Idol Headlines for 02/11/10

‘Ellen DeGeneres’ re-ups on NBC stations

Looks like Ellen DeGeneres won’t be replacing Oprah Winfrey on ABC stations anytime soon.

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Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has renewed Telepictures’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for three additional seasons on the owned-and-operated stations of the NBC Local Media Division.

Hollywood Reporter

‘American Idol’ hopeful Danelle Hayes has dreams dashed by bad behavior — UPDATED

Hayes sure comes across as a likable troublemaker who is trying to clean up her act. She has a misdemeanor criminal history dating back to 2004 and indirectly, that’s what led to her golden ticket being revoked. Danelle says she has a seven year deferred prosecution for drunk driving. That means she’s on probation for a looooooong time. Apparently the Idol folks weren’t willing to get clearance from Danelle’s probation officer every time she needs to leave the state, so they opted to give her the boot instead. She was encouraged to audition again, so hopefully, she’ll get another crack at Hollywood.

Seattle Times

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Plant Alert: Didi Benami Has Worked With the Cowriter Of The Song She Chose for Hollywood Week

Didi Benami’s performance of “Terrified” on the February 9th episode of American Idol may be gaining her some fans, but there’s something she left out. The song “Terrified” is written by Kara DioGuardi (which Didi mentioned) and Jason Reeves. Jason Reeves is a songwriter who has worked with Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato, and Katharine McPhee. On Didi’s MySpace, she mentions that she has worked with Jason before, stating, “Special Thanks to Jason Reeves for being a magical genius collaborator. I look forward to seeing you again soon…and keep the magic flowing….”

Vote For The Worst

PTC freaks out about Stern judging ‘Idol’ rumor

The Parents Television Council has extended its broadcast TV neurosis to a new level: issuing press releases about events that have not happened.

Usually, something actually has to occur on television for the PTC to get upset. Dirty language. Boobies. Etc. Now the PTC is upset about rumors that Fox is considering Howard Stern to judge “American Idol” … even though Fox hasn’t said a word.

“Fox should move immediately to repudiate these rumors and instead commit publicly to keeping ‘American Idol’ safe for family viewing…” blah blah.

The Live Feed

Kara DioGuardi Strips Down for Maxim, Jokes About Getting “Naked” on Idol

On last season’s American Idol, Kara DioGuardi stripped down to a skimpy bathing suit on live TV to duet with her TV foe Bikini Girl.

Relive the American Idol finale!

How will she top that this year?

“Um, get naked?” she jokes in the March issue of Maxim. The judge, 39, also poses in a number of barely-there getups for the lad mag.

She quickly adds, “But that could actually have the opposite effect, so I think I’ll keep my clothes on…. I would say that was definitely the first time… and probably the last.”

After showing off her bod on the Idol finale, “I got a couple of proposals and thought maybe I’d want to divorce my husband, ” jokes DioGuardi, who wed contractor Mike McCuddy last July.

US

Producer Quincy Jones and Singer/Songwriter Lionel Richie Announce Plans for the International Release and Distribution of ‘We Are The World 25 For Haiti’ – Fans Urged To ‘Download To Donate’

The world premiere of We Are The World 25 For Haiti will air during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics this Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 C.T. Shortly after the premiere, details about a multi-network international roadblock simulcast will be announced.

Following the world premiere, fans will immediately be able to download the song and view exclusive footage from the recording session on the official website: WORLD25.org. Downloads will also be available on iTunes, and through a partnership with YouTube, the video will be viewable on the “We Are the World 25” YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/wearetheworld). Immediate donations will be made possible by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on YouTube or by downloading the song on iTunes.

Market Watch

Where Are The ‘American Idol’ Coke Cups?

On “American Idol” Tuesday night, new judge Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t the only change on the screen.

In a highly effective bit of product placement, the large Coca-Cola cups have been as much of a fixture on the show as Randy Jackson saying “Dawg!” But thousands of viewers did a double take on Tuesday night when they saw Jackson, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and DeGeneres sipping from orange-and-white Vitaminwater Zero cups. While the change isn’t really that remarkable, it still felt oddly jarring to many viewers of the show. DioGuardi was even asked about the switch during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday (February 10).

MTV

DeGeneres judges herself as honest in ‘Idol’ debut

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres is glad that her “American Idol” debut drew big ratings and high praise from the show’s creator, media mogul Simon Fuller. But the real test, she says, was judging herself.

She decided she didn’t let the contestants down, DeGeneres said Wednesday, the day after she watched the broadcast of her first “Idol” episode.

“I was honest with them (the singers). I was concerned going into it I would be tiptoeing around too much, but I wasn’t, ” DeGeneres said.

Associated Press

Ellen DeGeneres is an early favorite on ‘American Idol’

If that was Ellen DeGeneres’ American Idol audition, she has earned a ticket to the next round.

Granted, as with the actual Idol auditioners, we’ve seen ludicrously little of DeGeneres so far. Her actual airtime was around three minutes on her opening show, and that was the one designed to showcase her. As for her contestant-focused second show, she didn’t even speak until 24 minutes in.

USA Today

Gold Kris: Idol Adulation (a review)

I HAVE a confession to make: I was ready to be unimpressed by Kris Allen’s show at Zirca. I was apprehensive about whether the price of the ticket ($99), which I thought was a bit much considering the venue, would put people off, and the fact that I wasn’t convinced that Kris could deliver the goods as such. I mean, I preferred him to Adam Lambert during the whole American Idol run, but that was TV – this is real life.

But interested I did get. Not at first. He’d come on playing tracks from his debut album – and yes, he did save Live Like We’re Dying for the last song of the set proper – and interspersed his material with covers like Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror and Ain’t No Sunshine. And he did that competently. Which was par for the course. You’d expect him to do them well enough.

Today Online

Last year’s American Idol winner Kris Allen gives Malaysia a dose of his soul-meets-pop style of music

SOME one thousand enthusiastic fans of American Idol winner Kris Allen (pix) crowded the ballroom at The ­Gardens Hotel & Residences in Mid Valley ­City, Kuala Lumpur on ­Monday to watch their idol in ­action. The ­winsome Allen, who was the US hit reality show’s season eight ­champion, did not disappoint them.

At his 45-minute showcase, the singer, who is on a three-city Asian tour to promote his self-titled debut album, entertained his audience with nine songs (and two during the encore). Just before his show started, Emcees JJ and Ean of Hitz FM’s The Breakfast Show regaled the crowd in the standing room only venue for almost half an hour before Allen took to the stage at 9.10pm.

The Sun Daily

Anoop Desai returns to Nashville

Anoop Desai returned to Nashville Monday to finish recording songs for his forthcoming EP, All Is Fair. Monday night, he also attended an “Idols for Haiti” benefit at Nashville club 3rd & Lindsley, which featured former contestants Brent Keith, Felicia Barton, Ricky Braddy, Ann Marie Boskovich and Alex Wagner-Trugman.

USA Today

Catching up with Danny Gokey

Season 8 third-place finisher Danny Gokey has been busy making the country radio rounds in advance of his major label debut, “My Best Days” (due out March 2 on 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville). He’s also about to head out on the road as the opener for Sugarland! So before things get totally nuts, the Milwaukee native, who recently moved to Nashville to be closer to his late wife’s family, made some time for us.

Who do you think would make good mentors this season?

Carrie Underwood would be great because she was there, so she knows what it’s like. I think Carrie could mentor like it’s never been done before — it would be a brand new experience and a brand new take. I also think Brian McKnight would do a great job on the show. He’s a great singer and it’s good to go back to people who can just plain sing — it’s not all about the lights and dazzle.

LA Times

Music That Changed History and Still Resonates

WASHINGTON — Half a dozen legislators sat a few feet away, under the crystal chandeliers of the East Room of the White House, as Bob Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’, ” poker-faced.

It was part of “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” The program was the Black History Month event in Michelle Obama’s continuing music series at the White House, and will be broadcast Thursday night on PBS.

The night kept circling back to gospel. Ms. Adams, a gospel luminary, sang Sam Cooke’s hymnlike “A Change Is Gonna Come, ” starting gently and growing joyfully vehement. Jennifer Hudson and Mr. Robinson traded lines on “People Get Ready, ” a gospel song that was remade into a pop hit.

NY Times

Former American Idol Jason Castro talks tour

Since making it to the final four in Season 7 of American Idol, the career of Jason Castro has taken off like a rocket, as Castro prepares to release his debut album this spring. Ahead of the Jason Castro debut, Castro has been on the road where CNN caught up with the former Idol to see how life has changed post American Idol, his tour, and what fans can expect from the first full length Jason Castro studio album.

Deadbolt

Kelly Clarkson champions her fuller figure as she kicks off UK tour in Liverpool

Kelly Clarkson’s weight has become something of a talking point in recent years.

But last night the singer showed she was confident in her skin as she kicked off her UK tour, championing her fuller figure.

The American Idol winner, who shot to fame in 2002, performed to screaming crowds at Liverpool Arena.

Dressed casually in a blue Rolling Stones T-shirt and jeans, the 27-year-old star owned the stage as she strutted around singing her hits.

Daily Mail

Brown at Grease Performance

“Grease” was the word for recently sworn-in Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday night, who took in a performance of the popular musical at the National Theater.

Brown was joined by his wife, Gail Huff, who was celebrating her birthday. Some former competitors of their daughter Ayla, a former “American Idol” contestant, have roles in the production: “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks plays “Teen Angel, ” and finalist Ace Young stars as “Danny.”

Politico.com

Paula Reviews Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres has hit a high note with the both fans and critics following her ‘American Idol’ debut Tuesday evening, including praise from the lady she replaced, Miss Paula Abdul.

“Paula thought Ellen is just great, ” a friend of the former ‘Idol’ judge told me. “We all thought it would be a difficult night for Paula, but she watched the show like everyone else in America and thought Ellen was brilliant. She even called her and left her a message telling her just that right after the show ended.”

Popeater

‘Glee’: Molly Shannon cast as Sue Sylvester’s nemesis

“Glee” won’t return to your TV sets for another two months, but the cast, crew and casting directors are hard at work.

The latest? They’ve landed “Saturday Night Live” supa-stah Molly Shannon.

FOX confirms that Shannon will join the cast for an episode in May, playing a teacher and coach at McKinley High.

Word is she’s got some substance-abuse issues and a serious rivalry with Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester.

