Idol Headlines for 03/22/10

Conan-Fox talks resume amid ‘Idol’ offer

After a two-week stall, Fox and Conan O’Brien have resumed talks about a potential late-night talk show fronted by the former “Tonight Show” host.

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But a wrinkle in the courtship has emerged that involves the biggest show on television: O’Brien has been approached to take part in Fox’s “Idol Gives Back” special April 21.

Sources close to both camps stress that the offer is not related to the ongoing late-night discussions and in no way means the two sides expect to have a deal by April 21. In fact, the invitation to O’Brien came not from Fox but from “American Idol” producer 19 Entertainment, which is reaching out to several celebrities for the charity special.

The “Idol Gives Back” invitation was taken to NBC to determine whether that network would allow it under its settlement with the talk show host.

The answer was no, as the moratorium on any TV appearances by O’Brien doesn’t expire until May 1. He can, however, launch a show as early as September.

Hollywood Reporter.com

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Beer pong in the Hollywood Hills with David Cook? Sign us up!

Needless to say (and anyone watching probably noticed it as well), there’s a weirdly uneasy feeling when you first get situated in the “Dream” house. Certainly David took notice of it almost immediately, this sense that you’re being watched. And of course, we were, by probably around the same number of people David and the Anthemic might play to in an arena. Fortunately, David, ever the mannered house guest, brought wine! A bottle of 2007 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, to be specific, and like most reality TV, once the cork is popped, people relax, start to forget the cameras and the party gets going.

But first, pizza and a Twitter Q&A. David took nearly an hour to answer all sorts of questions from fans and viewers (most of which we’ve included after the jump), and afterwards, a round of beer pong!

LA Times

Idol airplay: Kris Allen, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, more

Looks like Kris Allen’s Live Like We’re Dying has peaked. It retains the top slot on our American Idol airplay chart, but it drops more than 300 spins, according to MediaBase, and it falls out of the Top 40 top 10. It does, however, pick up a new chart, entering the top 40 at Christian AC for the first time.

Carrie Underwood’s Temporary Home leapfrogs Daughtry’s Life After You, moving from No. 4 to No. 3 on the Idol chart, though both continue to add spins — as does Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From Me, which remains at No. 5.

USA Today

American Idol 2010: Tim Urban tipped to go next

Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus continue to head the betting on who will win American Idol 2010 but of more immediate interest to punters is the next eviction market.

Lacey Brown’s departure has left us with 11 contestants and Tim Urban and Paige Miles are the favourites to crash out this week after joining her in the bottom three last time.

Tim failed to impress with his reggae version of Under My Thumb and the 20-year-old from Duncanville, Texas is 2/1 with Boylesports to be sent packing next.

Betting Press

Has ‘American Idol’ Lost Its Way?

Ever since Season 1 of ‘American Idol‘ debuted to transfixed audiences, there has been no shortage of commentary and controversy. It appeared that there was no set “type” of ‘Idol’ judges were looking for, with winners ranging from the wildly successful Carrie Underwood to the lackluster Ruben Studdard. The appeal was the diverse range of raw talent, the judges’ banter, and the cutting words of Simon Cowell.

Fancast

Idolized Underwood overdoes it

WORCESTER — On second thought, the question probably should not have been asked.

“How many of you like real country music?’’ asked Craig Morgan, one of the two openers for Carrie Underwood last night at DCU Center.

By the time Underwood took the stage, Mötley Crüe and Foo Fighters recordings had been played between sets, and Underwood’s hard-charging performance often owed more to Def Leppard than Tammy Wynette.

Boston.com

Daughtry a rock idol onstage

Chris Daughtry must be doing something right.

While many of his fellow “American Idol” alums are barely treading pop water, Daughtry is selling out arenas and dropping No. 1, multiplatinum albums as part of his five-piece rock outfit.

Sure enough, the North Carolina native’s sold-out show at Agganis Arena on Saturday night proved why he’s got rock fans of all ages in his pocket. But it also shed some light on the singer’s limitations.

Boston Herald

Melinda Doolittle to Headline Benefit Concert for Boiler Room Theatre

Boiler Room Theatre alumna and American Idol Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle returns to Franklin for a one-night-only concert event with all proceeds going to the Boiler Room Theatre on Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Liberty Hall at The Factory.

Acclaimed contemporary gospel performers Point of Grace will share the stage for the fundraising concert for Williamson County’s only professional theatre company.

With a critically-acclaimed debut album (Coming Back To You) released in 2009, Melinda Doolittle is forging a career as one of today’s most gifted vocalists.

Broadway World

Rise and shine

CURRENT American Idol contestants may want to heed these words of wisdom from 28-year-old alumnus Adam Lambert: “I learned to trust my instincts on the show; to really make sure I was doing just what I felt was right and not let other people influence me – not the judges, or the audience. I learned to just do my thing.”

Star-central.com

We Are The Fallen Talk Inspiration Ahead Of Debut UK Show

“I don’t hear Evanescence in our music, ” says Smithson. “OK, there are small parts, but I wrote ‘Bury Me Alive’ before I met the boys. The influences I had when I was making the song – like Iron Maiden, those choruses – that’s what I hear… when I met the boys I didn’t know much about the band before because I wasn’t a big Evanescence fan. I’m more stuck in the 80s. I didn’t know their story when I came into the band and they had to explain that. I don’t hear Evanescence, and when people hear the record they’ll hear that. They’ll hear We Are The Fallen, and we are a new band.

“If Tim Burton made a record, it would sound like this.”

Rocksound.tv

Camp Fire receives grant, honors child care pros

Fort Worth-based Camp Fire USA First Texas Council has been awarded a $12, 500 grant from the National Inclusion Project to expand its “Let’s ALL Play” recreational program at Camp El Tesoro summer resident camp.

The National Inclusion Project, a charitable foundation founded by recording artist Clay Aiken, provides inclusion curriculum, training and financial assistance with partnering communities and programs.

Camp El Tesoro is for children ages 6-16 and features canoeing, horseback riding, swimming and other traditional activities.

FWBusinessPress.com

Kara’s ‘Idol’ Outfit — How Much It Cost?

Kara DioGuardi stood out on the judge’s panel by shimmering in this silver and gray number this week on “American Idol.”

The 39-year-old judge sat next to Simon in a $415 Shoshanna beaded necklace dress.

No word on what Casey James thought of the ensemble.

TMZ

Meet the all-new ‘Dancing’ crew

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars returns tonight (8 ET/PT) for its 10th season. USA TODAY talks with the 11 celebrities in competition this go-round for the coveted disco ball:

USA Today

Buzz Aldrin Among Stars Set For ‘Dancing’ Debut

LOS ANGELES — Buzz Aldrin has done the moonwalk, but the cha-cha isn’t coming quite so easy.

The astronaut has been practicing the fast-paced Latin dance for three weeks in preparation for his debut on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

“It’s not so easy when things are rapidly moving, ” Aldrin, 80, said on his way to a rehearsal Friday with professional partner Ashly Costa. “I enjoy the slower music that I’m very familiar with the words and know what’s coming next.”

Fancast

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Can the New Cast Really Dance?

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” kicks off tonight, and 11 celebrities and their dancing partners are getting ready to waltz, cha cha and hit the floor. The star-studded cast includes actors, musicians, and athletes. And there’s even a man from the moon, but former astronaut Buzz Aldrin says dancing is nothing like walking on the moon. “It’s flat, it’s not dusty, it’s not gray, ” he joked.

Melissa Rycroft chats with the season ten contestants.

ABC

Shelter dog and cat stamps get a nod from DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is working with the U.S. Postal Service and Halo, Purely for Pets, her holistic pet care company to promote a stamp campaign for shelter pets.

“This is a subject that I am extremely passionate about. By working together, we can find good homes for millions of adoptable, homeless and abandoned pets, ” said DeGeneres. “And until they get adopted, I’m happy to say that Halo and I are giving one million meals to shelter pets that are waiting for you.”

USA Today

Kara DioGuardi: Posing in a Bikini on Idol “Saved My Job”

Kara DioGuardi is all about the bikini!

Nearly a year after strutting around in a black two-piece on stage at last season’s American Idol finale, the judge — who poses in a white bikini in April’s Women’s Health magazine — admits the stunt “probably saved my job.”

“I kept saying no, ” the songwriter, 39, tells Women’s Health, recalling the plan to face off against “Bikini Girl” Katrina Darrell. “I mean, what crazy nut is gonna go out there in a bikini at almost 40 years of age against a girl who is 20 and probably cosmetically enhanced?”

US

Kara DioGuardi: LAX Lady

Racking up the frequent flyer miles, Kara DioGuardi was spotted catching a departing flight at LAX International Airport yesterday afternoon (March 21).

The “American Idol” judge made sure to stay hydrated pre-flight with a Vita Coco beverage as she strolled through the terminal.

Gossip Center

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56 Comments

  1. The “Idol Gives Back” invitation was taken to NBC to determine whether that network would allow it under its settlement with the talk show host.

    The answer was no, as the moratorium on any TV appearances by O’Brien doesn’t expire until May 1.

    That’s extremely petty, NBC. It’s for charity. Grow a heart.

  2. That’s extremely petty, NBC. It’s for charity. Grow a heart.

    I was just about to say the same thing. I would’ve loved to see Conan on IGB.

    On a related note, what does everyone think about the fact that we haven’t had big name celebs named as being part of IGB already, and 19 is still, apparently, “reaching out to several celebrities for the charity special.”

    I just remember in Season 7, Ryan “leaked” a handful of celeb guests on the top 16 results night when the top 12 was announced. They had already nabbed the likes of Reese Witherspoon, I think Brad Pitt, by then. IGB was also a huge production, a dedicated 2-hour special on a non-results night… I hear this year it might be back on the regular 1-hour results night… and wonder if these are all signs they are scaling back IGB due to the economy, the mediocre ratings on the last IGB, etc. I can understand that, but at the same time, I still hope they get some big stars. Having big stars like Reese and Brad, Forrest Whitaker, not only gave the event more publicity, but awesome performances by people like Annie Lennox were pretty incredible to see.

    By the time Underwood took the stage, Mötley Crüe and Foo Fighters recordings had been played between sets, and Underwood’s hard-charging performance often owed more to Def Leppard than Tammy Wynette.

    Nice! Not a fan of Country, but I love when Carrie rocks out. I would love to catch a live show if it weren’t see expensive!

  3. Holy crap, I was thinking that Buzz Aldrin must be around 80 by now, but I was also thinking, Nah, an 80-year-old man won’t do that show. … But I guess if you’re a moon astronaut you are pretty much willing to do anything, no matter how terrifying, lol.

  4. As someone who has never watched an Idol Gives Back show, [pause: LLWD on radio!]. I’m back. Sorry, fangirl moment! What exactly do the non-singing celebrities do on the show? Answer phones?

    Also,loved the pic of Kris in the USA Today article. Thank you Brian! :-)

  5. That is beyond petty that NBC won’t let Conan do Idol Gives Back. It’s a CHARITY!

    It’s a shame if they’re going to make it just a one hour show as part of results night. I don’t think they’ll get as much in the way of donations and it’s all going to feel very rushed. These charities need the exposure.

  6. Interesting review of Daughtry by the Boston Herald, laying out both hi strengths and weaknesses.

  7. What exactly do the non-singing celebrities do on the show? Answer phones?

    Some do a quick little callouts to the camera asking folks to donate, others introduce performances, or they introduce clips/segments highlighting the beneficiary charities. Sometimes they are in the clips- I remember Forrest Whitaker and his wife went to… I think it was Angola and brought back a heartbreaking segment on the need and poverty and the work the childrens charities were doing there.

  8. Some do a quick little callouts to the camera asking folks to donate, others introduce performances, or they introduce clips/segments highlighting the beneficiary charities. Sometimes they are in the clips

    Thanks smallie! That sounds really nice and could definitely fill a two hour time slot. If they keep it at one hour, though, hopefully they’ll do the actual results the way we all wish they would do them: fast, with you’re all safe except X, you’re going home–buh bye!

