Idol Headlines for 2/2/13

Five Questions on American Idol: Why Has This Season Been So Good So Far? – Whatever doesn’t deafen you makes you stronger: Grantland’s Jay Caspian Kang, Mark Lisanti, and Emily Yoshida have returned, bowed but not broken, to tackle another season of American Idol. It’s been good so far! They’re as surprised as anybody! – Read more at Grantland

Katharine McPhee tweets, “Looks like Karen and Ivy could be up to something in Times Square again!”

Katharine McPhee Films ‘Smash’, Megan Hilty Does ‘Fallon’ – Katharine McPhee and her Smash co-star Krysta Rodriguez film scenes for their musical show on Friday (February 1) in New York City. The day before, the 28-year-old actress’ co-star Megan Hilty hit the talk show circuit with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. – Read more at Just Jared

Adam Lambert On The Beyonce Lip Sync And Whether Idol Should End

Adam Lambert on the We Are Family event Red Carpet

David Cook Interview at Pacers Game

American Idol season 7 winner, David Cook, was interviewed at the Indiana Pacers basketball game. He says he hopes to have a new album out this year.

Carrie Underwood Behind the Scenes of Blown Away Tour

‘Smash’ Season 2: Katharine McPhee, Krysta Rodriguez Preview The Retooled Series – As the music starts, the lights come up and beam a frenzy of colors on Katharine McPhee and Krysta Rodriguez. The former is dressed in pink and gold, while the latter decked out in a Lady Gaga-esque ensemble complete with a curly blonde wig. This is a far cry from the glamor of “Bombshell.” “Smash” Season 2 has left the past on the cutting room floor. The new season of the NBC musical series has trimmed the fat — gone are a couple of fan-detested characters and fashions — and added new cast members all in their 20s. Not only that, but there’s a new musical taking shape and it’s the complete opposite of the show based on Marilyn Monroe’s life. Think sexy rock opera. – Read more at Huffington Post

Dear ‘Idol’ Rejects … Don’t Use ME in Legal War!! – In legal docs … the lawyer for the “Idol 9” cited Jermaine’s premature elimination — which only happened after a background check revealed his prior arrests — as a catalyst for the planned lawsuit. But Jermaine tells us … “I am offended they tried to paint me as a victim of discrimination.” He continues, “I appreciate the experience from ‘Idol’ and embraced the good and bad from it.” – Read more at TMZ

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  • Liteasy

    mj -It’s 2/1/13 today.

  • Incipit

    David Cook was at the Pacers/Heat basketball game in Indiana last night w/family, his Dad and some young relatives – and gave a half time interview with a next album mention @:47. There are pictures from fans on Twitter – candid shots from audience members and an ironic ‘Look Alike’ segment shown on the Jumbotron during the game…David @:37 – kinda funny – but the Pacers organization knew he was there…David even tweeted about them.
    Given some lead time, the Cookistas or the BWN’s get most anything onto youtube, and this is no different – so here are some of the crumbs from last night. BTW, The Pacers won. Heh.

    >>David Cook ?@thedavidcook
    Enjoying the @pacers vs Heat game tonight with some family! Thanks to the @pacers for helping take care of us!

    >>Indiana Pacemates ?@Pacemates
    Great to meet you @thedavidcook! Thanks for being here! #GoPacers

    Good to hear *soon* was promoted to “hopefully this year”, for the new album, while fans are following all the tweets about writing and co-writers, and waiting for more concrete news.

  • Bobbi

    Good for Jermaine! Smart to remove himself from this mess.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Seems to me that David is sporting a modified Sons of Anarchy look.  He likes that show (follows one of the actors on twitter).  Benefits of that wooly look…keeps the face warm. ;)

  • No Thanks

    ASTRO is going to been on Teen Nick’s Top 10 today at 12pm.  

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Miles Tougeaux ?@milestougeaux

    @adamlambert Hey, a writer friend tells me you get a mention in a novel: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble.

  • iani

     David is sporting a modified Sons of Anarchy look

    Lol, it seems that it has been is a harsh winter in Nashville, DC needs some warm face. It’s interesting he says in that interview the album to get out hopefully this year instead of “soon” as he said a while ago , maybe he has a label now and depends on its launch-ability. Hopefully soon though! 

  • mchcat

    Scotty is the closing act on the Opry Homecoming weekend show tonight.  A link to listen is on Idolforums

  • Incipit

    iani, IMO, *soon* is a Four Letter Word, completely nebulous and impossible to pin down, and it can evaporate in a puff of circumstances before you know what hit you.

