Idol Headlines for 01/24/10

‘Hope For Haiti’ telethon draws, and rasies, millions

UPDATE: The “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon raised has more than $57 million to date — a new record for money donated by the general public during a disaster relief telethon.

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Also, the single “Hope for Haiti Now” is currently the top-selling iTunes album in 18 countries, the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.

The $57 million does not include donations by corporations, large private donors and iTunes sales figures, all of which are still being calculated.

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Adam Lambert and Justin Timberlake bond at SAG after party

Saturday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards delivered some serious star power, including an appearance by Adam Lambert, who came straight from a photo shoot for Flaunt Magazine. Why attend if you’re not nominated, presenting or performing? “I got invited and thought, ‘Why not?, ‘ ” Adam told Access Hollywood on the red carpet.

We caught up with the Season 8 runner-up at the People Magazine-sponsored after party, where he was spotted early on chatting with Justin Timberlake. In fact, the two hit it off so well, JT offered to write a song for Adam!

Adam didn’t stay at the party for long since it took mere minutes for a line of fans to form, some of them famous (Chris Colfer from “Glee, ” Maulik Pancholy from “Weeds” and “30 Rock”)

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SAG Awards red carpet: Drew Barrymore’s dress is pretty, but Adam Lambert’s makeup is better

Drew Barrymore, this award show season’s most fearless fashionista, has taken another risk, choosing a navy blue gown with a stiff, asymetrical peplum, beaded chiffon ribbons and embroidery at the hem by L.A.’s own Monique Lhuillier.

She has one of the evening’s many untidy up-dos too, and a nude lip. Not sure the makeup is up to the glamour of the gown.

Adam Lambert’s makeup is much prettier.

LA Times

Haiti Telethon: What You Didn’t See on TV

“The celebrities were so low-key. Everyone drove themselves, there were no handlers, no entourages, ” adds the source. “Everyone was in a good mood. Most people showed up early and many celebrities, including Chevy Chase, Olivia Wilde and David Archuleta, stayed after the telethon was over so they could keep answering phone calls.

People.com

Jennifer Hudson: “I’m Just Glad I Didn’t Forget the Words”

Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be” was simply stunning. She told me later, “I’m just glad I didn’t forget the words!” It hardly the case. She looked gorgeous, and her voice soared. She is poised to be a superstar of the new decade.

Showbiz 411

Jordin Sparks unveils her Shelby GT500 at Barrett-Jackson

Jordin Sparks visited the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Saturday, Jan. 23, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

The “American Idol” winner from Glendale met with fans for an autograph session in the mid-afternoon, but before that, she checked out the “Jordin Sparks Special Edition” 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

As Sparks approached the Shelby Foundation Booth and saw the automobile, the singer excitedly checked out every detail of the car, pausing over the wheels, the trunk, the inside of the car, and at every inspection point, the singer flashed a big smile.

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‘Glee’: Idina Menzel gets hot and heavy with Mr. Schu

“Glee” has wasted no time in getting Idina Menzel into the thick of the action.

The Tony Award winner has joined the show’s cast for the rest of the season, and co-creator Brad Falchuk says she fit right in when she showed up on set earlier this month.

“I already directed her in the first episode, ” Falchuk said earlier this week during a visit to the “Glee” set. “She did two small scenes with Matt [Morrison], so we’ve started kind of easing her into it. She was great. I don’t come from a musical background so I wasn’t that familiar with her. … She was fun to work with, fun to direct.”

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131 Comments

  1. Idina Menzel is joining the cast of Glee for the rest of the season? SQUEE!!

    Since she and Lea Michele look so much alike, I’m dying to know what her role will be.

    ETA: nvm, she’s the leader of Vocal Adrenaline. Reading the whole article is useful sometimes. LOL

  2. That would be awesome if JT wrote a song for Adam. That would be fantastic!!!

  3. That would be awesome if JT wrote a song for Adam. That would be fantastic!!!

    who knows if it would ever happen (it would be cool if it did), but that incident exemplifies why going to these types of events is beneficial — meeting and chatting up other industry people can result in new opportunities.

  4. LA TIMES

    We caught up with the Season 8 runner-up at the People Magazine-sponsored after party, where he was spotted early on chatting with Justin Timberlake. In fact, the two hit it off so well, JT offered to write a song for Adam!

    And this is why it is important for Adam to go to these events. If he hadn’t gone to the SAG awards, would he have had the opportunity to meet JT in a relaxed and fun environment? It’s not about the fame, it’s about the networking.

    Oh, and I’m not comparing Adam to JT at ALL, and I am aware that JT is an established artist. But JT has branched out into movies, so he is another singer/musician who likes to do other things besides music. I believe JT also owns a restaurant.

    Now the right musical movie, starring the two of them would be awesome! A remake of “Little Shop of Horrors?”

  5. mmb
    01/24/2010 at 11:54 am

    That would be awesome if JT wrote a song for Adam. That would be fantastic!!!

    who knows if it would ever happen (it would be cool if it did), but that incident exemplifies why going to these types of events is beneficial — meeting and chatting up other industry people can result in new opportunities.

    ITA! It also has to be so reassuring to Adam to know that successful people in the industry continue to be interested in working with him.

  6. Wow – Jordin has a car named after her? That is so cool! And a very different kind of promotion for an IDOL winner!

  7. Why couldn’t Justin actually offer to write a song for an idol that I actually like? I’m ready for Justin to get working on his own album.

  8. We caught up with the Season 8 runner-up at the People Magazine-sponsored after party, where he was spotted early on chatting with Justin Timberlake. In fact, the two hit it off so well, JT offered to write a song for Adam!
    Naturally, we asked Adam about this little exchange, to which he responded: “I would loooove that,” and crossed his fingers with eyes to the sky. (We crossed our toes in solidarity, not that he noticed).

    oooooo! I love JT! I’m crossing my fingers and toes!

    And this is why it is important for Adam to go to these events. If he hadn’t gone to the SAG awards, would he have had the opportunity to meet JT in a relaxed and fun environment? It’s not about the fame, it’s about the networking.

    Exactly! Like Adam said, he was invited so why not? You never know who you might meet or what connections can be made. Did he end up going to the HBO after-party he was invited to?

  9. Adam and Justin? BRB DYING

    And this is why it is important for Adam to go to these events. If he hadn’t gone to the SAG awards, would he have had the opportunity to meet JT in a relaxed and fun environment? It’s not about the fame, it’s about the networking.

    Exactly.

  10. Adam has said before when describing justin timberlake as “YUM” lol i bet Adam thought he was soo hot!!

    “Adam didn’t stay at the party for long since it took mere minutes for a line of fans to form, some of them famous (Chris Colfer from “Glee,” Maulik Pancholy from “Weeds” and “30 Rock”), others simply adoring “Idol” voters, all hoping for their own tête-à-tête.”

    it seems that he always gets mentioned of having TONS of people come up and talk to him!! and yes, this is why you go , to network!

  11. “btw: i think the world tour promotion just meant promoting his music/not a tour”

    I agree. I believe the statement included the words, “world promotion tour”, not, “world tour promotion”.

  12. I don’t think Adam meant he is going on an actual world tour — just that he’ll be going to some places outside the US for promotion.

    Also, that’s really cool that JT offered to write a song for Adam — although to be honest, I didn’t know JT even wrote songs. Adam’s making some really nice connections by going to all these events. People say stuff all the time and they don’t always follow through (ex – Jamie Foxx claiming he wanted to work with Kris), but sometimes they do. Hopefully an Adam/JT collaboration will be one of the ones that do pan out.

    Ooh, that station MtlFan linked for Kris’ DJ stint (which must be over since I’ve yet to hear him) is playing WWFM right now!

  13. speaking of Justin…his version of “Hallelujah” on Hope For Haiti Now is stunning!! (esp. the live performance)

    ..donate with a download.

  14. I bought stranded but I didn’t like it much… thought it was a bit of a mess.

  15. Sunday updates

    iTunes

    #22 LLWD
    #25 WWFM

    POP:
    24 21 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3186 2920 266 18.384
    +54 Spins
    +41 Bullet
    +0.497 AI

    HAC:
    10 10 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2528 2417 111 12.978
    +7 Spins
    -10 Bullet
    -0.042 AI

    POP:
    31 29 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2150 1833 317 14.792
    +69 Spins
    +48 Bullet
    +0.127 AI

    HAC:
    36 36 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 435 402 33 1.435
    -4 Spins
    -19 Bullet
    -0.063 AI

  16. on a serious note, i mean just going to these events like SAG being invited has its advantages, and like adam said, “why not”?,possibly someone offers an audition to you for a movie, offer to write a song/duet, i mean look at jennifer hudson??? she was off the radar for like 2-3 years after idol, auditioned for dreamgirls, and the rest is history

  17. I bought the album and it included 3 versions of “Stranded”??
    I hope you chose the studio version…Bono’s mic was not working in the tv live performance…although I agree..still a bit of a mess.

    Also great..Dave Mattthews/Neil Young “Alone and Forsaken”
    and John Legend “Motherless Child”

  18. girlygirl, thanks forthe updates – look at these 2 guys go – love watching both LLWD and WWFM moving up the charts.

  19. Agree Mainegal that Hallelujah was good. Will try the other one you recommend!

  20. Okay, worrieds about WWFM’s stalling on HAC. Or at least that’s how it feels. I’m a noobie when it comes to this, so no idea is this is an irrational fear, but I’m a worrier, so I’m going with it.

    Sorry if I missed this last night. I think sunglasses are probably the best thing for him to promote as he does wear them all of the time.

    Well this may be a great way to get Adam some decent sunglasses. Still shuddering over those horrible yellow monstrosities.

  21. it takes a while for some songs on HAC to get popular, Tik Tok and Bad Romance are just taking off for example

  22. RT @cherleigh: @bigmacvikings reported on kfan.com: The “Pants On The Ground guy” was flown in by the Minnesota Vikings

    LMAO!!

  23. RT @cherleigh: @bigmacvikings reported on kfan.com: The “Pants On The Ground guy” was flown in by the Minnesota Vikings

    Haha, really? Maybe he can teach Brett the rest of the song ;)

  24. Kris was on the radio station for where his singing The National Anthem, and the lady dj asked him what his doing next and he said his heading to Haiti next to help out. He said he choose this instead of doing the telethon for Haiti the other night.

  25. Kris just did a radio interview in which he said he is going to Haiti in the next couple of days. He was supposed to have taken part in the benefit concert but decided to go to Haiti himself instead. I assume his previous missionary work has provided him with training (CPR, first aid, etc) so he can actually help out with things if needed. I guess he’s going there straight from New Orleans?

    He also said he’s wearing body paint under his shirt for the game today – LOL

  26. Kris just did a radio interview in which he said he is going to Haiti in the next couple of days.

    Interesting. I just saw on CNN yesterday that they were encouraging people to give money rather than actually go there because of all the chaos. I guess they make exceptions for certain people. Either way, its a nice gesture.

  27. That is awesome if Kris goes to Haiti. Just awesome. Money is good but time and lending a hand mean so much more.

  28. Interesting. I just saw on CNN yesterday that they were encouraging people to give money rather than actually go there because of all the chaos. I guess they make exceptions for certain people. Either way, its a nice gesture.

    I’m sure Kris is going with some type of organization. I hear it’s hard to get in there, and I just don’t see them making an exception for just him. But going with like the Red Cross or something I can see.

    Kris never gives details so we don’t know what is gonna go on there exactly lol. But Kris has been to 6 countries doing philanthropy type work. He knows how this stuff goes so I’m sure he wouldn’t go if he didn’t think there was something he could do or that he would be in the way. :)

  29. hat is awesome if Kris goes to Haiti. Just awesome. Money is good but time and lending a hand mean so much more

    I don’t care if it were Adam or Kris or Danny or any Idol….I think it is foolish to be going to Haiti right now unless you bring something very specific to the table…ie: nurses, Drs, heavy construction, “trained” search and rescue.

    The country is in a state of chaos and untrained hands will only add to the problems that are already there. I know the gesture is superb but anyone going there now who isn’t required or requested is just another mouth to feed and a bed to find. People should give money and let the pros handle it for now. There will be lots of time in the coming months and years to lend a helping hand….and this is not a dig on Kris because I know he means well and is really into helping.

  30. That is awesome if Kris goes to Haiti. Just awesome. Money is good but time and lending a hand mean so much more.

    I completely agree. This weekend I found out someone who used to live in my neighrbohood went to Haiti with one of his workers who is Haitian to help him find out about his family (he was also part of volunteer ambulance corp so was able to help with First Aid as well).

    I think this is very much the tyoe of thing Kris would be involved with based on all we’ve heard about his mission trips in the past. I would love to hear of more Idols doing similar things. We know Adam has recorded a PSA and Kat McPhee and Archie were both involved with the telethon on Friday night. I hope as time goes on we hear about more idols besdes these 4 getting involved, whether it is behind the scenes or in an upfron manner – every little bit helps.

  31. Yeah in the interview he said someone set it up for Kris to go. Am sure if the person thought Kris couldn’t handle it or it was to dangerous for Kris then they wouldn’t have gotten aproved. Kris has gone overseas to do Missioner work before so am sure his really well trained to be doing this type of thing.

  32. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris is going to film something for this year’s Idol Gives Back.

  33. I’ve been through the Red Cross emergency training and I think they are probably at the point where they need ppl on the ground to help distribute goods, cleanup, etc. I know they are asking ppl at my hospital to sign up to go in a future group, this will be going on for a long time. Of course they want Medical personnel, but takes a lot of ppl just to administer those tent cities.

    I admire Kris for wanting to go, and for his past mission work. I don’t think he’s going as the American Idol, I think he is just going as Kris.

  34. If Kris has skills and experience to lend a hand, and I expect he does, good for him.

    I remember hearing that Idol Gives Back will be focusing on Haiti, so I would not be shocked to hear that Fox and/or 19 furnished $$ or connections to make it happen.

    Star – you beat me to the post.

  35. Truthiness
    01/24/2010 at 1:16 pm
    Okay, worrieds about WWFM’s stalling on HAC. Or at least that’s how it feels. I’m a noobie when it comes to this, so no idea is this is an irrational fear, but I’m a worrier, so I’m going with it.

    They can only stretch Adam so far — and they are doing the US promos plus international promos.

    RCA focused initial radio promo for WWFM primarily on Top 40 stations [AI for past 7 day on Pop was 14.7 million — which is great]. Now they are doing more HAC promos. He recently did an interview with Chicago HAC station [1/13] and was guest DJ on the LA HAC station last week [and he played LLWD]. WWFM will get airplay on HAC — just going to take some time.

    Adam has a number of Canadian interviews and appearances tomorrow [including TV performance]. Plus Adam has been doing a ton of radio, print and TV interviews as part of the international promo. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malyasia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Finland and Canada last week — maybe some others. All three singles are getting airplay internationally, but FYE is the highest ranked on the major radio station charts in all but US and Canada.

    Very little of Adam’s schedule is known — but I expect to see RCA and Adam invest some time and energy in promoting WWFM to HAC stations.

  36. If this has been discussed, I missed it:

    So many of the idols have been involved in the Haitian relief efforts as has already been discussed, and I know Adam did the PSA. Earlier in the week some of us were wondering about Adam being involved in the telethon on Friday night. Now that we know about the photoshoot and the SAG Awards, my guess is that may have played a part in his not being in New York on Friday night (whether invited or volunteered). Don’t think he could have made it back to LA for the previously scheduled photoshoot.

  37. I think it’s a sweet sentiment to want to help, but I don’t doubt for a second it was something that 19Entertainment came up with for good PR for the show. He’s probably going to go over there for a day, hug a few Haitian kids and show him handing out water or food to starving people.

  38. And am sure if they thought Kris was going to be in the way they wouldn’t have approved him going over there. It’s not like he just himself said am going to go over there and lend my help. Someone ask him and then he decided to do this instead of the Telephony.

  39. star
    01/24/2010 at 3:33 pm
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris is going to film something for this year’s Idol Gives Back.

    Oh that makes a lot of sense — and there could be no one better to go to Haiti on behalf of American Idol!

    Kris going to Haiti is very different than just anyone going to Haiti. He can do a lot to bring attention to the need and to remind people how important it is the continue to donate to Haitian Relief.

  40. Ok Canadians! You know you must record any Adam performance and immediately send it to mj’s, right?????

    And good for Kris for going to Haiti. It’s not going to be a pretty sight- everything still pretty terrible over there- but if there’s anything he can do to help- kuddos to him- and I really don’t want to be cynical about it (even if there are managements’ agendas- I’m sure Kris is doing it out of the kindness of his heart!)

  41. I admire Kris and anyone else who can do this type of thing–whether as part of a bigger program or as an individual. He has done it before, and I’m sure he can handle it and do good work for them. Personally, I don’t have the fortitude to put myself in harms way. I’m already too afraid of earthquakes and tsunamis to even go to the islands on vacations. But good for anyone who can. My prayers are with all of them.

  42. Ceddies

    If this has been discussed, I missed it:

    So many of the idols have been involved in the Haitian relief efforts as has already been discussed, and I know Adam did the PSA. Earlier in the week some of us were wondering about Adam being involved in the telethon on Friday night. Now that we know about the photoshoot and the SAG Awards, my guess is that may have played a part in his not being in New York on Friday night (whether invited or volunteered). Don’t think he could have made it back to LA for the previously scheduled photoshoot.

    I am pleased that Adam did the Haiti PSA and also promoted the Red Cross on Twitter.

    There were telethon call banks in Los Angeles and NY. So he could have been involved in the LA telethon without a schedule issue. CNN reported that Hope for Haiti had more celebrity volunteers than they needed and they had no need to invite people.

    And Adam would have been on the phones, certainly not performing. Bono, Madonna, Jay Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, JT, Neil Young, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and so on — all of the performers were established, major artists. Adam is not in that league — may get there someday but not there now.

  43. Thanks Q3, I didn’t realize there were people involved in LA as well as NY.
    I’m glad they had more volunteers than needed too.

  44. I live in Dominican Republic, to me is amazing that Kris is planning to go to Haiti. Really!!

    It means a lot to me because this is an small island and the heartquake was in the west side of the island, but what if the hearquake were on the East side, probabily me and my family would be death right now.

    Tha day started like a normal day and we also felt it but nothing happend to us. I can’t stop thinking how bless we were here and at the same time how in just a few seconds thousands of people lost their lives.

    All of this is very sad to me, the Hospitals here are full of Haitiians fighting for their lives and believe me is really really sad :( and Haiti is a very very poo

    Thank you Kris for doing this!

  45. i would LOVE it if Adam and Justin Timberlake collaborated on a song!!!! their personalities just seem so compatible i knew they would hit it off!!!
    that would be a musical dream come true. they’re like the only 2 male pop artists out there right now.

    As far as Kris going to Haiti good for him but im extremely worried about him. The country is in massive disarray, violence is really high and the aftershocks just seem to keep on coming.

    Also with Idina Menzel being on Glee, Lea Michele and Idina have already met when Idina went to see Lea in Spring Awakening a few years back. Everyone always said they look alike. They were both also in a workshop for this new musical called Nero that I got to see around 2 years ago. I dont know if Nero is ever gonna be a full blown musical though. The show needs A LOT of work, it was still in the very beginning stages when i saw it but Lea and Idina were awesome in it.

  46. Cant edit but I wanted to said that Haiti is a very poor country it really needs a lot of help for the next 5 years.

  47. mj i didnt know to put this in the football thread or headlines, so feel free to delete

    http://mashable.com/2010/01/24/vikings-pants-on-the-ground/

    well guys, its true. “pants on the ground” gen. larry platt was indeed flown into new orleans to perform for the vikings. here is the video of larry in the locker room performing for the vikings. LOL and hes going to be on the sidelines! expect lots of coverage today! haha

  48. I hope Kris will be safe over there in Haiti. I was watching CNN a few hours ago. Anderson Cooper was in the midst of violence. There was looting going on and people were retaliating with sticks and stones (literally) to protect what was theirs. Anderson even abandoned the camera he was holding and took it upon himself to carry a boy bleeding copiously from a head injury to get him out harms way.

  49. ozarka
    01/24/2010 at 4:44 pm
    “I hope Kris will be safe over there in Haiti. I was watching CNN a few hours ago. Anderson Cooper was in the midst of violence. There was looting going on and people were retaliating with sticks and stones (literally) to protect what was theirs. Anderson even abandoned the camera he was holding and took it upon himself to carry a boy bleeding copiously from a head injury to get him out harms way.”

    Kris is not going to be wondering alone the streets of Haiti looking for people to help. I don’t think you have to worry about Kris getting hurt. I have no doubt he’ s going to visit an area that’s guarded by soldiers and is safe enough for the camera crew to get some good footage. This is for good PR, not a missionary mission to help the people of Haiti.

  50. Kris is not going to be wondering alone the streets of Haiti looking for people to help. I don’t think you have to worry about Kris getting hurt. I have no doubt he’ s going to visit an area that’s guarded by soldiers and is safe enough for the camera crew to get some good footage. This is for good PR, not a missionary mission to help the people of Haiti.

    You know this how? Why would this be different from the extensive humanitarian work Kris has done in the past?

  51. Kris is not going to be wondering alone the streets of Haiti looking for people to help. I don’t think you have to worry about Kris getting hurt. I have no doubt he’ s going to visit an area that’s guarded by soldiers and is safe enough for the camera crew to get some good footage. This is for good PR, not a missionary mission to help the people of Haiti.

    Since when has Kris been all about the PR? Kris has done a lot of mission trips in the past. I’m sure he genuinely wants to help as much as possible.

  52. Kris is not going to wondering alone the streets of Haiti looking for people to help. I don’t think you have to worry about Kris getting hurt. I have no doubt he’ s going to visit an area that’s guarded by soldiers and is safe enough for the camera crew to get some good footage. This is for good PR, not a missionary mission to help the people of Haiti.

    Would you mind linking your source for that information? It would be completely out of character for Kris to hop on a plane to get ‘some good footage’ for PR. Kris has done work after disasters in other 3rd world countries long before he was on Idol.

  53. Kris is not Mother Theresa, he’s probably going down with an American Idol film crew to show the world how much American Idol cares about the people of Haiti. I am not saying Kris isn’t a nice guy with a good heart, because he is all that. But people just can’t hop on a plane for Haiti and then look for the first American Red Cross sign and volunteer. Sorry if I offended people by giving my opinion, but that’s what I honestly think this is all about.

  54. Since when has Kris been all about the PR? Kris has done a lot of mission trips in the past. I’m sure he genuinely wants to help as much as possible.

    Kris is The American Idol now- things have changed.

    He can no longer decide he wants to go do something without checking schedules, consulting management, and running it by a committee.
    I’m sure his heart is in the right place but I doubt the same can be said for 19M.
    We’ll know soon enough.
    If we get footage of Kris in Haiti that will scream PR to me.
    If we get nothing then it is not.

  55. But people just can’t hop on a plane for Haiti and then look for the first American Red Cross sign and volunteer. Sorry if I offended people by giving my opinion, but that’s what I honestly think this is all about.

    ITA. You can’t just go down to Haiti and look for people to help. You end up being part of the problem. (another mouth to feed and person to find clean water for) I’m sure Kris has had to join with a team that knows what they are getting themselves into.
    Maybe Kris has joined a group from AI and they are going to go down and deliver help and supplies. This could be something for a segment on Idol Gives Back. I’m not saying it’s for PR. Maybe Kris is going to be the spokesperson for the segment on Haitian relief on IGA.

  56. If we get footage of Kris in Haiti that will scream PR to me.
    If we get nothing then it is not.

    Honestly, even if we get footage of him in Haiti that doesn’t mean it’s only about the PR. No one is forcing him to go to Haiti. He could have chosen to be involved by answering phones Friday night, which is still showing involvement but keeps him in the US.

  57. There have been articles in my local newspaper advising people not to go to Haiti, that what is needed is money. That may have changed in the past day or two, IDK. Or perhaps Kris will go with a specific organization that has special skills. Anyway, I’m sure his heart is in the right place.

    As for Adam, he’s certainly keeping busy. I wonder when he sleeps. Keep your eye on the prize baby!

  58. Honestly, even if we get footage of him in Haiti that doesn’t mean it’s only about the PR.

    I agree. Since he seems to have a history of doing humanitarian work pre-Idol, I’m inclined to believe he’s doing this out of the goodness of his heart and not just for a photo op or PR.

  59. ^^THIS.

    I have no knowledge about how Kris is going down, but would bet my life that it is not about PR. If AI, as part of IGB, helps facilitate this, I’m sure that isn’t something that Kris would turn down. I think it’s pretty certain, though, that he will not be posing for pictures, but getting his hands dirty helping where he can.

  60. Kris has done this stuff before. In actual six different countries. One was Thailand after the tsunami. Hell he about died in Morocco. He is choosing to actually be hands on not be on TV. I can’t see how anyone can say this is a PR move.

  61. yeah no i think someone would have to be cold hearted and arrogant to just go down there for some good old fashioned PR amidst all the horrible suffering. I cant say it didnt cross my mind though when i first heard about it. Kris is a very kind hearted person who loves to help those in need. it wont be his first trip to a place like this and it wont be his last. Unfortunately if there IS footage of this trip to Haiti it will be horribly misconstrued by a lot of people because he isnt exactly in the spotlight right now. Some people will just think its to boost sales when its not. I think Kris has very good intentions here. i hope he stays safe!

  62. I’m not a Kris fan but based on what Kris did before American idol, going to Haiti seems right up his alley and I’m glad that this whole American Idol thing hasn’t changed him. Haiti is a disaster zone right now…it’s not the kind of place that a minor celebrity (unknown to most Haitians) would visit just for PR. I suspect that Kris’ intentions are to do work. He also doesn’t strike me as a PR kind of guy. Anyway, let’s hope he stays safe!
    ETA: And Bridgitte, if footage ends up being used in Idol Gives Back, I’m OK with that too. The amount of effort that is put into that show goes beyond PR intentions IMO.

  63. I remember Randy said that this season’s idol give back could do sth with Haiti. Kris’ trip might related to that. me guessing tho.

  64. If we get footage of Kris in Haiti that will scream PR to me.
    If we get nothing then it is not.

    What bothers me about this statement is that there appears to be an underlying assumption that if it is PR, that means that Kris is doing it out of selfish interests. I think he is going for PR, but not for his own interests. The Haitian people have needs both of the body and the spirit. American Idol is a big deal, known around the world. The American Idol going to Haiti is a way of saying that America cares, in my opinion. That’s how I think it would be perceived by Haitian people. It’s the position that matters in this situation, I think. Although of course Kris as a person will want to help however he can, and in this case one of the ways he can help is to act as a symbol of America caring. I think that knowing that people in other countries care about what has happened to them is important for their spirits.

  65. If we get footage of Kris in Haiti that will scream PR to me.
    If we get nothing then it is not.

    Well the same could be said for Adam’s PSA. But in reality, Kris did this kind of thing before idol so it’s not such a streach that he would volunteer again. None of us know but it could be part of his missionary work. I’m proud of him and if it does become known that he’s down there for IGB, so much the better.

  66. What bothers me about this statement is that there appears to be an underlying assumption that if it is PR, that means that Kris is doing it out of selfish interests.

    Yeah, that bugs me, too. Why does it have to be mutually exclusive? Why can’t Idol send him down there for PR AND he gets to help people? Couldn’t he do both? He doesn’t strike me as a pushy jerk who would be told that they don’t need him there… and then he throws a fit to go anyway. And for people to think he’s only going there to sell albums is nuts, he would have sold more albums by staying here and promoting it, or doing the telethon which would have also been good PR.

  67. “And Bridgitte, if footage ends up being used in Idol Gives Back, I’m OK with that too. The amount of effort that is put into that show goes beyond PR intentions IMO.”

    I agree May. This could very well be part of idol gives back – but who cares- I know from Kris’s previous Mission trips that the Haiti people would be the first thing on his mind & now with his increased profile if he can help in any way to relieve the problems over there then kudos to him & the idol team!!

    As someone has said Haiti doesn’t just need help now, they need ongoing help & if Kris can help to keep this “in the news” then I think this is a very worthwhile trip!! I can’t believe that there are some people actually complaining this is just a PR trip- that’s not only a put down for Kris but the Haitian people as well!! They are the most important people in all this & from what I’ve seen & read about Kris- he would have it no other way!!

  68. If we get footage of Kris in Haiti that will scream PR to me.
    If we get nothing then it is not.

    That seems dubious to me. Adam did a PSA for Haiti–was that just for PR, since it was on TV? Adam has a history of helping out with charities so I’m sure he genuinely wanted to help, and his management was probably pleased about being on TV in that capacity. All the singers who performed on the Hope for Haiti telethon–I’m sure they were happy about getting exposure, but I’m also sure that they really wanted to help as much as they could.

