Idol Headlines for 04/07/10

The Top 9 share their Beatles memories

They may be British songwriters, but for three years running, Lennon-McCartney week, or “Beatles night” as it’s loosely referred to, has become one of “American Idol’s” most popular themes. And it’s no wonder — the songs outshine the singing time and time again. Perhaps Lee DeWyze said it best when he told us after the show: “It’s hard to ruin a Beatles song.” So we thought we’d ask all of this year’s hopefuls for their first Beatles memory (Crystal Bowersox instead offered her favorite).

Top 3 News Stories of the Day
Top 3 News Stories of the Day

LA Times

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Casey James tops this week’s Idol Meter

“Just when he needed to break out of his groove (or rut), [Casey James] pulled off his best performance in ages, an easy No. 1 on What Not to Sing’s ratings this week, ” Ken Barnes writes in the latest Idol Meter update, which puts Casey at the top, following his take on John Lennon’s Jealous Guy. Crystal Bowersox comes in a close second, with Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly both floundering with negative scores.

USA Today

Dish Of Salt: Backstage At ‘American Idol, ’ Part I (April 6, 2010)

Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus and Casey James chat with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman about how exciting it is to get a message from Paul McCartney and their performance on “American Idol.” Plus, who do they think will be eliminated next?

Access Hollywood

Dish Of Salt: Backstage At ‘American Idol, ’ Part II (April 6, 2010)

Andrew Garcia chats with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman about his bromance with Lee Dewyze. Also, Aaron Kelly tells The Dish how nerve-racking it is to perform first. Plus, Tim Urban talks about the judges’ critique of his performance.

Access Hollywood

Dish Of Salt: Backstage At ‘American Idol, ’ Part III (April 6, 2010)

Laura Saltman catches up Michael Lynche, Katie Stevens and Lee Dewyze to talk about how great it is to perform John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs. Plus, Katie tells The Dish she is getting offers for prom but how will she pick her date?

Access Hollywood

‘Idolatry’: Didi Benami on writing with Crystal, getting ‘Terrified, ‘ and rejecting the sympathy vote

Don’t use the words “emotionally fragile” to describe Didi Benami. That may have been how she was portrayed onscreen during American Idol’s ninth season, but the 10th-place finisher says there’s a lot more to her than crying spells and emotional reminiscing. And indeed, when Didi stopped by the Idolatry studios earlier this week, we dished a wide range of topics — including the lost Lillith vibe of season 9; her original but ultimately botched plan for “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”; and the ousted contestant who texted her right after her elimination.

Popwatch

Didi Benami Plans Songs About ‘Crazy Experience’ Of ‘American Idol’

Didi Benami’s final week on “American Idol” was a bumpy one, what with her tepidly received “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, ” an awkward interaction with Ryan Seacrest during which the host clutched on to her hand and begged her to open up about her deceased friend to 30 million viewers and, of course, her somewhat-shocking elimination Wednesday night, making her the third female singer in a row forced to take a bow.

It was a roller-coaster ride, for sure, but also the perfect fodder for a killer song.

MTV

Is ‘Idol’ Hopeful Tim Urban Single?

“American Idol” wannabe Tim Urban dropped the big news — whether he’s single or not — exclusively to “Extra” at the “Idol” Top 10 photoshoot in Los Angeles. Find out if Urban is on the market — in the below video!

Extra TV

‘Idol’ Top 10: The ‘Extra’ Exclusive

The “American Idol” Top 10 contestants aren’t sweating the competition… too much, but they are excited about going on tour together this summer.

At an exclusive photo shoot promoting the “American Idol” top 10 tour with the talented singers, “Extra” talked with the gang about receiving criticism from the judges, and about their favorite guest mentors, plus singing Beatles songs in this week’s theme.

Extra

VIDEO: Idol Confessions with Kimberly Caldwell

Season 2 Top 10 finalist Kimberly Caldwell looks back at her “American Idol” experience, recalling the time she got a phone call from her musical hero, Melissa Etheridge (Kim returns the favor by covering Etheridge’s “Sleep While I Drive” on her debut album, “Without Regret, ” out in July), and life on television after the show, which included a regular hosting gig on the TV Guide Network and an insatiable desire to “mount Ellen DeGeneres’ leg.” (Her words, not ours).

LA Times

Kellie Pickler Is Rooting For Ellen DeGeneres On ‘American Idol’

NEW YORK — This season, Ellen DeGeneres joined “American Idol” as the fourth judge, replacing Paula Abdul. And while she’s still getting her footing on the show alongside veteran “Idol” judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, and even Kara DioGuardi in her second season, former “American Idol” contestant and CMT Awards nominee Kellie Pickler is rooting for DeGeneres as the show’s newest star.

“I’ve not seen the show, but I love Ellen, ” Pickler gushed to MTV News on Monday night on the Dressed to Kilt red carpet, where she strutted her stuff on the runway alongside Gerard Butler, Joan Jett and Sean Connery. “She’s like my favorite person in the world, ” Pickler said. “I’m sure she’s doing great.”

MTV

‘American Idol’s’ Kimberley Locke on ‘Strobelight, ‘ partnering with Randy Jackson

“American Idol” finalist Kimberley Locke’s new single “Strobelight” drops Tuesday, April 6. She tells Zap2it about working on her first release in several years and what it’s like to partner with judge Randy Jackson outside of “Idol.”

Zap2it

“One Shining Moment” 2010 Revamp Draws Criticism

(CBS) For Duke University’s men’s basketball team, the playing of “One Shining Moment” meant they had just won their fourth NCAA championship. For Jennifer Hudson, it meant an onslaught of criticism over her rendition of the song.

The “American Idol” alumna recorded a rendition of the song, which is traditionally played along with a montage of tournament moments after the final game. But her version, and the montage played with it, didn’t sit well with fans.

If “One Shining Moment” is searched on Twitter, a lengthy list of users who have discussed Hudson’s version appear.

CBS News

An ‘Idol’ Ratings Loss, but Not in Its Pocketbook

So ABC can hardly be blamed for bragging that last week’s edition of its own reality show hit, “Dancing With the Stars, ” attracted more viewers (23 million) than “Idol” (21.8 million). In much the same way, NBC was elated when it topped “Idol” on one night of its Winter Olympics coverage in February.

But any effort to push “Dancing” as a real threat to the might of “Idol” where it really counts — ad dollars — is at best premature. It may be fairer to label it folly. According to figures on commercial costs issued by the Nielsen company, “Idol” is charging about $642, 000 for each 30-second commercial in its current run. The most recent figures for “Dancing” come from last fall’s edition, when it was charging about $209, 000.

NY Times

Injured Evan Lysacek: I’m Done With the Doctors

Things are getting really freaky for Evan Lysacek and his broken toes.

“Someone set up a Twitter page for my toes, ” Lysacek told me earlier today. “Evanstoe tweets more times a day than I do!”

While toe tweets may be funny, Lysaceck isn’t exactly laughing about the piggies he injured during his Dancing With the Stars training. “They hurt, ” the Olympic gold medalist said. “It’s a throbbing pain, which doesn’t feel good, but at the same time I’m not going to let it affect me too much.”

EOnline

Buzz Aldrin voted off “Dancing With the Stars”

The second man to set foot on the moon failed to impress the judges with his waltz on Monday’s performance show in a night in which each dance told a story through movement.

Aldrin and his partner Ashley Costa told of an old soldier who returns home from duty to be greeted by his daughter, but the judges said Aldrin seemed to do more walking than waltzing. The couple’s score of 13 was the night’s lowest.

“I did this show for the fighter pilots out there, the military people and the elder geezers like me who would just like to see an elder come back week after week” on the show, Aldrin told the audience.

Reuters.com

Jon Gosselin to sue Kate over ‘Dancing’

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Jon Gosselin plans to sue ex-wife Kate for primary custody of their eight children because her appearances on “Dancing With the Stars” have turned her into an absentee mom, a lawyer for the former reality show dad told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Jon Gosselin’s new lawyer, Anthony List, said he plans to file papers in Berks County Court in Pennsylvania this week to reopen their divorce settlement.

List said that Kate Gosselin’s participation in the smash ABC dance competition show has taken her away from the children, and that she has delegated most child-rearing responsibilities to three nannies.

“Without a doubt, she’s an absentee parent, ” he said.

Kate Gosselin’s attorney, Mark Momjian, called the allegation reckless and “patently false.”

Hollywood Reporter

‘Dancing With the Stars’: EW interviews Week 3’s eliminated contestant

After earning a mere 13 points last night, Buzz Aldrin became the second dancer to get the boot from Dancing With the Stars. We talked to the former astronaut and his partner Ashly Costa about how they were judged and what he hoped his appearance on the show did for the nation’s space program.

Hollywood Insider

Is ‘Glee’ Overexposed? Creator Says, ‘You Need To Feed the Beast’

You can watch the cast of Fox’s ‘Glee‘ perform – in character – in clips from Monday’s White House Easter egg roll event. This Wednesday, you can watch the ensemble perform on ‘Oprah.’

Starting in May, the ‘Glee’ stars will hit the road for a mini-tour. And of course with every new episode, a flurry of performance clips hit the Internet, offering a potent peek at what’s on that week’s play list.

Still, the producers of Fox’s freshman hit won’t let themselves worry about overexposure.

Fancast

Second chunk of ‘Glee’s’ first season to feature more music, guest stars like Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris’ upcoming guest role on Fox’s “Glee” was tailor-made for the actor, even before they confirmed he was available to shoot it.

“When we were writing the character, we were like, ‘Oh my God, what if Neil’s too busy and can’t do it?” co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told reporters in a conference call Tuesday. “We would have had to rewrite the whole episode.”

Thankfully, Harris was available.

NY Daily News

‘DWTS’ Chelsie Hightower on Jake Pavelka: ‘Maybe He Is Too Sensitive’

‘Dancing with the Stars‘ is TV’s reigning star right now, and it just might be due to the simple fact that its stars are having well-documented meltdowns that we get to indulge in week after week.

Kate Gosselin has shed many-a-tear. Tony Dovolani has nearly quit. Aiden Turner has melted down on Edyta Sliwinska. And thrown up. And this week we saw ‘The Bachelor‘ star Jake Pavelka’s battle with partner Chelsie Hightower.

Footage revealed Jake taking a time-out during rehearsals and later confronting Chelsie over how she talks to him. “Sometimes when you talk to me you are just very, very disrespectful.” Really, Jake? Seems as if the pilot doesn’t like it when he’s not in control.

Fancast

DWTS: Kate Defends “Very Clever” Dance, and Evan Defends Erin

Evan Lysacek has a skate blade, and he’s not afraid to use it to defend “best friend” Erin Andrews.

Also, Kate Gosselin firmly believes her paparazzi-inspired performance last night was “very clever.”

(Why are you laughing?!)

Here’s what the stars themselves told us last night as we visited the set of Dancing With the Stars…

EOnline

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Fox adds music-themed episodes to shows

With “Glee” returning and “American “Idol” whittling down competitors, Fox is airing a week of music-themed episodes of its most popular shows.

From Thursday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 5, episodes of “Bones, ” “Fringe, ” “House, ” “Simpsons, ” “Family Guy” and other series will have musical elements added into their storylines.

Among the mix, “Family Guy” will celebrate its 150th anniversary on May 2 with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers.

Hollywood Reporter

‘Glee’ star Lea Michele’s new anti-fur PSA: Exclusive

Glee’s Lea Michele has teamed up with PETA for a new anti-fur PSA called “If You Wouldn’t Wear Your Dog, Please Don’t Wear Any Fur.” Watch it, and PETA’s video Q&A with the actress — who first raised her voice with the animal rights organization during her Broadway days to end the abuse of horses used in New York’s carriage industry — after the jump.

In the PSA, shot in a faux school hallway, Michele says, “Everyone wants to fit in and feel like they belong. But sometimes you have to take a stand and step away from the crowd….With so many fashionable, cruelty-free options available, there’s really no excuse for joining a club that wears someone else’s coat.” (Is it wrong that we sort of wanted to see her throw a slushie on someone wearing fur?) Her video Q&A features stronger wording to go along with its harsher images: “When I see someone wearing a fur coat, the first thing that comes to my mind is why? Why do you need to have a fur coat? Why? You could be just as warm in any other kind of coat that hasn’t, you know, been made by killing animals. Why?” Then she adds, with a giggle, “And it’s ugly. You really look ugly. I don’t think you get it.”

Entertainment Weekly

‘Glee’s Lea Michele Shares Her Favorite Routine

As anticipation builds to a gleektastic pitch for the April 13th mid-season return of Fox’s first-year ‘Glee, ’ we gathered the show’s stars to chat about their favorite musical performances thus far. The fifth and final installment in the series of interviews features Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, the oft-bullied star of McKinley’s glee club.

Fancast.com

‘American Idol’ Experts Predict Elimination For Aaron Kelly Or Andrew Garcia

The verdict was much different for MJ Santilli, webmaster of leading “Idol” blog mjsbigblog.com. “I figured Katie Stevens was next, until she stepped up her game with a heartfelt performance of ‘Let It Be, ‘ ” she said. “Tim Urban’s mop-top came in handy this week, as he delivered a competent ‘All My Loving.’ I can’t imagine he’ll be leaving this week. Aaron Kelly had the weakest performance of the night, but I think his tween fans will carry him through to another week.”

MTV

Buzzmeter

Top “American Idol” pundits predict the fate of contestants. Check back weekly to see who our panel thinks will be heading home.

LA Times

PHOTO FLASH: Constantine Maroulis Receives Tony’s Di Napoli Portrait

Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, was honored at Tony’s Di Napoli with his own caricature on Tuesday, April 6.

Maroulis first gained national fame as a finalist on the FOX-TV series American Idol. His other theater credits include The Wedding Singer on Broadway, as well as Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Jesus Christ Superstar.

The event also coincided with the first anniversary of the Broadway production of Rock of Ages, and was attended by the show’s cast.

Theatremania

‘American Idol’s’ Jason Castro: Casey James is ‘pretty awesome’

Jason Castro of Season 7 of “American Idol” has found time between his self-titled debut album (out April 13) and kicking off his tour to watch some of the Season 10 Idols.

He tells Zap2it that Casey James “was amazing” on Beatles week. Jason has also “been a fan of Crystal Bowersox for awhile. And there’s a couple other good people, but those two are my favorites right now.”

Zaptoit

Idol Contestants Sound Off on Didgeridoos, Bagpipes and Prom Dates

Who knew didgeridoos and bagpipes were part and parcel to the Lennon-McCartney experience? Those musical accompaniments added to emboldened performances by the remaining top 9 American Idol contestants, who spoke to reporters about pec contests, proms and pretty much anything after Tuesday’s performance show! –Cynthia Wang

People.com

Jennifer Hudson’s Fitness Goal? ‘To Bounce Quarters Off Her Butt!’

Even before becoming pregnant and gaining 35 lbs. with son David Otunga Jr., Jennifer Hudson hated running and wasn’t a huge fan of the gym. But as soon as she got her doctor’s OK to start working out, the former American Idol star met up with L.A.-based trainer, Harley Pasternak, to start slimming down for her role in an upcoming film on Winnie Mandela. She got her diet on track by starting with Weight Watchers in January–recently debuting as their newest spokesperson. And their aim was specific, Pasternak says. “Our goal was to bounce quarters off her butt!”

People

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102 Comments

  1. Ok, any news on Kris single? I don’t care when it’s released I just want to know it’s NOT TT. Anyone?

  2. Jon Gosselin to sue Kate over ‘Dancing’

    I feel so bad for those kids. Their life must suck.

  3. I feel so bad for those kids. Their life must suck.

    Yeah, I’m sure Jon suing Kate is because he wants what’s best for the kids. It makes me sick.

  4. Hey Castro Fans… Rate the Music has a ‘special’ survey out on Jason. It wasn’t a good radio song so IDK. I don’t remember the name.. for those that are familiar with his music, the beginning uses party background noise.

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    17 18 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 3969 4572 -603 20.997
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    39 39 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1373 1171 +202 4.442
    177 99 KRIS ALLEN Heartless 47 11 +36 0.428
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  6. Yeah, I’m sure Jon suing Kate is because he wants what’s best for the kids. It makes me sick.

    I was never a big fan of their reality show. I watched a few episodes.. but those I did see, Jon always seemed to find an excuse not to be around. I think she needs to be with her kids. Unless Jon is going to step up and fork over some big bucks to support her staying home with them then I don’t know what else she can do to pull in $$.

  7. Dish Of Salt: Backstage At ‘American Idol,’ Part III (April 6, 2010)

    LOL. I love how Big Mike defended Lee’s bagpipes.

  8. Thank you girlygirl I needed a Kris post – I almost got online earlier to ask for one! :)

  9. thank gg for the Kris’s interview.

    it’s taking some time to announce the 2nd single! hope they got at least the video when they release it!

  10. Doesn’t Kris have a lot of radio promo scheduled for next week? Am I crazy to think that maybe we will know something about the second single by then since otherwise all this radio promo may go to waste?

  11. Jive: Tune in TONIGHT to see David Archuleta perform “Imagine” as a part of the John Lennon Tribute on American Idol!

    They are doing a tribute? First i heard of that… lol Or maybe they are just confused? Probably a video package or something, maybe… im guessing.

  12. I think we should just kidnap Kris and hold him hostage until heor Jive announced the title of the 2nd single.

  13. JiveMusic :)

    Tune in TONIGHT to see David Archuleta perform “Imagine” as a part of the John Lennon Tribute on American Idol!

    2 minutes ago via web

  14. sorry frog, lol… i was so shocked to see this coming from jive i didn’t read up the thread… 1st i’ve heard of a ‘lennon’ tribute, so i guess we’ll have to see what the deal is tonight…

  15. Ok I just gotta know. It might have been posted here somewhere and I missed it and if so please direct me there.

    Is it true that Adam will be next weeks mentor and performing? The morning radio show here just announced it this morning and I’m wondering if its just a joke, false report or if its true. The DJ sounded so excited when she announced it. Does anyone know if its true? I’m going crazy wondering!!!!

  16. I was never a big fan of their reality show. I watched a few episodes.. but those I did see, Jon always seemed to find an excuse not to be around. I think she needs to be with her kids. Unless Jon is going to step up and fork over some big bucks to support her staying home with them then I don’t know what else she can do to pull in $$.

    Kate is an RN, she has a marketable skill. She could support her family without flying across the country and famewhoring on tv. What she can’t support is her lifestyle of designer purchases, 3 Nannies and the rest of her entourage. Jon could get a job too. Maybe not one that would afford 800 different Ed Hardy t-shirts, but at least one that would put food on the table.

