Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Kris Allen performs with the Berklee City All Star Band for Music Empowers – Washington D.C. – Ferebee-Hope Elementary School, – Performance begins at 5:00pm
David Cook music video for “The Last Goodbye” is booked via Video Static director, Nigel Dick, according to this website. Nigel Dick has done music videos for Nickleback, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow & Sting, Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears and others.
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Nashville Songbird Cherie Oakley Competes on ‘The Voice’
“There were tons and tons of ways everybody could audition. I auditioned on Skype, which I had never done before,” Cherie explains to The Boot. “I had actually gone to the dentist, immediately got home, sat at my computer and sang for them. I was at the cut-off. I had heard about it last-minute, and thought, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this or not.’ I thought about going for ‘American Idol’ before, but every time I prayed about it, God would shut the door and make it impossible for me to try out. So, after four years of that, you kind of go, ‘That’s obviously not the path for me, so I’ll just try to make it on my own, and try to get a record deal in a different way, try to get exposure in a different way.’ So this felt like it fell in my lap really quick.”
Read more at the Boot
Fox affiliate: Is “Glee” turning our kids gay?
It’s not news that “Glee” – one of the most fearlessly gay-friendly series ever to air in primetime – has been a thorn in ultraconservative sides since it debuted two years ago. Last winter, Media Research Center president and enemy of show tunes Brent Bozell called the show “gay teen propaganda.” And in March, has-been comedienne Victoria Jackson ranted that a same-sex kiss on the show was “disgusting.” But with back-to-back episodes tackling head-on tough issues of bullying and coming out, the show has inspired one of its most ludicrously homophobic responses yet – a FOX Houston news segment that asks the question: “Is TV too gay?” Next on FOX: Is TBS too black?
Read more at Salon
Kris Allen High School Gig Puts Spotlight On Music Education
“They don’t seem like high school kids,” Allen said, praising his underage tourmates. “Obviously they’re really great and musically talented and I can tell that they spend a lot of time on it. I did not spend as much time as they did [when I was their age]. They’re rock stars and they know it. They just get up there and just own the stage.”
Read more at MTV
Pass or Fail: Canucks’ Carrie Underwood playoff anthem spoof
“American Idol” country vixen Carrie Underwood — the real one, not just the hilarious cardboard cutout behind the bench — made her Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals debut last night during Game 3 of the Nashville Predators’ series against the Vancouver Canucks. You probably already knew that if you watched the game, given that CBC Sports gave Mrs. Mike Fisher(notes) more face time than Barry Trotz (and that’s a lot of face right there).
Well, at least one member of her family was actual visible for the Predators during Tuesday night’s OT loss to Vancouver …
Read more at Yahoo.com
Jennifer Lopez ‘Overwhelmed’ By Love? Album Release Event
LOS ANGELES — Leave it to Jennifer Lopez to throw the biggest party in Hollywood on Tuesday night. On the same day she dropped her new album Love?, the singer and “American Idol” judge also had one massive record release event at the Hard Rock Cafe at Hollywood and Highland.
“I’m excited for everyone to hear all of the album, but I think in particular some of the songs like ‘What Is Love?,’ ‘One Love,’ ‘Run the World,’ ‘Papi,’ ‘Starting Over,’ especially,” she said. “I mean they all express different moments in love and that’s what this album was about. You know, sometimes it’s difficult, sometimes it’s amazing, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes you just don’t know what to do. And I hope that I captured all of that on this album.”
See the video at MTV
David Cook 93.9 Light FM Interview
David Plays Ms. Pac-Man
‘Idol’s’ new philosophy: It’s not just salability
Adding Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler to the judging panel and Jimmy Iovine as the in-house mentor has done more than increase “American Idol’s” positivity. It’s also led to a noticeable change in philosophy about what an “Idol” champion should look and sound like.
In previous seasons, “Idol” has emphasized the need to find someone who fits in with the modern pop-radio sound. For all of Simon Cowell’s sound bite indicating “this is a singing competition,” the vast majority of the finalists over the first nine seasons sounded an awful lot like what’s already on the radio. Salability was at least as important as raw talent.
