Idol Headlines for 05/26/09

American Idol stalker pleads guilty to further charges

A woman previously convicted of stalking a former American Idol contestant has pleaded guilty to further stalking charges.

Tanya Quattrocchi, 23, of Oak Park, pleaded guilty today to four stalking charges committed while she was on a community-based order.

The Victorian County Court heard that between November 8, 2007, and January 30 this year, Quattrocchi stalked 2004 American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo, her mother and flatmate.

The Age

‘Idolatry’ finale: Pink hair, Kris and Adam love, contestant snubs, and The Kara Problem!

It’s here at last: The five-part Idolatry season finale! Okay, yes, it’s not technically our season finale. (Later this week, we’ll have in-depth interviews with season 8’s top 3 finishers — Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, and Danny Gokey.) But as far as your regularly scheduled Idol deep-dive is concerned, this is it, people! Press play and (hopefully) enjoy as my cohost Kristen Baldwin and I have one final 2009 chat (on camera) about our national obsession America’s favorite TV talent show. Questions on the docket: How did the season finale become a (possible) referendum on (possibly) gay rights? (Or did it at all?) Which piece of advice from Adam Lambert helped semifinalist/Jason Averett crush Jesse Langseth become even cooler during her Hollywood Week run? Who got snubbed hardest in the Idol season-finale extravaganza? (And why do the producers work so hard to spoil our enjoyment of said episode?) What changes would Kristen and I bring to Idol for season 9…if we were limited to one tweak apiece? (And how come neither of us immediately said “Fire Kara!”?)

Entertainment Weekly

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American Idol stalker wanted to write book about crimes

A MELBOURNE woman who cyber-stalked an American Idol contestant has been warned by a judge to ditch plans to write a book of her crimes.

Tanya Maree Quattrocchi, 23, hacked into the MySpace account of 2004 runner-up Diana Degarmo and wreaked havoc on the pop singer’s life for three years, intercepting her emails and texting her hundreds of times.

Today County Court Judge Lisa Hannan said she was concerned about Quattrocchi’s hope to write a book telling “her side of the story”.

Judge Hannan said any book would be another form of stalking.

Fans crowd, crown ‘Lil’ Rounds with awards

American Idol finalist Lil Rounds, with her family, including daughter Tamia, 5, arrives on Beale Street in a red convertible Monday for an event held in her honor. The celebration, planned for Handy Park, was moved to the Hard Rock Cafe because of the threat of rain.

Rounds, 24, advanced deeply during this season’s ”Idol” competition and received several awards in front of a packed crowd at Hard Rock Cafe.

Commercial Appeal

Idol’s Lil Rounds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis celebrated American Idol finalist Lil Rounds Monday. The Bluff City native was honored on Beale Street by several community groups.

Neither wild horses nor gloomy skies could keep the Mid-South away from a celebration for Lil. The rain came and left and returned but the fans held fast.

Lil’s family was a part of the parade, the U.S. Navy brought out a group of performers also.

FOX13’s Mearl Purvis hosted the family event.

My Fox Memphis

Danny Gokey plans to thank Milwaukee for support

MILWAUKEE (AP) ‘  “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey plans to thank his hometown of Milwaukee at an event that also will raise awareness and money for his charity.

The former church music director is not expected to sing at the free event Tuesday night for contractual reasons. But his church choir, including friend and former “American Idol” contestant Jamar Rogers, do plan to perform.

Gokey also will talk about Sophia’s Heart Foundation, which he started in memory of his wife, who died last summer after surgery for a congenital heart defect. A fundraiser is being held earlier at Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Gokey tours with the Top 10 “American Idol” finalists starting in July.

Associated Press

Jordin Sparks Impressed with ‘American Idol”s Kris Allen & Adam Lambert

ET is on the set of Jordin Sparks’ music video for her new single “Battlefield, ” and the former “American Idol” winner shares her thoughts with us about new champ Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert!

“Kris definitely grew on me. I love that he’s growing into his artistry, and he just grew every week on ‘Idol, ‘” Jordin tells ET.

“Adam, in my opinion — I have never a heard a voice like that other than like Steven Tyler and Freddie Mercury, ” she adds.

ET Online

Susan Boyle’s Ratings Make American Idol Drool

“American Idol” may have just ended its season as the top-rated television show — by far — in America, but over the pond YouTube star Susan Boyle is taking the ratings for Simon Cowell’s other project, “Britain’s Got Talent, ” on a rocket ride.

Boyle, for those of you who only know Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, is a 47-year-old woman described as ‘dumpy’ or ‘frumpy, ‘ whose unexpectedly brilliant singing voice has taken our cousins by storm.

According to the London Telegraph, more than half of everyone in Britain who had their TVs on Sunday were watching Boyle make it to the finals of the show, singing “Memory” from “Cats.” That’s an amazing statistic in this age of 1, 000 personalized channels.


Kelly Clarkson takes top two spots on the American Idol airplay chart

This week’s American Idol airplay chart has more movement than usual, thanks to the end of the Idol season as well as several recent singles.

Kelly_clarkson_my_life_would_suck_without_you Kelly Clarkson takes the two top spots on our Mediabase-powered chart, with My Life Would Suck Without You and I Do Not Hook Up. Meanwhile, David Cook’s Come Back to Me moves from #10 to #8 and Daughtry’s No Surprise moves into the Top 10 after just three weeks.

USA Today

20 Questions: Elliott Yamin

Former drug store clerk Elliott Yamin scored high on the American Idol charts. His first album, Elliott Yamin (Hickory, March 2007) went gold in the US and Japan, and was the highest independent debut for a new artist on the Billboard charts. His sophomore album, Fight for Love, released this month.


LaKisha Jones: ‘Celebrate’ The Dawn of a Diva

American Idol season 6 finalist Lakisha Jones is ready to celebrate and with good reason.

On May 19, the big-voiced native of Flint, Michigan dropped her debut album So Glad I’m Me, an upbeat and deeply personal pop/R&B collection that heralds the dawn of a new gay diva.

From the opening strains of “Grateful, ‘ the disc’s autobiographical first track, right through to “Just Am I, ” the collection’s inspirational closing track, So Glad I Am plays like a personal testimony of one woman’s struggle against the odds to find success and self-acceptance.

Heartfelt and uplifting, So Glad I Am is an album that succeeds not simply because of the superlative voice behind it, but also because of its unfettered authenticity.

Gay Wired


Benanti, Pasquale and Maroulis Honored at ‘Broadway Beacon Awards’ 6/25

Rock Of Ages Tony-nominated star Constantine Maroulis, Tony Award-winner (for Gypsy) Laura Benanti and her husband Steven Pasquale (Reasons To Be Pretty) and Tony-nominated Judy Kuhn (Les Miz, Chess, Rags, She Loves Me) are among the Broadway honorees and performers at the Thursday June 25 Inside Broadway Broadway Beacon Awards at 5:30 PM at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY.

Fox 5 TV News Entertainment Reporter Julie Chang will emcee the ceremonies.


David Cook Tweet Week

Although David Cook Tweet Week has come to an end, you can still find all of David’s answers to your questions here at the New York Post!

NY Post

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