Idol Headlines for 05/30/07

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Today on TV

…LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY // Journalist Charles Gibson; American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis performs. (10 a.m., WBAL-11)…

Baltimore Sun.com

Injured Hughes surprising starter

…American Idol semifinalist Melinda Doolittle belted out a rendition of the national anthem that could have given Marvin Gaye’s classic version a run for its money. She was rewarded with more than a few fans screaming out that she should have won the recently concluded contest….

Beacon Journal

‘IDOL’ STAR SINGS FOR GREENSBURG’S BENEFIT

Those who saw former Wichitan Phil Stacey on “American Idol” know he can sing.

But the 2, 900 people who attended Stacey’s sold-out benefit concert at Central Christian Church on Tuesday learned that singing is just one of Stacey’s talents.

He also can play guitar and piano — well. He can write music, as he proved by performing an original tribute to the American flag. And he’s really pretty funny….

Kansas.com

BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings – May 14-20

The season is all over, everyone. Bask in the glory of summer or mourn the passing of Spring (and a plethora of TV options). You know, whichever floats your boat. Many of your favorite shows bid adieu for the summer months last week, which also happened to be the last week of May sweeps. As a result, ratings were high. This past week’s BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings were, therefore, probably some of the most true rankings we’ve had all year. Almost all of the shows end at the same time, so fans are all out in full force. It’s an equal playing field. Here is what the final verdict was, followed by some commentary…

Buddy TV

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Bucky Covington

With Bucky Covington’s arrival in Nashville, sightings of “American Idol” veterans along Music Row have become almost routine.

Thankfully, Covington’s Country credentials are as real as they come and his singing is anything but routine. Growing up with his identical twin brother Rocky in Laurinburg, N.C., Covington was still a kid when he started listening to and imitating Tim McGraw, George Strait and Travis Tritt on the family’s karaoke machine.

At 19, he heard guitarist Jeff Healey’s “Angel Eyes, ” and his fate was sealed….

American Chronicle

Paula Abdul Fights Crippling Health Crisis.

…The Straight Up singer, who has four titanium plates in her neck and has undergone 14 surgeries, opens up to this week’s OK! magazine in America about her crippling health crisis…

Female First.co.uk

Idol chatter about a local TV anchor’s love life

Caroline Lyders of Channel 12 is an attractive, talented and accomplished broadcast journalist. During her 2 ½-year tenure in Milwaukee, she has established herself as a favorite in the OnMilwaukee.com editorial offices.

That said, we were a bit perplexed when the “Milwaukee Talks” interview that managing editor Bobby Tanzilo did with Lyders back in November began to receive unusually heavy traffic during the recent holiday weekend.

It didn’t take long to figure out why….

On Milwaukee.com

American Idol Supports Greensburg

…Stacy, the North West High graduate, made it clear that he wasnt only there to raise money, but also awareness. He wanted to remind people that even if they dont have money to give, they can give time. All proceeds raised at the concert go to the Salvation Army for Greensburg Tornado Relief.

KAKE.com

Daughtry coming close to home

…Platinum record sales, No. 1 album spots, playing with Slash. What next?

…Were working on a new album, Daughtry said. …But youve got to write a lot of crap to get to the good stuff.

The singer-songwriter said he been furiously at work while on the road, which can be a harsh lifestyle. There are some rules….

Fay Observer.com

TV success depends on quality, network
Right show on the right channel part of ‘hit’ equation

The broadcast nets would like to think of themselves as all-embracing, capable of casting as wide a net as necessary to snare the next smash.
But when it comes to developing, producing and scheduling a hit series, each has its limitations.

For better or worse, the Big Four broadcasters possess fairly immutable strains of DNA, and while each offers examples of brand-busting hits (think “American Idol” on counterculture Fox), certain shows simply have a better chance at succeeding on certain networks.

It’s hard to imagine “Everybody Loves Raymond” doing as well on a net other than CBS, “Friends” flourishing away from NBC or “Prison Break” busting out anywhere but Fox.

Landing the right show on the right net, then, is an important part of the “hit” equation — but the best fit isn’t always the most obvious suspect.

As 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman says, success also rides on who wants a show most…

…Another studio exec says he’s recently seen more examples of nets not wanting to be pigeonholed.

“They’re now all after the same 18-49 audience, ” he says. “It’s not as simple as saying a traditional show goes to CBS or a hip show to NBC.

