Something Pitchy: Is Thia Megia the New Michael Jackson?
Pia brought down (or rather up, with a standing O) the house last night making the Georgia teen’s excellent Reba McIntyre number feel like a distant memory by the closing credits. But will Pia’s first blockbuster performance be enough to carry her through to the finals?
Find out what myself and ‘Idol’ experts Rickey Yaneza and MJ Santilli have to say about the girls, plus our picks for the finals in this post-ladies-night edition of Something Pitchy!
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“American Idol” Contestant Carson Higgins Cast in The Columbine Project
Carson Higgins, a recent contestant on this season’s “American Idol, ” has joined the cast of The Columbine Project. The Los Angeles production of the Paul Storiale play, which is inspired by the tragic events at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, will perform at the Avery Schreiber Theatre in North Hollywood beginning April 22.
Read more at Playbill
Chris Daughtry tweets, “Finished up the song I was working on last week. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it! Very proud of it…When will you hear this song you ask? Hmmmm…Album 3 should be out this year”
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‘American Idol’: David Cook’s ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ cover named cast-off song
And another reason to rejoice: Cook’s rep confirmed to EW that the singer will perform not once, but twice on the Idol stage this season!
Read more at EW
‘American Idol’ still can’t be beat
This was supposed to be the year that “American Idol” crashed and burned. How could it not? Everyone knew ex-judge Simon Cowell was the star. Once he packed up and left with his tight T-shirts and brutal one-liners, “Idol” was like a young singer who forgets the lyrics: Living on borrowed time.
But turns out the pessimists will have to hang on to those eulogies a little longer.
Read more at the LA Times
A talk with Bo Bice, coming to Peachtree Tavern March 4
Bo Bice is now nearly six years removed from”American Idol.” He’s not a huge star. But given his southern rock style of music, that wasn’t a realistic goal. Rather, he’s a work-a-day musician who hits the festival/fair circuit every summer and makes a decent living doing what he loves.
The season four runner up is also a daddy with three sons. After several surgeries to fix his digestive system, he is now healthy as well.
Read more at AJC
Melinda Doolittle ranks the ‘American Idol’ Top 24 for HitFix
BOYS vs. GIRLS
The girls win! I actually didn’t see this one coming. I really thought the boys had it, but it looks like the girls learned a lot from watching the guys the night before. They were able to see how the staging worked, how the judges reacted and how the audience reacted before ever stepping foot on the stage. It’s definitely a perk, and they took full advantage of it.
So, since we have to do rankings, I thought I would briefly tell you what I thought of each performance this week. Let me know if you agree or disagree. Let me start by saying, this is the hugest and saddest elimination ever! I can’t believe I have to pick only a Top 5 (maybe 6 or 7) boys and girls to make it through. It just doesn’t seem right, but here we go…
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Online Auction Begins for Danny Gokey’s Eyeglasses Benefiting Free Vision Care Program
The bidding has started on a pair of blue and white Gucci designer eyeglasses worn by 19/RCA Nashville Recording Artist Danny Gokey during American Idol season eight and on the red carpet. This is the first of two dozen pairs of Gokey glasses that will be auctioned on line during the year to raise funds to help to provide free eye exams and glasses for children in need.
The Clear Days Ahead program is the first medical relief program for Sophia’s Heart, the non-profit organization Gokey founded in memory of his late wife Sophia. The funds will help pay for reduced rate eye exams provided by Wisconsin Vision optometrists. The optical company will then donate the needed lenses, frames and fabrications valued at more than $200 per pair. The Milwaukee Teachers Education Association will help screen and refer children eligible for the free exams and eyewear.
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Simon Cowell on ‘X Factor’ Auditions, Judges, and Facebook Voting
Cowell revealed the show will use Facebook as a platform for viewers to vote. When asked if he personally uses the site, he replied, “And I try to reply to every single one, but it’s 23 million friends, it’s a lot.”
Simon tells Terri he still hasn’t made a decision on the judges yet, but rumor has it Jessica Simpson and record label exec Tommy Mottola are two of the frontrunners — and Simon does admit that he’d “love to have somebody on the panel who has made people into megastars.”
Read more at Extra
Jennifer Lopez’s ‘On The Floor’ Video Creates ‘Dance Buzz’
“I play one character where she kind of runs this party, acts like she’s kind of bored with it, but at the same time is really loving it and loves this underground party dance culture, ” Lopez told MTV News on the set. “So I got to be wild and crazy, and at the same time I got to be sexy and sweet too.”
See the video at MTV
Jennifer Lopez Approached to Do Gaddafi Gig
Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Usher and 50 Cent are a few of the acts who have reportedly been paid up to $1 million to perform in Libya, albeit before this year’s violent government crackdown.
Only a few months back, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Lopez was offered a $2 million gig performing for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, though her producing partner Simon Fields staunchly denies the offer.
The source says Lopez immediately turned it down, probably realizing it could be politically treacherous and ill-received.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter