‘American Idol’ Kris Allen to sing national anthem at Lakers game Sunday
“American Idol” 2009 winner Kris Allen will sing the national anthem Sunday at Staples Center before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.
He also has no plans to add any extra touches to the anthem so no reprise of the Tyrese Gibson debacle. Tyrese, who sang the anthem at Staples during the Western Conference finals series against Denver, opted to change some lyrics from “our flag was still there, ” to “our Lakers were still there.” This displeased many including our own Bill Plaschke who sent several Twitter messages exclaiming his displeasure.
Allen said he had never sung the anthem in public before and has nothing planned. “I just want to get through it and not make any mistakes, ” he said today. Allen said he would also love to meet Kobe Bryant.
Ratings for Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ DonÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Translate Into Emmys Glory
IT is no overstatement to say that Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican Idol, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ the Fox hit that has been the nationÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s most-watched series for six years running, has changed the face of broadcast television. Rival networks have imitated Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican Idol, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ creating their own reality-competition talent shows, while at the same time adjusting their schedules to keep their best shows from having to compete against it. Yet Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œAmerican IdolÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ has been all but shut out at the Emmys.
Fox executives claim not to care about the Emmy snub. Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œWe will take the enormous success of the show over the award any day, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ said Mike Darnell, president for alternative programming at Fox. Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œObviously itÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the best TV shows on the air.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ But in both the Oscars and the Emmys race, he added, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œthereÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s something about being too popular that makes it harder to win.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬
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Does This Look Like the Face of A Diva?
ADAM-LAMBERT-CLOSE-UP.jpgYÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢all IÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m takinÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ my heels off, for real, IÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m about to cut this MSNBCinÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ bitch that wrote the following about the cashmere-lined bag of dander that is Adam Lambert:
OH HALE NAW. Let me say from the hour or so I spent witnessing Lambert on our natural human terrain Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ as opposed to his natural terrain, the surface of Mars Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ the above statement is nothing more than a SMEAR CAMPAIGN.
Return of the Fabulous
You always remember your first. Concert, that is. Mine was Elvis, early ’70s, the spangled jumpsuit period. I must have been about 14. I had already spent childhood years grooving to Motown, play-strutting to the Rolling Stones, falling in love with Janis Joplin, bad skin and all. Janis was dead now; so was Jimi Hendrix. I had been enthralled by a clip of Hendrix playing at Woodstock and had thought to myself, innocent of the mad specialness of the moment, “I’ll be there next time…”
The phenomenon of Adam Lambert makes sense on the shoulders of that history. He transformed the fairly banal “singing competition” of American Idol into a performance of self-possession and an occasion for all kinds of living-room or Internet chatter about what’s masculine, what’s “theatrical” (the show’s code for too Broadway, too queer) and why artifice is sometimes the surest route to authenticity.
5 Things to Know About Adam Lambert’s Pal Drake LaBry
Since becoming American Idol’s runner-up on May 20, Adam Lambert has been stepping out with a friend whom many Lambert fans recognize from the show. His name is Drake LaBry and a source tells PEOPLE, “He’s been Adam’s best friend and totally there with him through this whole [Idol] process.” Several times he sat with Lambert’s parents in the audience during the show.
Here are five things to know about Drake LaBry:
Poison, Elton John, Dolly Parton Ready To Rock Tony Awards
This year’s Tony Awards are set to include a few bonafide music stars among the usual song-and-dance numbers. Elton John, Dolly Parton and Poison will help toast Broadway’s finest at the June 7 ceremony, performing with the casts of top-nominated shows “Billy Elliot, The Musical, ” “9 to 5: The Musical, ” and “Rock Of Ages.”
“A bunch of the shows are getting together and doing a mash-up, ” says Constantine Maroulis of “Rock of Ages, ” the tongue-in-cheek hair metal tribute that also features original music by Journey, Pat Benatar and Bon Jovi and is vying for five awards including Best Musical. “It’ll be really cool; one of those TV-magic moments.” Though the Jersey-bred rock singer and “American Idol” alum couldn’t reveal which song he’d be performing with Brett Michaels and company, he hinted at “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by saying that it was “something more up-tempo” than the other Poison song performed in the musical, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
Rock of Ages Star Maroulis Feels Honored By Tony Nomination
Rock of Ages star Constantine Maroulis, who shot to fame as a finalist on “American Idol, ” says his 2009 Best Actor in a Musical Tony nomination is a major honor.
“It’s very significant to me. I grew up as an actor, ” Maroulis explained at the recent Tony nominees reception. Though he’s well known for lending his soaring rock tenor to such musicals as Rent and The Wedding Singer, Maroulis is also a trained musical theatre actor with experience in classic drama.
Kelly Clarkson On ‘Twilight’s’ Robert Pattinson: ‘Yeah, He’s Cute!’
SYDNEY, Australia — Kelly Clarkson may be a celebrity, but she isn’t above a teen girl-style crush.
During an appearance on Australia’s 2 Day “Kyle and Jackie O Show, ” Kelly confirmed she’s got some puppy love for “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson.
“Yes, he’s an attractive guy, ” Kelly told the breakfast show hosts. “But I think girls are more so into that whole Dracula bit. It’s very sexy… I don’t know him. I’ve never really seen him in interviews either… [But] yeah, he’s cute.”
Jordin Sparks’ New Song Revealed Through In-Studio Footage
Jordin Sparks provides fans with a tease on her new album “Battlefield” by giving away snippet of its never-heard-before song “Vertigo” through an in-studio footage. In the video blog, it is revealed that she finishes the track with the help from powerhouse producer/songwriter Toby Gad.
Kellie Pickler would like to lick Clint Eastwood
Kellie Pickler is by far the funniest interview I’ve watched in a long time. She talks about wanting to lick Clint Eastwood’s face, how she got out of a recent traffic ticket, skydiving with Ellen (and maybe Clint Eastwood), and how she wants to Tweeter while plummeting to Earth. Oh, and she teaches us how to use hairspray.
Idol’s Mishavonna takes stage at Christian Jubilee
LAKE FOREST Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ Mishavonna Henson, who was in the top 36 contestants on FOX’s American Idol 8, will celebrate her Christianity tonight at an event expected to draw hundreds of youth from South County.
Henson, 18, from Irvine, is expected to perform during the first annual CEF June Jubilee held tonight at Coast Bible Church in Mission Viejo. The event will bring Kindergarten through eighth-grade aged club members together to celebrate a successful year of the Orange Coast Chapter of the international group known as Child Evangelism Fellowship.