Zap2it

Bonus SoundScan numbers for Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, more!

Last night, I got some digital-tracks information from SoundScan. A few of them were updates some of you have been requesting for weeks, and they include numbers for tracks from David Cook, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Mandisa and Carrie Underwood.

The big news: Kelly Clarkson’s Since You Been Gone just broke the 2 million mark.

David Cook, Come Back to Me (3, 000 weekly/433, 000 total)
David Cook, Light On (2, 000/1.052 million)
David Cook, Time of My Life (2, 000/1.306 million)

USA Today

Larry Gatlin, Constantine Maroulis, Vincent Pastore, Alice Ripley, et al. Set for Rockers on Broadway Haiti Benefit

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominees Constantine Maroulis and J. Robert Spencer will be among the performers in Rockers On Broadway’s benefit concert, ROCKS TO REBUILD! For The Children Of Haiti, to be held at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, on Monday, March 1, at 8pm

Featured Rockers will include Grammy winner Larry Gatlin, Rock of Hall member Gene Cornish, and singer/songwriter Kate Taylor. Sopranos star Vincent Pastore will be among the guest stars, and additional Broadway performers will include Tituss Burgess, Ben Cameron, Ta’rea Campbell, John Arthur Greene, Emma Hunton, Sean Jenness, Adam Kantor, Donnie Kehr, Lauren Kennedy, Michelle Kinney, Michael Lanning, Gerry McIntyre, Sarah Schmidt, Jeremy Schonfeld, Matt Stocke, and Clarke Thorell.

Tickets are $40, with proceeds benefitting UNICEF and Save the Children. For more information, visit www.rockersonbroadway.com.

Theater Mania

Behind the Scenes: Carrie Underwood’s New Pedigree PSA

Carrie Underwood grew up surrounded by animals. Working in a vet clinic before she hit it big, the country superstar still volunteers at a shelter when she goes home to Oklahoma. And now, as mom to 4-year-old pup Ace, the singer is stepping up to help animals in need through the Pedigree Foundation.

Underwood recently teamed up with Pedigree — a sponsor of her Play On tour — to shoot a public service announcement on behalf of the company’s big adoption drive. “I can’t imagine life without my dog, ” she told Pedigree at the shoot. “Dogs are just beautiful souls that don’t want a thing from you.”

peoplepets

Simon Cowell may have met his match in Mezhgan Hussainy; new lady love is ‘Idol’ makeup artist

Despite appearances to the contrary, Simon Cowell does have a heart — and it appears he has given it to a new woman in his life.

Contestants on “American Idol” and Cowell’s other reality competition shows could stand to learn from Mezhgan Hussainy, who called the cranky judge “a piece of cake, ” and says, “His bark is worse than his bite, ” according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Cowell, who is normally as private about his love life as he is tough on budding performers, has been spotted in PDAs with Hussainy, a makeup artist on “American Idol.”

They were out together over the weekend in London, where Cowell is holding auditions for “Britain’s Got Talent, ” and were even seen smooching at tryouts for the show, according to the U.K.’s Mirror.

Daily Mail

Andrew Garcia, Crystal Bowersox Emerge As ‘American Idol’ Front-Runners In Hollywood

Yes, the first two rounds of Hollywood Week have just ended, and there’s plenty of drama that will undoubtedly unfold before we make it to the top 24. But that has not stopped us from tagging some of the breakout stars that have emerged so far on season nine of “American Idol.”

If you can survive the dreaded group round and still have the judges smiling at you, you’ve already won the first battle, and these singers seem poised to rise to the top … for now anyway.

MTV

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192 Comments

  1. Last night on AI’s show there was a girl that was in Danny’s Hollywood group last season. After Ryan had mentioned Danny’s name a couple of times and showed a couple of clips of him from last season, he got a boost in album sales on Itunes.

    He went from being ranked #144 on the overall albums chart on Itunes to being ranked #101. And from #15 on the country albums chart to #11. Plus the internet traffic at his official site increased by a lot as well. I was glad to see him get that boost from the mentions on AI.

    Right now he’s #110 on the overall albums chart on Itunes and #11 on the country albums chart.

    I hope he gets a nice big boost in sales after he performs on AI the week his album is coming out.

  2. Congrats to Danny! The Country route just might pan out for him after all.

    So Didi Benami is not just a waitress after all and has connections with the co-writer of Kara’s song “Terrified” Jason Reeves. Interestingly that song was JUST RELEASED, then Kara name drops a last season’s contestant that Kara has written songs on his CD?

    Coincidence? Maybe not? lol I guess it doesn’t hurt to have connections in the entertainment community when you go Idol, and if you are a judge maybe you can pad your own pockets as the show continues also…allegedly.

    I guess that is how it works when you know people in Hollywood.

  3. Interesting that we’re seeing ads for TOMS’s shoes here today. Is it a coincidence that yesterday we heard Kris was going to Rwanda with TOMS?

  4. Is it a coincidence that yesterday we heard Kris was going to Rwanda with TOMS?

    You would have to ask the company that serves my ads. I have little control over what ads they display.

    I tend to think it’s just a coincidence, or my mention of TOMS in yesterday’s posts generated the ad.

  5. I just checked and I have never seen any ads for TOMS on mjs..never…maybe people are seeing things? Who knows?

    I always see that create your own Zwinky cartoon…lol

    Maybe I’ll make one, one of these days.

  6. I was wondering how Country music listeners were going to accept Danny. I think that is great that he is doing great in the genre.

  7. Is it a coincidence that yesterday we heard Kris was going to Rwanda with TOMS?

    I thought these ad servers were semi-intelligent. Don’t they actually troll for keywords and stuff in the posts to see what people are talking about so that they can better focus the ads on the people who are reading the blog? It would make sense. I’ve often noticed that if we start discussing things, we start seeing ads for them.

    Or maybe Blake who owns and operates TOMS is internet savvy and requested the ad server put his ads on MJs after he did a google search and came up with this site. Blake is pretty knowledgeable about the power of reality show internet sites since he was a contestant on TAR in Season 2 (his travels gave him the idea to start TOMS and help out some of the people he saw). He raced with his sister Paige.

  8. I was wondering how Country music listeners were going to accept him. I think that is great that he is doing great in the genre.

    Right now a lot of the DJ’s seem very accepting of Danny, so that is very nice to see. I hope a lot of country listeners will end up accepting him as well. I think that increased radio airplay and touring with Sugarland will definitley help him gain more fans.

    I think that the boost in album sales last night was probably from people who are fans of his but didn’t follow him after he was eliminated in Idol.

    Once Ryan mentioned him, showed those clips, that peaked those fans interest and they went and googled him, saw his site, and went up there. And then went to pre-order his album off Itunes. I hope that once he performs on AI in March a lot more people like that will show up and buy his album/single.

  9. I think it is exciting that Danny is going to be playing with Sugarland on tour. He is going to get a lot of exposure on tour with them on the bill.

  10. I was wondering how Country music listeners were going to accept Danny. I think that is great that he is doing great in the genre.

    How can we know that country listeners are accepting Danny?
    I’ve not seen the numbers for his single but it didn’t seem to be selling a lot of units and his album still has to be released.
    It’s great news that he gets to open for Sugarland and it gives him the opportunity to connect with his new audience but I think that it’s a little premature to judge the reception from country fans.

  11. I tend to think it’s just a coincidence, or my mention of TOMS in yesterday’s posts generated the ad.

    It’s probably not a coincidence, as today’s online advertisers try to tailor ads to the perceived interests of the site or audience they are appealing to. I noticed when I used facebook and especially Word Twist, for instance, that the ads on the side of the page changed to reflect things I did elsewhere on the internet, it was an eerie feeling to know that my surfing was being observed to know which products I might be interested in. Very big brotherish.

  12. How can we know that country listeners are accepting Danny?
    I’ve not seen the numbers for his single but it didn’t seem to be selling a lot of units and his album still has to be released.

    He’s selling in a similar range to other artists who are where he is on the airplay charts. His album also was near to the top 10 on the country iTunes chart last night, and it’s been up there on amazon.com all along.

    I’ve seen Danny several times performing live in front of country music audiences. By and large, they love him and appear to relate well to his new music. I saw him at one pretty hardcore country dance club before Christmas. Lots of western wear, line dancin- peeps.

    He got a great response and many people went up to try and meet him after he finished. He stayed a good 5 or 10 minutes extra after his set trying to meet all the fans there, but had to cut it short so the next performer could come on. It was a joint show with Mallory Hope, David Nail and Phil Vassar. Danny definitely had a stronger reception than Mallory or David, didn’t stay for Phil. (Too late for me, and I really really hated that Bobbi with an I song he had out last year. Lol.)

  13. I think it is exciting that Danny is going to be playing with Sugarland on tour. He is going to get a lot of exposure on tour with them on the bill.

    I think that it’s exciting that Danny is touring with Sugarland too. He will get a lot of exposure and hopefully have good and fun learning experience touring with them on a major tour.

  14. Lovely interview with Danny in the LA Times.

    Was glad to see an uptick in traffic at Danny’s official site and in sales on Itunes due possibly to a very brief mention of him on Idol last night. I am looking foward to seeing him perform on the show – hopefully the week his album drops.

    A lot of people are casual viewers of the show and don’t even think about it when the show is not on. When they see last years Idols and realize they have music out. Kris, Adam, Danny and Allison should all benefit with Kris probably benefiting the most as the winner.

  15. I hope Danny catches on because Country fans can be the most loyalest fans. Pop fans seem to drop “Divas” everytime a new one appears every year, but Country fans tend to be more supportive of their artists.

  16. I know that Danny was one of Carrie’s favorites. Plus Keith Urban loved Danny so they might help Danny out. They both mentioned that Danny was their favorite singer because he had REAL heart when he sang and had an emotional connection with the fans.

    Danny is who he is…no glitz or superficiality. You can tell when he sings he puts emotion into his songs.

  17. RIP Alexander McQueen

    I’m sure the fashion community is crushed about that right before Fashion Week. How sad.

  18. oceana
    02/11/2010 at 10:19 am

    I tend to think it’s just a coincidence, or my mention of TOMS in yesterday’s posts generated the ad.

    It’s probably not a coincidence, as today’s online advertisers try to tailor ads to the perceived interests of the site or audience they are appealing to. I noticed when I used facebook and especially Word Twist, for instance, that the ads on the side of the page changed to reflect things I did elsewhere on the internet, it was an eerie feeling to know that my surfing was being observed to know which products I might be interested in. Very big brotherish.

