Idol Headlines For 12/02/09

Simon Cowell Gambling on Internet Vegas Talent Show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British TV and record producer Simon Cowell, one of the most successful entrepreneurs in British and U.S. show business, is planning to bring his “The X Factor” talent show to Las Vegas in a global pay-per-view Internet venture.

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Cowell, 50, best-known as the acerbic judge on America’s top-rated TV singing contest “American Idol”, told the British version of GQ magazine he had partnered with British retail billionaire Sir Philip Green on the new “X-Factor”.

The pair said they are in negotiations with the chief executive of a major hotel-casino venue in Las Vegas to find a permanent home for a new version of the show.

ABCNews

Simon Cowell: Ellen DeGeneres ‘Nervous’ About ‘Idol’

“It’s her story… so you hear it all in her words, ” Cowell says via Skype. “It’s fascinating seeing it through her eyes.”

The “American Idol” judge calls Boyle a “great underdog story… it’s like a Hollywood movie. You couldn’t have written this script better.”

Cowell also dishes about Ellen DeGeneres joining “American Idol” this January.

“She’s going to be very different than Paula, ” he says. “I think she’s probably quite nervous… She’s smart, but make no mistakes: this will be a very different kind of show than what you’re used to.”

So will DeGeneres sit next to Cowell at the judges’ table?

“Obviously, everyone wants to sit next to me, ” Cowell jokes. “I am thinking about pulling names out of a hat!”

Extra

American Idol Finalists Hit The Road With Their Holiday Concert Tour, Launches 12/2

“American Idol” finalists Michael Sarver (Season 8), Alexis Grace (Season 8) David Hernandez (Season 7) and Gina Glocksen (Season 6) will be entertaining the masses once again as they embark on a Holiday Tour, which launches December 2, 2009 in Lakeland, FL and will make stops in 12 cities across the U.S!

The American Stars in Concert for the Holidays tour will feature a combination of four of the top twelve finalists from Seasons 1 through 8 who will take to the stage for an exciting night of solo, duet and ensemble performances. This production will be a great way to see and hear the Idols up close and personal, in an intimate theatrical setting. Audiences will get a chance to relive their favorite former Idol moments as these talented artists perform an array of holiday favorites.

Broadway World

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LL Cool J primed for Grammy nominations concert

The Black Eyed Peas will have a little digital help from their friends when they perform “I Gotta Feeling.” At one point during their routine, a video of folks singing along ‘” including celebs like Chris Daughtry and Seth Green ‘” will blast on a flat-screen behind them.

Launched last year instead of a pre-dawn press conference, the nominations special, which will air on CBS, is the Recording Academy’s prime-time opportunity to announce top nominees from over 100 categories. The 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 31 at the Staples Center.

Associated Press

Oscars snub Miley Cyrus again, plus Adam Lambert

That means Adam Lambert can’t be nominated for crooning “Time for Miracles, ” which he sings in “2012.” He doesn’t share co-writing credit. But that doesn’t matter anyway because “Time for Miracles” isn’t eligible for Oscar consideration ‘” it wasn’t written specifically for the film.

Gold Derby

Susan Boyle’s Debut Smashes U.S. Chart Records

Susan Boyle is officially a worldwide phenomenon. After breaking the record for the fastest-selling debut album in U.K. history, Boyle has conquered American shores as well with I Dreamed a Dream.

With more than 700, 000 in sales, according to Columbia Records, Dream will not only claim the biggest debut of 2009 in the U.S. when it charts next week ‘” beating out the 608, 000 for Eminem’s Relapse ‘” but she also nabbed the highest debut ever for a female solo artist on the Billboard 200 in the Soundscan era. The previous record was held by Ashanti’s self-titled 2002 debut, which sold 503, 000 in its first week.

Since its release last week, Boyle’s album has sold almost 3 million copies worldwide and hit the #1 spot in Australia, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. By the time of its official release, it had also become the biggest pre-order in the history of the Amazon.com music store and, according to Columbia, broken pre-sales records on QVC and Barnes & Noble online.

MTV

Susan Boyle to her bullies: ‘I’m all grown up’

A huge crowd stood in the New York morning chill, cell phones and camcorders held before misty eyes to record a simple woman dressed in simple clothes singing familiar songs in a voice that penetrated deep into the spirit.

Susan Boyle, seven months removed from her now legendary debut on ‘Britain’s Got Talent, ‘  is no longer the shy and dowdy woman who walked on the stage that fateful night to smirks and sneers ‘” and left to a thunderous standing ovation.

MSNBC

Review: Allison Iraheta’s Just Like You

It’s rare a fourth place finisher releases a better album than the winner, but this is probably the best Idol artist album all year (Archuleta, Allen, Lambert, etc.)

To be completely honest, I thought this was going to be a review I’d have to endure – not enjoy. But the music just feels raw, natural…honest.

Iraheta, 17, says one of her main influences is Janis Joplin. She puts on her best Pearl in songs like Pieces, Still Breathing and No One Else…but I tend to hear more of an angry version of Kelly Clarkson with some Veronicas laced in more synth-based tracks ‘ new single Friday I’ll Be Over You. Her favorite artist is P!nk, which explains the hair. And of course, she makes all of this her own.

Salt Lake City

Allison Iraheta

This magenta-haired American Idol veteran swaggers like a teenage Pink on her debut: Her overlooked single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” is Scandinavian-designed punk-pop perfection, and “Robot Love” turns Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” riff into something fresh. But on ballads like “Scars, ” Iraheta sounds so much like Pink that it’s distracting. More disturbing are some of the lyrics: “Beat Me Up” takes the S&M theme of Britney’s “…Baby One More Time” into domestic-violence territory.

Rolling Stone

Photoshoot with Adam Lambert, Autostraddle’s Sexiest Man of 2009

Robin dishes out more Adam Lambert eye candy from her photoshoot with one of Autostraddle’s favorite people/performers/rockstars. Also; we’ve got video from Adam’s December 1st appearance on ‘Ellen.’ !

Autostraddle

Adam Lambert Says His Fans Sometimes Go ‘Too Far, But I Love It’

Adam Lambert has really devoted fans, and that’s perfectly fine by him. The “American Idol” runner-up isn’t at all weirded out by the attention his devotees lavish on him everywhere he goes these days.

“They’re amazing, ” Lambert told MTV News. “I’ve seen it go too far, but I love it.”

Lambert added that he loves seeing his fans show up to concerts dressed as him and excited to see him live. “Yeah, it’s passionate, ” he said. “It’s great to have something you believe in that much. I’m an intense person, so I think I need intense fans.”

MTV

Adam Lambert Got Peed on in Public!

He’s already been crapped on (by this very blog, in fact–though I did it with love) and yesterday it was reported on various sites that Adam Lambert was urinated on in front of a paying audience!

The controversial singer was sitting in the front row at the downtown club the Box when a tranny performer onstage let forth a spray of wee-wee which hit him and no doubt mussed up his frosted makeup and luxurious, shiny hair.

It turned out it wasn’t real pee–probably something like Gatorade, which they used in those old 550-PEEE commercials, as only my own inquisitive mind happens to know.

Village Voice

Soul shaking

AUGUSTA, GA ‘ When Charlie Wilson and Fantasia Barrino hit the stage in Augusta, don’t be surprised if the spirit hits you and their music lifts you.

They’ll bring their high-energy aura to the James Brown Arena for the Holiday Jam Fest 2009, and it’s destined to bring down the proverbial house, along with shaking some souls.

As headliner, Wilson said he anticipates the Augusta tour stop, mainly for the honor of ‘hanging out in James Brown’s town.’ 

MetroSpirit.com

Savvy & Mandy: Merry Christmas With The Masseys

Savvy and Mandy cuddle up to brothers Kyle and Christopher Massey during the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade held on Sunday evening (November 29) in Los Angeles.

The singing sisters performed a few holiday songs during the opening of the parade with the Masseys and American Idol alum Ace Young (pictured below

Just Jared

Melinda and Phil Join Scott Hamilton

Two of Season 6’s stars, Melinda Doolittle and Phil Stacey, will sing on the same stage again. They’ve been invited to perform as special guests in figure skater Scott Hamilton’s Holiday Concert on Ice. The event will take place on December 29 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. Scott will perform with many of his friends, including Ekaterina Gordeeva, Steven Cousins, Kimmie Meissner, Patrice Lauron and Marie-France Dubreuil, but Melinda and Phil will be the only musical guests in the house.

American Idol

TWISTED SISTER, STRYPER To Perform At NYSE’s Christmas Tree Lighting Event

TWISTED SISTER (minus vocalist Dee Snider), STRYPER and COLLECTIVE SOUL will perform at New York Stock Exchange’s 86th Christmas tree lighting beneath the NYSE faà §ade (Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place) in New York City on Thursday, December 10, 2009 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The NYSE’s tree lighting, a custom since 1923, is believed to be the city’s oldest.

Headliners TWISTED SISTER will perform with Constantine Maroulis, Kerry Butler and James Carpinello from the cast of the Tony-nominated smash hit musical comedy “Rock of Ages”. Dee Snider is NOT performing ‘” he has prior commitment and the band decided to do this with their “Rock of Ages” buddies.

Blabbermouth

‘American Idol’s’ Ryan Seacrest prompts ’12 Days of Giving’

Oprah Winfrey will have a 12 days of gifting treat, but Ryan Seacrest is proposing something a little more altruistic.

The “American Idol” host wants us to take part in 12 days of giving. Basically, it’s all about helping out a charitable cause in some way for 12 days straight, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, which happens to be World AIDS Day.

Besides spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook, what does Seacrest expect us to do? Buy a handcrafted beverage from Starbucks, clothes from the Gap, some hardware from Dell and something from Bugaboo. Portions of the sales from these (RED) partners will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Zap2it.com

Being Simon Cowell will cost you £1, 118 per day: X Factor star’s daily spending revealed

It’s just as well he’s worth a couple of hundred million, because being Simon Cowell doesn’t come cheap.

With his high-maintenance grooming regime, designer wardrobe, exclusive holidays and penchant for fine dining,

the 50-year-old X Factor judge shells out more than £1, 000 every day just keeping up appearances.

This week it was revealed he has his hands waxed as well as his chest, at a cost of about £50 every four weeks.

It’s a drop in the ocean for the mega-rich mogul, but when you factor in the rest of his daily spending, it all adds up’ ¦

Mirror.co.uk

Simon Cowell plans global X Factor show

X Factor judge Simon Cowell plans to take the ITV talent show format to Las Vegas as part of a global internet venture, he has told GQ magazine.

The 50-year-old is teaming up with retail tycoon Sir Philip Green – who he says has “show business in his blood” – for the project.

Cowell said the pair planned to stage two shows a week which fans could watch online on a pay-per-view basis.

