Idol Headlines for 08/17/10

Kris Allen Official announces the online premier of  Kris Allen’s “The Truth”  music video at Yahoo Music tomorrow, 8/18.


AT&T is sponsoring a Live 30 minute Chat with the Season 9 Top 5 Idols–Lee Dewyze, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Mike Lynche and Aaron Kelly today.

Bring your questions for the Top 5 Idols to the AT&T Facebook page at 2:30 pdt/5:30 edt right HERE.


David Archuleta upcoming album, The Other Side of Down, Fan Pack available for pre-order

A special fan edition of David Archuleta’s upcoming album, The Other Side of Down is available for Pre-order now. The special fan pack includes CD/DVD, special packaging, autographed photo, instant download of David’s single “Something ‘Bout Love” and more. Pre-order, and you’ll be automatically entered into a contest for an HD Flip video camera, with video shot by David.

The 30.99 Fan Pack can be pre-ordered at DavidArchuletaOfficial. The Other Side of Down drops 10/5/10.


Alicia Keys vs. Fantasia Barrino

What I found to be most interesting is that Alicia Keys has been able to escape this type of media scrutiny in the mainstream press, even though she reportedly was engaged in a three-year affair with a married man, which ultimately resulted in the demise of the marriage. Keys also became pregnant and engaged to super producer Swizz Beatz while the man was separated but still married nonetheless. She then married Beatz weeks after his divorce was finalized. The black press have let both Fantasia and Keys have it for their indiscretions, but the mainstream media took to the Fantasia story like a rabid dog while ignoring the illicit actions of Keys.

Read more at The

More Headlines after the JUMP…

‘American Idol’ To Refocus On Talent: 5 Possible Outcomes

The 10th season of Fox’s ‘American Idol’ has had, to say the least, a lot of speculation surrounding it, due to yet-to-be-specified chair-shuffling at the judges’ table, behind-the-scenes changes, and a slightly dimmed profile for the show.

But one thing has remained constant through all the tumult: the competition’s purpose, which is to find a singer who has enough charisma and charm to get audience members calling and texting (and, later, buying concert tickets and albums). That may be why Michael Ferrel, the CEO of ‘Idol’ owner CKX, said on a conference call Monday that this forthcoming season would “refocus… on the talent.”

Read more at Fancast

Fantasia Opens Up After Suicide Scare

“I can’t thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time, ” the star said in Monday’s statement. “It has given me the motivation to get back to work …I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this album and I pray that everyone enjoys it as much as I do.”

Read more at US

EXCLUSIVE: Fantasia Reunites With Married Ex While Recovering From Suicide Attempt

Fantasia Barrino and Antwaun Cook are definitely back on as a couple and they are even talking marriage, has learned exclusively.

“Fantasia and Antwaun are back together again and they have even talked about marriage once his divorce is finalized with Paula, ” a source told “She knows that her family will only fully accept her relationship with him when he is no longer married.

Read more at RadarOnline

Cowell: Judges overshadow singers

Simon Cowell has admitted X Factor contestants have not always enjoyed enough of the limelight because they have been overshadowed by the judges.

The TV mogul has filmed auditions for the seventh series of the hit show, which features guest judge Nicole Scherzinger.

He said: “Sometimes we have gotten into the habit, and obviously I’m partly responsible for this, of the judges’ personalities being talked about more than the contestants.

Read more at Press Association

LEHIGH VALLEY MUSIC: Homecoming for Orianthi guitarist

Besides Lambert and his opening act, Allison Iraheta, there was another “American Idol” alum at the show.

Tyler Grady of Nazareth, who was in the Top 24 this season, was at the RiverPlace venue to take in the show. He drew so much attention – people actually lined up to get their photo taken with him –that security had to intervene and ask him to move out of the passageway.

Grady said he and his band, Wailing Waters, are preparing to head into the studio to record some new music.

Read more at the Morning Call

Does ‘American Idol’ need an extreme makeover?

If you take the chocolate frosting and the creamy filling out of a Hostess Cup Cake, do you still have a Hostess Cup Cake?

Not even close.

If you take Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi out of “American Idol, ” do you still have “American Idol?”

Read more at The Star-Ledger

Network TV special highlights Mississippi Gulf Coast

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – The stage is set for stars like David Hasselhoff and American Idol’s Taylor Hicks to perform Tuesday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.  It’s all part of a one-hour television special airing on the CW network August 27th.  The hope is to send the message that the coast is open for business in the months following the oil spill.

Monday afternoon, it was lights, camera and star power as pop artists like Drake Bell took the stage. Joining Bell were Disney channel stars Chris and Kyle Massey, country artist Ricky Skaggs and American Idol’s Ace Young.

Bo Bice will also perform tonight, along with Taylor Hicks.

Watch the news report at WLOX13

Carrie Underwood Gets Physical

It’s quite common these days to see Carrie Underwood smiling from the covers of many magazines in your local supermarket, but this month the woman with ten No. 1 country hits is showing up in an unexpected place — your doctor’s office. You can find Carrie on the cover of WebMD magazine in medical offices around the country, as well as online in the new digital version of WebMD’s popular magazine at In it, Carrie talks about the juggling the demands of her busy life while staying healthy, a common challenge for many women today.

Read more at The Boot

Your First Look at Glee’s New Slushee-Centric Ad Campaign

This year’s promo campaign, which will start appearing on billboards, buses, and everywhere else next week, provides a cold, wet illustration for just how empowered New Directions has become since the show began last season, and the ads featured the universal hand gesture for “loser.” When the show began, the slushee was “a weapon to put the Glee kids down, ” says Fox marketing president Joe Earley, while by season’s end, our lovable losers had co-opted this weapon, dousing Mr. Schuester in the finale. Take back the slushee!

See the photo at New York Magazine

Katharine McPhee interviewed by FOX 26 Houston

Katharine McPhee is in Houston to visits Link Houston for Hunger-Free America. She also talks about her recent gigs and upcoming Christmas album

Kris Allen for the Rice Depot’s Hunger Project

Kris Allen tells a little bit about Arkansas Rice Depot’s Hunger Project, a way for you to go hungry with us and give the money you would spend on food to help hungry Arkansans eliminate hunger from their lives. The money contributed will go directly into Rice Depot’s hunger relief programs, which provide food to thousands of families, children, and seniors in Arkansas.

This is a longer version of a video I posted yesterday….

About mj santilli 35052 Articles
Founder and editor of, home of the awesomest fan community on the net. I love cheesy singing shows of all kinds, whether reality or scripted. I adore American Idol, but also love The Voice, Glee, X Factor and more!