Idol Headlines for 12/16/12

Clay Aiken performs at Northern Lights Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.
Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX.
Taylor Hicks performs at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Phil Stacey performs at the Life Church of Chicagoland in Palos Heights,  Via American Idol

Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and more perform on the VH1 Divas live special tonight beginning at 9 pm.  Adam will also host, as well as perform.

Adam Lambert on Hosting ‘VH1 Divas': ‘Men Are Divas, Too’ – This means seeing the American Idol favorite singing, acting, and of course, displaying his own unique sense of style. “A lot of the ideas for how I’ll be dressed are mine,” he teases. “Some of them I wish I could blame on somebody else, but I can’t.” He promises to change outfits “a zillion times.” Lambert’s hosting gig is a maiden voyage for the rocker that’s sure to show his range. On the run-of-show: a sketch with non-performer and Real Housewife Ne Ne Leakes, who will act as a diva coach for the 30-year old Idol season eight finalist. “We’ve pre-recorded a sketch that’s quite funny,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I haven’t seen the final edit yet so I hope I’m actually funny … But we had so much fun filming it so I think people will get a kick out of it.” – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

Adam Lambert Rehearsing – VH1 Divas

Adam Lambert Rocks Out at the Star 101.3 Jingle Ball – Giving his fans a memorable night, Adam Lambert performed at the Warfield in San Francisco on Friday (December 14). The 30-year-old rocker wowed the crowd in a yellow-and-black studded leather jacket as he belted out his hits, including “Fever,” “Trespassing,” and “Cuckoo,” to a packed house. – See the photos at Celebrity-Gossip

Clay Aiken: ‘American Idol’ is Now All About the Judges – Next year will also mark the 10th anniversary of his runner-up turn on “American Idol’s” second season, but Aiken isn’t expecting to commemorate the occasion. “I don’t know that I would commemorate it on the show,” he says. “I don’t know that they did it with Justin Guarini and all those folks. But ‘Idol’ back in those days was about the contestants. Kelly (Clarkson) and Justin and Tamyra (Gray) and Nikki McKibbin, they were all the starts of the show. And when I was on, Ruben (Studdard) and myself and Kimberly Locke were the stars of the show. Now ‘Idol’ is about the judges. I don’t even know if they remember there are contestants anymore.” – Read more at Billboard

Simon Cowell calls X Factor crisis meeting to save show – Simon Cowell is to return to London in the middle of January for an X Factor “crisis summit” to decide how to revive the programme for 2013. The TV audience for the final show last weekend was the lowest since 2006, although 11 million viewers still switched on. Richard Holloway, executive producer of The X Factor, said: “There is not one element we will not be looking at carefully – from judges and start times to auditions and glitzy productions.” He revealed that Cowell could even return as a judge: “I’d love him to come back. He’s the best judge in the world, Never say never! If we can find a way to reintroduce him, we will. But it is impossible for him to be in two places.” – Read more at Guardian.co.UK

Transitional year pleases ‘Glee’s’ acting alumni – LOS ANGELES | Life isn’t easier for the cast of “Glee,” even though the show has become bi-castal. According to Lea Michele — who’s in the New York faction of the TV musical — “we’re always busy. When they’re doing their scenes (in the high school segment), I’m in the recording studio or the dance studio learning my routines.” When the two come together — for holiday visits — it’s like old-home week, she says. Harry Shum Jr., who played one of McKinley High’s 2012 graduates, says a big question mark hovered over the 2012-2013 season. “We didn’t know how much we’d be on the show. But it’s actually the best of all worlds. You get to be part of the show you started from the beginning, but you’re also able to do other things.” – Read more at Sioux City Journal

  • fantoo1

    Clay sounds bitter.

  • jdanton2

    Looking forward to the VH1 Diva show tonight . Jordin besides performing is also hosting the After Party. 

  • loveroftalent

    I would love to hear a  Adam and Jordin duet.

  • milwlovesadam

    Glamberts: Let the squeeing and flailing begin!!

    Is it 8:00 Central Time yet????

