Idol Headlines for 10/07/10

David Archuleta to perform a Christmas Concert Series with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Salt Lake City on Thurs, 12/16, 8:00 p.m. (dress rehearsal), and Fri. and Sat., 12/17-12/18, 7:30 p.m.

Sun. 12/19, the Choir’s weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast will also feature David with a mini-concert immediately following. All the concerts will be held in the Conference Center. More information at mormontabernacle.org

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Watch Cooper, Osnes & Munoz Sing Irving Berlin!

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Lee Confirms Today’s announcement will be about the Single

@LeeDeWyze, “Hey guys, there is going to be announcement @ americanidol.com today about the single :) I’ll update you soon, love ya.”

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Reminder from @RCAMusic: AmericanIdol.com (@americanidol) will have some special news about Season 9 champ @LeeDeWyze today. Stay tuned!

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Jennifer Lopez & Ryan Seacrest To Address “Feud” On Radio Friday [AUDIO]

In an effort separate fact from fiction, Jennifer will call “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” radio show Friday at 7:30am PST to talk about the story that has captured the attention of the web, originating with InTouch (nuf said) and magnified by Perez Hilton.

Listen to the Audio at RyanSeacrest.com

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Syesha Mercado will debut a new song soon @Syesha: Check out my NEW SONG that will be played on 99 JAMZ very soon! Stay posted to hear it! Ready Miami for “Hostage”?

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Idol producers shooting in Little Rock AR today for Kris Allen’s Idol promo: @GSafarian: “Now onto the project at hand! Good morning sunshines! Beautiful day in Little Rock. Been shooting for an hour-heading to Conway in a few.

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Kris Allen in Conway – This Friday!

Kris Allen along with a film crew from American Idol will be in Simon Park, Friday, October 8, from 4p – 4:30p revisiting his journey to the top of the American Idol ladder. Stop by Simon Park to show your support for Kris! Special surprise announcement at 4:30!!!

Via KURB-FM

Not sure what KURB means by “surprise announcement”? Hm. We already know what his new single is.  It could also be something radio-station related and nothing to do with Kris.

Also on Friday, Kris will be at Excell Park in Jacksonville, AR for a check presentation.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Benardo to ‘Idol’ — I Survived Two Suicide Bombings

Ian Benardo ain’t backing down from his $100 million lawsuit against “American Idol”– in fact, he’s so serious … dude is comparing the “Idol” legal ambush to terrorist attacks he survived as an Israeli soldier.

“Idol” lawyers want Benardo’s lawsuit tossed out of court — but the former contestant ain’t taking the “Idol” counter-attack sitting down.

Dude just fired off a letter to the judge in the case claiming, “As a soldier who served in the Israeli Army and survived two suicide bombings, I hold equality close to my heart and won’t back down due to intimidation.”

Read more at TMZ

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‘From one Fish to another’

He was only 15, he loved hockey and his favourite player was Mike Fisher — because his name was Mike Fisher, too.

“When Mike married Carrie Underwood, he used to go around telling everybody, ‘Yeah, I’m married to Carrie Underwood, ‘” his stepfather Daniel Nees said from the family’s home in New Jersey.

On Sept. 24, Fisher was at a roller hockey practice in his hometown of Dennisville, New Jersey, when he collapsed without warning and died. His heartbroken family thought an autographed photo from his idol of the same name would be a fitting final gift to display at his funeral.

The player said Wednesday he had been touched to hear of his namesake. “It was a sad, sad story, ” he said, adding, “There aren’t too many Mike Fishers playing hockey out there.”

Read more at the Ottawa Citizen

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Last Night: Carrie Underwood At Toyota Center

Carrie Underwood is perfect for Vegas. That’s not a knock – mostly.

Underwood is wholesome, engaging and dynamic. She’s no Tina Turner, but she can strut onstage. Her voice is excellent – good range and control, on key and expressive. Maybe she oversells ballads like “I Know You Won’t, ” but hey, Streisand does the same thing. And before a singer can oversell a song, they have to sell it first.

No problem there. But Underwood has a real edge to her, a fiery rock singer a la Chrissie Hynde or Joan Jett itching to tear up her All-American Girl image, or at least smudge it up a little. Wednesday night at Toyota Center, Aftermath saw just enough of that side of Underwood to make us want to see more.

Read more at the Houston Press

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ACM Lifts Lives Through Donations

ACM Lifting Lives® has donated $800, 000 this year to programs that improve lives through the power of music. Among its newest beneficiaries are the Nashville Symphony, Sophia’s Heart Foundation and Stars for Stripes.

Throughout 2010, the organization has supported flood relief in Middle Tennessee, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund for music industry professionals in need, and artists’ favorite causes through a monthly “My Cause” web feature.

Read more at Music Row.com

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Clay Aiken & Tyra Banks Train Together

Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken and supermodel gal pal Tyra Banks took their relationship underground … and rode the NYC subway together on Wednesday.

See the photo at TMZ

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Giraud to perform at Otsego’s ‘purple game’

Otsego High School will host its “Community for the Cure” purple game on Friday, Oct. 15, during a home game against Dowagiac. In addition to raising awareness and funds for cancer research, the event will also include a performance by former American Idol finalist Matt Giraud.

The event is a collaboration between Van Andel Institute, Giraud and the school district.

The color purple has been adopted as a symbol for cancer survivors. The purple-themed event is intended to bring the school district and community together to raise awareness, celebrate cancer survivors, honor loved ones who have passed away and support research that provides hope to patients and families around the world.

Read more at Allegan News

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Diana DeGarmo interview on Charlotte Today

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Accomplished cast of ‘9 to 5’ works hard for the money

At first, the actors seem to be playing to our expectations, reviving memories of the actresses in the film: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton (who wrote songs for the stage show and narrates via projected image) and Jane Fonda.

But individualities emerge as we get to know them. Hoty has a harder edge, like Eve Arden on steroids; Parris has an appealingly brassy quality when she comes into her own; DeGarmo, who sounds like Parton if you close your eyes on “Backwoods Barbie, ” is less of a caricature and more of a character. Even Mahowald, who looks like Rock Hudson playing a porn star, is more macho than Dabney Coleman was on-screen.

Read more at Charlotte Observer

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For Maroulis, theater career is a ‘Rock’

The school is proud of its alumnus. Maroulis said he will be taking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new conservatory facility as well as teaching a master class in acting.

Would he like to pursue straight roles and drama in the future?

“Definitely, in fact I have a few projects in development, ” he said. “I grew up as an actor. I love the classics. I would love to do Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, a new Tom Stoppard.”

Read more at Telegram.com

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Music Speaks 2010 Charity Competition

AJ Rafael, Andrew Garcia, Tori Kelley and others will judge a charity competition for Music Speaks to raise autism awareness. 5 acts will be chosen to compete on November 6th, 2010 at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim, CA. Watch this video for more information.

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Simon’s Next Show Won’t Be Talent Search

I’m told that ITV is still discussing this 3rd show with Syco, which it plans to make after X Factor launches in the U.S. next Fall. The broadcaster hasn’t said yes to it yet. But Ellis Watson, managing director of Simon Cowell’s UK production company Syco, says the next show after Got Talent and X Factor won’t be a talent search.

Cowell plans to create a maximum of 6 entertainment brands over the next 5 years.

Read more at Deadline

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Axed X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu pleads with Simon Cowell to help her stay in Scotland

Sobbing Gamu Nhengu last night begged Simon Cowell to put her back on The X Factor and help her family stay in Scotland.

The Record can reveal that Gamu, 18, is going to court to fight the bid by immigration officials to force the family out of the UK.

More than 100 friends and neighbours rallied outside her home yesterday to demand that the family be allowed to stay.

And Gamu wants Cowell to use his influence to save her, her mum and two brothers from the nightmare of having to return to Zimbabwe.

Read more at the Daily Record.co.uk

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70 Comments

  1. Among its newest beneficiaries are the Nashville Symphony, Sophia’s Heart Foundation and Stars for Stripes.

    Congrats to Danny on his charity organization getting a grant from the Academy of Country Music. After Idol Danny stated that his dream was to combine his music with helping people and I am happy and proud to see that he has stuck to his word and is doing great things with Sophia’s Heart Foundation.

  2. Gamu’s situation has attracted a lot of attention since Saturday.
    I hope the producers weren’t planning all along to benefit from this situation to create more hype for the show, that would be really awfull.

  3. More than 100 friends and neighbours rallied outside her home yesterday to demand that the family be allowed to stay.

    And Gamu wants Cowell to use his influence to save her, her mum and two brothers from the nightmare of having to return to Zimbabwe.

    Oh my, here we go again. An uninformed public is going to just look at the melodramatics of this story without fact checking and they are probably going to open up the wallets and their hearts…the kid will probably have a you tube go viral, will record a piss-poor album of dated covers and will sell millions.

  4. Gamu’s situation has attracted a lot of attention since Saturday.

    Wasn’t Gamu’s the audition that was so obviously auto-tuned that even the public caught on to the shenanigans that X-Factor was up to?

  5. I read last night that Simon and Cheryl Cole are having a falling out due to her decision over Gamu.
    I don’t know if it is only a.publicity or not, but I hope it is not true.
    I want him to bring Cheryl to X-Factor In the US.

    So much drama, and with Katie too.

  6. GSafarian
    Now onto the project at hand! Good morning sunshines! Beautiful day in Little Rock. Been shooting for an hour-heading to Conway in a few.

  7. Happy to see idols contestants giving back to help people…kudos to all those ‘giving back’.

    Katharine Mcphee has the “Mcphee Outreach’ projects which help build a school in Africa, involved w/St Jude’s Hospital and Target House, Rhythm of Hope and Lollipop Theater, and currently ‘Feeding America’ w/ConAgra.

    Watch the site below to see the children from the village of Nioko,the building of the pre-school, and the dedication ceremony. Kat sings a few songs from her ‘Unbroken’ album in the background.

    So proud of her humitaritan projects.

    http://www.mcpheeoutreach.org/

  8. Don’t know how much of this is manipulative hype, as Xfactor is probably about the most contrived manipulative show in the world. But if you filter it out, I do feel sorry for this girl if she is a pawn in a producer’s game. She’s just a girl who wanted to be someone, and her whole life has been turned upside down by this stupid show. She didn’t ask to be auto tuned. I think she got screwed over Cheryl’s choices, now there is the risk of being deported. Now that’s good tv right there! Pffft…

  9. Not sure what KURB means by “surprise announcement”? Hm. We already know what his new single is. It could also be something radio-station related and nothing to do with Kris.

    My very-hopeful guess is that it will be the video shoot. I mean, that song is begging for the “concert video” treatment.

  10. Hmm Herb from AINow tweeted that he doesn’t think Ryan will play Lee’s single on his show today, that the biggest news of the day won’t happen on air. I’m dying here c’moooon!

  11. Did any of the tweets about Lee’s news ever actually say that he would be on Ryan’s radio show? Or did they just tell us to follow Ryan on twitter for the news?

    RCAMusic RCA Music Group
    AmericanIdol.com (@americanidol) will have some special news about Season 9 champ @LeeDeWyze today. Stay tuned!
    4 minutes ago

  12. Wow, I can barely bothered to be interested in Lee, but even I am intrigued by RCA’s tweets. Maybe he’s going on tour with Gaga, lol.

  13. Wow, I can barely bothered to be interested in Lee, but even I am intrigued by RCA’s tweets

    They’re certainly making it sound intriguing..

    Did any of the tweets about Lee’s news ever actually say that he would be on Ryan’s radio show? Or did they just tell us to follow Ryan on twitter for the news?

    No, very little is being said except to follow Ryan, RCA Promo and to watch for news at American Idol.com. So its all speculation..its what we do heh.

    eta: eh I joked last night about the word “soon” being annoying but its not like RCA has been dragging this out for days. They tweeted about this yesterday and they’re giving news today. I dont find that annoying at all.

  14. I guess RCA is trying to build buzz, but to me, it’s gotten a bit annoying. Just tell us what the single is and when it’ll be released.

  15. Wow, I can barely bothered to be interested in Lee, but even I am intrigued by RCA’s tweets. Maybe he’s going on tour with Gaga, lol.

    Don’t make me leave my free Gaga tickets unclaimed at the radio station. That might do it. LOL..

  16. The build-up may be bigger than the news. It’s often more sizzle than steak with these things. ;)

  17. Herb from AINow tweeted that he doesn’t think Ryan will play Lee’s single on his show today, that the biggest news of the day won’t happen on air.

    No kidding. All RCA tweeted was that there’d be an announcement today, not that the single would be played today. It’s not rocket science. LOL.

    Although I think it’s entirely reasonable to consider that the single will debut on Ryan Seacrest’s show at some point. Why else would he be involved with the announcement?

  18. As the sole person here who likes Lee, I’m pumped. I just hope the single is more folk-y like his first two albums.

  19. girlygirl:
    10/07/2010 at 11:49 am
    I guess RCA is trying to build buzz, but to me, it’s gotten a bit annoying. Just tell us what the single is and when it’ll be released.

    LOL I was just skimming the comments and at first I thought you were talking about JLo on Ryan’s show to squash the rumors. Seems like there are many attempts to create buzz going around.

  20. As the sole person here who likes Lee, I’m pumped. I just hope the single is more folk-y like his first two albums.

    No, you are not the one one :)

  21. Interesting choice for Andrew, Autism Speaks is a pretty controversial organization among autistic people. But I imagine he has no idea about all that, and his heart is in the right place.

  22. seriously:
    10/07/2010 at 12:21 pm
    As the sole person here who likes Lee, I’m pumped. I just hope the single is more folk-y like his first two albums.

    Nooo! There are many others like you and me that like/love Lee!

    Except I want the single to be more Rock-y :)

  23. Although I think it’s entirely reasonable to consider that the single will debut on Ryan Seacrest’s show at some point. Why else would he be involved with the announcement?

    I’m guessing because Seacrest has practically a billion twitter followers.

  24. Ryan Seacrest premiered Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” on his radio show when it was released:

    http://www.ryanseacrest.com/blog/whats-happening/adam-lamberts-debut-single-has-something-for-everybody/

    I knew Ryan debuted an Idol’s single at some point, but I had to look it up. It’s all coming back to me now. :)

    http://mjsbigblog.com/adam-lambert-single-for-your-entertainment-debuts-today.htm

    The song was available for digital download later the same day.

  25. Although I think it’s entirely reasonable to consider that the single will debut on Ryan Seacrest’s show at some point. Why else would he be involved with the announcement?

    Maybe it’s another one of those “Rock My Town” concert things they did last year. Remember they were all excited about announcing something special for Adam, and that’s what it turned out to be. Ryan is somehow involved in that. Maybe there is going to be another concert featuring Lee, Crystal and Casey?

  26. Seriously-check out recent Lee stories-there are lots of us!
    I thought Ryan would spill something this morning.When will Soon get here???

  27. Lee just confirmed the news will be about the single.

    @LeeDeWyze: Hey guys, there is going to be announcement @ americanidol.com today about the single :) I’ll update you soon, love ya.

  28. Sorry MJ! Posted before I saw yours.
    Lee just tweeted there’s gonna be an
    Announcement about his single.we know,Lee.

  29. Woohoo! Kirsten had me nervous there for a minute and I started thinking it might be another concert..glad to get confirmation.

  30. mj :Reminder: We don’t need a roll call of Lee fans. We know you’re here

    LOL :)
    Been lurking and checking blogs and tweets since this morning but nothing on Lee yet. Nada.
    Seriously,since the RCA/Ryan tweet yesterday, you’d think they would at least drop some hints here and there.
    seriously, I’m with you, I hope Lee sticks to his folk-y roots . But a little rock-y edge would be nice too.

  31. What do you know. Finally a tweet about his Single!
    Can’t wait.

  32. whew, been waiting all morning for Lee news, soon, yeah! Waiting is not what it is cracked up to be, but Lee hasn’t disappointed me yet, so bring it on!!

  33. LeeDeWyze I’ll be talking to you very soon, thanks for everything guys.

  34. According to various sources, Lee reportedly will be announcing the release of his new single, “Paint Shop Backstory”, live via satellite from the Chicago paint store that moved viewers to make his Idol victory possible.

  35. Wow – congrats to David on that awesome Christmas gig! That should be pretty exciting for him. BTW the tickets will be distributed at random to those who have registered a request for tickets. The info is at that link,

  36. Lizzie (Kris’ manager) has been really funny lately.

    lizbiz8
    Headed to Little Rock for the 9th time this year! @KrisAllen it’s time to hand over the key to the city. I’m serious

  37. Yeah, it is awesome. David said today that performing with the MTC has always been a dream of his. An article mentioned that the Christmas concert hosts more than 20,000 each night and that people come from all over the world to see the concert. And they have over a million requests for tickets.

