Idol Headlines for 05/26/11 – The Evening Edition

Kara DioGuardi Docu-Series in Development at Bravo

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has teamed up with Bravo to develop a new docu-series.

The KARA project takes a glimpse inside the music business through the perspective of songwriter-producer DioGuardi, who also serves as head judge on the cable network’s upcoming music competition series Platinum Hit, making its debut May 30 at 10 p.m.

Read more at THR

American Idol finalists heading to Walt Disney World

As is the trend after any major event in America, the top five American Idol finalists will be heading to Walt Disney World.

Scotty McCreery (the winner), Lauren Alaina, Hayley Reinhart, James Durbin and Jacob Lusk will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday May 29th and are scheduled to visit The American Idol Experience.

Read more at Wdwinfo

Carrie Underwood Gives Her Number to Idol Contestants, but Does Anyone Actually Call?

“Both of them are going to have a lot ahead of them and there’s really nothing I can tell them that will make any of it any easier,” the country cutie told E! News before last night’s big show when asked what advice she has for Scotty and Lauren. “Maybe I can give them my number, both of them.”

“I’ve done this every year, by the way, and no one ever calls me,” she said. “I think David Cook is the only one I’ve managed to become friends with and we swap stories and talk about stuff, but nobody ever calls me. So maybe they will.”

Read more at MSNBC

‘American Idol': What’s next for favorites Pia, Haley, Casey, and more

Don’t believe the rumors: Pia Toscano doesn’t actually have a record deal yet. But she’s still hoping to parlay her time on American Idol into a successful music career. “I have been in the studio and we’re working on finding the perfect sound,” she told EW after Wednesday’s finale. “I don’t want to rush it and just throw something out there and ruin everything I built up on the show. I am working with some amazing producers. I have been doing some stuff with [producers] Rodney Jerkins, Roc Mafia and Harvey Mason Jr. I met them through the show and I don’t think I would be working with such amazing people if it wasn’t for the show.”

Read more at EW

‘American Idol’ About to Chart 300th No. 1 with Scotty McCreery Single

It’s a phenomenon that began on Oct. 5, 2002, the date that Kelly Clarkson captured her first No. 1 on a Billboard chart with her debut single, “A Moment Like This,” and has continued unabated. This month, Carrie Underwood’s live recording of “How Great Thou Art” topped the Christian Digital Songs and Christian/Gospel Digital Songs sales charts and Mandisa’s latest single, “Stronger,” led the airplay-based Christian Songs list, bringing the total number of No. 1s for the American Idol franchise to a whopping 299. With Idol’s newest inductee, season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, almost sure to top of Hot Digital Singles chart and possibly the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Love You This Big,” the franchise is about to hit a landmark 300 No. 1s.

Read more at THR

Haley Reinhart Talks About Almost Replacing Lauren Alaina in ‘Idol’ Finale

“Extra” caught up with “American Idol” contestant Haley Reinhart on the red carpet and asked her about preparing to go onstage if finalist Lauren Alaina’s vocal chord problems prevented her from singing.

“I had somebody come up to me tell me what her condition was,” explained Reinhart. “They didn’t know if she could sing or not. They asked me to do it and said to pick out some tunes I already did. It was an honor that they asked me; they never did this for somebody else on the show.”

Haley added, “But at the same time, I did not feel right about the whole thing.”

See the video at Extra

‘American Idol’ Predictions Results: Scotty Rewards Our Faith

And, after a dismal season of prognosticating in which none of our experts could come within Skoal-spittin’ distance of .500, we finally all got it right for once. (Even if it feels like getting one of those participation trophies kids get these days just for showing up.)

“The ‘American Idol’ finale Wednesday night was super entertaining and full of little surprises — none of which included Scotty McCreery’s taking of the ‘Idol’ crown,” said “Idol” blogger MJ Santilli. “That Scotty would have confetti raining down on his head when all was said and done seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Even Lauren, who had wanted the win so bad, didn’t seem fazed.”

Read more at MTV

Judas Priest Call James Durbin ‘Idol’ Cover ‘Dream Come True’

“Because we’ve lived so long and done so much stuff in heavy metal and we’ve seen so many crazy things and heard so many crazy things, when we heard this we went, ‘F—! That’s incredible, man. Let’s do it, you know? This is insane. That’s just amazing,’ ” frontman Rob Halford explained of their reaction to getting “Idol” exposure. “So as it progressed from ‘Another Thing Coming’ till this point now, when we’re on the carpet and we’re about to do the show, it’s just a dream come true for Priest, for metal and, mostly, for James Durbin.”

See the video at MTV

Watch Kelly Clarkson conquer New York City

But unlike those three, I ignored my spot in the VIP section to belly up to the stage because Kelly! Clarkson! Was! Performing! And yes, I am dorky enough to visually show you just how close I was to my ultimate “American Idol” as she served up a sensational smattering of songs.

This was no “oh, here are three performances, thanks so much, buh-bye.” Kelly put on a legit concert last night as she rattled through “Since U Been Gone,” “Walk Away,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and nine other hits over the course of 90 minutes.

See the video at the New York Post

Carrie Underwood’s Hilarious ‘Idol’ Dialing Mix Up

Carrie Underwood shines in her shimmering outfit for the “American Idol” Season 10 Grand Finale at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Also, Carrie tells Access’ Shaun Robinson she had a hilarious mix up when she called in to vote for “Idol.”

See the Video at Access Hollywood

Kris Allen Talks New Music, Shares ‘American Idol’ Secrets

When asked details about a new song called “For Better Or For Worse,” which was recently uploaded on a songwriter database under his name, Kris appeared shocked that we even knew about it. “You’re breaking this to me, by the way, and of course I’m the last to know this,” he laughed, before admitting that he wrote the song with a few of his friends.

Not only did Allen divulge on some new details about new material, but MTV News also had some fun with the former “Idol” champ as he showed Cantiello “the secret ‘Idol’ winner handshake.”

See the Video at MTV

New Tunes From Kellie Pickler, Josh Kelley, Eden’s Edge

Kellie Pickler is giving fans the first look at music from her next album, exclusively at kelliepickler.com. The lead single “Tough” is at radio now and was written by hit songwriter Leslie Satcher specifically for Pickler. “Kellie speaks lyrically,” explains Satcher. “Many of the lines in ‘Tough’ were inspired by conversations I had with her. I’ve only written two other songs specifically for artists. One was ‘Troubadour’ for George Strait and the other was ‘You Remain’ for Willie Nelson which he recorded with Bonnie Raitt.”

Read more at Music Row

Exclusive: Why Cheryl Cole Was Dropped From X Factor

“Everyone is freaking out and it’s all a bit of a mess,” a source close to Girls Aloud singer Cole, 27, told Us Weekly Wednesday after news of the switch surfaced.

Though Internet reports claim Cole’s thick British accent was a possible reason for the switch, a source tells Us show creator Cowell was more concerned with his panel’s chemistry.

“Throughout the whole decision making process, Simon was really torn between Cheryl and Nicole. He absolutely loved Nicole, really felt like she was the right one, but also knew his chemistry with Cheryl had been great before in the U.K. He finally decided on the more comfortable option and chose Cheryl,” a source close to Scherzinger tells Us of Cowell and Cole, who cojudged The X Factor’s U.K. installment.

Later, says the Scherzinger source, the mogul felt Cole’s appointment was “a mistake.”

Read more at US

‘SYTYCD': Mary Murphy on returning to the judges chair, and the cancer scare that almost took her voice

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So was it hard to be away last season?
MARY MURPHY: Well, yeah I’m not going to lie to you. It was really difficult to be away. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be for me, especially watching the show. I could only watch it a couple times, and I had such major disagreements with the judges. [Laughs] I was sitting at home yelling at the TV. I can remember one in particular was a tap dancer named Melinda and everybody was going off on her about how bad her salsa was. And I was sitting there [saying], “That’s the best salsa that’s ever been on the show!” [Laughs] I was just like, this is absurd. I went to the finale, [and] I just had to let her know.

Read more at EW

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judges Express Excitement for New Season

“[I’m] delighted that Mary’s healthy again,” Nigel said. “She went through a terrible time and she’s out of it now and moving forward.”

As for Mary? The vibrant judge was full of smiles, happy to be cancer-free and wasn’t shy to let it be known that she’s “ready to go.”

See the Video at ET

Lauren Alaina tells Piers Morgan on the Tonight Show that America’s Got Talent turned her down TWICE

  • Listening

    OH MY GOSH everyone click the link to Carrie Underwood’s Idol dialing mix up it is hilarious. She came across as cute and funny.

  • gabriel oak

    I’ve never been a big Lee fan but I can’t believe he wasn’t on stage to hand over his title in some way. Or at least he should have been performing a duet with someone. I hope Lee has a hit record soon and Idol has to BEG him to return. Really it’s insane.

  • lovingadam

    Not a Lee fan, but he´s a classy guy. Wish the best for him =)

    … more adam on idol red carpet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebx5e7hO0Dg&feature=player_embedded

  • Oksana2000

    … more adam on idol red carpet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebx5e7hO0Dg&feature=player_embedded

    I have never seen Adam smiling so much. He radiates happiness.
    I remember interview with Sauli, when he said that he doesn’t need camera in US, cause wherever he goes someone always takes picture of him.. :-)

  • Trina

    Asked if there was any trepidation about letting Durbin take on their 1982 hit, guitarist Glenn Tipton said, “None whatsoever, I mean, if you look at what James has done for heavy metal, you’ve got to say thank you, you know? It’s just bringing metal to the front, making it, metal, accessible for people. It’s a good thing.”

    “We just wish him all the best,” he added. “He’s got such an extraordinary voice. He’s got such a genuine and lovable personality. He’s the real deal, James, and we wish him the best.

    Guess Rob didn’t get the “James is a douchebag poser” memo.

    This is such a WTF to me

    Carrie Underwood Gives Her Number to Idol Contestants, but Does Anyone Actually Call?
    I can’t believe through out all these years David is the only person to actually call her. Why wouldnt any newbie not want to get help from Idols biggest success story? Hopefully Scotty and Lauren, more than anyone, will take her up on that and give her a call.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • tripp_ncwy

    I can’t believe through out all these years David is the only person to actually call her.

    Well I don’t know about the others but Kris would call Daughtry. He also has Keith Urban’s number.

  • anovich

    I can’t believe through out all these years David is the only person to actually call her.

    Didn’t she also say that Danny Gokey has called her?

    I think that different idols will be more comfortable with different alumni. As tripp_ncwy said, from all we’ve heard, Kris has and uses Daughtry’s #. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are other idols alumns that the newer contestants connect to and talk to after the season.

  • steph6449

    Didn’t she also say that Danny Gokey has called her?

    Yes, Danny called Carrie, and they seem to have spoken from time to time since then. (Even apart from some connections as Carrie’s backup singer Jamie is in Danny’s band when not touring with Carrie.)

  • tomk

    Trina –

    They don’t care one bit about whether or not James is a poser – they took the opportunity to get their name back out there, especially with their world tour coming up. That was their main motivation – and in that regard, they should thank James. Without James, they wouldn’t have received the free publicity Idol offers.

  • jammasta

    LMAO @ Carrie Underwood’s mishap and her reaction! That was cute. I didn’t realize that she’s kinda hot :P.

    LAlainaAI10 Lauren Alaina
    Check out @jayleno tonight! Very interesting news. NAILED @piersmorgan! Tune in love y’all! twitpic.com/52y49f

    As if I needed more reason to love Lauren, her tweets are so unintentionally hilarious and cute and this one’s a total “tee hee I see innuendo” moment. I can picture myself laughing at her saying her tweet and her being all “*giggle giggle” What’s so funy (sic)? Haha.” God I love her. And I’m not just teasing her either, I really do appreciate her.

    LOVE what Judas Priest said about James. I didn’t like metal and I wasn’t the biggest fan of country before Idol, but thanks to the past two seasons I love them both!

  • jammasta

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    So sweetest, most incredible @adamlambert Such a pleasure to finally meet you! :) http://fb.me/LR2qKCBB

    I sincerely hope Didi deletes this tweet soon… That’s David Cook, not Adam Lambert. LOL.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I sincerely hope Didi deletes this tweet soon… That’s David Cook, not Adam Lambert. LOL.

    Didi & Brandon were so annoying on the idol red carpet. They lost out on a few interviews with their silliness & lack of focus. I saw some just walk away.

  • Mel1

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    So sweetest, most incredible @adamlambert Such a pleasure to finally meet you! http://fb.me/LR2qKCBB

    This is really embarrassing. It was Brandon who went on and on about wanting to meet Adam, and she didn’t say one word, not one. But, yeah, not Adam. Did she type in the wrong name or attach the wrong pic.

  • randomjoe

    This was another cool article about the Lauren voice problem
    http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/television/5591169-421/haley-reinharts-roller-coaster-night.html

    …the Wheeling 20-year-old handled the drama with “a maturity and professionalism far beyond her years.”

    Far from needing consoling as she awaited word on Alaina, Reinhart “was actually consoling us,” Byrd said. The singer had “no doubts whatsoever that Lauren would make it,” and of course in the end she did.

    “Talk about a roller-coaster of emotions,” said Byrd. “Haley handled it beautifully.”

  • windmills

    I think Carrie was just referring to top 2 finalists not calling her (other than David Cook). Carrie also became good friends with Kellie Pickler. She loves the Idol fraternity and sorority. There’s a good chance she’ll resume her tradition of attention an AI summer tour concert this year.

    Carrie telling her misdialed voting attempt story is hilarious too!

    I love that Leslie Satcher wrote Tough just for Kellie. I don’t think it’s a great song but I’ve listened a bunch now and there’s parts I definitely like.

    I hope the situation and the people didn’t give Haley too much false hope about possibly replacing LaurenA. That thought was making me cringe. EDIT: Thanks randomjoe for that article. That’s cool to hear about Haley.

    I feel like Fred Bronson’s being overly optimistic about Scotty’s #1 possibilities. Hot 100 #1 would require way more downloads than Scotty’s likely to get and Scotty’s single will have to hold up well the rest of the week to get the Hot Digital Songs #1. He’s very likely to be #1 on the Country Digital Songs chart if that’ll be counted among the franchise #1s.

  • phil25

    Sorry if I missed it, but are both Lauren and Scotty on the Tonight Show tonight?

    Also happy to see Kara getting opportunities..I’m in the minority, but I loved her on Idol. She was the best judge the show has ever had.

  • Pam

    Sorry if I missed it, but are both Lauren and Scotty on the Tonight Show tonight?

    That’s what I want to know too. The Tonight Show website had the “American Idol Winner” listed last week and when I checked I believe it was yesterday, there was a different guest list and no mention of idol. Really weird.

    Here was Lauren’s recent tweet about the appearance. There is no mention of Scotty appearing with her.

    @LAlainaAI10:

    @Check out @jayleno tonight! Very interesting news. NAILED @piersmorgan! Tune in love y’all! http://t.co/PJrBTMp
    2 hours ago

    ETA: It looks like it’s only a Lauren appearance.

    If you check this page for tonight’s guests, you will see Lauren’s face in the 2nd slot so I guess no Scotty.

    http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/episode-guide/

  • tripp_ncwy

    DCCelebrity
    American Idol Kris Allen was spotted at Washington Dulles Airport this evening, he is town to play the PBS Memorial Day Concert

    ETA: Drew Steen will be filling in for Ryland as drummer at the concert with KAB.

