Idol Headlines for 01/20/10

Michael Jackson Tribute Announced

GRAMMY winners Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, and Usher will join together, along with the voice of Michael Jackson, in a moving tribute to Jackson at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 31. This very special GRAMMY Moment will feature the never-before-seen 3-D mini-movie for “Earth Song” that was created by Jackson as the centerpiece of his much-anticipated This Is It tour, but was never seen by the public prior to this GRAMMY performance.

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The 3-D film was created to support the performance of “Earth Song, ” an original composition and a No. 1 hit for Jackson. The song has a strong theme about the future of the planet, and Jackson saw it as a unique opportunity to deliver a message to millions of people who would have seen him on tour.

Grammy.com

U2’s The Edge Talks Haiti-Benefit Collaboration With Jay-Z

A once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Jay-Z and U2’s Bono and The Edge will take place at a London venue during Friday night’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and other networks.

The supergroup will join a lineup of superstars for the show that includes Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift.

MTV

Randy Jackson Says ‘Idol Gives Back’ May Benefit Haiti

After taking a year off in the midst of the economic crisis, the “Idol Gives Back” charity event is back on for this year and “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson told MTV News on Tuesday (January 19) that the focus will likely shift to Haiti in light of the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation last week.

“I’m sure we’re going to really address that, because it’s just a catastrophe, ” said Jackson, who is excited that the “Idol” fundraiser is coming back. “I can’t believe what’s going on down there. I love that MTV is joining in doing this telethon. I think it’s amazing and I’m trying to lend my support. I’ve given and everyone I know has given and is trying to help out. I’m sure we will definitely address that.”

MTV

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Adam Lambert, Kris Allen see weekly album sales gains

Recorded music sales have started to level off this year. In fact, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert both saw sales increases this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Adam increased his week-to-week sales of For Your Entertainment by slightly more than 1, 000, while sales of Kris Allen’s debut were up 13 percent.

USA Today

Carrie Underwood Surfing Into Film Role?

Although the news is unconfirmed at this time, it appears Carrie Underwood could be making waves in a new film set to begin production on Jan. 25 in Oahu, Hawaii. The film, titled ‘Soul Surfer, ‘ is a biopic of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a tiger shark attack at age 13 while surfing at Hanalei Bay.

The Boot

Ryan Seacrest’s Alleged Stalker to Stand Trial

Ryan Seacrest’s alleged stalker has been ordered to stand trial for his alleged menacing actions toward the “American Idol” host.

25-year-old Chidi Uzomah allegedly violated a restraining order — by showing up to Seacrest’s workplace with a knife in his pocket last year.

Uzomah was charged with felony stalking and disobeying two court orders — both misdemeanors.

TMZ

Fox was ready to pay anything for Simon to stay

If it were up to Fox, they would have played a game of Simon Says with Simon Cowell, and the “American Idol” judge would have stayed in place beyond this season, according to sources.

“The ‘American Idol’ people were desperate for Simon to stay, ” a show insider told Life & Style magazine. “They told him to name his price (to stay), but he still walked away.”

MSNBC

Exclusive Interview: Anoop Desai on New Album, ‘Idol’ Judges

2009 was a big year for Anoop Desai. After finishing sixth on American Idol, he toured the country with the show and started working on his music. Now in 2010 he’s ready to take things to the next level, with a new album and new aspirations.

We spoke to Anoop about his songwriting and first album, what it’s really like to be on American Idol, and his thoughts on Paula Abdul, Ellen Degeneres and Simon Cowell.

Listen to the full interview:

Buddy TV

Marriott Launches 12 City Promotional Tour To Boost Travel To Hawaii

Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) January 20, 2010 — Marriott’s Spirit of Aloha Tour, a month long traveling road show that will bring the vibrant sights and sounds of Hawaii to a dozen U.S. cities, launched yesterday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix followed by a visit to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

After the blessing, the first stop for the road show was Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where Jasmine Trias of American Idol fame and dancers and musicians from the Polynesian Cultural Center entertained young patients, their parents and staff.

