Idol Headlines for 05/23/11

Today’s Idol Appearances

  • Simon Fuller gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. David Cook & Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen, The Top 13 and more Idols are expected to attend. 11 AM PDT. Hollywood Blvd in front of W Hotel.
  • Chris Colfer appears on The Piers Morgan Show, CNN 9 pm
  • Randy Jackson appears on Chelsea Lately, E!

Cleveland’s 96.5 is broadcasting live from the Nokia theater HERE
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Kelly Clarkson posts on her Facebook, “Tonight I got to sing at Reba McEntire’s induction to the Hall of Fame ….seriously, I had the greatest night because I had the opportunity to see one of my greatest influences become a part of this incredible group of people! I love music and amazing people!

Kelly sang Reba’s 1993 hit, “Does He Love You,” recorded with Reba and Martina McBride.

Photo via KellyClarksonIndonesiaFC

Snip of Kelly Clarkson & Martina McBride singing “Does He Love You” at Reba’s induction

Check it out between the 9:19-9:48 mark

‘Idol’s’ Haley Reinhart Clarifies Relationship With Casey Abrams [AUDIO]

Although not in the top 2 now, Haley still remains positive, exclaiming, “I’m very excited for the future and this has just been…such a great start for everything that’s to come.” Adding that being eliminated, “only makes you stronger — adds about 10 million layers to my skin…it’s been the best thing for me to have face a number of different obstacles.”

Read more at RyanSeacrest.com

Missy Elliott, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige open up for new season of ‘Behind the Music’

VH1’s “Behind the Music” is continuing its resurgence with a new season of the revived documentary series.

Launching at 10 p.m. June 29 with an episode dedicated to rapper Missy Elliott, the series will continue its brand of intensely personal narratives, paired with never-before-seen footage from the featured artists and interviews from those who know them best.

Beside Elliott, the season also includes Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin.

Adam’s Behind the Music episode airs on August 10. Read more at VH1.

Read more at Los Angeles Times

Idoloonies: James Durbin Talks Flaming Pianos, Metal ‘Revolution,’ ‘Waterworld’ Inspiration

James Durbin wants to lead a heavy-metal revolution for today’s youth, but he doesn’t take himself so seriously that he can’t laugh about his goals. American Idol‘s Season 10 fourth-place finisher sat down for an Idoloonies interview and talked about how he wrote a storyboard to plan for his “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting” performance, why he stood up against Jimmy Iovine about his right to rock, who he wanted to strangle after watching Season 10?s Hollywood Week episodes, and which of his performances benefitted from him catching a cold. Press play below for all that plus references to The Book of Eli, Adam Lambert, Bo Bice, American Chopper, and Zakk Wylde. And for all my Idol news, reviews, and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

Read more at TV Line

Exclusive: Nigel Lythgoe on Haley Bashing, Twitter Rants, and SYTYCD Changes

As executive producer of American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe has to balance the job of creating a compelling TV show with the work of discovering the nation’s next big music sensation — tasks that sometimes take him down competing paths. Lythgoe sat down for an Idoloonies interview (prior to Top 3 performance night and Haley Reinhart’s elimination) and shared his thoughts on how the eventual third-place finisher was treated by the judges after her performance of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” what changes he and his team are considering with regard to theme nights and voting rules, and why Season 10 results-night telecasts have been more compelling than in years past. Other topics on the table included Steven Tyler’s performance as an Idol judge, the oft-discussed but never realized contestant songwriting night, and the idea of taking viewers even further behind the Idol curtain.

See the Video at TV Line

‘Idol’ finalist Scotty dominates Garner

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Aversboro Coffee is the kind of place that opens its doors early if customers are waiting; if the chairs are down, folks are welcome to come in.

And it’s become a gathering spot for people wanting to talk about all things Scotty McCreery, a finalist on Fox’s “American Idol” who faces Lauren Alaina Suddeth of Rossville, Ga., Tuesday night in a last performance before a winner is crowned on Wednesday.

Read more at the Times Union

Idol contestant Scotty McCreery has local die-hard fans Finalist’s father went to Marshwood High

ROCHESTER — Nestled in the woods on the outskirts of Rochester live two of American Idol Scotty McCreery’s most ardent supporters.

“I graduated from Marshwood High School in 1983 with Scotty’s father Michael,” said Lisa Bolduc Lefebvre. Always a fan of the Fox Television show American Idol, McCreery noted that when the latest season began and she saw that one of the performers was named McCreery, it rang a bell.

Read more at Fosters.com

‘American Idol’s’ Alums: Where Are They Now?

American Idol alumni are not unlike a military platoon, a fraternity pledge class or the cast of the Real World – 12 (or 13 this year) seemingly random people experiencing both a traumatic and exultant event in their lives, and one that will most certainly set the course for their future. And that’s not meant in the flowery way. For an Idol finalist, whether he or she comes in second or tenth, the lifetime affiliation and all that comes with it — from adulation to annoyance — is the same.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

2011 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala – Carrie Underwood and Martin Short Help to Raise $5 Million

On 19th May 2011, leaders from the toy and juvenile products industries joined together to celebrate the 2011 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., and during this special evening of entertainment and fundraising, $5 million was raised to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The star-studded gathering was hosted by Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning comedian Martin Short and featured a dazzling performance by five-time GRAMMY® award-winner Carrie Underwood.

Read more at Toy Dispatch

Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Little Richard to perform in Washington, DC on 4th of July

LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin and his banjo are taking on the U.S. Capitol on July 4.

The 65-year-old entertainer is set to perform from the Capitol’s west lawn during the annual “A Capitol Fourth” concert this year. Josh Groban, Little Richard, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara also share the bill.

Jimmy Smits will host the Fourth of July concert, which will be broadcast on PBS, National Public Radio and the American Forces Network.

Read more at Washington Post

Judging ‘Idol’

Nobody held a gun to my head and forced me to write recaps about the tenth season of American Idol. Although I feel like someone must have and I just forgot about it.

New York’s Vulture.com offered me the job in January. Way back when, I’d watched the first two seasons in their entirety. And in my capacity as a talking (and eventually hosting) head for VH1’s Best Week Ever, I saw a plethora of clips from the subsequent seasons. So I agreed to do the recaps, thinking, How much work could it be? It’s a dumb show that never changes.

Read more at New York Magazine

No idle summer for Boston Bad Boy Steven Tyler

“American Idol” wraps up its 10th season this week, but while judges J.Lo and Randy Jackson are thisclose to their summer vacations, it’s the Same Old Song and Dance for new judge Steven Tyler, who will be back at it with Aerosmith.

The Bad Boys of Boston — who refused to perform on Wednesday’s finale even though their frontman promised they would — are scheduled to meet in the next couple of weeks to clear the air before getting down to the business of making their final album for Sony.

Read more at Boston Herald

Mark Ballas’ ‘DWTS’ journal: This is it

After getting the news that we’d made it to the last week of the season, Chelsea and I had to stop and smell the roses. We knew that the few minutes after Tuesday’s show following the press line would be our only moment of the week to take a breather. Little did I know it would be one of the last things I could smell all week!

Read more USA Today

Jedward to work with Aerosmith

JEDWARD and their quiffs show no signs of flopping. They are in talks for their biggest collaboration yet – with AEROSMITH frontman STEVEN TYLER on a new version of the rockers’ 70s hit Walk This Way.

A source said: “Jedward never thought someone like Steve would join forces with them and on such a massive song. But it looks likely to happen. The excitement has sent them into a spin.”

The Irish scamps have also just signed a deal to be the face of Oreo cookies across Europe after coming eighth in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Read more at The Sun

Risky business

Keep the ambulance engine running!

The upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent,” which begins next Tuesday, has already produced some life-threatening moments, says comedian Howie Mandel, who is one of the show’s judges.

“We have had some thrills and spills that I’ve never seen before — almost near-death experiences,”

he told reporters during a recent press conference.

“I don’t know if NBC is going to air them. But I’m telling you, it’s become the most dangerous show on television.”

Read more at The New York Post

  • windmills

    Kelly looks gorgeous!! She sang with Martina last night :)

    http://countrymusichalloffame.org/2011-medallion-ceremony

    In 1993, McEntire scored her eighteenth #1 with the classic duet “Does He Love You,” recorded with vocalist Linda Davis. Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson joined the band for a roof-raising version of the dramatic hit.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Excited to see footage from the walk of fame presentation.

  • Indigobunting

    Nice pictures surfacing of Danny Gokey presenting the Grammy Foundation Award Check to Glencliff High School in Nashville:

    http://iheartdannygokey.com/index.php/2011/05/23/pictures-grammy-foundation/

  • mmb

    Kelly looks awesome!

    Jedward and Aerosmith??? Um…….

