American Idol Headlines for 12/28/12

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Britney Spears’ Potential ‘X Factor’ Exit: How Much Would It Hurt? – The May announcement that Spears and Lovato would be replacing Season 1 judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger breathed new life into a franchise that was translated with high expectations from its incredibly successful U.K. counterpart. After the British “X Factor” generated hitmakers like One Direction, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs beginning in 2007, Cowell expressed the desire to see the stateside “X Factor” surpass the ratings of his previous Fox smash, “American Idol,” and rule the reality ratings roost upon Season 1′s September 2011 debut. That didn’t happen. 12 million viewers watched Season 1 each week according to Nielsen, compared to 15.8 million weekly viewers for NBC’s “The Voice.” And Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro, whose debut album will not make its way onto shelves by the end of 2012 as initially expected, has thus far been unable to establish herself as an organic star like recent “Idol” champs Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips. – Read more at Billboard.com

The Voice’s Terry McDermott on Major-Label Past, Journey Covers and Paul McCartney’s Approval – Glint in their eyes notwithstanding, Terry McDermott says he and his mentor Blake Shelton never had a “devious master plan” for choosing songs to cover during his tenure on NBC’s The Voice. “We tried not to overthink it,” says the man who would eventually become the Season 3 runner-up. “We just tried to be faithful to my artistry and to the people who were supporting me through the show. I didn’t want to have them all excited about classic rock of the ’70s and ’80s, and then suddenly change it up so much that I disappointed them.” TVLine caught up with McDermott to talk about his ups and downs in the music business, his approach to a number of song arrangements during the season, and a special honor he got from no less a legend than Paul McCartney. – Read more at TV Line

Wouldn’t Michael Jackson’s estate be responsible for clearing “Let it Be” rather than Paul McCartney? Plus, as others pointed out, it’s been sung on singing competition before. Confuzzled. Plus, the team’s strategy to keep Terry singing songs from the past may have kept him in the competition, but it’s not going to help him sell records post-show.

Go Backstage With CMTT at the American Country Awards

Carrie UnderwoodLauren Alaina are interviewed./ Plus, Keith Urban talks Idol at 9:30 mark.

Kellie Pickler, ‘Rockaway (The Rockin’ Chair Song)’ – Story Behind the Lyrics – “Our first date was at Cracker Barrel, and they have all of the rocking chairs lined up out front that you can purchase or just sit there and wait for your name to be called to go in and eat,” Kellie tells The Boot. “We sat out there in those rocking chairs for Lord knows how long, and played twenty questions and got to know each other. We talked and talked, and fell in love with one another in those chairs outside of Cracker Barrel. “Then for my birthday, he went to Cracker Barrel and bought two rocking chairs and carved our names in them,” she continues with a smile. “They’re on our front porch, and that’s where we like to go sit and try to solve all of the world’s problems! So, ‘Rockaway’ is about those chairs.” – Read more at The Boot

Britney Spears Court Case Involving Kevin Federline’s Brother Exposed as a Hoax – Britney Spears is not going to court — but she is the latest victim of an infamous hoaxer. On Wednesday, Dec. 26, Us Weekly obtained papers reportedly filed by the singer’s former brother-in-law, Christopher Federline, in which the plaintiff claimed that he, not Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline, was the “true father” of the couple’s oldest son, Sean Preston. But sources told Us the documents appear to have been doctored. – Read more at US Magazine

It’s the first ‘Rockin’ Eve’ with just Ryan Seacrest – “It’s definitely a mixed emotion. As a kid, I knew New Year’s Eve by watching Dick Clark. As an adult, I know New Year’s Eve recently by working with Dick Clark. I’ve never done the ABC show without him,” he says.”It’s emotional, it’s reflective, and, at the same time, it’s celebratory, because he was such a leader and pioneer and mentor. It will be unique in so many ways, and frankly, I don’t know what to expect in that first second when I sign on.” Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, says Seacrest is the perfect choice to carry on Clark’s four-decade tradition. – Read more at USA Today

2012 Breakout Stars: Melissa Benoist Pulls Back the Glee Curtain – Before Glee’s fourth season started, everyone was focused on what was to become of Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and the rest of the McKinley gang. But we (almost) forgot about all of that the first time we laid eyes (and ears) on Melissa Benoist’s character Marley. And that is why she is one of our Breakout Stars of 2012. She proved to be a refreshing and talented addition to Glee, and while we adore the New York storylines, we don’t mind staying at McKinley to see what happens with Marley. We hopped on the phone with Benoist to talk about her big Glee debut, Michael Fassbender mania and what those long hours on set are really like. – Read more at EOnline

Another ratings disaster for Simon Cowell as his ‘X Factor for dogs’ only gets 3.7million viewers – Following Ashleigh and Pudsey’s win on Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell was hoping the British public had a taste of dancing dogs. However, his ‘X Factor for dogs’ show That Dog Can Dance failed to attracted big ratings for ITV1 on Boxing Day. The show, which featured Sharon Osbourne, Bill Bailey and Ashleigh and Pudsey, only attracted 3.7million during its 8pm one-hour slot. During the second half of same slot, EastEnders managed to pull in an average of 8.2million as viewers tuned in to see the fall-out of Derek Branning’s death. – Read more at Daily Mail

 
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    X-Factor for dogs…Oh Simon….I thought I’d never say this but I’m starting to feel sorry for Simon.

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

    One thing Simon hasn’t learned from AI — keep the same judges for a long time…he and Paula and Randy lasted 10 seasons!  People got familiar, they felt comfortable with them, and really there was no reason for AI to change up with Ellen and a 4th judge….and ever since then, AI has been going down down down because the audience doesn’t feel comfortable with the judges changing all the time.  It shows that the producers are in turmoil….look at any long running show, the cast stays the same because the audience knows the characters and likes them….now Simon is going to go messing up the XF show again, just as he has the overseas XF….he DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO PRODUCE.!  His best production was AI and he was the star and he wanted more….I am so surprised that FOX is renewing this show!
    I can’t wait for Nigel’s reboot of FAME!

  • Mateja Praznik

    Simon doesn’t have to learn that from anyone. It’s not like X Factor is a completely new show. It’s been around for nine seasons in the UK and X Factor franchise replaced Idol franchise in many countries in the world.

    The original X Factor UK panel lasted three seasons (Simon, Louis, Sharon). Then Simon added Dannii for season 4 and then Sharon was replaced by Cheryl Cole in season 5. Simon-Louis-Dannii-Cheryl panel lasted three seasons and they had good chemistry. For season 8, Simon, Cheryl and Dannii were replaced by Gary, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland. Kelly stayed only one season and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.

    Oh and Louis was fired just before the start of season 4 and in the first audition episode, choreographer Brian Friedman joined the panel as a judge. But then Simon realized that the panel wasn’t working without Louis and brought him back.

  • merkureye

    Went to the XF/Britney article and was reminded by one of the posts that Britney topped the Forbes “highest earning women in music” list. What is up with that?  She beat Taylor Swift, RiRi, GaGa, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Adele, Sade, etc.  Who is buying her stuff?  They would be a multi-level salesperson’s dream.

    According to Forbes, Britney is still actively touring.  If she has the self-awareness and energy to perform a concert, she certainly could have brought more energy to her XF gig.  You would think she would have been a dynamite mentor with her experience.

    Like JLo and STyler, this is just another example of performers just taking advantage of the publicity of being a judge on a prime-time singing talent show to prop-up their own careers.  Although I must admit, apparently Britney didn’t need the exposure.

  • mmb

    Not surprising that Britney would top a $$$ list.  Britney has been in the business longer and has, I believe, recorded more albums that any of those singers (except Sade)…those early albums and singles keep on selling. Her most recent album, Femme Fatale, didn’t sell as much as some earlier efforts, but it spawned some of her biggest selling singles.  Plus she has a few fragrances. And some endorsements.  And she toured in 2011.  And, of course, she has that $15 million from X factor

  • girlygirltoo

    Why would people want to watch dancing dogs for more than, say, 5 minutes?

