Check out a photo of Chris Daughtry at the Entertainment Weekly party at Comic Con in San Diego yesterday. Click Here. Chris left for San Diego on Thursday, for the famed conference.

Chris tweeted on Saturday, “So #SDCC has been awesome but it is so exhausting. One more day then back to the studio”.

And today, Chris is back in the studio. He tweets, “1st day of tracking drums! Off to a great start! Here’s a lil taste of Robin on the skins http://twitvid.com/11YYO

Later, Chris tweeted, “Our boy Robin KILLED it today! Knocked out 6 tunes! Very proud. Sounds incredible”

Scott McCreery tweeted, “he game may get rained out, but my nite was just made. Got to go back and meet all of the Braves!” A couple of photos HERE and HERE.

Lauren Alaina tweeted, “Long day in the studio! Finished five songs for my album”

Kelly Clarkson posts, “I’ll be playing a benefit show to raise money for The Human League on 8/6 in Sudbury, ON Canada! For more information and to find out how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.humanleague.on.ca/events.htm.”

David Cook tweets, “I LOVE NEW YORK! One of my favorite cities… but we’re not playing there on July 28th. Not sure where that came from. Sorry about that.”

‘America’s Got Talent’ scoop: Welcome, Stevie Nicks!

Next up on America’s Got Talent…Stevie Nicks! EW has learned exclusively that the singer-songwriter will perform live on the NBC show Wednesday. She’ll be joined by Fighting Gravity, last season’s finalist.

Next week’s live show will include a visit from The Voice coach Adam Levine and his posse: Maroon 5 is the night’s big performer, along Jason Derulo.

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Scotty McCreery Interview with K92FM

Scotty has been writing songs on the bus.

Lauren Alaina Interview with K92FM

Lauren says she is half-way done with her album

Clay Aiken Takes the Stand in a Mail-Order Bride Scam on ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (VIDEO)

Former ‘American Idol’ finalist Clay Aiken got to try out his acting chops Sunday on ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (Sundays, 9PM on Lifetime), playing a witness in a case of a mail-order-bride scam. Aiken played Tyler, the former husband of Irina, the mail-order bride in question. Grayson and Kim were representing Hank the Bailiff, who once had a crush on Jane and was dumped by Irina.

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“Idol’s” Magnus To Open SummerWind Series Aug. 6

Siobhan Evelyn Magnus was the Cape Cod free spirit who gained a lot of attention on Season 9 of “American Idol,” not only with her voice but her look, as well. Magnus, who made it to the semi-finals in the reality show competition, will open the SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts magnus2_opt.jpgCenter season on Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Windsor. The talented performer and songwriter has turned 21, released her first song and is adjusting to life as a star. Enjoying some down time are her home in Barnstable, Magnus was fresh out of the shower and enjoying just being home again when she Spilled the Beans with Java.

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Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 42nd Birthday With Some Very Famous Friends

At least that’s what it looks like for newly solo Jennifer Lopez. The American Idol judge turned 42 this weekend and celebrated in serious style, with friends and family and, reportedly, some very famous faces:
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The singer was reportedly joined by none other than Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes at their friend Loren Ridinger’s private mansion in Miami. No word on what the celebs did to celebrate, but Market America head honcho Loren lent us a hint:

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7/26 Peach Buzz. A low-key night for Usher, Ted Turner

Last year, a throng of screaming tween girls crammed into the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for Usher’s New Look Foundation awards gala, jockeying for a glimpse of Justin Bieber and shrieking at his every word. The audience exploded when former President Bill Clinton walked onto the stage. This year, not so much. The Friday night event had a more corporate feel, with folks like Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce president Sam Williams, GE vice chairman John Rice and executives from Ford, a major sponsor, strolling down the red carpet.

A few entertainers attended, including “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle, but they were outnumbered by guys in suits.

Read more at Access Atlanta

Jennifer Lopez and American Idol: Where’s the New Contract?

“She just has to work one thing out,” a source says of the final negotiations. “It’s nothing major. An announcement will probably be made within the next week or two weeks at the latest.”

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Amy Winehouse Cause of Death Not Disclosed After Autopsy

Sharon Duff, a coroner at St Pancras Coroner’s Court in North London, said that a “Section 20″ postmortem had been carried out on the body of the 27-year old singer, who died Saturday, but Duff did not disclose any of its findings.

A Section 20 postmortem, as Winehouse had, however, implies that the Coroner believes “there is reasonable cause to suspect that a person has died a violent or unnatural death or in any other way which would require an inquest,” according to guidelines. It suggests that the authorities are mounting a more lengthy and serious investigation into the circumstances around Winehouse’s death, although the Coroner also reported that at the scene had been investigated by police and “determined non-suspicious.”

Read more at THR

‘Glee Project’ removes Amy Winehouse joke

In the episode, Glee creator Ryan Murphy teased Alex, a contestant on the show: “I’m surprised you didn’t come out here dressed like Amy Winehouse. Why didn’t you?” Alex said he could go change — and then the audio dropped out. The deleted line, first reported by the Boston Herald, was of Glee choreographer Zach Woodlee joking that all Alex needed was “a mop and a bottle,” sparking Murphy and others to laugh.

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  • CindyM

    Adam seems excited for the week ahead. Looks like more studio time coming this week!

    adamlambert Happy Monday folks!! Looking forward to a productive, creative and happy week!!
    via Twitter for iPhone

  • McCreerian

    Scotty McCreery tweets:
    chillin at the mall in atlanta.. hoping this rain goes away cause I’m trying to hit up this braves game tonight!

    The braves twitter page responded:
    @ScottMcCreery It’s not raining here! Let us know if you want to come to batting practice!

    Scotty tweets back:
    @Braves I’d love too! haha. I’m not sure exactly when I’m getting there tho. What should I do?

    The braves tweet:
    @ajcbuzz – @ScottyMcCreery coming to the @braves game tonight.

    That would be cool for him to go to batting practice! Baseball is one of his loves.

  • Lucy1234

    Nice to hear Lauren say that she is recording today and has recorded half of her album since I know that there was some speculation on whether she had laid down the vocals for the songs chosen for the album.

  • McCreerian

    Loved the interviews with Scotty and Lauren. It’s refreshing to see teenagers such as those two being so open about their faith in God. The lady who interviewed seemed to acknowledge that too.

  • Pam

    Loved the interviews with Scotty and Lauren. It’s refreshing to see teenagers such as those two being so open about their faith in God. The lady who interviewed seemed to acknowledge that too.

    I liked that too. One thing you can say about these two is that they aren’t trying to force their beliefs on anyone it’s just that they aren’t ashamed of who they are which is a good thing. :)

  • abbysee

    Omg, Scotty @ batting practice! I hope he gets to do it. I bet he’ll geek out!

  • Mike M

    That would be cool for him to go to batting practice! Baseball is one of his loves.

    Unfortunately, it’s pouring rain in Atlanta and it’s game time. Maybe they’ll be able to get the game in, though.

  • Fenway

    David A. had the top selling album in the Philippines for the week of July 11-17th. That was before his appearances, so it will be interesting to see what happens during the week he is actually there and performing. He beat out Sarah Geronimo who is really big there, too.

  • djafan

    Congrats to David Archuleta on his 6X Platinum award and #1 for The Other Side Of Down Asia Edition!

    http://yfrog.com/h78lflpj

    David’s had a couple of interviews this moring singing in Spanish and rapping with Eminem :)

    rusharr
    Haha @DavidArchie sang in Spanish on @hitzdotfm and sound good too :)

    rusharr Rush Har
    Interview on @hitzdotfm @DavidArchie said he would like to collborate rapping wise with Eminem haha!

  • Miguel

    Sticking to the facts: Lauren says she and Scotty were “both really vocal about their religion,” that they were both raised that way, and that there are many people who are Christians but they aren’t really vocal, and she thinks “that is really important” and so does Scotty. “The fact that we were able to stand up for what we believe in, and put it out there, even if people didn’t believe the same way we did…people respected that we believed in something enough to put it out on national television.”

  • SajiNoKami

    One thing you can say about these two is that they aren’t trying to force their beliefs on anyone it’s just that they aren’t ashamed of who they are which is a good thing.

    And this is the way it should be IMO.

    “The fact that we were able to stand up for what we believe in, and put it out there, even if people didn’t believe the same way we did…people respected that we believed in something enough to put it out on national television.

    I would say TPTB did that because of the audience AI is dealing with. I have this strange feeling, if it was another religion, a none mono theistic one [or even atheism], it would not have been so highlighted.

  • SajiNoKami

    ScottyMcCreery
    the game may get rained out, but my nite was just made. Got to go back and meet all of the Braves!

    Yay for Scotty!

  • LexieN

    How cool for Scotty! And also cool is that this wasn’t arranged by TPTB…just a nice invite from the Braves:) Hope he took pics and shares!

  • Trina

    A couple of Braves players tweeted pics with Scotty

    @KrisMedlen54 @PeterMoylan beat me to it but Scotty f-ing mcreery! http://lockerz.com/s/123681125

    @PeterMoylan Scotty Mccreery just dropped by the clubhouse.. http://lockerz.com/s/123680823

    Aww so happy for him!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Well Kris is back in LA but…..

    KrisAllen

    #Bags got lost…..so if you see a guy repeatedly wearing the same thing everyday in LA it’s me.

    #Hahahaha you are so funny….RT @blkeener: @KrisAllen Go shopping. Baby T aisle?

    #Apparently I needed some new stuff anyways. #imgonnagobacktonotreadingmyreplies

    ETA: Twitter has exploded with funny replies.

    Classic @charlesbrowder
    #@KrisAllen thought you were going to say “if you see a guy repeatedly wearing the same thing everyday in LA, it’s the guy who found my bag”

  • girlygirl

    Kris really has the worst luck when it comes to air travel. maybe he should try trains

    and he’s probably joking, but hopefully he doesn’t go back to not reading his replies. We kid because we care!! :)

    oh good…

    KrisAllen

    #I would do the same to you RT @GirlWith1Eye19: @KrisAllen We tease because we love.

  • Pam

    awww that was nice of the players to formally invite Scotty to their batting practice. I think he’ll be on cloud nine for a while. :) Going by those two tweets, I think those guys may be some fanboys. How cute is that? :D

    Poor Kris. He does indeed have bad luck when it comes to air travel. At least he has a good sense of humor about the replies he’s getting. heh

  • Kirkee

    Extra cool for Scotty. Good for him!

  • Kirsten

    A couple of Braves players tweeted pics with Scotty

    So cool. It’s neat when things like that work out.

    #Bags got lost…..so if you see a guy repeatedly wearing the same thing everyday in LA it’s me.

    I’m not entirely sure we’d notice. I love Kris but his outfits do tend to run together.

  • sharilee

    Did anyone notice that Scotty is growing big side ways with some muscles?

  • Indigobunting

    I would say TPTB did that because of the audience AI is dealing with. I have this strange feeling, if it was another religion, a none mono theistic one [or even atheism], it would not have been so highlighted.

    Oh, no doubt ;) You are 100% correct. The southern Christian block is a huge chunk of voters for American Idol.

  • TwigLA

    Classic @charlesbrowder
    #@KrisAllen thought you were going to say “if you see a guy repeatedly wearing the same thing everyday in LA, it’s the guy who found my bag”

    OK, that one made me laugh out loud.

  • dadriany

    Ok watch this
    http://david-daily.com/?cat=16

    TOSOD is #1 on indonesia and went platinum in 1 week

    also, David Archuleta was awarded with a Platinum x6 plaque with sales of his 3 albums

    ….this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • abbysee

    Scotty f-ing mcreery!

    Good for Scotty!

  • songsungblue

    I would say TPTB did that because of the audience AI is dealing with. I have this strange feeling, if it was another religion, a none mono theistic one [or even atheism], it would not have been so highlighted.

    Yeah. Add to that that I find mixing religion and a singing program to be stomach-turning. IMO, it doesn’t belong together, and I don’t care if they worship Sea Monkeys. I couldn’t wait to have Scotty and his giant cross off my teevee frankly. There’s something sanctimonious about the whole thing. Ugh.

  • Montavilla

    Congratulations, Archie. I don’t follow his every move, but 6x platinum is a major accomplishment.

    Poor Kris! Is it that the airlines contain a lot of obsessed Kris fans that snatch his bags every time he travels? Does it have something to do with the Bermuda Triangle? Or LOST? Maybe Kris should buy six of everything and stash clothes in every city he travels to (or plans to)?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Eh, I agree faith should not be a factor on a singing competition. That being said, I have no problem with someone having a belief system who is on the show. The playing it up is distasteful, however.

    And all southerners aren’t Christian and voting based on religion. That notion is completely short sighted.

  • SajiNoKami

    Did anyone notice that Scotty is growing big side ways with some muscles?

    I think Scotty is just gaining weight in general, maybe some muscle. By the end of the AI run, boy was a stick, he lost a bit of weight.

    And all southerners aren’t Christian and voting based on religion. That notion is completely short sighted.

    No doubt, it is a stereotype. TPTB seem to like those along with cliches.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I am sure one of the reasons Danny chose country music is that he can be himself and not have to apologize for his faith.

    People didn’t have problems with his faith. They had problems with his pimping his dead wife. It was tacky, no matter his intentions.

    He went country because the label told him to do so. Simple as that.

    ETA: But I apologize to MJ for getting off topic and rehashing stuff.

  • Trina

    Maroon 5 played the Hollywood Bowl tonight and they brought Javier out and he sung Man In The Mirror with Adam again and Stevie Nicks also came out to sing.

  • cookcricket

    Yeah, I just don’t think anyone should ever talk about anything they believe in: like not taking drugs, or not bullying others, or taking care of yourself if you have a certain type of illness. Just keep any of your beliefs to yourself and everyone will be happy, PC and unoffended. ;)

  • Ratna12

    I hope that Lauren won’t reply to the h8ers who tweet her.
    Just ignore them.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    eah, I just don’t think anyone should ever talk about anything they believe in: like not taking drugs, or not bullying others, or taking care of yourself if you have a certain type of illness. Just keep any of your beliefs to yourself and everyone will be happy, PC and unoffended. ;)

    To be fair, we’re talking about a singing competition. Let the talent speak for itself, and do your thing after if need be. Otherwise, it’s pandering.

    ETA: Let’s say *drawing name out of hat* Stephano! He decided to endorse candidate a or b. Same thing. Out of place for this show.

  • McCreerian

    Well its nice to know the personalities of different contestants and what their interests are. Its not JUST a singing competition-we get to know our favorite contestants too. How boring would it be if we knew nothing about them?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    In theory, I would agree. But we don’t get to know all of them equally. I guess that’s why I enjoyed the Voice so much. They had each contestant down to a one line elevator speech and then they had to sing.

  • goboywonder

    Ok watch this
    http://david-daily.com/?cat=16

    TOSOD is #1 on indonesia and went platinum in 1 week

    also, David Archuleta was awarded with a Platinum x6 plaque with sales of his 3 albums

    Loving all the good news coming out of Asia for David about album sales and his tour, a big CONGRATULATIONS to him.

  • McCreerian

    In theory, I would agree. But we don’t get to know all of them equally. I guess that’s why I enjoyed the Voice so much. They had each contestant down to a one line elevator speech and then they had to sing.

    Well with the Voice I don’t feel like we get to know them like we did on Idol.

  • Miguel

    Haley got her one sit-down interview 63 days after Tim Halperin. By then, many viewers had decided they knew her well enough to call her classless, a slut, arrogant, a bitch and a brat. However, friends, teachers and former classmates that actually know her say she is one of the sweetest girls around.

  • McCreerian

    Haley got her one sit-down interview 63 days after Tim Halperin. By then, many viewers had decided they knew her well enough to call her classless, a slut, arrogant, a bitch and a brat. However, friends, teachers and former classmates that actually know her say she is one of the sweetest girls around.

    Those sit down interviews aren’t the only way we get to know the contestants…

  • EmyR

    Those sit down interviews aren’t the only way we get to know the contestants…

    She didn’t get any real backstage footage before then, certainly not on par with say Lauren and James, whose backstories were completely open to viewers regularly. Even when the top 4 got their call home, we only saw her say hi and goodbye to her dad. That’s very unbalanced.

    Well with the Voice I don’t feel like we get to know them like we did on Idol.

