Today’s Idol appearances:

  • Kris Allen and Pia Toscano perform at the National Memorial Day concert to air on PBS stations. 8 pm.
  • Kelly Clarkson and Seal sing the National Anthem before the Indianapolis 500 motor race, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Taylor Hicks performs at the Little River Casino in Manistee, MI
  • The AI 10 Top 5 will visit Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando and visit the American Idol Experience.

Will ‘Idol’ fame make Scotty a flash or a fixture in country?

The best part about “American Idol” is also the worst: Everyone is paying attention, and that spotlight is bright, whether you’re ready for it or not.

So now that Garner homeboy Scotty McCreery has won “Idol,” he moves on to a higher level of competition – against the likes of Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.

Scotty should get a good ride with his opening single “I Love You This Big,” which he debuted on the show Tuesday night and which was the No. 1 download on iTunes on the morning after his “Idol” victory. The “Idol” tour will be a triumphant homecoming for him when it plays the RBC Center on July 27. There will also be great interest in his first album when it comes out this year.

Read more at News Observer:

Jimmy Kimmel – How Many Idol Winners Can You Name?

Via AllThingsIdol

Idoloonies: Naima Adedapo on Reggae Vibes, ‘Umbrella,’ and X Factor’s $5 Million Prize

American Idol‘s Naima Adedapo wants the world to know she’s not just “some girl doing reggae music because I think it’s cool.” The Season 10 co-10th-place finisher sat down for her Idoloonies interview and explained how she approached her rendition of “Summertime” knowing it had already been an Idol moment for Season 3 champ Fantasia Barrino, why she used a Jamaican Patois accent for her rendition of “I’m Still Standing,” and whether or not she should’ve skipped Idol and auditioned for Simon Cowell’s The X Factor.

See the video at TV Line

Crystal Bowersox Concert, Toledo, OH

Crystal Bowersox and students from Toledo School for the Arts performed at the Valentine Theatre in Downtown Toledo last night.

Celebrities Sparkle At Snakepit Ball

INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday is all about racing but Saturday night was all about partying in Indianapolis.

Countless numbers of celebrities came to see and be seen at the Snakepit Ball held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

It was so much fun! This is the most fun I have ever had in a parade,” said Pickler. This is a great turnout. I got to debut my brand new single ‘Tough’ before the parade and then I got to ride in it and wave at everybody and blow kisses and all that good stuff. It was fun.”

Read more at The Indy Channel

It’s over! Cheryl Cole refuses £2.5m offer to return to UK X Factor by snubbing Cowell’s calls before her deadline

Devastated Cheryl Cole is said to have refused ITV’s £2.5million offer to return to the UK X Factor, by not taking calls from show bosses before her deadline last night.

And a friend of the singer revealed she said of Cowell: ‘I’ve been used. Why put me through it? It’s cruel’, after being axed from the US version.

The 27-year-old is apparently distraught and still refusing to talk out other offers, while she has been holed up in a London flat with her mother Joan.

Read more at the Daily Mail

Cheryl Cole axe decision may be regretted by TV execs

F the reaction of the average American is anything to go by, executives at Fox might yet regret their decision to axe Cheryl Cole.

I don’t know what focus groups they were listening to, but up and down the country, the men and women I spoke to at auditions were ­unreservedly bowled over by the British star.

Outside the auditions in Chicago last week, teenage girls from the Midwest who had never heard the name Cheryl Cole were ­totally spellbound by her beauty.
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As she climbed out of her limo, there were gasps of appreciation as young fans cooed: “She’s so pretty.”

Read more at the Mirror.co.uk

Cheryl Cole speaks for first time: ‘Why did Simon Cowell do this to me?’

Desolate Cheryl Cole was last night considering whether to walk away from UK X Factor as bosses gave her a midnight ultimatum.

And she broke her silence about her sacking from the US show to say: “Why did Simon Cowell do this to me?”

Last night, still stunned at the speed of her US demise, tearful Cheryl was holed up in a secret location back in Britain.

The distraught star said she could not believe she had been fired from US X Factor after just four days of ­auditions. “I still haven’t been given a reason,” she told a friend.

Read more at Mirror.co.uk

 
  • Kirkee

    Outside the auditions in Chicago last week, teenage girls from the Midwest who had never heard the name Cheryl Cole were ­totally spellbound by her beauty.
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    As she climbed out of her limo, there were gasps of appreciation as young fans cooed: “She’s so pretty.”

    I find this entire Cheryl Cole drama hilarious probably because I don’t give a crap about her. And I’m betting that most Americans feel the same way.

  • caroleinfla

    I love Paula and Cheryl is beautiful too. I won’t watch the show, because I can’t stand Simon. Maybe Cheryl will get another show. I hope so.

  • abl890

    I find this entire Cheryl Cole thing hilarious probably because I don’t give a crap about her. And I’m betting that most Americans feel the same way.

    You mean Sheryl Crow got booted from X Factor. LOL

  • Listening

    So she turned down 2.5 million hmm call me cynical but I almost think it wasn’t to show Simon how hurt and mad she is at him but b/c she is afraid of the reception she will receive. She basically turned her back on UK x-factor and everybody knows it she’d be returning w/ her tail between her legs.

  • ozarko

    This is a funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live…

    “How Many Idol Winners Can You Name?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4Oc7inLRY

  • Mel1

    Lt. Dan Choi was one of the people who was beaten and arrested at the Moscow Gay Pride Parade yesterday. Adam tweeted:

    @adamlambert
    So shocked that this happened today at the same hour and same city as I was performing in. #majordamperonthings

    Lt. Dan Choi responds:
    @Ltdanchoi
    I salute you, @adamlambert for being a beautiful voice of the voiceless.

