Idol Headlines for 10/16/09

‘Idol’ will move back H’wood week

Apparently, the producers of “Idol” decided shortly after Paula Abdul announced that she was not coming back that the traditional November taping dates for Hollywood Week would have to be pushed back.

“It’s a scheduling issue, ” says a show source, explaining that it is Cowell’s schedule more than DeGeneres’ that’s causing the holdup.

NY Post

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Anoop Desai

A year ago, Anoop Desai was just another face in the madding crowd at the N.C. State Fair — seeing the sights, smelling the smells, eating the deep-fried grub. At the 2009 edition, however, Desai finds himself as one of the attractions, performing Thursday night at Dorton Arena.

What happened in the interim, of course, was “American Idol.” Desai, who sang with the Clef Hangers while studying folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, had a fine run this past season and made the top seven of the finals (good enough to earn a spot on the annual “American Idol” concert tour). Now he’s in the process of finding out how far that might take him.

News Observer

Our State Fair ‘Idols’

Fans who saw Kellie Pickler open Taylor Swift’s Fearless Tour in Greensboro in June witnessed a performance that was confident, poised and mature. It was quite a contrast to the inexperienced teenager who scored a sixth-place finish in the fifth season of TV’s “American Idol.”

Pickler’s talent earned her a recording contract with Nashville’s BNA records, which released her chart-topping debut CD, “Small Town Girl, ” in 2006. The album’s title was a reference to growing up in Albemarle, a Stanly County community of 16, 000.

News Observer

Jason Castro interview to promote free Discover Mills Mall concert October 23, 6 p.m.

Jason Castro just woke up and he sounded a bit groggy yesterday. Nonetheless, he was pleasant and spoke full sentences.

He was in Michigan ready to do his third mall appearance after ones in Miinneapolis and Chicago. He is set to be at the Discover Mills Mall in Gwinnett County October 23 at 6 p.m. for a free concert and meet and greet. (I plan to be there to take pictures.)

Get Ready for the New Katharine McPhee

Aside from the gorgeous voice, go ahead and disregard most of what you remember about Katharine McPhee, as the ‘Idol’ alumnus is revamping her sound, image (and yes, hair) as she takes the next step forward in her career. McPhee stopped by the PopEater offices to talk about her upcoming album ‘Unbroken’ (out in January) as well as her new single, ‘Had It All.’ “Coming off of the show that I did and making the record as fast as I did, I always just sang. I didn’t develop myself as an artist and know who I was and where I wanted to go, ” McPhee tells PopEater about her past. There’s also talk of pregnancy, adoption and marriage … and a bunch of “Just kidding!” disclaimers.That, plus her new video and more fabulous pics after the jump!


Man charged over Leona

A MAN has been charged over the attack on Leona Lewis, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Peter Kopwalczyk, 23, was charged today with assaulting the pop star during a book signing in central London yesterday, and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The shaken X Factor champ cancelled a one-day promotional trip to Germany today.

Her spokesperson said: “Leona was due to go to Germany today for promo but that has now been cancelled. Leona is obviously shocked after yesterday but is ok.”

The star also pulled out of a planned appearance on BBC1’s The One Show last night.

The Sun

David Archuleta’s Christmas Album & The Pop Music Christmas Video Pitfalls we Hope He Avoids

He may have copped the silver medal in the American Idol Olympics, but David Archuleta is certainly a tried-and-true star. How do I know? Well, he has just gone through that great rite of passage that all successful singers eventually go through: he has released a Christmas album.

Christmas From The Heart is a nice run through some Christmasy hits (“Silent Night, ” “Joy To The World”) as well as his famed take on “Ave Maria.” No videos have been released for the holiday platter as of yet. But let’s take a Christmas gander at a few Christmas music video tropes we’re sure Archuleta will avoid:


David Archuleta talks about ‘Christmas From the Heart’

David Archuleta has been in Nashville since last Friday. In fact, on the day his holiday album, Christmas From the Heart, came out, he was in a Nashville studio, working on material for his next album. Wednesday morning, David and I sat down at the studio where he’s been writing with singer-songwriter Joy Williams and working with several of the town’s producers, including Matt Bronleewe and Mat Kearney producer Robert Marvin. (We did not, however, talk about the possible divorce of his parents, because that story didn’t break until today.)

Idol Chatter

Utah’s ‘Idol’ to speak Oct. 26

Utah’s most famous American Idol will speak about reaching his dreams during the Annual Conference for Women later this month.

David Archuleta will join former first lady Laura Bush, Utah’s first lady Jeanette Herbert and pianist Roger Williams at this year’s conference, which is sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and his wife Elaine.

“I am so pleased that David Archuleta was able to fit this conference into a demanding concert schedule, ” Orrin Hatch said. “He is an unbelievable talent and a special performer who has a great story to share.”

