‘Idols Live’ Meet Lil and Megan!
I’m still recovering from last night’s ‘American Idols Live’ show at BankAtlantic Center – I didn’t go to sleep until 2, and am writing this at 10 a.m., which is technically when I’m supposed to be waking up. Looks like that didn’t work.
But my body’s lack of sleep means I’m passing on the savings to you, in the form of two more interviews from the Idol Top 10. (Kris Allen won, so he gets his own post. That’s how it works.) America, meet Lil Rounds and Megan Joy Corkrey!
Megan Joy: Backstage At L.A.’s Staples Center
Just when I thought awesome American Idol runner-up Megan Joy couldn’t get any awesome-er, she showed up recently backstage at L.A.’s Staples Center for the Idols’ pre-concert OFFICIAL PRESS JUNKET wearing curlers in her hair. Curlers! On camera! Of course, most women don’t look as lovely with a headful of wire coils as Megan did that day, so it’s understandable that she wouldn’t be too neurotic about letting a fleet of reporters see her in her preshow-prep state. But I still found her could-give-a-damn attitude so very refreshing…and so very Megan Joyful.
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Kara DioGuardi’s return to ‘American Idol’ inspires a protest anthem
News of Kara DioGuardi’s imminent return to American Idol hit the Internet today, and after a few hours of garment-tearing, violent sobbing, and unrepentant carb-consuming, I was able to compose myself long enough to express my feelings in song, to the tune of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab.’ (Feel free to click that link if you need musical accompaniment!) And it goes a little somethin’ like this’ ¦
Paula Abdul: Tread carefully with your ‘American Idol’ contract negotiations!
Paula-Abdul_lThe American Idol rumor mill this week has been buzzier than an angry bumblebee. People.com just confirmed the unfortunate news that Kara ‘The Terrible’ DioGuardi has signed a deal and will be back to (presumably) share a new and impressive bag of gaffes, but there’s still no official word on whether Paula Abdul will be back on the show’s judging panel for season 9. (The Los Angeles Times reports sources close to the show who claim that Paula herself has cut her asking price from $20 million to $12 million annually.)
As far as American Idol winners go, Jordin Sparks is pretty much a blank slate. Other than her dedication to abstinence, she isn’t known for anything in particular, and her musical identity is similarly indistinct. Sparks doesn’t make much of an effort to carve out a niche for herself on her second album, Battlefield, despite co-writing four songs, but she delivers a sufficiently enjoyable pop album with a handful of stand-out songs.
PHOTOS: Of Course There are Disco Balls Behind Adam Lambert on the Idol Tour
OH SNAP ‘â€ Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, and those other American Idol types remind fans in Sunrise, Fl., why they were glued to their televisions for four hours every week. (Photos: Splash News)
‘American Idol’ David Cook not looking back and he rocks full steam ahead
Get ready for a second helping from the Cook.
David Cook, the 2008 winner of “American Idol, ” has been on the road continuously since his victory over David Archuleta, first with the “Idol Live” tour, then supporting his self-titled debut solo disc, released in November and now platinum. He recently added dates through October, and says his tour may continue “maybe even into December the way things have been going.”
“We’ve been really, really fortunate with the economy the way it is to have people taking money that they might not have as much of and investing it in the record and the show, ” Cook says in a cell phone call from Monticello, Iowa, where he was playing an outdoor festival similar to the show he’ll play Monday at Bethlehem’s Musikfest. “That’s a huge compliment.”
Phillyist Playlist: David Cook
Normally when Phillyist thinks of American Idol, we think of the likes of Kelly Clarkson and over-produced pop music. Season seven brought a little rock to the competition in the form of David Cook, whose gritty-but-pretty vocals and commercially popular cover versions of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby, among others, catapulted him to seemingly immediate stardom. This Friday, he’ll be bringing his “Declaration” tour to the Keswick Theatre.
Kellie Pickler helps Ohio family get ‘Extreme Makeover’
If you follow Kellie Pickler’s Twitter feed, @therealpickler, or @usatodayidol, which ReTweeted it, you might already know that Kellie Pickler’s involved in one of next season’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition projects. Kellie and the Extreme Makeover crew surprised the Terpenning family of Beavercreek, Ohio, this morning.
If she could have anyone at her dinner table, her first choice would be her Grandma Faye’â€who she will gush about missing terribly. If you ask her what her most treasured possession is, she’ll let you know first that it’s her soul, and secondly, it really isn’t hers at all to claim or own’â€that’s in God’s hands. She’s humble and values honesty and respect in herself and in others. And, while she loves fashion, she truly believes that a bad attitude can ruin any outfit, no matter how much it costs. Meet Kellie Pickler. A girl who’s heart is as real and moving as her voice.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Your top four, ladies and gentlemen
Here are the main things I learned from tonight’s “So You Think You Can Dance”:
1) It’s not that I hate clowns, it’s that I hate it when grown people pretend to be sad little toy clowns coming out of a giant toy box. Sorry, Tyce Diorio, but no matter how great your choreography, you will never win me over with a dance about sad clowns, especially if Kayla Radomski seems to be made up to look unfairly unclownish compared with the other dancers.
Kimball and Glover to Make Music in Memphis on Broadway
Casting has been announced for the Broadway production of Memphis, which will star Chad Kimball as a white deejay who introduces “black music” to radio audiences, and Montego Glover as the black singer he falls for, at the Shubert Theatre this fall.
he Memphis ensemble will include Jennifer Allen, Brad Bass, Tracee Beazer, Kevin Covert, Hillary Elk, Dionne Figgins, Rhett George, John Jellison, Sydney Morton, Vivian Nixon, John Eric Parker, Jermaine R. Rembert, LaQuet Sharnell, Ephraim Sykes, Cary Tedder, Danny Tidwell, Daniel J. Watts, Katie Webber, Charlie Williams and Dan’yelle Williamson.