Idol Headlines for 02/05/11

Today’s Idol Appearances

  • Scott MacIntyre performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington DC.
  • Allison Iraheta performs at the charity event “Estilo Con Causa 2? in Cicadas, Los Angeles. More info HERE.

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Aaron Kelly will open for Little Big Town at the Troy Fair in Troy PA on July 27.

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Two new appearances for Taylor Hicks. He’ll perform at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom in Snoqualmie, WA on April 28 and the Mill Bay Casino in North Bend, OR on May 27.

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@GinaOrr tweets, “On the road again w @crystalbowersox. Hello Vegas!” Meanwhile, Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Meeting the legendary BB. King in while. And just when I thought things were good… they turn great… holy crap.”

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Jennifer Hudson talks about her weight loss and performs her new single “Where You At” for the first time on the Orpah Winfrey Show, Thursday, February 10.

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Casey James dropped into visit CMT radio yesterday according to a tweet, “@CaseyEJames Thanks for hangin’ out and bringing lunch today! We had a blast. Good luck on the road!”

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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David Archuleta – Young Hollywood – Moment to Shine

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Adam Lambert French interview clip from maptv

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Kelly Clarkson’s New Baby Goat

Kelly posts on Facebook” “I know I post a lot of pictures of my animals but my mom just got me a baby goat that is a week old and I named him Nitric (Nitrous) …..yes I named him after laughing gas.”

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Los Angeles Area Students To Attend Grammy Career Day At USC, 2/9

Top music industry professionals discuss the realities of the music business and careers in music with more than 700 Los Angeles area high school students at GRAMMY Career Day, a GRAMMY in the Schools® initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation with support from Best Buy. In addition, a significant milestone in support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s education programs will be announced at the event, which will take place on Wednesday, February 9 at the University of Southern California.

Artist/Creative Participants include current GRAMMY® nominees songwriter Skylar Grey (Best Rap Song & Song of the Year); songwriting team Angela Hunte and Jane’t Sewell (Record Of The Year & Best Rap Song); songwriter/producer Claude Kelly (Best R&B Song); rapper Lecrae (Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album); multi-platinum producer RedOne (Album Of The Year & Producer Of The Year); and singer/songwriter Eric Roberson (Best Urban/Alternative Performance). Additional participants include GRAMMY-winning producer Warryn Campbell; GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Manny Marroquin and artists JoiStarr, Mohombi, Kelly Price, and Jordin Sparks.

Industry Professionals include “Glee” music producer Adam Anders; Senior Vice President of Creative at Universal Publishing Jennifer Blakeman; Recording Academy Chair Emeritus, GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares®Board member and multi-GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam; Thornell Jones of Fortress Marketing; “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and GRAMMY Telecast musical director Rickey Minor; USC director of performance venues Brandon Operchuck; Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board and chief marketing officer of Coca-Cola North America Bea Perez; MusiCares Board member and head of urban music for EMI Music Publishing Jon Platt; President/CEO of The Recording Academy®, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares® Neil Portnow; USC associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music Chris Sampson; publicist/entrepreneur Simone Smalls; and publicist Karen Sundell.

Read more at Broadway World

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Ruben Studdard heads to Palmyra

Western Bureau: The 2003 American Idol Ruben Studdard will headline The Palmyra Foundation’s benefit concert at the Palmyra Resort and Spa, Montego Bay next Saturday.

Studdard joins a star-studded line-up that includes Third World, the indomitable Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser pair, and rising sensation Tessanne Chin who will kick-start the Valentine’s weekend event, which starts on Friday.

Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner

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Austin woman wins car

Paula Gaines may enjoy the music provided by budding stars featured on TV’s “American Idol,” but she’ll probably always have a special fondness for Crystal Bowersox.

Bowersox, the dreadlocked free spirit who was runner-up on last season’s hit talent show, created a car that expressed her personality.

Gaines, an Austin resident, won it.

“I’m thrilled to have won a new (Ford) Fiesta designed by Crystal,” Gaines said. “This whole experience has just been incredible.”

Read more at Post Bulletin

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Special Interview with Teresa LaBarbera Whites, Senior Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records

I love working with new artists, discovering and developing who they are and who they will become as a recording artist. Allison Iraheta (American Idol finalist) has one of the most amazing voices. Being in the studio with a young voice like hers, so full of soul and power reminded us all (me and the producers she was working with) why we got into the music business. Ry Cuming is a new artist from Australia that I signed to my label, BellaSonic Records. Ry has a beautiful voice and is such a poignant songwriter…the stuff we girls love. He’s currently on tour now with Maroon 5.

Read more at SongwritersUniverse

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X Factor: Simon Cowell threatens to quit the show

The X Factor has been plunged into crisis after Simon Cowell threatened to quit the show completely.

He has already declared he will not be doing the auditions stage for the eighth series because he wants to concentrate on launching his US version.

And he has so far refused to commit to the later stages too.

Desperate ITV chiefs are begging him to judge the live shows and have even offered him sole use of a private jet so he can fly between LA and London in comfort.

Read more at The Mirror

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Simon Cowell’s Super Bowl Surprise — I’M BACK!

Simon Cowell is making his triumphant return to American television during the Super Bowl … but it ain’t for “American Idol.”

Sources connected with the Super Bowl broadcast tell us Cowell will appear in a 30-second commercial during Sunday’s big game … promoting his new talent show “X Factor.”

FYI — 30-second Super Bowl spots are reportedly running in the $3 million range. Better make it count.

Read more at TMZ

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS TO BE JUDGE ON X FACTOR

The Take That hunk will join Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and singer Michael Bublé on the panel of the new-look show.

ITV is lining up the stars to replace Simon Cowell, 51 because he will be in America promoting the US version of the show, and is widely expected to take 27-year-old fellow judge Cheryl Cole with him.

The three singers will appear as guest judges at the public auditions, just as 32-year-old Nicole did last year when Cheryl was struck down with malaria.

Read more at the Daily Star

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Jane Lynch: My Wife ‘Looks Fantastic in a Bikini’

When it comes to flaunting figures, Jane Lynch leaves that to her new wife Lara Embry.

“She wears bikinis – not me,” the Glee star, 50, told PEOPLE at a recent Entertainment Weekly party. “She looks fantastic in a bikini.”

Read more at People

  • Kirsten

    “The X Factor is ITV’s biggest show and they can’t afford for it to flop. It’s getting to the point where they are literally willing to do anything in order to persuade Simon to appear in the live shows.

    Here is a tip, ITV. If something is your biggest show and you can’t afford for it to flop, lock your star into iron clad contracts. Don’t be trying to fix it two weeks before the auditions start. Ask Simon Fuller how he locked Cowell into a 9 season contract when all the guy wanted to do was start a competing show.

    People watching this unfold last year wondered how this was going to work. Why didn’t ITV?

