Idol Chartwatch, December 22: New Idol Albums on the Horizon
Idols are all over the holiday charts and there good news for David Cook. In addition, Idol fans can look forward to a plethora of new music after the first of the year. Read on for all this and more.
Clay Aiken Reflects on a Year of Coming Out, Being a New Dad
It’s been a year of major developments for Clay Aiken.
In late September the American Idol favorite acknowledged in a PEOPLE cover story that he’s gay ‘ an announcement that followed the Aug. 8 birth of his first child, Parker, with his best friend, music producer Jaymes Foster, 50.
While Aiken’s coming out generated significant interest on Internet blogs, it’s the singer’s status as a new dad that he says makes 2008 the most memorable.
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Happy 19th Birthday Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson Took Your Spotlight
Happy Birthday Grammy-nominated “Idol” winner Jordin Sparks! Truth be told I am not the biggest “American Idol” fan … I mean, minus the short-bus style audition episodes, I totally pass on the actual show. I just don’t get the whole drawn-out process of week after week, vote after vote — just pick one already!
All that said, it is my favorite of all “Idol” winners’, Jordin Sparks’ big day. She is turning 19 today, and, needless to say, is a perfect lady. Ms. Sparks was spotted performing at Sandalford Winery in Perth, Australia, over the weekend, after being missing from the stage for the past couple of weeks. Her new album is rumored to be hitting stores mid to late 2009, and if it’s anything like her last one I think I may freak out a lil.
USO show ‘Rocks’ Al Asad
Service members here had the opportunity to laugh and rock out to comedians Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, John Bowman and musicians Tichina Arnold, Zac Brown, Kellie Pickler and Kid Rock Dec. 19.
Country musician Kellie Pickler sang her hit single …Red High Heels and even interrupted her rendition of …9 to 5 to invite one lucky Marine to the front of the stage. The Marine had been holding a sign that said, …All I want for Christmas is a kiss from Kellie Pickler. The Marine got his wish.
…My grandfather was a Marine and he was the one who raised me, so he was excited when he heard I was coming out here, said Pickler.
Pickler decided to tour with the USO after finding out about it from a fellow country music star.
…I heard about Toby Keith doing a USO tour, so I talked to my manager and did what I could to make it out here, said Pickler.
Is That You Trenyce AI Flashback
Trenyce, of American Idol fame, was spotted out at the 14th Annual Christmas inthe City Giveaway. Also pictured here is Yvette Nicole Brown.
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FOX inks Daughtry and Lynyrd Skynyrd for New Year’s Show
FOX has inked Daughtry and Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform on New Year’s Eve Live airing Wednesday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).
Talk show host Spike Feresten and Mark Thompson will host from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and lead the count down to 2009. The evening will feature performances by David Cook, Daughtry, Scott Weiland and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as a death-defying motorcycle jump by daredevil Robbie Knievel.
Sadness and hope were in the stars for these celebs in 2008
Tragedy: On Oct. 24, just one week after Hudson’s drama The Secret Life of Bees opened and soon after her self-titled CD was released, the singer/actress, 27, learned that her mother and brother had been found dead, and her 7-year-old nephew was missing. The body of Julian, son of her sister, Julia, was found three days later. Julia’s estranged husband, William Balfour, has since been charged in the deaths.
Hope: Shortly after the tragedy, Hudson’s family announced the Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, which would help families of murder victims by providing food, clothing, shelter and grief counseling. And on Dec. 3, Hudson received four Grammy nominations, among them best R&B album.
Dish of Salt: Top 10 TV Moments of 2008
#2 ‘ …American Idol David Vs. David
The FOX behemoth roared back with a satisfying season that came down to the rocker vs. the teen heartthrob – David Cook vs. David Archuleta. 97 million votes came in on the night of the finale, the most in the show history and this time …America did get it right as Simon would say.
