Idol Headlines for 04/26/09

‘Idolatry’: Farewell to Lil and Anoop! But how come no one’s voting for Allison?

Before you press play on this week’s Idolatry, a poem:

Entertainment Weekly

Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai and Fox join forces for solar power

On Friday morning in an overcast Los Angeles, “American Idol” Season 8 finalists Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, fresh from their double elimination, joined City Council President Eric Garcetti and Department of Water and Power General Manager H. David Nahai, among other key players, for a special ceremony.

Fox Broadcasting teamed with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and E-Village Solar and donated a solar electric system to Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s high school campus after seeing how well the 1.36-kilowatt system worked to power the “Idol” 2008 finale’s red carpet. The Department of Water and Power provided support, and hopes to continue similar programs among other schools.

LA Times

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Week 15 of Ranking the Field: Best of “American Idol”

This is my power ranking of the remaining contestants in Season 8 of “American Idol, ” and it will be updated every week. If you disagree with my ranking, by all means use the comments area to share your own.

This is my perception of the a given singer’s potential to win the competition. It’s not my personal ranking.

So it boils down to this: Can anyone catch Adam Lambert? The cheers are deafening when he hits the stage each week. And if he does win, do you think he can be commercially successful? I’m still a little not so sure.

Seattle Times

Five idols stayin’ alive

How was disco night less cheesy than movie song night?

Most of us knew it would be Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai going home, though. Matt Giraud had momentum coming off the judges’ save and made a reasonably smart song choice, and Danny Gokey simply has too big of a fan base to go home unless he farts on stage and forgets the lyrics.

Tulsa World

Trying to end runovers, ‘American Idol’ shortchanged viewers

“American Idol” producers have tried to cut the running time of the show in recent weeks, but what they’ve ended up doing is cutting the guts out of the competition.

First they shortened the judges’ comments, and this week they eliminated the pre-performance clips of the contestants.

But why go for the innards when there’s so much fluff to be skimmed off the top?

NY Daily News

Fans pack TU center for Cook performance

David Cook’s return to Tulsa was a venue-shaking, light bulb-shattering family affair.

The city’s favorite bartender-turned-“American Idol” played a sold-out show at University of Tulsa’s Allen Chapman Activity Center on Saturday night, his first local show since releasing his self-titled album last year.

The crowd was packed with fans, friends and family members of Cook’s band ‘  the very same bandmates who brought him to Tulsa.

Tulsa World

Rep: Jennifer Hudson Not Pregnant

Despite a host of rumors on the Internet, Jennifer Hudson is not pregnant, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Earlier this week, was first to claim that the Oscar and Grammy winner was pregnant with her first child with fiance David Otunga. A host of sites and publications reported the news, but a rep for the star told the Chicago Sun Times this is not the case.

…Jennifer is not pregnant, the singer rep, Lisa Kasteler, said in an E-mail to the paper.

Access Hollywood

Jennifer Hudson makes homecoming concert a family affair

The Englewood home where Jennifer Hudson grew up is eight miles from the Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place. But the journey from the former to Saturday night’s performance at the latter is nothing short of epic.

The Chicago stop wasn’t your average show on Hudson’s tour. How could it be?

Chicago Sun Times

Jennifer Hudson star shines here

The Fox Theatre may need another renovation after Jennifer Hudson’s performance there Thursday night. Her roof-rattling, paint-peeling vocals were more than enough to bring walls tumbling down. Hudson accomplished what few artists can on a debut tour, displaying her star power and holding the crowd’s attention.

There was no hint that this Oscar and Grammy winner with the big, bold and beautiful voice actually started out as an “American Idol” loser.

St Louis Today

Broadway Blog – Rock of Ages: If You’ve Never Heard It, It’s New To You

I enjoyed quite a lot of Rock of Ages; even though the songs don’t carry the same nostalgic appeal for me as it does for its target audience. (Though I will admit a quick mention of Reunite on ice did bring back memories.) Sure, it would have been better off as a ninety-minute intermissionless show, as the production really starts losing steam early in Act II (Hint: When an author suddenly starts going Pirandello in the second half it usually means he’s run out of ideas.), but much of it is good, stupid, noisy fun that doesn’t take itself as anything more than good, stupid, noisy fun.

Broadway World

Susan Boyle niche to hit the U.S.?

Get ready for reality TV’s “Susan Boyle effect.”

As the unlikely “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant makes her way through the pop culture zeitgeist, exec producer Simon Cowell — speaking to reporters Friday — said the frenzy over Boyle may open the door for less photo-ready, well-groomed people to at least show up for talent auditions.

That includes NBC’s “America’s Got Talent, ” which may be poised to benefit from all the attention its U.K. sister has gotten in recent days.

“I’m thinking we should hold maybe two more open auditions off the back of Susan Boyle, ” Cowell said. “Because the awareness is higher. (You’ll now get) somebody who says, ‘I think I am talented, and I don’t think people will judge me for the way I look.”

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