Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Taylor Hicks performs the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom in Snoqualmie, WA
- Bo Bice has been added performs at the BMI Key West Songwriters Fest taking place in Key West Florida. Check out the schedule HERE.
- David Cook plays an acoustic performance at 94.7 Fresh FM studios in the DC area. More info HERE. 1:30 pm
- Crystal Bowersox performs “Ridin’ on the Radio” on the American Idol results show 8 pm FOX
Danny Gokey, will sing the National Anthem in honor of his charity, Sophia’s Heart, at the 12th Annual Country Music Marathon & ½ in Nashville this Saturday, April 30th. The Marathon is presented by Nissan and will begin at 7:00am at Centennial Park.
David Archuleta will be a presenter at Utah’s 2011 Entertainment and Choice Awards on May 20th at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City UT. More information HERE.
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David Cook: The Idolator Interview
Before the pop-rock singer finally got some well-earned Zs, we had the chance to talk to him about the meaning behind the title of his new album This Loud Morning, how his writing style his changed over the last three years and which Season 10 Idol contestant has got his vote. Watch our sit-down with Mr. Cook below!
‘Glee’ star Matthew Morrison and ‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen talk collaborating on new single, ‘Still Got Tonight’
“The funny thing is I didn’t even know he wrote on it,” says Morrison. “Steve and Andrew said they had this song and I heard it and I was like ‘Oh my God this song is incredible.’ I just put down a vocal on it. The first I heard about [Kris' involvement] was he tweeted it that he had a song on my record.”
Adds Allen, “I got an email a couple weeks ago from one of the guys and it said, ‘Hey man, we’re gonna get this new song on the Matthew Morrison record.’ And they said it was going to be the next single so it was pretty exciting.” The two singers finally met for the first time this week on the set of Glee. “He’s a really cool guy,” says Morrison of Allen. “Really kind of just down-home, a down to earth Arkansas guy.”
Read more at EW
Adam Lambert On His Season 10 Fave Haley Reinhart And Why He’s ‘Over’ James Durbin
On Haley: “I love Haley so much because musically and vocally, she’s doing things that are at a top-notch level. It’s incredible how Haley makes it look so easy and effortless. Plus, she’s having fun up there. I don’t feel like she’s working so hard to prove herself or to prove a point. She’s just singing and taking joy in music. I wish the judges gave her a little bit more praise because what she’s doing is technically superb”
On Casey: ““The thing about Casey is, the judges will go, ‘We like your quirkiness,’ and now it’s almost like he’s parodying himself a bit,” says Adam. “I think he’s so good, and then he starts grunting and I’m like, ‘Why? You don’t even need to do that.’ I get distracted by it. But I think Casey’s got vocal and musical genius in him. He’s so talented.”
On James: “I think he’s got talent and passion 100%, but I feel like he’s trying way too hard. Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that “Heavy Metal” song [by Sammy Hagar], James was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist yet. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing.”
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
‘American Idol’ behind the scenes: ‘Idol’ coaches talk the Top 6 — EXCLUSIVE
JAMES DURBIN — “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
MO: He found a rock version of the song online. It was some obscure band that was just doing a live cover of it, and he just knew he wanted to do it like that. Originally he was going to play his guitar all the way through the beginning, and then all of a sudden he had the idea to do a cappella. It was yesterday, in the middle of band rehearsal. He just said, “Excuse me, I want to try it a cappella.” Thank God he has really great pitch and can get away with it. I love that he was so praised by the judges tonight. [The singers] all have to have that same edge as James had tonight — they got to sing like they just got voted off.
Read more at EW
Kris Allen and Music Empowers Foundation Announce May Fundraising Drive to Raise $100,000 for Music Education
NEW YORK, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Idol winner Kris Allen and the Music Empowers Foundation today announced a month-long initiative to raise up to $100,000 for the Foundation in support of music education for children. As part of this initiative, it was also announced that Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers Foundation, will personally match all donations up to $50,000.
The fundraiser will commence immediately and end May 31, 2011. The start of the drive coincides with a three-city concert tour announced earlier this month, which features Kris Allen and the Berklee City Music All-Star Band. Concerts take place May 2-4 in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The concerts are part of a partnership program between Allen, Music Empowers Foundation, and Berklee City Music Network (BCMN) to raise awareness for music education. As an additional component of the partnership, Allen and Music Empowers announced a two-year $150,000 grant to Berklee City Music and the separate funding of five scholarships for high school students in the BCMN to attend Berklee’s five-week summer program.