“Marriott is a longtime corporate supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network, ” said Tatum. “We’re happy to bring our aloha to these kids and plan to do the same at a number of other hospitals during the tour.”

PRWeb

Jackson wants ‘Idol’ focus on talent, not judges

It seems as if all the buzz about “American Idol” has been on the status of the judges and not the talent, and Randy Jackson says that needs to change.

“A lot is being made about us and what we do, how we judge, who’s on, who’s not on, what’s happening, all of that, ” he said in an interview Tuesday.

“It’s really about those contestants, really. They’re going to go on because it’s them taking the rocket ship to try and get their fame started … I mean, so much is being made about us or whatever.”

Washington Post

Kara DioGuardi on Simon: “He Will Be Missed”

Sad face for Kara DioGuardi!

The American Idol judge says the singing competition show won’t be the same without Simon Cowell.

“He’s a huge part of the show, ” DioGuardi told us at Warner Bros. and In Style magazine’s Golden Globes party. “He’s got one of the best personalities ever on a television show. He gets away with saying things that no one could get away with.”

Eonline

Kara DioGuardi: The Reality Rocks Interview

I recently had the chance to chat with Kara about her challenging first Idol season, the exciting developments in store for Idol season 9, and what else she’s got going on in her very busy career, including a Folger’s jingle-writing contest. And she was refreshingly forthcoming–proving that when it comes to Kara DioGuardi interviews, there are no boundaries.

Yahoo.com

‘Idol’ finds only 13 to advance in Chicago

“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest reported that 12, 000 hopefuls auditioned in Chicago over a two-day period, with only 13 making it to the next round. Those may seem like long odds, and a good reason for parents to get their kids to do homework instead of working on their voices.

However, that’s nothing new for that city. After all, it’s about the same odds as the Cubs winning the World Series, and there were a number of contenders who emerged from the Windy City auditions.

MSNBC

‘American Idol’ heads to Chicago

“American Idol” goes to Chicago which show host Ryan Seacrest calls President Obama’s hometown, so he can rattle off comments like “his influence has been felt all over the country” and the 12, 000 wannabe Idolettes who showed up to audition can be made to shout “Yes We Can” in unison.

Curley Newbern auditions in Chicago for season nine of ‘Idol’. (Fox)

Shania Twain admits right off the bat she once wet her pants auditioning, and ‘Idol’ Kara DioGuardi says she loves Twain so much she stalks her, either of which already makes Twain 20 percent more interesting already than this season’s two other Pretend Paulas to date Posh Spice and Mary J. Blige.

Washington Post

‘American Idol’ Stays Aggressive In Chicago

Last night, ‘American Idol‘ went to Chicago, a city that apparently had a lot of turnout — some 12, 000 people turned out for the initial cattle call last summer — but little talent: Of those multitudes, only 13 hopefuls qualified for the Hollywood round. Perhaps this frustration is why the producers decided to once again go negative from the show’s opening moments, which showcased a barrage of hopefuls getting angry over their rejections in bleep-worthy ways.

Fancast

‘Idol’ Chicago Auditions: Jim Is Not Impressed

Our MTV News “Idol” expert is reminded of why he hates audition episodes.

MTV

‘American Idol’ recap: Breaking Windy

But before I get to kvetching, or perhaps in place of that, let’s talk about the handful of undeniably excellent performances we saw this evening — especially because if you’ll recall, season 8’s very worst audition episode (from San Francisco) brought us none other than eventual runner-up Adam Lambert. So maybe John Park or Charity Vance or Keith Semple is on the brink of becoming a future Guest of Oprah and International Instigator of Rabid Fan Squealing. Stranger things have happened. And the eight talented kids shown scoring Golden Tickets tonight — plus the quintet the producers chose to keep chyron- and music-free — shouldn’t have to pay the price because they were surrounded by fame-mongers who had me fantasizing about stuffing them into oversized bin liners and hurling them against a wall.

