Idol Headlines for 02/23/11

Today’s Idol Appearances:

  • Sanjaya Malakar joins the off-Broadway show, Freckleface Strawberry
  • Kellie Pickler guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show


‘Idol’ star’s shoplift bust

Antonella Barba, 24, was skulking out of the Urban Outfitters on Broadway near West Houston Street last Dec. 29 when she tripped an electronic surveillance device, police sources said.

A security guard grabbed the Jersey girl, searched her pocketbook and found the stolen gloves, worth all of $18.81, authorities said.

The sexy brunette was charged with two misdemeanors. Her lawyer, Keith Sullivan, declined comment.

Read more at the New York Post


New David Cook/Ryan Tedder tune called “The Last Goodbye” JUST added to ASCAP. David is listed as a performer, which is a good indication that it’s been performed/recorded at some point. “The Last Goodbye” would be a good title for a boot song, wouldn’t it? Hm.


Idoloonies: Hollywood Week Hits (Casey) and Misses (Jordan)! Plus, Sarah Sellers Performs!

If American Idol was a theme park, then Hell Week would be its emotional roller coaster. With the combination of sudden-death a capella singing, mandatory group performances (with a variety of drama queens, layabouts, and control freaks), and additional solo performances backed by a full band, it’s no wonder the Hollywood rounds often feature more tears than triumphs, more disasters than delights.

See it at TVLine


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Jordin Sparks with Seal and John Legend

Jordin Sparks tweets, “Long time no see @seal & @johnlegend!”


‘American Idol’ Contestant Diana DeGarmo Sings

‘American Idol’ Contestant Diana DeGarmo Sings:

Via FOX Phoenix


“American Idol” Finalists Judge Lawyers

There was a secret competition behind-the-scenes at “American idol”‘ last month — but this time the wannabes were three prestigious law firms fighting for a job … and it was up to the singers to decide their fate.

TMZ has learned … “Idol” execs gave the top 40 finalists the opportunity to select a law firm that would represent the singers … to review and negotiate the A.I. contract the singers must now sign.

We’re told three firms gave their best pitches to the group — and after the presentations, the singers had to vote by a show of hands on which firm would get the job … majority rules.

In the end, the gang picked Craig Marshall and Gary L. Gilbert (see above) from the mega-firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips — a firm which boasts huge clients like Coca-Cola, Sony and The Eagles.

Read more at TMZ


‘Idol’ contestant’s love story plays out before national audience

No matter how far Oak Forest resident Chris Medina makes it on his journey to become the next “American Idol, ” his family and friends say the 26-year-old already has reached his goal by telling the world about his fiancee, Juliana Ramos.

“He said, ‘If people hear my story, something good will come for Juli, and that’s all I care about, ‘” said Allison Carroll, Ramos’ cousin.

Read more at Chicago Tribune


Steven Tyler Talks ‘Long Road’ To ‘American Idol’ Top 24

“It was a long road whittling it down from 700 [contestants] to 400, then Hollywood Week and then, aw man … letting them go, ” Tyler said, adding that it’s particularly difficult to let go of the ones who are OK singers, but potentially great performers.

“You know what? Not everybody that’s great sings good. They’ve got character, that certain something you can’t put your finger on, ” he explained. “And man, when they sing, look out. A lot of these kids have got it, but we have to let them go and it’s heartbreaking.”

See the Video at MTV


Vegas show should be a good bet for ‘Idol’

Season 10 of “American Idol” was supposed to do away with a lot of the gimmicks that have characterized the show’s previous nine seasons. One tradition that was expected to be de-emphasized was the theme weeks, in which contestants have to sing songs from an assigned artist or genre regardless of how well it fits their musical talents (or in some cases, the lack thereof).

The change makes sense for a lot of reasons. Notably, it reduces the risk that top contenders will get voted out early just because their voices didn’t lend themselves to Broadway show tunes or 1950s standards.

Read more at Today


Crystal Bowersox’s Journey Leads to Nashville

Before American Idol, Crystal Bowersox’s goal was to move to Nashville.

“I knew I’d get here eventually, ” she said last month during her long-awaited first trip to Music City. “I was going to save up money and come down here, but like everybody is right now — struggling and just scraping by — I never had enough money to make it happen. Idol came along, and I was like, ‘Shoot, why not?'”

In the meantime, Bowersox’s musical journey took her from performing in small venues in Ohio, to busking in Chicago train stations, back to Ohio, then eventually to Los Angeles, where she became a front-runner during the ninth season of American Idol.

Read more at CMT


“Rhythm & Blues” with guest Jason Castro

I found this at Lulz.


Simon Cowell May Not Be Quitting the X Factor

Weekend reports suggested the music mogul, 51, would leave to focus on the American version, along with Cheryl Cole.

But spokesmen for the stars dismissed the stories as “speculation”.

An insider said: “ITV is still in talks with Simon about this year’s show and discussions are going well. A final decision is still some weeks off about the final judging line-up.”

Read more at the Sun


Simon Cowell ‘working with Facebook for new X Factor voting system’

The music mogul is said to be aiming to open voting to the social-networking site in time for the X Factor USA launch this Autumn in a move that will see millions more fans voting for their favourite star.

The revolutionary move is set to go into effect for both the US and UK versions of the show, according to reports.

A source told The Sun: ‘Details are still being ironed out, but everyone’s incredibly excited. It makes perfect sense as The X Factor has one of the youngest, most media-savvy audiences of any show in the world.’

Read more at Metro


Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Greek, Parenthood, HIMYM, Glee and More!

Question: Any Glee spoilers? — Randall
Ausiello: The Grim Reaper, of all people, will be crashing Regionals! Rumor has it someone will sing their swan song just prior to the big competish. And to say the tragedy has a significant impact on the long-awaited event is big freakin’ understatement.

Read more at TV Line


‘Glee’ Stars Weigh In On Who Could Play Rachel’s Two Gay Dads

Matthew Morrison’s suggestion: “Nathan Lane and Danny DeVito, ” he told THR at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala, where Glee guest Kristin Chenoweth’s also offered her two cents. “I would like to see an African-American in there, ” she said. “Maybe Seal? Then the other guy has to be real white… Hugh Jackman?”

Darren Criss, on the other hand, was stumped.”I don’t know, I’d want to think about it [because] I’m very meticulous about these things, ” he said. “I’ll tell you who I’d love to play someone’s grandfather: Christopher Walken! Come to Glee, please!”

Read more at THR


Cee-Lo Green, Maroon 5 singer in talks to judge Mark Burnett’s NBC singing competition — EXCLUSIVE

Grammy scene-stealer Cee-Lo Green and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine are in serious discussions to join Mark Burnett’s singing competition The Voice for NBC, EW has learned exclusively. Producers also considered Lenny Kravitz, Roger Daltrey, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Enrique Iglesias about occupying a judging seat on the show. Plus, there’s a major-name female star who’s in talks to join as well, but is not yet close to a deal (according to two unconfirmed sources, it’s Christina Aguilera, which would obviously be an enormous name for any talent show).

Read more at Entertainment Weekly


Jim Cantiello’s Glee Cap – (One of his best yet!)

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