    Idol and The Voice are different in one big area to me: one is a more of a personality contest than the other. Or rather, the personality of the contestants makes an impact on how people vote on Idol more so than The Voice. The Voice gives everyone a equal, though very small moment to show their personality, and then everything else is based on their singing (in theory). For Idol, it’s not equal at all, but you do get to know the kids so much more.

    I still prefer Idol’s methods, but it’d be nice if the exposure to backstage clips and interviews was more balanced between all contestants.

  • McCreerian

    She didn’t get any real backstage footage before then, certainly not on par with say Lauren and James, whose backstories were completely open to viewers regularly. Even when the top 4 got their call home, we only saw her say hi and goodbye to her dad. That’s very unbalanced.

    Aww yes, the theory that Haley was treated like dirt by Idol…

  • dana80

    Aww yes, the theory that Haley was treated like dirt by Idol…

    It doesn’t really matter now, does it? With all the non existent back story, no sob story of her own and judging, she still finished third and now got signed. You go, Haley!

  • Miguel

    Another theory is that Idol didn’t treat Haley unfairly, but rather God used Idol to punish Haley for showing too much leg and saying a cuss word or two.

  • EmyR

    Aww yes, the theory that Haley was treated like dirt by Idol…

    It’s not a theory that she didn’t get as many interviews, backstory, or just fun filler footage as the other top 4, that’s quantifiable fact. You can literally keep track of the amount of time she was given to speak versus the others and it comes out much smaller. I personally don’t think she was “treated like dirt”, but it’s common practice for Idol to give more screen time to certain contestants, and it’d be nice if they balanced it out a little more in the future.

  • dana80

    Miguel says:
    07/26/2011 at 5:01 am
    Another theory is that Idol didn’t treat Haley unfairly, but rather God used Idol to punish Haley for showing too much leg and saying a cuss word or two.

    But who do I thank for the record deal? Satan, lol?

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

    It’s great glee did that.Ryan Murphy is a genius

  • Elliegrll

    The Voice gives everyone a equal, though very small moment to show their personality, and then everything else is based on their singing (in theory).

    The funny thing about this that the first season of The Voice was rushed, so that they could accommodate the judges’ schedules. They will be focusing more on the contestants backstories next season.

    Sine eliminations were by teams, instead of voting order, which again put the focus on the judges, I wouldn’t say that everyone was on equal footing.

  • chrislongisland

    You know when I feel strong connections to Idol singers? When they can actually SING.

  • Kirsten

    Wait until they’re old enough to drink, have access to drugs, fall in love with inappropriate people

    I must have grown up in a rough town because by the time I was 16, I could have done all those things. Every time we had electrical lab, the teacher would count the wires to make sure nobody had made off with an alligator clip.

    Not arguing that Scotty and Lauren are saints, just pointing out that teens can be exposed and susceptible to all that crap.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris always seemed uncomfortable talking about it, Adam said he wasn’t religious, and Crystal and Lee almost never talk about it(although Crystal has mentioned some “spiritual” things).

    Kris has never been uncomfortable talking about his faith. During his season he was very rarely asked. If he was asked, he always stated that he wanted the competition to be about singing. It wasn’t until the end of the season that it even became an issue because two of the top3 were “Christians”. Kris tends to not talk about his faith, he lives it every day.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    OMG.

    Yep, deleting all of the lectury, off topic posts right about now.

  • Ringo

    Not sure what MJ allows and doesn’t but here goes. Why does it bother me when these kids profess their faith? To be blunt, it seems like brainwashing. And it really bugs me when people praise them for it.

    I don’t mind so much when someone has lived a little bit, as one suggested here, after they have gone through some temptation, lived and perhaps failed. Thus, if James, for example, said that after all of the crap he has gone through with Tourettes and Aspergers, he developed faith, I would be happy for him. I guess I have more admiration for people who come to faith, than those simply raised to have it.

    It’s much like when my kids come back from college spouting ideas they learned from a book or professor. Everything to them appears for the moment to be black and white. The ideas may ultimately be good ones, but I think if they tested those ideas with some real life, they may reach a different conclusion.

    So 16 year old performer, I really don’t care what you believe in because I suspect that you are just regurgitating what your parents told you. If I wanted to know what your parents thought, would ask them.

    Unless, of course, you are marketing yourself to your faith-based fans, in which case I understand you completely. Don’t mistake being shrewd with being sincere. And this is why you don’t talk religion or politics in polite company. :)

  • Ringo

    It’s not a theory that [Haley] didn’t get as many interviews, backstory, or just fun filler footage as the other top 4, that’s quantifiable fact.

    My favorite moment of this was when they were pimping video chatting software (Microsoft?). For James, Scotty and Laurent they had blown up, full screen chats with family. For Haley, it was a reduced window and vitrually no interaction. You couldn’t tell who she was chatting with. I mean, did you know she even had a sister until near the end?

  • halo9125

    For Haley, it was a reduced window and vitrually no interaction. You couldn’t tell who she was chatting with.

    Uh- did everybody forget that her parents were in the audience when they did this piece? Maybe the girl has a small family and her sister was the only one available?

  • tinawina

    Why does it bother me when these kids profess their faith? To be blunt, it seems like brainwashing.

    Well, to be honest, this kind of thing goes all ways. I think when some people are uncomfortable with a topic, or just strongly disagree with it, they feel like any mention of it is an attempt to control them. Hence people who get upset whenever a gay person publicly addresses their sexuality and think an agenda is being pushed on them, or how just the mere mention of race can sometimes lead to accusations of racism or the “race card” being pulled. Just the other day people were questioning why the girl who went to the XFactor taping mentioned the race of the contestants in her descriptions! LOL. Or Karen Rodriguez getting called out for singing in Spanish, even though that was simply who she was and the kind of music she wanted to make.

    Then there are the people that are just uncomfortable with hot button topics all together, and would rather that type of conflict stay out of public life. Or maybe they were raised to believe you should ever say things in public that could cause controversy.

    Anyway, I said all that to say that Scotty and Lauren could just be talking about who they are, not attempting to control anyone, just like others have done with other aspects of themselves. But the topic of religion is sensitive so some people take offense. I’m not religious at all but I would rather people be able to talk about whatever part of themselves is important to them, than not.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Not arguing that Scotty and Lauren are saints, just pointing out that teens can be exposed and susceptible to all that crap.

    ITA-There are many teens who get exposed to a great deal of crap. I don’t suspect Scotty and Lauren were exposed to too much. Their families have been shown numerous times and they seem to have great support group, etc. They seem to have lived somewhat sheltered lives.

    Anyway, I said all that to say that Scotty and Lauren could just be talking about who they are, not attempting to control anyone, just like others have done with other aspects of themselves. But the topic of religion is sensitive so some people take offense. I’m not religious at all but I would rather people be able to talk about whatever part of themselves is important to them, than not.

    ITA – with a caveat. I think the reason religion is such a sensitive subject with some AI viewers is that some feel that religion has been used to get votes. Danny’s run on AI comes to mind. (I’m mostly thinking of Danny’s pastor).

    Also, there is Rushfield’s American Idol book. He writes that conservative Christians are largest single AI demographic. The key word is “Conservative” as we all know the majority of Americans are Christians, but most don’t identify as conservative. He writes that the AI producers are very aware of this demographic. So I am sure they edit the show at times to satisfy that demographic. The editors could have easily cut the scene where Scotty kissed his cross. They didn’t.

    Rushfield also writes about the woman who founded the Church of American Idol. She is allowed to go on the set to minister to the contestants. Rushfield writes that many of the AI staff don’t like it but are afraid the show will get bad press if they turn the woman away.

    So there is enough religion in the show for those who want AI just to be about singing to get annoyed about. If contestants know this, and say, kiss their cross on TV, are they pandering? Or are they being themselves and the producers are the ones doing the pandering.

  • tinawina

    He writes that conservative Christians are largest single AI demographic. The key word is “Conservative” as we all know the majority of Americans are Christians, but most don’t identify as conservative. He writes that the AI producers are very aware of this demographic. So I am sure they edit the show at times to satisfy that demographic.

