American Idol Headlines for 01/06/11 - The Evening Edition

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Kimberley Locke will sing the National Anthem at L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets game, Staples Center, Fri Jan 7, 7:30 PM PST. (Via @IdolsNow)

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Jordin Sparks is in the studio today working with folks like John Legend! She tweets, “n the studio makin hits w/ @bizkitphatboi @gravyphatboi @buttaphatboi @johnlegend & @brianohler first session of 2011!!!”

Check out a photo with Legend after the jump.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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@TheRealJordin: This is how happy we are after already finishing a song. Haha

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Crystal Bowersox performing at the Sony Booth,  Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Via @GinaOrr)

Blake Lewis tweets At CES in Vegas and look who I ran into. @crystalbowersox sounding delicious!  http://plixi.com/p/68302879

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Crystal Bowersox Talks “Farmer’s Daughter,” Anne Rice Books and “American Idol” Tour

Crystal Bowersox sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about her debut album Farmer’s Daughter, the song she wrote on the American Idol tour, her favorite Anne Rice book, and so much more.

Read ore at Artist Direct

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Ryan Seacrest Dishes On New ‘American Idol’ Judges

Simon Cowell is gone, but mean critiques from the “American Idol” judges’ table will continue thanks to Jennifer Lopez!

“Jennifer [is the mean one],” “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told Access Hollywood at the 2011 E! TCA party on Tuesday. “She expects a lot… she’s tough, but she gives tough love.”

J.Lo might be the stern judge, but according to Ryan, Steven Tyler is the sensitive one who will be shedding some tears.

“Steven is probably our most emotional judge. We will probably see tears from Steven as well as laughs and he’s a prankster too, but they got along very well on the road,” Ryan continued.

Read more at Access Hollywood

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‘American Idol’: Behind the Scenes of TV’s Big Gamble

Read the FULL Hollywood Reporter Idol report HERE.

Excerpts:

Lythgoe’s return is very much about trying to relive Idol’s glory days. “It was obvious Nigel was missing,” says Gail Berman, the former president of Fox who was one of Idol’s original champions at the network and played a hands-on role in its first four years on the air. “He’s a very good producer, and I think the show was lacking his leadership. Now that he’s back, Idol will be better for it.”

Nigel Lythgoe – After two years away from Idol, the executive producer wasted no time reasserting his authority. “It was Nigel’s way or the highway,” says a Season 10 contestant who made it through Hollywood Week. “He had a clear agenda and enforced it strictly.”

Tyler also has had a reputation for being erratic and difficult. (A Tyler source points out that he’s been sober for a year.) In the past five years alone, he’s retained four different managers and five publicists. On set, a crew member notes that he requires more touch-ups and breaks than Jackson or Lopez, and that Tyler is also “the quietest” of the bunch. Says Jerkins, “He could be more stern with the artists.”

Then again, power in the music business has its privileges. For instance, during a day of shooting in Las Vegas, one Fox executive noticed Iovine wearing a Springsteen shirt. Typically, anyone who’s on camera is asked to avoid wearing anything with a logo or copyrighted image. When a staffer mentioned the hassle in clearing its use, Iovine took out his cell phone, called the Boss direct and got verbal approval.

Read more at THR

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Midseason TV Preview: ‘American Idol’

The big suspense surrounding the new “Idol” isn’t whether Steven Tyler will be introduced as Liv Tyler’s father or Jennifer Lopez will salvage her fading career. The Aerosmith frontman and Bronx-born J-Lo were picked as new judges amid a seemingly endless carnival of speculation last summer. Instead, the real story centers on whether the show will survive the departure of Simon Cowell, the caustic lead judge who rode his merciless putdowns of auditioners to high-powered stardom.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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PHOTO CALL: Past and Present In the Heights Cast Members (including Jordin Sparks) Sing for Cabaret Cares

Doreen Montalvo hosted the Jan. 5 presentation of Cabaret Cares, a benefit that boasted both past and present cast members from In the Heights performing both pop and musical theatre songs.

Performers in the concert included Javier Munoz, Marcus Paul James, Shaun Taylor Corbett, Noemi Taylor Corbett, Alejandra Reyes, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Courtney Reed, Willis White, Antuan Ramoine, Ruben Flores, Bianca Marroquin, Arielle Jacobs, Tony Chiroldes, Blanca Camacho and a special surprise appearance by Corbin Bleu and Jordin Sparks, who joined the cast for the concert’s finale “Lean On Me.”

Read more at Playbill

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Carrie Underwood: “It Is Nice Being a Hockey Wife”

During a recent trip to Montreal with Ottawa-based hubby Mike Fisher, 30, “our car got broken into,” the five-time Grammy winner, 27, told Minneapolis radio station K102 in an interview Thursday. “So that was fun. I am not going back to Montreal.”

“We’re together a lot more than people think we are,” she said. “Even if it’s just for a day, we get to pop in. We’ll make sure we put the extra time and effort to do that.”

“It is nice being a hockey wife,” she said. “Of course now I’m like cleaning the house, buying the groceries…I can spend hours in a grocery store and I’m the happiest person in the universe.”

Read more at US

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‘Idol’ Watch: Brooke White’s ‘Change of Plans’

Via the New York Post

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Photos from Mandisa’s Photo Shoot

From @MandisaOfficial More Pics from my Photo Shoot!

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Cowell is invited to be Mideast Peacemaker

Simon Cowell was this week invited to Israel to help bring Israelis and Palestinians together through music.

The offer to the pop impresario, who has sold more than 150 million records, was issued this week by the Jewish state’s Ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor. The envoy, whose invitation to Sir Paul McCartney helped pave the way for a visit and sell-out concert in Tel Aviv in 2008, said during an interview with the Jewish News: “I am sure he will find amazing talent in Israel which he might just bring over to the UK.

Cowell, who has spoken of his “delight” at discovering his father was Jewish, would be sure of a warm reception in Israel, having become a familiar face in the country through his appearances on American Idol.

Read more at Totally Jewish

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Oprah Winfrey is Piers Morgan’s first CNN guest

Piers Morgan will kick off his new show on CNN with a big get for a first guest: None other than Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey will go one-on-one in the debut of “Piers Morgan Tonight” Jan. 17 on CNN. Morgan revealed the news Thursday (Jan. 6) at the Television Critics Association press tour. He acknowledges that Winfrey has been doing lots of interviews lately, but he still calls her “one of the two or three most brilliant gets in the world.”

Read more at Zap2it

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For the man that has everything: Ryan Seacrest gets a $6,000 luxury toilet for his birthday

It can’t be easy coming up with gift ideas for a man who earns over $50 million.

But Ryan Seacrest’s best friend managed to think outside the box for his 36th birthday.

The media mogul and America Idol host today told listeners of his KISS FM radio show that he was given a $6000 luxury automatic toilet.

Read more at the Daily Mail

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Paula Abdul Talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Via CNN

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Paula Abdul Explains How ‘Live to Dance’ Is ‘Different,’ Reveals Surprising Inspiration for Getting Back to TV

Via AOL Popeater

 
  • indigo15

    Jordin’s collaboration with John Legend definitely piques my interest. Great to see so many of my favorite Idols working on new music. Speaking of, Danny Gokey also tweeted that he’s in the studio today.

    @dannygokey: In the studio writing hits! We’ve written some really great songs for this next album! You guys are gonna like it! Can’t wait to release it

    Can’t wait for the new releases later this year!

  • Valentin432

    THat THR article is interesting, I wonder how many of those “scoops” are true or not, so I won’t comment on the various changes they mention in the article.

    I still am the most excited about the universal part of the deal.
    If they are not BSing us and pretend to reinvigorate the show and launch new stars from it, they are the best equiped to do so.

    I would like to have some kind of idea about the format before the premiere, we are 10 days away and they still haven’t cleared that up.

  • JazzRocks

    Wow. Mandisa looks amazing!

  • OvenMitt

    Lookin’ good, Mandisa!

  • yaddabing

    Everyone not working as a “team” the past few years is really what drug the show down.

    Kara never fit, Ellen came in late during the season and never had time to “fit in” since she was doing her show everyday, and if Simon wasn’t in London, he was in his trailer working on Syco stuff.

    I hope they really are all working together..FOX/Fremantle (though, it is interesting how Cecile is Exec Producer on AI and X Factor)/19/UMG/Judges/Ryan/etc..to making this season work. It could be a big turn around for Idol. I just hope America hasn’t completely written Idol off.

  • Kipper

    WAY TO GO, MANDISA! Never would have recognized her! I remember her gorgeous voice blowing me away on Idol’s Season 5 Tour when she opened the show! Wow! IMO, I think she should have been runner-up that year.

  • gangreen29

    When a staffer mentioned the hassle in clearing its use, Iovine took out his cell phone, called the Boss direct and got verbal approval.

    I hope you use this power for song clearance too Jimmy.

  • bridgette12

    Mandisa looks great! I didn’t even know who she was, until I saw her name. I wonder how much weight she lost.

  • CindyM

    That’s a nice interview with Crystal.

  • 1952

    Crystal going to Nashville? I’d bet for more than rest and relaxation.

  • Mark

    I hope you use this power for song clearance too Jimmy.

    Seriously. There will be no more excuses for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”. Or “Against All Odds”. Or anything else of the sort.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Here is another artist that had a huge previous album/singles to the list for 2011.

    owlcity Owl City
    by Universal_Music
    Almost finished with the new album cover! SO BEAUTIFUL!

  • 1952
  • shadowearth

    Typically, anyone who’s on camera is asked to avoid wearing anything with a logo or copyrighted image. When a staffer mentioned the hassle in clearing its use, Iovine took out his cell phone, called the Boss direct and got verbal approval.

    Really. Dude likes getting his own way. Gee why do I think that the contestants are not going to have a lot of choice in what to sing or how to sing it.

  • sma11ie

    played a hands-on role in its first four years on the air.

    Does this mean Nigel had a less hands-on role in seasons 5-7?

    There will be no more excuses for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”.

    I actually like Aerosmith, but I gotta say, I just kinda hope for no more Aerosmith songs in general. It’d be kinda awkward with Tyler on the panel…

  • jumpstart

    Wow, Mandisa is absolutely gorgeous!

  • movin2thabeet

    I’m getting the impression that Idol this year is looking at contestants as lumps of clay that they can mold and maneuver to make the big bucks. It’s doubling down on the dangerous aspect of what Idol means – making the kids into objects for the masses to worship. Its kind of acceptable when a mature adult, say like a Lady Gaga, shoots for this kind of adulation, since she has an already established sense of self and has worked her butt off to get to this place.

    It’s quite another thing to do the same thing with a 15-16 year old kid. No one at that age has yet lived enough to develop a strong sense of self. They haven’t had experience dealing with supporters beyond their families, friends and maybe communities. They haven’t dealt with managers, club owners and lawyers. They haven’t experienced life as an independent adult, with all its joys and sorrows. In other words, they are not ready to be catapulted into the spotlight of vast public adulation. It is so dangerous for their development as a human being. I think its sick that they dropped the age and are trumpeting that fact as bringing new life to the show. The scenario is so prone to a use and discard story, where the kid is left a year after the show to fend for themselves, hopefully with a therapist closely in tow. And by the way, I felt the same way about the youngest contestants who have already appeared Idol, before they lowered the age limit to 15. I don’t think Archie, Allison or Aaron were ready for the big stage. I wish Idol had increased the minimum age to 18 at the lowest, preferably 20. I know it has been a very popular request from avid Idol watchers to do just that. Instead, they went the opposite direction.

    Of course a young kid is much more malleable than an adult who likely has clear ideas about who they are musically. What they’re looking for is a cute clean slate that they can shape to their liking. Uggh. That kind of manipulation could finally get me to kick this AI habit, once and for all.

  • songsungblue

    Random tweet from random attendee in LV today:

    Dave Taylor
    Best singer at #CES is definitely Crystal Bowersox at the otherwise lackluster Sony booth!

    I think Mandisa has lost about 100 pounds. Don’t care for her music or her Fundamentalist Christian leanings – but I have to hand it to her. She looks wonderful.

  • Ratna12

    Typically, anyone who’s on camera is asked to avoid wearing anything with a logo or copyrighted image. When a staffer mentioned the hassle in clearing its use, Iovine took out his cell phone, called the Boss direct and got verbal approval.

    Really. Dude likes getting his own way. Gee why do I think that the contestants are not going to have a lot of choice in what to sing or how to sing it.

    Yep, but I’m really wondering if he can be really impartial towards all the contestants. He can easily favors some contestants with the best arrangements and let the others drown. I’m so pessimistic, but I can’t help it. I don’t trust TPTB (including the judges). They have their own agenda. JMO.

  • Ratna12

    Mandisa looks great and I can’t wait to see Brooke on TV (and of course her TV husband)

  • shadowearth

    Ratna12:
    01/06/2011 at 10:22 pm

    Yep, but I’m really wondering if he can be really impartial towards all the contestants. He can easily favors some contestants with the best arrangements and let the others drown. I’m so pessimistic, but I can’t help it. I don’t trust TPTB (including the judges). They have their own agenda. JMO.

    Yup especially in the early rounds where multiple contestants are likely to want the same song. I really liked the idea of a true mentor when we first heard about it. But now I’m getting scared

  • iluvai

    Jordin reminds me of my 10 year old daughter. They are virtual look a likes. I’ve said that often. Whenever I see Jordin’s pretty face, I’m like damn, that’s KK. If I knew how to make her pic my avatar, I would show y’all.

