Idol Headlines for 07/13/11

American Idols Live heads to the HP Pavillion, San Jose, CA

Registration for Friday’s American Idol 11 auditions in Pittsburgh, PA begin today at Heinz Field. More information HERE.

David Cook appears on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Blake Shelton appears on Live with Regis and Kelly

Nigel Lythoe appears on The Talk, 2 pm ABC

Frenchie Davis and Blake Lewis perform at The Grove summer concert series. Los Angeles, CA.
Anwar Robinson at Bubby’s Brooklyn NY
Constantine Maroulis in “Rock of Ages, Washington DC
Diana DeGarmo in “9 to 5: The Musical” St. Paul MN
Kellie Pickler at Kosciusko County Fair, Warsaw IN
Tamyra Gray in “Twist”, Pasadena, CA
Trenyce in “Thriller Live” London UK
Via IdolStages

Hometown superstar Jordin Sparks to perform

FOX 10-TV and MIX 96.9 radio have teamed up for the first-annual Fox 10 Dance Day benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, presented by MUVE Music from Cricket. The family-friendly event will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 at Jobing.com Arena.

Glendale native and entertainer sensation, Jordin Sparks will appear at the inaugural event.

This event coincides with Nigel Lythgoe’s National Dance Day

Glendale Star

Photo: Scotty McCreery Video Shoot

Shane Drake of Taillight TV recently directed the debut music video for “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery. The video for “I Love You This Big” was shot on location in California. Drake also directed six of the Ford/Idol spots featured this season. Via MusicRow

Lauren Alaina Recovering From Injury On Tour

“I open up the second half of the show,” Lauren explained to CountryWeekly.com. “I wanted to try on a new outfit, which was this short dress and really high heels. I was pretty nervous about performing in the high heels, so I decided to practice before the show by walking down some stairs at the venue. Well, the stairs weren’t really even, and I ended up falling and spraining my ankle and hitting my head.”

Read more at Country Weekly

Is This the Emmy Curse That’s, Well, Cursed American Idol?

Historically, the TV season’s most-watched show has gone onto to claim the top award in its category almost never.

In the comedy division, it’s happened six times, most recently when Nielsen champ Friends capped its run with the 2002 Emmy.

In the drama division, it’s happened only twice—once, back in 1958 when Gunsmoke reigned, and again in 1996 when ER did.

And in the reality-competition division? Nothing.

Read more at EOnline

Thousands line up to be the next ‘American Idol’

“American Idol,” the top-ranked television show in the U.S. for the past eight seasons, is holding auditions in Pittsburgh Friday. Registration began shortly before 8 a.m. today and continues until early Friday morning. Those who camped out overnight are positioned to audition first among what could be 10,000-plus contestants vying for a spot on the Fox network reality show.

Read more at the Post Gazette

Danny Gokey introduces Second Hand Heart 106.6 CTQ

Exclusive giveaway: Enter to win tickets to see, meet Matt Giraud at Taste of Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — The Ticket section has more tickets to giveaway to an upcoming Kalamazoo area festival.

This time, it’s to see and meet “American Idol” finalist Matt Giraud play at the 26th annual Taste of Kalamazoo, a celebration of Kalamazoo-made music, food and more.

Taste of Kalamazoo will run July 21-23 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Giraud is due to play around 9 p.m. July 22.

Read more at MLive

Oxygen’s Critically Acclaimed “The Glee Project” Delivers More Than One Million Total Viewers During Original and Encore Airings of Its Fourth Episode on Sunday

NEW YORK – July 12, 2011 — During both its original and encore airings of episode four, Oxygen’s critically acclaimed “The Glee Project” delivered over one million viewers (1,053,000) on Sunday night with 745,000 total viewers earned during the first hour and 308,000 total viewers during its encore presentation, according to Nielsen Media Research. Demonstrating weekly ratings growth, “The Glee Project” delivered series highs and grew double digits among total viewers and all key demos since its premiere on June 12th. The series posted a 64% percent increase in total viewers, +108% among A12-24, +82% among W18-49 and +86% among A18-49 since premiere.

Read more at Futon Critic

‘Platinum Hit’s’ Jackie Tohn: ‘What you learn is that songwriting is very subjective’

“‘Platinum Hit’ was really cool. When I was on ‘Idol,’ didn’t have the opportuity to write songs and I remember thinking when I got on ‘Idol,’ I have no idea how to pick a song of someone else’s to sing,” Jackie tells us. “Half of me as a musician has always been the writing, playing my own instrument. When I got on ‘Platinum Hit,’ it was so exciting because I could actually show what I am and what I can do.”

