‘American Idol’ hopefuls line up with song, hope in their hearts

Jamie McClendon rode in from Iowa on his motorcycle. He looked the part, a 26-year old in wraparound sunglasses and a leather vest with a patch that read, “Tell Your Boobs to Stop Staring at Me.” He braved Friday’s sheets of hail and standing water. All because he has a dream.

Four, actually.

“Truly, I only ever wanted to do four things,” he said Saturday. “Join the U.S. military. Become a professional body piercer. Become a flight attendant. And be a professional singer. I’ve already been a professional body piercer. That’s why I’m here.”

Chicago Tribune

Golden Archuleta

Most of us know him as the adorable teen runner-up on season seven of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  – the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“other David,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  who lost to David Cook.

Archuleta, now 18, has already parlayed his reality TV success into a viable career: he opens for fellow teen sensation, 16-year-old Disney star Demi Lovato, at Agganis Arena on Friday. But heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still adjusting to his newfound fame.

Boston Herald

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Concert review: Jonas Brothers put on larger-than-life show at Cowboys Stadium

Sparks could have easily been onstage a little longer. She was impressive, what with her strong pipes and earthy, spunky demeanor. She came off genuine singing her signature tunes “Tattoo,” “No Air” and during the effervescent “Young and in Love.”

Dallas News

Niles teen travels to Chicago “American Idol” auditions

Kris Allen just won American Idol a few weeks ago, but the search has already started for the next superstar. Idol auditions got underway today in Atlanta with 10,000 hopefuls showing up for their shot at stardom. It’ll be the same scene this weekend less than two hours away, at Chicago’s United Center. That’s where the next round of auditions will take place.

Thousands of singers will show up for a chance to sing for Simon and the other Idol judges. One of those hopefuls will be a Michiana teenager.

Courtney Myers just graduated from Niles high school and her 18th birthday is coming up, too. So now’s the time Courtney says she wants to follow her heart and follow-through with a lifelong dream…to become a professional singer. Her ticket is American Idol.

FOX28.com

‘American Idol’ searches for next star in Chicago

By noon today, the lines in the parking lot of the United Center had disappeared, leaving behind rows of barricades, portable toilets and yellow tape … but no crowds. Traffic around the United Center moved swiftly, and adjacent parking lots were nearly empty.

Prospective auditioners, who arrived to register and pick up the bracelets that would allow entry to the actual audition Monday, trickled in every few minutes and were surprised at the easy access to the registration tables.

Chicago Breaking News

“Idol” champ Sparks ready for “battle”

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Even Jordin Sparks knows how giddy she sounds.

As the 19-year-old “American Idol” champ rattles off a list of favorite tracks from her new album “Battlefield” — due out July 21 on 19 Recordings/Jive Records — her excitement is contagious. “I can’t wait for you to hear them,” she says. “I’m sure you can hear the smile in my voice.”

There are plenty of reasons why Sparks is so happy. She’s been able to give her second set more attention than her 2007 self-titled debut, which was recorded in four weeks and rushed to stores soon after the Phoenix, Ark., native won “American Idol.” That album sold 1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Reuters

Lyric Theatre director Nick Corley says offerings embrace joy of summer

Filling the July 21-25 slot is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Taking the leading roles are “American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  finalists Anthony Fedorov (Season 4) as Joseph and Diana DeGarmo (Season 3) as the narrator. Appearing as ensemble members are 80 students, ages 7-16, from Lyricà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Thelma Gaylord Academy.

NewsOK.com

Simon Cowell’s fury as Anthea and Grant gatecrash his  £20k Ascot hospitality suite and drink his Pimm’s…

He’s been merrily holding court at Royal Ascot, spending more than  £20,000 on an executive box for the week to entertain his showbusiness friends.

Simon Cowell has played host to his Britain’s Got Talent co-stars Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, Lord Lloyd-Webber, Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and his own ex-girlfriend, the singer Sinitta, among others.

But it seems there were two familiar faces that Cowell was less than pleased to see – Anthea Turner and her husband Grant Bovey.

The X Factor judge was left fuming when the pair, most recently seen being kicked off ITV’s reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen, dropped in unannounced.

Daily Mail.co.uk

Karina Smirnoff: I Want the “Fairy Tale” Wedding Dress

Karina Smirnoff hasn’t set a date for her wedding to fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but she’s already set on the dress.

“I definitely want that fairy tale, big skirt ball gown,” she told Usmagazine.com at Wednesday’s Russian Heritage Festival in NYC. “When else can you wear that?”

Other than that, the couple — who got engaged this past New Year’s Day — is just beginning to plan the affair.

US

 
  • Sunn

    OMG, is this the first day since the Final without Adam news whatsoever?! I’m glad for it. I’d like the beautiful man to catch a mental break from all the buzz surrounding him. Finally he gets a day to relax and focus on the future not the past.

    But knowing that it’s Adam I’m talking about, I’m sure someone will shortly be posting what will prove me wrong.

  • wiccagirl2009

    Been looking for new Adam online and there’s nothing new since yesterday. Good that he gets to rest today especially with all the news this week. That’s good! But boy…i miss Adam already. LOL!

  • merrymary

    At least Adam — “@dannygokey and I have not ever and do not have any drama. We are friends. Chill out w all the gossip kiddies!” and Danny — “Hey u all there has never been any drama between @therealglambert We have always fully respected each other. Relax!!” tweeted yesterday!

  • washpd

    Today is Kris’s birthday. Happy birthday, Kris! Matt, Anoop, and Sarver tweeted from a party that it sounds like most of the Idols (including Adam) were at for Kris last night. No pictures, though.

    Also, is it just me, or does it seem like the number of people auditioning this year has dropped? Is it because they started so soon after the finale and people haven’t even been aware that they’re already happening unless they were specifically looking for it?

  • ross

    Sparks could have easily been onstage a little longer.

    That’s a good review. If the reviewer wanted her to perform more, that’s very, very good.

    As for the Jonas Bros. album title, Lines, Vines, And Trying Times: I don’t really know the Jonases and I don’t know what that title refers to. But I hate rhymes that don’t actually rhyme! False rhymes, I think they’re called. So many songwriters use them now. Don’t know why.

  • smartcookie

    I wonder if Atlanta and Chicago will release numbers. The weather here (Illinois) has been absolutely awful, so maybe that put the kibosh on some auditioners, too.

    I’m kind of curious what they’ll say if there aren’t that many auditioners in any city. Will they have to give up the annual “best ever” spin? I can’t imagine they ever would.

  • Trina

    DC headlined the Red, White and Boom concert in Kansas City last night and brought out another new cover!

    I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight

    AMAZING! Loves this!

  • LisaE

    That was a glowing review from Mario. I’ve seen him give harsh reviews before, but maybe he doesn’t like to pick on kids? I still can’t see the Jonas Brothers ever having adult fans. That’s the problem with starting out Disney. I hope Jordin and Archie don’t get typecast that way, but they likely will. Well, at least Archie will…

  • annabelina

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to be teenybop David Archuleta forever, but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d like to be able to relate to as many people as I can.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Lol! I love it. He can seem really oblivious on the surface, but he’s actually quite self aware. I think he’ll be able to break out it when he’s older.

  • hypertwink

    I like some of the new songs of the JoBros, and I like teh fact that one of the songs is a milestone in Nick and Miley’s relationship. Hahaha I shouldn’t know about these kids but I do.

    I love Died in Your Arms Tonight. If this is the direction David and Neal want for the band, I approve.

  • itsalleternal

    There were at least 9,200 that auditioned in Atlanta (one source mentioned 14,000).

  • lavender1960

    Bwah, Simon dealing with Party crashers, it’s a rough life.

    I think a lot of people underestimate David Archuleta, I have done so myself but no more. He is a smarter savvier kid than we give him credit for but his Idol friends from Season 7 always knew it.

  • smartcookie

    The JoBros were on SNL last night (a repeat) and they were awful. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a whole song from them before. Well, except for South Park, which wasn’t the real them. At least the South Park version could sorta sing.

    I understand little girl crushes — I was all about the Monkees when I was 10 — but, you know, the Monkees could sing and make something that vaguely resembled music. I’m not sure what the JoBros are all about. They were like post-punk with sugary teen pop lyrics? Or maybe the unmelodic screechy stuff wasn’t supposed to be post-punk, that was just an accident?

  • suebrody

    Seems like Idol is getting around the same #s of auditioners as usual, right? Because they have started early and Boston peeps wouldn’t want to travel to Gillette Stadium (horrible traffic–wonder why they didn’t do it at the Boston Garden, on the subway Green Line, and where the Tour is being help).

    I am waaay too old for the Jonas Brothers, but Joe’s youtube of Single Ladies (Beyonce) is amusing, if not as good as Justin Timberlake’s.

    Adam and Danny tweeted each other to stop the dissing on Twitter, and so Adam spends another day in the news (sort of ;-)). ‘

    Good on Cook, but I don’t know about that song. If he sang songs like Permanent and Avalanche and Lie, I would be sincerely happy.

  • EmmaJK

    DC headlined the Red, White and Boom concert in Kansas City last night and brought out another new cover!

    I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
    AMAZING! Loves this!

    Thanks, Trina. I love it, too! He really rocked it up. Another WTF cover; where does he come up with these? I like this one a lot better than Shattered Dreams.

