Two hour American Idol 10 premiere tonight with New Jersey/New York Auditions! The awesomeness begins tonight at 8 pm on FOX. CANNOT WAIT! Check out the schedule HERE.
@IdolsNow: LEE DeWYZE plays a free concert at Sierra Vista Mall, Clovis CA, Jan 27, 6-7:30 PM PST. Lee’s acoustic set will be in the Center Court.”
Siobhan Magnus unveiled her official website today. She is collaborating with Nashville songwriter Mitzi Dawn Jenkins and Australian producer Mike Flanders on four original solo songs, which will be released in April. See her brand-new website HERE.
Kara finally explains her ‘Idol’ departure
“The show was in transition, and, for me, it complicated a lot of things in my own life, ” says DioGuardi, breaking her silence on her “Idol” departure.
“I don’t think people realized how many jobs I had and the things I was doing [outside the show], and when it looked like the show was in transition, I decided it was time for me to go.
“It was my decision . . . the transition made it hard for me to not make the decision to leave.”
Read more at the New York Post
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Watch Jennifer Hudson perform and christen the new Disney Cruise Ship Dream in Florida this morning. Mickey is there too. Watch it at JHUDDaily.
Lee DeWyze waxes poetic about his converse sneakers is a video at People. Watch it HERE.
A SEASON OF CHANGE ON AMERICAN IDOL
When “American Idol” premieres tonight on Fox, you’ll probably notice a few, well, “minor” changes. Instead of a guy wearing black T-shirts, there will be a guy dressed like a real rock-n-roller. And instead of a comedian, you’ve got somebody who’s had hits at the box office and on the radio. But there’s one constant. Randy Jackson returns for his 10th season at the judges’ table, and I asked him to talk about his new co-workers.
Listen to the Audio at FOX Access
Jennifer Lopez Wants To Cast YOU for Her New Music Video!
Have you always wanted to be in a high-energy Jennifer Lopez music video? Well here’s your chance!
Lopez is casting the music video for her new single “On The Floor” TOMORROW in Los Angeles, CA and she’s looking for hot dancers and club kids for a nightclub scene!
More Info at RyanSeacrest.com
What ‘Idol’ needs to do in Season 10: Get in front of ‘X Factor’
It’s the show that Idol creator Simon Fuller sued Cowell over, and it’s the show that basically ended Idol’s run in England. Simon Cowell turned a $130 million that would have kept him on Idol so he could bring X Factor to America, so you know there’s nothing he’d like more than to steal Idol’s thunder.
The two shows won’t compete head to head — X Factor is scheduled to premiere this fall — but comparisons will be inescapable. And, with an average audience age in its 40s, Idol will never again be the hot, young show. So, if Idol wants to avoid being seen as old and passe, it has to stay one step ahead of X Factor.
Read more at USA Today
Idol Bus Tour and Nigel Lythgoe Interview
“The kids can actually tweet at the same time as they’re watching a program, you know, they multi-media-task if you like and I think we gotta get up into that area. Certainly Youtube has been fantastic for us, Itunes wonderful to download stuff and upload stuff, uh, it’s just an area we’ve got to look at and use for ourselves, ” says Nigel.
FOX 11 Idol preview, including New Audition Footage
Constantine Maroulis Interview with FOX Tampa Bay
The 20 Worst American Idol Auditions of All Time
Fox’s singing-competition juggernaut American Idol returns tonight at 8 p.m. ET with an audition episode set at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. These early episodes are usually more notable for their collection of hopeless hopefuls than they are for spotlighting talent that goes all the way. But which singers broke out from the pack of bad singers to really, truly be awful? Here’s our video countdown of the most unfortunate auditions to grace Idol since its 2002 debut.
See the auditions at PopDust
Siobhan Magnus on the move
She’s kicking off the new year with a new manager and website (www.smagnus.com). Due soon: the release of recently recorded songs from her band, Lunar Valve, and live performances including an appearance at a charity battle of the bands Jan. 30 in Foxboro.
Magnus has enlisted the management savvy of Tony Raine, one of the Cape’s most prominent impresarios. The longtime Cape Cod Melody Tent manager also manages Carlene Carter, daughter of famed country singer June Carter. Magnus said the search for a manager was frustrating.
“What I found at first was that most of them were very scary, and if you’re new to it they see how much that they can make you feel really stupid and young, and I didn’t like that, ” Magnus said. “It was very refreshing to meet someone who works in music because they love music.”
Read more at Cape Cod Times
‘Idol’ continues to ‘Dream On’
By Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, Special to the Deseret
It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since American Idol first aired — even harder to believe the show is celebrating it’s 10th season this January. What a difference a decade makes. As I think about all the ups and downs of that incredible show, I am reminded more and more how something as simple and huge as reality TV show can really change a person’s life forever.
A few weeks ago, I sat down to watch the media promo for this year’s cast. I was immediately transported into that world again, as I am every time I hear that famous theme song “Ooo-whoa ooo-whoa ooo …”
Read more at the Deseret News
David Archuleta Interview with Samara Riviera
Casey James was in the studio with Big D and Bubba yesterday.
Casey talks Idol
Casey James on Going Country (and he noodles on the guitar!)
