Idol Headlines for 09/21/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

American Idol show lived up to its sponsor’s name

It’s rather fitting that the American Idol tour is sponsored by Pop Tarts.

They were handing out packs of Pop Tarts after the concert and as I popped pieces of the rectangular slab of sugar into my jaws I was thinking … hmm this is kind of like the show, sugary frosting goodness on the outside, and an inside that you know will only fill you up for about 15 minutes…..



This time around, American Idol Alum, AJ Tabaldo sits down with De novo Magazine to discuss life after American Idol. As you will read, AJ is eager and busy working on networking and working on his music career.

AJ Tabaldo was a contestant on the mega-hit show, American Idol. Here, AJ performed alongside Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, and Sanjaya Malakar. Destined to greatness, AJ crafted his music and voice in Santa Maria, CA. From small-town dreams to instant recognition, AJ Tabaldo just may have it all………

De novo Magazine


IT IS likely that one of singer-songwriter Chris Daughtry’s lasting memories of Singapore will be that of a tiger urinating.

Said the 27-year-old, with a loud laugh: ‘That’s right.

‘I was at the Night Safari last night and at the tiger enclosure, I turned around and… psssh!’……..


Mandisa learns to trust God through fame

Mandisa lounges on a brown suede sofa. A maze of unpacked boxes line the room; in the air, the smell of new paint lingers. The bright colors on the walls shout “happy, ” but everything about Mandisa says “calm.” Less than a week into first-time home ownership, her T-shirt explains it all: “2 Blessed 2 Be Stressed.” ……….

BP News

‘Godspell’ will have you humming days after

…American Idol finalist Jon Peter Lewis (aka “JPL”) played a humble and sweet Jesus, which was more evident in contrast to Steven Merritt’s dark and sinister Judas…


VH1 checks into ‘Celebrity Rehab’
Network to feature stars from previous shows

…Net has also yet to reveal the identity of the celebs; it’s believed, however, that one is former “American Idol” contestant Jessica Sierra.Far from reveling in drinking or partying, series will be a serious take on the difficulties of going clean. “Celeb Rehab” will “give viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants, ” net said in a statement…


Boxing, grilling champ George Foreman lights up Boys & Girls Club fundraiser

….Foreman and Savannah native Stephanie Edwards, an “American Idol” finalist and musical entertainer, appeared Thursday afternoon at the club on Charlton Street to meet with more than 100 children ages 5 to 18 from Savannah’s predominantly low-income neighborhoods…

Savannah Now



…Elsewhere in Hollywood, Ugly Betty conniving assistant Michael Urie and American Idol gushing judge Paula Abdul were at the Sonya Dakar Salon for an Emmy swag fest that had them clamoring for CHI Hair Care products. …Paula Abdul sat around, hung out and played with the Million Dollar CHI flat iron. She told them how much she loves Biosilk therapy, and she was so excited about the CHI Rocket Hair Dryer and CHI Wet to Dry Iron that she had to take one of each with her, an insider reported….

Entertainment Today

Ford’s marketing chief is out

Cisco Codina was on the hot seat after company missed sales targets

…Instead, Ford signed American Idol Kelly Clarkson to record a new anthem for the company and produced an online documentary about the changes taking place in Dearborn…

Det News

Fall forecast looking gloomy for music industry

Idols: Carrie vs. the rest

Double bill: It’s not much of a contest. Underwood’s second album, “Carnival Ride” (Oct. 23), overshadows everything from the “American Idol” camp. 2007 winner Jordin Sparks has a Nov. 20 release date for an as-yet-untitled album, while runner-up Blake Lewis hopes to have an album out in “late 2007.” Bo Bice’s “See the Light” shares Carrie’s release date.

Double features: Underwood has already generated a near-instant top 10 hit with “So Small.” Bice is returning to his Southern-rock roots. Sparks’ single, “Tattoo, ” is co-written by James Blunt collaborator Amanda Ghost.

Double talk: Underwood should have one of the best-selling albums of the fall, although a repeat in the 6 million range may be tough to pull off. Considering the subpar sales of Taylor Hicks (under 700, 000) and Katharine McPhee (about 350, 000), Sparks and Lewis are long shots to pull off a Daughtry-style sales coup (3 million-plus). Bice’s album will sell mostly to his dedicated fan base. ‘  Barnes

FDL Reporter

Huge lineup on tap for Guitar Pull fundraiser event

…”The first thing we do when we’re putting this thing together is say, ‘What is our wish list? Who would we love to have?’ This year, Dierks Bentley is so hot, we knew we wanted him, ” said T. Gentry, program director and operations manager at Kicks 99. “This year we really lucked up, with ‘American Idol’ Bucky Covington, Dierks, Jo Dee. It’s going to be cool.” …

Aiken Standard

Warren celebrates 50th

City to host a three-day birthday bash that will feature concerts, a carnival and fireworks.

A carnival, fireworks and full concert line-up featuring “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler, will round out the activities this weekend at Warren’s 50th birthday bash……

Det News

State Fair Roundup

Ready to believe that it’s just about three weeks to the Fair? Woo hoo!

There haven’t been any more major announcements, but some minor things that you might find of interest.

1. Daughtry and Paula Deen are both sold out at Dorton Arena. For the commenters asking, Paula Deen is a cook and an author of cookbooks…….

Police taped suspects at fair
Recording suspected gang members kept the York Fair safe, police said. Others argued it’s an invasion of privacy

…Police began the recording last year, after gang members started fights and stole food and prizes from vendors on “School Day” the previous year, Smith said.

This year, police also recorded crowds at two concerts, the Bad Boys of Rock and Daughtry, in case a rowdy mosh pit turned into a riot, Smith said…

York Daily Record

Hundreds show for ‘Idol, ‘ redux

The American Idol frenzy continues in Dallas ‘ this time at the luxurious W Hotel. Hundreds of second-round contestants showed up at the Victory Park hotel Thursday morning to audition for the show’s executive producers.

An Idol publicist said those “few hundred” contestants would be whittled down to an unspecified number. Contestants who then make it to the third round will audition sometime this weekend in front of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

All three are reportedly scheduled to arrive in Dallas today, though Idol would not release details on when. Auditions will take place throughout the weekend at the W Hotel.

In August, more than 12, 000 people braved the heat for daylong tryouts at Texas Stadium. But unlike the first round, this one will be closed to the media and general public. Contestants have signed statements agreeing not to talk publicly about the process or whether they will advance to subsequent rounds. Contestants who make it through in Dallas will go on to Hollywood to audition live on TV.

The American Idol tryouts will start airing on Fox in January.

Dallas News

Thornton posts first Late Model victory of year at Belle-Clair

…There also will be a driver’s autograph session and appearance by former American Idol contestant Nikko Smith from 5:30-6 p.m. Saturday…

Ad Spend: Net Up 23%; National Mags Show Nice 8.4% Gain

…Product placements continued to thrive, at least on broadcast TV. Nielsen reports 17, 731 PP occurrences in this year’s first half among the top 10 users, versus 14, 643 during last year’s first half.

“American Idol” was again the #1 show for placements, with 4, 349 for the period (versus 4, 086 in first-half 2006). “Fast Cars and Superstars, ” which premiered in June, holds second place, with 3, 231 occurrences. Other favorite placement venues include “Amazing Race All Stars, ” “Pussycat Dolls Present” and “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.”…

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