Idol Headlines for 1/22/08

Idol Talent Search Unearths the Good, Bad and Scary – by Ayla Brown

It is going to be another interesting year on Fox …American Idol.

As expected, there were multiple train wrecks on last week season opener. What would the show be without them? I know I wouldnt watch. …American Idol is all about sifting through the good, the bad and the ugly as it searches for its next superstar.

Season seven looks like it will be just like any other. Let hope that the contestants bring more to the table than last year performers. If not, the show risks losing more viewers.

Boston Herald

Let’s talk about ‘Idol’ spoilers

Support for this contestant, who hasn’t even made a blip on the radars of the 30 million fans whose viewing consists solely of watching Idol on TV, is so strong on some message boards that a Cardin backlash has already begun. An alleged contestant who hasn’t appeared on national TV, hasn’t had to deal with an awkwardly incompatible theme night, hasn’t faced the week-to-week scrutiny of the judges is already facing fierce debate on whether or not she’s overrated.

American Idol has become a little weird.


Changes on way for seventh season of ‘American Idol’

As we look back on last season’s “American Idol” ‘  excuse us while we yawn at the thought of Sanjaya’s hair ‘  the one thing it did best was bore us. And not just us. Celebrity “mentor” Gwen Stefani acted like she’d have rather been working the checkout line at Target.

Even “Idol” producers admit that they lost their focus in the glare of Phil Stacey’s bald head. So they’ve made some changes for the seventh season, which began last week.

This season, “Idol” will go back to having fewer “mentors” and give us more up-close-and-personal time with contestants. And, at least in the audition phases, the wanna-be superstars are being allowed to play instruments as they warble.

Ventura County Star

‘American Idol’ Boot Camp

Well, at least it feels that way. I know that the American Idol audition shows are a huge ratings-a-rama for Fox (but apparently not as huge as last year … hmmm), but honestly, America, they bore the mess out of me. I could write them in my sleep.

For every good, legitimate singer with a shot at going to Hollywood, there’ll be one or two borderline singers; one really horrible deluded chick who cusses out the camera; some sad, awkward kid whose embarrassment on national television should make us all ashamed; and one idiot dressed as the Frito Bandito. Rinse, lather, repeat, go to the kitchen to get another veggie pot pie because I sure ain’t missing anything.

Palm Beach Post

‹American Idol Virgin Fires Back at Seacrest

But Dickson fired back at Seacrest in an interview with Cybercast News Service.…A real man would rather wait than just do whatever with whoever, he said.

On “Fox Report” on Thursday, Shepard Smith interviewed Sarah Preston, writer and editor with, who had her own advice for Dickson’s career advancement. “I would have told him to go to first, second, third, fourth and fifth.”

Preston told Cybercast News Service that she was questioning Dickson’s sex appeal not his religious convictions.


Former MW resident enjoys brief appearance on ‘Idol’

Tarleton State University senior Erica Vila was recently looking to the stars ‘ but not in search of the mysterious Stephenville UFO.

She was looking for the Hollywood kind ‘ as in Paula, Randy and Simon.

Actually the former Mineral Wells resident has become a bit of a star herself ‘ well, at least to those who recognized her in a brief appearance as part of a montage of singers that aired Wednesday night on Fox …American Idol.

The episode ‘ the second of the season ‘ centered on the Dallas auditions last August at Texas Stadium which Vila went to along with Erin Hedges.

Mineral Wells Index

Simon Warns Contestants Before Auditions

…I go in to meet them [contestants] beforehand and say, ‹Hi, how are you? Excited? Yes? To warn you guys, in case you haven’t seen the show, if you’re not very good we may criticize you. Is that a problem? Answer, ‹No.'” Simon told “Extra.” “Then they come in, we criticize them and they go nuts.


‘American Idol’ Audition Do’s and Don’ts: Ditch The Costumes, Dude-Sung Celine Covers

C’mon people! After six seasons, we get that the first few weeks of “American Idol” auditions are supposed to be a parade of freaks mixed in with a few potential gems just to keep it interesting. We know it’s too late for this season’s group of musical circus geeks, but if the first two audition episodes are any indication, some of you are in dire need of a refresher course on the do’s and don’ts of “Idol” tryouts before we even start thinking about season eight.


