Idol Headlines for 04/18/09

Speidi, Sanjaya to join Blagojevich on show

LOS ANGELES – Speidi is heading to the jungle, and so is Sanjaya.

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, known affectionately to …Hills fans as …Speidi, have signed on to join the cast of …Im A Celebrity ¦ Get Me Out Of Here! a rep for the reality stars confirmed to Access Hollywood on Friday.

Later in the day, Access Hollywood also learned that former “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar will also join the show.


Backstage with the top seven; giddiness reigns at the first ever ‘save dinner’

The purpose of a reality TV competition is to win, and in modern American television, it is generally to win by the dirtiest means possible, as viewers of …Survivor and …The Bachelor can attest. But on Wednesday night, Idol seven remaining contestants chose to suspend the laws of nature and game shows and to collectively take one step away from victory — in the name of keeping their friend on the show, fighting for the life of their opponent, Matt Giraud, and imploring the judges to use their one …save to keep him in the show.

As the judges deliberated, a chant rose from the contestants bench. …Save him! Save him! Save him! which the Idoldome audience joined, creating an overwhelming groundswell that would have taken a more stubborn man even than Simon Cowell to resist.

LA Times

‘Idol’ Math: 2 Judges + 2 Judges = A Big Fat Zero

Allowing “American Idol” star Simon Cowell to critique only half the show’s competitors will go down in the history books as the dumbest idea ever hatched to “tweak” the most watched television show in the country.

It will also go down in the books as the shortest-lived on-air tweak.

One episode.

Although next week there will be as many Idolettes performing at this week because the judges vetoed viewers’ decision to eliminate competitor Matt Giraud, Fox is dumping the new judging system it introduced Tuesday as a time-saving device, in which the four judges were divided into two teams and took turns critiquing every other competitor.

Viewers hated it, and said so in the network’s “Idol” chat forums.

Instead, the show will now attempt to cut out some of the “other stuff” that does so much to plump up the running time.

Washington Post

‘Idolatry’: Three cheers for Kris Allen!

Attention, Idol fans: Idolatry is pleased to announce that Simon Cowell is officially under our control. Not only did the Brit with a chip sign up for Team Allison, he also interrupted the results show to undo Randy Jackson pitiful …critique and salute Kris Allen’s standout performance of one of the best songs ever written. We take it all back, Simon. For us for you, you worked it out–keep on keeping it real, Dawg. Kris deserves a few more props, though, and he gets them courtesy of Michael Slezak and Missy Schwartz in the video below.

Entertainment Weekly

Ranking The Final Seven On American Idol

I have hit the pause button three times previously during this season of American Idol to make predictions on how everyone would finish. We have now seen everyone remaining sing at least seven times since Hollywood, and there are only five weeks to go before we finish, so this is a good opportunity to rank them one more time in order of likelihood of winning.

Billie Joe Armstrong goes nuts for Robert Pattinson, Obama and Rock of Love

What TV shows are you most addicted to?

This goes beyond guilty pleasure [laughs]. I really like a show called ‘On Safari’ that’s on the Fuel network. I like Jon Stewart and love [Stephen] Colbert. He’s the funniest human being on the planet. And for shameful, guilty, torturous pleasure is ‘Rock of Love’ with Bret Michaels. I do watch ‘American Idol, ‘ sometimes. That kid that’s on there — Adam [Lambert] — hitting those high notes? Pretty badass, man.

You were actually on ‘American Idol’ a couple of years ago.

We played [John Lennon’s] ‘Working Class Hero.’ It was interesting because we had the “F” word and their show is live, so we had to pre-record our song so that they could bleep out the “F” words. We almost got thrown off the show before it even started because they didn’t trust us. It’s like, “Man, we’ve done [live TV] so many times. We can do this.” And finally they’re like, “OK, you guys have to record it before.” So we played to a completely empty room.

You performed on the show, but would you go on as a mentor?

Oh, no way. Not in a million years [laughs]. There are two things I would never do: One is I’ll never do my own reality TV show, and two is I’ll never watch ‘Titanic.’ I live in Oakland, not Hollywood.

Love Adam Lambert? Then don’t vote for him

Jennifer Hudson. Chris Daughtry. Kellie Pickler. Clay Aiken. Bucky Covington. Even William Hung.

None of these people won their season of American Idol. Hung didn’t even get to Hollywood, but ended up making a name for himself. Jennifer Hudson has been on the big screen in “The Secret Life of Bees, ” “Dream Girls” and “Sex and the City.” Fantasia has been in “The Color Purple” on Broadway and is apparently going to be on some new reality TV show. Big deal.

Journal Gazette

‘Idol’ star Giraud plans to be ‘humble’

American Idol star Matt Giraud has vowed to keep his feet on the ground as he progresses through the competition.

The 23-year-old singer remains in the running for victory after the judges used their one-off veto power to save him this week.

Discussing his new-found fame, Giraud told KSFM-TV: “I don’t think any of us really think that we’re celebrities or anything like that. That’s why we still feel honoured to be at the premieres and for people to want our autographs.

Digital Spy

Rock Legends and American Idol Alum to Perform for Annual Fundraiser

Music, food and fireworks will be rocking at Georgia’s largest outdoor event held 300 feet below ground in a quarry overlooking a small lake. The fourth annual Concert in the Quarry will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the working Martin Marietta Forsyth Quarry. Headline acts include Shaw-Blades, featuring Tommy Shaw of STYX and Jack Blades of Night Ranger, and Bo Bice (of “American Idol” fame) in a fundraising event that will benefit the South Forsyth High School Band (SFHS) Program and the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. This announcement was made today by Glenn and Cathi Kruse with the South Forsyth Band Boosters and Mike Leathers with Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes.


‘Idol’ gives Ruben opportunity to pursue career on stage

Sure, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have enjoyed more success since winning …American Idol than Ruben Studdard.

But it not like the Velvet Teddy Bear ‘  the nickname Gladys Knight bestowed upon him ‘  has completely disappeared from the entertainment radar.

Studdard, 30, will be in Lincoln on Saturday headlining two performances of …Aint Misbehavinƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.


‘Idol’ star takes center stage

The University Union Board presented an exclusive sold-out concert in the Heritage Room at the University Union on Tuesday, April 14 featuring “American Idol” seventh season winner, David Cook, with opening act Ryan Star.

Lines formed on the first floor of the Union at 5 p.m. as Western Illinois University students and Macomb residents gathered in anticipation of the show.

The performance was part of Cook’s Declaration tour, which kicked off in January and will hit 37 college campuses and other small venues across the nation. Tickets were sold out shortly after they went on sale, adding to the exclusiveness value of the show.


David Cook gives thumbs up to LOVE

American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook and his band took advantage of some free time in their tour schedule to catch some LOVE at the Mirage.

The band was in town playing a private event for their tour sponsors. But that didn’t stop them from checking out Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles-inspired LOVE Thursday night. They snacked on popcorn and soda during the show’s 7 p.m. performance.

Review: LaKisha Jones album “So Glad I’m Me” is a celebration of unfailing optimism

The last few years have been quite a whirlwind for LaKisha Jones, what with motherhood, marriage, Broadway and a certain blockbuster talent show all vying for her time.

Now, the locally born R&B diva is serving up a musical update on her busy life and career. Anyone seeking the latest word on Flint’s favorite “American Idol” finalist need look no further than her new CD, which begins the progress report with its title, “So Glad I’m Me.”

The 12-song set, slated for a May 19 release, is a celebration of all things Kiki.


“American Idol” Wants A Piece Of Susan Boyle Mania

Susan Boyle may soon be singing the song that’s moved millions of YouTube viewers to tears on American Idol.

Ryan Seacrest, who has a bizarre amount of power over at AI, twittered last night that he’s pitching the producers the idea of having Boyle appear on the show:

genius idea…im gonna shoot e-mail to producers now. RT @SpitBaby So when is American Idol going to have Susan Boyle on as a musical guest?

We wouldn’t be surprised if Boyle is belting out Les Miz on AI soon.

Business Insider

Exclusive: Susan Boyle’s first ever song release revealed – listen to it here

THE Daily Record has uncovered the only CD ever made by Scotland singing sensation Susan Boyle.

And you can listen to it EXCLUSIVELY on our player below

It emerged last night that Susan, whose Britain Got Talent triumph has made her an instant superstar, is being lined up for an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show which would give her the chance of a number one album in the US.


Unlikely Singer Is YouTube Sensation

LONDON ‘  She has been watched by more than 20.2 million people (and counting) on YouTube, Twittered about by Demi and Ashton, praised by Patti LuPone, admired by the bloggerati, snapped by the paparazzi, swarmed by camera crews, interrogated by reporters and restyled, sort of, for American television.

But now Susan Boyle, the middle-aged church volunteer whose soaring performance of …I Dreamed a Dream on a British talent show last week turned her into the world newest instant celebrity, at, is trying to catch her breath.

NY Times

Helio Castroneves Acquitted in Tax Fraud Case

Helio Castroneves probably feels like dancing. The racecar driver and former Dancing with the Stars winner has been acquitted on six counts of tax evasion.

A federal jury in Miami has found the Brazilian-born Indy car driver and 2007 winner of DWTS not guilty on six counts of tax evasion. Since the 12-member jury remained deadlocked on the seventh count of conspiracy, U.S District Judge Donald Graham called a mistrial on that count.

DWTS’ Bruno Slams David Alan Grier for Bashing Judges

After he was booted, Grier lashed out at the judges, telling Access Hollywood: “I am proudest that I didn’t climb across that table and slap the **** out of every one of those judges and that’s my proudest accomplishment.” Referring to judge Carrie Ann Inaba (a former fly-girl on Grier’s In Living Color), he added: “She’s definitely the first in line to “kiss my a**.”

On Monday’s Bonnie Hunt Show, Tonioli says that “there is a line I think you can push to, but you should never go over, and I think it was a little bit of a mistake of judgment. I think it was pushing it a little too far.”

US Magazine

First Look: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Season 5

As “American Idol” slowly starts to wrap up underwhelming year seven, “So You Think You Can Dance” gears up to launch its fifth season and my heart has already started to beat a little faster. While the audition rounds of “Idol” tend to be a mixed bag of nuts, “SYTYCD” manages to fill their first few weeks with a wide array of talented dancers, each showcasing unique styles.

Whether it’s the Lindy hop, West Coast swing, tap, jazz, ballet, crazy krumping or whatever Robert Muraine was doing, the audition rounds are an awesome platform for the different genres this competition embraces.

NY Post

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