    I think there will be a lot of amused insiders if USXF fails to catch on and UKXF flops without Cowell/Cole. That said, I think the odds of USXF failing are minimal. First of all, FOX is 100,000% (as Randy would say) behind the show (using up precious Superbowl time to advertise a show that won’t air until the fall). Second, the myth of Simon as the truth-sayer is so strong, that people will believe he’s telling the truth when he says whoever is on his team is the bestest ever, even if they do sound like “One Direction”. And he will not be held accountable by the general public if the act he pimps to the win subsequently flops (and he can totally get away with pretending he always hated the person (or loved the person if they succeed in the case of Jennifer Hudson) regardless of what really went down).

    FYI — 30-second Super Bowl spots are reportedly running in the $3 million range. Better make it count.

    FOX gets 4.5 minutes to advertise their shows because they are the broadcaster.

  • googletot

    crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    Meeting the ledgendary BB. King in while. And just when I thought things were good… they turn great… holy crap.

  • LadyBeBop

    Nicole Scherzinger? Michael Buble? Robbie Williams?

    I’m more excited for the judging panel of X-Factor UK than X-Factor USA.

  • tripp_ncwy

    2 sample club remixes of Kris’s To Make You Feel My Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLYlTeDEp6I

  • Brisblondie

    I have no interest in X Factor at all.(kids, boy bands, judge interference? yuk) Maybe that will change when I start seeing the commericals and how they intend to market it.

  • Kirsten

    Nicole Scherzinger? Michael Buble? Robbie Williams?

    I’m more excited for the judging panel of X-Factor UK than X-Factor USA.

    I think those are just guest judges for one of the audition rounds. Kind of like what Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry did on AI last year (I think she did that on X-Factor last year too). They are still haggling about who will be the permanent judges.

  • lili_anne7

    Why are the ITV people freaking out this much about losing Simon ? If X factor is really one of the biggest shows in the UK, it won’t die off suddenly. They just need to get big stars to replace Simon and Cheryl, and they’ll be fine. American Idol hasn’t suffered that much due to Simon’s absence.
    I’m a little surprised that Fox executives are actually considering giving Cheryl and Dermot positions on the US X factor. I mean isn’t that too many british people for one show ?

  • jumpstart

    They just need to get big stars to replace Simon and Cheryl, and they’ll be fine.

    And they’d best keep their paws off of Steven Tyler. :)

  • gangreen29

    Why are the ITV people freaking out this much about losing Simon ? If X factor is really one of the biggest shows in the UK, it won’t die off suddenly. They just need to get big stars to replace Simon and Cheryl, and they’ll be fine. American Idol hasn’t suffered that much due to Simon’s absence.

    I agree. I guess they might be panicking because they don’t have much time to find a replacement since auditions start soon, but I would have thought the relative success of AI 10 would have broken those “Simon is irreplaceable” myths. I’m especially confused because he isn’t even his normal blunt self on the x-factor, so what exactly is so hard to replace?

  • Q3

    Pleased that Crystal will meet BB King — he is amazing and even with his health problems still one of the best blues guitarists ever.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I’m a little surprised that Fox executives are actually considering giving Cheryl and Dermot positions on the US X factor. I mean isn’t that too many british people for one show?

    The X Factor UK has only two British people on the judging panel: Simon and Cheryl. Dannii is Australian and Louis is Irish. Host Dermot O’Leary is also Irish.

    In the end, it doesn’t matter where they come from or how well known they are. I mean, you can put only big international stars on the panel, but if they are bad TV personalities and have no chemistry …

    Simon and Cheryl have great chemistry and Simon obviously wants someone that he can rely on on the panel.

  • gangreen29

    In the end, it doesn’t matter where they come from or how well known they are

    Actually Mateja it really does. If they overload the show with non-Americans it will turn off a huge segment of the audience here unfortunately. Also, it does matter how well they are known because X Factor is not going to be given the time to develop like Idol was. With all the hype the media is expecting astronomical ratings. If they don’t have stars that draw people in right away there will be a huge backlash against the show in the press. Bad buzz would be enough to kill X Factor before it even gets off the ground.

  • stwbcross

    Why are the ITV people freaking out this much about losing Simon ? If X factor is really one of the biggest shows in the UK, it won’t die off suddenly.

    Because Dani and Louis are terrible mentors. So to lose both Cheryl and Simon would be a crushing blow to the show. But I didn’t think that Cheryl was 100% confirmed to the US show? Anyway, if the UK show does end up losing both stars it might have been best for them to clean house and start with a new judging panel similar to what Idol did this year. And if they wanted to, keep Dani but lose Louis. But I guess by hanging on till Simon made his decision they have boxed themselves in and run out of time.

    crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    Meeting the ledgendary BB. King in while. And just when I thought things were good… they turn great… holy crap.

    Not sure if this was posted already but did you catch the article on CMT News. Below is the quote about Crystal and here’s the link ….http://www.cmt.com/news/nashville-skyline/1657241/nashville-skyline-the-return-of-ronnie-dunn-and-waylon-jennings.jhtml

    Although I’ve never seen an American Idol episode, I can’t get enough of former Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox and her “Farmer’s Daughter.” That song and her impassioned performance are showing me enormously more heartfelt country than most of what I hear coming out of Nashville these days. Watch the “Farmer’s Daughter” video.

  • Lucy1234

    Not sure if any news from Danny’s SHF charity cruise has been posted. Some of Danny’s fans have reported in from the SHF cruise. Seems that Country Weekly is on board filming segments and that Danny will be on a GAC episode with segments shown from the charity cruise. Also seems the cruise is filled with Danny fans and that they auctioned off a dinner with Danny, a private serenade and a chance to watch the Super Bowl with Danny and the band. He also put on a concert for everyone on board. Also some tidbits of news that Mark Bright is producing at least some of the songs on Danny’s next album and that he has signed the contract to appear at Summerfest in Milwaukee this summer.

  • Miss Chaos

    In my opinion, X-Factor US, is just gonna look like another America’s got talent, minus the magic, tumbling acts. And they will be missing the adorable Host, Nick Cannon, who is the only reason I watch AGT. Bye Bye Simon, the king is falling from the throne, try not to splat when you hit the ground. Oh and ya keep your hands of Stephen Tyler please.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Actually Mateja it really does. If they overload the show with non-Americans it will turn off a huge segment of the audience here unfortunately. Also, it does matter how well they are known because X Factor is not going to be given the time to develop like Idol was. With all the hype the media is expecting astronomical ratings. If they don’t have stars that draw people in right away there will be a huge backlash against the show in the press. Bad buzz would be enough to kill X Factor before it even gets off the ground.

    Well sure, they are not going to hire 4 completely unknown people. But they already have Simon, so 3 to go.
    They want 2 female judges, so the question is, who? I hear that they want someone like Rihanna or Katy Perry. Very popular, young and pretty. Well, newsflash: These two ladies are at the peak of their careers, they will be touring around the world all year. Chances that they could find someone in their league that would be willing to do the show … are not good. Being a judge on the X Factor is a big commitment.

    Maybe they could find some less popular female pop singers. Like Nicole Scherzinger (but she is not that popular, I hear) or someone like Kelly Rowland …

    So, who then? Someone way older, not really relevant anymore? Idol was lucky with Jennifer Lopez – she is 40, but looks amazing. So who would fit that category and would be a good TV personality?

    Paula Abdul? For some reason I think Simon wants someone younger and more relevant.

  • lili_anne7

    Simon and Cheryl have great chemistry and Simon obviously wants someone that he can rely on on the panel.

    I understand that they have great chemistry, but Cheryl is irrelevant here in the US. I’ve never heard one song from her, and most people here have never heard of “Girls aloud”. How is the American public supposed to take her seriously if she hasn’t even made a single breakthrough in the US music scene? I’m sorry, but if i’m a Fox executive, I would not put her on the judging panel because she won’t draw in an audience. She’s a nice girl, but IMO, not very interesting.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And he will not be held accountable by the general public if the act he pimps to the win subsequently flops (and he can totally get away with pretending he always hated the person (or loved the person if they succeed in the case of Jennifer Hudson) regardless of what really went down).

    I know. Simon is pretty much teflon when it comes to rewriting history. He also didn’t “get” Kelly until well into the competition and has shown that he’s pretty narrow in his musical tastes. He’s often the slowest among the judges to recognize talent. So he’s “honest” about what he thinks, but that’s not always accurate when it comes to knowing who can be a star.

  • Tess

    Simon will get a huge American audience for his debut of X-factor US if for no reason other than the curiosity factor. But if Simon doesn’t deliver a relevant judging panel with peeps the US audience can identify with, or if he doesn’t have top-notch talent, or if he plays the back-story card without any corresponding talent, or if he isn’t the acerbic judge that he created on AI he will go down, quickly, into a heaping pile of do-do.

    The AI audience has already proven that they have moved on from Paula and Simon…most comment boards and the general media have asserted that Steven and J-Lo have more than adequately filled those seats…in fact many have stated that the new panel is much more relevant, fun, and watchable than Paula and Simon were.

    I don’t think Simon will have it as easy as he thinks he will..there are as many obstacles in front of him as there are opportunities. I don’t think the American public is as mallable as he thinks they are and I don’t think he is nearly as popular or as in demand as he envisions himself to be. If AI 10 has a respectable year…then it will be a real battle for Simon to move his product.

  • Valentin432

    I actually agree with Mateja here, Cheryl Cole is not that hard to sell. At minimum she’s eye candy and someone who has a good rapport with Simon.
    They don’t need 4 big stars, Simon will be the main draw no matter who else will be there, and much of the success of the show will depend at first on how much star power he has left.

    They have two other seats to fill, they won’t get popular relevant acts to judge because they won’t commit that much time to judge on a tv show.

    If Simon copies his UK panel, I would expect Cheryl and Nicole to be part of the panel, the fourth judge being an older producer or ex recording star.

    So he’s “honest” about what he thinks, but that’s not always accurate when it comes to knowing who can be a star.

    Simon has such a bad track record, if someone put a montage of every stupid and erroneous thing he said on Idol/X factor UK that would be a long video.

  • LadyBeBop

    think those are just guest judges for one of the audition rounds. Kind of like what Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry did on AI last year (I think she did that on X-Factor last year too). They are still haggling about who will be the permanent judges.

    You’re right, Kirsten (sheepish grin). I couldn’t believe that would be the permanent judges. That’s three A-listers…at least in the UK.

    I’m hoping Nicole comes back to judge “The Sing-Off” next winter. Assuming she doesn’t get the US X-Factor gig.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I know. Simon is pretty much teflon when it comes to rewriting history.

    The difference now is that Simon is in control. This is his baby all the way. So there will be few places for him to hide if the show does not go well. All issues big & small, he will have to address personally. So, he is going to get a few chips in that armor.

  • JOJOSIE

    I couldn’t agree more with CMT. I just love the song Farmer’s Daughter. Her redition is so real that you know she actually lived it. My next favorite on the CD is Mason and I also like the upbeat Riding with the
    Radio. I gave my CD to my son who likes her so I have to go buy another. The strange thing is that I am not a country fan or into folk songs alot. I just like her vibe and feel she’s real when she sings.

  • Kirsten

    Paula Abdul? For some reason I think Simon wants someone younger and more relevant.

    Not to mention he should want to avoid looking like “Idol: The Old Generation”.

    Nigel has done well so far with his “Idol: TNG” and has done an effective job convincing the press that Idol needed fresh blood and that the new judges are doing a good job (Steven Tyler makes a convincing case all on his own). To have both Simon and Paula on a panel would totally not work.

    I think you are right that Katy and Rihanna would have to be daft to take the job. They have careers and touring to get on with and they don’t need people hating on them because they said that some fan favourite hit some bad notes this week. Plus, it is still pretty common for men to be praised for their honesty, while women are b!tches for speaking the truth.

    Plus, I don’t really think that Simon wants anybody on the panel who is a bigger star than him. Katy would totally challenge him for top dog spot.

    What Simon needs to find is a pleasant female star from the late 90′s, early 00′s that won’t challenge him. Somebody nice, vanilla, good-looking and non-controversial (who will listen to instructions). Well, that’s not what he needs, but it is who he will want.

  • Q3

    JMHO but I think all of the talent reality shows are more about the format of the contest and the contestants than the judges. As long as the judges “do no harm” like I believe that Kara and Ellen did, it really ends up being about getting the audience to care about the contestants and the “race”, and what the judges say about the contestants and the “race”. Otherwise, they could just have a talk show panel with the judges — Idol meets “The View” and eliminate the singers all together.

    ETA: Kristen — ITA with you about what Simon needs and wants in a judge.

  • Montavilla
    Simon and Cheryl have great chemistry and Simon obviously wants someone that he can rely on on the panel.

    I understand that they have great chemistry, but Cheryl is irrelevant here in the US.

    I think it’s going to be important to have some relevant American presence on the judging panel. American Idol Season 10 is showing (so far) that Simon Cowell does not make a show by himself. If he’s as soft on the acts as he was in the UK X-Factor, us Yanks are going to wonder if he matters at all.

    I think AI has a tremendous advantage over the X-Factor having become a tradition for viewers. The very title American Idol makes it almost patriotic to watch it. Because it’s American, we do tend to favor and vote in contestants that represent us. We preferred being represented by Taylor Hicks to Katherine McPhee or even Chris Daughtry. That Daughtry became more successful only helps AI in its secondary role as a platform for new talent. It doesn’t mean that America got it wrong. It means that America is abundant with talent and generous enough to support many artists.

    A show called X-Factor is going to set up a different expectation, and I’m not sure it’s one that can be met — judging from what the UK X-Factor has produced. X-Factor is promising to find a superstar, one with the mysterious “X-Factor.” That does not come along every year. I’m not sure that the grueling year-long process of AI/X-Factor is even designed to produce someone like that. The two people who have proved to have the “X-Factor” are from the short AGT/BGT shows: Susan Boyle and Jackie Evancho. And neither of them won their seasons.

    So, I don’t think X-Factor is going to blow AI out of the water. If AI hadn’t revamped itself and come back as strongly as it has, then Cowell could have come in and picked up the pieces from AI’s wreckage. But AI did come back strong, and now Cowell needs to realize his position is weaker. He’ll need to bring in some relevant American judge/mentors to draw in an audience. It’s difficult if he wants two young female judges, because anyone credible will still be building her career. I think he ought to look for women who are older and ready to take on the nurturing mentor role. Too bad he missed out on Jennifer Lopez. But maybe he should look to someone like Cindy Lauper (who has talked about mentoring and is very entertaining), or, if he could afford her, Cher.

