Idol Headlines for 02/18/10

via @IdoltrackerAdam visiting Los Angeles middle school today

At Belvedere middle school in East LA awaiting the arrival of @AdamLambert!

Adam is performing with the kids who are all playing new instruments donated by donorschoose – his fans made it happen, you should be proud!

The kids will perform WWFM with @AdamLambert

Fan donations at work!

Angela Martin to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Friday February 19

via FOX Press Release

“Angela, former Idol contestant who did not make the Top 24, will sit down with Ellen, airing February 19th.  Angela has been through many trials on the road to American Idol.  This was her final year of eligibility.  Her voice and spirit so impressed Ellen that she was invited to come to the show.  There is also a big surprise in store for this talented singer.”

Angela Martin Sent Home from ‘Idol, ‘ Will Continue Searching for Mom

Chicago – Each performance on American Idol gave Angela Martin a chance to take her mind off of what’s going on at home.

Her 7-year-old daughter is dealing with a debilitating disease and she recently had a seizure. And her mother, 56-year-old Viola Brown Martin, has been missing since the holidays .

Angela’s sister said Viola was spotted Friday near 55th and Halsted.

FOX Boston

‘American Idol’ eliminee Shelby Dressel to appear on ‘Ellen’

“American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres has invited eliminated contestant Shelby Dressel to appear on her show.

Shelby Dressel was one of only two contestants cut from the Top 46 on Tuesday night’s (Feb. 16) episode of “American Idol” (the other was Jessica Furney, whom we interviewed here).


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‘American Idol’ Hollywood Week eliminee Jessica Furney wanted ‘to go down swinging.’

Jessica Furney was perhaps the most unforgettable elimination of Tuesday’s episode (Feb. 16) of “American Idol.” She tells Zap2it exclusively about past and present “Idol” experiences on the morning following her dreaded rejection.

“I was disappointed when I left, but I wouldn’t say I was heartbroken, ” says Jessica. “You’ll get a hundred nos before you’ll get one yes. I was raised to fight for what you believe in and to go down swinging, so I wasn’t going to walk away without saying what I thought. It just made me a stronger person and who knows what will come out of it.”


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: American Idol Reject Has No Regrets About TV Meltdown

“I have no regrets and I feel pretty good about it to be honest with you, ” she told “I felt that I had to speak-up for myself and didn’t just want to walk away without saying anything. I felt the judges were pretty fair to me and Simon has been a lot worse in the past -he didn’t rip into me or anything like that he was totally honest.”


Sobbing ‘Idol’ drama queen quits

Amanda Shechtman, the 19-year-old “American Idol” contestant from Roslyn, NY, says she was “devastated” about being booted from the show after Simon Cowell called her a “drama queen” in front of 30 million people.

“Yeah, that was embarrassing, ” says Shechtman, a drama student at NYU, who was shown sobbing on the phone with her mother last week after getting a tongue-lashing from Simon.

In fact, the young performer says the hard fall has knocked her back into college — she took a leave of absence to do the show — and even caused her to take a break from acting in favor of academic courses.

NY Post

24 Things We Know So Far About ‘American Idol’ Season 9

“American Idol’s” Hollywood Week has concluded and judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara Dioguardi and Randy Jackson have sealed the fate of Season 9’s hopefuls.

The Top 24 has been chosen and this year’s male dozen and female dozen of contenders are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. So besides revealing the list of this year’s soon-to-be-household names what else do we know so far:

Nazareth’s Grady still alive on ‘Idol’

A Nazareth man who plays drums in a local band was revealed Wednesday to be among the Top 24 contestants on FOX-TV’s popular ‘ ‘American Idol” show — the furthest a Lehigh or Northampton county resident has ever gotten on the show.

Tyler Grady, 20, who performs in the Lehigh Valley with Wailing Waters, was lauded by Kara DioGuardi, one of the show’s four judges, for his 1970s vibe and moves before he was told he’s among the finalists.

”Whatever kind of moves you want, I’ll give you, ” Grady told DioGuardi.

Adam Lambert Would Like to See Chace Crawford in the Next Calvin Klein Underwear Campaign

Daily Intel caught up with Adam Lambert at G-Star last night. (Okay, we cornered him as he was trying to evade us and get to his seat.) The Idol alum told us he’s been keeping a low profile while in the city, resting in his hotel room between performances rather than hitting the bars. “I would never!” Lambert said. “I don’t even drink!” He rolled his eyes. “I’m so joking.” The rumor we’d heard, that he and Christian Siriano had met up at a trashy bar, was only partially true. “We met up, but it wasn’t a trashy one; it was a nice one called Juliette, ” Lambert said. “I met up with him and his boyfriend to have cocktails one night, because his boyfriend remixed some songs of mine.”

NY Mag

Adam Lambert Heats Up Fashion Week

MYFOXNY.COM EXCLUSIVE – Fox 5 caught up with Adam Lambert at the Blonds show at Fashion Week. The Blonds are rock and roll: They’ve dressed Britney, Beyoncé, Fergie.

