Idol Worship: Diane Warren Heaps Praise On “Amazing” Adam Lambert
We ran into all sorts of people at Perez Hilton’s birthday party on Saturday night, which was held at famed Los Angeles hot-spot the Viper Room and featured a surprise performance by none other than Christina Aguilera(!), but far more interesting than vapid conversations we had with the likes of Tara Reid was our quick chat with Diane Warren outside on Sunset Boulevard. The veteran songwriter, Perez pal and former Idol guest judge admitted she only recently started tuning in to season 8, but was already fired up about one contestant: Adam Lambert.
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American Idol’s Megan and the name game
Were you as shocked as I was that when the results of the American Idol Top 10 Motown performances were announced that the blonde with the tattoo on her arm was safe?
Her enthusiastic, but lamentable, version of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life” was a “train wreck” according to Randy Jackson (and he’s rarely that critical), while Simon Cowell labeled her singing “atrocious.” So, yes, I was stunned when she wasn’t in the bottom three. By the way, I’m not being insulting by not calling her by her name, I’m just not sure what it is.
Gokey better “Get Ready” for tough battle on “Idol”
While Milwaukee’s Danny Gokey does not seem in danger of being eliminated from the competition tonight on “American Idol, ” his status as a favorite/front-runner could be in jeopardy.
On a night when the contestants sang Motown hits, with Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy seated in the audience, Gokey sang “Get Ready.” The tune fit his voice well and Gokey gave an energetic and overall credible effort, but judge Simon Cowell termed it “clumsy and amateurish.”
The other judges were more kind.
‘American Idol’ Vs. ‘Lost’: The great ‘Must List Live!’ debate
They are titans of pop culture and now air against each other on Wednesday nights. So which show is better: American Idol or Lost? Jessica Shaw and I debate which program matters more (and even allow special guest Sir Anthony Hopkins to weigh in) on the debut episode of Must List Live! Also on the menu: Fast & Furious, Slumdog Millionaire, and Sir Anthony’s somewhat shocking Celebrity Must List pick o’ the week. Check it all out below and let us know who’s right and who’s wrong in the big Idol vs. Lost debate.
Jordin Sparks Ready For Jonas Brothers Romance Rumors
When she heads out on the road with the Jonas Brothers this summer, Jordin Sparks knows there’s a good chance that magazines and gossip sites will romantically link her to at least one of the guys. And she’s just fine with that.
“That is so funny, because I have had so many people tell me that, and I am like, ‘Oh great, here we go, ‘ ” she told E! News. “It is really funny, but I am ready. … Bring it on!”
Since it’s likely that she’ll be linked to one of the brothers at some point during the trek, Sparks was asked which one she’d like to share a headline with. “I don’t know, ” she said. “I think it would be scandalous on either side, because I think Kevin and Joe are taken at the moment and Nick is a lot younger than me.”
Castro Returns To Aggieland
Over the course of eight seasons on television, four words have become familiar in millions of households: …This is American Idol.
The show has produced famous singers, from Kelly Clarkson ‘ the show inaugural winner ‘ to Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.
And it was a little more than a year ago on that show, when Jason Castro became a nationally recognized name.
…It kind of a long journey, especially early on. There a lot of waiting in line. And there were a lot of times I felt like quitting. Id think to myself, ‹Why am I standing here? This is miserable — Im not going to make it anyways. My dad encouraged me and I went through and kept making it further and further, Castro said about his experience on the show.
‘American Idol’ winner plays to full house
More than 330 students packed into Trax on Monday, March 23 to see American Idol season seven winner David Cook perform a private concert for the Susquehanna student body.
The surprise performance was announced at the Student Activities Committee (SAC) weekly meeting earlier this semester and has been in the works for months.
“There was quite a bit of planning that had to be done to do an event of this size in Trax. This is the largest event that SAC has sponsored in Trax, and we were very glad to see that it was such a success, ” Mallory Naill SAC president said.
Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, and Kim Kardashian: The media frenzy over …fat vs skinny debate.
It was standing room only last night as Kelly Clarkson took the stage for the main event at Universal Orlando annual Mardi Gras Parade. Performing songs off of her newest CD along with her previous #1 hits (without lip-syncing I might ad), she rocked the crowd in a hot black number with her image magnified on several large screens. Eventually, the crowds were packed too tight and we began to exit the park. …Hey you guys! We turned to see one of my husband co-workers waving and walking towards us through the crowd, his young daughter by his side. …How does she look? he asked, breathing heavy just from walking the whole 25 steps towards us. …What do you mean, she sounds great! I added, puzzled. …
Muhammad Ali hosts ‘Fight Night’
A string of celebrities have thrown support behind Muhammad Ali’s ‘Fight Night’ charity event to raise money for Parkinson’s disease and other incurable illnesses.
Michael Phelps, Forest Whitaker and Jon Bon Jovi were among those in the crowd at the boxing legend’s annual ‘Fight Night’ fundraiser in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bon Jovi and Jordin Sparks provided entertainment, while swimmer Michael Phelps said it was honour to be presented with an award at the event.
FremantleMedia stepping into drama
U.K.-based conglom FremantleMedia Enterprises, well-known for its global stable of unscripted fare, is looking to expand its footprint in the drama arena.
FremantleMedia is set to announce today at the Mip TV confab in Cannes that it has sealed first-look programming deals with U.S. producers including Mike Tollin (“Smallville”), Bob Cooper (“Mr. Woodcock”) and Irwin and David Winkler.
The company has also signed U.K. producer Paul Abbott (“Cracker”) as well as Australian producer Roger Simpson.
Company will provide overhead money for Tollin’s shingle, Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment and Winkler Films to set up TV divisions. The shingles are all in the process of hiring dedicated TV development execs.
FremantleMedia Enterprises CEO David Ellender said he would be targeting U.S. cable networks for shows that emerge from the first-look deals.
Fox sets summer slate
Fox is kicking off its summer slate in late May, starting with the return of “So You Think You Can Dance” and new drama “Mental.”
As previously announced, “Dance” launches its fifth season Thursday, May 21, with a two-hour special (the night after the “American Idol” finale, as has become tradition at Fox). “Dance” will also air a two-hour special Wednesday, May 27.
The show then will fall into a regular series pattern, with two hour performance shows Wednesdays and one-hour weekly results shows Thursdays at 9 p.m.
Simon Cowell: Im too busy, something will have to give
The music mogul developed the idea for the talent show after the demise of Pop Idol and has been the lead judge on the show throughout its five series – but making that, along with judging Britain Got Talent & American Idol, and running his television production company, running a record label and managing some of the shows winners, he starting to realise he cant do it all.
He explained recently: …Something may have to give.
Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks on the ET Stage
Real-life couple and “Dancing with the Stars” team Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks are on the ET stage — and interviewing each other!
“When I first saw you, I thought you were hot, ” Julianne reveals of her first meeting with Chuck. And then she proves he is not Mr. Smooth Moves when she tells him that he talked about catering!
But Chuck is a romantic. He remembers what Julianne was wearing at that first meeting — a little yellow jacket — and says, “You are just as beautiful inside as out. That is why I fell in love with you.”
Enthusiastic Steve Wozniak defies logic of ‘Dancing’
No one watching ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (Monday, 8 ET/PT) is likely to confuse Steve Wozniak with Fred Astaire.
Wozniak’s ungainly moves have earned him some of the lowest scores from the judges in the show’s eight seasons. Foot and hamstring injuries have hampered his limited skills, which have drawn comparisons to a dancing Teletubby.
Shawn Johnson thanks Dancing with the Stars fans for their support
In a veiled acknowledgment of the stalking incident that took place last week on the studio lot where she was taping Dancing with the Stars, Olympic gymnast and DWTS contender Shawn Johnson thanked her fans for “all of the prayers and good vibes.”
In her blog, Johnson wrote: