American Idol Judges Back In Kansas City
Downtown Kansas City was filled with heartbreak and joy this weekend. Dozens of American Idol hopefuls sang in front of the show’s judges. And, as FOX 4’s Dave Dunn shows us, many of them got a ticket to Hollywood, but we can’t tell you who!
One by one American Idol judges Randy, Simon, Paula, and new this season, Kara, arrived and met 50 lucky Kansas City contestants who started lining up at daybreak in hopes of getting their big break. Host Ryan Seacrest was also on hand on this final stop of eight cities to determine who goes back with them to Hollywood.
Miley Turns 16 ‘ Seven Weeks Early!
Sweet sixteen? Not just yet …
But Miley Cyrus ‘ who turns 16 on Nov. 23 ‘ got an early jump on her birthday celebration Sunday night with a special bash at Disneyland.
…They say it the happiest place on Earth, she said of the themepark, which was shut down exclusively for her.
The evening started with Cyrus and pals like Tyra Banks, David Archuleta and Demi Lovato strolling down a large purple carpet.
An Interview with Former American Idol Staff Member, Justin Buckles
Vote for the Worst had the pleasure of talking to Justin Buckles, a former staff member for American Idol. His time on the show has led him to help create The American Idol Truth Tour to expose the poor conditions that Idol workers face to produce the country’s #1 show. Read on to see the kinds of poor conditions that Justin worked in, why he’s speaking up, and if the contestants on the show get the same raw deal.
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Miley Gets Headstart on 16th Birthday
In addition to the thousands of fans, who each paid $250 for the opportunity to party with the soon-to-be 16-year-old, a host of big-name celebrities, including American Idol runner-up David Archuleta, Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Steve Carell and many others, were on hand for the event.
More important for Miley than all the celebrity guests was her boyfriend, 20-year-old Justin Gaston, who not only showed up for the party, but also joined his gal-pal’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus and sister Brandi, onstage to sing Billy Ray’s hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Archuleta the Adulterer
Wow y’all, David Archuleta kissed a “girl” and he liked it, I think. Lil’ David – who even at 55 years old will still be “Lil’ Davey” to me – got up close and personal with Minnie Mouse at Miley Cyrus’ 16th birthday party. You know what I did for my 16th birthday? I had a party in my backyard. You know what Miley did for her sweet 16? She rented out Disneyland and performed a concert for thousands of fans, including Steve Carell, Vanessa Williams and Jennie Garth.
Telethon supporters give from the heart
The 26-hour Telethon 2008 broadcast featured Channel 7 personalities and entertainers including Vanessa Amorosi, Carl Riseley, Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell and American Idol finalist Michael Johns. Suburban shopping centres were also part of the action, with people swarming to Centro Galleria in Morley to meet Home and Away and All Saints stars and watch Amy Pearson perform her hit song Ready to Fly.
The fundraiser culminated in Chris Mainwaring Tribute Match at Subiaco Oval last night, which saw more than 25, 000 people attend the showdown between the Eagles and Dockers legend teams, which featured Dean Kemp, Peter Sumich, Stephen OReilly and Shaun McManus.
KC American Idol Hopefuls Sing for Judges Again
The search for the next American Idol has brought the judges back to Kansas City. FOX 4’s Linsey Grams was at the Skyline Downtown Salon at 20th and Grand where this week’s auditions will take place.
American Idol Alum LaKisha Jones Weds!
LaKisha Jones – who finished fourth on season six’s American Idol – wed financial advisor Larry Davis, 30, on Sunday afternoon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Idol alum Sanjaya Malakar, Melinda Doolittle, Gina Glocksen and Haley Scarnato were among the guests at the Old Hollywood black and white-themed ceremony, which was held in the ForbesLife Penthouse Suite.
Jennifer Hudson Escapes ‘American Idol’ And ‘Dreamgirls’ Cover Songs On Self-Titled Debut
Jennifer Hudson has a new kind of spotlight on her now that she’s finally released her self-titled debut album. While she’s been known as an “American Idol” contestant, an Oscar-winning Dreamgirl and Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant in the “Sex and the City” movie, now she’s ready for her close-up as … Jennifer Hudson.
“It introduces Jennifer the person versus all the characters, ” she told MTV News about her new LP. (Read about yet another side of Jennifer ‘ the fiancee ‘ in our Newsroom blog.) “It shows my versatility as a vocalist coming out of singing the cover tunes from ‘Idol’ or ‘Dreamgirls.’ ”
Underwood plays up small town, big-time
Midway through Carrie Underwood’s concert at a sold-out Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Friday, the country singer listed her anxieties as she performs. She’s concerned about falling (off a riser or down the stairs of a two-tiered stage) and wardrobe malfunctions (“Are my pants zipped?”). Despite huge success’ the 2005 “American Idol” champ has sold more than 10 million records in her two-album career’ she tries to show she’s like her fans.
Crowd idolizes Ruben
Beauty and harmony werent just reserved for the stage at the Community Culture Fest Sunday in the McKenzie Community.
On the west side, white, brown and black faces of all ages gathered to celebrate the new development, to meet some friends and to hear …American Idol star Ruben Studdard. All that was music to the ears of Brice Miller, who helped coordinate the event.
‘I Was Told No’ – Jordin Sparks On Rejection and Blogs
If you ever wondered whether Jordin Sparks had a clear and easy road to stardom the American Idol alum and daughter of a football star says “I was told no (before)!”
In a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Sparks who won last year’s American Idol competition sets the record straight about ‘paying her dues’ and her father’s ‘assistance’ in getting to the top.
“We approached Universal Records when I was 15, and they really liked my voice, but they told me that I wasn’t ready. I was like, okay, well, I guess I need to work on a lot of stuff.” says the “No Air” singer.
Idol Chartwatch, October 6: Kristy Lee Takes a Tumble, Chartwatch Makes Some Predictions, and More
As chart watchers wait to see where Jennifer Hudson and Kellie Pickler end up end next week, one newly hatched Idol saw her debut plummet in its second week on the charts. In addition, Donna has some predictions for the future of David Cook. Read on for more.
Dancing with the Stars – Olympian Questionable with Injury
May-Treanor status is now in question, depending on which source you choose to listen to. Access Hollywood reported that the show producers had told them on Saturday that contrary to other published reports, she did not break her ankle. However, after this injury she is resting and will be reevaluated on Monday before her performance. Before this, another source had told Access Hollywood that May-Treanor was definitely out with an injury that would require surgery.
You have to think she needs to be careful with any injury she sustains. Sure, Cristian de la Fuente continued on last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, but this wasnt his life. Acting is his life, although currently he appears as an athlete in In Plain Sight. His acting career doesnt depend on a healthy shoulder. May-Treanor volleyball career does depend on healthy ankles, and I would think it wouldnt be something shed want to mess around with.