Idol Headlines for 11/24/10

Check out the first promo from Simon Cowell’s US X Factor, set to hit these shores in Fall 2011. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive HERE. So, what do you think? What’s up with the crazy X bridge?

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Brooke White tweets, “So guess what… Tonight I ended up at Henson studios playing piano and singing in Studio B, exactly where Karen Carpenter used to record!”

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Idol to perform at Major League Grill

Support a local star and help kick off the Christmas season Saturday at Major League Grill.

Southeast Texas’ American Idol, Michael Sarver will be performing at the Beaumont restaurant Saturday, Nov. 27.

The show begins at 8 p.m. and is $10 at the door.

Read more at Beaumont Enterprise

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More Headlines after the JUMP…

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Interview: Tour Talk With Kris Allen

Can you tell while you’re performing that you are drawing people into your music?

I feel like we can tell. It takes about three or four songs. You know they’re like, “Oh, this is fun, ” and by the end they’re like “Wow, that was a lot of fun!” And it’s always cool when you can win over the dudes. Girls are probably the best fans that you can have, but when you can win over the guys at a show, especially the older guys, it’s awesome.

Read more at Blogcritics

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Record Exec: ‘American Idol’ Deals Not Cheap, Not Always Worth the Expense

Sony Music recently parted ways with the show whose recording rights have now gone to Universal Music Group. “We’ve moved on, ” Tom Corson, executive vp and GM of Sony-based RCA Music Group, tells the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’re very proud of our association with Idol. They made their decision, and we wish them all the success they deserve.”

That success has found its limits when it comes to pushing records. Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze’s first album, which debuted on November 16, was predicted to sell about 40, 000 albums in its first week, the poorest showing ever of a Idol winner. In fact, more than half of contestants who had signed with Sony-owned labels like RCA, J and Jive are no longer on the roster.

“You have to weigh the realities and decide what the artist’s potential is, ” Corson says of the decision to part with an Idol. “These are not cheap deals, and they sometimes don’t justify the expense.”

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter

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‘Idol’ boss kin takes shot at Simon

TV and stage producer Kris Lythgoe has included a pair of cross-dressing “ugly stepsisters, ” named “Cowel” and “Seecrest, ” in his Hollywood “panto, ” “Cinderella, ” set to open Sunday night at The El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

The characters, men dressed as women, are constantly bickering and trying to one-up each other — much like former “Idol” judge Simon Cowell and the show’s host, Ryan Seacrest.

“It really is a play on the dynamic of their relationship, ” says Kris Lythgoe. “[Ryan and Simon] are much like the stepsisters in ‘Cinderella.’ They are quite competitive, and they both want all the love and attention of their stepmother.

Read more at the New York Post

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Report: Fantasia testifies she knew Antuan Cook was married

Fantasia Barrino testified Monday in onetime boyfriend Antuan Cook’s divorce case in Charlotte, N.C., saying she knew from the start that he was married and living with his wife, CNN reports.

The singer had previously admitted the relationship but said then that she didn’t know Cook was married. Wife Paula Cook in early August filed for divorce, seeking custody and alimony and citing “alienation of affection” — essentially, home-wrecking. Adultery is still a crime in North Carolina.

Two sources in the courtroom spoke to CNN but asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.

Read more at the LA Times

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Partial recording of Lee DeWyze @ the Ed Hardy Studios in LA Last Night for MYFM104

Partial Earth Stood Still

Part 2: Dear Isabelle/Stay Here & A Song About Love and Lee answers some questions.

Part 3: Lee Answers Some Questions

Via @Blkeener

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Lacy Brown sings “Rosalyn” at the Faith City Missions benefit at Trinity Fellowship in Amarillo, TX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YBUiQzUyd8

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2010 CMA Awards Echo On Country Songs

‘MAMA’: Paisley’s fellow CMA Awards co-host, Carrie Underwood, concurrently reaches the Country Songs top 10, as “Mama’s Song, ” which she performed in between her emcee responsibilities, advances 11-9.

The song is the fourth top 10 from Underwood’s third album, “Play On, ” following the No. 1s “Cowboy Casanova, ” “Temporary Home” and “Undo It.”

With her having banked four Country Songs top 10s from her debut album “Some Hearts” and five from sophomore set “Carnival Ride, ” Underwood is the first female artist to collect at least four top 10s from each of her first three albums since the chart converted to Nielsen BDS monitored airplay data in 1990.

Read more at Billboard

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‘Rock of Ages’ comes to the Hippodrome

“People have been saying that the ’80s are hot for at least the past 10 years, ” said Constantine Maroulis, the former “American Idol” contestant who plays the lead role of a sweet-natured rock star wannabe.

“Sure, the 1980s had over-the-top makeup, videos and imagery, and sure, people are referencing it now in an ironic way. But, at the end of the day, these are all great songs that have stood the test of time.”

Read more at the Baltimore Sun

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ winner Jennifer Grey: ‘My doctors kept putting me together’

“I think it might have been one of those flips or kicks or splits, ” Grey says, with a blue icepack slid behind her tasseled pants. “When you dance with a 25-year-old, it’s a risk you take.”

But now that show is over, so is any anxiety over the toll on her body. Thanking Derek, her family and the fans, Grey is quick to point out the small group who really kept her in the game. “My doctors kept putting me together, ” she says.

Read more at Zap2it

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Backstage at DWTS: Is the Dancing Winner Heading to Glee?!

But first thing’s first—we chatted up the champs post-win and got straight to the good stuff. Like, what’s next for Baby and her newly revived love of performing? A Glee guest spot perhaps?

“I don’t know, you tell me, ” she laughed. “I’m excited though. Just bring it!”

Read more at EOnline

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ victor: ‘We never thought of winning…only about creating memorable dances’

“We collaborated so much and I think that this guy is so talented in terms of concept and execution and attention to detail, ” Grey said. “He wants to make memorable dances, which is what he told me when I met him. That’s why I was so completely thrilled and blessed to get him as a partner. He’s the real deal. He gets the big picture.”

At the start of the show, Grey told host Tom Bergeron that she ruptured a disc during Monday’s performances but – as has been the case throughout the season – she was able to continue because doctors “put me back together.” ”I think it might have been one of those flips or kicks [that caused the rupture], ” Grey said. “When you dance with a 25 year old, it’s a risk you take.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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The Bristol Effect has changed ‘Dancing’ forever

Before “Dancing with the Stars” crowned Jennifer Grey its champion Tuesday night, there was all kinds of discussion about how the ABC competition series could lose its credibility if Bristol Palin won.

What credibility? A show that has featured Jerry Springer, Kate Gosselin, The Hoff, Tom DeLay, and Cloris Leachman has no credibility, at least not as some kind of serious dance competition. While the judges may deduct a point for an errant step, it is ridiculous to imagine that all viewers make decisions based upon those kinds of technical determinations.

Yet the aggrieved fans and critics of the show acted as if a series that mangles pop songs, has a set decorated with dangling strings of Christmas lights, and gives out only a crappy mirror ball trophy as its prize was somehow a serious competition, not a complete joke from day one.

Read more at MSNBC

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Fox’s ‘Glee’ courting Katie Couric for Super Bowl Episode

Being a high-profile Glee fan has its perks. The Fox phenom is in talks with CBS Evening News anchor (and self-proclaimed Gleek) Katie Couric to make a cameo in the show’s post-Super Bowl episode on Feb. 6.

Read more at Deadline

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Jim Cantiello’s Glee Cap

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Double Trouble for the X Factor

The tiny 17-year-old rapper was stunned to find herself in the bottom two last week.

This Sunday the act with the fewest votes will go home automatically – and the next two lowest will battle it out in the sing-off.

A source on the ITV show said: “No one can predict what is going to happen.

“People are worried that some of the good singers could be vulnerable.

Read more at the Sun

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Wagner to cover Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ on ‘The X Factor’

Cover your ears, The X Factor oddball Wagner is reportedly set to sing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ this Saturday (November 27). The singer is stepping up to perform the song after bookies slashed the odds on him winning the show from 100-1 to 10-1 (The Sun).

Read more at New Musical Express

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‘Glee’ cast for ‘X Factor’ semi-final?

The cast of Glee will reportedly perform on next week’s X Factor semi-final.

