Idol Headlines for 10/26/12

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez are appearing at the annual Ford Day in Dearborn MI this afternoon. Traditionally, the Idol winner and runner-up appear at this event to perform for Ford employees. Read about his year’s event HERE.

Kimberley Locke performs at Tracks Nightclub in Denver, CO.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at Carol Morsani Hall in Tampa, FL.
Bucky Covington performs at the Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC.
Mandisa performs at Women of Faith Celebrate in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Jason Castro performs at The Proof of Your Love Tour in Fort Smith, AR. Via AmericanIdol.com

Phillip Phillips performs at Halloween Fright Night in Chicago IL.

‘American Idol’ winner Lee DeWyze hopes disc will jump-start career – “For me, it’s a turning point in my career, really, this album,” DeWyze says in a phone call from Los Angeles, where he lives. “So I’m really excited to get that ball rolling.” Part of how he will get the ball rolling is a stripped-down tour, with just him and a keyboard player, that stops Nov. 1 at Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. DeWyze says he’ll play some songs from the new disc, which he says represents him far better than “Live It Up” did. “I feel like I did what I always wanted to do, which was take the time to make an album that just encompasses me, and this is that album,” he says. – Read more at McCall.com

Jordin Sparks is Getting Some…Shoes

Jordin Spark’s ad for Finish Line shoe store. Ruben Studdard makes a cameo!

They’re Smash-ing it! Katharine McPhee’s pet pooches look like naturals as she teaches them how to climb stairs – As the proud owner of two adorable dogs, it would only make sense that Katharine McPhee would want to take them along with her wherever she goes. Pictured in Brooklyn on the set of her television show SMASH on Thursday, Katherine was seen trying to teach her pooches Larry and Nena how to make their way up the stairs of her trailer. Always the encouraging owner, the 28-year-old gave each Chihuahua a little boost up the steps whilst keeping a watchful eye. – Read more at Daily Mail

Giraud discusses talent show landscape – Matt Giraud made “American Idol” history when he became the first contestant to be “saved” from elimination on Season 8. That reality TV moment changed everything for the Kalamazoo resident, who since has gone on to turn his dreams of performing for a living into a reality of his own. The singer-songwriter and crazy-good piano man has performed at venues across the U.S., as well as Cancun and the Dominican Republic since he last performed in Sturgis a year ago. Giraud returns to Sturgis on?Saturday for a performance at Sturges-Young Auditorium. Giraud has been busy writing new material for an album, set for release soon. Those who attend Saturday’s show will be able to hear some of that music. – Cheboygan News

‘X Factor’ Coach L.A. Reid Gets Marcus Canty ‘Amped’ For EP Release – Following his elimination during the inaugural season of “X Factor,” Marcus Canty promised fans it would not be the last time you see him. Turns out, Canty is a man of his word. In the months since his fourth-place finish, Canty signed on to Epic Records and has been in the studio perfecting his sound with his former “X Factor” mentor, and now boss, L.A. Reid. It seems like all that hard work has finally paid off because Canty is ready for the world to hear his new material as he sets to release debut EP This…Is Marcus Canty on October 30. – See the Video at MTV.com

Adam Levine on New ‘Voice’ Judges – Adam Levine was honored at Wednesday night’s GQ Gentlemen’s Ball for his work with the Teen Impact program at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, where he talked to ET about working with new Voice judges Shakira and Usher, and what he thinks makes a gentleman. “It’s going good — it’s going very, very well,” he assured ET about the new Voice judges replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. “We’re showing them the ropes. It’s hard because you know, we’re missing our two family members. But it’s still really great. They’re fantastic.” – Read more at ETOnline

Demi Lovato on why she loves ‘messing’ with Simon Cowell – and how she’s not like Katy Perry – When we met up with Demi Lovato in New York City earlier this month, we had no idea what she’d look like when we arrived. Of course we’re very familiar with her work — and love watching her sass it up to Simon Cowell on “The X Factor” — but she’s become such a hair chameleon this year we weren’t sure we’d recognize her. We quickly discovered the 20-year-old is going through a blond phase — with bangs, no extensions — when we were brought in to meet her as she sat barefoot curled up on a couch. “It’s crazy,” Lovato tells omg! about life as a blonde. “I never ever thought that I would go blond, but I’m having fun with it.” As for the bangs, I just feel like myself again. It reminds me of being 15 again — when I was doing ‘Camp Rock.’ I don’t know how long I’ll keep them, but for the meantime it just makes me feel like myself.” – Read more at OMG.Yahoo.Com

Britney’s Ex-Nanny I Never Saw METH In Britney’s House – Britney Spears’ former nanny is calling BS on Sam Lutfi … telling TMZ he’s straight up LYING about Britney using meth … and says Sam may have even planted the drugs as a manipulation tactic. We spoke with Leah Frand — who worked for Britney for roughly 6 months back in 2007 … and says she lived at Brit’s home and was around the pop star 24/7. Leah tells us point blank, “I have never seen meth in that house or any type of drug.” – Read more at TMZ.com

  • wycheb

    If Lee’s new album sounds anything like what he’s been singing lately I, personally, look forward to buying it. I know he is starting his tour in the Northeast this weekend, and as a southerner who has dodged hurricanes will tell him and Lincoln to hang on this weekend its gonna get windy!!!!!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    He says he’s working with labels to decide how to release the disc. “We’re trying to make sure we do the right things,” he says. “But we plan on releasing very soon and we plan on touring next year, as well.”

    Is it me but it doesn’t sound like Lee will be signed to a label but releasing his cd independently with some type of distribution deal with a label.  Am I reading too much into this?

  • tripp_ncwy

    Clarkson Grand Marshal For Pre-Fat Tues. Parade

    “Pop star Kelly Clarkson will ride as celebrity grand marshal when the Krewe of Endymion parade rolls the Saturday before Fat Tuesday in 2013.”

    http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=803135

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Wycheb, maybe you can give me a few pointers on hurricane survival. I am in the northeast and cannot believe I am going through a second hurricane in 14 months. Sorry to digress here, LOL, but I am glad that Hurricane Sandy is holding off her visit long enough for me to get to Lee’s concert tonight in Blairstown, NJ. Hopefully, she’ll be kind enough to the concerts in this general area in the next week. I’m not sure how to take the comment of “labels” (as in plural), but I’m happy that Lee may have the attention of at least one or potentially more to help him get his next record out.

  • http://twitter.com/86madgrad CarrieR

    Lee begins his tour tonight at the Historic Blairstown Theatre in Blairstown, New Jersey.  Here’s the link for his tour schedule:  http://www.songkick.com/artists/778904-lee-dewyze/calendar?page=1
     

  • kaylietoo

    Didn’t Lee co-write most of the songs on his first album?  If so, why didn’t they represent him like he’s saying this one does?

  • http://twitter.com/86madgrad CarrieR

    I think he may be referring to the production and arrangements of the songs which are very much in a “pop” vein on the album.  When he sings the songs live in concert, the vibe is much more acoustic folk-rock in nature.

  • MellyPer1692

    Nice article on lee. I think idol screwed him over and I wish him all the luck in the world.

  • ellen8

    I like in hurricane central (gulf coast) and we always evacuate !!   Just leave would be my best advice.   Clean out frig as power most likely will go out and turn water off.   Board up your windows.    If you can’t leave, fill tub with water – buy bottled water and a generator.   But I hope you can evacuate – take a vacation to the west or south.   We always use hurricane warnings as an excuse to take a vacation !!

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Thanks, Ellen. Since I wrote the hurricane seems to be turning a bit south of us. And away from Lee’s concerts for the week, yeah! Keeping my fingers crossed for me and him both!

  • artemis112

    Lee has shared some of his new songs already, and I really like the direction he is going with his music. He has been writing great songs in the folk rock genre since he was a teenager, and he just keeps getting better.
    He seems really happy with his life and stoked to be out touring again. I’m going to see him in Nashville the day after the election, when I’ll be either celebrating or consoling myself with his gorgeous music.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Didn’t Lee co-write most of the songs on his first album?  If so, why didn’t they represent him like he’s saying this one does?

    Well, LIU was pretty blatantly over-produced in comparison to DeWyze’s own style. Between the rushed Idol-debut schedule and RCA’s faith in fancy production as the key to HAC listeners’ hearts, DeWyze’s chances of negotiating his way to the rougher feel that works better for him were never good. So yeah, it’s possible to have a hand in writing the songs and still end up with an album that isn’t quite on target.

    There’s also standard stuff that artists say upon releasing their first indie album after leaving a major label, and “this album truly represents me, while that one didn’t” is on the list. It’s one of Standard Interview Answers that I discount as mostly noises that demonstrate the artist is conscious.

