Idol Headlines for 11/19/09

‘GMA’ Presents Free Adam Lambert Concert!

“Good Morning America” announced today that “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert will be playing a live, free, intimate concert on Nov. 25 as part of “GMA’s” Fall Concert Series and you’re invited!

If you live in the New York area, come down to the Hudson Theatre on 44th street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, to see the star perform live. Seats are first come, first serve.

ABC News

Jordin Sparks cancels

We were looking forward to having Jordin Sparks on our show but we have just received this notice from Sony, Jordin’s music label.


Sony Music artist Jordin Sparks has had to cancel her planned promotional trip to Australia due to acute appendicitis for which she is currently receiving treatment.

Jordin’s management has released the following statement from Jordin:

“I want to apologize to all of my fans and Guy Sebastian for not being able to travel to Australia. I really hope to see you guys soon and get back to the land down under. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.”

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Adam Lambert: Hot Hollywood Hunk

Tending to press duties as he gears up for his debut album’s release, Adam Lambert attended US Weekly’s Hot Hollywood 2009 Party in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (November 18).

Held at Voyeur, the ‘American Idol’  hunk was all glammed up as he mingled with fellow guests including Kris Allen and Katy O’Connell.

A Minute With: Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Adam Lambert may have lost the battle to be crowned “American Idol” but the glam rocker with soaring vocals says he got what he wanted from the TV singing contest — an album deal, exposure and a chance to make and present music his way.

Lambert’s debut album “For Your Entertainment” will be released on Nov 23. The 27 year-old from California spoke to Reuters about his music, his hopes and how his life has changed.

Q: How would you describe the music on the album?

Adam Lambert: Who’s outraged by the OUT cover controversy?

As you may have read yesterday, Aaron Hicklin, editor of OUT magazine, wrote an open letter to American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, accusing the singer and his management team of the following: only agreeing to the OUT cover shoot if it included a straight woman*; demanding they not make Adam look ‘too gay’ ; and not agreeing to be on OUT’s cover while the Idol season was going on. (Little known fact: The Gay Mafia bylaws state that any gay celeb who doesn’t immediately agree to an OUT cover request can have his/her membership card** revoked. Fact that somehow seems to have been lost on Hicklin: The folks at Fox don’t cooperate with solo contestant covers/interviews till after the Idol season has wrapped.)

Entertainment Weekly

Adam Lambert’s Debut Album ‘For Your Entertainment’ Is Simply Mediocre

Adam Lambert’s Debut Album ‘For Your Entertainment’ Is Simply Mediocre Life after American Idol is a delicate dance on coals for most who pass through the talent show. Customarily, winners/runners-up are called upon to record a crap forgettable single designed to accrue a modest number of spins on radio, and if they’re lucky, they start to come into their own, then are allowed a chance to misstep for the sake of artistic growth. Then they finally hit their stride. It’s here that we finally begin to regard this kind of Idol alum independently of the show that vaulted her to success. To that end, Adam Lambert’s got a long, twisty path to pop stardom ahead of him. For Your Entertainment may make that ascent even more difficult.

Black Book Magazine

For Your Entertainment

It was the album-cover shot shown ’round the world ‘” or rather, the hydra-headed gossip-sphere: Adam Lambert in full gender-bent regalia, a black-leathered, blue-follicled flashpoint of next-level snazzy-dazzlement. And it seemed to make a certain promise: This special snowflake would not tamp down his fabulosity for the masses. He would let his kohl-rimmed light shine, American Idol’s sterile starmaker machinery be damned ‘” nobody puts Glammy in a corner!

Entertainment Weekly

Adam Lambert’s debut, ‘For Your Entertainment, ‘ has plenty of flash, and plenty to offer

Like the man himself, Adam Lambert’s post-‘American Idol’  debut album is over the top and heavily accessorized. But beneath the flashy trappings lurks a trippy hippie heart, and Lambert’s sunny affirmations help make ‘For Your Entertainment’  a shiny party album worth keeping on the morning after.

Written and produced by a slew of industry big shots that includes Pink, Lady Gaga, One Republic singer Ryan Tedder and members of Muse, Lambert’s album suffers from the same glossy professionalism that makes most ‘Idol’  CDs seem permanently shrink-wrapped. Lambert’s crazy, octave-vaulting vocals were like nothing we had heard on ‘Idol’  before, but the blandly bombastic ‘Time for Miracles’  and the generically bouncy ‘Sure Fire Winners’  could have been recorded by anybody.


Fabulous, yes ‘” you were expecting different?

So, it looks like Adam Lambert’s just going to go for it.

Will you look at this pretty-pretty princess album cover and how it sparkles with fabulousness? Take a minute to appreciate the shade of his blue hair, the detail in his feline-inspired eye makeup, the glistening of the outer space background.

It’s perfection.

For an ‘American Idol’  contestant who most likely lost the competition for being gay, this cover sure feels like Lambert’s making a statement. Imagine this sitting on the shelves in Conway, Ark., home of ‘American Idol’  winner Kris Allen. It’s as uncomfortably flamboyant as you can get.


Adam Lambert CD Review: WOAH

You guys know it’s not like me to be at a loss for words’ ¦

But that’s exactly what I was after hearing just one track from Adam Lambert’s ‘For Your Entertainment.’  And then I thought of so many words it’s hard to get them all down.

So I’ll just start with one’”WOAH!

I hate to use a clich to describe something so fresh and original but a breath of fresh air really is a great way to say it. Only maybe I would say it’s a gust instead of a breath’ ¦

Engine still set at ‘Idol’

They’ve been all over Broadway, so it’s no surprise to find “American Idol” alumni doing cabaret. Exhibit A: Melinda Doolittle, a Season 6 finalist whose elimination was one of the show’s more egregious verdicts, just opened at Feinstein’s.

The engaging singer’s first nightclub stint reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of many an “Idol” contestant: Undeniably talented, with a powerful voice and a soulful delivery, she’s a little too big for the room.

Clearly excited about making her big-city debut Tuesday night, she started out strongly, with a winning rendition of “Hooray for Love” and a jazzy “I Got Rhythm.”

But as the evening wore on, the showboating style encouraged on TV began to break through.

NY Post

Keeping the faith with Mandisa

Contemporary Christian singer and former “American Idol” contestant Mandisa loves performing at women’s conferences. She’s been doing a lot of them this fall, appearing on the Women of Faith and the Extraordinary Women Conference tours across the country.

On Friday, the Extraordinary Women Conference comes to the Municipal Auditorium, and Mandisa brings her voice.

“It’s my favorite audience in the world, ” Mandisa said. “There’s just something where thousands of women get together. There’s a freedom. There’s vulnerability. We tend to share our lives when we’re in a community like that.”

Mercado: Too Broadway for ‘Idol, ‘ perfect for ‘Dreamgirls’

On American Idol, being “too Broadway” has become synonymous with a ticket home.

But for Season 7’s third-place finisher, Syesha Mercado, being Broadway is a good thing. She’s taking the stage as Deena Jones in the national tour of Dreamgirls, a musical about a girl group that encounters fame, fortune and heartache, which opens Sunday at the Apollo Theater in New York and wraps up July 25 in Kansas City.

“(The judges) say a lot of things about Broadway, but it’s OK, ” says Mercado, 22. “Broadway is a good thing. I love Broadway.”

USA Today

The Weekend List: Matt Giraud, Asylum Street Spankers, Steppin’ In It and more

The Big Show: “American Idol” fans, especially of the West Michigan variety, are gearing up for this: Finalist Matt Giraud, of Kalamazoo, plays two concerts Saturday at Cornerstone Church, 1675 84th St. SE, part of the church’s grand opening celebration. Shows are at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, but the late show (which will be followed by fireworks) already is sold out. General admission tickets for the early show are $10, available at the church office or at Kava House, 6333 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. Giraud will greet fans between shows; call 698-3170 for information. And for who can’t make this performance, Giraud performs at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. (Details online at Here’s Giraud performing his version of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”

PHOTOFLASH: Paula Abdul Attends Radio City Christmas Spectacular Opening

Choreographer and television personality Paula Abdul was on hand for the opening of the 2009 edition of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Tuesday, November 17. At the event, The Make-a-Wish Foundation honored the Garden of Dreams Foundation with the Chris Grecious Award for exceptional dedication at Radio City Music Hall.

The Spectacular, which runs through December 30, features numerous numbers by the world-famous Rockettes, including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “New York at Christmas, ” use of the giant LED screen, and such longtime favorites as “The Living Nativity” and “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

Theater Mania

Country music awards boost ABC in the ratings

NEW YORK ‘” Country music is a good friend to ABC.

The network had its strongest ratings week in more than a year last week.

One big reason was its telecast of the Country Music Association Awards, which the Nielsen Co. says brought more than 17 million people to the network.

Also doing well for ABC was a special with Robin Roberts interviewing country stars including Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw.

Associated Press

Emmy Awards move to earlier date

The Emmy Awards, which are usually held in the middle of September, will move next year to Aug. 29, executives announced Wednesday.

NBC’s early announcement that it will air the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards a few weeks earlier than usual will give the network and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences a “head start on creative discussions, ” said Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios.

LA Times

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recap: Make it Memorable

Well, she made an effort to come out of her cage, but not even a brilliantly quirky Tyce Diorio jazz routine about birds could stop Channing Cooke from getting her wings clipped and pecked out of the competition. And while it seemed that the talented yet benign dancer had been targeted for elimination from the beginning, I was a little sad to see her let go. Despite my inherent wariness of feathered creatures and puckish Tyce Diorios alike, I, like Kate Ward, loved Channing and Victor’s blackbird routine Tuesday night. I also hoped that it would help get them to the hot tamale station ‘” or at least let them stick around for one more week. It also made me wish that there were more oversize bird cages around ‘” you know, just to hang out on or jump through.

