Idol Headlines for 10/04/10

David Archuleta added to the Fall Q92.9 Ball Think Pink! Pittsburgh Pa, Tuesday October 19 with Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Steven Page, Ryan Star and Christina Perri.  Tickets are  $30. A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh Affiliate of the Susan G Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer.  More information HERE.

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Idol promo shoot with Kris Allen is next: @GSafarian: Busy prep day as we get ready to hit the road again! Just a few more details to nail down for our promo shoot with @KrisAllen

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Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation is finally heading to Los Angeles.! Adam plays Club Nokia on Thursday, December 16. More information HERE.  Tickets go on sale Friday.

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@MeganJoySings: “Video shoot day two!!!!! Lemme just tell you… Yesterday was pure magic. This video will be beauuutiful!!! Hehe can’t. Wait. To. Share. :))”

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Jordin Sparks has a duet on the new Big Time Rush album, due out October 11. You can listen to a preview of the song, “Count On You” at Buzznet.com. Scroll through to find the song. Jordin performed the song with the boys when she guest starred on the popular Nickelodeon show back in June.

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Constantine Maroulis and the National Touring Company of  Rock of Ages perform on  Nat’l Tour appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 11:35/10:35c pm NBC.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Exclusive: Steven Tyler, Idina Menzel and Ziggy Marley Lend Voices to Wonder Pets!

Singers Steven Tyler, Idina Menzel and Ziggy Marley are voicing an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s The Wonder Pets!, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

“What a blast! It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and to get a chance to do this is just another dream come true, another feather in the cap!” Tyler, who just joined the American Idol judges’ panel, said in a statement about the upcoming special.

The episode, premiering Oct. 15 at 10/9 a.m. c, pays homage to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as the Wonder Pets try to track down the Mad Hatter (Tyler), Queen of Hearts (Menzel) and Cheshire Cat (Marley) to invite them to a special tea party.

Read more and see the photo at TV Guide

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Jennifer Hudson appears on this morning’s Live with Regis and Kelly to talk about her weight loss and her “Lose Weight for Good” campaign with Weight Watchers. (check your local listings)

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Dolly Parton’s surprise appearance at the Fox

Well guess who showed up at Saturday’s matinee of the 9-to-5 musical at the Fox Theatre. Dolly Parton!

Anyway, Dolly thrilled the audience by strutting onto the stage following this Saturday afternoon’s performance. Looking fabulous as always, she took the microphone for few minutes to say hello to everyone. Snellville’s own Diana DeGarmo plays the role of Doralee.

Check out the photo at AJC.com

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David Archuleta learns to embrace his inner dork

David Archuleta had a dream last week that really spooked him. He was singing at an outdoor event when, suddenly, the entire audience got up during the middle of his performance and walked out.

“It didn’t look like they hated it, or that I did something, ” the 19-year-old singer recalls. “It just freaked me out. It was one of the creepiest dreams I’ve had. The fact that everyone left: Was I making any kind of impact on anyone?”

Read more at USA Today

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David Archuleta performs in Grand Rapids

From wzzm13.com

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David Archuleta Interview with A Teen View

David Archuleta answers questions for A Teen View

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Carrie Underwood: Hollywood Bowl Brilliant!

Carrie Underwood rocks out to a sold-out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Saturday (October 2).

The 27-year-old American Idol winner and newlywed belted out song after song through a two hour show.

See the photos at Just Jared

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Guitar.com interviews Andrew DeRoberts, the guitarist with Kris Allen’s band HERE.

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Dermot O’Leary fears for X Factor job

X Factor host Dermot O’Leary has revealed that he believes he will be excluded from taking the job on the planned US version of the show, says a report.

The 37-year-old is keen to land the prime job in the States but is concerned that US TV executives will want to pick a home-grown star to anchor the show.

Dermot told a Sunday newspaper that he thinks that show bosses may think that there are “too many Brits” on the show.

Read more at stv.tv

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‘America’s Got Talent’ breaks from canned idols

Here’s something you’ll never see in a hundred thousand years on the “American Idol” traveling concert tour: a contestant ad-libbing his thoughts about the recent tragedy involving a gay Rutgers University student’s suicide.

“America’s Got Talent Live” arrived at the not-quite-sold out Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Friday, with none of the confetti-shooting cannons, household names or even a backing band. (The singers were basically doing karaoke.)

But there was a looseness to the production that was a nice break from the canned performances that usually come when reality TV talent shows hit the road. The eclectic lineup also included ballroom dancers, a magician and the black-light performance group Fighting Gravity.

Read more at SF Gate.com

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Susan Boyle — Screw ‘Talent’, I’m Going ‘Dancing’

Not everyone in the U.S. hates Susan Boyle — TMZ has learned the singer will return to The States to perform on “Dancing with the Stars” … just weeks after she left “America’s Got Talent” in tears.

Sources tell us Boyle is scheduled to perform on Tuesday’s live show — and unlike her experience on “Talent” … we’re guessing she’ll make “Dancing” producers clear the song she wants to sing — “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen — before she touches down on American soil.

Read more at TMZ.com

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Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani Prepare a ‘Very Emotional Dance’ For ‘Dancing with the Stars’

“Dancing with the Stars” contestants Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani let ET into their rehearsals for this week’s dance – the Viennese Waltz.

“It’s a very emotional dance, ” Tony told us.

This week the couple will use the power of dance to illustrate a story.

“The song alone is very touching and powerful, ” said Audrina, who thinks that the audience will make an emotional connection with their performance.

Read more at Entertainment Tonight

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Carrie Ann Inaba: My Fellow DWTS Judges Are ‘Crazy’ and ‘Stodgy’

It’s hard to ignore Bruno Tonioli’s outrageous one-liners, his sometimes overly harsh comments and his animated gestures on Dancing with the Stars.

Especially if you’re sharing the judges’ table with him.

Asked to describe her colleagues in one word, Carrie Ann Inaba doesn’t hesitate to classify Tonioli as “crazy.”