BBC.co.uk

Will SYTYCD’s Mary Murphy Ever Stop Crying?

Mary Murphy is the So You Think You Can Dance judge who keeps on crying…and crying…and crying.

But her most recent tears have nothing to do with being moved by any SYTYCD contestant.

Murphy is set to make her Broadway debut next month in the ballroom show Burn the Floor. First up will be a one-night only gig on Dec. 22 benefiting a domestic violence center in her hometown of San Diego, followed by a monthlong run starting Jan. 12.

EOnline.com

X Factor: Jedward to appear in The Simpsons

Fox, the production company behind the American animation series, is ‘taking a look’  at the brothers, nicknamed Jedward.

A spokesman told The Sun: “Castings are not something we can talk publicly about, but we are taking a look at the boys. We love anything Irish ‘ we set a whole show there last year. They are certainly charming and good-looking fellows.”

Edward said: “We would love to be on The Simpsons. John, Edward and The Simpsons ‘ we’re best friends with Bart!”

Telegraph.co.uk

‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Rewriting the rules of chemistry

LegacyashleighContemp091130-0256 I am enjoying this season greatly, but the judges need to quit being so anxious to show their approval for this round of dancers — how many dream teams, favorite dances and power couples can there be? As one friend of mine says when she’s making fun of the judges’ comments, “Superlative! Superlative! Superlative!”

But snarks aside, it was a strong episode, partially because of the shake-ups: A lot of the new couples are very promising, and I for one really liked that the episode did without the “how we put the dance together!” packages before the performances: it was nice not being spoon-fed what the dances were “about.”

LA Times

The Dizzy Feet Gala: Dance Gives Back

On Sunday, November 29, 2009, the Dizzy Feet Foundation hosted its first annual charity gala at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. And as So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman worded it, “For dance reality junkies, this was like a Stones concert, man!”

The Dizzy Feet Foundation–an organization supporting arts education and the dance community–was founded by Shankman, SYTYCD judge/producer Nigel Lythgoe, Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and actress Katie Holmes…so naturally they had access to all the greatest dancers out there.

Yahoo.com

ETA:

Kelly Clarkson – Classy original ‘Idol’  a far cry from Lambert

It’s been nearly eight years since a teary-eyed Kelly Clarkson took the stage as the winner of the first season of ‘American Idol’  to perform ‘A Moment Like This.’ 

It’s been more than a week since a smoky-eyed Adam Lambert, Clarkson’s antithesis, took the stage of the American Music Awards for his controversial performance.

The contrast between the show’s first winner and its most recent runner-up highlights a TV program with a constantly changing legacy.

Sha’vonne Williams, lead singer of local band The Vibe, auditioned for ‘Idol’  in 2007 and says the show has taken a turn.

What’s Up

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Adam?

After Adam Lambert’s ‘any-crotch-goes performance’  on ABC’s American Music Awards, they said goodbye to his Good Morning America appearance the next morning. And that was just the beginning.

How do you solve the problem of Adam? You don’t. Fixing one only creates another. Putting him in a competition gets him scrutinized, putting him in the spotlight offends people, offending people loses him a gig, losing him a gig garners him another, white-washing the coverage sparks new outrage, and if all that were not enough, ABC books convicted felon, woman-beating Chris Brown, even moving him from GMA to prime-time 20/20, after firing Adam for kissing someone.

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198 Comments

  1. Photoshoot with Adam Lambert, Autostraddle’s Sexiest Man of 2009

    These are great pictures.

    Since its release last week, Boyle’s album has sold almost 3 million copies worldwide and hit the #1 spot in Australia, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. By the time of its official release, it had also become the biggest pre-order in the history of the Amazon.com music store and, according to Columbia, broken pre-sales records on QVC and Barnes & Noble online.

    This quote blows my mind! All of this due to a youtube video. lol

  2. OMG at Constantine with Twisted Sister!!! Will he put on Dee Snyder’s make up since Dee won’t be there? LOL.

  3. This guy is predicting a David Cook Grammy nomination for Best New Artist!!!!

    I’m really hopeful he will get a nomination and win, because I just read today that Lady Gaga can’t be nominated in that category because she was previously nominated and I thought she was his biggest competition.

  4. I just read about Cookie’s concert being cancelled/rescheduled. Sorry to hear you missed your show, tierbee, especially. Sads that the neverending tour has actually ended, and yet not, because what an accomplishment. And this is quite a final image. Not gonna speculate about the G word, not gonna think about it, nope… DC+Anthemic+NIN= :D

  5. Strange and funny twitter convo…

    KrisAllen: What if @justinbeiber punched you? What would you do?

    jambajim: @KrisAllen Don’t give me ideas for our upcoming Jingle Ball shoot, dude.

    KrisAllen: Sorry @justinbieber.

    jambajim: I just pitched “Kris Allen Got Beat Up By Justin Bieber At Jingle Ball” in the MTV News morning meeting. Lucky for Kris, my boss said “No.”

  6. This Las Vegas thing for X-Factor just confuses the hell out of me. Like what is the point of being in Las Vegas at the beginning of one’s career? Plus it’s not known for people as recording artists, so is Simon not going to going for that as part of X-Factor, but instead having a Vegas show…starting out? The rumors of that show confound me. Even SuBo’s monster success confounds me less than that.

    Fingers crossed for Cook and the Grammy nom.

  7. For the record, I think the ‘Sorry @justinbieber’ was only an apology for misspelling his name :D I would imagine if Kris is tweeting about Bieber punching him, they must have bonded a bit yesterday? Of course, didn’t Kris make another ‘what would you do if so and so punched you’ tweet earlier in the summer?

  8. The NIN song was amazing live.

    There’s tons of rumors floating around about the cancellation, but seriously it has *nothing* to do with the Grammy’s. I understand wanting a positve perspective but you don’t cancel a show in less than 24 hours to sit around waiting to hear a (IMO a long shot) nomination announced. When he talked about it on stage he still seemed shocked himself so this came out of nowhere. He told us by the buses he was immediately going to NY today to start writing so he’s not attending the nomination ceremony.

    I’m still trying to absorb everything last night. Everything was just incredible and extremely bittersweet.

  9. MJ

    Is there a reason why you haven’t posted all the awesome videos from Kris performing at the JingleBall last night?

  10. There’s tons of rumors floating around about the cancellation, but seriously it has *nothing* to do with the Grammy’s. I understand wanting a positve perspective but you don’t cancel a show in less than 24 hours to sit around waiting to hear a (IMO a long shot) nomination announced. When he talked about it on stage he still seemed shocked himself so this came out of nowhere. He told us by the buses he was immediately going to NY today to start writing so he’s not attending the nomination ceremony.

    Trina-I just read something to that at DCO in last night’s show thread. I don’t why people think it has anything to do with a nomination either. There is nothing wrong with wishful thinking but that was indeed a long shot.

    We all know Dave doesn’t cancel shows just for the heck of it. He truly loves his music and wants to make the fans happy but sometimes things come up.

  11. Agree that a Grammy BNA nom for Cook is along shot. His album is off BB200 and he has no current singles right now (though they are all in recurrent play). But generally, Grammys are all about the current buzz and his is at a low ebb right now. Lots of other new artists are getting big buzz right now. Just sayin.

  12. This Las Vegas thing for X-Factor just confuses the hell out of me. Like what is the point of being in Las Vegas at the beginning of one’s career? Plus it’s not known for people as recording artists, so is Simon not going to going for that as part of X-Factor, but instead having a Vegas show’ ¦starting out?

    Vegas shows make a TON of money. The ones that have a permanent home and last a while probably bring in more net profit than most cd releases or big concert tours. Simon just likes to make sure he’s got all of the angles covered – and that he’s not missing an opportunity to make buckets of money in some other market.

  13. Yeah, I’m on the DC/Grammy longshot train too. I’ll be happy if it actually come to pass, but I ain’t holding my breath.

  14. Agree that a Grammy BNA nom for Cook is along shot. His album is off BB200 and he has no current singles right now (though they are all in recurrent play).

    Whoever made the singles decisions, that is one way they managed to really screw him.

  15. There is nothing wrong with wishful thinking but that was indeed a long shot.

    No wishful thinking here. (It’s not out of the realm of possibility that he gets nominated for Best New Artist, he sold over 1 million.)

    I’m just trying to find out why the concert tonight was cancelled. If it’s not related to the Grammy announcements, the only other thing I can come up with is that it’s due to poor ticket sales at the 10,000 capacity venue. Otherwise, why not release the truth. “Travel conflicts” as the official reason seems a joke.

    What else could it be? Other ideas anyone? Just wondering.

  16. Stephanie Moore, the professional photog who took that gorgeous photo of Dave posted above, has some other amazing shots from last night’s show:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockandroll/sets/72157622917882132/

    All the photos and recaps and videos coming in from last night are just perfection, despite the disappointment of the cancellation in Norfolk tonight. Dave and the guys just kept on playing and playing, clearly not ready to leave the stage or the road just yet. I love the antics between all three bands, and the fact that at the end of the show everybody came together on stage for hugs and toasts and congratulations. Finally, Dave displayed the ultimate in humility and grace when he thanked his road crew and yielded the stage to them – he apparently stood off to the side and watched like a proud papa as the crew band (Fire Tornado) played a short set to the remaining crowd.

    What a tour, what a year.

  17. Vegas shows make a TON of money. The ones that have a permanent home and last a while probably bring in more net profit than most cd releases or big concert tours. Simon just likes to make sure he’s got all of the angles covered ‘“ and that he’s not missing an opportunity to make buckets of money in some other market.

    Yes, typically those acts are established before they go to Vegas, not someone just starting out from a reality show. So while I get the allure of all that money for Simon, I’m not seeing how it would work.

    But hey SuBo! so who am I to question his money making abilities?

  18. Yeah, I’m not going to spend a lot of time fretting about the whole Grammy’s thing. I don’t know that we’ll ever know why the show was canceled. I’m bummed out about it – instead of getting ready to hit the road to Norfolk I’m still sitting in my house! – but it has been a great year and I enjoyed every minute of the five shows I did get to see. I feel a lot worse for anyone who hadn’t gotten a chance to see him live yet and had the show canceled!

  19. The ‘American Idol’  judge [Simon] calls Boyle a ‘great underdog story’ ¦ it’s like a Hollywood movie. You couldn’t have written this script better.’ 

    No, no, no! You guys know what this will means for S9. The backstory will take a front seat! Arg. It is going to happen.. just watch.

  20. I just watched a clip of Kris singing AWM that was linked above and he sounds great!!

    IIO has a lot of bass interference but sounds pretty good from what I can hear too!

