Idol Headlines for 06/17/11

Bo Bice and Lilly Scott perform at the 12th Annual High Plains Music Fest at the Starlite Drive In. More info HERE.

Kellie Pickler will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville

Taylor Hicks performs live tonight at Freedom Crossing Summer Concert Series in El Paso TX.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jane Lynch were on stage with the Glee cast last night at their New York City concert, according to reports.

Jordin Sparks and Matthew Morrison set to perform on “A Capitol 4th” airing on PBS July 4. More info HERE.

Blake Shelton brought out his The Voice contestants Dia Frampton & Xenia to sing ‘Honey Bee’ last night  in Cincinnatti on the Brad Paisley tour. Via CountryMusicisLove

David Cook discusses his song “Right Here With You” HERE.  Plus, watch video clips from Walmart Soundcheck as David answers questions from fans To My Fans, Favorite LyricsAnswering Fan Questions, Three Words, Band MembersWho to Meet.  Plus a track-by-track review of This Loud Morning from Broken Records Magazine HERE.

Siobhan Magnus gears up for big homecoming show

It’s pretty good, I can’t complain. It’s been very strange adjusting back to real life. Honestly, that was the hardest part. When you’re done with everything Idol you’re kinda like “Woah, okay, what now?” And there are, of course, crazy huge expectations of what you should be doing. Everybody has their opinion and two cents about what you should be doing now because they feel that they’re a part of getting you as far as you did because it’s something like Idol where the audience has so much of a say in it. So they all own a little bit of your success and they say, “Well now you need to do Broadway,” “Now you need to do this,” and you’re like “I don’t know! I don’t know!” The transition was very difficult and intense but now I definitely feel I’ve reached a much better place where I have my footing again and I know what I’m doing and I feel a million times better.

Read more at Boston Music Spotlight

Naya Rivera Loves ‘Doing All The Jazzy Bits’ On Glee, Is Ready To Take on Adele and Billie Holiday

Read on to find out which artists Rivera would like to cover next season and whether she knows where next season will take her character, Santana.

“Probably Adele. Yeah, I’d probably say Adele,” Rivera, whose sultry singing voice was a perfect fit to cover Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” and “Back to Black” last season, said when asked which singers she was dying to cover. “Maybe some Billie Holiday would be cool. I like that Santana is doing all the jazzy bits and that’s kind of like her niche.”

Read more at MTV

Is Ryan Murphy Replacing the ‘Glee’ Cast? [AUDIO]

Is it true that you were considering cleaning house with the current “Glee” cast? “That is true. I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark,” Ryan says.

“The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”

With so much going on in his life has Ryan had the time to find love in his life? “I have, I’m with a great fellow now who I’ve known for 15 years and we just got engaged and I’m very excited about it!”

Listen to the interview at RyanSeacrest.

Carrie, Kellie, & Shania Nominated For PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’

Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, and Shania Twain have been nominated for PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011. All three have held the title before- Twain in 2011, Underwood in 2005, and Pickler in 2009.

The first round of voting is being held via Twitter. Click HERE to cast your vote.

Read more at CountryMusicisLove

Lauren Alaina: ‘I Want to Write With Taylor Swift’

Lauren Alaina is doing so much post-’American Idol‘ media coverage that you might think she actually won, instead of placing second to Scotty McCreery on Season 10. The Boot chatted with the pretty blonde singer, unearthing the story behind the first song that the 16-year-old ever wrote and her dream collaborator. It’s not Scotty — it’s Taylor Swift!

“My uncle’s wife had a car wreck and was in the hospital, so I wrote a song and sang it to her,” Alaina said about the first tune she ever penned. “My mom keeps them all, and my handwriting was horrible! You can tell I was a little kid.” Handwriting aside, it is a sweet, sensitive sentiment for Alaina to have authored a song for her ailing aunt.

Read more at TasteofCountry

How Jennifer Hudson stays true to self amid fame

On “The Early Show,” Hudson said, “That’s part of why my (new) album is named I Remember Me. I felt like I hopped on this huge roller coaster that hasn’t stopped since. And so it’s my way of holding onto myself.”

Co-anchor Chris Wragge noted that Hudson has said in the past 29 years of her life she’s lived four lives. Alongside great highs in her career, have come indescribable lows in her personal life, with the murders of her mother, brother, and nephew in 2008.

Read more at CBSNews

Idoloonies: Haley Reinhart on Brutal Judging, ‘Moanin’ Duet, ‘Bennie’ Exit, Life Before Idol

Haley Reinhart may not have received a confetti shower at the end of her American Idol run, but the Season 10 third-place finisher says she got her “This is My Now” moment on Top 8 results night thanks to her “Moanin’” duet with Casey Abrams. In her long-awaited Idoloonies interview, Haley explains exactly how that performance came to be, reveals the movie-soundtrack hit she had planned to sing before switching to “Call Me,” and talks about the little coincidences that led to her legendary cover of “House of the Rising Sun.”

See the Videos at TV Line

Underwood wows Sydney

While not a huge name in this country, the 28-year-old is a megastar at home having notched up 10 #1 hits and racking up 13 million album sales.

And if the reception she received last night is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before Carrie experiences similar success here.

The pretty blonde was introduced by Sony CEO Denis Handlin and wowed the crowd with brilliant renditions of her hits Cowboy Casanova, So Small and Last Name.

Read more at the Star Observer

Former Idol contestant gives audition advice

SAN DIEGO — Move over chocolate covered bacon! On Wednesday former American Idol contestant Elliot Yamin fans got a real treat at the San Diego County Fair.

Yamin, 33, was a fan favorite on Season 5 of American Idol, who ended up coming in third place, He played for his fans on the fair’s Paddock Stage.

“Just the smell of [the fair], reminds me of being a kid again,” said Yamin.

See the Video at FOX 26

New song “Anyway” from Alex Wagner-Trugman

Through an Aaron Kelly fan, a new road sign becomes a reality

SONESTOWN – During Season 9 of American Idol in 2010, Sonestown’s Aaron Kelly stirred things up around the county and beyond when he sung his way into the Top Five – placing his small hometown on the map. But for one Aaron Kelly fan, watching him sing up until his elimination on May 5, 2010 just wasn’t enough.

Jill Brightbill, who serves as a legislative secretary at state Rep. Tina Pickett’s Harrisburg office, was a fan of Kelly’s from beginning to end. And now, with Kelly’s American Idol road behind him, and his career in Nashville underway, Brightbill felt the need to commemorate the entire experience, and recognize Kelly’s hometown.

