Idol Headlines for 02/24/11

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.

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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.

www.stadiumoffire.com, www.byutickets.com and at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office in Provo.

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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.

Read more at American Idol

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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:

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Melinda Doolittle visits FOX NY

Melinda Doolittle: MyFoxNY.com

FOX NY

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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
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Jordin Sparks and Smokey Robinson

Jordin Sparks tweets, “Me & one of the most amazing performers/singers everrrrrrr! Mr. Smokey Robinson! Always love seeing him!”

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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

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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

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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

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Tim Urban covers The Only Exception

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Vonzell Solomon Tour Diary Entry #10

Vonzell checks in from the Burn The Floor tour in Norfolk VA

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  • Elliegrll

    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.

    I wonder if he managed to say all of this with a straight face.

    The answer to the next question is an example of how the show hasn’t always been transparent. Previous seasons have been full of talented singers, but unlike the past four or five shows, where we have seen the actual performances of a lot of singers, the Hollywood and audition rounds of the past two seasons have only focused on a handful of singers, and people who had no shot of making the top 12. We’ve had whole episodes devoted to the Norman Gentle’s and Tatiana’s, or people starting drama, instead of people singing.

  • musicality

    wonder if he managed to say all of this with a straight face.

    LOL!! I thought the same thing. I had to change the channel last night. It was the same old, same old. Ryan Seacrest saying “The Best ever”, “The most talented” Blah, blah, blah. He says it every year and it gets old really, really fast. The only thing different is they are trying to make it seem like Glee now with special stage effects. The show is still America’s Best Back Story more than anything else.

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

    every season have stars and they voted off unfairly,last season they said its much diffrent like finding susan boyle,her album is kick ass AI album,they throw siobhan magnus,s8 they voted off adam and they voted off chris dautry,every year is the samething.

    i hate judges:randy as always pretending and acting and lying,JL very emotional and ST:old rocker that lost hes voice.

  • tuti

    we have to kiss susan boyle hand for her success worldwide.its all game ,they choose whos entertain people then they choose who have to win in people eyes.

    in real world the contestent even have extreme talent dosent sale much.they not gone be like: ladygaga,katy perry,bieber or even usher or bruno mars selling millions.its same crab and thats fact.

  • BootStar

    I wonder if he managed to say all of this with a straight face.

    LOL. I wondered if he’s actually *watched* the show yet this season.

    That Boy George interview was great. Shirley’s the bomb! :-D

  • fuzzywuzzy

    JLo’s promotion of her new single/CD is fitting in very nicely with AI and her appearances on the show. I’ve noticed that in recent episodes, they have edited the shows so that more attention is placed on JLo, and very little on Steven. All after those reports in the press about JLo being unhappy that Steven was getting so much media attention. ;) It will be interesting to see what happens when the live shows begin.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    We keep away from the hype and the spin we don’t want anything to detract from the core values of this show.

    LMAO! OK.

    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.

    LMAO! OK.

  • soverymel

    LMAO at Simon Fuller, “In those early years of Idol, Nigel proved to be a terrific mentor to Simon and our other judges and I knew he would be invaluable this year …”

    Have a feeling the very idea of Nigel “mentoring” him regardless of how true it might be (since Nigel actually originated the mean judge role way back when) will not be appreciated by Simon Cowell.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    From the Fuller article:

    Jimmy Iovine, our new mentor and probably the world’s most brilliant music executive and producer. He says it as it is and is focused entirely on finding real artists and making incredible recordings with them.

    “real artists”? “incredible recordings”? Evidently, Chris Medina and his new song fall into these categories.

  • Elliegrll

    I’ve noticed that in recent episodes, they have edited the shows so that more attention is placed on JLo, and very little on Steven.

    I noticed this last night, but chalked it up to the producers wanting to buildup to Jennifer’s so called breakdown. I hope they realize that this type of manipulation doesn’t do her or them any favors.

  • Kirsten

    On the hit-list of banned colloquialisms will be using the word ‘babe’ to describe a good-looking girl or boy and Cheryl will also be taught to use the word ‘pants’ instead of ‘trousers’, ‘butt’ as opposed to ‘bum’ and ‘cookies’ not ‘biscuits’.

    Somebody is being clueless. Americans are perfectly capable of understanding what trouser, bum and biscuits are. Such phrases would be part of Cheryl’s charm. She can’t be an American, so she should not try. She should keep what will make her unique. Nobody wants a bland wannabe, but quirky foreigner might work.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    On the hit-list of banned colloquialisms will be using the word ‘babe’ to describe a good-looking girl or boy and Cheryl will also be taught to use the word ‘pants’ instead of ‘trousers’, ‘butt’ as opposed to ‘bum’ and ‘cookies’ not ‘biscuits’.

