Idol Headlines for 06/08/11 – The Evening Edition

David Archuleta tweets, “Got invited to go to the CMT Awards tonight. Should be cool!”

USATodayIdol tweets, “Before all this weekend’s CMA Music Festival stuff starts, Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina will begin recording their albums tomorrow.”

Scotty and Lauren’s Opry Visit

Backstage during the evening, Nan Kelley, host of GAC’s “Top 20” was on hand to talk to the artists about the Opry and CMA Music Festival. Fans can catch the show this Friday, June 10, 8p.m. EST.

Read more at AmericanIdol.com

“So You Think You Can Dance” Offers Online Voting For First Time Ever

For the first time ever, So You Think You Can Dance will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestants online atwww.fox.com/dance. Online voting begins immediately after the first performance show airing Wednesday, June 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. In addition to online voting, fans will continue to be able to vote via toll-free phone lines and text-messaging during the voting window (standard text-messaging rates may apply).

Read more at TV By The Numbers

Idoloonies: Scotty McCreery on Eyebrow Action, Showmances, Explicit Gaga, Hip-Hop Covers

By now, it’s cliché to take home first prize in a reality competition and announce, “I’m going to Disneyland!” But American Idol Season 10 champ Scotty McCreery says the day after his confetti shower at the Nokia, he was taking his AP English exam. The polite but cheeky 17-year-old sat down for his Idoloonies interview and opened up about his fear of being painted as a “poster child for bullies” after Hollywood Week, a well-liked performance that came dangerously close to being “one of those country moments gone bad,” and why he has a problem watching the end-of-performance “swing” after his Top 2 performance of “Gone.” Press play below on our three-part interview…

See the video at TV Line

Carrie Underwood Fifi & Jules Australian Interview 6.07.11

Danny Gokey Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

Hey Guys…Here’s a sneak peek from the photo shoot. Can’t wait to show you more.

Jennifer Lopez’s Attorney In Possession Of Allegedly Stolen Intimate Home Video

Jennifer Lopez’s home videos, that were allegedly stolen, were ordered to be turned over to her powerhouse attorney Jay Lavely, in court Wednesday, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

Lopez has been battling to prevent release of the videos, which purportedly contain intimate footage of the singer and her now ex-husband Ojani Noa, taken during their brief marriage.

Read more at RadarOnline

America’s Got Talent Production Company Subpoenaed In Murder Mystery

Despite an intensive investigation, police have not arrested anyone to date in connection with Laura’s murder.

In a new legal move, Finley’s high profile attorney Sean Macias has subpoenaed the show’s production company, asking for all video and photos of the day for all of the contestants, according to the documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.

Read more at Radaronline

The Voice ‘rejected by ITV last year to avoid annoying Simon Cowell’

It has emerged that producers of The Voice were offering the programme – in which judges listen to contestants sing without being able to see them – over a year ago, but that ITV were worried that taking it on would step on Simon’s toes.

An inside source told the Daily Mirror: ‘They didn’t dare entertain the programme when they were offered it nearly a year ago because they still hoped to persuade Cowell to appear on the X Factor.’

However, now that Cowell has definitely left the X Factor in the UK for the American version of the show, leaving the programme in a precarious position, ITV is regretting its decision.

Read more at The Metro

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Slezak is such a shameless homer, saving Haley’s interview for last (unless he manages to get a Casey redo finished).

  • tinawina

    Scotty is just such a charmer. That was a fun interview, as was Lauren’s. They are both great kids.

  • Indigobunting

    Slezak is a big fat Haley fanboy, but he did give Scotty a nice interview and even though he brought up his flaws, he was kind to him and did it with a smile.

    Thanks for posting that picture of Danny, MJ, makes me want to keep coming back to this thread, lol. That is one fine picture :)

  • steph6449

    Nice to see the photo from Danny’s recent photo shoot. Sounds like things may be showing signs of starting to pop for his new single.

  • Willis

    Idoloonies has the best interviews. It helps that Michael is such a fanboy of the show so he knows that fans like more details.

    Scotty is pretty funny. Would have loved to see the cut Gaga footage :) Also like the bit where Nigel switched the girls running on stage from Stefano to Scotty. Maybe Stefano couldn’t be trusted to keep it clean ;)

  • RightNow

    LOL, if Sleazak is such a Haley fanboy, is she in trouble. I remember how he went overboard in pimping Allison Iraheta.

    Thanks for posting that picture of Danny, MJ, makes me want to keep coming back to this thread, lol. That is one fine picture

    ITA:)

  • certain1

    Danny, Danny you been hiding this..me likey!!

  • tomk

    Slezak is obviously toying with the Haley fanbase (his blog was a “safe zone” for Haley fans to hang out – so without even looking at the comments tonight, I am guessing they are all over him right now)

    And yes, Slezak is never one to hide his allegiances towards contestants. But the best part about him is that it really doesn’t cloud his judgment or his opinions on performances. Not even his favorites are immune when they do poorly; and his “non-favorites” are given credit when deserved. He is paid for his opinions, and for his AWESOME interviews.

  • macy

    Thanks for posting that picture of Danny, MJ, makes me want to keep coming back to this thread, lol. That is one fine picture

    I’m glad you brought it over from the other thread for us to enjoy :) Danny has his RDJ “look” in that shot….very nice!

  • Lucy1234

    I’m loving that pic of Danny too.

    Guess I’ll have to tune into GAC on Friday in addition to listening to the Opry. Love Lauren’s dress at the CMT Awards tonight.

  • tomk

    Idoloonies has the best interviews. It helps that Michael is such a fanboy of the show so he knows that fans like more details.

    Yep, at the very end, Scotty even says that this was one of his favorite interviews because Slezak asked him questions nobody else was asking.
    So the interviews aren’t just great for the fans who want more in depth interviews – they are great for the contestants because it gives them a chance to talk about the stuff they really care about. In the entire 20+ minutes of interview time, the Lauren kiss took up 5 seconds.

  • lucysfave

    I’m glad you brought it over from the other thread for us to enjoy :) Danny has his RDJ “look” in that shot….very nice!

    And what if this is not the best pic of the photoshoot? So much to look forward to!

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    LOL, if Sleazak is such a Haley fanboy, is she in trouble. I remember how he went overboard in pimping Allison Iraheta.

    …and Allison got a rather quick contract and a lavishly produced album along with a results show performance in the following season. You could do worse than that. She was screwed by Top 40 radio–the first single was good enough to get more airplay than it did.

    As far as Haley goes, they need to not drag their feet–and she needs to be signed before the tour before the buzz fades.

  • eyelinerandcigarettes

    I loved Scotty’s interview! Slezak is a great interviewer.

  • happyhexer

    I was over at the “Danny’s girlfriend” thread, so just spotted the photo shoot pic here that Danny had tweeted. Still don’t get the RDJ comparisons — Danny looks like Danny to me. Guess I don’t watch enough movies!

  • happyhexer

    Interesting but weird composition for Danny’s photo, with the warehouse-like building to the side, cracks in the pavement, and the yellowish color theme. Not so sure the photo shoot is for the new CD, although I’m not sure what else it would be for. He already did the new commercials for Wisconsin Vision, right?

  • steph6449

    Not so sure the photo shoot is for the new CD, although I’m not sure what else it would be for. He already did the new commercials for Wisconsin Vision, right?

    I hope it’s related to album #2 / new single, but if not, maybe his eyewear line that is supposed to be out in the fall (aka “soon”)? The shades in the picture could be a hint.

  • happyhexer

    Oh, and forgot to mention . . .

    Looking hot, Danny, looking hot . . .

  • happyhexer

    Well, Steph, it’s a great picture of Danny, however it is intended to be used . . .

  • Mtlfan

    Slezak does such great interviews. I enjoyed much this one with Scotty. Hearing at the show snippets, i must say that i enjoy very much Scotty up tempo numbers. If he manages to get some good ones on his album, i might be interested.
    Maybe one day Scotty will say more about the Gaga mentoring lol

  • PerfectStorm

    I think with all the positive responses Danny has gotten for this pic, it would make a great CD cover photo. RCA Nashville?

  • Katlee

    Love the pic of Danny. “Looking Good” Can’t wait to see the rest of the shots.

  • Katlee

    What I meant to say is he looks this good and he can sing. Great package….

  • tomk

    As far as Haley goes, they need to not drag their feet–and she needs to be signed before the tour before the buzz fades.

    Gosh, I really want to stop speculating on Haley -but I keep doing it anyway. “Pending” is her magic word, and I think her advisers are telling her to say that every time the question is asked. But she has also said that if it doesn’t work out with Interscope, there are other labels out there – so it’s not as “sure of a thing” as some were speculating about.

  • jsrj98

    “Pending” is her magic word, and I think her advisers are telling her to say that every time the question is asked. But she has also said that if it doesn’t work out with Interscope, there are other labels out there – so it’s not as “sure of a thing” as some were speculating about.

    Who knows, maybe she’s fighting for more control of the direction of her first album than Interscope wants to give her? If that’s the case then you’d have to admire her. Scotty and Lauren have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, and they may not want to “rain on their parade” with an announcement. If Interscope doesn’t sign Haley by the start of the AI Tour then I’d say that they were most likely going to pass. It’s seems inconceivable that someone with Haley’s talent and “buzz” wouldn’t get a real shot at a first album by some label. Maybe the other players are already lining up to make her an offer if they get the chance?

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Gosh, I really want to stop speculating on Haley -but I keep doing it anyway. “Pending” is her magic word, and I think her advisers are telling her to say that every time the question is asked. But she has also said that if it doesn’t work out with Interscope, there are other labels out there – so it’s not as “sure of a thing” as some were speculating about.

    In other words, she was more royally screwed by Spidey than we first imagined.

  • aek

    Gah, Danny looks good! That’s all! :)

  • happyhexer

    tomk & jsrj98, doesn’t the AI contract give the AI label a certain time period to decide whether to sign Haley (or any other contestant), before Haley can sign with a different label? I thought that’s how it used to work, and that the release date was toward the end of August or early September? But I’m not following things closely, so I could be wrong.

  • jsrj98

    doesn’t the AI contract give the AI label a certain time period to decide whether to sign Haley (or any other contestant), before Haley can sign with a different label?

    Yes, that’s my understanding, also– that Interscope has a “right of first refusal” until the end of the Idol Tour. I suppose they could “pass” on a contestant, but I’m not sure why they’d actually do that before they were required to. In the case of Haley and Pia, what additional information could they possibly get from the Tour (maybe fan reception?) that they don’t already have to make a decision? Seems they’d get more “buzz” on the Tour (assuming they WERE going to sign them) if fans already knew they’d be getting to hear more music from them in the shorter-term. That’s why I think that if Haley isn’t signed by the Tour, then it’s a sign that Interscope might be passing on her.

  • oza902

    I didn’t recognize Gokey. He’s looking pretty good. Not that he didn’t before, but he’s looking extra special in that picture. Good for him!

  • tomk

    tomk & jsrj98, doesn’t the AI contract give the AI label a certain time period to decide whether to sign Haley (or any other contestant), before Haley can sign with a different label? I thought that’s how it used to work, and that the release date was toward the end of August or early September? But I’m not following things closely, so I could be wrong.

    Yes. They have the right to first refusal on any contestant and can wait until after the tour to exercise those rights. Thing is, it really doesn’t take them that long to really decide what they want to do with a contestant. So I guess they could tell haley or any of them whether or not they are truly interested well before the deadline.
    It’s tough to be in a position like Haley – some contestants already know they aren’t getting signed; Thia is a nice girl and all, but obviously Interscope is not signing her. No need for her to be waiting by the phone.
    Even with all of that said, I would assume Haley is still making contacts around the industry; sure, she cannot sign with anyone else – probably can’t negotiate with anyone else – but feelers can be made, and I am sure they have been made. As fans, all we can do is wait – the first domino to drop is Interscope. If they say Yes, she can go right to the recording studio even perhaps while on tour. If No, she can’t get her career going until after the tour – then she has to sign somewhere else, etc. and we are talking a pretty big delay before we hear anything from her.
    This is why I think getting signed by Interscope is a very big deal for Idol contestants. It’s clean, you go right into the studio working with people you already have worked with, etc.

  • tomk

    what additional information could they possibly get from the Tour (maybe fan reception?) that they don’t already have to make a decision? Seems they’d get more “buzz” on the Tour (assuming they WERE going to sign them) if fans already knew they’d be getting to hear more music from them in the shorter-term. That’s why I think that if Haley isn’t signed by the Tour, then it’s a sign that Interscope might be passing on her.

    Yep – to me, it makes so much sense for Interscope to release singles for those they are interested in prior to the tour – then have them perform those singles while on tour. I don’t know why they don’t do that with those they wish to sign who did not make it to the finale. It makes so much sense.

