Idol Headlines for 12/22/12

Carrie Underwood performs at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL.
Fantasia Barrino performs at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX. via American Idol

Lee DeWyze performs an online show tonight at 9 pm ET. A portion of proceeds will be donated to fund cancer research. Buy your ticket HERE.

Keith Urban Shares How He Used to Spend Christmas as a Kid – For most young children, there is nothing more euphoric than Christmas morning. Waking up early is a requirement. Flying down the steps to tear open presents is also a given. Country superstar Keith Urban was no different than your average, Christmas-loving kid while growing up in Australia. The singer revealed how he spent Christmas mornings and how he was the personal alarm clock of Mom and Dad Urban! The singer/guitarist told CMT Radio that “I have a great image of getting up early and jumping on my parents’ bed and getting them up. Of course, you go and tear into your presents and then it’s done – and it’s like 8 in the morning.” – Read more at Taste of Country

Photo Flash: First Look at Justin Guarini, Lauren Molina, Jill Paice and More in Bucks County’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – Bucks County Playhouse presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. Performances are currently running through December 30th at the Bucks County Playhouse (70 South Main Street). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production photos below!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play features Doylestown resident Justin Guarini (“American Idol”, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, American Idiot) as “Jake”, Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) as “Harry/Jazzbo”, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd ) as “Lana”, Jill Paice (Curtains, The 39 Steps) as “Sally”, and Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde) as “Freddie”. Additional cast members of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be announced shortly. – See the photos at

Carrie Underwwood CBC Q Interview

Simon Cowell Hints At Plans To Sign Fifth Harmony – After Tate Stevens’ glorious victory, Simon spoke about his plans for the other contestants, saying that Emblem3 will be signed. Now, it looks like Fifth Harmony is going to get a record contract too. Phew! “There is such a market now for this girl band I believe, I think where there’s boybands there’ll be girl bands. We may have someone who can fit that gap!” said Simon. – Read more at Hollywood Life

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  • Kitwana

    Should I be buying stock in Looks like lots of artists are using it to host their concerts. Are they profitable for the artists? For example, how would it compare to doing a small show at a 1000 seat venue where you could also sell VIP tix and sell your merchandise? The expenses of the latter would clearly be greater but I don’t know how much revenue the artist can generate from a Stageit show. Expenses would probably be limited to the copyright fees.

  • heartly

    Kelly spent yesterday visiting the kids at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

    NashvilleGab: Kelly Clarkson Spreads Holiday Cheer at Monroe
    Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with Musicians On Call
    Nashville (from the mailbag)

    The Christmas spirit was alive and well when the
    multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson stopped by
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt yesterday afternoon
    to sing and celebrate the season with patients, staff and families
    through Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville.

    Clarkson, who recently released her Greatest Hits – Chapter One
    album, visited with the children and performed an acoustic set in the
    Children’s Hospital Theatre. The songstress led the packed room in a
    sing-along of her favorite holiday carols including “Rudolph the Red
    Nose Reindeer,” “White Christmas,” and “All I Want for Christmas is
    You.” Clarkson encouraged singing and dancing, and the children were
    happy to oblige. Following the show, the kind-hearted entertainer
    generously offered to visit the rooms of patients unable to attend.

    “This is such a special time of year and I’m so happy to be able to
    share it with all of these great kids. I’m probably having just as much,
    if not more, fun than they are,” exclaimed Clarkson. “I heard about
    Musicians On Call from a friend of mine,” she continued, “and I thought
    this would be the perfect way to get involved with a hospital music
    program here in Nashville. I love playing for the kiddos!!”

    There were lots of tweets yesterday saying how kind she was and how she spent most of the day visiting the kids and parents.  She also went around singing to the patients that couldn’t make it to the main show.

    One of the parents posted this video today:


  • Stavros

    Lots of speculation over the X Factor. Just yesterday I heard Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar, CeCe Frey, and Emblem3 were all signed to Syco (obviously Tate is the only one confirmed–I’ll believe the rest only when Syco confirms it).

  • Miz

    Looking at their terms of service agreement, they charge the broadcaster (performers) 40% of what they make in tickets and tips: 15% fee + 25% for expenses. The expenses includes the royalty payments, bandwidth, etc.

    I would say it’s definitely profitable for the artist. There is little to no cost for them. I’ve seen some that charge a ticket fee ($125 was the highest I’ve seen), but most seem to go strictly with tips. 

    I have no clue how much Kris took in the other night, but there was a serious tipping war going on to be in the top 10 tippers. I came in at 25th, so just multiplying my tip x 25 is a nice chunk of change.

  • tripp_ncwy

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    Train, ‘The Voice’ Winner to Headline NBC’s Carson Daly-Hosted New Year’s Eve Special

  • Kitwana

    Thanks Miz. I think that as long as the money from Stageit pays their bills, the artists will be happy. Kris’s show should pay for food, mortgage and utilities for a few months. Hopefully his other fans are as generous as you.

  • jcabby

    Yay for Fifth Harmony. Indeed there is room for a girl group. Go girls!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Pic of Kris & Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge) duet from last night.

  • H.A.

    Fifth Harmony are so cute and adorable. I hope Simon knows what to do with them because they have a lot of potential. Someone needs to give CeCe Frey her own show because that girl is pure TV entertainment. With the right material and marketing Cassadee Pope can do very well.

  • Xentusk

    Looks like lots of artists are using it to host their concerts. Are they profitable for the artists?

    I think, put in its perspective, it should definitely be something artists should look into, to at least help grease the wheels, to keep the buzz of their careers going, at least with their fans. 

    It may not bring in the income of a live stage show (including the costs of producing one), but it does earn the artist a nice chunk of change with minimal cost to them.

    There is also that they can offer incentive prizes to spur tipping competition.  I know round about what some of the tippers who won in Haley’s Stageit tipped, but they were extremely pleased with their prize accompanied by a personal note from Haley that what they paid to get it was secondary.

    It’s not so much that it’s a way to make a living, in and of itself, but just another promotional tool to get your name/personality out, keep your fans interested, increase your base for less than an hour’s work

    Heck, musicians starting out can just have shows for free, “Pay what you can”, but its a grassroots way to promote your product potentially,globally (especially if internet speeds continue to increase)

    I think it’s one of those ideas that is so obvious that it’s amazing that someone had not thought of it earlier (or technology wasn’t ready until now)

  • girlygirltoo

    Photo of Kris duet with Hannah from Edens Edge at last night’s show

  • girlygirltoo

    From what I’ve seen, the artists all promise some sort of prize or prizes for the top tippers at these StageIt shows. For instance, the top tipper for Kris’ show on Thursday gets a Skype chat session with him, plus a handmade ornament made by Kris himself and a signed copy of his last album (and maybe something else? But that’s all I remember). So depending on how much you want the prizes and/or just want to support the artist, the tips can be in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands of dollars.

    I know Kris raised well over $15,000 for the one StageIt show he did to benefit  charity (I forget if it was the one he did for Colton Can or the one he did for Music Empowers). But I’ve never seen any info about how much anyone makes off these shows when they are not for charity.

  • Ronny Dias

    I can totally see the girls from 5th Harmony as able to fit the gap in today’s relevant girl bands. But if Simon is wise he’s gonna spend a considerable amount of time on them, so as to develop all the skills they need in order to make it big.
    In case he still doesn’t have a specific department in his company to handle it, I can suggest at least the name: Syco Path.

  • durbesque

    Lee should keep the few dollars from StageIt.  It will go in the wrong pockets if he gives it to “charity”.

  • Miz

    Kris also gave VIP tickets to whatever show they wanted on the ‘Out Alive Tour’ to the top tipper.

  • Bug Menot

    I believe the artists are making money or they wouldn’t be doing it. For huge names that can sell out large physical venues at a high ticket price it might not make economic sense. But if you’re a former reality television contestant who has fans all over the world but not enough at the moment to sell out arenas around the country, why not create a virtual arena to bring your dedicated fans together? It helps pay the rent and strengthens the bond you have with your fans. 

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert ?@adamlambert

    Remixes for your pleasha


  • Jordana33

    I’m glad about Simon signing 5th harmony, but I really wish he had signed Lyric 145 instead of Emblem 3. The X Factor viewers don’t represent the popular view in the music industry. 

  • elliegrll

    I think that Stage It is more of a promotional tool.  It’s a way for artists to connect with their fans, and to make the fans think that they have an intimate connection with the artist.

    Some acts have used it to raise money for various charities, but I don’t think that too many people would use it as a way to make money, or as a substitute for performing live shows in front of people.

  • renzy24

    Guys, Did you still remember Allison Iraheta of AI season 8 with Adam lambert?
    I’m sad cause she just now back up singer. :( she’s very unique and talented. watch this Cassadee Pope performance in Jay Leno.

  • Axxxel

    As an Adam Lambert fan, I do remember her, she was the opening act for a lot of Adam’s concerts in the US in 2010.

