Idol Headlines for 12/09/10 – The Evening Edition

Ruben Studdard was a special guest of Taylor Hicks at the Workplay Theater in Birmingham, AL tonight! He sang “Woman’s Gotta Have It”. Watch for video…

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Ryan Seacrest tweets, “Still shooting @AmericanIdol idol hollywood week. Very emotional. judges are making some tough cuts. You will see this in january”

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Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Kathy Griffin is a tiny little bundle of babe!. Just met her backstage at Chelsea Lately (who’s also a bad ass babe.) Show airs on Dec. 22!”

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Katharine McPhee tweets, “Hey, Everyone! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the @VEVO Music Video Premiere of “It’s Not Christmas Without You” www.vevo.com”

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‘American Idol’: Contestants will perform in Vegas after Hollywood week, Top 12 may start tweeting

EW has also confirmed that, once the show finds its Top 12 finalists, Idol producers are seriously mulling increasing the coverage of the contestants inside the fabled Idol house. The insider points out that with likely more minors than ever in the Top 12, thanks to the new lower 15-years-old age requirement, several parents and/or guardians will likely be living in the Idol house as well, and that could make for some compelling television. (What is more unclear, and may be for quite some time, is where that “house” will be located in Los Angeles.)

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Crystal Bowersox: The Reality Rocks Interview, Pt. 1

“I didn’t tell [the Idol producers] a lot of my story. I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, wah wah, look at me,’” the resilient single mother explained. “But I have a million stories of digging through garbage cans for food and sleeping on park benches…When my son was born, he slept in a Moses basket on my nightstand. I didn’t have money for a bassinet and all that…But he had love, constant love, and now he has all the fancy little things that make life fun. He’s getting a racecar bed for Christmas!”

Read more at Yahoo Music

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‘American Idol’ video slots hit Vegas

American Idol contestants may travel to Las Vegas as part of the upcoming season’s competition, but Idol already has a presence in Sin City.

The American Idol video slots came out this week. The machines, which have LCD screens and MegaFX Surround Chairs, boast audition clips from former contestants. Last season’s judges’ panel — Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell — also play a part in the game.

Read more at Idol Chatter

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Kris Allen Interview on GOOM Radio

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Kris Allen is an All ‘American’ Boy – New York Post

via NewYorkPost

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Kris Allen Interview on Mix1049 – 10 Dec 2010

Via orchidalius

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David Archuleta’s “Who I Am” on The Amazing Race Asia

Via Annelovess90

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OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Sings Husband’s Praises

As just about everybody knows, Carrie Underwood married Mike Fisher this past summer. The tall, dark and handsome hockey player Mike Fisher. But Underwood loves Fisher because of so much more than just his rugged good looks. She recently gave CMT Radio Live’s Cody Alan her litany of reasons why she loved Fisher so much. And it’s a pretty long list. “He’s just one of those people that you wanna be around, because he’s got this light around him. His energy and his focus is on God. He’s a great friend. He’s got like five zillion times as many real true friends as I do. He’s fun, honest and sweet,” Underwood said of her husband, with the unmistakable sound of newlywed bliss in her voice.

Read more at CMT

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Jennifer Lopez: All About “American Idol”

Spending another day hard at work, Jennifer Lopez was spotted on the set of “American Idol” in Pasadena, CA on Thursday morning (December 9).

Looking chic as ever in a fluffy fur coat and oversized hoop earrings, the “Back-Up Plan” beauty chatted it up with fellow judges Randy jackson and Steven Tyler during the brief downtime.

See the photos at celebrity-gossip.net

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Jennifer Lopez’s Tatler Russia Hotness

Kicking off the New Year with a sexy cover story, Jennifer Lopez is on the front of the January 2011 issue of Tatler Russia magazine.

The “Wedding Planner” babe goes with an animal print theme in the photo spread and looks like she’s genuinely having a great time.

See the Photos at celebrity-gossip.net

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American Idol star to perform at Blaine PAC

Blaine high school’s wind ensemble could get an unexpected boost in their fundraising efforts this year after they garnered a special performance by American Idol star Timothy Urban.

Urban, who was a top 10 finalist of contestants in season nine of the FOX reality singing competition, will perform at 7 p.m. January 4 at the Blaine performing arts center to help raise money for the band’s annual trip to Japan on January 25. The band has accepted their third invitation to perform as the International Student Band at the 2011 Funabashi Musical Festival in Tokyo.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for these musicians,” Urban said. “I am very excited to be a part of this endeavor. It’s going to be great performing near my family in Washington and helping out the community of Blaine.”

Read more at the Northern Light

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Frenchie Davis to Perform Sweet Soul Music at La Mirada Theatre

Los Angeles – Broadway veteran and American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will perform in Sweet Soul Music, a one night only concert at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, January 30 at 7:30pm.

The concert will feature the music of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight, under the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Read more at TheaterMania

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Exclusive: Ed O’Neill denies saying Jane Lynch didn’t deserve her Emmy

O’Neill’s statement reads in full: “Last week I spoke to a group of journalists and one quoted me supposedly saying of Jane Lynch, ‘I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part.’ I never said those words and transcripts of the press conference attest to that fact. Of course I root for my dear friends Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen (and all of my colleagues on our show) at Emmy time, but I absolutely never said, nor do I believe that Jane — whom I think is an enormous talent — was undeserving of the award. I reached out to her yesterday to ensure she knew I’d been misquoted but I wanted to clear this up publicly as well.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Simon Cowell aims to follow The X Factor with primetime ITV pop show

Simon Cowell is poised to launch a new Saturday night pop music show on ITV1, in what is likely to be regarded as an attempt to fill the void left by the demise of Top of the Pops.

The music mogul revealed today at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s The X Factor final that he was developing a “new show” for ITV1 that he said could showcase for British talent.

Although details were sketchy, Cowell tantalised reporters with a few hints immediately after the formal press conference broke up. “There is always room for more music … and we will be doing something on Saturday nights,” he said.

Read more at The Guardian

  • gangreen29

    I don’t want to see too much coverage of the house on the show, but I think putting up clips on youtube would be really smart. I just remember how people obsessed over Adam and Kris being roommates in season 8, I bet those type of people would eat up that junk if they put it online.

  • frogcooke

    Falling Stars from Kaleidoscope! (via: Pandasmama) http://tinyurl.com/232r6nc

    EDIT: booo went private lol

  • HoppersSkippersMiners

    Wow – Kris’ interview skills have improved so much over the last year! That NY Post clip was pretty entertaining.

  • Masieta

    This interview Kris did today on Goom radio is hilarious. She asked some interesting questions. The best part, though, was the DJ asked Kris what it was like to be in full radio promo mode for his new single Alright With Me that was coming out soon – and which they were going to play. GREAT NEWS! Looks like Jive is pushing it. Kris has certainly been getting a lot of publicity in New York.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju661m7RHtg

  • http://doeeye.wordpress.com/ doeeye

    Holy smokes, Kris looks gorgeous in that Goom interview. The NY Post interview is great! Thanks for posting them!

  • djafan

    Falling Stars from Kaleidoscope, not private!!! credit davidfankimbee.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJOSP-B9BvA

  • HermeticallySealed

    I’m sorry, but I could care less what the contestants do in the house. And i certainly couldn’t care less about their parents. Seriously, this is starting to sound like they are turning this into The Real Idol. When they claimed they were returning focus back to the contestants, I had hoped it wasn’t a focus on irrelevant drama.

  • Eriko

    Interesting, so Crystal doing co-writes with Linda Perry and Michael Franti was on the table. It would have been interesting to see the results from such a collaboration, if time schedules would have allowed.

  • JoCeeisme

    Kris sure did look hot in that Goom interview, wow!!

  • smeggingnuts

    LOL

    Twitter Defends Trending Topics Policy, Denies WikiLeaks Ban

    Twitter introduced its trending topics list in 2008, and at the time, it did include the terms or phrases that were mentioned most often on the site. However, that led to certain phrases – like “Justin Bieber” or “Adam Lambert” – just sitting on the trending topics list for days on end, even if there was no new news about those people. As a result, Twitter in May changed its trending topics algorithm so that topics hit the trends list “when the volume of tweets about that topic at a given moment dramatically increases.”

    haha I know its OT and MJ I understand if you delete this. I just thought it was funny that they mention Adam when defending their policy change for trending topics….hehehe

  • tripp_ncwy

    nvm

  • TwigLA

    This was a great day for Kris publicity. I’m thrilled that Goom radio put up video from the interview today on youtube. That and the NY Post were really fun and funny.

    It sounds like Kris is ready to hit the studio. I wonder how long he’ll take to produce his second album with already having songs for it.

  • bridgette12

    “haha I know its OT and MJ I understand if you delete this. I just thought it was funny that they mention Adam when defending their policy change for trending topics….hehehe”

    I would think it would be Beiber and Gaga.

  • loveroftalent

    Ed O’Neill denies saying Jane Lynch didn’t deserve her Emmy

    You really cannot believe anything written in the media anymore. It always gets changed around to cause controversy. We all have to realize this when something is written that so and so said, instead of jumping all over them.

  • smeggingnuts

    bridgette12:
    12/09/2010 at 9:22 pm
    “haha I know its OT and MJ I understand if you delete this. I just thought it was funny that they mention Adam when defending their policy change for trending topics….hehehe”

    I would think it would be Beiber and Gaga.

    That was my understanding when the change happened that it was because of Beiber fans. They were soooo pissed when it happened. From what I remember Adam never trended regularly just when something happened. Thats why I thought it was funny they name checked him.

  • jennyl

    I didn’t hear the full interview but did Crystal just called idol ablums cheesy including DC. LMAO! WTG girl.

  • loveroftalent

    Thats why I thought it was funny they name checked him.

    haha…It’s like they just threw his name in there. All I remember Adam trending is when something happened. He does seem to always get put in the middle of things, for some reason.lol

  • smeggingnuts

    haha…It’s like they just threw his name in there. All I remember Adam trending is when something happened. He does seem to always get put in the middle of things, for some reason.lol

    hehe makes one think maybe they just threw his name in there so Biber fans wouldn’t get mad again because it really just Beiber they were changing the rules for….heheh

  • loveroftalent

    That was a great interview with Chrystal. Good for her for doing things her way.

  • bridgette12

    smeggingnuts:
    12/09/2010 at 9:38 pm
    hehe makes one think maybe they just threw his name in there so Biber fans wouldn’t get mad again because it really just Beiber they were changing the rules for….heheh

    Smeggs, that crossed my mine also. They used Adam’s name to keep the Beibers off their backs. But I do have to say I am happy they changed the rules, because it was ridiculous that Beiber use to trend 24/7 for no reason.

  • Eriko

    I didn’t hear the full interview but did Crystal just called idol ablums cheesy including DC. LMAO! WTG girl.

    No she didn´t. She did say that sometimes the typical Idol post album was a little cheesy (in the context of how the AI machine works), which many would agree with. If you think DC album is “typical” for AI post albums, then I guess you could say that. I did tho hear her praise DC

  • loveroftalent

    I didn’t hear the full interview but did Crystal just called idol ablums cheesy including DC. LMAO! WTG girl.

    No she didn’t say any particular idol. I really like Chrystal’s straight forward way about her. Just says what’s on her mind. I appreciate anyone who can just be themselves; honest and open. This is what I love about Adam so much…and also his voice of course.

  • bridgette12

    jennyl:
    12/09/2010 at 9:35 pm
    I didn’t hear the full interview but did Crystal just called idol ablums cheesy including DC. LMAO! WTG girl.

    Crystal needs to realize that there is nothing wrong with some good old fashion All-American Cheese. Especially if that cheese help make some of those alums millions of dollars.

  • glamertitis

    bridgette12:
    12/09/2010 at 9:58 pm
    jennyl:
    12/09/2010 at 9:35 pm
    I didn’t hear the full interview but did Crystal just called idol ablums cheesy including DC. LMAO! WTG girl.

    Crystal needs to realize that there is nothing wrong with some good old fashion All-American Cheese. Especially if that cheese help make some of those alums millions of dollars.

    Yeap, and better cheesy than borrrinnggg. At least we will stay awake listening to cheesy

  • frogcooke

    from kaleidoscope

    I’ll be Home For Christmas:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEH2Vds7Uvo

    Falling Stars:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR6Iooqo6zw

  • Eriko

    Crystal needs to realize that there is nothing wrong with some good old fashion All-American Cheese. Especially if that cheese help make some of those alums millions of dollars.

    She didn´t say there was anything wrong with that. But thankfully, there are still some family restaurants that serve wholesome meals among all the Mc Donald’s that make millions ;)

  • tinawina

    No she didn´t. She did say that sometimes the typical Idol post album was a little cheesy, which many would agree with. If you think DC album is “typical” for AI post albums, then I guess you could say that. I did tho hear her praise DC

    Yeah, Lindsey asked something about her writing situation being rare for idols and Crystal seemed like she was saying that she knew DC co-wrote and had some great songs of his own make it and so did some others, but the typical idol albums are a little cheesy. OR she called him cheesy. LOL. I don’t think so, but it will still be a big argument anyway, because that’s how we roll!

    She looked good! In think having access to good healthcare is agreeing with her. She came off really… I don’t know… like an brutally honest introvert. Heh.

    Crystal seems like the type of person that you shouldn’t ask if your butt looks fat unless you really, really want to know. :D

  • karenc

    Eriko:
    12/09/2010 at 9:49 pm

    No she didn´t. She did say that sometimes the typical Idol post album was a little cheesy (in the context of how the AI machine works), which many would agree with. If you think DC album is “typical” for AI post albums, then I guess you could say that. I did tho hear her praise DC

    That’s the way I heard it too. She wasn’t necessarily talking about DC when she said that, because first she said that she had heard he had cowritten some songs. It doesn’t even necessarily mean she is that familiar with his album.

    ETA: Still, just coming off a show with such a history, IMO she shouldn’t talk negatively about or criticise someone else from the show. Which she is doing by saying that most idol albums are cheesy. It would be much more tactful to just say that her album is different than others that have been on the show.

  • bridgette12

    Crystal needs to realize that there is nothing wrong with some good old fashion All-American Cheese. Especially if that cheese help make some of those alums millions of dollars.

    She didn´t say there was anything wrong with that. But thankfully, there are still some family restaurants that serve wholesome meals among all the Mc Donald’s which make millions

    Wholesome meal are great, if the cooking is good.

  • loveroftalent

    Crystal seems like the type of person that you shouldn’t ask if your butt looks fat unless you really, really want to know.

    Haha…but this is an awesome quality. I love honest and to the point kind of people.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen in Japanese Fashion magazine called Safari http://twitpic.com/3ehze9
    http://twitpic.com/3eiacx/full

    ETA: Translation
    4: Kris is wearing a sharp M-65 with a hard popped collar, coordinated with navy blue denims & sneakers. Look at his fresh manliness.?http://twitpic.com/3eiacx

  • Mahalo2

    She looked good! In think having access to good healthcare is agreeing with her. She came off really… I don’t know… like an brutally honest introvert. Heh.

    Crystal seems like the type of person that you shouldn’t ask if your butt looks fat unless you really, really want to know. :D

    Tinawina, LOL!!! :))

  • Eriko

    She looked good! In think having access to good healthcare is agreeing with her. She came off really… I don’t know… like an brutally honest introvert. Heh.

    Crystal seems like the type of person that you shouldn’t ask if your butt looks fat unless you really, really want to know. :D

    LOL…guess she shouldn´t get into politics. But honestly, I think she´d say your butt looked great, no matter how it looked. Her honesty is never meant to hurt people

  • heidijoy

    Loved both of David A’s performances of Falling Stars and I’ll Be Home For Christmas and also Paul Wiley’s skating. Also was entertained by David skating with the stars. He reports that the Ice Skating Show will be on Dec 19 on Fox(check local listings)

  • artemis

    There is a difference between being open and honest and being tactless.Several people have compared Crystal’s outspokenness and Adam’s, but there is a difference. Adam is very open about his own life, but I have watched many of his interviews, and I don’t recall him criticizing the efforts of others (well,except Subo’s Wild Horses).He is an extremely positive, diplomatic person. If he ever had any disagreements with RCA, we never heard about it.
    I think there have been some cheesey Idol albums,too, but if I had an Idol album coming out and wanted Idol fans to buy it, I don’t think I would say what Crystal said. I’ve seen some ugly babies ,too, but I don’t feel compelled to mention that to their loved ones. :) It’s a little early in her career to try to leave Idol behind.

    I really, really don’t want anyone to tell me my butt looks fat; just tell me it’s curvacious. :)

  • Indigobunting

    Danny Gokey will be playing the House of Blues Vegas tomorrow night as part of that AI slot machine promo. I believe it is all comped tickets; a private concert.

    All I have to say about Cheesy AI albums is that one person’s American Cheese is another person’s Brie. :)

    Artemis; I agree with you. I am all for honest opinion, but I think you can do it without dumping on the work of other artists. Not classy. And I like Crystal.

  • tinawina

    Haha…but this is an awesome quality. I love honest and to the point kind of people.

    There is a difference between being open and honest and being tactless.

    Watching that reminded me of my oldest sister. She’s really sweet and kind of spacey, to the point that her nickname is The Blonde (funny when you realize we’re African American LOL) but she’s also unbelievably blunt. So it’s like you’re talking to her and all of a sudden she’ll just stop and say something really awful out of nowhere. Example (Real convo between my oldest sister and the next in line) -

    Oldest Sis: “Hey, did you watch Grey’s Anatomy yesterday? It was good. That girl is crazy. Oh I so saw your friend the other day…. the fat one. What’s her name? She has the really ugly hair like you used to have before you changed it. I like her, she’s nice. But Grey’s was good.”

    Other Sis: (Stunned look, gives me a nervous glance): Um… who? Denise?

    Oldest Sis: Yeah, her. She had her daughter with her. I hadn’t seen her in years.

    Other Sis: Is her hair still in the short bob?

    Oldest Sis: Yep.

    Other Sis: You thought it was ugly when I had it?

    Oldest Sis: What are you talking about?

    Other Sis: My hair.

    Oldest Sis: Your hair is not ugly.

    Other Sis: You just said it was ugly in the Bob?

    Oldest Sis: It was. I told you. But you changed it so who cares.

    Other Sis: You never told me that.

    Oldest Sis: Yes I did. Where’s my bag? (continues on, oblivious)

    It sounds mean but she said it in a very pleasant, neutral tone of voice, like she has no idea what she just said. She does that all the time. My husband is scared of her for that reason. LMAO. She’s the nicest person and will do anything for us, but there is a filter missing, and she just says things. And if she’s mad at you, she’ll come right to you and tell you to your face all the ways in which you screwed up in that same loopy way.

    I’m thinking Crystal might have to learn how to curb that tendency for interviews. Its probably not a good thing PR wise. :D

  • Kris

    There are plenty of people who are honest and open who don’t offend people with what they say. Or say things that could possibly hurt others. It is interesting to me that people who do those things are seen as being more real because they tell it like it is versus people who don’t do those things.

  • Eriko

    tinawina, good story and it wouldn´t surprise me if you´re right about the similarities regarding your sister. I also know a person like that, lovely guy. I also know one who never says anything that isn´t “politically” right. But when nobody hears and in private..yukk, as phony as they get. I truly believe she didn´t mean to dump on any AI contender, but maybe the ones in charge of the recording process.

  • Indigobunting

    Lol, Tinawina, your sis sounds exactly like my cousin! God love her, but someone is going to punch her someday :lol:

    Danny is in Vegas; sounds like he is taking in a Colts vs Titans game; someone must have let him down on the field:

    http://yfrog.com/gyz8tzj

  • Inconnu

    Indigobunting:
    12/09/2010 at 10:36 pm
    Artemis; I agree with you. I am all for honest opinion, but I think you can do it without dumping on the work of other artists. Not classy. And I like Crystal.

    I agree too and I am a fan of hers.

  • cochem
  • Andy11

    I have the impression that Crystal may be trying to filter a little bit ( maybe she has been reading these blogs lol) but when asked direct questions she just can’t help but answer them straightforwardly. I think she’s awesome but I can see how some people may be put off by her candor. She also may exasperate at times her producer, the suits at Jive, the 19 people etc. but i bet they still dig her–especially the dudes.

  • cwm

    tinawina — I loved your story as an illustration of the point you were making. LOL You really crack me up sometimes. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Great interview with Crystal. Love, love, love her candor, determination, and how she speaks straight from the heart. Even if she never made a record, she’s the kind of person I would like and respect. She’s got that blue collar, rust belt honesty that is all too rare in today’s say nothing, phony, horseshit PC world of celebrity.

  • lizland

    Wow, Crystal is very articulate. Impressive. I guess I haven’t followed any of her press, and hadn’t realized. (You certainly couldn’t tell from the show). I didn’t find her rude or arrogant or anything. She wasn’t dogging any Idols in her comments. Some of the lable-required songs, maybe.

    I thought she was the best last season, but her music is not my thing. I wish her luck and success though.

  • Ratna12

    I LOVE Kris interview with GOOM radio.

    He was just so calm, it is his nature I guess, everything is so relax.
    The Q & A almost gave me a fright though.
    - I don’t know what happen if Kris answered differently, but thankfully he is Team Jennifer. Yes !! Me too, with a passion.
    - Kris not being a romantic. Reminds me of his interview with Ellen where he said that he is married so young because “if you know, you know. I don’t want to try anything else.” Sigh. What can be more romantic than that.
    - Funny that he prefers brunettes, but that he is married to the blondest of blondes.

    Kris is gorgeous here, but I think nothing can beat his interview with Yong Chavez before he went to Asia on Feb 7 this year. He was scruffy there, but yum !

  • steph6449

    Danny is in Vegas; sounds like he is taking in a Colts vs Titans game; someone must have let him down on the field:

    http://yfrog.com/gyz8tzj

    Wouldn’t that still be in Nashville? (Tennessee Titans)

    If he’s not in Vegas tonight, Danny must be heading out for early tomorrow as he has his HOB concert tomorrow night plus at some point during the day he is singing the NA at that big rodeo event.

  • Indigobunting

    Danny is having a good time at the game. Tweeting up a storm.

    Danny with the Titan cheerleaders:

    http://img.ly/2AKB

    With some wrestler guy? Don’t know my pro wrestlers, lol.

    http://img.ly/2ANy

    Duh, yah Steph; I have the Vegas concert on the brain. I meant Nashville, thanks!

  • fictitiousreality

    tinawina:
    Crystal seems like the type of person that you shouldn’t ask if your butt looks fat unless you really, really want to know.

    LMAO this is the comment of the day :).

    I feel the same way, shes so brutally honest and yet so oblivious about it lol. The perfect example for me was the interview she did with Didi and she said she couldnt put fangs because of her missing teeth for the Ford vampire video and later realised what she has just said lol. She finished that one off real nicely, even showing her missing teeth to them lol, who does that? I find that refreshing to hear her honesty, its almost like talking to someone you’ve known for a long time. I totally dig people like that, they are one of the most sweetest, caring people I know as well and they will say it straight to your face :)

    Tinawina, nice little story about your elder sister she sounds awesome :=)

  • HermeticallySealed

    I remember when being polite was simply considered good manners. It’s a shame so many confuse good social graces with being “pc.”

  • Grammie Kari

    When they claimed they were returning focus back to the contestants, I had hoped it wasn’t a focus on irrelevant drama.

    I had hoped the same thing. Will there be those moments of manipulation? I’d like to see the contestants going over their music with Debra or Michael. I liked seeing David Cook and Blake Lewis working with their computers to work out their music. I even enjoyed when a few of the girls went on a shopping trip. But I don’t want scripted moments that make it all too obvious they are setting up the drama.

  • Ratna12

    Sad that in Kris interview with NYPost, the clip was from LLWD, since it is not his single at the moment. I wish that they can play AWM clip, even the unofficial video. But maybe that’s why they can’t play it.

  • gangreen29

    Most post idol albums are cheesy. Have y’all heard Diana Degarmo’s cd lol? I’m a big fan of Carrie, but Jesus Take the Wheel? Heaping pile of cheddar. One Step at A Time? Crush? Sorry for 2004? Munster piled on provolone over brie. I don’t see the problem.

  • goboywonder

    That is so cool that DavidA’s “Who I Am” was played on The Amazing Race commercial. It’s my second favorite song on TOSOD. Asia really love them some David Archuleta. :)

  • HermeticallySealed

    I had hoped the same thing. Will there be those moments of manipulation? I’d like to see the contestants going over their music with Debra or Michael. I liked seeing David Cook and Blake Lewis working with their computers to work out their music. I even enjoyed when a few of the girls went on a shopping trip. But I don’t want scripted moments that make it all too obvious they are setting up the drama.

    Exactly. Show us the behind the scenes of them working on their song choices; making the choice, working on arrangements. Anything that highlights how they come to their decisions or show us more of their work ethic. Save the drama for the dozens of trashy shows already out there.

  • gangreen29

    Exactly. Show us the behind the scenes of them working on their song choices; making the choice, working on arrangements.

    People would bitch about how boring that was.

  • girlygirl

    Kris in this Japanese fashion magazine. I don’t know Japanese, but it looks like he might be modeling/endorsing the jacket?

    http://twitpic.com/3eiacx/full

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    People would bitch about how boring that was.

    I know I’d tune out.

  • steph6449

    Danny has another Las Vegas concert coming up, January 29th at the Chrome Showroom, Santa Fe Station casino.

    Glad it seems he will still be doing some concert dates even though he’s had more time at home recently to focus on songwriting/etc.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Kathy Griffin is a tiny little bundle of babe!. Just met her backstage at Chelsea Lately (who’s also a bad ass babe.) Show airs on Dec. 22!”

    Gotta say, I’d rather eat glass and drink piss than sit through Kathy Griffin. Much as I love Mama, that’s one I may have to skip.

  • steph6449
    Exactly. Show us the behind the scenes of them working on their song choices; making the choice, working on arrangements.

    People would bitch about how boring that was.

    Aww. I like that kind of stuff, especially on topics I know nothing about, lol. Like watching shows like Top Chef or Project Runway where they give some examples of people with some skill practicing their craft… So educational ;)
    .

    ETA: and yeah, on the list of post-AI things that make me somewhat undecided about Crystal, tweeting about Kathy Griffin has to have joined the list :(

  • CindyM

    girlygirl:
    12/09/2010 at 11:51 pm

    Kris in this Japanese fashion magazine. I don’t know Japanese, but it looks like he might be modeling/endorsing the jacket?

    http://twitpic.com/3eiacx/full

    I’ve seen that picture before. Isn’t that page just showing celebrities who’ve worn the jacket? It doesn’t look like a modeling shot, it looks like a candid. Can’t remember where I’ve seen the picture before…maybe during the Idol tour or TMZ or something?

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Crystal responds to an angry tweet about her supposedly “dissing” singers who don’t write their own songs.

    @instantkarma478 no diss, its just that I do. Its not easy to sing other peoples songs as I know from my own exp. And I have mad respect 4it

    She’s truly a class act.

  • suziq

    My thoughts on Crystal. Really talented, quite smart, from the school of hard knocks…which has given her a sharper edge. She has had to look out for herself…and I understand how that has formed her harder edges. At the same time, I find her aloof, self-centered, a bit entitled, self-serving and fairly charmless. I think she is smart like a fox…she is quick to ingratiate herself with other celebrities and is a bit of name dropper on twitter. She flies the flag of the independent singer/songwriter chick awfully high…I’d rather see a little more humility and vulnerability. I think you can still promote yourself and succeed without this ironclad self confidence/arrogance. I find her fascinating, however, and will never deny her talent.

  • abbysee

    Most post idol albums are cheesy. Have y’all heard Diana Degarmo’s cd lol? I’m a big fan of Carrie, but Jesus Take the Wheel? Heaping pile of cheddar. One Step at A Time? Crush? Sorry for 2004? Munster piled on provolone over brie. I don’t see the problem.

    I liked a couple of those song, but yes, totally queso y mas queso. Love me some cheese. Hell for all those decrying what she said, she described one of her songs as a cheesy love song. I don’t see the uproar. I also see no arrogance, but women aren’t always allowed to be confident, it’s often perceived as arrogance. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.

    Still waiting for video of Ruben with Taylor @ Workplay~~~

  • standtotheright

    Aww. I like that kind of stuff, especially on topics I know nothing about, lol. Like watching shows like Top Chef or Project Runway where they give some examples of people with some skill practicing their craft… So educational

    Seriously. If a producer can wring interesting television out of a bunch of chefs sitting down the night before planning menus for food I’m never going to eat, then another producer can certainly wring interesting television out of preparing for live performances I’m actually going to hear.

    And I still say that Bowersox needs to own that she has a record deal because of the show and so quit knocking the people who came before her. Yes, a lot of the albums had their share of cheese. Pointing that out after the fact isn’t going to make her album stand on its own any better, especially since it is a very solid effort (if not OMG amazeballs), and doesn’t need to be fluffed up in comparison.

    “I wanted to have a wider-framed shot because my history is part of who I am, and I think this cover represented that visually. Especially the lawn ornaments.” No comparison, no false political correctness, just an explanation of who she is without reference to anyone else.

  • gangreen29

    Like watching shows like Top Chef or Project Runway where they give some examples of people with some skill practicing their craft… So educational

    Top Chef and Project Runway are like all about the drama. There isn’t like an ounce of educational substance on those shows lol.

    Also I love Kathy Griffin.

  • standtotheright

    I personally learned a lot more about molecular gastronomy from watching Richard Blais use the techniques on TV than I had in reading months of foodie blogs.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    I still say that Bowersox needs to own that she has a record deal because of the show

    She’s never said otherwise. Saying she would have made it another way if not for Idol is hardly suggesting she doesn’t appreciate the success that she earned from the show. Perhaps you’re confusing her with Lee making a big stinky doody about how Idol is cutting back on instruments?

  • standtotheright

    That’s not what I mean, neg. I mean that her history is now the show’s history, inextricably intertwined, and every time she tries to pull off the “I am just SOOOOOOOOOOO different from those poor puppets who came before me,” it sounds self-serving as well as naive.

    And her work is strong enough that she doesn’t need to say that. She can let the album speak for itself.

    For the record, I also said that DeWyze needed to finesse the question of the instruments. “I think that the audience is smart enough to know when a performer is making good use of an instrument or not, so I think the producers should just let them decide and vote accordingly.” And scene. My point was and remains that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

  • standtotheright

    I don’t really care about the AI mold, as I’m as far from a traditional AI fan as one can get (for me, the show is just a prelude that I might catch on Youtube before we get to the real entertainment of the album launches).

    But I do care about basic standards of courtesy towards fellow musicians, and I object to people discrediting other artists whether they came from the show or not. Now, people who do belittle others’ work don’t stop me from buying their music if it’s good (I bought MBDTF last week, and I’ll probably buy this). But it might make me think twice about picking up a concert ticket, because at other shows I can expect banter that doesn’t mock other musicians, and I’d rather not have to make those choices.

  • isisdagmar

    I didn’t watch the interview, but I don’t particularly mind Crystal saying the Idol albums are cheesy. idk, I’m not an Idol fan, and I do find most of the music/singers I’ve heard from the show cheesy. Adam was the first person I heard from off the show, and I just found out about him accidentally from a political website, lol, that I didn’t think was cheesy (and he’s certainly a feather-ruffler, lol). I find country-ish music almost always inherently a little cheesy, but that’s probably more about the associations of the music and not the music itself. So, she may not be my favorite kind of singer, but she’s good.

    idk, it’s not like people should never voice honest opinions about other artists’ work, but it can be hard to say what’s honest and what’s just rude. For example, I found Katy Perry criticizing Gaga for mixing religion and sexuality kind of hypocritical and annoying. But I didn’t find what Crystal said annoying. lol it would probably be hypocritical to find it annoying since I’m pretty sure Adam said something similar about previous idol albums (or that they’re often put out by people who don’t know who they are as artists or something) and I remember agreeing with that.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    She’s very courteous and has never mocked anyone. She has opinions, and is honest about them, and some people are very sensitive and this upsets them, but who specifically has she ever belittled? Simply saying some Idol albums were cheesy is no earth shattering revelation, and she didn’t name anyone.

    Did you read the tweet I posted above where she took the time to clarify what she thinks about singers who aren’t songwriters? How she respects them, and understands how difficult it is to do?

  • isisdagmar

    also woah just listening to her album, I did not realize that the For What It’s Worth song was called that.

    that’s so funny, for whatever reason my friends were super into that song our freshman year and played the original all the time. I think it’s still one of my friend’s ringtones. I really like her version, I might end up buying that one.

    I don’t think Crystal’s music or talent are necessarily earth-shattering but I do think she’s pretty excellent. :) I might like her voice and way of singing more than her actual music, which isn’t unusual.

  • isisdagmar

    Yep loving this version. Man, she’s a good singer.

    And she’s pretty.

  • standtotheright

    All I’m saying is that an artist whose work I think is pretty good comes off poorly in interviews (in the same way that many male artists do, for those who insist on making this a “female” thing).
    And by simply choosing not to share a couple of opinions that have no bearing on what her album is and sounds like, she’d come off better. Not naming names isn’t the point. (And I didn’t mind the interview statement or the tweet, but that wasn’t what I was talking about.)

  • istersay

    Farmer’s Daughter Album Review –
    “Farmer’s Daughter” (Jive): B+
    Boston Herald
    By Jed Gottlieb
    Friday, December 10, 2010
    http://bit.ly/fsdiyQ

  • poster

    I find her aloof, self-centered, a bit entitled, self-serving and fairly charmless. I think she is smart like a fox…she is quick to ingratiate herself with other celebrities and is a bit of name dropper on twitter. She flies the flag of the independent singer/songwriter chick awfully high…I’d rather see a little more humility and vulnerability. I think you can still promote yourself and succeed without this ironclad self confidence/arrogance.

    I agree. There’s a fine line between self confidence and arrogance. And I really liked her on AI, but she’s become a little too full of herself since. I keep waiting for an interview with some humbleness, but it keeps going the other way. I also think just naming David Cook as someone who writes his own songs, then saying Idol albums are usually cheesy, disses just about everyone else. Maybe she’s trying to distance herself from the Idol moniker, but I don’t think this was the way to do it.

    On a brighter note, she’s looking very beautiful.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I had hoped the same thing. Will there be those moments of manipulation? I’d like to see the contestants going over their music with Debra or Michael. I liked seeing David Cook and Blake Lewis working with their computers to work out their music. I even enjoyed when a few of the girls went on a shopping trip. But I don’t want scripted moments that make it all too obvious they are setting up the drama.
    ———
    Exactly. Show us the behind the scenes of them working on their song choices; making the choice, working on arrangements. Anything that highlights how they come to their decisions or show us more of their work ethic. Save the drama for the dozens of trashy shows already out there.

    I agree with you both. I’d rather see that kind of “behind the scenes” stuff than any petty dramas about living together.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Farmer’s Daughter Album Review –
    “Farmer’s Daughter” (Jive): B+
    Boston Herald
    By Jed Gottlieb
    Friday, December 10, 2010
    http://bit.ly/fsdiyQ

    Nice review. Oh, and he doesn’t like Bieber and gave Taylor Swift’s CD a B-, so that means his musical opinions are good and trustworthy, right? ;) LOL!

  • dancingqueen

    Couldn’t make Taylor’s Workplay concert this year – would have loved to see the Ruben/Taylor duet in person.

    When it comes to idol winners/contestants – not much changes after the season. It’s as much about what they say or do, as what their CD sounds like. Time has proven, they each find their own path and are almost always better off than they were before they were on the show.

  • koshka

    girlygirl:
    12/09/2010 at 11:51 pm
    Kris in this Japanese fashion magazine. I don’t know Japanese, but it looks like he might be modeling/endorsing the jacket?

    http://twitpic.com/3eiacx/full

    Kinda looks like one of those.. “get this look” pieces.

  • koshka

    suziq:
    12/10/2010 at 12:10 am
    My thoughts on Crystal. Really talented, quite smart, from the school of hard knocks…which has given her a sharper edge. She has had to look out for herself…and I understand how that has formed her harder edges. At the same time, I find her aloof, self-centered, a bit entitled, self-serving and fairly charmless. I think she is smart like a fox…she is quick to ingratiate herself with other celebrities and is a bit of name dropper on twitter. She flies the flag of the independent singer/songwriter chick awfully high…I’d rather see a little more humility and vulnerability. I think you can still promote yourself and succeed without this ironclad self confidence/arrogance. I find her fascinating, however, and will never deny her talent.

    I completely agree with this, the bad AND the good. She presents so much confidence at time I wonder if she is really over compensating for a lack of confidence. Sort of a defensive reaction. *shrug* The good news is that doesn’t matter in the short term because people don’t care how big of an a-hole you are (see Eminem) if they like your music. The only sticking point is an artist’s behavior with their management, label and radio. These are to folks that are going to make or break you.

  • steph6449

    Top Chef and Project Runway are like all about the drama. There isn’t like an ounce of educational substance on those shows lol.

    I didn’t say they were educational for everyone :) Just ~educational for me since I know nothing about those topics. Lol. Especially Top Chef, full of esoteric food words and techniques I have never heard of, ha. Though yeah, they also put the personalities out front and show the egos / ego battles of the competitors.

    I dunno, for me it can be interesting to watch shows where you see someone who is in a specialized line of work doing their job and how they go about it. Even shows like the Deadliest Catch…though there you also get the cool ocean stuff :) Can’t stand shows like the Housewives/etc that seem to be just real-world soap opera.

    I could see that being an interesting addition on AI with song selection, song preparation, interacting with the coaches, musicians, arranging the songs and staging — especially as those elements can make or break how the performance itself comes out. When AI is supposed to be at least nominally about finding people with potential to succeed as good recording artist, I’d much rather see more of them in that vein than filler of the finalists in their residence just hanging around, who’s making googoo eyes or fighting with whom, … ;)

  • TwigLA

    girlygirl:
    12/09/2010 at 11:51 pm
    Kris in this Japanese fashion magazine. I don’t know Japanese, but it looks like he might be modeling/endorsing the jacket?

    http://twitpic.com/3eiacx/full

    It’s obvious they cut and pasted this picture from another source as they did of the other male celebrities wearing the ‘Safari’ look. I don’t speak or read Japanese either, but it looks like they’re showing hot trends.

    Kris wore that jacket in NYC this week. He looks quite hot in that pic.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s as much about what they say or do, as what their CD sounds like.

    The good news is that doesn’t matter in the short term because people don’t care how big of an a-hole you are (see Eminem) if they like your music. The only sticking point is an artist’s behavior with their management, label and radio. These are to folks that are going to make or break you.

    Bad behavior (=a-holeness) from artists is tolerated proportional to how talented/successful they are. I think that there is a difference with Idols and a lot of their fans from the show in that the persona and talent of the Idol is intertwined, and for many, supporting the person is as important (and sometimes more important) than supporting the music.

  • lucy

    Farmer’s Daughter Album Review –
    “Farmer’s Daughter” (Jive): B+
    Boston Herald
    By Jed Gottlieb
    Friday, December 10, 2010
    http://bit.ly/fsdiyQ

    Nice review. Thanks for posting it.

  • lucy

    I didn’t say they were educational for everyone :) Just ~educational for me since I know nothing about those topics. Lol. Especially Top Chef, full of esoteric food words and techniques I have never heard of, ha. Though yeah, they also put the personalities out front and show the egos / ego battles of the competitors.

    I dunno, for me it can be interesting to watch shows where you see someone who is in a specialized line of work doing their job and how they go about it. Even shows like the Deadliest Catch…though there you also get the cool ocean stuff :) Can’t stand shows like the Housewives/etc that seem to be just real-world soap opera.

    Me, too.

    I suppose Idol doesn’t go this way because the producers aren’t confident that an audience really cares about *any* of the nuts and bolts of music. … Or because they don’t care much themselves but are mainly in this for the benjamins? I keep thinking about how Ricky Minor and the band, who worked very very hard on that show and who get tons of props from many many Idol alums for helping them out, supporting them and providing invaluable musicians’ input, were allowed to walk away without word one.

    With Nigel, it’s such a strange contrast with the way he puts SYTYCD together. And we know that he *is* a passionate evangelist of dance as an art form. Something tells me music doesn’t ring his chimes in quite the same way.

  • TwigLA

    I think it’s rather ridiculous how some can take a word from here a word from there and turn it into absolute irrefutable fact that this is what someone said or meant.

    There is no way that Crystal called David Cook or his album ‘cheesy’ or even that she called all her predecessor’s albums cheesy.

    It was a very nice and informative interview.

  • Tess

    Since Crystal has now given us all permission to be brutally honest in our opinions I will be honest with my opinion about Crystal. I feel that Crystal has ultra tunnel vision…that it is all about what she sees and feels with no regards to anything or anyone else. She says things within the context of how they pertain to her and her alone, never “thinking” that any other opinion has any validity. She “writes” her material so that is now the “only” true mark of a “true” musician. Everyone else is now just substandard. And I feel that she truly feels this way…and that is one of the reasons I find her so arrogant, (and I absolutely hate it when she is made cognizant of the fact she may have offended someone that she is so quick to send out an “apology” via twitter…if you feel that way Crystal just own it). She “exists” inside a bubble of her own making…and that may be fine for her but it probably doesn’t endure her to the world at large.

