The Top 5 Idols attended the Dodgers game last night Phil Phillips tweeted, “Gonna be a good night at the game! OOHH YYEEAAHHHH!!!!!!!!” and Skylar Laine tweeted, “Man Bryce Harper is pretty darn cute!”

Idology: Colton Dixon on How He’ll Handle the ‘Christian Artist’ Label and Why Idol Is ‘Fishy’

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Carrie Underwood: Country’s ‘Good Girl’ Goes Dark – Since winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has become one of the most popular country artists in the business. At the age of 29, she is tied with country legend Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard charts. Not bad for a girl from Checotah, Okla. – Listen to the interview at NPR

Michael Johns and Kris Allen at the Bruce Springsteen Concert

Michael Johns and Kris Allen at the Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles Friday night. Photo taken by Steve Van Zandt’s wife, Maureen.

Carrie Underwood smashes stereotypes, flexes songwriting skills on ‘Blown Away’ – “Somebody help me, I don’t relate,” says Underwood, seated in a hotel room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas the day before the Academy of Country Music Awards. “I’m not into the mushy-gushy, cheesy love stuff.” “She’s imminently more complex than most people give her credit for,” adds Underwood’s friend and longtime producer, Mark Bright. “Her taste runs very opposite of that beautiful and real sweet exterior that she has.” – Read more at the Tennessean.com

Kelly Clarkson: ‘Dark Side’ Video Shoot – First Pics! – Kelly Clarkson looks gorgeous on the set of the music video for “Dark Side” on Saturday (April 28) in Los Angeles. “Dark Side” is the third single off of Kelly‘s latest studio album, Stronger. – Via Just Jared  Read the casting call.

David Cook at Tiger Jam

David Cook and Bon Jovi performed at Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam in Las Vegas last night. The show benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, that provides college access to the underprivileged.

Simon Cowell’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Reclaims Ratings Lead Over ‘The Voice U.K.’ – LONDON – Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1 edged out the BBC’s The Voice U.K. for the first time in weeks in a closely followed Saturday evening ratings showdown of talent competitions. The Voice had outperformed BGT for most of April, leading the latter to move to a later time slot to avoid a 20-minute overlap that The Voice had been winning handily. Last week’s BGT was the first episode in a later slot, but The Voice ran over by a few minutes then, leading ITV to say its ratings were hurt by a trick from its competition. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

David Archuleta On Location of Nandito Ako

 
  • Kitwana

    Kelly’s dress. Wow. Speechless.

  • windmills

    Great indepth Carrie interview in the Tennessean: Carrie Underwood smashes stereotypes, flexes songwriting skills on ‘Blown Away’

    “The problem is people think they do know what you would like … and it’s
    like, ‘No, you don’t know me at all,’ ” Underwood says. “But it’s nice
    to surprise people and do things people wouldn’t expect you to do. Who
    wants to be predictable?”

    Underwood eschews the expected on the wildly diverse Blown Away and early on displays her affection for what Bright calls “unusual, weird twists.”

  • Listening

    Ummm Kelly’s dress is ugly but she looks good.

  • Anonymous

    Nice gig for David Cook!! along with Bon Jovi!!

    Loving the surprise Behind the Scenes Tour David Archuleta left us 1 month into his time away.  Just what the Dr. ordered in addition to the Photo Shoot from Forevermore Album and News from Kurt Bestor on another album to look forward to.

    David Archuleta is closing in on 1 million Twitter followers.  Numbers have increased substantially since his MKOC Tour this past December,  his Acting Gig in the Phillipines, his new album and news of another album on the way.  DavidArchuletaFanScene shows fans from all over the world on a Scan they did recently of people stopping by to Post!!  Very interesting.

    DavidArchuleta.com  open for updates as are David’s most popular fan sites that are updating and also showing VIDS for a trip down Memory Lane dating back 2008 and also to Star Search Days. 

  • Anonymous

    Kelly is looking (and SOUNDING) great – Not ashamed to fangirl over her, lol… she knocked my socks off singing at her Idol audition – I’ve been a fan ever since. I hope Dark Side keeps her hot streak going. Go Kelly Go!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to MJ for posting occasional updates on all Idols past and present!!  We appreciate it!!

  • TheOther

    Looks like Colton Dixon attended the White House Correspondence dinner last night.  He had tweeted pics of himself with Diane Sawyer, Jimmy Kimmel, Mary J. Blige, Kate Hudson, Matt Bellamy, Malina Kerman.

    Doesn’t look like Colton’s early elimination is hurting him at all:)

  • Anonymous

     tks Windmills – you always come up w/the goods. Liking what I’m seeing w/Carrie’s promo ramp up to her CD drop… I’m definitely going to be buying on release day.

  • Anonymous

    That is one ugly dress that Kelly is wearing.

  • Anonymous

    Both the Hollywood Reporter article and the broadcaster’s site I got as the first result when I searched for British TV ratings (http://www.barb.co.uk/report/weekly-top-programmes-overview ) ranked shows by total number of viewers.  Is this standard over there?  If so, it makes an interesting contrast to Nielsen’s focus on the younger demo.

     On a different note, I’m amazed that a country with 1/5 the population of the US can get 10+ million viewers for some shows. 

  • Anonymous

    Kelly made the wrong choice when she chose “Mr. Know It All” as the first single. “Stronger” and “Dark Side” are much bigger and catchier songs. She’s still my favorite AI winner!!

  • Anonymous

    Whoever put Kelly in that dress should be forced to wear polyester leisure suits for the rest of their life. Powder blue polyester. . . 

  • mia london

    Kelly fan here. Always thought she’s more talented than most of Idols,
    but needs a better stylist.  That outfit is hideous.  Couldn’t she
    borrow a stylist from Carrie who seems to enjoy a better success with
    her Barbie look appearance than with her own creative musical talent?

  • Kitwana

    Just had a thought. Maybe Kelly’s dress is a costume for the music video? Maybe she’s playing the character of a mermaid? The pattern looks like gills. I’m not being snarky. Does anyone know the plot of the music video?

    Carrie always looks great but the same look does not work for everyone. I think Kelly had a really good look in her Breakaway era. She looked youthful, hip yet casual. Yes she was 22/23 then but she could easily update that look for Kelly Clarkson in her 30′s.

  • windmills

    I have a feeling Kelly’s Dark Side vid dress will look better in motion.

    I also couldn’t disagree more about Carrie getting more success from her style/looks than her musical talent.

    But, for anybody wanting them to share a stylist here’s a fun fact: The metallic vest Kelly wears in the “at the controls” scenes in the WDKY video (picture) is the same metallic vest Carrie wore for her Undo It performance on American Idol in 2010 (picture). The vest is from Nikki Lund’s White Trash Beautiful line.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Kelly fan here.  Sorry, but lol’ed when I saw the dress that Kelly’s wearing in those pics from her video. At first I thought that she was supposed to look like a lizard or something. lol However, she is looking great in those pics and I love “Darkside”.  Hoping that the song is popular and helps to keep up sales of “Stronger” so that it goes platinum. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s an interesting outfit Kelly’s got on. Excited to see the video for Dark Side!

  • Anonymous

    New Idol trend – dark side vids – first Adam, then Carrie, now Kelly.

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks singing a terrific cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ yesterday for the relief anniversary concert for the victims of the horrible hurricane that hit the area one year ago. No matter how far he’s gone or goes in his career, his heart is always there for his hometown  So very soulful….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GjS4GXarKs&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    She said in an interview that her team wanted to build up to Stronger from MKIA because it wouldn’t work the other way around.  I know some people don’t buy that reasoning; they think that she could have started with Stronger and then followed up with another uptempo track (You Love Me, I Forgive You). I don’t agree, though. I think that was the path to super-fast burnout and needing more singles to support the album.  MKIA and Dark Side aren’t the world’s most instantly catchy hits, but I think they had and will have legs.

  • mmb

    Adams shooting his ncoe video this week. I can bring the link over but someone found a casting notice for people to appear as “drones” in some sort of future world … Lol. Sounds interesting

  • Anonymous

    Wish that Kris and Michael photo had been in focus!

  • Anonymous

    I flove Kelly but I often find myself saying WTF? when looking at what she wears. This dress is really… horrible. She looks like a dominatrix snake. 

  • Anonymous

    It looks better than what she usually wear when she performs. I’ll rather see the dominatrix look than the stuffed sausage outfits she sometimes wear. 

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a girdle from way back.  (Spanx are just girdles by a different name.)

  • Anonymous

    Umma gonna bet someone talked her into that.  It just doesn’t look like her taste.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet of David to save a BTS Nandito Ako video to post later for his fans.  Gee, I miss him!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Kelly seriously needs a new stylist.   This looks like something my mother would not have worn back in the day.  Beyond description!!!  Kudos to Carrie, and the other young country female artists–that said, there is no one else out there in country today but these young women.   The older country divas are just that older, very older and few are putting out much of anything.    Doesnt’ take away from Carrie, Miranda or Taylor, just a fact!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S4BP5A6YOD7SN7PIXU5T3PTXXQ Vanya

    I loved the BTS Nandito Ako vid that David’s manager posted for his fans!! What a sweetheart & can’t believe we have to wait 23 more months before he returns from his mission!! Miss him so much!

  • Anonymous

    Loved the Colton Dixon interview, but it left me with a question.  Colton said that he wanted to be who he was on the show (good for him) because some contestants gave off one vibe while on the show, but then put out music was completely different — and added that they usually weren’t successful when they did that.

    Of course my mind immediately goes to Adam because that’s where my mind goes.  But he was talking about more than one person and Adam gave off a lot of vibes, so you can (and people do) argue either way on him.

    So, I’m wondering who else Colton might have been thinking of?  I don’t know enough of every Idol’s subsequent albums to begin to answer the question, and so I’m asking the collective wisdom of MJ’s readers.

    And please, my intention isn’t to belittle any Idol, so maybe let’s put the “success” question aside?  Who, among those finalists who put out music, record stuff that is very different from their “vibe” on the show?

  • Anonymous

     Yep, as much as I love her voice, girlfriend usually needs help in the styling dept., lol.  She a very attractive girl, I actually like her with the extra meat on her bones, she just needs to hire and listen to someone help her dress a little better when she’s in the pop star/diva mode. How she dresses or looks on her own time and in her private life is her business – when she’s in pop star mode, ya better bring it, lol… Still luv ya Kelly!

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel DorkAngel-GBW

    To say David’s fans miss him is an understatement but this BTS video is like coming across money you’ve forgotten about. O/  This video, imo, shows even more so the consideration David had for his fans when making his decision to go on a mission. This is like a refreshing “watering hole” between the “oases” that are the OPM cd, Forevermore and the upcoming US cd.  Thank you @DavidArchie and a big thank you to @Kariontour for manning the fort while he’s on hiatus.

    Ps: Who but David could be so excited to see chickens/roosters. Gotta love him!

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Kelly looks like some weird bug in that dress. That is a definite fashion don’t. :(

    Kris & Michael Johns look cute.

    I liked the Colton interview on Idology. Slezak always does good work and pulls interesting tidbits out.

  • Anonymous

    I like Kelly she’s the other Idol I voted for, but sometimes I think she needs to hire a stylist. Some of dress she wore??? (no comment)

  • Anonymous

    Did you see Bieber album cover?? Coincident or what?? LOL

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I got a good look at Colton Dixon. He’s quite a good looking kid. Not sure about his voice, coz I’m not sure I want to hear it.

  • Anonymous

    So true. Who the hell is her stylist?

  • Anonymous

    Put out music that was completely different? ;)  I’m going with Danny Gokey and his uh, country debut.   

    Colton is very taken with himself, that’s all I’ll say.  His annoying speaking voice is nearly as annoying as his whiny singing voice.  Go away now, Colton – Christian Music puts you where I’ll never hear you again, thank the Baby Jesus! 

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea who styling her, but you would think with the amount of money she makes, that she can afford a top notch stylist. This dominatrix dress she has on is one of the best things she’s worn. It’s not perfect but considering her body type this print makes her look taller. When she’s wearing those sausage dresses, it makes her look dumpy. She needs clothes to elongate her torso, not chop her off at the knee and make her look like miss piggy. She’s lost weight and she’s looking good, she just need someone to help her look like she’s a pop star instead of someone throwing on comfortable clothes to go to walmart. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if this was posted before but this is the full version of Underneath. So beautiful:)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8d8liE6Fe0&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    I have listened to this snippet more times than I can count and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait for the full version to be released. It’s just an amazing song and it’s going to be a true moment when he sings it live. 

  • Anonymous

    Never thought of it from this point of view. It does make sense. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    For me the Idol that came to mind with that comment was Lee Dewyze.  The overprocessed gunk he got saddled with as an album was very different both from the (much better) albums he put out before Idol and from any of his performances on Idol. 

    (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt in using “got saddled with” here instead of blaming him for it)

  • Anonymous

    Put out music that was completely different? ;)  I’m going with Danny Gokey and his uh, country debut.  

    I guess Danny would fit in that catagory.  He was going for blue-eyed soul on the show?  Then afterwards, it was soul with “a latin twist.”  So, that’s where he was heading initially, which doesn’t seem to be a place that exists.  
    So he defaulted to Country.

    Now I’m imagining little Colton eager getting his Danny Gokey cd, listening to it with a scowl on his face, and crying, “Where’s the latin twist?”

  • Anonymous

     For me the Idol that came to mind with that comment was Lee Dewyze.  The overprocessed gunk he got saddled with as an album was very different both from the (much better) albums he put out before Idol and from any of his performances on Idol. (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt in using “got saddled with” here instead of blaming him for it)

    Hmm.  Maybe.  I never heard his pre-Idol stuff, but I always imagined he’d go in a singer/songwriter acoustic direction (although the overproduction is a given).   I wouldn’t say it was radically different from what he did on the show, which I felt saddled Lee with too much… stuff.  He was best when his performances were simple.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Who, among those finalists who put out music, record stuff that is very different from their “vibe” on the show?

    Well, I think most of them matched their “vibe” as in personality. But as far as what they sang….

    Kally sang mostly old soul songs, and her “turning point” song was a something that the Andrews Sisters would have sang. But her album wasn’t an R&B album, an in fact she eventually ended up in pop/rock.

    Bo Bice was a straight up southern rocker, his album was like.. I don’t even know what that was. It was a mess that had nothing to do with southern-flavored rock.

    Taylor Hicks was a jam band guy reminiscent of Joe Cocker/Ray Charles, his ablum… I mean there was a couple of songs on it that fit his Idol persona but mostly Clive had him recording dated 80s sounding middle of the road pop.

    Archie sang inspirational ballads to the point there were people who doubted he could even sing anything modern and some were expecting full on Josh Groban. Instead he did teen pop.

    Danny has been covered.

    I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of any right now.

  • Anonymous

    Yes – saw that – does look like a knock-off – especially the color deluxe one.   Maybe trying to update Bieber’s look?

  • Anonymous

    The first person who jumps to mind is Danny. Not too many people thought he’d go country. And although he performed a few country songs on Idol, he didn’t position himself as that type of artist while on Idol.

    Lee’s single also struck me as removed from the type of artist he was on Idol. He’s not a pop guy at all, yet with SS, the label were definitely try to appeal to that market.

    Pia’s single was also very different from the big diva ballads she favored on Idol. 

    Jive also tried to make Allison much more of a pop princess than the rocker chick she was on Idol.

    Those are the ones that pop immediately to mind. I’m sure there are others.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Yeah that is NOT the real full version of Adam’s Underneath. It’s just the snippet looped with the pitch at the end mucked with so it sounds like it’s a new part. 

    I will never understand why people deliberately label youtubes with false information like that. For example that weirdo that keeps taking Uh Huh Her songs and slowing down the pitch, then labeling them as new Adam Lambert songs. I mean, what exactly is the point?

  • iFoundIt

    Colton said that he wanted to be who he was on the show (good for him) because some contestants gave off one vibe while on the show, but then put out music was completely different — and added that they usually weren’t successful when they did that.

    Interesting because Carrie Underwood said the same thing at the end of Season 8.  Except that she said Kris and Danny were her favorites.  So that lead me to believe she was likey referring to Allison?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    I have a feeling Kelly’s Dark Side vid dress will look better in motion.

    I agree, I suspect once we see it in the video we will be pleasantly surprised. I don’t think the still shots capture it, but the lines of the dress seem designed to be deliberately slimming for a curvy girl, with that stylized eye catching inset on a black background. Kelly is gorgeous, can’t wait for this vid!

  • Anonymous

    Scanning the WSJ saw an article on designers – and there’s a Prada dress that bears a striking similarity to Kelly’s in its overall look – the panels down the front, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I knew Tinawina would come up with some choice examples!

    I don’t know what I would have expected from Kelly.  It was too early for me to even think in that way about an Idol contestant.

    Southern rock sounds like what people would have expected from Bo.  Pity the label didn’t think that way.  Same with Taylor.  Those actually sound like fun albums, even if they aren’t my type of music.

    Yep.  I would have guessed that Archie would go into the Josh Groban lane. I wouldn’t have bought Groban/Archie or Pop/Archie.  But I’m kind of liking the way the kid is growing up.  It might be very interesting to see what he’s like in two years.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    The Queen+Adam concert in Wroclaw is now officially official: 

    Official website with the promotional clip: http://www.rockinwroclaw.pl/filmpromo.html

    Official press release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HdxDo3UffyQ

    Some translations: 

    “There’s been many arguments as to which acts should be chosen [to kick off the the festival which is being organized for the first time]. The choice of Queen is the result of consultations with music journalists, it’s not some whim of the management. I’m a great fan of Queen but that’s not why they’re going to play here. It’s going to be a mega great concert and we’re hoping to successfully repeat the formula in the future.”  

    “It’s kinda a cool thing because when we read posts on internet forums, aside from the traditional Polish buzzkills who would criticize any initiative, there are great voices from people from my own, a bit older generation who are happy to be able to hear their favorite songs from years past, but there are also lots of kids who will get a chance to listen to Adam Lambert, who is thought by the music experts to be one of the few in the today’s music industry having range like Freddie Mercury, he’s even compared to artists like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Top vocal quality.”

    “We don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like, but the person in charge is Wob Roberts, who worked with Robbie Williams and Codplay on their latest tours, so we can probably expect a highly visual-focused show. The band is currently working out the creative details.”

    Yay!

    I suppose the “highly-visual focused” concerns the Moscow concert too. 

    I’m wondering what happened to Kiev, though?

  • Anonymous

    Pia’s single was also very different from the big diva ballads she favored on Idol.

    I can’t blame Jimmy for that, since the public roundly rejected “Big Diva” Pia.  At least she hasn’t been dropped.  I think Jimmy is still trying to figure out how to market her.

    Jive also tried to make Allison much more of a pop princess than the rocker chick she was on Idol.

    Such a lost opportunity!  Unfortunately, that was a case of Allison being herself on the show and the label trying to make her into something else off of it.  

  • Anonymous
    Colton said that he wanted to be who he was on the show (good for him) because some contestants gave off one vibe while on the show, but then put out music was completely different — and added that they usually weren’t successful when they did that.

    Interesting because Carrie Underwood said the same thing at the end of Season 8.  Except that she said Kris and Danny were her favorites.  So that lead me to believe she talking about Allison? She was marketed with her debut as this poppy princess, teen queen – which is not what Allison was on the show or who she is as a performer.

    I don’t think I ever saw that quote.  That is interesting.  

  • Anonymous

     Adam Lambert, who is thought by the music experts to be one of the few in the today’s music industry having range like Freddie Mercury, he’s even compared to artists like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.

    Somebody’s been listening to Meatloaf! :)

    I’m wondering what happened to Kiev, though?

    Good question.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Oh WOW hah I mentally dismissed the rumors of Queen + Adam playing a Wroclaw festival as internet bullshit when I first heard about it, lol woops. Exciting news!

    “We don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like, but the person in charge is Wob Roberts, who worked with Robbie Williams and Codplay on their latest tours, so we can probably expect a highly visual-focused show. The band is currently working out the creative details.”

    Oooh very intriguing, I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

  • Reflections On Life

    I don’t have a problem with the Kelly gecko dress. I think it’s clever, suits her figure, and I wish more radio stars would take fashion risks. They all seem to play it safe in the pretty, sexy/hot, glamorous, or deglammed lane.  No star (actors or singers) seems to be the go-to person for the edgy up-and-coming fashion designer anynore; no one’s willing to wear a design-oriented statement piece. (The only exceptions *maybe* being Cate Blanchett and Florence Welch.)

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Somebody’s been listening to Meatloaf! :)

    Oh, so this is where Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin came from! I was wondering why them, lol. And when I emailed my musically educated friend a clip of Can’t Let You Go, he said that Adam’s got range higher than Whitney and Aretha so I had a weird sense of coincidence, but he must have googled Adam. 

  • djafan

    David Archuleta said he has a relationship with his fans and the feeling is more than mutual :)  What a guy leaving us so much and who knows how much more is in store for us.  His grandma raised chickens hence his love a chickens.

    David sure knows how to hold a chicken as seen here.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Oooh very intriguing, I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

    Robbie Williams had pretty impressive staging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZSR1A0pPfo

    I’m doubtful whether something like that is financially sensible for just 2 gigs as opposed to full tour, though. To be honest, bathe them in eerie light, employ fog machines and I would be happy.

  • mmb

    I thought the rumor on Kiev was that it wasn’t a standalone concert but probably part of the closing ceremonies for some soccer thing. But nothing’s been announced yet. So who knows

  • Anonymous

    Kat McPhee was a Foster-esque songstress on the show, but put out a debut CD that was pure pop.  Including a sexy/trashy CD cover.  

    CD tanked.

    Too bad, because her followup CD is so much better, and much closer to the style she portrayed on the show.  Very HAC soft pop.  I believe if she had put this one out first, she would have fared much better.  

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    I thought the rumor on Kiev was that it wasn’t a standalone concert but probably part of the closing ceremonies for some soccer thing. But nothing’s been announced yet. So who knows.

    OMG, I’m so butthurt right now! It’s like the European equivalent of Superbowl, lol.

    It might not have worked out and that’s why it was moved to Wroclaw? I find it weird that for an event of the Euro Cup magnitude nothing is known yet. But then things can be an unholy mess up to the last moment around here. (And recent bombings on Ukraine don’t help.)

    If the Kiev concert does come to pass, it’ll have made 3 concerts in Eastern Europe and none in the mainland Western. I wonder why. 

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

    I’m not crazy about Kelly’s outfit, but she looks great though.

  • Anonymous

    The first time I saw Biebers album cover I immediately thought of the cover of Trespassing. Someone even mentioned that a scene from his new video looked very similar to one in the FYE Video. Not sure what to think.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for being fashionable and trendy in what you wear, but that dress on Kelly is just all kinds of wrong!!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I’m all for being fashionable and trendy in what you wear, but that dress on Kelly is just all kinds of wrong!!

    Liking that dress is an expression of her dark side!

    Srsly, I was thinking that while the dress is deeply WTF (though not so WTF as other portions of Prada’s Spring 2011 line, which I’m grateful to lovetheusa1776 for pointing out), Clarkson looks kinda hot in it. Also: it’s reassuring to see a female celebrity who is clearly fit and healthy, yet has actual thighs (of actual size). 

  • gferna

    Adam & Justin “cover war” is gonna be great!  Adam’s cover was announced three months ago, so he has the advantage here (not to mention that Bieber’s is very simple, Adam’s is better by far).  I hope we have the same outcome in the sales department…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the Behind the Scenes Video of David A., MJ.  I love how he knows everyone’s name and tells us a little about them.  It looked like they were not working in fancy digs during the shoots, but David was very comfortable in the setting.  I remember when he was working with the lepers in India, he was relaxed and comfortable in that situation, too.  Being a fan of David’s has taught me a lot musically and about the good in people.

  • mmb

    Sorry Moria! Ugly Anerican here. Just didn’t know what the soccer event was. But sounds great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christa-Bailey/100000078140875 Christa Bailey

    I love Kelly Clarkson no matter how ugly her clothes are. lol. She has the greatest voice on the planet but definitely not the best clothes on the planet. Dark Side is going to smash like WDKY did. It is such an awesome song. I hope the video is worthy of Kelly’s beautiful voice. So excited for the new vid!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Who says anything happened to Kiev?

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Hahaha, don’t worry, half a year ago I didn’t know what Superbowl was either. Sports aren’t that important, lol.

  • Kitwana

    I’m very curious to see whether David Archuleta will be able to remain in the public eye over the next two years despite being away on his mission in Chile. The unexpected release of the BTS video from Nandito Ako leads me to believe that he and his team have a strategy in place to do so. We already know about the OPM album released in late March and the further US album to be released later this year but I’m curious to see what else he has in store for fans. I suspect there is more music, videos, pictures, vlogs recorded and ready to be released.

    Prior to the rise of social media, Internet fan sites and blogs and YouTube, I would say that it would be impossible for an artist without major label backing to stay on the public eye while being away for two years. However, I think David has shown that he can use these Internet tools to remain connected to his fans, to mobilize them and to keep in touch with them as if he were still active in his career. His experience should give hope to other former Idols who don’t have a major label or 19M backing them. If David can have a music career without an Ellen, Leno, Today Show, GMA, SNL, Kimmel or Letterman appearance or even a tweet of support from American Idol and while being away on a mission, it should be a breeze for them haha. Like I said, it will be very interesting over the next two years. Hopefully, he will continue to have the support of fans, Sony Asia, Ivory Records, HMV, TV5, Channel V, MTV Asia, Fox International and the Asian media and blogs like MJs.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    That’s the thing: nothing’s happened. No confirmation yet, no new rumors that I’ve heard, no nothing.

