Idol Headlines for 05/17/09

Idol vote is in the hands of girls too young to even watch Jimmy Kimmel Live

I have no stake in the “who’s cuter and more talented, Adam or Kris?” debate, but this attack ad from Jimmy Kimmel Live clearly shows that young girls are on Kris’ side. We’re waiting for a response from Adam’s fans.

TV Squad

Clouds on horizon for “American Idol” juggernaut?

But clouds are gathering on the horizon.

Co-producer 19 Entertainment reported its revenue from “American Idol” declined $4.1 million to $24.7 million in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008, as the recession dented sponsorship deals.

The show, which pits aspiring singers in a series of competitions focused on a musical theme each week, has seen a 7 percent viewership drop this season on the Fox network, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp (NWSA.O) media conglomerate.


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FACTBOX-‘American Idol’ still most-watched U.S. TV show

LOS ANGELES, May 17 (Reuters) – U.S. television talent show “American Idol, ” in which viewers choose the nation’s next pop star, reaches its eighth season climax this week with a finale between musical theater performer Adam Lambert, 27, and guitar- and piano-playing student Kris Allen, 23.

The show is the most watched television show in the United States, averaging 26.3 million viewers per episode this year over its five-month run.

Following are some facts about “American Idol.”

Janelle Monae ‹Open Happiness Gets ‹American Idol Love

Janelle Monae checked in with fans on her MySpace on Friday (May 15), talkign about her new single ‹Open Happiness getting featured on the season finale of ‹American Idol. Janelle writes:

Lots of activity coming around for the ‹Open Happiness single around the ‹American Idol Finale this Tuesday (May 19th) on FOX. Look for the song to be featured as well as on clips throughout the program! And check our the feature on! PLUS big news the Open Happiness music video is coming check out a 3-minute video teaser/preview of the ‹Making of the Video.


“American Idol” power rankings and random news bits

This is my power ranking of the remaining contestants in Season 8 of “American Idol” — the last one of the season! If you disagree with my ranking, by all means use the comments area to share your own.

I weathered the storm last week when I moved Kris Allen to the top spot, and I’m willing to take the heat from Adam Lambert fans again this week. I guess I’ll go ahead and make my prediction official: Kris Allen will win Season 8 of “American Idol.”

I strongly believe that Kris will gain the lion’s share of votes from Danny Gokey fans. That along with the votes of the once-a-season viewers on Tuesday night will be enough to propel Kris to the title.

Seattle Times


WILL THE NEXT “American Idol” be bold, brassy and wicked? Or the angelic dark horse? That’s the tantalizing choice this week as America’s favorite show heads into its eighth-season finale, pitting L.A. stage performer Adam Lambert against the soulful, devout Christian, Kris Allen.

“Glambert, ” 27, has been the runaway favorite of the “Idol” judges. He’s also the only one to get a standing ovation from Simon Cowell after his rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World.”

NY Post

Kris Allen to win ‘American Idol, ‘ but Adam Lambert has best career?

Virtually all of the alleged “American Idol” “experts” have consistently underestimated Kris Allen while ballyhooing Adam Lambert as the inevitable champ. What if Kris Allen surprises again?

Romantically speaking, Allen is more of a heartthrob type. He may have a much bigger, secret fan base among the gum-snapping girls who set off tsunamis of text and phone votes that decide winners each week. Furthermore, Lambert likes to jump off cliffs, creatively speaking. What if he goes splat during the final face-off?

When Gold Derby polled readers, asking who — Lambert or Allen — will end up winning the most showbiz awards during their future careers, regardless of who wins “American Idol, ” Lambert stomped. He scored 73% of the votes. But will that prove to be true?

LA Times

The Week That Was

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are in the American Idol finale, and all is right in the world.

As awesome as a showdown next week between Season 8’s fourth-place finisher, Allison Iraheta, and Kris (pictured, center) or Adam (far right) — or even second runner-up Danny Gokey, if he happened to be your fave — would have been, it’s extremely difficult to make the argument that either of those guys haven’t earned the right to perform at the Kodak Theatre on Tuesday night. Both deserve to be there. The facts back that up:

Adam Lambert vs. Kris Allen on ‘American Idol’ is like Freddie Mercury vs. James Taylor

After weeks of the “American Idol” judges practically promising us a Danny Gokey vs. Adam Lambert finale, a gentle folkie-rock-pop singer from Arkansas named Kris Allen crept up on judges, viewers, voters — maybe even himself — and quietly wedged his way into Tuesday’s big showdown on Fox’s popular singing competition.

And what a showdown it will be, this vocal and style matchup between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen — two polar opposites unlike any pitted against one another on this show before.


‘American Idol’ finalist Kris Allen has Kalamazoo connection

KALAMAZOO — As “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey, who was voted off the show Wednesday, was driving on a Milwaukee highway last week during a hometown visit organized by the show, he might have seen an early sign of trouble.

