Kris Allen performs live at the Apple store in New York City this week. – Kris’ new album Thank You Camellia will be out next week and to kick things off, Kris will be performing LIVE at the Apple Store in New York City! It all goes down on Monday May 21st at the 14th Street Apple Store at 7:00 PM EST. The show is totally free but space is limited – so show up early! Wristbands are required for entry and are available at 9:00 a.m. on Monday May 21st. – Kris Allen Official

Lauren Alaina has words of advice for Idol finalist Phillip Phillips – ATLANTA – In just two days a new American Idol champ will be crowned. Many are hoping to hear Ryan Seacrest call Phillip Phillips name when the Idol title winner is announced. We came close last year. Good Day’s Karen Graham caught up with season 10 runner-up and Rossville native Lauren Alaina who had wise words of advice for Phillips. – See the Video at My FOX Atlanta

American Idol Star to Address Teen Summit at Manatee High Wednesday – BRADENTON – More than 300 middle school students and parents and one nationally acclaimed singer and actress are expected take part in the 2012 Manatee Teen Summit next Wednesday, May 23, 2012, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Manatee High School. – Read more at The Braedenton Times

Adam Lambert: ‘I Want To Sing It Big’ – “I think, for the majority of my twenties, I was always so concerned with what I didn’t have, or what I still wanted,” Lambert tells NPR’s Guy Raz. “It was always about a chase and going after something. This year I’ve focused more on being thankful for what I already have — being content with what I’ve already accomplished, or who is already in my life, not what I’ve yet to find or get.” – Listen at NPR

‘American Idol’ Finalists: From Sanjaya to Taylor Hicks, Where Are They Now? [PHOTOS] – Sanjaya Malakar tends bar in the East Village. Camile Velasco worked at a Subway in Los Angeles. A.J. Gil became homeless. And Jessica Sierra checked into rehab for cocaine addiction. – Read more at The Daily Beast

Andrea McArdle, Constantine Maroulis, et al. Set for LOST IN LOVE Reading at the Triad, 6/5 – LOST IN LOVE- a new musical based on the hit songs of Air Supply, which held an industry-only reading in April, will play again at the Triad Theatre on June 5. Returning to the production, will be Andrea McArdle, Constantine Maroulis and Justin Matthew Sargent. McArdle will read the role of “Mrs. Rutledge,” an aristocratic woman of a certain age who seems to know everything about everyone. Maroulis plays a young prince, Eduardo, whose intentions come into question as he pines for “Katherine” played by Kristin Piacentile (“When Midnight Strikes,” Off B’way, “Chautauqua!” at The Public) while wooing her best friend “Margo” played by Lynn Craig (“Cats” national tour, “The Legend of Julie Taymor” – Fringe). – Read more at Broadway World

Donald Driver hopes hard work pays off on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – Donald Driver is just three dances away from winning the mirrorball trophy. But the native Houstonian’s goal wasn’t as lofty when he was cast on Season 14 of “Dancing With the Stars.” “I didn’t want to get voted off first,” he said. “That’s like the worst. It’s very embarrassing.” He made a promise to Peta Murgatroyd, though. “My partner Peta got voted off last year. I told her, ‘I can promise you this – I won’t get voted off first, and if we go past Week 3, then we’re going to win the whole thing.’?” – Read more at Chron.com

Keck’s Exclusives: Glee Stars’ Summer Plans – For a while it seemed as though Glee would suffer a mass cast exodus as graduating seniors Rachel, Finn and Kurt headed off to pursue theater-arts studies in the Big Apple. But now Fox has announced that the series will juggle both NYC and Ohio-set story lines, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson signing on as New York-based mentors. (I’m hearing the New York sets will be built in Hollywood so the cast will continue working together.) With nearly everyone expected back and no summer concert tour planned during their hiatus, for the first time in years the Glee cast has a couple of free months before heading back to work. Here’s how they plan to spend the summer.- Read more at TV Guide

Exclusive: Smash Shakes Up Cast, Adding Three New Regulars for Season 2 – The ensemble for Bombshell, Smash‘s musical-within-a-show, is set to swell based on these casting calls for not one or two but three new series regulars being added for Season 2. For starters, NBC’s musical drama is looking to cast the role of Courtney, an African-American chorus member in her mid- to late-20s who packs a powerhouse voice. She is described as “incredibly attractive and confident, but also open-minded and non-judgmental.” – Read more at TV Line

 
  • mmb

    They’re adding more characters to Smash?  I hope that means they will eliminate some of the ones that aren’t working (or at least reduce their roles or eliminate the story)..show has so much potential, but there are soooo many problems.  I read that they filmed the entire first season before the pilot even aired, so that they were unable to make any changes once they saw how the audience responded.  It will be interesting to see if they can fix the show next season.  I hope they can. 

  • Anonymous

    So Adam and Kris are both in NYC today doing promo?

    Kris did early morning interviews/performances at WWFS and WPLJ. Hoping audio/video will be posted later.

    ETA — His album is also streaming on AOL Music now :)

  • mmb

    yes I guess they are both in rainy, dark and dreary NYC today.  Not the best day to have to shlep through NYC traffic making promo rounds. Adam was on Larry Flick’s show this am, then has a Rolling Stone/US lunch today..no idea what else he is doing today, if anything.  I’m guessing as he will be on the east coast all week he will probably be showing up in some more places on Wed and Thurs.  He is doing PLJ’s summer kickoff show early on Friday am before heading to PA for an evening radio concert.

  • jersey

    I heard the Kris interview on PLJ. He played acoustic VOL. He also played a little of She Works Hard for the Money, which Scott Shannon requested, having remembered Kris performed it on idol. Kris also performed LLWD. They talked a lot about his new album. They also talked about Adam’s new album because he is playing the PLJ summer kickoff on Friday. Kris played that same concert two years ago, which is why they brought it up. They even asked Kris if he wanted to come play it again this year. Kris said sure, he’s up for it! LOL, I’m pretty sure it was an off the cuff comment though. Mi don’t really expect anything to materialize out of it.

  • Anonymous

    Two new shows for Adam:

    Charity concert at Royal Albert Hall 6/7

    “@RoyalAlbertHall: New names added to the @RaysofSunshine concert line-up, @adamlambert & @leonalewismusic. Tickets available at: http://t.co/tNYwSzEu

    “@RoyalAlbertHall: Tickets for @RaysofSunshine concert with newly-announced @adamlambert are selling fast. Only Circle tickets remaining: http://t.co/tNYwSzEu
    I
    Radio concert for NY’s WPLJ 6/25

    “@ScottandTodd: We just announced that @adamlambert will be joining @train at our #summerblastoff, Friday morning at @JenksBoardwalk”

  • Anonymous

    well Kris has to be in Arkansas Friday for radio appearances/cd signings so he couldn’t do it anyway. But yeah, I’m sure it was just a throwaway comment.

    I hope Kris does get some more of these summer concerts lined up, though :)

  • Anonymous

    The Daily Beast gallery is incredible.  There are a lot of sad stories, but it’s interesting to see how someone like Vonzell has used AI to still do what she loves.