It was previously reported that Simon Cowell was organising the appearance, which will apparently see them perform a medley of tracks from the hit show.

A post on the official Twitter page for Alex and Lucy’s In:Demand radio show read: “OMGlee!! The Glee cast are set to perform on X Factor. ”

Read more at Digital Spy

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49 Comments

  1. fuzzywuzzy:
    11/24/2010 at 8:22 am
    The finalists are on GMA now. Kyle is stealing the show! LOL!

    Kyle is so hilarious. He seems like such a nice guy.

  2. So Fantasia lied about knowing that Antuan was married and living with his wife? Yuck. This story is getting more ugly as it goes on. It’s hard to have too much sympathy for her bad choices and lying about them.

  3. “You have to weigh the realities and decide what the artist’s potential is,” Corson says of the decision to part with an Idol. “These are not cheap deals, and they sometimes don’t justify the expense.”

    Cowell is going to call you childish and disrespectful…oh, wait. He’s not the target so he’ll agree.

  4. I’m pretty sure Sony made an offer this time just like Universal and Idol picked Universal. Maybe Sony tried low balling idol, but it is a bit disingenuous to act like Sony decided to part ways. Sony, you got dumped, but good attempt at trying to save face.

  5. Sony, you got dumped, but good attempt at trying to save face.

    Well, based on the news about Lee’s sales, some may look at it like Sony was smart or lucky to get out when they did.

  6. Regardless of whom pulled the plug on who I think Sony is breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to spend “lots” of money promoting singers who haven’t been able to stand up to the plate and hit a ball much less a home-run. Right now we know Sony lost a ton on Allison, we know that Archie’s current album is a total non-starter, that Lee’s sales are anemic and that we are not hearing really great things about potential sales for Crystal’s album.

    I’ll bet oodles that during the next year Sony will be cleaning house and that some favorite idol contestants won’t be under contract this time next year.

    Now it will be interesting to see if Universal will pull out all the stops to have their new idol tunies regain the promise that AI was once famous for. I have my doubts.

  7. Well, based on the news about Lee’s sales, some may look at it like Sony was smart or lucky to get out when they did.

    Yeah, and if season 10 gets a huge seller then they will have egg on their face.

    Regardless of whom pulled the plug on who I think Sony is breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to spend “lots” of money promoting singers who haven’t been able to stand up to the plate and hit a ball much less a home-run.

    Im pretty sure Sony has made way more money having Carrie, Kelly, Clay, Daughtry, David C, and Adam than what they lost spending money on people like Allison or Lee or Blake.

  8. It’s interesting to speculate about how much Season 9 affected the switch from SONY to Universal. Perhaps, SONY was less than enthusiastic to continue their contract with 19/Idol because they felt that Idol had peaked a few years ago and it was going to be heavy lifting from now on.

  9. gangreen29, I didn’t get the impression the Sony exec was saying it was their choice to drop American Idol. I thought he said it was the other way around.

    It seemed to me that he was addressing a question of not retaining all the Idols they did sign. Notice the wording ‘the decision to part with AN Idol.

  10. I think Sony is breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to spend “lots” of money promoting singers who haven’t been able to stand up to the plate and hit a ball much less a home-run.

    Well, maybe, but isn’t Sony supposedly signing the US X Factor winners now? If so, I’m not sure how the situation will really be that different for them.

  11. Lee sounds really good on that KBIG in studio performance.

    tripp_ncwy:
    11/24/2010 at 10:08 am
    bcarticles: Interview: Tour Talk With Kris Allen http://goo.gl/fb/0TSMV

    Thanks for that link, tripp! That is a really excellent interview.

  12. Anyone still laboring under the belief Sony will feel obligated to keep Lee until after the finale just got a reality check. They might, but I think the odds of him being dumped sooner just became a strong possibility. Perhaps even a probability.

    Fantasia lied? No surprise to me. I’ll bet the stories about how she verbally abused Mrs. Cook on the phone, sandbagged the “Color Purple” producers, and engaged in a bunch of other tawdry behavior is just as true. She’s not the person she’s been marketed to be. Not because she had an affair; Because of all the other dishonest, shady things she does.

