Idol Headlines for 11/26/08

Burke crowned ‘Dancing With the Stars’ queen

LOS ANGELES ‘ Brooke Burke waltzed away with the mirror ball trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale.

The 37-year-old TV personality and mother of four dominated the seventh season of the popular ABC dancing competition and bested former NFL player Warren Sapp and former ‘NSync member Lance Bass during the Tuesday night finale, in which she reprised an emotional Viennese waltz routine that earned her a perfect score from the show’s panel of judges.

“Unbelievable, ” was all Burke could muster after winning amid a flurry a confetti.

Associated Press

David Cook’s Exclusive ET Performance

Back by popular demand! We’ve got more footage of David Cook performing on the ET stage!

Our Kevin Frazier went one-on-one with the reigning “American Idol” champ, who dishes on his recently released self-titled album and reveals his plans for the holidays!

ET Online

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…Idol finalist stars in Syracuse production of …Godspell

Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) ‘ …American Idol has helped shape American pop culture over the last few years. And now, Syracuse Stage is getting ready to present a holiday production that is …Idol-charged.

Day by day, more than 35 years have crept up on …Godspell, but the rock musical that helped reshape American pop culture post-Vietnam is still relevant. One-time …American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson leads a cast that mixes Broadway veterans and SU drama students in a fresh take on the show.


15 floats + 19 bands + 7, 000 marchers = 1 pulsating parade

It’s America’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade and as much a holiday tradition as turkey, sweet potatoes and Black Friday shopping.

The 89-year-old parade, sponsored this year by 6ABC and Ikea, kicks off at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow at 20th and Market streets and ends at noon at Eakins Oval.

The event includes 15 floats, 14 giant helium balloons and 19 marching bands from across the country, as well as more than 7, 000 marchers and performers.

Also on the bill are pop singer Mario, “American Idol” finalists Syesha Mercado and Justin Guarini, celebrity chef Rachael Ray, and a new float celebrating The Chronicles of Narnia, a touring exhibition opening Friday at the Franklin Institute.

Guarini, CB West choir to perform in parade

Central Bucks will be in the spotlight when several of its finest bring their musical talents to the festivities surrounding 6ABC’s Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.

Central Bucks East High School graduate Justin Guarini and the Central Bucks West Chamber Choir, an elite choir of 40 of the best student voices at Central Bucks West High School, under the direction of conductor Joseph Ohrt, will both be performing at the event Thursday.

…American Idol runner-up Guarini will deliver a dose of classic Philly soul from Disney’s Hollywood studios float, having recorded the vocals for Gamble and Huff’s …Love Train Nov. 21 at the legendary producers’ International Records studio.


Carrie Underwood Sings with Elvis Presley!

“American Idol”-turned country star Carrie Underwood croons alongside the legendary Elvis Presley! See what Priscilla Presley has to say about Carrie’s duet with her late husband!

Carrie is just one of the many singers featured on the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets CD, in stores now. Through the magic of technology, the award-winning performer sings “I’ll be Home for Christmas” alongside the late rocker.

ET Online

She’s got diva thing down pat

The success of Carrie Underwood has underscored a special kinship between American Idols and country music.

Notice the similarities: Country music often values celebrity over artistry, which is the very basis of American Idol. Country stars don’t often write their own material. American Idols don’t often write their own material.

Moreover, American Idols in a rock or pop vein may be compelled to write their own songs beyond their debut albums to prove their “cred, ” but the resulting music often fails to catch on due to their lack of experience and songwriting expertise.

Edmonton Sun

Underwood fulfils Crazy Dreams

EDMONTON – Carrie Underwood has all the vocal power of a diva, yet she exudes an understated, down-to-earth presence of a good ol’ country girl.

“It’s all about having a good time and it’s all about singing along and dancing along, ” she told a delighted crowd of 11, 000 Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

The former American Idol contestant, who won the reality show competition back in 2005, put on one heck of a performance. It was easy to see that, only three years after defeating some hippie-looking guy in Idol’s Season 4 finale, Underwood has become an entertaining powerhouse deserving of every praise and magazine cover she has gathered.

Faith, Jo Dee, Darius at Thanksgiving

After “American Idol” kicked off a year that included the Idol concert tour, recording a new album and promoting it, Kristy Lee Cook is looking forward to going home for the holiday. “It gonna be like the first time I actually get to go home and relax and eat a ton of food, ” she says. “Thatll be awesome.” Best dishes: sweet potatoes with marshmallows, pumpkin pie and a dip made with both mustard and mayonnaise. She insists it better than it sounds.