    Psssst! I vote we don’t tell TPTB that BBC America has been exposing us United Statesians to bums for years.

  • JohnP

    Somebody is being clueless. Americans are perfectly capable of understanding what trouser, bum and biscuits are. Such phrases would be part of Cheryl’s charm. She can’t be an American, so she should not try. She should keep what will make her unique. Nobody wants a bland wannabe, but quirky foreigner might work.

    I’ve found over the years that most Americans can accommodate the differences, but, and it is a big but, your media bosses have always been and come across as paranoid about anything foreign shown on US TV. They have rarely bought a show from the UK without Americanising it. They did it with Archie Bunker and Ricky Gervais and countless in between them. Most thought that Ricky and indeed Cowell wouldn’t translate on USTV. I believe they think you’re a clueless lot, hence their attitude – Cheryl Cole is just the latest example of their paranoia.

  • jumpstart

    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.

    Oh joy. I can hardly wait.

  • BootStar

    Have a feeling the very idea of Nigel “mentoring” him regardless of how true it might be (since Nigel actually originated the mean judge role way back when) will not be appreciated by Simon Cowell.

    Cowell may not like it, but it’s common knowledge that Nigel hired Simon to play that role on the old “Pop Idol.”

    Psssst! I vote we don’t tell TPTB that BBC America has been exposing us United Statesians to bums for years.

    LOL, have you seen the little primer on English colloquialisms they give viewers of “Law and Order: UK”? It’s hilarious. I LOVE Britisms! Leave Cheryl alone. As long as her accent doesn’t interfere, she’ll do fine.

    Lessons in British Justice

  • Eileen99

    Somebody is being clueless. Americans are perfectly capable of understanding what trouser, bum and biscuits are. Such phrases would be part of Cheryl’s charm. She can’t be an American, so she should not try. She should keep what will make her unique. Nobody wants a bland wannabe, but quirky foreigner might work.

    Exactly. We might never have had a *Big Ding-Dong* otherwise.

  • sma11ie

    I wonder if he managed to say all of this with a straight face.

    Okay, I see what you’re all saying with this, but I gotta be a teensy bit Team Fuller on this. I think his comments are legitimate if consider that he’s probably comparing Idol to X-Factor UK, which is such a clusterfrack of planted media stories and plants and hype and spin and drama and judge wars that it probably makes Idol seem “pure” in contrast.

  • Kris

    Really cool tweet by Sara Bareilles. I hope David sees it since he is such a huge fan.

    SaraBareilles:
    I heart David Archuleta. Sweetest guy you’ll ever meet, and a giant talent. Go david!

  • Elliegrll

    Okay, I see what you’re all saying with this, but I gotta be a teensy bit Team Fuller on this. I think his comments are legitimate if consider that he’s probably comparing Idol to X-Factor UK, which is such a clusterfrack of planted media stories and plants and hype and spin and drama and judge wars that it probably makes Idol seem “pure” in contrast.

    But, isn’t X-Factor more transparent than Idol? I think someone pointed out that a disclaimer at the end of each X-Factor show clearly states that they can change the rules from one show to the next. They’ve never tried to hide behind the fact that they use manipulative editing techniques, and they pretty much admit that having vocal talent doesn’t trump having whatever they consider to be “star power”. I also don’t think they tried to hide that they used autotune on the performances, or were to upset when they were called out on it.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    But, isn’t X-Factor more transparent than Idol? …. I also don’t think they tried to hide that they used autotune on the performances, or were to upset when they were called out on it.

    Does running around in circles, issuing conflicting statements, some confirming use of autotune, some denying it, count as not being upset?
    http://mjsbigblog.com/simon-cowell-bans-the-use-of-auto-tune-on-x-factor.htm

  • Elliegrll

    Does running around in circles, issuing conflicting statements, some confirming use of autotune, some denying it, count as not being upset?
    http://mjsbigblog.com/simon-cowell-bans-the-use-of-auto-tune-on-x-factor.htm

    Initially, I didn’t think they acted like it was a big deal. As one reporter wrote, X-Factor has always seemed to present themselves as being more like the WWE, while AI is more like the NFL. Everybody can see the tricks that the X-Factor pulls, because they don’t even try to hide them.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Everybody can see the tricks that the X-Factor pulls, because they don’t even try to hide them.

