Idol Headlines for 11/23/08

Woman’s search for fame ends in death by idol’s home

Sandra May McIntyre, like many children, grew up watching television, dreaming of becoming a star herself one day.

Her brother, Charles, loved “The Dukes of Hazzard.” She idolized singer Paula Abdul.

They’d stay up late watching their shows. He decorated his bedroom with everything Dukes. She’d dance around her room, listening to Abdul CDs and singing her heart out.

Sometime during her young life, spent in the towns of Clinton, Madison and Skowhegan, Sandra McIntyre stopped dreaming and decided to make her dream a reality.

At 16, she changed her name to Paula; in her 20s, she took her grandparents’ last name, Goodspeed.

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What’s next for Jennifer Hudson?

It’s been one month since Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew were murdered, and the Oscar winning actress and singer remains in seclusion – not surprising considering the magnitude of her loss. Jennifer has posted a couple of blog entries, thanking fans for their support, but has otherwise remained out of the public eye.

The tragedy occurred only a few weeks after Jennifer’s long-awaited debut CD was released and shortly after the release of her third film, The Secret Life of Bees. Jennifer was preparing to film the video for the second single from the album, “If This Isn’t Love, ” and was doing promotion for both the movie and the CD. In a single brutal act, not only was her family ripped apart, but also everything she had worked for in the nearly five years since appearing on American Idol.

American Idol Inaugurates Holiday Season

AUSTIN — An American Idol is lighting up the Capital City to help kick off the start of the holiday shopping rush at Austin’s Domain shopping center. “Idol” season 6 winner Jordan Sparks performed at the Domain for this year’s Macy’s Great Tree Lighting ceremony. More than a thousand people attended the event and got to meet and greet the star at the Ben Bridge jewelry store.

My Fox Austin

Music Review: Josiah Leming – Angels Undercover EP

The beauty of American Idol ‘  other than seeing untalented people being made fools of in each season’s initial episodes ‘  is that it affords aspiring singers the ability to get noticed. In such a hard-to-even-get-through-the-door kind of industry, just mentioning your name on this show can be a big boost.

For season seven, early-round send-off, Josiah Leming, such exposure worked, but only on his terms. Series producers recognized his talents, but Leming soon realized that the show was merely “gloried karoake” and that if he really wanted to make his own music, he could no longer do so on American Idol.


Checking In With Constantine Maroulis

Remember Constantine Maroulis — the American Idol 4 contestant whose smoldering looks to the camera either mesmerized us or annoyed us every week? In case you’re wondering what the multitalented singer has been up to lately, I contacted Constantine via email to find out about life after his memorable Idol season, which is currently highlighted on American Idol Rewind!

Here’s what Constantine had to say:

Reality TV

Inqlings: Guarini not alone on ‘Love Train’

Doylestown-bred American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini has much going on: appearing Thursday on a Disney float at the Thanksgiving parade (for which he recorded the vocals of “Love Train” on Friday at Philadelphia International Records), a reprise in January of his TV Guide Network hosting work, a shot on the CMT series Gone Country, and a role coming up at a still-under-wraps attraction at Walt Disney World.

And, yes. He’s engaged.

American Idol Star Josh Gracin Headlines Holiday Benefit Concert at Barona for Toys for Tots

SAN DIEGO, CA'(Marketwire) – American Idol favorite and country music chart topper Josh Gracin will perform a special acoustic set on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino convention center. The concert will benefit Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program that collects new toys for needy children during the holiday season. Gracin self-titled debut album featured a number one hit with “Nothinto Lose” and two additional top five hits.

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‘Idol’ finalist stars in ‘Godspell’

Here are two things this writer never expected to use in the same sentence “American Idol” and Syracuse Stage.

So here’s a first. Anwar Robinson, a top 10 finalist from the fourth season of the TV hit, will play Jesus in “Godspell, ” the joint production of Stage and the Syracuse University drama department. He finished seventh in the 2005 season, which was the year Carrie Underwood won.

Robinson took over the role of Collins in the national and international tour of “Rent” in 2007 and appeared this year in his first film, “Friends & Lovers: Sky Trip 2.” Also, he is working on his debut solo album, “The Truth About Love.”

Lance Bass has an edge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

THE DANCING FOOL: Lance will waltz off with it

Ladies and gentlemen, the envelope please.

Your winner of Tuesday night’s seventh season of “Dancing With the Stars” is [rip, tear] … Lance Bass.

My rationale? Let’s get to that answer by way of this question: Who do the judges and ABC want to win?

In their minds they already have a winner. For weeks, Brooke Burke has been the anointed one, though – for the past couple weeks – anointment has slipped to disappointment. Why? Maybe that first dance Monday wasn’t great, but the second was good. Warren Sapp? Beloved by the judges – but their votes haven’t reflected that.

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