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

The Idol Vegas trip is OFFICIAL, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

“As first reported by THR earlier this week, Fox is giving American Idol contestants a Las Vegas road trip, with a pit stop at The Mirage’s Love show.

The network just announced a press conference at the Love Theatre next Tuesday as part of a plan to take the Hollywood Round on the road for the first time ever.”

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WATCH New promotional videos from ALL NINE WINNERS at American Idol.com HERE.

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Maplewood singer featured on new American Idol commercial

Could Minnesota be feeling the “American Idol” love in the new year? If a current commercial touting the show’s upcoming 10th season is any indication, the answer is yes. That’s because it features footage of Maplewood singer Matt Sato auditioning in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. And J. Lo seems pretty smitten with the 20-year old.

Sato appears in the commercial, which is airing on Fox and even popped up during this week’s episode of “Glee,” about a third of the way through the 30-second clip when he tells the judges, “My knees are shaking.” J. Lo replies, “That’s OK baby because I liked you. There’s no reason for you to be shaking. We want you to be great.”

Read more at twincities.com

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Nigel Lythgoe says no more mean ‘Idol’

“Do I think ‘Idol’ can stay at the top?” he said. “Yes, I absolutely do. It dropped last year, and Simon Cowell was still in the show… [Lopez and Tyler] are artists, so there isn’t this attitude of, ‘Are you going to make me money? Are you going to make my company money?’ It’s ‘Wow, you’re talented.’ Or as Steven says, ‘Your soul is singing to me.’”

The new judges are not as hung up on the contestants look and style, Lythgoe said.

“They haven’t got this attitude – you know, Simon, bless him, hated country music,” Lythgoe noted. So as soon as a country singer came in, he turned off straight away and they weren’t going to go anywhere.”

And, he said, returning judge Randy Jackson has really upped his game for the new season.

“He’s really stepped out of the shadow of Simon, if you will, and he’s his own man, making some very strong critiques,” Lythgoe said. “He says more than, ‘Pitchy, dog.’ I think Simon might have left him a thesaurus when he left.”

Read more at CNN

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Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson Backstage at Hollywood Week

Photo: @RyanSeacrest

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David Cook’s 2011 Race for Hope Team for a Cure

David Cook returns for his third year to the Annual Race for Hope (May 1, 2011) in Washington, DC to help raise awareness and funding to benefit the brain tumor community. The Race for Hope is in it’s 14th year and David’s team is looking to become the top fundraising team once again this year (last year having contributed an amazing $152,306.74)!

Here’s a special message from David about the 2011 Race For Hope:

“Here we go again…

After two years of being involved with Race For Hope – DC, I am extremely excited to be running for a third consecutive year!

We, as a team, have been the top fundraisers for the last two years, and with your help, I believe we can three-peat! It all goes towards an amazing cause that is extremely close to my heart, so please, donate, and come run with us in our nation’s capital!

Thank you so much, in advance, for supporting this amazing organization! See you there!”

Via DavidCookOfficial

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Carrie Underwood: Chronicles of Narnia

Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood talks to Fox59′s Angela Ganote, about love, life, exercise and writing songs for the new Chronicles of Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

via wxintv

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Melinda Doolittle Set for Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in 2011

Feinstein’s at Loews Regency has announced some of the acts for its winter/spring 2011 season.

Engagements will include Lorna Luft in Songs My Mother Taught Me (January 4-9); Brooke Shields (February 1-12); Melinda Doolittle (February 22-March 5); Sheldon Harnick and Kate Baldwin (March 8-12); Shirley Jones (March 15-19); and Little Anthony & The Imperials (April 5-16).

Read more at TheaterMania

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As he promises shows in Britain and the U.S., is it … Cowell’s over Xposed Factor?

The controversies are almost over for another year. But The X Factor will never be the same again.

Next year, Simon Cowell will have a U.S. version of the show and he is determined to make it ­bigger than American Idol — the top-­rating programme he helmed for almost a decade which is produced by his rival Simon Fuller.

He has pledged his future with ITV for another three years in a deal worth an estimated £100?million, and he has promised an X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent next year. ‘I am committed to making sure both shows get ­bigger and better every year,’ he said. But the big question is, how?

Read more at the Daily Mail

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X Factor’s strongest year yet leaves Simon Cowell smirking

Four months of buildup! Millions of pounds earned by ITV! Thousands of people auditioned! Hundreds of cliches uttered by the judges! It’s. The. X Factor. Final.

At times it has felt as if the world’s supplies of dry ice, glitzy frocks and heartrending backstories would be exhausted long before The X Factor reached its finale. But this weekend, over a double bill of two-hour specials, television’s most overblown talent search will finally crown its champion.

From an initial lineup of 16 acts, four remain: Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, boyband One Direction and, controversially, Cher Lloyd – the 17-year-old with a sometimes trying singing/rapping style saved by the judges last week at the expense of “Tesco” Mary Byrne.

Read more at The Guardian

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‘X Factor’ winners’ singles revealed

For the first time in the show’s history, Simon Cowell is allowing all the acts to sing their own tracks. The Syco boss made the decision following Joe McElderry’s failure to land the Christmas number one spot last year with his version of Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’.

It is believed that Matt Cardle’s track is Biffy Clyro’s ‘Many Of Horror’, while Cher Lloyd is apparently lined up to cover Shontelle’s ‘Impossible’.

Rebecca Ferguson has reportedly recorded a version of Duffy’s ‘Distant Dreamer’, and One Direction are said to be tackling Alphaville’s ‘Forever Young’.

Read more at Digital Spy

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2010 in Music: The Year That Went Pop

Imagine it’s Jan. 1, 2010, and a psychic has laid out the following music predictions for the year:

–The cast of Fox’s hit musical series “Glee” will surpass the Beatles’ record for most appearances by a non-solo act on the Hot 100.

–Only one rock band will reach the Hot 100 top 10 — Train, with “Hey, Soul Sister.”

Read more at Billboard

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‘Glee’ exclusive: Production halted due to tonsillitis outbreak

Production on the Fox hit Glee has hit a snag or, more appropriately, a virus. EW has learned that due to several members of the cast coming down with tonsillitis, production on the series has been canceled for today. The cast and crew are currently in the midst of shooting their big post-Super Bowl episode and were set to film one of the biggest musical numbers this evening on location.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Slezak Joins Michael Ausiello at TVLine.com

Los Angeles, December 10, 2010– Entertainment Weekly staff writer Michael Slezak, whose engaging, witty and incisive coverage of such wildly popular TV shows as American Idol and Modern Family make him a must-read for reality junkies and television addicts alike, is joining Editor-in-Chief and Founder Michael Ausiello and Editor-at-Large Matt Webb Mitovich as a Senior Editor at TVLine.com, the new consumer TV-focused property from media and publishing company MMC. A premiere news destination that will offer exceptional and judicious coverage of television’s most talked about programs, TVLine set to launch in early January. Additionally, E! Online veteran Megan Masters is joining TVLine as West Coast Editor.

“While my job for the past six years has focused primarily on American Idol coverage, this gig with TVLine.com will allow me to explore my complete and borderline-frightening obsession with the entire reality-TV genre,” says Slezak. “I can’t wait to start recapping everything from Top Chef to that new CBS show featuring Paula Abdul in the Thunderdome.”

Read more at corp.mail.com

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  • wordnerdarchie

    I got home from a tough day at “School” and the first video that I saw was this one:

    http://www.americanidol.com/videos/season_10/where_are_they_now/david_cook/

    Way to make my day, Mr. Cook. :)

  • LVD

    @aaronmichael104: Big day at CCA today!! Casey James, Warren Haynes, and now Dale Jr!

    It seems like Rock 104.9 Asheville had a guitar auction and Casey attended. I hope he got to meet Warren Haynes. :)

  • girlygirl

    I need to watch the other new AI promos, but I liked Kris’. Don’t know about “I won’t do the dishes today” being the next single, though (lol at Katy’s eye roll) :D

    ETA: I like David’s promo, too (off to watch some more…)

  • tripp_ncwy

    I need to watch the other new AI promos, but I liked Kris’. Don’t know about “I won’t do the dishes today” being the next single, though

    Now that Kris is fine in the money department, he can just throw the dirty dishes away and buy new ones or get a maid. :-)

  • steph6449

    HOB gearing up for Danny’s event tonight in Las Vegas

    http://twitpic.com/3escbn

  • Ratna12

    Kris promotional videos,
    I wish I know when they will air it so I can tape it.
    LOL, his friends notice that his jeans are getting tighter.
    And Katy will pick a fight more so Kris can get some inspiration for songs.

  • Ratna12

    Nigel Lythgoe says no more mean ‘Idol’

    The whole CNN interview is funny.

    “The new judges are not as hung up on the contestants look and style, Lythgoe said.”
    And idol doesn’t care about making money now that Simon is gone. :D

  • steph6449

    dannygokey: About 2 sing the National Anthem @ the WNFR in Vegas n front of 19,000 country music & rodeo fans. Then off 2 the House of Blues 2 do a show
    29 minutes ago via Twitterrific

  • tripp_ncwy

    First Kris & now Adam going to see Spiderman on Broadway? I wonder if Kris told him about it.

    roberthp: Adam Lambert in the audience at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.”

  • movin2thabeet

    Wait, Casey is here in Asheville? Where?

    ETA: Hello?! Just saw a tweet that Gregg Allman and Warren are playing ‘Midnight Rider’. Bet its packed over at Asheville Brewing.

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  • girlygirl

    Kris and Adam can compare notes on how they liked the show :)

  • steph6449
  • CindyM

    tripp_ncwy:
    12/10/2010 at 10:07 pm

    First Kris & now Adam going to see Spiderman on Broadway? I wonder if Kris told him about it.

    roberthp: Adam Lambert in the audience at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

    Adam is friends with the lead, Reeve Carney. There were pictures of Adam, Reeve and Alisan Porter going out in L.A. at Christmas last year and tweets between them.

  • steph6449

    aww, lol.

    Cannot believe I did not comprende correctly that Danny Gokey was at HOB, my fav singer just a few blocks away. Yo soy idiot.
    5 minutes ago via web

  • Indigobunting

    My cut and paste isn’t working, but the tweeter of the pics just tweeted from Danny’s private concert:

    Concert done. I need a cigarette.

    :lol:

    I think she liked it :) She had no idea who Danny was before the concert, she was just there as a Vegas blogger for promotion.

  • girlygirl

    Kris just sang a bluesy version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas during his set tonight. It sounded like they were clamping down on video tonight, but maybe someone managed to sneak film it. He sounded really good (there was a livestream)

  • googletot

    Just saw Crystal on Leno, and she gave a great performance!

  • istersay

    Crystal was great on Leno, I like the sound with the band behind her

  • Valentin432

    Song spoilers for the X factor are up

    Some of the songs for Sunday are head scratchers for me.

  • emmuzka

    So as soon as a country singer came in, he turned off straight away and they weren’t going to go anywhere.”

    Ever heard of Carrie Underwood, Nigel?

    Slezak jumps to TVLine.com… Yeah, okay. BUT MY IDOLATRY! The best freaking online show in the net! What will happen to it?!

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    La Times: Simon Cowell is the ‘X-Factor’

    It’s a ratings jackpot American networks can barely dream of. Nearly one in every three people in Britain is expected to tune in Sunday to discover which pop star wannabe will triumph on the TV reality show “The X-Factor.”

    Despite the feverish speculation in Britain’s tabloids about the results and about the contestants’ personal lives — from the guy who may be investigated for welfare fraud to the woman whose 81-year-old grandma is a prostitute and proud of it — there’s never been any real doubt who the winner will be: Simon Cowell.

  • Incipit

    Thanks for posting David’s message about the Race For Hope, mj – The Race for Hope Team raised over $1200 in donations overnight, when the page was first posted, and it’s over $2000 now.

    It’s quite an experience, amazing solidarity and awesome people, working together on Race Day for a shared cause.

  • Grammie Kari

    Nigel is doing his best to tell us Season 10 will be the best. With some of the changes being made, I am not too sure about that.

    Is X-Factor that good?

  • karenc

    Grammie Kari:
    12/11/2010 at 5:59 am
    Nigel is doing his best to tell us Season 10 will be the best. With some of the changes being made, I am not too sure about that.

    I’m not too sure about it either. And I saw an interview with Kris Allen, and he said something interesting, that if the contestants have to do things like music videos and other production, they won’t have as much time to work on their songs, and that’s what should be important.

    Is X-Factor that good?

    I’ve actually been watching it online for the first time, and though there are some contestants that I like, there is much more production on the show, many performances have dancers, even the rock performances. The other thing is that the contestants are broken up into teams where the judge is also the mentor. So the judge has the final say on song selection and performances. I feel on Idol the contestants have much more freedom, at least they did in the past.

    It probably depends on the type of performance you like, because some people prefer the type of big production with dancers and everything, and some prefer much simpler production, like what we’ve seen in the past on Idol.

  • lorismile

    Kris and Adam can compare notes on how they liked the show

    Awww..I always liked their friendship. You could always see how genuine it was on the show. :-)

  • sunchick

    Slezak jumps to TVLine.com… Yeah, okay. BUT MY IDOLATRY! The best freaking online show in the net! What will happen to it?!

    Inorite? Although if TVLine manages to snare Doc Jensen, too, it would be like stealing the trifecta of awesome from EW.