Idol Headlines for 10/01/09

Bucky Covington releases new single

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 ‘ Bucky Covington returns with his newest single, Gotta Be Somebody, ” from an album due out next year.

The song, a hit for Nickelback, written by band members Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake, along with co-producer Joey Moi, is the new single from Covinvgton’s upcoming sophomore album, “I’m Alright, ” releasing spring 2010. The music video was shot during the former American Idol finalist’s recent hometown concert in Rockingham, N.C. and is expected to hit online and TV video outlets within the next month.

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Adam Lambert’s Album Pre-Order Tops Amazon

Adam Lambert’s debut album isn’t due out until November 24th, but already the RS cover star is Number One on Four days after the pre-order option was made available on Lambert’s still-untitled disc, or New Album 2009 as Amazon calls it, the American Idol runner-up is tops on Amazon’s Bestsellers list, ahead of new releases by Mariah Carey, Madonna, the Beatles and more. That’s pretty impressive, and a testament to Lambert’s fervent fanbase. Lambert’s most recent tweets put him back in the studio with Linda Perry, Rob Cavallo, Ryan Tedder and Dr. Luke ‘” all within the last week.

Rolling Stone

Katharine McPhee: I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Simon Ditched American Idol, Too

Katharine McPhee wasn’t exactly shocked to learn that Paula Abdul was leaving American Idol.

“It doesn’t surprise me, because it wouldn’t surprise me if Simon Cowell was leaving the show, ” McPhee told me at last night’s benefit concert for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank and Feeding America.

“They’ve all been on the show for so many years’ ¦Do what you’ve got to do, ” she said. “People try to figure out the real stories and I’m like, ‘Who cares? She wants to go.”‰”

In fact, McPhee thinks it’s time for the show to shake things up a bit with someone like Ellen DeGeneres…

“I imagine some of the crazed fans who love Idol and don’t want it to change at all would be upset, ” said McPhee, who has a second album, Unbroken, out early next year. “But I think it’s a great changeup.”


Kelly Clarkson at Mohegan Sun on Oct. 2

If the creators of “American Idol” had anything in mind beyond cashing in on the increasingly sedentary habits of the American public, you have to think it was a performer like Kelly Clarkson, someone with intense potential and room to grow.

That’s Clarkson, all right. As the winner on the first season of the show, she is the original American Idol, and still the standard, for several reasons: her strong voice and determination not to repeat herself not least among them.

Jennifer Hudson vs. Ashanti as Dorothy: you decide

Jennifer Hudson and Ashanti are two pop gals you will rarely see being compared to each other. Jennifer pretty much lives on a different planet of talent, let’s just be honest. However today the two have collided, in a “Wizard” of very odd ways.

Firstly, in 2005 Ashanti rocked ruby slippers in the TV version of “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.” Then earlier this year she played the Dorothy-esque character in an off Broadway production of “The Wiz.” And now, Ashanti has produced and arranged a new version of the Judy Garland classic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’  to celebrate the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz, ” which she performed on CBS last week. Obsessed much?

NY Post

“The Importance of One” – First Annual Epilepsy Gala/Fundraiser To Feature Fantasia Barrino

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 1, 2009 — Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Epilepsy Coalition of NYS, Inc. will co-host their First Annual Epilepsy Gala/Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 6 – 10pm, at the National Track and Field Armory located at 216 Fort Washington Avenue and (W. 168th St.). The purpose of the gala is to raise awareness through education, advance research, and support the collaboration of area centers to find a cure for epilepsy.

The Gala event will include food, entertainment, speakers, a silent auction, and honorees. Featured guest artist for the Gala is American Idol Winner and Grammy-nominated Fantasia Barrino, as well as the Young People’s Chorus, and Jim Papoulis from the local area. Honorees are Alan Faneca from the New York Jets, Chanda Gunn, Olympic Goalie, and Florence Griffith-Joyner, Olympic Runner (honored posthumously). Al Joyner will accept the award on behalf of Florence Griffith-Joyner. Tickets/Donations are on sale starting at $75 now through the website at

The Pink Party: A Celebration of Survivorship

According to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength website, doctors and researchers anticipate 192, 370 new breast cancer cases and diagnoses in 2009. In an effort to continue the push for breast cancer awareness, Atlanta native and entrepreneur, Sophia Williams of T&S Shoes For A Cause has organized “The Pink Party: A Celebration of Survivorship” to take place on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Hall C1 from 10am – 7pm.

Fantasia Barrino, winner of American Idol, will be headlining the event with a full concert set. There will also be performances by Day 26 of MTV’s Making the Band, William Murphy, the OMG Girls, the Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Survivors Mass Choir, and many others. With a multitude of vendors, free health screenings, a KangaZoom Kids Area and much more, “The Pink Party: A Celebration of Survivorship” is full of excitement for the whole family.

Guarini to give first post-wedding performance on NBC-10 tomorrow

Newlywed ‘American Idol’  runner-up Justin Guarini is scheduled to give his first post-nuptials performance at 11 a.m. Thursday on ‘The 10! Show’  on NBC-TV Channel 10.

