Would-be Idols line up for shot at show
FOXBORO – Thousands of wannabe superstars lined up in the drenching rain for hours this morning at Gillette Stadium to be among the first to claim a spot guaranteeing them an audition for Season 9 of the FOX hit …American Idol.
The show has skyrocketed unknowns into international fame and Boston-area singing sensations hope theyll be the next big thing.
Boston College math and music major Alicia Kennedy, 20, from Lynnfield, lined up last night at 11:30 p.m.
Let Us Allow The Word ‘Cougar’ To Die Instantly And Painfully
It was this Newsweek piece, entitled “Why Cougars Crave ‘Idol’ Runner-Up Adam Lambert, ” that finally broke me.
It is time for the word “cougar” to go, preferably instantly.
The Newsweek writer, Joan Raymond, spends paragraph upon paragraph explaining why she and her “cougar court” spent an American Idol season sweating over the heavily hyped, extremely popular, out-without-having-ever-been-in Lambert. How could this be? How could it possibly be that they, as non-teenagers, could be interested in an American Idol who, at 27 years old, was young enough to be … their nephew, if they had a significantly older sister?
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American Idol draws a crowd to Foxboro
We have several Idol hopefuls updating our website with Twitter posts from Gillette Stadium over the weekend. They stood out in the rain on Friday to register for spots on Sunday, and theyll be back Sunday to write about the experience as it happens.
An ‹Idol Trains Her Ear Across Pop Soundscape
FEW artists anointed by …American Idol have enjoyed the success and longevity of the pop singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson. Since she won the title in the show first season seven years ago, she has earned two Grammys and sold more than 10 million records in the United States. Her fourth album, …All I Ever Wanted (RCA), was released in March and hit the top of the Billboard chart. Ms. Clarkson, 27, lives in Texas, where she keeps 8 dogs, 10 horses and a newly rescued diabetic cat. She has been busy preparing for a slew of summer concerts and a big fall tour, but on a rare day off in her Los Angeles hotel, after a trip to the gym and the bookstore, she spoke by phone with Winter Miller about what she listening to now.
Jordin Sparks kicks off Universal’s Summer Concert Series
When the Times last caught up with Jordin Sparks, we were palling around with the singer during Super Bowl week. She’d come to Tampa put on charity concerts at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine and Grace Family Church. She was also in the stands to cheer on her hometown Arizona Cardinals at the big game. (Better luck next year.) Before the week’s end, we’d introduced the 19-year-old to Twitter (@TheRealJordin), and she had us hooked on Roy’s lobster potstickers.
During my first listen to Michael Johns new CD, …Hold Back My Heart, I actually stopped it about halfway through. Here we go again, I thought. Another …Idol CD Im going to have to say something bad about ¦
But apparently, I was just in an off mood that day, because Johns debut effort is actually quite good if youre into old soul’ and you guys know that I am.
The CD kicks off with his current single, …Heart On My Sleeve, which all AC’ and Top 40′ stations should be playing right now. It that good. The slightly mournful chorus is gorgeous.
6/12: Catching up with Chris Sligh ¦
Season six finalist Chris Sligh last week celebrated the No. 1 single he co-wrote …Here Comes Goodbye, sung by Rascal Flatts.
…Im writing more than ever, he told me yesterday by phone. …We have a couple of major artists who have put a couple of songs on hold. That means those artists could potentially record and place Sligh-penned songs on their CDs and better yet, release them as singles. The results: major payday and credibility. Already, the Rascal Flatts song has made it easier for him to get more opportunities like that.
Phil Stacey Shares American Idol Experiences
Phil Stacey a former American Idol contestant performed a concert at Valley Middle School last week featuring songs from his upcoming Christian CD ‘Into the Light’ to be released later this summer.
“When I was four years old, I was running around a campfire and I tripped and I fell into the camp fire. I had to hold my self up by my wrists inside the fire, ” he said. “On my way down I got really nervous my heart started beating really fast, I thought I was going to die. That’s the way I felt every time I stood on the stage during American Idol.”