    I’m not complaining about the TOMS ads, just making an observation. And it was successful in that I did go their website to check them out! Maybe they are following me?? They are a great company, btw, and I’d rather see their ad than that Zwinky cartoon one! LOL

  19. On the Danelle situation, they seem to be inconsistent on how to treat such situations – others with such have been allowed to stay after being very open like she was…I don’t get it?

  20. Whoa about McQueen, I had linked some of his recent male fall 2010 here from Project Rungay, as part of some discussion that, yes, did start out from some Adam discussion. And yes, McQueen was one of his favourite designers. That is very sad.

    Nice review of Kris from Singapore. Cool when people’s minds are changed and good for Kris for doing so.

  21. This tweet came from 19E:

    @adamlambert’s “For Your Entertainment” has been certified gold. http://bit.ly/cUmCrU

    I have a question though. Is this a real twitter account for 19 Entertainment? Adam follows them but I don’t see where it is verified and I am a little suprised they would link the article that mentions Kris’s album numbers too. There are not alot of followers either. Does anyone know? The twitter account is @19news

  22. Nice review of Kris from Singapore. Cool when people’s minds are changed and good for Kris for doing so.

    I saw a lot of the Kris videos on the other thread…lol. He is all guy that one. Very adventurous.

  23. Wow, Danny has some big arms.

    Lol. Some of his fans and even non-fans have noticed that ;)

    They must have had quite a lot of people for that station visit/performance this morning, the M&G is still going and going…

  24. Danny is who he is…no glitz or superficiality. You can tell when he sings he puts emotion into his songs.

    ITA. I definitely think that he connects emotionally to a lot of people in his live performances. And I think that he believes/sings the heck out of the songs he sings, and that those things help make him a strong live performer.

    I definitely think that his live performances are one of his strengths, and I believe he will do well with his live performances on tour with Sugarland.

  25. Thanks for sharing steph6449, I do think Danny is good at dealing with his fans and that certainly should help him cement a carreer in music.

    The numbers that you point to tough are a little bit suspect, he’s selling the same as people who are getting his airplay but he should get somewhat of a bonus from his Idol fame. That also would explain his good ranking in the itunes chart because Idol fans are used to buy from itunes and country is not a genre that sells a lot on it.
    I guess I’m just a little pessimistic considering the overall poor reception to season 8 releases so far.

  26. This tweet came from 19E:

    @adamlambert’s “For Your Entertainment” has been certified gold. http://bit.ly/cUmCrU

    I have a question though. Is this a real twitter account for 19 Entertainment? Adam follows them but I don’t see where it is verified and I am a little suprised they would link the article that mentions Kris’s album numbers too. There are not alot of followers either. Does anyone know?

    I don’t think those are REAL legitimate stories because anyone can create stories for Associated Content.

  27. Valentin432, for the most part though Danny hasn’t had a lot of AI-driven promo to this point, and as the third-placer he’s been less in the spotlight since AI than Kris or Adam. Arguably less than Allison also as she’s been able in many cases to ride the promo for Kris and Adam with their albums coming out in a similar timeframe, and their all being based in LA.
    Danny’s sales got a decent boost last night just from Ryan mentioning him and their replaying part of his group performance. But before that, any national-level promo for Danny’s single or album preorder has been basically only through his twitter and his/Sony websites. They’ve yet to trot out any online advertising that I can tell.
    I’m not trying to say Danny’s sales are gangbusters, just that they are respectable in country terms for a newbie artist. The AI factor presumably will be coming out when Danny appears on AI9, speculated to be March 4th. And he’s saying he should be on Regis & Kelly, probably various other shows as well around the time of his album release.
    And the M&G is finally wrapping up… looks like they will be putting up the full performance video at KSCS which is good. Not sure why I couldn’t get it to work at first.

  28. Adam’s AOL Session up tomorrow!! This from the RCA mod on AO:

    “Look for a teaser clip launching TODAY, followed by the full Session tomorrow.”

    Finally!!!

  29. I think if Danny had more exposure, like some of the other contestants, it would create better sales for him.

  30. I know that Danny was the favorite for Carrie and that is pretty good coming from a Country star. She loved Danny and Kris, and said those two were her faves. So she will probably give him some good advice when they meet up.

  31. “Adam’s AOL Session up tomorrow!! This from the RCA mod on AO:

    “Look for a teaser clip launching TODAY, followed by the full Session tomorrow.”

    Finally!!!”

    Yaaaay! I have been waiting for this! Thanks for the heads up!

  32. I have a question though. Is this a real twitter account for 19 Entertainment? Adam follows them but I don’t see where it is verified and I am a little suprised they would link the article that mentions Kris’s album numbers too. There are not alot of followers either. Does anyone know? The twitter account is @19news

    It is a real twitter account for 19E, but they are not exactly on the ball. It’s a new account and it looks like it’s being run by an intern. They tweeted about the DC Slezak interview only after a fan notified them. I checked RIAA and there is no certification record for Adam. 19E seems to be referencing Associated Content which is a fan blog.

  33. Danny’s sales got a decent boost last night just from Ryan mentioning him and their replaying part of his group performance. But before that, any national-level promo for Danny’s single or album preorder has been basically only through his twitter and his/Sony websites. They’ve yet to trot out any online advertising that I can tell.

    I think if Danny had more exposure, like some of the other contestants, it would create better sales for him.

    I think that Danny will definitely benefit from more national exposure. He has gotten very little of that so far. But hopefully once he gets more of that his sales will go up. It would be nice if he could get a banner on Itunes, I think that would help him out with sales as well.

  34. Hey MJ
    Holy time travel batman! You’ve got us reliving January 11. LOL! Only noticed because that is my daughter’s birthday

  35. I know that Danny was the favorite for Carrie and that is pretty good coming from a Country star. She loved Danny and Kris, and said those two were her faves. So she will probably give him some good advice when they meet up.

    Never heard if Danny met Carrie during AI last year. Seems they met at least briefly when Carrie visited the AI tour (in Memphis?) and Danny tweeted a cute pic of himself posing with Carrie.
    Not sure how much they run into each other since then, but they were both at that multiple-day event for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital last month. Likely they probably had at least some chances to talk there.

  36. Popular Country singers can sell out large arenas…so who knows maybe Paula’s last years early prediction will come true for Danny.

  37. I’m not complaining about the TOMS ads, just making an observation. And it was successful in that I did go their website to check them out!

    Thank you very much for the click. :)

  38. I will say one thing about Vote For The Worst, they sure can dig up a lot of juicy info on contestants.

    They broke a lot of stories. You might not like some of their opinions, but VFTW can sure dig up some interesting info.

    I wonder if that story about Benami will have any legs?

  39. Saw this on Adam Official.

    April 9, 2010

    River Rock Casino Resort
    Richmond, BC

    Now I want to go to Canada! Tommy is such an enigma…badass metal bass rocker to working a parasol. What a cool band they are.

    Ooh, just saw Slash was touring. Get on that shit Adam! Ok, so maybe not the same audience, lol..

  40. sr4mjc
    02/11/2010 at 11:25 am
    Saw this on Adam Official.

    April 9, 2010

    River Rock Casino Resort
    Richmond, BC

    Now I want to go to Canada! Tommy is such an enigma…badass metal bass rocker to working a parasol. What a cool band they are.
    ———————————————————
    Not to mention rocking out a matching bustier and slipper combo. :)

  41. 19E seems to be referencing Associated Content which is a fan blog.

    I think that is the part that threw me for a loop. I could not believe they would reference that fan blog as an article/source. That’s why I was not sure if it was really something from 19E. Representing both guys, I would have thought public relations would have been better.

  42. That is classy of Paula, I was worried she would be very bitter towards Ellen.

  43. Carrie’s teaming up with the Pedigree Foundation for a PSA to support the adoption of shelter pets. The PSA debuts February 15 and the People Pets site has a behind the scenes look.

    http://www.peoplepets.com/news/celebrities/behind-the-scenes-carrie-underwood-s-new-pedigree-psa/1

    Never heard if Danny met Carrie during AI last year.

    Carrie and Randy Travis went to AI to tape a performance for Opry week last season. The performance was taped the same night as the Opry week performance night and aired on the results show the next day. Carrie’s made it a point to meet the contestants every year since her AI season so I’d guess she met everybody then. There’s also the gift that she gives the top 10 (although that’s not in person I don’t think).

  44. Dreams do come true!!! I was so hoping Adam would play the River Rock Casino!!!! I live so close to the Casino!!!! How epic is that going to be??? I am so excited, I am shaking! lol

  45. Saw this on Adam Official.

    April 9, 2010

    River Rock Casino Resort
    Richmond, BC

    Huh, so looks like at least for the moment they are having Adam do a few one-off concerts at casino theaters….seems to make sense to schedule these in in between his promotional trips aborad…I’m rooting for Atlantic City, Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods…..still bitter about 3 adam concerts this weekend in nyc, my hometown, and I will apparently be attending none of them..boooo

  46. Carrie’s teaming up with the Pedigree Foundation for a PSA to support the adoption of shelter pets. The PSA debuts February 15 and the People Pets site has a behind the scenes look.

    Good for Carrie. This is a good cause as well, and in tough economic times, lots of people are giving up their pets or just abandoning them. So more pets need good homes. Which reminds me to make another donation to PAWS this week.

  47. This is a good cause as well, and in tough economic times, lots of people are giving up their pets or just abandoning them. So more pets need good homes.

    Yeah, I coordinate transports for animals in danger of being euthanized to get them out of the high kill shelters and into no kill rescues and I can tell you based on the volume of animals I’m dealing with… it is worse than ever, so many families can’t afford their pets and the shelters are overflowing. So thank you Carrie :) .

  48. You know Adam, you could come down to FL in the Spring before it get too hot. Just saying!

    These posts make me want to adopt another rescue dog. My husband would kill me!

  49. “You know Adam, you could come down to FL in the Spring before it get too hot. Just saying!”

    sr4mjc-I am fully expecting a concert announcement for the Tampa area soon(pleeeese). He has a very large fan base here and they play WWFM quite often on 93.3FLZ.

