Jim Cantiello of MTV interviewed Kris Allen for MTV’s “When I Was 17”
Jim just tweeted the news, “Just given the go ahead to share… The MTV show I interviewed @KrisAllen for is called “WHEN I WAS 17.”…is slated to air in early May. Also in his episode: Gabe Sapporta of Cobra Starship & Keri Hilson….Kris’ segments will make you LOL big time. To paraphrase Britney Spears, “He’s not…that…innocent.” Hehe”
New Adam Lambert Single Revealed; Tour Rumor Dispelled
We have some brand new Adam Lambert news to pass along this afternoon.
First, AI Now has confirmed with Adam’s management that the third single off of For Your Entertainment will be “If I Had You.”
However, a release date has yet to be set because his current single, “Whataya Want From Me, ” continues to grow.
‘American Idol’: Catching up With 13 Former Contestants!
Find out who’s pregnant, who’s getting naked (in public!), and who just filmed a part in a Farrelly Bros. movie.
TAMYRA GRAY is pregnant
She’s faced the judges’ criticism on Idol, booked TV gigs on shows like Boston Public and What I Like About You, and graced the silver screen in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married. But despite all that, Gray is 23 weeks into what she calls the hardest job she’s ever had: being pregnant. ”Idol is a piece of cake compared to this, ” says Gray, breaking the news exclusively to EW. It’s been a tough first trimester, but Gray is nonetheless excited to be expecting her first child with music producer husband (and former Color Me Badd member) Sam Watters.
‘American Idol’s’ Scott MacIntyre on season 9: ‘Waiting for someone to jump with both feet’
Scott MacIntyre was recently back in Los Angeles to perform on “American Idol.” Zap2it sat down with him to dish on the current season of “Idol.”
Scott tells Zap2it he has “gotten to catch a lot of the show” and specifically says he saw “Pants on the Ground” from the early auditions.
He then teases us that he covered “Pants” as a bonus track on his new album “Heartstrings, ” which got us all excited until he revealed that he was just kidding.
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Our ‘Idol Meter’ is running; Siobhan is the one to watch
After Lacey Brown’s departure last week, the remaining 11 Idol contestants can be characterized as the Final Four and the Seven Dwarfs.
The gap in talent and originality is as vast as the distance between Paula Abdul’s unmissed incoherence and new judge Ellen DeGeneres’ sly, pithy wit.
We’ll get to Final Four star Casey James next week, but here’s a quick look at this season’s other three front-runners.
Fantasy ‘Idol’: Big Star night
Like many longtime music journalists, I mourned the death of power pop pioneer Alex Chilton last week. He was the frontman of Big Star, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1970s whose musical legacy far outlasted their album-making years. Anyone who claims affection toward indie rock should know Big Star’s catalog inside and out, and there’s nary a dud to be found.
How to watch American Idol: A primer
If you accept that American Idol is a TV show first and a singing competition second, you’ll be well on your way to predicting the outcome in any given week.
Some Idol watchers have even reduced it to a science. They study voting patterns in certain regions, gauge population densities and ascertain behavioural habits, based on common sense and past voting history.
Idol Inferno: The Meaning of the Miley Mentorship
Some quick reactions to the stunning news that none other than herself, Miley Cyrus (not Smiley Virus) will be mentoring the Idol contestants this week. Some out there have been mocking this news. I however am all for it. Here are my reasons, and my ruminations on the fallout to come when Miley visits the Idoldome :
Talent? What talent? ‘Idol’ is lousy this season
As anyone who’s actually followed the competition so far this season already knows, this band of mostly mediocre singers fails to represent the best of their own so-so early ranks, much less the best of the national talent pool. And despite the handy excuses Simon Cowell and his fellow judges insist on making for them week after week, the problem isn’t about song selection or a particular vocalist’s need to find his or herself musically. It’s not about being “a little pitchy” or having an “off night, ” either.