Soldiers Welcomed Home From Iraq With Parade, Ceremony
It was a hero’s welcome home in Trenton today for 2, 900 soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The soldiers, joined by high school bands from the surrounding community, marched more than a mile from the New Jersey World War II Memorial to the Sovereign Bank Arena.
The soldiers spent the last 10 months serving in Iraq. Officials say it’s the end to the Guard’s largest combat deployment since World War II. While the parade’s going on, the soldiers’ families are being entertained inside the arena by comedian Joe Piscopo, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle, and Broadway star Mary D’Arcy.
Inside ‘American Idol’
The hometown video is an important marketing piece, not just for Adam, but for San Diego. What we see on television is a short of about 60 seconds and traditionally it is a huge homecoming with crowds of people cheering. They use this footage several times so San Diego receives the benefit of free promotion. Of course, all the cities that are tasked with working on a hometown video want to make their Idol shine and show their support. The challenge is that all four finalists will get the call, as we did; however, one hometown video will get canceled. This presentation about their life at home will actually be for the last three contestants, but all four cities plan and work on locations until the night one talent is voted off.
Constantine Maroulis discusses Baltimore and Tony Awards at Greek Folk Festival
Minutes before rock singer and Best Actor Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis took the stage at Baltimore Greek Folk Festival, a large assembly of teeny boppers began screaming at the top of their lungs and panting words of devotion. Could have been because of the lengthy rain delay, but more likely, the anticipation of watching Maroulis live was too much for their bleeding hearts. Soon the sexy Greek heartthrob would be front and center from their adoring smiles. With that in mind, a smattering of moms were also having difficulty staying calm and collected.
Susan Boyle …In Great Spirits Before Comeback Performance Says Brother
Set to perform at the opening night of the Britain Got Talent Tour on Friday in Birmingham, Susan Boyle has …really bounced back from her hospitalization for exhaustio her brother Gerry tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
…I spoke with Susan last night and she was in great spirits, he said. …She said to me ‹Im up to do the show, so we fully expect her to take the stage tonight and the impression I got was that she was doing very well.
There were rumors that the songbird would not show-up for the first night after she failed to turn-up for rehearsals but she was spotted arriving in Birmingham in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes.
Susan Boyle gets a standing ovation after wowing the crowd on the first night of Britain’s Got Talent live tour
Perhaps it was the absence of the judges or the fact she knew she had nothing to lose.
But when Susan Boyle stepped on to the stage for the Britain’s Got Talent live tour in Birmingham on Friday, she showed none of the nervousness she had demonstrated in previous performances.
The Scottish spinster, who left The Priory just nine days ago after suffering from ‘exhaustion’, was given a standing ovation after performing two songs.
Ryan and Simon Search for Talent at Strip Club
Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell scouted for undiscovered, highly flexible talent at a London strip club called Stringfellows last night — and were diligent enough to stay there until 4:45 this morning.
Next season on “American Idol, ” look for hot chicks who can’t sing, but can pick money up off the floor without using their hands.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: chatting with Paris Torres and Tony Bellissimo
Sytycd_07-tony-b_0792abrFc Paris Torres and Tony Bellissimo, the couple kicked off “So You Think You Can Dance” on Thursday night, chatted with journalists on a conference call. Below are a few excerpts:
Is Katie Holmes Coming to So You Think You Can Dance?
Could Katie Holmes shake her booty on the So You Think You Can Dance stage sometime this summer?
That’s the story that appeared earlier this week in Life & Style magazine, but so far it remains only a sketchy rumor. Fox network reps and Katie Holmes’ people had no comment on the matter, and SYTCYD’s twittering judges, Nigel Lythgoe, Lil’ C and Adam Shankman, are staying mum.
But what did Paris Torres and Tony Bellissimo, season five’s first eliminated dancers, reveal about the prospect of Mrs. Cruise appearing on the hit reality competition? Here’s what they just told us…
Ratings: Think You Can Dancers Get Hotter
Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance results show (8.7 million viewers) gained 6 percent week-to-week to edge out a CSI repeat and claim second. Pitted against NBA overtime on the West Coast, Burn Notice (5.2 mil) was down from its season premiere.