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

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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

Haley’s comet

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

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  • Valentin432

    Ratings for the Voice should come higher than last week:

    The Voice, which perked up to an 8.1/12 from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, that built by eight percent from its stellar debut one week earlier (7.5/12 on April 26, which translated into 11.78 million viewers and a 5.1/13 among adults 18-49). Here is the half-hour breakdown:

    The Voice (NBC)
    9:00 p.m.: 7.7/11 (#3)
    9:30 p.m.: 8.4/12 (#3)
    10:00 p.m.: 8.3/13 (#2)
    10:30 p.m.: 8.1/13 (#1)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Ratings for the Voice should come higher than last week:

    And then expect them to drop. Last night’s episode wasn’t as good as the first.

  • J9BT

    MJ – I agree. I’m apparently in demo group & after watching from 9:30 on last night I’m not impressed, and won’t be watching again.

  • pattycake

    mj says:
    05/04/2011 at 10:00 am
    Ratings for the Voice should come higher than last week:

    And then expect them to drop. Last night’s episode wasn’t as good as the first.

    Next week isn’t there a time change to 10:00 EST? That seems late for a family show.

  • Valentin432

    Next week isn’t there a time change to 10:00 EST. That seems late for a family singing contest.

    I think it’s 10PM eastern/9PM central.

  • Trina

    I really hate that despite Ryan making it clear last week the results were in random order the media still has to make it that Scotty was in the bottom. You suck Nigel.

    Kinda meh on that video director for DC.

  • sma11ie

    Podcast of David Cook interview from this morning. Haha, I guess “dating’s tough” is his new default answer to the are you single question. Nice. http://www.litefm.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=val&selected_podcast=David%2520Cook.mp3

    Next week isn’t there a time change to 10:00 EST. That seems late for a family singing contest.

    Which is why some of us were making the point in an earlier thread that The Voice isn’t really going for that all-ages family show audience that Idol has- with the younger, hipper judges/coaches and the inappropriate comments from the dudes on the panel, I do think they’re aiming at a somewhat different demo. I think it’s smart.

    Kinda meh on that video director for DC.

    His name is awesome though. Trina, what’ve you heard? Haven’t looked him up too much yet.

  • Mary102

    I really hate that despite Ryan making it clear last week the results were in random order the media still has to make it that Scotty was in the bottom. You suck Nigel.

    I think that was a psychological ploy though to mobilize fans. If they think he’s really safe and coasting they might be more casual with the voting, but now more may be afraid he really was in danger.

  • jpfan

    I think The Voice has a regular 10 PM timeslot which is very late. I expect some ratings slippage but I think enough people are buying in to keep the show healthy. I’m not sure why they don’t put it on at 8 or 9 though. Is NBC the stupid network?

  • Carlinha

    I saw the name Nigel Dick and thought someone was calling Nigel a dick. wtf.

  • Kirsten

    And then expect them to drop. Last night’s episode wasn’t as good as the first.

    Since it was all edited anyway, they should have altered the balance a little. I know they wanted to start strong, but you also want to follow up strong as well.

    Doesn’t Idol typically put an okay city first and follow it up with one of the better cities for the second audition?

    Is NBC the stupid network?

    Considering how fall it has fallen since it’s Friends/Seinfeld/ER days, the answer would seem to be “Yes”.

    I really hate that despite Ryan making it clear last week the results were in random order the media still has to make it that Scotty was in the bottom.

    And Nigel knew that is exactly what would happen. I wonder what the end game is.

    Kind of reminds me of the first IGB where they gave the impression that Jordan was almost eliminated (and then saved because who wants to send a 17 year old home on a feel-good charity night…). Sometimes, I think Nigel just messes with the knoll.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cathwood cookrocks

    I also thought The Voice wasn’t as good as last week. And none of the singers except the first woman on the first show have really made me feel anything from the heart. Now that the blind auditions are over, it probably won’t be as exciting to watch, but I’ll keep watching. It can’t be any worse than Idol is this year. The celebrities on The Voice will likely offer some worthwhile and constructive advice to the contestants. The Idol judges are useless!

  • Mary102

    Is NBC the stupid network?

    Yes.

    I think NBC is afraid of facing off against Glee and DWTS – but yeah, imo, the show could do just fine at, say 9pm. 8pm of course would be ideal.

  • Mary102

    FYI – random, but last night google sponsored a commercial for the It Gets Better Campaign. It aired during Glee, and Adam’s vid was featured on it <3 It's on youtube now. (sorry can't link from work :-( ) I really hope they air it more – it was a great message that needs to get out more.

  • sma11ie

    Also from this morning’s David Cook interview. I can’t view vids, but apparently he played pac-man? http://www.mix1029.com/pages/valentine.html?article=8525072

  • gangreen29

    I think The Voice has a regular 10 PM timeslot which is very late. I expect some ratings slippage but I think enough people are buying in to keep the show healthy. I’m not sure why they don’t put it on at 8 or 9 though. Is NBC the stupid network?

    I know tv guide can be very unreliable, but they originally had The Voice on at 8. I wonder if tv guide was just wrong, or NBC decided to move time slots? I think the show would draw a comparable audience most from Glee, so I could see not wanting it on at 8, but I think 9 could have worked-I don’t think The Voice and DWTS will overlap that much in audience.

  • BrandoC15

    The Chicago Tribune article on Haley is a great read if anyone else is wondering. It let’s you learn more about her past, since we haven’t learned ANYTHING about her past on the show…

  • koshka

    The judges made that attitude explicit a couple of weeks ago, noting the great thing about this season is that a non-traditional performer could wind up winning. It’s a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter mentality that has seen the last three champions go from David Cook to Kris Allen to Lee DeWyze, successively weaker versions of the same style. And it’s a show of faith in the public that it would support someone a little different even after the competition ends.

    Anyone read the Today MSNBC article? I’m not exactly sure what their point was.. but yeah, you are not going to get an out of the box winner if you stack the deck from the beginning. Duh.

  • cheese

    I didn’t think The Voice was nearly as good as last week, but that was because of the pacing and the talent. I still like the judges/coaches and quite a few singers who were on last week. Idol isn’t that fantastic either, so I guess, for me, the bar is pretty low as far as singing competitions go.

    Haha, I guess “dating’s tough” is his new default answer to the are you single question.

    He doesn’t say he’s single, either. Maybe he’s found a girl who doesn’t want to go public so thus no “dates” and no nasty tweets from BSC fans about her. Probably the way to go. Although if he keeps bringing Monty as his “plus one” everywhere, people will start to talk, lol.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t think moving The Voice to 10 p.m. will affect the ratings much if at all. But the ratings will drop if the show has more episodes like last night’s. It was weak. The talent was mediocre, the judges, while remaining charming and funny, didn’t have as much interesting stuff to say and the second chance auditions were pointless, since how hard is it to remember someone’s voice when you just heard them sing as little as a few hours earlier (I’m assuming they didn’t have these people come back weeks later for their 2nd chances)?

    I’m going to watch for at least the next couple episodes, because I want to see how they handle the actual mentoring and the battle rounds sound interesting. But yeah, a poor follow-up to what was a strong premiere.

  • mmb

    I still like the Voice. I think adam l and Blake are very appealing tv personalities. The talent was ok. It’s always hard to tell how people will develop after an initial audition. And half will be gone in another week anyway. I happen to like televised singing competitions, lol ( except agt). So the voice is a welcome addition. But frankly I enjoy Adam and Blakes banter the most. I don’t care whether or not they find an actual recording star. It’s just entertainment after a long day at work

  • cookmerized

    Can someone please tell me why I felt the need to watch a particular someone play ms. Pacman? Seriously?

    But did you see those arms?!?!?

  • Pam

    He doesn’t say he’s single, either. Maybe he’s found a girl who doesn’t want to go public so thus no “dates” and no nasty tweets from BSC fans about her. Probably the way to go. Although if he keeps bringing Monty as his “plus one” everywhere, people will start to talk.

    Very true. heh

    Love the Ms. Packman vid. ha!

    ETA:

    I really hate that despite Ryan making it clear last week the results were in random order the media still has to make it that Scotty was in the bottom. You suck Nigel.

    Trina-I keep seeing that visual in my head of Scotty and Casey on the stage together and when you think about what Ryan said last week about the order being random, everytime I think about it, it still ticks me off.

  • justshootme

    I really hate that despite Ryan making it clear last week the results were in random order the media still has to make it that Scotty was in the bottom. You suck Nigel.

    I agree. Plus it allows them to continue to say things like this (from MSNBC) regarding Lauren …

    Moreover, she hasn’t yet been in the bottom three, a good sign considering the judges all feel she still hasn’t reached her potential.

    When she very well may have been in the “secret” bottom three.

  • emmuzka

    Season 10 has gone in a different direction. Instead of a bunch of one-size-fits-most singers designed to appeal to the widest swath of the general audience, “Idol” selected a host of genre singers and non-traditional voice

    And it’s a show of faith in the public that it would support someone a little different even after the competition ends.

    What has the writer of that MSNBC article been snorting? Does he really believe the show’s re-writing of history? There is no way they producers wouldn’t have planned to get a winner with a general audience appeal. There is no way a winner like Casey, Paul or James wouldn’t have ended up making a somewhat HAC album.

  • Elliegrll

    Next week isn’t there a time change to 10:00 EST? That seems late for a family show.

    Over the past two weeks, the total viewer ratings have been dipping between 10-11 o’clock, but that makes sense, since a lot of older viewers and kids probably go to bed at that time. I don’t think NBC is going to care as much about total viewers as they do 18-49 year olds, so it may not matter. But, it does seem odd that they are not going to try and lure in more viewers to their total lineup by airing their first hit in years at an earlier time. Maybe this is just a tryout, and they will change the time next year.

    I think NBC is afraid of facing off against Glee and DWTS – but yeah, imo, the show could do just fine at, say 9pm. 8pm of course would be ideal.

    I won’t post the numbers, since MJ just made a thread about it, but the funny thing is The Voice has been killing Glee and DWTS in the key demo. They probably did schedule it so it wouldn’t have to compete against those two shows, but the other two don’t even come close to The Voices demo ratings, and this scheduling might wind up hurting the show.

  • windmills

    NBC’s commercials kept advertising a 10 pm time slot change last night for The Voice and that’s also what Zap2It is saying for next week. I wonder if they’ll change their minds with The Voice’s strength in the 18-49 adult demo. But according to their schedule it’s a 2 hour Biggest Loser next week. They could use The Voice to lead into that at 8 pm or they could keep it the way it is with The Voice at 10 pm.

  • tinawina

    What has the writer of that MSNBC article been snorting? Does he really believe the show’s re-writing of history?

    That whole piece was weird. Since when have Idol casts and/or winners been reflective of current charts? There were a couple of seasons like that, but not all, and especially not early on like say Seasons 2 or 3. And did he forget the winner of Season 5? Hasn’t this contest always had a bunch of niche singers in the mix? And does he really think people like Julie Zorrila, Pia, Jordan Dorsey, Lauren Alaina, etc were cast because TPTB didn’t think they had mainstream appeal? What is he talking about?

  • car3278sweet

    Would Casey Abrams have been that kind of champion had he not been eliminated? Maybe, since based on pure talent and musical versatility there haven’t been many better contestants to take the “Idol” stage.

    I actually laughed out loud at this. Seriously? They must be doing some really good crack over at MSNBC.

    Lauren Alaina would probably be the easiest of any of the remaining finalists to sell. She has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, arguably the two most successful winners ever. Moreover, she hasn’t yet been in the bottom three, a good sign considering the judges all feel she still hasn’t reached her potential.

    I think she did reach the bottom three last week, but TPTB protected her and her fragile ego. And comparing her to Kelly or Carrie is another laugh worthy comment.

    If Lauren wins, the pressure will be on her to hit that mark sooner rather than later.

    And how the heck is this youngster going to handle the real pressure of a music career? I think she’ll fold under it – since she’s barely hanging on swimming in the comfort of the Idol bubble. I remember Kellie Pickler talking about her adjustment at the age of twenty and how she had to grow up quick and learn to be the owner of her ‘business’. Lauren might sing well (though I have yet to hear anything really special), but that is only one skill you need to be successful.

    ‘Idol’s’ new philosophy: It’s not just salability

    This might be Nigel’s philospophy, but I bet it’s not Jimmy’s.

  • Trina

    Season 10 has gone in a different direction. Instead of a bunch of one-size-fits-most singers designed to appeal to the widest swath of the general audience, “Idol” selected a host of genre singers and non-traditional voice

    This writer obviously didnt watch James’ sessions with Iovine last week where he said in so many words he wants to make him another HAC rocker.

    sma11ie I’m honestly not too familar with actual videos this Nigel Dick dude made (except the ones from Britney’s heyday) but the most mainstream stuff hes done the last couple of years is Nickelback, a lot of Nickelback. I dont even recognize any of the names he worked with this year.

  • sma11ie

    Can someone please tell me why I felt the need to watch a particular someone play ms. Pacman? Seriously?

    I have no idea, but I feel like I’m missing out because I can’t watch right now, lol.

    What has the writer of that MSNBC article been snorting?

    Is there one writer covering Idol on MSNBC? I haven’t been paying attention to bylines, but I feel the MSNBC Idol articles have been really random and off base this season.

  • tinawina

    But according to their schedule it’s a 2 hour Biggest Loser next week.

    So maybe the move to 10 pm is temporary?

  • car3278sweet

    What has the writer of that MSNBC article been snorting?

    Honest, emmuska, I hadn’t read your post until after I posted mine! Great minds think alike! LOL

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Can someone please tell me why I felt the need to watch a particular someone play ms. Pacman? Seriously?

    No idea, though maybe I should, as my Ms. Pacman technique always sucked. (However, my parents’ hanging on to an Atari forever means I’m exceedingly well prepared to blast primitively rendered aliens if they start falling from the sky, which in Arizona they could do at any moment.)

  • cookbunny

    In case y’all were looking for another way to help storm victims in Alabama (MJ, I didn’t see it posted elsewhere, if you need it removed let me know):

    @TheGrandMags Download 3 mystery songs for 99 cents to benefit tornado victims in #Alabama: http://www.thepaulmcdonald.com @PMcDonaldAI10

  • pattycake

    And how the heck is this youngster going to handle the real pressure of a music career? I think she’ll fold under it – since she’s barely hanging on swimming in the comfort of the Idol bubble

    This morning on the Valentine show the DJ asked Cook if he was jealous about the nice judges. He said he was, but they will get their negativity when the release their own music.
    Boy, will they!

  • ri

    sooo off-topic: just finished watching the rest of CaseyJ’s acoustic set from over the weekend. WOW. just WOW.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t know what that MSNBC writer is smoking…the UMG folks are still looking for someone who will fit on the radio and sell CDs/singles. Artistry and being unique is a wonderful thing, but the bottom line is that this is still very much a business first, especially when dealing with major labels. Also, Idol has always had contestants that don’t necessarily fit into a mainstream music box, although there have been more of these types of contestants the last few years.

  • Mary102

    And how the heck is this youngster going to handle the real pressure of a music career? I think she’ll fold under it – since she’s barely hanging on swimming in the comfort of the Idol bubble. I remember Kellie Pickler talking about her adjustment at the age of twenty and how she had to grow up quick and learn to be the owner of her ‘business’. Lauren might sing well (though I have yet to hear anything really special), but that is only one skill you need to be successful.

    ITA. This is why I hope Lauren is cut in the next few weeks – I don’t think she is ready to be the winner of AI – she is way too young and fragile. Even other youngsters seemed to handle the show pressure better than her (Allison, heck Scotty’s doing great, etc.)

    But Lauren is nowhere near ready. And if she thinks it’s hard on idol, it really is a MILLION times harder post-AI. Adam has had one of the more amazing post-AI journeys, and he often talks about how stressful, busy, crazy it is, and that’s not even factoring in negativity, hatred, being in the public eye all the time, etc. I can’t imagine that for a 16 yr old who is already so fragile on AI.

  • girlygirl

    Today is the final show of Kris’s mini-tour with the Berklee Music kids. From what I can tell, it has been successful in raising some money and spreading awareness of music education. And the kids seem to really be enjoying it — hopefully they’ve learned something about touring as a professional musician. Kris seems to be having a blast as well — it would be cool if he could do some more of these mini-tours with the kids in other parts of the country.

  • sma11ie

    The Illinois region’s banner carrier is Haley Reinhart of Wheeling, a 20-year-old, husky-voiced Harper College student, the daughter of two longtime local musicians and a veteran performer.

    Heh, that sentence construction makes me think Haley is somehow the daughter of three people: two musicians and a veteran performer. Eats, shoots & leaves, dude.

    Good article, though, otherwise.

  • girlygirl

    It’s hard to say if any of the S10 contestants are really prepared for what comes next. Paul probably is the closest to being prepared, since he’s been touring with his own band for the last couple years. But even he likely hasn’t had to deal with the craziness that is the constant touring, all the promotional stuff they have to do, the overinvested fans, not to mention the negativity that all ex-Idols face from people who still think that competing on a reality show somehow makes you unworthy of having an actual career in the music business (or at least, makes you unworthy of being taken seriously as an artist). Just look at the crazy schedules that people like Cook, Kris and Adam (to name just a few examples) have had since coming off the show — downtime is an extremely rare thing for these guys. Just the idea of being away from home for 9-10 months out of the year and not seeing your family or friends much must be a huge adjustment, even without piling all the other stuff on top of this.

  • sr4mjc

    Lauren is so not prepared for post Idol. I would love the age to go up to 18, too bad they dropped it to 15.

    Too bad Simon passed on Haley S9, I wonder if she would have had a shot. I hope she’s wearing her helmet for the bus that’s coming to run her over this week ;)

  • SpenserJ

    But Lauren is nowhere near ready. And if she thinks it’s hard on idol, it really is a MILLION times harder post-AI. Adam has had one of the more amazing post-AI journeys, and he often talks about how stressful, busy, crazy it is, and that’s not even factoring in negativity, hatred, being in the public eye all the time, etc. I can’t imagine that for a 16 yr old who is already so fragile on AI.

    All true. But, ya’ know what frightens me most for Lauren? Her mother. That woman has “Whackadoodle Stage Mom” written all over her. I may be making a judgement without much evidence, but I feel it in my gut every time I look at that woman. Seriously, over the next 4 years, I think that will be Lauren’s biggest career obstacle.

  • sr4mjc

    All true. But, ya’ know what frightens me most for Lauren? Her mother. That woman has “Whackadoodle Stage Mom” written all over her. I may be making a judgement without much evidence, but I feel it in my gut every time I look at that woman. Seriously, over the next 4 years, I think that will be Lauren’s biggest career obstacle.

    Funny you just said that, because I was thinking the same thing. And from Haley’s article, her family seems to be a little more suited for this. So I’m still scratching my head as to why they are pushing Lauren over Haley. The only thing I can think of is they want Lauren to push Haley out of the way and then have Lauren go out Top 3. Then they have no female messing with their Pia plans. James will have HAC future and Scotty country.

  • tinawina

    Lauren is totally turning into the case for why 15 is too young for AI. What is happening to her is just what people were afraid of when they first announced the change. Scotty seems to be holding up well though. This may be a case of the judges and TPTB being blinded by promise and dollar signs that they ignored possible signs that she wasn’t ready yet maturity wise. Or maybe there’s just no way to tell until they are in the pressure cooker.

    Imagine how phenomenal she’d be at even 17. I really think she’s really really close… she just needed to bake a little bit more.

  • meme4cj_

    ri says:

    sooo off-topic: just finished watching the rest of CaseyJ’s acoustic set from over the weekend. WOW. just WOW

    Yeah! I know what you mean! :D The guitar work is simply genuis! it’s flawless! :)
    You’ll find the lyrics of CaseyJ’s songs at the message Board ( A new feature from TheCaseyJames Blog ) !

  • girlygirl
  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris is just doing his thang. I hope he doesn’t get sick. He & the guys were up late last night (3 am) out and about in DC in the rain.

  • ri

    Yeah! I know what you mean! The guitar work is simply genuis! it’s flawless!
    You’ll find the lyrics of CaseyJ’s songs at the message Board ( A new feature from TheCaseyJames Blog ) !

    genius is indeed the right word for his guitar work.
    already checked out the lyrics on that blog. also genius.

  • windmills

    sr4mjc: So I’m still scratching my head as to why they are pushing Lauren over Haley.

    IMO: because LaurenA can be marketed to country/Disney/pop. It’s easy to imagine what her album will sound like. Expect to see at least one song cowritten by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott there. And, LaurenA can be made over into the girl next door cute and pretty that goes over well in that market. That country/Disney/pop market’s one where a lot of albums can be sold if you catch on there. LaurenA is their best chance at a winner who will sell well out of the gate which IMO is why she’s getting pushed harder not only than Haley but Scotty, James, and Jacob.

    They don’t care that she’s fragile, they probably figure she’ll get stronger and more confident on the tour. They might even prefer her to be moldable. From 19′s point of view they have some experience in the country/pop crossover market (LaurenA probably won’t fight remixing if it comes to that point but IMO it’s more likely her album will be half pop, half country/pop), they have experience working with Disney (19 brought Kelly the song Breakaway, Carrie’s worked with Disney by doing Ever Ever After for the movie Enchanted). Universal has experience promoting a different single to pop and a different single to country because they do the pop and global promotion for Taylor Swift. They know what to do with her.

    Haley? They don’t know what to do with her. She’s less likely to stand out in the pop world for superficial reasons and there’s no template she fits into. Therefore 19 and Universal don’t seem that interested in working with her.

    Scotty’s their popular niche act who’s the perfect f4/f3 or possibly runner up where you know what kind of album he’ll make and they figure he’ll do respectably well in that niche. But he’s not their winner if they can help it because he’s too throwback for their mainstream/current preferences.

    Jimmy’s moving James into the mainstream appeal mold where he’s pop/rock not metal. When the wheels in Jimmy’s head start turning, be afraid, be very afraid.

    I don’t feel like anybody’s pretending Jacob has a chance but if Universal has a gospel label then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jacob signed there. But he too isn’t mainstream enough for them to push him as a possible winner.

  • girlygirl

    Nice to see that Stevie Van Zandt is not only an advocate for music education, but a real fan of Kris’s :)

  • sr4mjc

    Thanks windmills. I agree about Lauren’s market, but she seems ready to crumble. Hope she can handle it. Surely they have to see that, but maybe you are right they don’t care or figure they will deal with it later.

  • spanishfan

    Just listen to this marvellous acoustic version of Paper Heart from David Cook begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting. It is just magic. So smooth.

    http://www.davidcookofficial.com/us/news/david-cook-performs-paper-heart-acoustic

  • koshka

    All true. But, ya’ know what frightens me most for Lauren? Her mother. That woman has “Whackadoodle Stage Mom” written all over her. I may be making a judgement without much evidence, but I feel it in my gut every time I look at that woman. Seriously, over the next 4 years, I think that will be Lauren’s biggest career obstacle.

    My extremely shallow side just goes o_0 about that woman’s hair. What’s with that two tone look? Is that a regional thing?

  • Trina

    windmills are you familiar with Jimmy? I havent really known anything about him until Idol, but he skeered me last week.

    I don’t feel like anybody’s pretending Jacob has a chance but if Universal has a gospel label then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jacob signed there. But he too isn’t mainstream enough for them to push him as a possible winner.

    I was leafing through the Enquirer in my salon yesterday (dont know if it was last week or this weeks issue), and there was an article about how the producers were pushing Lauren and James to lose weight (even possibly bringing in a trainer) so they will look good for the finale. The article mentioned that even though Jacob is more visibly heavier they havent said a word to him lol True or not it cracked me up because I’m trying to envision what they’ll do if he keeps chugging along.

  • Mel1

    But, ya’ know what frightens me most for Lauren? Her mother. That woman has “Whackadoodle Stage Mom” written all over her. I may be making a judgement without much evidence, but I feel it in my gut every time I look at that woman.

    Remember when the behind the scenes writer mentioned how uncontrollably upset Lauren’s parents were when they thought she might be in the bottom three? I think it was Tyler who had to reassure them and calm then down. I believe it was after that that the judges treated Lauren like fine, fragile china.

  • springboard

    They don’t care that she’s fragile, they probably figure she’ll get stronger and more confident on the tour. They might even prefer her to be moldable. From 19?s point of view they have some experience in the country/pop crossover market (LaurenA probably won’t fight remixing if it comes to that point but IMO it’s more likely her album will be half pop, half country/pop), they have experience working with Disney (19 brought Kelly the song Breakaway, Carrie’s worked with Disney by doing Ever Ever After for the movie Enchanted). Universal has experience promoting a different single to pop and a different single to country because they do the pop and global promotion for Taylor Swift. They know what to do with her.

    Yes, but Lauren hasn’t shown that she is at winner standard, so far. For example, what a difference with Jordin in the idoloonies clip!. Unless something happens really quickly and she suddenly blows us away, there is going a backlash if she wins..

  • girlygirl

    RanaNYC

    Kris Allen will be attending NARM Convention Awards Dinner on May 12, where David Cook will be headlining and American Idol will be honored.
    3 minutes ago

    I’m assuming he is just attending, not performing or presenting. But he’ll be doing the red carpet walk, anyway.

  • Mel1

    I mentioned this yesterday. I thought Jordin blew Lauren away. I never gave it a thought… I knew Jordin was really good, but when compared to Lauren, she was already fantastic on the show. Whereas, Lauren has “potential”.

  • SpenserJ

    and there was an article about how the producers were pushing Lauren and James to lose weight (even possibly bringing in a trainer) so they will look good for the finale.

    Well, not like James is obese or anything, but last week I was looking at him in those tight white pants on Thursday thinking “honey, with chunky thighs and a gut, those are not the pants for you”.

    My extremely shallow side just goes o_0 about that woman’s hair. What’s with that two tone look? Is that a regional thing?

    I don’t know of a region where that hair would be acceptable. I just know that a woman about 40 trying desperately to look like her 16 year old daughter, is never a good thing.

  • girlygirl

    Just because Universal might know what to do with Lauren is no guarantee they’ll have success. Lauren isn’t a pop princess along the Miley/Demi/Selena lines. And she isn’t a country-pop singer/songwriter who can write hit song after hit song like Taylor Swift (in my opinion, it’s the songwriting that has really propelled Taylor Swift, more than the singing). In my opinion, she’s really caught in between these two things. Then throw in the fact that’s not near as ready as either Kelly or Carrie were when they won AI, and I think that — although she’s got a lot of potential and is certainly marketable — it might take a few years before Lauren is able to really find herself as an artist and really become successful. I’m not convinced that she is going to be able to do this straight off of Idol. She might be able to do it, but just watching her lack of confidence on the show, it’s hard for me to believe this just yet.

  • tierbee

    I can’t even keep up with everything today so I just read and try not to get too confused but I did have to compliment koshka – love your avatar, heh. :)

  • Mel1

    there was an article about how the producers were pushing Lauren and James to lose weight (even possibly bringing in a trainer.

    Has James gained weight since he has been on AI? He was described as the younger, thinner, better-skin Adam Lambert, so I was wondering.

  • Mtlfan

    koshka, I agree with tierbee for your avatar. It’s so funny :)
    Don’t know if you’ll do it but i’m kind of expecting to see an actual name when the occasion will show up..

    Kris Allen will be attending NARM Convention Awards Dinner on May 12, where David Cook will be headlining and American Idol will be honored.

    this is very cool!

  • windmills

    Trina: windmills are you familiar with Jimmy? I havent really known anything about him until Idol, but he skeered me last week.

    The only thing I really knew about Jimmy Iovine before this season is how hard he’s tried to make Nicole Scherzinger happen. But when he made that comment to James all I could think about was Clive Davis saying to Bo that they’d make a very special album together : Jimmy’s at least a lot more modern than Clive. I don’t know how he is about disagreements with the people he’s signed.

    springboard: Yes, but Lauren hasn’t shown that she is at winner standard, so far. For example, what a difference with Jordin in the idoloonies clip!. Unless something happens really quickly and she suddenly blows us away, there is going a backlash if she wins..

    IA LaurenA doesn’t measure up to Jordin. But as far as backlash, is there a perceived deserving winner yet? James comes the closest in my mind but I don’t know if the general public shares my perception. IMO Scotty’s the best interpreter there but LaurenA’s got a better voice. Haley’s probably got a more versatile voice than LaurenA but I feel like the perception is LaurenA’s got the bigger up side. Jacob has had more messy performances than LaurenA.

    Besides that probably every Idol winner other than Kelly and Fantasia had to deal with backlash about possibly not being the deserving one. I don’t think it’ll be worse for LaurenA.

    I feel like LaurenA’ll be better after the show when she’s working with people on her album and there’s more focus. But if she’s signed to Interscope and a Nashville label like I think she will be plus there’ll be 19 Management involved, that’s an awful lot of cooks in the kitchen and she may still be getting conflicting directions.

    girlygirl: Just because Universal might know what to do with Lauren is no guarantee they’ll have success.

    ITA, I just was theorizing about why 19 and Universal seem like they prefer Lauren.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen will be attending NARM Convention Awards Dinner on May 12, where David Cook will be headlining and American Idol will be honored.

    RanaNYC
    Blake Lewis, Michael Johns and Didi Benami will also be attending.

  • girlygirl

    I have a student membership to NARM but when I tried to register for the convention (including the dinner) the site wanted me to pay $1700 instead of the listed $69 student rate. uh, no…that’s not happening…

  • sr4mjc

    Will.I.Am signed British singer-songwriter Natalia Kills to Interscope Records via will.i.am Music Group. She’s been basically shelved by Interscope as potential competition to Gaga. I have her album, she’s a really catchy pop writer. That would be Jimmy’s decision. Maybe they are using her as a writer for others in the background. But Jimmy.. I’ve seen about enough of him on tv. So completely unlikeable.

    To be honest, I actually prefer her songs right now to Gaga’s two new ones from this era. And I like Fame and Fame Monster.

  • car3278sweet

    sooo off-topic: just finished watching the rest of CaseyJ’s acoustic set from over the weekend. WOW. just WOW.

