Idol Headlines for 10/30/08

Coldplay, Leona Lewis Join AMA Lineup

Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards, can reveal. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Also on the bill are Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, P!nk, the Fray and Annie Lennox.

David Archuleta, Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato and T-Pain will present awards at the event, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

David Archuleta Tries to Break Robbie Williams in the US

The new single by American Idol runner-up David Archuleta is his take on Robbie Williams’ “Angels, ” and the song is actually quite well-suited to Archie’s voice. (Honestly, the more I hear him singing normal pop-song material, the more I think that my aversion to him was rooted in the Up With People-like songs he sang during the competition.) Listening to this cover made me think that Archie would be smart to work with a producer who may fall outside of his dad’s comfort zone, but who helped create an album that had a measure of success this year…


Josiah Leming to idol: How do you like them apples?

If you followed American Idol this past season, you most likely remember (and will never forget) Josiah Leming, the hopeful who lived in his car and basically cried his way through the audition process. Oh, and he sang with a British accent despite being born in Tennessee. He and Madonna have something in common!

Despite just missing being chosen for the elite Top 24 of American Idol, Josiah has had some success since his time on AI. As reported on Business Wire:

Stars to line up for first glimpse of ‹Believe

A star-studded guest list of VIPs was released Wednesday detailing the colorful and high-profile personalities expected to attend the premiere of …Criss Angel Believe on Friday.

The sixth Vegas Cirque du Soleil show will be unveiled Halloween night during an extravagant and appropriately spooky gala event.

Other small-screen stars who will walk the …black carpet include …That 70s Show alumni Wilmer Valderrama and Tanya Roberts (who played …Midge and is also a former Charlie Angel), Adam Shankman from FOX …So You Think You Can Dance, A.J. Buckley and Jonathan Togo from CBS …CSI: NY and “CSI: Miami, former …Baywatch beau Jeremy Jackson, and season seven …American Idol contestant Michael Johns.

Las Vegas Sun

Casino of the Wind Celebrates October All Month Long

Mohegan Sun great lineup of entertainment for Columbus Day weekend kicked off with a …Live Idols event on Friday, October 10th at 7:00pm. Former American Idol finalist Blake Lewis touched down in a private helicopter right outside Riverview Valet Parking where an elegant limo and white-gloved chauffeur awaited his arrival about an hour before he performed a free show in The Shops concourse followed by a signing event in front of SolToro Tequila Grill. Moments before his performance, Blake greeted special members of his fan club just outside the Arena.

Greeting the Resident Good News upon being introduced by Melissa Tarlton, public relations, Mohegan Sun, Blake graciously offered me a photo op.

The Resident

Jordin Sparks’ Message to Jennifer Hudson

ET caught up with “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks at the Avon Hope Awards as she gave a special message to fellow “Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson.

“Jennifer, I don’t even know what you’re going through right now, but I love you, ” Sparks affectionately says to Hudson. “I am so, so sorry, and I am praying for you and something good is going to happen through this. I know you can’t see it now, but something is going to come out of this.”

ET Online

Pop Tarts: Scared to Sing: Katharine McPhee’s Performance Paranoia

LOS ANGELES ‘  She made it into the number two spot in the fifth season of “American Idol” and went on to embrace a career in the music industry, thus one would assume Katharine McPhee would be right at home performing on stage. But as it turns out the 24-year-old puts herself through hell before opening her mouth to sing.

“I think I still get terrible stage fright, no I dont think ‘  I know. But I just try to breathe and I try to remember why Im singing and not who Im singing for, ” McPhee told Tarts prior to her performance at the star-studded Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday.

Fox News

Kellie Pickler Chats with Ellen

Country sweetheart Kellie Pickler appeared on Ellen Wednesday, where she talked about the rough year she has had and how she got through it.

Ellen: And what I think a lot of people don’t know is that this is how you’re supposed to look when you’re performing. You’re happy and yet you’ve gone through some hard times this past year.

Kellie: Yeah, I would definitely say that the past year, which my professional life, my career was going great but everything in my personal life was just kind of crumbling. I was in a little bit of a dark hole and I think everyone kind of goes through that stage in your life where you’re trying to figure out who you are. I think the thing that I found that’s brought me the most happiness is the filtering that I’ve done you know from the people around me. And, I truly believe that you’re only as good the company you keep. It been such a struggle filtering out… I guess the bad. The good doesn’t go with the bad you know so, I guess it’s been a struggle.

New Tell-All Book Hopes to Expose American Idol

A new tell-all book is being written about the behind the scenes machinations at American Idol. Sounds interesting! We’ll see how much of the stuff we already know and how much is new and surprising. Looks like they have to refrain from saying the words American Idol, but we all know what the book is about. We’ll keep you updated when the book hits the shelves. Hopefully it’ll be a good read!

Vote For The Worst

Feels like family

“The Color Purple” has remained a prominently powerful and beloved tale for 26 years as a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Academy Award-nominated movie and Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

The traveling production of the musical begins an 11-day run in Sacramento on Wednesday.

The show will be somewhat of a homecoming for La Toya London, an Oakland native and Season 3 runner-up on “American Idol.” She has been with the production since April 2007 in the role of Nettie, sister of lead character Celie.

