Idol Headlines for 01/09/10

Kris Allen coming to Clearwater on Valentine’s Day weekend

Kris Allen, last year’s American Idol winner, is coming to the Venue in Clearwater on Feb. 13 for the Meetball, a matchmaking event sponsored by 93.3-FLZ. Thing of it as a big singles party on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

The event is free (although it’ll be 21 and up), and it won’t be a full-fledged concert — Allen is expected to play three or four acoustic songs. But still, it’s a free show, and he’ll probably play new single Live Like We’re Dying, which, secretly, isn’t  100 percent  terrible (not that you heard it from us).

The event is 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road. Click here for all the details.

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Kris Allen’s wife Katy to star in web-series

LET’S THINK productions will release the pilot episode of a new webseries, “The Bloodstone Diaries, ” starring Katy Allen, wife of American Idol Kris Allen, this Friday at a reception and screening at Star Bar Lounge in Little Rock at 9:00 p.m.

The pilot series titled “Sleeper” then goes live online at website at midnight January 8.

Today’s THV

Ellen DeGeneres Brings ‘Layperson’ View To ‘American Idol, ‘ Randy Jackson Says

While Jackson and DeGeneres haven’t judged together just yet (Hollywood Week doesn’t start until next week, and Ellen was hired after auditions were already taped), he’s sure she’ll bring a new feel to the panel.

“It’s definitely going to be a different dynamic, completely different people, ” he predicted. “Ellen’s different than Paula, and she’s going to interact with Simon [Cowell] and interact with me and Kara [DioGuardi] very differently.”


Paula Abdul Will Be Back In ‘A Huge Way, ‘ Randy Jackson Promises

Since Paula Abdul left “American Idol” back in August, fans have been speculating what her next move might be. Some are still clinging to the idea that she’ll make a triumphant return to “Idol” (highly unlikely, since the ninth season kicks off next week), while others are hoping rumors about a job on Simon Cowell’s U.S. version of “X Factor” are true.

What does Randy Jackson want for his former colleague? Well, he doesn’t know where Abdul will end up, but he’s pretty confident she’ll land on her feet.

“I know that she’s gonna be back in something in a huge way, because she’s mad talented, ” he said when asked Friday (January 8) about the “X Factor” reports. “The thing that I always say about this genre or about anything on the music/entertainment side is, ‘Expect the unexpected.’ You never know.”


“Idol” judge Jackson calls Cowell rumors distracting

Asked if Cowell would leave, Jackson said: “I really don’t know until I hear it from him…The rumors get so wild and crazy, you just don’t know what to believe.”

“It is pretty much a distraction. I think people get a little side-tracked with that…Let’s also focus on what we are judging and what the actual heartbeat of the show really is, and it is about finding that next superstar talent, ” he said.


Randy Jackson Promises Interesting Wrinkles” for Ninth Season of American Idol”

Randy Jackson predicts America has an interesting, funny, different season” in store when the ninth cycle of American Idol kicks off next Tuesday on Fox. In a press conference earlier today Jackson assured reporters this season we have some really good, bona fide, stand-in-your-shoes singers without all the props or all the affectations.”

Though he remained relatively mum on specifics, Jackson promised a couple of interesting wrinkles” for the performance themes and revealed he’s most interested in hearing the contestants sing current music. Where ever you come in with this show, the only thing you know for sure is that you get a shot to go up against your contemporaries, ” he explains. This show is definitely a rocket ship to the top. Is it the only rocket ship? No, but I think it’s the best show of its kind, ever and it can go on for quite a long time.”


Beginning of the end of ‘American Idol’?

Now starting its ninth season of music, dreams and entertainment at the expense of deluded wannabe superstars, American Idol has proved to have more lives than a kennel of bionic cats, despite (hopeful?) predictions of its demise.

But being bionic doesn’t mean you can’t pop a sprocket now and then, and the new season of Fox’s pop culture juggernaut, kicking off Tuesday, just might betray a couple of loose springs.