    ITA. I went back and watched all of them – pretending I was actually lucky enough to be at the concert. ;-)

    That “Show Me a Bridge” is one fine song. The lyrics are fantastic – even while fans are really just guessing at the words. If this isn’t on his album, I will cry. It’s interesting he used the burning bridge motif on “Done Made Up My Mind” too.

    And the guitar work on “Wayfairing Stranger” is amazing. Simply amazing. Well, his guitar work is good on all of them, but that last song is masterful.

    Okay. Done gushing. ;-)

    But, ya’ know what frightens me most for Lauren? Her mother. That woman has “Whackadoodle Stage Mom” written all over her. I may be making a judgement without much evidence, but I feel it in my gut every time I look at that woman.

    Wow! Exactly. And can you imagine if this is true, what the pressure on Lauren is going to be like? She’s not only living her dream, but her mother’s too? Yikes.

    I feel for the kid. I think this is the first time ever in the show’s history where I’m actually rooting for someone to go – not to save a fav or because I think they suck – but because I’m worried about her.

  • standtotheright

    I have a student membership to NARM but when I tried to register for the convention (including the dinner) the site wanted me to pay $1700 instead of the listed $69 student rate

    Looking at the site, it looks like you can register by fax. Don’t let the site wonkiness keep you from going. Some of that programming looks really interesting on its own merits and seems like it would be really helpful in your program. (But I admit that getting a direct report from the dinner wouldn’t hurt my feelings.)

  • Incipit

    Kris Allen will be attending NARM Convention Awards Dinner on May 12, where David Cook will be headlining and American Idol will be honored.

    RanaNYC
    Blake Lewis, Michael Johns and Didi Benami will also be attending.

    tripp_ncwy, that is really nice. The original post about NARM said some idols would be attending, I sorta figured it would be from this season.

    I don’t recall Kris and David having a chance to hang out since Alison’s B’day – last year?

    Friends will get a chance to connect, and we get pretteh PR pictures, along with the performance. (maybe) Cool.

    girlygirl, I was looking to see who had performed at this Annual Dinner before – and got sidetracked by some descriptions of past festivities. They really seem to go all out with this – it’s very ‘fancy’. No wonder there was such a jump in the rate!

  • sma11ie

    I think this is the first time ever in the show’s history where I’m actually rooting for someone to go – not to save a fav or because I think they suck – but because I’m worried about her.

    I remember a lot of people feeling that way about Brooke White as she emotionally unraveled in front of America in S7 =P. I think Lauren seems a bit better than Brooke was at this point? I loved Brooke, btw.

    girlygirl, I really hope you are able to go for the student rate! We’d have an inside reporter!

  • Hazehel

    Haley? They don’t know what to do with her.

    What can you possibly do with a yodelling, growling and scatting singer? Nothing. Haley has as much potential to be a successful recording artist as Casey, which is practically nil.

    Lauren do have lots of potential, she is just too young to know what to do with her voice, and I don’t think Idol is guiding her well. Feel almost like she needs at the moment some kind of svengali figure, or the Phantom to Christine, who can shape her into the star that she can be.

  • SpenserJ

    Has James gained weight since he has been on AI? He was described as the younger, thinner, better-skin Adam Lambert, so I was wondering.

    I’d say he’s definitely gained weight. But, the guy’s been broke a long time, so he’s probably just over-indulging in the free food. I can’t really blame him for that :). And, I don’t think Adam & James look remotely similar, so I’m not a good judge on any of that other stuff.

    Wow! Exactly. And can you imagine if this is true, what the pressure on Lauren is going to be like? She’s not only living her dream, but her mother’s too? Yikes.

    I feel about Lauren the way I do about the little kids on those hideous kiddie beauty pageant shows – I want to kidnap them and give them a normal life. And, make them play sports outside, in the dirt. And, not let them wear make-up until they leave for college. And, well, I could go on and on. There really is very little in this world I hate more than a stage-parent.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    i love adam lambert and i cant wait for the album…i have NO IDEA how that has to do with the headlines at all, but still haha

  • Pam

    I made sure this wasn’t posted before I did it. This is quite cool actually.

    From DCO:

    Looking for a great and unique present for Mother’s Day? Click here to send a personalized greeting card from David to that special someone! Each greeting card will be delivered on Mother’s Day and will include your message along with a video from David. It doesn’t get much better than this!

    Send your David Cook greeting card today.

    Here is the link to get started.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Just because Universal might know what to do with Lauren is no guarantee they’ll have success. Lauren isn’t a pop princess along the Miley/Demi/Selena lines. And she isn’t a country-pop singer/songwriter who can write hit song after hit song like Taylor Swift (in my opinion, it’s the songwriting that has really propelled Taylor Swift, more than the singing). In my opinion, she’s really caught in between these two things. Then throw in the fact that’s not near as ready as either Kelly or Carrie were when they won AI, and I think that — although she’s got a lot of potential and is certainly marketable — it might take a few years before Lauren is able to really find herself as an artist and really become successful. I’m not convinced that she is going to be able to do this straight off of Idol. She might be able to do it, but just watching her lack of confidence on the show, it’s hard for me to believe this just yet.

    Who said anything about Lauren’s songwriting abilities? She is a teenage country/pop singer, we don’t know if she has any songwriting aspirations. To be honest, I don’t care. It’s not like the last three winners set the world on fire with their songwriting. I also wouldn’t mind if Lauren followed Carrie Underwood’s steps as far as songwriting goes. I think Carrie has only one writing credit on her debut album and more on albums 2 and 3.

    I agree, success for Lauren is not guaranteed. But, it’s the same for the other 4 and for every Idol contestant in the past.

  • girlygirl

    Mateja

    I was responding to the idea that some people are trying to compare Lauren to Taylor Swift. But if you do that, you can’t ignore songwriting, because it’s the songwriting that has led to much of Taylor’s success. That’s all

  • Trina

    I doubt UMG cares much about songwriting skills. They probably prefer the ones who don’t want to take their time writing their own stuff. For every Taylor Swift there are the ones who got huge hits just by having songs handed to them.

  • girlygirl

    Yahoo blog that talks about the buzz for the S10 Top 5 in comparison to the Top 5 from S9 and S8, as well as shows which of the Top 5 S10 contestants are most “buzzed” about the last 7 days

    http://buzzlog.yahoo.com/buzzlog/94414/idol-talk-give-me-five

  • fadetowhite

    Pam, I was deliberately avoiding/trying to ignore the DC mother’s day thing, because I find it kind of bemusing as a marketing thing.

