Idol Headlines for 08/31/09

Review | ‘American Idol’ tour at Sprint Center

It’s not about music.

The American Idol tour that stopped at Sprint Center Sunday is about many things- aspirational dreams, theatrical drama and hormonal hysteria among them — but its music component is merely an afterthought. The event is a celebration of celebrity and pop culture. It’s crass, but it’s also a lot of fun. An audience of approximately 10, 000 took in the spectacle.

The top ten contestants from the eighth season of one of television’s most popular programs performed. One was startlingly exceptional. Another was very good. The others ranged from marginally competent to completely atrocious.


‘American Idols Live’

After watching the latest ‘American Idols Live’  tour play out at a packed Scottrade Center on Saturday night, it’s still impossible to fathom Kris Allen’s winning over Adam Lambert.

Then again, the wholesome Allen doesn’t sport black fingernail polish and eyeliner, and wasn’t itching to announce he was gay, something that for Lambert probably cost him the title.

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American Idol Top 10 Rock St. Louis

ST. LOUIS MO ( – Idol-mania comes to st. Louis. The top ten American Idol finalists and thousands of fans were at Scottrade Center Saturday night. Screaming fans lined up outside Scottrade center, snapping pictures and getting autographs from their favorite stars before the show got underway. The top ten finalists from Season 8 dazzled the crowd with an awesome performance of songs, some they sang on the hit show and some they didn’t.

Finalist Anoop Desai says, “I think you get to see some sides of people you didn’t see in the show which is a good thing.”


Stretching out

Soon, “American Idol” favorite Melinda Doolittle will return to Union High to sing the national anthem for her alma mater as its football team battles visiting rival Broken Arrow High.

During halftime Friday night, Union’s former mascot will have the faithful swaying to her soulful “Declaration of Love, ” complete with Union dancers.

Since graduating from Union, Doolittle has transformed herself from a shy background singer in Nashville to an R&B and gospel star.


American Idols LIVE

The alums of American Idol Season 8 performed live on Aug. 11 as part of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum. The singers performed in the order in which they were eliminated from the show.

Tenth place finalist Michael Sarver opened the show with Gavin DeGraw’s “Love With a Girl” and Ne-Yo’s “Closer.” Megan Joy’s beauty impressed, but her singing did not. She did a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Record On.” Lil Rounds showed personality and energy with Alicia Keys’ “No One” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.’  Visually impaired finalist Scott MacIntyre was superb with Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.”


At Ravinia, Carrie Underwood’s got poise to match her power

Carrie Underwood has come a long way.

Back in 2005, the kid from Checotah, Okla., was catapulted into the national spotlight when she won the fourth season of “American Idol.” Today, Underwood is a bona fide superstar with an abundance of accolades, including four Grammy awards, five Country Music Association awards and 10 singles that have topped the country charts.

Sun Times

Jamie Foxx sings for the ladies at Amway Arena…

Jamie Foxx ‘” actor, comedian, musician, Oscar winner, lover ‘” was all about the independent women in a generous performance on Sunday at Amway Arena. Not that the attention bothered the ladies, the most vocal members of a crowd that didn’t manage to fill the lower bowl.

When more people get up for a medley of Michael Jackson hits (used to fill time in a costume change) than for Jamie Foxx songs, it’s not a good sign. Nor is it encouraging that an impromptu a cappella cameo by audience member Jennifer Hudson at the show’s finale is likely what folks will be talking about on Monday morning.

Orlando Sentinel

chicago 2016 olympics w/ “american idol” david cook

if you follow me on twitter, you can get in on all my “behind the scenes” experiences as they are happening. like the time i told you all on twitter that i was about to interview david cook from “american idol” before his big dinner at sunda, and you all hit me w/ hundreds of tweets back wanting me to ask him specific questions! well, as promised, i gladly asked him some of them here for you….enjoy!


‘Idol’ star draws fans from city, across U.S.

When Cheryl Nifoussi learned that 2008 ‘American Idol’  winner David Cook was going to be playing at the Corn Palace Festival Saturday, she decided then and there that the Palace was where she needed to be.

But Nifoussi lives in New Jersey, where the opportunity to see a David Cook show is a more common occurrence.


Elliot Yamin – Spotlight

During the past three years, Elliott Yamin has established himself as a household name In the fifth season of ‘American Idol, ‘  Yamin finished third, after Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee. His debut album was certified gold, and his single ‘I’ll Wait For You, ‘  was a hit on the Billboard charts.

Yamin performed on Aug. 15 to a packed crowd at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, appearing with former season seven contestants Brooke White and Michael Johns as part of 102.7 FM’s ‘Fresh In the Park’  series.


Jason Castro — ‘I’ve Never Been Stoned’

He may look the part, but “American Idol” wannabeen Jason Castro says he’s never been stoned in his life.


Is Bucky Covington smarter than a 5th-grader?

On the syndicated CMT version of the show’s upcoming country-music-themed week, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, country performers Big Kenny, Jack Ingram, Heidi Newfield, Bucky Covington and Emily West will endure the 5th Grader quiz questions in hopes of bringing winnings to their selected charities.

The lineup: Kickoff night on Sept. 21 brings out Big Kenny, playing for his Love Everybody fund; Newfield plays to benefit the National MS Society on Sept. 22; Covington plays for the Arthritis Foundation on Sept. 23; Sept. 24 brings Ingram out to play for Tom’s Shoes; and on Sept. 25, West plays for the Alzheimer Foundation of America.

Dancing’s Chuck Liddell to Haters: Keep Busting My Chops

What’s one to do when contemplating retirement? If you’re Chuck Liddell, you go Dancing with the Stars. “I thought it would be a good experience and a good chance for people to see what fighters are like outside the ring, ” the former Ultimate Fighting Champion tells So what are they like outside the ring and on the dance floor? See what Liddell says and find out why he thinks he’ll be sticking around Dancing for a bit.

‘Glee: The Music, Volume 1’ In Stores November 3

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Columbia Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television will release “Glee: The Music, Volume 1, ” the first in a series of soundtracks that feature some of the music heard in the first season of the critically acclaimed series premiering Wednesday, Sept. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. “Glee: The Music, Volume 1” will feature spectacular renditions of several chart-topping hits, including Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” (See below for full track listing).

GLEE has been heralded for its high-spirited musical numbers, incredibly talented cast and infectiously witty writing. A special preview episode of GLEE aired in May on FOX and sparked a frenzy of praise from critics and fans alike. The cast’s incredible version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” immediately shot right to No. 1 on the iTunes charts. To see your favorite performances and more from the preview, tune in to a special director’s cut of the pilot Wednesday, Sept. 2 (8:58-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

PR Newswire

Simon Cowell’s ex minder Big Tony reveals secret life of X Factor judge

Man mountain Tony Adkins spent eight years protecting Simon Cowell from irate talent-show rejects – so he knows what makes TV’s Mr Nasty tick.

The hulking 21-stone minder, known as Big Tony, looked after Simon round the clock and got to know the man behind the legendary put-downs.

He reveals Simon is a wind-up merchant and so vain he can’t walk past a mirror without checking his hair.

But he is also “the best boss in the world” and always sticks his hand in his pocket for those in need.

Fox teams with Twitter for promo

The network this week will introduce “tweet-peats” of “Fringe” and “Glee”: encore presentations accompanied by messages from cast and producers via the online social network.

During the episodes, viewers can follow Twitter-sent messages (online and on-air via a scroll near the bottom of the screen) providing commentary on the episodes, revealing behind-the-scenes details and answering fan questions.

On Friday at 9 p.m., Fox will re-air the “Glee” pilot, which had a preview screening in the spring, with cast members Kevin McHale and Lea Michele among others.

On Wednesday, the network will air a “director’s cut” version of the “Glee” pilot, which includes deleted scenes. The same night, Fox has a special, “So You Think You Can Dance: The Fifteen Best Performances Ever, ” including top performances from the past five seasons to rev up viewers for the show’s inaugural fall run.

The “tweet-peats” are being produced in coordination with Twitter; fans can sign up at and to follow the event. Fans can ask questions and reply to the cast and producers’ tweets, with select comments from the discussion carried live on Fox during East and West Coast airings.

Hollywood Reporter


Andre Agassi Foundation Announces Line-Up For 2009 Grand Slam For Children Featuring Dane Cook, Daughtry, Tim McGraw and Brian McKnight

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 31, 2009 — The Andre Agassi Foundation (AAF) today announced that Dane Cook, Daughtry, Tim McGraw and Brian McKnight will headline its 2009 Grand Slam for Children benefit concert, under the musical direction of David Foster. The annual event supports the Foundation’s efforts to transform education and benefits the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a K-12 public charter school in Las Vegas that strives to provide children with a first-class education. Hosted by tennis legend and philanthropist Andre Agassi and presented by Genworth Financial, the 2009 Grand Slam for Children will take place Saturday, Sept., 26 at Wynn Las Vegas.

Ci-Error’s Replacement Is Rocking a New Look

This young lady was spotted at the Arthur Ashe For Kids Day Event over the weekend rocking some new hair. Most people go for the ‘slim in the face’  look’ ¦ but if the thick arms were not enough, then flip it to see the mystery girl, as well as more’ ¦

Jordin Sparks needs to get back with her stylist on this one. Although it is nice, it’s not the move for baby girl.

Tom DeLay’s Texas two-step on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ has critics hissing ‘ first photos

In what has to be the oddest melding of popular culture and political life since television discovered Rod Blagojevich, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ‘ now facing charges of money laundering and other ethics violations ‘ is practicing with professional dancer Cheryl Burke for next month’s return of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ 

ABC has just released the first photos of the two practicing, and the very sight was enough to send liberal critics hissing.

Humor columnist Celia Rivenbark, writing for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, has dubbed the event ‘Dancing With the Creeps.’ 

LA Times

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