Idol Headlines for 02/25/10

‘Pants on the Ground’ — Las Vegas Bound

“General” Larry Platt is finally cashing in on his “Pants on the Ground” phenomenon — because “American Idol’s” favorite senior citizen is now getting paid to play in Las Vegas.

Platt is scheduled to perform his semi-hit at JET nightclub at the Mirage Hotel on Friday.

Sources at the hotel tell TMZ Platt is being flown from Atlanta first class … and will get pampered with free food, lodging, several thousand dollars and, last but not least, a steak dinner!


Michael Johns tweets clip of new song (It’s pretty good!)

Here’s a quick listen to the pre chorus and chorus i just couldn’t help myself

Is Adam Lambert Mardi Gras bound?

Lambert will arrive in Australia on March 4. While here he will perform on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and will give fans an opportunity to get up close and personal with him at an instore signing at Hum on Oxford st on Saturday 6 March.

Further details regarding Lambert’s schedule while in Australia are expected to be released later today.

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

‘American Idol’ performers boost track sales for Michael Jackson, Colbie Caillat, others

I’m getting ready for tonight’s show, but I just got the Nielsen SoundScan track data, and I know many of you have been wanting it all day.

Some quick notes: Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying, if it can sell about 700 more downloads this week than it did last week, will pass the 1 million mark. Meanwhile, Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From Me very nearly unseated it as the week’s best-selling Idol track. Also, several tracks that the Top 24 performed during Hollywood made nice gains in downloads this week, notably Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and Colbie Caillat’s Bubbly.


Worst ‘American Idol’ Semifinalists Ever — #8: Tatiana Del Toro

For the next two weeks, we’re teaming with Vote for the Worst to name the 10 worst ‘American Idol’ semifinalists ever. Check back tomorrow to see their pick for number seven.

Name: Tatiana Del Toro
Season: 8
Worst Performance: ‘Saving All My Love for You’ (Wild Card Round)
Why We Loved to Hate Her: Of all the headaches she caused during season 8, perhaps the most frustrating thing about Tatiana Del Toro was that she never should have made it to the semifinals in the first place.

Simon Cowell’s top 10 ‘American Idol’ moments

His repertoire of critiques have included the inevitable, “I’m sorry, but…, ” “That was terrible” and “You should sue your singing teacher, ” to calling people “karaoke, ” “cabaret, ” a “lounge singer” and another favorite performance critique adjective — “ghastly.”

But beyond his slams of contestants, he’s sparred with his fellow judges, exchanged a number of gay innuendos with show host Ryan Seacrest and also shared warm moments with them all.

But what were his most memorable? Access Hollywood counts them down, both nasty and nice.


Simon vs. Ellen – They Don’t Idolize Each Other

Our insiders say Simon and Ellen aren’t even trying to hide it. Ellen can’t stand what she believes is Simon’s cruelty toward contestants. And, we’re told, Simon actually enjoys pissing Ellen off with his blistering critiques.

It all started badly when Simon showed up late for Ellen’s first week of “A.I.” taping and made her wait around. Producers separated the two — who began the season sitting side-by-side — but the tension has gotten worse.


Play producer defends Plainview “Idol” contestant

What started as a dream for Todrick Hall has become a public nightmare.

Now that the Plainview native with Broadway experience is in the “American Idol” spotlight, parents who feel cheated by a failed touring production of his original musical are speaking out.

Ballet Lubbock Artistic Director Yvonne Racz Key said the response from kids who participated was overwhelmingly positive.

“He was always thinking about the kids, ” she said. “He really wants to put them first and make them look good. He was fair to all of them – a great role model.”

My Fox

New Idol Scandal: Does Didi Have An Unfair Advantage?

Does American Idol semifinalist Didi Benami have a special connection to judge Kara DioGuardi? On her MySpace blog last April, Didi thanked Jason Reeves — Kara’s friend and songwriting partner — for being a “magical genius collaborator, ” and talked about their next get-together.

Both based in Los Angeles, Didi, 23, and Jason, 25, have written a song together called “Pretty Fool.” Last April 21, Didi performed at an L.A. club called Room 5 Lounge, and the following day she posted a message on her MySpace blog which read: “Special thanks to Jason Reeves for being a magical genius collaborator. I look forward to seeing you again soon.”

That post was first reported on Feb. 10 by the Idol fan Web site — and it disappeared from Didi’s blog soon after!

Star Magazine

Did the ‘Idol’ judges hear what we did?

Was something wrong with the sound on “American Idol” on Tuesday night?

The greatest delight of watching “Idol” is the inevitable moment when a judge — usually Simon Cowell — crushes or uplifts a contestant by saying exactly what you, the viewer, were thinking all along.

So … did Fox/Fremantle quietly decide that Tuesday, in addition to being ladies’ night, was also Opposite Day? Had the judges raided the medicine cabinet in Paula Abdul’s old dressing room before taking the stage?


‘Idol’ singers agree that Mom knows best

American Idol contestants Todrick Hall, Casey James and Alex Lambert all have Tarrant County ties, but they don’t appear to have that much in common musically. James has a blues-influenced style and has gigged around at Dallas-Fort Worth clubs. Lambert, who’s still in his teens, has a less rough-hewn style and likes to play the ukulele while singing. Hall has a background in musical theater and got his professional start at Six Flags Over Texas.

One thing they do have in common, though: In separate phone interviews, the Tarrant contestants — who perform live on Wednesday’s Idol — all credited their mothers for getting them where they are now.