Sanjaya Malakar: Not having another Sanjaya on ‘Idol’ “a good thing”
No matter what happens on American Idol’s currently airing seventh season, one thing is for certain.

“Not having another Sanjaya in the next season of Idol is probably a good thing, ” sixth-season finalist Sanjaya Malakar — speaking in the third person — told People in the magazine’s January 28 issue. “There’s only one Sanjaya.”

While the 18-year-old was known more for his crazy coifs and lack of vocal ability during his time on Idol — he’s apparently not letting that get him down, as he’s currently working on his career as a solo artist.

Reality TV World

Sanjaya Without His Hair — Who?!

With his long, wavy locks tucked inside a hat, “American Idol” wannabeen Sanjaya Malakar (‘memba him?) looks more like the D-list bastard child of Marc Anthony and Snoop Dogg!

Sanji was spotted trying to go incognito while walking in L.A. on Sunday. Sanjaya is one “Idol” reject who hasn’t been dropped by his label — because he never had one!


“Gospel Music Rings From Opry House”

Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill were two of several country stars at Sunday night taping for the Great American Country channel.

The artists are plugging the upcoming album “How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry.


Bucky and Zippo “A Great Match”

Zippo, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pocket lighters, is partnering with Bucky Covington as the title sponsor of the artist’s tour dates. Zippo’s sponsorship will kick off when Bucky joins Dierks Bentley’s “Throttle Wide Open” tour, sponsored by Bud Light.

…It’s going to be so cool to have Zippo with me on the road as my tour sponsor, says Bucky. …I’m a big fan of their products so it’s a great match.

Before joining Dierks Bentley on his Throttle Wide Open tour in February, Bucky plans to pay a visit to Zippo headquarters in Bradford, PA to meet and perform for the company’s employees and executives.


NASCAR Drivers and Country Music Stars Inaugurate Track Chic TV

Track Chic, inaugurates Track Chic TV, the new internet video service for racing fans at the 3rd Annual Celebration of Sound and Speed. Videos of the event are posted on Track Chic website,, and abbreviated versions at TrackChicTV on YouTube.

Track Chic TV coverage of Sound and Speed includes coverage of the Sound and Speed Charity Auction Red Carpet with hostess, Mindy Lawrence, interviewing Country Music Stars: Danielle Peck, Bucky Covington, Brent Keith, Josh Gracin, Craig Morgan, Julie Roberts, Jason Michael Carrol and Bryan White. Also included are: NASCAR owners and drivers: Kyle and Richard Petty, Michael Waltrip, Richard Childress, Clint Bowyer and Bobby Hamilton, Jr.

Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson Rise to the Occasion in Concert

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson bring out the best in each other, and it’s clear that their 2 Worlds 2 Voices tour is no gimmick. They really do love singing together.

From the curtain’s rise to the encore, there was never a time when either singer left the stage during their Friday night (Jan. 18) concert in Louisville, Ky., and they traded verses like they’ve known each others’ songs for years. For someone who’s been around as long as McEntire, it would be really easy to just go through the motions, sing “Fancy” for the millionth time and cash the big check. However, she is clearly giving it her best shot — and smiling all the way through. Six or seven times in the show, Clarkson gushed about Reba, Reba, Reba — maybe too much — so the expectations for Clarkson’s fans who don’t know a thing about McEntire were probably very high.


Great White Way Ridiculous

Clay Aiken’s Saturday night debut in Broadway’s “Spamalot” was full of absurdity — and not because of Monty Python’s material. (Video)


Photo Coverage: ‘Spamalot’ Welcomes Clay Aiken & Hannah Waddingham to Broadway

Monty Python’s Spamalot welcomed two new stars in their Broadway debut at the Shubert Theatre on Friday, January 18 (225 West 44th Street): Recording-artist and “American Idol” runner-up, Clay Aiken as Sir Robin and Hannah Waddingham as The Lady of the Lake, direct from her starring role in the West End. (Photos)


Fantasia a No-Show at Annual MLK Celebration

Despite advertisements that High Point-native Fantasia Barrino would perform at Mount Zion Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the former American Idol winner did not show up.

The line outside the church formed two hours before the annual event was scheduled to begin, with many people hoping to get a glimpse of Barrino and hip-hop artist Lil Mo.


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