    I mean, I don’t know whether the mother’s day market in the US is the same as in the UK, but I have seen the kinds of artists who get pushed as mother’s day presents in the UK and that kind of marketing focus is hardly conducive to broadening an audience.

    So I’m hoping that my cultural wires are crossed…

    Because I’d been feeling relatively positive about RCA/19 recently.

  • sma11ie

    Pam, I was deliberately avoiding/trying to ignore the DC mother’s day thing, because I find it kind of bemusing as a marketing thing.

    Erm, how sad is it that I really want this e-card, and am considering sending it to myself even though I’m not a mom… and my mom doesn’t speak English/barely uses email…?

    I was responding to the idea that some people are trying to compare Lauren to Taylor Swift.

    Yeah, read her whole post ;). It has nothing to do with the last three winners. She also brought up that Lauren’s not as good as Kelly or Carrie when they won. I’m actually a Lauren fan, but I think girlygirl made good points.

  • fadetowhite

    Erm, how sad is it that I really want this e-card, and am considering sending it to myself even though I’m not a mom… and my mom doesn’t speak English/barely uses email…?

    :lol

    I’m not a mum either…

    Just have it as an unbirthday card or something.

    The connotations of how they view the main audience are somewhat off-putting, that’s all.

    I want to see them targetting a bit more widely, than that.

    On the other hand, I’ve just watched the second half of the Lyndsey Parker interview – which is amazingly good! – and how great does Circadian sound? Can’t wait to hear that one and the ‘orchestral’ arrangements on Take Me As I Am (can almost hear that one now).

  • mozart4898

    Yahoo blog that talks about the buzz for the S10 Top 5 in comparison to the Top 5 from S9 and S8, as well as shows which of the Top 5 S10 contestants are most “buzzed” about the last 7 days
    http://buzzlog.yahoo.com/buzzlog/94414/idol-talk-give-me-five

    VERY interesting to me that according to that article, at this point in S8 and S9 the eventual winner was the 2nd most searched…and the person in the lead at this point ended up as the runner up. James is the most searched right now, and Scotty is the 2nd most. Totally logical…and might be a very good indication of what’s going to happen, especially considering that one could say that in S8 and S9 the person that was the most searched at this point was the more “controversial” one while the 2nd most was the “safe” one. The same could certainly be said for this year.

  • girlygirl

    sr4mjc

    I just saw an article on Natalia Kills on the ONTD site today (also I saw that Adam tweeted something about her) so it looks like her album is coming out in the US soon

    ETA

    I called NARM to see about why I couldn’t go for the student rate — turns out it wouldn’t matter, as the dinner where David Cook will be performing is sold out. Oh well !

  • standtotheright

    I mean, I don’t know whether the mother’s day market in the US is the same as in the UK, but I have seen the kinds of artists who get pushed as mother’s day presents in the UK and that kind of marketing focus is hardly conducive to broadening an audience.

    My entirely unscientific polling method was to look at this week’s Best Buy circular to see which artists it was featuring:

    Sade and Stevie Nicks, but also J Lo, Sixx AM, Beastie Boys and Fleet Foxes.

    Target was much the same but also offered Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift.

    Regardless of one’s opinion of their merit, these are generally not heritage or AC acts, IMO.

  • girlygirl

    sma11ie

    hey, thanks! As I said, I think Lauren’s got a lot of potential and is definitely marketable. I’m just not sure she’s ready for all this quite yet, which is one reason why I said it might take a few years for her to really find her way and have big commercial success. But it’s just my opinion, and god knows I’ve been wrong about this stuff a lot of times before. :D

  • sma11ie

    I called NARM to see about why I couldn’t go for the student rate — turns out it wouldn’t matter, as the dinner where David Cook will be performing is sold out. Oh well !

    Boooo…

    Just have it as an unbirthday card or something.

    Stop enabling me!

    On the other hand, I’ve just watched the second half of the Lyndsey Parker interview – which is amazingly good! – and how great does Circadian sound?

    We hear more of Circadian?! Can’t wait!

  • tinawina

    Sade and Stevie Nicks, but also J Lo, Sixx AM, Beastie Boys and Fleet Foxes.

    Target was much the same but also offered Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift.

    Regardless of one’s opinion of their merit, these are generally not heritage or AC acts, IMO.

    No, but they are mostly people likely to appeal to women over the age of, say, 25. Even the pop folks involved have been on the scene for years. Since DC’s strength is HAC radio, this promo makes sense for him. Adult women are the demo for that format.

  • Pam

    Here is the Lyndsey Parker interview with Dave part 2:
    LINK

  • standtotheright

    I doubt UMG cares much about songwriting skills. They probably prefer the ones who don’t want to take their time writing their own stuff.

    I think this is very likely true. And honestly, it’s just as well, as I haven’t heard anything at this stage about the top 5′s prior songwriting. Wouldn’t that stuff have leaked by now if it were out there? McDonald’s clearly did.

    We hear more of Circadian?! Can’t wait!

    No, he just describes it. But very fondly.

  • standtotheright

    No, but they are mostly people likely to appeal to women over the age of, say, 25.

    I don’t disagree (although I do LOL at the idea of a bunch of moms getting Sixx AM for MD; that would be kinda awesome).

    But I think FTW’s implication was that MD promotions in the UK were about appealing to women over the age of 45, and I don’t think that’s true here.

  • fadetowhite

    My entirely unscientific polling method was to look at this week’s Best Buy circular to see which artists it was featuring:

    Sade and Stevie Nicks, but also J Lo, Sixx AM, Beastie Boys and Fleet Foxes.

    Target was much the same but also offered Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift.

    Regardless of one’s opinion of their merit, these are generally not heritage or AC acts, IMO.

    That’s reassuring then – it’s definitely not that kind of mix in the UK, far more Susan Boyle, Michael Ball (if you even know who that is) and Westlife…

    So hopefully, you can understand my slightly perturbed reaction.

  • fadetowhite

    We hear more of Circadian?! Can’t wait!