    A week or so ago, Donny Osmond made an odd comment about missing Simon in AI. My thought was that he might be angling for a spot on the judging panel. I still think that would be a good idea. He’s just about Simon’s age, a polar opposite in terms of image, there’s no one more American than an Osmond, and he’d probably be a terrific mentor. But, if not Donny Osmond, Marie would also be a good choice.

  • Mark

    JMHO but I think all of the talent reality shows are more about the format of the contest and the contestants than the judges. As long as the judges “do no harm” like I believe that Kara and Ellen did, it really ends up being about getting the audience to care about the contestants and the “race”, and what the judges say about the contestants and the “race”. Otherwise, they could just have a talk show panel with the judges — Idol meets “The View” and eliminate the singers all together.

    Which goes a long way in defining both the race and the contestants within it to the viewing public, especially moreso with the casual viewers. So their presence remains critical even if the investment in the show does ultimately start to slant toward the contestants at the point of the semifinals or later.

    What Simon needs to find is a pleasant female star from the late 90’s, early 00’s that won’t challenge him. Somebody nice, vanilla, good-looking and non-controversial (who will listen to instructions). Well, that’s not what he needs, but it is who he will want.

    Annoyingly, that does seem to be the type of person he works with best. Huzzah for equality?

    I think it’s going to be important to have some relevant American presence on the judging panel. American Idol Season 10 is showing (so far) that Simon Cowell does not make a show by himself. If he’s as soft on the acts as he was in the UK X-Factor, us Yanks are going to wonder if he matters at all.

    I think, more than anything, that may be a huge factor. Even when he was critical on the X-Factor, it was pretty weak stuff. If you have an audience acclimated to the “harsh” Simon, “new” Simon is going to be a turn off by comparison, because he’s just not the same person.

  • girlygirl

    I agree that there needs to be some American presence on the X-Factor judging panel — someone who has actually had significant success as a recording artist or producer or music exec in the US. Cheryl Cole might be huge in the UK, but she’s basically a total unknown here (except to those who watch the UK version of X-Factor). If Simon is adamant about having her as a judge, then he’ll have to balance that by the other judge(s) being more recognizable to US audiences. Someone who has been successful in the past decade but whose career is winding down might be best, as someone at the end of their career is more likely to have the time and interest in being a judge than someone who is a huge star right now — the Rihannas and Katy Perrys of the world aren’t going to have the time to devote to being a FT judge, even if they actually had real interest in doing so.

  • girlygirl

    BTW, Zorro tweeted last night that the song Kris is writing about him is coming along nicely and is “slow and beautiful” in the style of “To Make You Feel My Love”. I don’t know if Kris would actually put a song written for his puppy on his album (unless the lyrics aren’t too specific), but I’m still interested in hearing it (I love his version of TMYFML)

  • girlygirl

    The TwitChange charity drive to support the troops is coming to an end today. Kris is one of the top celebs in terms of the number of bids and the amount of money bid on his packages (follow, mention, re-tweet, MEGA). \o/!

  • BootStar

    Casey James dropped into visit CMT radio yesterday according to a tweet, “@CaseyEJames Thanks for hangin’ out and bringing lunch today! We had a blast. Good luck on the road!”

    So was there an interview? Did they air it?

  • JudyL

    We do know for sure from Idol 9 and Idol 10 (so far) that good judges are crucial to the success of this type of show. Bad judges (Kara and Ellen) are very detrimental. So it takes both promising contestants and good judges. Season 9 was not fun for me. I have high hopes for Season 10, even though last Thursday’s show was possibly the worst Idol episode ever.

    All the praise being heaped on Steven and JLo this season has got to be killing Simon and he saw how much harm Kara and Ellen did. I think he is running scared which is why he is having such a difficult time with decisions. As someone else said here, this is going to be his baby and he is going to be responsible for it’s success or failure. I am no fan of Simon so I actually would not be unhappy if his shows fails.

  • saga

    All the praise being heaped on Steven and JLo this season has got to be killing Simon and he saw how much harm Kara and Ellen did.

    I wonder if new judges would ever have done well with Simon still a judge on AI. I think it was important to get rid of him to get a better panel.

  • Eileen99

    I wonder if new judges would ever have done well with Simon still a judge on AI. I think it was important to get rid of him to get a better panel.

    ITA. It’s the old cliche, addition by subtraction.

  • Buffynut

    saga:
    02/05/2011 at 1:15 pm
    I wonder if new judges would ever have done well with Simon still a judge on AI. I think it was important to get rid of him to get a better panel.

    “I agree a million percent, Dawg!”

  • LVD

    So was there an interview? Did they air it?

    Nope, seems like it was just a friendly visit. At least it seems like Casey is doing the rounds. :-)

  • mermichelle

    One twitchange auction just ended.
    The TWITCHANGE Kris Allen Retweet @krisallen bid ended at $595.00.

    The other (TWITCHANGE Kris Allen MEGA @krisallen) is currently at $1375.00.

  • Mel1

    Because it’s American, we do tend to favor and vote in contestants that represent us. We preferred being represented by Taylor Hicks to Katherine McPhee or even Chris Daughtry.

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”? I don’t see why not McPhee and Daughtry. Is she too pretty? Is he too bald?

  • Elliegrll

    Not to mention he should want to avoid looking like “Idol: The Old Generation”.

    One of the things that Idol and Fox did right was scheduling it once a season, and not overexposing it like CBS has done with Survivor, or some other reality shows that were canceled before their time. I wonder if most viewers, who won’t be aware of the competition between the Simon’s, will just see X-Factor as just a spin-off of AI, and not tune in, because who needs to watch the show year round. People get so emotionally wrapped up in AI that they need that break between seasons.

  • Incipit

    It’s so tempting to ask, “Will the real Simon Cowell please stand up?” (Dated reference to old TV show)
    Except I’ve watched both Britain’s XFactor, with the ‘kinder gentler’ Simon, and had plenty experience of the USA version of witty?Archie Bunker with a British accent. (Another dated reference, but this time, an ironic one.)

    Neither one seems “real” – but that’s the Teflon Rep in action. Mildly interesting to see which persona he adopts, Nigel’s invention of the bored, mean spirited snarker, regardless of the actual quality of the performance – or the partisan cheerleader, disingenuously applauding any act he’s mentoring, regardless of the actual quality of the performance.

    Both choices do have a common thread. IMO. Of Course.

  • TwigLA

    mermichelle:
    02/05/2011 at 1:54 pm
    One twitchange auction just ended.
    The TWITCHANGE Kris Allen Retweet @krisallen bid ended at $595.00.

    The other (TWITCHANGE Kris Allen MEGA @krisallen) is currently at $1375.00.

    He had a total of 4 auctions and had highest number of bids and highest amount in each a half hour ago. Just one left (mega) and he’s still showing as highest.

    Michael Sarver had/has an auction there also.

