Idol Headlines for 02/28/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Josiah Leming appears at Cacao’s in Los Angeles
  • Bo Bice performs at the Todd Cerney Benefit concert in Nashville. More info HERE.
  • The Top 12 Girls American Idol performance episode tapes to air on Wednesday (We’ll be blogging the spoilers tonight! Stay tuned) If you plan on being in the audience tonight, give me a holla: mjsbigblog at gmail dot com.
  • Matthew Morrison’s new single, “Summer Rain” premieres on the Ryan Seacrest radio show.
  • Dancing With The Stars cast announced during tonight’s broadcast of The Bachelor on ABC at 8 pm.

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Crystal Bowersox set to perform at the Midland Theater in downtown Newark, OH for the Ohio State University, Newark on April 21 at 7 pm.

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Lee DeWyze will perform at the University of Iowa on March 25! Buy your tickets today at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Paul McDonald tweets, “I’m thinking about doing an Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons tune on the show…any suggestions?”

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Jennifer Hudson dined at the Governor’s Ball and attended the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party after presenting at the Academy awards last night.

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Steven Tyler also hit up a few Oscar parties last night, “JUST LEFT ELTONS SWAREE..BASH..TO BENEFIT AIDS BEAUTIFUL..NOW OFF TO VANITY FAIR W/ ERIN & LIV on MY ARMS- WHAT HAVE DONE 2 DESERVE THIS…HEY HEY ALSO RUBED NOSES W/ JAMEY FOX SMOKEY ROBINSON O YEAH CHAKA KHAN.. NEIL SADAKA CEE LO SEAL…I WAS VIBRATING (MY PUPS R BARKIN)” Read more on Steven’s twitter.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

David Cook Talks With Christie About 5K Walk, Idol and More!

American Idol and recording artist David Cook spent some time on the phone with Sunny’s Christie Banks discussing the upcoming Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure this Sunday at John Prince Park. David is a HUGE supporter, especially since he lost his brother to brain cancer. He talks about this important fundraiser as well as his upcoming new album, tour, the new judges on American Idol and his possible appearance on the show this season. David also teases us about a special something happening this coming Friday.

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Read more at Sunny 104.3

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Syesha Mercado sings “Feeling Good”

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James, Casey early male favorites to reach ‘Idol’ finals

The men kick off the “American Idol” semifinals on Tuesday, and it will be the first time that the viewers get to decide who stays and who goes. Here are 10 questions that will determine who continues on to the 12-singer finals.

Can Casey Abrams overcome his health issues?
Thanks to TMZ, we know that Abrams, 20, was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday, and nearly missed getting the chance to perform this week. Though he did make it to the stage, we’ll see if this affects how one of the early favorites can make his “Idol” case, and if he’s strong enough to bring the double bass back onstage for an encore performance.

Read more at MSNBC

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A Celebrity Force Field at the Vanity Fair Party

Steven Tyler sat in a booth with his daughter Liv and Eva Mendes, and leaped up to take a photo with a soldier who came with Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, the directors of “Restrepo.” Their film lost best documentary to “Inside Job,” but Mr. Hetherington was sanguine about it. “When a person gets up on stage and says they’ve been nominated 19 times and only won twice, it kind of puts it in perspective,” he said.

Read more at the New York Times

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Former ‘Idol’ star Bo Bice heads to Charlotte

“That was a special time in my life,” Bice said. “And as much as I guess I’m not the kind of cardboard cutout of what an ‘American Idol’ (is expected to be), I really enjoyed the show.”

Bice said that he has continued to watch the series and that his “favorite ‘American Idol’ who isn’t Carrie” is 2008 winner David Cook.

“That guy has an awesome voice,” Bice said. “He’s a great songwriter, and he is the genuine real deal.”

Read more at GoUpstate.com

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American Idol Preview

THE SET: It’s been completely redesigned for Season 10. While it’s unclear how it’ll play on TV, from inside, it’s got a much more intimate vibe. The audience seating has been pushed closer to the stage, and even the last rows are only 20 feet or so away from the judges’ table. Jay, the guy hired to warm up the audience, described the set as “stadium seating in 360 degrees,” and that’s an apt way to put it. Audience members are now also sitting above the stage, where the band used to be stationed. (The band now resides stage right.) However, while this new section of the audience will be on TV throughout the show, they ironically cannot see what’s happening down on the stage below. So the Idol crew installed a giant screen on the other side of the set so that these audience members can actually watch American Idol while attending American Idol.

What else? The (estimated) 593 monitors that used to populate the set have disappeared. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the sway-bot pits are gone. That’s right: Everyone is sitting in chairs.

Read more at Entertainement Weekly

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In honor of the Oscars!  Blake Lewis beatboxes the “The King’s: Speech”

via Reality Rocks

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Crystal Bowersox plays the Grand Ole Opry

Crystal initially went just as a fan, but Pete Fisher, the show’s general manager, asked if he could announce her presence to the audience. When he did, the response was so enthusiastic that Opry member Vince Gill decided to bring her on to perform.

“We do things out here for an awful lot of different reasons, but one is spontaneity, one is fun,” Gill said as he introduced Crystal. “I went to the management and said, ‘Why don’t we do the Southern gentlemanly thing and invite her to sing a song on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry?'”

Read more at USA Today

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Scott D. Pierce: Lythgoe shakes things up on ‘American Idol’

“I gave it up so I could concentrate on building ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ up around the world,” Lythgoe said while in Salt Lake City for “SYTYCD” auditions. “We opened it up in Canada, Australia, South Africa, the Ukraine. It was terrific fun.”

Then “Idol” officials asked him to return for Season 10. And Lythogoe liked the idea.

“It needs a shake-up, especially now that we’re losing the star, Simon Cowell,” he said. “It’s a time where you can be creative and you’re not just following a format that has been there.”

Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune

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Report: Doug Morris’ Move To Sony Has Been Delayed

The expected move of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP Chairman DOUG MORRIS to SONY MUSIC reportedly has been pushed back to later this year. BRITAIN’s TELEGRAPH writes, “Following weeks of intense negotiations between UNIVERSAL and SONY, the 72 year-old will have to wait until the second half of this year before he can take up his new post. He had wanted to join SONY in APRIL. This will leave SONY MUSIC without a leader for at least three months. ROLF SCHMIDT HOLTZ, SONY MUSIC’s current chief executive, sees his contract come to an end on MARCH 31.”

Read more at All Access

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‘BEAM ME UP’ OFFER FOR SIMON COWELL

SIMON Cowell has been offered the chance to appear on this year’s X Factor – from space!

ITV bosses are so worried the show will suffer a ratings dip without him on board they have come up with an ingenious plan for him to get involved.

They want him to judge the acts in the contest by beaming him via satellite.

Read more at the Daily Mail

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Tom Cruise confirmed to sing in ‘Rock of Ages’

The actor, 48, will play fictional heavy metal star Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, film director Adam Shankman confirmed to E! News’ Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at Sunday’s Oscars.

“He’s studying his vocals,” Shankman said.

In the show, Cruise’s character sings Jon Bon Jovi’s classic “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

But, er, can Cruise carry a tune like his wife Katie Holmes?

“He can sing!” Shankman said. “It’s a miracle!”

Read more at MSNBC

  • jumpstart

    I love Steven Tyler, but reading his tweets gives me a headache.

  • CindyM

    Maybe a hint as to Lee’s new single??

    RCAPromo Good morning friends! #NP @LeeDeWyze Lee DeWyze’s “Live It Up”! http://tinyurl.com/4tyatgr
    3 minutes ago

    Or maybe not, the link is to his album on Amazon.

  • jumpstart

    Wasn’t “Live It Up” supposed to be the first single?

  • ozarko

    Archie is in a full two-page ad in The Daily Herald:

    http://tinyurl.com/4lgh6lv

  • Oksana2000

    Tom Cruise confirmed to sing in ‘Rock of Ages’

    The actor, 48, will play fictional heavy metal star Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical,

    Judging from his previous movies, Tom Cruise will play Tom Cruise. As usual…

  • nigerdelta

    Where Idols allowed to ask the public for song choices in the past?. or even interact with the public like paul& some others are doing?. or did that change this year?.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    gagapromo Lady Gaga Promotion
    Lady Gaga will perform the latest single from Born This Way on American Idol on May 19th. #bornthiswaymusicvideo

  • sr4mjc

    I’ve seen ROA a few times, Stacee Jaxx is a caricature, over the top, mess of a has been. I’m starting to think the casting is perfect.

    ETA:misread gaga tweet, it’ll be new single

  • lili_anne7

    Where Idols allowed to ask the public for song choices in the past?. or even interact with the public like paul& some others are doing?. or did that change this year?.

    I think the Top 12/13 will have to delete their twitter accounts, and will have a common S10 twitter, so they won’t interact as much with the fans.

  • Elliegrll

    Where Idols allowed to ask the public for song choices in the past?. or even interact with the public like paul& some others are doing?. or did that change this year?.

    I think it changed last year, when Andrew Garcia, Lee, and some others were allowed to post videos on Youtube, and when they were all allowed (or made) to post Twitter messages.

  • BootStar

    So excited for Crystal getting to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. “Mine All Mine” is the perfect song for that audience. Is there video of her performance anywhere?

    jumpstart:
    02/28/2011 at 9:20 am

    I love Steven Tyler, but reading his tweets gives me a headache.

    “SWAREE” LOL. I love how he gets the double e’s correct, but goes phonetic with the rest. He really is a hoot. My kids LOVE him (and his crazy fashion sense).

  • CindyM

    Isn’t May 19th the finale date?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Lady GaGa’s music video for BTW will be on Vevo in 1 hour!

    Isn’t May 19th the finale date?

    Maybe the finale will be a week later? Is the finale date confirmed?

  • Kirsten

    They want [Simon] to judge the acts in the contest by beaming him via satellite.

    Visions of Simon in a TV set sitting beside the other judges. Max Headroom flashback.

    I think the Top 12/13 will have to delete their twitter accounts, and will have a common S10 twitter, so they won’t interact as much with the fans.

    Didn’t they start last season with their own Idol twitter accounts, but they later got amalgamated into one either because people were counting followers or it got ugly with people attacking myIdolsEnemy twitter accounts or something?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Chris Medina had a short interview on Regis and Kelly today. They showed a bit of his audition, a clip of Juliana and a bit of “What Are Words” as they went to commercial. He didn’t perform.

  • Valentin432

    I think it’s going to be top 3 week. At least I hope so because the finale should be mainly about the contestants and making this the date of the Lady Gaga new single release would inevitably distract from them.

  • Valentin432

    THE TALENT: Despite the renovated set, new judges, and expanded voting process, the most notable change this season is the singers themselves. These guys are much better than last year’s crop. Sorry, Lee DeWyze, but you wouldn’t have stood a chance.

    This is exciting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Isn’t May 19th the finale date?

    The finale would be May 25th or 26th.

  • BootStar

    God I’m sick of Gaga.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The American Idol bus will be in DC tomorrow while Kris and close to the venue he will be performing. It looks like Kris is not scheduled to make an appearance due to a response from Lizzie.

    krinjalists krinjalists
    One more thing- just noticed Idol bus tour is also coming to DC on March 1, wonder if Kris will be appearing with that? @lizbiz8

    lizbiz8 Lizzie @
    @krinjalists no connection..,

  • primeminister

    God I’m sick of Gaga.

