American Idol Headlines for 01/07/10

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Today’s Idol Appearances

  • Jennifer Hudson to present at the Jewelry Information Center Gala in Los Angeles. 7 pm. More information HERE.
  • Kimberley Locke sings the National Anthem at the LA Lakeres vs New Orleans  Hornets basketball game, Staples Center, LA 7:30 pt.
  • Brooke White will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in NYC Times Square. 3:50-4 pm et.

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Jennifer Hudson will appear on the CBS Early show on Mon. Jan. 10 to talk How to sell your old stuff and…Pizza!

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Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Happy New Year everyone. I love that over 10 million people watched “Live To Dance.” DANCE still RULES in 2011. Well done Paula and CBS.”

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Adam Lambert appears on The Talk Wednesday February 9 for Grammy Week. CBS 2 pm.

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Kim Caldwell tweets, “I’m the host of the second season premier episode of VH1’s You’re Cut Off this upcoming Monday…tune in!”

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Scott MacIntyre sings National Anthem at NHL game Friday Jan 15. Phoenix Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks at jobing.com Arena, game time 6 PM MST. (Via IdolsNow)

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Crystal Bowersox Mix 94.1 Interview

Crystal sings an acoustic version of “I Finally Got it Right”.

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EW’s Adam B. Vary sat in on the LA auditions with Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. He Shares his impressions of the panel’s chemistry on EW’s TV Insider’s Podcast.

Listen HERE.

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Chris August, Chris Sligh, Sidewalk Prophets At Winter Jam 2011

The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular “American Bible Society Pre-jam Party” is all a flurry this year with special guests Fervent Recording artists Chris August and Sidewalk Prophets along with Word Records’ and American Idol Top 10 finalist Chris Sligh warming up the stage for Christian Music favorites Francesca Battistelli, KJ-52, Kutless, NewSong, RED, The David Crowder Band and Newsboys, plus speaker Tony Nolan. It’s a rock show where the stars just happen to be Christians. The 47-city nationwide tour kicks-off tomorrow, January 7th in Chattanooga, TN and will wrap April 3rd in Peoria, IL.

“To say that I am excited about Winter Jam would be an understatement,” exclaims Chris Sligh. “Whether you talk about my attending Winter Jam as a fan in Greenville, S.C., or the fact that I’m getting to tour with people who are becoming good friends like Chris August and Newsboys, I’m elated to be a part of something so special!”

Read more and see schedule HERE

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Constantine Maroulis Defends ‘Spider-Man’ Musical: ‘They’re Creating Art’

Critics have savaged the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but one Tony-nominated actor who’s seen the $65 million dollar budget production insists the show is pure art. “It was the most poetic, provocative and beautiful piece of theater I’ve seen in a long f—ing time,” says Rock of Ages star and American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis. “I realize theater is not a contact sport but they’re in a fight, making art, creating something that’s bigger than anything.”

Maroulis notes that the producers “implemented several Act 2 changes this week” in dealing with the challenging acrobatics, but he adds, “I hope they don’t change it too much. If they do, I think a lot of people won’t get it.”

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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Seacrest on ‘Idol’: ‘We Found Some Excellent Contestants!’

via ExtraTV

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Girlfriend of Jennifer Lopez Ex-Husband Seeks Restraining Order Against J.Lo

The girlfriend of Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband is planning to go to court Friday to seek a temporary restraining order against J.Lo, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

Claudia Vasquez is making an ex parte application in Los Angeles Superior Court for the order against the Jenny From The Block singer.

If Vasquez wins, she will look to turn the temporary restraining order into a permanent one and then proceed with a TV project about the singer/actress and now American Idol judge.

Read more at RadarOnline

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  • Chicagolaw

    Yay for Adam! But, what is The Talk???

  • istersay

    Yay for Adam! But, what is The Talk???

    It’s a talk show on CBS that’s like ‘The View’, with Julie Chen, Sharon Osborne, and others

  • jumpstart

    Kim Caldwell tweets, “I’m the host of the second season premier episode of VH1’s You’re Cut Off this upcoming Monday…tune in!”

    Um, no thanks. I just can’t take her annoying voice.

  • mmb

    The talk is a new daytime show ( it just started a few months ago). It is basically supposed to be cbs’ version of the view. I hope that Adam does a bunch of tv appearances during Grammy week. Good promo during a quiet period

  • Chicagolaw

    Thanks! I have never heard of The Talk. Is it the type of show where he would get a performance as well as the interview? I’ll take whatever I can get—it is going to be pretty quiet for a while in terms of Adam news (well, apart from the Grammys :))

  • readon

    I want Adam to sing the National Anthem on some major sports event. It’s time and he would be awesome. Hey America. What’s up with that?

  • ohnonotagain

    Kim Caldwell , can’t stand her, would never buy her music or watch this show.

  • windmills

    I don’t know if the promotion for the movie Country Strong’s been as unavoidable outside the country world as it’s been inside the country world, but I guess it’s opening around the country today and apparently there’s at least 1 Carrie mention because I’m seeing it in all the reviews of the movie where Leighton Meester’s character is told she’s “the next Carrie Underwood”.

    NPR

    Along for the ride are two young up-and-comers: Kelly’s “sponsor” (read: lover) Beau Hutton (Hedlund), a humble crooner who’s likened (without merit) to Townes Van Zandt; and former beauty queen Chiles Stanton (Meester), who’s likened (likewise) to Carrie Underwood.

    Access Atlanta

    Almost everything is wrong in this groanfest, which was originally written with the Britney Spears breakdown of 2008 in mind. To wit: Female singer Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meister of “Gossip Girl”) goes from stage-frightened mumbler to “the next Carrie Underwood” in two gigs.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    X Factor UK season 5 runners-up JLS released music video for their new single Eyes Wide Shut today.

    JLS – Eyes Wide Shut (ft. Tinie Tempah)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJcBWDCBldY

  • girlygirl

    I’ve never heard of “The Talk”. I wonder what kind of ratings it gets?

  • girlygirl

    oh BTW– funny story from my music business class last night — my instructor (who was the tour accountant on Paul McCartney’s 2009 tour :) ) had someone in his class the last time he taught it who worked for RCA. When she told him she had to miss a class to go see David Cook’s show, he jokingly told her she needed to bring a note excusing her — well the next class, she gave him a CD on which David had signed and also written a note saying “please excuse xxx from your class” ! LOL, David’s so funny…

  • CindyM

    girlygirl:
    01/07/2011 at 10:08 am
    I’ve never heard of “The Talk”. I wonder what kind of ratings it gets?

    Its CBS answer to the View. It’s got Sharon Osbourne as one of the hosts and it’s on CBS. Don’t know about ratings, I’m just glad I’ll get to see Adam on my tv. Hoping it’s one of many scheduled appearances!!

  • FREIDAG

    I’ve never heard of “The Talk”. I wonder what kind of ratings it gets?

    I’ve seen it. I like Sharon Osbourne.

    Some ratings info from December: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/12/09/cbss-the-talk-posts-its-highest-ratings-to-date-in-week-seven/74969

  • sr4mjc

    Adam and Sharon Osborne sounds like win to me!

    Spiderman is a mess of a show. Most reviews I’ve read say the book, score, direction all need help. When cast members are leaving the show before previews are over in fear of getting hurt again, something is very wrong. It likely needs a decade of sold out shows to even re-coup the investment. I haven’t seen Spiderman yet, if it makes it through previews without hurting another cast member, I’ll be happy.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Popjustice: NotChristmas cards of the stars: Adam Lambert

    So this card-shaped envelope arrived yesterday. Slightly unnervingly it arrived at our home address but we are trying not to think too much about the ramifications of this.

    “That late arrival is slightly shoddy, Lambert,” we thought. “Christmas was literally LAST YEAR.”

    But Lambo was one step ahead.

  • Indigobunting

    I read a pretty bad review of Country Strong.

    To me it seems like just a female version/rip off of Crazy Heart (which I mildly enjoyed- although the young girl with old guy meme on CH,also personified by Trace Adkins last video, just yuck). Same old cliche of alcoholic country singer redemption.

  • bridgette12

    I watch the Talk and Sharon Osbourne is hilarious. Adam and Sharon together is a match made in interview heaven.

  • BootStar

    I read a pretty bad review of Country Strong.

    To me it seems like just a female version/rip off of Crazy Heart

    I can’t seem to avoid those awful “Country Strong” trailers either. (And what a terrible name for a movie! If it’s as bad as it appears in the commercials, it should be a huge hit. ;-) )

    It definitely seems like a rip-off of “Crazy Heart,” which I really liked and has an awesome soundtrack. I didn’t think the age difference (~20 years) in that movie was a big deal, and it didn’t have the typical Hollwyood happy ending. I guess the alcoholic country singer redemption story is a cliche, but that didn’t bother me.