Steven Tyler on FOX New York
PEOPLE TV Critic: How to Make Idol Fun Again
The Judges: It was right to cut back from four to three judges – four felt less like a panel and more like a tribunal – and it was right to leave out DioGuardi, who seemed to be under the impression that she was Maria Callas in Master Class. An overhaul was in order. But the few advance audition clips I’ve seen are … hmmmm, not sure. Lopez has a taffeta sweetness, like Glinda from The Wizard of Oz, while Tyler plays the goofball. Jackson said recently that this season he’ll be more pointed, instead of moaning “Awwwwwww” when he disapproves. That would be good. I guess we’ll just have to see – these judges need to establish rapport with each other and with the singers, while also articulating their critical expectations. They’re the ones who are really auditioning right now. Good luck!
Read more at People
Fox does the ‘American Idol’ shuffle by shifting nights
Fox predicts Idol’s new slots won’t affect ratings, and senior VP Brent Poer of ad firm MediaVest says it’s a no-brainer: Glee’s “cultural zeitgeist moment” means “you’d hate to move it, ” and Idol’s changes will lure fans wherever it airs. “The curiosity factor is going to drive people to the premiere.”
Read more at USA Today
Media buyer’s primer to ‘American Idol’
Media buyers still expect “Idol” to be the No. 1 entertainment show on television across virtually every demographic, but it undoubtedly will slide again. Last season it declined by 2.9 million viewers and 12 percent in 18-49s.
Part of this is natural erosion. “Idol” is entering its 10th season, and most aging shows see their audience fall each year.
But the show has also gone through a huge number of changes that could either give it new life or send it sliding faster. This season will be under more scrutiny than ever because of the new judging panel.
Read more at Media Life
Season 3’s Jasmine Trias discusses American Idol with Fox 5 Las Vegas HERE. She’s currently performing with the Society of 7 at the Gold Coast.
Joe Jonas ‘Really Interested’ To See ‘American Idol’ Panel
During the ninth season of “American Idol, ” when the show was going through some lineup changes, Joe Jonas sat at the judge’s table to help Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi while the fourth seat of the panel was in flux. The seat was later filled by Ellen DeGeneres, who, along with DioGuardi and Cowell, departed at the end of the season.
With a new season launching Wednesday night (January 18) and two new faces (Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler) joining Jackson at the table, Jonas admitted he’s excited to see what the show has in store.
Read more at MTV
‘American Idol’ Experts Weigh In On New Season
“I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for ‘Idol’ to start, ” said Cantiello, who will host the live stream “Judging the Judges: An ‘Idol’ Without Simon” right after “Idol” airs, at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.com. “There’s a lot on the line for the show, with Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ waiting in the wings. ‘Idol’ producers are no dummies. They know if they don’t become part of America’s water-cooler buzz each week that their show is officially done. I’m sure they’ve painstakingly cast the show and truly kept their eyes peeled for the best talent out there, not just the best backstories. After nine seasons, America is burnt out. They’re ready to shake things up, and I, for one, cannot wait.”
Read more at MTV
American Idol is back – but can it survive without Simon Cowell?
Not that anybody should expect anything too radically different from this new series. The framework of the show will remain largely identical – tens of thousands of aspiring pop stars will spend months locked in an escalating battle to release a terrible, quickly forgotten faux-aspirational power ballad full of hacky metaphors that sounds as if it was originally written as an elongated Gillette jingle – but the decoration has changed nonetheless.
Read more at The Guardian
‘Glee, ‘ ‘I Am Love’ Score Dorian Awards
Announcing the winners of its second annual Dorian Awards on Tuesday, the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Assn. named the Italian-language film I Am Love, released by Magnolia Pictures, the film of the year and the Roadside Attractions’ release I Love You Phillip Morris, the LGBT-themed film of the year.
But the organization was even more enthusiastic about the TV series Glee, on which it bestowed four awards. Glee was hailed as both TV musical or comedy of the year and LGBT-themed TV show of the year. The award for TV comedy performance resulted in a tie, with two of the show’s co-stars, Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch, both being earning the award for TV comedy performance.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter
Lynch sees Cowell in her alter-ego
Jane Lynch has said her Glee character Sue Sylvester is inspired by X Factor judge Simon Cowell.
The actress told The Sun that she thinks her alter-ego, famous for her cutting put-downs, would make a great panellist on the TV talent show.
She said: “I think Sue Sylvester has British in her. I think the US look at the British as a race that tells it how it is.
“And if ever there was a guy who tells it like it is, then it’s Simon Cowell. You could definitely look at Sue and say there’s a lot of Simon in her.
Read more at the Press Association
Universal to partner new TV singing show The Voice
LONDON (Reuters) – Universal Music Group has signed a recording and services deal with the producers of a new television singing competition “The Voice Of …, ” which launches in the United States this spring to rival the popular “American Idol” series.
The deal is between Universal and Talpa Media Group, headed by Dutch tycoon John de Mol who created the groundbreaking “Big Brother” reality TV series.
“It’s fantastic to have broadcaster NBC … on our side in the U.S., but Universal Music makes the picture complete.”
Read more at Reuters