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.”

MSNBC

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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.

AL.com

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 Spin.com, 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 Radio.com

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

NBC REVEALS SUMMER PREMIERE DATES FOR ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

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.

JSOnline

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.

Movieweb

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.

Guardian.co.uk

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’.”

STV.tv

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.

STV.tv

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  1. Meanwhile, on American Idol, the producers already rejiggered the rules to deal with depleted talent reserves. First they loosened the age restrictions. Then, after a dismal 2007 season—which featured not only the Bon Jovi–slaughtering Lewis but Sanjaya—they opened the field to singer-songwriters. Having nearly exhausted our nation’s store of precious pop belters, Idol is now burning through all the halfway-decent guitar strummers. But then what? Auto-Tune Idol?

    Read more: Why Reality TV Is Running Out of Talent — New York Magazine http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/64660/#ixzz0hb3Ybsn1

    Well written.

  2. Jedward wants to be Simon’s ring bearers?

    Oh boy! lol

    Danny Gokey Signs Two-Year Agreement With Wisconsin Vision to Wear Glasses, Appear in Advertising and at Stores

    NEW BERLIN, Wis., March 8 /PRNewswire/ — Former American Idol finalist and current country music recording artist Danny Gokey has signed a two-year marketing agreement with Wisconsin Vision, the state’s largest independently owned optical company. For Gokey, known for his passion for eye wear, the signing is his first long-term endorsement deal and his first with a Wisconsin-based business. The agreement is Wisconsin Vision’s largest-ever marketing investment and first use of a celebrity spokesperson.

    Under the agreement, Gokey will wear up to 60 pairs of Wisconsin Vision glasses, be featured in Wisconsin Vision Milwaukee-area marketing campaigns including television and outdoor advertising and social media, and make personal in-store appearances. News of the agreement comes after a big week for the Milwaukee native, who performed Saturday night in his hometown wearing Wisconsin Vision glasses. Last week Gokey also released his first 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville debut album, My Best Days, and appeared on American Idol also in Wisconsin Vision lenses.

    Read the entire press release HERE.

  3. I don’t think Reality TV is burning through the talent, I think the real talent is staying away from the reality shows. The real talented people out there have seen what happens to the reality show winners and finalists.They get used up fast and thrown away. Slow and steady really does win the race where careers in the entertainment industry are concerned. So few have really established themselves, and it is in spite of the reality shows, not because of them.

  4. So few have really established themselves, and it is in spite of the reality shows, not because of them.

    Unless a contestant has the moxie and the smarts “to use” the reality show instead of allowing the show “to use them” then they should steer clear of them. Some people “get” how a reality show works and understand it’s only a platform. Other, poor souls, think it is their golden ticket and forget that it takes hard work and 24/7 of self promotion to make it once the show is over. This is what makes the real winners and loosers once the show is done for the year…not a title or a finish position.

  5. Re the New York Magazine article, as far as American Idol goes, it is wrong. Notice that it doesn’t mention Adam Lambert and David Cook, because to do so will destroy his thesis. Every year American Idol filters the contestants quite heavily, a lot of talented people never even get to the judges stage because they are not what the show is looking for that particular year. There are still plenty of talent around, they just need to be given the chance to showcase their talent.

  6. Carrie’s kicking off her tour this week at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and they’ve been rehearsing in Mobile, Alabama. Apparently it’s all very hush hush according to this article.

    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.

    A reporter who visited the venue late last week wasn’t allowed to observe the events occurring inside. All that could be heard in the Civic Center’s office suite was the start-stop rumble of rehearsals behind tightly closed doors.

    There’s more at the link including the building manager saying the clarity of sound for Carrie’s tour is unbelievable and the building’s never sounded better. Excited!!

  7. That NY Magazine article is moronic. So there are no good singers left in the country because all the good ones were already on American Idol…?!?!? How crazy and stupid does that sound? Having exhausted are nations supply of belters?!? Just go down to the church on the corner of my street, or find a band playing in one of the bars downtown. There are plenty of GREAT singers in every city around the country. Idol isn’t about finding the few unique talents in the country because that idea doesn’t exist. There are tons of people across this country who sing even like Adam Lambert or Melinda Doolittle or David Archuleta. This show is about plucking a couple of those and giving them the chance at stardom.

