Idol Headlines for 2/24/13

We’ll be covering the Oscars tonight.  The telecast begins at 8:30 pm EST on ABC. Jennifer Hudson is set to perform. The Red Carpet starts at 7 ET. Also, the Amazing Race airs tonight at 8/7c  pm on CBS.


Constantine Maroulis performs in Jekyll & Hyde the Musical at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Elliott Yamin performs at the Voice for Meir Panim Benefit at the Kraushaar Auditiorium in Baltimore, MD.
Mandisa performs at the 3 in 1 Tour in Franklin, NC.
Phil Stacey performs at Greenlawn Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.
Jason Castro performs at the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2013 in St. Louis, MO.
Kris Allen performs on Sophia?s Heart Cruise.
Lee DeWyze performs at Universal City Walk Hollywood in Universal City, CA.

Mt. Pleasant’s American Idol — Shubha Vedula reflects on Hollywood experience – “She just kept on pushing me to submit a video,” Shubha, 17, said. “I kept on resisting it for a few weeks and then she said, ‘No, this is the last call, they’re looking for you.’” And Priya was right.
Shubha, of Mt. Pleasant, received her set of emails inviting her to audition in California a week or two after she applied in November. “It was exciting, it was unreal,” she said. “I also thought it was kind of fake though. I didn’t know whether to believe it or not, so I actually called the number on the email to ask if it was really ‘American Idol.’” – Read more at The Morning Sun

Boston, So You Think You Can Dance? – February has been pretty good to Boston’s TV enthusiasts: Last week, the Today show hosted a live broadcast from Faneuil Hall, and just this morning, Fox’s hit dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance, took over Downtown Crossing. When Fox picked up the show for a 10th season at the end of December, production moved quickly as audition dates were set for Los Angeles, Austin, Detroit, Memphis, and of course, Boston, where Season 6 found its winner, Russell Ferguson. – Read more at Boston Magazine

Auditions for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ held in Boston – Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge on the show, said Saturday was his second time in Boston. The first time was as executive producer of American Idol. “It’s always great to be back in a city that’s really passionate and cares about its town and that’s certainly true of Boston,” says Nigel. Nigel also added that Boston’s group of dancers were the most talented they’ve seen at this point in their season 10 search, namely the ballroom dancers. He says he wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of this season’s top 20 contestants were from the Boston audition. – Read more at My Fox

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  • Nadine_Bitch
  • steph6449

    Danny and Jamar Rogers are also of course on the SH cruise that embarks today.

    My understanding is that the first concert is Jamar and Danny, then there is one with Kris and Danny, and the last one is all three together.  Also performing and backing up Danny (or Danny and Kris?) is Two Story Road, the duo recently created by Brandon and Jamie Fraley. 

    Brandon is Danny’s former band leader, background vocalist and musician. Jamie toured for years with Carrie as background vocalist. They seem to have made the choice to try forming an act on their own after one of the songs they wrote hit it big in the Asian market last year.

  • girlygirltoo

    Should be fun. I wish I could afford to have gone. I’m glad Kris isn’t performing until Tuesday…after his tour, he could probably use giving his singing voice a rest for a couple of days.

  • steph6449

    I’d been thinking I might go, but not able to make it work. Will have to wait on the backchannel reports from those I know who are going, and eventually some video / pics should surface.

    There’s not much communication from the ship while at sea but maybe when they hit port in the Bahamas Monday & Tuesday?

    On the Danny front, the big question is whether he will say anything more definitive on the purported new record label situation, or at least toss out a bone with one of the new songs he’s been working on for the album project.

  • BigNLiddle

    Not unless the Bahamas are a US territory ;) Using your phone while on a cruise racks up a TON of $$$$$$$$$$$.

  • steph6449

    I think it depends on your provider though :)  When I went on one of the earlier cruises, my phone service wasn’t really that bad for roaming charges. But I know some who had other service companies where it was really prohibitive.

