Idol Headlines for 1/22/09

Idol Is Still Top Show, But Not Because of Cat Fights

Two weeks into season 8 and American Idol is still pulling in viewers thanks to a solid talent pool and the addition of songwriter-producer Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge.

Despite a ratings dip this season, Idol is still the top show in America after airing its first four episodes.

…This wouldnt have been on TV for eight years if it wasnt doing right, executive producer Ken Warwick told PEOPLE before the start of the season. …Im not ashamed of [the dip in ratings] because Ive got eight years of success behind me ¦ Im not that worried about it.

Joanna Pacitti and ‘Idol’ Ringers

There has been a lot of fuss made recently about contestant Joanna Pacitti from the American Idol Louisville auditions. She has previously performed in a national touring company of Annie and also signed with A&M Records at the age of 16. Her album, This Crazy Life, was released in 2006. It didn’t do very well and she was dropped by A&M in 2007.

The reason this blog hasn’t weighed in so far is because I wanted to devote the time to get all my thoughts straightened out. So here is what I think about Joanna Pacitti’s former music career.

UCA student gets ticket to Hollywood on American Idol

For the past eight years, thousands of young men and women from across the country are given what they hope is a shot at stardom or at least 15 minutes of fame.

“American Idol, ” Fox’s popular televised singing competition, has an enormous following and the popularity isn’t weakening, as more than 10, 500 people showed up in Louisville, Ky. to sing their hearts out in auditions for the eighth season.

Among those thousands of singers was Kris Allen, a student at the University of Central Arkansas, according to the show’s Web site.

He was also one of the few to leave the audition room with a golden ticket to the next round in Hollywood.

The Cabin

‹Girl power in new season of American Idol

Let admit it. Kara Dioguardi is hot. ;-) But we digress.

Her addition to the new season of American Idol has indeed spiced up the panel of judges, composed of Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Now you have two women that can balance out opinions of men.

It is now clear that Kara and Simon will be in loggerheads. Both have strong personalities. Also, both have an interesting bio, which explains the differences in opinion. As one aspiring AI pointed out during the auditions in San Francisco, the smug Cowell has provided this reality show its brutal honesty. (Sometimes, some people really need to be told that they dont have a tinge of singing talent, heh). But with Dioguardi around, perhaps we can expect more fireworks from the panel of judges. Weeee.

It’s time for ‘Idol’ to sift out the nutjobs

This is only a test

Based on this week’s “Idol” auditions, I’m proposing a four-pronged test for weeding out the crazies. Think of it as the schema by which we can identify folks who will never win “American Idol, ” but may show up in headlines for years after for odd and assorted reasons (stalking, bad karaoke albums, DUIs, airport assaults).

Tulsa World

Here’s the deal, American idols: Don’t you dare let us down

I’m slowly warming up to the Fox television phenomenon “American Idol, ” and that’s saying a lot.

One, I loathe reality television shows and, when happening upon one, usually find myself knocking seat cushions asunder in a frantic search for the remote control.

Two, this is a singing show, and I was the guy who, when called in to replace a cast member on a high school production of “Carousel, ” was asked by the director to mouth the words whenever a musical number started.


Farmersville mom smiles at her ‘Idol’ experience

Kimberly Cornett watched “American Idol” on Wednesday, Jan. 21, relieved that her audition footage did not air on television.

The 26-year-old Farmersville mom said since her final audition in Louisville wasn’t good enough for Hollywood, the only way she would have been featured on the show was for doing something embarrassing. Her performance of Alannah Myles’ 1989 hit “Black Velvet” didn’t end up that way, thankfully.

“I can sing, I’m just not the fresh-faced talent they’re looking for, ” Cornett said. “I kind of expected it because I’m just a normal person.”

Dayton Daily News

Local singer calls ‹American Idol experience ‹memorable

And it was this opportunity that led Golden Meadow native Jordy Rousse to make a nearly 2, 000-mile trek to Salt Lake City.

Rousse decided to tryout for the show after winning 2008 Houma-based CenterStage singing competition.

Rousse bested 80 contestants for the title.

…I had it in my head all along that I would tryout for ‹Idol if I won, the 22-year-old said.

Houma Today

Working for a song

His latest single, “Feels Like Tonight, ” performed by American Idol’s fifth season finalist Chris Daughtry, reached the top of the charts last year, helping American Idol’s most successful rockster clinch the best band award at the American Music Awards.

Solomon has written album tracks for other American Idol winners and finalists: Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and David Archuleta, not to mention artists who made it the “old-fashioned” way, like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias and Paris Hilton.

A Grand Hallelujah for Amar A Morir

With writer and director, Fernando Lebrija, producer and co-writer, Harrison Reiner, and the film star, Jose Maria de Tavira, in attendance, the Mexican/Columbian co-production – Amar A Morir – received its world premier at the Lobero Theatre last night. And, along with a post screening Q+A session, the premier also featured a live performance by American Idol finalist Jason Castro.

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