Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Michael Lynche will sing “Happy Birthday” at the 40th birthday of the NASDAQ at today’s opening bell. 9:15 am et.
- Anwar Robinson album listening party at the Key Club in Newark, NJ. Concert: 8 PM, Listening party: 8:40 PM. CD signing 9 PM.
- Paula Abdul stops by The Grove in Los Angeles at 2 pm PT for an interview with Mario Lopez from Extra TV
- Elliott Yamin performs at Billboard Live in Osaka, Japan
Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “If you don’t like crude British humor don’t watch the first minute of #americanidol. If you don’t like TALENT don’t watch at all this week”
Adam Lambert will appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show to sing his Grammy nominated song, “Whataya Want From Me” on Thursday Feb. 10
Andrew Garcia will perform at the Best Buy in Montebello, CA on Feb. 25, 7-7:30 pm PT
Ryan Seacrest tweets, “This weeks @AmericanIdol in san francisco features one guy who has one of the most touching stories I have ever seen and a voice to match!” Oy.
Manager Gina Orr and Crystal Bowersox are off to New York City this morning.
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Did you miss Kris Allen’s interview on The Five10 last night?
Listen to it here:
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Feel the noise: 1980s homage ‘Rock of Ages’ coming to Seattle
But something did: Maroulis was welcomed with open arms by Broadway. And he was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for originating the lead role in the hit jukebox musical, “Rock of Ages.” A paean to big-haired, big-noise ’80s rockers (think Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi), the show has spun off a national tour with Maroulis, now at the Paramount Theatre.
The new father of a baby girl (with actress girlfriend Angel Reed), the upbeat and friendly Maroulis, 35, chatted by phone from Los Angeles about his love of headbanger pop and his one “Idol” regret.
Read more at The Seattle Times
Does Simon Cowell Think ‘American Idol”s New Judges Can Be Tough Enough?
ET’s Nancy O’Dell headed to London to sit down with everyone’s favorite judge, Simon Cowell, who reveals whether or not he thinks “American Idol”‘s newest judges, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, have what it takes to be tough when the competition goes live.
“I think they started off by saying it’s a nicer, gentler ‘Idol, ‘ so maybe they’ll continue to be that way, ” he tells Nancy. “They’re different kinds of judges.”
Meanwhile, the TV staple reveals three things you may not know about him!
Read more at Extra
Nigel Lythgoe and Paula Abdul!
Nigel Lythgoe tweets, “Hey #Paula fans. Guess who I was with today?”
New David Cook photos from photographer Joseph Llanes
Photographer Joseph Llanes tweeted out some cool new photos he took of David Cook
See MORE photos at Llanes blog HERE.
‘American Idol’ sends Norman native to Hollywood
After her audition in New Orleans, Norman native Sarah Sellers received glowing comments from the celebrity judges of the hit television show “American Idol.”
“I really have had fun with the process, ” she said. Sellers talked about the comaraderie she experienced with the other Hollywood contestants, “being able to just jam out and talk to people.” She said she still keeps up with many of them online.
“Hollywood is almost exactly like you would imagine it to be, ” Sellers said, noting that the production was impressive.
Read more at Norman Transcript
Carmina’s audition on ‘Idol’
Carmina Cecilia Salcido has one of the most recognizable names in Sonoma Valley, as the sole survivor of her father’s murderous rampage in 1989. THIS is the mother of all sob stories
But the 24-year-old is now hoping to make a new name for herself, this time as a singer, and this Wednesday she can be seen on “American Idol” when the popular reality show airs footage of the San Francisco auditions that took place at AT&T Park last August.
Read more at the Sonoma News
CLAY AIKEN IS BROADWAY BACKAWARDS
Clay Aiken remains primarily out of the spotlight these days, but last night (February 7) he stepped out in style.
All dressed up in his tie and cashmere cardigan, the American Idol alum was all smiles as he attended the after party for Broadway Backwards 6 at John’s Pizzeria in New York City.
See the photos at Faded Youth Blog
Positive Uptempo Songs are Good For Radio, Not for Award Shows
Clark is particularly attuned to the issue. The ACMs are crafted as a network-TV balancing act, providing mass exposure for the genre and its artists while attempting to satisfy CBS’ need for solid ratings.
…Too many ballads and the onscreen party comes to a crash and at-home viewers tune out. But if the slow songs appear in a context that makes them a welcome contrast, the ratings can actually be strengthened.
“Carrie Underwood doing ‘Temporary Home, ’ a slow ballad but so emotional and such an amazing story, [was] huge in the minutes by minutes [ratings], ” Clark says of the 2010 show.
Read more at Billboard.biz
Kim Locke at the Golden Globes Gifting Suite
Aerosmith Music Sales Up 250% Since Steven Tyler Became Judge on ‘Idol’
Steven Tyler’s popularity on American Idol is boosting Aerosmith’s music sales.
Since Season 10 premiered on Jan. 19, with Tyler making his debut on the judges’ panel alongside Jennifer Lopez, sales of his band’s Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Aerosmith’s 1994 compilation Big Ones, saw increased sales of 260% after the show’s premiere. Likewise, 2004’s Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith, saw a spike of 146% after week 2 of Idol. Two more Greatest Hits collections registered surges of 137% and 147%.
Read more at THR
Glee’s Max Adler Says He’s Prepping for Karofsky’s … Lady Gaga Moment?
To portray the closeted jock, Adler researched what gay celebrities who came out publicly — like Ricky Martin, Portia de Rossi and rugby player Gareth Thomas — went through in order to identify with Karofsky’s inner battle. “I dove into that world. Before the role I didn’t really pay too much attention to how hard it must be, ” he says. “I never talked to people about it, just living with this thing, their secret and how they’re ashamed. But there’s no reason to be because it’s just who they are. It started a whole new life for me, being aware about what’s going on out there. Hopefully this story will make a difference and change people’s attitudes.”
Then again… “Ryan did say that he could do something dark — either booze or pills or suicide contemplation — but he wants a happy ending. Whoever is relating to Karofsky’s story out there, I think it would be a horrible ending for him to do something dark. It would just be shattering. So I do agree that for the message of the show and for the kind of show Glee is, it will go that [happier] route.”
Read more at TV Guide
Glee Exclusive: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Morrison to Cover Prince
You don’t have to be a Gleek to be turned on by this next scoop: When Gwyneth Paltrow returns to Glee on March 8, the show will be giving her the royal treatment — a Prince song to sing!
In the episode, the Oscar winner will team with leading man Matthew Morrison on a sexed-up version of the onetime glyph’s ’80s smash, “Kiss.” The duet represents a huge get for the Fox smash’s behind-the-scenes team, as His Highness very rarely licenses his music for television.
Read more at TVLine