Idol Headlines for 10/10/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Daughtry belongs in big leagues of rock

If it galls you that an American Idol fourth-place finisher could go on to release the fastest-selling debut rock album of all time, you most likely have never heard Chris Daughtry sing.

From the beginning of Idol’s fifth season, it was clear the singer from North Carolina was a man among boys.

Daughtry’s voice — powerful enough for almost any hard rock band, yet with the elegance necessary to handle melodically intricate classics — is easily the most radio-friendly possessed by any male contestant on Idol so far, including season four favorite Bo Bice.

Tuesday night at a near-capacity Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood, Daughtry more than proved he belongs in the big leagues with a lively hour-long set that showcased his ability to both lead a driving rock band authoritatively and transfix the crowd during more mellow, solo moments……

Miami Herald

Bucky Covington back home for a good cause

A concert for a good cause on Tuesday night brought former …American Idol finalist Bucky Covington back to his home state, where he performed alongside some of the biggest names in country music.

Covington — along with other country stars like Travis Tritt, Jake Owen and Mark Wills ‘ donated their time for a charity concert to raise money for St. Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn……..


Exposure on top-rated shows paves the way for some bands

…Pink, “Who Knew” — Where you’ve heard it: “American Idol, ” promos for “October Road.”

Although a hit overseas, this song from the “I’m Not Dead” CD was originally a flop when released in the United States in 2006. Then it got picked up by ABC, which used it in promotion for the series “October Road.” Downloads reportedly spiked after that, but the song really took off last May when Pink performed it on “American Idol.” The song is in Billboard’s Top 20…


Clay Aiken, Wichita church become tabloid fodder

A Wichita church, a former American Idol contestant, and questions about his sexuality. All of it sounds straight out of a supermarket tabloid, and guess what? It is.

The National Enquirer is taking aim at an upcoming concert in Wichita featuring Clay Aiken.

Wichita’s Central Christian Church has found themselves in the middle of it all. Clay Aiken will perform there in November, but the Enquirer story says questions about Aiken’s sexuality have sent shockwaves through the church.

The National Enquirer headlines read “Pastor tries to calm angry members in dispute over singer’s sexuality” and “Church received a lot of attacks.”

According to a church leader it all false……


American Idol finalist plays Bijou

Elliott Yamin, the third-place finalist in the fifth season of …American Idol, will be performing Friday, October 12 at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. The concert is part of his national tour promoting his self-titled debut album, released in March……

Daily Beacon

The Gatekeepers

…Making stars is one thing Clive Davis knows all about. Davis, the chairman of BMG North America, has in his decades-long career discovered or co-discovered such stars as Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston and Barry Manilow. He’s also been president of CBS Records; founded his own label, Arista Records; and produces hits for American Idol’s talent….


Comeback Connie Francis

…The music climate intrigues her and she tries to keep up with what happening. …I like Michael Bublà © and those old standards on the albums Rod Stewart did. But I dont think hip-hop will be remembered 50 years from now, she adds.

And while her TV remote may be tuned in to shows such as …America Next Talent, Francis says she wouldnt nix the idea of being a celebrity judge on …American Idol. (Simon, are you listening?)…


Alabama: A sweet home away from home
Song, Idols anchor new tourism campaign

…”The `American Idol’ show elevated the words `Sweet Home Alabama’ to new heights, ” Sentell said. “With two `American Idol’ winners being associated with music venues in downtown Birmingham, the nickname is fitting there.” …

Jimmy Houston to Film, Fish with Taylor Hicks at Waterfront Grand Opening Event

To celebrate the completion of all of the amenities and infrastructure at their waterfront development on Lake Guntersville, Alabama Shoreline, LLC announced last week that two special events will be held at the lakefront property on October 26-27. Today, the company announced that legendary fisherman Jimmy Houston will film an episode of his TV show that will have him bass fishing side by side with Alabama celebrity and Oaks property owner Taylor Hicks.

“We knew that one of the reasons Taylor was interested in our lakefront property was the outstanding bass fishing that Lake Guntersville is famous for, ” said Stephen Patch, Managing Partner of Alabama Shoreline. “Pairing Taylor Hicks up with Jimmy Houston just seemed like a great way to simultaneously celebrate our Grand Opening and thank our property owners for the outstanding year we had in 2007. We finished construction and sold over 75% of our lakefront home sites!”……….

PR Newswire

KG Opens for Elliott Yamin?

As long time readers of ours know, we love us some American Idol. So long as you like your music with product-placed cars and soda, and dont mind developing slavish devotion to amateur entertainers. Plus, it sends its stars to such noted music festivals as the Big E.

And now, Idol is breaking into a new frontier. After the Celtics game on November 7th, you are going to be rocked, and we dont mean by Glen …Big Baby Davis.

No, you will be ROCKED ¦ to sleep by the dulcet adult-contemporary tones of Elliott Yamin…….

Boston Magazine

For first time, public gets to vote online for AMAs

Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park and “American Idol” contestant Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry each nabbed three nominations yesterday for the American Music Awards.

Akon, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Young Jeezy, T.I. and “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood captured two nominations each.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 35th annual American Music Awards on Nov. 18 on ABC.

For the first time, anyone can vote for nominated artists online. Winners were previously selected by a national survey of 20, 000 people.

The list of nominees: