Idol Headlines for 02/03/11

Siobhan Magnus is recording in Nashville today. She tweets, “Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for my mailing list at! In the studio today in Nashville!”


Crystal Bowersox’s show at Gluek’s in Minneapolis MN today has been canceled due to the recent snow storm. She’ll do a make up performance on March 5. More information about that HERE.


Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Los Angeles tonight. The best ever “cold” opening (before the titles) in San Francisco next week. Then Hollywood starts next Thursday. WOW!” See the revised schedule HERE.


Today’s Idol Appearances

  • The Jordin Sparks Experience continues today in Arlington TX
  • Kim Caldwell plays the Dominion in New York City
  • John Stevens and Ayla Brown perform for “Not Your Average Idol” benefit, State Room, Boston, MA
  • Crystal Bowersox performs at Gluek’s in Minneapolis, MN 3-7pm. Listen to the concert live at Cities97 HERE. Canceled Due to Bad Weather

Adam Lambert confirms he won’t be performing at the Grammys, “For all those who are asking, no, unfortunately I’m not performing at the Grammys. Also, I don’t think my category is televised. I AM, however, going to have a great time!”


New college tour date for Lee DeWyze: Lee and Colbie Caillat will perform at Washington State University on April 9. Tickets go on sale Feb. 7 at 10:30 am.


Elliott Yamin tweets from his promotional tour in Japan, “”3 words” is #5 on japan itunes charts!..way too early 2 get excited!..also, they spelled “downtown” wrong..ha


More Headlines after the JUMP…


David Archuleta Discusses His Recent Trip to India in Latest Vlog


North Carolina always home for ‘Idol’ Clay Aiken

Although he doesn’t regularly tune into the show that made him a star anymore, Aiken spoke to The Gazette about what’s gotten him to keep track of “American Idol” this season, his new tour and his latest album. Questions and responses have been edited for brevity.

Read more at the Gaston Gazette


New Birmingham restaurant co-owned by Taylor Hicks to be named ‘Ore’

Taylor Hicks, the Birmingham singer and musician who mined gold on “American Idol, ” will name his new restaurant “Ore, ” according to a filing made with the city of Birmingham.

A liquor license application for a restaurant by that name at 1117 Dunston Ave. was recommended for approval Wednesday by the City Council’s Joint Public Safety and Technology Committee. The real estate company handling the lease on that property said recently that the location was under contract to Taylor’s venture, though the name of the restaurant wasn’t known at that time.



Danny Gokey leaves this afternoon on a charity cruise, but he manages to squeeze in one last interview with WQYK Tampa Bay

Danny Gokey – Tampa



‘Idol’ Contestant House Fire — The Charred Remains

The single mom who belts out an AMAZING rendition of Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One” on “American Idol” tonight nearly lost her house in a recent fire — and TMZ has photos of the carnage.

Sources close to 28-year-old Wendy Taylor tell TMZ, the blaze roared through her Houston home Friday night — right after she tucked her three boys into bed.

We’re told Wendy had stepped outside to make a phone call when she heard her dogs scratching at the door — at which point, she discovered massive amounts of smoke billowing through her house and dialed 911.

She and the kids made it out in one piece — sadly, the same can’t be said for her kitchen.

Read more at TMZ


Garner teacher reflects on ‘Idol’ hopeful

The choir teacher of a Garner teen who wowed the judges on “American Idol” said her student is handling his new-found success well.

Scotty McCreery, 16, of Garner, made his “American Idol” debut last week during the Milwaukee auditions.

Garner Magnet High School choral director Meredith Clayton said Wednesday that McCreery is still very grounded – even the day after his audition aired.




“Things have changed drastically, ” said the 25-year-old shaggy-haired musician. “Random people from all over the world are contacting me, and random friends from middle school are coming out of the woodwork.”

Even TMZ featured Hawley and his wife, Samantha, where Hawley joked with the camera that fans are accidentally thinking he is from “America’s Next Top Model.”

Hawley, whose style is a self-proclaimed rock and soul fuse, gets his inspiration from artists like Randy Newman and Tom Waits.



‘American Idol’ Hopeful John Wayne Schulz Released Album As a Teen

If cowboy, country singer and “American Idol” hopeful John Wayne Schulz appeared comfortable during his Austin audition that aired Tuesday night (Feb. 2), there’s a good reason — the 23-year-old released an album by the time he was 14 years old.