    Yup. And the audience loves being manipulated by the X Factor. They don’t take the show that seriously. It’s entertainment TV.

  • ri

    Really cool tweet by Sara Bareilles. I hope David sees it since he is such a huge fan.

    oh i hope David sees that tweet too. Sara, you have great taste.

  • koshka

    Americans are perfectly capable of understanding what trouser, bum and biscuits are. Such phrases would be part of Cheryl’s charm. She can’t be an American, so she should not try. She should keep what will make her unique. Nobody wants a bland wannabe, but quirky foreigner might work.

    Sorry.. but there are some truly stupid people out there. Just look to capital hill. ;) Yeah, I’m with you. Give her to me as she is, if she is putting on a show people will see right through her.

  • Davidx2

    So glad to see that David already has a gig lined up!!!

    And yes…David would be so pleased with that tweet from SB! So cool of her!

  • goboywonder

    “David Archuleta will open for Brad Paisley at Stadium of Fire July 2, Provo Utah.”

    I wonder if this is one of the “things” David said in his vlog that he had lined up that he would tell his fans about in due time.

    Just keep singing David, just keep right on singing.

  • Marie Ruffin

    I always loved Vonzell…and she’s showing she has PERSONALITY!

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Simon Cowell is now on Facebook!
    http://www.facebook.com/simoncowell

    That said, Cheryl’s profile is prettier!
    http://www.facebook.com/CherylCole

  • tripp_ncwy

    Apparently Kris ran into Kara DioGuardi on the streets of LA, read today’s blog entry from a friend.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011you never know….
    something i’ve learned since being in LA, you never know who (mainly celbs!) the day will bring. whether it’s running into michael cera at cafe 101 or wrapping elliot yamin’s christmas presents at pottery barn, you must always be ready to encounter the celeb species. like a vulture, i’ve been celeb stalking since i’ve been here, but the thing is, i always run into them when i least expect it. case in point, sunday while hustling down ventura to get into urban outfitters to stock up on sale priced hipster clothes, i noticed a very casually dressed female walking towards me and my friends, john and kris. (now, i have to give you some background. kris (allen) did in fact win american idol two seasons ago so now this upcoming story will make more sense.) she passes us then quickly says “kris?” we all three stop and stare at each other. none of us knew who she was. she then took off her giant sunglasses and we all (in our heads, of course!) said “ooohhh!” it was miss kara dioguardi. this was the first time i was “introduced” to a celb, and let me tell you, it was really cool! :)

    i share this story for two reasons. one — i think it’s amazing that celbs fill the streets incognito every day and i probably walk past 3 or 4 daily but have no idea. that doesn’t happen in arkansas, and it’s something i’m still trying to get used to. two– i want you to know that celebs are so normal, it’s crazy. i mean yes, they’re normal people and i know this– but we’ve all been lead to think they are “snobs” or that they hate people talking to them in public. false. they’ve all been amazingly nice as well as so genuine. even when i talked to a few of them saying in enjoyed their movie or that it was really nice to meet them, they’ve been so obliged and showered me with kindness. so props to celebs for being cool and “normal.”

    ps- i will stay on celeb watch while i’m here and definitely keep you informed of any encounters! :)
    Posted by emilyc at 12:19 AM 0 comments

    http://lifewhereitsforeversunny.blogspot.com/

    ETA: I guess Kris’ friends do not consider him a celebrity or he prefers they not treat him as one.

  • MrDuffin

    Jennifer is 10-times crazier than Paula ever hoped to be! I miss Kara. I hope Simon can get Paula for his new show.

  • luly

    Great to hear about David’s gig. I hope he will get many more gigs.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    TheXFactorUSA The X Factor (USA)
    RT @piersmorgan BREAKING NEWS: Just booked my old friend Simon Cowell for my CNN show – recording next week in LA. Now THIS will be fun…

  • Marie Ruffin

    If David A. is opening for Brad Paisley, is he going country?

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  • heidijoy

    Happy to hear news of David’s gig @ Stadium of Fire for 50,000 people!! Should be a great 4th of July celebration starting July 2.

    Also happy to see Melinda singing her heart out!

    Wishing them both continued success!

  • Valentin432
  • jersey

    Lol, is it an ” honor” to be on that Rolling Stone list or is it a bit of snark on their part?

  • standtotheright

    Lol, is it an ” honor” to be on that Rolling Stone list or is it a bit of snark on their part?

    Clearly the latter. Look at the way they talk about Carey’s Lambs and Hanson’s Fansons.

