Idol Headlines for 08/23/10

Fantasia Fallout – Oprah Wants Ditched Wife Paula Cook On Her Talk Show

Oprah Winfrey has reached out to Paula Cook to talk about how American Idol star Fantasia Barrino stole her husband, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Paula – whose husband Antwaun Cook allegedly left her and their two sons for the Grammy nominated singer – is still considering Oprah’s offer and has also been approached by Oscar winner Mo’Nique to appear on her talk show too.

And while Fantasia has now opened-up about her botched recent suicide attempt, Cook has taken a leave of absence from her teaching job while she considers her options.

Read more at RadarOnline

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Kris Allen opens for Lifehouse this fall. He’s booked for the Fillmore in Detroit, the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, The Rave in Milwaukee and Drury University in Springfield MO.  Currently Kris is on tour headlining and opening for Maroon 5.  He’s also opened for Keith Urban, The Barenaked Ladies, The Fray and Daughtry.

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Katharine McPhee in a Car Accident – She’s Fine

Ruh rho. Kat McPhee in a minor car accident. She tweeted the deets.

“Just had a lovely experience at the local Sherman oaks hospital. Was hit from behind pretty dang hard. My one regret was not wearing…Makeup today because all the fireman & policeman were sooooo hott! And sweet! I will be ok. Soar but ok.”

She’s fine, but her car…not so much.

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Kelly Clarkson: Karaoke Queen

Kelly Clarkson belts out some more tunes during a fun karaoke sessions with friends at Hoots Bar on Saturday night (August 21) in Burleson, Texas.

Read more at Just Jared

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Season 6 Idol, Chris Sligh, tweeted yesterday about shooting his first film. Chris tells me that he’s the secondary lead in an indie film being shot in Birmingham, Al called “October Baby”. He says it will hit all the film festivals in 2011.

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Anoop Desai sang the National Anthem at yesterday’s Jimmy V Golf Classic in Raleigh, NC. The V Foundation raises funds for cancer research, and the Golf Classic is a part of its series of major fundraising events. Read more and watch a short news clip featuring Anoop at Anoop’s official website.

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Season 7 Top 24 contestant, Luke Menard filmed a music video with Jason Mraz. Luke tweeted, a photo of him and Mraz on set before the shoot. Luke tweets, “song is called “love.” It’s a duet sung by Jason mraz and Hope. Should be out mid october. We filmed the video in Malibu.”

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We offer solutions to problems of ‘American Idol’

Simon Cowell is gone, after wrapping his “Idol” duties in the bummer of a ninth season finale. The ever-unpredictable Paula Abdul left after the eighth season. One-season-not-so-wonderful judge Ellen DeGeneres voted herself off, and won’t be returning. It’s looking like Kara DioGuardi, who never brought much to the party, is out. Randy Jackson is reportedly coming back, with his aging batch of remarks (“you did your thing, Dawg, ” “that was just all right for me”). All summer, rumors have swirled about who’ll be filling the judges seats.

Is this any state for “American Idol” to be in? It most definitely is not. As Simon would say, that’s not good enough.

So, though nobody asked, we offer this list of solutions to problems gripping our national singing-competition pastime.

Read more at The Oregonian

Fantasia performs impromptu performance 8/19

Fantasia Barrino hit the stage at the Big Chill in Charlotte, NC as a surprise performer to close out the Birthday Celebration/Comedy Show for Charlotte Bobcats player Tyrus Thomas. VH1 camera crews were in attendance, as Fantasia performed a set of old school jams and her new smash ‘Bittersweet’

X Factor admits to vocal tweaks

X Factor bosses have admitted using vocal enhancement processes on the ITV talent show.

Fans had claimed after the opening show that “autotuning” had been used to improve some contestants’ voices.

It is used in recording studios to improve performances by correcting pitch and disguising off-key mistakes.

An X Factor spokesman said post-production work was necessary on the show due to the number of microphones used during filming.

Read more at the BBC

TV review: The X Factor

Here we go again then. Can it really be time for The X Factor (ITV1, Saturday)? It seems like only five minutes ago . . . or maybe that was Britain’s Got Talent. It’s all one big talent contest now, all the time, for ever. Quite depressing.