    If footage of Haiti, and of people helping out in Haiti, weren’t shown on TV, those 58 million dollars might not have been donated. It can be good to show people doing good works on TV–it motivates others to do the same. It can be PR for Kris and also a genuinely good thing springing from good motivations. :)

  69. I don’t think that Kris is going to Haiti as a PR move, I think he is going because he cares and wants to help, which I think we all want. I would worry more about Kris going, because yes, I can see the getting in the way factor, for sure. But Kris, while not a professional, seems to have some experience with working with relief efforts before. So I think that will make him more useful than the average civilian who wants to help.
    So on the whole, good on him and cool to be able to go down and help.

  70. Or perhaps Kris will go with a specific organization that has special skills.

    I wonder what special skills he has to help the people down there…maybe sing to the victims?

  71. maybe they would appreciate someone there to uplift them through music for a while.

    Yeah, live like we are dying…I can totally see that….

  72. wow…lovingadam…thank for the video. His hair looks even higher than I thought…maybe 4 inches. So that makes him 6 foot 7 ( with the 2inch heels)? LOL …Stunning !!!

  73. Life doesn’t come in either/or’s.

    “Either he’s doing it for PR or for genuine desire to help people”… that’s a false dichotomy.

    He’s doing it for both.

  74. I suspect Kris was asked to go by either the church missionary group he worked with and travelled with before OR he was asked to go as part of IDOL gives back. These groups I’m sure have a specific task in mind that they plan to do over there.

    I remember Daughtry sitting around a group of children, I believe in Africa, singing as part of IGB and I also remember Carrie Underwood doing the same thing. I have a feeling we will see footage of Kris singing intercut with footage of the devestation of Haiti. It will be the mother of all PSAs.

    ETA-Why didn’t Kris just say who asked him instead of leaving it so vague?

  75. Izzieq
    01/24/2010 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you. You said it so much better than I ever can.

    Really, by now does anybody really questions whether or not Kris is a good guy or not ?

    That was the whole point of having so many big, big stars at the telethon for Haiti, so that people will tune in to hear the music, see the stars and donate.
    And maybe not everybody agrees with me, but Kris is a star. And I’m not going to say that he is an arrogant person, if he uses that star power to get more publicity for the Haiti’s plight.

  76. Laury, thanks for sharing your story. I’m happy your family is safe. This really was tragic, and we never know when it could be us. I’ll be praying for the people there.

  77. bridgette12
    Kris is not going to be wondering alone the streets of Haiti looking for people to help. I don’t think you have to worry about Kris getting hurt. I have no doubt he’ s going to visit an area that’s guarded by soldiers and is safe enough for the camera crew to get some good footage. This is for good PR, not a missionary mission to help the people of Haiti.

    How do you know that?

    And gee manitly, Kris is not hopping a plane and going to the first Red Cross station to volunteer. He was ASKED to go and he was happy to oblige.

    butterschnookie(sp)
    He can no longer decide he wants to go do something without checking schedules, consulting management, and running it by a committee.

    Yes he can. He was going to do the telethon, then this opportunity presented itself, and he chose the latter. I would have chosen the simpler, safer task, but Kris thinks with his heart. Kudos to him.

    I certainly HOPE we get footage from Haiti. I can just hear another idol’s fans saying, “Gee I hope we don’t get pictures or video.”

  78. ETA-Why didn’t Kris just say who asked him instead of leaving it so vague?

    Probably because he has no idea people his every word to this degree.

  79. ETA-Why didn’t Kris just say who asked him instead of leaving it so vague?

    Probably because he has no idea people his every word to this degree.

    Really, he has to know fans hang on his every word. Has he been asleep this past year? :)

    But seriously, Bill Clinton was on CNN last week asking folks not to come but rather to send money or helicopters, etc. So I can’t imagine Kris has been singled out by the Red Cross to come over and fold blankets. I do think it has to be part of IGB or part of his church missionary group. Either way, he will do some good over there and this kind of work is close to his heart.

  80. They’re asking people not to go due to the chaos. That is why the TV special and text messaging thing is going on because what they need now is money. I know for a fact people with family members in Haiti can’t get there due to the bad/dangerous situation so I’m surprised they’re letting a musician go. Either way its nice. People should help in any way that they can. Its just surprising to me thats all.

  81. But seriously, Bill Clinton was on CNN last week asking folks not to come but rather to send money or helicopters, etc. So I can’t imagine Kris has been singled out by the Red Cross to come over and fold blankets. I do think it has to be part of IGB or part of his church missionary group.

    I was thinking church as well.

  82. Yes he can. He was going to do the telethon, then this opportunity presented itself, and he chose the latter

    Why couldn’t he do both? That’s why I am leaning towards it being the IGB. Perhaps Jive/19/AI said you can do the telethon, but if you are willing to go to Haiti, that would be better.

  83. I know for a fact people with family members in Haiti can’t get there due to the bad/dangerous situation so I’m surprised they’re letting a musician go

    ITA- If it was that easy to get into Haiti, I’d bet my last dollar that Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Sean Penn would be on the first flight there. That is why I think it has to be part of IGB. I could see them letting Kris and an AI film crew in for that . The footage shown on AI would bring in a lot of money for Haiti, and they are going to need every penny of it.

  84. My 20 yr old daughter heard about Kris going to Haiti. She said she didn’t think he was an “all about me publicity” guy and she was disappointed and disgusted by celebs who take advantage of misfortunes just to get their name out there. I explained to her he was a missionary with his church and that he was asked to go. She felt better but it raises a problem for there are alot of people who don’t know about his background. I think they need to explain why he is going so others don’t jump to the same conclusion.

