`Idol’ auditions attract thousands in Mass.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.’ Thousands of “American Idol” hopefuls made it through the rain — and the cold — hoping to find their singing respected by the judges as Season Nine auditions kicked off near Boston.
Braving showers and unseasonably cold winds, some contestants showed up around 3 a.m. Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. They formed a line that eventually stretched the length of the stadium and into the parking lot.
Host Ryan Seacrest said the bad weather may have been a plus for contestants since it likely reduced the field of competitors. “If you’re auditioning, you want pouring rain, you want freezing weather, ” Seacrest said. “It makes the weak stay home.”
CMA Festival hits all the right notes
Caution, superstar traffic ahead: Euphemisms about her looks aside, Kellie Pickler literally stopped traffic Wednesday afternoon while filming bits for ABC’s CMA special airing Aug. 31. Coming out of the world-famous Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway with TV crew in tow, Pickler was instantly mobbed by fans who moved with her in an amorphous blob as she attempted to cross the street.
“This is amazing!” Pickler squealed. “As long as everybody’s having a good time and nobody gets hit, then it’s great.”
That’s dedication: A line started forming alongside the Nashville Convention Center at 9 p.m. Wednesday for signing sessions with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire that didn’t start until 1 p.m. the next day. “As soon as we found out they were going to be here, we knew we had to be in line, ” said Amanda Breeden of Martinsburg, W.Va., who was in the prime spot for the Thursday sessions.
Twist and shout: Even though Bo Bice was able to use American Idol as a springboard to the music world’s attention, he admits that he can still “goob out” when he sees somebody of whom he’s a fan. That includes Steve McGranahan, the “World’s Strongest Redneck, ” who performed one of his feats of strength for Bice on Thursday, hand-twisting a horseshoe into the shape of a heart. “This is going right up there with my gold records, dude, ” Bice said, beaming at McGranahan. “I’m happy.”
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Thousands brave the elements for shot at ‹Idol fame
Season 9 of the FOX hit …American Idol is officially underway after thousands of aspiring singers sloshed around Gillette Stadium yesterday, enduring cold temperatures and torrential rain to audition for the popular TV show.
Though …Idol hopefuls didnt sing for the Holy Trinity of judges – Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell – they did get to meet host Ryan Seacrest, who made a surprise Foxboro appearance.
…The great thing about ‹American Idol is that you cant script it, so there that element of surprise, Seacrest told the Herald. …It fantastic that people get so involved and are so passionate about it.
A shot at the big time
FOXBORO – Beautiful voices trilled warm-up scales outside the entrance of Gillette Stadium’s “American Idol” auditions on Sunday afternoon, but at the exit auditioners’ voices choked as they expressed disappointment to waiting friends and family members.
Most Idol hopefuls who auditioned exited the stadium without good news. Some held back tears, but many remained upbeat.
“Losers all the way!” shouted Doug Glynn from Long Island, N.Y., flashing two peace signs as he walked out of the stadium gates. “We’re both losers!” said his friend, Jessica Long, good naturedly.
Idol hopefuls audition in Boston
It’s been less than a month since Kris Allen was crowned this year’s American Idol, but Idol hopefuls are already lining up for a chance to become the next winner.
Thousands tried out at the auditions in Boston on Sunday, hoping to follow in Allen’s footsteps.
Must List Live!: ‘True Blood’ and Kris Allen, together at last!
This week on Must List Live!, we dish on last night’s delicious True Blood season premiere as I lay out for Jessica Shaw the three important (in my mind) things she needs to know to get into HBO’s juicy vampire drama. But that’s just to start things off. We also have American Idol winner Kris Allen stopping by to tell us all about what’s on his Must List.
True heros: Gokey/Packers’ Jennings
Saturday’s Greg Jennings Foundation Golf Outing was uplifting on many counts. So many of Greg’s Packers teammates came to support Habitat For Humanity. Now, they have one more wonderful cause to back-Sophia’s Heart Foundation. Jennings and Milwaukee’s “American Idol”, Danny Gokey, have become friends. Greg was deeply touched by Danny’s now-well-documented story of his losing his wife to a heart condition. On Friday night, Jennings announced that his Foundation is making Danny’s Foundation a beneficiary of his golf tournament. It seems to be a “match made in heaven”. Both young men are deeply spiritual; and they LIVE OUT their Faith.