See the video at People

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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Derek Hough on week 3’s ‘Story Night, ‘ Bruno vs. Bolton, and why people assume hot male dancers are gay

Do you agree with judge-under-fire Bruno Tonioli that Michael Bolton’s jive was the worst jive in 11 seasons? Whose might have been worse?

To tell someone that something they’ve spent hours trying to learn is the worst they’ve seen is a harsh critique to have to make. Luckily, I am not hired on this show as a judge.

This week is STORY WEEK. Can you give three hints about your samba story?
We have a great ’80s song everyone will know. Three hints for the story: bowtie, ruler, and apple.

From reader Ellie Mae: “Do you ever get tired of the judges kissing your ass and the show favoring you all the time?”

If only that were the case, then I wouldn’t have to work so hard at my job. Glad to know that it all comes across so effortlessly on screen though.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Lacey Schwimmer: I see myself like a vaudeville performer

Lacey Schwimmer’s been tearing up the floor since she made the finals on season three of “So You Think You Can Dance” and while she’s currently keeping everyone on their toes while “Dancing with the Stars, ” her ultimate goal is to get America on their feet — as a singer.

The first step towards wearing that triple threat crown is as a featured vocalist on the new Cash Cash track, “Red Cup” — an ode to college consumption. I chatted with Lacey about her musical stylings, what her “DWTS” fans can expect from her routine with Kyle Massey tonight and who — or what — she sees as their biggest blockade to taking home the disco ball trophy.

PW: What can fans expect tonight?
Lacey: This is story week. We have the waltz so it’s very slow and romantic which is hard because Kyle and I are kinda hyper. Also we don’t have that much of a romantic connection. He wishes he had one with me [laughs]. It’s going to be totally opposite of what we’ve done on the show, which is a good thing. I think Kyle will show that he has depth to his dance and can adapt. If he gets the steps and technique right, people will see a softer side.

Read more at New York Post

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Susan Boyle Cancels on ‘DWTS’

Singer Susan Boyle has cancelled her “Dancing with the Stars” appearance Tuesday’s results show.

“Extra” has learned Boyle has a severe throat infection and cannot fly from her home in Scotland.

Read more at Extra

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105 Comments

  1. X Factor host Dermot O’Leary has revealed that he believes he will be excluded from taking the job on the planned US version of the show, says a report.

    What is happening with the original recipe X-Factor anyway? If Simon, Cheryl, Louis and Dermot all move over to the US, does X-Factor re-cast everybody or does it move to another time of the year? Doesn’t BGT already have summer sewn up so X-Factor would become a spring thing? Isn’t it always a big deal for the X-Factor winner to have some big song just before Christmas? How would Simon/Cheryl/Louis/Dermot have time to film the auditions when they are busy coaching people in the US? Before it was just Simon with that schedule. Now it is everybody?

  2. What is happening with the original recipe X-Factor anyway? If Simon, Cheryl, Louis and Dermot all move over to the US, does X-Factor re-cast everybody or does it move to another time of the year? Doesn’t BGT already have summer sewn up so X-Factor would become a spring thing? Isn’t it always a big deal for the X-Factor winner to have some big song just before Christmas? How would Simon/Cheryl/Louis/Dermot have time to film the auditions when they are busy coaching people in the US? Before it was just Simon with that schedule. Now it is everybody?

    I think they plan to have next X Factor UK season in spring 2012. They might actually take a break for a year or two. The decision hasn’t been made yet.

  3. Sources tell us Boyle is scheduled to perform on Tuesday’s live show — and unlike her experience on “Talent” … we’re guessing she’ll make “Dancing” producers clear the song she wants to sing — “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen — before she touches down on American soil.

    What has that poor song every done to anybody? Isn’t it enough that the song has been sung by twice on Idol (including once with the Choir of Inspiration) already this year? Must every protege of Simon sing this song?

    Of course the poor, abused song will be cleared. Sony owns the rights to that song.

  4. In Pictures: ‘The X Factor’ final 12

    After all the controversy of last night’s Judges’ Houses show, we don’t have long to debate the merits of Katie Vs Gamu and Nicolo vs Paije, because the X Factor glamour shots have arrived. There’s some crazy new haircuts, plenty of makeup and two pieces of headwear sported by the final 12 hopefuls, who will all be performing live for your votes for the first time this Saturday. Click along below to see pictures of the acts.

    Walsh praises “brilliant” Simon Cowell

    Walsh also quipped: “He grooms himself to death – he’s actually getting younger looking with every series.

    “[But] he’s a brilliant judge of what people want and he works very hard. Of all of us he works the hardest.”

    He added: “Simon works too hard to be ambitious. Cheryl [Cole] is the most ambitious.”

  5. X-Factor US is sure to be a “copy” of the British show. Simon seems to have little love for things American, he’s been coming to the States for 10 years and still knows little about our culture or our peculiarities. He’ll bring along his “mates” and force feed them down the throats of Americans (many who are enamored with a good British or Irish accent). And how a bunch of Brits are supposed to judge what singers will be popular on these shores is a stretch…Simon hasn’t always been the authority when it has come to successful AI contestants post show.

    Susan Boyle…ahh Susan Boyle. The American public gets to be forced fed this one-trick pony again. The longer the woman is around the more I am fed up with the whole scenerio and the more I shake my head at the gullibility of many on these shores. Singers like Susan are a dime a dozen in most church choirs and local playhouses…many with even better voices…but, alas, they don’t have the backing of big corporations to force feed them down our throats. So sad. Guess I won’t be watching Dancing…and I was kind of interested in Jennifer Grey.

  6. Hmmmmm. I am envisioning barbershop quartet version of Hallelujah-Lee, Tim, and Jason C. surrounding Susan B.-Simon could make it happen-one phone call to Leonard Cohen. Fox would love it-great cross promotion between their two big cheesy shows. Kinda like when peeps from Dancing with the Stars taught the cast of Bachelor Pad to tango.

