Idol Headlines for 1/9/12

The People’s Choice Awards air tonight! Tune in at 9 pn on CBS to see who takes home the award for Best Competition Reality Show, Best TV Comedy and more. Watch for our winners’ list later!

YOU can watch the American Idol LIVE Q&A that will broadcast right after the American Idol premiere taking place at theaters across the country! You can watch at this link tonight beginning at 8:30 ET pm. Don’t worry. I’ll be starting a post for it! Also watch for my review of the premiere!

David Cook and banjos? Well. Almost. The American Idol Season 7 winner tweeted yesterday, “Writing today with the illustrious Nathan Chapman. Just shy of noon, and the banjo is already out. This is happening, folks.” Not for long. Later he tweeted, “UPDATE: The banjo has been nixed from this song. Emphatically. (No banjo was harmed in the making of this tweet) Bye bye banjo!

Katharine McPhee: I’m Glad I Don’t Have Children Yet – “I once thought that by now I’d have lots of children, but actually I’m really enjoying being able to go from point A to point B and the only worry I have is have my dogs been walked,” the American Idol runner-up says. “I’m selfish right now, but that’s how and where I should be. The thing is, work is the thing I love the most.” – Read more at US

Carrie Underwood “Blown Away” by a Spectacular 2012! Touring, Airplay, Sales, Awards, and Media Mark a Year to Remember – Nashville, TN – Carrie Underwood may have titled her 2012 album release Blown Away, but it’s also an apt description for the five-time GRAMMY winner’s year, which on all fronts – from touring to airplay, sales, awards, and media appearances – marked an incredibly exciting year for Underwood and her fans. Playing to more than a half-million fans throughout her 62-show 2012 “Blown Away Tour,” Underwood not only ranked as the top female country touring artist of the year according to Pollstar’s Year-End chart, she also played her first concerts in Australia and the U.K, where her concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall sold out in only 90 minutes. – Read more at Carrie Underwood Official

Keith Urban & Randy Jackson Mock Nicki & Mariah Feud – Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey aren’t the only judges on “American Idol” at war. The fists were flying between show newcomer Keith Urban and reliable Randy Jackson last night on the red carpet — where they made fun of their costars now famous fight. The two hit the arrivals line together at the FOX All-Star Party in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, but one of the show’s new judges was mysteriously MIA. Yep, that’s right … it doesn’t look like Mariah showed! – Read more at Too Fab (Actually, Mariah left right after the TCA session. Reporters were pissed she didn’t stick around to talk with them.)

Darren Criss Covers Homme Essentials January/February 2013 – With his hit TV series “Glee” set to resume on January 24, Darren Criss took time to cover the February 2013 issue of Homme Essentials magazine. The 25-year-old actor rocked a casual ensemble for the Eli Schmidt shot front page while opening up about everything from Broadway musicals to his future on the Fox show. – See the photos at celebrity-gossip

Chris Colfer Interview – ‘Struck By Lightning’ & “Glee”

Chris Colfer on Struck by Lightning, Doing Right by His Glee Fans, and His Proudest Blackmail Moment – Julie Miller: I had no idea how dark your sense of humor was before seeing Struck by Lightning! When did you realize you had such a black sense of humor? Were you an eight-year-old doing gallows knock-knock jokes? Chris Colfer: I think so. I have a very large, witty, dark-humor family. That is part of the reason why I became that way, but I’ve always had a dark sense of humor. I always found things that people might find to be obnoxious or extreme to be funny. – Read more at Vanity Fair

A Minute With: “Glee” star Chris Colfer’s “Lightning” film debut – Q: Was it hard to get financiers to see you as a credible writer because you are known primarily as an actor? A: “Anytime an actor associated with something larger than life like ‘Glee,’ I think there is automatic suspicion and doubt that the script would be good. Once people got the script, it wasn’t hard to convince them to read it, but it was difficult getting it made. Had I sold it to a studio, I bet you anything it would have been turned into a movie with me not in it and about a kid losing his virginity or doing drugs. Because that’s what happens and that’s not what I wanted.” – Read more at Reuters

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  • DragonFly

    justmefornow posted late in the previous Idol headlines an article & link about a S10 AI themed slot machine out in Vegas–hope I can refer to it anyway.
    As slots work (not that I would know…nvrm) maybe you could “pick”/rotate Winners on the machine!  This could make ALL S10 Idol fans happy w/the results (ok, give it the lol).  Except for expected Randy comments (Dude, Dawg, In It To Win It)… would be funny to hear what they picked for the judges to say.  ST would likely have (bleeps) throughout & “Say What?-funny phrases”.  Ryan S. would be “And the person w/the fewest votes this week IS (       )” AND…. “w/a voting total of 16 quadrillion this week”.  I will have to find these–what a hoot for sure!  Hope we wouldn’t see reruns of eliminations…HELL NO then!  I’d likely be escorted out for causing the machines to tilt.  More slot terminology I’m not (really) familiar with…nvrm.
    From the article:   Of course, there w/b fan differences in a statement or 2 there….. but we play nice.  Love this tho:  “Thanks, James Durbin, for hanging in until the top three for me.”
    These guys/gals in a themed slot machine–how cool is that.   

