‘American Idol’ Daily: David Cook’s steps forward
It is the final rite of the “American Idol” season: the release of the champion’s first post-“Idol” album to the music-buying masses and, with it, the test of the show’s ability to consistently produce pop superstars. When the show first launched, the promise of its subtitle, “The search for the next pop superstar, ” seemed as laughable to the music industry as if “Saved by the Bell” declared it would elect the next president.
Seven years later, the industry has very much stopped laughing. The little “Star Search” ripoff has proved its ability to churn out roughly one superstar a year (even if that superstar isn’t always the show’s winner). Clarkson, Aiken, Barrino, Underwood, Daughtry, Sparks — they’ve all proved themselves not just in the Idoldome, but at the check-out counter as well. And now it is David Cook’s turn.
David Cook: ‘Idol’ Busy With New Album
All Things Considered, November 18, 2008 – Every fall, the latest winner of the American Idol competition arrives with an album. This year it’s David Cook, who won by the largest margin in the show’s seven-year history.
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David Cook: ‘The Whole Album Felt Rushed’
KANSAS CITY, MO — The last few months have been a whirlwind for hometown singer David Cook. And, Tuesday, November 18 is the tornado.
David Cook sat in a studio in New York doing interview after interview with television stations around the country to promote his new self-titled album. By the time he got to FOX 4 in Kansas City, he only had nine more left.
`Idol’ champ David Cook keeps rocking on new album
When he was on “American Idol, ” David Cook ‘ as cool as a cucumber for much of last season ‘ fought back tears after performing for a studio audience that included his brother Adam, who’s fighting brain cancer.
It was a moment of raw emotion, winning Cook the sympathy of viewers who’ve also been touched by tragedy.
Cook’s tears have flowed more freely in private. The 25-year-old rocker, who won the Fox competition in May, fueled his anguish over Adam’s illness into the gut-wrenching ballad “Permanent, ” one of 13 songs on his namesake debut album.
David Cook vs. Beyonce: Grudge Match
David Cook’s self-titled album hit stores Tuesday, and MyFOXKC.com’s Sarah Clark went looking for eager fans looking to buy it. But it turns out, David Cook had tough competition in the form of a leggy songstress with some pretty hot dance moves.
Idol David Cook releases album
Great artists meet with great expectations. That can be said of many highly anticipated debut albums from today’s most promising rising stars.
However, mention of “American Idol” leaves many music critics wincing in anticipatory agony. The show certainly has had its success stories: Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry have all broken through the Idol barrier and moved on to sell millions of records. But names like Sanjaya Malakar (a Top Six finalist), William Hung (who didn’t make it past the first audition), and Taylor Hicks (um, he won) have threatened the show’s credibility.
Is “David Cook” Original?
David Cook fans have been thanking me all week for …my open mind. Now I understand why ¦
USAToday.com had an article about Cook CD releasing today that featured a statement from music writer Don Waller, one of the …coaches that follows …Idol for the website:
…If RCA pumps money into promoting Cook and releases a second single by Christmas, the disc might sell 500, 000, Waller speculates.
Knowledge That David Archuleta Reads Defamer Makes Life Worth Living
Finally coming out to the world as a David Archuleta fan has made a huge difference in our day to day lives’ we just feel lighter and happier, as if we can finally start being the real us, instead of keeping up some ridiculous charade of what society expects a grown man living in Silver Lake to have on his iPod. But never, in our wildest Archie-loving dreams, did it ever occur to us that he might actually…know we exist.
Simon Cowell’s Opera Men Cover “Hallelujah, ” And I’m Pretty Sure Jason Castro Is To Blame
Oh, you guys. It is way too early in the morning/the week/my life for this. But we should all probably get familiar with it now, since I have a feeling it’s going to receive a ton of unironic holiday-season airplay during the next few weeks; the group’s new album comes out today, and it’s Oprah-approved, with the four (admittedly cute) members being introduced as one of the “biggest musical acts on the planet” when they appeared on her show last month. I’m sorry to break this all to you. I really, really am. [YouTube; HT (if you can call it that) Alex Balk]
‘CSI: NY’ turns 100
For the 100th, Veasey wanted to do something special, and lit on the idea of sending Sinise’s Taylor out to investigate crimes whose victims were also called Mac Taylor. The juiced-up guest cast includes Rumer Willis, Chris Daughtry, Scott Wolf — and the waterfall, which provides the primary forensic twist. Namely, in spring (when the episode takes place), why is a leaf covered in sea salt?
“I saw the waterfalls, and I thought they were beautiful, ” says Veasey. “How could we show New York and not include them?”
11/19: It …Aint Misbehavin with Frenchie Davis, Ruben Studdard & Trenyce
At Fox Theatre last night, I caught opening night of the national tour of …Aint Misbehavin , which was a popular musical revue on Broadway 30 years ago starring Nell Carter.
Since there is no plotline, this musical relies on, well, the music and the performers. And the three …Idol alums aquit themselves well. We have to give Ruben Studdard a bit of a learning curve break since this is the first time he ever done anything like this. His voice, of course, is incredible. His dance steps? He isnt going to win …Dancing With the Stars but he doesnt trip over himself either. His charm? Always there and then some, especially when he gives the audience that impish grin. His best work came in the second half, especially with the jokey tune …Your Feet Too Big.
Country Stars Assist Children’s Hospital Through Project Paper Doll
A kick-off party for Project Paper Doll, an effort to help raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was held Monday evening (Nov. 17) in the hospital’s theater. More than 50 celebrities, including country artists Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, all contributed to the fundraising project by decorating their very own wooden dolls in the shape of the Nashville hospital’s logo. Monday’s event included a display of the dolls that will be auctioned on eBay in three different groups from Nov. 28 through Dec. 17. Country artists attending Monday’s event included Luke Bryan, the Lost Trailers and American Idol alumnus Kristy Lee Cook. View photos of the paper dolls.
Country Music Fans Can Re-Watch The “42nd Annual CMA Awards” On CMT Saturday
Nashville, TN (CNS) – Country music fans get a chance to relive country music’s biggest night when CMT hosts the cable premiere of the “42nd Annual CMA Awards” on Saturday, November 29 at 9/8c. The show originally aired live from Nashville on ABC last week.
Celebrity News Service knows some fans will be excited to watch the all the glitz and glamour of the show, or catch it for the first time. The “42nd Annual CMA Awards” was a night of celebration for country music’s biggest stars as the industry awarded the top achievers in the genre.
Giant pine, or at least part of one, arrives at the Alamo
…That a beautiful tree, commented Trish Nardella, a Hermitage, Pa., resident in town for a Teamsters convention who ‘ like most other spectators Tuesday ‘ was enraptured after wandering upon the spectacle. …I just got lucky enough to come out at the right time.
The tree will likely garner its largest audience next week, when Santa Claus is set to arrive via horse-drawn carriage the day after Thanksgiving to light it for the holiday season. An afternoon-long event leading up to the ceremony will feature face painters, balloon artists and a performance by …American Idol alum Haley Scarnato.
It will remain on display until the first week of January.
LaKisha Jones releases first single
LaKisha Jones , the sixth-season “American Idol” contestant from Flint, releases her debut album “So Glad I’m Me” on Feb. 19. The first single, also titled “So Glad I’m Me, ” is now on iTunes.
OUR VIEW: Sligh shows class in doing Kelsey benefit
Chris Sligh, an …American Idol top 10 finalist from Season 6, will be at Culpeper County High School Saturday to honor the memory of Kelsey Orndorff and raise money for two causes that were close to her heart.
It was a Sligh concert in Fredericksburg that Kelsey, a 17-year-old senior at Fredericksburg Christian School, was on her way to see when she died in a car wreck on Route 3. Local physician J. Bryon Cook was injured in the crash and spent nearly two months at the University of Virginia Health Center in Charlottesville.
Sligh, a Christian singer, slipped the Culpeper date into his busy tour schedule. He is not taking any pay for his performance, but at the request of the Orndorff family, he will be reimbursed for his travel expenses. In choosing to make the extra stop, Sligh has shown he is a class act before he sings one note.
‘Dancing With the Stars’: Cody Linley not saved by teenage girls
This has been a dramatic week for …Dancing With the Stars celebrities past and present: Cloris Leachman reportedly came down with pneumonia (or at least a bad cough); the SEC charged Mark Cuban with some mavericky insider trading; Brooke Burke performed poorly for the first time; and, as of tonight, squealing teenage girls failed to save Cody Linley from elimination. I wonder: if Cody retains his celebrity over time, would he be allowed back in a future season to compete again? I bet hed be a real contender in a few years. In any case, next week will bring not just Thanksgiving but also the …DWTS finals, and the lineup will be Lance Bass, Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp.
‘Dancing With the Stars’: Three is a Magic Number
On last night’s Dancing With the Stars extra value meal of a results show, we saluted eyebrow-y Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley for the last time…until next Tuesday, when everyone will return because it’s in their contracts! Cody’s ouster certainly came as no surprise, even to Warren Sapp, Cody’s ”still in jeopardy” co-captive, who gamely acted shocked for a split second after the announcement, then went back to having no cares in the world beyond how tightly the sequins will be sewn onto his shirt for next week’s freestyle. If he even wears a shirt! Sorry about that. Cody and Julianne looked way more adorable in those military costumes when the outfits weren’t clashing with their weird paso doble and an atrocious song choice, so I was glad they got some decent farewell screen time before my DVR’s random 10:02 p.m. cutoff. Best place to press pause all evening? When Cody and Julianne were hugging in two different places (and two different times!) at the end of Cody’s ”Memories” package. Well, that was almost the best place to pause. You can see its closest competition in the video player on the next page.
Backstage at ‘DWTS’: Superstitions and Rituals Revealed!
As the competition heats up, ET is backstage at “Dancing with the Stars” where the hopefuls talk about their performances and reveal their good luck charms and odd backstage rituals! While Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer have Pluto and Tigger dolls, Derek Hough has a bit of a shoe fetish! “I always brush and oil my shoes to death just because I’m always afraid of slipping, ” Derek says. “I’m like OCD about it.” Watch our all-new video to find out what Warren Sapp and Cody Linley are doing backstage before heading out to the dance floor!
ET Takes You Backstage at the ‘DWTS’ Semi-Finals!
ET was backstage at Tuesday night’s “Dancing With The Stars” moments after celeb contestant Cody Linley and “Dancing” pro Julianne Hough found out they were the next couple eliminated from the show. Watch Julianne and Cody share their emotional words for each other and find out what the remaining contestants have planned for the final round of the competition!
“Cody, I’m so proud of you, ” Julianne tells her partner. “Out of all my partners, you had the hardest journey to face, and you’ve grown so much not just as a dancer but as a person….We’re going to be friends forever, and I’m so excited to see what your career is going to do after the show.”