Idol Headlines for 03/03/09

Valley woman shares part in ‘Idol’ singer’s success: Her kidney

Even before he landed on “American Idol, ” the Valley’s Scott MacIntyre touched a lot of lives through his music. But Patricia Cosand of Tempe has a special bond with the singer.

Two years ago, MacIntyre was diagnosed with a failing kidney. Cosand responded by donating one of hers to the young musician, and saved his life.

“I thought this was something I could probably do, ” says Cosand, who is a teacher. “He’s just a very gifted and skilled young man.”


David Archuleta Gives Back

Talented teenagers are taking over America, and not just on shows like American Idol ‘ AI alum David Archuleta has signed on to be the new face of, along with the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation, to help willing teenagers make a difference in others’ lives with disaster relief.

“I know as well as anyone that teenagers have the power to do something. So I’m genuinely excited about this cause and organization, ” says David.

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19 Entertainment profits soar

19 Entertainment has reported a strong 37% increase in adjusted operating profit for 2008 fuelled by American Idol, the Spice Girls reunion tour and managing David Beckham’s business interests.

The firm, sold by Simon Fuller to US entertainment giant CKX for £75m in 2005, had an adjusted operating profit of $92.5m ( £66m) in 2008, up from $67.4m ( £48.4m) the year before.

About 75% of last year’s profits came from 19 Entertainment’s TV, live and recorded music operations. The company’s TV properties include the American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance franchises and Little Britain USA.

CBS is proving American Idol no longer the unbeatable foe

CBS is winning viewers in head-to-head competition with Fox’s American Idol, demonstrating that rival programs can succeed against TV’s currently mostwatched show.

NCIS, the 6-year-old crimedrama CBS airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays against Idol, has increased its audience by 40 percent, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co. The show is also attracting 44 percent more 18-to-49-year-old viewers, a group sought by marketers, with rock music and funnier dialogue.

“There is a little evidence that Idol isn’t quite the weapon of mass destruction that it used to be, ” Kelly Kahl, CBS’ scheduling chief, says. “We used to joke it vaporized anything in its path. These days there is room for other shows to thrive.”

‘American Idol’ Power List: Last chance to vote before the final 12!

Hello, and welcome to the final American Idol Power List of the season 8 semifinals. That’s right! This time next week, the nation (and Idol’s judges) will have chosen this year’s top 12, which means I won’t be able to arbitrarily rank my personal favorites in the top 5 based on 11 seconds of screen time. I know, I know, I’m the worst. But it’s not like you can’t totally negate my whims in the Idol Power poll. Which I know you’re just itching to do. So read on down the roll — sorry, Jesse Langseth, you didn’t make the cut since I don’t think the judges like you enough to give you any Wild Card love — then do your pop-cultural duty and vote for your own favorite below!


‘American Idol’: Who’s Up Next? Lil Rounds And More

Viewers will get their final chance on Tuesday (March 3) to pick the “American Idol” top 12 before judges round out the top contenders during the wild-card round on Thursday.

This final audience-approved batch is a mix of hot contenders, virtual unknowns and singers whose backstories have so far outstripped their promise or proven singing chops. Leading the list of virtual locks is Memphis, Tennessee, customer-service representative and married mother of three Lil Rounds, 23, who immediately blew the judges away with her soulful rendition of Steve Wonder’s “All I Do” in Kansas City.


Our Interview With Allison, Adam & Kris

Giggling as she admits that she’s not a natural redhead, Allison Iraheta shows us that, despite her booming voice, she truly is just a sixteen-year-old at heart. But she has no regrets trying out at such a young age, and she doesn’t think the outcome would have been any different had she tried out in a few years. The only thing she has to conquer is the nerves, and she doesn’t even let those bother her too much. In the media interview after making it through to the Top 12, Allison said she tries not to let her anxiety show while performing, but after Simon’s comment about her being “boring” the other night, she does realize she might have to “chill” a bit for her personality to shine through. Frankly, she said that Simon doesn’t know her enough to judge that side of her!

American Idol Danny Gokey hooks up with OC ministry

Friends and family of popular American Idol contestant Danny Gokey are getting help from Leesa Bellesi, founder of American Idol Ministry, based in Lake Forest.

Leesa launched at the start of season 7 to offer transportation, lodging and spiritual support to the families of American Idol finalists.

A self-professed American Idol fanatic (she voted 1, 200 times for Katharine McPhee on the night of the 2006 finale and hosts weekly Idol watching parties), Leesa started the ministry after befriending Chris Sligh in season 6, giving his wife a place to live during the competition.

In Season 7, the parents of Syesha Mercado stayed at Leesa and pastor Denny Bellesi Lake Forest home during the final weeks of the show while Jason Castro parents stayed at the couple Laguna Beach mobile home.

Offbeat OC

Is Adam Lambert gay? Photos of him making out with men, video comments say yes

Despite having a gay stripper as a finalist, American Idol has yet to have an openly gay finalist during the show (those who are gay, from Jim Verarros to Clay Aiken, have come out later).

American Idol 8 top 12 has an apparently openly gay member, Adam Lambert, and although he has yet to reference his sexual orientation on the show, everyone seems to be skirting around it by referring to him as …flamboyant, as if this was the 1950s. During Friday conference call with reporters, most of the questions for Adam were about his clothes and …theatrical performances, but no one came right out with it.

In a YouTube video of a New Year Eve performance, Adam clears up any mystery. Talking about a female co-star he says, …Ive gotten to kiss those lips, and although it not my preference, and he pauses so the audience can chuckle.

Reality Blurred

Ticket winner reviews David Cook concert at MSM

Last year when I watched …Idol Gives Back I was passionate about the fact that they missed a great charity when no one chose Healing the Children Northeast as a charity to support. That show seemed like such a great idea and there were so many worthy organizations to support that I watched with admiration.

The concert was great! I took several of my Healing the Children associates with me: Dana Buffin, executive director of Healing the Children Northeast; Kathy McGovern, board member of HTCNE; and my neighbor, Ginny Bucci. Although there was no guarantee that we would get a chance to meet with David Cook, I knew that if I brought these women with me, that meeting with David would be inevitable. Although David was not feeling well, he was gracious enough to meet with us for a few minutes after the show and he even signed some items that will be auctioned off at a fundraiser Tuesday.


Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston in an Iconic Ad Campaign Shot by Annie Leibovitz

NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ — Badgley Mischka is celebrating two glamorous decades in fashion with an advertising celebration campaign featuring some of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood: Eva Longoria, Carrie Underwood, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston.

Shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the ladies posed along with the designers in classic Leibovitz style. Each of the women is wearing Badgley Mischka couture eveningwear and accessories.

The campaign will debut in April issues of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle and features the tagline, “Two Decades of Glamour, ” symbolic of Badgley Mischka’s strong relationship with Hollywood over the past twenty years.

PR Newswire

Carrie Underwood to be featured on Country Weekly cover

Checotah favorite daughter, Carrie Underwood will be featured on the cover of the March 23 edition of Country Weekly, which will go on sale March 9.

The story is titled …Carrie Underwood: How Ive Changed, and she talks about how she changed and how she stayed the same since she shot to stardom as the 2005 winner of …American Idol.

Underwood tells the magazine that plenty of changes occur in everyone life between the ages of 21 and 25, according to a news release.

Idol Jordin Sparks ready for Kidfetti performance

Two years after winning the title on …American Idol, Jordin Sparks is striving for something more meaningful.

…Im learning to love myself in my own skin, said Sparks, 19, who headlines this year Kidfetti festival on Saturday. …Ive dealt with a lot of self-image issues over the past couple years. Ive learned the reason were all different and have different flaws and features is because that is what makes us unique. And that what makes us beautiful.

Jordin Sparks Belts One at the Baseball Park

Continuing to prove that America was right about her, former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks wowed the crowd at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ brand new spring training ballpark yesterday, doing a powerful rendition of the National Anthem.

“I thought she was awesome, ” says an onlooker at the inaugural game. “Seriously might have been the best anthem I’ve ever heard.”

‘American Idol’: The Ultimate Playlist from Past Contestants

From Carrie Underwood’s ”Before He Cheats” to David Cook’s ode to shaving cream to an R&B nugget you’ve probably never heard, we compile an awesome 22-track mix-tape featuring our favorite ‘Idol’ grads.

The new gal on American Idol’s block: Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi keeps it real

VANCOUVER – Perhaps it was Paula Abdul’s quotes. Classic observations like, “Constructive criticism is about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what went on.” And, “Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.”

Or perhaps it was the growing sense that the chemistry between Abdul and the awful Simon Cowell just wasn’t there any more ‘  and not just because of her remarks like, “I welcome him like I welcome cold sores. He’s from England, he’s angry and he’s got Mad Power Disease.”

Vancouver Sun

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