David Cook’s Older Brother Adam Dies
Adam Cook, a married father and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, died on Saturday while undergoing another round of chemotherapy to treat the deadly disease, which had reportedly spread to his spine.
“David is beyond the most courageous young person I have ever known, ” said Jeff Kolodin, co-chair of the charity race, which benefits the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, according to People. Cook’s team was the top fundraiser for the annual event, totaling more than $98, 000 in pledges out of the race’s total $2 million.
“Idol” judge Paula Abdul told People that Adam Cook was part of the show’s “extended family, ” saying he “supported his brother wholeheartedly, even through his own fight. My heart goes out not only to David, but his family as well.”
Fellow judge Simon Cowell also had kind words for the family, telling the magazine, “I was incredibly saddened to hear the news. I met Adam Cook a few times at ‘American Idol.’ He was an incredible guy, and right now my thoughts are with David and his family.”
IDOL’S ‘RELUCTANT’ ROCKER
WHEN “American Idol” asked him to mentor the remaining contestants for this week’s rock theme, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash didn’t exactly jump at the chance.
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Idol’s a Family Affair
It’s been a long time now since the American Idol contestants left their normal lives behind and were whisked up into the whirlwind that is the show.
So how are they maintaining a little of the comfort of home while they’re away from home?
American Idol Betting Odds See Danny Gokey Close In On Adam Lambert
Danny Gokey has closed the gap on Adam Lambert in the American Idol Betting Odds. A couple of weeks ago Lambert looked an absolute certainty and whilst he is still the most likely winner, Gokey could still cause a shock.
No Idol worship for nice guy David Cook at Sunfest, just a show that’s easy to like
When David Cook sang David Lee Roth on Saturday night at Sunfest, with the American Idol champ covering Van Halen’s Hot for Teacher, it was a good moment to reflect on the differences between rock stardom then and now.
Cook, 26, is the approachable guy who toiled in bands and worked as a bartender until he signed up for a televised talent competition. Roth, of course, is Roth — an imperial showman who in his Van Halen heyday took worship as his due.
Michael Johns: I’d Kiss Susan Boyle
Although Susan Boyle admits she was just joking when she said she’s never been kissed, former American Idol star Michael Johns is happy to do the honors.
“I already said I’d kiss her myself if I ever saw her, ” the Australian singer told Usmagazine.com at the L.A. premiere of Wolverine Tuesday.
The Scottish singing sensation — who is favored to win Britain’s Got Talent — has gotten as much attention for her frumpy look as she has for her voice.
“As a person that loves music — when did you have to be good looking to be a good singer?” Johns, 30, tells Us. “It doesnt matter what you look like. Idol’s proven it doesn’t matter what you look like. If you can sing, America will vote for you. Susan Boyle is a good story, I like that.”
Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr: Soccer Smooching
Gossip Girl resident bad boy Ed Westwick gives his costar (and real-life girlfriend) Jessica Szohr a smooch on the lips during the Annual Brit Night at the Los Angeles Galaxy stadium, The Home Depot Center, on Saturday (May 2) in Carson, Calif.
For the second straight season, the LA Galaxy hosted Brit Night. Ed, 21, competed in the soccer …Celebrity Game featuring a number of familiar UK faces from the worlds of film, television, music and sport. After the game, people enjoyed the music of Mark Ballas and Derek Hough as seen on Dancing with the Stars and Carly Smithson from American Idol.
Review: Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke at Nokia Theatre
Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke shared a few things Saturday night at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live: a band, a semiformal approach to fashion and, of course, an audience. Bringing their national tour to the city where Thicke grew up the son of entertainers and Hudson became an “American Idol” finalist and movie star, the pair proved complementary though the less ostentatiously talented Thicke threatened to outshine his young queen of a co-headliner, offering a stronger show if not as many out-of-the-park high notes.
With this tour, Hudson’s first and the most prominent for Thicke, both rising stars hope to establish themselves as mainstays of hot adult R&B. That’s the realm of royalty like Patti LaBelle, Lionel Richie and the late Luther Vandross, musicians whose fans still prefer albums to ringtones and are willing to pay the baby-sitter to go to concerts with their spouses. Thicke and Hudson, both of whom have a knack for old-fashioned showbiz, fit in well there.
Idol Chartwatch, May 4: Release Date Set for Next Daughtry Album and More
American Idol Season Five Chris Daughtry second album has an official release date. Plus, his first album continues to sell well. Find out when the new album is coming out as well as how all the Idols did on this week Billboard charts.
An official release date has been set for Chris Daughtry second album. According to a press release issued last week, the album will be released by 19 Recordings/RCA on July 14. The album will feature Chris plus Daughtry band members Josh Paul (bass), Joey Barnes (drums), and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely.
Elliott Yamin: ‘A Soulful Kind Of Dude’
Weekend Edition Saturday, May 2, 2009 – If you’re not among the tens of millions of people who watch American Idol each week, now is as good a time as any to meet Elliott Yamin from Season 5.