  • lavender1960

    Wow I missed the fact that Slezak at EW is so excited about Carly Smithson’s news he could just burst, bwah. Hey is that cheating on Allison?

    I heard that Cook is shaking up the setlist with some interesting covers – I love it when artists don’t do the same setlist night after night for all the crazy fans who see more than one show for example and it has to be more interesting for them – the coolest thing I ever saw was Crowded House taking requests from the floor – never seen that before which is a testament to their level of musicianship, didn’t phase them one bit to play any song out of their rather extensive catalogue on the fly. That and they did a killer version of Guess Who’s American Woman in Toronto, bwah.

  • lydia

    Having recently seen Cook in concert in a festival venue (Va Beach) and watching the youtubes from his most recent 2 shows, he is definitely headed in a much more hard rocking direction which show cases his terrific band. I think he will always do some beautiful ballads, but I for one am really digging the band vibe with “rockstar” David Cook front and center. SueBrody, I do think he will lose some of his Idol fanbase, but I am really excited to see what direction he moves musically. As someone else pointed out on a previous David Cook thread–I think that DC combined with other great musician/bandmates is greater than the sum of the parts.

  • Jolene

    Honestly I think with her involvement in The Fallen, Carly has now moved past Michael and Brooke in the imaginary Season 7 “Most Likely to Succeed” chart. I’ve seen some online buzz about the new band and Carly’s involvement, I’ve seen nothing similar for Michael or Brooke’s solo albums, which are coming out soon. I don’t even know if Brooke has her single out yet. Who’d have thought, it looked like Carly had nothing going on, now she has some nice prospects.

  • lavender1960

    Way too early to tell if Archie can escape the Disney typecasting, at least five years too early. Others have been able to overcome it – see Justin Timberlake. It does take some savvy moves with the help of good management, even taking a long break or doing some kind of project, that puts you into that next level, or differentiates you from the Disney brand, but it can be done. Sometimes your audience can and will grow with you but you do have to widen your overall appeal. I mean shoot I was watching Disney darling Lindsay Lohan playing a stripper in some movie last night.

    Maybe even the Jonas Brothers can do it or maybe if one of them goes solo but whereas David A has remarkable and still untapped talent, the Jonas Brothers strike me as fake rockers, contrived and nothing grates adults more than fake rockers, just saying. And I could be totally wrong but that is what they have to overcome.

    With Justin Timberlake, again he always had the raw talent, much as I really never cared for the boy bands, I was too old, I always thought N’Sync was the strongest of the boy bands and I would even admit to liking their stuff and then JT surrounded himself with the best in the studio which gave him “street cred” – the rest is history.

    Though I still don’t understand the successful comeback of NKOTB. That can’t be kids going to those concerts and buying those albums, could it?

  • Garnetstar

    DC’s never gonna ditch the ballads. He has always done ballads even on AH he had a least one or two. The Truth comes to mind. And David is really good at tailoring the set list for the event. This was Red, White & Boom. If he had sung a bunch of ballads I think the crowd would fall asleep. He did 2 slow songs. TWIK and Lie and a mid-tempo Souvenir. And LO and CBTM could be considered ballads. But I loved the set list. I absolutley loved that they opened with Kiss on the Neck. That is a much better opener than Heroes. Like Heroes but not as an opener.

    I love that cover of I Just Died In Your Arms. Now that is a cover I can get behind. Awesome re-working. I know that song cause my big sister loved it and I think it has been used in commercials or something. I could also see this as a hit on the radio right now. What with Flo-Rider covering every 80′s pop song and turning it into a rap, this would not be out of place.

    JoBros. I try not to snark on them too much. They seem like hard working dudes. Writing their own stuff and playing guitars and what not. I don’t like their voices. Kinda squeaky and meh. Maybe that will change as they mature.

    Good job for Jordin. I am sure she is happy to be in good vocal health again and touring with such a high profile band.

  • lavender1960

    No need for Cook to ditch the ballads, all great rock bands have their power ballads. You need to mix it up to give your audience that full emotional ride.

  • lavender1960

    Well actually then you need to read the currrent issue of People Magazine which gives Michael’s new album at very favourable review amongst other reviews. In fact still waiting for the first bad review.

    Carly and The Fallen still have to get that first album together but it sounds like they want to gel first, and aren’t in any hurry to put out an album, so I hope they at least get a killer single out before too long.

  • jpfan

    Wow, Jordin Sparks performed before 50K people at the Jonas Bros. concert. The review singled her and Miley Cyrus out. I remember when people thought Jordin was too square, too fat, too virginal to make it as a teen star. In general, I find the guys get overhyped which the females are usually spared. No one ever thinks they’re the new Elvis or will be bigger than the Beatles for example.

    I saw the positive review for Michael’s new album. However, it is crazy hard to make it as an indie artist. I think Elliott was the only one to really do well with his first album. I wish Johns luck. The good news is he probably doesn’t have to sell a ton of albums to make some $.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Though I still donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t understand the successful comeback of NKOTB. That canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be kids going to those concerts and buying those albums, could it?

    It’s 20 years later and their once-teen fans are feeling nostalgic. I remember the Monkees had a similar comeback/resurgence back in the late 80s when MTV re-ran episodes of their 1960′s TV show.

    The band, (sans Michael Nesmith) spent the next 10-15 years touring as a successful nostalgia act.

    The Jonas bros will probably be doing the same in the 2020′s. Heh.

  • Michelle

    I for one am really digging the band vibe with à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“rockstarà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  David Cook front and center.

    ITA, and I’ve always hoped Kiss On The Neck is an indication of what the next album will sound like. I’ve loved the 80s covers at the shows by the way :) I’ve heard Shattered Dreams was’t a fan fave online, but it was pretty epic in person!

    David will always do ballads but I think if he had his druthers they would not have made up almost half of the record.

  • Jolene

    Oh, I didn’t say Michael didn’t get good reviews, I said he didn’t have buzz, meaning If I didn’t go to Idol sites, I wouldn’t know his album was coming out this week. My point wasn’t to downplay Michael, though, but to say Carly might have made the move of her career by teaming with the Evanescense (sp?) guys. IMHO she wasn’t a blip on pop-cultur’s radar before, and now it seems she stands a chance, at least.

    I wish all three of them (Michael, Brooke and Carly) all the luck in the world. The music business is tough and everyone needs all the luck they can get.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php ercheers

    Thanks MJ for the “Golden Archuleta” writeup. This person really gets Archie and that is why it is soooo good. :)

    We listen to Archie’s concert on cellcast last night with the gang and he and everyone sounded like they had a blast. I am thankful for the cellcasts and for the people who do them.

    A vid of Your Eyes Don’t Lie and a few more on the site: (They are very good)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/specialangel2005

    Whistling ftw.

  • LK09

    Way too early to tell if Archie can escape the Disney typecasting, at least five years too early.

    Funny thing is that IMO David has not been “Disney typecasted”. He isn’t employed by Disney, and although he has done some things for younger crowds, he also does a variety of things for crowds of all ages. So I just don’t see a problem. He is actually trying to get some younger fans, the lack of which hurt Clay Aiken, I believe.

  • lavender1960

    You are probably right, LK09, David is on Jive not Disney which already puts him way ahead of the game already.

    And yes there is no doubt this is a tough environment even for the major labels let alone indies to get their newer artists on the radio unless they have a platform like Idol. Though Downtown Records is an indie label having a good run right now but one must be realistic.

    I was heartened when my fav radio station asked in their weekly survey, do we play too much Nickelback, yes, do we play too much Kelly Clarkson, yes, in my opinion, do we play enough new music, no – I am wondering if they are contemplating some changes in format for the better for other artists that aren’t getting the radioplay. One can hope.

    Jordin does seem to be coming out, swinging, with a new attitude, a new confidence, that can’t help but be infectious. I do think Battlefield sounds a bit like Beyonce lite but if it works, it works. Beats being Madonna lite right now. No doubt like all Idol winners, perhaps she had more input into her sophmore effort and that alone is enough to ratchet up one’s own confidence and excitement level – if you truly love every track on your album that is going to show on stage.

  • HappyDaisy

    According to FoolsApril64 on DCO, on tour so far Cook has played 30 total unique songs played to date, 65 shows to date with 65 unique set lists to date.

    On his summer tour, I’d love to see Archie mix it up a bit more, add a bit of suprise maybe, with a new cover or two. His song Zero Gravity has been fun.

  • colette

    A little left turn here: To those interested a broad palatte of great music, I want to call attention to the recent death of a great jazz singer who, in some respects, reminds me of Kris.

    His name is Kenny Rankin, and he died recently at 69 of cancer. He had the most beautiful, pure tenor pop voice I’ve ever heard. And also accompanied himself beautifully on the guitar, rearranging songs in smart and respectful but creative ways.

    Here’s a taste of Kenny — “”Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” sung live in that ethereal voice:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaswCv5dcoQ&feature=related

    and his great early cover of “Blackbird” (with pics of black civil rights leaders) — a song I think Kris would also do beautifully:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIKl3QhdtlY

  • cookcricket

    That was a glowing review from Mario. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen him give harsh reviews before, but maybe he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like to pick on kids? I still canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the Jonas Brothers ever having adult fans. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the problem with starting out Disney. I hope Jordin and Archie donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get typecast that way, but they likely will. Well, at least Archie willà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Rolling Stone likes the JoBros a great deal!!

    DC headlined the Red, White and Boom concert in Kansas City last night and brought out another new cover!

    I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
    AMAZING! Loves this!

    NICE!! Thanks for posting, Trina.

  • wellhesback

    It’s ironic how Cookie’s band’s covers of songs are news around the fan & idol sites, but he recently signed a deal as a songwriter. I think he wants to play his own music, but more importantly just put on a good show.

  • May

    I loved that “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight” cover by Cook and the nameless band. Of the three covers they’ve reworked since Idol, this is my favorite by a mile. It also has a really strong dance beat which makes their set even more eclectic. Those guys were really on fire last night!

    ETA: Wellesback…Cook’s original songs get discussed all the time but this was something that he played for the first time. For people to mention that they love Lie or KOTN for the 50th time would be redundant at this point.

  • will

    That Chicago Tribune article says only 4,000 showed up to audition there. I say “only” because it seems very low compared to the figures quoted by the show itself during past seasons. I’m wondering, is there really such a significantly lower turnout this year, or does this just mean the producers have grossly exaggerated the numbers in the past?

  • JudyOhio

    ercheers …. thanks for those videos of Archuleta from last night. I especially liked Barriers and You’re Eyes Don’t Lie in that batch. He’s appearing more mature/adult and performing less inhibited lately, and his voice is sounding a tiny bit different, stronger. I like the new drummer and bass guitarist too. Again, thanks.

  • sunchick

    I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
    AMAZING! Loves this!

    :jittery_tb: :smoke_tb: \o/ Srsly, I have no words. Okay, maybe “GUH” and “eleventy bazillion times better than the original.” (Y’all know what “died in your arms” means, yeah? Bout freakin time they added one of those to the set list.)

    ETA: I’m diggin the Carly news and will be looking out for her new stuff with The Fallen. My favorite Idol chick by far, and I remember thinking she needed a strong band to bring out her stage persona a bit more so it seems like a good move.

  • will

    From the Boston Herald:

    And [Archuleta's] a recovering Twitter addict.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I felt like Twitter was taking over my life for a little bit,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve gotten better.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Oh my heck!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php ercheers

    JudyOhio

    Archie is relaxing more as he performs. I am glad that it seems like he is not so worried about not making a wrong move on stage. It is not all about perfection for us but about the fun and happiness from sharing the performance with all our friends and the people surrounding us.

    I think it is time that Archie performs ‘Desperate” live. I have been watching videos of the song grouped with “Supernatural” and it fits it so well. I really would like to see Archie’s take on the song live. :)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php ercheers

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I felt like Twitter was taking over my life for a little bit,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  he said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve gotten better.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    lol, he needs some more intervention. ha ha

  • wellhesback

    replying to May – I love Cookie’s covers and am enjoying the new ones on YouTube! Just ironic that he just signed that songwriting deal, that’s all.

    Wish the EEB would get an official name.

    and as far as other Idols, did I read somewhere that Kris Allen’s grandmother died? Sympathies & well wishes, of course.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/wp-admin/profile.php ercheers

    Awe Kris grand died. So sorry to hear that. :(

  • Lexus

    I think a lot of people underestimate David Archuleta.

    They sure do. I agree with others that he’s very self aware. It was especially evident to me when he was on Idolatry and he spoke about a rainbow appearing behind him if he were to sing “Time of my Life” because he knows that’s his image and he’s been branded as the wholesome teen heart throb.

    He’s wiser than people give him credit for – unassumingly so. Though still young, he’s been doing this for a long time and I think he has a pretty good idea of what direction he wants to go as he gets older. I love that he’s very aware of what his fans want and he works hard to satisfy them (ie Christmas album, adding favorites to his set lists) and, of course, he has the ‘fan connectedness’ thing down pat. Nobody can manage an autograph line any better than him. He’s very well versed in music. He studies it with a passion. He knows what is popular and why. Besides the talent, all of it is very important in this business.

  • batgirl478

    Nobody can manage an autograph line any better than him

    Lexus, I agree with you on this. I noticed last year at meet and greet for the AI Tulsa concert, he was the Idol that stayed out there the longest with the fans. It seemed like he really tried hard to sign everything he could and I was impressed with how he handled it all.

  • SophiaB

    Way too early to tell if Archie can escape the Disney typecasting, at least five years too early.

    David Archuleta fans range from 3yrs-93yrs….lol..No worries here.

