Idol Headlines for 05/24/11

Today’s Idol Appearances

  • The winners of Dancing With The Stars appear on Live with Jimmy Kimmel ABC
  • Kimberley Locke performs at 36th annual Gracie Awards Gala, Beverly Hilton Hotel, sponsored by the Alliance for Women In Media (AWM).
  • David Cook performs “Don’t You Forget About Me” live on tonight’s Idol final 8 pm FOX. The Glee finale follows at 9 pm. And on NBC, it’s The Voice at 10 pm (So much TV, so little time…)
  • Fifteen former Idols have partnered with AT&T  for an Idol reunion outside of the Nokia Theater where they will perform a special concert and do meet and greets before the final show. 1 pm PST

@IdolsNow: Matt Rogers will be reporting from SCOTTY McCREERY’s hometown of Garner NC on the “American Idol” finale Wednesday night. (Mikalah Gordon will be hosting Lauren’s hometown party in Chattanooga)

David Cook Confirms the New Album is in the Can!

David Cook tells Houston Mix that he approved the final mastering of his upcoming album this morning. The record is in the can!

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James Durbin From American Idol Talks Smack On Adam Lambert

Bubba and Melanie are at the season finale of American Idol in Los Angeles. James Durbin, who many people thought was going to win this thing stopped by. People have compared him to Adam Lambert, don’t think after listening to this interview James really likes that comparison.

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Allstars Reunite For Hollywood Reporter Epic Idol Photo Shoot

The average American has a better chance of being struck by lightning than making it onto “American Idol.” This is a statistical fact. No wonder the few, the proud, who have appeared on the show share such a special bond–even if they competed on different seasons (or even competed against each other!). So when The Hollywood Reporter’s Shirley Halperin organized an “Idol Allstars” photo shoot in Los Angeles this month for the magazine’s big “Idol” finale issue, it was a total lovefest, a giant family reunion.

See the videos at Reality Rocks

Red Carpet Hosts: Didi & Brandon

Before Wednesday night’s Season Finale, the celebrities, Top 2, Season 10 finalists, and Idol alumni will make their way down the red carpet on their way into the Nokia Theatre. AmericanIdol.com is bringing you live 360° videos from the red carpet, and Season 9’s Didi Benami and Season 6’s Brandon Rogers will be your hosts.

Read more at American Idol

Hollywood Bowl Hairspray to Feature Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Carey, Darlene Love, Nick Jonas

Casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray.

Tony winners Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur, who created the roles of, respectively, mother Edna Turnblad and daughter Tracy Turnblad in the original Broadway company, will reunite for the upcoming production, which will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.

Fierstein and Winokur will be joined by Corbin Bleu (Seaweed), Drew Carey (Wilbur Turnblad), Diana DeGarmo (Penny Pingleton), Mo Gaffney (Prudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher, the Matron), Nick Jonas (Link Larkin), Darlene Love (Motormouth Maybelle), Tara Macri (Amber) and John Stamos (Corny Collins).

Read more at Playbill

Idoloonies: Hoping for Surprises in a Haley-Free, Lauren Vs. Scotty Finale

It’ll be an all-country, teen-vs.-teen showdown when American Idol kicks off the first half of its two-night Season 10 finale in a few short hours. And somewhere backstage at the Nokia, I’m guessing Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is rubbing his hands together with glee that it’s come down to a pair of fresh-scrubbed kids who’ve been prominently featured on the show since the audition rounds kicked off in January.

Season 7 finalist Carly Smithson and I enter the Idoloonies arena this week and brainstorm ways to infuse Season 10?s swan song with a sense of the unexpected. We talk about one creative move we’d like to see from Scotty, ponder the fashion choices that might help Lauren have a tiny chance at an upset victory, and wax philosophical about the risk-taking awesomeness of recent evictee Haley Reinhart. All that, plus an update on Carly’s latest adventures, and some thoughts on what Scotty and Lauren can learn from this year’s third- and fourth-place finishers.

Watch the Video at TV Line

Tom Hanks on ‘Ellen': ‘I voted for [‘Idol’s] Haley Reinhart’

Tom Hanks is bummed that Haley Reinhart was voted off “American Idol” last week ahead of this week’s finale. He’s also sort of bummed that he’s caught up in watching the show in the first place and blames wife Rita Wilson for getting him hooked.

On Tuesday (May 24) Hanks visits “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and, among other things, talks “Idol” with the former show judge. Hanks admits he voted for Reinhart twice, but adds that he hasn’t succumbed to phoning in “Dancing with the Stars” votes yet. And, since the show’s finale is also this week, he won’t get his chance this season.

Read more at Zap2it

‘Idol’ winner will be country-singing teen

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, Idol’s youngest finale pairing, will each perform three songs: their favorite from the season, a new single chosen by producers and a song picked by their idols (Carrie Underwood and George Strait, respectively). USA TODAY’s Bill Keveney sizes up the competition, with insights from music producer Tricky Stewart, who has worked with both, and Idol executive producer Ken Warwick.

Read more at USA Today

Lauren, Scotty bring country to “American Idol” finale

But whichever contestant prevails when the votes are announced on Wednesday — and predictions as usual are for a close race — country music may end up the real winner, some experts say.

“Either way they have two people who could do very well in country music. If you look at some of the biggest sellers of the past couple of years they have been Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert,” said Yahoo! Music managing editor Lyndsey Parker.

Read more at at Reuters

Commentary: ‘Idol’ a little bit country with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina

Yes, it’s a country music year for “Idol” — just what producer Nigel Lythgoe wanted when he tagged Alaina early on as this season’s Chosen One. (The show’s producers have also pushed McCreery, who is now likely to win, since the beginning; he’s had a signature song — Josh Turner’s “Your Man” — ever since his audition.) With Carrie Underwood now the official top-earning “Idol” alum and Nashville holding up better than any other corner of the conventional recording industry, no one can be surprised that “Idol” has found new life, in part, by assertively reconnecting with this heartland.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

Lauren Alaina competes on the American Idol Finale

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EXCLUSIVE: SCOTTY MCCREERY TALKS AMERICAN IDOL FINALE

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With ‘Idol’ Finale A Day Away, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Meet the Press

On competing against each other:

Scotty: “We’re friends. This isn’t a competition, we’re just singing our hearts out. We’re both going in full steam ahead.”

Lauren: “I think whatever is meant to happen will happen. I think if Scotty wins, I’ll be happy for him because he’s one of my best friends.”

On living the American Idol dream:

Lauren: “I’ve dreamed of being the next American idol since I was 6. Either way, I feel like I’m going to win, even if Scotty wins.”

Scotty : “She’s too nice.”

Lauren: “I’m not too nice.”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Scotty McCreery on American Idol Finale: “This Isn’t a Competition”

“It’s tough for us because we’re both from small towns and nowhere around L.A.,” Scotty laughed. “This is all new for us. We just try to stay true to ourselves and stay in our boots. That’s what I always tell myself. To stay grounded and just take it one day at a time. We’ll see where it leads us.”

Lauren added, “You know this place is completely different from where I’m from. I went home and realized how small the buildings are and how everything is like a little dollhouse compared to here. It’s such a great experience and I’m so glad to be here.”

Read more at EOnline

Idol finalist Alaina is a ‘country girl’ at heart

ATLANTA (AP) – Every Wednesday night since she was 12, Lauren Alaina Suddeth belted out a two-hour set at a restaurant just across the Tennessee border from her hometown of Rossville, Ga.

She’d roll through “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” but her big number was Miranda Lambert’s “Famous in a Small Town.” That song doesn’t describe the 16-year-old “American Idol” finalist anymore after she charmed viewers with her bright smile and powerful voice.

Read more at My Fox Boston

Bookies Like ‘American Idol’s’ Chances Vs. ‘X Factor’

NEW YORK — American Idol is much more likely to be the highest-rated TV show next season than Simon Cowell’s new Fox singing competition show X Factor, according to bookies.

The team of oddsmakers at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for each of the two shows getting the highest ratings in 2011. While X Factor has a 28.6% chance, Idol has a 90.9% likelihood, according to the firm.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Randy Jackson: Ryan Seacrest’s House Is Decorated Like an Old Lady’s?!

Yo, yo, yo dawg…Randy Jackson is in the Chelsea Lately house!

The American Idol judge chatted away with Chelsea Handler tonight, and the two bonded by playfully snarking on their mutual coworker Ryan Seacrest.

Randy confesses that the interior of Ryan home freaks him out a little: “This decor this weird, gaudy, older-woman kind of a thing…I walk in and I’m like, ‘Dawg, where are the doilies?’ ”

See the video at EOnline

Nigel Lythgoe Discusses ‘SYTYCD’ Season 8

That was at least my impression when I attended the recent “SYTYCD” Season 8 Las Vegas callbacks, which took place at the Planet Hollywood hotel. The dancers there were incredible–and when they’re finally whittled down to the top 10 and matched with allstars (whose names are TBA, though I did suggest Brandon Bryant and Robert Roldan to Nigel), it’s going to make for fantastic television.

See Nigel discuss Alex Wong’s possible return, injury prevention, allstars, and Season 8 format changes below, and get ready for the big “SYTYCD” premiere on May 26!

See the Video at Reality Rocks

  • windmills

    Carrie blogged at her FC last night and said she’ll be there in the audience Wednesday to see the winner crowned. Take that literally and maybe she’s not performing at the finale after all. I’ll be a little bit surprised considering she seemed to be hinting she’d sing something at the finale in her blog last week but things can always change.

    Carrie also said both Scotty and LaurenA will be fine after AI no matter who wins and she had a great time meeting this season’s contestants yesterday. Carrie’s blog was a really happy one.

  • wjmtv

    I hope Didi does well on her red-carpet gig. That could lead to something. She’s certainly pretty enough.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Mix1041:
    Backstage at #AmericanIdol Finale! Awaiting the arrival of Kris Allen, David Cook and Gordon Ramsay! Keep following for the inside scoop!

  • desiree_chick

    For the out-of-towners (meaning NOT living in the States)….

    Lauren Alaina competes on the American Idol Finale
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlZ0R6XrGO0

    EXCLUSIVE: SCOTTY MCCREERY TALKS AMERICAN IDOL FINALE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gni0kRSW3_4

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Backstage at #AmericanIdol Finale! Awaiting the arrival of Kris Allen, David Cook and Gordon Ramsay! Keep following for the inside scoop!

    There are going to be dozens of radio stations interviewing Idols today at the Nokia. Unless something breaks in those interviews, I won’t be posting them on the blog today. There’s already plenty to keep track of ahead of tonight’s final..

    Eta: You’re welcome to post links in comments as always, but I’m not going to necessarily post them on the blog.

  • Kirsten

    Awaiting the arrival of [] Gordon Ramsay!

    Not him again! He overstayed his welcome when he dissed Stefano’s Mom’s food (which wasn’t hers anyway). Go pimp your stupid shows somewhere else, Gordon.

  • larc

    @IdolsNow: Matt Rogers will be reporting from SCOTTY McCREERY’s hometown of Garner NC on the “American Idol” finale Wednesday night.

