Idol Headlines for 09/25/09

Ne-Yo on the Album He Wrote for Michael Jackson, the New One He’s Writing for Jennifer Hudson

Now for the good news: Ne-Yo is going to be writing Jennifer Hudson’s next album. In fact, he just started work on it the night before the gala. ‘I’m quite probably going to be executive-producing her whole project, ‘  he said. Is she changing direction? ‘Wouldn’t you like to know! I’ll just say that she wants this one to be a lot more personal than the last one was. And she’s had a lot of stuff to deal with, personally. The marriage; she just had a baby; and, you know, the whole ‘ ¦ ‘  Yeah, we know. Sad stuff. ‘A lot of things to talk about. So we’re gonna take all of these experiences and turn them into music, somehow.’  Hudson is planning on being very hands-on, as well, said Ne-Yo. ‘This process is going to be very much her there, her in conversation with me, saying, ‘What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ Sharing stories with me, sharing experiences with me, so I can take all of these and turn them into the music.’ 

NY Mag

Baz Luhrmann sits in on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

“Dancing with the Stars” will welcome director Baz Luhrmann to the side of the stage next week as a guest judge.

Luhrmann, the director of “Moulin Rouge!” and “Australia, ” will fill in for head judge Len Goodman, who’s taking a week off. The show assumes its regular Monday-Tuesday schedule next week.

Zap2it

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

American Idol Kris Allen’s new single ‘Live Like We Are Dying’ is released

I never hid the fact I was an Adam Lambert fan this past “American Idol” season, but when I received a link to Kris Allen’s first single from his upcoming album, “Live Like We’re Dying, ” I wanted to give the champ’s first solo gong a fair shake.

Allen has a voice full of emotion, and the single starts off that way, with a simple stark style much like The Fray. From there it goes into a mash-up of musical styles, including a rap-like chorus I just don’t get and a bit of Allen’s sweet acoustic guitar work thrown in at the end.

Lehigh Valley Live

DAVID ARCHULETA ALREADY TOPS THE CHRISTMAS CHART

It’s not even October and pre-orders have taken DAVID ARCHULETA’S upcoming Christmas album to the top of the Amazon holiday charts. Set for release on 10/13, the album features 13 holiday classics, a duet with CHARICE PEMPENGCO and a ‘melodies’ track written by DAVID and his father, JEFF. We spoke with ARCHULETA a few months ago and asked him to recall his earliest Christmas memory.( Click on the media bar below for audio):

Hollywood Outbreak

Who Could Join Paula Abdul on X Factor?

It’s been nearly two months since Paula Abdul announced that she would not be returning to her judges’ chair on “American Idol, ” and though she made quite a splash as the host of “VH1 Divas” last week (complete with a tongue-in-cheek look at her “Idol” replacement Ellen DeGeneres), she still doesn’t have a full-time gig to replace her “Idol” job. Though there were rumors that she would be added to the adjudicators’ table on “So You Think You Can Dance, ” it appears as though that offer was only as a guest. Now comes the rumor that Fox may be importing “X-Factor” ‘” another performance-based British import created and produced by “American Idol” main man Simon Cowell ‘” for the U.S. and the top judge position may be going to Abdul herself.

MTV

Bucky Covington Is Smarter Than a 9th Grader

My whole family gathered around last night (Sept. 23) to watch Bucky Covington on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on CMT. And you know what? He is. He was even smarter than the smartest person in my house: my high school freshman daughter.

His appearance was part of the celebrity week on the show. And his winnings of $25, 000 went to the charity of his choice, the Arthritis Foundation. (He said when he was a kid, his mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and he knows they need the help.)

CMT

Bucky Covington is Smarter Than A 5th Grader

Season 5 finalist Bucky Covington moved to the head of Jeff Foxworthy’s classroom last night, acing CMT’s Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader challenge. With the help of his classmates, Bucky answered all of the questions correctly, winning $25, 000 in the first round. Feeling confident, Bucky considered taking the bonus round challenge, as $250, 000 was at stake, but decided not to risk losing his winnings. Bucky walked away with the $25, 000 for his charity The Arthritis Foundation, a non-profit which supports more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions and helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education, pursuing public policy and legislation, and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. ‘Just like any good student would do, I called my mom first after the class ended, ‘  Bucky sakd. ‘Arthritis hits close to home with our family and I had to let her know about the A+ win!’ 

American Idol

Ruben Studdard: Taking time to listen

If Ruben Studdard were not already the national spokesperson for the ‘Be Sickle Smart Campaign, ‘  he easily could have been nominated for the role based upon his performance in Memphis last Saturday.

‘It is really important to me to be here and really put a stamp behind the message we are trying to get out there to the people.’  Studdard told me during an interview backstage at the Overton Park Levitt Shell.

Tri-State Defender

This time, `Yawn’ is the word Hicks serves up one of two magic moments

There are really only two reasons to take in the national tour of “Grease, ” which opened Tuesday night at the BJCC Concert Hall.

The first is Emily Padgett, who sings “Hopelessly Devoted to You” as if she were the only Sandy Dumbrowski the world has ever known.

The second is Taylor Hicks, who kicks things up a notch as Taylor Hicks … I mean … Teen Angel, making an entrance that any former American Idol would envy.

AL.com

Fall is officially here: The Epcot Food & Wine Festival starts this weekend

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to the theme park this weekend.

One of the most popular annual events at Walt Disney World, the six-week festival features cuisine from around the world, culinary demonstrations from renowned chefs, wine tastings, music concerts and more.

The Eat to the Beat! concert series will bring 17 acts ‘ showcasing everything from rock to jazz, funk to pop ‘ to the America Gardens Theatre stage during the 45-day festival. The lineup includes six performers playing the festival for the first time: Richard Marx, Better Than Ezra, Vanessa Carlton, John Waite, Billy Ocean and ‘American Idol’  winner Taylor Hicks.

