Idol Headlines for 11/25/09

Adam Lambert rocks CBS ‘Early Show.’ (Surprise! No one gets groped!)

There’s really no other way to score it, seeing how Good Morning America lost out on one charming, cheeky interview (read what my colleague Ken Tucker had to say about that) and two bad-ass musical performances from American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert this morning, handing them all over to its rival Early Show because, um, why exactly? Oh yeah, apparently ABC suits didn’t trust the firebrand singer would understand the inherent difference between a 10:55 p.m. performance at a decidedly racy awards show and an 8:30 a.m. gig at a benign, watch-with-your-cereal-and-coffee news program. [Insert eye-roll here.] This isn’t to say I’ve changed my tune on Lambert’s Sunday-night showing. Some 36 hours later, I stand by my contention that his AMA performance of ‘For Your Entertainment’  was a vocal and aesthetic disappointment. But ABC’s finger-wagging disinvitation ‘” ‘Given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning’  ‘” seems as disingenuous as it does counter-intuitive. (Really? Why not just put a big bow on top of that ratings gift you’re giving to Harry Smith & Co.?)

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Entertainment Weekly

Adam Lambert Says ‘I Could Be Role Model or Somebody’s Worst Nightmare’

Even before his ‘American Music Awards’ performance became the most talked about musical TV appearance since a certain singer (cough cough Janet Jackson) flashed America during the Super Bowl, Adam Lambert knew that his brazen style and love of theatrics was going to be polarizing. “If you are in the public eye and you are a certain type of persona, you’re putting certain ideas out there you’re bound to have people look up to them. You’re also bound to have people who completely reject them and hate you for it, ” Lambert told

Popeater

‘Idol’ runner-up Lambert’s 1st major album out

Coming in second on the last season of “American Idol” did little to dampen Adam Lambert’s pop ambitions. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old San Diego singer released his first major-label album, “For Your Entertainment.” As expected, he has gone all out. From the Glamour Shots-inspired cover picture to the list of top-shelf collaborators in the liner notes, it’s a creatively charged effort designed to launch him into the same stratosphere as the show’s more notable successes like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Lambert spoke to us by phone last week.

SF Gate.com

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Exclusive: Idol Finalist Calls Adam Lambert “a Sham”

But season 3’s Diana DeGarmo says Lambert shouldn’t be shocked at the harsh reaction. (About 1, 500 people called in complaints; ABC’s Good Morning America also canceled Lambert’s Nov. 25 appearance because of his “controversial American Music Awards performance.”)

Says DeGarmo, “When you take a big risk like that, you can’t be surprised when there are repercussions for your actions.” If anything, it should help out his career. “Plus, with all of the buzz around the performance, his sales shouldn’t suffer whatsoever, ” she tells Us.

USMagazine

‘Idol’ Finalists Defend Adam Lambert’s Controversial AMA Performance

Former ‘American Idol’ contestants Blake Lewis and Anoop Desai are coming to Adam Lambert’s defense after his controversial AMA performance, which subsequently got him booted from ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ Season 6 runner-up Lewis tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Adam Lambert isn’t too controversial. ‘Good Morning America’ could have had an amazing interview with a talented, humble entertainer and shot him down. Their loss.”

Popeater

UPDATED: ABC ‘Good Morning America’ Cancels Adam Lambert’s Performance

However, the Parents Television Council (PTC) does not think “GMA” should have canceled Adam’s performance. Dan Isett, Director of Public Policy for the PTC tells Access, “I do think it’s a little bit unfortunate. This is not a personal crusade against Adam Lambert.”

“The idea that he should be scrubbed from TV completely is not where we’re going, ” Isett continued. “It may be a bit of an overreaction on ABC’s part. The important thing is that networks have the easy ability to air on a delay to prevent this sort of thing.”

OMG.Yahoo.com

Adam Lambert’s ‘Good Morning America’ Appearance Canceled Over AMA Controversy

While Lambert did not comment on the matter on his Twitter account, the controversy over the controversy spawned an immediate Twitter meme, with the hashtag #ShameOnYouABC firing up the ranks of trending topics, helped by Lambert fan Perez Hilton’s influence.

With the release on Monday of Lambert’s major-label debut, For Your Entertainment, this week’s sales numbers will be the test of whether all this Madonna-esque controversy will help the glam-loving power vocalist drum up more than headlines.

MTV

Adam Lambert: From Closeted ‘Idol’ to AMA Provocateur

The once sexually ambiguous, aspiring “American Idol” made one thing clear with his provocative performance and man-on-man kiss during Sunday’s performance at the “American Music Awards”: He’s gay enough.

“It’s great, he can be himself now, ” gossip columnist Perez Hilton said. “He doesn’t have to play it safe to get votes and, at the end of the day, it’s all working. I applaud him for that performance. It was ballsy. It wasn’t perfect, definitely not his best vocal. But I loved it. I loved it.”

ABC News

Adam Lambert’s Other Options (Now That ‘GMA’ Is Cancelled)

Adam Lambert fans have had an exhausting 36 hours. First, they had to defend their man’s salacious (and pitchy) display at the American Music Awards Sunday night. Then word spread early this morning that “Good Morning America, ” ABC’s morning show, had pulled the plug on Lambert’s upcoming appearance. (An ABC spokesperson said, “Given his controversial live performance on the AMAs, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning.”)

