Idol Headlines for 12/6/12 – The Evening Edition

Phillip Phillip opening for Matchbox 20? LouisevillePalaceVIP tweets, “Just confirmed Phillip Phillips as the opener for Matchbox Twenty on Feb 5, 2013 – awesome!”

Carrie Underwood Shares Her Life on a Tour Bus

NHL lockout throws wrench into Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher’s plans – “I’m like: ‘Now you’re home and I’m not and you’re supposed to be running around — that’s why I scheduled my tour for this time. But now you’re home.'” The five-time Grammy-winning country singer says Fisher can’t join her on tour because he has an obligation to keep himself in shape in preparation for a potentially sudden solution to the lockout (“the places we stay, they don’t always have the best fitness equipment,” she explains). And while Underwood has become pretty well-versed in the winter sport — particularly for someone who grew up in the hockey-free environs of Oklahoma — she mostly wants the NHL to return for Fisher’s sake. “I know he misses it,” she said. “I will be happy when he gets back to work.” – Read more at 570News

Casey Abrams Porch Sessions- Steam Roller Blues

Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald: Bootleg Theater Buddies – Bringing an end to an eventful evening in Los Angeles, Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald exited the Bootleg Theater last night (December 5). The “Twilight Saga: New Moon” actress and her “American Idol” alum hubby looked pleased with themselves as they strolled to their car following a live performance. – See the photos at

Clay Aiken’s 5 ways reality TV changed his life – “I’ve joked that I will never be in a competition with a black man again,” says Clay Aiken with a good-natured laugh on the phone from New York City. Indeed, the singer is now a two-time runner-up, having been bested by Ruben Studdard on the second season of “American Idol” and Arsenio Hall on the recent season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Aiken is currently making merry on a holiday concert tour that hits the Wilbur Theatre Sunday. We recently chatted with the North Carolina native about five of the many ways reality TV changed his life. – Read more at the Boston Globe

Cece Frey Talks Zac Efron Crush In Funny Game!

Melanie Martinez After Her Elimination – The Voice

Amanda Brown After Her Elimination – The Voice

The Voice’s Cody Belew Talks ‘Jolene’ Twist, Mad Max Jackets and How He’s Like…Seinfeld? – It’s a double elimination episode on Thursday night’s X Factor, but some of the contestants already have plans for the $5 million prize dangling in front of them at the finish line. Cody Belew may have blown a couple of minds when he performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” during Season 3 of The Voice — complete with outrageous leather jacket, bad-ass boots and end-of-song hip swivelrie — but in his mind, it was a perfect opportunity to “focus-group what America was willing to digest.” And when he breezed into the next round, the 27-year-old Arkansas native took it as a direct message. “People said, ’We’re ready. We understand exactly what it was you were doing, and we want more of that,’” says Belew. “There’s a reason why your David Bowie, your Prince, your Michael Jackson, your George Michael, your Freddie Mercury dominated when they were on the scene; people want to have fun. They like that it’s sexy, but there’s a sense of humor to it. They like things to be theatrical and visually mesmerizing.” – Read more at TV Line

Confessions of an ‘X Factor’ Virgin – My credentials as a battle-hardened X Factor veteran speak for themselves — nine seasons watching the U.K. original; two years warming up to the American edition; plus three episodes of the Australian one (verdict: no future Kylies). But, until tonight, I’d never been an audience member. In my experience, the ideal environment to gain optimum enjoyment of The X Factor is horizontal on a couch with a remote control close to hand. What better position to hatch conspiracy theories about the elevation of favored acts and moan in disbelief at the callous treatment of others? The opportunity to watch the Top 6 perform in person meant leaving the comfort of my couch. It also meant letting go of a few long-held beliefs – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘X Factor’ Burning Questions: Is Carly Wooing Justin Bieber’s Fanbase? How Does Tate Feel About Being the Oldest Competitor? – Is Simon Cowell turning Emblem3 into another One Direction? Chadwick said this matter was actually discussed. “We talked to him and we’ve seen what he’s trying to do. He knows how to launch success in this show. Simon knows what works and he has a good strategy. Even if that means us taking heat for some of the songs, it’s going to reach out to a bigger audience and get us more votes and that’s what he’s trying to do.” Did Demi get it right when she said Tate didn’t hit the high note on “Livin’ on a Prayer”? “Definitely. I can’t hit it. We kept it in a range where it still had some fire, some passion and emotion. I could have dropped it down a step and a half and done it but it just would have been kind of laying there. If you were singing along, which, hopefully all America was, you sang the high part. I didn’t have to.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Glee’s Melissa Benoist: “Something Drastic Needed to Happen” to Wake Marley Up – Attenion all Gleeks! Melissa Benoist, who plays Marley Rose on the Fox musical comedy, has a very important announcement. “Some people tweeted me that they thought she was dead, but she is not dead,” Benoist tells “She is alive.” Phew! But just because the glee club newbie survived a fainting spell brought on by her eating disorder during Sectionals, her battle is far from over. Not only will Marley have to start taking better care of herself — physically and emotionally — but she’ll also have to work to win New Directions over after jeopardizing their shot at Regionals. – Read more at TV Guide

‘VH1 Divas’ Adds Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Iggy Azalea and More – NEW YORK, NY –December 6, 2012 – VH1’s popular franchise “VH1 Divas” announced today additional performers to join this year’s LIVE dance music tribute Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Iggy Azalea and funk legend Bootsy Collins. In addition La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Stacey Keibler, NeNe Leakes, Brandy Norwood and Kelly Osbourne will make an appearance and join the “VH1 Divas” dance party LIVE at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1. To purchase tickets for VH1 Divas please visit This year “VH1 Divas” red carpet will be live streamed on on Sunday, December 16 from 7-9PM ET/4-6PM PT (#VH1DIVAS). The live stream will provide fans an unfiltered front-row seat to all the red carpet action and will feature real time interviews with entertainment’s biggest stars. Beginning Monday, December 17, fans can view a curated red carpet highlights video on – Read more at TVByTheNumbers

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  • curly_yenta

    Taylor was on Fox5-TV Las Vegas yesterday and sang an amazing blues version of Please Come Home For Christmas.

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor was on Fox5-TV Las Vegas yesterday and sang an amazing blues version of Please Come Home For Christmas.

  • durbesque

    Louisville is the 3rd stop on Matchbox 20’s tour.  Is that Phil’s only show?  No news on his site.  Rob Thomas is the perfect singer for Phil to open for.  On ‘The Voice’ he made every effort to get the words across.  I love that!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Just Jared: Barack Obama: Tree Lighting with Michelle & the Girls!

    Phillip Phillips

  • LA944

    Ok–this seems to be a little bit of a James Taylor day on this blog YEAH!

    First, some talk on another thread–Casey Abrams (who loves JT) does an impromptu performance of Steamroller and P2 with JT at the DC Christmas tree lighting.

    BTW, I watched the whole thing on the live feed. At the end, all the singers came out and P2 was standing next to James T. They seemed to be have a nice conversation. It looked to me as if JT was giving him some words of encouragement before P2 had to sing a bit in the finale.

  • marmom07

    OMG I loved that clip with Casey Abrams singing blues, that was really good. He is so talented. 

  • Goodvibes27

    I love Taylor’s version of “Please Come Home For Christmas”. He sang it for his publicity rounds in 2006, but he has gotten even better on the harmonica since then.

  • girlygirltoo

    Casey Abrams was at the Christmas tree lighting? I don’t remember seeing that he was on the list of performers.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Man, seeing and reading their interviews, I’m going to miss Cody and Amanda on The Voice so much. The last two weeks won’t be the same without them. Hope the two besties do a kick-ass duet on the finale night.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    @liveyoung82: Interview with @adamlambert on working with @QueenWillRock in the newest ClassicRockMag

  • Axxxel

    thanks for the very nice article !!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    WC ;)

    a really nice read, indeed.

  • Anny_nanny

    “American Idol’ on the Charts: 11 Winners, 230 Number Ones, 836 Weeks On Top”

  • Lexie O’Neill

    More footage of Scotty in studio for the Christmas album…love the publicity he’s getting!!

