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Watch for your favorites in Greenville on ‹American Idols Live tour
Jordin Sparks probably doesnt have to pinch herself any more.
The euphoria of winning Season 6 of …American Idol is a few months past. Now, for her and the nine runners-up, it time to fulfill the reality-show obligations and tour.
I wonder which will prove to be harder: Enduring Simon Cowell scathing comments or singing for 56 tour dates in three months?
The latter, Id bet, but you probably wont hear any complaints on the …American Idols Live 07 tour, which starts today in Florida. The fourth stop is at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville on Tuesday, which means the Idols will be fresh and their vocal chords wont be withered….
….But if youre going, here are 10 things to look for:
1. Pop Tarts: The pastry brand is the tour sponsor. Bring a bag so you can stock up on snacks.
2. Earplugs: The singers voices ‘ for better and for worse ‘ are magnified, and you dont have volume control.
3. Hearts on sleeves: Fans will play favorites, like they did during the TV show. And theyre still mad. I know how I felt when my early favorite, Chris Richardson (who?), was voted off.
4. Crackers: Youll need something to go with all that cheese in the arena.
5. Shoulders: If youre only there to see Jordin and Blake, look for a shoulder to nap on while waiting through the bottom eight. Even prime-time karaoke makes you wait for the stars.
6. Hats: In support of Phil Stacey.
7. Chris Sligh fan club: The Greenville native will be on his turf. Maybe hell drag some folks out to Main Street after the show.
8. Beatboxing: If Blake doesnt let a beat rip, well question why he was even in the competition.
9. Who thinks theyre bringing Sexy/Back?: Well go with Haley Scarnato, who was always wearing something skimpy.
10. Where Sanjaya? Follow the stage spotlight…..
Soul Patrol: Taylor Hicks Performs
If you like American Idol, or maybe even a little soul music, Thursday night was your night at the Paramount Theatre.
Last year’s Idol winner, Taylor Hicks made a stop in town. Hicks played at the Paramount as part of his multi-city summer tour.
He is on the road through September, and on Thursday local fans were out in full fore to see some ‘soul patrol.’…..
Loud and lovin’ it: Nickelback hits a home run
…Up before Kroeger and company was Daughtry, led by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry.
The North Carolina native seems perpetually anguished, and his show is consequently only intermittently interesting.
Kansas City, Missouri, post-grungers Puddle of Mudd, a good, lively act, stirred the crowd before Daughtry, while Vancouver rockers State of Shock opened the night.
Concert Review: Nickelback
Lynx Stadium, Ottawa – July 5, 2007
…Chris Daughtry, fronting his band Daughtry, properly revved up things for Kroeger and Co. with his Nickelback-esque sound.
The fifth season American Idol fourth runner-up played to the still-gathering crowd with a 45-minute set, including his massive radio hits Home and It’s Not Over…
Musical molded from Clay
In this off-Broadway musical, Clay Aiken is an inspiration
When …Idol: The Musical hit the stage in New York, Clay Aiken wasnt there in person. But there was a bust of Raleigh hometown …American Idol star on stage — and someone singing …Burnin Hunk o Clay to it…….
Live from New York (not)
When Saturday’s Live Earth concerts bring focus to global warming, millions around the world will hear about Live Earth New York.
But try as one might, they will find no such show in New York.
It will be in New Jersey, and many here are tired of seeing the Empire State steal the Garden State’s thunder, whether it be with pro football teams, an “American Idol” episode or Live Earth….
Fairpark buzzing before the fair
…The rock ‘n’ roll group War will kick things off Wednesday night. Kenny Loggins follows Thursday night, and country singer and American Idol finalist Josh Gracin will play today…
MUSIC BITS: Fall from Grace; Locke locks Jenny Craig; Marley manager convicted; Fantasia pierced privates; Kravitz hotel lounge; BeyonJay out and about.
*Kimberley Locke has followed up her dramatic weight loss on VH1 …Celebrity Fit Club with a new gig as spokesperson for diet company Jenny Craig. The …American Idol veteran has already lost 30 pounds on the plan and hopes to drop another 10 before her Jenny Craig reign is scheduled to begin.
