Idol Headlines for 08/27/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

No Votes, Just Hugs, Smiles and Pop

…American Idol once known for celebrating big ballads and big voices, seems less old-fashioned than it used to. As …Idol veterans storm the pop charts, the franchise (which also includes a management company and record label) has become better integrated into the music industry, embracing the genre divisions that rule mainstream radio. The set list included Fall Out Boy, Martina McBride and Gnarls Barkley songs. And during the intermission, screens showed videos by successful ‘  and genre-oriented ‘  …Idol alumni: the rocker Chris Daughtry, the country star Carrie Underwood, the R&B singer Fantasia. (Where was Kelly Clarkson, formerly the franchise star pupil?)….


‘Next Great’ Fox series hunting for best band

Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life) and the Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik will headline the judging panel on The Next Great American Band, a new music competition from the producers of American Idol.
The rest of the field tilts Down Under: Australian Idol’s Ian “Dicko” Dickson is the third judge, and New Zealand Idol’s Dominic Bowden hosts the Fox series. It premieres Oct. 19…..

USA Today

Daughtry pays tribute to Layne Staley

….Getting a superstar act like Daughtry to play this benefit at the Showbox — he’s playing a venue 10 times larger in two weeks in Puyallup — was a coup, even if Daughtry’s only connection to Staley was the Alice in Chains T-shirt he wore. Daughtry’s show was slick, professional, timed-to-the-minute, and focused more on theatrics than on emotion — exactly the opposite of what Staley presented onstage.

Still, Daughtry certainly has studied the sound of Alice. His tight band — picked for him by his label, rather than formed out of childhood friendships like Alice — put on an energetic show and hits like “Home” and “There and Back Again” were crowd-pleasing and driving. Coming in fourth on “American Idol” may have been the best career move Daughtry could have made: His latest album has sold over three million copies and is the fastest-selling debut rock album in SoundScan history….

Seattle Times

Let rock

…Daughtry displayed his versatile voice on chart-topping songs such as …Home and …It not over. Even though Daughtry was voted off in season five, he proves that he is operating just fine on his own. During his performance, Daughtry ‘  who blew the American Idol audience away with a perfect rendition of …Hemorrhage (In my hands) by Fuel ‘  once again displayed his talent with a perfect performance of …Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter. The audience bounced up and down, singing along as Daughtry energized the crowd in anticipation of Nickelback, disproving rumors of poor stage presence for Daughtry…

Herald Democrat


…Choice Movie Actress Drama: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)…

…Choice TV Reality/Variety Star: Sanjaya Malakar (American Idol)…

…Choice TV: Reality/Variety Show: American Idol…

American Idol Winner Speaks Out On Other Idols Sparks Calls Friendly Relationships ‘Abnormally Weird’

Jordin Sparks calls it “abnormally weird” how well she gets along with the other “American Idol” contestants, even after weeks on tour together.

Sparks says they’re like “any dysfunctional family” when they get on each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day they still want to hang out together.

Sparks will release her debut album on November 20th.

She describes it as pop-rock in the style of Kelly Clarkson, plus some ballads like she did on the show, and she wants to add some country music.


The Fifth Element #43

….American Idol
As long as I’m tying up loose ends, I’ll comment on the mind-boggling fact that Melinda Doolittle was thrown off American Idol while Blake Lewis remained. (Of course, by now, we all know that effervescent, personable, and precocious Jordin Sparks is the new Idol. Don’t we? Criminy, I sure hope so………..


…Heating up the Hot Stove

“American Idol” finalist Ayla Brown debuted the dance pop single “Absolutely Everybody” at the Hot Stove, Cool Music show. The Boston College basketball player and Wrentham native also trotted out her beau, fellow BC student-athlete Chris Kowalski of Dorchester, to the Fenway Park fund-raiser…

Idol Chatter ‘Idol’ wannabes arrive early for shot at fame30-second auditions are today

Jamie Romain has one dream. One very masochistic dream – to be critiqued by Simon Cowell.
The 16-year-old Orlando, Fla., vocalist has traveled 1, 000 miles with her mother for the mere chance to croon a couple of notes in front of the sharp-tongued British music mogul……

Jordin Sparks To Release First Single …Tattoo Monday

Jordin Sparks, winner of the 2007 American Idol, will release her first single …Tattoo, a pop rock tune, to radio stations on Monday, Aug. 27. Her debut album is scheduled to be released on Nov. 20…..

North Country Gazette


  1. U.S. okay with Brit TV
    Edinburgh festival touts success, not scandal

    The crisis gripping British TV, sparked by scandals over rigged phone lines and faked documentary footage, has not diminished the reputation U.K. TV enjoys in the U.S.
    This is according to Washington-based Discovery topper Jane Root who, speaking at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival, urged Brit web heads and producers to stop beating themselves up and remember that, globally, British shows have never been more successful.

    “The eyes of the U.S. networks are on British talent and creativity,” Root said on Sunday, the last day of the three-day confab. “This can spawn things like ‘The Office,’ entertainment like ‘American Idol,’ and factual programs like ‘Planet Earth.’

    “The British invasion into U.S. television has changed the fortunes of the U.S. networks.”…..


  2. Reminder that Jordin presented at the Teen Choice Awards last night.

    On another note: Sheila E!!!!! Yes!!!

  3. Lisa I don’t thank you nearly enough (or speak to you, Damn my time zone) so thank you, thank you for all you do.

    That goes to my beloved MJ, my fellow Canadian Kirsten and my wonderful Nevada as well.

  4. Ken Barnes is doing his revisionist poll on AI and today is the turn of ..Season 5. I was surprised by how many people voted on the S3 and S4 polls. I wonder how S5 will turn out but maybe the diehard fans have tired of the wars and won’t bother. Anyway here’s the link:

    (I’m predicting a battle royale between Taylor and Chris).

  5. I was bored enough to watch the Teen Choice Awards last night. Highlights: Jessica Alba…and that was about it. LOL

    And little did I know how treasured that Zac Efron guy was. Jesus Christ! I barely knew who he was.

    And I saw Sanjaya there with his sister. I’m surprised that he didn’t perform. lol

  6. Sanjaya won a Teen Choice award – see Reality TV star or something. Good for him. I think he’s got a fantastic career ahead if he gets good management.

  7. From last night:

    My seats were great! Front row, but not on the correct side for me to be able toà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ *ahem* admire Loren all night. :( Anyway, thanks Spense for the tix. I wish youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d been able to come. I wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t able to find anyone else to go, but it was fine, because I still had fun and enjoyed the show.

    Your welcome Sarah! I’m glad you had a good time, and I’m VERY sorry I couldn’t come too. The mommy obligations were just on overload this week and I just couldn’t get away. (Next time, I’ll try and do better to get you on the side of the Keyboard of Hotness)!

    Oh and, in other news, I am severly underwhelmed by the snippets of Jordin’s new songs. And, that Tatoo song is pretty awful. So, at least that’s one CD I don’t have to buy this year.

  8. Tattoo is in the same long succession of “Umbrella” type songs that are written by the same-type of songwriters that are supposed to have the ear of the teens. I’m old school, it doesn’t appeal to me, but it would appeal to a teen.

  9. I have an awful habit of rejecting Idol songs and then later having them grow on me. I didn’t like Mario’s “Gallery”, and then I did. I didn’t like Katharine’s “Over It” but later found myself humming it the other day. LOL. I didn’t instantly like “Home” or “Before He Cheats” either. The only songs I liked right off the bat (and thought they would be huge) were “Wait For You” and “It’s Not Over”.

    I didn’t instantly like “Tattoo”, but when I heard it during the TCAs yesterday, I couldn’t stop humming it.

  10. I, too, am from the old school. I definitely won’t be buying the “Tattoo” single. It isn’t my kind of music; but with that said, I think it will sell very well to today’s youth.

  11. Tatoo seems boring to me even though it’s an ear worm. I can’t even try to predict hits since I wasn’t a big fan of WFY or INO. I do like One Word (so it’ll probably flop). I thought Over It was really boring too but Love Story was cute (it flopped). There is site called Hit Predictor and they actually have a good record of predicting hits. Here’s the link (I don’t see Tattoo yet):

  12. And during the intermission, screens showed videos by successful à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  and genre-oriented à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  alumni: the rocker Chris Daughtry, the country star Carrie Underwood, the R&B singer Fantasia. (Where was Kelly Clarkson, formerly the franchiseà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s star pupil?)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    How nice of them to show the “winners” of Seasons 3, 4, & 5.

    Well, I’m going to see one of the other idol “losers” Friday night, and I am so excited about that! I get to see Taylor Friday night at HOB in Dallas!

  13. Slow day at the office….was Jennifer Hudson at the Teen Choice awards? Was Ryan there? I saw Sanjaya…who was there from AI?

  14. OHNO, DWTS has hit a new low…aaron carter? wtf??? Scary spice? Does she need the exposure, she’s already overexposed…Lou Ferrigno….oh, this has to be a joke right?

    I won’t be watching…DWTS has hit new lows.

