Idol Headlines for 08/02/11

Idols Live heads to the City Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
The Voice performs at the Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL
More at IdolStages

Cat Deeley appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35/10:35c CBS
Dianna Agron appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 12:35/11:35 NBC
Corey Monteith appears on Live with Regis and Kelly

Amazon has the new Casey James single Let’s Don’t Call it A Night available for download on August 16.

Chris Daughtry tweets, “Headed back to LA. Been a change of plans. Doing most of the record in LA now.”

Carrie Underwood blogged to her fans at her fanclub that she’s got 20 songs that she absolutely loves in the can. There was one song the band needed to sound loose on, so they plied them with margaritas!

Kellie Pickler revealed in a twitter party with her fans yesterday that she’ll be shooting the video for her single “Tough” in two weeks. And, her next album is set to come out in October.

Jennifer Lopez: I Loved Myself Enough to Walk Away

Her self-respect and the need to be treated properly contributed to Jennifer Lopez’s decision to end her seven-year marriage to Marc Anthony, PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Person 2011 says in her first interview since the couple announced their separation.

“It’s not that I didn’t love myself before,” Lopez, 42, tells Vanity Fair in its September issue. “Sometimes we don’t realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself – if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me.”

Read more at People

American Idols Live tour rebounds nicely

First, American Idol’s television ratings went up. So did the vote totals, then the music sales. Now, in its 10th year, the American Idols Live tour has rebounded from a soft 2010 and is once again pulling in crowds.

This year’s tour, led by 17-year-old country singer Scotty McCreery, has sold out at least eight concerts since launching in Salt Lake City on July 6. Through the first 14 dates — the ones reported by promoter AEG Live to Billboard’s Boxscore chart — Idols Live is selling 97% of its tickets, with an average venue size of 8,100.

Read more at USA Today

Interview: American Idol’s Pia Toscano

There are always moments on America Idol that are “what the hell happened?” shockers. Last season’s such moment was the elimination of talented diva Pia Toscano, who had to settle for a ridiculous ninth place finish on the show. However,
while the moment was disappointing at the time, it worked out quite well. The people in the industry took notice of her talent and she is more than halfway through her debut album, working at Interscope with Pleasantville’s own Rodney Jerkins as one of her producers. Her first single, “This Time,” was released on digital format July 12. That never happens for a typical ninth place finisher on Idol.

Read more at Atlantic City Weekly

American Idol’s Casey Abrams talks touring and health

“I’m a very lazy guy,” he jokes on the phone from an Idols Live tour stop in Nashville (sorry, no South Florida date). “But I wanted to lay down more than usual. I had a pain in my stomach, and it was hard to breathe. All the symptoms were happening, and I shouldn’t have waited.”

Abrams, 20, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and, as Idol viewers might recall, a flare-up early in the season almost cost the finalist his spot in the competition.

Read more at Miami Herald

Adam Lambert at Sucré,Salé

Via Sandee Lambert

David Cook Remembers “American Idols” Tour, Predicts Success for Current Finalists

Calling the tour “so much fun,” he tells ABC New Radio, “[I remember] a lot of small moments. I remember being onstage in Kansas City, at home. We did two nights there, which was incredible…I remember going to Tulsa to end the tour. I remember starting the tour in Arizona. But past that, I just remember being consistently in awe of what was going on. Just like, ‘I’m on an arena tour! It’s ridiculous!'”

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Cowell’s cruelly handsome… like a Disney baddie

WELSH lothario Steve Jones is still pinching himself after landing his dream job presenting the US X Factor – in the home of entertainment and beautiful women.

The former T4 host has arrived in Los Angeles and is not about to let the opportunity pass him by – on or off screen.

Steve told The Sun: “These LA girls are nuclear hot – it’s crazy.

Read more at The Sun

‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss ‘Dreams’ Of Meeting Daniel Radcliffe

“The fake Harry Potter has not met the real Harry Potter,” Criss revealed at Comic-Con. “Only in my dreams, and that’s probably as close as I’ll ever get.”

Those dreams might come true now that Criss will need to begin preparing for his stint in “How to Succeed.” There will likely be some sort of torch-passing moment from Radcliffe to Criss, and maybe even a resurgence in fans’ hope to see the two Harry Potters perform together at some point.

Read more at MTV

Harry Shum, Jr. hopes to sing in ‘Glee’ season 3

New York (AP) — Harry Shum, Jr.’s character on “Glee” may be a member of the glee club but that doesn’t mean he’s gotten the chance to sing.

There’s a running joke on the show that his character Mike Chang is tone deaf and his dancing ability makes him valuable to the New Directions show choir.

In real life, Shum says he’s been taking vocal lessons and hopes to get a shot at singing on the show.

Read more at Yahoo.com

The Glee Project’s Final Five Choose Sides on Cameron’s Shocking Walkout

That question was the main debate when we chatted with the remaining five Glee Project contestants (Sam, Alex, Lindsay, Damian and Hannah), and there were definitely some split opinions on Cameron’s walkout. Some of them were supportive of how he stood by his principles, while others couldn’t quite grasp the logic behind his decision.

Plus, we got the gang’s thoughts on the recent Glee controversy involving Ryan Murphy and his actors, as well as insight on their future plans following being cast (or not cast) on Fox’s hit show. Watch the interviews below, and then weigh in on Cameron’s elimination in the comments section!

See the videos at Eonline

‘The Sing-Off’ tackles a longer season, tries to keep results quiet

“The first thing I think about is now we can have more groups,” Gallen said Monday (Aug. 1) at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We’ve gone from 10 groups to 16 groups, so that’s a big thing. Also, I think we can go across more genres of music. We have 11 episodes, so we can do a cappella interpretations of everything from rock to country and hip-hop.”

Gallen also says that if the judges keep a particular group around because of the potential they see, that group will then have more time to prove them right (or wrong), and that “will make for entertaining television as well.”

“The Sing-Off” has already begun taping episodes and will have much of the season in the can before it premieres on Sept. 19.

Read more at Zap2it

‘The Voice’s’ Frenchie Davis to Make Feature Film Debut in ‘Dumbbells’

Stars from MTV’s The Hills, Hollywood legends like Carl Reiner and Nancy Olsen, sitcom staples Tom Arnold and Jaleel White and The Voice’s Frenchie Davis?

Brian Drolet and Jordan Eubanks, writer and producer of the forthcoming comedy Dumbbells, are counting on this confluence of Hollywood randomness to intrigue movie buyers and future viewers. The buddy comedy, slated to be released in 2012 stars Drolet and Mircea Monroe (The Change-Up) and is directed by Chris Livingston, son of Olsen, who earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for her work in the 1950 picture Sunset Blvd. Actor Carl Reiner, a friend of the family, heard about the picture through Livingston, and also signed on.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Cowell: You’ll See a Lot of Honesty on The Show

“I mean, you know, the while point about trying to make a reality show is that you got to be real. And this is what I’m like in real life, you know if I hate somebody, I say I hate them and if I love somebody, I’m happy to say I love them. But to sit there and pretend that mediocre people are gonna be stars is just ridiculous. So, you know, you’ll see a lot of that kind of honesty on the show,” said Cowell.

Cowell: You’ll See a Lot of Honesty on The Show: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

Read more at FOX10

  • windmills

    It’s looking like we might get a new Carrie album this year after all though she didn’t say that in so many words. They’ve been tracking songs in studio the past few weeks and at least based on her talking about the song where they had margarita day to loosen up her band plus her earlier comments about having some really stripped down songs, it looks like they’re really thinking about fresher and more immediate production. Me likey!

    We won’t hear anything official on Carrie’s album until after Remind Me’s peaked so it’ll be at least another month or so. But suddenly I’m feeling like there’s a good chance Carrie’ll sing her new single at the iheartradio festival in September. Carrie also said in her blog that craziness would be starting soon which I think is code for album promo preparations like photo shoots and stuff like that. Me = excited!

    I’m excited too about Kellie’s album. October is what I was wanting and expecting. Enough time for Tough to get up the charts but before November where the big names might overshadow her. Tough will make the country t20, I feel confident about that.

    Between Carrie, Kellie, Scotty, and Lauren it’s going to be fun hearing all the new Idol country albums and seeing how they all fit into and help shape that landscape.

    Plus a new Kelly album in October, I’ll be a pretty happy camper.

  • dana80

    But, he adds, “I do think there were some spots in the season where…I would’ve loved to see more constructive criticism.” To be fair, he notes, “The great thing about Randy, Paula and Simon is they had nine years to figure it out. Steven and J-Lo and Randy have had one, so the jury’s still out.”

    Steven and J-Lo might have been new but it was Randy’s tenth season and the most constructive criticism he managed was “I don’t like it”.

  • LexieN

    I really think David Cook showed a lot of class in that interview…I’m relatively new to the whole Idol thing, but I wish him the best…

  • SajiNoKami

    two short interviews from SoyRumbero.Com
    James
    Scotty

    “I do think there were some spots in the season where…I would’ve loved to see more constructive criticism.”

    The judges just straight up made me mad this year. Obviously a few of the kids would not have really cared what the judges said, but others looked like they would have been willing to take notes from a good critique and apply it.

  • LexieN

    Between Carrie, Kellie, Scotty, and Lauren it’s going to be fun hearing all the new Idol country albums and seeing how they all fit into and help shape that landscape.

    And I’m excited to watch and cheer–and buy…I’d really stopped buying CDs for awhile (only bought maybe three in the last year), but now it looks like I’m going to buy more than that just in the fall…

  • everything

    Between Carrie, Kellie, Scotty, and Lauren it’s going to be fun hearing all the new Idol country albums and seeing how they all fit into and help shape that landscape.

    And of course, the fans wars will be at full blast. It’ll be interesting to see who survives. Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler pretty much have their established fan bases. I predict Lauren Alaina will likely get lost in the mix. And Scotty will fall short. Fans are already predicting that he will be the male Carrie Underwood. Those are lofty expectations that he probably won’t live up too.

  • mmb

    And of course, the fans wars will be at full blast. It’ll be interesting to see who survives.

    Ughh. So looking forward to all the new music; so not looking forward to the great idol fan-wars of 2011-2012. Kelly, kellie, Carrie, daughtry, Adam, Kris, jordin(?), pia, Lauren, Scotty, Danny(?)… Anyone else? Yowza

  • Tess

    It looks like it will be the fall/spring of the Country idols this year. Carrie, Kellie, Casey James, Lauren, Scotty, Danny. If someone is a real AI buff who is into country they could be spending a pretty penny.

    Personally I just don’t see big fan wars developing over these guys. Each of them have a very different persona and a very different sound…and I don’t think anyone thinks the new kids will be giving Carrie a run for the money. Besides, country music is already full of big name acts that have been around for a very long time that, except for Carrie and a bit Kellie, everyone else are really little ripples in a very big pond.

    In pop there might be a bit more drama happening with Kelly, Jordin, Daughtry, Adam, Kris, and Pia. But I think they all have very different approaches to music and very different fan bases…there might be some bubble disharmony but their careers are so diverse that I don’t see a lot of head to head face offs.

  • CSFan

    Oh geez. Here come the JLo divorce interviews. I always find it in poor taste to talk too much about the wheres and whys of a divorce when there are children who will be able to read some of that stuff someday. YMMV.

  • chearts77

    Scotty, Carrie, Lauren, Kellie all coming out with albums this fall? I better start saving up. LOL!! Scotty is the priority for me. He’ll be the first one I get…then the others as money allows. I didn’t get Play On (Undo It ruined it for me – though, when Temporary Home came out I almost bought it – probably will eventually). I haven’t been a big fan of Kellie and haven’t bought any of her albums, but her new song, Tough, has perked my interest in her new album.

  • tripp_ncwy

    CHRIS_Daughtry
    Headed back to LA. Been a change of plans. Doing most of the record in LA now.

    I wonder why the change.

  • CindyM

    US Magazine article on Adam. Confirms he’s in NY for recording.

    http://bit.ly/oH1pt2

  • theonlygirl

    http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/adam-lambert-says-he-wont-get-married-201128

    someone is not a huge fan of tuxes and vows. But there’s also some cool information about his album and what to expect from BTM.

  • tinawina

    Personally I just don’t see big fan wars developing over these guys.

    Me neither. At least not between the country Idols. Well, maybe a bit when you add in Danny and Casey.

    In pop there might be a bit more drama happening with Kelly, Jordin, Daughtry, Adam, Kris, and Pia.

    Yeah, I think the worst of it will all be there. I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s stuff though! This is a good crop we have coming up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Another candid interview from Adam. I’m looking forward to the BTM show.

  • koshka

    Oh geez. Here come the JLo divorce interviews. I always find it in poor taste to talk too much about the wheres and whys of a divorce when there are children who will be able to read some of that stuff someday. YMMV.

    Well she said some semi-insightful things… however I’m just happy that she LOVES herself now. LOL

  • koshka

    tripp_ncwy says:
    08/02/2011 at 11:23 am
    CHRIS_Daughtry
    Headed back to LA. Been a change of plans. Doing most of the record in LA now.

    I wonder why the change.

    Where was he before? Nashville?

  • Elliegrll

    Where was he before? Nashville?

    He was going to record the album at his studio in North Carolina. Maybe his producer couldn’t leave LA.

  • Kirsten

    But, he adds, “I do think there were some spots in the season where…I would’ve loved to see more constructive criticism.” To be fair, he notes, “The great thing about Randy, Paula and Simon is they had nine years to figure it out. Steven and J-Lo and Randy have had one, so the jury’s still out.”

    And still, Randy, Paula and Simon failed on delivery constructive criticism:

    Randy: “Yo Dawg!” “17!” “For me for you for me!” “In it to Win it!” I see no discernable change in the quality of his constructive criticism.

    Paula: “You’re so pretty” “Painting with the colours of the rainbow” [Something about butterflies that made her sound stoned out of her mind] “Your second song [which you have not yet sung] lacked conviction” “Hey, who drew this moustache on my face?” Do not qualify as constructive criticism in my book.

    Simon: “I’ve heard better karaoke in a Holiday Inn lounge in Bulgaria”, “Why are you singing a song about birds?” “You remind me of eating ice chips” “Are you drunk?” “Who cares if you sang off key? It would be a tragedy if we did not rescue you from a life of selling paint” All may qualify as criticism, but can hardly be construed as constructive.

    This year’s judges may have been too positive, but JLo probably offered more constructive critism in her first three weeks on the show than we’ve ever had. Randy is Randy and I’ll put Steven up against anything Paula had to say.

  • koshka

    And still, Randy, Paula and Simon failed on delivery constructive criticism:

    agreed.. but at least it wasn’t all puppies and rainbows.

  • TylerWV

    I havent bought any albums since season 5. Before that I had purchased 17 plus some singles and two of the videos. I plan on purchasing several this year, Carrie, Kellie, Casey James, Scotty, Haley and possibly Laurens. I may purchase David Cooks. I had forgotten how good a singer he is until he was on Idol this year. Ive watched several youtubes of him. Im particularly interested in Caseys new music. I also listened to Brooke Whites last album and may buy it. Not sure I like her new music she has just come out with. I bypassed Tylers and Lopez lame stuff :)

  • windmills
    Tess: Personally I just don’t see big fan wars developing over these guys.

    tinawina:
    Me neither. At least not between the country Idols. Well, maybe a bit when you add in Danny and Casey.

    Cosigning these.

