Idol Headlines for 08/16/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

‘Idol’ time at the Iowa State Fair

You think Sanjaya Malakar is all an act, right?

Sanjaya Malakar may seem like a made-for-TV deal, but his act is no act.That freaky hair, that boyish naivetà ©, that soft and innocent voice. Fake, fake, fake.

Well, no, no, no.

The guy is really like that.

During an interview session at the Qwest Center Omaha a couple of weeks ago, Malakar and some of his “Idol” cohorts met with reporters and fans before the “American Idol Live Tour, ” which comes to the Iowa State Fair on Sunday.

The 17-year-old from Federal Way, Wash., looked and acted exactly like he was on camera. He giggled with teenage girls who had won a radio contest. He smiled and rolled his eyes at tough questions. He even ran and leapt into the arms of an “Idol” security guard, wrapping his legs around her torso.

Long story short, dude’s a weird cat……….

American Idol Finalist Sabrina Sloan Signs Deal With Universal Records Motown

Sabrina Sloan signs with Universal Records Motown and will work on duet album with American Idol finalist Sundance Head

Los Angeles, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire) August 3, 2007 — Sabrina Sloan, finalist from season six of the hit Fox television show American Idol, has just signed a record deal with Universal Records Motown. The first project on tap is a duet album with fellow season six contestant, Sundance Head. Recording is set to begin mid-August. The upcoming duet album is slated for release in November 2007, which will be followed by her solo album……….

‘Idol’ finalists bring talents to Mellon Arena

….Stacey, 29, says he will be leaving the military after the tour and moving from his home in Jacksonville to Nashville to pursue his singing career. He had planned to sign on for a fourth year with the Navy, but he says “American Idol” gave him a new direction.

“When you get on a show like this, it changes your life, ” he says.

Malakar also will be making some changes. The teen from Federal Way, Wash., says he’ll be moving to Los Angeles when the tour winds down in late September.

“Once I got on ‘American Idol, ‘ it was inevitable that I had to move there because of the connections I made, ” he says. “I’m definitely doing an album, and I want to learn as much about the entertainment business as I can.”

Malakar credits the show for giving him the push he needed to jump-start his career.

“No one would know who I was without ‘American Idol.’ It was a huge step in my life, ” he says……

Pittsburgh Live

16-year-old wins title
Horseheads junior will get national tryout for TV show this month.

…”I still can’t believe it’s over and I won. You always have that hope, but everyone here is so good.”

Now that Yaeger has been crowned, she will go on to audition for Fox’s hit series “American Idol.” She will travel to Philadelphia for an Aug. 27 tryout…


Daughtry shakes up rock music with his values

ROCK MUSIC: Chris Daughtry wants his songs to sound good live

Chris Daughtry is not an American original. He admits to and sounds quite comfortable with that, actually.

But he is an American success story. From his star-making run on the fifth season of American Idol ‘ a stint that he no longer wants to talk much about, now that he’s a hit-making, megaselling recording artist ‘ to the sales records he and his self-monikered band, Daughtry, have broken, he’s surpassed every expectation and prediction made by every critic, music-biz suit and obsessive modern rock fan…..

Dallas News


EDWIN McCAIN. He might be lost in America, but he’s playing with “American Idol’s” Constantine Maroulis and Kimberly Locke. (6 p.m. Saturday, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516-572-0252. Free. )


Albums of the week

….2) Daughtry – Daughtry: No doubt, Chris Daughtry has the voice. The rasp, the dirty edge, the range… but one thing hangs over the famed singer and wannabe rocker – American Idol.

His debut album is mainstream rock by numbers with each note processed to make him a million dollar artist but the problem remains that the credible rock market HATES people like Chris Daughtry. Just ask Chad Kroeger and Nickleback.

In an album of ultimate promise, the only moment of actual rock credibility is a brief cameo from guitar icon Slash. The way Bon Jovi took the cheques and lost the talent, the way in which Nickelback went from mega-selling superstars to the butt of all the jokes, Daughtry will find all too soon that emotional rock will not set the world alight. Rating 2/5 …..

Cowell admits ‘staging’ Walsh return

Music mogul Simon Cowell has admitted to “staging” shots in the new series of his TV talent show The X Factor.

The American Idol star is seen mulling over the firing of previous season judge Louis Walsh in the first episode of the new series, which starts this weekend.

Following Westlife manager Walsh’s departure, Cowell and ITV channel bosses invited Dannii Minogue and choreographer Brian Friedman to join Sharon Osbourne and himself on the judging panel.

Three months later, Walsh was invited to rejoin the show and Friedman was denounced to creative director……

Yahoo News

Carrie Underwood’s New Crue

Who is that girl?

The crowd at Nashville Wildhorse Saloon got an extra special treat on August 10 when American Idol Carrie Underwood got down with Motley Crue singer Vince Neil….


Lisa Marie, dad sing duet to create refuge

…Part of the equation was an indecipherable element of starpower or charisma that Lisa Marie felt, but didn’t understand. “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell said no one has come along with “even 50 percent” of Elvis’ charisma…

Commercial Appeal

Ryan Seacrest to Host the Next Super Bowl

FOX will announce on Thursday that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will serve as the master of ceremonies at the Super Bowl game in January, according to Variety. The Super Bowl is set to take place in February at the University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona.

Seacrest will handle pre-game hosting duties as celebrities stream in to the game and also will emcee the halftime show.

The NFL has yet to announce the in-game entertainment; last year saw Prince perform at a rainy Orange Bowl in Miami.

This will be the first year of having a red-carpet host is a first for a Super Bowl telecast.

Movie Web

Syvelle takes on Simon

A former USC quarterback may be trading the pigskin for a microphone. Syvelle Newton, who played four positions during his time with the Gamecocks, could face a man even harsher than coach Steve Spurrier after an interception ‘  Simon Cowell.

Newton plans to stand in line with other hopefuls Saturday in North Charleston, waiting for a chance to audition for …American Idol. He has written several R&B songs, but according to him, none made the cut for audition day.

Newton isnt sure which tune hell choose. Guess he just going to call an audible.

The State

Katharine McPhee — Knocked Up?

Tough times for “American Idol” wannabeen Kat McPhee — washing her own car… and packin’ a new baby?

TMZ cameras caught an extremely pregnant looking Kat outside a Los Angeles home yesterday, showing off a sizable belly as she scrubbed a car. So how the hell did McPhee go from stripping down for a Vegas Magazine shoot to sporting a second trimester bump in less than a month? Just Idol speculation: McPhee’s currently filming “House Bunny, ” a comedy where she plays a pregnant sorority girl.

Her co-star Anna Faris was there as well, showing off some cleavage — though no preggishness — while walking around set in a robe and bright pink bathing suit top.


‘Idol’ inspired by R&B greats
Taylor Hicks ready for Soul Patrol in city Thursday

Lionel Richie and Tina Turner.

That’s the dynamic duo that started it all for Taylor Hicks.

Watching those two perform in Birmingham, Ala., at the first concert he ever attended as a 6-year-old, the future …American Idol wasnt sure what was stirring inside of him.
But he knew it was there.

…I just really felt something when I left, Hicks told the Poughkeepsie Journal in a recent interview. …I felt the excitement.

Twenty-four years later, Hicks has been spreading that …excitement across the country since his tour kicked off in his native state in June, bringing his show to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

…Im happy to be playing for anybody and everybody, said Hicks, adding his legions of devoted fans have responded well to his current tour. …The Soul Patrol is happy.
Count Janice Haynes among those satisfied Soul Patrol-ers…………..

Poughkeepsie Journal

No Idol chatter: Studdard plans club

…The working name for Studdard’s venue is Ruben’s Club 205, and it would offer the kind of soulful music he’s known for, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Executive Director Jack Fields said during a BJCC board meeting…