“They’re bound to overlap, and they do.”…

Variety.com

Emmy still awards variety category
Latenight killed the vaudeo star

…Will the traditional form amalgamating comedy, music and dance ever see a resurgence? “I’d be surprised if it came back, ” Van Dyke says. “Today the model is Jon Stewart, which I see as a political cartoon. And it’s the reality shows, that ‘Dancing’ thing and ‘American Idol, ‘ that satisfy people’s desires for variety now.”…

Variety.com

Do tea leaves say Jennifer Hudson will play Aretha?

Aretha Franklin recently wrapped up auditions for some of the roles in the forthcoming musical of her life story, “Aretha Franklin: From These Roots, ” and the big question is: Who will play the Queen of Soul?

Fantasia Barrino’s name has popped up and also that of another “American Idol” contestant, Jennifer Hudson.

Hudson recently took home an Academy Award for her portrayal of “Effie, ” loosely based upon Motown’s Florence Ballard, in the musical “Dreamgirls.”

Franklin gave a hint about her wishes by taking high tea with Hudson in New York recently to discuss the possiblity of Hudson playing ‘Ree. Joining Franklin and Hudson at their tete a tete was Franklin’s close companion, Will Wilkerson.

Detnews.com

Review: `Knocked Up’ Is a Knockout

…Here’s how good Apatow is: He even manages to make Ryan Seacrest funny, in one spectacular scene in which the “American Idol” host takes a sledgehammer to his self-important image…

The Columbian

R&B legends Earth, Wind catching Fire again

Earth, Wind & Fire is best known for genre-bending musical voyages with a cosmic vibe, but Ralph Johnson doesnt get mystical about the group success.

Speaking from Honolulu, longtime drummer Johnson sounds matter-of-fact when asked to explain the resurgent popularity of EWF, which performs Thursday at the Bank of America Pavilion….

…And last month the band earned the ultimate stamp of pop cultural relevance: a featured spot opening the …American Idol: Idol Gives Back charity special…

Boston Herald

Jordin, Blake – who cares?

…Im not displeased that fresh-faced, Beyonce-mimicking 17-year-old Jordin Sparks is your new American Idol. Truth be told, my household voted for her – twice. There a reason she and beatboxing Lewis lasted: They were by far the most contemporary candidates. Music mogul Clive Davis, whose interminable …report card about …Idol”-related albums proved yet again he doesnt belong on television, must be tickled – the final two contestants are clearly the most salable would-be stars to further market to teens and their parents nationwide…

Popmatters

Fantasia to Perform at Tony Awards; More Presenters Announced

Fantasia Barrino, the former American Idol champion who has earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, will perform at the 61st annual Tony Awards ceremony, to be held at 8pm on Sunday, June 10 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS Television…

Theatermania

Life After ‘Idol:’ Finalists Visit Access Hollywood

Following her “Idol” coronation, Jordin Sparks made an exclusive stop by the Access Hollywood stage to show off her winning vocal chops.

And what’s the only thing better than one exclusive visit? How about eight of them all at once, as eight of “American Idol’s” final 10 visited the Access stage to chat about life in the spotlight and their new found fame….

…One thing is for sure ‘ everyone knows them now! But the top eight apparently still arent used to seeing themselves on camera, as they took every opportunity to ham it up on our set before the interview began, with Sanjaya Malakar smothering LaKisha Jones with kisses.

“Sanjaya you kiss me one more time and I’m gonna beat you down, ” she smiled.

In that regard, it looks like LaKisha stands alone, because plenty of girls are clamoring for smooches from Sanjaya….

Access Hollywood.com

10 Reasons Not To Hire a PR Agency

….
3.You dont have to seem all grown-up and boring. Every entrepreneur feels vaguely disreputable. Maybe you drive a crappy car. Maybe you never went to prom. There are enough stuffed suits in this world to fill fifteen Wall Street Journals a day. As anyone who watches American Idol will tell you, what this spun-out, over-hyped world is absolutely famished for is a little genuine personality. And, outside of your technology, it probably the only thing you have. So stop trying to be like IBM and just be yourself.
….

