Idol Headlines for 05/30/09

Adam Lambert’s Mother Talks Sex and Contracts

Mum’s the word for American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert’s mother until he’s ready to talk’ and word is, he’s finally ready.

“I would rather not answer until it comes out, ” Leila Lambert said in a phone interview with E! News regarding Adam’s reported upcoming announcement to Rolling Stone that he is indeed gay.

But that’s not the real shocker. Check out what she has to say about the behind-the-scenes antics of the Idol camp…

Leila says she also signed a contract with American Idol and is not allowed to discuss her son personal life anyway without their permission.

“We signed a contract with Idol and unless it has been set up by them, I’m not allowed to answer, ” says Leila.


Kris Allen on side-mouth singing, lip-synching, and calling Danny a ‘jerk’

On speculation that he and Adam Lambert painted their nails as a campaign to get a Kradam finale. (i.e. at the exclusion of Danny Gokey)
That’s not what we were saying. This is what we were saying: There was this tabloid thing that came out about me and Adam, about how we don’t get along because I’m this conservative kid from Arkansas and he’s this L.A. liberal guy. Which, I could be nothing less than conservative. I’m just from Arkansas. And they were like, “He’s cranky because he misses his wife and Adam’s nail polish is all over the place and they can’t get along.” And we were like, “That’s so stupid. That’s the stupidest thing.” We just didn’t want people to think that we didn’t get along. Because we’re really great, great friends.

On calling Gokey a “jerk” on Larry King Live last Friday, in response to Gokey saying he had picked Allen to win.
That was a joke. Seriously, we’re all really good friends and we joke around with each other so much. It just came out. He’s like my brother as well. We’ve become so close. We’re around each other so much, we just joke around a lot. I hope people didn’t read it differently. I’m sure the Danny haters will. [Slips into a mean, angry voice] “Kris hates Danny!” It’s so weird that everyone hangs on to every word you say. But I’m not gonna change. I’m not gonna not joke around with Danny Gokey.

Entertainment Weekly

‘Idolatry’: Danny Gokey on the scream, the controversial photo, and the performance that made him ‘angry’

Here it is folks (and sorry for the delay): Idolatry’s hotly anticipated, five-part interview with Danny Gokey. With apologies to fans of the profoundly awkward, neither Kristen Baldwin, nor her alter ego Kristen With Glasses, participated in this sit-down chat. Idolatry’s commentary episodes may be brutally scathing — a place where EW staffers and I can vent our visceral feelings about American Idol — but if a contestant is game enough to pay us a visit, we’d never go out of our way to make him or her feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. In fact, the goal of these interview segments is to be as unfiltered as possible, but just as important, to give you a better sense of each and every Idol finalist — as I think we’ve seen all season, the best portions of contestants’ personalities often seem to end up on Fox’s editing-room floors. And so it was in that spirit we approached our conversation with Danny.

Entertainment Weekly

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“Idol” Winner Kris Allen: No Regrets

(CBS) It’s been called the biggest upset in “American Idol” history — last week’s win by Kris Allen. And the modest 23-year-old Arkansas native seemed most surprised of all.

“Are you the best singer out there?” asked “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi during Allen’s audition.

“You know, there’s probably people that are better than me, ” he said humbly.

At first, his humility had the judges questioning his star power.

“Your modesty is actually putting me off a little bit, ” said “Idol” judge Simon Cowell.

But as the season progressed, Allen used his versatility to turn from anonymity to stardom.

CBS News


American Idol champ Kris Allen checks out the view on the parade route alongside new pal Mickey Mouse during a celebratory ride Friday through the Walt Disney World theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


American Idol Kris Allen comes to Disney Hollywood Studios

I was one of the screaming fans at the parade today at Disney Hollywood Studios for American Idol latest winner Kris Allen. My daughter was loving every minute of it. She is a big Kris Allen fan.

‘American Idol’ Kris Allen Heads to Disney World

One of the first things that Kris Allen, the new “American Idol, ” did after winning the title was look into a TV camera and shout, “I’m going to Disney World!”

This week, he made good on his promise, joining Mickey Mouse for a victory parade and serenading Mickey’s gal pal, Minnie, prior to joining a gala celebration at the theme park’s “American Idol Experience” attraction.


Adam Lambert Reveals his Favorite Eyeliner

The Idol Runnerup answers reader questions about makeup dreams duets those Queen rumors and more.


Adam Lambert’s dance around his sexuality frustrates the blogosphere

“American Idol” may have ended last Wednesday with the coronation of Kris Allen, but the “Idol” news cycle continues. And since one controversy wasn’t enough this week, the specious voting story (that is, whether AT&T unfairly tilted the final vote toward Allen) has been replaced by an increasingly loud call for Adam Lambert to come out as gay.

Toward the beginning of the “Idol” season, photos of Lambert kissing another man and appearing in drag leaked onto the Internet. But without any declarations from Lambert himself, the mainstream media found itself confusedly trying to describe his sexuality in a way that does not happen with seemingly straight celebrities. As Frank Rich wrote in his column Sunday, “Lambert was ‘widely assumed to be gay’ (Entertainment Weekly), ‘seemingly gay’ (The Times) and ‘flam-bam-boyantly queeny’ (Rolling Stone).”

LA Times

Ryan Seacrest Likes Butts

“Idol” sweetheart Danny Gokey was on 103.7 KISS FM in Milwaukee yapping about all the important things from “American Idol” — like who fondles whom and whether Ryan Seacrest is gay. Both are groundbreaking and invigorating questions that the world must know.

When asked if Seacrest tried to touch his butt during the show Danny declared, “every day!”

At first I laughed it off … then I thought, is he telling one of those secret truths. You know what I’m talking about — it’s like when someone asks, “who ate the last bag of jalapeno flavored Cheetos” and you go “Yeah, it was me … not!” Knowing good and well your hands are orange and your mouth is spicy.

NY Post

Danny Gokey Chats It Up With OK!

While the country welcomed American Idol’s third place finisher Danny Gokey into their living rooms and lives, here at OK! magazine we were lucky to welcome the Milwaukee native into our very own offices, complete with ‘ you guessed it! ‘ cupcakes from Sprinkles.

During Danny’s visit, where he enjoyed the delicious treats and posed for pictures with his faithful fans here, he dished about how his life has changed since Idol, his personal music idol, the loss of his beloved wife, Sophia, and the foundation he dedicated to her memory.

OK Magazine

‘American Idol’ finalist Matt Giraud visits Grand Rapids to thank fans, signs autographs

Fans of “American Idol” finalist Matt Giraud turned out Friday afternoon by the dozens to see their West Michigan idol.

Giraud, of Kalamazoo, stopped by Celebration Cinema North to sign autographs and thank fans for their support.

“It feels great (to see everyone), ” Giraud said between hugs and snapshots with fans. “I love meeting the people that really voted and put me through (on the show), and I’m really honored to come back and be welcomed so nicely.”


After ‹Idol, a ‹Glee-ful Upset on the Charts

What makes American Idol such a pop-hit-generating juggernaut? The show-closing singles its winners are forced to sing are uniformly awful, so there must be something about Idol itself that ensures hits.

Is it the fact that it a cannily crafted competition that gives pop fans a rooting interest in budding acts with compelling backstories? It been said that Idol is the closest thing we Americans have to Eurovision, the annual nation-vs.-nation song smackdown, which has been generating pop hits reliably since the middle of the last century.

Or is it the simple fact that Idol is on TV, period? Im starting to think that it, looking at this week Billboard Hot 100.


Majority of Viewers Want Recount of American Idol Voting for Season 8 Winner

— 50% have less favorable view of AT&T after learning of controversial texting parties —

FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 29 /PRNewswire/ — A new national media study among 300 viewers of a news clip featuring the recent controversy surrounding the American Idol voting process revealed that the majority of respondents (59%) indicated that there should be a recount of the voting for the American Idol finale show.

The study was conducted by the website on May 28, to obtain Americans’ perceptions of the controversy involving Fox’s American Idol show and Fox’s sponsor AT&T, who hosted “texting parties” in Arkansas which were thought to give contestant, Kris Allen, an edge in the competition. To view agreement curves and detailed results go to:

The study also revealed that half of participants (50%) have a less favorable view of the AT&T brand after this incident was made public. In addition, a large majority (87%) reported that “power texting” (texting a vote multiple times for the same contestant) can influence the voting system for American Idol and similar competitions.

PR Newswire

Michael Johns Not Holding Back On First Post-‘Idol’ Album

While the American Idol post-season promo drive for Summer 2009 has kicked into gear for Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, Season 7’s Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-Idol album entitled “Hold Back My Heart.” Due June 23 via TRP Records, the twelve song set features six songs co-written by Johns and Dave Cobb. Diane Warren and British singer-songwriter James Morrison also contribute lyrics to the set.

Although Johns finished 8th in the 2008 edition of American Idol, his early exit actually worked in his benefit. He immediately went into the studio and started to lay down the initial tracks for what would become “Hold Back My Heart.”


“Idol” castoff Michael Johns to release album

NEW YORK (Billboard) – While the “American Idol” post-season promo drive has kicked into gear for winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert, Season 7’s Michael Johns will be resurfacing this summer with his first post-“Idol” album.

“Hold Back My Heart, ” due June 23 from TRP Records, is a 12-song set featuring six songs co-written by Johns and Dave Cobb. Diane Warren and British singer-songwriter James Morrison also contributed lyrics to the set.

Johns finished eighth in the 2008 edition of “American Idol, ” but his early exit worked to his benefit. He went straight into the studio and started to lay down the tracks for what would become “Hold Back My Heart.”


Summer turns into the silly season for TV networks

Serious things have already happened. Lives were saved on “ER, ” the world was saved on “24, ” murders were solved everywhere. Now it’s the summer silly season.

