Idol Headlines for 1/24/13 – Evening Edition

Microsoft and Kelly Clarkson to celebrate grand opening of new La Cantera store – There’s been a lot happening on the Microsoft Corp. front “since you’ve been gone.” The Redmond, Wash.-based retailer (NASDAQ: MSFT) has released its opening date for the new store at Northwest San Antonio regional mall the Shops at La Cantera. For those who have been waiting for a moment like this, the date is March, 9, 2013 — beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the grand opening/ribbon cutting. – Read more at Alamo City Beat

MTV Buzzworthy Blog – We’ll pretty much do anything Pharrell tells us (sorry, but have you seen him lately? He’s THE COOLEST), so if he’s all like “It’s time to love Leah LaBelle!” then, DUH, we totally will. But we’d probably be all up in Leah’s grill even if Pharrell wasn’t involved (and he IS involved with everyone these days, no?), but luckily, the production genius has stamped his vibe all over Leah’s latest offering, “Lolita,” which is set to appear on her long-awaited debut. Listen at MTV Buzzworthy

Melinda Doolittle to sing at Black Tie Affair – “American Idol” finalist and longtime Franklin resident Melinda Doolittle will serve as the honorary chairwoman for the African American Heritage Society’s 12th annual Black Tie Affair on Feb. 1 at Embassy Suites Cool Springs. Doolittle will lead the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with the audience invited to sing along. The Black Tie Affair raises money for the McLemore House Museum, home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. – Read more at The Tennessean

The X Factor’s Carly Rose Sonenclar Hangs Around Backstage at Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark – X Factor runner-up and Broadway vet Carly Rose Sonenclar enjoyed a visit to the Foxwoods Theatre on January 20, where she took in a performance of Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and met the show’s high-flying stars Reeve Carney and Rebecca Faulkenberry. The pint-sized powerhouse, an ambassador to the Starlight Children’s Foundation (an organization that provides entertainment, education and family activities to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and injuries), headed backstage with her family and some of the Starlight kids to say hello to their (and our!) favorite superhero. Check out all the fun in our gallery. – See the Photos at

Nicki/Mariah ‘American Idol’ Showdown: What We Know Vs. What We Saw – If you were to look up the phrase “bait-and-switch” in an online dictionary on Thursday morning (January 24), you might just see a picture of the “American Idol” logo. That’s because after months of hype and nearly 60 minutes of teasing a MAJOR blow-out between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on Wednesday night, “Idol” ended up showing just a fraction of what viewers already know happened at the October Charlotte, North Carolina, audition. – Read more at MTV

‘America’s Got Talent Live’ tour is ‘postponed’ – The “America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour” scheduled for March 30 at the Fox Theatre is off. “The America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour has been indefinitely postponed, and the performance scheduled for the Fox Theatre on March 30 has been canceled” is the statement given. Jerry Springer was set to host the tour. Tickets for the St. Louis show had not yet gone on sale. The America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour has been indefinitely postponed, and the performance scheduled for the Fabulous Fox Theatre on March 30 has been canceled. – Read more at STLToday

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  • fuzzywuzzy

    Beyonce/her reps just issued a statement to OMG-Insider. She admitted that she lip synced to a track and didn’t think that there was anything wrong with it, and said that even Pavarotti has done it. She said that it was because of the weather and to make sure that she didn’t mess up (paraphrased)

  • durbesque

    AGT Live indefinitely postponed…that means cancelled.  Too bad….a lot of dogs I know are disappointed. 

  • Bug Menot


    SAN DIEGO (AP) – Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti said Wednesday he was wrong for lip-syncing to recorded music during a concert that the British Broadcasting Corp. had assumed would be live.

    “What we did — once — we did wrong,” said Pavarotti, who during a news conference was visibly irritated by questions about the lip-syncing.

    Later in 1992:

    NEW YORK (AP) – Luciano the Lip-syncer is history.

    Instead, standing-room-only audiences at the Metropolitan Opera are getting Pavarotti the Prodigious.

    …The excellent state of the 57-year-old tenor’s voice should put to rest any speculation that his lip-syncing at a recent concert  is a sign he can’t belt any more. 


    The last time the public saw opera star Luciano Pavarotti sing was actually an elaborately planned, lip-synced performance, a longtime colleague reveals in a new book.

    …At the time, the world-renowned singer had been feeling ill, which left him unsure of his voice. 

    “Pavarotti’s great career therefore ended with a virtual performance. Something sad but inevitable.” Magiera writes.

    …”The orchestra pretended to play for the audience, I pretended to conduct and Luciano pretended to sing. The effect was wonderful,” Magiera writes.

    The millions who watched on television were actually watching the pre-recorded video, with a few camera edits from the actual ceremony blended in, and listening to the pre-recorded audio.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris’ song of the day cover tonight in Gainesville is The Beatles – Get Back

  • Li Wright

    My new “star” prediction — Leah LaBelle!  Girl can sing!

  • girlygirltoo

    Leah’s last single did ok, but it wasn’t a huge hit, so it will be interesting to see if Pharrell et al can really give her a major push.

  • girlygirltoo

    Sounds like Kris overdid it a bit at tonight’s show. :(  Luckily, he’s got tomorrow off to try and rest that wrist

  • Taylor

    OMG Insider is repeating information that was reported at US Weekly yesterday. This is what the “source” or the “insider” told US Weekly:

    Although the Grammy winner and herteam have remained silent about the “Star Spangled Banner” fracas, asource confirms to US Weekly that she did, in fact, use a backing track for her performance in front of the U.S. Capitol. “She didn’t think there was anything wrong with it,” the source explains. “Pavarotti has done it! It was freezing out, and if she messed up just one note, that would have been the story.”

    “Everybody uses these tracks, and the music director advised it. Any big  outdoor live performance is almost always with some kind of track.“She did sing, but used a track.”

    Still, the insider clarifies that Beyonce didn’t completely lip-sync the song:  “She did sing, but used a track.”

    If this “insider” or “source” is to be believed, they are stating that Beyonce did sing, just along with a backing track.

  • blackberryharvest
  • Anny_nanny

    “if she messed up just one note, that would have been the story”

    She shoots well – not once in story as a bad singer, she got into story as a non-singer. I see is as irony of life.
    Amusing attempts to bring an example of Pavarotti – the girl is not opera diva, to me comes to mind comparison only Milli Vanilli. And Luciano was hurt by this story, Beyonce is not threatened by anything I think.

  • Anny_nanny

     Who are all these people?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh, OK. On the Insider they only posted this part that she used a backing track, but didn’t post the part about her singing live as well. They also didn’t attribute it to an anonymous “source”.

  • Last Laugh Lane

    Is Carly Rose going to get a record deal? She was the only one in the final without a record honcho mentor and finishing 2nd didn’t help that. We all knew Simon would sign his groups and he’s already hooked up Tate with Nashville — so now maybe he’s confused about what to do with Carly. Her voice and stage presence made for great TV but now it’s a little iffy about what the future holds for her.

  • El oh El

    I noticed her and her brother were doing a stageit show soon to reveal their latest video.

  • MargieIdol

    If you get a chance to go to one of these Microsoft openings, go! I went to the Train opening in Toronto. Managed to get 5 (not 2) tickets. They had a “red carpet”, you got your photo taken, free food, lots of swag, etc. It’s a full concert and a great family outing. (Although Pat M of Train kept saying sh*t when he had about 15 little girls on stage with him. Not something I’d expect Kelly to do.)

  • elliegrll

    Carly and any label would only benefit from a development deal right now.  Maybe they can get her a similar deal to Rachael Crow’s, where she appears on some shows on Nickelodeon or Disney, but there’s not a lot that they can do for her on the musical front right now.  No radio station is going to give her a chance until she matures, and I doubt that they are going to have an easy time getting people to buy her music.

    Diamond White stands a better chance of getting airplay, and being taken seriously as an artist, even though she’s only 13.

  • YankeeFan08

    This is sort of random.  Ellen’s staff surprised her today with a birthday cake for her 55th birthday and some of them dressed up as her favorite people from the past year, including Adam, Katy Perry and “the girl from American Idol” (not sure who that is):

  • LongKissGoodnight

    According to Allaccess Gone, Gone, Gone is going for AAA adds on February 11.

    Poster on pulse wrote that this is also the add date for HAC, and that certainly would make sense, but GGG is not listed amongst impacting songs in HAC section, so no conformation yet.

    I am so ready! %))

  • girlygirltoo

    Long interview with Kris, taped the other day. Talks about the tour, songwriting, how his wrist injury has affected him, and how he has “some secret stuff” in the works

  • MellyPer1692

    Omg lolol. David Arquette giving Adam a lap dance at his birthday party last night!

    @TheColinOwens: Here’s 1 from last night w/ @DavidArquette giving @AdamLambert a b day dance

    Also, here’s a pic of Adam and Sauli at the party

  • YankeeFan08

    LOL!  Adam’s face is priceless.  His birthday party was at Bootsy Bellows, the club that David Arquette owns.  Looks like it was a blast!

  • bridgette12

    Adam’s expression was a combination of surprise and joy. I have to say, if that was David Arquette, he has a nice body.

  • windmills

    A couple of more Lauren Alaina cowrites surfacing, with new collaborators:

    N O (Lauren, Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell)

    Ryan Tyndell cowrite the Eric Church smash Springsteen as well as the album track Keep On. He’s also done a bunch of writing with Dierks Bentley, more for his upcoming album but he also has a cut on Dierks’s last album (Breathe You In). Ross Copperman cowrote Glass by Thompson Square, Save Water Drink Beer by Chris Young, One Of The Boys by Jana Kramer, and Tip It On Back by Dierks Bentley. 

    I’ll Remember For You (Lauren, Jessi Alexander, Troy Verges)

    Jessi Alexander has had a lot of country cuts. She cowrote The Climb by Miley Cyrus, When Love Gets A Hold Of You by Reba, Drink On It by Blake Shelton, I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice (his current single, which will be very big), and she has album cuts for Trisha Yearwood and Jana Kramer. Troy Verges cowrote Carrie’s Wasted and Leave Love Alone, Wanted by Hunter Hayes, Beer Money and Where Are You Tonight by Kip Moore, Over You By Now by Jana Kramer, and many more. 

  • TheOther

    The two sold-out shows at Vincennes University.

    “I told my management that’s what I wanted to do… because I wanted to connect with people around my age and kind of grow a friendship with all of them for years to come,” said Phillips.

    Phillip and his band are playing at the Missouri University of Science and Technology tonight.

  • heartly

    Thought this was humorous. Today Kelly was asked about the Bill Clinton photobomb from the other day:

    “I loved it,” Kelly said, laughing, during an interview with Paul Koffy of BUZ’N@102.9 in Minneapolis.

    She went on to explain how, later that day, she was already planning her revenge of sorts.

    “We saw him [Clinton] at the Washington White House reception thing afterwards. And Brandon and I were dying to get a picture of me standing two people behind him, checking him out from close up. We were going to put them both side by side and Tweet them.”

    But, she says, “We couldn’t get near him, because there were so many politicians surrounding him, obviously he’s Bill Clinton. But yeah, we were dying to do that.”

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Those sound like great cowrites for Lauren.  Hopeful for her.:))

    It was tweeted by a publishing company yesterday that a Jon Pardi song has made it on to Scotty’s next record…

  • Axxxel

    ok, so Kris Allen sang Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in the shower and Adam Lambert sang the same song comically on the treadmill..
    I want a Kradam duet singing “Diamonds”… !

  • Elizabeth

    Now wouldn’t that be awesome. :)

  • steph6449

    Danny posted this earlier this evening


    Today, ?January ?25,
    ?2013, ??2 hours ago | Danny Gokey
    Hey facebook family, for any bookings,
    inquiries & updates related to me & info on me next career steps, be
    sure like the page of my manager Manager Mitch
    Solarek & his management group Maximum
    Artist. They can help facilitate any questions you may have.

    This is the first time he has publicly mentioned his new management company, even though he signed with them back in May or so. The management company also just started popping up with posts on FB and twitter.  

    Possibly the early indicators that some of Danny’s plans will be coming to light before all that much longer? There have been the ongoing label discussions, and reputedly a book deal.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    SO Cool!!
    Pack Pride?@PackPride
    Have been told that coach Doeren @StateCoachD and Scotty McCreery @ScottyMcCreery will be performing at 9 AM tomorrow on College Gameday.

    I’ve not watched so much ESPN in years!!

    Oh, and further rumor has it…
    Dave Doeren?@StateCoachD
    @ScottyMcCreery I hear you can sing a little Johnny Cash.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    On the NC State Athletics Facebook page…

    Fans who arrive to ESPN Gameday at PNC Arena early tomorrow will be treated to a musical performance by NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren and NC State student and country music star, Scotty McCreery. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For complete event details visit

  • Jonins

    OHH… I would love to hear Kris and Adam do a duet of that. Hey, Nigel! Isn’t it a great idea for Idol to show that? :)

  • d

    who cares!!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert ?@adamlambert
    OMG saw the guy sing IIHY on Idol… Hilarious! Gotta admire all that choreography right?

    LOL he saw it:)
    ETA: His publicist replied. So, I think Adam needs to learned new

    shoshanna stone ?@shoshannastone

    “@adamlambert: OMG saw the guy sing IIHY on Ido.. Hilarious! Gotta admire all that choreography right? :)” I’m expecting you to learn it….

  • girlygirltoo

    I’m confused. Who was this birthday bash for? Adam’s birthday isn’t until next week

  • Nadine_Bitch

    @liammcewan: Remember to tune in to the 3 hour @adamlambert BDay special TOMORROW!! Check out your local time…

    Queen Official ?@queenwillrock
    You lot…at the July 2012 Hammersmith shows with Adam Lambert. (Photo: Thilo Rahn)

    mmyy9 ?@mmyy9Tokyo,
    Kanazawa, Osaka VIP Packages now sold out. (VIP for Nagoya is least fav
    since it’s all-standing & M&G may mean losing your position)

    Lÿndsey Parker ?@lyndseyparker
    New #TheDayAfter is up! Seeme & @lifeontheMlist  discuss #AmericanIdol, #CharlieAskew, and our new band, #HotClown -

  • Nadine_Bitch

    It’s an advance BDay party for Adam. People were speculating that he might need to go to NYC earlier for his gig with Nile Rodgers that’s why he had his party earlier than 29th.

  • MellyPer1692

    What’s confusing? I posted that it was Adams party :). He’ll probably be in NYC on his birthday since Nile talked about a bd party there.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah… maybe a comedy skit… in the session what has become of the American Idol alumns…. Adam Lambert ending up singing on a treadmil, mashed up with Kris Allen singing the same song in the shower…

  • Axxxel

    Maybe The Gokey’s want to enjoy their privacy first before baby Gokey hits the Idol bubble.

  • steph6449

    Very possibly both could be true?

    My guess is that the first pics may appear in some People online or print format, as the original birth announcement said “People exclusive.” They did run something in the print edition when Danny got married, and it was the same person who wrote the wedding article as did the one for the baby last weekend.

  • MellyPer1692

    Haha David Arquette retweeting the picture too

    @davidarquette: “@adamlambert: mdmolinari’s photo” Happy Birthday buddy. Thanks for celebrating @BootsyBellows”