Idol Headlines for 03/06/10

A Sneak Peek as Hair’s New Cast Goes from Rehearsal Room to Theater!

Check out the photo gallery featuring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo

Broadway.com

American Idol 2010 Results And Season 9 Odds After Eliminations

As we expected, American Idol 2010 contestant Crystal Bowersox has taken over the lead as the probable season 9 winner according to the reality show betting odds currently up at BoDog Sportsbook. After dealing with a hospital visit related to her juvenile diabetes, Bowersox wowed the American Idol judges once again on Thursday’s episode, and those positive results have her as the 4/1 favorite. For those not familiar with how American Idol odds work, a bet on Bowersox at 4/1 will pay off the amount you wagered plus 4 times that amount.

After the elimination results came in, the 2010 American Idol odds switched around quite a bit for nearly every one of the remaining top 16 contestants. Lee Dewyze made the largest move and is now listed at 4.5/1 after being one of the long shots when the top 24 contestants were announced. Dewyze surprised everyone with his performance on the Wednesday audition episode, and the judges seemed to think that his voice was tailor-made for the radio.

Andrew Garcia is still one of the top-rated American Idol contestants remaining, but the 2010 season favorite since the top 24 was announced has now fallen back to 6/1 odds.

The Online Wire

SomethingPitchy Broadcast: We’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better

This week, SomethingPitchy welcomed back Rickey of Rickey.org and Rae Votta of AOL Music to talk all about the highs (Crystal Bowersox!) — and lows (Jermaine Sellers!) — of the ‘Idol’ top 20.

Also joining us today were Andie Taylor of Urlesque.com and, via Skype, MJ Santilli of MJ’sBigBlog.

Watch the broadcast below, then give your own thoughts on who rocked it and, well, who didn’t.

AOL

Via IdolsNow:

SYESHA MERCADO gets a backstage visit tonight from AI9’s TODRICK HALL at “Dreamgirls” at the Ahmanson: http://img242.yfrog.com/i/i5s.jpg/

Idols Now

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

Booted ‘Idol’ singer: I’m sending Simon a Bible

LOS ANGELES – Church singer Jermaine Sellers was one of four contenders eliminated on “American Idol” March 4, but he plans to send British judge Simon Cowell a reverse parting gift.

“I’m gonna send him a Bible, ” the 27-year-old Joliet, Ill., singer told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman on Friday.

In fact, after receiving criticism for his performance of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on Tuesday, Sellers suggested to Cowell he should come to church with him, something the British judge said he would do. And while there are no immediate plans to make that happen, Sellers is hoping Cowell can bring a little church into his heart.

MSNBC

‘Unplugged’ to Return to MTV, Courtesy Starburst

LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — MTV Networks is re-amplifying its “Unplugged” franchise.

This time around, “Unplugged” is a multiplatform branded-entertainment vehicle for Starburst, which will sponsor the concert series’ revival across cable siblings MTV, VH1 and CMT and their respective websites, as well as use the series as branded content for MTVMusic.com and VH1 Mobile.

A variety of bands spanning different musical genres will perform on their corresponding network, starting with Adam Lambert on VH1 on March 10, Phoenix on MTV and Reba McEntire on CMT.

Each “Unplugged” performance will feature an unexpected cover song or other contradictory musical moment to sync up with Starburst’s tagline “It’s a juicy contradiction.” Starburst’s media agency, MediaVest, part of Publicis Groupe, helped create the sponsorship, which will last through August across eight episodes.

AdAge

Adam Lambert ready to rock after George Michael, Kelly Rowland at Mardi Gras party

AMERICAN Idol sensation Adam Lambert won’t be suffering any nerves following British pop superstar George Michael at the 2010 Mardi Gras Party.

Lambert will be the closing act at the annual shindig — going on at the very unrock time of 7.45 tomorrow morning.

“There’s a couple of hours between us and my costume will be flashier and I will definitely be wearing more make-up than him, ” Lambert joked.

“But I know I am the new kid on the block, I’m so excited.”

HeraldSun.com

Adam Lambert & Sam Sparro’s “Voodoo” Is Magic

“Voodoo”–the sexxxy bonus track on international editions of Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment album, co-written by the incomparable Australian electropop star Sam “Black & Gold” Sparro–is finally out after months of speculation and salivation. And it was worth the wait. “Voodoo” casts a seductive spell indeed.

Yahoo.com

Hollywood’s leading ladies coming to Capitol Hill next week

Following on the (stiletto) heels of Sunday night’s Oscar awards, three of Hollywood’s most head-turning A-list actresses are heading to Capitol Hill next week to lobby Congress for issues important to women around the world.

Kerry Washington will be in town Monday to celebrate International Women’s Day at the White House, where she’ll be joined by musician Katharine McPhee and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Washington Scene

Taylor Swift lives the fairy tale at Amway Arena

You can call Taylor Swift a country star, for now, but looking around at the glowstick-fueled hysteria at one of her concerts, it looks more like the return of teen-pop madness.

Fresh from her best-album win at the Grammys, Swift unveiled her Fearless 2010 Tour for a packed house of the screaming faithful on Friday at Amway Arena. Although the headliner and her two opening acts, generic country- pop band Gloriana and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler, often asked where “all my girls are, ” they must not have been looking too carefully:

Orlando Sentinel

Simon Cowell can’t use an ipod

Simon Cowell may be one the world’s biggest music moguls but the X Factor boss has confessed that he is flummoxed by technology.

The 50-year-old impresario has admitted that he is unable to listen to hit records by his own artists on his ipod.

Cowell made the astonishing confession during his chat to former newspaper editor Piers Morgan for his Life Stories show.

Simon told Morgan: “I keep getting given iPods and I don’t know how to use them.”

STV.tv

Simon Cowell wants an extra £3million

Simon Cowell has reportedly decided that the next series of The X Factor needs a £3million increase in its budget. The music mogul has told ITV bosses that he needs an extra £300, 000 for each of the ten live rounds.

It is claimed that the music mogul will put the figures to the ITV producers when they visit his home in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks.

Simon will also take the opportunity to discuss changes to the format of the show for the next 2010 series.

A source told the Daily Mirror: “Simon has said he will sign but the details must be right. It’s about making the show better each year.”

STV.tv

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126 Comments

  1. Cowell admitted that his own taste in music was centered on his love for the R’n’B classics.

    He said: “I’m an old soul so I like anything from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, kind of classic R’n’B, or I love the whole big band era.”

    Huh…

  2. Guessing David will work with Max Martin in Sweden? Any other known writers there?

  3. I am glad to see that Danny is still doing well on Itunes and Amazon. Another Danny fan at a different site, had put together this list of a lot of the places and countries his songs were charting this morning:

    Album: ‘My Best Days’
    iTunes Overall Albums: #1 US, #5 Canada
    iTunes Country Albums: #1 US, #1 Canada, #2 UK
    Amazon Overall Albums: #2 US
    Amazon Country Albums: #1 US

    Song: ‘My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me’
    iTunes Country songs (from album / from single): #2 / #96 US, #4 / #130 Canada, #14 / #50 UK
    iTunes Overall songs: #21 US, #79 Canada

    Song: ‘I Still Believe’
    iTunes Country songs: #26 US, #131 Canada
    iTunes Overall songs: #177 US

    Song: ‘I Will Not Say Goodbye’
    iTunes Country songs: #50 US, #71 Canada, #161 UK

    Song: ‘Get Away’
    iTunes Country songs: #199 US, #179 Canada

    I think that it’s nice to see Danny’s album and song charting on a lot of different charts, including charts in other countries. :)

  4. David Cook and Max Martin? That would be a strange colaboration. I mean, can you imagine Cook singing IIHY or FIBOU? Lol.

  5. LOL I know there are other Swedish songwriters/producers I guess I should have clarified by saying 19/RCA stable people from there? Very rarely do they think too far outside of the box. I mainly guessed Max Martin because in his interview with Michael Slezak last month he mentioned MM as a someone he might be working with.

  6. I am pleasantly surprised that Danny’s album is still holding the #1 spot on the overall Itunes chart. I love Danny’s album and had hoped it would do well but I did not expect this. I know that Itunes and Amazon are only a small portion of sales but it is a good indicator that there is interest. Cann’t wait to see the sales numbers on Tuesday. I am hoping that the numbers are on the high end of HDD’s predictions and closer to 50,000.

  7. POP:
    19 16 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 4451 4117 334 29.464
    +85 Spins
    +24 Bullet
    -0.239 AI

    HAC:
    20 19 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 1496 1255 241 7.753
    +42 Spins
    +26 Bullet
    +0.180 AI

  8. POP:
    14 11 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 5541 5253 288 32.161
    +89 Spins
    +23 Bullet
    +0.635 AI

    HAC:
    6 6 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3242 3152 90 17.005
    +29 Spins
    +39 Bullet
    +0.035 A

  9. Danny looks like he is doing very well with his album and singles charting looking forward to seeing his great sales figures.

  10. The Crook & Chase country music countdown show is including some interview segments with Danny this weekend, and also played his song as a bonus song for their show (it’s a top 30 show, he’s not quite that high yet to qualify for purely the countdown). Danny should also be making the country top 40 countdown shows.

    Also Danny’s music video is #1 at the CMT Pure Top 12 countdown for the third time, and #7 at GAC’s video countdown. The GAC AI voting bloc must have taken a rest last week, as Carrie and Kellie both moved down a few spots as well, and some non-AI artists snuck ahead. Have to think since Carrie’s had the top two spots for several weeks in a row, her dropping down with both Temporary Home and Cowboy Casanova may fire up her voters for next week ;)

  11. It has to be Max Martin. There are a few other big ones but they are more dance/pop (redone,Bloodshy & Avant etc). MM used to be in a metal band I think… he also wrote and produced with Bon Jovi…

  12. LOL I know there are other Swedish songwriters/producers I guess I should have clarified by saying 19/RCA stable people from there? Very rarely do they think too far outside of the box. I mainly guessed Max Martin because in his interview with Michael Slezak last month he mentioned MM as a someone he might be working with.

    Well, I will just take a look at the songwriters list.

    Andreas Carlsson: Clay Aiken, Diana DeGarmo, Carrie Underwood (Inside Your Heaven). Also many other pop artists: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Westlife

    Jörgen Elofsson: Kelly Clarkson (A Moment Like This)
    He also worked with contestants from Australian Idol, Swedish Idol, Finnish Idol, Pop Idol and X Factor UK. And many big popstars.

    Shellback: Allison Iraheta, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert (WWFM, If I Had You, both with Max Martin)

    Really, just go on Wikipedia, search for various Idol albums and I’m sure you will find many other Swedish songwriters and producers.
    Sweden = pop songs factory for artists all around the world

  13. VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown
    LAY – #9
    LLWD – #7
    WWFM – #3

    The Script had the #1 video and gave Kris props for LLWD and its success. They also talked about how Script fans will check out Kris because they know the Script wrote LLWD and Kris fans will check out them for the same reason. Win – Win situation.

  14. I am pleasantly surprised that Danny’s album is still holding the #1 spot on the overall Itunes chart. I love Danny’s album and had hoped it would do well but I did not expect this. I know that Itunes and Amazon are only a small portion of sales but it is a good indicator that there is interest. Cann’t wait to see the sales numbers on Tuesday. I am hoping that the numbers are on the high end of HDD’s predictions and closer to 50,000.

    His album is also ranked #4 in music sales on the Barnes and Noble site.

    Here is Danny’s latest Tweet:

    Many of U tweeted me that my CDs r sold out-I talked 2 my Sony rep & they said they’ve just shipped more CDs 2 the stores & r in shelves now

    Maybe now some Danny fans won’t have as hard of a time finding his CD in stores.

  15. Soberba: David Cook and Max Martin? That would be a strange colaboration. I mean, can you imagine Cook singing IIHY or FIBOU? Lol.

    Although Max Martin has some horrific credits (Britney Spears — ’nuff said), it wouldn’t be that strange for him to work with David Cook. Martin and some of his pals (most notably Tobias Karlsson) produced Carolina Liar’s album, and there are a fair number of tracks on that album that I think make quite a bit of sense in relation to David.

  16. Just got through watching MJ on the SomethingPitchy Broadcast. That was fun MJ! I got a kick out of seeing you and Rickey on the same show, even though you weren’t in the same room. Are you going to be a regular panelist there this season? Hope so.

    I see that Jim Cantiello, Rickey, and Melinda Green from Top Idol are all together on an episode from a couple of weeks ago, I’m going to watch that now. Should be a hoot!

    http://television.aol.com/american-idol/2010/02/19/somethingpitchy-broadcast-season-2-episode-1/

  17. Allison’s new single Scars got another add today — the Top 40 station in Canton, OH, which she visited recently and which added FIBOU around her visit. Nice to see that they made the switch to Scars quickly.

  18. Mateja, I still think it’s Max Martin… he has several songwriters as part of his studio. Or maybe I am hoping it’s MM, because he makes the best songs among them (except Bloodshy & Avant). He also has a history as a rock musician.

  19. Just got through watching MJ on the SomethingPitchy Broadcast. That was fun MJ! I got a kick out of seeing you and Rickey on the same show, even though you weren’t in the same room. Are you going to be a regular panelist there this season? Hope so.

    Yes. A semi-regular. Thanks. :)

  20. regarding the sweedish songwriters, there is also Tobias Karlsson with whom Kris wrote “Let it Rain”. I don’t think he’s in Sweden though

    thanks alaadam for the numbers.

