‘American Idol’ Kris Allen heading for LI
Since Kris Allen’s victory on “American Idol, ” the laid-back 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Conway, Ark., has been working nonstop, moving back and forth from the “American Idols Live” tour to working on his debut album.
“It’s tough, ” says Allen, calling from a tour stop in Washington, D.C. “It’s almost like you have to switch your brain over to the other side. It’s a whole different animal. Touring is a whole different mind-set from recording.”
Devotion to Paula Abdul floors Constantine Maroulis in bar fight
‘American Idol’ alum Constantine Maroulis, 33, got his butt kicked by an Abdul hater during Casio’s G-Shock party Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall Street.
The partygoer threw punches, pushed Maroulis to the ground and kicked him repeatedly before security guards stepped in. According to witnesses, fisticuffs erupted because Maroulis professed his desire for Abdul’s return to ‘Idol.’ His attacker was more than happy to see her gone.
‘It was hilarious! Constantine got into it with this guy who was probably 6 inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter, ‘ laughs an observer. ‘The guy body-slammed him and punched him in the face and then just stood up, straightened his tie, and said, ‘B’â€ch, don’t you ever, ‘ before walking away.’
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David Cook: Nokia Theater Times Square
David Cook said he didn’t want to act too much like a Midwesterner, but the Kansas City native seemed pretty excited to be playing a New York show at the sold-out, 2, 100-seat Nokia Theater Times Square.
“How ya doin’, New York City?!” he exclaimed at one point during Thursday’s show. And then he grinned. “I’ve been saying that in a mirror when I was playing a tennis racket, ” he said.
Wearing a black T-shirt that quoted Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run (Springsteen’s guitar player Steve Van Zandt was in the house), Cook gave an eager crowd a 14-song set that hit his RCA album, his pre-American Idol material, even a couple of covers — in fact, pretty much everything except his Idol coronation song, Time of My Life.
Hundreds Storm NYC JC Penney (to Get Look at David Cook)
The marketing minds at JC Penney cooked up three months of nearly daily activities to christen its first Manhattan store — from a Paul Frank bike giveaway to specialized bra fittings — but the place was really um, cooking, yesterday as season seven “American Idol” winner (who incidentally has collected a fair share of bras thrown onstage) showed up to sign autographs.
He does declare
Contestant No. 36214 is anonymous no more.
But David Cook is still the same guy ‘â€ and revealing even more about himself.
Millions of people around the nation watched him go from the likable Midwestern rocker with spiky hair and a husky voice singing Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ to the likable Midwestern rocker with only slightly less-spiky hair and a husky voice singing ‘The Time of My Life’ as the winner of ‘American Idol’ in 2008.
Daughtry keeps it real on new album
Chris Daughtry didn’t realize he had vocal talent until he was in his early teens.
“But I always had this dream of doing something big, ” he says. “And I knew that doing anything big would require me to leave the small town I grew up in.”
Hence, “Leave This Town, ” the title of his band Daughtry’s new album. It sold 269, 000 units on its debut in July to top Billboard’s album chart. The disc is the follow-up to his self-titled 2006 debut, which went five-times platinum.
Help Is On The Way
John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli from Jersey Boys) sang the song from the show, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, ‘ and he was indeed ‘just too good to be true’ in a melt-your-heart high tenor. Melinda Doolittle, finalist from TV’s 6th season of American Idol, gave real heart to ‘Home’ from The Wiz.
Kellie Pickler pleases packed crowd at fair
Kellie Pickler chose the first song of the night just right as ‘Best Days of Your Life, ‘ which described what Katie Falk, 15, and her cousin Stephanie Falk, 14, were going through during the concert as their favorite country artist belted out tune after tune pitch perfect before the grandstand-bursting crowd of over 7, 000.
‘I got to touch her hand’ the energized Stephanie said right after Pickler walked across the cement barricades from the stage area to join her fans in her laid-back, bare-footed, down-to-earth, crowd-pleasing way.
Reality Stars Strike a Pose for Oprah
Trista Sutter, Kara DioGuardi, Kim Kardashian and five other reality TV stars are getting glam for Oprah’s O magazine, on stands August 11, and we’re exclusively behind the scenes of their fashion shoot!
“I’m feeling a lot perkier today with all this color; I’m starting to feel girly, ” says Kara.
From “American Idol” and “The Hills” to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “The Biggest Loser, ” eight reality TV stars translate the season’s most visionary trends into clothes you can actually wear in O.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: America’s favorite dancer is … Jeanine!
F659For a two-hour program, Thursday night’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finale offered about five minutes of must-see material (including the announcement of the winner). But other than the obligatory video flashback to the season that was, the episode featured encores of the favorite dances of all of tonight’s judges: Lil C, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. It was kind of nice because you could tune out during those dances you didn’t need to see a second time and focus up and feel good when your old favorites came back.
So You Still Think You Can Dance?