    It was the suddenness of the Cook cancellation that made some of us (me included) speculate that he suddenly got the opportunity of performing at the Grammy noms gig. Sorry to hear that’s not true. IMO it’s REALLY weird that a concert would be canceled last minute because of low sales because usually if sales are a problem the cancellations are earlier. But that’s probably the reason based on David’s surprise and the fact that he’s flying right to New York. Sorry to all the fans who were planning on going.

    I am loving all of Allison’s acoustic performances of DWTP. She makes them her own more in the live performances!

  21. Not sure if this was mentioned yet, but when I got this week’s issue of Newsweek, I got a kick out of the fact that Adam actually showed up twice in it (not bad for a publication that usually doesn’t veer much from the Iraq War, Obama, or Healthcare these days).

    He was in their conventional wisdom section – arrow pointing up (lol) – over the AMA thing (apparently Newsweek gives it’s thumbs up for the AMAs). And then his quote from last week made their quotes page: “I’m not a babysitter, I’m an entertainer.”

    I just found that amusing that he made Newsweek twice.

  22. Big WORD to your post, LadyMadonna. Hope no one is blaming Dave & the guys cause it seems they were as shocked as anyone. But Dave was gracious as always – giving the lead on a song to Andy, in his twitters after, and all. I am going to be enjoying the vids from this last show for a long time.
    Cookie – so looking forward to whatever you and the guys do next.

  23. The ‘American Idol’  judge [Simon] calls Boyle a ‘great underdog story’ ¦ it’s like a Hollywood movie. You couldn’t have written this script better.’ 

    No, no, no! You guys know what this will means for S9. The backstory will take a front seat! Arg. It is going to happen.. just watch.

    Lol – er, don’t know what show you’re watching, but doesn’t it usually? That’s why, no offense to the top 13, but they’re not all exactly the most stellar singers, and instead we get:

    * Blind guy
    * Blue collar guy
    * Widower
    * Single mothers

    etc etc.

  24. Y’all should check out the close-up videos of CSA and WAOMF. You can see every expression that crosses Kris’ face — and that boy seriously gets into his music. There’s also a gorgeous full version of Is It Over and a fun partial version of Alright with Me. Bouncy!Kris was in full effect last night. Can’t wait until Friday, when he does the Chicago concert on the bill with The Fray. I wonder if Joe King will make a guest appearance on AWM?

    EDIT:

    Listen to the crowd singing along with LLWD. And this is a crowd that (according to tweeters) was made up primarily of tweens there to see Justin Bieber…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLFUTwM1qDg&feature=player_embedded

    Oh and fingers crossed that David C gets nominated for BNA — although I don’t want to be disappointed, so I’m not counting on it. I’m assuming Kelly and Carrie will be nominated for something or other…

  25. BTW – I must have missed the Kris/Justin Bieber thing yesterday – what was that about?

    NVM – I read the tweets. Non-story.

  26. Thanks aa618892 for the link to the review. This is my favorite quote.

    I unofficially knew ‘Idol’  performance night as WTF-Tuesdays, because every week, Adam gave an even less predictable performance than he did the week before.

  27. Simon’s idea sounds blech to me, but he does know a thing or two about the business. Not waiting to hear with baited breath nor do I plan on watching. I’ll probably watch Idol till the show runs out of juice, it’s numbers will continue to drop.

  28. IMO it’s REALLY weird that a concert would be canceled last minute because of low sales because usually if sales are a problem the cancellations are earlier. But that’s probably the reason based on David’s surprise and the fact that he’s flying right to New York.

    Without an official statement I’m not sure we’ll ever know the real reason for the cancellation, but it does not appear to be low sales. I called the venue out of curiosity, and they said the show had sold “extremely well”, but that it was canceled last-minute “due to a dispute with the promoter.” Not sure exactly what that means, but since there appear to be plans to reschedule, I’m assuming there was enough demand to warrant it. Who knows. The one thing I am certain of is that it had absolutely nothing to do with the Grammy concert – I had to LOL when I saw that fanwanking speculation being bandied about last night. I mean please, stop the madness!

  29. Mary102
    12/02/2009 at 11:20 am
    The ‘American Idol’  judge [Simon] calls Boyle a ‘great underdog story’ ¦ it’s like a Hollywood movie. You couldn’t have written this script better.’ 

    No, no, no! You guys know what this will means for S9. The backstory will take a front seat! Arg. It is going to happen.. just watch.

    Lol ‘“ er, don’t know what show you’re watching, but doesn’t it usually? That’s why, no offense to the top 13, but they’re not all exactly the most stellar singers, and instead we get:

    * Blind guy
    * Blue collar guy
    * Widower
    * Single mothers

    etc etc.

    No, I know exactly what you mean… but to me this means that it will be ALL about the backstory. In other words, to me it is a red flag to passing up MORE talent than usual for the backstory. To me this is jumping the shark (which I think they started up the ramp S8).

  30. No, I know exactly what you mean’ ¦ but to me this means that it will be ALL about the backstory. In other words, to me it is a red flag to passing up MORE talent than usual for the backstory. To me this is jumping the shark (which I think they started up the ramp S8).

    IDK – we were talking about that yesterday on one of the threads, and someone pointed out that, while AI has always been a combination of many things (looks, personality, backstory, singing), making it too much JUST about the backstory doesn’t really work because AI is making a pop artist, primarily, which skews younger (not to mention the younger ages of the contestants) and doesn’t lend itself as easily to creating a SuBo type phenomenon.

    I guess, think of the big pop artists today, the ones that the AI winner will be competing against, and very few of them really are known for their big backstory (think Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, etc.) In the pop world those things don’t matter as much.

    ETA: But you could be right, we could see a shift toward even more focus on backstory this season. The only thing I’m counting on this year is that they’ll make sure a woman wins, which typically seems to happen when the male contestants are all pretty uniformly weak. So expect a lot of mediocre guys to be pushed through.

  31. Simon just likes to make sure he’s got all of the angles covered ‘“ and that he’s not missing an opportunity to make buckets of money in some other market.

    Exactly! After the “Jedward” phenomenon, he’ll probably be looking for a comedy act too. I’m sure his eyes nearly popped out of his head when he read how much that impressionist Danny Gans was making when he died unexpectedly.

  32. Damn, that video of Kris & LLWD: that crowd is DIGGING it, and when they all sing “liiiiiiiive like we’re dying”, that little smile he gives! Aww. That song is getting out there.

    Thanks for all who put up links to the last Cookie Detour concert (argh), looks like it was insanely fun.

  33. it had absolutely nothing to do with the Grammy concert

    Thanks for the info, ladymadonna. The “promoter” thing and “extremely” good sales sounds contradictory/cryptic.

    I wasn’t thinking about the Grammy concert. I was thinking maybe they wanted DC on the scene in L.A. for PR reasons, to be on hand to do interviews with the press after the nominations are announced. But I’m not familiar with the process at all.

    I see that Permanent is featured on the song bar at DCO. Has that been up there all along? I look at DCO maybe once every six weeks.

  34. ETA: But you could be right, we could see a shift toward even more focus on backstory this season. The only thing I’m counting on this year is that they’ll make sure a woman wins, which typically seems to happen when the male contestants are all pretty uniformly weak. So expect a lot of mediocre guys to be pushed through.

    Absolutely will be a girl this year. I’m ok as long as it is a rocker chick similar to Allison. I’m a bit over the diva pop stars, but that’s just me.

  35. Is there a reason why you haven’t posted all the awesome videos from Kris performing at the JingleBall last night?

    Let’s see…between posting today’s numbers (The top story for today…sorry but it is) reading through all the posts, gathering the headlines news…I haven’t gotten to it? Seriously. Some patience please. It’s turning out to be a busy news morning.

  36. DC has tweeted. He’s on his way to his way to go write. Sounds like he is missing the band and crew already. awwwww

    thedavidcook: # Boarding a plane to Go write. Miss all the band and crew already. See u in a week or so, family!
    38 minutes ago from mobile web

    ETA: mj-I think you are doing a great job today considering all the big headlines. Thanks for all that you do. :)

  37. Katherine Mcphee is offering a free download of her Christmas song I’ll be home for Christmas on i tunes Link is hear

    From Twiiter
    Katherine McPhee Hi Everyone! My special lil’ holiday gift to you :) Hope this gets you in the spirit! http://bit.ly/freedload

  38. oh Cookie, we miss you and the band already too.

    and Everybody should go watch the YouTube vids from this last show last night – very funny, very emotional
    GRO and The Script into the prank playing too

  39. Prolong Massive Cross Band Hugfest at end of last Cook Detour stop

    My dear maturin that is Kris in that vid. Hee Here is the hug fest.

    That is a real tear jerker seeing all those hugs. David picking up Kyle….priceless! LOL

  40. On another thread from last night, I read that Adam’s mini concert on Jimmy Kimmel may have been cancelled as it is no longer listed under “Events” on AO. Anyone know if there’s any truth to this? Isn’t Kimmel on ABC? Oh dear….

    MJ, do you have a way of finding out about this? Thanks.

  41. Absolutely will be a girl this year. I’m ok as long as it is a rocker chick similar to Allison. I’m a bit over the diva pop stars, but that’s just me.

    Hmm, I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict a Lady Gaga type – almost a female Adam – someone edgy, eclectic, knows what they’re doing, been in the biz awhile, killer sense of style and identity, and a little controversial. Rocker chicks aren’t selling, unfortunately.

  42. Well damn, where are my group huggers? The David and Neal embrace towards the end is the one that got me… ~fist to mouth~ Verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves, I’ll give you a topic… Fire tornado is not one of the five elements, nor is it a natural weather phenomenon. Discuss….

  43. That Last Tour Stop vid, oh my. We have the hugs, we have the kiss to the top of a guy’s cap, we have the body lifting and the booty hoisting, we have the David hugging the crew, we have the red cups, and the still more hugging and the walking off arm in arm, and the grinning and the more hugging.

    Is there a Grammy for Best Last Concert of a Tour?

  44. I think they should go with a shy librarian type who’s got a voice like Julie Andrews. I’m getting bored with the Idol assault on Top 40 and am ready for an AC artist.

    If I can’t get that, how about a young, terrific r&B artist. Either male or female, doesn’t really matter.

  45. Well damn, where are my group huggers? The David and Neal embrace towards the end is the one that got me’ ¦ ~fist to mouth~ Verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves, I’ll give you a topic’ ¦ Fire tornado is not one of the five elements, nor is it a natural weather phenomenon. Discuss’ ¦.

    Well that works for me. My term of ‘rocker chick’ is pretty loose. I love my Pop ( and Punk Pop) with an edge or an attitude. Lady Gaga, Paramore & Pink are right up my alley.

