Lambert, Allen star in Idol concert
American Idol’s eighth season came down to a showdown between winner Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, possibly the most popular Idol runner-up since Clay Aiken. And as the top 10 contestants strutted their stuff on the third -to-last whirl on the Season Eight tour Sunday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Allen and Lambert, the last two performers of the night, remained the most compelling stories.
Lambert, who was greeted by frenzied screams even during his appearances on pre-show video clips, threw down the gauntlet by tearing into Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ with vocal power and stage presence to spare.
Record labels sue ‘DeGeneres’ producers
A lawsuit filed by several U.S. record labels against producers of Ellen DeGeneres’ show alleges that the new “American Idol” co-host’s p.m. talker infringed on copyrighted recordings by multi-platinum acts associated with “Idol” producer-creator Simon Fuller’s firm.
According to an exhibit listing dozens of unlicensed songs, tracks infringed upon allegedly included at least two songs by onetime “Idol” contestants, “Home” by Daughtry and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.
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Nigel Lythgoe on Ellen DeGeneres: ‘Idol stole her from us’
So You Think You Can Dance judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told EW that American Idol ‘stole’ Ellen DeGeneres from his show so he’ll ‘steal’ Paula Abdul as a guest judge in the future. Talking from the red carpet of Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles, Lythgoe said though he ‘loved’ having DeGeneres on the Fox dance show (‘ We hope she will still be able to come and help us out from time to time’ ) Lythgoe said it would be a ‘great idea’ to have Abdul join the SYTYCD team in the near future. ‘ I’d prefer Paula, ‘ he said. ‘I think it is a great idea to put her on.’
Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Katy Perry Lash Out at Kanye for Outburst
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert wrote on his Twitter, ‘Kanye needs to chill. He freaks out every year. It ain’t that deep man, ‘ while Danny Gokey simply used Kanye’s words against him, writing ‘How could you be so heartless?’ Katy Perry was less subtle in her tweet, posting ‘Fuck U Kanye. It’s like u stepped on a kitten.’ Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill said, ‘We lost damnit. Maybe next year. At least we got to see the worst haircut since 1984 try to steal the spotlight from lovely Taylor Swift.’
Taylor Swift On Kanye West’s VMA Tirade: An MTV News Exclusive
“It has been a crazy night, hasn’t it?” she told MTV News backstage after the show. Taylor went on to say that when Kanye initially emerged, she thought it would end up being a good thing, not perhaps one of the most controversial moments in VMA history.
“Well, you know, I was up there and I was standing there and I saw Kanye up on the stage, ” she explained. “I was really excited … and I kind of wasn’t excited anymore.”
‘Idol’ winner has found success for which he’d hoped
“American Idol” season seven winner David Cook just wants to rock.
And apparently so does America, with the evidence being Cook’s self-titled 2008 platinum album.
What’s unique about this musician? He is, so far, one of a kind in terms of “Idol” winners, which have included the pop singer (Kelly Clarkson), the country singer (Carrie Underwood) and so on. Prior to David Cook, the one thing the show hadn’t given us was the straight-out rocker, one who straps on the guitar and kicks out the jams.
ALLEGAN – On a rare day off from a spring tour that will soon stretch into fall, David Cook sat backstage absorbing the advice from a fellow blue-jeans-wearing singer-songwriter who also plays a little guitar.
“We had a break in June, so I went to see Bryan Adams play an acoustic set back in Kansas City, ” Cook says by telephone from Los Angeles.
“He told me, ‘Don’t stop working until you want to.’ I’ve thought about that a lot, and I’ve kind of taken it to heart.”
Gone country: 9 pop and rock artists who tried playing country
Despite certain theories set forth by Donny and Marie Osmond, there’s actually a very thin line separating those little bits of country from rock ‘n’ roll. After all, it was country that first started us down this path of ‘three chords and the truth, ‘ so it’s not at all surprising to see so many artists turn back up that road. Plenty of folks have tried on country’s boots’â€even people who don’t seem to have anything in common with the genre, like American Idol contestant Danny Gokey. To help guide the Milwaukee native on his new career path, The A.V. Club takes a look at some other ‘trailblazers’ who made the switch, whether their cred was as genuine as freshly tanned cowhide or as suspect as faux-snakeskin boots.
Jury of Piers
America, Piers Morgan thinks you got it wrong.
‘I’m quite disappointed that acts like Acrodunk didn’t make it (to the finals), ‘ the buzzer-happy ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge said of the athletic daredevils who will be absent from tonight’s final competition at 8 on WHDH (Ch. 7).
‘The American public sway toward the singing acts, ‘ Morgan said during a conference call with reporters. ‘I think it is important for the show that we can attract diverse acts.’
DWTS’ Mark Ballas: Maksim is ‘Upset’ After Split
Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is still nursing a broken heart but is “doing okay” after his split with fellow dancer Karina Smirnoff, DWTS pal Mark Ballas tells PEOPLE
“He’s doing okay but he’s not happy, ” says Ballas, who spoke to Chmerkovskiy Wednesday night for several hours. “I know he loved Karina. He loved her very much.”
Ballas says he doesn’t know why his fellow dancers split but was “shell-shocked” when he learned the news. “I don’t really know who made the decision but obviously he’s upset, ” Ballas tells PEOPLE.
Glee: The Myths And Mirth of TV’s Cult Fave
It can happen when a TV show breaks out even before the second episode airs ‘ especially when the pilot runs in the spring, and viewers have all summer to speculate and spread rumors
Indeed, there’s naturally a bit misinformation that surrounds Fox’s ‘Glee, ‘ a new musical comedy series from ‘Nip/Tuck’ producer Ryan Murphy that has ‘ despite only modest ratings so far ‘ very quickly captured a youthful, extremely loyal fan base.
Has any other show ever hit cult status as quickly?
UK to follow US lead by allowing product placement on television
For some of the world’s most secretive fictional characters, we seem to know a lot about their spending habits. James Bond’s preferred watch is an Omega, while Spider-Man likes a drop of Dr Pepper.
But while product placement is rife in film, British television programmes have long had to make up fictional products, such as pints of Newton & Ridley in Coronation Street’s Rovers Return, or simply tape over the logos of real ones. That is all likely to change this week after a decision that is expected to allow commercial broadcasters to show sponsored products for the first time.