  • Kirsten

    Woah! I had no idea Mike Darnell was that tiny. He looks like a little kid standing next to Scotty and the other Fox execs. I know height doesn’t matter, but he always seems so bigger than life when people talk about him.

    I don’t blame Cheryl for being upset, but it’s still a good gig. It’s embarrassing to get the boot like that, but take the work while you can get it. People would totally have been sympathetic to her. Simon will always be about the money. Don’t expect anything from him and you will not be disappointed.

  • Mtlfan

    I think Cheryl Cole would have been a good choice for X Factor in the U.S. I don’t buy into the accent thing

  • Andy11

    Cheryl Cole is very hot and the accent adds to the overall package. Fox seems to have forgotten that someone can be a star to “American Audiences” overnight. I certainly don’t remember Seacrest being a household name before Idol.

  • Kirsten

    I certainly don’t remember Seacrest being a household name before Idol.

    Paula was the only name before Idol. Nobody knew Randy, Simon, Seacrest or Dunkleman. Poor Dunkleman. Should have taken the gig more seriously.

    Cheryl Cole is very hot and the accent adds to the overall package.

    I don’t get the accent thing. It’s like how they used to re-edit the Harry Potter books because they thought Americans wouldn’t understand what a “Mum” or “Philosopher” were. By the final book, they didn’t edit out that stuff anymore and it still seems to have sold well enough. Don’t underestimate your viewers. It would have added some quirky charm.

    I still say that Paula and Cheryl served basically the same role (somebody sweet for Simon to play off of), so she became redundant once Paula came on the panel.

  • tomr

    Cheryl would have been a huge hit…even bigger than Paula. So much for Simon’s loyalties. I won’t be watching.

  • Kirsten

    Cheryl would have been a huge hit…even bigger than Paula.

    Cheryl wasn’t coming in with big name recognition, but she would have been fresh and new. Something for people to buzz about.

    Sure, people will buzz about Simon and Paula, but we’ve already had 8 seasons of that. I think the buzz will die down quickly and people will start wondering why he was recycling.

    IDK. I don’t run successful television shows, so they probably know what they are doing better than me.

    So much for Simon’s loyalties.

    Simon has none to anybody other than himself. Sometimes it looks like he has loyalties, but that’s only because he feels those relationships help him out in some way. He’s a through and through a businessman. His radio is constantly tuned to WIFM.

  • Kirkee

    I don’t get the accent thing.

    Neither do I. However I do seem to remember a few discussions on this blog about whether American audiences might find her accent hard to understand.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    LOL, that Mirror article (if there is any truth to it) basically confirms what I thought really happened with Simon – Paula – Cheryl:

    If anything, Cheryl’s only problem was that she totally outshone fellow judge Paula Abdul, known as “America’s sweetheart”. When Cheryl sat next to Simon Cowell during the second audition in LA, there didn’t seem to be anything for the ludicrously overpaid Abdul to do (she’s reputed to be on ­$2million for the series). She sat in near-­silence.

    In Chicago, worried Fox executives put Abdul next to Cowell… and this was a fatal ­decision for Cheryl. From then on, Cowell and ­Abdul launched into the ­familiar, bickering routine they are so well-known for on Ameri­can Idol.

    There was no obvious sign of animosity ­between Cheryl and Abdul but the lack of ­connection was ­palpable.

    In fact, if there was a spat it seemed to be ­between Cowell and Cheryl. Last Friday night I watched in shock as Cheryl lashed out at the man who hired her. And in Chicago, she became increasingly withdrawn while Abdul and Cowell argued like a couple of teenage brats.

    It was this double act that made Idol such a hit show – and Fox execs are clearly hoping for more of the same on X ­Factor.

    But I couldn’t help ­feeling the flirty routine between Cowell, 51, and Paula, 48, was ­getting a little… well, old.

    Basically, Cheryl and Paula both had the role of Simon’s pet on the panel – they both had good chemistry with him. But there is only room for one Simon’s pet and they decided to get rid of Cheryl. Too bad, I would take her over Paula any day. It was way more pleasant to watch Simon-Cheryl interaction than Simon-Paula antics.

    I really want to know who was the genius that thought having both Cheryl and Paula on the panel would be a good thing? Simon? Fox executives?

  • Little Boy Blue

    RE: Pia Toscano perform at the National Memorial Day concert to air on PBS stations. 8 pm.

    Wonder why the winner or runner-up of Idol 10 (Scott or Lauren ) were not invited to sing instead.

  • Trina

    I gotta admit when I first saw Cheryl my mouth dropped LOL She really is stunning but I could care less about how hot someone is when it comes to watching these shows. I want more from these judges. JLo is stunning as well yet I dont want her back because she was a useless judge.

    This PBS concert is not something the reigning winner/runner-up always do so I dont find anything odd about Pia being asked and not Scotty and Lauren, who are busy doing other PR related events.

  • lili_anne7

    I was not a big Cheryl fan on the UK X factor, but I feel really sorry for her. I watched an interview that lyndsey parker posted on her blog, and Cheryl was talking to reporters in LA. She seemed very sweet and I could understand her perfectly. I think the american public would of liked her. Simon is despicable, what kind of “friend” does that. She was axed because of her accent? I don’t get that. As for the lack of chemistry, I also don’t believe that. She seems like she could get along with anyone.

  • leome

    lmao that Kimmel video cracked me up. I love how it starts with someone asking “what’s his name?” and the “David… Archuleta” “Kellie Pickler” “the old guy” parts were hilarious.
    How old is Taylor anyway?

  • http://jasonlscott.com jlscott13

    I adore Cheryl Cole. It’s only ignorant Americans who wouldn’t get her…

  • Mel1

    Wonder why the winner or runner-up of Idol 10 (Scott or Lauren ) were not invited to sing instead.

    In most cases, their managers/agents are the ones who do the booking, and it’s usually not by invitation. Unless you are a superstar.

  • leome

    British movies, tv shows (despite the many american remakes), actors, etc.. do well with the american audience, the accent doesn’t seem to stop americans from watching those things, idk why Cheryl’s accent would be an issue.

  • Fullmoon

    I saw Pia on MSNBC this morning. They showed the PBS Memorial rehearsal and her singing. It made me realize that besides Scotty and maybe Lauren, Pia is definitely the one mainstream media will be more likely interested in. She came across looking very much like a star.

  • springboard

    I adore Cheryl Cole. It’s only ignorant Americans who wouldn’t get her…

    Not at all.. visit the UK sites and you’ll see how her popularity has gone down since last year!
    Personally, I think that both Paula and Nicole are better picks.

  • Buffynut

    Little Boy Blue says:

    05/29/2011 at 11:48 am

    RE: Pia Toscano perform at the National Memorial Day concert to air on PBS stations. 8 pm.

    Wonder why the winner or runner-up of Idol 10 (Scott or Lauren ) were not invited to sing instead.

    One reason might be because they are at Disney World?

  • Elliegrll

    Wonder why the winner or runner-up of Idol 10 (Scott or Lauren ) were not invited to sing instead.

    Lauren and Scotty already had previous obligations. The Disney appearance is for a major sponsor of AI, pays a lot, and has always been scheduled for this time.

  • bridgette12

    Fullmoon says:

    05/29/2011 at 12:05 pm

    I saw Pia on MSNBC this morning. They showed the PBS Memorial rehearsal and her singing. It made me realize that besides Scotty and maybe Lauren, Pia is definitely the one mainstream media will be more likely interested in. She came across looking very much like a star.

    Is the mainstream media really interested in any of them?

  • Tess

    the accent doesn’t seem to stop americans from watching those things, idk why Cheryl’s accent would be an issue.

    There is a BIG difference between accents in Britain. The majority of big name British actors have (or delevoped) what I call “high-brow British proper speech and they speak pretty precisely and well articulated. On the other hand there are many areas of Britain where the regional speech patterns are not only full of local colloquiums but people tend to speak as though they had a mouth full of marbles. It took me a long time when I was in Glasgow (for instance) to relate to the fact that the people there were actually speaking English.

    Cheryl’s accent is Geordie and even other Brits make fun of and have a hard time deciphering what a north eastern Englishman is really saying. Cheryl works hard at trying to enunciate and use proper English but when she just “speaks” all the unusual sounds of her accent leap to the forefront. And because many Americans have a tendency to not listen very well (play telephone with a few) when she speaks without thinking about it, it almost sounds like you are listening to a foreign language.

  • kmd

    That Jimmy Kimmel video is very funny.

  • Willis

    I love Paula and everything, but I would rather have had Cheryl on the show if it had to be one of them. Paula will draw XFactor more comparisons to Idol. They should have started fresh. It’s not too late to rename the show Fall Idol.

    Is Nicole S related to someone at Fox? Can’t believe how much they’ve tried to make her a star. Still described as “that girl from the Pussycat Dolls. That Don’t Cha song. Remember?” in my circles.

  • ross

    “How Many Idol Winners Can You Name?”

    Cute, but this stuff is never that funny to me. I guess because we don’t know who else these people could name or not. Maybe if you showed them a picture of Jimmy Kimmel, they wouldn’t be able to name him, either.

    Leno goes out on the street and asks people to answer questions like “Who’s the Vice President?” and they stand there drawing a blank. So, Idol winners? I guess I’d be more surprised if they did know them.

  • halo9125

    Trust me on this- neither Scotty nor Lauren have the pipes to sing the National Anthem the way Pia does. Regardless of prior obligations she is the better choice.

    Ok back to enjoying this pedicure,lol.

  • fadetowhite

    The UK is no different to the US in the spectrum of its accents. Expecting everyone in the UK to speak in exactly the same way (i.e. received pronunciation) is no more realistic than expecting everyone in the US to speak like – well I don’t know: what would you call the accent that most well known Americans speak with? It certainly isn’t one of the regional extremes.

    Amazingly, despite speaking with a received pronunciation accent myself – the fruit of moving around lots as a child and living in London for 10 years – I can still understand every word Cheryl says.

    I’m not exactly a fan of hers, but it isn’t that difficult surely? It’s not as though her speech is full of Geordie colloquialisms either.

    (ETA: truely broad Glaswegian is another matter completely! Hardly anyone can understand that!).

    If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect it’s more that a certain segment of the US population wants to believe that the whole of Britain speaks like the queen and sits down to cucumber sandwiches every day (whilst watching Downton Abbey). Either that or they speak like Dick Van Dyke and dance in the streets a la Oliver…

    Seriously, I don’t really know why Cowell was so determined to foist her on the US. Her only defining features in the UK – she is reasonably attractive, won Popstars with her group, has had reasonable success within that group and married, then divorced a footballer – means diddly squat over there. And why should it? I’m sure you’ve got plenty of homegrown talent who can boast similar credentials, relevant to the US.

    But the accent thing just makes me roll my eyes…

  • Fullmoon

    Is the mainstream media really interested in any of them?

    No. None of these contestant got the kind of buzz or star power that some previous contestants had in the past, but I would say Pia had at least some buzz outside of the Idol bubble which can only be a plus. Everyone is on a high right now but in 6 months to a year they will be all forgotten but find some kind of success in their own way just like most past contestants. The mainstream media is just not into them.

  • Tess

    Trust me on this- neither Scotty nor Lauren have the pipes to sing the National Anthem the way Pia does.

