Idol Headlines for 03/30/10

Allison Iraheta added to ASCAP I Create Music Expo Lineup

It’s less than a month before the EXPO and we have some more names to announce before Discount Pricing ends on March 31st! We have 25 more additions to our stellar list of EXPO participants, including digital guru Ted Cohen, The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, executive George Howard, American Idol’s Allison Iraheta, prolific film composer Mark Isham, hit songwriter and artist Chantal Kreviazuk and more! (Expo runs from April 22-24) More info HERE.

Kate Gosselin Wanted Her ‘DTWS’ Partner Fired

Exclusive: Sources backstage at ‘Dancing With the Stars’ tell me the sparring between Kate Gosselin and partner Tony Dovolani that we saw last night is just the tip of the iceberg, and that things escalated so quickly that Kate insisted Tony get the boot from the show! However, from what I’m hearing, it’s not Tony who’s the problem. Inside ‘DWTS’ you won’t get anywhere else, after the jump!

“Everyone involved in the show thinks Kate is impossible. We all feel very sorry that poor Tony got paired up with her. She talks to him as if he is her ninth child, ” sources tell me. “At one point things got so bad that Kate demand that the shows producers fire Tony and get her a new partner. However, everyone would rather get rid of her than Tony, who is loved by all the staff.”

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Proof the Dish Network Does Not Care About American Idol

Scott E. in LA sent us this Dish Network/TV Guide listing for American Idol. It must have been written by the biggest Ellen DeGeneres fan at all of TV Guide. Her love of Ellen outweighs even her love of employment.

Gawker

American Idol’s underwhelming Top 10: Sepinwall on TV

This is about the point in an “American Idol” season – the chaff of the semifinals has been cut and we’re down to the 10 finalists who will go on the summer concert tour – when we’ve heard a lot of Randy Jackson going on and on about how these are “the most talented finalists we’ve ever had.”

But check this out: The Dawg hasn’t been saying that, at all, because there’s no way he could do it with a straight face. A lot of the remaining contestants have talent, but two weeks into the season-nine finals, this is one of the least interesting groups they’ve ever had.

NJ.com

A talent pool that has changed

Enough with the hand-wringing.

Ratings are down, catcalls are up and the Idolosphere is a-twitter over how this season’s American Idol talent pool is wallowing in the shallow end.

A four-page lament in Friday’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, headlined Why Can’t The New Idols Sing?, blames the dearth of ability on everything from too much guitar strumming to a tired songbook to a surfeit of style at the expense of substance and good-old-fashioned singing ability. It’s all true.

Vancouver Sun

Cape Cod’s Siobhan Magnus shines among second-rate ‘Idol’ hopefuls

Siobhan Magnus faces the greatest challenge of her fledgling musical career on tonight’s “American Idol.”

Can she sing an r & b song to prove to the nation that she can do more than just grab a note and hurl it through the ceiling?

Barring a horrendous performance – unlikely – the Cape Codder seems a lock to continue in the Fox competition that remains the No. 1 show in prime time (at 8 p.m. on WFXT, Ch. 25).

Boston Herald

‘American Idol’ contestants have long to-do lists

After Wednesday’s elimination show, there’s little time for sad goodbyes and reflection.

The contestants must have decide by Thursday morning what song they’ll sing for the following week. On Friday, they generally record the song for iTunes, and Saturday is spent doing shoots with mentors, like this week’s guest, Usher.

On Sunday, they film their Ford music videos and spend Monday doing more recording and rehearsing.

Associated Press

David Cook gives back with the U.N.

American Idol champ David Cook is in Ethiopia today helping the United Nations Foundation spread the word about female empowerment. Cook is there to visit the UN’s Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Project, which was started to educate and empower girls in Ethiopia in an effort to break the cycle of poverty and curb child marriage rates.

Footage from his special trip will air during the annual charity television special, Idol Gives Back on Fox on April 21.

USA Today

Poll: Who has the hottest spouse?

“Tough one, ” says an Eastern Conference vet. “Many of us are good-looking guys with charm, so there is a lot to choose from. I’ll take Mike Fisher’s fiancée, though.” You may know her as Carrie Underwood; she grabbed 48 percent of the envy. Others with high approval ratings: Mike Modano (10 percent), who is married to model Willa Ford, and Mike Comrie (6 percent), the future Mr. Hilary Duff.

ESPN

VIDEO: Idol Confessions with Kevin Covais

Season 5 finalist Kevin Covais recently stopped by the L.A. Times studio. The Long Island, N.Y., native filled us in on his favorite memories from the show, an entire episode he’d like to forget and his life since “Idol, ” starring… Lindsay Lohan?

That’s right! Check out the video below and look for Kevin on this year’s “American Idol Rewind.”

LA Times

‘American Idol’: 20 Songs We’d Ban from the Show Forever!

From the overplayed ”I Have Nothing, ” to the always unsuccessful ”Heat Wave, ” we count down the songs that no contestant should ever bring to the ”Idol” stage again!

Entertainment Weekly

‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Trust Your Pro

Last night’s second performance episode of Dancing With the Stars touched every moment from euphoria (Pamela Anderson’s ‘O’ faces) to despair (Tony threatening to quit on Kate Gosselin). Some of these moments took place in the past, like Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon and Shannen Doherty donning a Heathers-inspired business suit. Congratulations to DWTS for whipping out a Heathers revival so soon, and for the record I’d very much like to see Shannen conduct a Lunchtime Poll with DANCMSTR, Bruno, and Carrie Ann at their judges-only cafeteria table. I trust that this table is extra-sturdy in case Bruno decides to jump on top of it and swivel his hips for the rest of the staff, or in case Winona Ryder drops by and tries to steal it. It’s probably blocked off by sparkly ***LIFT POLICE*** tape because Carrie Ann thinks everything around her is a potential crime scene. You know the rules: It’s safety first at Dancing With the Stars. Then tears. And finally — crucially — an artful and deliberate arrangement of perky breasts. Here we go.

Entertainment Weekly

Kate Gosselin to Tony on ‘Dancing With The Stars’: ‘A lot of people quit on me in life’

Yikes. Dancing With The Stars “shopping cart” Kate Gosselin reduced her partner Tony Dovolani first to quivering rage and then to quivering apology before their jive-in-every-sense dance on Monday night.

In the taped rehearsal segment before their performance, Kate was shown asking Tony for more detailed instructions, and after a while, Dovolani expressed his frustration to the camera by saying, “Nothing in dancing is natural to Kate.” Getting hot under the collar, he chafed, “I’ve never been questioned in my teaching, ” and finally: “I quit.” He walked out, while Kate looked at her camera and said, over and over, “I don’t get it.”

Entertainment Weekly

Eyeing X Factor, Is Simon Cowell Deliberately Sabotaging American Idol?

The hot new dance in Idolmania forums is the Season Nine Hate-Rag — we shuffle, pout, call the talent pool a worthless bunch of nervous tickers, boo, turn it all about, and blame Ellen DeGeneres too. That seems valid in the broad strokes, but my latent conspiratorial sense wonders if Simon Cowell hasn’t concocted this ennui himself. After season nine’s coronation ceremony, the 50-year-old judge will leave Idol for this fall’s American debut of X Factor, which he produces and has a financial stake in. Wouldn’t a muddled ninth season of Idol give X Factor a better chance to shine? Have we already forgotten that the original UK version of X Factor effectively wiped out Pop Idol after Cowell jumped ship? Ahead of tonight’s episode, we postulate three ways The Underwhelmed One may be cutting down Kelly Clarkson’s alma mater after the jump.

Movieline

Tony Dovolani: I Regret Telling Kate Gosselin “I Quit”

Tony Dovolani regrets telling partner Kate Gosselin he “quit” after a rehearsal spat featured on Monday’s show.

“I don’t like speaking when I am upset, and I don’t ever want to bring back words that I don’t mean, and ‘I quit’ I guess was one of them, ” he told Entertainment Tonight. “And I only said one word, and I guess that’s the one I take back.”

US

DWTS’ Maks, Erin Andrews Play Coy on Romance Rumors

Dancing with the Stars partners Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews played coy when asked about rumors that they’re heating up off the dance floor.

“We’re married already!” Chmerkovskiy, 30, joked with UsMagazine.com after Monday’s show. “We’re way past the point of anything else.”

US

OK! Blog: Anoop Desai’s ‘Idol’ Dish

Of the more than one million people across the country who have auditioned for American Idol, only a few dozen know what it’s truly like to live the Idol life. And that’s why OKmagazine.com has brought in an expert! Every week, former finalist Anoop Desai shares his insights on the new season, only for OK!.

I’ve had to explain away many of the inadequacies of this season by telling people about what it’s like on the inside of the “Idol Bubble.”

OK Magazine

‘Glee’ Exclusive: Nationwide casting call for season two begins today!

How many of you Gleeks have imagined yourself singing opposite Glee’s Lea Michele or Cory Monteith or Matthew Morrison? Well, that Gleeky dream could soon become a reality. EW has the exclusive news that Glee producers are beginning a nationwide casting call today for performers between the ages of 16 and 26 to be featured in season two of Fox’s hit series. Beginning today, those interested can go to this MySpace page and upload audition videos through April 26. The videos should explain why you want to be on Glee and feature a performance of one of Glee’s hit tracks, like “True Colors, ” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want, ” and “Lean on Me.” Performances can either be a cappella or with a single instrument via My Space karaoke. Videos should be only five minutes in length (one-minute intro, four-minute performance) and are limited to one per person.

Entertainment Weekly

Lythgoe to deliver keynote at Banff

TORONTO — It’ll be Strictly Come Banffing this June for TV talent judge Nigel Lythgoe.

The “So You Think You Can Dance” executive producer is to deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Banff World Television Festival.

Lythgoe, who co-founded Big Red 2 Entertainment with 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller, will also receive an award of excellence at the Canadian TV gabfest and market, set to run this year from June 13 to 16 in the Canadian Rockies.

The Hollywood Reporter

Evan Lysacek: “I Wasn’t Hurting Until This Morning”

Evan Lysacek is in pain.

“I wasn’t hurting until this morning, ” Dancing With the Stars’ latest Olympic gold-medalist contestant just told me. “My calves are a little sore and my feet, too. Even my ankles hurt. I’m so used to them being supported by the skates, but now they hurt. I’m resting now, but we have rehearsal later today because of my schedule—but then more rest.”

But it’s all worth it if it means taking home that disco ball trophy, right? Read on for the first installment of my exclusive weekly chats with Mr. Lysacek. We talked Kate Gosselin’s meltdown, not fighting with his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, and what he does before every performance…

EOnline

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  1. David Cook has tweeted from Ethiopia today that he was up in time to see a sunrise for the first time in a long time, while his guitarist buddy Neal tweets that the people he’s met there like his tattoos. Hope we get some more tweets.

  2. WOOHOO!! Sony_Music @t4miracles WDYWFM is double platinum and FYE is platinum in Canada

  3. WOOHOO!! Sony_Music @t4miracles WDYWFM is double platinum and FYE is platinum in Canada

    That is great! Congrats to Adam

  4. Another day, another batch of “this season of AI sucks” articles. Sigh. I didn’t really agree with the Vancouver one – that one prefers the stance that AI is all about finding a diamond in the rough. Yeah, because that’s really getting us such stellar talent THIS year (rolls eyes). Believe me, what most people are bemoaning is that these people are too inexperienced and boring. Crystal is the most polished and confortable on stage, and, surprise surprise, she’s also the favorite, and seemingly the most well liked in general. Heck, we’ve even talked before about how the likes of Kelly and Carrie came with a lot of experience before.

    Hopefully tonight’s show will be better – the material to choose from is generally stronger, and nights like Motown, Standards, etc, have usually yielded the best nights on AI just because of the better song material.

  5. Oh, and congrats to Adam – of course :-) I said this on the other thread too, but just copying over to say that this really shows that he is gaining more traction and success in different parts of the world, which is fantastic news!!

  6. Woohooo! Congratulations Adam! And FYE platinum is great to hear. I knew this song would do well elsewhere, I love it!

  7. POP:
    14 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5457 5202 255 30.257
    +80 Spins
    +68 Bullet
    +0.271 AI

    HAC:
    14 12 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2319 1987 332 11.294
    +64 Spins
    +36 Bullet
    +0.052 AI

  8. so now in canada its

    FYE Album-Platinum
    FYE Song-Platinum
    WWFM- 2x Platinum
    yay!

  9. Siobhan has said that you won’t be hearing “the Note” from her for some time.

    See here :

    Siobhan Magnus says no more high notes on “American Idol”

    See, that’s the problem. I’m not entirely convinced yet of Siobhan as really having the best musical instincts at this point. She’s good in a decidedly weak field, but I have this sense that she doesn’t realize that there is a time and place for doing certain musical effects. The high notes would work, when the music and moment call for them – just not for every song. IDK.

    I just have the sense from her at this point that she’s not necessarily thinking of what works best for the music – maybe based on her comment last week about wanting to put in the high notes because she could do them and it set her apart.

  10. That’s great news for Adam. But please remind me — how much do you have to sell to go platinum in Canada?

  11. That’s great news for Adam. But please remind me — how much do you have to sell to go platinum in Canada?

    As far as I can tell it’s 20K/40K (gold/platinum) for singles in Canada.

  12. UN Foundation Press Release – AMERICAN IDOL’s David Cook Travels to Ethiopia with the UN Foundation

    Trip focuses global attention on girls’ health and education. IDOL GIVES BACK to benefit the UN Foundation Wednesday, April 21, on FOX.

    Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 30, 2010 — Today, Season 7 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, David Cook arrived in Ethiopia as a guest of the United Nations Foundation to learn about the challenges adolescent girls face in many parts of the world. While in Ethiopia, Cook will visit the United Nations’ Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Project to see firsthand how the UN Foundation is supporting the work of the UN to educate and empower girls. Footage of Cook’s trip to Ethiopia will be featured during IDOL GIVES BACK, the Emmy-winning television event and musical celebration developed by AMERICAN IDOL creator Simon Fuller, on Wednesday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

  13. ONE DAY UPDATES FOR POP CHART

    17 17 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 4713 -142 -986 -116 24.496 -1.018
    21 21 DAUGHTRY Life After You 3692 -33 -33 -55 15.514 -0.054
    38 38 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1123 +64 321 +12 3.319 +0.223

    EDIT: LLWD is still #4 on Hot AC chart, 103 spins behind Halfway Gone and 270 spins behind Hey, Soul Sister (both of these songs are losing spins); AIEW has moved to just outside the Top 20 (#21) on the Hot AC chart

    iTunes update:

    #21 WWFM
    #27 LLWD
    #46 Life After You
    #342 AIEW

  14. Another day, another batch of “this season of AI sucks” articles. Sigh.

    I know what you mean Mary102… I actually feel sorry for these kids this season.. I’m sure as stand-alone musicians they perform fine in their own little comfort zone. These kids are probably very good singers if let’s say we heard them in a bar or small venue performance. But they just don’t seem to wow on stage this whole batch… Maybe Crystal stands out so exceptionally well is cos the rest just fade off into the background.

    I wonder how they must be feeling when these kids read such articles about how much they suck. And I don’t want Siobhan to stop The Note!! I just want her to spread out her notes lol…

  15. The Vancouver Sun thinks that the Season Five talent pool initially seemed “mediocre”??? And then inexplicably produced Katharine and Daughtry??? Huh? What were they smoking at the Vancouver Sun? For one thing, Kat and Chris were good from the beginning, as were Taylor, Elliott, Paris, Mandisa, and even Ace, Lisa Tucker … Strange, to me, to call that one of the show’s old-style inexperienced talent pools. A lot of them had quite significant experience and training. Actually, I’m not sure you could say any of the early seasons had a particularly inexperienced talent pool — there were people with a *lot* of experience and/or training in every single season, alongside the rank amateurs, of course.

  16. girlygirl:
    03/30/2010 at 11:06 am

    That’s great news for Adam. But please remind me — how much do you have to sell to go platinum in Canada?

    According to this link, it’s 40,000 for gold, 80,000 for plat., 160,000 for double plat.

    http://www.cria.ca/goldplat.php

  17. I think *album* platinum in Canada is 80,000. … They must be a less singles-focused, more album-focused market than the U.S.? I think that matters in how these numbers are set, doesn’t it?

  18. lol – lucy – thank you for bringing up the other point that made me go WTF with that Vancouver article. S5 is widely considered to be one of the strongest years (though, tbh, in hindsight my family has been watching AI rewind and cringing at a lot of those performances – some of the top 10 just really weren’t that good after all.)

    But yeah, Chris and Kat were always strong – Chris especially – I remember him performing Higher Ground and Hemorrhage during semi-finals – and Simon was raving that he was in a different league from all the other contestants.

  19. I personally don’t care what the numbers are to be gold and platinum in different countries. Obviously, the number of sales (and hence dollars) is not as strong as in the US, which just has a much bigger population.

    However, what it shows to me is that Adam is spreading out into different regions around the world, in different countries, and picking up fans and doing well in those countries. That’s awesome in my book :-)

  20. Thanks everyone for the info. It’s a little confusing since every country has different stands for gold and platinum.

  21. Go frikken Canada!!! Woot good for Adam. Hopefully with the Wango Tango thing, his GLAAD performance and his return to AI it will get some people to go buy his album and give new life into WWFM on the radio so it doesn’t slip…come on baby get to Top 10

  22. The only Idol to get any new Top 40 adds today is Kelly — she has gotten 1 this morning (to go along with the 5 Top 40 adds she got yesterday)

  23. The only Idol to get any new Top 40 adds today is Kelly — she has gotten 1 this morning (to go along with the 5 Top 40 adds she got yesterday

    I wouldn’t expect either WWFM or LLWD to get any more top 40 adds (except maybe some Canada top 40 adds for llwd)…they already each have all but about 10 of the monitored stations and I doubt any of those will add at this point

    woohoo Kelly! Love that girl, love that song

  24. Another day, another batch of “this season of AI sucks” articles. Sigh.

    Yeah, I agree that this season is pretty crappy (insert Alex / Katelyn / Lilly whine here) but I feel bad that the Idol kids will have to deal with all the negative press in addition to the usual pressures.

    Believe me, what most people are bemoaning is that these people are too inexperienced and boring.

    I don’t think it’s necessarily about inexperience, but more about the boring. In the past, there have been some not-great singers that were still interesting as characters. Last year we had Blind Guy, who was also quite quick with the quips, and quirky-voiced, twisty-dancing caw-caw girl. Alex was about as inexperienced as it gets but, for me, it was interesting to see him try. He let people see his fear. With the finalists this year, I feel like they’re trying so hard to be safe, okay, presentable, omg just don’t screw up!….that it’s sucking the personality away.

    I think orginally TPTB expected a couple of the bigger personalities like Todrick, Jermaine, Tyler, Haeley to be around at this point to keep things livelier.

  25. I wouldn’t expect either WWFM or LLWD to get any more top 40 adds (except maybe some Canada top 40 adds for llwd)…they already each have all but about 10 of the monitored stations and I doubt any of those will add at this point

    I think for WWFM the only possible top40 adds are WVHT and WWKL (don’t know if they have added yet)… the rest left are autoadders. There is also one Canada top40 station left on the monitored panel that haven’t added WWFM.

  26. They must be a less singles-focused, more album-focused market than the U.S.? I think that matters in how these numbers are set, doesn’t it?

    I’m pretty sure the numbers are set based upon the population of the country, not according to whether the country’s inhabitants are more likely to buy singles or albums.

  27. Maybe I’m just going all soft in my old age, but I’m starting to get really sick of the relentless bashing the contestants are taking this season in the press and the larger Idolsphere.

    After everybody (and his mother) complaining about too many “plants” and “professionals” getting through in the last few seasons, and the endless waxing nostalgic for some rags-to-riches storyline that, aside from Clay Aiken, never really existed, now that they finally got what they (thought they) wanted, they compare this group to the very professionals they complained about just last season!

    Blame the cynical producers, blame the useless judges, but don’t blame these kids for performing “amateurishly” when most of them are amateurs or obscure semi-professionals to begin with.

    Based on the performances of many of the big-name stars in the last several seasons, it’s clearly not that easy to sing live before the likes of Simon Cowell and the ruthless American audience at home. Especially when you know everybody’s already written you off as the “worst ever.”

    It’s starting to feel like this has gone from the “search for a superstar” to a weekly blood sport at the Colosseum.

  28. That’s great news for Adam. But please remind me — how much do you have to sell to go platinum in Canada?

    I think 40,000. If you don’t think that is an achievement then compare Canada’s population to the US. To be platinum in the states you need to sell 1 million with a population of more than 376 million. In Canada you need to sell 40,000 with a population around 35 million. It is as hard to reach platinum in Canada as it is in the USA.

