American Idol Headlines for 11/18/11

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Lauren Alaina will flip the switch on the Christmas tree lights at Graceland in Memphis, TN. Watch Lauren live HERE.
Pia Toscano performs at the Dream Foundation Gala
Kelly Clarkson’s
VH1 Unplugged debuts, 11 pm
Matt Giraud performs at the Ironwood Theater, Ironwood MI

Tony Bennett Special Featuring Carrie Underwood Airs on PBS

On January 27 at 9:00 p.m., the 90-minute “Tony Bennett: Duets II” (w.t.) captures the legendary singer with a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and the late Amy Winehouse in her last recording.

Read more at Futon Critic

Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend

Birmingham, AL (WIAT) It’s that time of year again for the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend!

The event kicks off November 18, 2011. This benefits the Ruben Studdard Foundation. You can expect some great music and different runs for all ages!

All of these events will take place in Downtown Birmingham around the historic Linn Park City Center.

See a video at CBS42

A ‘Stronger’ Kelly Clarkson Talks Love: The Single Guys I Meet Are ‘Just Giant Tools’

“People don’t realize — I work a lot,” she said. “While I’m working and when I’m not working, I’m always around married people. Literally, I maybe run across three single people a year.

“Usually, when the single people do come around, they’re just giant tools,” Kelly added. “I will find every tool in the shed. Just watch.”

Read more at Access Hollywood

Kelly Clarkson schedules down time

The ‘Mr. Know It All’ hitmaker – who shot to fame after winning ‘American Idol’ in 2002 – hit a low point when she started to struggle with the pressures of fame five years ago, so her manager now makes sure she takes rest days.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “It’s a worry, that’s why I really make a point to put time in the schedule. My manager does that for me now, he’s like, ‘No, you should take a break soon so you’re not doing the same thing over and over, you need a break.’ So he’ll put it in the schedule for me too.

Read more at Winnipeg Free Press

Jennifer Hudson on becoming weight loss motivator: ‘Huh?’

“It is unbelievable,” the friendly Chicago native tells Zap2it about the response to her dieting results. “I did not expect such a reaction, and it’s been an overall, drastic change. It’s such a life-changing decision that I made, and then to see so many other lives inspired by one little thing I decided to do for myself, it’s been incredible.

“It’s just so bizarre for me to hear people say, ‘I’m gonna go get my Jennifer Hudson on’ … meaning they’re going to go and work out. I’m like this advocate of health now, and it’s like, ‘Huh?’ It’s just a complete 180. I never would have guessed in a million years that I would be somebody’s motivation to get up and go to the gym.”

Read more at Zap2it

‘X Factor’ Burning Questions: Why Did Drew Shorten Her Name, Was Rock Theme Too Loosely Defined and How Upset was Stacy Francis?

X Factor’s rock night was the stuff of some controversy both on the show and long after Marcus Canty sang the last notes to Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” It appears that the rules were, yet again, up for debate, at least where the judges and song choice was concerned. Should a ballad by R.E.M. or U2 count? Is Bob Marley a rock star? And how were the Foo Fighters convinced to clear a song for a TV talent show?

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

‘The X Factor’ on the scene: A look behind all that Astro and Stacy drama

Before the break ended, the crowd started shouting both Astro and Stacy’s names, but the chants for Astro definitely sounded louder. That would all change in a few minutes. Back on the air, L.A. Reid proceeded to question Astro’s attitude and yet opted to send Stacy home. The crowd booed. A little bit later, Paula also chose to pick Stacy for elimination. The boos got louder. And then during Simon’s critique, Astro delivered his now infamous line about not wanting to perform “for people who don’t want me here.” The Xanadome was furious! Now, instead of yelling both Astro and Stacy’s names, the audience was fully committed to rooting for Stacy. Persuade Simon, we could not, as he opted to send Stacy packing anyway.

Read more at EW

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Ricki Lake and Derek Hough Prepare for ‘Amicable Divorce’

Ricki Lake was happy about making it to the finale backstage at Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, but she won’t be playing any tiny violins when her tenure on the series ends next week.

“He’s my husband,” Lake said, clutching partner Derek Hough, “but we’re about to go through an amicable divorce. It will all be OK.”

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

‘Glee’ Ratings Decline: Does Show’s Audience Prefer Less Sex, More Music?

Last season the theatrical dramedy “Glee” generated massive buzz around much-hyped, artist-themed shows that paid tribute to mega pop stars like Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

But that was Season 2.

“Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy promised this year’s show, Season 3, would feature fewer of these tributes, and fewer guest celebrities, and would focus instead on heavier storylines involving its high-school aged characters.

A big ratings drop followed.

Read more at FOX News

Howard Stern Talks ‘America’s Got Talent’: ‘I’d Be Better Than the Hoff’

“I think I’d be better than the Hoff [David Hasselhoff], but who knows?,” the paper quoted him as saying at this week’s New York premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. “But now, there’s nothing to report about it.”

Added Stern: “No one’s told me anything. I heard that they want me for the job . . . I’m honored that they would consider me.”

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

 
  • http://twitter.com/caroleinfl Carole Sue

    Taylor Hicks is filming a show with Paula Dean today. I don’t know when it will air. Love seeing him on cooking shows. I hope he sings to, because I love his voice.

  • Anonymous

    AGT with Howard Stern, Sharon Osborne and Howie Mandel…who would ever have thought Sharon would be the more conventional than the other judges on that panel. LOL !!!

  • jan

    From the EW article above:

    On Idol, no matter what, someone was going to hug you after you got saved. But Idol
    seemed to foster a group “we’re in this together” mentality. The least
    popular singers would hang out together on those silver stools and stand
    together when it was time to be eliminated. The X Factor, by comparison, prefers to keep the acts separate from one another as they await their fate.

    I think this is where Simon doesn’t get American culture. I think we like to think the contestants are friends and support each other – that it is them against the world. This helps us care about the contestants as individuals – not just as people with talent.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    It always makes me grit my teeth when Simon declares the “fake” love between idol contestants, that they really hate each other.  He really doesn’t get American culture.  I can’t stand that smug look on his face.  I used to be such a fan, don’t know where he lost me but he sure did.  I really wish they would pull back on so many background singers, dancers, and light displays so I could really focus on the singers.   I still don’t like the show, but I do like some of the contestants.

  • Keel

    The one and only David Cook RT’d a rescue group’s plea yesterday for someone to adopt a boxer that was scheduled to be put down by the county shelter today.  (Cook was in North Carolina last night where the animal shelter was based.)

    RT @NCAnimalShelter: @thedavidcook I cannot thank you enough..saving that boxer’s life. You made the difference.

    Aww.

  • Anonymous

    Jordin Sparks and the cast have finished filming Sparkle . It will be out in theaters sometime later next year.

    https://twitter.com/#!/JordinSparks

    “JordinSparks Jordin Sparks
    And that’s a wrap!! It’s been so amazing working on this film! My first one…it’s only the beginning. #Sparkle ?
    11 hours ago”

  • larc

    I think this is where Simon doesn’t get American culture. I think we
    like to think the contestants are friends and support each other – that
    it is them against the world. This helps us care about the contestants
    as individuals – not just as people with talent.

    When I watch XF and also think back to the past season of Idol, it make me appreciate Idol all the more.  US XF simply isn’t as good a show, IMO.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Billboardbiz: 
    Backbeat: ‘The Voice’s’ Dia Frampton Steps Into The Great Wide Open

    http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/backbeat/backbeat-the-voice-s-dia-frampton-steps-1005542962.story

  • Ringo

    Kinda nice that Haley and Casey’s Baby It’s Cold video cracked the top 4 on ITunes list.  http://www.apple.com/itunes/charts/music-videos/  Balancing that against Perez Hilton recommending the video (yech!), maybe the kids will make some Christmas cash for these efforts.  http://perezhilton.com/2011-11-17-haley-reinhart-casey-abrams-baby-its-cold-outside-official-music-video#respond 

  • Incipit

    “…saving that boxer’s life. You made the difference.”

    Keel, good catch on that, I hope David saw it, and knows the animal was adopted.

    That’s not the first time he’s done that – one of his early retweets, from when his Twitter account was brand new, was for an animal shelter asking for adoptions.

  • CindyM

    Red carpet interviews from Adam at last nights Out 100 event. They ask about XFactor and he says the single will be out right after New Years and album in March.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfJLJ_VD_II

  • Nele621

    What does Adam say about X Factor?

    On the first page with all the headlines and threads, it shows Danny’s as having 38 comments, but only six shows up (for me).

  • Nele621

    Did anyone see the interview with Brian May when the reporter asked him about Bieber? Brian doesn’t go to these things very often (seldom interviewed), and Bieber is EVERYWHERE. Everyone talks about him, on TV, magazines, newsprint, internet. Did that reporter need to bring up Bieber when talking to Brian? Don’t we hear about Bieber enough? I want to hear what Brian says about Queen or just himself. Grrrrrrr.

  • Mateja Praznik

    So I opened iTunes Slovenia Store and guess which album is #1 right now? One Direction (Deluxe) preorder. I actually preordered that album myself about 8 hours ago and it looks like I’m not the only one?!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, you’re good, CindyM.  I couldn’t make out a single thing they were saying in that interview :)

    So, if the single is coming out “right after New Years,” I wonder if he will be debuting it somewhere that night.

  • Anonymous

    Javier is shooting MV for his single today

    Javstwtr

    #On my way to my video shoot for my new single “As Long As We Got Love” With@natashabdnfield !! Gonna be crazy!

  • Dakota01

    @adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Big announcement tomorrow!! :)

    Single title? Album title? Performance? Let the speculation begin!

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think this is where Simon doesn’t get American culture. I think we
    like to think the contestants are friends and support each other – that
    it is them against the world. This helps us care about the contestants
    as individuals – not just as people with talent.

    Well, it’s a competition. It’s not like Simon or anyone else encourages them to be at each others throats. They probably get along just fine, but there is no need to pretend they care about each more than they really do.

    On XF UK, safe acts usually hug other acts in their category before they leave the stage. Usually they also pass the others still waiting and wish them luck.

    Acts in the bottom 2 used to hold hands when it went to deadlock and Dermot had to open the envelope to reveal the lowest vote getter. It didn’t happen this year yet because  the judges always make the final decision.

    I don’t know, I personally don’t like “we are all best friends, we will miss each other soooooo much, kumbaya, blah, blah, blah” pretending. I guess that’s one of those things that make XF contestants more “real” to me.

  • CindyM

    adamlambert
    It’s about the Album and the single!!
    5 minutes ago

  • tripp_ncwy

    nvm

  • Anonymous

    My heart started beating fast when I read that tweet.  Isn’t it a little early to be announcing stuff supposedly coming out next year?

  • CindyM

    From Adams PR firm in the UK:

    @shoshannastone: Are you ready Glamberts/Lambrits / Adam fans??!!
    7minutesago

    May be announcing it tomorrow since the bastard album is coming out Monday. Getting accurate info out regarding the real album is smart.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    OMG, Adam my heart cannot take these tweets please stop the teasing.

  • Fullmoon

    @shoshannastone: Are you ready Glamberts/Lambrits / Adam fans??!!7minutesago

    Yes we’re ready. Bring it on. I’m hoping that Adam moves to Dr. Luke’s new label with Sony( Kemosabe). It would mean more attention to him and a bigger budget. Also with Katy Perry wanting to take a year off, DMG will devote all their time to him. It would be awesome.

  • Fullmoon

    Why are they making an announcement on a weekend?

  • mmb

    Weekend announcement could be for lots of reasons: 1) to take attention away from beg for mercy which is being released on mon/tues, 2) he just got drop dates and wants to tell fans via twitter asap; 3) a formal press release if any may not come out til Monday or thereafter; etc etc etc

  • Anonymous

    The one and only David Cook RT’d a rescue group’s plea yesterday for someone to adopt a boxer that was scheduled to be put down by the county shelter today.  (Cook was in North Carolina last night where the animal shelter was based.)

    I RT’ed that too earlier in the week and donated a little to her boarding! Small world. Did he get the dog himself or was it his tweet that made it possible? Either way, that’s just such an amazing thing to do. David is just a stand up guy like that though.

  • Anonymous

    Yes we’re ready. Bring it on. I’m hoping that Adam moves to Dr. Luke’s new label with Sony( Kemosabe). It would mean more attention to him and a bigger budget. Also with Katy Perry wanting to take a year off, DMG will devote all their time to him. It would be awesome.

    I’m hoping it’s more along the lines of definitive single date, but this could work too! I’m so excited for the new era to begin.

  • Anonymous

    It does seem a little odd for Adam to be announcing this on Saturday, but I’m sure there will be a big press push starting on Monday as well. Exciting that he has definite info to spill!  (now if I could just get the same info out of Kris or his reps… )

  • Dakota01

    @adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Ok….. I will tell you all one thing today and one thing tomorrow…. :) since you all asked so nicely.

    @adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Ok…. In a couple minutes I will tell you the name of the first single!!!

  • Anonymous

    oh now he’s just being a tease :)

    adamlambert

    #Or should I tell u the name of the album?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

    Adam Lambert
    My album is called TRESPASSING -dropping Spring 2012

  • Anonymous

    interesting title

    adamlambert

    #My album is called TRESPASSING -dropping Spring 2012

  • Miss Chaos

    YAY  a title!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dakota01

    shoshannastone shoshanna stone
    I wish I could put into words what an absolutely brilliant album ‘Trespassing” is, but my description wouldn’t do it justice

    OMG … so excited!!!

  • Miss Chaos

    So now we can talk about the  title of the album for 3 freakin  months.lol

  • Fullmoon

    shoshannastone shoshanna stone
    I will leave that to the media! :)
     

  • jan

    Well, it’s a competition. It’s not like Simon or anyone else encourages
    them to be at each others throats. They probably get along just fine,
    but there is no need to pretend they care about each more than they
    really do.

    Seeing the Idols relate to each other is about more than whether they care about each other. Fans speculate about romances and friendships. They begin to see leaders emerge – who do the others go to for comfort or support. It’s all grist for the gossip mill and it’s fun. Even if it is only speculation.

    I think in general the American public likes that. They respond to the contestants. I remember season 7 when it went around that Jason Castro might be sick. His fans went crazy with worry and speculation and he was sent  tons of balloons and flowers and get well gifts and wishes. Does anyone care enough about these contestants to do something like that?

  • Dakota01

    TRESPASSING is already trending in the U.S.

  • Dakota01

    @adamlambert Adam Lambert
    Yes! There is a song on #TRESPASSING by the same name… I wrote it with Pharrell.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Well, sure. One of the girls from Little Mix is sick right now, so we will see how their performance goes tomorrow. Janet Devlin spent two days in bed last week, also sick.

  • Anonymous

    something weird’s going on with the new thread about Adam’s album. I can’t see any of the comments (except over on the side of the blog’s main page)

    anyway, very cool that he wrote the song “Trespassing” with Pharrell

  • Nele621

    Since Adam’s album isn’t coming out for four months, do you think he is doing this to take the publicity away from Beg for Mercy? Also, so everyone will know that THIS is his new album title, not BfM.

  • sagi

    I commented on the new Adam thread but it isn’t there anymore? Anyway, YAY!
    Hopefully the big news is a single will be out this month after all!? I think it could work out well for the album dropping in spring. There would be time to release another single soon before the album drops. and we will not be jonesing out for new music for months that seem like years!

  • Anonymous

    Since Adam’s album isn’t coming out for four months, do you think he is doing this to take the publicity away from Beg for Mercy? Also, so everyone will know that THIS is his new album title, not BfM.

    I certainly hope so. :-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    I’ve also posted couple of comments under Adam’s new thread and nothing is showing up. Anyway so exited.

  • Anonymous

    Daughtry’s album is streaming on his website

    chris_daughtry
    #New album is streaming now on http://daughtryofficial.com – check it out!! http://bit.ly/tCrfAU

  • Nele621

    Isn’t Daughtry’s album being released on Mon? How are his singles doing? Are they selling big?

  • Anonymous

    First listened to Durbin’s online streaming, now Daughtry.  I’ll have to let them “percolate” a bit before I give my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Re: not being able to see posts on Adam’s thread, try changing the order of the posts (from newest to oldest, or vice versa), it worked for me.

  • Keel

    I RT’ed that too earlier in the week and donated a little to her boarding! Small world. Did he get the dog himself or was it his tweet that made it possible?

    I believe David’s RT got someone interested enough to inquire about her, and later on in the day after the ‘thank you’ message, I saw a tweet from our very own @tierbee that the boxer just went home with her new family.  It really is a very satisfying ending.  

  • Anonymous

    Since Adam’s album isn’t coming out for four months, do you think he is doing this to take the publicity away from Beg for Mercy? Also, so everyone will know that THIS is his new album title, not BfM.

    That’s very possible. At the very least, stating the title can only help make sure people realize BFM is not his new album. I know some casual fans have made this mistake already with the single as well as some radio stations. 

    Giving people the actual title was smart move.

  • Anonymous

    I believe David’s RT got someone interested enough to inquire about her, and later on in the day after the ‘thank you’ message, I saw a tweet from our very own @tierbee that the boxer just went home with her new family.  It really is a very satisfying ending.

    That’s great! It was great of him to step in and help with the mission which many would find to be too small to deal with. Just another thing that makes me a fan of David.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4PGLRRYPIRI6TG4OO7UWPG43M Cathy Kosak

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