Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Taylor Hicks performs at the Vinyl Music Hall at Palafox Place in Pensacola FL
- Jennifer Hudson will be honored at the Essence “Simply the Best” luncheon in Hollywood, CA
- Jennifer Hudson “Where You At” music video debuts on VEVO and 106 & Park BET 6 pm
- Jordin Sparks, Mark Salling, Amber Riley take part in a White House tribute to Motown in the East room to celebrate Black History Month.
- Jennifer Lopez will talk to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS radio show about American Idol and more.
David Archuleta will open for Brad Paisley at Stadium of Fire July 2, Provo Utah
America’s Freedom Festival is excited to announce CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley will officially headline 2011’s Stadium of Fire on Saturday, July 2nd at Brigham Young University’s LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. American Idol alumnus and Utah native David Archuleta will also perform at the event.
Jennifer Lopez World Premiere Video During Idol
Platinum-selling recording artist and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez will world premiere the music video for her new hit single, “On The Floor (feat. Pitbull),” during American Idol Thursday, March 3 at 8/7c on FOX.
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Listen to Jennifer Lopez discuss her “breakdown” after Chris Medina was eliminated during Idol’s Green Mile episode last night. Also YOU can pick the endind of her music video Listen HERE:
Melinda Doolittle visits FOX NY
Simon Fuller On ‘American Idol’ Season 10 So Far: ‘We Wanted To Lose The Negativity’
Deadline: Both you and Nigel have said that this season will be all about transparency. What exactly do you mean by that?
Fuller: American Idol is the most pure of all competition shows. It is all about the contestants and America’s relationship with them. America chooses who should be the new American Idol, it is as simple as that. We keep away from the hype and the spin we don’t want anything to detract from the core values of this show.
Deadline: People are saying that the contestants look different this year, there is a bigger emphasis on talent. Did you use different criteria in selecting singers for auditions before the judges this time?
Fuller: We made a very conscious effort to find the very best possible talent for this season. Idol is only as good as the contestants we have. We are completely reliant on finding real people who show up for the auditions, we don’t place people in our show or recruit in any other ways, so we simply had to spend more time and more effort and bring in more resource to search out the very best people. In a funny way Simon leaving brought us greater attention and the arrival of two exciting new judges meant that we had our best ever turnout at this year’s auditions. All the effort has paid off and we have some seriously talented singers this year.
Read more at Deadline
Jordin Sparks and Smokey Robinson
Jordin Sparks tweets, “Me & one of the most amazing performers/singers everrrrrrr! Mr. Smokey Robinson! Always love seeing him!”
Pop, Soul and Show Tunes in a Quest for Lifelong Love
Four years have passed since Melinda Doolittle became a finalist on “American Idol” singing in a home-cooked pop-gospel style that suggested a slightly rougher-edged Gladys Knight. And on Tuesday evening at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Ms. Doolittle sang the kind of touch-all-bases program on which Ms. Knight built her career.
Read more at the New York Times
Boy George Talks Culture Club Reunion, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert
THR: Do you know Simon Cowell at all?
George: I think we may have met once. I don’t know him well, but those shows are about Simon Cowell. It’s more about entertainment than necessarily finding talent. And I don’t think these shows necessarily encourage much individualism, and I think being individual in this business is what gives you life and longevity.
“I can’t imagine what Simon Cowell would have said to Ziggy Stardust. ‘Honey, lose the cape?’ ” —Boy George
THR: Speaking of Idol, what’s your impression of Adam Lambert?
George: He came to a party I had in London and was lovely. I think he has a great voice and an incredible range. It’s phenomenal. It’s special. And I think the glam thing adds to that. It gives him an edge.
Read more at THR
Carrie Underwood presents check to Save the Children
Today (Feb 23) in Nashville, Carrie Underwood presented Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs for Save the Children, a check from proceeds collected through ticket sales from the 2010 fall leg of her “Play On Tour.” 36 cents from every ticket sold during the September to December 2010 run of shows has been donated to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a donation totaling $140,125.68.
See the photo at Country Music is Love
Tim Urban covers The Only Exception
Vonzell Solomon Tour Diary Entry #10
Vonzell checks in from the Burn The Floor tour in Norfolk VA