First off, few shows don’t start getting old after nine seasons. Then there’s the loss of original judge Paula I Love Your Special Specialness” Abdul and her replacement with non-musical comedian Ellen DeGeneres, which is either a brilliant idea or the show’s official running leap over the proverbial shark.


Jackson comments on Adam Lambert

To the general question on Lambert, here was Mr. Jackson’s response:

Lambert is a giant personality. He is unbelievably talented and the AMA thing is something he wanted to do and try.

An artist is really left up to their own ideas of how they want to do things and however and I think he’s a big personality. He is far bigger than Kris (Allen). Kris, obviously, won for a reason.

Allison (Iraheta) has her own record out. And (Danny) Gokey in some fashion you’ll hear from him. We had a lot of talented singers last year.”


Adam Lambert + ‘Ugly Betty’: Let’s make this happen, God!

The 11 of you who don’t follow Adam Lambert on Twitter may not be aware of his no-longer-secret desire to snag guest-starring roles on True Blood, Weeds, and/or Gossip Girl. To recap, the American Idol season 8 runner-up responded to rumors about a possible role on Glee by announcing: Glee guest star rumor: it’s a rumor. Sorry guys.” Then, in three subsequent status updates, Adam went on to daydream a little about his small-screen acting aspirations: If I had to pick a show to guest star on I’d loooooooove to be on True Blood. Or Weeds. Those shows are amazing. Prob need some major acting classes though first. The casts of both those shows are first rate. Oh yeah. I’d love to be on Gossip Girl too! Leighton is amazing. I should be Blair’s shopping buddy. Hahah.” Now, because Adam managed to blend together my two favorite subjects in the world — horse racing and what’s for lunch American Idol and scripted television — I couldn’t help but do a little daydreaming of my own, and I thought it might be fun for all you Idoloonies, too. So here’s the challenge: Put on your Hollywood executive hat, then name the ideal show — and be sure to suggest a specific role! — for Idol’s glittery powerhouse. I’ll start:

Entertainment Weekly

‘American Idol’s’ Adam Lambert: ‘It’s time to get some leverage’

Why did Adam Lambert decide to get involved with “American Idol?” Watch the video below.

Monday, Jan. 11 is the premiere of “Adam Lambert: On the Record with Fuse.” We’ve got a sneak peek in which Adam discusses why he decided to audition for “American Idol” — leverage.

Someone advised Adam that joining the recording industry is all about building a fanbase and he thought “American Idol” would help him do that. He also never thought he would make it as far as he did on the show.


Allison Iraheta Interview On Radio Disney

American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta sat in the Radio Disney studio with radio hosts Ernie D and Jake.

Allison talked about her new song Friday I’ll Be Over You”: The song is basically telling some moron out there it’s not going to be that hard to get over you. Of course, it will take Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday… but FRIDAY! Then, I’ll be over you and Saturday and Sunday…those are my days.”

Was Allison nervous when she tried out for American Idol? I auditioned for ‘American Juniors’ and didn’t make it, so I was a little scared waiting to hear back after I auditioned for ‘American Idol.’”

What did Allison learn from her time on American Idol? She says Stay true to yourself.”

Disney Dreaming

David Cook Says He’s Better With a Guitar Than Tools

‘American Idol’ winner David Cook lends a hand to ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ this Sunday. On the show, the singer helps build a house for The Cowan family, whose 12-year-old daughter Kori suffers from a congenital blood disease.

And although Kori herself is ill, during one of her hospital stays, she raised over $35K for the American Cancer Society — a fact that really inspired David, who lost his older brother Adam to cancer.

The former ‘Idol’ talked to PopEater about his experience with Ty Pennington and co., plus how good he is with a hammer and nail. “I’m probably better off with a guitar, ” he tells us.


Second Cup Cafe: Katharine McPhee

Four years ago, “McPheever” spread across America, when Katharine McPhee became an “American Idol” favorite.

Since her “Idol” days, she’s had a Top 10 album and landed a co-starring role in the 2008 movie, “The House Bunny, ” as well as making appearances on the hit TV shows, “CSI: New York” and “Ugly Betty.”

Her brand new album, “Unbroken, ” hit shelves this week and she stopped by “The Early Show Saturday Edition”‘s “Second Cup Cafe” to perform her first single off the album, “Had It All, ” as well as “Keep Drivin’.”


Carrie Underwood plans to have her dog in her wedding

Here’s how Underwood answered the question: ”Oh my gosh … other than tonight? I’ve had a lot of moments – winning ‘American Idol’ – I see pictures of that still all the time. … But here’s the moment I’m most looking forward to … I plan for my dog to be in my wedding. I plan for him to be the little ring-bearer – having him walk down the aisle all dressed up in a tuxedo – I’m serious – that will be a Kodak moment.”

Underwood owns a rat terrier named Ace, who was featured in her All-American Girl” music video and more recently in her Fox holiday special.

Billboard singles reviews: Carrie Underwood, Young Money


NEW YORK (Billboard) – The second single from Carrie Underwood’s chart-topping new album, “Play On, ” finds the gifted artist switching gears from her feisty previous single to this poignant, finely crafted ballad. Underwood co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Zac Maloy, and each verse profiles someone facing a challenge, from a young boy to a single mother to a dying old man. Hope reverberates through the scenarios as each character senses that life on Earth is but a temporary trial. Underwood has said that she aimed to reveal more of herself on this album, and her faith shines through here. Vocally, she has never sounded more heartfelt and compelling. “Temporary Home” is a powerful song that’s stirring but not preachy, and Underwood’s performance is sure to resonate strongly with listeners.


VIDEO: Fantasia Addresses Home Foreclosure Rumors on BET’s 106 & Park

R&B singer Fantasia Barrino dropped by BET Studios in NYC Wednesday (Dec 6) to record an episode of 106 & Park. The American Idol alum is in the midst of promoting her new reality show Fantasia For Real, ” set to to mage its debut Monday at 10 pm ET on VH1.

Video of Fanny addressing rumors of her losing her home and Simon Cowell giving her cash to get it back after the break. No word on that Cook” tattoo on her shoulder though! Nice work on covering it up too. You ain’t slick lol!


Kara DioGuardi: Hard Rock Hotel Hottie

Stepping out for an evening of loud music, Kara DioGuardi was spotted attending the SWAGG VIP Kid Rock concert last night (January 7).

The American Idol” chick looked flirty in a grey dress with black heels as she made her way inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the big event.

Simon Cowell ‘most talented entertainer’ on TV in 2010

The X-Factor judge beat off competition from other stars such as Ant & Dec, Martin Clunes and Jamie Oliver to land the accolade from TV industry magazine Broadcast.

It said that “2009 ended with only one man controlling TV” as Cowell’s talent shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor dominated the year with audiences that peaked at more than 19 million.

The magazine said: “Joe McElderry may have triumphed in the 2009 X Factor final, but there’s no disputing who was the biggest winner.”

Broadcast named 20 stars who featured not only in entertainment shows, but also drama, documentaries and comedy.

Jane Lynch Committed To Being ‘Glee’-fully Bad

As the ‘Glee’ cast made a triumphant return from hiatus on Thursday there was plenty to sing about: a People’s Choice Award from the night before and a lot of show momentum.

So could the show’s giddy success mean a turn for nice for Sue Sylvester: The World’s Most Obnoxious Cheerleading Coach?

Don’t count on it.

“That was short-lived, ” said Golden Globe nominee Jane Lynch of the odd-spasms into niceness her character has shown. “There is a decency to Sue. But she just really enjoys being an awful person. She gets glee out of being a terrible person.”

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