  7. Don’t know where to post this, since nobody here is mentioning the SYTYCD tour. My husband and daughters went to the Charlotte show on Saturday (I know it’s weird for a grown up man, but it is kind of an annual father/ daughter trip) The show is fantastic and these dancers are the nicest most humble kids around. My daughters got pictures and autographs from just about everybody but Kent. This wasn’t his fault though, the security people “removed” him. He wanted to stay out there with the fans, my husband said he looked ready to cry. This was at 1:15, the show started at 7:30….

  8. Not everyone in the U.S. hates Susan Boyle

    Huh? I didn’t know anybody hated her. Why do some people do?

  9. The girl screaming in the David A. video sounds like a dying elephant or some other wildlife in pain. Daaavviidddddddddddddd! Funny video.

  10. What has that poor song every done to anybody?

    Maybe that was the Hallelujah song in the David A. video, asking David to rescue it. Daaavidddddddddd!

  11. He added: “Simon works too hard to be ambitious.

    You know, that sentence makes no sense at all, no matter which way I parse it. Ambitious people don’t work hard? If one works hard, that’s proof of no ambition? Ambition and hard work are not connected? Madon’. It’s judges’ double speak, IMO. Is this Louis person really good at that talent? Just wondering.

  12. LOL – I guess you an be ambitious without having to work hard. And you can work hard without being all that ambitious. But that sentence still makes little sense

  13. Perez Hilton is watching the X Factor UK. I checked his blog. He thinks Simon really lucked out this season with two really good acts. He think girls will love BieberX5 boys and he loves Belle Amie. He totally turned against Cher Lloyd and he hates Katie Waissel. He also liked Aiden Grimshaw’s Judges’ Houses performance.

  14. Not everyone in the US hates Susan Boyle? She has sold multi-million albums with full of covers. Her label/mgmt targeted older audience to sell albums and it worked. She will sing covers until her career ends and still makes millions. Damn, I Dreamed a Dream. What a song!

  15. I think they plan to have next X Factor UK season in spring 2012. They might actually take a break for a year or two. The decision hasn’t been made yet.

    Interesting how they will resolve this. I don’t think a show in the US could wait that long and still expect to hold on to its popularity. It’ll be watching. :)

  16. girlygirl:
    10/04/2010 at 10:56 am
    I love this photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bambergmwr/5047214241/in/set-72157624961535567/

    Nice photo. Now why can’t the professionals get these kind of shots?

    Mateja:
    10/04/2010 at 11:02 am
    Perez Hilton is watching the X Factor UK. I checked his blog. He thinks Simon really lucked out this season with two really good acts. He think girls will love BieberX5 boys and he loves Belle Amie. He totally turned against Cher Lloyd and he hates Katie Waissel. He also liked Aiden Grimshaw’s Judges’ Houses performance.

    Hmmm Perez has questionable taste in my opinion. ;) Speaking of Bieber 2.0, X factor US should be a perfect breeding ground. Other than the aging Jbros are there any other up and coming teen boys or groups?

  17. She will sing covers until her career ends and still makes millions.

    Proving once again that “marketing” is still stronger than the product itself. I have lived through pet rocks and mood rings and salad choppers, I have been sucked into theaters to watch really dreadful movies, I believed designers when they extolled the virtues of teal and pink as great neutrals and white washed oak as the way to present wood.

    Susan Boyle has been the best marketed product in the last few years. The industry hit the nail on the head with her and kudos to all of them for creating this very bizarre sales leader.

    I may stand alone, but I stand proudly, when I say Susan Boyle is a sham and a charlatan. She isn’t (in my book) a terrific singer, she is a piss-poor live entertainer, and she has allowed herself to become a tool of a cut throat industry. She (or It since she is nothing more than a piece of merchandise) can continue to make oodles of money and “steal” from the masses of poor consumers…but she will never be a “recording star” in my humble estimation.

    By the way, has ANYONE ever heard her played on the radio?

  18. The X Factor 2010: the finalists

    Cher Lloyd

    Everybody knows that Cher is the streetest contestant in The X Factor history. This is because she used her audition to sing a song about getting her swag on – whatever that means, I’m not young any more – and then went “Ringy dingy dingy” over a Coldplay track. She’s the one to beat, at least until the inevitable Songs From Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals week causes her to drown in her own tears because she can’t make Mr Mistoffolees sound as gangsta as she’d like.

    Rebecca Ferguson

    A young mother from Liverpool with marvellous dress sense and a gently understated soul voice. Needless to say, she’ll be flung under the truck at the first sign that Cher Lloyd isn’t doing as well as people thought.

    Katie Waissel

    Look at Katie, with her deliberately ironic outfits and her great big stupid hair and her fierce determination to only say and do things that make me angry. But can she sing? Nobody knows. She’s barely been able to get through an entire song without arseing it up yet. That bodes well for Saturday, doesn’t it?

  19. I have no reason to hate Susan Boyle – that’s a harsh word. I’m completely indifferent to her, and whatever songs she covers. Theoretically, I suppose I’m in the demographic that album was aimed at – except – NOT.

    “I Dreamed a Dream” can indeed be a great song, depending on the vocalist. I saw Les Mis on Broadway, and I have the complete Symphonic recording of the score – I believe with Debra Byrne singing Fantine. If ever I want to listen to it – I don’t need a saccharine Subo cover. I can’t think why anyone does. Too many excellent cast recordings exist. But, people have different tastes.

  20. I may stand alone, but I stand proudly, when I say Susan Boyle is a sham and a charlatan.

    You are not alone :).

    I don’t know SuBo personally, so I have no reason to “hate” her. I do however think she’s a hack, and I find her very, very creepy.

  21. Susan Boyle…ahh Susan Boyle. The American public gets to be forced fed this one-trick pony again.

    I doubt that the few million people in the states that bought her cd feel that she was force fed to them. As far as I’m concerned, she isn’t doing anything that any of the American Idol contestants aren’t. She is trying to have a singing career and it is working out very well for her.

