Idol Headlines for 04/10/10

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‘Idolatry’: Debating Big Mike’s ‘American Idol’ save, cheering Casey James, enjoying…Tim Urban?

Twas the week they saved Big Mike
And all through the house
Idol fans were a’grumbling
I can still hear them grouse
But blonde Casey James
Strummed his six-string with care
While MamaSox wailed
“Come Together” with flair

Entertainment Weekly

Has American Idol jumped the shark?

You read it here first. American Idol, the most successful show in the ignoble history of reality television, is done.

After 10 hugely successful seasons, after millions of viewers, millions of controversies and millions of hit records, after creator and judge Simon Cowell announced he’s leaving the show this year to work on the North American version of The X Factor, his other Brit hit, the little show that’s all about discovering big talent is done.

And that, it must be said, is a good thing.

Oh, don’t panic. There’s no official announcement that this is American Idol’s last call. It’s still far too successful, at least commercially, to kill off.

Vancouver Sun

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Adam Lambert could have what it takes to make it

There should be a “best-before” stamp on Idol finalists.

They have a year to make it and then they’re on their own. The dream is over. The real work begins.

Adam Lambert, who sold out both his casino appearances, Thursday at Red Robinson’s and Friday night at the River Rock, appears to have the werewithal to last longer and will be around for a while. A finalist during American Idol’s eighth season, he seems to know what he faces and is poised, no doubt, for what comes after his year of fame.

The Province

Q&A: Alex Lambert talks ‘Idol’, ‘Dream’

Alex Lambert may not have made it to the American Idol Top 12, but there’s no doubt he definitely made an impression with fans. After the Texan singer was eliminated from the Fox show, one determined viewer started a petition urging producers to give him a second chance. The result? Lambert was cast in Simon Fuller’s web series If I Can Dream, which sees aspiring artists, including Justin Gaston, following their dreams in LA. We gave a Alex a call to chat about his first week in the house, what he wants to achieve, and his Idol favorites…

Digital Spy

Original ‘Pop Idol’ Will Young spells out post-show success, offers advice to Adam Lambert

Here’s something to read right now: Original “Pop Idol” winner Will Young is looking to make a transatlantic career move and bring his top-selling tunes to the United States, much like Season 8’s Adam Lambert is planning when he heads to Britain this month. “The crossover is funny, ” says Will, speaking to Idol Tracker on Thursday from his Notting Hill flat. And serendipitous: The two were supposed to hang out just two weeks ago, but the London meeting never materialized.

More on that, Will’s advice to Adam on his mentoring duties next week, and why his hit single “Leave Right Now” is (contrary to our own semi-obnoxious post) a perfectly appropriate “American Idol” exit song, in our Q&A.

LA Times

Day of cheers at Comerica Park

Matt Giraud withstood heaps of criticism from Simon Cowell during his run to becoming a finalist on “American Idol” last year. But we think he never had to sing through a flyover on the show.

That’s what happened Friday. Giraud was in the latter part of the national anthem when three F-15C Eagles from the 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base soared overhead.

We’re not sure whether Giraud started late or the flyover came early. Either way, the kid from Kalamazoo wasn’t bothered and kept singing.

Freep.com

‘Idol’ uses light touch in glitzy Conseco show

Carrie Underwood didn’t neglect her heartfelt ballads Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse, but she placed a greater emphasis on having a light touch.

The former “American Idol” champion is on a mission to entertain during her tour to promote “Play On, ” an album that implies a superficial agenda in its title.
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An estimated audience of 10, 000 saw Underwood motor around the arena in a pickup truck suspended in midair, and she also took flight while swinging from a stage-prop tree branch.

She’s joining the club of A-list country headliners, but don’t expect her to throw a yee-haw party.

IndyStar.com

Concert review: Daughtry plays it safe, but fans satisfied

Halfway into his show last night, Chris Daughtry plucked out a few acoustic notes, ones that led to the familiar-but-not-unique opening strains of Phil Collins’ 1981 hit, In the Air Tonight.

What was this, American Idol?

No matter. The Value City Arena crowd cheered for the dusty tune, which has seen an odd cultural revival as of late, and the song’s slow burn, supported by the 30-year-old’s self-titled backing band, built into a stronger arc.

Dispatch.com

Jake Pavelka Hopes DWTS Spat Doesn’t Hurt Him With Fans

Jake Pavelka is learning some smooth moves on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘. But his ‘Bachelor’ fiancé Vienna Giardi was probably more interested in the agility Pavelka showed as he worked through issues with his dance partner Chelsie Hightower.

As millions of viewers saw – and can watch right here on the full episode – Pavelka did a nifty quick step back into Hightower’s good graces as tempers flared and communication between them broke down.

Fancast

Cory Monteith & Mark Salling: KISS-ing Co-stars

Looks like the cast of Glee is going to rock ‘n’ roll!!!

While on set in Long Beach, California on Friday afternoon (April 9), the guys personified the heavy metal band KISS.

Cory Monteith (left) took on bassist Gene Simmons, Mark Salling (right) was rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley and Kevin McHale (pictured below with the white shoes) played lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. No word on who played percussionist Eric Singer yet.

Just Jared

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  1. Yay – headlines! I’m hopelessly dependent and addicted. Thanks for today’s fix, mj!

  2. And the talent? Snoozeville, especially this season, none of the contestants much more talented than your average lounge singer. The exception might be Crystal Bowersox, but her unkempt Rastafarian locks and powerful raspy Janis Joplin pipes aren’t likely to sit well with middle America come time to usher in a winner.

    Someone from the Vancouver Sun has been reading this blog, is psychic or is stating the obvious. All of which could be true. LOL

  3. HOT AC
    – Look for Adam to officially be Top 10 when chart is released on Monday, as he’s 21 spins behind Michael Buble (who is losing spins on format)

    3 5 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 3662 3766 -104 17.713
    12 11 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 2770 2514 256 13.973
    19 17 KELLY CLARKSON All I Ever Wanted 1548 1273 275 7.13

    POP

    -Looks like Kris will fall out of the Top 20 by time official chart is released (#21 spin is less than 100 spins behind him, with a + bullet)

    13 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 5249 5554 -305 27.201
    17 19 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 3622 4288 -666 18.791

    COUNTRY
    -Danny seems stalled a little bit at the moment, despite a decent bullet

    3 8 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Temporary Home 3864 4850 -986 27.813
    29 28 DANNY GOKEY My Best Days 1283 1210 73 8.016

    AC
    -This is the chart with the most positive news

    3 3 KELLY CLARKSON Already Gone 1936 1950 -14 16.454
    15 13 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 361 272 89 3.504
    16 14 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 335 269 66 4.708
    18 15 DAUGHTRY Life After You 308 234 74 1.836

    CONTEMP CHRISTIAN
    -Kris is making slow but steady progress on this chart

    36 32 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dyin 191 180 11 0.876

  4. You read it here first. American Idol, the most successful show in the ignoble history of reality television, is done.

    That must be the 7534678th time I read that. No need to be so melodramatic about it.

  5. Someone from the Vancouver Sun has been reading this blog, is psychic or is stating the obvious. All of which could be true. LOL

    I don’t think so or he’d know that fanning the Allen/Lamebert fan war is the kiss of death.

  6. 3 3 KELLY CLARKSON Already Gone 1936 1950 -14 16.454

    I love kelly and I used to love this song… some please remove it from the charts already. Sort of like when Bleeding Love never died – great song, highly popular, but so over done on the radio that you find yourself grinding your teeth after a few verses. Hopefully All I ever wanted will take its place on all charts at all radio stations. ;0) Its a good song.

  7. kosha, I wouldn’t worry too much about AC. From what I understand, it’s a whole different ball game than Pop and HAC. Some songs simply stay there forever. I also think most songs land there when Pop and HAC are done with them. Just avoid those stations and you’ll be fine.;)

  8. It seems to me that the producers are trying to make this the most dull season of Idol so that people won’t holler too loudly when they announce “That’s all folks!”

  9. cookcricket, you’re probably right. :) I guess I’ve heard it a few more times lately on HAC because of her new single coming out so they are reminiscing a little bit, maybe.

    Interesting interview with Will Young. Sounds like POP Idol in the UK had him mentor in a later season. Now why did TPTB wait so long to do this? Other than this tidbit the rest was sort of zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. And I’m not feeling his song, a little sleepy.

  10. You heard it here first. The term “jumped the shark” has jumped the shark. It needs a new name. Preferrably something to do with this season of American Idol. going with it’s origin- when Happy days tried to boost the ratings by having Fonzie jump over a shark on waterskis, what was the point this year when we realized AI is now desperate for ratings, was it:

    1.Miley
    2.Adam
    3. The didjeridoo
    4. The bagpipes

    ETA: waves to tankie! Glee is doing KISS!!!! Did I thank you yet for talking me into watching the whole first season yet?

  11. I found it funny the Vancouver Sun reporter seems to think she’s the first to report on AI’s demise. She’s about 4 months too late with that!

  12. Did anyone hear Adam’s concert last night (I read there was a live stream, but I wasn’t able to find it). How did he sound?

  13. Has American Idol jumped the shark?

    You read it here first.

    Um, no, if by first you mean the thousandth time this season… why do these journalists ALL think they’re saying something new??

  14. -Looks like Kris will fall out of the Top 20 by time official chart is released (#21 spin is less than 100 spins behind him, with a + bullet)

    So if Kris falls out of the Top 20 on pop, he will go recurrent moves to another chart?

  15. girlygirl:
    04/10/2010 at 11:25 am
    Did anyone hear Adam’s concert last night (I read there was a live stream, but I wasn’t able to find it). How did he sound?

    There are vids posted under the remix. He mixed it up again. :) sounded great, as usual. One thing I will say about our Adam AND Kris.. when they get on stage they have a GREAT time.

  16. I found it funny the Vancouver Sun reporter seems to think she’s the first to report on AI’s demise. She’s about 4 months too late with that!

    I think she’s about 8 years too late. I’ve been hearing that the show jumped the shark since season 2.

    Shelley Fralic lives in her own world which revolves around her, so this article is par for her course. She would be completely unaware that anybody else, including the television reporter for her own paper, has already posited this theory before.

  17. Is that the same woman that wrote about Kris and Haiti or was that a different Canada newspaper?

  18. LLWD had a great run, didn’t it? Really good song. Wish Adam would have had more love from radio but the song did well in spite of it. Oh well- it is what it is. HAC loves him :)

  19. So if Kris falls out of the Top 20 on pop, he will go recurrent moves to another chart?

    Same chart, just on the recurrent part of it. He’ll still appear on the AT40 and such because they only care about spins (and not the recurrency status). Recurrency is just a tool to give new songs a chance especially on AC, which mostly plays old songs.

    Just to give an example, right now on the AC chart if you just show currents, Kris/Adam/Daughtry are sitting 13/14/15 with their current hits. If you show recurrents, Kris barely makes the chart at 38 and Adam isn’t even on it. But there are lots of other Idols that suddenly appear including Daughtry’s previous hits (“No Surprise”, “Home”, “What About Now” and “Feels Like Tonight”) Kelly’s previous hit (“Because of You”, Kelly’s “Already Gone” is of course 3rd and above the 5/10/15 recurrency lines), David Cook (“Time of My Life”) and Carrie (“Before He Cheats). And of course, the aforementioned “Bleeding Love”.

  20. I think she’s about 8 years too late. I’ve been hearing that the show jumped the shark since season 2.

    Maybe from other message board users but this is the first time I have seen such a consensus from the media. YMMV.

  21. Wish Adam would have had more love from radio but the song did well in spite of it.

    LLWD had a great run & I hope #2 is just as successful. I’m really surprised they didn’t announce #2 yet. I thought for sure they were waiting for him to return to the US.

    I think WWFM would have done equally well to LLWD if all the radio stations got on board quicker. Just as Cumulus added, Z100 took it out of power rotation, bad timing. *shrug* like you said, it is what it is & peaking at 13 isn’t anything to sneeze at either. I’m looking forward to IIHY. Love that song.

  22. Is that the same woman that wrote about Kris and Haiti or was that a different Canada newspaper?

    I think that was a writer from Toronto, wasn’t it? It definitely wasn’t Shelley because I would have commented on it. How that women gets to write a column is beyond me.

    This article was actually one of her more coherent and topical ones. And didn’t really focus on her main theme “Why I, My Daughter and Granddaughter are the Center of the Universe and if you don’t like what we like, you are a moron.”

  23. googletot:
    04/10/2010 at 11:09 am

    WWFM is now #2 at VH1. No other Idols in the top 20.

    I just finished watching the VH1 countdown. WWFM actually fell this week to #3 (#2 was “Telephone” and #1 was “Need You Now”). It’s still doing great, though! It’s been on the countdown for what seems like forever and has hung out within the top 3 spots most of those weeks.

  24. Yeah, koshka- I am completely bitter about Cumulus. As someone said on Pulse, Cumulus killed WWFM twice- first by taking so long to come on board and then abandoning it so quickly after it did. Onerepublic had a very similar trajectory on pop but the difference is Cumulus added it while it was on power at z100, and that gave it a huge boost on itunes. But Z100 was very good to WWFm so hopefully it will be for IIHY.

    I live in a mid sized city and our stations aren’t monitered but our Ac and HAC stations both have him in their top 10, so at least he will get that love from those stations.

    ETA: it is still slightly possible that WWFM will peak at #12 depending on if Kesha’s BBB drops below it before Kesha’s YLIMD passes it, lol.

  25. The term “jumped the shark” has jumped the shark. It needs a new name.

    Ain’t that the truth!!!!

  26. Idol can’t “jump the shark” in any meaningful way because the purported goal of the show, finding a pop Superstar via fan calls (& texts) in support of mediocre, highly-stressed karaoke covers, is ludicrous. It’s reality television and jumping the shark is sort of what they do.

  27. I think WWFM would have done equally well to LLWD if all the radio stations got on board quicker. Just as Cumulus added, Z100 took it out of power rotation, bad timing. *shrug* like you said, it is what it is & peaking at 13 isn’t anything to sneeze at either. I’m looking forward to IIHY. Love that song.

    ITA with all of this. Personally, after FYE was rejected so quickly, I panicked that Adam was going to have a really difficult time getting radio play at all! WWFM has actually done quite well and it’s hopefully paved the way with the radio stations so they’ll pick up IIHY a little more quickly and more in unison!

  28. Yeah, koshka- I am completely bitter about Cumulus. As someone said on Pulse, Cumulus killed WWFM twice- first by taking so long to come on board and then abandoning it so quickly after it did. Onerepublic had a very similar trajectory on pop but the difference is Cumulus added it while it was on power at z100, and that gave it a huge boost on itunes. But Z100 was very good to WWFm so hopefully it will be for IIHY.

    I think that OneRepublic’s “All The Right Moves” is the wrong song to complain about in comparison. “All The Right Moves” has been hanging around for months. It got it’s first big adds back at the end of September, 2009, so that’s probably when it went for adds. I remember because it was always near LLWD for the longest time. Cumulus Pop didn’t add ATRM until March 9, 2010. Cumulus Pop added WWFM a week earlier. Considering that ATRM was out at least two months before WWFM, Cumulus treated OneRepublic (a group with a history for hit songs on the radio) worse than it treated Adam.

    But it goes to show, that whether one radio chain adds you late or not, you can still go top 10. Some songs just plug along.

  29. “You read it here first. American Idol, the most successful show in the ignoble history of reality television, is done.”

    She probably has been waiting to write this sentence since 2002. While most of what she said is true, she sounds like she’s that kind of person would rather go online and visit the VFTW site than watch American Idol.

  30. Studio 57 – when it comes to our idols all I care about is 2 things. 1) That people know who they are (become household names) by either via radio, tours or other media outlets. And 2) that they sell, sell, sell so that they have a good unrushed album #2. Where exactly they chart is not a huge concern as long as it is near the top somewhere.

    I’d be nice if all the PDs loved our idols, the media all fawned over them and everyone owned their albums – that is simply not going to happen, even if they are ‘supa stars’ ;)

  31. Didn’t Crush suffer from a little radio play problem despite being highly successful on ITUNES? I was suprised that it didn’t get to top 10 considering how many downloads it sold.

  32. I think WWFM would have done equally well to LLWD if all the radio stations got on board quicker. Just as Cumulus added, Z100 took it out of power rotation, bad timing. *shrug* like you said, it is what it is & peaking at 13 isn’t anything to sneeze at either. I’m looking forward to IIHY. Love that song.

    Honestly, LLWD suffered the same timing issues Adam’s song did. There seems to be a false impression that all stations jumped on board with LLWD at the same time. This just isn’t true. For instance, it took forever to get some of the larger Clear Channel stations to play LLWD, it was added to the Premium Choice playlist many weeks after WWFM (and has never gotten the heavy rotation WWFM has had), and it’s never gotten play on KIIS or some of the other rhythmic-leaning Pop stations. The One Republic song has had the same challenges as well. Point being, I don’t think timing issues are that unusual.

  33. Eileen99 – Not to mention what other songs are being released at the same time as Idol (insert name). From the adds chart any idol putting out a new song in the next few weeks will run up against Christina, The fetus, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Orianthi & Boys Like Girls (and more). Could be some stiff competition going forward to get spins.

  34. Kristen- I am only talking about pop when it comes to the ATRM/WWFM comparison. I think it is a good comparison seeing that they were both added late ON POP to Cumulus. They have been pretty much neck and neck for months. Adam pulled ahead when Cumulus added him initially, but then when Cumulus added OR and slowed down playing WWFM, OR pulled ahead.

    The point is the combination of z100 power rotation plus play by the added cumulus stations is what finally gave OR it’s boost on Itunes. The same thing happened for The Script. And the Script was out even longer. Bad timing as koshka said.

    Koshka- I agree. Like I said. It is what it is. Watching radio this year was a real eye opener.

  35. Kristen- I am only talking about pop when it comes to the ATRM/WWFM comparison. I think it is a good comparison seeing that they were both added late ON POP to Cumulus.

    But that is what I was comparing. ATRM went for adds in September and didn’t get added until a week later than a song that went for adds months later. All on POP.

    They have been pretty much neck and neck for months. Adam pulled ahead when Cumulus added him initially, but then when Cumulus added OR and slowed down playing WWFM, OR pulled ahead.

    Exactly. ATRM was not treated well by radio and Adam quickly caught up, stayed neck-and-neck and then surged ahead. I’m not saying that Adam got treated as well as Ke$ha or Gaga. I’m just saying that citing ATRM as an example of a song that got good treatment on radio compared to WWFM doesn’t work, IMO. It got treated far worse.

    The point is the combination of z100 power rotation plus play by the added cumulus stations is what finally gave OR it’s boost on Itunes. The same thing happened for The Script. And the Script was out even longer. Bad timing as koshka said.

    But it’s not Cumulus radio’s fault. They can’t be held accountable for what other stations choose to do. I think it’s odd to complain that Cumulus treated Adam bad and OneRepublic well when it really comes down to the fact that Cumulus and Z100 both treated Adam better than OneRepublic, it’s just that the late acceptance of Cumulus and Z100 of ATRM just happened to occur at the same time.

    Timing matters for most songs. LLWD, Crush, etc all would have done better if their timing had been perfect. But there is no one culprit out there and ATRM didn’t get preferential treatment. It just got consistently bad treatment.

  36. I notice WWFM is on iTunes Top 10 Pop charts in eight countries now:
    Australia – #4
    Canada – #9
    Denmark – #10
    Finland – #4
    Netherlands – #10
    New Zealand – #3
    Norway – #10
    Sweden – #4

  37. DLee:
    04/10/2010 at 12:48 pm
    Can someone explain to me the term “jump the shark?”

    The phrase is thought to have originated from a 1977 episode of Happy Days when the character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli jumped over a shark while water skiing. The scene was widely criticized as a desperate attempt to revive the ratings of a rapidly failing series. Thus, a show is now said to jump the shark whenever the writers create a plotline that is difficult for loyal fans to believe. Or in this case people think AI is just going to get worse and has already peaked.

  38. I never said Cumulus treated OR well. As a matter of fact, the one thing that kept me from totally screaming homophobia on Cumulus was the fact that ATRM wasn’t added either ( BTW- I DO NOT want to open that can of worms). But yes, I do blame them for adding him so late because if they would have added him early, like they did for Kris, Cook, and Archie, the song would have had a better chance. That is all I am saying. And when I say I am bitter, it’s kind of tongue in cheek. I don’t waste sleep over it.

    Yes, I do know that all songs have timing issues, but frankly I don’t really give a shit about any of them ,lol.

    And while I am on my little rant can I just say I hate Alejandro by Gaga and Not Myself Tonight by Christina and am totally bitter ( again, tongue in cheek) about the love they get on radio for even their craptastic songs? ;)

  39. DLee:

    Studio57:
    04/10/2010 at 11:19 am

    You heard it here first. The term “jumped the shark” has jumped the shark. It needs a new name. Preferrably something to do with this season of American Idol. going with it’s origin- when Happy days tried to boost the ratings by having Fonzie jump over a shark on waterskis, what was the point this year when we realized AI is now desperate for ratings, was it:

    Studio57 explained it here on the first page. :D

  40. Timing matters for most songs. LLWD, Crush, etc all would have done better if their timing had been perfect.

    I think we are analyzing this a bit too much. Remember the days before the internet and I-tunes when artists just came out of obscurity. Most of the time they started at local scenes. Their songs were intially being played on fewer radio stations until they were picked up nationally. The bottom line of their success? Good, unique and catchy songs. I think this is still true today. Look at Jason Derulo, Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, etc…we don’t know yet if they are going to be one-hit wonders but no matter when or where their songs were first played, many people seems to like their songs even to the point that some of us know the song more than the person who sings it.

  41. Technically DeRulo is already out of the One Hit Wonder phase. In My Head is his secong smash, Whatcha Say is his first :)

    I agree with you though. I like to look at the radio numbers but no one outside of here and Pulse Music board really pays attention to that stuff. It’s all about Billboard IMO.

  42. People claiming Idol is done with is soooo cliche. Since there have only been 9 seasons, sorry if I didn’t read anything else you had to say Vancouver Sun writer who can’t count.

  43. Blaming Cumulus for WWFM not getting higher than #13 is like blaming Z100 for LLWD not getting higher than #10 because they never put LLWD in power rotation, or KIIS because they never played LLWD at all . It’s not fair! Ryan hates Kris! That station hates my Idol!. Premium Choice hates Kris because they never put him in heavy rotation! You can always find some station or ownership group that you feel didn’t treat your favorite song the way it “deserved” to be treated. Then there are others that probably treated the song much better than it deserved based on sales, but of course those are not mentioned because they swing the way you think they should. The excuses are all kind of ridiculous.

    And, koshka, yes, you’re exactly right. Competition factors in, big time. It’s all a crap shoot.

  44. Since there have only been 9 seasons, sorry if I didn’t read anything else you had to say Vancouver Sun writer who can’t count.

    She also said 10 contestants go to the finals. I think she is an entertainment writer who writes more about big time celebrities rather than reality shows that cast unknown people.