On Monday (June 1), NBC debuts a four-week, 15-episode run of “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”

Ten people will be dumped into the Costa Rican jungle; they’ll compete in survival games, with viewers eventually choosing a “King of the Jungle.” Contestants, of course, have deemed themselves jungle-worthy:

Not all contestants flash that much bravado. Sanjaya Malakar, says he had plenty of doubts, but was persuaded. “Stephen Baldwin said it’s an opportunity to go out and be yourself and have no filter.”

Malakar had pondered the obstacles. He would be the youngest contestant at 19, barely one-third of Dickinson (54). “A lot of people have had life experiences I haven’t had.”

The Northwestern

Paris Bennett: Im Motivated by Motherhood

Songstress Paris Bennett has learned a lot since her days on American Idol, but despite adding motherhood to her resume when she welcomed daughter Egypt, now 7 months, the 20-year-old skipped out on the lessons of hard labor! After feeling the baby moving around in her belly followed by some minor pain, the expectant mama went in early to her doctor appointment ‘  only to find out that she was already 8 cm dilated. …I called my mom and the family rushed to the hospital, she tells momlogic.

…I got to the hospital around 3:00 p.m. and Miss Egypt came at 3:36 p.m.

Celebrity Baby Blog

Jordin Sparks

She won American Idol in 2007, scored a transatlantic smash with ‘No Air’ last year, and her debut album’s shifted a nifty 1.5 million copies around the world. Now Jordin Sparks is back with ‘Battlefield’, a ten tonne tank of a pop song that’s sure to prove unstoppable this summer. Will her new album – due in July – be just as bombastic? We hooked up with the mighty-lunged belter to find out.

When did you first hear ‘Battlefield’?
“It kinda came up by fluke. I was in the studio working on another song with Wayne Wilkins, one of the writers of ‘Battlefield’, and he said to me, ‘I have a song I wanna play you but I don’t know if I should’. I was like, ‘Go for it – the worst that could happen is I don’t like it’. He played the song and honestly my jaw hit the floor. I didn’t wanna ask him on the spot if I could have the song, so I went to my A&R and said, ‘This song’s so phenomenal, you have to ask him if it’s available’. About a week later I got a call saying I was going to record it.”

Digital Spy

From ‹Idol to Stardom

BACKSTAGE at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, Constantine Maroulis inspected the contents of his dressing-room minifridge: a liter of Coke, one bottle of Champagne and two cans of, yes, Rockstar Energy Drink.

…It just like my apartment, said Mr. Maroulis, 33, the leading man in the musical …Rock of Ages and a former …American Idol contender, before exiting into a scrum of female fans.

As Drew in …Rock of Ages, Mr. Maroulis plays a bartender who wails big-hair hits from the 1980 while struggling to become famous. As a singer and actor with an album, a devoted (albeit modest) following, and a Tony nomination for best performance by a leading actor in a musical, Mr. Maroulis is faultlessly polite, self-effacing and even melancholy.

…Oh, Ill never win, he said. …Im pretty sure it will go to the guys from ‹Billy Elliot.

NY Times

Britain’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell overrules producers to send 10-year-old girl through

Mr Cowell’s intervention in last night’s semi-final came after 10-year-old Hollie Steel, from Accrington, became overcome by nerves halfway through her performance of Edelweiss and stopped singing.

Hollie, distraught, asked to be allowed to start again. But presenter Anthony McPartlin, on instructions from the production gallery, told her that there was no time.

As McPartlin and his co-host Declan Donnelly tried to console the girl, Cowell interrupted, saying: “Hollie, I don’t care how we find it, but we will find the time somewhere.”

Susan Boyle Enters Safe House on Eve of BGT Finale

There’s just one more day until Susan Boyle can justify her global celebrity’ and live up to expectations as the bookmakers’ favorite’ by winning the finale of Britain’s Got Talent. No pressure, though.

After a tension-filled week that saw the 48-year-old Scot’ unflatteringly dubbed “Ramboyle” and the “Hairy Angel” by her pals in the British press’ unleash an expletive-laced rant at reporters (and maybe a judge or two), reportedly threaten to quit the reality hit and be publicly defended by the otherwise caustic Piers Morgan, there’s yet one more twist to Boyle’s tale.

The church volunteer turned worldwide phenomenon has been placed in a safe house in advance of tomorrow’s show.

“I want nothing more than to stay and sing in the Britain’s Got Talent final, ” Boyle said yesterday. “I’ve spent weeks rehearsing’ it’s all I’ve been thinking about. I’m not going to throw away my big chance now.”


Susan Boyle Is Your ‘Ultimate Idol’

And the “Ultimate Idol” is . . . Susan Boyle!

More than 57, 000 of you voted in a viewer poll, and a whopping 71 percent of you say Boyle, the …Britain Got Talent sensation, has the pipes to pummel “American Idol” winner Kris Allen.

And unlike “American Idol, ” we’re giving you the exact tally: 40, 966 votes for Boyle and 16, 898 votes for Allen.

Despite Boyle’s foul-mouthed rant earlier this week and rumors of another impending meltdown, her fans remain steadfast in their support of the single Scot with the voice of an angel.

FOX News

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