  50. Looks like the Little Rock Theater seats 950, according to the website. Still no mention of the concert on the April calendar

  51. Never heard if Danny met Carrie during AI last year.

    Carrie and Randy Travis went to AI to tape a performance for Opry week last season. The performance was taped the same night as the Opry week performance night and aired on the results show the next day. Carrie’s made it a point to meet the contestants every year since her AI season so I’d guess she met everybody then. There’s also the gift that she gives the top 10 (although that’s not in person I don’t think).

    That’s really sweet of her. Have never been more than a casual fan of Carrie’s music but she seems like the nicest person from anything I’ve read.

  52. If this was posted, I’m sorry I didn’t see it.
    Soundscan numbers for David Cook

    Thanks. And thanks to Brian as well (just need to add that after the lashings he got form some fans). Always wondered how Come Back To Me is selling. Hmm, 433K. (Ruminating how long it will take for it go gold, if it ever does.)

  53. I’ve been waiting for an update on Kellys digital sales, so Thanks Brian.
    Shame about Sobers numbers, its one of Kellys best songs.

  54. From IHeartRadio on facebook:

    iHeartRadio- Do we have any American Idol or Adam Lambert fans in the NYC area? If so, we want to send YOU to a secret Adam Lambert show in NYC happening THIS MONDAY, February 15th! Upload a photo of you glammed-out on Facebook or here: http://tinyurl.com/yj7mwog for a chance to go. Be creative!!

    they usually sponsor those little radio shows that artists do. I think Archie’s nyc one that was recorded and they use on the radio websites was sponsored by i heart radio. I’m thinking this might be similar?

  55. Tampa concert would be fab! Kris and Allison are here this weekend. Just not may 22-29, I’ll be out of town ;)

  56. I like VFTW recaps of AI’s performances

    .

    That is a disgusting site.

  57. Also, my source at AOL says the Sessions will debut next week

    NOOOOOOOOOOO – MJ – nothing like sticking a dagger to the heart!

    Just kidding…..Guess I’ll bask in all the other Adam news!

  58. From IHeartRadio on facebook:

    iHeartRadio- Do we have any American Idol or Adam Lambert fans in the NYC area? If so, we want to send YOU

    to a secret Adam Lambert show in NYC happening THIS MONDAY, February 15th! Upload a photo of you glammed-out on Facebook or here: http://tinyurl.com/yj7mwog for a chance to go. Be creative!!

    they usually sponsor those little radio shows that artists do. I think Archie’s nyc one that was recorded and they use on the radio websites was sponsored by i heart radio. I’m thinking this might be similar?

    this must be the same concert that the philly station has a contest for…there must be other stations runnnig contests for tix as well (altho i haven’t seen them)

  59. Kate8
    02/11/2010 at 12:18 pm
    I like VFTW recaps of AI’s performances.

    EW’s are my fave. Slezak had me LMAO the whole time reading his recap from last night. He is just about spot on much of the time :-)

    ETA: MJ, any chance of getting Slezak on to do a live chat anytime?

  60. In the USA today article updating digital downloads he listed:
    Adam Lambert, Mad World (256,000 total)
    but in was in the context of ‘updates’ and he did not list any other season 8 download info.

    It’s great for Adam I knew he sold more than the 100,000 that kept getting repeated.
    But does anyone have all the season 8 digital download data to date or even just Kris’s?

  61. dannygokey: Did a radio show this morning & it streamed live via Internet. Over 15,000 people tuned in 2 see me perform! Visit http://www.kscs.com 2 rewatch ;)

    That does seem to match the ustream site, which actually shows nearly 18,000 views. http://www.ustream.tv/discovery/live/all?q=KSCS

    Not sure how word got out to that many people, but great for Danny. Look forward to watching it on the radio station when the video posts there. Don’t see it yet.

  62. steph maybe their station normally does things like that.. could be a usual thing. but i dont know.

  63. If this was posted, I’m sorry I didn’t see it.
    Soundscan numbers for David Cook
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/inde

    It’s one of MJ’s headlines in the post. Nice to see those Kelly and DC track numbers. I hope we get CBTM again next week since there seems to have been a nice bump after Tim Urban sang it.

    I wonder if that story about Benami will have any legs?

    I don’t see the big deal. Didi is a waitress like Brooke White was a nanny, like David Cook was a bartender, like Kelly Clarkson was a cocktail waitress. These seem to me the typical struggling musician who supports him/herself with some “real job” while they pursue and make music. Brooke and DC both recorded albums with their own money. I’m sure Didi has at least some tracks out there. Like Brooke, it seems like she went to LA to try to break into the industry in LA, and of course she’s been trying to make contacts. Kinda like how Adam made contacts with LA recording people to try to break in the industry. The point is, none of these people have a recording contract, so I don’t see why it’s a “story” that they’ve been pounding the pavement as musicians before AI. Nine seasons in, viewers don’t seriously think we’re not seriously looking for regular folks who only sing in the showers on the show…?

    From Michael Castro’s twitter:

    Michael_Castro: And I would like to point out there were like twice as many girls as boys in Hollywood week…fishy??

    Guess they were REALLY stacking the deck so we’ll likely end up with 12 great girls and 12 average-to-great guys for our top 24… wonder if this will work for their evil plan? I’m all for a girl winner, but I do wonder how many the girls will do if they’re all too strong/similar. They may just cannabalize each others votes and fail to form strong fanbases early on. You kinda need female cannon fodder if you want front runners to emerge from the group. Interesting. Can’t wait to find out about the top 24!

  64. frogcooke, with the ustream you mean? The radio station said it was the first time they have done a livecast of this type.

    Probably so as the tech provider was tweeting this week to brag that the radio station was using their technology for the event with Danny.

  65. ah ok steph.. i didnt know anything about i was just guessing lol

  66. frogcooke, lol. Must say, 18000 still seems like a big number to me even with some nation-wide Danny fans joining in. Maybe that station has a lot of online listeners, it is a big metro area (Dallas/Ft Worth) and the station was promoting the videocast a fair amount this week.
    Either way, if that was the number great for Danny.

  67. yeah i think probably a fair number of regular listeners may have been online to check it out too, if its the first time they’ve done it.

  68. Nine seasons in, viewers don’t seriously think we’re not seriously looking for regular folks who only sing in the showers on the show…?

    Luckily that’s not the case. Often the contestants with no experience don’t know how to perform, don’t know which songs they should choose, don’t know who they are as artists yet, or are too nervous onstage to do well. Some of them catch on fast, but many don’t.

    I appreciate the contestants with experience, too, who are at ease on a stage and in front of an audience, who know who they are musically. Kelly, Daughtry, Cook, Adam, etc., many of our best Idols had experience before the show.

    I like having a mix of experienced and inexperienced. I enjoyed watching real newbies like Kellie P and Carrie get their footing, but I also enjoyed the mastery of those who already had paid a lot of dues and were ready for the big time. To me it just shows that they are serious about music and haven’t been twiddling their thumbs waiting for Idol to come along. Yet there are some young applicants who are naturally talented and ready to learn on the fly.

  69. Guess they were REALLY stacking the deck so we’ll likely end up with 12 great girls and 12 average-to-great guys for our top 24… wonder if this will work for their evil plan? I’m all for a girl winner, but I do wonder how many the girls will do if they’re all too strong/similar. They may just cannabalize each others votes and fail to form strong fanbases early on.

    Very interesting to see Michael Castro’s comment. Midway through last night’s ep, I actually said, “wow, there seem to be way more girls here than guys.”

    And ITA, sma11ie, TPTB manipulation, especially when it’s really blatant, rarely works out in their favor in the end. So trying TOO hard to make sure a girl wins could easily backfire. I can see them putting only weak guys in, but if even that is too blatant, people will revolt.

    Take Andrew Garcia – he’s obviously very talented and popular – I can’t imagine him not making Top 24, and so it’s hard to deny that some good guys will make it through, which means this is really anyone’s contest, still.

    And I also agree that the women are all very similar. Haeley and Mary were the only obvious ones that deviated from the whole “guitar strumming” vibe eminating from many of the other top girls (like Lilly, Didi, even Chrystal etc.) And unfortunately for those two, Mary likely didn’t make many new fans after the group night, and Haeley doesn’t have the voice that the others have.

  70. come on, did anyone believe that anyone who looks like Didi is JUST a waitress? does she live in LA? if so, everyone here is somehow connected to someone successful in the business. even if you are a hostess, line cook, hotel desk manager, whatever….if you live in LA, you are working by day, and working it by night. like always, VFTW is good at digging up the juicy dirt, but this time, its just not that juicy.

  71. Does anyone remember Elliott’s background coming into AI? From what I understood he was a pharmacy tech who sang at a lot at Karaoke bars. I always thought he had no experience musically other than having a naturally good voice. Can someone here briefly fill me in on his pre-idol experience. Curious due to above talk of people coming in as waitresses, sing-in-the-shower, etc. Carrie and Pickler were mentioned, and I thought Elliott was one of those too…..????

  72. They may just cannabalize each others votes and fail to form strong fanbases early on

    i was thinking the same thing…that the girls would cancel each other out and allow one of the guys to creep into the top 2. however, if you recall the year of the divas, fantasia was able to dodge a couple of bullets and eventually get the title. so my guess is that in the end, if one of the jazzy/guitar girls is in the finale, their votes/similar fan bases will merge and provide the win. i think similarly happened with kris (matt, noop dogg, and then danny). so yeah, it hurts to have “similar” style contestants in the top ten but in the end, its extremely beneficially to the one thats left standing.

  73. Does anyone remember Elliott’s background coming into AI? From what I understood he was a pharmacy tech who sang at a lot at Karaoke bars. I always thought he had no experience musically other than having a naturally good voice. Can someone here briefly fill me in on his pre-idol experience. Curious due to above talk of people coming in as waitresses, sing-in-the-shower, etc. Carrie and Pickler were mentioned, and I thought Elliott was one of those too…..????

    hmmm, yeah, i always thought Elliott was just a pharmacy tech but then i read that Ellitott’s cousin works in the business, not sure with which label though. so it seems he had some connections.

  74. I enjoyed watching real newbies like Kellie P and Carrie get their footing,

    Whatever Carrie was, she was no newbie. She almost got signed when she was younger, which suggests she had some experience. I’m not really sure if there are any winners or runners-up who were newbies? Are there?