So we’re in Glasgow. And thousands of waiting hopefuls have been penned in with those metal crowd-control barriers. It’s basically a livestock market, or an abattoir. I think we all know who the chief slaughterman is.

Read more at The Guardian

Is Another Britney ‘Glee’ Cameo In The Works?

Just days after Britney Spears stopped by the “Glee” set to film her cameo for Season 2, there already appears to be talk of her returning to McKinley High.

On Saturday, at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles, Access Hollywood asked co-creator Ryan Murphy if fans can expect to see even more of the “Circus” singer, and Ryan suggested it is likely.

“Probably, yeah… probably, ” he said.

Read more at Access Hollywood

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56 Comments

  1. X Factor bosses have admitted using vocal enhancement processes on the ITV talent show.

    Glad this is coming to light now before it ruins my TV viewing. Take note AI & US X Factor. ;)

  2. An X Factor spokesman said post-production work was necessary on the show due to the number of microphones used during filming.

    Somebody should ask him what was done before digital and even since digital before Auto-Tune and other similar electronic what you hear is NOT what you get fakery came along.

    At least all the painfully off-pitch warbling we heard during last season seems to indicate Idol isn’t using it yet. I don’t think they have high enough standards to be ethically opposed, though.

  3. In response to yet another article about fixing AI, I have one more suggestion:

    When you have mentors, don’t have them mentor the acoustic sessions where it’s just the singer w or w/o guitar and Michael O on piano. Have them mentor at the point where the contestants are doing the full stage production. Many contestants sound better acoustic than when they sing over the band and mentors would probably give more valuable advice if they had more of an idea of how things will sound on the show. In fact maybe the mentors should get hooked right up to a TV feed.

    larc: At least all the painfully off-pitch warbling we heard during last season seems to indicate Idol isn’t using it yet. I don’t think they have high enough standards to be ethically opposed, though.

    I agree they’re not ethically opposed. They’ve used live vocal effects to pimp certain contestants in the past. I think Chris Sligh mentioned this. It was really blatant with Blake Lewis whose voice they made sound bigger than it was with echo effects.

  4. x factor using autotuning in a singing competition? What a big joke!!

  5. MJ, it was the Jimmy V Golf Classic that Anoop sang the NA at, not Jimmy Dean. It’s an annual tournament that honors the memory of NC State University former basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer, as well as raising money for cancer research.

  6. larc:
    08/23/2010 at 9:37 am
    MJ, it was the Jimmy V Golf Classic that Anoop sang the NA at, not Jimmy Dean. LOL

    This just makes me hungry.

  7. Tripp_ncwy

    This needs more flailing!!!!

    Like this…

    \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/

    First dates of the fall tour???????

  8. I like the Kris/Lifehouse pairing. I think it will be as good as Maroon 5 has been so far. Bare Naked Ladies wasn’t so great but all the others have been great pairings for Kris.

  9. Didn’t Lifehouse just open for Daughtry?

    Yeah, Lifehouse headline tour! I love their shows. Jason Wade <3. I considered going to the Daughtry tour just to see them this tour, but I decided I would wait for their solo tour so it would be smaller venues… they played large clubs in the past. I wonder what the venues would be this time. If Kris opens for Lifehouse near me… WIN! Fingers crossed they're doing more dates…

  10. If Kris opens for Lifehouse near me… WIN!

    I would go see that, for sure. I haven’t seen Kris yet so c’mon close to the DC area, please :)

  11. Add another date for Kris and Lifehouse….this one in Milwaukee (Lifehouse also has a date scheduled for Washington DC, but no mention of Kris on that one…at least not yet)

    Lifehouse & Kris Allen at The Rave Nov. 11 http://bit.ly/a3G26F 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  12. Car accidents make me so scared of the road. Irresponsible drivers D:.

    Katharine McPhee’s kinda funny reaction to her accident kinda made me feel a bit… safer? :P.

  13. I can’t help but wonder just how prevalent “vocal enhancement” has been in the performances we watch on Idol, too. It’s similar to performance enhancing drugs in sports, and would really ruin the experience for us fans.

  14. Congrats to Kris on his Fall tour! I think Lifehouse and Kris will be a good pairing.

    Kind of a funny venue in Milwaukee though; I would have thought the Riverside would be much better. The Rave is a headbanging heavier alt. rock type of venue (my son is quite familiar with it!).

  15. Tierbee

    Lifehouse is playing in Washington D.C. on October 24th. Kris isn’t listed (yet), but maybe you can call the venue and ask?

    Lifehouse in DC (Dar Constitution Hall) on Oct. 24 http://bit.ly/arLXI0

    There’s also a radio station giveaway for tix for that date

    Radio station giveaway for DC Lifehouse tix. http://tinyurl.com/37fe9uo

  16. That is s great gig for Kris! Seems like a really compatible pairing and I’ve read that the two really admire each other!!

  17. Lifehouse in DC (Dar Constitution Hall) on Oct. 24 http://bit.ly/arLXI0

    There’s also a radio station giveaway for tix for that date

    Thank you! Kris or no Kris I can still try to win tickets :) … I made a mess of my concert budget with my Busch Gardens Cookie weekend haha!!

  18. I like the Kris/Lifehouse pairing. I think it will be as good as Maroon 5 has been so far. Bare Naked Ladies wasn’t so great but all the others have been great pairings for Kris.

    I don’t care for Lifehouse. I think Maroon 5 has been the best match-up so far. BNL was not a good fit either.

  19. girlygirl:
    08/23/2010 at 10:42 am
    Add another date for Kris and Lifehouse….this one in Milwaukee

    YESSSSSSSS!!!!

  20. Do we need to read anything into the fact that both Maroon 5 & Lifehouse labels are under the Universal Music Group umbrella.

  21. Exciting news!! Lifehouse has been teasing this for the last few days, so I expect the dates to come fast & furious now! *\o/*

    @lifehousemusic We just took a look at the rough schedule of our headlining tour starting mid-October and it looks amazing!! Details soon.

    @lifehousemusic And by the way, we are psyched for this tour.. It’s going to be our biggest/baddest yet, and our support act rules. -B

    @lifehousemusic who is opening up for you guys? We can’t tell you yet, but we are fans of them/him/her

  22. I wonder which performances they used the autotune for on X Factor? Sounds like they’re already setting up their favourites.

  23. I hope some of these dates will be college tour dates (like the one at Drury Univ)

  24. The only song I know of Lifehouse is Halfway Gone. Are they big, do they have a touring fanbase?

  25. ainow
    The list of KrisAllen/Lifehouse concerts keeps growing. We’ll ask him about it in our interview today — http://bit.ly/csB9Hg

    Maybe Kris will be able to give some more detail.

  26. Maybe Kris will be able to give some more detail.

    Kris still isn’t listing anything at his site past the Wallingford, CT, show on Sep 5.

  27. Kris still isn’t listing anything at his site past the Wallingford, CT, show on Sep 5.

    Kris’ website updates are always behind. The public usually knows where/when a lot sooner than it gets updated on his website.

  28. Since Kris is the opening act, he’s not supposed to say anything before the headliner releases info — so I don’t know how much AINow will get out of him — and KAO probably won’t posted these Lifehouse ates until Lifehouse officially announces them

    But yay for Atlanta!

  29. The only song I know of Lifehouse is Halfway Gone.

    Two other big hits from them were Hanging by a Moment and You and Me.

    Do we need to read anything into the fact that both Maroon 5 & Lifehouse labels are under the Universal Music Group umbrella.

    I wouldn’t think so, because it is management that organizes tours, not the label.

  30. tripp_ncwy,

    Yes I read into the UMG thingy long ago. Kris’ tour merch online site has the UMG/Bravada logo.
    Also, concerning Kris’ site putting up his tour info, for the sake of courtesy, the headliner has to announce the dates before the supporting act does.

    Joyed,

    When you are sign a contract with a publishing group, they can sponsor your tour too depending on the kind of agreement you have with them. So it;’s very possible there’s a lot going on there, now that 19E has signed a deal with Universal. Lifehouse loves Kris too so it’s all good.

  31. The only song I know of Lifehouse is Halfway Gone.

    Two other big hits from them were Hanging by a Moment and You and Me.

    They’re also currently charting with All In (#14 HAC)

  32. Two other big hits from them were Hanging by a Moment and You and Me.

    Thank you. I do know those songs, but had no idea who sang them.

  33. This already have been discussed on another thread (Glam Nation Tour – Hampton Beach so you can go there for comments) but mostly among Adam´s fans so I don´t know if anybody who don´t go to Adam´s threads know about this:

    Adam Lambert has a new FANSITE : http://ht.ly/2sE1z He twittered about it saturday.

    MJ feel free to deleted if you think that it´s old news and it doesnt´s fit here. Since it wasn´t mention on the yesterday´s and today´s headlines, only on a Adam thread, I felt that many people that don´t go there have not heard about the news.

  34. There have been rumors about Mariah being pregnant for a number of months now and that picture proves the rumors to be true. That is definitely a baby bump and she appears to be 6 months along. How is she in the running to be a judge on AI?

  35. There have been rumors about Mariah being pregnant for a number of months now and that picture proves the rumors to be true. That is definitely a baby bump and she appears to be 6 months along. How is she in the running to be a judge on AI?

    If she is six months along, then the baby is due mid November. AI would be the perfect gig for her come January as she only has to report to work two days a week. I sure she will get millions for the gig. Lots of mom’s go back to work six weeks after giving birth.

  36. Lifehouse was very known here in Brazil a while ago! I think it´s great for Kris! But God, I know that we´re not supposed to feel sory for them because it´s their dream and they´re doing what thei like but man… Adam, Kris, Danny, Allison, when do they get a time to rest and be at home? It´s really hard work!

  37. renataamelo

    I don’t know about Danny or Adam, but Kris will have about 3 weeks off between the end of his current tour (last date 9/5) and the start of his fall tour. He has said that he is VERY excited about being able to go back to Arkansas for awhile — it’s been 2 years since he was home for that long of a stretch

    Hopefully Adam and Danny have some time off coming up as well

  38. Blimey. If that was “after autotuning” on X-Factor then please don’t make me listen to the “before”!

    This is quite a funny X-Factor talent show sketch by Mitchell and Webb.
    I’d say about 90% of this week’s contestants were already flying on that “winged unicorn of delusion”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttmsiU-GZlg
    Harsh but fair.

  39. Don’t know about Danny, but Adam’s got a while to go before time off..

    After puyallup wa, which was originally thought the end of the tour, he’s got Singapore 9/25-26, Japan 10/2-8, Philippines 10/10, Hong Kong 10/12, Australia 10/18-10/22, back to the US for Hawaii dates 10/25-26 and he’s also supposed to do shows in NZ, Finland. Germany and the UK after that. So maybe some rest for the holidays hopefully.

  40. Kris MV will be on iTunes next week

    RT @ainow @KrisAllen music video for “The Truth” to be on iTunes August 31st.

  41. CindyM:
    08/23/2010 at 5:10 pm
    Don’t know about Danny, but Adam’s got a while to go before time off..

    After puyallup wa, which was originally thought the end of the tour, he’s got Singapore 9/25-26, Japan 10/2-8, Philippines 10/10, Hong Kong 10/12, Australia 10/18-10/22, back to the US for Hawaii dates 10/25-26 and he’s also supposed to do shows in NZ, Finland. Germany and the UK after that. So maybe some rest for the holidays hopefully.

    And forget that in between these dates he´ll be starting to work on his new album, he said that he might be recording something while overseas. Like I said… hard hard work!

  42. Hopefully Adam and Danny have some time off coming up as well

    In looking at Danny’s schedule for the next couple of months even without the yet to be announced fall tour, he really has no significant time off planned.

  43. Kris MV will be on iTunes next week

    RT @ainow @KrisAllen music video for “The Truth” to be on iTunes August 31st.

    Can’t wait to get my copy.
    Too much excitement today. :)

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