Adam Lambert hand-delivers supplies to needy school
Along with a select group of 45 Belvedere Middle School music students, we were treated to a very special Adam Lambert performance Thursday. So special that it was one of those rare times when you truly appreciate how incredibly fulfilling it can be to cover “American Idol.”
Now, charity is nothing new in the “Idol” arena. On most seasons, we get more than a healthy dose via the show’s all-star philanthropic effort “Idol Gives Back” (this year should be no exception, with Kris Allen traveling to Haiti and Kara DioGuardi and Elliott Yamin helping in Angola), but rarely does one get to witness the act of giving. Most of us donate money and hope it makes it into needy hands, but we never really know.
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Golightly-gate: the latest, plus Simon Cowell and Adam Lambert weigh in
Adam Lambert, for one, can relate. Last year, he had to contend with unreleased music that a former associate wanted to put to market “The way the entertainment industry works is the minute you get any notoriety, people want to capitalize on it, ” he said. “It can be really difficult because those things are sometimes out of your control and, like it or not, people can be sneaky or kind of heartless in trying to get something from you once you get to a certain point.” But Lambert is careful to point out that when it comes to situations like Golightly’s, the facts can be convoluted and the stakes only complicate matters.”This guy who got disqualified feels screwed, but it’s not 19’s fault; they’re just trying to be fair, ” Lambert said. “Sometimes these things are just out of your control and business is business.”
THAT CLOSE to finals: Canyon Lake teen Tori Kelly talks about her time on ‘Idol’
“I’m writing songs more, ” she said in a telephone interview. “There are more things to write about now.” And she has been tapped to be part of a youth remake of “We Are the World.”
She has been performing since she was a kid, appearing on such shows as “Star Search” and “America’s Most Talented Kid.”
However, “American Idol” brought more pressure.
“Knowing that there’s 30 million people watching you is pretty nerve-wracking, ” she said.
Kelly auditioned in Denver and got a pass to Hollywood — despite failing to impress judge Simon Cowell — and she advanced to the top 46 during the show’s weeklong, always-on-camera marathon.
She said it was difficult because she never got a lot of feedback from the judges. And she never got a positive vibe from the irascible Cowell.
Adam Lambert On His Fan’s Cell Phone Concert Interruption
“I was trying to record an acoustic song. We were recording the concert and it was very quiet and intimate and she was in the third row, quite loud on her cell phone, ” Adam recounted on Thursday. “I just told her to please get off of it because I [couldn’t] concentrate.”
The crowd supported Adam’s move, cheering the singer on, and it appears the cell phone caller did too.
“I think ultimately she called into the radio station and said she was fine with it, ” he said. “I made sure afterwards to kind of blow her a kiss and like, make amends.
Ellen’s Favorite Drink is Vitaminwater
“Extra” went behind the scenes with “American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres at her vitaminwater photo shoot. Don’t miss Ellen’s take on our Rapid-Fire Quiz!
Best of the Rest: Ellen DeGeneres demands allowance of $150, 00 for ‘American Idol’ wardrobe
Ellen DeGeneres is demanding a $150, 000 wardrobe allowance on “American Idol, ” according to reports. “She feels it’s only fair because Paula [Abdul] received a hefty allowance for hair, makeup and wardrobe, ” says a source. But isn’t $150K a bit much for, umm, jeans and flannel shirts? Says the insider: “Ellen is envisioning couture evening wear designed just for her – not dresses, but hand-made suits, pants and shirts.” www.nationalenquirer.com
Andrew Garcia Leads ‘American Idol’ Twitter Followers Race
Less than 24 hours after “American Idol” announced that, for the first time, it was allowing its semifinalists to maintain a presence on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, early favorites have emerged.
For years, the show has put a virtual headlock on all non-“Idol”-sanctioned social media, declaring a blackout on any information or correspondence from contestants during their championship run on the show. But after the final 24 were revealed on Wednesday night, Fox announced that each of the 24 finalists would maintain multiple online presences.
Chris Golightly Fought To Keep His ‘American Idol’ Top 24 Spot
After Fox announced that Chris Golightly had been disqualified from the “American Idol” top 24, a lot of different stories began circulating around the Web about what really went down.
Well, some new reports have emerged about the messy situation. Lawrence Franklin, Golightly’s manager, said the singer was still under contract with his label. In fact, Golightly signed a new two-year contract with Dream Projects Entertainment in May 2009.
“We asked them for release documents, and they were supposed to send them over last Friday, ” Franklin told USA Today. “We were prepared to give our own release documents, but after waiting on the attorneys from 19 to send over their paperwork, time kind of ran out for Chris.”
The Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Twitterers
Internet addicts, rejoice! The season nine “American Idol” contestants will be allowed to tweet (and update Facebook and MySpace pages) for the first time in the show’s history! So far the top 24 has remained mum, but while we wait for the newbies to peep their first tweets, I thought it’d be fun to highlight my top 10 favorite “Idol” Twitter-heads from seasons past.
American Idol Crystal Bowersox is a Melissa fan!