    I’m not even half way done with it, but I think the lesson is that people have to think beyond the show, and come up with a plan about how they are going to use the show as a launching pad. It’s probably also a good idea to think of the show in terms of just showing people who you are as an artist. Winning shouldn’t be the goal. I wonder if it’s harder for people who don’t have a good idea of who they are musically.

  • Anonymous

    That was a great show.  I remember that they aired in online and on the radio.  I can’t remember who the main act was supposed to be, but I remember they had some scheduling conflict, so Kris agreed to go first, and then come back and perform after they were finished.

  • Anonymous

    The NPR interview was evidence again of Lambert’s intelligence and ease of expression.  Also the clarity of his speaking voice testifies to his years of theater training.  A pleasure to listen to.

  • Anonymous

    Bench posted a few new pictures from their endorsement photoshoot with David A: http://www.bench.com.ph/bench/campaign-photos.php

    Its a javascript gallery that won’t allow direct linking to the pictures but they’re already up elsewhere as well. My favorite is http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5119/7242575576_4066c71571_c.jpg
    Hello, Archie’s starting to look closer to his age! Maybe by the time he’s 30, people will finally believe he’s 21. Maybe.

  • Axxxel

    So many Glee albums coming up: Matt, Amber, Naya, Mark and Chord…
    I thought Chris Colfer was working on a “crazy” movie as well ?

  • Anonymous

    I would keep a lookout on iTunes for Kris’s appearance today. I recently discovered that Apple posts their Apple store podcasts/performances on iTunes for free.

  • Axxxel

    Royal Albert Hall ? When will be a charity concert with Adam at the Opera de Paris ? Wishful thinking…

  • Anonymous

    oh cool — thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a sucker for “where are they now?” articles, and the Daily Beast dug up 77 of them. Excellent! 

  • Anonymous

    Constantine is going to be interviewing Kris for Fuse TV. They tweted asking for questions, so if you have any, send them to @ constantinem 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGWO435FL6UN2ICRVTFLWRJZSA Lexie

    Reviews from the Brad Paisley/TBP/McCreery concerts this weekend:

     http://indyconcerts.com/concert-information/concert-reviews/concert-review-brad-paisley-with-the-band-perry-scotty-mccreery/

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120521/ENT03/305210029/Review-Paisley-still-hit-Riverbend-crowd

    http://www.examiner.com/review/brad-paisley-pulls-out-all-the-stops-2nd-leg-start-of-tour-st-louis

    Two of the three comments concerning Scotty are along the lines of a long career, star in the making…the middle review was neutral.  My favorite line (and now I can’t find the link) was…he won’t be an opening act for long:))

  • Anonymous

    I thought it was pretty funny that Adam talked about how much the media keeps asking him about his sexuality — in response to the interviewer asking him about his sexuality.  Take that, NPR!  :)

    Seriously, I’m jazzed that NPR did an interview with him.  I wish Terry Gross would interview him for Fresh Air.  She does really great long in-depth interviews.  

    And I’d love to hear him play “Not My Job” on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me sometime.  

  • Anonymous

    Great new pictures of David A.  Sure do miss him.  I see that his fans are still WWTT David related things every few days.  After watching some of the performances on Billboard Awards last night, I miss him more.  The Idols really showed everybody how to sing live, didn’t they?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing posted for Adam’s  KTUphoria concert yesterday? Pretty big crowd and it was an excellent and fun show, plenty of videos.

  • Anonymous

    OMG… Royal Albert Hall is a very perfect place for Adam’s voice.. it’s very lucky for fans who can go and be there to hear his voice in this building. I really love this 2nd era promo for Adam not only in the US but also for other countries around the world.

  • Anonymous

    Re Adam’s WPLJ radio gig. That is a good gig to have. WPLJ is NYC’s #1 HAC station and therefore probably the #1 HAC station in the US. THey never played BTIKM; hopefully they will get on board with NCOE. 

  • Axxxel

    No words about the one time Glee charity concert.
    My requests:
    - How will I know (Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer)
    - Shake it out (Female part of Glee club)
    - Man in the Mirror (Male part of Glee club )
    - Bridge over troubled water ( Amber Riley)
    - Misery/This love (Darren Criss)
    - Lucky (Chord Overstreet/Dianna Agron)
    - Because you love me (Jenna Ushkowiz/Harry Schum jr dancing)
    - Valerie (Naya Rivera/Heather Morris dancing)
    - For good (Lea Michele/Chris Colfer)
    - Somebody to love (whole cast)

  • Anonymous

    According to that Daily Beast article, Lil is getting divorced :(

  • justmefornow

    After a crazy coast to coast weekend, Santa Cruz beach concert Saturday, Rock on the Range, Ohio, Sunday, James and the guys are back in Clifton Park NY tonight with Buckcherry.

    Here’s another pic from Yesterday’s Rock on the Range.
    Congrats guys, you slayed them!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Whodey78/status/204616879124381697/photo/1

  • Anonymous

    Kris is going to be on CMT Radio tonight as well…

    cmtCody

    American Idol champ @KrisAllen joins Cody tonight on the eve of the @AmericanIdol finale! Listen live at http://cmtcody.com. #fb 

  • mmb

    I was at the KTU show..It was really fun. Adam looked and sounded great.  The crowd was really into it…sang along with WWFM and really loved NCOE and Cuckoo (everything got a good response but no doubt those along with WWFM were the crowd favorites..).  I also thought Karmin was charming..unfort started raining right after Adam’s set

  • http://twitter.com/weeeeezle weezle

    THat is sad…:(

  • Anonymous

    Yes – that was amusing when Adam did that nice little rejoinder.  Wonder if the guy caught it.  (Read that article here a few days ago about NPR’s having more influence in the music world than people think – didn’t know that.)

  • Chrissie H


    Reviews from the Brad Paisley/TBP/McCreery concerts this weekend: My favorite line (and now I can’t find the link) was…he won’t be an opening act for long:))”————————————–

    Thanks for posting. It´s really uplifting to see him / them do great and to get so much appreciation from so many love -and like- tweets and positive reviews. Loved that last line about “opening act” too and here´s the link :)http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/reviews/paisley-s-show-feels-familiar-but-that-s-not-necessarily/article_529c9a16-a1

  • Anonymous

    Things I took away from the daily beast article:
    Ryan Murphy is an idiot for not giving the part on Glee to Jordin, she would have been perfect

    I’m glad Vonzell is still making a living singing, I love her

    I thought it was interesting to see some of the idols from older seasons talking about how much money they lost putting together independent albums and record labels, and then see so many of the newer idols mention that is what they were doing.

    Kristy Lee Cook came off surprisingly bitter. Simon preferred Carly over you because she was better. She thought she did great on faithfully. How delusional.

  • windmills

    Via Country Music Is Love, Kellie & Lauren are confirmed to play acoustic sets at the nightly concert at LP Field on Thursday June 7 while The Voice’s Gwen Sebastian will play an acoustic set at the nightly concert on Friday June 8. If CaseyJ’s experience with this last year is any indication, that should mean 2 acoustic songs in between full band sets from other acts. 

    And, Kelly’s been tweeting props to her fellow Idols :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/kelly_clarkson/status/204624482684510209

    Great job @JordinSparks and @johnlegend on the Whitney Houston tribute last night. That was beautiful and tasteful.

    https://twitter.com/#!/kelly_clarkson/status/204625616174194690

    Also @carrieunderwood, I dig the new song you performed on the Billboard Awards last night. Everybody check it out, it’s called “Blown Away”

    Pink also tweeted

    sing that song woman. ms underwood sounds lovely…

  • Anonymous

    Check out David Cook being interviewed by @wired965philly:disqus from today. ;) https://twitter.com/#!/wired965philly/status/204623235973779457/photo/1 

    https://twitter.com/#!/wired965philly/status/204623410561695747/photo/1

    Taylor Hicks is listed on that timeline, as well as Hollie, Erika, & Skylar L.

    ETA: http://instagr.am/p/K5ayhbkSec/

  • http://www.facebook.com/roque.mocan Roque Antonio Mocán Quan

    Great to have news about many of the idols (77 of them)…
    but my girl Allison Iraheta wasn’t featured…
    We’ll continue waiting for her second (to be awesomerer) album!!!

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks is on a press junket for the Idol finale at the Kodak Theater and here he is with a few finalists:

    Skylar
    http://p.twimg.com/Atb9ebPCAAEUqR2.jpg

    Hollie
    http://p.twimg.com/AtbzMrrCEAIrhs1.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I was going to comment on Kristy Lee Cook as well.  I’m still going through that Daily Beast article, and some of it is depressing of course, but who knew KLC was that bitter?  You should not still be smarting all these years later about a Simon Cowell soundbite.  Also her comment about how she would do The Voice over Idol because those folks are all talented.  Really KLC?  You were on S7.  Who in that group wasn’t talented and frankly more entertaining than you most of the time? 

    Also of note–Stefano not being happy with his Idol performance this season and blaming the sound guy for messing up the sound.  Of course nothing is ever your fault Stefano.  Keep reaching for the stars.  Oh, and Paul complaining about having to sing Maggie May night after night on tour.

  • Anonymous

    For those who didn’t read the Daily Beast piece, Pia answers why she doesn’t move on stage.   She suffers from stage fright, and can only sing when she is standing still.  That’s a shame, but it also shows that she’s made the mistake of reading message boards.  

    I thought it was interesting to see some of the idols from older seasons talking about how much money they lost putting together independent albums and record labels, and then see so many of the newer idols mention that is what they were doing.

    The thing that I gathered from that is that the despite the show making more money now, the people from the earlier seasons seemed to have been paid more than those from the more recent seasons.  Mainly I’m talking about the people who didn’t finish in the top half of the competition, and who didn’t get record deals, but they still seemed to pocket as much as $200K, while someone like Naima is talking about how the money isn’t that much.

    I think that Kellie and Ace hit the nail on the head about people needing to be able to articulate what they want to do right when they leave the show. Too many of the alums, even some who get signed, don’t know what type of music they want to make, and have no idea about how they can capitalize off of their fame.

  • jersey

    That Daily Beast article was long and pretty depressing for a parent with a child currently attending Berklee College of Music and hoping for a career in the music industry. :-/

    Paul McDonald, especially seemed completely disillusioned. Stefano, on the other hand, seems delusional, lol!

    I agree that Kellie and Ace hit the nail on the head. The contestants have to go into the show knowing who they are. I also think Taylor is right to say that if you do go into it, you want to win it. You hear so many of the contestants, and fans, for that matter, say that as long as you make the top 2, 3, 4, whatever, you’ll be fine. So not true.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everything that you said.  But, it is amazing to see how so many of them considered giving up singing after AI.  I don’t think that they can blame the show for that, since it takes strength for people to go after something that they really want.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Is Sanjaya balding???  How long has it been?

    Yeah, that Daily Beast is kinda depressing…for some of them.

    …and LOL that Justin still gets paid for From Justin to Kelly….

  • Anonymous

    The Daily Beast article is interesting, but I think some of the quotes are old. For instance, Kris has built his house on the land he talks about.

    What I came away with is that the contestants have to know who they are as artists and they need to be smart financially, because for most of them it is going to be a rough road to try and make any sort of living in the business. I already knew this, but the stories just underline that.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Man, that’s Daily Beast article is one of the most depressing things I’ve ever read.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    That article also makes me wish there was a prerequisite when leaving Idol for the newbies to sit down with some past Idols and get some hard truth about what to expect post tour.  Not the bitter KLC types so much as the Brooke White types.  I’m not really being serious, but the part of the Idol machine that sucks is that I don’t think anybody prepares these kids for the real world that they will be facing after the fact.  Because the other thing that these stories clearly lay out for the Idols is that it’s about choices.  It’s easy to get swindled or taken advantage of or any other number of things.  Plus it actually gets more concerning for me the younger and younger the contestants get.  Many of this season’s crew are somewhere in the 16-20 range and I’d imagine they are a bit naieve in general, let alone trying to navigate this crazy industry.  

    To be fair to that article though, depressing as it is, I actually think they sold some of the more moderately successful alums short in terms of what they have achieved. Many of those folks are still signed to labels and plugging away in some respect, but the Beast thing just focused on whatever made the best headline. For instance, Castro having a #1 hit in Norway or Smithson doing Cirque. I consider any of these folks that can pretty much support themselves and their families through their music a win.

  • Anonymous

    The standard edition of “Thank You Camellia” that I ordered from WalMart was delivered to my house today!! Wasn’t expecting it to come today since the form said it would delievered on Wed. I’m a happy fan. Can’t wait till I get my other stuff! I’ll listen to Kris’ album after I get my other items. :D I think I’ve waited long enough. Though part of me still wants to wait until tomorrow. lol

    Oh, and I got the autographed/photo lyric card! It’s really cool. More singers should do something similar. In fact. I wouldn’t mind having a lyric card for a bunch of Kris’ and Haley’s songs. Would be a neat collection of unique music items to have framed.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    The Daily Beast thing was interesting. Yup, it looks like you have to be ready to strike while the iron is hot. If you aren’t, then the odds get even longer.

    Another interesting point: up until season 9, the only people that seemed to be guaranteed to not have to go back to a day job within the next 5-10 years were the winner and runner up of their seasons. No matter what you could count on them kicking around the industry for a while, even if it was not at a major label. But Crystal and Lee really might end up our first pair to defy that. Fingers crossed for both of them. :-(

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    That’s true.

    1) Know who you are as an artist and what you want to do
    2) Have a good head on your shoulders
    3) Learn how to handle your business
    4) Surround yourself with good, trustworthy people.

  • Joyed

    Really loved the Daily Beast gallery.

    Things that stood out to me:

    1. Brandon Rogers – I didn’t realize he sang back up for Christina Aguilera.  I loved this part:

    Interviewer: “What was she like?”
    Brandon: “Uhhh. I quit that job.”

    2. The most depressing for me to read were AJ Gil and Lil Rounds. 
    AJ because becoming homeless is really one of the saddest things that could happen to you.
    Lil’s was sad because of her family – “The mother of three has yet to release an album and is currently going through a divorce.”

    3. I think the newer idols are benefiting from the advanced technology and distribution options that earlier idols didn’t have access to when going indie.  It is much cheaper and easier to self produce now than it used to be.  It is clearly still hard to make a profit from it, but it seems at least more accessible to the average musician.

    4. I really loved hearing from each person – would love another one of these down the road that really tracks the rises and challenges of post idol.  Surely one of you reading this has time to pull that together for me, right? Thanks in advance!! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Umm I saw this on Twitter. Adam made #1???? Is this true and can anyone confirm?

    http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb77/jinxx315/AtcBUXDCEAAEAxyjpglarge.jpg

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Okay, that Daily Beast article is a huge eye-opener – not only for me, but for future Idol auditioners.  They all need to read that!  It’s not all puppies and rainbows, that’s for sure.  Guess we’re one step closer to that Idol tell-all….

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Yeah, that was a real bummer.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    raya: That article also makes me wish there was a prerequisite when leaving Idol for the newbies to sit down with some past Idols and get some hard truth about what to expect post tour.  Not the bitter KLC types so much as the Brooke White types.  I’m not really being serious, but the part of the Idol machine that sucks is that I don’t think anybody prepares these kids for the real world that they will be facing after the fact.

    Be serious! Be very serious! I believe Carrie Underwood has made a point of giving her email to Idol participants and offering to provide advice, but very few are known to have taken her up on the offer. Underwood’s advice is probably most relevant to the winner and runner-up… and yeah, some of the mid-card would probably benefit from talking with other mid-card finishers about how to work smart in the aftermath.

    Even if the singer’s been working to slowly build a career for years, a jump to some level of fame from a TV show is going to be a different world with some pretty surreal aspects. Getting advice from the people who’ve been there is one of the things that makes a difference between “depressing” and “pragmatic” in taking the next steps.

  • http://twitter.com/graffeodl Dana Graffeo

    That’s the building chart showing sales Mon-Thurs, final totals aren’t in.  HDD just put up their first update but only about 37% of retailers reported so far.  We won’t know the final totals til tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks and Skylar. He tweets:
    @TaylorRHicks  One of my faves!

    http://p.twimg.com/AtcKBLcCIAA1BfG.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Daily Beast article is awesome. Reality bites.

  • Anonymous

    I think that the Daily Beast took a few liberties, for example, I doubt that Crystal would say that she’s a farmer and that she’s just doing music on the side.  Lee is also still making music, which the article only lightly touched on.  They also didn’t mention that Jason Castro is also signed to a Christian label.   There are probably others who are still making a living through music.

    I have always found it odd that the contestants don’t seem to learn from all of the other contestants who have been through the process.  Chris Sligh is bitter, but he’s right about people being fans of the show more than fans of the contestants.  The alums have enough evidence to see that this is true, so why rely on the AI base, or think that they can hold on to them, even if they aren’t producing music, or are out of the public eye even if it’s just for a few months.  This shouldn’t be a big deal, because their focus should be on making fans through their music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pam.hart4 Pam Hart

    We won’t know yet. The bottom of the image says the data is for four days only with the merchants making up 85% of the US album sales.

  • Anonymous

     “Taylor Hicks and Skylar. He tweets:
    @TaylorRHicks  One of my faves!”

    Very cute. The showman likes the showman!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     Ok thank you Pam. I wasn’t sure so wanted to see if anyone here could tell me. Thanks again :)

  • Anonymous

    It is nice to read that Randy Jackson helped Casey Abrams land his record contract. It seems like he’s the one who has tried to help a lot of the alums, even if things really didn’t work out.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     Thank you Dana! My heart started pounding when I saw it lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Pia Toscano

    Now: LA Kings National Anthem Singer (for playoffs only) 

    Paul McDonald 

    Now: Mr. Nikki Reed 

    lol…this is funny . These people were supposed to be THE STARS just one year ago. Just one year. Reading the Daily Beast’s article I just felt more than ever what I had felt before: Paul never tried too hard to get signed and pursue a music career after Idol, otherwise he’d have been signed.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    One of my faves, too. <3 <3

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Points taken.  Honestly, maybe it’s just me but one of the first things I would do is seek out other Idol finalists and get the lowdown.  At the very least I think some of this S11 group has strong ties to some of the S10 folks who can at least give them a little reality, even if they aren’t all that far out of the idol bubble themselves as yet.  Though I would steer them clear of Stefano’s version of reality.  I have specifically seen Naima, Casey and Pia orbiting several of them so here’s hoping. 

    ellie, that was kind of my point too.  I think that article went out of its way to make some of them sound worse off than they are, or at the very least took a lot of liberties in what they chose to report. Jason for instance is actually finishing recording his next album in Nashville as we speak and it’s set to come out later this year.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that these quotes are old.  The land Kris initially bought to build his house is not where he ultimately built his house. Let’s just say there were issues with that location.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Giggle…

    http://www.4music.com/news/news/4414/Adam-Lambert-offers-unreleased-songs-to-One-Direction

    Adam Lambert offers unreleased songs to
    One Direction

    Adam Lambert –
    whose upcoming album
    Tresspassing is out 2 July in the UK after multiple delays – says he’d like
    to see unreleased tracks from the album used by a boyband. 

    The 30-year-old singer told The Daily Star: “There’s a lot of songs that
    didn’t make the album that are really strong. We did some pop-rock stuff, so
    maybe one of these new boybands could do one.”

    He added: “Those One Direction boys are cool. I’d love for someone else to
    sing some of those songs.”

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    As much as I dislike Randy, he has at least tried to help out alums on occasion.  I remember him helping out Brooke after S7 as well.

  • Anonymous

    When someone feels like they’ve been beaten down, even by a choice they made, it can take time to rebound from it. 

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

    Adam is always a good interview.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Stefano Langone
    Season 10, 7th place
    Then: Pitchy
    Now: Still pitchy

    lol

  • Anonymous

    And yet Idol fans clamor to be rid of Randy!  He can be a bore at times, but Randy seems like a decent guy and you don’t survive in the cutthroat music business without being smart and making connections.  He does seem to the one to offer the most help post-Idol.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the Smash update. I love that Michael Slezak had an idol (or Voice) alumnus suggestion for each part. And who knows…a popular Idol alumn might actually help ratings.  I’d also welcome Joe Jonas, who was surprisingly good job in his small roll. 

    I really think Smash could benefit from some major cast changes, so perhaps the producer switch is a good thing (even if he was the Gossip Girl producer). To be honest, the only characters that really need to stay are Ivy, Tom, Derek, Julia, Eileen and Karen, plus or minus their respective significant others. The three dancers who befriended Karen with horrible fashion advice added nothing to the series. Julia’s son (please, please, please send him to college!) lowered the quality of every scene he was in and poor Ellis was such an annoying villain that it wasn’t even fun to hate him. 

  • Anonymous

    Nothing posted for Adam’s  KTUphoria concert yesterday? Pretty big crowd
    and it was an excellent and fun show, plenty of videos.

    I will explain this ONE MORE TIME. I’m out of the concert thread business. If you want to follow your special snowflake on the road, check out a fansite.

    I post new performances/covers or if there’s something about the concert in particular that’s special. But if it’s the same set an Idol has been playing on a daily basis, I won’t be posting repeats here on the blog.