    “Hopefully this year” OTOH, has an actual time frame, even with the qualifier, and I don’t mind the qualifier, no one expects a deadline date now, and DC isn’t going to promise anything unless he knows for sure…but ‘this year’ is a real target. Heh. That’s why I consider it a large improvement over *soon*.

    Nice to have some crumbs from the game, like that interview, with mention of the album.  And that Jumbotron clip with David’s reaction on the split screen is funny, reminds me of the Baton Rouge banter story from 4th of July, 2009, That guy thinks he’s David Cook. *snerk*

  • masacredo

    Michael Slezak ?@MichaelSlezakTV

    If you’re not on the obsession wagon over @HaleyReinhart’s “Oh My,” then it’s time to hop aboard. Here, let me help:… …

    Michael Slezak ?@MichaelSlezakTV

    Full version of @HaleyReinhart’s “Oh My” has me making stank face for the last 45 seconds minimum:

  • hillstreetblooz

    He’s almost unrecognizable with that bushy beard.  He’s undergone a lot of changes since ’08. Wonder if his music is undergoing a similar drastic transformation. We’ll have to wait till he decides it’s ready to be heard.

  • hillstreetblooz

    That Grantland Idol blog is pretty good – smart, witty, just the right amount of snark balanced with humor… their short answers to the question posed about why this season so far seems to be surprisingly good? are IMO pretty spot on…

  • MellyPer1692

    I don’t know, I actually think “soon” is better than “hopefully this year”. It’s only freakin’ February, so hopefully??????

  • tripp_ncwy

    Love/hate relationship from fans about Kris’ latest addition to his wardrobe he bought yesterday for show last night at Plush Tucson, AZ.

  • Incipit

    That’s a valid point, MellyPer1692 – perhaps it’s my aversion to the word *soon* talking here.  *wink*

    Hillstreetblooz, there was a lot of beard growing involved with the final process of TLM as well, and DC stays pretty low key between engagements, probably useful in maintaining a little privacy, but he cleans up nicely when it’s time for a gig. 

    What the music will sound like, I have no idea…as you say, we’ll just have to wait.

  • iani

    He’s undergone a lot of changes since ’08. Wonder if his music is undergoing a similar drastic transformation.

    He has undergone lots of different changes indeed, you never know his outcomes, pretty unpredictable guy, when he’s ready to share his new music we’ll see if it is a “yey” or “huh” musical transformation. What I’ve learned in the last years with him is “patience”, the guy needs some time and space to develop himself post Idol, everything has been too fast-too soon with all the success or lack of it after the sophomore album. The talent is still there in MO, it screams for “help” from him and some help from others, just to be explored and shared somehow.

  • Lucie Laniel

    And from the tweets from dad it looks like Scotty has been recording full speed since Thursday so they should be making great progress on his upcoming album. Ah! To be a fly on the wall.

  • HappyDaisy_2

    Thanks for posting the David Cook news and videos, Incipit!

    As soon as that album’s ready, I’m buyin’.  Such a talented artist.

    Always love hearing about the two Davids (neat that both were #10 on the Forbes list!).  Season 7 for the win!! :)

  • jpfan2

    Holy crap:
    Mid State Fair, California
    Monday July 22nd
    John Mayer with Special Guest Phillip Phillips

    I wonder if this is a one off or P2 will be touring with John Mayer. What a fantastic pairing.

  • Beaugard Stevens

    Yeah, I noticed Jermaine was not part of the lawsuit, he wants to stay classy, which he has been through his whole ordeal, he seems to have a lot of integrity and does not want to be grouped with those others.

  • hillstreetblooz

     Not a fan of Mayer, but props to P-SQUARED for scoring this gig. Your word choice to describe your excitement, according to rumor, fits Mr. Mayer to a T :)

  • Incipit

     Beaugard Stevens, I can’t imagine that there wasn’t an effort to get Jermaine to join in the suit, not after saying he was the catalyst…but his offended reaction at the use of his name would suggest he’d be more likely to bear witness for the opposition.

    That was rather clueless of the lawyer for the Idol 9 – to still mention his name there. Jermaine’s reaction doesn’t help his case at all. Not that I don’t already think this dude is clueless. Heh.

  • jpfan2

    Well John Mayer is def touring this summer (after problems with his voice)

    He’ll probably have a few different opening acts but could P2 be in the mix?
    The article doesn’t mention opening acts.

