Idol Headlines for 11/11/09

Adam Lambert speaks: Our initial impressions from our interview

Seldom have we talked to an artist at this early a stage in his career who is as surefooted as Adam Lambert. We interviewed him today for We’ll link to that interview when it goes live’”and add more content to it’”but our initial impression was this is an artist whose whole life had been leading to this moment. And he knows it.

He’s sure to have some meltdown moments along the way, when the sleep deprivation and jet lag kick in, but he is smart enough to know that this is what he’s been working for. You don’t bitch about the long hours when they are all in service of selling Brand Lambert.


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Hey Queen, the Lambert thing isn’t gonna happen

Brian May and Roger Taylor, two of guys behind rock’s much-loved falsetto freakshow Queen, are apparently sniffing around “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert to become their new frontman. Here’s a tip, Queen: tight-pants Glambert is about to blow the lid off this taco stand we call Earth, and I have a feeling he doesn’t need backup singers.

Ever since old head Queen machine Paul Rodgers said adià ³s to the band, people (read: older people) have been wondering who, if anyone, would replace him. I guess it would seem fitting after their flat-iron sponsored performance on “AI’s” latest finale, where Adam and the boys of Queen gave it their sassy-rock all.

NY Post

Adam Lambert: TV Guide’s Hot List Party

Adam Lambert arrives at TV Guide Magazine’s Hot List Party at SLS Hotel The Bazaar on Tuesday (November 10) in Los Angeles, Calif.

The 27-year-old singer will be releasing his major-label debut, For Your Entertainment, on Monday, November 23. But he is already thinking about broadening his horizons.

‘[Acting] is something that I’ve done a lot over the past eight or 10 years, ‘  Adam told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. ‘If the opportunity came up and it was the right thing, I would love to be a part of a film. Right now, I am going to try to work on the album first. One thing at a time.’ 

Just Jared

Adam Lambert wants to act? What should he do?

Word on the Net is the American Idol runner-up sees marquis lights in his future. According to the website Showbiz Spy, Lambert has expressed a desire to act, a passion he’s pursued in the past (his rep would not comment).

It seems a fitting goal, considering the singer’s flair for the dramatic. But as we’ve seen with previous Idol contestants, competition show stardom doesn’t always translate into Jennifer Hudson-esque big-screen stardom. (Even a proud owner of From Justin to Kelly like myself will admit that.) Even Idol season 5’s Kevin Covais ‘” a.k.a. ‘Chicken Little’  ‘” has found little work after his relatively impressive turn in 2008’s College. Singers who haven’t been discovered by Simon Cowell have similarly suffered setbacks trying to flex their acting chops. Just ask Prince, Britney, and Jessica.


Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood & More Stars Celebrate Adoption

Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Michael Franti, Reba McEntire and Shakira are just a few of the artists who will be performing on “The 11th Annual Home for the Holidays with Faith Hill” special.

The special tells touching stories about foster care adoption to raise awareness for this important social issue. Jenna Elfman and Nia Vardalos are among the celebrities presenting inspirational stories about families who have adopted foster children.


Daughtry comes to this town

Many musicians go their whole lives without ever making it onto the Billboard charts. Daughtry’s 2006 self-titled first CD debuted at No. 2 and quickly moved to No. 1.

‘It was a pretty substantial feat because most of the time when you debut, that’s your highest point and it only goes down from there, ‘  frontman Chris Daughtry recently told the Weekender.

The former ‘American Idol’  season five contestant and his band ‘” Josh Steely, Joey Barnes, Brian Craddock and Josh Paul ‘” released their sophomore album ‘Leave This Town’  in July. This one debuted in Billboard’s top slot.

The Weekender

A Decadent Day At The 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles

Peter Facinelli of “Twilight: New Moon” fame failed to bare his fangs on Sunday at the 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles Benefit held at CBS Studios; he was expected, but after a long weekend of promoting the upcoming film, he headed to New York instead. His equally famous wife Jennie Garth of “90210” fame, however, turned up to sample the amazing goodies being served by SoCal’s favorite chefs.

Foodie fans like “American Idol” star Ace Young, country singer Deana Carter, men’s fashion designer Woody Wilson, and actors Mark Rolston, John J. York, Skyler Shaye, and “The George Lopez Show” star Aimee Garcia wandered through the crush.

The National Inclusion Project Gala Honoring 2009 Champions Raises Over $465, 000 to Benefit the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

Supporters of The National Inclusion Project helped to raise over $465, 000 at its recent gala honoring 2009 Champions. The inspirational evening was held October 17 at the Raleigh Marriott City Center in North Carolina. The funds raised will be used to give children with disabilities the opportunity to experience life along side their typical peers.

The gala benefit celebration featured Champions presentations and addresses by Project co-founders Diane Bubel and Clay Aiken. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in both a silent and a live auction in support of the Project’s programs. The Project received funding support from the Million Dollar Round Table and Christies Cookies and the night concluded with a special performance by Clay Aiken.


Season 5’s second runner-up, Elliot Yamin, has been very busy lately. A couple weeks ago, Elliott spoke at the 20th World Diabetes Congress. At the event in Montreal, Canada, Elliott discussed living with diabetes and how to educate people through music. Just prior to his speaking engagement, Elliott performed for troops in Guam and Japan on his second USO Tour.

American Idol

Katharine McPhee: 2009 Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Katharine McPhee continues to rock her blonde hair at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City on Monday (November 9).

The 25-year-old singer recently signed on to the cast of Kaleidoscope, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Kat will star in a Thanksgiving Day special that will bring together ‘figure skating champions, recording artists, cancer survivors and health advocates to recognize women and the key role they play in the battle against cancer ‘ as patients, caregivers and advocates.’ 

Just Jared

The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Tour Comes Home To L.A.

Just as I’ve started really getting into season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance, last season’s top 12 returned to Los Angeles last night–performing their most memorable, often Mia Michaels-masterminded season 5 routines at downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theater. Their performances were cleverly interspersed with highlight footage from the show (intros by Cat Deeley and Nigel Lythgoe, silly audition footage, goodbye reels, the notorious Sex-vs.-Leo danceoff, etc.), plus some amusing skits that indicated that the season 5 cast’s comedic timing has become nearly as good as their rhythmic timing.

‘Dancing’ bids farewell to another star

Shortly after receiving the honor of the encore dance for their weird robot-inspired paso doble, Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough became the first couple put through to the semifinals. To no one’s surprise, Mya and Dmitry Chaplin were next to be declared safe, followed by Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson. That left only Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel and Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff.

The judges have liked Aaron better overall, but on Monday night, he finished a point behind Kelly. Would it make a difference? It may have, because it was Aaron and his partner Karina Smirnoff who fell just short of the semifinals and were eliminated. Aaron spoke about all the lessons he learned, and judge Len Goodman congratulated him on all his hard work, but ultimately, he was done.


Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks have decided to part ways, a source told PEOPLE. The source went on to say, “This was mutual. They needed some time apart.” The pair first walked the red carpet together last year at the CMA Awards after getting close while touring with Brad Paisley.

Both are still scheduled to attend the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday. Wicks is on deck to cover the red carpet for “Entertainment Tonight” while Hough is slated to present.

X Factor: Jedward inundated with TV offers as Simon Cowell says he may take vote to deadlock AGAIN

X Factor twins ‘Jedward’ have been bombarded with offers of deals with children’s television channels despite the furore surrounding their continuing presence on the show.

John and Edward Grimes are now so popular with the public that bookies revealed only £60 has been wagered on them to be axed this week.

The double act are in such demand that the show’s producers have already received scores of offers of television deals from networks including Disney, Nickelodeon and the BBC.

So You Think You Can Dance’: Catching up with Adam Shankman

Choreographer, director and producer Adam Shankman joined “So You Think You Can Dance” this season as its third full-time judge. We caught up with him between the top 18 and top 16 performance episodes to talk about his role on the show, the Oscars and those other dance shows.

What do you want to see more of this season, especially compared to last season?
Last season it was such an even playing field there was a lot of consistency. This year there’s not a lot of consistency: The casting theory was taking great people from multiple genres. I’d like them to shed the notion of “competition, ” if possible, because that’s creating tension. Obviously, it’s a competitive show, but if the dancers relax into choreography they’ll perform better.

Like how?
This is rough because some of the responsibility falls onto the choreographers. For instance, this is so technical, but last week Jakob [Karr] chaà ®ns into a switch chaà ®ns, and it felt incredibly unwaltz-like. It felt like a competition move and took me out of the dance. It wasn’t Jakob’s fault — it was in the piece. And in Jamal Sims’ piece, they were just overperforming it, and it took them out of the character. Everything was just too giant.

LA Times

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Catch up with your season 5 finalists on tour

‘So You Think You Can Dance”s season 5 tour hit Los Angeles last night and, before the show, I got to spend some quality time with Brandon, Jeanine, Evan, Melissa, Ade, Kayla, Jason, Janette, Kupono, Randi, Phillip and Caitlin.

After two months of shows across the country, they’re understandably exhausted, but definitely excited about their post-tour plans’ ¦

Perfect pitch? Not quite, but there’s much to enjoy as ‘Glee’ returns

Its flagship program, “American Idol, ” has been softening in the ratings for the past few years. It’s still the Death Star of television, but “Idol” is no longer getting the kind of ratings that cause executives at rival networks to spend their days under their desks, weeping over the latest Nielsen numbers.

But now Fox has “Glee” (8 p.m. Central Wednesday, WFLD-Ch. 32; three stars) which may not have an “Idol”-sized audience but is an unqualified hit, especially among the 18-34 demographics that advertisers (and television networks) prize. And “Glee, ” which follows the progress of a rag-tag high school show choir, is a program that has learned the lessons of “Idol” well.

Chicago Tribune

‘Glee’ Wheelchair Episode Hits Bump with Disabled

LOS ANGELES ‘” The glee club members twirl their wheelchairs to the tune of ‘Proud Mary’  and in joyful solidarity with Artie, the fellow performer who must use his chair even when the music stops.

The scene in Wednesday’s episode of the hit Fox series ‘Glee, ‘  which regularly celebrates diversity and the underdog, is yet another uplifting moment ‘” except to those in the entertainment industry with disabilities and their advocates.

For them, the casting of a non-disabled actor to play the paraplegic high school student is another blown chance to hire a performer who truly fits the role.

‘Glee’ Dancer is Waiting For His Close-Up

Harry Shum, Jr. isn’t one of the main characters on ‘Glee.’ He hasn’t yet had a solo. But if you’ve been watching FOX’s prime time musical, we guarantee you haven’t missed Shum’s pop and lock dance moves. We spoke to TV’s most unmissable background player about snagging the role of Mike Chang on ‘Glee’ and what’s coming up on the show.

On the oft-repeated fan question – are the actors really singing on the ‘Glee’ soundtrack?: “Everyone, when they auditioned, had to audition with singing as well. As you saw on the World Series – they did that thing live. I think that kind of answered the question … It’s pretty much everyone singing. When we did the Nelly cover, ‘Ride With Me, ‘ that was recorded live. That was the whole point – [showrunner Ryan Murphy] wanted to get the chill vibe, that spur-of-the-moment singing.”


‘Glee’ Cast Dish on Musical Influences, Satan’s Gift to Earth

With the arrival of ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 1’ last week, fans got a chance to get their hands on the entire cast recordings of the hit series music in one handy dandy place. And by iTunes sales alone, we know that their rendition of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’, ‘ ‘Defying Gravity’ from the Wicked Score and Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ are resonating quite well with Gleek Nation. But what are the Glee stars themselves in to these days? We’ll give you some hints: someone’s a huge Britney Spears fan, there’s a love for Beyonce, Michael Jackson was a cast member’s childhood alias and one cast member cites Bob Dylan as a recent favorite. If that’s not enough, you’ll definitely want to know whose favorite concert was metal act Pantera, of which it was described to us as “Satan’s gift to earth.”


‘Dancing With the Stars’ results: No more tears

He’d staved off elimination for so long, it seemed as though he had figured out how to stay simmering under those red heat lamps without being kicked out of the running. But alas, fate caught up with Aaron Carter, and he, his bulging forehead vein and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, were all eliminated from the Season 9 competition. And bravo to the singer for not shedding any tears! The producers must be patting themselves on the backs for creating such a nice story arc for Aaron, as over the course of eight weeks, the unbridled, emotional teen pop star had grown into a poised, gracious dancing man.

LA Times

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