Idol Headlines for 2/15/09

‘American Idol’ Alumni Justin Guarini Planning Summer Wedding

“American Idol” Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini is getting married.

The curly haired singer-turned-presenter confirmed he is set to tie the knot later this year with his fiancee, Reina, while stepping out to support the opening of the “American Idol” Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this past week.

“I am, yeah,” Justin told Access Hollywood.

And it was actually on the Disney grounds in Orlando that Justin proposed to his ladylove.

“I actually got engaged here in Disney, while I was working on the ‘American Idol’ Experience,” he said.

Justin plans to tying the knot over the summer and it’s a prospect he is thrilled about.

“I’m getting married in July and I just couldn’t be happier,” Justin added.

Access Hollywood

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Albemarle Idols

While Elizabeth City native Ricky Braddy prepares to compete as one of the 36 chosen few on the eighth season of the mega-hit reality TV show American Idol, the Albemarle region can boast at least two more Idol hopefuls that didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t make it, but might one day try again.

Hertford native Michelle Rogers, 23, and Northeastern High School senior Ethan Clark, 17, put their talent on the line at two separate Idol auditions, and both fared well, one making it through five rounds of auditions, while the other made it in front of judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

Daily Advance.com

Phelan teen on ‘American Idol’

Serrano High School junior Stevie Wright of Phelan is a singer.

On Tuesday night she could be one step closer to her dream of becoming the next “American Idol.”

The 17-year-old will sing in front of millions of television viewers as one of the popular program’s top 36 semifinalists.

Of course, she’s been a bit nervous, she says.

“It was the most nerve-wracking when they brought us up into the four rooms and came in and had us convinced we were going home. Then they said, `You made it, you made it.”‘

Beautiful words for Stevie, who’s been passionate about singing since she was a toddler.

“I’ve been singing since I was little, little, little, and taking voice lessons,” says Stevie, who sings in a band with her youth group at church.

Sbun.com

Local hopeful may stay awhile

“American Idol” could just save a few steps and start holding auditions in Tulsa.

I mean, we’ve been so generous as to give them winners Carrie Underwood and David Cook (shut up, Kansas City), and fantastic finalists such as Melinda Doolittle and Alaina Whitaker.

Now we’ve provided them Matt Breitzke, the Bixby welder who’s likely to win fans with his smooth voice and sweet story.

Tulsa World

Remote Controlled : Taylor Hicks is coming to town as Teen Angel in ‘Grease’

Tucson Soul Patrol, your time has come.

Taylor Hicks, the silver-haired champion on season five of “American Idol,” is taking it to the Tucson Music Hall as part of a national touring production of the classic musical “Grease.”

Hicks’ role is a modest one. He plays Teen Angel, the heavenly crooner who serenades Frenchy with an amped-up version of “Beauty School Dropout.”

But his mere presence in the revival has meant big bucks for “Grease” producers.

AZ Starnet.com

Sanjaya still entertains some ‘Idol’ fans

Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the one name that even the toughest à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  detractors couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t avoid:

Sanjaya.

The sixth season of the reality TV show practically turned upside down with the arrival of Sanjaya Malakar, a 17-year-old singer who attracted lukewarm reactions from the judges but wooed TV voters with his eclectic performances and hairstyles.

The singer à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  who like Madonna, mainly goes on a first-name-only basis à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  ultimately finished seventh.

Ledger-Enquirer.com

The stars came out for the grand opening of DHS’s new “American Idol Experience” attraction

Jeff Lange shares some of the photographs that he took from alongside the blue carpet at Thursday night’s event

Jim Hill Media

  • poporange
  • savgal

    Thanks for the link. I read the articles with great interest and an upset stomach. My heart breaks to read this kind of information about a church, which is supposed to reflect Jesus Christ and walk in His ways. Gokey seems like a nice young man, and I sympathize with his loss. I sincerely hope things in the article were taken out of context.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    I had to LOL at this:

    David Cook (shut up, Kansas City)

    :lol_tb:

    Anoop Desai article:
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/538598.html

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    It’s Danny’s choice how he chooses to worship. There are plenty of shady churches out there, to be sure, Faith Builders isn’t the only one.