Blake Lewis Talks Pickup Lines, Michelle Obama and His New Album
In 2007 Lewis was a contender on Season 6 of American Idol. An accomplished beatboxer and 10-year veteran of the Seattle music scene, Lewis was something different for the television show that usually leans towards singers with big voices instead of out-of-the-box thinking. In his post-Idol career Lewis has jumped between performance, producing and spinning.
…When I spin it electro and rave style, very party, says Lewis, which should serve him well for his next gig after the tour has ended, headlining the LA Pride festivities, usually territory reserved for the few out gay contestants or dance divas.
…I have a lot of gay friends and fans. Lewis tells BGLB. …I grew up with a gay best friend and my parents were hippies, so Ive always felt comfortable. Plus my music really fits.
SummerBash a five-hour course in what pops today
The closest I can relate to was Kelly Clarkson — the “American Idol” winner with the commanding set of pipes and a ferocious stage presence who convinced me that indeed, “My Life Would Suck Without You, ” Kelly. (And how many people in the stadium sang to the chorus of “Since U Been Gone.”? Every. Single. One.)
Country music festival at Susquehanna Bank Center
A petite blonde with a mammoth voice, Kellie Pickler has often cited Dolly Parton as an inspiration, and she did so again on the stage of the Susquehanna Bank Center Saturday night.
Invoking Parton’s dirt-poor childhood in the Tennessee mountains – as well as, by implication, her own troubled family history – she drew a parallel between their hardscrabble origins and the authenticity of their music. “That’s what I love about country music, ” she said. “It’s real.”
That the pronouncement was delivered by a singer who came to prominence on American Idol, and whose name, when it appears in the songwriting credits at all, is inevitably accompanied by a flotilla of hit doctors, speaks volumes about the state of country. As did the other performers at the daylong festival celebrating the 25th anniversary of country station WXTU (92.5).
2006 …American Idol… Contestant to Release 2nd Album
2006 …American Idol… Contestant, Ayla Brown, is hopeful to release her sophomore album after …Forward… by the end of the summer.
The last time …American Idol came to Beantown, 17-year-old high school basketball player, Ayla Brown from Wrentham, Mass., waited anxiously to show her talent off to the judges. Not only did she make it to Hollywood week, she also made the Top 24 and appeared on three episodes of the show before getting sent home.
An incoming senior at Boston College, the 21-year-old NCAA basketball star has recently completed her second album and hopes for its release by the end of the summer. Since her appearance on …American Idol back in 2006, she has continued her education at Boston College and has made numerous TV and radio appearances.
Idol Chartwatch, June 15: Kris and Adam Hang in There for One More Week
Kris Allen and Adam Lambert remained on the charts for another week, but where did they end up? And what about all the other American Idol alumni from seasons past ‘ for example, who is new to the charts this week? Read on for more.
Susan Boyle for hire at $16, 000 a minute
REALITY TV singer Susan Boyle is charging $16, 000 a minute to perform live.
The troubled Britain’s Got Talent star, who was runner-up in the last series, is being booked by corporate clients for £100, 000 ($203, 100) for a 12-minute set, the UK’s News of the World revealed.
The expensive gigs will quickly add to the £8 million ($16 million) fortune Boyle is expected amass after signing a recording contract with TV show boss Simon Cowell.
Boyle has returned to the stage after suffering a mental breakdown and going to rehab after losing the series when favourite.
Boyle Heading Back to Stage
International singing sensation Susan Boyle is expected to perform tonight after canceling a weekend performance due to health concerns.
“She is due back on stage tonight, ” a spokeswoman for the “Britain’s Got Talent” tour revealed to the Associated Press. “On Sunday, she was advised to take a rest day. She hasn’t pulled out of the tour.”
Boyle joined the other “Talent” finalists for a tour that kicked-off on Friday in Birmingham, and for another performance on Saturday in Sheffield. The singer, 48, reportedly suffered an emotional breakdown after receiving second place in the talent competition.
Katie Holmes Shows Off Her Dancing Legs
Looks like Katie Holmes is ready to hit the dance floor.
On Sunday, she was spotted rehearsing at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. (She took daughter Suri there Saturday after a trip to an American Girl store the night before.)
It has been rumored that Holmes will be appearing on the July 8 100th episode of the Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
“I think it’s fair to say it’s a rumor, ” producer Nigel Lythgoe recently told Usmagazine.com. “I’m not making any comments at this point.”