Inland fans brave heat to see ‘Idol’ favorites
Eight hours before the top-ten “American Idol” finalists took the stage Friday night, Highland teens Kayli and Kyrsti Crawford started waiting for Adam Lambert in a blazing hot parking lot outside Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Kayli, 18, and Kyrsti, 15, were two in a group of dozens of people awaiting the singers who won the hearts of America on the televised competition.
Meet Kris Allen, American Idol 2009
The highly anticipated 2009 American Idol tour, featuring the top 10 contestants from the show’s eighth season, arrives at the BOK center on July 24th.
Featured performers include: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre and the new American Idol Season Eight Winner, Kris Allen.
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Spotlight on American Idol: Michael Sarver Interview
The American Idol Top 10 finalists were in LA yesterday for their live show at The Staples Center. Examiner.Com was able to get a few words with all 10 idols. Here is what Michael Sarver had to say.
EXAMINER: Who were your music heroes growing up?
SARVER: This goes back to a Christian background. Michael English. Vocally, he is amazing. Then Steven Curtis Chapman. Then my # 1 is Michael Jackson. I am not just saying that because he recently passed away. You can look on the web site and see that I said that a while ago.
EXCLUSIVE: The American Idols Share Their Favorite Movie Scenes With Movieline
We’re bringing back a classic today: My Favorite Scene was a feature from our golden print era, in which a wide swath of showbiz luminaries would share a personal favorite movie sequence with Movieline readers. Now that we’re online, we have the added advantage of being able to show the scenes themselves. And we could think of no more auspicious a way to kick things off than with the American Idol Top Ten (save for Scott MacIntyre, unfortunately omitted for time constraints and not his visual impairment), all of whom are headed to your town soon on their 52-city Idols Live tour. What scenes meant the most to Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, and the rest? Some of the answers might surprise you ‘â€ and some, not so much.
“Idol” judge Cowell makes PETA finals
PETA is using the death of a dog that died in a hot car in Denver during auditions for “American Idol” to raise awareness of the danger of leaving dogs in cars on hot summer days.
A public service announcement featuring “Idol” judge Simon Cowell will run on television stations across the country, including Denver’s Fox channel, KDVR 31, which also runs “Idol.”
“Far be it from me to be critical, but I find it really appalling that this year, thousands of dogs will die from heatstroke inside parked cars, ” said Cowell, who appears with his dog, Claude, in a public-service announcement shot before the Denver incident.
Chris Daughtry’s second CD isn’t bad, just more of the same
Chris Daughtry has always been a talented dude with a lousy record collection. He has a well-toned voice but wallet-chain tastes, thrusting his quavery tough-guy vocals into songs that make your mullet grow.
His sophomore album, Leave This Town, was released this week, and the 12-tracker might top the multiplatinum sales clout of his self-titled ’06 debut, the hits-aplenty platter featuring It’s Not Over, Home and then some.
Idol’s Brooke White Readies for Album Release
Hard to believe, but American Idol judge Randy Jackson ‘â€ despite incessantly trumpeting his music-producer cred on the show ‘â€ has never collaborated with an Idol alum ‘â€ until now, that is.
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Jackson has lent his talents to Season 7 fifth-place finisher Brooke White, whose debut album, High Hopes & Heartbreak, is out Tuesday, July 21. The pair also cofounded the indie label on which it will be released. “I’m very appreciative of Randy taking on this project and to have him on my team, ” White tells TVGuide.com. “I don’t know why he’s working with me!”
Chicago Engagement of Color Purple Tour, Starring Fantasia, Cuts Back Performance Run
The Chicago engagement of The Color Purple tour, starring American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, has reduced the number of performances it will present at the Arie Crown Theater, and will now only run September 2-6.
Originally scheduled through September 13, a press statement says that the tour has changed the dates “due to scheduling requirements in future markets.” Following Chicago, the tour will play Greensboro, North Carolina the week of September 8, giving Fantasia (a High Point, North Carolina native), the opportunity to make her hometown stage debut, before moving to Atlanta, Georgia, September 15-27.
Frenchie Davis and Syesha Mercado to Perform at Universal CityWalk
Former American Idol contestants Frenchie Davis and Syesha Mercado will perform at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 8 as part of the venue’s Summer Block Party’s Celebrity Band series. Davis has appeared on stage in Rent and Ain’t Misbehavin’, while Mercado will play Deena Jones in the upcoming national tour of Dreamgirls.
Other upcoming acts in the series include Chase Masterson (July 18), Peter Tork (July 24), Ryan Eggold (August 15), Taryn Manning (August 22), and Alicia Witt (August 29).
Elliott Yamin performs at Coventry Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies
The Coventry Commonwealth Games held their opening ceremonies Friday night.
Athletes listened to Tiffany Roberts at the Roanoke Civic Center.
She was a member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Winning Soccer Team, as well as a Gold Medal winner in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Before the opening ceremonies, Roberts spoke at the orientation for the Jefferson College of Health Sciences and signed a few autographs. She is currently the co-head coach of the VCU Women’s Soccer Team along with her husband.
Former American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin gave a performance. It was the first concert ever at the opening ceremonies. That’s a fitting way to celebrate the games’ 20th anniversary.
