American Idol Headlines for 01/14/11 - The Evening Edition

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Crystal Bowersox, Megan McCormick and Jill Andrews perform at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on Sunday January 23. More info HERE.

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Adam Lambert moves into a new home! He tweets, “Checked out of the Sunset Marquis yesterday to move into my new home!! Had an amaaaazing stay there- great service and restaurant!”

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In response to publications that erroneously reported the name of her upcoming album, Kelly Clarkson tweets, “I don’t know why people keep calling my new album “May” but that’s the worst title ever and is NOT the title of my new album haha”

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Steven Tyler Q&A: The Wild Man Of ‘Idol’

Kara DioGuardi played a role in bringing Tyler on board as American Idol judge? I’m confused.

Did anything in particular change your impression?

The more I saw the content of “American Idol,” I realized that some of them sang in church. Well, guess what? So did I. And they sang off-Broadway — so did I. That would’ve been all the groups before Aerosmith. [Laughs] Second City Wazoo, or whatever we called all those groups-in-training. That was my thing, though: “They haven’t trained, and how dare they?” And you know what? I was wrong, because what inspired me? Church, and the lunchroom in high school. I got beaten up for having long hair, spit at, peed my pants and all that stuff. But I’d show them in the lunchroom. And this is America’s lunchroom. Everyone turns [the TV] on after dinner and watches “American Idol.”

What was the next step?

I got a text from Kara [DioGuardi] sometime around July, when we were on tour in France, asking, “Did you ever think of being a judge on ‘Idol’?” And I thought, “I’m in front of no less than 80,000 people a night now. Could I do that? Would I want to do that?” Half the things in life I’ve done, I just jumped into blindly.

Read more at Billboard

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David Cook Soundbite (13-Jan-2011) The Griddle Cafe’s Red Velvet Pancake Launch Red Carpet at Kitson (video c/o X17video.com)

Via DavidCookNews/Info

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Lopez and Tyler Excited to Be New ‘Idol’ Makers

Via AP

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Blake Lewis and Didi Benami on the way to NAMM

Blake Lewis tweets, “In the car and @Didibenami is painting her nails, spilt the polish and cleaned it up with a tampon. Classic Benami!”

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Jordin Sparks Hits Dallas to Meet Inspirational Fan at Dots

GLENWILLOW, Ohio, Jan 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Hot fast-fashion retailer Dots and Grammy®-nominated singer Jordin Sparks fulfilled a dream yesterday for Fabiola Apollon, winner of Dots “Because Of You” Interactive Contest in partnership with Sparks. In collaboration with AuditionBooth.com, the contest encouraged entrants to share a personal story about something they were inspired to accomplish by someone in their life. In honor of her fan-dedicated perfume launched exclusively at Dots this past fall, the “Because of You” contest promised a $500 shopping spree with Sparks at a Dots flagship store.

Read more at PR Newswire

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Glee’s Lea Michele Wants To Be A Funny Girl Glee’s Lea Michele Wants To Be A Funny Girl

Glee’s Lea Michele opened up about her red-hot career and her red carpet-ready looks during a Q & A panel at the Winter TCAs (Television Critics Association) meeting Thursday, and RadarOnline.com has all the info for you.

The 24-year-old New Yorker said if she gets “any free time from Glee, [she's] hoping to do films,” noting that Glee creator Ryan Murphy has been wonderful in giving her the freedom to branch out in her entertainment endeavors.

Read more at Radaronline

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Veteran actor to perform as a mysterious European industrialist opposite “XIII” lead Stuart Townsend.

TORONTO — Tom Berenger will guest star on the Canada-French co-produced action drama XIII as a mysterious European industrialist.

Co-producers Prodigy Pictures and Europacorp Television said Berenger will perform opposite series lead Stuart Townsend in the series, set to bow in April on Canal Plus in France and Showcase in Canada.

Berenger is represented by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

The 13-part thriller also stars Aisha Tyler (“24,” “CSI”), Virginie Ledoyen and Caterina Murino.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

 
  • sr4mjc

    That hotel has a studio, hope Adam was able to work a little bit too.

    http://sunsetmarquis.com/sm_studio/studio.shtml

    I’m glad that’s not Kelly album title too. She’s right ‘May’ is terrible!

  • CindyM

    Another article with pics of Adam from yesterday. Hair looks a little different.

    http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/01/14/adam_lamberts_shaggy_hair_racoon_tail

  • cwm

    Yay for Adam for getting a new home! And that Sunset Marquis sure looks like a nice place to hang out for a while until he got his own place. :-)

    http://sunsetmarquis.com/index.shtml

    I love this (bolded below), on the home page:

    Private hotel sanctuary for West Hollywood’s A-list elite and an epicenter of rock and roll history, the Sunset Marquis has served as safe haven for the famous, the infamous and the nearly so, for nearly five decades…

    [then at the bottom]

    *Paparazzi diversion tactics available for a nominal additional charge.

    LOL No wonder he was so successful in avoiding the paps. :-)

  • car

    cindyM, I loved the pictures of Adam. He looks good.

  • JazzRocks

    West Hollywood’s A-list elite” – has a nice ring to it.

    I’m beginning to modify my opinion on Adam’s new look. These latest pics are much better – especially the one with the shades.

  • tls62

    Good for Adam. He’s definately worked hard to get to this point and it’s well deserved. I know personally, I had an amazing summer/fall helping him. It was worth every dime spent. :)

  • Eileen99

    I read that entire Billboard interview with Steven Tyler. Just EL OH EL. The guy is going to be hilarious, I can hardly wait to watch, and I think JLo will be great, too. Heck, I’m even anxious to see how Randy & Ryan change their games.

    Loved Kelly’s tweet, too. I love it when people’s tweets sound just exactly the way you imagine they are in real life.

  • CindyM
  • sr4mjc

    I can’t wait for Steve Tyler :)

  • bridgette12

    Paparazzi diversion tactics available for a nominal additional charge.

    I wonder how much exactly is considered a nominal charge to keep the paparazzi at bay when your staying at the Sunset Marquis.

  • AnninSD

    I wonder who footed Adam’s bill at the Sunset Marquis – even a 1 bedroom villa is $475 a night!

  • Fullmoon

    I love Adam’s Dad his tweets are hilarious.

    milestougeaux
    @adamlambert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9y4iXAso4I&feature=related

  • Buffynut

    AnninSD:
    01/14/2011 at 6:48 pm
    I wonder who footed Adam’s bill at the Sunset Marquis – even a 1 bedroom villa is $475 a night!

    The rooms and suites are less though. I would say Adam was paying for himself. He wasn’t on the road.

  • cwm

    OMG that tweet from Adam’s dad is a riot. Thanks for the laugh, Fullmoon!

  • CindyM

    LOL Fullmoon, I was just coming here to post that. His dad is so funny!

  • Canadian Girl

    I love Dadbert. I wonder if that means that Adam found a ritzy condo apartment.

    I don’t mind Adam’s hair, it’s his afterall, but there’s just something about it that doesn’t compute with me but I can’t put my finger on it. Still would love to have that maine (sp?) LOL. I just don’t remember anyone having so many people commenting on their hair style since the Rachel cut.

    I’m happy I’m not the only one who googled the hotel once I read Adam’s tweet. :-)

  • SunSister

    I’m happy I’m not the only one who googled the hotel once I read Adam’s tweet.

    I think a lot of us googled the hotel. I bet they’ll be wondering why they’re getting so many “hits” all of a sudden. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Crystal isn’t listed on the 3rd and lindsley site for that date yet.

  • steph6449

    Still would love to have that maine (sp?) LOL.

    “mane” :)

  • Indigobunting

    Happy Housewarming Adam :)

  • Canadian Girl

    SunSister:
    01/14/2011 at 7:17 pm
    I’m happy I’m not the only one who googled the hotel once I read Adam’s tweet.

    I think a lot of us googled the hotel. I bet they’ll be wondering why they’re getting so many “hits” all of a sudden. LOL

    I think they would have a pretty good idea, once they remember who was a guest there until yesterday. BTW, I would love to be able to stop at a function to get some goodies on the same day that I move. Somehow I was always too busy being buried in boxes and I certainly never looked as sexy as Adam on moving day either. ;-)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Crystal isn’t listed on the 3rd and lindsley site for that date yet.

    If you go under the tickets, she is listed there.

  • Canadian Girl

    steph6449:
    01/14/2011 at 7:23 pm
    Still would love to have that maine (sp?) LOL.

    “mane”

    Thanks steph. Duh, I should know that LOL. I blame it on being French and I’m sticking to that.

  • steph6449

    Has Kris bought a house? That would make all three from S8 which is nice, but must be tough to find time to get that sorted out in between all the touring and other commitments in their first year as recording artists.

