Idol Headlines for 05/31/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Jordin Sparks: I Like My Curves

Jordin Sparks didn’t just win American Idol last week ‘ she won a lifelong battle to accept herself.

“I think it really helped boost her self-esteem and made her realize she’s beautiful as she is, ” her grandmother, Pam Weidmann, tells PEOPLE for its new issue. Jordin’s mom, Jodi, says of her daughter’s May 23 victory: “It was huge to see her confidence level grow. … She’s standing taller now.” ….

Illness idles an Idol
Review: After saying he’s not feeling well, Bo Bice cuts short his show in Anaheim.

It was obvious from the time that Bo Bice took the House of Blues Anaheim stage at 9:10 p.m. that something was wrong. At just about any concert given by a seasoned performer, the artist busts out of the gate with a song and saves the small talk for later. Bice looked tired and fumbled with his acoustic guitar for what seemed like a minute or so before launching into his first song, the Southern rock-styled “I’m Gone.”……..


‘Heart’ a well-sung, silky smooth tribute to Tony Bennett

…Lest anyone think the Queens-born Anthony Benedetto has peaked, think again. The 80-year-old singer earned his 14th Grammy Award this year, he’s just released an album of duets with the likes of U2’s Bono and country’ superstar Tim McGraw, has nine concerts scheduled this month, and he was a featured performer on the finale of Fox’s No. 1-rated singing show, “American Idol, ” two weeks ago. Perhaps the man who summed up Bennett’s career best was Sinatra, who told Life magazine in 1965, “For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business … He’s the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind and probably a little more.”…


Idol in Love

Having grown up in Wisconsin, I have a soft-spot for all things related to the cheese capitol of the world. So, I can’t help sharing the news that last year’s American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has found himself a Milwaukee maven. The gal in question? has identified her as Caroline Lyders, the co-anchor of the weekday edition of WISN 12 News This Morning….

TV Cocktail

Paula Abdul found her purpose on `Idol‹

Paula Abdul says she didn‹t figure out her purpose in life until she became a judge on Fox network‹s “American Idol.”

“Being a judge on American Idol‹ overshadows being a Grammy Award winner and selling millions of records, ” she says….

Olberlin Times


TAYLOR Hicks is singing a happy tune these days about a new girlfriend he’s been secretly seeing – until now.

Hicks, who won “American Idol” last year, was caught this week with Caroline Lyders, a local morning news co-anchor in Milwaukee….


No dice for Bice, but will Yamin lead an ‘Idol’ parade to town?

What becomes of an American who wants to be your idol but fails? We’re now finding out.
Bo Bice was to become the latest “American Idol” castoff to visit Tucson ‘  until his show at the Rialto was canceled Tuesday due to poor ticket sales.

But it’s not lonely at the bottom. Earlier this year, “American Idol” lesser-than Chris Daughtry played The Rock, and also-ran Elliott Yamin will hit the Rialto on June 19.
Only time will tell whether being a performer on a reality show like “Idol” is really that much different in the long run from being a participant on a reality show like “The Real World.” If your talent is questionable, the only real distinction now is that with “Idol” you can tour venues for a little while….


‹AMERICAN IDOL IN BLACK AND WHITE: Article points out Billboard disparity between pop- and R&B-flavored winners.

An article by Rodney Thrash ( of the St. Petersburg Times points out the record sales gap between the finalists of …American Idol who record pop records, and those who sing R&B.

…Except for Taylor Hicks, last year’s top vote-getter, the white winners have outsold the black ones, writes Thrash. …To be sure, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino have done well for themselves. They’ve gained entry into a world that, without ‹Idol, would have been inaccessible. But their success has been confined to a narrower audience than that of more successful Idol alums…….

HIP-HOP REMIX TO SONG BY ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Rapper Articulate Gets A hold of ‘Before he Cheats.’

Carrie Underwood’s hit single, “Before He Cheats”, has been remixed by up and coming rapper Articulate.

The unofficial remix features two additional verses by Articulate, and has been receiving much praise since it leaked online late last week….

Underwood’s QB boyfriend calls for timeout
Plus: Sickly Spears spotted after throwing up in men’s room

Carrie Underwood football-star boyfriend is calling for a timeout.

The two have been tight for several months: Tony Romo flew to Nashville to celebrate the American Idol cutie 24th birthday recently, and she returned the favor, flying to Dallas to celebrate his 27th.

But now, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has told Underwood that he wants to bench their relationship during the football season, according to the National Enquirer. Football season begins in September and lasts until January….



…While participants on the glorified talent show that is American Idol seem to have trouble shaking the shadow of that show, Slone hasnt found the title of Rock Star alumni to come with the same problem. That could be in part because, unlike the majority of the Idol contestants’ who generally make or break themselves on their ability to sing cover songs’ Slone and the other Rock Star singers also had to prove themselves as writers…

Vue Weekly

‘Idol’ gossips speculating on romance between Hicks, WISN-TV anchor

It looks like Channel 12 morning anchor Caroline Lyders and 2006 “American Idol” Taylor Hicks are, at the very least, pals.

First, the official word: A request for confirmation of the story from Lyders was answered with this e-mail from her boss, Channel 12’s general manager, Jan Wade:

“She has asked that I get back to you on it. She is not comfortable, nor are we, in discussing the personal lives of our employees. We ask that you respect that . . . and I feel comfortable that you will.”…….

