Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
Phil Stacey to Perform at Riverbend
Phil Stacey will open for Jars of Clay with a patriotic song on Family and Faith night at Riverbend, Tuesday, June 12th…
Korina dispatches Daughtry
Taking a break from her usual musical diet of trendy Brits, Korina Lopez catches a club performance by ex-American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry and band. Here’s her dispatch:
Networks try new ways to end ad skipping
…Ford‹s “American Idol” videos and company-specific “tasks” on “The Apprentice” are the most effective examples of this approach today, Thompson said…
Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund: Looking to a Bright Greek American Future
…The 2007 Humanitarian Award for Artistic Achievement was awarded to Constantine Maroulis, 2005 American Idol finalist, who told TGN that …It’s incredible that we have a mechanism to raise money for educating Greek Americans that want to go on to great things, to make a great life for themselves ¦.to pursue higher education, and that there are so many prominent Greek Americans in our society, and in this country, that can come together and bring awareness to these kids that really just want to learn. I think it’s amazing….
‘I played with Sanjaya just for fun’
He doesn’t regret playing at the American Idol finale with the controversial Sanjaya, Aerosmith’s legendary guitarist Joe Perry tells BT…
“American Idol” Diva Tamyra Gray Is Mimi in Rent May 29-Nov. 25
Tamyra Gray, the popular first season finalist of “American Idol, ” joins the cast of Broadway’s Rent May 29, playing dancer-muse Mimi Marquez….
Michigan actor stars in Nick flick
…But “Shredderman” is Andrew’s first lead role “in a bigger movie, ” he says. He also just finished making a movie for teens with Nickelodeon star Drake Bell and Kevin Covais (nicknamed Chicken Little) from “American Idol’s” fifth season….
Kelly’s an Idol hero
Clarkson, Brad Paisley set for Rexall Place shows
Even with a new American Idol champ on the scene, Kelly Clarkson remains the most successful artist to emerge from the still hugely popular Fox talent show.
You need proof? How about the fact that Clarkson is the only Idol winner who plays hockey barns throughout North America, including Rexall Place on Sept.14, it was announced yesterday…
Derryberry headlines Peach Jam
…Last but certainly not least is Ryan Mims, who is known locally for his years with “Blast from the Past” and more recently for his appearance on the popular Fox television series “American Idol.”
Mims, the son of Jeff and Debra Mims of Clanton, is currently living in Nashville pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. He has recorded several original songs of his own and has collaborated with well-known songwriters in the country music realm.
Paula’s ‘OK!’ Confession
Paula Abdul opens up in the new issue of OK! magazine — and ET is on the set for the sexy cover shoot!
Notable DVDs being released today include:
“Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds” – Remember Jim Verraros? The “American Idol” contestant who couldn’t sing all that well but parlayed a moving back story involving deaf parents into a place in the first season’s top 10? Oh. Well, if you do remember him, I was going to mention he’s in this gay-themed comedy sequel, but never mind.
For Covington, there is life ‘ and a career ‘ after ’06 ‘Idol’
“I don’t do a whole lot of thinking, ” Bucky Covington says. “I’m a big believer in not over-thinking. I don’t really think about things until it’s done. If I thought about it before, it’d probably scare me to death.” …
Ratings Dive In 2006-07 Season
…Even without much in the way of strong competition, Idol saw its still hefty adult 18-49 ratings shrink 7% this season on Tuesdays (from 12.9 to 12.0). That was still good enough to boost lead-out House 19%, to 8.1. The medial show created buzz when it caught up with its once invincible lead-in toward the end of the season. On Wednesdays, Idol remained flat at a 12.3.
And last week season finale of Idol’ which culminated in the anti-climactic crowning of Jordin Sparks during a bloated telecast that ran nine minutes long (negatively impacting ratings for the local newscasts that followed)’ plunged 19%, from a 14.2 rating/35 share a year ago to an 11.5/31…
The highs (Jordin wins!) and lows (no confetti?) of Season 6
Season 6 of American Idol has come and gone faster than you can say “bush baby.” As with all years, it had its highs and lows, but none compare with Glendale’s Jordin Sparks taking the crown as the winner….