  • Ratna12

    ETA: I guess Kris’ friends do not consider him a celebrity or he prefers they not treat him as one.

    Probably both. I’m surprised that Kara recognized Kris casually walking on LA street.
    Kris friend’s blog kind of explained why AI top 3 contestants concerts drew smaller crowds in LA.
    AI top 3 contestants are not much of a celebrity here.

  • KathyH

    Stadium of Fire’s a big yearly event and they often have performers from mixed genres. (I think … Carrie was there last year and I’m trying to remember who the openers were.) But I doubt David will go country. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him writing and working with Nashville people though. That’s a great fit for him.

  • Elliegrll

    The 11 greatest superfan communities

    I love this description of Rihanna’s Navy:

    It is the organization to join if your love of Rihanna is so great you think red luggage straps make a fine shirt and there’s no such thing as too much Auto-Tune.

  • rhed31

    But I don’t want to see Brad Paisley. lol :P I hope the tickets aren’t too expensive.

  • Dakota01

    I love how Adam always shows his support for other artists:

    @adamlambert
    Adam Lambert
    LOVING Adele’s new album!!! Saaang diva!!
    1 minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

  • Davidx2

    Looks like David was already back in Utah for the announcement on the Stadium of Fire appearance (see pic of him here):

    http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/article_f129eb26-404c-11e0-ba49-001cc4c03286.html?mode=image

  • windmills

    KathyH: Stadium of Fire’s a big yearly event and they often have performers from mixed genres. (I think … Carrie was there last year and I’m trying to remember who the openers were.)

    It looks like there were a few openers for Carrie and definitely from different genres: Salt Lake Trib

    rhed31: But I don’t want to see Brad Paisley. lol :P I hope the tickets aren’t too expensive.

    Brad’s never going to be a singer’s singer but he’s a pretty great entertainer who knows how to win over an audience. You might be surprised if you give him a chance :)

  • sma11ie

    Nice gig for Archie!

    Kris’ friend sounds nice enough, but did s/he seriously write a blog about celebs, and then go on to misspell “celeb” as “celb” 95% of the instances s/he used that word? Or is “celb” new slang that I haven’t learned?

  • Indigobunting

    If David A. is opening for Brad Paisley, is he going country?

    Probably just has more to do with the fact it is in Utah at a Mormon University.

    The 11 greatest superfan communities : Glamberts #5

    Oh my; that article was just all kinds of snark :lol: Pretty funny, actually, especially all the pictures.

  • Kris

    Great news about David performing at the Stadium of Fire event. Great gig for him!

  • pineappletree

    Oh my; that article was just all kinds of snark :lol: Pretty funny, actually, especially all the pictures.

    LOL I snickered at the photos because the photos didn’t show what the caption said. Subtle snark…lmao love it! Seems Clay and Adam share two things in common.

  • goboywonder

    Probably just has more to do with the fact it is in Utah at a Mormon University.

    Would that also explain for Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood or any of the numerous artists who performed at the event? What about David’s other gigs? Did he get them because they were Utah or Mormon University related also? Could it be that last year David’s fans showed tons and tons of interest in him being on it, but Carrie was selected? Could it be that David is still quite popular and will be a big draw for the event? Many of his fans are already registering for the pre-sale and if I didn’t have a previous obligation, I would go in a heartbeat too. In fact, on one of his fansites, a Utah fan commented the s/he wished that David’s fans from other states wouldn’t attend because this person wanted the his Utah fans to have him for themselves for once…things that make you go hmmmm.

  • Mel1

    pineappletree:

    LOL I snickered at the photos because the photos didn’t show what the caption said. Subtle snark…lmao love it! Seems Clay and Adam share two things in common.

    1) They are both gay 2) They were runner-ups and outsold and are more popular than the winner.

  • Elliegrll

    Would that also explain for Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood or any of the numerous artists who performed at the event? What about David’s other gigs? Did he get them because they were Utah or Mormon University related also?

    I’m pretty sure that wasn’t a put down of David. It’s reasonable to guess that one of the reasons why David was booked is because of he’s popular in that area.

    1) They are both gay 2) They were runner-ups and outsold and are more popular than the winner.

    Both Clay and Ruben were dropped by Sony around the same time, so popularity is fleeting and relative.

  • JoCeeisme

    Well Clay and Adam obviously have more than two things in common then!

  • Mel1

    1) They are both gay 2) They were runner-ups and outsold and are more popular than the winner.

    Both Clay and Ruben were dropped by Sony around the same time, so popularity is fleeting and relative.