    I don’t think there is really much argument about who had the “best” voice on Idol this year if you were judging solely on vocal skills. The problem lies in the fact that great voices do not always translate into great singers and entertainers. Someone’s ability to sing the National Anthem does not mean that they are better than someone else. I probably, personally, have heard many people with the vocal skills of a Pia…but are they able to move beyond just singing into capturing the hearts of the listening public. If we are to take AI season 10 at face value Pia didn’t excite people anywhere as much as the peeps who finished higher than she did…and she will have the same struggles when and if she gets to record. If people can’t “relate” to a recording artist on some level it doesn’t matter how “good” their voice is.

  • ross

    I agree with Tess on this one. Well put.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get into debating why Pia is participating in the concert, and Scotty or Lauren are not. So pointless. They’ll all have different gigs, good, bad, or indifferent; they’re porfessional musicians. Good luck to them all.

  • Tess

    But the accent thing just makes me roll my eyes…

    But, you don’t hear people with a real down home southern drawl, or a new england colloquial accent, or an ozarkian twang, or a Bronx dialect on American TV much either. Most Brits that do well on American TV have developed an “American accent” aka Hugh Laurie on house. Even Cat Deeley on SYTYCD doesn’t speak with a regional British accent…she does speak “like the Queen”.

    Of course Cheryl’s dismissal isn’t just about her accent…but it has always been at the forefront of her negotiations with FOX. Apparently the executives there think it is still a handicap for her and along with the redundancy of having a similar female to Paula it just proved to be a further nail in her coffin. With all the “issues” from the beginning Chery should have been smart enough to not let Simon whisk her to America on one of his whims….her music never found a foot hold in America, so what convinced her that her persona would?

  • girlygirl

    Lauren and Scotty already had other obligations for this weekend. But Pia is definitely getting the better gig in terms of exposure (moneywise, Lauren & Scotty probably come out ahead). There will be approximately 300,000 people at this concert to hear her (and Kris) perform — not to mention everyone who can watch it on PBS.

  • abl890

    If people can’t “relate” to a recording artist on some level it doesn’t matter how “good” their voice is.

    There’s truth to that, but I don’t think people relate too much with Kesha, Katy or Britney, it’s just catchy. Maybe Pia can become memorable, or not, time will tell.

  • ross

    There will be approximately 300,000 people at this concert to hear her (and Kris) perform — not to mention everyone who can watch it on PBS

    Just read it will also be seem by an estimated one million men and women in the armed services, as well.

    But, forgive me, this should not be looked at as another gig, and “exposure.” Of course it is, anything is. But, as I just read, Kris said, “It’s about them.” The men and women who are being honored. And it really is. It’s great to have a chance to be part of it, and whoever is part of it is lucky for other than career reasons.

  • karenc

    I saw Cheryl Cole on the British version of the X factor. I could understand her fine. I didn’t really like her though.

    One thing that I do wonder about, though is how it would work having 2 British judges on the show, because American pop music does have some differences from British, in particular, Country music is way more popular in the US and even in Pop. Maybe this made the difference.

  • tripp_ncwy

    nvm

  • springboard

    Is the mainstream media really interested in any of them?

    Not sure about the mainstream media, but the results from Google trends show a lack of buzz for S10 contestants compared to other seasons:

    Top four + Pia:
    http://www.google.com/trends?q=Scotty+McCreery%2CLauren+Alaina%2C+haley+reinhart%2C+James+Durbin%2C+++Pia+toscano&ctab=0&geo=us&geor=all&date=2011&sort=0

    Last four winners + Pia:
    http://www.google.comhttp://www.google.com/trends?q=David+Cook%2C+Kris+Allen%2C+Lee+dewyze%2C+Scotty+McCreery%2C+Pia+toscano&ctab=0&geo=us&geor=all&date=all&sort=0

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    With all the “issues” from the beginning Chery should have been smart enough to not let Simon whisk her to America on one of his whims….her music never found a foot hold in America, so what convinced her that her persona would?

    Oh…We can’t blame this debacle on Cheryl. She would have been foolish to pass up the opportunity to star in a high profile American TV show.

    She took a risk, and it didn’t work out. She’ll go back to the UK and resume her career over there. Looks like she’s got a groundswell of support from the populace. She’ll find another job. She’ll do just fine, I’m sure.

  • Trina

    If Pia made Top 5 she would be in Disney today just like the Top 5 were always expected to. But the buzz she got over her shock boot likely helped her in getting the PBS gig. I agree though in terms of singing the NA she’s definitely the best choice in terms of power.

  • Susan

    It took me a long time when I was in Glasgow (for instance) to relate to the fact that the people there were actually speaking English.

    I love the Scottish accents. The ones I can’t understand a word of are Northern Irish. I seriously asked someone what language they were speaking.

  • larc

    If Pia can manage to sing her upper notes rather than sounding as if she’s yelling them, she’ll do OK.

  • girlygirl

    Ross

    You are right — this concert is first and foremost about honoring the men & women who have served the USA

  • Susan

    RE: Disney World…heh, this is cute

    JDurbinAI10 So there’s this place called Disney world that I’ve never been to & I’m goin there today..wish I could be Mickey Mouse & trick everyone :-)

  • fadetowhite

    But, you don’t hear people with a real down home southern drawl, or a new england colloquial accent, or an ozarkian twang, or a Bronx dialect on American TV much either.

    I’ll certainly take your word for that – but also ask: why not?

    Certainly, 20-30 years ago, regional accents on UK TV were rare. In the earliest years of television over here, you had to speak with an incredibly posh accent – queen-like indeed.

    But over the last 20 years or so, regional accents have become more and more common.

    That doesn’t mean that people are speaking in the dialect of the regional areas, replete with words particular to that area (unless they have entered common usage).

    But accents are all over TV, making it far more representative of the country as a whole: not a bad thing, IMO.