Lambert’s voice captured America. His makeup brought us the term “guyliner.” And his style is sharp — literally. At the fashion show, he wore a glove with claws, designed by the Blonds.

What’s to come for Adam: World domination? He is about head out on a promotional tour to raise awareness for his album, “For Your Entertainment.”


Adam Lambert, John Legend Sing G-Star’s Praises During Fashion Week

NEW YORK — It’s New York Fashion Week, and that means the models are primped, the celebrities are front row and the designers are putting the finishing touches on their designs. And, on Tuesday night, the fashionistas flocked to Hammerstein Ballroom to check out the latest collection from denim brand G-Star.

Adam Lambert, Estelle and John Legend sat front row alongside the company’s latest celebrity spokesmodel, Liv Tyler, to see the models strutting down the catwalk in funky jeans and brightly colored frocks.


Nightline’s Daily Line: Where We Fit

I’m just gonna get out of the way of this one.

Producer Steven Baker sat down with “American Idol”-runner-up-turned-superstar Adam Lambert yesterday — as you can see in the picture above.

The interview, which took place at The Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel here in New York City, is for our “Playlist” series.

As fans of the show know, the series concept involves a discussion with a headlining artist about his or her musical influences. Lambert, of course, will reveal his when the interview airs, expected (for now) in early March.

ABC News

Bill O’Reilly Hearts Adam Lambert

Bill O’Reilly does a segment at the end of every show, where he picks out who he thinks is a “Pinhead” and who is a “Patriot.” It’s as funny as it seems. But tonight, O’Reilly heaped praise upon the Glambert!

Strange bedfellows, indeed. O’Reilly singled out Lambert for dealing with someone on their cell-phone during one of his shows. O’Reilly was basically like, “Good job, Adam; just don’t try to join the military!” (Actually, seriously: Don’t. We’re not just saying that because you’re gay.)

J-Hud’s BabyDaddy Is Ready To Wrassle… Punk Hits The Mats Tuesday!!!

David Otunga’s wrestling dreams are finally coming true. Otunga, aka Punk, will have to leave all the parenting of son David Jr. to fiancee Jennifer Hudson Tuesday night as he prepares to step up to the mat as part of the 8 member rookie cast of the WWE’s NXT TV show. Pop the hood for his official FCW photo and more information.


‘We Are The World’ Remake: Was The Lineup Too Contemporary?

The organizers of the “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” pulled off a Herculean feat, rallying and recording the track and video for the earthquake-relief effort in record time. Like the sessions for the 1985 original all-star famine relief tune, producer Quincy Jones and songwriter Lionel Richie were able to get a galaxy of contemporary and classic voices to drop what they were doing to lend their time and vocals to a higher cause.

But whereas the original features vocals from such still-classic megastars as Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles, Jones and Richie said they purposely shuffled the deck on the reboot to focus on contemporary acts. That explains why the track opens with newly minted star Justin Bieber, followed by Jennifer Hudson and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, and quickly segues into solos from Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Fergie and Nick Jonas, among many others. While there are major, undeniable stars on the new version — Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Pink among them — some are wondering if the song’s lineup was too contemporary?


Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Milk Mustache

Jennifer Hudson dons a milk mustache in the latest Got Milk? campaign. The Oscar winner, who lost 56 pounds to play Winnie Mandela in the biopic Winnie, proves milk does her body good.

“[Milk] was definitely a part of my upbringing for sure, ” says the proud mother, whose sophomore album is due this May. “I definitely want to have that on my kitchen table.”

Go behind the scenes of J-Hud’s Milk shoot below.


Murray school made it work when American Idol storm came for Archuleta

MURRAY – Two years after David Archuleta rose from being just another high schooler to a national golden throated heart throb, Murray High still gets requests for him. Some fans call for Murray High posters, while others drive hundreds of miles just to see where David got his start. David was a junior at Murray High when thousands around the world fell in love with him. The school district sought advice from East High in Salt Lake in light of their experience with High School Musical. So Murray decided to start prepping before the Idol ride went into full swing.

In this two-part series, FOX 13’s Arikka Von will find out how a relatively small town and high school plans for millions of television viewers and big time production coverage.


Constantine on Tinsley: ‘We Have a Great Time Together’

There were more than a few curious glances and at least one WTF uttered at Mr. Chow last night when in walked a disheveled Constantine Maroulis, fresh off the stage of Broadway’s Rock of Ages, with his new seeming gal pal Tinsley Mortimer! The odd couple sipped drinks and posed for pictures together, but the former American Idol contestant was coy when we asked him about his apparent budding romance with the socialite. “We’ve been very, very good friends, ” he told us at the party for the new Demi Moore–Parker Posey film, Happy Tears. We weren’t convinced. What about more than friends? “You’ll have to ask her that, ” Maroulis said awkwardly. “We have a good time together and we have a lot in common.”

NY Magazine

‘American Idol Rewind’: Season 5 finalists tackle Queen and Great American Songbook

“Well, I love rock music and Queen’s my favorite rock group, but I can’t sing their music. You know, I sound like crap trying to do their stuff.”

These are the words of season 5 “American Idol” finalist Kellie Pickler who you can see tackling “Bohemian Rhapsody” on an encore episode of “AI Rewind” this weekend.

In the clip below, watch as she does her best to eliminate the Southern twang from her performance, while fellow finalists Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks do their versions of the group’s late great front man, Freddie Mercury.


Simon Cowell up for B’casting Press Guild award

LONDON — Simon Cowell is in the running for this year’s Broadcasting Press Guild award for best non-acting performer.

The producer and judge for “The X-Factor” and “Britain’s Got Talent” is nominated for the award to be dished out at an invitation-only ceremony March 26.

The BPG nods are selected by journalists who write about TV and radio.

Peter Capaldi, David Morrissey, James Nesbitt and David Tennant will vie for the best actor nod at the 36th annual BPGAs.

Hollywood Reporter

Simon says: she’s the one

After years of maintaining that he’s against marriage, Simon Cowell says he’s finally found “the one.”

The 50-year-old “American Idol” judge has been quietly dating series makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy for the past six months and is now hinting that he’s ready to end his much-touted bachelorhood.

“I’m smitten with Mezhgan. I think she’s the one, ” Cowell said during a recently taped interview for ITV1’s “Life Stories, ” set to air next month in Britain.

“She’s very special. You know when you’ve found somebody very special.”

When interviewer and friend Piers Morgan asked if he was engaged to her, Cowell replied, “No comment.”

NY Post

VIDEO: Paula Abdul Gives Ellen DeGeneres Two Thumbs Up

A glowing Paula Abdul stepped out for lunch in Beverly Hills on Wednesday and weighed in on American Idol replacement Ellen DeGeneres’ performance at the judging table.

When asked if she would give DeGeneres a thumbs up, Abdul took time to roll down her car window to do the question asker one better, giving the comedian two thumbs up!


Brooke Burke Confirms She’s In Running for DWTS Hosting Gig

Brooke Burke may be returning to Dancing With the Stars.

The former DWTS champ, 38, is in the running to be the show’s next co-host.

“The news about me hosting DWTS is true, ” Burke Twittered Tuesday. “I am screen testing next week for the job, fingers crossed! It would be amazing 2 be back!”

US Magazine

See Carrie Underwood and Dennis Quaid Holding Surfboards on Set

Soul Surfer is the big-screen adaptation of the story of Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack at the age of 13 but has continued to compete professionally. It stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo (television’s Hercules), and AnnaSophia Robb (as Hamilton) and is directed by That’s So Raven alumnus Sean McNamara. It’s shooting in Hawaii right now, which Sorbo has basically taken as an excuse to go snorkeling with his kids. Click through for photos from the set.

NY Magazine

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David Archuleta Taking Part In The Spanish Language Version Of “We Are The World”

Emilio Estefan and Quincy Jones are in the process of bringing a number of singers together for a Spanish language version of the “We Are The World” song – called “Somos el Mundo.” Proceeds from the song will go to Haiti relief.

The lyrics for the song were written by Gloria and Emilio Estefan and approved by Lionel Richie and the We Are the World Foundation.

The recording for the song will take place on February 19th and it will be recorded to air on the Univision TV network on March 1st.

Disney Dreaming

Exclusive: Simon Cowell: “No, I’m Not Engaged”

Despite widespread rumors online, Simon Cowell is not walking down the aisle with American Idol makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, has learned exclusively.

Cowell’s longtime publicist and close friend Max Clifford tells “I spoke to Simon in London yesterday afternoon, just before he took his flight back to LA, ” Clifford explains. “I asked him: ‘Look, are you engaged? Is it true?, ‘ and he said, ‘No! No. I’m not engaged.'”


Chris Golightly Joins Long List Of DQ’d ‘American Idol’ Contestants

Though it’s probably no consolation, Chris Golightly has plenty of company in the ranks of “American Idol” hopefuls who’ve been disqualified from the show after making it through the grueling Hollywood rounds.

Golightly was cryptically DQ’d from the show on Wednesday — despite appearing in the group shot of the top 24 near the show’s end — after producers determined that he was “ineligible” to continue in the competition. According to reports, the former foster child was unable to clear up a discrepancy about a former contract and was replaced by floppy-haired Tim Urban at the last minute. No mention was made on the show about the disqualification, nor about the rumored elimination of burly personal trainer Michael Lynche, who appeared to make the top 24 despite reports that he would be asked to leave after his dad blabbed to a Florida paper about his son’s Hollywood adventure.


Bonus SoundScan numbers: Katharine McPhee, Jordin Sparks and more

You asked for ’em, we got ’em — off-the-charts sales data, courtesy of Nielsen SoundScan.

We’ll start with release-to-date totals for several Katharine McPhee tracks:

Better Off Alone (34, 000)
Had It All (25, 000)
How (8, 000)
Lifetime (4, 000)
Love Story (92, 000)
Over It (645, 000)
Terrified (22, 000)

We’ve also got some individual track requests from last week.

USA Today

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