Kris Allen Recalls ‘Destruction’ He Witnessed In Haiti

Kris Allen’s “American Idol” appearance on Thursday (February 25) will not just be a homecoming for the show’s reigning champ, but also an opportunity for the 24-year-old to contribute to a worthy cause: the ongoing relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Allen traveled to the embattled island nation last week, and before he takes the “Idol” stage for the first time since his win last May, the singer spoke with MTV News about his experience in Haiti and what he hopes to accomplish during Thursday’s appearance.

‘American Idol’: Adam Lambert’s Twitter musings on top 12 men

Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert knows a thing or two about what it takes to do well on “American Idol.”

Adam tweeted his initial thoughts of Season 9’s top 12 men post-show on Wednesday (Feb. 24). Apparently the former “Idol” runner-up is giving a thumbs up to the controversial Todrick Hall and Kara DioGuardi’s crush, Casey James. The much buzzed-about Andrew Garcia (who failed to impress the judges tonight) also gets a nod from Adam.


Dear Adam Lambert Fans: Chill Out!

Earlier today, we posted an article with the headline “Adam Lambert Rips Into Susan Boyle.” *

Did we aim to capture the attention of readers with it? Of course. Did we then explain the situation – in which Lambert referred to Boyle’s album as “terrible, ” laughed about her single “Wild Horses” and then said he was misquoted, while not providing his real quote – in great detail? Yes.

Did Lambert fans seem to care about the latter point? Not one bit.


Seems that Terri Seymour gives her blessing to ex Simon Cowell’s engagement as she hugs Mezhgan Hussainy

It had the potential to be the most awkward reunion since Sly Stallone’s old ma confronted his ex-missus in the Celebrity Big Brother House…

Fortunately, when Simon Cowell’s latest squeeze squared up to his former lover it all ended it a friendly hug rather than a vicious slug.

Incredibly, Simon’s engagement to Mezhgan Hussainy has received Terri Seymour’s blessing. She and Mezhgan even shared a “friendly” embrace when they bumped into one another in LA.

Just as well they got on really ‘cos Terri then had to interview Simon – who she dated for six years until they split up in 2008 – about the new love of his life, live on TV.

Simon Fuller’s New Show Heads To Hulu

Simon Fuller’s new talent show, “If I Can Dream, ” will premiere online at Hulu on March 2.

The show, created by Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, is Hulu’s first original series. There will also be a live stream online at that will provide unedited access to life in the hopefuls’ Hollywood Hills home.

Audiences will be able interact with the aspiring performers through text, blogs, MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. As the artists make it or break it, their places will open up and be taken by new hopefuls chosen by the public via MySpace auditions.

Among the show’s contestants is former Nashville Star contestant (and ex-Miley Cyrus boyfriend) Justin Gaston. Contestants are chosen by Fuller, and the show is open to actors, singers, dancers, models and comedians.

“If I Can Dream” is the first recurring show on Hulu that will be available to international audiences.

American Idol Judges Jealous of Simon Cowell’s Fancy Trailer

‘Dancing With the Stars’ producers race to find new co-host; Melissa Rycroft, Brooke Burke rumored

The producers of “Dancing with the Stars” are doing the hustle.

They’re racing to find a co-host before the celeb dance contest kicks off its new season on March 22, according to Us Weekly.

Samantha Harris announced late last month that she wouldn’t be back for the spring season of ABC’s popular prime-time dance contest.

She called “DWTS” a “dream job” and said she “loved every single second of it.”

But she wanted new challenges, including at her gig as a correspondent on “The Insider.”

The short list to replace Harris, according to Us, includes Melissa Rycroft, who was a contestant on “DWTS” on season 8, Vanessa Minnillo, who’s hosted various TV shows, and season 7 “DWTS” winner Brooke Burke.

NY Daily News

Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan Among First Celebrities to Line up for City of Hope’s 20th Annual Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge, June 7, 2010

Tickets for Benefit Game on Sale Now at

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grand Ole Opry member Carrie Underwood and 2010 Academy of Country Music Award Newcomer nominee Luke Bryan, sports celebrities and popular personalities will return to Nashville’s Greer Stadium to bat for City of Hope at the 20th Anniversary Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge Monday, June 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. Rival teams Grand Ole Opry Live and After MidNite with Blair Garner will challenge each other in a fun-filled evening of softball stunts and pranks. Tickets are available now for $20 per person or $60 for a “Family Four Pack” at or by calling Ticketmaster at 615-255-9600. Group prices are also available. All ticket sales will be donated to City of Hope.

This year marks 20 years of dedicated support from country music stars and celebrities who have joined together to benefit City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading cancer research, treatment and education centers. The Celebrity Softball Challenge in Nashville takes place during the same week as the four-day CMA Music Fest, which began in 1972. In addition to Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan, other players in the all-star line up for the game will be announced in the coming months. An online auction of exclusive autographed memorabilia will be posted after the game at

Business Wire

‘American Idol’ Experts Ask: Is New Top 24 The Worst Yet?

The early semifinal rounds of “American Idol” are always difficult. You are bound to have some early hopefuls falling victim to first-time-on-TV jitters, a few dark horses soaring before an eventual crash and a handful of singers proving they were lucky to have gotten there in the first place.

But after the first two nights of mostly panned performance, veteran “Idol” watchers woke up Thursday (February 25) wondering, “Is this the worst top 24 ever?”


‘American Idol’ Season Nine Vs. Season Eight: How Do They Compare?

After two nights of middling top 24 “American Idol” performances — from Tim Urban’s bleated butchering of OneRepublic to Lacey Brown’s drearily clichéd “Landslide” — a consensus seems to be forming that this year’s talent pales in comparison to that of last season. But are the season-nine crooners really that much worse at this stage in the competition than contestants that came before them?


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