  • Anonymous

    ConstantineM: Constantine Maroulis
    Great day at @fusetv today with @KrisAllen and THE @adamlambert #Unofficial :) good seein’ you dudes!

  • mmb

    anyone know what the “#unofficial” means?  I know constantine was interviewing kris today…did Adam just stop by to say hi or something? just curious/nosy

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a great interview with David Cook (love that video that was posted) that mentions Asian tour in July, and goal of getting new record out.

    http://mix1041.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/david-cook-to-tour-soon/

  • Anonymous

    Constantine interviewed Kradam? This might just be my day:)

  • windmills

    Yayayayay, Carrie tweeted Kelly back :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/carrieunderwood/status/204662752575356929

    @kelly_clarkson Thank you!!! And you killed it, as always! And PS I was really impressed at your gym skills!

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a great interview with David Cook (love that video that was posted) that mentions Asian tour in July, and goal of getting new record out.

    The idol insider mentioned that David is doing the pre idol press junket today.  So, basically Simon Fuller, like the people at 19M, think that the only way to promote someone is through their AI connections.

  • Anonymous

    If we could edit out Constantine it would make my day too. 

  • heartly

    I can’t even right now.  HAHAHA

    Kelly Clarkson ?@kelly_clarkson

    @carrieunderwood girl, next time lets hang out somewhere more fun haha!

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    Sounds like Constantine interviewed Kris and unofficially met Adam( not by official interview meeting)guessing on my part.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    Lets not get our hopes up for that, sounds like he met Adam but only interviewed Kris.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    That’s cool.  I think there was a time they felt pretty competative with each other.  It would be great if they became friends.

  • windmills

    heartly:

    Kelly Clarkson ?@kelly_clarkson
    @carrieunderwood:twitter  girl, next time lets hang out somewhere more fun haha!

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    Bahahahaha! 
    I totally went on RTing spree of that exchange. No wonder Carrie’s said Kelly’s one of her favorite people to be around. I can only imagine what they went on about at the gym. Those pics would definitely have been priceless!

    By the way I didn’t realize David Wild had cowritten Taylor Hicks’s autobiography. Apparently he’s going to talk about that and more on the Adam Carolla show tonight and Taylor will be there too.

    https://twitter.com/#!/Wildaboutmusic/status/204669583083319296

    I’m recording a new @AdamCarollaShow tonight and I’m opening up for #TaylorHicks — whose autobiography I co-wrote. SOUL PATROL!!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/Wildaboutmusic/status/204670025636913153

    I will reveal why I wrote it EXCLUSIVELY to @adamcarolla!

  • Anonymous

    That management is taking an opportunity for an artist to touch base with several radio stations at the same time does not preclude other forms of promotion.  I think Fuller has some blind spots, to be sure. But if I had a client who had been involved with AI in the past, was in LA in the present, and had plans for the near future, I’d absolutely push them to go do the junket and give radio DJs and radio listeners a reminder that they are out making music. That’s just being efficient. If radio interviews are good when the artist is out on tour and under the umbrella of a label, then they should also be good when the artist is promoting one-off appearances and working on independent projects.

  • Anonymous

    I was asking about people posting, not an article or headline. which means I was asking other posters, not you LOL.

  • Anonymous

    I think that the competitive vibe between Carrie and Kelly was made up by some in the media and those in the idol bubble.  Those two are totally focused on their own careers, and don’t seem to be concerned with or aware about what anyone else is doing.

  • Incipit

    “The idol insider mentioned that David is doing the pre idol press junket today. “

    Elliegrll, with the concentration of press at Idol today, and many of them radio people that David has met before on promotional visits – sounds like an opportunity to be seized with both hands. And here they are, all in one place! No frequent flier miles or 5AM phoners involved. Heh. David won Idol exactly four years ago today – and he has never tried to distance himself from that fact.

    As far as “the only way” – I may think that an extreme conclusion – but this is
    tailor made to get the message out. As standtotheright notes – it gives “radio DJs and radio listeners a reminder that they are out making music.”

    There are 20 tweets with mentions in this chirpstory so far and videos and podcasts of interviews – American Idol media junket (will update as avail) http://bit.ly/KsxhKX  – and many of the media people are saying great things in their tweets. That’s good promotion, IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to think that maybe Adam dropped in to see Kris.  S8 junkee here.

  • http://twitter.com/ljrTR LJR

    Loved that interview with David Cook! good to David getting his name and face out there.  I don’t care if it’s idol related or not!

    Here’s a collection of cool tweets about David today  http://chirpstory.com/li/8201

    eta – Yep Incipit, plenty of media folks saying great things about David Cook. What’s the harm in that? They may not make a big difference, but I read those tweets with a big smile.

  • windmills

    No Thanks: That’s cool.  I think there was a time they felt pretty competative with each other.  It would be great if they became friends.

    I don’t think that notion has ever been anything other than projection from certain fans projecting their own competitive fantasies on the 2 girls. I don’t think they’re BFFs or anything but they’ve always seemed to like and respect each other. To cite some specific examples, Carrie blogged at her fan club about Kelly saving the day at the AMAs when the microwave in Carrie’s trailer failed and how that was her favorite part of the whole AMA experience. Kelly attended Carrie’s Play On concert in Nashville in 2009 after which Carrie mentioned Kelly’s one of her favorite people to be around. Even before all that Carrie always had great things to say about Kelly and the doors she opened for the people that came after her on AI. Kelly’s always been complimentary of Carrie’s voice. 

  • mquincy

    It obviously doesn’t deserve it’s own thread but at the beginning of Cuckoo last night a fan came on stage at KTUPhoria and HDvideo just showed up and it is HIGHlarious

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsmozkqwIMI&feature=channel&list=UL

  • Valentin432

    The daily Beast article isn’t surprising because there have been several others “what they have become” type articles in the past years, but they went really deep with this one.
    I think it’s funny that Justin still receives paychek from J to K, at least that’s one good thing that came out of that sinking ship.
    Crystal being a farmer is bizarre.
    Nikki must have lost a lot of weight, I remember some photos from last year finale.
    Who told Amanda that she looked good with blue hair?

  • Mars87

    Was Adam mentioned in the daily beast article? I can’t seem to find him

  • Anonymous

    The Daily Beast piece has many sad truths in it–but I think some of the info has been slanted to make many former contestants seem like  dismal failures. Of course, this is not the case. The whole idea that if you don’t sell like Carrie U or Kelly–u suck. I hate that. Plus, if someone decides to go back nursing or teaching etc–they are not failures.

    Only a handful of these contestants are going to become huge pop sensations. Lets face it–all the stars have to align perfectly. It’s a tremendous amount of luck involved. The right song, the right moment in time, the right producers or managers with the power to get radio play etc. Very difficult. And even if someone has short lived success–it’s hard for anyone to stay on the top of the heap for long. Plus, a lot of pop music sucks. So, if you aren’t doing that auto-tuned/ dance, digitial stuff—you are just indie artist who probably won’t sell too many records. I know that most of the artists (legends) that I have loved for years would probably never make it in today’s musical landscape. So sad.