MTV

Adam Lambert and TV scandal: A match made in rock heaven

Adam Lambert has taken the better part of a year to unfold his shiny wings on national television. He finally took flight Sunday on the American Music Awards — but not in the direction that many, including some devoted fans, had hoped. The singer’s decision to take some exhibitionist risks onstage, starting with the kind of simulated foreplay that Madonna’s been including in her concerts for years and culminating in a libidinous lip-lock with his male keyboard player, apparently has alienated as many observers as it’s impressed. But there’s a third way to view Lambert’s staged provocation: not as a new low for pop’s moral standards, nor as a revolutionary act, but as one of the most traditional things he’s done so far.

LA Times

Adam Lambert Breaks Through The Glass Ceiling, America Pouts

ABC said more than 1, 500 people phoned in to complain about former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert’s escapades on stage during Sunday night’s performance at the American Music Awards. There were provocative struts with dancers — men — then he simulated a kiss with a guy (and liked it).

The network deemed the response “moderate” but the Parents Television Council reported that it had also heard from upset members.

I’m curious who those members are.

Huffington Post

How Adam Lambert Is Hurting Gay Marriage

You told Out magazine that you didn’t make a big deal out of your sexual orientation during American Idol once pictures of you kissing a man had been exposed because:

‘I don’t understand why it has to be about my sexuality. I’m just not going to talk about it one way or another. . . . And then when those pictures came out, I was like, you know what? I thought maybe I’ll just own it and say, ‘Yeah, I’m gay.’ But I didn’t want to label myself.’ 

That’s interesting, Adam Lambert. When you were worried about winning a contest, you didn’t want to openly attest to being gay. (And, in fact, your people were worried that you would seem ‘too gay’  on Out’s cover.) BUT, when you wanted to make a splash in public, when you wanted to get noticed ‘ suddenly you were all about gay sexuality.

Huffington Post

Kris Allen: ‘I Didn’t Try Out For ‘Idol’ To Be #1 On iTunes’

Kris Allen says he doesn’t care about album sales or chart debuts, both of which are good things, considering his self-titled debut shared a release date with John Mayer’s Battle Studies, Leona Lewis’s Echo and 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct, to name just a few.

So, clearly, the competition to top the Billboard albums chart is fierce. And though we won’t know the winner until Wednesday morning, when Nielsen Soundscan releases the official numbers, Allen isn’t holding his breath. He’s already pretty sure he’s not going to take the #1 spot ‘” and he’s perfectly fine with that.

MTV.com

Just Like You (2009)

With 11 different producers for 13 tracks, you’d think 17-year-old Allison Iraheta would need a miracle to create a cohesive debut disc with Just Like You. But nope, the muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol’s eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties, from the relentlessly propulsive ”Holiday” to the ’80s-influenced ”D Is for Dangerous” to the soaring ”Don’t Waste the Pretty.” Meanwhile, ballads like the understated ”Scars” and the bluesy ”Trouble Is” separate Iraheta from questionably abled Miley/Selena contemporaries. Girl. Can. Sang! A-

Entertainment Weekly

Live Music Lives on VH1 on Fridays with New ‘Friday Night Alright’ Series of Concerts from the World’s Leading Rock and Pop Music Artists

he weekly global musical expedition is scheduled to begin on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 11:00 PM*. On that night, Pink’s high-flying “Funhouse” tour kicks off an itinerary packed with A-list performers set to roll out the first quarter of the new year including U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, The Killers, Coldplay and Katy Perry. Jim Shearer, of VH1’s “Top 20 Video Countdown, ” will present the series.

PR Newswire

Chart Beat Tuesday: Neil Diamond, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks

CLARKSON CLIMBS TO NO. 1: Kelly Clarkson collects her second No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, as “Already Gone” ascends 2-1. Clarkson spent five weeks at the summit with “Behind These Hazel Eyes” in 2005.

DON’T STOP THE ‘MUSIC’: 26 years ago this week, Shannon’s classic jam “Let the Music Play” spent its sixth and final week at No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart. This week, Jordin Sparks’ interpolation of the track, “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play), ” rises 2-1 on the survey. Sparks’ sole prior entry on the chart, “No Air, ” peaked at No. 41.

Billboard.com

Jordin Sparks, Celtic Woman, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau to Join National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 3rd

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced that Jordin Sparks, Celtic Woman, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau will perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2009. They will join previously announced entertainers Sheryl Crow, Common and Ray LaMontagne for the annual holiday event, which will be streamed live at www.thenationaltree.org on Dec. 3rd at 5:00pm EST/2:00pm PST, and will be broadcast nationwide beginning Dec. 4th, on public broadcasting stations in partnership with WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital (check local listings).

PRNewswire

David Archuleta talks up ‘Christmas From the Heart’

Relaxing after recently taping an appearance on the Spanish-language TV channel Univision, “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta [ tickets ] is giggly.

“It was my first Spanish network performance, so it’s cool, ” Archuleta said between giggles during an interview with LiveDaily. “It was really fun. It was at a school in Harlem [NY]. So I had a bunch of kids as the audience.”

Kids will be packing theaters this month and next when Archuleta embarks on a holiday tour in support of his debut Christmas album, “Christmas From the Heart.”

Live Daily

American Idol alum David Archuleta shows growth during holiday concert

Regardless of David Archuleta’s performance Tuesday night at Abravanel Hall, the tweens and teenagers in the audience would still have shrieked and squealed in delight every time the 18-year-old pop singer from Murray sang a note.

Luckily for the rest of us, Archuleta launched his holiday tour in his home state with a rousing, accomplished performance that further illustrated how far he has come since he finished second in the 2008 season of “American Idol.”

Archuleta, who turns 19 in December, ably balanced a show that showcased his pop talent as well as a strong display of covering other’s material — most notably a collection of Christmas standards that closed the show.

Salt Lake Tribune

PHOTOS: Katharine McPhee Looks Bold and Beautiful in Black

Katharine McPhee dressed in Marchesa attends the 37th International Emmy Awards gala at the New York Hilton and Towers on Nov. 23 in NYC.

OK Magazine

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade showcases Detroit traditions, tons of reality TV stars

Thousands of people will line up on Woodward Ave. early Thursday morning to watch one of the country’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade traditions — America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Last season’s “American Idol” third place winner Danny Gokey will be there, possibly crooning to the crowd.

“Idol” alum and Westland native Josh Gracin will be in attendance as well.

MLive

Tree Lighting Ceremony This Friday, 11/27

No, no. Did you really think you were getting a day off from having the holiday season shoved down your throat? That you would get a day of rest come Friday? Well, think again. Because Macy’s is putting on the city’s 20th annual tree lighting ceremony that night.

On Friday, 11/27, the Giant’s other pitcher, Barry Zito will host a night that includes American Idol contestant Anoop Desai, Glide Ensemble and the San Francisco Boys Chorus, a sneak peak of Cirque de Soleil’s new show, OVO, and a man dressed as Santa Claus leading “thousands of holiday revelers in a spirited countdown to light the tree.”

SFIst

Thanksgiving Day parade preps

November 24, 2009 (WPVI) — Things are constantly moving behind the scenes to keep the parade on course for Thursday.

The parade office at 6abc studios in Wynnefield Heights is abuzz with preparations in these days leading up to the annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

It’s time to make sure every detail is in place for the 90th year of the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade.

Parade producer, Todd Marcocci, showed us staging charts of how he designed the finale, opening production number and the special Ikea production number.

ABClocal.go.com

Lighting of the Atlanta Macy’s Tree

Each year after the turkey has been eaten and the pumpkin pie devoured, one of the most popular spots in Atlanta is outside Macy’s at Lenox Mall for the Lighting of the Great Tree. The 70 foot pine weighs around 7 tons. This is one big Christmas tree.

The pre-show begins at 6:15 p.m., and it’s followed by the lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Each year there are great musical performances. This year the show includes country singer Josh Turner, American Idol’s Mandisa, Stephen Norwood, Macy’s All Star Holiday Choir, and SoReal Cru.

Atlanta.About.com

American Idol Alum Hits Broadway!

Jennifer Hudson is causing a trend!

Much like the American Idol alum, Season 7’s second runner-up Syesha Mercado has joined the cast of Dreamgirls. But unlike Hudson’s Oscar-winning turn in the 2006 movie adaptation, Mercado is singing and dancing on Broadway!

The show’s co-choreographer, Shane Sparks, talked to Usmagazine.com about Mercado’s theater debut, adding that her turn on American Idol helped prepare her for the stage.

US Magazine

Ex-‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul on her talk show: ‘It would be insightful’

Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul thinks she’d make a great talk show host. Hmmm.

On Monday, Paula Abdul espoused her various talk-show host qualifications to Extra. Zap2it would like to provide our own commentary about the Paula-speak.

1. “I have really great ideas” and she hopes to do a talk show in the next two to three years.

Zap2it

TV producer starts charity for young dancers

CNN) — Nigel Lythgoe was tired of saying “no” to promising young dancers.

“We see so many rough diamonds that you would love to be able to take under your wing and polish and say, ‘Wow, they look like they can become fabulous dancers, ‘ ” said Lythgoe, the co-creator and executive producer of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” “But we can’t take people that just show promise. So in order to try and do something with that, we thought of the idea.”

CNN.com

Mia Michaels may return to ‘SYTYCD, ‘ doesn’t have cancer

Mia Michaels left the Top 20 dancers very disappointed on the sixth season of “So You Think You Can Dance” because they won’t get the experience of working with her, but she felt she needed to expand herself as an artist.

Obviously the big news this fall was you leaving “So You Think You Can Dance.” Do you have an official reason for leaving? There were so many rumors flying about.

Zap2it.com

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Breaking up is hard to do

There was actual clapping and cheering in my house tonight during the screening of “So You Think You Can Dance”: Season 6 is in effect! Kathryn McCormick and “Legacy” Perez and Ellenore Scott and Ryan Di Lello brought two solid dances per couple. Ellenore and Ryan opened the show with a very fun and energetic Lindy Hop and later on danced a delightfully creepy and charming Broadway routine (I especially love when Ryan can portray an unusual character, despite his hunky and slick exterior). I loved Legacy and Kathryn’s sexy and quirky Sonya Tayeh jazz dance (especially Legacy’s crab walk). They demonstrated wonderful chemistry and, especially in Kathryn’s case, stage presence during their rock ‘n’ roll Viennese waltz, which wasn’t technically perfect but still extremely fun to watch. They remind me of Courtney Galliano and Gev Manoukian from Season 4.

LA Times

‘Dancing With the Stars’ results: We have a winner!

Maybe it was Adam Carolla’s last-ditch prayer to Michael Flatley that did it: After overcoming long odds, ups and downs, fever dreams, a sparkly leprechaun green jacket, a fumbled tango routine and a dip to the dark side, lifelong showman and avowed professional Donny Osmond beat out fellow competitors Mya and Kelly Osbourne to emerge as Season 9’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’  champion. And true to his Mr. Congeniality roots, the star wasn’t content to hoard the coveted Mirrorball trophy and tell his sister — the reason he came on as a competitor on this show in the first place — to stick it where the sun don’t shine. No, a win for Donny was a win for everybody, and he magnanimously brought up his wife, his large family and his sister Marie out on to the dance floor with him to celebrate.

LA Times

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  1. Allison just premiered El viernes te olvido yo on the radio show La regadera. There was also an interview in Spanish for an entire segment, pretty extensive too. She did great, the guys loved her and asked her to come back. They didn’t know shit about American Idol, so…new market for her :)

  2. sales are up from idol chatter:

    Bleh, that’s 11,000 more than Take One deserved.

    I think Kris will do fine. Despite being on AI, he is a new artist and will probably grow in sales over the next year.


  3. “David Archuleta was the week’s biggest gainer. Christmas From the Heart jumped 83 percent in week-to-week sales, selling nearly 18,000 copies.”

    Yippee!! It’s so funny. Most albums’ sales go down with each passing week. David’s pop album was no different. It’s so nice to see his sales going upward from week to week for a change.

  4. Love Slezak’s review of Adam on The Early Show! Adam answered his critics with a beautiful performance!

  5. Yippee!! It’s so funny. Most albums’ sales go down with each passing week. David’s pop album was no different. It’s so nice to see his sales going upward from week to week for a change.

    yeah that generally happens with the xmas albums heh

  6. I forgot to mention in my post about Allison’s Spanish radio premiere that the show is on the Los Angeles KSSE Superestrellas radio station and the show where she premiered the song is broadcasted to 9 other cities in 5 different states. Good promo for the Spanish single.

  7. Glad to see most AI alums stand behind Adam. His friends and family have his back.

  8. Glad to see most AI alums stand behind Adam. His friends and family have his back.

    I really loved what Michael Sarver had to say.

  9. PRMari, thanks for the info. Do you know if somebody taped it? Somebody should tell Jive to promote her in Miami with it’s huge Hispanic population. Borinque too of course. ::p:

  10. I’ve been watching Fields of Gold. For someone who sounded hoarse before the concert, he gave some really good performances.

    yeah i was a little worried when he said his voice was tired before the show… i was like.. yikes. I guess he sounded hoarse in vip too. And you could kinda tell during the concert at least on the vids.. but dang if he didnt pull it out and sound great. I was a tad worried with Ave Maria since its a hard song to sing.. but he did awesome!

  11. According to that HDD site Kris made the top ten and John Mayer sales were higher than Brian reported.

    And double blech on Take One – to bad Adam won’t benefit from it.

  12. PRMari, thanks for the info. Do you know if somebody taped it? Somebody should tell Jive to promote her in Miami with it’s huge Hispanic population. Borinque too of course. ::p:

    Somebody did tape it (not me), working on a translation for posting in the near future :) She did great, really great and the guys loved the song too.

  13. just want to comment on the whole Adams AMA/GMA/CBS thing:

    number one, being Adams biggest fan, I was very dissapointed FOR HIM with the AMA performance, he IS a better singer and artist, it was evident that his nerves got the best of him, with going last, first big show and the tumble (great save, btw, I was watching with my family, they thought it was a part of the routine!!)

    number two, ABC are being jerks, they KNEW it was going to be a sexy/racy performance, they advertised it as such before and DURING the show!

    number three, Adam was amazing on the CBS show! Made me proud with both his interview and singing(breathtaking WWFM) He doesn’t need to apologize for anything, just keep singing, baby, keep singing!

  14. Awww, very cool news re: Archie’s sales! Go Archie! I noticed that looking at the Itunes overall albums, it jumped from 64 to 58, at least from what I saw this morning.

    On another note…I actually heard “What Do You Want From Me” on KIIS with Ryan Seacrest this morning. I was really surprised since KIIS really never plays AI alums, except Kelly and sometimes Jordin. Though, I hardly listen to KIIS…but hey, there you go, radio play.