  13. sandbagged the “Color Purple” producers

    ?? Would you please explain what this means?

  14. The Fox phenom is in talks with CBS Evening News anchor (and self-proclaimed Gleek) Katie Couric to make a cameo in the show’s post-Super Bowl episode on Feb. 6.

    Oh goodie…now I have another reason not to watch this silly show.

  15. FuzzyWuzzy, that’s in reference to her missing numerous shows during her Broadway run, while still managing to run around Manhattan partying, and then, when the bad publicity started she pulld out her trusty sympathy card by claiming she had a horrible throat condition that was “career threatening.” I suspect she’d have to be placed under oath to get her to tell the truth. She seems allergic to honesty and integrity otherwise.

  16. Right now we know Sony lost a ton on Allison, we know that Archie’s current album is a total non-starter, that Lee’s sales are anemic and that we are not hearing really great things about potential sales for Crystal’s album.

    Not a whole lot of money has ever been spent on David, so I doubt much has been lost on him. He has never had a lot of promo.

  17. Thanks for explaining, Niall. I knew that Fantasia had missed a lot of her Broadway shows, but didn’t know that she was out partying during those absences. Yeah, it does seem like being under oath compels her to tell the truth. She seems to lead a chaotic life, much of which is because of her own bad choices.

  18. Kat is Atlanta for Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting at the Lenox Sq. tomorrow. Kat did an early interview with Good Day Atlanta TV this morning. http://www.myfoxatla…20101124-gda-es
    A few background clips of her Xmas video was also shown. Can’t wait to see the entire video.

    Climbing up the charts

    38 25 KATHARINE MCPHEE I’ll Be Home For Chr… 185 51 134 2.092

    146 43 KATHARINE MCPHEE Have Yourself A Merr… 51 2 49 0.499

  19. Anyone still laboring under the belief Sony will feel obligated to keep Lee until after the finale just got a reality check. They might, but I think the odds of him being dumped sooner just became a strong possibility. Perhaps even a probability.

    If RCA does drop Lee before the S10 finale, that would be a big embarrassment not only for Lee but for Idol too. I mean, would they still invite him to perform on the finale?

  20. lili_anne7:
    11/24/2010 at 11:12 am
    If RCA does drop Lee before the S10 finale, that would be a big embarrassment not only for Lee but for Idol too. I mean, would they still invite him to perform on the finale?

    The answer to that would be a big fat NO. Idol this year under Nigel will be different and I hope better. They are not going to have people on that show unless they will be able to bring in good ratings or great media attention.

  21. Whoever posted about Crystal’s songs being on Hit Predictor got me addicted to Hit Predictor, lol. I just had to mention that. I’m like Hit Predictor junkie now.

  22. 105.1 The Mix
    Nelson, Terry & Stacey Christmas Show 2010
    starring American Idols Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze, and Andy Grammer!
    Sold Out.
    http://www.1051thebuzz.com/pages/8537297.php

    ETA: The photo on the page previously had Lee featured but now has Kris as the headliner.

    I’m glad they finally changed the picture on the website, and that the show sold out. They’d been teasing Kris as the headliner for at least a week, so glad they finally made if official! I’ll be driving down to Portland for this show – really excited for Kris to do some acoustic Christmas songs, I loved the ones he did last year.

    Also, hope the weather holds in Portland for tonight as I’m leaving soon to make the trek down for the last Lifehouse/Kris show of the tour!

  23. Cowell is going to call you childish and disrespectful…oh, wait. He’s not the target so he’ll agree.

    Pretty sure the irony escapes him. lol

  24. I doubt Lee gets dropped by RCA before S10 ends. Didn’t I read somewhere that Blake was the one who got dropped the quickest, and that was more than a year after he got his record deal (I think).

    If I were Universal, I wouldn’t be counting too heavily on S10 of AI to give me a big star, because there is a very slim possibility of that happening.

