Crystal Bowrsox is in New York to promote her album Farmer’s Daughter set to drop on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Via @GinaOrr:
- In our free time Monday @crystalbowersox performs at CitySights NY’s Toy Drive
- Tomorrow afternoon @crystalbowersox will be taping an interview for NPR’s @hereandnow…not sure when it will air yet
- Tomorrow @crystalbowersox is gonna hang with @jambajim!
Plus, Gina says Crystal’s music video for “Farmer’s Daughter” finished last night. It should be online soon.
Today’s Idol Appearances:
- Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen perform at the ‘Nelson, Terry & Stacey Christmas Show’ (The Buzz 105.1) in Portland, OR
- David Archuleta performs at the Star 94.1 Acoustic Jingle Ball in San Diego, CA.
- Crystal Bowersox performs on Live with Regis and Kelly
- Crystal Bowersox performs at CitySights Toy Drive, 12 Noon in NYC. More info HERE.
- Bo Bice will be at “Christmas 4 Kids” Bus Show Artist Meet & Greet at the Wal-Mart in Hendersonville TN
- Kimberley Locke performs at the Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
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Crystal Bowersox balances expression and expectations on debut album
“I love roots music and country music and classic rock and blues, ” she says. “I love old-school funk. Listening to Farmer’s Daughter, you can hear all those things. I wanted that to be evident. Pop music is okay. It’s good, but it’s not really what moves me.”
For Crystal, even the sequencing of songs tells a story.
“The way that I like to see it, in the order the songs are in, the first song is basically a good way to come into the album and introduce people and say, ‘Hey, I’m here to do music my way and hopefully you like it, ‘” she says.
“Then the second song is the Buffalo Springfield cover [For What It’s Worth]. Stephen Stills is an amazing writer. I love that song. It’s timeless, no matter what time period you’re in. It’s a song that crosses generations.
Read more at USA Today
Adam Lambert Behind the Scenes – Y100 Jingle Ball
First Night St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg’s family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration has upped the entertainment quotient this year with the addition of American Idol finalist and hometown favorite Michael Lynche. Other featured acts this year include Have Gun Will Travel, Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters and Fred Johnson will be performing with the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra.
FirstKids, the popular venue for children’s activities and entertainment, will be held at Baywalk. It begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a procession to the Bubble Stomp on Bayshore Drive at 8:30.
Read more at Tampa Bay.com
Katharine McPhee revives Billy Squier ’80s holiday tune
Katharine McPhee says she’d never heard Billy Squier’s Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You before she started looking for songs for a Christmas project.
Squier introduced the song on an MTV Christmas special in 1981 — the cable channel’s first year of existence and three years before the former American Idol runner-up was born.
“I didn’t know the song at all, ” Katharine says in a USA TODAY article on women who’ve released holiday albums this year. She adds that her music director, Doug Petty, played the song for her on YouTube. “I was, like, ‘Wow, that was a long time ago.'”
Read more at USA Today
Adam Lambert wins two German CMA awards: Best International Single for “Whataya Want From Me” and Best International Artist with Shakira.
Adam Lambert Talk Asia Promo
‘Idol’ Siobhan Mangus is still a scream
Not a random pairing, Magnus’ uncle, Alan Ware, is URO’s co-founder and drummer. Yet far from a case of rock ’n’ roll nepotism, the tag team of talents seems meant to be.
Magnus was often mocked for her histrionic screams on “Idol.” Simon Cowell told the Bay Stater after her performance of Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” that “it was almost like you were giving birth up there.” But over-the-top vocals are absolute requisites when you do Queen, Led Zeppelin and other URO favorite artists.
Read more at the Boston Herald
Adam Lambert: Home, Sweet Home
Capping off a travel intensive weekend, Adam Lambert was spotted arriving on a flight at LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Sunday (December 12).
Clad in a black and white skull-face t-shirt with black jeans and a matching winter cap, the “American Idol” alum strolled through the terminal while tweeting to his millions of followers, “Good to be home.”
See the photos at Celebrity-Gossip
Elliott Yamin tweets, “Just wrapped up a 12 hour photo shoot!…now, on my way 2 the studio 2 tighten this last track, and I just saw a fallin star..I made a wish”
Photoshoot 2day 4 my album release in japan…its been an eventful day 2day…will xplain later!
Entertainment Tonight: American idol promo feat. Taylor Hicks and Carrie Underwood
More ‘Glee’ For Gwyneth!