  29. I don’t think it’s necessarily about inexperience, but more about the boring. In the past, there have been some not-great singers that were still interesting as characters. Last year we had Blind Guy, who was also quite quick with the quips, and quirky-voiced, twisty-dancing caw-caw girl.

    I agree – boring is worse – and this year has it, not just on the stage but off as well. Lee is dull as dirt (or paint drying, I guess would be more apt). Casey is so forgettable about 2 seconds after he performs – he’s always competent, but just not very memorable. Most of the rest, yeah, same deal.

  30. Oh, and regarding WWFM on the radio – so I go to SoCal, hear it several times in one afternoon on KIIS. I go to NYC, and hear it not once but twice in one afternoon on the radio in different restaurants (SQUEE!), but in DC, even with 99.5 adding it, still nothing.

    DC radio, you just suck so much – and no, I DO NOT want to hear Tik Tok for the gazillionth time – ugh.

  31. Blame the cynical producers, blame the useless judges, but don’t blame these kids for performing “amateurishly” when most of them are amateurs or obscure semi-professionals to begin with.

    I do blame TPTB rather than the contestants. The idols this year are boring, off key, with limited stage presence (most, but not all) and I won’t stop pointing that out, because it’s true (imo, ymmv of course).

    I don’t blame them for hurting the show, though, because they just tried out for the show and happened to get picked to be on it. Yep, PTB (Simon et al) are to blame.

  32. Adam has passed Kris on the rolling AC chart

    24 15 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 250 97 153 4.13
    17 16 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin..248 186 62 2.038

  33. After everybody (and his mother) complaining about too many “plants” and “professionals” getting through in the last few seasons, and the endless waxing nostalgic for some rags-to-riches storyline that, aside from Clay Aiken, never really existed, now that they finally got what they (thought they) wanted, they compare this group to the very professionals they complained about just last season!

    LOL. Sooo true! Great insight there!!

  34. I just have the sense from her at this point that she’s not necessarily thinking of what works best for the music – maybe based on her comment last week about wanting to put in the high notes because she could do them and it set her apart.

    Well, I think a lot of the contestants do think strategically and some of the better ones have admited it.
    Cook talked about his concept of building a setlist during the show, Kris said he wanted to create “a moment” before “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Adam said in several interviews that during several performances he went bat shit crazy at the end to set himself apart (only to find out his subdued performances worked better).

  35. After everybody (and his mother) complaining about too many “plants” and “professionals” getting through in the last few seasons, and the endless waxing nostalgic for some rags-to-riches storyline that, aside from Clay Aiken, never really existed, now that they finally got what they (thought they) wanted, they compare this group to the very professionals they complained about just last season!

    THIS. My counter argument – that I gave up on last season.

  36. I agree – boring is worse – and this year has it, not just on the stage but off as well. Lee is dull as dirt (or paint drying, I guess would be more apt). Casey is so forgettable about 2 seconds after he performs – he’s always competent, but just not very memorable. Most of the rest, yeah, same deal.

    I’d much rather see Lee and Casey perform than Megan Joy or Scott MacIntyre, both of whom I couldn’t stand last season. Lee is far from my favorite and Casey has kind of underwhelmed, but they both seem like decent guys and working musicians who are trying desperately to figure out what the hell they got themselves into when they auditioned for the show. Megan and Scott were nothing more than token novelty acts, IMHO, and both were much worse singers than at least half of this season’s top 12.

    I do blame TPTB rather than the contestants. The idols this year are boring, off key, with limited stage presence (most, but not all) and I won’t stop pointing that out, because it’s true (imo, ymmv of course).

    I’m not annoyed at people bitching on Idol sites. Hell, I’ve done plenty of it myself, and everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion. I’m talking about the so-called “professionals” who really need to step it up a bit themselves. They’re becoming as boring as the very contestants they’re harping on.

  37. Looks like FYE (the single) has gone gold in NZ! Both the single and album have gotten gold certifications. The numbers are not huge but it is interesting to see who else was certified gold this week.

    The numbers are all relative, so they are kind of huge if you relate them to New Zealand having a total population of 4.2 million people.

    Between the New Zealand gold cert and the Canada platinum cert, looks like FYE the single is going to have the last laugh at all the haters that said it was a failure and a flop. :) I would imagine there will be more countries also, since FYE the single sits at #2 on the Japan Billboard Top100 songs.

  38. Blame the cynical producers, blame the useless judges, but don’t blame these kids for performing “amateurishly” when most of them are amateurs or obscure semi-professionals to begin with.

    I agree. I don’t think this is the problem. This is what Idol is about, after all. Look at Carrie, Clay, Gokey; all inexperienced, all stage presence “not so Much” and all doing something with their careers.

    My problem with Idol past few years is what the article above (Vancouver Sun) states:

    A four-page lament in Friday’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, headlined Why Can’t The New Idols Sing?, blames the dearth of ability on everything from too much guitar strumming to a tired songbook to a surfeit of style at the expense of substance and good-old-fashioned singing ability. It’s all true.

    Much as I dislike EW for being a tabloid rag, I agree with this. Idol has become something different from where it started.

  39. DC radio, you just suck so much – and no, I DO NOT want to hear Tik Tok for the gazillionth time – ugh.

    LOL! We’re right there with you in the Chicago area. They play WWFM 2-3 times a day on our MIX station, but never before 7 p.m. and usually after 9 p.m. I sleep with the radio on, and I often wake up to it in the wee hours of the morning, like around 2 or 3 a.m. If it weren’t for the facts that I’m a light sleeper and that my subconscious is on high alert for WWFM, I’d virtually never hear it on the radio. Interestingly, when the song was first being introduced on the MIX station, they played it nearly every night during their 9 at 9:00 new music show. Now, they still call it “new music” but generally only play it when the majority of humans are sleeping, despite the fact that it’s rising on the charts. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised; When I perused the hour-by-hour play chart the MIX has online a few weeks ago, they were still repeatedly playing “Waking up in Vegas” on a daily basis. Our KISS station plays it very occasionally, more, it seems, on weekends than during the week as far as I can tell.

  40. Adam’s going gold and platinum in various countries peaks my curiosity as to how other idols have done internationally. Before Adam’s stats were reported in other countries, I don’t recall hearing what the others have done in that regard. Is there a list anywhere?

  41. EDIT: LLWD is still #4 on Hot AC chart, 103 spins behind Halfway Gone and 270 spins behind Hey, Soul Sister (both of these songs are losing spins); AIEW has moved to just outside the Top 20 (#21) on the Hot AC chart

    I think that #4 is the reason why we are seeing a new release from Kris.. this and the fact that he is over seas. LLWD just hasn’t had its complete run through yet.

  42. Congrats to Adam for his Canada album and singles. Canada does seem to love them some Adam Lambert!

  43. Adam’s going gold and platinum in various countries peaks my curiosity as to how other idols have done internationally. Before Adam’s stats were reported in other countries, I don’t recall hearing what the others have done in that regard. Is there a list anywhere?

    I read that Kelly sold 22 million albums worldwide, so she has sold as many albums in the United states than in the rest of the world.

    Looking for Daughtry numbers, I found a chart that shows that his first album was at least gold in Australia, Austria, Canada (2x platinium), Finland (3x P, France, Ireland (8x P!), New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sweeden and of course United States (4x P).

    These countries look a lot similar to the ones Adam is having success so far and if I crossed this data with some of Kelly numbers I bet I would find the same countries. There’s some kind of first frontier for idol alumnis outside the US.

  44. So proud of Adam, congrats on going platinum in the Canada for both the albums and the singles. I can’t wait for him to come home, he has to very happy with the great news from Canada.

  45. Hmmmm — now MTV/UK is reporting that they have two exciting bits of news regarding Adam to divulge. My imagination runs wild! Scroll down a few items to get to their teaser about their news, titled “This is Adam Lambert Week.”

    http://bit.ly/7hCApX

  46. did anyone else post this? David Cook twitpics
    http://twitpic.com/1bz6rt – Enjoying our time in Africa with @UNFoundation….

    eta – So Sorry! I just saw that MJ started a thread about this!

  47. http://www.toms.com/blog/node/786

    Candice has been our “Shoe Glue” since she came on a few years ago and spends a lot of time in the field talking to partners and bringing back moving stories about the communities we have an impact on every day.??Her latest adventure takes her to Rwanda with the Bridge2Rwanda team to give shoes to vulnerable children in a region home to 100,000 genocide orphans, where children are at risk of soil-transmitted diseases. Early this year, we connected with a young fellow named Kris Allen – you may have seen him win that kinda popular show American Idol? Not only was he pumped about the One for One mission (and an owner of several pairs of TOMS), he wanted to bring Bridge2Rwanda and TOMS together.

    ?—

    I missed this March 10th mention of Kris and One Day Without Shoes on April 8th in Teen Vogue. Not surprising since it’s not something I’d normally read.

    http://www.teenvogue.com/style/blogs/fashion/2010/03/put-your-best-foot-forward-with-toms-and-one-day-without-shoes.html

    ‘Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes feet at events all over the US, like the Barefoot Walk on Venice Beach or American Idol winner Kris Allen’s Barefoot Concert in Little Rock, AK (his self-released debut album was appropriately titled “Brand New Shoes.”) ‘

  48. BootStar:
    03/30/2010 at 11:49 am
    Maybe I’m just going all soft in my old age, but I’m starting to get really sick of the relentless bashing the contestants are taking this season in the press and the larger Idolsphere.
    … snip …
    It’s starting to feel like this has gone from the “search for a superstar” to a weekly blood sport at the Colosseum.

    BootStar, I am too. I’ve always hated the nastiness of some fans, but the media seems to have taken on that bitchy persona. I guess if you want to be a cool kid, you have to be mean.

  49. I’d much rather see Lee and Casey perform than Megan Joy or Scott MacIntyre, both of whom I couldn’t stand last season.

    You are comparing the top of this year’s group to the bottom of last year’s top 10. I wasn’t crazy about Megan or Scott either, but this seems like an unfair comparison.

    Look at Carrie, Clay, Gokey; all inexperienced, all stage presence “not so Much” and all doing something with their careers.

    Didn’t Carrie have a lot of experience locally? She was in a band and had opened for some bigger acts at fairs ,etc. Clay had been the lead singer in a band and had recorded a couple of cheap demo albums. (like Kris and Cook did) I guess Danny was one of the more inexperienced of the group last year. Megan and Michael were also. Scott sang at church. Wasn’t Anoop in a college group?

    Every year has it’s inexperienced singers. The group this year is just downright boring. I guess instead of the individual complaints on Danny, Michael, Anoop, Scott or Megan- people are complaining about the whole group. Doesn’t bother me. I agree with the idol bloggers and various articles out there. This group is as dull as dirt.

    I wonder who the “most hated villian” will be this year? Last year it was Danny. Is it Katie or Tim this year? It’s almost like this group is so dull- people don’t even care to pick a “most hated” canidate. Maybe the group as a whole has taken on that role this season.

  50. BootStar:
    03/30/2010 at 11:49 am
    Maybe I’m just going all soft in my old age, but I’m starting to get really sick of the relentless bashing the contestants are taking this season in the press and the larger Idolsphere.
    … snip …
    It’s starting to feel like this has gone from the “search for a superstar” to a weekly blood sport at the Colosseum.

    Seems about the same to me to be honest, but then I’m an Adam fan & used to a few extra slings and arrows. Media might be meaner a bit. *shrug*

    Danny fans saw their fill too, I’m sure.

  51. You are comparing the top of this year’s group to the bottom of last year’s top 10. I wasn’t crazy about Megan or Scott either, but this seems like an unfair comparison.

    How so? We’re only at “top 10” this week. How do you know Lee and/or Casey will make it to the “top”? Everybody starts off each week even with his or her fellow contestants. They’re not racking up points that they build on from week to week. That’s why “shock boots” are a regular occurrence on the show.

    And I was also responding in part to this:

    I don’t think it’s necessarily about inexperience, but more about the boring. In the past, there have been some not-great singers that were still interesting as characters. Last year we had Blind Guy, who was also quite quick with the quips, and quirky-voiced, twisty-dancing caw-caw girl.

    I have no interest in “characters” on the show unless they’ve got the talent to back it up. They all fall in the ‘Sanjaya’ category for me: Can’t stand them. I’d much rather see inexperienced, nervous contestants (e.g., Alex Lambert) get their “sea legs” as the season goes on as long as they’re balanced out with more seasoned acts (Crystal, Adam, Cook, Carly, etc.).

  52. tiger92, agree about Carrie. Despite the “farm girl” edit she was given on Idol, she was pretty much a semi-pro by the time she entered Idol. She played at country fairs, had her own regular backing band and had already opened for some bigger acts. It’s interesting though how five years after her season, the whole “plucked from the farm” storyline for Carrie is still part of AI lore.

  53. I’m going to wait and see. I think the group had the most time to prepare for singing this week and I’m expecting better things. Crystal seemed to have her performance all planned, so I’m hoping the rest do too!

    For those only checking the headlines – David Cook just posted a vlog from Ethiopia!

  54. I am not as interested in Idol this year as in Season 6,7 or 8. I am unsure if it is the contestants as much as it is just getting a bit bored with the show since the novelty has worn off. Another issue I have been having this year probably since I have watched idol for several years, is that hearing songs previous year contestants have sung before makes the show seem more Karokee to me.I think the top 4 this year will be as good as previous years.

  55. How so? We’re only at “top 10? this week. How do you know Lee and/or Casey will make it to the “top”?

    They’ve never been in the bottom 3. They seem to do well on dial idol and both of them are often picked to be in the top 4 or even the winner of season 9. (Scott and Megan weren’t in these categories) Really…IDC! LOL They are all dull to me!

    Great updates! WWFM is still going strong! Up to #12 on HAC!

    POP:
    14 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5457 5202 255 30.257
    HAC:
    14 12 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2319 1987 332 11.294

    So, Canada has given Adam a platinum album, a platinum FYE single, and a double platinum WWFM single? Love it!

