Idol Headlines for 07/23/09

Danny Gokey Wants His And Adam Lambert’s Fans To Get Along

LOS ANGELES ‘” One’s a makeup-wearing, “Twilight”-loving gay man, and the other’s a devoutly religious worship leader from a small town in Wisconsin. Nope, it’s not the pitch for a new sitcom, but rather the reality of “American Idol” finalists Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey, currently on the road for the American Idols Live! tour.

With such a disparity between the two performers, it’s not surprising that the singers’ fanbases have as much in common with each other as Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat. Sadly, instead of singing and dancing about their differences, the rival fans are screaming at each other on the Internet. And Danny Gokey thinks it’s gone too far.

Matt Giraud Plays A Rabid Adam Lambert Fan As A ‘Practical Joke’

LOS ANGELES ‘” The American Idols Live! tour is well under way, and for fifth-place finisher Matt Giraud, it provides the perfect opportunity to let loose, both onstage and off.

When not rocking a three-song set of the Fray’s “You Found Me, ” the Black Crowes’ version of “Hard to Handle” and Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind, ” Giraud loves meeting his supporters outside the venue ‘” even if a few of them can be a little intense occasionally.


Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks Headed To Top 10 Debuts

Lovato may face competition from Daughtry’s “Leave This Town, ” which has a chance of holding in at No. 1 for a second week. If the album drops a conservative 60-65% in sales in its second week, it may shift 95, 000-110, 000. It bowed atop the Billboard 200 with 269, 000.

Jordin Sparks’ sophomore album “Battlefield” will also likely make a top 10 debut, giving the “American Idol” champ her second top 10 set. Her self-titled debut entered and peaked at No. 10 in 2007.

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Adam Lambert – what you probably don’t know

OAKLAND – There’s plenty you already know about Adam Lambert. You probably know:
– He’s 27-years-old.
– He was born in Indianapolis, but moved to the San Diego area when he was one.
– He’s Jewish.
– He started an acting career at age 10.
– He’s gay.
– And he finished as the runnerup on Season 8 of American Idol.
But there are also plenty of things you probably don’t know about Adam:


Video: American Idol Tour

LA Times

Danny Gokey: Backstage At L.A.’s Staples Center

When I got a very brief amount of face time with third-place American Idol runner-up Danny Gokey backstage at last week’s Idols Live concert at the Staples Center in L.A., naturally the first question on my inquiring mind was whether he’d finally landed that rumored record deal, like the other three signed Idols in this season’s popular top four. Since my last interview with Danny at the tour rehearsals, he’d reportedly met with several labels in Nashville, indicating that he might be headed for a country music career (he does cover two Rascal Flatts song on the tour).

Spotlight on American Idol: Lil Rounds Interview

The American Idol’s were in LA last week for their live show at The Staples Center. Examiner.Com was able to get a few words with all 10 idols. Here is what Lil Rounds had to say.

EXAMINER: How did your family feel about your career choice?
ROUNDS: My family was very excited. They all sing and are very involved in music. My grand dad played with BB King.

Ambitious Anoop – Idol tour stops in Tampa

It was a busy afternoon for season eight ‘American Idol’ finalist Anoop Desai when the Herald caught up with him on the phone during media day in Los Angeles last week.

The 22-year-old North Carolina native had been chatting away with the elite of the Hollywood news world: MTV, E! Entertainment and Access Hollywood, to name a few. Curtain call for him and the nine other Idol finalists at the Staples Center was just a few hours away. From Desai’s perspective, the L.A. show could be the one to help land him a record deal. Big-time record agents could have been in the crowd.

Jordin Sparks got hands on at Planet Hollywood this week.

Celebrating the release of her sophomore album ‘Battlefield, ‘  Sparks spent time with fans and left her handprint with Planet Hollywood (see additional photos below).

Sparks’ ‘Battlefield’  is in stores now.

Jordin Sparks Hot on ‘Battlefield’

Season six “American Idol” Jordin Sparks has a new album “Battlefield, ” is on tour with The Jonas Brothers, and now a permanent place in Planet Hollywood history as she planted her hands in cement for the New York eatery. Check out the entire scene — and the entire Raw interview with Jordin!


Red Carpet Confidential: Jordin Sparks Shapes Up, Shares Diet Secret

Jordin Sparks cuts a slimmer figure during her Planet Hollywood Handprint Ceremony held Tuesday in NYC.

The singer, 19, whose album Battlefield is in stores now, is cheerful and giddy. She attributes her smaller size to the rigors of the road. And what a tour ‘” the youngest American Idol winner joins the Jonas Brothers every night!

OK Magazine

Will Jordin Sparks be the Top American Idol Vet This week?

“American Idol” isn’t currently on the air (new episodes won’t return until January 2010), but there is plenty of intrigue surrounding the show. Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul have both been working on their contracts, the summer auditions have wrapped up and the live tour is underway. This week sees a strange confluence of “Idol” album news, as Jordin Sparks and Brooke White both released albums yesterday and Daughtry finds his new album at the top of the album chart today. It’s an interesting little three-way showdown, as it pits the soulful diva, the introspective singer-songwriter and the edgy arena rocker against each other. But of those three diverse albums, which one will reign supreme?

Daughtry Discuss Avoiding The Sophomore Slump With Leave This Town

Carrie Underwood’s first album hit #2 on the Billboard albums chart, and two years later, her second album rocketed all the way to the top spot. Taylor Hicks’ debut hit #2, while his follow-up stalled out at #58. Clearly, “American Idol” alumni have a mixed record when it comes to their sophomore albums.

On Wednesday (July 22), when next week’s Billboard chart was released, season-five “Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry showed everyone which category he belongs in. His band’s 2006 album reached #1 nine weeks after its release and eventually went four-times platinum. This week, his band’s new album, Leave This Town, shot straight to #1.


High Hopes for Brooke White, post American Idol

06/04/2009 – Brooke White – Brooke hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and began singing at age 15. She made a big impression during last season’s ‘Idol’  by delivering breathtaking renditions of songs by the Beatles (‘Let It Be’ ), Dolly Parton (‘Jolene’ ) and Neil Diamond (‘I Am I Said’ ). © Chris Hatcher / PR Photos

Brooke White is in the next phase of her career post-American Idol.

Monsters and Critics

Something to Sing About: ‘The Color Purple’

REPRISING HER ROLE in the Broadway production of “The Color Purple” for the first North American tour of the musical, Fantasia not only shines as lead character Celie, but becomes Celie.

Having that focus for the audience’s attention is crucial to this production. If you can keep up with the eventful world of “The Color Purple” as it races by on the Kennedy Center stage, you’ll catch the central story of a trampled-upon Southern black woman who refuses to go down for the count.

Express Night Out

Theater Review: Sound issues make ‘Joseph’ less than dreamy

Lyric Theatre’s production of “Joseph’  is a lively affair that features a cast of more than 100. Eighty of those are youths from Lyric’s “Camp Joseph’  program, which lends this production a youthful appeal. The adults, headed by “American Idol’  finalists Anthony Fedorov and Diana DeGarmo, are equally energetic and throw themselves into this production with abandon.

If rock fans can get past the fact that it is on Broadway they will thoroughly enjoy Rock of Ages

Now that the men are paying attention is a good time to mention that you can order alcohol from your seats. The drink prices are surprisingly reasonable, maybe even less than what you would pay at a DC club.

Another pleasant surprise is Constantine Maroulis. Maroulis was given a national stage on American Idol season 4 but became lost in the mix of contestants that included powerhouse Carrie Underwood and another rocker Bo Bice. Unlike Idol, Rock of Ages suits Constantine well. His voice fits the arena-rock songs, his personality shines, his quirky facial expressions and eye movements work in the role, and he has a platform to showcase his chops that were not apparent on Idol.

P. Diddy and Mark Burnett Team Up for ‘P. Diddy’s StarMaker’

Los Angeles, CA-MTV’s new 10-episode series “P. Diddy’s StarMaker” is bringing together the most respected names in music management, production, performance, and talent. Slated for premiere on August 16th at 10:00PM, directly following MTV’s hit “America’s Best Dance Crew, ” the show will feature industry tastemakers and power players hand-selected by Diddy to teach, test, coach, and ultimately create the world’s next global music superstar. This unparalleled committee of true music “StarMakers” includes:

KIMBERLY CALDWELL-Kimberly Caldwell is a singer, actress, and television personality who has worked as an entertainment correspondent and host for the TV Guide Network. Kimberly first hit the limelight as an artist on another popular reality competition show, which provides an intimate and empathetic relationship between her and the aspiring StarMaker contestants.

The Deadbolt

Fremantle dives in with Liquid Comics

FremantleMedia Enterprises has made a first-look deal with Liquid Comics, the company formerly known as Virgin Comics.

Much the way that FremantleMedia has found tie-ins in other platforms for “American Idol, ” “Family Feud” and its other titles, the company will turn Liquid Comics lit properties loose in multiple platforms.

The companies kick off the relationship with two projects that will be published later this year as graphic novels by Liquid Comics. The first is “Ani-Max, ” about a boy who can absorb the abilities and physical characteristics of any animal he touches. It will be developed as an animated TV show. The other, “First Family, ” will be developed as a scripted drama about the teen children of a newly elected American president who try to survive in a most ruthless political arena — high school.

Simon Cowell set to have 17 ex-girlfriends at 50th birthday bash

Simon Cowell is being thrown a surprise birthday party ‘ attended by 17 of his ex-girlfriends. The X Factor star, who is 50 in October, will be confronted by women from his past at the lavish bash this weekend. Hosted by his ex and close pal, model Jackie St Claire, the star has been told to ‘expect the unexpected’  at the white-themed party in West London.

The Lobster Factor: Simon Cowell reveals his seriously sunburnt face in St Tropez

He’s worth more than £120million. Yet it seems Simon Cowell’s holiday budget didn’t stretch to a bottle of suncream.

Pictured on holiday in St Tropez, the 49-year-old music mogul looked every inch the Brit abroad.

His white T-shirt only succeeded in drawing attention to his red hue, and he also had panda eyes – the tell-tale white rings caused by wearing sunglasses.

Hough is ‘Footloose’ and fancy-free with her film, tour, love

The stars seem to be aligned for two-time Dancing With the Stars champ Julianne Hough.

The rising country music performer, who received an Emmy nomination for choreography last week with brother Derek Hough, is set to act opposite Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford in the Footloose remake next year and has found love with fellow country singer Chuck Wicks. Oh, and she turned 21 on Monday.

USA Today

What Will Katie Holmes Do For ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?

Among the many reasons “So You Think You Can Dance” can count both dancers and couch potatoes among its fans is the way the competition clearly shows its contestants grow from unknown, struggling artists into full-blown stars. But what will happen when the show takes a page from that other network dance competition and puts an A-list actress on the stage? We’ll find out Thursday night (July 23), when Katie Holmes performs a song-and-dance tribute to Judy Garland.

Holmes is performing the number, choreographed by her friend and frequent “SYTYCD” guest Tyce Diorio, to promote the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a charity co-founded by the show’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, director/choreographer Adam Shankman and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba. The organization aims to give dance scholarships to underserved children and create an accreditation program for dance schools.

Get Fit with So You Think You Can Dance!

Ever wonder what happens to the So You Think You Can Dance contestants once they’re off the show? Well, iVillage chatted with season four’s Katee Shean to find out what she’s up to now. From a new dance DVD to a 3D movie, we’ve got all the scoop.

As of yesterday, fans of Katee and So You Think You Can Dance can break a sweat with the all-new So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit DVDs. The two-disc fitness routines also feature former contestants Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Dmitry Chaplin, Courtney Galiano, Lauren Gottlieb and Travis Wall. The dancers lead viewers in easy-to-follow routines with cardio and toning benefits, making exercise fun. Each DVD also includes never before seen interviews with the dancers.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alums: Where are they now?

“So You Think You Can Dance” celebrates its 100th episode this week with a special Broadway performance by actress Katie Holmes. However, longtime fans of the series are looking forward to the return of several show alumni as well, many of whom have gone on to accomplish quite a bit. Wonder what they’ve been up to since their “SYTYCD” days? We’ve got the details …

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ reaches Episode 100

Thursday’s “So You Think You Can Dance” celebrates the dance competition’s 100th episode, something executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe is digesting. “Who would’ve thought?’  said Lythgoe in an interview this week. ‘When [co-creator] Simon Fuller said, ‘We’ve been successful with ‘American Idol, ‘ do you think this would work with dancing?’ I said, ‘No!’ ”

After this season, its fifth, ends early next month, Fox will be, for the first time, segueing directly into a fall season instead of waiting until the summer to air again. Lythgoe credits the show’s judges ‘ the panel is Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and a third spot that rotates each week ‘ with part of what makes the show unique. “It’s the only program whose judges have been through every aspect that they are asking the contestants to go through, ‘  he said. ‘We’ve all been dancers, we’ve all been choreographers, so we know what those kids are going through and therefore can translate that into our critiques.”

“I don’t think so, ‘  he said. Lythgoe, who was an executive producer of ‘American Idol’  for its first seven seasons, continued: ‘I firmly believe that we should be in the background: The focus should be on the kids in the competition. Last year on ‘American Idol, ‘ the judges went into the spotlight a little bit. Thank goodness Adam Lambert and some of the other kids were talented enough to wrest the spotlight back onto them at the end of the season.”

LA Times

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