Idol Headlines for 04/23/12

Aubrey O’Day is on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Randy Jackson appears on The Talk, CBS 2 pm.
Colton Dixon appears on Live! With Kelly

Kelly Clarkson tweets, “I just finished taping some of my stuff for Duets, the new tv show I’m doing, and it’s gonna be awesome!! I’m so excited for y’all to see the show and my duet partners!! YEAH!!!”

Lee DeWyze Update! he tweets, “Okay. Lil something for ya. This week I’m going into the studio , and am recording a few songs from my upcoming album ACOUSTICALLY…And… I’m going to get those out to you guys before my album comes out. It’s an idea I had, and we’re going to follow through :)”

Trial of man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson’s mom, brother and nephew to begin in earnest – CHICAGO — A gift of balloons. That, prosecutors contend, is what sent singer Jennifer Hudson’s then brother-in-law into such a jealous rage that he shot dead her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a horrific act of vindictiveness in the home where the Hollywood star grew up. A prosecutor is expected to tell jurors that Monday during opening statements at the trial of William Balfour — charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Oct. 24, 2008, slayings that generated nationwide headlines because of Hudson’s fame. – Read More at Washington Post

Simon Cowell hates country music, says American Idol’s Carrie Underwood – She also revealed Simon Cowell “hates” her musical genre — something many believe was a major reason behind the flop of his new show X Factor USA. Underwood, 29, who has sold 13??million albums and 18.5??million singles, will perform at the Royal Albert Hall on June 21. She said: “It will be my first time with a UK audience. There needs to be a few country artists out here, to let people know what they’re missing. – Read more at This is London

Kris Allen’s Dog Zorro Graces Cover of New Album – The pooch was a surprise Christmas gift from Allen’s wife of three and a half years, and also a compromise. “She wanted a dog, but she wanted a small dog, and I was like, ‘I don’t like small dogs,'” he explained. “But [a French bulldog] is kind of the middle ground because he’s still kind of like chunky and got like big muscles, [and] big dog personality.” – Read more at People

Air Supply Musical Lost In Love, With Constantine Maroulis and Andrea McArdle, Gets NYC Reading April 23 – Tony nominees Constantine Maroulis and Andrea McArdle lead the industry readings of the new Air Supply musical Lost In Love, which begin New York presentations April 23. Robyn Lee directs the private New York City readings that take place April 23-24. The musical pulls its score from the catalogue of the Grammy-winning band Air Supply. – Read more at Playbill

‘Smash’ capitalizes on star Raza Jaffrey’s musical theater expertise
RMusical numbers are an expected element of the NBC hit series “Smash,” which centers on the making of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. What’s not so expected is that in Monday’s episode, “Publicity,” there’s a Bollywood number, “A Thousand and One Nights,” and it features a character who’s not in the musical-to-be. Dev (Raza Jaffrey), who works for the New York City mayor, sings a duet with his girlfriend, actress/singer Karen (Katharine McPhee), in a dream sequence. – Read more at NewsOK

William Levy: Cheryl Doesn’t Care about My Ankle – After gutting it out and performing on Dancing with the Stars with an ankle injury last week, William Levy updated ET on the status of the injury and also on how his partner, Cheryl Burke, was treating his injured ankle.Levy revealed that his injury is getting better but is still ailing him but Burke isn’t doing much to work around his injury in their routine. “She just don’t care. She just don’t give a s*** about my ankle,” he said. “She comes and tells me we have to do four lifts. Now, I hurt my ankle and she come[s] and say[s] we have to do 20 turns…She just don’t care.” – Read more at Entertainment Tonight

Gotye Disses Glee’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” – “It gets to that point where it starts to feel a bit self- conscious and I don’t want to hear any more people doing something with this.”  Glee gave the song a huge boost, but Gotye has mixed feelings about the version. “They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop Glee style, ultra dry, sounded pretty tuned and the rock has no real sense, like it’s playing to you from a cardboard box,” he said. Read more at CourierMail