Entertainment Weekly

“So You Think You Can Dance”: Pirouette overload!

I don’t think anyone was surprised by the guy who went home tonight: The judges last night warned Kevin Hunte and Karen Hauer that they’d probably be in the bottom three couples after their Broadway dance, and they were proved right. I had a feeling that no matter who else was in the bottom with Kevin, he’d be going home — he just hasn’t proved himself as promising as Nathan Trasoras or Victor Smalley. I do like Victor, but I’m glad that Nigel warned him about his dangerous pirouette habit.

LA Times

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Exclusive: Judges, Elimated Contestant Reactions

In last night’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance, ” contestants Kevin Hunte and Channing Cooke went home.

Fox News caught up with Hunte to ask him how he felt about the decision from judges Nigel Lithgoe, Adam Shankman and Mary Murphy.

‘[I’m] a little upset but you know just got to move on, ” Hunte told Fox News. “This is God’s will, you got to brush it up and keep it moving. I’ve got a lot out of this competition, Met a lot of beautiful people and I am blessed I am blessed that’s how I feel I am blessed.’ 

FOX News


Kelly Clarkson wows Victoria crowd

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kelly Clarkson’s concert Wednesday night at the arena was heavy on cover songs. She did, after all, win the American Idol title in 2002 by tackling everyone from Aretha Franklin to Cline Dion.

Clarkson’s choices were more esoteric during her Victoria debut. The 27 year-old from Fort Worth, Tex., touched on everything from alt-rock to classic country with amazing precision during 90 hit-packed minutes.

She opened with the title track of her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, a brassy blast which must have given the soundman fits. The shrill sound wasn’t solved in time for the Grammy-nominated Miss Independent, a rocker that showcased her major league pipes, but by the night’s third song, I Do Not Hook Up, Clarkson and her 11-piece band were rolling big-time.

Times Colonist

Album review: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’

For those reasons, there was hope that ‘For Your Entertainment’  would be the first post-‘Idol’  debut to break the mold of industry-manicured pap. Instead, it’s a series of hedged bets. It stuffs Lambert into a box of formulas that keep his musical flamboyance in check.

Rob Cavallo, Dr. Luke, Ryan Tedder, Max Martin — among the most successful songwriters and producers of the decade, experts at manipulating the industry machine — keep him firmly in the middle of the road. The most exciting moments arrive when he veers off, little explosions of individuality that suggest Lambert has a lot more to give than this album and his small army of handlers will allow.

Chicago Tribune

X Factor: Jamie Archer reveals the truth behind Danyl Johnson’s meltdown over Simon Cowell’s song choice

Jamie Archer has explained the real reason behind Danyl Johnson’s meltdown over this weekend’s X Factor performance.

Yesterday, Danyl stormed out of rehearsals because he was furious with Simon Cowell’s song choice ‘ Praying For Time by George Michael.

The 27-year-old disappeared for hours, before ending up at the Sony BMG offices in London, where Simon works, for crisis talks.

But in an exclusive interview with, Jamie revealed that he has since spoken to Danyl and knows the truth behind his breakdown.

Carrie Underwood Will Serenade CNN Heroes

Oh great. Just what you want to see after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey, gravy, cranberries, pumpkin pie and every kind of carbohydrate casserole known to man: the slim, trim and gorgeous Carrie Underwood doing what she does best. She’ll be on CNN on Thanksgiving night performing for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. With Anderson Cooper as host, the event will honor those selected by CNN’s Blue Ribbon Panel and each hero will go home with $25, 000 in recognition of their work.


Allison Iraheta’s ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’ video: When performance and fashion trump concept and execution

Make no mistake: Allison is exuberant and lovely as always ‘” the girl is a total rock star, and her youthful joy at making her video debut bursts (adorably) through the computer screen. But much like the dude in the A-Ha video that this clip attempts to pay homage to, Allison is trapped in a concept that’s flat and one-dimensional. The opening 20 seconds, with Allison and disembodied portions of her bandmates popping up on what looks like a crumpled piece of loose-leaf paper, is not the way to get the party started. Meanwhile, the clip’s director (I’ve got a call in to Allison’s publicist to find out who) uses an entire bag of ’80s tricks like a chef hurling a box of uncooked spaghetti at the wall and hoping it’ll stick: There are Allison’s eyes randomly appearing above a giant, lips-shaped couch! There’s primary Allison shot at peculiar angle while a second Allison does jump-cut dance moves by an amp stack in the background! Hey, let’s toss some random colors and sample lyrics in there, just for kicks! I half-expected to see Chaka Khan boogying next to a chain-link fence.

Entertainment Weekly

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