Idol Headlines for 09/15/10 – The Evening Edition

Matt Giraud continues his radio tour. He tweets, “Heading to Detroit for some radio and TV tomorrow morning with FOX 2. I will be performing “Thank You” LIVE! I also have some GREAT news!!”


‘Idol’ album sales: Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, etc.

Fantasia drops out of The Billboard 200’s top 10 this week, as Back to Me drops 27%, to No. 11. In its first three weeks, Back to Me has sold 187, 000 units.

Read more at USA Today


See David Archuleta Live in Ohio!

Midwesterners! Want to see David perform live in Ohio? Well, he will be performing at the taping of Skate For the Heart at The Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on October 10th at 5 pm. For tickets, you can hit up or visit the Covelli Centre box office.

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Q&A with Michael Lynch

American Idol finalist and former UCF football player Michael Lynche returned to campus this past weekend to sing the National Anthem before the NC State game and prior to the contest he signed autographs for fans.

Eric Lopez caught up with the St. Petersburg native during the game to talk about his memories of UCF and what the future holds as far as his performing career.



Jennifer Hudson presents a $10, 000 check to the NYC Dept of Education

In her ongoing promotion of the Weight Watcher’s 2010 Lose For Good campaign, Jennifer visited Adolph S. Ochs School, in New York this morning. Jennifer presented the New York City Department of Education with a check for $10, 000; to support Breakfast In the Classroom. Jennifer then spoke to the children about the importance of having a good breakfast.

Read more and see the photos at Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Hudson “Can’t Wait to Perform” in Slim Body

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson said on Wednesday she can’t wait to perform again, now that she has a slim new look.

Hudson, 29, has dropped five dress sizes since joining a Weight Watchers program last year — and having her first baby.

“I can’t wait to perform again — with my new body, ” Hudson told Reuters at a New York school, where she helped launch Weight Watchers “Lose For Good” campaign to help fight obesity and hunger in young people.

Read more at ABC News


Jennifer Hudson and David Ortunga Jr: GMA Press Pals

Finished up with morning press obligations, Jennifer Hudson was spotted leaving ABC Studios in New York City on Wednesday (September 15).

Toting her adorable young son David Ortunga Jr in her arms, the “American Idol” alum smiled and waved to paparazzi after her appearance on “Good Morning America”.

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Could Jordin Sparks Fly to the Heights of Broadway’s Wicked?

Now that American Idol winner Jordin Sparks has made her official Broadway debut as Nina in In the Heights, was curious about which other musicals she’d like to tackle, should she continue to call Broadway ‘home.’ “Wicked is an amazing show that really touched me when I saw it, ” the pop star and budding actress said at her opening night party on September 14. “I love that [Mandy Gonzalez] who originated the role of Nina is now playing Elphaba. Our [In the Heights performance] schedule is different from Wicked’s so I hope I get to see her in it soon.”



Jordin Sparks: “My Dogs Help Me Relax”

Jordin Sparks is getting adjusted to life in NYC. She celebrated her opening night in Broadway’s In The Heights Tuesday.

Her pup, Miles, joins her in her Big Apple apartment while “tour dog” Maggie and lab Noni relax with her mom in Arizona.

“He’s doing well, ” Jordin, 20, tells me during the Celebrity Pet Products showcase. “He’s young, nine months, and he’s getting used to meeting new dogs. People walk their dogs everywhere, so he’s making a lot of new friends.”

Read more at OK


Fantasia On TMZ Photog: He Pissed Me Off

“I’ve been saying this in every interview and every show I’ve gone on: they don’t ever try to give me a break. They don’t ever try to say anything nice about me, that’s not what they do for Fantasia. I’ve accepted that. When [the cameraman] came out in the airport, he was being very, very nice in the beginning. And then, all of a sudden, he tried to throw me a blow, like, ‘So, have you taken any aspirin lately?’ I don’t find anything funny about that situation. Like I told Wendy Williams and Rickey Smiley, I’m not even going to talk about that situation anymore, because it’s not anything fun to talk about and it’s not easy to talk about. I want to just move on and take every step at a time and gradually get my life back and myself back together.

Read more at VH1


Interview :: Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis rocked it in American Idol’s fourth season and as lead singer in his band Pray for the Soul of Betty. He brings all that and more to Chicago on the Rock of Ages tour.

WCT: What was it like being nominated for a Tony?

CM: It was my dream. I grew up loving theater, and I always dreamed to create a role and even be in the conversation for something like that. I think it’s a testament to the hard work of our creative team for getting the show to Broadway, starting it in a little bar in Los Angeles. No one was getting paid, [they brought] their own costumes and we eventually got it to off-Broadway—and that’s when I joined the company and it really came together.

Read more at Chicago


‘Dancing with the Stars” Brandy Feels the Pressure of High Expectations

Some consider Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to be the No. 1 duo heading in to this season’s “Dancing with the Stars, ” and Brandy admits she’s feeling the heat that comes with the high expectations!