Yamin is a classic Idol story: a young guy from Richmond, Va., who dropped out of high school, bounced around in odd jobs, got his GED and tried out for the competition ‘ and placed third.
His warm, self-effacing personality, mixed with his awesome pipes ‘ and his love for his mom ‘ won over fans of the show. As for the singing part, he covered R&B classics from Donny Hathaway to Stevie Wonder, and that flavor runs throughout his new album, Fight for Love.
YMI Jeanswear Announces Fall 2009 Advertising Campaign Featuring Singer/TV Personality, Kimberly Caldwell
Los Angeles, Ca (PRWEB) May 4, 2009 — Today YMI Jeanswear announced Kimberly Caldwell as their newest Brand Ambassador for the denim company’s Fall 2009 national and international advertising campaign. Continuing to showcase rising stars, YMI hand-picked the singer, actress and television personality to represent the brand’s image.
Kimberly Caldwell gained national recognition during her time on the second season of the television phenomenon, “American Idol, ” and is also known for her work as an entertainment correspondent and host for the TV Guide Network. Soon, Kimberly will be seen as the host of a new MTV show produced by Mark Burnett and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, “P.Diddy’s StarMaker, ” set to premiere in late spring/early summer 2009. Kimberly’s first love continues to be music and she is presently writing and recording songs for her debut album with the help of music industry legend Diane Warren. Adding to her promising career, she is set to get her own Ryan Seacrest-produced reality show, tentatively titled “Crashing With the Caldwells, ” which will follow her in the studio recording her album, attending and hosting red-carpet events and living in her Los Angeles home with her sisters.
Jay-Z Says His Concert With Kelly Clarkson Shows Racial Unity
As odd as it may have been to see a bill featuring Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and Jay-Z, it’s even stranger to see a blog post from Jay-Z.
Jay admitted that he doesn’t use Twitter, but he managed to post a blog for RapRadar.com following his performance Thursday evening at the University of Arizona. The MC said he was caught up in the excitement of the moment, as well as the technical difficulties, and he missed the opportunity to say something important.
“On the show as well were Third Eye Blind and Kelly Clarkson … I thought that had to be the oddest pairing ever, but soon realized it’s what I’ve always professed. There’s NO such thing as Black music or White music only Good or Bad music.”
Now even congressional spouses subject to scrutiny
Are congressional spouses dangerous? Anyone who was at Thursday’s Congressional Club luncheon with first lady Michelle Obama might be forgiven for thinking as much.
Mrs. Obama was warmly received by the 2, 000-odd attendees, but the biggest cheer of the afternoon was for Paul Pelosi, husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the only male at the head table.
“American Idol” star, Blake Lewis, from co-chair Julie Reichert’s home state of Washington, performed. The 2009 charity recipient from the luncheon was the Pediatric Interim Care Center, The Newborn Nursery, which provides care for babies prenatally exposed to drugs.
‘Idol”s Randy Jackson Finds the Right Pitch
“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson throws out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday at Dodger Stadium before the Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres.
Jackson sat in the stadium’s Dugout Club with friends and family to cheer on the hometown favorites, who beat the Padres 2-1 in extra innings.
Handicapping the remaining 5 ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competitors
One week after “Dancing With the Stars” opened this season, I handed an editor a sealed envelope predicting which three contestants would be in this battle to the end. And now I reveal my scores: Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft and Lil’ Kim. And if Rycroft’s ribs heal up enough for her to continue, I’ll be right. But that may be a tall order: Rib injuries make it an ordeal to breathe, let alone do the Lindy hop.
Shawn Johnson Ready to Be Aggressive, Says Bruno Will Never Sniff Her Clothes
She’s guest-starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but Shawn Johnson’s acting skills will really be put to the test on Dancing with the Stars Monday when she tackles the intense paso doble. “I’m a little nervous because I’m not a very angry person, ” Johnson tells TVGuide.com. Her work doesn’t stop there as she also has the perky quickstep on her plate. See what else the Olympic champ has to say about her progress, who she’s in a Twitter war with and what she thinks about injured stars getting judged on their rehearsals.
‘Dancing”s Melissa Rycroft ‘Working Through the Pain’
Melissa Rycroft exclusively gives ET the latest update on her injured ribs, and she reveals her secrets to working through the pain while rehearsing not one, but two dances for tonight’s “DWTS”!
As Melissa and pro partner Tony Dovolani practice their two new routines, the Viennese waltz and the samba, Melissa admits to ET that she’s still hurting from the hairline fractures to her ribs. But, she says, nothing is cracked or broken and the fractures will gradually heal on their own.
“This week, the difference with practice is that we can do things, and if it hurts a little bit, it’s okay, ” Melissa says. “I mean, it’s fine — grit your teeth and move on.”