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De Pere native takes stab at ‘Idol’
First there were 8, 000 “American Idol” hopefuls at Charleston, S.C. Then about 300, then 120 and then 60, including De Pere native Maggie McGinn.
Those 60 performed in front of the judges millions know from watching the hit TV show ‘ Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.
“I was the first one to go out to audition of the bunch, and I got cut, ” McGinn said matter-of-factly.
The experience that started three weeks ago was worthwhile, said McGinn, 23, a regular in the Let Me Be Frank Productions show troupe at the Meyer Theatre.
‘American Idol, ‘ San Diego style
SAN DIEGO ‘ At a ballroom nestled deep in a sleepy Rancho Bernardo hotel, history was made two times over Wednesday.
The star judges of …American Idol made their San Diego debut. And Simon Cowell uttered a compliment.It might not have been precisely the first time Cowell, the cynic-in-chief of the hit Fox-TV show, had something nice to say.But at a news conference at the Rancho Bernardo Inn with fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson (plus …Idol host Ryan Seacrest), Cowell pronounced himself pleasantly surprised at the wealth of local singing talent.
Rascal Flatts Keeps on Touring
September 13, 2007 ‘ The final leg of the tour kicks off Oct. 12 in Chicago and runs through Nov. 4 in Tampa. Other stops include Atlanta, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. Jason Aldean will be the opening act on most shows, with Kellie Pickler filling in on other dates.
Kimberly Locke on Britney Spears’s VMA Flop
“It was a mess!” The songstress proclaimed. “A mess, mess, MESS! Why even go on? I can’t believe a mediocre singer would be given so many opportunites and not take advantage of them. She was embarrassing. A complete MESS!”
Reba McEntire Will Sing on Oprah
Reba McEntire will appear on the The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday (Sept. 19). She’ll perform duets with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake from her new CD, Reba Duets, which will be released Tuesday (Sept. 18).
Q&A: Idol’s Chris Richardson talks about his future, his home
Chesapeake’s Chris Richardson and his “American Idol” pals are out to prove they’re more than pretty faces flashed across a TV screen.The top 10 contestants are coming to Hampton Coliseum Tuesday for a stop on the American Idols Live! tour.According to reports, the show includes two-and-a-half hours of singing, dancing and even a little jamming.We interviewed Richardson by phone this week. Here’s what he had to say about his life, music and his return to Hampton Roads.
Daughtry at The Big E
Daughtry, fronted by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, is making its way to the Big E in West Springfield on Saturday, September 15.
Idol Stars Winckler & Robinson Join ‘Rent’ National Tour
New cast changes for the national tour of Rent have announced: Heinz Winckler will be playing Roger Davis and Anwar Robinson will be taking on the role of Tom Collins. Winckler was the winner of the first “South African Idol” in 2002 and the 4th place finalist in the 2003 inaugural “World Idol” competition, in which he competed against “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson. Robinson was the 7th place finalist on the 4th season of “American Idol.”
Church hosts back-to-school rally; Pentecostals of Dover stage event Friday
DOVER DE ‘ The Pentecostals of Dover on West Denneys Road are hosting a back-to-school rally Friday at the church featuring a live performance by American Idol finalist George Huff and local gospel singer Tammy Trout.
The event will start at 7:30 p.m. and anyone who wants to attend is welcome.
Ryan Seacrest Has Emmy Jitters!
As Los Angeles prepares to roll out the red carpet for this weekend’s Emmy’s, is Simon Cowell hoping that Ryan Seacrest will bomb?
Idol tour still has high school feeling
WASHINGTON Keep an eye out for the running Pop-Tart.
And also a yellow-shirted security guard hovering near the stage.
Either could be, believe it or not, Blake Lewis.
At Sunday’s stop of the “American Idols Live!” tour at D.C.’s Verizon Center, the cute-as-a-muffin Lewis psyched fans out by hanging around onstage dressed as a guard, a wig and hat covering his famous blond spikes.
Moments before Lewis’ big reveal, a mom sitting nearby whispered that she had taken her kids to the Atlantic City, N.J., show the night before and had it on good authority that the prankster also likes to don the Pop-Tarts (tour sponsor) garb for some incognito pre-show fan visits.
Covington excited to continue his outdoor concert streak in Ashland
ASHLAND — When Bucky Covington performs at the Poage Landing Days festivities in Ashland on Saturday, it will continue a long run of outdoor summer shows for the former “American Idol” finalist. And, that is just the way he likes it.
“Over the summer, we got to play a bunch of fairs and festivals, and we’ve had some great crowds and everything, and having a ball, ” Covington said. “I love outdoor gigs. I like being outside. I’m an outside type of person. But, I love the fairs and festivals because you’re at a fair. Everybody is in a good mood at a fair.