  21. Brian Mansfield writing at USA Today about forecasts for Danny’s album sales.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/03/where-will-danny-gokeys-album-debut/1?csp=34

    Brian is thinking Danny possibly could hit 75,000 or higher :) Not sure if that could be right, but it’s nice to read it anyway.

    I have no idea, as the reports of Danny’s CDs selling out in stores kind of cut both ways. It shows there is interest, but that Danny may be losing or at least deferring some sales when people can’t find it on the racks. Glad to hear Sony is shipping more CDs, and hopefully stores have been requesting more based on demand

  22. Very solid mediabase updates for Kris and Adam today. Nice! They and Danny are all bunched together on the iTunes chart this morning. I wish LIB wasn’t dropping so fast, though.

    iTunes updates

    #21/#390 LLWD
    #22/#794 MBD
    #24/#433 WWFM
    #45 Let It Be
    #185 I Still Believe
    #354 I Will Not Say Goodbye
    #498 AWM
    #563 FYE
    #813 Scars

  23. As I said yesterday, I expect Danny to give Kris a run for his money regarding sales units.

  24. As far as iTunes goes, Danny is #1 on the overall album chart but Lifehouse has two album versions on the chart #3/#29. Danny may be in the #1 spot but Lifehouse will most likely sell more digital units based on the combined sales of the two albums.

  25. I enjoyed the Something Pitchy broadcast, MJ. I agreed with all your points. Not so much with some of the other panelists. Didn’t understand why we would need to know more about Lilly to appreciate her connection to her song choice. I don’t think that’s what performance is supposed to be about, is it?

  26. Brian is thinking Danny possibly could hit 75,000 or higher Not sure if that could be right, but it’s nice to read it anyway.

    I have no idea, as the reports of Danny’s CDs selling out in stores kind of cut both ways. It shows there is interest, but that Danny may be losing or at least deferring some sales when people can’t find it on the racks. Glad to hear Sony is shipping more CDs, and hopefully stores have been requesting more based on demand

    I’m not sure where Danny will end up regarding albums sales this week. I do believe there is a strong possibility that he will at least sale in the range that HDD predicted for him. I also think that he could possibly sell more than 50,000, but if he does, I’m not sure how much more.

    I did it being pointed out that Lifehouse has two albums in the top 30 on Itunes and could be selling more than Danny is up there. Even though he has the #1 album up there. But he is still #2 on Amazon, and #4 on the Barnes and Nobles site.

    Plus there were stores that were sold out of his CD and he has gotten sales from his official site. And then it has to be taken into consideration that that digital sales aren’t a large part of album sales.

    So I’m really not sure what Danny will end up selliing. I do believe that he has a really good chance of debuting into the Top 10 on Billboard and at least selling into the 45,000-50,000 range like HDD predicted. If he accomplished this, that would be good enough for me. If he does better than this that would be great.

  27. I doubt the Idol appearance gave Danny such a huge boost that he would outsell Kris’s debut. I’ll give him a small boost from the HDD prediction and guess somewhere between 50-60K. Which would still be pretty good.

    iTunes album chart

    #1 MBD
    #27 Kris Allen
    #44/#261 FYE
    #206/#803 Just Like You

  28. As to reports of Danny’s CD being sold out in stores, the same thing has been reported for Adam’s and Kris’s albums. Lots of people on this blog commented about how when they tried to buy those CDs at Best Buy or Wal Mart or wherever, there were no copies to be found — while there were tons of the SueBo album. So it could be that stores are simply not stocking many copies of Danny’s CD. And if people can’t find it in stores, that hurts the sales, obviously

  29. Rickey needs to relax during these podcasts, that’s two times in a row where he’s ten times more nervous than any of the others, it’s uncomfortable to watch. Btw, I thought he had become persona non grata after his early opinions on KATA.

    The girl who votes for Tim Urban needs to learn to use google search As Sleazak said last week.

  30. As to reports of Danny’s CD being sold out in stores, the same thing has been reported for Adam’s and Kris’s albums.

    I did remember reading that. In fact, I mentioned it to some Danny fans at another site as they were very worried not to see big racks of Danny CDs in the stores. These days I suspect the stores manage their inventories carefully between the market and the comparatively smaller rackspace for CDs of any type. Hopefully with growing interest in Danny’s album as more people are aware of it, the stores will stock more. And if the sales push radio to move Danny’s single higher on their playlists, that should help him sustain sales at a nice level over time.

  31. Ke$ha had her CD on ITunes for $7.99 and sold over 50,000 downloads I believe, and it was #1. I don’t believe Danny will have that but the point is, there really is no way of knowing what being #1 on Itunes means.

  32. JohnM:
    03/06/2010 at 11:05 am
    Allison’s new single Scars got another add today — the Top 40 station in Canton, OH, which she visited recently and which added FIBOU around her visit. Nice to see that they made the switch to Scars quickly.

    Do you know if it has been officially sent for adds, or what?

  33. Do you know if it has been officially sent for adds, or what?

    Not what I have seen, it’s not on new adds list on pulse.

  34. SYESHA MERCADO gets a backstage visit tonight from AI9’s TODRICK HALL at “Dreamgirls” at the Ahmanson.

    This photo could give Syesha’s fans motivation to vote for Todrick. He may actually ‘sneak’ into the TOP 12.

    Thanks for the photo of Diana and Ace!

  35. I’m trying to figure out if Kris and Adam can sneak into the Top 10 and Top 15, respectively, on the offcial mediabase Pop chart for this week. Looks like Adam could pass Bieber for the #15 spot. Can’t tell if Kris will get past David Guetta — may be too big of a gap there.

  36. I’m trying to figure out if Kris and Adam can sneak into the Top 10 and Top 15, respectively, on the offcial mediabase Pop chart for this week. Looks like Adam could pass Bieber for the #15 spot. Can’t tell if Kris will get past David Guetta — may be too big of a gap there.

    I don’t think WWFM can pass Bieber… the strong update today was bc a PC spin ended up on the wrong side of midnight, so I guess he is still gaining about +50/day. And then there is OHP… you never know what happens there. If Bieber drops 50 and WWFM gains 100, then yes, but that’s not very likely. WWFM will prob enter top15 monday or tuesday though.

  37. Ok, I didn’t send any, but I had a really random question about fanmail,that the hum thing reminded me of.If you send fanmail to AI for idol alumni do they throw it away or forward it? I’m guessing throw it away (which would e the smart thing)

  38. With all the distraction of wondering about Danny’s album sales and AI9 appearance, kinda forgot but tonight is his album release concert in hometown Milwaukee. Hope a few videos surface as supposedly he will have a full band out for the first time in public, I think?

    Today, March 06, 2010, 27 minutes ago
    bfraley {Danny’s keyboard player/background singer, Brandon Fraley}:
    I have a feeling that tonights performance in Milwaukee is gonna be one big giant party!!! Starting to get really excited!!