Lacey Brown on the End of Her ‘American Idol’ Journey
When Lacey Brown was in the bottom two with Paige Miles on last week’s “American Idol” results show, the red-headed singer reassured Paige that she had nothing to worry about.
“I just woke up that morning and I had the weirdest feeling that I was going home that night, ” Lacey tells ET. “I hadn’t heard anything or read anything. I just felt, ‘Today is the day I am going home.’ I wasn’t comfortable with that feeling. I wasn’t depressed. I had heard past contestants say that, but I didn’t believe them.”
The strange saga of the West Virginia Lady Gaga-Adam Lambert concert . . . that wasn’t
So it was probably no surprise that it all unraveled this weekend. Lambert, the “American Idol” runner-up, put out a denial on Twitter: “Unfortunately totally untrue. Hate that u guys were taken advantage of.” Gaga’s reps scoffed at the notion to TMZ. And the organizer of the alleged concert, Luke Loy, posted signs on his salon door and outgoing voice mail that ticket sales had been halted — and then promptly made himself unavailable for comment.
It was a sharp turn from a few days earlier when Loy had been prominently featured in the Martinsburg Journal talking up his too-good-to-be-true plan to bring Gaga and Lambert to the county park in Shenandoah Junction, brandishing contracts that he told a reporter proved it was for real. “I want people to know it’s unbelievable, but it can happen. I can bring her here. Anything is possible.” He told the paper he hoped to sell 15, 000 tickets at $100 a piece; he drew calls from all over the country. (He also took the opportunity to talk up his new coconut-scented, enviro-friendly and color-safe hair products.)
Whisky helped bring me together with Lady Gaga, reveals American Idol star Adam Lambert
AMERICAN Idol runner-up Adam Lambert yesterday told how he bonded with his hero Lady Gaga – thanks to a love of whisky.
The singer, who received a standing ovation from judge Simon Cowell on the US show, has been described as the male equivalent of Gaga.
Yesterday, he jetted into Scotland on a whistle-stop tour to promote his new album and was delighted to strap on a 21st-century kilt for the Razz.
He said of his spiky sporran: “It’s like having a cactus – a little pet cactus.
“I’m not a true Scotsman today because I’ve teamed up the kilt with some plaid leggings – but I’d like to wear this back home in the US too.”
Music and image equally important to Adam Lambert
SINGAPORE : Adam Lambert was American Idol’s most flamboyant contestant to date and is no stranger to controversy.
The hot favourite to win the eighth season of the popular reality show – he eventually lost the title to Kris Allen – the glamrocker won the hearts of many fans.
Perhaps it’s his showmanship or the stage theatrics – who can forget his racy performance at last year’s American Music Awards where he kissed a male keyboardist and simulated sexual movements while performing a risque version of his song “For Your Entertainment” – or the “guyliner” that he uses so generously to create his signature smoky eye look.
“I think it is really important to carve out your niche and have your ‘thing’, ” Lambert, 28, told Primetime Morning two weeks ago when he was in town for a showcase.
Matt Giraud Tells Us About It
As Season 8’s Matt Giraud was in the car on the way to Nashville to record his new single, “4 AM, ” he opened up to us about his recent Idol performance and what he’s been working on these days. Matt performed Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” with fellow Season 8 finalist Scott MacIntyre on Season 9’s Top 16 results show. The piano player from Kalamazoo, Michigan said, “It was amazing. It’s nice to be asked back and it feels cool to come back. I’ve been around the block now. It felt really good and I liked the whole not being judged part.”
Danny Gokey: I Want To Do Country ‘For The Rest Of My Life’
Fueled by a return performance on “American Idol, ” Danny Gokey bowed at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with his 19 Recordings/RCA Records debut, “My Best Days.” Coming in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, the album sold 65, 000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving him the best opening-week sales by a debut country male since 1992.
With more than 19, 000 downloads, Gokey also notches the best first-week digital album sales by a debut country artist. The March 2 release is No. 4 on this week’s chart.