    Me too. I thought she was great during her first 2 singles and really loved her innovative style, but now she’s just being shocking and weird for the sake of being shocking and weird.

  • Kirsten

    The American Idol bus will be in DC tomorrow while Kris and close to the venue he will be performing. It looks like Kris is not scheduled to make an appearance due to a response from Lizzie.

    Considering the number of times he dodged being run over by the Idol bus, I’m not surprised he would want to avoid being anywhere near it again ;-)

  • Indigobunting

    AINow just posted on Twitter that GaGa will be on the finale.

    I’m not happy about that either. I can’t imagine they will have anyone sing with her. The finale should be about showcasing the Idols, I agree 100%

    They are trying to really boost finale ratings after the last year.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kirsten, you rock with your quick wit. :D

  • Kirsten

    I’m not happy about that either. I can’t imagine they will have anyone sing with her. The finale should be about showcasing the Idols, I agree 100%

    Ugh! They’ll probably force the Idols to sing a medley of her songs from a corner of the stage and then introduce her and her massive set pieces so she can do a massive solo.

    I’m tired of Gaga, too. She just tries to outdo herself all the time and she’s becoming like a hamster on a wheel. She runs faster and faster, but doesn’t go anywhere. Still, people will tune in to see her, so I can understand why Idol will acquiesce to all her demands and make the show about her instead of the Idols.

  • Incipit

    Also, and perhaps most importantly, the sway-bot pits are gone. That’s right: Everyone is sitting in chairs.

    It seems as if this news deserves noisemakers and multi-colored confetti – except that would verge on being ‘almost’ as annoying as that damn forest of waving arms was. How about a quiet Hallelujah? The Swaybots are really gone! No more constant irritant of the arms between the camera and the performer – no more depimping by sticking a hapless performer on a chair in the mosh pit, in fact – no more mosh pit at all, so they can’t change their minds back – at least for this year. Yeah. *snerk*

  • BootStar

    I’m tired of Gaga, too. She just tries to outdo herself all the time and she’s becoming like a hamster on a wheel. She runs faster and faster, but doesn’t go anywhere. Still, people will tune in to see her, so I can understand why Idol will acquiesce to all her demands and make the show about her instead of the Idols.

    I actually think she’s incredibly talented, but it’s a question of over-exposure. There’s just too much of her everywhere. A little mystery goes a long way in helping with career longevity. Maybe she’ll shock everyone and come out in (relatively) normal attire and just sing an acoustic number. Now that would be shocking. ;-)

    I’d much rather see Bruno Mars or Mumford & Sons! (Or Adele singing “Rolling in the Deep.” GREAT song.)

  • easyrider707

    A good AB song for Paul may be “Weight of Lies.”

  • tripp_ncwy

    New show for Lee on LDO;

    Lee will perform at the University of Iowa on March 25th –> http://www.leedewyzeofficial.com/news/lee-perform-iowa-city

  • 1952

    So excited for Crystal getting to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. “Mine All Mine” is the perfect song for that audience. Is there video of her performance anywhere?

    she will supposedly be put in the archives on wsmonline.com. there was an opry tweet on this

  • Elliegrll

    I’m not happy about that either. I can’t imagine they will have anyone sing with her. The finale should be about showcasing the Idols, I agree 100%

    It hasn’t been about the idol contestants for a couple of years. I remember all of the cheesy, but fun, group numbers that they used to have, but those have been cut out to give more time to big name acts. Fewer contestants have gotten solos or duets in recent years, too. It’s odd to take the focus off of the people who viewers have been tuning in by the millions to watch for several months, but I guess AI likes to brag about being able to land people who will look down on the show, but don’t have a problem using it to promote their own careers.

  • J9BT

    ozarko:
    02/28/2011 at 9:31 am
    Archie is in a full two-page ad in the Daily Herald:

    http://tinyurl.com/4lgh6lv

    Archie is so darned cute!

  • CindyM

    Michael Sarver is touring:

    michaelsarver1
    Hitting the road Wednesday for a month full of shows. Hope to see you out there! Check out http://www.michaelsarversite.com to see where I’ll be!:)14 minutes ago

  • J9BT

    BootStar:
    02/28/2011 at 10:27 am
    God I’m sick of Gaga.

    UGH, me too.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I actually think she’s incredibly talented, but it’s a question of over-exposure. There’s just too much of her everywhere. A little mystery goes a long way in helping with career longevity.

    Over-exposure? Eh, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are not exactly that much behind GaGa in terms of exposure. These days it’s kinda acceptable to be everywhere, have songs on the radio for two years straight with no break… It almost seems it’s hard to keep up with these artists if you don’t use the same tactic.

    GaGa actually had nothing new on the radio for more than 6 months. And she was touring and working on her new music at the same time and she was still everywhere and in demand.

  • Niall

    I think it changed last year, when Andrew Garcia, Lee, and some others were allowed to post videos on Youtube, and when they were all allowed (or made) to post Twitter messages.

    Heh. Last years AI controlled tweets were like something out of North Korea. At the same time each of the top 12 would tweet a missive along the lines of “Hi! Just finished rehearsal. Great day!”
    I get why they shut the twitter accounts down, and I’m not a huge fan of that type of social networking, but why have them tweet at all if they’re going to be so controlled you’d swear an automated system is spitting out the tweets?

  • BootStar

    she will supposedly be put in the archives on wsmonline.com. there was an opry tweet on this

    Many thanks!

  • istersay

    Midland Theatre – Crystal Bowersox Concert
    April 21, 2011 at 7:30pm in Newark, Ohio
    http://goo.gl/JBVSE
    http://goo.gl/N5yrF

  • BootStar

    Over-exposure? Eh, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are not exactly that much behind GaGa in terms of exposure. These days it’s kinda acceptable to be everywhere, have songs on the radio for two years straight with no break… It almost seems it’s hard to keep up with these artists if you don’t use the same tactic.

    I’m sick of all of them too! It may be “acceptable to be everywhere,” but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. All the great artists out there who have to claw tooth and nail to get any exposure whatsoever, and it’s the same half dozen acts shoved down our throats all the time. I don’t even listen to commercial radio, and I’ve had enough of all of those chicks (and Justin Bieber!) for quite some time, thank you very much.

  • Shorty

    Jason Castro concert tonight at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY. I’ll be there.

    http://www.boultoncenter.org/CalendarItem.aspx?eventId=472

  • tripp_ncwy

    Midland Theatre – Crystal Bowersox Concert
    April 21, 2011 at 7:30pm in Newark, Ohio

    This is a pretty good size venue for her.
    Midland Theatre is a 1,800-seat theatre on wiki but the venue webiste says its 1,241.

  • koshka

    Over-exposure? Eh, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are not exactly that much behind GaGa in terms of exposure. These days it’s kinda acceptable to be everywhere, have songs on the radio for two years straight with no break… It almost seems it’s hard to keep up with these artists if you don’t use the same tactic.

    GaGa actually had nothing new on the radio for more than 6 months. And she was touring and working on her new music at the same time and she was still everywhere and in demand.

    ITA. My issue is that I think she is more talented than this last song she released. I hope the rest of her album has more time and effort put into it.

  • istersay

    This is a pretty good size venue for her.
    Midland Theatre is a 1,800-seat theatre.

    thanks, I thought it looked large from the pictures but wasn’t sure what the capacity was. :)

  • Trina

    Aww Bo! I love that Carrie is his favorite Idol and I love what he said about David <3 Those two would make for one rocking collaboration!

  • LaRue

    I’m sick of all of them too! It may be “acceptable to be everywhere,” but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. All the great artists out there who have to claw tooth and nail to get any exposure whatsoever, and it’s the same half dozen acts shoved down our throats all the time. I don’t even listen to commercial radio, and I’ve had enough of all of those chicks (and Justin Bieber!) for quite some time, thank you very much.

    Sounds like a case of not hating the players so much, but rather the game. Pop music has been moving in this direction for a while, where 10-12 artists dominate the scene.

    Of the big-name pop stars, Rihanna is the only one that doesn’t seem to take time off. The others took six months to a year between singles/albums, so there was a break.

    No matter what we think of them–Gaga, Rihanna, Katy, Taylor, Bieber–the common denominator for them is they all generate publicity and most importantly, money. And that’s what singers/musicians wanting mainstream attention have to figure out.

  • Incipit

    “favorite ‘American Idol’ who isn’t Carrie”

    That ‘is’ kind of sweet – and Bo has always had good things to say about David – I wouldn’t be mad if they did something together someday – not at all. Bo was on that “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” show for charity – and he didn’t forget a single one – he has a deep music background, just like David. They could easily find something that works for both of them, just for fun.

  • larc

    Tom Cruise confirmed to sing in ‘Rock of Ages’

    “He can sing!” Shankman said. “It’s a miracle!”

    The official name for that miracle is Auto-Tune! ;)

  • Hazehel

    It hasn’t been about the idol contestants for a couple of years.

    ?

    The format of the finale has been roughly the same since Season 4, group numbers, solos by former idols, invited guests performing with contestants (only occasionally do the guests performed without the contestants at all, Jonas Brothers in Season 7 say), I think no contestant apart from the Top 2 ever get a solo apart those in the Season 3 pre-show concert performances, (I missed a couple of finales, so can’t be entirely sure), contestants not in the Top 2 barely get a look-in in the finale apart from a few groups performances in the early seasons. There is little that the later seasons’ contestants can complain about exposure-wise. The only difference is that last season the normal contestants only group number was missing (it became the group performance with Alice Cooper).

  • girlygirl

    Non-Idol performers have always been on the finale haven’t they? Or at least for the last couple seasons — Kris sang with Keith Urban, Adam with KISS and the 2 of the them with Queen, for instance. Lee & Crystal sang with Joe Cocker, Casey with Bret Michaels, etc.

    So why would having Lady Gaga be on be any different than that?

    (I’m assuming by “finale” they mean the show where the winner is announced, not the Top 2 performance show)

  • Hazehel

    Non-Idol performers have always been on the finale haven’t they?

    They started introducing non-Idol performers in Season 4. Before that, in Season 2 and 3 they had previous Idol winners (Kelly Clarkson in Season 2 and 3, Ruben Studdard in Season 3) and contestant (Tamyra Gray in Season 3) as guests. The shows were shorter then, and they had to add in a pre-show concert by contestants in Season 3 to make the show longer.

  • Indigobunting

    Girlygirl, they have, but don’t they usually sing with contestants (well, Rod Stewart was the exception, but then again he stood out like a sore thumb).

    I suppose it will be as Kirsten says: a group number with contestants (oh the horror :lol:), then Gaga singing on her own.

  • Incipit

    “He can sing!” Shankman said. “It’s a miracle!”

    Isn’t that Shankman the guy who was Producer/Director in some sort of conjunction w/Nigel on Carrie’s Holiday Special – where they messed up David’s Van Halen number, “Why Can’t This Be Love”? I still have a residual resentment with them about missing that one. It’s a “buck stops here” kinda thing. People who were at Dress were so excited about it – then it was screwed up.

  • Kirsten

    The format of the finale has been roughly the same since Season 4, group numbers, solos by former idols, invited guests performing with contestants (only occasionally do the guests performed without the contestants at all, Jonas Brothers in Season 7 say),

    S5 featured a group number to open it, the Burt Bacharach medley which gave each of the top 12 a chance to sing (11:37), Boys medley (4:19), girls medley and duets with the top 5 (Taylor-Tony Braxton, Kat-Meatloaf, Elliott-Mary J. Blige, Daughtry-Live and Paris-Al Jareau). They also had 3 auditionees sing and the Clay-with-his greatest fan sing and the top two duet. There were all the Kellie skits. Carrie, of course, sang. And then Prince came out and combed his hair.

