Idol Headlines for 04/19/10 – The Late Night Edition

Idol Meter: Searching for inspiration among contestants

Though Adam Lambert’s mentoring led to no stage spectaculars (he saved those for himself), there were pleasant surprises during Elvis Week.

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But Tuesday night, the going gets tough: The Idols choose from “inspirational” songs so sanctimonious they’d make Mother Teresa cringe — a theme that could trip up absolutely anyone.

USA Today

Did Seacrest plant article painting him as hero?

In the item, Seacrest talks to homesick Crystal Bowersox after an “Idol” show and tells her that she shouldn’t leave the show, no matter how much she misses her family. He tells her that he made enough money to buy his mother a house, and that if she stays and wins, she can do the same.

To those familiar with the Seacrest PR machine, the item had Seacrest’s fingerprints all over it.

MSNBC

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Confession: Why I Can’t Help Falling in Love With Tim Urban

Tim Urban, the whimsical innocent with a style all his own, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the big stage this season on ‘American Idol.’

His presence alone was a fluke, after the surprise disqualification of another contestant in the eleventh hour, and it seems that even the judges don’t like him at times.

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Is Tim this year’s Sanjaya on ‘Idol’?

Emily Bierman thought Tim Urban was cute but “awful” the first time she watched him sing on American Idol. Now, the high school junior, 17, from Turnersville, N.J., is coming around. “He’s improved the most, ” she says, “and I always go for the underdog.”

With at least a seventh-place finish assured, Urban has lasted as long on Idol (Fox, tonight, 8 ET/PT) as the previous contestant to whom he’s most often compared: Sanjaya Malakar, whose bizarre antics and marginal vocals put him in the show’s Season 6 spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

USA Today

Michael Sarver offers his 2 cents on Seacrest

Michael calls the Seacrest shenanigans “interesting, ” but sympathizes with Tim. “As an artist sitting up there trying to captivate everyone’s attention, I’m sure that for Tim, it could have been a little bit distracting. I would have a problem wondering if they’re listening to me sing.” Still, he can’t say whether the mysterious audience dude bears a strong resemblance. “I never got a good look at him, ” Michael says. “He’s obviously a stocky fella from behind, so if there’s any resemblance, it’s that we’re both stocky. That’s the nice way to say, you could lose some weight. [Laughs] But I will say this, I’m not upset about it. I appreciate the plug.”

Indeed, with Michael’s self-titled debut slated for release in July, and his single, “Ferris Wheel, ” out on iTunes on Tuesday, the timing couldn’t have been better. And if the opportunity arose again (perhaps at the finale?), Michael says he’d gladly join Ryan for a twirl.

LA Times

REPORTERS NOTEBOOK: Tabloids dig for dirt on Crystal Bowersox

Ottawa County native Crystal Bowersox grows more famous each time she graces the stage of “American Idol.” Now among the top seven, she’ll no doubt survive future elimination rounds and has a serious shot at winning the competition.

So it’s no wonder celebrity gossip magazines and Web sites are digging for all the dirt they can find on our local star, who recently had a sign posted in her honor in her hometown of Elliston.

Sandusky Register

Adam Lambert Promises ‘Theatrical’ Glam Nation Tour, Talks Next Single

“I hope to use some special-effects lighting like that, sure, ” Lambert told MTV News on the red carpet of the GLAAD Media Awards this past Saturday. “The Glam Nation Tour is going to be very theatrical. People won’t be let down in the glam department; it’ll definitely be something to look at as well as listen to.”

And when the Glam Nation Tour kicks off (the first date is tentatively June 4 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), Lambert will also have a brand-new single to promote: the strutting and sparkly “If I Had You, ” which he’s planning to shoot a video for next month. The song, written by the Swedish hitmaking team of Max Martin and Shellback, is a favorite of Lambert’s, not just because of its top-flight pedigree, but because of the message it contains.

MTV

Adam Lambert: Vampire Rocker?

Those who think Ryan Seacrest should change his send off from “Seacrest Out” to “Seacrest Out-of-it!”—back off! According to one famous American Idol alum, the host’s odd on-screen antics were the result of multi-tasking.

“He’s a hard worker, ” Adam Lambert told TV Guide Magazine. “He’s got a really busy schedule. I’m sure every once in a while, he gets tired. I’m sure that’s the explanation.”

The season eight standout, who was on hand for last week’s questionable behavior, admitted he was just happy to be back. “It was really exciting, ” he said. “It was like a homecoming seeing all the familiar faces and the crew and the judges. It was awesome!”

TV Guide Magazine

Kris Allen — Dripping with … Muscles?!

The married 24-year-old showed off his buff and mostly smooth torso while on vacation in the Bahamas this weekend.

TMZ

Former ‘American Idol’ Finalists ‘Give Back’

The ninth season of “American Idol” marks the return of “Idol Gives Back, ” airing on Wednesday, and last week to get ready for the big night, former “American Idol” finalists from around the country volunteered at food banks to help support Feeding America.

At the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, ET caught up with Amy Adams (season 3), Didi Benami (season 9), Kevin Covais (season 5), Chikezie (season 7), Mikalah Gordon (season 4), David Hernandez (season 7), Kimberley Locke (season 2), LaToya London (season 3), Brandon Rogers (season 6) and Elliott Yamin (season 5).

ET Online

Bucky Covington’s album available on iTunes April 27

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BUCKY COVINGTON’s new album available on iTunes Apr 27.

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David Archuleta prepares for memoir release

Celebra recently brought David Archuleta to New York, as the publisher prepares to release his book Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance. While there, he got to watch his first book covers come off the press.

Chords of Strength comes out June 1, and each of the book’s chapters begins with one of David’s favorite inspirational quotes, such as this one from author J.K. Rowling: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

USA Today

Simon Cowell planning ‘multiple weddings’

Simon Cowell is planning to marry fiancee Mezghan Hussainy four times – he will have several wedding ceremonies across the globe, according to the music mogul’s brother.

The “American Idol” judge confirmed last month that he will exchange vows with make-up artist Hussainy after their whirlwind romance.

A date for the nuptials has not been set – but Cowell’s brother Tony revealed on Monday that the couple is planning extravagant weddings in Britain, the U.S., and the Caribbean

SF Gate

Kate Gosselin’s kids want her on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Though she says she’d trade places with her babysitter “in a micro-millisecond” to be home with her kids rather than learning to tango, Gosselin faces the same dilemma as other single moms. “You have to be at work because you have to provide for your kids, ” she said, “but really my heart is at home with them.”

Luckily, her eight children support her decision to do “Dancing.” “This is the first and only thing I have ever done that my kids care about, ” Gosselin said. “It pushes me on to do better, to stay on the show, to get voted through because, honestly, they count down the days until Monday.”

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58 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t put it past Ryan to try to redeem his reputation! Manipulation is normal in idol land!

  2. Don’t know if this has been posted or said but Michael Sarvers new single Ferris Wheel is on Itunes now for purchase. You can click on MJ Itunes link and then type in Michael Sarver and it will come up.

  3. Did Seacrest plant the article to paint himself as a hero?
    Well, yes he did. Seems like he embellished it too. No more nice guy with me. I’m putting him in probation! I’m surprised he was willing to put Crystal under the bus to benefit himself. Called me naive but that surprises me.

    I wish the Media stories would stop so it would be easier to concentrate on the Music and the show (however shape it’s at). I’d vote No to allow contestants to use twitter and FaceBook during the show.

  4. so if annie lennox is stuck in europe because of the volcano and can’t get back in time for IGB, i nominate david roland cook as a last minute add. anyone with me?

  5. Did Seacrest plant the article to paint himself as a hero?
    Well, yes he did. Seems like he embellished it too. No more nice guy with me. I’m putting him in probation! I’m surprised he was willing to put Crystal under the bus to benefit himself. Called me naive by that surprises me.

