Idol Headlines for 9/08/08

Touring preps cast for future ‘Idols’ tour bringing in the energy

It’s that beat. That unmistakable, majestic, mood-altering beat. It builds. And builds. …

“It doesn’t matter what I’m feeling, ” said Michael Johns.

“Every night, when I’m backstage and I hear those first beats of (Queen’s) ‘We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions, ‘ I’m ‘on.’ It just ignites me.

“Even if the whole crowd isn’t feeling it, when they hear those beats, they’re into the show.”

Courier Press

At last: ‘Idol’ time

It’s the moment Tulsa’s “American Idol” fans have been waiting for since the May finale ‘  the “Idols Live” tour comes to town this week.

The new BOK Center is the tour’s final stop, so Saturday’s concert is not just a last chance to see some favorites from this year’s top 10, it’s also a homecoming for Tulsa bartender-turned-superstar David Cook.

Tulsa World

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American Idolatry

I am one of the faithful American Idol television fans, watching each year as the best performers are scouted from our cities. The concept behind the show is one of the most brilliantly conceived ideas ever, made especially appealing because of the input of the American voters. RCA couldn’t go wrong investing in a venture like this.

This year American Idol fans and the three widely oppositional, yet intriguing panel judges seemed to favor the male competitors throughout most of the show. Obsession with AI grew, and YouTube became a huge forum for reviewing, critiquing and getting to know Idol finalists a little better. By the end of the show, YouTube viewing and commenting grew exponentially. It became very clear that the contest for the top would go to one of the favorite Davids. I am self-admittedly a Cookie, one of several pet names for a David Cook fan. But they all did great. On a whim, I decided to buy floor tickets to the Dallas event held at the American Airlines Center Monday, Aug. 25.

Lufkin Daily News

The Baddest Chicks In The Music Biz Bond Over Cancer

Thirteen of the baddest and most talented female performers in the music business, (L-R) Keyshia Cole, Leona Lewis, Fergie, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, and Nicole Scherzinger, join together on the stage at Fashion Rocks to sing …Just Stand Up! the worldwide charity single benefitting Stand Up To Cancer, created and produced by L.A. Reid and Kenny …Babyface Edmonds, at Radio City Music Hall September 5, 2008 in New York City.


Dakota Fanning, Divas Get Buzzing

The only bad thing about a wonderful new drama called “The Secret of Life of Bees” is that when it opens, the word “buzz” is going to be overused to ridiculous length. Let’s be the first and get it out of the way now. The buzz is very, very good.

What more could I want from a film? It stars Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer Hudson in Sue Monk Kidd novel about a young white girl ‘  Dakota ‘  in 1964 South Carolina who runs away from an abusive father (well played by Paul Bettany) and goes to live with these ladies.

It a beautifully balanced, extremely nuanced drama that never gets overly sentimental. Director Gina Prince-Blythewood makes sure this is no chick flick either ‘  there are no traveling pants here. “Bees” is a gritty story and Prince-Blythewood doesnt mind that. The director genius here is that she doesnt mess with the author tone. The feel is a lot like the way Mira Nair made “The Namesake.” There respect for the material.

Jennifer Hudson gets back to the music

Jennifer Hudson lifts her hands above her head and falls over backward, plunging toward the rose-colored carpeting of her luxurious Manhattan hotel suite.

At the last possible moment, she recovers and avoids hitting the floor. Everyone in the room looks panicked – except for Hudson herself, who looks relaxed.

“Oh, honey, ” she says, “when I get stressed out, I do deep backbends.”


Small-town girl embraces big-city life and hosts ABC ‹CMA Music Festival

Kellie Pickler Chihuahua is barking. Traces of the sound interrupt our recent phone interview with Pickler from her home in Nashville. It something many entertainers would dismiss as background noise, but Pickler cheerily enters a tangent about how the adopted dog has fared in dealing with her cat.

The discussion is brief, but it reflects a relatability beyond talent that drew fans to the Albemarle, N.C., native during her fifth-season …American Idol run, as well as her post-…Idol fame.


Reality TV’s heavy hitters set to test ‘Talent’

In weeks to come, the reality TV wars will heat up as some of the genre’s heavyweights join the fray.

NBC’s hit franchise “Biggest Loser” and the pioneering CBS series “Survivor, ” which this season sends 18 castaways to Gabon, Africa, will weigh in — which begs the question:

How will surprise hit “America’s Got Talent” do once the big boys come to play?

Ratings for “Talent” continue to impress. It remains the No. 1 show on television, drawing more than 11 million viewers weekly.


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