    The problem that I see here, though, what Dave doesn’t mention on his front page, is that right after Danny made it to Hollywood, he started a non profit organization called Sophie’s Heart, and the funds for this organization appear to be funneled through this shady church he belongs to.

    That’s the real scandal, if you ask me.

    So, Danny fans. if you’re even thinking of publicizing any of your little drives to raise money for Sophie’s heart, don’t even think of pimping that shiz here.

  • poporange

    Nothing againste Danny just thought the article was interesting.

    Congrads to Justin!

  • baxter

    Interesting article pop and MJ. I’m still trying to process the “Style Ministry” at the church….WOW!!! Who knew that makeup and bling were so important to leading a christian life.

  • oceana

    VFTW linked to a blog article. That same blog also has an interesting article about David Cook’s fans.

    http://topidol.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/david-cook-fans-inundating-campuses-with-phone-calls-obviously/

    I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But interesting.

    Re the Danny G story, this makes me lose interest in him immediately. I avoid fundamentalist religions if at all possible, especially the more cultish ones.

  • BootStar

    Danny’s church and music ministry sound like a lot of evangelical megachurches–and megachurch wannabes–so I’m guessing he’ll attract as many fans as he alienates.

    The foundation situation is interesting. Unlike most nonprofits, which are 501(c)3 and have to make their financial records public, churches and church-based ministries do not, so the potential for abuse is huge.

    Danny just better hope Sen. Charles Grassley doesn’t come after his church in the middle of the competition.

  • anijsch

    I wonder if that is the reason they cut Jamar.

    And one of the comments on VFTW sounds like a press release.

  • IdolFanatic

    So as it seems, Justin G. is not gay after all.

    Re: the Danny stuff…oh boy! Here we go with this year’s American Idol scandal! Sad because he was becoming my favorite. I’m not going to stop being a fan as I do not know what is really going on yet. Someone could be just trying to stir up shit or there could be legit questionable things happening. I certainly won’t be sending in any donations, that’s for sure. I imagine once this hits TMZ, all hell will break loose.

  • Niall

    Dannyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s church and music ministry sound like a lot of evangelical megachurchesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’and megachurch wannabesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m guessing heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll attract as many fans as he alienates.

    I’m glad mj has laid down the rules from the start. I’ve said for weeks that the fanbase Gokey is going to attract will make the hardcore Claymates from 2003 and 2004 look normal.

    And if his fans still want to donate in memory of his wife, I saw a wonderful, alternate solution: Donate in her name to The American Heart Association. At least then you know where your money is going. Faith Builders looks to be just a modern version of the PTL Club (Praise the Lord and pass the loot!) and that’s not good…

  • BootStar

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m glad mj has laid down the rules from the start. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve said for weeks that the fanbase Gokey is going to attract will make the hardcore Claymates from 2003 and 2004 look normal.

    I wonder if this factored in at all with the producers’ decision to invite Felicia Barton back. She too comes from an evangelical church/music ministry background and has a quite a following already.

    Do the producers think it terms of rabid fanbases when they cast the show? Do they consider them a good or a bad thing?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Do the producers think it terms of rabid fanbases when they cast the show? Do they consider them a good or a bad thing?

    The cast is always peppered with evangelical Christians–disproportionate to their numbers across the country, I think. I’m sure the producers do research and know what the demographics of the people watching the show are. Lots of enthusiastic Christians watching the show and voting for their own?

    Also, if Jackie Tohn makes it to the Top 12, she’ll only be the second Jew to have done so…since Elliott Yamin. Things that make you go Hm.

  • gabam

    Jason fans, you have probably already seen the picture, now here is the YouTube video of Jason being interviewed by the 10-year old girl at Disney World.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIDE6oh6zac

  • IdolFanatic

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve said for weeks that the fanbase Gokey is going to attract will make the hardcore Claymates from 2003 and 2004 look normal.

