At ‘American Idol’ auditions, fun, heartbreak – and cheeseheads
To help keep the waiting contestants in the mood Wednesday, producers added appearances by Season 8 “Idol” contender Matt Giraud and Milwaukee native Danny Gokey, as well as sightings of “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.
“They cheered for a long time when we said we were going to start the auditions – that’s always a good sign,” Seacrest said of the Milwaukee crowd. “Just the sheer number, the volume of people is fantastic and encouraging.”
“Idol” fans have Gokey to thank for the Milwaukee stop. The local reaction to “Idol’s” hometown visit when Gokey was a finalist on the show two years ago played a role in convincing producers to make the trip for auditions.
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Behind the Scenes of American Idol Milwaukee Auditions [VIDEO]
It’s only been two months since America crowed Illinois’ Lee DeWyze as their latest Idol, but the crew behind the scenes is already hard at work finding top talent for season 10 of the hit show.
Ryan was on location Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center where over 10,000 Idol hopefuls lined up for a shot at stardom. In the video above, Ryan takes us behind the scenes of shooting the intros, auditioning the talent, and shooting E! News right inside the stadium.
Carrie and Mike Return From a Happy Honeymoon
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher arrived at LAX today after wrapping up their romantic honeymoon in Tahiti.
See the photos at Pop Sugar
Jordin Sparks interview
With her first two albums, Jordin Sparks has produced enough radio hits like Battlefield and No Air that she’s become a household name by the age of twenty. She’s also accomplished the rarest of feats: she’s established herself sufficiently as an artist that “American Idol” is no longer the first thing that comes to mind when you hear her name (and indeed it never came up in our conversation even though she won the show just three years ago). But some of the songs on her latest album were surprisingly of the dance music variety – a risk that’s paid off for her, as those songs have found their way into the clubs and S.O.S. in particular has found its way up the dance charts. And if you don’t pay attention to theater news, you may have missed the fact that she’s about to drop everything for twelve weeks and head to Broadway for a starring role in the musical In The Heights.
Kimberley Locke and Randy Jackson on E News – 7/20/10
“So You Think You Can Dance”: Giddy-up
All right, this is getting old. Another week, another injury on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Is it just bad luck, or are the dancers perhaps being pushed too hard this season? This time it was Billy Bell, who hurt his knee during rehearsals. Nigel Lythgoe gave the impression that Billy’s injury is not serious and that he should be able to bounce back by next week, but we’ll see. Perhaps Cat Deeley could have lent him the Ace bandage material that made up the bottom layer of her dress? I’m just looking for an opportunity to mention how much I disliked her dress Wednesday. Usually I love Cat’s sartorial flights of fancy, but this one looked like a big red garbage bag on top of an unattractive flesh colored slip.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
The Totally Unsurprising Next Four Semi-Finalists on America’s Got Talent
AWWW, YEAH! For the second week in a row, I picked all 4 acts that would move on to the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent correctly. I’m thinking of buying a crystal ball, some tarot cards and advertising my psychic services.
Actually, in this stage of the competition, it’s just not that hard to figure out who America will vote for. Come check in on me when the semi-finals begin and see how well I’m doing when the actually talented acts go up against one another. In the meantime, my weekly tips on figuring out who will move on to the semi-finals based on last night’s selections:
Britain’s Got Talent singer sues Simon Cowell
Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai is suing Simon Cowell for almost £2.5m claiming she was humiliated and degraded on ITV’s Britain Got Talent.
Czikai first lodged her complaint of unfairness and discrimination with the employment tribunal in January, as revealed by MediaGuardian.co.uk.
At yesterday’s pre-trial review at the central London tribunal court, Czikai, who is representing herself, accused BGT and its judges of “exploitation, humiliation, degradation and barbarism”. The 54-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, also levelled a claim of disability discrimination because the talent show had not made adjustments for her such as lowering the backing music and microphone levels.
Julianne Hough: I Thought Seacrest Was Gay!
There’s a reason it took Ryan Seacrest such a long time to score a date with his new girlfriend Julianne Hough — she thought she lacked the proper equipment … genitally speaking.
Julianne responded, “He was after me since I was 18 … he totally wasn’t my type … I thought he was gay.”
Read more at TMZ
Carly Smithson and Marty O’Brien from We Are The Fallen – Interview FOX Houston
‘Idol’ pleasure is heading to Bristow
About this time last summer, blues-rock musician Casey James auditioned for the ninth season of Fox’s “American Idol,” having never seen the show.
“I was just determined and dedicated to doing exactly what I do in normal life,” said James, 28. “If I didn’t (make it), then so be it.”
James’ determination paid off.
Today he is playing in amphitheaters around the country after landing in third place for the season.
Carrie Underwood breaks 7 million with ‘Some Hearts’
Carrie Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts, has sold 7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes it the first album from an American Idol alumnus to reach the septuple-platinum plateau.
Carrie’s Play On is the top weekly seller among American Idol alumnae, while Adam Lambert and Daughtry both have albums in the Billboard Top 200.
After several weeks going back into the Idol season, Lee DeWyze’s Slumberland has fallen off the Billboard Heatseekers chart.