Adam Lambert Proves a Magnet for Controversy, if Not Viewers
Though an appearance by Adam Lambert on CBS’s ‘Early Show’ ‘â€ quickly orchestrated after ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ withdrew its invitation ‘â€ generated no shortage of news media interest and polarized blog comments, it did not seem to have much impact on the ratings of either show.
According to ratings data provided by Nielsen, the Nov. 25 broadcast of ‘The Early Show, ‘ on which Mr. Lambert was interviewed by Maggie Rodriguez and performed two of his songs (and got a shout-out from his mother) was watched by 2.61 million people, consistent with the show’s ratings earlier that week and the 2.63 million viewers it averaged after 7:25 a.m. in the four weeks prior.
Adam Lambert Doesn’t Regret Raunch, Booked On Fox
Adam Lambert can’t say whether he will ever cause controversy again on national TV, but he has no regrets about his sexually explicit performance on last month’s American Music Awards.
Barbara Walters recently questioned the burgeoning pop star for her annual ABC special on the year’s 10 most fascinating people, and when she asked if he regretted the X-rated antics that got him in trouble, Lambert said, ‘No, no regrets.’
‘To be honest with you, I just, adrenaline is a funny, funny thing, ‘ Lambert told Walters. ‘And I got ‘ ¦ I got really excited. You can’t plan everything ‘â€ if I did a performance exactly how I rehearsed it, it would be so boring.’
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Adam Lambert Pays a Visit to NYC Gay Bar Splash
Adam Lambert made show tunes night at Splash bar in NYC a bit gayer last night. Towleroad received these photos from reader Len Evans of Lambert, his group, and fans (above), and Splash promoter Dougie Meyer (below).
A poster to the forums at Broadway World gushes: “What I thought was just going to be a regular night at Musical Mondays at SPLASH Bar turned-out to be pretty exciting. Around 9:30pm, none-other-than Adam Lambert himself comes strolling in! With about 3 friends, he moved to the back of the bar into a booth. And… a million cell phones immediately whipped out texting friends and updating their Twitter/Facebook statuses. I got the balls to walk over and say hi (thanks to a great friend who pulled me into the booth). He is much skinnier than I thought he would be. Glam black make-up. Black crow hair coiffed to high-heaven. Black fingertip-less gloves, black shirt and pants, long dangly chain around his neck…. (Love child of Liza and Joanne Worley?!) BUT SOOOO SWEET IN PERSON! I introduced myself and friend as members of the NYC Gay Mens Chorus (we were flyering the tables).
ABC rebounds from giving Adam Lambert the heave-ho
In the course of that interview, Babs suggested that the second Station of the Cross should be that Lambert perform on her talk show “The View” to demonstrate he can behave — except, of course, it’s taped. But “The View” will do a big number Thursday. Clever Babs.
Last week ABC dumped the “American Idol” runner-up from not one but two of its programs: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and its “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” This was somewhat surprising since both air late at night, and the Federal Communications Commission pulls in its Decency fangs at 10 p.m.
Kris Allen Rocks Around the Christmas Tree
Kris Allen cozies up to Daisy Duck and rocks out on Thursday (December 3) at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The 24-year-old American Idol winner performed ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ as part of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special, set to air Christmas Day (Friday, December 25) on ABC.
Justin Bieber Covers Eminem, Twitpics With Jordin Sparks
Holiday radio festival season is in full effect, and not only does it give the opportunity for some of the most popular music artists to make the rounds during the holiday season, but it also gives them a chance to connect with each other. At the KDWB Jingle Ball in St. Paul, Minnesota, Justin Bieber and Jordin Sparks shared the bill and also spent some quality time backstage. They even snapped a picture together. “Look at our prom pic?” Bieber wrote to Sparks on his Twitter page. “Great show.”
Fallen American Idol Jessica Sierra Introduces Her New Baby!Fallen American Idol Jessica Sierra Introduces Her New Baby!
Fallen American Idol Jessica Sierra Introduces Her New Baby!
‘Just Like You’
It arrived last week just after releases by Mr. Allen and Mr. Lambert, and Mr. Lambert’s controversial turn during the American Music Awards on ABC. Once again it seemed as if Ms. Iraheta was making the best out of a lesser spotlight. (Next week she’ll appear on that network’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in a slot originally intended for Mr. Lambert.) It’s no wonder that the best songs on ‘Just Like You’ ‘â€ including the title track and the lead single, ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U, ‘ both by the Swedish hit maker Max Martin ‘â€ deal with some aspect of being underestimated.
What remains to be seen, in light of Ms. Iraheta’s sturdily self-assured work here, is the standard by which she wants to be, you know, estimated. ‘Just Like You’ is a workmanlike pop album with shrewdly punky touches, like a ready-made outfit from the mall chain Hot Topic. It flatters Ms. Iraheta as a singer but too often suggests other empowered female stars, like Pink (‘Holiday’ ) or Brandi Carlile (‘Don’t Waste the Pretty’ ) or Kelly Clarkson (‘You Don’t Know Me’ ). And it’s dismaying how soon Katy Perry’s shtick has become a strategy. In the video for ‘Friday I’ll Be Over U, ‘ Ms. Iraheta perches impishly on a giant pair of lips.
David Archuleta talks about Baltimore show and his next album
David Archuleta has accomplished a lot in the year and a half since he finished second on season seven of American Idol.
He released a pop album last November that debuted at number two on the Billboard charts and quickly went gold.
He released a holiday album in October that debuted at number two on the Billboard holiday album chart, behind only Bob Dylan. It still ranks among the top 10 holiday releases.
Rock in the New Year with ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’
Count down to the New Year with “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010, ” featuring some of the top music acts of 2009.
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas will return to host the Las Vegas-based party portions of the special, which will include performances by Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Colbie Caillat, Robin Thicke and Orianthi.
The bi-coastal celebration will include three and one-half hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, as well as the American tradition of Dick Clark counting down to midnight from Times Square in New York City.
10 television series that set the standards for the decade
“American Idol” (premiered June 2002). It’s not quite as big as it once was, but after eight editions, Fox’s “American Idol” is bigger than almost anything else on TV, while continuing to transform pop culture in a big way.
Carrie Underwood and her ‘All-Star Holiday Special’: What a nice seasonal surprise it was
Carrie Underwood has beaten the odds: at a time of the year when TV is clogged with Christmas specials, she managed to put one together that stood out. It had something for everyone ‘â€ singing, sentiment, silliness, and sex. And she made its charms last for a full two hours.
At first, it was a little hard to see where the ‘holiday’ in this An All-Star Holiday Special was going to apply. Underwood began by singing ‘Cowboy Casanova’ attired in various tight black materials, with what looked like platform boots borrowed from KISS. Oh my, I thought, what a refreshing alternative to the seasonal red-and-green!
PHOTO: See Carrie Underwood’s Bikini Body!
Carrie Underwood showed off her bikini body Monday during a vacation at the Cove Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.
“Just thought I’d write and make you all jealous by telling you about the wonderful time I’m having in the Bahamas!” she wrote on her official fan club site this weekend. “It was a breezy 80 something outside and the sun was shining bright…I managed to get a nice little bronzy color today. I’m actually a wee bit burned, but it doesn’t hurt. I’ll have to break out the SPF tomorrow … This is the best vacation I have been on in a long time.”
American Idol Kevin Covais, Others to Sing in Nassau
The Nassau County Museum of Art presents its Celebrate the Season program on Friday, December 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Levittown resident Kevin Covais, famed for his American Idol performances, will be on hand to join a cast of singers and choral groups who will fill the air with music at the museum’s lawns right after the 6 p.m. holiday tree lighting.
‘Idol’ star Glocksen not idle
As “American Idol” prepares to kick off another season next month, Naperville residents may grow nostalgic for “their” idol — Gina Glocksen. Fortunately, within the next few months, anyone who misses hearing Glocksen sing will have plenty of opportunities to do so. She is releasing her first album in the coming weeks, touring in a holiday concert coming to the area and also performing in local venues with the Gina Glocksen Band.
Glocksen’s self-titled album, in which she co-wrote every song, has been in the works for two years as Glocksen tried to find the right people to work with. She has spent the past year going back and forth from Naperville to Nashville to record the album, at one point traveling almost every weekend. According to Glocksen, it will soon be available on iTunes as well as on her Web site www.rocktheglock.com.
Exclusive Photos: FROM THE ‘HOLIDAY OF HOPE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY’
THE SKINNY: The Hollywood/Highland Center recently held their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony HOLIDAY OF HOPE, which was a benefit for One Heartland.
Before the Tree Lighting ceremony there was a private VIP reception, with a silent auction, and featured intimate performances with Mitchel Musso (HANNAH MONTANA), Michael Johns and Kimberley Locke (AMERICAN IDOL). Also joining the stars for this event was Noah Munck, Ken Baumann, Ariana Grande, I’m OK You’re OK (who performed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony), Connor Gibbs, Jonathan Benett, Robbie Amell, Ryan Newman, Paige Hemmis, Eduardo Xol, Paul McGill, Markina Brown (Host of the Tree Lighting ‘ she’s the weather girl on KTLA news), Brandon Tyler Russell, Joey Luthman, Jasmine Alveran, Olesya Rulin (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (CAMP ROCK and FAME) and of course’ ¦SANTA!
One Hit Wonders
1. Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” was used as the kiss-off song for the 5th season of “American Idol, ” which gave the song enough juice to become the biggest single of 2006. The song went to No. 1 in April and stayed at the top for five weeks. But Powter’s good fortune didn’t last long; he hasn’t visited the Hot 100 since.
9. Bo Bice
INSIDE YOUR HEAVEN
Bo Bice won the hearts of “American Idol” viewers with “Inside Your Heaven, ” which peaked at No. 2 in July 2005. After the cameras turned off, voters quickly tuned out. His next highest-charting single, “The Real Thing, ” peaked at No. 56 in May 2006.
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Video: Kara DioGuardi’s Vegas Birthday Extravaganza!
“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi recently celebrated her upcoming birthday at LAVO at the Palazzo in Las Vegas! ET has the details.
Kara celebrated her big night at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Party with Jimmy Johnson and Tony Hawk.
Watch the video for more from Kara’s fun night, where she talks about Ellen DeGeneres joining “Idol” this season!
Paula Abdul: Simon Cowell is like a bully brother
Paula was ‘the heart of the show who nurtured and empathised. That was her role, and she was great at it, ‘ says Kara. So it’s no surprise that the former singer admits that she has struggled to come to terms with her decision to quit the show she adored.
‘I feel tremendously blessed to have made history with that show, ‘ she says. ‘I felt like I was a mama bear to cubs and I was there to protect them. I’ll miss that but I’ll be rooting on everyone.’
Simon Cowell’s first appearance on television
It’s 1990; the Berlin Wall has fallen, Mandela is free and Thatcher is hanging by a thread. The people of Britain ought by rights to be out in the streets, singing, hugging strangers and putting flowers in each other’s hair. Instead they are sat at home watching Sale of the Century, a gameshow offering inspiring prizes of useless, fell-off-the-back-of-a-truck tat at a reduced, cutting-me-own-throat price. The population are huddled round their televisions watching this glorified market stall of a programme, and little do they know they are about to witness the most significant and auspicious event that entire century could hope to offer. They are about to see Simon Cowell’s first television appearance.
Susan Boyle Gets Her Own TV Special
Top-selling recording artist Susan Boyle is the subject of an hour-long TV special, hosted by Piers Morgan.
Susan Boyle made history with the launch of her I Dreamed a Dream CD, which became the best-selling debut album by a woman. Now she will be featured in a one-hour TV Guide Network special, “I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story.”
“I’ve really enjoyed myself and I’m really enjoying making the show. I don’t want the dream to end — in fact, I want it to become a reality, ” Susan says of the TV show.
HE’S BACK ON FACTOR WITH THESE THREE
His last X Factor appearance was a sweat-soaked shambles… with his bug-eyed dance routine even prompting whispers he was off his head on drugs.
But full credit to Robbie Williams – he’s going back on the show this weekend.
And he had better raise his game this time round because he is in mighty fine company.
Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael and Michael Buble have all agreed to appear as well.
Danyl Johnson to get record deal
Simon Cowell is to give Danyl Johnson a record deal.
‘The X Factor’ star – who was voted off the show in Sunday’s (06.12.09) semi-final – has reportedly caught the eye of several record labels who want to sign him to release an album next year, although hopefuls vying for his signature face competition from the show boss who wants the former teacher to commit to working with his label, Syco.
Simon said: “Singers like him do not disappear. I would just say, ‘Watch this space’.”
Danyl, 27, has vowed not to let missing out on a place in this week’s ‘X Factor’ final affect his dreams and has set his sights on making a record.
‘Glee’ Star Caught Kissing Nikki Blonsky
Move over Zac Efron. ‘Glee’ actor Cory Monteith gave fans quite a surprise when he kissed ‘Hairspray’ actress Nikki Blonsky on the cheek at Marshalls & TJ Maxx’s ‘Carol-oke’ contest in Bryant Park. So what made him do it? “I put on antlers, and I go out of my mind, ” Monteith jokes to PopEater about the friendly kiss.
Jackson radio show host, Jessika Baier, killed in early morning crash on I-94
Jessika Baier, 21, was heading west about 3:15 a.m. near Pierce Road in Washtenaw County’s Sylvan Township when her vehicle left the road, according to a Michigan State Police news release.
The vehicle traveled into the median and struck an embankment, which caused the vehicle to go airborne and overturn, according to the release, sent by a trooper at the Ypsilanti post.
Baier died at the scene, said state police Sgt. Tony Cuevas.
Cuevas said police do not know what caused her vehicle to leave the road. The road conditions were not bad and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Baier, who has won dozens of singing competitions over the last several years, was featured on American Idol earlier this year.
She competed against 300 contestants in Puerto Rico and was among the final 16 who performed in front of the show’s famed judges, including Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.