Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
‹Idol wishes for Live! tour
It been months since Sanjaya Malakar made headlines, but the mercurially coifed …American Idol finalist and his season six companions are on the road for the American Idols Live! tour, stopping in Worcester tomorrow.
The top 10 finalists, including winner Jordin Sparks, look to rekindle some vocal magic. The time between the season finale and the tour has been kind to some – Blake Lewis and LaKisha Jones have albums on the way – and not as forgiving to others. Chris Sligh who? Here what we hope to see, or not, from the Idols:
Doctor Who TV’s best choice
….Simon Cowell proved his Mr Nasty credentials with the win for the X Factor.
He said in a video message: “I’m currently in America torturing contestants on American Idol. I would like to commiserate with Andrew Lloyd Webber (nominated for Any Dream Will Do) who didn’t win again. Andrew, it’s not in the winning it’s the taking part.”….
24 seconds with Chris Daughtry
He may have finished fourth during the highly publicized fifth season of American Idol, but Chris Daughtry is doing just fine, having had his self-titled band’s debut album already sell a million copies. During his first-ever Canadian headline gig at the Commodore last month, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with Daughtry…..
Which singer wannabee has that special X-Factor?
…An interesting twist is that the judges also compete against each other. The acts are put into categories ‘ Boys 14-24, Girls 14-24, 25s and Over, and Groups. Each judge is assigned an act and tries to train it for success in the live heats, when public votes step in. Which judge has the winning eye? Present odds rank Simon Cowell first at 11/8, then Louis Walsh at 12/5, Sharon Osborne at 10/3 and Dannii Minogue trailing at 7/2. Well, after all, Simon did create Pop Idol, Britain Got Talent, America Got Talent and American Idol.
What are the contestants like? There certainly enough enthusiasm around, with around 150, 000 acts signing up to chase the dream of the cool £1 million recording contract. If they win, like Shayne Ward and Leona Lewis, their first single is likely to shoot to Number One. But most will probably end up amusing us all for a few minutes and making prats out of themselves. Take the current bunch….
‘High School Musical 2’ Another Gold Mine for Disney
“High School Musical 2” is a hit even bigger than the first, and the Disney marketing machine shows no signs of slowing.
…Last week’s debut of Disney’s tween sequel was the highest-rated basic cable telecast of all time, with 17.2 million viewers tuning in. More kids watched it than saw any hour of “American Idol.” Nielsen reported two out of three kids age 6-11 and tweens age 9-14 watching television were tuned to “High School Musical 2.” The share was even higher among girls 6-11 (four out of five of those watching TV)…
Meridian gets rocked
Four bands crank out Southern Rock for thousands of fans
…A surprise visit by American Idol runner-up, Bo Bice, who at the invitation of Hartley Peavey made the event, just further took the mash of people in front of the stage to a higher level with his cover of …Sweet Home Alabama, in which the crowd joined in…
Bice makes special appearance
He may have only gotten a few nibbles while fishing Monday in the upper Bonita Lake but when he took the stage that night at the Rock at the Lake, American Idol runner-up Bo Bice landed a boatload of fans……..
Rock ‘N’ Roll: Sex, Drugs and an Early Exit
….One in 10 children in the United Kingdom wants to be a pop star, the study authors said, and many take part in series such as the British show the “X Factor” and the U.S. hit “American Idol, ” which reinforce the attractiveness of a singing career….
Country star Underwood enjoys fast-moving “Ride”
NASHVILLE (Billboard) – In a pale blue BCBG Max Azria designer dress and impressively high heels, Carrie Underwood is the picture-perfect hostess as she graciously chats with the throng of well-wishers gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate the multiplatinum success of her debut album, “Some Hearts.” Some artists might remain cloistered in a velvet-roped side room during such events. But Underwood — who in May 2005 became the fourth-season winner of “American Idol” — seems happy to mingle with the crowd, thanking radio personnel, retailers, journalists and anyone else who has played a role in her fairy-tale rise to superstardom. As the 24-year-old pride of Checotah, Okla., poses for pictures and shakes hands, her mother, Carole — a retired schoolteacher who still lives in Checotah with Underwood’s retired paper-mill worker dad, Steve — beams proudly.
Tolland teen takes blue ribbon in pie-eating contest
….Also wrapping up the 4-day event was a performance by babyfaced country music singer and former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin. Gracin plodded through a strong set which mixed hits like his recent single …I wanna live and a raucous cover of Loverboy …Working for the weekend.
Reality in rehab
A trip to a treatment center turns into a TV role for Tampa’s Jessica Sierra, who made a splash on American Idol in 2005
Former American Idol contestant Jessica Sierra skipped a court hearing Wednesday because she is in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in California, her attorney said.
But not just any rehab program.
A VH1 spokesman confirmed that the Tampa native is part of a celebrity rehab reality show likely to air early next year….
DAUGHTRY hits Homecoming
Triple-platinum rockers to headline Coleman Coliseum show
When students complained last year about the lack of currently popular, higher profile artists playing the Homecoming concert, University Programs listened, and the organization’s new leadership vowed to do better with this year’s concert.
In an effort to satisfy students hoping to see a big name on campus in October, UP has secured the triple-platinum rock band DAUGHTRY to play a paid-admission Homecoming concert in Coleman Coliseum Friday, Oct. 5. It will be the first paid-admission Homecoming concert since Alan Jackson played in Coleman in 1998……..