  • judes

    I like the interview of Colton with Michael Slezac. I agree with staying true to what you are after idol.I think the Idols I have related to are the ones who have done music very similar on their albums to what they did on idol as they were able to change songs to suit their style on Idol .

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like Kris is playing a secret show tonight.

    KrisAllen:

    #Who likes to go to the beach?

    #Who wants to go to the beach and watch some guy play some tunes? Hear he’s ok.

    #How bout we meet in Santa Monica at 8 pm. I’ll try to get some more info from him on exactly where.

  • Anonymous

    yup, a bunch of us are scrambling to get to Santa Monica now :) Cale is in Arkansas, so it may just be Kris and his guitar. He just needs to tell us where to go, so we don’t end up wandering all over the city yelling “Kris, where are you????”

    Anyway, if anyone here can get to SM by 8 pm, you should try to come to Kris’ show. Will be fun!

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    If Kelly said that was the strategy in an interview then you have to bleleive her. I kind of agree with her because I really like Stronger and was thinking “girl’s getting beter and better.” LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    I know. A date hasn’t been announced yet but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Could be on the 30th (which is why they moved Moscow?) The concerts would be 3-4 days apart, then, except for London. Good breaks  for the voice.

  • Anonymous

    That’s really cute.  A Kris scavenger hunt!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y2H6IQWNMTSNTCTWDP7TDFEKPY Linda

    Oh my! This sounds like all kinds of fun. Unfortunately, I’m on the east coast:( I sure hope we see videos tomorrow. That would be such a treat to come home from work and see them here. BTW, I just heard TVOL on the Pulse thanks to the heads up given, I think, by you yesterday. It fit right in with all the other songs they’ve been playing. Oh, how I hope mainstream radio picks this up soon.

  • windmills

    iFoundIt:  Interesting
    because Carrie Underwood said the same thing at the end of
    Season 8.  Except that she said Kris and Danny were her favorites.  So
    that lead me to believe she talking about Allison? She was marketed
    with her debut as this poppy princess, teen queen – which is not what
    Allison was on the show or who she is as a
    performer.

    Carrie did not say Kris and Danny were her
    favorites. She singled them out as particularly nice guys on their
    season.  She said nothing about liking or not liking their music but some inferred that she was talking about her favorites based on that.

    And, Carrie’s quote about Idol voters straying from what Idol voters
    voted for was made in the middle of November 2009 when she did a phone press conference to promote her holiday special. Allison’s album came
    out in December 2009 so Carrie’s comment couldn’t have been about her album.

    IMO the post-Clive Davis era of Idols has resulted in much fewer Idol
    albums that stray from Idol identities. My list of most egregious
    examples of Idol debuts going against what the person was on the show
    would be topped by the debut albums from Bo, Katharine, and Ruben.

  • Anonymous

    David A’s BTS video was such a nice gift for making it through the first month of waiting.  One month down, 23 to go. It’s interesting to see how everything in Anya’s neighborhood looked from their perspective.  BTW if anyone missed the Jan/Feb photo of David holding a chicken here it is http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly4b5lk1yR1qjtfmvo1_500.jpg  haha. Follow @DavidArchie on twitter – help us get him to 1 million.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I love Kelly but when it comes to her fashion taste I don’t know what to say. It looks like she lost weight so she looks great and she’s such a pretty girl. I can’t wait for May because I think we’ll see Adam’s promo kick in high gear and than he’s off to conquer the rest of Europe :). I just got my People’s American Idol: Where Are They Now? Nice write ups on Idols. I love this picture that includes all my favs and how appropriate Adam is surrounded by the big 4 with his Queen shirt on. http://i50.tinypic.com/n1w9r4.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Kris secret show

    KrisAllen:
    How bout the peir in Santa Monica? 8 pm. You…me…couple tunes…ocean breeze…birds pooping on us. It’s gonna be great.

  • Anonymous

    LOL on “birds.. pooping on us.” Love his sense on humor!

  • Anonymous

    I like the interview of Colton with Michael Slezac. I agree with staying true to what you are after idol.I think the Idols I have related to are the ones who have done music very similar on their albums to what they did on idol as they were able to change songs to suit their style on Idol.

    I think the trick is for the contestants to stay true to themselves while they are on the show, while at the same time trying to make their style work with the show’s format.  I think that Duaghtry and Scotty are great examples of people who manged to do that.  I don’t have a problem with someone who was placed into a box while on thee show, going back to what they are passionate about once the show ends.   They will lose a lot of their AI fans, but it’s more important for them to be true to themselves, and to make the music that they want to make.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I don’t have a problem with someone who was placed into a box while on
    thee show, going back to what they are passionate about once the show
    ends.   They will lose a lot of their AI fans, but it’s more important
    for them to be true to themselves, and to make the music that they want
    to make.

    This. I just don’t buy that Idols should put out music that they sang on some karaoke show singing out dated cover songs. I think these Idol should put out the music they want to and build on picking up fans who like the music they put out. If they lose AI fans I’m all for it than I won’t have to see the same faces over and over following them all over the country. I like the idea that Idols hold secret gigs they need to do more of it.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, Kris didn’t even know where his show was being held.

    blkeener: We found kris….he has no idea where he is going.

    #Kris on the ier… https://twitter.com/#!/blkeener/status/196796320126746624/photo/1

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes Kris’ tweets sound like he is still 10 years old and gets kicks out of using potty language.  There always seems to be references to going to the bathroom, etc.  

  • Anonymous

    CharcoalEyes: We found @KrisAllen 
    http://yfrog.com/nt67vyhj

    RedPawns: .@KrisAllen is here on the pier :) http://twitpic.com/9fgaq9

    tmg84: Doing cover of BIllie Jean

    Kris secret show Ustream:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/heatherberg#utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=1222448&utm_medium=social

  • Anonymous

    Lyndsey Parker ? @lyndseyparker

    Hey look who I found playing at Santa Monica pier! (@KrisAllen) 
    http://lockerz.com/s/205262849 

  • Anonymous

    Darn, the person doing the ustream has stopped broadcasting because they want to enjoy the show. Kris is also taking requests.

    Setlist:
    Billy Jean, Gangstas Paradise, Out Alive, Better With You
    What Goes a round Comes Around, Shut That Door, Dancing in the Dark,
    Rooftops, A Song For You, You Got A Way, LLWD, Girl Pop Medley

  • Anonymous

    I hope someone got video of “Rooftops”.  I have to stop listening to that 90 second clip on repeat. 

  • Anonymous

    Kris gets jacked by the cops.  lol 

    Lyndsey Parker :

    Police are shutting down Kris Allen’s show! #effdapolice 

    http://lockerz.com/s/205272262 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4PLQMZV4QX7CHQCAUVXJBXYUCM wicked

    #freekrisallen is trending. LMAO

  • Anonymous

    Man.. that setlist.. I wish I live in CA now… Hope we get videos for most if not all of the songs… Esp. the new covers! Lucky you GG and whoever makes it there! Have a great time!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6BDCFZ26QLJA3QPLBJC535N7BQ Gerarda DeSanto

    This is too funny…Kris thrown off the pier-#Free Kris Allen

  • Anonymous

    LMAO freekrisallen is trending!

  • Anonymous

    #freekrisallen was trending WW for a while. Not sure if it was bc of AI Kris but it is still funny.

  • Anonymous

    lmfao, mama Allen

    Kimberly Allen @allen_kimberlyDear Pier Cops, Don’t make me come over there! #RathofMom #freekrisallen

    Zorro Allen @ZorroPup
    #FreeKrisAllen

  • Anonymous

    The tweets about this are hysterical!

  • Anonymous

    So Kris just showed up at this pier by himself and started playing? Why would he do that ,lol? Don’t know what to think of this move.
    Also, has anyone seen the new Steven Tyler Burger King commercial? It is hilarious and totally surprised me. It was so funny I rewound and watched it 2 more times, lol.

  • Anonymous

    There were probably a few reasons, it was a treat for the fans, he just wanted to perform, and, yes, to get to get the outcome that he did.  Two of those reasons, especially one of them, will get him some much needed attention.

  • Anonymous

    KrisAllen:

    #Well I wasn’t expecting anything from tonight but that’s not what I expected. Getting stopped by the cops never crossed my mind.

    #Thanks to everyone that came out. Had a good time. And to the people that just stopped…thanks for stopping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759402889 Natalie Blake

    Awesome interview with Colton Dixon! He’s so well spoken and seems to know exactly what he wants in life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759402889 Natalie Blake

    Not sure what you are trying to say about Adam, as I’ve found his music to be perfectly on queue with who he represented himself as on Idol, and he’s quite successful!