    These people have collected tv paychecks and sold a lot of books. If they don’t have money in the bank, it’s because they’re both stupid. It’s pretty clear they value their extravagent, famewhoring lifestyles over spending time with their children. They both suck pretty large.

  17. LOL Saga… That sounds like a good idea… His fans are getting very restless. Hopefully they will announce something very soon. I just hope it is not the same day Adam releases his 3rd single.

  18. cali-girl.. look for the post yesterday that announces it and has over 1000 replies..

  19. From AO:

    4/07 News of the Day

    1. AO moderator RMGED has informed us of Adam’s sales worldwide. Here is his comment:

    FYE is closing in on 200,000 copies sold outside the U.S.,

    As for awards, the album has been certified gold in the U.S., Singapore and New Zealand; platinum in Canada.”

    200K so far? That’s awesome!

  20. Just when I thought Jon Gosselin couldn’t be any bigger of a douche bag, he announces his plans to sue the mother of his children for working. Maybe if he hadn’t spent so much time courting young mistresses and blocking Kate’s ability to continue with some version of their previous show, she would have other means to support her family.

  21. LOL Saga… That sounds like a good idea… His fans are getting very restless. Hopefully they will announce something very soon. I just hope it is not the same day Adam releases his 3rd single.

    Heh, that would be ironic (the blog wouldn’t survive!). It might very well happen though since many seem to think IIHY will go for adds the 27th of april.

  22. Maybe if he hadn’t spent so much time courting young mistresses and blocking Kate’s ability to continue with some version of their previous show, she would have other means to support her family.

    Growing up with constant cameras in your house and having your life exploited on TV is not a healthy way for children to live. Continuing that show would not be in the best interest of those children. They deserve a normal life (if of course it’s not too late already).

    Jon and Kate need to get normal jobs like the rest of the world and live within their means. Famewhoring is not a skill. They’ve already inflicted a ton of future damage on their kids by airing every piece of dirty laundry they have to the world. They’re like the two shittiest parents in America.

  23. I don’t think Kate could support 9 people easily on a RN salary with daycare expenses for her kids about 3/4 of her salary would be gone. I think Jon is a super douche in one interview he whined about not getting enough time to himself since he has been married with children since his early 20’s, like that was an legitimate excuse for going out drinking with college girls and leaving your wife and 8 kids at home.

  24. mimi, on Monday Kris is going to be in San Diego for some radio promo and a live performance with Sara Bareilles.

    Hopefully this will mean new single soon!

  25. Kris has a ton of radio station-sponsored gigs here in California all next week. Hopefully this means he will be announcing and playing his 2nd single.

    Meanwhile, Mary Steenbergen posted a very nice tweet about the Oxford American gala.

    msteenbergen

    #At work on movie but was in Arkansas over weekend. Heaven is sitting next to Morgan F. At dinner and KrisA.singinghttp://twitpic.com/1dgx1t about 1 hour ago via Echofon

  26. Is it true that Adam will be next weeks mentor and performing? The morning radio show here just announced it this morning and I’m wondering if its just a joke, false report or if its true. The DJ sounded so excited when she announced it. Does anyone know if its true? I’m going crazy wondering!!!!

    You must have not been on mjs yesterday. LOL
    Yes, it is true!!!

  27. Kris news:

    Going to see Kris at Heifer International this afternoon to hear him talk about his trip to Rwanda. Kris was at Alice 107.7 radio in Little Rock yesterday, bragging about his mom’s chicken spaghetti. The DJ’s couldn’t leave that alone – bragging about their mothers’ chicken spaghetti. The result was a challenge to the mothers which culminated in the judging this morning. Kim Allen did not win, but they all agreed her dump cake was the best ever. (She also brought brownies.) I laughed all the way to work this morning. Kris is alive and eating well in Arkansas!

    PS – I volunteer to kidnap him and hold him hostage for y’all. My civic duty and all…

  28. @EmanuelKiriakou is saying he will give fans a snippet of one of David Archuleta’s new songs if he gets to 6000 fans (from a little over 3000) by 3 pm. I think it is impossible, but it is worth a try.

  29. connie0128 loved your post……have a good time today!! If you get the chance please tell Kris how much we flove him. It is always good to hear the great peeps in Arkansas taking care of their own and having fun with it!! Makes an old woman’s heart beat like it should! :)

  30. Look’s like Slezak might be on the case for single #2. He said that he had scoop on an idol champ… he later tweeted to clarify that it was DC scoop, but would try to get Kris scoop too.

  31. 1. AO moderator RMGED has informed us of Adam’s sales worldwide. Here is his comment:

    “FYE is closing in on 200,000 copies sold outside the U.S.,

    As for awards, the album has been certified gold in the U.S., Singapore and New Zealand; platinum in Canada.”

    200K so far? That’s awesome!

    Please don’t shoot me, but that total seems kinds of low. Especially when you consider that 80,000 to 100,000 of those sales come from Canada. Would that have even covered his promotional travel costs? I wouldn’t expect a world tour based on those numbers, unless he has a single that really blows up overseas. Just trying to keep it real.

    ETA: Where exactly did he travel to recently on his promo tour? I know of Australia, England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand. Anywhere else? That can’t have been cheap.

  32. *runs to follow Eman *

    Hm so Slezak tweeted that hes going to try and give scoops on both David and Kris this week. He sure is the man with news lately.

    eta: ha beaten to the punch!

  33. Please don’t shoot me, but that total seems kinds of low. Especially when you consider that 80,000 to 100,000 of those sales come from Canada. Would that have even covered his promotional travel costs? I wouldn’t expect a world tour based on those numbers, unless he has a single that really blows up overseas. Just trying to keep it real.

    I think 100 000 album sold worldwide outside North America does cover the travel costs and even business class if that’s what you mean by it.
    Does it make sense to do a world tour based on those numbers? Probably not rigth now, but I guess in some of these countries they are just at the beginning of the process to make Adam famous.

  34. connie0128, thanks for the news! have a good afternoon and we are expecting a full report :D

  35. Please don’t shoot me, but that total seems kinds of low. Especially when you consider that 80,000 to 100,000 of those sales come from Canada. Would that have even covered his promotional travel costs? I wouldn’t expect a world tour based on those numbers, unless he has a single that really blows up overseas. Just trying to keep it real.

