Idol Headlines for 02/04/11

Today’s Idol Appearances


Kelly Clarkson finishing up her album! She tweets, “Finishing up with Toby Gad in the studio today, woohoo! Also, tonight two of my favorite people (Melissa Peterman & Reba) will be on CMT 8/7 central on my new favorite show “Working Class” so tune in I you like to laugh.”


David Cook tweets, “Just tracked the last vocal for the last song, which means… VOCALS ARE DONE!!!”


Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Bad talent but I enjoyed the SHOW. #Idol has always been about the best and the worst talent. It’s the bland I dislike, celebrate the bad!”


Casey James tells fans on twitter that when he hits the road with Sugarland, “I will definitely be playin some new stuff. Possible album cuts and whatnot.” Casey joins Sugarland on the road in March.


@JHudDaily tweets, “Jennifer Hudson’s song “Where You At” goes for downloads on @iTunesMusic Tuesday February 8th!! Do @IAMJHUD a favor and download it!!!”


@IdolsNow: “Phil Stacey will perform on the K-LOVE Friends & Family Cruise, Feb. 6-10, 2012. He promises more details soon.”


More Headlines after the JUMP…


‘American Idol’ exclusive behind-the-scenes report from L.A.: Your audition round burning questions answered!

For last month’s EW cover story on the new team behind the judging table at American Idol, I was invited by Fox to exclusively observe the Los Angeles auditions last November. During the 30-or-so minutes I got to sit amid the small village of cables, cameras, lights, monitors, and crew surrounding the makeshift Idol audition stage, I saw 13 people sing. Five of them, including Tim “I had a crush on J. Lo when I was in the 6th grade” Halperin, were sent to Hollywood, exactly as many as were seen getting golden tickets during last night’s Los Angeles audition episode. So, were the L.A. tryouts really as awful as they seemed on TV? In a word, no.

The other larger-than-life auditioner I saw, meanwhile, did make it to Hollywood, but I never saw a single shot of him during the entire hour. Jacob, 23, was linebacker-large — he looked like he cleared six-feet-six-inches easy — with the combined personality of Glee‘s Rachel, Kurt, and Mercedes dialed up all the way to 11. He entered the room with a blast of energy that never abated, even after Lopez asked him to “calm down for a second, ” and his rendition of “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” featured a crazy multi-octave range and one of the most outrageously melismatic high notes I’ve ever heard from an Idol auditioner. The thing is, when he reached the peak of his register, he nailed it. So the judges asked him to sing another song, this time without as many wild runs. He tackled “A Change is Gonna Come, ” with maybe 75 percent less melisma, which was still 500 percent more than I heard from the rest of the auditions combined, but that was enough to make clear Jacob possessed a truly beautiful voice. “We’ve been waiting for you, ” beamed S. Ty. But apparently not enough to put him on television last night. I can’t imagine we won’t get at least a taste of Jacob during Hollywood week, for the simple reason there’s simply so much of the kid, on every level, that I doubt the cameras could ignore him if they tried.

Read more at EW


‘American Idol’ Jordin Sparks offers up warmth, faith and encouragement at Mission Arlington

ARLINGTON — Popular singer Jordin Sparks brought a message of hope to kids at Mission Arlington on Thursday that not even icy roads could stop.

It turns out that the nonprofit agency — Executive Director Tillie Burgin in particular — also warmed her own heart.

“These people are putting in 15 to 16 hours a day giving stuff for free to people who need it, ” said the charismatic Sparks, who won American Idol in 2007 and is the youngest person to do so. “They’re an inspiration for me.”

Her visit was part of the fourth annual Jordin Sparks Experience, held each year in the Super Bowl host city. The event included a picnic and a black-tie gala this week to raise money for charitable causes through the “I’m MAD. Are You?” campaign.

Read more and see the photos at Star-Telegram


Paula Abdul takes on her ‘extended family’ and American Idol.

It’s hard to imagine anyone walking away from TV’s top-rated show and a reported eight-figure paycheck, but that’s exactly what Paula Abdul — former Laker Girl turned award-winning choreographer turned Grammy-winning pop star turned American Idol judge — did.

“They are my extended family, ” she says about her “brothers for almost nine years, ” Cowell and Randy Jackson. “We had those real white-knuckle fights, [but] we have tremendous fondness for each other.”

Read more at USA Weekend


“So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mary Murphy recovering from cancer

“So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mary Murphy wasn’t feeling real well on Thursday, but she was still happy to be in Salt Lake City for auditions.

She was happy to be anywhere, let alone back on the Fox dancing competition show as a fulltime judge.

“It’s really great to be back, ” she said, after undergoing an operation on Dec. 15 to treat her thyroid cancer.

“I am still going to be in treatments next week to see if they got it all. I hope so, ” she said with her trademark laugh. “Nothing would make me happier than to hear the words, ‘cancer free.'”

Read more at Salt Lake Tribune


Judges for SYTYCD not seeing dance talent in Utah like before

Judges for the reality dance series, So You Think You Can Dance were in Salt Lake Thursday saying that the talent so far has been less than stellar.

The show’s producers and the judges themselves have always said there is just something about Utah dancers, but after FOX 13’s Arikka Von posed the question: I know you guys have some pretty high expectations for Salt Lake City, so have we lived up to your expectations? Judge Nigel Lythgoe replied: You have not!

Watch the video at FOX 13


Steven Tyler Vacations in Hawaii


Jane Lynch talks about This Sunday’s Superbowl Episode and quitting drinking


‘Glee’: Watch Santana get called out for being a b*tch — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Two EXCLUSIVE Glee videos in one week — are you Gleeks lucky or what? So we already debuted a clip from this Sunday’s big post-Super Bowl episode, in which the Cheerios showed off their, um, assets. Today, we have a snippet from next Tuesday’s episode (yep, there are two Glee episodes this week!), featuring Santana having a sort of intervention from her New Directions pals…only it doesn’t go so well. I don’t want to spoil the high-larious dialogue from this scene, but I will say that when Rachel mentions a certain 1988 Ron Howard fantasy flick I looooved as a kid, I nearly fell out of my chair. Watch below…

See the Video at EW

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