  • istersay

    from @ginaorr
    On the road again w @crystalbowersox. Hello Vegas! 41 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

  • TwigLA

    Mel1:
    02/05/2011 at 2:00 pm
    Because it’s American, we do tend to favor and vote in contestants that represent us. We preferred being represented by Taylor Hicks to Katherine McPhee or even Chris Daughtry.

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”? I don’t see why not McPhee and Daughtry. Is she too pretty? Is he too bald?

    I think there is a lot more to it than being people we relate to as being like us. I think that’s what the original poster means by represent.

    WIth McPhee, she came off as a privileged industry brat – producer Daddy and fairly well known cabaret singer Mommy. It didn’t help her when in one of her mentoring sessions upon being advised she said, ‘It doesn’t matter, they can fix it in the studio.’

    Paris Bennet had a similar curse in having a famous singing grandmother.

    Daughtry was relatable, but he became smug. There was also the fact that he appealed more to guys who generally don’t vote for things like this.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”?

    But… but… I’m a mediocre keyboard player who has barely a passing acquaintance with a tune in my singing voice and writes doggerel song parodies for my cat.

    I don’t want an Idol winner to represent me. I want the winner to impress me as somebody whose music I’d like to buy. (So where’s my S10 hip-hopper, hmmmm?)

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

    cool for x-factor commercials

  • Elliegrll

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”?

    Voters are not a monolithic group. Saying that AI voters will only vote for certain people, is an easy way to dismiss previous contestants, but then Katherine making it to the final two, and Daughtry making it to top 4, would call that statement into question. People vote for the contestants who hold their attention, and who perform music that they like, which is why anybody can win, since voters have different tastes, and are interested by different things.

  • koshka

    WIth McPhee, she came off as a privileged industry brat – producer Daddy and fairly well known cabaret singer Mommy. It didn’t help her when in one of her mentoring sessions upon being advised she said, ‘It doesn’t matter, they can fix it in the studio.’

    Interesting.. I never knew these tidbits. I just disliked her because she felt that she would get more votes as she sex’d it up. She seemed to think that votes for her would increase with shortening her skirt more each week. Didn’t know anything about her and she grated on my nerves.

  • JudyL

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”?

    In addition to whatever other criteria is used, I don’t think you can win Idol unless you come across as ‘nice’. And I mean just in the ordinary way people use ‘nice’ to describe someone they know personally. No matter how talented, I don’t think people will vote for someone they didn’t like as a person along with their talent. Since the audience has several weeks to watch the contestants, they start to feel they know them.

  • ross

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”?

    Judging by who has won in the past, I’d say they should be tall, short, white, black, heavyset, thin, male, and female. They should sing rock, country, pop, r&b, and soul. Should be between the ages of 16 and 28. And talented.

  • tinawina

    If Simon is adamant about having her as a judge, then he’ll have to balance that by the other judge(s) being more recognizable to US audiences.

    I think Simon and Randy were virtually unknown to US audiences wen Idol started, and it didn’t hurt any. They had one star in Paula, and she was pretty much a has-been at the time.

    X-Factor has its star in Simon. Plus there is the whole rivalry with AI effect. I think Cheryl’s fate will rest in whether American audiences like her, not whether they know her already. But IA it would be good for Simon to bring in someone else that has name recognition in the US, or at least someone with a track record of working with successful US acts.

    If you have an audience acclimated to the “harsh” Simon, “new” Simon is going to be a turn off by comparison, because he’s just not the same person.

    I think it will be a test of Simon’s charisma. Is his likeability separate from his harshness, or was the charisma what allowed him to be harsh in the first place?

    I think AI has a tremendous advantage over the X-Factor having become a tradition for viewers. The very title American Idol makes it almost patriotic to watch it.

    I think that’s true among some of the people who watch every year, but perhaps not so much among younger viewers.

    One of the things that Idol and Fox did right was scheduling it once a season, and not overexposing it like CBS has done with Survivor, or some other reality shows that were canceled before their time. I wonder if most viewers, who won’t be aware of the competition between the Simon’s, will just see X-Factor as just a spin-off of AI, and not tune in, because who needs to watch the show year round.

    I do think that could be a big potential problem. I really do think the fact the Idol only comes on once a calendar year is what has helped it last so long. Plus, it debuts at a time when more people are home/indoors because it is winter, and plenty of shows are still in reruns. XFactor would be competing with a slate of all new programming, from returning favorites to hyped new shows. I could see the show getting huge initial numbers but then having to struggle to maintain it. Plus there is the fatigue factor. How many reality show contestants can America be expected to support at once? America’s Got Talent will have just ended.

  • Montavilla
    Because it’s American, we do tend to favor and vote in contestants that represent us. We preferred being represented by Taylor Hicks to Katherine McPhee or even Chris Daughtry.

    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”? I don’t see why not McPhee and Daughtry. Is she too pretty? Is he too bald?

    To be honest, I don’t know what the criteria is. I don’t think it’s any one thing, and I think it’s something that changes from year to year (even if there are superficial similarities in the last three winners). I used Taylor Hicks as an example because he wasn’t objectively the best singer in his season, but he had something that made people want to make him the American Idol.

    I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. It might be if the show were like The Apprentice and there could only be one winner. As it is, we’ve had 2-4 idols signed every season. The winner gets the title and some nice perks. The runner-up is pretty much guaranteed a contract. And there’s room for outstanding finalists to get some love as well.

    I think that part of what American Idol is is a conversation we have with ourselves every year about who we are. Are we the dreamer that leaves her farm for the big city? The big cuddly teddy bear? The mother struggling to provide for her family? Maybe we’re the happy-go-lucky life of the party? The clever hipster who can’t help tinkering with a tune? The quiet craftsman who surprises the world with his invention? The hard worker who just needs a chance to make it big?

    We’re not just one thing, and the great thing is that we keep expanding our image of what we are. AI helps us do that, and for all the things to hate about it, that’s one reason to love it. And probably one of the reasons that, although Hicks never got a lot of respect from 19, fans keep demanding that he get it from the show. (Do NOT leave his picture off the panels, Nigel!)

  • Silent Screams

    Someone on IMDB posted a Top 20 spoilers list for Season 10. I hope it’s BS.

  • sr4mjc

    What Simon needs to find is a pleasant female star from the late 90’s, early 00’s that won’t challenge him. Somebody nice, vanilla, good-looking and non-controversial (who will listen to instructions). Well, that’s not what he needs, but it is who he will want.

    Mandy Moore? Didn’t she just have some success with the Tangled soundtrack, but not too much to have a ‘comeback’?

    Oh hell, lets go farther back. Debbie Deborah Gibson might be available. Although I think her reputation was a little bitchy back in the day.

  • sr4mjc
  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Jedward and their Eurovision mentor listen to the “lipstick” demo and then record the song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shweO3CPLyw

    It sounds like something Britney Spears would sing…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Someone on IMDB posted a Top 20 spoilers list for Season 10. I hope it’s BS.

    Would bet my house that it’s BS. The Top 20 has not even been formally announced yet. Not until after next weekend.