  75. Carrie had some experience but not much. According to wiki:

    During her childhood, Underwood had performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show while also singing at the Free Will Baptist Church and later on for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler’s Day and the Lion’s Club. In 1996, she was in the process of getting a contract with Capitol Records, but the deal was canceled when the recording company’s management changed.

    Not much experience out in the world. On Idol she seemed ill at ease on the stage. She was a quick study and learned fast, I’ve been impressed by her incredible growth as a performer and with what poise she has handled huge success. At any rate, I think of her as being inexperienced when she was on Idol.

    As for other winners and runner ups, hmm, interesting question. Clay had made a couple of demos but they hadn’t gone anywhere. He had done some local stuff but never been out of North Carolina (I recall him saying). He was about to give up serious singing and become a special ed teacher when he tried out for Idol. He was pretty much a rube, and looked it, but he also learned fast once he got on the show.

    I thought Fantasia was also pretty inexperienced and unworldly, it’s all how you define experience though. Acc to wiki again:

    The Barrino family traveled and performed in the Carolinas and elsewhere in the American South and recorded the CD Miracles for a local label. Fantasia’s singing style was shaped by the example of gospel singers like Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters. Rhythm & Blues singers such as Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan also left a strong impact on young Fantasia.

  76. I was going to say, Carrie almost got signed by Capitol Records when she was 13! Yet it was true that she had never been on a plane before the show, which greatly helped shape the narrative that she was a simple farm girl turned college student who had barely ever left Oklahoma. The demos from that time (13/14) were unearthed at some point and when her name first emerged as a frontrunner, her booking information was online. There were conspiracy theories about the show hiding her experience lest audiences realize she’d been singing in public for years and was still that stiff as a performer (she didn’t get the Farmbot nickname for nothing).

    Kellie Pickler had performed on TV before Idol on some local talent thing in North Carolina. That hardly makes you connected, but it’s a little more than being a shower singer.

  77. I thought Carrie sang at State Fairs, where the crowd is usually a pretty good size? I thought I read that somewhere, but I may have misread it.

  78. I’m not really sure if there are any winners or runners-up who were newbies? Are there?

    if you have a good voice, there’s a good chance that by the time you hit Idol, you’ve tried to record a demo, land singing gigs, and maybe landed an offer by a label.

    really, it depends on what we want to classify as “experience”….does singing in a small town bar, making a demo with your buddies equal to having a contract, being dropped from a label, or having broadway experience?

    i think that vanessa wolf chic would have been a good example of not having experience. but look where that got her? a one way ticket home. same with Maddie Curtis. did that chick have any experience peforming (outside of church, im just guessing she a religious gal based on her song choices)? seems like she didnt, which is no wonder she got sent packing.

  79. Well, I’m kinda thinking out loud here, but here we go:

    So what if Idol stacked the deck with women this year? Its a TV show. We’ve known for years the thing isn’t fair… the producers do their pimping, judges angle for their favorites. Maybe we just all expect too much of the show in the first place. They want a girl (and after 2 sausage fest finales in 2 years, they may have a point) and they are trying to make it happen. This is no different than stuff they pull every year.

    BTW, I’m talking to myself as much as I’m talking to anyone else. I caught myself starting to roll my eyes at the girl bias but then I realized — this is Idol. I’ve been watching too long to claim shock now. LMAO

  80. Yeah, iirc, almost all the most successful people from AI in the past have had pretty substantial musical connections/background/experience in the past. They’ve had bands, or played a lot of gigs, or even made cds, etc.

    And I’m just fine with that. All I care about is if they’re good singers and good performers (and likeable people – lol) – those are the ones I naturally root the most for on the show, and usually those are the more seasoned, experienced performers by default. I could care less how small the town is that they came from, or whether they’ve been on an airplane or not. I just care about the talent.

  81. They want a girl (and after 2 sausage fest finales in 2 years, they may have a point) and they are trying to make it happen. This is no different than stuff they pull every year.

    It certainly seems they’re trying to do this, and certainly it’s nothing new, but my main point is that trying to manipulate the outcome, especially if they try too blatantly, usually backfires.

  82. During her childhood, Underwood had performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show while also singing at the Free Will Baptist Church and later on for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler’s Day and the Lion’s Club.

    That’s all that was given at wiki, and I feel sure that her fans would have included more if there was more to include. There was no conspiracy, to me, to hide her experience since she barely had any.

    I think we’re not talking about people singing in showers, really, but whether people are experienced in the music business or have connections before the show. Carrie almost getting signed by Capital when she was 13 is not really a show biz connection, it fell through and she applied to Idol years later. She went to college and had good sense but was really very inexperienced in the music industry.

    Compared to someone like David Cook who had been in bands for years, had played in front of audiences for years in bars and on the road, as had Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, etc. David Archeleta was also experienced and had been on other talent show contests etc.

    My original point, which might not have come across, is that it’s okay to have experience and it shouldn’t be seen as an unfair advantage. Idol has always had people all along the spectrum as far as experience, and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s okay to be inexperienced too, it’s fun to watch raw talent discover itself but ultimately they are all pretty new to the big time. Adam had maybe more experience than a lot of them had, but living in L.A. that would be true.

    It’s funny but Kelly Clarkson was also accused (after the show ended) of having prior experience because she had traveled to L.A. and tried to sell her demos. That’s not really experience, it just shows that she was truly striving to be a musical artist.

    It seems that almost every year there’s some controversy about someone having too much experience but I haven’t yet seen it be an actual problem with anyone. It isn’t even a requirement of the show that they be inexperienced, merely that they don’t have a record contract at the time they audition is my understanding. It usually seems like much ado about nothing imo. I like having both experienced and inexperienced, it would be boring if none of them had experience.

  83. Here is an intersting review of Kris’s Singapore concert from a guy who pretty much does not approve of the current state of “Pop” music today. I remember seeing tweets from him before and during Kris’s concert and his comments caught my eye. The review is not favorable to Kris but it is interesting to how his view of Kris is such a polar opposite to the view so many others have of Kris. To get a better perspective on where this guy is coming from, I suggest you read profile first. If you think he is negative towards Kris, see the Owl City review.

    Profile:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?page_id=2

    Review:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?m=201002

  84. As for other winners and runner ups, hmm, interesting question. Clay had made a couple of demos but they hadn’t gone anywhere.

    What about Ruben? He was a music student, right? Did he have performing experience? Anyway, I really don’t care if contestants have “experience” because if you’re really serious about music, it makes sense that you pursue it seriously, right? I don’t love it when they have histories with major labels, but even then, it depends on the situation– if it was years and years ago, then they sometimes do deserve a second chance.

    really, it depends on what we want to classify as “experience”….does singing in a small town bar, making a demo with your buddies equal to having a contract, being dropped from a label, or having broadway experience?

    Well put- I prefer the former category of “experience”, but admit that the latter type could be okay as well. Depends on the situation

    i was thinking the same thing…that the girls would cancel each other out and allow one of the guys to creep into the top 2. however, if you recall the year of the divas, fantasia was able to dodge a couple of bullets and eventually get the title. so my guess is that in the end, if one of the jazzy/guitar girls is in the finale, their votes/similar fan bases will merge and provide the win.

    But that season also resulted in the loss of Jennifer Hudson, because too many R&B divas were canceling each other out… hmm. Could be an interesting and/or frustrating season.

  85. Compared to someone like David Cook who had been in bands for years, had played in front of audiences for years in bars and on the road, as had Taylor Hicks, Daughtry, etc.

    Wasn’t Carrie 19 or 20? I think she had just started college or she was in her second year.
    I think I remember that she had done state fairs and had opened for some big names in country music. I’m pretty sure she had a band and they played locally.
    Not anything like David Cook, but then again he was considerably older.

  86. One of my favorite thongs about dede is that she was a waitress in LA trying to break into the music biz -not someone sitting at home like ‘hey,I’m bored.I’m going to go try out for idol’
    didi reminds me a lot of someone
    Like Adam ;)

  87. It certainly seems they’re trying to do this, and certainly it’s nothing new, but my main point is that trying to manipulate the outcome, especially if they try too blatantly, usually backfires.

    Sometimes it does (Rueben, Carrie, Fanny, arguably Jordin and Cookie) and sometimes it doesn’t (Adam, Gokey, arguably Archie). It certainly gets them the top 12 they want more often than not, and folks they really like make it to the finals/top 3 at least IMO. And if they REALLY like you, they will sign you and treat you like the winner whether you actually won or not (Hello Adam! Hello Daughtry!) So in the end, TPTB gets what they want regardless. Even if it is not always the EXACT way they want.

    If they really want a girl to win, the worst that can happen from their POV is a girl they pimp will get really popular and come close to winning, in which case they will sign her and work her popularity into some big old record sales regardless.

    Or not. Since I am just ass talking, as usual. LOL

  88. Wasn’t Carrie 19 or 20? I think she had just started college or she was in her second year.

    I thought I read somewhere that pre-idol Carrie had a recording contract with a country label that fell thru when the label went belly-up. She wasn’t just hanging out on the farm milking cows. She had been actively pursuing a music career.

  89. To get a better perspective on where this guy is coming from, I suggest you read profile first. If you think he is negative towards Kris, see the Owl City review.

    Profile:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?page_id=2

    Review:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?m=201002

    I agree with him on the Owl City music. :)
    The Kris review is interesting if you look at it as what people might be thinking that aren’t AI fans. It does give insight into how some feel about the music coming out of the idol franchise.

  90. Tiger92: Wasn’t Carrie 19 or 20? I think she had just started college or she was in her second year.
    I think I remember that she had done state fairs and had opened for some big names in country music. I’m pretty sure she had a band and they played locally.
    Not anything like David Cook, but then again he was considerably older.

    Carrie and David are both the same age (27). He won when he was 25 and she won when she was 22/23. Not all that big a gap.

  91. I always think the “struggling musician” deserves a chance and those that sing at engagements when they can (a fair, church, little local things, those that go into competions, etc.) They are the pavement pounders who are looking for a break. However, people who have already had a contract with a buget like Carly Smithson did, not too hep on those. (unless I’m wrong about her). I don’t warm up to “plants.” as they call them.

    As for stacking the deck, pimping, and other manipulations of tptb, meh. It’s just what they do and always have done. We just get more and more aware with each season, especially those of us who have followed it for years (MJ’ers and the like). I suppose those manipulations work on newbies to AI each year, but even they “catch on” after awhile. As much as things change, they remain the same.

  92. Billboard 200 Chart Position for this week

    TW LW
    18 29 24 14 Play On, Carrie Underwood
    49 36 21 11 For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert
    53 66 54 30 Leave This Town, Daughtry
    116 122 101 12 Kris Allen, Kris Allen
    156 RE-ENTRY 101 Carnival Ride, Carrie Underwood 3
    157 181 175 157 Daughtry, Daughtry 4
    193 RE-ENTRY 47 All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson

  93. tiger92
    02/11/2010 at 3:30 pm

    The Kris review is interesting if you look at it as what people might be thinking that aren’t AI fans. It does give insight into how some feel about the music coming out of the idol franchise.

    i don’t think his perspective is anything we haven’t heard before re the stigma of idol, manufacturing of pop stars, etc. the sentiment has been around for years. some people will never give these kids a chance, and that’s just the way it it.

  94. When Carrie got on Idol she was already a senior (journalism major) in college and had already performed a bunch at state fairs, opened for some established acts and such. I think she even had her own regular backing band at that point. Point is that (1) she wasn’t just a farm girl, (2) the singing that she did do was still all relatively small potatoes, and (3) her public singing experience was not close to being insubstantial despite their being on smaller stages. If you want to talk about Cook’s or Daughtry’s singing backgrounds prior to Idol, you can just take the prior sentence and basically change “farm girl” to “bartender” or “mechanic” and change she to he, and you’ve basically summed them up too.

    If you’re interested to know more, read the beginning of the Carrie thread in TWoP. That’s when all her background stuff started getting dug up and discussed.

  95. Carrie and David are both the same age (27). He won when he was 25 and she won when she was 22/23. Not all that big a gap.

    I believe she had completed a few years of college and ended up finishing her degree after SH was released.

    I have a lot of respect for her for committing to her education like that.

    As per usual, I feel like a show that awards a recording contract as a prize is served by having people who might actually know something about the music industry when the opportunity to make an album gets handed to them. I don’t think having prior experience is a detriment at all. Having direct personal relationships with people at 19? Questionable. Having recorded a demo or five? Not.

  96. Elliott was a p/t pharmacy clerk singing kareoke locally. He’d also worked as a dj on a Richmond radio station and hung around a local recording studio. .

    Basically, he was on the far fringes of the music world. He did have a cousin who was a music producer but didn’t really connect with him until Idol. Elliott needed Idol to motivate him to any kind of music career.

    I like to see people evolve on the show. Sometimes, the more experienced folk are as good as they’re going to be day 1. They don’t improve in front of your eyes the way some newbies can. I do kind of like people like Elliott and Danny Gokey who are clearly works in progress.

  97. I don’t hold it against a contestant if they have been trying to make a living through their music before Idol, if anything it proves to me that music is their passion. I think some contestants downplay their experience and no one figures it out. It is like the straight A honor student who claims that he/she never studies.

  98. Sometimes it does (Rueben, Carrie, Fanny, arguably Jordin and Cookie) and sometimes it doesn’t (Adam, Gokey, arguably Archie). It certainly gets them the top 12 they want more often than not, and folks they really like make it to the finals/top 3 at least IMO. And if they REALLY like you, they will sign you and treat you like the winner whether you actually won or not (Hello Adam! Hello Daughtry!) So in the end, TPTB gets what they want regardless. Even if it is not always the EXACT way they want.

    Very true – they’ll find their winner, regardless, whether that person wins or loses.

    I guess I just think back most recently to Kris, where the OTT’ness (thanks, Paula) of the whole “see you in the finals” mantra had a lot of people pretty fed up by the end and wanting someone not named Adam or Danny to win.

    Especially with the theory that, with an even more strongly female-skewed audience now, men might conceivably have an easier time now to win over a woman, then once again any blatant attempts to rig this year could really fail.

    In the end, I guess my consensus is, I know manipulation has always happened, and will this year as well, but I hope that it can at least be kept to a more sane minimum so that, say, one of the strong women on the show (and there are many) actually has a fair chance of winning, rather than being the victim of some kind of backlash.

    And I’m all for a guy winning too – at this point I have no preference either way :-)

  99. The show presents the contestants’ backgrounds very selectively. It was months after the season ended when it finally came out in interviews that Danny drove a semi-truck for a living before going on AI. They always referred to him on the show as a church music teacher or director, which he also did but it was part-time in the evenings.

    When I heard that, just figured the producers felt that their slot for a blue-collar sympathetic working man was Michael Sarver, with his oilrigger (?) story. Assume there are any number of other cases where they leave out major parts of a person’s bio, or highlight some narrower aspect that they think is interesting.

  100. I think it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a newbie to win at Idol. It’s not just the singing, it’s the whole performance aspect – the presentation, knowing what sounds good, making an old song sound fresh and, at least for the last couple of season, knowing how to rearrange songs, and doing that week after week in a grueling schedule. Even someone experienced like David Cook was appearing (to me anyway) to be flagging towards the end of the competition. I can’t imagine how a complete newbie would fare.

    Although I wouldn’t call Danny a newbie, even he, being a “newbie” at singing rock songs, appeared completely clueless as to how awful his “Dream On” sounded. In contrast, Fantasia rendition of Summertime showed a degree of sophistication that suggests good experience in performance. I’d say that a real newbie is someone like Megan Joy, and you can see the inexperience in her performances, and contestants like her don’t last long in the competition.

    Anyway, that Benami thing is a complete non-story unless something more substantial comes up.

  101. In the USA today article updating digital downloads he listed:
    Adam Lambert, Mad World (256,000 total)
    but in was in the context of ‘updates’ and he did not list any other season 8 download info.

    It’s great for Adam I knew he sold more than the 100,000 that kept getting repeated.
    But does anyone have all the season 8 digital download data to date or even just Kris’s?

    Here is another recent USA Today update which shows digital download results for the IDOL version of Heartless at 304,000. There weren’t any other season 8 download #’s (if you mean songs from the show). I also vaguely remember some statistic on digital downloads after the finale (from IDOL songs), with Kris being over 1,000,000 and Adam in the 900,000’s, but I honestly don’t remember the source.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/01/bonus-soundscan-numbers/1

  102. Not sure if this is the updated Billboard Hot 100 for the week (I don’t usually post the updates to this) but it looks like the Grammys had their effect on both Adam and Kris’s singles too:

    LLWD = TW (24) LW (23)
    WWFM = TW (35) LW (35)

    ETA: Hopefully the effect is temporary – songs like Pink’s Glitter in the Air, for instance, surged high on the charts after the Grammy performance.

  103. POP Charts:

    LLWD = TW (17) LW (19)
    WWFM = TW (20) LW (23)

    WOOHOO! WWFM Pop 20!

    ETA: Both songs are also starred with the greatest singles and sales gains (along with some other songs)

  104. Danny grew up in a very musical household though it seemed. I remember him having to sing his homework. I think he was a newbie at arranging songs maybe, but he had alot of musical experience. Is it just me or do arrangement with guitars get alot of praise constantly, I mean you don’t need a musical instrument to rearrange a song. I thought all contestants did some rearranging whether they played an istrument or not.

  105. I also vaguely remember some statistic on digital downloads after the finale (from IDOL songs), with Kris being over 1,000,000 and Adam in the 900,000’s, but I honestly don’t remember the source.

    Ah, yes I remember that thread. The numbers were posted in Idol Chatter and Brian caught a lot of flack because he failed to mention that the numbers only included downloads from the finale on. That of course has contributed to the idea, fair or not fair, that Brian props up Kris and downlplays Adam’s success.

    But anyhew. I would love to know the numbers for the downloads throughout the season, but no such luck. I’m curious to know how some of Adam’s more popular performances, such as Ring of Fire did. I think, and I could be wrong, that the idols got more money per download during the season than after? I wouldn’t be surprised if they sold hundreds of thousands of songs during the season that we don’t know about.

    I think after the finale, I read they get a dime per download ? If that is the number, that is some nice change for both the guys. :)

  106. 193

    RE-ENTRY

    47 All I Ever Wanted, Kelly Clarkson

    Wow, I hadn’t been following closely, but I didn’t know Kelly had dropped off BB200 the previous week! And the label’s still pushing a fourth single! It must be nice to have those big pop hits that sell lots of downloads to make up for slagging record sales. That’s cool. I’m glad she’s getting another single. I actually really like All I Ever Wanted, both the album and the song, and hope it gives the record a second wind. Sorry Kara, but I Do Not Hook Up was a mistake and really dragged the album down, IMO. There are a bunch of strong tracks still left on AIEW…

    I like to see people evolve on the show. Sometimes, the more experienced folk are as good as they’re going to be day 1. They don’t improve in front of your eyes the way some newbies can. I do kind of like people like Elliott and Danny Gokey who are clearly works in progress.

    I like to see evolution and progress as well. That said, I think some of the more “experienced” folk can and often did evolve as well. Making demos or indie records or performing in tiny bars or county fairs or even Star Search are all great experiences that help prepare a contestant for Idol, but those things don’t fully prepare you for, like Hazehel says, “the whole performance aspect – the presentation, knowing what sounds good, making an old song sound fresh and, at least for the last couple of season, knowing how to rearrange songs, and doing that week after week in a grueling schedule.” I think the skills it takes to perform in dive bars or county fairs or theater are not exactly the same as knowing what works for a live studio audience and for TV. David Cook was used to performing in the bar scene, and he got a lot of smug or pompous comments early on because that whole rock swagger thing doesn’t work for TV, so he learned to dial some things back for TV, and connect with the camera. I dunno, that’s just one example, but I’ve seen a lot of progression with folks who supposedly had a wide range of experience going in.

    ETA: wellhesback, Season 7 had no group night in Hollywood week. Not sure if all the other seasons did, since I haven’t seen them all. Anyone else know?

  107. LLWD = TW (24) LW (23)
    WWFM = TW (35) LW (35)

    It seems like since the Grammys LLWD and WWFM are seperated by 10 spots, which is less than 10,000 downloads. How much did the number one song on ITUNES sell?

  108. I’m not sure which thread to post this question in, so I picked this one: For those of you who know the show better than I, did all the Hollywood weeks have group sings? I don’t remember it from David Cook’s year. Thanks.

  109. To be fair….I don’t believe that any of the Idol contestants, no matter how seasoned as Singers or performing Artists, had ever raised a microphone in front of 24 million viewers each week and sung live with no net to catch them. That has to take more balls then I would ever have.