  • TwigLA

    On having the parents of the minors in the house, it’s doubtful to me that they will even show their presence on the show. Parents of minors have not been shown in the behind the scenes once the real competition gets underway other than in the audience or the background stories.

    I would think they would have to pay them union scale if they do this and AI is way too cheap to do that.

  • Eriko

    Since Crystal has now given us all permission to be brutally honest in our opinions I will be honest with my opinion about Crystal.

    LOL…I think you´ve been pretty brutally honest about how much you dislike her for a long time

  • Tess

    LOL…I think you´ve been pretty brutally honest about how much you dislike her for a long time

    I have never met her to dislike her. My opinions about her character are based on the information that is published for everyone to see. I think she has a lovely voice, though for me, very old fashioned and a throwback to the late 60′s.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Ironic that bloggers who are only too willing to publicly rip anything and anyone they don’t like without a second thought are so deeply offended when an artist they detest isn’t PC enough for their liking.

  • BootStar

    I listened to the entire Crystal interview, and I don’t think she comes across arrogant at all. While I thought some of her tweet angst was unproductive, I love when an artist — especially somebody coming off Idol, where you wonder what they’re threatened with behind the scenes to remain so PC for the most part — is frank and honest. A lot of Idol albums ARE pretty cheezy. Is there really any question about that? And a lot of them will likely sell MUCH better than Crystal’s, but she seems okay with that. As am I.

    Crystal’s been through hell and back, and she seems to have a very good head on her shoulders. The fact that she’s mended things with her mom speaks boatloads to me about her maturity and personal integrity.

    Frankly, listening to this makes me want to give her album another listen. I really only loved a couple of songs on it after the first time through, but this makes me want to spend more time listening to the lyrics and “getting to know her” better.

    One last thing, I LOVE that she mentioned that song she did on country night. While the performance that night was a little low key, her studio recording of “No One Needs to Know” was by far my favorite performance of hers all season. THIS is the type of “country” music I love: contemporary bluegrass/Americana/roots music. And rockabilly! I love that she mentions that. The same type of music I’m hoping Casey ends up putting on his album, as well. Actually, I’d love it if the two of them could do something together in the future.

  • MrDuffin

    TwigLA:
    12/10/2010 at 8:21 am
    I think it’s rather ridiculous how some can take a word from here a word from there and turn it into absolute irrefutable fact that this is what someone said or meant.

    There is no way that Crystal called David Cook or his album ‘cheesy’ or even that she called all her predecessor’s albums cheesy.

    It was a very nice and informative interview.

    I agree. I have looked hard and the only thing I can say bad about Crystal is that she has not released a Christmas song. I know it would be beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    People see what they want to see.

  • artemis

    People see what they want to see.

    Yes, I have noticed that.

  • tinawina

    Eh. I think its open to interpretation. I don’t think she meant to call anyone cheesy directly but I guess one could see it differently. The thing is, I like her and I don’t really care one way or another. But if she is going to be a blunt type person in the public eye she has to be ready for that kind of feedback. Pissing people off routinely is going to be part of the deal, so unless she wants to do media training she’s going to have to get used to it, and live with any consequences. Frankly, she doesn’t seem to be the type who cares too much.

    The most telling thing about the interview for me was the way she answered that question about her childhood. There she is, talking about her mother breaking her bones and looking through trashcans for food and whatnot, and she’s not in the least bit tense, or hostile, or catty towards her mom, or anything. She’s just answering the question. Her demeanor or body language never changes. Its like, you asked, here’s the answer. I think the girl just talks and what comes out comes out.

  • tierbee

    People see what they want to see.

    Is it surprising that people have different opinions? Some people will like her, some won’t.

  • sdmama

    Translation of Japanese Fashion magazine with Kris Allen. This is an article about this particular jacket called M-65, with bunch of celebrities spotted sporting it. They have this to say about Kris:(#4)
    “Kris wears M-65with collar pulled up, which is very sharp and cool look of this jacket, combined with deep blue denim pants and a pair of sneakers, giving this casual look. Watch how manly and yet cool and refreshing he looks!” something like that. Sounds more catchy in Japanese.
    Very complimentary to Kris. Yay!

    And it goes on to explain how important to carefully choose the good striking point of wild and macho with this type of jacket. None these people here went too wild and manly, and stayed stylish side, so they look great, blah blah. If anybody is really interested in men’s fashion, it maybe an interesting read. Too many strange fashion jargons for me to properly translate

  • 123abc456

    Crystal has a right to her opinion. I am not sure if I will buy her album but not because of the interview. I haven’t decided if I like it or not. But out of the 9 seasons of Idol I have bought 12 alum. They vary from right out of Idol to a few years down the road after Idol. About half of them did not win. I like them all mostly. So I like cheese I guess.

  • MrDuffin

    Crystal Bowersox tweets, “Kathy Griffin is a tiny little bundle of babe!. Just met her backstage at Chelsea Lately (who’s also a bad ass babe.) Show airs on Dec. 22!”

    I like Kathy Griffin….I think she is a hoot! I can see where Crystal would like her where a wimpy female would not. Strong women are the sexiest of all! :)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    awwww racecar bed haha <3

    the girl, joanne or something adam was tweeting vould be his sister haha :)

  • sma11ie

    I like Kathy Griffin too! Just dropped by to say I enjoyed Crystal’s interview. I’m a big David Cook fan, and not like it’s a big deal, or like I would be omgz so offended if she did diss David, but I listened to what she said, and she didn’t. I don’t feel like she dissed other idols either. No biggie. A bunch of Idol albums ARE cheesy, no big revelation there.

  • steph6449

    I like Kathy Griffin….I think she is a hoot! I can see where Crystal would like her where a wimpy female would not.

    Some non-wimpy females may just prefer other celebrities/role models, lol. I’ve occasionally seen Kathy Griffin in things that are amusing, but she’s also pretty hard-edged and unpleasant at times. And she’s coming from a particular point of view that many people simply don’t share, independent of personality wimpiness ratings ;)