Idol Headlines For 04/05/10

Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler gets CMT Music Awards noms

Carrie’s Cowboy Casanova got nominated for Video and Female Video of the Year, while her performance of Temporary Home from Invitation Only: Carrie Underwood will compete for CMT Performance of the Year.

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Kellie Pickler’s Best Days of Your Life goes up against Carrie in the Female Video category, and it’s also up for Collaborative Video of the Year.

Fans can vote starting today through May 3 on CMT.com.

The four finalists in each category will be announced May 11 (except for Video of the Year, which will have its finalists announced at the beginning of the awards show), and the 2010 CMT Music Award will premiere live from Nashville June 9 on CMT and CMT.com.

USA Today

Reports from Rwanda – Another Allen Boy

Kris Allen, the currently reigning “American Idol”, and his bride, Katy, stayed at the house last week and performed at a dinner for President Paul Kagame. The 24-year-old rock star visited Rwanda to assess and support the work of Bridge2Rwanda and assist in our partnership with TOMS Shoes. (More about TOMS in a subsequent post.) Kris took off time from his work promoting his eponymous debut album, “Kris Allen”, which I enthusiastically recommend, but it does not compare to Kris finger picking in your living room and singing at the ceiling. His unaccompanied, unproduced vocals are incredibly rich with emotion, … the kind of emotive voice that can bring tears.

For fans who are interested (like sister Teresa), Kris is an unbelievably easy going, “good guy”, who doesn’t have a single corpuscle of arrogance, pretentiousness, or conceit. He is super “low maintenance”, demands nothing for himself, and is so mellow you sometimes wonder if you should check for a pulse. He is, indeed, warm and thoughtful, with still waters that run very deep.

Tom Allen – Reports from Rwanda (check it out, there are some nice photos)

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

American Idol 2010 Betting Odds Have Crystal Bowersox Favourite To Win And Tim Urban Favourite To Go

American Idol 2010 Betting Odds make Crystal Bowersox an odds on favourite to win the American Idol 2010 Final in eight weeks time and whilst Tim Urban is the hot favourite to be voted off American Idol this week.

Crystal Bowersox The Odds On Favourite Ahead Of Lee Dewyze
Crystal Bowersox has been the favourite in the American Idol 2010 Betting Odds for months now and just last week she finally became the odds on favourite, she can currently be backed at 10/11 with Paddy Power and VC Bet to win American Idol 2010. If Crystal Bowersox fails to win then it is now Lee Dewyze who looks in pole position to win, he is now the clear second favourite at 10/3 with Bet365, who offer up to £200 in free bets to new customers. Those odds put him ahead of Casey James who is 7/1 with Paddy Power and also Siobhan Magnus who is 8/1 with Bet365 and SkyBet.

Online-betting

Adam Lambert tops our ‘Idol’ airplay chart

Adam Lambert reins supreme on this week’s American Idol airplay chart, as Whataya Want From Me tops 10, 000 spins, according to Mediabase. Adam is currently in the top 20 of three formats, reaching new peaks at AC (No. 16), Hot AC (No. 12) and Top 40 (No. 13).

Kelly Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted moves into the Idol airplay Top 10 this week and into USA TODAY’s Top 40 chart (No. 39), as well. Also making significant gains: Bucky Covington’s A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) (No. 46-No. 41), We Are the Fallen’s Bury Me Alive (No. 83-No. 61) and Kellie Pickler’s Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again (No. 75-No. 69).

USA Today

Family Movie Night is Back with Launch of Television Movie ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

CINCINNATI, April 5, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Procter & Gamble /quotes/comstock/13*!pg/quotes/nls/pg (PG 63.68, +0.32, +0.51%) and Walmart /quotes/comstock/13*!wmt/quotes/nls/wmt (WMT 55.60, +0.11, +0.20%) are together furthering their commitment to families by launching the action-packed made-for-TV movie, “Secrets of the Mountain, ” which will debut Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8/7c on NBC. The soundtrack for the nail-biting, family-friendly drama was produced by music mogul Randy Jackson and includes original tracks from popular artists such as Alisan & Ilsey, Brooke White and Jordin Sparks.

Market Watch

‘American Idol’: Analyzing Usher, Urban, Seacrest

WHO MUST STAY: After several weeks of dull, forgettable performances, ‘Idol’s’ Season 9 contestants FINALLY redeemed themselves, giving viewers a record four performances to get excited about. Kudos to Crystal, Andrew, Lee, and Big Mike for stepping up their game this week! The reason for such success should be attributed to their guest mentor, Usher, who expertly honed into each contestant’s weaknesses and worked to erase them. Unlike most guest mentors, Usher seemed emotionally invested in the contestants and genuinely amazed by their talent or lack thereof. If Usher ever gets tired of mentoring Justin Bieber, ‘Idol’ should definitely consider hiring Usher as a full time consultant to the contestants. Who knows? Maybe Usher could become the Tim Gunn of ‘Idol, ’ guiding contestants on the road to stardom!

SDNN

Who Will Win ‘American Idol’?

The ‘American Idol’ season nine finale is still a ways off, but I’m ready to start talking about who I think will win. I’m tempted to say that the judges missed the boat on some of the contestants who made it (or rather, didn’t make it) into the Top 24, but that’s not really fair. Sometimes a contestant will shine during the auditions and Hollywood Week, but once they get to the big stage, nerves or a lack of confidence take over, and it shows in the live performances.

If ‘Idol’ moves on to another season, I’d like to see more behind-the-scenes footage with the Top 12 — more scenes of the music coaching, what the contestants go through making those all-important song choices, and what goes into the hair and wardrobe we see on stage. Future wish-list aside, follow me after the jump for more analysis on the remaining contestants, and my choice for the winner.

TV Squad

Getting their Siobhan on

FALMOUTH — The homemade sign outside the Falmouth Cinema Pub theater said it all: “Go On Siobhan.’’ Inside the theater, the crowd watching “American Idol’’ on a movie screen said it even more succinctly when contestant Siobhan Magnus walked onstage and began singing Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire.’’ Cheers and screams arose from an audience that included the singer’s father, four of her siblings, and many of her closest friends.

Boston.com

Up close with Jason Castro

The brief, exclusive one-on-one Jason Castro, “American Idol” Season 7 finalist, could have been an awkward 15 minutes.

He once said interviews made him uncomfortable, and this was apparent in the video clips shown before each of his performances on the reality talent show.

It has been two years since, and Jason—wearing a loose shirt, khakis and his trademark dreadlocks—entered the holding room of InterContinental Manila looking just as laid back as we remember him on “Idol.”

But his interview skills have clearly improved.

Inquirer.net

Adam Lambert Taps Simon Curtis for New Album

Adam Lambert walks arm-in-arm with two lovely ladies — former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar and singer Scarlett Cherry — as he leaves the parking lot of the Soho House in Los Angeles on Sunday (April 4).

The 28-year-old glam rocker recently asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album.

Just Jared

Adam Lambert

The glamboyant Idol makes the scene arm-in-arm with former Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar and singer Scarlett Cherry at Soho House in Los Angeles.

EOnline

Clay Aiken fan’s adulation leads to local fundraiser

About 20 sketches of Clay Aiken, a goose egg painted to resemble Aiken, Aiken posters, a life-size Aiken cardboard cutout, and photographs of Aiken cover what Diane “Cookie” Knappenberger calls the “Clay room” in her house.

Amid the Clay Aiken paraphernalia, a tiny fraction of the room is decorated with sports stuff.

“That’s his wall, ” Knappenberger said of her husband, Jim, and giggled.

On Wednesday, the couple showed off Knappenberger’s everything Clay collection in their Mount Wolf home while they discussed plans for a Clay Aiken-related fundraiser in May.

YDR.com

The reality is, ‘burbs are well represented on reality TV

Gina Glocksen, 25, of Naperville, “American Idol” season 6

“When I made it, and I got my golden ticket, I ran out (of the auditioning room) and I guess I wasn’t excited enough. So I literally did that take five times, ” she said. “There was one where they had me running down the hallway. They were like, ‘Gina, you could do better!’ I said, ‘I have to be an actress now?'”

Daily Herald

Exclusive: SPOILER! See What Star Coached Pam Anderson for DWTS

To perfect her pasodoble routine (with partner Damien Whitewood) on this Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, Pamela Anderson turned to a muy caliente coach: Charo!

Anderson, 42, recruited the Spanish-born entertainer, 51, to prep for the upcoming number, Dan Mathews of PETA tells UsMagazine.com exclusively.

US

Kate Gosselin: I Dance ‘For My Kids’

“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Kate Gosselin tearfully responded to criticism today, saying that she uses her fame to help her kids, not the other way around.

“That just does me in. Any work that comes my way — and this job [on ‘Dancing’] is most cost effective, ” the reality star said. “If it could all go away because I was financially set and I could stay home and bake and cook from scratch, I’d like to do that. I’d so be there.”

ABC News

Quitting ‘Not an Option’ For Erin Andrews

The show must go on – at least, it must for Erin Andrews. Despite an ongoing FBI investigation into a string of threatening emails sent to the ESPN correspondent, Andrews insists she’ll continue participation in the current season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as planned.

“I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let [partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy] down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down, ” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”

Popeater

Evan Lysacek to Quickstep on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Despite Broken Toes

Evan Lysacek and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya jived their way to a cumulative score of 47 last week, but can the “Dancing with the Stars” couple keep it up given the Olympian’s injuries?

Lysacek tells ET that he has two broken toes on his left foot but that he’s been working through the injury. “I’m an athlete. I’ve dealt with pain before and everything is going just fine.” The gold medalist and his pro partner Trebunskaya are practicing the quickstep for story week. Trebunskaya hints that their dance will have a Chicago theme.

ETOnline

Erin Andrews: ‘I Don’t Quit on Things’

Fans of Dancing With the Stars take note: Erin Andrews will perform on Monday night’s live show.

Despite receiving death threats, the ESPN correspondent tells PEOPLE she is committed to the show and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

“I’m glad I’m here. I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let Maks down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down, ” she says. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”

People

More Headlines:

What’s the well-dressed Idol wearing these days?

American Idol has begun providing fashion information regarding the contestants’ wardrobes on performance nights. So if you’re interesting in that outfit Siobhan Magnus wore, or you want to start dressing like Lee DeWyze, we’ve got details.

Female Contestant Wardrobe Details (Tuesday Performance Show Only):

USA Today

Kate Gosselin Talks Raising Teenagers (VIDEO)

We imagine things are already tough enough for Kate Gosselin as a newly-divorced mother of eight children. So, it comes as no surprise that she doesn’t like the idea that parenting gets more difficult as children get older.

On ‘Good Morning America’ (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Gosselin reacts to a comment made by ‘Dancing With the Stars’ co-star Niecy Nash that teenagers are harder to raise than young children.

AOL

Evan’s DWTS Blog: Doing the Quickstep on Broken Toes

t’s been quite the week. First of all, I have to tell you how hard it was to see Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas eliminated last Tuesday. We all knew going into this show that the nature of a results show is saying goodbye to one couple. But it was a lot more difficult than any of us imagined. It was not fun at all.

Mark is a really close friend of mine — maybe one of my best buddies out here. And Shannen is such a great person. She’s what this show is all about. The improvement she made from week one to week two was astonishing. I’m not sure people know what a tough time they had during rehearsals leading up to Monday night’s show. Mark had to go the hospital because he badly injured his knee. While he was being treated, Shannen had to learn the routine with a different partner right up until Monday night. Somehow Mark was able to rally and the two of them knocked out a great performance. We were all blown away by how she rose to the occasion. I hope she knows that we are all extremely proud of how well she performed on the show.

People

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168 Comments

  1. About 20 sketches of Clay Aiken, a goose egg painted to resemble Aiken, Aiken posters, a life-size Aiken cardboard cutout, and photographs of Aiken cover what Diane “Cookie” Knappenberger calls the “Clay room” in her house.

    That’s so disturbing, I’m not even sure I know what to say. If I had a room in my house dedicated to an AI contestant, I’m pretty sure my husband would move out.

    Despite receiving death threats, the ESPN correspondent tells PEOPLE she is committed to the show and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

    Ugh. It must be awful to have deranged lunatics fixate on you. I have a lot of sympathy for her. It must truly suck to always be looking over your shoulder wondering if your stalker is coming to kill you.

  2. Gina Glocksen, 25, of Naperville, “American Idol” season 6

    “When I made it, and I got my golden ticket, I ran out (of the auditioning room) and I guess I wasn’t excited enough. So I literally did that take five times,” she said. “There was one where they had me running down the hallway. They were like, ‘Gina, you could do better!’ I said, ‘I have to be an actress now?’”
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    Huh?!!?! That is very odd.

  3. I know very little about Simon Curtis, the guy Adam was talking with about his new album. Does anyone know much about him?

  4. IDK who Simon is… but really… they may be putting feelers out though I hardly believe they “asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album” to write for an album that won’t come out for about 12 months.

  5. The 28-year-old glam rocker recently asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album.

    What new album??

  6. koshka:
    04/05/2010 at 9:46 am
    IDK who Simon is… but really… they may be putting feelers out though I hardly believe they “asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album” to write for an album that won’t come out for about 12 months.

    Well, I take it all with a grain of salt. They probably talked about future collabs, and media sites just ran with it. Certainly any new album won’t be for awhile, but Adam’s always working those musical connections, so no surprise that they at least talked about the possibility. Similar to how he chatted it up with JT (really hoping some collab with him could happen down the road – talk about HAWT!!!)

  7. I have Simon Curtis’ song Delusional on my iPod and I listened to it yesterday. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. You can download his whole album for free from his website.

  8. Mateja – sweet! Thanks! lol – how many new artists have I now tried out thanks to Adam ;-)

  9. Mateja – from what little I know.. Is he Sam Sparro-ish?

    More like Justin Timberlake, IMO.

    I found him on one of the music blogs that I regularly visit. He got good review, so I checked him out.

  10. Hahaha that tweet from Adam has nothing to do with Simon Curtis working on a new album for him. Adam heard Simon’s current album, and like he does alot he told the guy via twitter he liked it. hahaha gotta love the media

  11. This has nothing to do with anything, but I knew something was wrong with US magazine saying Pam Anderson’s muy caliente coach Charo is 51, so I looked it up. Wiki:

    Official documents in Murcia, Spain (where she was born) and the United States indicate she was born in 1941,

    which would make her 69,

    but Charo insists she actually was born in 1951.

    which would make her 59.

