Idol Headlines for 11/12/08

Carrie Underwood Talks Hosting the CMAs, Idol and More!

During American Idol’s fourth season, Simon Cowell raised eyebrows when he predicted that Carrie Underwood would outsell any of the show’s previous winners. And, lo and behold, the Oklahoma native has done just that, selling nearly 10 million albums thanks to her country-pop crossover appeal. Come November 12, she’ll face her next great challenges ‘  sweating out two nominations, performing live and soldier ­ing her way through awkward banter ‘  when she cohosts the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley. The 25-year-old superstar, who’s currently on a national tour, talked to us about how she’s prepping for the big day.

TV Guide

David & David: What to Expect from ‘Idol’ Alums Debut CDs

“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta’s debut album comes out today; “American Idol” champ David Cook’s debut album arrives Nov. 18. While the two are such completely different artists that it’s unfair to directly compare their music, many “Idol” fans will no doubt want to purchase both records — so here’s a handy preview of what you’ll get from each David’s debut:

ABC News

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Defamer’s Track-by-track Review of David Archuleta’s Debut CD

We’ve already expressed to you how American Idol runner-up David Archuleta could literally save the world. How big an Archie fan are we? Let’s put it this way: You see that video above us? We’re the one in the orange shirt and glasses. Well, we’ve just downloaded his debut CD on iTunes, made available today, and have jotted down our thoughts on every track. Our occasionally tear-smudged first impressions follow:


‘American Idol’ Daily: Dawn of the David Archuleta

After years lost in the darkness, on Nov. 11, America at last wakes up to a new age. Hope. Change. For so long, they have been just words — especially to the vast legions of tween girls who watched “American Idol” season after season wondering when it might finally be their chance to lead.

At last that day has come. For on this Veterans Day, America faces the morning light to find that David Archuleta, the Chosen One, foretold by “Idol” prophecies, reared from the cradle on the works of Clarkson and Aiken, has released his solo album and begun his career at last.

LA Times

Was America wrong about David Archuleta?

How did David Archuleta finish as runner-up on season seven of American Idol? asked August Brown in the Los Angeles Times online. His just-released debut album …is larded with awkward modernist R&B, Christian semaphore ballads, and …warm-milk mewling. The …best teen pop often explores …dangerous ideas, yet Archuleta counts Tamyra Gray and Kelly Clarkson as influences in his liner notes’ kids deserve more salacious pandering than that.

The Week

David Archuleta Takes Over TRL

David Archuleta gets the crowd going wild as he performs on MTV TRL in New York City on Tuesday afternoon.

The 17-year-old American Idol runner up debut album hit stores today just as his new song Desperate hits the airwaves. David was recently interviewed on The Billy Bush Show and said this about his self-titled album: …We experimented on this album and that way I didnt get stuck in a niche. I wanted to make sure there was a variety.

Just Jared

Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Get Ready To Host The CMA’s!

Get your cowboy hat on because the 42nd Annual Country Music Awards are coming straight for ya! CMA nominees Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are co-hosting the show, airing Wednesday, November 12 on ABC — and the twosome tell ET they are gettin’ ready to take the stage by storm!

“Hopefully you will not see any wardrobe malfunction, ” jokes Carrie.

“I would tune in just in case, ” says Brad.


Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood Earn Two People’s Choice Nominations

Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood have earned two People’s Choice Awards nominations each. Rascal Flatts’ “Take You There, ” Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Underwood’s “Last Name” are vying for favorite country song. Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley will compete with R&B artist Chris Brown for favorite male singer. Rascal Flatts also received a nomination in the favorite group category with Coldplay and Maroon 5. Underwood is nominated for favorite female singer with Alicia Keys and Rihanna. The awards will be presented on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles.


Carrie Underwood obviously likes the finer things in life, at least when it’s borrowed.

I came across a press release this morning that told about the jewels little Miz Carrie would be wearing to the CMAs this year. I finally just got around to reading it – because press releases are so damn boring. You know, things are much easier for me to read if they come with colorful pictures. Press releases with pictures, that’s what I really need.

Oh my. I’m now drooling just a little, and more than a little fearful for the girl’s safety. Carrie’s jewels this year will be provided by the Jonathan Arndt Gallery of Jewels and the stuff she’s set to walk around that evening in will be worth over $60 million. Yeah, you read that right, $60 million, as in sixty, as in 6-0. Either the press release had a big-fat typo or that girl is gonna be very, very glittery. How in the world is it even possible to wear $60 million in jewels? Well let’s count the ways…

Nashville Gab

Carrie Underwood: What’s the Bakersfield Sound? Star admires post-Hag generation

What Bakersfield Sound? Like most country music lovers of her generation, Carrie Underwood grew up on the likes of Alan Jackson and George Strait.

“Alan Jackson would have grown up on that kind of sound, she says. …Theyre my Merle Haggard. Theyre my George Jones.

Purist fans of our raw homegrown country would say the 25-year-old …American Idol winner, coming to Rabobank Arena Friday evening, represents everything they stood against: slick Nashville production, shiny Hollywood packaging. The warm and easygoing singer takes it in stride.

Carrie Underwood excited, nervous on co-hosting CMA Awards

Oklahoma singing sensation Carrie Underwood didnt make the Country Music Association work too hard to rope her into co-hosting tonight CMA Awards with fellow star Brad Paisley.

“They didnt have to do much roping, the Checotah native said with a laugh during a recent phone interview. “Brad and I have been paired together on a lot of stuff, and we have a really good chemistry. He definitely a good friend of mine, so they didnt have to talk me into it very much. I was in from the start. Im nervous, and Im excited about it.


CMAs: Random Notes From Nashville

NASHVILLE – The first voice I heard upon arriving at the airport here yesterday was Kellie Pickler’s.

The “American Idol” dingbat was singing “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” on a video screen at the CMT store, right around the corner from the guitar-themed Gibson Cafe and across the concourse from a display of Marty Stuart’s black-and-white portraits of a bunch of old-time country stars, including Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.

Washington Post

Report: Travis Stork relative confirms Carrie Underwood relationship

They may be keeping it quiet, but Carrie Underwood and Travis Stork are apparently indeed an item.

The fourth-season American Idol champion and former The Bachelor: Paris star have reportedly been confirmed as a couple by one of Stork’s relatives.

“They have been dating. They are a lovely couple, ” Martin Pavell, the father of Stork’s brother-in-law, told Us Weekly in the magazine’s November 17 issue. Pavell also stated that the two had made a point to keep their budding relationship “hush-hush” since its inception.

Reality TV World

‹Big Fan Of Paula Abdul Found Dead Near ‹Idol Judge House

A woman was found dead on Tuesday evening, near a home believed to be owned by Paula Abdul, Access Hollywood has learned.

A 30-year-old woman was found dead in a parked car in the Sherman Oaks, Calif. community the …American Idol judge reportedly resides in. The woman was found sometime after 6PM on Tuesday after the Los Angeles Police Department received a tip from a neighboring agency, according to LAPD spokesperson Officer Karen Smith.

Jennifer Hudson Films Ad Before Family Tragedy

In sharp contrast to the tragedy that has befallen Jennifer Hudson, a holiday ad the Oscar-winning actress did prior to the shooting deaths of her mother, brother, and nephew captures a happier time in the star’s life.

ET caught up with the ‘Dreamgirls’ star getting into the holiday spirit at a photo shoot for GAP’s new winter clothing line.

The “American Idol” alum modeled GAP’s new winter wardrobe along with other celebrities including: Rainn Wilson, Jason Bateman, and Selma Blair. Jennifer was ecstatic to be working with the clothing company: “I’ve always wanted to be part of a GAP ad so I’m excited about that and I love the holidays, ” she said during the photo shoot.

ET Online

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Fantastic Four

Maurice’s ouster was probably the least climactic elimination of the season, since we knew either he or Cody Linley would go home. And when practically the entire hour of filler revolved around Cody’s partner Julianne having valiantly returned from an agonizing two-week absence (seemed like three!), wasn’t the writing pretty much on the rhinestone-encrusted wall? Even Mo and Cheryl gave off a sense that they’d made peace with their fate all night. Or were they just relieved that they wouldn’t have to suffer the to-be-determined worst of season 7’s endless list of injuries. There could be a coma with Cody’s name on it, y’all!

Entertainment Weekly

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Maurice Greene dashes off into the sunset

Dwts_7_8_2_2 One thing is for certain: Maurice Greene elimination from …Dancing With the Stars will result in headlines chock-full of running-related verbs. It came as no major surprise that he and Cheryl were eliminated tonight, and I cant tell whether it satisfying to have my expectations met or disappointing that nothing outrageous transpired. Perhaps this season used up all of its allotted surprises early on, like Toni Braxton premature elimination, Cloris Leachman unanticipated resilience and, of course, the rash of injuries and diseases afflicting pros and celebrities alike. Yes, perhaps the semifinals and finals will merely be an orderly series of dances in which Brooke Burke consistently outperforms her competitors on the key criterion of somehow becoming ever hotter despite (a) having four children and (b) aging. Or maybe something shocking will happen ¦ LIVE

LA Times

Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams ready to write his own future

Theo Tams appreciates all the fame and notoriety that Canadian Idol has brought him since winning the popular reality show in September.

But the 23-year-old is also looking forward to a future away from the show as he makes his own musical identity with a debut album set to be released in late March.

…It kind of hard on the show when you have a minute and 30 seconds each week to show what youre about, Tams said in a recent phone interview from Toronto. …I think the album is going to be a little bit of a throwback. There going to be some tunes that are a little more Motown, a little bit retro. Were just playing with beats and really, really cool vibes.


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