If you’ve been watching American Idol this season, you are sure to have noticed singing sensation Crystal Bowersox.
Look closely at the guitar she has played during every performance. It is autographed by Melissa who she lists as one of her musical influences! Watch one of Crystal’s Idol Performances
Crystal has made it to the final 24 contestants. Good luck Crystal!
Idol Math: Kevin Covias + David Archuleta = Aaron Kelly
Among the faces in the top 24 of American Idol’s season 9, one may be familiar — sort of. Aaron Kelly, 16, of Sonestown, Pa., looks a bit like a season 5’s Kevin Covias (a.k.a. Chicken Little) and a bit like season 7’s David Archuleta (a.k.a. Cutie Pie).
Steve Lillywhite stumps for Simon Cowell’s gig
It’s not quite Howard Stern taking to the airwaves, but it’s pretty clever: British producer Steve Lillywhite — who has worked with U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, 30 Seconds to Mars and many, many more — posted a video today outlining the many reasons he’d make a suitable replacement for Simon Cowell.
“I will be fair, I can be humorous, I will be firm, ” says Lillywhite, who goes into the studio next week with Evanescence. Another plus: “I have spent 30 years telling Bono what to do.”
Estefan, Jones Prep Spanish ‘We Are the World’
This marks the first time “We Are the World” is translated to another language. Although the Spanish-language version includes major Latin stars like Thalía, Alejandro Fernandez, Vicente Fernández, Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio and Luis Fonsi, among many, many others, the list also includes mainstream cross-over acts like David Archuleta, Carlos Santana, Andy Garcia, Pitbull, Jon Secada and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas. At press time, over 30 acts had confirmed their participation, including AB Quintanilla, Alacranes Musical, Ricardo Montaner, Tito El Bambino, Olga Tañón, Ednita Nazario, Jorge Celedón and Arthur Hanlon.
The video will premiere March 1 on the “Cristina” show – one of the Univision network’s top-rated programs – and will be followed by the special. The track will be available for sale on iTunes.
Adam Lambert — I Sucked Face with Ke$ha
Adam Lambert apparently has a thing for blondes, and they don’t always have to be men ’cause dude just claimed he had a full on make out session with Ke$ha last week.
In an interview with BLI In The Morning, the gay “American Idol” runner-up revealed he recently played tonsil hockey with Baby Gaga herself.
OnMedia: Taylor Hicks comes home to Milwaukee
The Alabama in his voice proves Taylor Hicks doesn’t come from around these parts, but the 2006 “American Idol” winner did spend a lot of time here a couple years back.
And when he arrives for next week’s run of “Grease” at the Marcus Center, he expects to revisit some local haunts.
“I definitely might pop up in some clubs in Milwaukee for sure, ” Hicks said in a Wednesday phone conversation. “I might just go club-hopping with my harmonica.”
Carrie Underwood’s PSA for the Pedigree Adoption Drive
Carrie Underwood partnered with the Pedigree Adoption Drive to advise the public that 4 million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescues every year.
In a recent interview Underwood explained, “I can’t imagine life without my adopted dog. Dogs are just beautiful souls that don’t want a thing from you.”
The country singer and her rescue dog, Ace, shot a public service announcement for Pedigree which aired during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Fantasia Barrino stars in ‘The Color Purple’
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Former “American Idol” champ, Fantasia Barrino, is starring in “The Color Purple” at the Pantages Theatre.
The musical “The Color Purple” holds special meaning for its star, Fantasia Barrino.
“It was the first Broadway play I had ever seen and then I end up in it, ” said Barrino. “It’s been a journey. It’s been and experience for me that I won’t ever forget.”
Barrino has struggled with some vocal strain in the past week. But now the singer says she is as “good as gold.”
‘Idol’ sings in the quad
The students behind Glendale High School’s newspaper have a sure thing for the next front page.
Jason Castro, a 2008 “American Idol” finalist and Atlantic Records singer-songwriter, gave an interview to the journalism class, an opening act for a lunchtime concert in the school quad Thursday.
The performance was the only show in Los Angeles County and one of 25 gigs in 25 cities to promote Castro’s first album out this spring.
“We’re pretty lucky to have him, ” senior class President Shant Alvandyan said. “It’s cool how everyone is out with their phones taking pictures.”
Kara DioGuardi signs Ke$ha collaborator to Warner Bros.: So what do you think of Neon Hitch?
When she’s not busy judging American Idol, Kara DioGuardi is also a top A&R exec at Warner Bros. Records. She’s just used the latter capacity to sign British singer Neon Hitch to the label, according to a press release. So who’s Neon Hitch?
If you’ve turned on a pop radio station recently, you’re probably familiar with her work: Neon Hitch co-wrote Ke$ha’s current hit “Blah Blah Blah.” She’s also featured as a singer on “Follow Me, ” 3OH!3’s contribution to Alice in Wonderland tie-in album Almost Alice.
Also: According to that same press release, Neon Hitch comes from a circus family, and has trained as a “trapeze artist, fire swinger, and stilt walker.” So at least she has some backup options in case her forthcoming debut album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal, flops.