  8. There’s more at the link including the building manager saying the clarity of sound is unbelievable and the building’s never sounded better. Excited!!

    Im excited, I am seeing her for the second time!! The first time she was great but I can’t wait to hear some of the Play On songs live!

  9. Hazehel:
    03/08/2010 at 10:36 am
    Re the New York Magazine article, as far as American Idol goes, it is wrong. Notice that it doesn’t mention Adam Lambert and David Cook, because to do so will destroy his thesis. Every year American Idol filters the contestants quite heavily, a lot of talented people never even get to the judges stage because they are not what the show is looking for that particular year. There are still plenty of talent around, they just need to be given the chance to showcase their talent.

    Excellent points!

  10. I don’t think Reality TV is burning through the talent, I think the real talent is staying away from the reality shows. The real talented people out there have seen what happens to the reality show winners and finalists.

    Plus, none of the shows always cast the “real talent.” It’s clear that all the competition shows regularly pass over very talented people in the interest of creating the demographic and stylistic/genre mix of contestants they want, and, in the case of some shows, like Project Runway, for example, to inject more drama into the proceedings as well.

    These shows are hardly some kind of objective talent filter. Their main intention is to get tv ratings, and nobody believes that the highest tv ratings come from having a uniformly highly talented group of people — with whatever demographic and genre mix that chance provides — competing for a prize through hard work and savvy.

  11. SF Examiner
    First Lady Michelle Obama is honoring International women’s day by having a reception honoring women around the world (today). She will be joined by President Barack Obama. International Women’s Day is held on March 8 of every year around the world. This reception’s program will also include actress Kerry Washington as Emcee, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Afghani singer Mozdah Jamalzadah and singer Katharine McPhee.

    Kat tweeted she will perform at this White House Event.

  12. Regarding reality shows & talent – David Cook made an interesting point in the Idols Now interview that popped up last week. The interviewer said he thought DC’s season seemed esp close as well as talented. Cook said that was due in part to who the show cast that year. I thought it was telling that he phrased it that way. I think that AI isn’t running out of talented singers who try out; people forget they are also “casting” for interesting TV. Some years it works, some years it doesn’t. Just my opinion.

  13. Plus, none of the shows always cast the “real talent.” It’s clear that all the competition shows regularly pass over very talented people in the interest of creating the demographic and stylistic/genre mix of contestants they want, and, in the case of some shows, like Project Runway, for example, to inject more drama into the proceedings as well.

    Exactly. People keep asking why the judges and producer put folks like Tyler Grady and Haeley Vaughn through to the semi’s only to ream them out for style over substance, lack of experience, etc. once they get to the voting stage, but this is nothing new on Idol. They’ve always cast people into the semi’s based on personality and “uniqueness” only to ditch their support if it turns out they can’t cut it in terms of actual talent. I remember watching Slezak’s excellent Idolatry interview with Anoop, where Anoop talked about how he learned the hard way that the judges look for one set of criteria (big personalities, fun songs) in auditions and Hollywood week, but switch over to more serious musical and vocal critiques once they get on the live stage. He learned that while putting on a stank face and injecting serious attitude to My Prerogative got him big love in Hollywood, and probably selected for the semi’s, performances like Beat It and Caught Up were seen as style over substance on the big stage, and do not tend to translate well to the Idol voting public. Anyway, I highly doubt the fact that Season 9 has a few more contestants that can’t seem to cut it on the big stage means America is out of talent or that the talent is done with reality TV. What a lame argument. I agree with everyone that it’s just that the producers did a somewhat worse job than usual in their casting this season. It’s that simple.

  14. Yep, I think something went wrong with the AI casting this year. I think they were so concerned with getting a certain type of winner (girl with guitar)that they forgot they needed other talent to keep the show interesting.