JS Online

Thumb-tapping teens rack up text bills
Forget minutes. Today’s thumb-tapping teens are racking up huge text bills

…Driving up the bills to even greater heights are premium text messaging services. Want to send one of the 64.5 million messages to vote for your favorite “American Idol” crooner? Standard messaging rates apply. But message a psychic or chat service found on late night television and the price per message can be dollars, not cents…

Tomorrow’s debut of the film “Everyone’s United” will give folks a second chance to experience the array of entertainers that performed at last year’s Pride in the ‘Burg festival

…In addition to the film debut, jazz and blues musician Roddy Barnes will perform live onstage. Barnes routinely performs with popular Saffire artist Gaye Adegbalola, and has played at previous Pride festivals. Other featured artists will include hip-hop singer and former “American Idol” contender Josh Kelly, blues singer Joshua Myers of King George, and blues and pop singer Michael Jackson Jr…

More than a Game for Cutters

…But the biggest change at the turnstiles will undoubtedly lie in a pair of performances by former “American Idol” personalities Ace Young and William Hung. Young was one of the show’s top 12 in 2006 while Hung gained fame from his famously awful audition in 2004. Young will perform on June 29, Hung on July 19 in games Webb expects to sell nearly all of Yale Field’s 5, 000 seats…

New Haven Register

Daughtry making most of ‘Idol’ worship

…..”The tremendous radio and video support, the great crowds we get at our shows, the intensity of our online fans ‘  all of it ‘  is everything any artist could ever ask for, ” said Daughtry.

Since the start of his tour and his movement into rock star standing, he has never forgotten the most important part of his music career: the fans.

“We see all these new faces every day at our shows, including great, great rock fans who make each performance an adventure, ” he said.

“I want all of our fans to know that every song we play is a thank you right back at each and every one of them for standing by us in such an awesome way.”

Daughtry will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm. Tickets are sold out, so concert-goers are urged to arrive early. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. For more information, visit

Thursday TV talk

7 a.m.

Today: …American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis perform; coach Bela Karolyi and gymnasts; chef Ming Tsai on …Today Kitchen.

10 a.m.

Live with Regis & Kelly: From …Wild Kingdom, Peter Gros drops in with exotic animals; …American Idol finalist.


Daughtry wows crowd at Jesters

…Wednesday marked the seventh time Pierce saw Daughtry in concert. She and Callahan traveled from Columbia, S.C., where they saw him the day before. The women met on an Internet fan site and have been hitting the road together seeing the band.

…We just love Chris, Pierce said, …but we love Daughtry now.

The women said theyre happy to see Daughtry in an intimate setting before he starts playing bigger and bigger shows. …Id see him every show if I could, Pierce said.



…Weve written extensively in the past about American Idols who date athletes ‘  Elizabeth Hasselbeck, some girl from Making the Band and Carrie Underwood, to name a few ‘  and were ready to add another: former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, who recently went on a national radio show and refused to answer questions on whether or not she had a breast augmentation, is dating Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators.

If youre compelled to do so, look her up on Myspace and go check out some photos of the two of them together. There, she leaves something of a hint about whether or not she had an enhancement ‘  her ‹idol is Dolly Parton. The Pickler-Tootoo instantly becomes the second-best athlete-celebrity combo in hockey (though some may not really consider Pickler a ‹celebrity) behind the Rangers Sean Avery and actress Elisha Cuthbert…

Metro Blog

June 2007 events
What’s there to do in Joplin, MO and environs?–

21-23: The Silver Anniversary of the Shell AROTELLA SuperRigs Contest will take place at the Petro Truck Stop; I-44, Exit 4. Besides the work-a-day trucks vying for $25, 000 in prizes, the event will include a concert featuring Carmen Rasmussen from American Idol Season 2.

Joplin Independent

Shows finish with flourish

¢Idol closer. The sixth-season ender of top-rated American Idol Wednesday drew 30.7 million viewers, behind last year’s 36.4 million but ahead of the show’s first, third and fourth seasons. Overall, Idol 6 averaged 29.5 million on Tuesdays, down 5% from last year, but Wednesday’s results show (30 million) matched 2006’s series high.


Former ‘Idol’ finalist performs in O.C.
Former “Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis will appear at autism fundraiser in Anaheim.

Constantine Maroulis, a former “American Idol” finalist, will perform during a fundraiser benefiting Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks in Anaheim. The event, “An Evening of Hope, ” will also include cocktails, a three-course dinner and a silent auction….

OC Register

Twice the taste to be offered June 28
Taste of the Canyon to join forces with Taste of Anaheim.

…There will also a wine garden, business expo and live entertainment. Starship and Friends (starring Mickey Thomas) will headline, while Lisa Tucker (Anaheim resident and “American Idol” finalist), the Zippers and the Alley Cats will also perform…

OC Register

Report: Katharine McPhee “hurt” by ‘American Idol’ finale “snub”

Last May, Katharine McPhee didn’t receive enough love from viewers and finished second during American Idol’s fifth-season finale. And last week, it was reportedly the same old song for McPhee during Idol’s sixth-season finale — only this time, she was supposedly shunned by the show’s producers, not home viewers….

…”She’s really hurt, ” the source told US about how McPhee felt following the reported decision to not invite her to participate in Idol’s sixth-season finale broadcast, which also featured performances by original Idol champion Kelly Clarkson, second-season Idol winner Ruben Studdard and fourth-season Idol winner Carrie Underwood along with appearances by numerous non-Idol artists, including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Green Day, Bette Midler, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and Bebe and Cece Winans….