  • girlygirltoo

    Jim C is going to be posting his favorite albums of 2012. Kris’ album made his “honorable mentions” list

     http://jambajim.tumblr.com/post/39042579198/my-12-fave-albums-of-2012-honorable-mentions …

  • luly

    Jeff Dodge ?@TheJeffDodge
    Exclusive Interview #AmericanIdol’s Danny Gokey, Kris Allen & Jamar Rogers Talk Cruise for Sophia’s Heart http://ow.ly/gptVv @TheJeffDodge

  • fantoo1

    It’s fairly new to the US, and he hasn’t been able to make the formula work here.

  • steph6449

    I’d actually be slightly more interested to watch X-Factor for dogs than the original. 

    Of course, I’ve never seen the original so that is not saying a lot :P What I’ve heard of the concept with the groups/etc has never appealed to me.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    The Fans Choose Top 20 Country Music Albums of 2012. Scotty is number 1, Carrie is number 4.

    http://www.roughstock.com/blog/the-fans-choice-top-20-country-albums-of-2012

    Also the top 40 singles of 2012 where Scotty, Lauren, Kellie, and Carrie appear:

    http://www.roughstock.com/blog/the-fans-choice-top-20-country-albums-of-2012

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m wondering what are the categories. Dogs, Bitches, Packs and Over 9 years?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GSMAIVVJS4KFW5L3XHBUO46DA LUCIE

    CONGRATS SCOTTY. Still going strong.

  • steph6449

    what about puppies though, aww.

    young kiddies may not be a category (?) in the original X-Factor but with dogs no child labor laws to worry about ;)

  • Archie07

     Sorry this is off topic(s), but today is David A’s 22nd Birthday!   Happy Birthday, David.

  • Anny_nanny

    Elise Testone@ETestoneAI11
    “I love my band. http://instagr.am/p/TyM69RN9yD/

    LMFAO
    Of course I love the cello, but…

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I hadn’t heard of, “Nigel’s reboot of FAME!”  Will that be like the one they had a few years ago, or will this be a completely new concept?

  • Anny_nanny

    “Wouldn’t Michael Jackson’s estate be responsible for clearing “Let it Be” rather than Paul McCartney?”

    I think it’s Sony.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Identifying the problem with XF is easy. It’s the legal issues and internal business logistics that’s the difficult part.  They really need a more competent business team and ones that actually care for the art not just the money. The producers need to stop meddling with the artists performances and get approval for a wider list of song choices. Or they need to allow originals. Whether they are good or bad I found that’s kinda what separated it from The Voice and AI because of Chris Rene/Ella Henderson/Lucy Spraggan/Emblem3. Letting them perform originals have mostly gone right.  Not all the time but at least once or twice during the competition to keep the show interesting. 

  • tripp_ncwy

    Cody Belew in concert Little Rock, AR

    “Cody Belew returns with special guests Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers w/Jeron Marshal.  Saturday, December 29th at 7:00 PM.”

    http://www.littlerock.com/calendar/detail.aspx?id=12848

  • Axxxel

    I thought a dog won the reality show ”Britain got talent” ?

  • HKfan

    Can someone tell me just how many Country Music awards are there in the US, it seems that every few weeks in the headlines thread there is yet another country music awards show…..shouldn’t there just be 1 a year like the AMA’s and Grammys?

  • kmd23

     It is not off topic to wish David A. a Happy 22nd Birthday. Happy Birthday David!!! I remember when  he was just 17 years old on AI.

  • elliegrll

     

    AI has been going down down down because the audience doesn’t feel comfortable with the judges changing all the time.

    I think that season ten would be proof against this theory.  The judges are important, they set the tone, especially during the audition rounds.  Or, maybe it’s how they are edited that sets the right tone.  Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez worked very well during the audition rounds, and the producers did a good job of highlighting the contestants during that stage, which is why the ratings improved in comparison to season 9.  But the audition rounds during season 11 were the worst in the history of the show.  The judges, contestants and the format were boring, which did nothing to help the rest of the season.  

    Majeta said; Simon doesn’t have to learn that from anyone.

