Idol Headlines for 09/21/11

X Factor premieres on FOX tonight at 8 pm!

American Idols Live plays a second show at Araneta Coliseum, Manila Philippines

So You Think You Can Dance heads to Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC

Jason Castro performs at Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, NC
More at Idol Stages

Jane Lynch on Live with Regis and Kelly
Maroon 5 on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer on The Talk

Scotty McCreery’s debut album, Clear as Day is available for pre-order at iTunes. Order your copy at this link.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Let Me Down” from her upcoming album, Stronger, was written by Kelly Clarkson and Christopher Destephano. Via ASCAP

See behind the scenes footage of Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood on the set of Blue Bloods HERE. Carrie and Tony will appear on Friday’s episode at 9 pm on CBS.

Hudson performs small show at Club Paris

September 21, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Chicago’s own Oscar and Grammy Award-winning performer Jennifer Hudson, serenaded a hometown crowd during an intimate concert at Club Paris late Tuesday night.

The event was sponsored by WGCI for a crowd of lucky fans.

Read more at ABC

IDYLLWILD: ‘American Idol’s’ Casey Abrams is coming home

Lori Ferro, chief instigator at Café Aroma in Idyllwild, said that people jamming closed-off North Circle Drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday will have the opportunity to meet Casey Abrams and, likely, see him perform during a hastily organized welcome-home event for the bearded 20-year-old “American Idol” star.

Abrams traveled to the Philippines this week to perform in two concerts that were added after the last scheduled leg of the summer’s “American Idol” tour.

Read more at PE.com

Exclusive: How Carrie Underwood Celebrated Her Anniversary

Read more at Rumor FIX

mystyle Q&A: Kimberley Locke

WHAT SHE’S STYLIN’: I changed clothes five times. Hi! I’m such a girl. I went the BMI Urban Awards before this and it was the one show where you don’t have to get all gussied up. This is club attire that I can dance in.

STYLE ICONS: I try to be classy, but edgy. Mary J. Blige has that down. They showed a clip of her tonight at the show and I thought, “She’s very classy, but she takes you there.” You still look at her and say, “Wow! Damn!” And then, of course, J.Lo is classy—always beautiful. She’s not too overdone. People look at her and feel like they can obtain what she has, and I think that’s what it’s about.

Read more at MyStyle.com

Michaele Salahi – Smooth Backstage Moves – With Steven Tyler

Michaele Salahi posed for a suggestive photo, hip-to-hip, with the likes of Steven Tyler — more than five years before she decided to run off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.

TMZ obtained the photo taken backstage during an Aerosmith concert in Bristow, Virginia — and the story behind it is pretty wild.

Tareq Salahi is telling friends he and Michaele (aka “groupie slut”) went to the show together without backstage passes — oh, the horror –but then Michaele mysteriously disappeared for more than an hour.

Read more at TMZ

‘The X Factor’s’ Nicole Scherzinger on First Day as Judge: ‘I Can Barf or Say Rock-N-Roll’ (Q&A)

Nicole Scherzinger is uniquely qualified to judge The X Factor. Like Cheryl Cole before her, who sat in the very same seat, Scherzinger started out competing on — and winning — a talent show, the short-lived Popstars on The WB (curiously, Cole won the British version of the show a year later). The experience helped launch a music career that eventually took her from the group Eden’s Crush to Pussycat Dolls and now, a decade later, she’ll finally see a lifelong dream come true when her solo album Killer Love is released in November.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

5 Ways Simon Cowell Plans to Crush Idol with The X Factor: Mo’ Money, Crazy Nicole …

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul judging thousands of aspiring singers, some of whom will make your ears bleed? Sounds like American Idol redux. At first glance, there isn’t a ton separating Cowell’s new music competition show, The X Factor, from its predecessors — until you stack up the details. Then Cowell’s master plan for music show domination becomes all too clear.

Read more at TV Guide

America’s got ‘Idol’-like ‘X Factor’ voices

Here we go again. Even if the show had not run a single ad or “sneak peek,” even if the stars had not done a single interview, wouldn’t you know what you’ll get from the much-anticipated Fox premiere of TheX Factor?

This is the same old Idol same old, complete with Idol’s peculiar blend of the Kramdens and Burns and Allen, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.

USA Today

‘The X-Factor’: Just An “American Idol” Copycat?

With the premiere of Simon Cowell’s new talent show “The X-Factor” coming tonight, many are wondering if the ratings bonanza that has been a national sensation in the U.K. for years will find the same success stateside.

The show in many ways replicates the premise of “American Idol,” with the exception that groups are allowed rather than only solo acts, and the age range is expanded to 12 and up. And of course there is the massive $5 million prize for the winner — which could potentially attract a different level of talent than this season of “Idol.”

Read more at ABC News

Paula Abdul Says ‘He’s Like A Broken In Shoe’ About Working with Simon Cowell Again [AUDIO]

Via Ryan Seacrest

‘The X Factor’: Cast Weighs In on How Show Handled Cheryl Cole’s Exit

“You make right and wrong decisions when you produce TV shows, but I stand by the decisions I’ve made. And I stand by the fact that I’m entitled to make decisions as a producer, and if I’m wrong, I’ll hold my hands up. I’ll always continue to work this way. If I don’t think something is quite right, without throwing someone under the bus, I’ll do what I think is right at the time, rather than months later go, ‘I wish I’d said something.’ … Some people said it was a publicity stunt, to which I say, ‘That’s a bloody expensive publicity stunt!’”

Read more at THR

Cowell Back on TV With ‘X Factor,’ Hopes of a Hit

Simon Cowell, a man who thinks big, is picturing his new singing contest “The X Factor” as America’s No. 1 series.

The British music industry executive, TV star and producer wants to prove that the U.K. and international TV hit can play on what he considers the world’s top stage, America.

For Fox, home of “The X Factor” and Cowell’s former stomping ground “American Idol,” his new show offers the chance to extend to the fall season the ratings domination reliably provided by veteran “American Idol” from January to May.

Read more at AP

‘X Factor’ Creator Simon Cowell Has No Time For ‘Mediocre’ People

And one thing is for sure, Cowell hasn’t learned tact or comment filtering during his short break from the small screen.

“The whole point about trying to make a reality show is that you’ve got to be real and that’s what I’m like in real life,” Cowell told us. “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 going to be stars is just ridiculous.”

Read more at FOX News

‘Dancing With the Stars” Ron Artest Blames Toes for Results

Ron Artest — the Los Angeles Laker who recently legally changed his name to Metta World Peace — explained his elimination from Dancing With the Stars on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night.

“This toe doesn’t work, this one does,” World Peace said. “Toes not working! But still I’m good, I’m good!”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘Dancing With the Stars” Ron Artest Reacts to Elimination

“Like I said last night, I had to thank ABC and Dancing With the Stars for having me. Thank Peta for teaching me how to dance. Being from New York, the Queens projects, I never knew how to. I enjoy ballroom dance, and Peta was teaching me how to do ballet too,” World Peace told Robin Roberts.

So who do they think will win?

“I would think J.R. Martinez,” said Murgatroyd. “He is an absolute standout. Nobody was expecting him to be that good and he was such a natural at it.”

Read more at THR

  • Eileen99

    Kelly Clarkson’s “Let Me Down” from her upcoming album, Stronger, was written by Kelly Clarkson and Christopher Destephano. Via ASCAP

    Hmm. Chris Destephano wrote Shut That Door & Keep That Devil Out with Kris.

  • Kirsten

    “If they’re obnoxious — the worst is you can get when you get someone that’s 17, and comes out and says ‘I’m blessed,’” Cowell said. “I say: ‘you’re not blessed.’ It irritates me.”

    LOL. Just a random example? Here is the rest of the sentence in Simon’s head: “…especially when they help the ratings for a show that should have died when I left it. That hurt my feelings and is MEAN!!!!!” Let it go Simon.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Hmm. Chris Destephano wrote Shut That Door & Keep That Devil Out with Kris.

    Kris actually has two other credited writing sessions (songs) with Destefano.
    Chris Destefano, Jess Cates
    Chris Destefano, Andre Merritt & Redd Stylez

  • wordnerdarchie

    Kelly Clarkson’s “Let Me Down” from her upcoming album, Stronger, was written by Kelly Clarkson and Christopher Destephano. Via ASCAP

    Hmm. Chris Destephano wrote Shut That Door & Keep That Devil Out with Kris.

    Kris actually has two other credited writing sessions (songs) with Destefano.
    Chris Destefano, Jess Cates
    Chris Destefano, Andre Merritt & Redd Stylez

    Chris De Stefano also has co-writing credits with David Cook on his latest album. (“This Is Not the Last Time” – Bonus Track)
    Chris was also co-writer for the songs “Sunlight” (which was originally listed as a bonus track, but was replaced right before release), “Last Time”, and “Now”.

    Sunlight – COOK DAVID ASCAP, DE STEFANO CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ASCAP , HODGES DAVID BMI

    Last Time – COOK DAVID ASCAP, DE STEFANO CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ASCAP , HODGES DAVID BMI

    Now – COOK DAVID ASCAP, DE STEFANO CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ASCAP , HODGES DAVID BMI

  • girlygirl

    Happy 2nd anniversary to the little song that could, a ditty known as “Live Like We’re Dying” :)

    Kris is “celebrating” by going to the tooth stealer. Poor guy :)

    KrisAllen

    #RT @KrisAllen: Feeling food right now. http://instagr.am/p/NuGRP/

    …and…I think the drugs have kicked in

    KrisAllen

    #Seeing two my phone screens right now
    2 minutes ago

    ETA – Thanks Hoosiermama — maybe the drugs have kicked in with me, too. Bad fan, bad! :)

  • hoosiermama

    whispers to girlygirl: it’s “Live Like We’re Dying”! :-)

    Poor Kris. Not fun getting those wisdom teeth out.

  • Kylee

    LOL. Just a random example? Here is the rest of the sentence in Simon’s head: “…especially when they help the ratings for a show that should have died when I left it. That hurt my feelings and is MEAN!!!!!” Let it go Simon.

    I wonder if he was referring to Scotty.

  • Elliegrll

    I wonder if he was referring to Scotty.

    Simon was never crazy about teens competing on AI, which is why it is so strange that he covets them on X Factor. He hated American Juniors, and has taken shots at that show even after it was canceled. I remember when he totally destroyed one of the alums from that show who auditioned for AI. So, I don’t think it was a rant against Scotty, but more like teens in general.

  • Incipit

    Chris De Stefano, along with some other songwriters, appears to be part of what DavidC refers to as the @HodgesMusic Gang when they all get together socially, or maybe that’s just a way around the character limit on Twitter.

    In any case, he’s been busy, so has Hodges – and the results seem to prove that for a steady income with none of the performance related expenses, the money is in the songwriting, if one is prolific enough. No wonder so many Idols want to access that side of the music profession, if they can.

  • girlygirl

    the show hasn’t even aired yet and I’m already sick & tired of seeing stories about Simon and X-Factor.

  • deedee66

    Ditto that, girlygirl. Sure is a lot of hoopla out there.

  • artemis

    Ellen’s singer Greyson Chance guest starred on Raising Hope last night, playing a young Jimmy in flashbacks. He got to sing and play the piano and sounded great. What a great promo opportunity!

  • Trina

    Javier tweeted that he was in the studio with Adam Levine yesterday, and he also said yesterday he’s finishing his album this week with a single coming the next week or two. I REALLY hope he did something cool with Adam (heard a few weeks ago he was going to collab with him) though he spent like a week with Tedder and the One Republic crew so I’m cring, er kinda expecting a RT song will be his first single. Sigh. He really needs a strong song after the mediocre Stitch By Stitch.

  • TwigLA

    That pic of Kris at the dentist’s is hilarious. Is that Katy holding that towel around his head? I want drug induced tweets and videos.


    I’m also sick of the X-factor already. I can’t stand Simon and I don’t want to put a penny in his already bloated pocket or feed his inflated ego.

  • Elliegrll

    I’m not upset about articles that call out the X Factor for being an AI copycat. Of course, AI is just a copy of other shows, including Popstars, but Simon Fuller, unlike Simon Cowell, didn’t go around trying to make people believe that the two shows were radically different.

    It will be interesting if people just view X Factor as a fall edition of AI, and if this belief hurts either or both shows.

  • https://twitter.com/MatejaPraznik Mateja

    Simon was never crazy about teens competing on AI, which is why it is so strange that he covets them on X Factor.

    I don’t think it’s about age. I think he likes teenage contestants just fine as long as he has an idea how to model and repackage them on the show and after the show. He certainly supported Cher Lloyd and One Direction on the X Factor last year.

    I also think he likes “real” people and he wants them to behave that way, even when they are in front of the camera, trying to win the audience over. On Idol, teenagers are usually cookie cutter, more or less well behaved, etc, etc. Think Scotty, Lauren, Thia, Jordin, Archie. Too spotlessly clean, perfect, wholesome etc.

    With Cher Lloyd, I never got that feeling. The show didn’t try to present her like a perfect role model for the kids. I’m not a big fan of hers, but I appreciated that she wasn’t another “perfect” teenager.

    One Direction boys are a little bit more wholesome than Cher, but they still seem like normal teenagers. They are presented a lot like Justin Bieber – safe for teenagers, but still normal.

  • Mike M

    I could be alone here, but I lost every bit of my anticipation and enthusiasm for X-Factor when they brought Paula into the fold. I am beyond sick of the awkward, not funny interaction between Simon and Paula. And, to be honest, I have absolutely no interest in anything Paula has to say to any contestant.

    I was looking forward to something new and exciting. Instead, I get Simon and Paula’s tired routine.

  • Fenway

    It is scary to me that Justin Bieber is considered a good role model for kids.

  • Elliegrll

    I don’t think it’s about age. I think he likes teenage contestants just fine as long as he has an idea how to model and repackage them on the show and after the show. He certainly supported Cher Lloyd and One Direction on the X Factor last year.

    Cher Lloyd and the guys in One Direction aren’t 15, 16, or as young as the American Juniors contestants. I don’t think “cookie cutter” is the issue, since Simon’s main complaint seemed to be about teens who act entitled, or who tried to suck up to him. He would have wanted Lauren out during the judges round of the auditions.

  • CanadianLady

    Fenway, me too.

    But it’s also scary to me that many singers/actors/athletes are considered role models.

  • db987

    Then I think Simon would have wanted Scotty gone also when he said “his grandmother” asked him to make sure he told JLO he was one quarter Peurto Rican. Even the “chosen golden boy” sucks up.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Javier tweeted that he was in the studio with Adam Levine yesterday, and he also said yesterday he’s finishing his album this week with a single coming the next week or two.

    Saw last night where Javier had six songs out on hit predictor 2 ballads, two mid-tempo & two up-tempo songs.

  • Kitwana

    I also think he likes “real” people and he wants them to behave that way, even when they are in front of the camera, trying to win the audience over. On Idol, teenagers are usually cookie cutter, more or less well behaved, etc, etc. Think Scotty, Lauren, Thia, Jordin, Archie. Too spotlessly clean, perfect, wholesome etc.

    I disagree. How do you explain Eoghan Quigg from UK X-Factor? Simon supported him like crazy during the show, and tried to make him into the next David Archuleta, including having him sing a virtually identical version of Imagine. Too bad he had only 1/10 of David’s talent. Eoghan was not “spotlessly clean” as you say. Even at 16, he was willing to take shirtless pictures of himself and circulate them on-line. He was ready to fan rumours of a relationship with a co-star. Did Simon support him after the show? No. His label passed on signing him after the show was over. If Jordin and David A. were available coming off American Idol, I have NO doubt that his label would have signed both.

  • Nele621

    It is scary to me that Justin Bieber is considered a good role model for kids.

    Did Simon say that, or where did you hear it? Have you seeing Bieber’s performances? He is 17 and grabs his crotch every five seconds like he thinks he is a hip-hop singer. I’m surprised parents aren’t protesting his performances like they did with Britney years ago.

  • SpenserJ

    I could be alone here, but I lost every bit of my anticipation and enthusiasm for X-Factor when they brought Paula into the fold. I am beyond sick of the awkward, not funny interaction between Simon and Paula. And, to be honest, I have absolutely no interest in anything Paula has to say to any contestant.

    Not alone :). I wasn’t really anticipating watching X-Factor, as I’ve never been fond of what I’ve seen of the UK version. But, Paula was definitely a deal breaker for me. I was relieved to have her off my TV, and I have no interest in having her back. I was once a fan, but she wore me out.

  • jonnyk

    I often wonder what kind of life style ordinary people pursue for their own life and look for thru celebrities. Being wholesome is bad? It must be the greatest thing in the world Demi Lovato is #1 on iTunes because she’s not so wholesome that she had to go to rehab, and her album was created with all the attention she received. Beaver is called as a role model at this site? Have you seen a racy sexual pose of the fetus and selena gomez on a beach in front of paparazzi cameras ? Or half of his ass ? Or his disgruntled face in a car when a paparazzi shoved his camera at him when only 7 girls in Asia came to greet him at the airport?

    His voice cracks up, can’t sing, can’t write, so collaborates with popular singers. Lack of own musicality demands lot of help from his adult team. I am sure he would wonder why he doesn’t have much money in his bank account.

  • Karalyn

    Hmmm – I thought the same thing about Paula, good to see I’m not alone. I was so glad to see her gone from American Idol, so I’m disappointed to see her on X-Factor. What made Simon think everyone wanted to see her back again? I used to cringe every time it was her turn to speak on AI.

  • tripp_ncwy

    KAOWebCrew
    Wow! It’s been 2 years since #LLWD came out! Let’s celebrate – http://bit.ly/pvdfo6 @KrisAllen

  • Ratna12

    That pic of Kris at the dentist’s is hilarious. Is that Katy holding that towel around his head? I want drug induced tweets and videos.

    Poor Kris.
    I thought that, that was the nurse’s hand.
    Kris is a big boy, he should be able to go to a dentist’ chair by himself :D

    Happy anniversary LLWD.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    I often wonder what kind of life style ordinary people pursue for their own life and look for thru celebrities.

    My suspicion is that some celebrity followers focus on the “glamorous” parts of the job (dress up in pretty clothes and go to parties, perform to roaring crowd of adoring thousands, collect large checks) — and if that’s what you see, it compares well to a typical day in the office-tower trenches at middle income.

    Coming from a family of community theater techies (our escutcheon: a hot glue gun crossed with a power stapler, surrounded by a coil of extension cord)… man, is there a ton of hard work that goes into the art that looks effortless. And I don’t mean just the archetypal wrangles among egos or between bean counters and artists. I mean that successful creativity is grinding work when everything goes right. (The “high” when the performance comes together is the pay-off, which is why I periodically torment myself with writing fiction.)

    If I were looking to famous people in the performing arts for role models, the best values I’d hope to pass on to my hypothetical urchins would be tenacity, balance in coping with both criticism and excessive praise, sense about when to negotiate and when to stand firm, willingness to give back to the community once one leaves the couch-crashing proletariat to join the couch-owning bourgeoisie, endless commitment to bettering one’s art, and a strong sense of where to find an open-all-night diner in the middle of nowhere. But one usually doesn’t know these things about a celeb based on tabloid reports. And this certainly isn’t all there is to human values, nor does it cover all situations.

  • CSFan

    This is a random thought on my part, but I just realized if the rumors are true and Clay Aiken is on the next Celebrity Apprentice, there will be 4 former AIers with television gigs between this fall and next winter. Diana Degarmo will begin airing on The Young and the Restless in a contract role next month. Katharine McPhee is one of the leads in the primetime show “Smash”. Kimberley Locke’s talk show The Revolution will be replacing OLTL in the ABC lineup starting in January. That’s quite an AI takeover of daytime and primetime, even without Clay’s possible addition. Way to go idols!

  • Trina

    I bought Demi Lovato’s album because I loved Skyscraper the minute I heard it, sampled the rest of her album, loved it, downloaded it. I don’t give a crap about her lifestyle. Some people do buy albums for the music. As for Bieber, well there’s worse out there. I’ve brought my daughter to 3 shows and he didn’t do anything I didn’t see NKOTB do when I was 14.