    I saw somewhere Danny had a realtor sending him videos of properties around Nashville to prescreen, I suppose that helps but still…you’d want to go actually see the house before deciding you want to live in it :)

    Thanks steph. Duh, I should know that LOL. I blame it on being French and I’m sticking to that.

    Lol. I have a lot of family in “Maine” so that’s all good too :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Has Kris bought a house?

    Last I heard, Kris had bought land and had settled on house plans but no word if construction had started. Right now they are still living in their pre-idol apartment.

  • LVD

    Nice little article from Brian on Casey James visit to St. Jude’s:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2011/01/casey-james-visits-kids-at-st-jude-hospital/1

    Casey is looking mighty fine! :-)

  • steph6449

    Last I heard, Kris had bought land and had settled on house plans but no word if construction had started. Right now they are still living in their pre-idol apartment.

    Thanks, in Arkansas probably?

    Aww, though. I guess it’s good to not jump into anything and see how things develop. A pre-idol apartment sounds better than Danny, from any information we’ve seen he’s been living on the road and a guest room in his BIL/SIL’s basement — but it was a nice basement :lol: Adam sounds like he had the best deal with his hotel arrangement.

    Seems Danny has probably moved out now finally to the house he bought, judging by the tweet hints in last night’s midnight banana bread caper ;)

  • tls62

    BTW, I would love to be able to stop at a function to get some goodies on the same day that I move. Somehow I was always too busy being buried in boxes and I certainly never looked as sexy as Adam on moving day either.

    Lol….we’d look sexy too if we had “people” to move us like he probably did. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Crystal isn’t listed on the 3rd and lindsley site for that date yet.

    If you go under the tickets, she is listed there.

    I know, but she’s not listed as a performer on the main calendar of the restaurant, so people going to the site won’t see her name listed.

    ETA: According to this tweet, it looks like Crystal has been added very recently.

  • Moria Polonius

    Steven about Kid Rock:

    He’s got a single coming out and he’s like a pregnant animal. When you have an album, you want to protect it.

    Hahaha! I agree that this interview was a big LOL. One thing I’m afraid of is that once Steven starts spouting weirdness on live TV, my English skills will fail me. Right now I can analyze stuff and look up references.

    I found his confusion about critiquing 15 year olds endearing.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Thanks, in Arkansas probably?

    Yes, in Central Arkansas somewhere on a hill with a great view of the Arkansas River.

  • CindyM

    There’s a birthday campaign for Adam’s 29th birthday to raise money for Charity: Water which funds water projects in developing nations. The goal is to raise 29k.

    In Adam’s words:
    I am so excited to be a part of charity: water and able to give back to those in need. Join me in helping with donations for such a great cause.

    My ‘golden birthday’ is on Jan 29th where I will be turning 29!!!! I would LOVE if you would help me donate to this cause as it would be the best birthday gift I could ask for.

    The main website is: http://www.charitywater.org/

    Adam’s birthday page is: http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=12617

    The charity has also partnered with Toms shoes

    http://www.charitywater.org/TOMS/
    http://www.toms.com/charitywater

    A nice story on the charity here.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500803_162-5250658-500803.html

  • smeggingnuts

    Adam is sponsering a new charity for his birthday

    I am so excited to be a part of charity: water and able to give back to those in need. Join me in helping with donations for such a great cause.

    My ‘golden birthday’ is on Jan 29th where I will be turning 29!!!! I would LOVE if you would help me donate to this cause as it would be the best birthday gift I could ask for.

    http://mycharitywater.org/adamlambert

  • smeggingnuts

    DAMN YOU CINDY *shakes fists*

  • tls62

    Damn….it’s up to $6,200 already and he hasn’t even tweeted it yet!! He should have set the goal higher. $290,000 possibly? :)

  • Oksana2000

    Actually is over $7,200 right now. He might reach his goal by the end of the day. Amazing.

  • steph6449

    Not really a fan of Elliott’s but this is sweet. Wonder what prompted it… ?

    Today, January 14, 2011, 12 minutes ago |
    elliottyamin (Elliott Yamin)
    Yo @dannygokey hope all is well my friend!….always dug ur voice man!

    Don’t remember hearing if Danny and Elliott ever met sometime?
    .

    charitywater.org is a good cause IMO, I like charities that have a very tangible, lasting result. Good luck to Adam with that :)

  • Oksana2000

    tls62:
    01/14/2011 at 8:21 pm
    Damn….it’s up to $6,200 already and he hasn’t even tweeted it yet!!

    Maybe he should tweet.. after all it’s for very good cause.
    BTW it’s over $8,400 now.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Poor Monte. Looks like he broke his toe. Makes me hurt just seeing it.

    http://musingsofamusicianswife.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-love-you-toe-toe-toe-toe-much.html

    (The main pic isn’t for the squimish, just warning)

  • steph6449

    For the Casey fans, he isn’t mentioned in the article that I noticed but if you click on the photo to blow it up and squint a bit, you can see him in this pic of the St. Jude’s seminar.

    http://www.countrymusictattletale.com/2011/01/14/country-artists-visit-st-judes-hospital-photo-of-the-day

  • Q3

    Adam’s 29th Birthday challenge is over $9,000 and he hasn’t tweeted it. There was an email to ALF members — and it just keeps growing.

    Great charity for an Aquarian to pick!

  • tierbee

    Where are the On the Rocks fans? Ya’ll might enjoy this video from Peter Hollens – a capella cover of What’s My Name/Only Girl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOIoZJ-636Y

    (Thank you Jeremy Lister for posting on Facebook!)

  • tls62

    Over $9,000 in 3 hours. Amazing.

    ETA: Over $10,000. It’s growing faster than I can type. :)

  • sr4mjc

    Don’t know if anyone follows Rock of Ages or Constantine but yesterday he tweeted that it was going to take a few weeks to get back to normal, he was still going to be in the show, but was making some adjustments. Today he’s at Disney riding Tower of Terror and Space Mountain, LMAO.

  • Fullmoon

    VH1 received their card from Adam. Last week a few radio stations received theirs. Smart guy that Adam Lambert :)

    VH1Top20

    http://twitpic.com/3pxzrb – This made our day…thanks @adamlambert . We heart ya so.

  • kradamour

    Is it typical for performers to send out Christmas/New Year/other cards to the industry?

  • Kirkee

    New from MSNBC. It’s hard to argue with #1.

    ‘American Idol’s’ 10 biggest mistakes

    1. ‘From Justin to Kelly’

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41043278/ns/today-entertainment/

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris is making the rounds eating out in Conway. Earlier today he bought a girl’s drink at Starbucks.

    #http://twitpic.com/3q30x0 I met @krisallen at los amigos yesterday. What a nice guy. I’m so proud of u!!

    Also last night he went to watch Ryland and The Reel Big Fish concert in Little Rock.

    Tonight;
    #Y’all. Kris Allen is at Marketplace in Conway. My m-i-l is watching him eat. But, not in a weird way.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Is it typical for performers to send out Christmas/New Year/other cards to the industry?

    If they’re smart. It’s just like any other business; it’s always good to remind the vendors and clients that you exist and appreciate them.

  • Fullmoon

    Is it typical for performers to send out Christmas/New Year/other cards to the industry?

    That’s what I would like to know. They all tweeted and seemed very excited about it.

  • kradamour

    Fullmoon:
    01/14/2011 at 9:35 pm

    Is it typical for performers to send out Christmas/New Year/other cards to the industry?

    That’s what I would like to know. They all tweeted and seemed very excited about it.

    Def agree with HermeticallySealed that it is good business, but I have just never heard of anyone actually doing it before. One radio station wrote that they yawned until they actually opened it (not exactly in those words) so I gather that other cards, if they are sent at all, are generic and unimpressive. Adsm’s card shows thought and creativity and really stands out! I just wondered if it stood out in a crowd of many, or a crowd of few.

  • cwm

    tierbee:
    01/14/2011 at 9:07 pm
    Where are the On the Rocks fans? Ya’ll might enjoy this video from Peter Hollens – a capella cover of What’s My Name/Only Girl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOIoZJ-636Y

    Right here tierbee! Me me me! Thanks so much for posting this. That was awesome. Peter is great.

    Did you see earlier today that I posted On The Rocks singing the National Anthem last night?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqo6SVplW0

  • hoosiermama

    tripp_ncwy:
    01/14/2011 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks, in Arkansas probably?

    Yes, in Central Arkansas somewhere on a hill with a great view of the Arkansas River.

    That sounds so pretty and peaceful. I hope he’s building lots of guest rooms for company. Maybe he should add a spa (and a recording studio?)?!

  • Chicagolaw

    Adam’s card is pretty cool. A couple weeks ago Shirley Halperin (I think it was her) tweeted a pic of the full card–said something like “2011 is gonna rock” with a thank you.

  • cwm

    Haha watching the charity:water donations in Adam’s honor rise in real time is like watching the mercury in a thermometer rise. Constant, steady progress upward. Very impressive. In fact, what I like most about it is that it’s LOTS of people coming in at about $29, rather than just a few big donors.

