Idol Headlines for 08/25/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Around the region

Spring Grove girl selected to sing at White Sox game

SPRING GROVE ‘ Singer Juleah Barrettsmith will sing the national anthem at U.S. Cellular Field today before the White Sox battle the Boston Red Sox. She expects to perform about 2:40 p.m.

…Just to have that many people attention at one time, one place is pretty cool, she said.

Barrettsmith auditioned for the next season of …American Idol after appearing on the fifth season with her sister, Brooke. Juleah was cut during group auditions, and Brooke was cut when the top 44 contestants were trimmed to 24.

Juleah said she was not allowed to reveal the details of the latest audition. But her father, Scott, said Juleah was negotiating with multiple record labels after Brooke signed a contract in connection with Sony/BMG to produce four or five albums.

NW Herald

Blake Lewis inks deal with Arista

The runner-up on the last season of American Idol, the poor guy who had to face Jordin Sparks and come in second, was Blake Lewis and he has followed her recent footsteps, signing a record deal…….

Actress Archives

The beatboxer goes on

We’re in the money. Bothell’s own Blake Lewis has a record deal connected with the label managed by “Idol” creator and destroyer of young egos, Simon Fuller.

Simon wasn’t among Blake’s biggest fans last season, but seems to have changed his tune. “I know (his fans) are going to love his first album, ” Simon said. No doubt Simon is going to love the sales from Blake’s first album.


Jordin Sparks’ Now Begins, Um, Now

ARTIST: Jordin Sparks
TITLE: “Tattoo”
WEB DEBUT: Aug. 24, 2007

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The new single by the most recent American Idol winner opens with some “Umbrella”-like dirty keyboards, but those are quickly pushed to the background in favor of a midtempo ballad that has its percussion dotted with a sampled “hey!”–for edge, maybe? “Tattoo” tries really hard to synthesize a lot of the big pop trends of the last month–the aforementioned synths, the easy strum of “Irreplaceable” (who “Tattoo” shares a producer with), that almost-distracting “hey!” that made me wonder for a second if she was going to break into “It Takes Two”–and it would be almost successful if not for the vocals: They are mixed way high, giving the whole thing an adult-contemporary gloss. I know, I know, Idol is a singing competition so of course you’d want to put the vocals front and center, but wasn’t Jordin’s selling point the fact that she was “only 17”? This track makes her sound like she’s older than me–and that’s not even taking into account the fact that the age of consent for getting tattooed in her home state of Arizona is, in fact, 18….

‘Idol’ Runner-Up Lewis Gets Busy On Debut CD

….”It’s your favorite ’80s mix tape, ” Lewis told last week of the album. “[It’s] very inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, the Cure. It’s all over the map, really — very influenced by ’80s hip-hop, old school breaks, whatever.”

“They’re letting me down the album I’ve always wanted to make, ” he added. Lewis will be on the road with the American Idols Live tour through Sept. 22…..


Jordin Sparks: “I’d Kill Blake!”

Legally she might be too young to get a tattoo, but that didnt stop American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, who is currently on the “American Idol Live Tour”, from singing about it.

Friday morning, her debut disc’s first single, “Tattoo, ” premiered on Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo, broadcast on New York radio station Z100 and Miami’s Y100. Despite the early hour (7am!), the singer gushed about how happy she is.

“Everything is coming so fast. My life has totally turned upside down but I love it, ” she said. Sparks also chatted about her new album and addressed those Blake rumors!

On asked whod she …Do, Marry or Kill?, Blake Lewis, Chris Daughtry or Ruben Studdard: In a figurative speech, just because he gets on my nerves sometimes, Id kill Blake. I would probably marry Ruben and you can [guess] the rest. This is hard!…….


Blades of Glory DVD Review

…..If not for the previous section, those who aren’t fans of fourth season “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice would still have reason to enjoy his music video for “Blades of Glory” (4:40). In addition to the obligatory movie clips and footage of Bice performing and playing piano, it contains some of the deleted footage of Ferrell and Heder singing (actually, they’re mostly made to look like they’re lip-synching)…..

Ultimate Disney

Elliott Yamin works TV ahead of fall outing

“American Idol” alumnus Elliott Yamin is hitting the media circuit hard over the next couple of months as he prepares to launch the second leg of his North American tour.
The singer/songwriter is set to hit the road once again beginning Oct. 5 in Chicago. He’ll make his way from the Midwest to the West Coast, visiting a couple of Canadian provinces along the way, through late November. Fellow pop/R&B singer Josh Hoge and breaking pop-rock band The Last Goodnight will open for Yamin during the club/theater trek, details of which are listed below……..

Live Daily

Legend cranks up heat on Hot Stove

….On the other side of the musical spectrum, Wrentham native and …American Idol semifinalist Ayla Brown performed a cover of Natasha Bedingfield …Unwritten – which, she reminded the audience, was the song that got her booted off the show – as well as the title track off her new album, …Forward, and the 90s dance-hop-inspired …Absolutely Everybody. …..

Boston Herald

Carly’s confidence stronger than ever

….Of all the big-name performers that have worked with the Idols so far, Jepsen said grammy winner and the first American Idol Kelly Clarkson is one of her favourites.

…She is unbelievably talented and she is very down to earth, said Jepsen, admitting despite her best attempts she still gets star-struck……

Abby News

Friends reunite with college buddy, Taylor Hicks, for show

Theyve had the funny moments, like the time they almost froze to death together before a Macon, Ga., gig because the exhaust pipe in their …Tropic Traveler tour bus pumped mouthfuls of carbon monoxide every time they tried to turn on the heat…….

Dothan Eagle


  1. That ABC2 interview questions of Jordin were so dumb. Would you kill or marry Blake, Chris, or Reuben? :blink_tb:

  2. I heard the interview done on z100. It was “do,” marry and kill. And Jordin said she wouldn’t actually “do” any of them (she’s a virgin) but picked Chris anyway. She sounded very fun and easygoing, talked about her overbearing dad, “killing” Blake. Very cute.

  3. That Chris as in Daughtry by the way. ;) She may be a virgin but she’s a frisky one.

  4. Finally – signing news!!! Do we have a date for Blake’s release yet? Any news on Chris R?

    It was fun and -yes chessey – to see Elliott on B&B yesterday. The guy is working his tail off. I hope he continues to have much earned success. Cant wait to see him live again. He has a ton of shows coming up this fall.

  5. Simon wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t among Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s biggest fans last season, but seems to have changed his tune.

    I don’t remember Simon Fuller ever going on record with his thoughts about Blake…? Maybe they’re confusing him with Cowell, although SiCo always seemed to like Blake.

  6. Reminder:

    This has to do with some stuff at the end of last night’s thread, but I want to make sure people see it.

    For the umpteenth time–and long-time posters should really know better, so it irritates me to have to post this yet again…

    Please keep your remarks FOCUSED ON THE IDOLS, and the subject at hand–not on your fellow posters. Please don’t take potshots at your fellow posters.

  7. IMO, Blake was Simon’s second favorite after Melinda.

    He always seemed to like him, and when he criticized him which were few, he was very subtle. I remember listening to a Simon interview arounf finale week,where they asked him who would he sign between Jordin and Blake, and he said definitely Blake. Because he was current and already knew who he is.

    I think Simon always saw potential in Blake, he called him a pop star on Oprah and said from the beginning he was the frontrunning guy.

  8. I was at the tour last night. It was a lot of fun. Generally, I was only surprised about one thing: Melinda wasn’t as impressive as I expected. In fact, she was underwhelming. Maybe she works better in a smaller venue? Everyone else is pretty much how I expected.

    And again, Jordin and especially Blake were the most popular, not that it means much. I have plenty of LB2 sister commentary so maybe I’ll write a recap.

    Anyway, happy Saturday! Enjoy the weekend.

    Sorry MJ about the potshots…

  9. Can’t wait to read you’re recap, LB2. And LB-sis commentary. Glad you had fun!

  10. Sorry MJ about the potshotsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    The mod wasn’t directed at you LB, but thanks anyway.

    If you get a chance, write up and send me a recap. I would love to post it.

  11. Simon Fuller didn’t like Blake? That’s news to me.Never heard of a manager disliking their client. LOL

    And on the soap, did Elliott have any lines ir did he just sing?

  12. The only thing I remember Simon Fuller saying about any of the contestants this year is that though it was a little slow-going at first he thought some terrific contestants had emerged. And he didn’t name any names.

    Canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t wait to read youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re recap, LB2. And LB-sis commentary.

    I second that! No pressure or anything. ;) And I’m glad you had fun!

    ETA I found it in MJ’s archives! The article’s gone though.

  13. I would love that, MJ. Now that I don’t have cable and a dvr, I keep forgetting to tape it!

  14. A link was posted yesterday.

    Thanks. Why do those two people keep staring at each other during Elliott’s song?

    I can post Con’s performance if anyone is interested. Heh.

    Hezzer, you MUST watch these clips! Hee.

  15. Why do those two people keep staring at each other during Elliottà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s song?

    Don’t ask me I have no idea who they are.

    I think I may not want to know either, especially if Hezz starts with those links again!!


  16. They are Rick and Phoebe. They both get on my nerves. Con is trying to make Phoebe a star. LOL. Post Con, MJ. I am interested. LOL.

    Unfortunately, I’ve been sucked into watching clips of B&B from the late 80s. Lost episodes from my childhood that I probably missed b/c I was in school.

  17. Unfortunately, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve been sucked into watching clips of B&B from the late 80s. Lost episodes from my childhood that I probably missed b/c I was in school.

    LOL, PJ! I watch it if I’m here eating lunch by myself. I think Stephanie is a hoot! I would not want to be on her bad side!

  18. mj
    Aug 25th, 2007 at 11:39 am

    *tries to remember what, if anything, I posted yesterday*

    If it was me I’m sorry MJ.

    Aug 25th, 2007 at 3:40 pm
    Hezzer, you MUST watch these clips! Hee.

    OMG the total angst that dude was projecting during the never-ending stare was brilliant. So very compelling.

    Perhaps I should start taping soaps?

    Lisa B
    Aug 25th, 2007 at 3:53 pm
    especially if Hezz starts with those links again!!

    I am so maligned. *sigh*

  19. mj
    Aug 25th, 2007 at 11:39 am

    **wipes brow and casts a knowing smile…since I did not post yesterday, this time, it wasn’t me**

  20. so elliott is on a soap opera? wow. i like the song…kudos to him for making it big. but a soap? who is he constantine? i noticed all my old friend elliot fans came out to play the other day. HEY!

    hey hezz, bs.:)

  21. OMG the total angst that dude was projecting during the never-ending stare was brilliant. So very compelling.

    Hezz, you didn’t recognize your bf in the clip? Ha ha. He wasn’t singing, though. Thank Jeebus.

  22. RSF was in that clip?

    To be honest I was too busy laughing my ass off to notice anything once I saw the stare of eternal angst.

    Hi Folk!

    Someone come and play with me in the “other room”

  23. OMG the angst, the angst.

    MJ you MUST watch this one. The pain this man must be in! It is almost heartbreaking.

  24. He just sang. If anybody would like me to post up some video, I will.

    What do you mean he just sang?! He shook hands with some chick on the show and I thought the handshake was done with great feeling… Poor Elliott… dissed again.

    Oh no, not Jack Wagner AGAIN!!! Could be worse – could be Dylan (hee hee Hezz)!

    Folk – What’s shakin?! Good to see you!!!

  25. Any word on tour attendance yet? Around this time last year, we had info on at least 23 concerts (courtesy of Ken Barnes at Idol Chatter).

    Or is it that bad?


    The Last Goodnight Team With Idol for Tour

    (PR) Connecticut buzz band, The Last Goodnight, have just announced a fall tour with American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Elliot Yamin. The band will release their debut album, Poison Kiss, through Virgin Records on August 28.
    Their current tour opening for Rocco DeLuca & The Burden has been a triumphant run of shows where the band is winning over audiences nightly. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“We poured our hearts and souls into making this album and love being out on the road playing the songs live,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  said frontman Kurtis John.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Our live show is energetic and fun yet offers an intimate opportunity for us to connect directly with crowd.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    With Rocco DeLuca & The Burden

    Aug. 22 Saint Petersburg, FL FL State Theatre
    Aug. 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    Aug. 26 Tallahassee, FL Floyds
    Aug 28 New Orleans, LA Parish @ House of Blues
    Aug. 29 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
    Aug. 30 Austin, TX Stubbs
    Sep. 4 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

    With Elliot Yamin

    Oct. 5 Chicago, IL Park West
    Oct. 6 Madison, WI Majestic Live
    Oct. 8 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
    Oct. 9 Cincinnati, OH Bogartà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s
    Oct. 11 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill
    Oct. 12 Knoxville, TN Bijou
    Oct. 15 Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
    Oct. 16 Columbia, MO Blue Note
    Oct. 18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
    Oct. 19 Houston, TX Meridian
    Oct. 22 Memphis, TN Newbys
    Oct. 23 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
    Oct. 24 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
    Oct. 26 Nashville, TN Rocketown
    Oct. 28 Orlando, FL House of Blues
    Oct. 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
    Oct. 30 Tampa, FL State Theatre
    Nov. 1 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
    Nov. 2 Greensboro, NC The N Club
    Nov. 3 Ashville, NC Orange Peel
    Nov. 8 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center
    Nov. 9 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans Music Hall
    Nov. 10 Norfolk, VA The Norva
    Nov. 12 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafà ©
    Nov. 17 Montreal, Canada Le National
    Nov. 19 Toronto, Canada Mod Club
    Nov. 20 NYC, NY Highline
    Nov. 21 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
    Nov. 23 Troy, NY Revolution Hall
    Nov. 24 Boston, MA Roxy
    Nov. 26 Washington DC 9:30 Club

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