Idol Headlines for 2/05/09

The official label on Clive Davis’ famed gala this year: Grammy

The Recording Academy’s week-long festivities running up to the Grammy Awards have never touted anything as flashy as the star-studded soiree Clive Davis has hosted for 30 years.

Confirmed guests include Quincy Jones, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Bill Maher, Missy Elliott,, Babyface, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, the Foo Fighters, Gladys Knight and Chris Tucker.

Whitney Houston, returning from self-imposed exile and a messy divorce, will take the stage. So will Jennifer Hudson, emerging further into the spotlight after the October murders of her mother, brother and nephew.

USA Today

Why Is ‘American Idol’ Rewarding Joke Contestants Like Bikini Girl?

For the most part in the past, “Idol” hopefuls who make it to Hollywood are serious singers who really think they have a shot at winning, with the costume-wearing, prop-toting jokers mostly weeded out during the audition weeks or not given screen time on the big stage in Los Angeles.

But a pair of singers à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  swimsuit model Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell and stand-up comedian Nick “Norman Gentle” Mitchell à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  who made it through the first round of Hollywood Week on Tuesday night’s show called into question whether that maxim is still true and whether prime-time minutes are being squandered on joke acts who have no intention of really winning the competition at the expense of more focused singers.


More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Exclusive: American Idol’s Biggest Scandal Ever

Talk about having a competitive edge! American Idol contestant Joanna Pacitti has superclose ties to not one but two American Idol execs.

In the Feb.16 issue of Star à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  on sale now à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  we report that the Season 8 contestant is no newcomer to the business, having released a major label album in 2006, starred in a MTV documentary, opened for Sheryl Crow and having her songs featured in movies and TV shows, including The Hills. But that’s nothing compared to her connection to two executives at the L.A. offices of 19 Entertainment à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the company that produces Idol.

An insider tells Star that Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski have very personal connections to the Idol hopeful, all of which we detail in our can’t miss story. How personal? Well, Joanna has referred to Michelle as her “manager” and “best friend,” and credited Roger with “helping me get where I am today.” Plus, the three of them even lived in the same L.A. apartment complex for several years.


For some, ‘American Idol’ a second chance at fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  It has the makings of an all-star ensemble: an Osmond family member, a Rosie O’Donnell protege, the sister of a Grammy-winning blues singer, an actor from “Wicked,” a former Miss New York USA, an actress who’s been on “The Sopranos” and a recording artist who was covered by Britney Spears.

But this is not the new cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” It’s a cross-section of the not-so-green wannabes who made it through to Hollywood Week on “American Idol.”

Associated Press

‘American Idol’ recap: Bikini Girl Has No Clothes

Get out your freshly sharpened No. 2s; it’s time for the American Idol: Hollywood Week Quiz!

Question 1: It’s episode two of Hell Week, focusing on group performances by 100 or so of the nation’s finest undiscovered singers. Would you rather: (A) Listen to the vocal stylings of Megan Corkrey, Michael Castro, and a dozen or so other contestants who haven’t made a peep since their memorable auditions? (B) Turn the first half of the one-hour telecast into a music-free experience that instead focuses on hysterical meltdowns by folks who appear to be suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Entertainment Weekly

Weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re Live-Blogging Day Two Of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Hollywood Week!

Resident à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  expert Jim Cantiello brings you a minute-by-minute recap of every episode right here! Keep checking for updates throughout the show, and donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t miss out on his previous live blogs and other à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  news.

Tonight I get to live-blog à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢sà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  second Hollywood week episode. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s group number day in à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Land, which should be much more interesting than last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s ho-hum offering. Typically, this is an episode that guarantees standout performances, earth-shattering meltdowns and – my favorite – diva behavior to the nth degree.


Phil Stacey blog: Group Dreams

Tonight covered Day Three of Hollywood Week. Trust me when I say that these contestants are TIRED during this episode. When I was on “American Idol,” Day Three was group day. I remember I stayed up all night with my group practicing harmonies and dance moves. I was literally out of it when we performed à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’- and so was the rest of my group. My roommate, Chris Sligh, however, was in a group with Blake Lewis, Rudy Cardenas and Tom Lowe. When they formed their group, they spent all of 15 minutes choosing a song and coming up with an arrangement for the following day. They were well rested and absolutely tore it up when they performed. Theirs was easily the best group event of the day. All four people easily skated through to the next round, while two members of my group were sent home. It just goes to show, sometimes you either have it à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’- or you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t.

