Idol Headlines for 01/11/10

Fantasia Hopes To Inspire Others On ‘Fantasia For Real’

Fantasia Barrino is working through her issues on her new VH1 reality show “Fantasia for Real, ” premiering Monday (January 11) at 10 p.m., and she’s hoping that the show will inspire others to achieve their goals as well.

“You get to see me doing homework and sitting down with the teacher, which is, like, totally difficult, ” she said of her return to school. “But my reason for doing that is so every person can see that it’s very important if you’re in school to stay in school, and if you’re not, it’s very important to go back.”

MTV

Paula-free ‘Idol’ should make more changes

As everyone knows, Paula Abdul is no longer part of “American Idol.” She provided hours of entertainment and plenty of media coverage during eight seasons as a judge, but her presence on the show was more about familiarity than usefulness.

Paula’s exit means the end of her constant horseplay with Simon Cowell and babbling, incoherent judging. As Paula exits, it’s the perfect time for some other stale, annoying things to leave the show, too.

MSN.com

Why Simon Is Quitting Idol

For years now, even as the show has continued to dominate the television landscape, life on the set was constantly tested by the love/hate battle that raged between American Idol’s creator (Simon Fuller) and its iconic star (Cowell)–a symbiotic relationship with stakes so high, few dared to imagine its end.

Backstage—as young singers fought to the death—a war smoldered. Just three months ago, at the over-the-top 50th birthday gala Cowell threw for himself (complete with waiters in Simon Cowell masks, Simon Cowell wallpaper and alphabet soup stocked with the letters S-I-M-O-N), the star alluded to the push-pull of his Idol brotherhood, many of whom were in attendance. Speaking to the crowd, he said, We may not always see eye to eye, but we both know that if one of us needed the other, we would be there.”

The Daily Beast

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Fantasia is rebuilding her post-‘American Idol’ life

“American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino gets her house back in order on the first episode of her VH1 reality series, debuting at 10 p.m. tonight.

Despite a successful autobiography, a made-for-TV movie, a Broadway role in “The Color Purple” and a platinum album, Barrino fell into money problems after moving from High Point to Charlotte following her “Idol” win in 2004.

Charlotte Observer

Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert get airplay gains

Kelly Clarkson loses nearly 300 spins for Already Gone this week, but she’s still got the No. 1 single on USA TODAY’s Hot AC chart and a top 10 record at Top 40 — as well as an easy No. 1 on the Mediabase-powered American Idol airplay chart.

Most other current singles near the top of the Idol airplay chart see increases in their spins — Daughtry’s No Surprise and Life After You, Carrie Underwood’s Cowboy Casanova and Temporary Home, and Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying. Kellie Pickler loses a handful of spins for Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You but still makes the Country top 20.

USA Today

The Intrigue Over ‘Idol’ Is Offstage

LOS ANGELES — With all of the questions hanging over the new season of American Idol, ” the least interesting of all might be the oldest: Who will be the next American Idol”?

As Fox prepares to raise the curtain Tuesday on the ninth season of its smash-hit singing competition, most of the intrigue has been focused beyond the stage — on the judges, the ratings, the voting procedures and the annual tinkering with the show’s format, which, at least to Fox and the show’s producers, never seems to be just right.

NY Times

Not your average ‘Idol’

Now that the Christmas carols are finally out of your head, prepare for Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” to take permanent residence in it: It’s “American Idol” audition time.

Tuesday night, Fox treats us to two hours of screeching wannabes at the Boston open auditions. If the prospect of Celine Dion homages has you cringing already, imagine them with Boston accents.

Since season six, ratings for “American Idol” have steadily declined, despite Adam Lambert’s best efforts. Oh, it still dominates pop culture as well as the TV schedule — other networks haven’t called the show “the Death Star” for nothing. But this will be an especially interesting year for a few reasons.

Chicago Sun Times

The Last Word with Kris Allen

American Idol winner Kris Allen chatted with OK! and shared a story about the last time he sang to his wife and confessed which movie makes him cry — every time!