  15. BTW – very random and completely unscientific, but on US Weekly they had a poll of whether people loved or hated AI this year –

    30% Love
    70% Hate

    Personally, I’m just enjoying the ride, as I do every year – and will likely continue to watch and vote as the year goes on.

  16. Meanwhile, on American Idol, the producers already rejiggered the rules to deal with depleted talent reserves. First they loosened the age restrictions. Then, after a dismal 2007 season—which featured not only the Bon Jovi–slaughtering Lewis but Sanjaya—they opened the field to singer-songwriters. Having nearly exhausted our nation’s store of precious pop belters, Idol is now burning through all the halfway-decent guitar strummers. But then what? Auto-Tune Idol?

    ITA that that is a pretty stupid, simplistic view of the situation. Clearly the country is not out of talent. Clearly, the best talent isn’t always put through on the show. Scott and Megan could be easily outsung by many average high school choir singers. But they’re all cast to fill a role and entertain.

    I do agree with this observation about this year:

    Chicagolaw:
    03/08/2010 at 11:42 am
    Yep, I think something went wrong with the AI casting this year. I think they were so concerned with getting a certain type of winner (girl with guitar)that they forgot they needed other talent to keep the show interesting

    I agree that it’s predominantly a lack of variety that has impacted my feelings toward the current season. Previous seasons seemed to have more of a “little bit for everyone” style. Not as much this year.

  17. I don’t think that as a whole this year is bad. The top 12 of recent seasons was far from being made of all exciting performers, and we haven’t even reached top 12.

  18. springboard:
    03/08/2010 at 12:04 pm
    I don’t think that as a whole this year is bad. The top 12 of recent seasons was far from being made of all exciting performers, and we haven’t even reached top 12.

    I agree – every year definitely has its fair share of mediocre talent to make it very far, so this year is about on par with that. To me it really just boils down to the variety and style of the performers, which, this year, tend to be too similar and not my cuppa.

    Plus, last year was just awesome when you could immediately say bye-bye to 9 of the 12 each week :-)

  19. Is the New York Magazine a serious institution? America is running out of talent is such a ridiculous idea.
    The singing talent in America is so poor that choosing 24 or 36 singers per year is emptying the talent pool, that’s among the most ridiculous ideas that I read on AI boards every year.

  20. The interviewer said he thought DC’s season seemed esp close as well as talented. Cook said that was due in part to who the show cast that year. I thought it was telling that he phrased it that way. I think that AI isn’t running out of talented singers who try out; people forget they are also “casting” for interesting TV. Some years it works, some years it doesn’t. Just my opinion.

    During the S8 Wild Card Show, Simon outright admitted they were casting the show at that point – it’s why people like Ricky Braddy, Felicia Barton and Jesse Langseth were not put through when they failed to advance out of their groups.

  21. I think that AI isn’t running out of talented singers who try out; people forget they are also “casting” for interesting TV. Some years it works, some years it doesn’t. Just my opinion.

    Agreed. Phil Stacey said something very similar in interviews he had done in the past: that Idol is not necessarily looking for talent, but for what is interesting. He happened to have had the story of having missed his daughter’s birth, but for me and many others, he also turned out to be talented.:-). He did say, too, that he did not expect to have made it as far as he did, and he did see a lot of talented people cut. I agree, too, with several who have posted before me, that it is ridiculous to think that America is running out of talent.

  22. Thats a nice LA Time article. Love that Archie seems to be against autotune lol

    Lot of nice stuff in that interview. and lol he wouldnt mind going back to idol.

  23. America isn’t running out of talent, unless by ‘talent’ they mean casting directors capable of picking people who are not sideshow shlock and bogus ‘human interest’ stories over actually talented artists.

  24. Thats a nice LA Time article. Love that Archie seems to be against autotune.

    He doesn’t need it! I’m not so much against Auto-Tune as I am singers who have to rely on it to turn out a decent recording (you listening, Taylor Swift?). If they aren’t good enough to deal with pitch on their own, they aren’t good enough to be pros, IMHO. But I guess it’s needed because there’s a lot of mediocre talent demanding it.

