Idol Headlines for 02/26/10

UPDATE FROM SONYUK on Adam Lambert(26.02.10)

So…. Exciting news….. Adam is booked to arrive in the UK on the 18th March.He will spend that weekend in London, then will do a regional radio tour of the UK starting on Monday 22nd March. And don’t forget to get News of the World on Sunday for some more Lambert-Loving.

Sony UK

From @GinaOrr at 19

@krisallen ‘s “Let It Mix” had to be mixed for iTunes and uploaded. As soon as we have a time that it is in the system we will let you know.


‘American Idol’ In 60 Seconds: Top 24, Trouble In First Elimination Week

‘American Idol’ Recap: The Top 24 Kicks Off

So far, the contestants have been disappointing, but Lilly Scott and Crystal Bowersox stood out. (2.26.10)

MTV Plus a transcript HERE.

EXCLUSIVE: It’s Official! Simon Cowell Engaged, His Fiancee Tells RadarOnline

It’s official. Simon Cowell is getting married!

Beautiful Mezhgan Hussainy told exclusively that she and Simon are officially engaged.

Until now, there have been only whispers and rumors about the couple possibly getting married — but their plans have been a secret.

But, gorgeous brunette Mezhgan told’s executive vice president David Perel that indeed, she and Simon are getting married.


Headlines after the JUMP…

Brad, Carrie, Kix, Ronnie, Miranda, Kellie + Bryan Adams Rock the Boat

Another cold night in Music City was heated up with the sweet sounds of country music wafting through the air as the General Jackson showboat made its way along the Cumberland River for Sony Music Nashville’s annual boat ride and show during Country Radio Seminar.

Next up, Kellie Pickler paid tribute to one of her idols, Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn, by performing ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough, ‘ as well as ‘Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again.’ While still onstage, she was presented with a plaque representing one million downloads of her single ‘Best Days of Your Life.’

Carrie Underwood then joined Miranda for an all-girls’ version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Travelin’ Band.’ Miranda also received an award — a gold plaque commemorating 500, 000 copies sold for her album, ‘Revolution.’

Carrie came back on stage to treat the crowd to her hit ‘Temporary Home, ‘ and then rocked out a bit with ‘Undo It.’ The blonde bombshell, dressed in a short skirt and her self-described “hooker boots, ” was then awarded a plaque for 20 million digital transactions.

The Boot

Danny Gokey Visits Top 20

Danny Gokey spent his lunch hour on Thursday playing for influential broadcasters at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. You can find him Friday night on this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown, hosted by Nan Kelley.

It’s a key period for Danny. Having built an audience last year on “American Idol, ” his debut album comes out Tuesday, buoyed by his current single, “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me.” The video is currently at No. 3 on the Top 20, and Danny also hopes its positive message is a predictor for his future. He went through a huge struggle when his wife died, leaving him angry and depressed about his life. He found new meaning when the world responded to him on “Idol.”


Ellen DeGeneres Talks About Her First Week On ‘American Idol’

The veteran comedian discussed her first week of live “Idol” shows on the episode of her talk show airing Friday (February 26). “It’s been a fun week, ” she told her in-studio audience. “I’ll tell ya, I like being live because anything can happen on live television.”

Despite being seated at the other end of the judges’ table from Cowell, DeGeneres said that one of the British judge’s plunging necklines allowed her to get an eyeful of his chest on Thursday night.

“Yesterday, Simon had so many buttons open on his shirt he almost had a wardrobe malfunction, ” she joked.

DeGeneres spent some time talking about the differences between watching “Idol” at home and experiencing it live. “I’ve watched from home for years and years and now I get to see what happens behind the scenes. It’s different, very different. I always knew that Ryan worked hard, but I had no idea during the commercial breaks he works another job selling Mary Kay cosmetics.”


‘American Idol’ Boots Tyler Grady, Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz

After one of the roughest first rounds in “American Idol” memory, voters appeared to get it right with the initial four eliminations of season nine. Though a few of the shakiest competitors from the debut week of live performances lived to see another day — think Tim Urban and Katie Stevens — Thursday night (February 25) marked the end of the road for Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Muñoz and Tyler Grady.


‘American Idol’ recap: The Crazies?

As the first results show of the American Idol season 9 semifinals came to an end tonight, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d just witnessed a horror flick. The pretty blonde girl got picked off early. Another vaguely defined character was introduced just in time to get dragged off into the bushes of anonymity. And at one point, a pack of two dozen zombies stalked the stage, bringing pre-recorded vocal terror to everyone they encountered.

With Ryan Seacrest doing his best Jigsaw impression — ”a brutal night of results, ” he cooed, eyes burning with delight — all that was missing was the screaming. Wait, scratch that. I know I can’t be the only one still experiencing intermittent flashbacks to Jermaine Sellers’ wounded cockatoo impression on Wednesday night, can I?

For real?! Viewers get first ‘Idol’ vote-off wrong

People of the United States of America, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that the decisions you made this week on “American Idol” were motivated because many of you flipped the channel to the Olympics after Tuesday and Wednesday’s semifinals instead of voting. Because otherwise, you’re making some strange choices in who you want to see stick around.

It was a surprising Thursday night episode of “Idol” as we said goodbye to the first four semifinalists before their 15 minutes of fame were even up. Not surprisingly, three of the four were singers we didn’t get to see much of in Hollywood, therefore lacking the head start that can carry people past these first few weeks when fewer people are paying attention.


‘American Idol’: Will Women Rule This Year?

Guys have won the last two seasons of “American Idol, ” but will women rule this year?

The judges seem to think so.

“I would say there is a better chance of a girl winning this year than last, ” Simon Cowell predicted during a conference call after the show’s Hollywood week. “You want somebody who represents what’s going on at the moment, ” he said. “I’d love to find a Taylor Swift — somebody who is relevant, rather than just a contest winner.”

As this year’s Grammys showed, women are especially relevant in the music industry right now.

ABC News

Those Tricky Low Notes, Simon’s “Situation, ” and Kim Yu-Na?

Idol didn’t feel much like a competition this week. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Olympic figure skating—you think Todrick’s flip during Group Night was impressive? Let’s see him land a triple lutz/triple toe combo! Everything on Idol seemed to fall a little flat. The show’s energy wavered frantically along with a lot of the voices, as things hit a variety of new lows—the singers’ confidence began at an unprecedented low ebb; the judges were so short on comments they had to recycle; Simon’s décolletage was just a button this side of The Situation; the mic could not pick up Haeley’s guitar or, later, Jermaine; and, most disappointingly, some had serious trouble with the low end of their voices.

Watching Idol, I usually take my singing-teacher hat off (it’s not that the contestants are so bad; it just gives me terrible hat hair), but amid all the panel’s chastisements about song choice, I have to add my voice to the chorus. I think the problem this week was not as much wrong songs as it was wrong keys. My notes for the performance broadcasts show a pattern: “a bit low for her, ” I wrote as Paige Miles began “All Right Now.” I upgraded to “so low!” for Ashley Rodriguez’s Leona Lewis cover, “TOO LOW!” for Lacey Brown in “Landslide, ” and added three more exclamation points for Alex Lambert’s “Wonderful World.”

Access Extended: Adam Lambert On Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres & More

Adam Lambert shares his thoughts on Simon Cowell leaving and Ellen DeGeneres joining “American Idol.” Plus, Adam chats about a recent incident where he stopped singing in the middle of his performance to ask a fan to stop talking on her cell phone.

Access Hollywood

Carrie Underwood Says Religion Sealed the Marriage Deal

Carrie Underwood broke men’s hearts all over the world this past December, when she announced her engagement to Canadian hockey star, Mike Fisher. The country superstar admits that religion played a key role in her decision settle down, and she credits her financé with elevating her Christian faith.

“Mike has improved my walk with God, ” Carrie tells PEOPLE magazine. “It’s important to me because, down the road, I want someone who will help shape our kids into people who make the world a better place.”

Mike adds, ‘Our spiritual bond is something we try to put first in our lives.”

The Boot

The ‘American Idol’ Judge Power Rankings: The Top 24

Simon Cowell may be out the door, but all of the “American Idol” judges have something to gain if they make a good showing this season. Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson have just one year left on their contracts, and nothing spells ka-ching! like a renewal. Ellen DeGeneres is signed up for multiple seasons but still has to prove that she, to borrow an oft-used phrase, can make this judging thing her own. And Simon has one final chance to prove he’s the real star of the franchise in order to pull viewers over to “The X Factor.”

We’ll be weighing in on which judge has got the power, for whatever reason, each week:

LA Times

Celeb ‘Idol’ fan: The Runaways’ Cherie Currie

So Currie identifies deeply with the young, aspiring singers that pursue their dreams on American Idol, a show she has watched for years (she counts Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry among her all-time favorite contestants).

“American Idol is awesome because they take you from no-name to a star almost instantly, ” Currie says. “I felt so good for these people, because I know that’s the way I felt as a kid when we stepped on the stage and things really started going well.”

USA Today

Alan Jackson Takes Requests at CRS Showcase in Nashville

Alan Jackson fielded several song requests early Thursday afternoon (Feb. 25) during an extended luncheon showcase at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The event was sponsored by Sony Music Nashville. Jackson compared the performance to one of his earliest gigs in Nashville when he was paid $25 for singing during a four-hour brunch at a Ramada Inn near the Opryland Hotel. He then sang part of his first hit, “Here in the Real World.” Not working from a set list and going well over the 20 minutes allotted for his segment, he mixed some of his own favorites with audience requests, performing “Good Time, ” “Little Bitty, ” “Remember When, ” “Mercury Blues, ” “Livin’ On Love, ” “God Bless the Working Man, ” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, ” “A Song for the Life, ” “Chattahoochee” and Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am.” However, Jackson did not perform his new single, “It’s Just That Way, ” included on his upcoming album, Freight Train, due for release on March 30. American Idol finalist Danny Gokey opened the luncheon with four songs from his debut album, My Best Days, which will be released on Tuesday (March 2).


Rockers to Rebuild: Alice Ripley, Constantine Maroulis and Bobby Spencer, plus cast members from shows like Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, and West Side Story join Grammy winner Larry Gatlin and Gene Cornish (The Rascals) for the 17th year of the Rockers on Broadway show. Proceeds this year go to Save The Children and UNICEF. (8pm, B.B. King Blues Club, 237 W. 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, $40-$45, info/tickets)


‘American Idol Rewind’: Katharine McPhee gives a sneak peek during love songs week

We may be a couple weeks past Valentine’s Day, but on “American Idol Rewind” it’s all about the romance.
This weekend, the Season 5 finalists tackle love songs.

Take a look at the clip below to see rocker Chris Daughtry get a little sappy with the help of a Bryan Adams tune, while Simon gets into the spirit with some high praise for Elliott Yamin.

Meanwhile Katharine McPhee gives the audience a special sneak peak with a surprise wardrobe malfunction …


Ellen DeGeneres Pokes Fun at Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest

Ellen DeGeneres is new on the job at “American Idol, ” but that does not intimidate her. After only one week of being a part of the judging panel on live television, her new co-workers are already tickling her funny bone.

The CoverGirl spokeswoman jabbed, “I always knew that Ryan [Seacrest] worked hard but I had no idea during the commercial breaks he works another job selling Mary Kay cosmetics.”

She also didn’t let Simon Cowell off the hook. “Yesterday, Simon had so many buttons open on his shirt he almost had a wardrobe malfunction, ” the hit talk show host jeered.


‘Glee’ gets glam: Dianna Agron and cast in Elle

The return of “Glee” is almost here, and Elle is teasing us with a stylish shoot in its March issue.

You can see the lovely Dianna Agron who plays Quinn Fabray in this first-look, exclusive photo Elle provided to Zap2it.

Agron and her fellow cast members Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz placed themselves under the care of Elle’s creative director Joe Zee, who styled the Gleeks to perfection.


Neil Patrick Harris to Be All “Horrible”-Like on Glee!

It seemed too good to be true, but now it is definitely happening!

This is what I’m hearing from Glee sources about Neil Patrick Harris’ guest spot, which has been rumored for weeks but is now very much a done deal. In fact, as I type this to you, the script for Neil’s awesome episode is being written—yee!—and one Fox insider tells me: “The fans will love it.” So what will Neil play? Here’s what I’m hearing:

Hold on to your track pants, Sue Sylvester! ‘Cause one solid Glee insider tells me that Neil is playing a character who is “really funny and really mean.” I’m told he will be “much more of the Dr. Horrible variety than Doogie Howser, M.D.”



More Headlines

Howard Stern: ‘I Won’t Work With DeGeneres Or DioGuardi’ On ‘American Idol’

Rumors about controversial radio host Howard Stern joining the “American Idol” judges’ table after Simon Cowell’s departure at the end of this season have been swirling for awhile, and Stern has discussed the talk openly on his Sirius Radio show. In his latest bit of “Idol” chatter, the shock jock said that he would only get on board if two judges currently on the show — Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi — were shown the door.

“When I come in there, I’m gonna bring a couple of people — my own people with me — and we’re going to take that show to new heights, ” he added. “Someone sings bad, we take the trap door and throw them right down the trap door. I’m going to put an electric dog collar on the contestants, when they screw up I’m going to shock ’em. You understand? We’re going to talk a real show.”


American Idol Recap: The First Eliminations Bring an Uncomfortable Truth

Last night’s elimination episode revealed which four contestants America deemed unworthy of their potential Idol worship. And voters sent what certainly seemed to be a clear message by making Ashley Rodriguez and Joe Muñoz the first ones sent home: You had better be in-your-face talented (i.e., Andrew Garcia, Allison Iraheta) if you want to make a splash on Idol while being, you know, Hispanic.

NY Magazine

More Stars to Head for BamaJam

The Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Danny Gokey, Rodney Atkins and other stars have been added to the lineup for the Third Annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival in Enterprise, Ala., June 3 through June 5.

Country Weekly

Glee Spoiler Alert: Mr. Schuester Is a “Whore!”

We hate to break it to you, but Glee has had us all fooled! If you’re still under the impression that Fox’s musical extravaganza is nothing more than fun-filled family entertainment, Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri) has some shocking news:

“Will is a whore.”

Come again? Yes, Jessalyn is seriously serious and tells us that when Glee returns in April, we’re going to see a less-than-flattering side of her former onscreen hubby. In fact, Mr. Schue (Matt Morrison) sounds downright dirty…

When asked which lucky lady Mr. Schue might be getting busy with, Jessalyn tells us, “Everybody.”

A ‘ho fo’ sho’! (But a damn fine one.)

Since Matt and Jessalyn just told us about their rebooted love triangle—or lack thereof—we grilled her on the important things, like where’s Terri’s new man?


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