    Very little happens on the X Factor that wasn’t copied straight from the American Idol playbook.  American Idol didn’t exactly invent the format, but holding auditions at the judges’ so called houses or in front of an audience doesn’t change the fact that Simon Cowell just copied what Simon Fuller and company were doing with the Idol franchise.

  • renzy24

    American Idol Season 12: Top 40 Contestants (Spoilers)

    Top 20 Females

    1. Adriana Latonio
    2. Amber Holcomb (AI11 LVR)
    3. Angela Miller
    4. Aubrey Cleland (AI10 HW & AI11 SFYL/GM)
    5. Brandy Hotard
    6. Breanna Steer
    7. Candice Glover (AI9 HW & AI11 LVR)
    8. Cristabel Clack
    9. Isabel Pasqualone
    10. Janelle Arthur (AI10 HW & AI11 LVR)
    11. Jenny Beth Willis
    12. Jett Hermano
    13. Juliana Chahayed
    14. Kamaria Ousley
    15. Kree Harrison
    16. Melinda Ademi (AI10 LVR)
    17. Rachel Hale
    18. Shubha Vedula
    19. Tenna Torres (AI11 LVR)
    20. Zoanette Johnson
     
    Top 20 Males
    1. Bryant Tadeo (AI11 HW)
    2. Charlie
    3. Chris Watson (AI7 HW)
    4. Cortez Shaw (AI11 SFYL/GM)
    5. Curtis “C.J.” Finch, Jr. (AI11 LVR)
    6. David Oliver Willis
    7. Devin Velez
    8. Elijah Liu (AI11 HW)
    9. Gurpreet “Peter” Singh
    10. Jimmy Smith
    11. John Jada
    12. Johnny Keyser (AI11 LVR)
    13. Josh Holiday
    14. Kevin Harris
    15. Lazaro Arbos
    16. Mathenee Treco (AI11 LVR)
    17. Nick Boddington (AI11 LVR)
    18. Paul Jolley
    19. Scooter
    20. Vincent Powell (AI11 HW)

    Wow a lot from last seasons.

  • Karen C

    One thing Simon hasn’t learned from AI — keep the same judges for a long time…he and Paula and Randy lasted 10 seasons! People got familiar, they felt comfortable with them, and really there was no reason for AI to change up with Ellen and a 4th judge….and ever since then, AI has been going down down down because the audience doesn’t feel comfortable with the judges changing all the time.

    I don’t think it was just because the show had the same judges. I think it was more that the focus was on the contestants.  Also, I think the reason that Idol works better than X Factor in the US is because it seems like the contestants grow as performers on their own and are not dictated to what they should do, and even how they arrange their songs.  Maybe this is what is generally preferred by the US audiences. I think this is why the last couple of seasons haven’t worked quite as well, because of Jimmy Iovine mentoring, though not as heavy handed as the X Factor. 

  • Mateja Praznik

     I remember watching AI7 and damn, the judging panel was stale and boring. It needed a shake-up, badly. But no one was ready for it because the old team was around for so long.

  • asifclueless

    ADAM LAMBERT .. WELCOME to INDONESIA!!

    Tommy and the band got lei’d at the airport.  LOL 

    http://twitpic.com/bqe2ka

    https://twitter.com/Fannaa_/status/284909117187973121/photo/1

    http://twitpic.com/bqdj77

    http://twitpic.com/bqdj7w

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Not entirely sure where to put this, but it seems that DeAndre is signed to some indie label, Truth Records LLC, born out of Texas.  Or at the very least he’s being managed by them.  Based on what I can get out of it, it’s a new outfit, but the relationship seems to have some tangible connection to Eric Benet.  Kevin Sucher, the guy he appears to be acting as his manager, has worked with Eric and was his tour manager until recently.  I know based on tweets he’s also spent some time with George Nash Jr., who is Eric’s cousin and one of his main collaborators.

    http://truthrecordsllc.com/deandre-brackensick/

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Look at the HUUUUGE billboard for his NYE Bali concert:)

    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A_M4iTLCUAAPLYl.jpg

  • asifclueless

    Axxxel … Where are you … Bebe???!!??
    Are you going to Bali?  Or … Are you going to see Adam in Jarkata?

    http://instagram.com/p/T03ORwoMla/

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  • Karen C

    I remember watching AI7 and damn, the judging panel was stale and boring. It needed a shake-up, badly. But no one was ready for it because the old team was around for so long.

    The change especially that year was to allow the contestants more flexibility.  That is how change in the show always occured in the past when the original judges were still on.  It allowed the contestants to shine instead of the judges.  Although Phillip is doing a pretty good job of that himself.  And actually the judges were more favorible to him than Jimmy Iovine was.

  • loveroftalent

    Thanks for posting all these goodies….

  • loveroftalent

    Love the picture they used….Adam is such a handsome man….

  • loveroftalent

    Are we going to have a stream….Please say yes..

  • asifclueless

    Loveroftalent … I don’t know yet. 
    I guess the security will be very tight.
    We’ll wait and see. 
    If there is a dinner served, I’ll let fans know ASAP.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Nice DeAndre!

  • Mateja Praznik

     I don’t know. I didn’t find season 7 talent especially engaging. Competent yes, but they bored me. Combined with stale judging panel, stale music catalog, etc.  it was a real snoozer.

    I think there is enough space for the judges and contestants to shine. I’ve seen it happen on XF UK.

    In any case, just being on a talent show is not enough for top finishers to have any sort of career after the show. It’s what happens after the show, behind the scenes, that matters. The question is, who are TPTB ready to invest money in?

    It’s true that Simon Cowell created the X Factor because he thought that Idol format needed an upgrade. Simon Fuller probably thought his format was perfect, because American Idol did so well. The original British Pop Idol started with a very popular first season, but the second one wasn’t that successful. Probably because Fuller took the key people to the US to work on American Idol. Looks like Cowell did the same thing with X Factor.

    It would be interesting to check the Wikipedia and see how the three franchises (Idol, XF, The Voice) are doing worldwide.

  • asifclueless

    For fans in these Asian countries …

    2012 VH1 Divas (MTV Asia) Premiere:    
     
    Jan 5, 2013 
      
    -6 pm   (Indonesia) 
    -7 pm   (Singapore/Hong Kong/Philippines)   
    -8 pm   (Malaysia) 
      

     http://www.mtvasia.com/shows/2012-vh1-divas/

  • Nadine_Bitch

    It’s going to be shown in the UK and some parts of Europe.

    January 01: TV, UK. 2012 VH1 Divas repeat on MTV Live at 1pm. Repeats at different times on Jan 2,3 and 4.
    http://twitter.com/clairemcm1/status/281886770621206529

  • loveroftalent

    thank you!!!

  • asifclueless

    Awww…Lyndsey Parker …berting hard here.    
    Great video with lots of Adam time (from 1:48 on)  
    The TV guy likes Adam too. YAY !!! He said he was a big fan.  

    Lyndsey Parker   ?@lyndseyparker:disqus       

    Me on @Studio11LA  talking top 10 LPs   (@frank_ocean @diamondrings   
     @thedarkness:disqus 
    adamlambert  @foxyshazam @thedarkness:disqus 
        BeaccchHoussse)
     
     http://t.co/e41uLfDg
    http://www.myfoxla.com/video?clipId=8113235&autostart=true

  • Karen C

    I think Season 7 was one of the most creative seasons they had on the show, and it is by far my favorite, but I know not everyone looks for the same thing. 

    Simon Fuller probably thought his format was perfect, because American Idol did so well. The original British Pop Idol started with a very popular first season, but the second one wasn’t that successful. Probably because Fuller took the key people to the US to work on American Idol. Looks like Cowell did the same thing with X Factor.

    I think it might be more that the Idol format works better in the US.  Maybe the X Factor format works better in the UK.  That’s why Pop Idol wasn’t as successful in the UK as American Idol is, and why the X Factor UK was able to take over. 

    I don’t see that Simon Cowell took that many people actually away from Idol, the producers are the same for both, and having Paula Abdul didn’t work.

  • HKfan

    Thanks asif, I will write it in my new diary……

  • asifclueless

    YouTube Version of  Lyndsey Parker about Adam and Trespassing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Khr-BRXFI&feature=player_embedded