  38. negativo:
    According to various sources, Lee reportedly will be announcing the release of his new single, “Paint Shop Backstory”

    LOL. That’s funny.
    Read some article back then that Lee has a knack for singing just about anything and sings it good.
    So, I’d still buy it though. Love him , love his music :)

  39. IT’S OFFICIAL…’LIVE IT UP’!!! WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WED AND ALSO THE NEW TITLE FOR LEE…YEAH!!!!!!

  40. bestbuddiesintl: NEWS: @davidarchie will be performing at @EKSChallenge on 10/23. There’s still time to register at http://www.ekschallenge.org

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge.
    Saturday, October 23 starting at 7:30 a.m.
    Washington Monument, Washington, DC

  41. IT’S OFFICIAL…’LIVE IT UP’!!! WILL BE RELEASED NEXT WED AND ALSO THE NEW TITLE FOR LEE…YEAH!!!!!!

    huh? is that the title of lee’s album and single? where was this announced?

  42. Good album cover for Lee. I am a little surprised that they are waiting another week to release his single.

  43. Live It Up sounds like a cool title. Whoot. Now I just want to hear it soooooooo bad.

  44. Lots of great news about many Idols today. Good to hear it. Congrats to Lee on his album and single release and to Archie on being booked with the MTC for Christmas.

    Does anyone know what T-shirts Kris is giving a check for? Sounds like he has a pretty full schedule in the Little Rock area.

  45. So pleased for David A. being invited as Guest Performer with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. From what I hear the audience will be 20,000. I can’t imagine how proud his family is as I know his fans are. I’m also proud of his invite to perform @ the Special Olympics Oct 23. He’s getting around. Hope we get some more TV appearances and that his eventual tour will come close to where I live.

  46. relfanna:
    Video of Danny Gokey singing T.R.O.U.B.L.E. at the recent BIG E in West Springfield, MA
    That was simultaneously funny and painful to watch.

    To each their own ;)

    There were some ~3000 ticket-buyers at that event who were perfectly happy to enjoy Danny headlining his own concert :)
    .

    Photo gallery posted from Danny’s Pajama Jam performance last weekend, raising funds for breast cancer. The pics of Danny start on the 9th page, around photo ~100.
    http://bookpress.smugmug.com/gallery/14010569_NQ54R#1030720529_er2WU

    Twitter traffic had suggested Danny was the closing act (also appearing were Chuck Wicks and Jaron+weird-name). Definitely seems that was the case looking at the photos. Jaron is just on his own on stage, and only one guitar player for Chuck. Vs. Danny who brought his full band. No wonder Chuck & his musician just decided to hop on Danny’s bus for the trip to Virginia.

  47. relfanna:

    Thanks for posting that video of TROUBLE by Danny Gokey- that was awesome!

    I don’t call that hip thrusting, but he does have some good moves ;)

    I find that whole performance quite fun, entertaining and yeah, I admit it, a little sexy. :)

  48. I have to tell you that this Motab gig for David is a really, really big deal. I have said in the last year that I would love to see David be the special guest, but my husband and I both agreed that the people they get to guest star are always people who have been around the block many times and have done many amazing things. I am sure that last year’s Christmas album, especially the fact that it was mostly traditional carols, was a big factor.

    My family has gone every year since we have lived here and it is almost impossible to get tickets normally. This year will be insane. They have a dress rehearsal on Thursday night, then two regular concerts on Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday morning, they have the music and the spoken word and then the guest artist does something extra, so it will be 20,000 for each concert, mostly different people. Usually the artists signs Cd’s after the three night time concerts. David will be there forever if they do that.

    If you go back and read about the experience these guest artists have had with the choir, it is often one of the best experiences they have ever had. It is quite the honor to perform with this choir and always a neat and unique experience for the artists.

    It is also quite the show– something we look forward to all year.

  49. Thank you relfanna for the link to Danny’s TROUBLE video!

    I can never watch that one too many times…it is one of my favorite cover songs by Danny because he looks like he is having so much fun and the audience is obviously loving it too;)

  50. There were some ~3000 ticket-buyers at that event who were perfectly happy to enjoy Danny headlining his own concert

    Well I would certainly hope so. ;) I love that video – I think Danny looks great.

  51. This is quite an achievement for David to be asked to headline the Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas concert. I am sure he is thrilled about this.

    Always nice to hear good things about Diana DeGarmo. I hope this role leads to a Tony nomination down the road.

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