Idol Headlines for 04/11/09

‘Idol’s’ Scott MacIntyre Reveals Disease That Almost Killed Him; Is Sister’s Life In Danger Too?

Scott MacIntyre was “American Idol’s” first visually impaired contestant and now as he begins life after the show, Scott reveals ‘ for the first time ‘ the disease that almost cost him his life.

“I say blindness is only half of my story, I’ve been through so much more than that, ” he told Access Hollywood’s “Dish of Salt” Laura Saltman on Friday when he came to the Access stage.

“I dealt with kidney failure for two years, ” he revealed to Access. “[It’s] something that I didn’t intentionally didn’t bring up on this show because, you know, the blindness is obvious, but I didn’t want to be voted for based on my challenges.”

NBC Philadelphia

American Idol Big Tease

LETS say you are an …American Idol contestant with a criminal history. Let say you claimed to have had an affair with Paula Abdul. Let imagine that you are found to have posed for topless photos or been charged with identity theft.

These are not hypothetical scandals. Each has occurred during the eight-season run of the top-rated show. And each has duly been processed out of consciousness at a speed accorded most show business scandals ‘  forgotten in the nanosecond it takes us to move on from the latest reality TV distraction and back to our ordinary lives.

NY Times

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‘Idolatry’: Are Matt and Anoop still in contention?

Greetings, Idol fans! Idolatry producer Jason Averett here posting for Michael Slezak, who is leaving early today for a much-deserved long weekend. But before he raced off, your delightful host sat down with badass Kristen Baldwin, and the videotaped results…may shock you. First of all, there’s almost nada on Danny Gokey (!), at least not until part 2 runs on Monday (woot!). There’s also very little Wonder Girl and zero Mechagodzilla (seriously, come back Monday). But instead, for your Friday afternoon enjoyment, we offer: killer monkeys, the Greatest American Hero, uncomfortable feelings for Adam Lambert, and a thorough breakdown of Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai …chances.

Entertainment Weekly

Diablo Cody: My ‘Idol’ Addiction

I’ve been watching American Idol since its debut season in 2002. Back then, America hadn’t yet evolved into a gladiatorial cybernation of bloggers, tweeters, and self-ordained voice coaches. Idol-specific insults like ”pitchy” and ”cruise ship” were new to the lexicon. Contestants like Jim Verraros could sail through to the top 10 without the support of ”Worsters” (disciples of the self-explanatory website It was an innocent time. Sure, the show was wildly popular from the get-go, but it wasn’t, like, a way of life.

Entertainment Weekly

Why was Flo Rida censored by ‘American Idol’?

According to sources, the show hit the censor button for a few seconds when Flo Rida was plugging the website A new and emerging social network for artists, musicians and filmmakers, has been creating some buzz within the industry.

American Idol’s Adam Lambert and Antony Hegarty: Musical Kin?

Does current American Idol contestant Adam Lambert give you a tingling flush of deja vu? A similar sensation came over this indie-pop diehard yesterday as I watched a clip of the putative AI front-runner emoting his way through “Tracks of My Tears.” Something about his quavery tenor put me in mind of none other than Antony Hegarty, English-Irish frontman of the art-folk experimentalists Antony and the Johnsons. That Tim-and-Jeff-Buckley impression of vocal kinship hit me even more forcefully with Lambert’s haunted, mournful rendition of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”

Entertainment Weekly

‹American Idol David Cook in concert at Owens May 6

Just one week after being named the winner of the seventh season of …American Idol, 25-year-old David Cook rewrote chart history with a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard Hot Digital Songs survey. He also had 11 songs jump onto the Hot 100, the highest number of new entries ever, and the second-highest amount of simultaneous hits since the Beatles in 1964. All that, and his single, …The Time of My Life, instantly became the highest debuting title of 2008, entering the Hot 100 at No. 3.

Press Publications

David Cook Concert at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City: Some Websites Have Offered Fake Tickets to Year’s Hottest Concert

KANSAS CITY, MO–(MARKET WIRE)–Apr 10, 2009 — Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City has received anecdotal reports that some fraudulent tickets have been offered for sale to the April 22 David Cook concert, which will be held at the Ameristar Casino Star Pavilion. Only tickets sold through the Ameristar Box Office or can be guaranteed.


David Archuleta still single and hot

PETALING JAYA: Italian American Idol (Season 7) runner-up David Archuleta is not ready to be in a serious relationship.
The hottest new young talent in America wants to embrace his teenage years and meet new people.

“Yes, I am still single. I guess I am waiting for the right girl and also the right time, ” he said at a press conference on Thursday, which was attended by around 40 media representatives.

Flashing his trademark smile, Archuleta, who will turn 19 in December, was clad in an apple green baju Melayu, complete with songket and sampin.

Jennifer Hudson sings through pain at WaMu Theater Madison Square Garden

Jennifer Hudson made no direct mention of the great tragedies of her life at her concert at the WaMu Theater Friday night.

She didn’t have to.

Few singers have mounted a New York stage advanced by a better known, more dramatic, or less welcome, back story.

While Hudson began making her difficult comeback earlier this year – with performances at the Super Bowl and the Grammys – Friday night’s show came as part of her first national tour since she lost her mother, brother and nephew in that murderous spree last October.

NY Daily News

How losing helped Hudson soar

JENNIFER HUDSON was delivering thunderous performances on the reality show “American Idol.”

As the competition intensified, it became clear that the young singer from Chicago was a front-runner; after one showstopping performance, judge Simon Cowell told her she’d turned the competition into the “Battle of the Divas.” The same week, Hudson got the boot.

Viewers were shocked, and the theories ranged from racial bias to a thunderstorm that knocked out power in her hometown, which blocked some fan votes.

Hampton Roads

Idol’s Kimberly Caldwell Hosting “P. Diddy’s StarMaker”

Former Idol finalist and host of TV Guide Network’s Idol Tonight and Idol Wrap is fast becoming the busiest woman in show business. Not only is the 27-year-old singer the new brand ambassador for YMI jeans, she hosting the MTV competition P. Diddy StarMaker, working on a solo album and getting her own Seacrest-produced reality show, tentatively titled Crashing With the Caldwells. …Itll follow everything from me in the studio recording to having my sisters live with me, Kim, who split with Idol winner David Cook in December, tells In Touch. …Right now, there are no boys in the picture and I like it like that ‘  I need to focus!

The Insider

Carrie Underwood Grocery Shops in Sweats

Carrie Underwood just took home the Entertainer of the Year Award at the ACMs, so what’s it like for fans to meet her now?

“I think they’re disappointed, ” Underwood says on the April 14 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “I do my grocery shopping kind of late at night. There’s nobody really there. I can probably wash the makeup and I’m in a ponytail, glasses, and my sweatpants at the grocery store, and people won’t tell me, ‘Are you Carrie Underwood?’ They’ll say, ‘Wow, you look like Carrie Underwood.’ Because Carrie Underwood wouldn’t be at the Harris Teeter [at] 11:00 o’clock at night in her sweatpants.”


‘Rock of Ages’ reviews boost Tony Awards chances

In a Broadway season with only one new hit musical ‘  “Billy Elliot” ‘  the rousing reception accorded to “Rock of Ages” is particularly noteworthy. The well-reviewed show, which opened Tuesday, uses hits of 1980s rock bands to tell the tale of a young buck from the backwoods (Constantine Maroulis) in the big city and the doe-eyed girl (Amy Spanger) who spurs him on to fame and fortune.

Broadway Broadway Tony Awards Tonys Broadway When done well, these so-called jukebox musicals that use proven hit songs can win Tony Awards a la 2006 champ “Jersey Boys.” That best musical winner chronicled the rise and fall of the Four Seasons with Tony-winning turns by John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff. However, all too often these shows hit all the wrong notes with critics and audiences alike. Consider the failure of a trio of 2007 tuners: “All Shook Up” (using the songbook of Elvis Presley), “Good Vibrations” (The Beach Boys), and “Imagine” (John Lennon).

Gold Derby

PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Rock of Ages ‘  The Night of Drunken Fireflies

Meet the first-nighters of Broadway’s Rock of Ages.

The crowd that came out for the opening of Rock of Ages at the Brooks Atkinson on April 7 could conservatively be termed “well-lit.” Not only were flashlights in the shape of mini-cigarette lighters supplied to the customers ‘  the better to streak the sky with, in moments of musical madness ‘  Coors beer was hustled in the aisles at $6 a pop, and executives from all three theatre chains imbibed as if to say, “Drink up!”

‘Rock of Ages’ on Broadway fights for the right to party

NEW YORK’ It doesnt take much to send the children of the 1980s into a bacchanalian frenzy. Based on the truly chaotic party scene inside the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Thursday night, you really dont need anything more than to hire a killer rock band, stick some beautiful young dancers in lingerie, crank out full-throated covers of …Were Not Gonna Take It, …Any Way You Want It and …The Final Countdown, and include a make-out scene fueled by Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers.

When that sweet four-pack, that cheap talisman of Reagan-era youthful rebellion, made its humble appearance on the set of …Rock of Ages, the audience erupted with such an emotional frenzy of memory, it was as if some Bon Jovi-loving shrink had suddenly offered them a chance to relive their most heightened sensual experience.

Only without all the hair in their mouths.

Chicago Tribune

Stars Reveal Favorite Things Besides ‘Dancing’

ET’s Kevin Frazier gets the sexy cast of “Dancing with the Stars” to share some of their favorite things — from movies and TV to comfort foods and exercise routines.

Real-life couple Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks divulge their guilty pleasure comfort foods and it’s revealed they share the same favorite TV show as some other “DWTS” stars.

There’s an obvious bit of peer pressure as Shawn Johnson is asked to name her favorite iPod song, when her dancing partner Mark Ballas has his own band.

ET Online

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