Reality TV World

MUSIC REVIEWS: Dolores O’Riordan, Paris Bennett, The Cripple Lilies

Paris Bennett sometimes seems destined to be a pop music queen on her debut “Princess P, ” but too often she’s in search of an appropriate kingdom and dodgy on just what kind of ruler she would make.

Bennett, an 18-year-old also-ran from the fifth season of “American Idol, ” has immeasurable potential. She’s got dynamic range and a booming, soulful voice. And given her stature — she’s 4-foot-11 — and proclivity for wearing a tiara, the singer stands out from the pack for more than just her voice.

It wouldn’t be worth noting that she had even been on “Idol” except that some of “Princess P’s” shortcomings seem directly linked to the machinations of the show. “Idol” contestants are forced to prove their diversity, and Bennett is bent on doing the same on her debut. Electric guitars pointlessly slice into the fiery R&B mix of first single “Ordinary Love, ” apparently proving her rock mettle, and the singer needlessly updates the Angels’ classic hit “My Boyfriend’s Back” (though Bennett’s conclusion, “You’ve officially been princessed, ” is a cute touch)……..


Red Cross sweetens first taste of home for troops
Andrews Air Force Base is first stop for the wounded on their way to medical treatment centers

…By the time the troops arrived, the volunteers had prepared an assortment of cookies, candy, movies, magazines and ‹‹American Idol Taylor Hicks CDs in the lounge, which was renovated in 2005 with money donated by local businesses. Seven black leather armchairs fanned out around the entertainment center, and patients shuffling into the room were directed to the adjacent computer station for Internet access…

Access To A Dream: Lauren & Michelle Meet Their ‘Idols’

In our latest installment of our Access to a Dream series, we hooked up eight “American Idol” finalists with two wonderful little girls, and the result was pure Hollywood magic….

Access Hollywood

High 5: Maroon Swoons Charts

…Getting boosts from the American Idol two-night finale were alums Chris Daughty, whose Daughtry checked in at number six, and Carrie Underwood, whose Some Hearts climbed back in the Top 10 at number eight. The album entered its 80th week on the Billboard 200 having already sold over 5.53 million…


Bebe & Cece Winans Reunite for New Album after 13 Years

…The two plan on building off their booming past.

“I’m so grateful of Bebe & Cece’s past accomplishments, added BeBe. …But I’m so excited about coming back together and blazing new trails of hope into the hearts of people all around the world.”

Besides their time together, the two have gone onto successful solo careers. BeBe released many winning solo projects, did some work as a producer, and also appeared on stage and in film. CeCe, among other things, has gone on to release seven gold and platinum albums.

The two were most recently seen reunited with Melinda Doolittle, their former backup singer, in the …American Idol finale last Wednesday when they performed …Hold Up the Light….


Former ‘American Idol’ finalist Elliott Yamin does music his way now

…What he loses this time around in amenities — he is now calling his tour bus home, and last we checked St. Andrews didn’t have an on-call masseuse — he gains in creative freedom: This time it’s his show, playing his music to his fans.

“It’s my own little headlining tour, ” crows Yamin, on the phone from Los Angeles earlier this month. “I’m really thrilled to get out there and touch the fans and have a blast out there on stage.”…

Caroline Lyders is Taylor Hicks new love!

With American Idol season 6 officially out of the way we’re back on Idol Gossip; today’s Idol gossip is the revelation of Taylor Hicks new love, Miss Caroline Lyders…


Aerosmith live at ‘Vegas of the East’

…Ending on a lighter note, lead guitarist Joe Perry, who arrived late in Dubai in order to appear on the American Idol final, said he enjoyed playing the Kinks’ You Really Got Me with the aspiring singer Sanjaya on the show.

“I knew we were probably going to play India and it would be a good thing to kind of jack him up, ” said Perry. “He just overwhelmed me with a great personality and I think he’s got a future if he works at it. He’s got the drive and there’s just something about him.”…


Carrie Underwood regains the number one country music album spot

After one week out of the top spot, Carrie Underwood regained it on the Billboard country album chart with “Some Hearts.” That means Gretchen Wilson only was able to stay at the top for one week with her new disc, “One of the Boys.”
“Some Hearts, ” now in its 80th week on the chart, sold 51, 000 units, an increase of 10 percent from the previous week to be the 8th best selling disc in the U.S. She may have been helped by her appearance on the season six ” American Idol” finale last week. Wilson sold about 75, 000 last week in her debut week.

Country Standard Time

Does Taylor Hicks have a new chick?

…C’mon Lyders, you could have totally given us more than that?! And here I was starting to think that Taylor Hicks was gay. Shame on me!

Gay Socialites

West Bay Opera shows why ‘The Merry Widow’ is still alive and kicking

LAST WEEK, I watched the finals of the “American Idol.” After two hours of bizarre costumes, hip thrusting, flashing lights, prancing into the audience, high-pitched screaming of mostly incomprehensible lyrics, a new “American Idol” was born, with all the attention, power and pelf that goes with it.
The following weekend I reviewed the West Bay Opera’s production of Franz Lehar’s famed operetta “The Merry Widow” at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. The show was first produced more than 100 years ago and is still alive and kicking.

So that made me wonder, to which of these two styles of music will our descendants be listening 100 years from now? With richly modulated baritones, tenors and contraltos, beautiful bell-like excursions into the vocal stratosphere by the sopranos, the nuanced modulations and rich harmonic structures, I would put my money on Franz Lehar…

Inside Bay Area

Events Calendar

Saturday, June 16

Charity book sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35 Concord St., North Reading, featuring American Idol singer Ayla Brown. Free admission.

Andover Townsman

Backstreet Boy, ‹Idol contestant to come to Frederick
Town celebration is free at Centennial Park

With the big day just more than a week away, officials are gearing up for Frederick centennial celebration June 9.

The town has released a final schedule for the party, which is free and runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Centennial Park, between Fifth and Eighth streets at the east end of downtown.

…The day performers and other entertainment represent a unique mix of historical, contemporary and just plain fun elements that attendees of all ages will enjoy, Mayor Eric Doering said. …Im looking forward to sharing a full, very special day with several thousand of my closest friends and neighbors.

The schedule includes:

6 p.m. ‘  Evening concert featuring …American Idol contestant Mandisa, The Katinas and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys.

Longmont FYI

One American Idol finalist lives in paradise

Pull up the American Idol Web site and click on Great American Idol Songwriters, scroll down through the 20 finalists to the name Reed Waddle.
Waddle is a Destin resident and is establishing a reputation as a singer-songwriter across the country.
His song …I Saw Stars, was selected as a finalist from more than 25, 000 songs submitted in the premier American Idol Songwriter competition. The song is included on Waddle first CD, …Rush In, released in October 2002, which was cut at his father small home studio….

The Walton Sun


  1. Good morning, Lisa. :)

    Interesting, that hamster article. I had never had one myself but my nephew took one as a pet before. I like hamsters – very cute creatures. I call my friends “hamhams” (from this japanese cartoons series called “Hamtaro” that I watch every morning). Hee. :)

    Taylor and Caroline Lyders, Carrie and Tony Romo, Kellie and Jordin Tootoo…The buzz is apparently on the Idols’ lovelives.

    Sad to hear about Bo’s troubles. I really hope his second album succeeds. I’m definitely buying one (hope it’s good, too).

  2. Good Morning purple and Lisa B. You’re right, purple. There seem to be more “love life” articles than music articles this morning. People love gossip!

  3. Good morning! Had no idea hamsters could be so dangerous?! what an odd story, hope this poor man recovers..

    Am sad about Bo, my fav from season four, what a toll his illness has taken on his ability to manage his career and music, amazing talented man who deserves so much better. Attended one of his shows last yr, his original music very good, Clive again striking out with his inability to think outside of the generic commercial box he tried to force Bo in.
    Looking forward to the second CD

  4. I just saw Jordin and Blake on the Today show. Now Melinda’s on Regis/Kelly. Both Jordin/Blake are adorable but after hearing them sing, can I put my money on Melinda Do being the breakout star of Season 6? If only we could actually invest in their careers. :) WOW They played Elliott’s Movin On as the intro to Melinda who sounds great (but I’m not digging the cheesy song she’s doing.)

  5. RE: Gay Socialites

    I found this phrase from the website quite revealing of what they want celebrities to be :

    And here I was starting to think that Taylor Hicks was gay. Shame on me!”

  6. Carrie Underwoodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hit single, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Before He Cheatsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , has been remixed by up and coming rapper Articulate.

    The unofficial remix features two additional verses by Articulate, and has been receiving much praise since it leaked online late last weekà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    This is totally understandable, given the angry and “I’ll teach him a lesson” nature of the song.

    There is of course an attraction to “badness” and violence in the hip-hop, rapper world.

    I looked at iTunes recently and noticed that of the top 100 songs listed there, roughly 1/4 of them have explicit lyrics.

    “Before He Cheats” is a theme that the rap and hip hop world can really exploit.

  7. what the heck is wrong with poor Bo Bice? Is it gastric? He’s never really looked like the picture of health , poor guy….

  8. Is it gastric?

    In 2005, Bo had been suffering from stomach pain for months and was rushed to the hospital for emergency intestinal surgery to remove a blockage. The surgery was successful, but he was sidelined from his tour.

    He has not been in good health for some time. Fans of his ( of which I am one ) were dismayed when he broke his foot while performing in concert in Manchester, New Hampshire in July 2005. The man bravely carried on even with this problem.

    He hasn’t really recovered from his intestinal problems and has been readmitted more than once to the hospital for complications.

    I just hope that he totally recovers from this blow. He, together with Taylor Hicks, is one of the most talented performers ever to grace the idol stage and the music industry will be less interesting without him.

  9. Thanks, Lisa B. Some good ones today.

    Bo: I worry for him. Hoping what is ailing him is not serious and he can recover, yet again.

    Taylor: One more weapon removed from the bash-Taylor arsenal – “He’s gay.”

    Looks like Jordin/Blake are on the whirlwind publicity tour. They are both very likable, winning, attractive Idol 2007 winner/runner-up. I wish them well. They deserve every success coming their way because both seem like good kids.

  10. LBB —- I think I like you. I’m not alone in secretly wishing for fame, fortune , stardom.. bla bla bla.. but wow, I don’t think I could handle all these speculations that these poor bastards go through.. I mean, now the headline for Carrie Underwood on MSNBC screams out “BENCHED”…c’mon.. that’s just wrong…

  11. Poor Bo. His health issues never seem to end. I’m glad that Melinda was finally able to perform on a show. I haven’t watched it yet but did see Blake & Jordin on the Today show. No glitches for Blake today and he sounded really good.

    I feel bad for Kat that they didn’t have her on the show this season. She would have been a lot better than some they had on.

  12. She would have been a lot better than some they had on.

    TPTB needs to go back to the drawing board for next season. I think, by and large, their efforts failed. What happens next season will be an indication of whether or not AI did jump the shark this go-around. I was just disappointed with the overall blah-ness of the whole deal and the lack of highlighting the contestants themselves. Oh well. 7 months for TPTB to figure it out….

  13. I feel bad for Kat that they didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have her on the show this season. She would have been a lot better than some they had on.

    Look, I like the Divine Miss “M” herself but what did she have to do with American Idol ?

    Instead of her, we could have had Kat Mcphee. The producers stink.

  14. The snub to Katharine was painfully obviously. Heck, even Justin Guarini was in the audience.

  15. I just don’t get why they’d snub Katharine, it seems like a win-win situation to have her on sometime during the season.
    Oh and at the Award show for good deeds (whatever it’s called) Katharine sang “Stand” with BeBe and Home off of her record.

  16. Oh and at the Award show for good deeds (whatever ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s called) Katharine sang à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Standà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with BeBe and Home off of her record.

    Is that video or mp3 available anywhere that you know of?

  17. I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get why theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d snub Katharine

    I don’t get it either. I’m sure one of Carrie’s songs could’ve been handled by Kat instead…

  18. jpfan: I just saw Jordin and Blake on the Today show. Now Melindaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s on Regis/Kelly. Both Jordin/Blake are adorable but after hearing them sing, can I put my money on Melinda Do being the breakout star of Season 6? If only we could actually invest in their careers. :) WOW They played Elliottà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Movin On as the intro to Melinda who sounds great (but Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not digging the cheesy song sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s doing.)
    Apparently they played Elliott in reference to it being not bad coming in number 3. Now if we could only get these 2 3’s to duet!

  19. Is that video or mp3 available anywhere that you know of?

    Not yet, here is the post from KMF “”Okay I just got home…. I will give full review and pictures tomorrow… but here are the highlights… Kat sang “Stand” with Bebe Winans… she sang “Home”…. she (and Nick) got an award….and I met her!! Ok….I need to get to sleep but expect more tomorrow when I get home from work! ”
    So it sounds just like pictures and a recap.
    Also it’s not really a headline but Katharine will be doing choreography and shooting love story next week.

  20. As far as Kat being snubbed, there were no other 2nd place finishers on the finale, so why does she think she should have been asked? I think it was great they actually had the winners get something special.

  21. Dear mj…. may I ask a question that is un-related to any of the headlines for I can’t jump in the chat section @ work and I really would like to know the answer to this question….. and there are some peeps on here who have the smarts.. please? :biggrin_wp:

  22. I can understand them not having Kat perform during the finale since they didn’t have any of the other runners-up (on the other hand, I would’ve liked them to have all the runners-up there too!), but she certainly should have been on at some point during the season. I mean, come on, they had Pickler on, not to mention last year’s 3rd and 4th place finishers!! Yeah, I’d feel hurt if I were her too!!

  23. Many fans don’t think she should have been at the finale, but atleast sometime during the competition? Considering she was introduced to them the week Kellie sang. I think she thought if they hadn’t asked her all year they would ask her for the finale but then they didn’t. That’s the way a lot of other people were looking at it, not just Kat or her fans.

  24. I think there is more than meets the eye with Katharine not being included on Idol this year. I have no clue what it is, but there is more “there” there.

    While I am not a fan of hers, I felt not having her on during the season was wrong on many, many levels.

    I agree TPTB need to do a lot of “fixing” of that show, but I am one who will never hold my breath on that one.

    One thing I would love to see, since there are now 6 seasons under their belt, so-to-speak, is a return of some past contestants to sing, or simply to update their lives. (And that is kinda happening on “Idol Rewind” anyway) I do not see them changing the mentor/plug-my-latest CD format to do this.

  25. MJ, I have to post this because this is the first time I found a youtube link to Nicole Tranquillo’s (top 24) band Soul School. This is a recent link. I love her voice and was a fan of hers, so disappointed that she didn’t last long on the show.

  26. American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Katharine McPhee and World Renowned Performance Artist David Garibaldi will perform at the 2007 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 8 from 7:30 – 9:30 at the Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley. Tickets are FREE and are available at participating AT&T locations beginning June 1. For a store near you or for more information visit Competition for over 1,000 athletes will take place on the campus of UC Berkeley June 9 & 10. Admission is free.

  27. Billboard Chart Beat:

    If you scroll through the section on Umbrella, there is lots of factoids about Idol.

    Some Highlights:

    The following Idols charted for the first time this week:
    Mandisa (#2 Hot Singles, #17 Christian Songs, #16 CAC)
    Jordin Sparks (various)
    Blake Lewis (various)

    This brings the total number of charting Idols to 30.

    Season 1 (5): Kelly, Justin, Tamyra, RJ, Jim
    Season 2 (4): Ruben, Clay, Kimberley, Josh
    Season 3 (7): Fantasia, Diana, Jasmine, LaToya, George, John, Jennifer
    Season 4 (3): Carrie, Bo, Mario
    Season 5 (8): Taylor, Katharine, Elliott, Chris, Paris, Kellie, Bucky, Mandisa
    Season 6 (2): Jordin, Blake
    Plus William Hung [Season 3?]