    Carry on.

    ETA: Now I see that the actual article does say 59. Somehow that got changed to 51 when MJ copied it.

  12. IDK who Simon is… but really… they may be putting feelers out though I hardly believe they “asked rising pop star Simon Curtis to write for his new album” to write for an album that won’t come out for about 12 months.

    Hmmm….I didn’t mention it last week (maybe somebody else did) because I thought it was usual bad reporting, but in the entertainment section of the paper last week, they did a round up of upcoming concerts.

    They mentioned Adam’s concert on April 8th and said something to the effect that he would be testing out some of the songs he would be recording this summer. I assumed the reporter messed up and meant “last summer” or was using “this summer” in a way I wouldn’t.

    In any event, this new report of him working with songwriters makes me wonder if he is recording this summer.

    Anyway, something to chew on. It was in Thursday’s Vancouver Sun if anybody wants to find an on-line cite. Or we can just wait until the concert happens and see if anything new is reported.

    I think it unlikely that he’d be recording this summer because he’s busy promoting his current album, but it’s certainly not unheard of for artists to release an album a year apart. Didn’t Rihanna use to put out one every year?

  13. Hahaha that tweet from Adam has nothing to do with Simon Curtis working on a new album for him. Adam heard Simon’s current album, and like he does alot he told the guy via twitter he liked it. hahaha gotta love the media

    Well, they reference the tweet and the talk about working on an album as separate things – so I think it’s more likely that they talked about collabs, but it still may not be for awhile, of course.

    Kirsten – very very interesting possibility. Hmmm, wow – Adam is like the gift that just keeps giving, isn’t he ;-) You don’t know how much we all died when the int’l tracks started leaking! Cannot wait for the Canada concerts! (and of course wish I could go :-( )

  14. There’s no way Adam is releasing another album in 6 months or so, that’s just bs. If he wants and has time to work on new songs…great, but there’s no way we’ll hear new album this year. He barely started promoting this one outside US. LOL

  15. After Adam’s tweet to Simon I checked out his stuff. It’s very good. I agree with Mateja…Delusional is very good.

    Nothing concerning Adam would surprise me anymore. I’m sure the media is just running with this one, but I have no doubt he’s constantly thinking to the future and working his connections. It’s definately not too early to be thinking about and talking with collaborators for the next album.

    Edit: Just read Kirsten’s post. So I’ll just stick to my first thought…Nothing concerning Adam surprises me anymore! Seems nothing he does is the “usual” so we’ll just wait and see I guess. :)

  16. Judee:
    04/05/2010 at 10:29 am
    There’s no way Adam is releasing another album in 6 months or so, that’s just bs. If he wants and has time to work on new songs…great, but there’s no way we’ll hear new album this year. He barely started promoting this one outside US. LOL

    I don’t think anything was mentioned about timeline – so I very much doubt it had anything more to do than Adam just networking with other musicians he likes and getting the wheels turning for future collabs. Any album certainly wouldn’t happen for awhile.

    Though, if things in music start switching over to EPs in general (wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is the case), then that would be interesting, and could conceivably happen much sooner.

  17. I like the ideas of EPs. If it gets new music out sooner for all my favorite artists, I’m all for it. Strike while the iron is hot. Are these usually digital only? I usually buy from itunes or Amazon anyway, so I don’t know if these are pressed in physical disc and are sold in stores.

  18. I like the ideas of EPs. If it gets new music out sooner for all my favorite artists, I’m all for it. Strike while the iron is hot. Are these usually digital only? I usually buy from itunes or Amazon anyway, so I don’t know if these are pressed in physical disc and are sold in stores.

    You could certainly buy a physical copy of Justin’s two EPs (and he released them 6 months apart) as was Gaga’s EP (Fame Monster).

    Again, I’m not saying it isn’t just bad reporting. IDK. I was extremely skeptical at first, but stranger things have happened and there is nothing wrong with releasing albums a year apart. It just means you think the market can support it.

  19. sr4mjc:
    04/05/2010 at 10:48 am
    I like the ideas of EPs. If it gets new music out sooner for all my favorite artists, I’m all for it. Strike while the iron is hot. Are these usually digital only? I usually buy from itunes or Amazon anyway, so I don’t know if these are pressed in physical disc and are sold in stores.

    ITA…it’s become obvious that the traditional method of selling $15 CD’s is long gone (unless you’re an established, big name of course), so it’s time to move on to another approach. I was just looking in Target this weekend and I noticed several $7.99 EP’s from artists. I think it’s a great idea. And yes…why not strike while the iron is hot? I’m sure Adam could put out a 5-7 song EP over the summer for Thanksgiving release without being rushed. Very interesting idea….

  20. TA…it’s become obvious that the traditional method of selling $15 CD’s is long gone, so it’s time to move on to another approach. I was just looking in Target this weekend and I noticed several $7.99 EP’s from artists. I think it’s a great idea. And yes…why not strike while the iron is hot? I’m sure Adam could put out a 5-7 song EP over the summer for Thanksgiving release without being rushed. Very interesting idea….

    So they do sell these in stores. Huh. Seems like it would cost the record company just as much to make a cover and press a disk with 7-9 songs as it would 12 songs, but less studio time, less producers, less writer collaborations, I guess they still make a profit even with the lower price.

  21. I doubt Adam will be performing any songs he hasn’t even recorded yet at his upcoming concerts. He still hasn’t performed all the songs off his current album yet!

    As for working with Simon Curtis on stuff for his next album, well that’s entirely possible. Kris has said he is already writing stuff for his next album, so I figure Adam is, too. But neither guy’s album is likely to be finished and released by the end of this year. When would they have time to get into the studio and record stuff? They will be too busy touring. And I doubt they want to go the “let’s record a album in 3 months” route again.

    It would be cool if both Kris and Adam released EPs of new stuff, because EPs seem to be the wave of the future anyway, and it would keep their music fresh without forcing them to rush to produce another full album. But I don’t know if this is a real possibility outside of the EP Adam is putting out soon (which seems more remixes and stuff that didn’t make the album rather than truly “new” music).

  22. I just got an member email that Jason Castro will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL on 5/8. Tickets are $15.

    Now this is the venue I wanted to see Adam in, the acoustics are fantastic and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Not in the middle of center field in a baseball stadium, lol.

  23. Adam is touring for over 2 1/2 months, this summer. He said in a promo interview, he has not written any new songs. He is too busy promoting this album. RCA has said this is the album until 2011(besides the remix EP.)
    I think this is just another case of the media playing telephone, ala the Queen rumor.I refer to it as “lazy journalism.” It seems to be running rampant these days! It’s way easier for them to make up stuff instead of doing research. :(

  24. but less studio time, less producers, less writer collaborations, I guess they still make a profit even with the lower price.

    I know very little about industry costs, but I would guess the items you’ve listed here are the heavy hitting ones. The actual cost for a plastic cover, disc and liner are probably very inexpensive.

  25. I doubt Adam will be performing any songs he hasn’t even recorded yet at his upcoming concerts. He still hasn’t performed all the songs off his current album yet!

    ITA. I seriously doubt Adam will have time to work on new music for many months. Besides he has several possible singles on his album that could carry him for another year, IMO. I could see maybe another EP of remixes and a couple of new songs for Thanksgiving like the one he is close to releasing.

    I just got an member email that Jason Castro will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL on 5/8. Tickets are $15.

    I am in Tampa area and this is exactly what I am hoping for also. I do not like baseball and I would rather see Adam in a crowd that is there for him and is smaller to be more “up close and personal”. I have a feeling this will happen because he has a lot of fans in the Tampa area. Crossing my fingers!

  26. Oh darn, I only got to hear the last few lines of Don’t Stop Believin. I can’t wait for Glee to come back!

  27. Now this is the venue I wanted to see Adam in, the acoustics are fantastic and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Not in the middle of center field in a baseball stadium, lol.

    I agree that Ruth Eckerd is a fabulous venue. I’ve attended many shows there and have yet to be disappointed. But, for new artists like Adam & Orianthi, the Rays summer concert series is a great gig. It’s exposure to several thousand people who may not have even heard your music yet. For someone in Adam’s position, I think it’s more advantageous to do something like this (that brings in existing fans going strictly for Adam plus a whole bunch of people that wouldn’t have even considered buying a ticket to an Adam show only) than to cater to just the existing fanbase with a small venue.

  28. agree that Ruth Eckerd is a fabulous venue. I’ve attended many shows there and have yet to be disappointed. But, for new artists like Adam & Orianthi, the Rays summer concert series is a great gig. It’s exposure to several thousand people who may not have even heard your music yet. For someone in Adam’s position, I think it’s more advantageous to do something like this (that brings in existing fans going strictly for Adam plus a whole bunch of people that wouldn’t have even considered buying a ticket to an Adam show only) than to cater to just the existing fanbase with a small venue.

    I totally agree, but I’m just being selfish. ;) Maybe he’ll come back another time for a smaller venue.

  29. Happy Opening Day, everyone! So David Cook is singing the National Anthem today at the KC Royals’ home opener, and just tweeted (LOL):

    thedavidcook: Hope Springs Eternal. GO ROYALS!!! #royals #openingday

    Anyone know if he’s throwing the first pitch or just singing? ETA: Nevermind, it’s Whitey Herzog. That’s cool. (Aside: Is it weird that I almost would rather see him pitch than sing the NA yet again? Is it just me? I just LOVE watching him pitch. It’s… hot =P. He needs to get in on some celeb charity softball match, stat. So I can watch, heh :). )

    Hope we get some tubey’s…

  30. That blog post from Rwanda about Kris is great. Every time I read stuff like this, I think about how when people meet Kris and write about it, he’s exactly the same, in their descriptions, as the person he seems to be to the rest of us (well, most of us, anyway). I also like the description of his vocals.

    Kris took off time from his work promoting his eponymous debut album, “Kris Allen”, which I enthusiastically recommend, but it does not compare to Kris finger picking in your living room and singing at the ceiling. His unaccompanied, unproduced vocals are incredibly rich with emotion,… the kind of emotive voice that can bring tears.
    For fans who are interested (like sister Teresa), Kris is an unbelievably easy going, “good guy”, who doesn’t have a single corpuscle of arrogance, pretentiousness, or conceit. He is super “low maintenance”, demands nothing for himself, and is so mellow you sometimes wonder if you should check for a pulse. He is, indeed, warm and thoughtful, with still waters that run very deep.

    Teresa is the writer’s sister, who’s a big Kris fan.

  31. ross, I also love how the writer of the blog compares Kris to his three sons who inspire him. :D (read this in the side bio)

    Thanks for yet another a great find girlygirl!!

  32. Interesting report on how people are using audio listening devices compared to a few years ago. One thing I found surprising is a big jump in older (55+) people listening to music etc. over internet streams, while teens seem to have moved on to listening to stuff on their cell phones rather than on the internet

    http://www.bridgeratings.com/press.04.01.10.DeviceUsage.htm

  33. sma11ie a lot of fans are going to the Royals game including a couple who are known for always taking good video so I feel confident we’ll getvideo :)

  34. If you have Directtv, you can watch David Cook live. They always have the free MLB package for the first week of the season

  35. Here’s an article about the Oxford American gala Kris performed at over the weekend. The story is mainly about Charles Portis, who was one of the honorees, but does mention Kris a little bit and has a photo of him.

    http://www.arktimes.com/blogs/rockcandy/2010/04/report_from_the_oxford_america.aspx

    And here’s a short snippet of Kris performing IIO at the gala (oh and I like Katy’s dress)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUmwTRf_bpc&feature=player_embedded

  36. Ok, first the tweets from idolsnow about the “mystery” idol who will be singing, and now the information from Mj’s site disappears. Did they ask you to erase it MJ?

  37. LK09 it’s still there in yesterday’s Headlines, I just posted about it in that thread.

  38. evidently Jason Derulo is gonna be on Wednesday, incase you all didint know.

    DeRulo, Rihanna and probably Archie (I am assuming he is the mystery idol). Guess three musical guests is the new norm for results nights …one former idol, 2 current artists, no more group number.

  39. DeRulo, Rihanna and probably Archie (I am assuming he is the mystery idol). Guess three musical guests is the new norm for results nights …one former idol, 2 current artists, no more group number.

    And so far, the former Idols are kicking their butts in the singing department ;)

    If the group numbers totally go away, I’m kinda going to miss them. They are the embarrassing right of passage all the Idols should have to endure. :)

  40. If no group numbers means they get more time to work on their songs, then i’m all for it.

    I hope we get the extra song back in the Top 5 and up. If i remember correctly, they got rid of the extra song when they went to the 4 judge format.

    We could have had more songs from Kris and Adam last year!!

  41. We could have had more songs from Kris and Adam last year!!

    I know, they really messed that up last year.

  42. We could have had more songs from Kris and Adam last year!!

    I know, they really messed that up last year.

    the minute TPTB realized that the addition of a 4th judge was going to mean less performances from the contestants was the minute they should have realized that 4 judges was a bad idea

  43. We could have had more songs from Kris and Adam last year!!

    That just makes me sad to even think about.

  44. Thanks for that blog from Rwanda and the article on the Oxfam Gala. Tom Allen’s take on Kris is spot on. Still waters do indeed run deep.

  45. Ruth Eckerd may be a great venue to perform in, but Adam can command more than $15 a ticket. Every concert he’s booked has sold out so far at much higher ticket prices.

    Didn’t the Bieber kid have only about seven songs on his CDs? It’ll be interesting what he sounds like when his voice changes.

  46. Thanks wellhesback for that beautiful rendition by Cookie of the Natl. Anthem. He can sing the s*&t out of it. Glad he doesn’t do the runs and embelishments of a song that doesn’t need it.

    Ruth Eckerd may be a great venue to perform in, but Adam can command more than $15 a ticket. Every concert he’s booked has sold out so far at much higher ticket prices.

    And how many has he done so far? Just asking.

  47. Beiber voice will never change he is a genetically modified test tube baby. Created only for the purpose of leaching money from tween parents.

  48. It’ll be interesting what he sounds like when his voice changes.

    LOL — I have to admit, I had the same thought!! ;)

  49. I think it’s a good thing for Adam — or any other artist, for that matter — to play some gigs where you DON’T have to spend a ton of money on tickets. Not all of his fans — or potential fans — can afford to spend $50, $100 or more on a concert ticket.

  50. Another report on twitter that one of Kris’s Ford commercials just aired on ESPN (during Cubs’s game)

  51. I think it’s a good thing for Adam — or any other artist, for that matter — to play some gigs where you DON’T have to spend a ton of money on tickets. Not all of his fans — or potential fans — can afford to spend $50, $100 or more on a concert ticket.

    ITA-I think people who don’t know Adam’s music might be willing to pay $15 to check him out, not $50. So I think these types of gigs are good as well.

  52. I am hearing a rumor that Heartless will be Kris 2nd single in NZ but I don’t where that info comes from… anything you Kris fans have heard?

  53. David sung the NA so beautifully. His voice sounds so strong and confident. Love it! I chalk up his somewhat changed appearance to both his new haircut and his new toned body. He’s lost weight and has been training for the Race for Hope.

  54. It’s just me, but I would have to like a performer in the first place and wouldn’t just “check them out” just because the tickets were cheap.

  55. I’ve generally liked at least one contestant from every season of AI. DC was my fave from S7 even if I didn’t follow him after the season was over. I’ve never had any personal complaints about him. With that said, I see nothing wrong with singing riffs in SSB. If you can do it and sound fine, then I would say go for it.

  56. Another report on twitter that one of Kris’s Ford commercials just aired on ESPN (during Cubs’s game)

    For March, I read that Ford had a general sale’s increase of around 43-46% and the increase for the Ford Fusion was 79% so hell yes they’ll use those adds

  57. Nice blog piece on Carrie helping this year’s AI contenders.

    http://www.nashvillegab.com/2010/04/carrie-supports-the-idols-in-more-ways-than-one.html

    I’m not an avid Carrie fan, but can’t deny — major cuteness going on in this pic.

    http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2010/04/05/seeing-stars-%e2%80%94-april-5-2010/

    Aww, Evan Farmer with CMT still tweeting about Danny.

    you won’t regret following @dannygokey… Great guy and always positive! Refreshing to see.

    I missed the show this past weekend, but I understand Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn) again called Danny a “great guy” or “good guy” when Kix intro’ed his song on his nationally syndicated country top 40 countdown show.

  58. Masieta

    The whole thing is rather confusing. There may have been 2 separate events — this one on the 7th and then another concert on he 8th — it was the one on the 8th that was cancelled because of legal issues.

  59. I agree w/girlygirl on hoping Adam has some venues where tickets are a bit cheaper. My friends and I are all students/recent college grads in the DC area. A bunch of them are casual fans (clearly I’m a bit more than that as I’m on this blog lol) and can’t comfortably spend $$$ on a concert (which is 1 of the reasons I think his concert at Fantasy Springs skewed older).
    Also many people find out about bands based on who’s playing at a certain venue – I know I’ve become a fan of several new bands and artists just because they were playing at the 930 club in DC on a night when I had nothing to do.

  60. Rumor on twitter that Tim may sing “Because” for Lennon/McCartney week. LMAO

  61. RUMOR ALERT RUMOR ALERT RUMOR ALERT RUMOR ALERT

    This deejay in Iowa claims he got an email from RCA saying that Adam is going to be next week’s mentor (and then also perform on the result show)

    https://twitter.com/iowaradioguy

  62. Ok, now it turns out Kris will NOT be singing at this Barefoot bash thing on Wednesday. He will be there to talk about his experiences in Rwanda, but he won’t be performing…

    I figured it was a contract thing ith the Summer Daze event that prevented Kris from singing at the TOMS Shoes event on the 8th since it is being billed as “Kris’s first concert in Arkansas”

    “But organizers of the Saline Summer Daze festival certainly have the right to put a halt to some Kris Allen singing performances. The group has a contract stating Kris cannot sing at any other events within a 100 mile radius of benton 60 days prior to the may 28-30th festival.”

  63. This deejay in Iowa claims he got an email from RCA saying that Adam is going to be next week’s mentor (and then also perform on the result show)

    God I hope not. It hasn’t even been a year since season 8 ended.

  64. This deejay in Iowa claims he got an email from RCA saying that Adam is going to be next week’s mentor (and then also perform on the result show)

    hmmm, i find this premature. If they want a previous idol contestant to mentor, they should go with either Kelly or Carrie first.

  65. This deejay in Iowa claims he got an email from RCA saying that Adam is going to be next week’s mentor (and then also perform on the result show)

    Why would he be the only one to report it from Iowa? There have been other Djs report stuff in the past that panned out to be untrue so I will wait for an official announcement or secondary confirmation. Have they ever announced mentors this far in advance?

  66. I think Adam would be a good mentor.

    1. He’s relevant to current music scene
    2. He understands exactly how to succeed on AI
    3. He’s very articulate

    But I still doubt that this rumor is true. I believe he’s performing next week — but I’m doubting that he’s be the mentor. Less than one year off the show seems a little soon to do this. But I wouldn’t have any problem if he was the mentor — aside the occasional exception like Usher, the mentors over the past few years have been pretty useless

  67. Why would RCA be sending THIS dj advance notice of a possible Adam appearance on Idol?

    Why would they send ANY dj advance notice of an artist’s appearance on Idol?

    I’m asking half snarky, half sincerely. Do dj’s in general get advance notice of artists’ appearance schedules?

  68. I think Adam addressed the mentoring issue in an interview I watched recently. I believe he felt it was too soon for him to be a mentor, needed to get more industry experience under his belt. I suppose if TPTB wanted him to mentor, it will be a done deal. It might be interesting television. I wonder what the musical genre will be that week. Adam understood it’s a little premature for him to mentor, but maybe the decision is not his to make at this time.

  69. oops time for the national title game! Time to get off this blog for awhile. talk to ya later! GO BUTLER!!!

  70. I don’t see nothing wrong with Adam mentoring I think he’d be a wonderful mentor. And in other news well be getting some vid’s of Kris singing the other night. twitt from were I got the info from.@ainow: Just scored 25 minutes of exclusive video of @krisallen at Oxford Gala. Press con. red carpet & 2 songs. Will be up later tonight.

  71. I think Adam addressed the mentoring issue in an interview I watched recently. I believe he felt it was too soon for him to be a mentor, needed to get more industry experience under his belt.

    Why is it an issue, and why would he be addressing it?

  72. Oh,my … I used the term issue, as in, subject. The subject of mentoring … I believe a fan asked if he would be mentoring when he went back to American Idol. He replied, he felt it was too soon, but we shall see, won’t we? I’ll have to be more careful with my word usage.

  73. Ross somebody asked him on a interview and he answerd that it was to early for him, he was in the show last year and a couple of thing else that I don’t remember!!!

  74. Ruth Eckerd may be a great venue to perform in, but Adam can command more than $15 a ticket. Every concert he’s booked has sold out so far at much higher ticket prices.

    Just to clarify – there are never any shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall for as cheap as $15 per ticket unless they’re a children’s show (they do a lot of matinee stuff for kids). Jason isn’t performing at Ruth Eckerd. He’s performing at the Capital Theater in downtown Clearwater, which is an old theater that Ruth Eckerd and the City of Clearwater jointly renovated and reopened as a performance/concert hall.

    The main stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall seats about 2,000 people I think, and the Capital theater has to be less than half that. I’ve only been in that building once, but if I had to guess, I’d say about 500 – 800 ish.

    They’re two distinctly different venues about 10 miles apart.

  75. I said in the other thread I didn’t think Adam should mentor. He’s too new, etc…. I do like some of your comments though. He could give them a great point of view to the contestants. I’m really torn. I want him on my TV as much as possible but I think the backlash would be intense.

  76. hmmm, i find this premature. If they want a previous idol contestant to mentor, they should go with either Kelly or Carrie first.

    I think the premature ship may have already sailed. Weren’t Carly & Michael Johns mentors the season after theirs? I remember it was a very early episode, I think. Not during the Top 12 or anything. My memory is foggy though.

  77. Oh,my … I used the term issue, as in, subject. The subject of mentoring … I believe a fan asked if he would be mentoring when he went back to American Idol. He replied, he felt it was too soon, but we shall see, won’t we? I’ll have to be more careful with my word usage.

    Sorry if I was abrupt in the way I asked that. I was pretty sure it was a fan who asked him that question. I guess I just thought that one fan asking him if he would be mentoring was somewhat different from Adam “addressing” the “issue” of whether he would mentor. That made it sound like it was something that actually had become an issue with many people, not one fan. That’s all.

  78. I look forward to hearing whether the rumor about Adam mentoring is true or not. If true, I worry that he will get bashed for it– that people will say it’s premature, that he doesn’t have enough credibility in the industry yet, other alums should have done it before him, etc. etc.

    That said, I do think that he could provide a very useful perspective having just been through it and he certainly knows how to deal with nerves and deliver a performance “moment” onstage. I think he could actually give a lot of useful feedback/advice.

    To undercut the bashing, he would have to be positioned as “one of them” who just succeeded and can relate to them as contestants, rather than as an experienced and established artist. Still, not sure what to think about it.

  79. Has any other idol mentored before? If not, I could see where he would get some backlash from fans of other idol’s that have been around longer (Kelly, Carrie, Daughtry, etc.)

  80. While I truly don’t believe the rumor about Adam mentoring next week, I also don’t believe it would be a travesty if it were true. I think Adam could be a great mentor. It might actually be helpful to these obviously nervous young kids to have someone who was successful both during and after the show talk to them and maybe pass along some wisdom concerning song, wardrobe and set design choices. I’m not limiting this statement to Adam, mind you. I’m sure there are several among the successful past Idol contestants who would be good mentors, but just because Adam is new in the business doesn’t mean, to me, that he couldn’t be a good teacher to these kids or that he shouldn’t be presented the opportunity. They have had many mentors who were long established that I thought were horrible and others that were newer to the business that I thought were relevant and insightful. It has more to do with teaching skill than it does with bullet points on a resume, and, who knows, Adam might be a really good teacher. We’d never know unless we saw him give it a try — just like we don’t know how any mentor is going to be until we see their results on the show.

  81. In my mind, Adam is an established performer. He’s just starting out in the recording artist business, but he’s been performing onstage his entire life. And boy, these contestants could use some help in the entertaining/performing area. It’s more than just singing a song. Although I too, worry about the criticism this might bring for Adam, I do think he’s got something to give to these kids. And perhaps coming from a been there, done that perspective, they would be really receptive to his advice.

  82. We’d never know unless we saw him give it a try — just like we don’t know how any mentor is going to be until we see their results on the show.

    I’ve dissed many a mentor beforehand only to realize after watching that they actually did a good job LOL. Honestly though, I would take a rumor started by a random DJ in Idaho or wherever with a huge grain of salt. It could mean nothing more than Adam comes in and says hi to all of the kids and chats with the group for 5 minutes. It may no be mentoring like we’re accustomed to.

    But, having said that, I really don’t mind the idea of previous contestants as mentors at all. AI is kind of a singular experience, so who better to take advice from than those who have been their before you. Clearly we’ve seen that many of them treat it like a club. Contestants from different seasons who’ve never met seem to instantly support each other once they get the chance.

    Quite frankly, I don’t think any of these previous contestants care about bashing or backlash. I mean really, what is it other than nameless, faceless people talking smack online. I’m sure some fans care, but not so much the people at whom the bashing is actually directed. All they have to do to make it stop is turn off their computer LOL.

    Every celebrity from the A list to the D list knows people talk a lot of crap about them online. Most of them a far too busy to read it themselves, and still more of them are far too successful to care.

  83. My thought is that Adam will sing WWFM as expected on his performance evening. Afterwards, he will be asked to give advice to the current Idol finalists, much the same way that David Cook/David Archuleta were asked to do last year. This could definitely be considered “mentoring”……. ;)

  84. I too believe Adam could give these kids very good advice. Adam has immense confidence onstage and great vocal instincts. He also knew how to stand out with song choice and presentation. These qualities seem to be exactly what is lacking this season. As far as backlash and criticism? I think the man has proven he can handle what anyone will dish out. On the contrary, it will just garner him more attention. If there is a brouhaha here over it the international press will even pick it up and not to the current season’s advantage. Now I really hope it’s true actually.

  85. In addition to mentoring them in their singing, I think AI should let Adam pick out the contestants’ waredrobe.

    LOL. And maybe pick and arrange their songs for them.

    Heck, just sing for them.

  86. In addition to mentoring them in their singing, I think AI should let Adam pick out the contestants’ waredrobe. :)

    LOL! He’d run them all way over budget in spiky, glittery jackets alone!

  87. My thought is that Adam will sing WWFM as expected on his performance evening. Afterwards, he will be asked to give advice to the current Idol finalists, much the same way that David Cook/David Archuleta were asked to do last year.

    i remembered Adam said at an interview that he would not be mentoring this season.

    i think it’s either a rumor or the dj mis-interpreted the email allegedly received from rca and deleted by himself.

    fwiw, the dj’s twitter.
    http://twitter.com/iowaradioguy

  88. I don’t like Adam Lambert’s costumes but it’s a chuckle to imagine Tim U in a codpiece

  89. I can’t even figure out that DJ’s radio station- is it a web station of some kind?

    BTW- Adam has less than 50 followers to go till 400,000

    And he is the #4 trend on Twitter

  90. Verified Account
    Name Adam Lambert
    Location Hollywood
    Web http://www.adamof
    Bio Prepping for North American Summer Tour! Glam is back! For Your Entertainment. 242
    Following 400,001
    Followers 11,510
    Listed

    Top Trending Topics
    Ladies
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  91. That DJ tweeted that he’s “been in radio longer than Adam’s been alive,” then a few tweets later said he’s been in radio 16 years. Does not compute. Also, when you delete e-mails they can be retrieved if they’re recent, at least mine can, so that doesn’t make sense either. If he felt it was important enough to tweet about, why would he delete it?