    I’d skip “Country Strong” and rent “Tender Mercies,” a GREAT movie about an “alcoholic country singer’s redemption.” It won the Oscar for best picture and Robert Duvall won an Oscar for his role. (I loved that Duvall had a role in “Crazy Heart. Somebody, please tell me he doesn’t appear in “Country Strong” too!)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Looks like Cale has been replaced at the Creation Station. :-)

    ZorroPup Zorro Allen
    Helping Dad write songs. I’m gonna be expecting royalties. http://plixi.com/p/68428122

  • Indigobunting

    I didn’t think the age difference (~20 years) in that movie was a big deal,

    Lol, is that all the age gap was supposed to be? She looked like she was in her late 20′s/early 30′s to me and Bridges looked to be in his 60′s. Hard living, and all.

  • mmb

    Lol at the popjustice piece. I always send New Years cards instead of Xmas ones. Easier to send to friends of all religions ( and friends of no religion)

  • BootStar

    Lol, is that all the age gap was supposed to be? She looked like she was in her late 20’s/early 30’s to me and Bridges looked to be in his 60’s. Hard living, and all.

    You’re probably right, it’s probably closer to 30 years, but she definitely looked to be in her 30s on my HDTV. :-D Somehow once somebody is that age, I don’t take age differences into account much. In real life Maggie Gyllenhaal is 33, Jeff Bridges is 61.

    Now Taylor Swift (20) and JAKE Gyllenhaal (30)? Ewwww………..

  • tls62

    His New Year’s card is totally cool and totally him. I hope Lee Cherry will be involved in the next album cover.

  • koshka

    Nice story Girlygirl! Bet the instructor was surprised. :)

  • windmills

    ^^^ BootStar Taylor’s 21. Going on 12 ;) And the match made in fauxmance heaven is apparently already over after less than 2 months. I guess it didn’t test market well among either of their fanbases ;)

    I don’t have a desire to see Country Strong. The cast seems pretty solid though the performance clips they sent out look really awkward for both Gwyneth and Leighton. But the story really does seem very cliche ridden. I think they’re hoping for a Blind Side-like sensation at the box office.

  • larc

    BootStar:
    I’d skip “Country Strong” and rent “Tender Mercies,” a GREAT movie about an “alcoholic country singer’s redemption.” It won the Oscar for best picture and Robert Duvall won an Oscar for his role. (I loved that Duvall had a role in “Crazy Heart. Somebody, please tell me he doesn’t appear in “Country Strong” too!)

    He doesn’t! Another good movie in this genre is Coal Miner’s Daughter from 1980. Sissy Spacek plays Loretta Lynn to a T and even does her own singing. I highly recommend it to anybody who likes movies of this type and missed it. As good a reason as any to see it is to catch Beverly D’Angelo’s great portrayal of Patsy Cline.

  • koshka

    I hope Gwyneth didn’t pick a lemon of a movie. Its hard for gals over they age of 28 to get lead parts in movies.

  • BootStar

    ^^^ BootStar Taylor’s 21. Going on 12 And the match made in fauxmance heaven is apparently already over after less than 2 months. I guess it didn’t test market well among either of their fanbases

    Oh, thanks for the fact-checking, windmills. Looks like Taylor indeed just had a birthday, and Jake just turned 30. So only nine years, but, still . . . kinda creepy!

    He doesn’t! Another good movie in this genre is Coal Miner’s Daughter from 1980. Sissy Spacek plays Loretta Lynn to a T and even does her own singing. I highly recommend it to anybody who likes movies of this type and missed it.

    Thanks, larc, such a relief! (I don’t think I’ve ever seen Coal Miner’s Daughter; definitely need to see that, especially with Loretta Lynn getting so much press of late.)

  • FREIDAG

    He doesn’t! Another good movie in this genre is Coal Miner’s Daughter from 1980. Sissy Spacek plays Loretta Lynn to a T and even does her own singing.

    I am in love with this movie. I stop and watch it every time it comes on the dial. Spacek is great but Beverly D’Angelo (of the Vacation Movies) who also did her own singing is amazing as Patsy Cline.

  • suenigma

    Awww, thanks for that awesome story Girlygirl. Sounds like a fun class!

  • sma11ie

    Ooh, enjoying today’s aside. I loved Crazy Heart (love Jeff Bridges and Maggie G!), so I’ll be adding Tender Mercies and Coal Miner’s Daughter to my Netflix queue. Yeah… Country Strong looks not that good. Windmills/other country fans. How was Gwyneth’s reception when she performed at the CMA’s (or was it ACMs)? I actually love her, but I don’t get the raves for her singing/dancing on Glee. She was okay and kinda fun (much like most Glee singers), but not omgz earth shattering or anything.

    Girlygirl, that’s a cute story about David– and very typical of his humor. So jealous of your prof’s CD! And that girl who got excused from class to go to a DC show AND got something signed.

