‘Idol’ didn’t make an offer to Stern, source says
“Could he have talked to someone at 19 Entertainment (the production company behind ‘Idol’)? Sure. Did he get an offer? No. No way, ” said one source.
s he creating pure fiction for the purposes of having negotiating power when his five-year deal with Sirius satellite radio ends later this year? Possibly, but Stern might have gotten such an offer — just not for “Idol.” The latest rumor is that Stern was actually offered a seat on “America’s Got Talent.”
‘We Are The World’ Remake Premieres Tonight During Olympics Opening Ceremonies
“We Are the World — 25 for Haiti” is set to premiere on Friday night (February 12) at 7:30 p.m. ET, during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Vancouver. The song features appearances by a number of artists including Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Pink — along with some newly added artists who won’t be revealed until the remake airs. But while we wait for the debut of the Haiti benefit, organized by Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, we have a preview from the people behind the song.
Today in ‘Idol:’ Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Rock My Town’ hits NYC
There’s another major weather system headed for the northeast — but this one’s sizzling hot! Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are in New York City on Friday night for Ryan Seacrest’s “Idols Rock My Town, ” a free concert being held at Highline Ballroom.
The Big Apple won bragging rights to this contest, in which fans voted to bring the Idols to their hometown. Adam, who’s in NYC for a slew of appearances, including his share of fashion week shows and an acoustic concert for VH1, seemed especially jazzed about the reunion. Via his Twitter account, Adam wrote that he was “so excited to share the stage” with Kris and Allison, adding that “it’s been too long.”
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Exclusive: Ex-Idols Judge Ellen!
While the world watched American Idol this week to witness Ellen DeGeneres’ first spin in the judges’ chair alongside Simon, Kara and Randy (Uh, Paula who?), so did former star contestants of the hit Fox talent search. UsMagazine.com reached out to several of them to get their take on the comedian-turned-talk show queen’s anticipated new incarnation. Here’s their feedback:
David Cook (Season 7 winner): “I thought she did great and seemed like a natural!”
Mandisa (Season 5): “I give Ellen an ‘A’! I knew Ellen would bring much needed comedic relief in a very high pressure situation, but I was pleasantly surprised that her critiques were also constructive and helpful. Throughout the season, I expect that Ellen will speak the truth in love (like our dearly missed Paula), but will also temper her comments with her gentle yet firm humor. She’s a welcome addition!”
Cut from American Idol, but Thrilled for Chance to Spread Pro-Life Message
In this week’s episode of American Idol it was revealed that Maddy Curtis, the 16-year-old who endeared Idol viewers with her winning personality and who advanced to the second round of the show on the merits of a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah, ” was cut from the show. But, says Maddy, from her perspective her American Idol adventure was the furthest thing from a failure.
“It was a phenomenal experience, ” she said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) this week. Being given the opportunity to sing on the stage of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood — the theatre where the Academy Awards take place — was an “amazing” opportunity, she said.
But, she continued, “What was so great about [the experience] was not necessarily making it that far, but the story that got out about our family, and the pro-life message that was shown to the world.”
Idol Judge Predicts Katie Stevens Could Win it All
Back at home, folks are rallying around her.
Community members are planning several local viewing parties in the coming months to help drive support for their hometown star, according to the Republican American. Middlebury Fire Chief Paul J. Perrotti tells the Republican American he doesn’t know Stevens personally, but he said she’s quickly becoming the star in this small town.
“This a great thing for the town, ” Perrotti said. “To send someone to Hollywood? This town should be proud of that. It’s something we can watch together and celebrate. It’s something we have in common.”
We’re still proud of you, Dave, our ‘American Idol’
Well, Dave Pittman’s “American Idol” run ended early.
During the second show of the Hollywood round this week, he was among those sent home. Still, “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi offered him encouragement during the brief glimpse at his farewell on Wednesday night’s episode.
Undoubtedly being cut had to be disappointing for Dave, although he did get quite an experience with his audition and trip to Hollywood. Plus, he found 3, 980 fans on his Facebook page. That’s quite a following for a young singer from Gassville.