    The cruise also has internet access on a pay-as-you-go basis. Most of the people I know (maybe we are an online addicted group ha) did get at least a short package to check messages, etc. while away.

    Thinking about it, I’m pretty sure that Two Story Road tweeted something about preparing songs for their cruise with “Danny and Kris”. Maybe that is why I am thinking that they may back up Kris? Or possibly Danny and Kris will do a couple of songs together with Cale and 2SR all backing them on the last concert?

    Jamie has quite a beautiful voice, if she did sing with Kris I think Kris’s fans would really enjoy it.

  • Lobilobi

    Home – Phillip Phillips  Live 2/23/2013 at Mix 106.1 Philadelphia

    Nice and Slow by Phillip Phillips Live on Matchbox Twenty North Tour at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City, Nj

    Phillip Phillips “Gone, Gone, Gone” on NBC new reality show Ready for Love

  • wycheb

    Lee is playing at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach CA tonight. Not Universal City Walk. His concert is also going to be live streamed. If you can’t go at least you can watch. Since I live in the south and can’t get to his concerts  it is a great opportunity to listen to his new music. A big shout out of THANKS to Saint Rocke for this.

  • Namarinad

    Phillip Phillips adds second Sioux Falls show
    Augustana announced it will host a second concert for “American Idol”
    winner and top-10 Billboard Hot 100 artist Phillip Phillips at 4 p.m.
    on March 19 at the Washington Pavilion. Phillips’ originally scheduled concert, set for 7 p.m. on March 19 at the Pavilion, sold out in less than two hours.

  • Anny_nanny

    It’s old news.

  • Lobilobi

     Max Harris

    @Phillips I am a combat veteran with PTSD and your song, ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ has made a huge difference in my life. …

  • Max Harris

    Wow.  Thanks for sharing my twitter post to this page.  I didn’t think this would take on a life of its own, but it has.  Thanks to all of the P2 fans that have shown their compassion and support!

  • dy

    For all who want to follow live tweets from the cruise, here’s an handy link w/ twitter list embedded:

  • steph6449

    Today, ?February ?24, ?2013, ??29 minutes ago | Artistsupporter (Artistsupporter)
    So @JSquidward @twostoryroad and @dannygokey were awesome. Such a great group. Got it all. I’ll try to upload.

  • usedtobelucy

    Looks like Afro-Blue of the Sing-Off is now Traces of Blue and is trying to crowdfund an EP. Hope they make it. I love being able to hear new Pentatonix music but that was a great season of the Sing-Off, and I’d love to have more stuff from Afro-Blue — and some others, too.

  • CanadianLady

    Hi Max.

    Lots of P2 fans here.

    Very moving and well-written post!


    Review: Phillip Phillips releases new single ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ to radio
    Read more:

    “The Verdict
    In summation, Phillip Phillips’ newest single “Gone, Gone, Gone” is a
    breath of fresh air. It garners 4.5 out of 5 stars. Phillip sings with a
    lot of heart and he is a very gifted acoustic guitar player as well.
    Hopefully, when more stations add the song on their rotation, it will
    fare just as well as his debut hit “Home,” if not better.”

  • girlygirltoo

    @artistsupporter:disqus is tweeting pictures from the M&G on the cruise tonight. She’s tweeted pics of both Danny and Kris. She also filmed the entire performance by Danny & Jamar earlier, but I guess the wifi isn’t cooperating to allow her to upload it yet.  If anyone is interested, I’d suggested keeping an eye on her timeline :)

  • Leandro

    James Durbin has announced the new bassist:

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!! ***Check last RT

    @justin_kastner @DurbinRock hey justin!it’ll be cool if you’ll be the next bass player for @DurbinRock !!! ;)

    His name is Justin Kastner. Never heard of him. Now we have to wait  for the new lead guitarist (I hope they’ll have one).

  • irockhard

    Never heard of this guy either but he must be good, James knows how to spot talent muscianship.

    I’m still not 100% on if they he’s hiring a new lead guitarist. I don’t care how good he and Blake may have become I’d rather he not be stuck behind a guitar while onstage.

  • blackberryharvest
  • Namarinad

    i thought it’s a very moving story that touched my heart
    wish you the very best

  • Incipit

    Song Spoilers for Week 2 are up, with the exception of a few.

    Interesting list, blackberryharvest. I don’t know this Quarter-Final Crowd much at all, their vocals or their styles – but I could venture a guess on who will be going home; just going by the song picks I have four candidates with the guys..and two more possibilities.

    Whoever has a done-to-death song, like “Titanium”, or “Heaven” – an already famous song or one made notable by an Idol that they don’t have the vocals to match, let alone create a different take for, like – “Stronger” or “Imagine” – toast. The two people who picked classic songs may be trying to twist them, else – why bother? But if they can’t successfully create  something interesting with “Fever” or “A Little Less Conversation” – they are also headed for toast. 

    The Female side – a bit more tricksy – but there’s a certain inevitability about seeing “Natural Woman”, and “Skyscraper” on the list – someone was bound to do them. “Circle of Life” can be made into the Cheesiest Cheese that ever Shredded Cheddar – and probably will be – the person doing “Sweet Dreams” is probably history – and “Only Girl in the World”, slowed down ?? – The last thing that list needs is ‘slowed down’, IMO.

    Can’t call some of the other songs because I never heard them sung before, maybe they are not the genre I listen to? – hope the majority of the audience isn’t in the same boat as me…although – it may not be a bad thing. Someone listening to a song for the first time, without the original artist for comparison may do some folks a favor. *snerk*

    Now that’s just based on the song choices, not the singers – and probably unreliable as hell, but I was bored. 

    OTOH, I see three people with *TBD  – I’d guess two of them are going through, no matter what the choice actually is – Janelle Arthur, Nick Boddington. TPTB want them. IMO.

  • Namarinad

    Phillip Phillips performing ‘Home’ at 98.1 CHFI

    love it !

  • irockhard

    They’re making Melinda sing the same song Angie sang for sudden death? WTF??? I hope she slays, so far she owns Angie on Jessie J covers.

    Lazaro is a train wreck waiting to happen.

    Zoanette is gonna commit murder in a bad way, blood will be shed, lots of it!

  • justmefornow

    He’s from a Bay area band called Beta State, I never heard of him either. As for adding a lead guitarist I’m all for it as well. James needs to be free to express himself when he sings, that’s just his style.
    This guy is apparently still with Beta State as well, per recent tweets, so maybe he’ll be in both bands at the same time, touring this summer with James.

    That’s kinda the same scenero that caught my attention with the recent tweeting also with Ryan Heggum, lead guitarist for Requiem For The Dead.
    Could he be being considered for lead guitarist for James as well as for them too?
    These guys sometimes tour with more than one band, especially if it’s not year round work.
    I wonder.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Looks like Blake’s been signed to Republic Records, and is releasing his next album (Portrait of a Chameleon) in the Spring.  The first single ‘Your Touch’ is supposed to be released tomorrow. Hard to judge from the sample given, but the instrumental part is interesting. I loved Heartbreak on Vinyl and his various collabs, so here’s hoping this album is as good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Wait, what happened to my post?  O_o’

    ETA now it’s back. weird. . .

  • Incipit

    Wondering that myself, HermeticallySealed. It was in the sidebar, but it wasn’t showing up here – and I wanted to ask you, do you know how long Blake was Indie before he was signed to Republic Records? TIA

  • mjsbigblog


    I’ve also run out of different ways to say “NO SPOILERS IN THE HEADLINES THREAD.”  Honestly, what more can I do, other than to begin banning people?

  • girlygirltoo

    so has this person actually signed on as the new bass player, or is James just trying to recruit him?

  • HermeticallySealed

     I think he left Tommy Boy in 2010.  Since then he has done some voice acting and collabs.  I believe ‘Umbrellas are Octagons’ was done for Microsoft before he was signed on to Republic.