  9. hopefully they’ll do the actual results the way we all wish they would do them: fast, with you’re all safe except X, you’re going home–buh bye!

    They can’t eliminate somebody on a charity night. It ruins the feel-good vibe. I expect they’ll use the judge’s save or just cancel the eliminations or something.

  10. Oh my Kirsten, are you forgetting the horrible shock elimination of Michael Johns during Idol Gives Back in Season 7? Tho I wasn’t a big Michael fan I thought Ryan was unusually mean when giving the news that night, and it did ruin that nice vibe they had going.

  11. wellhesback, thanks for the Cookie linkage. I like how Shirley Halperin mentioned that David was ever the well-mannered guest in bringing some win when he visited the If I Can Dream House. Yay for good manners!

    ETA: I meant wine, but I think I’ll keep the win because he definitely brought that too. Heh.

  12. wellhesback:
    03/22/2010 at 1:37 pm
    Oh my Kirsten, are you forgetting the horrible shock elimination of Michael Johns during Idol Gives Back in Season 7? Tho I wasn’t a big Michael fan I thought Ryan was unusually mean when giving the news that night, and it did ruin that nice vibe they had going.

    Actually, Michael Johns was not eliminated the night of “Idols Give Back” — he was eliminated the night after. There were 3 episodes of Idol that week: performance night on Tuesday, “Idols Give Back” on Wednesday, and then results night on Thursday. (MJ has the season 7 schedule posted under the “Historical Charts” tab).

  13. oops – sorry Kristen for doubting you and thanks Linda for correcting me. I still think Ryan was mean that 3rd night tho.

  14. wellhesback:
    03/22/2010 at 2:01 pm
    oops – sorry Kristen for doubting you and thanks Linda for correcting me. I still think Ryan was mean that 3rd night tho.

    I agree with you — that was one of the most painful eliminations I’ve seen on Idol. I think Ryan generally does a good job of hosting the show but he was a tool that night. Michael deserved better.

  15. wellhesback, MJ added that idoltracker blog to her headlines earlier today. I’m looking forward to the If I Can Dream “episode” getting posted on Hulu tomorrow. I pretty much watched the whole stream (it was soo weird), but I’m interested to see how they edit it, and to see and hear parts of it more clearly, haha.

  16. Kris is going to be at that If I Can Dream House tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see how his visit differentiates from Cookie’s.

  17. WWFM is up to #18 in iTunes right now. There has been no promo except maybe VH1 Countdown for Unplugged Video. Is this due to radio play?

  18. girlygirl:
    03/22/2010 at 2:29 pm
    Kris is going to be at that If I Can Dream House tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see how his visit differentiates from Cookie’s.

    Keep us posted on how it goes, girlygirl, and we can compare notes :). I like Kris, but not enough to stay up til 2:30am on another weeknight creepily peeping in on a bunch of people “hanging out” in a house with cameras everywhere. Good luck!

  19. Keith Urban dates slowly going back up on Kris’s official website.

    04.23.10
    Las Vegas, NV, The Joint

    08.14.10
    Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fairgrounds

    09.04.10
    Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Exposition

  20. Rumor has it David Cook will sing National Anthem at Royals home opener on April 5

  21. Kris’s footage from the AMP radio show in Detroit last night. What a packed and excited crowd!

    Yay! for the deafening screamers. I love them all.

    Keith Urban dates slowly going back up on Kris’s official website.

    Yay! again.

  22. tripp_ncwy:
    03/22/2010 at 4:26 pm

    Keith Urban dates slowly going back up on Kris’s official website.

    Yippee!! Indiana State Fair–Cookcricket–yay for us!! Mtlfan, too, for the VT concert. Great news. Thanks tripp_ncwy!

  23. I like Kris, but not enough to stay up til 2:30am on another weeknight creepily peeping in on a bunch of people “hanging out” in a house with cameras everywhere.