Read more at The Daily Review

So You Think You Dance’s Shocking Elimination Show

“It’s crazy, they really are making the decision at the last second and there are these different ideas that were floated,” guest judge Megan Mullally told reporters of the hectic deliberation that took place during a commercial break. “And at the last minute, [judge Nigel Lythgoe] said, ‘Wait, we’re keeping everybody.’ ”

“I was thinking it would have to be Mitchell [going home] because he didn’t perform this week,” explained judge Mary Murphy. “But when he did his solo it changed everything and with Robert’s personality and the other two dancers we just couldn’t see [who to send home].”

Read more at People

  • meme4cj_

    Here are some CaseyJ. videos from last weekend at Lambeau Field , WI :
    Hold On ( partial ) , Let’s Don’t Call It A Night , So Sweet , and this long video .
    Lots of pix HERE .

  • windmills

    Is there some history to the chocolate covered bacon thing that I missed? Because there’s video on the intertubes of a radio station during CMA Fest having Lauren tasting chocolate covered bacon too. She’s game for trying but nearly pukes after she tastes it.

    The new EW has weird predictions for The Voice. They predict the f4 to be Jeff Jenkins from Adam’s team (not Javier?), Beverly from Christina’s team, Vicci from Cee Lo’s team, and Dia from Blake’s team with Dia coming out the winner. I still think Javier’s the frontrunner.

  • Kirsten

    Jeff Jenkins from Adam’s team (not Javier?)

    Jeff will be lucky to survive the quarter-finals. He laid an egg this week and Casey came on strong. If Mark Burnett tries to shake things up this week and force the judges to pick contestants who did not come in second on iTunes, Jeff might get through.

    Carson Daly kept telling us he didn’t know who got the most votes because everybody knew who had the most votes. Mark is probably going to have to fix the iTunes charting thing for the finale. Suppressing for 24 hours isn’t a big deal.

    Mark must surely realize that he needs more than just HAC contestants in the final 8 for a little diversity? He might be happy to have the girls far outnumber the guys to differentiate the show from Idol. I think he probably wants Jeff in there for some variety of genre, but Adam may want to go with Casey since she got a better response. Still, he has to know Javier is his front-runner so he may take one for the team and pick Jeff to help out Mark.

    I still think Javier’s the frontrunner.

    I do too, but Heartless is relentless. I can just hear Kayne gloating already if Heartless propels yet another contestant to victory. Will Heartless be enough or can the next two songs change the momentum?

    The Voice contestants perform a total of 5 songs to get the victory, correct (audition, battle-round-duet, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals – maybe they perform two on the finals)? So having one blow-the-doors-off performance may be enough for a victory. It’s like BGT in that way. Dia may be a lock if she gets to re-perform Heartless on the finale.

    Either way, Mark has to be pretty happy with Javier or Dia. He can tout either one as being different than recent Idol winners (when, really, they are not).

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Slezak’s Haley interview finally just went up, and it’s epic.

  • standtotheright

    Is there some history to the chocolate covered bacon thing that I missed?

    It’s been a fair food staple for a few years. There’s also a commercially available chocolate bacon bar.

    I admit I haven’t had one, but I’m curious. I love chocolate covered pretzels, and it seems like the same kind of flavor profile.

    Now, deep-fried butter? That’s just nasty.

  • Trina

    If Adam actually puts some stock in ITunes then he should pick Casey as his choice. Javier will probably get the public vote unless the public gives Jeff the vote for his sob story, but he was awful this week, and Casey has whooped his ass on iTunes. ITA if Dia gets a reprise of Heartless she just might pull out the win.

    I bought out of curiosity a chocolate bar with bacon in a gourmet food story and it was yummy! Perfect combination of salty and sweet. Chocolate covered bacon sounds nasty though because I imagine the bacon just dripping in grease under the chocolate.

  • Mel1

    Either way, Mark has to be pretty happy with Javier or Dia.

    Aren’t they the two who got to pick their own songs to perform. Goes to show song choice is really important on The Voice. I love Heartless (actually like The Fray’s version better than Kanye’s), and I’m thinking if Dia sang a more obscure song she may not have gotten the votes.

    What is wrong with Cee-Lo with his song selections for his team. Doesn’t he know how the show works?

    I cannot believe Jeff could beat out Javier or even Casey on Adam’s team.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Daily Mail: Louis [Walsh] The Lip lets off steam: ‘Cheryl’s not as tough as people think she is’
    Louis Walsh:
    ON CHERYL: She lit up the room
    ON SIMON: Vain, arrogant and knows how to wind me up
    ON TULISA: She’s a breath of fresh air
    ON BOYZONE: I’ve moved on. Ronan calls the shots now

  • Mel1

    If Adam actually puts some stock in ITunes then he should pick Casey as his choice.

    Blake went with that, and to pick Xenia over two country singers, wow!

  • tripp_ncwy

    American Idol’ winner Kris Allen to perform at Alive Fest

    ETA: For the record Kris & Katy have no children. I think there was some miscommunication. :)

  • girlygirl

    Q&A with Kris in this Canton newspaper.

    LOL…I new Kris is private and doesn’t talk much about his personal life. But managing to keep a daughter secret??? That’s a neat trick :)

    (I think the reporter likely misheard “dog” as “daughter” — that accent’ll get you sometimes)

    http://www.cantonrep.com/entertainment/ticket/x1425873428/-American-Idol-winner-Kris-Allen-to-perform-at-Alive-Fest

  • Joyed

    Plus, watch video clips from Walmart Soundcheck as David answers questions from fans

    One of the questions he answered was mine! That was the first time I have ever submitted a question! Awesomeness. :D

  • girlygirl

    I think EW is smoking something funny if they think Jeff Jenkins will beat out Javier. My prediction is that Vicci, Javier and Dia will be the last 3 standing

  • Pam

    Here is Haley’s 5-part Idoloonies interview:
    LINK

  • wordnerdarchie

    I don’t know, chocolate covered bacon sounds pretty good to me. :)

    Broken Records Magazine just finished listening to and commenting on David Cook’s soon to be released CD “This Loud Morning”. (They left a running commentary on twitter this morning.)

    Their online review has been posted. They gave the CD a 5 star rating. :D

    David Cook – This Loud Morning

  • sma11ie

    Now, deep-fried butter? That’s just nasty.

    Heh, I’ve tried it out of curiosity, and it wasn’t as gross as I expected. And I don’t even like butter on my bread. It tasted like a REALLY buttery fried biscuit. But when I got to the middle, melted butter started oozing out– kinda like a hot jelly donut, and I stopped eating it. But yeah, there’s enough dough around the whole thing that it was kinda like eating a biscuit. Didn’t get the appeal, but it was interesting.

    I enjoyed @brokenrecordsmag’s Twitter review more than the write-up (not just because of the typos for “its/it’s” and “known/know”)– check out his timeline if you want a track by track commentary. I’m pretty excited. I found it Interesting that he apparently considers Paper Heart to be “mid-tempo”… anyone know what the BPM on that song is?

  • girlygirl
  • Nina1

    It’s been a fair food staple for a few years. There’s also a commercially available chocolate bacon bar.

    Ewwwww. And so many of us consider bacon covered bacon a special treat; it’s like a superfatty chemical burger.

  • wordnerdarchie

    I found it Interesting that he apparently considers Paper Heart to be “mid-tempo”… anyone know what the BPM on that song is?

    I googled for beats per minute and applied it to Paper Heart. I came up with 129 beats per minute.

    (The Last Goodbye was 138.)

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    Haley’s interview reveals a weird sort of–I don’t know–innocence? We know that she isn’t too big on the internet in general, but I got the vibe that she wasn’t even aware just how much of a fantard Slezak actually was, even after the flowers.

    I guess we’ll never hear a note or even the title of the Spidey’d single. If it is a good thing, as she says, I hope that some sort of news about her future comes out before too long–we know what disasters can result from wasted buzz.

  • windmills

    Kirsten: I think he probably wants Jeff in there for some variety of genre, but Adam may want to go with Casey since she got a better response.

    But Casey’s country too.

    Never mind, this is just me sulking because I have a feeling you’re right Mark/Adam will advance Jeff and his sob story over Casey :(

    Kirsten: I do too, but Heartless is relentless. I can just hear Kayne gloating already if Heartless propels yet another contestant to victory. Will Heartless be enough or can the next two songs change the momentum?

    Ha, good point.

    Kirsten: Either way, Mark has to be pretty happy with Javier or Dia. He can tout either one as being different than recent Idol winners (when, really, they are not).

    Ha! Now that the Kristy Lee Cook prophecy has been fulfilled maybe we should look for a Kris Allen prophecy on The Voice :P

    Mel1: Blake went with that, and to pick Xenia over two country singers, wow!

    Jared isn’t a country singer though. Blake had declared him a rocker and I agree with that.

    standtotheright: It’s been a fair food staple for a few years. There’s also a commercially available chocolate bacon bar.

    I admit I haven’t had one, but I’m curious. I love chocolate covered pretzels, and it seems like the same kind of flavor profile.

    Thanks. I just started wondering because this was the 2nd time in 2 weeks I was hearing about it.

    girlygirl: Um, Kara’s making her Broadway debut, what?

    http://broadwayworld.com/article/Kara-DioGuardi-to-Make-Broadway-Debut-as-Roxie-in-CHICAGO-in-Sept-20110617

    Wow. I don’t know about Kara and acting. But you know what I hope she kills it. I don’t want to see her promoting it but if she can really lose herself in that role I’d be happy for her.

    Australia’s Hit Country TV comments on Carrie’s Sydney showcase via Facebook

    We attended the Carrie Underwood Sydney Media Showcase last night and can report that Carrie was absolutely sensational. What a performer! She’s hoping to be back soon for a full tour, but before that she performs tonight at half time at the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League match in Brisbane!

    Carrie sang Undo It at halftime at the rugby game. She’s got a Saturday performance/signing also in Brisbane then she’s scheduled to head back to the US Sunday.

  • http://www.amadcow2.com amadcow2

    Slezak’s Haley interview finally just went up, and it’s epic.

    Oh yes it is. I really like Haley’s attitude and can relate to her more than most S10 (with the exception of Casey). Slezak does a great job with the Buffy clips and all. I also love the fact that he doesn’t dwell on trivia (i.e., the Casey friendship) and goes straight to the point. Well done.

  • Lucy1234

    I hope Lauren does get an opportunity to write her own songs.

    http://tasteofcountry.com/lauren-alaina-taylor-swift/

  • car3278sweet

    There’s also a commercially available chocolate bacon bar.

    Yep. And it’s delicious. If you melt it, it’s a great dip for strawberries. I know. Sounds weird but it’s really good.

  • car3278sweet

    We attended the Carrie Underwood Sydney Media Showcase last night and can report that Carrie was absolutely sensational. What a performer! She’s hoping to be back soon for a full tour,

    Go Carrie! She’s really opening some doors for country in Australia it seems like. And I think country=Australia is a natural fit. They are all about rugged roads and boots and individualism too. ;-)

    Watched most of the Haley interview. I like that girl. She’s witty and wise. She’s also really beautiful which I never got when I watched the show. Don’t know why. Maybe it was all the drama surrounding her. Listening back on some of the music made me also realize she has a very, very unique voice. Peeps are either going to love her or hate her but that voice is like no one else I can think of. Hope Jimmy and crew do right by her.

  • sma11ie

    I googled for beats per minute and applied it to Paper Heart. I came up with 129 beats per minute.

    (The Last Goodbye was 138.)

    Ooh thanks. Didn’t think to try Google. I downloaded a free BPM app on my iPod that doesn’t work– every song comes out to the same BPM number–but I’m too cheap to get a paid one, lol.

    She’s really opening some doors for country in Australia it seems like.

    I always thought country is already pretty big in Australia.

  • car3278sweet

    meme4cj_ says:
    06/17/2011 at 9:57 am
    Here are some CaseyJ. videos from last weekend at Lambeau Field , WI :
    Hold On ( partial ) , Let’s Don’t Call It A Night , So Sweet , and this long video .
    Lots of pix HERE

    Thanks, meme. These are new for me. You know, when I first heard “So Sweet” I went – well, okay. But that song is getting to me. Every time I hear it, I like it more and more.

    And ah. Does CaseyJ ever, ever, ever take a bad pic? Ever???

  • car3278sweet

    Bo Bice and Lilly Scott perform at the 12th Annual High Plains Music Fest at the Starlite Drive In.

    When did Lily become a country music singer? Did I miss this when she was on the show? She was all over the CMA fest too. I thought she was more of a rocker/HAC peep.

    Hm. Is everyone and their daughter migrating to country music or is this just my random, odd thought?

  • Ringo

    Michael S.’s interview of Haley is lower key in the judge hate than I expected and very well done. To me, the most telling revelation is Haley’s self-awareness that she is right brained — random, intuitive, artistic. It explains alot. The randomness of picking Moanin’ and House of the Rising Sun is particularly fascinating. Well worth the wait.

  • car3278sweet

    Broken Records Magazine just finished listening to and commenting on David Cook’s soon to be released CD “This Loud Morning”. (They left a running commentary on twitter this morning.)

    Their online review has been posted. They gave the CD a 5 star rating.

    David Cook – This Loud Morning

    Interesting that the only track they didn’t like was TLG. Which, from the other songs I’ve sampled from Cookie’s new stuff, I would agree with.

