Idol Headlines for 03/05/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Siobhan Magnus will be the Parade Queen for the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More info HERE.
  • Crystal Bowersox:  performs at the 13th Annual Subway Bedrace for Bridging, sponsored by Cities97 in Minneapolis Minnesota 7 pm. More information HERE.
  • Carrie Underwood host the America’s Opry Weekend New Faces of Country Music Special on Westwood One Radio.
  • Scott MacIntyre in concert at Disc Golf Association’s Memorial Championship, Fountain Hills AZ
  • Tim Urban and Aaron Kelly perform at Victoria K’s 4th annual Music Festival, The Angelus, Hudson FL  Noon-4 PM EST.

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@IdolsNow: “You read it here first: no official announcement yet, but look for DAVID COOK to appear on “Idol” finale Tues May 24 to sing “Don’t You…”

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Paul McDonald tweets, “I’m pumped about this new song with producer Don Was! I hope you guys enjoy hearing it as much as I did tracking it!”

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According to the Opry twitter, “Carrie Underwood returns to the Grand Ole Opry on March 26 for two shows, purchase tickets now! http://bit.ly/eiKEWT

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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‘American Idol’ Reveals Top 13 Finalists of Season 10

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Paul McDonald tweets, “All the lovely ladies tracking one of the Ford songs!

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Scott MacIntyre tweeted (last night), “Headlining a FREE concert 2morrow nite at Fountain Park, Fountain Hills, AZ! We’re on @ 8pm! Tell ur friends http://tinyurl.com/4lqqdtt

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Michael Johns tweets, “Didi Benami singing national anthem tonight http://twitpic.com/46bdcy. It was at a big boxing match in Oxnard she did great silenced the room! Hard to do with a rowdy crowd.”

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Adam Shankman tweets, “Can’t wait to start #rockofagesmovie. Julianne Hough, alec Baldwin, Mary j Blige, Tom cruise confirmed. I love my cast. More to come.”

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Le Festival de Mardi Gras keeps crowds partying

Now an annual tradition, the Le Festival de Mardi Gras kicked off at Cajun Field on Friday night.

The fair will run until Tuesday night, featuring amusement rides, food and live music. Its location also marks the end of the Lafayette parade route. Admission is free to the grounds, but parking is $10 per vehicle and there is a cost for each ride.

Monday’s music begins at 6 p.m. and will include Wayne Toups, Kimberly Caldwell, Side Show, Chris Mulkey, Louisiana Kids and Southern Kross.

Read more at The Advertiser

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Something Pitchy: Was Tim Halperin Robbed and Who the Heck Is Haley Reinhart?

Well we’ve got our Top 13 and as far I’m concerned, there’s a few glaring omissions, namely Tim Halperin and Lauren Turner.

Also missing from last night’s results show? David Cook’s boot song which was officially announced earlier in the day. Also, the mysterious, fan-selected ending to J.Lo’s, ahem, highly anticipated new video. Granted, myself, Rickey Yaneza (Rickey.org) and MJ Santilli (MJ’s Big Blog) weren’t paying much attention…

See the Video at TV Squad

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‘American Idol': Q&As With the Top 13!

After a nail-biting live two-hour results show that revealed America’s top five male and female contestants, pitted six potential wild-card performers against each other, and ultimately sent 11 contestants packing, what’s next for the Top 13 finalists for American Idol Season 10? A party, of course! In a large tent sitting atop the parking garage for the Los Angeles outdoor mall The Grove (which itself resides just south of Idol’s CBS Television City home), the Top 13 finalists ran a gauntlet of press interviews for a good two hours. Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez, and Pia Toscano talked with EW about what sets them apart, what theme nights they’re dreading, their thoughts on the judges, and what they were doing at this time, last year.

Read more at EW

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American Idol, The Day After: Top 13 Party Recap

On Thursday night the Season 10 “American Idol” top 13 (yes, THIRTEEN–10 popular voter-getters, plus three Wild Cards) were announced, and since America and the judges for the most part got it right this season, it was cause for celebration.

Read more at RReality Rocks

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The Los Angeles Times Top 13 Interviews:

Thia Megia, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez, Pia Toscano,

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Karen Rodriguez Plans To ‘Represent For All My Latinos’ On ‘American Idol’

Newly anointed top 13 “American Idol” contestant Karen Rodriguez wowed the audience and judges’ panel earlier this week with her performance of Mariah Carey’s power ballad “Hero.” While her song choice wasn’t particularly unusual, the fact that Rodriguez chose to deliver the song in both English and Spanish was.

When MTV News caught up with the bilingual, aspiring “Idol” champ after Thursday’s first elimination episode, we asked Rodriguez about her decision to sing in Spanish and what other songs she wants to do in two languages.

Read more at MTV

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Scotty McCreery: Jesus Christ Will Get Me Through ‘American Idol’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scotty McCreery may be only 17 years old, but he’s wise beyond his years! The North Carolina-native chatted with HollywoodLife.com about his strong Christian faith and missing his friends back home. Plus, he revealed he’s not just a country singer — he actually auditioned originally with songs by John Mayer and Frank Sinatra!

Read more at Hollywood Life

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Pinay teen ‘AI’ finalist

LOS ANGELES—“Filipino pride!” This was what newly declared “American Idol” finalist Thia Megia excitedly announced when she saw us on the red carpet on Friday’s finalists party at The Grove.

“It feels amazing!” she exclaimed when asked about being included in the top 13 of television’s most popular talent show. The 15-year-old, the youngest finalist ever in the history of “American Idol,” is as Filipino as can be.

She likes sinigang, adobo and pancit. This daughter of two immigrants from Pampanga idolizes Charice and Regine Velasquez. She has performed in a concert featuring the latter.

Read more at Inquirer.net

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Clay Aiken back on the road

After a successful run in the Broadway musical “Spamalot,” Season 2 “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken is back on the road in support of his latest album, “Tried and True.” The disc, his first since coming out on the cover of People magazine and becoming a father to 2-year-old Parker, features faithful covers of button-up pop classics from the ’50s and ’60s such as “Mack the Knife,” “Crying” and “Moon River.” Earlier this month, Aiken’s most recent label, Decca Records, reportedly dropped him. We spoke to the 32-year-old North Carolina native in advance of his concert Saturday at the Warfield.

Read more at SFGate

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Ryan & Randy — Hypothetical Cast Aways

If Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson were stranded on a desert island … would sparks fly? And by that we mean sparks from the fire they would be making, not the other thing you’re thinking about.

See the VIDEO at TMZ

  • cahuisam

    Does anyone have a link to the twitter account “Krinjilists”? The last several days it says “sorry the page doesn’t exist”.

  • Mtlfan

    Received today a message from Itunes saying that my Kris allen Itunes has been delivered and is now completed!!!! what?! over a year and a half later?! lol

  • Trina

    Holy hell DC singing at the finale *spazz* Guess they really are changing things up this year! Lee will probably still get the reigning winners spot too right?

  • CindyM

    Doesn’t the boot song singer always sing on show one of the finale?? Is May 24th the last show?? I’m sure Lee will be there too, at least I hope so.

  • tinawina

    Holy hell DC singing at the finale *spazz* Guess they really are changing things up this year! Lee will probably still get the reigning winners spot too right?

    May 24th is a Tuesday. That’s probably the final performance night, not THE finale. IdolsNow is playing word games here.. that is not an exclusive. LOL. That is what everyone already knew anyway.

  • Jae

    Wooohoo! David on the FINALE! I’m so ready for more DC music. :) So glad I have him this year since I won’t have new Adam stuff for a while. :)

  • CindyM

    May 24th is a Tuesday? Are they switching from Wednesday/Thursday then??

  • Studio57

    Now that McCreery has made it known he is a God Fearing country boy, how many shows before they start bathing him in the white light and make James Durbin his devlish counterpart? I say two weeks.

  • Incipit

    IdolsNow is playing word games here.. that is not an exclusive. LOL. That is what everyone already knew anyway.

    Tinawina, I wonder, did they post that tongue in cheek? It’s like the people who “predicted” near the end of the competition that the winner of Season7 would be named ‘David’. It’s only mildly amusing, and only once. IMO.

    Doesn’t the boot song singer always sing on show one of the finale?? Is May 24th the last show?? I’m sure Lee will be there too, at least I hope so.

    CindyM, the Boot Song singer is on Finale Show1, the previous season’s winner appears on Finale Show2 – traditionally. Lee would be expected to appear on Finale2.

    Of course, TPTB can do whatever they want – but that’s what they have been doing in the past – which makes that ‘prediction’ redundant. IMO.

  • Miss Blue

    Now that McCreery has made it known he is a God Fearing country boy, how many shows before they start bathing him in the white light and make James Durbin his devlish counterpart? I say two weeks.

    LOL! A pretty good guess, I’d say. I’m waiting for the red, white, and blue striped shirt. Gah. Loathe him and this will just make it worse.

  • cheese

    Wow, Scotty knows what he’s doing . I’ll look for him to break out the God Bless the USA the first time he hits the bottom 3.

    I wish IdolsNow could tell us Cook will be on to sing his new single!

  • Elliegrll

    May 24th is a Tuesday? Are they switching from Wednesday/Thursday then??

    Yes. MJ already posted that the 25th is the last day of May sweeps, so Fox is taking of advantage of that.

    Somebody should tell idolsNow that the boot song is always performed on the last performance night, so this isn’t much of an exclusive.

  • lili_anne7

    Let’s just give Scotty the title. I mean he has the country vote and now he’s playing to the christian vote. I mean those two blocks are basically what he needs to win. I’ll support anyone who’s against Scotty in the finale, b/c his voice is seriously getting old for me.

  • tinawina

    Tinawina, I wonder, did they post that tongue in cheek?

    Yeah, maybe. They had to know that was silly.

  • sr4mjc

    Now that McCreery has made it known he is a God Fearing country boy, how many shows before they start bathing him in the white light and make James Durbin his devlish counterpart? I say two weeks.

    LMAO! Soon, very soon. And since Durbin already brought Judas Priest, who had their own investigation for subliminal messages, the narrative is set ;) And if he sings Ozzy or Sabbath, lol..

    Wow, Scotty knows what he’s doing . I’ll look for him to break out the God Bless the USA the first time he hits the bottom 3.

    I thought the same thing!

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Interesting… Aiken says outright that his Decca contract was for a single album:

    I’ve never had a long-term contract with anybody. We agreed to make one album, and that’s what we did. I don’t have any intention to go back to the studio. I just want to sing.

    Q: You honestly don’t want to make another album?

    A: The recording process is the most boring thing in the world. I would rather sing live and continue to do shows and not go back in the studio for that eight-month-long process.

    Are there precedents, outside of heritage acts resident in Las Vegas, for a successful “touring” career without occasional injections of new music from a new album? I’m not sayin’ it can’t be done — I’m curious how, as the newspaper interviewer doesn’t pursue the issue.

  • Trina

    Granted I’m not following the schedule that far ahead but is there even a show on Tuesday? The date sounds odd much less the finale idk. I don’t think its tongue in cheek though because Fred Bronson also tweeted earlier about some “exclusive” DC news being posted there. The thing is you’d be surprised at how many people didn’t even realize the boot song is always sung Top 2 night, especially newer fans.

    ETA: I wonder if Clay would be so bored by making albums if he was actually still selling many.

  • Kirsten

    Billboard has a video Q&A with each of the contestants (which album changed their lives, which former Idol inspires them, do they read the blogs, what themes do they dread).

    Here.

  • Kirsten

    Granted I’m not following the schedule that far ahead but is there even a show on Tuesday?

    May Sweeps ends on a Wednesday, so to maximize the number of weeks and ratings, FOX is running the final week on Tuesday/Wednesday. The boot song singer always sings the boot song on the final two performance night.

  • Elliegrll

    Are there precedents, outside of heritage acts resident in Las Vegas, for a successful “touring” career without occasional injections of new music from a new album? I’m not sayin’ it can’t be done — I’m curious how, as the newspaper interviewer doesn’t pursue the issue.

    I think this works for people who are singing standards and covers, as well as those whose style is more cabaret, and more about the performance.

    ETA: I wonder if Clay would be so bored by making albums if he was actually still selling many.

