Idol Headlines for 04/04/12

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La. feeds homegrown ‘American Idol’ contestant – NEW ORLEANS — “American Idol” contestant Joshua Ledet is getting a special delivery in Hollywood courtesy of his home state of Louisiana — tamales from Zwolle, a town rich in Spanish and Indian heritage. Ever since Ledet, a native of Westlake, mentioned on the Fox reality TV show several weeks ago that one of the things he missed most while competing in Los Angeles was Louisiana food, the Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has been overseeing shipments of Louisiana eats in what he calls a “Feed the Dream” effort.- Read more at The Town Talk

Idology: Heejun Han on Asian Clichés, Cowboy Drama, Hilfiger-Gate and His One Idol Regret

Read more at TVLine

Too much joking around on ‘American Idol’? Get serious, judges – Our long national nightmare is over. Heejun Han was voted off “American Idol” last week, thus restoring the show to the super-serious competition that it should be. At least that was one message communicated on the show over the past few weeks, as the judges and mentor Jimmy Iovine were visibly irritated at Han’s irreverence. It was all capped off on Billy Joel week, when Han apparently disrespected “My Life.” – The Clicker

Some details on Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, and R. Kelly’s ‘Sparkle’ soundtrack, including that Whitney-Jordin duet – We talked to Sparks and Sparkle director Salim Akil about what to expect from the soundtrack.n addition to some arranging work, R. Kelly wrote two brand-new songs for the movie. “They’re just phenomenal,” says Sparks. “I remember them playing the demo for me and R. Kelly is singing them and I’m looking at everybody going, ‘I get to sing this song? Are you serious?’ I was very excited. My fans are going to see a different side of me, because it’s deep R&B. It’s got that old ’60s flair. It’s just really emotional and super connected.” One of the R. Kelly songs, “Celebrate,” is a duet between Sparks and Houston. “It’s just an upbeat, fun song with two women who can really blow,” says Akil. -  Read more at Entertainment Weekly

Dancing With the Stars Elimination Downer: Most Memorable Year Leads to a Crummy Night – “No one deserves to go home tonight,” proclaimed Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman as Tuesday’s elimination show got underway. That was just wishful thinking, of course, because another couple had to go, even after an unheard-of performance night when no one scored lower than a 24 (whether they deserved it or not). So, who was the unluckiest in viewer love? – Read more at Eonline

Jack Wagner on His Unexpected ‘DWTS’ Elimination – “I don’t think anybody expected [that we would be eliminated],” Wagner said backstage after the show, adding that there were five or six couples who were in the same boat as he and his partner. “Somebody had to go and it was us.” Although the Bold and the Beautiful actor was slightly disappointed to be eliminated from the show, he stated that Dancing had been a good experience for him. “I like getting up every day and really pushing myself,” he said. “[Anna] pushed me. We really worked hard together and I think having that day in and day out really gives your mind something to focus on.” – See the Video at ET

‘The Voice’s’ Christina Aguilera on Live Show Eliminations: ‘I Had to Go With My Heart’ – On The Voice on Tuesday, Christina Aguilera had to make some tough decisions, saving one member of her team from elimination, and sending another two home. “They’re all such unique talents and it’s like comparing apples and oranges,” Aguilera told THR after the show. “How do you really send someone home? I had to go with my heart.” – Read more at The Voice

Megan Hilty: From Broadway’s Bombshell to Channeling Marilyn Monroe on NBC’s Smash – Critics from top tier publications have had a field day giving their own take on the colorful musical drama. The Hollywood Reporter shared its emotional investment in McPhee and Hilty’s on-screen rivalry in Smash, asking readers, “Are you Team Ivy or Team Karen?” and declaring Smash, “Glee for grownups.” While The Los Angeles Times blog directs some snark at Megan Hilty’s “breathy Marilyn act,” The Huffington Post backpedaled on its own original jaded spin, now insisting that audiences “tune in to see what this show is capable of.” – Read more at PR.com

Ryan Seacrest will help Cover The Olympics for NBC – Plans to Remain with Idol

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  • iFoundIt

    First week on Idol without Heejun.  It won’t be the same.  If TPTB were smart, they would bring him back and have him do commentary and put his own Heejun spin on it:)

  • windmills

    The new Entertainment Weekly has a cover story on the “Adele effect”, basically how she may have changed the music industry with the way her album’s exploded. It also has a feature story on the 30 best acts out right now. EW says they tried to take everything into account (accomplishments and above all talent). I think the list is focused on the younger generation and I don’t know if it’s a ranked list. 2 Idols made the list: Carrie at #4 and Kelly at #18 (like I said, I don’t think it’s necessarily a ranked list). Other acts featured include Taylor Swift, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Jake Owen (that one surprised me), the Civil Wars, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, and so on. 

    Each act mentioned gets a picture, a career summary, a what’s next blurb, and 3 key tracks. Carrie’s blurb mentions how she can go from soaring ballads like So Small to angry done-me-wrong songs like Before He Cheats with equal rafter-shaking credibility and that Good Girl is her fastest selling single to date. Up next for her are summer dates in stadiums, fairs, & festivals before a full-blown fall tour. Also the release of Blown Away obviously, where Carrie is again quoted saying she took more time on the album. Kelly’s blurb talks about her longevity and her versatility across genres, obviously mentioning DYWS with Jason and other collabs. It quotes her saying how the title What Doesn’t Kill You (Makes You Stronger) is so applicable to her career. The What’s Next part mentions her trying to position herself as a country singer with the “country” version of MKIA and also her role as mentor in Duets. 

    Elsewhere in the mag, there’s a brief Kelly mention in a Lionel Richie interview since she’s going to be a competing mentor on this summer’s Duets show. Lionel Richie says he couldn’t possibly compete on the actual shows like people like Kelly have. There’s also a short review of Carrie’s Good Girl video in the Music section: it talks about the contrasting looks for the different sides of Carrie’s personality and says both sides could get a nice boy in trouble. Video grade: B+

  • Anonymous

    Please no.  I think the producers spent too much time on Heejun, and even though I wasn’t upset that he made the top 13, I think that even they would admit that he never should have been placed in the top 24.  

  • Anonymous

    Heejun’s interview was really, really nice. He’s such a great and funny person.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Totally love the interview with Slezak!

    Is it just me or is he getting way more interviews than most people who get eliminated? Wendy Williams show today.

    I have almost zero interest in Idol now. Maybe a tiny bit for Phillip but mostly because he and Heejun were part of MIT which I loved (well, except for Ritchie who was on another planet).

  • Anonymous

    Archie is reported to be appearing on Extreme Makeover:Home Edition Philippines for its premiere season there http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/entertainment/747-extreme-makeover-home-edition-philippines–builds-homes-changes-lives

    Also, Bench posted a new behind the scenes video from his endorsement photoshoot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb7RQvz1E3I (big sigh for the hair that got cut off lol)

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I don’t know if Heejun is getting more attention or if we as Idol viewers are just paying more attention to Heejun’s interviews.  FWIW, I would expect the appearances to be ramped up for those ousted in the Top 10, who America has gotten a better chance to know, as opposed to those ousted beforehand.  So far that’s only been Erica and Heejun and I wasn’t paying enough attention to Erica’s media blitz outside of her initial interview to know how much attention she received.  Generally, unless it’s an Idol I love where I basically stalk all their interviews, I only really pay attention to the initial press interview that happens the day after their ousting.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I think the producers spent too much time on Heejun, and even though I wasn’t upset that he made the top 13, I think that even they would admit that he never should have been placed in the top 24.

    Tell that to the people who love him and voted him to 9th place. ;)The interview with Slezak was the best.  Heejun understood, as most contestants and most viewers do not, that the show is a television show, meant to entertain.  The producers have always worked to create a balance between the “talent show” aspect and the “Must-watch TV” side of it.  I liked what Heejun said about the Tommy H bit.  ”My job was to make a good TV scene.”  Exactly.  

  • Anonymous

    Love Heejun’s interview. Love Heejun. Guy is funny but the things he says make sense. Idol will be so not fun now. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Ryan is planning on staying with idol. He is even more important for the show than Simon was IMO.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a tv show.  It needs a funny judge.  Heejun.

  • Valentin432

    Heejun is mistaken, he doesn’t have to put a show just because there are cameras, Idol isn’t about doing ridiculous things to get attention, it’s about musical talent and presenting yourself as an artist.
    Other reality tv shows have been plagued by contestants with oversized egos hogging the camera.

  • Trina

    I like Heejun a lot, but IMO he went out when he was supposed to. After getting voted off after a bottom 3 appearance shows his fanbase wasnt really that big to begin with. A real rabid fanbase usually votes like crazy after a bottom 3 scare. I wouldnt want to see him come back in any capacity despite liking him.  Let the show be about now the talent thats left.

    Heejun is mistaken, he doesn’t have to put a show just because there are cameras, Idol isn’t about doing ridiculous things to get attention, it’s about musical talent and presenting yourself as an artist. 

    I couldnt have said this any better. Ok, its not a fun show anymore. um well for me it was never about being “fun”. I just want to watch good performances and hear some kick ass singing.  As long as Elyse, Colton and Jessica are around I’m happy. I dont need crazy antics to enjoy AI.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Boy, Joshua is sure getting to eat well while on Idol, LOL. 

  • Anonymous

    I think this will be the closest thing Dave Matthews opinion will be on Dave Matthews Jr. The bassist for DMB said one Dave is enough….oh snap!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/THR2NV2FFQBTETUGDMT7SALFSQ Esther

    In an ideal world, American Idol is about musical talent and the producers want to pretend it is…but it’s not. In fact, most of the contestants that’s been on Idol (David Cook, Lee, etc.) admit that it’s just a TV show where the contestants have to act like politicians to get votes. Besides singing, you have to wear the “right” clothes, SAY the “right” things, ACT the “right” way, etc.

  • windmills

    Valentin432: Heejun is mistaken, he doesn’t have to put a show just because there are cameras, Idol isn’t about doing ridiculous things to get attention, it’s about musical talent and presenting yourself as an artist.

    I agree with you as a general statement, but wasn’t that comment in reference to the Tommy Hilfiger segment? Which, let’s face it wasn’t well integrated into the musical talent/artist focus of the show.

    Heejun definitely went out at the right time. I just hope he’s around to do related media and that he’s able to make a good, respectable career as an entertainer out of this.

  • Anonymous

    link?

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

    Last night’s ratings from tvbythenumbers:

    ABC and NBC dueled to a tie with advertiser coveted adults 18-49, though ABC won the night decisively with press release friendly total viewers.

    Both the Dancing with the Stars recap and the results show were lower than the previous week with adults 18-49, down 0.2 and 0.4 to 1.8 and 2.7 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.

    The Voice’s first Tuesday elimination show of the season debuted to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, 22% lower than Monday’s two-hour telecast.

    8:00
    ABC Dancing with the Stars: Encore Performance 1.8/6 9.50

    9:00
    NBC The Voice 3.2/8 8.35
    ABC Dancing with the Stars: Results 2.7/7 15.40

  • Anonymous

    I too think Ryan is very important to Idol.  He represents the longevity of the show as does Randy, I guess only not as artfully.  He is also is good at keeping the focus on the contestants which IMO is the show’s real strength, and why I get so annoyed at the ego driven duo of Jennifer and Tyler for pimping themselves so much.

  • Anonymous

    I too think Ryan is very important to Idol.  He represents the longevity of the show as does Randy, I guess only not as artfully.  He is also is good at keeping the focus on the contestants which IMO is the show’s real strength, and why I get so annoyed at the ego driven duo of Jennifer and Tyler for pimping themselves so much.

  • Anonymous

    lmao

  • Anonymous

    Ryan is as much the face of Idol as any of the judges or contestants. I can get annoyed at him at times (especially when he and Simon tried to bait each other), but for the most part he does a great job keeping the show moving smoothly

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think Heejun belonged in the top 24. He had a lot of potential plus he has charisma. The show works best when they cast a mix of everything – genres, experience levels, personalities, everything. I think he was a great choice. Plus, they really have no way of knowing who is going to rise to the challenge. It was worth giving him a shot IMO.