Country’s radio share rises in first half of ’07
…The impact of American Idol finalists, who have often met a chilly reception at radio, is notable this year: Both the top country song (Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats, ” which also crossed over to pop formats) and rock song (Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over”) are from the Idol stable…
LONESTAR PREPARE TO ANNOUNCE NEW SINGER
Country group LONESTAR have denied reports former AMERICAN IDOL star JOSH GRACIN is to join the band, but confirm they’re almost ready to name a new frontman….
Not Monkeeing around
Micky Dolenz and Kelly Clarkson have more in common than one might think. The distance between a Monkee from the Summer of Love and our first “American Idol” may seem vast, but both engineered splits from powerful music moguls on their third and pivotal albums…..
An American Idol takes direct action for charity
Taking place this weekend in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, International Heart Expo 2007 is a charity event that aims to take “direct action” to support children in developing countries. Volunteers from Japan and abroad will participate.
The expo will host a charity market and a fashion show featuring performances by singer Justin Guarini (runnerup on season one of “American Idol”), contemporary dancer Ayako Kurakake and many more….
BC hosts 53rd ‘Red, White & Boom’ fireworks show
…The 53rd annual …Red, White and Boom fireworks show started with a concert featuring Bakersfield-native and American Idol competitor Amy Adams…
The Best & Worst of June
…Worst Male on a Reality Show: Dustin Diamond on VH1 Celebrity Fit Club. The vote wasnt even close on this one (mostly because Im the only one voting, but still). I said it about Chris Sligh when he was on American Idol and Ill say it now: You cant be on the show and too cool for the show at the same time. Pick one…
What’s up party people?
¢ IDOL TIME: “American Idol” star and Rockingham native Bucky Covington is scheduled to give a postgame concert following the Charlotte Knights game. Melissa McGhee, who also appeared on “Idol, ” will open for him…
Celeb reality shows: Look at me!
Genre needs to bring more to the party than Paula Abdul’s lame show
…But the brand playing out on Bravo’s “Hey Paula” is different. Paula Abdul, purveyor of sweet, toothless critiques on “American Idol, ” has the life of a spoiled B-grade diva. She’ll almost miss a flight if she doesn’t have comfortable trousers to sleep in, and threaten to shove an outfit down her assistant’s throat through a smile.
If we didn’t know Abdul’s famous meltdown on KCPQ/13 news happened during production, one might guess “Hey Paula” existed expressly to prove, once and for all, that her slurring speech was the result of intense fatigue, not a few too many limoncellos…
Paula Abdul Is Stinking Up the UK
Slurring sensation Paula Abdul has taken her sideshow across the pond to try and earn some extra cash while “American Idol” is on hiatus. Sorry blokes!
The dazed and confused former popstar has been on a media blitz, peddling her wares all over London. Paula for Posh — even trade?!
Besides starting her own fragrance line (Eau de Crazy?), Paula has been booked on England’s “SNL” knockoff, “Friday Night Project, ” and their answer to “The View” called “Loose Women.” You are home, Paula!
Sources tell TMZ that Paula is also trying to land a UK chat show. First she’ll need to learn to speak English!
AMERICAN IDOL?S CONSTANTINE MAROULIS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, CONSTANTINE AUGUST 7th, 2007
First Single …Everybody Loves Available on iTunes
In 2005 Constantine electrified America during season four of American Idol with his captivating delivery of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The Brooklyn-born, New Jersey-bred rocker will thrill his fans once again with the highly anticipated release of Constantine ‘ his solo album out August 7th, 2007 (Sixth Place Records / Sony RED). Constantine debuted …Everybody Loves, the first song off the album, on The Bold & The Beautiful on Wednesday, May 15th 2007. …Everybody Loves is currently available on iTunes….
See ‹American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry in concert
Chris Daughtry is scheduled for a concert in Jackson.
A popular “American Idol” contestant, Daughtry’s current album, “Daughtry, ” is the biggest selling album of 2007 and the fifth best-selling digital album of all time, according to a release from Shane Connor, special events coordinator for Jackson Centre.
The concert is scheduled for Aug. 2 at Carl Perkins Civic Center…