    I’d be more impressed if a musician said, of the first indie album, something like “while my last album with Big Label represented where I was then, I’m excited to be exploring new dimensions with this one.” But they mostly don’t, and acting on my fantasies of sending them all free PR advice would make me a crank.

    Anyway, it sounds like DeWyze is happy with the direction he’s trying. I hope it works well for him.

  • Chrissie H

    O dear I can hardly contain myself. I googled in my native language to find Christmas albums bestsellers to bye and Scotty is among the ones who pop up-  in my non country music country – wow. This is going to be the best Christmas !

    http://www.wowhd.dk/music/0/Jul-1973263

  • wkstrack

    I’m kinda surprised Lee said he was surprised that RCA dropped him. I gotta wonder do any of these WGWG do some research on Idol/it’s past winners/contestants? Taylor Hicks also got dropped and didn’t get a second album. But I did like his honesty about how he’s in a “good place” now. You can tell. He always seemed kinda aloof and passive during Idol and a little bit after he won.

  • irockhard

    I don’t think artists monitor their sales themselves and the labels probably don’t give them regular updates, so he was probably unaware that he didn’t sell enough until they informed him.

  • luly

    Kris Allen performs tonight at StageOne in Fairfield, CT.

  • gatorgirl5028

    I’m so excited for Lee’s next album! I’ve watched his two StageIt concerts and am blown away by his new music. He not only has “that voice” I love, but is also a very gifted songwriter. “At the end of the day” his love for music plus his appreciation of his fans makes it incredibily easy to wish him nothing but the very best!

  • lovesickheroine

    Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips are in Detroit right now to perform for Ford’s Breast Cancer charity event  http://www.crainsdetroit.com/section/events#

  • kaylietoo

    I think Taylor had problems dealing with TPTB re his album and wanting him to go pop, when he in fact knows he’s not pop but had no choice in the matter.  He’s much better off now, and he’s doing his own thing his way — still going uphill in the music/entertainment business.

  • mjsbigblog

    Yep. Ford Day.  The Winner and Runner-up perform this event every year.

  • girlygirltoo

    Kris has a concert in Fairfield, CT tonight at the Stage One Theatre (same place that Lee plays on Saturday). Kris then has 2 shows in NYC on Saturday (Joe’s Pub), in Washington D.C. (The Hamilton) on Sunday and in Annapolis, MD (The Ram’s Head) on Monday.

    Hopefully Hurricane Sandy won’t disrupt any of these shows — although, of course, the safety of everyone on the East Coast comes first

  • girlygirltoo

    Not sure what Lee means by hoping this album will “jump start” his career exactly, but I wish him luck with it. All the Idols who have  been dropped by RCA/Jive in the past couple years (the 2 Davids, Kris, Lee) seem much happier doing their own thing, don’t they?

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    All the Idols who have  been dropped by RCA/Jive in the past couple years (the 2 Davids, Kris, Lee) seem much happier doing their own thing, don’t they?

    Well, my strong impression is that RCA didn’t have a viable plan for how to build these people’s careers. It’s one thing to compromise and work within the big-label system when you’re getting substantial benefits, like radio play, from the deal. It’s quite another thing when TPTB insist they know what they’re doing, but the outcomes suggest they have a limited number of ideas, none of which really addresses your situation as an Idol alumni. That’s a dispiriting position to be in.

    All of the Idol winners and runners-up put money in the bank through appearances and endorsements, plus they’re still in demand for lucrative appearances, so they have a financial cushion and some opportunities that start-up indie artists don’t. In that context, taking more risks but having more independence probably does feel good. I’d usually opt for making my own mistakes over having to make somebody else’s.

    On the subject of TPTB and pundits knowing what they’re doing, this Village Voice summary of the 2012 CMJ panels is cynically hilarious or hilariously cynical.

  • fantoo1

    “I think that in my season, when I won the title … it felt like there was that classic ‘Idol’ feel to it,” he says. “I can’t say that now I feel that necessarily. It’s more like what judge is going to feud with who. I just think that we’ve got to remember that it’s about the contestants.

    I guess he forgets his season was all about Simon leaving and the addition of Ellen lol. Out of the 11 seasons, his was probably the most about the judges.

  • Pippygirl

    I’d be more impressed if a musician said, of the first indie
    album, something like “while my last album with Big Label represented
    where I was then, I’m excited to be exploring new dimensions with this
    one.” But they mostly don’t, and acting on my fantasies of sending them
    all free PR advice would make me a crank.

    Isn’t that what Kris said during his interview with MJ? Actually he pretty much said his music wasn’t going to change much at all, lol! I’m glad because I would hate if he downplayed TYC, which I love.

    As for Lee…well TPTB screwed him over big time so he can say whatever he wants as far as I’m concerned! If Lee had been given a song like Home as his coronation single, things could have turned out far differently for him. His voice actually reminds me of Phillip’s a lot. Good luck to him.

  • wycheb

    To respond to the hurricane question…..canned food, jugs of water, battery operated lanterns and a strong roof with a big attic.

  • suenigma

    “There’s also standard stuff that artists say upon releasing their first indie album after leaving a major label, and “this album truly represents me, while that one didn’t…”

    “There’s also standard stuff that artists say upon releasing their first indie album after leaving a major label, and “this album truly represents me, while that one didn’t” is on the list. It’s one of the Standard Interview Answers that I discount as mostly noises that demonstrate the artist is conscious.”

    I don’t think that Cook has ever disavowed Either of his RCA albums?

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I guess he forgets his season was all about Simon leaving and the
    addition of Ellen lol. Out of the 11 seasons, his was probably the most
    about the judges.

    During one of his interviews in Singapore, David Cook was asked if he’d ever consider being a judge on a singing/performing show and he made some general comment that, if the show was about the contestants rather than the judges, he’d think about it. And then he extrapolated by saying — and I’m paraphrasing here — that he felt there was a rough correlation between how well winners/contestants do once they get off the show and how much a show spends its time focusing on the judges rather than the contestants. It was an interesting remark that I hadn’t ever heard him make before.

  • mikaylaislove

    Great long interviews with the Xfactor contestants: 
    http://watch.accesshollywood.com/video/why-did-carly-rose-sonenclar-have-doubts-about-making-the-x-factor-final-16/1922486981001(click through related videos)I didn’t see this posted anywhere…

  • YankeeFan08

    Adam is going to be on 10onTop this weekend:

    10onTop
    Halloween w/ @NinaDobrev @AdamLambert @KendallJenner @KylieJenner @BridgitMendler @MTV_JerseyShore Saturday 10/27 at 12:30pm on @10onTop!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Well, he hasn’t yet released album #3, which is when the “this is truly me, all that stuff wasn’t” rhetoric ordinarily gets trotted out. Cook’s used the term “progression” in so many past interviews that he has a decent chance of sticking to using it, though.

    At the same time, fans and the press flove the idea that labels are stompers of souls*, so if an interviewer corners him with “this album is so much more you, right? right?”, I’m not going to take the resulting quotes particularly seriously as indicators of anything, past or present. It’s just stuff that gets said as a routine part of album promo. I don’t think I’ve ever bought an album based on whether the artist said the music was authentically him or her — while I sort of vaguely hope that artists are doing what fulfills them, what I care about as a buyer is whether I like the resulting music.

    *As opposed to “well-meaning but kinda limited in imagination, plus hamstrung by mandatory Idol advances that aren’t geared to the winner’s genre or popularity.”

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Adam Lambert ?@adamlambert
    In case I hadn’t been direct, I am voting for OBAMA

    Sigh, way to go all political. I wonder if the media would freak out if somebody announced on twitter they were voting for Romney. Lindsay Lohan is already being dumped on for saying she will probably vote for Romney.

  • rodolfochengcanepa

    P2 and Jessica today at FORD Q&A.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0hF3nFcyBcs

    P2 looks more confortable than Jessica in this video, i´m waitting 4 the singing video.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    If Lindsay Lohan is being dumped upon, I don’t think it has much to do with her political views.

  • Jazz_11

    This tweet came before one you posted

    Adam Lambert ?@adamlambert
    Lena Dunham: Your First Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6G3nwhPuR4&sns=tw

  • blackberryharvest

    I think celebrities should try to stay out of endorsing certain politicians, which is why I respect Scotty for this question in an interview he just did:

    Question 3: Have you decided who you’re going to vote for, and why?

    Oh [Laughs]. Uh, you know, for me, I’m going to keep my
    politics kinda to myself. I’m a singer and entertainer, not a political
    analyst on the news. But I’m definitely trying to get informed and watch
    the debates and stuff. This will be an interesting presidential
    election, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out.

    http://tasteofcountry.com/60-seconds-with-scotty-mccreery/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Scotty may have been coached to give that answer, but tbh, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he would have said the same thing without any input from others. This kid is wise beyond his years.

  • YankeeFan08

    Celebrities have every right to endorse a candidate …. just like anyone else can endorse who they like.  Maybe some people aren’t comfortable divulging who they are voting for and that’s fine too.  There’s no right or wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/ncflg4u JP

     Oh [Laughs]. Uh, you know, for me, I’m going to keep my
    politics kinda to myself.

    He’s voting Romney then.

  • tripp_ncwy


    Kris Allen on Halloween: ‘If You Don’t Dress Up, You’re Lame.’

    http://kyxy.cbslocal.com/2012/10/26/kris-allen-on-halloween-if-you-dont-dress-up-youre-lame/

    What do you think Kris should dress up as this year?
    *The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    *The Avengers
    *Other

  • fantoo1

    He’s voting Romney then.

    Probably. He is a southern baptist and they are a conservative church. I have also seen his close friends on twitter talk about politics and they are very conservative. A cousin of his also wrote about supporting Romney.

    But that is what I live about this country-free to vote for who you want and free to have your own views.

  • bridgette12

    I think it’s smart he keep his opinion to himself, if you don’t know what to think and can’t articulate it well enough, just keep your mouth shut.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    While I wouldn’t be surprised if Scotty is voting Romney, there’s no reason for him not to say that since being conservative wouldn’t hurt him in anyway since that wouldn’t be a surprise.  I just don’t think it’s a good idea to possibly alienate fans when there’s no reason…

    I have a feeling Scotty knows what he thinks and could articulate it…he articulates everything else very well:))    

  • Axxxel

    I love Adam Lambert and I understand that there is “freedom of expression” but when it comes to political endorsements I kind of agree with what Chris Colfer (“Kurt” in Glee) said in this interview, when answering Piers Morgan”s question at the 3′:54″  mark…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9H7ZqBeKBU

    Just wondering how long Chris Colfer will stand by his opinion. His Glee boss did a fundraising event for Obama this year.

  • LA944

     Rams Head is a really an awesome lclub. Unfortunately–we may be getting pounded on Mon nite. It’s right near the water–so it may be iffy.

  • songsungblue

    Just another reason to dislike Scotty ;)  Not that his **cough** singing isn’t enough [JMHO] 

    Although I would think by now that he’d worked with enough gays in the entertainment biz to want to ensure their civil rights. 

  • cooks

    Last I checked Adam Lambert was a US citizen, so yes, he has every right to say who and why he is voting the way he is. This is an important election for him and the members of the LGBT community.

  • bridgette12

    I really don’t think Scotty cares about gay rights, which is something that  he has in common with Romney.  

  • escape

    Scotty is very conservative. I would even say to the point of the far right. He appears to have lead a very sheltered life. He’s 19, yet you never hear anything about him dating. His mother seems to be very active in his career.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Um, he’s got a girlfriend…she was in the video for TTWG, his prom date, and  she’s traveled to see him at various concerts. Not too long ago, she tweeted a pic to her “main squeeze,” Scotty. 

    He’s just being private about his private matters, like his opinions and personal life…how could that be wrong?  

  • lufausljc

     Thanks. P2 is unintentionally funny, it’s just his personality. I like his charm very much.

  • marmom07

    Celebrities are people and people in this country have the right to their own opinions and the right to say what they think. Other people have the right to agree or disagree or ignore what a celebrity has to say.  I personally get upset with people who don’t care or think this election doesn’t matter. People also have the right to keep who they are voting for private. I wish the media in our country did a better job of discussing the issues and the ramifications of one policy or another. Instead we get a lot sound bites and rhetoric.

  • MellyPer1692

    You go Adam!!! It’s funny that Scotty and others are applauded for speaking out about their religion, but let someone speak about politics and its “they should keep it to themselves”. I feel the same way about the bible thumpers but I would never presume to tell them to shut up, because last I checked this was still America.

  • durbesque

    Researchers into the Paranormal say that we occupy alternate universes simultaneously.  I would love to tap into the dimension where Lee was given ‘Home’ as his coronation song, and see how it turned out.

  • suenigma

    “Just another reason to dislike Scotty ;)  Not that his **cough** singing isn’t enough [JMHO]”I get why you might not care for Scotty, but what did he do, here and now, to give you “another”  reason to dislike him? As far as I can tell he just politely said that he didn’t want to discuss politics. You certainly don’t have to give him a medal for it, but I’m not sure how this particular action offends. LOL.And this is coming from someone who shares Adams political beliefs and who also respects his decision to discuss them.

  • durbesque

    Nice, bland interview with Matt Giraud.  He’s a wonderful pianist who sings a little…he would not turn any chairs on The Voice.  I’m sure he is an excellent one-man opening act, like Ryan Star, and gets work in that capacity, but idk.  

  • http://twitter.com/Gerry3215 Gerry Desanto

    On the hurricane question-lots of ice is important. Keep it in a large ice chest and put your persible food items in with the ice. Meat can keep up to three days and you can grill it outside if your electricity goes off. Buy as many can goods and other items that don’t need refigeration. Flashlights and batteries are necessary. Also a radio that runs on batteries. It maybe your only way of keeping up on the news. Stock up on as much bottled water as possible. Sometimes water supplies get disrupted or the water is unclean. Using boards to cover your windows is a good substitute if you don’t have hurricane shutters. The biggest fear is wind coming in and blowing your roof off. Pick up anything in the yard that is loose. The winds of a hurricane are very strong and can pick up a heavy item. After the storm, get things done early before it gets dark.Once it is dark, it is pitch dark since the street lights and everything else are off. Don’t depend on FEMA to come rushing in quickly. It takes them a few days to come in with supplies so you have to be prepared with food or water for at least 3 to 4 days. Good luck with the storm.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    You know what, you made me think.  I wouldn’t want to ever be quiet about my religious beliefs, but I do keep my politics to myself unless I know I’m among like-minded.  Either way, it’s a choice.  Interesting…

  • http://twitter.com/Gerry3215 Gerry Desanto

    I want to be in an alternate universe where Kris won and he was treated like he won.

  • TheOther

    I love this irony. After the incredible high of performing at the World Series at the home stadium of the SF Giants, Phillip appears the day after in the hometown of the Detroit Tigers – to people who are applauding his performance from Wed. No silly fan wars here.

  • Incipit

    I would love to tap into the dimension where Lee was given ‘Home’ as his coronation song, and see how it turned out.

    Durbesque, that would have been interesting to see! A song in his own genre instead of a cover that was already on the radio, fps.

    I wanna Universe right beside yours, where DC was given a Coronary that fit his genre, instead of that piece of cheese he was handed . Even if he made strawberry shortcake out of it – it had to be tossed before the strawberries went bad – *snerk*. Imagine the difference if it had been a song that fit…with a video, and promotion, something that could be sung to bits, instead of dropped on it’s head right after the AI tour??.

    And the other winners too – most who got even worse, more cringe-worthy songs!? They have to wear them like a battle wound. Congrats on winning – here’s an anchor for your neck, and good luck with that. Ah well.

    I don’t want any one else to need an alternate universe, ever again – if Interscope never does another thing right – I want them to keep picking a Coronation song that’s real – and gives the winner a real shot. I want Platinum plus to be normal – even in this economy – even without Olympics – from now on! Everyone makes $$, everyone is happy.

    Then, damn it –  they can start working on getting a decent song for the runner-up. I mean, what’s up with that? #nevergonnabesatisfied.

    (That’s the ‘real’ alternate universe)

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I think that people, celebrity or not, should say as much or as little as they wish about their political or religious views. Why not?  I respect Kelly and Adam for publicly announcing the candidate of their choice, but I also respect Scotty for saying he’d rather not get involved. It’s called MAKING A CHOICE. And I’m PRO CHOICE, so, you know….

  • fantoo1

    Although I would think by now that he’d worked with enough gays in the entertainment biz to want to ensure their civil rights. 

    I don’t think that makes much of a difference tbh.

  • fantoo1

    I definitely wouldn’t call him sheltered. He has a girlfriend now and he had another girlfriend before. I remember when he said something like he had heard worse in school when Steven said that dirty thing at his audition.

  • girlygirltoo

    what is ironic about that? 

  • mileyfan123

    I don’t understand why it is taboo to talk about politics. I think it might be because a lot of people are really ignorant when it comes to politics, so they are afraid to showcase their ignorance. Why else would you not want to be able to freely discuss politics in a democracy? The point of a democracy is for people to be able to freely participate, and you would think being able to intelligently support your opinions would be a part of that. I think the way politics gets treated like something private, that shouldn’t be discussed in public is kind of cowardly, and certainly doesn’t foster a healthy democracy. 

  • Pippygirl

    It’s taboo because many believe in political free speech only when the speaker agrees with them.

  • fantoo1

    I think a lot of people don’t want to offend others with their views. I never discuss politics in public-mostly because I don’t want to offend someone. I only discuss it with family or when I can be an anomynus person on the Internet lol.

  • mileyfan123

     So what? So someone might disagree with you…I’m not sure why a debate is something to be scared of these days.

  • durbesque

    I think Jimmie made the difference.  He took care of business.  He’s Phil’s Col. Parker.  Let’s see how the album does.  He had no interest in Joshica. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I don’t understand why it is taboo to talk about politics.

    Well, it’s become taboo in my work place because my boss and I hold dramatically different political principles, and by virtue of his being the boss, we aren’t discussing this on an equal playing field. If we had persisted in discussing these issues, they would eventually have started to color his views of my qualifications for the job, if only because he’d be frequently reminded that I’m in the category of people he expresses very low opinions of. It would also start to color my view of whether I want to work for him. Keeping it off the table makes it easier for us to evaluate each other on the qualities that are directly relevant to the work relationship.

    I think it’s up to celebrities to make the call on what qualities they want to make relevant to their public images. Some are comfortable including politics; some are not.

    As a consumer of music and other forms of pop culture, the vast majority of the time I don’t worry about the political leanings of people whose art I buy. They have ‘em; some disagree with me. We live in a diverse society. Yay, us! Sometimes the politics are implicit in the art itself, so I’ve already made my judgment call when I decided to buy. It’s certainly possible to be so in-my-face or so unfiltered that I’m actively offended enough to notice and stop buying — but celebrities who’ve crossed that line are a long, long way past making a couple of lively tweets, so I can’t imagine they’re surprised or disappointed to lose buyers like me.

  • mileyfan123

     Your boss sounds unprofessional.

    I’m not worrying about the political leanings of my favorite musicians. I’m saying that it is sad that people are too scared to discuss who they are voting for because politics have become taboo.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Well, in the current economy, it’s not like it’s a no-brainer to trade him in for a new model with nicer features and that new-boss smell. And I’d argue that he is professional because he agreed that we don’t discuss politics at work and we DO discuss issues that are relevant to the work itself.

    Etiquette exists in part because people hold wildly varying points of view and we wouldn’t all necessarily be happy and comfortable if we knew everything about the people around us.

  • mileyfan123

    But my point is that it shouldn’t be bad etiquette to discuss politics. Saying you are voting for Obama or Romney should not be bad form or something to be embarrassed about. People need to learn to accept that others have differing politics and be civil about it.

  • iluvai

    I don’t get that. I think Scotty is a really level headed kid. He doesn’t want to put himself out there politically. Good for him. 

  • Incipit

    I think Jimmie made the difference.  He took care of business.  He’s Phil’s Col. Parker.

    That’s quite possible – and if Jimmy took a personal interest, a la Col. Parker, it’s good for the short run – long term, not so much. Though you’re right, let’s see how the album does. 

    But that gives me pause – because it ‘could’ mean that picking a marketable song was a fluke – and he wouldn’t have cared what clunker they had to sing if Jessica or Joshua had won. 

    Maybe it was just enlightened self-interest. Don’t get me wrong – I believe in that approach, unless it’s completely selective…but I will hold my Interscope appreciation in abeyance, til we see what happens this May.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Scotty doesn’t have to worry about his civil rights being denied. Scotty can get married to his girlfriend any day of any year in any state. Adam, and other members of the LGBT community, have more at stake in this election year.. It makes perfect sense for them to speak up and speak out at this critical time in the US.

  • blackberryharvest

    Adam Lambert ?@adamlambert:disqus
    I just don’t understand how folks would vote for a candidate and administration who’s stance on Human rights is so twisted and dated.

    Maybe because its a free country? Way to insult half of the country’s voters.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    And Simon obviously wasn’t paying attention to the contestants that season. He was still stuck in season before that one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3npWUiNNzaY

  • workdog

     Actually…it isn’t insulting at all. I understand differing opinions but when it comes to looking at your “neighbor” and being willing to deny something to them that you automatically have? It becomes discrimination, plain and simple. I don’t care what denomination, party affiliation, religious group, gender, orientation, etc., you claim connection with…it’s denying a fellow human being something you have without EARNING, but by default. Sorry. It’s bigoted, exclusionary, discriminatory, and downright insulting, to coin a commonly used phrase. It sucks and must be brought to light.