    Also, congrats on the FYE single going gold in NZ!
    It has some nice company:

    Train – Hey Soul Sister – gold x1
    Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment – gold x1
    Rihanna – Rude Boy – gold x1
    Lady Gaga And Beyonce – Telephone – gold x1

  56. tiger92 – good updates, but I expect Adam to slip to 15 on the pop chart tomorrow and stay until a few songs drop in the charts.

  57. From twitter:

    Busy prep day! Tomorrow’s show — Liam Hemsworth (aka Miley’s BF), Christina Aguilera and Kara DioGuardi from Idol w/ a big announcement.

    http://twitter.com/TheRealCC
    Executive Producer, American Top 40 and Producer for On Air with Ryan Seacrest (National)

  58. Seriously, Kate G. wanted Tony D. fired? Like they were going to fire him after he has been a series stalwart for many seasons? Unbelievable if true

  59. alaadam:
    03/30/2010 at 12:23 pm
    VH1 now has Adam’s unplugged on their TV Schedule for 4/9! http://bit.ly/9tjKUR

    This makes me insanely happy! Hoping the VH1 unplugged set gets out there more on TV, because it is insanely good (those vocals – OMG, so so incredible!) and I got really pissed when I learned VH1 wasn’t initially premiering it on tv – I guess to make room for more mindless reality shows instead – ugh.

  60. Kara DioGuardi from Idol w/ a big announcement.

    Bet she is pregnant….

  61. Kara DioGuardi from Idol w/ a big announcement.

    Bet she is pregnant….

    Thank God for Big Mike and his babymaking song choices! He led Kara away from her Casey infatuation and back into her husband’s arms ;)

  62. I am not surprised with kate g. She has a totally inflated ego cuz of reallity show and then with all the drama with her and her husband. She made the talk show rounds because of that. I seriously think she thinks she is this big huge celebrity who should have things handed to her…heheh I wanna look at her rider. Personaly I want to know why she went on another reality show instead of figuring out how to support her family (Jon being part of the support included). Because didn’t she make a big who ha about not being able to since her show got cancelled? I really hope that she figures out that being a reality show person isn’t the way to raise a family. She reminds me of the people that are repeat guest on Springer just to be on tv.

  63. Regarding Adam’s VH1 Unplugged series, I saw one of his unplugged songs included in their “Nocturnal State” program the other night. My husband happened to be flipping channels and came across it. It was cool seeing it on TV. Glad to see when the entire set is going to be televised. Thanks for the info.

  64. Please, if there is a god, let Kate by gone tonight. What a class-A b*tch. Poor Tony!!! And he’s as sweet and agreable as they come. If he can’t stand her, nobody can.

  65. Personaly I want to know why she went on another reality show instead of figuring out how to support her family

    I think reality shows *are* her preferred means of supporting her family, aren’t they?

    This one may be the end of her line, though, I would think (hope). … So I guess she’ll have to go back to her old profession soon, or find a new one.

  66. Speaking of Kara, when I went on the Borgata’s website to see if they have Kris’s August concert listed yet (they don’t), I saw that Kara is performing there on two dates in early April.

    I didn’t know she was still pursuing a singing career…?

  67. Speaking of Kara, when I went on the Borgata’s website to see if they have Kris’s August concert listed yet (they don’t), I saw that Kara is performing there on two dates in early April.

    I didn’t know she was still pursuing a singing career…?

    I noticed this a while back doing the same thing – LOL, and I think MJ added it to her events page, although she hasn’t given it much PR. :-)

    Who knew?

  68. CHART DATE: 03/29/2010
    LAST UPDATE: 03/30/2010 12:49:14
    NOW IN: FINAL

    LW TW artist / album label power index % change
    — 1 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 281,750 —
    MY WORLD 2.0
    — 2 MONICA J RECORDS/RMG 182,292 —
    STILL STANDING
    — 3 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 33 CAPITOL/EMI 133,681 —
    VARIOUS ARTISTS
    1 4 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE/EMI 78,057 -15%
    NEED YOU NOW
    — 5 SHE & HIM MERGE 46,238 —
    VOLUME TWO
    3 6 LUDACRIS DTP/DEF JAM/IDJ 44,303 -23%
    BATTLE OF THE SEXES
    10 7 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 43,343 +30%
    MY WORLD
    5 8 LADY GAGA INTERSCOPE 40,607 -15%
    FAME
    2 9 MARVIN SAPP VERITY/JLG 40,230 -50%
    HERE I AM
    7 10 BLACK EYED PEAS INTERSCOPE 33,749 -14%
    E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES)

    24 27 SUSAN BOYLE COLUMBIA 16,865 -2%
    I DREAMED A DREAM

    28 31 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 14,792 -7%
    PLAY ON

    30 45 DANNY GOKEY 19/RCA NASHVILLE 10,427 -32%
    MY BEST DAYS

    Full chart:
    http://hitsdailydouble.com/sales/salescht.cgi

  69. 30 45 DANNY GOKEY 19/RCA NASHVILLE 10,427 -32%
    MY BEST DAYS

    I am glad to see that HDD has Danny in the Top 50 on their chart. Hopefully when the actual Soundscan numbers come out tomorrow he will still be in The Top 50 on Billboard. That would great if he ends up staying in the Top 50 for another week.

  70. I have no interest in “characters” on the show unless they’ve got the talent to back it up. They all fall in the ‘Sanjaya’ category for me: Can’t stand them. I’d much rather see inexperienced, nervous contestants (e.g., Alex Lambert) get their “sea legs” as the season goes on as long as they’re balanced out with more seasoned acts (Crystal, Adam, Cook, Carly, etc.).

    ITA. I guess I’m one of the few people enjoying this season, but then I’m not expecting to find another David Cook or Adam Lambert. I just like the drama involved as the contestants tackle each week’s theme. If someone unexpectedly breaks out of the pack to become another Kris Allen, great. If not, I just want my favorites, Casey and Lee, to finish high enough to keep putting out their own albums. I don’t expect Idol to find a global superstar every year. Those are just too rare to begin with. Like the contestants, I just want to have fun watching a singing competition. Personalities don’t matter much to me until after the season ends.

  71. Good to see Danny projected to remain in the Top 50, but that’s another sizable drop for his album. Hopefully it will have a much smaller drop next week — I think it’s usually 4-5 weeks after release that the sales stabilize. Still, he should be at 115K total (I think), which isn’t bad

    Nice number for the “Now That’s What I Call Music” cd — the one with Kris’s, Adam’s and Daughtry’s singles all on there.

    And tweens must seriously have WAY more spending money than I did when I was that age — otherwise, how can you explain the continued sales numbers for Justin Bieber — with TWO albums now in the Top 7???

  72. Justin Bieber performed very well on the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards Show on Saturday, probably gave him a boost. I am glad to hear that Danny Gokey and Now That’s What I Call Music Cd had good sales this week.

  73. Please, if there is a god, let Kate by gone tonight. What a class-A b*tch. Poor Tony!!! And he’s as sweet and agreable as they come. If he can’t stand her, nobody can.

    I think a lot of people have forgotten what a huge, demanding, judgemental bitch that woman really is (until last night of course). Her reputation as a shrew who constantly criticized and harped on her husband was overshadowed by the fact that said husband was revealed to be a huge douchebag. His douchebaggery over-shadowed her bitchiness for a while and she started to garner all of the sympathy.

    Clearly, there was a reason she had that nasty rep in the first place. I doubt she’ll go back to working a real job though. TLC is so fond of giving people tv shows merely for having a litter of children at one time, that I’m sure they’ll find another use for her and her little meal tickets. The only thing more revolting about that channel is its reliance on the exploitation of little people. I imagine right now there’s a PA at TLC trying to find a woman with dwarfism who’s willing to take massive doses of fertility drugs. That’s their idea of ratings gold.

  74. I think Bieber has a crappy voice but after being forced to listen to enough of his music due to having a 14 year old obsessed with him, well I kinda get his appeal especially for young girls. His songs have good hooks and he’s cute while being non-threatening. And the funny thing is this CD will probably hang around the Top 10/20 for many, many more weeks just like his first one has.

  75. I thought Kate was bitchy on the family show too.But if I had 8 small children and my husband was cheating on me and going out drinking several times a week with college women, I would’t be to loving towards him either. She might just do the reality shows so she has more time with her kids and can provide them a good education and opportunities. I have six kids and medical and dental and college expenses are out of this world.

  76. I think Bieber has a crappy voice but after being forced to listen to enough of his music due to having a 14 year old obsessed with him, well I kinda get his appeal especially for young girls.

    My 6 year old came home from school yesterday asking if she could go to a Justin Bieber concert. Now, I need to hunt down the mom who was willing to take a kindergartner to that boy’s concert so I can punch her in the face :).

  77. Now, I need to hunt down the mom who was willing to take a kindergartner to that boy’s concert so I can punch her in the face :)

    Lol, obviously you’ve failed as a mom to force your own musical tastes onto your child…sad. Still, that’s the risk you take when you offer them musical freedom ;)

    ETA: It’s funny, I still haven’t heard Justin Bieber sing live. I would have thought he’d be decent since he was a youtube star first. I guess I’ll get to hear for myself on this week’s results show…yay…

  78. And tweens must seriously have WAY more spending money than I did when I was that age — otherwise, how can you explain the continued sales numbers for Justin Bieber — with TWO albums now in the Top 7???

    Its only $7.99 at my Target! There are 8 rows of it! They had only one row of Danny, Kris and Adam. They’ve been out of Danny’s for two weeks until now :( And this is North of Milwaukee.

    I am glad to hear that Danny Gokey and Now That’s What I Call Music Cd had good sales this week.

    Its the fourth week for Danny. If he can keep sales in the 8-10k range I’d be really, really happy since he’s had no PR beyond the (admittedly very strategic) AI appearance. That may be difficult unless he gets some PR or his song can get into the top 20 and be played by some of the Country stations that only play the top hits.

    But happy he may be in the top 5 the first week, top 20 the second; and top 50 his last two weeks.

  79. I thought Kate was bitchy on the family show too.But if I had 8 small children and my husband was cheating on me and going out drinking several times a week with college women, I would’t be to loving towards him either.

    Lol, good point! I think I would have a BIG chip on my shoulder!!

  80. TV Guide is reporting that The Fetus with Hair is only taping an appearance for later in the season, not appearing live this week with Usher.

    http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Idol-Justin-Bieber-1016787.aspx

    Noooo! I want my Fetus fix tomorrow dammit! Actually I don’t give a rat’s ass, but I’m really surprised he’s not appearing tomorrow to capitalize on his album’s release and the whole Usher connection. MJ called this one correctly, she predicted he might just be taping for a future date.

    BTW, I hate taped performances by anyone on AI, almost as much as lip-synching.

  81. Tom_Bergeron just tweeted; Just found out tonight’s bottom two on DWTS! WTF???

  82. Keith Urban/Kris Allen Vegas show poster

    Very nice!! Anybody going to this show?

  83. You can see all of this week’s monitored adds HERE.

    As far as the idols go, Kelly leads the list with 20 for AIEW.

  84. BTW, I hate taped performances by anyone on AI, almost as much as lip-synching.

    Almost all of them are taped, even if they perform that night.

    Usually, what they do is record the “Stars” performing a couple of hours before the show goes live. That way, if they have to do a re-take or whatever, they have the time. Plus, it allows them time to set up the instruments or any extra stuff (and tear it down before the show starts).

    I was actually quite amazed last week with all the instruments AI had flitting on and off the stage. So many of the Idols brought some of the AI band down to the stage (for which I thank them. One of the dumbest things they did was put the band up in the rafters. Sure, the steps are kind of cool, but they get used once every 10 episodes. The interactions with the band humanizes the entire process).

    I bag on Bruce a lot, so I bet it was Debbie working that level of organizations. And man, did the brass section look like they were having fun (both when they were on stage and when they were up on the balcony during Casey’s number).

    Bonus (in some cases): The Idols sang live without a net!

    Fingers crossed that tonight is a good one! Where are my damn spoilers!

  85. Rumor is that tonight’s show is going to start with a pro-performance….someone supposedly good. I saw it on twitter, re-tweeted by a respectable tv critic.

  86. Rumor is that tonight’s show is going to start with a pro-performance….someone supposedly good. I saw it on twitter, re-tweeted by a respectable tv critic.

    Wow! That was fast. I ask for spoilers and there they are. Maybe it’s my lucky day. Let’s try again.

    Where is my damn million dollars!

    ….waiting…waiting…

    Any hints as to who the “respectable tv critic” is?

  87. My 6 year old came home from school yesterday asking if she could go to a Justin Bieber concert. Now, I need to hunt down the mom who was willing to take a kindergartner to that boy’s concert so I can punch her in the face .

    You would be surprised at how young kids develop musical tastes and how they can appreciate music at a young age. My daughter attended her 1st concert (with me) when she was in jr K. She also attended her 1st Broadway show when she was 5 years old. I think I remember at least 5 concerts she attended when she was 5 or 6 years old. She owned cds and sang along to every word at all the concerts she attended.

    Trust me- there will be tons of 6 year olds with their Moms at the Beiber concert! Just wear earplugs if you go! Thousands of girly screams are louder than standing next to a jet engine. :)

  88. Almost all of them are taped, even if they perform that night.

    Usually, what they do is record the “Stars” performing a couple of hours before the show goes live.

    Really? Because the audience is usually visible during the guest performances, and I don’t think they let the audience in that early for a pre-taping, do they? As opposed to keeping them after for a future taping. It’s always easy to spot what’s been pre-taped because the judges aren’t in their seats.

    Rumor is that tonight’s show is going to start with a pro-performance….someone supposedly good. I saw it on twitter, re-tweeted by a respectable tv critic.

    Hmm, well that will be a big departure from their usual format. Have they ever had a guest performer on performance night? Not that I can recall. But they are going to have to fill a lot of time tonight, two looong hours for ten songs from the finalists. I’m tempted to just Tivo it and FF through all the filler.