  45. DLee:
    04/10/2010 at 12:48 pm
    Can someone explain to me the term “jump the shark?”

    The phrase is thought to have originated from a 1977 episode of Happy Days when the character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli jumped over a shark while water skiing. The scene was widely criticized as a desperate attempt to revive the ratings of a rapidly failing series. Thus, a show is now said to jump the shark whenever the writers create a plotline that is difficult for loyal fans to believe. Or in this case people think AI is just going to get worse and has already peaked.

    Lol, another Milwaukee claim to fame!!!!

    There is a bronze statue of Fonzie in downtown Milgokey, such culture :)

    At least we have the Calatrava Art Museum……..
    (And Summerfest)

  46. The phrase is thought to have originated from a 1977 episode of Happy Days when the character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli jumped over a shark while water skiing. The scene was widely criticized as a desperate attempt to revive the ratings of a rapidly failing series. Thus, a show is now said to jump the shark whenever the writers create a plotline that is difficult for loyal fans to believe. Or in this case people think AI is just going to get worse and has already peaked.

    Seems to me that the meaning got diluted over time, because AI is not doing anything incredible this year with the current selection to get the ratings up

  47. Seems to me that the meaning got diluted over time, because AI is not doing anything incredible this year with the current selection to get the ratings up

    It definitly has. It has become way overused.

  48. Seems to me that the meaning got diluted over time, because AI is not doing anything incredible this year with the current selection to get the ratings up

    I think they just casted wrong this season. They had an idea and it didn’t pan out right.

  49. Studio57:
    04/10/2010 at 11:37 am
    LLWD had a great run, didn’t it? Really good song. Wish Adam would have had more love from radio but the song did well in spite of it. Oh well- it is what it is. HAC loves him

    Well, I don’t think 13 on POP is anything to sneeze at – particularly since the song isn’t as POP heavy as, say, most of what I hear on my POP stations (they heavily favor uptempo songs). So HOORAY for that! Considering the sales success (it should easily reach platinum not too much longer, especially with the AI bounce), plus the vid doing well (yeah, #2 on VH1 – it will easily be among VH1’s top vids of the year when they do their end of year Top 40 vids list :-)) So I say it’s all win!!!

    Can’t wait to see what version of WWFM we get on AI this week! One thing I love about him, every performance is a surprise! Could be acoustic version, or rocking version :-) Both equally made of win!!

  50. Oh, and if anyone caught it, VH1 Unplugged concert series with Adam aired last night – and it was fabulous (though way too short, stupid VH1). But the banter with the audience was priceless! Really great to see it on the big screen!!

  51. I think they just casted wrong this season. They had an idea and it didn’t pan out right.

    ITA – I’ve often said, that, for all that we get caught up in the show’s gimmmicks and other things (new judges, 4 judges, the save, etc.) it’s really the contestants that keep me invested and glued to the tv. And it’s what keeps me interested after the show is over, with the summer tour and later with the albums.

    This year, I honestly don’t care about any of them, even Crystal – she’s good, but too predictable and safe – if she were to get kicked off, eh, I wouldn’t really care. If Lee is the best we’ve got as another winner contender, OMG – last week was just horrendous, imo (saw it again on The Soup last night, and it was just really really lazy and bad). If this is “winner” material, then I have no investment in any of them winning this year.

    Choosing so many similar artists, and so many unpolished ones, was the biggest mistake AI made this year. They DO realize, after all, that variety and experience have actually been two of the winning components in years past, right?

  52. Yeah, this season’s problems are basically that there were too many similar contestants and that very few of them are interesting personalities. Look at the Top 4 from the past 2 seasons (Kris, Adam, Danny, Allison) (David C, David A, Syesha, Jason) — all very different both in terms of musical styles and in personality.

  53. My husband, who is a very casual viewer, has compared this season to an old style variety show & I don’t think he saying this as a compliment.

  54. #

    I think they just casted wrong this season. They had an idea and it didn’t pan out right.
    #

    I don’t think so, I think there are two things that have hurt this season. The first was the top 12 girls night, where yes there were some bad song choices, but the judges just decided to go off and rip into the girls, and they really didn’t deserve it based on how they performed. That really set the tone of the season and posters and bloggers who don’t want to like this season have really run with it. I think the other unfortunate thing was the switch up at top 11 week. I am sure that when teen idols fell through the producers gave them a short list of songs performed a million times already that the band knew real well. This again brought out a flood of people bitching about the worst season ever, even though Rolling Stones night, R & B night, and Beatles night were actually pretty good. Once the media starts some Meme they exhaust it to death.

  55. AC
    805 42 WILL YOUNG Leave Right Now 31 32 -1 0.034

    Active Rock
    62 49 WE ARE THE FALLEN Bury Me Alive 127 62 +65 0.171

  56. Yeah, this season’s problems are basically that there were too many similar contestants and that very few of them are interesting personalities. Look at the Top 4 from the past 2 seasons (Kris, Adam, Danny, Allison) (David C, David A, Syesha, Jason) — all very different both in terms of musical styles and in personality.

    And if you had a top 4 of Siobhan, Crystal, Mike, and Lee for example you would have very different musical styles and personalities. Or how about Katie, Crystal, Aaron, and Casey. Or Casey, Mike, Siobhan, and Lee. Or Katie, Siobhan, Lee, and Tim. See how that works?

  57. And if you had a top 4 of Siobhan, Crystal, Mike, and Lee for example you would have very different musical styles and personalities. Or how about Katie, Crystal, Aaron, and Casey. Or Casey, Mike, Siobhan, and Lee. Or Katie, Siobhan, Lee, and Tim. See how that works?

    You have a good point. Except no one seems to have that strong or identifiable of a personality compared to years past. Their fashion choices do not a personality make, lol. Or maybe we just had such strong personalities last year that it makes this year seem so much less by comparison?! Same problem with season 6 following season 5 I think.

    But that may come out more and more as the season progresses? I think they did a good thing with the contestants commenting on each other last episode; first time I’ve seen much personality from any of them; particularly Crystal ( she really did show some witty humor with her Danny Gokey Babies comment).

  58. This year, I honestly don’t care about any of them, even Crystal – she’s good, but too predictable and safe – if she were to get kicked off, eh, I wouldn’t really care. If Lee is the best we’ve got as another winner contender, OMG – last week was just horrendous, imo (saw it again on The Soup last night, and it was just really really lazy and bad). If this is “winner” material, then I have no investment in any of them winning this year.

    He’s not, Crystal is. The only problem with Crystal (arguably)is where she’ll fit after the fact. She’s simply amazing, even if she supposedly has an off/bad night. I’d go to her concert in a moment (hers not Idol’s tour) even if she revisited the songs she’s sung so far on AI (which she wouldn’t). Sorry for the OTT.

    ETA: Oops, I think I misread what you were saying. You meant besides Crystal, right? Sorry.

  59. Personally, I really miss Paula on Idol. Ellen’s comments sound rehearsed and rehashed. Even when giving negative feedback, it comes off as diluted. Plus the talent seems bland. I love Crystal, but I fear she will suffer the same fate as IMO…the best singer to grace the Idol stage, Melinda Doolittle, and finish 3rd because she is too good and will not show too much growth to build a story arc around.

  60. Honestly, LLWD suffered the same timing issues Adam’s song did. There seems to be a false impression that all stations jumped on board with LLWD at the same time. This just isn’t true. For instance, it took forever to get some of the larger Clear Channel stations to play LLWD

    Our #1 Pop station in Chicago, Kissfm (Seacrest) just added LLWD 2 weeks ago… They played it 7 times the first week and 25 times last week… Better late than never I guess. So these timing issues really effect how high the song chart…I almost died when I heard it finally, after requesting it periodically for 5 months!!! So yeah, the HAC stations jumped on board right away, but some take FOREVER…:)… just in time for the new single – ha!!….fingers crossed for a tweet today from Kris…..

