Idol Headlines for 1/17/09

‘Idolatry’: We’re back…with a whole new look!

Week one of American Idol’s eighth season is over, which means your trusty Idolatry crew is back to dish the proceedings. Somebody’s got a theory about where Bikini Girl bought her two-piece. Somebody’s fuming that Danny Gokey shared B-roll of his recently deceased wife during his audition package. And somebody — specifically, a particularly awesome contestant from season 6 — makes a very special appearance. Press play below, then weigh in with your own thoughts about Idol’s first two audition episodes of the season!

Entertainment Weekly

Sexual Chacolate

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“In life the microphone passes your lips but once … you had better be ready to sing.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the somberly thoughtful thought from music industry honcho David Foster that graces the screen first thing out of the box this new season. A seriously steaming hot pile of wisdom. So when stuff goes past your lips, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d better swallow it whole. Whatever it is. Microphones, delicious baked treats, whatever else you can imagine passing your lips. Chomp on that thing. Unless ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a microphone thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s also a soap on a rope. You seen one of those? That should not be in your mouth. Because ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be soap. Anyway, David Foster is like f**kinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Ben Franklin with the enduring quotes.


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Idol Contestant Worked in Same Tattoo Shop Where Britney Shaved Her Head

American Idol contestant Emily Wynne-Hughes — the tattooed and pierced rocker who advanced to Hollywood after performing Heart’s “Barracuda” on Tuesday’s audition show — has a strange connection to Britney Spears.

Wynne-Hughes, 21, worked at the Body & Soul Tattoo shop in Sherman Oaks, Calif., that unforgettable night in February 2007 when Spears shaved her head. (The television show Extra pointed out the connection Friday.)

At the time, Wynne-Hughes told Us that Spears had arrived agitated and, when asked why she shaved her head, replied, “I don’t want anyone touching me. I’m tired of everybody touching me.”

US Magazine

Anoop there he is, UNC student on American Idol

I knew it! Anoop Desai, the UNC grad student heading to Hollywood on American Idol, is an alumnus of the Clef Hangers, the rock apella group.

As soon as he opened his mouth I said he had to be connected to the group. I saw them a couple of years ago in Memorial Hall and their version of “Fix You” floored me. (And you know, ever since a capella groups discovered percussion, they’re actually kinda cool.)

News and Observer

Meet the real ‘American Idol’ bikini girl: Casey Carlson

Meet the real “American Idol” bikini girl: Casey Carlson.

Contestant Katrina Darrell made headlines and became a YouTube star after she showed up for “Idol’s” Phoenix, Ariz. auditions wearing an itsy-bitsy bikini and planted a big kiss on host Ryan Seacrest.

But Kansas City contender Carlson is the real deal.

The singer models in swimsuit calendars for Campus Girls USA [see here]. The company’s Web site features a gallery of Carlson à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ who is identified as a representative of the University of Minnesota.

Daily News

Idol Worship: Week 1 News Recap

Idol Gone Wild? Bikinis ruled and Simon drooled on week one of season 8, while the blogosphere revved its engines chasing down a slew of soon-to-be somebody’s. Here, your Idol headlines for the week ending Jan. 16:

Jaded Insider

Idol downloads: Cook edges Archuleta

Not much action for the Idols in the digital realm this week. Nielsen SoundScan’s data has David Cook the only Idol whose digital album sales rank among the 50 best-selling for the week ending Jan. 11. He sold 3,000, down from 4,000 the week before, meaning he’s sold 92,000 downloads of David Cook.

Idol Chatter

January chills Idol album sales

Six Idols remain in the top 200 of the Nielsen SoundScan album charts for the week ending Jan. 11, but all see their weekly sales fall faster than overnight temperatures in the Northeast.

Davidcookdanmacmedan2 David Cook slips two spots from 16 to 18, his 19,000 sales a 37 percent decline from the previous weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s 31,000. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s at 862,000 total right now, so if he plateaus soon, he might hit the million mark by spring.

USA Today

David Archuleta: First Music Teacher:

Anneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not the only one wanting to help Sasha and Malia during their stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  runner-up David Archuleta has offered up his musical skills for the girls. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I would give the girls music lessons,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  David told People. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Probably not piano lessons, because Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m far from the greatest pianist, but voice lessons.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Hopefully, Sasha and Malia were Archie fans and not Cook fans last year.

Access Hollywood

David Archuleta On Kissing, Kara DioGuardi, And Eating Grapes

American Idol runner-up David Archuleta (and also, um, these tweensà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ favorite-ist person on planet Earf) has has been a busy little beaver of late. Hereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s what Archu McSweety Cute Jeans has been up to since the ball dropped.

He performed an a cappella version of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Beà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC the other day. (J-14 was on the scene, BTW!) Fun! (Hard Rock Cafe is still open!?)

Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s also been eating grapes (!?) and blogging his sweet widdle facey off on MySpace: He says heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s trying not to ramble too muchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ but heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still pretty rambly, which, of course is why everyone Archu-loves him! Also, exclamation points: proceed with caution, Archie! (But, of course, all is Archu-forgiven.)


David Archuleta Offers Advice For New à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Hopefuls
Twist magazine editor Jackie caught up with David Archuleta for an interview at the ‘American Idol’ season seven runner-up’s private show at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Archuleta talked about ‘A Little Too Not Over You’ coming from personal experiences, painting a fish shaped plate at the last school dance he went to, and advice he has for this season’s ‘Idol’ hopefuls. Watch the interview, featuring highlights from the concert, below.


Happy Birthday, Kristy Lee Cook!

Kristy Lee Cook wowed both the judges and viewers with her initial season seven audition, in which she sang a chilling rendition of “Amazing Grace”. Unfortunately, as the season went on, she became more well known for her consistent spot in the bottom three. She was always good-natured about it, however, and even used to joke about it, herself. Despite her seemingly permanent bottom three status, she had tremendous staying power, and made it to a very impressive seventh place on the show. Kristy sacrificed a lot to audition for AI, including selling one of her barrel horses.


Syesha Mercado talks The American Idol Experience

One of the things Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m most looking forward to for the American Idol Experience is how the past stars of the television show are worked into the attraction. As we roll up to the grand opening date of February 14th, Disney has been leaking out some videos of those former Idols with their views on how the attraction and their experience as part of the show are alike.

Today we find Syesha Mercado (the one with à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Yesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ in her name) who was the 2nd runner up to last yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s American Idol David Cook.

The Disney Blog

Inaugural ball will be broadcast live to troops

WASHINGTON (AP) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural ball for the military will be broadcast to American troops around the world.

Singer Jon Bon Jovi will headline the event, with comedian George Lopez as emcee and performances by singer Jordin Sparks, Miss America 2009 Kirsten Haglund and the group Right On.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee said Friday that the Commander in Chief ball would be broadcast live on the Pentagon Channel to military bases overseas.

Tickets to the ball will be free to invited guests in the military, families of fallen troops and spouses of deployed soldiers.

Associated Press

The winner of American Idol, Jordin Sparks

You won American Idol at 17. But the first time you tried you were sent home. What made you persist?

The first time when they told me no, I was 15. Maybe the second time round I seemed more determined, or maybe it was just the red scarf I was wearing. I wear that scarf a lot now!

Do nerves get the better of you?

I do get nervous sometimes. Excitement and nerves are the same thing; it’s just psychologically how you think about it. I walk out and start singing, and pray that I don’t forget the words.

Gone Country 3: Justin Guarini

You know, I have been blessed to have been working for the past six years consistently, and mostly below the radar. And so I think this show for me was a brand new challenge, and yet something that Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been leaning towards. My writing, especially when I write when I play guitar, has a more country soul attitude. So this show is an amazing opportunity to get to know à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and also have them know me à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  a brand new audience. That is an amazing audience and a loyal audience if you can get it right. I watched a few episodes of the first season; I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t want to watch too much. I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s going to be six of us living in a house, trying to deal with each otherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s personalities, but also dealing with the challenges of country living. I feel fortunate; Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve grown up in the south, so I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t mind shoveling dung. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not going to shy away from that, you know. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m from Columbus, Georgia. So those sort of country living things I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t think are going to affect me negatively.


Q&A with Sanjaya is done. Watch the replay!

Local “Idol” star Sanjaya Malakar joined us for a live Q&A session today.

Malakar, who now lives in New York but comes from Federal Way, rose to fame a little less than two years ago when he finished seventh on “American Idol.” He made waves with dramatic hairstyle changes throughout the show’s run, and won over a legion of “fanjayas” along the way.

Next Tuesday Malakar releases a double whammy: a new five-song EP and a book entitled “Dancing to the Music in My Head: Memoirs of the People’s Idol.”

Seattle Times

American Idol series 8: The auditions continue

American Idol is, apparently, quite a lot like London Buses. Large, unwieldy, unable to settle on a format model anyone can agree on, and red. No, wait, not red. Whatever: You wait for ages, and then suddenly two come along at once. Here we are, second night in a row, another full two hour show. It’s almost too much.
But not quite à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

Quick! Name 10 things that you know about Kansas City off the top of your head! All right, five things. Go! Oh, for goodness’ sake. Three things?

All right – here’s one thing to kick you off: it’s where you’ll find the setting for American Idol 8’s second audtion show. Also it’s half in Kansas and half in Missouri.

American Idol a hit with US viewers

American Idol increased its audience for its second outing in the US on Wednesday by 200,000 viewers, its best performance relative to its launch night in five years.

The hit Fox reality show, which was created by British impresario Simon Fuller and produced by his firm 19 Entertainment, pulled in 30.1 million for the launch of series eight on Tuesday night, although it was the lowest rating debut in five years.

On Wednesday night, American Idol’s audience grew to 30.3 million, making it the highest-rated non-sports show of the 2008-2009 US TV season so far. Wednesday’s second edition beat the previous highest rated entertainment show this season, the premiere of CBS’s crime drama CSI, by 9 million viewers.

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  • jersey

    I love Dave White. I was just coming over to post the link because I saw that it was actually published on Thursday this week, instead of Saturday morning. I’m glad you already posted it, MJ! (I should have known).

  • chewsday

    ^^^^ I do too, but for the life of me I don’t know why. His brand of humor is not what I usually like. Oh, well; I’ll just enjoy it rather than question it.

  • ozarka

    Jive has plans of getting all techie with Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    DENVER (Billboard) – Wireless carriers appear poised to deliver on what the mobile industry has long seen as its holy grail — location-based services (LBS).

    Today’s mobile phones can provide remarkably specific location data to their users through a combination of embedded GPS chips and network-based cell-tower data. It’s a feature that holds great promise for commercial applications by providing the ability to deliver to mobile phone users information, entertainment and advertising tailored to their location.

    Potential applications could be as simple as alerting fans when artists listed as their favorite on Facebook are appearing in their area, or offering them a discount on the album if they walk by a participating record store. Others can be more complicated, such as using music as a filter on mobile location-based dating services, or enabling members of a text-message fan club to find each other at concerts.

    There are opportunities for the touring business as well, such as providing directions to a venue where an artist might be playing a surprise show, or less aggressive applications such as listing all the gigs scheduled in a user’s immediate area.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ (clip, clip)

    Label sources admitted that they are only now starting to scratch the surface of any potential LBS applications, which to date revolve mainly around coupons and contests. Jive/Zomba said it is exploring using the technology in an upcoming David Archuleta campaign.

    Source: Reuters

  • ozarka

    Archie gets a mention in a Celebuzz article about Lady GaGaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Lady GaGa Forgot to Wear Pants…Again

    Squeaky clean Idol munchkin David Archuleta knows all about Lady GaGa’s naughty penchant for ditching her pants. And now so does all of London!

    New York City-based diva Lady GaGa (real name: Joanne Stefani Germanotta), 22, found herself having a #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic last week.

    On Sunday, she jetted off to the UK to keep the momentum going.
    Apparently her agenda for conquering Old Blighty includes stalking around the streets while flashing her well-tanned thighsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and of course, like any ’80s-loving starlet, wearing her sunglasses at night.

    … (clip, clip)

  • gingerly

    Yay, Melinda on Idolatry. That was pretty funny. She was really believable too.

  • noctem seizure

    Jive has plans of getting all techie with Archieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Good to know they at least have plans for something for him. Was beginning to wonder….

  • Dr. Tracey

    Loved Idolatry, thank you Kristen Baldwin for saying exactly what I was thinking about Danny Gokey but didn’t dare say LOL and Melinda was great, loved seeing her again.


    Am I the only one that finds Kristens voice very annoying? I’m not too much into her opinions either. I’ll probably tune into Idolotry anyway.

  • cookcricket

    My comment brought over from the KC audition thread:

    Yeah I watched Idolatry (which I love!) this morning from the headlines. I was about to register to make a defense for Danny, but saw several others did.

    Unfortunately Kristenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s response will only make it worse for those on the fence about this to start with. 1) Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s never walked in his shoes, and 2) she of all people should know how AI edits these things to milk it to the nth degree.

    Finally, and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m projecting here: For all I know his wife may have requested that he do this regardless of what happenedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know the whole storyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    I’ll still watch Idolatry, but to me her comment was almost more cringe worthy than the back story they presented.
    The rest of the it was extremely funny, including Melinda!

  • MrsTrep

    I have NO idea what was said in the Idolatry thingy, at work and can’t watch, re Danny. I can say that everyone needs to do whatever it is they need to do to get through a rough time (within legal limits of course) and I am not one to judge their actions. When my father passed away when I was in college one of my classmates asked me why on earth I was out at the bar a week later. It was normalcy for me. Nothing else was normal, except the bar I went out to on Friday nights. So I went out to feel normal.

    And as cookcricket said, it may have been something she wanted for him. I am definitely nervous for him emotionally because the show has defnitely been shown to be an emotional rollercoaster for many contestants and he is already on one to start with. I hope TPTB are respectful with this one…..

  • ozarka

    Archie takes over Radio Disney (again) this coming Monday, January 19th, at 6pm ET (3pm PT)!!

  • ozarka

    Archie is both todayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Top Ranked Celebrity and Top Ranked Musician on xRank!!!
    Woohooo!! Way to go, David!!! :thumbup_tb:

  • bean99

    I also disagree with Kristen on Idolatry about Danny. First of all there was a contestant last season (Asia’h – I looked it up) who lost her dad right before the audition and I don’t remember anyone saying how horrible she was. 2nd it’s unlikely he sent them his videos for his audition last summer. Much more likely that the producers requested them so they could edit them into the show. It was Danny’s last chance to try out for Idol and it wouldn’t bring his wife back if he didn’t.

  • mj

    I have NO idea what was said in the Idolatry thingy, at work and can’t watch, re Danny.

    Well, she basically called him a “fucking lunatic.” Which, at that point, 4 weeks after his wife’s death, he probably was.

    Unfortunately Kristenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s response will only make it worse for those on the fence about this to start with. 1) Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s never walked in his shoes, and 2) she of all people should know how AI edits these things to milk it to the nth degree.

    I agree. I’m pretty cynical, but I’m not going to make a judgment on his intentions based on edited snips from his audition. If he advances, we’ll see how he carries himself throughout the competition.

  • abbysee

    When I first saw him and heard his story, I was a bit leery, I must admit. I felt a bit uncomfortable, but I do know that people handle grief in different ways, and I am not going to judge him because of this. I am just going to watch and see how it plays out.

    I never really followed idolatry too much, after this week maybe I will. I think Kristen speaks as if she is trying to swallow her words. But I’ve heard worse, I think.

    Dave White makes this show fun. After every show I wonder what he is going to say. Glad he continues to put up with it. I always want to write something in his comments section, but I chicken out. I don’t want to be a stalker, but I started watching Project Runway when I found out that he wrote about it as well. That is how crazy I am about him. I love that he never forgets The Boogie, and Fantasia. I love him, lol.

  • Trina

    I was browsing through Flickr and came across this Apparently merchandise is out already for the AI Experience. That shirt is adorable!

  • MrsTrep

    Between the marketing guru’s at Disney and AI I have to say I am not in the least bit surprised. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they were selling it out front of the spot that it was set to open at months ago!!

  • MN Sue

    Dave White is the stuff of Idol Recap legend! I hang on every cultural reference and cut through the crap comment. I find his sh*t hysterical.

  • widz

    Thanks for the link, Trina!

    Did you guys see the caption?

    Here’s one of the kid’s shirts, I believe, with the brand new David Cook Mickey. *facepalm*

    LMAO :lol_tb:

  • widz

    Don’t know if this has been posted..

    Sneak Peek of the American Idol Experience video:

  • cookcricket

    Well, she basically called him a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“fucking lunatic.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Which, at that point, 4 weeks after his wifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s death, he probably was.

    Good point!

  • toma

    What’s Kristen so incensed about on Idolatry? What makes her an expert on how to handle the death of a spouse? Perhaps Danny was feeling like he needed a complete change in his life.. just get out of his head a bit and experience something that is totally out of his routine.

    Isn’t he at the cap age where he either does AI now or never? Music is obviously his talent and i’m sure leaving his ill wife for almost a year was out of the question, but now that she’s gone perhaps he wants to take this chance and just live life to the fullest.. as i’m sure his wife would want.

    I’m not a Danny expert, but his talent struck a chord with me and he seems to be a genuine person just like the young girl, Jessica seems genuine.

    As far as the video background Danny provided for AI.. why wouldn’t he want the world to see his wife? He’s obviously proud of who she was and wants people to know her through him. Kristen was too harsh and to me just came across as a total beotch.

  • cookcricket

    Too late to edit my above comment. It was a good point about being a lunatic 4 wks after your spouse dies, but that’s not how Kristen came across as meaning it to me.

  • SallyinIllinois

    This is new. Never saw this Spotlight-Jennifer Hudson video before. It must be a reshoot:

  • purplesmile

    I’m not sure if this has already been posted, but Archie’s Crush is background music in the trailer for the “New In Town” Movie.

  • abbysee

    This is new. Never saw this Spotlight-Jennifer Hudson video before. It must be a reshoot:

    No it’s not new. This one was discussed a few weeks ago. David Archuleta did a similar one in flower shop for his song Crush.