    That said, I do agree he left at the right time.

  • Valentin432

    Michael Orland? @MichaelOrland
    Watching rehearsal this morning for 80′s week on @AmericanIdol is getting me excited for another great show tonight. Mark my words!!! #Idol

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Which being that “politician” takes away the aspect that it is just about the singing in the first place. 

  • Anonymous

    On his twitter slessard.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    That said, I do agree he left at the right time.

    I don’t think Erika should’ve been booted before him. In fact, I think it would’ve been great if he had left at ten and been the lead off performer for the Idol tour this summer. He could have come out like the master of ceremonies since he’s a better personality than singer.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Okay I’ll give you Erica! He definitely should have beat out Jeremy and Shannon however. :)

  • windmills

    Sassycatz: 
    I don’t think Erika should’ve been booted before him. In fact, I think it would’ve been great if he had left at ten and been the lead off performer for the Idol tour this summer. He could have come out like the master of ceremonies since he’s a better personality than singer. 

    That’s a good point. OK, he left 1 week later than he should’ve, I was thinking more about leaving at #9 instead of outlasting even more stronger singers/artists. 

    Here’s the Stefan Lessard tweet. He doesn’t know anything about P2 because he doesn’t watch Idol:
    https://twitter.com/#!/SLessard/status/187427685327314944

    “@dcsbtrjcrush: @SLessard What is your opinion on Phillip Phillips sounding and having Daveisms?” I don’t watch idol and one Dave is enough

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    @AOLRadio For you David Cook fans: Added @thedavidcook’s ‘Goodbye to the Girl’ to New Pop First.

    Well, this is awfully nice of them. Good song.

  • Anonymous

    I dont begrudge Heejun his finish over Erika at all.  TPTB could have given Erika an editing job that made her look fun/smart/controversial/independent etc.   They didn’t.  In fact they didn’t give her enough air time for the audience to know much about her at all.  Singing talent alone will not move you up the ladder—-get as much air time as you can would be my advice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    People, c’mon. FACE the facts. Erika has the word fodder written all over her. She was on the bottom for 4 weeks! She already stole Kristy’s seat! She would be out next week, anyway, and if Heejun didn’t make the funny performance of My Life, probably he wouldn’t even be on the bottom and you would be complaining that Deandre or, I don’t know, Hollie outlasted her.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Who is Kristy?  I think I’m already blanking on some of the Top 24.

    I don’t see it as a big deal though that Heejun outlasted Erika.  Did I want him booted first? Yes.  But Erika’s time on the show as always going to be limited since she was a wildcard in the first place and she didn’t seem to be connecting with fans.  At best, I think their weeks would have been switched and Erika would have gone last week and been 9 instead of 10.

    I understand Heejun about this being a television show and I do think it’s healthy to some degree when Idols have that perspective.  The only part that bothers me, going back to the whole Tommy Hilfiger thing, is I think it’s one thing to play your part for the camera if everybody in the room is in on the joke.  Why the Tommy Hilfiger scene, as edited, didn’t play well for me, is because Tommy didn’t seem in on the joke and it came off, again to me, as disrespectful.  Was Tommy’s advice good?  Not at all, but I do think he genuinely thought he was helping.  Though I think Heejun is learning that not everybody gets his humor right off the bat and he seems more mindful of that.

  • ting

    I give Heejun the benefit of the doubt cuz we don’t know the entirety of what happened in his meeting with TH.  We don’t know what hit the cutting room floor and therefore don’t know if TH came away feeling insulted or disrepected.  Heejun always makes sure to say that he’s just kidding and  makes sure whoever he is jossin with knows it’s just a joke.  On the other hand I think a lot of ppl say mean things, say it’s just a joke, even tho it isn’t.  Passive aggressive shit.  I don’t think Heejun is one of those as the things he says aren’t really mean just off the wall.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

     That’s why I said “as edited”.  Who knows how it really went down.  I can only comment on the package we were given as edited, where Tommy looked a bit bewildered by Heejun and some of his answers.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Heejun is mistaken, he doesn’t have to put a show just because there are cameras, Idol isn’t about doing ridiculous things to get attention, it’s about musical talent and presenting yourself as an artist.

    Which Heejun did when he was actually on the stage to SING.  The other stuff? I think the contestants can and should do what they feel comfortable doing. And when it’s your turn on camera, it’s not called “hogging” it.  Everybody gets equal time with in the packages, critiques, sessions with Jimmy. Whether they choose to just stand there with their jaws hanging open, or whether they choose to use that time to show their personality, it’s all up to them. Those segments can change people’s opinion of you one way or the other. 

    Apparently, some of us found Heejun hilarious and enjoyed his bits.  Others did not.  Fair enough. But, if people think he should have stifled his comedic side just because it got him farther in the competition than they feel he should have, I’d request that Colton shut up about his Jesus love. Also, since it is, first and foremost, a SINGING competition, let’s make it so that that no one is ever allowed to say where they are from so that home-state pride doesn’t skew the voting results. I’d also request we not be told a single backstory, including dead or absentee parents , tough upbringing, diseases, paralyzed vocal cords, tracheostomies, and brothers with tumors. No more showing of the adorable parents in the audience.  In fact, for it to be a fair SINGING competition the contestants should have to come out with paper bags over their heads, sing into a microphone, and leave the stage immediately.   

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    THANK! YOU! I couldn’t say better myself.

  • Valentin432

     Heejun says in the interview that he went to the camera crew to sell the drama with cowboy guy during group day.
    That’s called hogging the camera.

    There’s a difference between being charming, telling a few good jokes, showing off a personality and acting inapropriately just to get some attention like he did with Tommy Hilfiger.

    I don’t think Heejun had bad intentions but his vision making good tv is IMO distorted by what is rewarded on other reality shows which is acting like a fool just to get more attention.

  • Anonymous

    Some people take Idol WAAAAYYY too seriously. Lol. I love Heejun. He was my fave of this season, even though I never wanted him to win.

    I enjoy all of Idol’s different ‘types’ of contestants. There’s people who are smart, and play the Idol ‘game’ perfectly, and then there’s people who think too much and want to win way too badly, and there’s people who don’t take the show too seriously. (& more!) I think Idol needs all of these types of contestants to have a good season.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been mostly gone for a few weeks and I just saw a bunch of Adam pictures from the radio shows he’s been doing–man, he is GORGEOUS. I love the makeup (I have a thing for guys in makeup) but he’s one of the most naturally beautiful people I’ve seen in a while (obviously that’s subjective, but it’s cool that he’s generally talked about as being super handsome, lol).  

    /late 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Heejun says in the interview that he went to the camera crew to sell the drama with cowboy guy during group day.That’s called hogging the camera.

    No. That’s called being a smart game player. Do you actually believe for one minute that other contestants didn’t get the camera crews involved in their issues during group rounds?  Of COURSE they did.  Also, let’s get real.  They film hours upon hours of the contestants during Hollywood week. They pick what they consider to be the most entertaining/buzz worthy to air.  It was the producers, not Heejun, that decided the Hee/Phil/Cowboy footage was good TV. 

    Anyway, one of my favorite times on Idol was when Michael Johns and David Cook would do crazy stuff during the group sings.  I recall the response to that being similar.  Some found them hilarious and wanted to see them do more. Others thought they were “hogging the spotlight,” and were arrogant show-offs. Basically, it’s a matter of to each his own. I’m a fan of hijinx and bringing levity to a show that people take far too seriously (myself included!) 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    In other news, I’m relieved Ryan is staying with Idol.  After watching X Factor and The Voice, I realize that the job as host is far more difficult than we can imagine.  Plus, I like the way he treats the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a tweet about song spoilers tonight:

    American Idol ? @AmericanIdol
    Here is a sneak peek at the #idol Top 8′s song list that will be performed by @RayChewLive and his band!http://pic.twitter.com/KlFe9pJG

  • Anonymous

    The show is named American Idol not America’s best vocalist.  In the search for a pop cultural idol, physical attributes, personality/charisma, clothing style, sex appeal, etc. are fair additions to a contestant’s bag of weapons.  

