Idol Headlines for 01/13/09

More on Andrew Fenlon

During his American Idol audition, the bespectacled and petulant Andrew Fenlon of Boston was threatened with a spanking by Kara and called a “smartass” by Simon. Yet he seems to be reveling in his notoriety.

Days before his audition aired, the 2006 Tufts alum — who performs under the name Andy Flop — posted a link on his Facebook wall to an Idol primetime commercial featuring him. Within half an hour of his audition, two Facebook tribute pages popped up. One, called “Andrew Fenlon (Audition on AI), ” contains a link to a blog entry written by a friend that tells the story of how Fenlon, a “trombonist/singer/guitarist/etc, ” made it “far enough up the ladder to audition for the actual TV judges, grievously offending pretty much everyone involved.”

USA Today

More about anime freak Mere Doyle

Mere Doyle, according to her Twitter feed, “is mortified and embarrassed” following her appearance on American Idol’s season premiere.

Her reaction to the judges’ panning of her take on Janis Joplin was dramatic, but her tearful claim that “singing is my life, ” was no act. The self-proclaimed “anime freak” describes herself as a singer and a songwriter in her Twitter bio, and several recent Tweets refer to the songs she is writing and the demo she is recording. You can hear some of her music on her MySpace page.

USA Today

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A Lofty Perch, Sure, but Reasons to Retool

THERE is a joke about the enthusiastic disk jockey on a top-40 radio station who liked to introduce the hottest hit record as No. 1, and climbing higher every week.” The reason the joke is still being told in an era of downloaded music is that it has always been difficult to drum up interest in an entertainment property that is already successful.

New York Times

Gokey returns home for CD promotion

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE – While many people had their eyes glued to the premiere of Idol season 9, some lucky fans got an up and close personal performance from Milwaukee’s very own American Idol. Milwaukee’s Danny Gokey who was back home promoting his new CD.

FOX6 Now

Sixth Annual Drive the Dream Gala to Feature Four American Idols

(PRNewsChannel) / January 12, 2010 / Scottsdale, Ariz. / The annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala is celebrating the entertainers and extraordinary individuals that make a daily impact in our lives through their words, performances and actions. This years theme, “Heroes, Stars and Idols, ” will feature entertainment by past American Idol contestants including; from season 8, Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud; and from season 7, Brooke White and Michael Johns.

Event Gala Co-Chairs Missy Anderson, Jinger Richardson and Susie Wesley invite guests to experience an evening of spectacular entertainment, all in the hopes of helping to end child abuse and treat its victims. The Event Chair Emeritus is Linda Pope.

PR News Channel

Former Idol Stars in St. Louis As New Season Kicks Off

ST. LOUIS, MO ( – As American Idol premiered Tuesday night on Fox 2, two former idols appeared in the premiere of Grease at the Fox theater. Former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and finalist Ace Young appeared on stage together. Young and Hicks both tell us they still excited every time American Idol premieres.

When I hear that (American Idol theme), I still get my heart rate up a little it like I still have to go out and perform, said Young. Young performed on American Idol back in season five in 2006. He finished seventh and says the show launched his career.

“After American Idol, I’ve really had the opportunity to do whatever I wanted. Ive written for a lot of different other artists- had success with Daughtry right after the season ended with writing his first single its not over together, ” said Young.


Dallas festivities celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be the featured artist at the 27th annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert that the Black Academy of Arts and Letters will present at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2501 Flora St. Tickets are $15, $20 and $30. Call 214-743-2440, or visit

Dallas News

Photo Flash: DREAMGIRLS At Columbus Theatre

Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, this all-new production of the Broadway musical DREAMGIRLS tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune.

Presented by CAPA and Broadway Across America, DREAMGIRLS comes to the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.) February 16-21. Show times are Tuesday, February 16, 8 pm; Wednesday, February 17, 8 pm; Thursday, February 18, 8 pm; Friday, February 19, 8 pm; Saturday, February 20, 2 pm and 8 pm; and Sunday, February 21, 1 pm and 6:30 pm.

Hopeful talents Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, and Effie White are performing as The Dreamettes when ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. discovers them. He lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll sensation James “Thunder” Early and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to a personal and professional crossroads.

Broadway World

Stage Review: Grease

I found the performance of Danny Zuko to be a bit uneven. Played by American Idol Season 5 contestant Ace Young, the spoken dialogue and greaser mannerisms were well done, but his voice seemed to disappear whenever there were other singers involved, which was often. He doesn’t possess the role quite as well as John Travolta did in the film, but I think the talent is there. He played the fast car and fast women-loving Kenickie on Broadway (played here quite well by David Ruffin), which might still suit him better at this point. Then again, perhaps I simply caught him on an off-night. Perhaps his weak voice amid the rest of the cast was due to the ever-unpredictable St. Louis weather, which is trying to warm up after a week of severe cold.

Young’s fellow American Idol contestant and the winner of the fifth season competition, Taylor Hicks, fared better. As Teen Angel, he only had one small part, but he made the most of it, demonstrating good showmanship and a great voice. As he crooned at Frenchy during her dream sequence, she got a line in that drew a strong laugh from the audience: “I voted for you!” Hicks surprised the crowd with a song after the curtain calls. I wish I’d caught the name but it was drowned out by the whistles and cheers from my section. It was a bluesy number that also featured a bit of harmonica playing by Hicks. Anyone who can jam on the under-appreciated harmonica is OK in my book.

The Trades

Exclusive: ‘Glee’ cast belts out scoop on spring return, season 2, and more!

Glee whiz! Fox’s press tour party last night was so much fun, I’m still feeling it today. (Thanks for that, guys.) Here’s a rundown of my big Glee-related red carpet gets followed by the videos themselves. (And stick around, more videos are coming!)

‘Glee’ up for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award

Fox’s “Glee” is among the series nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced this morning.

The group’s 21st annual awards presentation, taking place March 13 in New York, will honor film, television and print outlets for their images of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

NY Daily News


Ian in Your Ear: Catching Up With Jordin Sparks

Wondering what’s going on with Jordin Sparks? I was too, especially after I was in love with her last hit, “Battlefield, ” and saw her open for Britney Spears before last year ended. Fortunately, we caught up with her right before the Alex’s Lemonade Stand 4th Annual Lemon Ball, held Jan. 9, to raise money for cancer (where she performed my favorite hit). And yes, folks: She’s definitely serious with her main squeeze now. Read on!

US Magazine

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