Idol Headlines for 03/08/10

Jason Castro sings ‘Over the Rainbow’ Tonight on the Bachelor Wedding Special

Former “Bachelor” Jason Mesnick and winning contestant Molly Malaney get a splashy wedding special, “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” (ABC at 8), and in return they must subject themselves to commentary about the event from former franchise participants, including Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter. Performances at the wedding (yes, performances) include Gavin DeGraw and “American Idol” finalist Jason Castro.

Washington Post

Brooke Burke to replace Harris on ‘Dancing’

NEW YORK – Tom Bergeron will have his own partner when “Dancing With the Stars” returns later this month. Former series winner Brooke Burke will be his co-host.

Bergeron announced the change on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.

As a contestant, Burke won during the season that ended in November 2008. She has hosted TV shows including CBS’ “Rock Star” and E!’s “Wild On.”


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Carrie Underwood’s ‘hush-hush’ secret: Tour crew assembles stage, spends big bucks in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — Carrie Underwood has left the building. But she did leave something behind: Quite a few paychecks.

The “American Idol” winner and country music superstar spent a few days in Mobile as part of a two-week effort in which a small army assembled the staging for her brand-new tour. A wagon train of about a dozen semi trucks left Mobile on Saturday evening, heading for the tour premiere Thursday in Reading, Pa.

The proceedings at the Civic Center weren’t publicized. In fact, they were kept under tight wraps, and publicists for Underwood and Sony Music Nashville had no comment.

Evanescence singer dismisses original members’ new act

Evanescence singer Amy Lee has little to say about We Are The Fallen, the new band featuring three original members of Evanescence and female singer Carly Smithson of American Idol fame. When asked for her thoughts on the project in a new interview with, Lee says briefly, “I don’t have any. It doesn’t have anything to do with me or Evanescence.” Asked whether it would be “safe to say” that she hasn’t spoken with her former bandmates, Lee replies, “Oh yeah, that’s very safe to say.”

The Rock

Catching up with David Archuleta

Your book, “Chords of Strength, ” is coming out. How do you respond to those who say you’re too young to write a memoir?

I agree with them. When the idea was brought to me, I was like, “Huh? I’m only 19, and I don’t think my life has been that interesting.” At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. Except in my liner notes [laughs], I was never good at writing a lot. Even in school, I always stayed after class because I’d never finish my essay in time. So writing has been a challenge but something I’ve been working on. Also, a lot of people ask me questions about my life, and I thought this is a great way for me to finally explain how I managed to get to this point at a young age and why I’m still the way I am. That’s the focus in the book: There were so many times when I thought, “I’m not good enough, ” or, “There’s no way this is going to happen, ” and then it does happen. I like to share those things with people, which is what music’s all about — having even a small influence by sharing my stories.

LA Times

Katharine McPhee Performs at the White House

Girl Power: The president and First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event at the White House this afternoon in honor of International Women’s Day. Actress Kerry Washington will emcee, and guests include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Afghani singer Mozdah Jamalzadah and singer Katharine McPhee.

Wall Street Journal


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 5, 2010 – NBC announced today the summer premiere dates for new and returning series and specials. And for the first time in over 30 years, the network announced it will telecast the “62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” live coast-to-coast on Sunday, August 29 (5-8 p.m. PT, 8-11 p.m. ET).

Summer’s top-rated series “America’s Got Talent” will return with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET) with the Wednesday edition debuting June 2 (9-10 p.m. ET). “Last Comic Standing” will return with a two-hour premiere on Monday, June 7 (8-10 p.m. ET) before moving to its regular time period the following week, Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET).

The Futon Critic

Idol airplay: Kelly Clarkson, Kris Allen neck and neck at the top

Oh, so close: Fewer than 80 spins separate Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone (10, 881 spins) and Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying (10, 801) this week on the American Idol airplay chart. Could we have a new Number One next week?

Also, Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From Me moves into the Idol airplay Top Five for the first time. Also making significant upward progress: Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted (No. 74-No. 56) and Kimberly Caldwell’s Mess of You (75-66).

USA Today

Are We Running Out of Talent?

Maybe the telltale moment came when, last month, MTV’s reliably entertaining reality contest America’s Best Dance Crew trotted out a crew that had failed to make the show in all four of the previous seasons. Or maybe it was back in 2007, during American Idol Season Six, when the grating Blake Lewis nearly beat-boxed his way to the championship. (Come to think of it, no one’s too blown away by this season’s Idols.) But at some point in recent reality-TV history, a dark and troubling question arose: Is America running out of talent?

New York Magazine

Winter gives way to Sports Show’s spectrum of dreams

For 70 years, the Sports Show has faithfully returned each March, no matter the weather or the economy. This year the Sports Show runs Wednesday through next Sunday at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Among the new offerings in 2010 is a pair of performances by “American Idol” contestant and country western music artist Kristy Lee Cook. The young singer has more than pipes – she is also host of Versus’ “Goin’ Country.”

A skilled, and lucky, show-goer will earn a pheasant hunt with Cook by excelling at another new attraction – the Midwest Shooting Simulator. This laser-shot device utilizes authentic Browning shotguns and simulates a wide range of hunting scenarios with uncanny realism.


Katharine McPhee Discusses Her Community Guest-Starring Role

Community has been a key addition to NBC’s Thursday night comedy block with its breakout first season, with episodes
airing on Thursday nights at 8 PM ET on NBC. Next week’s new episode, Basic Genealogy, will air on Thursday, March 11 and will feature a guest-starring spot from former American Idol sensation Katharine McPhee, who will play the stepdaughter to Chevy Chase’s character on the show. The singer/actress recently held a conference call to discuss her upcoming role on the show, and here’s what she had to say.


Back to her roots: Former ‘American Idol’ Katharine McPhee returns to acting in NBC’s ‘Community’

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee was considering a stint on another NBC series before taking a guest spot on “Community, ” airing this week.

“‘Community’ was not something that I actively sought out, ” McPhee told reporters. “I was up for a recurring [role] on ‘Trauma’ … but I don’t think I was ready to sign a six-year contract and so it didn’t work out. But that’s how the network sort of became aware of me.”

NY Daily News

TV ratings: Simon Cowell slightly more popular than a hospital visit

The star power of Simon Cowell helped the new run of Piers Morgan’s ITV1 chatshow to more than 5 million viewers on Saturday 6 March.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories began its third series with 5.6 million viewers, a 23.4% share of the audience, between 9pm and 10.15pm, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Simon Cowell takes fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy to Elton John’s Oscars party as truth behind her miserable first marriage is revealed

Of course, Miss Hussainy is currently planning her summer wedding to Cowell, which is sure to be a lavish affair.

This time it will actually be a joyous occasion – unlike the first time Mezhgan Hussainy said her marriage vows.

For when she was just 19, Miss Hussainy found herself trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to a carpet-seller 13 years her senior who ‘disgusted’ her.

Both her ex sister-in-law Erlene Garcia and friend Eva Hayes say young Miss Hussainy was left so depressed that she would often cry for hours on end.

Daily Mail

Simon Cowell’s ex praises his new love

It has been reported that Terri wrote to Cowell’s new love Mezhagan Hussainy after she was spotted wearing her engagement ring.

A friend of Seymour told The People: “Terri wrote the note to Mezhagan on Cartier stationery, wishing her the best and saying how happy she was for her and Simon.

“She wrote ‘You’ve accomplished the impossible… making Simon happy’.”

John and Edward want to be Simon Cowell’s ring bearers

X Factor stars John and Edward Grimes has said they want to be involved in Simon Cowell’s wedding. The twins have suggested they should be the ring bearers when he weds make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy.

The 18-year-olds told Now magaine: “We should be the ring bearers and look after the rings.

“We would love to go to his wedding, we think it will be a really special moment and really cool.”

X Factor winner Joe McElderry agrees with the Irish lads, admitting it would be fun.

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