Idol Headlines for 12/06/08

‘Rock Of Ages, ‘ The ‘Anti-Broadway Musical, ‘ Brings Hair Metal To The Theater

History has not been kind to the hair-metal era of the late 1980s.

It was a time of leather and strategically ripped denim, of bangles and hoop earrings, of pumping fists and devil horns, of eyeliner and rouge. It was a time when women lusted after men who wore more hairspray, makeup and jewelry than they did. It was a time when Poison, Mà ¶tley Crà ¼e, Whitesnake and Warrant ruled the charts, and bands with names like the Bang Tango, Britny Fox, Kix and Faster Pussycat were almost considered cool.

It was a time of glorious cheesiness. It was, to quote a hit of the era, nothin’ but a good time.

So it was just a matter of time before somebody made a hair-metal musical, right?


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Simon Cowell: ‹You Never Want The People That You Work With To Do Well

Weeks away from the premiere of Season 8 of …American Idol, Simon Cowell has admitted there has been tension on the set of the hit Fox show. During a recent interview with Billy Bush for Access Hollywood and …The Billy Bush show, Cowell confirmed that the addition of new judge Kara DioGuardi has taken some adjustment.

…You know what, it like when youve had dinner with three friends for years and now someone else joins the table ‘  it a bit odd, Simon told Billy. …That what it was like at the beginning. I genuinely couldnt make up my mind whether I liked it or not. And then, when she was doing the Hollywood round she started to grow on me and I think she ballsy.


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David Archuleta, Eva Avila and Theo Tams Perform at the CHUM FM CHRISTMAS WISH BREAKFAST at Sutton Place Hotel this Tuesday, December 9

The CP24/CHUM CHRISTMAS WISH is in full swing and this Tuesday, December 9 from 5:3 0 to 9 a.m. CHUM FM hosts the CHUM FM
CHRISTMAS WISH BREAKFAST with Roger, Darren & Marilyn featuring performancesby David Archuleta, Eva Avila and Theo Tams. Media wanting to attend should RSVP to Alexis Hood at 416.332.4426/ no later than 12 Noon on Monday, December 8. Tickets to the annual breakfast taking place at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto are sold out, but listeners can still win tickets by tuning in to Toronto’s No.1 Morning Show – Roger, Darren & Marilyn.

The Must List: Week of December 7, 2008

13. BAR-BA-SOL, David Cook
Catchy, fun, and it has the swagger that can only come from Cook. ‘ Glenn

Entertainment Weekly

‘American Idol’ Daily: What’s on Jason Castro’s mind

from the “Idol” daily reports (spent preparing a big story, coming soon, about the future plans of one very special Season Seven contestant), I return to the beat to find my inbox flooded with more “Idol” news than any one humble tracker can hope to round up in one mere post. Everything from Season Eight contestant spoilers, to Grammy nominations, to Broadway shake-ups, to real estate news.

But to ease back in, here are some thoughts on this video from Jason Castro just posted on the site Shown speaking directly to the camera in a dark room, Jason shyly opens with the line, “This is a story. Are you ready for a story?” He continues, talking about one night on the “Idol” set, shot in a confessional style reminiscent of Vh1 Storytellers, or some indie-ish venue. However, in what is a slightly jarring turn for those “Idol” viewers who don’t know what is coming, he begins speaking very openly and honestly about that most taboo of prime-time TV subjects — his faith and, in particular, his born-again Christian faith, talking about his devotion to Christ and how God animates his singing.

LA Times

‘American Idol finalist has a hit with reserve champ in cutting horses

For Kristy Lee Cook, riding cutting horses is nothing compared with her day job.

Cook made the American Idol finals last season and currently has a song in the country Top 40, 15 Minutes of Shame. But Cook put on another kind of show Friday during her third Celebrity Cutting event at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

As in her real job, Cook was successful. The recording artist took home the title of reserve champion, teaming with chef Jon Bonnell.

Eighteen entrants ‘  including doctors, singers and politicians ‘  competed in the 14th annual Celebrity Cutting in conjunction with the National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity.

‘American Idol’ Studdard at Cowan Center

The 2003 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will take the stage at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center in the Broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.'”

“For those who love this upbeat, jazzy style, you won’t be disappointed in this revue filled with stylized dance of the era that Fats Waller music helped define, ” Cowan Center Director Susan Thomae-Morphew said.

The Fats Waller musical is a part of the Performing Arts Series and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

Tyler Paper

Catching up with Diana DeGarmo, Chikezie before Athens concert

I wont be able to catch the Athens concerts tonight and tomorrow (if anybody goes, please email me your pics/roundup at!). You have to wonder how they are going to fill the 2, 100-seat Classic Center. I do plan to catch up with Justin Guarini at the free Salvation Army concert at 6 p.m. Sunday.

And I did talk briefly with Diana DeGarmo and Chikezie. I didnt have a huge amount to ask Chikezie. Given his R&B skills, Im sure hell be able to get gigs in the near future. A big star? That a high order.

Access Atlanta

Paula Abdul Selling ‘Suicide Home’

Paula Abdul has put her Los Angeles mansion up for sale, just weeks after an obsessed fan, Paula Goodspeed, killed herself outside the “American Idol” host’s home.

“Paula simply feels she has outgrown her house, ” a spokesman for Abdul told Us Weekly Magazine. “And given the recent public disclosure of her address, it seemed time that she move into a gated community.”

Fox News

Cowell: ‘Rhydian should have won’

Simon Cowell has revealed that he thinks Rhydian Roberts should have won last year’s X Factor.

The judge admitted that Roberts, who took second place in the competition, was a more talented singer and performer than eventual winner Leon Jackson.

Speaking before Roberts’s recent performance of ‘The Impossible Dream’ on The X Factor, Cowell told The Times: “Well, I think he’s going to prove something tonight, which is that he should have won.

“I know I’m not supposed to say Rhydian should have won but it’s true. I believe that 100%.”


Who could replace Simon Cowell?

Pity poor Simon Cowell. For years he has been forced not only to endure the media spotlight but also to sit on judging panels, without anyone ever asking him if he really actually wanted to be famous.

Still, thank goodness he’s finally found the nerve to stand up for himself. He’s even suggested that he might step down as an X Factor judge in 2009. Who could replace him?

X Factor”s Simon Cowell rated ’11 out of 10 in the bedroom’

Simon Cowell has been rated as “11 and three-quarters out of 10” in the sack, according to his ex, ‘X Factor’ mentor Sinitta. “Sorry boys, he’s rich and good, ” she said


Steve-O on Dancing with the Stars?

Just when you thought Dancing with the Stars couldn’t possibly get any better, TMZ reports that Steve-O is being considered as a contestant for the next season:

Have you ever watched “Dancing with the Stars” and thought to yourself, “Man, this show needs a guy who will staple his testicles to his thigh”? Well your wish just might come true.

TMZ has learned Steve-O (who has been sober for nine months) has verbally agreed to appear on the show next season — and has even auditioned.

The Star

Ballas Hough Band Signs With Hollywood Records

Mark Ballas and Derek Hough already dazzled the world with their fancy footwork on “Dancing With the Stars” — Hough, along with partner, Brooke Burke, just won the Mirror Ball trophy as this season’s champions. Now Mark and Derek are about to go truly footloose with the Ballas Hough Band, the pair’s five-piece ensemble newly signed to Hollywood Records. The debut CD drops in March 2009.

The Ballas Hough Band is currently in the studio with producers John Fields (Jonas Brothers), Eric Valentine (Maroon 5, Good Charlotte) and Adam & Andy (Jesse McCartney) wrapping up the recording of their premiere CD. The band’s line-up features Mark and Derek on vocals and guitar, Emily Grace on keyboards and vocals, bassist Sam Marder and drummer Harry Sullivan. In addition to their own originals, Mark and Derek collaborated with songwriters Dan Wilson, Kevin Kadish and Marty James on several tracks.

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