Watch Crystal Bowersox on Anderson 360 tonight talking about being the victim of bullies in high school. Watch the video HERE.
Kris Allen was back at Conway Park in Conway Arkansas to shoot footage for his Idol promo. At the end of the segment, It was announced that the stage at Simon park would be renamed “Kris Allen Stage”. You can see a photo HERE.
The first day of Idol callbacks in Austin TX are wrapping up soon. The auditions will continue tomorrow. There will be a press conference with the judges, sometime Saturday afternoon, per FOX7. You can check out their coverage HERE. Posted some video at the bottom of the page.
Nigel Lythgoe is excited to be in Austin: “”Especially this weekend, when there’s so much music going on, ” said Lythgoe. “We’ve got the Eagles on Sunday night but Muse, Muse, gotta get to see them.”
I updated the Lee DeWyze New Song post with a bulleted summary of four new songs the label presented to critics for review. Check it out HERE.
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Sneak Peek: ‘American Idol’ champ Lee DeWyze’s new album
Hitfix got a sneak peak at four songs from “American Idol” season 9 winner Lee DeWyze’s forthcoming album today and we couldn’t wait to share it with you. “Live It Up” will come out Nov. 16, but first single, the title track, will hit radio on Oct. 13.
Here are the four songs we heard:
Read more at HitFix
Lee DeWyze Reveals Four Tracks from New Album
On Friday (Oct. 8), 19 Recordings/RCA debuted four tracks from “American Idol” Season Nine champ Lee DeWyze’s new album, “Live It Up, ” which is scheduled for release on Nov. 16. Fans of DeWeezy will be happy to know that his gruff vocals are still intact, as is his love for the guitar — but the showcased tracks also held a few surprises. Here’s our impressions of the new songs:
Read more at Billboard.com
Lee DeWyze Album Preview: A Promising Start
Full disclosure here: Regular readers of this column know that Lee was not my favorite contestant in Season 9. My early picks were Alex Lambert, Lilly Scott, and Siobhan Magnus, and by the time finale night came around, I was rooting for Crystal Bowersox. So my expectations were moderate when I attended Lee’s playback today. But honestly…I was impressed by what I heard. I always thought Lee’s biggest asset was what industry people might call his “recordable voice”–i.e., a voice just made for radio–and I always figured that’s why Simon Cowell saw so much potential in him. So I figured if Lee could just get in the studio with the right people and get the proper smoky vocal tone on tape, paired with some solid songs, 19E could have another David Cook-style, rock-crossover success story on its hands. And judging by these tracks–three of which were co-written by Lee–that might be the case. It’ll just depend on whether radio plays these songs after years of “Idol” fatigue, but hopefully programmers will give Lee a chance.
Read more at Yahoo Music
Kara Dioguardi Ends Her Radio Gig
The Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan reports former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is no longer doing her weekend airshift for Hot AC KBIG/Los Angeles.
Bo Bice to perform live concert exclusively on justin.tv
Bo Bice will perform a special live concert from his own studio on Oct. 13, exclusively broadcast on Justin.tv (www.justin.tv/bobice) at 5 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. EST.
Not just a concert, the event gives fans the unprecedented opportunity to interact directly with Bo, where they can request favorite songs, ask him questions and chat with the charismatic musician. Fans can also submit questions in advance via Justin.TV (www.justin.tv/bobice) to be answered during the show. Several will be selected to receive special prizes including copies of 3, autographed memorabilia and other exciting items. The performance will include selections from his latest album, 3, and a special version of his radio hit “You Take Yourself With You.”
Read more at The Suburbanite.com
Andrew Garcia posts a sample of what’s to come on his new album
David Archuleta on FOX’s Hot Zone
In early 2009, while mentoring the season eight finalists of Fox’s hit reality show “American Idol, ” country singer Randy Travis gave contestant Danny Gokey some life-changing advice.
Gokey, who had been pegged on the show as a blues/soul singer, was urged by Travis to turn his talents to country music.
“He told me country was missing the soul, ” Gokey said.
Read more at Salina.com
‘Rock of Ages’ a raucous ode to ’80s hits
At the center of the action is Drew (though he would prefer that you call him Wolfgang von Colt). Though at the moment (described as “the mid- to late-’80s’’) he is making ends meet by toiling in a Sunset Strip club called the Bourbon Room, Drew is an idealistic young striver who dares to dream big dreams of rock ’n’ roll fame.
Constantine Maroulis reprises the role of Drew, which earned him a Tony nomination when he played it on Broadway. It’s not hard to see why. Maroulis, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a former finalist on “American Idol, ’’ invests Drew with an endearingly abashed, puppy-dog quality, then shifts gears when he lets loose with a killer voice on Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You’’ and Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie.’’
Read more at Boston Globe
Simon Cowell Takes ‘Extra’s’ Pop Culture Quiz
See how well “X-Factor’s” Simon Cowell does when “Extra’s” Terri Seymour asks him questions about entertainment and celebrities!
On the Scene at the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Tour
AOL’s TV Squad caught up with season 7 dancers Lauren Froderman, Ashley Galvan and Russell Ferguson before their show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Find out what the dancers had to say in the video below. To find out when the dancers will be in a town near you, click here.
Read more at TV Squad
Out of the DVR and Onto the Stage
The nearly three-hour “So You Think You Can Dance” live tour came to Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night, greeted by screaming, merchandise-bedecked multitudes. They had come to see winners and finalists from the last seven seasons of that reality television competition; these young dance celebrities, having vanquished a slew of opponents and genres, are now enjoying their victory lap.
I wish them well. More than that, I wish that I will never again have to endure anything so tedious, simplistic and amateurish as this empty boob-tube spectacle. Words, dear reader, fail me.
Read more at the New York Times
Idol arrives in Austin for Callbacks:
Interviews with Hopefuls in line at Austin callbacks