Idol Headlines for 11/02/07

Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦

Gospel Music Association honors new Hall of Famers

…On hand were American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle, Keaggy’s musician son Ian, former P.O.D. member Jason Truby and Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys, among others

Sentencing of former ‘Idol’ star continued

Wednesday’s sentencing of former “American Idol” contestant Corey Clark was continued after his attorney said he plans to file a motion for Clark to withdraw his guilty plea. The hearing began with attorney Richard Geller asking the judge to have the public removed from the courtroom. Saying it was a request he never made before, he told the judge the reason he was asking was because he thought the case was unique in many ways. He did not say in what ways……..

Yuma Sun

Kelly Clarkson Warns Lewis To ‘Fight’ Cowell.

Kelly Clarkson Warns Lewis To ‘Fight’ Cowell….

Pop star Kelly Clarkson has given some sound advice to fellow reality show winner Leona Lewis – warning the British singer to stand up for herself against Simon Cowell.

The Since You’Ve Been Gone hitmaker was crowned winner of 2002’s American Idol – Cowell’s U.S. equivalent to U.K. talent show Pop Idol – but clashed with the music mogul and her J Records label boss Clive Davis over the musical direction of her latest disc, My December.

And Clarkson has urged Lewis to “fight” for what she believes in – even if her mentor Cowell disagrees………

Female First

Clarkson’s come a long way from Idol days

Judging by the sagging careers of Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, being crowned an “American Idol” carries with it the curse of being a short-term curiosity with long-term irrelevancy.

Unless your name is Kelly Clarkson. The 25-year-old Texas native became the television contest’s inaugural winner in 2002 and since then managed to not just distance herself from the franchise, but to launch a career that is her own. These days, she is taking great pains to demonstrate she doesn’t work through a puppeteer’s strings. Last summer, in a highly public feud, she fired her management company and minced words with label boss Clive Davis over the direction of “My December” (RCA), her third album. The result was twofold: Her arena tour was canceled (originally planned at the Allstate Arena) and she earned a reputation as a feisty diva, answerable to no one’s manipulations but her own……..

Daily Herald

Beyond ‘Idol:’ Before Asheville show, Yamin talks about writing songs, odd job and charity groups

His MySpace page tells readers, …Sing like Yamin it! and that exactly what Elliott Yamin has been doing lately.

Having to quickly overcome his shyness, the former …American Idol contestant has been touring for months in support of his self-titled debut album. His first single from the album, …Wait for You, has been a radio hit and his second single, …One Word, was released on radio in October.

We caught up with Yamin talk about his days since …Idol, his new album and other things you may not know about him. Yamin will perform Saturday at The Orange Peel……

Citizen Times

‘Don’t Let the Disease
Hold You Back’
American Idol’s Elliott Yamin reflects on his
diabetes… his music… and his true love

Elliott Yamin is proud. And he has every reason to be. The 29-year-old first single, …Wait for You, just went gold; he still basking in the American Idol glow (he came in an impressive third in Idol fifth season); he learned to manage his Type I diabetes and, as spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, help others do the same.

In an exclusive interview, Yamin spoke with Caitlin OToole about his illness, his fame, Idol ¦and the love of his life………

American IDOL’s Mandisa will ring in the holiday season with Christmas EP

After a highly successful label debut with “True Beauty, ”
American Idol’s own MANDISA will be celebrating the season with her Christmas EP featuring four
tracks available digitally today and in stores nationwide November 20th just in time for the holidays.
“Christmas Joy EP” will feature classics “Joy to the World” and “O Holy Night” as well as the Stevie………


BACKSTAGE PASS: Daughtry at ‘Home’ with new sound

Chris Daughtry says he never really worried that he had just seen his big shot at a music career slip out of his grasp when he was voted off of …American Idol by the show audience last season ‘  despite initially being considered a frontrunner for the title.

…I didnt feel like that, Daughtry said in a recent phone interview. …It was definitely a shock to me at that moment in time. Youre in a contest, and you get to a point where you want to win it. That why you got in it. And then when that didnt happen it was like ‹Oh, so you have to kind of re-think your game plan a little bit.

Maybe somewhere inside Daughtry immediately knew that all was not lost. But he certainly couldnt have known how much good losing the way he did on …Idol was going to do for his rock n roll career.

The dust ‘  and the outcry over Daughtry losing any chance to win ‘  had not even settled before it became clear just how big an impression he had made on the show.

…It took me about two days to get over it, Daughtry said in a recent phone interview. …I was like ‹You know what, keep going with it and move on. Next thing you know, Clive Davis wanted to meet with me, and the rest is history. …….


Ear Candy with Travis Hay

Bothell boy, Ear Candy homie and American Idol runner up, Blake Lewis, is prepping his debut album “Audio Day Dream (A.D.D.)” for its Dec. 4 release.

You can give the record’s first single “Break Anotha” a listen by clicking here.

While Ear Candy is definitely not a closeted Blake fan, I will say this vert Justin Timberlaked single has Top 40 radio play written all over it. Expect to hear it bumping on radios throughout the Northwest this winter. I just hope Blake doesn’t mind the “TimberBlake” nickname…….