Guarani will be on the show with Philadelphia-area smooth jazz group Drivetime, on whose new album, ‘Reflections, ‘  Guarini performs Bobby Caldwell’s “What you Won’t Do for Love.” The TV appearance is to promote a show Guarini has with Drivetime on Oct. 10 at Sellersville Theater 1894.

Outdoor Channel’s Q4 Programming Lineup Revealed

‘Outdoor’s 10 Best’  ‘ Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET, Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast debut: Friday, October 2nd at 10:00 p.m. ET

‘Outdoor’s 10 Best’  will provide the answers to hotly debated hunting questions in an exciting and fast-paced documentary countdown format from number 10 all the way down to number one. The show will be hosted by country artist Kristy Lee Cook ‘ no stranger to top tens herself as a finalist on season seven of ‘American Idol.’ 

Kristin Chenoweth on Glee and… The Dog Whisperer?

For someone who is, as she recently pointed out, unemployed, Kristin Chenoweth is popping up in some pleasant places on TV. She won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for her work on the now-canceled Pushing Daisies, for which she seemed genuinely surprised in her acceptance speech. That’s also when she made her plea to The Office and Mad Men and a couple of her other favorite shows, mentioning he current work status.

Tonight, Chenoweth, a veteran Broadway performer, appears on Glee as Will’s old friend and former classmate whom he brings in to help give his crew a bit more edge. Chenoweth had to cancel a conference call interview with the press last week for health reasons, but I got a hold of her by e-mail.


Passnotes No 2, 657: Simon Cowell

Why do we care what he likes? Because he’s richer than God and controls TV. If he takes against the human race, he will withdraw the teat from which we suckle. And without the mindless adoration of millions every Saturday night Cheryl Cole will wither, flutter to the ground and die. Die! Do you want that on your conscience?

To be honest, I’d survive. Fifty on Wednesday, eh? Is he having a party? But of course ‘ organised, but not paid for (Simon’s been very clear on that), by his new bezzie mate Sir Philip Green, the kajillionaire with whom he formed a multimedia entertainment company this summer. It’s a 250-grand bash for 400 of his closest friends at Wrotham Park. Elton John, Denise Richards, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Donald Trump and his ex Sinitta are all invited ‘ but Simon says he doesn’t want any presents.

Simon Cowell may bring ‘X Factor’ to U.S.

LOS ANGELES – Simon Cowell’s ‘The X Factor’  is America-bound, according to a new report.

Britain’s Daily Mirror reported that television’s Mr. Nasty is bringing his U.K. reality competition stateside in a deal with FOX worth an alleged $103 million.

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter claimed Cowell and FOX were ‘hammering out a deal’  to launch the show in America, and the Mirror claims it is now a reality.

A rep for FOX had no comment about the reported deal when contacted by Access Hollywood.

DioGuardi Campaigns Against Human Trafficking

“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi treated guests to a live performance with her stellar vocals at the 2nd Annual “An Evening of Hopes and Dreams Gala.”

DioGuardi sang her tunes “Taking Chances” and “Sober” for the crowd, which included “Twilight’s” Edi Gathegi and “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord. The gala raised funds for the Somaly Mam Foundation, founded by human trafficking survivor and leading activist Somaly Mam. McCord bid $12, 000 for the opportunity to travel to Cambodia with Mam and make a difference in the lives of children victimized by the human trafficking market.

Funds raised through the event will be used to help women and children sold into slavery around the world.


Ratings: ‘NCIS, ‘ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ stay strong Tuesday

CBS ruled on Tuesday night with the season’s second episodes of NCIS (which retained its entire premiere audience), spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (which dropped only a million viewers), and new drama The Good Wife (which lost only 300, 000). For ABC, the Dancing With the Stars results show dropped 3 million viewers from last week’s Wednesday-night elimination episode, which could have contributed to The Forgotten’s dip as well: The 10 p.m. Christian Slater procedural lost 2 million viewers from its debut last Tuesday. Meanwhile, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance continued to perform below its usual summer standard against competition from Dancing and NCIS at 9 p.m.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: (Big) Easy Come, Easy Go

Hello, dance fans! It’s your Wednesday-night SYTYCD reporter, and I’m super excited to be here. A big shout-out to Kate Ward for so graciously sharing the week: I may not have 12 years of ballet training under my belt, but I can boast many dedicated years of studying dance on movies and TV. And, as it turns out, Kate wasn’t the only one taking a breather this Wednesday. SYTYCD executive producer and resident bad cop Nigel Lythgoe was also missing from this episode, off in jolly olde England and accepting an honorary degree from the University of Bedfordshire. Hey, didn’t he get that award last season? Oh, that’s right, he did (during a season 5 results show, when Debbie Allen and Mary Murphy assumed his duties). That would place these New Orleans auditions back in July (and would also explain the sweltering heat). In Nigel’s absence, new series regular Adam Shankman and Lil’ C joined Mary Murphy at the judges’ table. And fortunately for us, we were spared any unseemly crotch flashes.

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