Christmas with the Stars
RUBEN STUDDARD and his most memorable Christmas gift: …When I was in seventh grade, all I got was a candy cane. I used to have a conduct problem in school. I had straight A in my work, but I couldnt stop talking, and I loved to sing in class when I finished my work, so I would have F in conduct. My mom told me that if I got another F in conduct, I wouldnt get anything for Christmas. But, of course, I got another F. So I woke up Christmas morning and they were all opening their presents and I had only a candy cane under the tree. I was upset and I went outside to play -‘ and to pout a little bit. But when I came back in, they had put all my gifts out. It was a rough Christmas at first, but let me tell you: I learned my lesson!
David Archuleta, John Mayer, Vampire Weekend And More Give Us Their Favorite Albums And Songs Of 2008
“One of the biggest songs of the year for me was definitely ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz … you gotta love that song. I mean, who doesn’t? If you don’t there’s something wrong going on. It’s an awesome song.
Our Top Stories Of 2008: Britney Spears, Heath Ledger, Chris Brown And More
6. Who could forget frequently teary 18-year-old “American Idol” castoff Josiah Leming? The Tennessean with the heart of glass didn’t make the cut on the show. But when we visited his hometown of Morristown, Tennessee, the mop-topped troubadour was happy to play a few acoustic tunes on the streets of his city and show off the infamous 1989 Mercury Topaz he used to crash in.
Sinitta launches quest to find Simon Cowell a new girlfriend
He may be a millionaire and one of the biggest TV stars in the world, but Simon Cowell needs help finding a date… according to his close friend Sinitta.
The former pop singer, who dated Cowell in the late Eighties, says she is going to play matchmaker to find him a new girlfriend after he split from long-term love Terri Seymour.
Sinitta, 42, and Cowell, 49, are currently holidaying together for a month in the Caribbean, giving them plenty of time to discuss the X Factor judge’s dream woman.
Simon Cowell is a Blog Bully
American Idol host and professional dick Simon Cowell is known for being a cad, and that apparently reaches to the blogosphere.
One of our writers ran a quick post yesterday highlighting the fact that Simon Cowell has hairy man boobs. A touch in jest naturally, and the image was widely featured on celeb blogs.
Then we, and presuming the other sites received a legal threat from Cowell lawyers claiming among other things that running the photo breaches Cowell rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The lawyers are American, but apparently theyre incapable of filing a compliant DMCA request. Weve removed the photo: at the end of the day it not worth a fight over, but ironically it took about 2 seconds to find a similar 12 month old shot that wasnt mentioned in their email.
Here what a letter from a Grade A blog bully looks like. As of now we wont be offering Cowell anything other that negative coverage in the future.
Cowell offers X Factor winner free holiday
‘X Factor’ winner Alexandra Burke has said that Simon Cowell has offered her a holiday to “anywhere in the world”.
According to a posting on the singer’s website, Cowell offered Burke the reward after her single ‘Hallelujah’ went to number one in the charts.
Burke said: “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe it. It’s been the best week of my life.”
Dance review: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and pros
The pleasures of “Dancing With the Stars” aren’t that much different from NASCAR. For all the spectacle and talent involved, a large portion of the audience is watching just to see if Warren Sapp is going to crash into the wall.
There are also the catty judges, the occasional fainting Osmond and the very real possibility that Adam Carolla might begin the Paso Doble by riding a unicycle. Artistic excellence is celebrated weekly on the ABC series, but it shares the stage with failure, humiliation and audaciousness.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Tour, with Studdard and Davis, to Play the Bronx in 2009
The national tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’, which co-stars “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and former Rent star Frenchie Davis, will make a stop in the New York City metropolitan area in 2009.
The 30th anniversary tour of the Tony-winning revue will play the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx May 16, 2009, at 8 PM. Tickets, priced $20-$45, are currently available by visiting www.lehmancenter.org.
Aiken Achin’ For Baby 2
Former American Idol Clay Aiken wants another baby!
Aiken is already expecting a child with his strictly business lady friend, 50-year old music producer Jaymes Foster, and they are currently working towards having another, 29-year old Aiken recently told In Touch.
Apparently, they each have previously frozen eggs and sperm.
Is Hollywood having a fertility contest or something?