    I don’t think they need the tour for fan reception and what not. What possibly can fans do that would sway Interscope’s opinion? Throw tomatoes at Haley, and boo Pia? Seems unlikely :)

  • tomk

    Who knows, maybe she’s fighting for more control of the direction of her first album than Interscope wants to give her? If that’s the case then you’d have to admire her.

    She could be, but I don’t think that’s a major issue. They can easily find a balance between what Haley wants and what Interscope wants if there is a difference of opinion. As I have stated a few times, Interscope wants hit songs – pretty basic, but true. To sell a Haley Reinhart CD, you need a song on a radio that is attracting listeners. If they feel they can get that kind of song out of her, they’ll probably sign her. And I am sure she would want some creative control. But the producers have to know what works for this girl by now.

    Maybe the other players are already lining up to make her an offer if they get the chance?

    There could be other labels interested – she may have to find a smaller label though if Interscope says no. Who knows? She has options. Interscope is just the cleanest one.

  • Tess

    There is such a thing as “idol history” and if UMG has done their homework they are probably making sure that ANYONE they sign has the goods to deliver…and that means an active fanbase that is willing to step up and support a newbie right off the bat.

    It is an expensive proposition to sign an artist to a record label….even just relying on pre-written and unsung material costs a bit of money once the singer commits to the recording studio….never mind the costs associated with having someone write material specific to the Artist. I often wonder how much money was literally thrown away on the debacle that was Allison’s signing…or if Jive took a bath when Archie’s 3rd album (even though self-penned) took a nose dive right out of the gate.

    As much as fans are heartfelt convinced that the person they support has all the goods to fly high in the industry the reality is often at odds with the dreams. I am positive that UMG is doing all their “research”, making all their contacts with peeps in the industry who have been involved with the making or breaking or previous new artists and decided if any of the non-winning idols are thought of as having a chance in a very competitive industry. It’s been almost a year since last season’s very popular 3rd place winner was signed…and not a note of recorded music is visible for him….yet he is still a viable performer and is making a name for himself one gig at a time.

    I think the reality may be that Haley, as an example, has a sound, though interesting, that may be somewhat difficult to market to a large all encompassing market at this time. She may be more of a niche singer with music that is widely appealing to a subset (per Crystal B) but isn’t what is “selling” to a mainstream audience. Does the research that Interscope or another of the UMG family support spending money on this person who slow built on Idol but was never able to garner enough interest to unseat the “country” kids who apparently had and still have a very active fan group.

    I really think the last thing that Haley’s fans really want is for her to be pushed out into the market only to be swallowed up and spit out as unceremoniously as Allison. In this instance, patience may be a virtue…finding a right fit for Haley that will allow her to slow build in the genre most suitable for her voice.

  • McCreerian

    Who knows, maybe she’s fighting for more control of the direction of her first album than Interscope wants to give her? If that’s the case then you’d have to admire her. Scotty and Lauren have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, and they may not want to “rain on their parade” with an announcement. If Interscope doesn’t sign Haley by the start of the AI Tour then I’d say that they were most likely going to pass. It’s seems inconceivable that someone with Haley’s talent and “buzz” wouldn’t get a real shot at a first album by some label. Maybe the other players are already lining up to make her an offer if they get the chance?

    I’m thinking Haley’s might not be announced until the end of the summer-assuming she gets one. If I remember correctly, the last two 3rd placers(Danny and Casey) didn’t officially sign until the end of the summer for the respective seasons.

  • halo9125

    I think that way too much stock has been put into the fact that Haley’s website appears to be hosted by UMG. What indicators do we have that she has done anything in the studio? Same for James- honestly- I don’t know how they would market either of them- more so James than Haley.

    Pia, on the other hand, seems to be in the studio working on a single? EP? album? based on what was tweeted yesterday:

    HarveyMasonjr Harvey Mason, Jr.
    by PToscanoAI10
    @PToscanoAI10 Great job today P. Once again you killed it! See you soon.


    and

    HM and @PToscanoAI10 hoop it up after recording. She can sing and ball!