    I was going to ask this, but I couldn’t figure out a nice way to say it. I also wonder how he’s going to get people out to his shows, if he’s no longer releasing music. Does he even have the name recognition to have this type of career. And how does he let people know that this is the direction that he’s going in.

  • larc

    lili_anne7:
    Let’s just give Scotty the title. I mean he has the country vote and now he’s playing to the christian vote. I mean those two blocks are basically what he needs to win.

    Nah, no way that he’ll win. People hating him will make sure that doesn’t happen. That’s usually the fate of early frontrunners. I can sense that it’s already starting to kick in.

  • Mel1

    Casey continues to be funny. I think his wit will get him far in this competition. Alaina and her “southern charm”? All the girls are very talented. Will she milk it? James may have been reading blogs. He wants to control his singing. I would love to hear him sing a soft ballad. The country loves religious contestants. May help Scotty. Why is he so popular anyway? He just doesn’t do anything for me.

  • windmills

    Oh Scotty. This cracked me up so much the bad grammar didn’t even bother me.

    Scotty tweeted

    Just got waken up by a loud door slam and the lights turning on.. I thought id already locked the doors and turned the lights down low?

  • blmetsfan

    Goodness…she’s already getting the pressure.

    What do you need to improve to make it all the way through the competition?
    Lauren Alaina: I’m trying to lose some weight. I’m not going get anorexic because I’m from the South and we’re just not built that way, but the harsh reality of the business is that I probably need to lose some to compete with all these other sexy beautiful girls. But I think as long as I am happy with the way I look, people will respect it. But this is also a very physical competition, with singing and dancing and making commercials and going on tour, so I think a few less pounds might improve all those things for me.

  • steph6449

    Plus, he revealed he’s not just a country singer — he actually auditioned originally with songs by John Mayer and Frank Sinatra!

    Scotty singing Sinatra? That’s disturbing somehow, lol.

  • primeminister

    windmills, that is hilarious!

    @Karissaanne2000 we’re all bunking in the same room! All 6 guys.

    No roommates for the Top 13 this year.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Cahuisam they changed their name it’s @KrisAllenLists now.

  • Mtlfan

    cahuisam:
    03/05/2011 at 10:10 am
    Does anyone have a link to the twitter account “Krinjilists”? The last several days it says “sorry the page doesn’t exist”.

    it’s @KrisAllenLists now.

    I’m not into country but I’m curious to see how Scott will do in other genres of music. He’s a very sweet kid imo

  • Ratna12

    cahuisam:

    KrisAllenLists : Krinjalists changed it’s name to @KrisAllenLists; if you followed us before, you’ll still see our tweets

  • Miss Blue

    I’m anxious to see a make-over on Casey. He’s really got the potential to be a very handsome man.

    Nice eyes, nice mouth, great eyebrows (no uni-brow, thank god), and great hair. The right clothes will give a slimming effect.

    The make-over worked wonders for David Cook, and he didn’t have nearly the potential that Casey has. DC has some issues that had to be dealt with – yes, I’m thinking humongous forehead here, lol. And he too had a bit of a paunch when the show started.

    I’m on the Casey train til the bitter end, which is hopefully the finale and the win, so it’d be nice to see the stylists work their magic. He’s admitted he’d like to be sexy, lol, so hopefully he’ll take their advice.

  • fanaround

    Hi cahuisam
    They changed the address to @KrisAllenLists

    Oh poor Lauren Alaina, she was driving me nuts with her Ryan Peaches, but that interview makes me sad for her

  • girlygirl

    Scotty needs to be careful about the whole religion thing. It can either work for you or against you on this show. Subtle seems to be the better way to go with that, rather than trying to hit people over the head with your beliefs.

    LOL at the idea that David Cook singing the boot song on the Idol finale (performance show) is some big scoop — that has happened for several years now. I’m assuming Lee will get the traditional previous year’s winner’s spot on the finale results show — hopefully RCA will have actually released his 2nd single by then instead of keep delaying it.

  • Tess

    People aren’t going to change or deny their belief structure just because it may offend some or please others. Over 9 seasons AI voters have crowned or nearly crowned some very overt Christians, some middle of the roaders, and some whom religion plays no role in their lives.

    If religion plays a big part in someone’s life they should be able to express that…and I don’t think the idolettes “use it” to gain votes or acceptance. I know, that for me, how someone worships means very little…and whether they want to attribute their inspiration to Jesus Christ, or Allah, God, or the Universe..its all the same, just a choice of words.

  • girlygirl

    Casey is only 19 — that’s too young for me to think of him as sexy — I don’t care how they make him over…

    Tess

    I don’t want any one of deny or change their religious beliefs. I just don’t want to be preached at or hit over the head with religion. Certainly not on a show that is supposed to be a singing competition. Most of the Idol contestants in the past have been able to practice and express their beliefs without being annoying/obnoxious/preachy/condescending — I’m hoping that it remains that way.

  • Miss Blue

    I’m not into country but I’m curious to see how Scott will do in other genres of music.

    I believe this year they are doing decades, not themes. So unfortunately Scott can stick with his country music. I was looking forward to the trainwreck of disco or Gloria Estefan.

  • Ratna12

    Lauren Alaina: I’m trying to lose some weight. I’m not going get anorexic because I’m from the South

    Good luck to her, usually contestants gain weight on the show. On the other hand, if she is one of those people who can’t eat when under stress, then she can do it.

    I just read even the contestants in The Bachelor gain weight.

  • Mel1

    I thought Kris was going to be on the finale show too. Have they had three idol winners on before? Uh, oh. three WGWG.

  • tierbee

    If religion plays a big part in someone’s life they should be able to express that…and I don’t think the idolettes “use it” to gain votes or acceptance. I know, that for me, how someone worships means very little…and whether they want to attribute their inspiration to Jesus Christ, or Allah, God, or the Universe..its all the same, just a choice of words.

    Yeah, I am always a little puzzled at the backlash if someone is strong in their faith, whatever that faith may be. God, Allah, Flying Spaghetti Monster, whatever. I like musicians from lots of faiths, and from no faith at all. As long as you aren’t singing about tying me up and eating me because I’m Christian, it’s cool ;)

    I like the personalities so far on some of the Idols. Which doesn’t have much bearing on if I’ll like their album someday, but it sure helps make them more interesting on my TV.

  • tierbee

    Uh, oh. three WGWG.

    LOL. I’m going to go get my disaster supplies and prepare for the end of the world.

  • windmills

    girlygirl: Scotty needs to be careful about the whole religion thing. It can either work for you or against you on this show. Subtle seems to be the better way to go with that, rather than trying to hit people over the head with your beliefs.

    I agree. The 2 big concerns would be A) accusations that he’s trying to use his faith as a way of attracting voters and B) stereotyping that because he’s very overt about his Christian beliefs, he’s a narrow-minded, judgy, holier-than-thou person. So far Scotty seems to be a sincere guy just trying to say who he is, nothing more and nothing less and he also seems smart enough to know that he’s got lots to learn about life. I feel like this experience of being out in the world will be good for him and his religious beliefs will be a guidepost for him but not a barrier. Lauren A’s the one I have more concerns about being the judgier type but I hope I’m wrong about her and I hope I’m right about Scotty.

    As far as how deep they’ll go I see Lauren A outlasting Scotty. Scotty’s good but he’s got more obvious limitations so I think he’ll get support by the show to make it pretty far but short of f2. Like maybe if he makes t6 or something we’ll start hearing shifts in the judges comments where they talk more about his weaknesses.

    Lauren A’s got weaknesses too but I think they’ll be glossed over by the judges because she’s more commercial and it’s easier to imagine Nashville songwriters coming up with radio friendly country pop that fits her than to imagine the Nashville songwriters coming up with radio friendly traditional country that fits a 17 year old baritone. But that could change if Scotty has one of those moments on the show. I don’t think he will but you never know.

    I was sad to hear Lauren A already talking about losing weight. She’s right that being fit will help you but the show’s schedule is not one that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Doesn’t pretty much everybody gain when they’re on the show?

  • Tess

    don’t want any one of deny or change their religious beliefs. I just don’t want to be preached at or hit over the head with religion.

    But is Scotty preaching? If he wants to credit, what I think of as a mythical being, with his inspiration that is his perrogative. We have had a lot of Idols who are overtly religious and express it in countless interviews and others who have worn crucifixes..I can remember a lot of chit-chats with Ryan on camera that focused on that.

  • tierbee

    I just don’t want to be preached at or hit over the head with religion. Certainly not on a show that is supposed to be a singing competition.

    Sports are the same way. Though I will admit that I always get a giggle out of “I want to thank God for giving me this win…” Always wonder… so does that mean God wanted everyone else to lose? :)

  • Mel1

    I don’t see any of the finalists struggling to put a few sentences together like some past idols. I do notice a couple of them rambling, tho.

  • Chicagolaw

    LOL that DC singing the boot song on the Finale (or final two night) is some big scoop :) Anyone who watches the show knows this always happens. I don’t think Kris will be performing on the finale. He will probably be on before this if he has a single to promote.

    ETA, the bigger scoop will be the date DC performs his first single.

  • Yvonne13

    Per the Idol contract for contestants at this stage, is Paul “allowed” to be doing things like he is tweeting about doing?

  • Ratna12

    Scotty won’t win just from the Country and Christian votes. He needs lots of random votes from all over the country. That’s why I don’t understand the comparison with Carrie U. Carrie sang more pop (less Country) than Scott. Of course she did not get the ” cute guy” votes, but she still got some ” pretty girl” votes.

    I think from the tweet and last Thursday clip, Scott has some sense of humor/ personality.
    Hopefully the girls will start showing some from their tweets/ clips and NOT take this too seriously or at least able to laugh and have more fun.

  • Miss Blue

    Yeah, I am always a little puzzled at the backlash if someone is strong in their faith, whatever that faith may be.

    I have no problem, like you, with any contestant being anything they want to be, regarding religion. I just don’t want to hear about it. The second any celebrity, contestant, or politician starts blabbing about their faith they have lost me.

    Don’t tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe. h/t Meteor Blades, aka Timothy Lange

  • webster

    Re: Clay. I think there may be some jambands that mostly do live shows, don’t do much in the way of studio recordings, but release recordings from their live shows. Maybe not so much as albums but as downloads (free or otherwise). I’m not interested in Clay’s music, but it would be interesting to see if he pursued that line, and interesting to see how he set it up.

    I’m guessing, that’s not what he’s doing. He’ll probably tour, take the occasional Broadway gig (I think he got decent reviews, right?) and make the occasional album. It totally makes sense to me to be mainly live, and then occasionally release an album when you’ve got stuff already developed. Planning an album before you’ve even written music seems to me to be part of the reason we get so much stuff that seems like it’s got lousy production. I wish more performers would tour first, then record once they really know how they best like to present a song.

  • Mel1

    Country (music) and Christians are a huge demo for American Idol and the US.

  • jumpstart

    Uh, oh. three WGWG.

    LOL. I’m going to go get my disaster supplies and prepare for the end of the world.

    Ha. Let’s hope that Paul McDonald doesn’t make it four. ;)

  • tripp_ncwy

    I thought Kris was going to be on the finale show too. Have they had three idol winners on before? Uh, oh. three WGWG.

    Cook will be on the top 2 performance show & Kris would be on the actual finale the following night when the winner is revealed. So, you wouldn’t have all three performing the same night. You could possible have two of the three.

    Many of the winners & other alumni are always in the audience when the new winner is revealed at the finale.

  • songsungblue

    If religion plays a big part in someone’s life they should be able to express that…and I don’t think the idolettes “use it” to gain votes or acceptance. I know, that for me, how someone worships means very little…and whether they want to attribute their inspiration to Jesus Christ, or Allah, God, or the Universe..its all the same, just a choice of words.

    Yes, well, I personally hate the Fundamentalist Christian element that has been making its way into this show. HATE. Lauren Alaina is dead to me from the start, and so is Scotty. I just find it super annoying.

  • Chicagolaw

    All this pressure—now even their tweets will be analyzed.

    Just curious, why would Kris be on the finale? Has he comfirmed this? Isn’t that Lee’s spot as last year’s winner? I fully expect Kris to be on the show (if he has a single), but not the finale.

  • Miss Blue

    Re: Clay.

    Honestly, I think he’s got a big enough cult following that he could go the Phish, Grateful Dead route. Plus, his fans have money. An older, more seasoned group, you might say, lol.

    Just tour all the time, record the concerts and sell them as downloads or hard copies at the next concert stop. Plus all sorts of merchandise.

    He may not become a millionaire this way but I think it would sustain him nicely.

  • cahuisam

    Thank you everyone for the new link. I don’t tweet but I always love following. Couldn’t imagine what happened.

  • Miss Blue

    Yes, well, I personally hate the Fundamentalist Christian element that has been making its way into this show. HATE. Lauren Alaina is dead to me from the start, and so is Scotty. I just find it super annoying.

    Ditto.

  • tripp_ncwy

    @PMcDonaldAI10: All the lovely ladies tracking one of Ford songs! http://plixi.com/p/81796543

  • windmills

    Mel1: Country (music) and Christians are a huge demo for American Idol and the US.

    But for the sake of some concrete numbers, The Hollywood Reporter survey said 46% of AI voters listen to Top 40/Pop. That’d be your biggest music demo for AI voters.

  • Junior

    Scotty’s not the only Christian. Stefano pulled out a gospel song to sing for his life. Smokie Norful is a gospel singer.

    Plus they both wear crosses around their necks.

  • car3278sweet

    Hey MJ!

    Shouldn’t Casey James be listed in appearances for today? He’s doing a show in Tulsa, right?

  • steph6449

    Yes, well, I personally hate the Fundamentalist Christian element that has been making its way into this show.

    All I heard in that interview was Scotty saying his faith is important to him and he loves Jesus. Those are ‘fundamental’ Christian beliefs but I can’t describe them as “fundamentalist” ;) There are certain beliefs that I understand to be “fundamentalist” that are not necessarily held by other broad groups within the spectrum of Christianity. Didn’t hear him say anything even touching on those topics.

    Anyone who has strong views or personal characteristics probably will draw their share of hate for them. In general, I think they are better off being who they are. Those who like it, or are neutral on any particular aspect like that, will support them. Those who don’t, probably were not going to be part of their fanbase anyway.

    Do agree though that anyone who takes their personal views to an extreme level of OTT preaching or aggressive proselytzing is a turnoff whether on religion, politics, social issues, or whatever. Even sports, lol.

    ETA: I’m no huge Scotty fan but the other thing with that Scotty interview is he didn’t just spontaneously start talking about that subject. He was asked a direct question, and answered.

  • Trina

    Since its the 10th anniversary I wouldnt be shocked if ALL the winners were at the finale in some capacity like they had last year for Simon’s sendoff.

    Uh, oh. three WGWG.

    IKR? And I love the irony that a WGWG even was given the boot song. Hopefully that will at least take squash the belief that David is hated by 19 since he started the whole evil WGWG winner streak lol.

  • Elliegrll

    All this pressure—now even their tweets will be analyzed.

    Just curious, why would Kris be on the finale? Has he comfirmed this? Isn’t that Lee’s spot as last year’s winner? I fully expect Kris to be on the show (if he has a single), but not the finale.

    It’s a two hour show, there’s space for both of them. It wouldn’t be the first time that they’ve booked more than one previous winner or contestant.

    Since its the 10th anniversary I wouldnt be shocked if ALL the winners were at the finale in some capacity like they had last year for Simon’s sendoff.

    If they don’t do this it will be a huge mistake, and missed opportunity. The reaction that the alums got last year, as well as how much people are embracing this season, should tell them that the show is about the contestants, and that people love to see their favorites pop up, no matter what they’ve been doing since their seasons ended.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Just curious, why would Kris be on the finale? Isn’t that Lee’s spot as last year’s winner? I fully expect Kris to be on the show (if he has a single), but not the finale.

    Lee would perform as the previous winner. Kris stated that he was going to be at the finale and the plan was for him to perform his new single. If he doesn’t have a new single, he could always perform one of his tracks from the first album. They often bring back other AI alumni to perform at the finale. Carrie performed last year after Kris’ farewell performance at the finale show.

  • Junior

    Paul McDonald tweets, “I’m pumped about this new song with producer Don Was! I hope you guys enjoy hearing it as much as I did tracking it!”

    So what does this mean? Are the Top 13 recording new music?

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    I just don’t want to be preached at or hit over the head with religion. Certainly not on a show that is supposed to be a singing competition.

    My personal rule is that if peeps want to share their religious beliefs, that’s fine; though if they don’t talk about much else, I will start ignoring them. When they start telling me what my beliefs should be, there needs to be a really, really, REALLY compelling reason in their music for me to keep supporting them; otherwise, forget it.

    Of course, I’d feel almost the same way if a musician nattered about nothing but baseball; telling me to root for the Yankees crosses important ideological lines. I figure real people have varied interests, so it’s cool that they chatter about same and I’m happy to shrug and ignore what doesn’t suit me; but if the idea is to get my vote, intelligent observations on music would be my choice.

  • steph6449

    My personal rule is that if peeps want to share their religious beliefs, that’s fine; though if they don’t talk about much else, I will start ignoring them. When they start telling me what my beliefs should be, there needs to be a really, really, REALLY compelling reason in their music for me to keep supporting them; otherwise, forget it.

    That’s about my view. Same when they start soapboxing on political topics or hot-button social issues :? :( Shut up and sing :lol:

    In all seriousness though, once they are at a certain point in their career, if whatever they want to talk on and on about / advocate for at least somewhat fits the target demographics of their audience/supporters it really doesn’t hurt them. And may even help solidify an audience with common values. Thinking of someone like Streisand as she started to become very identified with liberal politics. Or the more well-known conservatives in country music. Not all of their respective audiences share those views, but a good enough percentage did that it never seem to damage them. Vs. case like Dixie Chicks where the views were a disconnect to a large segment of their audience and to the radio industry that was playing their music.

    People follow artists because they like them personally, or think they are hot, or whatever. Not exclusively because of their actual music. So there’s a place if they want to throw in strong personal views; but there’s a price for it too for those in their audience who get turned off when it gets OTT. Everyone’s definition of “OTT” probably varies by person and subject matter.

  • Chicagolaw

    tripp_ncwy, is that what Kris actually said? So basically he confirmed that he will be singing on the finale? If that’s the case, he should do whatever he needs to in order to get the new single ready. It is hard to beat the Idol platform when it comes to debuting new stuff.

    I wonder if all the contestants are going to have an original single “iTunes ready” for when they get voted off.

  • songsungblue

    Reading that EW interview is comedy GOLD. So Lauren is already losing weight for the tour? Take it down, sugar. Gotta love Paul, who can barely restrain an eye roll at some of these hamsters [he's my pick], and the general – “yeah, it’s sad that people left, but really who cares? I’m here!!”

    I propose a new drinking game. Every time someone says ‘I just thank God I’m able to share my gift’ or Thank you, Lord!’ DRINK. hee.

  • cahuisam

    You guys, I tried the new link “@KrisAllenLists”, doesn’t work for me. Can I see or follow the tweets even though I don’t tweet? Please put the direct link so I can save it.

  • Elliegrll

    So what does this mean? Are the Top 13 recording new music?

    They are recording the songs that they will sing next week, so that they can be made available on itunes, and they are recording the song for the Ford commercial.

  • JudyOhio

    Scotty’s not the only Christian. Stefano pulled out a gospel song to sing for his life. Smokie Norful is a gospel singer.

    Plus they both wear crosses around their necks.

    Also, Jacob pointed up to where his inspiration comes from.

    Being a Christian does not necessarily a fundamentalist make. I haven’t seen any of these kids going overboard with their religion or trying to evangelize. And, bottom line, it’s not unusual to be a believer. It’s America and we have a right to our religion or lack of one. Overall, I don’t see it effecting the AI contest any more than gays voting for Adam, or Latinos voting for Latinos, or African Americans voting for African Americans, or Caucasian for Caucasion, OR for that matter, a rock lover voting for a rocker, or a country lover voting for a country boy/girl, etc. etc. etc. etc. America is a pretty big country and AI has diverse followers. I don’t see any block of voters being large enough to throw the outcome. Only my opinion of course.

  • Mel1

    I think if any winner has the opportunity to perform on the finale show, s/he would be lucky. That show seems to get the biggest response as far as sales, which makes sense since it has the biggest audience and biggest hype the entire season.

  • 123abc456

    Here is a fox news piece on David Cook: http://ht.ly/48w6v They don’t get it completely right, I don’t think the bootsong will be on Dave’s album. I think David will perform the bootsong on top 2 night. I think he will perform his new single another time during the season. I doubt he will be on the finale as well. But who knows?

  • JudyOhio

    I’m proud of David C. for getting the boot song. :)
    Good exposure throughout the AI10 season!

  • songsungblue

    Jesus Christ will get me through American Idol? He doesn’t have better things to do? ;)

  • tripp_ncwy

    tripp_ncwy, is that what Kris actually said? So basically he confirmed that he will be singing on the finale

    He was asked a question if he will be playing on AI10.

    He stated that he will be at the finale but doesn’t know if he will be singing or not. Then he went on to say that the plan is to have a single come out before the end of the season and get on and play it.

  • webster

    That’s about my view. Same when they start soapboxing on political topics or hot-button social issues

    For me, that’s the part that I don’t mind, since it’s about what they believe, and since I’d expect any reasonably intelligent adult to have beliefs on important social and political issues. You can spend too much time on it, but it’s no worse, and more important, than hearing who their favorite musician or designer is.

    What turns me off, is if they start thanking God or otherwise implying that their success or failure is due to some imaginary influence. On the surface of it, the outcome depends on some combination of performance for each contestant (luck, talent and effort) and the viewers vote. To imply that one’s own beliefs effects that is vaguely insulting to the other contestants and to the voters. Believe it if you do, Scotty, but like any other insults, keep them to yourself.

  • JudyOhio

    GEEEEEEEEEEZ, my husband just came to me at the computer and said David Archuleta had been in a head-on car crash. Panic ensued in my brain and i quickly looked it up. Turns out it was
    David Arquette and hubby had just missread it on the news! Whew, scared me!!!

  • Mel1

    What if they have a horrendous performance? How do they fit in God?

  • JudyOhio

    To imply that one’s own beliefs effects that is vaguely insulting to the other contestants and to the voters

    I think he just meant that his faith helps him with stress, worry, nerves, helps his focus, strengthens his resolve, and all that jazz. Don’t think he meant to insult anyone. He’s kinda young to have the whole PC thing totally figured out. He’ll learn.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Overall, I don’t see it effecting the AI contest any more than gays voting for Adam, or Latinos voting for Latinos, or African Americans voting for African Americans, or Caucasian for Caucasion, OR for that matter, a rock lover voting for a rocker, or a country lover voting for a country boy/girl, etc. etc. etc. etc. America is a pretty big country and AI has diverse followers.

    I think this is where we all wonder if Rushfield’s book is accurate. He writes in his book that conservative Christians make up the largest portion of the AI viewing demographic.

    It’s too bad he didn’t reference actual numbers. Now of course this group may be the largest individual segment but it doesn’t mean they make up the majority of voters. The other segments combined I suspect are larger than the conservative Christian demographic.

    I guess until we have a Gay or non-Christian winner (I know Cook says he’s agnostic but I think most people assumed he was Christian), it does seem like that voting bloc does have some sort of influence, but we really don’t know for sure. Of course if the majority of the contestants are Christian and as far as we know, not Gay, the chances of a straight Christian winning AI are greater just based on the number of contestants who are from that demographic.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    What if they have a horrendous performance? How do they fit in God?

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • Junior

    Considering that more than 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, the results are not too surprising.

  • songsungblue

    Well, Lauren was out there performing at the Praise God Rallies for the Bible Banner Cheerleaders, so I think it’s fair to say she’s kind of SuperChristian. What can I say? My hackles rise when a 16 year old girl prances around the stage making goo-goo eyes at a man old enough to be her grandfather, and smacks her own a** LOL! and then declares her fervent faith. UGH. I also hated the Jordan purity ring experience. Hey, I’m a nice Jewish girl, but if Robbie Rosen had been up there waving the Torah, I’d feel the same way.

    As for Scotty, I think he’s going to end up being John Steven-ed sooner or later. I can see Jacob going deeper, although personally, he bores me. I feel stuck with Lauren and her bad fashion sense. Sigh.

    ETA: Say what you will about Lee Dewyze, but he never dragged God into anything. I don’t think Crystal did either. It’s one of the many things I LOATHE about Danny.

  • lovingadam
  • Tess

    To imply that one’s own beliefs effects that is vaguely insulting to the other contestants and to the voters. Believe it if you do, Scotty, but like any other insults, keep them to yourself.

    From what I understand many religions teach humility and part of humility is thanking their chosen higher power for the good things that befall and making sure that they don’t blame that power when bad things happen. And even as a total non-religous person I don’t get how someone else would feel insulted if someone “thanked” God, Jesus Christ, Allah, God, Buda or the Universe for helping them.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Considering that more than 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, the results are not too surprising.

    Yes, but I believe a large percentage of Americans would not necessarily classify themselves as conservative Christians. Rushfield refers to conservative Christians. There must be some reason as to why he decided to use the word “conservative” in his book.

  • steph6449

    What turns me off, is if they start thanking God or otherwise implying that their success or failure is due to some imaginary influence. On the surface of it, the outcome depends on some combination of performance for each contestant (luck, talent and effort) and the viewers vote. To imply that one’s own beliefs effects that is vaguely insulting to the other contestants and to the voters. Believe it if you do, Scotty, but like any other insults, keep them to yourself.

    I don’t see how thanking God (who, for those who believe, is not considered imaginary) is insulting to other contestants. Any more than thanking your mom & dad, or your music teacher, or some other entity that a contestant finds inspiring, learned from, feels was a contributor to their potential as an artist, or draws on for comfort / confidence.

    What can I say? My hackles rise when a 16 year old girl prances around the stage making goo-goo eyes at a man old enough to be her grandfather, and smacks her own a** LOL! and then declares her fervent faith.

    Don’t know about the faith part, haven’t actually seen that with Lauren A though I haven’t followed her all that closely. The flirting with judges / questionable outfits though, yeah, probably. Hopefully the show will give her more advice on that as things progress. In the early stages the contestants are just trying to get through, and I don’t know that I will personally hold any socially awkward behavior against them, especially for the teens. Unless it continues.

    That’s about my view. Same when they start soapboxing on political topics or hot-button social issues

    For me, that’s the part that I don’t mind, since it’s about what they believe, and since I’d expect any reasonably intelligent adult to have beliefs on important social and political issues. You can spend too much time on it, but it’s no worse, and more important, than hearing who their favorite musician or designer is.

    When I used the word “soapboxing,” I meant more than just speaking what they believe in. I like people who are direct and confident in their personal views, for the most part, even when I may not agree with all of their views.

    “Soapboxing” for me is more when someone is out there aggressively lobbying everyone else to take on the same views, and getting more hard-edged about it to the degree that they don’t seem to tolerate that other people may reasonably hold different views / beliefs.

  • girlygirl

    Kris said in a recent interview that he is going to be AT the finale. He also said that he HOPES to perform on AI if his single is out in time. He has NOT confirmed that he’ll performing on the show this year — and even if he does, it wouldn’t necessarily be on the finale. Personally, I think that he might end up performing on IGB (if they are doing that show this season) — although he wouldn’t be likely to perform a new single on IGB…(this is only a guess on my part, but it would make a lot of sense)

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I don’t mind contestants thanking God, if they are sincere in their actions. I also don’t mind a conservative Christian winning AI if most people viewed them as the best contestant. It doesn’t bother me. My only concern is that a voting bloc could put someone through over someone more talented because that person has the correct image, faith, gender, race, etc and the singing becomes secondary.

    By the way, I still think anyone can win S10. This a very talented bunch and I like to think AI is pulling in new viewers with JLO and Tyler.

  • CindyM

    Mel1:
    03/05/2011 at 12:34 pm

    I think if any winner has the opportunity to perform on the finale show, s/he would be lucky. That show seems to get the biggest response as far as sales, which makes sense since it has the biggest audience and biggest hype the entire season.

    It wasn’t last year for Kris. I think that performances on the finale tend to get overshadowed unless the song is already a hit with all the other stuff going on. Debuting a song on the finale doesn’t sound like a good deal.

  • Elliegrll

    I think that he might end up performing on IGB (if they are doing that show this season) — although he wouldn’t be likely to perform a new single on IGB…(this is only a guess on my part, but it would make a lot of sense)

    They only do IGB every other year, so this should be an off year.

  • anemicandholding

    He stated that he will be at the finale but doesn’t know if he will be singing or not. Then he went on to say that the plan is to have a single come out before the end of the season and get on and play it

    Um, actually he said that he would be *at* the finale and that he hoped to have a single to perform on the show this season. That is a far cry from having definite plans to perform a single on the finale, especially since there’s no guarantee that he will have a song to perform in time.

  • Marie Ruffin

    Paul McDonald tweets, “I’m pumped about this new song with producer Don Was! I hope you guys enjoy hearing it as much as I did tracking it!

    I’m confused….he’s recording with Was? Is he under contract with another company? Sorry, but he seems to not be the type of performer that AI wants…he’s doing his own thing his own way on his own terms….talk about using the TV show to promote your own agenda!

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    As far as the finale, I think Cook may perform his new single. I wonder if James gets to the final two, they will have him duet with Adam. That would be good TV!

    I think Kris will be on to perform his new single, but it may not be on the finale. If he gets the top 4 or top 3 show, that would be better because I think the focus at the finale is really about who is going to win AI and now the 10 year anniversary of AI.

  • Elliegrll

    My only concern is that a voting bloc could put someone through over someone more talented because that person has the correct image, faith, gender, race, etc and the singing becomes secondary.

    The reality is that there will always be voters who don’t vote for someone because of their race, gender, image, or whatever. Just like there will always be people who will vote for someone for these same reasons.

  • Elliegrll

    I’m confused….he’s recording with Was? Is he under contract with another company? Sorry, but he seems to not be the type of performer that AI wants…he’s doing his own thing his own way on his own terms….talk about using the TV show to promote your own agenda!

    No. Yesterday, the contestants were recording their songs for next week with Was and Jimmy Iovine. Hopefully having UMG in on these sessions will mean that the studio songs will sound better than what we’ve gotten over the last few years. They are still rush jobs, and Chris Medina’s song doesn’t sound great, so who knows.

  • CindyM

    Elliegrll:
    03/05/2011 at 1:15 pm

    They only do IGB every other year, so this should be an off year.

    That’s not true, they started IGB in season 6, had it again in season 7, skipped season 8 because of the economy they said, and then came back in season 9.

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  • Elliegrll

    That’s not true, they started IGB in season 6, had it again in season 7, skipped season 8 because of the economy they said, and then came back in season 9.

    And last year they said that they were only going to do it every other year, instead of every year.

  • steph6449

    Danny’s in the top tweets of the week at TheBoot.com

    http://www.theboot.com/2011/03/05/brad-paisley-blake-shelton-tweets/

    Cute pic signing for some young fans.

    DJ_Dust3RDJ: Photo: Dust3r gets his boy Danny Gokey to sign some autographs for his little sisters! http://tumblr.com/xke1ofnd9t

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Granted I’m not following the schedule that far ahead but is there even a show on Tuesday? The date sounds odd much less the finale idk

    .

    The final show is scheduled for Tuesday May 24. The finale for May 25th. It hasn’t been announced officially yet, but that IS the schedule, unless the honchos at FOX change their minds.

  • sr4mjc

    I hope Kimberly Caldwell gets a chance to sing DGASB this season. Or something from her cd. When is it out?

  • Elliegrll

    Here’s an interview that Ken Warwick gave to MTV in 2008 explaining why they decided to only do IGB every other year.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1601389/why-american-idol-taking-year-off-from-idol-gives-back.jhtml

    “When we’re making three, sometimes four hours a week of broadcast TV, to add the actual weight of making a huge charity show on top of that, at the same time, stretches the team like there’s no tomorrow,” executive producer Ken Warwick told reporters Monday. “And it’s really very, very difficult to keep the standard of the main show up as well as make ['Idol Gives Back'] something special.”

    Warwick said he plans to stage the charity special “every other year” from now on. “This is a difficult financial time for everybody, globally,” Warwick said. “I think that the decision that was made was, ‘Let’s hold it over till next year and do it then.’ “

  • JudyOhio

    Im an AI addict, MJsbigblog addict, and also a conservative christian. I voted for Archuleta (the mormon), Allison (the rocker girl with the potty mouth), Adam (the “polarizing” one), Underwood (country girl), Hicks (the spaz, hey, j/k on the spaz part), Fantasia (summertime blew me away), Clay (his progression over that season), Kelly (talent, PIPES, and versatility to include “stuff like that there”, awesome!) My political views or religious views have nothing to do with how I vote. Just sayin. There has to be a whole lotta peeps like me out there, lol.

  • Mel1

    I wonder if James gets to the final two, they will have him duet with Adam.

    Wouldn’t that be fun? They can pick one of Adam’s songs with a lot of range. They can even sing together on the finale show. I don’t see it happening, tho, because Adam is already going to be on next Thurs, and only the winners get two shows in one season.

  • rayni

    JudyOhio:
    03/05/2011 at 1:37 pm
    Im an AI addict, MJsbigblog addict, and also a conservative christian. I voted for Archuleta (the mormon), Allison (the rocker girl with the potty mouth), Adam (the “polarizing” one), Underwood (country girl), Hicks (the spaz, hey, j/k on the spaz part), Fantasia (summertime blew me away), Clay (his progression over that season), Kelly (talent, PIPES, and versatility to include “stuff like that there”, awesome!) My political views or religious views have nothing to do with how I vote. Just sayin. There has to be a whole lotta peeps like me out there, lol

    I’m like you!

  • Elliegrll

    There has to be a whole lotta peeps like me out there, lol.

    Yep. Which is why Adam made it to the final two, Fantasia and Ruben won, Crystal made it to the finals, and why the pool of winners overall is so diverse. Actually, America always seems to vote for a diverse lineup of contestants. Our choices are more diverse than what we are getting from major record labels, or from who the producers would normally pick. We know that initially they were going for image over voice, and were surprised when people voted for Kelly Clarkson. And the idea that America will always go with the cute WGWG doesn’t seem to hold up against America voting for Jacob instead of Tim Halperin.

  • sr4mjc

    Wouldn’t that be fun? They can pick one of Adam’s songs with a lot of range. They can even sing together on the finale show.

    eww no, that’s a horrible idea!

  • girlygirl

    PMcDonaldAI10 Paul McDonald
    These ford tunes are crazy! You guys are gonna enjoy these for sure haha!
    6 minutes ago

    And IMO it would be a horrible idea to have James duet with Adam. Why encourage the comparisons, especially when James — again, in my opinion — would come off second best by a fairly wide margin?

  • suenigma

    girlygirl:
    And IMO it would be a horrible idea to have James duet with Adam. Why encourage the comparisons, especially when James — again, in my opinion — would come off second best by a fairly wide margin?

    I think it could be pretty Epic actually. Obviously Adam is more skilled technically (understatement, lol), but they both have great voices, in the same wheelhouse. I would love to hear them wailing away on a great metal ditty. Besides, James is a Hell of a lot better singer than Gene Simmons, and that worked out okay.

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  • Mel1

    Besides, James is a Hell of a lot better singer than Gene Simmons, and that worked out okay.

    And I think a few music critics noted that.

    I think James has a lot of potential. He does have a really good voice, range, vibrato, good stage presence… Adam is just much more polished with his phrasing, riffs, taking it up and down.

  • HotHotHot

    No, NO, NO to and Adam/James duet!!!!

  • bridgette12

    I it just me, but is Paul getting a tad annoying with his tweets.

    As for a duet for James, why not Metallica, that would be epic.

  • Pixie Baker

    Maybe Paul tweets so much because of his rumored vocal problems…surgery or vocal rest????? Maybe he is just frustrated b/c he is saving his voice. :)

  • larc

    HotHotHot:
    No, NO, NO to and Adam/James duet!!!!

    ITA! But it will probably turn out to be a moot question anyway since James should be long gone once the finale rolls around.

  • webster

    And IMO it would be a horrible idea to have James duet with Adam. Why encourage the comparisons, especially when James — again, in my opinion — would come off second best by a fairly wide margin?

