Idol Headlines for 04/03/10

Idols shooting Tour photos today!

Didi Benami tweeted: “Going to tour photoshoot today…get to c everyone again! Feeling a little better than yesterday after I got some sleep…yay! Xoxo”

Watch Daughtry perform on Facebook Today

The performance is part of the three-day music festival, The Big Dance, taking place during the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN.

You can watch the concert on Facebook beginning at 4 pm HERERyan Seacrest will be acting as host of the shindig.

Kris Allen Scores His First 2 #1s

BREAKING NEWS: KRIS ALLEN scores his first #1s on the Billboard charts. Magazine introduces 21 new digital genre charts this week and Kris is #1 on two of them: “Live Like We’re Dying” tops the new Christian Digital Songs chart & Christian/Gospel Digital Songs. KRIS ALLEN’s first two Billboard #1s make him the 25th Idol contestant to top a Billboard chart. And they bring the total of Idol to an amazing 265 (that’s counting every national, domestic chart compiled by Billboard).


‘South Gala’ draws Hollywood actors to Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Little Rock will roll out the red carpet for a handful of Hollywood stars – including Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman – for a Saturday evening event celebrating Southern culture and art and hosted by The Oxford American magazine.

Hollywood A-lister Morgan Freeman will accept The Oxford American’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contributions to Southern Culture. The actor, who was born in Memphis, Tenn., and lives outside of Clarksdale, Miss., was an easy choice for the magazine’s staff, Sabin said.

Kris Allen, the reigning American Idol and an Arkansas native, will perform at the gala.

Victoria Advocate

Source: Simon Cowell to Wed in 2011

Insiders, along with his very strong PR team, have stressed that Cowell’s relationship with Hussainy is the real deal and that he is inches away from declaring his love and marriage plans within weeks. The “Idol” judge is not known to show his affections in public, but openly kissed his new squeeze on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last month.

The romance, though, won’t come to marriage until at least summer 2011. Why then? One insider said, “[Cowell] is the king of spin and knows that a great love story will help sell the U.S. version of [‘X Factor’].

The source added, “Expect no wedding this year at all – 2011 is the year of Simon in the U.S. and he will pull out all the stops needed to become an even bigger success.”

CBS News

Idolatry’: What is American Idol’s woman problem? And why is Season 9 like ‘Theme Park Idol’?

American Idol’s ninth season was supposed to be all about the ladies. Or at least that’s what early interviews from the show’s judges — and early impressions from the audition rounds and Hollywood Week — led us to believe. But now we’re down to the top 9, and only three ladies remain: Crystal Bow!Er!Sox!, Siobhan Magnus, and two-time bottom-three finisher Katie Stevens. So what exactly went wrong? My cohost Annie Barrett and I tackle this tough question, and also engage in a spirited discussion about which contestants seem destined to wind up as theme-park employees (not that that’s a bad way to make a living, mind you). We also examine the season 9 trajectories of Lee Dewyze and Casey James, and dish how the judges still can’t bring themselves to utter the name of the show’s season 8 champ. (Memo to Simon: Kris finished first, Adam finished second, and guess what? They’re both still winners. Or perhaps you’re still smarting that you wagered two-thirds of your chips on Lil and Danny? Uh-huh, I went there!)


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‘American Idol’: Ryan Seacrest meets with Bill Gates for ‘Idol Gives Back’

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was hob-knobbing with known philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates for the upcoming “Idol Gives Back” special.

Seacrest tweeted Friday, April 2: “Off to seattle today meeting @billgates later, he is going to be a major part of our idol gives back special I’ll let u know who’s taller!” and “ – Just had a great chat with @billgates and melinda for IGB! Off to indy now.”

As we can all see from the above twitpic, it looks like Gates has Seacrest in the height department.


‘American Idol’ castoff Alex Lambert: ‘If I Can Dream’ will show people ‘the real me’

It’s a little after noon on Friday in Los Angeles, and Alex Lambert rolled out of bed five minutes ago. The American Idol season 9 castoff was up until 4:30 a.m. taking Twitter song requests live from fans as they watched him on If I Can Dream, the Web reality series that follows six people trying to make it in Hollywood as actors, singers, and models. The show is available in episodic installments every Tuesday via Hulu, but also offers viewers Big Brother-style access to the house with a 24/7 video feed. But much like BB’s live stream, there are well-noted lulls in action. Large ones. Starting this week, the show pumped up the action a little bit with a new Idol-centric feature. Every week, the housemates will have the person voted off the show over for dinner the Friday following their elimination. Yesterday, they dined with Didi Benami.

Entertainment Weekly

Alex Lambert’s shock and awe at post-‘Idol’ ‘Dream’: ‘I felt like I actually had a chance’

It’s not every day you get to witness the start of a new life. We’re not talking “Special Delivery” jargon here, but rather a second chance to see your dream come true, no matter how far-fetched it may have seemed a year, a month or even a week ago.

That was the prevailing emotion felt by all who were present when “American Idol” Top 24 castoff Alex Lambert entered his new home high atop the Hollywood Hills. Joining the cast of the Web reality show “If I Can Dream” as the sixth, well, dreamer, 19-year-old Alex was greeted by his new roommates, Justin Gaston, Giglianne Braga, Kara Kilmer, Amanda Phillips and Ben Elliott, with open arms. Although the conversation was a tad awkward at first (in the dreamers’ defense, there were more than a handful of observers, yours truly included, just milling about, and staring), once Alex got the guitar out and delivered a bit of that blue-eyed soul, everybody relaxed and settled in.

LA Times

The New Real World

In Idol creator Simon Fuller’s Web experiment, If I Can Dream, young showbiz aspirants live in a house where their lives are broadcast in real-time. Richard Rushfield pays a visit.

Typically, when a reporter profiles a hot, up-and-coming star, the interview is held in some sort of conference room or public space, the questions tightly circumscribed, a publicist standing at the ready to intervene if the conversation drifts into any danger zone.

The Daily Beast

Didi Benami looks back on her time in ‘La-La Land’

In the third of Idol Tracker’s weekly series, Top 10 contestant Didi Benami reflects on her time in “La-La Land.” Sure, the Tennessee native actually lives here full time, but she has yet to see the Hollywood sign up close! Read more about Didi’s L.A. experience, her thoughts on the “American Idol” judges (Kara DioGuardi is “somewhat intimidating” — yikes!), and see the cute kitty she drew for us, after the jump…

LA Times

Adam Lambert: I’m The Same Adam I’ve Always Been

Adam Lambert is one of Paper magazine’s Beautiful People of 2010!

The 28-year-old entertainer told Paper that he often doesn’t feel like he’s being controversial. “I’m just the same Adam I’ve always been, and in the circles I run in, it’s not all that shocking, ” he shared.

As for his favorite designers, Adam cited Gareth Pugh, “the late and great” Alexander McQueen, Galliano and Dolce & Gabbana.

FYI: Adam is wearing a jacket by Gucci and a shirt by Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers.

Just Jared

Lights are going out on drama teacher’s career

The curtain will come down on Doug Smith’s teaching career this spring after more than 30 years of inspiring and guiding high school drama students, but for now, the show goes on.

During a recent afternoon rehearsal of “Grease” at Westview High School’s theater, he conferred with his student director, gave his cast acting tips and went over costume choices and set-design issues with parent volunteers.

His former students include Adam Lambert, who catapulted to fame after his turn on “American Idol.”


‘American Idol’s’ Kimberley Locke: Judges are ‘the foundation of the show’

Kimberley Locke’s new single “Strobelight” debuts Tuesday, April 6 but she’s still found time to check in with “American Idol” this season. She tells Zap2it what she thinks of the judges since her days on the show.

Todrick Hall’s Rumors Get Cleared Up: (Podcast)

RUMOR: Joe Munoz (AI Season 9) and him were dating.

ANSWER: Todrick says no, but they were best friends on the show… Though they never got to spend time together.

RUMOR: That an ex-boyfriend was posting on Twitter that Todrick cheated on Joe Munoz with another guy.

ANSWER: No. They never dated. He also explains what happen on Twitter.

RUMOR: That Todrick stole money from kids in his production of “The Wizard of Oz”.

ANSWER: The producer of the show ran out money. He wasn’t the financier. But he is trying to make it up to the kids.

Idol Fan Show

Tyler Grady Back On

Nazareth native Tyler Grady, who was in the Top 24 in this season’s ”American Idol, ” will perform Friday at the fifth annual Slate Belt Idol competition.

Grady, the only Top 24 contestant ever from Lehigh or Northampton counties, will be the headline performer at 7 p.m. in the event at the Wind Gap Middle School Auditorium, 1620 Teels Road, Pen Argyl. General admission tickets are $5, and $3 for students and seniors.

The appearance adds to a growing tour of shows Grady, and his band, Wailing Waters have scheduled.

Country stars perform in Florence to help earthquake victims

Country stars perform in Florence to help earthquake…
FLORENCE ? If you?re a country music fan, then you?ve probably heard his voice on the radio. Bucky Covington has had a number of hit singles, and on Friday the Laurinburg native and former ?American…


Erin Andrews — Death Threats

TMZ has learned Erin Andrews has been the target of several recent death threats, and the FBI is now on the case.

Our sources say three emails were sent to “The Dan Patrick Show” — a sports talk show which airs on both radio and TV.

Sources tell us the emails — sent on March 26, 29 and 30 from a man in Newport News, VA. — are direct threats against Andrews. One reads, “Somebody should shoot her in the face.”

A second email says, “I’m one in a million. She’ll never see me coming.”

TMZ has learned the FBI is now on the case. As for ESPN’s Andrews, there is increased security on the set of “Dancing with the Stars.”


Taylor Hicks featured in a a FOX News6 Birmingham, AL promo spot:

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