  39. Danny Gokey at Mall of America. Adam Lambert at Gay Mardi Gras. All is aligned correctly in the universe….:)

  40. SarahP

    LLWD won’t officially go platinum until the week’s sales figures are released Wednesday. But since he was at 999K following last week’s sales report, yes, LLWD has sailed past 1 million.

  41. Can’t tell if Kris will get past David Guetta — may be too big of a gap there.

    The only way Kris gets to the top 10 this week is if Guetta drops like a rock today and tomorrow and Kris has monster gains at the same time, because there are still 550 spins separating them. It would take a miracle, pretty much. I’m just hoping LLWD and BBB will continue to have similar growth rates so that Kris can stay ahead of Kesha for one more week. He’s so close to top 10.

  42. Danny Gokey at Mall of America. Adam Lambert at Gay Mardi Gras. All is aligned correctly in the universe….:)

    I saw that on twitter, lol. It’s funny, but kinda true. Hey, they are both enjoying nice success and doing what they love — so happy for both of them as they develop their careers in their very different ways. (My top 2 AI8 favorites and both in my overall top 3 favorites with David Cook.)

  43. “Something Pitchy” – practically unlistenable due to their incessant use of Valley Girl Speak..?? Where they put that question mark lilt??? at the end of every sentence..??? As if they can’t quite commit to an opinion..??? Fortunately MJ avoids that affectation. So whatever they may have been saying about Idol, I now don’t care.

  44. I didn’t realize you could subscribe to “Something Pitchy” as a podcast on iTunes.

    I remember there were a variety of Idol podcasts during S7 (including an iTunes one about the songs that had been covered on the show), and I really enjoyed them. I never found any good ones last season. I didn’t even know “Something Pitchy” existed! It’s weird how under the radar iTunes podcasts are (and the search engine is hit or miss), especially given that they’re FREE to download.

  45. So Todrick looks mighty chummy with Syesha in that photo. Do they know each other? Sure looks that way. What is it with Todrick and former Idols? He’s worked with Fantasia, Mikalah Gordon, Vonzell Soloman, and Diana DeGarmo, and now he appears to have a connection with Syesha. (And he also knows Adam.) Does he have some kind of relationship with AI that hasn’t been disclosed? It’s just another thing about him that makes you go hmmm.

  46. Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh. KBIG 104.3 is having people text in to win tix for Kris’s gig this coming Friday, and I seriously fail at texting — I’m so slow with typing in text messages. Needless to say I didn’t win.

  47. So Todrick looks mighty chummy with Syesha in that photo. Do they know each other? Sure looks that way. What is it with Todrick and former Idols? He’s worked with Fantasia, Mikalah Gordon, Vonzell Soloman, and Diana DeGarmo

    He’s a true con artist–people ALWAYS like him at first, being “charming” is part of his hustle.

    As far as how he’s come in contact with so many from AI, I suspect he tapped American Idol alum for his musical because he knew they had a good track record on stage.

  48. My friends little sister was in an Oz play that Todrick directed. They met him and only have good things to say about him.

  49. That’s sweet (in a cool way) that The Script mentioned Kris on VH1! Good for them and for Kris. Yes, win-win.

    Congrats to Danny and Danny’s fans for how well his album is doing! I’m happy for all of you!

    I don’t want to keep hearing about Todrick and idols. He seems to be a pretty smooth operator. Ugh! JMO.

    I loved Lilly’s “A Change is Going to Come” and don’t get why the “Something Pitchy” (love that title, lol) girl had to personally know something about Lilly’s life for her to sing it.

    mj, it was nice seeing you on there! Great comments per usual! I agree let’s wait and see what happens with Lilly when the themes start. I tend to agree (based on what we’ve seen so far) that she may be limited, but I’m up for a pleasant surprise. Here’s hoping she makes it to the themes. Oh yeah, and if she was able to take ACIGTC and put her own spin on it, then there just may be pleasant surprises.

  50. Looks like Danny is going to have a good hometown reception for his Milwaukee album release concert. Doors don’t even open until 5 CST, I think.

    Wow! The line is going around the block by Turner Hall for @dannygokey! Gonna be great day!
    13 minutes ago via mobile web

    CMT Insider just had a short segment with Danny. Glad to see they are beginning to cover him more, in addition to GAC and video play at CMT Pure.

  51. does anyone know about my fanmail question? I’m really curious .thanks :)

    I remember there were a variety of Idol podcasts during S7

    yep,I remember last year every week I would read every recap I could find online,every single opinion(well most it not possible to read all in one week). I would also listen to 7 or 8 AI podcasts a week (maybe that’s why I like mj’s,because most podcasts an recaps didn’t love Adam,and I like different opinions)

  52. does anyone know about my fanmail question? I’m really curious .thanks :)

    I think they do give it to the idols. I remember season 7 the girls were upset because they would get very little fan mail but the guys would get tons and tons.

  53. I think they do give it to the idols. I remember season 7 the girls were upset because they would get very little fan mail but the guys would get tons and tons.

    I distinctly remember Syesha complaining about that. Heh.

  54. saga:
    03/06/2010 at 10:45 am
    It has to be Max Martin. There are a few other big ones but they are more dance/pop (redone,Bloodshy & Avant etc). MM used to be in a metal band I think… he also wrote and produced with Bon Jovi…

    Oh that’s interesting Saga, because Redone tweeted that he was going to be working with David Cook a few days ago, but I didn’t realize that he was based in Sweden. We may have a winner here. Or perhaps he is going to work with Max Martin AND Redone while he is there, and then Kelly Clarkson can pop on over from Denmark after her show tommorow and join them (I can dream, damnit). David did say that he was going to be in Sweden for the rest of the week. Should be able to get about 10 songs knocked out. LOL. BB is prolific.

  55. But luv was asking about fan mail for Idol alumni, not current contestants. So I think she’d be better advised to send it to their managers or publicists and not to AI.

  56. *

    But luv was asking about fan mail for Idol alumni, not current contestants. So I think she’d be better advised to send it to their managers or publicists and not to AI.

    Opps, didn’t read closely, yeah they won’t forward it I don’t think, there must be an address at their fan page to send things to.

  57. Now I am getting kind of excited. Kelly actually has a break after the Denmark show until March 12 when she performs in South Africa. She said that she has been recording in Europe, so it would make sense for her to drive up to Sweden for a few days if there is such a stable of AI songwriters and producers. Perhaps my fantastical delusions will actually come true. I would die…

  58. Glad to hear there is a good reception for Danny’s mini-concert today in his hometown. I believe the admission for the concert is to purchase a CD – looks like Danny is going to sell a few more CD’s today.

  59. In terms of sending fan mail to former Idols, I think the best idea is to find the address for their manager and send it there. The official websites for the former Idols may also have info on where to send fan mail, requests for pictures, etc.