    The time for Idols singing has been cut down dramatically since then and they seem to be there mainly to introduce the other, non-Idol related acts.

  • girlygirl

    The only Idols who get much airtime — not to mention a real chance to sing — on the finale are the Top 3

  • car3278sweet

    The American Idol bus will be in DC tomorrow while Kris and close to the venue he will be performing. It looks like Kris is not scheduled to make an appearance due to a response from Lizzie.

    Considering the number of times he dodged being run over by the Idol bus, I’m not surprised he would want to avoid being anywhere near it again

    Ha! Thanks for the good laugh, Kristen. I’d say both Kris and Casey J. will never be seen near the AI bus.

  • J9BT

    Hate to link this site here (sorry MJ), but if this was posted elsewhere I missed it!

    Jimmie Allen was interviewed by staff from AINOW.org. One of his original songs will be played in Hollister stores this summer. Also, Kris Allen is his favorite IDOL winner, and Daughtry is one of his favorite IDOL finalists.

    If you follow the links, there are four original Jimmie Allen songs that can be downloaded for free. I listened to them and thought they were good.

    Here is a link to the interview:

    http://www.ainow.org/index.php/idol/4850-exclusive-qaa-with-season-10-contestant-jimmie-allen

  • Ratna12

    The American Idol bus will be in DC tomorrow while Kris and close to the venue he will be performing. It looks like Kris is not scheduled to make an appearance due to a response from Lizzie.

    Kirsten: Considering the number of times he dodged being run over by the Idol bus, I’m not surprised he would want to avoid being anywhere near it again

    LOL, so true.
    Kris is a smart guy.

  • Keel

    Paparazzi pics of Cook at LAX. I guess this was from when he left for Austin, TX, last week to work on the final mix of the album (?). Anyway, better late than never.

    http://davidcookweb.com/pictures/thumbnails.php?album=314

  • car3278sweet

    Yeah! No swaybots! I hated that- it was so corny.

    Speaking of corny, can’t we just cut the boy/girl medleys too? They are so lame. And the contestants always look embarrassed, grumpy or a combination of both. This might actually give a bit more time to the contestants to SING. Like maybe more than a minute and a half per song. What a concept!!!

    Last year, I remember, Casey – with his usual wry humor – said that the thing that surprised him most about being on the show was how little they sang.

  • sma11ie

    I think no contestant apart from the Top 2 ever get a solo apart those in the Season 3 pre-show concert performances, (I missed a couple of finales, so can’t be entirely sure), contestants not in the Top 2 barely get a look-in in the finale apart from a few groups performances in the early seasons.

    In S7’s finale, everyone in the Top 5 got a celebrity duet, except for Jason Castro, who got a solo reprise (Hallelujah). Brooke sang with Graham Nash, Syesha got Seal, Archie got Ryan Tedder, and Cook got ZZ Top (WTF?). Carly (6th) and Michael Johns (8th) also got a duet together. Beyond that, we had a top 12 girls medley (with Donna Summers), a top 12 boys medley (with Bryan Adams), and two top 12 group numbers, the latter of which was a George Michael medley. The contestants that year got really celebrated PLENTY at the finale. I think Carly mentioned in some interview that she felt so bad for the Davids because everything combined they had to learn like over 20 songs plus choreography and in Cook’s case, guitar parts for Tuesday and Wednesday. But as a fan of those contestants, that finale and all the cheesy group numbers made it fun to watch.

  • Hazehel

    The time for Idols singing has been cut down dramatically since then

    I don’t see how you can say that. In Season 9 –

    Top 12 group number with Alice Cooper,
    Siobhan Magnus/Aaron Kelly with Bee Gees,
    Michael Lynche with Michael McDonald,
    all the wacky contestants (messed up by one particularly wacky one),
    girls group number (then introducing Christina Aguilera),
    boys group number (then introducing Hall & Oakes),
    Crystal Bowersox with Alanis Morisette,
    Casey James with Brett Michaels,
    Lee with Chicago,
    auditioner General Larry Platt (“pants on ground”),
    tribute to Simon with a huge number of Idol alums,
    then group number again introducing Janet Jackson,
    Lee and Crystal with Joe Cocker.

    The only difference, as I said, is that the contestants-only group number was missing, possibly to make way for the Simon tribute, which more than make up for it with so many former Idols present in that performance.

    In S7’s finale, everyone in the Top 5 got a celebrity duet, except for Jason Castro, who got a solo reprise (Hallelujah).

    Hah, forgot about that. Should have remembered because it was such an odd one out.

  • suenigma

    I’m dissappointed that we didn’t get to see more of Jimmie Allen. There was a lot of behind the scenes buzz about him.

    Speaking of hot guys…David Cook is looking mighty fine, if a little annoyed, in those LAX photos. Keel, couldn’t they be from his return flight to LA?

  • jericho

    suppose it will be as Kirsten says: a group number with contestants (oh the horror ), then Gaga singing on her own.

    Instead of having Ryan announce the winner of AI season 10, maybe they should have Lady Gaga announce it by simulating a birth with the winner shooting out her lady parts.

  • Kirsten

    I don’t see how you can say that. In Season 9 –

    Top 12 group number with Alice Cooper,

    The Cooper song was 3:06 compared to the Burt Bacharach number which was 11:37. The Alice number featured everybody singing at the same time, while the Burt number gave everybody a chance to be featured (solo or duet). The only people who got featured in S9 were Alice and Orianthi. They could have let the choir of children sing the entire bit and it wouldn’t have been much different. The Idols were just back-up singers.

    That’s how I can say it.

    The boys and girls group number in season 5 didn’t introduce anybody. They were numbers on their own. And they lasted longer than the intro bits that S9 sang for Christina and Hall&Oates. And in S5, the final two dueted with each other, they weren’t there to feature a more famous artist (Lee was barely in that number after Cocker arrived…which greatly improved the number…but still). And S9 wasn’t bad. Some years, Idols got to do even less.

  • tinawina

    maybe they should have Lady Gaga announce it by simulating a birth with the winner shooting out her lady parts.

    **thumbs up** :D

    You win at life. LOL!

  • J9BT

    Nigel is tweeting again:

    @dizzyfeet Nigel Lythgoe
    Just rehearsing the girls. The boys set a great standard on Friday but at least 6 of the girls are just as strong. Every week will be tough!

    Sad if only 6 of the girls live up to the guys performances. Come on, girls!

  • CindyM

    Those pictures of Cook definitely look like departure photos not arrivals. Looks like a boarding pass in his mouth.

  • jersey

    I love the idea of Paul singing Mumford and Sons or The Avett Brothers! If he does, though, I think he should stick with “Little Lion Man”. It has the best chance of being a familiar song to the majority of the tv audience. It’s risky picking a song that the general public isn’t familiar with this early in the competition.

  • SashaB

    If the Jonas Brothers and George Michael could get stand alone performances in Season 7, then I don’t see why Lady Gaga can’t get a stand alone performance. Bet Idol would want the eyeballs/viewership that she would bring.

  • Mel1

    Does anyone know how I can get to Adam’s live Sleepwalker w/o having to go through Popeater? I type in Adam Lambert Sleepwalker on youtube, but the dvd version doesn’t come up.

  • sma11ie

    Speaking of hot guys…David Cook is looking mighty fine, if a little annoyed, in those LAX photos. Keel, couldn’t they be from his return flight to LA?

    I always get so squicked by pap pics where the “victim”(heh) is STARING down the photog. That said, I’m a hypocrite cuz I love seeing his pretty (ambiguous) eye color in that pic.

    Also, suenigma the pics are dated, likely by the pap, and he’s got his boarding pass out (or in his mouth), so he’s definitely boarding, en route Austin, not returning.

    Instead of having Ryan announce the winner of AI season 10, maybe they should have Lady Gaga announce it by simulating a birth with the winner shooting out her lady parts.

    LOL forever. Haha, I love you.

  • Hazehel

    The Cooper was 3:06 compared to the Burt Bacharach number which was 11:37.

    But that isn’t comparable because the Simon tribute took out ~13 minutes of the show, I suspect there would be another group number without that.

    In some previous seasons, many of Top 12 only get to sing a few lines by themselves in the entire show as part of a group performance. They had far less exposure in the finale than those in Season 9. It’s only starting in Season 4 that they become featured singing with guest performers.

  • imeanrun

    Mel1:
    02/28/2011 at 1:10 pm

    Does anyone know how I can get to Adam’s live Sleepwalker w/o having to go through Popeater? I type in Adam Lambert Sleepwalker on youtube, but the dvd version doesn’t come up.

    it’s on his VEVO channel on youtube.

  • suenigma

    Ha. Thanks guys. Makes sense that those were LAX departure photos. Duh.

    And yep, still hot. Why does he look so pretty in pink? Must be that ambiguous eye color? :)

  • HappyDaisy

    Keel: Paparazzi pics of Cook at LAX. I guess this was from when he left for Austin, TX, last week to work on the final mix of the album (?). Anyway, better late than never.

    http://davidcookweb.com/pictures/thumbnails.php?album=314

    Thanks, Keel, very nice pics. David looks GREAT. Excited for his song on Thursday and album news soon!

  • HappyDaisy

    ozarko: Archie is in a full two-page ad in The Daily Herald: http://tinyurl.com/4lgh6lv

    Very nice!

  • tinawina

    This convo got me thinking: where are the milestones for placement on this show? From memory, I’m thinking:

    TOP 24: chance to sing on national TV, Idol prom & related press, probably local press upon elimination? I guess housing too? a small clothing budget and some help with hair & makeup, free cell phones & service for a year.

    TOP 12: More press, full fledged stylist & makeup people, bigger clothing budget, a weekly AFTRA salary, return for the finale, Ford commercials, ITunes download advance

    TOP 10: The tour!

    Top 5: Most years a duet with a celebrity in the finale, a rumored increase in tour salary

    Top 4: the last few years its been more songs on the tour, right? And the top 4 perform after intermission.

    Top 3: Home visit!

    Top 2: Record deal, highest tour salaries (rumor), new cars

    Is that about it? What did I get wrong?

    ETA: Thanks everyone!

  • Mel1

    Does anyone know how I can get to Adam’s live Sleepwalker w/o having to go through Popeater? I type in Adam Lambert Sleepwalker on youtube, but the dvd version doesn’t come up.

    it’s on his VEVO channel on youtube.

    I clicked on your link, and it didn’t work. What is Adam’s Vevo channel?

  • Dakota01

    Mel1, just go to Vevo and type in Adam Lambert. You’ll see all his videos there.

  • LindaT

    Mel1:
    02/28/2011 at 1:29 pm
    I clicked on your link, and it didn’t work. What is Adam’s Vevo channel?

    Here is the VEVO link to Sleepewalker:

    http://www.vevo.com/watch/adam-lambert/sleepwalker/GBE431000259

  • Mel1

    Dakota01:

    Mel1, just go to Vevo and type in Adam Lambert. You’ll see all his videos there.

    Am I blind? I still couldn’t find the dvd version of Sleepwalker.

  • sma11ie

    tinawinaNice summary. Sounds pretty accurate to me? I’d add that for either for Top 24 or Top 12, depending on which round they start the group songs, they joing AFTRA union or whatever and start getting a weekly salary. And I think the weekly clothing allowance starts in the Top 12? I think they get some help with hair, makeup, and clothing in the semi’s, but not the extent of the finals. I also think national rounds press generally start for Top 12, not Top 10, though? Maybe it depends on the year. Heck, in Medina’s case, he gets national press anyways.

  • Trina

    Thanks, Keel, very nice pics. David looks GREAT. Excited for his song on Thursday and album news soon!

    Yes yes! Album news cant come soon enough but I’m ridiculously excited to hear a new song. I dont care what the song is, gah I’ve missed that voice though!

  • Mel1

    LindaT, thanks that worked.

  • tinawina

    I’d add that for either for Top 24 or Top 12, depending on which round they start the group songs, they joing AFTRA union or whatever and start getting a weekly salary. And I think the weekly clothing allowance starts in the Top 12? I think they get some help with hair, makeup, and clothing in the semi’s, but not the extent of the finals. I also think national rounds press generally start for Top 12, not Top 10, though? Maybe it depends on the year.

    Thanks! I made the changes you suggested.

    I kinda like that the stakes get upped a little as you go along.

  • LindaT

    Incipit:
    02/28/2011 at 12:17 pm
    Isn’t that Shankman the guy who was Producer/Director in some sort of conjunction w/Nigel on Carrie’s Holiday Special – where they messed up David’s Van Halen number, “Why Can’t This Be Love”? I still have a residual resentment with them about missing that one. It’s a “buck stops here” kinda thing. People who were at Dress were so excited about it – then it was screwed it up.

    Don’t know anything about Carrie’s TV special, but Adam Shankman is a choreographer and film director. He was a judge on SYTYCD last season. Among his directing credits are “Hairspray” and “The Wedding Planner”, and he also did the choreography for “Hairspray” and the “Step Up” movies. He directed the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” episode of Glee.

    I liked the movie “Hairspray” — it was a lot of fun. I’m guessing “Rock of Ages” will get a similar treatment — campy and fun, with a lot of big stars putting on their best “hair metal” look. :)

  • girlygirl

    I posted this in lat night’s thread, but it was late East Coast time when the earthquake hit Central Arkansas, when there aren’t a lot of people on this board, so I’ll repost here. Kris and Cale might have just been rehearsing for tomorrow’s gig, but I’m hoping they were playing their family/friends some new music (Mama Allen tweeted earlier on Sunday that she had heard some new demos)

    bkshatswell Brandon K Shatswell
    I think I’ve found the cause of the earthquake…@KrisAllen & @calevis24 are rockin… #fb #tc http://plixi.com/p/80566577
    13 hours ago

  • HappyDaisy

    LindaT: Here is the VEVO link to Sleepewalker:

    http://www.vevo.com/watch/adam-lambert/sleepwalker/GBE431000259

    Thanks. Cool song, awesome performance by Adam.

  • Keel

    Don’t know anything about Carrie’s TV special, but Adam Shankman is a choreographer and film director.

    Oh, we knew that. Besides all the other directing and choreography credits you posted, Shankman also directed the Oscars in 2010. But it still stands that when he directed the Carrie TV special, he had two performers (including the star of the special) rehearse and then tape and perform a number in front of the audience with the intent to show it in the special, and then had to can the whole footage because they never got clearance from Van Halen to use the song. Seemed like something you’d get ahead of time, but maybe TV is done very last minute like that all the time. Still, it was a shame that it wasn’t shown.

    ETA:

    I’d add that for either for Top 24 or Top 12, depending on which round they start the group songs, they joing AFTRA union or whatever and start getting a weekly salary.

    Besides the weekly salary, doesn’t the entry into the union also allow the Idols to start receiving royalties from the iTunes downloads of their recorded performances? *raises fist in support of collective bargaining* Heh.

  • Mel1

    @justinbieber: 1 in 8 people in the world lack access to clean water. so this year i want to give my bday away to help @charitywater #makeachange – http://mycharitywater.org/justinbieber

    for his 17th birthday…goal $17,000

    17 thousand? He’ll reach that in one hour.

    Good for him, tho. This should reach quite a few people.

  • Chicagolaw

    Good for Bieber :) I wonder how long it will take until the site crashes?

  • MrDuffin

    I actually think she’s incredibly talented, but it’s a question of over-exposure. There’s just too much of her everywhere.

    Over-exposure is Lady Antebelum(sp) and Taylor Swift. Gaga is not even close to those two!

  • MrDuffin

    Also it is great Crystal got a standing O at the GOO.

  • connie0128

    Is that about it? What did I get wrong?

    tinawina,

    Don’t forget the new cars for the top 2. And this year, cell phones and a year of cell service for the top 24.

  • Elliegrll

    Besides the weekly salary, doesn’t the entry into the union also allow the Idols to start receiving royalties from the iTunes downloads of their recorded performances? *raises fist in support of collective bargaining* Heh.

    They get an advance, I think it’s a $1,000, but don’t start seeing royalties until the songs reach that amount. It’s one of the things that is listed in the NY Times article about the contract that they have to sign.

  • Incipit

    Back on February 2nd, David sent this sort of WTF!Cook tweet –

    @thedavidcook Photoshoot today for Runway Magazine. Been practicing my Zoolander Blue Steel look all day. What do u think? http://yfrog.com/h37tcdkj

    Today, Runway Magazine put up a page for their Spring issue – available 3/22/2011, and the top blurb in Runway News is:

    * David Cook exclusive interview in Spring.

    I don’t think it’s overly optimistic to tie this to the PR for the “March to May” DCTR2 album drop – but truly, I am so curious to see this WTF? Photo shoot, because there were tweets and twitpics from the photographer, the hairdresser for the shoot and from Cassie Scerbo – actress on an ABC series Make it or Break it –

    >>@CassieScerbo: Behind the scenes at @RunwayMagazine shoot! Out in March! http://bit.ly/h8v4rG (expand)

    – who evidently was in the shoot with David. She was also at the Top24 Idol Prom on the 24th.

