Idol Headlines for 2/10/08

‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul keeps it nice

Paula Abdul–choreographer, pop star, “American Idol” judge and dog-lover–had to go to the bathroom before we talked, which made her a little late, and then ¦

Sorry! I got stopped by two gentleman who wanted to take a picture.

As long as it’s not in the bathroom.

Oh, that’s happened. A fan leaned over and took a picture and I was mortified and she didn’t think there was anything wrong with it ¦. She deleted it and I took pictures with her.

LA Times

Jordin Sparks finds time to perform with Grammy nominee while selecting Grammy outfit

Jordin Sparks didn’t just get designer clothes when she went to the Grammys’ official gifting suite ‘  she also found a musical partner.

The “American Idol” champ performed an impromptu duet with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Tank on Friday while the pair took a break from selecting potential outfits at the Grammy Style Studio.

“He’s so amazing!” the 18-year-old singer gushed as she saw Tank playing a melody on a piano in the room. Moments later, he coaxed Sparks to join him in a performance. They put their heads together for a moment, then improvised to come up with a song with the chorus “I don’t ever want to lose you.” They sang it for a couple of minutes as a crowd gathered and broke out into applause.

International Herald Tribune

Loading up on Grammy Blag, T-Pain Style

The Cool ‘  a.k.a. Lupe Fiasco ‘  stopped by to make use of the perk, as did the Grammy-nominated Chris Daughtry (whose band, Daughtry, sold more copies of their latest effort than the Foo Fighters did theirs last year ¦ what is the world coming to?); T-Pain (who is insanely good at …Rock Band, as it turns out); and Super Bowl opener Jordin Sparks. All of them were there with a single mission: get as much free stuff in as little time as possible. Lupe was content with just his limited-edition Karl Lagerfeld jeans, as was T-Pain with his watch (worth a couple of thousand), but I think the award for Best Blag had to go to Paula Abdul, who arrived with a small army of assistants ‘  one of whom was a tall skinny white guy whose sole purpose in life was to carry Paula mutt-ugly Chihuahua on a Louis Vuitton cushion ‘  and left cradling her Chihuahua while her assistants carried bags upon bags of gear.


Grammy Swag: Miley Cyrus, T-Pain, Paula Abdul Score Unbelievable Free Stuff At Style Suites

Being a celebrity is totally the best. Aside from the pestering paparazzi and the occasional foray into rehab (and, well, whatever you do that makes you a celebrity), your job primarily revolves around getting free stuff.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of the “gifting suite, ” a magical place where the famous (and their posses and significant others) are showered with more watches, jewelry, sneakers, clothing, video games and spa treatments than they’ll ever need, or probably even use. All it takes is a quick photo opportunity ‘  “Here, hold this diamond-encrusted iPod case!” ‘  and the schwag is yours. And then it’s onto the next suite, where you do it all over again.


A soulful serenade to Aretha Franklin

The Rev. Al Sharpton said it best. Opening Friday’s MusiCares gala honoring Aretha Franklin as person of the year, the pomaded potentate thanked God for the singer, “who, though she walked as royalty, never lost the common touch.”

Fantasia Barrino had just ripped up the stage at the L.A. Convention Center with a Janis Joplin-style “Do Right Woman, ” losing her diamond bracelet in the process. Best new artist nominee Ledisi emanated joy performing “Rock Steady, ” and the modestly bootylicious gospel trio, Trin-i-tee 5:7, was fierce on a pop-gospel medley. BeBe and CeCe Winans offered a rapturous take on “You’ve Got a Friend” (a song Franklin had transformed in 1972), and a rap group consisting of Franklin’s own grandchildren offered inspirational rhymes punctuated by break-dancing.

LA Times

Timbaland delivers tirade at party

LOS ANGELES – People’s all-star, pre-Grammy concert with Timbaland ended with a resounding crash when the superproducer and rapper delivered a foul-mouthed tirade against the magazine because some of his friends were apparently left outside the venue.

With a blinged-out cross dangling from his neck, a sweaty Timbaland addressed the crowd at the Avalon Club just after finishing a high energy set with longtime muse Missy Elliott, capping a night of performances from acts such as Chris Cornell, Grammy-nominated band Paramore and One Republic in front of a crowd that included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Ludacris.

A bevy of other stars, including Jordin Sparks,, Fergie and Mario Lopez, flocked to the party, where attendees guzzled beer and vodka and feasted on tiramisu cups and mini burgers in the darkly lit club.

Associated Press

Performance hits the right notes

Reba McEntire practically whispered when she got to the …slipping through the back woods quiet as a mouse part in her …The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia hit that nearly everyone in the 6, 400-plus sellout crowd at the MetroCentre Saturday night was singing along to.

Otherwise, the queen of country and Kelly Clarkson, her pop singer co-star in the …2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, mostly belted out hit after hit, singing their songs together and a few that didnt belong to either, including opening with the Eurythmics …Sweet Dreams.


‘Juice’ hunts for a host

Dan Harris admits he had to Google Nicole Ritchie before his audition Saturday to host “The Juice, ” a new Web TV show on celebrity and entertainment news from an O.C. point-of-view.

Still, he was confident after spending hours memorizing a breezy script that mentioned Ritchie’s new baby, “Juno” Oscar nominee Ellen Page and Star Wars collectibles.

Celebrity judge Lisa Tucker, an “American Idol” finalist from 2006 and Anaheim native, offered compliments and constructive criticism.

“I definitely feel for them, ” Tucker said. “I know what it feels like to be in their shoes.”

OC Register

American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle Reaches Out to Fans with Blog Talk Radio

She back!

Vocal powerhouse Melinda Doolittle, American Idol singing sensation from last season, will be back on Moments with Melinda this Sunday at 4pm ET.

After her first two sessions on BlogTalkRadio interacting with her fanbase, Melinda has decided to join host Tyler from for a third show.

Blog Talk Radio

American Idol: Suggestions for Season 8

Things the Idol Powers That Be can take from season seven early audition rounds.

1. Say …yes to good singers, and …no to mediocre singers with mildly interesting back stories. What youve been doing just helps create an entire field of Sanjayas. Would Asiah Epperson have gotten anywhere near Hollywood if her dad hadnt died?


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