Idol Headlines for 07/22/09

Kris Allen Says ‘No Boundaries’ Just ‘Didn’t Work’ In ‘Idol’ Set

Turns out there is a boundary for “American Idol” winner Kris Allen after all.

Less than two months after releasing victory single “No Boundaries, ” (and defending it at the “Idol” finale), Kris Allen has already dropped the song from his American Idols Live! tour set list and replaced it with the Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

But the amiable acoustic rocker insists the switch has nothing to do with his feelings on the song ‘” which remain positive ‘” but rather chalks it up to musical flow.


Kris and I Are Totally Best Friends

Okay, not really. Don’t worry, I’m not a delusional “Idol” fanatic. I just play one on TV. But we did share a brief moment at the finale red carpet when he told me he was a fan of my “Idol” recaps. (I still find it pretty insane that a contestant on the top-rated show on television was actually watching me make fun of him on the Internet for several months.)

So when I got a chance to interview the Top 10 at a recent “American Idols Live!” tour stop in Los Angeles, I was determined to get exclusive scoop on his secretive debut album. “Kris is my buddy ‘” he’ll totally give me the dirt, ” I thought.

I was wrong.


Adam Lambert: Backstage At L.A.’s Staples Center

REALITY ROCKS: It seems like this is the most internationally watched season of Idol; I’m getting a lot of tweets from a lot of people in places like Singapore and Mexico that want you to come over. Do you think there’s any chance that maybe this American Idol Tour will go to other countries?

ADAM: I don’t think the American Idol Tour is going to go to other countries, but hopefully when my album comes out in the fall, we will end up releasing worldwide. That is kind of something we’ve been talking about. So if that’s the case, and if it does well, maybe I’ll come there for a concert!

Tweet! Paula Abdul has taken to her Twitter to dismiss rumors that she’s finally signed a deal with the producers of “American Idol.”

The unsigned judge wrote, “Hey guys, I have not made a deal with #IDOL. Don’t know how that rumor got started but it’s not true as I still haven’t heard from the producers.”


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Dish Of Salt: ‘American Idol’s’ Adam Lambert & Kris Allen Get New Cars (July 16, 2009)

Being an ‘American Idol’  finalist has its perks ‘” like getting to pick your own new car from Ford. But who picked what? Plus, Adam and Kris answer fan questions that were received via Twitter.

Access Hollywood

Kris Allen Talks Adam Lambert – American Idol Tour, Paula Abdul Contract

The “American Idol” summer tour hits Little Rock Saturday (7/25) — which means a homecoming for Kris Allen, the Conway, Ark.-born winner of Season 8. He tells us he’s really looking forward to the concert where friends and family are bound to turn out. The winner covers all bases, talking about his wife Katy, spilling details on his friendship with runner-up Adam Lambert and even touches on the the Paula Abdul contract.

National Ledger

‘American Idols Live! Tour’ hits ear-piercing highs

An “American Idols Live! Tour” is usually enjoyable, but there is always a hint of melancholy beneath the glitter. This year’s tour was no exception. The reason? Within every top 10, there are a few performers who will likely vanish from the public eye once the tour is done.

For instance, burly Texan Michael Sarver kicked off the show at Arena on Monday. While he seems like a perfectly pleasant guy, nothing about his stage presence or his bland vocals suggest that a recording career is in the works. Same thing with Lil Rounds, who would be great fun at a karaoke bar but seems terribly anonymous on a big stage in front of thousands.


‘American Idols Live! Tour’ coming to Dallas

It’s too early to know yet whether Season 8 of American Idol introduced the world to a lasting musical superstar.

Maybe winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert are destined to go platinum and win Grammys. Or maybe they’ll tank while Allison Iraheta and Lil Rounds, who were cast off in earlier rounds, turn out to have the big careers.

Dallas News

Five questions with Allison Iraheta

Allison Iraheta, the teenage American Idol sensation with the signature red hair and the big, bold singing voice, figures that fame might be a pain in the neck to deal with someday. But not today.

Dallas News

A look at the inner ‘American Idol’ stars

A long time ago, back when Simon Cowell drove a used Honda and people thought Justin Guarini had talent, American Idol was about innocence, dreams, good-hearted pluck. My, how things have changed. With the top 10 from Season 8 coming to the St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday, it’s abundantly clear that today’s “amateurs” are slick, wily talents who know exactly who they want to be. The kids may wear the mask of naivete, but here we reveal their true selves. ‘” Sean Daly, Times pop music critic

Tampa Bay

Exclusive Interviews with Idol Stars

PHOENIX – American Idols Live Tour is in the Valley, and FOX 10’s Yetta Gibson talked exclusively with our favorite idols!

Can’t get enough idol? We’ve got the 17-minute raw video interview here.

My Fox Phoenix

Jackson Film to Sony for $60 Mil; Halloween Release Set

Sony Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire the film that will be made out of Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for his ‘This Is It’  concert tour. The price: $60 million, above initial projections reported elsewhere.

Sony and AEG Live have set the release date for Halloween week: Friday, Oct. 30.

And to give credit where it’s due, my friends at are correct in saying that the split on the money is 90% to the Jackson estate and 10% to AEG Live. The Jackson estate means Michael’s kids and his mother and the eventual charity that will be formed in Michael’s name.


New CDs: Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Brooke White…

An up-and-coming Disney star and Glendale’s American Idol both have new releases on the streets this week. And another local singer launched by “American Idol” drops her second album after a week as an iTune exclusive. Here’s a look at a few of this week’s higher-profile new releases.

Sparks says she’s grown up on ‘Battlefield’

CHICAGO – Jordin Sparks is living a high-decibel life.

She’s traveling across the country as a special guest on the Jonas Brothers tour, performing at arenas packed with girls who, as Sparks puts it, “scream way up here, and they just hold it for four-hours straight.”

And even away from the stage, resting in her downtown hotel room on a weekend afternoon, the 2007 “American Idol” winner is met with the shrill yelps of yet another fan. This time, it’s her dog Maggie.

Associated Press

Blake Lewis’ new single embraces sadness with a bumpin’ beat

Slezak is currently super-busy sweet-talking season 7 Idol Brooke White into performing liiiiiiiiiive! in front of our mailboxes. (Seriously, that is happening right now.) So it’s up to me to announce that Blake Lewis’ lead single from the superbly titled Heartbreak on Vinyl, “Sad Song, ” is available on iTunes. You can preview it below. In the spirit of Slezak, “Ch-ch-check it out! Ponies!” Or something.

Entertainment Weekly

New Reviews: Jordin Sparks, Demi Lovato and Daughtry

A pair of young songstresses lead the week’s pack of New Reviews, as Jordin Sparks and Demi Lovato both release their second albums today. Sparks, the former American Idol champion, can’t avoid the dreaded sophomore slump on her new disc Battlefield, which earned a two-and-a-half star review from Rolling Stone’s Christian Hoard. For those keeping track at home, that’s one star less than RS gave her self-titled debut in 2007. Sparks sounds down on Battlefield as she ’emotes about bad love amid beats that mix snazzy electro with stadium-rock bigness, ‘  Hoard writes, adding that Shannon-sampling second single ‘S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)’  sounds like bland disco wishing it was Lady Gaga. Hopefully third time’s a charm for Sparks.

Rolling Stone

More stars added to ‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock’ TV special

As reported last week, the Country Music Association and ABC TV will broadcast “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” on August 31. The special will feature performances and other special moments between country music stars and their fans. The first artists announced as being part of the special were: Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift.

Today, additional artists were announced as being part of the special. These artists include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Julianne Hough, Jamey Johnson, The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, John Rich and Zac Brown Band.

American Idol’s Bikini Girl Makes A Splash In Santa MonicaAmerican Idol’s Bikini Girl Makes A Splash In Santa Monica

She’s back! — and making a splash, as always!

One of American Idol’s most memorable 2009 contestants, Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell, looks great in a two piece, regardless of if she’s flirting with Simon Cowell, trading barbs with Kara DioGuardi, or, like Tuesday, enjoying a day at the beach.

The Southern California native, flaunting a perfect figure, gave Santa Monica a treat when she showed up to the beach with a friend, the both of them wearing nothing but bikinis and high heels.


North Haverhill Fair July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

The 2009 North Haverhill Fair will run from July 22-26 this year. Featuring a demolition derby, 4-H exhibits, agricultural displays, demonstrations, horse and tractor pulls, amusement rides, Guitar Hero Competitions, and an appearance by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band and Kristy Lee Cook, the fair has something for everyone! Also: A classic car show, ox & pony pulls, a petting zoo, and a 4×4 truck pull.


Does Paula Abdul help or hurt Emmy chances for ‘American Idol’?

The news that Paula Abdul may not be returning to “American Idol” this year comes just days after the show earned eight Emmy nominations for, appropriately enough, Season 8. Her new manager, David Sonenberg, told the Los Angeles Times last week that Abdul had not received a new contract, even though auditions for next season begin Aug. 6. Radar Online is reporting that Abdul is angling for a $20- million payday while the show is looking to settle with her for half that.

American Idol” emcee Ryan Seacrest ‘” who just inked a three-year deal for a reported $45 million ‘” got a second consecutive Emmy nod for best reality show host. Over its first seven seasons, “American Idol” won only two of its 34 Emmy nods.

Gold Derby

“So You Think You Can Dance” Turns 100

Los Angeles ( – We’re on the set of “So You Think You Can Dance” with Nigel Lythgoe and the rest of the cast, where they’re about to air their 100th episode.

Nigel Lythgoe, the co-creator of the show is also announcing the national launch of the Dizzy Feet Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization crated to raise the level of dance and improve, expand and support dance education nationwide. Founding members include Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes.


So You Think You Can Dance 100th episode to reprise Emmy-worthy choreography

So You Think You Can Dance celebrates its 100th episode this week in the not-to-be-missed results show this Thursday, July 23, at 9 pm ET on FOX.

What began five years ago as a popular dance competition and reality TV show is evolving into a cultural landmark. Producer Nigel Lythgoe announced last week that the show has garnered five Primetime Emmy Award nominations–four for outstanding choreography and one for makeup. In the past three years, the show has received 11 nominations and three wins. The repeat performances of past choreography alone will be worth tuning in this Thursday night.

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