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.”
WATCH New promotional videos from ALL NINE WINNERS at American Idol.com HERE.
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.”
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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
Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson Backstage at Hollywood Week
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!”
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.
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
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
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
‘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
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
‘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
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.”
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