  • sue

    Idoloonies with Uncle Nigel was cool too. Love the interview, Slezak is the best!

    The Durbin interview was good too. I see that James really doesn’t like being compared to Adam. I guess he is getting tired of it. Adam did say that he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. Awww…..poor thing, I hope they make up at the finale. :)

    Kelly does look great. I hope she will at the finale? Maybe?
    Those dang Jedward twins are getting famous, lol.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

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  • Valentin432

    I think Nigel mixed up the names, I believe it’s Jason and Archie who did Crazy not David C.
    He didn’t really answer about how tough it is to clear a song.

    I hope they consider limiting the votes per phone line and not the SYTYCD format.

    Other than that nothing really new, it was pretty clear the judges had watched dress rehearsals and thus were expecting big things from Haley second songs, that was a good way to create a story arc inside the episodes and probably helped with the vote totals.

  • Kirsten

    Barack and Michelle Obama arrived to Ireland and umm, it’s possible they will witness Jedward’s live performance today.

    What did the Obama’s ever do to Ireland to deserve that??!?!?!

    I went fishing through Idol twitters this morning to see if we can get any info about the finale (Paul is still the best twitterer), but I had to laugh at this from James a few days ago:

    “F’n Bible App! I just wanna read scripture NOT sign up & receive a free visor lol!”

    LOL. James, never change.

  • artemis

    TV show called Lee DeWyze-Way To Idol, filmed in Hong Kong, now being shown on Starworld. This includes an awesome acoustic performance of Earth Stood Still:

    http://redbeanie.tumblr.com/post/5752398963

  • CindyM

    Adam’s VH1 Behind The Music confirmed. Won’t be in June it seems as the series doesn’t premiere until June 29th and they’re starting with Mossy Elliot. I’m hoping its closer to album or single release!

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/05/missy-elliott-miranda-lambert-enrique-iglesias-open-up-for-new-season-of-behind-the-music.html?dlvrit=95857

  • tls62

    ….

  • Trina

    See, now Slezak showed that if you cant resist the urge to bring up Adam’s name to James you can at least do it in a non-assy. non-baiting way.

  • theonlygirl

    Adam’s episode will air on August 10th according to the VH1 site. I’m hoping it will be very close to the single release! I am so excited about what comes next for Adam!

  • Chicagolaw

    James is very talented, I just have so much trouble getting past the ego. I mean, lots of former Idols worked their journey like a set list. Slezak did a nice job, as he always does with those exit interviews. And, in terms of all the Adam comparisons, the show set a lot of that up. Remember the edit where he compared his screams to Adam’s, and then they immediately cut to him doing ACIGC? If James doesn’t know where all the comparison started, he can look straight to the producers (well, and to his own quotes)

    On another topic, Kelly looks awesome!

    ETA: VERY good news about the date of Adam’s VH1 thing; I was a little worried when I thought it was airing in June, weeks before anything dropped.

  • tls62

    Adam’s episode will air on August 10th according to the VH1 site. I’m hoping it will be very close to the single release! I am so excited about what comes next for Adam!

    VH1 is a total fangirl over Adam. I have a feeling they’ve worked his appearance date around/near the new single drop date. Fingers crossed!! :)

  • cwm

    Adam did great on the AfterElton 2011 Hot 100 Men: :-)

    http://www.afterelton.com/2011-hot-100-results?page=0%2C0

  • Mel1

    Adam’s episode will air on August 10th according to the VH1 site. I’m hoping it will be very close to the single release! I am so excited about what comes next for Adam!

    Didn’t Adam already have a BTM that was on VH1?

  • Dakota01

    Here’s the link for the upcoming BTM episodes:

    http://on.vh1.com/j10fG4

  • certain1

    From THR article posted above

    13. Elliott Yamin
    Season 5
    •Currently Working on his third album (just released in Japan) and shopping for a new deal.

    My guess is the be your own boss thing is just not cutting it if you want some success this far out of idol.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Oh Nigel. It wasn’t David Cook and David Archuleta singing “Crazy,” it was Archuleta and Castro. You could see Slezak twitching to correct him, but he held back. Haven’t watched James yet.

    Hmm. Nigel seemed to take a couple of digs at Lauren Alaina, or was it just me?

  • girlygirl

    very cool video/slide show wrapping up Kris’s Berklee City Music tour. Lots of pics of the Berklee City kids and behind the scenes stuff!

    RaiseYourVoices
    Berklee City Music Tour Wrap-Up (with one more treat)! http://bit.ly/jQ6liK

  • Dakota01

    Didn’t Adam already have a BTM that was on VH1?

    Mel1, it was E! True Hollywood Story.

  • Kirkee

    Adam’s Behind the Music airs in August? But that can’t be right. Didn’t someone here say for sure that it was airing in June? :)

  • girlygirl
  • Eileen99

    I went fishing through Idol twitters this morning to see if we can get any info about the finale

    I guess I wasn’t paying attention last year, but does this seem a little late to be getting information on the Finale performances? Why do I get the feeling Idol is slapping this together at the last minute? It seems like TMZ Nigel would want to leak something by now?

  • sma11ie

    Kelly looks gorgeous!!

    She looks like she’s lost weight? Also in the pic of the album shoot she posted the other day…

    Adam did say that he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. Awww…..poor thing, I hope they make up at the finale.

    Ooh, did Adam respond after James’ comment about being “nothing but nice to that guy”? I think they both seem to be good guys, and neither meant anything by their comments, just being nosy about possible drama =P.

    Can’t watch Nigel’s vid right now, anything interesting?

  • mmb

    If BTM is in August, no doubt a new single will be released sometime between late July or August. Yay!!!

  • Mel1

    Didn’t Adam already have a BTM that was on VH1?

    Mel1, it was E! True Hollywood Story.

    I’m not mistaking it for THS. Maybe BTM was taped awhile ago and announced awhile ago too – ?

  • Tess

    I have to laugh at James Durbin’s interview with TVLine. And I’ll give him credit for ‘doing things never before done on the Idol stage’…but the caveat will be that ‘who in the heck would have wanted to?’

    American Idol itself has progressed from ‘stand in one place’ “performances” to all out using every inch of the stage and all the tricks (in one performance, no less). In my limited memory I remember Daughtry breaking out in season 4 and “moving” and it has continued and grown from there.

    What James did was bring the performance level on Idol to its illogical conclusion…to much, to frenetic…the performance became everything with the vocals taking a severe hit (sort of like many current pop stars). For me there is a fine line with being an “entertainer” and just being “all show no go”. James is definitely in the latter category for me.

  • Mel1

    Cool Adam is #2 in the top 100 hottest guys, but that pic they used? C’mon, there are thousands of pics floating around of Adam.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The Arkansas magazine, 501LifeMag is running a pets feature next month that includes Kris’ wife Katy & their dog Zorro.

    501LifeMag:
    Check out @katyallen and @KrisAllen’s special family member, @ZorroPup, in our June “Pets” issue! http://bit.ly/jdI52I

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Nigel’s video is actually pretty enjoyable. He takes Slezak’s questinos seriously and gives honest answers. Waffles again on the “pan Haley’s first song because second one is so good” thing.

  • Mel1

    Does James think using a set list is his original idea? He’s never watched AI before S10? At least Adam credited David Cook when he did it.

  • mmb

    I’m not mistaking it for THS. Maybe BTM was taped awhile ago and announced awhile ago too

    Maybe you are just thinking about discussion last month ( or earlier) about Kris taping an interview for use in Adams BTM. The BTM episode has ( obviously) not aired yet and Adam has never done a BTM before

  • tls62

    Does James think using a set list is his original idea? He’s never watched AI before S10? At least Adam credited David Cook when he did it.

    His arrogance is more than I, or the rock/metal world is capable of stomaching.

  • sma11ie

    I mean, lots of former Idols worked their journey like a set list.

    Yeah, I heard James say that, and I was like, err? Seriously? David Cook, and IIRC Adam Lambert both talked about setting up their season’s performances as a set list… in fact, I’m pretty sure in a bunch of post-Idol interviews, David Cook credited the Idol staff with helping him come up with that idea- Debra Byrd, IIRC. Sooo… if anything, that idea predates all these guys, and came from the vocal coach, lol.

    In my limited memory I remember Daughtry breaking out in season 4 and “moving” and it has continued and grown from there.

    I remember watching Idol Rewind a while back and saw some performance of Bo Bice where he toted his mike stand around during the whole song as he stalked the stage. I remember thinking it looked a little awkward, and then I remember seeing him talk about doing it in his talking head interview, and how his season, they weren’t allowed instruments, so he worked that mike stand like an instrument or something. Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and it seemed to me like it was a big deal at that time because he was working the stage in a new way?

