Idol Headlines for 1/18/09

Disney World taps into ‘Idol’ popularity

Here’s how it will work: Up to about 400 people a day will be able to sign up for auditions online (at or in person. Each singer will do a short a cappela song of his or her choice, in front of a casting director in a private room. That casting director will give the singer tips and determine whether he or she goes on to the next stage or, like most, gets the boot.

“The majority of people who watch the show know that only a small percent of singers will go on, but they will still have fun. So even if you experience what you would call rejection, they’ve still had a good experience, ” says Laura Offerdahl, Disney entertainment producer for the Idol Experience.

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‘Journey’ to center of the dearth

Has it really been more than six months since our favorite former Tulsa bartender, David Cook, won last year’s competition? (Note to anyone who wants whine about how Cook is really from Kansas City: It’s 2009. Move on.)

Maybe the ratings for the premiere would have been better if you gave us more time to miss the show. It seems as if it’s been only one month since we’ve had to put up with your antics, producers. Two-hour shows full of filler, corny montages and never-ending, shameless commercial breaks. Painfully bad audition footage of folks whose hopes you artificially raise by giving them a call back to sing in front of the judges after open auditions, even though you know they’re terrible (and possibly mentally unhinged).

Tulsa World

Former ‘Idol’ contestants help keep Fats Waller’s music alive in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ‘

Treynce Cobbins is an old hand at touring these days. After placing fifth in Season Two of …American Idol, Treynce, who now uses just her first name, a la Madonna and Cher, decided to concentrate on her acting career.

She toured …Dreamgirls and …The Vagina Monologues.

Now appearing in …Aint Misbehavin, Treynce seems surprised that she on her eighth theatrical tour.

It all started at a concert appearance when a playwright approached her and told her she needed to audition for a role in her new play.

…But I cant act, she told the woman.

American Idol’s Chris Sligh Pens New Rascal Flatts Single

BRASH Recording Artist and American Idol Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh got some great news this week when he found out a song he penned will become Rascal Flatts’ new single. …Here Comes Goodbye, written by Sligh and Clint Lagerberg, (who also co-wrote Chris’ single …Empty Me) will go to radio next week, with an add date of January 26th, and appear on Rascal Flatt upcoming new album, UNSTOPPABLE, out April 7.

With a strong desire to establish himself as a songwriter in addition to a singer, Sligh wrote or co-wrote every song on his ‹08 debut, RUNNING BACK TO YOU. …Here Comes Goodbye is Sligh first song to be cut by another artist, as well as the first song he turned in to his publisher, Brentwood-Benson
Music Publishing , something he is quite in awe about.

CM Spin

Cook to tour, grassroots style

David Cook announced plans for an upcoming “grassroots” style tour to Jaded Insider after a five-song set, which included his debut single “Light On”, on the Jimmy Kimmel Live outdoor stage Tuesday night.

He’s heading out on a college tour starting Feb. 13. Following a performance to open the American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on Feb. 12, Cook will hit the road for a month’s worth of dates, starting in Tallahassee, Fla.. The full tour routing should be announced this week, Cook told us after the show.

He plans to play a lot of college shows, hoping to capture the kind of energy he remembers from shows he attended during college years, a vibe regular venues just don’t have. He’s part of the lineup for the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival in May, pre-sale begins Wednesday Jan. 21 on Ticketmaster.

LA Times

Sheridan says she wouldnt date Seacrest

Nicollette Sheridan stopped by the …The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday and cleared up the rumors about dating David Spade ‘  along with why she doesnt like Ryan Seacrest.

…What about Ryan Seacrest? DeGeneres inquired.

…That gross, Sheridan said.

…Why? What do you mean? DeGeneres asked. …Do you know Ryan?

…Ive met him, Sheridan said. …I did his radio show and he was very rude about me the next day.

…What did he say? DeGeneres asked.

…It was nasty, Sheridan alleged of Seacrest comments. …Yeah and untrue. Yeah, I dont like him.



But has EXCLUSIVELY learned from a source close to Barack Obama’s camp that Jennifer Hudson and members of her family are scheduled to “secretly arrive” in Washington D.C on Monday.

Could she be singing, or just another one of the 2 million people going to D.C. to see the first Black president get sworn in.’s snitch tells, “No one is saying anything about [Jennifer’s arrival], so my guess is that she’ll be a part of the ceremony.”

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