    The official Scotty viewing party tomorrow night will be at RBC Arena in Raleigh, so I expect that’s where Matt will be. Garner wanted to have it, but TPTB at Idol wanted a bigger venue than Garner has. The RBC seats nearly 20K depending on setup. There will be a viewing party at Scotty’s high school in Garner tonight.

  • larc

    Kirsten says:
    Not him again! He overstayed his welcome when he dissed Stefano’s Mom’s food (which wasn’t hers anyway).

    Gordon Ramsay strikes me as a bigger jerk than Simon could ever even pretend to be.

  • girlygirl

    Hopefully someone knows the answer to this, because it’s bugging me a little. I thought Lauren was from Georgia. So why has all her hometown stuff been in Tennessee? I’m assuming her hometown is near the Georgia/Tennessee border or something, but it’s still an entirely different state.

  • sml1234

    Girlygirl:

    the chosen one is from Rossville, GA which is right on the border of TN and GA. Since her hometown is so small, Idol has been doing events in Chattanooga, TN, a fairly large metro/city close to LA’s home.

    Check this map for reference: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=rossville,+ga&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

  • koshka

    RE: Judas Priest.. Usually TPTB try to sort of select a duet partner that showcases the vein of music the signed idol will be producing. I wonder if this means that Jimmy will promote James as a Rock artist or if he won’t be signing him at all? I’m surprised that they are not bringing in a more contemporary HAC Rock band/artist. Interesting to see how this plays out.

  • girlygirl

    sml1234

    Thanks, that’s what I figured.

  • sma11ie

    Yes, it’s a country music year for “Idol” — just what producer Nigel Lythgoe wanted

    Nigel really is the great evil mastermind of AI. Apparently, what Nigel wants, Nigel manipulates for and gets! Remember when TPTB kept talking about finding the next Taylor Swift at the start of S9, and ended up with a season full of guitar-strumming singer-songwriter types that bored America half to death? Well, apparently, THIS is how you do it. Somehow, Nigel et. al cast a diverse season, and still got what they wanted, lol. Amazing.

  • Valentin432

    On being nicknamed “Scotty The Body” by Ryan Seacrest:

    Scotty: “He said he’s done it in the past with the other Scotty’s. He’s just keeping with tradition.”

    So Ryan is aware that he did the same with Scott Savol and Macintyre

  • Trina

    Oh see I never though the finale pairings had much bearing on how they’re promoted after the show. Kris was paired with a country artist, Kat performed with Meatloaf (biggest wtf ever), David with ZZ Top, etc. So many times the finale pairings were WTF choices. If all the rumored pairings are true it sounds like this year they actually went for artists these contestants are big fans of.

  • larc

    Trina says:
    So many times the finale pairings were WTF choices.

    I’m guessing Idol has often lined up name performers for the finale depending on who will work cheap. ;)

  • Nina1

    Awaiting the arrival of [] Gordon Ramsay!

    Yuck.

  • smeggingnuts

    koshka
    RE: Judas Priest.. Usually TPTB try to sort of select a duet partner that showcases the vein of music the signed idol will be producing. I wonder if this means that Jimmy will promote James as a Rock artist or if he won’t be signing him at all? I’m surprised that they are not bringing in a more contemporary HAC Rock band/artist. Interesting to see how this plays out.

    Because no current rock/metal band will touch James with a 100ft pole.

  • Allison

    smeggingnuts says:
    05/24/2011 at 10:51 am

    koshka
    RE: Judas Priest.. Usually TPTB try to sort of select a duet partner that showcases the vein of music the signed idol will be producing. I wonder if this means that Jimmy will promote James as a Rock artist or if he won’t be signing him at all? I’m surprised that they are not bringing in a more contemporary HAC Rock band/artist. Interesting to see how this plays out.

    Because no current rock/metal band will touch James with a 100ft pole.

    Does Idol have connections and want to pay for currently touring metal bands? I’m thinking of Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica. Funds must be short if Bono is appearing.
    Anyway I want James to go the metal route and not the HAC route. It’s where his heart is. Whether he’s good enough to make it, we’ll see.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I must have missed the “rumored pairings”. Are these posted anywhere, or would someone please post them? :)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I must have missed the “rumored pairings”. Are these posted anywhere, or would someone please post them?

    I have a feeling the “rumored pairings” are very similar to the spoiler lists that have been going around. i.e. made up stuff posted randomly on the net.

    As always, grain of salt and all that.

  • Valentin432

    As always, grain of salt and all that.

    Apparently James said that he was performing with Judas Priest on Good Day NY and the top 5 guys with Bono and The Edge?

    At least that’s what’s written on the Scotty/Lauren songs choice page.

  • dy77

    Thank goodness I say as a diehard Kris and Keith fan that those two did get paired up. Keith’s music veers toward pop at times. But more important, it gave birth to Kreith and a successful gig at about 8 or 9 shows for Kris. The two fanbases get along great from what I’ve seen.

    GG, I have a friend in Chattanooga who has seen me post my votes for Lauren on Facebook and comments along the lines of “yay our hometown girl” – apparently the local news there has really promoted Lauren in that vein.

  • Trina

    MJ, the reporter from Fox NY reported about the Judas Priest pairing this morning and they were outside the theatre so I put a little bit of stock in that one at least.

  • CSFan

    From Playbill:

    Fierstein and Winokur will be joined by Corbin Bleu (Seaweed), Drew Carey (Wilbur Turnblad), Diana DeGarmo (Penny Pingleton), Mo Gaffney (Prudy Pingleton, the Gym Teacher, the Matron), Nick Jonas (Link Larkin), Darlene Love (Motormouth Maybelle), Tara Macri (Amber) and John Stamos (Corny Collins).

    Nice gig for Diana. No wonder she was so excited about wanting to announce it a few weeks ago. I’ve always wanted to see her play Penny Pingleton, after hearing how good she was on Broadway.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Apparently James said that he was performing with Judas Priest on Good Day NY and the top 5 guys with Bono and The Edge?

    It’s not posted on the GD NY site, at least not yet.

  • sma11ie

    Apologies if this isn’t new, but I just read this and found myself agreeing with much of this blog, RE: the too-positive judging, leading to too-complacent contestants this season. I hope with the new crop of articles (the more the better!) criticizing the judging despite Idol’s other successes this season, Nigel et. all will take note and will really work on that next season.

    So what should it matter if the judges are positive all the time? Are the voters all just sheep who only did what Simon told them to do? No, but the judges’ comments ideally do help both the voters and the singers. Simon was frequently able to shake predictable contestants out of their complacency – and/or scare their fans into voting extra-hard for them that week – with a well-aimed rebuke. And because he was willing to be consistently negative, his compliments actually meant something.
    […]
    There was no surprise, no sense of discovery this season. Most of the contestants entered the finals believing themselves to be fully-formed, and neither the judges, the producers nor music mentor Jimmy Iovine seemed interested in pushing them to be anything else. […]the only contestant who seemed to evolve significantly was Haley Reinhart, who bottom-surfed her way to the final 3 and seemed to be the only person the judges could ever find a negative word for. Scotty’s going to win, and he’ll probably sell more records than the last few winners (country-singing “Idol” finalists have a better commercial track record than those in any other genre), but he’ll have done it by giving variations on the same two performances – Sensitive Balladeer Scotty and, occasionally, Cocky Up-Tempo Scotty – over and over again.

    http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/how-the-american-idol-comeback-season-still-suffers-from-same-old-same-old

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, MJ. Thanks for the update, Valentin432 and Trina. :)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    There’s also this report from FOX Atlanta, where the reporter seems to be pulling rumors out of her ass.

    Of course, that’s not the full guest list, and the rumors were flying on Monday as to who else would perform. Stevie Nicks is on the rumor list along with Beyonce, who is rumored to be performing with the Top 12 girls.

    On the web, rumors swirled that Tom Jones would perform live on Wednesday night. Season 10 fan favorite James Durbin is rumored to be performing with Judas Priest, and there has been talk that Charice from Glee will perform with castoff Pia Toscano.

  • SpenserJ

    Kat performed with Meatloaf (biggest wtf ever),

    That was an entire night of WTF’s: Kat & Meatloaf, Elliott acting as basically Mary J. Blige’s back-up singer (while she essentially ignored him) and Taylor looking extremely uncomfortable singing about kids growing up in the ghetto while the clueless Toni Braxton tried to sex him up.

    I’m lulzing just thinking about it. I may have to youtube that action right now for some laughs :).

  • sma11ie

    Take that literally and maybe she’s not performing at the finale after all. I’ll be a little bit surprised considering she seemed to be hinting she’d sing something at the finale in her blog last week but things can always change.

    Really? Carrie’s not performing, Lee’s not performing… are any Idols performing Wednesday or is it a 2 hour promo of Interscope artists? I mean… Kris is going to be there, hopefully not to just sit in the audience again… I’m still crossing my fingers for something resulting in a bunch of Idol alum on stage ala last year’s Simon tribute. Still bummed Kelly couldn’t make it…

    where the reporter seems to be pulling rumors out of her ass.

    Or perhaps from last night comments here at MJ’s? Cuz that never happens ;)

  • sml1234

    I actually think it would be quite brilliant for Wed’s finale to be a showcase of Interscope + those Idols not looking at a record deal. They still need to sell the hell out of the tour, and this is their last chance to do it. I think I would like the finale MORE if it focused more on the Idols and LESS on the real music super stars…

    Or I really just want to make sure Haley gets showcased. LOL.

  • Valentin432

    Regarding Carrie, I’m not expecting her to perform.

    The only thing she could promote is the duet with Brad but I would have expected him to pick songs for Scotty if he was in LA.
    Maybee she’s there to perform with one (or both) contestant.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Apparently James said that he was performing with Judas Priest on Good Day NY and the top 5 guys with Bono and The Edge?

    I can believe James performing with Judas Priest, but U2 performing WITH the top 5 guys? Not sure about that.

  • girlygirl

    Pia performing with Charice does what for Pia exactly? Charice is an actress, not a recording star. And James performing with Judas Priest will be a huge thrill for him, no doubt. But they aren’t exactly a current act.

    Can’t say either of these potential duets excite me, although James’s at least should be fun

  • SpenserJ

    I can believe James performing with Judas Priest, but U2 performing WITH the top 5 guys? Not sure about that.

    Maybe the Top 5 guys are singing back-up on the shitty Spidey songs?

  • sml1234

    U2 is not performing as a band. Bono and The Edge are performing with the cast of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. I highly doubt they will perform with the Idols.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/23/american-idol-finale-bono-the-edge-spider-man/

    and

    http://mjsbigblog.com/u2-manager-confirms-american-idol-season-finale-performance.htm

  • Eileen99

    Thank goodness I say as a diehard Kris and Keith fan that those two did get paired up. Keith’s music veers toward pop at times. But more important, it gave birth to Kreith and a successful gig at about 8 or 9 shows for Kris. The two fanbases get along great from what I’ve seen.

    That did turn out to be a very fortuitous pairing for Kris. I saw one show Kris did with Keith last summer, and it was awesome; Kris got a great reception from the Keith fans. Their music really paired well together and you can really see the personal chemistry between the two of them on stage. I hope we get more shows with the two of them in the future.

