Idol Headlines for 10/27/08

Search continues for Jennifer Hudson’s nephew

CHICAGO (AP) ‘  Jennifer Hudson’s offer of a $100, 000 reward for the safe return of her nephew stood on Monday as investigators and community members continued their search for the 7-year-old boy now missing for a third day.

“Detectives are working 24 hours on this case, ” said Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond. “There’s a lot of forensic evidence. We have to work the evidence and try and solve this case. Most importantly, we want to find the child.”

Police said they did not have a motive for the killings but called the case “domestic related.” Bond said Balfour, who had been in police custody since Friday, was transferred Sunday to the Illinois Department of Corrections “based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation.”

Associated Press

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Hudson offers $100, 000 reward for missing nephew

CHICAGO (AP) ‘  Jennifer Hudson and her family offered a $100, 000 reward Sunday for the safe return of her missing nephew, as investigators looked for forensic evidence near the home where her mother and brother were found shot to death.

Mourners dressed in their Sunday best milled outside the childhood home of the singer and Oscar-winning actress, along with investigators seeking clues to the whereabouts of 7-year-old Julian King, the son of Jennifer Hudson’s sister, Julia.

In a statement Sunday evening from publicist Lisa Kasteler, Jennifer Hudson appealed to the public for its help, offering the reward and asking that any information be given to Chicago police.

“Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian, ” the statement said.

Associated Press

DREAMGIRL’S NIGHTMARE | Family offers $100, 000 reward for safe return of boy, 7, after murder of actress’ mother, brother

Where is 7-year-old Julian King?

Police searched for the nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson Sunday as they blanketed the Englewood neighborhood with fliers.

Hudson and her family offered $100, 000 for the boy’s safe return, and her MySpace page appealed for clues in the double-murder of her mother and brother, which tipped authorities to Julian’s disappearance.

Amber Alert signs blazed on Chicago highways asking people to watch for the boy.

New York Post

10/27: Michael Johns at Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR race

…American Idol finalist Michael Johns, formerly of Buckhead, flew into town for a gig in front of 80, 000-plus NASCAR fans Sunday to do a pre-race concert and the National Anthem.

He sang three cover songs. He said there no reason to introduce anything new in this environment. He chose Free …All Right Now, Lynyrd Skynyrd …Sweet Home Alabama, and Pearl Jam …Alive. (When he performed at C.J. Landing earlier this decade in Buckhead, he loved channeling Eddie Vedder.)

Here video I took of him singing …Sweet Home Alabama:

Access Atlanta

Melinda delivers soul scorcher

Melinda does not disappoint. Everything you liked about her in Season 6 — and our memories haven’t faded to the point that we can’t recall that she was the Blog Pound’s consensus should-have-been winner that year — is readily apparent on an album that channels her into a classic, ’60s-influenced soul mold (think Aretha, Gladys Knight, Carla Thomas, Bettye Lavette, etc.) with effective detours into standards and, somewhat surprisingly, the blues.

USA Today

OSU’s Idol not idle

Kyle Ensley gained national attention when he appeared on the most-watched show on American television.

But the Oklahoma State University senior says there is a lot more to him than his ability to sing, which landed him a Top 50 spot on American Idol.

The Valliant native is majoring in political science and international business. At 22, Ensley still has six years to try out for the show again, but he is unsure if he will do so.

“I have this (Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs) Fellowship through the Department of State, ”  Ensley said. “It pays for grad. school and it also guarantees a four-year job in the Department of State working as a foreign service officer. After grad. school I will be working in an embassy somewhere as a diplomat.” 

The show would interfere with his academic pursuits, so it likely will wait.


Hollywood hotties at the event for Childhood Diabetes

Singer Katharine McPhee arrives at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills October 25, 2008. The ball benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Picture taken October 25, 2008.

International Business Times

Cloris Leachman just wants to have fun on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Feisty Cloris Leachman has been raising more than a few eyebrows during her unexpectedly long run on ABC’s popular ballroom competition Dancing With the Stars.

Randily approaching the show’s three-judge panel showing some leg (and occasionally other body parts), sarcastically putting down rival competitors or explaining on live TV that one performance drew inspiration from a “skanky ho, ” Leachman, 82, isn’t the best celebrity hoofer, but she’s arguably the most unpredictably entertaining.

USA Today

Taking a twirl with Cloris

She’s not the only, um, mature woman to have graced the stage of “Dancing With the Stars, ” but she’s probably the most immobile: At 82, Cloris Leachman proves there’s a fine line between ballroom dancing and standing perfectly still. But in this seventh season of the ABC hit, the Oscar-winning actress with the cheeky sense of humor has practically managed to take over the show. How much has she resurrected her image? She’s getting cast in a Quentin Tarantino film, which means that soon she’ll get to swear as freely as she wants. Here are some reasons why, of all the scene-stealers over the years, we love Cloris the best.

Dancing with the Stars: Brooke Burke favorite to win

Couple of days left until another episode of “Dancing with the Stars” airs, time to look at the odds on the winner, following last week’s elimination. A bit of a surprise last week, when Toni Braxton and Alec Mazzo were chosen to go home, but the odds makers remain confident in one thing – Brooke Burke with partner Derek Hough will win the Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. The odds on Brooke at the online sportsbook Bodog are all-time short at 1/2, meaning that bettors would get only half their bet in winnings, if correct. Even the earlier injury scare did nothing to shake the confidence bookmakers have in Brooke Burke. To see what a big Dancing with the Stars favorite Brooke and Derek are, the closest to the couple in odds come Warren Sapp with odds to win Dancing with the Stars 7 at 7/4. Underdog remains Cloris Leachman with long odds 75/1. Here are the outright odds on winning Dancing with the Stars, as posted by Bodog:

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Hopefuls Reveal Each Other’s Annoying Habits!

They’re finding success as partners on “Dancing with the Stars” — but what do Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke really think of each other? The dancing duo is on the ET set quizzing one another about secret nicknames, annoying habits, pre-show rituals and much more!

Last week, the Olympic gold-medalist and his pro partner received their best score so far, a 27, for their hot Salsa.

Catch Maurice and all-new dances from the remaining contestants on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night on ABC!

Entertainment Tonight

Review: Hedley

OTTAWA- Music critics live to skewer bands like the Vancouver pop-punk quartet Hedley, who played to a nearly sold-out crowd at the Civic Centre Saturday night.

The band, at first glance, owes most of its success to frontman Jacob Hoggard’s reputation of being the rebellious third-place finisher of the second season of Canadian Idol, itself a perennial whipping boy for prefabricated musicians filling out arts sections across the country.

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