    I have no idea what the comparison is, but I’d be happy with those numbers considering that some countries are only now getting to know more about him and his music (as in, even with some of the countries he travelled to, I don’t think they knew much about him until he started doing interviews etc.) Some countries like the UK and Japan did, of course, but not all of them.

    So he’s essentially a new artist in those countries putting his music out there for the first time.

    And I doubt anyone is considering Madonna/Pink level world tour just now, but certainly performances overseas (if the label thought they made sense down the road), wouldn’t be so far fetched.

  36. ETA: Where exactly did he travel to recently on his promo tour? I know of Australia, England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand. Anywhere else? That can’t have been cheap.

    all of those plus singapore. the cd hasn’t been released in england or Germany yet. it went gold in singapore. don’t forget that his singles are doing well in those countries where they have been released. they certainly have recouped their promotional costs in those countries adam visited on his tour. don’t forget that many of these are small countries and the gold/platinum thresholds are pretty low….so these are actually pretty darn good album sales for a guy who has only done a day or two of promo in most of these countries

  37. Valentin432:

    I agree that they are just at the beginning stages, and I hope that the numbers do increase. Flights, advertising, hotel, food and costumes for 3 – 4 people, Guitarist and Manager salaries, etc. cannot have been cheap. Several hundred thousand at least, I think.

  38. Like I said, I do hope that Adam blows up overseas, and he has lot’s of time to still. He’s not my favorite Idol, but he is ONE of my favorites. I’m just trying to keep it real.

  39. 1. AO moderator RMGED has informed us of Adam’s sales worldwide. Here is his comment:

    “FYE is closing in on 200,000 copies sold outside the U.S.,

    I don’t understand why the AO mod is the only Sony mod from the Idols that provides the fans with exclusive inside info like this! David Cook’s number nerd fans (and there are many– there’s a monstrous dedicated thread to this) have been dying to get updates on various off-chart numbers, including, and not limited to a DCTR sales update, CBTM and other track sales updates, and OMG, imagine if we could get the holy grail, aka the number of AI tracks DC sold during the Idol season? Okay fine, so that last one is probably not RCA, but the others are, c’mon! Should I be jealous that DCO doesn’t have a loose-lipped gung-ho mod like RMGed…? DCO’s always seemed to me like it were completely fan-run and the label is completely unaware/invisible…

  40. Columbus Dispatch raves about Carrie’s concert in Columbus last night.

    All those props and costume changes were fun, but Underwood, 27, didn’t really even need that. She sang two dozen songs with an incredibly powerful voice and such conviction that she proved she – not Taylor Swift – is hands-down the current queen of country.

    As proof, the Okie forcefully sang Jesus Take the Wheel (“I’ll sing this one till I’m 100,” Underwood said.) and then surpassed it with even more amazing vocals on verses from How Great Thou Art.

    She did all her hits, too, including Cowboy Casanova, Wasted, Some Hearts, All-American Girl, Before He Cheats, Last Name and her current No. 1, Temporary Home.

    There were other appealing things about Underwood’s performance – she introduced each band member and brought back both opening acts to sing really good duets with her. It was an outstanding performance.

  41. agree that they are just at the beginning stages, and I hope that the numbers do increase. Flights, advertising, hotel, food and costumes for 3 – 4 people, Guitarist and Manager salaries, etc. cannot have been cheap. Several hundred thousand at least, I think

    But you don’t sink those costs expecting to recoup them in 2-4 weeks time. it is an investment in the future of your artist, trying to establish them in a new market so that they can sell for months and years to come.

  42. ^^smallie Yeah I know what you mean.. There seems to be some sorta mod over at AO thats always giving out info..No idea why he’s the only one, seems rather weird.

  43. suenigma:
    04/07/2010 at 2:58 pm
    Valentin432:

    I agree that they are just at the beginning stages, and I hope that the numbers do increase. Flights, advertising, hotel, food and costumes for 3 – 4 people, Guitarist and Manager salaries, etc. cannot have been cheap. Several hundred thousand at least, I think

    Monte and Longineu only traveled with Adam for a few days. I’m sure these promotional costs are in line with what record companies expect to pay out. Just look at all the flights, advertising, food, hotel and manager salaries Jive had to pay out for Kris and the four members of his band (with equipment) to attend all those JBBs and radio gigs. That was mostly to support radio spins for his single.
    I’m sure RCA, like Jive, knows what makes sense as far as promotional costs goes. I just read that Elliot traveled to Japan on 5 separate occassions to promote his album. He ended up selling 100K of his album and that was looked on as a success. I believe RCA is thrilled with 200K after the first round of Adam’s overseas promo tour. (including the 3-4 days spent in Canada)

  44. connie0128

    Have a great time tonight! should be interesting to hear Kris talk about his time in Rwanda.

    To get the info out of him about his 2nd single, maybe you should recruit Katy and Mama Allen to gather up all those plaid shirts of his and threaten to give them to Goodwill or someplace unless he tells us what the 2nd single is and when it’s being released. You know how much Kris loves his plaid shirts!

  45. windmills:
    04/07/2010 at 3:12 pm

    Columbus Dispatch raves about Carrie’s concert in Columbus last night.

    Yeah Carrie….thanks for posting

  46. I don’t understand why the AO mod is the only Sony mod from the Idols that provides the fans with exclusive inside info like this! David Cook’s number nerd fans (and there are many– there’s a monstrous dedicated thread to this) have been dying to get updates on various off-chart numbers . . .

    Seriously!! Maybe we should start a thread on DCO entitled: Hey RCA Bungholes, Why Can’t You Give Us Exclusive DC Sales Numbers Like The Mod on AO?!? Hop to It!!

    Or perhaps something a bit more toned down.

  47. If Sony thought 200,000 albums at this point was bad they wouldn’t has posted it on Adam’s website for the whole world to read… They obviously think Adam is doing well right now.

  48. Keel: Seriously!! Maybe we should start a thread on DCO entitled: Hey RCA Bungholes, Why Can’t You Give Us Exclusive DC Sales Numbers Like The Mod on AO?!? Hop to It!!

    Or perhaps something a bit more toned down.

    LOL. Perhaps just toned down a bit. I feel your pain.