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

     Also of note, the song spoiler list does not contain any of the artists that were “spoiled” by Nigel’s tweet that mysteriously disappeared yesterday.  If anything, the real list is far less interesting.

  • Anonymous

    lol just saw a few more pictures: in addition to having a unusually naturally gorgeous face, Adam’s legs are pretty fabulous.  idk, he’s a few years older than I am and I’ve sometimes thought he’d be an awesome older brother, but maybe having an incredibly attractive older brother would be awkward. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    De’Andre = Debarge. Got to be.

    Hollie better not be doing Wind Beneath My Wings.

    Wonder if Elise is doing Cyndi Lauper.

  • Anonymous

    So I guess whoever actually spoiled it was fake? But ugh. What a bland song list. How Will I Know and Flashdance? The Fake one was at least a little more interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    They’re doing duets tonight! Yay!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/22WJ7E4VAXGNXLSPXYRJZVJXOI broddy

    Good point, makes sense, and I would have liked to have seen Erika do at least one more show and have had another chance.  That being said, I do think it’s great that Erika, with her big beautiful voice, will also be a wonderful opener to the show, and I think, in a sense, that’s a great consolation prize for her.  It’s been said that you always remember who opens the show and who closes the show.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Wind Beneath My Wings deserves a solid round of boos. Its probably either Hollie or Jessica. Maybe Joshua?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Apparently, some of us found Heejun hilarious and enjoyed his bits.
     Others did not.  Fair enough. But, if people think he should have
    stifled his comedic side just because it got him farther in the
    competition than they feel he should have, I’d request that Colton shut
    up about his Jesus love.”

    I totally agree.  What I find interesting is that in the 2 weeks since Colton went public with his fervent religiosity on the show on March 21, his twitter has increased by 66,328 followers (from 74,758) or an increase of 88.7% with an average increase of 4,738 followers per day.  For the 14 days previous to March 21, he had gained 33,685 followers (41,073 to 74,758) or an average of 2,406 followers per day.

  • Anonymous

    I think it may be Skylar. Kenny Rogers has a version and she hinted she is doing a ballad.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Is it a given that Erika will open the show? They might not necessarily use the countdown performance order for the concert this year.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I want to throttle whoever is singing that song.  Already.  I don’t care who is singing it.  But I’ve decided if it’s Hollie, she must really, really want to go home. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/22WJ7E4VAXGNXLSPXYRJZVJXOI broddy

    Good point.  Sometimes Ryan frustrates me, such as the overemphasis on “THIS…..is American Idol!,” or his getting a “walk down the staircase” entrance every week (I’m sorry, he hasn’t earned that yet — only somebody who’s been in the biz for decades like Dick Clark or Bob Barker gets something like that — and they probably wouldn’t do that because it’s so corny) — however — I have come to greatly respect what he does and how he does it and, especially, in comparison to others.  And that brings me to a point I’ve brought up on these comments a few times over the past several months: Carson Daly.  He is just awful on THE VOICE.  He was bad last season and is no better this season.  He is like a piece of cardboard onstage and you can tell he just reads the cue cards like “See Dick and Jane.  See Spot Run.” etc etc   I can’t believe that he still hosts like that and that Mark Burnett (Exec. Producer) hasn’t done anything to change that.  I mean he’s not bad on his own show, very relaxed.  And then he gets up on THE VOICE stage and it’s like a deer in headlights — it dulls down the show.  He’s one of the reasons (although not the entire reason) why I have been surprisingly lackluster about the show this season.  LOVED it last season — but this season I’m much more into IDOL and don’t have as much emotional investment in THE VOICE.  That’s a whole other issue, but Carson certainly doesn’t help matters at all.   Needs to be replaced!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In his Idology interview, Heejun really “gets” that Idol is a television show, first and foremost, NOT a reality show, and putting together the most entertaining show is the top priority.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Skylar huh? That’s not really better to me. Heh. I was hoping it was Colton so I could feel good about booing the person.  Okay I’m sorta kidding. But not really.

    LOL raya! If it is Hollie ITA she deserves the boot. That’s just begging us to do it.

    Yay for Deandre singing Debarge! I mean I assume its Deandre, who else would it be?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    But the bottom line is that the producers aired that backstory and not the hours of other video that they took of the contestants.  Contestants can try to “hog the camera” or create drama for the video crews, but it only gets aired at the producers’ discretion/choice.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    It has to be.  I swear I’ve heard him mention Debarge before.  I’m trying to figure out the duet situation though. 

    Also agree that Skylar isn’t really much better to me on that song.  Then again, I’m also trying to figure out why someone is going back to the Whitney Houston well when we already had Whitney week.

  • Anonymous

     I don’t mind someone picking How Will I Know, since surprisingly it has never been done on idol before.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, Ryan has toned down the sadistic torturing of the contestants, and I hope he keeps that side of himself restrained for the rest of the shows.

  • Valentin432

    American Idol Exclusive: Kris Allen Set to Perform on April 19 Results Show
    http://tvline.com/2012/04/04/american-idol-kris-allen-vision-of-love-april-19/

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I could see Hollie doing well with How Will I Know. Maybe.

  • Anonymous

    So we finally get confirmation that the tweet from the AI production assistant about seeing Kris in April was legit.  Yay!

  • Anonymous

    Such a bland list.

    I think I might be giving her too much credit, but I doubt WBMW is Hollie. I think it’s Skylar like gangreen said. The one good thing about this list is, I’m not 100% positive about any of them except DeAndre doing Debarge and P2/Elise singing Stop Draggin My Heart Around (at least it SHOULD be)….. which I think will be stellar.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    But the bottom line is that the producers aired that backstory and not the hours of other video that they took of the contestants.  Contestants can try to “hog the camera” or create drama for the video crews, but it only gets aired at the producers’ discretion/choice.

    Well, and “look what a good entertainer I am!” is at least a pay-attention-to-me strategy that has some bearing on the person’s capabilities in pursuing an entertainment career.

    While I didn’t always find Han as funny as he seems to find himself, my sole real grudge was that his Billy Joel-week performance wasn’t under control and fully on key. If he’d been able to pull that off with solid singing, my reaction would have been far less negative. And since he was punctually eliminated the week after that fracas, I really can’t hold much of a grudge, no matter how much I wanted Van Pelt to stick around longer.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Good Lawd, who is singing “Wind beneath my Wings”? Like, really? Better sing the hell out of that one. LOL. 

    I do like this list because I don’t think many of these songs have been performed before, with exception to Simply Red and maybe “How will I know?” Has “Time after Time” been performed before?

    I’m not the biggest 80′s fan, so I’m surprised to find this list having songs I want to hear.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I mean seriously? LOL. It was a guilty pleasure of mine when I was 8 and obsessed with Adult Contemporary radio, but really, I feel the need to smack your head for picking that. Unless Joshua gospels his way through it, how do you think you are getting new votes with that song?

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Oh no, Skylar….I hope not, I ‘m the most worried for her. I hope it goes well if it is her. :/

    But who knows? Some of my past favs sung songs I would never pick for them, and they survived, so what can I say except good luck with it? *shrugs*

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    Maybe it is Colton for a more “religious” feel. It is an uplifting song.

    And wings/fly=angel, hero=God, I mean I can go on. LOL

  • Anonymous

    ” Heejun says in the interview that he went to the camera crew to sell the drama with cowboy guy during group day.
    That’s called hogging the camera.”

    And thank god he did, or else that would have been a VERY BORING episode. (:

  • windmills

    Yay that Kris will be performing on Idol on 4/19! I hope he slays his performance. I think we could have some fun dreaming up fun staging ideas ;)

    So that leaves 4/26, 5/3, 5/17, and the finale for alum performances. I hope we get at least 1 alum performance each week.

