Idol Headlines for 10/15/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Kelly Clarkson opens tour in an intimate setting

Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson opened her scaled-back My December tour Sunday night at New York City’s renowned Beacon Theatre, and USA TODAY was there to record the details……

USA Today

Dark side is blocking out Kelly Clarkson’s pop

Kelly Clarkson has whipped up plenty of theater around herself lately – enough to give Sunday night’s concert at the Beacon the potential to seem like either a triumphant return or one more troubled turn in a downward spiral.

Surprise! It was both, divided neatly into two diametrically opposed halves……

NY Daily News

Meet Dominic Bowden Next Great American Band Host

Who is Dominic Bowden? Did you know that he drank his own urine on national television, and loves to make big romantic gestures? Some of you may have heard that his desire for a tan left him red-faced at his interview, but did you know his earlier efforts at tanning left him orange faced? Read on for more on the new host of The Next Great American Band………

NZ Reality TV

Concert series rakes in $60, 000
8-show event at Snowden Grove deemed success

….Fast forward to last Tuesday, when the inaugural Snowden Grove concert series wrapped up with rockers Velvet Revolver.

In between, the series brought big-name artists that included “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, ZZ Top and Wilco to the venue on Getwell Road.

Altogether, the eight shows brought in $60, 000 for the city in a series that officials deem a success. Organizers say they plan to be back next year……

Commercial Appeal

Hasselbeck to go on maternity leave next month

…Former …American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle will host Belmont University annual concert, which will air nationally on PBS on Christmas Eve.

…I have a lot of wonderful memories from performing at Belmont, Doolittle, a 1999 Belmont graduate, said in a statement Friday. …Im really, really excited to be coming back.

…Christmas at Belmont, will tape Nov. 19 at Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony Center and feature more than 400 student voices along with members of the School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children Choir. Past hosts include singers Josh Turner and Brenda Lee.

After premiering Dec. 20 on Nashville Public Television, the concert will air nationally Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. EST…..

Knox News

Golf Tournaments Offer Big Wins, Big Losses

…Organizers said there are all kinds of extras that can make a difference in attracting participants year after year. Susan Cyr, director of the Mark R. Ungerer Driving for the Cure Memorial Golf Tournament, said the event, held at The International in Bolton, raised half a million dollars for the Jimmy Fund this year in part because of special treats like a cocktail-hour demonstration by long-drive champions or an appearance by American Idol contestant Ayla Brown….


Trends tracked with each click of the mouse

We are what we click.

In an age where everything from friendships to financial planning has moved online, the pulse of pop culture, the ups and downs of the housing market, and even the subjects of fifth-grade homework assignments can all be measured by tallying search terms and mouse clicks…..

…And all searches are not equal. Last year, Tancer dissected American Idol search data, finding that Taylor Hicks and his competitor Katharine McPhee drove Web searches. But McPhee’s name was paired with words like “wardrobe malfunction” or “yellow dress” – so he picked Hicks as the likely winner on his blog, and was right….

Will You Watch “The Next Great American Band?”

Will “American Idol” lightening strike twice? More importantly, do you care?

This week, Fox is kicking off “The Next Great American Band, ” an “American Idol”-style competition that will ask the viewing audience to choose, well… you get the idea.

Fox hasn’t even launched an official site for the show, yet there appears to be a lot of info leaking out onto the web……

TV Fodder

Idol’s Yamin impresses in Machine Shop gig in Flint, Michigan

The Machine Shop isn’t exactly the first place you’d expect to see a performance by an “American Idol” whose last name isn’t Daughtry.

Of course, the biker-themed metal club did host last year’s fourth place finisher, Chris Daughtry, in a sold-out show in March.

Elliott Yamin, the guy who finished one spot ahead of Daughtry on last year’s show, came to the Shop on Saturday night, and while the turnout of about 250 could hardly be called a sellout, it was clear that the young white soul singer wasn’t daunted by the unfamiliar surroundings…….

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