  • Tess

    Jordin seems to be leaving her youth behind in her private life….hanging with an older, slightly edgier crowd. I think this is helping her street cred and helping her better understand the 20 to 30 age group. I’m not saying that someone has to change their own “moralistic” outlook, but it does seem to help when they have a view into some different lifestyles, especially for an entertainer.

    For me, this will help her bring more realistic sounds into her music. I think this will be her last “Disneyesque” type of tour, and next time out she will be paired with a much “grittier” type of performer. Lollipops and Balloons only play for so long and then you need to reach out to the Wine and cheese crowd with a bit of beer and pretzles thrown in for good measure.

  • weareallinnocent

    Thanks for the links to Cook at Red White & Boom!

    FWIW, I love rockstar Dave. And, I also love acoustic Dave. And ballad Dave. And….

    :-)

  • sunchick

    Ohhhh, this new vid of Just Died is a keeper. First, you get a scope of the ridic size of the crowd, and then lots of awesome close ups of Dave, Neal’s sick guitar solo, and a little Kyle with the stick work.

    And here’s A Daily AntheM with a 360 degree view of the crowd waving their arms ( headlining this event had to rival Manilla for him) and Dave jumping into the people below at the end.

  • Tara

    Well well little David Archuleta. Dare I say he is starting to get in touch with his sexy side in the beginning of that video. You go boy.

  • lizland

    That Chicago Tribune article says only 4,000 showed up to audition there. I say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“onlyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  because it seems very low compared to the figures quoted by the show itself during past seasons. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m wondering, is there really such a significantly lower turnout this year, or does this just mean the producers have grossly exaggerated the numbers in the past?

    I think they had all weekend to register, and this was just the crowd there first thing Saturday. Then they come back on Monday to actually audition. But that still seems like a big difference between the 10k or so you’d expect. I guess just like the ratings, interest in auditioning could be on the decline too.

  • Keel

    I loved that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Just Died in Your Arms Tonightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  cover by Cook and the nameless band. Of the three covers theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve reworked since Idol, this is my favorite by a mile. It also has a really strong dance beat which makes

    Hmmm . . . of the top of my head, he’s done five new covers, right? There’s the two from the last two nights, IJDIYAT, Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz, and then the three from the first leg of the Declaration Tour — Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac, Man in the Box by Alice in Chains and Hot For Teacher by Van Halen. Or are you saying that the latter two don’t count because they pretty much played them straight (though MiTB was also played acoustic)?

    I kinda don’t like (okay, I actually cringe and switch radio stations) when the originals of the last night’s and Friday night’s covers are played on the radio, but I have to say that the IJDIYAT cover was pretty wicked. Loved what they did to that. And on second listen, the Shattered Dreams ones is also very good. I think that was chosen because of what they were able to do with the guitars, and much less what they could do with the vocals. (I think where the Little Lies cover shone is on the vocal harmonies between Cook and Skib/Peek. Great stuff and totally in Cook’s vocal sweet spot.)

  • Jolene

    Wow, sunchick, thanks for linking those videos. Amazing ADAM, watching all those hands up in the air for David… I’ll bet he was one soggy Cookie after that. It’s an amazing sight even just as a fan, can’t imagine what it feels like for him. Oh, that hat he tossed into the audience? Not my favorite hat. I admit I gave out a little “whoot!” at the toss. LOL

    Just Died was great too, Neal’s solo in that is something else! The gnarly mustache has to go, though, it’s distracting me from the awesome guitar work!

    As much as I love the new covers though, I have to admit I’m looking forward to hearing more original Dave. IDC if it’s Missing-album, unreleased DCTR, or AH… I just love Dave’s original songs too much for any cover to compare.

  • sma11ie

    Thanks for the links to Cook at Red White & Boom!

    LMAO, did DC really do I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight? I LOVE IT. I frickin love that song.

  • May

    Or are you saying that the latter two donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t count because they pretty much played them straight (though MiTB was also played acoustic)?

    ^ Yes Keel, I love Hunger Strike, MITB and Hot for Teacher, but I didn’t count them because they were played pretty much straight.. I forgot about that acoustic MITB which was really cool. I wasn’t as crazy about Little Lies or Shattered Dreams…they did a solid job reworking them but they were just not my style. However, I thought the cover last night was really special. Kyle’s drumming was brilliant. They were all brilliant.

    ETA: “Not my favorite hat. I admit I gave out a little à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“whoot!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at the toss. LOL”
    LOL Jolene…Cook seems to have a lot of things in bulk so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Trilby #2.

  • Keel

    Dude, that last bit of A Daily Anthem — when he jumped into the crowd and the ENTIRE freaking crowd surged forward?? Scared the crap outta me. I cannot believe he did that!! He must drive his security people bonkers with stunts like that. But the crowd loved it though.

  • linsav

    will Jun 21st, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    That Chicago Tribune article says only 4,000 showed up to audition there. I say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“onlyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  because it seems very low compared to the figures quoted by the show itself during past seasons. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m wondering, is there really such a significantly lower turnout this year, or does this just mean the producers have grossly exaggerated the numbers in the past?

    I think that all the media about just how many Idol winners being Christians from the South have made a lot of would be contestants think that it would be useless to audition. Plus the vote-gate articles out there. I’ve seen footage of past years and there were thousands and thousands in the large cities, but it really seems to be much less this year. I believe AI has some re-thinking to do.

  • sma11ie

    Post-ho’ing a bit: I just realized my favorite covers by DC are probably the rocked up pop tunes like IJDIYAT (tongue twister!), Little Lies, ABMB (Manila DWEEB version), Hello from Idol… I mean, I definitely love MITB and Hunger Strike and Hot for Teacher, and Creep from back in the day but I think my preference is for the former group. Interesting.

  • Jolene

    Dude, that last bit of A Daily Anthem à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  when he jumped into the crowd and the ENTIRE freaking crowd surged forward?? Scared the crap outta me.

    LOL yeah. It was like watching a human tidal wave, sort of took me a second to grasp what was happening. I really hope he wasn’t actually in the audience, but behind some barrier, otherwise it could’ve been dangerous.

    LOL Joleneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Cook seems to have a lot of things in bulk so I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be surprised if there was a Trilby #2.

    Oh well, one down, however’s many left to go. LOL
    I’m not one of those fans who have problems with his hats in general, I just don’t like that particular one. I’m sure the fan who caught it was thrilled.

    I mean, I definitely love MITB and Hunger Strike and Hot for Teacher, and Creep from back in the day but I think my preference is for the former group.

    Cover-wise, for me the top tier is MITB and Hunger Strike. I guess I like how these songs showcase David’s voice, plus those are the songs I love in their original incarnation as well. Musically they’re more up my alley. I’d also throw in Anodyne even though it’s not really a cover, but it sits for me on the same sweet spot. I love rockstar Dave, but my favorite songs from the album are Avalanche and Lie, so…

  • sunchick

    Dude, that last bit of A Daily Anthem à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  when he jumped into the crowd and the ENTIRE freaking crowd surged forward?? Scared the crap outta me. I cannot believe he did that!!

    LOL, I can! I watched boyfriend climb scaffolding thinking holy shit, as sweaty and slippery as his hands must be, if he fell, that would not be purdy…not that it kept me from screaming enthusiastically as he went higher. But anyway, I’ve dubbed that new ADAM the Maida Moment because it reminds me of this OLP concert vid.

    However, I thought the cover last night was really special.

    Ditto, although maybe not entirely for the same reason. :cheese1_ee: :blush_tb:

  • Ashley19

    And hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s A Daily AntheM with a 360 degree view of the crowd waving their arms ( headlining this event had to rival Manilla for him) and Dave jumping into the people below at the end.

    Wow! Great video, thanks sunchick! :smile1_tb:

  • weareallinnocent

    Ohhhh, this new vid of Just Died is a keeper. First, you get a scope of the ridic size of the crowd, and then lots of awesome close ups of Dave, Nealà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sick guitar solo, and a little Kyle with the stick work.

    And hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s A Daily AntheM with a 360 degree view of the crowd waving their arms ( headlining this event had to rival Manilla for him) and Dave jumping into the people below at the end.

    OMG Those are fantastic! Thanks sunchick!!! That ADAM vid showing the crowd had me all weepy for our boy!!! How thrilling that must have been for him. Very very cool.

  • Trina

    Holy crap now that’s a homecoming show! That 360 view of the crowd during A Daily AntheM has a me a little sniffly. I had read he was taking pictures all night and he said he wanted a picture of the crowd for his new house. Also he was wearing on his neck the pass he had from Red, White and Boom back in 2003. What a trip! Bet he never imagined he would be the headliner one day back then! Sniff. I love seeing dreams come true :wub_tb:

  • lydia

    This whole thread has me a little verklempt. I think the reason I keep watching American Idol, the show, with all its faults, is because there is something magical about watching talented deserving young people achieve their dreams. I only started following Idol on the internet because of my over-investment in the future of David Cook , who I admire greatly as an artist and a person. I love seeing him blossom as a star. However, the articles and commentary here just show how much the idols and the idol brand are now starting to infiltrate the popular music landscape. It makes the fanwars seem utterly rediculous, given that each Idol’s success just helps legitimize the Idol brand. Although I’m not a big fan of Archie or Jordin, I am very proud of the success they are achieving and am rooting for them. Kellie C, Jennifer H, Carrie, Chris D, Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, Jordin, Archie and DC are in my opinion at least moderate to super successful recording artists with many more Idols still having successful if more niche musical or entertainment careers. While I will always have my all time faves (Carrie, Melinda, Cook and Allison), I hope the other Idols also achieve all they hope for.