Deseret News

No frills and down to earth, Clarkson plays it old school

Kelly Clarkson is that rarest of television celebrity contestants: an artist blessed with a startlingly huge voice and more than a modicum of musical talent. When it came to getting a glimpse of the actual person behind the glossy persona during her 90-minute set Tuesday night at Agganis Arena, Clarkson’s candidly off-the-cuff, self-deprecating charm proved a powerful ally amid her arsenal of gifts.

Peabody man suffers fatal heart attack at concert

A Peabody man suffered a fatal heart attack at the Kelly Clarkson concert at Boston University on Tuesday night, Boston University officials said today.

BU spokesman Colin Riley said the 38-year-old man, who was not identified, collapsed during the pop singer’s show at Agganis Arena shortly before 10 p.m.

“An emergency response team was there immediately, they were on site for the concert, ” Riley said. An ambulance took the man to Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, where he passed away later that evening. The man is not associated with Boston University.

Melinda Doolittle, Eden Espinosa, Amanda Green, et al. to Play Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency

Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency has announced additions to its fall line-up.

The club will feature headline engagements by Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (October 6-17), Tony winners Victoria Clark and Ted Sperling (October 20-24), Mary Cleere Haran (October 29-31, November 5-7), Maude Maggart (November 10-14), former American Idol finalist Melinda Doolitle (November 17-210, and Ronan Tynan (November 27-28).


Exclusive: David Cook’s “Cougar” Speaks Out!

David Cook broke off his romance with his nine-years-older girlfriend after news broke that he had secretly been dating the beautiful model.

Why? As the American Idol champ later texted Kim Johnston, “Dude, I’m losing fans over this!”

“David changed my life in so many good ways, ” Kim, 35, tells Star in an exclusive interview. “But I also can’t forget my feeling of abandonment, when I was being slammed left and right. I’ve never had a man treat me as if he was ashamed to be associated with me!”

Star Magazine

S.C. State Fair: Our Q&A with David Cook

You don’t have to ask where David Cook is or what’s he’s doing.

He’s always on the road.

Yeah, David Cook has an “American Idol” title, but if you follow the show, you know champions disappear faster than good parking spaces at the mall during the holidays. (Anybody seen Fantasia, Ruben, Taylor or the dude who beat Adam Lambert lately?)

The State

Chuck Liddell lays into ‘Dancing With the Stars’ judges: ‘Screw those guys’

Former Ultimate Fighting champ Chuck Liddell isn’t pleased with the professional judges who helped give him the boot from “Dancing With the Stars”.

“Screw those guys, ” he said. “They don’t know what they’re talking about half the time, anyway.”

While Liddell was ousted from the popular prime time show he simultaneously heard good news about his next gig ‘” a role in an upcoming Mickey Rourke film.

“It’s a bigger movie, ” Liddell said, adding that it was too early to reveal many details, but noting that the film had a strong cast.

Mercury News

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: Almost Showtime

To quote the world’s most sought-after hunk of man (Bret Michaels, naturally): Whatsagoinon?! I’m out one week ‘” thereby missing not one, not two, but three SYTYCD episodes ‘” and we still haven’t found our top 20 dancers yet? Man, these producers are dragging out this process like it’s a Days Of Our Lives Swamp Girl plotline


Viewers Cautiously Return to Post-DeLay “Dancing”

One week after fractured feet 86’d controversial former House majority leader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars, ” viewers celebrated by flocking to the dance competition’s Tuesday results show in season-best numbers.

The night before, the DeLay-less Monday performance broadcast also saw a noticeable week-to-week uptick in audience.

All this has to have relieved ABC suits, who had watched “DWTS” lose substantial number of viewers each week this season, putting this edition on track to be the show’s lowest rated since it was first foisted on the American public in the summer of ’05.

Washington Post

Michael Jackson’s Executors Have Poor Taste in TV Dance Shows

But here’s the thing: So You Think You Can Dance would have done a better job. The DWTS professionals are almost all trained in ballroom dancing but don’t necessarily have any experience performing anything resembling Jacko’s unique and eclectic style. Meanwhile, SYTCYD features Wade Robson, who is universally acknowledged as Jacko’s dance-floor heir apparent. SYTYCD has the previously mentioned Paula connection (by way of singing corporate cousin American Idol). SYTYCD is a better freaking show, with better production values, better direction and better stagecraft. To be perfectly frank, the SYTYCD kids are also younger and cooler than the folks on DWTS, and therefore more in touch with the spirit of M.J.’s best work.

Yes, DWTS has higher ratings, and that’s no doubt why Jackson’s reps chose to grant performance rights to Stars, but we’re damn sure that if Jacko were alive today, he’d be hiring his backup dancers out of the SYTYCD troupe before he even glanced sideways at someone from DWTS.


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