Idol Headlines for 12/18/12

Carrie Underwood performs at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.
Clay Aiken performs at Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO.
Kimberley Locke performs at Roscoe’s Tavern in Chicago, IL. Via AmericanIdol

Phillip Phillips performs at New Music Live in Toronto, Canada

How Did They Write That? Phillip Phillips, “Home” – How much or how little did you edit it, during or afterward? Were there any phrases or words you can remember that were especially tough to make a final decision on? I edit quite a bit in sessions. Sometimes even changing a conjunction can make a huge difference. Even while the singer is on the mic I’ll be asking them to try different words or melodies, because you never really know how well something is going to sound until you hear it through the mic and out of the speakers. On “Home,” we did make an arrangement change about a month after it was written. Originally the song was just two verses at the top, then the “oooh” tag and then it ended. We thought maybe it should come back to one more verse, but we couldn’t find anything new that we wanted to say without taking the song in a different direction. A month went by of listening to the song off and on and there was just something missing. My girlfriend, who’s a songwriter in her own right, suggested just repeating the second verse after the tag. We tried it and it worked. The song just flowed really well after that. – Read more at American Songwriter

Scotty McCreery Christmas in Washington Previews

Santa Clause is Back in Town

Part 2 – Mary Did You Know

Casey James Talks Plans for 2013 with CMTT

Casey will begin working on his next album in 2013

USO Trouper Kellie Pickler Entertains, Salutes Troops – BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2012 – Country music star Kellie Pickler is among the celebrity entertainers taking part in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s annual USO holiday show tour, which entertained Afghanistan-deployed U.S. troops posted here and at Kandahar Airfield. On this trip, the USO troupe also has entertained service members aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. “It’s always different coming here this time of the year,” she said. “[During] the holidays — Thanksgiving has already passed — everyone wants to be home with their families and loved ones. “Then, Christmas is right around the corner,” Pickler continued. “It’s a hard time for all of you.” – Read more at Defense.Gov

Steven Tyler Slams Former Managers In ‘American Idol’ Pay Raise Lawsuit – Former American Idol judge Steven Tyler said today that he “very much wanted to end the relationship” with the ex-managers that are now suing his lawyer. The legal declaration (read it here) and increased war of words from the Aerosmith frontman came Monday in response to an $8 million lawsuit Kovac Media Group/Tenth Street Entertainment filed October 11 against Dina LaPolt. In that suit, Kovac claims that LaPolt ruined Tyler’s chances to get a big raise on Idol — costing them commissions and their client. But Tyler, who is not named in the initial suit, says otherwise: “It is an understatement to say that I was very unhappy with the services and conduct of Allen Kovac. Among other things, he was disrespectful and rude to my business associates, insulted and verbally abused my fiancé, my lawyer, my family, my assistants, and my accountants,” he said in the declaration filed in LA Superior Court. Tyler announced in July that he was leaving American Idol after two seasons. – Read more at Deadline

Terry McDermott Discusses His The Voice Finals Glitch – Terry McDermott talks with’s Laura Saltman about why he’s “disappointed” “The Voice” is almost over. Also, he explains the glitch that happened during his performance on the NBC reality series.

Simon Cowell Reacts to L.A. Reid’s ‘X Factor’ Exit, Bon Jovi Replacement Suggestion – “I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell,” Reid said Thursday. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.” Cowell also spoke out for the first time on Reid’s impending exit, saying: “On a personal level, I’m going to miss him. On a business level, I’m also going to miss him.” – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

Demi Lovato Vows to Work with Fifth Harmony Post-‘X Factor’ – The teen quintet has already clicked with a Lovato hit, “Give Your Heart a Break,” and it’s likely their partnership will extend beyond the show. “I’m always open to collaborations,” Lovato said at an “X Factor” press conference on Monday afternoon. “I’d (work with) these girls to say thank you to them for things they’ve done for me.” The key selling point? “They’re such sweet, down-to-earth girls,” Lovato said. – Read more at Billboard

‘X Factor’: Simon Cowell on ‘Voice’ rivalry, ratings and L.A. Reid’s exit – As for the ratings question, Cowell makes it clear he believes running concurrent with NBC’s “The Voice” became an issue. “We were expecting there was going to be a problem with the ratings this year, not just with us but with everything, because it’s overkill,” Cowell explains. “Once ‘The Voice’ decided to go Monday, Tuesday and we were Wednesday, Thursday — I use the expression it’s like having 14 sugars in your coffee when you want two.” “I’ve done this for ten years,” Cowell continues. “The one thing that’s most important is the legacy you leave behind each year. The legacy we’re gonna leave behind is strong, not just with [Stevens, Sonenclar and Fifth Harmony] but also with artists like Emblem3. That’s what we’re judged on.” – Read more at Zap2it

The X Factor Season Finale Press Conference: The Judges Discuss L.A. Reid’s Departure, Declining Ratings & More – Simon Cowell talks about his contestant being the underdog this time around at “The X Factor” season finale press conference. Also, will the other judges miss L.A. Reid on the FOX reality series?