    JMHO and vote…by the way…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I think it’s up to musicians to make the call on what qualities they
    want to make relevant to their public images. Some are comfortable
    including politics; some are not.”

    I agree. Musicians/celebs are in the public eye though and making their political views known also has consequences, both good and bad. They just need to own whatever they say/do.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    There is a big difference for a musicians/celebs to say they support Obama or Romney then it is to go out and do fundraising for them.  No more Kid Rock at my house.

  • upsidedawn

    “Adam Lambert: ?
    I just don’t understand how folks would vote for a candidate and administration who’s stance on Human rights is so twisted and dated.”

    Goodness, I so completely agree with that. It is no surprise to me whatsoever that Adam would feel that way.  I don’t understand how someone could be a fan of Adam’s and not have at least an inkling that he wouldn’t support the Republican platform, at least on that issue.

  • getaway1

    til we see what happens this May.

    I can already tell what’s going to happen in May.  Season 12 will be the worse season ever.  Whoever wins will be the worse winner ever.  It happens every year.  And their winning song will be forever compared to Home.  It took 11 years to get a winning song to sell Double Platinum.  The odds of that happening again next year is slim.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Adam didn’t spend all his time yesterday tweeting about his political views – he also debuted his 2012 “Glampire” costume at a charity event benefiting the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus, and looked amazing!

    adam-pictures.com ?@adam_pictures
    37 pictures (34 HQ) of Adam and
    Sauli at Fred & Jason’s Annual Halloweenie Celebrity Charity Event
    (October 26) – http://bit.ly/VQyd5O
     

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Great costumes!  

  • Incipit

    Season 12 will be the worse season ever.  

    TBH, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was less than great. It’s the third season in the 4th Era…and like 3,6, and 9 –  the third season in each era has not been good. Starting off with this Judge-Centric vibe doesn’t assure me Idol will break the pattern this time around, either.

     It took 11 years to get a winning song to sell Double Platinum.

    Well, no – It took the ‘one’ year that TPTB handed the winner a marketable song in a mainstream genre that fit them, promoted it for months, made a video for it, and acted like it was a real song.

    And that’s what I’m waiting to see – did they learn anything, and will the Season 12 winner also get a marketable song in their own genre – or will they go back to The Revenge of the Show – giving them reeking hunks of cheese to hang around their necks, or badly chosen ‘originals’, or some random cover song.

    And I’m not taking odds on that. Just waiting to see.

  • Axxxel

    Kris Allen as Captain America, or Spiderman or Simon Cowell

  • Axxxel

    “People need to learn to accept that others have differing politics and be civil about it.”

    Only in an ideal world….

  • Axxxel

    I think Simon also got distracted by the interviewer who used to be his girlfriend when Adam Lambert was competing on American Idol…

  • marmom07

     We should not be free to discriminate against others. That’s why it’s a civil rights issue. We are all equal under the law or we should be but we are not.  It’s easy to not care when something doesn’t touch you personally but that doesn’t make it right.

  • MellyPer1692

    I have no problem with insulting any one who wants to deny their fellow citizens a civil right. No problem whatsoever. No one is asking them to change their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality, but marriage equality is a civil right. To want to deny that is dated and twisted in my view.

  • mileyfan123

     I don’t agree. That is a cop put to act like it is impossible.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please don’t hijack this thread with a political discussion

  • MellyPer1692

    Why was my post deleted? It was a response to someone saying that Adam insulted half of voters. The majority of the thread is a political discussion isn’t it?

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think half of the country’s voters should be surprised by Adam’s stance or insulted, because like you say it’s a free country.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Like Meatloaf?

  • http://twitter.com/frazzledsoul K

    Those who are busy maligning anyone who hasn’t pledged their loyalty to the politically correct candidate for president might be interested in hearing Obama’s latest thoughts on gay marriage:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/obama-ramps-media-blitz-race-tightens/story?id=17571200#.UIwu-sXYGrg

    I don’t think he’s much better than Romney on this issue. One might be better advised to take that into consideration when assuming that anyone who indicates that they MIGHT not share their political preferences doesn’t care about gay people.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Please don’t hijack this thread with a political discussion

    I’M NOT KIDDING PEOPLE.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    Lee’s concert last night was terrific. It was a small venue in the NJ town where the first Friday the 13th movie had been filmed. Very up close and personal. Lee played a really nice mix of pre-Idol, LIU album, and new music. I am very much looking forward to his album release.