  • cwm

    Mateja:
    01/07/2011 at 10:26 am
    Popjustice: NotChristmas cards of the stars: Adam Lambert
    http://www.popjustice.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5208&Itemid=206

    Mateja — thanks for posting the Popjustice piece about Adam’s New Year’s card. Made me smile. Fun piece, great card, totally Adam. :-)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Jennifer Lopez guested on The Talk during the show’s premiere week in October.

    You can get an idea of what the show is like from the videos:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/jennifer-lopez-visits-the-talk.htm

  • JazzRocks

    I never watch daytime TV but will I make an exception for The Talk? Heck yeah. I hope to see the charming Mr. Lambert on several other shows as well prior to the Grammys.

  • girlygirl

    good to see Zorro is no longer jealous of the guitar. But he should join BMI to make sure he gets his royalties :)

    zorropup

    #Helping Dad write songs. I’m gonna be expecting royalties. http://plixi.com/p/68428122

  • sma11ie

    Listened to the EW podcast with Adam B. Vary. I listened and gleaned some highlights.

    From Vary: there are negative critiques from everyone, but no cutting meanness. The panel is pleasant, and they interact and have great rapport, and sometimes trade off who will be “mean”. Randy is tougher, and has more backbone without Simon (he’d say no when the other two say yes). From sitting in auditions and watching the 20-minute Fox clip reel, it seems the new panel is missing that tension/anticipation of what Simon will say when someone is atrocious. Rather, the tension is: what rockstar nonsense will come out of Tyler’s mouth. Apparently the EW interview with the judges had been edited down a lot in the final article, but so much of the full transcript of stuff from Tyler made no sense. Vary says he is “definitely lucid”, but his level of nonsense is more involved and complicated than Paula’s, and he’d have these phrases that come out of nowhere, that no one understands, and might go on forever. In that sense, he’s crazier than Paula, but the panel laughs with him (unlike Simon laughing at Paula), so Tyler is in on the joke. Tyler is also like Paula in that he’s most effusively on someone’s side (expect tears). There were lots of hugging in clip reel. Adam thinks the panel will only work if the contestants were really good (he mentions that S9 contestants were boring and sounded the same, which hurt the panel). If they find a crew of singers that captures the country’s imagination, the show is solid. The onus can’t be on the judges to make the show when they’re still getting their footing as a new panel.

    I really like Adam B Vary. He totally gets it, and what he said about the season depending on excellent singers was dead on. The show is about the contestants, not the judges. Wonder if he’ll take over Slezak’s column…?

  • Indigobunting

    Somehow once somebody is that age, I don’t take age differences into account much.

    I like your attitude. Jake Gyllenhall is definitely in my range, lol!

    ETA

    How was Gwyneth’s reception when she performed at the CMA’s (or was it ACMs)

    Smallie, it was a good reception at the CMAs. Now, I almost wonder if the audience had been cued to give her that (I think it was a standing O, which was a little odd I thought).
    I can’t stand when singers affect a twang. But Gwyneth is a good singer.

  • Chicagolaw

    Thanks, MJ, for that clip of The Talk. Amazingly, this show seems even more annoying than The View. Good luck Adam, lol.

    And, yeah, I’ll be watching it anyway.

    ETA, I really like Adam B. Vary. It would be great if he could take Slezak’s place.

  • Keel

    When she told him she had to miss a class to go see David Cook’s show, he jokingly told her she needed to bring a note excusing her — well the next class, she gave him a CD on which David had signed and also written a note saying “please excuse xxx from your class” ! LOL, David’s so funny…

    Thanks for bringing that story over. Funny.

  • Mark

    ETA, I really like Adam B. Vary. It would be great if he could take Slezak’s place.

    Eeeeeeh, I’m not really a fan myself. (Not really funny or insightful at all, and I kind of demand at least one from my AI columnists) But it looks like that might be what happens.

  • windmills

    sma11ie: Windmills/other country fans. How was Gwyneth’s reception when she performed at the CMA’s (or was it ACMs)? I actually love her, but I don’t get the raves for her singing/dancing on Glee. She was okay and kinda fun (much like most Glee singers), but not omgz earth shattering or anything.

    I agree with you about her on Glee. As far as the CMAs people in the crowd were definitely very welcoming. As far as the country public’s reception I think people respected that she did a solid job, didn’t embarrass herself, and was respectful of the occasion. I think she’d have been held to a different and higher standard if people thought she were actually going country and trying to get taken seriously as a country act. But this was more a Hollywood star singing country as a one time gig so I think people took it for what it was: a way of getting some ratings and attention to the CMAs from a different source than usual.

    sma11ie: I really like Adam B Vary. He totally gets it, and what he said about the season depending on excellent singers was dead on. The show is about the contestants, not the judges. Wonder if he’ll take over Slezak’s column…?

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Isn’t he the guy or one of the guys who would give on the scene reports from the live shows for EW.com the last few years?

  • Mark

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Isn’t he the guy or one of the guys who would give on the scene reports from the live shows for EW.com the last few years?

    Yes. One of two, I think. (Whitney Pastorek is the other.)

  • sma11ie

    Yes. One of two, I think. (Whitney Pastorek is the other.)

    Ooh, I like her too! Mark, I think she’s funny/biting, all the things that the super-nice Adam isn’t. Which makes her more polarizing– which means she’s ideal for the job, lol. I like Adam B Vary cuz he’s nice and an Idol fan, and can be insightful at times, but I agree with you, I like my Idol bloggers to have more personality. I don’t always agree with Slezak or Cantiello, but they crack my sh-t up and have strong opinions, which I appreciate. (Cough… that’s why Brian Mansfield’s blog puts me to sleep.) But then again, I think Idolatry has always been a NY office endeavor, right? So if Adam and Whitney are West coast based, they’re probably not likely to take that over? Still waiting for Slezak’s TVLine Idol column to get going!

    But this was more a Hollywood star singing country as a one time gig so I think people took it for what it was

    Gotcha. Makes sense. This is getting way OT, but what did country fans think of Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell? I loved them in Crazy Heart, but I have no insight into the country world.

  • larc

    sma11ie:
    Still waiting for Slezak’s TVLine Idol column to get going!

    TVLine is up and running, but there’s no sign of Slezak yet. It’s only been Ausiello and a few of the other editors so far.

  • sma11ie

    TVLine is up and running, but there’s no sign of Slezak yet. It’s only been Ausiello and a few of the other editors so far.

    Yeah, Matt Mitovich said on January 6th that Slezak is joining their team “later this month”. I hope in time for the Idol premiere! LOL, sometimes I dunno if I’m looking forward to the actual show more or reading my favorite blogs on the show more (TWOP, MTV, EW->TVLine, Shirley at Hollywood Reporter, and of course, here at MJ’s).

  • windmills

    Whitney Pastorek’s fun! She’s part of the older guard at EW, snarky and smart but they don’t take themselves too seriously. I don’t think a lot of their newer writers are as witty.

    It’ll be interesting seeing how much EW covers AI. I kinda feel like EW’s over AI a little even though they just put the new judges on the cover. I think with EW they sort of reflect the times – they were very snarky about AI until around s5 when the numbers couldn’t be denied and then they started devoting more specialized coverage to it with the Slezak/Idolatry era. Now Slezak’s left and I think EW’s jumped on other bandwagons than AI (like Glee). But it could all change if AI gets people buzzing again.

    sma11ie: This is getting way OT, but what did country fans think of Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell? I loved them in Crazy Heart, but I have no insight into the country world.

    I think the movie and acting were considered a respectable effort but I don’t think the people behind it were working that hard to make Nashville love it and it wasn’t as “insidery” a movie. I’d say the country music establishment was happy to soak up the reflected glory from the movie since it got positive attention.

    But the difference with Country Strong is that the studio’s partnered hardcore with the Music Row establishment to sell it to mainstream country fans (the music of Crazy Heart was geared towards alt country fans). They hooked up with Sony Nashville for the soundtrack, got a lot of established Nashville writers to contribute songs on it, marketed singles to country radio, and stuff like that. Plus you’ve got Tim McGraw in the movie which makes it really mainstream country. There’s been no avoiding the marketing if you listen to country radio or visit any country sites. It’s actually been pretty annoying. Plus, it seems like they’re throwing their weight behind a movie that is not very good.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ new online store has opened with a lot of new merchandise for sale. Get a free signed poster with all orders.
    http://www.shopbenchmark.com/krisallen/

    ETA: It’s slow to open.

  • lovingadam

    Adam in IO?ION! campaign (Italian rubber watch)

    http://www.ioion.it/index.php?section=stars
    http://twitpic.com/3nupl6

  • koshka

    tripp_ncwy:
    01/07/2011 at 2:26 pm
    Kris’ new online store has opened with a lot of new merchandise for sale. Get a free signed poster with all orders.
    http://www.shopbenchmark.com/krisallen/

    ETA: It’s slow to open.

    I don’t get the deer shirt. Can someone explain?

  • Mark

    Ooh, I like her too! Mark, I think she’s funny/biting, all the things that the super-nice Adam isn’t. Which makes her more polarizing– which means she’s ideal for the job, lol. I like Adam B Vary cuz he’s nice and an Idol fan, and can be insightful at times, but I agree with you, I like my Idol bloggers to have more personality. I don’t always agree with Slezak or Cantiello, but they crack my sh-t up and have strong opinions, which I appreciate. (Cough… that’s why Brian Mansfield’s blog puts me to sleep.) But then again, I think Idolatry has always been a NY office endeavor, right? So if Adam and Whitney are West coast based, they’re probably not likely to take that over? Still waiting for Slezak’s TVLine Idol column to get going!

    Right. I mean, I like Adam well enough. But he’s more of a reporter than a columnist. And his opinions tend to be… lazy? I’m not sure that’s the right word. But without much of a personal center. Brian, same story. It’s not that they don’t have personal leanings… it’s just that they don’t really own them

    Whereas with Slezak and Cantiello… they really have a certain, personal place where they are coming from. It’s strong, obvious; I don’t need to look at the author tag when I’m reading those two to know I’m reading them. They own their opinions. It’s not as either are exactly high-brow critics; Jim and, to a somewhat greater extent, Mike don’t have a very specific language to discuss music per se. But that center and reverence to the show and its history gives them a heck of a lot more weight than a reporter alone.

    (Oh, as to Adam; read his SYTYCD columns, which might give you a good idea of how he’d do Idol. I was not impressed)

  • lorismile

    OHHH Adam on TV again!!!! YEAHHHHH!!!

    Loved him when he went on the View. Can’t wait for this one!

  • BootStar

    I think the movie and acting were considered a respectable effort but I don’t think the people behind it were working that hard to make Nashville love it and it wasn’t as “insidery” a movie. I’d say the country music establishment was happy to soak up the reflected glory from the movie since it got positive attention.

    But the difference with Country Strong is that the studio’s partnered hardcore with the Music Row establishment to sell it to mainstream country fans (the music of Crazy Heart was geared towards alt country fans).

    That’s really interesting. I’m not terribly plugged into what goes on in Nashville, but that explains a lot for me. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie does well at the box office, at least in markets where mainstream country music is really popular.

    smallie, the music for Crazy Heart was produced by T-Bone Burnett (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Cold Mountain, Walk the Line), so it was definitely more in the alt-country/Americana wheelhouse. I’m not even sure where Crazy Heart actually played, but I’m guessing it was more in arthouse-type theaters. I had to buy it on DVD to see it since I don’t do Netflix and didn’t feel like waiting five years to see it on cable.

    windmills, how do the big kahunas in Nashville view somebody like T-Bone Burnett? Is he considered an outsider? He’s produced so many of my favorite artists’ albums, but you’d never hear any of them on WXTU, the local country music station where I live (and rarely listen to). The only place you’d hear those artists here is WXPN, Penn’s public radio/AAA station. It’s so weird to me that the average “country music” fan in Philly likely has no idea who Alison Krauss is!

  • sma11ie

    It’s not that they don’t have personal leanings… it’s just that they don’t really own them

    (Oh, as to Adam; read his SYTYCD columns, which might give you a good idea of how he’d do Idol. I was not impressed)

    I’m a casual viewer of SYTYCD, so I don’t generally read the recaps/coverage, but I’ll check out a few of Adam’s pieces. But you’re right, he’s and Brian give me a similar vibe of “not owning” their opinions.

    Eek! Still can’t believe new season is finally imminent. And we still have so few (confirmed!) details on the new format! Argh. Problem is, Idol probably won’t let us know until most of the audition epi’s are through. I actually don’t even like the audition episodes that much, way too much emphasis on sobbackstories. I’m really eager to get through them onto the live shows.

    BootStar, I remember Jeff Bridges name-dropping/thanking T-Bone a lot in his acceptance speeches. I really enjoyed the music in Crazy Heart a lot more than I typically enjoy country. I think I must prefer more of the alt-country/Americana spectrum of “country” then.

  • girlygirl

    Kris’ new merchandise store is up and running :)

    KrisAllen
    The merch store is open! Check it out. http://bit.ly/hrQpXC.
    1 hour ago

  • CindyM

    I’d love to have a happy medium between Adam Vary and Slezak. Slezak was so over the top for the people he liked that it became ridiculous and I think his objectivity went out the door. I love snark, but I think sometimes he went a bit too far.

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

    kinda late haha sorry, but ITA with adam’s rant about teen moms on twitter…gross jmho…im kinda glad he agrees because between the “glambulge” and stuff i was kinda worried haha
    saw the official youtube channel too-i DIED when he roared–sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute !!!!!!!!!! :P

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

    oh and kind of OT but we were watching dreamgirls in drama today (first time i had ever seen it) and jennifer hudson was aboslutely unbelievable especially in “And I am telling you”…i take back everything i’ve said about her not being a superstar hahaha…i should proabbly actually watch things before i judge :P

  • windmills

    The lyrics on that Crystal song are pedestrian but I LOVE Crystal’s voice on it. She sounds beautiful. The melody is pretty too.

    BootStar: T Bone Burnett is transcendent, he’s got a huge amount of respect from everybody which includes the Nashville establishment. But he’s not part of the mainstream country establishment (nor would he want to be IMO). His name carries a ton of cachet though so if a mainstream country act were to work with him then there’d immediately be more interest in what that person did, even from the Nashville establishment.

    It’s one of those things where I think the Nashville establishment would be happier if he were part of mainstream country because I don’t think they’re all that happy with how things are right now. I don’t think they like THAT much pop but that’s where the blockbuster sales are coming from right now and so there hasn’t been a wave of change yet. Usually it all cycles around.

    I’d bet the average country music fan actually would know who Alison Krauss is. In the 1990s she was a pretty big presence on the mainstream country scene and her duet with Brad Paisley on Whiskey Lullaby was a hit in 2004. She was being nominated for CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year as recently as 2008.

  • Keel

    Yeah, I’d be really surprised if your average mainstream country fan wouldn’t know of Alison Kraus. I’ve heard of Alison Kraus (and her songs) and I’m not even a country listener (of any kind). She’s pretty well known even outside of country.

  • BootStar

    I’d bet the average country music fan actually would know who Alison Krauss is. In the 1990s she was a pretty big presence on the mainstream country scene and her duet with Brad Paisley on Whiskey Lullaby was a hit in 2004. She was being nominated for CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year as recently as 2008.

    Oh, I hope you’re right about that!

    Yeah, I’d be really surprised if your average mainstream country fan wouldn’t know of Alison Kraus. I’ve heard of Alison Kraus (and her songs) and I’m not even a country listener (of any kind). She’s pretty well known even outside of country.

    But your average “mainstream country fan” in a large northeastern metropolitan market? She’s a darling of the PBS/NPR set up here, but I dunno about WXTU listeners. Of course NOBODY in these parts will admit to even LISTENING to country music, even though WXTU is, if I’m not mistaken, one of the biggest country music stations in the US.

  • sma11ie

    I’ve heard of Alison Kraus (and her songs) and I’m not even a country listener (of any kind). She’s pretty well known even outside of country.

    Yeah, I think BootStar’s point/speculation (until windmills offered some info that supported otherwise) was that, based on her local experience, it seemed music listeners outside of country (herself, people like you) seemed to know Allison Krauss more than mainstream country listeners.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ new merchandise store is up and running

    KrisAllen
    The merch store is open! Check it out. http://bit.ly/hrQpXC.
    1 hour ago

    They now have the new store linked to KrisAllenOfficial.
    http://www.krisallenofficial.com/us/shop

  • http://MJO judes

    tripp_ncwy:
    01/07/2011 at 2:26 pm

    Kris’ new online store has opened with a lot of new merchandise for sale. Get a free signed poster with all orders.
    http://www.shopbenchmark.com/krisallen/

    Ooh I like the light blue shirt that’s been added.

    Chris August, Chris Sligh, Sidewalk Prophets At Winter Jam 2011

    This is interesting – I was just looking at a video of one of Chris August’s songs 70 x 7 [ which is good] which was sent to my email . I have never heard of him before & now twice in an hour I’ve seen news of him!

  • Ratna12

    Kris’ new merchandise store is up and running

    KrisAllen
    The merch store is open! Check it out. http://bit.ly/hrQpXC.

    Kris’ hooded sweatshirt is really, really comfy and $15 cheaper than when I bought it in concert. Aaagh !!

  • jinger

    This is pretty OT but I thought I’d ask anyway since there has been some discussion of country. I just saw that Sara Bareilles and Matt Nathanson would be opening for Sugarland this summer and Need To Breathe is opening for Taylor Swift. Are we going to see a split in the genre soon into Americana pop/rock inspired by Mellencamp/ Springsteen/ Petty/ Fleetwood Mac versus traditional country like Strait and Tritt? If so, where will the pop/rock people land? There seems to be a huge demand for that type of sound, but they are actually a little without genre right now. I would like to see the country people get their genre back, but I don’t want to give up the Americana/bluesy pop/rock.

  • almondean88

    AT LAST! I have been waiting to get Kris’s new t-shirt! And the signed poster is a great bonus!

    http://www.krisallenofficial.com/us/shop

  • windmills

    jinger: I just saw that Sara Bareilles and Matt Nathanson would be opening for Sugarland this summer and Need To Breathe is opening for Taylor Swift. Are we going to see a split in the genre soon into Americana pop/rock inspired by Mellencamp/ Springsteen/ Petty/ Fleetwood Mac versus traditional country like Strait and Tritt?

    Other than the 1 tour where they had Ashton Shepherd and Kellie Pickler open for them, Sugarland’s included non country opening acts for a bunch of tours the last few years and they’re not even pretending their new album is country. I remember they covered Matt Nathanson’s song Come On Get Higher way before it became a big hit.

    Taylor’s basically a pop act already and she had Justin Bieber as 1 of her opening acts last year. I don’t think they’re that representative. Although Keith Urban did have Kris open for him a bunch of dates and Carrie had the bluegrass-influenced but mostly pop/rock Sons Of Sylvia as her secondary opening act last year. But those 2 situations had a lot to do with personal friendship along with believing in them as artists. It’ll be interesting seeing who they choose for their opening acts the next time they tour. I don’t think Keith has announced his opening act for his 2011 tour yet.

    There’s definitely lots of discussion about splitting the country genre, I think it just depends what happens. They always say it’s a cyclical thing especially with what’s in at pop changing every so often.

  • jinger

    Thanks, windmills. I just feel really bad for the traditional country fans. There seems to be a lot of frustration lately, and I agree that Swift is pure pop princess. Two of my favorite acts are Keith and Little Big Town and they have been for as long as they’ve been around, but I wouldn’t consider myself a big country fan, so I’m trying to figure out why I like them so much. lol I am sure everything will work itself out. Oh, I’ve also always loved Alison Krauss :)

  • windmills

    jinger: I love LBT and I like Keith a lot too! LBT’s also going to be on some of the Sugarland dates as you probably already know. I think Keith’s new album is a step up from Defying Gravity which I didn’t like other than Til Summer Comes Around (which is one of his best songs ever). At least it does a better job of mixing the country with the pop. Did you know that the LBT ladies sing backup vocals on You Gonna Fly on Keith’s album? They sound great together! I’m hoping they’re the ones Keith takes out on the road.

  • plays strings

    windmills:

    01/07/2011 at 4:09 pm

    The lyrics on that Crystal song are pedestrian but I LOVE Crystal’s voice on it. She sounds beautiful. The melody is pretty too.

    She did sound great here and it was a good interview for her. She’s at her best live that’s for sure. Jive seems to have that part right.

    As for the “pedestrian” lyrics, I think that may be more of a compliment than what you intended. I like words that cause me to create pictures as I’m listening and this song does that. Good lyrics tend to drive good melodies and when they mesh you get really good songs. So if you liked the melody, the lyrics were probably better than your giving her credit for.

    To be sure, some of Crystals more “pop” songs do have some “pedestrian” lyrics. IMO this song is not lyrically impaired, like it a lot.

  • windmills

    plays strings: So if you liked the melody, the lyrics were probably better than your giving her credit for.

    Nah. This is one where I would’ve liked the melody even more if I weren’t distracted by some of the pedestrian lyrics ;)

  • jinger

    windmills: I don’t know if you’re still around, but I hope you’re right about Keith taking LBT out this summer. I don’t care for poppy Keith, so I didn’t like Defying Gravity much except Til Summer Comes Around. I like his stuff that leans toward Stupid Boy and I Told You So, etc. I’m also not a big fan of Put You in a Song, but I really like You Gonna Fly and Georgia Woods. I thought LBT’s first album was a bit better, but I’m warming up to this one just fine :) Fingers crossed for this summer!

  • BootStar

    Oh, I’ve also always loved Alison Krauss

    My faith has been restored in humanity! :-)

    I think Keith’s new album is a step up from Defying Gravity which I didn’t like other than Til Summer Comes Around (which is one of his best songs ever).

    I’m glad it’s not just me. I think he’s a fantastic performer, but, aside from “When Summer Comes Around” (which I, too, LOVE), that album overall is the classic definition of ‘meh.’ I’ll have to check out his new one.

    Bonus: NYT review of Country Strong. (They compare it unfavorably to Coal Miner’s Daughter, BTW.) LOVE the opening paragraph.

    The corn is as high as a mechanical bull’s eye in “Country Strong,” a runny-mascara melodrama about a country-western superstar warbling, weeping and wailing her way back from another stint in rehab to the glare of the stage. Gwyneth Paltrow, working a deep-fried accent and a strategically conspicuous cross necklace, plays Kelly Canter, a high-profile train wreck who, in the wake of a disastrous tour and an alcohol-induced miscarriage, heads back on the road in hopes of setting her life and career straight. As they apparently like to say in Hollywood (still!), the only successful woman is a desperately unhappy woman.

    I Am Woman. Hear Me Sob, Y’All.