‘Idol’ Top 24: Who has the most Twitter followers? – American Idol voting results have always been kept top secret by producers until the winner is revealed under a rain of confetti in May. That leaves Idol fans scrambling for way to assess how their favorite is doing from week to week. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Lauren Alaina Swings By This Week’s Top 20 – Lauren Alaina is bringing her big voice and fun personality to this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Lauren and host Nan Kelley talked about Lauren’s latest video, “Georgia Peaches,” which she filmed with her two best friends. She also dished about being on tour with Jason Aldean and what it’s like to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with him every night. Be sure to tune in tonight at 9/8 CT for Lauren and Nan’s chat as well as to count down the Top 20 videos of the week, chosen by you! – Read more at GACTV

‘Idol’ Reaches The Death Rounds, And A Real Girl Problem Emerges – Hand on the fast-forward button: that’s how I watch American Idol’s death-round episodes. The apex of each season’s early exercise in emotional manipulation, Judgment Week apes that old Wide World of Sports ad, played on repeat over three hellish hours: it’s the week where the judges usually hone down the list of contestants to a final 24 before the public starts voting. But witnessing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is just not that fun when you still barely know anything about the contenders. – Read more at NPR.org

Scotty McCreery Celebrates Read Across America with NCAE – The young singer, just 18 and already an international celebrity, places a high value on education and reading. A North Carolina native, Scotty McCreery visited NCAE to greet the Cat in the Hat, pose for photos and yes, sing a bit, in celebration of Read Across America 2012. “It was fun — and for a great cause,” McCreery said about his visit to NCAE. “When the 7-foot Cat in the Hat entered the room, I was like ‘whoa!’ – it was so awesome to be standing next to a character from the Dr. Seuss books and see it come to life. Everyone reads his books growing up — I certainly did.” – Read more at NCAE.org

‘Smash’: Britney Spears not joining the show – “Smash” has apparently picked up a celebrity fan in Britney Spears — who reportedly likes the show so much that she wants to be on it. Contrary to a report, though, she’s not currently in talks to appear on the NBC series. – Read more at Zap2it

Elton John, Sting, James Taylor And More To Perform At Rainforest Fund Benefit – The performers at the Revlon-sponsored concert include Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Katharine McPhee, Bryn Terfel, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill and a number of surprise guests. The Rainforest Fund, founded by Sting and Trudie Styler in 1989, came to life because of a direct request from a Kayapo Indian leader in Brazil attempting to protect his land. The Rainforest Fund benefit concert will be held on April 3, 2012. Read more at Huffington Post

Backbeat: Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Gary Overton, More at Country Radio Seminar’s Day Two – The 26th annual Sony/BMG cruise along the Cumberland left dockside around 7 p.m. Although the weather forecast warned of inclement weather, the skies did not pour down hail and rain as had been predicted. Inside and onstage, hosts Storme Warren, Sara Evans and Kellie Pickler worked to keep the music flowing despite some technical difficulties throughout the evening. Jake Owen opened the show with a great performance, followed by newcomer Tyler Farr and Josh Thompson. Pickler and Evans sprinkled performances throughout the evening from a satellite stage in the audience. Another new artist, Kristen Kelly, performed before duo Love and Theft took to the stage. They brought along guitar great Josh Leo, who wowed the audience with his expertise. Casey James, a former “American Idol” contest who came in third on season nine, performed two original tunes. “Last year I thanked all of you but I didn’t really understand what I was thanking you for,” James told the audience. “Tonight I am thanking you again, for all you have done for me this past year.” Carrie Underwood closed the show, performing several of her tunes and introducing her new single, “Good Girl.” “I wanted to play it for you first,” she said before launching into the new tune. She called Brooks, Kelly, Evans and Owen back to perform the finale, a rousing version of “Good Lovin’.” Read more and See photos at Billboard.Biz

X Factor Shakeup: LeAnn Rimes “Open” to Being Judge – A rumor was flying earlier this week that LeAnn Rimes wants to be a judge on the rebooted X Factor. But does she really? I caught up with the country star last night to find out what’s going on…”I love the show,” she said at Bovet 1922′s Hollywood Domino Gala & Tournament at the Sunset Tower Hotel. “I mean, I love all the shows.” – Read more at EOnline

Jordin Sparks: I Taught Whitney Houston How To Dougie – “One thing folks didn’t realize about her was her sense of humor, that she was really funny. Tell me one of the funniest things that you remember about her or something she said to you,” Shaun asked.“We did. There was a moment where…. she was blasting gospel [on her iPod] and then for me, sometimes I would put it on and [she said], ‘Teach me how to Dougie!’” Jordin said of Whitney’s request that the former “Idol” winner show her some dance moves. – Read more at Access Hollywood

X-Factor’s Chris Rene stops by the I.E.

 
  • fuzzywuzzy

    HeeJun has the most Twitter followers, followed by P2 and Colton.

  • http://twitter.com/IHartHales Tyra Reinhart

    Of course he has the most.. hes hilarious. hahahahaa

    My top 2 have the most followers actually! :)

  • chessguy99

    If the twitter stats are any indication, this could be the worse season of Idol ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’m not shocked Heejun has the most twitter followers.  I just took a peek for the first time at his twitter page looking at the pics he’s posted and boy you won’t be there maybe 5 seconds without breaking into hysterics.  He’s awesome!  LOL!

  • Chris

    Sounds like Jordin has some good memories of Whitney, so maybe she wasn’t the complete mess that the media is reporting at the end.  Or maybe after the shooting wrapped, it fell apart.

    Either way, I guess the song is right, “Teach me how to dougie… everybody love it, everybody love it.”  Even Whitney.  

  • iFoundIt

    Phillip Phillips looks really handsome in his Twitter pics.  Heartthrobe status.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t the contestants with the most twitter followers 1st to go home on X Factor? At least that’s what I heard…

  • getgetaway

    lol, well every season is supposed to the the worst, etc.

  • getgetaway

    If the twitter stats are any indication, this could be the worse season of Idol ever.

    lol, well every season is supposed to the the worst, etc.

  • Kitwana

    The Twitter followers numbers seem low. Eben is supposed to be the next Bieber and he only has 2500 followers despite being heavily featured? That’s troubling. Further evidence that in the social media world, American Idol is not the giant it is on TV. When you consider the growing importance of social media in creating buzz, this has got to be troubling. The show should really try to find out why its contestants are not able to attract big followings on Twitter and Facebook despite having exposure from American Idol. I know that Twitter followers do not translate into CD sales but I’m sure the show would be happy if Eben had more than 2500 followers. So sad.

  • Valentin432

    It’s been less than a day and I don’t think it’s been put forward on the broadcast that they have twitter accounts.

    Since MJ wrote that article Heejun has 2k more followers.

  • GS61

    I just love this Heejun. He just returned a tweet to James and asked for Halley’s phone number! LMFAO.
    This kid is gold.

  • Tess

    Personally I think that Twitter is more hype than truth.  Sure a lot of people are on social media but I don’t think it has the “power” others give it credit for…and I don’t think the followers on twitter are any indication of someone’s popularity….back in my day most of the people who joined fan clubs were usually just the BSC fans and I think that may be still true today if we substitute twitter for fan clubs.  Sure its nice to know upcoming events for someone you fan but to spend your whole day reading about what someone has for breakfast, lunch and dinner is just plain ridiculous…and then to follow someone because they follow the guy you follow…that gets into absurd territory for me.  And animals and inanimate objects having twitter accounts….I won’t even go there.

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy

    If the twitter followers for the contestants seem low, I’m sure once they all show their stuff to a live audience, things will pick up.  Especially for those we haven’t heard much of.  Hopefully, anyway. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, my co-workers who watch Idol, all of them like HeeJun the most and at least 2 of them plan to vote for him, at least until he gets to tour.
    I really hope that he will deliver next week.

  • Chris

    I read the NPR article and it sounds like personality is definitely stronger on the guys side, than the girls which could lead us once again to a male winner like HeeJun (so far, he’s one my favorites and he’s funny so people will be drawn to him.)

    I think the writer hit the nail on the head saying the judges and producers were so determined to find the next Carrie, they missed the mark.  Its still young, lot of shows to go, but the guys have the edge here.

  • Anonymous

    “Since MJ wrote that article Heejun has 2k more followers.”

    Hey, what do you know – MJ did write that article. I didn’t even notice (I thought she was only doing liveblogs) – that’s huge! 

    Look out world, this blog is going places. :)

  • Moria Polonius

    It would be nice if Jordin or Adam, or JLo or Ryan, with their million plus followers, gave a shout out to some of this season’s contestants and ask their followers to follow the contestants.