    Admittedly, they do have to be understandable – hence the truely broad Glaswegian (or even Geordie) might be ruled out, but Cheryl Cole is not uninteligable.

    Hell, the US embraced the Beatles and they all spoke with Liverpool accents, even if their singing was pretty neutral!

    ETA: the Hugh Laurie thing. I’d imagine that most Brits who move out to the US and have success on US TV are playing Americans: hence the American accent.

    Everyone knows that to be a UK actor in the US with a British accent means that you can only play villains :lol

    But anyway – I agree that there were other problems with Cheryl and I tend to suspect that it was her completely unknown status in the US, coupled with a lack of chemistry on the judging panel that did her in. If it was only the accent thing, they could have found a way around it.

  • ross

    You are right — this concert is first and foremost about honoring the men & women who have served the USA

    But you were right, as well, girlygirl. Pia is probably getting the better gig. Not only for exposure, but also for the fact that it is just a wonderful concert to be a part of.

    Just read in Marilyn Beck’s column about Kris, and why he’ll be thinking of his family tonight.

    Kris tweeted he was excited to meet everyone, including Gen. Colin Powell, who he did a project about in 4th grade. Pia tweeted that the concert is “so moving,” and that she’s honored to be a part of it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    ShannonBream
    Next up on FOX: American Idol Kris Allen and finalist Pia Toscano – in town to honor our fallen soldiers. @KrisAllen @PToscanoAI10 !

    ETA: Kris & Pia did an in studio interview with FoxNews.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    But, you don’t hear people with a real down home southern drawl, or a new england colloquial accent, or an ozarkian twang, or a Bronx dialect on American TV much either

    Certainly newscasters speak with a flat American accent. But I would say we hear plenty of Southern accents on TV where applicable. Color sports commentary, for instance, is FULL of accents. One of my favorites boasts several ex-footballers who all hail from my little corner of the world (Pittsburgh). Watching them is like taking a little trip home. lol.

  • ross

    Certainly newscasters speak with a flat American accent. But I would say we hear plenty of Southern accents on TV where applicable. Color sports commentary, for instance, is FULL of accents. One of my favorites boasts several ex-footballers who all hail from my little corner of the world (Pittsburgh). Watching them is like taking a little trip home. lol.

    Even newspeople sometimes have accents. I don’t know what this clip is really about, as I’ve lost the sound on my computer, but it’s called, “Dan Rather On His Texas Accent.” I believe Bill Moyers also has a Texas accent. I notice a lot of accents even now, from TV commentators.

  • songsungblue

    If Pia can manage to sing her upper notes rather than sounding as if she’s yelling them, she’ll do OK.

    Oh Wordy McWord! Her upper register is shrill, shrill, shrill.

  • Eileen99

    I have to say I’m disappointed Cheryl Cole won’t be on the US XFactor. After hearing about her endlessly over the last few months, I was curious to see how she’d be on the show and how her dynamic is with Simon. Having Paula with Simon just seems like getting back together with a boyfriend you broke up with. It might seem like a good idea at first, but quickly you realize it really wasn’t. I’m not sure I’m interested in their antics anymore.

    ETA: I agree the accent issue is just a convenient excuse. I’m sure most people are capable of adjusting & getting used to someone’s accent. LOL, just no, but nice try XF.

  • leome

    But over the last 20 years or so, regional accents have become more and more common.

    Do you watch Misfits? I don’t think there’s any accent better than Kelly’s character in that show. lol It’s the kind of accent that even for people in the UK it would be more difficult to understand, but the truth is, people all over the world (even non english speaking ones) end up getting it after a little while.
    There are different accents everywhere, but I actually believe after the first WTF?! impression people just get used to it.
    Anyway, seems like a dumb reason and there’s more to it, I’m sure.

    I liked how Pia sounded. I hope she keeps singing here and there so she works in that presence issue, which is something that holds her back, imo.

  • tierbee

    One of my favorites boasts several ex-footballers who all hail from my little corner of the world (Pittsburgh). Watching them is like taking a little trip home. lol.

    Hee. There’s a whole batch of them, aren’t there? They give it away with how they produce “down” lol.

    And for the *other* kind of football (soccer) it’s almost like you *must* have a British accent in there somewhere to make it more legit. Though I will admit to loving Ian Darke and his refined accent and the always-colorful (though not always easy to understand and absolutely not refined) Ray Hudson.

    (Of course as a soccer fan x a zillion I’ll slip in my favorite example of Ian Darke’s soccer calling, eh? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVU_2TM4o3I)

    So hey, soccer fans at least could understand Cheryl ;)

    (I do think the Paula/Simon/Cheryl chemistry/attention issues is a more believable reason than us Americans not being able to understand an accent).

  • tierbee

    I’m not sure I’m interested in their antics anymore.

    I’m really not at all. Watched it for years, watched it devolve into something that took away attention from the contestants, don’t really need round 2?

    Not to say I won’t watch X-Factor when I am home and have the chance. Just can’t see myself rushing home willy nilly to see Paula!and!Simon!

  • girlygirl

    I didn’t see it, but according to my twitter feed Kris and Pia were on Fox News earlier today talking about tonight’s concert and about their upcoming albums.

  • Q3

    But, you don’t hear people with a real down home southern drawl, or a new england colloquial accent, or an ozarkian twang, or a Bronx dialect on American TV much either

    There are lots of people with regional accents on TV, just not usually newscasters or announcers. Shepperd Smith from Fox news is from North Mississippi (Holly Springs) and his accent is similar to many people in North Mississippi — almost non-existent.

    Here is a robust archive of US Regional Accents: http://web.ku.edu/~idea/northamerica/usa/usa.htm

    Where I live in Mississippi, there is just a very soft southern accent — not a deep southern draw. cents: http://web.ku.edu/~idea/northamerica/usa/usa.htm

    This is a sample of the deepest southern accent that exists in my part of Mississippi: http://web.ku.edu/~idea/northamerica/usa/mississippi/mississippi1.mp3

    It still contains the southern cadence and the Scots-Irish roots are clear — just as they are in a different way in parts of Canada and the northern Appalachians.

  • googletot

    I would say Pia had at least some buzz outside of the Idol bubble which can only be a plus.

    Which is due because of her fake romance with Mark Ballas from DWTS.

  • iani

    I’ve made a short comment few days ago about XFactor/ Cheryl situation, I still think is about first chemistry between judges then about the accent like a kind of distraction for a new show. It could be like “that show with the pretty English lady” kind of, not a very American show version of UK one. Simon is a well known judge and I like his accent. It took me 6 month of watching PBS British shows to accommodate with accent, I had no problem with southern one. Still don’t understand Alanis Morissette what is singing in her songs not interviews, lol.

  • Ratna12

    ShannonBream
    Next up on FOX: American Idol Kris Allen and finalist Pia Toscano – in town to honor our fallen soldiers. @KrisAllen @PToscanoAI10 !

    ETA: Kris & Pia did an in studio interview with FoxNews.

    Darn it , I missed it.

    I was at the gym, on a treadmill. I was scrolling on TV (Gold’s gym has TV on each equipment), and I just happened to catch the end of Pia talking about honoring the troops. I almost fell of the treadmill because my mind was ” where is Kris, is he there ?”. And then, they showed Kris. He was wearing a light blue shirt, I think. He talked about what an honor it is to be able to sing in this concert.

    And then the interviewer asked Pia about her album. She said it will be pop with a touch of R&B, with big ballads and some dance music. The reporter then said, and how about you Kris, how is your new album ? Kris said,” I’m busy writing songs and hopefully it will come out this year.”

    That’s it. I only caught the last 2 minutes. :(
    But both looked good, especially Kris. :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Twitvid: Kris Allen & Pia on fox news http://twitvid.com/XPIT3
    via michele

  • luly

    nvm

  • Ratna12

    Thanks tripp for the Fox news link.
    I thought I heard about group song. Usually they always have one at the end.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Thanks tripp for the Fox news link.
    I thought I heard about group song. Usually they always have one at the end.

    The group song is America The Beautiful.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    It looks like X Factor UK has a new judge.

    Her name is Tulisa Contostavlos. She is only 22 years old and is a member of N-Dubz. At first I thought N-Dubz is a girlband, but then I searched for the band on YouTube and found out it’s actually a trio of two guys and Tulisa.

    I’m trying to listen to their “music” and … ummm …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yngrBlA3LO4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nj1Ck_k53U
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-V1l8L5oEg

    Now, I have to wonder… Are all members of Spice Girls, The Saturdays, Sugababes unavailable?

  • tomk

    Pia has done a good job keeping her name relevant for now. I think she has a good chance of remaining somewhat mainstream as she has talked about doing DWTS, for example.

    But the odds of any of these idols being significant in the entertainment world is of course rather slim. Hopefully they realize that and just do their music because it is what they love to do..not because they think it will translate into superstardom.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I would say Pia had at least some buzz outside of the Idol bubble which can only be a plus.
    Which is due because of her fake romance with Mark Ballas from DWTS.

    As someone noted ealier Mark was flying to DC & apparently he is spending time with Pia.

    From FB:
    Carol Marshall
    A beautiful day in dc…and I’m sitting at fox news with kris Allen and pia toscano…and their wife/boyfriend respectively. (and yes…THAT boyfriend). They’re great kids (and I can say that since I’m twice their age) lol
    2 hours ago via iPhone

  • Q3

    But the odds of any of these idols being significant in the entertainment world is of course rather slim. Hopefully they realize that and just do their music because it is what they love to do..not because they think it will translate into superstardom.

    I do not think anyone from Idol expects to be a superstar. Well maybe except for James Durbin who has indicated that he plans to start a revolution and bring back metal. I did not notice that it ever left — but it certainly has evolved since the 80′s. But I expect that James really knows that he is not likely to be a superstar — he just seems to say stuff.

    Since Idol has produced only two people who might be labeled superstars — Carrie (in the US only) and Jennifer Hudson (but not because of Idol), a couple of international stars — Kelly and Daughtry, and one who still has a shot of being an international star, Adam (if Adam puts out a really successful follow-up album) — why would anyone from Idol expect to be a superstar?

    I think for the most part, all of these contestants just want to get a major label contract and a chance to make a living as a musician and performer. And over half of the finalists so far have been able to build professional careers post Idol. Not bad IMO.

    Regarding the AI10 Finalists, I do not think anyone from this season even has a shot of being an international star, forget about superstar.

    The winners are constrained by the limited global market for country music. And the others are mostly from other niche genres.

  • TreeFrog

    Certainly newscasters speak with a flat American accent. But I would say we hear plenty of Southern accents on TV where applicable. Color sports commentary, for instance, is FULL of accents.

    I can’t imagine a NASCAR race on TV without the thick accents of the commentators. It’s part of the charm. Don’t know how it might be received if it was broadcast in another English speaking country. Can Aussies or Brits readily understand North Carolinian directly or do they need an interpreter? :-)

  • miniglik

    I do not think anyone from Idol expects to be a superstar. Well maybe except for James Durbin who has indicated that he plans to start a revolution and bring back metal. I did not notice that it ever left — but it certainly has evolved since the 80?s. But I expect that James really knows that he is not likely to be a superstar — he just seems to say stuff.

    He followed that up with, “I can dream.”

    So, I agree, none of these people assume they’re going to be a superstar. (Even Stefano just sounds like a boxer psyching himself up for a fight to me.) However, I hope they all at least dream big. The odds of being as big as Carrie or Kelly are very small, but I kind of think the point of American Idol is dreaming big.