  • car3278sweet

    I always thought country is already pretty big in Australia.

    Is it, smallie? I really don’t know. Keith Urban is from New Zealand… but I can’t think of any other Aussie transplants in country music/USA. And I guess I can’t really remember any of the George Straits, Willie Nelsons, etc making tracks to Australia.

    Or do the Aussies have their own huge country music stars that all stay in Australia and thus, I don’t know about them?

  • car3278sweet

    I always thought country is already pretty big in Australia.

    Is it, smallie? I really don’t know. Keith Urban is from New Zealand… but I can’t think of any other Aussie transplants in country music/USA. And I guess I can’t really remember any of the George Straits, Willie Nelsons, etc making tracks to Australia.

    Or do the Aussies have their own huge country music stars that all stay in Australia and thus, I don’t know about them?

  • windmills
    sma11ie:I always thought country is already pretty big in Australia.

    car3278sweet:
    Is it, smallie? I really don’t know. Keith Urban is from New Zealand… but I can’t think of any other Aussie transplants in country music/USA. And I guess I can’t really remember any of the George Straits, Willie Nelsons, etc making tracks to Australia.

    Or do the Aussies have their own huge country music stars that all stay in Australia and thus, I don’t know about them?

    I wouldn’t say country is huge in Australia in terms of album sales but it has a pretty good sized following live. Alan Jackson was there on a sold out trek earlier this year and I think one of the places he sold out was Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Some of the bigger US acts who’ve gone over there have done pretty well.

    They do have their own country scene there. The McClymonts have done pretty well. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson too. Those are the 2 main ones that come to mind. Solo acts who come to mind include Catherine Britt, Jasmine Rae, and Shea Fisher but possibly I’ve heard of them only because they’re all country/pop and have some ties to the US country scene in terms of trying to cross over.

    Carrie’s over there promoting now with the idea that she’ll tour there next year. This is basically a trip to set things up and introduce herself in person to fans and also to promoters. Sony Australia also had been trying to get her over to Australia for years because they thought there’s a market for her there and Simon Fuller’s been pushing the idea too.

  • Mel1

    Is American Idol popular in Australia? Or just Carrie?

  • wordnerdarchie

    Interesting that the only track they didn’t like was TLG. Which, from the other songs I’ve sampled from Cookie’s new stuff, I would agree with.

    Now, for the sake of accuracy, they didn’t say that they disliked TLG. Here’s the exact quote.

    Only negative, the album’s single, “The Last Goodbye” just doesn’t fit musically. The track is rocking and dance-able but sticks out like a sore thumb.”

    What he said on twitter was that it didn’t fit the vibe of the rest of the album.

    My interpretation is that he’s saying it’s a good, fun track, but different from the rest of the songs in style. He’s certainly not saying that he doesn’t like it as a song, just not for this album. ;)

  • bridgette12

    Mel1 says:

    06/17/2011 at 12:59 pm

    Is American Idol popular in Australia? Or just Carrie

    American Idol is popular in Australia. Kelly and Adam are the most well known and most the popular Idols in Australia.

  • tomk

    I wonder if Slezak listens to EVERY other interview before he does his? I mean, he rarely (if ever) repeats the same old, rehashed stuff. Not one question about a friendship/relationship with Casey – perfect. Nothing about how she may have been perceived by the viewing audience, etc. I just love the no-fluff “I don’t write for US Magazine” thing that he does – straight to the point.
    As for Haley herself, she is quite the composed 20-year old woman. She is very easy to listen to. As if you are sitting there yourself and having a conversation – and Slezak does play a role with that of course.
    You can’t help by love the fact that she stuck to her guns and took risks perhaps in places where others wouldn’t dare be risky.
    One of my best lines: “You guys really pay attention to this stuff”….with Michael’s reply: “Yes, we’re obsessed”.

  • tomk

    Michael S.’s interview of Haley is lower key in the judge hate than I expected and very well done. To me, the most telling revelation is Haley’s self-awareness that she is right brained — random, intuitive, artistic. It explains alot. The randomness of picking Moanin’ and House of the Rising Sun is particularly fascinating. Well worth the wait.

    Also loved the discussion about “Call Me” – she knew it was going to be a bit of a mess, but backed down and did the song even though it wasn’t her top choice. Of course, her instincts were right – not that it was a terrible performance, but it was definitely down on my list of her performances from the season.

    Kinda funny to see her sort of “apologize” to Siobhan for doing her “moment song”.

  • car3278sweet

    wordnerdarchie says:
    06/17/2011 at 1:03 pm
    Interesting that the only track they didn’t like was TLG. Which, from the other songs I’ve sampled from Cookie’s new stuff, I would agree with.

    Now, for the sake of accuracy, they didn’t say that they disliked TLG. Here’s the exact quote.

    Only negative, the album’s single, “The Last Goodbye” just doesn’t fit musically. The track is rocking and dance-able but sticks out like a sore thumb.”

    Okay – I can see your point. But “only negative” to me seemed…kinda negative. ;-)

    I wouldn’t say country is huge in Australia in terms of album sales but it has a pretty good sized following live.

    I knew windmills would have a good sense of where country is as far as the Aussies. Some new acts to check out also. Thanks!

    I kind of meandered into the Aaron Kelly article and thought… I wonder what Aaron thinks about Scotty’s success and how it impacts his own career? I wonder if he thought – “damn, I should have waited until country-hating Simon left and I coulda been a star!” hm….

  • tinawina

    Loved that interview with Haley. Slezak is the master of these things :) I have a much clearer picture of how her musical mind works now. She was a pretty engaging interviewee.

    I have to say though… and this is not just with Slezak but I’ve seen it in other places too… how did JLo become the ultimate villain in the Haley Story? Randy was way more critical to her for much longer. He’s even on tape saying he didn’t like her and wasn’t rooting for her. But somehow, the focus is on JLo being the bad guy? To me it smells a bit like people looking to pit the pretty girls against each other. Eh.

  • windmills

    car3278sweet: Some new acts to check out also. Thanks!

    Not trying to be presumptuous but I have a feeling you’d really like Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson :) Real rootsy stuff, great harmonies. I’d recommend them to anybody who likes the Civil Wars too.

    Rattlin Bones
    Sweetest Waste Of Time

  • tomk

    I have to say though… and this is not just with Slezak but I’ve seen it in other places too… how did JLo become the ultimate villain in the Haley Story? Randy was way more critical to her for much longer. He’s even on tape saying he didn’t like her and wasn’t rooting for her. But somehow, the focus is on JLo being the bad guy? To me it smells a bit like people looking to pit the pretty girls against each other. Eh.

    I am no fan of J-Lo, but even during the show, it seemed to me that Haley was much more receptive to J-Lo than she was to Randy. Her “angriest” moments were during the Randy critiques, not that J-Lo critiques.

    I never saw the tape of Randy saying he didn’t like Haley – eeeek!

  • Buffynut

    Ringo says:

    06/17/2011 at 11:37 am

    Michael S.’s interview of Haley is lower key in the judge hate than I expected and very well done. To me, the most telling revelation is Haley’s self-awareness that she is right brained — random, intuitive, artistic. It explains alot. The randomness of picking Moanin’ and House of the Rising Sun is particularly fascinating. Well worth the wait.

    Yes, loved the questions that focused on Haley’s musicality. She had great answers. After watching this interview, as a big Haley fan, I am wondering if an indie label would be better for her? Oh well, I have no say in the matter so we shall see what she decides.
    I love Michael’s interviews. Lots of talk yesterday about the Sirius interview with David Cook and I just have to say that I think Slezak does a much better interview. I never get the feeling that he feels superior, which is exactly the feeling I get from Flick.

    Did you all pick up on the fact that twice, the producers or wardrobe person changed what she was wearing at the last minute?? I thought the contestants chose what they wore? But changing her shoes (with all those steps she had to navigate,) to skinny heels at the last minute just seems really wrong. Oh, and the fact that the originals had American flags on them??? WTF, Idol!

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    But “only negative” to me seemed…kinda negative.

    On the whole, and leaving aside the merits of this review, I’m more comfortable with reviewers who mention what they perceive as negatives, as long as they keep it in perspective so that a review intended to be positive actually reads as generally positive.

    From what we’ve heard so far as hints and live performances, I’m wondering whether I’d agree with the reviewer’s take on TLG not fitting in… but that’s more “do we hear things the same way?”

    But changing her [Haley’s] shoes (with all those steps she had to navigate,) to skinny heels at the last minute just seems really wrong.

    Ouch! It’s a singing performance, not a circus act. Handling stairs in skinny heels is an actual athletic skill in its way, not to be sprung on the unwary.

  • fadetowhite

    Great review for TLM…there’s too much Cook stuff to keep up with! So, I’ll have to leave the Haley interview with Slezak for later…now I’ve got Walmart snippets to see and I’ve got to look at the track by track on DCO thus far.

    Any album snippets yet?

    Excitement is building!

  • Keel

    how did JLo become the ultimate villain in the Haley Story? Randy was way more critical to her for much longer. He’s even on tape saying he didn’t like her and wasn’t rooting for her. But somehow, the focus is on JLo being the bad guy? To me it smells a bit like people looking to pit the pretty girls against each other. Eh.

    Yup. It’s all very junior high — this pitting pretty girls against each other.

  • Zastine4974

    American Idol is popular in Australia. Kelly and Adam are the most well known and most the popular Idols in Australia.

    Funny how that works when you are actually promoted there. Most of the Idols never got promoted there other than the show so saying that Kelly and Adam are the most well known or popular is a moot point. Give some of the others the promotion they had there and lets see what happens.

  • Sassycatz

    I don’t remember if it was someone over here on this site (or somewhere else) but someone had mentioned wanting to see a good, complete video of the RiTD number from Vietnam. This is the cleanest fan video we’ve gotten thus far and it has the complete performance, starting at the 5:00 minute mark:

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

    This fellow made another pretty decent video, but can’t figure out why he includes the end of one song and the beginning of another. I guess it’s a “video tasting” rather than a full meal. ;-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBeBnHSbq6c

  • Nina1

    Michael S.’s interview of Haley is lower key in the judge hate than I expected and very well done. Well worth the wait.

    I didn’t get any judge hate from Haley at all; there was more “dirt” from Lauren. Haley is utterly remarkable; she just keeps keepin’ on and she was thrown a lot of curves. She absolutely knows who she is; she is confident, she knows she is good, refuses to cry or look back. She seems to have a perfect temperament for the music business.

    I don’t think Haley ever had a problem with JLo, but JLo had a big problem with Haley. At one point in the season I started watching Jennifer’s face as much as I could, and yo, she was cold. She did not like Haley and for an actress, she was not very good at hiding it. Randy said some mean stuff, but it never seemed as personal, even when he was obnoxious.

  • Nina1

    Yup. It’s all very junior high — this pitting pretty girls against each other.

    I don’t think this is a pretty girl thing. Haley never did defer; she treated the judges and everyone else as an equal. My sense is that contestants who want to get smiles from JLo need to suck up – kind of like in my early work life I tried looking helpless for old geezers and damned if it didn’t work.

  • girlygirl

    still waiting on the “special message” Jive Promo promised us today…

    KrisAllen

    #Do work son! http://say.ly/MGWqko

  • tripp_ncwy

    SonyMusicGlobal
    As always, @KrisAllen’s humor has “no boundaries.” Check out this hilarious video: http://bit.ly/jdOwg9

  • tomk

    My sense is that contestants who want to get smiles from JLo need to suck up

    Ahem…Karen Rodriguez…..

    I didn’t get any judge hate from Haley at all; there was more “dirt” from Lauren. Haley is utterly remarkable; she just keeps keepin’ on and she was thrown a lot of curves. She absolutely knows who she is; she is confident, she knows she is good, refuses to cry or look back. She seems to have a perfect temperament for the music business.

    Her words about what side of the brain she uses summed it up perfectly. Whether she is a mainstream success or just does her own little thing on the side, she knows what she has to do in life: Sing. Perform. Write stuff. She has no illusions that she can become a successful accountant, lawyer, or doctor if performing doesn’t work out. She knows exactly who she is, and I think that will help her out immensely.

    The point about her knowing she is good is perfect – because she does have that bit of swagger to her…which I think all performers need to have. As Adam Levine said on “The Voice” – he knows that not everyone likes him – but when he hits that stage, he has to go to a place where he believes everyone likes him. I think that sums up Haley’s attitude as well.

  • hooch

    Even Slezak can’t edit in personality. Haley has all the charm of 2 day old toast.

  • girlygirl

    LOL, SonyMusicGlobal re-tweeted Kris’s “being a diva” video and threw in a NoBo joke, as well

  • songsungblue

    Even Slezak can’t edit in personality. Haley has all the charm of 2 day old toast.

    I guess YMMV. I find her very charming, and very unpretentious. I love her husky speaking voice, too.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    SonyMusicGlobal re-tweeted Kris’s “being a diva” video and threw in a NoBo joke, as well

    That was the treat? LOL. I was expecting something lame, but posting sh*t the fans saw 2 days ago is REALLY REALLY lame.

  • sma11ie

    I knew windmills would have a good sense of where country is as far as the Aussies. Some new acts to check out also. Thanks!