    Oops – sorry…

    We don’t ‘hear’ it…He just talks alot more about it…

  • Incipit

    We hear more of Circadian?! Can’t wait!

    Aww, No, Sma11ie – we hear more ‘about’ it, really good stuff – as of now, that track is David’s “favorite child” -” biggest undertaking on this record by a landslide.”

    David’s piano aspirations, he’s lobbying to play on piano driven “Goodbye to the Girl” – but he needs to get more comfortable playing.

    And I know you wanna hear this “My name will be on every song on this record, and that was really, really important to me.”

    Orchestral arrangements from Slovakia and Germany – nice crumbs.

    I was waiting for the evening headline thread so I wouldn’t be saying it all over again – but I can’t stay.

  • sma11ie

    We don’t ‘hear’ it…He just talks alot more about it…

    Oh okie.

    Thanks for the details, guys! Can’t wait to watch!

  • pattycake

    That was an excellent interview with Cookie and Parker. I was concerned with all the previous chat about their prior meetings. But was he sitting on plastic? Am I the only one that was distracted by that constant cracking noice when he moved? It sounded like he was sitting on my Grandma’s chair.

  • muzikghetto

    Is it possible to wish for a Lauren-Haley finale? I was looking into polls earlier and saw in one that the two girls are ahead of the boys. That must be an interesting finale. It would be like Fantasia-Diana back in Season 3. There’s a big possibility as long as the two girls are not elminated this week, my 2 fingers crossed.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Okay, I have to work late and will miss Idol. Had a late lunch at a place with a TV that was showing CNN. Couldn’t hear, but the ticker at the bottom said,

    “Stephen Tyler wants Johnny Depp to play him in movie.”

    LMAO.

    Oh, Stephen. I want Drew Barrymore to play me. LOL.

    Anyway, YES to muzikghetto. I would have no problem with an all girl finale. I think James has done a better job than Lauren and he’s my overall pick in the pool, but I’m not invested in him.

    Haley is my girl. ;-)

  • CindyM

    A show for Adam in Quebec!

    Posted on ALF:

    Adam Performing July 29 in Quebec!
    Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:05 PM by jennie(ctrl)

    Adam will be performing on July 29th at the St. Agathe en Feux Festival in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC . Remember to check for the official announcement and ticket release on 5/9. (subject to change) 

  • aa618892

    sr4mjc says:
    05/04/2011 at 3:39 pm

    Will.I.Am signed British singer-songwriter Natalia Kills to Interscope Records via will.i.am Music Group. She’s been basically shelved by Interscope as potential competition to Gaga. I have her album, she’s a really catchy pop writer. That would be Jimmy’s decision. Maybe they are using her as a writer for others in the background. But Jimmy.. I’ve seen about enough of him on tv. So completely unlikeable.

    To be honest, I actually prefer her songs right now to Gaga’s two new ones from this era. And I like Fame and Fame Monster.

    Adam tweeted about Natalia and she responded that she would like to write with him. This made me realize that Adam is collaborating with several women this time around, BC Jean, Nikka Costa, Sia Fuller. Last album he didn’t really work with any female writers/producers except Linda Perry and he didn’t co-write with her. WWFM was already written by Pink and Max Martin. This is interesting, I really think he is headed in a very different direction this time but I don’t know how all the female collaborations fit. Wow, I can’t wait.

  • girlygirl

    a rather meh review of Matthew Morrison’s album from Entertainment Weekly — but they do single out the Kris co-write as one to download (describing it as a Coldplayish power ballad)

    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20486955,00.html

  • girlygirl

    Adam is back in the studio today…

    adamlambert
    Headed back to @PulseRecording w @BonnieMcKeee @OLIGEE1 and @Josh_Abraham to make some more amazing music!! #onaroll
    37 minutes ago

  • muzikghetto

    American Idol Betting Odds

    BETONIT
    James Durbin 1.25
    Scotty McCreery 1.75
    Lauren Alaina 4.00
    Haley Reinhart 7.50
    Jacob Lusk 30.00

    Bodog
    James Durbin 1.25
    Scotty McCreery 1.75
    Lauren Alaina 4.00
    Haley Reinhart 7.50
    Jacob Lusk 30.00

    BetUS
    Scotty McCreery 1.00
    James Durbin 1.50
    Lauren Alaina 3.00
    Haley Reinhart 14.00
    Jacob Lusk 20.00

    Pinnacle
    Scotty McCreery 1.50
    James Durbin 1.70
    Lauren Alaina 3.80
    Jacob Lusk 15.00
    Haley Reinhart 19.07

    It is very interesting that Scotty and James are neck-to-neck in betting odds.

    Do the public look at these results before pushing their buttons to vote?

  • sr4mjc

    Michael Ball (if you even know who that is)

    I know who he is :) Do I win something? \o/

    Love hearing studio tweets.

  • Trina

    Do the public look at these results before pushing their buttons to vote?

    Pia was in first place the week she got booted so….

    Randy is still pimpin’ James as the winner in interviews today. Hey Randy? Please kindly STFU. If he gets booted this week I’m blaming this ass for jinxing him ugh.

  • muzikghetto

    I dig the Brits and Michael Ball is a great British Balladeer. My Mom has at least two CDs of his in her collection.

  • car3278sweet

    I remember a lot of people feeling that way about Brooke White as she emotionally unraveled in front of America in S7 =P. I think Lauren seems a bit better than Brooke was at this point? I loved Brooke, btw.

    But Brooke was 25 when she was on the show and she didn’t have a scary mom behind her (at least that we knew about). So if she was emotionally shaky – and yeah, I agree, she had her moments – she wasn’t a KID. I figure at 25, it’s her choice on whether to try out for the show and keep going. She’s an adult. This feels like a whole different situation. IMHO of course.

    It’s going to be a Scotty/James final. Scotty will go on to Nashville like a conquering Caesar (um. yeah), James will be the next in the long line of WGWG trying for HAC fame (oh. my). Lauren and her mother will trot off to Disneyland/Nashville (sigh).

    And Pia and Jimmy will be putting out some singles and records. Fast.

  • Willis

    I would love for Adam to put out a song with Natalia Kills. Her ‘Mirrors’ track is addicting :)