Osceola News-Gazette

Blake Lewis: “I’m learning from my mistakes”

In my opinion, Blake Lewis is still the most original contestant in ‘Idol’  history. Blake took chances that no other contestant ever had before. And without him opening the door, there would’ve been no David Cook, and possibly no Adam Lambert’ ¦

But sadly the powers-that-be didn’t embrace that originality and tried to shove Blake into their usual mold. The result was that Blake’s CD, ‘Audio Day Dream’ ’”which I still consider to be among the best ‘Idol’  albums ever’”did not get the promotion that it deserved.

Herald-Dispatch

Photo Flash: Clay Aiken Attends DRIFT At Kennedy Theatre

Clay Aiken attended a production of DRIFT last night at The Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh where Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s production of DRIFT is playing it’s final week. DRIFT was the first production to grace the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College and ran from September 12-20, followed by a current run at The Kennedy Theatre at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh from September 23-27 to close the season.

Broadway World

How ‘American Idol’ Influenced the ‘Fame’ Remake

The opening scene of the 1980 movie Fame begins with an aspiring actor delivering a confessional monologue. A gangly, pale kid with pouffy red hair who is struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality and obsessed with his mother, he admits that he always worries people won’t like him when he goes to a party. The fear doesn’t seem entirely unfounded. As an actor, he’s quite promising. As a person, he’s a bit of a mess.

By contrast, none of the characters in the new Fame has probably ever experienced pre-party jitters. The students at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts may resemble the characters in the original film in that some come from difficult backgrounds or suffer setbacks in their quest for success, but that’s where the similarities end.

Newsweek.com

“Fame”: It’s not gonna live forever

In a scene from the new “Fame, ” opening Friday, an acting teacher addresses a crop of aspiring adolescents trying out for a coveted slot at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts.

“You wanna be famous?” he asks from the seats of the theater. “Then you gotta earn it.”

That may be an acting teacher’s party line. But that advice blaringly ignores the reality of today’s instant celebrity, when YouTube stars like Chris “Leave Britney Alone!” Crocker and the sixth runner-up on “American Idol” are more likely to enjoy name recognition than a kid who learned how to play the oboe at a performing arts school. “Fame” (which was not screened prior to its release) tips its hat to the way things are, to an extent.

Salon.com

‘Fame’: Look behind the curtain, and not much is there

“You have talent, ” Kelsey Grammer, playing a music teacher at New York City High School of Performing Arts, says to incoming students. “Now let’s see what you can do with it.”

Clearly, the actors playing artsy students at the elite high school have talent. But the filmmakers behind this musical redux don’t do much with those skills.

Fame offers slick entertainment with some exuberance, but it’s devoid of soul or heart.

USA Today

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: The Boston Market

You fooled me, SYTYCD. You fooled me like a water-squirting clown lapel. You gave me nearly 45 minutes of solid ‘” if not quite exceptional ‘” dancing, making me believe that maybe, maybe we wouldn’t have to endure any auditions from attention-seeking, delusional hacks.

But, alas, that wasn’t the case. Methinks one of SYTYCD’s producers spent too much time this week hanging out with Norm & the gang during these Boston auditions. How else can you explain the show highlighting Paul Magliato ‘” a not-quite-bad-enough-to-be-laughably-bad dancer who is not even eligible for the competition ‘” when there were 20-someodd other dancers put through to the choreography round?

EW.com

Inside Tom DeLay & Cheryl Burke’s Private ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Rehearsal

Last Monday, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champ Cheryl Burke surprised the judges with their cha cha cha, so what do they have up their sleeves this week for the tango? Only ET is inside their rehearsal!

“The tango is not going to be quite as funny, ” DeLay tells ET. “The way I understand it, and the way we have been practicing, it is a little bit inhibited in itself. It is arrogant and it is serious, so you can’t smile.”

ETOnline

5 Things About America’s Got Talent Winner Kevin Skinner

America’s Got Talent fans fell in love with former chicken-catcher Kevin Skinner ‘” a country boy with voice to match. He crooned his way to a $1 million prize and a headlining gig in Las Vegas. The Kentucky native chatted with PEOPLE from the airport about his new jet-setting lifestyle and revealed five things you ought to know. ‘ Rennie Dyball

People.com

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128 Comments

  1. Yeah I remember him saying it wasn’t him playing the guitar. Maybe the reporter didn’t know that. And was just thinking it was him playing it.

  2. For fellow Gleeks, this is a teaser for a song they will be singing next week:

    Glee Teaser

    For those who want to hear the entire version: Glee Teaser Song (I won’t say the name so as not to spoil anybody. It’s currently number 26 on iTunes, though.

    Trivia: The Blonde Cheerio who was dancing with Kurt last week was a back-up dancer for Beyonce on tour and performed Single Ladies with Beyonce on the AMAs.

    My whole family gathered around last night (Sept. 23) to watch Bucky Covington on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on CMT.

    Cool! I didn’t know he was on there. And see, he did well. Go Bucky!

  3. From OK Magazine:

    The Fame Game: Life in the SpotlightSeptember 25th, 2009 9:14 am / Author: OK! Staff

    Flashbulbs! Freebies! Frenzied fans!
    From Hollywood veteran George Clooney to Tinseltown greenhorn Adam Lambert ‘” your favorite celebrities tell OK! what it’s really like to live in the limelight.

    Nice company for Adam!! Here’s link to the article:

    http://www.okmagazine.com/2009/09/the-fame-game-life-in-the-spotlight/

    ETA: It is just a photo galley with small blurbs — no new Adam info except that OK Mag has Adam with their A-List celebs.

  4. Well, the Seacrest interview was a disappointment IMO. Kris does not have the most fun in regular interviews (better in banter), but if anyone should have an idea about how to talk to him you would think it would be the guy who stood on stage with him for 3 months. And the cover question! Why has Kris’ PR team not worked with him on how to answer that? There has to be a good story they could tell about the guy who wrote it who works with the script. After all, I think the script is playing at an event with him in oct, and kris is going to London, I thought to work with the producer or something… I love this guy and like this song a lot…

  5. waffle
    September 25, 2009 at 10:54 am
    Has this been posted? (Sorry mj, if it was.) The websites of four idols are among the top 25 best websites of bands and musicians.

    Cool for Daughtry, Kellie, David Cook and Jennifer :)

    Glad DavidCookOfficial.com is better than Adamofficial.com. Adam’s site is so behind all the time. They just sent out an email about new tour interview footage this morning and it’s a video that I found and linked from Americanidol.com on MJ’s at least 2 weeks ago. Lame.

    I don’t know how Krisallenofficial.com is, any better??

  6. Kristen-thanks I knew Bucky was going to be on the show just not when…

  7. I like Jennifer’s and Ne-yo’s duet, I think they are a good combination.

  8. Michael tweets

    # michaelsarver1 Once u hear it u cant get it out of your head. @KrisAllen4Real I proud of u man. Great tune!about 1 hour ago from web

    michaelsarver1 So I just bought the new single” Live Like We’re Dying” by my boy @KrisAllen4Real. Don’t let this day end without buying it on itunes.about 1 hour ago from web

    michaelsarver1 What up Twitter wooooorld! Hope u are all doing well today.about 1 hour ago from web

  9. EWMichaelSlezakShot the Ralit pilot this a.m. with hilarious Kristen Baldwin and our amazing producer @jasonaverett. Look for it a little later, taters!
    10 minutes ago from web

    Can’t wait to see it!

    jambajimRT @AnnieLKozak I think @ewmichaelslezak and @jambajim need to team up and go on The Amazing Race << HEH! We could recap as we raced! Meta!
    2 minutes ago from web

    OMG…that would be hilarious!! I’m picture Slezak in his Danny Gokey plaid pants interview outfit riding an ox while carrying buckets of straw on his shoulders right now!!

  10. ClaudeKelly #FF my peers fightin 4 creative integrity @adamlambert @TheRealJordin @BengineerChang @breabstar @rayonrichards @bennyblanco @epiphanygirl 2 minutes ago from web

    Hoping this tweet from Claude Kelly doesn’t mean what I think it means….

  11. Lea Solonga evidently ran into Adam & Drake at LAX — according to her tweet, they were headed to New Orleans…

  12. I like Jennifer’s and Ne-yo’s duet, I think they are a good combination.

    Yeah, that could be epic. I can’t wait!

  13. Flashbulbs! Freebies! Frenzied fans!
    From Hollywood veteran George Clooney to Tinseltown greenhorn Adam Lambert ‘” your favorite celebrities tell OK! what it’s really like to live in the limelight.

    Awwww.. they mentioned Adam’s name in the same sentence as George Clooney?

  14. imyourmom
    September 25, 2009 at 11:38 am
    ClaudeKelly #FF my peers fightin 4 creative integrity @adamlambert @TheRealJordin @BengineerChang @breabstar @rayonrichards @bennyblanco @epiphanygirl 2 minutes ago from web

    Hoping this tweet from Claude Kelly doesn’t mean what I think it means’ ¦.

    I think he’s just giving a shout out to people he’s working with. It’s preceded by another tweet with more friends. It’s #Follow Friday on twitter, where you recommend people who you think should be followed. He seemed to have a great time working with Adam the other night… saw “confetti falling” in his head and all…lol.

    YO! @adamlambert sang his ass off!!! What a talent! the session was a success. Yay!!!!! *confetti falling in my head*
    7:45 PM Sep 23rd from web

  15. Yeah, what I’m concerned with is the statement “my peers fightin 4 creative integrity”. I hope it’s meaningless.

  16. With Ne-yo at the helm and Jennifer actually doing some writing herself and working closely with him this sophomore album is gonna be great. Jennifer mentioned twitter that she’s actually gonna start recording and working on the album in October. Being next month will a year since her family murders happened I’m sure she’ll be going through a lot of emotions while working on the new album which why I can see it’s really gonna be a very personal album this time around.

    I can’t wait to see what Jennifer cooks up with Ne-Yo. It’s gonna be great.

  17. fanaround
    September 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Well, the Seacrest interview was a disappointment IMO. Kris does not have the most fun in regular interviews (better in banter), but if anyone should have an idea about how to talk to him you would think it would be the guy who stood on stage with him for 3 months. And the cover question! Why has Kris’ PR team not worked with him on how to answer that? There has to be a good story they could tell about the guy who wrote it who works with the script. After all, I think the script is playing at an event with him in oct, and kris is going to London, I thought to work with the producer or something’ ¦ I love this guy and like this song a lot’ ¦

    ITA. As I said in the Kris thread, he need s a handler. Or someone to help him with promotion. Or…something. He can’t be blindsided by questions like the cover (tho I hate you, Ryan), and has to be more rah rah about the album. I know he’s laid back, but he needs to sound more excited, IMO.

  18. imyourmom
    September 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Yeah, what I’m concerned with is the statement ‘my peers fightin 4 creative integrity’ . I hope it’s meaningless.

    All the statement means to me is that they are trying to break in to the music biz and fighting to be taken seriously for their art and be successful. Nothing sinister IMO.

  19. ClaudeKelly #FF my peers fightin 4 creative integrity @adamlambert @TheRealJordin @BengineerChang @breabstar @rayonrichards @bennyblanco @epiphanygirl 2 minutes ago from web

    Hoping this tweet from Claude Kelly doesn’t mean what I think it means’ ¦.

    I think it’s just a shout out. Rather cool of him to include Jordan and Adam, he’s showing he respects them as artists.

  20. Good news: David Cook has added concerts in IN and IL in Nov. Bad news: still too far away from my town in Wis

  21. I remember Jordin talking about how she’d be more involved with her second album, and she wanted to co-write more songs. In the end she has her name in 2 or 3 songs, I believe.
    Seems like she’s still fighting for it.

  22. Blake Lewis just tweeted a shout out as well – they are helping to trend #ff

    1. #ff @1Republic @_markmaxwell @adamlambert @Annetaki @BlakeLewisArmy @brandonrogersLA @BT @CaseyPCarlson @DJLisaFoxx @MattLange @PerezHilton3 minutes ago from Echofon

  23. RT bigsis222: Oh, I forgot to share… ran into Adam Lambert in LAX yesterday. He’s heading to New Orleans for a gig.

    Adam’s doing a gig in New Orleans? If so, I hope we get pics and vids!

  24. More shows for David? Seriously? Wow. Is his tour bookings being handled by RCA, or his management? Because I really think RCA should be focusing more on picking and releasing another single for David. Something he actually had a hand in writing. But, what do I know? Heh.

  25. Adam’s doing a gig in New Orleans? If so, I hope we get pics and vids!

    Maybe he is going to a gig. But shouldn’t he be in the recording studio? Maybe he is recording in NO and that is the gig.

  26. That brilliant songwriter Kara Dioguardi has another little hit on her hands. Lea Michele’s cover (“Glee Cast Version”) of Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” is ranked no. 11 on the iTunes singles chart. Go, Kara! ;-)

  27. Is his tour bookings being handled by RCA, or his management?

    The tour is handled by the management. Singles are the label’s.

  28. Cook said Red Sox over Yankees and favorite international band is Muse.

    Smart dude, that Cookie.

  29. Waffle – I can’t think of any down side to more appearances by an artist (except being too far away). Brings in the money and hopefully more fans.
    But, yeah, I’d like to see something else out in the way of a single, a concert EP, or deluxe CD from Cookie too.

  30. Lea Solonga evidently ran into Adam & Drake at LAX ‘” according to her tweet, they were headed to New Orleans’ ¦

    OMG! Going to check the Lagniappe right now. There has to be a reason for me to be in the French Quarter tonight. Hmmmm….

    About Kris’s interview. Complete trainwreck. Someone needs to light a fire under his butt so he’ll promote himself. He has been given something most people can only dream of and he sleeps through it. Oh well.

  31. I’m thinking with the neverending touring he must be enjoying it for them to keep adding dates like they are. I’d be burnt out by now so I’m really impressed with how he’s kept going and going.

    I couldn’t listen to his DJ stint in real time last night but listening now I love the adorable shoutout he gave to Archie when he played “Heaven” aw and he played Daughtry tooo <3

  32. Aimee tweet:

    AimeeMayoI just heard the cut (track only) with Ryan’s scratch. Anyone that loves Adam – get ready to have your mind blown… this is the biggest hit

  33. Aimee tweet:

    AimeeMayoI just heard the cut (track only) with Ryan’s scratch. Anyone that loves Adam ‘“ get ready to have your mind blown’ ¦ this is the biggest hit

    She’s biased ;p

  34. I agree, Squirrely, what’s she gonna say? It sucked? But THIS is how enthusiasm sells. She got her dream right? Adam recorded her song. She kept putting it out there and even though she sounded mental most of the time, she got what she wanted. And apparently it may be in the running to make the album.

    Good for her!

  35. Live in New orleans- read upthread that Adam and Drake heading to NO—-only thing going on this weekend is seafood fest and Journey Concert…..I think I need to get a concert ticket STAT

  36. AimeeMayoI just heard the cut (track only) with Ryan’s scratch.

    This might be a dumb question, but does anyone know what “scratch” means?

  37. The Ne-Yo/Jennifer Hudson collaboration makes me really excited for her next album. Ne-Yo is one hell of a songwriter (and I have two of his albums which are great too).

    And David Cook is like touring Iron Man. I can’t believe he still has a voice!

  38. Not that it matters to many…but Allison is sick:

    Goodmorning to ya all .. Woke up sounding manlier than ever.., yeeeepp.. Im sick … Bleeeeghhhh
    about 1 hour ago from Echofon

    She was supposed to have a recording session today too.

  39. Goodmorning to ya all .. Woke up sounding manlier than ever..

    awww – the poor thing

  40. tierbee – and not only does David Cook still have a voice but he sounds fantastic!

  41. David Cook has added concerts in IN and IL in Nov

    Forgive me while I flail. EEEEEEEEE! flailflailflail… The Illinois one is 10 minutes away. I’ve been praying he would come here, but never really thought… Oh, God. I’m dead. Dead, I tell you.

  42. I agree, Squirrely, what’s she gonna say? It sucked? But THIS is how enthusiasm sells.

    We’ve been hearing so much from her, I’d actually pay her to shut up. ;-)

  43. Ha, EmmaJK, I’m happy for you! I was pretty darn excited when I found out he was coming to Richmond :) . What the hell I’m going to do when his tour ends I do not know, lol.

  44. I know I’m gonna cry and have a lot more free time when Cookie’s tour ends.

  45. Me, too, EmmaJK! I never thought I would get to see Cook…10/10 for me.

    Next up:
    Adam
    Kris
    Matt

    :)

  46. I agree, Squirrely, what’s she gonna say? It sucked? But THIS is how enthusiasm sells.

    We’ve been hearing so much from her, I’d actually pay her to shut up.

    Yeah, but like I told suebrody, she’s the only one throwing us any bones. We would be in a airtight Adam embargo if it wasn’t for her flailing.

  47. I’d like to see something else out in the way of a single, a concert EP, or deluxe CD from Cookie too.

    RCA has f**ked up the singles from day 1. they’ve been working all year long to erase every shred of uniqueness he ever had and morph him into bland and boring. first sign was making his record self titled.
    how BO to the RING! next was the cris cornell leftover cause it’s pay back time for BJ. david needs to pay his dues.
    next the sappy crap vom worthy that is cbtm. seriously this shit is now part of his catalog *hurls*
    david cook is being advertised as a boring light rocker ala Daughtry 2.0 but with shittier songs than Daughtry (at least Daughtry ‘s songs are actually his)
    none of david’s singles sound like him at all and the one that’s actually present him as a rocker (BBS) was snobbed by RCA.
    while this is happening david and his band have been working in the opposite direction bustting their asses off at concerts to show what they are really all about- real rock music. so i guess 19 is doing the right moves by booking him a plathora of concerts while RCA on the other hand just keep on sabotaging his hard work on the road with releasing songs that doesn’t represent him at all.
    i wonder how many more times RCA has to screw up, till people start getting the message that RCA see david as a completley different artist than he and his fans does.
    a single that he wrote? a delux CD? for david? by RCA?
    don’t make me laugh!
    there is no way in hell RCA will release anything by him that has the chance of outshadowing their other artists. they are kipping him in check.

  48. Isn’t Drake from New Orleans or around there? Maybe they are going to visit family. Maybe Adam is getting a weekend to rest.

