Idol Headlines for 12/17/12 – The Evening Edition

American Idol Wraps Up the Holiday Season with Complimentary Gift Wrapping – AMERICAN IDOL is ringing in the holiday season with a gift just for you! From Tuesday, Dec. 18 – Monday, Dec. 24, AMERICAN IDOL will provide complimentary gift wrapping in local shopping centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. At the festive stations, shoppers can have their purchases wrapped in exclusive IDOL-themed paper and watch clips and exclusive AMERICAN IDOL content. Former IDOL contestants, including Bo Bice, Brooke White and Anthony Fedorov, among others, will stop by the gift wrapping stations to spread some holiday cheer (appearance schedules to be announced). Read more at American Idol News

Brooke White to Perform on GOOD DAY LA Morning Show Tomorrow, 12/18 – Tune in to watch singer-songwriter-musician-actress Brooke White perform live on “GOOD DAY LA” morning show on Tuesday, December 18 during the 9:00 AM PT hour. Brooke will perform “California Christmas” from her first-ever holiday album WHITE CHRISTMAS (out now via June Baby), available on iTunes, Amazon, Google, and all online retailers. For more information and to preview the album, click: – Read more at Broadway World

OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Predicts RHON Potential – This could just be a rumor, but Carrie Underwood probably has a good insider source. She told the Chicago Tribune the Real Housewives producers might be getting ready to make a Nashville spinoff. “I heard, I don’t know if this is true, that they are going to do like a Real Housewives of Nashville,” she said. “It seems that people want to get into Nashville more, and that’s fun for us.” And even though Underwood is hardly a housewife herself, she did say she’d have no interest in being on a RHON show because of the cameras. – Read more at CMT

A Sneak Peek of the X Factor Top 3 Holiday Photo Shoot

The X Factor did not breach code with ‘saucy’ dance routine, Ofcom rules – An episode of ITV1’s The X Factor which featured a Britney Spears impersonator performing a “saucy” routine in a body stocking did not breach the broadcasting code, media regulator Ofcom has ruled. Lorna Bliss sparked 35 complaints when she took to the stage in a white stocking, sat astride Louis Walsh and chased fellow judge Gary Barlow through the audience on the show. ITV said that it “regrets any offence caused” as “not all parents will have considered Lorna’s act to be appropriate for prime-time programming”. – Read more at The Guardian

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Winner Reveals Plans for $1 Million Prize; Final 4 Spill Finale Secrets – Survivor crowned its latest $1 million winner on Sunday night. Denise Stapley, a 41-year-old sex therapist from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, beat out professional speaker/author/coach Michael Skupin and former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel to earn the title of Sole Survivor in the show’s 25th cycle. Upon winning Survivor: Philippines, Denise becomes the show’s 24th winner overall (Sandra Diaz-Twine won twice). Bartender Malcolm Freberg came in fourth place. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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  • jdanton2

    X Factor has picked its duets.

    Fifth Harmony with Demi Lovoto
    Tate with Little Big Town
    Carly with LeAnn Rimes

  • Eilonwy

    Jermaine Paul tweets that he is to have some actual promo on Tuesday:

    Watch @VH1 tomorrow at 10am to see my LIVE performance on #VH1Buzz!

  • lightoftruth777

    Scotty McCreery singing a little clip of “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Mary Did You Know!” You can watch the show “CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON” airing on Friday December 21, 2012 on TNT. So happy for Scotty! I cannot wait to watch this. All McCreerians and other fans, set your timers!! ENJOY!!

    Santa Claus Is Back In Town

    Mary Did You Know

  • Kay Parrish

    wow fantastic job by scotty as usual

  • mmmtx

    That’s by far the best performance of Mary Did You Know that I’ve ever seen, or heard for that matter.  Can’t wait to see the entire program.

  • Anny_nanny

    Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

  • HermeticallySealed

    Apparently Ryan Murphy is putting together a “Men of McKinley” calender.  >.<

    I'd say, separately, the actors doing something liek this wouldn't be a bad thing, but in association of their characters just makes it creepy.

  • Anny_nanny

    Clay Aiken: ‘American Idol’ is Now All About the Judges
    “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 stars of the show. And when I was on, Ruben [Studdard] and myself and Kimberley 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.”

  • Miz

    Yes, American Idol wrapping paper just screams Christmas. bleah

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m amused by all of these interviews where Clay criticizes Idol, when he admits that he stopped watching the show years ago (in ’04,’05 of ’06 depending on the interview), long before there was any change in the judges or “big” celebrity judges recruited. Obviously, he’s just parroting what he’s read in the media about the show becoming more focussed on the judges, or really has been watching the show and doesn’t want to admit it. lol

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Just FYI, Christmas with Scotty and Friends is on GAC at 10 pm ET tonight…

  • 1Can

     I love that Scotty is doing so well but in my world Mary Did You Know is a Clay Christmas song.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t care either way about Clay, really haven’t given him a thought in years. But, he’s just like every other person who’s been on Idol, they are all asked what they think about the show and the people who were on the show. If he gives his opinion, I don’t have a problem with it. Because it’s his perspective and his experiences on Idol, plus successes and failures afterwards, that colors his view. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I have no problem with Clay giving his perspective of his experiences on Idol, and even while the show still had the same judges as he had (Simon, Pauler, Randy) because I think that would be valid. However, it seems to me that he can’t give HIS OWN opinion about the show in recent years (since recruiting the “big” celeb judges), since he admits to not watching the show since ’04, ’05 or ’06.

  • bridgette12

    It don’t take the sharpest knife in the drawer to see what impact that the “big” celeb judges have had on this show. Even Stevie Wonder can see that the ones who have benefited the most from Idol, has been the judges. 

  • Eilonwy

    It don’t take the sharpest knife in the drawer to see what impact that the “big” celeb judges have had on this show.

    Well, the introduction of celebrity judges certainly didn’t harm the launches of the S10 and S11 winners, unless there’s widespread belief that, in a more contestant-centered season, P2 would have a 4x platinum single by now.

    In terms of sales from performance slots on the show, judges usually do better than past winners, but that’s a different issue — especially as those past winners came from seasons that supposedly weren’t “judge-centered.” (Why constantly catering to Cowell’s ego wasn’t seen as judge-centered always puzzles me, but that’s the meme.)

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    Many of us don’t actually watch the show but we do know these things. There are other ways of getting info. IIRC, there was a lot of moaning and groaning on this site the last couple of years about all the attention Jlo and Tyler were getting and how they (and the celebs making guest spots) were the one who “really won”. 

    I still think it odd that people want to know what really goes on “behind the scenes” of this show, but whenever a former idol who is NOT on the most favored list gives some insight, somehow they are maligned. I take it only those who are perceived as “successful” truly know what they experienced?

  • SaSa8

    I think with the change of judges on Idol for S10 and now in S12 again, a lot of the focus has been on the judges at the beginning of the season.  But I still feel that AI does the best job of showcasing the contestants during the season, telling their stories and setting them up for success.  XFactor and The Voice to me focuses on the judges, the rotating chairs, the judges fighting, the backup dancers/lighting/props, etc. I guess we will have to see how S12 plays out and if they try to keep the focus on the contestants.     

  • Eilonwy

    Oh, I’ve no doubt Aiken knows whereof he speaks in discussing his own experiences in S2. But wouldn’t his having “behind the scenes insight” into S10 and S11 require that he first have been behind the scenes?

    Since Home has outsold in the U.S. all but one of JLo’s singles released during her judging tenure (on an individual basis, not combined) — and is on the verge of catching up with that one — and P2’s album is at or near outselling her album of that era… perhaps the moaning and groaning about the judges being the “real winners” was premature?

  • bridgette12

    No one is downplaying P2’s success so far, but JLo revived a dead career, got paid mega bucks and is travelling all over the world lip syncing, doing commercials, on every magazine cover and is invited to every celebrity events and all award shows. Yeah, she ended up being the big winner.

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    As I understand it, the issue is not who have out sold whom but that too much focus was on the judges and not the contestants. Fortunately Philips was/is able to shine above it all.

  • waitingforthe1

    No one is downplaying P2’s success so far, but JLo revived a dead career, got paid mega bucks and is travelling all over the world lip syncing, doing commercials, on every magazine cover and is invited to every celebrity events and all award shows. Yeah, she ended up being the big winner.

    I wouldn’t exactly JLo’s career was dead prior to idol.   She had her fasion line and she was busy having and raising her babies.  When you’re as big a star as JLo it doesn’t take much to get you back into the spotlight.  Idol benefited from her just as much she benefited from them and neither thing has to do with the success or failure of the contestants. 

    It’s a fact that the judges have nothing to do with the contestants before, during or after the show ends. 

    Some could argue that having big named celebrites to draw in an audience helps the contestants because it expands the viewership which in turn can earn them more fans than just the standard idol audience. 

    Perhaps that’s why Scotty and P2 did so much better than the winner’s of S8 & S9 when the judge’s table wasn’t that much different than the original line up. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But I wouldn’t expect Clay Aiken to know these things, since he doesn’t watch the show.”

    Exactly. Any opinion that he would have isn’t first hand.

  • 1Can

     You do not have to watch a show to see parts. It is called UTube. Or being at someone`s house who has it on. It is the new millennium of technology.

     You have no idea what Clay thinks. He is not your personal friend.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Clay did say that he tuned into Idol in S8 to “see what the set looked like”, and that is when he saw Adam singing, but that was still before the “big” celebrity judges had been recruited.

  • 1Can

     There you go. Things like that happen. AI is everywhere hard to avoid it 24…7.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The point is that if Clay has watched even some of Idol, then why does he say he hasn’t watched it since ’04, ’05 or 06′? If he just said that he’s watched it occasionally in the last few years, then his opinion about the judges and the show in general have validity. That’s the issue I have with what he’s claimed.

  • 1Can

    My point is he does not have to basing his opinion on watching AI. He can be basing it on the commercials which are all about the judge. By the articles online about the judges and their in fighting. Those are hard to avoid.

     I am sure he as well as every Idol is sick and tired of being asked this question on every interview. I personally do not know why it bothers people so much.