  49. unique28v:
    04/07/2010 at 3:42 pm
    If Sony thought 200,000 albums at this point was bad they wouldn’t has posted it on Adam’s website for the whole world to read… They obviously think Adam is doing well right now.

    I don’t think that he is doing badly by any stretch, I’m just a little surprised by the numbers – I thought they were higher. They are comparable to Archie’s I think. I wish we had all the Idols’ worldwide sales for comparative purposes.

  50. According to TV Guide Shania is going to be an upcoming mentor on AI!

    http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/american-idol/exclusive-shania-twain-returns-to-idol-4615.html

    Exclusive: Shania Twain Returns to Idol!

    She proved she had an ear for talent—and that she was smart and charming to boot—as a guest judge during American Idol’s Chicago auditions earlier this season. Now, an Idol source confirms, country-pop superstar Shania Twain is set to come on over again to the Fox reality competition, this time as a mentor to the contestants. (No word yet on what theme the Idols will tackle under Twain’s tutelage, though country would be the safe bet.)

    Unlike some of Season 9’s mentors—including 17-year-old Miley Cyrus and music-biz newbie Adam Lambert—Twain has plenty of experience to draw on: The Canadian singer-songwriter has been recording for nearly two decades, sold over 65 million albums, and netted five Grammys. (If anyone can settle the should-Katie-Stevens-go-country debate once and for all, our money’s on Twain.)

    “Shania really enjoyed doing the show,” says her rep. And while he wouldn’t officially confirm her repeat appearance, he adds, “She’d love to go back.”

  51. That is so cool Windmills. I love Shania. I Hope Carrie performs on the results show too. Do you think that if they do a country week (which would suit alot of the contestants well, I think, and Simon would finally get Country Katie)that Carrie would feel snubbed by not being the guest mentor? Personally, I’m pretty sure that she has bigger fish to fry.

  52. ETA: Where exactly did he travel to recently on his promo tour? I know of Australia, England, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand. Anywhere else? That can’t have been cheap.

    Adam never went to NZ…Singapore though… I think 200K is very good… The major buyers so far are from Canada, NZ and Singapore… Ai countries. The album is not out in Europe and will not sell a lot before he’s had a few singles charting. WWFM is doing well where it’s been released but UK and Germany still haven’t released the single. Southern Europe is left to do promotion in (France, Italy, Spain etc.). I think they’ll release it in South America as well, I’ve seen reports of WWFM playing on the radio in some countries there. The international promo/launch will take time.

  53. I Hope Carrie performs on the results show too. Do you think that if they do a country week (which would suit alot of the contestants well, I think, and Simon would finally get Country Katie)that Carrie would feel snubbed by not being the guest mentor? Personally, I’m pretty sure that she has bigger fish to fry.

    Carrie’s proven many times to be the 1st person to defer to people who’ve proven themselves to stand the test of time. I think she’d consider Shania as a guest mentor to be a huge no-brainer. Shania’s definitely a big step in the right direction as a mentor choice.

    As far as performing at a results show the only Wednesdays until the end of the season where Carrie doesn’t have a concert are IGB day (she’s performing), May 19th (she’s got concerts May 18th and 20th in California), and the finale May 26th. Carrie recently said in a radio interview that she can’t imagine not being at the finale whether or not she performs. I’d guess Carrie’ll perform Undo It at the finale. It’s her new single and there’s a judge connection because it’s a song she cowrote with Kara, Marti Frederiksen, and Luke Laird.

  54. ^^smallie Yeah I know what you mean.. There seems to be some sorta mod over at AO thats always giving out info..No idea why he’s the only one, seems rather weird.

    Yeah, I guess that’s how I feel too. I mean, partly jealous, but on the other hand, the AO mod has come off a tad weird– borderline creepy IMO, so a part of me isn’t jealous at all. Maybe I’m just using this as an excuse to gripe that I just wish the DCO webnerds ran the site better.

    Keel: Seriously!! Maybe we should start a thread on DCO entitled: Hey RCA Bungholes, Why Can’t You Give Us Exclusive DC Sales Numbers Like The Mod on AO?!? Hop to It!!

    Or perhaps something a bit more toned down.

    Honestly, at this point, I don’t think any tone would work. The webnerds barely know the band members’ names, and only seem to update the front page with news that the forum threads have scooped days ago. I may be a little harsh, but I don’t feel like any salaried RCA employee does any work on the site, TBH. The only reason DCO isn’t totally useless is because there are so many fans that are really good at finding and posting good info. /end rant =P

  55. I just wish the DCO webnerds ran the site better.

    Well at least you have webnerds that do something. haha /gripe

  56. Ed is the same mod that posts on Daughtry’s board (or at least he use to). Lets just say I’m perfectly fine with him staying away from David’s site. He often said too much on the Daughtry board including sometimes e-mailing with some fans. More times than not his words led to bad info being passed around. I learned then sometimes its just better to stay quiet.

  57. I like that fans have so much ownership in David Cook’s site, actually. though improvements could be made, obviously.

  58. I just wish the DCO webnerds ran the site better.

    Well at least you have webnerds that do something. haha /gripe

    Haha guessing Archie’s official site isn’t that great either? Yeah, and I have to say, I kind of misspoke when I said, “DCO webnerds ran the site”, because they in fact do not. Fans do. I have to agree with wellhesback, that that is generally a pretty good thing, but I do wish they made some improvements.

    Ed is the same mod that posts on Daughtry’s board (or at least he use to). Lets just say I’m perfectly fine with him staying away from David’s site. He often said too much on the Daughtry board including sometimes e-mailing with some fans. More times than not his words led to bad info being passed around.

    Really, on DO as well? That doesn’t sound good. Has any official mod on DCO ever stepped in to respond to fans… maybe early on before they found that kick-ass fan-volunteer mod? (FoolsApril, if you’re reading, you rock). Just curious. I only lurk on DCO, but I find the whole fan-run vibe there pretty interesting. Like I said, it’s generally a good thing, but the site could use some official improvements and better navigation and info outside of the forums.

