Idol Headlines for 01/16/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • The Golden Globe Awards air on NBC 8/5 PT NBC. Carrie Underwood ‘Narnia’ soundtrack song “There’s a Place For Us” nominated, Jennifer Lopez presents.
  • Melinda Doolittle joins the Nashville Symphony and community ensembles for a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Nashville, TN.
  • David Archuleta and Ruben Studdard perform on Skate for the Heart. 4 pm, NBC.


Matt Giraud shot a music video last night. He tweets, “I’m in Nashville. It’s 3:10 AM and I’m getting ready to shoot a video.. Walking down a country road singing to a camera. Sounds crazy!!”

“Just got done with the first day of shooting the music video at 6AM!! Rock and roll baby! I’m not gonna make breakfast… Night/morning”

More Headlines after the JUMP…


Tori Kelly, Blake Lewis and Andrew Garcia at NAMM yesterday in Anaheim, CA

Via @ToriKelly


The Richard Rushfield Interview, Part 2: The ‘other side of the Idol world’

Journalist Richard Rushfield will release his new book, American Idol: The Untold Story (Hyperion, $24.99) Tuesday. In it, Richard — who has covered Idol the past four seasons for the likes of the Los Angeles Times and The Daily Beast, goes behind the scenes of the show in a way few outsiders ever have.

In the second part of our conversation (you can read Part One here), Richard talks about some of the show’s ancillary figures, how Idol views its large Christian demographic and how recently announced changes might affect who wins Season 10.

Read more at USA Today


The Richard Rushfield Interview, Part 3: ‘Hopefully, that myth can be put to rest’

Journalist Richard Rushfield publishes his American Idol: The Untold Story (Hyperion, $24.99) on Tuesday. In the first and second parts of our interview, Rushfield discussed how American Idol has changed television since its premiere in 2002, as well as some of the interesting characters that have sprung up on and around the show. Here, he talks about some of the popular myths that surround the show, as well as what the departure of judge Simon Cowell means for the show’s future.

Read more at USA Today


Dude looks like a judge

What is Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler doing on “American Idol”?

Seriously, what’s appealing about watching some Lee DeWyze clone bumble through a Shania Twain cover to a guy who sings about whipping out his “big 10-inch” to tens of thousands in packed stadiums?

Cynics think Tyler took the job (a job, let’s remember, which wasn’t even cool enough for Ellen DeGeneres) for the ego boost and attention. They’re probably right. But I’m hoping there’s more to Tyler becoming an “Idol” judge than extra fortune and fame.

Read more at Boston Herald


Debbie Harry not interested in working with Simon Cowell

One thing’s for sure, you won’t catch Debbie sitting alongside Simon Cowell any time soon.

Debbie told me: “It doesn’t interest me being a judge on a show like American Idol. I would feel terrible if I destroyed ­somebody’s confidence.

“I think Simon Cowell is great, I like his honesty but I don’t always agree with him. I personally would have appreciated someone being so blunt with me when I was starting out.”

Read more at the Daily Mirror

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