    IMO, this is another case of producer manipulation. Crystal probably is so far in front of the others in votes/sales that they need to “depimp” her a bit, to make it look like there still is a competition. They’re also trying to create some drama, since the performances don’t seem to be keeping the viewers interested. It’s very possible that Ryan was just following orders. But on the other hand, he could just be a jerk. LOL.

    ETA: cookmerized, I’m on board with that suggestion. :)

  6. Well yeah.. but there is a little bit of backstabbing in place, don’t you think? And you think that Crystal votes could be that high? You might be right! or as you say, he might be a real jerk… lol

  7. cookmerized:
    04/20/2010 at 12:49 am
    so if annie lennox is stuck in europe because of the volcano and can’t get back in time for IGB, i nominate david roland cook as a last minute add. anyone with me?

    Oh, I guess. If they can’t find anyone better.

    *sigh*

    (SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE)

  8. cookmerized, i think it is possible, since he’ll be there anyway.. but they might also ask somebody else.. it’s either way.

    oh noes, annie lennox, why do you have to trigger my hopes up? i have told my self that he’s only presenting and no more than that. now you have to be in europe and (most likely) leave a vacant slot.

    dang it. i will not think about it. for the sake of my real life here.

  9. Good ole clueless Larry King. Adam “performed on the show last week and mentioned the contestants.”

  10. I am also on board with the DRC nomination as a last minute replacement for the divine Ms. Lennox should she not be able to make it for IGB. May I suggest a duet with the also divine Ms. Underwood?

  11. cookmerized:
    04/20/2010 at 12:49 am
    so if annie lennox is stuck in europe because of the volcano and can’t get back in time for IGB, i nominate david roland cook as a last minute add. anyone with me?

    I’m definately with you, in fact I was saying the same thing. I was hoping he’d be performing in the first place.

    In general, I don’t know why they don’t have more of the former contestants perform on Idol Gives Back, I believe the only one scheduled is Carrie Underwood.

  12. With David already being on to present his Africa footage wouldn’t performing on top of that be a lot? I guess I’m not particularly concerned if he performs or not especially since he was on the show not long ago. Maybe Daughtry? I think they don’t have a tour date..On that note that’s a major bummer about AL. Her performance on the last IGB was a fantastic and so moving.

    IMO the Seacrest articile was not planted because Crystal is so far ahead of everyone, I’d bet anything it was either planted due to the much speculated trying to prop Ryan up reasoning or to put something out there to give a boring season something to be talked about in the media. Infact the same exact night the story leaked CNN’s Showbiz Tonight happening to be talking about how there is so little buzz this season with no controversies and they had a correspondant on who brought up the Crystal story and was all ‘oh look! Something interesting to talk about!’

  13. cookmerized:
    04/20/2010 at 12:49 am

    so if annie lennox is stuck in europe because of the volcano and can’t get back in time for IGB, i nominate david roland cook as a last minute add. anyone with me?

    I don’t know, but if Annie Lennox is stuck in Europe and can’t get to LA and Adam Lambert is stuck in LA and can’t get to Europe…. :)

  14. How about a Cook-Lambert duet? Heh.

    Cook’s not going to get a solo because of his Ethiopia piece (there will probably be a short clip of him singing heroes on it too), and Lambert isn’t going to get a solo so soon. But why not a duet?

  15. How about a Cook-Lambert duet? Heh

    Oh jees….MJs comments would turn into its own volcanic eruption! ;-)

    Maybe Adam, David and Kris could do Little Lies again!! That was really good I thought.

  16. So now we have –

    Crystal is a snippy bitch.
    Katelyn betrays a friend to extend her 15 minutes of fame.
    Ryan is a self-aggrandising moron.
    The producers are manipulative bastards.

    Any more?

    All of which of course could be true, and all of which could be false (except for the last, which everyone in the universe knows to be true, well, perhaps).

  17. Maybe Adam, David and Kris could do Little Lies again!!

    Fits right into the (blah) inspirational songs theme. LOL But I up for it. :)

  18. Hey any word about Kris’s next single.. anything? How long has he been off the chart? Feels like a long time, although it probably has only been a week. :) Sometimes a week seems like a month.

  19. koshka, nope, not a word on what will be Kris’s next single. One thing that got confirmed though is that he’ll sing it on the finale.
    Also people trying to figure out what is the “huge cool” artist, Kris will be opening for this summer..

  20. I noticed on the one concert venue I looked at for Adam in Iowa that Kris was opening for Barenaked Ladies- am I the only one who didn’t know that?

    i wondered if they were going to save Kris’s new song for the finale- very smart especially if it is available for purchase that day! I think Adam proved you can’t get a better jumpstart than that!

  21. Fits right into the (blah) inspirational songs theme. LOL But I up for it.

    Oh yeah….well they could do Kris’s LLWD, although Adam would totally screw up the words!! LOL

  22. Aw. I was stoked when I read that both Annie Lennox and Queen Latifah would be involved with IGB this year, two of my favorite women performers and singers. I’m sorry to hear that Annie Lennox may be grounded due to the volcano.

  23. I really think we should threated to kidnap Kris if Jive doesn’t announce the 2nd single soon… At least just let us know which track it is.

  24. Kris is opening for Barenaked Ladies at 3 shows I think (hoping they do more-love BNL!!). Also, There are a few new radio concerts that are coming up and an interview. Some twitter updates below.

    BTW: LLWD is now at #9 on AC.. It’s still kicking.

    For those trying to find out more info about the August 10 gig in MI: http://bit.ly/aeMwG1

    # Win tickets for a wine tasting, acoustic performance and meet & greet with Kris on 4/28 in Colorado: http://bit.ly/9U7BDa about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

    RT @PatSpellmanLIVE: Talking to Kris Allen tomorrow. Pretty excited … anyone have any ??’s they want answered?

    RT @xx: Acoustic concert at 92ProFM in Providence, RI – but you have to win a celeb look-alike contest to get in http://bit.ly/9Rw1Vb about 3 hours ago via TweetDeck

    New video from Lizzie! It’s Kris performing Hey Jude with Lady Antebellum: http://bit.ly/dmt42Q

  25. Maybe Adam, David and Kris could do Little Lies again!! That was really good I thought.

    I vote for this ^^^. :)

  26. i wondered if they were going to save Kris’s new song for the finale- very smart especially if it is available for purchase that day! I think Adam proved you can’t get a better jumpstart than that!

    yes it’s smart, although there is so much going on in the finale that I would have like him to sing it sooner so that the focus is more on him.

    jmom376, cool that Lizzy recorded it

  27. Adam might come back for the finale?:

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1637378/20100419/index.jhtml

    he didn’t say he would be/might be performing in the finale…and i doubt that he would. but don’t the vast majority of former idol top 12 finalists show up for the finale and all sit in the audience…its kind of like a class reunion. i would expect that adam would be there, in the audience, if his schedule allows

  28. Yeah, I think Adam at the finale is a sitting in the audience type of thing.

    Since his plans changed, he could show up on IGB.

  29. Will: “Good ole clueless Larry King. Adam “performed on the show last week and mentioned the contestants.”

    Will, I noticed that too. What an idiot! Guess his mind has been elsewhere…

  30. i wondered if they were going to save Kris’s new song for the finale- very smart especially if it is available for purchase that day! I think Adam proved you can’t get a better jumpstart than that!

    I wonder if thats not what they are up to as well. But I don’t like the sounds of that as a strategy. The new winner will also have a new single out as well. You’ll have 2 AI winners trying to get spins at exactly the same time. I’d prefer that they release it, then let Kris get up there and push up his sales and song up the chart – not jump start it.

  31. If you look at that Billboard chart that I linked above koshka you will see David Cook got a pretty nice boost for Permanent on the finale. Right up there with Kris and Adam’s finale songs.

    I don’t know about the radio history for Permanent- but if radio releases the song even a couple of weeks before it should work out pretty nice.