‘Idol’ runner-up McPhee projects a new image
Taylor Hicks is headlining in clubs and casinos. Kellie Pickler is opening for Brad Paisley. Chart-topping Chris Daughtry is gigging all over the place.
Last year …American Idol finalists are working it harder than any of their predecessors.
Runnerup Katharine McPhee has hit the radio-concert circuit, Minneapolis, Allentown, Pa., and New Haven, Conn……..
Simon Cowell ‘red-faced as sex secrets are exposed’
…Paula, 44, quipped: “Simon is an egomaniac. He’s the only man I know who screams his own name when having sex. And his idea of foreplay is staring at himself in the mirror.”
The incident was made even more embarrassing for Simon, 47, as Paula made the comments in front of an audience including his 80-year-old mother Julie.
Simon’s older brother Tony, 55, also let slip the music mogul would wear make-up to feign illness to get out of going to school….
‘Idol’ finalist Daughtry to rock amphitheater
“American Idol” 2006 finalist Chris Daughtry is the final Marcus Amphitheater act to be announced for Summerfest. He and his band Daughtry will perform at the amphitheater on July 6…..
US online ads charting hits with help from American Idol
…American Idol for example represents a true cross media phenomenon, explained Matt Booth of The Kelsey Group. The show’s website (during its season) has become the number one TV website with a “video section” offering “more than 400 clips generating over 80 million page views.”
Idol site’s popularity was further confirmed by recent data compiled by hitwise, reporting that it drew 33 per cent of all visits to TV show websites overall. The second place holder only had a 12.3 percent share of viewers. The roughly 12, 500 photos on the website alone generated another 300 million page views…
Miller finds lasting legacy with radio-friendly tunes
…Interested in iPods and downloading, too, and this subject area can cause mild-natured Miller to talk a blue streak about the evils of Apple Steve Jobs, stealing music, the loss of audio fidelity on mp3s and compact discs, why …American Idol is perhaps not such a good thing, and the risk of hearing damage from blasting …Jungle Love on those little earbuds iPods employ. (Lower the volume, he urges)…
‘Idol’ ratings higher than first reported
Final national figures showed that the audience for Wednesday’s “American Idol” finale rose to an average of 30.7 million viewers, still down dramatically from last season. Because Jordin Sparks’ coronation as the sixth “American Idol” winner didn’t come until after 10 p.m., “Idol” viewership was adjusted from 29.5 million in fast national figures to 30.7 million in the final national (live plus same-day viewership) tally.
While those numbers dominated the night and added an extra bit of relish to Fox’s already preordained May sweeps victory, they were still off rather dramatically from last season’s “American Idol” finale. When Taylor Hicks topped Katharine McPhee, the two-hour show averaged 36.4 million viewers….
“Idol” winner Taylor Hicks to visit Dewey
The 2006 winner of “American Idol, ” Taylor Hicks, will play a concert at the Bottle & Cork nightclub in Dewey Beach on Tuesday, July 3.
Tickets will cost $30, said the bar’s booking agent, Vikki Walls. Ages 21 and over only will be admitted since the venue does not have a restaurant license…
Eminem ‘Too Over-The-Top’ For Marilyn Manson; Plus Justin Timberlake, Police, Tom Morello & More, In For The Record
…Ace Young is gearing up to release his debut album. The #7 finisher on season five of “American Idol” has signed a deal with S Curve Records (Fountains of Wayne, Joss Stone) for the yet-untitled disc, scheduled to drop in September and be preceded by a single in July. Young will be backed by a full band on the album, which is being executive produced by hitmaker Desmond Child (Kelly Clarkson), with songs written by Diane Warren (‘NSYNC, Pussycat Dolls) and Andreas Carlson (Nick Lachey, Britney Spears). Young, who helped write pal Chris Daughtry’s first hit, “It’s Not Over, ” said he’s writing or co-writing all the tunes on his album as well as working on songs with “everyone, ” though he declined to name names. “You’ll hear it when it happens, ” he promised….