Idol Headlines for 06/21/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Kimberly Caldwell is out of control and unapologetic

Kimberly Caldwell’s post-American Idol career has kept ‘  and even built on ‘  much of its initial sizzle, thanks to her punchy personality and small-screen charisma.

“Once you’re kicked off the show, you can’t just assume . . . ‘I’m going to be a star, ‘” Caldwell says.

“Your foot’s in the door, but you need to get the other one in there. Go ahead and step on in.”…

Almost ‹Idol Covington rocks some Country

…These days it appears that all the rules have gone out the window. Take Bucky Covington for example. He got into the top eight on …American Idol, toured major stadiums with the Idol top ten, and had his debut album sell over two-and-a-half million copies — yet, when he came to our neck of the woods, he was the headliner at the 800- seat Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino…

Highland News

Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off
Calm down: It’s just a lyric from a Tall Paul classic

…Paul’s commitment to sonic quality earned him a nod from American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. She came across Paul’s first record as she researched songs, preparing to cut her own debut album. Paul’s performance of the uptempo country-esqe …Some Hearts caught her attention, and was selected as her title track. But contrary to myth, Paul didn’t write it’ songwriter Dianne Warren did’ though that doesn’t quell Paul’s excitement that Ms. Underwood listened to his music in the first place…

Metro Pulse

Additional Spiedie Fest music acts announced

More concerts and celebrity appearances have been added to the 23rd annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, which will run Aug. 3-5 in Otsiningo Park in the Town of Dickinson. The festival will feature 40 hot air balloons, 250 arts and crafts vendors and lots of entertainment, including:

* Aug. 3

7 p.m.: Carmen Rasmussen (who finished sixth on the second season of “American Idol” in 2003) and Jamie O’Neil (an Australian who has had two No. 1 country hits)….

Coastal Empire in brief


Hicks show canceled

Taylor Hicks, winner of last year’s “American Idol, ” has canceled a performance set for July 1 at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

A news release from AC Entertainment blamed a scheduling conflict.

Tickets purchased with a credit card automatically will be refunded. Those who paid with cash will have to go to the Savannah Civic Center box office for a refund.

For information, call 651-6556, or go to

Hicks won the “American Idol” competition in 2006 using a mix of blues, soul and funk. He called it “modern whomp.” His self-titled release debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.


Boomers and their kids gossip more than today’s teens: Yahoo! Canada Buzz Index

…Over-45 years old:

1. Britney Spears
2. Paris Hilton
3. NHL
4. American Idol
5. Rosie O’Donnell
6. Webkinz
8. The View
9. Runescape
10. WWE

Top Searches for May 2007

1. American Idol
2. Britney Spears
3. Dancing With The Stars….

Salesman turns opera star in Britain

Sometimes even the most acid-tongued critics are left speechless.

Paul Potts, 36, took to the stage of a British TV talent show as an unassuming mobile phone salesman from Wales, but after stunning judges with a virtuoso rendition of the aria “Nessun Dorma, ” he left it a star.

Even acerbic “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell melted as Potts sang Puccini’s masterpiece from the opera “Turandot, ” clinching the show’s $200, 000 prize with a display of pitch and tone most professional tenors would be proud to boast….

It’s a wrap: what’s doing the rounds in Hollywood

…In other weighty issues, Kelly Clarkson says she developed an eating disorder after missing out on a part in her high school musical. “I thought ¦ if I come back and I’m cuter and thinner … then I’ll get the role, ” the American Idol winner tells CosmoGirl! “I became bulimic for the next six months. One of my guy friends caught on to it and I just felt so ashamed and embarrassed.”

“I literally went cold turkey and snapped out of it, ” says the singer who releases her new album, My December, on June 23. “I’ve got a butt, I’m Greek ‘  I can’t help that. And I think it’s good for people to see someone that’s normal.” …

Barking Cow Distribution and STV Networks Release the North American Premiere of the Newest Jackie Chan Action-Comedy-Adventure Film

A Jackie Chan production and Stanley Tong film
Jackie Chan’s ‘The Myth’

…Invited VIP guests include Jackie Chan, Director Brett Ratner,
Director Stanley Tong, Kim Hee Seon, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Mallika
Sherawat & Swami Nithyananda, a modern day enlightened Mystic and
Master from India.

