Today’s Idol Appearances

  • Jennifer Hudson performs at the Shoah Foundation Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Dinner to honor Jeffrey Katzenberg.
  • Lee DeWyze to perform at the Very Merry Mixxer 2010 for Mix 106.5 on December 9 at Campbell Heritage Theater in San Jose, CA. More information HERE.
  • Jennifer Lopez is one of Barbara Walter’s “Most Fascinating People”.  ABC, 10 pm

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More bold, new ideas from the Idol producers! Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Some guy went for a pee at Idol auditions today and Ryan Seacrest followed him into the bathroom with sound and camera’s for an interview.”

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Kimberley Locke has a new TV show in development called Making the Curve. The show will “search for the most musically talented plus sized artists in America and create the first plus size pop super group for a new generation.” Kim is the host and Executive Producer.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Kris Allen, still in New York City, attended the Broadway musical, Spiderman, last night. Check out the backstage photos HERE.

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David Archuleta Ice Skates at the Kaleidoscope skating show in San Antonio TX

Via HushCatsTX

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Mix 104.9 Radio Interview, Santa Rosa CA, with Lee DeWyze

Via leahms23

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X Factor final: Simon Cowell orders extra rehearsals and tells singers to raise their game

TV boss Simon Cowell has ordered the singers to “raise your game” and scheduled extra rehearsals to ensure a classic X Factor final.

The worried supremo, 51, was disappointed with last week’s semi-final as Matt Cardle, 27, and Mary Byrne, 50, croaked through their songs and Cher Lloyd, 17, struggled to stay in tune.

Following a crisis meeting yesterday, Cowell cancelled time off and ordered all production staff, stylists and singers to take part in full dress rehearsals on Friday AND Saturday to guarantee a great show and bumper ratings.

Read more at the Mirror

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‘Glee’ star Dianna Agron fires manager and agent

“Glee” star Dianna Agron has fired her manager and agent after disagreements over her career, Page Six has learned. Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on the hit Fox series, parted ways with manager Lena Roklin of Luber Roklin and with the Gersh Agency. She’s now represented by agent Thor Bradwell at William Morris Endeavor. A source told us, “She is delighted with the success of ‘Glee’ and her role. But she parted ways with them around a month ago.

Read more at the New York Post

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Jane Lynch Responds to Ed O’Neill’s Emmy Comments: “Let It Go”

Earlier this week, the Modern Family star said Lynch’s acerbic Sue Sylvester was too “one-note” to win the supporting actress in a comedy Emmy, but Lynch is refusing to be drawn into a war of words with the actor.

“Thanks for being repulsed. But let it go, that’s what we’re doing,” her rep told E! Online.

Read more at TV Guide

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X Factor 2010 confirmed duets: Robbie Williams, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and will.i.am

X Factor 2010: Final duets confirmed, Matt Cardle will perform with Rihanna, One Direction with Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson with Christina Aguilera and will.i.am with Cher Lloyd

Read more at OK

 
  • fuzzywuzzy

    More bold, new ideas from the Idol producers! Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Some guy went for a pee at Idol auditions today and Ryan Seacrest followed him into the bathroom with sound and camera’s for an interview.”

    Sounds pretty desperate to me.

    I’m not sure that an eleventh-hour extra rehearsal will give Simon the result that he wants.

  • Kirsten

    Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Some guy went for a pee at Idol auditions today and Ryan Seacrest followed him into the bathroom with sound and camera’s for an interview.”

    Nigel is officially taking innovation too far right now.

    On the other hand, if the guy wins AI this will be good practice for when his BSC fans following him into the bathroom.

  • kimk

    lol David totally adorable! and not too bad!

  • lovingadam
  • frogcooke

    just saw this:

    kunoichi1409:
    UWOO FINALE AMAZING RACE ASIA!! and the closing theme? @DavidArchie ‘s Who I Am!! woo hoooo hahaha.

  • KathyH

    that’s cool, frog!!

    love the ice skating vid, but i want to see it in high def. so i can make out what, exactly, the guy (kurt browning?) is doing with david there at the end? hugging? trying to make him fall? trying to keep him from falling? lol. david skated quite well and i’m very glad the bow didn’t land him on his cute face

  • lovingadam
  • frogcooke

    lol at the skating vid. David, ice skates are not rollerblades lol. I noticed him trying to stop like on roller blades haha.

  • joelhss

    Kudos to David Archuleta for skating with the professionals. I’m sure many performers would have passed on that. He is such a good sport. We missed his performance with the So You Think You Can Dance couple, but the fact that he is willing to try new things even if it could be embarrassing is a testament to how grounded he is. Being able to rollerblade probably helps his balance, but ice skating is totally different. I noticed his attempt to stop like you do on rollerblades, too, frogcooke.

  • KathyH

    If I were ice skating, I’d try to stop using any method possible. Probably just by trying to land on my butt instead of something more breakable.

  • sass

    Katharine McPhee will perform at Two Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills this evening, Dec 9, for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and actress Monique Coleman will light the snowflake at the Via at Two Rodeo Drive. Around 5:30 the festivities begin.

    Kat performance and webcast last nite at Club Was in LA was AWESOME!

  • cookbunny

    Re: Dianna Agron’s change in management…I think this may be fallout from the controversial GQ cover. I got the sense in that blog she wrote after the fact that she wasn’t 100% in favor of the shoot.

  • CindyM
  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ dog Elvis has twitter and he is trying to be a good role model for Zorropup but pups have to learn some things on their own. lol

    theamazingelvis

    #He’s gonna be in trouble! I tried to tell him to put it back. Some things you just got to learn on your own. http://plixi.com/p/61899101

    #Jailed for his wrong doings. I tried to tell him! @ZorroPup http://plixi.com/p/61900509

  • istersay

    Um…Why do we need to hear people pee on American Idol??

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Crystal story

    Looks like they will review FD this Sunday.

    Look for an interview with Bowersox and a review of her new disc in Sunday’s Blade.

  • girlygirl

    LOL…too bad they didn’t have Ryan follow Kris when he met up with Simon & Randy in the bathroom at his audition…since Kris loves talking about peeing so much :)

    But I think it’s better if Ryan doesn’t do that again :D

  • girlygirl

    That BB poll is just another example of Idol fans spamming a poll. I like Archie, but IMO it’s more than a little silly that his album would get voted BBs Top Album of the Year.

  • spencer

    That BB poll is just another example of Idol fans spamming a poll. I like Archie, but IMO it’s more than a little silly that his album would get voted BBs Top Album of the Year.

    Spamming aside, it’s just goes to show that he has a fanbase that’s dedicated enough to feel that it is the Top Album of the Year (if just to them) – JMO.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Here are a bunch of backstage photos of Kris & Katy’s trip to see Spiderman on Broadway last night;

    http://www.filmmagic.com/ItemListing.aspx?cgl=465103&evntI=0

    ETA: Backstage pictures are also here: http://community.livejournal.com/krisallenmedia/277903.html

  • Indigobunting

    Spamming aside, it’s just goes to show that he has a fanbase that’s dedicated enough to feel that it is the Top Album of the Year (if just to them) – JMO.

    I would be happier if they were buying the album. Archie seems everywhere; getting a lot of PR. And wins polls. Why aren’t people buying the album?

  • Valentin432

    To me, it just makes the whole franchise and their fans look bad. Spamming polls, insult reviewers who are doing their job, harass radio pds to play the idols songs, buying a bunch of album copies and sending it to troops, hospitals, charities, etc. we all have seen that before and it all adds up to make an even worse reputation than idol fans already have.

  • girlygirl

    To me, spamming polls just makes the Idols look like a joke. Instead of spamming polls, why not support Archie or whoever by buying his music, going to his concerts, pushing for radio to play his singles?

    I don’t have a problem with people voting a couple of times on these polls if they want to do that to show support — it’s the spamming thing I’m against.

    ETA: I also think that Archie’s album isn’t good enough to win BB’s Album of the Year. I’d much rather see Eminem or Arcade Fire — or someone who put out a brilliant album — win this type of award. For people to take it seriously, an award like that should be left to music industry people, not fans. Otherwise it’s nothing but a popularity contest that really has little to do with the actual music. YMMV, of course

  • Elliegrll

    I also think that Archie’s album isn’t good enough to win BB’s Album of the Year. For people to take it seriously

    I agree that the spamming makes them look like a joke, but this poll wasn’t meant to be serious. It’s just a fan voted poll, and doesn’t represent what anyone who works for BB thinks.

  • Tess

    To me, it just makes the whole franchise and their fans look bad.

    Are we so insular with the AI franchise that we don’t think that this kind of fandom exists only within our confines. In all actuality, the world outside of AI is just as bad if not worse in many cases…and I would hazard a guess that other than other AI fans no one in the real world cares who wins these polls or online voting stuff nor do they read reviews or comments about reviews unless they have a passing interest in the object of the review.

    Also, internet sites have gotten pretty smart over the last few years…put up a poll and they just increase the hits to their sites, and make the results a bit controversial and they get even more hits and online buzz.

    Fans are little more than pawns in a game…and some like to take the game pretty darn seriously. It’s all just silly fun and really has no affect on winners or losers. The ultimate goal of any album is “to be sold” and online or tv show fandom votes rarely have a measurable impact in the “sold” column. Like girlygirl said…fans should place their efforts where it does the most good…get out their pocketbooks and buy.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    X Factor press conference was held today.
    X Factor 2010 confirmed duets: Robbie Williams, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and will.i.am

    Matt says his voice isn’t tip top. But he just said: “I won’t end up a Steve Brookstein.” Phew. #xfactorpressconference

    Oh, You mean the first X Factor winner that was erased from the X Factor history after a fallout with his mentor, Simon Cowell?
    Steve Brookstein live at Caffe Zero
    Yeah Matt, be careful. But Steve and Joe McElderry are already endorsing you, now you just need to get Leon Jackson’s endorsement.

    X Factor finalists at the gym, Rebecca flawless as always

  • bridgette12

    Valentin432:
    12/09/2010 at 12:18 pm
    To me, it just makes the whole franchise and their fans look bad. Spamming polls, insult reviewers who are doing their job, harass radio pds to play the idols songs, buying a bunch of album copies and sending it to troops, hospitals, charities, etc. we all have seen that before and it all adds up to make an even worse reputation than idol fans already have.

    There is nothing you mentioned in that paragraph that some other non idol fanbases haven’t done also. Doesn’t make it right, but it’s not a idol phenomenon. So people will say Idol fans are crazy, no more then some Beatle fans, Beiber fans or Gaga fans. It’s a small percentage that’s doing it and the fans who are not doing it are not responsible and shouldn’t be slammed for it.

  • joelhss

    Maybe the other fans were just not voting on this poll. There are some pretty powerful fanbases whose artists were listed. I am sure there was some spamming going by some of their fans. I personally voted once a day. I don’t think that is spamming. David’s fans are attending concerts, buying his music, (or some downloading illegally-shame on you), and calling stations, but if the station hasn’t even received the single from the record company, they aren’t going to play it. David is holding his own without much support, so just feel good for him. He is competing against many people who are willing to do things David won’t do for attention, and I think David is fine with that. His fans love him the way he is.

  • Kitwana

    joelhss:
    12/09/2010 at 12:06 pm
    Kitwana Too bad for you.

    I was joking. I love David’s album and have no problem with it being voted best album. What is the “best album” is totally subjective. I’m not convinced that “music industry people” (whoever they are),would be more objective.

    Valentin432: I don’t think your list is limited to Idol fans. Have you seen polls involving Jonas Brothers, Bieber, Britney, and Rihanna? The fact that David can prevail over all these other fanatics is impressive.

  • Kris

    Its just a poll, its not that serious either way. I don’t see getting offended that David won a poll over Eminem or Arcade Fire.

    I love that video of David skating. Its funny.

    Also glad to hear that Who I am got played on television during the Amazing Race in Asia. That is cool.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I wonder what this could be? They answered a fan question about LLWD. Maybe Kris got a VH1 Posted segment.

    VH1Top20
    @dy7764 09. One of our favs too. We have a nice gift to our @krisallen fans this month. Keep watching out for #POSTED

  • Elliegrll

    It looks like Kris will be featured on VH1 posted. I hope Jive is playing a part in some of this promo. It seems like when Jive is doing something 19 is no where to be seen, and when 19 starts pushing Kris, it’s Jive’s turn to vanish.

    @VH1Top20: We have a nice gift to our @krisallen fans this month. Keep watching out for #POSTED

    Oops, too late. LOL.

  • Incipit

    It’s not an award, it’s a Vanity Poll. As Tess says, sites put these up for hits. I completely understand fans of 2nd place finishers voting their fingers off on these, they have something to prove, it makes them feel good – and the makers of the polls know it, count on it, and capitalize on that knowledge. Rivalries are their bread and butter, and fans who feel disenfranchised are their meat.

    Beyond the momentary vindication until the next Vanity Poll goes up somewhere, to the extent that it brings a measure of visibility to their artist, it’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t hurt anyone, because it’s just for some brief bragging rights. Yes, there are better ways to promote your artist than a Vanity Poll, but there’s no reason to take it all that seriously, either.

    Just My Opinion, of course.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    The FIX FACTOR: Yesterday, Simon Cowell insisted The X Factor is not rigged. So how does he explain THIS lot?

    1. AUTO TUNEGATE
    2. THE PROFESSIONALS
    3. THE MANUFACTURED GROUPS
    4. GAMUGATE
    5. LOUIS LOSES OUT… AGAIN
    6. JUDGE WHO WON’T JUDGE!
    7. TWITTER CONSPIRACY
    8. THE SLOT PLOT
    9. WAGNER SAGA
    10. MARY CRIES FIX

  • TwigLA

    More bold, new ideas from the Idol producers! Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Some guy went for a pee at Idol auditions today and Ryan Seacrest followed him into the bathroom with sound and camera’s for an interview.”

    Ryan has zero class and if Nigel airs this, he has even less. They should have had cameras there when Randy and Simon ‘followed’ Kris into the bathroom.

  • Kris

    I can also say that more than likely the fans that voted on that poll have done all of those things, girlygirl. They have requested his songs to radio, they have purchased his album, and they have attended his concerts. They just want to continue to show support and do all they can for David.

  • Valentin432

    Are we so insular with the AI franchise that we don’t think that this kind of fandom exists only within our confines. In all actuality, the world outside of AI is just as bad if not worse in many cases…

    So people will say Idol fans are crazy, no more then some Beatle fans, Beiber fans or Gaga fans. It’s a small percentage that’s doing it and the fans who are not doing it are not responsible and shouldn’t be slammed for it.

    Yes, The Beatles, The Doors, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Eminem…. have stans that love them, but the big difference with Idol contestants is that they are huge, they are pop or rock legends that have sold millions of albums every type of awards, have sold out tours in arenas/stadiums.
    Even then I think Idol fans are in a class of their own. The show thrives in creating fanbases that obsess about their idol and commit to them by voting hours every week.
    If you can link me to several artists fansites that pushes other fans to buy bunches of albums, then I may alter my opinion but that doesn’t seem all that widespread.

    and I would hazard a guess that other than other AI fans no one in the real world cares who wins these polls or online voting stuff nor do they read reviews or comments about reviews unless they have a passing interest in the object of the review.

    Who knows how radio pds react from being harassed to play a song, I remember a journalist from a newpaper writing an editorial on Archuleta fans who spammed her column and were rude to her. I also remember an article on another site about the crazinnes of fanbases that cited quite a few idol alumnis too.

    I think part of the reason Idol alumnis and the show have such a bad rep is due to those extreme behaviors, that’s just my opinion.

  • music78girl

    It’s obviously put up by Billboard to get hits to their site — they have polls like this regularly. And the actual title of the poll as it was voted on was not “best” album of 2010 (even though it says that in the page link), it was for “favorite” album. To me favorite and best have different connotations. I know that’s semantics but there you go for what it’s worth. Here’s the link to that original poll results page: http://bit.ly/hFRlVP

    My thought on polls like this? Kind of a waste of time. But lots of fans spend time on them and I don’t have any problem with that. What you do in your own time is your business. I never actually voted on this one but I thought it was cool that David won it. It makes no difference in David’s career in the long run but if it makes fans happy (who maybe haven’t had alot to be happy about lately) well then I think that’s awesome.

  • CindyM

    Great deal on Crystal’s album from Amazon. On sale for $6.99 and it’s not the MP3 version, it’s the actual CD. Use MJ’s links. I think this means that all the pre-ordered CDs will reduce to that price, right?? I know that if the price changes on a preorder, you get the lower price…

  • Mtlfan
  • Kitwana

    If Billboard wanted to prevent David from winning the poll, it needed to stop people from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea or other Asian and Latin American countries where he is popular and played on the radio. I suspect people from those countries may have spammed the polls. Those countries may not count for a lot of album sales but they have huge, young populations. To prevent David from winning, I think Billboard also needed to stop girls under the age of 16 from voting because he has so many tween fans. While they are at it, Billboard also should have blocked people from Utah, Florida, New York and California from voting because he seems to have large fanbases there too.

  • bridgette12

    “Yes, The Beatles, The Doors, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Eminem…. have stans that love them, but the big difference with Idol contestants is that they are huge, they are pop or rock legends that have sold millions of albums every type of awards, have sold out tours in arenas/stadiums.”

    You mean to say that their fans extreme behavior is justified just because their favorite artist have sold more albums, have bigger tours and have more awards. Extreme is extreme, no matter whether your a fan of Elvis, Adam, Pink or Beiber. Crazy is out there whether some people are a fan of Crimson Tide Football, New York Yankees, Madonna or Brad Pitt. It’s not any worse with fans of American Idol, it’s seems extreme if your in the Idol bubble. But the average American not in the buttle don’t sit around thinking about what the Idol singers are doing or care about their fans and their behavior.

  • artemis

    This BB poll just proves that despite the low sales of his recent album, Archie still has a lot dedicated fans who care about him and are willing to take the time to support him. If anybody worries about Idol credibility being hurt by recognition given to an Idol who hasn’t sold well lately, they could actually do something to help-buy one of those albums!

  • AIaddict

    That’s a nice long interview with Lee. :) Good for him for standing up for WGWG, errr, musicians. :wink: He sounds relaxed, happy touring and still loves his lucky charms.

  • djafan

    I can also say that more than likely the fans that voted on that poll have done all of those things, girlygirl. They have requested his songs to radio, they have purchased his album, and they have attended his concerts. They just want to continue to show support and do all they can for David.

    I being a David Archuleta have done all of the above and if winning some of these polls brings attention and creates some buzz for him I’m all for it.

    Who I Am is one of my favorites on The Other Side Of Down, sure sounded nice on that Amazing Race commercial.

    David gave another great performance at Kaleidoscope according to those who were there and what a sport he is to get out on the ice.

  • Valentin432

    X Factor 2010: Final duets confirmed, Matt Cardle will perform with Rihanna, One Direction with Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson with Christina Aguilera and will.i.am with Cher Lloyd

    Well I was wrong on Matt/Xtina and Rebecca/Rihanna.

    Got to say that Simon really upped his game, those 4 are all big time worlwide superstars. It’s not like a few years back when one of the contestant was given a big advantage by performing with Beyonce.

    Aside from Cher (who was basically toast anyway) the three others seem pretty even.

  • Q3

    The Billboard poll did not block autobot voting. So it could have easily be just a few fans with modest tech skills to took over that Billboard poll.

    And Archie isn’t the only fan-spam entry on this list #5 JYJ “The Beginning”, #7. CHARICE “Charice” — so not really limited to Idol even in this poll.

    At some point, I think the reflects only on the individual artist vs. all Idol alums — and it, of course, destroys any slim credibility that this poll might have had.

  • heidijoy

    David A.’s album is my favorite of the year and so was his Christmas from the Heart. I’m a fan and proud of it! I filled in the blank with “Other Side of Down”. I’ve also bought @ least six albumes and gifted some. I listen to both in the car and @ home and prefer this music over what is on the radio and my great nieces enjoy the album too! I vote in polls to offer support and recognition to a great artist.
    Enjoyed the ice skating video!! David fully participates in whatever he’s involved in and I admire that.
    Looking forward to the Mo Tab concert next week.
    I don’t begrudge other fans supporting their favorite artist.
    Happy Holidays!

  • tinawina

    Well, Archie did get some coverage for it, I just saw it on the front page of the USA Today website. Right back with a link.

    ETA: Here it goes.

    Idol Chatter posted it but they put a link on the front under the Life section. At least he got some promo out of the deal.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Got to say that Simon really upped his game, those 4 are all big time worlwide superstars. It’s not like a few years back when one of the contestant was given a big advantage by performing with Beyonce.

    Aside from Cher (who was basically toast anyway) the three others seem pretty even.

    I’m not really sure Simon upped his game. Robbie Williams dueted with Olly Murs (Simon’s act) last year and totally screwed up. Both looked like two drunk men singing “Angels” in a karaoke bar.
    I don’t know what Robbie and 1D will sing on Saturday, but some people speculate that it could be “She’s the One”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDOjb3C39Lk
    I think Simon is obsessed with Robbie. Last season he performed two songs on the show and sang with Olly, this year he performed with Take That and will sing with 1D and who knows, maybe Take That will perform again. Take That also dueted with Leona Lewis in season 3 finale.

    It looks like The Finalists will perform their audition songs on Saturday. So:
    One Direction – Torn
    Cher Lloyd – Turn My Swag On
    Rebecca Ferguson – A Change is Gonna Come
    Matt Cardle – No Good

    Christina and Rebecca will probably sing “Beautiful”.

  • car

    If Willow Smith can get enough votes to get a People’s Choice nomination, I certainly don’t see any reason why Archie’s fans can’t vote for him for this. And I also don’t see any reason why fans can’t use their money to buy albums for the troops or charities or to raise money to purchase an auction item so their idol does not look bad. If that is what they want to do. I don’t think any fandom has the power to make anyone vote or purchase or contribute. It is a choice that is all.

  • frogcooke

    Shoot, I didnt even know about this poll. LOL and neither did it seem that half my twitter time line knew either.

    either way, vid of Who I Am being used for Amazing Race Asia commercial:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkwZunFT2-c

    I’ve heard of a lot of his songs being used for various shows in various asian countries.

  • Kitwana

    And Archie isn’t the only fan-spam entry on this list #5 JYJ “The Beginning”, #7. CHARICE “Charice” — so not really limited to Idol even in this poll.

    Charice is pretty popular in Asia, especially Japan. Again, if Billboard wanted to limit the poll to Americans, it should have blocked all the Asian fans from voting. That would have kept the Charice and David fans in those countries from voting.

  • KathyH

    I don’t think I voted in that poll, but David’s online fan base is large enough and dedicated enough to spread any news we find. If people link to an article or poll, that article or poll is going to get hits. The USA Today people know this. They’ve commented on it before in an amusing way, by warning fans of other singers that David’s fan base is dedicated and persistent. :) As someone said, too, his Asian fan base is quite healthy and they could vote too.

    As to the other stuff; the radio spamming and article commenting and the like, well, that’s a part of the Idol game. In David’s case, I believe that that kind of behavior from fans is far in the past.

  • CanadianFan

    This is my question about polls: if an idol is on a poll with a lot of established artists, does the idol generally win the poll.

  • Q3

    Kitwana:
    12/09/2010 at 2:48 pm

    And Archie isn’t the only fan-spam entry on this list #5 JYJ “The Beginning”, #7. CHARICE “Charice” — so not really limited to Idol even in this poll.

    Charice is pretty popular in Asia, especially Japan. Again, if Billboard wanted to limit the poll to Americans, it should have blocked all the Asian fans from voting. That would have kept the Charice and David fans in those countries from voting.

    The Billboard poll has no limit to how many times someone votes. Of the top 10, with a simple Google search I found organized fan voting campaigns in the US for 3 of the top ten artists — not just for Archie. JYJ and Charice fans also organized. But it looks to me like most of the Archie effort was in the US. JYJ was organized mostly in Korea. Charice fan groups in US, Canada and Philippines had campaigns to encourage people to vote. (I am sure if I search more, I would find other similar efforts for other artists.)

    In any case, I still do not think that fans organizing to support artists they care about is something that Idol fans have a monopoly on. Other fangroups do it. And Gaga fans have raised it to a high art. Hasn’t seemed to hurt her much. :)

    And, if Adam, David Cook or Kris had a new album in 2010, their fans would have been organized to vote for them, too.

  • pineappletree
  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Brand new Farmer’s Daughter review from Chris Lackner at Canada.com.
    http://www.canada.com/TRON+live+again+forecast+week/3952776/story.html

    And finally, “Halfway to crazy, not far from sane” are the opening lines of the title track on Bowersox’s debut album – and that’s exactly how I feel after listening to it. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s fairly good. In fact, Bowersox may prove to be Idol’s most talented contestant of all time.

    Also refreshing? An album cover by a young, female artist in which the artist is not half-naked and covered in 10 pounds of eyeshadow, or three- quarters naked and covered in glitter, or otherwise looking like she’s trying to attract Charlie Sheen. Bowersox’s getup is a pair of worn jeans and a plaid shirt as she relaxes on an old farm porch.

    Forecast: You’d think the big news of the week might be Michael. But the big news is that I couldn’t find anything to mock about an album from an American Idol contestant. Good luck to you, Crystal (and watch out for mail from R. Kelly).

  • frogcooke

    In any case, I still do not think that fans organizing to support artists they care about is something that Idol fans have a monopoly on. Other fangroups do it. And Gaga fans have raised it to a high art. Hasn’t seemed to hurt her much. :)

    Shoot bieber fans made twitter block him from trending topics and stuff. lol Lots of artist not just idols organize voting/support.

  • Q3

    CanadianFan:
    12/09/2010 at 3:14 pm

    This is my question about polls: if an idol is on a poll with a lot of established artists, does the idol generally win the poll.

    Very often, if an Idol is in a poll, they win. (Gaga fans can power out anyone from what I have seen. They make Idol fans look like amateurs and there are many, many more of them.)

    Idol fans know how to vote, and are very competitive and passionate. But it seems to fade as each Idol artist moves further away from their Idol competition. It could be fan voting burnout, or that people move on, or that when an Idol starts to have recording success, fans see less reason to vote in these polls. I guess it is a mix of all three. But I do not think there has ever been a real, quantitative study of the Idol fan lifecycle.

    For the most part, I think fans get tired of voting in polls that do not matter too much. In the past year, I think Adam has been in over a thousand online polls excluding Examiner article polls and blog sites. Some of those polls have really meant little to nothing. So a lot of fans have gotten smarter and don’t “play” anymore. People’s Choice Awards, for example, runs polls that have no purpose except to get clicks. They are not related to any award and have no PR value.

  • Q3

    Shoot bieber fans made twitter block him from trending topics and stuff. lol Lots of artist not just idols organize voting/support.

    Seriously, the Bieber fans are truly crazed! JMHO YMMV but I have been to a concert. It was months ago and my hearing is still damaged from the screaming!!

  • sr4mjc

    Good luck to you, Crystal (and watch out for mail from R. Kelly).

    I don’t understand this line. Is it me being dense? I know of R. Kelly’s past but have no idea what it would in any way have anything to do with Crystal.

  • tinawina

    Also refreshing? An album cover by a young, female artist in which the artist is not half-naked and covered in 10 pounds of eyeshadow, or three- quarters naked and covered in glitter, or otherwise looking like she’s trying to attract Charlie Sheen.

    ROFL!! :D :D

    sr4mjc, he reviewed RKelly a few lines before and made a crack about RKelly sending love letters to women over the age of 18. Heh.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Write-up from broadway.com An American Idol meets an American hero as Kris Allen takes in SPIDER-MAN: http://bit.ly/hl6VSU

  • sr4mjc

    sr4mjc, he reviewed RKelly a few lines before and made a crack about RKelly sending love letters to women over the age of 18. Heh.

    ah, ok. I didn’t read the whole page. ;)

  • CanadianFan

    Q3 Thanks for your info. So do polls include idols just to get hits. If this is the case, I think Idol fans should outsmart them and quit voting. However, maybe voting is just in the blood of Idol fans.

  • frogcooke

    awww here is another skating video with bonus Archie Spin at the end. hahaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbD0-BYYA0

  • kmd

    That skating video of Archie is too cute. It made me smile. It is nice to see him out there on the ice having fun with all those pros like Scott Hamilton. I like Scott too.

  • frogcooke

    kmd, i loooovvee scott! He’s the awesome sauce.

  • Q3

    CanadianFan:
    12/09/2010 at 4:07 pm

    Q3 Thanks for your info. So do polls include idols just to get hits. If this is the case, I think Idol fans should outsmart them and quit voting. However, maybe voting is just in the blood of Idol fans.

    JMHO — some do, but they include other celebrities for the same reason. And the Idols all starred for a season on the #1 show in America.

    Archie is pretty good on skates!

  • TwigLA

    2 great radio interviews with Kris, plus the video interview at the NY Post, and then Broadway.com article and pics. All sorts of goodness today!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And I also don’t see any reason why fans can’t use their money to buy albums for the troops or charities or to raise money to purchase an auction item so their idol does not look bad. If that is what they want to do. I don’t think any fandom has the power to make anyone vote or purchase or contribute. It is a choice that is all.

    Fans can spend their money in whatever way they want to support their Idol. The thing is, troops and charities don’t want CDs, so sending them CDs does not benefit them, it’s simply an effort by fans to pad the sales of their Idol’s CDs and shouldn’t be mistaken for anything else.

  • car

    Fuzzy, how do you know they did not want CD’s My sister-in-law has been to the middle east twice. Yes we have sent her care packages but we have also included fun things like CDs which she loves. We send her favorite acts and we throw in some not favorites. She loves it because then she gives it to others or trades with those who may love an act more than she does. I am well aware of some of the campaigns to boost sales but you can’t just say they don’t want them. Maybe some will appreciate it and others will not. Whatever the reason it is given some do get a little joy out of it. Again, if you don’t want to do it you do not need to, but I will do what I please with my money. Would I respond to a campaign, no. But if others do it is not my say.

  • poster

    I know for a fact a lot of people in the military love CD’s in their care packages.
    (ps: their overwhelming favorite is cookies, though!)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Fuzzy, how do you know they did not want CD’s

    I am speaking generally, and that CDs (unless specifically requested by individuals) are not on the lists of any of the requested items from the troops – what they actually want. That has also been posted several times by others here, and that troops do not have CD players. I’m sorry, but having seen tons of these kinds of campaigns over the years for practically every Idol, they really are nothing but an attempt to pad the sales of the fans’ Idols and to try to present it as anything else is disingenuous, IMO. If people really wanted to send the troops music/CDs, then they should ask/find out what artists’ CDs to send, not just send Idol CDs, without regard for what music the troops actually like/want. It’s like when Idol fans foist their Idols’ CDs on all of their relatives and friends, without regard for whether they are wanted, just to pad sales. I’ll never understand it.

    Again, if you don’t want to do it you do not need to, but I will do what I please with my money. Would I respond to a campaign, no. But if others do it is not my say.

    Again, I say, do whatever you want. It’s your money. I never tried to tell you to stop. I just think that it shouldn’t be presented as anything other than what it really is.

  • pineappletree

    I agree with fuzzywuzzy on this. Nothing but to pad stats of your Idol of choice. There is always one Idol every year that has the fanbase that does this type of buying.

  • bridgette12

    tierbee:
    12/09/2010 at 8:51 pm
    How many posts does it take about who is or is not obsessed before someone is proven to be obsessed? Heh.

    I think it depends upon whether your the one who’s obsessed or the one who’s obsessed by knowing why the obsessed is obsessed.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I don’t stress over it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I find it more than a little self serving when i hear others doing it. Every person in the military I know is more interested in getting practical items when they are overseas, things just about everyone needs or wants.

    Music is such a personal choice, and chances are random soldier “a” doesn’t share one of these individual’s personal taste in artists. Not to mention that they probably can’t even enjoy the cds as the odds of them having access to a player is next to nil.

    Guarantee you, given then option of fresh razors, oreos and such, or an AI cd, the soldiers would rather the first.

  • Zastine4974

    As someone who has a nephew in Iraq, I can tell you that the military on the front lines (he’s a marine) DO NOT WANT CDS. They are in a harsh environment (sand with sandstorms) and that does not fair well with CD players. Most there have mp3 players with the music they like (they keep them in ziplock bags). They want soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc. They live in a hole dug in the ground for protection because they have not trees where they are. They live, eat and sleep in these holes. They only have what they can carry and most do not have the luxury of having any open space in their packs for CDs or players. If you want to send them something, send them what they want, not something they can’t use.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    And the people who stress about this stuff seem just as obsessed to others.

    Who’s “stressed out”? LOL! Just expressing an opinion about having observed this fan behavior repeatedly over the years.

    I don’t stress over it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I find it more than a little self serving when i hear others doing it. Every person in the military I know is more interested in getting practical items when they are overseas, things just about everyone needs or wants.

    Music is such a personal choice, and chances are random soldier “a” doesn’t share one of these individual’s personal taste in artists. Not to mention that they probably can’t even enjoy the cds as the odds of them having access to a player is next to nil.

    Guarantee you, given then option of fresh razors, oreos and such, or an AI cd, the soldiers would rather the first.

    As someone who has a nephew in Iraq, I can tell you that the military on the front lines (he’s a marine) DO NOT WANT CDS. They are in a harsh environment (sand with sandstorms) and that does not fair well with CD players. Most there have mp3 players with the music they like (they keep them in ziplock bags). They want soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc. They live in a hole dug in the ground for protection because they have not trees where they are. They live, eat and sleep in these holes. They only have what they can carry and most do not have the luxury of having any open space in their packs for CDs or players. If you want to send them something, send them what they want, not something they can’t use.

    Totally agree with you both. Ultimately, if one desires to help anyone (troops, charities), giving them what they want and need makes the most sense.