  110. #1 download last week sold 235,970.
    Black Eyed Peas/Imma Be/235,970/1,082,396

    That’s because of the Grammy effect. Lots of big numbers for songs featured on the Grammys.

  111. Sorry Kara, but I Do Not Hook Up was a mistake and really dragged the album down, IMO.

    I thought Katy Perry wrote that song.

  112. It seems like since the Grammys LLWD and WWFM are seperated by 10 spots, which is less than 10,000 downloads. How much did the number one song on ITUNES sell?

    Just to clarify – the rankings above are the billboard pop chart rankings, not itunes.

  113. Although I wouldn’t call Danny a newbie, even he, being a “newbie” at singing rock songs, appeared completely clueless as to how awful his “Dream On” sounded.

    I think Danny was pretty much a newbie to any larger music industry exposure. Beyond his church music background, all I know of was he appeared to sing O Holy Night once with some churchmates on a Milwaukee tv affiliate where his brother worked. And, Danny was a featured soloist on a handful of tracks for a praise & worship Christian album recorded in Nashville before AI. Believe his brother-in-law Ivan had some role with the latter.

    Where I saw the newbie effect with Danny is that he could pull off very strong performances (CROCS, YASB, any number of the early ones), but sustaining it consistently was harder for him, especially the combination of song choice, and delivery to include movement on stage. He’s gotten a lot better in his recent promo tour performances, but he’s still a bit fidgety on stage when he can’t get up and move around, poor thing :) Poor song choice to tackle Dream On live of course. He didn’t seem too aware how bad it was on the live show, but he’s always been very candid how awful it was once he heard the playback. (Studio version isn’t bad at all.)

    Danny grew up in a very musical household though it seemed. I remember him having to sing his homework. I think he was a newbie at arranging songs maybe, but he had alot of musical experience.

    Have always assumed that Danny did have experience arranging religious songs, since he was the music director at his church. Just no experience to speak in popular music besides singing at the occasional wedding. Did see in an interview that he had a role in arranging YASB for top 3 night. That one was very effective. They put a lot of gospel power into that one as it built, worked well for Danny.

    I’ve also heard from some people who’ve watched Danny at soundcheck in his recent appearances. They were struck by how professional and assertive he was in getting things set up the way he wanted to be sure the performance would come across properly for the audience. Could be that church music background is helping with some confidence there also.

  114. But anyhew. I would love to know the numbers for the downloads throughout the season, but no such luck.

    I think lots of people want to know these numbers – LOL! But if Brian recently quoted the download totals for Mad World and Heartless, would those also be post-finale, or cumulative including the sales during the show? Would he dare be misleading again given the prior backlash you mention?

    I think, and I could be wrong, that the idols got more money per download during the season than after?

    I remember an interview with Kris sometime during the season or immediately thereafter where he said they received 18 cents per download. I also remember a more recent quote saying something like 9 cents per download, but I am not sure if that considers writing credits or not, and again, I do not remember the source.

  115. I do kind of like people like Elliott and Danny Gokey who are clearly works in progress.

    Me too, I love watching them make mistakes and trying to adjust (I like that when it happens with the more experienced also though come to think of it. I do think if I had known about Danny being a full-time truck driver before the show early on, I wouldn’t have been so hard on him. It appears his church involvement was to participate in their music program and be a worship leader (looking back, not much difference than others being choir members, soloists, etc at their churches), and the church wasn’t his full-time employ. Pastor Rolex stole Danny’s thunder perhaps. I’m still not a Danny fan, in so far as I problably won’t purchase his music, but I see his run now more from the perspective of his driving a big-rig, helping out his church, and practicing his faith. And that would have made me appreciate his inexperience and how hard he worked on fitting in more during the show. I honestly hope he does well and makes a decent living from music. Seems to be a decent guy.

  116. Ok, this may be old news, but I haven’t been in the blog world much recently. I just heard Jason’s “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again” in an Overstock.com commercial on E!. Since I haven’t even heard it on the radio yet, I think that’s very cool. Go Jason!

  117. Sorry Kara, but I Do Not Hook Up was a mistake and really dragged the album down, IMO.

    I thought Katy Perry wrote that song.

    It’s Katy Perry, Kara, and Greg Wells who wrote IDNHU I thought.

  118. GAC (Great American Country)’s Headline Country show will have a piece on the St. Jude’s event, including Carrie and Danny apparently. Also a piece on Carrie’s Temporary Home. It runs tonight at 9 pm EST, and repeats throughout the week as posted at gactv.com.

    http://www.gactv.com/gac/shows_acc/episode/0,,GAC_26152_67829,00.html

    This week on “Headline Country…” [..] take you behind the scenes with Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” and take you to Memphis where Underwood, Randy Owen, Little Big Town, Darryl Worley, Joe Nichols, Danny Gokey and Jewel show us firsthand why Country Cares for St. Jude kids . All that and more this week on “Headline Country”.

  119. IDNHU was a bad choice for a single but idk, if Already Gone didn’t help her album sales a lot I’m not sure anything else could have.

    I think if you asked ANY fan of season 7 or 8 wanting actual itunes numbers for the entire season is probably one of the greatest wishes and I doubt we’ll ever get them. At least in 7 we had weekly popularity bars which kind of gave us a good gauge of how sales were.

  120. But if Brian recently quoted the download totals for Mad World and Heartless, would those also be post-finale, or cumulative including the sales during the show?

    IIRC, that is post finale, not cume.

    I remember an interview with Kris sometime during the season or immediately thereafter where he said they received 18 cents per download. I also remember a more recent quote saying something like 9 cents per download, but I am not sure if that considers writing credits or not, and again, I do not remember the source.

    I think it was during LKL that they mentioned the 18 cents. Could be wrong about the time, but I do remember that being the number as well and being surpised. Also remember that yes, post AI they get 9 cents per download sold. No idea about the songwriting stuff at all, but that won’t apply to LLWD or WWFM for Kris or Adam respectively, as they aren’t writers of them. Kris will most likely be a co-writer of his next single, given that he wrote almost every song on the album and the ones that seem to be considered as singles for him right now, things like BWCU, AWM, CSA, have him with writing credit on them.

  121. I think lots of people want to know these numbers – LOL! But if Brian recently quoted the download totals for Mad World and Heartless, would those also be post-finale, or cumulative including the sales during the show? Would he dare be misleading again given the prior backlash you mention

    It looks like a couple of posters over at Idol Chatter asked him that question and he clarifies it in the comment section stating that he believes the numbers are post finale. I think he could save himself the extra typing if he just writes (post finale) after the download number :)

  122. 2/11/2010 at 4:58 pm
    Ok, this may be old news, but I haven’t been in the blog world much recently. I just heard Jason’s “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again” in an Overstock.com commercial on E!. Since I haven’t even heard it on the radio yet, I think that’s very cool. Go Jason!

    I have heard that Jason Castro’s song in Overstock commercials has also been on MSNBC, CNN Headline News, and HGTV too.

    Here is a link to it:
    http://www.overstock.com/31192/static.html

    If that doesn’t work it’s the top one on the list at this link:
    http://www.overstock.com/13978/static.html#

    National TV Commercials:
    New: Life Changes feat. Jason Castro
    Valentine’s Day 2010 feat. Swtichfoot

    Jason also tweeted:
    coming to malaysia/phillipines mid march, i’ll give ya more details when i get them!
    9:15 PM Feb 7th from web

  123. bah i believe him that he liked it and that’s why he advertizes but that was not his place for a music career

    Yeah, but didn’t he say that one of the reasons he was so glad he won, was so that he didn’t have to go back to school? Which I get that he was happy he could make a living doing what he wanted, rather than doing the practical thing of going to school for a business degree.

    And didn’t he spend 5 years there and still not get his degree?

    So yeah, funny that he’s doing a spot for UCA. I mean it’s nice of him, but it’s still funny. Plus, while he’s a better actor/line reader than he had been, he’s still pretty bad at it. Which is presh.

  124. And didn’t he spend 5 years there and still not get his degree?

    I don’t believe he was there 5 consecutive years. Didn’t he take like a two year break to pursue music but then decided to go back.

  125. “Here is an intersting review of Kris’s Singapore concert from a guy who pretty much does not approve of the current state of “Pop” music today. I remember seeing tweets from him before and during Kris’s concert and his comments caught my eye. The review is not favorable to Kris but it is interesting to how his view of Kris is such a polar opposite to the view so many others have of Kris. To get a better perspective on where this guy is coming from, I suggest you read profile first. If you think he is negative towards Kris, see the Owl City review.

    Profile:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?page_id=2

    Review:
    http://www.powerofpop.com/?m=201002

    Yep , this guy seems to generally be against the idol “machine” – probably because he hasn’t been able to “make it” as a singer songwriter himself!![ Maybe he should have tried out for idol – or perhaps he did & he’s not saying??]

    At least he acknowledged that the crowd was very much into Kris’s performance!!

    I think its funny that he says about the idols being all about image & Publicity when this is not who Kris is at al l[ gee people complain that he doesn’t sell himself enough] Also on a Singapore interview Kris says he tries to avoid red carpets unless its necessary- he prefers a night watching movies with his wife!!

    So maybe there is just a hint of jealousy from this guy – about the publicity the idols are given. I for one though think that the process of idol is so stressful that to make it through to the end they deserve any publicity they can get. [ Not all professional musos would survive the challenge!!]

  126. oh Kris — this is pretty ironic considering he dropped out and was so happy after he won AI that he wouldn’t have to go back o finish his degree. I’m sure he liked some things at UCA (like ultimate frisbee)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx7OkULjGbw&feature=player_embedded

    So I guess Kris is a spokesperson for UCA ?, maybe for travel bureau for Conway and Arkansas too.
    I’m happy for anybody that doesn’t have to go to school and be a success. Isn’t Bill Gates a drop out too ?

    But, yeah, Kris is funny and most of it unintentionally.

  127. I don’t believe he was there 5 consecutive years. Didn’t he take like a two year break to pursue music but then decided to go back.

    That’s hilarious. I love these Idol guys and their being very bad role models on the benefits of a college education. I recall a Cook interview where he really didn’t want to graduate (he finally graduated after 5 years) because he was hoping the music career would somehow happen withi his old band and he was using his classes as a graphic design major to make and print out CD covers, posters and stuff. And then there was that one interview with David’s mom after Idol where she mentioned that she was finally learning what David had been doing all those years in college (i.e., playing gigs, not really studying). At least Cook graduated. Heh.

