Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
Daughtry On Top
(CBS) Hit singles such as “It’s Not Over” and “Home” have made former “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry and his band No. 1.Their current CD has just gone triple-platinum, and is the biggest-selling album of 2007.The band, which took its name from its lead singer and gave it to the CD, as well, has spent the summer on tour, promoting the record.
When it came time to assemble the band, Daughtry joked with Smith, he “kind of wanted to be like the Back Street Boys with guitars. So, we didn’t really care if they could play their instruments. We just wanted a bunch of good-looking guys.”
On a more serious note, Daughtry told CBS News he “zeroed in on the interpersonal chemistry and musical compatibility of the guys who would eventually eat, sleep and breathe ‘Daughtry’ 24/7.”
Rockin’ in the rain
Not even a little rain could stop Daughtry fans from rocking out at the York Fair Friday night.
After a brief set by opener 12 Stones, Chris Daughtry, along with his hand-picked band, took the stage and brought the crowd to its feet with “Crashed.”
The front man’s powerful voice was the main attraction, but he had other ideas. “We came to hear your voices, ” Daughtry told the crowd and turned the microphone out toward the sea of fans.
Screw This, Let’s All Move To York
Philadelphians are so weird we might have that too. But do we have long-winded comparisons of American Idol’s Chris Daughtry and the guy from Live?
Turns out Chris Daughtry and his band, cleverly named Daughtry with a debut album titled Daughtry, played the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, which is in RIchmond. If you want to know how different York is from Philadelphia, just realize that people from York head to Richmond for entertainment.
Idol’s Doolittle to take the stage in Franklin
FRANKLIN ‘ To “American Idol” finalist Melinda Doolittle, the Factory at Franklin will seem like a homecoming.
A top singer on the national singing talent television show, the Brentwood resident will take the stage once again and for one night only in a fundraising concert for the Boiler Room Theatre in November.
Sparks Looking Forward to Debut Album
“American Idol” winner and Glendale resident Jordin Sparks is on the road with the bustling “American Idols Live” tour — while also recording her debut album.
Sparks says she’ll do most of the recording when the tour wraps up… as for an album title? “It’s probably gonna be self-titled, which I don’t mind, I like my name.”
Kevin Covais judges “Garden City Idol”
Sidewalk Sales and exhibits … fabulous food … kiddie trains … carnival games and more are all on the schedule for the Chamber’s earliest ever Fall Festival Street Fair to be held on Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 – 3:00 p.m. Add to the festivities the first ever “Garden City Idol” Singing Contest with TV’s American Idol finalist, Kevin Covais serving as celebrity judge (and yes, Kevin will give us a song or two) … plus Garden City High School’s Homecoming Day Parade, and you have an all-out Garden City Community Day spotlighting both Chamber business members and community organizations.
40 years later, Otis Redding remembered with Dreams exhibit
The exhibit, which was to kick off with a tribute concert tonight featuring blues great Taj Mahal, The Bar-Kays, Diana Degarmo and Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III, the singer sons, will run through Sept. 8 of next year.
‹‹Otis Redding music just transcended boundaries, ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ said museum director Lisa Love. ‹‹There a raw emotion and intimacy there that connects and resonates with people.ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬
Reba Named Woman Of The Year
Billboard magazine has picked country star Reba McEntire for its first “Woman of the Year” award.
The magazine says the award coincides with its second annual Women in Music issue, which will be published in early October.
The 52-year-old singer has a new album of duets coming out next week, which will feature artists from various genres. It has 11 original songs and one previously recorded song, the current single “Because of You” with Kelly Clarkson.
According to Billboard Magazine, McEntire will make an appearance on “Oprah” on Sept. 19, where she will perform two songs with Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly Clarkson in Indianapolis
In case you didnt notice, the NFL plunked a concert event down in the middle of Monument Circle on Sept. 6. The headliner was country superstar Faith Hill’ and her naviga- tion of the sloped stage in high heels was a performance worthy of Cirque du Soleil. But the act that seemed to generate the most audience connection was Kelly Clarkson.
There something fascinating about the …American Idol winner, a combination of awkwardness and pop vocal power that sends the message that the American public knew what it was doing when it voted her in (can you imagine anyone waiting hours to see runner-up Justin Guarini?).
A few years after being anointed as the first U.S. Idol, Clarkson still comes across as the server from your local Dairy Queen’ the one that the guys casually flirt with but nobody asks out’ who happens to have a strong, soulful set of pipes. In a concert that was really just an opening act for the big game, there was a charm to her unflattering, heart-decorated blouse, her inability to modulate her calls to the audience to …Sing it! and her lack of betweensong patter.
Seacrest not out
When the people in charge of the Emmy Awards (tomorrow, Fox/CTV, 8 p.m.) revealed the ubiquitous infotainment set dressing would be hosting this year’s show, the jackals pounced. He’s not a comedian. He’s a test pattern with a haircut that makes John Edwards look like Grizzly Adams. He has to climb up a fruit crate each day just to get shoulder-high to his E! News co-buoy, Giuliana Depandi.
But do you really think the people in charge of the people in charge of the Emmys hire idiots? There’s a reason Ryan Seacrest has more jobs than a dozen illegal aliens and the reason is this: Ryan Seacrest is the Michelangelo of empty patter, the Einstein of filling time and space in a pleasantly narcotizing manner.
Will ‘Idol’ Be the Emmys’ William Hung?
“American Idol, ” the Fox singing competition that is Seacrest’s gravy train, picked up a technical award last weekend — during the non-televised portion of the annual two-night orgy of statuette dispensing — to avoid becoming the biggest Emmy loser of all time. (That dubious distinction still goes to “Newhart, ” which went 0-for-25 before going off the air.)
For the fifth straight year, however, “Idol” is nominated for best reality competition series against stiff competition. It’s pitted against CBS’s “The Amazing Race, ” the four-time champ with its gorgeous shoots in exotic locations, which make TV academy voters feel so much better about including this reality series race in its precious Prime-Time Emmy telecast.
Idol Losers Flying Without Wings on The Country Fair Curcuit
We’d always assumed that freshly voted-off American Idol also-rans were mercifully slaughtered backstage and later ground into the Simon’s Sloppy Joe filling served at each Friday’s Idol-themed lunch at the Fox News Cafe, but according to TMZ TV, the losers suffer a far more degrading fate: immediate assignment to the county fair circuit. We bet that after a week or so of warbling bittersweet renditions of “This Is My Now” to a warm up a dozen or so people for the hot-dog-devouring and pig-measuring thrills that await them, most of the fallen Idols find themselves praying for the sweet release of the Fox meat-grinder.
The Week That Was
Doesnt anyone remember laughter? Apparently not fans of Taylor Hicks or Chris Daugherty who continue to both frighten and amaze us with their slavish devotion to second-rate novelty acts.