  • angiedb

    Fabulous news for Phil! I wish he were opening for the MB20 show I’ll be at the following week, but so exciting for Phil!

  • Mike

    Why do so many posters find it to be a negative that Phillip will be opening for Match Box 20?  I personally really like them & don’t find them boring or stale, but many seem to feel that way?  I can’t imagine that it would hurt Phillip…just curious.  Then again, I do have kids in college so maybe I am boring and stale! lol!

  • girlygirltoo

    Fun video of Kris’ attempt to be a goat herder. “Wrong way, goats”!  :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They have the edited version of the Christmas tree lighting posted now:

    Casey was not shown, nor did he perform in the live-stream, non-edited show.


  • tripp_ncwy

    World Vision
    [Video] Meet Kenya’s newest goat herder: We asked whether you wanted to see Kris Allen herd goats — or feed goat…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “”American Idol’ on the Charts: 11 Winners, 230 Number Ones, 836 Weeks On Top”

    As Idol really rubs it in how commercially unsuccessful the alum of The Voice and X-Factor have been. lol

  • Mateja Praznik

     It’s easy to do that when one show has 11 seasons behind it and the other two are on seasons 2 and 3.

  • mjsbigblog

    But, by the time American Idol was on seasons 2 and 3, they already had big stars.

    Simon will probably hit it big with someone from XFUS at some point (or he will die trying lol), But I doubt The Voice will ever produce a superstar. But as a glorified game show, that’s not what they’re about.

  • Anny_nanny

    We have to take into account that all the “golden” AI’s kids have time to be rewarded before new season. (Lee existed never!) Yes, viewers can forget about them barely confetti fell to the next, but for half a year they had time to deal.
    Voice has three seasons, XF – two. I have a right to ask about the result. Not that Simon and Adam received, and that winners and participants received. Besides to songs that I did not have time to tire because I have not been able to remember them. (And yes, I HATE the “Home”!)

  • KatMyers

    Except that the first 3 AI winners had significant success right out of the gate, something neither the Voice nor XFUS has seen.  

    It can be argued that the music industry has changed significantly in the decade that has passed since AI began, but even the lower placed finishers on AI in recent years have been much more successful than winners of the other 2.  So yeah, AI has bragging rights and rightfully so.  That said, I really like the changes that The Voice made this year and think it has a longer shelf life from an entertainment perspective than XF, despite limited success post-show of its contestants.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Well, who says X Factor US wouldn’t be able to achieve something like that if it was launched in 2002, and had no competition in 2 other similar talent shows? The format is perfectly capable of doing it.

  • Jonins

    Read the article and it’s quite interesting to see Kris has only 4 no. 1 but was able to last more than 50 weeks. Thanks to the Christian radio. And it is not even a Christian/gospel song.

  • KatMyers

    Maybe, maybe not … we’ll never know the answer to that theoretical question lol.

    But I think you may have missed my point:

    ” but even the lower placed finishers on AI in recent years have been much more successful than winners of the other 2 ”

    meaning if you compare success of contestants within the same year, even non-winning AI alums beat the crap out of XFUS and the Voice winners for the same season.  That is not a theoretical argument – that is just a fact.

  • Anny_nanny

     Yes. So let’s see what Colton will be able to get in his niche.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The power of crossover songs. 

  • Loretta

     MJ Kelly Clarkson was big immediately and became a world wide superstar after Breakaway so you are so right on.  Ruben and Clay both had lots of success.  So apples to apples 2 seasons to two seasons like you said AI is much more successful than the Voice in producing successful acts.

    The Voice has had close to zero commerical success for its winners. 

    Xfactor kept Melanie in  the closet 2 long.  Her song was ok and I hope it does well for her.

    I know I close to stand alone on this but I believe and I believe Simon believes he has found his XfactorUS stars with E3. 

    Being a junkie for singing shows I watch them all and I knew 1D would be huge and predicted so after their outs and non-win and I believe Simon announced E3 would be signed because he can see they have zero chance of winning and wants E3’s votes to swing to Carly.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True, but then Idol still can boast that their inaugural winner went on to major mainstream commercial and critical success. And their second season winner had great commercial success initially, and their third winner is still doing very well. It’s not like Idol took a few years to produce their first commercially successful alum.

