Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
Cowboys Announce Featured Performer At Thanksgiving Day Halftime Concert
The Dallas Cowboys announced on Thursday that two-time Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Clarkson will be the featured performer at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Red Kettle Kick-Off Concert….
Elliott Yamin To Be Featured On NBC Sounds Of The Season
The fifth annual …NBC Sounds of the Season will be released this fall exclusively at Target Stores. Big Machine Records, Capitol Music Group and Hickory Records in association with NBC Universal Video, Music & Product Development, are behind the release of this music collection. …NBC Sounds of the Season features albums from top recording artists Taylor Swift, KT Tunstall and American Idol Elliott Yamin…….
Connecticut Own American Idol to Sing National Anthem at Thompson World Series
Julia DeMato, an American Idol top ten finalist, will sing the National Anthem at the Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, October 14th.
Her performance will be the highlight of the pre-race ceremonies that will begin shortly after 12 Noon……
Least deserving reality TV winners
Taylor Hicks, …American Idol 5
The history of reality TV is littered with winners who are unlikable and even hateable. But their wins indicate that they did something right, since they defeated their opponents, after all. Still, sometimes they leave more-deserving candidates in their wake. That frequently the case with …American Idol, as best exemplified by its fifth season winner, Taylor Hicks. He received the most votes and won, but since then, his record sales have been solid but unimpressive, showing that fans have responded more to his competition music (Chris Daughtry first album actually set records). Even judge Simon Cowell admitted that Taylor won only because the show became …a popularity contest……..
The votes are in for Ultimate Idol
America, you voted (again), and we have your Ultimate American Idol……
Texas, OU, Florida, Rutgers face gut-check tests
…On the sidelines in Tuscaloosa the other week was American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. He’s from Birmingham, but refused to tell me if he preferred Alabama to Auburn. His reasoning? Fans of both sides buy CDs and he didn’t want to alienate anybody. Hmm. OK…
Life a circus after ‹Idol
Like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Fuentes (above) still plays to packed arenas years after her appearance on “American Idol.” But Fuentes, who was on season 2 of “Idol, ” isn’t a recording star these days. She’s in the circus. “Never in a million years did I think I would run away and join the circus, but I did, ” laughs Fuentes, who’s in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus that opens today at TD Banknorth Garden. She’s been with the show for three years, and even married the elephant trainer, Mike Hayward. “I don’t get the pedicures; they do, ” says Fuentes, referring to the circus’s seven female elephants. “They get more pampering than I do. . . . They’re like our children.”
‘American Idol’ judges scheduled to come to Omaha bar
About 200 people crowded into the Prestige World Class Restaurant and Lounge in west Omaha Thursday evening to watch “American Idol” crew members tape Russ Koley as he sang an hour-long set.
Koley, 23, was a finalist in the first round of “American Idol” auditions in August.
“American Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson are supposed to visit the lounge tonight and Saturday during the televised Nebraska-Missouri football game.
“They set it up very last minute, ” said owner Jerry Gish. “We’re very proud of Russ. He has been working for us as a waiter for a year now.
“He’s a natural. He got up there and sang a mix of songs – everything from Neil Diamond to the Beatles.”
Homecoming ticket sales meeting expectations
Tonight’s DAUGHTRY concert not yet sold out
…Since the concert is for students and is part of Homecoming festivities, UP set ticket prices for students at $10 each – $20 less than general admission tickets – and also put student tickets on sale prior to general admission tickets.
The general public had to pay a $3 ticket fee plus the $30 admission, while the ticket fee for students was built into the ticket price of $10.
As of Thursday morning, student tickets have outsold general admission tickets, with 3, 486 student tickets sold and 1, 929 general admission tickets sold.
Though more than 2, 500 tickets are still available as of Thursday morning, UP officials said they are happy with the number of tickets sold thus far.
“Capacity is right at 8, 000, so obviously our best expectation is to sell out, ” Roberts said Thursday. “It’s still a possibility since we have today and tomorrow, but what’s been sold is still good.”…
Bshorty won’t be appearing after all
Bothell beatboxer and 2007 “American Idol” runner-up Blake Lewis, aka Bshorty, won’t be appearing Wednesday night with Seattle band The Mob Law at High Dive.
An earlier post announced that Bshorty would join the band at the Fremont nightclub. Lewis gave the Seattle rock band a plug on last season’s “American Idol.”
The manager of The Mob Law contacted the P-I by email to say that Lewis will not appear with the band. He apologized for the miscommunication.