    ETA: Kirsten in regards to what I said about pre-taping, I totally forgot about the dress rehearsal, which I guess might have a full audience. So that would be when this pre-taping you speak of happens, right?

  89. Really? Because the audience is usually visible during the guest performances, and I don’t think they let the audience in that early for a pre-taping, do they?

    They do. They actually have the audience turn up early for these things. Even without the pre-show performances, they generally try to get people seated an hour before the show so that they don’t have to worry about seating people at the last second, they can pick the swaybots and they can send around the pages with the little cups for people to deposit the chewing gum into (I was surprised they let Miley chew away). They also provide instructions.

    Read some of the behind the scenes reports on EW and they sometimes mention what goes on before the shows (EW sends reporters to the show and they right a recap).

    As opposed to keeping them after for a future taping. It’s always easy to spot what’s been pre-taped because the judges aren’t in their seats.

    Look closely. Sometimes, those aren’t the judges. The judges have doubles. I think it was last week that the EW reportere described them. The doubles are also used when they do the dress rehearsal to give the contestants somebody to sing to and because they use the dress rehearsal clips at the end of the show.

    It’s all smoke and mirrors.

  90. I was at the results show, last season, that had Jamie Fox, Taylor Hicks, and Natalie Cole. It was all live. A very cool show to be at!

  91. ETA: Kisten in regards to what I said about pre-taping, I totally forgot about the dress rehearsal, which I guess might have a full audience. So that might be when this pre-taping you speak of happens, right?

    They don’t seem to have an audience for the dress rehearsal for the Results shows, just the Performance ones. They can record “Star” performances after the Performance show, before the Results shows or after the Results show. I’ve heard of them recording performances on random nights if that’s the only night the star is available. I can’t recall them recording performances between the Performance show dress rehearsal and the Performance show because time is actually quite show short between them. Usually, the dress rehearsal wraps up around 3:30/4 (at least that’s when we tend to get spoilers) while the Performance show starts at 5 pm (local time).

  92. Trust me- there will be tons of 6 year olds with their Moms at the Beiber concert! Just wear earplugs if you go! Thousands of girly screams are louder than standing next to a jet engine.

    LOL – the thing I can’t figure out is – I don’t think she’s ever even heard the guy sing. Not enough to identify him certainly. I think it was just one of those, well my friend is doing it so I want to too thing. (She is however, an expert on both Miley & Taylor Swift. Knows the words to their songs, imitates them all the time. So, clearly I am in deep, deep doo doo.)

  93. Body doubles for the judges?? That’s hilarious. But what I was referring to is that the judges’ seats are usually empty during pre-taped performances, at least that’s what I’ve noticed in the past. With all the millions that Simon & Co. make they apparently can’t be troubled to stay a few extra minutes.

  94. Danny has a CMT Insider interview up at CMT.com. Not sure when/if it has aired at CMT television, but this is evidently in addition to Danny’s visit with Evan Farmer, host of CMT Top 20, that should air on the Top 20 show this weekend.

    The CMT Insider piece seems to have been recorded at Danny’s video shoot back in December (?). Danny makes some very nice comments about Carrie I hadn’t read before.

    http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1635093/cmt-insider-interview-danny-gokey.jhtml

    CMT.com also has a post up with Kellie Pickler

    http://blog.cmt.com/2010-03-30/slow-drivers-bring-out-kellie-picklers-inner-demon/

    Nice pics of Danny posted from a show he did at a college venue earlier this month. http://www.expression.edu/news_and_events/events_pages/#

  95. LOL – the thing I can’t figure out is – I don’t think she’s ever even heard the guy sing. Not enough to identify him certainly. I think it was just one of those, well my friend is doing it so I want to too thing. (She is however, an expert on both Miley & Taylor Swift. Knows the words to their songs, imitates them all the time. So, clearly I am in deep, deep doo doo.)

    It’s kindergarten peer pressure! LOL
    Yep, it’s only just the beginning. I’ve seen too many teeny groups than I care to admit! :) The concerts with other Moms and her little friends were fun and made for some nice memories.
    Soon enough, they will grow up and won’t want you to go to the concerts with them. :( Enjoy it while you can!

  96. Fox 6 in Milwaukee aired a segment about Danny’s commercial shoot today. They also put up a photo gallery. Not sure who the peeps are with Danny, they aren’t his actual band members.

    video
    http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-100330-gokey-commercial,0,7765432.story

    pics
    http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-100330-danny-gokey-wisconsin-vision-pg,0,3928008.photogallery

    Had to laugh at this from Wisconsin Vision twitter

    Danny is giving us a small concert – he can sing really well!
    about 3 hours ago via UberTwitter

  97. JudyOhio:
    03/30/2010 at 12:15 pm
    Adam’s going gold and platinum in various countries peaks my curiosity as to how other idols have done internationally. Before Adam’s stats were reported in other countries, I don’t recall hearing what the others have done in that regard. Is there a list anywhere?

    Late to the discussion, but Kelly & Daughtry have done well. It’s kind of hard to chart in other countries when you aren’t pushed there, i.e. David Cook.

  98. tiger92- Amazing performances. That Sleepwalker was just awesome. The show tunes part was great. I can’t believe he just burst out acapella with those like that. He does not normally agree to do that when he has been asked before.

  99. Adam tweets to Australian Radio:
    @joythemeparty Thanks for your special 2 hr intensive! :) the fans are loving it. I’m doing press all day here in Stockholm!

  100. saga:
    03/31/2010 at 7:19 am
    Adam tweets:

    Thanks to all my fans in Japan!!! RT: FYE (single) is #1 on Billboard Japan’s Hot Top Airplay! (week of 4/5) http://bit.ly/bvAs9p

    The International love for FYE is fantastic. It’s a great tune and deserves the success it’s getting right now.

  101. And the Aussies tweet him back:

    joythemeparty @AdamLambert Thanks for your message; Katie’s positively apopleptic with glee.

  102. An increase in sales for FYE last week! From IdolChatter:

    Adam Lambert was the only American Idol act on The Billboard 200 to see his album sales actually increase last week — not bad, considering he hasn’t even been in the country to promote the album. For Your Entertainment sold more than 8,000 units, a six percent increase over the previous week.
    ……..
    Adam Lambert, For Your Entertainment (8,000, +6 percent)

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/….nterstitialskip

  103. Didn’t Jordin Sparks have alot of international sales considering the amount of albums she sold in the US. I remember it being mentioned that Cook went platinum much quicker than her, but her international sales were better than his.

  104. Kelly didn’t have a big international success until her 2nd album actually (because of you~~). Dauthry’s first album is listed going platinum in several places on his wiki but I am not sure how correct that information is. Someone tried to verify the finish platinum and couldn’t find him. He is also listed as selling double platinum in Sweden, but as far as I know Daughtry is not very known here…

  105. Didn’t Jordin Sparks have alot of international sales considering the amount of albums she sold in the US. I remember it being mentioned that Cook went platinum much quicker than her, but her international sales were better than his.

    Jordin’s music was released internationally, and also Archie’s , at least in the UK even if it didn’t catch on, but DC’s wasn’t.

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