  • Mateja Praznik

    American Idol’s inaugural season was in 2002. If the show appeared in America 10 years later, it would be in the same boat as XF and The Voice.

    Kelly became a superstar because RCA’s A&R actually did some great work with her. Ruben’s success was only the result of show’s popularity. Fantasia stayed around because the label again did some good work. Same with Carrie. The show was very popular then and at that time the public wasn’t sick and tired of reality talent shows and contestants.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There are so many “what ifs” and anachronistic comparisons that I’m not sure that much can be derived from this kind of discussion. Even with competition from The Voice and X-Factor, the last two Idol winners have had excellent initial commercial success. Whether Scotty or P2 can achieve longer term commercial success remains to be seen. At some point, without some kind of even modest commercial success for an alum, both The Voice and X-Factor will just end up being game/entertainment shows (The Voice is pretty much there already). Even with Idol, I think that an increasing proportion of the viewers are regarding the show as a game show, without any concern for what the contestants do/achieve afterwards. I do think that there’s more chance of the X-Factor having a commercially successful alum before The Voice though.  

  • Eilonwy

    American Idol’s inaugural season was in 2002. If the show appeared in America 10 years later, it would be in the same boat as XF and The Voice.

    I’m not sure why that’s a certainty. If the logic is “singing show fatigue” — then had Idol launched only in the past year or so, along with the other two, there’d be nothing to be fatigued about. 

    If we normalize early Idol sales levels for today’s much lower industry-wide album sales, then Clarkson, Studdard, Aiken, and Fantasia would still all sell somewhere in the gold range on their debuts, if not somewhat higher. If pressed, I’ll pull out the spreadsheet and give exact normalized numbers — but I guarantee they’ll come out at least an order of magnitude higher than the “20k albums, maybe, and let’s cough nervously and not mention singles” sales levels of Voice and XFUSA alumni.

  • irockhard

    LOL you are quite right.

    Lauren, James, Haley and Casey A all outsold everyone from TV1 and XFUS1.

  • blackberryharvest

    And Idol has only gone one season without a contestant who has gone platinum. Truth is, the Voice and X Factor machines are weak.

  • Jordana33

    Despite Idol’s winner’s success, I still think a lot of people will continue to audition for the Voice. The advantage that the Voice has over shows like X Factor and Idol, is that most contestants have a positive experience even if they don’t make it to the live rounds. I used to get annoyed about the lengthy knockout rounds and battle rounds, but from the perspective of the 75 contestants who get past the audition, it’s great. Even someone eliminated at the  knockout rounds (top 40) can potentially get enough exposure to give their music career the boost to continue in the industry.  They get several intro packages, 2-3 fully aired performances and generally a positive endorsement from the judges, which translates into more opportunities. Contrast that with X Factor and Idol, where most contestants eliminated before the top 10 get far more criticism than praise, and often leave feeling like they’ve failed. 

    I also wouldn’t downplay the influence of the coaches on The Voice. The chance to form a connection with a major artist in the music industry is a huge plus.  Mark Burnett might not care about the contestants, but the coaches obviously do. Cee Lo mentioned that he would always be there for Cody ( eliminated in top 8) and that seems to be the general attitude of all the coaches towards their team, which must really takes the sting out of being eliminated. The original problem was that none of the coaches had much experience managing artists (like Simon or Randy or LA) so they weren’t in the best position to help their contestants.  However, the fact that Adam recently signed Tony Lucca and Cee Lo is now Juliett’s manager, is a good sign and suggests that they are willing to navigate the industry and take some responsibility for their careers. 

    We can look at sales and use that to judge the success of the show, but ultimately it comes down to the contestants and what they hoped to gain from the experience. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If you are only counting domestic CD sales, it’s 2 seasons: S8 and S9.

  • HKfan

    Its only season 9, Adams WWFM went platinum in the States.

  • blackberryharvest

    Same with Kris Allen’s LLWD.

  • girlygirltoo

    if you’re including singles, the only season Idol didn’t have something go platinum was S9. Both Kris & Adam had platinum singles in S8

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I was aware of that, but I thought that only CD sales were being considered.