    I think Adam needs to set a new goal. He’s almost halfway to $29K already. LOL

  • smeggingnuts

    Kirkee:
    01/14/2011 at 9:26 pm
    New from MSNBC. It’s hard to argue with #1.

    ‘American Idol’s’ 10 biggest mistakes

    1. ‘From Justin to Kelly’

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41043278/ns/today-entertainment/

    hahaha the progression from #6 to #7 is totally popcorn worthy

    6. The Daughtry debacle

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle

    good thing they don’t have a comment section we already saw what happens when you lump Cook/Allen/Dewyze together lol

  • CindyM

    Awww, Kris’s mom is sweet:

    allen_kimberly: have you seen what adamlambert’s doing for his birthday? So generous! http://bit.ly/fNxMj5 Let’s make it happen! less than 5 seconds ago via web

  • smeggingnuts

    Jim Cantello just RT someone too

    jambajim jim cantiello
    \o/ RT @ristispeaks Have you seen what @adamlambert’s crazy (awesome) fans are up to now? http://mycharitywater.org/adamlambert (RT pls)

  • MrDuffin

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle
    Both the show and the voters deserve the blame for this one. For the past three seasons, we’ve tried to atone for the mistake of voting Daughtry off by giving the rocker men every break in the world, and thus we’ve gotten a lot of Daughtry Lite on the menu.

    David Cook was a legit winner in season seven, an experienced musician who was great at putting a different spin on a familiar song. But Kris Allen? Lee DeWyze? Would anyone really trade their future careers for those of runner-ups Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox? Haven’t we atoned enough for our season five mistakes already?

    Truer words never spoken!

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

    Congrats BB!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • kradamour

    I just posted the water charity on the French-language fansite. Adam said Paris inspired him, hope that he inspires them to be a part of this amazing project! :)

    Thinking that the 29K could easily become 290K in 85 days.
    The glamtsunami has been released! :grin:

  • steph6449

    kudos to Kellie on the USO tour, but have to say, quite a hat ;)

    http://askjimmycarter.blogspot.com/2011/01/kellie-pickler-out-with-uso.html

  • karenc

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle
    Both the show and the voters deserve the blame for this one. For the past three seasons, we’ve tried to atone for the mistake of voting Daughtry off by giving the rocker men every break in the world, and thus we’ve gotten a lot of Daughtry Lite on the menu.

    David Cook was a legit winner in season seven, an experienced musician who was great at putting a different spin on a familiar song. But Kris Allen? Lee DeWyze? Would anyone really trade their future careers for those of runner-ups Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox? Haven’t we atoned enough for our season five mistakes already?

    I don’t think anyone else won to atone for Daughtry’s loss. I think though that Daughtry showed that you could show who you are as an artist on the show,in particular for rock. After his success, other musicians began to audition, and producers began to encourage contestants to make their songs their own, particularly in Season 7. The show started to be seen by musicians a way of getting an audience and showing who you are as an artist.

    If Daughtry’s loss had any affect, it might have encouraged people to vote if they really like a contestant. But all the winners and runners up did well because they have their own fan base.

  • bridgette12

    smeggingnuts:
    01/14/2011 at 9:57 pm
    good thing they don’t have a comment section we already saw what happens when you lump Cook/Allen/Dewyze together lol

    I am really glad Adam isn’t a WGWG. That’s one discussion that leads to a lot of butthurt feelings.

  • car

    But that is the point. All these musicians showed up with instruments. Some were good but many not so good. Now I think idol and the press just want something different. Maybe they want the show to be about the singing and less about the instuments. At least that is what I think they have been complaining about. If that is not it, then why are they always lumping David, Kris and Lee together. And Daughtry did not perform with any instrument on the show, right? And if you are good, you can show that you are an artist with or without an instrument. In fact, Daughtry, Adam and Bo rocked without instruments.

  • karenc

    Car:
    The year Daughtry was on they couldn’t use intruments. And David Cook and Kris didn’t use intruments every week either.

    I think the important part was the ability to take a song and work with the band to rearrange it to fit the kind of music that you want to do as an artist. And I think Adam was able to do this without even playing an instrument because he knew who he was as an artist. And I think part of this is songwriting albility also.

  • car

    I agree Karenc, that is what I was saying. The instrument is not what made most of them good. It may have added to to performance of some but most of the good ones would have been really good with or without. And I never said anyone played an instrument every week.

  • pineappletree

    So did David and Kris. They DID NOT play instruments every week.

    Didn’t Crystal play the guitar every week standing on her carpet? It seemed like it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    David Cook was a legit winner in season seven, an experienced musician who was great at putting a different spin on a familiar song. But Kris Allen? Lee DeWyze? Would anyone really trade their future careers for those of runner-ups Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox? Haven’t we atoned enough for our season five mistakes already?

    I think that they are only dissing Kris and Lee here.

  • karenc

    Pineapple: I think there was a week or two when she didn’t.

  • smeggingnuts

    ok this is just awesome…the Water charity has over 20k in donations in about 4 hours.

  • car

    Wow smegg. That is great.

  • Trina

    I think its entirely possible TPTB wanted a rocker/musician to actually win by season 7 and maybe they were still pissed abut Chris not winning but I don’t believe at all it continued in the following seasons. The show wanted Adam to win and he was more pop and season 9 was overloaded with male and female guitar players. If anything I think fans were more cautious and they were more serious about voting remembering your fave is never safe no matter how much you think they are.

    Now that I think about it top 4 night season 7 didn’t Ryan keep reminding viewers about what happened to Chris? I remember thinking he was trying to push on the viewers “don’t let another rocker get prematurely booted in 4th place so VOTE” lol

    I feel fairly confident DC would have won if he never picked up a guitar on the show. His biggest performances were the ones where he didn’t use one, and Hollywood week he impressed Simon more when he ditched the guitar.

  • karenc

    Fuzzywuzzy:

    I think that they are only dissing Kris and Lee here.

    They are, actually, but I just dont’ think any of them won to atone for Daughtry not winning. That would be saying that Daugthry fans are voting for the closest to him because he lost, and I don’t think this is the case at all. I think they did well because they all developed their own fan bases.

  • pineappletree

    TPTB wanted Adam or Danny to win Season 8. It was so blatant.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are, actually, but I just dont’ think any of them won to atone for Daughtry not winning. That would be saying that Daugthry fans are voting for the closest to him because he lost, and I don’t think this is the case at all. I think they did well because they all developed their own fan bases.

    I agree. One thing that Daughtry established though is that a contestant could finish lower than the top 2 and still have a great recording/touring career, eclipsing those who ranked higher.

  • gangreen29

    It’s inexplicable that the show has chosen not to mine this story line since then. Fewer rockers, more country!

    Yes please.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Wow, the charity: water total is almost to the 29k mark. Not bad.

  • iluvai

    Adam… Saw his name. I’m going to walk my dog pack in the freezing cold and then hope to read all of the comments.

  • car

    fuzzy, do you know what kind of promotion Daugthry received when he did his first album? Was it similar to Cook or Kris or was there a lot more.

  • Indigobunting

    Good job on the charity efforts Adam fans!

    Wonder what prompted this tweet by Elliot to Danny?

    Today, January 14, 2011, 12 minutes ago
    elliottyamin (Elliot Yamin)
    Yo@dannygokey hope all is well my friend!….always dug ur voice man!

  • fanaround

    So awesome for Adam that he has a new place that’s his. Wonderful! And so awesome of his fans that the goal is almost reached – I contributed a bit and it’s true that the contributions are mostly small, which is great. And I remain hopeful he will appear at the GG red carpet. On the annoying to me at least, on-going comparison in the media of DC/KA/LD, Kris did not play guitar on 4 out of the 11 finals competition nights. I don’t dispute that he’s a WGWG – he just was enough of a strategist to show some versatility.

  • ross

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle
    Both the show and the voters deserve the blame for this one. For the past three seasons, we’ve tried to atone for the mistake of voting Daughtry off by giving the rocker men every break in the world, and thus we’ve gotten a lot of Daughtry Lite on the menu.

    So we waited until season 7 to atone? This whole thing is such bullshit.

  • tierbee

    Did you see earlier today that I posted On The Rocks singing the National Anthem last night?

    I did, thank you! That was great – they are adorable and they really have lovely voices. Although Street Corner Symphony and Committed were my #1 & 2, I think when On the Rocks went off it took some of the fun out of the show. They were great.

  • Ratna12

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle

    The constant pummeling that Kris got this week , well, actually the past 2 years :( .

    I have to be strong…I have to be strong (chanting to myself).

  • tierbee

    Maybe they just liked the people they voted for? I know I did.

    Heh, I don’t know why that’s such a leap for people. I voted for David Cook because I loved David Cook. It had nothing to do with the revenge of Daughtry.

    fuzzy, do you know what kind of promotion Daugthry received when he did his first album?