    I don’t know about JLo and Ryan, but my guess is that for Adam and Jordin to give out shout outs, the show would have to first offer somebody they liked.

  • Anonymous

    The S10 contestant with the most followers during the show last year was Scotty. Look what happened. 

  • Anonymous

    Scotty is accepted to college! Tweeted by his mom:

    JudyMacGarner

    Close@JC2Gizmo @scottymccreery @ashleymccreery2 @mikemgarnerHe’s been accepted at Belmont, MTSU and ECU; haven’t heard from Ncstate yet…

  • Kitwana

    Tess, I agree that it is difficult to gage the value of twitter followers. However, I doubt there is a single Idol contestant out there who would say he/she would prefer to have less rather thn more twitter followers. Contestants have been allowed to have personal twitter accounts since Season 9. Yet despite this, only 2 winners ave crossed the “magical” million follower mark – Kelly and Jordin. None of the others are even close. And we can argue that American Idol does not care about Twitter or Facebook or twitter trending but the fact that they started allowing contestants to have personal accounts during the show demonstrates that they believe it is important for the show’s contestants to a strong social media presence. I think there are right. I also think they are very disappointed with their contestants lack of presence in social media. They just don’t know what to do about it.

  • Anonymous

    these kids just got their twitters yesterday or the day before. none of them are going to have hundreds of followers yet.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the 2 contestants with the most followers are Heejun with 7,779 & P2 has 7,062 followers. That’s in less then 2 days. Imagine if both made the top 12 how many followers they would have.

  • GS61

    Heejun Han?@HHanAI11
    Dont fall a sleep front of Asian man.. @CDixonAI11 http://pic.twitter.com/I6bdqWJ1

    They have to keep him around for as long as possible!

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Dina Lapolt may disagree with you. 

  • ronnie

    Yeah, I think the same thing.  When it gets into “OMG!  XX tweeted about XX who always tweets good things about XX,” it starts getting ridiculous and you wonder if they should try to get out more.

  • Anonymous

    OK, i was just reading Heejun tweets, and he is hilarious …for real lol. :)

  • Anonymous

    Yay for Scotty, and congratulations to him. !! :)

  • Trina

    I’m not shocked at all Heejun has over 7,000 followers already. Heejun RULES!

  • Valentin432

    I think you’re mixing up two very different things between the official twitter handles setup by AI and the older contestants accounts that were registered way after their season.

    Of course there are only two winners with over a million followers, twitter only became somewhat popular around season 8 long after most of the other winners season, if twitter was around in 2003, who knows how many followers Clay, Ruben or Fantasia would end up getting and Carrie has only been on twitter today 7 years after she won.

    As far as twitter accounts from recent seasons, Adam is over 1M I guess and both Scotty and Lauren are doing very well if you compare them to their country peers or even to reality show contestants from the voice or X Factor.

  • Anonymous

    They just got them yesterday, so we can’t expect them to have over 10K already. If I remember right, I remember most of last years contestants starting out around these numbers.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny you say that. Heejun is already over 8,100 followers. I wouldn’t be shocked by tomorrow if he reaches 10K considering it seems like every couple of hours he gains 1,000 more followers.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t every season the worst? Lol I wouldn’t put too much thought into it. If I remember correctly, I think Paul started out by having the most twitter followers and I remember Scotty and Casey being neck and neck in terms of followers. I also remember Thia having a lot and Jacob and Haley barely had any starting out. Also in season 9, Andrew Garcia had by far the most with Casey James and Tyler Grady being in the top 3 with Didi being top 4 and the highest girl.

    My point? Twitter followers do not equal overall popularity and predicting the winner.

  • Anonymous

    I know this is off topic re which AI contestant has the most twitter followers but does anyone remember if Scotty’s pre taped segment for the “Today” show is being aired tomorrow?

  • Anonymous

    It’s official, the X Factor contestants have better managers than most of the people from AI, who had to sign with 19M.

    Marcus Canty’s debut single will be on the “Think Like A Man” soundtrack.  http://ratedrnb.com/2012/02/24/marcus-canty-announces-debut-single-to-be-featured-on-think-like-a-man-soundtrack/

    If their managers can get them gigs like this, and appearing on primetime dramas, even though people hardly knew that the XF existed, why can’t 19M do better by the people who came off of the number one show on the air.

  • Susan

    I read Heejun’s tweets and had to follow him lol.  And he didn’t actually sound that bad Wednesday night.

  • Anonymous

    One of his tweets last night:

    Fan: Tell me the funniest thing you can think of.
    Him: Knock, Knock
    Fan: who’s there.
    Him: HEJUNNNNNN

    I love how lame he is. :)

  • Kitwana

    Valentin432, you are correct that Twitter really caught on in Season 8. Look at the twitter followers of winners in Seasons 7, 8, 9 and 10. They are far from the million mark. Seasons 9 and 10 had the advantage of having accounts during the season! Someone posted on here once the top contestants in terms of twitter and Facebook and as I recall, with a few exceptions, the numbers were not impressive. So the question Idol has to ask is why can its contestants not make a mark on social media?

  • Valentin432

     You’re kidding right?
    Idol contestants have had plenty of songs on soundtracks and as far as tv show appearance just off the top of my head I think Ace Young and Brandon Rogers appeared on Bones and even William Hung appeared on Arrested Developpement.
    Hell, just sticking with season 1 Kelly had Trouble With Love is on the love actually sountrack and Tamyra Gray appeared several times on Boston Public

    When you’ll see Mélanie Amaro single go n°1 on pop and her album debut at n°1 on the BB 200, then Cowell can start to talk.

  • Valentin432

     David Cook setup his twitter account way after his season (I’m guessing last year or end 2010), unfortunately for him his popularity wasn’t as high as it was back in 2008, yes Kris and Lee have low numbers of followers, they also sold way less than all the other winners and other runner ups like Archuleta or Adam have way more followers.
    As far as season 10 goes, depends what you find impressive.

    Scotty has 440k followers, Jason Aldean has 373k, Tim Mcgraw has 166k, Kenny chesney has 866k, The Band Perry 150k etc.
    Those are some superstars country acts, someone like Hunter Hayes who is a new highly hyped act is at 65k.

  • Trina

    Heejun gained about 1200 followers in the last hour alone. I bet he hits 10k tomorrow easily.

    LOL at him asking James for Haley’s number.

    Scotty and Lauren are doing very well if you compare them to their country peers or even to reality show contestants from the voice or X Factor. 

    Melanie actually has more followers than Lauren.

  • Anonymous

    IMO, 19M hasn’t gotten a lot of people commercials, tv roles (aside for the ones on Nickelodeon) or songs on soundtracks a few months after they have been on the show. It’s happened a little while after they’ve established themselves, and seen success with their music, but only a few times before.

    Going along with my actual point, I don’t think that William Hung was singed to 19M.

  • Valentin432

    Scotty has more followers than Mélanie and Lauren has more followers than anyone else from the voice or X factor.

  • OffLeash

    tbh, the only reason I’m still following Idol this season is because of Heejun, the awesome Heejun-PP bromance ? and the Heejun-PP-Cowboy relationship dynamics. I hope Nigel is smart enough to pick Cowboy, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Valentin432

     So one tv appearance and one soundtrack feature = what 19 has done for its clients?
    I just pointed you to two exemples of the exact same thing done for season 1 contestants who were signed to 19.
    If we are going to count, the rolling stones covers, the superbowl anthems, singing on national tv for award shows, chritmas or new years specials, getting various other talk shows or even making a movie about the two finalist (yeah I know it was awfull still an attempt to promote) etc.

    If getting a feature on a soundtrack puts X factor over Idol in the promoting contestants department, I don’t know the way you’re measuring this.

  • Anonymous

     Dina disagree? Did I miss something?

  • Anonymous

     OK, I’ve not really followed yet. Who is PP and what is the cowboy dynamic?

  • OffLeash

    Heejun is the star of the season, PP is the drop dead gorgeous Philip Phillips, Cowboy is, well… Cowboy, as for the dynamics it’s hard to explain, you’d need to youtube the show, but it’s funny as hell.

  • Anonymous

    Heejun actually has over 10,000 followers already on his other twitter account – last night he tweeted that he was going to switch over to the AI twitter account and they have been moving over to the new account all day.  The kid is hilarious.  I find him by far the most entertaining.  And that tweet to James Durbin today asking for Haley’s phone # made me laugh out loud.  He’s going to really brighten up this season.  I also saw lots of tweets today from people saying they hope Heejun and Phillip are this year’s bromance like James and Stefano were last year.

  • Anonymous

    what’s “Think Like a Man”? Never heard of it. 