    You really think so? Somehow I can’t see that happening. He will be popular, yes, but I just don’t see anyone coming close the Claymates or the Arch Angels for that matter.

  • tinawina

    Maybe because there is a lot of singing in evangelical churches, kinda like in black churches (not that the 2 are mutually exclusive) that environment tends to produce a disproportionate amount of singers? I dunno, that’s all I got. I didn’t know Danny came from that world though. I agree that ups his potential for rabid fanbase formation. Ugh.

    Speaking of rabid fans, that tour debate went around Cook fanboards for a minute, and yes, I remember some very upset older fans that felt pushed aside. There was quite a bit of “get over its” from other fans though. LOL. I think the younger fans kinds stayed out of that one. I know I ran for the hills. LOL.

    Justin Guarini had a girlfriend? And there were rumors he was gay? I never heard either. Well, congrats to him I guess!

  • IdolFanatic

    Justin Guarini had a girlfriend? And there were rumors he was gay?

    I had heard it a while back, but then again, just about every guy celebrity who isn’t seen with a girl in public or who isn’t known to be taken is accused of being gay these days. Accusations like that usually come from the very people who are supposedly so accepting of this lifestyle…oh the irony.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Interesting article, Pop. I agree with MJ… the real story is that of the charity starting after he knew he made the top 36 and is associated with the questionable church.

    Don’t get me wrong… I think its great when Idols promote charities. I just prefer things to be a bit more transparent.

    That said, I don’t really care about Danny’s religious beliefs as long as he doesn’t make it an issue on the show. I like his voice fine enough.

    I’d also point out we’ve had a disproportional number of Mormans, although maybe it’s because a disproportional number of Mormans seem to go into show business.

    Oh, and as for the “Style Ministry”… ugh.

  • Lu

    I had Danny as one of my faves but honestly this whole donation thing makes me queezy. It just doesn’t sit well with me at all. It’s no telling what some in his fan base may come up with trying to promote this whole thing… yikes.

  • frogcooke

    Supposedly Kelly C will be appearing on SNL??? Per some uk site… Im not sure HOW accurate this site is and all that…

    21st March – Drew Barrymore, Kelly Clarkson

    anyone know anything about this at all?

    ———
    btw the dude seemed to have gotten it from wiki but the listings are now down…. lol

  • soundscene

    ^^ What kind of lame blog gets their info from Wikipedia??

  • savgal

    Maybe because there is a lot of singing in evangelical churches, kinda like in black churches (not that the 2 are mutually exclusive) that environment tends to produce a disproportionate amount of singers?

    Yep. One church I was in had a very good children’s choir class that even taught sight-singing (singing by notes, like playing an instrument). I learned a lot by helping with the kids! A bunch of AI contestants have said things like the first time they ever sang in public was in church. We are accustomed to hear it more in the context of the black church, though. Felicia Barton said in her intro video that she is a worship leader at her church.

  • frogcooke

    evidently THAT lame blog…. hahaha

  • primeminister

    I’ve attended church for most of my life, and if there is one thing that I cannot stand, it would be the prosperity-driven megachurches. Faith Builders, from what I read, sounds like the exact thing I abhor and have very little tolerance for.

    Sorry, but Danny isn’t going to get my vote, and Sophie’s Heart is certainly not going to get my money.

  • Trina

    I didn’t see this posted but I could have missed it, anyway Light On and Crush will both be on the upcoming Now 30 CD

  • cookcricket

    Primeminister, I couldn’t agree more. IMO, these churches do not represent true Christianity. Ugh.

    I’m still not sure about Danny getting my vote, I do like his voice, but if the story is true (especially the part about him) I don’t know if I’ll vote or not. I’m still trying to process this whole thing.

  • frogcooke

    cool about the now cd.. lol

  • soundscene

    Eh, Danny wasn’t going to get my vote no matter what so I’m good. lol. Actually, I doubt I’ll be voting this year.

  • abbysee

    I like Danny and will base whether I vote for him based on his singing, not his affiliation. I tend to get the heebee jeebees with all of these religious organizations because I am not a christian, but basing whether you will vote for him on where he worships is a bit much.

    From the outside looking in, it can all look a bit cultish.

    Now the strange charity intermingling is something entirely different. It’s called exploitation. Horse of a different color for sure.

  • frogcooke

    kinda crappy recording, but here is altnoy from icarly crush night 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIN80kBzdG8

    more vids from crush night at snarkys

  • cheese

    That’s cool that both Davids are on the NOW 30 CD. (I actually thought that Crush was on Now 29, I guess I must have mixed that up with Kidz Bop, haha). I’m a little surprised that Light On is on there, but it’s not as wtf? as that Miranda Cosgrove song.

  • frogcooke

    yeah chees I would of thought they’d put crush on now 29.. but they didnt lol Crush is on kidz bop and a radio disney hits cd too lol

  • IdolFanatic

    As a Danny fan, I just hope that Danny’s not the one responsible for this. It would be a shame to see someone using his wife’s death for such causes. Odd is this may sound, my hope is that he’s being manipulated by those in the church rather than him being a master of manipulation himself. I say this because I have personally been manipulated by those in churches I’ve attended in the past…people I looked up to and trusted immensely, so believe me, it can happen.

    I guess us Danny fans better prepared though for the shit to hit the fan any day now. My guess is TMZ is already all over it just waiting for him to be on our TV screens again before they drop the bomb. Look how fast they jumped on the Archie stage dad speculation last year. I would guess they already knew about it before Archie fucked up Top 12 Week, but they were waiting for such a time like that to make viewers salivate even more over the story.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    I think the younger fans kinds stayed out of that one.

    Oh yes, since I’m part of the target audience in this year’s tour – I totally went offline for a few days. LOL.

    I remember reading an article from MJ’s Headlines about Simon Fuller developing a new show with the NOW brand. It’s quite interesting – I’m imagining it as similar to Top of the Pops in the UK. Hope it’s still in the works, cos I would love to see David, Carrie, Archie, Jordin on the show – just cos I think the Pop music world is lacking of people who can actually sing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I like Danny and will base whether I vote for him based on his singing, not his affiliation.

    Ditto. I’m voting for him – not the church, not the charity, or what-the-heck ever.

    American Idol is back, scandals and all….

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    Nevermind. That info is from last year

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Since they actually haven’t performed their 90 seconds a song on the Idol stage yet, I’m not sure who I will vote for. ;-) That’s assuming I feel the need to vote at all. I’ll go on performance. I’m so happy not to feel invested so far.

  • jpfan

    Those are the voting rules for 2008. This is 2009. Things will be completely different.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Does that mean we wonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know who gets in the Top 12 from Group A and B the next day? That means we would have to wait until a week after Group C to know who gets in?

    They need to update their FAQ. Those are the rules from last year.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    Thanks MJ, jpfan! The AI webmasters have been making things confusing these past few days! LOL.

    Here’s another video from AttractionsMagazine.com

    All Idols presented with award includes banter between Idols:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRVlUzTwQUg

  • IdolFanatic

    Thanks widz! It’s so awesome to see all the Idols together on one stage! Wow! They all seem very happy!

  • Cakenbake

    A lot of the contestants are Christians and come from big churches.

  • SpenserJ

    Well, a contestant’s religion certainly doesn’t influence me one way or the other. I’m not sure I’m inclined to vote for anyone this year, and I’ll take a wait and see approach on Danny as well.

    Having said that – I think all brand spanking new charities should be thoroughly researched before you give them any of your money. The web site doesn’t indicate if the organizations is a 501(c)3 nonprofit or what it is. At the spot where they ask you to donate – it doesn’t even say if your contribution is tax deductable – which is a total rookie mistake.

    Maybe they give you the info after you donate? Either way, the web site was established in December and the address does appear to be the church’s address. So, the timing is a little suspect (starting a charity after you find out you’re going to be on the most watched TV in the land?). And, the church’s financial priorities seem a little skewed if that article is to be believed.

    Personally, I wouldn’t be inclined to donate. Unfortunately, with the TV exposure, lots of people probably will be encouraged to do so, long before anyone has the chance to figure out where the money is going.

  • KTINTN

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    April 14 @ Cafe Du Nord SAN FRANCISCO,CA ..9:30 pm
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  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Personally, I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be inclined to donate. Unfortunately, with the TV exposure, lots of people probably will be encouraged to do so, long before anyone has the chance to figure out where the money is going.

    Yes, that’s too bad. I have to say that I doubt Danny has much control over any charity he has started while he’s on AI. No time. That suggests its at the mercy of the church. Could be that he endorses stuff like the “style ministry” and has no problem with that. No donations here. There’s a right way to establish a foundation, and this is not it. I know it’s difficult to hook up with hospitals and other non-profits because of all the rules, but there’s a reason for that.

    As much as I’d like to remain unbiased, this situation leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Lets see if his singing can overcome that.

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    I’m not a fan of Danny Gokey so this doesn’t concern me, but here it is anyway:
    http://topidol.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/sophias-heart-foundation-not-a-scam/

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    And cos I can’t edit my last post,
    Jordin Sparks’ music video for AI Experience featuring David Cook, Archie, Syesha, Jason, Brooke and Ryan LOL!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjUbZMLxRs4

  • ozarka

    I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see this posted but I could have missed it, anyway Light On and Crush will both be on the upcoming Now 30 CD

    That is awesome news! Would each sale of the Now 30 CD count as a sale for the Light On single as well as the Crush single for charting purposes?

  • http://widyatarina.wordpress.com widz

    That is awesome news! Would each sale of the Now 30 CD count as a sale for the Light On single as well as the Crush single for charting purposes?

    I don’t think it will count as a single..

  • frogcooke

    well got to love peoples fact checking…

    in an article about DA, they mention Carrie dueted with him lol Yeah someone not getting an A on their paper..

    ———
    Archuleta: I’m weird-looking

    -clip-
    But at the launch of the American Idol Experience in Disney World, Florida, David said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how it all came together, even though I hope they don’t show very much of me because I hate seeing myself.”

    He admitted he hadn’t even seen any of the shows in which he appeared.

    “I don’t know, I’m just so weird-looking and I sound weird.
    -clip-

    Glamorous Carrie Underwood, who sang a duet with David, offered tips to wannabe Idols before performing.

    “Being on something like this is about being yourself and doing what you love to do. So no matter how nervous they might get or the thought that may be going through their head is to say ‘this is what I love’ and get on stage and show everybody how much you love it.

    “Because when you do that I don’t think you can go wrong.

  • cookcricket

    widz Feb 16th, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not a fan of Danny Gokey so this doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t concern me, but here it is anyway:
    http://topidol.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/sophias-heart-foundation-not-a-scam/

    Thanks widz for bringing this over. I’m especially glad Danny’s no longer an employee of that church and that Sophia’s Heart seemsto be legit (not that I did or had planned on donating).

    I guess this is all a part of the emotional Roller Coaster that is idol and one can decide if they want to jump on or not. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion (still working this out for myself) that character does play a part in whether or not I vote for someone. This is on top of whether or not someone has talent.

  • IdolFanatic

    Thanks for posting that widz. As I suspected, there are two sides to every story. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which one you believe. I’m sure if TMZ does get a hold of all this, they will fail to mention this latest point of view.

  • oceana

    That email makes it seem that the charity is okay, but what about the church?

    http://topidol.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/the-curious-world-of-faith-builders-international-ministries/

    There’s still some weird things about the church.

    Definitely some people will be more attracted to Danny because of his church affiliations, and others will be less attracted for the same reason. I’m in the latter but to each their own.