    I’ll change #2 then. They were both runner-ups who sold more albums and so far have been more successful (touring, TV appearances, magazine covers) than the winner.

    Altho, I think Clay and Adam probably are more different than they are similar.

  • FREIDAG

    I’ll change #2 then. They were both runner-ups who sold more albums and so far have been more successful (touring, TV appearances, magazine covers) than the winner.

    Agreed.

    Altho, I think Clay and Adam probably are more different than they are similar.

    Sigh. Agreed again. Clay and Adam are very different.

  • goboywonder

    It’s reasonable to guess that one of the reasons why David was booked is because of he’s popular in that area.

    I guess I didn’t see how that response answered the question of whether David was going country because he was booked for the event along with BP.

    eta, can’t fix the quote.

  • almondean88

    tripp_ncwy:
    Thanks for posting emilyc’s blog, it was a fun read. @emilygassman and @Brunsonbear have both been tweeting about hanging with Kris while he is in LA working on album #2. I’m guessing neither of them think of Kris as a celeb, but rather as a long time close friend. @Brunsonbear was a college roommate of Kris and also a member of Kris’s wedding party. From Mama Allen’s tweets it sounds like Kris was staying with @Brunsonbear in LA.

    @emilygassman
    heroes time on netflix with @Brunsonbear and @KrisAllen…my favorite part of the day! :) 2:08 AM Feb 15th via web from Valley Village, Los Angeles
    glass of wine, sweat pants and heroes on netflix with @Brunsonbear and @KrisAllen. 1:49 AM Feb 17th

    @KrisAllen
    Is it sad that when I watch Heroes I actually think I have super powers? 3:43 AM Feb 22nd

    @Brunsonbear
    Playing bingo with @emilygassman and @krisallen . I am about to win big yo! about 2/22/11

  • Tess

    moved

  • djafan

    Stadium of Fire is a huge event, great news about David!!!

    People are now making plans to go to Utah!

    Goboywonder…ditto on everything you said!

  • musical

    Elliegrll:
    02/24/2011 at 5:40 pm

    Both Clay and Ruben were dropped by Sony around the same time, so popularity is fleeting and relative.

    It seems that a certain amount of ambiguity persists around any time an artist and a label part ways. There are numerous factors which contribute to the terms of a contract with a label, and as David has implied…several reasons why a singer elects to leave a label/or vice versa. With the music industry undergoing such a huge transition, no single meaning can be derived from changing labels, going indie et al in such a climate, I am inclined to believe.

    That being said, some things are not simply a matter of interpretation, rather exist as fact: I recall that Ruben was dropped after making about 3 CDs. Clay left RCA in 2009 after completing his album contract (all 5 of them).

  • darksiam

    Would that also explain for Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood or any of the numerous artists who performed at the event? What about David’s other gigs? Did he get them because they were Utah or Mormon University related also? Could it be that last year David’s fans showed tons and tons of interest in him being on it, but Carrie was selected? Could it be that David is still quite popular and will be a big draw for the event? Many of his fans are already registering for the pre-sale and if I didn’t have a previous obligation, I would go in a heartbeat too. In fact, on one of his fansites, a Utah fan commented the s/he wished that David’s fans from other states wouldn’t attend because this person wanted the his Utah fans to have him for themselves for once…things that make you go hmmmm.

    Seriously?

    Probably just has more to do with the fact it is in Utah at a Mormon University.

    was nothing more than a response to the following:

    If David A. is opening for Brad Paisley, is he going country?

    And much like you accurately confirmed for us that David has many, many dedicated fans, I can assure you that there is also a a very large number of people who are not actively seeking to question his viability as an artist. Honest.

  • Keel

    Psssst! I vote we don’t tell TPTB that BBC America has been exposing us United Statesians to bums for years.

    Awesome use of the term United Statesians, eilonwy! I award you 100 pts. in the game of Life. :)

  • LK10

    Many of his fans are already registering for the pre-sale and if I didn’t have a previous obligation, I would go in a heartbeat too. In fact, on one of his fansites, a Utah fan commented the s/he wished that David’s fans from other states wouldn’t attend because this person wanted the his Utah fans to have him for themselves for once…things that make you go hmmmm.

    I can relate to that sentiment. Every time David does an event in Utah, the VIP’s are huge and you get very little access to him. You get big crowds, etc.

    BTW, I have been to many fireworks in big cities. The Stadium of fire is THE best fireworks I have ever seen, hands down– not to mention the top notch entertainment. It is wonderful!