Idol Headlines for 05/26/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Jerry Springer is the new David Hasselhoff
It’s another celebrity-tears photo-op as Jordin wrests her …Now from Blake’s desperate hands and another season of American Idol goes out with a whimper ¦

By Dave White

…Now, before I begin, let’s talk about shark-jumping. The folks at Entertainment Weekly are declaring that this is the season that Idol jumped the shark. And while I agree, I think I’d refine that pronouncement a little: I believe Idol is in a constant shark-jumping loop, one that makes Fonzie the Sisyphus of popular culture. With Idol, every dorky, contrived, manipulated, tears-and-bad-singing-wrenching, humiliation-delivering episode of every week of every season is an assault on good taste and an opportunity to re-view a very large tank of sharks being denied the chance to eat a man on a flying motorcycle. And it does it over and over and over. And that’s why I watch….

Sparks, Lewis Look to Post-‘Idol’ Life

Attention, Brad Pitt: “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks has a crush on you. “He’s just really cute, ” Sparks, 17, said Friday, hastening to note that she doesn’t know the actor. Pitt is currently involved with an older woman, Angelina Jolie.

Two days after besting beatboxer Blake Lewis in the TV talent contest, Sparks took part in a teleconference in which she was grilled about everything from her favorite star to what she thought her earning power would be.

“I don’t know. I’m just looking forward to doing the best that I can do, ” the teenage diplomat replied……

Ratings drop suggests ‘Idol’ is past its peak

…Producers have tweaked the show each year to keep it fresh, this season adding a songwriters’ contest and charity drive for those starving in Africa. In past years, famous musicians were brought in to work with the singers.

The long hiatus each year also has kept interest keen. “American Idol” won’t be back for new episodes until next January.

However, producers have agreed to make a spinoff for Fox, a band contest instead of one for individual singers, that will air Fridays in the fall.


Idol Contestant Puts New Twist on Hymns

…The tech maestro does it all on his computer and a longtime friend adds another personal touch.

American Idol contestant Chris Sligh records the vocals on new arrangements as sort of a payback because it was Chapman who convinced him to try out for Idol and even paid for his audition…


An ambassador to idolize

Jordin Sparks’ ascendency to stardom took place right before our eyes – and we loved it.

From American Idol fanatics to the occasional TV viewer, the Glendale girl’s rise from oblivion to pop star captured Valley hearts near and far.

What was the allure?…

The Arizona Republic

Tired of ‹Idol? Jordin and Blake contemplate life after Fox show

Are Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis already exhausted with celebrity?

The reigning …American Idol and her runner-up were both late to conference calls with the press yesterday, and a hoarse Sparks, 17, actually yawned at one point during the half-hour interview.

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…I cant wait to sleep in my bed, play with my puppies and read a book, Sparks said when asked what she was looking forward to when she got home to Glendale, Ariz….

Boston Herald

Poppie Couture Outfits Jordin Sparks for American Idol Season Finale

Poppie Harris, LA based fashion designer and celebrity stylist, announced today that Jordin Sparks sang her way through the American Idol Finals decked out in three custom Poppie Couture designs.

With only a week’s time to create the custom pieces that Jordin would wear in the Finale, Poppie worked closely with the young artist to achieve just the right look for America’s newest Idol. “It was important to get to know Jordin, to make sure that we created designs that didn’t just look good on her, but that Jordin felt good wearing — because that confidence would come through in her performances, ” stated Harris….


Zoo gets its own Simon, the bush baby

Simon Cowell meet your namesake – Simon, the bush baby. “American Idol” has donated $1, 500 to the Milwaukee County Zoo to call its only bush baby Simon – and to poke fun at the outspoken judge for comparing a wide-eyed contestant in Seattle to the tiny primate….

Daughtry Pumps Up The Volume

…It’s the same post-grunge platform on which many a successful power-rock band has run before, from Creed and Nickelback to Chevelle and Fuel, and it remains appealing to a particular segment of the public: that endangered species known as the CD consumer…

Washington Post

Children’s choir brings African voices to Valley

…The choir recently reached one of its biggest audiences ever – singing with Josh Groban on American Idol as part last month’s “Idol Gives Back” episodes.

Idol producers “felt that our mission was in line with what ‘Idol Gives Back’ was all about, which was raising awareness and money for the millions of people in Africa who have such great need. But they also felt that our choir was a great example of what can be done and how kids’ lives can be changed, ” Turner said…

The Arizona Republic

Blake Lewis: ‘I’m Glad I Didn’t Win’

Blake Lewis may have lost the title of American Idol to Jordin Sparks but he’s perfectly fine with his second place finish.

“I never looked at it as winning and losing. I just tried going out and performing really well each day, ” the 25-year-old says. “In a sense, Im kind of glad I didn’t win just for like contractual reasons. I think if you’re first you might have to come back for like three years or something.” …

Jordin Sparks: Just Your Average Teen

Though she was crowned the newest American Idol, is doing non-stop interviews with the press and has a shiny new red Mustang to drive, Jordin Sparks is no different than your average high school student (for now). Here are the following three reasons we feel the girl has her feet planted firmly on the ground:

Sitcom may be on Springer’s horizon

…Springer discussed the sitcom in a May 23 conference call promoting “America’s Got Talent.” He says the summer TV competition will feature a Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District singer, whom NBC later identified as Robert Hatcher who made it to the Hollywood round on this year’s “American Idol.”…

Blake talks about “Idol” and beyond

If you’re thinking that “American Idol” is an over-hyped reality television show-cum-karaoke contest, you have plenty of company.

But cut through all the gimmicky glitz ‘  and those hordes of howling teenage girls ‘  and you’ll discover a little secret: Blake Lewis, Bothell’s quirky first runner-up to the “Idol” title, is actually pretty talented. And best of all, he’s a hard guy to hate, even if you don’t go for the show that made him famous…

Seattle Times