  22. Kris & crew have made it safely back to the States

    calevis24

    #Well…back in the US…Germany was great, but I gotta say I’m pretty stinkin glad to be back here in the states. WOOHA 20 minutes ago via txt

  23. SuBo is absolutely disliked by many people for a variety of reasons. However considering her sales numbers and the fact that she managed to make 6 million bucks the last few months I’d say she’s laughing all the way to the bank. If her career ends anytime soon IMO she’s still set for life. I fully expect her Xmas album to get her some more shiny platinum.

  24. I don’t know SuBo personally, so I have no reason to “hate” her. I do however think she’s a hack, and I find her very, very creepy.

    There’s never been even the slightest hint of originality in any of her vocals and likely never will be.

    I live in dread that somebody will give me her next album for Christmas!

  25. InternAdam Tomorrow in USA TODAY look for a big ole message to @TheEllenShow from @AdamLambert and myself! Life Section! xoxo

    hmmmmmmm

  26. I’m not interested in Susan Boyle’s music much like I am not interested in Selena Gomez’s. Both would probably be classified by some as TV stars who made manufactured corporate music, born of cynicism and greed (yes, just like Idol contestants LOL). But its hard to be mad at them for me, since there have been TV stars (and actors, and sports figures, etc) releasing albums for decades. And sometimes those albums hit. When they do, I always believe its because there is something about them the public is genuinely responding to, since not all Disney kids and X-Factor contestants have actually sold a lot of anything. Some of our most enduring music stars have non-perfect voices, so sometimes you just have that kind of charisma. People just like Susan Boyle, apparently, and her voice is nice enough to hold their attention for now.

  27. The USA Today article about David is really good. I hope he knows just how impressive he really is. He is such a smart young man.

  28. FYI – Adam has an official LA concert date – 12/16, at Club Nokia listed on his website – http://bit.ly/a1UXXa

    It is listed as a regular Glam Nation Tour show :-)

  29. Is this new? Adam added a 12/16 GN show in Los Angeles.

    The announcement is new, but a GN show for LA has been rumored for at least a couple of months. Club Nokia with 2300 max capacity seems small, though.

  30. Lumping Susan Boyle in with some of the outstanding finalists from American Idol is such a disservice to some great vocalists and musical artists. Susan was on a TV show where she sang two songs…one of them very, very badly. And, yup, the AI contestants also sang kareoke but they did it for many many weeks, covering many many different songs and genres. They even found time to act and sing in commercials and to display some kind of stage presence singing and interacting with other contestants and then they performed in over 50 live performances (didn’t Sue do a half dozen before her “nerves” got the best of her.

    Many of these AI contestants have gone on to provide us with some very successful original pieces (some they have written themselves). They have toured and sweated it out in the trenches.

    Susan is strictly a caricature of a Singer. Not an original note of music has come out of her mouth and she is only presented to the public in very controlled conditions that scream Autotune to me at each presentation. Now, I bet, her Christmas Album (and video) will be full of Little Matchstick Girls and poor little orphans and wee little precocious kids. She and her team are selling us “pity and pathos” and I find it vulgar.

    ETA: And just because she has made a boat load of money in no way legitimizes her or her talent. There is a sucker born every minute and in Susan’s case that number is in the millions.

  31. Tickets for Adam’s 12/16 show at the Club Nokia go on sale this coming Friday

  32. The announcement is new, but a GN show for LA has been rumored for at least a couple of months. Club Nokia with 2300 max capacity seems small, though.

    It does seem small to me. They should have tried for the Kodak. With the rumored Jingle Balls, I wonder how his schedule will shake out.

  33. As far as SuBo is concerned: I tend to question the ability of a performer to communicate anything useful about the human condition through song when her response to meeting fans is to suck her thumb (even if it was a joke, that was still really socially maladroit).

    I certainly don’t want her flat affect anywhere near Hallelujah. Like Kirsten said, that song has suffered enough.

  34. Lumping Susan Boyle in with some of the outstanding finalists from American Idol is such a disservice to some great vocalists and musical artists.

    I think most people here would agree with you that the American Idol finalists are very talented and don’t deserve to be called soulless corporate shills. But it happens anyway, out there in the world. So in that way, some people will always see all of the reality show contest people as the same.

    She and her team are selling us “pity and pathos” and I find it vulgar.

    Sure, you are entitled to do so.

    And just because she has made a boat load of money in no way legitimizes her or her talent.

    Sure. But I don’t think that’s the point anyone is trying to make. She has something people like. There have been plenty of people who got full on marketing pushes with great stories that didn’t catch on like she did. Something about her has clicked that didn’t click with others before her.

    Anyway, there are people who like her voice and like hearing covers. There has always been a market for this kind of easy listening stuff, as well as a market for operatic voices. Its not my cuppa, but the people who like that deserve to have something they can buy too. So I ain’t mad at them, or her, for not sharing my tastes.

  35. The USA Today article about David is really good. I hope he knows just how impressive he really is. He is such a smart young man.

    Yeah I just read that article it was really good and also ~interesting.
    ——————

    RT @mtvtj: .@jambajim is prepping for his @DavidArchie interview…he should be here any minute!

    RT @teendotcomtv: Spending the day with @Davidarchie in NYC for My Day My Life on AlloyTV. Can’t wait for the new album tomorrow! http://plixi.com/p/48746833

    RT @aolmusic: Today, the @AOLMusic crew is following @DavidArchie all day! Stay tuned for photos, video + more in David Archuleta — A Day in the Life…

    ———-

    HAHAHA I love Jim!

    RT @jambajim: My interview w/ @DavidArchie was rescheduled for later today. Perfect! Gives me more time to find Almond the Squirrel & bring him to MTV HQ.

