Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
‘American Idol’ stars anything but idle
The American Idol judges and host continued to make their rounds about town last week. Over the weekend, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell — again, no Paula Abdul — sat at one big table at Prime One Twelve, where, according to our steak-source, ”Simon was getting so harassed by fans they had to move their table outside.” The gang, sans Abdul, also had dinner Tuesday night at Blue Door at the Delano, where they remained for Alan Roth and Tommy Pooch’s Tuesday night party. From there, they all headed to Mokai, where they lounged with owner Nicola Siervo. On Wednesday, Seacrest and Jackson dined at Quattro.
Pickler tops to many country fans
The “American Idol” finalist has two hits from her debut album.
The “American Idol” class of 2006 is doing quite well.
Chris Daughtry has become a bona fide star, surpassing the two finalists, Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks.
Elliott Yamin has a new record getting considerable air play. Bucky Covington has a single that went to No. 6 on the country charts.
But the biggest star from season five may very well turn out to be sixth-place finisher Kellie Pickler…….
IDOL STAR AIKEN CAUGHT UP IN CHURCH GAY CONTROVERSY
AMERICAN IDOL star CLAY AIKEN is caught up in another gay controversy after parishioners at a church where he is set to perform a Christmas (07) concert demanded assurances the singer isn’t a homosexual….
American Idol Judges in Omaha
Omaha, Ne – Simon, Paula, and Randy made a trip to Omaha Friday to vote on who they think should be the next American Idol. The judges from the hit show interviewed dozens of pop star hopefuls who made the final cut in the Omaha auditions, including 23-year-old Ross Koley.
Ross waits tables at Prestige World Class in West Omaha, but wants to make a career out of singing. So a few months ago, the 23-year-old decided to audition for American Idol. He says the first day of auditions was intimidating. “There was something like 12, 000 people there and I almost left, ” Ross recalls.
It’s a good thing he decided to stay. After two rounds of auditions, Ross says he’s one of only 30 people in Omaha who got to audition with judges Simon, Randy, and Paula Friday. But did he make the cut? “If you watch the show in January you’ll get to see everything that happens, ” he said.
Ross can’t say a word about the show and his experience because he signed a secrecy contract with American Idol producers. Whatever the outcome, the singer hopes the show takes his vocal cords to a new level. “Hopefully locally it will open some doors for me in the career I’m trying to make, ” he said.
Sparks to appear at Phooson concert on Oct. 12
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is scheduled to appear in Casa Grande on Oct. 12 as emcee of the first Phooson concert, which will star Latin pop singer Enrique Iglesias and rappers Fabolous and Ne-Yo………
Religion Briefs: Choir from England to sing at St. George’s
Mandisa to perform at camp’s fall banquet
American Idol contestant Mandisa will be performing at the Barefoot Republic Camp’s 7th annual Fall Banquet on Oct. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m.
The banquet is at Fellowship Bible Church, 1210 Franklin Road in Brentwood.
For more information about the camp, which serves kids in the U.S. and abroad, visit www.barefootrepublic.org.
1, 500 attend first night of Graham celebration
…The exuberant George Huff, a former …American Idol contestant, had the crowd on its feet and swaying to passionate songs sung in his powerful voice.
…Let me hear you scream for Jesus tonight, he shouted. …Cmon, stand on your feet and celebrate. We can come to him just as we are, echoing Billy Graham decades-old message…
Carrie Underwood 2nd Album Released
Carnival Ride is the title for American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s sophomore record, which is coming out in stores on the 23rd of this month.
Her first disc, 2005’s Some Hearts, was the fast-selling debut in the country genre ever and chances are good that Underwood’s upcoming record will be quite successful as well, with the first single, “So Small”, already a Top 10 hit.
Carnival Ride was produced by Mark Bright and recorded in Nashville. It contains 13 songs and will be released by Arista Nashville, a subsidiary of Song BMG that operates under the RCA Records Group.
Underwood recently shot the video for the song “Ever After”, which will appear on the soundtrack to the Disney movie, Enchanted, out in theatres next month.
The track listing for Carnival Ride is: