Nigel Lythgoe’s day-after spin on last night’s Idol ratings, “I believe it’s amazing that last night after 10 Seasons & the loss of Paula and Simon #AI beat the COMBINED audiences of CBS-NBC-ABC by 61%”
Country Superstar Carrie Underwood to Perform National Anthem at CRS 2011
(Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 27, 2011) Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced that one of the most powerful vocalists in Country music, Carrie Underwood, will perform the national anthem at CRS 2011, to be held March 2-4, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.
Underwood’s performance officially opens CRS 2011 at the Nashville Convention Center on Wednesday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. CST. This is the first time she has performed the national anthem at Country Radio Seminar.
“Wow. What else can I say? What a way to kick off Country Radio Seminar 2011!” says CRB President Mike Culotta. “We are very appreciative and very excited to welcome one of the biggest superstars in Country music to our event. Carrie is certainly going to get us started in style!”
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Steven Tyler’s Bawdy, Ducky Phrase Explained
“Fuck a duck” has various slang senses—often used as an interjection to express anger or astonishment, or as a handy alternative to “go to hell.” It’s quite versatile, appearing in such phrases as “he’d fuck a duck” (he’d fuck anything), “before you could fuck a duck, ” and “he was mad enough to fuck a duck.” (These are mentioned in Jonathan Lighter’s Historical Dictionary of American Slang, as well as a book spun off from it, The F-Word, by Jesse Sheidlower.)
“Fuck a duck and see what hatches” might be idiosyncratic to Steven Tyler. The full couplet used by Tyler (and Aerosmith fans who repeat his bons mots—here’s an example from Usenet from 1994) begins “Shit fire and save matches, ” which is an “I’ll be damned” type of exclamation that’s been around for a while. Here it is in the 1971 novel Joiner by James Whithead (set in segregation-era Mississippi).
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‘American Idol’: Youth key to Milwaukee contestants’ success
There is something about youth that has the American Idol judges desperate to dole out golden tickets.
Call it the Justin Bieber effect, call it cuteness, you might even call it pity, but the judges’ affinity for teens –- specifically 15-year-olds (the show’s new lowered minimum age) — reached a fever pitch when the show ventured to Milwaukee for a round of tryouts.
As host Ryan Seacrest pointed out, every single 15-year-old that auditioned in Milwaukee received that coveted golden pass to Hollywood.
Read more at LA Times
Sitting down with Crystal Bowersox
Crystal Bowersox visited sick kids at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Wednesday and was wowed by Ryan Seacrest’s new “Voice” media studio there.
“This little radio studio here is better than some of the stations I’ve been to!” she said. “Ryan Seacrest is an angel for doing this for the kids.” (I’ll post an edited version of the video interview later today.)
She sang four songs for the children, some who were able to sit in the studio with her while others followed via a close-circuit radio and TV system set up at the hospital. (Seacrest opened the studio in November.)
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OFFSTAGE: Idol Will Look So Good in Nashville
Bowersox has said that being on Idol changed her entire life and that of her family. “It was the three of us living in the studio apartment, ” she told CMT Radio. “You know, my kid doesn’t want for anything right now. I’m so blessed because there’s so many children out there and families who are struggling right now. I don’t forget for a second how lucky I am to be where I am.”
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Simon Cowell to Make X Factor Announcement Soon
Simon Cowell has revealed that he is to make an announcement regarding the US version of The X Factor in “two weeks time.”
The SyCo boss, who won the Best Talent Show gong for The X Factor at last night’s NTAs, also revealed that despite speculation over who will feature on the American judging panel, no contracts have been signed on either the UK or US versions of the programme.
Speaking to PA backstage at the National Television Awards, SiCo revealed: “We are going to make an announcement soon.”
He continued: “We have to make sure all the shows will be back bigger, better, stronger, different. No-one has been contracted yet, apart from me.”
Read more at MTV UK
Past Faces Make Homecoming On Celebrity Rehab 4’s Reunion Show
Celebrity Rehab 4’s reunion show aired live on VH1 Wednesday night, and the Dr.Drew-hosted special was punctuated by an uplifting series of special appearances from some of the show’s past participants.
Model/actress Amber Smith, One Day At A Time star Mackenzie Phillips, model Lisa D’Amato and American Idol alum Jessica Sierra were among the returning competitors, who Dr. Drew accurately said “looked fantastic tonight.”
Phillips encouraged this season’s cast to continue on their roads to recovery, as she said that “when we get well, our families get well.”
See the Video at RadarOnline
Ice Cube, Ryan Seacrest Negotiating ‘New Year’s Eve’ Plans (Exclusive)
Ice Cube, Josh Duhamel and Ryan Seacrest are in negotiations to join the still-growing cast of New Line’s New Year’s Eve.
In his cameo, Seacrest would play himself.
Read more at The Hollywood Reporter