Idol Headlines for 08/19/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Lame Idols show spurs longing for an escape

Last year’s season of “American Idol” was considered lackluster by many, with the season finale drawing nearly 20 million fewer viewers than in 2005. Some blamed it on the talented Melinda Doolittle being unfairly voted off, while others lost interest when the incredibly average Sanjaya Malakar survived weeks of lame performances. His hair, apparently, garnered more votes than his singing.

I’d like to think that the series is losing viewers for a more noble reason: It’s an embarrassment, and ultimately an insult to the tens of thousands of musicians who labor over their writing and performing skills while “American Idol” contestants snap up recording contracts based on a few months of karaoke……


American Idol Stars Sing at Missouri State Fair

The top 10 American Idol contestants sang their way into the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. FOX 4’s Megan Cloherty reports from the concert.



WHEN “American Idol” songbird Jordin Sparks makes her major label debut later this fall via Sony BMG, she’ll be the first winner of the smash show not signed to the RCA/Arista/J Records system, the usual home base for music mogul Clive Davis’ pet projects.

Instead the 19-year-old Sparks will be signed to another label under the influence of the powerful BMG U.S. chairman: Jive Records, home to Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ciara and Britney Spears.

Davis is the key validator of the “Idol” franchise, driving multi-platinum hits for past contestants Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood. And Sparks’ chief competitor on the show, runner-up Blake Lewis, signed with Arista last month…….


An Inside Look: The ‘American Idol’ dream
Local residents try out for season seven of the hit show, and reveal what the auditioning process is really like

American Idol” in the past six years has taken the United States — heck, the whole world — by storm.

The first season winner, Kelly Clarkson, is consistently on the top of the pop charts, season four winner Carrie Underwood has taken control of the country music scene and Chris Daughtry, a finalist in season five, is leading a rock revolution.

But have you ever wondered what actually happens before these stars make it to the stage in Hollywood? Have you thought, “Do Simon, Paula and Randy really audition those thousands of people?”

Well, on Tuesday “American Idol” auditions hit the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and many of these questions were answered for contestants from all over the country, including several local hopefuls. ……..

Gainsville Times

Aiken more than singer he’s a showman

Clay Aiken, whether or not you are a fan of his, is pretty much considered a good singer by most people who have ears.

You also may be aware that he has a gigantic following of fans, mostly female, who might best be described as enthusiastic. But until you have seen Clay Aiken, who has described himself as Opie-like, shake his slack-clad hips and belt out Naughty By Nature’s extracurricular cheating classic OPP … well, you just don’t know anything about Clay Aiken……….

Palm Beach Post

‘American Idol’ auditions search for next Clay, Fantasia

The were plenty of cheers, tears and aching feet at FOX 50’s “American Idol” auditions Saturday, where more than 300 Idol wannabes lined up to win a guaranteed audition with the producers of the popular reality show.
Only the first eligible 100 singers were allowed to perform onstage at Crabtree Valley Mall in front of four judges and hundreds of spectators.

The event was not for softies. Most of the contestants had been in line since before 6 a.m., when they were allowed to enter the mall. Some arrived much earlier…..

News Observer

Sweating it out for the dream

It wasnt even 6 a.m. but “American Idol” hopeful Alisha Coker already was sweating in the 80-degree pre-dawn heat.

“It just disgusting, ” said Coker, 28, a Columbia mother of two. “I brought extra makeup so I could touch up before I go in.”

By 7 a.m., nearly 9, 000 people from all over the country were in line at the North Charleston Coliseum for the chance to follow in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks……….

The State

Our final day of Clay: Meet Helene Lunden!

….The real …American Idol? – There is a huge contingent of Clay Aiken fans who believe that he really earned more votes and is the true winner of the second season of …American Idol, not Ruben Studdard. Says Helene: …I think that the votes were counted correctly. But did some get jammed up in the phone lines? Possibly. I think he much more popular because he didnt win. His loss gave fans resistance to push against. They were supporting him far beyond what they would have. But God has a path for Clay.

Palm Beach Post Blogs

‘American Idol’ hopefuls follow their dream to Miami
Thousands of contestants are expected in Miami this week, hoping to win a spot on American Idol. It won’t be easy.

Dallas drew 12, 500. San Diego attracted 12, 000. Even Omaha corralled 8, 000.

Expect Miami, a haven for reality shows of every conceivable stripe — including one focusing on wannabe authors writing a book — to draw ….

Miami Herald


…And who do they have to thank for all this? The gold standard, “American Idol.”

“It’s become the benchmark, ” says Minor, who is also “Idol’s” bandleader. “We have 22 players on that show. So once you hear that, you want to hear it that big all the time.”


Early birds flock to front of line for crack at ‹Idol

Meghan Hinton of Lockport had her father to thank when she took the stage Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds in the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

Hinton father, Tom, had spent the night outside in a sleeping bag making sure his daughter got the 36th spot in line for the local tryouts for the popular network television competition …American Idol. …….

….John Stevens of Amherst, an …American Idol contestant in Season 3, also sat on the panel……..

Buffalo News


  1. Idol judge threatened

    AUSTRALIAN Idol judge Mark Holden is seeking police help to protect his family from contestants upset at missing out on a shot at fame.

    The judge is being targeted by deranged pop wannabes who are bombarding his Melbourne home with phone calls throughout the night.
    Yesterday, he told The Sunday Telegraph that the stalker behaviour towards him and wife Anna had got to stop……

    …..Holden is also set on waging war against another pest: Ian “Dicko” Dickson.
    He says the fellow judge is likely to quit Australian Idol next series because he has no loyalty to the show.
    Motormouth Dicko, 44, has been signed to repeat his role as a judge on US talent search show The Next Great American Band.
    The deal means a weekly round trip from Sydney to Los Angeles.
    A bitter Holden said: “He (Dicko) will dump us in two seconds now he’s doing American Band………

    Adelaide Now

  2. Can help falling in love
    For many 20-somethings, Elvis just never caught on

    …In a recent story, he polled a range of critics à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ from the staff at Rolling Stone magazine to the “American Idol” judges à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and discovered that many of them believe Elvis “is probably the No. 1 biggest celebrity of all time, dead or alive.”

    But such arguments haven’t necessarily drawn 20-somethings to Presley’s music……

    Spokesman Review

  3. From the Brittenum twins article:

    Here they are, dressed in dapper white, Derrell on the left and Terrell on the right

    Well not too long ago they were dressed in dapper prison garb. I have to disagree with my friend jpfan. If they get a lot of tv time like they did during AI5, I’m turning off the tv. Once was more than enough.

  4. Theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re back (Brittenum twins)

    I’m really not looking forward to what will likely be lots of TV time for these famewhores. Mah spirit has been broken.

    So Blake signed with Arista rather than the standard runner-up/RCA route. Interesting.

  5. I posted this in yesterday’s thread very late last night: I just got back not too long ago from seeing Rent on Broadway. I went because I wanted to see Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in the roles they originated 11 years ago. And they were simply amazing.

    Here is the Idol related part: I thought Tamyra was really good as Mimi. Definitely a top notch performance.

  6. And Sparksà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ chief competitor on the show, runner-up Blake Lewis, signed with Arista last monthà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Interesting. That would make him the first runner up not to go to RCA. I wonder if we’ll get a press release next week.

    ETA: Eww on the Brittenum twins. Let someone new have a shot. Sigh.

    ETA2: Off topic, but this depressed me. LOL.

  7. Blake with Arista? But isn’t that the label the winners usually go to?

    I don’t think I’ll believe it til I see a press release. Everyone thought Jordin was with Arista too…even Billboard had reported it. I’ve been thinking Blake would be with J Records because (don’t laugh) of the way Ryan Tedder has his myspace friends arranged. OneRepublic’s on Interscope, and they’re side by side. Natasha Bedingfield’s on Epic, and they’re side by side. And he’s got J Records placed next to Blake.

  8. star, J.Records and Arista merged so they’re actually one and the same. If you go the J. Records website you’ll see it says J.Records/Arista. Based on the way that NY Post article sounds I get the feeling there may have been a last minute label/imprint switch for Jordin.

  9. I’m still uploading these from last night’s show. Elliott sang beautifully, and was very gracious afterward! I managed to capture the entire mini-concert from the second row. I think you will like:

    I’m not quite done uploading yet, so keep checking back. There are 7 videos altogether.

  10. mj….I am watching the Elliott Videos Now…Great Job…Elliott Sounded Wonderful…Thank you for These !!