Gwyneth Paltrow is coming back for more “Glee.”
The Oscar winner will reprise her role as McKinley High’s favorite substitute teacher, Holly Holiday, for a second episode, Gwyneth revealed to Access Hollywood on Sunday during the press junket for her new film, “Country Strong.”
No word on when her second episode will be taped or air.
Read more at Access Hollywood
Lea Michele: Hollywood Style Awards with Chris Colfer!
Lea Michele graces the red carpet of the 2010 Hollywood Style Awards held at the Hammer Museum on Sunday (December 12) in Westwood, Calif.
The 24-year-old Glee actress shared a laugh with her co-star Chris Colfer while bumping into him at the awards.
See the photos at Just Jared
Behind Dianna’s firing spree
Sources say the real reason “Glee” star Dianna Agron dumped her management team is because her boyfriend, actor Alex Pettyfer, told her to. We reported last week that Agron, who plays pretty cheerleader Quinn Fabray on the Fox comedy, fired her manager, Lena Roklin, her agent, Leslie Siebert at the Gersh Agency, and her lawyer, Dave Feldman, because she was unhappy about her career’s direction. But we hear she’s now signed with Pettyfer’s agent, William Morris Endeavor’s Thor Bradwell, and his lawyer, Steve Warren.
Read more at the New York Post
Cola War Over New Simon Cowell ‘X Factor’
EXCLUSIVE & UPDATED: Obviously all those scandals affecting the UK version of his The X Factor talent show hasn’t scared away advertisers for the American version which debuts on Fox in Fall 2011. Now I’ve learned that a Cola War has kicked off. There’s a $50 million to $100 million auction going on right now between Coke and Pepsi for sponsorship of Cowell’s U.S. version of The X Factor.
Read more at Deadline
The X Factor’s other verdict: Simon Cowell’s control has its limits
Though Simon Cowell remains the richest and most powerful figure in British television, he again suffered the irritation of public defiance last night. In the final of the seventh series of The X Factor, the tycoon’s favoured act – boy band One Direction – was dropped into third place by the telephone voting. In the resulting sing-off, Matt Cardle, a 27-year-old painter-decorator from Essex, beat 24-year-old Liverpudlian single mother Rebecca Ferguson.
Both regularly described by the judges as among the “nicest contestants The X Factor has ever had”, Cardle and Ferguson suffered repeated and visible bouts of insecurity during the 10-week contest and will be marketed as an answer to the charge that the programme encourages slick, ambitious pop wannabes.
Read more at the Guardian
There’s only One Direction for Simon Cowell… Sandy Lane, with fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy
His act One Direction might have fallen at the last hurdle on The X Factor final last night, but that didn’t stop judge Simon Cowell looking like the cat that got the cream as he left the television studios with fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy.
The 51-year-old smiled widely for photographers as he was photographed getting into a car with his stunning 37-year-old girlfriend and heading home after a long night.
And it’s no wonder his grin continued as the pair pulled out of the studios, as make-up artist Mezhgan looked stunning in a flattering grey silk dress and matching pashmina.
Cowell must also be looking forward to his Christmas away with Mezhgan in Sandy Lane in Barbabos – the exclusive hotel resort where he has spent the past five Christmases.
Read more at The Daily Mail
AFI Awards 2010 announced
An eclectic mixture of feature films was selected Sunday for the American Film Institutes’s AFI Awards 2010, the organization’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, TV and other forms of the moving arts.
Read more at the LA Times
Will Cowell’s ‘evil genius’ turn ‘X-Factor’ into the new ‘American Idol?’
A record audience of nearly 20 million British viewers flocked to the “X Factor’s” Sunday night finale, which awarded a $1.6 million recording contract to painter Matt Cardle, heretofore unknown beyond his immediate circle of friends.
The British experience suggests the headline-grabbing, rags-to-riches show may be a smash in the United States when it debuts next year, even if it’s got some strong similarities to the popular but waning “American Idol.”
Cardle launched the first day of his new life Monday, embarking on a publicity blitz to try to drive his debut single, “When We Collide, ” to become No. 1 on the British Christmas charts. That lucrative spot has in recent years tended to go to the X Factor winner, but last year went instead to Rage Against the Machine, boosted by an anti-X Factor, anti-Cowell movement on Facebook.
Read more4 at Associated Press