  32. If you look at that Billboard chart that I linked above koshka you will see David Cook got a pretty nice boost for Permanent on the finale.

    that was crazy! it went from 300 somehting sales to over 100K. But I remember that was a charity single, so even though I was not into David’s music yet, I bought it to contribute

    I wonder if thats not what they are up to as well. But I don’t like the sounds of that as a strategy. The new winner will also have a new single out as well. You’ll have 2 AI winners trying to get spins at exactly the same time. I’d prefer that they release it, then let Kris get up there and push up his sales and song up the chart – not jump start it.

    geez you’re quicker than me, i didn’t tought of that one… yeah, that would be much better for Kris to sing the new single before the finale

    thanks studio57 for that billboard chart. I didn’t see it since i came later to mj blog. It’s interesting!

  33. Mtlfan- i didn’t know Permanent was a charity single- no wonder I never heard it on the radio, lol- but it should still have a good effect for Kris.

    One thing you should know about that Billboard chart if you are not familiar with it- it only counted sales AFTER the finale, not before- so Mad World,for instance, since it was sung weeks before the finale ( and available for purchase alot longer than the other songs) is lower on the chart than people expected it to be.

    I still wish I could know how much that song sold. Same for Black or White and TOMT, but oh wellz.

  34. I hope that Kris releases it to the radio and itunes first and then sings it on the AI finale. He has been doing a lot of radio promotions lately, so hopefully that is gearing up to a release soon.If nothing else, it is keeping his name out there while we are waiting. I am sure that the shirtless picture also helped. LOL..

  35. One thing you should know about that Billboard chart if you are not familiar with it- it only counted sales AFTER the finale, not before- so Mad World,for instance, since it was sung weeks before the finale ( and available for purchase alot longer than the other songs) is lower on the chart than people expected it to be.

    yes, i understand it’s the sales only for the 06/06/2009 week. I guess we’ll never know the numbers before that week.. btw what is the real covered period for this week, e.g is it like a week ahead?

  36. I am sure that the shirtless picture also helped. LOL..

    weel, you said it, it indeed helped! you must confess it was a nice attention grabber (for me anyway :D)… loll

  37. Mtlfan yea those pictures were pretty hot. People on the internet are still talking about them.

  38. I’m not sure which days are actually covered mtlfan I just know we will see the bump this week.

  39. According to Associated Press’s report Jennifer Hudson killed it on last night’s taping of Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo. She sang their song Believe. Carrie’s reported to have done a great job with their song Neon Moon. There’ll be more reviews posted as the day goes on.

    Singer Jennifer Hudson then performed a show-stopping version of “Believe,” reducing Hill and other members of the audience to tears.

    “Girl, have you heard you?” Brooks asked the singer.

    Getty pics of Jennifer at last night’s Brooks & Dunn special taping
    Getty pics of Carrie at last night’s Brooks & Dunn special taping

    There’s a few pics of Jennifer and Carrie together with Reba :)

    Tweet from John Fogerty after the ACMs :)

    Congrats to our pal CARRIE UNDERWOOD @ last night’s ACM Awards-Had a blast w/ ya! ;-) http://www.johnfogerty.com/news_d.aspx?nid=2013

    Carre backstage interview with GAC after the ACMs

    She seems so grateful. If you click ahead there’s also interviews with Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert. Brad mentions how happy he is for Carrie. Miranda gets choked up talking about how amazing it felt when Carrie who she says is “one of the most amazing vocalists ever” hugged her and said “Long time coming” when Miranda won Top Female Vocalist.

  40. IDK – I would actually not be too surprised if Adam was asked to perform again on the finale. I mean seriously, this season sucks, everyone agrees, and his performance and mentoring last week was one of the only interesting and good things to come out of this season.

    Kris should definitely perform a solo (as he will – his new single, of course, which hopefully will have gone to radio BEFORE then), and if Adam could either duet with him that would be made of win :) Plus it would add some pizzazz to the finale!

