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


  1. Aw, I knew the grueling schedule would be a lot for Jordin. She’s only 17, ya know? I thought it sweet when she said she can’t wait to sleep in her own bed, play with her puppies, and, read a book. She may be 21 before that happens. I had to laugh at Blake’s remarks about winning. Saying you had to come back on the show for the next 3 years or something? LOL He really doesn’t have a clue, does he??

  2. I think Blake was referring to the three CD record deal that the winner is contractually committed to do, not three appearances on the Idol finale.

  3. OK, so I’m reading Dave White’s article now, and I can’t remember who The Hotness is? ???


    Taylor Hicks: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ, 5/1/07

    Review Published 5/25/07

    It is somewhat ironic that an artist who won a singing contest before a national audience never really got a chance to showcase the elements that distinguish him as a commanding live performer. After winning 2006à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s American Idol, and subsequently issuing a studio album that didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t perform up to industry expectations, Taylor Hicks has brought his act on the road. At the Marquee, he affirmed that the stage is where he excels, offering a soulful charisma, rich voice and imaginative setlists littered with multi-genre selections.

    Hicks deftly eased his band into original- and cover-laden highlights; hence, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hell of a Dayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with an effortless segue into the chorus section of Pink Floydà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  followed by a David Gilmouresque guitar solo. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hold Onto Your Loveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  included a Johnnie Taylor à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Trust Your Neighborà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  tease while à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Wherever I Lay My Hatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  contained twoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ The Commodoresà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Nightshiftà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and Sam Cookeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Chain Gang.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Following strong original material like à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Just to Feel that Wayà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“My Friendà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ which featured Hicks on a blistering harmonica soloà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ the singer dove even deeper into his magical cover bag. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Soul Thingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  featured a euphoric mix of flute solos and tempo changes before dropping into Jerry Reedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Eastbound and Downà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  for good country-honk measure. Trafficà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Medicated Gooà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in the hands of Hicks and his band was a classic barnburner that solidified the momentum of the set. Later, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Heaven Knows>The Mazeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  began with a Ray Charles groove à   la à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Whatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d I Say,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and eventually slipped in a few lines of Sam & Daveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“You Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Know Like I Know.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Perhaps what made Hicks a contest champion became evident by showà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s end as the band eased into Elton Johnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Take Me to the Pilotà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  without a hint of misplaced showmanship. The man appears determined to deliver the entertainment goods his way and if that means that he earns his crown via the road one gig at a time then it is certainly a setting he embraces without qualification.

  5. Saw all the AI6 Idols on Larry King last night. The most interesting (funny) thing was Blake’s response to a phone in question. The caller wanted to know what Bon Jovi thought of his rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name”. Blake said that before he performed it, Jon said that Blake had “big balls”. (Larry King almost choked here, I’m sure.) After he performed it, Blake said he heard that he liked it.

    Blake was so cool during the interview. Jordin was good but a little hyper acting–being only 17 and all :biggrin_wp:.

  6. Loved this quote from People magazine:

    “Asked which previous American Idol has a career that he would like to emulate, “None of them,” says Lewis. “I want to set my own path.”

    Go Blake! I love his quiet confidence!


    Sammy or others who saw the Larry King show with the idols–any more info? Thanks!

  7. That Dave White article was THE. BEST. ROTFLMBO!

    I have been wondering who the heck the black dressed girls were too!

  8. I read somewhere that one of the jugdes from Nigel’s dancing show will be “choreographer” for the idol tour and it will have better production values. Maybe even no tin foil.

  9. Kirsten: The S6 Idol episode will re-air Sunday at 9 pm.

    Hopefully they’ll cut Clive and Bette. Clive was a downer and Bette was just plain sad.

    Reading about the SLigh twist on hymns – wonder if he’ll go the Christian music route?

  10. I read somewhere that one of the jugdes from Nigelà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s dancing show will be à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“choreographerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  for the idol tour and it will have better production values. Maybe even no tin foil.

    Did they say which one? It’ll probably be Dan, but I hope it’s Mary so she can scream and say “I SAY OLE!”