  15. Did DWTS get tired of high ratings and decide to derail the franchise for next season? I can’t see myself rooting for nor voting for any of those people.

    I’m sad now. I was looking forward to the new season. Not now.

  16. (Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m predicting a battle royale between Taylor and Chris).

    Well, I put Ace at the top of my list because he’s still my favorite, even though I am antsy for his album.


  17. I love DWTS, Carrie, but OMG! Those are the STARS?

    Aaron Carter
    Wayne Newton
    Mark Cuban
    Jane Seymour
    Tori Spelling
    Jennie Garth
    Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, Jr
    Lou Ferrigno
    Nia Peoples
    Richard Quest
    Gisele Bundchen
    Helio Castroneves
    Sabrina Bryan

    But can they dance? Please let Wayne Newton, Aaron Carter, Mark Cuban, “Pretty Boy”, and Tori Spelling be eliminated VERY, VERY EARLY!

  18. Pretty sure they are. I’ve heard Jennie Garth, Wayne Newton and Tori Spelling for weeks. Although I also heard Queen Latifah and she’s not on the list so it’s not for certain. I’ll be watching for the sheer volume of train wrecks I anticipate.

  19. Carie, this cannot be the list this is a joke…must be…this is scraping the bottom of the barrell and they don’t need the exposure…esp. Giselle…no way.

  20. Check out Elliott’s my space pronto. Trust me, it’s worth it ladies. What a clown. (It’s a photo chop and I doubt it’ll be up there too long.) LOL.

  21. In case anyone is still remotely interested in the music industry or in this case touring, another perspective:

    German critics mock wrinkled rockers on tour trail
    Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:27PM EDT

    BERLIN (Reuters) – Rock stars from the 1960s and 1970s have been hitting Germany’s lucrative concert circuit but many of the grandpa-generation acts have disappointed fans and provoked withering reviews in Europe’s biggest music market.


    “The question is ‘why are they bothering?’,” said Harald Peters, culture editor and music critic of the newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “Some of these groups are just plain burned out. Others are just old and boring.”

  22. I will take the wrinkly rockers any day over the bunch of posers we now have!

  23. And in related news:

    LONDON (Reuters) – The Rolling Stones ended their two-year world tour in their home town of London on Sunday, leaving fans wondering if it would be their last ever show.

    Such speculation has dogged the veteran rock band since the 1960s, but it intensifies each tour to the point where it is now a running joke between the group and journalists.

  24. (Next time, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll try and do better to get you on the side of the Keyboard of Hotness)!

    Oh Spense, it’s quite all right. The view was actually not bad at all. ;) I sent MJ my recap, so it should be up soon.

    Nola, Gisele Bundchen is a supermodel. Used to date Leo DiCaprio, currently dating Tom Brady.

    I don’t even recognize half the names on the DWTS list. Oh well. It will still be fun to watch.

    And I’m NOT from the old school, but I don’t care for “Tattoo”. But I can see it appealing to my neices and the other teens and preteens that I know. Can I see it being played by my brash top 40 radio dj’s on their morning show? Not so sure. But I do think it will be a modest hit. Who knows… it may surprise me. We shall see!

  25. I will take the wrinkly rockers any day over the bunch of posers we now have!

    Not me. I like them all.

  26. Aaron Carter
    Wayne Newton
    Mark Cuban
    Jane Seymour
    Tori Spelling
    Jennie Garth
    Floyd à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Pretty Boyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Mayweather, Jr
    Lou Ferrigno
    Nia Peoples
    Richard Quest
    Gisele Bundchen
    Helio Castroneves
    Sabrina Bryan

    I have no idea who half these people are but…

    OMG Kelly and Donna? Effing brilliant!!!

    *prays Donna falls right off the stage*

    Wayne Newton? *pours libations to the gods of snark*

    The Less than Impressive Hulk? OMG

    The Medicine Woman? Oddly I can find no snark for this one. I sort of like her. Strange things are afoot at the CircleK.

    This sounds like fun. I didn’t think I could despise anyone more than the gold digging whore but effing Tori cannot even spell Spelling comes pretty damn close.

    MJ you HAVE to watch with us this season.

    When does this start?

  27. Gisele Bundchen

    Of course, there is the requisite long-legged beauty.

  28. Nola, Gisele Bundchen is a supermodel. Used to date Leo DiCaprio, currently dating Tom Brady

    Just to clarify, Gisele is THE supermodel making around $33 million a year (almost 4 times more than Kate Moss and Heidi Klum). Guess she has some spare time now that she’s not doing Victoria’s Secret.

    I don’t get DWTS. I’m much more excited / frightened by the upcoming Idol wannabe, The Next Great American Band.

    Performers were diverse in style, background and age: The youngest is a 12-year-old drummer and the oldest is an 88-year-old grandmother. Genres included rock, country, retro, big band and R&B with a little jazz and alternative


  29. LOL thanks Marco. I guess I associate people more with who they date. LOL.

    I can’t wait til fall tv starts again… I miss my shows. It’s been a boring tv summer (except for SYTYCD, of course).

  30. hezzer19
    Aug 27th, 2007 at 8:33 pm
    I was searching for some Wayne Newton clips to mock and came across one of the most disturning things Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever seen.

    Click with caution.

    I loved that!!!!!!!! :)
    That was when Joplin was still good looking…before the drugs took over.

  31. Janis was pretty. She also had the voice of an angel in the beginning. Her early recordings are amazing. Mind you, I love the gravelly voice of later years better.

  32. Wow, the German music critics are really down on the older rockers. WTH do they expect? I’ve loved the Stones ever since I heard Brown Sugar at the age of 5, man those dudes have my utmost respect. I’d pay good money just to see Keith. Would also love to see Ronnie James Dio with Black Sabbath. I’m with MJ, love old and new school rock…:)

    (Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m predicting a battle royale between Taylor and Chris).

    Maybe the fan wars have grown tiresome for some, but I am sure the diehards will be out in force. Seriously, what is the point?

    Oh, and I think Jordin’s Tattoo has sweet lyrics which will resonate big time with the tween set. The music and production totally suck, but it’s not lyrically filth-ridden. If my kids were still tweens, I wouldn’t cringe if they happened to like it.

  33. Oh, and I think Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Tattoo has sweet lyrics which will resonate big time with the tween set. The music and production totally suck, but ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not lyrically filth-ridden. If my kids were still tweens, I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t cringe if they happened to like it.

    I agree 100%

  34. Yeah, I saw Janis in a rockumentary the other day…it was in her early days, and she looked so pretty (like NOLA said, before the drugs took hold). She sounded good to me just singing straight up, without the screaming and all. Gotta love her – she paved the way for female rockers and, like so many others, left us way too soon.

  35. I really hope Amy Winehouse sucks it up and goes to rehab. She has entirely too much potential and is too talented to just waste away. Every new story I hear just makes me sad.

  36. To keep this kinda, sorta on topic, this is how I imagine *** would respond to such a question.

    NOTE: It is quite amazing that the aspiring Ms. Teen South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin, could be so stupid.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out for a good laugh.


    Of course, *** would add something about world peace…or, rather, hurled peas. LOL

  37. Wayne Newton must be branching out his talents. He was on HGTV last night as part of the Vegas Home Decorator series. Wayne turned over his guest house for a makevover for the final contestants. Tragic train wreck it was. :smirk1_ee:

  38. Aaron Carter-former tween pop star and kid bro to Backstreet Boy Nick Carter
    Wayne Newton-no explanation needed LOL
    Mark Cuban-hell if i know
    Jane Seymour-Dr Quinn Medicine Woman
    Tori Spelling-Donna Martin Graduates!!!! 90210
    Jennie Garth-Kelly Taylor 90210
    Floyd à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Pretty Boyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Mayweather, Jr-boxer
    Lou Ferrigno-didnt he play the Hulk in the series?
    Nia Peoples-Nicole on Fame the tv series..i think she had a couple pop songs in the 80s as well
    Richard Quest-hell if i know
    Gisele Bundchen-model as explained above
    Helio Castroneves-hell if I know
    Sabrina Bryan-hell if I know

    I’ll watch it again..I enjoy it each year!

  39. Some U.S. Americans don’t have maps.


    As opposed to the U.S. Canadians?

    You can’t blame Canada for this one.

    Blame Jordin.

  40. Some U.S. Americans donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t have maps.

    Blame Jordin

    I am just so SICK of Jordin and her map hoarding ways. You know it’s all part of her master plan. The lyrics of her new song are starting to make sense. Tattoo = skin map! I get it…

  41. I still won’t believe Giselle is doing the show. She doesn’t have to do it; why?????

  42. (Sorry, cannot edit)….that DWTS lineup is a shocker. I just cannot believe they will have those E-list entertainers on there.

  43. Add to list above:
    Mark Cuban- Owner of Dallas Mavericks
    Richard Quest-Hell if I know – Johnny Quest’s Little Brother?
    Helio Castroneves-Race car driver

  44. I don’t care who Richard Quest is – he’s a NOBODY over here. Why is a world traveling reporter on DWTS? That’s why this is a joke.

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