yes Kris did a beautiful rendition of the NA.

  • JazzRocks

    CindyM:
    02/04/2011 at 8:12 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/adam-lambert-charity-water_n_819017.html

    Nice story in the Huffington Post about Adam and Charitywater

    Thanks for posting CindyM. Wonderful article & I have great respect for the Huffington Post. I just wish they had included the link to charitywater.

  • Allison

    tripp_ncwy:
    02/05/2011 at 6:28 am

    Teresa LaBarbera Whites who was a former A&R rep at Jive gives a shout-out to Allison Iraheta.
    http://www.songwriteruniverse.com/whites123.htm

    Read that. Thanks, that was interesting.