Entertainment Weekly

Braintree High School graduate tells his ‘American Idol’ story

Ryan Seacrest was friendly, Randy Jackson was encouraging, Kara DioGuardi thought he was cute, Victoria Beckham wanted to give him a coveted “golden ticket” to Hollywood, and Simon Cowell expressed a lack of enthusiasm for musical theater.

If, like millions of others last week, you watched the two episodes that “American Idol” devoted to chronicling Boston-based auditions for the highest-rated show on television, you may have seen a brief appearance by Michael Ryan, who graduated from Braintree High School last year and is now attending Pace University in New York, but what you saw wasn’t exactly what happened, according to Michael.

Wicked Local

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Katharine McPhee ‘Codependent’ on Her Chihuahuas

Katharine McPhee doesn’t have any biological children yet, but her four-legged friends keep her busy. The former ‘American Idol’ runner-up brings her Chihuahuas with her wherever she can take them, much to her husband Nick’s bemusement.

“Yeah, sadly, I’m codependent on them, ” she tells PopEater. “Sometimes [my husband] rolls his eyes when I say, ‘The dogs are coming, right?’ I finally just overheard him saying to somebody, ‘It’s a little bit of a security blanket for her, ‘ and I thought, ‘He’s probably right.'”

Popeater

Katharine McPhee Opens Up About Bulimia Battle, Depression

Katharine McPhee opens up about her 7-year battle with bulimia in the February issue of Shape magazine.

“The more I focused on my weight, the worse my bulimia got, ” says the American Idol runner-up, 25. “Now I’m more easygoing. I stopped fighting myself and became more forgiving of my body. Ironically, the weight came off naturally through exercise but no dieting.”

See which American Idol stars are married or engaged

McPhee says she no longer pays attention to how many pounds she weighs.

US Magazine

Kara DioGuardi Doesn’t Care About Her Wrinkles

Kara DioGuardi thinks women in Hollywood need to stop fixating on the way they look.

“It’s so important, especially as women, to find a passion in your life, ” the American Idol judge says in an episode of The Bonnie Hunt Show to air Wednesday. “Accomplish something outside of your looks.

“I’m almost 40, and this December, I looked in the mirror and I got real close, and I was like, ‘Damn, I’ve got some lines!'” continues DioGuardi, who hits the big 4-0 next December.

She doesn’t mind her imperfections though.

US

‘American Idol’ Alum Ayla Brown Benefits From Father’s Senate Win

Ayla Brown didn’t win “American Idol” back in season five, but she could have another shot at stardom following her father’s victory Tuesday night. Scott Brown became senator-elect of Massachusetts in a special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat for the remainder of his term. In a shocking upset, the Republican candidate defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the staunchly blue state of Massachusetts.

Ayla, 21, campaigned at her father side for the duration of the election season, and some speculated that having her familiar face in public appearances and TV commercials was the state senator’s equivalent of a celebrity endorsement. But judging by the number of people searching on Ayla’s name Wednesday morning (January 20), the aspiring musician is now benefitting from her dad’s big win.

MTV

Glee’s Jane Lynch: In “Vogue” With Madonna

Memo to Jane Lynch: Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it!

Ms. Sue Sylvester Lynch is going to be performing the dance classic “Vogue” in Glee’s highly anticipated all-Madonna episode.

“I’m going to be singing the song and doing a video for it, ” Lynch told me at the Golden Globes. “It’s going to be so much fun!”

A couple of Lynch’s costars also intimated what they’ll be doing come Madonna time…

“How about ‘Holiday’?” teased Jessalyn Gilsig, who plays Terri Schuester, declining to give a definitive answer.

Jayma Mays, aka Emma Pillsbury, laughed, “Evita! I want to do all the numbers from Evita!”

EOnline

Kara DioGuardi on Heidi Montag: I Want to Give Her a Hug

Kara DioGuardi is not giving Heidi Montag’s decision to have 10 cosmetic surgeries in one day high marks – but mostly she feels sad for the reality star.

“First of all, I just want to give the girl a hug, ” the American Idol judge said on The Bonnie Hunt Show” Wednesday. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

DioGuardi, who is used to advising young people with dreams of stardom, says the Hills star was doing just fine before she went under the knife.

People.com

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38 Comments

  1. Carrie singing at the Grammys for the 4th time in a row? I hope that means she’s winning something.

  2. Carrie singing at the Grammys for the 4th time in a row? I hope that means she’s winning something.

    That would be great but to be honest she’s in 2 tough categories. I think most critics would say she deserves the win in both of them but other people are likely to win because of hype. But the fact that she’s invited to perform for the 4th year running is incredible. It says a lot about what the Grammy people think of her.

    Apparently they made the choices with Michael’s wishes in mind.

    http://www.etonline.com/news/2010/01/83094/index.html

    In planning this tribute, Ken has consciously kept Michael’s wishes in mind. He explained, “The people that we picked to perform this 3D version of ‘Earth Song’ are the people that I really feel Michael would have wanted to be there-Celine Dion, who was always one of Michael’s favorites. Carrie Underwood, who we talked about the night that I met with him.Usher, who we know he loved. Smokey [Robinson], his [mentor]. And Jennifer Hudson, who performed at the memorial service that we did, but was also someone that Michael really admired a lot.”

  3. That’s such a great honor that Jennifer and Carrie will be apart of something like this and an even bigger honor that a legend of Michael’s caliber thinks so highly of the two. Those two have such long career’s ahead of them.

    This will also be Jennifer’s 2nd year performing on the Grammy’s and she’s not even nominated.

  4. I heard the studio version of Danny’s song “I will not say good-bye”, on a radio interview he did today at 95 WKSJ-FM. I like it. I think that it sounds better than the live version of the song. Another Danny fan made a recording of the interview that featured the studio version of the song and posted it:

    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/r-r-YO8gIRw/

  5. All right that’s it, apparently I have to stop reading recaps and reviews if I don’t want spoilers. I was just skimming the Fancast article and there it was, with no warning, a big, fat, ugly spoiler about the Top 24. I’m pissed!!!

  6. I just saw this tweet from Brad Bessey, co-exec producer of Entertainment Tonight

    ‘Ok Guys, Adam’s PSA airing tonight on Entertainment Tonight 4 sure. Yes, we’ll use Time for Miracles’

    This is a tweet from yesterday

    ‘Just met him..sweetest rock star in the world. He’s on our set doing a PSA for Haiti. Humble, handsome and full of heart.’

    aww..

  7. All right that’s it, apparently I have to stop reading recaps and reviews if I don’t want spoilers. I was just skimming the Fancast article and there it was, with no warning, a big, fat, ugly spoiler about the Top 24. I’m pissed!!!

    ^^^
    Thanks for the warning, I’m not reading anything except the back of my cereal box. I don’t wanna know anything till I see it for myself on Idol. And living on the west coast, you have to stay off the computer during Idol broadcast nights if you don’t want the show to be “spoiled”… We should have the same time zone across the nation, who cares if kids go to school or come home and it’s pitch dark! (JK)

  8. Haha, to add insult to injury, I just discovered that the spoiler in the Fancast article is hyperlinked to mjsbigblog! But I’m not angry at MJ, she keeps her spoilers nice and segregated.

  9. ‘Just met him..sweetest rock star in the world. He’s on our set doing a PSA for Haiti. Humble, handsome and full of heart.’

    And that is why we love him…

    Also, TFM is such a fitting song for this horrific situation, can’t even watch news coverage without tears, all those children with no parents or homes, suffering like that, hopefully with all the aid coming in, they will get some kind of relief.

  10. Jx223, Danny’s album is really shaping up great. I am so happy about that, that song is beautiful.

  11. Tweet from a producer of How I Met Your Mother. Carrie is shooting her episode with them this week!

    http://twitter.com/himymprod/status/7997956836

    Watching NPH and Carrie Underwood is like watching 2 amazing performers frolic in the ocean on a warm summer day in August.

    It would be awesome if Carrie got to share a scene with Neil Patrick Harris! Sounds like it’s going well. I don’t have very high expectations for Carrie as an actress but I hope she does her part in making for a good and funny episode and has a great time with the cast and crew while she’s at it.

  12. A little off topic, but did you see NPH is going to be on Glee! I’m so excited about that. And Chenoweth on AI tonight.

  13. A little off topic, but did you see NPH is going to be on Glee!

    Even better, NPH will be on Glee for the episode directed by none other than Joss Whedon!! I’m very excited. Excited about Cheno on AI tonight too.

    I’ve so totally hijacked the Headlines thread but NPH just tweeted a picture of him and Carrie!!

    http://twitter.com/ActuallyNPH/status/7999198012

    This week’s awesome guest star: http://yfrog.com/1dmarrj HIMYM – You’ll Love The Way We Fly! (repost – damned punctuation marks..!)

    She’s supposed to be a pharmaceutical sales rep so I don’t know why Carrie’s dressed up as a flight attendant but it’s a great picture!

  14. Jx223, Danny’s album is really shaping up great. I am so happy about that, that song is beautiful

    I think that Danny’s album is shaping up to be a good album too, Josie. :) I like the studio version of “I will not say good-bye,” I think that it sounds better than the live version does. I think that Danny is a good live performer, but I think that a lot of his studio versions are going to sound better than the live performances of his songs.

    Some of his songs, definitely need heavier instrumentation, than just the two guitars and the keyboard, that are used in the live performances.

    I wonder if “I will not say good-bye” will be the next single he releases since the radio station today played the studio version of it. And I see a section for it on the addboard from mediabase. So I wonder if that will be the song RCA decides to go with for Danny, when they are ready to release his next single.

  15. yay!! im excited for carrie to be performing on the grammys! adam, her and archie are my favorites!

  16. Personally, I think Kris’ Land of Smiles from his pre-idol CD would be perfect. Too bad, he could have performed it on the Telethon Friday with proceeds from downloads going to the relief effort. He could also then have done it on Idol Gives Back. I think the lyrics to that song evoke such an emotional reaction…at least I get teary everytime I hear it.

    Also, I wonder if anyone would consider Kris to participate in the MJ song thing…considering what a big fan he is and has stated so on many occassions.

  17. Is there something wonky with the site? I no longer see the blog topics on the side and there some weird popular posts that only show when you are on the main entry… really difficult to navigate.

  18. LLWD jumped 8 spots on the Billboard Top 100 from last week to this week. Nice!!!

    krinja_signal
    #RT @thisistaks: @krinja_signal LLWD is #25 on the Hot 100!!! Top 25!
    about 1 hour ago from Echofon

    RT: Kris10Wells YAAAAY! Live Like We’re Dying is number 1 on the sirius top 20 countdown!
    4 minutes ago from Echofon

  19. I heard the studio version of Danny’s song “I will not say good-bye”, on a radio interview he did today at 95 WKSJ-FM. I like it. I think that it sounds better than the live version of the song. Another Danny fan made a recording of the interview that featured the studio version of the song and posted it:
    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/r-r-YO8gIRw/

    That is a beautiful song. I’m glad we’re getting a good listen to it after the first youtube video wasn’t of best quality. I listened to some of the radio interview, it sounded to me as if one (at least) of the male radio hosts was really affected hearing the song.

    I do believe Danny’s album will be very strong.

    It was nice also that they spent probably at least a third of Danny’s on air interview talking about charitable issues, between the Haiti needs, Danny’s foundation, and the St. Jude’s charity which receives so much support from the country music world.

  20. thedavidcook: # just checking in. Busy day today. finishing up some song ideas and being domesticatious. And yes, that is a real word I just made up…
    about 1 hour ago from web

  21. ‘Pants on the Ground’ Singer Larry Platt Offered Record Deal

    62-year-old Larry Platt who claims his fame across the U.S. after auditioning “American Idol” in Atlanta has been offered a record deal by Jake Records. Thus, his self-written track “Pants on the Ground” which is currently sweeping the nation may be released sometime soon

    http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00030197.html

  22. Thus, his self-written track “Pants on the Ground” which is currently sweeping the nation may be released sometime soon

    God please no.