    You can’t take ANYTHING posted on IMDB seriously. It’s like Wikipedia–anyone can edit it.

  • bridgette12

    sr4mjc:
    02/05/2011 at 4:09 pm
    British Pop Music is the Worst Says Sir Elton

    I love Sir Elton, he’s a true artist. Theatrical, flamboyant and a man with more hits and awards than I can count. Someone who knows how to give great live performances. I can imagine someone of his stature, not liking what’s happening to music today, especially in his own country.

  • MrDuffin

    Buffynut:
    02/05/2011 at 1:28 pm
    saga:
    02/05/2011 at 1:15 pm
    I wonder if new judges would ever have done well with Simon still a judge on AI. I think it was important to get rid of him to get a better panel.

    “I agree a million percent, Dawg!”

    I have to disagree. I miss Simon and Paula. The new judges are so phony and staged it is hard to watch. And so far the better constants have been ringers put before us as just off the farm. I would take the original three judges over the current three any day!

  • gangreen29

    That goat is scary.

  • tinawina

    I think that part of what American Idol is is a conversation we have with ourselves every year about who we are. Are we the dreamer that leaves her farm for the big city? The big cuddly teddy bear? The mother struggling to provide for her family? Maybe we’re the happy-go-lucky life of the party? The clever hipster who can’t help tinkering with a tune? The quiet craftsman who surprises the world with his invention? The hard worker who just needs a chance to make it big?

    We’re not just one thing, and the great thing is that we keep expanding our image of what we are. AI helps us do that, and for all the things to hate about it, that’s one reason to love it.

    I love the way you worded that, Montavilla!

  • Miss Blue

    Hey Simon – I have one word for you: Cher

    Call her. Today. You want a strong judge, there ya go. She’s hilarious, speaks her mind, is an American/music icon, and she’ll draw the curious eyes. In short, she will out-Diva Steven Tyler by a mile. Second choice – Cyndi Lauper.

  • musicality

    Oh to be Simon Cowell and to be in such demand. The guy must be a multi millionaire several times over by now.

  • Elliegrll

    I used Taylor Hicks as an example because he wasn’t objectively the best singer in his season, but he had something that made people want to make him the American Idol.

    He had a schtick, which made him a fun reality show contestant, but hurt him in the real world (except for getting paid a lot of money to appear for fifteen minutes in Grease). People ate up the whole soul patrol thing, and it was something that people were going to flock to with a show that lasts several months. AI is, and always has been, about more than singing, it’s a cult of personality, which is why so many industry people and so called taste makers hate it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    It’s nice to see Crystal out and about. What the heck is 19 doing for Lee?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja
  • wordnerdarchie

    The two day WWF game between @thedavidcook & @JJones6 is over.

    #jjones6

    @thedavidcook Game over — and a great one at that! Final score…David: 366, me: 396.

    @thedavidcook I’m happy to announce my charity of choice is also David’s: Race for Hope. Support his team by going here: http://is.gd/LvBq6V

    @thedavidcook And thanks to everyone for following along! Now go make some donations, like I’m about to!

    #thedavidcook

    Thanks @JJones6 for the match and for supporting Race for Hope! I bequeath my word nerd title to you.

    #JJones6

    @thedavidcook No, no. We can be co-Word Nerds.

    @thedavidcook A big shoutout to @aswinn for setting this up and for coming up with the great idea to use it to raise money for a good cause!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    sr4mjc:
    02/05/2011 at 4:09 pm

    British Pop Music is the Worst Says Sir Elton ;)

    Thanks for posting that article. I love this quote from Sir Elton:

    “Frankly, they all sound the same,” he said. “It’s hard to tell Girls Aloud from The Saturdays. And then there’s Cheryl Cole… It’s all crap. British pop music like that is the worst, it’s just awful. It could have been made by anybody. All lip-synchers should be shot. Only drag queens are allowed to lip-synch.

    Why don’t you tell us what you really think, Sir Elton? LOL!

    ETA: I had never seen Cheryl perform live. Here’s a video of her on the X-Factor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjDGk7u8CVE&playnext=1&list=PL900E9989AE73B1D8

    I think that she’s singing, not lip-synching. I can see why Simon likes her. ;)

  • Margie
    So, what criteria should be used to have an idol winner “represent us”?

    Judging by who has won in the past, I’d say they should be tall, short, white, black, heavyset, thin, male, and female. They should sing rock, country, pop, r&b, and soul. Should be between the ages of 16 and 28. And talented.

    Love this comment – Ross, I think I love you.

  • http://MJO judes

    sr4mjc:
    02/05/2011 at 4:09 pm

    British Pop Music is the Worst Says Sir Elton ;)

    Elton’s never been backward in stating just how he feels. I mostly agree with him this time- not totally about Idol or X Factor -as mostly they can sing but I agree with him about music in general today. Especially agree that lip-synchers should be shot – or at least muzzled-lol!

  • car3278sweet

    We’re not just one thing, and the great thing is that we keep expanding our image of what we are. AI helps us do that, and for all the things to hate about it, that’s one reason to love it.

    Well said, Montavilla. It reminded me of why I started watching the show nine years ago. Even though I sometimes get grumpy at various things about AI, I still watch. At heart, it represents the American Dream. That’s a story I’ll turn into see over and over.

    What the heck is 19 doing for Lee?

    Wel, tripp_ncwy, my guess is TPTB are in a dark, cigar filled room trying to figure out what the hell to do next. If SS was the best radio-friendly song on Lee’s record… ah…. what now?

  • Elliegrll

    Elton’s never been backward in stating just how he feels. I mostly agree with him this time- not totally about Idol or X Factor -as mostly they can sing but I agree with him about music in general today. Especially agree that lip-synchers should be shot – or at least muzzled-lol!

    What I find odd is that in the 70s and 80s there was a backlash against disco from those who work in radio. They were upset that disco was more about the producers than the musicians and the artists, but that’s the situation that we have today, and nobody is saying a word about it. Radio program directors don’t have a problem with playing songs by people who they know can’t sing live.

  • girlygirl

    AlrightWMusic
    Congratulations @KrisAllen fans… today you raised $4077.50 for Operation Once in a Lifetime (@ooial ) through @TwitChange!!!

    *\o/*

  • tinawina

    What I find odd is that in the 70s and 80s there was a backlash against disco from those who work in radio. They were upset that disco was more about the producers than the musicians and the artists,

    It has also been said that the backlash against disco had as much to do with the fact that it was strongly associated with gays and blacks. So that might be another difference in way it is being received now.

    It’s nice to see Crystal out and about. What the heck is 19 doing for Lee?

    Nothing.

  • Nina1

    Oh to be Simon Cowell and to be in such demand. The guy must be a multi millionaire several times over by now.

    Yup, guy keeps this up, he’s gonna be a rich man! :-)

    Cute goat!!!!!

  • MrDuffin

    Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Meeting the legendary BB. King in while. And just when I thought things were good… they turn great… holy crap.”

    I like how Crystal is like a kid in a candy store…and how she likes the old timers to boot. Brings back memories of her and Joe Cocker at the finale.

  • sr4mjc

    Radio program directors don’t have a problem with playing songs by people who they know can’t sing live.