LA Times

Video: A visit to Jamar Rogers’ workplace

Tribune’s Fox Six from Milwaukee, WI stopped by the PF Changs where Jamar tends bar.

LA Times

Video: Idol Chat with Maria Elena Fernandez

Discussing the events of Hollywood Week with LA Times TV reporter Maria Elena Fernandez.

LA Times

Rushfield Review: High drama hits Hollywood Week

Together, we have witnessed what may have been the most thrilling hour in the history of television. As previously discussed, American Idol’s Hollywood Week creates unprecedented drama in the tension seen when 150 young people, dreaming of stardom, are taken from their homes and placed inches from their dreams, only to see the dream turn into a nightmare. In a scenario taken from a horror film, “Friday the 13th” for instance, these 150 kids travel away from their homes to what they think is a fun-filled summer camp by the water, only to have an ax-wielding maniac leap out of the woods and massacre them a dozen at a time.

LA Times

American Idol: Why Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Never Watch It Again

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange in which ultra-violent “droog” Alex DeLarge, played by Malcolm McDowell, undergoes “aversion therapy” to cure his violent tendencies by being forced to watch violent films while given drugs to induce a nauseated reaction, so that every time he feels violent, he’ll get sick.

I underwent somewhat the same thing while covering American Idol for another media outlet during seasons six and seven of the Fox behemoth. In effect, I was forced by my editors to watch American Idol and then write a blog after each telecast, which amounted to my sitting in front of the tube every Tuesday and Wednesday evening taking notes on all the action.

Phoenix New Times

American Idol — Hollywood Week Ratings Down But Strong

OK, so I didn’t post last week for two good reasons: my computer collapsed again (I spent so much time at the Apple Store, they should have paid me an hourly wage) and I headed down south to Alabama for my mom’s 80th birthday party. Guess what? Old people tend not to have wireless networks in their home and the Starbucks in Birmingham closes really early. My quick impression of last week was that we saw a few more successful auditions (in short bursts) but quite a few questionable people got through.

Huffington Post

Buzzworthy Blogs With David Archuleta: The Adele, Senior Ball And Miranda Cosgrove Post!

Welcome to Buzzworthyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s brand-new series in which we dissect celebrity blogs into delishy little bloggy bites, starting with our fave American Idol second placer (but winner in our heart), and prolific blogger, David Archuleta! His words are in bold, ours are in italics. Follow along, wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you?


David Archuleta Will Sing National Anthem at Pro Bowl

David Archuleta is the latest American Idol alum to show off his patriotic chops when he sings the National Anthem at the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday.

“[It’ll] be my first time in Hawaii! Woot woot!” Archuleta blogs on his MySpace page. “That means more sunshine.”


David Archuleta makes his debut as an actor this week

David Archuleta sang in for more than 31 million people for the finale of “American Idol” last year, and sure, he had nerves to conquer.

But ultimately, singing on stage, no matter how vast the audience was easy. It’s what he does.

Take him out of his comfort zone, though, give him lines to learn and deliver on a Hollywood sound stage. Now that’s a whole different matter, the 17-year-old heartthrob admits, laughing shyly as he recalls his acting debut on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.”


à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ runner-up stirs up young female frenzy

The school day didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stop dozens of teenage girls (and some boys) from coming out for a brief chance to see teen star David Archuleta.

As he stepped on a small stage adorned with only keyboard and mic, columns/ of screaming girls and their digital cameras were happy to meet him. Shouts of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“We love you David!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  were sometimes met with

à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“We love you more!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Palm Beach Post

David Archuleta: Pizza in Palm Beach Gardens

Enjoying time back in his home state of Florida, David Archuleta was busy making pizza at Vic & Angelos in Palm Beach Gardens earlier this afternoon (February 4).

Posing for pictures alongside the eateryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s owner, the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  alum hammed it up next to the coal fire pizza oven before performing in the parking area for an what was described as an intimate crowd of about 500 screaming fans.

Jennifer Hudson to Wed Soon

Jennifer Hudson is not only ready to put family tragedy behind her, she’s also reportedly ready to marry fiancà © David Otunga.

According to the National Enquirer (ya, we know!) Hudson plans on marrying David within the next month.

A source said: “It’s going to be real soon. Some people think Valentine’s Day. They’re head over heels in love.


E Street Band Didn’t Play Live at the Super Bowl, OMG

America’s self-righteous obsession with real-time musical integrity never ceases to surprise me. We already know Jennifer Hudson and Faith Hill’s Super Bowl performances were sung along with backing tracks, and now the Chicago Tribune reports that the E Street Band were playing to a pre-recorded track for their halftime appearance. Producer and Grammy Awards audio supervisor Hank Neuberger told the Tribune that Bruce Springsteen’s vocals were the only live audio element of the show.

Pitchfork Media

Clay Aiken visit submerged in shellfish controversy

Did American Idol star Clay Aiken really drop by a South Baltimore restaurant and bar last Sunday?

Or was it … Clay Faiken?

When reports first emerged that Aiken had eaten crabcakes at Regi’s American Bistro, Aiken’s fans (commonly known as Claymates) cried foul.

“I don’t believe the story sence he was seen somewhere else plus he’s allergic to shellfish,” wrote one anonymous commenter.

Baltimore Sun

Music review: Melinda Doolittle, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Coming Back to Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

Boy, Melinda Doolittle, where do you start? Having finished third in the 2007 season was no mean feat in itself. For those of us familiar with that season you are more than aware that that particular talent pool was as vast and deep as the Great Salt Lake. Any doubts or fears about the quality of music and strength of vocals one may have when considering a debut CD by this extremely gifted vocalist are aptly laid to rest in about the first six bars of the first song. To say that good R&B is as abundant today as it was 30 years ago is like saying there are about as many good Burmashave signs still around (insert age jokes here).

Holland Sentinel

Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® Los Angeles County Affiliate Announces 13th Annual RACE FOR THE CURE ® Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors and Raising Awareness

LOS ANGELES – (Business Wire) The Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® is pleased to announce the upcoming 13th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ®, a walk and run to benefit the Los Angeles County Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®. The flagship event is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Race for the Cure ® co-hosts Emily Procter (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“CSI Miamià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ), Judy Reyes (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Scrubsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ) and Poppy Montgomery (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Without a Traceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ) will be joined by more than 13,000 participants to raise awareness and educate citizens throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, 2006 American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, will be giving a soulful performance.


Taylor Hicks hams it up in ‘Grease’

Let’s just get it out of the way – American Idol star Taylor Hicks delivers a perfectly acceptable performance as Teen Angel in the touring production of Grease that just hand-jived its way into the Hippodrome Theatre.

It’s true that Hicks hams it up so much, he should be served with a jar of mustard. He turns his back to the audience and wiggles his butt, he rolls his eyes skyward like one of Raphael’s winged cherubs, and he even gets off a few licks on his harmonica.

But subtlety isn’t necessarily an asset in performing a role as inherently kitsch as Teen Angel. And Hicks’ fans in the audience lapped up his performance, cheering for their idol far more loudly than they did for the show’s putative stars.

Baltimore Sun

As befitting a man who won the fifth season of American Idol with more than 63 million votes, Hicks brings his own brand of bling to his solo. He croons his advice to a dazzled teenage girl who reacts as though she were a bonafide member of Hicks’ Soul Patrol.

The 32-year-old Silver Fox recently took a few minutes to chat by phone about his first foray into musical theater, his enthusiasm for the Baltimore Ravens, and his new album, which is being released next month.

Baltimore Sun

Old-School Simon Cowell Is Disco-Tastic

(Feb. 3) — Hopefully ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell can take criticism as well as he can give it, because we have a feeling these photos of him looking very John Travolta a la ‘Saturday Night Fever’ will surely bring out a taunt or two.
British paper The Sun claims that the photos of Cowell are from the late 1970s. In the various snapshots, Cowell is seen sporting an almost-unbuttoned shirt, some seriously high-waisted jeans and best of all, a gloriously vertical, poofy hairstyle.


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  • Jolene

    Bringing this over from the DC thread – a nice long interview from ABC News.

    I really love the post episode media coverage for Idol this year – it’s more fun reading the blogs than it is watching the show. Thanks for putting it all together MJ!

  • mj

    I’ve been thinking about doing a separate day-after-show post with links to re-caps….


  • GwendolynD

    I like that idea, MJ.

  • spencer

    Yay lots of David A.!! It’s a good day!

  • cruzceleste

    Hi spencer, how are you? :bye_tb:

    Yay for lots of Archie…

  • ohnonotagain

    I love this interview with ABC news/ David Cook. She did a great job and didn’t ask the same old stupid and personal questions. I think she covered the bases great and tactful. WTG.

  • spencer

    Hi Cruzceleste!! sorry I’ve been sorta MIA just getting back into work and all :-> It’s freezing in NY today brrrrr. Did you get a chance to check out any of DA’s video’s from yesterday (at Snarky’s)? there was a lot going on radio press, etc. there was a hilarious video of him if you haven’t, you should check it out!

    MJ–thanks for all you do!

  • YankeeFan08

    Great interview of David Cook on ABC News. He is always so articulate and genuine. Great exposure for David too.

  • leome

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been thinking about doing a separate day-after-show post with links to re-capsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.


    IMO think this wouldbe great.

  • ozarka

    FOD has confirmed that a new song called “Save the Day” will indeed be a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Archie’s album, set to be released on February 25th. Below is the playlist on the Japanese version. Note some of the other differences, i.e. tracks 7, 11, and 14.
    “Works For Me!” is a Walmart exclusive bonus track in the States. David has writing credits for this song!
    “Waiting For Yesterday” is a bonus track available only from the Deluxe iTunes edition in the States.

    01 Crush
    02 Touch My Hand
    03 Barriers
    04 My Hands
    05 A Little Too Not Over You
    06 You Can
    07 Works For Me (à ¢’    instead of Running)
    08 Desperate
    09 To Be with You
    10 Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Let Go
    11 Waiting For Yesterday (à ¢’    instead of Your Eyes Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Lie)
    12 Angels
    13 Save the Day (bonus track)
    14 Crush (Blast off productions radio remix)(bonus track)
    15 Crush (video)

    You can actually order it on Japanese Amazon.

  • Jolene

    She did a great job and didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t ask the same old stupid and personal questions. I think she covered the bases great and tactful.

    Yeah, I agree, the host was great. You could tell she knew what she was talking about, did her research and as a result it was very friendly, flowing and enjoyable for the viewer. I loved that they used the YouTube from Iraq, too! You can bet that soldier didn’t imagine that clip would end up on ABC News, LOL!

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been thinking about doing a separate day-after-show post with links to re-capsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    That’s a great idea if it’s not too much hassle, MJ!

  • dv

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹LIFEà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ GOES ON: Kelly Clarksonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My Life Would Suck Without Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (RCA) is No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the second week. After just three weeks on the chart, the single is already one of the top 20 songs by an à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  finalist.
    click the link to see the top 20 songs
    Billboard Chart Beat

  • May

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been thinking about doing a separate day-after-show post with links to re-capsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    I like that idea! I’m usually catching up on the show the next day, so it’s nice to have a new thread with recaps.
    Thanks for the ABC interview with Cook. Very nice!

  • daenarys

    ABC news radio interview with David Cook for his spring Declaration Tour: Youtube link

    ETA: woops, late. Nevermind, can’t have too much of it. It’s a good one.

  • SashaB

    Great DC interview! Great snippets from LO video, Iraq concert, and AI Finale snippets. Awesome. She’s a fan, but more importantly, she’s done her pre-interview research. Wow, nice to see a reporter who knows his album and his story. Aw, about Permanent.

    Large skull? Hee!

    DC, go for the Jif or natural peanut butter on your tour bus.

  • waffle

    David Cook sells himself so well in his interviews. I don’t think I’ve ever watched/heard/read an interview of him where he didn’t give organized, thoughtful answers, even to bad questions.

    This particular interview was wonderful. Was it televised? It would be such a shame if only a few people saw it.

  • t2

    From Phi’s blog in the LA Times:

    Simon has a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“forget the wordsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  no-tolerance policy. That is, unless he REALLY likes you. If anyone forgets the words and still makes it through, they are a guarantee for the semifinals. It really is that simple.

    Yep, yep and yep.

  • colette

    Just want to note that Melinda Doolittle’s “Coming Back to You” is getting very good reviews from many sources, and just a few quibbles, adding up to an 80 out of 100 rating on Meta-Critic, and an overall “B ”

    If you don’t like get-down retro-soul music, you may want to take a pass. That’s her genre here, and it fits her like a glove. But if you do like that genre, this disc is really a treat. I’ve been wearing out a few of the tracks myself. Here’s a sampling of other reviews.

    Here’s one from

    Melinda Doolittle, Coming Back to You

    The cover of Melinda Doolittleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s debut LP à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Coming Back to Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is a carbon copy of Bob Dylanà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The Freewheelinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Bob Dylan.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  An interesting nod, and maybe one that points to the reason for this record of old-school covers: This ainà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t no à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  production. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very freewheeling. And ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s very good.

    Of course, Doolittle can sing, and she was a backup singer for so long, so she knows the game. The trick for her was to parlay that into solo success, and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t quite work out. What it did was show she could belt out old-school soul, and thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the crux of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Coming Back to You.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  She infuses real energy into à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Declaration of Love,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  gets playfully mean in à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Dust My Broom.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  This is when sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s at her best à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  letting her voice spread out a bit over the melody, showing off her chops and Motown-like character.

    The production overwhelms in a few places, such as à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Never Stop Loving You,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which never really fits Doolittle. But ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the right release for her, allowing people to take her for who she is: An extremely talented singer who fits her niche pretty well.

    Grade: B

    And here’s a round up of quotes from other positive reviews:

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¢ “Doolittle channels Tina à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¨Turner and Aretha Franklin over live-band arrangements that feel fresh-faced and old-school at the same time. In ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You,’ she even uncovers an improbable reserve of torch-song sex appeal.” [Mikael Wood, EW]

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¢ “She can make even nonbelievers forgive Idol for its many sins against pop music.” [Howard Cohen, Miami Herald]

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¢ “She’s no ingenue; no teenage Idol hopeful craving attention more than musical chops. Melinda Doolittle is a real, soulful woman with plenty to sing. ” [Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News]

    * Doolittle was characterized by marked shyness on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s no trace of that on this confident collection of covers. She flirts with a few tunes that have pep in their step (like on the aptly titled à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wonderfulà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ), but can also command total attention through the entire length of her ballads, as she does with a wistful heart on the string-decorated à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll Never Stop Loving Youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and with fiery passion amidst catchy drum roll rhythms of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Your Love.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  She almost even channels Tina Turnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s great warble on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I Will Be,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  but Doolittle has already begun to find her own voice. [Tamara Palmer, Metromix]

  • colette

    The plus sign didn’t make it into my last post.

    It’s a “B-PLUS” not a B that was the review ranking for her new disc “Coming Back to You” on one round-up site I just read.

  • Bobbi

    The Ballas-Hough band was on GMA this morning. Here’s the link to their show page that has a video of the performance.

  • GwendolynD

    Bringing this over from the DC thread – a nice long interview from ABC News.

    That was a great interview. Thanks for posting the link.

    I do not like the lumberjack shirts. There. I said it. :laugh_tb:

  • ozarka

    “When we first heard he was going to be on we were shocked,” says [Nathan] Kress, 16. “The entire week it was, ‘Is David going to be here? Is he shooting today?’ I was in the hair and makeup room, getting touched up after lunch, and I had no idea he was there,” Kress says of the day Archuleta finally arrived at the set. “I was talking to Jerry, and I called myself a huge geek or something. And I hear this voice going something like, ‘Man, I’m the king of the geeks.’ And I turned around to see and some people cleared out of the way and there he was.”

    Kress says Archuleta proved himself a natural at the short scenes he stars in for the episode. “He took it all totally in stride, especially since he had no idea what his lines were until he showed up that day, and we shot it half an hour later. So in half an hour he pulled it off impressively. I think what struck me the most was this is just the most humble, down-to-earth guy. He’s just a teenager and he was just one of the guys. He was in no way a diva, like a Hollywood pretentious kind of thing.”

    Hehehe!! Nathan Kress sounds like a serious fanboy. It’s funny, because in the clips of the commercials for the upcoming Archie episode, they portray his Freddie character as being indifferent or jealous of him. Haha!

    Loved that OC Register article. Thanks for finding it MJ.

  • hypertwink

    But thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s nothing compared to her connection to two executives at the L.A. offices of 19 Entertainment à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  the company that produces Idol.

    This is not good. Not good at all.

  • sma11ie

    a nice long interview from ABC News.

    Hmm, DC says point blank that he doesn’t have a big ego… but he wants freakin meat plates on tour, who does he think he is? Kidding! Heh, just thought the meat plate was a little random. Nice interview. I like the lumberjack shirts. But DC’s so weird with the phases he goes through with clothes. He doesn’t really switch it up– it’s distinct phases only: he kept to mostly blazers or dark button downs for the post-Idol media blitz, went to colorful v-necks during the AI tour, then it was the business-casual vest-tie combo for the album release blitz, and now it’s the lumberjack shirt look. Does he throw out old clothes after he’s done with a phase or is it just because he’s living out of a suitcase? Anyway, I hated the v-necks, but otherwise, it’s all good.

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been thinking about doing a separate day-after-show post with links to re-capsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    I agree with the others– love reading recaps more than watching at this stage, so I’m all about it!

  • cooktard76

    Man, I guess I am the only one who did not like the girl who interviewed DC on ABC. She didn’t seem to know what she was doing. Plus, she got the website wrong. Simple mistake I guess. But his answers were great, he is such a wonderful interviewee!

  • dante

    cooktard – they also showed Andrew when they were talking about DC’s bro with cancer

    but I did enjoy the interview – David looks so happy and speaks so eloquently.

  • IndyMuse

    Here is a radio interview of David Cook that I don’t see here:

  • IndyMuse

    David Cook also has a new vlog up:

  • Jolene

    David Cook also has a new vlog up:

    Aww, how adorkable!
    I knew we’d get some sort of vlog about the tour. The level of angs at shows selling out has been insane. Yeeesh.

  • jpfan

    The Billboard Chart analyst has an interesting list of the top 20 songs released by Idols. He said he uses a point system explained in his book on hit songs.
    Anyway, here they are:

    1. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Since U Been Gone,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2005)
    2. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Before He Cheats,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Carrie Underwood (2007)
    3. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“No Air,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Jordin Sparks duet with Chris Brown (2008)
    4. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Breakaway,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2004)
    5. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Because of You,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2005)
    6. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“A Moment Like This,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2002)
    7. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Behind These Hazel Eyes,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2005)
    8. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Not Over,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Daughtry (2007)
    9. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Tattoo,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Jordin Sparks (2007)
    10. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Home,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Daughtry (2007)
    11. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“This Is the Night,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Clay Aiken (2003)
    12. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wait for You,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Elliott Yamin (2007)
    13. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Crush,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  David Archuleta (2008)
    14. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Inside Your Heaven,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Carrie Underwood (2005)
    15. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Miss Independent,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2003)
    16. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Walk Away,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2006)
    17. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sorry 2004,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Ruben Studdard (2004)
    18. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My Life Would Suck Without You,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Kelly Clarkson (2009)
    19. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Do I Make You Proud,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Taylor Hicks (2006)
    20. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“One Step at a Time,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Jordin Sparks (2008)

    Kelly Clarkson just dominates and I’m surprised Time of My Life isn’t on there and Taylor’s coronation song is.

  • Trina

    American Idol celebrities to kick off attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    More than 20 American Idol luminaries will be attending next week’s premiere of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney officials confirm. Along with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, current winner David Cook, former winners Jordin Sparks, Taylor Hicks and Carrie Underwood, and past contestants David Archuleta, Bo Bice and Justin Guarini will participate in the invitation-only festivities Thursday, Feb. 12. (The lineup, Disney reminds us, is subject to change and expand.)

    Theme-park guests that day can get a glimpse of the Idol family during a motorcade at 4:30 p.m.

    Earlier that day — before the park even opens — Cook will be doing a live segment for ABC’s Good Morning America. Sorry, fans, it’s a closed set.

    The American Idol Experience, which has been in a soft opening phase for a few weeks, will have its grand opening on Feb. 14. The attraction will feature competition between guests singing on stage with a daily overall winner who will score the power to go to the front of the line of auditions for Fox’s American Idol show, the most popular program on U.S. television.

  • ozarka

    Archie is on People’s StarTracks today. They call him the “Piano Man.”

    Paula Abdul is also on it. She’s the “Pick-Up Artist.”

  • mac

    More than 20 American Idol luminaries will be attending next weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s premiere of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disneyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Hollywood Studios, Disney officials confirm.

    I hope they show some video footage of this on AI!

  • Jolene

    I hope they show some video footage of this on AI!

    I’m sure they will. It only benefits AI to promote the AI Experience on WDW. I wonder who’s performing out of all those attending. Plus – Cook and Carrie! I want to see a picture of them together, knowing they’re friends and all.

  • soundscene

    Kelly Clarkson just dominates and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m surprised Time of My Life isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t on there and Taylorà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s coronation song is.

    I was talking to some people about how Fred is calculating his list–I guess somebody has to go pick up one of his books to read the explanation. lol. My guess is that he’s simply basing it off of historical positions of the songs on the Hot 100. Not only their peak but how many weeks they spent at various positions. If a song spent more time at a higher position it’ll obviously be higher up on the list. And I suspect that once a song goes recurrent it can’t move up in points because it gets removed from the Hot 100. But, again, somebody would have to seek out one of Fred’s books to really know what he’s doing.

    TOML spent a couple weeks in the top 10 on the Hot 100, its first at #3, but if I recall it fell shortly thereafter and didn’t spend a whole lot of time at higher positions on the Hot 100 (I was just informed it spent 9 weeks in the top 40). Taylor’s single reached #1 (which probably counts for more points under Fred’s system) and simply sold more. TOML had better airplay (although primarily in the smallest format, AC, which doesn’t count for much on the Hot 100), but it couldn’t make up for DIMYP’s sales or initial Hot 100 position.

    That chart really does show what a power Kelly’s second album was. Breakaway was huge. Her first album’s success is barely comparable. She really bucked the trend of the second album slump.

    I’m happy and a little surprised that Crush wound up at #13 (it’ll get bumped down to #14 soon by MLWSWY, but I’m not complaining lol). It spent one week in the top 10 at #2, several weeks in the 20s and a few weeks in the teens. It overstayed its 20 weeks by 4 weeks I believe, so it had more time on the Hot 100 than some others did. I’m so pleased that all 3 of Jordin’s singles are up there as well, although OSAAT will likely get kicked off that list eventually. Still, Jordin has done so well for herself.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, all kind’s of Cook goodness here today! Thank you IndyMuse and Jolene for the links!

    Aw, about Permanent.

    When he mentioned singing “Permanent” in December and how the audiences received it, my heart melted because I was in the audience the first time he sang it live.

  • jenipop

    I saw the first performance he did live of Permanent too. It was at the David Wright Gala at the Hard Rock Cafe In NYC. His dad was also in the audience. It was beautiful & heartwarming. David couldn’t hold back the tears at the end.

  • Jolene

    I like the lumberjack shirts. But DCà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s so weird with the phases he goes through with clothes. He doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t really switch it upà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s distinct phases only: he kept to mostly blazers or dark button downs for the post-Idol media blitz, went to colorful v-necks during the AI tour, then it was the business-casual vest-tie combo for the album release blitz, and now ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the lumberjack shirt look. Does he throw out old clothes after heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s done with a phase or is it just because heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s living out of a suitcase? Anyway, I hated the v-necks, but otherwise, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all good.

    sma11ie, just read this and had to quote it back, that analysis of Cook’s wardrobe choices is LOLtastic and so on point. He’s always keeping us on our toes, though, doesn’t he? WTF!Cook indeed.

    Anyone else wondering about the frequent use of ADAM lately? Two times on Idol, and now this latest Vlog. I don’t think it’s the next single or anything, but it’s interesting.

  • cruzceleste

    Did you get a chance to check out any of DAà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s videoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s from yesterday (at Snarkyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s)?

    I love everyone of them, specially the freak out video of him heard himself with IÂ ´m Yours, goodstuff!!!!

    Is cold here too, but my cold is different that your cold… so I guess you will be happuy to come tio Honduras…

    Archie is on Peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s StarTracks today. They call him the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Piano Man.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Nice!!!! and I totally love that look with sunglasses…

    Yay for Disney we will have Jorvid and Cookchuleta… fun for me!!!! Hope there will be pleanty of videos of my fav Idols ships!!! :D

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Man, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m the king of the geeks.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Yes, you are Archie and I love you for that :D

  • Jabkmc

    Really good and very interesting Archie interview today with excellent Crush and ALTNOY performances from the Y100 Underground

  • Jabkmc
  • cruzceleste

    ^ lol Jab awesome picture, thanks for posting it…

  • ozarka

    David Archuleta is the latest American Idol alum to show off his patriotic chops when he sings the National Anthem at the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday.

    In addition to his performing at the Pro Bowl on Sunday, KGBM-9 News in Hawaii reports that…

    David Archuleta from American Idol fame will be at the FREE NFL Ohana Day this Saturday at Aloha Stadium during the Pro Bowl Players’ only Open Practice.

    The Ohana Day event on Saturday, Feb. 7 is from 9 to 12 pm (noon) and is a free event for all ages. It is unclear what his function will be at the event. I suspect that he will provide some of the musical entertainment and maybe do a meet and greet.