  60. Oh that’s interesting Saga, because Redone tweeted that he was going to be working with David Cook a few days ago, but I didn’t realize that he was based in Sweden. We may have a winner here. Or perhaps he is going to work with Max Martin AND Redone while he is there, and then Kelly Clarkson can pop on over from Denmark after her show tommorow and join them (I can dream, damnit). David did say that he was going to be in Sweden for the rest of the week. Should be able to get about 10 songs knocked out. LOL. BB is prolific.

    I don’t know if Redone uses a studio in Sweden most of the time, I got the impression he is quite movable. MM does though and artists usually come to Sweden to record instead of him going to them.

  61. Really, just go on Wikipedia, search for various Idol albums and I’m sure you will find many other Swedish songwriters and producers.
    Sweden = pop songs factory for artists all around the world

    And speaking of Sweden, two of the biggest songwriters (I think) will be inducted in Rock $& Roll Hall of Fame March 15.
    Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus as part of ABBA.

  62. Very solid mediabase updates for Kris and Adam today. Nice! They and Danny are all bunched together on the iTunes chart this morning. I wish LIB wasn’t dropping so fast, though.

    I wish that AI / Ryan mentioned that Let It Be is still selling and the proceeds are for Haiti.

  63. Didn’t understand why we would need to know more about Lilly to appreciate her connection to her song choice. I don’t think that’s what performance is supposed to be about, is it?

    I agree. But, apparently, you have to be some sort of minority to sing “A Change is Gonna Come.”

    I must have missed the memo. lol.

  64. thanks for answering the question everybody :)
    I’m not sending anything, just curious.I was wondering what ai does with fanmail for people that aren’t on the show;I’m guessing there are too many to forward and they just throw that crap out…

  65. This photo could give Syesha’s fans motivation to vote for Todrick. He may actually ’sneak’ into the TOP 12.

    All 500 of them? ;)

  66. Monte has promised to tweet pics when Adam starts his performance at this Sydney Mardi Gras — which (if I have my time zone hours diff. thingy correct) should be any minute now…

  67. Wait RedOne? WTF? Ok I’ve come to accept RCA is leaning more towards a pop sound based on the other people David is writing with, but RedOne? Like Lady Gaga Red One? The hell? Isn’t he mostly based in LA?

    Eta: I dunno I’m looking at his Twitter. Looks like a DC fan tweeted him saying they’re excited for what they come up with together and RedOne retweeted it (his reply cutoff) and the person who tweeted him apologizing saying she tweeted the wrong person. BTW David and the singer of Carolina Liar have been tweeting back and forth and he said before he’ll be there a week so lots of possibilities :).

  68. Monte tweeted that there’s no facilities for a live band at this so Adam will be performing to pre-recorded music

  69. iTunes Update Top 100
    Danny is starting to slide a little bit on the album and singles charts.

    Overall Albums:
    2. My Best Days – Danny Gokey
    25. Kris Allen – Kris Allen
    54. For Your Entertainment – Adam Lambert

    Overall Singles:
    21. Live Like We’re Dying – Kris Allen
    23. Whataya Want from Me – Adam Lambert
    24. My Best Days Are Ahead of Me – Danny Gokey
    53. Let It Be (Live) – Kris Allen

  70. BTW David and the singer of Carolina Liar have been tweeting back and forth and he said before he’ll be there a week so lots of possibilities.

    I suggested to David via twitter that he look up Carolina Liar, since they’re all in Stockholm, and also sent it to CL. Within a few minutes Chad tweeted to David and they started their conversation! So, if we end up getting a killer duet from them, y’all can thank me, LOL! ;)

  71. This photo could give Syesha’s fans motivation to vote for Todrick. He may actually ’sneak’ into the TOP 12.

    All 500 of them?

    LMAO. Good one.

    I’d actually be more worried about Adam tweeting about him.

  72. from person associated to OnMilwaukee.com

    Today, March 06, 2010, 5 minutes ago | ShermanJeff (Jeff Sherman)
    http://twitpic.com/170vmq – Huge line for @dannygokey show

    Very nice, as doors don’t even open for an hour and show is at 7, I think? (CST) Hopefully they will have about the right-sized crowd to fill up the place, without turning people away.

  73. alxsavage:
    03/06/2010 at 4:54 pm
    This photo could give Syesha’s fans motivation to vote for Todrick. He may actually ’sneak’ into the TOP 12.

    All 500 of them?

    LMAO. Good one.

    I’d actually be more worried about Adam tweeting about him.

    LMAO, MJ.

    alxsavage – I believe Adam already tweeted about Todrick, so I’m guessing he’ll make the tour:

    @adamlambert on 2/25 at 1:23 a.m.: “Toddricks def gonna surprise us!! Mad talent!! Def the full package. Casey is def the real deal. authentic. Andrew Garcia’s too.”

  74. My friends little sister was in an Oz play that Todrick directed. They met him and only have good things to say about him.

    Well, for gawd’s sake, don’t confuse people by reporting first-hand accounts from someone who actually worked with the guy. Far better to get an assessment from folks who never knew him but lost a whole 50 bucks and were bitterly disappointed when their little Johnnie or Susie missed out on their big showbiz break with that munchkin role in Oz.

    I mean everything about this kid screams con man, right? The stints at DisneyWorld and Busch Garden, the cruise ship gigs, the year on Broadway doing The Color Purple. What a lazy bum. Everyone knows Broadway is a piece of cake. Sounds like a scammer to me. I mean, he never went to college so perhaps he wasn’t a genius at the financial stuff. But, hell, he’s 24. Plenty of time to get street smart (well, cruise ships don’t have streets but you get the picture). Yeah, that theatre crowd he hangs with, I’m sure they’re a shady bunch …

  75. This photo could give Syesha’s fans motivation to vote for Todrick. He may actually ’sneak’ into the TOP 12.

    All 500 of them? ;)

    wasn’t it only the Fanesha 300? :)

  76. Doors were supposed to open about half an hour ago in advance of the concert time. Looks like they were already turning people away at Danny’s album launch concert in Milwaukee.

    {relative of Danny’s} reports that they are all out of wrist bands, so he thinks there’s at least 1,000 ppl in line?

    @dannygokey well my friends and i came to see u and they sold out before it said!

    @dannygokey we wanted to see you in milwaukee tonight but its sold out :( we are very sad D:

    @dannygokey Stopped by Turner Hall at 3:30 and lines is soooooo long

    Dude the line is over five blocks long. The gokey love fest is definitely in town.

  77. hey,mj,do you know what they do with fanmail sent to the AI address for idol alumni? Do they throw it away or forward it?

    (I don’t know why I’m so cutiou because I’m not even sending any)
    I asked this on yahoo! answers too,so far no good answers….

  78. I don’t think WWFM can pass Bieber…

    Beiber…. I will never understand his appeal. He can’t even sing!!!

  79. Appears Danny will be headlining at a Raleigh NC country music club June 4th. Seems like a nice place, David Nail and Joe Nichols are performing there a few weeks before.

    http://www.longbranchraleigh.com/index.php?option=com_scheduler&view=scheduler&Itemid=21#date=2010-06-06,mode=month

    Some of these places are pretty sizable venues.

    40,000 Square Feet! 40,000 Watts of Heart Thumping Sound! 40,000 Ice Cubes served per weekend!
    A multi-club entertainment venue in Raleigh NC. Longbranch is the home of country music in North Carolina and has showcased some of the biggest names in the US. Longbranch offers a large country music bar and concert venue, a night club to entertain Raleigh’s dancing crowd (all of them, it’s that big), a sports bar, a VIP room, and a disco bar.

  80. LK09:
    03/06/2010 at 7:29 pm
    I don’t think WWFM can pass Bieber…
    Beiber…. I will never understand his appeal. He can’t even sing!!!

    he’s REALLY cute,and he seem sweet,and if you’ve seen his stuff on YouTube minus the autotune he’s very talented…

  81. Very nice, as doors don’t even open for an hour and show is at 7, I think? (CST) Hopefully they will have about the right-sized crowd to fill up the place, without turning people away.

    I am glad to hear that a big crowd turned out for Danny’s CD release concert, but I do wish that more of the people that wanted to attended the concert could have gotten in. But there wasn’t enough room for all of them.

  82. I agree. But, apparently, you have to be some sort of minority to sing “A Change is Gonna Come.” I must have missed the memo. lol.

    nah, you just have to be able to emotionally connect to the lyrics, the context of the lyrics to sell that song in a way that’s going to be believable. this is something i felt lilly missed the mark on the other night. just singing notes and words off the page doesn’t cut it w/ ”a change is gonna come”. the light, easy/breezy quirky doesn’t work with that song – it takes a broader vocal range, and a certain amount of vocal ”grit” to impart the power and the message in that song. kelly clarkson has covered it wonderfully, as have jhud and other great singers, and the difference between them and lilly’s version is like night and day. but as always, ymmv.

  83. nah, you just have to be able to emotionally connect to the lyrics, the context of the lyrics to sell that song in a way that’s going to be believable. this is something i felt lilly missed the mark on the other night. just singing notes and words off the page doesn’t cut it w/ ”a change is gonna come”. the light, easy/breezy quirky doesn’t work with that song – it takes a broader vocal range, and a certain amount of vocal ”grit” to impart the power and the message in that song. kelly clarkson has covered it wonderfully, as have jhud and other great singers, and the difference between them and lilly’s version is like night and day. but as always, ymmv.

    ITA. That’s a very spiritual song to me. It was written from the perspective of someone who had seem lynchings and whatnot, singing about someday being free from all that. Its… heavy, I guess? So no you don’t have to be African-American to sing it, but its also not about “one day people will accept me for my quirky ways” either. LOL. I like Lily but her rendition did seem to miss the point for me, she was so busy being quirky and “unique” she forgot what the song was actually about. I didn’t feel that kind of yearning from her, that deep sense of longing for the kind of change that could effect millions of people’s lives.

  84. ITA. That’s a very spiritual song to me. It was written from the perspective of someone who had seem lynchings and whatnot, singing about someday being free from all that. Its… heavy, I guess? So no you don’t have to be African-American to sing it, but its also not about “one day people will accept me for my quirky ways” either. LOL. I like Lily but her rendition did seem to miss the point for me, she was so busy being quirky and “unique” she forgot what the song was actually about. I didn’t feel that kind of yearning from her, that deep sense of longing for the kind of change that could effect millions of people’s lives.

    cosign 100 percent tinawina. it’s the same way i felt when john park sang ”god bless the child” last week. i’ll even be so bold as to say that some songs, or standards like these two, shouldn’t be attempted if the singer or interpreter has trouble making the almost mandatory emotional connection with the lyrics. it doesn’t take the most technically proficient singer to sell either of those two songs. in the case of ”god bless the child”, billie holiday wasn’t the most technically proficient singer, but she was and remains matchless in grabbing the emotional depth and relaying it believably, as well as employing her own brand of inimitable phrasing that makes that song pack a wallop. and we know sam cooke left the blueprint for how ”a change is gonna come” is supposed to be sung, and all these many years later, no one has done it better…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48K5Y0421Ig

  85. I’ll add my agreement with ggdoors and tinawina re: Lily’s rendition of A Change Is Gonna Come. I like Lily, but her version missed the mark for me as well. I was surprised at the tongue-bath she received from the judges after her performance, but then again I don’t quite get their love for Lee Dewyze either (he really is a poor man’s Daughtry).

  86. I definitely agree about Lilly’s version of A Change is Gonna Come missing the mark. ggdoorsfan, have you ever heard the version by a group called Solo. It is fabulous. They did a few covers of Sam’s songs on their debut album. One of the members is also a cousin of Sam’s.

  87. TA. That’s a very spiritual song to me. It was written from the perspective of someone who had seem lynchings and whatnot, singing about someday being free from all that. Its… heavy, I guess?

    I never thought about it like this, but I suppose “A Change is Gonna Come” is just one of those songs that has such deep meaning for many people that you don’t mess with the interpretation of it…

    I mean, I haven’t changed my mind on Lily’s performance, but I understand why some didn’t like it.

  88. Far better to get an assessment from folks who never knew him but lost a whole 50 bucks and were bitterly disappointed when their little Johnnie or Susie missed out on their big showbiz break with that munchkin role in Oz.

    I think I’m going to have to start voting for Todrick. I actually have a very deep bias against creepy stage parents, and I think they deserve to be scammed. :)

  89. I thought Taylor Hicks sang it well and did it justice in his audition. Didn’t use the word “is”, just sang “change gonna come”. I would like to have heard him sing the whole song with instrumentals…guitar at least. He seemed to feel it.

  90. I am voting for Todrick despite Munchkin gate. I don’t see enough proof of how involved in the finances he was to make a judgement on him. I hope he makes the top 12, I think he deserves to based on singing and performance talent.

  91. I definitely agree about Lilly’s version of A Change is Gonna Come missing the mark. ggdoorsfan, have you ever heard the version by a group called

    Solo

    . It is fabulous. They did a few covers of Sam’s songs on their debut album. One of the members is also a cousin of Sam’s.

    i haven’t, and thanks for the heads up – i will check their version out. :smile: sam cooke.. ahhh… i think my mom has everything he ever recorded. he had it all – looks, range, tone, a kind of vocal grit and elegance that very, very few singers in any genre have managed to possess. his vocal style was so influential on so many different singers across genres – rod stewart even cites him as a huge influence, and in listening to some of rod’s early work with the faces, you can hear tinges of sam in there…

  92. Tweet reports are suggesting there was a vision-impaired fan of Danny’s who’d come in from out of state to see him with her guide dog, and she was having some kind of trouble with the venue or security peeps at his concert in Milwaukee.
    Other fans who are there say Danny saw the issue on twitter and arranged somehow to help her, and then Danny may have sung to her during his concert. Awww.
    (update) Apparently he did help her somehow and sang to her during Back at One, as she just tweeted:

    I just…. wow! What Danny did for me was so…wonderful and I’ll have 2 tell u the story behind it.
    OK, all I can say RN is that @dannygokey is awesome, and I will never think of back at one the same again

  93. this has me rotflmao… a comment posted on the youtube of sam cooke’s ”a change is gonna come”, about 15 mins ago… so true, so true…

    INC823 (15 minutes ago)
    no matter who sings this or tries to sing this sam cooke will always sing it better as good as when it came out years ago message to anyone trying to sing this….dont

  94. I never thought about it like this, but I suppose “A Change is Gonna Come” is just one of those songs that has such deep meaning for many people that you don’t mess with the interpretation of it…

    Oh no mj, I think you can re-interpret it, you just have to do it in a way that highlights the lyrics and what they mean. I think you could do a mean folkie version of it.. someone like Bob Dylan with his non-note hitting self would probably sing it like he know what it meant. LOL. But YMMV of course, I can totally see why people would like what she did.

  95. someone like Bob Dylan with his non-note hitting self would probably sing it like he know what it meant.

    this is true – dylan’s ”i shall be released” is a good example of a song with a deep message, sung by him and his none too technically proficient singing self that hits you where you live…

  96. I liked Lily’s “Change is Gonna Come”. Songs are going to be reinvented by other artists.

  97. During Back At One, Danny paused and went over to her, asked her name, told everyone how inspiring she was for not letting her blindness hold her back from coming to see him.
    He held her hand and sang several verses of Back at One to her.
    OMG, she was sobbing uncontrollably! And half the audience was crying too (including yours truly); it had to be one of the sweetest things I have ever seen.
    Ivan [Santiago, Danny’s bass player and brother-in-law] brought us to the front of the line so {the girl} could hug Danny and get his autograph, Danny petted {her guide dog}.

    Danny –

    dannygokey Wow-Incredible show tonight-It was sold out. I apologize 2 all the people who were turned away-I know so many waited so long. I’ll come back
    2 minutes ago via Twitterrific

  98. Oh no mj, I think you can re-interpret it, you just have to do it in a way that highlights the lyrics and what they mean. I think you could do a mean folkie version of it.

    I don’t mean you can’t sing it in a different style, I mean actually re-interpret the meaning of the lyrics. A singer’s technical proficiency–whether they can hit the high notes or not–is beside the point that I’m making.

  99. Oh no mj, I think you can re-interpret it, you just have to do it in a way that highlights the lyrics and what they mean. I think you could do a mean folkie version of it.. someone like Bob Dylan with his non-note hitting self would probably sing it like he know what it meant. LOL. But YMMV of course, I can totally see why people would like what she did.

    I have no idea of Lilly’s meaning and connection to this song. I really enjoyed her performance. I did see her struggle some though and I don’t think it had anything to do with her trying to be quirky, I think it had more to do with her trying to adjust to the camera, as she mentioned beforehand. I would not be surprised to see her perform this song sans camera and have a complete emotional connection to her meaning of the song.

    I actually probably quoted the wrong comment for this. Sorry.

  100. I don’t mean you can’t sing it in a different style, I mean actually re-interpret the meaning of the lyrics. A singer’s technical proficiency–whether they can hit the high notes or not–is beside the point that I’m making.

    true that about tech proficiency… one doesn’t always have to have it, or need it if they have great interpretive skills, and the ability to make that emotional connection… the message behind the lyrics of this specific song is one of an almost spiritual mantra – of unshakable hope, and faith, against conditions that in your present state appear to be hopeless… the song’s power comes from a deep place that a singer has to, just imo, has to have some frame of reference to in order for the song to be believable. cooke’s version is so emotionally moving and resonant in one sense because he came out of the gospel tradition, where hope and faith are cornerstones… he was able to translate that, as well as lyrically relaying ”the sign of the times” when it was released – during the height of the civil rights movement when basically all southern blacks had was hope and faith that ” a change is gonna come”. it’s become one of the defining songs of that era and movement, and i’m not sure if the lyrics or the message in the song can really be interpreted in any other way, and be effective. sure, there will be some that will attempt to put their spin on it, i don’t think any song is ”untouchable”, but there are some that come close, and imo, this is one…

  101. I think I’m going to have to start voting for Todrick. I actually have a very deep bias against creepy stage parents, and I think they deserve to be scammed.

    Wow. I was one of the families who was scammed by Todrick. I don’t consider myself a “creepy stage parent.” My daughter enjoys performing. Her dance teacher encouraged her to join Todrick’s CinderellaRock; she thought it would be a fun experience.

    Obviously, we didn’t think this was going to be a ticket to stardom. It appeared to be just another production for kids, and it was presented as a workshop–a chance for kids to work with and perform alongside professional performers.

    Parents always pay for activities for their kids–whether it’s sports, dance classes, art classes, kids’ theater companies, or whatever. It isn’t unusual to pay for these things, and the fact that a fee is required normally doesn’t raise any red flags. Parents pay for these classes and activities because our kids enjoy doing them. Normally though, we do expect the organizers to actually allow the kids to do the workshops, rehearsals, and performances that they paid for. We don’t expect them to take the money and run, as Todrick did.

  102. I thought Taylor Hicks sang it well and did it justice in his audition. Didn’t use the word “is”, just sang “change gonna come”. I would like to have heard him sing the whole song with instrumentals…guitar at least. He seemed to feel it.

    I agree with this. I think Taylor did the song justice, but of course all we got to hear was just a bit of it with no instruments.

    But I do disagree with whoever said that a person had to be singing it with the idea being a change that would affect the lives of millions of people.

    I think as long as there is a deep longing for something or pain that is being expressed, even if it’s only personal, then the song works. I think this sense of longing and pain is how Taylor connected with the song. Having learned a lot about Taylor, I know that he had a pretty difficult upbringing, at least for awhile. I often feel like he draws on some of that and it seems to be a genuine personal connection with these types of lyrics for him.

    There was another guy from Season 5, a really odd dude, named Gideon who sang this song that season. I can’t remember too much about it, but I remember that he sure could sing the heck out of that song. He was a really, really, awkward guy, though, and he didn’t last long.

  103. Its… heavy, I guess? So no you don’t have to be African-American to sing it, but its also not about “one day people will accept me for my quirky ways” either. LOL. I like Lily but her rendition did seem to miss the point for me, she was so busy being quirky and “unique” she forgot what the song was actually about.

    I see your point, but I didn’t get the impression that she wasn’t thinking about the lyrics. Obviously her perspective wouldn’t be one who has witnessed lynchings, but I felt like she was sufficiently in the moment. It was a quieter, more reflective interpretation of the song, but it didn’t strike me as superficial or irreverent. Definitely different considering the usual expectations where that song is concerned, but I liked it. Didn’t someone say she made a twitter reference to the recent Colorado school shooting being in her hometown? I think it made national news because it wasn’t very far from the place where the Columbine shootings occured. I’m not saying that’s what she was drawing from, because without a sit down with Ryan we’d have no way of knowing. “I’m gonna change American Idol by being quirky indie girl” seems to be her standard issue AI backstory right now, though, so def took all that stuff with a grain of salt.

  104. It was a quieter, more reflective interpretation of the song, but it didn’t strike me as superficial or irreverent.

    it was be kinda like listening to norah jones singing ”respect” in her quietly reflective slow signature style, as opposed to adopting and relaying something in the delivery that approximates the fire, the authority and the assertiveness aretha franklin’s most popular version demands. those things also translate well with otis redding’s original version, from a man’s perspective, because of his ability to sell the song using those things, and made it believable. same song, sung by two different artists, different genders, end result = same power and believability when they sang it from their gender specific perspectives… the tired old judges saw of ”make a song your own” is all good – until something in the emotional resonance, context and power of the song you’re making yours gets diluted, toned down or ”prettified in order to be more palatable” in the process… a song this identifiable may not be the best choice to receive the ”pat boone” makeover.

  105. It’s unclear whether this is Kris or the guy from the Southern Thunder — but if it is the reigning AI, then he’s got another gig lined up — this one on the same bill as Keith Urban in Vegas on April 23

    http://www.songkick.com/concerts/4532891-keith-urban-at-joint-at-the-hard-rock-hotel-and-casino

    If you click on Kris’s name, it brings up a schedule for Kris Allen from AI. I can see this as a crossover opportunity for Kris’s music. RG, AWM & Lifetime seem to be some songs on Kris’s album that could cross over to country. Some stations already play LLWD. As we have seen in some of his interviews in the South, Kris’s southern accent naturally gets thicker so he will fit right in with other country artists.

  106. I think it would be great for Kris to open for Keith. They seemed to hit it off during the final idol show. And I know that we’ve seen pictures before of them together on the red carpet or something.Maybe it well also help Kris with his album sells.

  107. f you click on Kris’s name, it brings up a schedule for Kris Allen from AI. I can see this as a crossover opportunity for Kris’s music. RG, AWM & Lifetime seem to be some songs on Kris’s album that could cross over to country. Some stations already play LLWD. As we have seen in some of his interviews in the South, Kris’s southern accent naturally gets thicker so he will fit right in with other country artists.

    I clicked on this too! I hope there is confirmation soon, even though I’m too far away. This to me is so exciting!! I love Keith Urban, almost as much as Kris Allen!!! Hee! This, to me, would be the perfect concert to go to if Kris were opening for someone. Keith Urban is amazing live! We have a concert DVD and it’s so much fun! Please be AI Kris Allen!!!

    RE: Lilly’s ACIGTC, the two minorities on the judges panel pretty much gushed over it. (Not that I listen to the judges to make my own decisions.)

  108. Wow. Lots of posts since last night.

    I thought Taylor Hicks sang it well and did it justice in his audition.

    I did so too. I thought he was terrific.

    I don’t mean you can’t sing it in a different style, I mean actually re-interpret the meaning of the lyrics.

    Okay I get you now, mj.

    But I do disagree with whoever said that a person had to be singing it with the idea being a change that would affect the lives of millions of people.

    I think as long as there is a deep longing for something or pain that is being expressed, even if it’s only personal, then the song works.

    I think they way you worded it is perfect. That actually is what I meant, I just worded it very badly. I guess I mean gravitas? The song is supposed to have gravitas to me.

    I see your point, but I didn’t get the impression that she wasn’t thinking about the lyrics.

    Point taken. We have no idea what she was thinking. Maybe I should say I didn’t receive it that way, even if that was she was trying to communicate.

    RE: Lilly’s ACIGTC, the two minorities on the judges panel pretty much gushed over it. (Not that I listen to the judges to make my own decisions.)

    LOL. Well that’s nice, but I don’t think minorities have to sole power to judge the song. :)

  109. LOL. Well that’s nice, but I don’t think minorities have to sole power to judge the song. :)

    Exactly. :)

    Someone mentioned Taylor’s audition. I loved his little snippet of “A Change Is Gonna Come”. It really grabbed my attention and made me take notice of him. I remember at the time I really wasn’t paying too much attention to his audition segment until he started singing that song. I was riveted to the screen afterwards and eventually became a full-fledged “Taylor tard” that season (I because an “Elliott tard” a bit later).

    Lily’s one of my faves among the girls this season (along with Crystal and to a lesser extent Siobhan), but her interpretation just didn’t work for me. I thought it was a mess, but mileage obviously varies.

  110. I don’t consider myself a “creepy stage parent.”

    Based on your post, you certainly don’t sound like one. And I’m sure there were others like you.

    I was one of the families who was scammed by Todrick.

    We don’t expect them to take the money and run, as Todrick did.

    But these are harsh accusations and mismanagement does not automatically equal fraud. Most of the news accounts have included quotes from the shows’ producers who have accepted responsibility for the financial failure of the productions and have exculpated Todrick who was the director, writer and choreographer, not the money guy. For example, the following is from an article about CinderellaRock:

    But, the former producer says this, that the money collected went into production. When he [the producer] realized the show wouldn’t make money he pulled out, then paid for the actors who stopped touring to go home. That’s when the writer [Todrick] signed a letter of agreement to take over the production, even the debt, because he wanted to continue. “He’s a perfectionist, just not a business man, he’s a young, naïve man, that’s very talented, and he’s not out there trying to rip anyone off, he’s trying to do something quite admirable, in itself, but you gotta know when to walk away being a young guy, he couldn’t see through that,” said Jerry Farish.

    But the writer [Todrick] says he wasn’t aware he was responsible for all the debt when he signed on the dotted line to continue the production. And he says the missing money is the former producer’s fault, because he [the producer] cashed the checks that were made to his company under a DMA.

    http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/story.aspx?id=345499

    Sounds to me like Todrick wasn’t the one in charge of the accounts and wasn’t the one cashing the checks. So, while I’m sure he received some type of salary, I don’t think he was “running” with anyone’s money, including yours.

  111. a song this identifiable may not be the best choice to receive the ”pat boone” makeover.

    LOL, it was hardly Pat Boone. It was definitely an interesting choice where people are going to either appreciate what she did, or not so much. I got enough gravitas. I get what you guys are saying re: emmotional context, but for me, that applied to Siobhan last week rather than Lilly. I like Siobhan, but I thought Lily’s performance was way more emmotionally honest than Siobhan who went all Aretha in a way that rang hollow. I didn’t get feminist anthem out of it, or even crazy girl anthem, but rather “I can SANG!”

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