  • windmills

    Valentin432: The only thing she could promote is the duet with Brad but I would have expected him to pick songs for Scotty if he was in LA.
    Maybee she’s there to perform with one (or both) contestant.

    Good point. Brad’s in New York right now. Unless they pretape his View appearance with Alabama, he’ll also be in New York tomorrow. The fact that you currently have to buy Brad’s whole album to get Remind Me digitally probably means there’s no Remind Me performance at the finale tomorrow.

    With all country finale Carrie would’ve been a good fit to sing with LaurenA and Scotty as a sort of torch passing moment but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. Based on her blog she’s looking forward to being there.

  • smeggingnuts

    I’m rather upset if this Judas Priest rumor is true I had my heart set on a James Durbin Dee Snyder duet :'(

  • Trina

    KISS and ZZ Top weren’t current either, but the performances with Adam and David were fun as hell. Ditto Skynyrd with Bo. James LOVES Judas Priest and if this is true I’d be willing to bet this will be more thrilling for him than any current act. Pia said Charice was her dream duet, so that would be the reasoning.

  • EmyR

    I saw one show Kris did with Keith last summer, and it was awesome; Kris got a great reception from the Keith fans.

    I wish they had put their money where their reception is and bough his album or one of his latter failed singles.

    Still, being associated with Keith can only mean good things for the future, especially if Kris adds some country flair to his pop as he did with at least one of his upcoming songs.

  • Charli

    Wait, I thought David was performing tomorrow night, not tonight! huh?

    I didn’t think on performance night they had guest stars perform.

  • Valentin432

    Wait, I thought David was performing tomorrow night, not tonight! huh?

    I didn’t think on performance night they had guest stars perform.

    Cook is performing the boot song.
    That song is always (since season 5) the last one performed on top 2 night with a montage of the whole season being broadcasted.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    daughtry sang home on season 6 performance nite (if i remember right)

  • tinawina

    Apologies if this isn’t new, but I just read this and found myself agreeing with much of this blog, RE: the too-positive judging, leading to too-complacent contestants this season. I hope with the new crop of articles (the more the better!) criticizing the judging despite Idol’s other successes this season, Nigel et. all will take note and will really work on that next season.

    I read that earlier and I totally agree with it. In spite of the fact that they will leave this season with strong ratings and buzz, if they don’t fix the judging situation I think they could be in real trouble next year. There is just too much competition on the horizon.

    Loved that Idolonies episode with Carly Smithson. She had a lot of good things to say. LOL @ Haley coming across as a stoner surfer. :D

    More interestingly, as a person who was signed at 15 herself and didn’t have the best experience, she was NOT off the mind that Lauren was too young. Although she acknowledged Lauren has some growing to do she thought Lauren was a good candidate to make a great Country record because in her words “the voice is there” and she can sing the snot out of the songs.

  • Coldbluesteel

    Anyone becoming a little bored with the place The Voice is in right now? 4 songs an hour seems draggy to me.

  • Mel1

    Looking at the billboard for Adam’s Moscow concert, I think he needs a distinguishable way to present his name, Adam Lambert. You have to see the billboard to know what I mean: http://picshare.ru/view/38560/y_c14ce858.jpg.html

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Pia performing with Charice does what for Pia exactly? Charice is an actress, not a recording star.

    Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco (born May 10, 1992), popularly known by the mononym Charice, is a Filipino recording artist and actress who rose to popularity through YouTube. Dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as the Most Talented Girl in the World,[1] she released her first international studio album, Charice in 2010.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charice_Pempengco

    Charice – All By Myself, David Foster Mandalay Bay LV Oct 15 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ptNv840aVg

    Oprah: Charice performs “Note to God”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Xd435coD4

    CHARICE sings I Have Nothing / I Will Always Love You Medley on Singapore Idol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slp7OuzTSgU

    Basically, perfect match for Pia.

  • Mel1

    Anyone becoming a little bored with the place The Voice is in right now? 4 songs an hour seems draggy to me.

    Actually it seems to go by too fast, and I’m wanting a longer show.

  • Valentin432

    BTW MJ, when will the idol experts chat happen? Will Richard Rushfield keep it Thursday or will he do it tomorrow between performance and result as usual?

  • tinawina

    Anyone becoming a little bored with the place The Voice is in right now? 4 songs an hour seems draggy to me.

    Yeah ITA. I’d like to see them pick up the pace on this phase next season.

    Actually it seems to go by too fast, and I’m wanting a longer show.

    I kinda like it as a 3 month run! It feels like we cut to the chase quicker.

  • Mel1

    When Tom Hanks said he voted twice for Haley, I wonder if he meant he voted two separate nites, or got two votes in one night.

  • Fullmoon

    moved to new thread

  • Mel1

    I remember the interview and pictures of Rob Halford and Adam. Isn’t it amazing when a legend is excited to meet a newbie? It should be a fun night for Adam and Sauli; probably more for Sauli, cuz I’m sure Adam will be talking to Reeve and Rob = introductions to Sauli.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Y98:
    Kris Allen just sat down at the Y98 table with Paul Cook. Don’t miss this interview this afternoon between 3p-7p… http://fb.me/yDqt3ixq

  • CindyM

    michael_johns
    Great guys at the Idol radio party last night. http://twitpic.com/51ylw2
    about 2 hours ago
    via TweetPic for iPhone

  • windmills

    Brad Paisley interview with Us Mag: “I’d Never Be On ‘The Voice!”

    US: How do you like hosting numerous Country Music Shows with Carrie Underwood?

    BP: Carrie and I have a duet on this new album. We are really good friends and get along fantastic. There is not a finer singer or person in our industry. She’s got such class. Award shows can be long, they’re high pressure and they’re tedious and boring if they’re not done correctly. I like the creative aspect of it.

    More Carrie talk and a lot more at the link.

  • Valentin432

    IMO, That CNN article brings no valid reason to the whole “people don’t care” about this season memo.

    Ratings have been up for the first time since season 6 and the only rebutal is message board activity?

    Yes the votes are probably helped by technology, but no one knows how many votes are casted online.
    We’ll know only next year wheter this has created permenantly inflated vote numbers.

    The only evidence they present for this not being a year people are passionate about is the message board/blogs traffic.
    I’ve read a lot of blogs/articles that say country isn’t as popular on the web as it is in real life.
    It’s been pointed to as a reason why country sales have been steady compared to other genres, country fans don’t download music illegaly at least not as much as others do.

    As for the twitter traffic, it’s even easier to understand why this final 2 doesn’t generate as much traffic as others:

    Lady Gaga > 10 million followers
    Britney Spears > 7.9M
    Katy Perry > 7.4M
    Rihanna > 5.2M
    JLo > 1.8M

    Country artists:
    Kenny Chesney 765k
    Miranda Lambert 277k
    Lady A 353k
    Brad Paisley 260k
    Jason Aldean 123k

    All those country artists sell as much as the popstars/tour successfully.
    Taylor Swift is the only exception as a country artist with lots of twitter followers and she has been heavily promoted as a crossover pop artist.

    The fact that people on message board don’t talk as much about this finale just shows the disconnect between the blogosphere and the real world.

  • Eileen99

    Valentin432 – agree completely with your post.

  • smeggingnuts

    Mel1 says:
    05/24/2011 at 12:28 pm
    Looking at the billboard for Adam’s Moscow concert, I think he needs a distinguishable way to present his name, Adam Lambert. You have to see the billboard to know what I mean: http://picshare.ru/view/38560/y_c14ce858.jpg.html

    Hehe

  • fuzzywuzzy

    U2 is not performing as a band. Bono and The Edge are performing with the cast of Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. I highly doubt they will perform with the Idols.

    Thanks for the update, sml1234. :) Excerpt:

    ”U2 bandmembers Bono and The Edge will indeed perform on Wednesday’s tenth season finale of American Idol, but it won’t be as a part of U2. Instead, the group confirms on its official website that the pair will accompany the cast of Broadway’s Spider-Man musical — including star Reeve Carney, who plays Peter Parker — on the two hour event.”

    Maybe the Top 5 guys are singing back-up on the shitty Spidey songs?

    LOL! It sounds like a blatant promotional appearance to save the troubled Spiderman musical. I think that maybe the guys might not want to be part of this performance.

    Pia said Charice was her dream duet, so that would be the reasoning.

    Really? That’s interesting. I would have thought that Pia would have mentioned someone who is an established star, not someone who is new is still struggling to make it in the industry

  • aa618892

    James, James, James, you don’t like the comparisons to Adam, then stop bringing him up. Especially in a derogatory way.

    http://starpittsburgh.radio.com/2011/05/24/

  • sma11ie

    New radio interview with David Cook: http://www.1013.com/pages/morningshow/celebrity-interviews.html?podcast=Interviews&article=david_cook_this_loud_morning_1306252205_2167.mp3

    Talks about the new album, what it’s like to be in the final 2, hoping to hop on tour with someone else, DJ joked that he could open for Kelly and Carrie, the two biggest stars of AI, and he joked that he’d be the vendor for that show. Then the DJ inexplicably said he’d be the meat to their sandwich… which, huh? Anyway.

    Also, this isn’t really news, but a cute pic. A fan took a really cute pic of David yesterday at the Simon Fuller walk of fame thing, and someone compared his expression to a pic of a 2(?)-year old David from Halloween. It’s adorbs: http://pbckt.com/pm.NM3bIW

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris just did a short interview with Mix104.1 FM where he did some self promo and actually plugged his new album, his co-write SGT, Matt Morrison & Glee in the same interview.

  • larc

    fuzzywuzzy says:
    It sounds like a blatant promotional appearance to save the troubled Spiderman musical. I think that maybe the guys might not want to be part of this performance.

    If that’s the case, the whole package probably comes free or at least cheap for Idol. Stuff like that is in their favorite price range! ;)

  • Mel1

    James, James, James, you don’t like the comparisons to Adam, then stop bringing him up. Especially in a derogatory way.

    http://starpittsburgh.radio.com/2011/05/24/

    James, which way do you want it? People to stop talking about you and Adam in the same sentence, or to continue the dialog? I hope Adam doesn’t respond to this. He got enough slams critiquing the finalists.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If that’s the case, the whole package probably comes free or at least cheap for Idol. Stuff like that is in their favorite price range! ;)

    I agree. I think that Bono is the one who wanted to be on the Idol finale for the promotion, so I’ll bet that Nigel/19E drove a hard bargain. ;)

  • CanadianFan

    About James mentioning Adam. Feuds are a great publicity stunt. Gets everyone talking.

  • smeggingnuts

    CanadianFan says:
    05/24/2011 at 2:19 pm
    About James mentioning Adam. Feuds are a great publicity stunt. Gets everyone talking.

    Yep an the media LOVES to talk about Adam. So gotta give James points on that he knows how to keep his name out there. LOL brb getting popcorn

  • Fullmoon

    Aww, James wants to compete with his Idol. Poor Baby.

  • Mel1

    About James mentioning Adam. Feuds are a great publicity stunt. Gets everyone talking.

    Adam, himself, said he didn’t like his critique turning into a so-called feud and that he is not going to respond to any more questions about the finalists (just who he supports). I hope he stays out of this one.

  • Mel1

    Aww, James wants to compete with his Idol.

    Who, Cook?