Underwood soars above DCU crowd
WORCESTER — A flying truck, a virtual duet with Randy Travis and more costume changes than you can count. No, this is not what Obama promised the Republicans if they voted for his health care package, but what Carrie Underwood delivered to the sold-out crowd Sunday at the DCU Center.
Going from “American Idol” winner to multi-platinum recording artist, Underwood has already proven she can deliver honky-tonk heartache with the best of them. And last night during her 23-song set (which included 10 songs from her latest, “Play On” and a two-song encore), the 27-year-old Oklahoma native proved she is no longer a country bumpkin but a bona fide superstar and seasoned professional.
Concert Review: Daughtry – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – 3/21/10
Four years ago, when Chris Daughtry first appeared on Season 5 of American Idol, I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t thoroughly impressed. Perhaps I was blindsided by my personal favorites, Katharine McPhee and Paris Bennett, or exhausted from celebrating the previous successes of my other fellow North Carolinians, Clay Aiken and Fantasia Barrino, but one thing is certain: Daughtry has made a new fan out of me.
On Sunday, March 21, my best friend and I trekked to Newark in order to get some sense of all the fuss surrounding Idol’s third-biggest-selling act — only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have fared better — as the band played the Prudential Center. The last time Daughtry performed there was in 2008 — opening for Bon Jovi, who christened the then-new arena, the first such venue to be built in the New York/Jersey area in 25 years, with a 10-night stand — and their fans eagerly awaited their return.
Daughtry (Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.; 17, 625 capacity; $42.50 top)
The chasm between the coasts and so-called fly-over country is pronounced in many media, but nowhere is it more apparent than in the world of pop music — where acts who sell out sheds and dominate radio airwaves in middle America often don’t bother scheduling gigs in the New York City area.
Daughtry (fronted by “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry), decided to eschew that wisdom on its current tour, and judging by the response at the first of its two metro-area shows Sunday night, there’s at least a bit of an appetite for heartland rock in the vicinity.
Fantasia to perform at WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale
Fantasia will open WrestleMania this Sunday in Glendale.
The R&B artist and former “American Idol ” winner will sing “America the Beautiful.”
She follows the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger, who performed at last year’s WrestleMania in Houston. Other past show-openers have included Aretha Franklin, John Legend and Ashanti.
The live wrestling pay-per-view event starts 4 p.m. Sunday March 28 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Anoop Desai next charity bartender at Durham’s Revolution
American Idol finalist Anoop Desai, a Chapel Hill native, will be the next guest bartender at downtown Durham’s Revolution restaurant and bar. Desai will be mixing cocktails for charity from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., April 6, according to a news release.
Twenty percent of the proceeds during Desai’s two-hour shift will go to the Eve Carson Memorial Fund. Desai is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where Carson was student body president when she was killed two years ago. Revolution started its “Guest Mixologist” monthly fundraiser, which has featured Mayor Bill Bell and other local leaders, this year. So far, the program has raised almost $2, 500 for charity, said spokeswoman Teresa Anile.
Bucky Covington – “A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How)”
Songwriters: Liz Hengber, Thom Shepherd & Steve Williams.
American Idol can be a cruel mistress. While there are are a few people, like Carrie Underwood, who have gone on to win the hearts and wallets of millions, there are many more, like Taylor Hicks, who have gone on to fill the bargain bins of big-box electronics stores. Bucky Covington falls somewhere in between–while he scored three Top 10 hits from his debut album, his last two singles haven’t fared nearly as well. And after a Nickelback cover flopped (thank goodness for small favors) he’s taking the radical step of releasing an actual country song as a single.
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Returns With Plenty Of Talent And Tears
Astronauts, athletes, actresses and more — if nothing else, the cast for the 10th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is diverse, and thankfully, they’re also filled with plenty of promise, judging by their first performances in a season premiere filled with laughs, tears and dropped jaws.
Kicking the season off was NFL star Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke with the cha-cha-cha, a dance Burke described as “fun and flirty, just like [Ochocinco].”