    Heh, I was going to respond earlier (pre-blog crash) by saying that I’d defer to windmills, lol. I don’t follow country music, and my offhand comment was just based on the fact that I have two Aussie friends who are big country fans and knew a lot of big country names before coming to the States.

    I was also going to comment on this:

    Hm. Is everyone and their daughter migrating to country music or is this just my random, odd thought?

    I think Lilly was pretty folky, indie… and it seems to me a lot of those folky, indie singer songwriters are fitting into country music more an more…? It’s weird. I was listening to some tracks from my SXSW sampler that I like yesterday, and my friend was like, shocked that I was listening to country, and I was like, it’s not country! But yeah, maybe a little. I’m digging The Civil Wars, and bands like them, so I guess they’re a little country? I’ve been listening to Needtobreathe for a while. I find them more rootsy, with a bit of a soulful Southern-ish rock aspect to it, but I see some country-ish elements, sure. Heh, I still insist I don’t listen to country except the odd Carrie track, but either I’m opening up to the genre more, or I’m realizing the genre is wider than I thought, and includes more things I like. I’ve never been so good at figuring out and slotting genres anyway. Like David Cook said in Vietnam RE: genres. Music is “an experience”. Heh.

    Not trying to be presumptuous but I have a feeling you’d really like Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson Real rootsy stuff, great harmonies. I’d recommend them to anybody who likes the Civil Wars too.

    Rattlin Bones
    Sweetest Waste Of Time

    Sounds like I need to check them out too :)

  • tomk

    I guess YMMV. I find her very charming, and very unpretentious. I love her husky speaking voice, too.

    Same here – I find her to be very unique and different..in a good way. And humble while being supremely confident. Tough to pull off. But everyone is obviously entitled to their opinion. She is much more subdued than let’s say Lauren – but Lauren is high school age, so this should be expected.

  • Trina

    The only person I felt Jennifer REALLY liked was Stefano. Other than that I felt she was useless and didn’t project any love or outright dislike.

  • tinawina

    That was the treat? LOL. I was expecting something lame, but posting sh*t the fans saw 2 days ago is REALLY REALLY lame.

    True! But at least they are focusing on his sense of humor. One of the things that annoyed me about Kris’ PR last time is that they never used his hipster style snarkiness to their advantage. I mean, this guy and his band showed up to David Letterman wearing ugly Chirstmas sweaters – the ultimate cool kid in-joke at the time – and they market him like a choir boy.

  • HappyDaisy

    MJ: That was the treat? LOL. I was expecting something lame, but posting sh*t the fans saw 2 days ago is REALLY REALLY lame.

    Ranks right up there with one of Nigel’s AI “surprises.”

  • Mel1

    I guess YMMV. I find her very charming, and very unpretentious. I love her husky speaking voice, too.

    Moi aussi. Haley also seems very knowledgeable for someone her age.

  • tripp_ncwy

    That was the treat? LOL. I was expecting something lame, but posting sh*t the fans saw 2 days ago is REALLY REALLY lame.

    I don’t think this was the treat. JivePromo sent the tweet about looking for a special message.

  • tomk

    Moi aussi. Haley also seems very knowledgeable for someone her age.

    You can tell she’s been studying music and takes it very seriously – as I alluded to before, if a doctor talked about medicine the way Haley talks about music, I’d really trust that doctor.
    And I am not saying that other contestants take music any less seriously overall; Haley just seems to live, breathe, eat, and sleep music. It’s just who she is.

  • Mel1

    American Idol is popular in Australia. Kelly and Adam are the most well known and the most popular Idols in Australia.

    Funny how that works when you are actually promoted there. Most of the Idols never got promoted there other than the show so saying that Kelly and Adam are the most well known or popular is a moot point. Give some of the others the promotion they had there and lets see what happens.

    Other countries/continents have to show some interest before they send idols overseas for promotion. There was already interest in Carrie in Australia. There was interest in Elliott before he went to Japan. There is interest in Archuleta all over Asia. There is currently interest in Adam in So. America and Africa (he hasn’t done any promotion there yet). Otherwise, they might as well send all the idols overseas.

  • sma11ie

    One of the things that annoyed my about Kris’ PR last time is that they never used his hipster style snarkiness to their advantage.

    I absolutely love Kris’ personality. He and Jim C crack me up so much.

    Actually, I think David Cook is really funny in real life too, but he’s just (as I hand in my fancard) a bit more uptight publicly because he’s way too self-aware. It’s pretty clear from pre-Idol stuff, and even the early on behind-the-scenes Idol stuff that Cook has a bizarre and goofy sense of humor, but ever since the death of Pork Beans, he hasn’t really put that side of himself out there. It’s a shame, because even though I LOVE that he’s a thoughtful person, I think a lot of people seem to think his persona is a bit “too-serious”. He’s said he takes his music seriously but not himself seriously, but I don’t think most people see the latter part so much.

  • Mel1

    Yeah, Cook seems to be kinda pageantry, and PC. Sorta like Carrie. Maybe he feels he needs to be a role-model type since he is a winner. I never felt Kelly was that way. Even tho Adam isn’t a winner, Kelly seemed more like him in not feeling like she needs to be all PC.

  • Mel1

    BTW, I’m feeling a little scared. There is a rumor that Adam has been in a car accident, and Adam fans all over the world are pretty upset. Anyone know anything?

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Actually, I think David Cook is really funny in real life too, but he’s just (as I hand in my fancard) a bit more uptight publicly because he’s way too self-aware.

    It’s also fairly likely that he’s aware that his fans scrutinize his every word. I know the argument is “that’s the price of fame,” but I can see making some choices about what he’s relatively more comfortable having put under the microscope.

    Humor’s a toughie in general because when people don’t get it, they really don’t get it. I just joined a hobby board unrelated to music and have quickly learned “no jokes, no wordplay” because it’s too much stress to explain my every post to people whose feathers are ruffled.

  • Dakota01

    Mel1, it was just a rumor that Adam has already put to rest:

    adamlambert Adam Lambert
    An accident?? Nope. Where do these things come from?

    adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Y’all can’t believe everything u read! Lol

    I don’t know what the rumor was exactly but very happy to hear Adam is okay.

  • Eileen99

    That was the treat? LOL. I was expecting something lame, but posting sh*t the fans saw 2 days ago is REALLY REALLY lame.

    LOL, good gawd, this better not be the treat JivePromo’s been teasing since yesterday morning. Do they seriously not think Kris fans already follow him on twitter, but that they do follow JivePromo? Hoping they’ve got something else up their sleeves.

  • goboywonder

    Glad Adam is ok.