    [I think they are forgetting Ayla from one of the Heat Seeker charts. Northeast?]

    Kimberley Locke’s song “Change” reached #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart meaning that the number of #1’s Idols have achieved is 124.

    And one more tidbit:

    “As of Chart Beat’s press deadline, label deals have not been firmed for Sparks and Lewis, though both will be signed to imprints within the Sony BMG family.”

  28. Since Billboard Charts are mentioned, I heard from other boards that Pulse has reported that Taylor Hicks sold another 3,000 units (approx) of his CD making a total of 682,000 (approx).

    Just FYI.

  29. Since Billboard Charts are mentioned, I heard from other boards that Pulse has reported that Taylor Hicks sold another 3,000 units (approx) of his CD making a total of 682,000 (approx).

    So he did get a bounce – a 50% uptick. That’s about average for a AI appearance (last week he sold 2000).

  30. Its very odd Kat wasnt on during this season as she is on Clives label. Elliot is not under their management or on Clives label so promoting him wasn’t dollars per se under their belt. Prmoting Kat and enhancing her sales wouldve been. Very strange how they have kinda buried the top two last year. If all we have heard about Taylor and Kat wanting more say over how they were handled and what they recorded, etc., were true, possibly this is Clive and companys way of getting the message out to this years idols and future ones to play ball his way or get “buried”.

  31. Does anybody know the viewership for next-to-last night and the finale?

  32. Since Billboard Charts are mentioned, I heard from other boards that Pulse has reported that Taylor Hicks sold another 3,000 units (approx) of his CD making a total of 682,000 (approx).

    So he did get a bounce – a 50% uptick. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s about average for a AI appearance (last week he sold 2000).

    He got a huge increase on Amazon. I expected many more sales than that? I personally don’t know how his sales can increase, because the two Walmarts that I’ve been in have only one or two, and I’ve heard many people saying their Walmarts are completely out.

  33. Again…why would *** be included in the finale?? It is not common for the runners-up to get much after-season AI recognition. I can think of Clay (who beat Ruben’s sales embarrassingly) and Justin after Season 1. I am confused here!

  34. It is not common for the runners-up to get much after-season AI recognition.

    Every runner up except Diana has appeared the following season at sometime. Once again, most Kat fans do not feel she should have been at the finale but atleast SOMETIME during the competition. I don’t know how many times I have to say that (probably as many times as saying Katharine isn’t managed by 19)

  35. He got a huge increase on Amazon. I expected many more sales than that?

    Norah Jones broke the pre-sale record on Amazon with only 30k and she was number one for a very long time.

  36. Snap Judgment: Early excerpts from Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My December’

    “Kelly stuck to her guns with this record and I think it worked. Simon does too. (Not that you cared). But what do you think, PopWatchers? Do you want to hear more? Are you on Team Kelly or Team Clive?”

    The article contains a link where you can listen to three snippets from her album (“Sober”, “Maybe”, “Can I Have a Kiss”):

  37. I’ve heard those songs earlier this week and I really liked them, no it’s not really mainstream hook driven songs but i still like them.

  38. Whatever the reason that Kat wasn’t invited back, and she actually asked to be, there must be some reason other than scheduling. Most likely it will never surface, though.

  39. Billboard sent out a notice that it will be re-running it’s Hot 100 and Bubbling under charts today due to an error calculating some songs with high sales numbers, but low airplay….I wonder whose songs those could be…

    (People have been scratching their heads about why more songs by Jordin and Blake did not end up in the Hot 100 when a lower selling song from Jordin ended up in the Bubbling Under 100 Chart).

    So, we may get differing reports in some articles about chart positions.

  40. He got a huge increase on Amazon. I expected many more sales than that?

    Amazon accounts is a small factor in record sales. It is the Wal-Marts and Targets of the country that account for the bulk of CD sales ( roughly 30% ).

    I read on other sites too that the huge surge in Taylor’s CD at Amazon came as a result of a troop donation drive for Memorial Day. Over 1,000 CDs were purchased for this drive.

  41. I just donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get why theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d snub Katharine, it seems like a win-win situation to have her on sometime during the season.

    Greetings from my campsite atop the Grassy Knoll. Let me adjust my tinfoil hat…


    Okay, here’s my theory:

    Katharine is a similar kind of singer as TCO – Jordin. Katharine arguably sings as well as, or better than, Jordin. Katharine is arguably more “conventionally” attractive than Jordin (by Hollywood standards). Jordin has worn similar styles of dress and in hair and make up on the show that Katharine did. Putting Katharine on the finale close to Jordin makes Jordin look too much like Katharine – Version 2. There’s nothing to be gained by the PTB if Katharine appears on the show so, therefore, she was not invited back.

    That’s my conspiracy theory and I’m sticking to it.

    By the way, I think it sucks. I’m not really a Kat fan but if they are going to make time for Kellie, Elliott and Chris D as well as Taylor, they could have had Katharine at some point, even if it were early in season.

  42. Whatever the reason that Kat wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t invited back, and she actually asked to be, there must be some reason other than scheduling.

    I’m not sure what “scheduling” this is. It can’t be Kat’s schedule as she requested to be there.

    If it’s the finale schedule, then it sucks that they invited Bette Midler to perform instead of Kat. Midler never had anything to do with the show at all (other than have her hit song performed more than once ).

    That portion of the finale could have been allocated to Kat.

    The show doesn’t seem to care about former contestants at all ( unless they sell platinum of course).