  11. By the way, I loved the Poppie outfits on Jordin. Finally, she was dressed like the 17-year old (that’s right) she is rather than a matron!

  12. Blake Lewis: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Glad I Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Winà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    Blake Lewis may have lost the title of American Idol to Jordin Sparks but heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s perfectly fine with his second place finish.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“I never looked at it as winning and losing. I just tried going out and performing really well each day,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the 25-year-old says. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“In a sense, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m kind of glad I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t win just for like contractual reasons. I think if youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re first you might have to come back for like three years or something.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Dear Nigel,

    My one wish for season 7 is that you only put forth contestants that really truly want to win into the top 24. That is all you really need to do take back your show from the shark.

    ps. on a non-show related item–go Blake!


    Well, another season of American Idol has sadly and somewhat anti-climactically come to an end, leaving a gaping void in all of our lives and hearts that can’t quite be filled by So You Think You Can Dance or America’s Got Talent (though we will be watching those fine, fine programs, of course). But until season 7 of Idol begins in eight long months, we’ll just have to cling to our memories of this week’s Idol finale: the good (Kelly Clarkson’s rockin’ return to the Idol stage, in a MUCH more flattering dress than that Mrs. Roper-esque mumu she wore on Idol Gives Back); the bad (rumors of a Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls medley proving unfounded); the ugly (Clive Davis’s utterly uncool Taylor Hicks-dissing speech, which ran so long it caused the show to go into overtime and get cut off on everyone’s TiVos)…


  14. I’d like to see that Clive Davis speech. I’m hearing so much about it. I think I dozed off the first time…

  15. “Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d like to see that Clive Davis speech. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m hearing so much about it. I think I dozed off the first timeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦”

    Me too. I think my auto-tuner blocked him out the first time, LOL. I was just happy he even mentioned the AI5 winner and the runner up. He seemed so devoid of any real joy. Has he become a shell of his former self? To Clives’ credit, he has discovered a lot of talent throughout the years, and has enjoyed
    an illustrious career. But….numbers, schnumbers. What about the true artistry of the the winner and runners up?

    Most telling headline from today’s thread:

    Blake Lewis: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m Glad I Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Winà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢

    What does this all say about the state of AI? Methinks Clive and the two Simons need to re-evaluate and get bet back to the roots that have in past seasons galvanized music lovers everywhere to vote. The first thing they should addresss is putting thru to the top 24 those artists who really can sing. Unfortunately, the
    “sensational” equates to instant bucks.

    Come on Clive. Let the winnner and runner-up just enjoy their artistic freedom.

    From yesterday’s headlines thread, thanks to Nevada for the excellent NYT articles.

  16. I think anyone who isn’t the cookie cutter type of pop idol is probably better off not winning the show because the single they force on you is horrible for them. Can you imagine Chris Daughtry singing it? It didn’t seem to be Taylor’s type either but wasn’t as bad as a rocker or beatboxer doing it. Clive ended up doing okay with Chris’ album but am not sure it would have been that way if he was the winner. Jordin is more his speed and Melinda would also have been fine. Maybe if the show goes too much longer they should have someone else produce the winners.

  17. bean99,
    Nope, couldn’t imagine Daughtry singing that type of schlock, lol, but no question he would’ve done the best he could with it. Though, I couldn’t fathom Taylor singing Do I Make You Proud either, but he pulled it off. The song grew on me and I normally detest this type of music. Don’t know if you’re aware but he refused the first coronation song given him, because he didn’t connect with the lyrics. He was compelled to stand up for his artistic integrity. I surmise that’s why AI decided to have only one cororation song this year.

    Jordin’s awesome and I just have to hope that Clive will give her some degree of freedom. I don’t worry about Blake at all, since he’s got a lot of artist friends. I just wonder who whispered in his ear on finale night. Have enjoyed learning more about Sir-Mix-Alot and Doug E Fresh. :smile1_tb:

    I see only good things for Melinda, and for her sake, I hope she’s not picked up by Clive.

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