Access Hollywood

The Smash Season 2 Premiere: Frosty Feuds, Scandalous Setbacks and Other Observations – * Things between Ivy and Karen (played by Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty) are as fr-fr-fr-frosty as ever, no thanks to Derek (Jack Davenport). (Seriously, there’s one Derek/Karen scene that will have you progressively screaming, “No…. No!… NO!” at the telly.) Will that change when the almost-Marilyn is afforded a chance to save Bombshell‘s bacon? And are Derek/Ivy not necessarily dunzo — this despite a sordid scandal that erupts around him and threatens his planned revival of a well-known, super-soulful ’70s musical? * It turns out the reviews for Bombshell‘s Beantown try-out were largely rousing — save for a chorus of damning digs aimed at one (and only one) person. – Read more at TV Line

Chris Colfer Gets Struck By Lightning – Chris Colfer tells Access how he started writing the screenplay to his new movie, “Struck By Lightning,” when he was still in high school and was inspired by his real life experiences.

Read more at Access Hollywood

“Facts Of Life” Golden Girl Finds Closure On “Survivor” – When Lisa Whelchel first arrived on Survivor Season 25’s Philippines retreat, the former teen star was given less chance of winning than Jeff Probst’s sea glass necklace. But the woman who once played America’s most notorious prime-time pampered princess defied the doubters, making it all the way to the show’s final council, where she ultimately finished in the top three and took home the “fan favorite prize” to boot. It was a stunning achievement for the 49-year-old mother of three, who has been largely absent from the public eye since Facts of Life went off the airwaves in 1988. To get to that last round, Whelchel not only had to outplay an army of contestants half her age, but very publicly grappled with the conflicts between her instinct to be honest, kind, and fair to all, and her desire to win the cutthroat game. – Read more at Buzz Feed

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  • tripp_ncwy

    .@Epic_Records Chairman and CEO Antonio @LA_Reid to be honored at Pre-GRAMMY Gala in 2013 #GRAMMYs

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert Live in Hong Kong on March 5, 2013.

  • YankeeFan08

    Adam will also be performing in Vietnam at the Nguyen Du Sport Center in Ho Chi Minh City on January 4th.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Billboard @billboard
    20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics’ Picks

    #02 “Call Me Maybe”  Carly Rae Jepsen 

    #10 “What Makes You Beautiful”  One Direction

    (ranked by the Billboard staff)

  • YankeeFan08

    Anyone who uses Instagram will want to read this:

    CNN ?@CNN
    Instagram will soon be able to sell your photos for ads (from @CNNMoney): 

  • girlygirltoo

    Yeah, Instragram just shot itself in the foot. P!nk posted an angry tweet about how she won’t be using the service anymore, and I have a feeling that most of the celebrities who were using it will be canceling or abandoning their accounts now.

  • Nadine_Bitch
  • ptebwwong

    Scotty McCreery @ScottyMcCreery
    Spending the day writing some tunes out here in Nashville

    He also replied to a tweet that he will start recording soon for his next album.

  • fantoo1

    Scotty McCreery @ScottyMcCreery
    Spending the day writing some tunes out here in Nashville

    Scotty McCreery @ScottyMcCreery
    “@ReadySetRock75: @ScottyMcCreery are u working on a new CD?” Starting to record soon!

    Kendall Warner @kendallwarner
    @ScottyMcCreery yay new songs!!
    Retweeted by Scotty McCreery

  • ptebwwong

    I agree Instragram just shot itself itself in the foot. I can see many users including celebrities canceling or stopping their accounts. 

    Why would people want to post photos if they know it could now be taken & used without any compensation?

  • Axxxel

    Adam is very busy in the first trimester of 2013…. From tropical South East Asia to end-of-winter Eastern Europe in one month… I cannot imagine the difference in temperatures… Hope Adam and his band and crew take good care of their health… Thanks for the list Nadine !!

  • Axxxel

    Chris Colfer looks adorable and adult at the same time…Hope his movie will do fine tomorrow on the 19 Dec… Is he wearing a gardigan ? Reminds me of “Mr Shue” on Glee….

  • arkboy

    I’ll be in Memphis tonight to see Carrie. Looking forward to it.

  • durbesque

    Other performers should pay attention to what Adam is doing.  He’s going where the money is, and increasingly will be, as the USA declines economically.  I suppose that not many of our artists have Asian appeal, but it still wouldn’t hurt to heed what’s going on in the world.

  • newinNM

    Wonder what Adam will be up to between Vietnam on 1/4 and Korea on 2/17.  More show they haven’t announced, working on new material or something else in the works?  It will be interesting to see what’s up, still hoping for some summer dates here in the states, maybe casinos and festivals if not a formal tour.

  • jpfan2

    Off the top of my head I think both David Cook and Archuleta have had numerous high paying concerts in Asia. Jessica Sanchez had netted some very lucrative gigs over there as well. I know Elliott Yamin had a thriving career in Japan. So Idols have gone where the $ is for them for awhile now.

  • loveroftalent

    I am kind of afraid that the we are going to lose Adam to Europe…They play his music there.  It’s sad as I’m sure that Adam would rather having his music being played on the radios at home.   Still can’t understand why they stopped playing him in the States…I personally love Better Than I Know Myself, and alot of younger kids likes it as well…Just two nights ago I heard it coming from my daugher’s room..My son, who is a music snob likes it also…There is no reason why that song could not have been a moderate hit for Adam…It’s just as good as anything else on the radio…IMHO

  • irockhard

    James Durbin ?@DurbinRock


    For those who haven’t seen it, there is a beautiful Tribute to Newtown by Dave Morris using Scotty’s Christmas In Heaven

  • girlygirltoo

    If Scotty hasn’t even started recording his album yet, it looks like they won’t have it out in early 2013, which is what I remember seeing posted on here as supposedly being the original plan. 

    Adam’s music has done well in several countries overseas, so it makes sense that he continues to tour in those countries. Most of the other Idols don’t have big international sales outside of the usual Idol-loving suspects (Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia), so it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for them to do a big international tour like Adam is doing. I would expect many of them to continue to do small tours of Asia, though. 

  • girlygirltoo

    StageIt has become the online site of choice for Idols to do shows, hasn’t it? Matt Giraud and Haley both have StageIt shows on Dec. 19th (I think) and Kris has one on Dec. 20th. I think Lee has another StageIt show this month as well, although I’m not positive about the date.

  • heartly

    Looks like Brandon had been ready to pop the question for awhile.  He probably told Kelly that they were going to “take it slow” just to throw her off and seeing as how she was asked about being engaged all.the.time. in interviews it gave her something to say to them.

    According to a release from Arndt’s public relations team: “Johnathon and Brandon spent months to create the ‘Perfect Ring’ for Kelly. The design was inspired from Kelly’s passion for yellow diamonds.”


    The Grammys and Twitter launched a twitter chat series today pairing female artists up and having them interview each other.  Sounds like a mess to me, not much a fan of twitter only Q&A’s, but could be interesting.

    You should be surprised (NOT!) that Kelly is paired with Reba.  RaeLynn is in there paired with Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert with Sheryl Crow.

    12/18 11AM PST @nervomusic > @bonniemckee  
    12/18 12PM PST @Halestorm > @OfficialITM
    12/18 4PM PST @speak_true (Melissa Etheridge) > @serenaryder
    12/19 TBD @lucyhale > @bridgitmendler
    12/19 11 AM PST @theraveonettes > @matesofstate
    12/19 11 AM PST @saraevansmusic > @raelynnofficial  
    12/19 1PM PST @kellyclarkson > @reba
    12/20 TBD @sofiofficial > @kerlimusic
    12/20 11 AM PST Alison Sudol aka @afinefrenzy > @joywilliams of The Civil Wars
    12/20 5PM PST @mirandalambert > @sherylcrow

  • ptebwwong

    Last I heard, I think Scotty has said the album will be released the 2nd quarter of 2013. I think when his 3rd single (WTT) from CAD didn’t do as well on the charts the management & Scotty decided it might be best to take a little time making the album. A great album that is radio-friendly is better than to pushing another album that might do more harm on the radio & his career especially since this is his 2nd “real” album & that usually tells if Idols will have long careers or be a “flash in the pan.”

    Scotty has said he’s working with some hit songwriters. One of them have even been a Songwriter of the Year in country music.

  • irockhard

    James is set for May 2013 (so far), is that (18 months) a record for the fastest an Idol has gotten a sophomore album out (not counting Xmas albums)?

  • fantoo1

    Hopefully it will be done by the time idol is still on so that they can promote it on there.

  • bridgette12

    I think it’s always a great idea to expand beyond the US. Glad to see Kelly, Daughtry, Adam and Carrie have all started to do this.  

  • Incipit

    Adam will also be performing in Vietnam at the Nguyen Du Sport Center in Ho Chi Minh City… 

    I though that name sounded familiar – that’s for Hennessy Artistry – in the same venue where DC played a concert w/Alexandra Burke and Thanh Bui in June of 2011. It’s part of the H-Artistry series that focuses on combining young International talents. I can’t tell from that poster who else is on the bill with Adam this year.

    But in 2011 Myx Philippines broadcast a sporadically good live stream of the concert from the venue, and there was nice press coverage…so Adam’s fans ought to get a chance to watch it live too, probably.

  • Larc

    If the label is going to ignore the best songs on the album and pick singles from the weaker side as they did with CAD, things may not get much better.  I think some of the labels would have better luck with singles if they just drew titles out of a hat.

  • irockhard

    Oh James, some of us are too fast for you:

  • girlygirltoo

    It looks like Ruben might be the fastest to release his 2nd album — I Need An Angel was released less than a year after his debut album. According to wikipedia, it is classified as a gospel album, not a holiday album. 

  • irockhard

    IMO the artists should pick the singles, yes I know that’s wishful thinking.

  • ptebwwong

    I agree the best singles from CAD was not released. However, the label has new management. Their CEO was one of the Billboard’s top 100 influential people in the music industry (not just country music). He was also one of the main reasons Capitol Records (Lady A, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, etc.) did so well recently. So I’m optimistic that the new management know what they’re doing.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Plus the label has new A&R people and so on…here’s hoping.:))

  • fantoo1

    I think Scotty also talked about how WTT was his favorite song on the album so maybe he had some say.

  • CanadianLady

    I just found out yesterday Phillip will be at a mall near me tomorrow. Had no idea he was singing here tonight for MUCH music. Sigh. Thinking about the mall thing. I do have some shopping to do yet.

  • CanadianLady

    With his team, I have every confidence he’ll do just fine. He should be able to get a single out soon at least.

  • CanadianLady

    Yeah, I really feel that a few very good songs got ignored. Sad.

  • durbesque

    Hot damn!!! James on StageIt Jan. 1….another 30 min. show that will last an hour!!!

  • tucker davis


  • blackberryharvest

    Do you think he will go more towards a traditional sounding album like George Strait, Easton Corbin, Josh Turner, etc. or more towards a country rock type like Jason Aldean?

  • tucker davis

    I read on another site that one of the little girls killed in CT was a huge Phillip fan, and someone had let him know that they wanted to use his music at her funeral. It said he’s made a recording to be used. Cannot verify this info.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    With the two songwriters Scotty has mentioned–Lovelace and ah, I’m blocking, will go look it up–you’re looking more along the lines of Brad Paisley and Josh Turner…but, then again, who knows if he’s only working with those two? 

  • ptebwwong

    IMO Scotty will have an album with a mixed sound. I think he will have traditional songs since those are the type of songs he loves. But I think he will have songs that are country rock like Gone or T.R.O.U.B.L.E. which is the type of music that radio loves right now. 

    Also, I think that the label won’t let him make a full traditional album. Traditional country is not being played much on the radio right now. Scotty is the biggest seller on their label, but he needs radio to play him. I can’t see the label wanting him to make a traditional album when he needs radio hits & momentum. At least for the next album, I can’t see Scotty making a full traditional country album or a full country rock album. I could see it further in his career, but not right now.

    Scotty said himself that he needs that big radio hit for his next album. He’s a smart kid. I think he knows that a traditional country song has less of a chance being a hit on the current country charts.

  • justmefornow

    Just found out and bought my ticket! Can’t wait to hear some more new tunes! 
    Rockin’ in The New Year with JD!

  • SaSa8

    I agree.  I think Scotty will produce an album with a mix of traditional songs and radio friendly songs.  He and his management are focused on getting songs to radio so I trust they know what they are up against with radio play. 

    Can I just add here that I went to one of Scotty’s concert last weekend in Alabama.  It really was a GREAT concert.  He had the sold out crowd on their feet for the entire concert.  His voice is stronger than ever and he has grown so much as a performer since Idol.  He is 19 and will obviously only continue to grow as an artist.  I am really looking forward to his next album and wish him much success. 

    Also Paul McDonald from S10 was one of the openers.  He did a small acoustic set and said he wished he could perform with his full band.  He performed songs he had written which I could sense he has a nack for writing and his guitar playing was good.  His wife Nikki sang with him for one song. He was very good. 

  • irockhard

    LOL so true! His shows always run overtime, aren’t we so lucky we always get some extra Durbin!

  • MellyPer1692

    Kelly Clarkson released her first album April 15, 2003 and her second November 30, 2004. So close to James proposed timetable.