  128. oh Kris — this is pretty ironic considering he dropped out and was so happy after he won AI that he wouldn’t have to go back o finish his degree. I’m sure he liked some things at UCA (like ultimate frisbee)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx7OkULjGbw&feature=player_embedded

    Didn’t he go back there as part of his homecoming on top 3? I kept waiting to see him in the classroom or playing ultimate frisbee which would have made me LOL! :D

  129. The razor tv interviews were good. Especially the first three and the snippets from the concert.

    LOL, that powerofpop guy definitely went into that concert with his biased ears on.

  130. Danny grew up in a very musical household though it seemed. I remember him having to sing his homework. I think he was a newbie at arranging songs maybe, but he had alot of musical experience. Is it just me or do arrangement with guitars get alot of praise constantly, I mean you don’t need a musical instrument to rearrange a song. I thought all contestants did some rearranging whether they played an istrument or not.

    Danny did have a lot of musical experience, but I think what put him in a disadvantage on the show was that he didn’t know that much about current popular music. I’ve seen him say this in several interviews that he never really listened to popular music. He also didn’t really know what kind of artist he wanted to be when he was on the show, just that he wanted to be inspirational. I’m glad he is doing well and that he found what kind of music he wants to do.

  131. There is jealous bitter Gokey being is true dark self again- taking digs everytime he can by implying creative superiorly talented Adam can’t sing-yet every judge,mentor,guest artist and music critic praises his singing. Everytime I try to let go of my dislike of the vicious ugly darkness of Danny Gokey, he proves he is still oozing his bile all over the place.

  132. LOL at that powerofpop guy,

    if it’s not at his taste, fine, but not giving due credit, that’s another thing for which all i have to say is calling it ‘prejudice’.

    for the collegue thing, I think that while Kris was enjoyed the college, he was not enjoying the finality of it since it was leading to other stuff than music

  133. martha
    02/11/2010 at 9:06 pm
    There is jealous bitter Gokey being is true dark self again

    Danny has had nothing but gracious things to say about Kris and Adam and the other contestants in any interviews I’m aware of, and goodness knows I have seen them all — sometimes more than once ;)

    As far as I know, the same is true in the other direction, that Kris and Adam and the others have said only nice things about Danny. Is there a link if there is something different that we should all be aware of?

  134. Martha, do you realize how many times Danny has essentially been invited to criticize Adam (in regard to AMA performance) while he has been out on his radio tour, and every single time, Danny has nothing but good things to say about Adam? He loves Adam. I have no idea what you are talking about, can you explain?

  135. Looks like Kris made it back to the USA.

    @krisallen
    BACK IN THE USSA!
    15 minutes ago from Echofon

  136. I saw on his official site that Danny will be at an event at The House of Blues on April 2. I think that he might be performing there then, which would be cool.

  137. tripp_ncwy, just saw that! Yay! I always worry when these guys are flying, especially overseas! :grin: Yeah, it’s the mom in me.

  138. jx223, which location for the House of Blues?

    I saw Danny also has an event April 1st in Knoxville TN. Wonder if he is doing some club dates with his larger non-acoustic band to get ready for the Sugarland tour starting later in April.

    http://www.cottoneyedjoe.com/

  139. Wow, it’s like a time machine got dropped in the middle of this thread and someone stepped out having been plucked from circa March 2009 in the heat of the Gokey vs. Adam fanwars. Hilarious.

  140. jx223, which location for the House of Blues?

    It’s the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. I think that it would be cool if Danny is going to perform there, which I think he will.

  141. Ahh — see it at dannygokey.com.

    Myrtle Beach SC House of Blues on April 2nd. Worth a thought going to that one. Would love to see Danny and full band before the bigger tour venues with Sugarland. Not that I don’t want to go to those too, at least once or twice ;)

  142. Kris

    BACK IN THE USSA!
    15 minutes ago from Echofon

    haha.. does it show he’s a Beatle’s fan?!

    I hate it when your ears pop and don’t unpop for 20 hours.
    25 minutes ago from Echofon

    i never had this kind of problem but I know it’s very annoying

  143. I hate it when your ears pop and don’t unpop for 20 hours.
    25 minutes ago from Echofon

    i never had this kind of problem but I know it’s very annoying

    Someone just needs to teach him how to open his Eustachian tube (it’s a tube linking the ear and back of the nose). It opens when you yawn (so all he needs to do is to try yawning), although you can do it at will once you know which muscle to move.

  144. Kris’s Multi-part interview with Razor TV (Singapore)

    http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/entertainment/43610.html

    LOL the part I ; Kris almost forgot the date of his wedding anniversary.
    He caught it a second later. His expression was funny.

    Part II III: discussing the AI experience, media attention,etc. He really seems does not care, which is frustrating for me. And why does he not think that he has more talent than the rest of top 13 ? Top 13 ? .He is supplying the media w/ some amo . I want him to stop being too humble.

    Part IV, when he was singing ANS, all those cameras. I always wonder how someone feels seeing that, knowing that some will end up on YT.

  145. ITA Ratna12, anyone of the the 13 could have made it… nah
    Yes he got to find another way to answer this kind of question without kind of passively self-deprecating. I like his answer though when asked what he feels about some people saying that Adam has more talent than he does…. “I couldn’t care less” … right on Kris!

  146. Wow, it’s like a time machine got dropped in the middle of this thread and someone stepped out having been plucked from circa March 2009 in the heat of the Gokey vs. Adam fanwars.

    Heeee. Someone find Doc Brown so he can fix the flux capacitor.

  147. undercooked
    02/11/2010 at 10:49 pm

    Reaaly good close-up photo of Kris crowd surfing

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=107whli&s=6

    This must have been so awesome for him. To doing what he loves and being able to body surf is like one of the classic Rock Star images. Great for Kris. He has the biggest smile I am so happy for him.

  148. girlygirl
    02/11/2010 at 10:41 pm

    Reaaly good close-up photo of Kris crowd surfing

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=107whli&s=6

    Wow, that is a FANTASTIC picture! He had such a great run in Asia, I hope he can cut lose and have as much fun in NY tomorrow night! I’m glad he has a day to readjust, but man I can’t imagine the jetlag.

  149. Now isn’t this tweet to Adam hillarious?? It’s the radio station from Canada that complained about fans.

    morningshowz103 @adamlambert Congrats! Whataya Want From Me is #1 this morning on the 6am Hitlist on the Z103.5 Morning Show. 17 hrs ago.

    When they complained he was only #2-How did it get to #1?? And the story continues………….

  150. Yeah, Kris is safely back. It is kind of a long flight from Asia. Especially over Hawaii, I don’t know why but there is usually some big turbulance.
    I hope he has a nice rest and ready for tomorrow.

    That Kris photo surfing on the crowd. What a great picture.
    He needs to see that. He looked so happy. And the crowd was nice.
    Good thing that he did not try that in Singapore. I don’t think the crowd would have let him go .I don’t want to think of what they would have done with his body.

  151. I hope he (Kris) can cut lose and have as much fun in NY tomorrow night!

    gulfluv, I’m sure he’ll have a blast there but I want him to go in the crowd or surf crowd only when he’s performing exclusively to his fans

  152. Martha, do you realize how many times Danny has essentially been invited to criticize Adam (in regard to AMA performance) while he has been out on his radio tour, and every single time, Danny has nothing but good things to say about Adam? He loves Adam. I have no idea what you are talking about, can you explain?

    Martha: WTH is this about?

    ITA! Danny and Adam are friends. They were very different from each other but grew to respect each other’s differences. I just want Danny fans to know that I really appreciate Danny having an open-mind and heart towards Adam. I believe they both learned from each other and are better people because of their friendship.

  153. @krisallen
    BACK IN THE USSA!
    15 minutes ago from Echofon

    MTLfan, you beat me to it! LOL! I was going to say, always the Beatle fan! I love it! :D

  154. ITA! Danny and Adam are friends. They were very different from each other but grew to respect each other’s differences.

    True. Adam has been great about accepting Danny’s religious views and Danny loves Adam for Adam.

    Interviewers have been trying to create drama; they keep asking Danny what he thinks of the AMAs, and he always starts by saying Adam is my friend. And carefully deflects the issue.

    I have never heard Danny criticize Adam’s singing; in fact he always says how talented he is and that he will go far.

  155. Wow, it’s like a time machine got dropped in the middle of this thread and someone stepped out having been plucked from circa March 2009 in the heat of the Gokey vs. Adam fanwars.

    Heeee. Someone find Doc Brown so he can fix the flux capacitor.

    This entire post? ROFL!!!!!

    I love that picture of Kris crowd surfing! Thanks girlygirl for bringing it here! Always my hero! :D

    ETA: I have no problem with Kris giving credit where credit is due in regards to his fellow contestants. I believe David Cook does the same thing. For all of them the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.
    I will also add that one thing I loved about the multi-part interview in Singapore, is that he basically said his musical learning will never end. I truly believe this!

  156. gulfluv, I’m sure he’ll have a blast there but I want him to go in the crowd or surf crowd only when he’s performing exclusively to his fans

    Haha, yeah, I don’t think he should crowd surf there either! I guess I’m just thinking about that long flight today and the time change and wondering how he will be feeling. He and the band are so great in the Asia concert vids, I’m just hoping the traveling doesn’t take the wind out of their sails. But hey, they are all young, healthy guys, I really shouldn’t worry. Kris just seems more and more confident with each concert, and I want the NY crowd to see the fun, confident, cutting loose, sexy, awesome Kris!

  157. I love those Kris commercials. What a cutie!

    Sorry if this is off topic but I did my Rate the Music thingy for HAC this week and does anyone else do it? Was that the first time WWFM showed up on it? There’s Kelly, there’s Daughtry, there’s Kris, there’s Adam, there’s Carrie… go Idols, lol.

  158. Mtlfan! Thanks for posting these other commercials! I had no idea there was more than one out there! I hope these are aired often! He does such a nice job with them!

    ETA: “You just talk, I think everyone is good at that.” LOL! so cute!

  159. @adamlambert fans–US iTunes Valentines Day promo Adam LAMBERT FYE album is going for $7.99 only! http://bit.ly/5kzCdF (expand)

    mj u might want to make a link for your site!

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