Idol Headlines for 10/18/10 – The Evening Edition

Listen to Kimberley Caldwell’s new single “Desparate Girls and Stupid Boys” at her newly-designed website HERE.

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Could Crystal Bowersox and Jewell write together some day? They talk on twitter:

From Crystal to @Jeweljk I remember writing a song and sending it to you via fan mail when i was young. You’re one of the reasons i started playing music.

From Jewell to @CrystalBowersox: very flattered-ur gr8- luv 2 write 2gether some time

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The Soul Train Awards were announced today. Fantasia was nominated for BEST R&B/SOUL ARTIST FEMALE, plus her hit song “Bittersweet” was nominated for RECORD OF THE YEAR. See the entire list at BET.

The 2010 Soul Train Awards are set to tape at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre November 10 and premiere on Centric and BET November 28 at 9 P.M.

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Katie Stevens may be on the verge of something big. She’s taking some meetings this week. She tweets to David Hodges, the songwriter she’s been collaborating with, “First big meeting of the week! Let’s do this @hodgesmusic! Conquering the world part 1…two meetings down.. 2 more people in the world love what we’re doing! Conquering the world part 1 is going well.”

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The Lee DeWyze official website posts the tracklisting for his upcoming album HERE. Or, you can check it out on iTunes HERE.

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Top Hollywood Celebrities to Attend and Perform at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Second Hearts and Hands Gala November 6th

ATLANTA, Oct 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) announces its Hearts and Hands Gala at 7pm on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta’s own Ryan Seacrest will serve as emcee of the black tie dinner, which will feature live and silent auctions and a performance by platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw. The Coca-Cola Company is the event’s presenting sponsor. The Event Chair is Javier Goizueta, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President of the McDonald’s Division Worldwide. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company is Honorary Chair.

Read more at Marketwatch

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Galleria Announces Talent for Ice Spectacular on November 13

HOUSTON, TX (October 18, 2010) – Houston will ring in the holidays, when The Galleria hosts the 22nd Annual Tree Lighting and Ice Spectacular on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the recently updated ice facility, The Ice at The Galleria.

A 55-foot Christmas tree, featuring 100, 000 twinkling lights and 5, 000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes, will light up the mall during the annual 30-minute tree-lighting show, Ice Spectacular. The holiday event will feature 2008 American Idol finalist, Brooke White; Houston-based Israeli sibling ice dance team and two-time Olympic competitors, Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky; and professional ice skaters Samantha Vonsiatsky and Richard Swenning.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brooke and these expert skaters to Ice Spectacular, ” said Nicole Davis, director of marketing for The Galleria. “We know they will add a special touch to our annual event with their repertoires.”

Read more at The Paper

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‘Dancing With the Stars’: Derek Hough on working with Jen, future plans, and dream celeb partner

Baby Derek is back, and he would like to give you a high five. HIGH FIVE HIM! Thanks to all of you who submitted questions for Dancing With the Stars‘ own Fantastic Mr. Fox last week. Below, Derek helps us rev up for Week 5 with an all-readers’ Q&A!

You are doing a fantastic job with Jennifer [Grey] this season. How do you balance pushing and challenging her around her injuries? She looks fantastic for her age, but she is 50, not 30. Do you worry about pushing her too much, especially when you guys hit two dances for one week? –Susan

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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Brandy and Maks: Why Can’t We Be ‘Friends’?

It’s TV Theme Song Week on “Dancing with the Stars, ” and singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are going to be quick-stepping to “I’ll Be There for You” from “Friends” — just one problem: Maks revealed that Brandy has never seen the show.

“Maks, you promised not to tell people that, ” Brandy said. Check out their humorous bickering.

See the Video at Extra TV

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Irked ‘Dancing’ Cast Close to Turning on Jennifer Grey

After weeks of landing at the top of the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ leader board, insiders tell me the cast and dancers are starting to get a wee bit jealous of the outstanding Jennifer Grey.

“It’s not outright hate yet but it isn’t good, ” one insider that’s spent plenty of time on the ‘Dancing’ stage tells me. “It’s just not fair that we are all working our a**es off every week and Jennifer literally waltzes in and gets the best marks. You would think that because she is a dancer the judges would be a little harder on her.”

Read more at AOL

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51 Comments

  1. I think Jim C and Michael Slezak are competing for Kris’s love/attention by trying to prove which one of them is the bigger tease :(

    EWMichaelSlezak

    #Just finished a mind-blowing shoot with @KrisAllen. Rule #1: Always let the camera keep rolling…you never know what’ll happen.
    7 minutes ago

    (oh and “off day” seems to be a misnomer for Kris — no concert doesn’t necessarily = free time)

  2. (oh and “off day” seems to be a misnomer for Kris — no concert doesn’t necessarily = free time)

    I am glad to see there was something media wise scheduled for him. Thanks 19 but Jive, not so much.

  3. So Fantasia is now great….and I thought she was just a loonie tune! All she deserves is contempt!

  4. Congrats Fanty, hope u win!!!!! I watched an ep of her show this morning and loved it. Her bro Teeny is crazy tho. :)

    Why does this tidit of news about Brandy make me dislike her more??? She’s never seen an ep of Friends, are you kidding! I’ve seen an episode of Moesha and that wasn’t BY CHOICE!

  5. If the rest of the DWTS cast really is peeved at Jennifer then that’s more than silly. She’s a 50 year old woman who is kicking their ass every week. That’s probably what is really bothering her.

    Nice to see Fantasia’s blatant famewhoring and sympathy ploy has paid off for her. I wonder how many aspirin she’ll swallow to get her next batch of acolades? She’s never going to learn and her apologists and enablers are going to enable her right into a casket.

  6. Nice to see Fantasia’s blatant famewhoring and sympathy ploy has paid off for her. I wonder how many aspirin she’ll swallow to get her next batch of acolades? She’s never going to learn and her apologists and enablers are going to enable her right into a casket.

    I doubt that had anything to do with her getting these nominations. She did however record a GOOD album that deserves recognition. I’m not a super fan of fantasia, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. IMO she has a good chance of getting a grammy with this album.

  7. Niall:
    10/18/2010 at 7:17 pm
    If the rest of the DWTS cast really is peeved at Jennifer then that’s more than silly. She’s a 50 year old woman who is kicking their ass every week.

    ITA. Given all of the hype on this show I forced myself to watch last week’s performance show, and IMO she blew them all away. There is a reason her scores are so much better than the others – she earned them! The rest of the dancing was so bad I’m not watching again.

  8. ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Derek Hough on working with Jen, future plans, and dream celeb partner

    GREAT interview (not as good as BB, but im not comparing ;)) BUT ILY DEREK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is SO Hot!!! OMG I <3 him!!

    Ughhh, so mad becuz i have to miss DWTS tonight AGAIN…stupid homework…

  9. girlygirl:
    10/18/2010 at 6:47 pm
    I think Jim C and Michael Slezak are competing for Kris’s love/attention by trying to prove which one of them is the bigger tease

    EWMichaelSlezak

    #Just finished a mind-blowing shoot with @KrisAllen. Rule #1: Always let the camera keep rolling…you never know what’ll happen.
    7 minutes ago

    (oh and “off day” seems to be a misnomer for Kris — no concert doesn’t necessarily = free time)

    I love it when jambajim and Slezak join forces with Kris to tease the fans about upcoming news! Actually, I really hate it, because I immediately want to know what’s going on, but I like that they do such a good job of creating buzz and excitement about Kris.

    I wonder if the news will be about a video for AWM or album #2? Or something else????

  10. I’m not a Fantasia fan, but from most accounts her album is really good and Bittersweet was a #1 hit. So congrats to her

  11. I hope Katie Stevens has some success – I was very impressed with her on tour, and think she has an amazing voice and presence on stage. She was also my daughter’s favorite from S9. Good luck, Katie!

  12. Katie Stevens may be on the verge of something big. She’s taking some meetings this week. She tweets to David Hodges, the songwriter she’s been collaborating with, “First big meeting of the week! Let’s do this @hodgesmusic! Conquering the world part 1…two meetings down.. 2 more people in the world love what we’re doing! Conquering the world part 1 is going well.”

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    The Lee DeWyze official website posts the tracklisting for his upcoming album HERE. Or, you can check it out on iTunes HERE.

    Seeing these names together sparked an interesting thought. Hodges is working with both Lee and Katie. Could there be plans for a touring collaboration like Adam and Allison? I could see it…similar music styles and demographics. Might not be a bad idea.

  13. I wonder if the news will be about a video for AWM or album #2? Or something else????

    We know from experience that we won’t get a peep out of Kris. Someone needs to keep Cale up late tonight so he can have a late late night twitter party. His lips seem to lossen up a little late at night.

  14. Yes, girlygirl!!! She does have a hit on her hands and MANY believe in the album. It is strong, I myself haven’t purchased it yet But I’ve seen many of the TV performances & AOL sessions (or perhaps it was Walmart…) that blew me away! I’ve become a fan in just the last year or so.

  15. uh-oh LOL…better keep an eye out for angry Yankees fans :)

    KrisAllen
    #I know I’m in NY but……..Go Cliff Lee! Go Rangers! #mlbpulse
    4 minutes ago

  16. I like Derek a lot more this season than in past DWTS line-ups. I watched other seasons much more closely and couldn’t shake off the gross showmance BS between partner pairings like Shannon Elizabeth, Joanna Krupa, and Nicole Scherzinger. At least this time they don’t have to fake anything because she’s much older & married.
    Now my skeeze-meter is on Mark Ballas, what is up with his look and attitude this yr??

  17. Lee Dewyze got his first add today for SS The Pulse – SiriusXM(Hot AC). Kris got none.

  18. Fantasia’s album is GREAT. And I never watched her season or even liked anything much she did. But this album is full of one great R&B song after another.

  19. We know from experience that we won’t get a peep out of Kris.

    Another thing Kris has in common with Lee. Must be one of the rules laid out in the WGWG Handbook: Thou shall not spill.

    ETA Sorry-messed up the block quote.

  20. Crystal´s networking seems to keep producing results. Melissa, Franti, Linda Perry and now potentially Jewel according to these tweets.

    crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @Jeweljk I remember writing a song and sending it to you via fan mail when i was young. You’re one of the reasons i started playing music.

    Jewel
    @jeweljk Jewel
    very flattered-ur gr8- luv 2 write 2gether some time “@crystalbowersox: you’re one of the reasons i started playing music.”

  21. Go Fantasia! I am a fan. Never really loved her cds though, until now. This one is just incredible. It has nothing to do with any of the drama, but the music for me, and the music is awesome.

  22. abbysee:
    10/18/2010 at 8:29 pm
    Go Fantasia! I am a fan. Never really loved her cds though, until now. This one is just incredible. It has nothing to do with any of the drama, but the music for me, and the music is awesome.

    I bought Fantasia’s album and I love it. It wasn’t about the drama for me, it was all about that voice that’s amazing. No I didn’t like her getting involved with a married man, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that she’s a terrific singer.

  23. Crystal´s networking seems to keep producing results. Melissa, Franti, Linda Perry and now potentially Jewel according to these tweets.

    crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @Jeweljk I remember writing a song and sending it to you via fan mail when i was young. You’re one of the reasons i started playing music.

    Jewel
    @jeweljk Jewel
    very flattered-ur gr8- luv 2 write 2gether some time “@crystalbowersox: you’re one of the reasons i started playing music.”

    LOVE IT!! Man, her and Jewel would be an awesome collaboration.

  24. I find it pleasantly amusing the respect Crystal has with her peers so early in the game.

  25. I hope Katie can get something going. She’s got a real strong voice.

  26. So if Fanstasia was a mass murderer it would be OK since she can sing? I don’t think so! She manipulates people and they fall for it? What a convenient suicide attempt I must say! lmao

  27. So if Fanstasia was a mass murderer it would be OK since she can sing?

    Yeah, because what she did is SO on the same level as, you know killing people. Totally. :D

    Seriously, it is a fantastic album, and she was popular on the R&B scene before the drama. Music history is littered with the high selling records of some pretty… interesting peeps. She ain’t no different.

