Idol Headlines for 11/06/08

Debut album in mind, ‘Idol’s’ David Archuleta exploring options

Since February, “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta has spent only 16 days in his hometown of Murray.

But to show us where he comes from, in his forthcoming album’s liner notes he praises Utah and his Utah friends and even provides a phone number — with an 801 area code — for fans to leave messages for him .

Archuleta, who turns 18 in December, begins another chapter in his life Nov. 11. His first album, the self-titled “David Archuleta, ” will be released by Jive Records, which has launched the music careers of Britney Spears, Will Smith, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

Salt Lake City Tribune

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Review: Surprise! David Archuleta’s self-titled debut album is not bad

Grade: B-

David Archuleta’s liner notes for his self-titled debut album add up to more than 3, 500 words, with the majority reserved for thank yous.

Thanks are certainly in order for his management, record label and producers, as that team helped the 17-year-old Murray teenager record an album that plays to his strengths. This is an adult-contemporary album with ballads that will appeal to his young, female fans.

Most important, the album avoids Timbaland-lite dance numbers and flavor-of-the-month guests like T-Pain or Lil’ Wayne that would be as appropriate as the same accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

St Louis Tribune

Music Review – David Archuleta (2008)

On American Idol’s seventh season, David Archuleta had some personality ‘  something you’ll struggle to remember while taking in this bland, amnesia-inducing collection. Problems arise immediately with the single, ”Crush, ” which declares youthful longings yet has him sounding several passionless decades past the point of teenage heat. But when the gloss gets stripped away and Archuleta slips in some sweet flourishes on the mostly solo-piano ”Running, ” you glimpse hints of how his innate tenderness might triumph if he weren’t saddled with the most generic writing and production money can buy. C+

Entertainment Weekly

It’s David vs. David in ‘Idol’ Sales Election

(Nov. 5) – So ya think the election is over? Not so fast, voters. In the coming weeks you’ll be called to decide between two David’s in the race for the “American Idol” sales crown.
First, angel-faced “Idol” runner-up David Archuleta releases his self-titled debut on Nov. 11, then a week later fans will be met with David Cook’s hard rocking set, also self-titled. Which season seven star will rake in the most cash? Who had the best first single? Watch, decide, weigh in.

Clay Aiken Hits Spring Awakening

Clay Aiken poses with the cast of Spring Awakening ‘  including Weeds star Hunter Parrish ‘  backstage at the Eugene ONeill Theatre in New York City on Monday.

The 29-year-old former American Idol finalist is currently back on Broadway reprising the role of Sir Robin in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python Spamalot through January 4, 2009.

Just Jared

Reba and Kelly: A match not made in heaven

Even given “American Idol” vet Kelly Clarkson’s rocky 2007 ‘  a much-publicized tug-of-war with her record label, poor sales for her third album and a canceled arena tour ‘  few would have expected she’d spend 2008 recovering on a joint outing with country queen Reba McEntire.

The unusual pairing pulled more than 5, 000 reverent fans into the Target Center on Friday night for a memorable show that, unfortunately, wasn’t memorable for the reasons the duo intended.


CMT brings back ‘Gone Country’

CMT is bringing its singing competition series “Gone Country” back for a third season.

Celebrities competing for country music stardom this time around include musicians George Clinton and Sheila E., former Miss USA Tara Conner, singer Taylor Dayne, Monkees lead vocalist/drummer Micky Dolenz, actor Richard Grieco and “American Idol” first-season runner-up Justin Guarini.

The third season of the series, which is in production in Nashville, premieres in January, with John Rich returning as host.

Hollywood Reporter

Card For Lawler Tribute Changed; Reality Show Star To Appear

The card for the Jerry Lawler tribute show in Nashville, Tennessee on November 7th, 2008 has been changed. Here’s the new card:

Jerry Lawler vs. Sid Vicious (with Jimmy Hart) Brian Christopher & Doug Gilbert vs. The Moondogs Matt Boyce vs. Shawn Shultz Chase Stevens vs. Big Bully Douglas Idol Stevens vs. Steve Boz Lani Kealoha vs. Shane Williams Travis Sawyer & Justin O’Day vs. Alan Shepard & Ali Stevens

Plus, performances by country singer Kevin Sport & former American Idol contestant Diana DeGarmo.

PW Mania

‘Idol’ aftermath: A who’s who of hits and misses

Carrie Underwood sold more than 7 million copies of her debut album, Some Hearts.

And to think, she owes it all to American Idol.

Or does she?

In seven years, plenty of singers have ridden American Idol to the sort of household name appeal most touring bands will never know.

But only Underwood, whose tour hits Glendale on Friday night, and Kelly Clarkson have sold those kind of numbers.

Could it be they would have made it either way?

AZ Central

Pop Tarts: Carrie Underwood Reveals Her Crush, Says Dogs are Better Than Boys

Carrie Underwood revealed her affection for Keith Urban to the sold-out Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday night during her “Carnival Ride” concert. Urban and Underwood kicked off her tour together in January and clearly his looks had a lasting impact.

“You guys might remember me and a man — something that rhymes with Meith Sherban, ” Underwood said with a cheeky grin. “Okay it’s Keith Urban and yeah I think he’s really hot.”

Fox News

‘Idol’ news wrap 11/5/08:


Former “American Idol” finalists Chikezie (Season 7), Diana DeGarmo (Season 3), David Hernandez (Season 7) and Kimberley Locke (Season 2) will be entertaining the masses once again as they embark on a Holiday Tour, which launches Nov. 29 in Pittsburgh and will make stops in 15 U.S. cities.

The “American Stars in Concert for the Holidays” will feature a combination of four of the Top 10 finalists from Seasons 1 through 7, who will take to the stage for an exciting night of solo, duet and ensemble performances. This production will be a great way to see and hear the Idols in an intimate theatrical setting. Audiences will get a chance to relive their favorite former “Idol” moments as these talented artists perform an array of holiday favorites.

LA Times

‹American Idol judge talks about diabetes

A diabetes diagnosis came as a surprise to an American Idol judge, even though he has a family history of it. He felt fine and thought it wouldnt grab ahold of him.

That was until Randy Jackson developed flu-like symptoms, was often dehydrated and urinated more than usual.

…I was feeling more tired and like I was coming down with something. Maybe it was real bad cold, I thought. I was also going to the bathroom quite frequently. Actually too much, Jackson told the Defender during a recent trip to the Chicagoland area to help promote Type 2 diabetes awareness.

Chicago Defender

Exclusive: Simon Cowell Explains Surprise Split

LONDON ‘  After six years of unwedded bliss, Terri Seymour broke up with American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Now in an exclusive interview, Cowell tells why.

“She wants a different path in life, and I totally respect her for it, ” Cowell explains. “We will be the best of mates, but I think in relationships, you have to be totally honest. I have always been and I know Terri knows that.”

Fox News

Julianne Hough: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ return “may be another week”

Dancing with the Stars professional Julianne Hough has reiterated her brother Derek Hough’s recent comments that she may not be back dancing with Hannah Montana star Cody Linley — assuming he manages to survive tonight’s results show broadcast — next week.

“I want to be back this [coming] week, but it may be another week just because we don’t want anything to rupture or the stitches to fly out, ” Hough told E! News on Tuesday.

Hough also divulged that her surgery — which happening last Tuesday after she and Linley had performed on Dancing with the Stars’ Monday night performance show — ended up being more a bit more complicated than had been initially expected. In addition to removing her appendix and cysts from her left ovary, Hough told E! that additional cysts from her bladder and other areas in the pelvic region were also removed.

Reality TV

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Adieu, la Lucci

Finally! A Dancing With the Stars results show that kept me alert ‘  and often beaming ‘  throughout the entire hour. The deserving star, Susan Lucci, received the memo to ”Hit the Road, Jack” (harsh!), with plenty of time to make a sweet, amusingly Oscar-esque speech. Then there was the Maks Factor, obviously. We also had my favorite segment DanceCenter, an excellent (and fully clothed, for once) musical guest in Lionel Richie for not one but two pro exhibitions, and a bizarre but entertaining Stars of Dance number by Dave Scott. No ballroom kids, just one useless filler segment, and very minimal backstage BS with Samantha. ‘Twas a dream, dance masters.

Lance Bass Talks ‘NSYNC Reunion, Britney Spears Comeback, Jonas Brothers Advice

That means several things for the boy-bander-turned-“Dancing With the Stars” contestant. For one thing, he would be more than happy to hit the road with his old bandmates in ‘NSYNC.

“There’s always a possibility for a tour or reunion. It’s something that we really haven’t discussed yet, ” he told MTV News. “But it’s something I would love to talk about. I think it’s maybe needed in the next year or so, and I think our fans would love it, ’cause we never got to say goodbye. I want to do the Boyz II Men thing, where we just sit on the stools, ” he joked.


‘Dancing With The Stars’ Hits The Road

Fans of ABC’s hit hoofing competition “Dancing with the Stars” needn’t despair if their favorite contestants from this year’s show have gotten the boot. They’ll soon be able to see them again live and in person.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 10 at

The fourth outing of the trek features a new ensemble of the most popular competitors from seasons six and seven, including Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene and Marlee Matlin.

Also along for the ride are the show’s pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff and Fabien Sanchez.

‘So You Think’ brings out the best, dancer says

Courtney Galiano, the fourth-place finalist in the Fox television series “So You Think You Can Dance, ” has a philosophy about life: Always be a student, never stop learning, and be a sponge.

It’s a belief that served Galiano well during the intense fourth season of “So You Think You Can Dance, ” a 10-week show that aired in the summer and is now on the road as a live stage show. The tour, featuring 13 dancers from the show, stops Saturday at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.

“Whether it’s dancing or being a garbageman, you’d better be the best, ” says Galiano, 20, of Long Island, N.Y. “What you do, put your mind to it. You can do it.”

Pittsburgh Live

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