‘American Idol’ And The Making Of A Star
Now, I have no musical aspirations myself ‘â€ no desire or talent to become a pop star or a songwriter. But when they announced that they’d let a viewer write the big ballad, they had me hooked. I immediately began sketching out what I believed to be the perfect American Idol song.
I wanted something vaguely patriotic and sort of religious, and I wanted to capture the way a very uncomplicated pop singer might feel at the conclusion of an unlikely journey. My song was called “On The Wings Of Dreaming Eagles, ” and it may be the worst song ever written by a human being.
Fisher engaged to Carrie Underwood
Mike Fisher confirmed reports today that he and country superstar Carrie Underwood are engaged.
Fisher proposed to the 26-year-old singer Sunday afternoon at his Ottawa home. The two have extremely busy schedules and Fisher took advantage of an off-day with the Ottawa Senators to pop the question.
“We’re both very excited, ” Fisher said. “These are exciting times. We’d been talking about this and we’re both really happy.”
While the couple haven’t set a date yet, they do plan to marry sometime this summer.
No Tour Planned for So You Think You Can Dance’s Season-Six Top 10
So You Think You Can Dance season six turned out to have a few more rough edges than perhaps the producers and dancers would have liked.
Several members of the top 20 were so seriously injured that they had to drop out or stop out (Billy, Noelle, Ashleigh), the final was hosted on the home stage rather than in the glamorous confines of the Kodak Theatre, the top four were fluffed up into a top six for lack of time and now comes the news that the victory tour is probably canceled.
According to a representative for the show, the tour is not absolutely, positively canceled, but neither is it on the drawing board.
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PopWrap’s Entertainers of the Year
It’s crazy to think that in 2008, the name Adam Lambert didn’t mean anything. Now when his name is bandied about, a million images, sounds and high notes cycle through your mind. From his amazing reworkings of iconic songs (“Mad World, ” “If I Can’t Have You”) on “American Idol” to his shocking AMA performance, the man has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue for 365 days. But Adam’s biggest accomplishment has been his questionably covered, but undoubtedly brilliant debut CD, “For Your Entertainment” and the gay old time he’s had promoting it.
Baby No. 2 for Jennifer Hudson
Big baby news! Star was first to report that Jennifer Hudson was pregnant with her first child ‘â€ a son she named David Jr., now 4 months old. And now we can reveal exclusively that she and fianc David Otunga are adding to their family.
‘Jennifer was in total shock when she found out she was having another baby, ‘ says her close friend, who adds that the couple learned they were expecting on Dec. 10. ‘She had wanted some space between the kids’ ages.’
Still, the star, 28, has embraced her second pregnancy.
‘She and David love kids, ‘ says the pal. ‘It’s another thing for them to celebrate during the holidays.’
Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher, Flawless Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring Designed by Johnathon Arndt
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Johnathon Arndt would like to formally congratulate Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher on their engagement. Johnathon Arndt is proud and honored to be the designer for the Flawless Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. “This ring is a symbol of love from Mike Fisher to Carrie Underwood”
Fisher family ‘excited’
Jim and Karen Fisher are “excited” that their son, Ottawa Senators’ centre Mike Fisher, got engaged to former “American Idol” singer Carrie Underwood over the weekend.
“Both Karen and I were quite excited, we’re very happy for them, ” Jim said yesterday. “We’ve got to know her quite well over the last year and she’s a great girl.
“We just think they make a great couple.”
Mike, who was born and raised in Bridgenorth, is an alternate captain with the Senators.
2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Preview
This Christmas day, ABC is set to air the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Families can tune in and check out the celebrity appearances, as well as their favorite Disney characters as they make their way around the parks, spreading holiday cheer. We have the list of some of the performances that will take place at the parade as well as a couple of video clips.
Kimberly Caldwell proves she is Without Regret
The Katy native and American Idol 2 contestant finally — after a flurry of starts, stops and stalls — signed a record deal earlier this year. Her debut album, Without Regret, will be released in April on Vanguard Records (via Capitol/EMI).
“I truly, truly, truly get choked up a couple of times a day, ” Caldwell says, calling from her L.A. home. “I feel like I’m emotionally, mentally and physically ready to truly dedicate myself every single second of my days to music.”
Caldwell returns home today for a celebration in her honor at Mo’s …. A Place for Steaks. It’s being thrown by executive chef Eric Aldis, who Caldwell calls her “best friend growing up — ever.”
American Idol: Exclusive Interview with Ace Young
Fans of American Idol may remember a young, good looking contestant by the name of Ace Young from season 5. He received positive feedback from the judges but was eliminated early on. His journey didn’t end there, though. Ace produced his own album, but unforeseen events prevented him from reaching the public and the fans the way he had hoped. He went on to write with fellow idol contestant Chris Daughtry and is currently on tour with Idol winner Taylor Hicks in the musical, Grease. When Grease stopped in my home state this week, I headed to check out the show and backstage to talk to Ace in an exclusive interview.
BWW REVIEWS: ‘And I Am Telling You…’ See the New and Improved DREAMGIRLS
Dreamgirls has so many impressive tunes, it would be enjoyable in a concert version. Composer Henry Krieger’s “Listen, ” which was famously added to the film version of the musical starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles, has been added to this production as a duet with new lyrics.
But the key to its success, are the talented actors who sing, act, and dance their hearts out eight shows a week. The cover of the Playbill epitomizes the trio of singers who start out as the Dreamettes and then morph into the mega success of the “Dreams.” The talented trio is played by of Moya Angela (Effie), Syesha Mercado (Deena), and Adrienne Warren (Lorrell).
Kellie Pickler: Crazy & Crazy Don’t Go Together
Kellie Pickler dons a ring on that suspicious fourth ring finger, but she quashes speculation that she’s betrothed.
‘I’m not engaged, ‘ she tells me.
Her boyfriend, Nashville songwriter Kyle Jacobs, must be doing something right.
‘Oh gosh, he makes me want to be a better person, ‘ the 23-year-old country singer tells me. ‘He’s the good one in the relationship. I’m crazy. Crazy and crazy don’t go together. One of you’s gotta be sane.’
Simon Cowell Will Leave “American Idol”: Report
Cowell’s brother Tony, who hosts a weekly radio podcast called “The Cowell Factor”, said in a broadcast on Tuesday that Simon was preparing for his last season of “Idol”.
“A press statement is being prepared which will confirm what everyone expected — Simon will leave ‘Idol’ at the end of 2010 to concentrate on bringing the American version of ‘The X Factor’ to US TV in 2011, ” Tony Cowell claimed, according to Britain’s Sun newspaper.
The Sun, like Fox television, is part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire. The podcast could not be found later on Tuesday. The Sun report said Tony Cowell had “blurted out the claim” and that the podcast had since been removed.