    I don’t remember what promo he got but it seemed like a perfect storm… the anger that people had with him getting “screwed” plus one seriously single-heavy/radio-friendly album. Hell, I still hear his songs off his first album all the time.

  • pineappletree

    Ross I know. The American public waited 3 years and then up and decided “Hell to the no we must atone for Daughtry getting booted!!!” Seriously. People are actually buying this garbage? AI must think the viewers are complete idiots.

  • Ratna12

    tierbee:

    Where are the On the Rocks fans? Ya’ll might enjoy this video from Peter Hollens – a capella cover of What’s My Name/Only Girl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOIoZJ-636Y

    That is so cool. I’ve never seen a video like that. Thanks.

  • gangreen29

    AI must think the viewers are complete idiots.

    No one from AI wrote that article…..

  • girlygirl

    this internet country station has been playing AWM the last few days. Also playing Danny and Casey. I think if you follow them on twitter you can request songs (not sure though)

    NixaCountry NIXA Country Radio
    NEXT on NIXA ~~> Jenn Brooks, Kris Allen, Casey James, Danny Gokey, Darryl Worley, Lee Gibson, Listen here ~ http://bit.ly/b38Rcv
    2 minutes ago

    ETA – Just played Kris, playing Casey right now…and now here’s Danny…

  • pineappletree

    nvm..

  • gangreen29

    I know they didn’t but they are the ones that set the theme for the week with that press conference they did.

    How? The press conference barely touched on past seasons. Also, this “theme” is not new to this week.

  • smeggingnuts

    Well holy crap Adam’s MyCharityWater reached its $29k goal in about 5 or 6 hours and it still has 85 days to go.

    Thats just awesome :’) such a great cause.

  • Oksana2000

    Mission accomplished. Adam’s charity reached it’s goal in 6 hours…
    Smegg, you beat me to it..hehehe

  • Oksana2000

    Smegg, in 85 days it may reach $290… :-D

  • Indigobunting

    Girly girl; Nixa country is great. They will play requests all the time and they are very Idol friendly.

    Doesn’t count for any spins of course.

    I am one who also thinks that statement is ridiculous about the “atonement” for Daughtry. Puhleeze.

  • Buffynut

    Oksana2000:
    01/15/2011 at 12:30 am
    Mission accomplished. Adam’s charity reached it’s goal in 6 hours…
    Smegg, you beat me to it..hehehe

    5 hours and 17 minutes, to be exact! :)

  • smeggingnuts

    Well according to this Hollywood Gossip blerb about Adam’s hair…

    Adam will be on hand at Sunday night’s award ceremony

    So we get some Red Carpet pictures :D

    http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/01/celebrity-hair-affair-adam-lambert-goes-long/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • steph6449

    The peeps at Nixa Country are somewhere in California, they’ve actually come out a couple of times to see Danny in concert when he’s been by that area.

    They seem very friendly to fans, and have played quite a few of the AI performers. Not all strictly country.

  • tierbee

    Sing-Off-related vids send me down the rabbit hole — but if you liked the show, these are kinda cool. Plus they are keeping me awake so I can finish finding drivers to drive my rescue doggies all over the place tomorrow so this is good. Street Corner Symphony has these “favorited” on their YouTube page. Good stuff.

    Whiffenpoofs (11/10) “Operator”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=dq8RpH0R6no

    Groove for Thought (10/09) “And So It Goes”
    Gives some idea of why people thought they were going to win. Their harmonies are exquisite.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9WEXS-UjaM

    And holy crap – I watched this damn show on Noggin, Jack’s Big Music Show, and saw this and did not put 2 + 2 together when they were on the Sing-Off. Awesome. This just made me stupid happy.
    Jerry Lawson + Talk of the Town (9/07) “I’m So Glad (I’ve Got Skin)”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ1UfcDgoBc

  • girlygirl

    It’s great that Adam’s charity reached its goal so quickly. But I don’t understand how it has 85 days left — wasn’t this a birthday charity drive? Adam’s birthday is in 2 weeks. So shouldn’t the charity drive end then? (I’m confused)

  • steph6449

    aww,the new bromance :)

    dannygokey: Hey bro its GREAT to hear from you! we gotta connect!! RT @elliottyamin Yo @dannygokey hope all is well my friend!..always dug ur voice man

  • girlygirl

    Steph6449

    Kris bought land in Arkansas that supposedly overlooks the river. I don’t know if they’ve started building the actual house yet, but I remember Katy tweeted a month or two ago looking for decorating ideas :)

  • girlygirl

    Fullmoon

    I don’t know how typical it is, but Kris sent out holiday cards to people as well. Both Jim cantiello and Lyndsey Parker tweeted about receiving one and tweeted a picture of the card.

    Here are Lyndsey’s tweets about both Kris’ and Adam’s card…

    lyndseyparker
    @krisallen @katyallen Thanks to you and Zorro for the adorable card! http://twitpic.com/3ov334
    10 Jan

    lyndseyparker
    @adamlambert Thanks for the cool card! Wishing you great things (like your next album!) in the new year… http://twitpic.com/3ov3fa
    10 Jan

  • smeggingnuts

    girlygirl:
    01/15/2011 at 1:11 am
    It’s great that Adam’s charity reached its goal so quickly. But I don’t understand how it has 85 days left — wasn’t this a birthday charity drive? Adam’s birthday is in 2 weeks. So shouldn’t the charity drive end then? (I’m confused)

    Just because he is saying its for his birthday doesn’t mean the drive can’t go more than when his birthday is…its just give it more time to raise money for the charity.

    Also I don’t know what the time setting our for the fundraising. Some charity’s have set time frames. Its not like its that big of a deal.

  • istersay

    Didn’t Crystal play the guitar every week standing on her carpet? It seemed like it.

    Not on:
    Midnight Train To Georgia
    People Get Ready
    Summer Wind
    Maybe I’m Amazed
    Black Velvet

  • Maura73

    @smeggingnuts @girlygirl imo he just reached the magic number 84 days sooner than he thought he would. He underestimated his fans :)

  • steph6449

    Steph6449

    Kris bought land in Arkansas that supposedly overlooks the river. I don’t know if they’ve started building the actual house yet, but I remember Katy tweeted a month or two ago looking for decorating ideas :)

    That’s nice. I think all of the folks from S8, including Allison really, deserve a place of their own to enjoy when they finally get breaks from touring and the rest. From what I could see, for Kris, Adam and Danny, and for a while, for Allison, it was pretty much non-stop touring and appearances for weeks/months on end with only very short breaks at anything resembling a home environment.

    So good for them that they have all bought new homes and are setting them up as a permanent place to call their own :)

  • Elliegrll

    I think though that Daughtry showed that you could show who you are as an artist on the show,in particular for rock. After his success, other musicians began to audition, and producers began to encourage contestants to make their songs their own,

    This exactly. There’s a lot of re-writing of history when we talk about previous seasons, suddenly Kris played guitar for every song, Jennifer Hudson had amazing voice control, and the voting only took place over the course of one or two weeks, so there weren’t a variety of reasons why someone won.

    The thing that people forget or re-write about Daughtry’s season is that the show was still a lot like a Karaoke contest back then. Contestants didn’t have the option of making a country song sound like a rock song during country week, and if they did, Simon would chastise them for it. Most people knew that Daughtry would be the most commercially successful person from that season, but people also felt that because everything that he did sounded like a rock song that he wouldn’t go far on AI, where showing versatility used to mean showing that you could sing in any style or genre. It wasn’t until season six that that started to change, but even then it was something that was used against Blake Lewis is the finale, especially when he couldn’t rearrange the coronation song.

  • cwm

    Awww, that just makes me ridiculously happy to see how generously Adam’s fans have responded to his charity plea. Currently approaching $35K and continuing to steadily rise.

    He did finally tweet about it:

    adamlambert:
    Wow!!! Almost reached the water charity goal in one day!! Keep giving!! The Water Bearer!! Let’s see how much we can raise by the 29th.

    I hope that he remembers to tweet out the actual charity name and link at some point. :-)

  • cwm

    Maura73:
    01/15/2011 at 1:32 am
    @smeggingnuts @girlygirl imo he just reached the magic number 84 days sooner than he thought he would. He underestimated his fans :)

    I hope Adam is starting to realize how much his fans truly adore him and how much of an impact he can have in this world as a result. :-)

  • limi

    Adam just tweeted- new goal 290,000 by the 29th and posted the link- amazing response good cause, it’s also linked to the toms shoe project which is another great cause. sorry need to clarify, the water project not Adam’s birthday request is linked to the toms project.

  • suenigma

    Excellent post Elliegrll. You raise some really valid and interesting points. Especially the re-writing history part. If this show goes on another 10 years (God forbid) people will be looking back at the Reign of the WGWG as the Golden Age of American Idol. Okay, maybe not, but you know what I mean. Just watch, either Cook, Kris or Lee will have a critically or commercially very well-received album, and win a slew of Grammies (or an Oscar – hi Cookie), and the canonization will begin. LOL.

    “Why Sonny, Back when I was a kid, Ai was about musicianship and artistry, and more than just belting and perfect pitch…”

  • cwm

    New tweets from Adam:

    adamlambert:
    http://mycharitywater.org/adamlambert

    adamlambert:
    Ok New goal: 290,000 by the 29th!!! Let’s give people in need clean water!!!

    Haha I love it! Way to go Adam — now THAT’S a good goal!

  • Elliegrll

    Excellent post Elliegrll. You raise some really valid and interesting points. Especially the re-writing history part. If this show goes on another 10 years (God forbid) people will be looking back at the Reign of the WGWG as the Golden Age of American Idol. Okay, maybe not, but you know what I mean. Just watch, either Cook, Kris or Lee will have a critically or commercially very well-received album, and win a slew of Grammies (or an Oscar – hi Cookie), and the canonization will begin. LOL.

    This is so true. I love Daughtry and Jennifer, but a lot of the things that are said about them not winning have more to do with the success that they have had post idol, and not the things that actually happened during their seasons.

    I am really glad Adam isn’t a WGWG. That’s one discussion that leads to a lot of butthurt feelings.

    I think there’s a lot of butthurt involved in trying to diminish someone by labeling them as a WGWG.

  • cmom

    I fully expect Archie to win a grammy in his lifetime as well as many of the other very talented idols. His third cd was very well received and I sure hope that Jive/RCA actually gives a big push to all the other idols subsequent efforts.

  • Valentin432

    Congratulations to Adam and his fans to raise money for such a worthy cause.

    The thing that people forget or re-write about Daughtry’s season is that the show was still a lot like a Karaoke contest back then. Contestants didn’t have the option of making a country song sound like a rock song during country week, and if they did, Simon would chastise them for it.

    I disagree, Chris did the cover version of Walk the Line by Live, 2 year before Cook borrowed Cornell version of BJ. Simon was a fan. He even said that he respected Chris because he was the first to not compromise during the show.

    In fact as soon as season 2 there were people changing up songs, with Josh Gracin doing the country version of I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. Simon was a fan too.

    Most people knew that Daughtry would be the most commercially successful person from that season, but people also felt that because everything that he did sounded like a rock song that he wouldn’t go far on AI, where showing versatility used to mean showing that you could sing in any style or genre. It wasn’t until season six that that started to change, but even then it was something that was used against Blake Lewis is the finale, especially when he couldn’t rearrange the coronation song.

    What? People knew he was going to be eliminated?
    You are the one rewriting history here, Daughtry’s elimination was possibly the biggest shocker in the history of AI (the other one being the 3 divas on the B3). Maybee you weren’t following AI closely around then, otherwise you would know.

  • car

    I agree Valentine432. I was not even watching idol and I heard the shock around the world of Daughtry’s elimination. lol It was called an upset elimination because it was not expected.

    I was just watching VH1 countdown and the host played Crystal’s video. Of course he had to mention that she lost to Lee but won the battle by selling 20,000 more. Then he said you did not need to win as Daughtry, Adam, Jennifer and Clay have proved. The winners not doing as well as the runner ups seem to be taking on a life of it’s own.

    I just saw Adele’s new video. I really like it. Is she the type of singer who would be like Crystal?

  • springboard

    I just saw Adele’s new video. I really like it. Is she the type of singer who would be like Crystal?

    I love Adele’s Rolling In The Deep.

    It is now #3 on AAA, and climbing on HAC, so it could be a similarity with the launch of Crystal’s single. They also have a similar (not identical of course) voice, and bluesy influences, but Crystal is more Country, and Adele more Alt leaning in my opinion.

  • Fullmoon

    vikharrison

    I can’t believe how fast this happened. Wow, we’re speechless at charity: water http://www.mycharitywater.org/adamlambert

  • soverymel

    Google tells me Viktoria Harrison is Creative Director of charity: water.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    fuzzy, do you know what kind of promotion Daugthry received when he did his first album? Was it similar to Cook or Kris or was there a lot more.

    Sorry, but I don’t. I was never a fan of Chris’, although I think that he’s talented, and frankly, I was surprised at how well he did commercially after AI (sold 303,800 units, first week). I do recall that he was all over the radio and I’m sure that was a huge factor in his success. I’m also not really familiar enough with the promotion that Cook or Kris received to know if Chris had a similar launch or not.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So great of Adam’s fans to reach the goal for charity: water so quickly.

  • tripp_ncwy

    VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown 1/15/11

    #11 Crystal Bowersox – Farmer’s Daughter [2|11] [+4]
    #16 Lee Dewyze – Sweet Serendipity [4|16] [-5]

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that it diminishes the accomplishments of Adam, Clay, Chris and Jennifer to put Crystal in their company at this point, since the difference between her and Lee’s sales is small, and isn’t nearly large enough to boast that she’s done so much better.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    6. The Daughtry debacle
    There’s no Jennifer Hudson excuse available here. This, America, is your biggest mistake thus far.

    Chris Daughtry was the overwhelming favorite to win season five, but inexplicably was voted off with three weeks left, finishing in fourth place. Once he was gone, there were no good options left for viewers to vote for. Taylor Hicks goes down as the worst winner ever — as far as his subsequent record sales go. However, Kat McPhee and Paris Bennett would both have had that honor as well had they won.

    The elimination hasn’t hurt Daughtry any, as he’s had a stellar career since as the frontman for the rock band he named after himself. But it deprived the show of a worthy champion in favor of a guy who is best known for inspiring the Soul Patrol, a legion of fans who vanished as soon as Hicks’ album dropped.

    7. Trying to make up for the Daughtry debacle
    Both the show and the voters deserve the blame for this one. For the past three seasons, we’ve tried to atone for the mistake of voting Daughtry off by giving the rocker men every break in the world, and thus we’ve gotten a lot of Daughtry Lite on the menu.

    David Cook was a legit winner in season seven, an experienced musician who was great at putting a different spin on a familiar song. But Kris Allen? Lee DeWyze? Would anyone really trade their future careers for those of runner-ups Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox? Haven’t we atoned enough for our season five mistakes already?

    I don’t think the voters tried to make up for Daughtry’s elimination three years in a row. I do remember reading articles before the end of season 7 how Cook’s win would atone for Daughtry’s elimination. Cook actually did remind me of Daughtry, I just didn’t think he was as good as Chris.

    So we waited until season 7 to atone? This whole thing is such bullshit.

    Well, Daughtry was on season 5. I think season 6 just didn’t have a rocker like him. Blake did rearrange songs, but he wasn’t like Daughtry. Still he made it further than Daughtry. Season 7 was next.

    I have a different theory. I think Daughtry’s success post idol with hit songs that he wrote or co-wrote is a bigger reason for WGWG trend. I think viewers started looking for another Daughtry – someone who could not only sing, but also write hit songs. The problem here is, Idol is not a songwriting competition and searching for the next Daughtry on Idol just doesn’t seem reasonable. Now, Idol fans search for pre-idol material of Idol contestants to see who can write songs and who doesn’t, who is the real artist and who isn’t. Allowing instruments in season 7 just helped this madness. I also remember reading here and on other Idol forums during season 8 how Kris is a better artist than Adam, Danny and Allison because he can play three instruments, rearrange and write songs.
    Season 9 was full of guitar playing singer-songwriters. I think the madness just reached it’s peak. It’s time to stop looking for another Daughtry-like artist and try something new.

  • springboard

    I have a different theory. I think Daughtry’s success post idol with hit songs that he wrote or co-wrote is a bigger reason for WGWG trend. I think viewers started looking for another Daughtry – someone who could not only sing, but also write hit songs. The problem here is, Idol is not a songwriting competition and searching for the next Daughtry on Idol just doesn’t seem reasonable. Now, Idol fans search for pre-idol material of Idol contestants to see who can write songs and who doesn’t, who is the real artist and who isn’t. Allowing instruments in season 7 just helped this madness. I also remember reading here and on other Idol forums during season 8 how Kris is a better artist than Adam, Danny and Allison because he can play three instruments, rearrange and write songs.
    Season 9 was full of guitar playing singer-songwriters. I think the madness just reached it’s peak. It’s time to stop looking for another Daughtry-like artist and try something new.

    I agree with this completely. The problem is that Idol is not a good format to discover good song-writers because it doesn’t allow original songs, and people overrate those who can write or even just change arrangements or play instruments regardless of how good they are at it.

  • fadetowhite

    Some people just really, genuinely, do like the songs that some of these contestants wrote, before Idol (and since in some cases, though that is edged with distrust of the Idol process and inevitable time problems).

    Some people really, really like Daughtry’s songs.