  23. I guess this would belong here. Jim Cantiello did a 7 part interview with Randy Jackson. In one segment he pretty mutch hatchets both Kris and Adam’s albums. Although why anyone cares what old washed up Randy Jackson has to say is beyond my comprehension. Just found it interesting and thought I’d share the link.

    LOL oh Randy. Whether you believe he’s right or wrong, he comes awfully arrogant and dickish in this. Poor Jim, his Idol knowledge and comic hilarity deserve a better interview subject.

  24. LOL oh Randy. Whether you believe he’s right or wrong, he comes awfully arrogant and dickish in this. Poor Jim, his Idol knowledge and comic hilarity deserve a better interview subject.

    I completely disagree with Randy, but then again I often do on the show as well. Randy has unknowingly opened up a shit storm on himself sadly. I checked twitter and the hardcore Adam fans are already slamming his twitter with hate. I feel like he’ll be making a follow up clarification in the near future, cause the glamberts can be relentless and brutal, lol.

  25. Randy is an idiot and I don’t even think he actually listened to Adam’s or Kris’s albums. He even forgot Daughtry’s name. This is all about him pushing the new season. My dream is that he leaves along with Simon, takes Kara with him and we get new judges all around for next season.

  26. Seems to me I remember Randy praising boh Kris’s and Adam’s albums when they first came out. But I may be misremembering that.

    Not that it matters what he thinks — I’ve never thought he’s relevant to the current music scene.

    He is really pushing the who a girl is gonna win this year too. Better watch out — viewesr hve shown they don’t like to be told you to vote for.

  27. “Thus, his self-written track “Pants on the Ground” which is currently sweeping the nation may be released sometime soon

    God please no.”

    I agree- as in John McInroe’s words- “You can’t be serious”!! If they are – maybe they are delusional & think he might be the US version of Susan Boyle? Just no!!!

  28. I’m kind of surprised about Randy. The album thing aside, he comes across as so pompous in the rest of the interview. He’s tedious on the show, but I never thought he was arrogant. Also, he still won’t admit that he says the same thing over and over again, and change it up. Sigh. I wish Paula and Simon were staying and Ellen, or someone, was replacing Randy and Kara.

  29. Really Randy? You know so much about the music industry and that being true to who you are on Idol helps one’s sales? So about Brook White again? Yeah. Uh hunh. And I like Brooke White fine, but yeah in terms of her being successful.

  30. The album thing aside, he comes across as so pompous in the rest of the interview.

    OMG that’s the exact word I was looking for, POMPOUS. The attempt to prop up his cred was transparent, beyond whether he has a point or not.

    Although I’m with Truthiness, I really don’t think sticking to classic rock revival or stripped down acoustic respectively would have resulted in a different outcome for Adam or Kris, it would have just satisfied a different group of Idol bubble fans. One reason they made it to the end was that both of them included a well rounded variety of performances within their individual wheelhouses.

    Actually, I’m not even sure why I’m actually paying this much attention to Randy. I must be bored.

  31. Thus, his self-written track “Pants on the Ground” which is currently sweeping the nation may be released sometime soon

    YAY!!! Bring it on! Everyone I know has been having a blast with this song. it’s just fun!

  32. YAY!!! Bring it on! Everyone I know has been having a blast with this song. it’s just fun!

    It was cute at first, hilarious when it trended on twitter, and funny to see all the remixes.

    But it is a complete gimmick, with a guy who obviously doesn’t even meet the basic Idol age requirement. He seems like a cool person, and that’s great he might gain some success, but ugh to Idol auditions once again becoming all about the sideshows. Although I can’t even act surprised that it’s happening, LOL.

  33. I remember Randy initially liking both Kris and Adam’s albums, funny how it changes since neither is selling extremely well.

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