  • Nele621

    I’ve brought my daughter to 3 shows and he didn’t do anything I didn’t see NKOTB do when I was 14.

    NKOTB were crotch grabbers back when they were in their teens?

  • BigNLiddle

    Poor Kris.
    I thought that, that was the nurse’s hand.
    Kris is a big boy, he should be able to go to a dentist’ chair by himself :D

    lolz he needed someone to drive him home since he got his wisdom teeth out!

  • http://idolstages.com Connie D.

    About Paula on X-Factor:
    A few years before she left Idol, I was “done” with her judging. Imagine my level of disappointment that she has this new judging gig. I really don’t like to see and hear Paula and Simon interact with each other while serving in a judging capacity.

    I probably would have watched her on any other type of show, and enjoyed it though.

  • Trina

    Not all of NKOTB were in their teens back then but they sure did a lot with their crotches lol Particularly Donnie and Jordan who were always grinding and grabbing. Joe was the one closest to Biebers age and he was more tame, he grabs his crotch now though haha.

  • http://emuisemo.pbworks.com eilonwy

    Not all of NKOTB were in their teens back then but they sure did a lot with their crotches lol Particularly Donnie and Jordan who were always grinding and grabbing.

    Y’know, I’d totally be whispering to a tween daughter: “Grabbing his crotch means he stuffed it and the sock is slipping! Emergency! Sauve qui peut!”

  • http://MJO judes

    I was looking forward to something new and exciting. Instead, I get Simon and Paula’s tired routine.

    I agree- I was so over them on idol with their silly little childish things they did which detracted from the idols.
    I like X Factor in Australia- which is here at the moment.I like the concept with a wide range of ages & having groups as well. We have 4 singers as judges /mentors which I think is a great idea.
    I just don’t see Simon as a good mentor .

  • ross

    I’m not upset about articles that call out the X Factor for being an AI copycat. Of course, AI is just a copy of other shows, including Popstars, but Simon Fuller, unlike Simon Cowell, didn’t go around trying to make people believe that the two shows were radically different.

    I don’t know why but this reminded me, I’ve been seeing X Factor promo on the Fox Movie Channel. A couple of guys who, I think, are producers of the show, are interviewed on the red carpet (separately). They say the new version is going to be much edgier and more exciting, and when asked, “In what way?” neither of them seems to be able to give a real answer – more like double talk.

  • sr4mjc

    Michael Jackson grabbed his crotch, who cares.

    Here’s another one of Kelly’s songs on the album “Honestly’, in demo form

    http://www.crazedhits.com/pub-pick-honestly/

  • LexieN

    This is a random thought on my part, but I just realized if the rumors are true and Clay Aiken is on the next Celebrity Apprentice, there will be 4 former AIers with television gigs between this fall and next winter.

    Great for them! And then there are brief appearances…Kellie Pickler in 90210, right? And if we extend to movies…Carrie had her part in Soul Surfer, so bottom line, AI has been finding talent:) in more ways than one…

  • Kitwana

    Crotch grabbing or dancing on a stripper pole is tame by today’s standards. On Jesse McCartney’s last tour, he gave the lucky girl he pulled from the audience a lap dance. You really have to wonder how much further the envelope will be pushed. Soon a singer will have to perform nude, simulate sex on the stage or tongue kiss a fan. I’m only half joking.

  • LaRue

    Soon a singer will have to perform nude, simulate sex on the stage or tongue kiss a fan. I’m only half joking.

    Not for nothing, but Adam has done two of those things. He needs to go for the trifecta and strip! :-D

    It doesn’t matter to me if a singer does any of that stuff. Music has always pushed the envelope. Elvis shook his hips, MJ grabbed his crotch, Prince strutted around in black bikini underwear and thigh-high boots, Lil Kim’s debut album featured her in a thong with a full-on look on of her barely concealed ya-ya, Miley twirled around a stripper pole. Everyone has different sensibilities, but this risque behavior is hardly new and isn’t pushing any buttons that weren’t already pushed 30 years ago.