The ten-track set, titled “Ropin’ Dreams, ” was recorded by a teenage Schulz in Austin and released on the Texas-based independent label BSW Records in the U.S., Europe and Pacific Rim, BSW president and CEO Frank Willson confirms to

Read more at Billboard


A History of Aerosmith on ‘American Idol’

In the decade that American Idol has been on the air, Aerosmith songs have been performed on the live show no less than nine times! Of course, some versions of “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” are better than others, but there’s certainly no shortage of options, including one as recent as last week, when 15-year-old Lauren Alaina wowed Steven Tyler himself. Below, nine more note-worthy Aerosmith moments on Idol.
1. Adam Lambert “Cryin'” (Season 8)

It was Adam Lambert’s final song on Top 3 night and he chose the late-era Aerosmith hit, “Cryin’, ” for one last bow. “Steven Tyler’s the man, I wanna do him proud, ” said Adam before launching into a rousing, octave-defying rendition of the band’s 1993 hit. The performance left Kara DioGuardi speechless (shocker), Paula Abdul was another matter. “You set the bar so high in the sky, I hope you’re gonna be collecting frequent flyer miles, ” she told Adam from the judges’ table. “You’re gonna be flying for free everywhere!”

Read more at THR


Jennifer Lopez touts most talented ‘Idols’ yet

Lopez, who brings her signature superstar glamour to the newly made-over judging panel, said she’s had to fight back the tears when meeting contestants like Chris Medina, whose fiancee suffered traumatic brain injury in a car accident just months before they were to walk down the aisle.

“It’s tough. It’s emotional. But this is the thing about ‘American Idol’ that I love. It’s about people and their dreams and their struggles, and that’s what I think everybody loves about it. You see yourself in these people, ” she said backstage after a press conference announcing her new partnership with Gillette Venus.

Other heart-wrenching moments include twin Travis Orlando, who took “Idol” cameras on a tour of the Bronx shelter he once called home, and Nashville’s Lauren Alaina, who sang “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” with judge Steven Tyler, after recounting her cousin’s battle with a brain tumor.

Read more at AP


Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl White House Plans

Dolled up and looking glamorous, Jennifer Lopez was out bright and early in New York City on Wednesday morning (February 3).

The “Jenny From the Block” singer was rocking an all-white ensemble, including a beautiful fur (hopefully faux) overcoat as she hopped out of her chauffeured ride and smiled for paparazzi.

See the photos at Celebrity-Gossip


Clerk gets probation in ‘Idol’ records case

A former Huron Municipal Court clerk is on court-ordered probation for looking up an “American Idol” finalist’s legal records.

Karen Grendow, 45, pleaded guilty to misuse of property, a misdemeanor, for using a court computer in May 2010 to inspect background information on “American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox.

The computer was logged into the Ohio Court Network, which is run by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Confronted with her actions, Grendow resigned her post in June. She held the job since 1996 with a stellar record, according to Huron officials

Read more at the Sandusky Register


Jordin Sparks spreads the sweetness in Arlington

The Jordin Sparks Experience’s Wednesday-night party at the Sheraton in Arlington is a virtual explosion of sweetness, from the season six American Idol winner’s mega-watt smile to the teddy bears decorating the stage rigging and the tiny glasses of jelly beans on the dessert table.

Dressed in a flowing cream-colored top, black leggings and black-and-gold heels, Sparks was part-way through a two-day charity-event marathon for her I’m M.A.D. Are You? campaign (M.A.D. stands for Making a Difference). Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Tommie Harris of the Chicago Bears, Roy Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals, American Idol alum Michael Johns, and pop singer JoJo were among the other notables on hand for an evening of music and mingling.

Read more at Superbowl Blog


Jordin Sparks, Crystal Bowersox, David Archuleta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen promote


‘Glee’ Gets Its Super Bowl Spot, but Can Simon Cowell Get a Big Ad?

Fox could have as much as four minutes’ worth of time for ads for its shows, commonly known in the industry as “promos, ” according to Mr. Earley. The network will use its time to draw attention to “Glee, ” an episode of which will air after the Super Bowl ends, as well as other shows coming up during the week, such as “House” and “American Idol.” New programs that will get the spotlight on Super Bowl Sunday include “The Chicago Code” and “Traffic Light.” And Fox could raise eyebrows should it follow through on plans to offer sneak previews of two programs widely anticipated for the fall: “Terra Nova, ” the would-be blockbuster series about a family that journeys back in time to the prehistoric era, and “X Factor, ” the new singing showcase produced by former “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

Read more at Ad Age

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