    I suppose these kids either have to find a specific niche (say Christian Music) and just plug away. Or, be as diversified and versatile as possible–acting, songwriting, studio musician–whatever to make connections and stay in the business

    Nice that Randy has helped some idols find a record company. I don’t care for him as a judge at all–but maybe he’s a good guy. Casey has a lot of different avenues that he can choose cause he is so versatile–so hopefully that will be in his favor.

    You would think that by now these kids know that AI’s fame is a fleeting thing and TPTB don’t really give a crap about them. They should go into AI thinking that whatever happens –it’s an adventure and education and experience that may or may not lead to a career. Just ride the tide and have a little fun. Anything else is just gonna be the icing on the cake

  • Valentin432

    Funny stuff in that world collides chapter.

    The n°1 song in itunes australia right now is a The Voice cover (they are by the way totally dominating that chart with 5 of the top 10 songs) of Different Worlds a song co written by Jes Hudak who you may know from Platinum Hits, the cancelled Bravo show featuring Kara Dioguardi.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I’m thinking way back shortly after Carrie got her crown and subsequently all of Simon Fuller’s attention.  Kelly was fueding with Clive Davis and he was sticking it to her comparing her to Carrie. Kelly moved on to new management shortly after that.  I’m sure things have been cool between them for a while, but I think at the beginning there was some tension.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they know where he is – lol.

  • Anonymous

    I was asking about people posting, not an article or headline. which means I was asking other posters, not you LOL.

    People HAVE posted links to those videos, which is why I was confused.

  • mquincy

     I didn’t see Adam, Daughtry, Clay, Allison or Archie…It seems that if they couldn’t fit you into a nice box they didn’t include you.

    Also the article/gallery seemed to be headed by Ramin Setoodeh who I have such a distaste for

  • Anonymous

    WOOT. Got Haley’s album today too!! :D

    The flip book is so awesome. Yay for it being autographed.<3 The photos inside are lovely, and I love the retro post card theme.(They are actual postcards, but there's no way in hell I will be tearing any of them out and using them. lol)Props to the photographer for a job well done. A couple of Haley's personal pics are included as well, and she really has an eye for photography. Would love to see more of her personal photos. Her message to the fans was very sweet, and I loved reading what she had to say about all 14 songs.

    Now all I need is the deluxe fan edition of "Thank You Camellia". Have a feeling that I'll probably get it tonight.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the headsup on that interview tonight! Would have missed it otherwise ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle


    Maybe they know where he is – lol.

    my thoughts exactly

  • Hazehel

    A few interesting tidbits - 

    Chris Sligh thinks millions voted for him. (Hahaha)

    How on earth did it cost Ace $250,000 to make an album independently?  

    Michael Sarver experiencing prejudice for being on Idol (many singers probably feel Idol contestants had it easy, but it’s still surprising people would target him, he isn’t exactly very successful singer is he?)

    Mikalah Gordon stopped singing for 3 years because of what fans said about her. (I guess some of those Idol contestants brave enough to read what’s written here must be scarred for life.) 

    Note to Idol – give the contestants some advice about handling money.  Many of them seem not to have any clue about money and life in general.   And stop ripping them off paying them pittance for the tour.

  • Valentin432

    I think the Daily Beast article wanted to highlight some of the contestants that people really don’t know anything about + the 10 winners.
    The biggest sellers outside the winners aren’t there except for Kellie P.

    Frankly that was way more interesting to me than having the post idol carreer of Daughtry, JHud or Clay rehashed for the 100th time.

  • Anonymous

    No problem, I have been doing yard work today so I checked out the threads for anything interesting including videos from the concert and didn’t find any, so I asked because people are so fast posting them.

  • Mars87

    If that self hating idiot, Ramin Setoodeh, headed the gallery then I’m glad he left Adam out.

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of you think Randy Jackson is useless on idol sometimes, myself included, but he is and was an incredible bassist. Here is an example of how good he is. On the album Mystical adventures, which is a jazz album from Jean luc Ponty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8jn7hwbDo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMqNiwZkEDQ&feature=fvwrel

  • Anonymous

    Taylor Hicks on Showbiz Tonight…. watch it now!

    http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/05/21/former-idol-winner-years-finalists

  • windmills

    No Thanks: I’m thinking way back shortly after Carrie got her crown and
    subsequently all of Simon Fuller’s attention.  Kelly was fueding with
    Clive Davis and he was sticking it to her comparing her to Carrie. Kelly
    moved on to new management shortly after that.  I’m sure things have
    been cool between them for a while, but I think at the beginning there
    was some tension.

    Huh? Part of that timeline isn’t even accurate. And, none of what Kelly had going on had anything to do with Carrie so you’re reaching there.

    Let’s 1st get the timeline right. Kelly switched management from 19M to The Firm in December 2004/January 2005, before Carrie even won Idol. So, there was never any issue of Simon Fuller giving more attention to one as opposed to the other. Kelly had the whole My December/Clive Davis thing go public in April 2007. Clive Davis had nothing to do with Carrie’s career but he used her success as an opportunity to make a statement about the importance of professional songwriters at the s6 finale in May 2007 with the whole 6x platinum plaque presentation for Some Hearts. Carrie had the good sense to look embarrassed when she accepted it and though she thanked Clive in her speech, she ended that speech with “And now back to this season’s finalists.” It was very obvious she was not comfortable with Clive’s presentation. So, there’s absolutely zero reason to think there was any tension.

    Kelly would fire The Firm in June 2007 a couple weeks before My December came out because of the disastrous way they handled the disagreements with Clive and a mismatch in priorities, and that’s when she brought in Narvel.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t think that this is an example of tension, jealousy, or competitiveness between Carrie and Kelly.  Kelly’s issues with Clive were more like her managements issues with him, but that has nothing to do with Carrie.

  • Anonymous

    The Daily Beast article was interesting; nearly all of these contestants are still trying to make their mark in the entertainment industry and very few, if any, went back to school or college to pursue an alternative career. For some AI finalists, it’s clear that music is their life; they would have continued struggling in the music industry with or without that Idol exposure. For others, not so much, which makes me wonder if they would have done something different with their life had they not made the top twelve.  I can’t help but think that some of these kids in the top 12 (like Sanjaya) get a very unrealistic taste of fame and success, and then spend the rest of their youth trying to recapture that fame.  

    [ETA: Basically what lizbeth2827 just said!]

    About 40-50 alumni are not mentioned in the article. Now I’m a little curious to know their story too.

  • heartly

    I don’t think there’s any tension between Kelly and Carrie, now or before.  They are just a couple of chicks on their own paths trying to make it in a tough business who have one big thing in common, the place they became known from.  I also don’t think either of them would care enough to be bothered by or waste the energy on some sort of competition between each other.  I do think there’s a huge perceived rivalry between them by their fanbases though which is something I’ll never understand.   Something else I will also never understand is the bitter jealousy that members of each fanbase has for, depending on which side you’re on, Kelly and Carrie.  It’s really ugly.  That little twitter exchange today and Kelly subsequently following Carrie had to have killed some of those people a little inside. 