    I really think it’s that clear to most people what Carrie/Kellie/Scotty/Lauren need to do with their upcoming albums and how that really has nothing to do with any other Idol since each of them has a natural place in country music. In Carrie’s case it’s about stepping it up to make that career album that lives up to her talent, in Kellie’s it’s about taking her career to the next level and finding herself as a country artist, and in Scotty and Lauren’s case it’s about establishing a good foothold in the genre since most people believe their best artistry is probably a few years and a few albums away.

    Too, Scotty’s and Lauren’s main measuring stick will be whether they can be considered as reversing the downward slide in Idol sales out of the gate and through the arc of their debut albums. I don’t feel like they’re expected to take the world over out of the gate.

    I’m excited to think how threads will be hopping here with all the new music coming out from the Idols, especially the charts threads. I’m pretty excited to hear what the pop Idol crowd has coming out too because ITA with tinawina it’s a good bunch.

    Kirsten: And still, Randy, Paula and Simon failed on delivery constructive criticism:

    koshka
    agreed.. but at least it wasn’t all puppies and rainbows.

    They had to leave some of those for the coronation song lyrics ;)

  • meme4cj_

    Amazon has the new Casey James single Let’s Don’t Call it A Night available for download on August 16.

    Great to hear that :) guess it also means it’ll be available on i-Tunes on that date .

  • koshka

    windmills… LOL

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  • car3278sweet

    Too, Scotty’s and Lauren’s main measuring stick will be whether they can be considered as reversing the downward slide in Idol sales out of the gate and through the arc of their debut albums. I don’t feel like they’re expected to take the world over out of the gate.

    I hope you’re right, windmills. But man, I’ve seen some perdictions for Scotty that make me cringe. I truly hope his label/mgmt gives the kid sometime to grow and mature into that voice. And I sure hope that this “shot out of the canon” record has some actual good tunes.

  • car3278sweet

    I really think it’s that clear to most people what Carrie/Kellie/Scotty/Lauren need to do with their upcoming albums and how that really has nothing to do with any other Idol since each of them has a natural place in country music.

    Not really understanding this… do you mean CJ does not have a place in country music? I know what your feelings are about DG, windmills, so won’t belabor that. :-)

  • LexieN

    car3278sweet

    Eerie. I was about to post almost exactly the same thing. I totally agree. The predictions scare me, because some set him up too high. In Scotty’s Nashville interview, he talked about a meeting with management where they set out long-term goals…knowing they can’t plan, but at least looking ahead rather than expecting Carrie numbers…that last phrase was mine.

  • Kylee

    Cowell: You’ll See a Lot of Honesty on The Show

    Ha, like how he was with Lee?

  • ozarko

    David Archuleta is in Teen magazine…

    Scan 1
    Scan 2
    Scan 3

  • Kylee

    And still, Randy, Paula and Simon failed on delivery constructive criticism:

    Randy: “Yo Dawg!” “17!” “For me for you for me!” “In it to Win it!” I see no discernable change in the quality of his constructive criticism.

    Paula: “You’re so pretty” “Painting with the colours of the rainbow” [Something about butterflies that made her sound stoned out of her mind] “Your second song [which you have not yet sung] lacked conviction” “Hey, who drew this moustache on my face?” Do not qualify as constructive criticism in my book.

    Simon: “I’ve heard better karaoke in a Holiday Inn lounge in Bulgaria”, “Why are you singing a song about birds?” “You remind me of eating ice chips” “Are you drunk?” “Who cares if you sang off key? It would be a tragedy if we did not rescue you from a life of selling paint” All may qualify as criticism, but can hardly be construed as constructive.

    This…hahaha

  • ozarko

    David is also in Aneka Yess magazine…
    Scan 1
    Scan 2
    Scan 3

  • ozarko

    Bear with me… here’s one more… Archie in Spain’s Star 2 magazine…

    Scan

  • Ratna12

    But man, I’ve seen some perdictions for Scotty that make me cringe.

    I thought that the prediction was that Scotty will sell more than the past 2 winners, which I’m sure that he will…several times over.
    And as a fan of one of those winners, I’m not looking forward to the discussion on that one.

  • windmills

    car3278sweet: Not really understanding this… do you mean CJ does not have a place in country music? I know what your feelings are about DG, windmills, so won’t belabor that.

    That’s definitely not what I meant because I’ve been pretty consistent in saying that I think CaseyJ has real country influences running in his music. I didn’t make my real point as clear as I should have though.

    I was responding to the first comment suggesting there would be big fan wars between Carrie/Kellie/Scotty/Lauren fans. I was focused on those 4 because those are the 4 country releases I think will probably be out this year (Kellie/Scotty/Lauren definitely, seems like Carrie is pointing that way, CaseyJ has pretty much said his won’t be out this year, right?). But I was also agreeing with tinawina as a separate point that’s got more to do with Idol fanbase dynamics.

    I don’t read around that much so I’ve got no idea what kind of crazy expectations fans might have but I also don’t take those too seriously because it seems like it’s only the crazy ones that get remembered. I think the media’s interested in Scotty and Lauren’s sales as they reflect on AI’s trajectory of relevance. Scotty has a good chance of beating Billy Ray Cyrus’s Soundscan era record for the highest 1st week sales for a male country debut album (90k) but I really think that’s one of those records whose significance will be determined by whether Scotty makes a good long career out of it in country music.

    Scotty’s been doing a pretty good job of exceeding my expectations. There’s 3 things that’ve made even me wonder if Scotty’s some unstoppable freak of nature:

    1) He didn’t get sunk by the “Babylockdemdoors” montage during Hollywood week. That could have easily made him a one song joke. Instead he rolled with it, had fun with it, and got to sing it with Josh Turner at LP Field. WTF?

    2) He sang Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning).” That should have been way beyond his years and it should have been emotionally weak considering the circumstances in which Alan Jackson wrote and sang it. Not only did that song not sink Scotty, he made it work for him, coming off emotional and sincere instead of pretentious and pandering. WTF?

    3) ILYTB. Top 20 Hit. WTF?

    I’m enjoying watching Scotty seeming to beat the odds. I’d like to see him hang around as a viable recording artist for enough time to really grow into his voice.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Another Kris co-write popped up on HFA & ASCAP. It is not one of the most recent collaborations but one from album #1. So, not sure if this is a new song since we haven’t heard of Kris working with him this time.

    Additional Information for: GOOD HOLD OF MY HEART
    Writer(s): KRIS ALLEN, TOBIAS KARLSSON

    ETA: Tobias Karlsson co-wrote “Let It Rain” from Kris’ debut album.

  • Pam

    windmills-It really is mind boggling what Scotty has been able to accomplish so far since the season ended.

    I agree with all of your points. What we’ve been seeing with Scotty so far, has far exceeded my expectations for what we would be seeing numbers wise for the single and even his EP these last few weeks. It will be interesting to see how things go for the first “real” single and sales from his debut album.

  • SajiNoKami

    made even me wonder if Scotty’s some unstoppable freak of nature

    with the points mentioned, that is a good question.. anyone else, just that first one would have toasted them.. my god if anyone else would have sang WWY… Gokey, CaseyJ, Carrie, Aaron Kelly, I really don’t think the pretentious and pandering aspect would have been so glossed over. I don’t think Scotty was being pretentious and maybe he was emotional, but there is no way he did not know that song would get him votes. Scotty knows his audience. Really his second song that week, got me thinking that way.
    Only one country album for me: Scotty. Then hopefully the Kris and Adam albums. If things go well James will get his out when he says. Other than that, Allison, but no idea when she will have something. If all 5 were out in one week, would make life easier tho.. and leave a higher chance for fanwars.

  • Kylee

    Scotty is the idol contestant that could.

  • Eileen99

    Another Kris co-write popped up on HFA & ASCAP. It is not one of the most recent collaborations but one from album #1. So, not sure if this is a new song since we haven’t heard of Kris working with him this time.

    Additional Information for: GOOD HOLD OF MY HEART
    Writer(s): KRIS ALLEN, TOBIAS KARLSSON

    This is the Let It Rain collaboration from KATA. If I had to guess, I’d say another artist is going to record it which is why it’s just now been registered even though it’s two years old.

  • Niall

    Something about Scotty, and to a lesser extent Lauren, has connected with the American public in a way that allows him to have a silly coronation song become a hit. People like the kid and they see him as a viable recording artist. I agree some of the predictions are a bit inflated but the only thing that would really shock me at this point would be seeing him fall on his face. He’s got something intangible and the public loves it so far.

  • ri

    always kinda liked Scotty but never was jumping up and down about him. however, i now find myself really rooting for him. the few vids and interviews i have seen have made me really appreciate his talent even more and see what a sweet kid he is. it took a while but i am definitely a fan. (in the long run, however, if he gets to be a whole lot more successful than my CaseyJ, i could easily turn on him, lol.)

  • LexieN

    Windmills…
    And I thought Kirsten was the funny one–I loved your points!
    I do read around the sites, and I find Scotty’s Facebook comments to be the most telling. There are great-grandmothers on there who say they’ve never bought a CD before (I didn’t think that was possible) who went out and bought the EP and say they’ll buy anything he sells, grandmothers and mothers traveling across states to see him in concert, and then the teens who want to marry him. Oh, and toddlers who start crying when their Mom turns his music off (I’m not kidding, there are videos). I only hope everyone sticks. By the way, I I haven’t been around Idol very long so I don’t know if anyone else has had this broad of a base?

    Wow, I hope this didn’t come off too strong:)

  • briguyx

    The key for Scotty (and Lauren for that matter) will be releasing a single that country radio will play, a song that will get people to buy his album beyond the first week sales to his Idol base. In fact, I’d say it’s almost too bad Scotty had to waste time with the Idol tour. Yes, he got to play to thousands at a time and make a lot of money, but he needs to be courting the country audience by visiting country radio stations, playing the grandstand at country fairs or opening for a big country act. The one good thing about waiting is when he’s finally out there on his own after the tour, he’ll hopefully be promoting a great country song!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    By the way, I I haven’t been around Idol very long so I don’t know if anyone else has had this broad of a base?

    Yes. Clay Aiken had a huge, diverse fanbase coming off AI in S2, probably much bigger than Scotty’s.

  • LexieN

    Yes. Clay Aiken had a huge, diverse fanbase coming off AI in S2, probably much bigger than Scotty’s.

    I guess I didn’t really want to hear the answer to that:) Ah, well, can only hope and pray that he and his team find the right songs:)

  • abbysee

    Yes. Clay Aiken had a huge, diverse fanbase coming off AI in S2, probably much bigger than Scotty’s.

    Huge, yes, diverse, not so sure about that.

    Frankly I hope nobody is hoping to replicate Clay’s out of the box numbers. It won’t happen. That being said, I think that he will have as much success and will not become a punchline the way that Clay has become. If his fans can stay the heck out of the way, and don’t become a part of the story, but be supportive, but not try to control his career, he is going to be in a far better place. Clay’s trajectory is a cautionary tale imho.

  • LexieN

    abbysee, I heard about Clay’s fans over-requesting, but what else happened that should act as a cautionary tale? I mean, specific things to avoid:)

  • happyhexer

    Re the idea of fanwars being resurrected ~

    *shudder* May I point out that one attracts more flies with honey than vinegar?

    There is a segment of Danny’s fanbase (myself included) who likes and supports CaseyJ as well. Why limit Casey’s appeal?

  • Ratna12

    In fact, I’d say it’s almost too bad Scotty had to waste time with the Idol tour

    I disagree. I believe that there are many people who have never been to an Idol concert and went because of Scotty. I think maybe he is expanding his fan base by doing the tour.

    Something about Scotty, and to a lesser extent Lauren, has connected with the American public in a way that allows him to have a silly coronation song become a hit

    Agree. It is not just about the voice, IMO. I don’t know why I like Lauren now, since I did not like her at all from her audition.