  41. I’m not sure which days are actually covered mtlfan I just know we will see the bump this week.

    studio57, i was wondering why the AI singles sales started appearing just for the week of 06/06/2009 when the AI finale was around May 20th. After the finale there were billboard charts for the weeks of May 23th and May 30th. So for the 3rd billboard chart week after the finale, I think the numbers are great

  42. I don’t know about the radio history for Permanent- but if radio releases the song even a couple of weeks before it should work out pretty nice.

    Thats what I would hope would happen. I thought someone was saying that they would wait until the finale to release the song. Maybe I read the comments wrong. I’m still on my first cup of coffee. Bottoms up. ;)

  43. Yeah, that is kind of odd- I didn’t realize the finale was May 20th- it’s usually around my birthday ( the 26th) so I just assumed it was last year. Hmmmm. Someone else is gonna have to answer that.

  44. errr just thinking of the Finale and all those group numbers they will have *shudder*

  45. They will never, ever top Queen and Kiss. GOD! I loved that finale!

    …cuz me and the boys will be playin…. all niiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhht

    ( cue the sparkle eyes)

    Sniff, sniff

  46. Reminder:

    If you’re gonna bait and stir up fan wars, you should at least make sure your links work. Deleted posts…

  47. I really miss last season and Season 7!!!!! I couldn’t wait to see the finale for both years. So far this year, I can’t see how it will be exciting at all. Except for Kris and any other guests they have. Who knows, maybe things will change drastically before the finale..

  48. I really miss last season and Season 7!!!!! I couldn’t wait to see the finale for both years. So far this year, I can’t see how it will be exciting at all. Except for Kris and any other guests they have. Who knows, maybe things will change drastically before the finale..

    That would be nice. They didn’t change in Season Six, though, the only previous season that I’ve felt sort of this way about. All the way through top three night that year I was still asking, “Does anybody actually want to win this thing?” … Now I look back on Season Six with nostalgia for the fun it provided, honestly.

    I wonder whether none of these kids really has the ego for this. Maybe that’s why they don’t manage to project much passion through the camera. Because many of them are quite talented …

  49. Lucy.. That is exactly how I feel. I didn’t really get behind anyone in Season 6 either. I think there are some talented contestants this year, but they just are not exciting to watch. You hit the nail on the head about the passion. Last year we had several contestants that you could tell that they were passionate about the music and that was the most important thing to them. They also knew who they were from the beginning and wouldn’t try to change themselves to please the judges. I really miss them.

  50. Kris said he’d be performing the 2nd single on the Idol finale – not that he’d necessarily be debuting it there. It sounded like he expects it to be released before then.

    And while I’d love Kris, Adam and David Cook to reprise Little Lies, that can’t happen on IGB, since Kris will be in Washington DC, not L.A. …

  51. The whole Crystal-Ryan thing is a non-story to me. Just AI trying to get more publicity for what has been a really boring season. A lot of contestants have thought about quitting before. Some of them actually have — usually during Hollywood Week, but it seems to me at least one person quit farther along in the process. And I personally think Jason Castro basically quit/gave up after the whole Paula-gate thing, even though he didn’t actually walk away.

  52. Since his plans changed, he could show up on IGB.

    The guy was just on the show last week. Ever hear of overkill? Y’know, maybe give a few other people some air time…

  53. And while I’d love Kris, Adam and David Cook to reprise Little Lies, that can’t happen on IGB, since Kris will be in Washington DC, not L.A

    I’m in DC – what’s Kris doing in Washington on the 21st? I don’t see anything on his public schedule. If Kris is here I want to see him.

  54. girlygirl:
    04/20/2010 at 11:18 am

    The whole Crystal-Ryan thing is a non-story to me. Just AI trying to get more publicity for what has been a really boring season. A lot of contestants have thought about quitting before. Some of them actually have — usually during Hollywood Week, but it seems to me at least one person quit farther along in the process. And I personally think Jason Castro basically quit/gave up after the whole Paula-gate thing, even though he didn’t actually walk away.

    I agree….BTW welcome back Girlygirl….glad you had a great time at Kris’s concert in the Bahamas. (It was the Bahamas Right)

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