Lea Michele from ‘Glee’ The House That Bad Cover Songs Bought – Mashing up your favorite songs really does pay … ’cause “Glee” star Lea Michele just bought a new house in the L.A. area for $1.4 million. Don’t stop believing! Michele picked up the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom house earlier this month. It features a solar-heated salt-water pool, a master suite with French doors and a custom bath with steam shower and tumbled Carrara marble (whatever that is). Read more at TMZ

Chris Colfer Goes Back to High School (and Dies) in Tribeca Smash ‘Struck by Lightning’ – “He’s a version of me if I didn’t hold back,” Colfer told TheWrap in an interview at Tribeca. “Half the things he says are things that I point-blank wanted to say to people in high school, but I bit my fist.” As a gay teen who didn’t have a lot of friends but liked to hang out with “the lunch ladies,” Colfer said he vented in his script because he wouldn’t dare do it in real life. – Read more at The Wrap

Chris Colfer Talks ‘Struck By Lightning’ & Ninja Turtles – “For one, me of all people, I didn’t want to do another sexual identification story,” Colfer, who both wrote and starred in the movie, explained. “In my opinion, if you address a character’s orientation and they have a really strong message to tell, kids who don’t identify with that orientation won’t identify with the message. So I feel like if he was gay in the movie, straight kids wouldn’t listen as much, and if he was straight the gay kids wouldn’t identify as much. And I think, selfishly, being part of Glee, I didn’t want to do another couple! (Laughs.) I just wanted the point of the movie to be the message, not who he was sleeping with or what he jacked off to.” – Read more at NewNowNext

Ashley Fink: I’m Not Coming Back To ‘Glee’ – “Of course I miss me on Glee. I miss everybody. I miss the fun experience that show is. But Glee is very much a fly by the seat of your pants [operation] in the way that best laid plans never quite come together. They have so many [characters] to take care of and I think once they made the decision that all these characters were going to graduate, it shifted the way this season was going to go. I haven’t heard anything from Ryan, but I visited [while they were filming] prom, so I got to see everybody, which was great.” – Read more at The Insider

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  • windmills

    A Royal Albert Hall concert for Carrie? I love that venue, I got to see a Proms concert there a few years ago. Excited to see how that goes for her. Gotta love the UK tabloid press’s shameless tendency to extract a “quote” for a headline that Carrie never actually said, too.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh…I just watched Colton perform on Live! With Kelly.  First half of the song, beautiful…second half of the song, not so much.

  • justmefornow

    Colton in all his emo glory, all in black, black piano, just whined thru a song on Live! With Kelly. lol

    I think I’m gonna miss him. At least he was funny (not always intentionally) like Heejun.

  • Valentin432

    It’s the first time she goes to the UK, Carrie will perform at the Royal Albert Hall, an amazing venue, and the tabloid chooses to highlight the most uninteresting part of the interview.

  • DoesMonaKnow

    The Royal Albert Hall? Wow, she is really making a play for the international market! Good luck to Carrie.

  • Kirsten

    LOL. I’ll miss Colton too. At least he was always trying something new. It didn’t always work, but at least it was something to talk about.

  • Anonymous

    The Insider interview with Adam that was bumped Friday due to Dick Clarks death is being shown today.

  • Anonymous

    People Pets: Kris Allen’s Dog Zorro Graces Cover of New Album,,20589068,00.html

  • it’s me

    Smash goes Bollywood tonight!  Epic song & dance scene tonight on Smash!

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks is trending on this morning.  Was #1 earlier – is at #3 now :)

  • Anonymous

    JustJared: Kris Allen: Pet-a-Palooza Performer!

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited I don’t have to wait for the next album to hear acoustic versions of some of Lee’s new songs. I usually like the live acoustic versions of his songs better than the studio produced ones.