    I also think it’s a bad idea for different reasons. I don’t think James would come off bad by a wide margin. For one thing, if he made it to the final, it would probably mean that he’s done some significant growth (or there’s talent and skill we haven’t seen yet). but more specifically, I think one of Adam’s important skills is that he really knows how to sing with other people to make an over all good performance. Pre-idol duet clips as well as the few on Idol group and duet moments show a singer that knows how to blend and adjust. I’m sure he’d do that if such a duet came up.

    The reason I think it’s a bad idea is that it’s too insular. One of the points of the finale duets is to show how the finalists fit into the music scene. Too much using old idols, even ones with some off show success, makes it look like it’s just its own little world.

  • Miss Blue

    Yes, but I believe a large percentage of Americans would not necessarily classify themselves as conservative Christians. Rushfield refers to conservative Christians. There must be some reason as to why he decided to use the word “conservative” in his book.

    Correct. Conservative Christians, for poll purposes, are those who are “born again”. Meaning baby jeebus is their Lord and Savior. That bloc accounts for 32% of the American population, a much smaller demographic. For what it’s worth, they also do not consider “other” Christians true Christians, lol. Episcopalians, Catholics, the dreaded Mormons, etc are lumped in with all the other sinners, ie Islamists, Buddhists, Jews, etc. Highly concentrated in the South. When discussing politics, the conservative christian movement is generally evangelicals. Think any of the mega-churches.

    I said in the gambling thread, no matter what Scott’s voting bloc is – CC, tween girls, grannies – I cannot see him winning. He may lead in votes these first few weeks, but as contestants are eliminated, who is going to switch their vote from Stefano, Jacob, James, Lauren, Naima, Paul, Casey, etal to Scott? This is where his dramatic difference hurts him. He’s so different that you either love him or loathe him, or ignore him. I’m on the loathe train, but logically I just cannot see him picking up votes from other contestants. So he’s either got to be getting more than the rest of them combined, or he’s doomed. Personally, I think he’s doomed.

  • steph6449

    Correct. Conservative Christians, for poll purposes, are those who are “born again”. Meaning baby jeebus is their Lord and Savior.

    Most who espouse themselves as Christian, regardless of what specific vein of Christianity they may associate with, should, err, probably tend to believe that. Otherwise, they may as well join a bowling league ;)

    For what it’s worth, they also do not consider “other” Christians true Christians, lol. Episcopalians, Catholics, the dreaded Mormons, etc are lumped in with all the other sinners, ie Islamists, Buddhists, Jews, etc.

    Believing that their view is correct and some others are not is hardly unique to just that one segment of Christianity. Any codified religion / philosophical school differentiates itself in some ways from others, and will believe that in certain areas it is correct but others are mistaken or misled.

    There can be huge areas of overlapping beliefs nonetheless, or where reasonable people just agree to disagree.

    (And as far as “all the other sinners” — generally speaking, Christian theology is that humanity writ large consists of sinners who need divine saving. I’m not an Evangelical personally, but I read things from a lot of different Christian writers in different parts of the spectrum. That’s pretty basic to what I read from the mainstream leaders in that community. To pick someone very well-known, look at Billy Graham for example. It’s all about acknowledging yourself, personally, as a sinner in need of redemption among the first steps of what they ask of people.)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Promo commercial for Kris, Ryan Star & Matt Hires for Pet-A-Palooza event March, 13.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRkTgQNqjr8&feature=player_embedded

  • MrDuffin

    Scott has my vote (and so does Lauren) until they are voted off and then I’m finished voting to the year based on what I have seen so far. There is slim pickings this year as far as I am concerned.

  • Montavilla

    The immediate image that springs to my head with a James/Adam duet is that moment when Kara came out to school Bikini Girl. But it wouldn’t happen. Not even for charity would Adam embarrass another singer onstage.

    Why not have Steven duet with James? I think that might be fun.

  • steph6449

    Danny will be doing a show in Rock Springs, Wyoming in August.

    Sweetwater Events Complex
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 the Sweetwater County Fair will welcome American Idol alumni Danny Gokey. Danny finished 3rd during season eight of American Idol.

    “alumni”?? Latin confuses people, lol.
    .

    Danny will also be performing at Taylor Swift’s stadium show June 18th in Pittsburgh. That one came out in some of the later reports after the USA Today article mj quoted in her first post here.

    Full length press release here for the Taylor Swift tour openers including Danny and all his June & July dates.

  • gangreen29

    I already see way more controversies developing in the idol bubble compared to last year. Jacob/Scott/Lauren A and their expression of their Christianity. James and his syndromes and how they should effect the criticism he gets. Paul seems like a bit of a loose cannon and he is going to say something that rubs people wrong on the show or twitter. Thia seems to be winning a bunch of online polls and already I see rumblings about her getting inflated support from the Philippines and whether they will be able to circumvent the online system and vote. Karen seems persistent that she will sing in English and Spanish while she is on the show, and the longer she lasts the bigger the potential for a huge blow up of controversy over that. I guess that is good because it keeps people interested in the show and helps to build more intense fanbases, but I have a feeling I may be completely turned off to it all by the end of the season like with season 8.

  • bridgette12

    Pixie Baker:
    03/05/2011 at 3:03 pm
    Maybe Paul tweets so much because of his rumored vocal problems…surgery or vocal rest????? Maybe he is just frustrated b/c he is saving his voice.

    Maybe he needs to give his fingers some rest.LOL!

  • ross

    The immediate image that springs to my head with a James/Adam duet is that moment when Kara came out to school Bikini Girl. But it wouldn’t happen. Not even for charity would Adam embarrass another singer onstage.

    I don’t know why that should spring to mind. James is a not in a class with Bikini Girl – he’s in the Top 13 of American Idol. When I read things like this it doesn’t do Adam’s fans any favors. Adam is a good singer, he’s not too good to sing with other people, and it wouldn’t be an embarrassment to James Durbin if he sang with Adam, I’m pretty sure.

  • sr4mjc

    Adam is a good singer, he’s not too good to sing with other people, and it wouldn’t be an embarrassment to James Durbin if he sang with Adam, I’m pretty sure.

    No, but it doesn’t make sense IMO for Adam or James’s career. Adam’s promoting a dance/pop-rock route and given the list of songs James wants to do, he’s far from being interested in that route. I hope 19M doesn’t ask. Like Scotty, I wonder what James will do if he can’t do his list of favorite Dio/Sabbath/Hair Metal covers. I’m going to miss theme weeks pulling the kids out of their boxes. I would have liked to hear Scotty’s take on Mayer and Sinatra. I wanna hear the disco weeks and WTF theme selections, damn it.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    If anybody is interested, I updated the Season 10 TV schedule. It included the entire season

    http://mjsbigblog.com/ai-10-schedule

  • connie0128

    Clay Aiken cancelled his tour appearance in Memphis on Monday – no reason given. I had tickets to take a girlfriend for her birthday. The rest of the tour is continuing. So disappointing.

    http://www.clayaiken.com/news/26501

  • Montavilla
    Me:
    The immediate image that springs to my head with a James/Adam duet is that moment when Kara came out to school Bikini Girl.

    Ross:
    I don’t know why that should spring to mind. James is a not in a class with Bikini Girl – he’s in the Top 13 of American Idol. When I read things like this it doesn’t do Adam’s fans any favors.

    I understand where you’re coming from. I didn’t mean that James isn’t a good singer. I think he’s very good. It was just the image that came into my head.

    I think it’s because I’m seeing James as he is now (in terms of the show). He’s got the pipes and great range, but we haven’t seen much technique from him. That was Kara’s main complaint about Bikini Girl’s singing: She didn’t have chops.

    Me:
    But it wouldn’t happen. Not even for charity would Adam embarrass another singer onstage.

    Ross:
    Adam is a good singer, he’s not too good to sing with other people, and it wouldn’t be an embarrassment to James Durbin if he sang with Adam, I’m pretty sure.

    I wasn’t very clear here. When I said “it wouldn’t happen,” I didn’t mean that Adam was “too good” to sing with James. What I meant was that Adam would never try to outsing someone on stage with him. If they were singing together, Adam would do what I’d expect all other former idols to do: Give the current contestant the spotlight and make him/her look good.

  • everything

    The immediate image that springs to my head with a James/Adam duet is that moment when Kara came out to school Bikini Girl. But it wouldn’t happen. Not even for charity would Adam embarrass another singer onstage.

    Adam was a lot older than James when he was Idol. Adam also had at least 9+ years professional experience.

    I think it’s because I’m seeing James as he is now (in terms of the show). He’s got the pipes and great range, but we haven’t seen much technique from him.

    The Top 13 show hasn’t even started. As I recalled, Adam was not necessarily deemed the early favorite at this point in the competition.

  • tierbee

    Getting ready to go see Street Corner Symphony – woohoo! Taking my 7 yr old with me, hope he enjoys it. He seems interested in music and being a music lover and band nerd myself… well, I’m going to encourage that sort of thing ;)

  • Studio57

    I don’t see it happening, tho, because Adam is already going to be on next Thurs, and only the winners get two shows in one season

    .

    Never say never. No one thought Adam would be a mentor either, and technically he was on twice last year mentoring one day, singing the next ;)

    I like James and of course Adam, but I can see James is getting sick of the comparisons already and who could blame him- let him stand on his own and see what he does. I do hope however that he will not limit himself to 70’s metal( and please, don’t even venture into Poison/Motley territory)- he is already coming across a little too stereotypical with the bandanas and scarves. I think he took them off this past week but he also has to stop with the Ronnie James Dio metal horns too. He needs to show some versatility.

  • sr4mjc

    Tweet from Constantine

    Still a chance to sing from @RockOfAges on @AmericanIdol on april 7th.. What you think I should do?

    ETA: followup

    Also.. Its Rock n’ Roll Hall of fame week.. What you think I should outside @RockOfAges? Has to be from HOF artist.

  • webster

    I already see way more controversies developing in the idol bubble compared to last year.

    I wonder if this will always be the other side of the coin when we get a slate of good contestants with some variety: fans of one person looking at others’ genre, religion, ethnicity etc. as an explanation of their popularity. It’s a price I’m willing to pay for having a variety of good contestants on the show, because if it gets too annoying, it’s easy enough to just enjoy the show and forgo the online discussion.

    Or maybe it occurs for some totally different reason.

    My biggest wondering: if we’re not having theme weeks, I wonder what will be used to nudge people out of their comfort zone and push them into improving and showing some range. Pointed critiques and low votes could do it, but I’m not sure we’ll get pointed critiques, and top vote getters aren’t going to get a voters’ message for a long while. Could we have a few rounds of awful sameness ahead of us? I fear it.

  • sr4mjc

    My biggest wondering: if we’re not having theme weeks, I wonder what will be used to nudge people out of their comfort zone and push them into improving and showing some range. Pointed critiques and low votes could do it, but I’m not sure we’ll get pointed critiques, and top vote getters aren’t going to get a voters’ message for a long while. Could we have a few rounds of awful sameness ahead of us? I fear it.

    MTE. Same genre, different decade every week? I can find a country song, a metal song, an (insert genre here) song.. zzzzzz. Bring on disco week Nigel!

  • girlygirl

    clayaiken Clay Aiken

    Clay’s Memphis show has been cancelled. Please visit this link for info – http://say.ly/mKVaLB
    2 hours ago

  • Mel1

    Adam was a lot older than James when he was idol. Adam also had at least 9+ years professional experience.

    When Adam was 22-years old, he showed he had the same impeccable vocals and technique. E.g., “Is Anybody Listening?” and “Come to Me, Bend to Me”.

    Top 13 hadn’t even started. As I recalled, Adam was not necessarily deemed the early favorite at this point in the competition.

    He was after the first week of the top 13 competition.

  • gangreen29

    My biggest wondering: if we’re not having theme weeks, I wonder what will be used to nudge people out of their comfort zone and push them into improving and showing some range. Pointed critiques and low votes could do it, but I’m not sure we’ll get pointed critiques, and top vote getters aren’t going to get a voters’ message for a long while. Could we have a few rounds of awful sameness ahead of us? I fear it.

    Yes, I could see that happening. I do kind of like that it is up to the contestants to show variety though, they have to plan it out themselves instead of relying on themes. The EW interview that MJ posted addresses themes. Some of the contestants like Scott and Jacob stressed how important it is to show over the course of the season how you have versatility. Then you have James who mentions how cool it will be that he can do metal every week.