  61. Taylor Hicks was interviewed about how to play the idol game. He gives seven suggestions for making every moment count in the Idol arena:

    http://blog.al.com/mcolurso/2010/04/taylor_hicks_to_american_idol.html

    These singers, for the most part, seem frozen in uncertainty. Just as bad: They’re unable to make charismatic eye contact with 20 million viewers out there in TV land. So what are the secrets of “Idol” stage craft? How can contestants be successful in front of the cameras?

    Hicks — who’ll be home this weekend to sing the national anthem at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama — says the competitors’ instincts, preparation and backgrounds come into play.

    If “Idol” can be compared to a soap opera, the smartest contestants will create vivid and memorable characters that advance the plot and stick in the memory, Hicks says.

    “Adam (Lambert) did a good job with that from the start,” he says. “Ultimately, you have to consume yourself with the show. I knew that if I could do that, consume myself with ‘Idol’ for several weeks, I would have a career in the entertainment business.”

  62. Randy was on Leno and Leno pulled out an article highlighting the general consensus that these contestants aren’t good, the show is in trouble, etc. Leno asked Randy what he thought about all of this. Randy pointed out Siobhan, Crystal, Casey (& maybe Lee?) as good singers but more alternative/indie than pop singers. He was trying to state that some are very talented singers but not typical AI contestants. Leno pressed him and asked where he felt this season belonged; (i.e. the worst season ever). Randy said his favorite, and seemed to indicate the original judges agreed, was S1 with Kelly. It was their first, she’s huge, etc. He then noted Kris/Adam, Rubin/Clay and Fantasia/Jennifer. He may have also said Carrie/Bo.
    I remember reading Simon early on saying he hoped to find a “relevant” singer most of all.
    I kind of agree with Randy that some of these singers, in particular Crystal, is very talented, but indie/alt-ish and not pop. Someone I’d see in a coffee house or small club. Therefore little performance and personality wow factor.
    I think Simon was correct, they needed a relevant either pop or country/crossover/pop singer with good performance ability who is relevant. They don’t have that this year which is affecting the show. People talk about being bored, or the talent not being there. I’m now not sure the talents not there, I just think the personalities, relevance, and performance ability are missing.
    Coming off some of the seasons we’ve come off, especially last season with Adam charisma and performance ability, this season in comparison looks “boring”. It’s harder to invest in a contestant who lacks the wow factor or something in their personality to latch onto. Their performance ability is also a bit boring to watch. Singing good at this point isn’t enough anymore. They look for originality now on AI. These contestants don’t seem to have the experience and/or knowledge to change up songs, and make them their own. If they are not blowing us away with unusually great vocals, they need soemthing else for us to invest in; a wowing personality, a phenomen. performance, an original song. Think of “Heartless” , “Mad World”, “Billie Jean”, etc. I find Simon trying this year to improve and give what at least he perceives as good advice for these contestants. Ellen, love her, but offers no real advice. Randy and Kara do say things but the judges disagree and often end up giving different advice confusing the contestants who are already inexperienced in some cases. Crystal does know herself well but may not be relevant/exciting enough to invest in for some of America. Not sure what happened this season, did only these type of indie/alt. singers try out or did AI screen out the other types? Even Lily and Alex were more indie/alt-ish.
    I am an Adam fan, but also like Kris (and most of the top 5 last season). I thought the mention of Kris in the article was very disrespectful and negative. LLWD is doing well. It’s still early for him and it’s a tough market/economy these days.

  63. Hmmm, that Taylor Hicks article makes me think. I believe, in the past, that people have discussed what makes a true contender on AI and that it should mainly be based on vocal technicality. So maybe kind of in the same vein, I would say that if a contestant is able to move me with his/her music then I find that the most important aspect, where others seem to believe it is based on the ability to stand out by the way they entertain.

    I just find this all interesting and will add that none of these aspects are wrong, imho.

  64. I used to think season 9 sucks.My favorites that are left are getting better,so I’m willing to give out another chance.

    In other news,does anyone think that Lyndsey’s tweet changes anything????
    lyndseyparker Ooh, I just found out the theme for American Idol next week. But I am sworn to secrecy…
    about 20 hours ago

    because wouldn’t she know about all the speculation that it’s Elvis?

  65. And if you had a top 4 of Siobhan, Crystal, Mike, and Lee for example you would have very different musical styles and personalities. Or how about Katie, Crystal, Aaron, and Casey. Or Casey, Mike, Siobhan, and Lee. Or Katie, Siobhan, Lee, and Tim. See how that works?

    But most likely with this group, you’re going to end up with 3 strummers, and possibly one person who isn’t. Given that Lee, Casey, Crystal and Siobahn are the only ones who haven’t seen the bottom yet and of them, only Siobahn isn’t a strummer, though she is indie. Tim and Andrew are also strummers, after all. And Big Mike, for all of his bringing out the guitar/prop once, may be a different voice, and was actually eliminated by the voting public this week.

    So I think it seems that there are a lot of indie/strummer types left, because there are a lot of indie/strummer types left. And given how in danger non ones like Katie and Mike have been, and even Aaron last week, the show may be left with them very quickly. And yaaawwwwwwnnn.

  66. He’s not, Crystal is.

    That’s why I said “as another winner contender” right after talking about Crystal – IMO Lee and Crystal are seen as the Danny and Adam of this year – the two tptb are pimping the hardest to be top 2.

  67. So I think it seems that there are a lot of indie/strummer types left, because there are a lot of indie/strummer types left. And given how in danger non ones like Katie and Mike have been, and even Aaron last week, the show may be left with them very quickly. And yaaawwwwwwnnn.

    What is indie strummer? What is indie about Lee and Casey? You are just making up some category to try and push a point. And season 7 before Michael Johns was shock eliminated it looked like the final four would contain Carly, Michael, David C, and David A. Three rock belters and then a teen belter. We are at Top 9, don’t complain about the top 4 at this point for goodness sake.

  68. girlygirl:
    04/10/2010 at 1:46 pm

    couple of very cute pictures of Kris & Katy

    http://twitpic.com/1ei496

    http://twitpic.com/1ehwfw

    I just had to add some love for these pictures! Could they be more adorable??? :D

    I guess I just like the indie/strummer types and don’t find them boring whatsoever, esp. if they’re more than strummers.

  69. Mary102, I added to my post that I had misunderstood your original post. ;)

    ETA: Sorry for two comments in a row.

  70. JIMDOGSILKIES – I agree with a lot of what you said.

    In the end, I think performance ability is the number one mark of making a more interesting season – not necessarily personality per se (Daughtry is a good example, not the most engaging personality, but really owned the AI stage). You also don’t have to be the best singer, but at least consistently solid.

    So, last year, for instance, we had a lot of strong people who really knew how to own the stage – Kris loved his guitar, but still mixed it up with piano, no instrument, etc. And of course Danny, Adam and Allison all knew how to command the stage. This year, a lot of them just don’t – either lacking experience, or confidence, or musicality to make it work right.

    In other news,does anyone think that Lyndsey’s tweet changes anything????
    lyndseyparker Ooh, I just found out the theme for American Idol next week. But I am sworn to secrecy…
    about 20 hours ago

    because wouldn’t she know about all the speculation that it’s Elvis?

    I’m still not 100% convinced it’s Elvis week, because Ryan said it was a special theme, which makes me think it’s never been done before (everyone elses secrecy about it is also adding to that sense) – and Elvis week WAS done in S5 (trip to graceland and everything).

    So, I may be wrong, but I’m still going with an Elvis-related theme, but with a twist – some theme they’ve never done before.

  71. Our #1 Pop station in Chicago, Kissfm (Seacrest) just added LLWD 2 weeks ago… They played it 7 times the first week and 25 times last week… Better late than never I guess.

    It seems to take some stations forever to add songs even when they have been doing well for months on other stations playing the same formats. LLWD and WWFM are still getting some adds weekly, but adds for Kris initially seemed to come much faster than they did for Adam. They are close in total stations now, though, with LLWD at 286 and WWFM at 290 according to last week’s numbers.

  72. What is indie strummer? What is indie about Lee and Casey? You are just making up some category to try and push a point. And season 7 before Michael Johns was shock eliminated it looked like the final four would contain Carly, Michael, David C, and David A. Three rock belters and then a teen belter. We are at Top 9, don’t complain about the top 4 at this point for goodness sake.

    gangreen29 – I see your point, but my original critique was more about the season as a whole, rather than who winds up as top 4. From day 1 when we had our top 24, I was annoyed with how many similar indie-guitar people there were – on one night in the semis, I believe 5 of the 8 guys played acoustic songs with guitar – and they all blended together because of how similar they were!

    When we had Didi, Janelle, Lilly, Crystal all as similar guitar/indie artists – that bugged me. The guys are showing a little more diversity – Lee more indie rock (I guess?), Casey more blues, Mike more R&B – which may be part of why they’ve lasted in the competition longer. IDK.

  73. When will we know the Idol Tour dates? I wanna know what date it’s coming to my city.

  74. I’m still not 100% convinced it’s Elvis week, because Ryan said it was a special theme, which makes me think it’s never been done before (everyone elses secrecy about it is also adding to that sense) – and Elvis week WAS done in S5 (trip to graceland and everything).

    So, I may be wrong, but I’m still going with an Elvis-related theme, but with a twist – some theme they’ve never done before.

    Oh you got me thinking that maybe it is the music of bad boys. Elvis was sort of a bad boy and Adam is for sure considered a bad boy. This way you could get a wide range of music Adam can be mentor of the music without losing cred with some fraction who would feel he is not a true Rock Star or Any kind of star. The music could cover Led Zeppelin, Queen, R&B, Madonna, ect Janis Joplin. It would be a unique theme. Am I making myself clear. What do you guys think?

  75. cookcricket – ahh, saw your ETA after the fact – think we’re on the same page ;-)

  76. dhunken – I was hoping for a “rock legends” theme – Elvis is one, and then you could throw in other rock legeneds through the years to make it broader. Plus it ties to Adam better (again, his style is not Elvis-rock, which also makes Elvis as the theme weirder for him, imo).

    The only downside, they’ve just done RS and Beatles – so maybe too much rock, particularly for a non-rock group of idols.

    ETA: but bad boys, or rebels, would be a very cool, and unique theme :-) I like it! But don’t know if AI is that creative/smart ;-)

  77. jammasta:
    04/10/2010 at 3:16 pm
    When will we know the Idol Tour dates? I wanna know what date it’s coming to my city.

    Hmm, typically closer to the end of the season they announce it – may not be till May.

  78. I was kinda thinking the twist is that they make the contestants sing while doing acrobactics lol
    Can you picture Big Mike Singing on stilts, Sioboan singing while spinning in the air from a rope. Have Tim sing while standing on top of a pyramid of controtionists. Hehe they can have Andrew sing while balancing on a tight rope :) there is so much fun to be had there.

  79. iTunes update:

    WWFM- #24

    LLWD- #41

    Looks likw WWFM has had a little bump this weekend!

  80. Oh you got me thinking that maybe it is the music of bad boys. Elvis was sort of a bad boy and Adam is for sure considered a bad boy. This way you could get a wide range of music Adam can be mentor of the music without losing cred with some fraction who would feel he is not a true Rock Star or Any kind of star. The music could cover Led Zeppelin, Queen, R&B, Madonna, ect Janis Joplin. It would be a unique theme. Am I making myself clear. What do you guys think?

    I would like that. It could encourage some of the contestants to bring out their swagga lol.

  81. tiger92 – yea!! Should get a HUGE bump from AI next week :-) I am sooo looking forward to it hitting platinum! It’s just a number, but to me it’s the next milestone, so it’s exciting!

  82. I really love the fact that it sounds like the plan was to do the mentoring at the hotel theater – like potentially on the stage. That would work really well for the kind of advice Adam could give (about how to move around the stage, use the stage, interact with the audience, etc.) – plus it’s less sterile than that whole “stand in a random mansion room by the piano” set up they usually do.

  83. ohhh music of bad boys would be awesome…but never gonna happen ( say that cuz I am always wrong so here is hopeing reverse luck works in our favor) :)

  84. Norm_Clarke #Adamlambert has not embraced his elvisness. Regular clothes; no white sequined jumpsuit or blue suede shoes

    lol shame on Adam

  85. JIMDOGSILKIES, I also agree with your post.

    I think they went overboard with indie/alt singers this year: Crystal, Didi, Lilly, Janell – all blonde girls with guitars. Actually, Janell seemed to be country/pop Taylor Swift-like girl that they were looking for and sadly she was eliminated right away. Lilly and Didi just weren’t good enough singers for a competition like this one and Crystal is just not relevant. I personally miss more mainstream singers with strong voices.

    I don’t have a problem with their inexperience – I know they went for more inexperienced contestants this season. Okay – but then please don’t demand from them some spectacular rearrangements in the first week of the semifinals. Go to the basics and critique their vocals.

    I understand they want a female winner this year, so they didn’t even try to find the best male talent. In a way, that’s OK with me, because I want a female winner too. But I admit I would rather see some different types of male contestants… After two white male winners with guitars they could stay away from Lee, Casey…

  86. I kinda hope next week’s theme isn’t Elvis. I dunno if we need two classic rock weeks in a row. I’d rather have a more exotic week that sounds like a trainwreck on paper, like Disco week last season which turned out amazing for some contestants. Maybe…. Dance week? >_>.

  87. Norm_Clarke #Adamlambert has not embraced his elvisness. Regular clothes; no white sequined jumpsuit or blue suede shoes

    Thank god.I hope that means we get emo! hair.

  88. Here’s a tweet from some tweeter saying Kris said on some radio station that His tour start’s in June.@KrisAllenBand Your secret is out! @KrisAllen just said on 94.1 Las Vegas that he starts his own tour in June. Cant wait.

  89. Hubby will c @adamlambert today when he gets to work@Aria. I am so jealous & granddaughter is beside herself.
    @316pisces he is filming this afternoon, closed to the public hubby sez

    Also, last night the DJ on Virigin radio (in Canada) talked about Adam blowing the roof off the River Rock and that so many people wanted tickets but couldn’t get them. His comment “NOT TO WORRY”! There are plans for Adam to return to Vancouver sometime in the NEAR future.

  90. Here’s a tweet from some tweeter saying Kris said on some radio station that His tour start’s in June.@KrisAllenBand Your secret is out! @KrisAllen just said on 94.1 Las Vegas that he starts his own tour in June. Cant wait.

    I guess this is why June/July were so empty on his schedule. This would be great.

  91. I see your point, but my original critique was more about the season as a whole, rather than who winds up as top 4. From day 1 when we had our top 24, I was annoyed with how many similar indie-guitar people there were – on one night in the semis, I believe 5 of the 8 guys played acoustic songs with guitar – and they all blended together because of how similar they were!

    When we had Didi, Janelle, Lilly, Crystal all as similar guitar/indie artists – that bugged me.

    Exactly. That it isn’t just our top 13 and on now, but top 24 performances that were shown, had tons of the same kind of indie-guitar types and yes, it all blended together and seemed to go on forever. zzzzzzzz.

    That being said, I think Crystal is generating buzzz from this season, and while I don’t have a clue where she could fit after the show, I do hope she wins. She’s mega talented, and I think likeable, in her own way.

    ETA: Super cool about Kris info. Yay for his tour! Stoked. I’m sure he’s going to do well and put on great shows. Is he doing the Keith Urban thing in addition or is it instead of?

  92. hmmmm Adam just tweeted
    adamlambert Just landed in Vegas!!! Seeing Muse tonight! Fiiiinally!
    6 minutes ago via Echofon

  93. Kris’s set at the Pet-a-Palooza thing in Vegas was scheduled to start right about now (1 pm local time)

    photo of him with deejay from the station that’s sponsoring the show

    http://twitpic.com/1en8j6

  94. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (if true)

    musicalyte1

    #@h2oconvo @KrisAllen just said on 94.1 Las Vegas that he starts his own tour in June. WooHoo!!! 22 minutes ago via web

  95. girlgirl he already started so far Heartless/ mashup/BWCU and Man In The Mirror.

  96. cool about Kris tour! I’d be so stoked if he were to do a small venue in Montreal. I would feel I have him all for myself.. hahaha

    thanks girlygirl for the pics. They are such a cute couple :)

    I think we haven’t see all of Crystal yet. I have faith in her

  97. Also, last night the DJ on Virigin radio (in Canada) talked about Adam blowing the roof off the River Rock and that so many people wanted tickets but couldn’t get them. His comment “NOT TO WORRY”! There are plans for Adam to return to Vancouver sometime in the NEAR future.

    So does Canada love Adam?

  98. Kris better hurry up and announce his single soon. I was so hoping buy the time I got back today we would have heard something. Hopefully soon. His singing IIO now.Also he better have some shows that I’ll be able to go to.

  99. I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, but fingers crossed that this tweet about Kris talking about going on his tour tour starting in June is correct. I know Kris’s band tweeted aboiut “big plans” for the summer a few weeks back, so hopefully going out on a real tour (rather than the random dates he’s already got set) is what they meant.

    Will be interesting to see if he’s going out on own, opening for someone, co-headlining with another band, or what. And what kind of venues they’ll book.

    (now, about that 2nd single…)

  100. Two more SMAYA, and The Truth. Someone is also suppose to be recording the show/

  101. Will be interesting to see if he’s going out on own, opening for someone, co-headlining with another band, or what. And what kind of venues they’ll book.

    (now, about that 2nd single…)

    I hope that Tweet is accurate as well and we get some news about his tour soon.

    And yeah, some news about that second single would be nice any day now! I mean it was supposed to be announced after Kris got back and he’s back for a while now, and nary a word. Very grrrr-inducing.

  102. Yeah I so agree with you Truthiness. It’s so frustrating not knowing what it is. Kris just got done singing LLWD.

  103. They said the barking part was when he was doing his little speech about how to sing along to AWM. Setless, Heartless/Mashup,BWCU,MITM,IIO,SMAYA,The Truth,AWM, and LLWD.

  104. Kris is going to have a busy week ahead.
    4/12 Sophie’s Lounge in San Diego
    Only a couple of days to get the full band back together to get ready.
    4/15 Wiltern with Lady Antabellum in LA
    Off to the Bahamas
    4/17 at Atlantis Paradise Island Resorts

  105. Kris mentioned Adam from Tweeter that was there.Kris looked full of mischief when he said the dog was sad because he was an adam fan lol.

  106. He sang AWM and was doing Woof,Woof Woof to the Yeah Yeah Yeah parts. Has a cat named Chuck Norris and A dog named Elvis. Another picture

    Ahh that’s both funny and cute. D’awww Kris. And I wonder if like who they’re named for, that the cat’s tears could cure cancer…too bad they don’t cry. I could go on way too long, because I love Chuck Norris jokes, but I won’t bore everyone else with them.

  107. We knew about the dog name Elvis. But I thought it was cute that the cats name is Chunk Norris.And about the woof woofs even thou they said that part was when he asks the crowd to sing along and what part. I wonder if his going to see Adam. It would be neat if they both went to see the Muse concert that Adam was tweeting about.

  108. IMO the idol fanbase is built in such a way that people are going to hate seasons where the strongest contenders are female.
    Fans hated season 3, 6 and now 9 who were all supposed to be strongly dominated by women.

    Female contestants just don’t get the crazy hype and excitement from the fans, Fantasia, JHud, Melinda, Jordin, Crystal or Siobhan are equal or way better singers than many of the male contenders over the years. Even Carrie during her season didn’t get the kind of internet interest some of her male competitors were getting.

    Unfortunately in the case of Season 9, the idol demographics have evolved in such a way that people are more interested in voting for the cute guys than interesting female singers.

  109. Good news, just saw today that Kris bullet on the Canadian HAC chart is positive again. He is at #26.

  110. Personally I don’t care who wins American Idol this year as long as Crystal Bowersox gets a recording contract. I can not wait to buy her CD. I love everything I’ve heard her do from pre-Idol stuff (including her own songs she wrote) to everything she’s done on the show. Hers is the only music I’ve purchased from iTunes this season.

  111. So, Kris and Adam are both in vegas now? Oh, that would be cool if they could meet up! (But maybe not with their busy schedules)

  112. Taylor Hicks was interviewed about how to play the idol game. He gives seven suggestions for making every moment count in the Idol arena:

    I’m not sure why people keep reposting that article over and over and over again. lol. I posted it two days ago.

  113. Kris’s concert was over by 2:30 this afternoon. He could easily meet up with Adam based on that. But Katy and Cale re in twon with Kris, so it’s possible they would have plans that wouldn’t allow Kris to meet up with Adam

  114. breakdown:
    04/10/2010 at 7:30 pm
    Send Me All Your Angels sung by Kris Allen, co-written by Chris Daughtry, at Petapalooza today in Las Vegas. More vids later ~

    http://tinyurl.com/y9lxjs9

    Thanks, breakdown! That song is just beautiful.

    I’ve been looking for a post on Kris’ concert and radio interviews today, but nothing here.

  115. Meanwhile, today’s version of SMAYA is the best yet. And the crowd seemed to really enjoy it.

  116. Danny said in a recent podcast with a radio station K92 FM (on “Doc and Grace in the morning”) that he will be shooting his music video for “I will not say goodbye” in a couple of weeks. That will be his second single. I am glad that Danny will get a second music video. :)

  117. I’m not sure why people keep reposting that article over and over and over again. lol. I posted it two days ago.

    Sorry. I guess no one decided to discuss it from the headlines thread. I saw the link on another board and I thought Taylor gave some great advice! The contestants sure need some this year! Two of the best points he made:

    Roam without fear. “You have to use all the stage at least one time during your experience,” Hicks says. “And you have to be thoughtful about it. Use the stage by the judges or the steps. Step off the mike and go into the audience. There’s an X taped on stage for the centerpiecing, but you don’t have any stage marks beyond that. If they tell you not to fall down and sing on your back, you might have to do it. They’re not going to kick you off.”

    Let’s get physical. “Remember that it’s a television show,” Hicks says. “It’s visual. It’s a singing competition, yes. The ultimate end game is trying to create a hit record with your voice. But it’s a TV show. You have to balance the visual entertaining with the singing. You have to move, and yes, I think you have to dance. It can be an endearing quality. You’ll never have another moment like this, so let it all hang out.”

    It’s what we’ve been saying on this blog about this year’s contestants for weeks. Move some people!

  118. Jx223:
    04/10/2010 at 8:26 pm

    Danny said in a recent podcast with a radio station K92 FM (on “Doc and Grace in the morning”) that he will be shooting his music video for “I will not say goodbye” in a couple of weeks. That will be his second single. I am glad that Danny will get a second music video. :)

    How exciting…yay!

    Kris is so funny. I can’t understand how some OTT fans can see his joke as anything negative…it was a cute joke. Some people, i swear are the stupidest…lol

    Excited for Danny’s new video.

  119. I can’t believe it. David A just tweeted that he just sang with that 5 year old boy, Jonah at the Real Soccer game tonight. NO ONE knew about this! I expect he wanted it to be all about Jonah and not about him. He has been with this kids (make a wish foundation) all weekend. This boy looks like he could be David’s brother.
    http://tweetphoto.com/17991804

  120. Sorry. I guess no one decided to discuss it from the headlines thread. I saw the link on another board and I thought Taylor gave some great advice! The contestants sure need some this year! Two of the best points he made:

    I hope none of the contestants takes his advice. Taylor Hicks’ spastic moves on the stage were for those who have no taste in music and were just interested in contestants doing funny things on stage. He was the reason why I never watched the last few episodes of Season 5.