  • tinawina

    It’s also fairly likely that he’s aware that his fans scrutinize his every word. I know the argument is “that’s the price of fame,” but I can see making some choices about what he’s relatively more comfortable having put under the microscope.

    I think that is some of it. Plus he’s has that “nice Midwestern boy” aesthetic, where you keep your private life private and try to maintain decorum in public. I don’t know what if I’m saying that right, but that has always been what he reminds me of. Like the last thing he would ever want to do is embarrass or offend anyone because he was raised to not be that way.

    He is who he is. I just want some honey tenor and glory notes. LOL.

  • bridgette12

    Zastine4974 says:

    06/17/2011 at 2:15 pm
    Funny how that works when you are actually promoted there. Most of the Idols never got promoted there other than the show so saying that Kelly and Adam are the most well known or popular is a moot point. Give some of the others the promotion they had there and lets see what happens.

    Before the label will promote a artist abroad, there has to be some interest from that country. The Idols have to make some music that will interest people outside the States. Plus, for a label to send a artist overseas, they have to sell enough in that country to cover the cost of actually promoting them. I think so far, only Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry and Adam have been actively promoted in Australia. I’m hoping Cook get’s a chance to go there and expand his fanbase.

  • sma11ie

    It’s also fairly likely that he’s aware that his fans scrutinize his every word.

    But every popular Idol has fans that scrutinize their every word. Kris didn’t let the minor “backlash” on some toilet twitpics or whatever get to him or curb his sense of humor, but David always seems to pull back every time he senses that someone could get pissed.

    Plus he’s has that “nice Midwestern boy” aesthetic, where you keep your private life private and try to maintain decorum in public. I don’t know what if I’m saying that right, but that has always been what he reminds me of. Like the last thing he would ever want to do is embarrass or offend anyone because he was raised to not be that way.

    He is who he is. I just want some honey tenor and glory notes. LOL.

    True. Makes sense. All of it. I think he might’ve mentioned something about being a role model to his nieces and nephews, which also makes sense. But I guess my point is, I don’t see how Kris and his at-times juvenile (but always enjoyed-by-me-at-least) humor makes him any less role-model worthy. Kris is still a REALLY nice boy. David’s actually really quick-witted and has a really fun personality, so I guess I wish he’d put it on display more. But yeah, Kris is Kris, Kelly is Kelly, David is David. At the end of the day, I’m here for the honey tenor and glory notes too :)

  • girlygirl

    MJ

    I don’t think that was the surprise. It was Jive Promo’s twitter that promised a special treat — not Sony Global

  • Ratna12

    Kris interview

    Q. You’re a married dad. Is it hard to be away from home so much?

    A. Definitely. This is the longest I’ve been home in awhile. I kind of get to be a regular person for over a week — cook dinner, hang with my daughter and my wife. This weekend we’re going up to the lake for the first time in three years.

    Maybe that question was made up ? Why would Kris say
    “definitely” unless he did not hear the question correctly.
    Or maybe Kris assuming the question was about Zorro, although I did not see Zorro pic in that lake .

  • artemis

    Maybe Kris thought the interviewer said he was a married dude?
    And maybe he said hang with my dog and my wife?

  • Mel1

    Thank you, Dakota01. Apparently this was on the news overseas, so it must have appeared pretty real. Thus, Adam’s international fans getting pretty upset. Thanks for bringing those tweets over. This sure got Adam out of hiding.

  • annie12120

    I had no idea Kris is a father – when did that happen? I only knew about the dog… ;)

  • Mel1

    I had no idea Kris is a father – when did that happen? I only knew about the dog…

    This will likely make the media rounds. Who will be first? Cantiello?

  • girlygirl

    all that waiting…for this…oh well :)

    @JivePromo

    As promised @KrisAllen fans! Ps- heard some music in the works & ur gonna luv it! http://t.co/lt7FGEQ

  • ozarko

    David Archuleta is on the cover of Life & Times

    Scan 1
    Scan 2
    Scan 3

  • Trina

    Tracklistings for the season 10 EP’s
    Hmm James’ includes a song he didnt do on AI, a Green Day song. Guess I’m buying it after all…
    Looks like Interscope are releasing these and not 19 like I thought.

  • Fenway

    Thanks Osarko, Great find! He sure does stick with his values, doesn’t he? He is certainly one of a kind. A totally respect that young man. Just heard Nick Jonas is dating a 26 year old…not saying that he shouldn’t…just wishing these kids wouldn’t try to grow up so fast. David seems to be very happy taking his time.

  • tomk

    Tracklistings for the season 10 EP’s
    Hmm James’ includes a song he didnt do on AI, a Green Day song. Guess I’m buying it after all…
    Looks like Interscope are releasing these and not 19 like I thought.

    Interesting. Looks like they are releasing the previously unreleased Top 3 songs for Haley on the EP.

  • whateverblah

    Haley + Slezak = Perfection!

  • ross

    I don’t think that was the surprise. It was Jive Promo’s twitter that promised a special treat — not Sony Global

    This is the surprise, right?

    As promised @KrisAllen fans! Ps- heard some music in the works & ur gonna luv it! http://t.co/lt7FGEQ

  • Nina1

    You can tell she’s been studying music and takes it very seriously – as I alluded to before, if a doctor talked about medicine the way Haley talks about music, I’d really trust that doctor.
    And I am not saying that other contestants take music any less seriously overall; Haley just seems to live, breathe, eat, and sleep music. It’s just who she is.

    I think it refreshing to see someone, especially a woman, so involved in what she does, so passionate. So often we see people (like Kara) who have killer and powerful jobs and they are talking their bodies or social life, etc. Music seems to totally absorb Haley, which is why I think she will succeed. Everyone should have work like that. Sigh.

    Haley was brought up in a music sub-culture, I gather, which probably fed her confidence. She does not seem to want to be a “star,” she seems to want to sing. I think Haley’s upbringing gave her an advantage on the show, as her repertoire had to be astounding. I was surprised she didn’t know Rhiannon. Don’t think she knew Slezak, either, and I so hoped Casey or someone would steer her his way when she was gettin criticized!

  • jsrj98

    Interesting. Looks like they are releasing the previously unreleased Top 3 songs for Haley on the EP.

    Yes. Personally I would have preferred “Rhiannon” over “You Oughta Know”. But they could be they have improved the verses in the studio. The choruses were KILLER.

    1 House of the Rising Sun
    2 Bennie and the Jets
    3 Rolling In the Deep
    4 What is and What Should Never Be
    5 You Oughta Know

  • windmills

    OT:

    Not trying to be presumptuous but I have a feeling you’d really like Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson Real rootsy stuff, great harmonies. I’d recommend them to anybody who likes the Civil Wars too.