  • smeggingnuts

    Mel1 says:
    05/24/2011 at 2:26 pm
    Aww, James wants to compete with his Idol.

    Who, Cook?

    You know Jame’s hair has morphed into Cook’s Idol hair now that you mention it.

  • Fullmoon

    About James mentioning Adam. Feuds are a great publicity stunt. Gets everyone talking.

    Exactly, but he keeps coming up short. He’s been riding the coattail all season.

  • rihannsu

    Sound like James was one of the butt hurt fans who somehow got the impression that Adam was going to record a classic rock album in spite of every interview that he gave describing exactly the album he ended up making. tough luck but Adam betrayed no one. He’s not responsible for people not hearing what he was saying.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that James is basically a nice (but rather naive) guy who, right now, is a little carried away with himself and what he achieved on the show. It’s not surprising, since he only received praise and gushing compliments from the judges, and would have benefited from some constructive criticism. I don’t get the impression that he’s very self-aware or has much perspective (that could be due to his Asperger’s), and he could be carried away with believing the judges as representative of the industry. He reminds me a lot of a big kid.

  • Mel1

    Sound like James was one of the butt hurt fans…

    To hear James earlier on, he was really more a David Cook fan and not really an Adam fan. So, I wouldn’t think he cared what Adam recorded. But then again, he brings up Adam, and other than saying his fave was Cook, never brings up his name.

  • tinawina

    Hmmm. This Adam vs James thing might just get real entertaining. Ya’ll know what time it is!

    **grabs popcorn, put feet up on the couch**

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    Oh, James. Reality will set in for him really quick

  • HighOnElliott

    That was an entire night of WTF’s: Kat & Meatloaf, Elliott acting as basically Mary J. Blige’s back-up singer (while she essentially ignored him) and Taylor looking extremely uncomfortable singing about kids growing up in the ghetto while the clueless Toni Braxton tried to sex him up.

    So true…..aw the memories. :) Best season ever!

    On another note, congrats on your starpower, MJ. Just read the CNN article. And to think, we knew you when…..

  • Fullmoon

    James is not aware that Adam has a lot of good relations with the music industry and to keep on with the trashing will get him no where. Those DJ’s pretty much smirked and mocked his whole I’m Metal thing. He keeps saying it over and over as if he’s trying to convince himself he’s metal. Dude, your actions are so NOT metal if you have to scream it loud.

  • Fullmoon

    To hear James earlier on, he was really more a David Cook fan and not really an Adam fan. So, I wouldn’t think he cared what Adam recorded. But then again, he brings up Adam, and other than saying his fave was Cook, never brings up his name.

    Err, James never mentioned Cook until the comparison started. You just need to go way back to Hollywood scenes

  • musicality

    Interesting. James wasn’t asked about Adam he went out of his way to bring up his name. James has his head in the clouds if he thinks TPTB will let him record a metal album. He’ll do a pop/rock album then have every excuse in the book as to why it isn’t metal.

    Adam fans can correct me if I’m wrong here but I distinctly remember before Adam was even laying tracks on his album he said it was going to be electronic/rock/pop on the vein of the Born to Be Wild recording he did while on AI. I never once during any interview heard him say he was going to do a classic rock CD. When asked he always said the opposite. I remember because I thought “really?”. It personally wasn’t my taste in music. But you guys can correct me if I’m wrong though I don’t think I am. My memory is pretty good. The guy gets free press every time he mentions Adam’s name though doesn’t he?

    I’m sure that James is correct though that the 45 plus year old, female, Southern baptist viewing audience of AI is dying for a metal album. I can hear them clammering for it as they do their air guitar. :)

    Some one needs to slap this guy. Interesting though when someone asks him what his album was going to be like he started with the vocal tics – does that indicate nervousness?

  • Lock

    Oh boy, James, you really make me laugh… Great dream though. Those judges and some of the medias really ruined his ability to see where he really is standing. He has lost his ground. He couldn’t see how constructive advice could really help him. Wake up, James!

  • BeachBum

    F’n LOVE IT!! Go get ‘em James!!

  • theonlygirl

    LOL so now James is the one dissing Adam without a prompt. And harshly also. And without any strength to hold on to do that. Let’s see if people are enraged just as they were when Adam gave a simple constructive criticism after a question was asked. Not counting on it.

  • HotHotHot

    James does indeed seem rather delusional. Adam made exactly the album he said he was going to make. Good luck with that, James! :lol:

  • CindyM

    Youre correct Musicality. Adam said from the very beginning, even in his exit interview on the Idol postshow that his album would be eclectic POP/electronica/rock. He also makes that clear in his post finale idolatry interview. Damn tho, if Adam lost his fanbase and threw it all away according to Durbin, and he still sold 800k+ in the US and still selling…wow, what could have been… LMAO.

  • Studio57

    Adam also said he wanted to ignore genres and make his album more like an ipod playlist. He pretty much stated he thought rock ( in the classic mainstream sense) was dead, WHICH IT IS. It is almost painful how naive James is about what his future holds in the music business. It borders on delusional.

  • koshka

    James is going to get Gokey’d on his album. In no way shape or form is Jimmy going to sign off on a metal album.

  • Dakota01

    Adam fans can correct me if I’m wrong here but I distinctly remember before Adam was even laying tracks on his album he said it was going to be electronic/rock/pop on the vein of the Born to Be Wild recording he did while on AI. I never once during any interview heard him say he was going to do a classic rock CD.

    That’s exactly what Adam said and that’s exactly what he delivered. James is delusional if he thinks otherwise.

  • smeggingnuts

    Adam fans can correct me if I’m wrong here but I distinctly remember before Adam was even laying tracks on his album he said it was going to be electronic/rock/pop on the vein of the Born to Be Wild recording he did while on AI.

    I think it was during Top 8 week (Year they were born)

  • karenw

    yup I don’t recall Adam singing solely rock on the show giving anyone the idea that his album would be classic rock .. and I also don’t recall him ever misleading the fans as to what his debut album would be … if I recall he mentioned that it would be a mix of glamrock/dance/electronic pop with a couple of ballads . . and as far as I see it, that’s exactly what he delivered

  • musicality

    The Voice is on tonight. Looking forward to that one. There’s still quite a few more contestants to go. They’ll have to make the show longer.

  • TwigLA

    One of Kris’ interviews this morning with Houston radio is posted on their site.

    @HoustonMIX965 Check out the @HoustonMIX965 interview with @KrisAllen backstage at @AmericanIdol! http://tinyurl.com/4y4xsju

    Interview at arcamax about the Finale and his upcoming performance at the PBS Memorial Day Concert in DC is here:
    http://www.arcamax.com/entertainment/entertainmenttoday/s-889196

  • Fullmoon

    Exactly how many metal songs did James sing on Idol??? and did I hear him on his Idol loonies interview that he plans to do a radio friendly (not metal) hard leaning poppish song??

  • Kirsten

    LOL so now James is the one dissing Adam without a prompt. And harshly also. And without any strength to hold on to do that. Let’s see if people are enraged just as they were when Adam gave a simple constructive criticism after a question was asked. Not counting on it

    It is certainly unwise of James to do this because he drinks from the same trough as Adam.

    But Adam had all the power in the situation. They weren’t then and aren’t now equals. James was a contestant on a reality show who was not allowed to talk freely to the press. Adam was an alumni of the show who, according to some of his fans, is a world superstar. At best, even now, James is a failed reality show contestant without a recording contract.

    Usually, the person who has already made it is expected to be more gracious to those who are still in the trenches. Plus, he did shoot first and we did see ringing endorsements of Adam when he fired back at Simmons and Aiken.

    James would have done better to ignore him.

    Although, I don’t have a dog in this fight, so I’ll just go get some popcorn.

  • lorismile

    I almost feel sorry for James. He’s believing all this hype.

    Even he does metal….how much does he really think he’s going to sell? The judges did him a great disservice IMO.

    If he raises metal from the grave – good for him. But I don’t see it happening.

    And the comparisons are really, really tiring. Maybe bringing up Adam’s name all the time is his way to keep his name in the news.

  • Fullmoon

    It is certainly unwise of James to do this because he drinks from the same trough as Adam.

    I can bet pretty much at the end of the day James will lose this battle.

  • lorismile

    James was a contestant on a reality show who was not allowed to talk freely to the press.

    He has twitter. He can’t talk on that freely?

  • tinawina

    Although, I don’t have a dog in this fight, so I’ll just go get some popcorn.

    ***makes space on the couch for Kirsten***

  • karenw

    whilst I understand why some think that Adam shouldn’t have commented in the first place … I don’t think that there was any malice meant in his comments and what he said about James had a lot of truth in it

    perhaps Jame’s latest comment would hold more kudos if he actually got his facts straight … and Adam can’t have pissed off that many of his fans considering how many of them bought the album worldwide .. lol

  • iluvai

    James is so funny and sweet. Cracks me up at how people get so up in arms about his harmless comments…LOL

  • sma11ie

    Eating my popcorn ;) (with Kirsten and tinawina)

    David Cook interview with Houston Mix where he confirms he approved the final mastering this morning, and the record is in the can! http://khmx.radio.com/2011/05/24/audio-idol-winner-david-cook/

  • soverymel

    whilst I understand why some think that Adam shouldn’t have commented in the first place … I don’t think that there was any malice meant in his comments and what he said about James had a lot of truth in it

    Well, yeah, since it was pretty much the exact same thing Iovine said in his “truth telling” segment on the next show.

  • musicality

    James is so funny and sweet

    To me he comes off as obnoxious and self-important. I guess what I dislike about him the most is he isn’t that good but for some reason thinks he’s the music industry’s answer. That type of personality always rubs me the wrong way. You can tell with him he really believes the hype the judges threw his way.

    TBH I used to think Cook and Adam were obnoxious but after listening to their interviews after they got off the show I realized they weren’t. After listening to Durbins interviews he just confirms it for me.

  • Dera

    Adam never said on the show that he will do a Rock album. The only person who boxed him on the show to do a Rock album was Randy. Not even Simon told Adam that he should do a Rock album. Simon Cowell in the finale told Adam that the whole purpose of this show is to find some one with a worldwide appeal and we found that in you. Adam has world appeal. That’s why he has millions of fans around the world. I’m glad he didn’t take that route and FYE is an eclectic album. It’s got something for everyone. I heard few artists are taking that approach of making their album more eclectic because single digital track downloads are more popular. I downloaded GG’s album yesterday and I found her tracks on BTW somewhat more eclectic. By the way, I love her album. Hope it does well. Anyhow, good luck to James and all other contestants. Also, can’t wait for Haley’s album. I loved her on the show even before Adam made a mention of her. Wished she could have made it to the finale. But 3rd place isn’t bad. Bought some of her tracks and IMO she did ‘You and I’ better than GG. I won’t be watching tonight’s finale cause country isn’t my fav. genre. But definitely will tune in to watch tomorrow night’s finale to see Adam.

  • lorismile

    I love that Adam gave his honest opinion of the contestants when asked. If only the judges did the same during the show.

  • karenw

    iluvai says:
    05/24/2011 at 3:24 pm
    James is so funny and sweet. Cracks me up at how people get so up in arms about his harmless comments…LOL

    I don’t think anyone on here is getting up in arms … it appears to me like they’re laughing at the glaring inaccuracy of what James is saying about Adam’s album :)

  • CanadianFan

    If I were a betting person, I would bet that Adam says nothing more about James and it will only be James fueling the fire. Adam has nothing to gain by taking the bait.

  • musicality

    Cracks me up at how people get so up in arms about his harmless comments…LOL

    I don’t think people are getting “up in arms” either. I think they are just laughing at James. He is bizarre at best. :) On one hand says he hates the comparison yet he himself continually brings up Adam’s name without any prompts. Maybe an attention seeker? I don’t know but the guy doesn’t come off as too bright.

  • Mel1

    Adam was an alumni of the show who, according to some of his fans, is a world superstar.

    I actually haven’t heard one fan actually call Adam a world superstar. Just because we talk about his international popularity, doesn’t mean we think he is a superstar. He has a long way to go.

    Usually, the person who has already made it is expected to be more gracious to those who are still in the trenches. Plus, he did shoot first and we did see ringing endorsements of Adam when he fired back at Simmons and Aiken.

    As those who already made it, Simmons and Clay weren’t at all gracious to Adam. I also can hardly compare what Simmons and Clay said about Adam even remotely comparable to what Adam was saying about James. Adam was trying to give James constructive criticism. Clay and Simmons weren’t trying to be constructive.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Lee is is still doing idol press.

    PaulCooked (Y98)
    Lee Dewyze and Kris Allen in the 5 oclock hour on Y98 this afternoon.

  • oladyrocklover

    I haven’t had time to peruse the whole James/Adam discussion so someone might have already pointed this out but James has Asperger’s Syndrome. I have a nephew with this condition and part of this condition involves social awkwardness and lack of self awareness along with emotional problems. I understand that many Adam fans are upset that they feel their favorite is being dissed but I feel a lot of compassion for James. He’s been thrown into this maelstrom with little preparation and under the circumstances I think he is doing his best. I feel that he will be a great spokesman for others who have to deal with this condition.

  • Elliegrll

    I actually haven’t heard one fan actually call Adam a world superstar. Just because we talk about his international popularity, doesn’t mean we think he is a superstar. He has a long way to go.

    I’ve never heard it, but I read it all of the time.

    James should hush, but only because he has a lot in common with Adam. Last night, I said that I thought he hurt his voice mid way through the season, and that’s why he started to have control issues, but I think it happened because he was trying too hard to be someone he’s not. I think the whole “I want to make metal” thing came about from hanging with Jericho, because up until then, he pretty much seemed to be using Adam’s excuse for taking on a rock persona, while mixing up his performances.

  • fadetowhite

    I certainly think that James is somewhat delusional if he thinks he’s going to be the next coming of metal music…but so many of this year’s contestants do seem to have that same problem (just not specifically regarding metal :lol) : Stephano, Jacob: no lack of ego on this season!

    That said, it also seems to me that James has the same lack of filter that Adam has; that Adam was quite happy to bite back at Clay Aiken and Slash when he was just off AI and before he’d established himself and that he’s perfectly happy to say what he thinks about people.

    So, I don’t see why it should be any different for James or why he should be judged any differently to Adam when he does it.

    Me? Like others, I don’t have a horse in this race and the one I do back seems to have issues with expressing any negative opinion about anyone at all:lol

    I just think that if negatively bringing up someone’s name and criticising them is such a terrible thing to do, then it ought to be a terrible thing, whether the target of the comment is James or Adam and whether the person saying it is James or Adam.

    On the other hand, if stating your opinion is ‘refreshing in an age when so many are far too politically correct’ – to paraphrase comments I’ve read here and there on various threads – then that ought to apply equally to James and Adam too.

    As it happens, in a totally non-invested way, I much prefer Adam to James and kind of like his tendency to say what he thinks. I’d also suspect that he’d be quite capable of laughing whatever James said off…

  • Dera

    Remember y’all Adam mentored AI9 Idols last year. So he had all the right to give his opinion about AI10 Idols when reporters asked him. Before Adam’s comments for this season of Idols bunch of other Idol Alumni told reporters about James’ weak vocal control that judges ignored mentioning anything to James. Also, reporters always twist almost everything Adam tells them in order to get more internet hits on their sites. Adam gave his opinions just like others. #realness

  • Niall

    Adam and James are both involved in this little tiff and just need to knock it off. Adam needs to stop confusing “realness” with petty, passive aggressive comments, and James needs to get over himself. Problem solved.

    The Hollywood Bowl event looks like a big deal. It’s a piece of news that is overshadowed on final performance day, but good for Diana. She’s in some great company, in a role that she killed on Broadway. She should get some nice publicity out of it. I wonder how much this girl is going to have to do in her career before the “Diana isn’t a success” meme dies.

  • Buffynut

    OMG! Adam has another album out and I haven’t heard???!! Someone tell me where to buy that electro techno album, please! I want it now!!!

  • smeggingnuts

    Haha other funny bits from James interview.

    He came on the show to “give metal a chance”…didn’t he say he did idol because he couldn’t hold a job and couldn’t affoard diapers?

    Apparently Death Metal is not a valid for of metal music…James seems to think 80’s hair metal is the only true metal music.

    Lol

  • jersey

    Kris must be radio station hoping at the Nokia, I just heard him on WPLJ, out of New York. Very short interview. They asked him about his new album and he said he hopes to have it out by the end of the year. They asked him about idol of course, and finally about his Memorial Day Concert in D.C. for PBS. They are going to talk to Cook in the 4:00 hour.

    ETA: the Cook interview will probably be more substantial, if someone wants to tune in, because PLJ is currently giving away tickets to an “up close and personal” concert with DC for their listeners.

  • lorismile

    I don’t see why it should be any different for James or why he should be judged any differently to Adam when he does it.

    He has every right to say what he wants, and we have every right to discuss it. No difference when Adam gave his opinion. He gave it, we discussed it.

  • aa618892

    Adam and James are both involved in this little tiff and just need to knock it off.

    Adam already commented in his twitter party a few days ago that he had already said too much about Idol when someone asked. He said the media turned honest, non personal comments into “feuds” and that he was sorry if anyone’s feelings were hurt. Doesn’t sound that he is perpetuating anything here, so James just needs to STFU, IMO.

  • Buffynut

    That said, it also seems to me that James has the same lack of filter that Adam has; that Adam was quite happy to bite back at Clay Aiken and Slash when he was just off AI and before he’d established himself and that he’s perfectly happy to say what he thinks about people

    Slash??? Adam and Slash are good friends. I think you have him mixed up with Gene Simmons maybe? All Adam said about Cay was something about “riding on his coatails for news because Clay wasn’t doing anything right now.” He certainly didn’t make up things about an album style that doesn’t exist. Like James did about an electro/techno album that doesn’t exist. Maybe James has only heard the remixes?? But surely he knows what a remix is!!! And if James had actually listened to the album, he would know that at least 4 of the songs would be considered Rock and none are electro/techno.
    The guys this year seem to be very big on egos. The ladies, however, seem more realistic in their interviews that Idol is a platform and the rest is up to them. Hope they are taking note of Lee’s treatment.

    ETA: Wondering why James doesn’t realize how little heavy metal he did on Idol??

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Adam initially had praise for James, but then later said he was “over” him. I’ll bet that’s what James is stuck on, that Adam changed his mind on him openly in the press. I actually can understand James’ hurt feelings.

    It would be a good idea for James to take the high road, but I don’t think he’s emotionally capable of keeping his feelings to himself. Hopefully, Adam just ignores his remarks and allows the issue to die down.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    he pretty much seemed to be using Adam’s excuse for taking on a rock persona, while mixing up his performances.

    Excuse? I’m not sure what you mean? It sounds like you think Adam did something wrong.

    Adam already commented in his twitter party a few days ago that he had already said too much about Idol when someone asked. He said the media turned honest, non personal comments into “feuds” and that he was sorry if anyone’s feelings were hurt..

    I do think sometimes Adam sticks his foot in his mouth. If he could have left off the “I’m over James” portion of his comments, I think it would have been fine. I think he realized that after the fact and that’s when he went on twitter to apologize.

  • bronte13

    Adam was quite happy to bite back at Clay Aiken and Slash

    Slash? Did I miss something?

  • Mel1

    I’ve never heard it, but I read it all of the time.

    You do? Where are you reading that?

  • leome

    Then the DJ inexplicably said he’d be the meat to their sandwich… which, huh? Anyway.

    It’s called Undercookson. There are some of us fans of that sandwich.

  • karenw

    So, I don’t see why it should be any different for James or why he should be judged any differently to Adam when he does it

    I have no problem with James stating his opinions about Adam .. negative or positive .. like you say, they’re all entitled to speak as they find …. the difference being that on this occasiion James’ opinion incudes a glaring inaccuracy where he’s accusing Adam of misleading his fans when he obviously didn’t … so it’s not an opinion it’s a false accusation

  • doggiedr

    Adam and James are both involved in this little tiff and just need to knock it off.

    Adam was asked his professional opinion and he gave it.
    James just comes up with his comments out of the blue.

  • soverymel

    Adam initially had praise for James, but then later said he was “over” him. I’ll bet that’s what James is stuck on, that Adam changed his mind on him openly in the press. I actually can understand James’ hurt feelings.

    I can sort of see that, but it wasn’t like Adam was solely Team James and switched. Adam was completely in the tank for Team Pia, while also giving James some nice compliments in those first weeks of the live shows. In fact, Adam was pretty liberal with the compliments, with Jacob, Casey and Haley getting twitter props early in the competition as well.

    It’s funny how much attention the “I’m kinda over” and constructive criticism quotes got, considering the sheer volume of compliments he gave many of the S10 Idols over the entire season, including James.

    ETA: And nope, Adam and Slash were a mutual admiration society, it was Gene Simmons that dissed Adam not long after they performed together on the finale, saying he didn’t have a rock voice and that coming out would probably kill his career since no one wanted to know about that.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    It’s funny how much attention the “I’m kinda over” and constructive criticism quotes got,

    Saying you’re “kinda over” somebody is not constructive criticism.

  • fadetowhite

    Adam and Slash are good friends. I think you have him mixed up with Gene Simmons maybe?

    Oops – yeah, you’re right. I knew it was someone like that…:lol

    If James was wrong about Adam’s album – and I have to admit that I can’t be bothered to listen to the interview; Idoloonies was quite enough! – then all he does is end up looking like a dick.

    But I still don’t think he’s commited some awful offense.

    Similarly, I certainly didn’t get bent out of shape about Adam’s comments on James, largely because I agreed on them. But I did think that ‘I’m over him’ followed by the in depth criticisms, came off very harshly and dismissively. Not the way a fan might read them possibly and quite probably not the way Adam intended them, but that’s the way they read to me: and I’m not under the influence of either of their bubbles!

    Of course, Adam was entitled to give his honest opinions of the contestants, especially if he was asked. Did he have to phrase them with quite such a lack of consideration, especially knowing what it’s like to be on that pressure cooker of a show and have ‘famous’ people and, even more so, past Idol contestants spouting off about you? No.

    And I’m not surprised if James is a bit pissed off about that. Nor am I surprised that he lacks the control and restraint to deal with it better, for various reasons.

  • Fullmoon

    he pretty much seemed to be using Adam’s excuse for taking on a rock persona, while mixing up his performances.

    Have you seen Adam’s pre Idols shows. I think he was rocking way before Idol. He did what he set out to do and that was make an eclectic album.

  • soverymel

    Saying your “kinda over” somebody is not constructive criticism.

    Well yeah, that’s why I said “I’m kinda over” and constructive criticism separately.

  • CindyM

    I was thrilled when Adam bit back at Gene Simmons. Anyone that tells a proud and out gay man that he should stay in the closet while at the same time bragging about all the chicks he banged deserves everything he gets :)

  • Niall

    It’s kind of interesting how Adam seems to semi-regularly end up in these minor tiffs or controversies, yet apparently he never causes it. Adam sticks his foot in his mouth and that’s not because he’s so “real,” it’s because he doesn’t think before he speaks. Again, in this case Adam and James both need to drop it but in the “tiffs” with Clay and Gene Simmons it’s interesting that it was Adam in the James role (biting back at the establish star he felt dissed him).

  • lorismile

    Adam initially had praise for James, but then later said he was “over” him. I’ll bet that’s what James is stuck on, that Adam changed his mind on him openly in the press

    Probably but it makes me wonder how is James going to handle album criticism???

  • Chicagolaw

    Well, I don’t think we will hear another peep from Adam about all this. But, somebody needs to give James a little guidance in terms of how and what he says to the media. Adam has done a lot of things since coming off Idol, and he has a great deal of industry respect. James is brand new to the music industry, and he seriously needs to dial back the Adam stuff before it becomes an issue. As of right now, it really isn’t a big deal, and I don’t think Adam would care.

    But, is there nobody coaching James on how to deal with the media/”insta-fame” thing? He is going to be touring all summer and talking to a lot of media. Somebody should step in.

    And I do understand that Adam may have put his foot in his mouth with his comments. But, I think he realized this, too, and apologized. James is the one who now can’t stop biting back. This is the second or third time he has talked about it, and he seems to be getting more agitated each time.

  • Mel1

    Adam saying, “sort of over him” compared to Clay’s, “…thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!
    I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him…”

  • fadetowhite

    I don’t have a problem with Adam calling out Gene Simmons for what he said either.

    I just don’t have a problem with James being openly upset and in attacking mode after Adam’s comments.

    From what I’ve seen and heard of Adam, he’s a strong enough character to take it as well as dish it out.

  • Anmor

    I wonder if James has anyone advising him on how to handle to the media who would tell him to dial it back re Adam? If he isn’t signed to 19M, maybe there is no one helping him in this way?
    I am sure there are people advising Adam to dial it back–at least, after the fact. If no one else, his mother! Since he tweeted in regard to James that she told him if he couldn’t say anything nice about someone don’t say anything at all. I hope Adam doesn’t take the bait James is throwing him, but he seems to find it hard to resist responding to this sort of thing, so we’ll see.

  • fadetowhite

    I am sure there are people advising Adam to dial it back–at least, after the fact. If no one else, his mother! Since he tweeted in regard to James that she told him if he couldn’t say anything nice about someone don’t say anything at all.

    :lol

    You can always trust family – and especially your mother – to be completely honest with you!

  • mquincy

    Mel1 says:
    05/24/2011 at 4:22 pm
    Adam saying, “sort of over him”

    just want to clarify everyone quoting Adam as saying “over him” Adam was quoted as saying he was “over it” which could mean a few things. Adam also gave constructive criticism about Casey.

    Carry on…

  • doggiedr

    I thought media training was part of the Idol experience for all the hamsters?
    Maybe dropping that was another of Nigel’s radical new changes.
    Pity.

  • Anmor

    Since Adam is going to attend the finale on Wednesday, I wonder if he will go back stage to say hi to people, and I wonder if he will say something to James. I sort of wish he would (something nice of course!).

    eta: I agree with the poster who said Adam hurt James’ feelings. Not just because he had tweeted something positive originally but because when Adam was a guest performer on Idol, didn’t he spend some time talking to James afterward? I think I read that. He was probably pretty encouraging, and then to come out with these critical comments (even though interleaved with some positive comments) after that was hurtful to James. Adam has probably dealt with years of professional critiques on his own performances and didn’t get what it might do to a newbie.

  • tls62

    If Durbin feels he has enough credibility to keep running his mouth, I say go for it dude. Take that silver spoon and dig your grave.

  • Fullmoon

    I’m still shock at James lack of music knowledge,

  • aa618892

    It’s kind of interesting how Adam seems to semi-regularly end up in these minor tiffs or controversies, yet apparently he never causes it.

    It seems this way because people seem to care a lot about what Adam says or does. James received a fair amount of criticism from other Idols, bloggers, critics but all anyone goes overboard discussing is what Adam says.Two years later Adam is still the spark to ignite fanwars. This is amazing to me.

  • Mel1

    It’s kind of interesting how Adam seems to semi-regularly end up in these minor tiffs or controversies, yet apparently he never causes it.

    Has any other idol gotten the mean comments Adam has gotten, via Clay and Simmons?

  • fadetowhite

    yet the heavens did not fall?

    Didn’t they? I thought the world was meant to end last week!

    Adam can say what he likes. As can Carrie, Melinda etc… etc…

    But so can James.

    And I don’t even like James that much – if at all! :lol

    That’s all.

  • Chicagolaw

    Just to add, being “over something” is a phrase Adam seems to use a lot. I know he told fans, in regards to making album #2 that he was “kind of over” glam and glitter. And there was something else recently, but I can’t recall what it was. Anyway, I don’t think it was meant to be taken personally. I would imagine, if James doesn’t bring it up anymore it will all die a quick death, lol.

  • fadetowhite

    It seems this way because people seem to care a lot about what Adam says or does. James received a fair amount of criticism from other Idols, bloggers, critics but all anyone goes overboard discussing is what Adam says.Two years later Adam is still the spark to ignite fanwars. This is amazing to me.

    Seems to me that it’s only an issue right here and now, because of Adam fans getting bent out of shape about what James has said. So, it would seem that it’s James who’s the spark of ignition here. Clearly what he says is of great significance…(Oh and ETA: yes this is a tongue in cheek comment, just incase :lol).

  • Fullmoon

    James got his feelings hurt from the guy he looked up to and now is lashing out. Just don’t start crying on us James.

  • ladymadonna

    Has any other idol gotten the mean comments Adam has gotten, via Clay and Simmons?

    LOL. Methinks you have not been watching this show for very long.

  • aa618892

    I just don’t have a problem with James being openly upset and in attacking mode after Adam’s comments.

    I don’t have a problem with it because it can’t hurt Adam in the least but it does make James look like a fool. He really lacks knowledge of what Adam did on the show and he obviously does not know much about Adam’s post Idol music. His comments sound like he is repeating what someone has said. And to top it off he doesn’t seem very knowledgeable about his own supposed genre. I didn’t hear much “metal” from him on the show, does he think what he did was metal? He needs to worry about his own career as a fourth place finisher on a reality show and not what Adam did or didn’t do.

  • Fullmoon

    James can say what he wants but to speak for Adam’s fans by saying he pissed his own fans off is just a$$ talking.

  • sma11ie

    Saying you’re “kinda over” somebody is not constructive criticism.

    I agree. I totally get that Adam did not mean any malice when he made that offhand comment– in fact it sounds like something I’d say to my friends when talking about Idol contestants, and like many others, I pretty much agreed with all his comments about James.

    However, I’m not an Idol alumnus, and I’m not giving comments to press that would get back to the contestants. I think Adam was just giving his opinion on the contestants to the media using phrases he would if he were talking to friends, which is not really a good idea.

    I usually hate that Idols have to be so careful with their words sometimes to the point where every opinion has to be uber-filtered, and I actually like that Adam tends to be less careful, than say, my favorite (David Cook). BUT, in the case that the unfiltered statements could be hurtful in any way to contestants (rather than say TPTB, or famous jerks who are open targets IMO)… well in that case, I say err on the side of being more filtered. JMO.

  • Keel

    Finally, I thought Carrie and some other idols were vocal about their criticisms of some of the contestants too and yet the heavens did not fall?

    Who did Carrie criticize? What did she say? She’s usually so neutral that I find this a little difficult to believe. Maybe she was just not outright saying she was fully on board TeamXYZ and that was considered a slam? Maybe? I really doubt she said anything close to “i’m kinda over” such and such, which as I recall was the only thing Adam said about James that sounded truly dismissive.

    And on that note, when did the heavens fall when Adam said his piece about James? I was here on MJs when that went down and other than the “I’m kinda over him” I thought lots of people thought what Adam said was pretty defensible. I didn’t see Adam getting universally (or even close to it) raked over the coals. If you’re an Adam fan, maybe it stings more when he gets criticized but I thought lots of people here were supportive or neutral. I recall a handful saying it was probably not the wisest thing for him to say, but then they actually also agreed with his critique.

    But condemnation and skies falling? Not so much.

  • aa618892

    Seems to me that it’s only an issue right here and now, because of Adam fans getting bent out of shape about what James has said.

    I don’t think most people are bent out of shape so much as astonished at James lack of smarts, lol.

  • Buffynut

    aa618892 says:

    05/24/2011 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t have a problem with it because it can’t hurt Adam in the least but it does make James look like a fool. He really lacks knowledge of what Adam did on the show and he obviously does not know much about Adam’s post Idol music. His comments sound like he is repeating what someone has said. And to top it off he doesn’t seem very knowledgeable about his own supposed genre. I didn’t hear much “metal” from him on the show, does he think what he did was metal? He needs to worry about his own career as a fourth place finisher on a reality show and not what Adam did or didn’t do.

    Yes!! ^^^Such a perfect comment, ^^^IMO!
    I can not figure out all James’ talk about doing Heavy Metal on Idol when he did, what…one song…. the Judas Priest one. The song Heavy Metal that he did is a rock song about heavy metal, but it is not a heavy metal song. Then all his other songs were rock or pop.
    And if he is asked about Adam then IMO he can answer the question. But he needs to stop bringing Adam up himself and saying nonsense.

  • JosieCat

    I don’t think anyone is arguing that James doesn’t have the right to say whatever the hell he wants to say. Of course he does. The question is whether he’s doing himself any favors by doing it where Adam is concerned, particularly since Adam has removed himself from the fray. Like him or not, Adam has worked hard over the past couple of years to build credibility, good will and respect within the music industry, and by all appearances he’s done a good job of it. Aside from his talent, he gives good interview – radio peeps and journalists love talking to him. James is going to be speaking with a lot of the same people, and they may be less than impressed if he continues badmouthing Adam, especially when it’s unsolicited (not to mention incorrect, but that’s another matter). James is going to be doing tons of interviews during the Idols Live! tour, and the more he mentions Adam, the more questions he’s going to get about Adam, especially if he says negative things. But maybe that’s exactly what James wants. {shrug}

    I sincerely doubt Adam intended for his comments about James to be taken as an insult (and I also wished Shirley Halperin had made the context of Adam’s “kind of over” comment more clear – and those three words were the only direct quote we were given). Adam has been receiving constructive criticism, probably largely unvarnished and un-sugarcoated, of his performances since age 10. He’s used to it, and he doesn’t take it personally. I can’t read Adam’s mind, but I’d bet money that his intention was just to point out things that, in his opinion, James needed to work on. No more, no less.

    And yes, Adam did respond to Clay Aiken and Gene Simmons, but the situations were not the same, IMO. Clay Aiken’s “ears bleeding” comment was an insult, not constructive criticism. Clay sniped at Adam, Adam sniped back, and it was done. As for Gene Simmons, Adam reacted with a bit of humorous snark to Gene’s contention that Adam didn’t have a “rock voice,” but what angered him was Gene’s comments that Adam destroyed his career by coming out, and that “nobody wanted to hear” about Adam’s sex life – while assuming, apparently, that everyone wanted to hear every detail about Gene’s, because it was heterosexual rather than homosexual. Adam was insulted and angry on a very personal level, which was – to me, anyway – perfectly understandable.

  • miniglik

    Adam was asked his professional opinion and he gave it.
    James just comes up with his comments out of the blue.

    I got the impression James is asked about Adam all the time.

  • butterbean

    mj
    Adam initially had praise for James, but then later said he was “over” him. I’ll bet that’s what James is stuck on, that Adam changed his mind on him openly in the press. I actually can understand James’ hurt feelings.

    I can understand James’ hurt feelings, too. And I say this as a HUGE Adam fan. (Also a fan of James.)

  • karenw

    James can say what he wants but to speak for Adam’s fans by saying he pissed his own fans off is just a$$ talking.

    yeah that bit to me showed immaturity and a lack of knowledge about Adam’s AI performances (yes he did a couple of rock performances but also pop performances so you couldn’t put him in a specific genre on the show) … and iit also showed that James has no knowledge of what Adam said his first album would be like .. so it was a bit stupid of James to say that Adam threw away a big section of his potential record buying fans by doing the album he did .. I think James is just a bit knarked at Adam so was having a bit of a dig at Adam accusing him not being true to himself … but instead he’s just made himself look a bit silly

    If I just watched James’ AI performances without him telling us he was a metalhead I wouldn’t have classed him as a metal singer so i see him more as light rock/pop

  • fadetowhite

    Well if the question is: ‘will James be the next king of heavy metal?’ then we can agree.

    Not going to happen: probably.

    Never say never, I guess – and there’s nothing wrong with ambition, but I really can’t see him rivalling Led Zeppelin any time soon.

    I won’t be queuing up to buy the 5 year in gestation version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps either. Not sure where that pre-Idol quest for Beatle’s perfection – because George Harrison obviously rushed the original – fits in with the metal dreams either.

    I don’t know – there were times on the show when I couldn’t help but like the guy: he does seem to have a very genuine and warm heart underneath it all. But he also often doesn’t seem to have a clue. And he does come over as far too full of himself far too frequently.

  • musicality

    Who did Carrie criticize? What did she say? She’s usually so neutral that I find this a little difficult to believe.

    She kind of dissed Scotty. I can paraphrase but it went something along the lines of Scotty is the great pretender and needs to find his own style.

    I don’t know how Adam meant “he’s over James”. He just used it the other day in his twitter party. I read the manuscript of it and he used the same phrase saying “he’s over glam”. So maybe he’s dissing himself too?”. I guess only he can answer that or perhaps people who follow him more. Whether it was a diss or not it appears little Jimmy got his feelings hurt. I don’t know if Adam will let it slide he doesn’t appear the type. But I also got the feeling he doesn’t really care what Durbin thinks. I got the feeling none of the idols care for Durbin. All of them have come out in support of everyone but him. I’m not a real fan of Adam. He wasn’t my favorite from season 8 but I do think he has 10x more talent and polish than James. James comes off as trashy to me. Kind of low class.

  • owanbe

    Who did Carrie criticize? What did she say? She’s usually so neutral that I find this a little difficult to believe.

    SCOTTY (sp)! And you better believe. Lol!

    Let me help with more clue; try and fish out the headlines of that period Danny Gokey was being criticised for his statement about Scotty.

  • fadetowhite

    Who’s said that Adam is the ‘evil one’?

    Speaking personally, I read the discussion here, remembered the article from Adam’s interview a while back and got drawn in by a sense of imbalance in the comments. Sometimes I can’t help representing the other point of view, whether I care about it much or not.

    But, don’t worry, I’m not going to spend my evening praying for the defeat of the ‘evil one’.

    In fact, I’m going to bed.

    And looking forward to seeing Cook’s performance in the morning: and for goodness sake man, make it count! I can’t be doing with another round of TLG nerves.

  • Elliegrll

    I think this should read:

    It seems this way because people Adam’s fans seem to care a lot about what Adam says or does.

    Beyond the bubble, I doubt that this is a big deal.

  • karenw

    I think this should read:

    It seems this way because people Adam’s fans seem to care a lot about what Adam says or does.

    Beyond the bubble, I doubt that this is a big deal.

    I agree that outside of AI these little “tiffs” involving idols will go unnoticed but I don’t think it’s just Adam’s fans who care about what he says as the media and bloggers seem quick to pick up on everythng he says or tweets too

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    And looking forward to seeing Cook’s performance in the morning: and for goodness sake man, make it count! I can’t be doing with another round of TLG nerves.

    I envision Cook passing by the tiny, dark cages in which Idol keeps its sound techs, slipping them high-protein snacks so that they have the strength to move the levers in the right directions.

    The day I’m nervous on behalf of a professional, though, I’m definitely going to start drinking more. Unless Cook’s announced he’s going to sing DYFAM while jumping a motorcycle through a ring of fire, in which case… hair gel… open flames… yeah, nail-biter.

  • tamalepie

    Adam initially had praise for James, but then later said he was “over” him. I’ll bet that’s what James is stuck on, that Adam changed his mind on him openly in the press. I actually can understand James’ hurt feelings.

    This is what followed that comment by Adam:

    “I think he’s got talent and passion 100 percent, but I feel like he’s trying way too hard,” Adam opines. “Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that “Heavy Metal” song [by Sammy Hagar], James was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good, but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist yet. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing.”

    Sounds like a reasoned, constructive critique to me, not mean-spirited in the least. If James is not able to take even this mild criticism, maybe he’s in the wrong business. Because I can guarantee that he will get criticised when he’s out in the real world of the entertainment business, and probably much more harshly. And I doubt that his condition will be taken into account, as it has been within the Idol bubble.

  • oladyrocklover

    I think this should read:

    It seems this way because people Adam’s fans seem to care a lot about what Adam says or does.

    Beyond the bubble, I doubt that this is a big deal.

    I agree. I feel for James because he does have a handicap that makes it difficult for him to emotionally deal with a lot of the stuff being thrown at him.

    As for Adam I’m “kind of over it.”

  • CanadianFan

    Just to play the devil’s advocate for a moment, was there really anything to James’s statement other than an unfiltered comment. What James said wasn’t completely untrue. I have read on this board that many Adam fans expected a different album from Adam after his Idol stint (regardless of what Adam told the media). James is unfiltered, Adam is unfiltered. Maybe neither of them are making personal attacks.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Another short Kris interview Y98; talks idol, house plans finalized & new album.

    http://y98.radio.com/2011/05/24/american-idol-live-from-l-a-kris-allen/

  • Fullmoon

    I have read on this board that many Adam fans expected a different album from Adam after his Idol stint

    Then they weren’t paying attention before and during Idol tour what Adam said he would put out. He never said he was making a rock album. Not Adam’s fault they weren’t paying attention. What James said was Adam pissed of his fans by doing one thing on Idol and than doing another after. I don’t think he should speak for Adam’s fans who purchased his album. For those who felt it wasn’t their cup of cocoa I’m pretty sure moved along. He has since then gained way more fans than he started with off a Idol so you lose some and than you gain some.

  • musicality

    Just to play the devil’s advocate for a moment, was there really anything to James’s statement other than an unfiltered comment

    I think what people are pointing out is that what James said was uninformed and incorrect. Adam stated all along what kind of album he was making during every stage.
    But no one would pay attention accept it gets flamed. MJ herself tweeted out this link with the tweet “James Durbin Disses Adam Lambert”. Talk about trying to get hits :) Sorry MJ but it’s true you know you’re flaming the fire. You could have just said “today’s idol headlines”. The bloggers and the media totally blow things out of proportion. But because the word dissed was used it starts an argument. Then see Mansfield do the same and so on and so on and it grows out of proportion.

  • koshka

    Then they weren’t paying attention before and during Idol tour what Adam said he would put out. He never said he was making a rock album.

    This part of what James said I just don’t understand. Other than Rock week.. what rock songs did adam do? I don’t recall any others that didn’t fall into a pop rock category. Someone correct me.

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  • Montavilla

    If I were a betting person, I would bet that Adam says nothing more about James and it will only be James fueling the fire. Adam has nothing to gain by taking the bait.

    My guess is that Adam will be asked about it until he makes some kind of response (because the media loves popcorn as much or more than we do). And, since Adam is usually very savvy, he will be nonchalant and gracious. It would be stupid of him to get into a fight with James. He definitely doesn’t need the publicity.

    I understand that many Adam fans are upset that they feel their favorite is being dissed but I feel a lot of compassion for James.

    It’s only going to be the really cray-cray fans who get indignant. As others have noted, Adam was very clear about what kind of an album he was going to put out — and it was pretty much how he described it.

    I wish James luck in his mission to popularize Metal. I’m not going to predict failure for him. And, you know, if yapping at Adam helps him in his quest, what the hell. It isn’t going to hurt Adam any.

  • CindyM

    koshka says:
    05/24/2011 at 5:43 pm

    Then they weren’t paying attention before and during Idol tour what Adam said he would put out. He never said he was making a rock album.

    This part of what James said I just don’t understand. Other than Rock week.. what rock songs did adam do? I don’t recall any others that didn’t fall into a pop rock category. Someone correct me.

    He sang Satisfaction. But then again, James thinks that he sang heavy metal on the show, when he performed 1 1/2 heavy metal songs. Also, where Adam was going with his album was not only said by him in interview after interview, but his set on the tour was 2 rock song (both from rock week on Idol), 1 ballad, 1 Muse mid-tempo and a medley of David Bowie songs including two of his more dance-y songs. The eclecticism was already there.

    It is what it is. James has a right to his opinion and we have a right to criticize what he said. Just like so many people do when Adam expresses an opinion. I don’t think anyone outside the bubble really cares much.

  • Incipit

    I envision Cook passing by the tiny, dark cages in which Idol keeps its sound techs, slipping them high-protein snacks so that they have the strength to move the levers in the right directions.

    Eilonwy, funny how I can actually picture that. Heh. Hope it works!
    Ironic how a show about singing is known for it’s sound problems. They might could sell another ad or three, and take care of that. Who would notice, among all the other commercials? *snerk*

    The Boyz are so excited for tonight, the ‘chill’ understatements are practically reverberating. Except for Monty – age brings equilibrium? But I flove how they get to LTD. They earned it.

    Andy casually mentions – “If you watch American Idol tonight you might see me. It’s possible you might only see my guitar.”

    Neal wants us to notice his gear – funny how I tend to notice his playing first, ya know?

    Kyle always causes me to chuckle, anyway – “What a beautiful afternoon! I think i’ll play on American Idol tonight or something. Yeah, that sounds nice.”

    David, as usual – just lays it out there: “Stoked to perform on @AmericanIdol tonight! Tune in and turn up!”

    They make me smile. And happy for something to look forward to smiling about, tonight.

  • dcglam

    This is what followed that comment by Adam:

    “I think he’s got talent and passion 100 percent, but I feel like he’s trying way too hard,” Adam opines. “Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that “Heavy Metal” song [by Sammy Hagar], James was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good, but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist yet. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing.”

    This is exactly the type of critique good judges should be handing out. Plenty of positive kudos along with areas that could be improved. Adam would make an awesome judge!

  • soverymel

    unrealitytv
    American Idol 2011: Nigel Lythgoe thinks Scotty McCreery could be the ‘biggest American Idol selling artist of all time
    http://bit.ly/iEQtK4
    8 minutes ago

  • Buffynut

    Adam pretty much apologized via twitter the other day too. James needs to drop it!

    @kashiny9 in regards to Idol I’ve said way too much. Media turns non-personal, honest opinions into “feuds”.

    @kashiny9 like mom taught: “if u don’t have anything nice to say- don’t say it all” sorry if I hurt any feelings- not my intent.

  • Mel1

    Thinking back, Michael Johns had made some comments about Adam during S8, and they weren’t compliments nor constructive. No one seemed to jump on him (Michael) implying he should have been more gracious. So, another senior criticizing a newbie. I bet if we really dig, we can find plenty more.

    ETA: Michael also said recently that he thought James is a better singer than Adam.

  • miniglik

    The reason I was annoyed with Adam when he said his original comments was that I figured it would eventually turn into this sort of thing once James came out of the idol bubble. Idol media would eat it up. (For comparison: something Melinda Doolittle says about James before she ever met him is not going to read back on air to James the way Jim Cantiello read Adam’s statements last week.) And Adam knows the way the press works. He should know that if he’s getting too many questions about James, then James — who is a novice — is going to get that same thing back 10 fold, and that anything Adam says about him is going to be magnified and used to get a sensational reaction, which it was.

    And James, well I hope he gets better at this part, but he is a novice — and a socially awkward one at that.

    Just wanted to add: I really thought Adam was just enjoying a little (mostly harmless) pettiness with his original comments. Kind of like a few bitches I know IRL who heap praise around their cutting comments. But I found him to be thoughtful and apologetic in his twitter party, and he seemed to understand the consequences to his unfiltered opinion (media sensationalizing it in a hurtful way). I have a better opinion of him than I did before, and I hope that he, as the more experienced entertainer with all the power in this interaction, makes an effort to be nice to James, who is clearly just hurt. Adam doesn’t have to, of course, but it would be big of him.

    Adam pretty much apologized via twitter the other day too. James needs to drop it!

    I doubt James reads Adam’s twitter parties, so how would he know? And he actually seemed pretty surprised during Jim Cantiello’s interview, so I wouldn’t be surprised if last week was the first he’d heard of Adam’s original comments.

  • Buffynut

    soverymel says:

    05/24/2011 at 6:00 pm

    unrealitytv
    American Idol 2011: Nigel Lythgoe thinks Scotty McCreery could be the ‘biggest American Idol selling artist of all time
    http://bit.ly/iEQtK4
    8 minutes ago

    He’s such an idiot!! Bigger thaan Carrie? Bigger than Kelly? Bigger than Daughtry?? Didn’t Nigel get the news about the state of the music business?!

  • owanbe

    Thinking back, Michael Johns had made some comments about Adam during S8, and they weren’t compliments nor constructive. So, another senior criticizing a newbie. I bet if we really dig, we can find plenty more.

    Yeah! I could help dig up more; Carrie, Daugtry, Castro made it openly known they were not big fans of Adam either and some not just openly rooted for Kris, but criticised him.

  • soverymel

    I think Scotty will do very well sales-wise, despite some Idol related grumblings from radio I think he’s coming off the show with the type of fanbase that is loyal and more importantly buys albums.

    But biggest selling American Idol artist of all time? I don’t know that I’d go that far.

  • Twisted Sister

    I think I’ve posted here only once but I will say this.
    My issue with James is not what he said about Adam. I couldn’t care less what he thinks of him. My biggest issue with Durbin is how clueless he is about Metal. He keeps stating that he is going to bring the genre back to life. Excuse me? I sorry dude but you can’t revive something that is not dead. In that interview with the radio station he trashed not only electronic music but also death metal. You can tell that he doesn’t like it that’s fine but Metal these days is not just hardcore, death or doom like he thinks. There are metal bands with catchy hooks and melodic arrangement. For a guy who preaches to love metal, he has no idea of the current state of the genre. He probably thinks that he is the only one with the capacity to sing like he does but he is totally wrong. There are a lot of singers who are way above him (Nope none of those singers is Adam Lambert). James had my interest at the beginning of the season and I was looking forward to his performances but I lost that interest and the respect I had for him after he began putting his stage antics over his vocals and if there is one thing that Metal singers are famous for is their amazing and spot on vocals.
    I hope he realizes how wrong he is and use his new metal connections to get an audition with Kamelot. They are looking for a new vocalist. If he gets signed with Universal he will swallow the words he just said in this interview.

  • owanbe

    I doubt James reads Adam’s twitter parties, so how would he know? And he actually seemed pretty surprised during Jim Cantiello’s interview, so I wouldn’t be surprised if last week was the first he’d heard of Adam’s original comments.

    I am not sure this is necessarily true. I want to believe his fans regularly tweet him links or he sometimes lurks on some of these blogs.

    The swiftness (sp) by which he unfollowed Adam on twitter after that interview and his elimination tells me he is very conversant with news about himself.

  • Buffynut

    Michael Johns also made a comment about Adam this year when he did that guest blog. Can’t remember the exact quote but it had something to do with him liking James rock wail over Adam’s scream. (Where’s my roll the eyes smiley?!)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    This is what followed that comment by Adam:

    If someone disses you, or makes a cutting remark, are you going to listen to the backpedaling that comes afterward? I think for most people the answer is NO.

    I’m just trying to say that James is reacting in a very HUMAN way. People generally do not like to be criticized. It stings. James is reacting. Maybe not in the smartest way, but there you go.

  • miniglik

    The swiftness (sp) by which he unfollowed Adam on twitter after that interview and his elimination tells me he is very conversant with news about him.

    I could be wrong, but the first I ever heard about James unfollowing Adam was after his elimination, which was weeks after Adam’s comments had circulated. I assumed it was a reaction to people in the Idol press bringing it up to get a reaction from him and that before that he was unaware of the comments.

    I’m just trying to say that James is reacting in a very HUMAN way. People generally do not like to be criticized. It stings. James is reacting. Maybe not in the smartest way, but there you go.

    Mj, thanks for being compassionate. I assume people will respond to you by telling you that there will be much worse criticism for James in media (and there has been and will be), but I could see why this would sting more than criticism from some random.

  • Truthiness

    Yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of the “over him” from Adam. Though I got that he was just saying that he was, well over James’s lack of vocal skills, and when on pitch, being too close to the original. Adam should have just kept to being constructive in his criticism, if he felt the need to respond beyond hand-waving about what he thought about the constestants.

    That being said, of course James has the right to be whatever about it. I really don’t care about him. I just hope that Adam keeps to not saying anymore about it, beyond his needed (to my mind) apology. That boy needs to learn to not stick his foot in his mouth, quite so much.

  • LK3

    He’s been thrown into this maelstrom with little preparation and under the circumstances I think he is doing his best. I feel that he will be a great spokesman for others who have to deal with this condition.

    Well, James did enter the AI competition of his own volition, so hardly being ‘thrown into the maelstrom’. Good job he didn’t win ;)

  • bridgette12

    James need to get over it, he’s acting like a spoiled brat. So he got his feelings hurt, it’s not the first time it’s happened and it certainly won’t be the last time. He needs to worry about his career and don’t talk about what Adam has said or done. If he keeps this up, all his future interviews will be about this media driven feud with Adam. James needs to realize that he’s starting to sound rediculous in his interviews and the interviewers are laughing at him.

  • LK3

    planetjedward JEDWARD
    Jedward and President Barrack Obama @BarrackObama @PlanetJedward http://twitpic.com/522gns

    Love it! These boys just crack me up :D Can’t imagine Matt Cardle ever getting this close to Mr President ;)

  • Susan

    Adam saying, “sort of over him” compared to Clay’s, “…thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!
    I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him…”

    LOL… man, that’s exactly what I think about Haley.

    Adam vs. James — I like them both. I liked both Adam and Kris and from Adam’s pre-Idol music and what he did on the show, I expected I would prefer Kris’s post-Idol album. That ended up not being true. Adam is the only contestant I’ve ever seen live (well, outside of a friend dragging me to see David Cook at the CA state fair).

    I think I pretty much echo MJ’s comments. Adam did offer constructive criticism after the “over him” comment but that’s not what the media played up. James was hurt by it, and his emotions work differently from most people. I don’t know if he saw Adam’s twitter apology or realized it was intended for him. But someone close to him does need to tell him to move on and stop talking about it now.

    No, James didn’t do all metal on Idol. With some of the themes, he really couldn’t, though he could have done metal instead of Paul McCartney in top 13 week. But I remember other posters here mentioning during the season that he was very smart at choosing songs. He knows metal is a limited niche and he needed to expand. I personally don’t listen to any metal today… my friend’s daughter played some awful death metal once and I couldn’t believe kids listen to that. I hated hair bands in the 80’s but now I realize they weren’t so bad after all.

  • http://twitter.com/lindsav adamland

    My guess is that Adam will be asked about it until he makes some kind of response (because the media loves popcorn as much or more than we do). And, since Adam is usually very savvy, he will be nonchalant and gracious. It would be stupid of him to get into a fight with James. He definitely doesn’t need the publicity.

    I’m a fan of Adam’s voice, you notice my screen name but Adam wasn’t being all that savvy nor gracious in the interview that started all of this nor was he a week later in a late night twitter rant involving the top 4. Adam did the equivalent of what Clay Aiken and others did to him. Everyone needs to STFU and move on. I’m also a fan of James’ voice and he is included in the that too. Adam should have just stated who he like but stop there, anything else was unnecessary but that’s just IMO. And because the media hangs on his every word. Sure Adam stated later yet again on Twitter during the twitter party the so called apology but too much time had passed for it to really have been effective.

    But I beg to differ on the rock comments. The Idol Bubble fans know what Adam said about his first album but the casual viewer or people who liked him but didn’t follow him were highly disappointed in his album that it wasn’t more rock. I’ve heard many comments in that vein. And Adam still makes comments about being a “rock star” which can be confusing to the casual observer.

  • fadetowhite

    The day I’m nervous on behalf of a professional, though, I’m definitely going to start drinking more.

    :lol Probably far too late to clarfiy this, but what the hell! I was referring to Cook’s nerves – not mine!

    Haven’t seen the DYFAM performance yet, but I’m getting mixed messages reading about it – surprise!