‘Dancing’ kicks off strong with clear favorites
After 10 seasons, it’s surprisingly easy to see the way a season of “Dancing With the Stars” is going to shake out. Once you’ve seen everyone dance one time, you can start to separate them into the favorites, the mushy middle and the total cannon fodder that will be unceremoniously booted in whatever order the fans deem appropriate. It doesn’t correlate perfectly with judges’ scores because fans will do what fans will do, as 10 seasons of this show have demonstrated.
WE ARE THE FALLEN: The KERRANG! Interview – Mar. 23, 2010
John LeCompt (guitar) “American Idol” powerhouse vocalist Carly Smithson of WE ARE THE FALLEN popped into the Kerrang! magazine office on Monday, March 22 to talk about their upcoming album, “Tear The World Down”, and their debut gig in London. Watch the chat below.
WE ARE THE FALLEN — the new band featuring original EVANESCENCE members Ben Moody (guitar), LeCompt and Rocky Gray (drums) along with Smithson — will release its debut album, “Tear The World Down”, on May 11 via Universal Republic Records. The group’s first single, “Bury Me Alive”, was made available exclusively via the digital domain in early February. A second track, “Without You”, is currently being streamed on the band’s official web site.
Exclusive: On Eve Of Single Release, Anoop Announces Music Video & Tour In The Works
We kicked off a new season of live chats with a bang tonight. “Idol” season 8 finalist and recording artist, Anoop Desai & MTV News “Idol” Expert, Jim Cantiello, joined us!
Fans got to chat with Anoop first & questions/comments centered mostly on his new single & debut album.
AINow: Your debut single, “My Name” comes out tomorrow. Set the scene for us as to how this song came about & why you picked it to be your debut track.
Monday’s Dancing: What You Didn’t See
DAZZLING DEBUT: Three cheers for Brooke Burke, whose ballroom co-hosting debut was a huge success! “Having a partner like Tom [Bergeron] who’s impeccable helps, ” Burke told PEOPLE after the show. “There was so much anxiety in the room tonight with everybody stretching, everybody trying to remember their routines. I know what it’s like and I wanted to just throw out the index cards and give everybody a big hug.” Derek Hough, Burke’s former partner, told PEOPLE, “Brooke nailed it tonight. She was smooth, great and she looked gorgeous.”
Cherry Deals, Capitol Records, and Vanguard Records Offer Pre-Release Sales of Kimberly Caldwell’s “Without Regret” Today
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peanut Labs’ Cherry Deals, the only social buying club and monetization platform that allows shoppers to buy exclusive deals at discounts over 50%, today announced a pre-release deal on autographed copies of Kimberly Caldwell’s Without Regret.
Kimberly Caldwell is perhaps best known as a second-season contestant on television phenomenon American Idol, and as an entertainment correspondent and host of various television programs. Following the success of two singles, 2008’s “Fear of Flying” and “Gave Yourself Away, ” Caldwell’s debut album Without Regret is scheduled to hit stores on April 6. Autographed copies of the CD are available March 23–26 on CherryDeals.com and through the Cherry Deals section of leading online applications, games, and social networks including Facebook. The autographed CD will sell for $20 — a 60% discount off its $50 retail value.
Local ‘Idol’ finalist DeWyze got his start pushing porridge
Lee DeWyze wasn’t always rock ‘n roll. Two years ago, he was more Farmer Brown.
That’s when the “American Idol” finalist helped out the wife of a fellow band member and recorded six songs to promote Square One Organic baby foods.
“When we asked him, he never batted an eye and jumped right in, ” said Denise Henderson, of River Forest. “He was so great. Now my kids and I watch him on ‘American Idol’ and it’s just so weird.”
DeWyze met Denise Henderson’s husband, Jeff, about five years ago, when the two formed the Lee DeWyze Band along with two other musicians. Lee handles the lead vocals and guitar for the band while Jeff plays the keyboard, bass guitar and harmonica.