  • Ratna12

    I really wonder if Kris will take Zorro to Pet-A- Palooza. This should be a perfect event.
    Since Zorro’s tweet a week ago :

    ZorroPup : Dad got me this cool new fort to help get me ready for my airplane carrying case. I dragged all my toys into it! http://plixi.com/p/80021829
    8 days ago

  • webster

    I can take someone sticking with one genre week after week. What I can’t take is someone sticking with one emotional palate. Think of when you go out to hear a rock or folk or country band. There will be dance tunes and ballads. Some comedy and politics. All sorts of moods. I assume metal is similar, but I actually don’t know. What will be awful is if someone decides that versatility means singing a ballad from every possible genre and decade.

  • primeminister

    Gosh, I hope that Constantine DOES NOT get invited back to perform on Idol. Gross.

  • steph6449

    Another concert being announced for Danny. Radio station in Wausau WI is saying on their FB they have confirmed a date that was circulating among WI fans for North Star Casino in May. (Someone saw it in an email promo from the venue last week.)

    Danny Gokey fans rejoice – Danny is making a tour stop at the North Star Casino in Bowler May 14th! Tix on sale April 14th. It’s not on his website yet, but I just confirmed it with the casino. If you missed him last fall in Wausau check him out this time.
    ~JD

    Danny & band have two back to back casino shows in Oregon the week before, at Chinook Winds casino May 6th & 7th. Wonder if there will be more dates in between, or before if they will be taking the tour bus vs. flying in and out to those locations.

    I don’t get much sense that Danny will have a lot of live shows in March or April, but looks like the mid-spring/summer is starting to take shape nicely.

    There are hints of another Danny solo show in Alabama that hasn’t yet been announced for May, and possibly that he will be in Florida this coming week in some capacity at a big conference event. Not clear whether speaking or performing, or just attending.

  • sr4mjc

    Gosh, I hope that Constantine DOES NOT get invited back to perform on Idol. Gross.

    Too late, he has. Looking at the Rock of Ages tour schedule, he’ll be skipping a few performances in San Fran.

  • missytoots

    How many metal bands will actually allow their songs on AI?

  • Kirkee

    When Adam was 22-years old, he showed he had the same impeccable vocals and technique. E.g., “Is Anybody Listening?” and “Come to Me, Bend to Me”.

    Thank you. I had never heard “Come to Me, Bend to Me” before and I just youtubed it. Out of this freaking world!

    Do you or anyone else happen to have a link to Lambert singing My Conviction from Hair when he was on the European tour? And how old he was when he sang it? I only heard it once and it blew me away and in light of this discussion on age and vocal prowess I’d like to hear it again.

    Thanks.

    edit: my girlfriend just reminded me that she played Come to Me before but I just have a lousy memory.

  • sr4mjc

    Do you or anyone else happen to have a link to Lambert singing My Conviction from Hair when he was on the European tour? And how old he was when he sang it? I only heard it once and it blew me away and in light of this discussion on age and vocal prowess I’d like to hear it again.

    Here it is. I think I think he was 23 or 24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v1IsOQhEH4

  • Kirkee

    Here it is. I think I think he was 23 or 24

    Thank you. It’s amazing. Absolutely amazing. IMO of course.

    But if this was the 2003 tour that would have made Lambert 21, Durbin’s age.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I really wonder if Kris will take Zorro to Pet-A- Palooza. This should be a perfect event.

    Zorro is going.

  • sr4mjc

    But if this was the 2003 tour that would have made Lambert 21, Durbin’s age

    You’re right! Going on memory when I should have read the comments ;)

  • girlygirl

    tripp

    I don’t know if Zorro is going to Pet-a-Palooza…supposedly Kris got the travel kit for when Katy & pup come out to visit him in LA (which suggests Kris will be headed back out here soon for more writing/recording)

  • everything

    When Adam was 22-years old, he showed he had the same impeccable vocals and technique. E.g., “Is Anybody Listening?” and “Come to Me, Bend to Me”.

    But Adam was also a child performer for years who had the opportunity to hone his craft and work with professionals in the industry. When he came on Idol, he had more professional experience than Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry at the time of their Idol debuts – yet all of them have way out sold him.

    I think James has done quite well, in light of the fact that he doesn’t have lot of professional experience and has had some physical limitations.

  • x57x

    Regarding Scotty, if you listen to the interview the interviewer is asking him about his faith…he didn’t choose the topic and in my opinion not ‘preaching’ to anyone.

    Someone in the comment section mentioned that and also said that the majority of previous Idol contestants are devout religious people. I don’t see a problem with that. Even Stefano Langone sang a gospel song on the show and it is no big deal to me.

  • Kirkee

    But Adam was also a child performer for years who had the opportunity to hone his craft and work with professionals in the industry. When he came on Idol, he had more professional experience than Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry at the time of their Idol debut – and who all still way outsold him with their debuts. I think James has done quite well, in light of the fact that he doesn’t have lot of professional experience and has had some physical limitations.

    I’m not sure what past idol contestants outselling Lambert with their debuts has to do with Lambert being amazing when he was 21 years old, but thanks.

    IMO James has a good voice. IMO Lambert has a better one.

    Although he doesn’t have the amount of professional experience as Lambert by far, Durbin does have some experience and Youtube vids dating back a few years. He’s not a complete newbie. I like Durbin. I hope he goes far in the competition.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I was the one suggesting Adam and James duet together on the finale. I just think it would be fun. Adam doesn’t have a single to promote so the spotlight would be on James. I think they are both known for their ranges and they could pick something, I don’t know, how about Guns and Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (with Slash on guitar!) and really rip it up. I think it would be a really great performance. I know I would enjoy seeing something like that.

    If James makes it to the top 2, who is there for him to duet with? I think Adam is popular enough where it wouldn’t seem like James was getting the short end of the stick for dueting with him. Didn’t Lee get Chicago? Chicago was big in their day, but a lot of under 30s don’t really know who they are.

  • readon

    But Adam was also a child performer for years who had the opportunity to hone his craft and work with professionals in the industry. When he came on Idol, he had more professional experience than Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry at the time of their Idol debuts – yet all of them have way out sold him.

    Bieber outsold Esperanza Spaulding. That doesn’t mean that he is more talented.

    I listened to other performers do “My Conviction” in other Hair ensembles and Adam’s performance is amazing in comparison. Adam wasn’t ready for idol when he was 21. James apparently has enough confidence in his artistry that he is willing to take the plunge now. To everything there is a season. Here’s to each contestant recognizes “their time”. James, make the best of it.

  • lucysfave

    The wait for Danny concerts seems to be ending—-as long as you can wait for spring:

    Danny will (not) have a lot of live shows in March or April, but looks like the mid-spring/summer is starting to take shape nicely.

    And like the fans of outher Idols, we wait for the news on the next single. Danny says “soon”…..

  • HappyDaisy

    tierbee: 03/05/2011 at 5:46 pm Getting ready to go see Street Corner Symphony – woohoo! Taking my 7 yr old with me, hope he enjoys it. He seems interested in music and being a music lover and band nerd myself… well, I’m going to encourage that sort of thing

    tierbee, happy for you — hope you and your son enjoyed the concert. Great that he likes music, such a wonderful part of life. You are such an enthusiastic fan of SCS (and Cook, of course)! I did buy their shorter show version of Creep back when it first went on sale. I think they also released a full version.

  • steph6449

    Actress Candace Cameron Bure is giving April 14th as the date for her tv movie to air on Fox.

    That’s a Thursday, do they run tv movies on weekdays on Fox? I’d figured it would probably run on a weekend.

    candacecbure: TV movie- “Truth Be Told” airing on FOX Network on April 14th RT @vval13: any movies in the works?

    This is the one where Danny filmed a small cameo, and three of his songs were licensed. He recorded live versions of two of them, will be interesting to see how much actually makes it into the film.

  • HappyDaisy

    Karen R.: “I decided to sing in Spanish because I am a Latina,”…”I want to represent for all my Latinos out there. America is a big melting pot, it’s not only English, there are so many languages infused in this country and I just wanted to support my race,” …”I have it in my blood, it lives inside me and I have to be who I am.”

    [She said] if America wants her to be the next “American Idol,” they have to accept her for who she is. “There’s nothing I can do to change that but just be proud,” she said of being Latina.

    Much discussion about Scotty and religion. How about Karen “I am a Latina” R.? Why wouldn’t America accept her for who she is? If every interview is about “I am a Latina” or “I want to support my race,” that will get old real fast.

    And then there’s Haley who, in Thursday’s clip, seemed to think she was already a star when she said something like “I do this for you guys” — as she looked into the camera at America. Yeah, right.

  • iluvai

    I don’t know, how about Guns and Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (with Slash on guitar!) and really rip it up. I think it would be a really great performance. I know I would enjoy seeing something like that.

    Great song! That’d be awesome.

  • iluvai

    Actress Candace Cameron Bure is giving April 14th as the date for her tv movie to air on Fox.

    If Danny has songs in this movie he is in talented company. She’s fantastic and so is her brother.

  • x57x

    ScottyMac AKA Scotty McCreery singing Jamey Johnson’s “In Color”;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J_NwovHiWU

    He was 15

  • songsungblue

    Actress Candace Cameron Bure is giving April 14th as the date for her tv movie to air on Fox.

    If Danny has songs in this movie he is in talented company. She’s fantastic and so is her brother.

    Speaking of annoying Fundamentalist Christians…;)

  • Valentin432

    And then there’s Haley who, in Thursday’s clip, seemed to think she was already a star when she said something like “I do this for you guys” — as she looked into the camera at America. Yeah, right.

    What’s wrong with that?
    Every performer says that they do it for their audience.

    We can talk about Paul McDonald and Casey Abrams the ones who say “I’m not the typical Idol contestant”. No wonder they have so many fans already, god knows being a typical idol contestant is really a bad thing.

  • Indigobunting

    This is the one where Danny filmed a small cameo, and three of his songs were licensed. He recorded live versions of two of them, will be interesting to see how much actually makes it into the film.

    I wonder if that movie could air right after Idol does? They would have to move Idol up though. I was wondering if the date was wrong, but AINOW has it up on their site too.

    Also wonder if that is the date Danny will perform on Idol? I could see Fox wanting him to put in a little plug for the movie.

  • steph6449

    Speaking of annoying Fundamentalist Christians…;)

    To me a “fundamentalist” (especially with capital “F” lol) believes in the most literal possible reading of the Bible. Rejects anything to do with theory of evolution for example, strict creationist. Have no reason to think that would be an accurate reflection of Danny’s belief, nor Candace from the little I read when I looked her up on learning that Danny would be in her movie.
    Although ‘fundamentalist’ views aren’t mine, freedom of religion and all that — they have every right to hold those ideas in the practice of their faith, just as more mainstream denominations, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, or whomever.

  • Mel1

    Everything: By your reasoning, Britney Spears must be so much more talented than Kelly and Carrie. Not only does she have a lot more experience, but she has way outsold them.

  • PerfectStorm

    Danny will (not) have a lot of live shows in March or April, but looks like the mid-spring/summer is starting to take shape nicely.

    He will probably be in the studio working on his album. But Danny is also full of surprises. The best news like the Taylor Swift tour always seems to come from left field.

    Also wonder if that is the date Danny will perform on Idol? I could see Fox wanting him to put in a little plug for the movie.

    Either that or when they annouce the release of Danny’s 3rd single, which will probably have a bigger impact.

  • x57x

    What are people’s thoughts about David Cook’s cover of “Don’t You Forget About Me”?

  • steph6449

    I think AINow just took the date from Candace’s tweet. Certain fans were tweeting/emailing it to AI sites / Danny’s fansite.
    .

    I liked that song from David Cook.

  • bridgette12

    x57x:
    03/05/2011 at 11:40 pm
    What are people’s thoughts about David Cook’s cover of “Don’t You Forget About Me”?

    Disappointed, I like the orignal version better.

  • HappyDaisy

    x57x:03/05/2011 at 11:40 pm
    What are people’s thoughts about David Cook’s cover of “Don’t You Forget About Me”?