That would be the three-by-four-foot banner attached to the side of a semi-tractor trailer driven by Gary Allen, 46, of Kalamazoo, who was traveling on I-894 to make a delivery in Wisconsin.

“Vote for my cousin, Kris Allen, ” blared the bright blue-and-white banner, which bears a color photo of show contestant Kris Allen. Gary Allen said he knew full well Gokey was in town and that’s why he kept his banner on his truck.


Idol fans can’t lose with either choice

I, for one, would like to thank our neighbors in Arkansas.

It had to be those feisty Arkansans ‘  not just the ‘tweens of America ‘  who dialed their little fingers off so they could possibly have a home state “American Idol.”

Conway boy Kris Allen managed to outlast the previously unstoppable Danny Gokey machine, something I hoped for ‘  but seriously doubted was possible.

It’s not that Gokey isn’t talented, he just was never my cup of tea. Drippy, cheese-coated tea.

Tulsa World

Jamie Foxx Offers His ‹American Idol Prediction, Advice


As Kris Allen and Adam Lambert prepare for their head-to-head battle in the …American Idol finale, Jamie Foxx said he already knows the name of the winner.

…Kradam! That both of them, Jamie joked with Access Hollywood Nancy ODell. …Adamis!

Joking aside, Jamie ‘  who got a chance to work with each of the finalists as one of this season special guest mentors ‘ said he thinks the title of …Idol will go to the man who has been the frontrunner most of the season.

…Adam is gonna win, I believe, Jamie admitted.

However, the Oscar winner and platinum-selling artist said he sees nothing but big things ahead for Kris.

Access Hollywood

Idol Chatter

Four former Idol winners and two popular finalists talk about what happens backstage, who will win this year and the singers who influenced them the most.


What not to ask the 2 Davids

MANILA, Philippines’ Media people who attended the press conference of Idols David Cook and David Archuleta were given instructions not to ask three questions.

The off-limits topics included: (1) the recent death of Cook brother; (2) Archuleta fascination for local diva Regine Velasquez; and (3) rumors concerning Archuleta gender.

No one dared. Nice guy Archie

To be fair, Archuleta is such a nice guy, said Pinoy TV Host who interviewed him, that you wouldnt have the heart to ask intrusive questions.

Kelly Clarkson Zips Over To Zootopia

Kelly Clarkson poses backstage in the press room during Z100 Zootopia 2009 at the Izod Center on Saturday (May 16) in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The 27-year-old original American Idol winner performed her hit song …Since You Been Gone.

Also performing at the Zootopia concert this year: Black Eyed Peas, The All-American Rejects, Soulja Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ciara and Flo Rida. Hot line-up!

Just Jared

LaKisha Jones: “I won’t let you down”

Flint native, former American Idol contestant LaKisha Jones showcases powerful voice, personality

It seems like only yesterday Flint native LaKisha Jones was a contestant on “American Idol, ” getting rave reviews from judges and making it to the Top 4.

She turned heads on season 6 with her powerful rendition of “Diamonds are Forever, ” wearing a stunning green dress and almost $1 million in diamonds.

“They made me give them right back after I walked off the stage, ” Jones said. “I think the diamonds had their own security.”


New Bedford Idol contestants meet former American Idol

NEW BEDFORD ‘  Contestants of New Bedford Idol received the star treatment Friday night at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center when they got to meet Ruben Studdard, star of a Tony Award-winning musical and a former winner of the hit TV talent competition, American Idol.

The contestants, New Bedford students ages 14-18, were also given free tickets to “Ain’t Misbehavin, ” which stars Studdard and played at the Zeiterion Friday night. The show also included two other American Idol alums, 2003 contestant Frenchie Davis and 2003 top five finalist Trenyce Cobbins.

South Coast Today

‘Idol’ could learn from ‘Dancing’

In what could be an official sign of aging, I’m enjoying “Dancing with the Stars” more than “American Idol” this season.

When I started watching “Dancing” years ago, I was skeptical of its retro-variety overtones. The flashy costumes, the semi-celebrities, the quaint score paddles — the only thing missing from the overall “Lawrence Welk” vibe was bubbles.

In contrast, “Idol” was the hip place where nervous young singers faced the wrath of Simon Cowell. If “Dancing” was a frothy pastime, “Idol” was more like a bloody cage match with music — and that made for more riveting viewing.

Video: Youthful Simon Cowell in costume as blue disco dancing hound Superdog

Here is Simon Cowell in his own bid for pop stardom – dressed as a performing hound called Wonderdog.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge was a 23-year-old record producer when he had his first stab at fame back in 1982.

The track was called Ruff Mix and the accompanying video featured Cowell as a blue disco dancing dog. It reached No31 in the singles charts.

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