Donations to the fundraiser can be made directly by visiting the Music Empowers Foundation giving page or by going to Kris Allen’s Web site and clicking on the orange Music Empowers Donate button on the home page.
More at PR Newswire
American Idol’s Stefano Langone: I’ve Always Been a Flirt!
American Idol’s Stefano Langone may no longer be in the competition, but thanks to his smooth voice and his irresistible charm, the 22-year-old singer won’t soon be forgotten.
During an April 25 visit to Us Weekly’s New York City offices, the Washington native dished on his flirty reputation, his dream collaboration and his biggest Idol regret.
Read more at US
‘American Idol’: Post-Show Breakdown With the Top 6
On feeling torn between the producers’ and judges’ advice:
Lauren: “It’s ultimately your choice, but I’m just telling you what America’s gonna want” – I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that one!
On working with Jimmy Iovine:
Jacob:I felt a lot more support this go-round. I didn’t feel like it was kind of just like a snark attacking like “Do this!” It was more like “You guys are here and whether I like it or not, I love you guys and I wanna make the best out it that we can do.” And I feel like jimmy is a partner now. I don’t just see him as the guy who was just trying to be mean to us. He’s a partner and he’s trying to make it happen for us.
Read more at THR
Interview: Adam Lambert talks new album, ‘Idol’ and Adele
Hitfix caught up with Adam Lambert on the red carpet at the ASCAP Pop Awards on Wednesday night as the “American Idol” runner-up was at the Los Angeles event to present his producer Max Martin with the songwriter of the year award.
Dapperly dressed and expertly coiffed, Lambert was friendly but coy when asked about his next album, which he says he’s been working on for about two months. He was more forthcoming about his pick to win “American Idol” this season and whose music he’s really feeling right now.
Read more at Hit Fix
LEE DEWYZE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
In part two of our interview with Lee DeWyze, he recalls the night he won “American Idol” and how the “Idol” dance numbers threw him for a loop. He also talks about how he takes nothing for granted and strives to get better every day, so take a look and tell us what you think about him!
See the Video at FOX All Access
Ex-‘Idol’ Finalist ESCAPES Terrifying Car Fire
One of the Top 12 finalists from last season’s “American Idol” had to escape through the window of a burning car Tuesday night … when her GMC Envoy suddenly BURST INTO FLAMES.
25-year-old Paige Miles — who claimed 11th place on the show — was on her way home from rehearsal in Florida … when something went terribly wrong and her SUV caught on fire.
Miles, who documented the terrifying incident on her Facebook page, explained, “The electric shut down, the car doors wouldn’t open, i jumped out my window and watched my mother’s Envoy blaze.”
Read more at TMZ
FREDERICKSBURG IDOL FINALE FRENZY
The winner of the third annual ‘Burg Idol contest will be decided upon at the finale concert on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Riverside Conference Center.
All 10 finalists will perform, along with last year’s winner, Aaron Rayford, and his band Deep Space Network, together with local rappers Ja-P and Era.
And the most well-known name of all, the Velvet Teddy Bear himself–Ruben Studdard, 2003 “American Idol” winner–will be in attendance, and perform.
Studdard will also act as a celebrity guest judge for the evening.
Read more at Fredricksburg.com
From Aerosmith to ‘Idol': Read excerpt of Steven Tyler’s memoir
As front man of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler practically defined a generation of American rock music. After a fabled career rife with highs and lows, Tyler surprised his fans (and his band) and became a celebrated judge on “American Idol.” In “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”, Tyler spills the details on the ride so far. Read an excerpt.
Read more at MSNBC
New Music: Jennifer Lopez – ‘Hypnotico’
Report to the dance floor. Jennifer Lopez keeps the party going with “Hypnotico,” another club banger produced by RedOne (“On the Floor”) and written by Lady Gaga. The synth-heavy record, which will appear on her seventh album LOVE? (May 3), was originally recorded by dancehall artist Tami Chynn.
Listen at Rap-Up
Jennifer Hudson: Happy At May Fair Hotel
Jennifer Hudson waves at the cameras while at the May Fair hotel on Wednesday (April 27) in London, England.
The 29-year-old American Idol alum says she thinks she was discriminated against when she was heavier. “Last week I saw some footage of myself as I was five years ago and I was surprised. It was like I recognized myself but I didn’t. It seemed another world away. But in this slim world I do now realize I was being discriminated against. I’m offered more parts. There is much more excitement about me now,” she told Grazia Daily.
See the photos at Just Jared