  25. No way does lee get dropped before the idol finale. I’m sure there is something in the 19/Sony contract that requires Sony to keep the idol winner on their roster for a prescribed period of time- certainly through the next year idol finale. Now they may effectively pull the plug by not releasing or promoting any more singles etc Although I suspect if SS doesn’t do much they will try one more single. And maybe SS will do ok ( Altho the lack of a single top ten market hac add at this point is not a great sign)

  26. Will Lee’s video for SS even make the VH1 Top 20 Music Video countdown this weekend?

  27. ^^. I bet it does. It’s not solely based on votes, no doubt lees fans will vote hard for him and vh1 seems to be promoting him- they did a little interview/ feature with him this morning during jump start.

  28. Thanks for posting the Lacey Brown video. Still love her so much after all these months.

  29. I believe the countdown is taped one week prior and they did not put SS up to vote until this week. So if SS is absent from the countdown this week that is why.

  30. tigervixxxen:
    11/24/2010 at 1:09 pm
    I believe the countdown is taped one week prior and they did not put SS up to vote until this week. So if SS is absent from the countdown this week that is why.

    That is just the segments between videos. They film those in multiple ways say if an artist that is on the countdown is going to be on the show they can film a few versions. Of if their song reaches #1 that week or premiers that weeks excetera

  31. girlygirl:
    11/24/2010 at 12:05 pm
    If I were Universal, I wouldn’t be counting too heavily on S10 of AI to give me a big star, because there is a very slim possibility of that happening.

    I think they most certainly could find a big star if the winner ends up being either a hot pop female ( Katie, Kesha), an R&B or hip hop type dude ( Bruno, Posner), or a country star. Again, this person needs to be hot if they are a girl. Oh, and if they can find a Bieb 2.0 that would also be a plus, but seriously, the kid would have to have really f’ing good hair.

    That’s all it is gonna take, really. Nothing against Lee or Kris, and I said this in another thread yesterday, but the WHWG peeps cater to a demo that is notorious for pirating music. How many 20-30 year olds outside of the idol bubble ( we know it is important to support artists you like) actually buy music?

  32. If I remember right, Sony is financing to set up a Syco Music label in the US ahead of X Factor. With Sony owning half of the entire Syco Entertainment brand, their focus isn’t on Idol anymore. All of their attention will be on making X Factor and the contestants successful since they’ll get a bigger profit from it.

    Definitely, they won’t have any interest in supporting anything that has to do with a label and a TV show they are competing with.
    And it looks that the competition will be full on.

    I have high hopes with Universal. Sony execs don’t meet with the winners and runner ups until after the finale, but this season they’ll be with them ~5 months before a record deal is signed and essentially a lot of the A&R will be done.

    It will be interesting to observe the difference in handling the signed idols, and whether the first albums will be better quality than the Sony ones.

  33. Dancing with the Stars finale was up 23% Glee down 20% in ratings last night. Fantasia’s show on Sunday night did better in the ratings than ETHS about Adam.

  34. OMG Jim (sorry I know its OT) but LOL

    jambajim The train’s so packed, I’m straddling a woman in a wheelchair. She’s got quite the view of my crotch. I bet she’s thankful. #WhiteMaleTweetz

  35. The train’s so packed, I’m straddling a woman in a wheelchair.

    Probably figuring that’s more actions than she anticipated!

  36. Mateja:
    11/24/2010 at 2:52 pm
    OMG THE X FACTOR promo!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait!

    I can’t wait to see X-Factor, it should be interesting. I love the “Battle of the Simons” and no doubt the rivalry between the shows will make audiences tune in hopefully to watch both.

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    ripp_ncwy:
    11/24/2010 at 10:08 am
    bcarticles: Interview: Tour Talk With Kris Allen http://goo.gl/fb/0TSMV

    Thanks for that link, tripp! That is a really excellent interview.

    I echo that sentiment. I am really enjoying these interviews with Kris lately- there have been great questions & Kris has been disclosing more info than he used to!

  38. Brooke White tweets, “So guess what… Tonight I ended up at Henson studios playing piano and singing in Studio B, exactly where Karen Carpenter used to record!”

    Since I don’t get on Twitter very much, I appreciated this news. It meant a lot to me. Thank you, MJ!

  39. Lee is the new Kris? Kris got out of the worst winner label. Bad economy and decreasing interest in American Idol really knock him down. But if radio plays his songs, sales will get better. Traditionally, any winner’s debut singles have been supported by radio.

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