Last Meal I’d Eat Before I Die
Probably my mom’s chicken spaghetti. And the dessert would be her dump cake. I know, it sounds bad — it’s not really even a cake. You actually use cake batter and throw some nuts on top of it. And there’s fruit in the middle and it has 18 sticks of butter in it. It’s really incredible.

OK Magazine

Adam Lambert Is A ‘Bigger Personality’ Than Kris Allen, Randy Jackson Admits

While “American Idol” has been the launching pad for a lot of singers, it’s what contestants do after the season ends that separates the Kelly Clarksons from the Kevin Covaises.

With the ninth season starting Tuesday at 8 p.m., last year’s contestants are officially out of the “Idol” nest and exploring their new careers. What does judge Randy Jackson think of their progress so far? He’s optimistic — but he’s worried runner-up Adam Lambert might have tried to tackle too much, too soon.

“Adam is a giant personality, ” Jackson said Friday. “He’s unbelievably talented. The AMA thing, I guess, was something he wanted to do and try. An artist is really left up to their own ideas of how they want to do things.”

Kris Allen, meanwhile, hasn’t really been able to capitalize on the “Idol” crown with his debut album so far, but Jackson isn’t giving up hope.

“[Adam is] a far bigger personality, probably, than Kris, but I think they’re both equally talented, ” Jackson said. “Kris obviously won for a reason.”

MTV.com

Fantasia interview for her new VH1 show ‘Fantasia For Real’

Despite the fact there are plenty of good reality shows out there, the word reality show” remains stigmatized. So it’s not surprising when reality show stars try to deny that this is what they do. Take 2004 Idol” winner Fantasia.

I don’t call it a reality show, ” she told me in an interview last month. People laugh when I say that. I think it’s more like a documentary. It’s people just being able to see me.”

AJC.com

Keepin’ it ‘Real’

FANTASIA FOR REAL: B

It’s the rare reality show that makes the viewer like its star more.

VH1’s current bread and butter is taking C-list celebrities and turning their problematic lives into TV series. Think Rock of Love” with Bret Michaels, For the Love of Ray J” or Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

Boston Herald

Nice work for Nasty Nigel Lythgoe

When it comes to television you can blame Nigel Lythgoe for almost everything. Reality TV? He is the man behind the first UK series of Survivor, which came before Big Brother and begat I’m a Celebrity. Pop Idol? He brought its forerunner, Popstars, to our screens. Gladiators? Him too. The crop of dance shows spreading across our screens like a spandex fungus? Sort of.

Lythgoe co-created So You Think You Can Dance with 19’s Simon Fuller in 2005 in the US and his new UK version for BBC1 is battling Sky 1’s Got to Dance and ITV’s new series of Dancing on Ice for the nation’s sequined heart. He’s enjoying the battle but is convinced he’ll win because “after six seasons in the US I think we’re about as close to the arts in a mainstream show as you can get.”

Guardian.co.uk

MODEL JERRY HALL is dating TV talent show villain “Nasty” NIGEL LYTHGOE, The Sun can reveal.

The Texan beauty’s former lovers include rock icons BRYAN FERRY and MICK JAGGER.

But last night Jerry, 53, and 60-year-old Scouser Nigel were described as “gloriously happy” together.

A friend said: “Jerry and Nigel have been pals for a long time. But it’s blossomed into something much more recently.

The Sun

Photo Coverage: Derek Hough Makes BURN THE FLOOR Debut for Show’s Final Performances

Dancing with the Stars’ champion Derek Hough made his Broadway debut in ‘Burn the Floor’ for the shows’ last performances on January 8-10, at the Longacre Theatre. Hough partnered with Kym Johnson. Hough replaces Maksim Chmerkovskiy who danced his final performance on January 7.

Kym Johnson was this season’s professional champion on “Dancing with the Stars, ” paired with winner Donny Osmond. Maks has been a professional on the show since its second season.

Broadway World

Howie Mandel’s New Deal: America’s Got Talent

Howie Mandel just scored a new deal…with America’s Got Talent.

The 54-year-old former Deal or No Deal host will sit at the judge’s table with Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne for the show’s fifth season, E! News has confirmed.

This announcement follows news of judge David Hasselhoff’s departure, who is leaving the NBC show after four seasons to focus on creating his own TV program.

“It’s been a rewarding experience and now I’m thrilled to be able to follow my dream to do my own TV show, which will be announced very shortly, ” the Hoff said in a statement Wednesday.

EOnline

Jane Lynch Gets Animated For ‘The Cleveland Show’

Jane Lynch returned to the set of ‘Glee‘ this week to begin work on the final nine episodes of the first season of the Fox hit that has earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.

Although the cast has become very high-profile since last fall, they have not actually worked together since July when they wrapped the first 13 episodes.

The kids were there [on set] and they were all flush with victory from the People’s Choice Awards [Wednesday] night, ” she said.

Fancast.com

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42 Comments

  1. Yay Kris! Here’s Randy’s thoughts on Kris et al.:
    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1629372/20100108/story.jhtml

    I have to disagree with some of Randy’s comments, mainly that Kris isn’t using the Idol crown to push himself out there. Kris was neevr going to be the big bombastic spectacle, it’s not his style. But considering all the things he has done since his Idol win, it’s hard to not see him as capitalizing on the Idol platform. Without Idol he wouldn’t have been invited to all those Jingle balls, have a Top 20 song on the HAC charts or a Top 30 song on CHR, with upward movement on both charts.

    I also found his view on Adam and the AMAs intersting. The AMAs obviously gave Adam publicity, but not with a focus on his music.

  2. WorldCat.org has a listing of the chapter titles in David Archuleta’s upcoming book Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance

    Pure beginnings — Hit with inspiration — School of American idol — Bumps in the road — Hope rises — Be careful what you wish for — Stepping it up — Divine frequency — The joy in sound — Staying true — Dreaming on.

    http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/462902872&referer=brief_results

  3. According to someone on Twitter, David will be heading for Guatemala on January 12th (tomorrow)…

    enishi39: so, i just found out that on the 12th @DavidArchie will be at our fireside meeting…lol…just thought you should know lol ;)

    Ooooo… I want pictures of David at the Mayan pyramids.

  4. Okay, I still haven’t had the nerve to watch “Marley & Me,” and knowing Kris can’t get through it without crying doesn’t help. This coming from the girl that watched Extreme Home Makeover last night…

  5. Excerpt from OK! magazine article featuring Kris Allen…

    LAST TIME I WAS MISTAKEN FOR ANOTHER CELEBRITY
    Driving down the road in L.A., during American Idol, this woman pulls up to me and looks over. I was like, “Maybe she notices me!” And then she said, “David Archuleta!” I don’t think I look like him. Whatever.

    http://twitpic.com/xmylw

  6. LAST TIME I WAS MISTAKEN FOR ANOTHER CELEBRITY
    Driving down the road in L.A., during American Idol, this woman pulls up to me and looks over. I was like, “Maybe she notices me!” And then she said, “David Archuleta!” I don’t think I look like him. Whatever.

    Oh, no, Kris – you DO look a lot like Archie! Don’t we have those earlier pics of them wearing the same shirts too – some of those pics were uncanny! Same roundish face, similar hair, etc.

  7. Oh, no, Kris – you DO look a lot like Archie! Don’t we have those earlier pics of them wearing the same shirts too – some of those pics were uncanny! Same roundish face, similar hair, etc.

    Honestly? I don’t get it. They’re both “cute”, I guess (I wouldn’t really know at some level), but, for me, the comparison stops right there. The facial structure is different (Kris’s isn’t really overly rounded, anyway), the hairstyles are kinda similar but that doesn’t say much given we’re talking about short hair cuts in men (which are always pretty similar), and the builds are nothing alike.

  8. Aside from the taste in clothing, Kris and Archie look nothing alike.

  9. Osmond and Archie Boost Business for Local Audio Professionals

    Donny Osmond brought back more than the win from his recent performances on Dancing with the Stars – the attention from Osmond and David Archuleta’s performances may help boost business for local audio professionals as well.

    Speaking on Osmond and Archuleta’s performances, University of Utah audio professor Mike Wisland said, “those shows bring attention to our state.”

    Audio professional Nate Hoffman of Bluefire Studios said, “Utah is actually the most dense state that I know of for talent.” In an interview, Wisland said, “When they do these shows they always stop off in Salt Lake because they know they’ll get some good talent.”

    The Utah People’s Post

  10. Still not getting it, ultimately. Similar fashion sense, at times, though, no question. But the same basic notations stand; hairstyle similarities overrated, the facial structure similarities really aren’t there, and the builds are still nothing alike.

    But, yeah, I do remember a Slezak recap (I think from that same Top 36 episode, actually) which mentioned the fashion similarities right from the start, which made me laugh, though David doesn’t seem to share Kris’s erstwhile plaid fascination.

  11. Both Kris and Archie are short and cute, but I think Kris looks alot older than Archie. Their coloring isn’t similiar either.

  12. Big difference: Kris is an adult and is totally hot. Archie is still a kid and is like a cute puppy. Seriously, I don’t see how anyone can confuse them. They don’t look at all alike facially. They are similar size heightwise, but Kris is built (check the pecs and the arms) while Archie is not.

  13. I cant see the similarities in both archie and kris and how people could get them mixed up. lol

    cookbunny, you should definitely watch marley and me. good movie!

  14. though David doesn’t seem to share Kris’s erstwhile plaid fascination.

    Ummm….wrong. During his tours in 2009 (including the Christmas tour) he wore a plaid shirt at least 80 percent of the time. lololol

    but Kris is built (check the pecs and the arms) while Archie is not.

    That’s not the case anymore, either. lol Plus he tends to hide it with baggy shirts (but not baggy jeans for some reason). hahaha! There are “body parts” threads kept going by the young fan girls on IDF that I’m afraid to look at. Eeek! lol

    But, I do agree, I don’t think they look alike either. haha!

  15. Yeah I don’t think those two look nothing at all a like. Kris is so darn better looking(Sorry David A) David still looks like a little kid. Even thou they do tend to wear some of the same shirts.

  16. I have to disagree with some of Randy’s comments, mainly that Kris isn’t using the Idol crown to push himself out there. Kris was neevr going to be the big bombastic spectacle, it’s not his style. But considering all the things he has done since his Idol win, it’s hard to not see him as capitalizing on the Idol platform. Without Idol he wouldn’t have been invited to all those Jingle balls, have a Top 20 song on the HAC charts or a Top 30 song on CHR, with upward movement on both charts.

    I also found his view on Adam and the AMAs intersting. The AMAs obviously gave Adam publicity, but not with a focus on his music.

    I thought Randy’s view was also interesting. Unfortunately you must not have read the article or you just didn’t understand what you were reading. Randy Jackson didn’t say anything about Kris not using the crown to push himself out there. Katie Byrne wrote the article. She implied that Kris hasn’t been able to capitalize on winning the crown. And her statement is totally accurate. The winner normally has much better sales when their debut album is released. Sure Kris is playing all his scheduled events and his first single is on the charts, but that doesn’t really seem to be increasing his album sales.

    Sales for his debut album continue to decline and he’s already fallen to #91 on the Billboard chart. That’s not good, that’s all she’s saying. Randy doesn’t seem to be worried about Kris, and he’s not giving up hope. All his statements regarding Kris were totally positive. As were his statements about all the other contestants.

  17. Mary102, maybe this is the site you’re thinking about…
    http://www.mensfashiondeals.com/2009/08/american-idol-fashion.html

    I remember a lot of peeps on this blog commenting, “Why do they have Archie on their twice?” LOL!

    Yes! Exactly! That’s it! And I was one of those people who thought Archie was on there twice too

    same here. that’s the one of a very few times i mistook them two tho. probably b/c of the clothes. They are not very alike.

  18. OMG, that is too funny. I just noticed that article on MSNBC.com a few minutes ago and I was gonna post it myself. Good thing I checked here first to see if someone else already had. The article is exactly what my sister & I (both Adam fans) have been saying all along about Season 8. Great read!!

  19. Sorry to be a post hog, but I just saw this announcement on Adam’s facebook page :

    Whataya Want From Me music video set to premiere between 6am-10am on Friday morning on VH1.

    YAY!!

  20. Going into the 2009 season, “American Idol” was in a slump, if not on a downward slide. While the reality competition series remained the number-one television program in the United States, its ratings were lower than in the past, and the show seemed to lack creativity.

    Then came season eight, and along with it, fresh life.

    Wow, one person’s opinion, and all that …

    I experienced a bit of a slide in season six, but, to me, season seven *and* season eight both had plenty of life in them.

    And I don’t know about ratings, but I thought that season eight had basically continued the mild slide that’s been going on for three or so seasons now? I could be off base on that, though — I forget: What *is* the ratings story of the past, say, four seasons? ….

    Anyway, just really hard for me to see that a particular contestant group and little format tweaks can actually ever reverse the typical tv show phenomenon of a gradual slide in viewer interest, once the show isn’t fresh any more, especially in this day of burgeoning non-network-tv and just non-tv entertainment options everywhere ….

  21. I loved Season 8, but people think Adam (in particular) brought in big ratings, when in reality the ratings were DOWN from Season 7 and the finale was one of the lowest-rated ever. So while AI8 was fun and produced a lot of really good talent, it wasn’t this great success ratings wise. Ratings for this season will likely drop even more, unless something strange happens.

  22. Annie Barrett from EW’s Popwatch put up a really random post comparing David Cook in a hard hat with Jason Batemen from Arrested Development.

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/01/11/does-david-cook-look-like-jason-bateman-in-a-hard-hat/

    I don’t really see it, and I love me some Jason Batemen and DC. But Annie says it’s a vibe, which I guess I get– like maybe cuz they’re both charming =P? In other news, I’d love to see DC play a Michael Bluth-esque role sometime in the future. Judging from his guest spot on the silly VH1 Free Radio show, I think he would play well the exacerbated sane guy in absurd situations, among a company of crazy family members.

    And meh, so the hair wasn’t the best (LOL, what else is new). But DC was wonderful in the episode, so I’m happy.

  23. I loved Season 8, but people think Adam (in particular) brought in big ratings, when in reality the ratings were DOWN from Season 7 and the finale was one of the lowest-rated ever. So while AI8 was fun and produced a lot of really good talent, it wasn’t this great success ratings wise. Ratings for this season will likely drop even more, unless something strange happens.

    I don’t think people necessarily think he brought in ratings, but I think that people think he brought “buzz” to the season. Which I think is undeniable. Would ratings have been even lower without Adam? Who knows, maybe, maybe not. But I think he did bring an excitement to the show and got people — or at least the media — talking about it.

  24. Just read the MSN article, and while I don’t think Adam single-handedly saved idol, or really improved ratings (they were down after all), I do definitely agree with the notion that he really helped revitalize it, and, I agreed with this line, that AI should look for more people like him:

    Not Adam clones, but people who have equal amounts of originality, talent, and personality. They’re preferable to someone who can sing but is boring.

    In the end, it is about the contestants, and just being great singers isn’t enough – you have to bring an extra oomph, or “it” factor to the table too. Of course it is all subjective, but I think it was pretty resoundedly agreed upon that, love him or hate him, Adam made people talk about idol, was constantly surprising, and just controversial enough throughout the season.

    EW had the similar article last spring that echoes some of those statements (about how he was the most exciting thing to happen to AI in awhile).

    I disagree with their opinion about the Top 36 – though they make a good case why Top 36 is better (less idol-fatigue) – I think the negatives of that format far outweigh the positives.

  25. its official…simon leaving idol, x-factor coming…being reported all over…simon signed new contract.

