Idol Headlines for 09/09/09

Exclusive Details: Maksim Dumped Karina

The two were planning a June 2010 wedding.

But the relationship began unraveling in recent weeks and Maksim believed that Karina was simply too high maintenance. He felt that her constant demands were a sign that she lacked independence. “He simply couldn’t take it anyomore, ” the source close to the couple told

The couple are scheduled to dance together at the Emmys in two weeks.

CONCERT REVIEW: American Idols mix it up at the Sovereign Center

If you need any proof of the influence “American Idol” has on Americans, particularly those Generation Y and younger, you need look no further than Foghat.

The band’s sound screams analog and 8-tracks, yet Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta had the digital MP3 generation moving and singing to “Slow Ride” as if it were Beyonce’s new single.

The juggernaut’s eclecticism was on full display Tuesday night as the American Idols Live! revue made a stop in a packed-like-sardines Sovereign Center.


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Review: Matt Giraud’s dreams come true as he and fellow American Idols rock Grand Rapids

Though Adam Lambert undoubtedly set the crowd at Van Andel Arena ablaze Sunday night, and Kris Allen was superb, a near full house had already experienced the highlight of the “American Idol” live tour: Watching West Michigan’s own Matt Giraud’s dreams come true.

‘American Idols Live’ tour reflects polish, silliness of show

So there I was Saturday night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a good 20 minutes before the ‘American Idols Live’  concert was to begin and the screaming started.
No, Adam Lambert didn’t come out and wave to the crowd to elicit the reaction. Instead it was his eyes on a slide mixed with, I think, Danny Gokey’s forehead and Kris Allen’s smile as part of an advertisement on the giant video screens for a 2010 Ford Fusion.

I looked over at my wife and we simultaneously laughed. We knew the oohing and ahhing over Lambert would be over the top, but even this introduction to the evening was, to say the least, amusing.

Every Day Christian

Idol airplay: ‘Cowboy Casanova’ has some moves

While the top four acts remain the same on this week’s American Idol airplay chart — Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kelly Clarkson — Carrie Underwood shows that her new Cowboy Casanova single quickly will become a force to be reckoned with. The single leaked Wednesday evening, forcing Sony Music Nashville to rush-release the track. By Sunday night, the single already had more than 900 plays, enough to place it at #35 on USA TODAY’s Mediabase-powered Country chart and at #25 on the Idol airplay chart.

USA Today

We rank the Beatles’ 14 studio albums

With the band’s remastered CDs out tomorrow ‘” along with a little game called ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’  and EW’s Beatles cover story on stands now ‘” we’re ranking the albums, from worst to first. Where do your favorites land?

Entertainment Weekly

The high and low points of Oprah’s Chicago block party

Midway through the taping, Winfrey could be spotted at the side of the stage as Jennifer Hudson sang ‘Spotlight, ‘  a song from her recent CD. Winfrey, who was clad in a yellow sweater and holding a gold microphone, was dancing up a storm and singing the words. Hey, it’s her party and she’ll dance if she wants to.

What other proof could we possibly have that it’s Winfrey’s world and we’re just living in it? The weather was perfect. The temperature on the nearby news ticker on the NBC Tower read 74 degrees as Hudson and Winfrey talked about the singer’s new baby boy.

Chicago Tribune

Netflix to Offer Free Web Viewings of “Wizard of Oz” Oct. 3

On September 29, Netflix will also host a concert and live viewing of “The Wizard of Oz” at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park. The concert will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough, and ?uestlove. The concert kicks off at 7:30 P.M., followed by a movie viewing on a giant inflatable screen.

J. Hud debuts diva-ready post-baby body

So we barely knew she was pregnant and found out after the fact that she gave birth, but now Jennifer Hudson is ready to let fans back into her personal life — via MySpace! The actress posted two new pics of herself and husband David “I tried to date New York” Otunga on her page. Underneath the duo of snaps, she wrote, “first date after baby” and “we’re parents now, awwwww!!”

New York Post

Hooked on Cook

SAN FRANCISCO – As I was headed from paying for my parking in the structure diagonally across from The Fillmore Tuesday night, I overheard one guy say to another: ‘I don’t think he was ready for The Fillmore.’ 

Well, maybe they went to different concert than I did. Or maybe they weren’t referring to David Cook. Maybe it was a buddy of theirs. But one thing is for certain David Cook was indeed ready for The Fillmore.

Press Democrat

Kelly Clarkson meets one of her idols

Burleson’s own Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, played a packed house at Winstar on Sunday night. Here’s the official review of the show from the Dallas Morning News. But I opened my inbox last night to find an unofficial review — from Kirtland Records’ Tami Thomsen.

Thomsen and Toadies lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis went to the show and ended up meeting Kelly backstage. Why is this notable? Well, for one, Kelly’s mentioned Vaden and the Toadies as her favorite band in interviews every year since she competed on Idol. She says she tries to catch every Toadies show she can, that she loves their music because it’s “sexy, dirty, drunk, broken. Anything about rock swagger I learned from them.”

Leona Lewis’ ‘Happy’: Just because it’ll be a smash doesn’t mean I have to love it

Breaking blasphemy alert: Leona Lewis’ voice has always left me a little cold. There, I said it. And while that might strike you as an odd sentiment coming from the EW staffer voted most likely to get excited about musical output of singers we discovered on the tee-vee, it is what it is. (And for the record, you won’t find any Daughtry or Archuleta or Ruben Studdard on my iPod, either.)


Chris Colfer’s journey from small town to “Glee”

Colfer, a community theater actor from Clovis, Calif., wasn’t just looking for his first professional job. He was face-to-face with the television writer he most admired ‘” standing in his office, surrounded by ‘Nip/Tuck’  props and photographs, and all he wanted to do was ask him for spoilers for the next season. Instead, he dropped his script pages, scattering them everywhere.

‘I was thinking, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t sing and dance in front of this man. I idolize him so much, ”  said Colfer, now 19. ‘So I immediately peed a little. I’m horrible at auditions anyway. Maybe that’s why I never got anything. It’s my Achilles’ heel. Is that who it was ‘” Achilles? Just checking. It could be Aries or Hercules and some scholar’s gonna write me a letter.’ 

LA Times

TV review: ‘Glee’ has all the right ingredients

Americans need a little emotional lift, yes? The whole pursuit-of-happiness thing? “Glee, ” one of the season’s best and most anticipated new series, delivers on both counts – and more. It’s a quirky, sweet, humorous, nonpartisan funfest.

SF Gate

‘Glee’: A few sour notes don’t spoil the usual harmony

We know Glee can dance. The question is, can it stop tromping on its own toes?

Let’s hope so. There have been few shows as rousing, promising, perplexing and potentially heartbreaking as this high school musical comedy from (among others) Nip/Tuck’s Ryan Murphy. When Glee is at its singing, dancing, comic best (and it often is), the effect can be sheer bliss. Yet everything that pleases some viewers is just as likely to displease others, which leaves it with an incredibly thin margin for errors that please no one.

USA Today

‘Glee’ fall review – Sepinwall on TV

In about 24 hours, we’re going to find out if Fox has rewritten the rules on how to market and launch a new show, or if they’ve just discovered a new way to fail.

Late tomorrow morning, the overnight ratings will come in, and we’ll see how “Glee” performed after one of the more unusual roll-out strategies in recent memory.

Fox Juices Fall TV Slate to Relieve Pressure on ‘American Idol’

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) — News Corp.’s Fox, the network most- watched by younger viewers, is augmenting its fall lineup to reverse last season’s industry-leading audience drop and reduce the burden facing ‘American Idol’  in January.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’  was created by Simon Fuller, the producer of ‘Idol, ‘  and Nigel Lythgoe. Moving the show to September creates stability on the schedule and gets viewers accustomed to tuning in to the same nights, Tuesday and Wednesday, as ‘Idol, ‘  Mike Darnell, who overseas Fox’s reality shows, said in an interview. For this season, the dance competition will have a new set and possibly an additional judge, he said.

Mary Murphy: Paula Abdul on Dance Would Be a “Great Mix” Well, this leads us to Paula Abdul possibly coming on in some capacity ‘” guest judge, choreographer…
Murphy: I think it would be great. Paula was extremely nice to me when I first arrived in Hollywood and hugged me at the end of the finale during Season 1. Of course, she started as a dancer and she adores the show and she adores dancing. She would be a great mix. I think it’ll be fun ‘” me and Paula sitting together. You’ll have to put Nigel in between us or something! I’d certainly have fun with her.


“We are definitely meeting audience demand and it is great, ” said Cat Deeley, host of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance, ” about the short gap between season five, which just ended last month, and season six, which premieres tonight. “It’s great that Fox has shown this level in confidence in promoting the show again and doing the next season straight off the bat. I love the fact that Fox has so much confidence in the show and that the audience is so passionate about it, ” she said.


Kym Johnson’s DWTS Diary: Rehearsals Week 3, Vegas with Donny & Marie!

Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson has teamed up with OK! to update you every week on the triumphs and travails as she attempts to turn her celeb partner Donny Osmond into a ballroom champion!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my third OK! blog, which I’m writing on Labor Day from Los Angeles. Donny is spending holiday time with his family, of course, so I decided to hop on a plane and have one day in L.A. with my friends and family to recharge my batteries ‘” and quite honestly, to do laundry! I’m having a great time but have been living like a gypsy so it’s nice to get some clean clothes.

OK Magazine

VMAs 2009: Janet Jackson Will Open The 2009 VMAs With A Musical Tribute To Michael Jackson

Believe what you heard. Janet Jackson WILL open the 2009 MTV VMAs on Sunday, September 13 with a very special musical tribute to her late brother, Michael Jackson.

A Janet Jackson appearance is enough to keep you glued to your TV, but Janet Jackson paying tribute to Michael Jackson’s memory is going to be simply unmissable.

We’ll let you know more once we get to Radio City and give you backstage access to the VMAs all weekend.

America’s Got Talent: Top 20 performance show two

(S04E23) There were mixed feelings amongst viewers last week when the America’s Got Talent judges announced that they couldn’t decide who, between Voices of Glory and Fab 5, should get the fourth place in what was supposed to be a final round of the top eight acts of the summer.

It wasn’t much of a surprise when Nick announced at the beginning of this week’s performance show that there would be no judges’ pick. It wouldn’t make sense to have a Top 9, eh? I’m happy that more acts — aka the same number as last year — will get to perform in the finals. But what I’m happier for is that America will pick the final five acts to enter the next round. No judges’ pick. The results will be solely based on the number of votes.



‘Idols Live’ shows some contestants have grown, others idle

The thing most striking about the ‘American Idols Live 2009’  show that played Tuesday at Reading’s Sovereign Center was how much many of the Top 10 performers have improved. And how much some haven’t.

Winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert ironically seemed to have advanced the least. One could argue that’s because they least needed to, and both seem to have found niches.

The Morning Call

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