Idol Headlines for 08/26/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Richmond County Fair to feature a ‘big’ guest

…If you love “American Idol, ” on Saturday you’ll get a chance to see finalists Kimberly Caldwell and Paris Bennett….


Shirley Bassey Hates Reality TV

DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY has fired a blistering attack against TV talent shows – insisting talent ranks second to fame for today’s celebrities.

The Welsh singing superstar has no time for reality shows such as American Idol and The X Factor, and is stunned at the lack of ‘real’ talent in modern pop stars.

She fumes, “Today people just want to get on reality TV shows and make money. Talent doesn’t matter anymore.

“Anyone can get on these shows. Tall people, skinny people, fat people – and then someone makes millions out of them and their lives are ruined. I hate it, I really hate it”.

Female First

Thousands line up in Philadelphia for a shot at ‘American Idol’

Hollywood came to town on Saturday as hordes of wannabe superstars waited hours in line for their chance to be the nation’s next “American Idol.”

Nearly 13, 000 had registered for the hit Fox TV show over an eight-hour period , three times as many hopefuls as in other cities where auditions were held this season, said senior producer Patrick Lynn.

“Monster turnout , monster, ” Lynn said. “Monday is going to be a long, long day.”…….


‘Idol’ hopefuls line up for chance to be next musical sensation

The Wachovia Center parking lot was crowded on Saturday morning, but the thousands of people who lined up at the entrance weren’t there to see the latest musical sensation.

These folks hope to be the next musical sensation.

“I just want to meet Simon (Cowell), ” Michelle Fisher, of West Deptford, said of the sometimes ruthless judge of the hit television show “American Idol.”………..

Courier Post Online

Standing up for ‘Idol’

…Senior producer Patrick Lynn said the crowd in Philadelphia was three times the size it had been anywhere else. In eight hours, an estimated 13, 000 had registered.

Philadelphia was the last of seven cities on the audition tour and the only one in the Northeast….

Summer filled with ‘Idol’ events

“American Idol” mania has been everywhere lately…..


‘Idol’ fans marking time until new season begins

It’s coming.


Who’s ready?

A new season of the highly rated reality TV show “American Idol” doesn’t begin until January, but it’s like we’re in the middle of Paula, Randy and Simon hysteria.

Auditions for the new season already are under way.

Bloggers on the Internet are working overtime, speculating the twists and turns of a new season.

And former “Idol” contestants are making the rounds, doing talk show appearances, special concerts at shopping malls and headlining solo shows to promote new albums………


Hearts throb for Constantine

With long, wavy brown hair and a ready smile, “American Idol” Top 10 season four finalist Constantine Maroulis looked the part Saturday afternoon at Woodland Mall.

And he warmed up to the hundreds of fans who came to see him perform a few songs at the back-to-school fashion show.

“I want to meet each and every one of you, ” he told his audience in the mall’s food court………


Watch this!

…Tomorrow Aug. 27

Former …American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis is having quite an effect on CBS …The Bold and the Beautiful. All month, the soap has been running the Boldface Challenge, in which viewers voted on their favorite duet performance by the show characters. The grand prize winner of a trip to the set of the soap is announced at 1:30 p.m. on WBZ (Ch. 4)…

Boston Herald




(RCA, 2006)

He’s got a rock sense about him.

He’s had more mainstream success than most rock bands would these days, and I believe that is because of American Idol. He didn’t have to fight the battle of people trying to figure out who he was. He’s got a great voice. It’s more of a bluesy soulful voice, and that’s what I was brought up on.

It’s bluesy, earthy and gutsy, which is what I love.

Guitarist James Young of Styx

Dallas News

Lousy Is the Best They Can Ever Be

….All of which raises the question: Why? Why do people love bad art? Why is there a cult museum near Boston proudly dedicated …to bringing the worst of art to the widest of audiences? And why does history afford a special place for the creatively incompetent, from poets like William McGonagall (the immortal versifier of …The Tay Bridge Disaster) to singers like Florence Foster Jenkins (whose inability to sing packed Carnegie Hall) and, more recently, the …American Idol reject William Hung (whose inability to do anything of artistic note has turned him into a celebrity)? Why, in fact, is so much latter-day TV obsessed with celebrating cultural failure?….


‘Why did you cut me out of your life?’ asks the agent who made Charlotte Church a superstar

….Charlotte’s leap to fame remains an astonishing story, even now. It was the TV producer Nigel Lythgoe ‘ the man behind Popstars and American Idol ‘ who first told me about a precocious young girl he had met.

Charlotte had been on ITV’s The Big, Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross, and although it had been only the briefest of appearances, Lythgoe had been impressed….

Daily Mail


  1. RSF thought you might be interested in this:

    Singing in the rain

    From barefoot tomboy to ‘Bajan Beyonce’, teenage singer Rihanna has made the journey to super-stardom that she always dreamed of – her single ‘Umbrella’ being the brightest and biggest hit of this long wet summer. Here, she talks to Sylvia Patterson about island life, being reunited with her crack addict father and why she won’t be doing a ‘Britney’ ………..

    Observer Magazine

  2. Minogue feuds with UK X-Factor co-star

    …..Fellow co-host Simon Cowell, of American Idol fame, has further inflamed tensions by planning to get Dannii’s sister Kylie Minogue on the show to give finalists one-on-one coaching and teach them to sing one of her hits…..

    The West

  3. One Down, One To Go…

    …….How many times can the people behind “Idol” — and those determined to keep it in our cultural windshield — keep playing to those in the cheap seats? Pretty soon the fan base will get a collective case of macular degeneration from all the winking going on.

    The show’s promoters would have you believe that even fighting between the Sunnis and Shiites decreases during finals week of “American Idol,” but the 2007 finale numbers, while still in the stratosphere, were down 16% (36.4 million in 2006 to 30.7 million for 2007, according to Nielsen Media Research) — even if 13,000 people did recently go to Texas Stadium to audition for the upcoming season.

    So “Idol”‘s producer Nigel Lythgoe is right when he says the show could lose half its audience and still be one of the top-three-rated television shows, but it’s also true that something is changing. Two years ago, a musical based on “American Idol” wouldn’t have closed after one night.

    It seems that while people still want to be idols, they’re not nearly as excited about watching others become them.

    Media Post

  4. ‘Heads to roll’at ITV overphone scandal

    …Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, The X Factor and ITV Play are all understood to be programmes that will be criticised directly.

    All the major TV channels have been embarrassed by revelations over phone-ins that began when The Mail on Sunday exposed Channel 4’s The Richard And Judy Show for encouraging viewers to call premium-rate phone lines after all the winners had been chosen….

    This is Money

  5. One for Hezz:

    The six actors to play Dylan in new film – including Cate Blanchett

    He is, notoriously, a man with many sides to his character à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ which might explain why the makers of a new film about Bob Dylan felt the need to use no fewer than six stars to play him, including a black child actor and lithe blonde actress Cate Blanchett.

    In director Todd Haynes’s film I’m Not There, the Dylan actors à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ who also include stars Richard Gere and Heath Ledger à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ are asked to play different ‘theories’ of the mercurial superstar, rather than the man himself……..

    Daily Mail

  6. Thanks Lisa. I’ve read about this and it all just seems, well, totally nutters if you ask me. I mean, Heath Ledger? Richard Gere? Christian Bale? Cate Blanchett? Huh?

    Now, having a woman play David Bowie? That makes total sense.

    The premise behind the film just sounds a tad out there.

    Check this out.

    Lu, don’t click on the link *grin*

  7. I think I’ll pass on that movie. Strange premise and Dylan music? I don’t think so. :huh_tb:

  8. Oh Hezzer – not to worry. I’ve grown very gun shy about clicking on your links! :) You got me good yesterday – I’m not sure I can top that!

  9. This was in a major Philippine newspaper today…

    Manila set to welcome Elliott

    No less than Stevie Wonder, guest-coaching on à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idol,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  told Elliott Yamin that he should be a pro singer.

    Exactly a year later, the AI Season 5 second runner-up released his self-titled first album under Sony BMGà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s independent label, Red Distribution.

    In a telecon interview, Elliott told Inquirer Entertainment last year: à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Before this contest, I was just starting to find my way as a person. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve since become confident. I can honestly say now that I know what Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll be doing in the next few years.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    Elliottà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s exit from à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“AIà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  had brought judge Paula Abdul to tears. Even hard-to-please Simon Cowell had praised him for being à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“potentially the best male vocalist ever on the show.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    His album started off at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the best-ever debut for an independent artist in the history of the industry magazine.

    In the interview with Inquirer, Elliott said he would be à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“forever in debtà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  to à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idol.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    And not surprisingly, he said that the greatest lesson he learned from the show had come from Stevie Wonder.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He told all of us contestants how important it was to sing every song like it was our own, and to connect with the audience,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Elliott explained.

    His Filipino fans will soon find out how far he has heeded Stevieà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s advice when he comes to the country next month for a series of concerts in Ayala Malls nationwide: TriNoma on Sept. 21; Glorietta, Sept. 22; Market! Market!, Sept. 23; Ayala Center Cebu, Sept. 26; and Alabang Town Center, Sept. 28.

    Kathryn Fatima Reyes

    The sponsors have also put up the promo at their site:

    He’s really, truly coming! Yay! :D

  10. Awesome purp – enjoy – he’s great live! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  11. X-factor behind the scenes is intersting to pay attention too I wonder when it will play itself out.

  12. Review:American Idol at Nassau Coliseum

    The success of “American Idol” is built on giving the people what they want. What the “American Idols Live” tour does is take the TV juggernaut’s top 10 finalists and try to determine from them what America wants next.

    Sure, the two-hour, 20-minute concert is still a tightly packed variety show of sorts, though less so than in past years…..


  13. Damn.

    Just like the lyrics to the little ditty, “Somewhere Tied to a Bedpost” (that is for the lovely LisaB), I can not stop “just like a tattoo” from circling through the Boulder brain. And that is having listened to Jordin’s single but twice….the day it came out.

    Someone, please, pass the brain bleach, please.

  14. Not a fan of Constantine, but find it interesting his strategy on getting his name out in the public eye after two years. I think CBS/ B&B took a risk on Constantine and E and it was proven a success for the soapie. Only time will tell to see if Bo Bice will attempt something fresh and new to get his sophomore cd out in market place also. :ponder_tb:

  15. I dont know if it’s a coincidence or not but the appearnace on B&B Friday seems to be having a positive impact on Elliott’s sales… not sure about Connie’s cause I just dont care… :)

  16. I can not stop à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“just like a tattooà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  from circling through the Boulder brain. And that is having listened to Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s single but twiceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.the day it came out.

    That’s funny… I’ve listened about 3 or 4 times now (you know, to try to give it a chance after I wasn’t impressed after the first listen), but I can’t for the life of me remember how it goes.

    But I’ll be happy to pass the brain bleach. :)

    ETA: I’m going to see Taylor at the Hard Rock tonight! Yay me! Spense, I wish you were coming too, though. :(

  17. The article from the Philippines newspaper is nice. I confess to being really ignorant of the Philippines, but is it kind of random for Elliott to be going there? Do a lot of tours hit the Philippines too? Or does Elliott just have a big fan base there?

    Of course, regardless, I’m happy for you, purplesmile. I’m sure you will love seeing Elliott sing live. E was great in Minnesota, and no doubt he’ll rock the Philippines as well!

  18. Have fun tonight Sarah! I’m with you on the Tatoo song. I cant remember it and I’m glad.

  19. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s funnyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve listened about 3 or 4 times now (you know, to try to give it a chance after I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t impressed after the first listen), but I canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t for the life of me remember how it goes.

    LOL….the ONLY part I remember of the song are three words of the lyrics, “…like a tattoo…,” and I’m not even sure the melody is correct. And there is no way in bloody hell that I am going to give it another listen to verify.

    Have fun at the Hard Rock tonight. :)

  20. Tony
    Aug 26th, 2007 at 4:42 pm
    Any word on concert attendance?

    For reasons unknown, none of the Idol concert dates have been reported on Billboard Boxscore. There might be a summary after the tour has ended, but not necessarily.

    We might have to wait till the end of the year totals from Boxscore or Pollstar.

  21. Thanks for posting the UK Chart info for Daughtry, Lisa B. It’ll be interesting to see how he does there, since the British critics did not seem to like him at all.

  22. Did the Idol concert dates show up last year on Billboard? Are they even obligated to post the concert results?

    After following the Idol CDs released this year, it’s pretty clear that reviews and sales have no relation to each other. Getting a bad review for your album doesn’t mean much unlike movies/books/theatre where it seems to matter.

  23. Did the Idol concert dates show up last year on Billboard?

    Ken Barnes (at Idol Chatter) had tour stats for the season 5 tour last August (August 15th to be precise).