    For anybody who is wondering who Harvey Mason Jr is- here’s a portion of his Wikipedia bio:

    “a songwriter, record producer and movie producer. He has written and produced songs for some of the biggest legends in the music industry including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross as well as today’s superstars like Britney Spears, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake”

    Sounds like she is working with some of the big guns.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Slezak is a master at the craft of the interview. His interviews with Scotty and Lauren were both excellent and showed off each of those kid’s charm, Lauren as the smart and sassy girl who’s mature beyond her years, and Scotty as the truly nice and intelligent ‘boy next door’. I totally cracked up that Michael was wearing the same plaid shirt as Scotty. Pure genius!

    As for the whole Haley thing, I think that the Slezak interview is being sequenced in ‘his’ finishing order and he’s probably going over it with lovingly embelishment, trying to find the appropriate pop culture references to Randy, JLo, and Uncle Nigel. I think that it’s still too early to start trying to read the tea leaves on what direction a Haley recording deal will go. I think that she’ll be signed, but what do I know.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    I think that way too much stock has been put into the fact that Haley’s website appears to be hosted by UMG. What indicators do we have that she has done anything in the studio? Same for James- honestly- I don’t know how they would market either of them- more so James than Haley.

    The aborted original song for the finale that was bumped for Spidey was supposedly recorded, but its fate is unknown.

    I think the reason Haley is using “pending” as her go-to word is pretty obvious–because Interscope hasn’t yet decided on a direction. She proved that she can sing in essentially any genre, but it is unknown whether she would take off with a standard pop album. “Rolling in the Deep” is evidence that it’s possible. On the other hand, the type of music that is obviously most dear to her is very niche–if they go that route, it’s a smaller expectation, but the niche they are shooting for has to be ready to passionately support her. It’s a very interesting choice. She’s a different animal from a Casey James or a Danny Gokey–this is a third-place finisher who dominated pop culture buzz for several days after her elimination, and still does to some extent. I don’t know if recording before/during the tour is necessarily something that needs to happen, but it would keep the fans’ appetite whetted if at least the SIGNING were to happen then. Haley (and I would say that this is quite unlike CaseyJ or Gokey) is at great risk of losing the advantage of a huge wave of buzz if Interscope drags their feet for too long. I think that might have been the idea behind the aborted single, and why, should she suffer an Allison-like fate, her fans will curse Bono and Spidey into eternity. Frankly, I wish that both Haley and Interscope would just agree to release the damn phantom single (which is probably destined to become a Holy Grail “lost” Haley Reinhart track) before the tour. I honestly can’t see why anybody would lose from that. If Haley herself has misgivings about it, I would hope that she would realize that the benefits outweigh the concerns–she’ll have plenty of time to assert her artistic vision–right now it’s all about capitalizing on the buzz, and the window of opportunity is very fuzzy and brief.

  • Kirsten

    I always enjoy Slezak’s interviews. I love that he gets the stories behind the song choices and strategies. I love the behind the scenes tidbits. I love that he doesn’t ask the trite questions. And mostly, I love that he allows each Idol’s personality to shine.

  • koshka

    I think that way too much stock has been put into the fact that Haley’s website appears to be hosted by UMG. What indicators do we have that she has done anything in the studio? Same for James- honestly- I don’t know how they would market either of them- more so James than Haley.

    I’ve posted this before… I worked in marketing for 15 years. Its not at all unusual for companies to secure URLs on the off chance that they will be needed. Thats how Adam Lambert’s page is only Adam Official, because someone scooped up the URL. They probably secured the URLs for the TopX then UMG threw together a quickie website for each of the Top 4 the turned on the top 2. So in my mind it means no more or less that Haley or James are signed or will be signed.

  • Trina

    I agree the domain thing probably means nothing..but what happened was these domains were already secured by 19 going all the way back to like January. The whole Top 24 has them. What happened was on 5/25 Haley and James’ were simply transferred over to UMG’s servers, but not activated. This was after Lauren and Scotty’s were actually put up. By this point they know who the Top 2 were so people have been trying to figure out why the change at that point. My reasoning for thinking its nothing is because Pia, who’s clearly doing some major recording doesn’t have the same. Her official domain is still not on UMG’s server.

    Wasn’t allison’s deal announced right after Adam’s? I know others were announced way earlier than Danny and Casey’s.

  • dishwalla

    Allison’s deal was announced about the same time with Kris and Adam. Danny’s deal was expected since he was a favorite whom TPTB wanted in the Top 2.

    The spoiler for Haley could be Pia who has been in the studio with Jimmy Ivovine and his posse. In additon, she’s gotten a lot of high profile gigs that has kept her name out in the public. It’s also unclear where Haley really stands with Iovine, since he has been more hot and cold with her.

  • Nina1

    In this instance, patience may be a virtue…finding a right fit for Haley that will allow her to slow build in the genre most suitable for her voice.

    I agree. Better a good, well-suited album, than a rush schlock job.

    ETA: But I really do not understand at all the energy being put into Pia. She can sing, but there is nothing interesting about her.

  • Tess

    I think, like Kat Mc, that Pia’s career will be much more about the performing side of the singing industry, rather than the recording side. She will get plenty of gigs where the criteria is for a pretty girl singer to hit a song with big notes that will appeal to a diverse audience of viewers…like the stuff we see repeated on public television all the time. If she is recording…then I think it will be pretty “AC”…I just don’t see Pia as having any appeal to the current pop generation and very little to HAC (the same as Kat).

    Haley and James and Casey and the rest I don’t have a clue…I don’t see them having much “broad” appeal but I have been wrong before. But I can truthfully say that none of the non country top 11 will sideswipe the country duo at the top during the tour…as much as people want to see things differently there doesn’t seem to be much hard evidence that the country is anxiously awaiting an onslaught of Season 10 idolettes….I think, like past seasons, that they had their moments in the sun and are done…no Daughtryism is apparent at this time.

  • tomk

    ETA: But I really do not understand at all the energy being put into Pia. She can sing, but there is nothing interesting about her.

    Since they are seemingly very much invested in her, they must see something. I think she has potential, but so do a lot of the idols. I like Pia, but like you, I’ve been wondering exactly where she fits in to the modern music industry. I am a bit surprised that the question is more asked of Haley and James. They seem potentially more modern than Pia. Perhaps Pia is a bit safer, though.

  • tomk

    Haley and James and Casey and the rest I don’t have a clue…I don’t see them having much “broad” appeal but I have been wrong before. But I can truthfully say that none of the non country top 11 will sideswipe the country duo at the top during the tour…as much as people want to see things differently there doesn’t seem to be much hard evidence that the country is anxiously awaiting an onslaught of Season 10 idolettes

    Obviously, the odds are on your side here – given the history of the show. Many/most of the people who get far on the show make careers off of it; but not many rise to the top of the industry.
    I still think it is about the song and the promotion of the song over the promotion of the artist. As dedicated of an online-American Idol bubble fanbase as Haley may have, bottom line is that a lot of people have no idea who she is. I don’t think anyone needs to capitalize on Haley Reinhart; she just needs to be one of the lucky ones that records a song that catches the attention of mainstream radio and the mainstream radio audience. Most people listening would just then be discovering Haley for the first time.
    I still lean towards Interscope working with her in some capacity.

  • jsrj98

    I don’t think anyone needs to capitalize on Haley Reinhart; she just needs to be one of the lucky ones that records a song that catches the attention of mainstream radio and the mainstream radio audience. Most people listening would just then be discovering Haley for the first time.
    I still lean towards Interscope working with her in some capacity.

    Agreed. We certainly know that Haley CAN sing “pop”, whether she wants to is another issue. She sang mostly “retro” tunes on the show (which I personally loved), but did very well with two current pop songs, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I”. Haley fans (and doubters) need to checkout some of the Adele/Haley mixes on YouTube– where their distinctive voices are blended together. Very cool!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_BCJyCedU

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    The spoiler for Haley could be Pia who has been in the studio with Jimmy Ivovine and his posse. In additon, she’s gotten a lot of high profile gigs that has kept her name out in the public. It’s also unclear where Haley really stands with Iovine, since he has been more hot and cold with her.

    Putting this much energy into a 9th place contestant in lieu of an extremely popular and versatile 3rd place contestant sets a very bad precedent.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    But I can truthfully say that none of the non country top 11 will sideswipe the country duo at the top during the tour…as much as people want to see things differently there doesn’t seem to be much hard evidence that the country is anxiously awaiting an onslaught of Season 10 idolettes….I think, like past seasons, that they had their moments in the sun and are done…no Daughtryism is apparent at this time.

    Live performance DOES make a huge difference in public perception, though. According to NUMEROUS firsthand accounts, both Haley and James absolutely wipe the floor with the top 2 in live performance skills. That is precisely where Daughtry made his initial splash, by the way. Your point may be generally correct, but there is ample evidence that, at least for Nos. 3 and 4, that it is not.