Confirmed Celebrities: Stargate and Farscape’s Ben Browder, High
School Musical 1 & 2’s Monique Coleman, Dancing With the Stars’
Carrie Ann Inaba, Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, Academy
Award-winning West Bank Story star Joey Naber, American Idol’s
Sabrina Sloan…


Former AMERICAN IDOL winner CARRIE UNDERWOOD has become only the second country artist in history to earn platinum ringtone status.
The singer’s love-gone-bad hit Before He Cheats has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for one million purchased ringtones.
The first country tune to hit the million ringtones mark was Waylon Jennings’ Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).
Meanwhile, Before He Cheats has just been certified the best-selling digital country song in U.S. chart history.

Pride Guide 2007
Everything Worth Doing on Pride Weekend

Frenchie Davis scored a role in Rent on Broadway due to her performance on American Idol of Dreamgirls’ “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”…


Television: Woe-is-me reality TV gets a Shaq attack

…Consider Bravo’s “Hey, Paula, ” Paula Abdul’s never-ending pity party at which she cries when she wants to. In next week’s opening episode, the “American Idol” head cheerleader says she is allowing cameras to document her personal life to prove she’s “just an everyday girl” and “just like everyone else.”

Yeah, Abdul’s assistants, housekeeper, publicist and wardrobe consultant remind me a lot of my own entourage, except hers actually exists.

In the first half hour, Abdul wants us to know that her schedule, even when “Idol” is not shooting, is inhuman. In one torturous 48-hour period, she has to walk the red carpet at the Grammys and hawk jewelry on QVC. In between, she somehow finds time to play with her dogs and berate her staff for not providing her favorite sweatpants for a plane trip.

If Abdul truly believes these antics will bring us closer to her, she is the William Hung of tact…


Place Your Bets On The ‘Main Event’; BET AWARDS ’07 Announces the Ultimate Lineup!

Beyonce’, Diddy, Robin Thicke, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Gladys
Knight, Kelly Rowland, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu And Fabolous Set to Appear
at Bet Awards ’07, Live on June 26

…Newly-added big name celebs scheduled to appear or perform include: mega- star Beyonce’, hip-hop mogul Diddy, R&B divas Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, and Alicia Keys, chart-topping ingà ©nue Rihanna, legendary singers Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan, sultry crooners Robin Thicke and Mario, soul maven Erykah Badu, rap stars Nelly and Fabolous, actress Vivica A. Fox, funnyman Charlie Murphy, activist/political leader Al Sharpton, hip hop activist/rapper Chuck D, American Idol Jordin Sparks, writer/director/actor Tyler Perry, movie stars Nick Cannon, Michael Clark Duncan and Henry Simmons, and NFL superstar Reggie Bush….

…BET is the only award show that recognizes the achievements of music artists, entertainers and athletes in 14 categories; this year’s nods for best-in-class performances go to Beyonce’ with six nominations, followed by Jay-Z, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and Gnarls Barkley among others….

FESTIVAL: It’s Greek to you

There’ll be Greek food, Greek dancing, Greek music and, if you adore “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis, a Greek god.

Opa! Fest is coming to Troy this weekend. The 3-day celebration includes a Greek marketplace, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations and Greek dancing lessons. The dreamy-eyed Constantine performs at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday….

The rock n roll hall of lame

Nirvana, the Beatles, and every other band you worship is overrated

…Im specifically thinking of The Police, whose main contribution to culture has been the inclusion of their stalker-themed love song …Every Breath You Take in very confused wedding receptions. Any band whose influence dots can be connected two decades later to Blake Lewis has a lot to answer for…


Concert Review: Weird Al Yankovic

After nearly 30 years in the game, there’s still one thing funny-man “Weird Al” Yankovic has yet to become a parody of.


…On the song-front, it was a nice mix of old and new: Yankovic followed his Star Wars/American Pie mash-up with the Lola-esque Yoda, flipped between a surprisingly stirring Trapped In the Drive-Thru and the aforementioned Michael Jackson number, and aped Taylor Hicks and Chamillionaire with the same aplomb as Kurt Cobain…

Jam Showbiz

Taylor Hicks Fans Remember Enterprise High Students

A print of portraits of Taylor Hicks is being auctioned on Ebay to benefit the Enterprise High School in Enterprise, AL after a devastating tornado that took the lives of eight young students in March 2007.

…In a meeting before the concert with his Soul Patrol fans, Hicks was presented with a collection of sketches by artist, Laurensilk. When the Soul Patrol artist later offered a print of the collection to a Hicks fansite,, generously wanting to donate it to raise money for a charity, the perfect benefactor was Enterprise High School. Hicks had joined with the American Red Cross during his two hometown concerts in Birmingham just days after the disaster to raise funds for the City of Enterprise…