    Anyways, to speak to your question about who Colton might be referring to as putting out albums that are different than their persona on the show – I’d say my big one would be Bo Bice. I LOVED him on the show and voted, voted, voted for him. He was such a big personality with a rockstar persona, but his albums have been just very mediocre. I was also a bit disappointed with James Durbin’s album, as it wasn’t as rock and “metal” as I expected from him. However, I chalk that one up somewhat to the producers having more control than the artist, and James is currently touring and planning a second album.

    I’m glad that Colton says he plans to go the way of Switchfoot, and not present himself strictly as a “Christian” artist, but more of a pop/rock artist. He’ll do well.

  • Anonymous

    I love that picture they used of Adam with his Queen shirt! Another way of bringing up that amazing collaboration. And I gotta say very nice to Adam considered among the top idols. Pretty great write up.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing he is very bored and wanted to perform or kill time.. or may be he has a bet with someone… who knows..

  • Anonymous

    pacpark: Pacific Park

    @krisallen thank you for giving our guests an experience they will never forget! You will always be our American Idol. 

  • Anonymous

    This is hysterical! Who knew Kris was such a rebel? #FreeKrisAllen

  • Axxxel

    example: Adam Lambert. My American Idol/rocker heart is a bit dissapointed with his vision of dancemusic for his second album… but will still buy his album to support him… then again. hopefully after listening to his album, my dissapointment will melt away….

  • Axxxel

    This Kris Allen incident reminds me of something similar done by Darren Criss (who plays Blaine on Glee)…. http://www.cambio.com/news/exclusive-darren-criss-serenades-third-street-promenade/  . He said it was in Santa Monica.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Kris did that. What a great idea! That’s what life’s all about. Hope many of us here got to experience it, and hope he didn’t get in too much trouble. 

  • Anonymous

    lmao at Kris adventure tonight. That was a cool trip though. Glad we’re getting videos :)  #freekisallen lol

  • happyhexer

    Danny sang both blue-eyed soul AND country on Idol.  So it wasn’t that much of a stretch for him to do country (as far as “vibes” on the show go).  I would have said Allison myself.  Was not expecting the dreck she put out at all.  I doubt it was her fault — probably what the label thought she should put out, perhaps because of her age.  But Allison is an “old soul” with a great set of pipes, and should have been handled accordingly.  I could throw in Paris Bennett, too.  Her post-Idol CD was just as drecky as Allison’s, (although Paris did put out a wonderfully fresh and different Christmas album).

    But somehow I doubt that Colton was thinking of either Danny or Allison.  Or Paris, for that matter.  Though I don’t know who he might have been referring to, either.

  • Anonymous

    Kris just wanted to sing, so why not. I surely appreciated that.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a difference between singing a song that was originally released as a country tune, and singing in a style that shows people that someone is a country singer.  Even if the song’s arrangement is the same, that does not mean that the singer is delivering a performance that fits that genre.  

    I’m not saying whether Danny did this or not, but too often people look at the song instead of the actual performance in order to see what genre it fits into.

  • happyhexer

     I beg to differ.

  • Anonymous

    Back from Kris’ secret show tonight. It was a lot of fun. He was taking requests, mixing in covers with his own music. Including a fantastic cover of JT’s “What Goes Around”. There was one girl in the crowd who didn’t know his music at all, bur quickly became a fan. Kris came over to hear and they duetted on the end of Gangsta’s Paradise. And when he started LLWD, she burst out — “OMG I know this song — that was you???!!!” LOL. So she’s gonna buy his albums now 

    He was about midway into his last song of the show — a new song that isn’t on the album called “Should I” — when the cop came up to him and forced him to stop. Kris didn’t resist, and when he asked to shake his hand, the cop was “I don’t shake hands with anyone”. What a jerk. But Kris’ face when the cop came up to him — LOL. The officer didn’t even want to let Kris take pictures with people, but I guess he relented, because several people got photos with Kris.

     (This new song, BTW, is really pretty — hope he performs it again sometime soon)

  • Anonymous

    You CA Kris fans are really getting spoiled as of late. Three epic solo shows(one last year two this year)and an album named after a CA street? Lucky benches. :P Kris needs to go on tour like yesterday. I’ve only seen him live twice(During the Idol tour and his own tour)and that’s not nearly enough.

    See…Kris Allen can get in trouble with the cops just like the next bad boy pop star. lol Poor guy. Since when could you get in trouble for playing a FREE show, outside, with only the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar? It’s not like he and the whole KAB were having a plugged in jam session. Or that he was selling merch or anything. No offense to the cops, but that’s such BS IMO. Still surprised, but I guess his mini acoustic solo show managed to cause enough of a disturbance.

    This night is definitely one to remember. lol

  • Anonymous

    here’s video of Kris covering JT’s “What Goes Around (Comes Around). It was dark so it’s hard to see him. But the audio is good:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azkg8EgwaN4&feature=youtu.be 

  • Anonymous

    Lyndsey Parker’s recap of Kris’s impromptu show.

    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/kris-allen-impromptu-beach-performance-shut-down-police-070235327.html (P.S. — She came by to chat with a few us after the gig. She was very nice)

  • Anonymous

    I swear, this is the best thing I’ve heard this year. I’m smiling from ear to ear. Kudoz!

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Omg, a pier “concert”? Hahaha, Kirs what are you doing!

    As far as promo goes, that’s a novel idea, it even got shut down by the police. I wonder if media will pick it up, it’s a hilarious story!

    (Not gonna lie, I kinda wish Adam did something like that too, just for kicks, but he’d probably get trampled over or something. But then it’s not like he lacks in regular performing opportunities, so I get vids anyways.)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HUZRA5SXHFGQHJ6UJHKPYZQ7KI pamela

    Wow. Just caught up on the impromptu Kris Pier concert. I love the fact that Kris is able to and wants to do this type of stuff. His fans are pretty chill, just like him. I hope he never stops being able to be himself. Now, I just wish he would come to the East coast and play on our beaches :}

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I cannot imagine Colton was talking about Adam. Other than Carrie, Kelly, and Jennifer I cannot think of anybody more sucesful than Adam coming off Idol. He has the gigs lined up with Queen which put him head and shoulders above the “rocker” type Idols. Support for his second album is still underway but the number of Radio promo gigs he is participating in and headlining is off the chain, NCOE just jumped over 20 spots on HAC this week, and he knocked it out of the park on Kimmel (every other channel lost viewers to NFL draft announcements but Kimmel gained viewers).

    My guess would be he is talking about James Durbin. The two clearly have issues after James tweeted about Colton copying his look and stage performance. I would guess that he meant that James talked about metal on the show and did not put out a metal album. James did experience a sales bump after his Idol appearance but I am not sure how his sales have been overall and am not sure if they would be considered “successful” or not so I cannot address that but would guess he was throwing a diss at Durbin.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and when I saw the song title “Dancing In The Dark” I thought the song in question was Gaga’s “Dance In The Dark”. Whoops. lol Not gonna lie…I kinda want to hear Kris’s take on that Gaga song. It’s one of my faves.

    Also. I FINALLY heard TVOL on the radio tonight!! Around 4AM. Not ideal time wise, but I don’t care. I’m so happy. It sounded great! I heard “Free” again tonight too around midnight. Have heard it three times on the radio so far.(Oh cool. Looks like they played it twice tonight! It was played again around 4.)Heard Daughtry’s song “Outta My Head” for the first time on the radio tonight as well. Great song.

  • Tess

    Why can’t Colton’s comment be as simple as him stating an “oft repeated” Idol meme that has floated around Bubble land since time in memoriam.  I think the phrase “he/she wasn’t the same after Idol” dates back to season 1.  And really, with how the show used to be done no one could “show” what type of an Artist they would become doing “straight-up karaoke” versions on the show.  It wasn’t until Blake came along that anyone could mix up songs to give them some individuality…and only a handful of Idolettes are/were successful in doing that.  And truthfully, until Scotty no one has stuck to their genre during a whole season (and that is because Idol finally got a clue once season 9 was history).

    Personally, I think Colton would be hard pressed to put a name behind his comment….or he could just spiel off a dozen names.  I just don’t think he was as literal as people are giving him credit for being.

  • Anonymous

    “So, I’m wondering who else Colton might have been thinking of?  I don’t
    know enough of every Idol’s subsequent albums to begin to answer the
    question, and so I’m asking the collective wisdom of MJ’s readers. ”

    Seems like lots of them have and that it was 100 percent not their fault almost every time. Names that come to mind are Bo, Lee, David Cook, David Archuleta (to some degree), Taylor, Fantasia (to some degree), and a whole lot of etc. Heck, even Carrie had to fight like a banshee to get to record what she wanted, and they only allowed it because they saw how high her vote totals were. The labels (especially up through about season 7 or thereabouts) had a fetish for forcing everybody into some weak-ass pop mode that they thought was current, regardless of what or how the person had sung on the show. In some ways, Colton’s lucky he got voted off when he did — and that he’s in a genre where he’s probably going to have opportunities from non-show-related labels — or he might be forced to do the same (although it’s happened a bit less often in recent years, I think.).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    You might be right. It could be an oft repeated Idol meme. I tought based on the comments James made about Colton it might be about him. Who knows. People were speculate so I thought I would share my speculation with the number of others doing the same. Maybe if he does more interviews in the future people could ask him who he was referring to… it might be interesting I guess.

  • koshka

    Sorry I think its easy for Colton to say this because other than the Whitney and Billy Joel (he exited prior to Queen) the themes he had to deal with were pretty broad and allowed him to find a fit. He didn’t, nor the other contestants, have to find songs to fall in line with themes such as Latin, Bee Gees, Dolly Parton, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Neil Diamond, standards, Disco, & Elvis. This season and last are very fortunate NOT to have SO many themes thrust upon them because of the visiting mentor.. we could argue whether Jimmy is better or worse, but thats another discussion. Now not all the contestants get stopped up by a theme, but its easier to have a clunker performance or to sing a song without completely gutting the arrangement just to countrify a rock song or to rockify a country song.  I’m sure there were some weeks where the contestant were just going to sing the song as is… just in hopes of getting through to the next week. I don’t think that makes them flip flop on their style. Perhaps these past idols should have had themes as easy as this season has had so far.

  • Anonymous

    Colton would be hard pressed to say that the comment is about James, since James said that he wanted to make a hard rock album, and that’s what he did.  It’s definitely not Hot AC or mainstream, and it seems like he lost a contract with a major label, in order to make the type of album that he wanted.  As Tess said, based on Colton’s comment, it’s clear that he is not talking about one person in particular, but something that has happened to many former idol alums.  Or, what has been viewed as their fate.  

    As far as successful idols go, this isn’t a complete list, but you left out Daugtry and Fantasia.

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    Late coming here but what the heck is Kris doing that stunt on the beach? It’s funny and cool in a way and the cop was really rude. But at the same time, wasn’t he aware what some people might think? I just bet some people will say he is a loser that he’s now basking on the beach. Specially those haters.

    I will look at it that he was bored. Or drunk. LOL

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always said that the contestants who were on the show prior to season 6 or 7 must be ticked off to see what are for the most part a whole lot of “sing whatever you want weeks”.  Personally, I don’t think that the change is bad, because while there’s less of a chance of train wrecks, which are an important part of the show, it’s nice to see the contestants be more comfortable, and sing songs that are their style.

    I do think that there should be more acknowledgement that the contestants from earlier seasons had to be more creative in the ways that they made songs their own, and how they worked around and in the theme weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what some people might say?  His fans had fun, and as an entertainer, that’s his main concern.  He’d never do anything if he worried about the insults or opinions of those who don’t like him.  That’s true for all of us.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Or drunk.

    That was my first thought too, because seriously, the winner of American Idol? There’s having fun and there’s having an image. What’s next, a coffeehouse? Lol, good for his fans though, sounds like they enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    IMHO you can’t go around worrying about what people will think, especially if you are doing something in the public eye  (well politicians might be the exception here) anyway I think it’s so cool of Kris to go out and give an impromptu performance like that. Since he doesn’t need auto tune and can actually sing live, I’m sure he sounded great (haven’t had time to listen to video). He’s a performer and he wanted to perform. I can see how there are times that a singer/performer would want to strip things down and just sing for people. Not too different than Adam doing his radio shows acoustic and no microphone for his voice. It’s just about the music and the voice and the audience. It’s not always about the Bizness, it’s about human beings.

  • Anonymous

    I think Keith Urban busked in a subway station shortly before his last album came out.  It was fun!

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    I agree with you all that one shouldn’t worry much of what people will think but still, I can’t help it. Maybe because I am so sensitive of hearing people dissing Kris as an unsuccessful AI winner, etc. I’m tired of hearing that.

    One thing makes me wonder – do the RCA bosses know about this impromptu show on beach? I wonder what’s their take on this.

  • Anonymous

    The image that I came away with is someone who loves to perform and have fun.  And as Lindsey Parker tweeted, who can stay in tune even with a lot of other things going on around him.  There’s also an image of someone who doesn’t think that winning American Idol means that he’s above doing something like this on the spur of the the moment, and he’s not beyond interacting with the people who helped him get to a point where he can live out his dreams.

  • V Jemmy

    Kelly, Kelly, Kelly….. you need to fire whoever put you in that dress.

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy77

    I love that Kris is spontaneous and fun like this and lives to sing. The videos sound great and the #freekrisallen trending was funny. The cop, of course, is a huge jerk. I think this was just an impulse fun thing he did and really it ain’t that deep, plus we Kris fans got some great new live tracks out of it. :D

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Dammit, Kris didn’t get arrested? What kind of pop star is he? j/k. lol. For a second there I thought I might have to start stanning him. #rebelkris.

    I do think that there should be more acknowledgement that the
    contestants from earlier seasons had to be more creative in the ways
    that they made songs their own, and how they worked around and in the
    theme weeks.

    I think those earlier seasons is when we had the best watercooler moments. It’s a double edge sword because it showed their versatility a lot more but than you end up with fans who want those Idols to put out music in so many different directions. I think the more recent Idols may have it easier with less themes but unless those Idols go onto genres like country or niche genres like christian rock/metal/hard rock they will still have to find a middle ground in hoping to be a successful artist signed to a major label. The Idols that are more pop, pop/rock/R&B who are looking to sell singles and albums without being labeled failures need to make music that fits radio without compromising who they are. I don’t think Interscope would be to happy with a winner that only sells 100k albums because he wants to do Christian Rock or Metal.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Huh.

    Sorry, marmom07, but what Kris does is quite different from a radio show which has a specific purpose. In fact, Kris should get his ass in gear and get on those radio shows, that would satisfy his love for performing and serve a purpose. 

  • Anonymous

     LOL I can just imagine the bosses calling Kris in to the office and giving him the “what were you thinking!!!” lecture. What about your image, your safety, the laws etc etc and then since it seems to have made some news the PR dept is going “atta boy!”

    I get why we have laws and permits but it does sometimes take away the fun.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    The image that I came away with is someone who loves to perform and have fun.

    Well, that balances things out a little, I suppose, because the image that I came away with is someone who can’t get to perform at a normal concert and resorts to busking. A bit desperate, but if some people see it as just fun, kudos to Kris. Especially, as I said before, if media pick up the story and get him some buzz.

  • Anonymous

    When I heard Kris was doing an impromptu gig on the beach I thought – Great!  It’s a good way to get some buzz before his album drop.  And getting “busted” was a nice touch.  Haven’t Ii heard over & over again on this blog that you need to do things that get you attention? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/buffyloverlori buffyloverlori

    I agree. And I though some people on twitter said that someone from RCA tweeted about Kris doing this, and even tweeted a picture or retwitted a picture of it. i love that Kris is so down to earth and doesn’t think his to above anyone else to do something so wonderful for his fans. I think with Kris he gets a itch to just sing and if he can’t find someone around him to sing to than he’ll find away to get some people to sing to. I so wish a lot more people in the entertainment business would be doinging something like this than to do something awful, and as long as Kris doesn’t do anything stupid than his fine. This is one of the reasons us Kris fans love him so much. And he sound so sexy doing his thing, and some lucky fans got to hear him sing, and he gets some press about it. And when he gets those gigs and needs to do press about it, they have a new topic to ask Kris about. So who cares what some people think.

  • Anonymous

     I certainly hope his team is working on radio promo for him but that doesn’t preclude taking a evening and going out and having a good time and connecting with some fans. It’s better than if he just sat home. It’s free buzz. He got a write up on Yahoo, lets see who else picks it up. No Kris can’t always go around doing little one off things but I think stuff like this makes him more interesting and shows his personality. It will certainly give radio peeps something to ask him about the next time he chats with someone.

    Yes Adam’s singing was for promo, my point was how he chose to sing it and he also chose to chat with the fans (more than I think most radio peeps were used to) because he wants to connect. I think that is also true of Kris’s beach event, he wanted to sing for some fans and connect.

  • http://twitter.com/buffyloverlori buffyloverlori

      This tweet is the one I was talking about in my last post, @kofung ·  @KrisAllen surprise performance on the Santa Monica Pier… pretty cool! @RCAPromo http://twitter.com/kofung/status/196799262758150144/photo/1
    Retweeted by RCA Records Promo

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I doubt that RCA or Kris PR peeps didn’t know he needed a permit to do this impromptu gig and Lyndsey Parker being there, coincidencki much. The fact he’s getting some buzz tells me his PR is stepping it up. Where they fell short is they didn’t get him arrested but maybe they’re not ready to completely shed his good boy image just yet. Stay tune….

