In these new interviews at AmericanIdol.com, the Top 8 talk Movie Madness.

Kris Allen tweets, “Just finished up another song today. This one feels like a purple one.” Kris was co-writing today with Jamie Hartman who tweeted, “I’m in with Kris Allen today Finishing the blinding hit we wrote yesterday What a great singer..yikes”

Kimberly Caldwell Performs “Without Regret” For Yahoo!

Yes, seven (seven??? really???) long years after placing seventh on “Idol,” and a year after her original planned album release date, Kimberly is at long last releasing her full-length debut, Without Regret, on Vanguard Records. But this waiting game has paid off, as the album is undoubtedly much more mature and confident than whatever she would have recorded if she’d been quickly signed and rushed into the studio in 2003, when she was only 22. Hence the album’s title, of course.

Kim sits down for an interview with Lyndsey Parker, plus performs 3 new songs from her album. Watch the videos at Reality Rocks.

More Headlines after the JUMP…

‘American Idol’ contestant from Mountain House to get welcome home party

Thia Megia, the San Joaquin Valley teen-turned-overnight-singing-star, will return to her roots Saturday and be feted by her hometown.

Thia, a 16-year-old from Mountain House who was the youngest contestant to ever compete on the television show “American Idol,” will be in Tracy and Mountain House on Saturday for a special meet-and-greet and recognition ceremony. Tracy activities are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. at Center Court inside the West Valley Mall in Tracy. Mountain House activities will begin at 3 p.m. at Central Park.

Read more at Mercury News

Kimberly Caldwell Talks About Her New Album, American Idol, And More!

We know you’ve been up to a lot since Idol! Can you talk a bit about the doors that opened for you and what all you been up to since the show?

Kimberly Caldwell: I was very lucky! The day after Idol I was doing an interview and was asked to be a host on Fox Sports 54321, so I took the job. That snowballed into a hosting career. From TV Guide Network to MTV I have really enjoyed doing TV. I did have to take a break because I needed to make the album I had always dreamed of. I was fortunate enough to sign with Vanguard/Capitol Records and I’m releasing a record I’m really proud of and a writer on as well. ‘Without Regret’ April 19th! Finally!

Read more at Fan Bolt

Channel Surfer: Why Cowell-Less American Idol Is New, Improved, Better Than Ever

Something unique, something truly startling, something totally mind-blowing occurred on the American Idol results hour last week (Thursday, April 14): Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart covered “Moanin’” from the 1960 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross album (RCA), The Hottest New Group in Jazz. Making the Charles Mingus melody with lyrics added by Jon Hendricks their own — and that includes alarmingly deft scatting by both Abrams and Reinhart — they positioned themselves as The Hottest New Duo in 2011 Jazz.

Read more at Huffington Post

Danny Gokey shoots commercial in Franklin’s Moondance Cafe

A couple of hours ago, Franklin’s very own Moondance Cafe posted an update on their Facebook page thanking American Idol-turned-Country star Danny Gokey for filming part of his Wisconsin Vision commercial at their business. For those who might not be aware of this, Gokey actually has family ties in Franklin, and while being a sensation on American Idol made a stop at Robinwood Elementary School, where his relatives attended school, for a special performance.

It’s great to see Gokey back in Franklin, this time showing support for one of our local businesses.

See the photo at MyFranklinToday

Why male X Factor winners are doomed

When former winner Shayne Ward appeared on last year’s X Factor it was a portrait of desperation: “It’s great to be back,” he gushed repeatedly, almost grovelling to Simon Cowell while the studio audience gave subdued whoops. But this homecoming was the start of his final act: after a flop album he has been dropped by Cowell’s label Syco and joins Steve Brookstein, Joe McElderry and Leon Jackson in the pop wilderness.

These ex-winners have something in common besides shattered dreams: they’re all men. Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, the show’s two female victors, are still signed and successful.

Read more at the Guardian

Warblers ‘Glee’ Album: A Track-by-Track Account From the Beelzebubs

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with the real-life collegiate a cappella group, the Beelzebubs, that lends its voices to Glee’s Dalton Academy Warblers.

Members of the group Penn Rosen, Kent McCann, Eli Seidman and Evan Powell – along with Bubs alum Ed Boyle, who arranges the Warblers’ songs – shared stories and thoughts about the songs on Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers, which hits stores Tuesday.

Read more at THR

Harry Shum Jr. Talks Glee and Dance-tastic LXD: “It’s Getting Down to the Wire”

“We have about five or six more episodes left, so it’s getting down to the wire. Are we even going to make it to Nationals? And in between all that there is obviously going to be some tension between the glee clubbers and everyone else,” Harry tells us about Fox’s smash hit musical comedy. Whoa, New Directions not making it to Nationals? In what world?

Harry wouldn’t say much more on the subject, but he did promise Mike would get more time to shine. “There is going to be another [number] where, if you look at the promo, you might be able to tell who Mike Chang is dancing with, but it’s someone you wouldn’t expect. That’s coming up soon,” he teases. “And there are more moments where you’re going to see Mike not only by himself but teaming up with people and bringing some great entertainment.”

Read more at EOnline

‘Glee’ cast unleashes their inner divas

If I Were a Diva…

Via The New York Post

‘Glee’ Is Back: How Did Heather Morris Spend Her Break?

” ‘The Elevator’ is a short film about this guy Nate. He is scared of elevators, and he sees this girl one day [played by Morris] and he keeps seeing her on the elevator, and he can’t seem to find her anywhere else,” Lendzion said. “His attention is shifted towards her because her cell phone ringtone is his go-to karaoke song. He doesn’t know what to do, and he recruits the help of his crazy roommate, Louise, played by me, she tries to coax him through and get him on an elevator.”

In describing their writing process, the ladies joked that their ideas come from the same place.

“She’s the brains,” Morris said of Lendzion, adding, “We share a brain. It works out.”

See the Video at MTV

‘Glee’ Spoiler Leads Fox to Consider Changing Contracts to Punish Leaks

But according to a source close to the show, the standard SAG day-player contracts Glee uses don’t contain “NDA” (non-disclosure agreement) language providing for punishment when plot secrets are revealed. So while the studio and network might never hire a leaking extra again, the legal ramifications of spilling secrets are probably less serious.

That surprised us, frankly, and it could soon change. An insider at Glee producer 20th Century Fox Television tells us the studio is considering amending all of its talent deals — from series regulars to day players like Crowther — to include strict punishments for blabbing online.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Backstage Interviews at ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Kendra, Carrie Ann Make Up; John Travolta Loves Maks

Rivalries, couples not getting along, polarizing celebrities and loads of off-screen drama. These are the things that, for better or worse, have at times dominated the reality competition series known as ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

But as regular viewers of the show are finding out, there’s not much of that going on in season 12. Instead, the most compelling aspects of the show are taking place right where they should be — on the dance floor.

There was, however, one feud that seemed to erupt from last week’s show — Kendra Wilkinson appeared to take great umbrage at judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s remark that she appeared fearful of embracing elegance.

Read more at TV Squad

Will Kendra Wilkinson Go Home on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Tuesday?

Will Kendra Wilkinson go home on Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars?

Season 9 winner Donny Osmond thinks so.

“Kendra is going home tonight,” he said on Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

“Kendra, c’mon. Enough with the bad attitude,” he added. “I think that’s hurting her.”

He said she and partner Louis Van Amstel were “stomping” during their performance Monday, which earned them 22 points and put them in last place.

Read more at THR

 
  • lla2827

    OMG–now I want some pistachios and chocolate chips
    Sounds awesome–and fattening. Thanks a lot Karofsky–LOL

  • yaddabing

    Shayne is just another example of Simon’s fine A&R’ing. The only reason Leona and Alexandra are still going around, is because they’ve managed to secure (US) deals outside of Syco. If they were 100% under Simon’s wing, they would be dropped.

    Simon had alot to do with the derailing of Leona’s second album – he was the one that pushed for ‘Happy’ to be released. His same 1, 2 single ballad approach is the same reason Westlife left Syco earlier this year. And they constantly had the short end for having a handful of cover tracks on each album.

    Shayne’s first two albums were pretty solid pop albums, but instead of trying to fill the Justin Timberlake void, Simon pushed him to be a Justin Timberlake clone. He was pushed to the backburner once Leona came along and even further back when Alex came.

    I think everybody knew this was coming though. When your first single off a long-delayed album is a cover of a Nickelback song, the writing’s on the wall.

    I am a bit surprised though that Simon ditched two XF winners in a week. Considering that XF is supposed to produce nothing less of *superstars*, doesn’t seem like the greatest PR move. But, I guess the !! FIVE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE !!! is just a way to take attention away from it.

  • Valentin432

    I found this part of the guardian article very interesting.

    The truth is that male pop stars are notoriously hard to launch. Even Robbie can’t command the audiences he used to, and most of the biggest UK male stars now make R&B or grime-inflected pop – not a style X Factor voters are known to reward. Instead, the male former winners – poor Joe excepted – seem to gravitate to pained, dignified acoustic pop-rock. There’s never been much evidence that people want to hear this style of music outside a busking pitch, but every male reality show victor from Fame Academy’s David Sneddon onwards seems convinced otherwise. They still worry about their imagined credibility, whereas female winners are more ready for the red carpet.

    If you think about it in those terms, winners in other countries seem to confirm this POV. In Canada all 4 male winners were male pop rockers and Australia three of four also can be summed up as pop rock artists.
    The only one who is truly RnB, Guy Sebastian, is the most successfull contestant off of Australian Idol.

    ETA: Altough, TBH I have a hard time thinking of Leon Jackson as pop/rock. He came accross as more crooner Bubble wannabee on the show but I didn’t hear his album so maybee he recorded something totally different.

  • Mel1

    I first thought Kendra was rude to Louis when he told her they were dancing a romantic dance and she needs to get in the mood. She insulted Louis to his face saying there is no way she could act romantic with him because he is completely opposite her husband. I think he is a football player, very big and macho, whereas Louis is small and not macho (gay).

    Yep. Kendra’s attitude stinks to high heaven.

  • larc

    It’s beyond me why Leon Jackson hasn’t done well. I saw a video of an appearance he made with Michael Bublé and he sang circles around Bublé.

  • abl890

    Mentioning DWTS, TMZ has an article up that Pia will perform there next week.

  • CindyM

    Wow, Pia on Dancing with the Stars performing?? LOL, it pays to be booted by America really early, apparently. You get a headstart and tv slots without much Idol competition.

    http://www.tmz.com/2011/04/19/pia-toscano-mark-ballas-american-idol-dancing-with-the-stars-performance-joe-earley-dwts/

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    ETA: Altough, TBH I have a hard time thinking of Leon Jackson as pop/rock. He came accross as more crooner Bubble wannabee on the show but I didn’t hear his album so maybee he recorded something totally different.

    A few months I saw a video of him, playing guitar and keys. It looks like he is far from Bubble territory now. I have no idea what was on his album.

    So, umm, guys worry about their credibility … poor Matt Cardle included. Female winners take the show for what it is, embrace the fact that they are a product of a TV show and then don’t bother with credibility – they just get hitmakers like Tedder and Red One to get hit singles.

    Cher Lloyd will be auditioning dancers for her music video soon and one Direction will also release their single in about two months. Matt will write and co-write songs for his album and will release something in fall. He could be old news by then.

  • lili_anne7

    Why is Pia performing on DWTS? She doesn’t even have music out yet. Did Interscope organize this?

  • missytoots

    Australia three of four also can be summed up as pop rock artists.
    The only one who is truly RnB, Guy Sebastian, is the most successfull contestant off of Australian Idol.

    The last winner Stan Walker is RnB/Pop too

  • Elliegrll

    I think most of these male pop/rock artists can be as successful as the female winners, the problem is that they have to toil at their craft for more than just a year or two, before the audience who likes this type of music will take them seriously. Being a successful pop artist has as a lot to do with how popular someone is and how much they are seen in mainstream media. The music is important, but appearing on tv shows and red carpets is just as important.

    With most forms of pop/rock music, having musical credibility is the most important thing, but it takes time to get that, and people like Simon aren’t going to invest the time to make sure the male winners of his show build their reputations. Simon, just like 19, is more interested in making a quick buck, and could care less about artist development. The same is true for how he sees the female winners. He’s not going to make an effort to even try to get Susan Boyle’s music played on the radio, because he’s more focused on building her name based on pop culture, and not the music.

  • Elliegrll

    Why is Pia performing on DWTS? She doesn’t even have music out yet. Did Interscope organize this?

    They would have had to go through 19 and CAA, since for now, they are essentially her managers and agents.

  • siren

    I am so happy for Kimberly Caldwell. Persistence pays off. She has put out a solid album.

    Justin Guarini is in his final week of American Idiot. Broadway.com did a small feature on Justin.
    http://www.broadway.com/shows/american-idiot/video/153500/ask-a-star-justin-guarini-of-american-idiot/

  • Mel1

    Is Pia singing on performance night or results night? I need to know because I don’t watch the results shows since they’ve had Chris Brown on. I will watch either show if Pia is on.

  • Mel1

    I know Justin Guarini has been doing different things like hosting and Broadway shows, but I thought sure he would become a successful solo artist. What happened?

  • desiree_chick

    I think most of these male pop/rock artists can be as successful as the female winners, the problem is that they have to toil at their craft for more than just a year or two, before the audience who likes this type of music will take them seriously. Being a successful pop artist has as a lot to do with how popular someone is and how much they are seen in mainstream media. The music is important, but appearing on tv shows and red carpets is just as important.

    With most forms of pop/rock music, having musical credibility is the most important thing, but it takes time to get that, and people like Simon aren’t going to invest the time to make sure the male winners of his show build their reputations. Simon, just like 19, is more interested in making a quick buck, and could care less about artist development. The same is true for how he sees the female winners. He’s not going to make an effort to even try to get Susan Boyle’s music played on the radio, because he’s more focused on building her name based on pop culture, and not the music.

    Glad you said all this, because people like Daniel Merriweather, James Morrison and Paulo Nutini had significant hits in the UK, and they are very much singer-songwriter soulful artists, although Daniel is more R&B-ish. Plus Adele has similar stylings, and she is massive in UK and getting very popular in the U.S., as her latest album is a hit. What she has though is Chasing Pavements. What James had was You Give Me Something. Not one debut record out of these singer-songwriter soul/folk winners had a song that says “hit record”. The songs they are forced to sing are so fly-by and not catching to the ear. Lee Dewyze’s first single was a prime example of that. These record executive guys have no clue how to promote credible musician-type singer-songwriters. I’m sure they all wish to be Paul MacDonald and just get “free promotion”, and not be signed to some nasty contract.

    By the way, what a dirty bastard Simon Cowell is. Shaye Ward sold three million copies worldwide as a UK pop male solo artists, which is hard to come by over there, and he dumps him? Simon can just go and sink your career in a hole with some retread single, and boom, your dead to him. Boy, I know that is business, and that it is how it goes, but damn, I just don’t know man, how can you not worry about winning the show knowing your future could end up like that?

  • Valentin432

    What she has though is Chasing Pavements. What James had was You Give Me Something. Not one debut record out of these singer-songwriter soul/folk winners had a song that says “hit record”.

    But that’s exactly the problem.
    Singer songwriter types write their own material and if they can’t write hit songs it doesn’t matter how many people liked them covering songs on a tv show.

    These type of competitions don’t highlight writing lyrics, Australian Idol did have some “original” nights but it’s first and foremost a competition of who can make the best covers.
    If people who watch the competition think the contestant is going to be the new Bob Dylan because he plays an instrument and can interprete a song, they are in for a big disapointement since what made Dylan was his songwritting chops.

  • Elliegrll

    But that’s exactly the problem.
    Singer songwriter types write their own material and if they can’t write hit songs it doesn’t matter how many people liked them covering songs on a tv show.

    Even with “Chasing Pavements” it took over a year for Adele’s first album to move a million copies. Based on the track record of the first album, plus incredible promotion, the second album has gone Platinum in less than three months. It takes time to build up a reputation that based on the music, and not someone’s personality.

    For the most part, it takes more effort and time to write a good pop/rock song than it does to write a good pop song. The artists are expected to have an album out as soon as possible, in order to capitalize off of their tv fame, so it’s not surprising if they don’t release the best songs possible. And Sony was notorious for not releasing songs that were co-written by the idol alums, so I don’t see how we can say that their fates was based on not being able to write good songs.

  • gangreen29

    For the most part, it takes more effort and time to write a good pop/rock song than it does to write a good pop song.

    I don’t agree.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t know why it would take any longer to write a good pop/rock song than a good pop song. It mainly depends on the writer. Some songwriters can come up with great songs in a matter of hours– others take longer. Sometimes a great idea flows organically, other times it takes a lot of rewriting. But I don’t know why the genre would matter that much, if at all, about how long it takes to write a great song.

  • steph6449

    Too cute, Danny and his co-star Josie filming the new commercials today.

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    Love Josie’s color-coordinated outfit, lol.

  • lucysfave

    Love Josie’s color-coordinated outfit, lol.

    And Danny’s looking fine, too!

  • Elliegrll

    I don’t know why it would take any longer to write a good pop/rock song than a good pop song. It mainly depends on the writer. Some songwriters can come up with great songs in a matter of hours– others take longer. Sometimes a great idea flows organically, other times it takes a lot of rewriting. But I don’t know why the genre would matter that much, if at all, about how long it takes to write a great song.

    This is true, and I shouldn’t have made it sound like it’s that simple. But, with pop songs the emphasis is usually more on the songs production and having a catchy hook. With pop/rock, the emphasis is usually on the lyrics and musicianship. I think given those four things that at times the pop/rock songs take more time to craft.

  • ross

    Valentin423 wrote:

    I found this part of the guardian article very interesting.

    Instead, the male former winners – poor Joe excepted – seem to gravitate to pained, dignified acoustic pop-rock. There’s never been much evidence that people want to hear this style of music outside a busking pitch, but every male reality show victor from Fame Academy’s David Sneddon onwards seems convinced otherwise.

    If you think about it in those terms, winners in other countries seem to confirm this POV. In Canada all 4 male winners were male pop rockers.

    They were all (arguably) pop rockers – in the very broadest sense – but the original quote referred to “pained, dignified acoustic pop rock.” I don’t think that describes any of them. None of them released acoustic music, and I wouldn’t refer ot a lot of their music as “pained,” or “dignified.”

  • tripp_ncwy

    Simon, just like 19, is more interested in making a quick buck, and could care less about artist development.

    If 19 has no interest in artist development, why do they have Alex Lambert and I guess Allison Iraheta signed to development deals. In certain cases, 19 seems to be willing to invest in talent but Simon, not so much.

  • bananafish


    These ex-winners have something in common besides shattered dreams: they’re all men. Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, the show’s two female victors, are still signed and successful.

    Funnily enough, this could be said about Idol too. Despite the fact that the females have trouble getting the votes, Kelly, Carrie, Jordan & Fantasia are all doing better than Ruben, Taylor, David, Kris & Lee,

  • Elliegrll

    If 19 has no interest in artist development, why do they have Alex Lambert and I guess Allison Iraheta signed to development deals. In certain cases, 19 seems to be willing to invest in talent but Simon, not so much.

    It was a over generalization, like saying that pop/rock is just one type of music, but for the most part, I don’t think that 19 has done a lot in the area of artist development, even though I think this should be the main area that they should focus on.

    To answer your question, I have no idea why Simon Fuller is still fooling with Alex Lambert.

    ETA: I will admit that even though some fans weren’t crazy about the management that David Cook got after AI, everything that Simon Fuller did for him seemed to be targeted towards establishing David as a legitimate rock artist.

  • CindyM

    Ah, Adam is in NYC….and bearded again..lol Nice that he can join Sauli there.

    Pirate!Adam :)

    @IamWendyRaquel
    Hey tweet fam I missed y’all but I’m back, hanging in NYC! Met Adam Lampert on plane #love him! http://plixi.com/p/94076713

  • iani

    It’s not the first time I see Adam with this look and since then I’ve thought he would fit perfectly to be part of this entourage http://goo.gl/vDQe4. Love this version of that movie from so many ones.

  • Pam

    Here is this week’s edition of Idoloonies here.

  • wfish8888

    Kimberly is preeety successful. I thought she came in 2nd place or somthing. But 7th! 7 years ago! And with new
    Daytime tv show. She has a successful tv career… Music wise , prob not

  • Mel1

    no wonder Adam was working in the studio in LA yesterday. I know Adam has been working hard on his album, but he also has been fitting in a lot of socializing with his good friends and, of course, Sauli.

  • CindyM

    Mel1 says:
    04/20/2011 at 12:22 am

    no wonder Adam was working in the studio in LA yesterday. I know Adam has been working hard on his album, but he also has been fitting in a lot of socializing with his good friends and, of course, Sauli.

    Well, Sauli has been in New York since last week and Adam only got there tonight, so I hope he has fun (and maybe gets some work done while he’s there :) )

  • mquincy

    there are a lot of producers and writers based in NY…airport Adam was fun on twitter today.

  • theonlygirl

    I don’t think it’s a crime if he went to NY just to spend time with his boyfriend if he were missing him or whatever. All the better if he has some work to do too, of course. But I don’t think it’s so bad if he just went for personal reasons.

  • soverymel

    I don’t think it’s a crime if he went to NY just to spend time with his boyfriend if he were missing him or whatever. All the better if he has some work to do too, of course. But I don’t think it’s so bad if he just went for personal reasons.

    Of course it’s not a crime, but I think it’s unlikely given Adam’s schedule that he would fly all the way to NYC midweek without also having some business to take care of there. Even if it’s simply meetings with RCA execs or a final fitting for the outfit the Blonds talked about designing for him in an interview awhile back.

  • Dakota01

    Pic from People.com of Adam at LAX:

    http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20483249_20939726,00.html

  • cookcricket

    David Cook interview from Mix 107.7 this morning:

    http://www.mix1077.com/cc-common/podcast.html

    I hope one of these works. Short and sweet. :D

  • Allison

    I am so happy for Kimberly Caldwell. Persistence pays off. She has put out a solid album.

    Me too. I just bought it. She impressed me with her showmanship back on the Season 2 tour.