  • Fullmoon

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    So sweetest, most incredible @adamlambert Such a pleasure to finally meet you! http://fb.me/LR2qKCBB

    It looks like she deleted the post. She probably attached the wrong picture by mistake or maybe she couldn’t get Adam off her mind. ;)

    Here’s their red carpet interview:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q–1fHC-Po&feature=player_embedded

    ClevverMusic
    Adam Lambert Opens Up About New Album Details

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg7S_eys1lU&feature=player_embedded

  • phil25

    American Idol Kris Allen was spotted at Washington Dulles Airport this evening, he is town to play the PBS Memorial Day Concert

    Kris and Pia together = awesomeness. I wish I could go to that concert.

  • Landmd

    Also happy to see Kara getting opportunities..I’m in the minority, but I loved her on Idol. She was the best judge the show has ever had.

    I liked Kara till she started trying to be Paula.

  • jammasta

    Also happy to see Kara getting opportunities..I’m in the minority, but I loved her on Idol. She was the best judge the show has ever had.

    I think she got less credit than she deserved. I agree with the critics that she didn’t make good TV, but she was knowledgeable and provided great criticism.

  • Fullmoon

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    HAHA, I need glasses, huh? sorry bout that switched pic! Not to be confused… Mr @adamlambert was sweet and amazing! love him! pleasure meeting you Adam, sorry about that!… http://fb.me/10iqN5Zw5

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    HAHAHA I am totally laughing at myself right now! that was funny. Whoopsies! C’mon ya’ll we all know that David and Adam look nothing alike! See what happens when you get into upload frenzy and the pics are teeeny weeeny, iddy biddie size!! ;) They’re both wonderful! :)
    http://fb.me/JaZBVsgf

    Didibenami Didi Benami
    Anyway, I thank you all for catching that. ;) Much love! xoxo no more computer today… my eyes are shot!

  • heartly

    Kelly joined Reba and Blake Shelton tonight in Oklahoma at their tornado benefit concert. She did four songs with Reba (Why Haven’t I Heard From You, Because of You, Walk Away & Since U Been Gone) and at least one with Blake (Don’t You Wanna Stay).

    Kelly’s best friend/makeup person tweeted this from backstage:

    ashes2lashes
    Groupie central listening to @blakeshelton w/ @Kelly_Clarkson http://instagr.am/p/Ew6vl/

  • girlygirl

    oh no — Kris missed the Glee finale because he fell asleep! (article also has quotes from other Idols, including David Cook)

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-finale-more-burning-192731

  • CindyM

    Didn’t Adam have an interview with Jim C too? Saw comments about it on Twitter but can’t find a link. Figured it would be here…anybody got it?

  • Oksana2000
  • mquincy

    In case you guys wanted the Adam article along w/the video:

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1664678/adam-lambert-album-american-idol-finale.jhtml

  • Kirkee

    Really enjoyed both MTV interviews. Kris was very funny. He seems like a self-effacing kind of guy.

  • Kirsten

    I feel like Fred Bronson’s being overly optimistic about Scotty’s #1 possibilities. Hot 100 #1 would require way more downloads than Scotty’s likely to get and Scotty’s single will have to hold up well the rest of the week to get the Hot Digital Songs #1. He’s very likely to be #1 on the Country Digital Songs chart if that’ll be counted among the franchise #1s.

    I agree. He’ll definitely get number 300 (Country Digital Songs – Idol’s not going to diss any Billboard chart when it’s counting its successes).

    Hot 100 is virtually impossible. He’d have to sell 4 times as much as Adele for the rest of the week. Even to reach number one on the overall digital chart would require selling about twice as much as Adele for the rest of the week. He’s only selling about 33% more than her.

    I wrote a long article last year about why Idols no longer top the Hot 100. Here

  • Ratna12

    oh no — Kris missed the Glee finale because he fell asleep!

    Kris just isn’t meant to hear his own songs on TV series, I guess.
    He was disappointed that he missed I Need To Know on Vampire Diaries, and now this. I hope his mom TIVO it since they know when exactly his song will be on.

    And LOVE Jim C’s interview with Kris. Those 2 always have chemistry.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    lauren was so cute on leno :) nice girl

  • Dakota01

    Love what Adam had to say about his “dream” album. He sounds so happy!

  • Pam

    I loved hearing Lauren talk about her former job. She did great on Leno tonight. It will be interesting to see her and Scotty do an appearance together. I’m looking forward to it.

  • soverymel

    A red carpet interview from Extra with Adam.

    http://youtu.be/OCdqKV1lrA4

  • Trina

    I’m watching Showbiz Tonight and they’re doing a whole segment about Gaga debating if her performance crossed the line into offensive territory. They showed discussion about it on The View where they said it was too much, then Iovine’s right hand man Rodney Jerkins even said she crossed the line since Idol is a show children watch and that while she was performing he was looking at the children in the audience and felt concerned. Roh oh are Gaga’s little monsters gonna get all pissed a producer from her own label criticized her??

  • Fullmoon

    Roh oh are Gaga’s little monsters gonna get all pissed a producer from her own label criticized her??

    Don’t AI have rehearsals? It’s called fake controversy. Gaga and her people care less about the “children”. This will only make more people curious and checkout what all the noise is about. Controversy=sales.

  • cwm

    I was delighted to see Adam and Sauli holding hands on the red carpet at the Idol finale. I thought that was a very important statement that they were making. And the fact that they looked fantastic together was icing on the cake. :-)

  • Dakota01

    Adam and band have arrived in Russia:

    @Monterrific
    Monte Pittman
    Greetings from Russia! We’re here!!! @adamlambert @tommyjoeratliff @IsaacTheCarp
    1 hour ago via web

    Aww ….

    @TommyJoeRatliff
    TommyJoe Ratliff
    There are a bunch of fans in the street screaming the lyrics to “If I had you”… So fucking cute!!!!
    23 minutes ago

  • tripp_ncwy

    The National Memorial Day Concert will have a full dress rehearsal Saturday night that is also open to the public. Kris & Pia are performing Sunday.

    http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/pressreleases/2011/pr_05-26-11.php

  • bridgette12

    Dakota01 says:

    05/27/2011 at 7:45 am

    Adam and band have arrived in Russia

    It has to be a surreal moment for them, one day your in LA, the next day your in Russia. I can’t wait to see some of the fan videos from this trip.

  • koshka

    Don’t AI have rehearsals? It’s called fake controversy. Gaga and her people care less about the “children”. This will only make more people curious and checkout what all the noise is about. Controversy=sales.

    MTE

  • YeahRight

    cwm says:

    I was delighted to see Adam and Sauli holding hands on the red carpet at the Idol finale. I thought that was a very important statement that they were making. And the fact that they looked fantastic together was icing on the cake.

    I don’t know. The boyfriend had holes in his pants. He couldn’t find a pair that didn’t have holes? Were they all dirty and those were the only clean ones. I don’t even know what the hell Lambert had on. And what color is his hair up there? Gray?

  • IndyMuse

    Here’s a major bit of news that was dropped by livehead16 in the Radio Sophie thread:

    in between songs, we had brief Q&A sessions. this performance was being filmed for a tv show which won’t air until after TLM drops, so we were instructed to treat the questions as though the record was already out.
    *********************************
    Inquiring minds want to know what TV show………………

  • aa618892

    It has to be a surreal moment for them, one day your in LA, the next day your in Russia. I can’t wait to see some of the fan videos from this trip.

    IKR? I think we will be getting some video and at least pictures. At the very least we will be getting tweets. Apparently Tommy’s hair is pink now, haha. I still can’t believe Adam is performing in Russia.