  11. Great Elliott videos MJ! Thanks! Have to ask, what type of recorder do you use? Such great visual and sound quality!

  12. I can’t access the Elliott videos where I am but I am wondering pony tail or fedora? (I’m guessing the later.) I hope the little teens like One Word also. The Brittenum twins could bring some humor to a show that’s completely full of itself now (although they’re felons so they won’t go far.)


  13. MJ, thanks so much for the incredible video of Elliott’s Haverhill acoustic concert. The castle looks like an amazing venue for an intimate concert. You got great footage. Elliott didn’t have a pony or hat, just the loose curls (looks like the bangs were trimmed too). He looked happy to be there. I really like “One Word” live. I haven’t been able to view Train Wreck yet, but I also loved “Find A Way”. It was really generous of you to take and share all of these videos. I hope you had a good time.

  14. So here’s the deal. Zero tolerance for baiting is now in effect. Which means, my banning finger gets to work today.

    PS. Please you all, could you not take the bait? Please? Thank you.

  15. Hey MJ – Awesome that you captured all of this. You’re the best – as always. What was your favorite song?

  16. MJ, thanks for the great videos. You always have the best ones. Elliott sounded great. Are you going to the Boston show in November?

  17. Idols signed to Sony BMG labels:

    Kelly Clarkson – RCA
    Justin Guarini – RCA
    Nikki McKibbin – RCA Nashville
    Tamyra Gray – RCA

    Ruben Studdard – J Records
    Clay Aiken – RCA

    Fantasia – J Records
    Diana DeGarmo – RCA

    Carrie Underwood – Arista
    Bo Bice – RCA

    Taylor Hicks – Arista
    Katharine McPhee – RCA
    Chris Daughtry – RCA
    Kellie Pickler – BNA Entertainment

    Jordin Sparks – Jive
    Blake Lewis – Arista (?)

  18. MJ. thanks so very much for the incredible video, My Elliott fix complete for the day! hope you had a great time, checked his tour schedule and he will go close by me this fall, can’t wait!
    thanks again

  19. Hey … I just wanted to let everyone know I’m still alive !!! Cannot wait until the new season and there you have it.

  20. They seem to use different labels so not signing Jordin or Blake to RCA doesn’t seem like a big deal. RCA probably has enough idols on its roster. Looking forward to the Elliott videos and the second single even if it’s “controversial.” (I’m a tad sick of Wait for You but it ain’t done yet.)

  21. Well, I don’t think we know for *sure* that Blake is going with Arista, although all signs seem to point to it. I’ll believe it when we get the press release. I’m guessing that it’s coming next week now that Jordin’s has been done.

    I do have a tin foil hat theory.

    she’ll be the first winner of the smash show not signed to the RCA/Arista/J Records system, the usual home base for music mogul Clive Davis’ pet projects.

    Maybe it wasn’t Blake that Clive didn’t want, but Jordin. Ninergirl reported that Phil told her that even Jordin was having difficulty getting signed. Since she won the competition, the theory was that she was having difficulty within the Sony/BMG umbrella. Now she’s with a label that doesn’t seem to be micromanaged by Clive. Hopefully, it will work out better for her.

    As for Blake, he’s still insisting that he’s getting to do exactly what he wants, down to the album artwork. It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.

  22. Nevada interesting table. It seems that S1 and S5 are the rare seasons where more than 2 were signed. That tells me that BMG/Sony/RCA will NOT sign the remaining Idols.

  23. PJ – there is no “Clive didn’t want”, BMG/Sony/RCA MUST sign the winner, now where that label the Idol goes to is the question. But the winner MUST BE SIGNED, whether Clive wants that person or not. That’s the deal with 19E.
    I cannot in my wildest dreams NOT think that Clive didn’t adore Jordin and wanted her signed. Remember – he’s got two of the biggest names on his labels that are total f***ups – Britney and Whitney.
    Jordin is a breath of fresh air.

  24. Nevada were Nikki and Tamyra signed right away? Wasn’t it much later?

  25. Jordin is a breath of fresh air.

    Maybe to some but I think PJ has a very valid point…. I’m certainly not one that feels the Jordin love. As a matter of fact, most of my friends that casually follow idol either dont know who won or think “that beatboxing guy” won…

  26. Tamyra was Simon’s favorite, and she was probably signed with his help…but it didn’t help her career.

  27. star, J.Records and Arista merged so theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re actually one and the same. If you go the J. Records website youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll see it says J.Records/Arista.

    Oh, thanks for the clarification Trina. I do see that when I google Arista, J Records comes up first…and Carrie and Taylor are all over J’s website even though according to Nevada they technically were signed to Arista.

  28. PJ – there is no à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Clive didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wantà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ , BMG/Sony/RCA MUST sign the winner, now where that label the Idol goes to is the question. But the winner MUST BE SIGNED, whether Clive wants that person or not. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the deal with 19E.

    Oh, I know that they must sign the winner. I’m just saying that Clive isn’t as involved with Jive as he is with the Arista/RCA and maybe that is telling. The rest is pure speculation.

  29. I think PJ has a valid theory also to be honest. I don’t know ninergirl but I remember here someone saying she was reliable when the Phil story was circulating? At the time it didn’t make sense to me but seeing where Jordin did get signed is kind of strange. She got her deal with BMG/Clive just like she was supposed to get when she did win, but that article sounds like Clive just won’t be as involved as usual. I agree Jordin IS a breathe of fresh air but its hard to predict what Clive thinks.

  30. To my knowledge, Clive is only involved in Arista/J – which are his private labels; is that correct Nevada? The other labels he doesn’t get involved in.

    If I recall, La Reid was the President-CEO of Arista and he f***ed it up, and they brought Clive in. Clive had J, his private label and RCA. He added Arista. Other labels he’s not involved in.

  31. Yes, Ninergirl is reliable. She was actually asking Phil about Ace and he said that he’s heard some of Ace’s stuff on his new album and it’s really good (way better than “Scattered”, he said), but was wondering if Ace should have struck while the iron was hot. He then said Idol gets your foot in the door, but it’s still no sure thing and that even Jordin was having difficulty getting signed. We took that to mean within the Sony/BMG empire since they must sign the winner. It was an offhand comment made by Phil during the Ace discussion.

    ETA: Clive gets involved with RCA, apparently. Obviously, there’s been lots of drama between him and Kelly Clarkson recently.

  32. Where on the planet is Jordin a breath of fresh air?

    Remind me not to go there.

  33. Ken just posted to Idol blog:

    Obviously the formal announcement of Jordin Sparks’ record deal Friday missed my blog maintenance cycle, but I’m sure you all saw or heard something about it. The interesting thing about it — aside from the still-perplexing delay, pushing it to a time when she’s not nearly so top-of-mind as she was in May — is that she’s signed to Jive Records.

    Jive is still part of the Clive empire (aka the BMG portion of the Sony/BMG conglomerate), but it’s less directly under his thumb artistically than, say, J Records, which is his personal creation. Often typecast as a pop label because it’s the home of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and now the reunited Backstreet Boys, Jive and its associated labels also are deeply invested in R&B (R. Kelly, Ciara, Usher, Chris Brown, T-Pain and Outkast) and has some prominent gospel and rock acts as well.

    Still, you’d expect Jordin to go the contemporary pop route (with some R&B and possibly, considering her background in Christian music, gospel influence). The first single, Tattoo (going to radio Aug. 27), is co-written by the co-writer of James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful, Amanda Ghost (who also had an adventurous sort of pop album on her own several years ago before taking up song doctoring). But I’m hoping for a lack of Clive-style ballad slush when the album comes out (November, no specific date yet).

  34. RCA probably has enough idols on its roster.

    Unless I am totally off base, I believe the only artists RCA still has on its’ roster from AI are Kelly, Clay, ***, and Daughtry. The others have been dropped, I’m pretty sure. However, I wouldn’t mind Blake being with Arista at all, even if it does eff up my prediction of RCA. :)

    But I also think that PJ does have a valid point of Clive not being interested as much in Jordin as some people might think. The fact that she’s with a label that he’s not directly in charge of is verrrrrry interesting.

    I’m betting we’ll get a press release on Blake next week now that Jordin’s has been sent out.

  35. Is Clive’s direct involvement with Jordin a make or break situation? Judging from how he handled Clay, Bo, Diana, Katharine and Taylor, I’d go out on a limb and say that she shouldn’t be losing any sleep that she’s not going to be working as closely with him as he’s done with others.

  36. Is Cliveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s direct involvement with Jordin a make or break situation? Judging from how he handled Clay, Bo, Diana, Katharine and Taylor, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d go out on a limb and say that she shouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be losing any sleep that sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not going to be working as closely with him as heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s done with others.

    Well, considering she LOVED “This is My Now,” I’m thinking she needs some direction. Hopefully, she’ll get some good advice.

    However, I wasn’t saying it was a make or break situation (or even making a quality judgement, for that matter). I was just speculating that maybe the late press releases had more to do with Clive’s attitude towards Jordin than Blake. I seem to remember a lot of “Clive is passing on Blake” comments.

  37. PJ did I or did I not say the Blake contract hold-up was due to Jordin and not Blake?

    I really should start betting on stuff.

  38. MJ, I’m a little late, but thanks so much for the videos of Elliott’s Haverhill show. Wonderful!

  39. hezzer19
    Aug 19th, 2007 at 6:44 pm
    Nevada were Nikki and Tamyra signed right away? Wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t it much later?

    Tamyra signed a management deal BEFORE Kelly was named American Idol:

    Ousted à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Tamyra Gray Gets Another Shot
    Fan favorite singer signed to management contract

    Just a week after her shocking exit from “American Idol,” 23-year-old Tamyra Gray has signed a management deal with one of the show’s producers, her first step on the path to a music career.

    19 Entertainment has picked up an option to manage the Atlanta singer, who was considered by fans and the judges to be a shoo-in for one of the final slots, if not the potential winner.

    As for her record deal, that followed fairly quickly:

    10/16/2002 5:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
    ‘American Idol’ Finalist Tamyra Gray Joins Kelly & Justin At RCA Records

    (10/16/02, 5 p.m. ET) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray is the latest member of Fox’s American Idol cast to sign with the show’s executive producer Simon Fuller’s 19 Recordings Limited, which will license Gray’s solo album to RCA Records in the U.S.

    Nikki is another story. For some reason, official word of her signing is extremely hard to come by. Imagine how the Nikki fans must feel; still no official news release nearly 5 years later.

  40. Lu
    Aug 19th, 2007 at 9:46 pm
    Where oh where are my chat buddies?

    Looks like I won’t be chatting tonight, Lu. It turns out my wireless adapter wasn’t the cause of my Internet problems; the router is fried.

    I’m on dial-up until it’s replaced, so no chat for me.

  41. Awww Nevada. Did you see the Elliott vids? MJ is the hero of all Elliott fans today. I wonder if she’s feeling the love cause she sure is getting it at his fansites!

  42. Lu
    Aug 19th, 2007 at 9:58 pm
    Awww Nevada. Did you see the Elliott vids? MJ is the hero of all Elliott fans today. I wonder if sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s feeling the love cause she sure is getting it at his fansites!

    Anyone who has ever had broadband can never really go back to dial-up; it’s the land of perpetual buffering.

    The Elliott videos will have to wait until I’m back in the highspeed lane.

    ETA: mj is always my hero…

  43. Hey everyone….I just saw this and looked through today and yesterday to see if had been posted. But, ummmmm, this is interesting, to say the least. Among other things, it just might explain the electric blue tracksuit. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :)

    Not So Blind Item

    What well-known music mogul (in his 70s) is secretly gay??? The record label honcho, who got into a big fight with one of his idolized starlets this year, has been married and has like four kidsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.plus a boyfriend on the side. This comes from an impeccable source very close to him.

    from Perez. page 2.

  44. What well-known music mogul (in his 70s) is secretly gay??? The record label honcho, who got into a big fight with one of his idolized starlets this year, has been married and has like four kidsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.plus a boyfriend on the side. This comes from an impeccable source very close to him.

    from Perez. page 2.

    Clive Davis?

    Lol. I knew that from the book MJ recommended to us. Please Kill Me. Refer to Iggy Pop.

    Missgirl, come to chat!

  45. PJ….is this old news to everyone but me? lol

    I’ll try AGAIN to get into chat…I almost crashed last weekend trying.

    ETA: I’ll try in 10 mins…doggie break.

  46. Well, phone call from MissBrother….and now it’s past my bedtime. Sigh. Hopefully, I’ll catch ya’ll later this week. It’s too hot to do anything but stay inside at my computer anyway. lol

    Night everyone!

  47. I cant get the Elliot link to work! Waaa!! It says user unknown.. can anyone tell what is wrong?

  48. Thank you for the videos, MJ. You did a great job. So did Elliott. He looked as if he was having a wonderful time. Hope that you did too.

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