Idol Headlines For 04/18/10

Crystal Bowersox still responding to the Press

Crystal tweeted today, “Media is a funny thing. Stretched and skewed and far from the truth. Lets play telephone and see what we come up with!! :-)”

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(Let it go Crystal!)

‘Idolatry’: Can anyone stop a Crystal-Lee finale on ‘American Idol’?

Crystal-Lee: It’s not a calorie-free lemonade mix coming to a grocery store near you, but rather, the tangy tonic that’s keeping American Idol’s ninth season from tasting like a lukewarm glass of tap water. The question remains, however, with six weeks left in the competition, do any of the five remaining challengers to the Bowersox-DeWyze Supremacy have a chance to make it to the Nokia to perform “Momentum-Crushing Piece of Treacle 9.0??

Entertainment Weekly

‘Glee’ & Drew Barrymore Among GLAAD Winners

The Fox musical comedy was among the winners at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards. The show’s cast and creator Ryan Murphy received the trophy for outstanding comedy series at Saturday’s glitzy ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Murphy, in particular, praised lesbian actress Jane Lynch and gay actor Chris Colfer for their contributions.

“We have a great responsibility with the show, ” Murphy beamed.

Murphy told the crowd that Colfer’s character, outspoken gay soprano Kurt Hummel, would have a boyfriend next season, and the pair would become prom kings. Murphy also promised the crowd that Colfer’s character “would never be the victim.”

Adam Lambert, the glam-rocking “American Idol” runner-up who raised eyebrows with his racy performance at last year’s American Music Awards, capped off the ceremony hosted by transgender actress Candis Cayne and gay actor Wilson Cruz with a performance of his tunes “Music Again” and “Fever.” He ended by pleading for diversity within the gay community.

Associated Press

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An open letter to ‘American Idol’ producers: How to improve results shows

I am writing to you because you control “American Idol.” I am a faithful viewer who chats about the show with friends and other seattleTimes.com bloggers and readers. I’ve enjoyed the show for quite some time, even with all its quirks and manipulations. And I do mean manipulations.

But your result shows are killing me. Sixty minutes? For a two-minute elimination? Even with paying the bills included (aka, commercials), it seems a bit excessive. If I can’t write a coherent, two-paragraph blog entry about a two, er, I mean, 60-minute results show, I’m guessing the problem is you, not me.

Seattle Times

Urban may be best rival against ‘tweenie

Our coup worked.

Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens were sent home this week, as they should have been.

Shhhhhh! We can’t gloat or Planet OMG! might seek revenge and stick us with an Aaron Kelly/Tim Urban finale.

The horror.

Seriously, though — he may have a limited vocal range and look like a deer-in-the-headlights with hot abs, but Mr. Urban is proving to be one shrewd “Idol” contestant.

Tulsa World

‘Idol’ Power Rankings: Top 7

Suddenly there are just seven singers on ‘American Idol, ’ and the season still seems like it would have been much better if folks like Alex Lambert, Lily Scott and Janell Wheeler had not be cut loose so early.

But we can’t dwell on the past too much. The seven we’ve got are still out there trying to prove they’ve got the goods to win this whole thing. While there seems to be a clear front-runner (can it be anyone other than Crystal Bowersox, really?), there were some moves in the rankings that came as big surprises – at least to me, and I write them!

Fancast

Bowersox rumor surprises family

HOLLYWOOD — A member of Crystal Bowersox’s family has said he heard nothing about rumors she had considered leaving “American Idol.”

The Web site TMZ.com posted a story early Friday saying Bowersox “threw in the towel a little more than two weeks ago and was walking off the show, when Ryan Seacrest did some fast-talking and changed her mind.”

Her grandfather, Keith Bowersox, of Elliston, said he knew nothing about the rumor.

“I haven’t heard anything about that. I had no idea. I have nothing to say, ” he said.

Port Clinton News Herald

‘American Idol’ Adam Lambert at GLAAD: ‘There are some challenges’ to being gay

Adam Lambert talked with The Dish Rag at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (Apr. 17) about how things are changing for gays in show business.

He discussed being the first openly gay artist to be signed to a major record label, gave his advice for the current “American Idol” contestants (differentiate themselves, coffee, maybe a jog), as well as talking about the home-sweet-homeness of mentoring and performing on the show that helped launch his career and seeing old friends this week.

Zap2it

Carrie Underwood to wear Jovani dress, perform with John Fogerty and Brad Paisley at Sunday’s ACM Awards

ACM Week continues here at BAM’s Blog, and we’re getting close to the big show.

Fashion-conscious superstar Carrie Underwood will wear a Jovani dress at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, reports The Oklahoman’s Fashion Editor Linda Miller.

The awards show is taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Linda reports that Underwood picked what sounds like appropriate attire: a short, sequined, purple minidess with dolman sleeves.

Along with competing for six awards, including entertainer of the year, the “American Idol” champ also will perform during the ACM Awards. According to CMT.com, Underwood will perform with fellow country star Brad Paisley (pictured left) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty (pictured right) of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame.

NewsOK

Will Carrie Underwood Break the Glass Ceiling?

To quote Martina McBride, this one’s for the girls. I just realized that in the extremely likely event that Carrie Underwood wins entertainer of the year prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 18), she will be the first woman to win that award twice. So, not Reba, not Faith Hill, not McBride, not LeAnn Rimes. Not Loretta, Dolly or Shania.

CMT

Carrie Underwood extends tour: Will she be a married woman by the time she plays fall Oklahoma shows?

Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will “Play On” back to Oklahoma later this year, with fall concert planned at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center and Tulsa’s BOK Center.

The Checotah native announced through her publicist Friday that she is extending her highly successful “Play On Tour” through the end of the year because of fan demand and thriving ticket sales.

The expanded tour itinerary includes an Oct. 10 concert at Tulsa’s BOK Center and Oct. 20 show at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center. Ticket sale dates and prices have not yet been announced. Billy Currington and Sons of Sylvia will perform as special guests on the fall tour dates.

NewsOK.com

Releasing new CD, touring, Jason Castro is living “the dream”

Dreadlocked Jason Castro broke new ground as a contestant on the popular Fox TV show, “American Idol.”

The Texas native was the first contestant to play an instrument on the American Idol stage. He accompanied himself on the guitar during the Top 24 performance night when he sang “(What A Day For A) Daydream.”

He’s also the only contestant so far to play the ukulele on the show. He strummed a ukulele while singing Brudda Iz’s arrangement of “Over The Rainbow, ” after learning to play it in less than a week.

Napa Valley Register

Concert review: Former ‘Idol’ finalist Jason Castro gives a light-hearted, likable show

It’s hard to dislike Jason Castro. Not so much because he’s an amazing artistic talent, although he carries himself just fine, but more because he seems so genuinely affable, earthy. He’s the guy next door, the one that always says hello with a smile.

Onstage Saturday night before a packed house at The Loft, Castro was exactly what you would expect – chatty, easy-going, joking with his four-man band. The one-time American Idol finalist kept thanking the crowd for their support, this being release week for his self-titled debut Atlantic Records album. The hourlong concert was a CD release party, a homecoming for the Rockwall singer and the first night of his inaugural headlining tour.

Dallas News

Daughtry eclipses ‘Idol’ image to become songwriter who can stand on his own.

To use the title of a Daughtry song, “It’s Not Over” with regard to the success of the rock band.

Many performers have had a little success after stints on “American Idol, ” but Chris Daughtry has had the most success in the rock world out of any “Idol” contestant — although he finished fourth during season 5 of the top-rated Fox show.

The band’s self-titled debut has sold nearly 5 million copies, while the second album, “Leave This Town, ” released in July, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and has already gone platinum.

Salt Lake City Tribune

Actress Ellen DeGeneres to donate meals to Guilford County Animal Shelter

GREENSBORO — The Guilford County Animal Shelter will receive 5, 000 pet meals from a pet care product company owned by actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

WFMY News 2 requested assistance from DeGeneres’ company, Halo, after the shelter took in most of the 97 dogs seized from a Pleasant Garden kennel earlier this month. The kennel’s owner and an employee were charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.

According to WFMY, meteorologist Ed Matthews presented shelter director Marsha Williams on Saturday with a certificate promising 5, 000 pet meals to be shipped direclty from Halo Pet Care Products.

News-Record.com

It’s a Star-Studded Extravaganza at The Eighth Annual ‘TV Land Awards’ Honoring ‘Everybody Loves Raymond, ‘ Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, ‘Bosom Buddies, ‘ Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Blondie, ‘Glee, ‘ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘The Love Boat’

Giving a nod to Future Classic Award winner “Glee, ” the show concluded with a performance by TV Land’s very own Glee Club Choir. Fronted by soloists David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner and accompanied by TV Land’s Choir which included Todd Bridges, Joyce Dewitt, Jamie Farr, Marla Gibbs, Howard Hesseman, Shirley Jones, Richard Karn, Richard Moll, Marion Ross, Jimmie Walker, Marcia Wallace and Fred Willard, the group performed their own rendition of the song that started the “Glee” pop culture phenomenon, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

The Future Classic Award was unveiled by TV Land in 1998 and is presented annually to a show that best exemplifies the qualities of a television show that will stand the test of time and become a television classic. Paula Abdul presented the award to this year’s recipient, “Glee.” Cast members Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz accepted the award.

PR Newswire

”Glee’ star Chris Colfer at GLAAD: Lady Gaga, Julie Andrews, new love interest – VIDEO

Openly gay “Glee” star (and Zap2it favorite) Chris Colfer talked with The Dish Rag at the GLAAD Media awards about who he wants to be Kurt’s fashion designer (Julie Andrews?)

Oh, and how about who his character’s love interest this season should be (someone less attractive so he’s not the “weak link” — as if –), and how uncomfortable and hot it was wearing Lady Gaga’s outfit. But it was still cool.

About the GLAAD Media Awards, he says, “The organization represents everything my character is trying to do on the show.”

Zap2it.com

The man behind the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ music

One of the biggest thrills of “Dancing With the Stars” is the way unlikely pop hits become quicksteps and rumbas. The man responsible for turning New Order’s “Blue Monday” into a pasodoble is musical director and bandleader Harold Wheeler. The Broadway vet orchestrated the likes of “Dreamgirls” and “Hairspray, ” and even produced Gloria Gaynor’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” We phoned Wheeler in LA to review some of his finest “DWTS” feats.

* “Paparazzi” This pasodoble version of the Lady Gaga hit embodies the Wheeler Touch: horns, and lots of them. “If we did this song true to the nature of the record, it wouldn’t support the dancing, ” he explains. “When you put on this big production, you need that brass.”

New York Post

Allison Iraheta Helps Habitat For Humanity

Allison tweeted yesterday, “Just got done helpin out a bit for habitat for humanity ..”

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