    So, yeah – WTF!Cook? but it will be on sale at a bookstore near you soon enough – *chuckle*

  • HappyDaisy

    Incipit:…Today, Runway Magazine put up a page for their Spring issue – available 3/22/2011, and the top blurb in Runway News is: * David Cook exclusive interview in Spring….So, yeah – WTF!Cook? but it will be on sale at a bookstore near you soon enough – *chuckle*

    Thanks! Well, I may buy my first copy of Runway magazine (had never heard of the thing before) on March 22. Hope they’re printing a larger than normal volume for that issue.

  • IndyMuse

    I didn’t see this linked elsewhere, and it seems to fit best here. Here’s a great interview and brief article with David Cook. Mostly it’s about an ABC2 race, but he touches on Idol and the record. The article wrongly says a treat Fri, but David says the 3rd still.

    http://sunny1043.radio.com/2011/02/28/idol-winner-david-cook-talks-with-christie-about-everything/

  • tinawina

    Don’t forget the new cars for the top 2. And this year, cell phones and a year of cell service for the top 24.

    Don’t forget the new cars for the top 2. And this year, cell phones and a year of cell service for the top 24.

    Thanks guys. I didn’t know they get cell phone service too!

    What time do the girls tape tonight?

  • girlygirl

    Another day, another plane trip. On his way to Washington DC for his gig tomorrow (probably)

    krisallen
    Don’t you just love loud phone talkers? Especially when they are next to you on a plane. Can’t wait to take off! 15 minutes ago via Echofon

  • artemis

    I just listened to David Cook’s interview and had to laugh at the question about the new judges.Get ready to answer that one in every promo interview you do for your new album, David. Lee gets asked that one every single time. What do these interviewers think these guys are going to say?

  • Trina

    I’m stuck at work at least another two hours and cant listen to the interview so can someone pleeease give me a rundown of what he said?!

  • Ratna12

    girlygirl:

    Another day, another plane trip. On his way to Washington DC for his gig tomorrow (probably)

    Probably ? So it wasn’t confirmed that he will perform ?
    From the pic last night, I thought that Kris and Cale were practicing together before the earthquake hit.

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

    Lmaoooo neil’s tweets r sooo funny! You just told the Internet my middle name !!! XD

  • tripp_ncwy

    Probably ? So it wasn’t confirmed that he will perform ?
    From the pic last night, I thought that Kris and Cale were practicing together before the earthquake hit.

    According to this, Kris is listed as a musical performer.
    http://www.ngyf.org/events/champions_gala

    ETA: We don’t know exactly what Krale were doing in the photo. We will have to wait and see. According to a tweet from Lizzie, it is known if Cale will be with Kris when he does PET-A-PALOOZ 3/13. So, Kris may be on his own for this also.

  • ladynsearch

    Hi guys,
    Just a heads up to those who don’t know.
    The “special something” of David Cook’s is happening Thursday March 3rd not Friday
    See previous article from MJ:
    http://mjsbigblog.com/david-cook-extra-treat-to-air-on-idol-march-3rd.htm

  • Incipit

    can someone pleeease give me a rundown of what he said?!

    Trina, the first half of the interview is about an ABC2 5K Run/Walk this Sunday in South Florida – even though he’s not attending – David has all the facts and data re the event at his fingertips, to speak enthusiastically about this cause so close to his heart. The rest is about the album – he talks about being “on the cusp” of putting out the new record, how busy he expects to be for the next couple of months – hoping for 200 tour dates this time – and does a pre-emptive strike by mentioning the new judges before the interviewer asks, In that context, he also talks about being on Idol this season and the extra treat on Thursday (though the radio page has it mistakenly printed as Friday) and explains how he’s not sure how much he is allowed to say – but he hopes everyone tunes in.

    That’s as close to confirmation from David as we will get for what we all deduced anyway, I think. The surprise is Idol related. Really, TPTB will make their announcement in their own good time – but don’t underestimate the CNN. *snerk*

  • tripp_ncwy

    moved

  • Trina

    Thank you Incipit! Much appreciated! Wow so secretive about the surprise hmm.

  • Mel1

    I sure didn’t get the indication that James and Casey were the early faves (according to the MSNBC article). I think early faves are Casey and Paul. And ugh again that they compare James to Adam Lambert. I guess we’ll be stuck with that all season. Or are they going to compare every singer who can sing high notes to Adam?

    Scotty was also in Clint’s group when Jaycee was booted?

  • primeminister

    @justinbieber: 1 in 8 people in the world lack access to clean water. so this year i want to give my bday away to help @charitywater #makeachange – http://mycharitywater.org/justinbieber

    for his 17th birthday…goal $17,000

    17 thousand? He’ll reach that in one hour.

    Good for him, tho. This should reach quite a few people

    Hah, I agree. Less known artists have managed to raise $50,000 so I think his goal should have been $170,000.

  • girlygirl

    Ratna12

    the (probably) in my earlier post was in regard to his destination. He’ll be in DC tomorrow, but for all I know he could have been going somewhere else today (I’m assuming his flight was to DC, however).

    He will be performing tomorrow…

  • Ratna12

    Thanks tripp and girlygirl, and I almost forgot about PET-A-PALOOZA on 3/13

  • karenc

    That was a great interview with David Cook. I also read what Bo said.

    I hope we hear for sure that the surprise is going to be on Idol What he said tonight seems to imply it, but I hope they tell us for sure. Unless he knows a statement will be made soon, and that’s why he said he can’t talk about it more. Maybe even during the show tomorrow or Wednesday.