Jordin Sparks will guest host the Kathie Lee & Hoda hour on Today
Chris Colfer appears on the Tonight Show
Jennifer Lopez appears on Late Night with David Letterman

Idology: The Redemption of J.Lo? The Return of Baylie Brown! The Death of Alicia Keys’ ‘Fallin’? – On this week’s installment of Idology, Season 6 standout Melinda Doolittle and I discuss whether or not it’s a wise idea to put our trust in Jenny from the Block, why we’re excited Baylie Brown took a five-year break before returning to the Idol audition room, and which Golden Ticket recipients we loved and loathed from the San Diego, Aspen, and Houston audition telecasts. Along the way, you’ll get a brief discussion of bull testicles, a little Downton Abbey reverie, and a flashback to the former Idol semifinalist who comes up as the No. 2 result in a Google search for “Jersey girl on a toilet.” – See the Video at TV Line

Jennifer Hudson is sharing her joy – It’s not every day that one gets serenaded by an Oscar-winning songstress. So a woman named Carla likely walked away quite touched, after she’d stood in line for Jennifer Hudson’s recent book signing in Fort Worth.
The actress and American Idol alum, who has lost 80 pounds on Weight Watchers, quietly talked with each fan who approached the table carrying her book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down . But after Carla mentioned it was her birthday, Hudson offered an extra treat for everyone within earshot. She belted out a goosebumps-inducing version of the birthday tune with ease and power. Applause quickly followed. – Read more at Dallas News

Jlo on her Ex: There is Real Love There

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  • istersay

    Super Bowl Ad Features Sir Elton John, THE X FACTOR 2011 Winner Melanie Amaro and ‘Pepsi for All’-behind the scenes sneak peek here http://t.co/PtXNIXs4

  • Anonymous

    KrisAllen:
    I’m at that weird point where I’ve been snacking all day but kinda hungry now but it’s kinda late and your not supposed to eat late as the only thing that’s open right now is T bell and I’m trying to watch what I eat cause I got a photo shoot soon. What do I do?  Mon 30 Jun 01:59

    ETA: According to some Katy acquaintances’s on twitter, she has said she will be traveling to LA this weekend. Zorro will probably be at her side since Kris wanted him include in the photo shoot some how.

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t see anything in the headlines but Chris Rene’s concert was a big success – 2000 people and about the same watched on Ustream. Loved his performances and his duet with his sister Gina, who also got to perform a few of her own music. Congrats Chris and Gina!

  • Tess

    Aren’t these blog sites where anyone can post?  They don’t seem like main-stream media reviews to me.  It’s nice that his fans like him enough to spend the time and energy to get the word out…but I’ll wait until professionals put their 2 cents in to get a real feel for how James is doing. 

  • Tess

    Wasn’t this his hometown “thank you” concert?

  • durbfan

    They’re not mainstream media reviews but they’re not fan reviews either, they’re reviews by indie journalists that cover these kind of concerts. These writers have seen tons of bands in these type of settings, click on their profiles and you’ll see that they’ve covered plenty of these kind of concerts, they know what they’re talking about. Just because the review isn’t in the local paper or a famous music publication, it doesn’t mean that a fan wrote it.

  • Tess

    Nope…wouldn’t even call them indie journalists.  They are guys and gals who like to go to concerts and then find a blog site to post their impressions.  It’s great that these peeps like James….and if it helps him get more fans and people interested in him, then great.  But these “reviewers” don’t have industry cred and probably aren’t getting paid for their services.

  • Anonymous

    Jordin did an amazing job of co host today . talking about her upcoming film with Whitney Houston and confirmed her love for Jason Derulo and sadly mentioned her parents are separated but still love each other . you can see the whole thing in 8 segments . click “latest videos ” on the left side and make sure they say Jan 30.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29054368/#46116245

  • durbfan

    What constitutes as “industry cred” in the underground is wide open to interpretation. At least we’ve established that these reviewers aren’t Idol stans but at the very least ordinary rock fans who regularly attend these types of gigs whom, at this stage, James is trying to appeal. Well then I’d say he’s doing very well indeed. There was some criticism that he and the band need to sort out some kinks but they all acknowledge James’ talent and potential. And people not being paid to write reviews are more likely to be unbiased and honest while doing so.

  • Anonymous

     Yes. Sold out and had pay-per-view on Ustream, which had 2200 plus views.

  • Anonymous

    This comes from Page Six, so take it with a large grain of salt, Jimmy Iovine wants his own AI-like show.

    Recording industry kingpin Jimmy Iovine thinks he has what it takes to be a TV mogul. Sources say the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, who started as John Lennon’s engineer, established Interscope in 1991, and guided the careers of stars including Lady Gaga and Eminem, has reached out to staff at the label about developing a show concept around him as an “idol maker” for a network. “He is going to push much more in TV and film,” a source said, adding, “He thinks he is more credible than the judges on the shows on air now. 

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/iovine_seeks_tv_lights_wVkP4osp7gdBwXDJnhnGCM#ixzz1kyfOy63u 

    He was the best judge on American Idol last season.

  • Anonymous

    I would think he would not be able to develop his own show while he is connected to Idol & contracted with 19E (see Simon C.).

  • shamrock

    I am happy that James is getting some recognition “outside the bubble”.
    I don’t care if the reviewers are getting paid or not.

    Unforturnately, getting paid to do a job and professionalism don’t always add up, anyway.

    From the videos with somewhat better sound, I thought “Stand up”, “Higher than Heaven” and “Right behind you” were really good.
    Hopefully we get to hear a more clear version of “Alien”, too…

  • Anonymous

    This is wonderful and exciting to read such great reviews. I’m just so happy for him and the reception he and the band are getting!

  • durbfan

    Waiting for a decent vid of that song too. Finally managed to find a good one of Outcast, this is AWESOME!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M06pxSEOMIg

  • Anonymous

    I love what James said in this interview:

    Looking ahead, Durbin plans to tour in 2012 and fans can expect him to do some more songwriting on his sophomore effort. “I’m having to fly a lot, and it gives me the chance to go back to song ideas that I had,” he said.

    The 23-year-old rocker recently started working on a song about his father, a musician who died when Durbin was only 9 years old.

    “All my life I’ve tried to write a song about my father,” he said. “I’ve
    never been able to find the right emotion and the right mindset in order
    to write the song. It requires a lot of emotional endurance to muster
    up those old feelings. I think I’m at the point in my life right now
    where I can try.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57365130-10391698/james-durbin-ready-to-stand-up-in-2012/

  • Anonymous

    I watched most of the show with Jordin this morning. She looked beautiful and did such a great job co-hosting. This is another idol that is probably a lot  more successful than many people realize.

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy Iovine just doesn’t appeal to me, and of the three current judges, only Steven Tyler has ever appealed to me. But not really as an Idol judge, just as a performer.

    TV doesn’t need any more Idol type shows. There are way too many now.

  • Anonymous

    I think that he should look at Simon, and take away the message that it’s not a good idea to launch a talent show where the focus is on him, and not the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    That interview above is why I can never not like Jennifer Lopez.  She’s quite lovely, and thoughtful.

  • Anonymous

    From one of these you posted, it appears that the show wasn’t sold out:  
    Even with the apparent shortage of attendees, the show was fairly entertaining. Sound was great in front, but questionable in other parts of the venue where the band sounded unbalanced and dry.

  • iani

    Finally managed to find a good one of Outcast, this is AWESOME!

    I love this song and I can say this, there is no bad song in his album, just freaking awesome. Sometimes I “stay” and “think” about it, as more like a casual fan( I saw just a little last year AI), how he was able and his label to come with that music: beat, rhythm, sound, instrumentation, great production all elements for a good album and awesome concert-music to keep you into it song after song and not getting bored or annoyed of it… Happy for him for the pretty good reception from audience and those music-blogs reviews, I was expected as some comments here like too ’80, bad vocals, gimmicky stage presence, instead he got good words and encouragements to do and keep going with his music and style. And I’m very touched how he has connected with the audience and asked for understanding for his condition of being “different”.  At the end his music has won over the audience and his “abnormal health” status to a normal standard of a good performance. Congratulations for the first time full band good concert!

