Idol Headlines for 04/21/10

Siobhan’s butterflies, Crystal’s tears, an ‘Idol’ prom for Aaron? Your burning ‘Idol’ questions answered

It was barely halfway through Tuesday’s “Inspirational” performance show when this tweet popped up on our feed: “So far, the only thing this episode of ‘Idol’ has inspired me to do is crush on Lee DeWyze.”
We second that emotion, but what the show lacked in flair, it made up for in honest-to-goodness from-the-heart delivery, some tears, and one very kooky getup. Read on for this week’s burning questions answered by the Idols themselves…

Any more “Idol Gives Back” details to share? Just a few. As we predicted last week, the rock ‘n’ roll supergroup backing up Mary J. Blige will consist of guitar hero Steve Vai, his young apprentice Orianthi and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, though it was unclear whether Randy Jackson would be joining in on bass. We also learned that Mary, along with Alicia Keys, will be performing out of the “Idol” studio, while the vast majority of artists will take the stage at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. As for the Idols, they’ll be doing a group number and hoping to survive the impending elimination. But perhaps Crystal put it best when she said quite poignantly, “Tomorrow’s show is not about us.”

LA Times

Crystal Bowersox and Ryan Seacrest hug it out

But on Tuesday’s show following an emotional finish, Crystal and Ryan embraced, held hands. … He even offered her his white silk hankie, which she later used to accessorize her dress. Did they kiss and make up? “We were never angry with each other, ” said Crystal after the performance. “Ryan is a great guy, we had a great conversation, and he gave me good advice. There’s no beef with me and Ryan.”

LA Times

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AMERICAN IDOL’s Kris Allen Invites Fans in D.C. to an IDOL GIVES BACK Watch Party, Hosted by The United Nations Foundation and HOT 99.5

Washington, D.C. (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 21, 2010 — AMERICAN IDOL Season 8 winner Kris Allen is visiting Washington, D.C. today as a guest of the United Nations Foundation to meet with students and political leaders to talk about his recent trip to Haiti and will join D.C. area IDOL fans at an IDOL GIVES BACK watch party. Allen will raise awareness about ongoing relief efforts and his cooperation with the UN Foundation to support the UN’s relief efforts in Haiti.

The IDOL GIVES BACK Watch Party with 19 Recordings/Jive Records artist Kris Allen, hosted by Hot 99.5 and the UN Foundation, takes place on Wednesday, April 21, 7:00-10:30 p.m., at the Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. This event is free and open to the public, as space allows. Kris Allen will visit a music class at The School Without Walls (2130 G St. NW, Washington DC 20037) on Wednesday, April 21 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to talk with students about his trip to Haiti.

PR Web

Kris Allen interview with FOX 5 in Washington DC

The Top 7 reveal who inspired them to audition for ‘Idol’

It’s “inspirational week, ” and considering how far Season’s 9 Top 7 have come in the competition, we thought it fitting to take them back to the beginning — their audition day — by asking: Who or what inspired you to try out for “American Idol” in the first place? Read on for the finalists’ moving answers, and one who admits he auditioned on a dare.

LA Times

American Idol contestant Lee DeWyze has Cape Cod ties

SANDWICH (FOX 25 / – We all know that Siobhan Magnus is from Cape Cod, but another contestant has local ties.

Lee Dwyze’s uncle Tom Donahue resides in Sandwich. Lee is the son of Donahue’s youngest sister.

Tom says he’s getting a kick out of watching his 24-year-old nephew perform on Idol. He’s a singer, too!

Donahue says Lee has remained polite and humble and hasn’t let success go to his head.


From Carrie to Crystal: the making of an American Idol

“American Idol” hit a milestone this week. It had nothing to do with ratings or number of votes. Simon Cowell didn’t break a salary record and the funds donated for “Idol Gives Back” had yet to be counted.

What “Idol” achieved this week was credibility, in the form of Carrie Underwood.

On Sunday, the Checotah, Okla., native, who was Season 4’s winner in 2005, was named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, only the fifth female solo artist to receive the honor in the 40 years that the category has existed. And she won it for the second year in a row, proving definitively that her success — some 11.5 million albums sold — is no fluke.

LA Times

Jonas Brothers Rooting For Michael Lynche on ‘American Idol’

The Jonas Brothers were probably pretty relieved when the “American Idol” judges saved Michael Lynche a couple of weeks back. It seems the mop-topped trio are really rooting for the singer to win it all.

“I don’t know all of their names, but what is the guy that sang that … Big Mike! I think he has an amazing voice, ” Joe Jonas told MTV News. “He’s really talented. I want to say he’s one of my favorites right now.”


Kelly Clarkson is rightfully crowned the ‘best voice in the history of pop music’

My feelings about Kelly Clarkson are well covered here on PopWrap. To recap: she can do no wrong and can look however she wants to as long as she keeps busting the roof off arenas everywhere. And now I’m happy to report some major players are jumping on my bedazzled (yeah, I’m fancy) bandwagon.

In their new issue, Esquire magazine says that Kelly has “the best voice in the history of pop music.” Yes, I know, cue the, “What about … Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton, Fiona Apple, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Chrissie Hind, Joan Jett, Cher, Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday” exclamations.

But truthfully, I couldn’t agree more with their assertion and offer up the following video as proof. Disagree? Suck it! I mean, sound off in the comments then!

NY Post

Kelly Clarkson: Purple in Perth!

Kelly Clarkson dons a purple tee and a newsboy cap as she arrives at Perth Domestic Airport with her parents and bodyguard in Western Australia on Tuesday (April 20).

The 27-year-old American Idol champ is currently under fire for because her concert in Indonesia is being sponsored by a tobacco company – Djarum under the L.A. Lights brand name. You can read the letter from SEATCA (Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance) below!

Just Jared

Kelly Clarkson Concert ‘Banned’ Under Islamic Law

Muslim organization Muhammadiyah has declared the upcoming Jakarta concert by US entertainer Kelly Clarkson as forbidden under Islam because it promotes smoking.

Yanuar Ilyas, head of the fatwa department at Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organization, said as it had previously declared smoking haram (forbidden), all things related to it were also forbidden, adding that it was not necessary to issue a new fatwa (religious edict).

“We do not need to put another fatwa on a thing that is already clear, ” Yanuar told the Jakarta Globe.

Jakarta Globe

International Health Groups, Fans Urge Kelly Clarkson to Drop Tobacco Sponsorship of Upcoming Indonesia Concert

WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — International public health advocates are calling on U.S. singing star and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to withdraw tobacco industry sponsorship of her April 29 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. Health advocates expressed alarm that the concert and associated advertising are being used to promote cigarettes to Indonesian youth.

Clarkson has not responded to letters and online fan requests urging her to withdraw tobacco industry sponsorship of the concert. The Indonesian National Commission on Child Protection, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and the U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids have all urged Clarkson to withdraw tobacco sponsorship of the concert.

PR Newswire

American Idol(R) David Cook Returns to Join Thousands at the Race for Hope – DC Benefiting Brain Tumor Research

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ — Certified Platinum recording artist and American Idol® winner David Cook is lacing up for a very personal cause on Sunday, May 2 as he joins walkers, runners, activists and survivors at the 13th Annual Race for Hope – DC, presented by Cassidy Turley (

Cook has spoken on numerous occasions about his brother, Adam, who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer last year. This year, Cook returns to the Race for Hope – DC to remember his brother and send a message of hope and resilience to the families of 600, 000 people living with a primary brain tumor diagnosis in the United States.

The 13th Annual Race for Hope – DC is one of the nation’s most inspirational and successful volunteer charity fundraising events, raising a record-breaking $2 million towards brain tumor research last year alone. Serving as honorary chair, Cook adds even more excitement to the annual event, which features a kids’ Fun Run, the Wall of Hope, and tributes to brain tumor survivors.

PR Newswire

Idol Gives Back: David Cook

(FOX 25 / – Each year American Idol uses it’s popularity to raise awareness and money for worthwhile causes and show it’s appreciation for its continued success.

This year is no different.

Tonight, the show will feature a number of musical guests and video clips all in an effort to do its part.

My Fox Boston

Carrie Underwood: I Never ‘Dreamt About Getting Married’

Carrie Underwood may be preparing to walk down the aisle with ice hockey hunk Mike Fisher, but surprisingly, it won’t be a day she’s dreamed of since childhood.

During a taping for Wednesday’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ” Carrie revealed that she actually isn’t really a girlie girl who spent her childhood pining for her big day.

“Are you planning the wedding? Are you excited about that part? That’s a big deal for some women, ” Ellen said. “They love the planning part.”

Access Hollywood

Carrie Underwood on Wedding: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

Having already admitted she’s not stressing about her upcoming wedding to Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood is now claiming she’s not even giving the big day a thought.

“Everybody would always ask me questions like, ‘What have you always dreamt of? This is your day, ‘ ” Underwood, who on Sunday night in Las Vegas won the Academy of Country Music’s coveted entertainer of the year prize for a second straight year, tells Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday.

Blind since birth, ‘American Idol’ finalist recounts struggle

In Scott MacIntyre’s 24-year-long life, he earned his master’s degree in music, toured the world and won eighth place on the “American Idol” television show.

And he has been blind since birth.

Tuesday, MacIntyre sang, played piano and told his story to an auditorium of students and the public during a free performance at California State University, San Bernardino.

MacIntyre rose to fame as a finalist last year on the eighth season of “American Idol.” He was the first blind finalist in the show’s history.

Rascal Flatts’ Summer Tour Features Kellie Pickler, Chris Young

Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will open the shows when Rascal Flatts’ Nothing Like This tour launches June 25 at Time Warner Cable Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. The first leg of the tour includes 26 shows scheduled through Sept. 19. The tour is sponsored by JC Penney, which sponsored the trio’s Unstoppable tour that ended in March. The vast majority of shows during the new tour will take place east of the Mississippi River.


Matt Giraud surprises fan with free Gilmore tickets: After spending months in the hospital, 11-year-old Cailey Welch will attend concert (with video)

KALAMAZOO — After spending months in the hospital and coming close to death from the H1N1 virus, 11-year-old Cailey Welch sat in the comfort of her living room and enjoyed an afternoon visit from her favorite American Idol, Matt Giraud.

The Kalamazoo girl was the winner in a competition held by the Kalamazoo Gazette to find the most worthy Giraud fan. She received tickets, delivered by Giraud himself, for Giraud’s sold-out performance Wednesday at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo during the 2010 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.


Honor Flight adds another trip to get all interested vets to D.C.

A special guest will be present at the Huntsville airport before the World War II veterans leave for D.C. “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice, the grandson of Honor Flight honoree Harold Bice of Huntsville, will sing the national anthem at 5:15 a.m. Saturday.

The singer will also accompany his grandfather on the flight.

“It’s a huge honor to get to go and experience this with my grandfather, ” Bice said in a Tuesday phone interview. “?The hell those men and women (veterans) went through, they don’t get enough credit.”

Justin Bieber ‘Might Have’ Tried Out For ‘American Idol’

Justin Bieber was spotted in the audience at “American Idol” a few weeks back when his mentor Usher performed on the show. But Bieber himself will get the opportunity to perform on the “Idol” stage during Wednesday’s (April 21) “Idol Gives Back” special. And the singer said he could have easily been one of the contestants on the stage if everything had worked differently.

“For sure! You know … we used to watch [the show]. Me and my mom used to watch it when I was little and we were like, ‘I could get on there, you know, ‘ ” he told MTV News. “When I turned 16, I might have went and tried out, but this was faster, ” he said of being discovered on YouTube.