  • aa618892

    Dakota01 says:
    05/23/2011 at 10:25 am

    Here’s the link for the upcoming BTM episodes:

    http://on.vh1.com/j10fG4

    Very excited for this. If it airs in August then it is very good timing for the first single off of Adam #2.

  • girlygirl

    There have been a lot of Idols prior to James that used their Idol performances as a sort of set list. David Cook, Adam and Kris jump immediately to mind, but there were probably pothers even prior to David C. The only thing I think James did on Idol that hasn’t been done before is the metal stuff. (oh and the flaming piano)

  • Mel1

    Maybe you are just thinking about discussion last month ( or earlier) about Kris taping an interview for use in Adams BTM. The BTM episode has ( obviously) not aired yet and Adam has never done a BTM before

    Thanks. That’s what it was. There was a discussion of Kris tweeting, or someone tweeting Kris interviewing at VH1. It sure seems like it was months ago, tho.

  • Dakota01

    There have been a lot of Idols prior to James that used their Idol performances as a sort of set list. David Cook, Adam and Kris jump immediately to mind

    I’ve heard that certainly about David and Adam but don’t recall ever hearing that about Kris’ idol performances, but I’m sure there have been others.

    VH1 is already tweeting about BTM:

    @VH1
    VH1
    Mark your calendars! New season of #BehindTheMusic features @AdamLambert @Ricky_Martin @maryjblige and more! http://on.vh1.com/mRnBiK
    5 minutes ago

    This will be such great promo for Adam’s second era. Yay!!

  • Valentin432

    Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and it seemed to me like it was a big deal at that time because he was working the stage in a new way?

    Bo was the first that I remember going up and down the stage with the mike stand.
    He rotated it above his head too.

    But many people worked the stage before that. Fantasia went a bunch of times in the audience for her songs.
    For the firs two seasons, I think they were more or less standing still or going two steps to the left and two steps to the right.

  • Tess

    Speaking of James….

    Hopefully, for his personal psyche, he gets something beyond the idol tour this summer. I feel the man has blown his idol journey and his contribution to it very much out of proportion and that he is setting himself up for a tremendous fall if his dreams don’t become reality.

    I just don’t understand how these current idolettes who should be exposed to nine prior seasons really think that they are the “ONE” who is going to break out and be the next thing. At this point in time only 3 idolettes: Kelly, Carrie, and Daughtry are sure things (based on their years of success with Daughtry’s hold a bit more tenuous). Of course many idolettes have a nice career whether its acting, broadway, reality shows, jazz clubs, or pbs but its proven to be a long journey from the idol stage to actual national or international “stardom”.

    Hopefully James ladylove will keep him grounded…I’d hate for any idol to really crash and burn and I can’t get rid of the feeling that James journey maybe the most tenuous.

  • JOJOSIE

    As a watcher of all seasons, I’ll state that Daughtry was in season 5 and didn’t move much, just thru his head back and stomped his foot. Taylor Hicks was the first real mover on and off the Idol stage. I think those who are so critical of James are not informed about his disorders and their effects. I thought he did great and didn’t hear the pitch problems that some seem to keep repeating. It’s like if you say it enough it must be true. I’m glad Adam made another statement as even tho I’m a real fan of his (been to 5 shows and met him 3 times) I think he sometimes is too unfiltered also. Waiting to see what James does at the finale.

  • girlygirl

    Dakota01

    Kris talked about his strategy in several interviews right after winning S8. He should definitely be put on that list with David C and Adam

  • Mel1

    As a watcher of all seasons, I’ll state that Daughtry was in season 5 and didn’t move much, just thru his head back and stomped his foot.

    I had to lol at that. The picture in my head is not very cool. But then again, I’ve seen Daughtry on TV years after S5, and he still doesn’t do much.

  • Valentin432

    As a watcher of all seasons, I’ll state that Daughtry was in season 5 and didn’t move much, just thru his head back and stomped his foot.

    If you rewatch Higher Ground, or A Little More Conversation, there’s a lot more movement than that.

  • Mel1

    I’m glad Adam made another statement as even tho I’m a real fan of his (been to 5 shows and met him 3 times) I think he sometimes is too unfiltered also.

    Adam admitted that quite some time ago about not having a filter. I think it is refreshing, tho, because he is brutally honest. Now we won’t get to hear (read) what he really thinks of idol performances since he was critized so much for his critique. How come Melinda Dolittle wasn’t slammed for her comments?

  • sma11ie

    I thought he did great and didn’t hear the pitch problems that some seem to keep repeating. It’s like if you say it enough it must be true.

    I appreciated James for his showmanship, and thought he sounded great on occasion, but the pitch problems were not imagined. I did not hear them because others were beating the idea into my head– I heard them independently of others’ assessment.

    But many people worked the stage before that. Fantasia went a bunch of times in the audience for her songs.

    I didn’t watch the earlier seasons (in fact, I only saw part of S6 and started full seasons in S7, and I only caught some of S2 and S5 on Idol rewind), but I believe that about Fantasia. I saw her WTF (but kinda awesome) performance in S7 that caused the famous Simon look and knew she could work the stage. Anyway, I’m sure many people worked the stage before James, but I do think the more elaborate staging and productions didn’t really start until Adam…?

  • CindyM

    Adam didn’t have elaborate staging though. Some lighting, but no pyro, no flaming pianos, no marching bands, etc. Most of the time it was just Adam, some nice lighting and the same old backgrounds projected in the background.

    Yeah, I heard the pitch problems too as did many many reviewers of the show. Rather than if you say it enough it must be true, its sometimes if you love the contestant enough, you might not hear :)

  • TylerWV

    Ive watched Idol since finale night season 1. The first real entertainer that I can remember was Fantasia. Check out YouTube A Fool In Love. Think thats the title and Simon picked it for her. She burned the stage up, went out in the audience, blew Clive Davis away with that performance. I thought Bo was excellent in working the stage as well. Taylor Hicks knew how it was done. I like the singer/entertainer best, but vocals have to come first for me.

  • Chicagolaw

    The interesting thing is that Adam didn’t really have elaborate staging and productions. He worked the stage without all that. Maybe some lighting (and stairs that one time, lol). It was pretty much all about his voice. I think performing with KISS at the finale was the first time he did anything “elaborate.” So, I will give James full credit for the flaming piano, assorted pyro, and guest guitarists :)

    CindyM, you beat me to it!

  • Mel1

    Adam didn’t have elaborate staging though. Some lighting, but no pyro, no flaming pianos, no marching bands, etc. Most of the time it was just Adam, some nice lighting and the same old backgrounds projected in the background.

    Come to think of it, the production was very simple – nothing extra to bring in. He was the first to walk down Ryan’s stairs. He had the blue lighting for Mad World. So what was the big deal about his big productions, anyway?

    I thought it was more about flipping the songs.

  • Valentin432

    but I do think the more elaborate staging and productions didn’t really start until Adam…?

    Adam used consistently staging elements to benefit its performance, but I don’t think he invented it.

    If you go and look at a performance like Solitaire. The way they used the lights to make Clay look like some kind of Heavenly creature was probably a big part of the performance’s impact.
    For Fantasia Summertime, she was laying down on the floor in a theatrical way and the fact that they split the screen for the telecast probably helped to create a “moment”.

    Adam understood the advantage of a good presentation better than anybody in part because he came from a theater background and used those elements.

    Check out YouTube A Fool In Love. Think thats the title and Simon picked it for her. She burned the stage up, went out in the audience, blew Clive Davis away with that performance

    That was Chain of Fools and one of the performance I was thinking about when bringing up Fantasia.

    You can compare it to the way Tamyra Gray did it in season 1. I remember Simon talking about that particular performances just before season 9. He really thought Tamyra was going to be a star.

  • weareallinnocent

    Not so much Idol news, but Gaga gets a lot of print here too, so… If any is interested, Amazon has Gaga’s new mp3 album on sale for $.99 TODAY ONLY. :-) It’s not the deluxe, but whatever. < $1.00 works for me! Enjoy~

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  • Indigobunting

    Adam admitted that quite some time ago about not having a filter. I think it is refreshing, tho, because he is brutally honest.

    I also find it refreshing and entertaining, lol. Although sometimes you do mentally kick your favorite when they say something they shouldn’t.

    It causes controversy, but the Idols who speak their mind without a filter come out with interesting quotes, not just boring PC stuff we’ve heard 1000 times before.

  • Dakota01

    Adam understood the advantage of a good presentation better than anybody coming from a theater background and used those elements.

    He really did. No doubt the theater background served him well during his Idol run. As he said when he was mentor … give the audience something to listen to, to look at and to feel.

  • Fullmoon

    This will be such great promo for Adam’s second era. Yay!!

    This is going to be so much better than THS one. VH1 BTM is huge and shown worldwide. I remember Adam saying his album will be released worldwide at the same time as US release. His THS was just aired in Africa so he’s staying very much in the public conscious.

    From THR article:

    Editor’s note: For those wondering, where were L.A. residents and Idol favorites Adam Lambert and David Cook? The latter had non-cancellable meetings apparently. The former? We’re not sure, but needless to say, we were beyond bummed that he couldn’t join our ridiculously fun shoot.

    I’m sure both guys were really busy. :)

  • EmyR

    Very excited about the BTM, especially it’s airing date. I’m glad it will possibly maximize exposure for a single release. Also, yay for doing so well on AE’s poll! I think both AE and VH1 had their Glambert goggles on when picking their pictures though. The beard looks better after time, and Adam still looks good, but still, a more current picture would be nice.

    Oh, I didn’t even see Kris on the AE list, nice catch. Granted, I only skimmed the list names and focused primarily on the top 30, so easy miss.

  • sma11ie

    @AmericanIdol: AI7 champ @thedavidcook stops by finale rehearsal to scope the scene. Download his NEW video for FREE on #iTunes 2day!! http://t.co/gvGTiIV

    Adam didn’t have elaborate staging though. Some lighting, but no pyro, no flaming pianos, no marching bands, etc. Most of the time it was just Adam, some nice lighting and the same old backgrounds projected in the background.

    That’s true. Probably, I had the impression Adam’s performances were more involved because he made good use of the lighting and the stairs that were new his season. He didn’t have props, really. I think in S7, Syesha was the one who sang on a piano, danced around a chair, and had musicians on the stage that she danced around… but not a lot of props were used in S8. I think in S9, they got so desperate for some variety from so many contestants standing in front of the mic stand with their guitars, that they had to bring out the bagpipes, or the carpet, the gospel choir, etc.

  • Fullmoon

    Yeah, I heard the pitch problems too as did many many reviewers of the show. Rather than if you say it enough it must be true, its sometimes if you love the contestant enough, you might not hear :)

    So true and sometimes when a “shiny new toy” comes along you can be blinded and not pay attention and hear. :)

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Yesterday I went on YouTube and watched several AI season 1 videos. Mostly Kelly Clarkson performances, but still… Season 1 seemed strangely refreshing.

    The contestants didn’t seem heavily type cast. They seems like regular young adults that you could find in any American city. The original judging panel usually didn’t waste much time with their critiques. The set was small and the show really had that “karaoke” feel, but it was so much appealing to me than the show that AI is now.

  • windmills

    Toys ‘R’ Us Children’s Fund Gala press release:

    On 19th May 2011, leaders from the toy and juvenile products industries joined together to celebrate the 2011 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., and during this special evening of entertainment and fundraising, $5 million was raised to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The star-studded gathering was hosted by Emmy® and Tony Award®-winning comedian Martin Short and featured a dazzling performance by five-time GRAMMY® award-winner Carrie Underwood.

    Also USA Today review of Brad Paisley’s album mentions his duet with Carrie as a highlight track. IMO as horrible as the 1st single was, it’s a really good album built around the concept of doing a survey of country music.

  • tls62

    Adam didn’t have elaborate staging though. Some lighting, but no pyro, no flaming pianos, no marching bands, etc. Most of the time it was just Adam, some nice lighting and the same old backgrounds projected in the background.

    I had to actually stop and run the performances back through my mind because this seemed incorrect. You’re exactly right though. It seemed like so much more than lighting and a set of stairs, or a stool. Goes to show what a voice and stage presence can do. He’s a master at it for sure.

  • Mel1

    Editor’s note: For those wondering, where were L.A. residents and Idol favorites Adam Lambert and David Cook? The latter had non-cancellable meetings apparently. The former? We’re not sure, but needless to say, we were beyond bummed that he couldn’t join our ridiculously fun shoot.

    I wonder if Adam was even invited. He doesn’t seem to be too involved with much of AI events like Kris. It seems like Kris is everywhere these days, and Adam is in hiding (or partying with his friends).

  • Trina

    Way back when Daughtry got some elaborate lighting for a couple of performances that was considered by some to be pimping heh.

    See I think the producers probably wanted to ramp up the production this year to go along with all the changes. Didnt Pia and someone else get some pyro for a performance? Then James came along wanting to set things on fire and use marching bands so I figure they must have loved it so they went along with it. One of the complaints the producers had last year was that contestants hid behind their instruments too much. Yeah it took away from James’ vocals at times but at least Carole King week he knew when had to dial it back, lose the props and show he can sing.

    I’m sorry to sound like a total snob here but I was glad Adam and David werent included in that picture. There were people there I couldnt even remember their name.

  • Chicagolaw

    David and Adam are my two favorites. Glad they weren’t at the photo shoot, wouldn’t expect them to be there (much like I wouldn’t expect Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry, Kelly, and Carrie to be there). Yeah, hugely unpopular, I know. But I said it, lol.

    In my opinion there is being grateful to the show and supporting it (which both Adam and David do); and then there is actually taking several steps backward…

    Thanks Trina! Glad I’m not the only snob here :)

  • larc

    Tess says:
    For me there is a fine line with being an “entertainer” and just being “all show no go”. James is definitely in the latter category for me.

    ITA!

    OK, I’m probably jumping into the fire with this, but here goes…

    I think sometimes people tend to credit those with disabilities for doing things when they wouldn’t be impressed if a non-disabled person did the same thing. That’s certainly understandable and even a good thing in some cases, but not when it comes to entertaining. A performance is good, so-so or bad regardless of any condition of the performer. Performances need to be taken completely at face value and forced to stand on their own. Besides, making allowances and lowering standards for disabled entertainers are insulting, IMO.

    Not saying James necessarily got any undue mileage out of his disabilities when he was on the show, but it did seem there was a lot of raving about some of his performances that clearly just weren’t good enough to merit it.

  • EmyR

    It seems like Kris is everywhere these days, and Adam is in hid? Aing.

    I know right, always this or that about Kris’s and his dog, it’s a wonder he has time to focus on his music.

  • tls62

    He doesn’t seem to be too involved with much of AI events like Kris.

    IMO, that’s a good thing. While always being respectful of AI and thankful of where it’s put him, I’m glad he’s moved out of that bubble.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Billboarddotcom:
    U2 will perform on American Idol season finale, the band’s manager revealed to us backstage at the #bbma. http://bit.ly/kv3FCV #idol

  • Dakota01

    I’m sorry to sound like a total snob here but I was glad Adam and David werent included in that picture. There were people there I couldnt even remember their name.

    Aww, you’re not a snob. I feel the exact same way.

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    Amazon has Gaga’s new mp3 album on sale for $.99 TODAY ONLY. Be sure to link to Amazon through mj’s links. The special shows up on the home page, or at least it did for me this a.m.

    Yes, it was on my Amazon home page too (after clicking on MJ’s link, of course). Great deal to get the entire CD for 99 cents although the comments are saying it’s taking a long time to download. Either way, it’s a great deal if you like that kind of music.

  • luly

    EmyR -Most of the recent news about Kris are music related.

    I find it interesting to read about the current careers of contestants that made to different stages on the show.

  • koshka

    IMO, that’s a good thing. While always being respectful of AI and thankful of where it’s put him, I’m glad he’s moved out of that bubble.

    I don’t think it is a matter of moving out of the bubble, rather knowing when to accept invitation for specific events and how that plays into the bigger picture. As a non-winner I doubt 19 is exerting as much pressure than if he had won.

  • Valentin432

    Good news about U2 being confirmed for the finale, I hope they perform with one of the contestants.

  • theonlygirl

    I’m sure he was invited, just as Cook and every other Idol ever. But people make choices. I am personally glad he didn’t go. As a non Idol watcher, and MJs follower I only recognized Kris, Allison and Archie.

    Adam, as well as other Idols, are grateful to Idol, doesnt mean they have to go to every AI related event ever. Plus, I for one am excited to see Adam at the finale.

    And Adam is working on his album and yes, spending time with his boyfriend and friends. It’s not his fault that no one photographs him going to a studio alone, while a lot do when he’s getting a tattoo or at a party. And as much as he doesn’t like it, I am grateful for the new pictures we get almost everyday and the adorable Adam and boyfriend pictures!

  • Mel1

    Good news about U2 being confirmed for the finale, I hope they perform with one of the contestants.

    Did Prince sing with anyone? As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists, like Queen did with Adam and Kris.

  • smeggingnuts

    Mel1
    It seems like Kris is everywhere these days, and Adam is in hiding (or partying with his friends).

    Lol or you know in the studio

  • Elliegrll

    IMO, that’s a good thing. While always being respectful of AI and thankful of where it’s put him, I’m glad he’s moved out of that bubble.