David Hernandez Sets Album Plans in Motion

Season seven’s David Hernandez has taken full advantage of the exposure he received on American Idol in order to catapult his career. He is not only embarking on a holiday tour with fellow AI alums Diana DeGarmo, Kimberley Locke, and Chikezie, but he has also recently solidified a great contact in the industry to help him on his album. Actor and singer Eric West, who was named as one of US Weekly’s “One’s To Watch” and’s “Top Fresh Faces, ” is expanding his already impressive resume by assisting David with his debut CD. The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to drop next year.

Check the schedule below to see if David and the “Idols In Concert Tour” will be coming to a city near you:

American Idol

Ruben Studdard brings smooth sound to Akron

DOWNTOWN AKRON ‘  The 2003 …American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard, is coming to The University of Akron E.J. Thomas Hall Dec. 2-4 for three performances of …Aint Misbehavin, ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  the Broadway musical revue featuring the music of …Fats Waller.

Both Studdard and the musical turned 30 this year, but the singer said the show of music from the 1930s is still relevant to audiences today.

…These songs are so good, and it such a well-written play, said Studdard in a telephone interview from Atlanta, where the show opened Nov. 18. The title song, …This Joint Is Jumpin, …Honeysuckle Rose and …Your Feet Too Big are among the tunes in the show.

Jason Castro: What Hast Thou Wrought

Apparently having his opera men cover Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” wasn’t enough to satiate Simon Cowell’s obsession with the track. He loves the song (or, rather, the way that it took over iTunes in America after American Idol’s dreadlocked space-child performed it last season) so much, he’s making whoever wins his British talent show X Factor’ which you may remember as the show that launched the forcible stardom of Leona Lewis’ record the track in time for release at Christmas. Yes, “Hallelujah” will probably be joining Mr. Blobby and Bob The Builder as Famous Christmas No. 1 Songs In The UK by the time the year’s over. What a way to end 2008, huh?


Kanye West Vs. Guns N’ Roses: Akon, Jonas Brothers, Ne-Yo Weigh In On Chart Battle

“Oh, I don’t know, ” “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks said when asked who she thought would sell more records. “Guns N’ Roses have some pretty avid fans, but so does Kanye. I want to pull for both of them, but I’m going to say Guns N’ Roses, maybe. Kanye will probably hate me now. Crap.”

‘American Idol’ Daily: Idols give Thanksgiving

Entering a slow news week on the “Idol” front. But if you love a parade, you’re likely to find an “American Idol” alum marching right down your Main Street.

For starters (and thanks to MJsBigBlog for the tips), the biggest parade of them all, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day spectacular, will see “Idol’s” golden child David Archuleta himself riding through Manhattan. David will be joined in the parade by non-“Idol” talents Miley Cyrus, Kristin Chenoweth, James Taylor and Kermit the Frog.

In Philadelphia’s Ikea Thanksgiving Parade, Season 7’s Syesha Mercado ‘  about whom not much has been heard since tour’s end ‘  will be riding a float, singing her Andrew Lloyd Webber week hit, “One Rock and Roll Too Many.” Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini also joins the parade.

LA Times

‹American Idol star performs at Culpeper benefit

CULPEPER ‘  Former …American Idol contestant Chris Sligh performed Saturday night at Culpeper County High School. The concert, held in the auditorium, benefited Kelsey Kares and Kelsey Big Give, two charitable organizations created in memory of Kelsey Orndorff, , a 17-year-old Fredericksburg Christian Academy senior.
Orndorff was killed in a car crash Aug. 29 while on her way to see Sligh perform in Fredericksburg.
Sligh wrote in a September blog entry online about the night of the concert, and the moment he found out a local girl had been killed on her way to his concert. Sligh said that after the show, he heard crying from what sounded like teenage girls. When he went to investigate, he learned what had happened from a teacher.

Stafford County Sun

Details Power 40 List

When Ellen came out to a national magazine it was a pioneering move. When Lance Bass did it, well, he knew a good idea when he saw one. But when Clay Aiken announced “I’m gay” on the cover of People, it was proof that a has-been’s hunger for publicity is matched only by America’s insatiable fag-scination. Was this a bombshell five years after the former American Idol had his 15 minutes, two years after the National Enquirer reported that he’d solicited sex in gay chat rooms? “You’d have to say good job for something that has so little news value, ” says Larry Gross, director of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. No one but a handful of Claymates was shocked’ ”I think it was all of five women who were still members of the Rock Hudson fan club, ” says Howard Bragman, a longtime Hollywood publicist who has advised numerous actors on coming out. Expect more shameless D-listers to crawl out of the woodwork and the closet. “The appetite is there, ” Bragman says. “The No. 1 thing people ask me is who’s gay in Hollywood.” Thanks to Gaiken, now we’ll know who’s gay on Hollywood Squares.


Best and worst: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 7

As co-host Tom Bergeron booming voice will undoubtedly tell us when the results show opens at 8/7 Central, it all comes down to tonight on …Dancing With the Stars. We will at last crown the winner of Season 7, by which I mean that someone will take home the mirror-ball trophy. I always imagine -‘ no matter who wins it -‘ that the trophy will someday undergo an adventure like the crystal egg in …Risky Business. Maybe looking into the fate of the various trophies can be part of a future series on VH1: “After the Sequins.”

So let look back at the extremes of Season 7. Im doing this by memory and by looking at my old Show Tracker posts, so Im hoping that you will all weigh in with your own categories, reminiscences and winners.

LA Times

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Brooke Burke voted Season 7 champion

In contrast to Season 6, it really seemed to me that any of the Season 7 finalists could win, depending on how the audience voted and how the mysterious …Dancing With the Stars vote weighting worked.

Each finalist brought specific strengths to the competition. Brooke Burke was technically strong and very consistent, and her and Derek routines were often more ambitious than those of the other contestants. Lance Bass and Lacey exhibited a great deal of stage presence and solid technical skills; over time, too, their choreography managed to hit the right balance of personality and adherence to the rules. Warren Sapp and Kym consistently wowed the live audience with their exuberance, and Warren got high marks for degree of personal difficulty, given that he a 300-pound ex-NFL player.

In the end, though, Brooke skills won out, with Warren coming in second, and Lance ‘- surprisingly (to me, at least ) ‘- landing in third.

LA Times

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Mama Mia!

The Era of the Infallible Athlete is ovahhhh. For the first time since season 2 of Dancing With the Stars, the sporto did not win! Instead of NFL champ Warren Sapp, it was the very deserving TV host and model Brooke Burke whose 10 weeks of commitment, catfights, ice packs, tears, and questionable wardrobe choices earned her a modestly sized trophy shaped like a disco ball. Score! After two full hours of celebrity babble, laser light shows, and filler segments of Bruno’s weirdest sexual innuendos cobbled together into one confounding run-on paragraph (kind of like this one), the only lingering question on most viewers’ minds was a simple one: Why doesn’t Derek let Brooke hold the damn trophy?

Entertainment Weekly

A look at the ‘Dancing’ winners

Kelly Monaco: The 32-year-old “General Hospital” star was the first celebrity to win the show’s mirror ball trophy when only six contestants competed in 2005. The actress ‘  who infamously almost lost her top during a Latin routine when a strap on her dress broke ‘  has continued in the role of Sam McCall on “General Hospital” since winning the show.

_ Drew Lachey: The former 98 Degrees boy-band member waltzed out of big brother Nick’s shadow after winning the popular dancing competition in 2006. The 32-year-old singer returned to the show for three weeks during the fifth season as co-host while Samantha Harris was on maternity leave. Earlier this year, Lachey starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Associated Press

Brooke Burke Will Put Mirror-Ball Trophy in Her Girls’ Rooms

Brooke Burke is speechless after being crowned the latest Dancing With the Stars champ.

“It’s amazing! It’s been such an incredible experience, and this is huge, ” she told after her win Tuesday. “I’m at such a loss for words.”

Added her partner Derek Hough, “Honestly, the tears, the hurt backs, the hamstrings, the feet — everything was so worth it. Every tear, every emotion.”


Brooke Burke is ‘Dancing’ Champ!

TV personality and model Brooke Burke was crowned season 7 champ last night on “Dancing with the Stars.” The 37-year-old mother of four was announced the winner after the judges scores were combined with viewer votes.

Professional partner and first time winner Derek Hough was in shock, saying, “I actually can’t believe it! I really can’t, I honestly can’t. The journey’s been so long. It’s been tough. It’s been wonderful. It’s been everything I could ever hope for. Wow. I can’t believe we actually did it, girl!”


ET’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Backstage Exclusive Video

What did the “Dancing with the Stars” competitors have to say after last night’s finale?

Brooke Burke and Derek Hough talk to ET’s Thea Andrews about their three 10s and all the aches and pains they went through to earn them!

Then Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson chat about their amazing lifts and Kym’s close encounter with a wardrobe malfunction!

Finally, Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer tell Thea why they chose to do a hip-hop dance.

ET Online

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