  85. I don’t think anyone would misconstrue Kris’s intentions. I remember when Sean Penn when down to New Orleans after Kathrina. He was on one of those boats, patrolling, looking for folks stuck on their roofs. I know it was hard work. I was happy to see that he did that. Really, celebs have the time and money to volunteer and so, why not?

  86. bridgette12

    This is NOT a PR move. Kris is going to Haiti to try and help people. Just like he did when he went to Africa to work with AIDS victims and when he went to Asia to help the victims of a tsunami, or any of the other missionary trips he’s been on. He has been going on missionary trips since he was a teenager — this isn’t someone doing it to get his name in the press.

  87. It is great that Kris is going to Haiti to help out. I am happy that alot of the idols are continuing to do charity work for great causes. If they get PR from it that is fine since it might encourage others to make similiar contributions. To me the actions of helping is much more important than the intentions and reason why which are only assumptions anyhow.

  88. The idea of a PR move didn’t cross my mind until I read it here. This is so not Kris. At Jives, I guess they have to babystep him into the world of PR. I remember at his home coming, hearing his wife in interview saying that he was that humble. So no, he doesn’t fit the mold of an attention seeker.
    And as it was said before, he has done overseas work relief like after the tsunami in Thailand for example. I remember seeing a picture of him after an idol tour show wearing a “free Burma” t-shirt. Everything’s pointing in the direction of a guy having an awareness of people’s suffering and desire to help. With this background, I’m not surprised that he’s leaving for Haiti. All his previous relief work was done with a group, I bet he’s joining the very same group.

  89. Kris has not done one thing that could be misconstrued as self-serving, so I don’t understand his motives being questioned in this instance. I am beyond proud of him, and see it as something that make Idols as a whole look good. IMO it’s win/win for all Idol fans. YMMV.

  90. I don’t think it is a publicity stunt at all. My point is, unless you follow everything, you don’t hear the full story. All my daughter heard was that he was going to Haiti and made assumptions based on that. People do that all the time. Kris seems like such a compasionate man. If they use the footage in Idol gives back, I think it will be very emotional.

    It worries me that if she can jump to conclusions others will too.

  91. Kris seems like such a compasionate man. If they use the footage in Idol gives back, I think it will be very emotional.

    ITA- and I think that is the point of him going over there. It will be a great way to raise money for Haiti.

  92. ITA- If it was that easy to get into Haiti, I’d bet my last dollar that Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Sean Penn would be on the first flight there. That is why I think it has to be part of IGB. I could see them letting Kris and an AI film crew in for that . The footage shown on AI would bring in a lot of money for Haiti, and they are going to need every penny of it.

    Actually, Sean Penn was in Haiti taking more doctors with him and seeing it for himself. Wyclef Jean and Ricky Martin have also been shown to be in Haiti. Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat was also reported to have gone to Haiti to help out as well. So, I guess some were able to get on the first flight to Haiti.

  93. Kind of tough to judge someone who’s willling to go into Haiti. Who among us would look forward to visiting that very troubled place right now? When all details of the situation there are considered, I’d bet most would be rather anxious. Kudos to anyone willing to go and help out if there’s a fitting way for them to do so. Money is essential (last I read U.S. contributors had donated about $450M) but it’s not all that will be needed.

  94. It won’t let me edit, I meant to type $434M ($377M before the telethon + $57M from the telethon).

  95. Actually, Sean Penn was in Haiti taking more doctors with him and seeing it for himself. Wyclef Jean and Ricky Martin have also been shown to be in Haiti. Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat was also reported to have gone to Haiti to help out as well. So, I guess some were able to get on the first flight to Haiti.

    Good for them! Was Sean Penn footing the bill for the doctors to get over there? It sounds like something he would do.

    Listen, I’m not knocking Kris for going, but the point Bill Clinton made on CNN was stay away. We need money and helicopters, etc. Perhaps too many celebs showed up?

    I guess the point is what does Kris hope to accomplish? If he is not footing the bill for helicopters and airfare for doctors, then why is he going? I think it is to help raise money for Haiti by brining attention to it through IGB. That is a good thing. Perhaps other idol winners were given the choice in the past didn’t want to participate? I recall both Daughtry and Carrie in Africa as part of IGB. That was the first one I saw.

  96. I admire Kris for what he is doing. I am glad that he is following his heart and doing what he thinks is the right thing for him to do. He seems to have a pretty level head on his shoulders and does not seem overly concerned by what other people think.

  97. But maybe Clinton meant celebs showing up on their own and stuff. I am sure that Kris did not decide to get on a plane himself, he probably is going as part of contingent. I would not be surprised that it is part of the Idol Gives Back contingent to bring the focus of IGB to Haiti relief…which is a wonderful thing and Kris as the reigning AI is a great representative of the show and what they are trying to do with raising money. Also, it helps that Kris has done relief work before and has encountered these types of situations before as well. I do recall Carrie being filmed in Africa for the last IGB as well as seeing video of Simon and Ryan there as well.

  98. Sorry can’t edit.

    Here is the link to Bill Clinton, now a special U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, asking for donations.

    As for how average Americans can help, Clinton said the best thing to do is donate cash.

    “Unless you’re in a search-and-rescue team or a medical team, the best thing you can do is give money for food, water, shelter and first aid supplies. Those are the things we need,” he said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/HaitiEarthquake/haiti-earthquake-bill-clinton-relief-calls-americans-donate/story?id=9554909&page=2

  99. I would not be surprised that it is part of the Idol Gives Back contingent to bring the focus of IGB to Haiti relief…

    Agreed, and I have said that several times in this thread. I think Kris is doing this as part of IGB in order to raise millions for Haiti.

  100. undercook,
    Kris has been part of a relief mission in Thailand after the tsunami. Having read no details on the contingent he’s going to be part of, my guess is that he’s joining the same rescue and relief team he had been part of in the past. It’s likely to be more that than anything related to Idol

  101. Briefly changing the subject – The newly crowned US ice dancing champs performed to David Cook’s “Billie Jean” in exhibition on NBC tonight. Beautiful skating and Cookie sounds so, so good.

  102. Kris seems to be the type of person who has no problem getting down and dirty with some very hard work. I think it’s wonderful he’s going, and I’m sure he will help at least one person – but probably many more.

    I think the discussion is on whether this is centering around IGB. I am in the IGB camp because Kris can do a lot more for Haiti as a spokesperson for IGB then he can going over there as an individual.

  103. By the way, it’s not a knock on Kris if people are interested in who asked him to go to Haiti. If it is an organized event, we can expect footage, especially if it is a fundraising trip.

  104. I am in the IGB camp because Kris can do a lot more for Haiti as a spokesperson for IGB then he can going over there as an individual.

    I get what you are saying. And if it was any of the other idols, I’d agree. But since dude actually has experience with this kind of thing, I’m thinking there may be a chance that he is actually going with a trained team who can do some good. And, Idol may just tape whatever they do to air on IGB at a later date. So it could be that BOTH camps are right.

    In any case, its a good thing no matter how you slice it.

  105. I’m thinking there may be a chance that he is actually going with a trained team who can do some good. And, Idol may just tape whatever they do to air on IGB at a later date. So it could be that BOTH camps are right.

    Perhaps. Either way, it will make its way into IGB, which is a good thing.

  106. I love all three of Kradison, and any way that Kris is able to help with the Haiti tragedy, whether completely off camera or covered by IGB is pure win. I can’t imagine Kris doing it for any reason other than he wants to help.

    I think the people who are objecting on the basis that “some people” who don’t frequent Idol blogs or know Kris’s history might cynically ascribe his motives to a PR stunt are overly concerned for nothing. And regardless, the important thing is that he’s helping, I doubt he’s concerned about random people’s perception.

    This seems like a crazy thing for people to actually criticize Kris for, but so are some of the issues uses to beat Adam up with as well. As a fan it doesn’t feel good when it’s done to either of them. I don’t really understand what drives people to focus on the negative, but that’s the internet for ya. All I know is I’m glad that Kris has been given an opportunity to do some good for people that obviously desperately need it, in whatever form it takes.

  107. Mltfan, it still isn’t working (for me, anyway). Can I look it up by the title?

    ETA: Okay, I looked it up and found it. Your link was right, it just didn’t work for me.

  108. Haiti is a big news story right now, and it’s not unusual for people to look at the relief effort in a broader sense. We discussed Jennifer Hudson’s “LET IT BE” after the telethon. Adam had a thread on his PSA. By the way, I don’t think I commented on that thread because there wasn’t much to say. I think we are all curious about IGB and Haiti is an obvious choice for IDOL to focus on. Kris’s trip could be for IGB and Kris may not be allowed to say. I’m sure AI wouldn’t want leaked footage on the internet so it would be best to keep it quiet.

    Either way, I believe Kris’s intentions are good. He always struck me as a good hearted person. So asking questions about his trip, wondering if there is more to it, etc, and referencing recent news articles on the subject is not a knock at Kris, but rather an attempt to see the larger picture. But hey, maybe it is as simple as Kris going over there for few days to help out? It just seems like it would be a wasted opportunity for IGB.

  109. here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

  110. One reason why I doubt that Kris’s trip is connected to IGB is that it is just so chaotic over in Haiti right now. This isn’t the right time to film something for IGB. Haiti is going to need long-term aid — IMO it would be far better for the IGB folks to wait until things calm down a bit in the country, and maybe film something on what has gone on in Haiti in the weeks and months following the quake and how aid is still needed — to not forget Haiti just because the earthquake is no longer breaking news. If a film crew went over now, they could actually get in the way of the relief efforts.

  111. But since dude actually has experience with this kind of thing, I’m thinking there may be a chance that he is actually going with a trained team who can do some good.

    I’m glad Kris is going, but I don’t think he is a “missionary” or a highly trained third-world country aid relief helper. He was raised in the south in a church atmosphere, so “mission trips” are common. My nephew is going on his 5th one this spring break and he is a freshman in college.
    Youth groups at churches and church-based college groups do these mission trips to help, but also to try and convert those in third-world countries. The people in these countries are very open to anything that has food and help tied in with it.
    Hey, it works. The unfortunate get food, clean water and medical care. The kids and adults raise the money to go on these trips by sending letters to their friends and family asking for donations. I’ve often wondered how long that same $1,500 would last if it were sent for food or drinking water.
    All I’m saying is these kinds of trips are something that are yearly affairs in the churches and colleges here in the south. I’m not saying young people aren’t to be commended for going on these trips or that they aren’t helpful to the people in the country they are working in.
    I figure this has something to do with IGB and I’m sure Kris is going for the right reasons. I Do Not think it is a PR stunt, rather an opportunity to raise more money for a Haiti.

  112. I posted this in the Kris Allen NA thread, and I’m going to post it here too, since I just deleted a bunch of posts. My Guidelines:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/idol-appearances/guidelines

    A reminder that I’m not running a fan site. Although often treated as fan threads, posts on a particular Idol are open TO EVERYONE. Including those who would criticize the Idol.

    Telling posters, what to do, complaining and bitching about other posters or hijacking a thread to complain about the thread will get you put in moderation. And guess what? Some of you earned your spot in moderation tonight.

  113. I don’t think Kris is going to be doing any “missionary” work here. At least- I hope not. That word kinda makes me cringe , to be honest with you.

    No- I sincerely hope (and tend to believe) that he, and whoever is organizing this support team are really doing it to help out, and not to try convert anyone into any new religion/ideology…

  114. Ditto to mr’s post. And yes, my church & many others I know of send young people as part of missionary groups to underdeveloped countries. Not unusual at all. I hope this does not have a missionary aspect to it. I don’t think it does.

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