Idol Headlines for 10/18/08

Chevy Country Music Calendar Goes Online at

CMA new artist of the year nominees Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum and James Otto are among those featured in the fifth annual Chevy Country Music Calendar. Shot in locations throughout the nation, the 2009 calendar will be distributed via four national magazines — NASCAR Illustrated, Progressive Farmer, Country Weekly and People — to reach more than 2 million subscribers beginning Nov. 23. For the first year, a digital version of the calendar will also be available online at Others featured in the calendar are Heidi Newfield, Rissi Palmer, Joe Nichols, Chuck Wicks, Jypsi, Phil Stacey and NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. The calendars will also be available at multiple Chevy-sponsored events in conjunction with this year’s CMA Awards show to be broadcast live by ABC on Nov. 12.


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‹Rock Of Ages: Greatest Jack Black Impersonation of All Time

‹Rock Of Ages: Greatest Jack Black Impersonation of All Time Jack Black fanatics, have I got a show for you. Rock of Ages, the just-off-Broadway musical homage to Reagan-era rock-outs features the Greatest Jack Black Impersonation of All Time. I’m not kidding. Constantine Maroulis (a fourth-season American Idol finalist), may be the show’s “star, ” but Mitchell Jarvis is the star. No doubt Jarvis is consciously aping Black’s bug-eyed rocker persona to play Lonny, the show’s postmodern narrator (he’s constantly reminding us we’re watching a musical), but he does it flawlessly. He also resembles Black enough that, I thought it was the comedy superstar himself at the New World Stages, acting alongside the guy who finished sixth on American Idol.

Black Book

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’

The honey runs thick in “The Secret Life of Bees, ” and so does the treacle. The cloying dullness sets in early, although not from the first frame, which begins with a girl’s voice-over narration telling us, “I killed my mother when I was 4 years old.” This sounds like something Mickey Spillane might have cooked up.

In fact, the movie, written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is derived from a popular 2002 novel by Sue Monk Kidd, which is mostly set in South Carolina shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. This setting allows the movie’s talented but underutilized cast to try out their Deep South accents while sashaying, wriggling, cooing, and weeping.

Christian Science Monitor

The Secret Life of Bees star Jennifer Hudson: Diggin’ Her Style

Stylespotter chopped it up with The Secret Life of Bees star Jennifer Hudson. The film, which opens nationwide in theaters tomorrow stars Hudson alongside co-stars Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okenedo and Dakota Fanning.

Black Voices

Concert review: 2 Worlds, 2 Voices sometimes too forced

Someone described the pairing of Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire as like peanut butter and chocolate.

They had their peanut butter and chocolate moments last night at the Mellon Arena.

At times, though, it was also like peanut butter and mayonnaise.

The 26-year-old Clarkson and 53-year-old McEntire are touring together on 2 Worlds, 2 Voices, because Kelly grew up a Reba fan and now they’re both managed by McEntire’s husband.

So, would country fans accept Kelly? Would young rockers want Reba? The half-empty arena tells part of the story.

Post Gazette

A sound that can’t be dismissed

There’s something about Pickler that can’t be dismissed

Kellie Pickler’s music is much like the country blonde herself. Awfully slight at first, but after some time, you can’t help but smile and be swayed.

The American Idol finalist sold almost 1 million copies of her debut effort without scoring a radio hit, thanks in large part to sheer force of personality. It’s (again) the best thing about her self-titled second disc, even as some of the material lets her down.

Houston Chronicle

Guitarist CLINT LOWERY Is ‘Excited’ To Get Back To Writing With SEVENDUST

The Rockvine: How have fans reacted to Chris Daughtry being on a SEVENDUST record?

Morgan: What do you think Clint? There hasn’t been much talk about it other than before it happened ¦

Clint: I think that people who have a really negative outlook on it that voice their opinions too much when we see them ‘  there’s always going to be extreme thoughts. There are people who are really big SEVENDUST supporters that go, “Okay, we’ll let them get by with this, ” even if they’re not really big Chris Daughtry fans. I think there’s a big group of people who ordinarily wouldn’t listen to the band who say, “Hey, what’s this about?” who are in that Chris Daughtry universe. It’s definitely an extreme situation ‘  you got a guy who’s not in the exact demographic of a SEVENDUST fanbase and you mix those two you’ll have people on both sides of the fence. There hasn’t been that much of a negative reaction. A lot of people thought that was going to be like the first single that Chris Daughtry card played real hard, but we didn’t. I think ultimately the guys were just friends with the guy, and he’s a big SEVENDUST fan and they had a track that fit his style and they loved him as a singer, and I did too. They let him come in and sing off the verse. It’s simple, I don’t think there was a big master plan behind it all.


Q&A : Diana DeGarmo ‘Rewinds’ Her American Idol Experience

The new season of American Idol Rewind has been bringing back some classic Idol memories, so I thought it would be a good time to catch up with some of the former contestants we haven’t heard from in a while. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting my exclusive Q&As with former Idols including Diana DeGarmo, Anthony Federov, and John Stevens.

Let’s start with Diana DeGarmo, who faced off with Fantasia in the season three finale. Diana filled me in via email about her latest career move and her Idol regrets.

Reality TV

14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards winners

The Isaacs opened the show with the song “Mamma’s Teaching Angels How To Sing” as a tribute to the late Dottie Rambo and Phil Stacey showed why he was a standout on American Idol last year with his performance of his new single, “Identity.” Other performers included host Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence, Greg McDougal, Point of Grace, Del Way, CrossCountry The Band, Russ Murphy, Sandra Dee, James Payne, Last Light Band, Mike Rimmey, Tommy Brandt, and Austin’s Bridge.


Will Susan Lucci survive ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

Stars will be falling from ‘Dancing’

Much as it amazes me to say this – ” Dancing With the Stars” is getting kind of interesting at this point.

This week, the fifth, throws a bunch of new dances at our hoofing contenders, and these dances are so new, that even voters-at-home may have a tough time judging them. They are: The west coast swing, the salsa, the jitterbug, and the hustle. Never before seen on “DWTS, ” which means a whole new set of challenges for everyone.


Leachman ‘livens’ up ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

All hail Cloris Leachman.

As the oldest contestant to compete on ABC’s ”Dancing with the Stars, ” the 82-year-old actress is single-handedly bringing a spark to the mega-hit that it’s never had.

Technically, she’s one of the worst dancers in the show’s history – if you believe the judges’ scores. But despite that, the audiences have embraced her every week.
She’s still in the competition because the at-home audience vote for her and loves to see what she’ll do or say next. That’s the beauty of live TV.

Sun Times

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