Idol Headlines for 2/17/12

The Amazing Race premieres tonight on CBS at 8/7c! Watch out for Eric’s discussion and recap post. I’m sure it will be another great season.

Mariah Carey to Release New Song on Tuesday – Featured in the forthcoming Disney feature Oz: The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, directed by Sam Raimi and scheduled for a theatrical release on March 8, the pure pop track was co-written by Carey with Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray and co-produced by Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen). It goes to radio on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and will be available on iTunes the same day. An accompanying video, directed by Carey’s frequent collaborator David LaChapelle, will premiere in the coming weeks. – Read more at

Third time is the charm for ‘American Idol’ contestant – After stalling on “American Idol” twice in the Hollywood rounds, Janelle Arthur sized up her options before auditioning a third time. “I questioned whether I should (audition) this year. I almost didn’t … but I have something to prove to myself. You should always keep on trying and not give up,” said the fresh-faced 22-year-old in a thick drawl. This week, Arthur finally broke the barrier and made the cut beyond the Hollywood round — the top 40 singers. It wasn’t easy for the Oliver Springs, Tenn., resident to try for a third time. – Read more at Standard-Examiner

IDYLLWILD: Feb. 16 Seahawk Mojo, Casey Abrams video – Here is a video of Marshall Hawkins’ Seahawk Mojo Black History Month concert at Idyllwild Arts Academy Saturday, Feb. 16. The video from Idyllwild Arts Channel 1 includes a couple of numbers by Casey Abrams, the American Idol star who calls Hawkins his mentor. The 73-year-old Hawkins is a bassist who played with jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Shirley Horn. He is a jazz music instricor at Idyllwild Arts, the first-rate boarding high school where he taught Abrams. – Read more at

Si do: Simon Cowell ties the knot alongside Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in Comic Relief sketch – After all these years Simon Cowell has finally got married… but nobody knows who to. Friends including presenter Amanda Holden, ­Louis Walsh, Alesha Dixon and Aston ­Merrygold of JLS joined the music mogul at the church.Some sources reckon comic David ­Walliams was there as well. But which one went down the aisle with Simon won’t be revealed until Red Nose Day next month. Simon took part in the spoof wedding for Comic Relief after years of womanising. – Read more at

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  • curly_yenta

    Taylor Hicks is featured in an upcoming new documentary called “Music City USA” (about Nashville’s music scene, past and present), along with other country stars such as Naomi Judd, Montgomery Gentry, Vince Gill & many others. It’s scheduled to premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival – April 4-11.

    More info here:

    See a bit of Taylor at the 37 sec mark:

  • Incipit

    “I could have gone to another (singing) competition show. I thought
    about it,” she said, “but I really just love ‘American Idol.’ I believe
    in the show.
    “I believe in the careers it produces. – Janelle Arthur

    Interesting quote, from a ‘third time’s the charm’ contestant. I am ‘so’ not a country music fan, but I can’t deny her vocals and stage presence, I just wish she and other contestants who don’t make it through would realize that it usually has not so much to do with their talents as it does the requirements for Idol’s casting, what they are looking for in any given season.

    We have seen blatant sub par singing get through – so being “good enough” isn’t the major factor…probably, those who make it through the Idol marathon come to see that. At least I hope so.

    Meanwhile – great soundbite for Idol – in reference to the ‘other’ reality singing shows. *wink*

  • DorkAngel-GBW

    David A.’s Twitter line exploded late last night. Apparently he and Cook was shown on ASAP, a show in the Philippines?

    Tey @teyvrodriguez:disqus
    Oh my the David’s! David Cook and David Archuleta!

    Jassssssmine @jAsZcaLLmejAsz:twitter
    I just saw @DavidArchie:disqus on tv!!!!!!! “THIS IS DAVID ARCHULETA AND YOU’RE WATCHING ASAP” OMFG!!! That made my day.

    ma.aurora_santos @au_santos:disqus
    @kariontour We saw @DavidArchie sending out his greetings at a noontime show called ASAP18. Ohhh… We miss him.

  • Incipit

    Oh my the David’s! David Cook and David Archuleta!

     Cool, DorkAngel-GBW. I saw people talking about that, and asking for confirmation from anyone who saw it on ASAP18.

  • girlygirltoo


    You guys better make a good request tonight or this troll is gonna eat me. #outalivetour 

  • masacredo

    Haley Reinhart

    Back in the studio, recording a cover that many of you have requested.. ;)

    Haley Reinhart

    Studi yo.

  • Kariann Hart

    Thank you, curly_yenta!  Yes, I noticed Taylor Hicks and Bo Bice – and even Air Supply!  This looks so interesting!

  • Kariann Hart

    Now, when will Mariah Carey be singing this song on Idol?  You know it’s coming!

  • girlygirltoo

    Unconfirmed reports on twitter that country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide today 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That is sad. It appears that Minday McCready only recently got out of rehab:

  • curly_yenta

    Yep it sure does! They are looking to get it on pay-per-view after all the film festivals are done. And yea, forgot to mention Bo Bice is in it as well!. Great cast! Can’t wait for the DVD!

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Mindy McCready…so sad, so sorry for those children…

  • tripp_ncwy

    KATV News @KATVNews
    #BREAKING – Cleburne County Sheriff confirms Mindy McCready was found dead this afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • breakdown

    Hard to believe how much pain someone must be in to leave two children behind.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Cover song of the day for Kris at his show tonight in Seattle is a cover of Radiohead –  High and Dry.

  • girlygirltoo

    Song request for Kris’ show in Seattle tonight was High & Dry (Radiohead)

    yessss…been wanting to hear him cover that! :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Video: Kris Allen: Radiohead – High and Dry (cover) Seattle, WA

  • girlygirltoo

    here’s video of Kris covering High & Dry:

  • Li Wright

    Should we take this with a grain of salt – from janetcharltonshollywood:

    American Idol producers have seen the writing on the wall (the ratings dip) and they plan to end the show gracefully next season. They want the ORIGINAL judgesfrom the first season together again for the final season – Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. That way they can end the show the way it began. Randy, the only original judge still on Idol, is perfectly willing to stay for another year, and Paula is totally up for it. Simon, of course, is playing hard to get – partly because he’s currently on The X-Factor, and partly because he likes to be difficult.

  • Karen C

    I just got back from a Daughtry concert, and he said they are working on their 4th album and it will be out this year.

    Chris Daughtry sang Kryptonite with 3 Doors Down, who they were coheadlining with. It was a wonderful show, and a lot of Daughtry fans.

  • suenigma

    I have been loving all of Kris’ covers so far this tour, but this one is not quite as awesome, IMO. Perhaps it’s because it’s one of my all-time favorite songs, but I was dubious about hearing his take on Wicked Game for the same reason, and ended up loving it, so I don’t know what it is?

  • mjsbigblog

    Well, considering you slapped something in comments without even providing a link (Please don’t do that by the way) I’d have to do a Google search first to even consider it.

    But since the item is ludicrous on about a million different levels, I’m not even going to bother.

  • blackberryharvest

    How would she know, I have never even heard of that blog up until today lol.

  • •sandy•

    Just incase you didn’t hear this…
    it’s so worth it- David Cook covering -Hard to say I’m sorry
    So beautiful!

  • Li Wright
  • tripp_ncwy

    Mega Concert Attractions
    American Idol HALEY REINHART to perform April 13th at the Foster Festival Okinawa,Japan. presented by Mega Concerts.

  • mjsbigblog

    No, actually, she really isn’t.

  • tripp_ncwy

    lol Simon has no incentive at all to go back on idol.  His own show is struggling and has no obligation to idol at all. I am still not sure Fox is totally sold on Xfactor as the #3 singing competition show on tv.

  • irockhard

    Hopefully they change direction this time as their sound is now stale and dated.