“It makes me feel a lot of pressure that people are saying we’re the couple to beat, ” Brandy tells ET during her “DWTS” rehearsal. “How does it make you feel, Maks?”

“Good. Feels good, ” a relaxed Maks replies.

See the video at ET Online

Lea Michele Lands on People’s Best Dressed List

Broadway and GLEE star Lea Michele has landed on People’s 10 Best Dressed List for 2010, joining the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Rachel Bilson. Michele wins the title of “It Girl, ” sweeping onto the red carpet in gowns from Zac Posen and Malandrino. According to People, her attire “hits all the right notes.”

Read more at Broadway

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  1. @AimeeMayo Ascap Awards last nite @silvertire & pickler won awards finally met Casey James -after party jam session N studio- he’s amazing on guitar.

    Looks like Aimee Mayo finally got her wish! ;)

  2. Does Fantasia have any clue at all how childish and entitled she sounds whenever she starts in with her “poor me” routine? No wonder life is hard for her, how could it be easy when she sees herself as the Most!Victimized!Person!On!Earth!

  3. The twitter world is wondering what “GREAT news” Matt has, but I guess we will find out tomorrow. I’m also glad he is going to Detroit because they are the last set of Mediabase stations in Michigan that are not playing his song. Hopefully that is about to change.

  4. Earlier today some of us were trying to figure out where Kris was going when he hopped on a plane this morning. Evidently (at least according to one tweet) he is/was in SF, where he gave a performance at some private function.

    Hey — mystery solved! (maybe)

  5. I hope Matt’s great news is that he has finally gotten signed.

    Or that he’s releasing his own single/album soon

  6. girlygirl, I certainly hope the same thing. In fact, an immediate follow-up single to “Thank You” seems strategic to me, assuming “Thank You” keeps working its way up the AC chart. But I’m betting he’s joining Jim Brickman’s tour that starts in about 3 weeks. I have no indication of that, but it seems most likely. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

  7. Now we know what Kris was doing today.

    Just confirmed that @KrisAllen performed at a private event today. Performed at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

    It was a radio conference for the Northern California Broadcasters Association. Cale traveled with Kris.

  8. Ahhh, I just came here to see if anyone had figured out where Kris was after the tweet that hinted he was on a plane. He didn’t have a very long, solid vacation. I knew GG or tripp would have figured it out!

  9. Kris has surfaced (and remains a dork/smart ass)…


    #Had a great day at the BMI conference today in San Fran. Now catching the red eye back home. 17 minutes ago via Echofon

    #No the Body Mass Index conference is next week. Can’t wait!! RT @NorthstarATL: @KrisAllen Body Mass Index? There’s a conference? 12 minutes ago via Echofon

    aww, cute!

    #Thanks. Gonna be a radalicious time RT @alyssabernal: @KrisAllen I can’t believe I’m touring with you. I’ve been a fan since Idol. haha! 36 minutes ago via Echofon

  10. today marked the 1-year anniversary of the end of the S8 tour. a lot has happened/changed in the past 12 months, huh?

  11. HerbAINow
    Just confirmed that @KrisAllen performed at a private event today. Performed at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

    It was a radio conference for the Northern California Broadcasters Association. Cale traveled with Kris.

    So, something like this, he (and Cale) got paid, right ?
    Kind of sad that Kris did not get a long vacation which he deserves (and Cale too)

  12. KrisAllen

    #Had a great day at the BMI conference today in San Fran. Now catching the red eye back home. 17 minutes ago via Echofon

    Cale’s reply to Kris.

    #Krisallen, If only you had a good buddy to catch that flight with…oh wait…let’s hope they show another tear jerker…i still have a dfx

  13. KrisAllen

    #Had a great day at the BMI conference today in San Fran. Now catching the red eye back home. 17 minutes ago via Echofon

    I think that it’s great that he continues to do radio-related gigs.

    Kazabra Club: 2009 American Idol Winner is coming to Kaiserslautern, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. Kris Allen is currently on tour promoting his self-titled debut album and will be performing this concert for free!

    1019MIXChicago: Want to watch @lifehousemusic and @KrisAllen up close? @EricandKathy have 2nd row tix to give away b4 7A – tune in for your chance to win!

  14. Uh oh! Fantasia’s album is out of the top 10!! Must be time to swallow more aspirin, or manufacture some other sympathy inducing ploy. I’m sure she’s been badly misunderstood or victimized in some way this week, that she needs to tell us about!!

  15. I think that it’s great that he continues to do radio-related gigs.

    I don’t look at this event being the same as his radio station stops where Kris performs. This seems to be an event where Kris was paid to perform. Since it was related to radio, it could serve two purposes, get paid and rub shoulders with some radio execs.

  16. Thanks tripp for the info. I would have loved to listen to all three of those guests, but especially the first one! :-)

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