    I totally get that, but let’s flip it for a second. What if the largest group who watched the show was gay, and the producers cast more gay people to appeal to those viewers? What would we say to the people complaining then? Or what if the largest block of watchers was Latino so the producers started crafting the show to that demographic? Or tweens? Or young males? Or progressive minded democrats?

    If the show does indeed have a large conservative viewership… well, so what? There are shows that appeal to every demographic imaginable. In the end, it’s just a TV show IMO. Besides, TPTB will sign who they want regardless.

    I am in no way conservative. In fact, I would like a version of AI that had a large voting block that fit my personal tastes better, frankly. I am tired of the lack of contemporary R&B among other things. But still, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Conservatives can watch what they want and industrious TV producers will capitalize on those eyeballs if they can, just like with anyone else.

  • Indigobunting

    I think the reason religion is such a sensitive subject with some AI viewers is that some feel that religion has been used to get votes. Danny’s run on AI comes to mind. (I’m mostly thinking of Danny’s pastor).

    I disagree with the specific Danny mention; he had never mentioned anything about God , thanked God (like some contestants have done), etc, on the televised show. Except for AI calling him a “Church music director” instead of his real profession- semi-truck driver, you wouldn’t have even known he was a strong Christian. He said a couple of months ago at a conference that he is “not the type going around saying Jesus, Jesus. He’d rather just show by example”. And it is true.
    The reference to his Pastor- well heh, all associates of all contestants pimp their friends/Idols however they wish- it isn’t televised on the show.

    In fact, I would like a version of AI that had a large voting block that fit my personal tastes better, frankly. I am tired of the lack of contemporary R&B among other things. But still, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Conservatives can watch what they want and industrious TV producers will capitalize on those eyeballs if they can, just like with anyone else.

    Tina, I agree. The fact that I said AI relied on a strong southern Christian voting block (and that isn’t just a stereotype I came up with- it’s been talked about in the media extensively) doesn’t mean I think it’s bad-this is America where almost all is fair game to sell your “product”.

    Do I like it-not really; I’m one who thinks religion and politics are more private and don’t like them showcased unless I know the show I’m watching is all about that. But I am not offended, or think it should be forbidden.

  • LexieN

    By the way…in an interview, Scotty said that he kissed the cross off camera first and the producers asked him to do it again on camera. He’s also been very much more circumspect lately–I don’t think he’s been out there with it since Disney and that was very brief.

    Switching topics…I was more struck in his interview by him saying that he was the one choosing the songs. Are they really letting a 17 year old make the decisions? I would hope he would have a lot of input, but…

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    Discussion of religion is off-topic here. Not really digging the conversation as it is, but please keep it tied to the Idols.

  • Desdemona

    Dang! I just read through these posts and couldn’t even remember what or who the headlines were about!

  • EmyR

    Uh- did everybody forget that her parents were in the audience when they did this piece? Maybe the girl has a small family and her sister was the only one available?

    Haley was talking to her dad, mostly, though I’m unsure why who she was talking to even mattered. The major difference was Haley’s portion was primarily to say hello and bye to her dad (and mom at the end) + “This is pretty cool”, while Lauren talked about her dogs and showed her brother a song, Scotty showed his sister a clip of him playing the piano, and James got this cute and endearing conversation with his fiance and son. Haley got literally like 15-20 seconds total in a 2.5 minute package.

    It’s a good quantifiable example of how unbalanced the screen time for contestants can be on the show.

  • Lilzie

    I find the discussions about what happened and who got what on the shows rather amusing. Whatever edits Haley did or did not get, whether she was bussed or not etc is kind of irrelevant now. In the end she has what she likely hoped to achieve from the show: an opportunity for a career as a recording artist.

  • Montavilla

    Before this conversation completely stops, I would like to say that I agree mostly. I didn’t mind that Scotty kissed his cross or that Lauren went through her “evil” crisis. I found those moments charming. I also found it interesting learning about James’s disabilities (I wouldn’t have minded learning more about it on the show) and Casey’s medical condition.

    All these things help make the Idols interesting, and, no matter how people try to emphasize the singing, the truth is that personal popularity is part of being a popstar.

    Here’s where it starts to bother me: I get the feeling that are aspects to the Idols that are not spoken about, because of the fear that the audience will be turned off. Obviously, no one can prove a negative, so unless someone comes forward and claims that they were told not to talk about something, then we’ll never know.