  • Anonymous

    Well Colton has over 15,000 followers on his other twitter account. But so far about 6,100 have switched over to his Idol account. If you’re saying that the majority of followers should switch to his new account, shouldn’t Colton have over 15,000 followers soon?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I feel sorry for the contestants who have had very little exposure on the show.  This reflects in their Twitter totals.  Maybe next week will change all that?

  • Anonymous

    Actually, that’s not always the case. Creighton has received plenty of screen time, but he has only 935 followers. Although, in Creighton’s defense he has tweeted he is learning how to use Twitter so he hasn’t used it much. Chelsea Sorrell & Hollie Cavanagh has both had less screen time than Creighton this season, but both have about 1,500 followers. Baylie Brown has not been shown much besides her audition & she has over 1,800 followers.

    I will agree that the ones with the least amount of screen time are the ones with the least amount of Twitter followers.

  • Anonymous

    Lee and Crystal got their twitter accounts after the season ended. I’m sure they’d both have more followers if they’d been allowed to have twitter during Season 9.

  • Lovesyesha

    I think it would be great to see Heejun win, even though I am definitely not rooting for him. The only thing I really want is some variety. I’m sorry, I know Scotty has done well, but the last 4 winners have been so similar that it has gotten incredibly boring. As long as it isn’t some white guy playing guitar I’ll be okay. If it is, maybe I’ll switch over to the voice or x factor…after all, they have produced more diverse and interesting winners than AI in the last 4 years…

  • Anonymous

    Yes if he asks them to.  Maybe they don’t know he is using the new account yet.  Heejun told his followers to switch over.

  • Anonymous

    He did ask them to. He said his goal was to get at least 15,000 followers (basically his old account followers) by the end of this weekend.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why is matters anyway who has the most twitter followers, does anyone here?  We’ve all seen that twitter followers don’t translate into sales anyway.  In Heejun’s case, he’s just funny and entertaining.  He will probably get far just because people like him and he keeps it interesting.  But I wonder how many CDs he would actually sell if he won.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it will take some time for everyone to switch over.  Heejun said that last night and they will haven’t all switched over yet either.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Twitter followers matter in terms of single/album sales. But I think the contestants who have under 1,000 followers will need a great performance next week to make it in the top 12. These contestants with low Twitter followers are mostly contestants already with little screen time so they will need a great performance to compete with the contestants already with fanbases & a lot of screen time like Heejun.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I see.  Yes, that does make sense.  I guess at this point it shows who has already made somewhat of an impression.

  • sf3456
    what’s “Think Like a Man”? Never heard of it.

    A Steve Harvey book that was turned into a movie.

  • Anonymous

    Kris has 276k followers, Lee 102k, Danny Gokey 140k, Paul Mcdonald 125k, they’re doing pretty well compared to Carrie Underwood with nearly 68k. Then of course you have Adam with  1,356,706…… but even that pales compared to Lady Gaga with 19,618,756!!!
    and I don’t know if I’m looking at the right account for Kelly as she only has 4500k. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    Kelly Clarkson made a surprise appearance at Jason Aldean’s tour stop in Nashville last night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ioU30XhKHFU

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Actually I think Carrie’s had twitter about as long as the S11 contestants, wasn’t her account just opened and announced this morning? So 65K is pretty dang impressive!

    And my Queen Kelly’s account is @kelly_clarkson with 1,124,856 followers.

  • Anonymous

    I dont think it’s really fair to use carrie as an example for twitter followers when she has only had her twitter account for like 13 hours.  A lot of people probably dont even realize she has one yet..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IM4RBRPFZ7GO27PWTREY27UMBQ Eric

    That Chris Rene video is really cute and I like the way he could just sing on the spot and how relaxed he was doing it! And the young homiesong at the end of the video sound so good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    One twitter follower does not equal one diehard texter that can put out 20,000 votes per hour

  • Anonymous

    You make those voters sound like some biological pest breeding in plague proportions, like locusts or mice or rabbits. I suppose that makes AI (or at least the integrity of the competition) the devastated farmland…..

  • Anonymous

    yeh, sorry, didn’t know that till after I posted.

  • Anonymous

    Chris Rene…… <3

  • Anonymous

    The season 11 contestants have a bigger problem than worrying about their twitter account, they need some buzz about them, their performances and most of all, the actual show. If the only buzz that your getting is about the sinking ratings, then your in serious trouble.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks for posting that.  Kelly received a really nice reception from the audience.  Cool!  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Eben is supposed to be the next Bieber and he only has 2500 followers despite being heavily featured?”

    Did you see the way that Eben is dressed in that pic on his Twitter account?  In a suit?  lol  Eben may be young and have Bieber’s haircut, but he’s nothing like Bieber as a singer.  As someone posted before, he’s Glee/Broadway, not current pop.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Even though I don’t really like Young Homie lol, Chris Rene does seem like a really nice guy. Addiction is very hard to kick, so I give him props for that.

  • Tess

    Since Twitter is world wide and voting for Idol is reserved for those that see the show in real-time only I don’t think Twitter is a real measure of anything….just like the bubble is full of people who can’t vote because they don’t live in a voting area.

    And as far as “buzz” this early in the season.  We all know that there are always lots of exceptions to the rule about early screen time means immediate ascension to the Top 12….in fact sometimes its a double edged sword when people expect you to be great right out of the gate and you have a horrible performance once the show is live.

    And I have been watching this show for 10 years and I know, for a fact, that the media (other than the usual suspects) have little to say until its down to the top 10.  Oh, and by the way, where is the buzz for all The Voice contestants who have made it through the auditions so far….since they are the new kid on the block they should be having all the buzz and the media should be full of stuff about their “finds”.  Funny, haven’t heard a whisper, yet, except for a tidbit or two about all the “plants”…and how are they doing with their Twitter followers.

  • Chrissie H

    ” ….. if Scotty’s pre taped segment for the “Today” show is being aired tomorrow?” “Loved the video of Scotty promoting reading day for NCEA”

    Not sure, you mean this, but if you mean NBC´s Lester Holt´s interview with Scotty: it is on Today show Saturday morning.

    About the reading video: I too enjoyed it and love Scotty to pass on the value of education (God knows how he finds the time to do all the things he´s doing all the time ) AND I love to hear YMTLG in the background of this video. Can hardly wait for his new single to come out.

  • shell29

    even though people hardly knew that the XF existed

    There were plenty of people who knew that X Factor existed (how could you not given the way this show was hyped/pimped so heavily by FOX/Simon before the first show even aired?).  It didn’t live up to the hype/expecatations, but it still pulled in a decent number of viewers and was no flop.

    Marcus’ first single being on the Think Like A Man soundtrack could potentially be huge for him.  Good job by his people for scoring that deal.

  • Anonymous

    It does take time since not everyone is on twittter regularly. Jessica still hasn’t moved over her 8k+ followers.

  • Anonymous

    Weekend Countdown Shows

    MuchMusic Top20 Video Countdown (02.24.2012)
    #01 One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”
    #12 Kelly Clarkson “Mr Know It All” 

    Rick Dees Top 40 (02.25.2012)
    #10 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You”) Kelly Clarkson
    #33 “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” will.i.am f/Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger

    Rick Dees HOT ADULT (02.25.2012)
    #03 “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Kelly Clarkson
    #10 “Crawling Back To You” Daughtry
    #24 “Mr. Know It All” Kelly Clarkson
    #36 “Better Than I Know Myself” Adam Lambert

    CMT Top 20 (02.24.2012):
    #12 “The Trouble With Girls” Scotty McCreery
    #18 “Remind Me” Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood

    CMT Pure 12-Pack (02.24.2012):
    #03 “Georgia Peaches” Lauren Alaina
    #04 “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” Casey James
    #06 “Tough” Kellie Pickler
    #11 “The Trouble With Girls” Scotty McCreery

    GAC Top 20 Country For the week of February 24th – March 2nd:
    #01 “The Trouble With Girls” Scotty McCreery
    #02 “Georgia Peaches” Lauren Alaina
    #09 “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” Casey James

    Crook & Chase Country Countdown – (02.25.2012)
    #18 “The Trouble With Girls” Scotty McCreery
    #26 “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” Casey James

  • Anonymous

    From Justin to Kelly doesn’t count as a really big get.  And in my book, neither do the National Anthem gigs.  They are nice, but that’s really not thinking outside of the box to get artists exposure.

    girlygirltoo said: what’s “Think Like a Man”? Never heard of it.

    A movie that is coming out next month.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Very nice piece on Scotty airing on the Today show right now.  Clips of Scotty in Garner, on the tour with Brad, talking about staying in high school and applying to college.  Interviewed by Lester Holt (looks like the interview took place while on tour).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJAJM4DY7IOJQBI2LVYIAXJK5M Mick

    Adam had “Time For Miracles” on the 2012 soundtrack. I’m not sure where you’re going with this. 

