Idol Headlines for 08/09/10

Paula Abdul Will Join Simon Cowell on “X Factor”

Well, the peanut gallery is starting to speak up.

It seems that Fox TV may have a predicament on its hands when Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” comes to their network in September 2011.

I’ve been told by an inside source that Paula Abdul will be a judge on “X Factor” with Simon, reuniting them in all their glory. The show will play in the fall, while “American Idol” has its spring outing.

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Steve Jones to host US ‘X-Factor’?

Handsome British TV host Steve Jones — once romantically linked with Halle Berry, Pamela Anderson and Hayden Panettiere — is rumored to be the front-runner to host Simon Cowell’s talent show “The X-Factor” when it comes to Fox in 2011. Sources tell us Jones has not yet signed a deal, but is said to be one of Cowell’s top choices, with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger in line for the judging panel.

Read more at the New York Post

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‘American Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry Weighs In On Judging Changes

Though the “Idol” landscape has changed drastically since Daughtry’s time on its stage, the multiplatinum rocker is very much looking forward to seeing what Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who are rumored to be joining the panel for the show’s 10th season, will bring to the table.

“I’m a huge Aerosmith fan, so it’s going to be interesting to see how his off-stage persona is and how he handles judging the contestants, ” Daughtry told MTV News on the blue carpet at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (August 8). “It’s also going to be interesting to see if J. Lo can criticize someone, because she’s such a sweetheart.”

More at MTV

Why ‘American Idol’ Should Bring Back Paula Abdul

With Paula Abdul contracted to CBS for their new show ‘Got to Dance, ‘ there’s virtually no way she will be among the judges for ‘American Idol’ announced by Fox … whenever that happens.

But that doesn’t stop her name from coming up pretty regularly in discussions. “I still love Paula, ” said returning executive producer Nigel Lythgoe in an interview with Variety. “She’s signed to CBS, probably exclusively, but I’d recommend we have her in a heartbeat.”

More at TV Squad

Siobhan Magnus answers show’s critics

Surviving various cuts from the thousands who auditioned last summer and making it all the way to No. 6 still doesn’t leave Siobhan Magnus immune from the critics. Her take when the Top 10 is termed weak? Those critics don’t understand everything.

“No one wants to hear stuff like that, ” she said in a recent interview during an AI Summer Tour stop in Columbus, Ohio. “But you have to remember that people who are saying things like that weren’t there and they don’t know what we went through … we are the only ones who know. I can’t really describe it. If you knew any of us personally and you could see what we are capable of at our best then you might not say that.

More at Press

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Teen Choice Awards 2010: David Archuleta thinks ‘American Idol’ needs a ‘facelift’

Choice “American Idol” Alum winner David Archuleta walked into the Teen Choice Awards press room Sunday (Aug. 8) just as the Choice Smile Award was being shown on the TV screens.

The volume on the press room TV is always turned down when winners arrive so the reporters can concentrate on what they’re saying. David, acutely conscious of what a monumental TV moment he was interrupting, smiled as he asked the audience, “Can you let me know who wins Choice Smile?”

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‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’ a nice fit for North Shore Music Theatre

Meet our hero: a dreamer who dreams of being a dreamer who interprets dreams. No, this isn’t “Inception: The Musical!” It’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, ” a show that’s essentially about nothing.

But as generations of community and regional theater companies know, it isn’t substance that’s made it a staple, it’s the flash. It makes sense that North Shore Music Theatre would choose it for its reopening season. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical is a buoyant sugar rush – a big, silly biblical variety show – with hippies!

This “Joseph” features “American Idol” season four finalist Anthony Fedorov in the title role. He’s well-suited for it – charismatic and wide-eyed, with a voice like microwave-warmed honey.

More at the Boston Herald

‘Joseph, ’ led by a former Idol, hums along

BEVERLY — Sometimes low expectations are a wonderful thing. Who on earth would drive to Beverly, I thought as I drove to Beverly, to see a fourth-place finisher from “American Idol’’ perform in that staple of church schools and community theaters, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’’?

Well, it turns out that Anthony Fedorov, the semi-demi-Idol in question, has a terrific voice and a winsome stage presence. If he’s a bit elfin for the role — who knew Legolas went down to Egypt? — he’s also refreshingly sweet and unforced, both in his acting and in his singing. And the newly revived North Shore Music Theatre has surrounded him with a skilled cast in a snazzy, subtly humorous production that makes the most of the musical’s undeniable poppy fizz.

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Up for the Challenge

Had you asked Anthony Federov five years ago — when he reached the top 4 of a contentious fourth season (Carrie Underwood! Constantine Maroulis! Bo Bice!) of “American Idol’’ — if he ever imagined kicking up his heels in musical theater, the Ukrainian-born crooner would have offered a categorical no. (Especially to the heel-kicking.)

More at the Boston Globe

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard join forces for variety show at Turning Stone

The last time Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard most famously shared a stage together, the big guy with the soulful voice won the season two “American Idol” title and the thin man with the pop chops was named runner-up.

Aiken and Studdard have remained good friends since that night in 2003 when Studdard narrowly earned more votes than Aiken out of the 24 million cast by viewers of the Fox TV show.

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‘Idol’ finalist to headline benefit

BRANDON – Singer Phil Stacey, one of the top five finalists from “American Idol”‘s sixth season, will use his talents to help the Brandon area’s needy.

Stacey will perform at the 7 p.m. Aug. 20 Hunger Awareness Benefit Concert to benefit the Emergency Care Help Organization, a longtime Brandon institution that helps people in crisis. The concert will be at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 Knights Ave. N. Tickets are $20.

Read more at Tampa Bay Online

Ryan Seacrest & Julianne Hough Ride Around Town

Ryan Seacrest and new girlfriend Julianne Hough go for a ride around town in his Aston Martin convertible on Sunday (August 8) in Los Angeles.

The cute couple had brunch at the Four Seasons where they ran into some fans outside the hotel. The American Idol host was nice enough to take some pictures and give out hugs!

See the photos at Just Jared

Why is Scarlett Johansson in the ‘If I Can Dream’ house?

Why is Scarlett Johansson helping hot young aspiring “If I Can Dream” actor Ben Elliott rehearse his lines — in his bedroom?

And why don’t you ever see anyone watching TV on the web-based reality show? And what goes on regularly in the “Dream” den involving a saxophone?

Those are just a few mysteries we uncovered (and solved) when we toured the house and met the stars of “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller’s latest brainchild, “If I Can Dream, ” a web-based reality TV show that lets viewers see what it would be like to be a young person, trying to make it in Hollywood.

Read more and watch the videos at Zap2it

‘Glee’ Stars Are All For A Possible Michael Jackson Episode

They’ve done Lady Gaga. They’ve covered Madonna. A Britney Spears episode is in the works.

One pop star at a time, “Glee” has been putting its cheery spin on the repertoires of some of music’s biggest names. However, many fans are waiting for the “Glee” crew to represent the legacy of one hitmaking luminary in particular: Michael Jackson. Rumors have been swirling that an MJ-themed episode could be headed to TV screens, and several castmembers told MTV News at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night (August 8) that they would love to take a crack at the King of Pop’s legendary jams.

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‘Glee’s’ Jane Lynch to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Good news, “Saturday Night Live” fans! The series’ upcoming 36th season is almost guaranteed to get off to a very funny start when Emmy-nominated “Glee” villain Jane Lynch brings her talents to NYC.

Lynch will be hosting one of the first episodes of “SNL’s” fall season on October 9th, according to Movieline. Though Lynch brings her sarcastic humor to every character she plays, we can’t help but think that she should play Sue Sylvester in every sketch. We’d love to see Sue interact with our favorite “SNL” characters – everyone from the Target Lady to Obama could use her words of wisdom.


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