Oh Kris, you’re such a tease
AMERICAN Idol 2009 winner Kris Allen is so sure of his masculinity that, at his Wednesday gig, he was confident enough to wrap a bright red feather boa – snagged from a fan in the front row – around his neck.
“Why not, right?” he drawled into the microphone, much to the delight of the crowd, largely made up of ecstatic (read: screaming) teenage girls.
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He later invited four girls up on stage to dance and sing with him, and they even got to, gasp, hug him at the end.
“Sorry, I’m sweaty, ” said the sweet fella apologetically.
At one point he even reached into the crowd to grab a Shrek-themed headband from a fan.
Heard on the Runway
A sea of celebrities donned red dresses and took over the runway Thursday evening for the Heart’s Truth fashion show during New York fashion week.
Unlike traditional fashion shows, where one model starts walking before another finishes, each celebrity was given her personal run of the stage—with her own love-themed music to boot. Valerie Harper, of Mary Tyler Moore fame, glided down to “Love is in the Air.” American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, wearing a strapless Badgley Mischka gown, walked to a version of her hit, “Battlefield.”
Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian’s Diet Secrets
When you take 17 celebrities and ask them all to walk in a single fashion show, mayhem ensues. Such was the case backstage at the Red Dress Collection 2010 fashion show tonight.
And with that, it was time to start the show. As I made my way out of the dressing area backstage, I passed Jordin Sparks, who was just jumping into her dress and wasn’t going to have time to give interviews before the show.
“I can’t do this!” a time-weary Sparks confessed to her publicist, noting the line of media waiting around the corner. “Just walk by and wave, ” Sparks’ publicist suggested, seeing that Sparks didn’t want to disappoint the press. “Are they gonna be mad, though?” sweet Sparks asked. “My hair’s already getting frizzy!” Talk about a good excuse! I smiled at Sparks to let her know, hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. If your hair is getting frizzy and your show’s about to start, we won’t hold it against you! As I turned the corner to find my seat for the show, I heard Sparks oblige a journalist’s request for a quick song.
What a trooper! (And what a gorgeous voice!)
Photo Coverage: Jordin Sparks Visits Corbin Bleu IN THE HEIGHTS
Corbin Bleu is the first star of the popular High School Musical film franchise to hit Broadway as he steps into the role of bodega owner Usnavi in IN THE HEIGHTS.
Bleu will remain in the show through April 25, 2010.
Jordin Sparks attended the show on Friday night, February 12th and BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture her backstage! Sparks was the youngest winner ever of AMERICAN IDOL, doing so at the age of 17 for the shows’ sixth season. She has since sold more than 9 million albums worldwide.
7 Photos of Carrie Underwood on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Hooked”
CBS released 7 new photos of Carrie Underwood who will guest star on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Hooked” Season 5 Episode 16 which will air Monday, March 1 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.. Carrie will play Tiffany, a gorgeous enigma who drives Ted crazy by keeping him on the hook. You can can check out more photos below.
video: Inside Kate Gosselin’s Sexy NYC Club Night!
Us Weekly’s Senior Editor Ian Drew — and special guest, Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell! — round up the latest “Hot Stuff” from this week’s issue of the magazine.
Slick ‘Idol’ stars are best parts of ‘Grease’ at National Theatre
But before the musical’s year-plus run ended in New York, it became a haven for “Idol” stars Taylor Hicks and Ace Young. They are the charmers-in-chief of this otherwise flat “Grease, ” with Young offering himself as an utterly winsome Danny and Hicks having a ball playing . . . ladies and gentlemen, Taylor Hicks!
Actually, he plays the Teen Angel, but that role is basically a campy second-act cameo that allows some dreamy pop figure to croon “Beauty School Dropout.” It lets Hicks be Hicks, but instead of facing judges and at-home voters, he’s popping out of a giant ice cream cone over the local burger stand and offering sober counsel via corny serenade.