  • Anonymous

     Cannot wait for these songs…..I’ll pay anything LOL I know the usual meme on this blog about WGWG but I am in awe of these musicians that can play an instrument (or three) sing AND write music. That is talent to me that does not go unnoticed….I wish I could do just ONE of those things!

  • Eilonwy

    Cannot wait for these songs…..I’ll pay anything LOL I know the usual meme on this blog about WGWG but I am in awe of these musicians that can play an instrument (or three) sing AND write music.

    Oh, it’s totally possible to appreciate singer/songwriter-type music, even among those of us who hope to see a variety of genres and styles from Idol winners! I seem to own a ton of it (though I also seem to own a ton of other stuff, too). 

    My curiosity was definitely piqued by DeWyze’s announcing he’d release acoustic new songs… even though I haven’t really been into his specific music so far, I’m willing to give a listen to what he comes up with and see if the musical direction that excites him is one that I’d enjoy, too.

  • Anonymous

    MarioLopezExtra Mario Lopez:
    Started my monday morning speaking with the very cool @KrisAllen ! He’s got a new album coming out..

    calevis24 Cale Mills
    @CassieBooth, look who I found…Mario Lopez…I win…forever.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Kris is doing some radio promo today. This is him talking to Mario Lopez (who is now a DJ at KBIG in L.A.) 

  • Miz

    Yay for Kris starting to do his radio promo. ANy clue when his interview with Mario will be aired? I know I can listen online, but I want to be in my car to hear it.

    Cool that Zorro is featured in People with Kris. I’m sure he would scoff at the ’15 minutes of fame’ remark. Don’t they know he’s a star? lol

  • Anonymous

    LNEWLAND1: @KrisAllen with Mario Lopez on @onwithmario. Tune in Thursday night to hear the interview on MYFM.

  • Anonymous

    yay for major market radio promo! now KBIG just needs to play the single :)

  • HappyDaisy

    Somebody That I Used To Know is the new Rolling in the Deep.  Enough already.

  • windmills

    The stream quality is terrible (just 20 kbps) but Barnes & Noble has different 30 second clips from Carrie’s album Blown Away than the ones that leaked before. It gives more of an idea of where the songs go. Blown Away and Two Black Cadillacs are sounding better and better, and I’m also liking Do You Think About Me, Good In Goodbye, and Nobody Ever Told You more with the extra 30 seconds. Cupid’s Got A Shotgun’s definitely going to be a favorite of mine, I’m loving how clever the lyrics are. And, Wine After Whiskey is definitely still a favorite. See You Again sounds very sweet and I love the melody but I’m wondering how original the lyrics will be. I’m still not digging Who Are You, and the new lyrics make it very clear it’s Carrie’s worship song (though it probably won’t directly mention God). 

    There’s definitely a lot more storytelling on this album from Carrie, which I’m really happy about. Even better is some of that storytelling comes on songs Carrie cowrote, it’s something it seems she really worked on for this album.

    Tonight’s the night fan club members will get an exclusive first listen to Blown Away in full. There’s still no confirmation of the rumor that Itunes will stream the full album tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder Scotty fan’s Hart of Dixie tonight (Apr 23rd) at 8:00 p.m. on CW. Please be there for your enjoyment. This program is also on at 9:00 p.m.  

  • Karen W.

    So glad that Lee is getting out some new music sooner than later.  I’m anxious to hear these new acoustic songs…..can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    Michael Slezak ? @MichaelSlezakTV Reply  Retweet  Favorite · Open
    No #Idology till Tuesday…but I promise good things to those who wait!

  • Anonymous


    Kris Allen performing for a Starburst and @vh1savethemusic LA

  • Anonymous

    I don’t blame Gotye for dissing Glee’s version of Somebody I used to know because it oozed with cheese and had no grit whatsoever.  I’ll take Gotye’s real and organic version that he did on SNL Live with Kimbra over that tripe any day!

  • asifclueless

    Adam, his band and back up singer were in rehearsals.
    Great!!! It means live performances soon. I guess the first one would be on Jimmy Kimmel this Thursday.

