Idol Headlines for 08/23/09

‘Idol’ contestants belt out the tunes… and some talent

For the 10 finalists on the road, the “American Idols Live” Tour is part victory lap, part audition to see who’s going to take their shot of fame past the 15-minute mark.

Last night at the Mellon Arena, one thing was reinforced in front of the near sold-out crowd: Adam Lambert is a Star with a capital S.

If Elvis Presley and Edward Scissorhands could somehow have a child, it would look somewhat like this Idol runner-up who has already graced the cover of Rolling Stone and will have to come up with some absolutely abysmal songs to mess this up.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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American Idols Visit Pittsburgh, Talk Exclusively With See & Be Seen

PITTSBURGH — There are a few days we here at look especially forward to each year. Just like the kickoff of Steelers season, it’s always fun to mark down the American Idol tour on your calendar.

Usually, Carly Noel and I take turns covering the tour stop at Mellon Arena, but this year, seeing as we are both huge Adam Lambert fans, we decided to spend the sunny, summer Saturday afternoon together.

While we didn’t get to interview Adam, (the Idols alternate media hours from city to city), we did have the chance to talk with some of our other favorites, including Danny Gokey, Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds and Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen.


Grandstand review: Kelly Clarkson, the original ‘American Idol’

The second and final Saturday night of the 2009 Iowa State Fair was a star-studded evening.

Kelly Clarkson, the original ‘American Idol’  winner, entertained a crowd of 5, 800 at the Grandstand as part of her ‘All I Ever Wanted’  summer mini-tour that has been stopping at fairs across the country.

It was Clarkson’s debut performance in Des Moines. The first and only time she performed in Iowa was in 2003 during a small, mostly Midwest tour that followed her ‘Idol’  win.

Clarkson kept her energy high and voice strong throughout her set, with the help of an 11-piece backing band and angst-ridden lyrics.

‘If I can’t have you, then I don’t want anyone, ‘  she sang amid thumping pop rhythms and flashing strobe lights during ‘If I Can’t Have You.’ 

Des Moines Register

Cook’s Sacto concert wasn’t perfect, but what is

SACRAMENTO ‘” There’s no doubt that pulling off a concert date perfectly – as a performer – is somewhat of a crapshoot.

So many things have to go right and nothing can go wrong. And when you agree to set up shop pretty much anywhere you are asking for trouble.

‘We don’t have a plan regarding venues, ‘  David Cook told IdolChatter recently of his concert dates. ‘Pretty much anyplace that will open the doors and let us in ‘ ¦ we’ll play.’ 

So it was Friday (Aug. 21, 2009) night here on opening night of the California State Fair. This is the place where you can look one way and see a 2, 000-lb. pig and gaze in the opposite direction and find a mural of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made entirely of Jelly Belly jellybeans. HOLY CAL-EE-FORN-EEE-A!


The Jonas Brothers Make Philips Arena Friends

The Jonas Brothers take a load and hand with some Atlanta area music students backstage after their sound check at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon (August 22).

Nick, Joe and Kevin were joined by tour mate Jordin Sparks backstage.

The JoBros also had a live chat this afternoon ‘” and Jordin joined them! The trio also sang ‘Love Is On It’s Way, ‘  ‘Hey Baby, ‘  and ‘What Did I do to your heart?’ 

Just Jared Jr

Exclusive: Simon Cowell’s brother on the side of the X Factor judge viewers don’t see

SIMON Cowell’s brother yesterday revealed the X Factor Mr Nasty is really a big softie with a heart of gold.

Tony Cowell, 59, says Simon dotes on children, would love to have dozens of dogs for pets and never talks back to his mum Julie, 84.

He said: “Simon has always been quick with the put-downs and has an answer for everything but the minute my mum phones to tell him off about something he’s done or said, he suddenly has nothing to say.

“My mum is The X Factor’s biggest fan and she sometimes gets annoyed about some of Simon’s nasty comments but one word from her and he tends to be slightly nicer the next week.”


Best X Factor contestant ever? Simon Cowell leads standing ovation for bisexual singing teacher Danyl Johnston

There were so many tuneless wannabes it was easy to lose heart when watching last night’s eagerly-awaited return of The X Factor.

However, show producers saved the best for last with the arrival of Danyl Johnston, a 27-year-old teacher from Reading, whose energetic performance was hailed as the ‘best first audition ever’.

The unassuming singer captivated the judges and audience with his lively rendition of The Beatles’ classic With A Little Help From My Friends.

And he admitted fancying not just one of the judges – but all four.

The bisexual performer said he is a ‘free spirit’ who dates women and men and admitted that he thinks all the judges are good-looking – even Louis Walsh.

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