  15. Isn’t Allison video on iTunes? I thought I read it was but I couldn’t find it.

  16. However, the Parents Television Council (PTC) does not think ‘GMA’  should have canceled Adam’s performance. Dan Isett, Director of Public Policy for the PTC tells Access, ‘I do think it’s a little bit unfortunate. This is not a personal crusade against Adam Lambert.’ 

    They really need to make up their mind. Its obvious GMA did it due to them and that Liberty group.

    On another note, Adam kind of did Kris a favor. Since everyone is talking about his performance, no one will notice that Kris is the lowest debuting Idol winner in the history of the show. As usual, he will fly right under the radar.

    Jennifer Hudson sang at the White House. Wish there was a video.

    Me too!!! why did they make the cameras go away at that moment?? lol

  17. Isn’t Allison video on iTunes? I thought I read it was but I couldn’t find it.

    Yup! it is!

  18. Adam did a GREAT job on the CBS early show. Was articulate during the interviews, and most importantly, sounded FANTASTIC during the songs.

    (Which doubly surprised by, because I think I’ve seen better speakers in high school AV closets. CBS couldn’t have found better equipment, even at the last minute? Didn’t matter, Adam sounded great.)

  19. Isn’t Allison video on iTunes? I thought I read it was but I couldn’t find it.

    It there for me. Just search for her name and it shows up on her page at the bottom, under “Music Videos”

  20. Wow. Thank you for the duet of Archie and his mom. They sound FANTASTIC singing together. Really beautiful.

    I really hope he and his mom get a chance to perfrom that on TV during the Xmas season.

  21. David Archuleta Open Mic — Christmas From the Heart

    David Archuleta is the 1st artist to customize a XMAS singing game for your iPhone and iPod Touch. Sing along to all you favorite XMAS songs this holiday season with David Archuleta (Headphones with the Microphone accessory are required for iPod Touch and 1st Generation iPhone users).

    5 Songs from David’s “Christmas From The Heart” Album
    *** Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ***
    *** O Come All Ye Faithful ***
    *** Joy To The World ***
    *** The First Noel ***
    *** Silent Night ***

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    It’s available from iTunes. Get it HERE.

  22. CBS and hosts just effin’ loved Adam. What a coup for them – and they knew it because he was on the entire show. He made ten, yes ten appearances, a couple were just showing him in the “green” room, but many with the hosts outside. Great interview, articulate and charming as ever. Two stellar performances. Stupendous vocals, stupendous stage presence.

    The people who came for GMA must have showed up there, because they said there were hundreds and hundreds of people there lined up around the block and started showing up last night. One girl from Japan, and one from S. Africa.

    This was actually a coup for Adam too, because if he would have been on GMA, he would only have just performed towards the end of the show, and not have been on the entire show as with CBS.

    What a great way to start the morning.

  23. Three cheers for Blake, Anoop and Sarver for their support of Adam. For the top ten finishers each year, Idol is like a club with a lifetime membership. Only a select number of individuals will ever know what it’s like to go from 0 to 60 on the fame meter in just a few short months. It’s a bonding experience and for all their differences, the Season 8 group was close.

    I like to see that mutual support. I wonder if Carrie knows that Adam was one of only a handful of audience members standing during her entire performance at the AMAs.

  24. I think every year the Idol contestants grow close and supportive. It sure seemed as if the Season 7 guys did.

  25. Adam sounded great this morning. And he came across as usual, very polite and articulate. I’m still not liking Music Again, though — that’s one of my least favorite songs on the album.

    Interesting that Allison’s album got a higher grade from EW than either Adam’s or Kris’. Wonder if that’s going to help her with sales though. FIBOU continues to be pretty much MIA on radio.

  26. On another note’ ¦I actually heard ‘What Do You Want From Me’  on KIIS with Ryan Seacrest this morning. I was really surprised since KIIS really never plays AI alums, except Kelly and sometimes Jordin. Though, I hardly listen to KIIS’ ¦but hey, there you go, radio play.

    WWFM officially went for adds yesterday and Ryan’s station (KISS) added the song. So, you’ll likely hear it a lot on that station.

    Here’s a Newsweek.com essay on Adam, the kiss, and homophobia:

    Would it kill them to fact check once in a while. Here is a serious news magazine that is accusing ABC of homophobia and linking it to the kiss. ABC censored the BJ and Adam flipping off his critics. There is no evidence that they wouldn’t do the same to a female or hetrosexual act. The only place I’ve seen censor the kiss was the Early Show which, ironically enough, was touting itself as being a bastion for free artistic expression.

    It annoys me that everybody stating that the problem was the kiss. Nobody is b!tching about the kiss.

    Although, well spun Adam.

  27. Although, well spun Adam.

    He didn’t fool Linda Homes at National Public Radio, who isn’t buying his shenanigans:

    ‘ ¢ Adam Lambert has managed to get days of publicity out of his performance at the American Music Awards, and during his appearance on today’s The Early Show on CBS, he hilariously claimed that he got “carried away” in part because forgot he was on television. Plum forgot! His experience is in theater, after all, and he’s never been on television — except for the many months he spent on American Idol. I’m pretty sympathetic to the argument that this is all much ado about nothing, but … don’t push your luck, kid.

    But, yeah, where’s the uproar from Adam’s camp over CBS blurring out “The Kiss”? Maybe he’ll show up on The View next week to dish on how insulted he was about that.

  28. He didn’t fool Linda Homes at National Public Radio, who isn’t buying his shenanigans:

    I’ve always liked Linda/Miss Alli.

    And she confirms that “Burn Notice” gets another season. Yay!

    Glee Christmas song!!

    Last Christmas

    Oh, dear. I’m afraid to listen. As a Christmas song addict, I may have to buy it. Glee covers Wham! (or was that George on his own?) on a cheesy Christmas song. Doesn’t get much better than that.

  29. It annoys me that everybody stating that the problem was the kiss. Nobody is b!tching about the kiss.

    Excuse me? If you blur the kiss, you’re bitching about the kiss (and, yeah, I know that was CBS.)

    I also know that several people on this blog have bitched about the kiss. But somehow when one calls folks on it, *then* they backtrack and say, Oh, I meant the blowjob! …. But if you read back through these threads, you find numerous people speculating that ABC could be in for an FCC fine on account of the male-on-male kiss.

    So, yeah, lots of people *aren’t* bitching about the kiss. But other people *are* bitching about the kiss. …. And the fact that anybody blurs the danged thing shows that somebody out there is discriminating on the basis of it. Because, uh, when is the last time you saw blurring on a male-female kiss?

  30. Please.

    The real visual impact was caused by the real kiss. A lot of people didn’t even noticed the “bj simulation” until it was pointed out to them, and the finger, was not even televised. The bj was part of the rapid coreography that was in motion. There was a “moment” for the kiss.

    Of course, people will choose whatever sustains their argument against Adam – who, by the way, is doing pretty well and managing this with calm :)

    If CBS blurred the kiss, I’m sure Adam didn’t know. Simple. Maybe nobody will ask him about it, and that will be it.

  31. I can’t even begin to understand why anyone should have been bothered by the kiss even people with young children viewing. Two men or women kissing shouldn’t be seen today any differently than a man and woman kissing. I can understand not wanting your kids to see the BJ move, but it is easy to screen TV for kids if they don’t have one in their rooms. Alot of people have been talking about being offended by the kiss too. That is ridiculous and homophobic. Adam was right to mention that the kiss bothered people including CBS news who censored it. I think he gave a great interview and performance. He is alot more honest and candid about things than most celebrities, not perfect by any means though but who is. Everyone has to sell out a bit in real life, it is unfortunate but true. I am proud of the idols who defended Adam :Anoop, Michael, Allison and Blake and Kevin.

  32. Squirrely, the HDD numbers, even from yesterday, are still estimates. The lower numbers from today that Brian posted are from Soundscan and are actual.

    BTW, did no one else hear the extremely off-key falsetto note by AL on Music Again? While he generally sounded better than at the AMAs, he still had a major noticeable blooper. Granted, that would be a hard note to reach, but still……

    Also, I find it hard to believe that Glambert can’t distinguish between sex-with-clothes-on on network TV, televised in prime-time in some areas, and presented in an angry tone with S&M equipmen and a forcefulness that indicates rape or sex-slavery; and a simple lesbian or gay kiss on a cable channel. There is a huge world of difference. I also hate the female near-porn that has been out there for years, so I am consistent on this; some of that was also on display on this show. I think some parents tuned in just for Adam with their kids, knowing some other performers might do objectionable stuff but not expecting it from him (obvioulsy they didn’t do their homework). I have this from anecdotal stories.

    And it was CBS, which swooped in to capitalize on the controversy, that blurred the kiss; it was not the evil ABC that Glambert lambasted as censors. I see a huge lack of judgment and hypocrisy there, along with BootStar. CBS is not championing his rights, they are making money off of him. People objected to those selling unapproved records as a horrific using of Glambert, but don’t bat an eye when CBS does, since it seems to advance Glambert’s agenda.

  33. Did anyone see that Adam Lambert will be on Larry King Live in Dec?
    @kingsthings Coming to Larry King Live in December… @AdamLambert – Woot

  34. dsp
    11/25/2009 at 3:48 pm

    Did anyone see that Adam Lambert will be on Larry King Live in Dec?
    @kingsthings Coming to Larry King Live in December’ ¦ @AdamLambert ‘“ Woot

    Ok now he has made it!!!! J/K

  35. Oh, dear. I’m afraid to listen. As a Christmas song addict, I may have to buy it.

    Gosh darnit. Me too. There goes another buck. And now Archie’s got an app that can turn my iPhone into a snow globe? Are you kidding me? How am I supposed to NOT buy that? Darn you too Archie.

  36. According to Wikipedia (not saying they are the most reliable source but not the worst either) Carrie had now surpassed Kelly as the biggest selling Idol in the US..(Kelly is still the biggest selling Idol worldwide) but get this Carries is ahead by only 7,000 units.

  37. But, yeah, where’s the uproar from Adam’s camp over CBS blurring out ‘The Kiss’ ? Maybe he’ll show up on The View next week to dish on how insulted he was about that.

    I’m sure they’d want him … for the ratings.

  38. Once again St. Adam comes out smelling like a rose. The AMA was vulgar and he definately did it for the shock value. Too bad legitimate artists get lost in his hype.

    This was NOT art. This was a self-serving opportunist crappy performance. So sad it’s not about the music anymore but who can create the most plublicity.

  39. I’m sure they’d want him ‘ ¦ for the ratings.

    If Adam appeared on The View, I’d watch it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how Elizabeth Hasselbeck reacted to Adam? She would probably turn the audience in his favor.

    I am glad Allison’s new album is getting such great reviews. Just one thing though, I’ve gotten so hooked on listening to the Spanish-language version of FIBOU! (Oh yeah!)

  40. “It annoys me that everybody stating that the problem was the kiss. Nobody is b!tching about the kiss.”

    The kiss seemed to be the highlight of Mr. Lambert’s controversial performance as reported in our local news station here in the Philippines. It was on ANC last night if I’m not mistaken.

  41. Excuse me? If you blur the kiss, you’re bitching about the kiss (and, yeah, I know that was CBS.)

    I suspect that the article was submitted before the “Early Show” aired. ABC has clean hands on blurring the kiss.

    Instead they are catching crap for something they did not do.

    The kiss seemed to be the highlight of Mr. Lambert’s controversial performance as reported in our local news station here in the Philippines..

    Okay. Maybe people in other countries have a problem with this, but that’s not really relevant to politics and broadcast policies in the US which are the ones being criticized.

    And may I add, that is really too bad about the complaints in other countries. Who cares who is kissing who? It would be nice if they were consenting parties, but Adam says that the employee he kissed doesn’t mind.

  42. “Once again St. Adam comes out smelling like a rose. The AMA was vulgar and he definately did it for the shock value. Too bad legitimate artists get lost in his hype.

    This was NOT art. This was a self-serving opportunist crappy performance. So sad it’s not about the music anymore but who can create the most plublicity.”

    I respect your take on this. My take is, I wouldn’t judge a performer based on one vocally crappy performance. I’d give him a chance as I did with any other performer/ singer I know. In real life, I think he’s a genuinely nice guy. And now that the AMA tide is cooling down, maybe it is important to just focus on his music. His CBS performance was exquisite from my vantage point. =)

  43. Adam is going to be huge, there’s no doubt about that. And his fans will keep him on top, not GMA,”
    –Anoop Desai

    Nice comments from Anoop and also Blake Lewis.

    I may not be in the majority with this opinion, but I think Anoop is going to be successful as a singer. He has one of the best voices out there today. The Anoop Troop is very loyal, for good reason. And ‘Noop gives a great live performance. That show he did in NC was tremendous. And “Give in to her love” is sooooooo fantastic! It really showcases Noopy’s talents. He co-wrote it too, so one of his first efforts at that has been successful.

    When it comes to crooning love ballads with his sliky voice, it’s going to be tough to top Anoop. Just MHO…

  44. Okay. Maybe people in other countries have a problem with this, but that’s not really relevant to politics and broadcast policies in the US which are the ones being criticized.

    And may I add, that is really too bad about the complaints in other countries.

    Actually, I think it is being reported in many countries that the AMERICAN audience had problems with the kiss (complaints etc.). At least that’s how it was reported in my country. And yes, they did also mention the head-in-crotch move but the kiss is in the news as well.

    And the reason why the kiss is being reported in other countries is that the US news also include it in their reporting. So I would be hesitant to draw any conclusions about how people in other countries react to the kiss.

  45. from this article,
    http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2009/11/post_10.html
    Idols mentioned:… “There was also a “Make A Wish” trip to New York City, in which Parisa attended a concert by traveling stars from “American Idol.” She met David Archuleta, her favorite from the show. She talked for a long time with David Cook, Archuleta’s one-time rival. She handed Cook a purple band she always wore around her wrist, emblazoned with the words, “All You Need is Love.”

    During the show, Cook dedicated a song called “My Hero” to the girl who gave him the wristband.

    How can you fall into darkness, Cindy asked, after seeing your daughter’s face at such a moment?”

  46. Ok I am even getting surprised but Adam fye single has moved up another notch to #26 in combined Itune single sales. Maybe it’s the video? It’s not radio!

  47. Oh girlygirl.. Thank you so much for the outtakes from Kris’ interview!!! I needed a good laugh and you gave it to me! Thank you again!

  48. Mama Allen tweeted Jim C. again

    allen_kimberly

    @jambajim Love the outtakes! I’ll watch the Krim show, heck I’ll spend my retirement to finance it! (this tweet will self-destruct in 3 sec) half a minute ago from web in reply to jambajim

    He better not tweet back! Kris told him he can’t tweet his mama anymore…

  49. Danny’s single went up today on the New Music site for Headline Country, affiliated with GAC (Great American Country) cable channel. They’ve also got Carrie’s latest track off her new album up there.

    http://www.headlinecountry.net/music.php

    That page advertises itself as providing early access to ‘brand new singles before you can even hear them on radio.’ Seems consistent with the impression that RCA & co. haven’t yet begun pushing too hard for radio play, with Danny only having done one week of stops on his radio tour and the single not available for sale until Dec 22nd.