    Some like Cook’s; some like Kris’s; some like Lee’s; some like Crystal’s; some like the stuff that Adam did pre-Idol.

    The influence of the Internet is key here, because you can hear and access just about anything.

    For as long as they allow contestants to enter, who have put out original music in any form whatsoever, in the form of CDs, EPs, singles or performance, this will have an effect on a proportion of the voting public.

    And once a contestant has caught you in that way, it sticks.

    The thing is, that doesn’t make any of these people Bob Dylan or John Lennon or even Lady Gaga in their ability to write songs that hit the whole world and win huge admiration.

    So I think the insinuation that people overestimate the contestants, because they can string a tune together or a few words is kind of looking at it from the wrong angle – and an unfair one too.

    Music is personal and it is subjective.

    If someone loves the music that someone produces (whether they are from AI or elsewhere) it is irrelevant whether they are going to be the next Rolling Stones or achieve at a far lower level of fame and success: they still love their music.

    That is why they support them and love them on AI and after, not because they are too musically stupid to know when something is ‘good’ or not.

    Added to that the next layer of fans who just love a musically different performance whether it is done via vocals and flash like Adam or arrangement and lyrical interpretation like say Kris or a combination of both.

    They look for what stands out in that season and vote for the person who both stands out and appeals to them musically.

    Sometimes that has fitted in with my musical sensibilities; sometimes it hasn’t (last season for example) but that doesn’t mean that, on the occasions that it hasn’t worked out the way I thought it should, it’s because the people voting were all musically wrong or dumb.

  • isisdagmar

    Added to that the next layer of fans who just love a musically different performance whether it is done via vocals and flash like Adam or arrangement and lyrical interpretation like say Kris or a combination of both.

    I’m not super familiar with a lot of idol contestants pre season-8 (or post, lol) but i agree that it makes sense that people vote or like contestants based on lots of different reasons.

    I mean, I loved Adam’s voice and his performance style, but his “lyrical interpretation’ was what I thought separated him from most people i’ve heard on idol, who I think just sing without being that interesting. His interesting phrasing and emotional connection or however you want to describe it was, I think, part of why he got/gets an unusual (for idol) amount of critical respect and industry attention–idol has a lot of belters but they don’t get a lot of people with great voices and great interpretive ability as singers.

    And Kris’s voice isn’t my thing but I’m sure that a lot of his fans loved his vocals and performance skills as well as his instrument-playing.

    …so, that’s basically a long way of saying i agree? lol.

  • karenc

    fadetowhite:

    So I think the insinuation that people overestimate the contestants, because they can string a tune together or a few words is kind of looking at it from the wrong angle – and an unfair one too.

    Music is personal and it is subjective.

    I agree with this. And at least for me, the person that I have liked the absolute best on Idol is the one that I also like best post idol also. I agree that musical taste is subjective and personal, I don’t expect others to like what I like.

    And I think that some contestants have more so than others put their original sound as much as they could into their covers on the show. Or at least picked songs that were closest to their sound. I think that it has to do with knowing yourself as an artist and having enough musical knowledge to really define yourself.

  • jpfan

    I hope Adam is starting to realize how much his fans truly adore him and how much of an impact he can have in this world as a result.

    So if people don’t give they don’t “love” him? Or if they give the most $, they do. ;)

    Well it’s a great charity and I think it’s terrific that Adam is directing fans to it as a way to celebrate his birthday. I know this kind of giving to charity is not specific to Adam or Idol but I find all “fan” activity a little odd. Is it about giving to a worthwhile charity or proving you’re a good fan? However, at the very least it channels some energy in a positive way. And Adam avoids unwanted birthday presents and fan art.

  • luly

    The ability of the people from the last 3 years of idol to write hit songs is still remain to be seen. Especially since song becoming a hit is about much more the quality or even being radio-friendly. It had to be the right song in the right time and it needs to get a label’s push. David Cook had yet to release a song that he wrote or co-wrote so there is no way to know if the songs that he wrote can be hits or not(and a song not being released doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t have been a hit if it was released). Lee’s first single is something that he co-wrote and it is still remain to be seen if it will manage to become a hit or not. Kris’s third single is a co-write, but since the songs wasn’t sent for adds and it is unknown how much the label promoting it to radio I don’t think that it would be fair at this point to compare it to songs that were sent for adds and were heavily promoted to the radio and it is still remain to see if Kris will get hits with songs that he wrote or co-wrote. Plus, what is popular on radio is constantly changing and any of them can have hits with their next album if they will get the right combination of choosing the right singles and a lot of support from the label.

    Considering that Crystal’s album sales are not that much better than Lee’s and it’s still remain to be seen if her singles will get significant airplay(and Lee single is getting airplay on HAC), I am not sure it’s accurate to say already that she won the battle over Lee.
    Plus, they make it sound like Crystal is more successful than Kris and right now that is far from being true. Not to mention that Kris was also great at putting spins on familiar songs.

    I think that it’s great that Adam is encourages his fans to give to charity as his birthday gift.

  • soverymel

    So if people don’t give they don’t “love” him?

    I think you’re reading an awful lot into a comment someone probably made in the excitement of that awesome moment when fans, many of them donating only a few dollars, or maybe their latte allowance for the week, managed to reach Adam’s goal in about 5 hours. It was fun.

    IIRC many other Idols charity causes have had links posted here, this is no different. Like all those other cases, no one at all said that if you do not donate you are a bad fan. That is your IMO flawed interpretation.

    If you watch the vid for this organization’s last big campaign, you’ll see that the very first fundraising done was one guy giving up his birthday for the clean water cause. They built the whole charity around raising money on special occasions by asking for donations instead of gifts. This is not something specific to Adam.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rphhfy4qCfc

  • karenc

    It’s a good idea and I know David Cook fans have given to the Race for Hope charity for the past two years on his birthday. Last year, he mentioned that he would rather have fans give to that than to give him presents, and this year he didn’t mention it but the fan pages did, and suggested we give $28 or more if we could, and the charity got over $8000 in donations on David Cooks birthday.

  • jpfan

    It’s def not specific to Adam or Idol. And I think it’s a win/win situation for fans and the charity. (The whole “fan” phenom just seems odd to me this morning. ;)

  • tls62

    Does it really matter what motivates people to donate to charities? Stars having the ability to influence is nothing new. Adam has an intense fanbase. I think the original poster was just stating that maybe sometimes he might not realize just HOW intense. :)

    I watched the whole charity: water event unfold last night. It was truly inspiring. It’s currently over $42,000 which is amazing.

  • Moria Polonius

    On the subject of Adam, Idols, celebrities and charities: Adam’s fans flail how quickly Adam reached his first goal without even tweeting about it, but I would like some perspective. Does anyone know how much fans of Gaga, who’s got over 7 million tweeter followers, manage to raise in her name in donations if she encourages them to? Or fans of any other famous singer? Just curious here.

    Given that Adam is becoming an international star, I think he did well choosing a very general charity. I can’t imagine many Finnish or Australian fans giving money to donorschoose.org.

    Adam has an intense fanbase. I think the original poster was just stating that maybe sometimes he might not realize just HOW intense.

    This isn’t the first time I hear/read it. There were some articles that mentioned something like “wow, Lambert fans are hardcore”. Judging from some of his interviews, Adam does realize the intensity (craziness?) and fortunately tries to redirect it into something worthwhile.

    I think it generally strengthens the sense of belonging to a group if a group does something successfully. So, if fans of a particular artist do something they can be proud of, like raising much money TOGETHER, they feel much more involved, much more eager to repeat the experience, much more FANS. If an artist is smart, they are going to invent new goals/activities for the fans in order to keep them engaged. Consciously or not, Adam’s doing a good job of intensifying his fanbase.

  • soverymel

    Does anyone know how much fans of Gaga, who’s got over 7 million tweeter followers, manage to raise in her name in donations if she encourages them to? Or fans of any other famous singer? Just curious here.

    Eh that kind of thinking makes charity into a competition, which I don’t really think is what this is all about.

  • jpfan

    I know Gaga was involved in an AIDS charity that involved selling a lipstick. I’m pretty sure other famous singers have done things for charity as well. ;)

    Back in the day Clay Aiken used to raise alot of $ for charity. He was a UNICEF spokesman. I think a fan once paid $50,000 to have dinner with him. But maybe that’s Idol folklore. Of all the things fans do to “support” their fav, donating to charity is about the best. (As long as they’re giving $ and not buying extra CDS to donate to the troops or something).

  • certain1

    jpfan

    Clay did have a fan donate to have dinner and several times it was in the 5 figures but those were donations to his foundation.

    I glad that Adam’s fans like to donate but sometimes it does seem to be for bragging rights and not necessarily because they support the cause..by this I mean they do it because Adam says to not because they have reseached it. JMO so no arrows please.