    Carrie’s been teasing a little on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/#!/carrieunderwood/status/187275527730630657

    It’s a beautiful day in Nashville for some band rehearsals! They’re learning all of “Blown Away.” Can’t wait to play it for a real audience!

    Yesterday she tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/carrieunderwood/status/187275527730630657

    Beautiful day in Nashville for a photo shoot!

    The woman who interviewed Carrie for Vegas mag blogged about the experience:

    After she spent an entire morning and afternoon looking pretty for the camera, she changed into sweats and we sat down in a back room to chat. She was surprisingly bubbly and candid for as tired as she must have been. I’ve done, literally, hundreds of celebrity interviews—in one-on-one situations, at events, on the red carpet, on camera—and this was one of the most delightful experiences I’ve had in my seven years of dabbling in the entertainment industry. I was nervous as I usually don’t have so much one-on-one time—30 minutes is forever when you’re interviewing someone—and it was just the two of us, but the time flew by without pause. She was just so real, so down to Earth, so interesting to talk to (so pretty!).

    The blog includes an audio clip of Carrie talking about Good Girl and Blown Away.

  • Anonymous

    Has “Time after Time” been performed before?

    Time After Time was performed by Nadia Turner in S5, Brandon Rogers in S6, & Allison Iraheta dueted with Cyndi Lauper on the finale in S8.

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    It’s one of the songs on Any Idol/Voice/XFactor show that shouldn’t be allowed. Not a favorite lol.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Carrie’s album comes out on 5/1 so it would make sense for her to perform that Thursday but she might save her annual Idol appearance for the finale.

  • Anonymous

    I agree it shouldn’t be done on talent shows. But many songs should not be allowed anymore. I don’t want to hear people sing Adele on talent shows anymore, but people keep doing it.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Whoa! 88.7% increase in twitter followers? That’s amazing, Fuzzywuzzy. I know we can’t possibly know the reason he gained that many followers, but I’m going out on a limb and saying at LEAST half were due to his religious commentary. He announced on Twitter that he will be wearing a cross necklace on the show tonight.

  • Anonymous

    Why would anyone need to announce on twitter that they are going to be wearing a cross necklace? If he wants to wear one, that’s fine. I just don’t understand the need to make an announcement about it. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    He announced on Twitter that he will be wearing a cross necklace on the show tonight.

    Really? Why would people be all excited by that? Has that never been allowed before or something?

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Well, I just went and looked at his Twitter account. (I don’t follow him. Someone in my feed had retweeted his tweet.)  He was talking about some of the swag fans have sent him – jewelry and such.  He commented he’d be wearing a necklace courtesy of Penny Royal.  He has a picture of it, and noted that the cross is exactly like the one he uses in his signature.  Sure enough, on the side of the page, there is written: “Colton Dixon – A messenger.”  He uses a cross symbol in place of the T.  I am just saying…

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Whoa! 88.7% increase in twitter followers?

    For Colton Dixon? Not in the past week, anyway. He was at ~141,300 when I did my pre-show check today. Shortly before the top 9 show, he was at ~94,000, which would be in the neighborhood of a 50% gain. That’s still impressive, except that Joshua Ledet showed about a 50% gain, too, in the same period. (Dixon’s raw numbers are way, way higher than Ledet’s, though.)

    What it means…? Heejun Han had the most Twitter followers up to the night of his Top 10 Billy Joel performance. When he was eliminated the next week, he had the 3rd most followers, roughly triple the number that Ledet and Testone had. But their reasons for following him didn’t translate into voting in sufficient numbers to keep him on the show.

  • Anonymous

    I never found Heejun funny (except the card to Mary J Blige – that photo of him was priceless). I remember watching that Hollywood episode where he kept whining about Richie Law and thinking, “God this guy is annoying!” But maybe it’s a cultural difference thing; the American sense of humour is often rather heavy handed for my taste.

    But if his shenanigans struck a chord with voters then good luck to him. If people voted for Heejun because they found him entertaining that strikes me as being more legitimate than people voting for a contestant they see as more deserving due to his/her religious beliefs.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Heejun is becoming polarizing… that’s is somewhat of a good sign IMO. He just never ceases to entertain.