  24. I can hear the chorus of Tattoo if I concentrate. Like a tattoo! It’s no earworm, though.

    Sarah, have fun at the Taylor concert!

    I went to Flavorfest today (Whole Food sponsored event in a park where they give away lots of free food and samples) and they had kids from the School of Rock playing. They were great! It was fun and reminded me how lucky the peeps who make it on Idol really are. :)

    ETA: Just to clarify, the local Chicago School of Rock, not the kids from the movie.

  25. Pure Tone updated their site with Blake’s signing announcement:


    Blake Lewis, the amazing performer from Botthel, Washington who America came to love as part of this past season’s American Idol, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Arista Records. Pure Tone’s Pete Ganbarg will A&R Blake’s major label debut, working along side of Arista’s Clive Davis and 19’s Simon Fuller and Iain Pirie. Already on board for Blake’s debut are producers Ryan “Alias” Tedder (Timbaland, Leona Lewis), Jonathan “JR” Rotem (Sean Kingston, Rihanaa “SOS”) and the team of S*A*M & Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Boys Like Girls). Blake’s album is due later this year!

    (hope you’re having fun Sarah!!)

  26. Hey, thanks for the Puretone update, Star. Sounds very promising to me. :)

    BigNLiddle, thanks for the Jordin tracks. She sounds great. Don’t care too much for the songs, though. I like “When the Pain Goes” the best. It has a country vibe. It’s still generic, but who knows?

  27. I think those other two samples are pre-Idol…but someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  28. I’m back. I had a blast! Taylor was in great voice, and I have some good snark too (not on Taylor, just on general things).

    My seats were great! Front row, but not on the correct side for me to be able to… *ahem* admire Loren all night. :( Anyway, thanks Spense for the tix. I wish you’d been able to come. I wasn’t able to find anyone else to go, but it was fine, because I still had fun and enjoyed the show.

    Full recap forthcoming. I’ll send it to MJ.

  29. The article from the Philippines newspaper is nice. I confess to being really ignorant of the Philippines, but is it kind of random for Elliott to be going there? Do a lot of tours hit the Philippines too? Or does Elliott just have a big fan base there?

    Hi, janerazor. Thanks. :)

    I don’t think it is exactly random for Elliott to choose to visit the Philippines. He must have heard a lot of Filipino AI fans rooted for him. In the etrainstation, for instance, most of the moderators are Filipinos and there are also a good number of Filipino members there (the one who actually started etrainstation is in fact a Filipino). Also, one of his best friends from AI is Sway, who is Filipino. In his CD, he thanked the “Zobel Family” and the owners of the big mall chain sponsoring his mini-tour here are the Zobel de Ayalas, who also brought in to the Philippines Constantine Maroulis a couple of years ago, so there might be something to that. Also, the Philippines is generally a big American Idol-watching (and music-loving) country. :)

    The Philippines also does like to have foreign artists (many nostalgia acts included) visit for concerts. This year alone, we have had several of them, including Christina Aguilera. I understand other upcoming acts include Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot (?), and Josh Grobin in October.

    One other motivation for Elliott’s visit, though, I speculate, is that it will give him a chance to go on a (brief) vacation outside of the US. His schedule shows a few free days, at least. He must have heard we have some beautiful beaches here and was offered a pretty good (vacation) package by the sponsors. ;-D

    Elliott Yamin is not exactly a household name here (yet :D), but he has gotten very good airplay in the Top 40 stations, despite his CD still being unavailable in the local record stores. The other day, I posted how one big station rated (on-air) his CD “5 out of 5” and “6 out of 5” stars. In the same station, his Wait For You was number one in the weekly countdown for 6 straight weeks (I understand Daughtry’s It’s Not Over was number one for 5 weeks) and remains in the Top 10 until now. Other stations are also playing his other songs, including One Word, Alright, Movin’ On, and You Are The One. In other words, he has a pretty good following here. It is perhaps modest in number as of yet, but the “rabid” ones among us are definitely delighted and will certainly give him a good reception when he comes. (An etrain moderator said Elliott himself has said he is very excited about this visit.) :D

  30. Thanks for the info, purplesmile!

    I do hope that Elliott gets to relax on the beach for a couple days when he’s in the Philippines. He’s had such a full schedule!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.