  59. Awwwwwwww!

    thedavidcook Hey @DavidArchie… How long are you in town? DM me or text me and let me know.
    3 minutes ago via web

  60. sma11ie I haven’t frequented the board there much recently so I don’t know if he’s still active but ugh, one example ill throw out was the SNL incident. Long story short, there was a lot of talk on there about how Daughtry was long due for SNL so there was one of those ‘lets start a petition to get Daughtry on SNL’ threads. I guess at some point there was some communication about this between Ed and some fan via email. David goes and gets SNL and all hell broke loose, Ed got bombarded with all these claims that RCA loves David more than Daughtry blah blah so Ed tells the same fan via email to just calm down and not to hound NBC about this, that they tried really hard to get Daughtry on but it didn’t work out and something was said about the label having to bid. So this ends up on the board where the story was basically RCA paid to get David booked but they lost the bid for Daughtry a while back. Ed eventually did post something somewhat reasonable on the board explaining it wouldn’t even make sense to use their SNL contacts now since Daughtry was so busy recording the new album but he promised that they would work hard to get them on there when the album came out. Bleh. That was the example I remember the best because it pissed me off. Uh wonder if they tried again with those contacts *rolls eyes*

    Eta: oh gosh David tweeted Archie wanting to know how long he’s in town for. There’s currently much ploding on Twitter LOL

  61. They have time for dinner together or something =P though Archie needs to be back in utah for friday, as he is singing half time at some game. Boo. Get it together guys! Meet up already!

  62. Hah! David Cook tweeted last night that he was packing up to move to his new house. Do not fall for it Archie! Do not DM him! He just wants help packing and moving some couches.

  63. Hah! David Cook tweeted last night that he was packing up to move to his new house. Do not fall for it Archie! Do not DM him! He just wants help packing and moving some couches.

    Haha, yes, picturing Archie moving some couches! Though for serious, I’m thinking if DC got pros to move him in (which I’m sure he did), he should already be done “moving” by now, but onto the unpacking boxes stage. Maybe he’ll invite Archie over to the new pad and rope him into helping unpack hahaha.

    Trina, I do remember reading that from DO now. Now that I think about it, I wonder if the lack of mod-intervention on DCO has been due to a lack of ill-advised fan-movements in the form of crazy petitions or spamming of networks or radio stations and such… I guess that’s a good thing then. Not saying DC doesn’t have his share of BSC fans, but just that there haven’t been such fan-movements on the official board at least.

  64. David Cook tweeted last night that he was packing up to move to his new house. Do not fall for it Archie! Do not DM him! He just wants help packing and moving some couches.

    Yep, it’s a ploy Archie. Run! Hee! That was really sweet though. I agree Frogcooke, these 2 need to just plan a time to meet. This century. ;)

  65. Tweets from Kris’s appearance at the Heifer Barefoot Bash. Looks like he actually IS singing at this event, even though it was reported he wouldn’t…

    http://img33.yfrog.com/i/iu0q.jpg/

    http://twitpic.com/1dxp1d

    http://twitpic.com/1dxp30

    http://twitter.com/krinjalists/rwanda

    damitman

    Lol he had to start over
    2 minutes ago via txt

    Omg smaya!
    1 minute ago via txt

    WOW — Kris just sang Send Me All Your Angels at this charity event he’s at!!!! Oh, someone better have gotten that on video!

  66. Tweets from Kris’s appearance at the Heifer Barefoot Bash. Looks like he actually IS singing at this event, even though it was reported he wouldn’t…

    I thought the contract with the other group wouldn’t allow him to. Maybe they let him off the hook because this thing was for such a good cause.

  67. I thought the contract with the other group wouldn’t allow him to. Maybe they let him off the hook because this thing was for such a good cause.

    Actually I’m not overly surprised that he’s playing a few songs. I watched their local news (from a link here) covering the situation and the concert peeps pretty much indicated they would be fine with him singing a couple/few songs.

    I hope we get vid of SMAYA!

  68. Tweets from Kris’s appearance at the Heifer Barefoot Bash. Looks like he actually IS singing at this event, even though it was reported he wouldn’t…

    I thought the contract with the other group wouldn’t allow him to. Maybe they let him off the hook because this thing was for such a good cause.

    Interesting. Kinda reminds me of when David Cook was announced as a guest for the Better than Ezra fundraiser in New Orleans, and then he had to take to twitter to clarify that he was scheduled to “appear” but not perform… and then lo and behold, he shows up, and performed three songs sans band… I kind of wondered if it had something to do with contracts, and maybe David’s booking agent, etc., and when it was announced Kris wouldn’t perform, I wondered if it was really the contract with the other group, or maybe Kris just wasn’t scheduled to perform because it wasn’t booked through his people? And then once he was there, he could perform unofficially, even though he couldn’t be an official announced performer, like David in New Orleans? I dunno though, heh, just mindless speculation and ass talking :)

  69. Didi’s Idolatry interview:

    Already posted in this mornings headlines, along with Jim Cantiello’s interview..*points upward*

  70. paintedblaq
    Ok I have entire vids of MITM & SMAYA and snippet of LLWD. Anyone volunteering to upload?
    9 minutes ago via Twitterrific

    please someone help her ;)

    YEAH a new song!!! …and I like it much

  71. MJ:

    I hope since this is the first time Kris has performed SMAYA live you will make a separate thread for this video???

  72. OMG SMAYA LIVE so effing beautiful! TBH I’m not the biggest fan of the recoded version – too Country/daughtryish but Kris singing it live just sounds so heartfelt and beautiful. Thanks for the link.

    (MJ, I second Girlygirl’s request. Can’t we have a seperate post for this. It’s the first time Kris has performed this song. Thanks.)

  73. I’m hoping Kris will perform SMAYA and some of the other songs on his album he’s neglected, like BIB (one of my faves) at The Bahamas concert (fingers crossed, pretty please)

  74. girlgirl I love SMAYA live so fantastic. I really wish he’s sing BIB live ,it’s my favorite on the album. Am not a big fan of Lifetime but would love to hear that live. I never really cared for the album version of BWCU but it’s one of my favorites live.So I might like Lifetime more if he did that one.

  75. love SMAYA performed live. Just beautiful! thanks for the vid peeps.
    mj, I third the request for a separate post!

  76. Thanks for all the links to Kris’ performance at the Barefoot Bash. Great that Tom’s Shoes will be on the Today show. I’ll have to remember to turn the TV on.

    I’ll thrid or fiftyith the request for a separate post for ‘Send Me All Your ANgels’. I wouldn’t mind the Press Conference and performances from the Oxford American event be posted too. I’ve seen it, but it would be nice if others could too.

  77. thanks connie0128 for the vid. very good quality :D

    it’s the Barefoot Bash, so it makes sense to me that Kris is barefeet. It’s just a solidarity thing

  78. I meant I couldn’t video the bare feet – too many tweens on the floor in front of me (with their mamas) blocking the view

    Most folks were barefooted. In fact, before Kris sang he told the audience that “anyone wearing shoes can leave now.”

  79. I was at work when I read that Kris is singing SMAYA and I was freaking out.
    I’m one of the few that love the recording version and the acoustic version – wow !! Eventhough technically this song is pretty generic, ordinary, when Kris sings it, it becomes special. I swear his tone of voice makes it so. How else to explain it ? I love the “sadness” in his voice / whine / whatever.

    And wow for the audience that came without expecting to hear him sing and heard that for the first time. Lucky. And thank you for the video cameras, you all came prepared.

  80. SMAYA sounds absolutely gorgeous. Hope Kris puts this into his set list rotation now.
    Here’s link to MP3 of this performance:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?wnfwjeyrydz

    Thanks girlygirl for the mp3 link. I still have the mp3 for The Scientist and have it on repeat. I hope the organizer of the Saline Summer… won’t get mad at Kris for singing. And not just singing, but debuting a song.

    Thanks for the info for tomorrow’s Today’s Show. I have my DVR ready.

    And I like Lifetime eventhough the word is repeated too often in the chorus, but I’ve no doubt that he’ll wow me with his live version too. Now, if only he’ll sing Let It Rain again.
    We are a greedy bunch aren’t we ?

    And yes MJ, please make a separate thread for this. Since Kris has another gig tomorrow, there will be a place to discuss it. :)

  81. connie0128:
    04/07/2010 at 11:41 pm
    I meant I couldn’t video the bare feet – too many tweens on the floor in front of me (with their mamas) blocking the view

    Most folks wee barefooted. In fact, before Kris sang he told the audience that “anyone wearing shoes can leave now.”

    oh, sorry, it was me who didn’t get your comment!

    and hahaha love Kris’s humor :)

    thanks girlygirl for the mp3.
    Me too ratna12, i love the live and recorded version. In connie’s video, it’s awesome when at 2:15 he hit this note in a higher register than the recorded song.. i love it

  82. Connie you did great for your first video on youtube…………I’ve already watched at least half dozen times! Many thanks!!

    Love this live performance, it is so emotional…..yikes Kris gets to me when he sings like this from deep inside of himself!! He & Cale are absolutely fabulous together (again)!

  83. The videos don’t do it justice – it was absolutely stunning! He is 1000 times better in person and the conference room was small and intimate.

  84. The videos don’t do it justice – it was absolutely stunning! He is 1000 times better in person and the conference room was small and intimate.

    Really!?! i heard that before but how you’re telling it, is just getting me sooo impatient to see him in concert. I might find another venue before Sept 4th

  85. Don’t know if this was posted on DC’s trip to Ethiopia, but it’s from http://www.ethiopia.usembassy.gov

    Chargé Mushingi Promotes Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment with American Idol/UN Foundation

    On the final day of Women’s History Month 2010, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Dr. Tuli Mushingi, discussed the critical importance of women’s empowerment and girls’ education with 2008 American Idol David Cook. Cook was in Ethiopia for a collaborative effort between American Idol and the United Nations Foundation to highlight the importance of educational and economic empowerment opportunities for women in contributing to broader development and economic prosperity.

    During their discussion, Dr. Mushingi highlighted the potential contributions to Ethiopia’s development that public-private partnerships could bring. Cook noted that he has millions of fans waiting to find out how they can help in less developed countries and make a difference in the lives of individuals. Dr. Mushingi detailed several of the efforts underway by the United States in empowering women in Ethiopia including: providing over 1,100 secondary school scholarships to girls, literacy programs reaching over 21,000 women in rural and pastoral communities, awareness raising throughout Ethiopia to prevent early marriage and female genital mutilation, over U.S.$4 million in loan guarantees for women-owned businesses, the prioritization of female-headed households when targeting emergency food aid, training opportunities for women legislators, and assistance to primary schools and basic education centers reaching over 800,000 girls throughout Ethiopia. In addition to detailing the various systemic USG impacts on girls’ education in Ethiopia through large USAID programs, the Chargé also underscored the impacts of person-to-person interactions between Americans and Ethiopians and public diplomacy in changing people’s lives. An exposé on Cook’s visit to Ethiopia will be broadcast on the April 21 annual charity television special Idol Gives Back.

  86. The videos don’t do it justice – it was absolutely stunning! He is 1000 times better in person and the conference room was small and intimate.

    Yeah, I saw him at Las Vegas, and it is true.
    And also looking at his photogenic face in pictures and seeing him live – he is more stunning looking live. How can that be ?

  87. This won’t happen I’m sure since it’s not on the album (except on the Wal-Mart version), but how strange would it be if SMAYA turned out to be the 2nd single?

  88. Oh goody, girlygirl you are still here……….I was thinking the same exact thing about SMAYA being the 2nd single. The only problem I have is I was not happy with the recorded version, it is missing the depth of this live performance.

    Something about Daughtry being involved with it has me thinking it would be good for Kris in the long run! Guess we just have to wait & see what Jive will do!!

    By the way if I knew how to twitter I would send Kris one telling him how you champion him DAILY here at MJs and how much you would like to hear SMAYA & BIB live in the Bahamas….I’m sure he would not only oblige by singing them, but would most likely give you a shoutout too!! :) :)

  89. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci9dvtfZZQk

    Kris talks about his Rwanda trip – that’s all I have folks! Missed the first part trying to figue out my camera…

    oops, girlygirl, we posted together! Nope, hairy feet not native to Arkansas – although we have our fair share.

  90. Thanks so much Connie & girlygirl for the videos of this song & special thanks girlygirl for the MP3 as being in another country , I was unable to purchase this album with this bonus track – so now I have it . Hope you are getting excited for your trip to see Kris?

  91. Thank you Connie & Girlygirl for the videos. He sounded great on SMAYA. I saw a video that had some of the Rwanda pictures in a slide show that was playing while he was singing. This song was perfect for that!

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