  121. I hope none of the contestants takes his advice. Taylor Hicks’ spastic moves on the stage were for those who have no taste in music and were just interested in contestants doing funny things on stage. He was the reason why I never watched the last few episodes of Season 5.

    Even though none are the AI5 finalists are in my Top 5 Idol alums — it was by far my favorite Idol season, had some really talented contestants and was a really interesting contest. I was a fan of Taylor during AI5 although I could have done without his “spastic moves”, too. But that is part of the whole package. And he is great live — absolutely great. AI8 was IMO another great season — with a lot of really talented contestants. Some other season has some really standout talent that just looked like they were headed to the final — Carrie & Bo, Archis & Cook, just hard to see anyone else getting to the end of the season.

  122. Let’s not take any negative gossip from normdrake and paas it on-Kris and Adam are friends and even friends say things sometimes they don’t mean. and. Adam just has been flying around the globe, just got back from Canada and right to work, so I applaud him for all that and am not interested in petty remarks from minds with ugly state of consciousness. period. You know the old mantra from Adam last year:
    God is love
    love in our mind
    is God in our mind
    Therefore,
    Love is a win mode.
    Therefore, love is a win mode
    And negativity separates, I love Kradam, Adam and Kris, lets take the high road- It’s a wise choice anyway.

  123. The thing about Taylor Hicks is that, whilst his approach to the AI stage certainly made him stand out and helped him to win his season, it doesn’t seem to have translated to success outside of the ‘Idol arena’.

    So, depending on what this season’s contestants are aiming for, I’m not so sure that taking his advice would be a good thing.

    Dancing about – if that’s what you want to call what Taylor did and I did actually really enjoy him on AI5 – is one way of performing. Certainly well choreographed dancing – NOT what Taylor did – does have a massive visual impact and seems to be what everyone in a certain style of popular pop music does.

    But it’s not essential to be able to dance to have a career in music and it certainly doesn’t seem to suit the contestants this year, none of whom fit into that kind of pop category, from what I’ve seen.

  124. I hope none of the contestants takes his advice. Taylor Hicks’ spastic moves on the stage were for those who have no taste in music and were just interested in contestants doing funny things on stage. He was the reason why I never watched the last few episodes of Season 5.

    Do you tell that to Joe Cocker fans too, lol? Stevie Wonder fans? Mick jagger fans?I know that people like to make Taylor Hicks a punching bag but that guy is a great singer and musician. His voice is very soulful and sorry some people did not like the other choice of Mr. Nickelback 2.0.

    The only reason Taylor Hicks’ career didn’t take off is because TPTB didn’t want to give him good material and market him. It’s that simple, really. They did the same to Ruben, and in both cases it’s a damn shame.

  125. Video from the news segment with David Archuleta and Jonah from Make-A-Wish.
    Singing at halftime at the Real game yesterday.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B47Vl5C8Zg

    —————-

    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top%20stories/story/Make-a-Wish-Foundation-helps-dream-come-true-with/xvQJ-RPgKU-c9ZJiqaXnSQ.cspx

    Make a Wish Foundation helps dream come true with “Real” surprise

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News – The Utah Make a Wish Foundation is helping the wishes of a little boy come true. Jonah Gomez is a six year old with two rare blood conditions and a heart disorder. His one wish was to be part of the action at Rio Tinto Stadium with Real team captain Kyle Beckerman, and it all came true Saturday night.

    Jonah’s dream began on Friday when he got to practice some footwork on the field with Beckerman. “He had a ton of energy. He just wanted to score, it was good to see him laugh and smile,” says Beckerman.

    -snip-
    But the night did not end there. At halftime, Utah’s very own American Idol, David Archuletta invited Jonah onto the field to sing with him. Jonah says he’s Archuleta’s biggest fan.

    ABC4 Good Things Utah twitter:
    http://tweetphoto.com/17991804

  126. Video from the news segment with David Archuleta and Jonah from Make-A-Wish.
    Singing at halftime at the Real game yesterday.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B47Vl5C8Zg

    That needs to come with a tissue warning! That is so sweet. And I’m a big soccer fan so great to see Kyle Beckerman giving back, too (he played for the Miami Fusion former MLS team when I lived in South FL several years ago, as did Real’s goalie Nick Rimando). Archie’s a peach.

  127. In a way many of this year’s contestants have a lot in common with Taylor, they are all niche artists like he is, and no matter how good they are, they won’t achieve mainstream success. So, in a few years, people will come on AI related message boards and call them failures too, just like we do Taylor, even though they are still making a lot of money singing and performing. Taylor’s problem had less to do with not having good material, and more to do with not being a radio friendly artist. Taylor made the type of music that he wanted to make, but that type of music isn’t going to gain an audience through radio, so he has to find other avenues. The same can be said for the type of music that Crystal or Siobhan will be making.

  128. In a way many of this year’s contestants have a lot in common with Taylor, they are all niche artists like he is, and no matter how good they are, they won’t achieve mainstream success.

    I don’t agree that Crystal will be a niche artist, because she is pushed by TPTP, and they would not push anyone who isn’t deemed marketable. There’s the difference with Taylor.

  129. babybelle, I agree with everything you just said except that I did think Taylors first album was a stinker ;) I don’t know it has been so long since I heard it- maybe the reason I thought it was a stinker was because I didn’t think any of the songs would be played on radio.

    All anyone has to do is watch the Vampire Diaries to realize just how many Indie/WGWG bands that are out there that are just as good and no one has ever heard of. All these kids are good, but American Idol is supposed to be about finding a superstar, and none of them are that. Personally I think Simon should nix the XFactor and do something like finding the next great band or something. I actually liked the concept of that show they had last year that had The Sons Of Sylvia on it ( Clark Brothers).

  130. Do you tell that to Joe Cocker fans too, lol? Stevie Wonder fans? Mick jagger fans?

    Well, I didn’t know that Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger’s fans watched them to do funny things on stage.

    Taylor Hicks never was a great musician. He is a second-rate singer with a mediocre voice who happened to get lucky on Idol stage. Many of the singers this year can sing better than he can, have better stage presence than he has (and no, many of us don’t think spazzing out on the stage the same as having stage presence). Some of the best performances this year are people just standing or sitting there singing, and they were far better than anything Taylor Hicks has ever done.

    The problem this year is that the meme of a bad season has taken hold, and everyone takes delight in denigrating the contestants this year just to make their favorites past Idol look good. Wanting the contestants this year to take advice from the worst AI winner of all time really takes the biscuit. It is unfair, and it is wrong. I’m not going to say that this is a good year, it is definitely sub-par, but I have to say that this year there are more people I really like than many previous years – Crystal, Lee, Casey, compared to, say, Season 6’s Jordin Sparks and Chris Richardson, Season 7’s David Cook and Michael Johns, and none from Season 8 (I kinda like Adam, Kris and Alison, but won’t say I’m their fan). Even those I didn’t like before are beginning to grow on me (Katie, Tim), and those I still don’t like had good performances (Michael, Siobhan, Andrew). To me this is not the worst year at all. I’m not going to say that there is anyone this year the likes of David Cook, David Archuleta or Adam Lambert, but so long as Crystal, Lee and Casey get to Top 5 I’m OK with this season, and will be happy to defend this season’s kids against all comers.

  131. I am glad that Danny will get a second music video. :)

    Me too JX223. I think RCA is treating Danny well. Even though his fans would like to see just a smidgeon of national PR; they are handling his entrance into the country genre in an appropriate manner, IMO.

    Also glad they are on top of the filming this time, since the release of MBDAAOM was so far after the song was released.

    Will be interesting to see what angle they take with it, whether it will be kind of an edgy video like his first; or more sentimental.

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