    The Red Carpet is livestreaming on VH1.com at 7PM Central Time 

  • 1Can

    A moment from Clay`s show last night.  This song`s words seem to have more meaning at this moment as we struggle to find answers as to why so many children are gone. “No More Lives torn apart”

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BIlOmwnzxw&feature=youtu.be

  • loveroftalent

    I’m ready for it…

  • Larc

    I agree with Clay that Idol is too much about the judges.  Frankly, I can’t really see any logical need for them other than attracting viewers, if they even do that extensively for the long run.  Fans could very well see the performances, decide what they think of them, and vote without judges trying to engineer the outcome with their too often inane opinions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     I’m sure he knows Idol and everyone, save for his diehard fans, will send him a ‘WGAF whatchu think’ card in the mail, lolol

  • abbysee

    I don’t know if he’s bitter, but he’s wrong! Last years idol was all about Phillip and Jessica. Truthfully it was contestant-centric! IMHO maybe the preseason is about the judges, but once most seasons begin that shifts. Even with jlo performing the focus didn’t. It’s funny though for someone divorced from idol he knows an awful lot! Maybe idol is still more water cooler than I thought?

  • elliegrll

    This season hasn’t started yet, so who knows if the show will be about the judges.  Unless there’s a format change, American Idol is the one show where it’s hard to make it about the judges, even when we are still in the Hollywood round.  

    The judges have montages that are devoted to them during the first round of auditions, but they hardly get any screentime during Hollywood week.  All of the fake drama is about the contestants.  And aside from the introductions, the contestants are the main focus during the live shows.  This isn’t the case the X Factor or the Voice.

  • http://twitter.com/piatims Pia Tims

    Not to me.  He has nothing to be bitter about.  
    He is just telling it like it is.  I totally agree with him.
    Idol is not the same as it was in the beginning.
    When Kelly, Carrie, Kelly P, Jennifer, Ruben and Clay were on, they were just plain out raw talent.  We got to see them improve and grow.  Now, it is all about the judges not the singers.  These shows have all been diluted.  The only ones I will catch now is The Voice (I just watch that one at the start) and AGT.  I don’t watch them all the way through.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Of the 3 big singing shows out now (AI, XF, Voice) I think that Idol is the least about the judges. It is more judge-centric than in earlier years but that’s just the direction all these singing shows have gone. Kind of a domino effect — gotta one up each other. Even after they started bringing in the big name judges, I think Idol still managed to keep more focus on the contestants than the other shows. That’s the reason it’s still my go-to show.

  • 1Can

     What turned me off was when instead of having the former contests back to perform and promote their music. The judges performed to promote their new albums. For me this made it about the judges. When Idol came on the air most “superstars” would not have been caught dead on the show. Now the come on to revive careers and promote themselves.

  • getaway1

    At the beginning of Season 12, it will probably be more about judges. But that probably has more do with curiosity of the new panel. But it will soon settle in Business As Usual. Unlike The Voice, the power of AI is still in hands of the viewers.  I don’t think it’s a fluke that 8 of the 11 winners were never in the bottom.  Carrie Underwood was going to win regardless, even though there was at least one occasion that one I can recall she should have been in the bottom.

  • tucker davis

    You’re right! Performers began to realize ‘hey, I can go on AI and instantly have an audience of 15 million people hear my music!” No telling what AI pays them to appear, plus the increase of their sales. It’s a win-win for any performer. There have been so many former idols now, they should have at least 2 former idols per show performing.That would be another way they could show up the other singing shows…’look how much talent we’ve found!’ 

  • elliegrll

    when instead of having the former contests back to perform and promote their music. 

    But, even with this, the show is still mostly focused on the contestants.  Former alums usually have one of two performance slots on the result shows, and even if they didn’t, I still wouldn’t say that that would mean that the show isn’t about the contestants, since former contestants are in the same boat as every other performer.  Truthfully, the performance shows should only be 30 minutes, and at most feature a group performance from the current season’s contestants.   But, AI brings in the ratings, and it’s an entertainment show, so why not have other artists perform too.

  • YankeeFan08

    Yes Adam, I think you’re a diva! :)

    adamlambert
    Think I’m a #Diva? http://youtu.be/qdzwzQHQwZE  Let’s get #AdamIsADiva trending and I’ll get @VH1 to release some more outtakes!

  • 1Can

     I have watched AI from the beginning. Sorry but I see a huge change in what the show is all about.  Granted they have had to change to bring in numbers and competed with all the other singing shows. Still I think if we all went back and watched some early shows we would see the difference. Starting with how pre-season promo used to be about the contestants and how talented and promising the new crop was. Now it is about the judges.

  • Montavilla

    Clay sounds bitter.

    That’s the feeling I always get, even though he’s never exactly wrong when he makes these Idol-related comments.  There has been more of a shift towards the judges, starting maybe as early as Season 9 (when Ellen DeGeneres was put on the panel solely for name value and when Simon’s departure overshadowed everything else in the finale), or maybe as early as Season 8, when the judges started getting a big entrance at the beginning of the show and Paula pulled out the coloring book.

    But, so far, the story arc for the show goes from a focus on the judges during the audition rounds (as the contestants are introduced), to a focus on the contestants we watch them put through the wringer of Hollywood week.  In the finals, the only time anyone thinks about the judges is when they say something spectacularly stupid.  (And then we curse and power-vote for the contestant who got dissed.)

    There is a danger that the Nicki/Mariah nonsense will pull focus, so Clay’s right to worry.  But he tends to frame his comments with an “in my day” air that makes him sound like bitter.  (In his day, the contestants had to walk five miles to the studio.  Uphill.  Both ways.)

  • MellyPer1692
  • durbesque

    I think Idol is still about the contestants…”grand entrance” or not.  Scotty and Phillip are ever present, while I hardly remember who the judges were.

  • elliegrll

     

    I have watched AI from the beginning. Sorry but I see a huge change in what the show is all about.  Granted they have had to change to bring in numbers and competed with all the other singing shows. Still I think if we all went back and watched some early shows we would see the difference. Starting with how pre-season promo used to be about the contestants and how talented and promising the new crop was. Now it is about the judges.

    Wasn’t it a celebrity, and live episode guest judge who gave Ruben Studdard the nickname “The Velvet Teddy Bear”?  The show has always been about ratings and has always courted celebrities.  

  • ANNIEBA

    Oh man, this video is priceless! Sutan’s face, lol. How does Adam not crack up? This show is going to be so much fun!

  • 1Can

     No idea and have no idea. Not like they do now. Not even close.

  • Montavilla

    I think Idol is still about the contestants…”grand entrance” or not.  Scotty and Phillip are ever present, while I hardly remember who the judges were.

    Oh, I agree with you.  Think about all the “Idol moments” over the years.  How many of them were about the judges, and how many were about the contestants?

    I don’t remember anything the judges said or did as vividly as I remember Kelly singing with the big band, or “A Moment Like This.”  Or Kimberly and Frenchie Davis kicking butt in Hollywood.  Or seeing geeky Clay Aiken sing for the first time.  Or Fantasia sing “Summertime.”  Do I even need to go on?

    All I can really remember about the judges from that same time period is Simon’s shock when Tamara was eliminated, and some silly video they did about Simon and Paula dating. 

  • 1Can

     Loved all those moments.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Not sure about the video on Simon and Paula but all the other moments you mentioned were Seasons 1-3. I think from Season 6 forward those moments really diminished in frequency.

  • 1Can

     Agree.

  • Karen C

    I have the most memories about the contestants, also.   And mostly, if I do remember something about the judges,  it’s about their comments to contestants.

    For some reason, I remember more about the contestants from AI than for the other shows,  even now.   I think some focus has been on the judges, more so than in the past, but still not as much as from the other shows.

  • milwlovesadam

    Step 1)  Check DVR. VH1 set to record at 8 PM Central Time.

    Step 2) Clear personal and household needs. Inform members of household that fan is not to be interrupted from 6-10 PM.

    Step 3) Access VH1 online for Live Red Carpet streaming.

    Step 4) Keep multiple tabs open for all the news and flailing.

    Step 5) Begin watching and fangirling.

    Step 6) Pick jaw up off the floor. Mop your brow. Drink beverages of choice.

    Step 7) Watch the show over and over again.

    Step 8) Find every tidbit of feedback and reviews of Divas.

    Step 9) Flail. Just flail.

    Step 10) Declare Adam as a true Diva.

    A Glambert’s job is never quite done.

  • waitingforthe1

     

    Maybe Clay is talking about the fact that AI really isn’t about
    launching successful and long careers, but that’s always been the case.
    American Idol is a television show, and like every other show, the
    purpose is to get high ratings. People may initially tune in for the
    judges, but over the course of the season the main draw will always be
    the contestants, even if viewers forget about them once the season is
    over.

    How can you say that AI isn’t about launching successful and long careers given the fact that the very first winner of AI just surpassed 10 years in the business, just released a Greatest Hits album and is currently nominated for 3 Grammy awards? 

    American Idol is a television show but it’s a show that is the only legitimate launching pad for musical artists on television.  None of these other shows has managed to introduce a viable musical artist to the public. 

    Idol isn’t a gimmick, it’s a proven platform for musical artists to start their career.  What they do with it or how long it lasts after Idol depends a lot on the artist themselves and how their music connects with the public. 

  • Montavilla

    Not sure about the video on Simon and Paula but all the other moments you mentioned were Seasons 1-3. I think from Season 6 forward those moments really diminished in frequency.

    I can’t remember which year they aired that Simon/Paula video either.  

    I deliberately picked moments from the first three seasons because I wanted moments that I remember (as opposed to moments that I refreshed my memory on by watching on youtube).  I figure if I can remember them, other people will as well.

    I don’t really remember “moments” from Season 4, but I remember Constantine because, God help me, I liked him.  I remember Chris getting booted from Season 5, and Taylor Hicks playing his harmonica and doing a wheelie on the floor.  I remember loving Melinda and Blake from Season 6 (but again, not the “moments”).  Oh, wait.  Sanjaya’s ponyhawk.  That will be branded on my brain forever.  

    (Likewise, I can’t even remember the year, but William Hung still has the most unforgettable audition moment ever.)

    In the same time period, again, only that video (and a joke the following year with Simon and Randy ending up in bed together) sticks out for judge’s moments.

    As for the frequency of contestant moments, I think there are good years and bad years.  Seasons 7 and 8 had some great moments, Season 9 not so much.  Between Naima, Casey, Haley, and James, Season 10 produced many memorable performances.  And I think, ten years down the road, the names Heejun, Joshua Ledet, Skyler Laine, and Philip Phillips will conjure up their faces for me with no problem.  I know I’ll never forget Jennifer Holliday’s duet with Jessica Sanchez, whereas I know two years from now I won’t remember what the hell Jennifer Lopez did on the finale.

  • abbysee

    Even if they diminished it wasn’t because of judge drama. Maybe it was because we expect it to be as it was, and nothing can be fresh forever. The moment thing obsures what the topic is, which is idol being about the judges, and he’s just plain wrong.

  • waitingforthe1

     

    Wasn’t it a celebrity, and live episode guest judge who gave Ruben
    Studdard the nickname “The Velvet Teddy Bear”?  The show has always been
    about ratings and has always courted celebrities.

    That was Gladys Knight – I remember because that was also the night that Kelly performed Anytime and she commented that they didn’t have Gladys Knight on her season. 

    Clay wants to pretend that Season 2 was pure but the reality is the purest season was the first one because no one knew what the hell they were doing.  The judges hadn’t yet started giving critiques to try to get the vote they wanted, hence Tamyra being voted off in 4th after a crappy performance and Simon gave his honest opinion that Nikki was better that night and Simon telling Justin at one point that he’d been outsung by three girls. 

    Clay always comes off as bitter, whether talking about Idol or whatever.  I think that’s just his way. 

  • loveroftalent

    I think you have everything covered….lol…So excited for Adam…So proud of him…Is this live or pre-recorded…This is such a big deal for him…

  • 1Can

     I actually  think he is just expressing an opinion when asked this question repeatably. Not sure whatever means. Here is a recent quote from kelly about Idol. Just stating how she fells. Sounds a little bitter?? 

     While Clarkson does her best to mentor music industry hopefuls on the singing competition show “Duets,” the former “American Idol” champ
    confesses she never got the nurturing and guidance she needed as a teen
    on the talent show that launched her into super stardom. “I’m going to
    be completely honest — I had no one looking out for me,” Kelly told the magazine. “They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible,

     Idol has changed every year since the beginning. Of course the first year was the purest but huge changes like bands instead of canned music etc. have evolved over the years.

  • elliegrll

    Clay wants to pretend that Season 2 was pure but the reality is the purest season was the first one because no one knew what the hell they were doing.

    I agree to an extent.  I brought up the “Velvet Teddy Bear” situation, because as much as I loved Ruben on AI, I doubt that he would have won if he hadn’t been given that nickname.  That nickname and the area code jerseys were as popular as the Soul Patrol.   Glady’s Knight gave Ruben a story, and something for people to relate to.  At least they don’t have celebrity guest judges during the live shows anymore, and they pretty much stopped having them appear in the audition episodes.

    I wouldn’t say that the first season was pure, because Nigel’s description of it before the first episode aired is that the show isn’t about the singing, it’s about the backstories.  

    Lythgoe maintains that “American Idol” is less a talent show and more a slice of human drama, “like the kid who turned up and said to the judges, ‘Both my parents are deaf and they’ll never hear me sing.’ And he sang ‘When I Fall in Love’ and signed it at the same time. It was just beautiful.”

  • elliegrll

    Kelly’s success is due to her, and not AI.  As we’ve seen with others, Kelly could have won, but if she didn’t have the right songs, luck, talent, a great personality and work etiquette, etc., she wouldn’t be celebrating ten successful years in the business.  

    American Idol is a tv show, it’s about getting ratings.  They show can have a slew of successful alums, but if the ratings aren’t good the show will be canceled.  

    My point was that maybe Clay thinks that those who produce the show should make more of an effort at making sure that the alums are successful post show, but the truth is that that has never been a priority, and it probably shouldn’t be.

  • MellyPer1692

    Emblem 3 on the carpet for Divas

  • loveroftalent

    I wish so much that I could be watching the red carpet

  • waitingforthe1

     

    While Clarkson does her best to mentor music industry hopefuls on the
    singing competition show “Duets,” the former “American Idol” champ
    confesses she never got the nurturing and guidance she needed as a teen
    on the talent show that launched her into super stardom. “I’m going to
    be
    completely honest — I had no one looking out for me,” Kelly told the
    magazine. “They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible,

    Well she doesn’t seem to fault them for it unlike Clay and her comment certainly contradicts Clay’s contention that the show was about the contestants early on. 

    Kelly, unlike Clay, always expresses her gratitude for the show, even if it was a rough go.  I’ve yet to hear Clay say one time that he’s thankful for the career he has, which is due solely to his appearance on Idol. 

  • standtotheright

    Clay thinks that those who produce the show should make more of an effort at making sure that the alums are successful post show, but the truth is that that has never been a priority, and it probably shouldn’t be.

    I disagree. Most fans don’t pay attention to sales statistics, but they are aware of whether or not the alumni show up on the radio regularly or perform on big TV industry events. Better development of the alumni would have helped slow the slide of ratings because some viewers want to feel that they are participating in a success story. Some people would have moved on regardless, but I think the ratings in the demo would have done better if radio listeners in the demo would have had the reinforcement of seeing success from alumni in between seasons.

  • waitingforthe1

      Kelly’s
    success is due to her, and not AI.  As we’ve seen with others, Kelly
    could have won, but if she didn’t have the right songs, luck, talent, a
    great personality and work etiquette, etc., she wouldn’t be celebrating
    ten successful years in the business. You said that Idol wasn’t a show about launching long and lasting careers, which I gave you the example of the first winner.  I also said at the end of my comment that the show is a launching pad, what the artists do with it after the fact depends on them. 