    Well, on CHR if you took out everyone who can’t actually sing live, there wouldn’t be much left on the playlist. :( Grrr… And I like pop music, but it’s depressing right now. I think it’s part of the reason for Bruno’s success. He can write catchy songs and while I find him nasal and not really the best singer compared to many Idols we’ve seen over the years who aren’t successful, he is a lot better than many mainstream artists right now. So, while he’s not my cuppa vocally, I see a glimmer of hope that radio just might start expecting more. Wishful thinking? Well, probably. I thought Taylor Swift’s crash and burn vocal on the Grammys last year might help as well. But we still have Kesha. ;)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Omaha H.S. Choir show choir wins championship and one of the songs they performed was a mash-up of “If Today was Your Last Day” by Nikleback & Kris’ LLWD.

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20110205/NEWS2005/702029849

  • CindyM

    Adam French interview clip from maptv http://youtu.be/bpnjwVCVPHc

  • webster

    Cool goat.

    Given the cheesy subject we all obsess about, and the bbbaaaaddd singers, it should be the official blog mascot.

  • Dakota01

    Ten Best & Worst National Anthems Ever

    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/videogaga/71415/the-10-bestworst-national-anthems-ever-from-roseanne-to-whitney/

    Best:
    Kelly #8
    Carrie #9

    Worst:
    Steven Tyler #10

  • webster

    ^^^^
    Awww. That writer is too hard on the rockers. It’s better than most of the R&b versions. The NA is basically, a drinking song, after all.

  • Incipit

    The two day WWF game between @thedavidcook & @JJones6 is over.

    Wordnerdarchie, that was fun to follow – a great random idea that has parlayed into an added $1500 in donations to the Race For Hope since the game ended, so far, according to the R4H thread.

    (Hope this means that the editor, JJones, will allow the writer a few more words in the American Way interview we are waiting to read – that’s what started the whole thing!) *wink*

  • HermeticallySealed

    You know, it was really odd that the video with Adam showed the behind the scenes of IIHY while playing WWFM. Just such an bizarre mix.

  • LK10

    I love the David Archuleta Young Hollywood interview. He IS honest. That is for sure. So real. It is refreshing.

  • sagi

    You know, it was really odd that the video with Adam showed the behind the scenes of IIHY while playing WWFM. Just such an bizarre mix.

    I am LOLing @myself because until I read your comment I did not even notice that! But now after listening again I am all WTF! :D

  • girlygirl
  • Trina

    My favorite Idol National Anthem, ever, is Anthony Fedorov’s. So amazing and so underrated.

  • heidijoy

    Enjoyed the Young Hollywood-Moment to Shine interview of David Archuleta. So refreshing and think the Interviewer looked like he enjoyed it. My favorite Idol National Anthem singer,especially last year @ Hawaii Pro Bowl.
    Rumors have it that he sang @ aYoung Women’s Conference today and the tweets indicate from Brooke and others that it was enjoyable.
    Fans are hoping for news of a Tour in the near future.

  • tripp_ncwy

    glasses!Kris

    http://gracefulally.tumblr.com/post/3135622551/kris-at-walmart

    The story is that Kris was at Walmart to buy shower rods for his mom but got dragged into the back office by employees for a Q&A. Maybe it was security because he was looking suspicious trying to hide his identity. :-)

  • dishwalla

    Was Kris trying to pull a Danny Gokey with those glasses:) – somebody had to say it, lol.

  • Ratna12

    glasses!Kris

    http://gracefulally.tumblr.com/post/3135622551/kris-at-walmart

    The story is that Kris was at Walmart to buy shower rods for his mom but got dragged into the back office by employees for a Q&A. Maybe it was security because he was looking suspicious trying to hide his identity.

    I was going to say, why was Kris in an office inside Walmart ?
    Maybe the employee wanted a picture but did not want for other customers to notice that. I know if I see people take pictures with somebody, I would be curious on who the person was.
    Is there any other big store other than Walmart in Conway / Little Rock ? J.C Penney, Sears, etc. maybe not as cheap though.

  • iluvai

    He had a schtick, which made him a fun reality show contestant, but hurt him in the real world (except for getting paid a lot of money to appear for fifteen minutes in Grease). People ate up the whole soul patrol thing, and it was something that people were going to flock to with a show that lasts several months. AI is, and always has been, about more than singing, it’s a cult of personality, which is why so many industry people and so called taste makers hate it.

    I hated his whole “schtick”, I found it annoying and disgusting. Who the hell votes for a geek like this. I think his career says it all. What a poser!

  • girlygirl

    Kris wears glasses when he doesn’t have his contacts in — so I don’t know if he was trying to go incognito. :)

    Evidently they basically “kidnapped” him because they wanted to ask him questions (IDK…)???

    Wal-Mart does seem to be the only real large store…I see several people on my feed who live in Arkansas tweeting about shopping there :)

  • connie0128

    LOL – Conway has lots of shopping options, shopping centers, all the major chains. People in Arkansas just like shopping at Wal-Mart, an Arkansas based company. We are loyal to Arkansas in more ways than one. If it’s something Wal-Mart has, they usually have the lowest prices. In this economy, who doesn’t want to save money? Or take a chance to run into Kris Allen?

  • asics85

    Was Kris trying to pull a Danny Gokey with those glasses:) – somebody had to say it, lol.

    dishwalla, you read my mind!

    I wonder if he went to Wisconsin Vision for them…I bet Danny could get him a discount ;)

  • Ratna12

    tripp_ncwy:

    2 sample club remixes of Kris’s To Make You Feel My Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLYlTeDEp6I

    Thanks tripp for the link and also the NA ProBowl from last night’s headline.
    I’ll try to make an mp3 for that upbeat TMYFML, perfect for working out in the gym.

    Oh, who am I kidding, I’m on the treadmill with the slowest I Need To Know blaring in my ears. :)

  • Ratna12

    connie0128:
    02/06/2011 at 12:27 am
    LOL – Conway has lots of shopping options, shopping centers, all the major chains. People in Arkansas just like shopping at Wal-Mart, an Arkansas based company. We are loyal to Arkansas in more ways than one. If it’s something Wal-Mart has, they usually have the lowest prices. In this economy, who doesn’t want to save money? Or take a chance to run into Kris Allen?

    I’m around Los Angeles area and I, now shop groceries at my local WalMart. I wish I can shop more at Trader’s Joe, etc, but, yeah I rather eat cheaply and save my money for Kris’ concerts.

    And if I have a chance to run into Kris, I just park myself at WalMart and Starbucks. :)

  • PRMari

    Allison at tonight’s charity event in Los Angeles: http://twitpic.com/3wzao3

    Loving the black hair on her.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, good for Aaron Kelly opening for Little Big Town!

    I love Crystal’s enthusiasm for meeting BB King! Pretty cool!

    Not the best pic of Kris in his glasses, but I’ll take it. The hottest pic of him in glasses is outside of Leno (I believe). Hot!

  • Marie23

    PRMari:
    02/06/2011 at 1:23 am

    Allison at tonight’s charity event in Los Angeles: http://twitpic.com/3wzao3

    Loving the black hair on her.