  28. Just saw this on Twitter, a video that’s playing at the AI Experiencr featuring all the winning moments and brief words from Lee and David
    http://ht.ly/2VwWm

  29. So if Fanstasia was a mass murderer it would be OK since she can sing? I don’t think so! She manipulates people and they fall for it? What a convenient suicide attempt I must say! lmao

    So Fantasia shouldn’t get recognized for her work just because she had an affair? She didn’t manipulate anyone for these nominations. She made a good album with good music, and now she’s just getting the recognition she deserves. This is not about her personal life, it’s just about the music.

  30. /18/2010 at 9:14 pm
    So if Fanstasia was a mass murderer it would be OK since she can sing? I don’t think so! She manipulates people and they fall for it? What a convenient suicide attempt I must say! lmao

    I haven’t seen the latest episode of Fantasia’s reality show, so I don’t know if she’s a practicing serial murderer in between singing gigs. But I do know that I was a fan of hers during the season she was on Idol and I will continue to be one as long as she’s making good music. Some of my favorite singers have had drug problems, alcohol problems, sex addictions and affairs. I will draw the line at rapist, child molesters and murderers.

  31. Eriko:
    I find it pleasantly amusing the respect Crystal has with her peers so early in the game.

    Its one of the most fascinating things about Crystal to me. She really knows who she is and who she wants to work with. Once you know it then its just a matter of putting it out there. So far most of them have been positive and its really showing on her post-show appearances. While most people cannot give an honest and upfront answer to a simple question like Who is favorite / Who are your influences Crystal can give a definite one. And that is exactly the reason why she is my favorite. No gimmicks, just plain honesty and good, good music.

  32. Its one of the most fascinating things about Crystal to me. She really knows who she is and who she wants to work with. Once you know it then its just a matter of putting it out there. So far most of them have been positive and its really showing on her post-show appearances. While most people dread a simple question like Who is favorite / Who are your influences Crystal can give an honest and upfront answer to that question. And that is exactly the reason why she is my favorite. No gimmicks, just plain honesty and good, good music.

    That’s why Crystal will always have a career in the business. She is her own person, and not just an Idol sock puppet or clone. She is also unique enough to stand out. And it’s usually the people who are controversial that do well. Long after Season 9 becomes a faded memory, it is Crystal Bowersox’s music that we will still be hearing about.

  33. Just saw this on Twitter, a video that’s playing at the AI Experiencr featuring all the winning moments and brief words from Lee and David
    http://ht.ly/2VwWm

    I feel dumb asking, but what is David saying in his little clip? Can’t make it out… Thanks.

  34. That’s why Crystal will always have a career in the business. She is her own person, and not just an Idol sock puppet or clone. She is also unique enough to stand out. And it’s usually the people who are controversial that do well. Long after Season 9 becomes a faded memory, it is Crystal Bowersox’s music that we will still be hearing about.

    What is so controversial about Crystal? Her dreadlocks?

  35. It’s good for Crystal to be getting a lot of help. It gives her a chance to have some success, may be, depending on whether Jive is behind her or not.

  36. So if Fanstasia was a mass murderer it would be OK since she can sing? I don’t think so! She manipulates people and they fall for it? What a convenient suicide attempt I must say! lmao

    She’s not a mass murderer, so that’s not an issue. What she is is someone who released one of the three best R&B albums of the year. It took three tries, but finally TPTB realized that this is the genre that she was meant to be in, so they delivered a straight R&B, instead of trying to make her too Pop, or please everyone.

  37. What is so controversial about Crystal? Her dreadlocks?

    Yes thats the biggest controversy. Now they are examining her dreads to seek out the truth. They can finally answer the divine questions like ‘does a person who has dreads never bath?’ lol

    I would say there were percieved notions which led to controversies- her rush to the hospital, the “almost-quit” incident, finale breakup with bf, the sudden engagement and even more sudden marriage, etc. I wouldnt say its controversial but it wasnt a typical “behavior” expected from a contestant so there were alot of talk about it. She was like 95% of the buzz coming from that show. You can call it controversy (not pointing to anyone) but I’d say more interesting or to quote Slezak since he’s mentioned few times here- the more polarizing character last season.