  36. Simon Cowell must be obsessed with Hallelujah. It was also the X Factor UK coronation song two years ago!!!

    As for Suzan Boyle, I don’t understand why she took off so much in the US. She was even more successful than in the UK where her album didn’t stay #1 for nearly as long. And her new album is #7 on Amazon US, #47 on Amazon UK.

  37. sr4mjc:
    It does seem small to me. They should have tried for the Kodak.

    Unfortunately the Kodak is currently closed undergoing renovations for an extended run of Cirque du Soleil next year. The next logical step up from Club Nokia would probably be the Nokia Theatre with 7100 capacity. Club Nokia appears to have a lot of open dates on both sides of the 16th, though, so maybe there will be a performance or two added if there is enough demand for tickets.

  38. YAY, thanks for the blurb on Megan Joy. What video is she shooting? Did she make an album? Does she have a website? She just seemed to disappear after the tour last year.

    She is such an astoundingly beautiful woman with a unique voice. I just can’t imagine her fading into the woodwork. She’d do well on the big screen with her physical gifts.

    Anybody know anything about what she’s doing these days?

  39. Hey Guys… is Archie’s release tomorrow? Do I have the date right?

  40. What has that poor song every done to anybody? Isn’t it enough that the song has been sung by twice on Idol (including once with the Choir of Inspiration) already this year? Must every protege of Simon sing this song?

    This. This song has become the macroni art of the reality show world. Enough already! Leave the song alone! I mean it was bad enough that we got Lee’s shouty version with the pimptastic chorus and lighting of pimpdom. Now we’re going to have another Cowell product warble her way through it? ugh.

    Dear reality peeps, just put the “Hallelujah” down. Walk slowly away from it. No one has to get hurt here today.

    And I don’t hate SuBo, I save my hate for people who hurt others. I do think she’s a mediocre singer who does nothing, but covers of songs, and is inexplicably successful while doing so. Mostly because of her being “heart warming.” But whatever. Not like people were forced into buying her (bad) album. That was their choice.

    I don’t know the Adam thing in USAToday to Ellen. Maybe it’s just around the concert, and that would be fine. I wish it somehow went to the anti-bullying stuff that Ellen has done lately.

  41. TinaWina,

    Thank you for articulating my thoughts about the Susan Boyle phenomenon precisely. As hard as it is to believe, one person’s Cook/Lambert/Clarkson is another person’s Susan Boyle. She is not my cuppa either, but she is very good at what she does, and her popularity comes as no surprise to me.

  42. koshka:
    10/04/2010 at 2:31 pm
    Hey Guys… is Archie’s release tomorrow? Do I have the date right?

    Yes! Today is David A. Album Eve. :)

    That USA Today interview is very nice.

  43. I wish it somehow went to the anti-bullying stuff that Ellen has done lately.

    I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t about this issue.

  44. I don’t know the Adam thing in USAToday to Ellen. Maybe it’s just around the concert, and that would be fine. I wish it somehow went to the anti-bullying stuff that Ellen has done lately.

    What concert? I’m trying to pull this together in my mind and am not being very successful. I tend to brain dump this stuff. Wasn’t Intern Adam with a radio station or does he have some connection to Ellen? Hopefully it does have to do with this anti-bullying message. This situation has made me sick to my stomach.

  45. InternAdam is in Nashville. Maybe USAToday is running statements in response to Ellen’s emotional video? And InternAdam happens to be in there as well?

    He tweeted a couple of days ago that he was going to get all his heterosexual friends and make a #itgetsbetter video for gay youth.

  46. Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

  47. A small crumb about David Cook and Lee DeWyze this past weekend:

    #blakeporter

    Had a great time hangin’ with David Cook and Lee Dewize former Idol winners. Keep being real fellas’ – I miss Cali already!!!!

    @DRCcarpenter I thought I already was. I am now. David is very genuine and real. As a Pastor I was very impressed with his kind spirit.

    Oops! I spelled Lee Dewyze wrong. No disrespect bro!!! Thanks again for the time in San Fran.

  48. Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

    Tell me my UK friends… has susan been skipping appearances there? This is why I am so cynical about her. I don’t think the tons of cash is what keeps her motivated to stay in the limelight – just a suspicion. So what is her motivation? Going out on a limb here.. so if she doesn’t seem to like live appearances & maybe the cash is nice, but not necessary, so who is pulling the strings from behind the scenes? The industry folks or family? She appears to be pushed beyond her comfort level so I’m not inclined to think she wants all this.

  49. Two things: They’re gonna need a bigger boat for Adam in LA. Or two shows.

    I have a feeling the Ellen thing will be about the Rutgers case, and then also about cyber-bullying, bullying in general, hate.

  50. I’m glad SuBo won’t be performing on DWTS. I don’t mind her but I absolutely hate Hallelujah. I’ve hated ever version of the song I’ve ever heard.

    SuBo’s music never gets played on the radio. She’s one of those artists that don’t need it to sell music. How can a singer be a “sham” anyway?
    You either like their vocals or you don’t. And doing covers or standards used to be a perfectly decent way to have a singing career. Interpreting music is a form of artistry (although SuBo’s style is not everyone’s thing obviously. ;) )

  51. Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

    Sorry about her throat but happy for my ears ;)

    Another cancellation, this is suspect to me though.

  52. I don’t mean to be cynical, but if someone is being bullied on a daily basis, does a video saying “It gets better” really help that much?? You mean, “it gets better (if you don’t get too distraught, and are able to survive)”? I think more needs to be done to squash the bullying, like calling in parents to warn them, suspensions and even expellings from school. Serious action. Many schools have rules and don’t enforce them – they are just “token” rules.

  53. I just read the review of the AGT tour and it said the star of the show was Prince Poppycock and he was obviously the big draw.
    YES. I don’t want his 15 minutes to be over anytime soon.

  54. Hey- did y’all see Matty G’s tweet about it- I agree with him 100%:

    .
    <em>ImMattGiraud: I see people trying to figure out how to stop bullying.. I say to tell average kids to STAND UP and STICK UP for those who need a friend.
    about 4 hours ago via web

    It’s not about just the bullies- it’s also about those who see it and turn their head the other way…

  55. I don’t mean to be cynical, but if someone is being bullied on a daily basis, does a video saying “It gets better” really help that much?? You mean, “it gets better (if you don’t get too distraught, and are able to survive)”? I think more needs to be done to squash the bullying, like calling in parents to warn them, suspensions and even expellings from school. Serious action. Many schools have rules and don’t enforce them – they are just “token” rules.

    I’ve watched the videos. Some of them are really inspiring. Of course something should be done to squash the bullying at school, at home etc.

    But since telling gay teens that they can have a wonderful future is never a bad thing I’m going to say I think it helps.

    Edit: Yeah Matt!

  56. On SuBo, she can sing whatever she wants as far as I am concerned. That is why I have a lot of channels on my TV and a remote control.

    The odd part to me is the record sales numbers — all over the world that album sold. There were plenty of other AC albums out, many by fine vocalists with great production. But some people connected with SuBo, her story, and her music. I don’t think she took sales from anyone else, so can’t really see that she did that much harm.

    I just read the review of the AGT tour and it said the star of the show was Prince Poppycock and he was obviously the big draw.
    YES. I don’t want his 15 minutes to be over anytime soon.

    This show sounds like a real challenge for the vocalists — no band, no accompanist, just backing tracks.

    IMO one of the best things about the Idols Live! Tour is that they have a really great band, back-up singers and decent production values. Hard for me to imagine Jackie Evancho, at 10, having to sing to recorded music with sound level issues.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/03/DDQ21FN8AV.DTL

  57. riskylady:
    10/04/2010 at 3:24 pm
    I don’t mean to be cynical, but if someone is being bullied on a daily basis, does a video saying “It gets better” really help that much?? You mean, “it gets better (if you don’t get too distraught, and are able to survive)”? I think more needs to be done to squash the bullying, like calling in parents to warn them, suspensions and even expellings from school. Serious action. Many schools have rules and don’t enforce them – they are just “token” rules.

    I agree, but who will enforce this across the schools? Does law enforcement really care?

    An example of this, which was an eye opener for me. My daughter started public school this year. All I’ve heard since Michelle Obama settled in as First Lady is talk about childhood obesity. After spending some time in the school, I’ve seen the lunches (and ice cream) being served to impulse driven elementary school children then coupled with small amount of PE these kids actually get on a weekly basis is amazing. It would seem that a few small policy alterations would fix this right? Well apparently they finally were able to get chocolate milk pulled from the menu and that was a huge challenge and seen as a victory. *eyes rolling* So in my mind, if schools can’t positively affect change in the food they serve I can’t expect them to have a positive impact on activity that goes on off campus.

    So while I agree with what you are saying about “it gets better” it is better than nothing while schools and legislature moves at the rate of snails. If Ellen can enact just a little bit of public awareness its a positive step in the right direction.

  58. ImMattGiraud: I see people trying to figure out how to stop bullying.. I say to tell average kids to STAND UP and STICK UP for those who need a friend.
    about 4 hours ago via web

    This too!

  59. SuBo didn’t take sales away from other artists. She helped the bottom line of her label though and music sales in general (which could use the help). So all in all I’d say she’s a force for good not evil ;)

    I admit I enjoy the irony of a deranged cat lady selling more albums than hotties like Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Rihanna. Hope she blows them all away this Xmas as well.

  60. GSafarian

    #Busy prep day as we get ready to hit the road again! Just a few more details to nail down for our promo shoot with @KrisAllen 4 minutes ago via web

  61. This song has become the macroni art of the reality show world… bad enough that we got Lee’s shouty version with the pimptastic chorus… just put the “Hallelujah” down… Walk slowly away from it. No one has to get hurt here today.

    heh heh, Truthiness – your whole comment is just full of winning moments!

    And, riskylady, I agree that real tangible action has to be taken on bullying where and when it happens. But I don’t think there is much a celebrity can do to take that action – what they can do is call attention to the issue and offer support and hope. Maybe the “it gets better” videos a celebrity can offer helps make their fans rethink some attitudes or even gets people to take action at the level where it creates real results.

  62. I was bullied all through high school and the school administrators and teachers never did anything about it. They didn’t care. I never talked to my parents about it until after I had grown up — although I did try every year (unsuccessfully) to get them to let me change schools. Even now they can’t really understand why I hate that school and will never give it any $$$ or step foot on campus ever again. (ETA – I went to a small private school run by Quakers (although neither I nor the majority of the students were actually Quaker) — rather ironic, I think )

    I’d like to think that things have changed since I was a teenager — that school officials are more willing to listen to complaints and step in to try and stop the bullying. But from these stories that are making the news, it seems like things haven’t really changed much at all.

    Anything that can bring the problem more into the public eye and possibly spark some changes both in behavior and how bullies can be dealt with seems like a good thing.

  63. Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

    Hallelujah! Or NOT at the case may be.

    As for the It Gets Better campaign, I think that raising awareness and trying to tell kids that there is a community out there, supporting them, who have gone through it, can’t be anything, but good. It is certainly not the only thing, or even a big thing, but I think that in this case, everything to help, should be done. And especially with these kids, the sense of isolation and alienation, is huge, so the idea of a community out there, makes a lot of sense. Again, it’s not even the main thing of what needs to be done, but considering that so much of it is rooted in religion, makes it complicated, big and messy. And not really appropriate for this board, so just leaving it at that.

    So let me just say that I for one, am glad if Adam takes part in Ellen’s anti-bullying campaign. Good. It is just a small thing, but it’s a good thing, and nothing wrong with doing good things.

  64. I’m not a great SuBo fan, but since when is there a stigma about singing covers, i.e. songs written by others? Sinatra sang covers, Streisand sings covers, Tony Bennett sings covers, Elvis sang covers, Buble sings covers, almost everyone sings a cover at one time or another even if they do write a lot of their own music. I could go on for pages and pages. The great songwriters are not always also singers, and some even wrote/write songs with a certain performer in mind. And some of the greatest and most popular singers NEVER wrote a song.

  65. Ditto girlygirl. It’s a shame your parents didn’t respond to your requests to change schools. Bullying didn’t seem to be a big problem at my huge Brooklyn high school. You just had to be careful not to piss off the tough kids (and get your ass kicked) and you were golden.

    I think any light on the subject is for the good.

  66. Susan Boyle…ahh Susan Boyle. The American public gets to be forced fed this one-trick pony again. The longer the woman is around the more I am fed up with the whole scenerio and the more I shake my head at the gullibility of many on these shores.

    I don’t regard Susan Boyle as being “force fed” on the American public, since she rarely appears here and is very easy to avoid. Also, I don’t think that people who like Susan Boyle’s singing are “gullible”. She’s not my kind of singer, but if people like her music I’ve got no problem with that. It’s all a matter of personal choice.

    Singers like Susan are a dime a dozen in most church choirs and local playhouses…many with even better voices…but, alas, they don’t have the backing of big corporations to force feed them down our throats. So sad. Guess I won’t be watching Dancing…and I was kind of interested in Jennifer Grey.

    If anyone thinks that they can’t watch an entire program that they enjoy simply because a performer that they dislike is singing on it, I have a suggestion. Usually, there are “warnings” that a performance by a guest star is coming up, and there’s usually lots of time to hit the mute button or change the channel, so it can be easy to avoid any performer that a person doesn’t want to see or hear.

  67. I admit I enjoy the irony of a deranged cat lady selling more albums than hotties like Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Rihanna. Hope she blows them all away this Xmas as well.

    LOL

    I’m not a great SuBo fan, but since when is there a stigma about singing covers, i.e. songs written by others?

    I completely agree.. however most singers artists don’t make a career on singing cover material. To me that is the difference between a singer and an artist.

    I have no issue with people buying her album at all, but its not for me. I just recently purchased Selena Gomez for my daughter & I’m sure there are millions of parents just like me forking out the green for JBros, Miley and whoever else. For me there isn’t much difference between teen pop and what Subo does with her music. *shrug* no matter my opinion its getting sold in bucket loads.

  68. ImMattGiraud: I see people trying to figure out how to stop bullying.. I say to tell average kids to STAND UP and STICK UP for those who need a friend.
    about 4 hours ago via web

    It’s not about just the bullies- it’s also about those who see it and turn their head the other way…

    THIS.
    It’s vital that the kids be educated that it’s not acceptable to let a peer being victimized.
    Addressed by a group, bullying will just disappear.

  69. I’m not a fan of Susan B., but I hope she feels better. I know I do.
    I love Hallelujah and I think all three of our Idol guys did a great job with it. I especially like Lee’s acoustic version. I wouldn’t want to hear Susan’s version. I still haven’t recovered from the trauma of Wild Horses. But some of my relatives love her. Now I have family holiday gatherings to look forward to.

    Thanks for the clue, wordnerdarchie. Surely someone else will be spilling a bean or two. The only other crumb I’ve seen was this:
    Neilfingtiemann @leedewyze I saw you outside, I’m two doors down. Come hang.
    That was around midnight last night in CA, where I assume they are,
    though who knows.

  70. I completely agree.. however most singers artists don’t make a career on singing cover material. To me that is the difference between a singer and an artist.

    I disagree and think that distinguishing a singer from an artist involves more than whether they just sing covers. There is no way that singers like Sinatra, Bennett, Ella and jazz singers like Diana Krall are not artists, even though they sing standards (great songs that they didn’t compose).

    I’m not a great SuBo fan, but since when is there a stigma about singing covers, i.e. songs written by others? Sinatra sang covers, Streisand sings covers, Tony Bennett sings covers, Elvis sang covers, Buble sings covers, almost everyone sings a cover at one time or another even if they do write a lot of their own music. I could go on for pages and pages. The great songwriters are not always also singers, and some even wrote/write songs with a certain performer in mind. And some of the greatest and most popular singers NEVER wrote a song.

    I agree. That’s why using the material that someone sings as the difference between an artist and a singer is a poor measure, IMO.

  71. riskylady:
    10/04/2010 at 3:49 pm

    I’m not a great SuBo fan, but since when is there a stigma about singing covers, i.e. songs written by others? Sinatra sang covers, Streisand sings covers, Tony Bennett sings covers, Elvis sang covers, Buble sings covers, almost everyone sings a cover at one time or another even if they do write a lot of their own music. I could go on for pages and pages. The great songwriters are not always also singers, and some even wrote/write songs with a certain performer in mind. And some of the greatest and most popular singers NEVER wrote a song.

    ITA! And I’m not a Susan Boyle fan.

  72. Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

    Darn, I so enjoy Fast-forwarding through her performances ;) , now I will have to watch the musical guest after all, who will it be, I wonder?

  73. Kris & crew have made it safely back to the States

    calevis24

    #Well…back in the US…Germany was great, but I gotta say I’m pretty stinkin glad to be back here in the states.

    Good.
    Great job with the USO tour, Kris and the band.

    And I hope that I can catch Kris Fox AI promo when it’s aired.

  74. I disagree and think that distinguishing a singer from an artist involves more than whether they just sing covers. There is no way that singers like Sinatra, Bennett, Ella and jazz singers like Diana Krall are not artists, even though they sing standards (great songs that they didn’t compose).

    Oh I think we are on the same page of music. *pun intended* Its not just covers. But I can’t think of anyone that has only sung covers in their career. Sure there are many, many artists that sing covers, but they also either create or sing another’s originals. With originals there is nothing to copy & the creativity and the success come from within the artist.

  75. I really enjoy reading about all the brouhaha over the X Factor top 12 decision.
    And yeah, somebody mentioned that the judges maybe deliberately skipped over Gamu so that they can choose
    her again for the wildcard. It’s all for the drama.