    Wow! She is stunning in that dress, yes that black hair really works for her, she’s so beautiful. Always thought she had this ugly/pretty thing going on, where she’s pretty, not ugly but not conventionally beautiful either. But she looks absolutely stunning now, wow…can’t wait to hear new music from her, 2nd fav idol contestant

  • sr4mjc

    Holy crap Allison! So tiny! she looks great.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Is there any other big store other than Walmart in Conway / Little Rock ? J.C Penney, Sears, etc. maybe not as cheap though.

    Conway/Little Rock/Maumelle has mixture of all the stores listed. Wal-mart is just very convienent, you can find just about anything there and the prices are generally cheaper. They even have a price match gaurantee (exact item) so if you find the item advertised cheaper at another store they will give you that price. we have always heard that Kris is very thrifty and is not going to spend money needlessly.

    When furnishing his new house someone needs to bar him from Wal-mart tho. :-)

  • koshka

    Did anyone read the bit in SongWritersUniverse posted at the top? Some interesting stuff or at least I thought.

    For songwriters, be open to working with as many people as you can. The important thing is to learn from others. Don’t be too precious. Be willing to rework an idea, listen to someone else’s perspective on your songs. Get yourself into sessions with more established writers you can learn from. Write with writers from different genres; show a wider range of your work. If you’re an established writer, go to another country and get a different flavor and perspective on your songwriting or producing. It’s big world out there with lots of wonderful influences you can incorporate into your writing.

    This gal gave advice to aspiring songwriters (see bottom half of article). I think that same advice could easily be given to all of the idols writers or performers.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Looks like Kris is heading out to LA.
    @KrisAllen
    #Going through Dallas today. I wish I could stop for the Super Bowl but it just ain’t in the cards. #gopack

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ brother Daniel is not that bad, kicky feet and all.

    @DA4Real: Performing next weekend.. http://bit.ly/h47VCS (whatcha think?)

    ETA: Daniel is performing at the Junior Miss pagent in Searcy, AR Feb12th with Govenor Beebe as host.

  • larc

    dishwalla:
    Was Kris trying to pull a Danny Gokey with those glasses:) – somebody had to say it, lol.

    Those frames don’t compliment Kris’s face a bit, which is Gokey-esque in a way. I’ve never seen Danny in any frames that looked really good on him. It usually looks as if his glasses are wearing him.

  • TwigLA

    I really enjoyed that interview with David Archuletta. He’s really maturing and I like that he had and has things in perspective regarding a career in music.

    Nice seeing Allison getting some love in that article with the Columbia music person.

    Very impressed by Daniel Allen and his group. That was quite enjoyable. Lots of talent in that family.

  • kmd

    I thought that was a good interview with Archie.

  • marmom07

    @koshka I did see that and also thought it very interesting. It’s nice to see someone in the business validate the idea of collaborative writing. From the perspective of an Adam fan I’ve read a lot of comments that seem to say “real artists are the ones who lock themselves away write everything solo”. All art be it painting, drawing, architecture, clothing, furniture etc takes in other influences and inspiration. So how is that really different from a group of artists/writers/musicians inspiring each other to write music collaboratively (you know two heads are usually better than one). What matters is that the music coming out is good. I do understand the disdain for an artist who sits in on a song writing session and contributes next to nothing but gets their name on the music.

  • ross

    Those frames don’t compliment Kris’s face a bit, which is Gokey-esque in a way. I’ve never seen Danny in any frames that looked really good on him. It usually looks as if his glasses are wearing him.

    Hm. I disagree with everything in this post, actually. I like Kris’s glasses, think he looks cute. Don’t think his face is Gokey-esque (Gokey has an oval face, Kris has a heart-shaped face). I think Danny often looks good in glasses. I don’t think it looks like the glasses are wearing him. So – sorry, can’t agree with a single thing you wrote. lol

  • koshka

    @marmom07 What really struck me is that if you spin this advice into advice for an aspiring performer & why so many of us dislike the idea of a 15 year old performer. Most 15 year olds haven’t had enough life experience to find inspiration yet, whether you are talking about writing or performing. The time period between 15 and 20 is one of the greatest growth periods of our lives. We learn independence, self control, self reliance, true empathy, self sacrifice and confidence. Sure there probably are 15 year old that could out pace some 20 year olds in maturity, but it would be unusual. 15 year olds may have experienced one love and one heartbreak. Its hard to relate that to the larger 20 something+ audience, who have travelled, moved, been hired and fired, experienced multiple heart breaks and loves. Without these a 15 year old can’t deeply apply external inspirations if they don’t have some of these basic human experiences that, say a 20 year old, has. JMO

    I’m an Adam fan myself (and I’m sure I can include Kris as well), I can’t imagine how much these guys have learned pre & post S8 by traveling (adam in europe and Kris with his missionary work). I think we’ll see evidence of this in their second albums. I’m sure I do think there are people that can lock themselves away, however I think it is a rarity & happens far less than we imagine. Even for these folks eventually someone has to get involved with their songs to give a stamp of approval, so they are not done in a bubble.

    * disclaimer: yes, I know other idols have travelled and done charity work. These are just 2 off the top of my head that are early in their careers.

  • asics85

    Those frames don’t compliment Kris’s face a bit, which is Gokey-esque in a way. I’ve never seen Danny in any frames that looked really good on him. It usually looks as if his glasses are wearing him

    I am definitely not seeing this…maybe I need glasses ;)

    Hm. I disagree with everything in this post, actually. I like Kris’s glasses, think he looks cute. Don’t think his face is Gokey-esque (Gokey has an oval face, Kris has a heart-shaped face). I think Danny often looks good in glasses. I don’t think it looks like the glasses are wearing him. So – sorry, can’t agree with a single thing you wrote. lol

    Oh I totally agree with you ross….guess my eyes are just fine after all…lol!

  • gangreen29

    Sure there probably are 15 year old that could out pace some 20 year olds in maturity, but it would be unusual.

    And that is why I am going to judge the young contestants on an individual basis rather than lump them all together. Because your right, there are 15 year olds that could out pace not just 20 year olds, but 30 year olds, 40 year olds, 50 year olds etc. I have seen young contestants much more worldly, mature and composed than some of our winners even.

  • koshka

    And that is why I am going to judge the young contestants on an individual basis rather than lump them all together. Because your right, there are 15 year olds that could out pace not just 20 year olds, but 30 year olds, 40 year olds, 50 year olds etc. I have seen young contestants much more worldly, mature and composed than some of our winners even.

    I never believe in a broad brush approach to anything. Well for instance, IMO despite Allison’s lack of interviewing skills lol I think she probably has see more in her life than a lot of her peers. If she is typical of the 1st & 2nd generation immigrants that I grew up with, she has see a different side of life. Sometimes it translates, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Ratna12

    When furnishing his new house someone needs to bar him from Wal-mart tho.

    Agree tripp. I hope that Kris and Katy will splurge a little for their house. They deserve it.

  • ross

    asics85 your post made me laugh.

    What was Kris buying? Curtain rods? My mom also has sent me to Walmart for curtian rods.