BWW Interviews: SYESHA MERCADO, An ‘American Idol’ Turned ‘Dreamgirl’

During what was called “Andrew Lloyd Webber week” of the seventh season of the hit TV talent competition AMERICAN IDOL, Webber, the prolific musical theater icon himself, predicted to an audience of millions that Syesha Mercado will “bring the house down” with a sexy, splashy take on one of his many musical hits. And that, she did. Then 21, she eventually lasted on the show to become the second runner-up—the last female standing—just behind the dueling Davids (Archuleta and Cook). Fast forward two years later, and she is now in the midst of a multi-city national tour of the rebooted DREAMGIRLS stage musical, where she nightly plays Deena Jones, the beautiful and eventual front-woman of the semi-fictional musical group The Dreams.

Broadway World

‘Idol’ Overrun Cuts Short the Big ‘Glee’ Madonna Episode on DVR

It was billed as the “can’t miss episode of Glee” this season, but the conclusion of the much-hyped Madonna episode went MIA for DVR owners. Because of an American Idol overrun Tuesday night, many viewers watching Glee on DVR saw the show cut off before the climax, the cast’s performance of Like a Prayer featuring a large gospel choir. Viewers grumbled last year about Idol overruns that cut short recording of the shows that followed the singing competition but nothing compares to the interruption of Fox’s most-promoted scripted hour this season, written and directed by Ryan Murphy no less. Glee fans took to Twitter to voice their anger and frustration. A fan site,, was quick to get the Like a Prayer video up, while the official Fox Web site only offered promos for the episode as well as the Sue Sylvester Vogue music video.

‘Glee’ Hunk ‘Would Love to Sing’ at Costar’s Wedding

All’s gleeful on the set of the hit TV show ‘Glee‘ – just ask star Cory Monteith, who claims they like each other, they really, really like each other!

Monteith professed his love for costar Jane Lynch, in particular recently, expressing his excitement for the wicked cheerleading coach’s real-life wedding. Lynch is set to marry longtime girlfriend psychologist Lara Embry, and Monteith says, “I’m so very happy for them … I’d love to sing at their wedding.”


‘Glee’: Come on, ‘Vogue’

Madonna. Madonna. Madonna.

“Simply saying the word out loud makes me feel powerful, even in voice over, ” Sue says as she scribes in her journal emblazoned with the Material Girl’s name. It’s a great set up to the most anticipated hour in television in recent memory.

While it’s a bit farfetched that Sue of all people would be inspired by the massively successful pop star – I always imagined she’d reach back in history and use Hitler or another dictator as her muse for all things evil – I loved how the episode used her to be the anchor for the episode which is chock full of tracks.

LA Times

‘Dancing With the Stars’ results: Eight minus Kate

Well, it finally happened. After making it through five weeks at or near the bottom of the ballroom dancing scoreboard, mother of eight Kate Gosselin ended up with the lowest combined total of points and was ousted from the “Dancing With the Stars” competition.

Things didn’t look so good for the embattled reality TV star from the outset, as Kate and her partner Tony Dovolani were ushered into the Bottom Two almost immediately and spent nearly the whole hour under those damning red lights.

And despite her own entreaties that she hoped to dance another day, the judges and voters apparently thought otherwise, and she was sent tearfully on her way. The swell of emotion even prompted host Tom Bergeron to eschew the recap montage to chat a bit more with the fallen star.

LA Times

Kate Gosselin Leaves the Sequins for the Apron

Kate Gosselin is waltzing back to full-time mommyhood. Her eight biggest little fans are anxiously awaiting her undivided attention upon return to their Pennsylvania home.

On Tuesday night, Kate’s time was up on “Dancing with the Stars, ” but her kids will keep her on her toes. Between twirling through the kitchen and chasséing to and from school and errands, the busy mom won’t have a chance to rest her dancing feet. She said her children will be “shattered” not to be rooting for her come Monday, but “they’ll be glad to have me back.”

ET Online

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