  76. There is no way that singers like Sinatra, Bennett, Ella and jazz singers like Diana Krall are not artists, even though they sing standards (great songs that they didn’t compose).

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with singers doing covers. But it’s not too much to expect an original performance with fresh interpretation and styling. We don’t get that from SuBo. The singers you mention did and do deliver in that department.

  77. As well as Jason Castro’s album release to the Christian music market on November 9th, he is also releasing a 5 song digital EP on November 9th: Changing Colors: Live From Studio 1290. It’s Jason with his full band – live – recorded in NYC at Atlantic’s Studio 1290. Includes acoustic versions of: “Changing Colors,” “If I Were You,” “It Matters To Me,” “Love Uncompromised” and his cover of the Tom Petty’s song “Learning To Fly.”

  78. Jamba jim: And that’s a wrap! @DavidArchie was awesome, as always. We had a nice interview then had a little fun in an elevator. ;) Stay tuned!

    ahh cant wait!

  79. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with singers doing covers. But it’s not too much to expect an original performance with fresh interpretation and styling. We don’t get that from SuBo. The singers you mention did and do deliver that that department.

    Yes, that is the difference. There are singers who sing original material who are not artists either. Being a great singer is defined by more than the material that one sings and having a good voice, Great singing and artistry is about phrasing, interpretation, conveying feeling and in the case of standards, telling a story through music in a compelling way that touches people’s souls.

  80. An example of this, which was an eye opener for me. My daughter started public school this year. All I’ve heard since Michelle Obama settled in as First Lady is talk about childhood obesity. After spending some time in the school, I’ve seen the lunches (and ice cream) being served to impulse driven elementary school children then coupled with small amount of PE these kids actually get on a weekly basis is amazing. It would seem that a few small policy alterations would fix this right? Well apparently they finally were able to get chocolate milk pulled from the menu and that was a huge challenge and seen as a victory. *eyes rolling* So in my mind, if schools can’t positively affect change in the food they serve I can’t expect them to have a positive impact on activity that goes on off campus.

    Childhood obesity goes WAY past the schools. The kinds of foods served in the schools depends entirely on what company the district contracts with to provide the food and cafeteria workers. Schools can choose more healthful programs if they want, but if there’s no budget to afford it, it’s frozen boxes and industrial size cans of slop. I know for a fact that one of the middle schools in my town uses profits from the vending machines to fund student activities and reward programs. Guess what they stock in those machines (hint: it isn’t granola bars, sunflower seeds or bottled water)? Accountability for childhood obesity should begin and end with parents, in my opinion. They stock the kitchens and make the dining out choices that influence their children. But I digress.

    As for bullying, it’s definitely a delicate situation. A friend of mine had to remove her daughter from an elementary school because she was being bullied, and the faculty did nothing to address it. Home life often dictates how these children act at school, and it must be overwhelming for teachers to have to be disciplinarians as well as educators. Lots more kids have mental health issues or behavioral issues that are either undiagnosed or untreated. Those are the kids whose parents don’t have the means or the inclination to get help for their children, which is a shame. Kids are aware when they are behind or incapable, and that frustration often manifests itself as bullying. It’s so difficult to blame one particular party for it, but raising awareness, especially for student peers, is a wonderful first step. Standing by and doing nothing isn’t the answer.

    Turns out Susan Boyle won’t be butchering performing “Hallelujah” on DWTS tomorrow night after all. She has a throat infection and cannot fly from Scotland.

    Wow, shocker.

  81. Accountability for childhood obesity should begin and end with parents, in my opinion.

    Which is why dd takes her lunch to school. ;) But I’m still appalled at the idea of selling ice cream.

    Hmmmm I wonder when Susan’s next appearance is scheduled for..?

    ETA: so that I don’t keep writing about food. LOL Taco Bell and Arby’s geeeezz. unbelievable.

  82. Which is why dd takes her lunch to school. But I’m still appalled at the idea of selling ice cream.

    I agree. I felt the same way when Arby’s and Taco Bell were being shipped into my high school for students to purchase. Who’s bright idea was that? Yikes!

  83. The fact that Boyle sings covers is not my whole bone of contention. My issue is that this woman is being viewed by many as a legitimate Artist who enhances in some way the field she is in. I read, with wonder, an article where some say she should be considered for “newcomer of the year” for a grammy. This is what makes me shiver. The grammys are having enough trouble staying true to their vision (quality over quantity (sales)) and now someone wants to throw a novelty act into the mix.

    Of course some people will say that Ms. Boyle brings more to the stage then artists like Keisha or Bieber or Perry or even many idol finalists. And this is where I really differ. This “kids”, at least, are working towards a goal and a career. They are putting sweat and tears and hard work into their chosen profession. Whatever financial rewards they are able to achieve it is because they worked for it and they take the lumps along with the accolades. Ms. Boyle, on the other hand, is a product…a figment of a marketers wet dream. She sits in a studio and mimics other artists and then this is distributed as the latest greatest thing to hit the market. It just makes me sad that people think this is a real artist with a real product to sale instead of a gimmick with a back story.

  84. Pretty sure that Adam thing with Intern Adam was taped quite a while back while Adam was touring in the Nashville area. Since that was well before the recent suicide tragedies and media focus on bullying, it probably won’t be about that. I think Intern Adam has been lobbying to try and get on Ellen’s show, it might be about that.

  85. Getting the parents involved in Middle and High School is important. Unfortunately, some of these parents turn out to be the bully type themeslves.. At the college level, it would be even more difficult to control. Too bad Molly allowed this guy to use her computer. She should have said, “No way. This is not a good idea. I won’t have any part of it.”

    1% Chocolate milk is offered (as well as apples) at our local school.

    I loved the simplicity of Jason castro’s Hallelujah. Things have been going quite well for him.

    Lacey Schwimmer: I see myself like a vaudeville performer. YEP!

    I don’t see anything wrong with covering songs for most artists.

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