So many headlines today…I’m putting up another headlines post.
Alex Lambert fan campaign shifts gears, sets sights on ‘If I Can Dream’
And now Lambert fans are setting their sights on Simon Fuller’s newly launched Web show, “If I Can Dream, ” in which five aspiring stars living together in the Hollywood Hills try to catch their first big break.
The Facebook pages were a flutter with activity Sunday night as fans encouraged others to petition “Dream” producers to consider Lambert as the sixth cast member.
“We have an opportunity to put Alex on the show ‘If I Can Dream’ to help him get a label, ” read one post. “And that means 24/7 Alex Lambert!” (Having spent some time in the “Dream” mansion, I can attest that there is an extra, empty bedroom prepped for that very purpose.)
Will his Hollywood dreams come true after all? Lambert tweeted that he was in L.A. on Friday, that’s certainly a good start. Check back for updates as we get them.
Idol Meter: Tim Urban, Katie Stevens and Casey James
Perhaps it’s best to forget last week’s disastrous mix of overexposed songs and substandard performances (only Crystal Bowersox emerged unscathed) and look ahead with hope to Tuesday night’s R&B fest.
Singers who could benefit include belters Crystal and Siobhan, Michael “Mr. Smooth” Lynche and (with smart choices) Casey and Katie. Here’s a closer look at three more contestants:
More Idol Headlines after the jump…
‘American Idol’ Owner CKX Confirms It’s in Sale Talks (Update5)
March 29 (Bloomberg) — “American Idol” owner CKX Inc. confirmed it’s in discussions regarding a possible sale, after Chief Executive Officer Robert F.X. Sillerman said this month he was “extremely frustrated” with the company’s stock price.
One Equity Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s private equity arm, is near an agreement to take New York-based CKX private, a person with knowledge of the matter said March 26. There’s no assurance a deal will take place and no guarantee it will be at the price and terms speculated, CKX said in a statement today.
(I posted this story when the WSJ broke this story on Friday)
Anoop Desai Dishes On New Album & Life After ‘Idol’
Anoop Desai stopped by the OK! NYC offices and opened up about transitioning from the American Idol stage and his new music career. The Idol alum couldn’t be more excited to release his new EP — Anoop’s single “My Name” debuted last week, and is already generating buzz. Check out OK!’s interview with the up-and-coming artist!
‘American Idol’: Scott MacIntyre ‘Heartstrings’ ‘above Lady Gaga, right under Kris Allen’
Scott MacIntyre released his debut album “Heartstrings” on March 11, the night he returned to the “American Idol” stage. Find out what his favorite songs are and what the album really means to him.
Scott tells Zap2it that his new album “Heartstrings” is “all original music. It’s a full-length album and last we checked, it was No. 19 on the iTunes pop album chart. It was right above Lady Gaga, right under Kris Allen … some good company there.”
Paige Miles looks back on her time in ‘La-La Land’
In the second of Idol Tracker’s weekly series, Top 11 contestant Paige Miles reflects on her time in “La-La Land, ” and offers her thoughts on the “American Idol” judges (Randy Jackson wears cool shoes! Simon Cowell is shorter than you think!), Ryan Seacrest’s Twitter addiction and the Hollywood landmark she never got to visit (Staples Center — go Lakers!).
Read on for Paige’s answers to our questionnaire in her own words (and handwriting!).
Academy of Country Music Confirms More Acts for Free Concerts in Las Vegas
David Nail, Danny Gokey, the Randy Rogers Band, Emily West and The Band Perry have been added to the list of performers at free concerts taking place April 16-17 in Las Vegas. The events at the Freemont Street Experience are part of the activities leading up to the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. As previously announced, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert will headline the individual shows. The April 16 lineup includes Lady Antebellum, Nail, Gokey, West and The Band Perry.
Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” Becomes Her 12th #1 Single
Nashville, TN – Superstar Carrie Underwood’s gorgeous “Temporary Home” today becomes the 12th #1 single of her career and the second chart-topper from her Platinum-certified Play On collection. Sprinting to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs in just 18 weeks, the song hit the chart summit faster than any other single this year.
On the CMT Top Twenty Countdown episode that premiered this past Friday, the touching music video for “Temporary Home” topped the countdown for the fifth consecutive week.
Paris Bennett on ‘Rent, ‘ This Season’s Teenagers and Her New Jazz Album
Since appearing on the show, the 21-year-old has released two albums, 2007’s soul-pop and R&B-heavy ‘Princess P’ and 2008’s Christmas album ‘A Royal Christmas.’ She’s also been active in theater, performing in ‘Rent’ in Minneapolis (she was in the ensemble and also understudied the part of Mimi) with her mother, former Sounds of Blackness vocalist Jamecia Venzett Bennett. In 2008, Bennett gave birth to a baby girl, whom she named Egypt.
Bennett talked to AOL TV about her upcoming jazz album and possible theater projects (‘Footloose’? ‘Hairspray’?), her ‘Single Ladies’-loving toddler and whom she keeps in touch with from season 5.
Ellen DeGeneres Comic Book to Benefit Humane Society
She’s loved animals all her life, so it’s only fitting that the print edition of Ellen DeGeneres’s life story would benefit furry creatures big and small.
Bluewater Productions has just announced that DeGeneres is the latest star to be featured in their Female Force comic book series, available on Wednesday, with a portion of proceeds going to the Humane Society of the United States.
‘Glee’: Spring premiere screens early at a theater near you
Is “Glee’s” April 13th premiere still too far off?
Then whip out your credit card. Select cities are showing early screenings of the spring premiere, and all proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy in the Schools” music education programs.
Ultimate Gleekdom and philanthropy. How can you lose?
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Dancers to pair with all-stars in Season 7
More big changes are afoot at “So You Think You Can Dance, ” ones that are sure to especially excite diehard “SYTYCD” fans as well as those who perhaps lost interest sometime after Season 4. A few days ago, Maria Elena Fernandez reported on executive producer Nigel Lythgoe’s announcements on tweaks the show is making for Season 7. Today, on a conference call he revealed even more intriguing news: that not only are the dancers changing partners each week, they won’t even be dancing with one another, except for the finale. A team of “SYTYCD” “all-stars” will be brought on board, “some of our favorite dancers from across all six seasons.” Instead of the contestants choosing genres out of the hat, they’ll select a photo of one of the all-stars and that will dictate their dance for the week. Each all-star will represent a genre in which he or she has dominated on the show. “For instance, ” said Lythgoe, “If you were to pick Fred Astaire, you’d see that you’re going to do a fox trot that week.”