‘Idol’ judge to play in charity golf tournament
There’s nothing idle about rumors surrounding the next big celebrity to visit Ocala, but there’s definitely some idol talk.
Singer, songwriter, Grammy Award winner, record producer and, yes, “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is set to play in a charity golf tournament this spring to benefit Phoenix House, a rehabilitation center in Citra.
The tournament will take place April 24 at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club, which is owned by DioGuardi’s longtime friend, Bernadette Castro.
It won’t be DioGuardi’s first visit to the area. Castro said they met when “she sang as a little girl, probably less than 10 years old, in my parent’s home in Ocala. We heard this little girl belt out a song, and we were all so taken with her.”
2. 4102 Sneed Rd., 37215
Buyer: Julie Boos, trustee for the Pretty Little Peacock Trust
Sale price: $1.435 million
Builder/seller: C. Rogan Allen
Seller’s agent: Amanda Wachtler (Pilkerton Realtors)
Buyer’s agent: Cindy Lockhart (Crye-Leike Realtors)
Rogan Allen, son of the late and legendary WLAC DJ “Hoss” Allen, is starting to specialize in building luxury homes for musicians, it would appear. Working with architect Sharon Pigott, he built a striking Green Hills home that Kings of Leon bass player Jared Followill bought in November. Now, a few blocks away, he has sold this spec home to country singer and American Idol darling Kellie Pickler.
Some disclosure seems appropriate here. This column regularly names celebrity buyers of homes when their identities can be confirmed, and we are more often than not able to learn who the real buyer is when a trustee makes the purchase. We find that other parties will inevitably make such info public soon after a star buys a place, and we know there is public interest in who is buying the most expensive homes in town. We hope we have not made too many celebs too unhappy, but we do as we must.
West Michigan Idol Night With Matt Giraud Centers Griffins’ Full Weekend
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 vs. Peoria Rivermen
Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.).
West Michigan Idol Night: Presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union, the Griffins will host West Michigan Idol Night featuring Kalamzaoo native and top-five finalist during last season’s American Idol, Matt Giraud. Giraud will meet fans and sign autographs prior to the game and perform during the first intermission.
Idol 4-Pack: Fans can get four specially priced Griffins tickets, four Matt Giraud 8×10 photo cards created especially for the autograph session, and be entered into a drawing to win four VIP passes to a pre-game meet and greet with Matt, all for either $48 or $68. Please visit griffinshockey.com/idol for more information.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Star To Appear on Oscars
Having connections pays off for ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestant Jonathan “Legacy” Perez. Zap2it has confirmed that Legacy will be a part of the Academy Awards, dancing with The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. He received the position after he helped ‘SYTYCD’ judge Adam Shankman with the audition process. Shankman is producing the Oscars with Bill Mechanic.
Unlike the Emmys, which have an Outstanding Choreography category, having dancers on the Oscars feels out of place. The five songs nominated for Best Original Song don’t have any place for breakdancers, so my only guess is that the show will open with a flashy performance. Legacy hasn’t provided any solid details to how he will be involved.
Fancy a coffee? Simon Cowell’s dinner date with new girlfriend… and then it’s back to his place
The X Factor judge took the American Idol make-up artist out for dinner last night before whisking her back to his luxury London pile.
After feasting on contemporary Japanese cuisine at Zuma restaurant, the 50-year-old appeared to be excited about going back to his place with Mezhgan, 36.
Pop-Ed: Howard Stern Is the Only Choice To Replace Simon Cowell
t has been a week dominated by the buzz of Howard Stern potentially making the jump from satellite radio to Fox to replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol.’ Entertainment newscasts proclaim just how much money Stern could be offered ($100 million! More!), speculation of Stern coming to ‘A.I.’ cast a bizarre shadow over Ellen DeGeneres’ debut on the show and Stern himself has spent hours upon hours on his Sirius/XM show laughing about the opportunity and having seven months off a year to count his ‘A.I.’ money.