Spring fever fails to catch on as ‘Idol’ slides to worst numbers since ’03
Tuesday’s edition, devoted to the music of Shania Twain, drew a total of 19.4 million total viewers, the smallest audience for a performance show since March 2003, according to the Nielsen Co. Some of that relatively lackluster performance could be due to the fact that Twain is a country performer — or at least that’s how she was marketed — who hasn’t released an album of new material in almost eight years. So, is she as “relevant, ” to use a favorite Simon Cowell term, as, say, Usher, another Season 9 mentor who just happened to drop a new R&B disc? No, probably not.
But as the finale approaches, the typical late-season “Idol” bounce has yet to kick in. And unless something dramatic happens, it may not.
David Cook Returns to Join Thousands at the Race for Hope This Sunday
American Idol winner David Cook is lacing up for a very personal cause on Sunday, May 2 as he joins walkers, runners, activists and survivors at the 13th Annual Race for Hope – DC, presented by Cassidy Turley (www.curebraintumors.org).
David has spoken on numerous occasions about his brother, Adam, who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer last year. This year, David returns to the Race for Hope – DC to remember his brother and send a message of hope and resilience to the families of 600, 000 people living with a primary brain tumor diagnosis in the United States.
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Taylor Hanson offers encouragement to Siobhan Magnus — and a guest spot at NYC show!
It’s barely been 12 hours since her elimination, but Siobhan Magnus is already getting offers from her own idols! Taylor Hanson, one-third of the band Hanson (above), whom Siobhan cites as one of her all-time favorites — she has a lyric from Hanson’s “The Great Divide” tattooed on her left wrist — says he and his brothers Zac and Isaac would gladly welcome Siobhan to their stage. Like, tomorrow.
“We have two more nights of shows in New York, ” he tells Siobhan via Idol Tracker. “It may be across the country, but there is a guest spot onstage for you if you want to get on a plane.” (Tonight they perform their 2007 album, “The Walk, ” at the Gramercy Theatre; on Friday, they return with songs from their new album, “Shout It Out.”)
Siobhan Magnus: The ‘American Idol’ castoff defends theme nights and her fashion choices
Butterflies everywhere hoping to one day accessorize the arms of Siobhan Magnus on American Idol were weeping tears of disappointment last night when the fashion-eccentric singer was shown the exit last night, leaving five contestants to battle for Idol glory. (Full recap here.) But the 20-year-old isn’t crying. In fact, the finalist spoke with the same positivity that helped her deal with vocal and fashion critiques alike, even when talking about Simon Cowell’s critiques and those pesky theme nights.
Siobhan Magnus’ Elimination Surprises ‘American Idol’ Experts
MJ Santilli of MJsBigBlog.com predicted a while ago that Magnus might be booted early because of her erratic singing, often defensive post-performance ramblings and amorphous artistic identity. But MJ, too, was unprepared for the elimination this week.
“Even though she was one of the weakest performers on Tuesday, there were contestants who were either weaker performers and/or less compelling personalities, ” she said. “Aaron Kelly has been mediocre during his entire run on ‘Idol.’ He’s got a decent voice, but his song choices and performing skills have been awful. … But his mommy-centric version of ‘It’s in the Way You Love Me’ had moms and grannies lunging for their phones, I suspect.”
Ann Powers: Siobhan should have let us ‘know her crazy’
My friend Christina has a theory about what makes intimacy work. When you get to know someone, at first you just see the surface: good manners and wit and the flush of shared interests. For a friendship to stick, though, you have to feel confident enough to share your idiosyncrasies. My friends love me even though my disorganized mind means I’ll always leave my cellphone in the bar, and despite the fact that I have such a need to be needed that I take on way too much, resulting in many scenes of me running around like a beheaded barnyard chicken.
Norman Sings a Song for Siobhan!
Why A Girl May Never Win ‘American Idol’ Again
Season 9 on “American Idol” was supposed to be a girls’ season. Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, and even Simon Cowell all authoritatively decreed it so. Promising quirky-girl contestants like Lilly Scott, Katelyn Epperley, Janell Wheeler, Lacey Brown, and Didi Benami were all hyped early on as ones to watch and ones to beat. At one point, a Crystal Bowersox/Siobhan Magnus final showdown seemed quite likely. But sadly, “AI9” hasn’t quite panned out in the females’ favor. Most of the aforementioned girls all left the competition shockingly prematurely, and with the elimination this week of onetime frontrunner Siobhan–one of this season’s most interesting, unique, and talented contestants–only one female, Crystal, remains in the competition. And despite her popularity, I wouldn’t be so sure that Crystal is actually going to win this season, or even make it to the finale. Season 9 just might shape up to be another boys’ club, after all.
‘American Idol’ Fans Split On Siobhan Magnus Elimination
Randy Jackson loved her “punk-country” look and Kara DioGuardi declared, “Guess who’s back? Siobhan!” But this week, “American Idol” voters seemed to side with Simon Cowell when he said of Siobhan Magnus’ performance, “I think the screaming at the end may have gone a little bit — it was almost like you were giving birth up there.”
And so the 20-year-old Cape Cod, Massachusetts, resident is the latest “Idol” hopeful to get the boot — to the surprise of “Idol” experts MTV News spoke with on Thursday (April 29). As expected, fans are split on the decision, with some arguing it was Siobhan’s time to go and others declaring the elimination to be a disgrace.
Adam Lambert Touches Down at Tegel
Pushing forth with a strenuous overseas travel schedule, Adam Lambert was spotted arriving at Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany on Thursday (April 29).
The “Strut” singer slowly exited the terminal, making time for fans along the way as he readied to promote his debut album, “For Your Entertainment”.
Chris Daughtry tour rocks Glendale
It was a night of slick, mid-tempo rock, guitar theatrics, lasers and dramatic set changes, topped by Daughtry’s smooth vocals. It may have been a performance of predicable radio-rock songs, but it delivered exactly what the crowd was looking for.
The arena was bustling with energy as St. Louis rockers Cavo delivered a solid set, playing songs off their 2009 album, “Bright Nights Dark Days.”
We Are The Fallen is NOT Evanescence
Ben Moody’s new band, We Are The Fallen, boasts a big-voiced female singer, sweeping choruses and lush rock orchestras. Love is a deep, dramatic ocean in every song.
“But this is not, ” Moody insists, “Evanescence 2.0.”
“We never intended to give that impression. But it’s the entire lineup, minus the singer. It’s obvious that there are going to be a (expletive) ton of comparisons, ” he says.
“We would be naive to think that we would escape that. I just came into this world with something to do. And this is it.”
Idol Rewind – The Final Countdown Begins
As the nation prepares to crown the newest American Idol, tune in to AMERICAN IDOL REWIND to relive what has been called one of the most thrilling races of the competition, when Chris Daughtry, Elliott Yamin, Katharine McPhee, and Taylor Hicks were all in the running to take home the big prize on the fifth season of Idol.
Every Saturday this May, AMERICAN IDOL REWIND will premiere an all-new episode featuring exclusive interviews with the Season 5 top four, as well as never-before-seen footage from one of the most extraordinary years in Idol history. Relive the rise of a rock star, the beginning of the “Soul Patrol” and the birth of “McPheever”!
Eliminated American Idol Tim Urban Performs Acoustic on Fox Dallas
Exclusive Interview: Alex Lambert – The Second Chance Idol
I was a little nervous about interviewing Alex Lambert, who is known for lacking confidence and being a little shy. To my surprise, Lambert was a fantastic interview. He was relaxed, cool, and most of all, honest. I found him refreshing and immediately knew why his fans are so passionate to see him succeed. In a lot of ways, Lambert reminds me of a younger Kris Allen. Allen and Lambert both possess a chill vibe that is embodied with thankfulness.
Does Lambert have a long way to go? Yes, but that’s the fun of it. If we didn’t have the journey, we wouldn’t have growth. Lambert is building a solid personal and professional foundation and we are lucky because we get to witness it and cheer him on. I hope you enjoy my interview of one young man’s amazing second chance. Just let me know when I can pre-order his album!
Sylvester Stallone and Paula Abdul talk films, projects over dinner
Sly served as star, director and screenwriter of The Expendables. Robert Earl is co-producer, but no word yet on any premiere in Las Vegas. Robert gave Paula a guided tour of Planet Hollywood before the intimate dinner party.
She told me that she’s very busy not only with new TV projects in L.A. but also live show ideas for Las Vegas.
“I’m in a very good place, ” she confided. “ I think within two weeks, we will have decided which of the TV offers to proceed with. Then I still want to do something here in Vegas, and we’re getting closer with that, too. I love Las Vegas — its energy and excitement. I know I’ve got to wind up doing something here, and I will.”
Chris Colfer’s Lady Gaga Gaffe
Actor Chris Colfer became an overnight star, thanks to his hit show, “Glee.” Today he told Ellen how it’s changed his life and then shared how he embarrassed himself in front of Lady Gaga.
Lea Michele: Molly Shannon Has A Drinking And Drug Problem… On Glee
Here’s what the 23-year-old actress shared with JustJared.com eclusively about the tour: “I know that we’re doing about 16 songs, mostly from the first 13 episodes. [Although] one of them, I know, is ‘Like A Prayer.’ From what I’ve picked up, it’ll be set up as if we were in our school. We do a bunch of group numbers, we’ll do a couple solos – I also think we’re going to have Vocal Adrenaline do some numbers as well, which will be awesome ’cause they’re so great. [Creator Ryan Murphy] keeps changing the set list every day, but there’s going to be some really cool stuff. I hear pyrotechnics!”
Glee’s Cory Monteith: Let the Romance Rumors Begin!
Cory Monteith is spending a chunk of his summer vacation in Europe with Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy.
Not too shabby, right?
Monteith and the trio will be across the Atlantic shooting the adventure comedy Monte Carlo, with the Glee star playing Cassidy’s boyfriend. So, any lip-locking between Mr. Monteith and the Melrose Place bombshell?
“I cannot confirm or deny, ” a tight-lipped Monteith told us at the recent Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Glee panel. “I’m not going to ruin anything. I’ve got to keep you guessing.”