    Rattlin Bones
    Sweetest Waste Of Time

    Sounds like I need to check them out too

    Yes! They fit the kind of country you’re prone to liking too! They’ve also each done good solo work.

    By the way Kellie’ll be on between 9:45 PM Eastern/8:45 PM Central and 10:15 Eastern/9:15 Central tonight at the Opry. Probably closer to the end of that segment like around 10/9.

  • Mel1

    Yes. Personally I would have preferred “Rhiannon” over “You Oughta Know”. But they could be they have improved the verses in the studio. The choruses were KILLER.

    1 House of the Rising Sun
    2 Bennie and the Jets
    3 Rolling In the Deep
    4 What is and What Should Never Be
    5 You Oughta Know

    Where are they selling her EP. I would love to buy a couple. Altho Haley’s strength is her live performances, she does record beautifully.

  • car3278sweet

    Not trying to be presumptuous but I have a feeling you’d really like Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson Real rootsy stuff, great harmonies. I’d recommend them to anybody who likes the Civil Wars too.

    Rattlin Bones
    Sweetest Waste Of Time

    Oh, my. Kasey Chambers has one of the purest country voices I’ve heard. She is truly country in her phrasing, her edgy twang. Yep. How did you know, windmills, that I love this kind of harmony mixed with pure emotion?

    Checking out Amazon right now for these two.

    And, why do I think Shane looks like Kid Rock. LOL

  • tomk

    Yes. Personally I would have preferred “Rhiannon” over “You Oughta Know”. But they could be they have improved the verses in the studio. The choruses were KILLER.

    Oops – I was actually wrong. I thought the Zep song wasn’t released, but obviously it was. So it’s only one new track and no Rhiannon. I usually don’t buy EPs for any artist, so I won’t start here…especially since I can hear her songs elsewhere – I will assume that the You Oughta Know track will end up on youtube.

  • car3278sweet

    it seems to me a lot of those folky, indie singer songwriters are fitting into country music more an more…? It’s weird.

    I don’t know if it is really weird because currently there’s no where else they can go. In a way, as a country music fan, I’m grumpy about this. It is diluting the genre a bit. On the other hand, I can understand… because if you’re not Katy or Gaga or hiphop or urban… well, HAC and CHR ain’t playing you. I even see some rock peeps sidling into country on the side.

    But honest? Country music artists do need to have a core of country – a core of understanding about the history, the roots, the guts. I don’t know… the inflection, the phrasing, the emotion or something. Hard to explain.

    That’s why I struggle with the Lilys, the Dannys, and yeah, eventually probably the Crystals. All of these peeps I liked on the show – liked their voices, liked their talent, liked their personalities, actually. But it’s just streching and streching the genre out further and further. That disturbs me.

    Not that I’m losing sleep over it. LOL

  • car3278sweet

    I think that is some of it. Plus he’s has that “nice Midwestern boy” aesthetic, where you keep your private life private and try to maintain decorum in public. I don’t know what if I’m saying that right, but that has always been what he reminds me of. Like the last thing he would ever want to do is embarrass or offend anyone because he was raised to not be that way.

    ITA, tinawina. I grew up in this culture and it still rules my initial response to anything. Even though I have a diva inside me. Somewhere. Sigh. If I had a quarter for every time I was told as a child “behave” “what will people think” “be nice”…

    I would rule the world!!!111!!! Like the diva I am at heart!!!11!!

  • tomk

    Haley + Slezak = Perfection!

    Slezak is a master.

    Another part of the interview I liked: When Haley was describing her sister, she said “She’s not a typical 15-year old”. I wonder what people were saying about Haley when she was 15 – because something tells me people were saying about her what she now says about her sister :)

  • hoosiermama

    girlygirl: all that waiting…for this…oh well

    Yeah…not much to that video (and I hate turning my head sideways). But, he’s such a cutie at the end with the thumbs up that I forgive JIVE for the lack of any new info. Hope a lot of good stuff came out of that meeting…

  • fanaround

    Okay, so the video from Jive was not so exciting, but I find its existence, tweeted by Jive with a lead-in from Jive about new music to be exciting! Given how down I was about Jive’s promo of Kris back in the dark days of TT…

  • Ratna12

    fanaround: Okay, so the video from Jive was not so exciting, but I find its existence, tweeted by Jive with a lead-in from Jive about new music to be exciting!

    Absolutely agree with that. This plus the tweet from SonyMusicGlobal about the Kris diva twitvid was a positive to me. :) , little things about Kris make me happy.

    I love the thumbs up from Kris too, hoosiermama, too cute.
    And the expression on his face was like saying ” Sorry fans, I know this is not much,… Oh well .” :D

  • whateverblah

    Slezak is a master.

    Another part of the interview I liked: When Haley was describing her sister, she said “She’s not a typical 15-year old”. I wonder what people were saying about Haley when she was 15 – because something tells me people were saying about her what she now says about her sister :)

    Even for a 20 year old, she seems so mature. For some of her comments and expressions you could tell she understood that she was being singled out for criticism. And yet I get no sense of bitterness at all.

  • Pixie Baker

    Just got around to watching Haley’s interview with Slezak……Brilliant!!!
    I agree that he does the best Idol interview….the clips intertwined with the interview were so great! Haley is the only Idol from 10 I plan on purchasing….she by far (IMHO) had the most talent….I can see her having much success after Idol…..giving it some time.

  • argie

    Another part of the interview I liked: When Haley was describing her sister, she said “She’s not a typical 15-year old”. I wonder what people were saying about Haley when she was 15 – because something tells me people were saying about her what she now says about her sister

    WERD to that. When she said that I was thinking “You’re not exactly the typical 20 year old yourself missy” but in a good way. HAHAHA.

    Loved the part where Haley says “I love this guy” and points to Slezak ‘cuz he’s such a fantard. She really has no idea how obsessed he is (as well as the majority of her fans).

    I wish he had shown a little more of the part where he gave her the flowers… it looks like he cut it off a bit at the end and actually moved it to the front of the interview, because in the opening credits it shows her smelling the flowers and getting all “aww shucks you’re so sweet” which I find very endearing.

    The only thing that could make this interview even better was the sneak peak at True Bloods new season. hehehe. LMAO

  • tomk

    Loved the part where Haley says “I love this guy” and points to Slezak ‘cuz he’s such a fantard. She really has no idea how obsessed he is (as well as the majority of her fans).

    Sometimes, I don’t believe it when a celebrity says they don’t google themselves or read stuff about themselves – but I do believe that Haley is indeed a bit oblivious. Though, at the same time, she has to know that there are fanatics based on the response she got when she had her first little “twitter” party in months a week or so ago.
    But in terms of Slezak, I don’t think she had any clue just how crazy he was for her. Though, again, NOW she definitely does know.