Idol Headlines for 06/19/09

Q and A’s with Carly Smithson and new bandmate Ben Moody

Today the greatest Idol in history, Carly Smithson, came forth with her long awaited announcement of the next phase in her musical journey, revealing she has joined a band to be called The Fallen, with the original members of Evanescence.

We spoke with Ben Moody, formerly of Evanescence, and Carly by phone on Tuesday.

Q and A with Ben Moody

Q: How are you today?
BM:I am so excited and if you were in the studio, youd be excited too. ¨ Last night we recorded strings to our first single Bury Me Alive. Incredible. It been very difficult to keep something like this a secret. Especially since it has consumed all of our lives.

LA Times

‹Idol auditions return to talent magnet

ATLANTA – When “American Idol” searches for talent, the hit TV show certainly doesn’t have a problem finding any in Atlanta.

“What’s the difference between here, Los Angeles and Kansas City? It’s just in Atlanta, people know how to sing down here, ” said show producer Patrick Lynn. “They love it. They have attitude. They do what we ask. That’s the greatness of this city.”

More than 9, 200 show hopefuls from across the South auditioned for the show’s ninth season Thursday, showing up in mohawks, short skirts and even a guitar costume at the Georgia Dome.


6/18: More from Idol auditions, including that America Got Talent gal

I probably could have found a way to sneak inside but having seen it before, I figured it wasnt much different this time around.

According to folks who did try out, they set up 14 tables along the football field from endzone to endzone. They brought people up to each table in groups of four. The winners exited one side, everybody else the other. The folks who didnt make it had their pink wristbands ceremoniously snipped before leaving via the …stairs of shame outside Gate E of the Dome. Many of the rejected trudged up the stairs like they had just been through a world war.

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Tears and triumph for ‘Idol’ hopefuls

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Thousands of people showed up at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on a muggy June morning with stars in their eyes — and not just because they arrived before dawn.
Crowds gathered at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as the search for the next “American Idol” began.

Crowds gathered at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as the search for the next “American Idol” began.

A snaking line of wanna-be “American Idol” contestants angled for their chance in the spotlight, with the hopes of becoming a season-nine semifinalist on the popular show.

They primped, they rehearsed and they made sure to smile, squeal and cheer enthusiastically for the Fox network cameras there to catch every single moment of the adventure.

Kris Allen Fills Up On Robeks Juice

Kris Allen and a female friend make a quick stop at Robeks Juice before heading to do an interview with MyFox LA. Watch the interview below!

The 23-year-old singer won the 8th season of American Idol and is gearing up for the 50-city …American Idol 2009 ³ tour which begins July 5th in Portland, Oregon and ends September 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire. Kris debut CD is due out this fall.


Adam Lambert and Madonna: Please work together now. Thanks.

When I read in Rolling Stone’s Adam Lambert cover story that the American Idol runner-up was starstruck during a recent meeting with Madonna, my first reaction was “Awww, that’s sweet.” But the more I think about it, the more the Idol-obsessed voices in my head are howling: “Starstruck? Bah! These two ought to be working together!”

Entertainment Weekly

Video: Music Stars Rock in NYC

ET rocked with the stars at the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony and gala in NYC on Thursday night.

“Music begins with a song, ” country star Clint Black tells ET. “One of the great things that I love about this process of honoring songwriters is that we’re reminded of all the great songs they gave us.”

Jon Bon Jovi and his songwriting partner, guitarist Richie Sambora, were inducted into the hall, along with Crosby, Stills & Nash and other acclaimed musical acts.

ET Online

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson’s Fiance Makes Pro-Wrestling Debut VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson’s Fiance Makes Pro-Wrestling Debut

David Otunga, the fiancà ©e of Grammy and Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, made his pro wrestling debut Wednesday, as his celebrated better half quietly watched from afar.

Wrestling under the name Dawson Alexander, Esq., Otunga looked impressive, albeit a little green, working for Florida Championship Wrestling, a farm system for the WWE; FCW commentator/ wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes hinted the organization was present scouting the high-profile ring rookie.

Radar Online

Carly Smithson: The New Amy Lee?

carlyxCarly Smithson’the 2008 American Idol contestant who was also the poster child for the record industry problems in a 2002 Wall Street Journal piece’is joining forces with all the dudes fired from Evanescence to form a new band called The Fallen, according to USA Today. (Any resemblance between the band name and the title of Evanescence 2003 breakthrough album is probably coincidental.)


Bret Michaels Tony Mishap: …Rock of Ages Constantine Weighs In

By now nearly everyone has weighed in on Bret Michaels Tony Awards mishap, in which he was clocked in the kisser by a moving set piece after rocking with Poison to …Nothin But a Good Time. (Earlier today the frontman announced he would not sue the Tonys after all.) The tune helped open the Tony Awards on that fateful Sunday night, but it opens Rock of Ages ‘  the hair-metal musical that picked up five Tony nods ‘  every night on Broadway. We asked the show star, onetime American Idol hopeful and smoldering starer Constantine Maroulis for his take on the accident ‘  and whether such a disaster would have befallen him had he had the chance to open the Tonys, himself (Maroulis later performed …Dont Stop Believing with his cast during one of the show high points).

Rolling Stone

DEL MAR: Adoring fans make scrapbook for David Cook

VISTA —- When Cheryl Lindsay and Jeanne Brandone landed terrific tickets to David Cook’s Thursday night concert at the San Diego County Fair, it didn’t take them long to come up with the idea of presenting him with a scrapbook.

“He (Cook) might not want to look at all the pictures of himself, but we know he’s an artist and we thought he would appreciate it because of the artwork, ” said Brandone, a mother of three from Carlsbad.

North County Times

Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer network.

The mammoth size of the verdict, representing $80, 000 per track, may help dissuade more P2P users from illegally downloading music, and for that the labels are happy. “We appreciate the jury’s service and that they take this as seriously as we do, ” RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth said in a statement.

“We are pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable.”

Judd keeps the critiques kind on `Can You Duet’

LOS ANGELES (AP) ‘  Naomi Judd believes in candor when judging aspiring country stars on “Can You Duet.” But she’s not taking any cues from a certain sharp-tongued Brit on “American Idol.”

“I love the truth. It’s pretty rare in the entertainment world, and somebody has to set these kids straight, ” said Judd, back with the CMT talent contest that begins its second season Saturday (8 p.m. EDT).

Her goal, however, is to leave contestants with “something positive, so you don’t break their spirit like Simon Cowell does, ” she said. “I’ve never watched that show because someone told me he actually told a girl that she was making his ears bleed. That’s not my style.”

Associated Press

Heidi, Spencer head back to ‹Im a Celebrity…

LOS ANGELES – Spencer and Heidi Pratt will return to the jungles of Costa Rica for the finale of NBC …Im A Celebrity ¦ Get Me Out Of Here!, Access Hollywood has learned. ( is a joint venture between NBC Universal and Microsoft.)

A source told Access on Thursday that the reality couple, who left the show in a whirlwind of events that included quitting three times, trying to return to the competition, spending a night in the show Lost Chamber, and finally heading back to L.A. after Heidi landed in the hospital, will head back to Costa Rica on Sunday or Monday.


‘America’s Got Talent’ looking for its own Susan Boyle

This season, the most important contestant for “America Got Talent|shows|site” isn’t competing on the show. She doesn’t even live in America.

Susan Boyle is the frumpy, 48-year-old Scottish singer who rocketed from obscurity to international celebrity after surprising judges with her assured performance this spring on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Now the question is whether Boylemania will boost the popularity of “America’s Got Talent, ” NBC’s sister program, which starts its fourth season on Tuesday. Both the American and U.K. versions are made by the same company, FremantleMedia.

LA Times

Bret Michaels Wont Sue Tony Awards For Onstage Collision

Despite fracturing his nose and busting his lip after colliding with a stage prop at the Tony Awards, Poison Bret Michaels told People that he will not take legal action against the show producers. …There no lawsuit. Im not doing any of that. Im taking the high road, Michaels said.

Rolling Stone

Fox’s ‘Dance’ nabs ratings spotlight

On a reality-heavy night, Fox easily led the primetime ratings race Wednesday with a two-hour installment of “So You Think You Can Dance, ” while ABC was solid with “Wipeout” but faltered some with the return of “I Survived a Japanese Gameshow.”

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “So You Think You Can Dance” (3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall) grew with each half-hour to comfortably win its 8-10 p.m. timeslot. It was down a bit week to week, as the show typically tends to dip as the original field of 20 contestants is narrowed to a more manageable number.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Ballroom blitz

Kaylamax Does Mia Michaels ever disappoint? The contemporary choreographer always creates amazing dances on “So You Think You Can Dance, ” and Thursday night’s episode was no exception. The group performed one of her creations to Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” wearing black suits and Maori warrior-style facepaint, and they worked pounding, hard-hitting moves with deadly seriousness. It was hip, mysterious, funky and a little scary, and I wish we had seen something like it last night.

Meanwhile, Cat Deeley looked like her own Victor to last night’s Victoria. wearing a trim white tuxedo in contrast to last night’s flashy red “Dynasty”-style dress. Do we prefer her more minimalist and boyish or girled-out and glam? I can’t decide.

LA Times

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