Read more at MSNBC
‘Idol’ Meter: Sweating the oldies?
The Idols prepare to deliver a double dose tonight, offering a jolt of currency with a new song and a dose of nostalgia with a ’60s oldie. James is in command, and Scotty — despite a slump — is still riding high. Do the other three have a shot at winning?
Read more at MSNBC
“Idol” finalist Naima Adedapo to visit Milwaukee school
Milwaukee’s Naima Adedapo will visit Milwaukee Montessori School, 345 N. 95th St., on Wednesday afternoon.
Adedapo, who taught and performed at the school, will talk to about 60 music students about how to polish their performance. She’ll also discuss her experiences on “American Idol.”
The event is open only to the students, not the general public.
Read more at Jsonline
Look closely and you’ll find something curious about “American Idol”: Most of the winners of the Fox sing-off have been from America’s South.
But last year’s champion was from Chicago’s Northwest, Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect.
This year, the five singers who remain represent the South (deep-voiced country crooner Scotty McCreery), South (underconfident teen Lauren Alaina), West (extra note-singing Jacob Lusk), West (would-be metal screamer James Durbin), and, once again, the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune
Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz to Lead Bob Marley Week on ‘Fallon’
Ziggy Marley, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz will pay tribute to Bob Marley on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next week. The tribute to Marley, which begins May 9, honors the 30th anniversary of his death.
Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of the reggae legend, will talk about his father in addition to performing. Soundgarden singer Cornell will perform May 10, Hudson is on the 11th, Dylan on the 12th and Kravitz on the 13th. None of the songs being performed have been announced, nor have specifics on how the show’s house band, the Roots, will be involved.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Video-Jordin Sparks To Terra: ‘I Am A Lioness’
We recently caught up with the lovely Jordin Sparks about her latest musical project.
The “American Idol” alumnus just released the single, “The World I Knew,” part of the soundtrack for Disneynature’s new movie, “African Cats,” in theaters now.
A portion of the proceeds from the film’s opening week (April 22nd to the 28th) will be donated to the African Widllife Foundation to ensure the future of animals in the African savanna.
More at Terra.com
Jennifer Lopez: Cutout Dress for BET!
Jennifer Lopez drops by BET’s 106 & Park on Tuesday (May 3) at BET Studios in NYC.
The 41-year-old American Idol judge, wearing a white dress with cutout detail on the side, chatted about her latest album, Love?
See the photos at Just Jared
Steven Tyler rips ‘Celebrity Rehab’
Tyler recounted that he was at the Los Angeles-area hospital, Las Encinas in 2008, at the same time as Steven Adler, the former drummer for Guns ‘N Roses. Adler, who was kicked out of the band in 1990 because his antics were too wild even by the standards of his hedonistic colleagues, was told to fake his drug stupor for the “Celebrity Rehab” cameras, Tyler alleged.
“They wanted him to act out his own messed-up state when he entered rehab. It was ghoulish and unreal. They gave him 30 grand for the episode, he snorted it all, crashed his car, and he ended up in jail detox,” Tyler wrote.
Read more at MSNBC
‘DWTS’ exec on boob comments: ‘You talk about what’s in front of you and there’s quite a lot in front of you’
What’s with all of Len Goodman’s boob comments? Whose idea was it to book Pia Toscano? And is Kirstie Alley cursed or something? EW posed these very important questions to Dancing with the Stars Executive Producer Conrad Green after Tuesday’s show and here’s what he said:
How are you feeling about the season so far?
Conrad Green It’s been an amazing season. It’s our second most-watched ever. To go beyond 220 episodes and get those numbers, that’s pretty amazing. I think the cast is all positive, all likable. They have roughly the same standards. It’s incredibly competitive but at the same time it’s feel good, which is what our show is about.
Read more at Entertainment Weekly
Jim Cantiello’s Musical Glee Cap