    Keisha Renee’ ? @KeishaRenee
    In rehearsal with @adamlambert. I love this song.
    He is amazingly talented.

    Octavia Latrice ? @SincerliOctavia RT
    @shortymom69 @SincerliOctavia thanks hun. !
    Are u guys having a great run
    through ? <We are

    Octavia Latrice
    @SincerliOctavia Okay guys this is no makeup and sweaty…..
    Just for u…

    Keisha Renee' ? @KeishaRenee
    Still in rehearsal. Practice makes perfect

    Can't wait. I'm so excited to see him on TV again. Love his live performances.

  • asifclueless

    My post above looked weird.
    Sorry guys!! It must be my PC. Got wonky again.
    The post is about Adam and his band were in rehearsals.
    I can’t wait to see him live on TV again.

  • Anonymous

    Mario Lopez is a DJ at KBIG ? I didn’t know this since I don’t listen to any radio. Come on KBIG !! I’ll start listening if you start playing Kris’ song.

  • asifclueless

    Quote from Brian May …

    ” Apologies … I wish there was something I could do. But, since the seats sold out instantaneously, we will be looking into the possibility of adding an extra show.”

    Hope for recaps, photos and videos from lucky people who get to go.

  • Anonymous

    This popped up in google alerts.  First I thought it had something to do with Adam, but no, Cook is mentioned. :D

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Aubrey O’Day released a single today “Wrecking Ball” that was co-composed by Pia Toscano.  Listen here:

    I don’t listen to top 40 radio, but it sounds very “poppy” to me.  lol  The song is #65 on iTunes (Pop).

  • Leandro

    What’s the deal about Carrie saying Simon don’t like/hate country music? did anyone think that he was a coutnry hardcore fan or something? I wouldn’t even be surprised if he didn’t like music at all. 

    I know for sure he likes attention and money and that’s all.

  • Leandro

    And he didn’t put country singers on X-Factor because there were two country singers on Idol’s finale. He would put in the competition only metal and polca singers if he thought it would give money.

  • Incipit

    “This popped up in google alerts.”

    I saw that elsewhere, wordnerdarchie, 19th ANNUAL RACE TO ERASE MS EVENT “GLAM ROCK TO ERASE MS” – but it’s not a physical race, which was my first thought. This is a Big Ticket charity event. 10K for a table, 1K for a ticket.

    David will have to back to Forgotten Saints and get some more of those snap gaucho pants. Heh.

    Or – Now I see what Tommy Hilfiger was doing on AI – part of the Gala Entertainment –

    The night begins in the main ballroom with a fashion show featuring styles from the Andy Hilfiger “Andrew Charles Rock ‘N Roll Collection” as well as the debut collection “Authentic Icon,” inspired by American Idol.

    It’s always about product placement, cross promotion, what have they got for sale? Cherchez le $$$ – Except, IDK how to say ‘look for the money’ in French. *snerk*

    But this charity raises millions for MS research – so I have no problem with them. Just good to know what that TH stuff was all about.

  • windmills

    Leandro: What’s
    the deal about Carrie saying Simon don’t like/hate country music? did
    anyone think that he was a coutnry hardcore fan or something? I wouldn’t
    even be surprised if he didn’t like music at all.

    I know for sure he likes attention and money and that’s all.

    She’s talking to UK press and it appears one of their angles is going to be asking her about Simon Cowell (since he’s a huge star in the UK) and his well known dislike of country music. She didn’t say he hates country music, she said Idol producers told her when she was auditioning that he hates country music, and that’s where the headline came from. It’s typical tabloid sensationalism, nothing to be taken seriously. 

  • asifclueless

    Adam tweets

    Lambert ? @adamlambert

    My dear GLAMBERTS! Have you requested Never Close Our
    Eyes today!? Make em know you want it… Bad!!!

    #NCOENOWNCOENOW is trending Worldwide.  :)