Is Simon Cowell Leaving American Idol?
…But there is a point where I am not sure we can keep this schedule up. It takes longer and longer to make these shows because you have to put more into them, and I am not sure we can sustain me doing three shows a year, with the record label and the TV production company.
…Most people do one show a year and I do three and they involve a lot of travelling. One may have to go. I dont know which one. That is the problem, I like all of them. I cant imagine not doing Britain Got Talent and I cant imagine not doing X Factor. But I guess America is more likely to go because I have got one year under contract. Maybe that will be the end.
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Dark horse gone, it’s a race to finish
Yeah, I know it was time for Scott MacIntyre to go.
His “AM-radio lite” stylings had grown old, and he certainly wasn’t going to out-sing Adam Lambert, Kris Allen or Allison Iraheta.
But honestly (and my colleague Brian Barber is so going to mock me for this) I’m a little sad now that he’s gone.
MacIntyre, whether you hated his music or not, brought such a winning personality to the “American Idol” stage. It’s too bad he didn’t quite have the voice to match.
Yes, I dare say it: Adam Lambert is my Elvis
Mama’s Elvis was bouncy, thrusting and All-American. My new Elvis is a brooding, haunting oddball with a voice that can make your hair stand on end.
Adam Lambert, a definite front-runner on season 8 of …American Idol, is one of the most talked-about contestants since Sanjaya Malakar continued to survive week after week, despite being quite awful. He was purty, and that got him the votes.
“American Idol”: Why Adam Lambert makes the show go
Fox’s “American Idol” has become “The Adam Lambert Show” this season.
The 27-year-old singer has electrified ‘ and sometimes stunned ‘ the audience like few singers in the singing contest history. Big-haired Sanjaya Malakar polarized viewers, but he didnt have Lambert talent.
Each week, Lambert delivers the performance that generates the most buzz on America most popular series. He keeps bringing viewers back to see what hell do next. The seven Idol finalists turn to movie music, with mentor Quentin Tarantino, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WOFL-Channel 35.
Local ‘Idol’ contestant’s biggest fans are his family
Connie Wood and her family members know not to call each other during the two hours following Tuesday episodes of “American Idol.”
This is because their fingers are busy continuously dialing to vote for their favorite contestant.
Like hundreds of thousands of others, Wood is a Kris Allen fan; however, her connection is a little closer than most she’s his aunt.
“We are thrilled that Kristopher is on the show and we sit on pins and needles in anticipation every Tuesday and Wednesday night to watch him perform, ” Wood said. “It is so nice to see someone that deserves to live their dream get a chance to do so.”
Anoop Desai’s “Desai’ples”: Pulling dirty tricks?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past couple days, it’s that Anoop Desai fans are a passionate bunch. But would they resort to cheating?
Check out this video from YouTube that claims to expose efforts to use international voting to inflate Desai’s vote total.
If it is true, this is cheating. “American Idol” rules clearly state the following: “Anyone calling or any AT&T Mobility subscriber who has the ability to text message from within the Continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands can cast their vote for the next American Idol.”
Confusion over Allegan Co. Fair website could cost hundreds
ALLEGAN, Mich. (Newchannel 3) – If you’re planning to buy tickets to see a concert at the Allegan County Fair this fall, three little letters could cost you hundreds of dollars.
Allegan County Fair Manager Terry Bonnell tells Newschannel 3 that there has been some confusion over where to buy tickets for the Kelly Clarkson and David Cook shows during the fair, which runs September 11 through 19.
That’s because an Australian ticket scalper website, www.allegancountyfair.com, is very similar to the official website for the fair, www.allegancountyfair.net.
Sluggish ticket sales lead to price drop for Jay-Z’s Tucson concert
It a hard-knock life for the student group staging the first concert at Arizona Stadium in three decades. Only half of the available 17, 000 tickets have sold for the April 29 concert featuring Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and The Veronicas.
Tommy Bruce, president for Associated Students of the University of Arizona, cited a short promotional window as one reason for sluggish sales. …It very difficult to gauge expectations for concerts, Bruce said on Friday afternoon. …There no guarantee.
Kathy Najimy brings Bacharach back
Her revue stars ‘American Idol’s’ Diana DeGarmo.
Kathy Najimy has been a Burt Bacharach fan for a long time ‘ and it’s all because of her childhood friend, Steve Gunderson.
“Steve and I have been friends since we were 14, ” said Najimy, who’s busy directing the show she and Gunderson created, “Back to Bacharach and David, ” for its Southern California debut at the Music Box @ Fonda on Wednesday.
Gala benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The appearance of Richmond’s own “American Idol” Elliott Yamin once again highlighted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Central Virginia Chapter’s Annual Gala, its ninth, held April 4 at The Jefferson Hotel.
“Returning to pick up where I left off last year — making a difference in my hometown, ” Yamin said.
Ashley Crossman, Miss Virginia United States 2008, also appeared at the event. She and Yamin have Type I diabetes, and they used their experiences and talents to educate and entertain the more than 380 guests.
Let’s Go Celebrate
Season-six finalist Lakisha Jones proves yet again that there is life after “American Idol, ” even for a fourth-place finisher. With its nostalgic similarity to classic ’90s/early ’00s dance hits, “Let’s Go Celebrate” is sure to score points with urban AC enthusiasts. Jones sings a relatable tale of working hard and playing harder: “I’ve been on the grind . . . Gonna party till the dawn.” While this Auto-Tune-flooded track doesn’t do her powerful voice justice, the attention-grabbing beats will have hands clapping and feet tapping in no time. This could be the next ladies’ night anthem
Simon Cowell wants ITV quality, not cash
British TV producer Simon Cowell says he is ready to take a pay cut to work with ITV in creating quality programming.
The “American Idol” judge said when his three-year, $29.3 million contract with the British TV network expires at the end of the year, he will focus more on creating quality shows than bigger paychecks, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
“It isn’t about how much I can squeeze out of them. All I worry about is ‘Can we make a better show than last year?’ I don’t believe in making the quality go down, ” said Cowell, 49.
Country singer’s roots are in Utah
As a former two-time chairman of the Utah Republican Party and currently the state committeeman to the national Republican Party, Bruce Hough is used to people wanting to corner him for a chat.
But lately, it isn’t politics they’re most interested in.
They want to talk about that girl he’s related to.
Settling the score on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Attention, …Dancing With the Stars judges: Put down the double-digit placard.
For now, at least.
It has become way too easy for the celebs and their professional dance partners to score a perfect 10 on the popular ABC competition show, and it is dragging down the excitement of the program.
In just the first five weeks of season eight, Gilles Marini, Lil Kim and Melissa Rycroft have received at least one score of 10 from a judge. While all three contestants have danced well ‘ great, even ‘ and Marini abs are certainly worthy of a top score alone ‘ the judges arent doing anyone any favors deeming these early performances totally top-notch.
Chuck and Julianne’s ‘Dancing’ Rehearsal — Raw!
This week on “Dancing with the Stars, ” the couples have to learn the Jive or Rumba. Watch real-life couple and “Dancing” partners Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough practice their moves before Monday’s live performance show!