  26. Soundscan 54%:

    14. Carrie Underwood – Play On: 12,623
    22. Katharine McPhee – Unbroken: 8,829
    47. Adam Lambert – FYI: 3,481

  27. In the end, it is about the contestants, and just being great singers isn’t enough – you have to bring an extra oomph, or “it” factor to the table too. Of course it is all subjective, but I think it was pretty resoundedly agreed upon that, love him or hate him, Adam made people talk about idol, was constantly surprising, and just controversial enough throughout the season.

    I totally agree! I remember being at work last year during the Idol season. My co-workers seemed to enjoy speculating as to what Adam was going to do with his hair each week. This was a big topic of conversation at the lunch table. A number of these Idol watchers weren’t even Adam fans, but yes…… he does make people talk!!

  28. Season 8 premiered with 30.4 million (before Adam’s audition city) and ended with 28.8 million. Conclusion: while it cannot be determined that Adam made Idol lose ratings, it’s ridiculous to even suggest that he attracted more viewers. Numbers don’t lie.

    And Adam brought in buzz? I guess this statement suggests that Idol never had buzz (since you can’t “bring” what already there). Adam didn’t bring anything; he merely was apart of something that already existed.

    edit

  29. Any position (brought in ratings, took away ratings, would have been less without him, etc) is baseless conjecture.

  30. googletot
    01/11/2010 at 4:50 pm
    Soundscan 54%:

    14. Carrie Underwood – Play On: 12,623
    22. Katharine McPhee – Unbroken: 8,829
    47. Adam Lambert – FYI: 3,481

    wow sales are really down when you can get in the top 25 with around 17000 and top 50 with around 7000. does anybody know how much Carrie sold by this week 2 years ago?

  31. I don’t know if this has been mentioned or not, but Archie was Sunday’s episode of iCarly. I don’ t know if it is a rerun or not. I just happened to be watching it with my six-year-old. It was very cute, Archie was a contestant on “America Sings” and iCarly told all of her “viewers” to vote for Archie and he won the contest. I’ll spare you the rest of the plot, but Archie comes on at the end as a guest on iCarly.

  32. Not sure if you’re still checking in this thread for headlines, mj, but NPR did a full feature on Ryan Seacrest this morning, “Ryan Seacrest, Ruler Of All Media — And More?”. Here’s an excerpt:

    Seacrest’s Idol contract is worth $45 million over three years; Comcast and E! pay him an additional $21 million for the same commitment. And he has an uncanny knack for managing his own brand, says entertainment marketing executive Tom Weeks.

    “He gets that people think he’s a squeaky-clean guy,” Weeks says. “You want to be approachable, but not so perfect that people start ignoring you because it’s not real anymore.”

    Still, it was the glossy perfection of Seacrest’s persona that moved author Dave Housley to write a short story about him. It’s part of a well-reviewed collection titled Ryan Seacrest is Famous.

    Housley isn’t a Seacrest fan, exactly. But he is fascinated by the phenomenon of someone who leveraged so much from being a presenter on what’s essentially a prime-time talent show.

    “He’s a host,” Housley marvels. “He’s not the Simon Cowell character, who kind of comes off and says creatively nasty things. He’s the guy who stands there and says, ‘Here’s Kelly Clarkson.’ ”

    And Housley finds something almost a little ominous about Seacrest’s ongoing march across the multimedia frontier. Seacrest almost seems less like a human, Housley says, than like “some kind of media-conglomerate robot that’s gonna keep assembling jobs until he’s controlling everything — he’s going to be the president of the United States!”

    President Seacrest? You heard it here first.

  33. I don’t know if this has been mentioned or not, but Archie was Sunday’s episode of iCarly. I don’ t know if it is a rerun or not.

    Thanks for mentioning it, undercooked. It was a really cute show, wasn’t it? Yes, it is a rerun. It originally aired last year in February. Since then, they have been replaying that episode once every other week at least. I know this because I have TiVo set to automatically record anything with David Archuleta in it and it captures that episode all the time. This is great for Archie, of course, because it keeps him fresh in the minds of the youngsters.

    He also does a cameo in an episode of Hannah Montana which also gets rerun.

  34. It is good to see David Archuleta doing these projects. It keeps him in the eye of the public. Good for him!

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