    Am unpleasantly surprised by the information in your posting and saw her picture of the Jay Leno performance on some community facebook page… I just wonder how she ended up as back up singer of a winner of a rival of American Idol…

  • DragonFly

    “Looking at their terms of service agreement, they charge the broadcaster (performers) 40% of what they make in tickets and tips: 15% fee + 25% for expenses. The expenses includes the royalty payments, bandwidth, etc.I would say it’s definitely profitable for the artist. There is little to no cost for them.”Stageit taking 40% tickets/TIPS– 15% plus 25% fees/expenses (if that’s of the gross)–I won’t demonstrate my math (or maybe lack of) skills but I don’t see much artist profit.  Advertising is basically from fans seeing it on the artist’s site.  Many fans aren’t tuned-in to how it works.  In charity cases where people are being particularly generous, it seems quite lucrative for StageIt if the same % are used.  I did a random sample of $2k & it came out quite dismal for an artist imo.  I would think most fans who are generously “fandomly” tipping the perfomer are likely unaware that the artist/band has to give 40% to StageIt…. & then that “.gov” take.   I guess if you look at it as an aritist getting new music out to fans or communicating w/them it’s a little better than giving it free thru endless U-tube’s of their tour performances/chats. 

  • elliegrll

    I agree.  I also think that the more that an artist uses this in a short period of time, they less profitable it will become.  It makes more sense to use it sparingly, and as a tool to supplement other live performances and public appearances.

  • hillstreetblooz

     Everybody just ain’t gonna make it… it’s that simple… some really talented people just won’t get that break, or get the kind of career some think they deserve… on the bright side, she’s still connected to the business, still getting to do what she loves – sing – regardless of the circumstances… I’m not pitying her or looking down on her at all… it’s a tough business, sometimes you must swallow your pride and do what you have to do – everybody ain’t gonna be a ‘star’, and that’s just how it goes.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t think that being a backup singer means that she won’t or can’t still forge a solo career on her own.  There are a whole lot of backup and session singers, writers and studio musicians who are now topping the charts.  Singing back up is just another way to network and build fore important connections.

  • YankeeFan08

    It wouldn’t seem like these artists make all that much money from these StageIt shows, but it can’t be much different than performing in a small venue like many of them do where 100 or 200 tickets are sold for $10 or $15.  By the time the artist pays the overhead, band members, travel, etc., there can’t be much left for them to put in their own pocket.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Female First UK Best Albums Of 2012 : #8 @adamlambert ‘s Trespassing “An outstanding pop-rock album ” Adam Lambert – TrespassingWhile
    traditional pop may not have turned out too many barnstormers this
    year, Adam Lambert’s second album is a massive statement from the
    American Idol runner up, with Trespassing being an absolute barnstorming
    effort.The album might have made the headlines by being the first
    album by an openly gay singer to top the Billboard 200 in America, but
    Trespassing should be on more people’s radar’s for purely musical
    reasons.An outstanding pop-rock album that revels in what it is and deserves to put Lambert in the upper echelons of the genre.

  • Sharon S.

    That site is definitely pro-Adam.  It also cited “Trespassing” in an earlier story this month, “Five of the Best Albums of 2012″:

    American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert shows with his sophomore album that
    he is something much greater than ‘just the guy who nearly clinched the
    win’. Pop fans rejoice, because Adam does something brilliant with this
    album that not many before him have managed to do. Blending a whole
    host of genres together without straying too far from his usual sound,
    the entirety of the album remains fresh throughout. Peaking at number 16
    on the UK album chart, he proved he’s a force to be reckoned with, but
    with the high quality of songs throughout the album, we can’t help but
    feel like he really should have done better.

  • DragonFly

    To me, I guess 40% of a “goodwill” tip to the artist is not to my liking.  People are tipping the artist.