    I do make jokes about them “hating” each other all the time but that’s just because of the silly fanwar stuff and myself mostly poking fun at those people.  I also joke about them having never taken a photo together after all these years even though they’ve been at the same events numerous times over the years.  The photo part circles back in to the “hating” each other bit and it’s all just funny to me.  lol

  • Anonymous

    I think it would be cool if Simon Cowell and One Direction give a listen to Adam’s songs that didn’t make the album. He said those songs are strong songs, the reason why they didn’t make the album because they’re more pop-rock, while Adam wants to make pop album. I’m pretty sure he wrote these songs between Jan-July 2011 (all the dark side songs) before he decided to change direction of the album.  

  • Anonymous

    lovetheusa, I think Guy Raz (NPR guy), caught it when Adam did that nice little rejoinder. There’s a bit awkward moment when Adam said media keep on asking him about his sexuality and Guy was like ohhh.. But I like that Adam finally said enough is enough, it’s been three years and now it’s time media can ask him about his music. And I’m lovin it when his geek side comes out when he talked abut music with Lyndsey Parker or the Billboard editor or the Fuse host or Slezak. They’re the ones who really asked Adam about the music and musice influences in his album. And Adam’s knowledge about music’s unbelievable.

  • Anonymous

    Nope.. not sure why Adam & Daughtry were not in that article. (shrug)

  • Anonymous

    Nope.. not sure why Adam & Daughtry were not in that article. (shrug)

    I think the point was to look at the ten winners, and a lot of idol alums that people might not remember, or who aren’t as well known to the general public.  Besides, except for some of the winners, they personally interviewed everyone, so maybe some of the other people who aren’t covered didn’t want to participate.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I prefer it that way.  Such a list of sad stories – who wants to be included in that.

  • http://twitter.com/youtweetmetoo it’s me

    sooo excited for Season 2 of SMASH!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh how I wished I never read the ‘The daily Beast’ on past AI. As a mother I am saddened and disturbed by these revelations. I know I am a softie! Most of it could be made up but…..

    There is several emotions in this piece: Mixed Blessings, lost souls, disasters, struggles, artistic challenges, Success, regrets and it goes on. Damn!!

     Most of the time the contestants are karaoke entertainment pawns on a TV show. Of course I  am  not totally blaming the show but most of these kids are naive, fame hungry and without a plan B as I have always proposed on here.

    I was particularly touched by one of the contestants who had three deaths in the family but continued  on the show and did not attend any of the funerals. Oh dear!  There is something wrong when the ones you love is less priority. Its a wonder then she is having problems having a career. Her mind was too young.

    I am not sure if pre/post coaching/psychological care is on going till they no longer need it.

     I Only passionately watched season 8 when Adam mesmerised my TV. But other than that I had glimpses of season 3 with Jennifer Hudson who I loved and season 6, I had admiration for Syesha.  

    As for success it is as fleeting like happiness! As Brooke White said, after the show you suffer from PIT Post Idol trauma;) Its  like an identity crises. while on the show you hold tight to your dreams but once in the real world it could crumble.

    I think this what the show should work on. Its transitioning into the real world. It is not mangaged very well.

    However all is  not lost:-) There are some whose stars are aligned like the Kellys and Carrie’s  of this world. 

     So with the 77 idols a miserly 2% might become a success. And so they keep churning it out year in and out and see what sticks!!

    Oh well:)

    Regards

    B-Babie
    x

  • Anonymous

    Yes, his music knowledge is very extensive.  This was mentioned by Mario Lopez, producer of Great Day, in San Francisco, after he spoke with Adam both before and after his audition.  Said Adam’s knowledge of funk and obscure bands was impressive.  Lopez also said he had a “stage presence in real life” and felt he “was going to be someone big.”

  • windmills

    heartly: I don’t think there’s any tension between Kelly and Carrie, now or
    before.  They are just a couple of chicks on their own paths trying to
    make it in a tough business who have one big thing in common, the place
    they became known from.  I also don’t think either of them would care
    enough to be bothered by or waste the energy on some sort of competition
    between each other.

    Exactly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Kelly and Carrie have both had the opportunity to become the gigantic world superstar+dominant US superstar and they’ve both passed on it in their own ways. They both have made and continue to make decisions whereby they refuse to define themselves by their careers at the expense of health and their personal happiness. They’ve both tasted huge success and after tasting that huge success and knowing what it takes to keep it going they’ve both chosen not to pursue it at all costs. It says a lot about where their hearts are (at the end of the day, they just want to be able to sing) and how though they both want to do well enough, they’re not about being the biggest bestest #1 everything.

    That’s something I really admire and appreciate about both of them :) And it’s why I’ve always thought fans who try to invent a rivalry there are so silly. It’s like those fans haven’t paid attention to Kelly & Carrie at all.

    heartly: Something else I will also never understand is the bitter jealousy that
    members of each fanbase has for, depending on which side you’re on,
    Kelly and Carrie.  It’s really ugly.  That little twitter exchange today
    and Kelly subsequently following Carrie had to have killed some of
    those people a little inside.

    Oh I hope so.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t listen to radio much – especially “talk” programs – but was under the impression that NPR was a more “liberal” station – particularly culturally.  So it’s been surprising to read some of the comments under Lambert’s NPR interview. 

  • Anonymous

     ” So with the 77 idols a miserly 2% might become a success. And so they
    keep churning it out year in and out and see what sticks!!”

    Yeah, but this is true in the music business/ show business outside of Idol, too.

    I guess the painful part is that, in the music/entertainment biz generally, this is just real life, and, quite quickly, most people come to understand what level of struggle and really bad odds to expect. Whereas I guess some of them come into Idol expecting that it’ll be the key to totally bypassing all of that. And, of course, it isn’t. ….

    Everybody who thinks about trying out for one of these shows should read the Daily Beast collation and think about the fact that tv shows don’t really change the odds or the nature of the struggle much. They give people with the right set of talents and the right attitude some boost. But what they do to a lot of others is give them a set of false expectations. ….

    Just like anything else, if you go into one of these shows with an unrealistic view, you’ll likely end up in some degree of trouble.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Is Kris still performing on Live! With Kelly tomorrow morning? I haven’t heard much about it but I think that was/is scheduled for tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Is Kris still performing on Live! With Kelly tomorrow morning? I haven’t heard much about it but I think that was/is scheduled for tomorrow.

    Yes.  Kelly just tweeted about it less than an hour ago, and RCA promo has sent out several reminder tweets.

    @LiveKelly Huge show tomorrow!! @LA_Reid co-hosts, the hilarious @Jimmyfallon visits, @KrisAllen performs, & we announce THE Top Teacher!

  • Anonymous

    So with the 77 idols a miserly 2% might become a success. And so they keep churning it out year in and out and see what sticks!!

    Most people who make a living off of singing don’t have careers as big as Kelly or Carrie’s, but they still wouldn’t change career paths.  There are other idol alums, and even some that were profiled in the article who are still making a living at singing.  It’s about hard work, and who knows when it will pay off.  That’s the case with any calling that people are passionate about.

    lovetheusa1776 said: Actually I prefer it that way. Such a list of sad stories – who wants to be included in that.

    You think that Carrie’s story is sad? What about Kellie and Kelly’s, since they were mentioned in the story too.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, probably idol fans and not regular NPR commenters. It reminds me of the influx of the people to the Queen fan forum after the Adam performance announcement, complaining about Freddie’s legacy, yet not even knowing how to spell his name or what his sexuality or performance style was.

  • too-cool-for-school

    Thanks, elliegrll!

  • Anonymous

    “Unfortunately, however, it’s a truism that the greater the ignorance, the stronger the opinion.”

    I brought that over from NPR.  It makes sense to me.  I don’t know why Adam brings out the outrageous comments.  It’s not like he is the first gay person on the planet. 

    NPR has the most amazing musical guests.  So cool that Adam was featured.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a Randy fan. 

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    People at the Apple Store said the podcast of Kris’ performance would be up next week. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I’m aware of the Queen situation, but the posters over there didn’t sound like the average Idol fan.  Especially, Mr. Hill.

  • Anonymous

    He was on once before, as you may already know, when he spoke about FM.

  • Anonymous

    One of my many aliases – lol.

  • Anonymous

    Not familiar with Ramin Setoodeh – what’s his background?  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t understand the Randy dislike.  He has good comments occasionally from a musical viewpoint.  And, as I’ve mentioned, he has that institutional memory – a continuity that’s nice to have.  Same with Ryan.

  • Anonymous

    Daily Beast article has a lot of sad stories, but the entertainment industry is built on a mountain of failures not unique to Idol.  The only thing I find more than sad, cruel actually, is when the judges fuel a contestant’s self-delusion and this season has been the absolute worst in that regard.  The winner has a fighting chance whether it’s Phil or Jessica because so much money is invested in them, but everyone else?  They will just be thrown in the fires of a competitive and flagging music industry.  I worry about Joshua the most, he was pumped up to be the best thing since Elvis, easy for Tyler, J-Lo, and Randy to do, they’re filthy rich and long past understanding the struggling mindset, but how in the world are they going to package someone with such an outdated vocal style?  Can’t turn him into Ne Yo or Chris Brown, he doesn’t have a pretty boy look or the dance skills.  And Jessica’s potential competition?  Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce, Minaj, etc?  Big boobs and/or big butt, attractive faces and loads of personality, which unfortunately Jessica has none of.  I think it’s going to be a tough post-Idol for season 11 contestants, we’ll see who has the drive to go forward.

  • Anonymous

    ” The only thing I find more than sad, cruel actually, is when the judges
    fuel a contestant’s self-delusion and this season has been the absolute
    worst in that regard. ”

    Amen to this, although I would say that last season was equally egregious. “That was perfect again!” over and over and over and over. …

    In the silly judges’ defense, I guess that, when you’ve been one of the lucky/talented/hard-working few to have really made it, you probably have a very very skewed view of how many equally talented/hard-working people missed out on the luck in the equation and did *not* make it. You’re probably pretty blind to those people. However, when you’re working with hopefuls, I think you owe it to them to educate yourself about the overall realities of the thing and get rid of your blinders.

  • koshka

    I don’t know how many people would be interested enough to flip through 77 pictures. If I didn’t have a keen interest in AI and its wackadoodle ways.. I don’t think I would have made it past the first 12 pics and certainly wouldn’t know there were winners at the end. 

  • Anonymous

    Only idol fans would be interested in  the gallery anyway, especially since the main focus was on people who are currently out of the public eye, or not as well known outside of their genres as others, like Kellie and Mandisa. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34307244 Shana Collier

    I am OBSESSED with American Idol and it took me a day and a half to get through all 77 pictures.  I don’t see normal people getting past 3 or 4.

  • Anonymous

    UsedtobeLucy, Thanks for your point:-) This post also applies to Elliegrll-Thanks

    It seems we are on the same page in some areas highlighted in my post.

    To make this clearer.The 2% success I am highlighting is not just about Carrie and Kelly-i just gave them as examples.There are different levels of success!

    Also in paragraph 2; I mentioned success among some  of the emotions identified in ‘The Daily Beast’ stories.There are some idols following plan B I was proposing in my post-while working on their music/art. Yes its hard work! 

    Crucially, this is the most important point in my honest opinion I am making Re PIT(Post Idol Trauma):….” I think this is what the show should work on. Its the transitioning into the real world. It is not managed very well.” The fact is the perception and stigma of a music reality show and an artist who gets a direct break from a record company is a different cattle of fish.”They have paid their dues-so to speak” I think we all know that.

    I just think if correctly handled some of the pitfalls that have affected some of  them can be avoided. Everybody has a different personality and character. All of these are contributory factors to success or non-success.

    Have a great day:-)

    Regards

    B-Babie
    xx  

  • garlandk77

    Just for the record, here is a list of the 44 Idol finalists who are NOT included in the Daily Beast article:

    Season 10
    Jacob Lusk
    Thia Megia
    Karen Rodriguez
    Ashthon Jones

    Season 9
    Casey James
    Michael Lynche
    Andrew Garcia
    Aaron Kelly
    Katie Stevens

    Season 8
    Jasmine Murray
    Jorge Núñez
    Megan Joy
    Allison Iraheta
    Adam Lambert

    Season 7
    David Archuleta
    Syesha Mercado
    Michael Johns
    Chikezie Eze

    Season 6
    LaKisha Jones
    Chris Richardson
    Stephanie Edwards

    Season 5
    Chris Daughtry
    Paris Bennett
    Lisa Tucker
    Melissa McGhee

    Season 4
    Scott Savol
    Nadia Turner
    Lindsey Cardinale

    Season 3
    Jasmine Trias
    LaToya London
    George Huff
    John Stevens
    Jennifer Hudson
    Amy Adams
    Leah LaBelle

    Season 2
    Clay Aiken
    Kimberley Locke
    Josh Gracin
    Trenyce
    Charles Grigsby

    Season 1
    Tamyra Gray
    R.J. Helton
    Ryan Starr
    EJay Day

  • Anonymous

     “I don’t know how many people would be interested enough to flip through
    77 pictures. If I didn’t have a keen interest in AI and its wackadoodle
    ways.. I don’t think I would have made it past the first 12 pics and
    certainly wouldn’t know there were winners at the end. ”

    Yeah, I think you’re right. I think it should be made a research-paper requirement for all of the 2012-13 season auditioners, however. heh

  • Anonymous

    ‘ I just think if correctly handled some of the pitfalls that have
    affected some of  them can be avoided. Everybody has a different
    personality and character. All of these are contributory factors to
    success or non-success.”

    ITA.

    Wish the show/labels/*somebody* cared enough to do help with people’s transition. Since they’re part of the tough/nuts industry that makes things this way, though, I suppose we shouldn’t hold our breaths.

  • Anonymous

    Well Said Usedtobelucy:-)

     Considering I do not watch AI-but watched season 8:-)

     Its really great coming on a clean site like MJ’s to read stories like this I other wise would not seek. And yes 77 is too much to read but am a  curious cat:-) Do  you know I have to admit most of them I have never heard of them lol:-) 

    Let’s hope somewhere soon, someone will lunch a campaign to help these kids. Again as a mum I worry what these reality shows could do the vulnerable and naive:) Of course it cuts  both ways:-)

    Regards

    B-babie
    x