Digital Mediawire

2007 Fair Entertainment Features Steve Holy, Josh Gracin, Survivor, Loverboy, Don McLean

…After winning over fans as a top four finalist on season two of American Idol, Josh Gracin’s self-titled debut album went gold and he is set to release his sophomore album with the popular single “Favorite State of Mind.” Gracin will take the stage August 17…

Marketwire.com

OSBOURNE DROPS A LOAD

…An insider told Page Six Osbourne was confirmed to perform on last week’s finale of “American Idol, ” but canceled at the last minute “when he learned he would have to do a duet with Sanjaya. Ozzie said he didn’t want to be onstage with that idiot.” Fox ended up pulling Steve Perry from Aerosmith to do the somewhat embarrassing duet with the artist with the gimmicky hair…

NY POST

Celebrity culture makes writer yearn for the return of strong, silent types

…It wasn’t that long ago one was forced to go through the humiliating experience of purchasing the National Enquirer at the supermarket check-out counter to learn who was cheating and who was in rehab.

But now any consumer of news and information is going to find it very difficult to avoid getting their fill of celebrity gossip.

I’ve yet to watch 30 seconds of American Idol, yet I know all about Simon’s sarcasm, Paula’s drunken slurring and Sanjay’s hair.

For me, the turning point was several years ago when the first season of Survivor, another show I have never seen a moment of, was treated by the media as an actual news item. Every major newspaper provided detailed coverage each week as one person after another was voted off the island. And this wasn’t in the entertainment section. It was treated as Page 1 news.

One cannot blame the media for blurring the line between entertainment and actual news. Clearly, there was, and remains, an appetite for this type of information. It would be quite reckless and dishonest to chastise the media for providing the coverage and content their readers and viewers demand…

Canada.com

A job well done
‘American Idol’ stars are among those getting awards for good deeds.

Where can you find an inspirational speaker who was born with no arms or legs, an Aliso Viejo CEO who spends his spare time trying to save the natives on a primitive island, a Hollywood producer, a homeless guy and “American Idol” superstars Katharine McPhee and Chris Sligh, all hanging out together?

At Coast Hills Community Church.

Tonight……

OC Register

Ugly ‘American Idol’: U.S. Invades Eurovision Song Contest In Bigger Than The Sound
Taking over the impossibly cheesy contest is a sure-fire way to get the U.S. back on top.

…And while I saw many amazing things on my travels around Europe, I return home both enlightened and frightened (typing that sentence made me feel like this guy). Because no matter what you might have heard, people in the rest of the world aren’t exactly the biggest fans of Americans.

And by “aren’t exactly the biggest fans, ” I mean they pretty much hate us.

And yes, I’m as puzzled as you are as to just why this is, but it’s not exactly a stretch to say that right now, the U.S. is sort of like the “Rowdy” Roddy Piper of geopolitics. We’re the country the rest of the world loves to hate.

So perhaps we should start to behave a little bit more like the Rowdy one.

Which brings me to the point of this week’s column (you knew I’d get here sooner or later): the Eurovision Song Contest. And, tangentially, how America needs to positively dominate it…

MTV.com

Maroon 5 Earns Biggest First Week In iTunes Store History

…In addition to online and radio exposure, the excitement for Maroon 5’s album release was paved with a list of television appearances that includes American Idol, Saturday Night Live, Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV’s Total Request Live…

Digital50.com

Oscar Mayer(R) Pairs with American Idol(R) to Support Jingle Contest

Singing sensation and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin signs on to kick-off search

Calling all …hot dogs with a taste for Hollywood! It icon meets Idol as the Oscar Mayer brand today announced its official partnership with FremantleMedia for sponsorship of American Idol Season 7. America favorite hot dog company will amplify the partnership to support their …Sing the Jingle, Be a Star promotion via broadcast and online advertising, on-pack, and online at http://www.SingtheJingle.com …

Hispanic PR Wire

Jordin reportedly had some help to win ‹Idol

……Jordin was just 14 years old when she studied with me in 2004, vocal coach Melissa Black told Star magazine. …Her mom, Jodi Sparks, and her grandmother, Pam Wiedmann ‘  who acts as her manager ‘  found me on the Internet. We were together for nine months of intense vocal work, with Jordin taking one 30-minute class a week at $25 per class ¦ I knew she wouldnt take long to perfect her craft because she was so good.

Black says they havent spoken since Sparks stopped taking the classes, and she said mostly good things about her alleged former student. Nevertheless, Black admits, she was …hurt for a week when the …Idol winner said that she hadnt had any formal training. …Jordin didnt have to mention my name, but at least acknowledge you had training, she told the tab. …But Ive moved on, and I hold my head up high….

MSNBC

Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson: Power Struggle

…According to a source at Clarkson label, …She wrote all of the second album herself – including the hits ‹Because of You, ‹Behind These Hazel Eyes and ‹Walk Away. Clive hated ‹Because of You so much, he would routinely mock it in meetings. It was one of her most successful singles.

…She only gets like $250, 000 an album when she could get millions. She refuses to take more money because she wants artistic control. And she has always turned out to be right. If Clive had had his way, she wouldnt have sold nearly as many albums as she did.
We are appalled he is picking apart one of our own acts – and one that we all love.

But according to Clive Davis camp, there is another side to the coin. …Clive gave her ‹Hazel Eyes and ‹Walk Away and he gave her the production company to help make ‹Because of You a hit. We pay millions for the albums. This is incorrect….

Celebrity-Gossip.net

Police, Sting to Do MTV ‘Unplugged’

….
Kelly Clarkson vs. Clive Davis: Nonsense

…This is either some kind of urban myth that started outside the label or a PR stunt from within ‘ maybe designed to show Clarkson is a bit of a rebel, an “American Idol” with an edge.

Here something that is true: No albums go out under Davis name without his approval or imprimatur. It just not possible. For better or worse, Clive Davis is the last word on all his releases.

The new single, …Never Again, is not only very edgy, but it also reminiscent of Clarkson modern classic, …Since U Been Gone. Ironically, it was Davis who brought Clarkson that song for her last album, and transformed her from bland ballad singer to a pop new wave star a la the Go-Go’s or Chrissie Hynde lite.

It was one of the smartest changes in pop history, and gave Clarkson a career that the other “American Idol” winners have not achieved……………..

Fox News.com

HAMPTONS MAGAZINE COVER STAR CHRISTIE BRINKLEY KICKED OFF SUMMER AT HAMPTONS MAGAZINE’S 7TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARTY, SOUTHAMPTON

…Even former American Idol contestant Sarah Mather stopped by to perform a song for the adoring crowd…

PR Insider.com

47 Comments

  1. Fox ended up pulling Steve Perry from Aerosmith to do the somewhat embarrassing duet with the artist with the gimmicky hairà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Let’s hope that the NY Post corrected itself and researched the 70’s and 80’s before this really went to print. If not let’s hope they get lots of complaints.

    Last I knew Steve Perry was lead singer of Journey and JOE Perry is of Aerosmith fame and the one who performed on Idol. But WE all know that. Apparently the NY Post needs to learn it’s hair bands.

  2. The NY Post has a problem with credibility PERIOD. Guess they fired the fact checker.

  3. http://onmilwaukee.com/scoops/articles/lydershicks.html

    Idol chatter about a local TV anchor’s love life

    By Drew Olson Senior Editor

    Caroline Lyders of Channel 12 is an attractive, talented and accomplished broadcast journalist. During her 2 Â ½-year tenure in Milwaukee, she has established herself as a favorite in the OnMilwaukee.com editorial offices.

    That said, we were a bit perplexed when the “Milwaukee Talks” interview that managing editor Bobby Tanzilo did with Lyders back in November began to receive unusually heavy traffic during the recent holiday weekend.

    It didn’t take long to figure out why.

    Lyders, the co-anchor of the weekday edition of WISN “12 News This Morning,” has been romantically linked to singer Taylor Hicks, who became an international star after his victory on “American Idol” last year.

    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE PLUS PICTURES OF THE LADY OF INTEREST.

    Apparently the lady — Carolyn Lyders is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She did a documentary project on Jazz. Music seems to be the common interest between her and Mr. Hicks.

    See here :

    http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/radio/masters/1999/index.asp

  4. OK, I’ll bite — is LisaB the only one allowed to post Idol related news here, or are other people allowed to ?

    And if news are posted, are past idols fair game or are we limited only to Season 6 ?

    Are we only allowed to comment on news posted by LisaB and no other in this thread ?

    Please inform and if I am in the wrong, I won’t post anything else again.

  5. OK LisaB, Mea Culpa. I only tried checking the string “Taylor” and not finding it, assumed that there was no Taylor Hicks news ( I don’t read every post you give out there ).

    I would have deleted the upper portion of my post except for the bit about Columbia University but my 15 minutes are up and I can’t edit my post. No disprespect meant.

  6. I guess Maroon 5 appearing everywhere helped their first week sales. I would be watching Regis & Kelly right now for Blake and Charlie Gibson but we have a huge storm moving through the Dallas area and lost our satellite. :down_tb: I hope someone will get Blake’s part for us to watch.

  7. Bean, I heard he sings “She Will Be Loved” and plays guitar and has his loop pedal thingies! It sounds like it’s going to be great!

  8. The tv came back on but just in time for the math kid. Oh well, I’ll look forward to seeing it on-line.

  9. http://www.breathecast.com/Christian.Music.News-American.Idol.Recap:.Christians.a.Definite.Presence/14_1623.htm

    ‘American Idol’ Recap: Christians a Definite Presence

    Looking back at this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s season of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  one thing is quite clear: Christians had a very definite presence on the popular TV talent contest.

    The most obvious proof is this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s winner, Jordin Sparks, who took home the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  crown last week. She has been on the Christian music scene for some time, and will become a positive role model for other Christians out there.

    …..

    Third place vocalist Melinda Doolittle was a backup singer in Nashville, hometown to a majority of Christian artists, for some time, and was labeled as this yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s best singer by many critics. She also attended Belmont University à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ the largest Christian university in Tennessee.

    ….

    Other Christian top ten finalists included Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey, and LaKisha Jones, who have all voiced their Christian foundations.

    ….

  10. LBB, I didn’t see it the 1st time, so I’m not complaining.

    thanks for the other links Lisa.

  11. Apparently the lady à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Carolyn Lyders is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She did a documentary project on Jazz. Music seems to be the common interest between her and Mr. Hicks.

    See here :

    http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/radio/masters/1999/index.asp

    I haven’t seen that link posted anywhere else- thanks so much for finding and posting it LBB!! Very interesting to hear her doc!

  12. I am disappointed with Ozzie Osbourne actually. Sanjaya is NOT an idiot. That duet between those two may have been HOT! Also it could have been a water cooler subject all week.

  13. squishy… i agree with you, Sanjaya wasn’t THAT bad… I mean, c’mon… compared to some of the past mentors… he was okay. I was going to post something else about the blonde journalist and the Soul Patroller, but u all don’t need to see my nerosis up close and personal like that… :blink_tb:

  14. Yet another reminder.

    Please scan LisaB’s headlines and the rest of the thread before you post links in comments.

    Lisa makes it soooo easy. She posts headlines in Bold,and a short description of the article.

    Also, daily headlines means DAILY headlines. Not headlines from last week or last year. Please keep the articles you post in here CURRENT.

    I’ll be deleting posts that don’t follow the guidelines.

  15. Bean – I saw Blake’s performance. It was okay. He did fine but his looping got messed up in the beginning because his equipment also recorded the audience cheers. I think it threw him off. He had to restart the looping to fix it but I think he got nervous. Parts of it were too much echo but overall it was way different than any Idol performance on Regis and Kelly I’ve ever seen. Kelly looked really impressed with the equipment.

    The little interview was cute.

  16. Thanks again for all these links every day, lisab!

    I really enjoyed the article about Phil’s concert in Wichita– it sounds like he’ll be really enjoyable on the tour.

    Also, I’ve looked, but does anyone have any media of Melinda performing the national anthem last night?

  17. heyyyyyy !! That article right before the Maroon 5 one… the MTV.com one… the journalist mentioned Rowdy Roddy Piper… I freakin’ loved that dude !! I loved the “Hulkster” more but something about those kilts!! :embarrassed_ee: I am ashamed to admit that !! I do not have nor ever had a mullet !!

  18. Life is full of irony. Living in Hawai’i and missing Taylor’s current tour out here has been a bummer. And there he is…only blocks from my house…romping with a lady friend. Good for Taylor! Maybe we will get a show from him eventually….*sigh*

  19. Apparently the lady à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  Carolyn Lyders is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She did a documentary project on Jazz. Music seems to be the common interest between her and Mr. Hicks.

    Actually, they also probably share an interest in writing, as well. I was at Auburn in the journalism dept when Taylor took some communications and journalism classes there. I didn’t really know him, but I’m pretty certain I remember him in some classes.

  20. Bo Bice has been in poor health ever since his surgery. Doesn’t look like he’s fully recovered. Also, recent pictures of him shows him to be thin ( and I don’t mean that in a healthy way ). I hope he gets better.

  21. Meme I’ve already linked that for tomorrows links, so apologises now for double posting.

    About time Bo caught a break.