Consistency won the ratings race on Wednesday as Fox’s reality show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ made the network No. 1 for the night despite finishing as the runner-up in both its 8 and 9 p.m. time slots. According to Nielsen’s estimates, the two-hour broadcast earned an average of 7.6 million viewers. During the 8 p.m. hour, the show trailed slightly behind ABC’s ‘Wipeout’ (7.8 million), while at 9, NBC’s reality show ‘America’s Got Talent’ delivered 10.1 million viewers, the largest audience of the night. ABC and NBC fared considerably worse for the rest of prime time. ABC averaged just 3.8 million for its two-hour finale of ‘I Survived a Japanese Game Show’ from 9 to 11, while NBC averaged 4.8 million and 4.4 million, respectively, for an 8 p.m. rebroadcast of its special ‘TV’s 50 Funniest Phrases’ and a new episode of ‘The Philanthropist’ at 10. CBS ranked third for the night ahead of ABC but behind NBC with a lineup of repeats.
Jeanine pulls off upset in ‘Dance’ finale
At the end of last night’s So You Think You Can Dance season finale, as Jeanine Mason’s fellow season 5 dancers swarmed over to congratulate her on a fantastically improbable victory and the Kodak Theater became choked with a blizzard of confetti, I found myself overcome with a feeling of bittersweet melancholy that this most imperfect of seasons was over, and that caught me quite off guard. Perhaps it was the result of the thoroughly entertaining tour of (most of) the season’s best routines. Perhaps it was the exceptionally satisfying sight of watching Jeanine’s genuine astonishment at her success, and her pitch-perfect reaction when Cat Deeley then asked for her favorite moment from the show: ”Okay, right now.” Perhaps it was the nagging regret that SYTYCD ‘â€ and, by extension, the viewers of the show who never picked up the phone to vote ‘â€ never quite gave Kayla, Ade, and especially Janette their due recognition. Or perhaps it was the result of watching Evan Kasprzak’s earnest, choochie face wash over with waves of gratitude, frustration, relief, and disappointment after placing third, and realizing that Evan’s fans only have themselves to blame for so tantalizingly dangling success in front of his puppy-dog mug only to fail him utterly when it came time to get out the all important finale power vote.
So You Think You Can Dance Champ Plans to “Chug” Tylenol PM
Now that she’s won Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, what’s next for Jeanine Mason?
“I was contemplating chugging Tylenol PM and sleeping for a full week, ” the 18-year-old Florida native joked with Usmagazine.com after winning the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” on the Fox hit show Thursday. “I think I’m going to go with natural sleep, and I’ll be icing myself to take care of my bruises.”
‘America’s Got Talent’ recap: The first 5 advance
How does it feel, guys/America? With a simple text or toll-free call following Tuesday’s performance show, you finally played a role in the America’s Got Talent saga. No more sitting back and idly watching as your favorites face rejection and mediocre acts advance to the next round; no, this time YOU (‘ ¦well, mostly) got to decide who stays and who goes. The power is in your hands!
And like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, you (‘ ¦well, mostly) ‘chose wisely.’ Acrodunk, Drew Thomas Magic, Kevin Skinner, Grandma Lee, and Arcadian Broad all push on to the semifinals thanks to your votes. Over the next three weeks, those five contestants will be joined by fifteen more and the Top 20 will finally take shape. But that’s then! Today we have the chance to discuss our first results show: who advanced, how it went down, and why ‘â€ seriously, why? ‘â€ we had to sit through a seven minute Mariah Carey performance. Hold onto your butts.
David Cook plays catch, walks dog on Sand Island during Musikfest down time
David Cook’s touring lifestyle may not be what a lot of people would consider typical for a young rock star.
The first thing the seventh season “American Idol” winner wanted to do when he arrived at Sand Island before his Monday performance at Musikfest’s RiverPlace was go to the basketball courts and join in a pickup game, said Patrick Brogan, the director of performing arts for ArtsQuest.
Tony Nominee Constantine Maroulis to Rock Joe’s Pub
Constantine Maroulis, who earned a 2009 Tony Award nomination for his performance in Rock of Ages, will take to the intimate stage of Joe’s Pub for two fall performances.
The former “American Idol” contestant will offer A Night At The Rock Show Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. Show time both nights is 9:30 PM.
A Night At The Rock Show, according to the Joe’s Pub website, “will feature Constantine’s unique interpretations of some of the greatest rock songs of all time. He’ll be backed by an all-star band.”
Brooke White to Appear at Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble
Former American Idol contestant Brooke White will be performing selections from and signing her new CD, High Hopes & Heartbreak, at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Friday, August 14 at 6:30pm.
As previously announced, other upcoming events at the store include director Ang Lee and screenwriter James Schamus discussing their new film, Taking Woodstock (August 11); cast members from the Broadway musical Hair in a performance celebrating the show’s cast recording release (August 20); and singers Tish Oney (August 12). Kate Pazakis (August 19), and Marlene Ver Planck (August 24).