“Really what you learn is that songwriting is very subjective. I could be in the bottom one week and get 1000 Twitter mentions about how great my song was,” Jackie laughs. “It wasn’t really a normal songwriting experience, where you sit in a room with someone you enjoy and write a song. These are people you’re forced to live with and write with.”

“So on ‘Platinum Hit,’ we don’t even pass them in the hallway,” Jackie continues. “We are in the writers’ lounge and then the judges come in and judge. That’s the extent of the interaction. That’s the reason when people were like, ‘Oh, Jackie knows Kara,’ I was like, ‘No, I’ve never met her in my life.'”

Read more at Zap2it

  • Tess

    Constantine Maroulis in “Rock of Ages, Washington DC

    How long can Connie keep playing a supposedly early 20 year old dude….reminds me of Yul Brynner who kept playing in the King and I for years and years and years. C’mn Connie….its time to see if you are capable of playing another gig.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Cool news about the glee project

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    C’mn Connie….its time to see if you are capable of playing another gig.

    Next week in DC Constantine will have his final performance in “Rock Of Ages”.

    In September, he will start a club tour, “A Night At The Rock Show”, an evening of contemporary interpretations of the great American Rock songbook.

    With the backing of a fantastic band, a repertoire that ranges across the last 30 years of pop music, and a voice that would be at home in any great rock group, Constantine will present an innovative show that combines the best of concert and theater.

  • Indigobunting

    Sarasota radio station posted their interview with Danny yesterday:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZXWb7Bwobw&feature=player_embedded

  • Tess

    In September, he will start a club tour, “A Night At The Rock Show”, an evening of contemporary interpretations of the great American Rock songbook.

    Well, no one can say that Connie doesn’t sing to type. I don’t think this is stretching his repertoire much, though.

  • 1wildegirl

    LOL, how much am I loving the “Connie” for Constantine. Saw him on RoA last week and he was really good in it. I seriously think he was born about 20 years too late. He’s tailor made for the 80’s rock band.

  • JazzRocks

    Constantine has proved he is capable of more than 80’s Rock. I saw him Off-BW in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Can’t get much farther from Rock – and he was excellent.

    Too bad if he gets totally type cast from ROA.

  • Valentin432

    John Mayer 2011 Clinic – “Manage the Temptation to Publish Yourself”

    Not directly related to idol but this is John Mayer talking about the danger of social media and some other things related to the music industry.

  • larc

    Tess says:
    How long can Connie keep playing a supposedly early 20 year old dude….reminds me of Yul Brynner who kept playing in the King and I for years and years and years.

    Well, he’s only 55 35. ;)

  • Indigobunting

    Wow, they sure expect the openers on Taylor Swift’s tour to keep sucking up to her, lol.

    Another article on Taylor and her “men” openers.

    http://www.theboot.com/2011/07/13/taylor-swift-speak-now-tour-opening-acts/

    I guess I don’t mind since Danny’s pic is the first one on there :)

    In all honesty, it does seem as though the artists who know her do genuinely like/respect her.

    After her 3 cancellations, he finally gets to open for her tomorrow in Toronto.

  • girlygirl

    Alex Wagner-Trugman is trying to set up a tour starting this month. He has been tweeting about whether anyone would be interested in having him come play house party for them, etc.

    Anyway, if anyone is interested in learning what Alex is up to or wants to try and help him set up this tour, you can check out his twitter feed:

    twitter.com/alexwtrugs

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris arrives for his writing session with Jaren Johnston. Watch out ZorroPup may get jealous.

    thejaren
    http://yfrog.com/kfmb5yj bang is a huge American idol fan… here he is loving up to Kris Allen.:)

  • Indigobunting

    Watch out ZorroPup may get jealous.

    No need; that dog has nothing on Zorro in the cuteness department ;)

  • Nina1

    Here are the rules for recording this record… no drum machines, no loops, no keyboards to start out with, no excuses, no breaks, no laptops, no nothing. If you take a break, it’s to eat. If you’re done, you go home.”

    I feel his pain; I’m a netaholic.

  • soverymel

    New pics of Adam at a club, I think from last weekend. Loving his hair.

    http://i53.tinypic.com/347cyfk.jpg

    http://i53.tinypic.com/2076hao.jpg

    http://i51.tinypic.com/dddvmg.jpg

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen

    Just finished writing a song with Jaren Johnston. Now gotta find a place for dinner. Suggestions?

    ETA: That was quick.

  • girlygirl

    nvm

  • Ratna12

    Kris arrives for his writing session with Jaren Johnston. Watch out ZorroPup may get jealous.

    thejaren
    http://yfrog.com/kfmb5yj bang is a huge American idol fan… here he is loving up to Kris Allen.:)

    When Kris comes back to the hotel (?), Zorro will keep sniffing at Kris, because a dog will notice other dog’s smell.