    In case you’re also interested in comments from the other day: http://mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-exit-song-david-cook-covers-dont-you-forget-about-me-co.htm

  • wordnerdarchie

    What are people’s thoughts about David Cook’s cover of “Don’t You Forget About Me”?

    I like it, but I like most of what Cook does. So I played it for 3 other people, two who are not idol watchers.

    23 year old male (doesn’t watch idol) – really liked it. He was familiar with the original, but liked Cook’s better. (He likes rock.)

    Mid-30’s female (doesn’t watch idol) – thought it was different, but good. She also was familiar with the original. (She’s into Indie bands.)

    Late 50’s male (does watch idol) – Went nuts over it. Asked for a copy. (He’s into everything from Country to pop-rock to hard rock.)

    I haven’t found anyone who likes current top 40 to play it for yet.

    ETA: I listened to the original again. It seems so mild & bland after listening to Cook’s version, which surprised me because I really had liked the original. But I guess I’m used to Cook’s vocal tones & nuances.

  • Indigobunting

    Disappointed, I like the orignal version better.

    I thought Cookie sang it well; he sings everything well and I like his voice. I was just expecting him to change it up like he does so well, but perhaps they didn’t have time.

    It was good; but I also liked the original better.

  • googletot
  • steph6449

    “Truth Be Told” With Danny Gokey To Premiere April 14th

    Actually their article,which is rehashing/quoting some previous articles/interviews and adding the date Candace gave out, tends to support the Candace-is-confused theory, lol.

    Danny describes the tv-movie as part of a series that runs on Sunday nights. Although Brook White’s tv movie was part of the same series, and hers aired on a Saturday :? (mj had a post up when it aired on January 8th)

    Truth Be Told and was made in partnership with Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble. “They are doing a series of 12 major TV movies, and they air once a month on a Sunday night. They’re trying to get back to family night. It’s very family-oriented with a very hopeful theme,” Danny said.

    Will keep an eye out, but not holding my breath that it is is in fact Thursday, April 14th.

  • Indigobunting

    I wonder what James will do if he can’t do his list of favorite Dio/Sabbath/Hair Metal covers.

    Interesting item; A country DJ from San Jose is singing James Durbin’s praises on Twitter. I believe James is from California or even that area?

    Anyway, he states that Durbin sings everything, including Sinatra and Country!

    Should be interesting-maybe James has some tricks up his sleeve?!

  • steph6449

    Interesting item; A country DJ from San Jose is singing James Durbin’s praises on Twitter. I believe James is from California or even that area?
    Anyway, he states that Durbin sings everything, including Sinatra and Country!

    Maybe that dj is confused, and means Scotty? There was an article that said Scotty had sung Sinatra in an early audition which was not aired. The idea of which personally I found :shock: but I guess we will never know. Weirdly, the idea of James singing Sinatra is a little less ~disturbing to me.

    At least he’s a bit older with more life experience. Though I don’t think either James or Scotty have anything remotely close to Sinatra-like vocalist talent.

  • Zastine4974

    I thought Cookie sang it well; he sings everything well and I like his voice. I was just expecting him to change it up like he does so well, but perhaps they didn’t have time.

    From what I’ve read elsewhere, Simon Fuller wanted it this way and it wasn’t David’s call. I think he did a remarkable job putting a growly (sp) sound to it to distinguish it from the original without totally veering away from the original melody line. Sometimes when you’re part of the Idol machine, you don’t get to do what you want to.

  • x57x

    James Durbin’s fiance is a huge Country Western fan so he probably sings Country too.

  • CindyM

    I played David’s song for my sister and she didn’t think it sounded like him. I don’t like the growling at all. His voice sounds rougher to me than it used to, or maybe I just haven’t heard him in a while. Excited for the DC fans though, it’s gonna be cool to hear it every week!

  • wordnerdarchie

    CindyM, do you have the actual mp3 or are you playing the online versions? Just curious.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I think James is going to surprise people. Here he is singing “my guitar gently weeps.” I think he is more versatile than people realize.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA_aRNm0YdM

  • wordnerdarchie

    Undercooked, that’s an eyeopener clip.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Will keep an eye out, but not holding my breath that it is is in fact Thursday, April 14th.

    That movie is a FOX production. April 14th is a Thursday.

    You don’t need to be an Idol blogger to figure out that Candace is TOTALLY confused. ;)

    LMAO

    ETA:

    I wonder if that movie could air right after Idol does? They would have to move Idol up though. I was wondering if the date was wrong, but AINOW has it up on their site too.

    I have a copy of the FOX schedule for April. The date is WRONG. Those P&G movies run two hours. It needs the entire FOX primetime to itself because local news begins at 10/9c.

  • steph6449

    lol, mj, tell us what you really think :lol:

    But yeah, I think she is mistaken ;)

  • karenc

    Zastine4974:
    From what I’ve read elsewhere, Simon Fuller wanted it this way and it wasn’t David’s call. I think he did a remarkable job putting a growly (sp) sound to it to distinguish it from the original without totally veering away from the original melody line. Sometimes when you’re part of the Idol machine, you don’t get to do what you want to.

    That makes sense, because I wondered why he didn’t do more with it. I thought it would be more rock, like his Died in Your Arms tonight, but this was more or less like the original. So it makes sense that is the way Simon Fuller wanted it. Though even just his voice does make it seem more rock to me than the original.

    CindyM

    His voice sounds rougher to me than it used to, or maybe I just haven’t heard him in a while.

    It sounds a bit rougher to me too, I think it’s because he was in the lower part of his voice more than he usually is for his recent music. And I listen to him all the time :)

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Undercooked, that’s an eyeopener clip.

    ITA – I stumbled onto it recently and was very surprised. From what I read in the comments, this performance was a few years ago so I’m sure James has developed his singing since then.

    Right now I like the entire top 13, but my favorites are James and Pia.

  • tierbee

    I made it back from the show – what a cool event in general! They had some great groups. So happy to get to see Street Corner Symphony live at last :) They had to try to adjust to not having Jon (the tall one) there and it made for a couple rough patches but they worked through it like pros and were great. Jeremy’s voice is GORGEOUS – clear, and just fills the room. Their harmonies are great. Nice bunch of guys, too – my son got to meet Jeremy and his brother Ritchie. They did all the show songs with “Creep” a huge standout – wow. And they also did Jeremy’s song “Shooting Star” and that was fantastic with beautiful harmonies. I like the song on Jeremy’s album but arranged for the group it is beautiful.

  • Indigobunting

    Maybe that dj is confused, and means Scotty? There was an article that said Scotty had sung Sinatra in an early audition which was not aired. The idea of which personally I found

    It was Indiana Al, Steph, if you can believe it; a big Durbin fan, lol.
    I guess he told our mutual pretty curly haired friend M. that. I’m not 100% sure about Sinatra? could have been some other classic artist that surprised me.

    You don’t need to be an Idol blogger to figure out that Candace is TOTALLY confused.

    Lol, MJ. It didn’t seem to make sense, unless they moved AI up. Didn’t figure the star of the movie had it wrong, but I guess it happens!

  • steph6449

    oh, I see. yeah, he is quite the James fanboy there in San Jose, lol

    Keep James Durbin on Idol http://twitgoo.com/205oag @JamesDurbin2011 #JamesDurbin

    Poor Scotty, I guess that is one country DJ who won’t be pushing for his votes.

  • Suzanne

    About the idolsnow tweet at the top–why would Cook sing the boot song on the finale when it’s always been performed at the end of the top 3 results show?

  • jmaster

    Will keep an eye out, but not holding my breath that it is is in fact Thursday, April 14th.

    Mystery solved. The movie is airing Sat April 16th

    http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/03/01/exclusive-fox-books-truth-be-told-starring-candace-cameron-bure-and-david-james-elliott-for-saturday-april-16-727420/9156/

  • CindyM

    wordnerdarchie:
    03/06/2011 at 12:49 am
    CindyM, do you have the actual mp3 or are you playing the online versions? Just curious.

    Just online, not going to Preorder his album, want to hear it streamed first before I decide.:) Does the mp3 sound that much different?

  • Indigobunting

    Mystery solved. The movie is airing Sat April 16th

    Why thank you jmaster! Good sleuthing :)

  • cookcricket

    tierbee, thanks for the brief recap from tonight! So they have a replacement for Jon? If he’s the one I’m thinking of, I’ve always liked him. He does percussion, right?

    Hoping for some vid, but understand if not.
    ________
    Now that I’ve gone back to watch the interview w/ Scotty, I see he’s only saying he’ll have help getting through the competition and not winning.
    _________________

    There are many this year that I really like and even though Paul, Casey, and Scotty stand out to me right now, I could not proclaim a favorite. I also really like Naima and Ashton. I like several others as well and really feel like it’s a wide open competition at this point. I’m becoming more and more impressed w/ Stephano as well. I need to see more of all of them, which makes me excited for Wednesday!

    I’m concerned about lack of versatility for Paul and Scotty, but would love to see both of these guys get contracts regardless of where they go out.

    Pia seems to lack some personality, and even though I didn’t watch season 4, I’ve heard/read the same about Carry Underwood. I just think she’s a shy person, with an amazing talent.

    Okay, after watching the interviews, I could go on and on about this top 13, but will stop.

    P.S. I’m a fan, but really like DC’s Don’t You Forget About Me.

  • Suzanne

    Just listened to Don’t You Forget About Me. I like it and will probably buy it. It’s exactly the sound that I loved about David Cook during Season 7. I wasn’t a fan of his album–for me, when he yells at the top of his range (like on Light On) it’s a turn off (and ironic). But this sounds awesome–like he sounded on Always Be My Baby and Hello.

    You know there’s already a place to download it, probably illegally. Why don’t the labels get after that? They have the finances to sue over it.

  • sunchick

    My .02….I think what Cookie did with Don’t You is similar to his tour cover of I Just Died In Your Arms, ie taking a plaintive new wave-ish song and giving it some teeth and edge with a growly, more masculine vocal. (Minus the luxury of time to work out the arrangement with his band. I’m guessing this was done with studio musicians.) Anyway, I really dig when he does that, but I’m a lower register=the sexy voice kinda girl.

    Also, for the record, I don’t see any great similarity between Durbin and Adam. I like them both quite a bit, but they don’t remind me of each other performance style wise or preferred genre wise as far as I can tell. Or wardrobe wise, either. They’re both tall and can wail, there’s that. Maybe I missed something earlier in the season.

  • steph6449

    Mystery solved. The movie is airing Sat April 16th

    Lol, so Candace and Danny were both wrong :lol:
    Thanks.

  • Trina

    Oh I am dying for James to be pushed out of his rock box, and yeah I too think he would surprise people. Just because he chooses to sing hard rock songs doesn’t mean its all he CAN sing.

    There’s been tons of articles and DJ’s talking about DYFAM and its generally been positive with some wishing he changed it up like he was always known for. I was actually shocked Lyndsey Parker, another one like Rushfield who wasn’t always David’s biggest fan say how much she liked it.

    Speaking of SF, read earlier Fuller made a donation to David’s RFH team. I thought that was really sweet.

  • happyhexer

    You know there’s already a place to download it, probably illegally. Why don’t the labels get after that? They have the finances to sue over it.

    It actually isn’t as easy as you might think. First you have to serve a summons, which means you need to track down the identity of who’s behind the site. And you can’t close down the site until you win your lawsuit, which may be years later. It isn’t cost-effective to go after the individuals who steal music. You have to track them down, too, and they are likely to be judgment-proof. Sometimes the music industry will go after individuals to set an example, but many people may roll the dice and continue to steal music.

    I feel like I’m in a time warp and am watching the music industry implode, going back in time to when there was not a wide variety of music in the stores, and music stores themselves were not ubiquitous. Yes, you can get almost anything on Amazon.com or iTunes, but has anyone noticed that the selection of music featured in brick-and-mortar stores like Borders, Barnes & Nobles, Best Buy, Target, & Walmart has decreased substantially over the past few years? I read that eight out of every ten downloads is illegal, and I’m sure that is contributing to the downward spiral of the music industry. But I don’t think that explains everything; the problem is more complex than that.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Just online, not going to Preorder his album, want to hear it streamed first before I decide.:) Does the mp3 sound that much different?

