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VIDEO: Fans get ready for American Idol Tour
‘Idol’ Doolittle enjoys homecoming; Sligh, Stacey to move here
American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle had quite a homecoming Wednesday when the Brentwood resident and former back-up singer took center stage at the Sommet Center with the nine other Idol finalists.
“I am so excited to be home, ” says Melinda. “Nashville has been amazingly supportive. They have done more than their share of helping me out, so I am excited to be able to say thank you.”…
Scarnato joins others in ‘American Idols Live!’
…Scarnato, whose hot-pants-and-halter-top rendition of “Tell Him” will surely live forever at YouTube.com, is still getting more ink for her fashion sense and stage moves than for her voice. Her leather outfit caused a sensation in Florida, according to news reports.
“It’s our job to get (audiences) more involved, out of their seats, ” finalist Chris Richardson told the Tampa Tribune….
See ’em live, ‘Idol’ fans
TV show’s Arizona tour stop giving winner a homecoming
Love it, hate it, “American Idol” appears to have woven itself into the fabric of our pop culture.
And if you were glued to Fox throughout winter and spring, watching Sanjaya Malakar don a different loopy ‘do every week and biting your nails as Glendale’s own teen queen Jordin Sparks seemed destined for a vocal meltdown against the more tenured Melinda Doolittle, you no doubt have your tickets for Wednesday’s “American Idols Live” Arizona tour stop….
Decisions, decisions, decisions
So many high-profile bands are in town for concerts that it’s hard to decide what to see
…American Idol’s top 10 cast of characters also will be here, led by champ Jordin Sparks and beatboxer Blake Lewis. But it’s ponyhawked pinup Sanjaya (no last name needed) who will likely incite the loudest screams.
Admit it, you’re curious…
…’Idol’ wannabes called to Kicks
“American Idol” auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kicks Family Entertainment Center, 2744 S. Sixth St., hosted in conjunction with Fox affiliate WRSP Channel 55.
Registration will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m…
Covington hits country running on ‘Idol’ fame
“I don’t do a whole lot of thinking, ” Bucky Covington says. “I’m a big believer in not over-thinking. I don’t really think about things until it’s done. If I thought about it before, it’d probably scare me to death.” …..
McPhee joins Col’s sorority
…McPhee will play a pregnant hippy, while Stone will be president of the sorority…
Bucky Covington’s First Single Hits Top 10
Bucky Covington hit another career milestone this week as his first single, “A Different World, ” cracked the Top 10 on country radio….
American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler reportedly …heading for collapse
Country singer Kellie Pickler maybe suffering from health problems it has been reported. Star magazine reports that insiders claim she is …on the verge of collapse. …
McPhee Doing Sandler-Produced Comedy
The ”American Idol” runner-up joins Anna Faris in an as-yet untitled comedy produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions….
Daughtry breaks out
‘American Idol’ star has year’s top album
…Daughtry, whose band is now touring with Nickelback, loves playing the album live for fans. When putting his band together, he specifically looked for musicians that had great stage presence and could play the album better live than it sounded recorded. He’s interested in giving fans something extra, he says, something they couldn’t get anywhere else.
“It’s kind of like making a baby, ” Daughtry says. “It’s fun making that, but it’s more rewarding when you actually have it…
Michael Smerconish | HOW I GOT SNIPPED BY ‘THE VIEW’
…I had the good luck of being booked on a show headlined by recent “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and runner-up Blake Lewis. We taped the show on June 11 for a June 14 airing.
During my segment, I made the case that society needs a thicker skin, and a freer exchange of ideas. Words and actions in this country have been muted by those who assert their political correctness while sacrificing the individualism that’s been the hallmark of our nation….
Williams gets thrill out of promotion
Former American Idol contestant Vonzell Solomon performed the national anthem before Wednesday’s game. Solomon, 23, placed third on the popular show in 2005. Carrie Underwood won the season Solomon appeared on the show…
Cat Country Corner
No slowing down for Daniels More honors for Underwood Top 5 requested songs on Cat Country last week
…The honors just keep rolling in for Carrie Underwood. On the heels of being voted “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” woman by PETA, readers of Country Weekly magazine have voted her “Country’s Most Beautiful Woman.” Faith Hill was second followed by Reba McEntire and Shania Twain. Kellie Pickler rounded out the top five. Meantime, OK! magazine thinks Carrie Underwood has a lot of clout. She’s made the magazine’s list of the 19 most influential celebrities. Underwood is ranked among the top three entertainers, along with “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell and model Heidi Klum. The magazine says they are “people who decide what we watch and listen to.” The list is separated into six categories: beauty queens, style setters, entertainers, newsmakers, survivors and body shapers….
Iowa Ear: She’s ‘Hott 4 Hill’
A provocative young singer named Taryn Southern, above, expresses a bit more than political attraction for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a new video set to pop lyrics that match up “Hill” and “Bill” and “Capitol Hill” and “can’t sit still.”
“I know you’re not gay, but I’m hoping for bi … lingual, ” croons Southern, who had a stint on the TV show “American Idol” three years ago…
Katherine McPhee’s Playboy Bunny Comedy
Katherine McPhee is the latest American Idol to shoot for a film career, because you know, it worked so well for Justin and Kelly. At least she has the good sense not to jump right into a solo starring role. Shell be paired with Anna Faris in an untitled comedy….
U.S. record labels follow Disney into “tween” market
Faced with a protracted sales slump, U.S. record labels are tapping into the tween scene after Walt Disney Co became the unlikely hitmaker of the year with chart toppers like “Hannah Montana” and “High School Musical.”
“A lot of entertainment companies are trying to figure out how to replicate Disney’s formula and crack the tween code since it’s one of the market’s few sweet spots, ” said entertainment lawyer Fred Goldring….
…Arista said it has already had two radio hits with Paula DeAnda, who was signed at age 16 last year by music mogul Clive Davis. Arista is part of Sony BMG, a Sony Corp joint venture with Bertelsmann AG…