    Keeping close ties to AI hasn’t seemed to hurt Carrie Underwood’s career.

    I know right, always this or that about Kris’s and his dog, it’s a wonder he has time to focus on his music.

    The vast majority of the press that Kris has received over the last month has been about his co-write on Matthew Morrison’s album, as well as his tour with the Berklee school. I’m not sure how news about his dog would keep Kris from working on his album.

  • artemis

    weareallinnocent-
    Thanks so much for the heads-up about Gaga’s album for sale for .99 on Amazon MP3s-just bought it, through MJ’s link. If you watch (or follow them on twitter), they have some amazing bargains.

    For anyone interested in Lee’s preIdol music, Slumberland and So I’m Told are on sale for 2.99 at Amazon MP3s.

  • Mel1

    Yeah, I know Adam has been in the studio. He even had to reply to someone who thought he was taking too many vacations (Bora Bora, NYC) and partying with his friends too much. He did say he has been in the studio 6-8 hours almost everyday.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Considering Kris has been in LA since January, I would say he is probably winding down on the demo & writing front. So it is great that he has had time the past couple of weeks to get out and about to “industry” events like BMI, NARM and also do the AI photo shoot. He has also had performances recently, including the Berklee tour, Spartanburg & the Kentucky Derby. As been mentioned, they make choices on which events to attend. It is a personal choice and not a knock on anyone.

  • sma11ie

    According to the WMSoundcheck twitter, David Cook is taping today. Busy day for him. He was just at the AI rehearsals (his DYFAM performance is tomorrow!), he’s set to show at the Simon Fuller Walk of Fame ceremony, and he’s got the Walmart taping somewhere among all this!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I enjoyed the where are they now thingie, but this was funny:

    If she could change her Idol elimination song… “I think my performance of ‘This Is My Now’ in the finale is what did me in. If I could go back and arrange it differently with more of my style, I would. Who knows, maybe I could have won it!”

    Didn’t know Blake had a sex change.

  • luly

    kaspershow Live from the Nokia Theater in LA for the #Idol finale, got the Ustream is up & running: http://ow.ly/50R6u

  • Mel1

    An excerpt (translated) from a Bulgarian article:

    Last night Adam Lambert had a brand new tattoo. The ink has been created in the LA Ink studio of Cat Von D – the chick that got Sandra Bullock and Jessy James divorced!

    Is that true about Cat Von D?

  • luly

    tkradio any questions for any of the #americanidol top 10? tweet me some… just talked to casey abrams… pia toscano coming…

  • Charli

    Cat Von D wasn’t responsible. The ten other chicks he hooked up were responsible. She’s just the fool who’s going to marry that creep. And I used to like her. gah

    I will give her this, she does really good work. But she has horrid taste in men.

  • luly

    trei1658: KAO Update: KAOWebCrew: Explains Kris Allen’s management structure; http://bit.ly/fu2zso

  • Trina

    Did Prince sing with anyone? As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists, like Queen did with Adam and Kris.

    Prince didnt sing with anyone. And U2 wouldnt be a good fit at all for Scotty and Lauren.

    There’s a difference between embracing AI and being grateful (something Adam and David both are), then there’s accepting every single invitation to every type of Idol event no matter how small. I’m trying to picture Carrie, or Daughtry, or Kelly taking part in a photo with people like Antonella Barbra or whatever the hell her name was.

  • CindyM

    Kris went to the ASCAP awards? I know Adam presented there, I didn’t know Kris was there.

  • Mel1

    Prince didnt sing with anyone. And U2 wouldnt be a good fit at all for Scotty and Lauren.

    Now that I think about it, it would be disastrous for Scotty to have a duet with anyone other than a country singer.

  • Kris

    There’s a difference between embracing AI and being grateful (something Adam and David both are), then there’s accepting every single invitation to every type of Idol event no matter how small. I’m trying to picture Carrie, or Daughtry, or Kelly taking part in a photo with people like Antonella Barbra or whatever the hell her name was.

    I don’t see the problem with being in the photo shoot. I also don’t see the problem with not being there. I also don’t see how attending the event is the same as accepting every idol event. I’m quite sure many of the idols who were there have not attended every single idol event. Nor does attending somehow mean they are less then or not as important as other idols. They all got their start from the same place. You may not like Antonella but she was an idol. And many of those who attended were idols who got very far in the competition.

  • tinawina

    Loved the Idoloonies with Nigel. That was good stuff!

    It was interesting to hear his mindset on replacing Simon and the new character of the judging panel. I want to see if down the road, he’ll admit to some of the problems and what they will do to fix it. And how to get Steven to stop being scared. LOL

    As well as this season has done in ratings, buzz, and advance concert sales, I do think the judging is the big, huge achillies heel that can really hurt them. That is what made people long for Simon. He was barely missed at first but that all turned around by the end. They also need the winner to be a commercial success (interesting to hear Nigel basically admit that successful winners have given the show the ability to last so long BTW).

  • J9BT

    Cleveland’s 96.5 is broadcasting live from the Nokia theater HERE

    The radio station only got to interview 3 people & are PO’d they had such limited access. I was so excited because the DJ commented on air that he liked one of my questions for James, but unfortunately didn’t get to interview him. :-(

    I heard only Naima, someone from a cooking show (that I don’t watch) and missed the 1st person. Boo.

    ETA: The camera/sound continues to be on and the DJ is cursing up a storm about how disorganized this was – said everyone should have had a limit of 3 minutes & rotated everyone around. Wonder who was in charge of it.

  • CRB

    It kind of sounded to me like Haley was unloading the dishwasher and talking to Ryan at the same time. Clearly a multitasker.

  • Tess

    I kind of get the feeling that events like the picture above are important if your fav made it, and unimportant if they didn’t. Personally I don’t think an article showing your picture on a media site with an AI connection is really important…considering the fact that management didn’t make sure their guys were there…it probably wasn’t.

  • SpenserJ

    I’m trying to picture Carrie, or Daughtry, or Kelly taking part in a photo with people like Antonella Barbra or whatever the hell her name was.

    I really don’t see a problem with showing up for this, or not showing up for it. But, I am kind of wondering if Kris’s management didn’t get the memo :). It does feel like he’s a little out of place with all of those also-rans (many of whom, as an avid fan of this show, I failed to even recognize).

    Not trying to knock Kris – because I like him a lot. It just seems almost like the winners boycotted the photo shoot and forgot to tell him LOL.

  • dy77

    For those wondering where Kris is today, or who just want to follow the action at the Simon Fuller event:
    http://twitter.com/krisallenlists/s10idolfinale

    This list will also be used for following the performance & results shows, so not just for Kris fans, enjoy!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris went to the ASCAP awards? I know Adam presented there, I didn’t know Kris was there.

    You are right. I updated my post. Steve Kipner received an award for LLWD but Kris was not there.

  • iluvai

    So true and sometimes when a “shiny new toy” comes along you can be blinded and not pay attention and hear. :)

    I think Paul, Casey, Naima, Haley, and others all fall into the “shiny new toy” category. So call the kettle black other fans!

  • sma11ie

    Not trying to knock Kris – because I like him a lot. It just seems almost like the winners boycotted the photo shoot and forgot to tell him LOL.

    LOL. I like Kris a lot too, but LOL. It’s like what happens when you show up to a party without calling your friends first to make sure they’re all going, only to find out once you get there that all your friends had bailed, and it’s a lame crowd. I hate when that happens! Disclaimer, I’m not saying everyone at the shoot is lame- just making a loose analogy. I like a lot of those alumni.

  • weareallinnocent

    Thanks so much for the heads-up about Gaga’s album for sale for .99 on Amazon MP3s

    You’re very welcome!

  • SpenserJ

    This list will also be used for following the performance & results shows, so not just for Kris fans, enjoy!

    Hey, cool. Thanks for sharing :). Maybe we’ll get some good intel from rehearsals.

  • Elliegrll

    I’m trying to picture Carrie, or Daughtry, or Kelly taking part in a photo with people like Antonella Barbra or whatever the hell her name was.

    It’s a picture that appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, but even if it was for the Examiner, I doubt that Carrie or Daughtry would look down on it because it featured idol alums who haven’t achieved as much as they have. If they thought this way, then they need to avoid being seen with Adam, and anyone else who has been on the show in recent years.

    I’m not sure how we came to the conclusion that Kris accepts invitations to everything, maybe that comes from the same place as the idea that he’s only got media attention because of his dog. NARM and the BMI awards are major media events, aside from recent concerts that he’s had, I’m not sure where else he’s shown up that can be viewed as Kris slumming.

    considering the fact that management didn’t make sure their guys were there…it probably wasn’t.

    Last time I checked, Kris and Adam have the same management, as do the current crop of AI finalists.

    It’s funny how a favorite appearing at one function means that that function or event is a big deal, but if they weren’t present, then that means that it didn’t matter.

    Kris went to the ASCAP awards? I know Adam presented there, I didn’t know Kris was there.

    Kris went to the BMI awards, which makes sense, since he is signed with BMI, and not ASCAP.

    Personally I don’t think an article showing your picture on a media site with an AI connection is really important

    The picture isn’t just on the site, it’s in last week’s Hollywood Reporter, along more than 20 pages of coverage on American Idol. Including interviews with the judges, producers, and a quote from Kris.

  • Fullmoon

    Adam in Russian Article: Shock, Brilliance, Beauty! http://on.fb.me/ipruY9

    @Radio_Maximum
    Live High Society,Adam Lambert,answer questions Olga Maximova,Alexandra Bona and Igor Pankov! http://bit.ly/kSCba2

  • annie12120

    So, Adam and David are too “good”, “important” and “special” to be involved in Idol related activities? They are just so much better and above the rest that they don’t need to go to this? How about that. ok.
    That is just all kinds of wrong. They need to take a page out of Kris and Carrie Underwood’s book.
    Anyone who has been on Idol will be known to be from Idol for the rest of their careers. It’s their choice to go on the show. Trying to hide the fact is ridiculous

  • theonlygirl

    Aren’t we getting things confused?

    I don’t see Carrie in the middle of that Hollywood Reporter picture! I agree that Carrie is very friendly with Idol, just as Adam and Cook are. That’s why Cook is going to the finale to sing his going-home song. That’s why Adam is going to the finale this week.

    I honestly think Carrie wouldn’t be caught dead in that picture, but that is my personal opinion.

  • windmills

    sma11ie: LOL. I like Kris a lot too, but LOL. It’s like what happens when you show up to a party without calling your friends first to make sure they’re all going, only to find out once you get there that all your friends had bailed, and it’s a lame crowd. I hate when that happens!

    CAPES!!!!

  • Mel1

    They need to take a page out of Kris and Carrie Underwood’s book.

    Adam and David go where their agents/managers book them.

  • sma11ie

    So, Adam and David are too “good”, “important” and “special” to be involved in Idol related activities? [...] That is just all kinds of wrong. They need to take a page out of Kris and Carrie Underwood’s book.

    Erm… there really is zero indication that either Adam or David feel this way. They were busy and didn’t show up to one event. A few fans expressed that they were glad. We have no idea what Adam and David themselves think! So the idea that they need to take a page out of Kris and Carrie’s book, when in fact they may well feel the same way about Idol associations already, is a bit ridiculous, no?

    windmills: CAPES!!!!

    Oh no, I feel dumb. I don’t get your reference?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Getting ready to step in…already deleting posts.

  • Mel1

    I rewatched every one of Haley’s performances and noticed that Randy criticized her every single week except when she sang Janis Joplin. Even during the weeks J-Lo thought she was brilliant.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Adam and David go where their agents/managers book them.

    … and if there’s room in their schedules. Have you seen what Cook has been doing lately? He has non-stop radio gigs up & down the West Coast. I don’t know how why his name got brought up at all in that article. He’s way too busy right now to take in everything. Tough choices have to be made. ;)

  • SpenserJ

    So, Adam and David are too “good”, “important” and “special” to be involved in Idol related activities? They are just so much better and above the rest that they don’t need to go to this? How about that. ok.

    Well, we already know that David had meetings he couldn’t cancel, and odds are Adam was working in the studio. So, I’m not sure we should be assuming they had any ulterior motives for not appearing.

    I only made a joke about Kris looking out of place, because he was the only winner there. I found that humorous (sorry, I still do, and I love smallie’s party analogy LOL).

    This is likely the same situation as when some alumni show up for the finale and some don’t – it all depends on whether their schedule’s permit.

  • annie12120

    As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists,

    That would be the most horrific match up in the history of AI in my opinion. What needs to be fair and have those two sing with U2? There would be nothing fair to us poor viewers who actually like U2 if they were stuck with the kiddies.

    James, Casey, Paul, Pia, sure. But the 2 finalists? Ugh

    I’m glad the show is trying new things and not being so stuck with “the Rules according to the ancient history of American Idol”
    Too bad AI10 ended with two of the worst finalists ever. They will need bands like U2 to get some viewers to stay for the finale.

  • leome

    Cat Von D wasn’t responsible. The ten other chicks he hooked up were responsible.

    If he’s married with someone and hooks up with other people, he’s the responsible one.

    Is there any way to see the walk of fame thing? No one streaming it?

  • SpenserJ

    MJ’s other post clearly indicates that U2 will be doing music from the Spiderman show. U2 is not performing with any AI finalists. Not even Nigel could make that happen :).

  • Elliegrll

    Too bad AI10 ended with two of the worst finalists ever. They will need bands like U2 to get some viewers to stay for the finale.

    I doubt that people tune in just for the musical guests. Most people have no idea who will be performing until the night of the show.

  • leome

    That is just all kinds of wrong. They need to take a page out of Kris and Carrie Underwood’s book.

    But Carrie isn’t there too. Shouldn’t you put her in the same book as David and Adam and all the other 100+ idols who are not there?

  • smeggingnuts

    sma11ie
    windmills: CAPES!!!!

    Oh no, I feel dumb. I don’t get your reference?

    HEHE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQQXCutVwGg

  • annie12120

    But Carrie isn’t there too. Shouldn’t you put her in the same book as David and Adam and all the other 100+ idols who are not there?

    I am not a fan of Carrie or Kris – but they both appear to be sincere in their attitude towards Idol and what the show did for them. And even a non fan can get that impression from them.
    If any of the Idols, winners or otherwise, were asked and could make it, then good for them. If they couldn’t that is to be expected too. But to indicate that some Idols are too good or above going to this type of AI event seems to be putting a favorite into a very entitled, “too good for Idol” light.
    I’d assume almost all of them are grateful every day for this opportunity that AI gave them. They’d still be nobodies otherwise.

  • Mel1

    As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists,

    That would be the most horrific match up in the history of AI in my opinion. What needs to be fair and have those two sing with U2? There would be nothing fair to us poor viewers who actually like U2 if they were stuck with the kiddies.

    Of course, I wasn’t even thinking of their singing abilities. My apologies to everyone for even thinking that. The best thing is for U2 to NOT sing with anyone. They shouldn’t have to.

  • CindyM

    I am not a fan of Carrie or Kris – but they both appear to be sincere in their attitude towards Idol and what the show did for them. And even a non fan can get that impression from them.

    Well, since David and Adam have both proclaimed loudly and often how grateful they are to Idol, I imagine non fans can get that impression of them too. I mean, after Adam performed WWFM on Idol, he told 20 million people watching ‘I owe this show everything”.

  • Incipit

    Is there any way to see the walk of fame thing? No one streaming it?

    Leome, if you mean a live stream – not that I know of. But broad daylight on Hollywood Blvd, with a cast of characters like this occasion has? The coverage will be arriving, from paps and legit news outlets, I have no doubt.

    Looks like DavidC goes from the Simon Fuller Sidewalk Star to the Walmartian Soundcheck – they are all set up with Kyle’s drums in place, and promising tweets in progress.

    WMSoundcheck
    Check it out @thedavidcook fans! http://twitpic.com/51ldgi

    I saw an earlier pic of David at the Finale rehearsals – busy day!

  • smeggingnuts

    Mel1 says:
    05/23/2011 at 2:50 pm
    As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists,

    That would be the most horrific match up in the history of AI in my opinion. What needs to be fair and have those two sing with U2? There would be nothing fair to us poor viewers who actually like U2 if they were stuck with the kiddies.

    Of course, I wasn’t even thinking of their singing abilities. My apologies to everyone for even thinking that. The best thing is for U2 to NOT sing with anyone. They shouldn’t have to.

    awww but I want to see Durbin perform with U2 if they can’t get Dee Synder.

  • CindyM

    This is really cool. Dutch dance show performers performing a group dance to Adam’s acoustic Whataya Want From Me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAVIdX0tS8U

  • standtotheright

    I’d assume almost all of them are grateful every day for this opportunity that AI gave them. They’d still be nobodies otherwise.

    I agree, and I don’t think any of the really successful contestants would argue with that, or consider themselves above some kind of “class reunion” photo.

    That said, it seemed like most of the people in that photo were supporting the message that “AI finalists can still carve out solid entertainment industry careers without winning (or getting ‘de facto winner’ promo)” and having Kris Allen in there, or any other winner or highly commercially successful runner-up, kind of muddles that message, IMO.

    I like KA a lot personally, I am curious to see what happens with his next album, and I’m glad to see he’s been doing so much networking at industry events, but I think this particular feature would have had a better narrative if he were not in it.

  • windmills

    Since Carrie’s been dragged into this conversation, I’m just going to point out THR said it invited LA-based Idols to the photo shoot. Carrie’s based in Nashville. Also, I think the photoshoot happened around when Carrie’s husband was scheduled for shoulder surgery to deal with an injury he’s had since November. She was trying to hang close to home as much as possible.

    IMO it’d have been great to see more former Idols there but it’s easy to imagine how the date wouldn’t have worked for everybody.

    smeggingnuts: HEHE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQQXCutVwGg

    Thank you!!!! All the youtube links I could find of it didn’t work any more. sma11ie: this video explains my comment ;)

  • leome

    If any of the Idols, winners or otherwise, were asked and could make it, then good for them. If they couldn’t that is to be expected too. But to indicate that some Idols are too good or above going to this type of AI event seems to be putting a favorite into a very entitled, “too good for Idol” light.

    But neither David or Adam ever said they were too good for idol. They’ve been part of many idol activities and have thanked idol a lot. You were the one who said they thought they were too good for it and should take a page out of Carrie and Kris book when such thing was never even implied by them. :)
    If some fans didn’t want them there, that’s one thing, it doesn’t mean Adam or David didn’t want to be there.

    A pic from LA http://twitpic.com/51lrba
    you can see David and Kris, barely, but they’re there.

  • car3278sweet

    Ha! Capes! That was fantastic.

    Good news about U2 being confirmed for the finale, I hope they perform with one of the contestants.

    Did Prince sing with anyone? As huge as U2 is, it would only be fair for them perform with the top two finalists, like Queen did with Adam and Kris.

    LOL. I would actually pay to see Scotty and Bono singing together.

  • standtotheright

    LOL. I would actually pay to see Scotty and Bono singing together.

    He’ll be taking Mary J. Blige’s part in One.

  • miniglik

    Re: Durbin and pitch:

    Yeah, I heard the pitch problems too as did many many reviewers of the show. Rather than if you say it enough it must be true, its sometimes if you love the contestant enough, you might not hear

    I heard minor pitch problems, but I think it got exaggerated later on because he was so bad in Top 5 (huge pitch problems) and very mediocre in Top 4 week.

    As for reviews: until then he was consistantly positively reviewed (#13 all time on whatnottosing at that time, finished at #24). Looking at the way his performances were reviewed they took a definite down turn his last two weeks, but were highly rated before that. (And no, whatnottosing isn’t a perfect indicator, but it’s the best tool out there for analyzing how a performance is reviewed by social media.)

  • fadetowhite

    I’d assume almost all of them are grateful every day for this opportunity that AI gave them. They’d still be nobodies otherwise.

    You’re probably right.

    But I’d add that it’s also probably best (ETA: not!) to assume that the opinions of ex-idols are the same as those of one or more of their fans. I don’t think I’ve ever seen either Cook or Adam (or Carrie or anyone else) saying that they were too ‘big’ for or ‘above’ events like that photo shoot…And all we’re all doing on this site is expressing what we think, not claiming to be mouthpieces for others.

  • tinawina

    I heard occasional pitch problems, but I think it got exaggerated later on because he was so bad in Top 5 and very mediocre in Top 4 week.

    I remember him being really good the first few weeks but then getting spotty after that. It was more than those last few weeks IMO. What was that song where he said he worked on the rearrangement for 5 years? I remember comments about him losing the key in that one. And almost all the high energy really fun visual performances had moments where he lost the pitch IMO. I know Heavy Metal wasn’t one though, I think that one was good.

    I still think the judges failed him (and Jacob) because both of them needed to be told to watch that. And I have no doubt James would have if they hadn’t been blowing so much smoke up his ass.

  • leome

    Fuller with Carrie and Ryan. http://yfrog.com/h76uporgj
    We can also see Randy, David and Kris in the crowd.

  • luci

    Lol you beat me to it.

  • Tess

    Since ‘What Not to Sing’ ranks performances by media, blogger, and commentor rankings throughout the internet…it is as fallible as any other type of ranking. If a contestant is polarizing their “rankers” are going to run the gamut from extremely over-rated to extremely under-rated. So to base “Idol” performances on this criteria carries as much weight as some people give to “dial idol”.

    Unless WNTS would have publicly picked a prestigious group of critics…used the same ones over the life span of Idol, then and only then would the rankings be somewhat managable. With their current format my personal rankings carry just as much weight.

  • smeggingnuts
  • Pam

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  • Sassycatz

    David Cook at Fuller’s Hollywood Star event:

    http://lockerz.com/s/104205425

  • wordnerdarchie
  • windmills

    Kellie’s new single Tough will be the test track tomorrow at KMPS according to their music director Tony Thomas. Excited!!

  • Trina

    Dee Snyder and James would be the most awesomely OTT pairing. I’m down with that. Dee has been following him on Twitter for a while so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of reality.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Questions for Elliott Yamin? I’ll be interviewing him SOON.

  • miniglik

    Tess,
    I’m aware of WhatNotToSing’s limitations, but I do think it’s the best tool we have for showing trends.

  • sma11ie

    I remember him being really good the first few weeks but then getting spotty after that. It was more than those last few weeks IMO. What was that song where he said he worked on the rearrangement for 5 years? I remember comments about him losing the key in that one.

    It’s the While My Guitar Gently Weeps song. It was really off pitch, but the judges slobbered all over it because he cried… AND he got a pretty good WNTS rating on that too! Which made me give WNTS a side-eye, lol.

  • Keel

    Yummy
    http://lockerz.com/s/104205425

    Wow! Sunlight obviously agrees with Cook. He looks gooooood (<– pronounced with 5 syllables).

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    How about asking Elliott how he perceives the music industry has changed since he launched his first CD, and maybe what advice he would have for someone entering the post-Idol market today.

  • Incipit

    Wow! Sunlight obviously agrees with Cook. He looks gooooood (<– pronounced with 5 syllables).

    Yes it does, and yes, he does, Keel.

    Heh. he’s possibly wondering if today’s schedule includes lunch – or if he has to dash right off to the Walmartian Soundcheck Studio, where they are waiting. For such a good guy, he has the capacity to look subtly dangerous, at times. They better feed him! *snerk*

  • wordnerdarchie

    David Cook has arrived at soundcheck, so maybe, no time for lunch.

  • windmills

    Mary Murphy got an adorable picture of Lauren Alaina and Carrie while they were posing together at today’s Walk Of Fame event: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=7309069&l=5c6775a9f5&id=45084681985

  • annie12120

    But neither David or Adam ever said they were too good for idol.

    I wasn’t implying David or Adam were saying that. I was giving my opinion to posts that inferred these two and several others from the show were above Idol now and should distance themselves from the losers and also rans in that picture or perhaps other AI events that were considered beneath their fans now that their favorite idol has “made” it.

  • Elliegrll

    I remember him being really good the first few weeks but then getting spotty after that.

    This was my impression. I wondered if he’d hurt his voice, because I remember Debra Byrd saying that he went all out in rehearsals, soundcheck and the performances. They have to sing their songs five times on the day of the performance, so all of that may have caught up to him, or else he just got lazy in terms of focusing on controlling his voice.

    It’s the While My Guitar Gently Weeps song. It was really off pitch

    This is when I thought he might have strained his vocal chords, because there are youtube videos where he does a good job with this song.

  • Ratna12
  • lili_anne7

    Here’s one where you see Kris, David, Scotty, and Randy

    http://yfrog.com/hsjakdij

    There’s a lot more pics on this account of David Cook, Kris, and the Top 13

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Posted this on Michael Slezak’s site with respect to Nigel’s interview:

    Thank you Michael for a very interesting interview. I was surprised to hear Nigel chastise Randy for ‘piling on’ Haley. That alone enhanced my opinion of the man. With respect to a revamp of the voting process, I think that the ‘one device, one vote’ idea is probably a non-starter with Fox and AT&T. There’s a lot of $ to be made with power voting. I believe that the best solution would be to cap phone and internet votes at 50 and base text votes on a diminishing returns formula that keeps a 1 to 1 vote up to around 100 and then have each text vote after that ramp up to a text equaling 1/2 to 1/10 to 1/100 a vote. Then, you allow the judges (maybe not Randy) pick who goes home from the B3 up to the top 6 and get rid of the stupid save. There, I’ve fixed Idol :P

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    amadcow2, interesting idea, but as a non-customer and and h8er of ATT&T, I can’t text. So even given the diminishing returns, I have a problem with that. Why cap internet and phone at half the texting at the 1/1 ratio. I’m just curious about the logic.