  • iluvai

    I love Mandisa! She has always been gorgeous! :)

  • iluvai

    Of course a young kid is much more malleable than an adult who likely has clear ideas about who they are musically. What they’re looking for is a cute clean slate that they can shape to their liking. Uggh. That kind of manipulation could finally get me to kick this AI habit, once and for all.

    I hope Idol doesn’t come to that. The show is about finding THE American Idol, THE Superstar! It’s been hit or miss but I hope they legitimately find the Star out there. Call me Pollyanna. I know. I know.

    edit: sign me up for spelling lessons. lol

  • Indigobunting

    I like Mandisa too, and she does look good.

    Crystal’s electronics show set is acoustic. I wonder if Danny’s performance on Saturday at the Sony booth will be acoustic also? I had imagined he’d have the band, but maybe not.

  • steph6449

    Crystal’s electronics show set is acoustic. I wonder if Danny’s performance on Saturday at the Sony booth will be acoustic also? I had imagined he’d have the band, but maybe not.

    Maybe something similar to the set he did for the event in DC where he had Brandon and Matt along?

    Though Danny has had the full band out for some of his showcase performances before. Maybe there will be some band tweets tomorrow to give a clue who’s traveling to Vegas.

  • larc

    iluvai:
    edit: sign me up for spelling lessons. lol

    If you need lessons, then so do I. I didn’t see a single spelling error. BTW, I get a red squiggly line under suspected spelling errors. Doesn’t everybody?

  • smeggingnuts

    @BradBesseyTALK I don’t want to forget to alert my @adamlambert friends – Adam on @TheTalk_CBS on Feb 9th for Grammy Week

    Does anyone know what The Talk is?

  • bentley1530

    smeggingnuts:

    Does anyone know what The Talk is?

    It is a daytime talk show with an all female panel, similar to The View.

  • smeggingnuts

    ohhh Thanks Bentley haha never heard of it before

  • girlygirl

    steph6449/indigobunting

    The stage the Idol people usually get at the CES show is pretty small. Kris did an acoustic gig (just him & Cale) and so did Crystal, so I would bet Danny’s show will be acoustic also.

    Also, it’s in this huge convention center (or that type building) with lots of different booths and thousands of people milling around — and I don’t know if they would even be aloud to do a full band set — might be too loud for the venue — would distract from what the other people at the trade show are trying to display/promote/sell

  • isisdagmar

    Fundamentalist Christian leanings

    Ew. I’m Christian, but fundies are nasty.

  • Ratna12

    I haven’t seen this pic of Zorro before . :)

    http://twitpic.com/3nerc5

    *
    And there are more photos from that poster which I haven’t seen before.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Fundamentalist Christian leanings
    —–
    Ew. I’m Christian, but fundies are nasty.

    I think that fundies of any religious belief are pretty scary.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Videos of Crystal at the SONY booth at CES in Las Vegas. The video is from far away, but the sound quality is very good.

    “Finally Got it Right”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uecx1IS-YHI

    “Mason”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D9fnroPzr4

    “Kiss ya”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7jmhInx4do

  • Moria Polonius

    I actually like Aerosmith, but I gotta say, I just kinda hope for no more Aerosmith songs in general. It’d be kinda awkward with Tyler on the panel…

    I’m pretty sure the presence of Steven Tyler is going to scare away most of the contestants from singing Aerosmith. Although how I wish Steven had been there to judge Allison, Danny and Adam in season 8. That could have been hilarious.

  • steph6449

    The stage the Idol people usually get at the CES show is pretty small. Kris did an acoustic gig (just him & Cale) and so did Crystal, so I would bet Danny’s show will be acoustic also.

    Also, it’s in this huge convention center (or that type building) with lots of different booths and thousands of people milling around — and I don’t know if they would even be aloud to do a full band set — might be too loud for the venue — would distract from what the other people at the trade show

    girlygirl, thanks

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    wow mandisa!

  • Grammie Kari

    Ratna12:
    01/06/2011 at 10:22 pm

    Yep, but I’m really wondering if he can be really impartial towards all the contestants. He can easily favors some contestants with the best arrangements and let the others drown. I’m so pessimistic, but I can’t help it. I don’t trust TPTB (including the judges). They have their own agenda. JMO.

    When I found out there would be just one mentor, these exact thoughts came to mind. Human nature being what it is, he is bound to favor those which meant the criteria set by the producers. Bad advice can be given to those not in favor by Nigel and Ken. I just don’t like the concept.

    Indeed, the show will be different. IMO, we will be hearing more current music, including Hip Hop and maybe Rap. I would not be surprised if they have already decided who is to be in the Finals.

    Mandisa does look great. I think she would have gone farther in the competition had she not been so open about her religious beliefs. However, she certainly seems happy now. Good for her.