  • Anonymous

    i don’t think anyone ever said The Rave was sold out, did they? I am ecstatic that the reviewers had such wonderful things to say about James’ performances and the crowd reaction that we’ve heard about was so into him and his band.

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    Unforturnately, getting paid to do a job and professionalism don’t always add up, anyway.

    True, but NOT being paid to do a job and professionalism almost never go together.  When the reason for doing something isn’t ‘it’s my job’, then there’s a personal interest in it = loss of objectivity.  But everyone knows what those sites are and if fans want to praise their idols there, they won’t be the first (or last) ones to do so.

  • GS61

    That excerpt doesn’t sound like something a fan blog or a paid review would say. Sounds pretty unbiased to me.

    Has anyone heard more info on other shows or future touring plans?

  • Anonymous

    Pro or am, the reviews confirm what the many clips on the tube tell me….that James is a natural on the concert stage, can sing his a$$ off for an hour, and is more than fulfilling the promise of his stint on Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Art and music critics at most newspapers have lost out to the reality of sinking revenues. There just aren’t a lot of “professional” reviewers out there anymore. The “majors” still have them, but most have gone by the wayside. At most “legitimate” newspapers now, the byline of the author is followed by “Special to the (name of paper).” Whenever a story says “special to” it means that it was written by non-staff. On occasion it is a contracted article that the author is (barely) paid for. The New York Times pays well, but most pay a pittance. The author of this comment has made horrid wages writing freelance for the likes of Gannett (USAToday) and other “respected” news organizations. Anyway, back to the reviews. The concert reviewer is typically paid via the free tickets that were sent to the newspaper. It is usually a fan that knows someone at the paper and gets the opportunity to write the review and attend the concert for free. Or, it is a fan at the paper that convinces the boss to let him or her attend the show and write the article/review off the clock.

    These days, bias has (unfortunately) become the accepted norm, even when there is a “professional” at the critical helm. I seem to recall a certain blogger/writer for a “respected” newspaper that likes to start out each Idol season by deciding which contestant she is going to hate that year – lol – what a trusted source of unbiased opinion! (No it is not mj.)

    Whether or not the writer is a “professional” and gets paid, or a blogger who is writing for fun, it is all still just opinion. Sometimes they are fans, as we all know. I won’t even get into that. I could go on for a long time with a list of stans writing about their favorites. More often they are fans of the genre more than any one artist, as was the case with a couple of the reviews that durbfan pointed out.

    Unfortunately, “professional” writers are SOL these days. Organizations hire a webmaster and throw the writing to them. Or, in the case of one of those reviewers, they throw the work to the photographer and have him write the review as well. It’s a lot cheaper than hiring a webmaster and writer (but the writing is horrible – shudder). I hear that some papers are starting to outsource the writing to India. Jeez – I’d rather be replaced by a robot!! LOL!!!

  • Anonymous

    Standing O for this post! Just. WOW!

  • Anonymous

    Roarpen, you are so right.  My sister writes book reviews for many very well-known publications and online sites.  Her payment?  Free books.  I would think a lot of music reviewers are compensated in the same way.  With my sister, she gets to choose a category of books to review, and they send her books in that category.  Hers are non-fictional history and social events.  So I would think the music reviewers choose the genre they like, and are provided free tickets in exchange for the review.  Also, a lot of reviewers (like my sister) do this in the hopes that they will someday be paid for their services. 

  • shamrock

    Wow, great rendition of “Outcast”! :o o/ James is so full of energy, a natural performer – and he still sounds great.

    The same uploader also has “Crawling Home” in a very good quality – completely different song/performance, but equally awesome:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM1FmFS-LIo&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    I wonder though why in the world they would have 2 James’ concerts so close together like that a night apart?  No doubt people who really wanted to see him would have driven the extra miles if they would have had 1 concert in that area instead.  You would think Wind Up would have scheduled 2 shows in 2 completely different areas.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Melinda for commenting on that ghetto dancing crap. It rubbed me the wrong way too.