Sparks brightens day at Children’s
Jordin Sparks, who’s in town to open for the Jonas Brothers, paid a visit yesterday to Children’s Hospital, where the ‘American Idol” winner went from room to room meeting patients who couldn’t leave their beds. Sparks said a special hello to little Eithene Hilliard of Attleboro.
Kara’s New Hubby Gets Frisky at His Bachelor Party!
Kara DioGuardi’s new husband may have to face the music with the American Idol judge after she sees Star’s exclusive photos of him getting really up close and personal with a beautiful young blonde ‘â€ just three days before their wedding!
General contractor Mike McCuddy was feeling no pain, sources say, during his boozy July 2 bachelor party at two bars in Orono, Maine.
Mike, who once taught art at Orono High School, put the moves on a former student, surgical assistant and aspiring model Eve Dana, 21, when they crossed paths at Margaritas.
Simon Says: ‘Boyle’s Extraordinarily Good’
Entertainment mogul Simon Cowell is dishing about Susan Boyle’s much anticipated debut album, and talking about his new venture with retail tycoon Philip Green.
Boyle skyrocketed to fame on “Britain’s Got Talent” with her unexpectedly beautiful voice and powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.” Cowell’s face during “The Hairy Angel’s” audition said it all. He was blown away by her live performance and says she sounds good in the studio too! Simon tells “Extra, ” “She’s extraordinarily good on record.”
Susan Boyle exclusive: ‘I don’t want it to end’
In a worldwide exclusive, NBC News’ Meredith Vieira will sit down with Susan Boyle in her first interview since she became an instant global phenomenon on ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’
The exclusive interview will air on TODAY with an extended interview as part of a special edition of ‘America’s Got Talent’ Wednesday, July 22 (9-10 p.m. ET on NBC), which will also feature the last round of auditions before heading into the live quarterfinals. An exclusive preview is available on TODAYshow.com.
Julianne & Derek Hough Celebrate Joint Emmy Nomination
They are used to competing against each other on Dancing With the Stars, but when Thursday’s Emmy nominations were announced, Dancing with the Stars siblings Julianne and Derek Hough emerged as joint nominees for outstanding choreography.
‘I can’t think of a better person to be nominated with, ‘ Julianne tells PEOPLE from Idaho Falls, Idaho. On tour this summer ‘â€ and appearing on select dates with country legend George Strait ‘â€ Julianne, 20, says her only regret is not being able to celebrate the nomination in person with her brother Derek, 24.
‘Dance’ doesn’t miss a beat
Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” continues to dominate the Thursday race as only eight finalists now remain on the popular summer reality series. The skein gave Fox a narrow win over CBS, which was the leader for the night in total viewers.
“Dance” (2.5 rating/8 share in the 18-49 demo, 7 million viewers) had more than enough to defeat the night’s other reality skein, the Eye’s “Big Brother” (1.9/7, 5.5m), which fell 17% from last Thursday’s premiere. “Bones” (1.4/5, 5m) filled the 8 p.m. slot for Fox.
The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Results Are In, But Who Will Win?
Usually, by this point in the season of “So You Think You Can Dance, ” there are at least two very clear favorites and then a few dark-horse dancers waiting in the wings. As far as I can remember, past winners Nick Lazzarini, Joshua Allen, Benji Schwimmer and Sabra Johnson won our hearts immediately with their surprisingly wide range of talent and adorable personalities. But when the top 10 performed this week, I was still absolutely stumped about who will win the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
‘SYTYCD’: Cat Deeley blogs Top 10 week
Thank goodness Nigel is only 60 once! I don’t think any of us could cope with the partying twice! Nigel held his 60th birthday in Lake Las Vegas. It was a three-day extravaganza involving karaoke, golf, sunset cruises, gambling, dinner and dancing, and culminating in a giant conga line that included Mary, Adam, Mia, Wade, Tabitha, Napoleon, Tyce, and yours truly circling the lake at 2.30 in the morning! As I’ve said before, I can’t dance, but I do…. What I lack in talent I more than make up for in enthusiasm! The music played till morning, the champagne flowed continuously, and it’s fair to say a good time was had by all! Mr. Lythgoe certainly knows how to throw a great party!
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Kupono Aweau and Randi Evans, just as cheery offstage
Randikupono After being eliminated from “So You Think You Can Dance, ” the very friendly Kupono Aweau and Randi Evans sat down to a conference call with journalists to discuss their time on the show and beyond.
So You Think You Can Dance: Chatting with Randi Evans
During her time on So You Think You Can Dance Randi Evans wowed the judges with her power, perseverance, her booty, and bubbly personality. Though she became the 6th girl to be eliminated from the competition last night, you couldn’t tell that from the her positive attitude and audible smile. This afternoon, Randi took the time to chat with SYTYCD press about her time on the show, her dance challenged Hubby, and what dance she hopes you’ll be seeing her perform on tour.
Katie Holmes’ SYTYCD Dance: All the Details
Katie Holmes’ will pay homage to Judy Garland for her So You Think You Can Dance performance.
For her routine, the actress, 30, sings Garland’s “Get Happy, ” from her 1950 musical, Summer Stock, a witness at the Monday rehearsal at FOX Studios tells Usmagazine.com.