  49. via archuletafanscene…. details are still coming in, but this is wonderful, just wonderful for david!! read more at the link [s]….

    David has been chosen to receive a Donvan Award!! Now, I know you’re all shaking your heads, saying ‘who?’  ‘what?’  Let me explain.

    John Donvan is a very accomplished and respected correspondant for ABC’s ‘Nightline’ . He’s received accolades for his work covering the war in Iraq, and has also won 2 Emmy Awards. Mr. Donvan took to his Twitter recently, requesting that people nominate who they think is the best role model for kids these days. That’s a no-brainer, am I right?! David Archuleta, of course! So David’s loyal, wonderful fans went to work and bombarded Mr. Donvan with tweets about David’s exemplary character, his charity work, and how he inspires those around him to become better people. Mr. Donvan read the tweets, did some research, wholeheartedly agreed with the Archie fans, and VOILA! David is now the recipient of a Donvan Award!………

    http://archuletafanscene.com/

    If you’d like to read the impressive credentials of Mr. John Donovan, Go Here

    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/News/story?id=128658

    confirmation tweet from john donvan

    It’s settled” YES to David Archuleta. He gets a Donvan Award 4 real quality Your many accolades check out. Great role model. Thanks to all.

    about 4 hours ago from web

  50. Isn’t Drake from New Orleans or around there? Maybe they are going to visit family. Maybe Adam is getting a weekend to rest.

    Drake graduated from LSU and I read somewhere that he’s from Baton Rouge. I know Journey is playing here this weekend because my daughter is going so maybe they’re visiting relatives and attending the concert.

  51. PRMari
    Allison is sick:
    Goodmorning to ya all .. Woke up sounding manlier than ever.., yeeeepp.. Im sick ‘ ¦ Bleeeeghhhh
    about 1 hour ago from Echofon

    Oh, poor Allison. Too much traveling and not enough sleep. Hope she takes the weekend off.

  52. Hey, where Alison and our Anoop update? She needs to talk her roommate into going to the fair with her so she can see Noopdog.

  53. Adamme
    September 25, 2009 at 11:42 am
    Flashbulbs! Freebies! Frenzied fans!
    From Hollywood veteran George Clooney to Tinseltown greenhorn Adam Lambert ‘” your favorite celebrities tell OK! what it’s really like to live in the limelight.

    Awwww.. they mentioned Adam’s name in the same sentence as George Clooney?”

    I love this! It’s brief, I knoooow, but so very cool. Nice nod.

    And that Aimee Mayo chick? Well, if she keeps throwing twitter bones, we’ll keep chasing them. Better than nothin’.

    Oh, and I care that Allison’s sick. I’m glad she didn’t get sick on tour, but I’m sad that it is interfering with her album production. Can’t wait for her stuff!

  54. HI GUYS !!! just got back frm school.have dance class.yay! Short thread!!! I can read it!!! I have dance class today though.brb after reading it then will pobably to to a kris thread and download LLWD!!!!!!!:D flailing

  55. Allison should record sick and all. Toni Braxton was in the studio sick laying vocals on her biggest selling hit of her career. Resting between takes. She had a bad cold.

    Allison reminds me a bit of Toni.

  56. Hey, where Alison and our Anoop update? She needs to talk her roommate into going to the fair with her so she can see Noopdog.

    OMG I just realized I’m getting a car next week and I go totally go. when is it? oh it’s on a thursday, I have research methods until 6 and i can’t skip that class.

    and no noop news. He’s still just hanging out in NC.

  57. @DavidArchie:

    There was a class going on a walk for a field trip. When I ran by they counted to 3 and said “We love you David!” Aw haha

  58. tiger92
    September 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Isn’t Drake from New Orleans or around there? Maybe they are going to visit family. Maybe Adam is getting a weekend to rest.

    Drake is from New Iberia, he went to college in Baton Rouge. After college he moved to New Orleans but for a few years has come out to L.A. for extended periods of time. His parents now live in Dallas. He still lists his residence as New Orleans/Los Angeles, maybe he kept his place in N.O.

  59. Okay, I hate the person who decided to make the lowercase L look like a capital i.

    Seriously, there’s a KrisAllen4ReaI out there. On twitter, it looks the same as KrisAllen4Real.

    I fell for it for a second :P

  60. DAVID ARCHULETA ALREADY TOPS THE CHRISTMAS CHART
    It’s not even October and pre-orders have taken DAVID ARCHULETA’S upcoming Christmas album to the top of the Amazon holiday charts.

    Current Amazon rankings for “Christmas From The Heart”…
    #1 Bestseller in Holiday Music, Opera & Vocal subcategory
    #3 Bestseller in Holiday Music
    #76 Bestseller in Music at Amazon.com (USA)
    #9 Bestseller in Music at Amazon.ca (Canada)

  61. I just heard the cut (track only) with Ryan’s scratch. Anyone that loves Adam – get ready to have your mind blown… this is the biggest hit

    Regarding Aimee’s latest tweet, can someone translate what she means? Who is this Ryan and what is a scratch?

    Oh, does she mean Ryan Tedder? And the cut is the song she and Ryan wrote? What does track only means?

  62. I think she means Ryan Tedder, but not sure what scratch means. Maybe a rough cut, not fulled produced?

  63. ozarka- not to take anything away from David A- but Amazon is a VERY small blip in the radar of the sales market. I used to stalk Amazon sales back in Season 3 and very quickly found that out. it’s probably even more irrelevant now that Itunes is in existance.

  64. I’d like to see something else out in the way of a single, a concert EP, or deluxe CD from Cookie too.

    justic: RCA has f**ked up the singles from day 1…none of david’s singles sound like him at all and the one that’s actually present him as a rocker (BBS) was snobbed by RCA. [W]hile this is happening david and his band have been working in the opposite direction bustting their asses off at concerts to show what they are really all about- real rock music….RCA on the other hand just keep on sabotaging his hard work on the road with releasing songs that doesn’t represent him at all. i wonder how many more times RCA has to screw up, till people start getting the message that RCA see david as a completley different artist than he and his fans does. there is no way in hell RCA will release anything by him that has the chance of outshadowing their other artists. they are kipping him in check.

    Hmmm…justic, I personally agree with you that RCA did a *terrible* job with David on his first album, and their choices in singles releases are just wacked. But RCA can’t benefit financially by screwing him completely over (I think). What other acts do you think they’re trying to promote over David?

    I’m also curious to find out what other people think about the potential way “RCA sees David Cook” versus how “fans and David see David Cook”. I often feel there is – indeed – a disconnect.

  65. Ozarka, thanks for the info. Yeah for David A. I am so impressed with this humble young man. And his singing of Contigo en la Distancia is to me out of this world. Stunning. I listen to it so many times a day. It is very soothing . Go David A go.

  66. ozarka- not to take anything away from David A- but Amazon is a VERY small blip in the radar of the sales market. I used to stalk Amazon sales back in Season 3 and very quickly found that out. it’s probably even more irrelevant now that Itunes is in existance.

    we’re very aware of that studio 57, hehe… amazon makes up a smaller percentage of cd sales reported to soundscan than itunes, and walmart, etc… tracking it there helps give us a little indicator of how well we can hope the cd will be received when it hits the big box vendors… if anyone is interested, here is the most recent data i could find detailing the percentage of sales via the different vendors… read more at the link….

    Downloads from iTunes comprised 69 percent of the U.S. digital music market in the first half of 2009, followed by Amazon’s MP3 store at eight percent, NPD said.

    Considering only CDs, Walmart leads with a 20 percent share, followed by Best Buy (16 percent), and Target and Amazon, both at 10 percent each.

    http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/itunes-now-sells-one-quarter-of-all-music-in-the-us-npd-says-20090819/

  67. Drake is from New Iberia, he went to college in Baton Rouge. After college he moved to New Orleans but for a few years has come out to L.A. for extended periods of time. His parents now live in Dallas.

    WHUT??? You mean there might be a chance of an Adam sighting here in Dallas? Omg. (starts planning to hang out in the bars during all holiday periods.)

  68. I’m also curious to find out what other people think about the potential way ‘RCA sees David Cook’  versus how ‘fans and David see David Cook’ . I often feel there is ‘“ indeed ‘“ a disconnect.

    RCA let him write or co-write most of the songs on his album, he was even involved in the design of it. They let him pick his band and have his friends there. They let him have the tour he wanted (a college tour).
    For a new artist that’s a lot of things he’s getting. So, the way I see it, RCA trusts him enough to let him make these decisions and be involved so much.
    David has said from day one (June 2008) he would have no influence in the singles, that was with the label. He has always been clear about it.
    I think labels probably think it’s better to release singles written by people who have proven themselves. It’s not against David, or he would have a lot more songs not written by him in the album, it’s just playing safe, imo.
    Now, what the label expects from him for the second album? I have no idea.
    I don’t think they ever pushed CBTM to top 40, so maybe, just maybe (because we can all be optimistic lol) they don’t want him to be as poppy next time.
    But at the end of the day I don’t know what the label thinks. I don’t even know what David thinks.
    But RCA has been good enough with him.

  69. from elephant1212 at IDF in the Adam Lambert thread

    more info! first single is between 3 different songs as of right now, but i have no idea which ones or names, but he told me they are all upbeat and catchy (pop-rock)

    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=614503&st=3920

    picking between 3 songs today and tomorrow, single could be released next week at the earliest

    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=614503&st=3920

    like i said, next week at the earliest is what he said, but its not a given! …..he was talking about his single…but there is going to be press on 2012 next week for sure (he didnt say nething about the song being in the blackout trailer or whatver) so i dont know about that…we can hope!

    http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=614503&st=3960

  70. Heh, I can’t help hoping Aimee gets the first single… I like her and I want to hear the song she has been talking about! Nice that they have a lot to choose from though, makes me hopeful. Though the production will probably be a huge let down. I like interesting music arrangements and that usually takes a band to be involved.

    Hopefully we will get to hear some Adam stuff on october 1st!

  71. I think labels probably think it’s better to release singles written by people who have proven themselves. It’s not against David, or he would have a lot more songs not written by him in the album, it’s just playing safe, imo.

    I am not sure that it is the labels alone. It seems that radio play its role in this mind set. There is a lot of mention that what in the past has been about music is now only about business.
    And I wouldn’t been surprised if they have systems in place that categorized songs and computer models are the base of decision making about single choice.

  72. Heh, I can’t help hoping Aimee gets the first single’ ¦ I like her and I want to hear the song she has been talking about!

    Oh, but will we be able to stand the Aimee tweet-eeeeks if that happens?

    Stayed tuned for some exciting media announcements from Adam early next week

    This was in an email sent to the DonorsChoose fangroups. There is a lot of buzz that it has something to do with 2012 — but I am fairly confident that it have nothing to do with the “Media Roadblock” 2012 ads. The tweet above also indicates that it has something to do with 2012. But my guess is that it is the announcement about Adam’s single release. But the timing is right for either one.

    Regarding Adam in FlashForward speculation:

    Remember late last June when there was speculation about Adam doing a cameo on Glee (along with a bunch of other rumors), well that rumor has now resurfaced mashed up with the end of Fast Forward. The story is that he did do a cameo and that people just got the wrong show. It is a complete FANtasy.

    Adam quashed the Glee rumor in an E!Online interview — link here —Adam Lambert Talks New Moon and Glee Rumors, Bowie Medley and New CD and he’ll probably have to quash this one, too.

    I have checked and there are NO SOURCES for this rumor but it is on a bunch of sites. So, just to keep y’all from wasting time on it. The rumor is based on nothing but the final scene of the Adam look alike at the end of the FlashFoward premier show. In other words, it is a baseless rumor.

  73. The rumor is based on nothing but the final scene of the Adam look alike at the end of the FlashFoward premier show. In other words, it is a baseless rumor.

    The pilot shown last night was shot in February so no it is not Adam but the similarities are eerie nontheless.

  74. The pilot shown last night was shot in February so no it is not Adam but the similarities are eerie nontheless.

    I don’t agree. The figure in the end of FF looks matrix inspired. The same was said about Adams look when doing MW in the final.

  75. saga
    September 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The pilot shown last night was shot in February so no it is not Adam but the similarities are eerie nontheless.

    I don’t agree. The figure in the end of FF looks matrix inspired. The same was said about Adams look when doing MW in the final.

    I was speaking of the way the guy walks, long slim legs, the spin when he turns, the hair/knit hat making him resemble Adam from afar. Geesh.

  76. VIP EVERYONE!

    On the TV Guide Network (check your local listings)… Sunday, Sept 27th, at 8 pm Eastern Time, they are airing a show called “American Idol, The Road to Hollywood”…. the show is new and about Season’s 9 auditions.

    Also a great site to find out who is going to be on what talk show is:

    http://www.interbridge.com/lineupsdate.html

    Looks like Kelly Clarkston will be on “The View” on Oct 8th.

    Have a great night everyone!

  77. #LiveLikeWereDying made it (briefly) to #1 on twitter trends. Hope Kris got to see that…

  78. Highlight of my super tacky tour day in Hollywood – picture of HUGE billboard of 2012 – in WeHo. Not sure Adam has even made it back here – but has to be cool, old neighborhood, knowing your song is a part of it!

  79. This page has a good round-up of scans, reviews, news about Kris/Adam/Allison album news.

    And round-up of Kris’ radio/video interviews so far here.

    Tweets and rumors here.

  80. Kris is comparing L.A. traffic to jelly bellies!!

    KrisAllen4real

    If LA traffic was a jelly belly it would be buttered popcorn… There’s only four people in the world that don’t mind eating it
    41 minutes ago from Echofon

  81. tiger92
    September 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Isn’t Drake from New Orleans or around there? Maybe they are going to visit family. Maybe Adam is getting a weekend to rest.

    Drake is from New Iberia, he went to college in Baton Rouge. After college he moved to New Orleans but for a few years has come out to L.A. for extended periods of time. His parents now live in Dallas. He still lists his residence as New Orleans/Los Angeles, maybe he kept his place in N.O.

    Isn’t that just a tad bit too much information for someone who isn’t a celebrity but only dating one???

  82. Isn’t that just a tad bit too much information for someone who isn’t a celebrity but only dating one???

    This is my concern for Drake…he is in the public eye like a celeb, but he doesn’t have the resources of a celeb..i.e. pr team, body guards, etc. I’m trying to recall any of S.O. of a celeb in this situation.

  83. Isn’t that just a tad bit too much information for someone who isn’t a celebrity but only dating one???

    This is my concern for Drake’ ¦he is in the public eye like a celeb, but he doesn’t have the resources of a celeb..i.e. pr team, body guards, etc. I’m trying to recall any of S.O. of a celeb in this situation.

    Exactly. He doesn’t deserve to have his life scrutinized just because he is dating Adam. I’m sure Adam would make certain that Drake is protected but he shouldn’t have to considering Drake isn’t the one who chose the life of a celebrity.

  84. Exactly. He doesn’t deserve to have his life scrutinized just because he is dating Adam. I’m sure Adam would make certain that Drake is protected but he shouldn’t have to considering Drake isn’t the one who chose the life of a celebrity.

    The fact that Adam, (and I am assuming Drake as well…but I don’t follow Drake) haven’t twittered their location, etc., hopefully means they are setting up some boundaries between themselves and the public.

  85. The David Cook Road Warriors are happy to be back on the road:

    thedavidcook back on the bus. edie off to new home. monty’s beard is glorious! good to be “home”

    nealfingtiemann I’m back home. Sigh of relief.

    andyskib back on the bus with the fellas…football on the tv…ETID playing on the stereo…beer in hand. hope you are having as good of a time…

    I have to laugh that all three of them called the stinky bus “home.”

    As well as they’ve been holding up, I think this break was needed — The band was awesome and David sounded great in York and Newport Beach but he was also having to push his way through some of the songs, I thought — more than I’ve ever heard him do. I hope he got some good rest.

    I predict a high energy show tomorrow night, wherever it is. ;-)

    (Also, yeesh, it must be noisy in there with ETID and football going at the same time.)

  86. Oh nooooo, it’s emo Michael Sarver:

    michaelsarver1So like I have lost 28 followers in two days. Hmmmm! Where is everyone going?
    18 minutes ago from web

    Um, yeah…

  87. michaelsarver1So like I have lost 28 followers in two days. Hmmmm! Where is everyone going?

    Poor Michael. Maybe he hasn’t seen Chris Sligh’s blog. There was a lot of truth in that rant.

    The fact that Adam, (and I am assuming Drake as well’ ¦but I don’t follow Drake) haven’t twittered their location, etc., hopefully means they are setting up some boundaries between themselves and the public.

    Drake’s last tweet was on 9/2 — over 3 weeks ago. Maybe he finally figured out that Twitter is the devil. Or, maybe he realized that tweeting his/Adam’s whereabouts is one sure way to lose what little privacy they have left.

  88. Michael is getting lots of tweets. I think he wants a tweeter party but isn’t sure it will have the same cache as it had during the Tour…or he’s just lonely. I am not sure why he isn’t chilling w/ the family or sleeping. Maybe he missing the life of the Tour–he may not be a “star” for a while (or ever).

  89. I have to laugh that all three of them called the stinky bus ‘home.’ 

    LOL. I think being on the road so long has made them all a little effed up in the head. But Neal and Andy (and possibly Kyle too) are probably cut from the same seriously hardworking cloth as Cook to actually feel relieved and happy to be back on the road, some eight months out. You really have to be passionate about the music and not afraid of hard work to appreciate this aspect of a music career, methinks.

  90. And how sad is it that Michael knows exactly how many followers he has from one day to the next.
    Yes, folks, this is the sad reality of most AI contestants post-tour.
    *turns away from the train wreck*

  91. Isn’t that just a tad bit too much information for someone who isn’t a celebrity but only dating one???

    Yep it is. I find it stalkerish. I know those who do it justify it by saying “he accepts fans on facebook” or “His twitter is public,” or “I found it on google,” but the idea of researching a private citizen and friending them on social networking sites despite having zero connection to them is pure stalker mentality.

  92. LOL Neal had tweeted the other day that he missed the bus. Now the boys are calling it “home. I guess 8 months on the road will do that..

    Carly Smithson had a Twitter party tonight and he jumped in :)

    @thedavidcook @CarlySmithson will u ever hang out with me again? :) miss you, lady

    Carly responded:

    @CarlySmithson Miss you too. I promise ill fly out to your show soon

    Aww. I do so love when idols join in other idols little Twitter parties.

  93. Hi there

    This may be old new but just in case … #LiveLikeWereDying is trending at #8 on Twitter

  94. You really have to be passionate about the music and not afraid of hard work to appreciate this aspect of a music career, methinks.

    And love traveling. As David always says, there is some romance to being on the road, waking up somewhere new every day or 2, especially after you’ve had a break from it. Hmm, reminds me that I need to plan my next road trip…

  95. You really have to be passionate about the music and not afraid of hard work to appreciate this aspect of a music career, methinks.

    IA Keel. My brother did this kind of touring with his band for a year (albeit on a much smaller and probably infinitely more stinky bus) and it about killed him.

    I get the rewards: playing with musicians you like, playing live, heck, playing period. But the constant traveling must really get into your head. There must be a reason that musicians who tour a lot will inevitably write songs about the road. (Or even write whole albums, like Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty.)

    It’s made me wonder about the songs they’re writing for the next album — I wouldn’t be shocked if they end up with a road song or two.

  96. Archie was mentioned during Carly’s Twitter party too…
    CarlySmithson:

    zerogravity03 @CarlySmithson favourite david archuleta song? The spanish one he did live

  97. Adam sighting in New Orleans —

    Gr8spiritwolfEvery1, ADAM LAMBERT was at a bar called “The Bourbon Pub” in New Orleans. 2 dark 4 pics, I BEGGED!! He already left!

    It’s a likely place for Adam and Drake to be so it was probably real. It’s teh largest gay bar in New Orleans, in the French Quarter.

  98. Aimee Mayo is also tweeting again regarding her song that might make the cut for Adams album, or even be released as the first single. Apparently she heard him sing it for the first time yday and she was thrilled. She is saying the song is worthy of a new moonwalk … don’t really know what she means by that. I am hoping there is some heavy base on the track (a la billie jean)…

    http://twitter.com/aimeemayo

  99. Adam Lambert, TBD (Nov. 24) In the new ish of Rolling Stone, there’s a wicked shot of last year’s AI runner-up howling in the recording studio. Sweet! We want our Lamby to raise a hellhound ruckus on his debut disc. Bring the noise, baby!

    Carrie Underwood, Play On (Nov. 3) True confession: I gave Underwood’s 2007 album Carnival Ride a D grade. Two years later, I have four songs from that disc on my iPod. I will never again underestimate the Nashville nymph’s seductive powers.

    also includes a Rock Python playlist ;-)

    10 intriguing albums being released, including Weezer, Adam Lambert and Wolfmother
    By Sean Daly, Times Pop Music Critic
    In Print: Sunday, September 27, 2009

    http://www.tampabay.com/features/music/10-intriguing-albums-being-released-including-weezer-adam-lambert-and/1039239

  100. from IMMATTGIRAUD

    I ended up doing some extra tunes. So small, when a man loves a woman(messed up the words), Benny and the jets.it was fun to be off the cuff
    9:54 PM Sep 25th

    Tonight went great! Everyone was wonderful and so gracious. Felt good to sing whatever I wanted to again.. Even took a couple requests!!
    9:45 PM Sep 25th

    My latest BubbleTweet with @MishavonnaH. I’m getting ready to hit the stage! –> http://bbltwt.com/zvm7o
    7:52 PM Sep 25th

    DuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUuu!!!! This would be the dude face. http://twitpic.com/j5ip4
    7:47 PM Sep 25th

    I get to walk out of my hotel and see this!! I’m gonna ask Priscilla Presley to adopt me so I can stay. http://twitpic.com/j3x4c
    1:51 PM Sep 25th

  101. VAlilac- I loved that list of albums. Good for Adam amking another list!
    It also reminded me to download my favorite Hall And Oates song ( Do What You Want To Do).

    And I really got to stop reading Aimee Mayo’s tweets. The build up she is creating has me chomping at the bit. I just want to hear something

  102. Thanks VAlilac :) I think they’re great and missed them. I wonder if Anoop has tuned in yet!

  103. Studio57, birchtree, you’re welcome for the news bits. A slezak vid is a great way to start a Saturday so I’ll bet Snoopdogg is reading it too.

    hope MJ is sleeping in this morning – it’s been quite the week on this blog and next week will probably be crazier!

  104. 10 intriguing albums being released, including Weezer, Adam Lambert and Wolfmother
    By Sean Daly, Times Pop Music Critic
    In Print: Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Thanks for linking the list VAlilac. Wasn’t Sean Daly less than complimentary about the Idol tour, or am I confusing him with another music journo? His name seems familiar, I’m sure he saw the show.

  105. A day late but I’ve been a little busy….real life I knowwww.
    Cool news to comment on. –NeYo and Jennifer Hudson = YAYY! Isn’t Ne-Yo responsible for Jason DeRulo, and he has a top 10 digital single?!!?
    I love Ne-Yo’s albums, I don’t have J-Huds but I saw her live with Robin Thicke in May (the one show she didn’t cancel due to her vocal rest/pregnancy, yay 4me). That wasn’t sarcasm, I was thrilled to see her. I bought the ticket for Robin and ended up loving her. She didn’t do a lot from her album tho. 3 tracks and 5 covers maybe.

    David Cook — new single pleasssssee!! They could even do a video from one of his shows, or use footage from backstage and multiple shows….hello everyone loves sweaty David and seeing the other guys in the band.
    Listening to the full album, I can daydream the whole video in my head. I should win a VMA for Heroes and Lie To Me. j/k I don’t know which 1 should be chosen, I have my personal faves but I really don’t have a knack for predicting radio hits. I hear Jason Mraz and that Petron Tequila song on the same station and wonder “What is my life?”…meh

  106. wrt Drake, keep in mind that he has posted lots of stuff on YouTube so he’s not exactly aiming to be “unknown”.

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