Idol Headlines for 07/04/09

Happy 4th of July!

Third place is the charm for “Idol” Gokey

Danny Gokey finished third on the recently completed season eight of TV’s “American Idol.” He was voted off of the show in the next-to-last episode, leaving Adam Lambert and Kris Allen to battle it out for the title on the season finale.

So, it might seem as if Gokey was never really a central part of the conversation about who would win this past season.

But Gokey he suspects he was much closer to winning it all than many people assume. While most observers (not to mention the “Idol” judges) expected Lambert ‘” with his big voice, flashy goth clothes and makeup and his strong stage presence ‘” to win easily, Gokey thinks his main competition was Allen, whose smoother mainstream pop sound and boy-next-door image carried him to the upset win over Lambert.

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‘Idol’ Justin Guarini takes PHilly jazz band to new level

Here’s one way to get ”American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini to sing with your band: Give your blessing to his plan to marry your daughter. That’s what happened with Bernie Capodici of Doylestown, percussionist/

leader of the Philadelphia-area smooth jazz cover band Drivetime.

Ten months ago Doylestown resident Guarini, 30, proposed to Capodici’s daughter, Reina, 26. Now the runner-up to Kelly Clarkson on ”Idol’s” first season sings with Drivetime, which has a CD release party Thursday at Warmdaddy’s in Philadelphia to celebrate ”Reflections.” Guarini sings the disc’s cover of Bobby Caldwell’s ”What You Won’t Do for Love.”

Twitpic: B. Scott & Jordin Sparks

I just decided to do a quick post about running into my long lost sister Jordin Sparks at Steph Jones’ birthday party at the Ivar Castle in Hollywood on Friday night. Don’t we look just splendiferous? Happy Birthday Steph! I will be posting more pictures at some point this weekend but until then be sure to follow me on Twitter at for exclusives like the above picture!

‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks turns to Birmingham pros to advance his post-‘Idol’ brand

Taylor Hicks has moved beyond the “American Idol” title to become his own brand.

Hicks has picked Birmingham’s WilbanksElam Marketing & Public Relations to help him promote that brand in his home state – a state that helped make him an American idol and catapulted him to celebrity in 2006.

“With the American Idol phenomenon, people are personally invested in your career and future because of all the voting done on the show, ” Hicks said in an interview. “Being from Birmingham, being from Alabama, I want to keep as many people as I can informed about what I’m doing because I feel like they have a vested interest.”

From ‘Idol’ to Teen Angel: ‘Grease’ is the New Word for Singer Taylor Hicks

Jul. 4–It may not seem that far a step from idol of teenagers to Teen Angel.

But when the former is “American Idol, ” the massively successful Fox-TV show, and the latter is the elder statesman role in the musical “Grease, ” there seems few personalities that could fill both.

Except Taylor Hicks.

The gray-haired, blue-eyed-soul-singing Hicks became the most unlikely, and oldest, “American Idol” in 2006. Then a year ago, he traded solo tours for Broadway.

Now he’s back on the road with the national touring company of “Grease, ” which opens Tuesday at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

California Chronicle

Release of the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack

Fans of Disney’s, Hannah Montana will be happy to know that the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack will be available on July 7th..

This new CD features duets with David Archuleta and Corbin Bleu.. You can also enjoy the new track from Mitchel Musso, Let’s Make this Last 4ever.

If this CD follows in the foot steps of the Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack, it is sure to be a hit with the fans. Be one of the first to get your copy on July 7th.

List of the Hannah Montana 3 Soundtrack titles

‘Idol’ alum Phil Stacey aims to comfort

‘American Idol’  made Phil Stacey one of the country’s most famous sailors when he sang as a finalist in Season 6.

On his upcoming album, Stacey pays tribute to those who are serving in war zones with much less fanfare.

The ballad ‘Old Glory’  is among the most moving tracks on Stacey’s ‘Into the Light, ‘  which is due out Aug. 25.

The idea for the song came to Stacey just after his band played for a ceremony honoring a command returning to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from deployment.

While walking along the shore afterward, he said, ‘I looked up and saw a frigate going by with a flag waving ‘ ¦ that song was written in about 15 minutes.’ 

X Factor Lou.S.A

LOUIS Walsh is set to follow Cheryl Cole – by appearing on a US version of The X Factor, TV Biz can reveal.

Simon Cowell is planning to take the hit ITV format across the pond next year and wants his two sidekicks to take part.

Simon, 49, is already talking to US channel chiefs about launching the show as a “friendly rival” to American Idol – where he is also a judge.

Talks are at an early stage but it is thought a deal could see the show being launched on Fox – the channel broadcasting Idol.


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