  • tls62

    Wow. Unbelievable.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • mmb

    Re the msnbc.com article. I completely agree with number ten!!!! Why not do a one hour ” where are they now” type special either during the holiday season or the week before the idol premier spotlighting the crazy ride the prior seasons top performers have been on – show some footage from the tour, some tv appearances, the album making process etc. Ai is a great platform why nit use it to better promote it’s alums

  • Moria Polonius

    Eh that kind of thinking makes charity into a competition, which I don’t really think is what this is all about.

    No, I didn’t mean it to sound like that! Knowing that Gaga’s fanbase is huge and apparently very devoted as well, and that she’s a very “interactive” celebrity, I just wanted to know to what a degree it is possible to influence fans. Sorry, it’s just that I found my sociology classes the most interesting during my university run and there’s a bit of statistician inside my brain as well.

    Of all the things fans do to “support” their fav, donating to charity is about the best.

    I mean they do it because Adam says to not because they have reseached it.

    I agree with both. But people usually, I think, are motivated to do something good by another’s example and people around doing the same, so whatever works.

    I once discussed with my friend that if there was a really industrious fan with organizational skills, Adam’s fans would totally be capable of buying him that Maserati for birthday. And then Adam would feel obliged to donate the equivalent for charity and drive that thing to the end of his days. (Unless the fans handed him the Maserati AND a charity receipt for an equal amount; they might be capable of doing that too.)

  • mmb

    Who gives a rats ass why someone donates to a charity?!?! There is a reason charities try to align themselves with celebrities. There us a reason why charities have telethons with celebrities answering phones and performing. The celebrities raise awareness of the charity and motivate their fans to donate. Why is it any more suspect for idol fans to donate to a charity supported by their favorite than for fans if George clooney to donate to Darfur charities? Or for fans of Julia Roberts to call and donate to Haiti relief in the hopes she will answer the phones?? Sheesh

  • Moria Polonius

    Why is it any more suspect for idol fans to donate to a charity supported by their favorite than for fans if George clooney to donate to Darfur charities? Or for fans of Julia Roberts to call and donate to Haiti relief in the hopes she will answer the phones??

    It isn’t any more suspect. It’s all the same. It’s just interesting to discuss.

  • sd34567

    Well it’s a great charity and I think it’s terrific that Adam is directing fans to it as a way to celebrate his birthday. I know this kind of giving to charity is not specific to Adam or Idol but I find all “fan” activity a little odd. Is it about giving to a worthwhile charity or proving you’re a good fan? However, at the very least it channels some energy in a positive way. And Adam avoids unwanted birthday presents and fan art.

    This. It’s nice that they’re giving to charity and all, but when it comes to “fan” stuff, I just think of crazy, psychotic, foaming at the mouth people. Especially when it comes to the Idols. Then, they use the terms “we” and “us” and ugh. I really got this feeling the other day when all the Lee fans were gifting his album when it was on sale at Amazon.

    I glad that Adam’s fans like to donate but sometimes it does seem to be for bragging rights and not necessarily because they support the cause..by this I mean they do it because Adam says to not because they have reseached it. JMO so no arrows please.

    This.

  • Fullmoon

    Well, it didn’t take long to spin a positive into a negative but whatever!

    Yay!

    Nancy Sinatra:
    I am so proud of all the good the @AdamLambert fans are doing in his name. Keep it up and he will live forever.

    She also tweeted the charity link so nice that there will more awareness.

    Byron Cook from Australia
    You put up with my shit all year in interviews….least I can do is support this awesome cause. Happy Birthday mate…& thanks for the Qld Floods support.

    Byron Cook from Australia
    Big thanx 2 @adamlambert 4 #qldfloods support. Get involved with Adam’s charity here > http://mycharitywater.org/adamlambert

  • HermeticallySealed

    I glad that Adam’s fans like to donate but sometimes it does seem to be for bragging rights and not necessarily because they support the cause..by this I mean they do it because Adam says to not because they have reseached it. JMO so no arrows please.

    But here’s the thing, this statement covers just about everyone who donates to charity. Not just Idol fans. Most people don’t give because of genuine investment in the causes, they do it so that they can say, “Look at what a good person I am.”

    That’s not to say that they don’t care, but most just don’t put any more thought into their donations than a spur of the moment,”here’s some change. Gee, I feel better about myself.” It’s a very small number of people that actually make a conscious choice to find a charity, or start one up without some sort of “authority” figure compelling them to do so, be that figure a celebrity, religious leader, politician or just some smuck who won’t stop ringing a damned annoying bell for hours.

  • tierbee

    Haha, so what did I miss when I was sick?

    First of all, seriously, good job Adam fans on donating. Sure, probably many people want his attention but you know what? Who cares. If I could get a famous person to take one of my shelters under his or her wing and then people donated because they love him or her… the animals still benefit. This is why charities have celebrity spokespeople or have events with celebrities. Do some fans go way too far? Of course they do. And I wish they’d see they aren’t helping their Idol with their insane obsession but they wouldn’t be crazy if they could see that.

    Most people don’t give because of genuine investment in the causes, they do it so that they can say, “Look at what a good person I am.”

    Hmm, I don’t know about “most” – though some surely do. Maybe it’s different depending on the charity, but most of the donations my shelters get are from people who do genuinely care about the animals. Then again we don’t have a celebrity speaking for us right now :)

    Oh, and r/e the WGWG/butthurt thing – you can bet your butt (hopefully not hurt) that if it was your Idol who was getting criticized for something lazy like that many of you other fans would be butthurt too ;)

  • HermeticallySealed

    I didn’t say they don’t care, just that most do it more to feel good, than because of an independent drive to do good. They see an ad on tv, or an article in the paper that makes them feel bad, so they donate a few bucks to help out. They feel better and the charity organizations get a little bit of money.

    But let’s be honest, if the majority were dedicating serious effort to any of these causes, they wouldn’t be existing on such minimal cash flow. You look into most animal shelters, or homeless outreach programs and they are struggling, and hard. Most get just enough cash flow and volunteers to do a minimal amount of work that comes nowhere close to what is needed.

  • soverymel

    Well, it didn’t take long to spin a positive into a negative but whatever!

    Srsly. So predictable.

  • tierbee

    But let’s be honest, if the majority were dedicating serious effort to any of these causes, they wouldn’t be existing on such minimal cash flow.

    Well, sure. I think part of it is marketing – if you see a commercial (ASPCA ones, anyone?) with sad puppies and sad music then you’re more likely to have that reaction “Oh, poor dogs, let me give some money!” Doesn’t mean you’ll think about the poor dogs after you call in your $$, of course. People care in a short-memory sort of way. And when many charities operate on a shoestring with little opportunity for marketing, it’s hard for them to get the message out, which keeps up the cycle of having very little money to work with. It’s pretty darn heartbreaking.

  • acremoteisrad

    Wow this is kind of pathetic. Why are we discussing the merits and the intentions of the people who donate? Who freakin’ cares if its for some pat on the back or a genuine concern. Who cares if its from rabid fans or casual passerbys. Who cares if its a competition with Gaga or not. As long as the money keeps coming, it could be from the Mafia and no one at the charity would bat an eye, nor should they, unless the charity is fake and just a way to launder money. There are both hardcore fans and superficial fans, so a fan runs the gamut, and whatever icky connotation you may get from the word, it’s all just dumb prejudice. If there is time to burn and gossip to be made, try not to focus on criticizing others on such trivial matters, especially when it comes to philanthropy.

  • Q3

    Over $46K raised by Adam fans now….Will easily be over $50K in the first 24 hours. It is an amazing pace.

    If you read the comments on Adam’s charity: water page — a large number of contributors are anonymous, the contributions are coming from all over the world and the comments are just amazing. These are not donations coming from people trying to prove they are great fans and get Adam’s attention, almost across the board these are contributions to a great cause being made by people who were inspired by Adam.

    Many are proud to be fans and join in this effort. Many comments are just simple messages:

    Happy Birthday Adam! I am glad to help out a great cause.

    But so many are personal messages from all different kinds of people, from all over the globe — a few examples:

    Happy Bday Adam Lambert from the Netherlands. Happy to offer the gift of water for your bday.

    Happy Birthday Adam from Hannah in Wales, UK (aged 7). I’m a huge a fan and this charity is brilliant :)

    Happy, Happy Birthday Adam! I know that you care deeply about social issues, as your fans do, because that’s the type of people you attract. Huh! And you thought it was for your voice!! (Only kidding). Much love.

    I wish I could give more.. Happy Birthday Adam, Mi IDOLO!!. I’m donating a whole payday salary in my country Mexico.

    ETA: RCAPromo just retweeted the link. :)

    RCAPromo RCAMG Promo Dept
    by mmyy9
    RT @Voodoo_Childe $29K goal reached in less than 6hrs for @adamlambert’s #CharityWater project! http://mycharitywater.org/adamlambert
    1 hour ago

  • tierbee

    If there is time to burn and gossip to be made, try not to focus on criticizing others on such trivial matters, especially when it comes to philanthropy.