Country, Rock and R&B Royalty Cap Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

During their performance, the band’s core members — guitarist Jimmy Johnson, drummer Roger Hawkins, bassist David Hood and keyboardist Barry Beckett — were joined by some of the other famous musicians who worked in the studio. Among them were keyboardists Spooner Oldham and Clayton Ivey and Randy McCormick and guitarists Will McFarlane and Pete Carr. Former American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle provided powerful vocals on covers of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” and “Respect.” Percy Sledge was present to join the musicians in reprising his most famous hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman, ” and Kid Rock provided Detroit’s connection to Muscle Shoals with Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll.”

Full house welcomes Underwood to BOK Center

Her performance roiled between the lusty, loud spitfire and the sultry sweetheart as Checotah native Carrie Underwood wailed out hits Wednesday night to a full house in downtown new BOK Center arena.

As if a cheer- and tear-inducing, minutes-long video montage didnt drive it home hard enough to this ecstatic hometown crowd: The 25-year-old ride to the top has been a really, really fast one.

Underwood is making country music history, even as she hits the mid-way point in her Carnival Ride Tour.

Tulsa World

Concert review: Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town at the BOK Center in Tulsa

TULSA – …It good to be home, Carrie Underwood declared Wednesday night from the stage at the BOK Center.

With the wardrobe changes, impressive light displays and final cascade of confetti, the Tulsa stop on her …Carnival Ride Tour served as an elaborate and sometimes emotional homecoming for the Oklahoma native. The adoring near-sellout crowd, which included many friends and relatives, loudly and eagerly welcomed the country star back to her home state.

The anticipation was palpable as an estimated 11, 000 fans counted down to her big entrance. The crowd erupted as the 2005 …American Idol winner slowly ascended through a trap door beneath the two-level stage and launched into her sassy song …Flat on the Floor and uplifting early hit …Some Hearts.


Wednesday Video Spotlight: Carrie Underwood goes Christmas caroling on CDs

Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood, who just finished a great show at Tulsa BOK Center, is offering her fans some early Christmas gifts.

She is one of 11 female singers who croon carols with the King of Rock ‹n Roll on the new CD …Elvis Presley Christmas Duets. The album uses whiz-bang technology to seamlessly merge the ladies new recordings with Elvis old renditions of the carols.

Underwood croons …Ill Be Home for Christmas on the album. Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of country group Little Big Town, Underwood opening act, also are on the CD singing …O Little Town of Bethlehem. (And I havent forgotten that I promised to bring you a review of this disc; it coming soon.)

The Idol Electorate

Cowell is that acerbic Englishman who serves on the panel that judges “American Idol, ” the hit singing competition on Fox. For nearly the entirety of the Bush administration, “Idol” has dominated the Nielsens and occupied far too large a space in the collective mind of the nation. The reasons for “Idol’s” appeal are readily apparent: It is about young people performing under enormous pressure and being subjected to Cowell’s acidic wit. But the show also owes its success to its interactivity. That is, the public gets to dial 1-800 numbers and text message the votes that determine which contestants succeed (or fail). The success of “Idol” has spawned a raft of other reality shows where the public votes to determine the outcome.

Cowell wins recognition TV award

Music mogul Simon Cowell has been presented with the special recognition prize at the 14th National Television Awards in London.

As he accepted the gong the 49-year-old X Factor judge said he had “loved every single minute” of his TV career.


Cowell wants to bring back Top of the Pops

‘X Factor’ judge Simon Cowell has offered to revive axed music chart show ‘Top of the Pops’.

According to The Sun, the music mogul said that he would like to bring back the Christmas special of the show by making an offer to the BBC.

Cowell said: “I’ve got a suggestion for them. If they don’t want it, I’ll take it. I’m serious.”

“They can give it to me or I will give them a bit of money. Why end the tradition? It’s like not having Christmas pudding. I don’t believe in breaking with tradition.

Is Dina Lohan Headed To ‹Dancing With The Stars?

Does Lindsay Lohan mom, Dina Lohan, have a future in the ballroom of ABC …Dancing With the Stars? ‘  she keeping mum on the matter but does want everyone to know she a big fan of the show.

…Im not allowed to say, she told New York Magazine when asked about her upcoming career plans at the Animal Fair Eighth Annual Halloween Pet Costume Party in New York on Monday. …But I will say that I am a fan of ‹Dancing With the Stars.ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

When the mag pressed Dina, she would not say any more, only laughed.

Access Hollywood

Another Dancing With the Stars member is sick.

Lacey Schwimmer tells The Insider that she suffers from endometriosis, the same condition as Julianne Hough.

Schwimmer, 20, told The Insider that she saw a doctor after realizing that she had many of the same symptoms as Hough, and that she never would have gotten it checked out if it weren’t for her colleague.

“A few days ago, I started feeling very shaky, very weak, and I had awful cramps going on, and I didn’t really know what was going on, ” she said.
“I went to go get checked out today, and I actually have the beginning onset of what Julianne has … and it hurts very bad.”

“Right now I’m insanely weak, and the room is spinning, ” she said.

US Magazine

Cloris Leachman to Star in Brad Pitt’s WWII Movie

Don’t expect Cloris Leachman to retire now that she’s been kicked off Dancing With the Stars.

The 82-year-old tells she’s weighing her options.

“Mel Brooks called me this morning when I was in the bathtub, ” Leachman says. “He wants me to come back to Broadway and take over my role in the musical Young Frankenstein.

“But I have to go to Berlin to do…what’s the name of it?” Leachman asks. “Oh, Inglourious Basterds. It’s a Quentin Tarantino film. It’s starring Brad Pitt. Then after I would go back into the musical…maybe.”

US Magazine

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