  • Trina

    Tate Stevens tweeted that he starts recording his album today :o Simon wasnt kidding when he said they would move faster with Tate than they did with Melanie. A LOT faster apparently.  At this rate his album may come out the same time as hers lol

  • Nadine_Bitch

    adam lambert recorded a video for shanghai concert promo

    Queen+ Adam Lambert – Another One Bites The Dust – Multicam!

    Queen + Adam Lambert – Live in Hammersmith 12 July 2012 (NTSC multicam)

  • justmefornow
  • Nadine_Bitch

    @adamlambert You are featured in our BUlgarian magazine BRAVO! YAY! #Vh1DIvas

    MTV Russia’s new year resolutions from celebritites incl Adam Lambert in MTV News Block [28-12-12]

    @mangayuu: (Bali, Indonesia)
    Adam Lambert on Emvee Magazine Issue 27th January 2013!

    RADIO “VOICE OF RUSSIA” [biggest russian news radio station]| @adamlambert comes to Russia in March….ossiju-v-marte/ …
    “American singer Adam Lambert will come to Russia in March”

    American singer, songwriter and actor Adam Lambert once again perform in Russia in March, organizers said. March 16 singer will perform in Moscow KZ
    “Crocus City Hall”, and on 20 March will sing in the St. Petersburg Ice Palace.

    Finalist of the eighth season of American Idol, winner of four octave voice, Adam Lambert in 2009 released his first album, For Your Entertainment, which sold over two million copies worldwide.

  • asifclueless

    2012 in Review:  The best Idol videos      
      by Mark Franklin    

    Former Idol contestants released more than 25 music videos in 2012.      Here are my picks for the five best,  followed by all the others I could find.  I’m sure I might have missed a couple.   If you know of any others, let me know and I’ll gladly add them.   But I’m pretty sure I won’t change my top five.    For those who like to look back, last year’s top five were:     “Baby It’s Cold Outside”   by Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart;    “Stronger”   by Kelly Clarkson;    “The Last Goodbye”   by David Cook;    “Double Trouble”   by Jack and White;   and  “Can’t Say Goodbye”   by Josh Gracin.    Here’s the link to that blog. And here’s the link to the first blog in this series, a look at the best and worst of singing shows from 2012.Now, this year’s top five …

  • ptebwwong


    Don’t be surprised if American Idol reveals voting rank this season, like X Factor did. Nigel Lythgoe says he’s wanted to do that for years

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure if this is a good idea. It seemed to me that the X-Factor lost a lot of suspense when they did this.

  • bridgette12

    I can’t wait till March gets here and we get some pictures and videos of Adam performing over there. Hopefully, they will get the chance to be a tourist inbetween concerts.

  • ptebwwong

    I agree it loses the suspense. 

    But I wouldn’t be opposed to revealing the voting racks maybe just once during the season. Maybe very early in the voting for the season (Ex. top 10). That leaves room for the voting ranks to change during the season especially with contestants who improve & contestants that start to have great performances farther in the season. I doubt many Idol seasons had the eventual winner #1 in voting if they revealed the votes near top 10.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam’s performances in Maxidrom(Russia) were one of his best. I couldn’t forget how awesome his versions of WLL & WWFM.

  • bridgette12

    Great performances, My absolute favorites were WWL and Sleepwalker. He sounded fantastic, looked great on stage and he left them with a great impression of him as a vocalist and performer.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Yes – he was terrific – the ending portions of WWFM and SW were dynamite.  Thrilling, actually.  (Have an up-close, right-side vid of SW – treasure it.)

  • elliegrll

    But I wouldn’t be opposed to revealing the voting ranks maybe just once during the season. Maybe very early in the voting for the season (Ex. top 10). That leaves room for the voting ranks to change during the season especially with contestants who improve, falter, & have great performances farther in the season.

    I think that the problem with this is that a lot of viewers will get discouraged, even if this is done during the top 10, and they won’t bother to vote or watch.  I think that that’s what happened with the X Factor.  I have a feeling that their ratings wouldn’t have been at the level or AI, but they would have been better, if the leader board wasn’t revealed every week.  

    I also have a feeling that the reveals messed with the contestants’ heads, and impacted their performances.

  • bridgette12

    I’m going to have to go back and look at those videos again, because I’m remembering just how great that concert was.

  • bscfan

    I agree that revealing the voting rankings is a terrible idea. It will play hell with the betting pool in my husband’s office, where they bet every week on who will be eliminated. (BTW, he won last year thanks to all the advice I was giving him from reading this blog. 8 out of 12 eliminations correctly guessed!)

  • ptebwwong

    I agree it might discourage people from voting. I think it all depends on the season. If the contestants this season are talented, confident performers, & diverse styles like S5 I don’t think revealing voting ranks would impact future performances. For example, I don’t think revealing voting ranks would have messed with some of the best Idol alums like Kelly, Carrie, Scotty, Adam, David Cook, etc. Now it might mess with many of the Idols that had confidence issues during the show (Ex. Lauren, Lee, etc.)

    I hope that Idol doesn’t reveal the voting ranks like XF at all. But if Nigel & the producers want to do it I’m just saying I would prefer it be once during the season early on instead of every week like XF did it.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Oh yeah, Sleepwalker in Maxidrom was on Fiyah!

  • iani

    Bye bye banjo!

    Oh maan, I had for a moment a flash as DC doing like the banjo guy from M&S at around 1:15 ; maybe DC can cheat also with a banjo in a guitar body, lol.

  • heartly

    Kelly will be doing a live chat with Kix Brooks tomorrow at 1:45CST for his “LIVE from the Ponderosa” series he does.  Should be a fun one because these two have been buddies for years.  Bet he’ll be able to coax some engagement details out of her and there should be a good story or two to be told.

    Watch Kix Brooks interview Kelly Clarkson… LIVE from The Ponderosa on Thursday

  • Larc

    I’m definitely not in favor of giving voting ranks during the season, although having actual weekly numbers immediately after the season would be interesting.  But putting out rankings at a time when they could influence votes wouldn’t be fair, IMO.

  • milwlovesadam

     Nadine, could you please contact me at Adam’s fansite? I have the same name there.   I have a private one-on-one question for you.

  • Axxxel

    Wow, Nadine… thank you for all the links today.. seems that you are on fiyah as well…

  • Axxxel

    All news and interviews about Chris Colfer’s new movie makes it easier for me to go through the Glee hiatus…

  • girlygirltoo

    NYC area people, Kris has added a new show in Brooklyn for Sunday, Jan. 13

  • tripp_ncwy

    Phillip Phillips Earns Gold, Will Perform On ‘American Idol’

    “The season 11 champ will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show,Ellen. He will also make a triumphant return to Idol,  the show that catapulted him to fame in 2012.”

    ETA: On idol next week?

  • LongKissGoodnight

     I am guessing those appearances have been scheduled in advance, with Phillip’s handlers not expecting Home to reach it’s airplay peak so late in the game (new high on Hot100 this week). I am not advocating the delay for Gone 3x launch, it’s just amusing to see Home’s incredible sticking power.
    Usually label waits for previous single to fall down more before the next one gets a green light.

  • Trina

    Last week I predicted that in the season 12 premiere they will pimp P2 and Home by using it in some type of montage..yup I called it. Just read the other thread for the first show preview.  The WAY they are doing it though sounds kind of amazing. No, the song wont die but I think its smart for him to sing GGG on the talk shows now. And I think it was smart to schedule promo AI premiere week. P2’s people really got their stuff together with him.

  • jpfan2

    Idol is not live next week so I guess he’s doing a taped performance. It’s going to be Home performed on Jimmy Kimmel/Ellen because I don’t think they’re ready to move on to single #2 yet. Too bad.

  • LongKissGoodnight

    The THR’s article clearly states.

    The Leesburg, Georgia, singer/songwriter will celebrate the milestone with a full on media campaign supporting his new single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” all day next Wednesday with appearances on FOX, NBC and ABC.

    So it’s going to be a Gone 3x on Jimmy Kimmel/Ellen.

    And MJ has just posted a detailed description of premiere episode of Idol.
    The Phillip’s appearance is a pretaped acoustic performance of Home, that morphs into his video, that morphs into montage of American Idol winners and alums.
    Sound pretty cool!

  • jpfan2

    That’s great news. I didn’t see the THR just the comments here.  Now they need to officially send GGG to radio.

  • girlygirltoo

    Adam is having a twitter party now

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Hi Milw, sorry, I’m not a member there:(
    Seems you can’t open that site if you’re not one.

  • girlygirltoo

    Sounds like Kris’ show in Boston tonight went well. The tweeters loved it, anyway. 

  • Nadine_Bitch

    LOL, I have too much caffeine for a day:)
    Idle time plus me equals dangerous mind… lol

  • Axxxel

    Adam’s tweet:
    Adam Lambert?@adamlambert
    Have u all seen previews for the cool movies coming out? “Beautiful creatures” and “the mortal instruments” look so cool!

  • Axxxel

    Thank you very much ! Hope he reads my tweet. Have to go to a birthday party around  noon (which is in 12 minutes .. ) see ya!

  • tripp_ncwy
  • Axxxel

    Nice Chris Colfer interview… about Struck by  Lightning, Glee… and the fact that the interviewer thought that Chris was joking about the lunchladies… He said he would give his high school experience a “C”.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • DCAIfanHelsinki

    Iani, thank you so very much for the Rolling Stone link! At least I didn’t know about the poll. So happy to see David Cook at #3! I really don’t understand that magazine’s editorial policy any longer, though.

    BTW, does anyone know if David will have a concert in Washington, DC during the Race for Hope weekend this May? I have checked out the RCH pages as well as DC’s homepage news about the event, but I haven’t seen anything there. I also sent a tweet to him and asked about the concert, but I haven’t gotten a reply. I am actually planning to go there myself this year (I live in Finland as some of you may remember) ( and to my old home town NYC also).