    LOL, you *could* flip that at you and say if there is time to burn and gossip to be made, try not to focus on criticizing posters who are entitled to an opinion? People can say what they want, you know? You don’t have to like it, but certainly think it’s not really appropriate to scold.

  • bridgette12

    Fullmoon:
    01/15/2011 at 9:54 am
    Well, it didn’t take long to spin a positive into a negative but whatever!

    No it shouldn’t surprise you, especially when it’s Adam involved. But the most important thing is that this is a good organization that’s helps people both domestic and abroad.

  • car

    Here is an idea. If you want to contribute to a cause, do so. If you do not and you think you are a silly fan if you do, then don’t. If you don’t like the person who is requesting the donations, then don’t. If you think it is a worthy cause even if you are not a fan, donate if you want. It is a choice. Does everything have to be picked apart? Some of you think fans are strange. Well some think that picking apart a good cause is strange. And people can give their money if they like even if they don’t “research” the cause. Some causes and needs are just obvious.

    Well said, acremoteis.

  • Q3

    JMHO There is no way to twist or spin people contributing money to bring clean water to people who need it into a negative.

    In about 18 hours, and with a very simple announcement on AdamLambertFans.com, fans were inspired to do something to make the world a little bit better, and contributed over $48,000.

    There are only a few things in the Idol world that are 100% positive but when any of the Idol alums use their celebrity to promote and support great causes, we should just celebrate the effort.

  • tierbee

    I agree personally that there’s no way to spin giving $$ to charity as a negative. But I also think that people have a right to post whatever they want without being lectured at or scolded for it. Isn’t that what we do here? Pick things apart on various subjects?

  • car

    yes tierbee, people are free to pick apart. And I hope people are free to encourage giving instead of discouraging.

  • gangreen29

    But here’s the thing, this statement covers just about everyone who donates to charity. Not just Idol fans. Most people don’t give because of genuine investment in the causes, they do it so that they can say, “Look at what a good person I am.”

    I don’t think this is true AT ALL. Many people do have genuine interest in causes and want to make a real change in the world. That is a sad way to look at the world.

  • JazzRocks

    Whatever the opinions here are the fact remains that there has been an incredible response to this charity because of Adam’s request. I don’t think there’s any disputing that and I hope the very ambitious goal of $290,000 is met!

  • tierbee

    And I hope people are free to encourage giving instead of discouraging.

    I didn’t see anyone discouraging giving? Just saw people questioning the motivation of some fans. Which is, actually, fair. And then the discussion that the bottom line is, whatever the motivation, these charities need $$. Which is my take on it. I completely agree that there are fans who do this for attention from their Idol. It’s like that in every fandom. But there are many more who do it out of a charitable heart, out of a sense of achievement/community, etc. But whatever the motivation, open up that wallet ;) (And always remember to research before you give – some organizations >>>Disclaimer: this has NOTHING to do with any group supported by any Idol<<< – spend most of your $$ on admin costs instead of the people who need it)

  • karenc

    mmb:
    Re the msnbc.com article. I completely agree with number ten!!!! Why not do a one hour ” where are they now” type special either during the holiday season or the week before the idol premier spotlighting the crazy ride the prior seasons top performers have been on – show some footage from the tour, some tv appearances, the album making process etc. Ai is a great platform why nit use it to better promote it’s alums

    I think so too, I think they should do performance specials with Idol alums. At least for prior idols it would have been right before the holiday season.

    I think that one of the problems with Idol album sales is that people who are just fans of the show who don’t follow album releases do not always know that there have been albums released, and these people would be more likely to watch and AI special featuring former contestants. And I know not everyone likes the music an idol puts out afterwards, but this would give more idol viewers a chance to see the idols original music.

    The reason I think that this would help is that I have personally spoken to many people that are fans of the show and even have a contestant they liked and voted for, but when I ask if they had an album, they didn’t know there were any out, and when I told them about it were interested in the album.

  • tierbee

    The reason I think that this would help is that I have personally spoken to many people that are fans of the show and even have a contestant they liked and voted for, but when I ask if they had an album, they didn’t know there were any out, and when I told them about it were interested in the album.

    Yup, my whole family is like that except poor over-invested me.

    I’d love to have some Idol playlist sort of show showcasing the music the Idols have put out. Hell, my iPod is loaded with it :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    I don’t think this is true AT ALL. Many people do have genuine interest in causes and want to make a real change in the world. That is a sad way to look at the world.

    And yet, most only ever do it when it is put in front of their face. Personally, I don’t care what motivates someone to give, as long as they do. Once the charities get their money, the motivation doesn’t matter, and that is all that counts.

    I didn’t see anyone discouraging giving? Just saw people questioning the motivation of some fans. Which is, actually, fair. And then the discussion that the bottom line is, whatever the motivation, these charities need $$. Which is my take on it. I completely agree that there are fans who do this for attention from their Idol. It’s like that in every fandom. But there are many more who do it out of a charitable heart, out of a sense of achievement/community, etc. But whatever the motivation, open up that wallet ;) (And always remember to research before you give – some organizations >>>Disclaimer: this has NOTHING to do with any group supported by any Idol<<< – spend most of your $$ on admin costs instead of the people who need it)

    Exactly.

  • cwm

    I hope Adam is starting to realize how much his fans truly adore him and how much of an impact he can have in this world as a result.

    Ok, I was the original poster of that statement last night, to which jpfan replied,

    jpfan:
    So if people don’t give they don’t “love” him? Or if they give the most $, they do. ;)

    Well it’s a great charity and I think it’s terrific that Adam is directing fans to it as a way to celebrate his birthday. I know this kind of giving to charity is not specific to Adam or Idol but I find all “fan” activity a little odd. Is it about giving to a worthwhile charity or proving you’re a good fan? However, at the very least it channels some energy in a positive way. And Adam avoids unwanted birthday presents and fan art.

    And then that started a long discussion about the merits and motivations of people giving to charity at the request of a celebrity. Huh.

    I’m not quite sure how you made the leap from my original statement to assuming that that meant that if people don’t give they don’t love Adam, or that those who give more love him more. Or that giving is about proving that you are good fan.

    Yes, it is a great charity and a great cause, and yes it is terrific that Adam is directing people to that charity in lieu of gifts as a way to celebrate his birthday. And if you look at Adam’s charity:water page (http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=12617), you’ll see that (as of this writing) over 1500 people have participated, that the comments are straightforward, heartfelt, and touching, and that the vast majority have given $29 or thereabouts; very very few have given large amounts. What I meant with my statement was that many people think very highly of Adam and are inspired by him, and when he rallies them to a good cause they respond with their hearts and their wallets. Does it matter exactly why they respond? No. But perhaps it’s because they appreciate being part of a group effort to accomplish something important. There was genuine joy on twitter last night at what had been accomplished in such a short time, by small donations coming in from so many people. That kind of connection and influence that Adam has with his audience can do really good things in this world if his fans’ generous and positive energy is directed toward important and worthwhile causes. It’s no different from any other celebrity that successfully pushes important charities and causes. In my original statement I was just saying that I hope that, now that he is a celebrity, Adam is starting to realize the breadth and depth of his potential influence and the impact that he can have as a result.

    Speaking for myself, I am grateful for the joy that Adam and his music bring me, and I am happy to pay back that gratitude by giving toward a goal for a very worthwhile charity that he is championing. And it’s exciting to be part of a group effort that is succeeding in accomplishing something important.

  • Katniss

    I just read through this entire thread and I’m wondering if any other fans of Idols not named Adam have had their motives questioned when donating to their Idol of choice’s charity. I really just don’t get it.

    The total donated to Charity: Water is now over $56K

    Nice!!

  • tierbee

    I just read through this entire thread and I’m wondering if any other fans of Idols not named Adam have had their motives questioned when donating to their Idol of choice’s charity. I really just don’t get it.

    What’s there to get? People have opinions. They might not always be what you want them to be, but they have opinions. And at least in my limited experience, Adam’s fans are not singled out as the only “maybe they donate for attention” fans. Not even almost. Just seems to be some kind of persecution complex going on here that’s a little exasperating. Maybe folks are new and haven’t watched the same things said about different fandoms over and over?

  • Maura73

    @tierbee, maybe those things shouldn’t be said. Lack of clean water kills people. My aunt died as a baby because of that–my mom’s family lived in a village in what was then an underdeveloped country. My mom, who witnessed her sister’s death, still can’t listen to a baby crying without having fits.

    Just allow this to go through without making snide remarks, questioning motives, whatever. It’s a good thing.

  • smeggingnuts

    It’s a good thing.

    Exactly

  • tls62

    Maybe folks are new and haven’t watched the same things said about different fandoms over and over?

    Or maybe folks are OLD to this and HAVE watched the same old things said, and are friggen tired of it.

    It’s a good thing

    Amen.