Idol Headlines for 08/28/09

Jordin Sparks Would Love To Sing At Kevin Jonas’ Wedding

Although Jordin Sparks, who recently became one of the opening acts on Britney Spears’ Circus tour, has yet to get her invite in the mail to Kevin Jonas’ possible winter wedding to Danielle Deleasa, she’s already planning what she might sing if Kevin decided to hire her as the wedding singer.

“Maybe I’ll be their wedding singer ‘” who knows? That would be crazy, ” Sparks, who toured with the Jonas Brothers over the summer, told MTV News. “So, maybe I’ll get invited, and if I don’t, it’s OK.”


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MTV News RAW: Jordin Sparks


‘Color Purple’ at the Arie Crown: ‘American Idol’ star Fantasia Barrino is new to Broadway but not to Celie

An unlikely superstar, Fantasia Barrino was a 19-year-old single mother surviving on food stamps when she tried out for Season 3 of “American Idol.” With a powerful, gospel-infused voice and a gritty determination, the North Carolina native beat out another powerful singer named Jennifer Hudson and triumphantly walked off with the top prize in 2004. Now the 25-year-old has stepped onto the stage to play the lead role as Celie in the “The Color Purple, ” a musical adaptation of the book by Alice Walker. The Broadway tour, co-starring Felicia P. Fields, is making its second visit to Chicago; it was at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in spring 2007.

We caught up with Fantasia (known by her first name) to talk to her about her latest role.

Chicago Tribune

Fantasia steeps herself in ‘The Color Purple’

This is a tale of two stories. There is one that forms the basis of “The Color Purple, ” the Broadway musical based on Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and it goes like this: Celie, a poor, uneducated young black woman in rural, early 20th century Georgia, is raped (very likely by her father), becomes pregnant, has her children taken away and is forced into a marriage with a man who subsequently abuses her. Gradually, she learns some lessons from two very different but spirited women — the sassy, self-possessed Sofia and the seductive, independent singer, Shug — and she begins to gain more independence, even finding success in her own fashion business. Most crucially, Celie starts to love herself for the very first time.

Suburban Chicago News

Colbie Caillat Isn’t Sure Paula Abdul Is Leaving ‘American Idol’

“I’m not sure that Paula’s really leaving, ” she told MTV News of Abdul’s surprise exit from the show earlier this month. “I know everyone’s saying that.”

The singer/songwriter said she thinks Abdul played an important role on the show by helping the contestants build up confidence when they needed it most. “Paula may have been too nice to them, but she also would tell them the great things about them, ” Caillat said. “And people need that when their hearts are being shattered. They need that little boost of confidence.”


Clarkson gets New York State Fair grandstand series off to a great start

A confident Kelly Clarkson drew her devoted fans to their feet from the first note Thursday night at the state fair’s Mohegan Sun Grandstand.

The pop star started with a boiling “All I Ever Wanted.” Dramatic wham.

She went right into a soaring “Miss Independent.” Solid bam.

From there the Texas native delivered a passionate “I Do Not Hook Up.” Powerful zam.

Clarkson finally drew a deep breath and became chatty and personable.

Kelly Clarkson rocks the New York State Fair

Hard to believe, but it’s been seven years since Kelly Clarkson walked away with the first ‘American Idol’ title. While she’s long since transcended the title and proved her mettle as a legitimate artist, she’s managed to retain that down-to-earth quality that endeared her to fans during her run on the show.

Thursday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 5, 600, Kelly also proved she can rock with the best of them!

Idol Thoughts

“Idol” Talk

Diana DeGarmo, the big-voiced Alabama native who was the runner-up during the third season of ‘American Idol, ‘  recently returned to the New York stage in the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger.

During an upcoming interview for ‘Diva Talk, ‘  DeGarmo commented on the recent news that Paula Abdul will not return as a judge for the forthcoming season of the Fox singing competition.

‘Dancing With the Star’ cast talks first dance

The season premiere of ‘Dancing With the Stars’  is a little under a month away, but already several days into their practice routines, the celebrities and their professional partners reveal what they have coming up for their first round of competition.

On Thursday, pro Lacey Schwimmer and Food Network host Mark Dacascos confirmed to Access Hollywood that their first dance will be the cha-cha, performed to ‘Kung Fu Fighting.’  In addition to hosting ‘Iron Chef America’  on Food Network, Dacascos is a champion martial artist.


‘Dancing with the Stars’ Party — Raw!

The new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” talks about improving their moves, injury and the salsa! Check out the raw video of the stars outside hot spot Coco de Ville in West Hollywood.


Photos: See New ‘Dancing’ Pairs Practicing Their Steps

Who said reality TV was easy? A glimpse into the rehearsals for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ shows pairs of dancers hard at work practicing steps for the upcoming season. Lots of sweat, lots of tripping over feet and still some time for smiles and high fives.

With less than a month until the Sept. 21 premiere, who will benefit most from the time in the studio and who has no hope no matter how many hours they spin and twirl? See Photos After the Jump:


A New ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Reveal

ET is backstage with Donny and Marie Osmond — and Donny’s “Dancing with the Stars” partner, Kym Johnson, who reveals two new dances fans of the hit ABC series will be watching this season!

“The show is adding the country two-step and the Charleston, ” Kym tells Donny & Marie. She goes on to explain that there will be the same number of dances. The show is just mixing things up a bit.

And Marie can’t resist joking, “Donny is going to be a little bit country, ” referring to the classic song from their TV show. Marie was always country; Donny was always a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.


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