  22. LisaB I didn’t see it linked today, but thank you.
    BTW where have all the smileys disappeared to?

  23. BTW where have all the smileys disappeared to?

    They are tempermental for me too. :wallbash_tb: :wink1_tb:

  24. HAMPTONS MAGAZINE COVER STAR CHRISTIE BRINKLEY KICKED OFF SUMMER AT HAMPTONS MAGAZINEà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢S 7TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARTY, SOUTHAMPTON

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Even former American Idol contestant Sarah Mather stopped by to perform a song for the adoring crowdà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    PR Insider.com

    I don’t care what you say — Sarah Mathers — BEST SING OUT EVER. I still laugh today just thinking about it…BWAH!!!!

  25. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Katharine called them herself, trying to get on the [finale],à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  a source close to the singer tells Us. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really hurt.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    That reeks desperation. Better to rise above it.

  26. Aww, Kat, remember those first 3 weeks when you didn’t bother to show up on tour? :lol_ee:

  27. Thanks for the vids, mj! Jordin is such a breath of fresh air.
    Great vocalist and so squeaky clean. I love it!

  28. MJ – fun videos – thank you! Jordin may have a future in beatboxing. :-)

  29. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Katharine called them herself, trying to get on the [finale],à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  a source close to the singer tells Us. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really hurt.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Awwwwww…..my heart bleeds for *** “AI, I’m OVER IT” McPhee…..NOT. :lol_ee:

    What goes around, comes around Miss McPhee.

  30. Jordin is the perfect ‘American Idol’ in every way.

    Just hope they treat her right.

  31. AI specialists help me out here — was Bo Bice on either the last performance show or the Finale during Season 5? I recall he performed earlier in the season.

    Was Diane Di whatever on the final performance show or the Finale during Season 4? Did she perform earlier during Season 4?

    I don’t want to light candles or send flowers without good reason.

    And yes Lisa, we were discussing in chat last night that Jordin is a perfect fit as the American Idol winner. She could have been given a tiara on wednesday night and it would have seemed absolutely fitting.

  32. abbysee
    May 30th, 2007 at 9:30 am
    The NY Post has a problem with credibility PERIOD. Guess they fired the fact checker.

    Hmm, maybe they do their research at Wikipedia…

  33. KIGsOwn
    May 30th, 2007 at 7:47 pm
    poor kat. little did she know she didn t even need an ai appearance to stay in the BB 200à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ ;)

    I’m not sure clinging to the bottom rungs of the SoundScan 200 is a prime indicator of success and/or popularity and/or long-term potential as a recording artist.

    Rather, it is an indication of the weakening CD market when an album with sales of less than 4500 even appears on the chart; back in 2005, Kelly’s debut album “Thankful” re-entered the SoundScan 200 at # 200 in its 47th week of release with sales of roughly 16,400.

  34. RightSaidFred
    May 30th, 2007 at 7:43 pm
    AI specialists help me out here à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  was Bo Bice on either the last performance show or the Finale during Season 5? I recall he performed earlier in the season.

    Was Diane Di whatever on the final performance show or the Finale during Season 4? Did she perform earlier during Season 4?

    No, Bo’s ONLY performance on AI since the AI4 finale was on 03-09-06 when he sang “The Real Thing” on the last semi-final results show.

    Diana has never returned to the AI stage.

  35. Katharine was kind enough to come back to the show this season and meet with the contestants behind the scenes. Something that many of the guest performers wouldn’t even do. Yet they got invited on the show to perform an album plug, and she is not.

    Seems a little unfair- but life is rarely fair.

    I’m just happy she had an increase this week and hopefully with the new single and the tours she will stay steady for awhile.

    I saw a list posted over at Pulse of the best selling albums of 2007- Katharine’s is on it at #46 or 47 with total sales of over 325k. Granted she won’t stay there for long as new releases come out- but she has done well enough to stay in the 50 top selling albums for the calendar year. I’m sure there are plenty of artists out there who would love to have one week on that on chart, not to mention 5 months.

  36. Were there any runners-up on the finale–speaking of ****? Or did she expect to be invited back because 2nd is the same as 1st???

  37. No runner ups were at the finale. However, they could have had Katharine back in any number of slots filled by Pink, Robin Thicke, Akon, Fergie, etc. They just for whatever reason chose not too.

    I’m not entirely sure that Katharine called them herself.

    Last year Clay Aiken was at the finale and he was a runner up so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that she could have been on.

    Hell, I think if Daughtry hadn’t performed the night before they would have put him on the finale.

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