Idol Headlines for 2/28/13

American Idol 12 Top 40 Sudden Death rounds wrap up tonight as the remaining 10 guys take the stage to sing for a spot in the Top 20. We’ll be live blogging beginning at 8/7c ET. FOX.

AXS TV Presents Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” – Six time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood will bring her critically acclaimed ‘Blown Away Tour’ to AXS TV for a LIVE full concert performance from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Sunday, March 3rd.
Named the top female country touring artist of 2012, Underwood is currently on the second leg of the highly successful ‘Blown Away Tour,’ which continues through May throughout the U.S., Canada, and across the pond to the UK and Ireland. ‘The Blown Away Tour’ Live 2013 is not Underwood?s first appearance on AXS TV. The multiple award-winning artist gave the network’s nightly live music news, trends and interview program, AXSLive, an exclusive backstage interview and live look in to ‘The Blown Away Tour’ when it stopped at STAPLES CENTER located in the heart of the network’s home campus, L.A. LIVE. Video: – Read more at Hollywood News

Nicki Minaj: “God Bless” Mariah Carey, but I’ll “Never” Perform With Her on American Idol – Nicki Minaj may have once said she’d perform with Mariah Carey on American Idol, but now the “Starships” singer is changing her tune. “Unless, it looks like this,” Minaj cracked while pretending to choke someone. “I don’t know. God bless her though…I mean, that’ll never happen.” Minaj admits she’s not sure about returning to Idol for a second season. “I don’t know, we’ll see,” she said. “See the thing is, we’re only half way done so, I am absolutely enjoying Idol but I don’t know how I’m going to feel at the end of it.” – Read more at EOnline

Dancing with the Stars: Kellie Pickler Calls Partner Derek Hough an ‘Answered Prayer’ – When country singer Kellie Pickler found out Derek Hough would be her Dancing with the Stars pro partner, the first person she wanted to thank was her grandfather, Ken Morton.
“Having Derek as my partner is an answered prayer,” Pickler tells PEOPLE. “Right before I left Nashville for L.A., my Grandpa Ken, who is a huge fan of the show, told me he was praying that Derek would be my partner, because that’s his favorite male dancer on the show.” – Read more at People

Sara Schaefer Can’t Believe Phillip Phillips Doesn’t Know Who Gerboa Gerboa Is [Video]

More at MTV

Crystal Bowersox ‘fancies herself a songwriter’ on ‘All This for That’ – Crystal Bowersox has taken a great deal of influence from singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco: She uses her lyrics to hammer home philosophical points. “I keep quoting Ani DiFranco: ‘If you’re not getting happier as you get older / then you’re f—ing up,’” Bowersox says. “It’s true. I feel like at this point in my life, I’ve noticed the serendipitous ways things have been for me. I’ve worked very hard, but there’s also been lots of luck. Every moment has led to this moment I’m in now, all the bad and all the good. In my darkest days, I did not really believe it was going to get better. But it did, and now I’m on the good side of things, and I’m kind of surprised that it all worked out.” – Read more at The Sun Times

Crystal Bowersox excited about new material, will play it Sunday at SeaGate Centre – Berlin brought a relaxed approach to making the music in Portland where they both live and she was able to work on it with local musicians there while still maintaining her routine at home with her husband Brian Walker and 4-year-old son Tony. “I slept in my own bed, I took my son to pre-school and I went to work,” Bowersox said. “It was great to do it in a stress free way.” She also believes the quality of her voice has improved. “I think the process that this record was made in was just little more low key and easy going and I was breathing better. I’m also not a cigarette smoker any more which helps.” – Read more at the Toledo Blade

Harry Styles Shoe Thrower Apologizes for Hitting Him in the Crotch at One Direction Concert – A Twitter user by the name of Jade Anderson has taken responsibility for clocking him in the groin when she threw her shoe onstage at a One Direction show Tuesday in Glasgow, and she’s now apologizing to the boy bander for the ballsy move. The 14-year-old, who hails from Scotland’s East Kilbride town, took to Twitter shortly after the incident, writing, “tonight i threw my shoe and it hit harry in the balls then security came and took me out the concert then i got my shoe back hahahaha.” “The only reason the security let me back in is cos harry told them too,” she said. Anderson then apologized directly to the 19-year-old singer. “@harry_styles im the one that threw my shoe at you, i never meant to hurt you :-(,” she wrote, adding, “Feel sooo ill now.” – Read more at EOnline

Simon Cowell’s Food Glorious Food is his lowest-rating launch ever – Simon Cowell’s hunt for Britain’s best recipe, Food Glorious Food, debuted on ITV with fewer than 3 million viewers on Wednesday, his lowest-rating launch ever. The ITV show, described by Cowell as “like Antiques Roadshow combined with food”, began with an average of 2.7 million viewers, a 12.7% share of the audience between 8pm and 9pm. Food Glorious Food managed to fumble an audience inheritance of more than 8 million viewers from the preceding ITV show, Coronation Street. – Read more at The GuardianUK

“In a good place now”: Gary Barlow set for X Factor return after feud with Simon Cowell ends – Simon Cowell has ended his year-long feud with Gary Barlow – paving the way for the Take That star to return as an X Factor judge. Insiders say the pair, who had not spoken since last February, have recently held peace talks to patch up their differences. A source close to Cowell told the Mirror: “Simon and Gary are in a good place now – and Gary looks a good bet to be back on the show this year.” – Read more at The Mirror


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  • girlygirltoo

    @littlepawns:disqus   (Kris’ official steet team)
    #A little something from @KrisAllen …. …

  • tripp_ncwy

    Oh, Jim where do you come up with this stuff. lol

  • Caro3278sweet

    I live for Idol in a Minute. I don’t want the show to end because it will mean my minute ends.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Syco’s NEW PROJECT:

    The You Generation is the World’s first global audition, giving you the
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  • tripp_ncwy

    Gaude Paez Morose @GaudeP
    With 13.1 million viewers, @AmericanIdol was once again the most-watched show on TV last night.

  • Kesia Monteith

    “Simon Cowell’s Food Glorious Food is his lowest-rating launch ever”

    Ha! Whatever Simon touches doesn’t turn gold anymore, eh?


     NIKKI & SARA LIVE > Phillip Phillips Answers Twitter Q’s

  • Namarinad

    Erika Van Pelt surprises Phillip Phillips on the “Ralphie Show”

    Aveteran tells Phillip Phillips how Gone, Gone, Gone helps his PTSD

    Phillip Phillips gave up three songs on new LP to co-write the rest



    Phillip Phillips Gave Up Three Songs on New LP to Co-Write the Rest

    Erika Van Pelt Surprises Phillip Phillips on ‘The Ralphie Show’

    A Veteran Tells Phillip Phillips How ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ Helps His PTSD

  • raya

    Just found this via twitter.  Production news about Jessica shooting a music video for her lead single.  The director is Justin Francis, who I believe directed Kelly’s Mr. Know It All video.  I’m not sure if this means she’s shooting it as we speak or in the next few days or what.

  • heartly

    Here’s a quick little interview with Kelly before her (ex)hometown show tomorrow.

    Kelly Clarkson talks about Clive Davis, the Grammys and more | Dallas Morning News

    That expressive voice of hers can sing anything. Clarkson says she ended up at a Grammy after-party with label mate Adele, and they both laughed about being “so awful at giving speeches.”

    “If there’s no melody, I am royally screwed,” she said Wednesday. “I can’t read the TelePrompTer. I am incapable of doing anything else but off-the-cuff.”

    Clarkson recently got into an Internet war of words after record producer and music industry mogul Clive Davis made disparaging comments about Clarkson in his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life. The two worked together during Davis’ tenure at RCA Records and had publicly butted heads before regarding Clarkson’s 2007 album, My December.

    She told me she’s done talking about Davis. “At some point, you have to just stand up and say, ‘That’s not cool,’” she said. “He was such a musical hero of mine. I won’t put up with that. Us artists just want it to be about what we thought it was about, the creativity. When something like that happens, it gets destroyed.”

  • standtotheright

    The Sun Times article about Bowersox demonstrates an important media truth: Editors and feature writers are not the same people and it’s dangerous to confuse them.

    The headline is actually a misquote of the statement in the piece (where she says she thinks of herself as a “storyteller”) and makes her sound like she’s playing Dress-Up Folkie,when the article itself is actually very complimentary to the album and her process. I’m glad the blurbs are here or I might not have read the article, assuming it was a tired AI slam.

    At any rate, I’m glad she was able to find a real work/life balance during this process. I hope her tour goes well.

  • irockhard

    Stevie ?@Stevie_Music
    Back in the studio with the super talented @DurbinRock &@shaunlopez – Where them Durbinators at?!!!?!?!??

    LOL this cracks me up! They know we’re watching their every move looking for any info we can find on this new album and now they’re actually indulging our curiosity. Love it!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert featured in Icelandic pop-paper with Ellen, Oprah etc

  • bridgette12

     That’s a good picture of him.

  • irockhard
  • girlygirltoo

    Jim C’s recaps and Michael’s/Meinda’s Idology episodes are so much more entertaining than Idol itself

  • justmefornow

    I like how he’s listed there as Hard Rock/Metal.
    (If the new stuff was too light, I doubt that would be the description :))

    My next question is, now that these dates are starting to fill up, when is he going to Nashville to finish recording?

  • irockhard

    If the album is still coming out in May then I reckon he’ll spend April in Nashville to record it. MOABD was recorded in 2 1/2 weeks so I doubt he’ll need more than a month.

  • Lobilobi

    Phillip Phillips “Gone, Gone Gone” FRESH SHUFFLE on A.R.V.

    Perhaps it’s time you once and for all get past it that Phillip was the
    winner of American Idol and just enjoy his music. Accept it as an Adult
    Rock suitable track for Alternative Rock Variety. I wasn’t expecting his
    debut ” Home” to do as well with You the listeners of my Alternative
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  • H.A.

    Chinese singer performs Adam Lambert’s Trespassing. This is a very popular Chinese TV show that can be watched throughout China. Lesser known names have a face-off imitating the major music stars.

    Adam gets net game endorsement deal for China. Adam would be the third spokesperson for RIFT China.

    Trion Worlds Brings Rift To China:

    From JHud to Daughtry: The Top 5 ‘American Idol’ Losers Who Made It Big!

  • Miz

    Yeah, that was a weird interpretation of what Crystal actually said. She said ‘storyteller’ and the headline editor wrote ‘songwriter’. Otherwise, nice article.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah,thank goodness for those recaps… they make me yearn more for the live shows…

  • Axxxel

    Adam Lambert getting endorsement deal for a net game ? I always thought that his endorsement deals would be fabulous eyeliners and leather jackets…

    ETA: his video of “Never close our eyes” could be the base for a new videogame….

  • tucker davis

    The veteran who spoke to P2 by phone about Gone3X was a special interview. I thought this was one of Phillip’s best interviews!

  • Axxxel

    Nice P2 interview with Nikki and Sarah who were kind of fake  flirty… P2 did not flirt back though… I thought he would say that he would be more nervous in front of the light, cameras…. and you (=the interviewer)… just as a joke…

  • Axxxel

    Read on another blog that the Arab X-factor played “Trespassing”… correct or hoax ?

  • Axxxel

    That Chinese Adam Lambert impersonator is so scary and cute at the same time even at his age… … I like it that they put the lyrics of the song on the screen…

  • bridgette12

    I had no idea there is a Arab X-factor.  First time I have heard it mentioned.

  • bridgette12

     That surprised me to, no censorship of ass. 






    Oh wow, that game endorsement deal could mean big bucks for Adam! I had read that this is the way artists make money in China, not music sales. I didn’t expect something like this for Adam so soon. Looks like he made a major impression with that Voice performance.
    I thought that Chinese impersonator did a pretty good job, except for the voice, lol. But his outfit was very well done and also his walk, haha! He was even all flirty and saucy like Adam. That was really cool.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Archie’s album went up for pre-order on iTunes tonight, giving a first listen to the new song Heart Falls Out. Here’s the 90 sec snippet:

  • H.A.

    @annakitamura: @adamlambert @saki_93726 Thank u 4 coming JAPAN.!!! Love adam. by bigggg fun!!!!

    Adam is on his way to China. Next show 3/3/13 Shanghai, China  Mercedes-Benz Arena

    Adam Lambert new net game Ad – Rift: Planes of Telara advertisment …

  • Axxxel

    So weird to see Adam Lambert’s video endorsing a video game and speak chinese !!  It is like watching Kris Allen endorsing eyeliner…  but hey, just watching Adam talk is already enough for me to make my day…

  • H.A.

     I don’t understand. What’s so weird? It’s a video game. geez.

  • Axxxel

    Sorry, am not really following Kris Allen but  I still remember Jim Cantiello interviewing him a very while ago and he went all geekish about videogames…
    Maybe I feel it is weird because I seldom see Adam talk about video games… except for a comment  about angry birds…

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Never heard of Arab xfactor, babe. I only know about The Voice & Arab Idol. But I can asked about that around or watch more local TV:)

  • Nadine_Bitch

    He’s the third endorser. One of the three is Maggie Q or better known as Nikita.

  • irockhard

    Shaun Lopez ?@shaunlopez
    ????$ Ð??ß?? sangin’ in the booth. Good writings w/@stevie_music & @durbinrock today. ? 

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Oh, bb, I’m so surprised I have forgotten Simon’s face telling me on my wide screen that XFactor is coming to middle east. lol

    I guess you’re right. It just started last week. Let me see if I can dig for a video;)

  • H.A.

    I like that this era Adam’s own songs he wrote are being used on different shows internationally. With the last album he didn’t make any money out of that. 

    alidol ?@glam_alidol
    adam at shanghai airport

    Chinese Glamberts at shanghai airport

    alidol ?@glam_alidol … glamberts

    alidol ?@glam_alidol
    Adam’s hotel room is the same as Adam Levine in shanghai last year. A Chinese Style presidential suite. price is more than ?50,000 a night

    alidol ?@glam_alidol
    they added two more new areas for sale #Adam lambert shanghai concert .so i think tix sells great.

    alidol ?@glam_alidol
    @terra_zephead they also opened 3rd and 4th floors for gifting tix to sponsors

    3 main sponsors : Hennesy ,Mercedes Benz, Starwood


    Arab X Factor? Who knew? Maybe Adam can be a guest performer but not likely, lol.
    And man the Chinese have been so wonderful. I love seeing all the updates, thank you for bringing all the tweets!!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I would lose my mind if he will come to middle east and perform. It would save me a hell lot of money going to another continent just to watch his concert- that I hope I could do someday;)

    Anyway, new official pix from hennessy shanghai to promote the concert.

    Mercedes Benz Arena is a work of art. The building structure is so cool that it almost look like a spaceship.

  • mmb

    lololol at that video game ad. I wonder if Adam even got a chance to review the cue cards ro teleprompter before they started shooting

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Probably not 8 figures but 7 wouldn’t be so bad;)

  • jpfan2

    I clicked on the video game ad. It looks like a very nice endoresement gig but serious question: Are all Chinese commercials that lame? Do they put $ in the ads or do all ads look like that?

  • mmb

    lol no.  Most Chinese TV commercials looks exactly like western TV commercials with respect to production values etc.  I don’t think that this little video ad is meant for mainstream could be more of a point of purchase video (go into any gaming place like Game Stop and they have a constant loop of video ads playing), or for internet only,etc. But no doubt Adam is making some $$$

  • bridgette12

     lol! I was thinking the same thing, that Mercedes Benz Arena looks just like some type of spaceship. You said it perfectly, it’s a work of art. But I shouldn’t be surprised because it’s Mercedes Benz and when you think of them, luxury, style, class and money comes to mind. Mercedes Benz and Hennessey are two  companies that I would love for Adam to be associated with.

  • H.A.

     IDK, Was it even shot in China. lol.

  • H.A.

    It’s definitely a seven figure deal.

  • Axxxel

    Thank you Babe for digging into the internet and coming up with the video…
    Wow… can’t believe my ears… Maybe the song Trespassing does sound catchy in Arabian ears…

    Hope Adam will come one day and perform… maybe on the international airport of Dubai (UAE)  ?  LOL… Wasn’t there an Idol alumn (P2) who recently performed on an american international  airport (JFK)?  Hope one day you will go all “Cuckoo” during Adam’s live performance…

  • H.A.

    Chinese Sen Newspaper exclusive interview with Adam Lambert

    Adam Lambert Is Not An Idol But A Hippie

    Q: After three years in entertainment business, what’s the most important tip you’ve learned?

    A: You’ve got to be prepared to make sacrifice and compromise. Music career is a gamble and you need to be patient. As long as you have passion for music and audience, then your chosen path is the right one.

  • bridgette12

     You can bet it’s seven figures, when you consider the fact that they only have three spokesperson, Dwayne Wade, Adam and a Chinese artist. I think this is great for other American artist, it just shows there are opportunities to make money in a country that has a population of over a billion people.

  • Axxxel

    Wow, dancer Johnny Rice does look good on those Hennessy Shanghai pictures !! They really caught him at the good moments…

  • bridgette12

    Johnny is very photogenic and I love the chemistry he has with Terrence. I like the fact that Adam has two male dancers, they bring a lot of energy.

  • Namarinad

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  • irockhard

    There’s also “Arabs have Talent”, one of my fave Arab singers is one of the judges – Najwa Karam.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Yeah, I’ve known about ”Arab got Talent” but I only got the chance to watched a bit of Arab Idol and I didn’t really liked it so I stopped mid season last year. But now they added another female singer judge, Nancy Ajram, from those three judges that they already have before.

  • irockhard

    So “Arab Idol” is still going? And Nancy on the panel, smart choice though I’m not as into her as some of the other popular Lebanese singers.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Yeah, it’s still on. They are just in their 2nd season:)

  • irockhard

    Huh? But didn’t Diana Karazon, the first winner, compete in World Idol with Kelly and Will Young back in 2003? Or are we talking about a different show?

  • Axxxel

    This reminds me of Indonesian Idol that was also absent from the scene for a couple of year…Last year was “only” their 7th season (and the winner sang a duet with David Cook who was the winner of the 7th Season of American Idol).

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Yeah, but it was never called Arab Idol instead it was known as Super Star. It started in 2003 and lasted for 5 seasons ending in 2008.

    They revived the show just last year with the new name Arab Idol and they are officially on its 2nd season. Super Star was being broadcast on a Lebanese network while Arab Idol is currently run by MBC(Dubai). It amazes me how you still remember the name of the first winner:)