  • Nadine_Bitch


    And check this one out:

    Flecking Records has announced the winners to their Flecking Records “Of The Year” Awards 2012. (Flecking Records is based in the UK)

    Readers voted for these awards and Adam Lambert won the following:

    -Male Musician Of The Year

    -Male Star Of The Year (Lady GaGa won Female Star Of The Year)

    -“Never Close Our Eyes” won Song Of The Year

    -Male Twitterer Of The Year

    -Sexiest Male Of The Year

    -Male Fashion Icon Of The Year

  • hillstreetblooz

     You’re right – doesn’t mean that being a solo singer with some success is off the table.  Sheryl Crow is one example… she was a backup singer to Michael Jackson, so anything is possible, though not always probable… I’m just saying that the odds for the kind of solo success Allison’s talent may warrant, based on opinion and/or preference, are not in her favor… same as anyone trying to play pro basketball or football or any professional level sport… some folk ain’t gonna make it past a certain level, some will stay on the edges making a living, some will end up somewhere in the middle, a scant few will get to star or superstar level… the meme round here is as long as folk are happy doing what they love, and managing to make some kind of a living, it’s all good, right? She’ll be a’ight.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t think that is Allison singing backup to Cassadee. I never got a clear look at her in the video, but that backup singer was way taller than Allison is (who is only about 5′ tall, even in heels she wouldn’t be as tall as that background singer looked).

    Also, if she was going to be on Leno, even singing backup, why wouldn’t see have tweeted about it, so her fans could see her? Todrick Hall was very excited about singing background stuff on the XF…he tweeted a couple of times about it.

    Of course, if it does happen to actually be Allison, there’s nothing wrong in being a background singer. You can make decent money doing it, not to mention connections. Melinda Doolittle was a background singer when she went on AI S6 and several of The Voice’s contestants, such as Amanda Brown this season, work as background singers.

  • elliegrll


    I’m just saying that the odds for the kind of solo success Allison’s talent may warrant, based on opinion and/or preference, are not in her favor

    I think that they are more in her favor if she continues to work in the industry as a backup or session singer, and record demos than if she just competed on a reality show.  At her age, those in the industry are going to be more impressed by the idea that she’s working her way up the ladder, than by the idea that she got her big break from being on a tv show.

  • HMc


  • HMc

    I thought the artist got a 100% of the tips from the stageit shows. I got this idea from James last show where Heidi said the band got most of the money from the show. 

  • Taylor

    Someone mentioned that Kris raised 15,000 for Music Empowers, when he first did one of these concerts, but as the Director for MEP said, they were given around 7,500, which means that Stage It took a large chunk of the money.

    What a racket. Taking 50% of the proceeds raised for a charity is questionable. It would be better, for the charity, if people sent the money straight to the organization.

  • DragonFly

    “I thought the artist got a 100% of the tips from the stageit shows. I got this idea from James last show where Heidi said the band got most of the money from the show.”

    Glad you recalled Heidi’s tweet—I remember that now.  Maybe it was a trial run/1st show extended benefit???  More will have to bring what they know.  I was posting to others impressions here that 40% of tips was fact.  

  • elliegrll

    Not really, since fans were never told that 100% of the money spent on the show was going to the charity.  And while I’m sure that most, if not all of the fans support music education, their awareness of this particular organization is due to Kris’ involvement with them.

  • Eilonwy

    I thought the artist got a 100% of the tips from the stageit shows. I got this idea from James last show where Heidi said the band got most of the money from the show.

    “Most” is correct, but it doesn’t mean all of the tips.

    StageIt’s FAQ states:

    How much do I make?

    –The short answer is 60% of the Gross is paid directly to the Performer; 40% of the Gross is collected by Stageit to cover expenses and overhead. The answer from the legal department is below.

    –You make 85% of all tickets & tips after expenses; StageIt takes a 15% distribution fee. (A portion of your proceeds is used to cover direct expenses like bandwidth, composition licensing, and credit card transaction costs.) We want to make sure that as much of the proceeds as possible goes to our artists so we are working hard to keep expenses down. But under no circumstances will expenses associated with shows ever exceed 25% of the total proceeds from any performance. In other words, we will cover all direct expenses over 25% of total proceeds and if expenses dip below that amount then we will pass that on to you, the artist. There is no charge to use Stageit as we front all of the costs.

    Always go straight to the source — they usually have to disclose basic facts.

    As an aside, this is no worse than the typical revenue split at a live venue, where the artist’s expenses are likely to be a lot higher.

  • RustySax

    Nobody’s mentioned it, but that was one of the BEST interviews of Carrie Underwood I’ve seen in quite awhile.  The jock actually asked intelligent questions – not the normal fluff – and Carrie’s answers were thoughtful and on an equal level.  Interesting the way she gracefully skirted some issues yet still left you feeling like you got an answer.  Good job!

  • MellyPer1692

    It is Allison. A pic is on her Facebook page.

  • Axxxel

    so maybe Adam should just move to and live in Great Britain… LOL.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah true… if being a back up singer is the beginning of a new career for Allison, then I hope that one day she will be a back up singer of a big star…