    The Twitter stats seem around where they were last year, maybe a little higher. I remember a few contestants aiming to get to 10k and 15k around this time. It might’ve been after the first live show, because the only contestants I remember doing this were in the top 12.

    I think Paul started out with the most Twitter followers, and Scottie had the most Facebook followers, with Scottie eventually eclipsing everybody. It looks like Heejun, like Paul last year, is going to have the best Twitter updates. 

  • Kitwana

    MJ, I know some on this board don’t think Twitter/Facebook presence is important. However, those are the two biggest players in social media today. I think it is a great idea to track numbers for this year’s contestants and maybe even do a weekly update/top 10 for all past contestants. I’m not volunteering but I think this would generate some “interesting and lively” discussion.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Taste of country does a top 10 tweets of the week.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Country Weekly and other Country Music blogs actually track the Top twitter and Facebook followers in country music as an indicator of social media popularity…

    The last posting (which was was late fall) has Scotty as Top 11 with Twitter followers and in the low teens for Facebook…country musicians seem to have more Facebook followers.  Anyway, he’s closing in on a million Facebook (topped 900K a couple of days ago)…

  • Anonymous

    “interesting and lively” discussion…sounds like a nice way to say arguing!  LOL.  I can imagine where that thread would get quite heated, especially if it included past Idols. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    RE: The discussion about the super-finale proposed by Simo..see what Simon has to say in this interview with Lyndsey Parker:)))

    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/simon-cowell-talks-paula-cheryl-voice-super-final-040354365.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

     

  • Chris

    Melanie has had world wide exposure since X Factor is covered around the globe. Add to that the Super Bowl and I would hope she passes every Idol if Simon is going to recoup his 5 million.

  • Anonymous

    Just off the top of my head: Crystal had a guest spot on some network tv show (I don’t remember which one) last year, Kris was on “Gigantic”, Adam got “Time for Miracles” on the soundtrack of what was supposed to be this blockbuster movie and was on 20/20, Oprah and Barbara Walters, Kris got INTK on “Vampire Diaries”, David Cook had a couple of his songs used by ESPN, Fantasia had a freakin MOW made about her life, Carrie was in that movie about the surfer who lost her arm. Etc etc etc.

    A couple of the XFactorUSA people have definitely gotten good opportunities. Who knows whether they will end up helping their actual music careers though?

  • Kitwana

    Thirdtime, interesting and lively discussion is essential to the success of any blog. It is sad to see how some of the bigger Idol blogs from a few years ago have been slowly dying for lack of interest. Some major newspapers in North America are now actually identifying and recruiting “favored” posters (those who post interesting comments or comments leading to multiple replies) and giving them special “designations” because the newspapers want these readers to keep posting. So, if a Top 10 Twitter/Facebook update every few weeks can generate discussion, I say go for it. And the great thing about a Top 10 is that it will allow for a discussion of a wider range of Idol contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    MJ, I know some on this board don’t think Twitter/Facebook presence is important. However, those are the two biggest players in social media today. I think it is a great idea to track numbers for this year’s contestants and maybe even do a weekly update/top 10 for all past contestants. I’m not volunteering but I think this would generate some “interesting and lively” discussion.

    I’m not MJ, but I did Twitter tracking for S10 AI and posted the results here for discussion each week (actually, twice a week, once before the performance episode, and once before the results episode to catch overnight changes resulting from performances). 

    The summary of the full season’s results is here. I’ve been toying with whether or not I want to do it again for this season: I believe strongly in experimenting to see which metrics actually measure something useful (thus, the original tracking project) but am not a fan of tracking numbers that are known not to mean anything (though I’m not totally opposed to doing one year’s replication to make sure).

  • Kitwana

    Thanks Eilonwy. I think it is difficult to draw a connection between Twitter/Facebook presence and CD sales or with voting support as your analysis of last year shows. However, as I said, I doubt any contestant would say NO to a million followers if he/she could have them. So the question is that if greater Twitter/Facebook presence does not directly correlate to greater revenues, why do celebrities want more followers? There must be some value to it.

  • Kirsten

    Just off the top of my head: Crystal had a guest spot on some network tv
    show (I don’t remember which one) last year, Kris was on “Gigantic”,
    Adam got “Time for Miracles” on the soundtrack of what was supposed to
    be this blockbuster movie and was on 20/20, Oprah and Barbara Walters,
    Kris got INTK on “Vampire Diaries”, David Cook had a couple of his songs
    used by ESPN, Fantasia had a freakin MOW made about her life, Carrie
    was in that movie about the surfer who lost her arm. Etc etc etc.

    One of Daughtry’s song was used for a Prison Break commerical right around the time his album came out. Adam’s FYE was used featured in bunch of commercials. Kris’s AWM was used in a Ford commercial. Chris appeared in an episode of CSI:NY (he was a potential victim). Katharine McPhee was on Ugly Betty. Cook also had his coronation song used for Olympic coverage by NBC. These are off the top of my head for their first projects.

    Even crapastic The Voice got Javier an acting gig on one of their “big hope” new shows for the season, but it got cancelled before his episode aired.

  • Anonymous

    In Reply to: [Very nice piece on Scotty airing on the Today show right now.  Clips of Scotty in Garner, on the tour with Brad, talking about staying in high school and applying to college.  Interviewed by Lester Holt (looks like the interview took place while on tour).]

    Yes! this was an excellent interview!  Scotty McCreery with Lester Holt on Today…if you’re a Scotty fan or not and you missed it, hope someone will post it somewhere. You must watch it! 

  • Chrissie H

    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/simon-cowell-talks-paula-cheryl-voice-super-final-040354365.html?utm_source=twitterf 

    Wow- to me best part of that interview is Simon saying:” ……. Melanie or Scotty. I mean, they’re both brilliant”

  • Moria Polonius

    Melanie has had world wide exposure since X Factor is covered around the globe.

    … It’s not. Unless you mean localized versions but they’re not going to give Melanie Amaro worldwide exposure.

  • Chrissie H
  • Chris

    Melanie’s exposure so far as an X Factor winner is global, e.g. just like we are talking about One Direction, Susan Doyle and all the U.K. contestants, the same is true for Melanie abroad. That’s why Simon was so confident about Melanie because he’s not just banking on US sales.

  • Moria Polonius

    Lol, no. I’m part of “global” and I assure you, X Factor US does not have global coverage or give winners global coverage. Where I’m from, nobody knows who Melanie Amaro is, One Direction are, Idol bubble (which I’ve become a part of because of Adam and not because of its uh, “global” coverage) =/= global exposure, UK =/= global. Maybe Simon can MAKE Melanie a global star (I don’t think so), but not thanks to the X Factor US. 

  • Chris

    One Direction is not Idol, they were X Factor UK. Melanie doesn’t have an album yet but she will get the same treatment.

  • Moria Polonius

    One Direction is not Idol, they were X Factor UK.

    I know. Because I read MJs, which is the epicenter of the Idol bubble. I wouldn’t have a clue who they were otherwise and I live not so far away from the UK. 

    Melanie’s exposure so far as an X Factor winner is global, e.g. just like we are talking about One Direction,

    Idol bubble =/= global exposure

    we == Idol bubble

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    So the question is that if greater Twitter/Facebook presence does not directly correlate to greater revenues, why do celebrities want more followers? There must be some value to it.

    It’s a good question, and I’d love to know if some of them even know the answer, other than “more seems better.” The rest of my research about Twitter is summarized here, including my speculation on why some celebs bother so much. (Not all do, and I veer toward agreeing with standtotheright‘s hypothesis that some late adopters like Carrie Underwood are joining not because Twitter is a great PR tool but to silence squatters and imposters.)

    Amusingly, some entrepreneurial types caught on about the follower-revenue disconnect and decided to do something about it. For indie musicians only, there’s a service called WhoozNxt that offers monthly gig opportunities based on how many followers one has collected that month. Whether it’ll last, I dunno; but I thought it was a clever effort to fill a gap in music marketing.

    Anyway, I’m leaning toward doing one more year of Twitter follower tracking for AI, just to have data that starts from Top 24, and because replication is a good thing. Somebody else gets to do Facebook, though, as I don’t use it and one social medium is plenty of work.

  • stargazed

    What has become of Adam Lambert’s single?  Maybe it’s on another countdown.

  • sdmama

    This made me laugh really hard. It is nice to see that kids are having fun together.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

     Yep, that’s why I posted it.  Love Simon saying Scotty is brilliant:)))

  • Kitwana

    Eilonwy, I hope you do continue tracking twitter followers for the Season 11 contestants. Makes for interesting discussion.