  • jsrj98

    But I can truthfully say that none of the non country top 11 will sideswipe the country duo at the top during the tour

    Depends on the Tour stop, I think. Where I live, SF Bay Area, I can guarantee that Casey, James and Haley will get bigger receptions than the “winners.” Personally, I think those 3 (as a single concert) could sell out a decent venue here just singing covers. I know I’d go!

  • tomk

    Agreed. We certainly know that Haley CAN sing “pop”, whether she wants to is another issue. She sang mostly “retro” tunes on the show (which I personally loved), but did very well with two current pop songs, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Lady Gaga’s “You and I”.

    I agree. I don’t think Adele wants to do pop – but she’s been able to record songs that fit her style AND are able to hit the mainstream. That’s the bullseye that Haley would want to strive for if she truly wants a so-called “big” career in the music industry.
    That’s why it does bother me a tad when I hear about Haley not being “pop friendly”. Look at the female artists you hear on the radio right now – Lady Gaga, Kesha, Katy Perry, Adele, Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri…even someone like Sara Bareilles. Notice the diversity there? What exactly is “pop friendly” in today’s music world? Exactly why would Haley need to be “stripped down” in order to do a song that is meant for radio? Seems obvious to me that she can fit right into the diverse acts we are hearing at the moment.

  • tomk

    Putting this much energy into a 9th place contestant in lieu of an extremely popular and versatile 3rd place contestant sets a very bad precedent.

    I agree – you’d think that Pia would not only have to overcome the fact that most people truly have never heard of her; she’d also have to overcome the fact that people who do vote on Idol did not vote for her. Perhaps her NY roots are somewhat playing a role; thinking being that she would be easier to clear onto NY radio and promoted as a “local breakout artist”. Just grasping at straws there, of course. “Shocking Idol Elimination” I would think would only carry you so far. But the way she is being fawned over on Twitter amongst some of the behind the scenes people shows you they are putting plenty of eggs in her basket. I like Pia, so I am willing to see if she can live up to everything.

  • jsrj98

    Exactly why would Haley need to be “stripped down” in order to do a song that is meant for radio? Seems obvious to me that she can fit right into the diverse acts we are hearing at the moment.

    Tomk, as you’ve said before– just give her the “right song” and she’ll be on her way. I think she’s proven that given great material she can “deliver the goods.” As much as it might be hard for her fans (and probably her also) to sweat out her signing in the near-term, it’s so much more important for her in the long-run to get it right out of the gate. Let’s be honest. The reason Kelly and Carrie are the most successful AI alum to date are that they had GREAT first songs/albums. Plus they are really good “singers”, like someone else we know. :)

  • tomk

    Looks like James Durbin tweeted that he will hear about his music destiny within the next week. Looks like Interscope is about to make their intentions known.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Looks like James Durbin tweeted that he will hear about his music destiny within the next week. Looks like Interscope is about to make their intentions known.

    If this is true–then following the domain registrations may not be so grassy-knollish anymore. The wacky conspiracy-theory Haleyblog guy is basically saying “screw Interscope.” What a fool. Interscope would clearly be the best option for her at this point given how clean it would be, her existing rapport with Jimmy, etc.

  • happyhexer

    Re Haley, I’m jumping on the “patience” bandwagon. (As if we have a choice.) I am a Danny Gokey fan, and while the wait to find out if he got signed was agonizing, it was well worth it. Danny was in talks with two labels, and I think his situation was complicated by his desire to involve his charity with his music, and also concern about the best musical direction for him to take. But he signed with 19/RCA Nashville and had the deal in the bag sometime in mid-August, although it wasn’t announced until September 2nd. He had a little more time to cut his album (didn’t have to do that until after the tour was over), his single dropped in December, and his CD in March. His CD came out the same week he performed his single on Idol, and yes, he did get a bump from that. He did miss the Christmas rush, but has done well enough, especially with virtually no national publicity beyond his Idol appearance.

    Allison was rushed to market, and IMO was given material that did not suit her voice. I’m still hoping she makes a comeback when she’s older.

    I like Haley and I hope she’s signed, but I think it is especially important that the label know ahead of time what direction it wants to take her in musically and how to market her. She needs good songs, not something slapped together.