  • Anonymous

     Lol, I thought Kris might have been tipsy too when I first heard about the busking. Just seemed kind of strange to do this in your right mind, haha. But, I don’t think there was any harm done and seems Kris and the fans had fun.
    On a sour note, WTF is up with Kelly and that dress. Someone mentioned earlier that she looked like a big bug and I agree. She has a nice curvy figure though. Oh well, Adam busts out some very questionable fashion at times too, lol, so just gotta close your eyes and hope they never wear that again.

  • Anonymous

    Lyndsey Parker was there because she saw his tweets that he was going to be there. She even tweeted Zorro to ask where he was playing. According to someone who was there last night and talked to her, the RCA person lives nearby and went down when she also saw the tweets. So, there was no grand RCA/media conspiracy. It was just Kris, wanting to play for some fans, and having fun, and things took a humorous and more newsworthy turn.

  • Anonymous

    “You might be right. It could be an oft repeated Idol meme. I tought
    based on the comments James made about Colton it might be about him.”

    I agree with you that Colton’s previous James comments might mean he was referring to him. Colton’s also referred to being an Idol viewer from Season 1 onward, too, though, so I think the possibility also exists that he was speaking historically. As you say — impossible to tell from the comment.

    Definitely has happened in a lot of cases, though.

  • Anonymous

    Kris just loves to perform and wanted to give his fans a treat. Didn’t care about making any money off of it. How refreshing!

  • Anonymous

    There was so much hubbub about Springsteen busking on the street a few years back that one aggregator published a Youtube listicle showing how trendy it was.

    None of those people had to “resort” to busking.  They did it because it was fun. 

    We already know that Allen is a fan of Glen Hansard, so it doesn’t shock me that he’d follow his example here, too.

    Not a single person who would be inclined to buy his music is going to be put off because of this, IMO.

  • Anonymous

    There are a number of other Idols that are more successful than Adam — his sales were not that great for all the publicity he got, and he is only known to a minority of fans and overeseas.  Let’s see how he fares with his next album before he’s being classified as “more successful”.

  • Tess

    Given a few minutes I could probably search online and come up with scads of examples of very prominent entertainers who have done some very impromptu entertaining at some very weird places without any compensation (except for a tongue-in-cheek tip bottle).  Half the fun of having a vehicle (like a good voice) is getting to show-case it in unsuspecting ways for an unsuspecting audience.

    I’m not even a fan of Kris and I can see nothing but positives in is Sunday night escapade.  It makes him pretty human, it says that he isn’t so caught up in his “fame” that he can’t enjoy a nice Sunday night on the pier (I love the Santa Monica Pier, by the way…never miss it on my LA trips), it says that he is open to doing something off-the wall to garner himself some attention (something every working artist needs and wants).

    The entertainment business is really, really tough and it isn’t as easy as the Bubble thinks for these kids to get handed gigs whenever they want.  There are probably several hundred acts playing on “current” radio right now and I don’t think any radio gig has room for them all.

    Oh, and the fact that Kris holds the “title” of American Idol Season 8 isn’t a crown that he has to keep highly polished and un-spoiled.  In the “real” world the title only means anything to a few AI fans.  Heck, its not worth much after year one because the title gets passed on.  I mean who recognizes Miss America after her year is up…hell, who recognizes her 10 minutes after she is crowned.

  • Anonymous

    There was so much hubbub about Springsteen busking on the street a few years back that one aggregator published a Youtube listicle showing how trendy it was.

    The Boss isn’t an AI winner, so it’s okay for him to give free concerts on the street.  LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I’m not even a fan of Kris and I can see nothing but positives in is Sunday night escapade. …, it says that he is open to doing something off-the wall to garner himself some attention (something every working artist needs and wants).

    And thing is, a “secret show” is supposed to be slightly off-the-wall. Bands play them at divey little bars and such… and while I appreciate a good dive bar, outdoors by the ocean with the slightly quaint and happy tourists sounds like much more fun on a spring night.

    Should any musicians, Idol alum or not, want to play an outdoor secret show in Phoenix, I highly recommend the Roosevelt tram station: unusually wide plaza, convenient to hipsters, across from fair trade coffeehouse. And I’d totally go, without the slightest complaint that they “ought” to be playing Comerica Theater for proper gravitas.

  • Anonymous

    ” Late coming here but what the heck is Kris doing that stunt on the
    beach? It’s funny and cool in a way and the cop was really rude. But at
    the same time, wasn’t he aware what some people might think?”

    Busking’s a pretty time-honored tradition, though, so I don’t know who’s really going to think ill of it. And at the ocean, yet, in California of all places, where I thought the world expected impromptu parties, campfire singing, surprise appearances by celebrities, and the like.

    Wow, we really are getting to be a cop-heavy, uptighter-than-uptight nation, aren’t we? Shutting him down so summarily without even an apparent sense of humor about it sounds like something that used to happen in the Soviet bloc. Seriously.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    his sales were not that great for all the publicity he got

    That’s subjective. He didn’t get anymore or less publicity than most Idol winners or runner ups. I think his label are happy with his WW sales and are just invested this time around.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a two part problem:

    1) TPTB tried too hard to scrub prior material from the ether in the past so fewer people saw what kind of music these people were making on their own.
    2) Many of those who were inclined to find prior material weren’t used to watching small indie acts be signed by major labels and groomed to be more “commercial.”  They only found out about them by the time they were already established.

    Since I don’t watch the show in real time, I use AI covers the way I would any other artist trying to get fans via Youtube covers: as a signpost to the original material.  Sometimes this enthuses:  Jack’s Mannequin via MGMT’s Kids.  Sometimes it doesn’t:  Karmin via anything.  Same thing for some of these people.

    And then I give a lot of latitude for the eventual albums not just because they’re done quickly, but because I’m so difficult to please that most carefully crafted albums by career artists working on a “normal” production cycle still have some songs I don’t enjoy.

    But honestly, given the constraints, as I’ve said before, the number of B to B+ albums that come out of the machine is a pretty strong testament to the talent and intelligence of the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    Colton may think Daughtry’s albums expressed what he was on the show, and that that accounts for his success post-show (sorry, Colton; I have no idea whether you actually think this!) But I actually have never felt that way! His albums were much softer rock than I — wrongly — expected of Chris. …. But Chris only got to do that because it was still a pretty hot genre at the time he came out.  

    I don’t think that’s the reason why Chris had more success than other alums.  I think that he, like Carrie, had a more concrete idea of who he was when he left the show than some alums have, and he was able to communicate that idea to Clive Davis.  To his credit, Chris went to Clive with a lot of finished songs that represented his style, so it was easier to match him up with other songwriters, and find other songs that were in the same vein as the ones that Chris had written.

    I think some of the mistakes that other idol alums have made is trying to please everyone who supported them while they were on the show, but that never works, and just results in an album that lacks cohesiveness.

  • http://twitter.com/EitWat MADEitTO20nowWAT

    I don’t care about any of this. People said they talked to Kris. Is he doing radio tour and any bigger spring/summer radio concerts? What about Ellen, Conan or Fallon? That’s what i want to know. The album is coming out in 3 weeks and the promo they are doing is not working. There are ads for his single everywhere i go on the internet but radio is not playing it so idk if that’s helpful. And the anti-bullying or taking his shirt off isn’t doing much either. 

    So where’s the radio promo? This way the song will be peaking in 2013 while Kris is back in Arkansas with no record deal.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    Kris just loves to perform and wanted to give his fans a treat. Didn’t care about making any money off of it. How refreshing!

    True enough, image aside, it IS pretty cute. There are so many people who just want to sing for an audience and Kris is one of them.

  • Anonymous

    LOL at Kelly’s dress.
    I guess you have to switch it up every once in a while, even if it means going wrong to get attention, to then come back “better than ever.”

  • Anonymous

    As is clear from my previous comments, i liked what Kris did. I don’t know how much time passed between his first tweet and the actual get-to-gether, but I’d still call it ‘spur of the moment’. I also think that these unexpected pleasures are the things that make life (more) fun in this world of having to make appointments weeks in advance for just about everything. 
    I don’t see Kris as a someone who calculates his every move, and personally I probably wouldn’t have thought of permits either.

    What would’ve happened if he’d been on the beach? Can you sit, play and sing on the sand? Or is everything regulated?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Yeah, I was starting to feel weird reading this. I though secret shows were common. At first I thought that maybe it was because I am from NYC where that stuff happens a lot. But yeah… I mean secret shows, underground parties, famous comedians who jump on stage to do a routine in tiny dive clubs… all that happens. There was even a movie about one, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist! That sort of thing is fun I always thought, I don’t ever recall thinking it was desperate.

    In rap its really common to catch famous stars grabbing mikes at tiny, weird places or standing in a cipher outside a show for someone else. I saw many acts unexpectedly that way.

  • http://twitter.com/MoriaPolonius Moria Polonius

    There was so much hubbub about Springsteen busking on the street a few years back that one aggregator published a Youtube listicle showing how trendy it was.

    Bruce Springsteen? 

    Wow, that’s totally cool. I wish Kris to get as much hubbub from his busking as Bruce Springsteen.

    The Boss isn’t an AI winner, so it’s okay for him to give free concerts on the street.

    Well, there is a slight difference. lol.

  • Anonymous

     “I don’t think that’s the reason why Chris had more success than other
    alums.  I think that he, like Carrie, had a more concrete idea of who he
    was when he left the show than some alums have, and he was able to
    communicate that idea to Clive Davis.”

    I do agree with you that that’s part of the reason for Chris’s success. I think that he did a lot of things right and showed very good business sense.

    But I still maintain that, had his idea of who he was been in a less-current, less-money-making genre at that particular moment, he might well have been not allowed to make an album anything like what he wanted.

    Clive and company saw exact models of Chris’s style already in the industry, making pretty big cashcash. There’s a reason some people say that Daughtry is Nickelback lite. The entertainment industry are well known copycats. If there had been no Nickelback and similar bands on the scene right at the moment raking in bucks, I can pretty easily imagine Clive giving a very blank look when confronted with Chris’s music and plans. Daughtry did happen to fit very nicely into a ready-made mold. I have a hard time seeing Clive embracing an idol who wanted to break new ground or bring back an old style. …

    I think you need both — good business sense on your own but also a style that the suits recognize as “hey, something a lot  like that is already making big money now!” … Chris had both.

  • Anonymous

     “New Idol trend – dark side vids – first Adam, then Carrie, now Kelly.”

    I think it’s a bigger trend than that, actually. Albums from a lot of people in the most recent go-round are “darker” than earlier ones — Adele, Feist, and so on …. Idols just going with the flow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    Is hard rock the same as metal? I thought they were different things. Don’t they have different charting categories and everything?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I think you are right. I don’t think that busking on the pier is going to hurt his record sales. If I was Kris I would have put out a hat. I am sure the people on the pier would have pitched money in it for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I agree Moria but I am not sure I think the radio stations need to invite Kris to come or at least agree to him coming as part of a label promotion of his album. I read somewhere that he might be having a hard time with that though because the first time around he overslept and blew off a couple stations so they may be mad at him about it. Not sure does anybody know why Kris isn’t out doing radio promo instead of busking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I had the same impression Moria.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    lol You know it is just a matter of time before he is running around like the naked cowboy in underwear with his guitar. It is only a matter of time. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I think that publicity and fame (being in the media) are part of being successful as an entertainer so I would disagree that it should somehow be subtracted from money an entertainer like Adam has made. I would also disagree that he is known to a minority of fans as compared to other Idols. Recent articles have him up there with Carrie, Kelly, and Daughtry. Other than Jennifer I don’t know of anybody that would have name or face recognition with more people. The AMA controversy alone had his name and face everywhere here in the US. You may not like him but you know who he is.

    I think you are right about waiting to see how much more successful he is going to be after his next album is released but we might want to define our idea of success before the album is released so we will know if he meets our standard for success. 

  • Anonymous

    singing on the beach or pier is the same thing as an artist dropping by a coffeehouse and performing. It’s something a lot of artist have done and it’s no big deal. 

  • Tess

    I think there is a big presumption on the part of the Bubble that all Idols in order to prove they are successful have to do the following things in somewhat the “approved” order.  They need to issue a single which “immediately” becomes top 20 on some format, they need to be ranked in the single digits on I-tunes, they need to be on Idol and their visit results in a doubling of their single sales, they need to be holding steady in the top 50 on I-tunes during the tenure of their album pre-sales, they need to be on the following TV shows: Leno, Letterman, Conon, both Jimmys, Ellen, Today, GMA, E, they need to have a video soar to #1 based on fan voting from day one of its release, they need to be invited to participate in EVERY radio gig known to man and visit every radio station in every po-dunk town in North America (oh, and some in Europe), they need to be constantly highlighted in all music related print media, and never-mind how much on-line presence they need to show. And, oh yes, they need to be at every red-carpet, be presenters at every award’s show, win a grammy on their first album, and sell at least double platinum each and every album. They need to tour at least to arena size audiences and they better be selling out every concert so they won’t be labeled as a failure.

    I fully understand how “the pressure” of the Bubble makes many of us pretty kringey at how slow “real life” works and how all of the above may take sometime to be able to be checked off.  Every Idol is different and to “judge” them by Bubble standards each and every time doesn’t seem quite fair to me.  

    Kris is no longer the “reigning” Idol so he is now just a member of the recording community, and I think I’ll judge him and every Idol based on how easy it is for every artist to be able to check something off the “Bubble” list.  

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    You can sit and play in the sand on the beach. Done it many times. However, I’m not sure what would happen if you started drawing a crowd.

  • Anonymous

    You make a good point in your last paragraph, standards for success vary greatly, and are easily adjusted to fit one’s (prior) personal opinion when the results are in. 

    On that note, I will predict ‘success’ for Adam’s next album and I’m sure I’ll be able to back it up with proof, whatever the sales numbers are.

  • http://twitter.com/erlindita Linda Spivey

    David Archuleta, we miss you and your rambling which we love.  Thank you for thinking about us back here waiting for you.  Your fans are your fans forevermore.  I know that besides another album comming out later in the fall you have other surprises for us.  Love your back lot video of Nandito Ako. And the chickens!!!!  Thats our David, he gets excited over seeing chickens that he puts them in the video.

  • koshka

    Especially, as I said before, if media pick up the story and get him some buzz.

    I could careless one way or the other if Kris did this.. but IF the media picks it up lets just hope its a good headline and not one that TMZ puts together. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Miz, what was wrong with the people on the beach that they didn’t come and listen to you? I’m sure you sounded great!

  • http://twitter.com/EitWat MADEitTO20nowWAT

    I have no idea what bubble standards are but i’m intrigued. 
    Radio promo, concerts, airplay, Tv gigs, press and sales are all very much standard signs of mainstream success in the real world. 

  • Anonymous

    “I have no idea what bubble standards are but i’m intrigued. 
    Radio
    promo, concerts, airplay, Tv gigs, press and sales are all very much
    standard signs of mainstream success in the real world. ”

    Seems to me the point is that, in the bubble (but also outside of it), a lot of us have bought into the idea that you need *all* or at least a lot of the stuff that Tess mentioned, at the very top level, before you can be dubbed a music “success.” ….

    For me, the trouble with that is that there are literally thousands of excellent musicians out there who never get to the top of any of those measures and yet still meet the measure of “success” that I (and I would expect a lot of us) apply to just about every other profession — i.e., they make a living from their craft/skill/art and they get a few rewards of this kind, maybe at the local or state level, rather than the national or international level, from time to time in their careers. …

    We don’t say that the only successful physicists are those who’ve won the Nobel prize, the only successful professors are those with endowed chairs at Harvard, the only successful teachers the national teachers-of-the-year, the only successful writers the Pulitzer winners, the only successful politicians those who get elected heads of state.

    But equivalent standards to those are the ones that we tend to put on the Idol alums (and other people in show biz, to be fair — and I think that’s partly because our judgments of who succeeds in entertainment are warped by a mass-media world as well as by the machinations of the big industries that make money from that mass-media world… but that’s another discussion…) Anyway, those standards are neither fair nor accurate, in my opinion. If Idol alums keep putting out music that a fair number of people think is good and if they keep paying the bills with music gigs, then that seems to me to fit much better with what we consider “success” in the real world.

  • http://twitter.com/EitWat MADEitTO20nowWAT

    Thanks i think i finally know what bubble standards mean. 

    I’ll just stick to comparing apples to apples though. 

  • Anonymous

     “I’ll just stick to comparing apples to apples though.”

    Those are probably the best things to compare. … Not always so easy to know which are the apples, though. I mean, can you actually compare a Granny Smith to a Red [misnamed] Delicious? … Any comparison in the bubble will always be fraught with danger, in other words. heh

  • Anonymous

    Great Colton interview. Enjoyed the mini synopsis of the songs he performed on A.I.
    Montavilla, interesting question you pose…..i’m thinking, who could Colton be referring to?