  43. I’d have rather Kat performed then Robin Thickes whispery performance that made me want to run screaming from the room.

  44. Kirsten: thanks for the links to the Kelly C snippets, I’ll check them out when I’m home.

    I would love to see her break into Adult Alternative radio, with Alanis, Winehouse, etc., a format that has been closed to idols up till now. Once she does it, they’ll be more friendly to future efforts from folks who were also on that TV show. For instance, the first few times I heard that current song by James Morrison, I wondered if it could be something by Elliot.

  45. Yay for Simon sticking up for Kelly like that. Makes me respect him a whole lot more.

    And count me in as amnother one who would have rather seen Kat come back this year than all of the random “celebrity” performances. And I don’t even like her album all that much. I really think AI should give some support to all the previous year contestant’s debut albums. It just makes good business sense. Plus, it’s nice for the audience to see what happened to all the people they invested in the year before.

  46. Kirsten,

    I got those Kelly links in the mail from someone at AOL last night, and meant to post them out front. Thanks for the reminder! :).

  47. Frankly, I was curious as to why AI had Elliott back where he is not signed by any of that group. It occurred to me that Elliott’s signed that jingle deal with Oscar Mayer who will be sponsoring AI next year. Could be a reason?

    Of course, Elliott generally spoke highly of AI and was always giving them credit. I bet they liked that.

  48. I only listened briefly to the new Kelly clips this morning before work but on first listen they sounded good. I really like her current single Never Again as well, definitely looking forward to her new CD.

  49. I would have liked to have Kat back instead various performers including Robin Thicke.

    Kat should have been there sometime this season. I hope TPTB don’t snub #2 from Season 6 next season on AI.

  50. Somehow I can’t help but think that Kat was not available when AI could have used her. Sorry :rolleyes_ee:

    She would have been far more interesting and better than several of the guests they had. I really don’t know why they had pretaped performances….Pink

  51. Kat fans in our nation’s capital – Kat will be performing at the Club44 Make History! Tour on Wednesday, June 6th in Washington, D.C. She will be alongside great, powerful women such as Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, Geraldine Ferraro, Billie Jean King, and HILLARY CLINTON! She will also be once again sharing the stage with the amazing Babyface Edmonds. If you are in the DC area, come out and show your support!

  52. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s my conspiracy theory and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sticking to it.

    And an interesting theory at that..LOL

  53. Over 1,000 CDs were purchased for this drive.

    Are you sure the purchase was last week or was the donation made last week? I thought that drive was going on for quite a while..

  54. mj – for your consideration re posting to “idol performances”

    For Fourth of July, NBC to offer a whole lotta “American Idol”: winner Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Melinda Doolittle
    Posted on May 31, 2007 9:45:38 AM

    Viewers suffering “American Idol” withdrawal will gain some relief on the Fourth of July. For its “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” NBC will offer victor Jordin Sparks as well as finalists Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle.

    The trio will perform a song together. The “American Idol” tour begins two days later in Sunrise.

  55. Maybe they thought that kat was busy auditioning for Spielberg or Clooney…..maybe they thought she was hangin with Dave Foster….perhaps they figured she was writing young hip tunes…..Don’t fret because the only reason her co-winner was there is because he was the actual winner and the media would have noticed. Taylor is lucky he actually won because he sure can’t move units and kat can’t either…..Unit movement is the most important thing and always will be….has your Unit been moved today?????

  56. I hope TPTB donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t snub #2 from Season 6 next season on AI.

    That will depend on his general popularity at the time, success as a recording artist, and availability to appear on the date offered by the producers.

    The McPhee handwringing and conspiracy theories here are very funny. Thank you.

    The à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Before He Cheats” remix by Articulate is yet more evidence that Carrie’s album will not disappear off the chart anytime soon. This kid is very popular and his remixes travel far and fast. And the download is free. FREE.

    (Ice-T/2pac – You Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Bring Me Flowers (Live): BWAHAHAHAHAHA!. LisaB if you ever disappear from here I will hunt you down like a dog.

    Taylor Hicks sold another 3,000 units…a 50% uptick. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s about average for a AI appearance.

    Hmmmmmmm. It is my understanding that 1000 cd’s would ‘move’ as part of his endorsement deal with a real estate developer selling lots in Alabama. If that transaction occured last week that would mean he received insignificant sales benefit from the AI appearance. In any event it is a poor showing.

    A follow up to a topic Nevada started a few days ago: Angst Over New Online Music Royalties Begins

  57. It is my understanding that 1000 cdà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s would à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹moveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ as part of his endorsement deal with a real estate developer selling lots in Alabama.

    Nobody knows the details of that transaction – when it occurred or how it was distributed. I doubt a representative walked into Walmart and purchased 1000 CDs.

  58. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Wednesday marked the seventh time Pierce saw Daughtry in concert. She and Callahan traveled from Columbia, S.C., where they saw him the day before. The women met on an Internet fan site and have been hitting the road together seeing the band.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“We just love Chris,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Pierce said, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“but we love Daughtry now.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    The women said theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re happy to see Daughtry in an intimate setting before he starts playing bigger and bigger shows. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d see him every show if I could,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Pierce said.


    Interesting that they review the audience more than the show.

    Interesting too that the audience appears to be the typical AI audience, predominately female and — dare I say? — of the Mate persuasion, attending multiple concerts in various states, which of course earned the Mates some derision.

    Wonder if history will repeat itself?

  59. I’m sorry to hear about Bo’s health issues. I like him and love his voice.

  60. I too am sorry to hear about Bo’s continued health problems. I think if he was to get healthy he could work on a sophomore CD and get touring again.

    Best of luck to Bo.

  61. squish, Bo is working on a sophomore CD. I posted 2 of the songs above.

    As far as touring, Bo has never stopped touring. He was in the middle of a concert the other night when he fell ill.

    BTW, as I read here at mj’s:

    Bo Bice and Constantine Maroulis from Season 4 are both working on new albums. Bo is recording the album with country producer Frank Liddell, and features Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, legendary session guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bluegrass icon David Grisman. It features songs co-written with A.J. Croce (son of Jim Croce) and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwoodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Before He Cheatsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ). Bo wrote 31 songs for the album and is narrowing down the list to 10-12.Rumor has it that Bo has left RCA. No word on what label will release the CD. It looks like Bo has gone back to his Southern rock roots with a vengeance and is doing his own thing. It makes me think that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s NOT RCA, but we shall seeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Season four’s other rocker, #2 finisher Bo Bice, is also prepping an album for later this year: his yet-untitled sophomore release. His 2005 debut, The Real Thing, featured assists from Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and former Evanescence member Ben Moody that were brokered by Bice’s label (see “Intestines, ‘Idol,’ Baby And Bon Jovi Helped Inspire Bo Bice’s Debut”). The longhaired Southern rocker says he called the shots this time around.
    The album, which Bice is recording with noted country producer Frank Liddell (Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks), features the music hound’s wish list of famed session masters. “I was throwing around ideas of the people I wanted to play on it,” Bice said. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, these guys will play on my album. Right!’ ” But a few phone calls landed him Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  who Bice met a decade ago when he delivered a package of Christmas CDs to Leavell’s house à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  as well as Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, legendary session guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Tom Waits) and bluegrass icon David Grisman.
    “It’s a star-studded cast, and I’m the only one on there who’s not famous,” the ever-humble Bice joked. “I picked and co-wrote the songs that if I was a guy who would be spending my hard-earned money buying an album I would want to hear.” That means original back-to-basics Southern rock and country-tinged singer/songwriter tunes co-written with A.J. Croce (son of 1970s singer Jim Croce) and Chris Tompkins (Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”).
    Bice said he wrote 31 songs for the album and is narrowing down the list to 10-12 that will make the final cut, including four songs that are currently vying to be the first single.
    “I didn’t have a lot to do with the first record,” said Bice, who took time off in late 2006 to have another surgery to finally correct a nagging intestinal blockage that hospitalized him 15 times last year. “It was very RCA and Clive [Davis]-driven. It was an excellent album, but it was a revolving door of one guy in this week, another guy the next. This time I was here for every aspect [of it], and I’m a lot more comfortable.”

  62. Thanks NOLA,

    I have always liked Bo. I am glad that he is working on his sophomore album.

  63. The McPhee handwringing and conspiracy theories here are very funny. Thank you.

    I too am amused and extend thanks to all.

    Poor, poor ***.


  64. Kat didn’t appear at the finale because there’s basically no buzz around her whatsoever right now.
    They brought Kellie back because she was like one of the staples of last season.
    Taylor had to come back because he won.
    Daughtry speaks for itself
    And Elliott had a sufficient amount of buzz around his record.
    Kat’s album is kinda over and done with. She might be able to bring it back after Love Story picks up but I think it may be a lost cause. I still like her though.

  65. I’m going to repost that record news as it’s own post…I think it was a mistake to bury it in last week’s billboard chart post.

  66. Check this out about Paula:


    Page Six

    Check out the audio of a leaked telephone call on Page Six. Paula has a meltdown over her ex-publicist.

    I think this one is a front pager…heh.

  67. Doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t look like Kat is too upset about album sales – I think she found her calling.

    Dangit, ***, give Boulder an early Christmas present and do Maxim already.

    The link to your article seems to have disappeared, Lisa, although I did read it this morning. I don’t care if it’s a rodent – I still want a pet rat.

    ETA: I’m not up on the credibility of Page Six and such, but does Paula really have Addison’s Disease?? If so, I might have to ease up on the gal…maybe she really isn’t drunk like she says…

  68. I think this one is a front pagerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦heh.

    This has been spreading like a disease in the media today. The leading edge of a meltdown perhaps? Or else another finger infection gone amuck.

  69. There have been articles for years about Paula’s illness. She also toured when she had injuries which worsened them. I read recently that she had I believe it was 4 titanium plates in her neck, had 14 surgeries, etc. Shes always said shes in pain constantly and on a lot of meds. I dont know why the media keeps the “drunken” thing going with her since they print these articles about her illness. She has said repeatedly she doesnt drink at all.

  70. I’m using Bon Jovi as the related link, lol. (Hope this is ok.):

    MTV’s “Unplugged” reborn with Police, Bon Jovi

    NEW YORK (Billboard) – MTV’s on-again, off-again “Unplugged” program will return in a big way this summer, with new episodes featuring the Police, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Mary J. Blige and John Mayer.

    John Mayer!! The Police!!! I’m so excited! :)

    ETA: Didn’t know that, WVIdol. Thanks for the info. :)

  71. GLAD to see MTV’s unplugged is back. Excited about the Police, Bon Jovi, Mary and John Mayer. I have never seen Kenny Chesney on MTV so I don’t know what that is all about.

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