    I also don’t like the idea of a SYTYCD-style sing off where the judges get to pick. They have enough say as it is, as far as I’m concerned.

    No doubt whatever they did to cap the vote, people would find a way around it. 50 online votes? I’ll set up multiple emails. 50 calls? I’ll call from all my phones. 50 texts? I will buy multiple gophones and then donate them to women’s shelters.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Here’s one where you see Kris, David, Scotty, and Randy

    http://yfrog.com/hsjakdij

    There’s a lot more pics on this account of David Cook, Kris, and the Top 13

    So it’s true. Scotty has a closet full of the same shirts all lined up in a row. I prefer to think of it like that rather than he sleeps and wears it multiple days in a row.

    His collection rivals the on my dad had. Trust me, his collection was vast, but it made him easy to shop for!

  • standtotheright

    No doubt whatever they did to cap the vote, people would find a way around it. 50 online votes? I’ll set up multiple emails. 50 calls? I’ll call from all my phones. 50 texts? I will buy multiple gophones and then donate them to women’s shelters.

    Yes, but the number of people who are willing to do that gets steadily smaller with each obstacle set in their path. If you are a powervoter, maybe you can justify the purchase of a gophone for a few months. Multiple gophones? Only a few people with no other obligations can get by with that.

    The online voting app has the right to retrieve information about accounts, so setting up multiple FB accounts (fake email or no) can trigger some flags to exclude those votes. And most people like having one FB account and wouldn’t even consider setting up more.

    The point is not to eliminate power voting entirely; one can’t. It’s just to constrain those who do it to a sufficient extent that casual voters are confident enough in the process to drop their 1-10 votes on performance night.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Leona Lewis appeared on BBC Radio 1 today. She sang a few songs and confirmed her third album should be out sometime in August.

    Leona Lewis – Better in Time/Man Down – Live Lounge 2011 HQ
    http://youtu.be/fH13hXmz9tA

    Leona Lewis – Let the Sun Shine – Live Lounge 2011 HQ
    http://youtu.be/CAo4uoitKi0

  • http://flamingnose.blogspot.com Scott

    I was at Simon Fuller’s star ceremony’ today, and let me tell you it was a who’s who of American Idol and 19alphabet.

    Here is a link to my pictures on flickr:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25997437@N03/sets/72157626790203192/

    I have shots of David Cook, Kris Allen, Carie Underwood, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Nigel Lithgow, most of the AI10 top 13, JLO & Marc Anthony,l Mary Murphy, Victoria Beckham, and Simon Fuller (naturally LOL).

    I thought David Cook and Stefano Langone were the sharpest dressed guys there. (Mr. Cook could get rid of that necklace bling thing – the cool embroidered jacket pocket & chain were enough, but he looked awsome with copper hair in the sun).

    David Cook and Kris Allen really have quite a bit of star power on red carpets (as informal as this was – more of a sidewalk walk lol). Huge crowd… cheering mostly for the Beckhams, JLo, David Cook, Kris Allen & Ryan Seacrest. Nice to see so many dudes into David & Kris. Paparazzi really into Beckhams & Cook the most.

    Simon Fuller took time at the end of his speech to praise Simon Cowell (who was not there). It was a very heartfelt and classy thing to do. It wasn’t just one quick mention – he went on for a minute or so praising Cowell and wishing him great success. I think Mr. Fuller is a class act and mad genius.

  • Teenytiny7
  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    So, president Obama survived Jedward performance.

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We met @BarackObama it was a moment that will go down in History for Jedward

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We were so excited about meeting him and he was so excited about meeting us @BarackObama

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    Yes we can @BarackObama we told him about Jed we can!

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    He wanted to know what Jedward meant! we said I’m John and I’m Edward together we are Jedward! @BarackObama

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    its was so cool that @BarackObama liked our Hair! Our hair has been approved by the Biggest person ever

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We were given a box of @BarackObama ‘Seal of the president of the United States M&M’s we will never eat them they will always be sealed

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We got pictures with @BarackObama but we are gonna be sent them! 3 awesome smiles! smiling all at the same time!

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    Barrack Obama looked exactly like he does in pictures and Tv @BarackObama

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We told Michelle Obama we saw here on loads of magazines like O Magazine and she looked really cool! and she said ahh thanks

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    Meeting @BarackObama means alot to us One step closer to America = one step closer to Britney Spears

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We can’t wait to go to the White House! @BarackObama

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    We Performed for President Barrack Obama he said thank you to us it was alot of fun

  • luly

    tkradio Idol’s Pia Toscano loves @Interscope records, but no deal… yet! http://t.co/W10AHpl

    tkradio Idol’s Pia Toscano confirms she’s performing with @krisallen and others at PBS Memorial Day concert downtown! http://t.co/oFJg2UM

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    Its so cool a year ago we met President @BarackObama as a wax work but this time he was Real and he moved and he was a Jedward fan!

    Jedward and Westlife sing for Obama
    http://youtu.be/s_NyTVBwQ4w

    Louis Walsh manages both Jedward and Westlife.

    Westlife member tweets a video: http://www.twitvid.com/MCZQP

  • tripp_ncwy

    This just posted.

    DweezySignal
    #NEWS: He is also no longer scheduled to perform at the KISS Viewing Party in LA. (confirmed)

    #NEWS: Lee DeWyze is NOT performing at the S10 American Idol Finale. (Confirmed by management)

  • Landmd

    Thank you Scott for those great pictures!!!
    Loved Haley’s interview with Ryan, seems like such a sweet girl and funny!!

  • CindyM

    WOW!

    # DweezySignal

    NEWS: He is also no longer scheduled to perform at the KISS Viewing Party in LA. (confirmed) 15 minutes ago via Splitweet

    # Dweezy Signal DweezySignal

    NEWS: Lee DeWyze is NOT performing at the S10 American Idol Finale. (Confirmed by management) 17 minutes ago via Splitweet

  • girlygirl

    wow…Lee’s not performing on the finale? seriously????

  • suenigma

    tripp_ncwy says:
    05/23/2011 at 7:00 pm
    This just posted.

    DweezySignal
    #NEWS: He is also no longer scheduled to perform at the KISS Viewing Party in LA. (confirmed)

    #NEWS: Lee DeWyze is NOT performing at the S10 American Idol Finale. (Confirmed by management)

    WOW! I sure hope that this was Lee’s decision, because otherwise it is the biggest dis of a former winning Idol EVER.

  • Triskel4

    Shocked that Lee is not performing at the finale. Is this a first? Man, I see “droppage” in his future.

  • girlygirl

    Lee says he wasn’t asked to perform at the finale. That’s totally not cool — every former winner has performed on the following year’s finale — why not him? Just because his sales stink is no reason to doi this to him.

    LeeDeWyze
    Hey guys, no I’m not performing at the Finale. I wasn’t asked to . A lot of questions so I thought I’d fill you in. Talk to you soon :)
    9 minutes ago

  • fanaround

    Man, that’s a bummer for Lee. Maybe most of the viewing audience doesn’t realize what a diss this is, but a lot will if they have been watching for 10 years. The past ones all have gotten to say a few words of wisdom about passing on the crown…it’s hard to tell if he won’t even be there to do that or if he’s just not performing? Idol is almost making their mistakes in the production of S9 more obvious by this.

  • Susan

    Jedward and Westlife sing for Obama
    http://youtu.be/s_NyTVBwQ4w

    Louis Walsh manages both Jedward and Westlife.

    Westlife member tweets a video: http://www.twitvid.com/MCZQP

    You mean I’m not the only one here who follows Westlife members on Twitter?! Yeah!! :)

  • Susan

    I rewatched every one of Haley’s performances and noticed that Randy criticized her every single week except when she sang Janis Joplin. Even during the weeks J-Lo thought she was brilliant.

    Um… Randy was the one who proclaimed that Haley screeching Benny at me was the best performance of the night. I was truly shocked that anyone liked it.

  • EmyR

    I see sarcasm still evades most of the people on this board. :)

  • Susan

    Another Jedward interview clip tweeted by Mark from Westlife:

    http://www.twitvid.com/G6YFI

  • rihannsu

    In reference to U2 and whether or not they should perform with either Lauren or Scotty I actually think they would make history if they hauled “The Dalton Brothers” out of mothballs and sang Bono’s country song “Lucille”(not the Lucille you are probably thinking of).
    Here’s a link with some info about “The Dalton Brothers”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dalton_Brothers_%28band%29

    And here is a performance of Lucille: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C–MI0VkNuA

  • Susan

    Does James think using a set list is his original idea? He’s never watched AI before S10? At least Adam credited David Cook when he did it.

    Finally watched this… he never said it was an original idea or that he was the only one to do it. He said “not a whole lot of them” had done it.