    The vocals are smoother (velvety, if that adjective can be used with vocals) on the mp3 with less distortion and less background noise. His harmony comes through on the mp3 which I have a hard time hearing on the on-line versions. There’s still the growl on Won’t & “Don’t”, so if you don’t like that you still won’t like the real mp3. But I like the mp3 version much better. Of course, then there’s also the sound of breathing. ;)

  • koshka

    undercooked:
    03/06/2011 at 12:52 am
    I think James is going to surprise people. Here he is singing “my guitar gently weeps.” I think he is more versatile than people realize.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA_aRNm0YdM

    wordnerdarchie:
    03/06/2011 at 12:57 am
    Undercooked, that’s an eyeopener clip.

    I was sort of sold when I saw this pre-idol clip before the season started. Since then Durbin has lost his shine for me. He seemed more authentic in this clip even though he is sort of going over the edge for effect.. Its pretty funny, but I think he was just having a good time.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgllce_bohemian-rhapsody_music

    Thankfully someone talked him out of the bandana on the head. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is something that is a little inauthentic for me (as far as the show goes), like he is trying to play a rock star from the 80’s. I think there is much more to him than he is showing because he is trying to craft some sort of image, which is unfortunate since the hay day of heavy metal is gone.

  • tierbee

    Oh, before I answer the SCS question, the more I listen to David’s boot song the more I love it. But I LOVE the low register so it’s a nice gift for me ;)

    tierbee, thanks for the brief recap from tonight! So they have a replacement for Jon? If he’s the one I’m thinking of, I’ve always liked him. He does percussion, right?

    Hoping for some vid, but understand if not.

    No vid has popped up yet but I’ll post if anything does! I don’t know what is going on with Jon, he hasn’t left the group officially but I know he lives clear out in Montana, is a preacher, and I think he has five kids so not sure how touring is going to work for him in the future either. They do miss him, he has a lot of charisma I think and he lends a little something extra to the group. They didn’t have a replacement and had to use… looping?… via computer. I think you just lay down a sound, then loop another on top of it, and then you have what they called “virtual Jon.” Heh. I’m not expert on how that worked but they improvised and pulled things together. They also had some of the high school kids perform with them. It gave some rough spots (virtual Jon doesn’t allow for any varying the tempo and the kids of course had some mistakes since they were new, though they did surpisingly well!). They kept it together, though, and they have some pretty awesome voices. Jeremy’s voice sounds amazing live, especially on “Creep” which was just as soaring as it was on TV. I LOVED when they did Jeremy’s song “Shooting Star” – they left off virtual Jon and just did the whole thing with no percussion and it was beautiful. Their harmonies really shone through on that song. My son loved “Ring of Fire” since they finished the last chorus as a sing along. Did that for the ending “Hey Jude” with the Beatles’ medley.

    So… I would love to see them again when they aren’t missing a guy and performing with just five and get a little cleaner show… but they were very entertaining, and their voices are fantastic. They are the real deal, and if you liked Jeremy’s voice on the Sing Off you really need to catch him live. The crowd loved them, and it was kinda cool how amazing the crowd was on the sing-along parts since much of the crowd was singers :)

    They were out at the merchandise table after talking to fans and my son got to meet Ritchie and Jeremy who were both really, really nice. He was so happy. So now he’s on a roll – he met David Cook briefly at Race for Hope and now he met Street Corner Symphony too ;) Really hope I get to see them perform again.

    This is not from last night, but this is a performance of “Shooting Star” so you can hear it. I love Jeremy’s version too but it sounds great with this arrangement…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_GqIh2OEgQ

    SingStrong was a pretty cool event, I might just have to go catch it again next year :) Loved The Glue, The Bobs, The Essentials… We had a blast.

    OK, that was long. Sorry. Had a great time, though, and can’t wait to catch them live again :)

  • Garnetstar

    Regarding Cook’s cover Don’t You Forget About Me it makes sense that Fuller wanted to keep the song the same as the original. It is still the boot song and it’s about this years contestants and it has to convey the sentiment of that moment. But I also had a theory that David did not want to get involved in another cover controversy. Ie Billie Jean, Elenor Rigby… If you check on YouTube there are quite a few covers of this song. Time was limited, he couldn’t possibly check every cover out there and make sure he wasn’t doing someone else’s version and risk some unknown band coming out of the wood work claiming he stole their arrangement. So I think he did a good job considering the circumstances..

  • Suzanne

    I don’t know. Don’t you think people have forgotten that he lifted some arrangements from the net? Kind of old news.

    I think he did what Simon Fuller told him to do because he really, really, really wanted AI to use this song for the boot song so 25 million people will hear his voice every week and be thinking of him when his CD comes out.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    My theory on the style of Cook’s DYFAM is pretty simple…

    Today’s electropop has musical similarities to — and arguably actual musical roots in — 1980s New Wave. By not changing up the music dramatically, but giving the song heat and individuality with the growly rocker vocals, Cook not only reminds the Idol audience why they liked him — he also gives a broader public a sense that he has some kind of idea how to combine his particular “rock” vision with a currently viable sound.

    While the boot song presumably won’t be officially released to radio, it’ll get played in snippets as “news,” including by stations that might not ordinarily think of playing Cook’s music. (My local secretly rhythmic CHR station played Medina’s single as news, because Idol is news.) So this song is also likely to get Cook heard by PD’s who wouldn’t previously have jumped up and down to bother. Nice sneaky little way to change preconceptions. Clearly not part of the original strategy for the album and the impact may be only marginal… but chance favors the prepared mind.

    Do I think the whole album will sound exactly like DYFAM? No. Do I think it’ll also aim for ways to make Cook’s sound both consistent/authentic and CHR radio-friendly? Yes. I’d classify DYFAM as a clever little amuse bouche more than a big artistic statement; but I do think there’s intent to make it have some artistic relationship with the rest of the meal.

  • cookcricket

    This is not from last night, but this is a performance of “Shooting Star” so you can hear it. I love Jeremy’s version too but it sounds great with this arrangement…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_GqIh2OEgQ

    Thanks for this! Very beautiful!

    OK, that was long. Sorry. Had a great time, though, and can’t wait to catch them live again :)

    Well, I for one didn’t mind. It was great hearing about them and I’m happy that you and your son had such a nice time!:D

  • tierbee

    Aw, thanks cookcricket! My son is still so happy, he was telling his brother this morning, “I met Mr. Richie and Mr. Jeremy – and Mr. Richie knew just what to say to make me less shy ’cause he has a son too!”

    Now I will return to patiently waiting for Cook’s album, and Jeremy’s album, and hopefully eventually a Street Corner Symphony album…

  • karenc

    Happyhexer:

    I read that eight out of every ten downloads is illegal, and I’m sure that is contributing to the downward spiral of the music industry. But I don’t think that explains everything; the problem is more complex than that.

    I think it is too. The problem of getting music illegally was always there, even before digital music. When they just had vinyl albums and cds, people could make illegal copies by taping them with a tape recorder, and I know people used to do this and give copies of albums to their friends. The quality wasn’t as good, but it was still a copy. This was going on, though, but album sales were still higher, even though there were probably some losses because of this.

    I think a big part of the downward spiral, especially in pop the past few years is that there is a lot of people that aren’t liking what is being offered enough to buy the music. And the economy doesn’t help. But I think that pop isn’t as diverse as it used to be, especially in the 90s. And believe it or not, I really think the fact that MTV and VH1 do not feature music anymore has something to do with this too. They had a diversity of music, and really helped promote different types of music, which became pop. I know it’s been said alternative rock became popular because of MTV, and that rap and hip hop did too. I think until now, there always has been something featuring music on tv that really helps promote what becomes pop, and that this even goes back to Ed Sullivan and the Beatles. And actually, now the only music show that is on tv during prime time is American Idol.

    I kind of wonder, though, if people who are not finding what they like in pop are actually still buying music. It is much easier to buy independant music than it used to be. So if someone doesn’t like what is currently pop, they could just as easily find some indie music they do like. Someone doesn’t need to be on a label to get their music on itunes. I’m not sure if this is included when people talk about the declines in music sales, or if they are just talking about major labels and pop music, which is what it seems like to me.

  • karenc

    eilonwy:
    03/06/2011 at 11:03 am
    My theory on the style of Cook’s DYFAM is pretty simple…

    Today’s electropop has musical similarities to — and arguably actual musical roots in — 1980s New Wave. By not changing up the music dramatically, but giving the song heat and individuality with the growly rocker vocals, Cook not only reminds the Idol audience why they liked him — he also gives a broader public a sense that he has some kind of idea how to combine his particular “rock” vision with a currently viable sound.

    This sounds very possible. And something I’ve noticed especially when David was on Idol, is he didn’t always change the arrangements that much, but his vocals changed the mood of the songs. So in a way, I think that is what’s happening, since this type of song is similar to the type of music that is popular again. It may also be that David thought this arrangement was what he wanted, and what Simon Fuller wanted. It would be interesting to see what he does with it if he performs it live.

    The funny thing is, I have noticed the similarites to 80’s pop, and that’s why I’m still hopeful that the same thing that happened in the 80s will happen again, and that another form of rock will emerge in pop, like what happened in the late 80s- early 90s.

  • tinawina

    I don’t think the boot song thing is that deep really. Fuller looked at the 19M roster and figured out for whom the boot song would be the most strategically beneficial. Likely the lead single didn’t fit thematically, so they picked a song that picked Cookie’s vibe and fit the goodbye-type situation. Record cover and the end. :D

    I really really the biggest benefit of this is to remind AI audiences & media about Cook so all it needs to do is sound good in whatever clips of it they use on TV while the montage rolls. They didn’t need a dramatic makeover of the tune, they just need the viewers to go “oh I like that song.. wait is that Cook! I love him” at some point. Period. LOL

  • karenc

    Tina, I agree, and think the timing is perfect given that his album is coming out. I also think that giving the boot single for free with the preorders of the cd is brilliant promotion. I’m sure this will be mentioned on the show, also.

    And strangely enough, I’ve thought all along that the male singer, which is probably computer generated, that they show before they go to commercial looked like David Cook, and given he is doing the boot single this year makes me really think this.

    I’m glad that he’s being so publically supported by the show.

  • suenigma

    Tinawina, I totally agree with everything you just said. Also, it is a well know fact that DYFAM is one of Fuller’s favorite songs, and Cook is one of his pets. Off to listen to DYFAM on repeat…

  • happyhexer

    I think a big part of the downward spiral, especially in pop the past few years is that there is a lot of people that aren’t liking what is being offered enough to buy the music. And the economy doesn’t help. But I think that pop isn’t as diverse as it used to be, especially in the 90s. And believe it or not, I really think the fact that MTV and VH1 do not feature music anymore has something to do with this too. They had a diversity of music, and really helped promote different types of music, which became pop.

    Karenc, thank you so much for responding to my post! I don’t know whether you will see this, since it is yesterday’s thread. And I did worry afterward about whether this is an appropriate thread to discuss the music industry generally (although I was responding to an earlier post). But I have been quite disturbed with what I’ve seen happening in the music industry. I am sure the economy is a factor, but I also think the industry hasn’t been giving the broader public (as opposed to narrow segments) what they want musically. And I never thought about the forces that shape music demand and/or that provide an outlet for musical diversity. (It sure isn’t radio anymore!)

    I love music, but I didn’t even see how music was fading from my life, until I accidentally stumbled on Danny Gokey. (I hadn’t watched AI back then, so it really was a fortuitous accident.) Thanks to Danny, I now also own CDs by other AI alums like Adam Lambert, Daughtry, David Cook, Paris Bennett (her Christmas CD), and Carrie Underwood. And I discovered (very much to my surprise) that I like a lot of country music, so I now own a lot of music from country artists as well.

    The biggest thing you said that resonates with me is the lack of musical diversity. Give me diversity among genres and within genres!

  • karenc

    Happyhexter:

    Thanks, and I feel the same way. And the same thing happened to me, with music, I had kind of gotten away from listening to music, much of what I listened to was from established artists. I became a fan of David Cook while he was on the show, and afterwards, and now not only am I a fan of his, but also several others from Idol. In addition, throught being a fan of Davids, I also have become of fan of some of the bands that opened for him, especially Ryan Star and also MWK, which is the band David was in, and 3 of his band members are still in. Which is why I realized that a lot of the music I liked was still being made, it was just not on the pop charts as much anymore.