    Haha, I’m right there with you. I felt kinda dirty watching Cook and the boys… I’m not up for watching that again under any circumstances :)

  24. yey! another cookie crumb, i just saw him last week then i kind of miss him again. where is he btw? he’s too quite right now.

  25. where is he btw? he’s too quite right now.

    I know, he needs to get back on Twitter and check in :)

  26. Today, March 22, 2010, 2 hours ago
    FollowCMT: http://twitpic.com/1ab363 – @DannyGokey stopped by CMT today to interview with @EvanFarmer on Top 20 Countdown. Tune in this Friday! Photo Credit: Brian Bayley

    I’m confused as this seems like at least the third date we’ve heard for when Danny’s interview will air on CMT’s Top 20 countdown show :(

    But the good thing is they actually did the interview, I suppose. Great to see Danny getting some coverage on the big CMT channel, which didn’t adopt his music video until recently, and only placed him on their countdown this week.

  27. regarding Conan.. he can’t make an appearance up until May 1? but isn’t the idol finale usually around May 20th onwards? does that mean it is possible for him to appear on the finale instead of IGB? well, ya know.. its a win win for fox and conan if he could at least appear on idol.. IGB or Finale..

  28. Apparently 19E donated $5000 to David Cook’s Race for Hope Team! That is very generous of them.

  29. Anyone heard anything else about the rumor that TT is Kris next single? Can’t Kris fans twitter up a storm in protest? I think it’s a terrible choice…

  30. Can’t Kris fans twitter up a storm in protest? I think it’s a terrible choice…

    Yeah, do that. That’ll help…

  31. Yippee!! Indiana State Fair–Cookcricket–yay for us!! Mtlfan, too, for the VT concert. Great news. Thanks tripp_ncwy!

    Yay! Good news indeedy hoosiermama! What a relief. I’m happy for Mtlfan as well!!!

  32. Billboard twitter just put out a new article on Danny’s album sales/etc.

    Billboarddotcom: American Idol’s @dannygokey: “I want to do country for the rest of my life.” http://bit.ly/d2AOgJ #musicmonday
    11 minutes ago via web

  33. Yeah, no, I agree with ladymadonna, being obnoxious on twitter (or anywhere) has never helped anyone…at this point I’ll choose to see it as a rumor. Really, TT isn’t such a bad song. Not my first choice but we’ll see.

  34. Yippee!! Indiana State Fair–Cookcricket–yay for us!! Mtlfan, too, for the VT concert. Great news. Thanks tripp_ncwy!

    yayayayay.. thanks tripp_ncwy and hoosiermama :D

    Talking about a 2nd single… Kris asked the twitterers for questions for his appearance on IICD tomorrow night. Hahaha,, lots of questions about you know what.

    I’m definitly watching IICD tomorrow night. Kris is so funny. If he brings Cale, it will be even funnier

  35. Danny is performing tonight at the ritzy cancer fundraiser in Nashville

    from @dannygokey

    I’m at a fundraiser tonight 4 cancer, aids, & leukemia. l’ll be singing in front of Anita Baker, Michael Bolton & Kid Rock.This is CRAZY!!
    26 minutes ago via Twitterrific

    This is the event

    Anita Baker, Tim McGraw, Big Kenny and Danny Gokey will appear at the T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala set for March 22 at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville.
    Baker and Gokey will perform at the gala [..]. McGraw will join Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to present the Lifetime Humanitarian Award to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Big Kenny and Ross Perot Jr. will recognize Senator Bill Frist with the Lifetime Medical Achievement Award. Throughout the evening, Brooks & Dunn, Michael Bolton and Susan Simons will also be acknowledged for their humanitarian and industry work.
    Proceeds from the evening go to benefit cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Tickets to the star-studded event are $1,000 and are available by calling the T.J. Martell Foundation at 615–256-2002 or via the Honors Gala Website

    from http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2010/03/09/tim-mcgraw-big-kenny-others-tapped-for-t-j-martell-honors-gala/

  36. Mtlfan

    I don’t know this, but I bet Cale went back to Arkansas this morning …not to L.A. They don’t have another show scheduled until Kris gets back from Rwanda — and that 1st show back is actually in Little Rock. And Cale doesn’t have a place to live out here, because he doesn’t like L.A….and he’s probably tired of crashing on Kris’s and Katy’s couch.

    Maybe Kris will bring Katy with him to the IICD house? I hope people tweet him some good questions about his next single and what the “big plans for the summer” are that KrisAllenBand posted on their twitter last night

  37. girlygirl, Cale seems to be in L.A; his girlfriend talked today about going to the beach! We’ll see tomorrow.

  38. Anyone heard anything else about the rumor that TT is Kris next single?

    No, but it absolutely wouldn’t shock me. In fact, months ago I predicted they’d do Kris the way they did David Cook, and not release anything Kris had a hand in writing or co-writing as a single. I figured it would be TT rather than WAOMF (at least they’re smart enough to not release two Script-penned songs in a row…haha, get it? Script? Penned? I made a punny!). They’d hate to have to pay extra royalties to Kris as a songwriter, ya know…*silently fumes*

  39. Danny will apparently be performing at this country music event in Indiana either May 1st or May 2nd. Sponsored by country radio station 95.5 WFMS.

    http://countrymusicexpo.com/

    95.5 WFMS presents the 16th annual hhgregg Country Music Expo on May 1st and 2nd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. You’ll see acoustic concerts from big country stars & new country stars. Plus, you might win the chance to meet your favorite star, get their autograph, a picture, and a memory that will last a lifetime!

  40. Katie is going to be on the show with Kris tomorrow,from this tweet. Kris Allen's wife is coming tomorrow too and she will decide what Lindsay cooks. Lindsay hopes it's somet… http://dreamupdates.com

  41. dannygokey: Wow~Tim McGraw,Terry Bradshaw, Brooks & Dunn r here-P.s. Im seated at the same table as Kid Rock-thats kinda cool. Michael Boltons up next
    7 minutes ago via Twitterrific

  42. Katie is going to the IICD House with Kris? Good – Not a go it alone kind of situation, from what I saw.

  43. cookbunny:
    03/22/2010 at 10:17 pm
    Anyone heard anything else about the rumor that TT is Kris next single?

    No, but it absolutely wouldn’t shock me. In fact, months ago I predicted they’d do Kris the way they did David Cook, and not release anything Kris had a hand in writing or co-writing as a single. I figured it would be TT rather than WAOMF (at least they’re smart enough to not release two Script-penned songs in a row…haha, get it? Script? Penned? I made a punny!). They’d hate to have to pay extra royalties to Kris as a songwriter, ya know…*silently fumes*

    I don’t get it. Don’t they have to pay royalties to the songwriters of The Truth also ? Even if the writers already under the JIVE label/contract or whatever. What’s the difference ?. Sorry, I’m clueless on this.

  44. LOL! girlygirly, She’s just supposed to tell her what they want to have for dinner.
    It’s funny though, I don’t know how y’all take it here because I originally don’t come from the US but is it okay if a woman can’t cook? It baffles me that Kris talks about it to anyone. Where I come from, it’s very different because as a woman, it’s one of the important things you’re expected to be good at before you even think of getting married.
    You won’t find it easy if you can’t do it and you’ll be laughed at.I have friends here who can’t cook too but I never hear them saying it in public so I feel very uncomfortable when Kris says it on radio…..sigh.
    No Kris don’t say it again no matter what.

  45. They’d hate to have to pay extra royalties to Kris as a songwriter, ya know…*silently fumes*

    I don’t get it. Don’t they have to pay royalties to the songwriters of The Truth also ? Even if the writers already under the JIVE label/contract or whatever. What’s the difference ?. Sorry, I’m clueless on this.

    Yup, the royalty to the songwriters is fixed, there isn’t any extra royalty to be paid. If there are more people involved in the song writing, then the royalty would be split between them.

  46. Yup, the royalty to the songwriters is fixed, there isn’t any extra royalty to be paid. If there are more people involved in the song writing, then the royalty would be split between them.

    Thanks. So, there is no reason for JIVE NOT to pick Kris co-write for the next single.

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