  46. jpfan… I guess it has been a while for an R&B artist. I don’t know that part of the market. Does it rake in the cash? I have a feeling they’ll got for the easy, fast buck.

  47. I think they should go with a shy librarian type who’s got a voice like Julie Andrews. I’m getting bored with the Idol assault on Top 40 and am ready for an AC artist.

    Well, unless this person pulls a SuBo, that would certainly help Kris shed the title of lowest selling (for the first week) Idol winner of all time. But something tells me that come hell or high water, AI will want it’s heartwarming SuBo backstory for AI9. Because, wow, who wouldn’t want those numbers?

  48. I’m getting bored with the Idol assault on Top 40 and am ready for an AC artist.

    Are you being sarcastic or serious, cuz I can’t tell. Personally, I hope not– sure making future Idols sound older will not help the longevity of an 8-year old show with declining ratings.

    Well damn, where are my group huggers?

    Here! RL has been busy, so I haven’t seen more than a few videos over the past handful of shows. Saving up to watch them throughout the post-tour doldrums. Sounds like I gotta check out this group hug vid!

    Is there a Grammy for Best Last Concert of a Tour?

    Haha. I have no expectations for DC for a Grammy, but I bet the fans could come up with many many creative Best… Awards for the guy. It’s been such a year. I’m verklempt too, and I haven’t even watched any vids from the last show. I’m just glad we have the Carrie special Monday to look forward to. It’ll be max, 10 minutes of DC over a 2-hour special, but I’m EXCITED for those 10 minutes dammit :)!

  49. Keel That’s what I’ve been saying! Shark jumping, I’m telling you.

  50. TPTB better not try and force “their” choice on the voting public, because that has not worked in the last couple of seasons. I couldn’t care less if a girl or a guy wins AI9, I just hope it’s someone who has the talent and drive to be successful outside the AI bubble. All of the Top 4 from AI8 appear to have that going for them, even if we don’t yet know whether any of them will become uber-stars.

  51. Well damn, where are my group huggers? The David and Neal embrace towards the end is the one that got me’ ¦ ~fist to mouth~ Verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves, I’ll give you a topic’ ¦ Fire tornado is not one of the five elements, nor is it a natural weather phenomenon. Discuss’ ¦.

    awwww (((Sunchick))) (((Group hug)))

    I’m just glad we have the Carrie special Monday to look forward to. It’ll be max, 10 minutes of DC over a 2-hour special, but I’m EXCITED for those 10 minutes

    Me too sma11ie! :)

  52. Oh my. I have just watched the wonderful hugging farewell to the Declaration tour video (in case you missed it – don’t miss it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvMLz3iVkFc ).
    People will be wondering why I’m crying at work.

    ETA – group hug guys – 10 minutes of David Cook is better no David Cook

  53. R&B doesn’t sell unless they get some hiphop person. I don’t really care if Idol gets someone who can dominate radio or sells millions. I like the reality TV/back story part of the show. (Not to a nauseating extent like AGT though – puke)

  54. TPTB better not try and force ‘their’  choice on the voting public, because that has not worked in the last couple of seasons.

    It’s interesting how this works in my mind, though. I started out not liking Adam at all because of all the pimpage – he hadn’t yet convinced me of his versatility, so I didn’t believe in it. But, when he won me over, no amount of pimpage was wrong, and I staunchly defended him against anyone who disliked him BECAUSE of the judge pimping (since he had no real say in what Paula and Simon gushed about him).

    IMO the talent has to match the pimping – that’s the best way to get it done (and the most honest) – the audience doesn’t like to be told something that goes contrary to what they feel – as in, don’t tell me Danny is the best thing since sliced bread when I haven’t been blown away by one of his performances since Hollywood week. And FTR, I don’t think Adam lost primarily because of the pimping (though it probably was one contributing factor).

    Hmm, not sure where I was going with this, but there it is. Lol.

  55. Well damn, where are my group huggers? The David and Neal embrace towards the end is the one that got me’ ¦ ~fist to mouth~ Verklempt.

    It made me so verklempt I posted the wrong link! Thanks to Pam for providing the GOOD Stuff.

  56. The Cook last concert cancellation thing does seem pretty odd. Especially, since apparently his reps made the decision without even consulting him on whatever the issue was. I wonder why they’re not just putting out a statement as to the cause though? People can be pretty understanding of a lot of circumstances – but the whole “we’re not going to tell you” thing is what usually pisses them off.

    Oh Kat has a Christmas song? Well, what do you know, I’ve finally found some Christmas music I can resist buying.

    I’d love to see some good R&B contenders on Season 9 too. I also have no doubt they’ll dig even deeper for a heartwarming backstory after those monstor SuBo sales. They’ve already done the guy with the dead wife, a diabetic, a blind guy, some single moms. What haven’t they tried? I’m guessing recluse with some kind of degenerative, fatal disease. “Buy this cd because this guy only has like 5 years to live” sound completely like a sales pitch right in Simon’s wheel house.

  57. I don’t really care if Idol gets someone who can dominate radio or sells millions. I like the reality TV/back story part of the show. (Not to a nauseating extent like AGT though ‘“ puke)

    I agree with the 2nd part of what you said. I like the TV moments, getting to know the contestants, that kinda stuff. I like the cheesy Ford videos, those get-to-know the contestants intro packages, and wished we could’ve seen more of the mansion stuff last year. I like getting invested in the contestants as people, seeing their friendships, etc. That’s what makes AI good TV IMO. Agree with AGT being nauseating though.

    All that said, I also want AI to continue producing viable, successful recording artists because *that* IMO is what differentiates it from your AGT’s and Dancing With the Stars type shows, and the reason why it’s lasted 8 years. I’d like AI to stick around for a few more years and not get replaced by some lame SuBo-generating Vegas-version X-Factor show. I think producing real current radio artists will go a long way to sustaining the AI franchise. Also, I kinda like current radio/current music (shoot me), and I like when Idols I enjoy and discover due to the show end up on my radio stations. It’s fun. But that’s me.

  58. DavidArchie: Performing this morning for a Larry King taping. Just met Anthony Hopkins! 4 minutes ago from txt

    Kewl!!

  59. Does anyone really thing that

    SuBo-generating Vegas-version X-Factor show

    Could really work here as far as a cash cow? I think the US is pretty elitist about the entertainment industry since we have Hollywood and NY right in our borders. AI had enough problems getting credibility. I guess as a show it would do OK.. but as post show money maker? *meh*

  60. They’ve already done the guy with the dead wife, a diabetic, a blind guy, some single moms. What haven’t they tried? I’m guessing recluse with some kind of degenerative, fatal disease. ‘Buy this cd because this guy only has like 5 years to live’  sound completely like a sales pitch right in Simon’s wheel house.

    LMAO. I got a fiver on the next AI being a wheelchair bound hermit with cokebottle glasses, a ZZ Top beard and the voice of a Disney prince whose only friends for years and years have been the woodland creatures he serenades with movie soundtrack love songs.

  61. That means Adam Lambert can’t be nominated for crooning “Time for Miracles,” which he sings in “2012.” He doesn’t share co-writing credit. But that doesn’t matter anyway because “Time for Miracles” isn’t eligible for Oscar consideration ‘” it wasn’t written specifically for the film.

    I have been the lone voice on this blog insisting that TFM would not be eligible for an Oscar nomination, and nobody believed me.

    I HAVE BEEN VINDICATED!

    That felt good. Thank you.

  62. will enjoy your moment… it’ll come full circle again in a few weeks. LOL

    ETA: Plus there is ALWAYS the Golden Globes… although thankfully no one has really pick up on that. LOL OOPS Cats out of the bag.

  63. I also don’t think David (or the Davids) has any shot at a BNA nomination, but this year I don’t think people will even care who is nomiated and who wins. It will all be about how Lady Gaga couldn’t be nominated yadda yadda yadda.

    I wonder why they’re not just putting out a statement as to the cause though?

    Well, there is a statement, but no one believes it. lol Whatever really caused it, I think it was the venue/organizers decision. This was a jingle ball kind of concert and last week they also cancelled Colbie Caillat who was going to play tonight too. Although they make it sound like she was cancelled yesterday either. It’s a bit messed up.

  64. ladymadonna
    12/02/2009 at 11:03 am
    Stephanie Moore, the professional photog who took that gorgeous photo of Dave posted above, has some other amazing shots from last night’s show

    Nice photos, but just to set the record straight, Stephanie is not a professional photographer- she works in finance services.

  65. IMO the talent has to match the pimping ‘“ that’s the best way to get it done (and the most honest) ‘“ the audience doesn’t like to be told something that goes contrary to what they feel

    Forbid the judges to utter the word “frontrunner” or tell anyone that they’re destined to be in the finale prior to Top 10. No, make that Top 7. The contestants should get at least three weeks of enjoying being the most talented top 10 ever before the judges tell us who they want to win.

    They’d be helping themselves, since our backlash wouldn’t have as much time to grow strong and acid.

    But honestly, the only thing I see giving a new shot in the arm to the show is liberating the music. Sure, like people say, the contestants can’t just come out and sing this week’s Top 40 or it will become literal karoake.

    But they more theme weeks that are massively more broad or more recent themes–love songs, UK charts, movie songs, hip hop/R&B.

    Look how well Glee has done with a mix of older hits and really creative takes on recent hits, even rap and hiphop.

    Kris busting out the Kanye was just one factor in his final win, but it’s a factor.

  66. I’m EXCITED for those 10 minutes dammit

    Lucky for me I am excited about the other 110 minutes especially Carrie’s duets with Dolly, Brad, and Sons Of Sylvia! Actually with commercials it’s going to be more like 85 minutes total or something like that.

    Here’s 6:29 of clips from Carrie’s special:

    http://www.tv.com/video/31419/Carrie+Underwood%3A+An+All-Star+Holiday+Special+-+Clips+?o=tv&tag=vid_carousel;vid;1

    The duets with Dolly and Sons Of Sylvia sound incredible, so do O Holy Night and the Jesus Is My Designated Driver song. Carrie’s mom singing is hilarious. The 50s/60s medley with Cheno, Christina Applegate, and Carrie sounds so cute! The thing I was most afraid they’d cut is What Can I Say and it seems like it’ll make it onto the special so that’s good.

    Apparently Carrie’s doing FOX satellite interviews today to promote her special. here’s one from Houston:

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/morning_news/091202-carrie-underwood-fox

    I saw on Twitter that Carrie was on Good Day LA too. According to a tweet they asked her about Adam’s AMA performance.

    Also for anybody interested (probably not many here) CMT’s got Carrie’s Invitation Only up online:

    http://www.cmt.com/videos/invitation-only-carrie-underwood/1627216/playlist-detail.jhtml

    She sounds amazing! She sang Last Name, So Small, Temporary Home, the Jesus Is My Designated Driver song, Undo It, All American Girl, I Told You So, Cowboy Casanova, and Before He Cheats.

