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The Idols have Landed in Fresno
The top ten finalists are on tour through September, making stops in four to five cities every week.
Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist, says, “We leave every night after our concert and just drive all night and then come into the next venue the next morning, get a couple of hours rest in the hotel and then we start rehearsing for the show that night. It’s a hectic schedule, a lot of sleep deprivation, but we’re gonna be alright.” ….
Today in History – July 21
…Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician-critic Billy Taylor is 86. Singer Kay Starr is 85. Movie director Norman Jewison is 81. Actor Paul Burke is 81. Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 69. Actress Patricia Elliott is 65. Actor David Downing is 64. Actor Edward Herrmann is 64. Actor Leigh Lawson is 62. Actor Wendell Burton is 60. Actor Art Hindle is 59. Singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is 59. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 59. Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 56. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 50. Actor Lance Guest is 47. Actor Matt Mulhern is 47. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 44. Rock musician Koen Lieckens (K’s Choice) is 41. Rock singer Emerson Hart (Tonic) is 38. Country singer Paul Brandt is 35. Actress Ali Landry is 34. Actor Josh Hartnett is 29. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 29. Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 29. Singer Blake Lewis (“American Idol”) is 26. Actress Vanessa Lengies is 22. Actor Jamie Waylett (“Harry Potter” films) is 18…
American Idol Finalist Joins Malaria Fight
American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle is joining international efforts to relieve suffering in Africa. In June, she traveled to Zambia with the group Malaria No More to distribute life-saving bed nets and raise awareness on Africa’s malaria epidemic.
Malaria No More is helping to fund the bed net distribution in conjunction with the President’s Malaria Initiative, and along with the Global Business Coalition to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…
Daughtry, Staind and Nickelback satisfy
…Friday-afternoon traffic became an X factor in the program, as I-69 and at least one supposed “shortcut” to the venue were backed up for miles.
After singing his first number at 7:40 p.m., Daughtry vocalist Chris Daughtry told the nearly packed house that he and his bandmates had just arrived at Verizon…
Music: Chris Daughtry: Revenge of the rocker
Voted off “American Idol, ” undaunted Chris Daughtry bounces back with 2007’s top-selling album.
It was Vince Lombardi, or Paula Abdul, or someone on ESPN’s “Sportscenter” who once said, “Winning isn’t everything.”…….
Emmy 2007 Analysis: ‘American Idol’
American Idol is a little like Susan Lucci. Idol hasn’t reached the sort of award futility that Lucci endured, but it has to be just as painful. Idol is the biggest show in the world, a ratings monster, a cultural phenomenon which has created numerous pop stars. The only thing it hasn’t accomplished, it seems, is the recognition that comes with an Emmy win……
Beyond the Blond
”Idol” season 5’s Kellie Pickler talks about wigging out, dealing with rumors, the Kelly Clarkson controversy, and regrets for ”Small Town Girl”
Kellie Pickler is living proof that ”polarizing” works. There’s something to be said for the fact that so far, she’s the lowest-ranking American Idol finalist to have a gold album…..
Simon Cowell as protector?
They are constantly bickering as fellow judges on American Idol, but now Mr Nasty is showing his soft side, as he considers Paula Abdul’s interests at heart.
Simon is determined to examine and scrutinise Paula’s new boyfriend – restaurateur JT Torregiani – to make sure he is a suitable match. The twosome have been dating for over a month, and she celebrated her 45th birthday last month at his west Hollywood diner Ketchup – which he co-owns with Tara Reid – at which he was seen at her side for the whole night…..
William Hung entertains Cutters’ fans
The singing lessons have paid off for “American Idol” castoff William Hung.
Fans at the New Haven County Cutters game who heard the baby-faced, tone-deaf Hung wail admitted as much as they lined up for the dollar drafts on “Thirsty Thursday.” ………
Boyz II Men Planning Big Comeback
…Boyz II Men have recently re-signed with Universal Records to work on a new album, which will be a collection of Motown hits from the ’60s and ’70s. They are co-producing this album with Randy Jackson, one of the judges on American Idol….