  • MayMirabella

    Lt. Dan Choi was one of the people who was beaten and arrested at the Moscow Gay Pride Parade yesterday. Adam tweeted:

    @adamlambert
    So shocked that this happened today at the same hour and same city as I was performing in. #majordamperonthings

    Lt. Dan Choi responds:
    @Ltdanchoi
    I salute you, @adamlambert for being a beautiful voice of the voiceless.

    Thank You Adam so very much for speaking out on this!
    Lt Choi has been such a strong advocate and leader on LGBT issues. He was a very important part of pushing for the repeal of DADT.

  • tomk

    I think James & Haley are definitely dreaming big – Haley did state one of her goals as “hopefully getting a recording deal!” prior to Idol. In some ways, one would consider THAT as dreaming pretty darn big!

    Thing is, you can’t make it big unless you have some dream of doing so – I hope they have goals that are extremely high. I think they do. And I think they will all at least settle into their own thing. I believe James & Haley will be mostly about the music in their careers – I again can see Pia venturing off into other avenues, as well as Casey Abrams. Scotty & Lauren are both going to be at least somewhat relevant on the country scene.

  • Trina

    He followed that up with, “I can dream.”

    Thank you. I was going to say that the Slezak interview to me was the most realistic I’ve heard him sound because not only did the type of music he said he wants to record sound more mainstream than 80′s hair metal, he also said which he never said before “I can dream” when talking about bringing metal back. There’s also another interview where he says he doesnt want to be a millionaire, that he just wants to provide for his family. Those seem to get looked over.

    Anyway I saw a couple of reports from peeps in Disney they met him by the Aerosmith Rock n’ Roller coaster LOL shocker. They said he was super nice.

  • Elliegrll

    I don’t think that anyone can plan on being a superstar, or having a lot of mainstream success. There’s no way of knowing what will catch the public’s attention, or what types of songs will become quick flashes, or which ones will stick around for a significant amount of time. There isn’t one formula that works for everyone.

  • iani

    “I can’t imagine a NASCAR race on TV without the thick accents of the commentators. It’s part of the charm. Don’t know how it might be received if it was broadcast in another English speaking country. Can Aussies or Brits readily understand North Carolinian directly or do they need an interpreter? :-)”

    Ha, ha I remember I was listening to BBC International and I could hardly understand some words, “eight” for example was a kind of strange til I got what it was, lol.

  • Falfor

    Why does Pia always seem so fake when she speaks? She keeps saying she remembers 911 so well. She was only 12 when that happened and I don’t think anyone cares that she remembers what she was wearing. Good voice or not, she is slowly turning into someone I don’t want to hear about.

  • Truthiness

    For people not getting the accent thing with Cheryl, while I enjoy it, I can see how it could actually can get in the way of understanding her. It’s not just dumb Americans or even people thinking that people are dumb Americans. Even within England, the whole Geordie accent is something that stands out for them.

    And oh yeah, I think Cheryl is being a bit of whiner about this. It’s not just Simon that is in charge. He even fought for her no-name-to-US-audiences ass to even be considered as much as she was. While I think the inclusion of Paula has it’s points, so that leaves one slot to be filled with someone relevant to the US markets today. Cheryl Cole wasn’t it. Though I don’t think Nicole whatsherface is either, but even she is more in the realm of a current US pick, than Cheryl was.

    I think the Fox execs were never happy with Cheryl, and I would agree with their reasons, and though Simon fought for her, eventually they prevailed on him to get rid of her. Instead of whinging about it later about being let go to Simon, maybe she should just be upset at Simon for even getting hopes up for a chance she wouldn’t have normally had without him. Which yeah, don’t have a lot of sympathy for her that TPTB other than Simon, ultimately prevailed. And I have less than zero sympathy if she wants to blame Simon alone for that, and leave UK XFactor. Get a clue Cheryl. Simon was the only guy in your corner, yes he eventually gave in to others, but if you want to blame someone, blame the US Fox execs.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    danwootton Dan Wootton
    Absolutely ridiculous that Simon Cowell’s spin machine is now trying to claim they didn’t want Cheryl Cole for the UK X Factor. They did..

    danwootton Dan Wootton
    … She pulled the plug. Just like Dannii Minogue did. Yet, ITV and Simon Cowell want it to look like they’ve sacked them. Sad really.

    Sacked X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is bouncing back with a £5m deal to front one of Britain’s biggest TV shows, according to the Daily Star. (Front page)

  • fadetowhite

    Even within England, the whole Geordie accent is something that stands out for them.

    All accents stand out from each other – it’s what makes them accents?

    What can make any regional dialect impenetrable to others (even from the same country) is language that is specific to that area and not used widely elsewhere and a very, very thick or quick delivery.

    Cheryl Cole doesn’t use those words on TV and her accent is not that thick. I’ve heard people speaking English with all kinds of accents, from Europe, from the US, from the Americas, from the East, from Africa, from Australia, from Canada etc etc It is one of the world’s major languages.

    And yet, even with some very strong accenting in the way words are pronounced, it is nearly always understandable (apart from Glaswegian j/k).

    So, I find it hard to believe that Americans – who I have to believe are as capable of understanding people speaking accented English from all over the world, as well as the US, as people in the UK are – are incapable of understanding a Geordie accent in large enough numbers to prejudice viewing figures.

    They might not like it: not what they expect from a Brit? But that’s a different story.

  • miniglik

    Anyway I saw a couple of reports from peeps in Disney they met him by the Aerosmith Rock n’ Roller coaster LOL shocker. They said he was super nice.

    Can you point me toward the reports? I’m curious to read them.

  • Q3

    With the kind of money Cowell has to throw at X-Factor US, you think he could get someone current and well know in the US to be on the show.

    I am sure there are a lot of musicians and producers who would be willing to judge X-Factor US. Why are all the Cheryl Cole replacements being rumored from the UK? With over 300 million people, the only qualified American is Paula? Or maybe a Canadian would be nice?

    I do not care about accents, just think that since most American music never makes it to the UK, it disadvantages country and current urban acts to have the judging 2/3′s Brits.

    And would it kill them to have some diversity at the judging does? IMO The Voice ended up with 4 excellent judges — nice range of backgrounds and genres.

  • Fullmoon

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

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

  • Trina

    Miniglik no full details just a couple of tweets! There are also some others just saying they saw him with security (someone said their mother was stalking him lulz). The ones that saw him by the coaster were around 3 hours ago. I also saw a pic of Scotty with Chewbaca which I can’t seem to find now..

  • Kirkee

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

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

    Now that is pretty cool. Thanks for bringing it over.

  • halo9125

    She keeps saying she remembers 911 so well. She was only 12 when that happened

    I was with Pia (among many others) on 911, and it was a terrifying experience. We tried at first to keep it from the kids, but every 2 minutes there was yet another announcement that a parent was picking up his child. The kids knew something was wrong, though, because both teachers and students were crying. When you left the school building, you could see the smoke cloud spreading out across the sky from the WTC.

    A horrible day- why wouldn’t she remember it?

  • miniglik

    halo9125

    A horrible day- why wouldn’t she remember it?

    I agree. It’s not like she was 3.

  • sagi

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

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

    OMG! That was so awesome! :) I would tweet the link to Adam but I am sure that has already been taken care of. ;) I really enjoyed that :)

  • CindyM

    googletot says:
    05/29/2011 at 2:37 pm

    I would say Pia had at least some buzz outside of the Idol bubble which can only be a plus.

    Which is due because of her fake romance with Mark Ballas from DWTS.

    Naaah. I’ve talked about Idol this season to a few people who aren’t regular Idol watchers and they talked about “that Pia girl who should have won.” They saw her on DWTS and the news shows and liked her.

  • Dakota01

    A horrible day- why wouldn’t she remember it?

    I think everyone (who was old enough at the time) remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. It had such a profound impact on everyone.

  • Dakota01

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

    Wow, that boy is incredible. He’s reallly studied Adam … right down to the coat. Adorable! Hope Adam sees it.

  • girlygirl

    another Idol red carpet interview where Kris talks more in depth about going to Nashville next month to do some more writing, and whether that means he’ll be writing stuff that would be more country in style

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWanHa9ttH8&feature=youtu.be

  • miniglik

    Naaah. I’ve talked about Idol this season to a few people who aren’t regular Idol watchers and they talked about “that Pia girl who should have won.” They saw her on DWTS and the news shows and liked her.

    I do believe Pia got a lot of good buzz. I don’t think she’s the only buzz from this show, but she got some. Jennifer and Steven definitely benefited more than the contestants.

    Irrelevant, but my husband (who doesn’t watch and doesn’t care) tells me he’s only ever heard anyone talk about James. But I imagine we could all have anecdotal evidence of people being the most popular, but I probably depends on where you live, work, socialize, what kind of people you hang out with, etc. For my part, I’ve only heard AI even brought up twice in my daily life. (And never at work at the proverbial “water cooler.”)

  • Chicagolaw

    The Pia thing is weird. Through the media, she seems to have become the bigget “shock boot” ever. She has a great voice, but she didn’t connect, and she wasn’t an entertainer. If you actually watched the show, her elimination wasn’t shocking at all. But, I give her credit. Somehow she has come out of this thing with the most buzz of anyone. And that’s important. Let’s see what they do with it. Does she have a contract? I haven’t been following.

  • iluvai

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

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

    oh wow….That’s so cool. Little prodigy kids like that kinda freak me out. In a good way. I was grinning ear to ear. So cute.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Can Aussies or Brits readily understand North Carolinian directly or do they need an interpreter?

    I am from the South but also have had several opportunities to travel to different parts of the UK on business over the past several years. What I find is those in the UK usually can’t tell which part of America Americans are from by their accent anymore than most Americans can identify the birthplace of most people from the UK by theirs.

    I hate to tell you but EVERYONE has an accent. Even those who work to erradicate theirs learn another “non-accent” accent to do so.

  • tomk

    I was very young when the Challenger exploded, but I remember exactly where I was (middle school math class, when my teacher was pulled out of class and told about what happened). So a 12 year old can definitely remember what they were doing when 9/11 happened – and they can definitely understand the impact.

    Pia doesn’t come off fake to me – just shy and maybe a little stiff. She needs to loosen up a bit, no doubt. The tour hopefully will help her break out of her shell a bit.

  • girlygirl

    OT, but Sean Kingston has reportedly been critically injured in a jet ski accident. Hope he (and the girl who was on jet ski with him) will recover

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/05/30/sean-kingston-seriously-injured-in-jet-ski-crash/

  • Parkbench

    Check out this cute Russian kid named Ivan Ivanov who studied Adam’s performance of “Sleepwalker” from head to toe. He’s giving Adam some serious competition.

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

    Adam saw the video!!!! He tweeted:

    Yeah Ivan!!! You rock buddy!! .be/CmMJOMIeSmo

    How cute!

  • theonlygirl

    for the record, i was 10 when 911 happened and i remember it perfectly, and i was on the other side of the globe. im pretty sure american kids remember it even more.

  • koshka

    halo9125

    A horrible day- why wouldn’t she remember it?

    I agree. It’s not like she was 3.

    Wait.. she is from NY, right? Of course its burned in her brain. Heck, I live outside of DC and it took 3 years for me to resist the urge to duck when jet planes changed their flight pattern over my house.