    As far as I can remember, the only Idols who have mentioned religion (on the show) are Christians. There have been a number of Jewish contestants. Did any of them talk about the importance of their beliefs or customs? Have there been any devout Muslims? Or Hindi? Or Buddhists?

    And sexuality remains unspoken. That’s not just for gay contestants — it seems to be a rule for all contestants. The only time Ryan ever seems to want to ask contestants about their love lives is when he’s talking to the teenagers. Simon scolded Kris for showing his wife in a video package — when any newlywed would want to talk about that. And, two years after Adam proved that a “possibly” gay contestant can make it to the finals, we had Ryan pulling up girls to kiss Jacob after one of his songs. (Although maybe Jacob is straight? I have no idea.)

    What bugs me about it is that this is the “American” Idol and America is supposed to be an inclusive society. We’re supposed to be able to say that we’re gay, straight, or bi if that’s something we feel is worth sharing. We’re supposed to be able to practice any religion openly. But there is still a fear that even talking about these things will turn off the voters.

    So, I am cheering a little that Scotty kissed his cross on national television. Like Adam holding hands with Sauli on this year’s Idol finale red carpet, it’s baby steps in the right direction.

  • Ringo

    I find the discussions about what happened and who got what on the shows rather amusing. Whatever edits Haley did or did not get, whether she was bussed or not etc is kind of irrelevant now. In the end she has what she likely hoped to achieve from the show: an opportunity for a career as a recording artist.

    Don’t be such a spoil sport! If we can’t rehash the minutiae from the show, now 2 months ago, we’d be stuck actually doing productive WORK. How dare you deny us Haley fans of our conspiracy theories. :)

  • Lilzie

    Hey Ringo rehash away LOL. I said I find it amusing. If you stop rehashing my amusement is lessened …

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    I totally get that, but let’s flip it for a second. What if the largest group who watched the show was gay, and the producers cast more gay people to appeal to those viewers? What would we say to the people complaining then? Or what if the largest block of watchers was Latino so the producers started crafting the show to that demographic? Or tweens? Or young males? Or progressive minded democrats?

    I think people will always complain if there is one demographic that is being pandered to, regardless of which group. :) AI is a business and they need to sell commericials, so I think they will craft their show to appeal to those who watch it. I don’t see any Christian conspiracy, just business. It is what it is.

    ETA – I agree Montevilla with your post.

  • McCreerian

    By the way…in an interview, Scotty said that he kissed the cross off camera first and the producers asked him to do it again on camera. He’s also been very much more circumspect lately–I don’t think he’s been out there with it since Disney and that was very brief.

    Right before the tour during the interviews I remember him saying the musicians he looks up to are Josh Turner and Brad Paisley and “any other country singer who is openly Christian.” I was actually proud of him for saying that-he wasn’t afraid of the possibility of people rolling their eyes. He also really wants at least one Christian song on his album.

  • EmyR

    Don’t be such a spoil sport! If we can’t rehash the minutiae from the show, now 2 months ago, we’d be stuck actually doing productive WORK. How dare you deny us Haley fans of our conspiracy theories.

    Lol You make 2 months sound like a long time ago. When it reaches 2 years, then it becomes truly amusing. We Idolberts are predictable. ;)

    Right before the tour during the interviews I remember him saying the musicians he looks up to are Josh Turner and Brad Paisley and “any other country singer who is openly Christian.” I was actually proud of him for saying that-he wasn’t afraid of the possibility of people rolling their eyes.

    Aren’t most country artists openly Christian? It’s certainly a large influence on the music, and it’s home in the Bible Belt. So while I think it’s cool Scotty is proud of his religion, I don’t know why anyone who is interested in him as an artist would roll their eyes at him for being so. I would think it’s a given.

  • Barometz02

    Those self proclaimed Christians bother me because they pick and choose what they want to believe and what they want to ignore. They look like a bunch of hypocrites to me. I was surprised when I found out that James is a self proclaimed Christian because he seems to be proud of having a child out of wedlock. True Christians need to follow everything in the Bible and apply it accordingly. You can’t pick and choose only parts of the Bible and be a Christian.