  • Tess

    Let’s see….I’m a wannabe Idol and I have a terrific voice. But, geesh, my interest in musical history is a little vague, or I can’t play an instrument, or I really don’t know much about song arranging, or I’m just a “normal” person with no backstory. I have a good voice but limited range, or I’m not real articulate and get tongue-tied easily.

    AI is no longer (nor has it really ever been) about finding a new, fresh, sing in the shower, untested singer. I would think unless you have all the tools or unless you are just tremendously bad and are willing to “bare” all for your 5 minutes of fame, then AI may not be the course for you.

    I am sure that there are a lot of auditioners that are finally coming to terms with the reality of AI and are giving it a pass. Smart move, that!

  • ggdoorsfan

    sch-weeet!!! david a roars back in del mar last night… read more at the link… and from tweets from the first show of the lovato tour tonight in hartford, he is on fiyah… sang ”apologize”… 1st time in concert since the idol tour… cannot wait for my show in greensboro….

    David Archuleta a hit at San Diego County Fair
    Last yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  runner-up wins big in sold-out concert

    By Kelly Lin, SDNN

    You know that tingly feeling you get when you witness something so amazing that you just want to throw your cares out the window and jump for joy?

    As I gazed at the dazzling outdoor ambience of the San Diego County Fair while 18-year-old international pop star David Archuleta serenaded concert-goers with à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To be With You,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  wellà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ I got that feeling.

    After a whirlwind day of fun with friends and games of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Letà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s try to meet David before the concert without the security guard calling the Sheriff,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  it was finally time for the show! I had been standing and walking for five hours straight and the effects of my athleticism coupled with the unhealthy delicacies I had sampled earlier in the day were finally taking their toll. Once the doors opened, I limped into the stands, exhausted and in desperate need of a chair.

    Little did I know that I would be sitting down to see the best concert of my life.

    http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-06-21/things-to-do/david-archuleta-a-hit-at-san-diego-county-fair

  • CindyM

    Got tickets to see David Cook next week in Santa Fe, small theater seats about 3,500 people. These videos are getting me so excited to see the show!

  • wellhesback

    Just chiming in to say thanks to whoever it was posted that great “Daily Anthem” vid. I too am so, so happy to see DC living his dream. ! Glad he’s taking a great band along for the ride. (Oh and apparently Kyle the drummer got married – http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=419916573&page=2).

  • ShariG

    Did anyone else see the nice article on Kris Allen in the June 8th edition of People magazine? I didn’t see any mention of it here on MJs blog, but I may have missed it. Very nice, big picture of Kris with his guitar. I like the quote that he wants to make music that’s great, that no matter if you like it or not, you respect it. The article is by Shawna Malcom. There is also a really nice, large picture of Kris in the table of contents from the same photo shoot. He looks fantastic!

  • Niall

    David Archuleta a hit at San Diego County Fair
    Last yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  runner-up wins big in sold-out concert
    By Kelly Lin, SDNN

    For truth in advertising purposes, this isn’t a professional review, it was a fan submitted review. I’m glad the teenager had a good time but the glowing review is no different there than a fan submitting their review here. I’m sure the professional reviewers will write something up (and probably liked Archie just fine).

  • SarahP

    Did anyone else see the nice article on Kris Allen in the June 8th edition of People magazine? I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see any mention of it here on MJs blog, but I may have missed it. Very nice, big picture of Kris with his guitar. I like the quote that he wants to make music thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s great, that no matter if you like it or not, you respect it. The article is by Shawna Malcom. There is also a really nice, large picture of Kris in the table of contents from the same photo shoot. He looks fantastic!

    link pls?

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    For truth in advertising purposes, this isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t a professional review, it was a fan submitted review. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad the teenager had a good time but the glowing review is no different there than a fan submitting their review here. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure the professional reviewers will write something up (and probably liked Archie just fine).

    Professional reviewers can be fans as well. All too frequently though, the professionals tend toward writing rather jaded, cynical critiques. I don’t have a problem with a somewhat gushy fan review if it’s written well. After all, it’s only one individual’s opinion – just like the pro review.

  • lavender1960

    Like Mr. Slezak perhaps, bwah, yeah he and his peeps NEVER have favourites, I kid, because that is part of the charm of Idolatry…..

  • http://randomizeme.wordpress.com arca

    @ SarahP

    link pls?

    It’s a print edition of People magazine. There’s scans here if you want to see. Kris does look good in his spread.