  92. Just curious since I dont have Twitter, what are some of the other Idols with high followers numbers?

  93. You don’t have to have an account — you just have to know what their twitter name is.

  94. If he felt it was important enough to tweet about, why would he delete it?

    Probably, the poor guy was just unaware of the tenacity of the Idol fanbase. Most people outside of the bubble, don’t realize that they’re going to go down in a hail of bullets for the slightest mention of an AI contestant that cannot be verified with irrefutable proof.

    That said, it’s equally likely that he’s full of shit.

  95. BestAI:
    04/05/2010 at 6:27 pm
    I’ve generally liked at least one contestant from every season of AI. DC was my fave from S7 even if I didn’t follow him after the season was over. I’ve never had any personal complaints about him. With that said, I see nothing wrong with singing riffs in SSB. If you can do it and sound fine, then I would say go for it.

    I’m pretty sure that he could riff it up if he chose to – riffing cetainly disguises pitch issues on a song that is all over the map key-wise, and very difficult to sing acappela at full volume, and that’s why most singers do it. Personally I think that it takes a lot of balls to sing it straight, as written. Nice job Cookie. The sports guys will love it!

  96. What’s this about Adam’s twitter account?

    A follower milestone of some sort, I gather. I’m just trying to figure out why the word “Ladies” is a trending topic LOL.

  97. That DJ tweeted that he’s “been in radio longer than Adam’s been alive,” then a few tweets later said he’s been in radio 16 years.

    i guess Adam would laugh if he knew someone thought he was just 16 or younger.

  98. I checked Daughtry and Cook, but couldn’t find their accounts. Kris is @169k, Danny 113k, and at 8pm pst/11pm est, Adam is at 400,080.

  99. Just curious since I dont have Twitter, what are some of the other Idols with high followers numbers?

    I think Jordin has the most. I know Carrie doesn’t have twitter. I know Kelly has around 100,000 followers, she doesn’t get the rabid types of fans who create twitter accounts just to follow one artist.

  100. I’m sure someone out there somewhere is keeping track of all the idol twitter counts. Its a new area to compete over, so someone out there cares enough to keep track. Heh. All I know (think) is that Jordin is the queen with something like 500,000 followers, maybe more. After that I don’t know for sure.

    Cookie broke 100,000 but I don’t know where he’s up to now.

  101. suenigma: I don’t think singers riff to hide their pitchiness. They do it because it gives songs flavor. I love riffs when a singer knows how to use it.

  102. I’m sure someone out there somewhere is keeping track of all the idol twitter counts. Its a new area to compete over,

    LOL – no doubt there is a complete list out there somewhere, and I bet it’s updated hourly. Also, I suspect some uberfans create 10 new accounts to follow their favorite every time they get close to a big number.

    I think I’ve read here that Archie has a ton of followers too, although I have no clue how many.

  103. I posted the Castro performance when I saw it come in my email and I didn’t even realize it wasn’t at Ruth Eckerd Hall! It’s on their calendar, but you have to really read in the text of the event to see that it’s at the Capitol theater. (Which I did not do on my phone, sorry) I was wondering how the price was so low as I’ve never, ever seen anything at the main hall for so inexpensive. It’s probably not a cheap venue to rent out.

  104. A follower milestone of some sort, I gather. I’m just trying to figure out why the word “Ladies” is a trending topic LOL.

    Oh, yeah! 400,000. I guess it was the way it was posted, with all the rest of the info. I didn’t even look at the number of followers. Thanks, now I get it.

  105. http://twitterholic.com/top400/followers/

    This website updates every hour or so I think, and it says Adam is the 355th most followed person on twitter, although if he is getting a flood of twitter followers tonight he will probably pass Ariana Huffington. Ashton Kutcher has the most followers on twitter at over 4,700,000. Yoko Ono is totally the best celebrity tweeter by the way.

  106. BestAI

    We agree to disagree then. Many singers riff on the SSB specifically(I did not say on all songs) to cover up a) pitch or bum note issues (it’s a bitch of a song key-wise) b) singing accapella in an outdoor stadium is not vocally flattering and riffing can disguise this, and b) because it can sometimes be dull without it. Carrie sang it straight without musical accompaniment, and as FANTASTIC a singer as she is (IMO) there was no hiding those bum notes at the end.

  107. Yoko Ono is totally the best celebrity tweeter by the way.

    ITA! Yoko is amazing.

    Regarding Adam Lambert trending — it is the combination of general Adam chatter on Twitter + the mentor rumor + the chart news from all over the place [always happens on Mondays] + 400,000 Twitter followers. Now trending at #4.

  108. http://twitterholic.com/top400/followers/

    OOOH, great site! Wow, so..
    1. Both Ellen Degeneres and Ryan Seacrest are in the top 10 overall
    2. Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears have more followers than the President
    3. Ashley Tisdale has more fans than I ever realized (2,904,756 to be exact)
    4. There are 228 people with over a million followers

    Useless trivia for the win!

  109. Haha I remember I got so excited when I had 3 followers, 1 was my cousin and 2 where ad accounts me =lame

  110. I opened a twitter account but never used it. When I deleted it, I noticed that I was following 20 people I’ve never heard of, or agreed to follow. Don’t know how that happened.

  111. Has anybody else read the articles at topidol and vftw about Casey possibly being gay? It would be interesting to see how that all plays out..

  112. Has anybody else read the articles at topidol and vftw about Casey possibly being gay?

    No, but I will now!

  113. videos of the south gala. Some press conference and both Kris’s performances. Nice!

  114. Kelly is almost at 200,000 followers

    her tweets today were um … not pc but her honest self. Perez replied, she hasn’t replied back.

  115. David Cook is lots of fun to follow on twitter. His account is @thedavidcook and he has 109,000 followers.
    Other than Cookie, Roger Ebert is my favorite celebrity twitterer.

    Don’t know why Lambert or Bieber are trending on twitter other than both have gonzo fans.

  116. Thanks for that link to the videos, Mtlfan! Kris seemed to be having such a good time, and IIO with the sax player joining in was beyond amazing! I thought he handled himself really well during the press conference, as well. It was obvious everyone was enjoying him, and why not…he’s just so genuine!

  117. Justin Bieber trends every single day — usually as the #1 topic at some point in the day. I think his fans are determined to get him there as much as possible. Not sure why Adam was trending tonight, although people got very excited when he hit 400K followers.

    Among the S8 contestants:

    Adam has 400,367 followers on twitter
    Kris has 169,051
    Danny has 113,030

    They are the only 3 if the SI8 people with more than 100K followers on twitter. I think Matt an Allison are next, both just under 59K

    400K sounds like a lot, huh? Justin Bieber has more than 1.7 MILLION followers on twitter. How insane is that???

    I have 50 followers myself. Most of whom I don’t know. YAY ME!

  118. The part of the press conference I liked best is when Kris, Morgan Freeman and Mary Steenbergen were having a conversation about traveling to Africa, pretty much ignoring the reporters!

    And Kris’s performance was terrific. The sax player was a nice touch on IIO — Kris said (joked?) they had just met that day and practiced for like 2 minutes prior to the performance! Nice standing ovation from the audience, too

  119. Speaking of twitter…

    KrisAllen

    #93% of the america is mad that Duke won. Way to go Duke. How does that make you feel? You have ruined the underdog hopes of millions. about 1 hour ago via Echofon

  120. Thanks for that link to the videos, Mtlfan! Kris seemed to be having such a good time, and IIO with the sax player joining in was beyond amazing! I thought he handled himself really well during the press conference, as well. It was obvious everyone was enjoying him, and why not…he’s just so genuine!

    Well, this about sums it up for me. :D It’s amazing how watching Kris perform just always cheers me up so much when I’m feeling down.

    Also, I noticed he did some improvisation with IIO and did such a great job with it!

    I enjoyed the little discussion between Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenbergen and Kris too girlygirl!!!

  121. In the video, when Kris is talking to the older woman, it sounds like he and Katy are going to be moving back to Arkansas soon. Hmmm…don’t know if that would be a great move career-wise, although I can understand if they’re homesick or just don’t like living in L.A. or something…

  122. Loved Is It Over with the saxophone – a great addition.

    Ha in the 1st video Morgan Freeman seemed really impressed that Kris had taken going to Rwanda in his stride [ little does he know what Kris has been through before with nearly dying himself ] That’s the thing with Kris , he is so passionate about places like Rwanda & Haiti that people always come away impressed with him as a person.

    Girlygirl – I didn’t get a definite impression from Kris that they would be going back to Arkansas soon – just some time in the future – but who knows ? I know Katy seems to love LA , so they’d probably want to make the most of it whilst they can . These days though its probably not as necessary to actually live in LA – hasn’t Kelly Clarkson managed to live in Texas post idol?

  123. girlygirl:
    04/06/2010 at 1:20 am
    In the video, when Kris is talking to the older woman, it sounds like he and Katy are going to be moving back to Arkansas soon. Hmmm…don’t know if that would be a great move career-wise, although I can understand if they’re homesick or just don’t like living in L.A. or something…

    yes, me too I’m not sure it would be a good move especially with Katy wanting to have an acting career. Not soon anyhow..

  124. Mtlfan:
    04/06/2010 at 12:10 am
    videos of the south gala. Some press conference and both Kris’s performances. Nice!

    Thanks for this link and also girlygirl for the really nice blog link. What a description of Kris.

    Kris needs to have a notebook indicating who he’s met and the cool places he’s been to. I’m so happy for him that he has all these experiences. Basically American Idol winner is just a small part of him. Really nice.

    And I hope that Kris won’t go back to Arkansas real soon, because selfishly, if he’s in LA, he can easily take some gigs around here and the more chances for me to see him again.

  125. To me it sounded like he said something about a lease being up in August.

    I agree with judes, I’m not so sure they would need to stay in LA to continue at least Kris’s career. I’m sure they’ve learned a lot post idol about what is or is not best for them. Sometimes choice seem narrow when there really is a wider range. But since I know nothing about show biz ultimately I’m clueless. ;)

  126. Whether they go back to Arkansas might depend on Katy’s acting career. If she starts to get auditions or even some small roles, it would make a lot more sense to stay put in L.A. Once they get established better in their respective careers they could still move back home! — But I’m being selfish — I want them to live in the same city (LA) as meeeeeee!

    Anyway, the whole confusion about Kris’s participation in the 4/7 Heifer event ended up turning into a story on the local news

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07RFifov7vg

  127. Wow Girlygirl that Summer Daze show certainly has a hold on Kris ‘s performances in Arkansas up to 60 days prior to that event!! I wonder why they’ve done that – I am sure people would still turn up to this festival even if Kris had sung close by . Sounds strange to me but Kris obviously has agreed to this , so who am I to question him!

    I just have to say as a spokesperson for these charities Kris has been very eloquent . I suppose he finds it easy as he is so passionate about helping others.

  128. Anyway, the whole confusion about Kris’s participation in the 4/7 Heifer event ended up turning into a story on the local news

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07RFifov7vg

    Yeah, that is strange about the 60 days contract thing.
    If I were from Arkansas, I will definitely cancel my concert ticket if I hear Kris sing a couple songs prior to that . I mean in one year, how many times did Kris get back home and sing in public ?

  129. The organizers of the Summer Daze Festival have built a whole marketing campaign around this being Kris’s first headlining concert back in AR. That is a big investment in the event along with the money they spent just to book Kris. I am sure it was not cheap.

  130. Kris just did a radio interview. His still saying he doesn’t know what the single is. This is what he said, single— “I don’t want to tell you and then have it not be the one…you heard it before, it’s not gonna be anything crazy”. I wish he would find out I swear when he was on that house thinging that he said he knew and we’d find out in a week to a week in a half. And it’s been almost two week and now his saying he doesn’t know what it is yet. I love you Kris and a really big fan but I wish he would make up his mind. The interviewer what’s WAOMF as next single,and they ask him if he could at least narrow it down to two and of course he wouldn’t. But if it’s true and he doesn’t know then of course he couldn’t narrow it down.

  131. All I heard Kris say was their lease would be up in August. I was wondering if he was referring to the lease on his Conway apartment that he’s subletting.

    I don’t think he should move away from LA yet (for various reasons I don’t have time right now to go into). I feel like he would not be having experiences like Elton John’s Oscar party if he didn’t live in LA. Also, he seems to talk about being at the 19 offices a lot, which he can’t do if he’s not in the city. And most of his band is from LA.

    ETA: The single is going to come out when it comes out. It’s not up to Kris, I’m sure.

  132. Ross I agree I think he should stay were he is. Kris is also still saying he doesn’t know what the next single is. If you didn’t see my post already it’s just above your post.

  133. I agree Ross it’s just so frustrating that we don’t know anything yet.Boy we already know what Adam’s next single is going to be. I know there with different labels but still, I wish we knew when they’ll be at least deciding on the next single.

  134. OK Kris just did a different interview he said That there still working out the Kinks whatever that means. He well not be on Idol Gives Back. And there trying to find out if his going to be able to sing tomorrow night at that Rwanda thing.

  135. UGH.. This normally chill Kris Allen fan is getting antsy to hear what the next single is and what his complete tour schedule will be. Hopefully we will hear news in the next couple of weeks. Plus I am disappointed that he will not be on AI Gives Back. But hopefully they will use some footage from his trip to haiti.

  136. I know jmon376 am usually pretty chill myself but this no single news is getting me pretty unchilled myself. And people are trying to get Jim to try to find out something. Did you hear someone on twitter was saying that Kris’s Heartless is #99 on pop chart with 48 spins.

  137. Hasn’t it been a week since MTV UK said they had big Adam news in the next week? It’s like waiting for Kris’s single news. Why say anything unless you have real news, frustrating!

  138. That Iowa DJ just posted the e-mail from Sony that he got regarding Adam Mentoring.
    http://twitpic.com/1dmhji

    Huh. Well, if that email is authentic, and the information in it is true, then I am all for it, fan-wars be damned. As I said in another thread, out of any season, the s9 kids — who are still stiff as a board, overly nervous and most of whom can’t pick the right songs (hello! challenging yourself does not mean picking a song that you can’t sing and is not appropriate for your voice!!!!)– could really benefit from an “ive been there” type of a mentor. Adam (or any other Idol finalist — heck, bring on Anoop or Sarver, I don’t care) could talk to them about song choice, using the stage, making a moment, how important it is to make an impression because win or lose you are going to have new opportunities when you get off the show, etc. etc.

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