    Country radio in Raleigh NC is advertising an appearance by Danny for December 4th.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=221737683708

    Weekend of LIVE Country all to benefit the Christmas Wish! Michelle Branch, Danny Gokey, Steel Magnolia and Houston County!
    Today at 12:52pm
    94.7 QDR invites you to a weekend full of holiday joy all to benefit our QDR Christmas Wish program.

  50. I am glad to see GAC/Headline Country mention Danny’s music. I am also glad that he is getting more gigs.

  51. On this Thanksgiving Eve, a big THANK YOU to MJ for all you do on this blog. It’s incredible!

  52. Crazedemcee, it’s a great idea to just focus on AL’s music, but it was his idea to emphasize spectacle and controversy over the music. I suspect since it got him sales, he will wish to continue in that vein. It was a very deliberate choice on his part. He knew what reaction it would get.

  53. from Ryan Kasprzak, one of the dancing show stars (So You Think You Can Dance, I think?) at the black-tie fundraiser with Danny in Detroit tonight

    bearkaz: @dannygokey killed it at Hob Nob 2night! A rockstar & a gentleman. Loved your set. Can’t wait 4 the album
    2 minutes ago from Tweed

  54. IndyMuse
    11/25/2009 at 8:42 pm
    Crazedemcee, it’s a great idea to just focus on AL’s music, but it was his idea to emphasize spectacle and controversy over the music. I suspect since it got him sales, he will wish to continue in that vein. It was a very deliberate choice on his part. He knew what reaction it would get.

    So you don’t believe Adam when he said in that Realite interview with Michael Slezak that he didn’t go into the performance to generate controversy and thus amp up his sales?

    Because I didn’t either. He also said he forgot he was performing on a televised gig. Pfft. It’s like saying “Oh I forgot American Idol was televised.” I call bullshit.

  55. Good for ABC Good Morning America for NOT having Adam lambert on their show. They have an audience they cater to and it’s apparently not Adam Lambert related. I think , just as much as Adam had the freedom to do His thing, ABC has the right to do their thing. Got to love freedom of speech and choice in America.

  56. Did any of you all see Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue last night? It’s only natural that Jimmy would poke fun at what happened at the AMA’s. Anyway, Jimmy showed a clip of the simulated bj that took place that night. What I find interesting is that the Jimmy Kimmel show is an ABC program. If ABC felt they had to censor that particular portion out of Adam’s performance for the west coast, then why are they allowing Jimmy to show it on his show? It just boggles the mind.

  57. If ABC felt they had to censor that particular portion out of Adam’s performance for the west coast, then why are they allowing Jimmy to show it on his show? It just boggles the mind.

    Isn’t Jimmy Kimmel on even later? Like after midnight?

    (Can you tell I don’t watch much TV after like 9-10? Heh)

  58. ozarka

    ozarka
    11/25/2009 at 11:17 pm

    Did any of you all see Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue last night? It’s only natural that Jimmy would poke fun at what happened at the AMA’s. Anyway, Jimmy showed a clip of the simulated bj that took place that night. What I find interesting is that the Jimmy Kimmel show is an ABC program. If ABC felt they had to censor that particular portion out of Adam’s performance for the west coast, then why are they allowing Jimmy to show it on his show? It just boggles the mind.

    Hmm demographic is different? The late night circuit isn’t intended for a younger audience. You’re not likely to be watching late night comedy with your parents if you’re a kid, as opposed to the American Music Awards where appearances from kid stars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift are advertised. Besides, everyone knows the late night comedy circuit is filled with sex jokes and other adult content. From Craig Ferguson to Dave Letterman, etc.

  59. I’ve always liked Linda/Miss Alli.

    And I’ve hated her for years that had nothing to do with Adam. I was sooo glad when her ass left TWoP. Not missed. Now Shack and Glark, *sniffs* miss them. And tying it to AI, Shack immortal one word recap HATE was an instant classic. Oh and like I would care what some season long Adam hater thought even ignoring all of that.

    Meanwhile, ha ha to CBS blurring the kiss of Adam kissing a guy and five seconds later showing without blurring, the Brit/Madonna kiss. Oh and Adam when asked about it by Slezak did call CBS out on it, so not like he was like ‘won’t say anything bad about CBS because they helped my stupid ass out after the GMA cancellation.’

  60. Get your free MP3 of Jason’s single legally…

    jasoncastro: FREE DOWNLOAD OF MY SINGLE “Let’s Just Fall In Love Again” thanks to Coca-Cola. Get it here: http://tinyurl.com/cokemp3 ***pass it on!***

  61. I’m sure they’d want him ‘ ¦ for the ratings.

    the view completely trashed him today with the exception of Whoopi. And Joy would be an alliance to him. Do you really think they’d want him on being that he’s such an AI disappointment according to Sherri?

  62. There’s no new headline thread so I’m posting this video here of David Cook. Check out the extra-long glory note starting at around 4:16. It goes to about 4:27. I lost my breath listening to it.

    Breathe Tonight in Mobile, AL

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