  • Lobilobi

    i love John Mayer’s voice, Free Fallin’ is a good song, i would be so happy to see Phillip touring with him

  • Hazehel

    Seems to me that David is sporting a modified Sons of Anarchy look.

    I don’t know, looks to me to be the beginning of a ZZ Top look.  

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s family is recording for his next album?

    Scotty McCreery ?@ScottyMcCreeryMy family recording a little bit for the next record!

  • Larc

    DC looks a little like Yukon Cornelius in the old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV Christmas special.  :)

  • Miz

    LOL David Cook’s look alike looks just like him. No, wait … ROFLMAO

  • Incipit

    Heh. I can see a little of that during this down time, except maybe the Hipster glasses don’t fit. I think Casey A would be a better example, when he lets his hair and beard grow long.

    I’ve been considering this description from someone elsewhere – and as usual, it’s hard to pin DC down to just one thing.

     “…sort of Brooklyn-Hipster-Mountain Man-by-way-of-Nashville – Village Beatnick circa 1959 look but in 2013 clothes.” Right. I’m thoroughly confused now. *snerk*

  • H.A.

    Miles Tougeaux ?@milestougeaux

    @adamlambert Hey, a writer friend tells me you get a mention in a novel: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble.

    J. H. Trumble

    @milestougeaux @adamlambert Adam is also mentioned in Don’t Let Me Go. What can I say? I’m a fan too!

  • G

    countin’ down the days to Smash starting up again 

  • girlygirltoo

    Adam’s father tweeted Kris about being sorry that he’s sorry can’t make his show tonight in San Diego. That was very sweet of him :)

  • Nadine_Bitch
  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam is also mentioned in a novel “The Wild Ways” by Tanya Huffand

    and a couple text books too:)

  • TheOther
    Concert review: Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips play to sold-out Winstar crowd

    They’re also smart enough to bring out one of the hottest acts of the year as an opener — 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.

    Not only is his voice as strong as it was on TV, his band gracefully shreds any stringed instrument they can get their hands on.  Phillips turned his set into more of a story than a performance, working the crowd as he dove into some tracks.

    The way he molded the R&B hit to fit into his own singer/songwriter box shows how long this humble boy from Georgia will be around.

  • lovetheusa1776

    That’s one helluva picture. 

  • onebirdlover1

    Thanks for the revew….very complimentary to Phillip and the band!

  • girlygirltoo

    tweet from Kris’ show tonight. 
    #So many guys here tonight! Some with their girlfriends, wives plus lots with boy friends AND boyfriends! #outalivetour #krisallenrockstar

    This has been a reoccurring theme from the shows on this tour…lots of guys in attendance. So I’m hoping to see a diverse crowd at the L.A. shows I’m going to in a few days :)

  • girlygirltoo

    That’s a nice write up for Phillip

  • girlygirltoo

    New cover at Kris’ show tonight — “California Dreamin’ ” — from the tweets, it sounds like Torres sang lead on this (Kris bass player/percussionist, who is from the SD area, so tonight is a hometown show for him)  :)

  • opalruby

    Can’t wait to hear that…

  • girlygirltoo

    Here’s vid from tonight’s show of the California Dreamin’ cover — with Chris Torres singing lead. He really has a good voice — it’s easy to see why he’s the lead singer for the other band he’s in (The Grass Heat). Nice job!

  • Incipit

    “California Dreamin’ “?? That song has such good bones, and fandamtastic harmonies and parts,  I ‘really’ want to hear what this sounded like – hope there is a video tomorrow. I’ll be watching for it.

    ETA: Wow, You must have been typing while I was – I saw your post appear just now! Thanks much –

  • Jonins

    Oh that was sweet of Eber. I wonder if Kris invited him and Adam’s mom as well. Wish you can share us that tweet. :)

  • Lobilobi

    so happy that Phillips tour reviews are all complimentaring his talent, so proud of him

  • Kariann Hart

    The ads for Smash are quite intense.  They may gather a whole lot of new fans!  Very excited for the season to begin!

  • Lobilobi

     For AAA-exclusive releases, notable ones include the return of Boz Scaggs with “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl” on February 4, the most recent American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with “Gone, Gone, Gone” on February 11, Dido‘s “No Freedom” on February 18 (same date as AC and Hot AC), and singer-songwriter Matt Hires with his new one “Restless Heart” on February 25. Phillips recently hit #1 on the AAA chart with “Home”. Hires previously made the top 50 on the Hot AC format in 2011 with “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”. I enjoy both of these new releases better than the older singles.

    source :

    Phillip is among notable release on AAA, so cool !

  • Incipit

    I read back on that Grantland Blog, some of their entries for last season. I hadn’t encountered them before, and the five question format they use means you don’t get much in depth, which I prefer the in depth. But for a quick entertaining take, they’re not bad – a little consciously clever, but that’s not a bad thing, necessarily. They also had at least one podcast with more detail.

    They remind me a little of the old Jacob from TWoP’s recaps. And I certainly agreed with much of their week to week reactions to Phillip and Colton last season, but their predictive powers – lets just say I hope they didn’t back those up with any hard money bets. *snerk*.

    Still, I appreciate the link, it’s a fresh source.

  • jpfan2

    The stars a aligning well for P2.  He’s getting great reviews for the live shows, Triple A looks on board for GGG with hopefully HAC to come. And he could be opening for John Mayer this summer.  So far so good. ;0

  • TheOther

    Phillip should also be able to maintain a competitive edge with Idol/Interscope with the whole AAA sound/genre. From what I’ve seen, the new season seems to be more about Country singers and R&B performers.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Really nice – enjoyed that very much (and such a great song).

  • girlygirltoo

    There are several past contestants who could give him a run for his money in that format if they decidde to go in that direction, and got a real promo push, though :)

  • MellyPer1692

    I don’t think Kris invited them, there were a few Kris fans tweeting Eber asking him if he was going to the show. He responded to them right before he tweeted to Kris.

  • MellyPer1692

    Who, really?? I think P2 is made for the AAA format, can’t think of others.

  • girlygirltoo

    I can. Just off the top of my head: Lee, Crystal, Kris, David C, Brooke, Haley, Heck, Vicci Martinez’s song that she did with Cee Lo is on the AAA charts right now. That chart is no longer confined to just singer-songwriter types, but even if it was, 4 of the last 5 Idol winners fit into that category in one way or another :)

  • SaSa8

    I listened to Scotty on the Opry last night.  He sounded great and got a huge crowd reception. It was Opry Homecoming night and he and The Band Perry were the headline acts.  It was a great show.   

  • TheOther

    But in order to get a real promo push, it helps to have a major label and to have the CEO of that label in your corner. 

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Scotty’s opening act, Sarah Darling, is so supportive…she was even among those who “rushed” the stage for Scotty last night at the Opry.:))  

    Here’s a montage posted from last night by the Opry…

  • girlygirltoo

    true dat

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Okay, I’m thinking we’re going to be hearing new music from Scotty next weekend when his tour starts…he’s rehearsing for the tour today (recorded for the album the last three days)…

    Ashley McCreery ?@ashleymccreery2Watching the Weekend Road Trip 2013 tour rehearsal! Love love love the intro song????????

  • durbesque

    “…one of the hottest acts of the year as an opener.” ….Nice.

  • John S

    I wonder if they will be the backup singers for some of his songs.

  • Chrissie H

    “Okay, I’m thinking we’re going to be hearing new music from Scotty next weekend when his tour starts…he’s rehearsing for the tour today (recorded for the album the last three days)…”——————

    That´s really great news and a joy to my ears. I´m almost starving for new Scotty songs. Have listend so much to the old ones I can sing along by now.  Can´t wait for next week 

  • Lexie O’Neill

    My gut feeling says no…I think the McCreery’s like being in the background…but it really is special for Scotty to have them sing on the album–can’t wait.:))

  • John S

    I like how he likes to involve family and friends with his different projects. Like when he used his high school friends for his TTWG music video and when he used his hometown for his Water Tower Town video.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    By the way, a teen magazine…

    . ?@camzpoophead the girls emblem three phillip phillips scotty mccreery and lauren alaina are in this!

  • Lucie Laniel

    Scotty is really a nice and considerate young man.  Looks like he has received his values from his parents and he is living up to them. It may be why he has fans of different ages  and they are so very loyal to him. Everybody recognises the type of person he is and the one he will become.

    So far, it doesn’t look like being famous has affected him at all.  

  • DCAIfanHelsinki

    Thank you MJ and Incipit! Someone posted about the interview on Twitter too.
    Incipit, that banter story from Baton Rouge is incredibly funny! Imagine that happening to you/me, someone saying that about you/me:-) I believe I would have started to laugh out aloud, though!

    I’ve gotten the idea that David is known for great banter in his concerts, so many video clips, but often the sound is so poor with people screaming etc. that I don’t hear well enough to get the point.

    Does anyone have an idea if he will have a concert during the Race for Hope weekend in DC?