  67. Adam is doing some sort of performance in San Diego tomorow? Maybe?

    HardRockSD
    Adam Lambert is bringing a special gift to Hard Rock SD tomorrow @ 3pm! Wanna see him? RT for chance to win a backstage pass! about 2 hours ago from TweetDeck

  68. will
    12/02/2009 at 1:28 pm

    That means Adam Lambert can’t be nominated for crooning ‘Time for Miracles,’  which he sings in ‘2012.’  He doesn’t share co-writing credit. But that doesn’t matter anyway because ‘Time for Miracles’  isn’t eligible for Oscar consideration ‘” it wasn’t written specifically for the film.

    I have been the lone voice on this blog insisting that TFM would not be eligible for an Oscar nomination, and nobody believed me.

    I HAVE BEEN VINDICATED!

    That felt good. Thank you.

    Will I don’t want to take away from your celebration or even saying you are wrong but this is just a blogger’s view on the situation. There has been no real news outlet or official Academy release that has confirmed that it is indeed ineligible. It is a person interpretation of the rules as they read it. I recall an interview where Adam said something along the line that he hoped it would be nominated to honor the writer of the song who died.

    I am still not saying that you won’t still be vindicated but take this blog opinion with a grain of salt. (I have read other articles about Academy voters thinking it will be one of the contenders) Me I am going to keep the hope alive until I hear officially. There is always the Golden Globes :-)

  69. She sounds amazing! She sang Last Name, So Small, Temporary Home, the Jesus Is My Designated Driver song, Undo It, All American Girl, I Told You So, Cowboy Casanova, and Before He Chats.

    I don’t know why but I found this to be hysterical. The title is “Jesus Take the Wheel” and it was on of the biggest songs that year. The biggest country song that year… But I think I like your title better. :-)

  70. Could really work here as far as a cash cow? I think the US is pretty elitist about the entertainment industry since we have Hollywood and NY right in our borders. AI had enough problems getting credibility. I guess as a show it would do OK.. but as post show money maker? *meh*

    I was really just kidding before – but have you seen some of the lame shit that people pay money to see in Vegas? Seriously, there are probably 10 fairly awesome nationally known shows. Then, there are a few hundred filled with some pretty marginal talent.

    But – it’s still the US – and even in Vegas, only the men are allowed to be ugly (yep, I’m talking to you Wayne). So, our Vegas version of SuBo would have to be not a “real” ugly duckling, but one of those “faux ugly ducklings” that cleans up real nice. If she’s still ugly after the makeover – the Americans are not paying to see her. (Or, she could just get implants and do the show topless – if you do that in Vegas, you can be as big of a butterface as you want to be).

    LMAO. I got a fiver on the next AI being a wheelchair bound hermit with cokebottle glasses, a ZZ Top beard and the voice of a Disney prince whose only friends for years and years have been the woodland creatures he serenades with movie soundtrack love songs.

    Sunchick, I’m really hoping that you and I can get ajoining cabins on the train trip to hell :)

  71. Will I don’t want to take away from your celebration or even saying you are wrong but this is just a blogger’s view on the situation.

    Nice try. Tom O’Neil, who writes the Gold Derby blog, is perhaps the country’s foremost authority on all things Oscar. He would not publish a statement like that without confirming it with his sources inside the Academy. You can take it to the bank.

  72. I don’t know why but I found this to be hysterical. The title is ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’  and it was on of the biggest songs that year. The biggest country song that year’ ¦ But I think I like your title better.

    dhunken: I WISH I could take credit for it but somebody at TWOP called it that first way back when and that’s what I’ve called it ever since. I love Carrie and know how huge that song was for her but ITA the nickname is hysterical. It’s been a while since we’ve had nicknames for Carrie’s songs. There was Inside Your Thank You America (the only G-rated nickname for that ridonkulous song) and maybe something to do with MeeMaw for Don’t Forget To Remember Me but I don’t think the Carrie fans in her TWOP thread have done anything with any of her other singles.

  73. They’ve already done the guy with the dead wife, a diabetic, a blind guy, some single moms. What haven’t they tried? I’m guessing recluse with some kind of degenerative, fatal disease. ‘Buy this cd because this guy only has like 5 years to live’  sound completely like a sales pitch right in Simon’s wheel house.

    LMAO. I got a fiver on the next AI being a wheelchair bound hermit with cokebottle glasses, a ZZ Top beard and the voice of a Disney prince whose only friends for years and years have been the woodland creatures he serenades with movie soundtrack love songs.

    He’ll compete against a felon with rickets who sings George Michael’s “Freedom ’90” in an orange jump suit and shackles. He’s in jail because . . . thinks . . . he sold drugs to feed his eight orphan cousins (shot to audience: sad kids).

    And a tiny adorable robot who carries a flower pot.

    And the little boy from Slumdog Millionaire.

  74. Nice try. Tom O’Neil, who writes the Gold Derby blog, is perhaps the country’s foremost authority on all things Oscar. He would not publish a statement like that without confirming it with his sources inside the Academy. You can take it to the bank.

    Will I am not trying anything. I was just giving what I thought about the bloggers opinion. I am really not trying to upset you and I do believe I said it did not mean you were wrong. If he did confirm with someone why didn’t he say he did and who. but regardless…Like I said there is always the Golden Globes. Congratulations I don’t know what you win but is seems to be extremely important to you. You really did not need to be defensive with me. You could have just let me know that he blogger is a highly respected journalist and has the sources to be able to make the statement. The Nice Try makes it appear I had ulterior motives and I assure you I didn’t.

  75. I wonder why they’re not just putting out a statement as to the cause though?

    Well, there is a statement, but no one believes it. lol Whatever really caused it, I think it was the venue/organizers decision. This was a jingle ball kind of concert and last week they also cancelled Colbie Caillat who was going to play tonight too.

    Yeah, I’m wondering about all the changes too. First, it was just a regular DC concert. Then it became a Santapalooza/Jingle Ball with just DC, the Script and GRO. Then Colbie Caillat was added. Then Colbie was cancelled. Then the whole thing is cancelled.

    What’s really odd is that DC has not had a co-headliner all tour long and then all of a sudden on his last concert date, he gets booked with a co-headline (who ultimately cancels) long after the first announcement of the concert. There seems to have been all sorts of weirdness/lack of coherence associated with this particular concert, so in retrospect I suppose it’s not all that surprising that even the cancellation was biffed too.

  76. He’ll compete against a felon with rickets who sings George Michael’s ‘Freedom ’90’ ³ in an orange jump suit and shackles. He’s in jail because . . . thinks . . . he sold drugs to feed his eight orphan cousins (shot to audience: sad kids).

    And a tiny adorable robot who carries a flower pot.

    And the little boy from Slumdog Millionaire.

    That right there is a show I’ll be watching. Let me know when it’s time to pop the popcorn!

  77. Listen to the crowd singing along with LLWD. And this is a crowd that (according to tweeters) was made up primarily of tweens there to see Justin Bieber’ ¦

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLFUTwM1qDg&feature=player_embedded

    That makes me smile :) … it just must be one seriously amazing feeling to have a crowd sing back at you like that. And Kris is too fricking adorable. I like that kid.

    (((((((hugs Cookie fans – should be in my car right now going to Norfolk – waaaaah!)))))))

    Excited for the Carrie show on Monday – not just for the Cookie 10 minutes (joy!!!) but it looks really cute. And Carrie – wow. That girl is gorgeous.

  78. dhunken I apologize, and I also apologize to MJ. My “nice try” was snide and defensive. Please forgive me.

    ETA: I just want to reiterate that the Academy rules are very clear about a song having to be written specifically for the movie, and it’s also very clear that TFM was not written for 2012. I never really did understand why there was any question about it. I guess that’s been the source of my frustration, but again, there’s no reason for me to be defensive.

  79. Maybe I’m still just all emo from the end of tour stuff but am I the only one getting this gut feeling the Carrie/David duet didn’t make the cut? Its not one of the clips out there and with all the promo photos released nothing of them together was ever released. Thoughts?

  80. will
    12/02/2009 at 2:13 pm

    dhunken I apologize, and I also apologize to MJ. My ‘nice try’  was snide and defensive. Please forgive me.

    Its ok Will…it is an electrically charged emotional week. I always love your post and I was trying to be humorous myself. (obviously failed miserably) I don’t think the song TFM will be eligible either but I have read Oscar sites that talk that it will be so it got me confused and then all hopeful.

    So I am going to say Yeah for Will for being vindicated and there is The Golden Globes and the foreign press love those disaster movies. ;-) By the way 2012 is at 590 million worldwide box office. Not too shabby.

  81. I WISH I could take credit for it but somebody at TWOP called it that first way back when and that’s what I’ve called it ever since.

    TWOP is great for that kind of witty humor. I remember when I found the AI forums during Season 7, and they had/have THE best contestant thread titles. Some favorites:

    Kris Allen: The Wheels on the Bus Go…WTF?!
    Brooke White: I Am … I Cried
    David Archuleta: Or His Dad Will Cut A Bitch
    Michael Sarver: We Only Post Here In A Godly Way
    Jordin Sparks: I Who Am 17
    Jasmine Murray: Even Her Thread Title Didn’t Get Any Votes
    Tonight, The Role Of Syesha Mercado Will Be Played By Syesha Mercado
    Kristy Lee Cook: Read This Thread Or The Terrorists Have Won

    Lots more good stuff, and more thread titles from past seasons that seem pretty funny (even though I don’t get most of the references) here: http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showforum=539.

  82. Well, unless this person pulls a SuBo, that would certainly help Kris shed the title of lowest selling (for the first week) Idol winner of all time. But something tells me that come hell or high water, AI will want it’s heartwarming SuBo backstory for AI9. Because, wow, who wouldn’t want those numbers?

    I don’t think so. … You only get those numbers from a backstory in some kind of mainly adult, easy-listening-type genre. …

    Pop music doesn’t work that way, and Simon, at least, has always been pretty clear that come of his contests are looking for the Boyle kind of high-impact cross-market act and others, like AI, are looking for a pop star, which means somebody young and attractive who performs in a genre that’s popular with young people.

  83. Maybe I’m still just all emo from the end of tour stuff but am I the only one getting this gut feeling the Carrie/David duet didn’t make the cut? Its not one of the clips out there and with all the promo photos released nothing of them together was ever released. Thoughts?

    Nooooo! Curse you, Trina (kidding), for putting that depressing thought in my head! Carrie’s talked about the duet it in recent press though, some print Q&A on a teen site, so crossing all digits that it’s still in. I’m hoping my 10 minutes of DC aren’t down to 5 :(. But alas, it’s good you’re mentioning this fear now. Better I prepare for the worst now and have the potential to be pleasantly surprised, than to be blindsided. And at the end of the day, at this point in the album cycle DC on my TV is bonus, and better than nothing!

  84. He’ll compete against a felon with rickets who sings George Michael’s ‘Freedom ’90’ ³ in an orange jump suit and shackles. He’s in jail because . . . thinks . . . he sold drugs to feed his eight orphan cousins (shot to audience: sad kids).

    And a tiny adorable robot who carries a flower pot.

    And the little boy from Slumdog Millionaire.

    That right there is a show I’ll be watching. Let me know when it’s time to pop the popcorn!

    Hahaha. I’m totally gonna be voting for Wall E from my nice toasty armchair in hell. I bet he can do a mean T Pain voice. Artistry!

  85. Maybe I’m still just all emo from the end of tour stuff but am I the only one getting this gut feeling the Carrie/David duet didn’t make the cut?

    They’ve both mentioned the duet in bunches of interviews, and even the name (Why Can’t This Be Love) so that would be surprising. Especially since the show was shot and edited a month ago.

  86. Nice photos, but just to set the record straight, Stephanie is not a professional photographer- she works in finance services.

    Sorry – I thought someone at DCO said she was a pro, and her Flickr account has a wide-range of prior gig photography. Thanks for setting the record straight.

    They’ve both mentioned the duet in bunches of interviews, and even the name (Why Can’t This Be Love) so that would be surprising. Especially since the show was shot and edited a month ago.

    Yeah, based on how much Uncle Nigel and Shankman raved about the Van Halen duet (plus all the press mentions of them singing together), if anything gets cut from Cook’s guest spot I’m guessing it would be Lie. We’ll see though – hopefully both will make the cut.

  87. Hahaha. I’m totally gonna be voting for Wall E from my nice toasty armchair in hell. I bet he can do a mean T Pain voice. Artistry!

    Yes, being a robot would have some EXTREME advantages in AUTOTUNE Theme Week, featuring hits from T=Pain, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna, and many more, and mentored by the Godess who started it all, Cher.

  88. will, I’ve seen your other posts on MJ’s and I didn’t think you were being mean-spirited about TFM. Just energetic in your joy that you had some back-up for your claim. Kind of like how I’m going to feel tonight when Cook gets that Best New Artist nomination. :)

  89. will
    12/02/2009 at 2:13 pm
    dhunken I apologize, and I also apologize to MJ. My ‘nice try’  was snide and defensive. Please forgive me.

    Nah… no worries. I took it all with a bit of humor. Sometimes I feel the same way about certain situations. I don’t think very many fans of Adam really care that much. It would be cool, but I doubt anyone is really ruffled by the lack of a nomination. Like I said… just wait though… something, or someone will still pop up to refute this in a few weeks, then the conversation will start again.

  90. Yeah, based on how much Uncle Nigel and Shankman raved about the Van Halen duet (plus all the press mentions of them singing together), if anything gets cut from Cook’s guest spot I’m guessing it would be Lie. We’ll see though ‘“ hopefully both will make the cut.

    Ooh, Nigel and Shankman raved about the VH duet? Where?

    Oh man, I must have caught Trina’s emo bug. Now you’ve got me worried they’ll cut Lie, even though it’s in the promo clip and pics! I don’t know which would upset me more! I hope both make it.

    Kind of like how I’m going to feel tonight when Cook gets that Best New Artist nomination.

    Lalalala, I can’t hear you! Haha, j/k. Personal choice, but I’m gonna be offline tonight cuz I don’t want to think about it. I mostly don’t think he’ll get a BNA nod, cuz the Grammy’s are WTF, and he doesn’t have enough current buzz, but I guess I’ll wait til I wake up Thursday morning and find out. After hopefully the whole thing has passed a bit.

  91. HappyDaisy
    12/02/2009 at 2:40 pm

    will, I’ve seen your other posts on MJ’s and I didn’t think you were being mean-spirited about TFM. Just energetic in your joy that you had some back-up for your claim. Kind of like how I’m going to feel tonight when Cook gets that Best New Artist nomination

    From your lips to the designated driver of Carrie Underwood Car ears I would be very happy. He does deserve it.

  92. Maybe I’m still just all emo from the end of tour stuff but am I the only one getting this gut feeling the Carrie/David duet didn’t make the cut? Its not one of the clips out there and with all the promo photos released nothing of them together was ever released. Thoughts?

    IMO there’s no way the duet will get cut. There’s no Brad duet promo stuff either really although that’s probably because that was a “satellite” duet. But I don’t think they’re going to give up the opportunity to mix up a show that’s already got traditional country to contemporary country to 50s/60s pop to power ballads with an uptempo rock number.

    If anything’s getting cut or edited for time it’s Carrie skits and/or a Carrie solo.

    By the way in that Houston FOX interview Carrie did she mentioned Carson Kressley also shows up as a guest (not to sing). I didn’t know this? I wonder what he does.

    Also I just saw this and it is both Carrie and AI related.

    http://www.musicrow.com/2009/12/underwood-makes-big-donation-to-humane-society/

    Animals were the big winners as superstar Carrie Underwood, together with 19 Recordings and Sony Music Nashville, recently presented The Humane Society of the United States with a check for $200,000. The check reflected the charitable proceeds from sales of Carrie’s recording of ‘Home Sweet Home,’  which served as the contestant farewell song on the past Season 8 of American Idol. The digital single for ‘Home Sweet Home’  was available exclusively on iTunes during its first week of release.

    Picture at the link.

  93. ETA: I just want to reiterate that the Academy rules are very clear about a song having to be written specifically for the movie, and it’s also very clear that TFM was not written for 2012. I never really did understand why there was any question about it. I guess that’s been the source of my frustration, but again, there’s no reason for me to be defensive.

    Ok, I profess to not know any of the actual rules or details, but imo the only real indicator that a song would not be eligible would be if, say, it was previously recorded and released on an album for another purpose – that is, it very clearly was made for one purpose, and then later became attached to a movie (sorta like many pop songs are in general). I don’t know of TFM ever being released in that manner, so isn’t it pretty easy to just say, this song was written, never released or recorded, and is now being used for the movie for the first time ever.

    For the rules to explicitly state “has to be written FOR the movie” seems awfully nit-picky, not to mention hard to prove. I get with TFM there may be a timing issue involved (as in writing a song WAY before the movie) but even still, movies are in development for years, etc. So again, it seems like a hard case to prove, unless the song literally was already recorded and released for something other than the movie.

  94. I missed all the epic good jokes on this thread :-) – these had me seriously LMAO:

    the Jesus Is My Designated Driver song,

    Kris Allen: The Wheels on the Bus Go’ ¦WTF?!
    Brooke White: I Am ‘ ¦ I Cried
    David Archuleta: Or His Dad Will Cut A Bitch
    Michael Sarver: We Only Post Here In A Godly Way
    Jordin Sparks: I Who Am 17
    Jasmine Murray: Even Her Thread Title Didn’t Get Any Votes
    Tonight, The Role Of Syesha Mercado Will Be Played By Syesha Mercado
    Kristy Lee Cook: Read This Thread Or The Terrorists Have Won

    ETA: And now reading the TWOP threads – how am I just now discovering this? ROFL!!

  95. So much goodness in this series of tweets:

    thedavidcook @ThisIsRobThomas kill it tonight. Ill be in NYC, listening intently.

    ThisIsRobThomas @thedavidcook thanx man! your mom is really nice, btw.

    thedavidcook @ThisIsRobThomas if I didn’t know she had met u at your concert, I’d think those were fighting words…

    ThisIsRobThomas @thedavidcook nope. just saying. have fun in ny!!

    thedavidcook Likewise, sir, likewise. :). @ThisIsRobThomas

    RyanStar Oh smack! He said ur mom is nice. Ur gonna that? RT @ThisIsRobThomas: @thedavidcook thanx man! your mom is really nice, btw.

    thedavidcook No need to stir, @RyanStar. It’s been resolved. Lol

    RyanStar I’m always late to the party.I gotta get the twitter chip in my head RT @thedavidcook: No need to stir, @RyanStar. It’s been resolved. Lol

    Okay, A) Confirmation that DC’s mom met/fangirled Rob Thomas = awesome, B) DC interpreting RT’s comment about his mom as potential “fighting words” = hilarious C) Adding to the hilarity, Ryan Star getting in late to the game– though the guy is already so addicted to twitter, I don’t think he needs a chip…

  96. HDD:

    Susan Boyle ‘“ 300K
    Allison ‘“ 25-30K

    Holy bejeezus – is SuBo for real?

    Really, I’m almost getting suspicious of these numbers – I mean, are there even enough people left on planet earth to keep buying her album at these numbers? There are eskimos in the artic circle who are getting SuBo CDs for Christmas.

  97. Kris just tweeted this:

    KrisAllen Just landed in dc. The home of the one and only @aaronspears

    What’s he doing in DC?

  98. Mary102 at the risk of beating a dead horse, here is the rule in question:

    Original Song:

    An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition (not necessarily visually presented) of both lyric and melody, used in the body of the motion picture or as the first music cue in the end credits.

    If you go the Academy website, you’ll see that “written specifically for the motion picture” appears in boldface, so obviously they take that rule seriously.

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule16.html

    The rule says nothing about a song being recorded previously. If that were the criterion, “Falling Slowly” from One would have been disqualified, which it obviously wasn’t. The rule is that it has to be a song commissioned for the movie. You’re right, this might be a difficult thing to prove in certain cases, but not in this one.

    “Time for Miracles” was copyrighted in mid-2007, along with about ten other songs written by the songwriters. The script for 2012 wasn’t even shopped around to the studios until February 2008. So at the time the song was written, there was no movie.

    I don’t believe Tom O’Neil would have made such a definitive statement about this if there was any wiggle room. It appears to have been settled.

  99. Sassycatz
    12/02/2009 at 3:33 pm

    Kris just tweeted this:

    KrisAllen Just landed in dc. The home of the one and only @aaronspears

    What’s he doing in DC?

    Popular opinion on the Kris-Sacramento thread is that he’s appearing at the national tree lighting ceremony tomorrow. His name doesn’t show up on the official website, but still… Randy Jackson is the host and Jordin Sparks, among others, is performing.

    http://www.thenationaltree.org/

  100. Maybe I’m still just all emo from the end of tour stuff but am I the only one getting this gut feeling the Carrie/David duet didn’t make the cut? Its not one of the clips out there and with all the promo photos released nothing of them together was ever released. Thoughts?

    Nah. This is a lengthy program. They have time. They probably just figured that instead of promo-ing it with a two-Idol duet they’d promote other people, to reel in as wide an audience as possible.

  101. Susan Boyle ‘“ 300K

    Lordy. Platinum in two weeks in the United States. Plus her millions of sales elsewhere.

    I get it, I guess, but I still don’t get it.

  102. HDD:

    Susan Boyle ‘“ 300K
    Allison ‘“ 25-30K

    is this 4 real. now i believe things are bad for the idols this year. 30k for Allison. ? her album is much better than subo. wish people wld spread the love instead of just buying hers.

  103. ‘Time for Miracles’  was copyrighted in mid-2007, along with about ten other songs written by the songwriters.

    While it wouldn’t be definitive to every single case, I bet this is how the Oscars might decide a case–evidence of copyright or registration. They can look up when the song was registered with ASCAP or BMI. Professional songwriters register their songs before they shop them around in order to protect them.

    If it appears to have been created well ahead of the film, it probably wouldn’t be accepted as having been commissioned for the film.

    Nonetheless, I bet they still have messy cases. Some films are in development for years.

    But in this case seems more clear cut. Sadly, one of the two songwriters passed away last year: Natasha Shneider

  104. Lol how sad is it that the DC/Rob/Ryan tweeting back and forth has cheered me up? Rob is probably my most favorite person on Twitter so throw in those two and I’m internally squeeing.

    I’m not shocked about Susan B. She’s getting much buzz over her already huge numbers so word of mouth spreads and people will go to check the CD out.

  105. (Too late to edit — the film I mentioned in my previous comment is called Once, not One.)

  106. #

    is this 4 real. now i believe things are bad for the idols this year. 30k for Allison. ? her album is much better than subo. wish people wld spread the love instead of just buying hers.

    Well, Jordin’s 2009 album opened with, what, 48,000 or thereabouts the first week? … Granted, it wasn’t the holiday season. But after all her hot singles and her appearances on concert tours with huge names, people should certainly know who she is. But that did nothing for her sales. Only a few people in pop are really selling many albums these days.

  107. DavidArchie: Performing this morning for a Larry King taping. Just met Anthony Hopkins!

    DavidArchie: Finished with the taping at Larry King. I’ll let you know when it airs! Should be during Christmas week.

    That’s perfect! That should help boost his sales. Isn’t Christmas week the biggest shopping week of the year? Larry seemed to take a shine to David last year during the LKL shows with the Top 10, both the ones in May and in August. So I’m sure David will come across well, assuming he will be interviewed by Larry in addition to performing. Incidentally, he will be on the Today show that same week too, on the 21st.

  108. YIKES!

    Do Adam Lambert And Howie Mandel Share A Stylist?

    Yikes is an understatement.

  109. Do Adam Lambert And Howie Mandel Share A Stylist?

    LOL talk about a stretch for a story. Lulzy, but “omigod they’re both wearing blue plaid shirts” is kinda ridiculous.

    ETA: Now if Howie had started wearing a sparkly glittersuit with a gold tie and brandishing a shiny pimp cane, THAT would be a story.

  110. ozarka: I think it’s the week before Christmas where Christmas albums peak saleswise. The week of Christmas is usually a little lower but it might depend on whether Christmas is early in a week or later in a week. This year Christmas is a Friday so that might help with Christmas album sales that week.

    As far as Allison’s #s – IMO to get big sales in pop you’ve got to be inescapable promotion wise. Allison wasn’t plus her fanbase from AI wasn’t THAT big. If Jive believes in her and her album (which it should – there are hits that are good songs on her album) then the game is about keeping sales going as the singles climb the charts.

  111. Because of a comment on another site, I looked up the lyrics to Allison’s “Beat Me Up.” Who ever thought these would be appropriate lyrics for a teenage girl to sing? Is this a message we want to give to her young fans? I am really surprised, particularly since she’s under the 19 umbrella. In case you’re not familiar with them (I added the bolding):

    Beat Me Up Lyrics

    You like to keep me on a chain, chain, chain
    Change your mind or change your ways, ways, ways
    You got me running through a maze, maze, maze
    I know this isn’t just a phase, phase, phase

    You always pick me up
    And then you hold me down
    I’ll never let you go

    ‘Cause baby even though you beat me up, beat me up
    I still love you ’cause you heat me up, heat me up
    And that’s why every time you hit me up, hit me up
    I come running ’cause you fix me up, fix me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up

    You always make me do those things, things, things
    Shut me up then make me sing, sing, sing
    You love it when I scream your name, name, name
    But you get your kicks out of causing me pain, pain, pain

    You always pick me up
    And then you hold me down
    I guess you’ll never know

    ‘Cause baby even though you beat me up, beat me up
    I still love you ’cause you heat me up, heat me up
    And that’s why every time you hit me up, hit me up
    I come running ’cause you fix me up, fix me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    I love you even though you beat me up, beat me up

    And I really don’t care what they say about me
    ‘Cause it gives me everything I want
    And I don’t know what it’s like when you need somebody
    To the point they can do no wrong
    We always fight and then I open up my door

    ‘Cause baby even though you beat me up, beat me up
    I still love you ’cause heat me up, heat me up
    And that’s why every time you hit me up, hit me up
    I come running ’cause you fix me up, fix me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    I still love you ’cause heat me up, heat me up
    And that’s why every time you hit me up, hit me up
    I come running ’cause you fix me up, fix me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    Oh baby just beat me up, beat me up
    I love you even though you beat me up, beat me up

  112. re: Beat Me Up

    Wow!! Why does that sound just like the Rihanna and Chris Brown story?

  113. It’s FYE 2.0! Though this actually sounds a lot more serious than the FYE lyrics…

  114. Violence is ok. Sex isn’t in America’s mindset. America needs to wake up.

  115. Adam is an adult too. As far as I’m concerned, he can sing about whatever he wants to. But, I really don’t think we want young fans of a young star hearing and learning lyrics like these. Imo, not a good message at all.

  116. re: Beat Me Up

    Wow!! Why does that sound just like the Rhianna and Chris Brown story?

    Yikes!
    I also thought of Rihanna. Who approved of this song for a teenage girl from AI to sing. Not the smartest decision.

  117. My urban vocabulary is not so good, but I seem to be reading some sexual innuendo into some of those lyrics, in addition to the physical violence. Am I right? Perhaps, that’s what you were referring to, Saga, when you called it FYE 2.0? It’s about S&M?

  118. Because of a comment on another site, I looked up the lyrics to Allison’s ‘Beat Me Up.’  Who ever thought these would be appropriate lyrics for a teenage girl to sing? Is this a message we want to give to her young fans? I am really surprised, particularly since she’s under the 19 umbrella. In case you’re not familiar with them (I added the bolding):

    Wow – yeah, I remember hearing about a song from Allison called Beat me Up, and thinking, uh, really? Why? 17, right?

  119. This latest twitter exchange between Neal and Dave. Hee!

    nealfingtiemann: Why is it a huge deal when people in bands or movies or on tv misspell something but not when everyone else does? Double standards people.
    about 1 hour ago from Echofon

    thedavidcook: Yu Shood Noh, @nealfingtiemann. Yur Nawt Uhloud Tuu Miss Spayul Enneethayng….
    11 minutes ago from web

  120. This could be interesting… per Z100’s Twitter, Adam Lambert will be the guest host of the Jingle Ball…

  121. Hi Bobbi, thanks for printing the complete lyrics to “Beat Me Up.” I haven’t bought Allison’s album yet, but I did listen to the snippets on Amazon. Based only on that, I actually liked it and thought of buying the song later. After reading all the lyrics, you’re right- this is totally inappropriate for Allison. When I get around to downloading, I’m going to skip that track. I hope this doesn’t affect Allison’s sales numbers.

  122. Danny’s single “My Best Days” will go for adds on December 14. This information came from Country Aircheck.

  123. I cannot believe ABC did it again! What are they worried about at 1:00AM.

    No date for Leno yet.

  124. I cannot believe ABC did it again! What are they worried about at 1:00AM.

    It’s not even live, right? So, how does the “unpredictable on a morning show” argument make sense for late night tv? Not to mention, you have Letterman, CBS EARLY show, and Ellen performances to back up the fact that Adam can perform without incident.
    What idiots! This just makes them look bad.

  125. If it’s a sponsor causing this, I’d like to know who it is so I can boycott their product.

  126. Ugh. My little girl loves Allison. Now I have to take the cd and copy it without that song. The last thing I need in my life is for her to go to school signing those lyrics lol.

  127. That’s what really surprised me, Spenser! I’m sure you aren’t the only mother that is going to have to deal with that situation. Whoever gave the go ahead for that song really was not thinking.

  128. Just a curiosity I just read on ONTD

    Top 10 most-watched tv episodes of the decade!

    5. “American Idol”
    Airdate: Jan. 16, 2007
    Viewers: 38.1 million

    The “American Idol” sixth-season premiere marked the pinnacle of the show’s popularity, back when each season brought in a higher number than the one before. The Minneapolis opener was for a season won by Jordin Sparks and introduced millions to the name Sanjaya.
    ONTD

  129. Jimmy Kimmel concert is cancelled. Booooooo ABC!

    WTH??

    About Beat Me Up: Allison’s explained it as a song where she’s playing a character and it’s an emotional beating but tbh that song still makes me uncomfortable and is a part of why I decided to download a bunch of tracks from her album instead of buying the whole thing.

  130. Danny is performing live at a radio station right now and just premiered another new song off his album, written by Idol judge Kara Dioguardi . It’s called “I Still Believe”. I think that the song like “It’s Only” is an inspirational song, but it’s more upbeat than “It’s Only” is.

  131. About Beat Me Up: Allison’s explained it as a song where she’s playing a character and it’s an emotional beating but tbh that song still makes me uncomfortable and is a part of why I decided to download a bunch of tracks from her album instead of buying the whole thing.

    The average listener won’t know she is playing a character. When I first heard this snippet I was shocked they would let a 17 year old girl sing this. Seems way inappropriate to me whether it’s an emotional or physical beating and the sexual innuendo that comes right after is just wrong.

  132. Lyndsey Parker tweeted that Adam and Jimmy Kimmel are working a reschedule date for 2010. I think it will be in February about the same time as Rock My Town. That is what Jagofficial has been trying to say in his tweets. Cross promotion works.

  133. Beat me up sounds like a physical beating to me. Why on earth 19 would put a song like this on 17 year old Allison’s album is beyond me. The song musically is cool, but the words suck. Well, hopefully they won’t release this song as her second single.

  134. Thanks for the explanation, windmills, but I don’t think emotional abuse is any better than physical abuse. Those lyrics are pretty explicit. Bad choice, imo. Why would they want her to be singing about either type of abuse? Makes no sense to me.

  135. I found this on Idolforums:

    the email from kimmel says

    “Adam Lambert will not be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Dec 17th.
    We are currently working on a makeup date for the new year.
    Check back in 2010 for updates.”

  136. No date for Leno yet.

    Adam is on Jay Leno on December 21. right before Christmas!

  137. Per Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter

    Coming up on December 17th we’ve got Allison Iraheta scheduled for a concert.

  138. Per Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter

    Coming up on December 17th we’ve got Allison Iraheta scheduled for a concert.

    Good for Allison – but why are they scorning Kris :(

  139. I’m not sure they’re scorning Kris. I just think Kris is pretty booked.

  140. Twitter of the Day, to lighten things up a bit here, from the incomparable David Archuleta:

    I wish my camera battery wasn’t dead and that my charger wasn’t lost, because I’d take a picture of this GIGANTIC grape! It’s huge!! 27 minutes ago from web

    Only Archie. Ha, ha. :)

  141. Oh, by the way, that’s a big fat N-O on Kris going to the National tree lighting thing. He’s not even staying in D.C.

    According to Kris’ publicist…

    GinaOrr
    #Hey DCers – sorry Kris Allen is only passing thru, changing planes to Orlando.
    about 2 hours ago from web

  142. “I’m not sure they’re scorning Kris. I just think Kris is pretty booked.”

    I agree with this. Kris is booked and very busy – I’d rather he was invited on in January to boost CD sales when LLWD is even more established, and hopefully still going strong. He had a hilarious interview with Kimmel first time around.

  143. Am I the only one not taking Beat Me Up literally? And y’all know “hit me up” is just slang for calling or texting someone, right?

    To me its a song about a couple who argue a lot, or play mind ames with each other.

    The sexual innuendo occurs in other songs. In Robot Love, she wakes up next to her boyfriend.

    She turns 18 in a few months. Wasn’t Rhianna 17 when she hit the scene? LOL. Allison has never presented as a Disney kid, you know. I bet she wears too. Heh.

  144. Adam tweeted’ ¦they cancelled his appearance on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, too.

    Adamlambert

    It’ll all blow over. Let’s focus on being positive!
    3 minutes ago from Echofon

    I AM doing Leno though. And lookin into something for NYE.
    3 minutes ago from Echofon

    Yes, sadly friends, ABC has cancelled my appearances on Kimmel and NYE. don’t blame them. It’s the FCC heat.
    4 minutes ago from Echofon

  145. OMG if this is true

    Adam Lambert will be the guest host of the Jingle Ball’ ¦

    .
    It is going to be hilarious, because not much to host there. Adam jumping and warming up the crowd will be amusing. It is going to be fun to introduce Kris also. Can’t wait for videos.

  146. A big thank you to David Cook and his band has been trending #1 tonight. Well deserved for the marathon of tours.

  147. Grammy nomination concert now on CBS…

    No Idols nominated yet, but for Song of the Year:

    Poker Face
    Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
    Track from: The Fame

    Pretty Wings
    Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
    Track from: Blacksummers’ Night

    Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    Thaddis Harrell, Beyonc Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters
    (Beyonc)
    Track from: I Am… Sasha Fierce

    Use Somebody
    Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill,
    songwriters (Kings Of Leon)

    You Belong With Me
    Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
    Track from: Fearless

  148. Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (I don’t think any Idols were ever in contention for this):

    # I Gotta Feeling
    The Black Eyed Peas
    Track from: The E.N.D.
    [Interscope Records]

    # We Weren’t Born To Follow
    Bon Jovi
    [Island]

    # Never Say Never
    The Fray
    Track from: The Fray
    [Epic]

    # Sara Smile
    Daryl Hall & John Oates
    Track from: Live At The Troubadour
    [Shout! Factory]

    # Kids
    MGMT
    Track from: Oracular Spectacular
    [Columbia]

  149. Twitter of the Day, to lighten things up a bit here, from the incomparable David Archuleta:

    I wish my camera battery wasn’t dead and that my charger wasn’t lost, because I’d take a picture of this GIGANTIC grape! It’s huge!! 27 minutes ago from web

    Only Archie. Ha, ha. :)

    LOL! That is priceless! Lucky for Archie, we have Frogcooker to immortalize that tweeter moment. Who needs cameras? Check out her visual…

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_9A5mMpKBsYM/SxcWuLKV2RI/AAAAAAAAABY/isa52M5gUfg/s1600-h/GIGANTICGRAPE.htm

  150. Best Rock Album – Daughtry misses out :(

    Best Rock Album
    (Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

    * Black Ice
    AC/DC
    [Columbia]

    * Live From Madison Square Garden
    Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
    [Reprise/Duck]

    * 21st Century Breakdown
    Green Day
    [Reprise]

    * Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King
    Dave Matthews Band
    [RCA Records / Bama Rags Recordings, LLC.]

    * No Line On The Horizon
    U2
    [Interscope]

  151. Hey, Rascal Flatts was nominated for “Here Comes Goodbye,” so technically Chris Sligh is…uh, half-acknowledged?

  152. Interesting, but that seems correct about Chris Sligh! I need to double-check though. He’d only be officially nominated if it is a songwriters’ award (such as Best Country Song).

  153. Record of the Year:

    Beyonce, Halo
    Black Eyed Peas, I Got A Feeling
    Kings of Leon, Use Somebody
    Lady Gaga, Poker Face
    Taylor Swift, You Belong With Me

    Halo may be a mistake…they played “Single Ladies” when Smokey Robinson announced the nominees.

    And the Rascal Flatts award was for country duo or group vocal, so Sligh’s not nominated for that (but it tells me chances are good he DID get a songwriting nom).

  154. Category 11

    Best Pop Vocal Album
    (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

    ‘ ¢The E.N.D.
    The Black Eyed Peas
    [Interscope Records]

    ‘ ¢Breakthrough
    Colbie Caillat
    [Universal Republic Records]

    ‘ ¢All I Ever Wanted
    Kelly Clarkson
    [RCA Records / 19 Recordings LLC./ S Records]

    ‘ ¢The Fray
    The Fray
    [Epic]

    ‘ ¢Funhouse
    Pink
    [LaFace Records]

  155. Category 26

    Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
    (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

    ‘ ¢At Last
    Beyonc
    Track from: Cadillac Records Music From The Motion Picture
    [Music World Music/Columbia]

    ‘ ¢Soul Music
    Anthony Hamilton
    Track from: Soul Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    [Stax/Concord]

    ‘ ¢Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    Boney James & Quinn
    Track from: Send One Your Love
    [Concord Records]

    ‘ ¢Sow Love
    Ann Nesby
    Track from: The Lula Lee Project
    [It’s Time Child Records/Tyscot]

    ‘ ¢Woman Gotta Have It
    Calvin Richardson
    Track from: Facts Of Life The Soul Of Bobby Womack
    [Shanachie Entertainment Corp.]

    (Not directly Idol, but connected to Paris Bennett)

  156. Category 36

    Best Female Country Vocal Performance
    (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

    ‘ ¢Dead Flowers
    Miranda Lambert
    [Columbia Records]

    ‘ ¢I Just Call You Mine
    Martina McBride
    Track from: Shine
    [RCA Records]

    ‘ ¢White Horse
    Taylor Swift
    Track from: Fearless
    [Big Machine Records]

    ‘ ¢Just A Dream
    Carrie Underwood
    Track from: Carnival Ride
    [Arista Nashville]

    ‘ ¢Solitary Thinkin’
    Lee Ann Womack
    Track from: Call Me Crazy
    [MCA Nashville]

  157. Category 39

    Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
    (For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

    ‘ ¢Beautiful World
    Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
    Track from: Feel That Fire
    [Capitol Records Nashville]

    ‘ ¢Down The Road
    Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
    Track from: Lucky Old Sun
    [BNA Records Label]

    ‘ ¢Start A Band
    Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
    Track from: Play
    [Arista Nashville]

    ‘ ¢I Told You So
    Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
    [19/Arista Nashville]

    ‘ ¢Everything But Quits
    Lee Ann Womack & George Strait
    Track from: Call Me Crazy
    [MCA Nashville]

  158. Category 53

    Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
    (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

    ‘ ¢Speaking Louder Than Before
    Jeremy Camp
    [BEC Recordings]

    ‘ ¢The Power Of One
    Israel Houghton
    [Integrity Music]

    ‘ ¢The Long Fall Back To Earth
    Jars Of Clay
    [Gray Matters/Essential Records]

    ‘ ¢Love Is On The Move
    Leeland
    [Essential Records]

    ‘ ¢Freedom
    Mandisa
    [Sparrow Records]

  159. Category 80

    Best Musical Show Album
    (Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.))

    ‘ ¢Ain’t Misbehavin’
    Robert Sher, producer (Various, composer; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others)
    [Rhino]

    ‘ ¢Hair
    Noah Cornman, Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss & Steve Norman, producers (Galt MacDermot, composer; James Rado & Gerome Ragni, lyricists) (New Broadway Cast With Sasha Allen, Gavin Creel & Others)
    [Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]

    ‘ ¢9 To 5 The Musical
    Frank Filipetti, producer; Dolly Parton, composer; Dolly Parton, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty & Others)
    [Dolly Records/Artist2Market Distribution]

    ‘ ¢Shrek The Musical
    Peter Hylenski & Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; David Lindsay-Abaire, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Brian d’Arcy James, Sutton Foster & Others)
    [Decca Broadway]

    ‘ ¢West Side Story
    David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others)
    [Masterworks Broadway]

  160. Thank you itsalleternal, that isn’t an easy task going through 545 nominees in 109 categories looking for Idols. The words needle/haystack come to mind. Appreciate it!

  161. You’re welcome! I might have missed some, but those are the only ones I could pick out.

    “Play On” and its associated singles were not eligible (they will be next year).

  162. Well, sh**. I wish Cookie had gotten nominated. Anyway, his fans have trended #thankyouDavidCook on Twitter for well over an hour now.

  163. Dang, bummer for Dave. But he’s got lots of opportunities ahead of him and setbacks just seem to fire him up. Crazy field of nominee though. What’s a Silversun Pickup anyway?

  164. Thanks for the Grammy info guys. Wow itsall – you really dug deep didn’t you? Good sleuthing!

    I feel for some reason that this is not the first time Mandisa has been nominated. Have I just imagined that? I know her category is one of the non-televised ones – so I can’t remember.

  165. Per Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter

    Coming up on December 17th we’ve got Allison Iraheta scheduled for a concert.

    Good for Allison ‘“ but why are they scorning Kris

    Thank God Kris won’t replace AL. I don’t think I can stand the massive reaction if that were to happen. Eventually Kris will get booked there, maybe after all his gigs in December are over.

  166. She’s [Ellen] smart, but make no mistakes: this will be a very different kind of show than what you’re used to.’ 

    Please tell me the show will focus more on the contestants than on the judges!

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