  38. What is so controversial about Crystal? Her dreadlocks?

    She doesn´t have that “herd mentality”, trying to fit in, suck up or do what others consider “politically correct” For some reason, if someone has a strong personality which doesn´t fall into the public’s comfort zone, they´re considered “controversial” by many I guess. The following tweet she reply´d too a few hours ago is IMO a good example.

    @Krishelle11 Krishelle
    cool! @crystalbowersox & Jewel together makes perfect sense. Both are dated and irrelevant to music today.Jewel hasnt had a hit in 15 years

    @crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @Krishelle11 some of the greatest artists have never seen a radio wave. dont just eat what you’re given, find your own hits. :)

    According to krishelle, trying to get on radio or charts by doing what most others are doing, is “relevant”. What´s relevant about chasing a herd of sheep and being another version of 100´s of others?

    “British singer Elton John described today’s songwriters as “pretty awful,” How true! Why should Crystal “eat” some of that

  39. @crystalbowersox Crystal Bowersox
    @Krishelle11 some of the greatest artists have never seen a radio wave. dont just eat what you’re given, find your own hits.

    GREAT fucking line. At once a total KO of a fool, and words of wisdom to remember.

  40. I don’t really see what Fantasia’s messed up life has to do with her album, or whether it is award worthy or not. If it’s a good enough album to garner award attention, then it should do so, regardless of her recent actions.

    Of course, that was the whole problem with the way the whole relationship/suicide attempt/reality TV show were used to publicise the album too. It works both ways, so I can see where people are coming from.

    But there have been plenty of artists who have been completely screwed up and have made a great product.

  41. Trying to get on radio or charts by doing what most others are doing, is “relevant”. What´s relevant about chasing a herd of sheep and being another version of 100´s of others?

    People have different hopes and dreams. None of us know Crystal, all we did was discover her on a tv show. But some people’s dream is to have their music played on the radio. It’s an audience of millions, and it gives them the financial security to continue their career in music. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s somewhere in Crystal’s mind too.

    To be honest, I’m kind of busy. I don’t have time to go to every music festival in Austin and discover these ‘great’ artists. Radio is a perfectly decent way to discover a musician. So what if they happen to sound like other musicians/performers/whatever? I listen to the music I want to hear whether it’s ‘unique’ or not.

  42. FR-You keep making this statement about Crystal getting 95% of the buzz With Lee-100% of the publicity he is getting is about the music-because he is all about the music. All the critics who have previewed his album have been positive. He’s the first Idol winner since Kelly Clarkson to get to co-write his debut single. He has had lttle free time since he won-he flew between Nashville, New York and Los Angeles all summer to write and record whenever they had days off from the tour. He finished the album last week.The only time he’s had off has been for charity events and his big AP concert.
    Now he’ll be promoting his album. But if he ever gets some time off, maybe he can date a Heidi Montag or somebody and get some buzz.

    Seriously, I like Crystal and I’m glad she’s finally in the studio. I hope she can create a great album in such a short amount of time, because she has a beautiful voice.

  43. artemis I’d wish you’d read my post clearly and ones before that. That was a reply to a question posted by someone else. What you say about lee isn’t really relevant and it doesnt deny the fact that whatever we heard about season 9 during the show and after was almost only about crystal (not counting whatever music, promos, events they had to make or do because they are the winner/runnerup). The only reason we are hearing anything about lee is because he got the contract and he has to make the album, attend the charities, make those promotions etc etc. do you hear anything about casey now? if lee was in casey’s position would you really hear anything? i dont think so… anyways i wish lee the best, in whichever direction he wants to go. most reviews that i am hearing are that people are expecting a lot better from the rest of the album. i wouldnt be too proud to get a co-write on a song like that if i say myself that i am songwriter.

  44. Siobhan’s boots were more controversial than anything Crystal ever did.

  45. Brian_C82: NOOOOO not the boots arguments, not fair. I think siobhans boots were more controversial than climate change man made?, invasion of iraq, question of gods existence all combined LOL. You “Win”.

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