  25. ilovekrisallen39:
    03/08/2010 at 2:54 pm
    Well I guess it’s true Kris is the Opening Act for Keith Urban. Link provided.http://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas/concerts/detail.cfm?id=5985.

    I’m not surprised to see Kris opening for him. they seem to me to have very good chemistry together from last year finale. we know he’ll be opening for daughtry for a show in August and now in April with Keith Urban. i like that he gets exposure with different public

  26. The last few days have been confusing about whether Kris was opening for Keith Urban or not! I wonder if they’ll duet on Kiss A Girl?

  27. Well I guess it’s true Kris is the Opening Act for Keith Urban. Link provided.http://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas/concerts/detail.cfm?id=5985.

    Wow was NOT expecting that! Very cool. Keith is amazing live and it’d be great to see him and Kris performing together again. Great learning experience for Kris and good chance to perform in front of Keith’s fans too. I know Kris isn’t in country (nor should he be) but Keith is 1 of country music’s top headliners and getting the chance to open for him even at 1 show is a great opportunity.

  28. I hope so girlgirl I loved when they sang it on Idol. And I have the performance on my i-pod. And still listen to it once in awhile. I just wish Kris would be someone close so I could see him live.

  29. I realky like keith so I’m glad Kris is opening for him

    X Factor stars John and Edward Grimes has said they want to be involved in Simon Cowell’s wedding.

    LMAO

    Simon’s romance is so sweet

  30. So – I’m confused – I heard about Kris opening for Keith and for Daughtry – are both true? Different times?

  31. I’d like to see Kris, but I’m not coughing up that much for a Keith Urban ticket. Just not a country fan. Hopefully he’ll be doing a gig with someone I like.

  32. Mary102 The one with Daughtry is August 6. Daughtry just confirmed it on twitter says one time. Keith one is April 23rd I believe.

  33. MORE gigs being announced for Kris in July, August and September.

    July 28 – California Mid State Fair, Paso Robles, CA
    August 6 – Hershey Pavilion, Hershey, PA (opening for Daughtry)
    August 7 – The Borgata, Atlantic City, NJ
    August 13 – Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
    August 14 – Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN
    Sept. 4 – The Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction, VT
    Sept. 9 – The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown, PA (I saw on twitter this date may be 9/3 rather than 9/9, but it’s currently listed as 9/9 on Kris’s official site)

    http://www.krisallenofficial.com/us/events

    this was daughtry’s tweet about Kris opening for him…

    chris_daughtry

    #Yes @KrisAllen will be playin 1 show with us….not on the Daughtry/ Lifehouse/ Cavo tour…. about 2 hours ago via Echofon

    Meanwhile, I just booked my trip to the bahamas — 5 days, 4 nights — a nice mini-vacation with the bonus of seeing Kris in concert. My bank account hates me right now, but I’ve always wanted to go to the Bahamas and this is my first trip outside the US in years, so I’m really looking forward to it!

  34. ilovekrisallen39:
    03/08/2010 at 4:16 pm
    Mary102 The one with Daughtry is August 6. Daughtry just confirmed it on twitter says one time. Keith one is April 23rd I believe.

    Ahh, got it – thank you!

    So hard keeping track of everything with so much going on :-)

  35. Before everyone thinks about getting snarky about the state fair dates, I just saw on twitter that Keith Urban is performing at the Paso Robles, CA Essex Junction, VT and Indianapolis, IN fairs on the same date as Kris. If playing state fairs is ok with a multiple Grammy/CMA Award winner, then they should be ok with Kris, right?

  36. I am not a country music fan, and I’m not a particular fan of Kris’s music.
    BUT during the finale last year I thought Kris sounded fantastic singing Kiss a Girl. Much better than Urban in my opinion.
    Keith better watch out – he could be upstaged by his opening act :D

  37. I just saw on twitter that Keith Urban is performing at the Paso Robles, CA Essex Junction, VT and Indianapolis, IN fairs on the same date as Kris.

    Does that mean that Kris is opening for Keith Urban on those dates? Or is he playing at a different time or venue within the fairs?

    I wouldn’t snark at state fair dates. Fairs and festivals are a fantastic way to get your music out to new ears, which Kris needs to do. I firmly believe that David Cook gained a lot of fans because of all of the fairs and festivals that he played last year. Kelly Clarkson also played the NY State Fair last year. I don’t know if she played any others, but if it’s good enough for her…

  38. Why would anyone make fun of the state fair gigs ? Lots of artists do em – big time acts. Looks like this is a tour. I mean if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it’s a duck. Kris has a whole bunch of gigs lined up in advance over the next 6 months. That’s a tour folks. Must be nice to be a Kris fan and have all these options to see ur guy……..come on Adam, if Kris can book an Atlantic city gig so can you!!!

  39. I’d like to see Kris, but I’m not coughing up that much for a Keith Urban ticket. Just not a country fan.

    Keith in concert leans pop rock. I actually don’t like his current album because of that. Kiss A Girl’s a good representation of where his sound is these days. Keith’s older material is country and he can still sing country when he wants to but these days his style isn’t that dissimilar to Kris’s. The big thing about Keith on tour is he is a KILLER guitar player. His touring band is one of the best in the biz.

    If Keith decided to bring along somebody from a different genre with him for multiple tour dates it’s a sign of respect. Coming from somebody who IMO is one of the best live entertainers in ANY genre that’s a very good thing and an honor for Kris.

    Keith gets BIG numbers in concert and he’ll be getting BIG numbers at the state fairs. Plus it looks like Kris is the only opener? Let me tell you: this is a gig new country acts would LOVE to have. I’m honestly shocked that Kris got this but good for him. It’ll be a friendly audience IMO.

  40. This link says David Cook will be performing at an upcoming benefit show. unconfirmed tho.

    Wellhesback, Harrahs New Orleans has it up now – “a surprising mix of musical friends benefiting New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Special performance by David Cook of American Idol.”

    Not the first time David has appeared with Kevin Griffin (“Avalanche” co-writer) and not the first time he has performed to aid a charity. (Galveston, Texas show)

    March 27th is the date, but, as you say – no official confirmation.

  41. Allison’s new single Scars now has an add date, according to FMQB.com — and it’s tomorrow (Tuesday). Welcome news. I hope they give her a Hot AC add date as well.

  42. This is probably a kinda dumb question, but has LLWD officially hit platinum yet?

  43. This is probably a kinda dumb question, but has LLWD officially hit platinum yet?

    The sales won’t be official until this week (and then of course the label has to have it certified platinum), but he’s definitely already sold enough. He was only 1000 single sales away last week, and his iTunes position for the past week suggests he’ll have sold at least 50K in the last 7 days, and possibly 60+K, so he will definitely pass the 1 mil mark officially this week. Unofficially, since he’s selling at a pace of 8-9K singles per day right now, he probably passed 1 mil some time last Monday (assuming I’m correct that the sales reporting week is Monday-Sunday).

  44. Keith Urban’s schedule this year seems to be a series of independent country music festivals, vs. a big “Keith Urban” headliner tour per se.

    Not familiar with all of them, but one that caught my eye was the Country Stampede where Keith will be appearing. Darius Rucker is there that same day, and Darius is mostly touring this summer with Brad Paisley from what I’ve seen. And Danny is booked for the same day as Darius and Keith. It may be that they have a looser type of booking for these events than for a more structured “Tour” with regularly appearing opening acts in support of the headliner.

    This is Keith’s full tour schedule according to his website.

    http://www.keithurban.net/tourdates.html

    Separate topic, but saw this from AINow

    Today, March 08, 2010, 1 hour ago
    ainow: It was great to hear from @ScottDMacIntyre today. He’s just performing the duet Thurs. Plus says been talks about doing movie about his life

    That would make more sense to me if Scott & Matt are back to do the duet together after not having had it make last year’s finale. Vs. Scott doing the duet and also separately performing something from his new album. Good luck to Scott and Matt in plugging their new music and having a fun performance.

  45. Wait. I thought there was a headline yesterday that said that Kris would NOT be opening for Keith Urban in Vegas after all. So confuzzled.

  46. @dannygokey: AMAZING sold out show!!!! Detroit Michigan you rock!!! Sorry we ran out of CDs. Hope to see y’all soon.

    That’s pretty good, as I read that the Detroit radio station sponsoring the event was advertising that the “first 500 people” would get copies of Danny’s CD. (Not sure how/if that counts in his sales, seems like an awful lotta CDs to just give away as pure freebies from RCA.)
    It probably didn’t hurt that Danny tweeted this morning where he would be, and didn’t say anything about people needing to get tix from the radio station which had a whole system set up where peeps were supposed to call or text in. Wonder what the radio station thought about Danny just telling people to come on over ;)
    From the station’s promo package:

    THREE WAYS TO WIN!
    ?FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW to enter to win tickets! The first 500 people in the door get Danny’s new CD My Best Days! You can ONLY WIN these tickets with 99.5 WYCD so enter now!

    I also saw on twitter that people are saying Danny has sold out his concert later this month in Portland Oregon vicinity.

  47. Regarding reality shows & talent – David Cook made an interesting point in the Idols Now interview that popped up last week. The interviewer said he thought DC’s season seemed esp close as well as talented. Cook said that was due in part to who the show cast that year. I thought it was telling that he phrased it that way. I think that AI isn’t running out of talented singers who try out; people forget they are also “casting” for interesting TV. Some years it works, some years it doesn’t. Just my opinion.

    It is totally casting. It makes you wonder what talent they miss….

  48. Simon was on Leno tonight and of course Jay HAD to bring up Adam.
    He says to Simon, “I’ve noticed in the last few years that people who finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th whatever often outshine and do much better than the person who actually wins. Jennifer Hudson and of course, Adam Lambert. you know especially last year.”
    Simon agrees saying it’s just become a popularity contest. He goes on to say “I liked the winner but it’s no secret that I felt as an overall performer Adam should have won.” and the audience starts clapping it’s approval agreeing with Simon, And Simon says “Yeah, that’s right” and Jay kinda shakes his head “yes” as well. I think Leno is a HUGE Adam fan and Simon is sticking by what he said last year and still supporting Adam.

  49. On Carrie U.

    gangreen29:
    03/08/2010 at 10:46 am
    Im excited, I am seeing her for the second time!! The first time she was great but I can’t wait to hear some of the Play On songs live!

    Me too. Saw Carrie the first time with Keith U about 2 years ago, it was great. I have my ticket for the Hollywood Bowl on Oct 2. The sound should be awesome. And she should be a married lady by then.

  50. Simon was on Leno tonight and of course Jay HAD to bring up Adam.

    The way these people keep dissing Kris – I don’t get it.
    The media must think of Kris as a great punching bag. Idiots.

  51. Regarding reality shows & talent – David Cook made an interesting point in the Idols Now interview that popped up last week. The interviewer said he thought DC’s season seemed esp close as well as talented. Cook said that was due in part to who the show cast that year. I thought it was telling that he phrased it that way. I think that AI isn’t running out of talented singers who try out; people forget they are also “casting” for interesting TV. Some years it works, some years it doesn’t. Just my opinion.

    The problem is that they don’t only cast to make interesting TV, they also cast to get a pre-defined type of winner, and in order to achieve it they chose too much cannon-fodder.
    And this year of all years, with dwindling ratings and the new coming competition from Simon’s X Factor, they should have gone all out to showcase as much diverse talent as possible, rather than focusing mostlty and girls with guitar with not-so-good also boys with guitar. I have personally nothing against them, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t think that it is helping the show.

  52. Esqt:
    03/09/2010 at 6:43 am
    Magazines’ Best-Selling Covers of 2009, according to MinOnline.com
    Guess who’s at #8? . Okeyyy, it’s a given.

    That is awesome! That cover is so beautiful :-)

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