Kelly Clarkson Tops UK Singles Chart
Kelly Clarkson topped the singles chart with My Life Would Suck Without You, which rocketed up from last week’s number 103.
She pushed reigning chart queen Lily Allen down to five with The Fear.
Fremantle Cecile Frot-Coutaz: In Search of the Next ‹American Idol
Frot-Coutaz expects Cowell and all major players in Idol ‘ including judge Paula Abdul, who in the last season of her current deal ‘ to remain on board for at least a few more years. But if Idol is going to feel the recession impact, she believes itll be in season nine.
…I actually think in some ways this next year is going to be worse, Frot-Coutaz says, explaining that the production, and big sponsorships deals, get rolling in July and August. Deals for season eight were sewn up before the economy cratered in September and October 2008.
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‹Idol season is most unpredictable ever
This season of “American Idol, ” the show’s eighth, may well be the most unpredictable yet.
Earlier seasons have had plenty of surprises. Some frontrunners have been booted (Tamyra Gray, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry), while lesser lights far exceeded the expectations of the judges, and occasionally the audience (Sanjaya Malakar, John Stevens, Carmen Rasmusen). And in one instance, the show found itself with a winner (Taylor Hicks) that it really didn’t know what to do with.
Is Felicia Barton our next ‘American Idol?’
From the Virgnia Beach Boardwalk to the nation’s top-ranked television show.
That’s been the journey for 27-year-old Felicia Barton, who will sing on “American Idol” Tuesday to persuade the voting viewers to lift her to the next round of 12 semifinalists.
She’s a self-described “Beach girl” who loves hanging out on the Oceanfront, especially during the summer when “Beach Week” is in effect, and going to Guadalajara for Mexican food. If she wins, she said in a phone interview Friday, she’s not sure where she’d land.
UM own Alex Wagner-Trugman among top 36 of ‹American Idol
Sophomore Alex Wagner-Trugman, originally from Studio City, Calif., began his singing career in the modest setting of his bedroom closet. He taught himself how to sing, but it was not until college that Alex thought of music as a talent that could propel him to success.
Now, as one of 36 finalists on America beloved …American Idol, Wagner-Trugman has withdrawn from the university for the spring semester and has the chance to become the next superstar from the U.
Alex, who rose to the top of more than 100, 000 contenders, will participate in his first live performance from Hollywood tomorrow.
Meet a face of round 3: Alex Wagner-Trugman
Nineteen year-old Studio City, Calif., native Alex Wagner-Trugman will face the greatest challenge of his young life this week. He will compete with Group Three in the semi-final round on “American Idol.”
We spoke with him by phone and talked about how his …American Idol days have been going since his spontaneous Phoenix audition:
Arkansas Church Behind American Idol All the Way
One Arkansas man could become the next American Idol. And his North Little Rock church is behind him all the way in both prayers and votes.
Kris Allen is no stranger to the spotlight. The 23 year-old UCA student has been on the worship team at New Life Church for years and often helps with their outreach.
But now the Church is reaching back.
At the Pastor’s urging church members have been at their prayers and their phones for Kris. In some cases they’ve called or sent texts to cast in hundreds or thousands of votes each for the rising star.
Idol Chartwatch, March 2: Idols Maintain Strong Presence on Billboard Charts
Six American Idol-related albums are on this week Billboard 200, and American Idol-related singles populate every major chart. Read on to see who ended up where this first week in March.
Underwood loves cheering on the Sens
In a season that has lightened their bandwagon, the Senators have also added a couple of beautiful new fans.
One of them was in the building last night.
Making her Scotiabank Place debut as part of the audience was Carrie Underwood, the country/pop singing and songwriting sensation who is dating Ottawa centre Mike Fisher.
Dodgers celebrate first game at new spring training stadium
Reporting from Phoenix — Spring training never looked like this. At least not for the Dodgers.
Pyrotechnics were set off in the outfield. Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. Fighter jets flew over the stadium.
The Dodgers and Chicago White Sox faced each other Sunday in the grand opening of the new spring training stadium they share, with the White Sox claiming a 3-2 victory at Camelback Ranch by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
HOT DISH: Kellie Pickler Shoots New Video
One of my very favorite singers, Kellie Pickler, has shot a new video for “Best Days of Your Life.” What started out as a rant to her pal, Taylor Swift, about an ex-boyfriend turned into a therapeutic songwriting session that produced the song. “This song is about one particular guy, but I’m dedicating this video to all the bad boys out there — and you know who you are, ” Kellie laughed.
Kellie will be opening shows on Taylor’s upcoming tour and will perform Friday (March 6) during the New Faces show at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. This year’s New Faces lineup is particularly strong. In addition to Kellie, it will feature Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Chuck Wicks and the Zac Brown Band.
KEL’S BRIT IDOLS
KELLY Clarkson plans to celebrate landing her first UK No 1 by hooking up with her Brit heroes Adele and Annie Lennox.
The first American Idol winner is sitting pretty at the top of our charts with My Life Would Suck Without You.
And the Texan beauty has revealed that she is a massive fan of both Adele, 20, and Annie, 54.
Kelly told me: …I love coming to the UK and picking up new
TV Guide Network Greenlights Fourth Season of Top-Rated Original Series “IDOL TONIGHT”
IDOL TONIGHT, TV Guide Network’s exclusive live pre-show for America’s top-rated TV sensation, has been greenlit for a fourth season. The network has also brought back its two popular co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell (“American Idol” top 10 finalist, season two) and Justin Guarini (“American Idol” runner-up, season one), who will gear-up fans each week right from the doorstep of “American Idol.” IDOL TONIGHT will premiere Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with special guest Taylor Hicks, season five winner of “American Idol.” New IDOL TONIGHT episodes will air Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT through the duration of the “American Idol” season.
Dancers compete in harsh cold to audition for FOX TV show
Perkins Rowe was buzzing with excitement Sunday as young dancers competed for a chance to audition in front of the producers of FOX hit show …So You Think You Can Dance.
Fox44 hosted the contest, and the winner received a guaranteed audition in front of the producers of …So You Think You Can Dance on March 16 in Memphis, Tenn., along with a round trip flight to Memphis provided by Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.
In the end though, Daniel Masterson, teacher at Jean Leigh Dance Academy, won.
Lil’ Kim: I Watched ‘DWTS’ In Prison
“The Insider” joined Lil’ Kim and her pro dance partner Derek Hough during rehearsals for their first performance on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars, ” and the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning rapper and singer tells us she’s a “huge fan” of the ABC show!
“When I was in prison, me and my girls used to watch [‘Dancing with the Stars’], ” says Kim. “My girls were like, ‘Kim, you need to be on that show.’ In prison you have to all agree what shows you watch. If we can’t agree, it doesn’t get watched. Everyone watched it faithfully. It’s like the No. 1 show in prison!”
Dancing With the Stars: The Dream Team
If casting were up to us, we’d pair Julianne Hough with the lightfooted Christopher Walken.
Now that Dancing With the Stars is a hit instead of a grotesque curiosity, it starting to attract contestants who are actual stars. But they could do better. I mean, I’m mad about Belinda Carlisle, but she’s not a Go Go; by now she’s a Gone Gone.