    American Idol is a tv show, it’s about getting ratings.  They show
    can have a slew of successful alums, but if the ratings aren’t good the
    show will be canceled.

    Some would argue that as the winners/alums success has waned so have the ratings so the argument could be made that they go hand in hand, wouldn’t you say?  

    My point was that maybe Clay thinks that those who produce the show
    should make more of an effort at making sure that the alums are
    successful post show, but the truth is that that has never been a
    priority, and it probably shouldn’t be.

    The show has the artists back to perform their new material, The promo them at the beginning of every season, heck they’ve have had at least one former contestant back to mentor so I’m not sure how much else the “show” is supposed to do?  Once they are off the show they are no longer competing for America’s vote, but rather for radio play and sales.  IMO using the show as a crutch for their success really defeats the purpose of giving them the contract and management deal.  That’s who is responsible for trying to make them more successful after the show.  These artists get top notch promo, top notch producers, top notch media training.  Some fly and some fall.  The onus of these artists’ success isn’t on the show, it’s on them and the label and their management.  The show does all it can do in the 13 weeks it’s on the air.  JMO

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGT2XU7ZDDTH2K7CVEERJVHRIE Hazelnut

    I have to agree about the AI judges. I stopped watching after season 5 because it was getting painful to see the judges trying so hard to make their own headlines at the expense of the contestants. It’s nice to see the recent success of Scotty and, hopefully Phillip. The show was getting really bad at finding viable acts.

  • elliegrll

    For the most part, AI’s ratings slide has been slower than most television shows, especially shows that are more than ten years old.

    People watch the show for the show.  Most people have always seemed to be able to separate the show from whatever happens after the show ends. Given the amount of records that the alums have sold, even during the first few years of the show, it would seem that the majority of the viewers have never been invested in the post show careers of the the contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoria

    I disagree about Kelly succeeding on her own. She had a lot of help from American Idol. Much more than many any others.  

  • 1Can

     “They were looking out for the show”  ” I had no one looking out for me”absolutely she was faulting them. Clay has said many times he is thankful for Idol but just as Kelly did also spoken that is was not all sunshine and roses.

     I love Kelly but we will never know how far she would have gotten if not for winning AI. Having a great voice is not always enough. We will never know what any of the AI alumni would be doing.

     

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoria

    Just because Kelly is ungrateful, doesn’t mean that people didn’t help her out.

  • standtotheright

    “Invested enough to buy” doesn’t mean “interested enough to know that they are doing well.” Plenty of people don’t buy much music but still watch award shows on TV.  Success is the best advertisement the show has, and that’s why the ad campaigns so repeatedly focus on that.

  • standtotheright

    The onus of these artists’ success isn’t on the show, it’s on them and the label and their management.  The show does all it can do in the 13 weeks it’s on the air.  JMO

    If the show did all it could, there would be fresher/better song clearance, more flexibility to support musical arrangements so each contestant could show him or herself to the best capacity, and (before this year) coronation songs that actually reflect the kind of music that the alumni will try to release to radio. There’s blame to spread around, but the show has had a blind spot in trying to showcase the artists as best as they can on TV instead of just leaving it to the label and management after the fact.

  • Drew

    I don’t think either Kelly or Clay are ungrateful for AI.  I’ve heard/read both of them commenting on the show which gave them a start and both have said they would always be appreciative of that. 

    However, at the same time they know what went on behind the scenes, they both experienced it first hand.  Second, neither of them are bitter at AI just because they tell it like it is in their opinions.  They are both stating their own thoughts about the show because they get asked over and over in interviews even 10-11 years off the show.  Do other idols (like Carrie, Jennifer H, and Daughtry) from the early years get asked AI questions? 

    When AI’s advertising and pre-show focus is all about the judges it’s obvious they are using the judges to pull in viewers.  In the early years big stars dissed AI and turned down requests to be on the show.  The last few years the advertising each week has focused on what big act would be performing on the results show each week.  Even in the finale advertising for the show focuses on the big acts performing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    MJ did you get the memo that Syesha is in the national company of the Book of Mormon?