Idol Headlines for 12/25/09

Toy giveaway honors Julia Hudson’s nephew

December 24, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The nephew of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson was remembered at a toy giveaway today.

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Kids got to pick their own presents during the giveaway at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church on South Greenwood.

This is the second year for the event done in memory of 7-year-old Julian King.

Santa also dropped by, along with Julian King’s mother. During the event, the children were reminded of the importance of doing their best in school.

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KRIS ALLEN ‘ FORGING A POST-‘AMERICAN IDOL’  PATH

Making the right decision is important for a singer’s career, but if you’re an American Idol winner, like Kris Allen, it’s especially important to choose the perfect song.

Throughout the Idol experience, Allen’s performances were limited to the songs made available to him by the show, so defining his own style became a major necessity for him.

Luckily, the season eight champ found Live Like We’re Dying, which personifies who Allen is musically.

Click onto media bar for the path to the perfect post-American Idol song from Kris Allen.

Hollywood Outbreak

Thunder To Welcome 2010 With New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Utah Jazz on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Ford Center and festivities for the game include a special halftime performance, the last remaining player-worn shoes to be auctioned off and a special offer for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s ‘Opening Night’  New Year’s Eve celebration.

The New Year’s Eve game will include entertainment by former American Idol contestant, Matt Giraud. Giraud debuted in the show’s eighth season and recently has performed on national television for ‘Live w/ Regis and Kelly’ , ‘Ellen Show’ , ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ , ‘Larry King Live and the Today Show’ . On Friday, he will perform the national anthem, as well as halftime. The Thunder will also host an in-arena promotion for the chance to meet Giraud after the game.

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NASCAR Offseason Events Get Fans In Gear For 2010

It all kicks off just after the New Year with Sound and Speed on Jan. 8-9.

This year, the first night of the event features country music stars Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Young.

NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will also take the stage with his band on Friday night.

On Saturday night, the NASCAR and country stars will be aligned with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Michael Waltrip at the fan event.

Also at the fan event will be Hank Williams Jr., Danny Gokey, Chris Young, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, members of Diamond Rio, and more.

Bleacher Report

Cheers to a tuneful new year

Dec. 31 is the one night everyone watches TV for a party. Since Guy Lombardo ushered in 1930 on radio, we have come to expect a soundtrack for that party. As we leave 2009 behind, three of the major networks, ABC, Fox and NBC, have live concerts on Thursday, and all plan to cut to the ball dropping in Times Square at midnight.

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People’s choice

1. “What you don’t see” took you behind the cameras during a taping of “American Idol, ” revealing how the judges (mis)behave during breaks and performances, how Paula and Kara ignore each other and the great disconnect between how the “Idols” sound in real life and what you hear at home.

2. “Pain pill Paula”quoted the now-former “Idol” judge talking candidly about how difficult it was for her to detox from a 12-year addiction to painkillers.

3. Shocked by Adam Lambert’s risqu American Music Awards performance, you wanted to know more. “Adam raises Cain” told how no one in charge saw the scandalous dance moves coming.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/perils_of_paula_top_tv_story_from_sj3czhBkgufVavaXIts5ZN#ixzz0ahwmvPNl

Happy Birthday, Chris Daughtry!

Season 5 star Chris Daughtry celebrates his 30th birthday the day after Christmas. He may have ended up in fourth place, but he has had a very successful career since his time on American Idol. He formed a band, Daughtry, and they released a self-titled debut album in 2006. The album went on to become the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. Success on the charts soon followed, with the album peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Rock Albums. Last week, Billboard released their Decade End and Year End charts, and Daughtry’s name appears all over them. After an AMA win and four Grammy nominations, it was safe to say that fourth place on American Idol wasn’t so bad after all.

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Happy Birthday, Ryan Seacrest!

The busiest man in show biz, Ryan Seacrest, celebrates his birthday the day before Christmas. Ryan will be back on January 12th for his ninth season of American Idol. As a TV host, entertainment reporter, radio host, producer, and entrepreneur, Ryan has accomplished so much so quickly. A couple years ago, the Emmy Awards added a category for Reality TV hosts, and Ryan has been nominated for the award each time for his work on American Idol. He also hosted the award show in 2007. Ryan won’t be able to relax too much after his birthday. He executive-produces and co-hosts ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.’ 

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62 Comments

  1. Epic fail on the headlines this morning! Sorry guys.

    Happy Holidays to all! And much love from me. You guys rule

  2. Merry Christmas to everyone! I can understand the late headlines, since many (most?) newspapers are not publishing today so the news would be limited.

  3. You rule, MJ! Thank you so much for letting me spend so many hours with my online AI family here when I should have been sleeping, working, spending time with family, having a life…LOL.

    Ahh, so many great memories on this blog this year – the tour, the youtube vids, the -gates. I won’t forget this anytime soon :-)

  4. “LOL ‘“ Adam makes the naughty list Archie makes the Nice list.”

    I think Adam would really enjoy being on the naughty list.

  5. Bringing this over from yesterday’s headlines thread.

    FRIDAY MEDIABASE UPDATE

    POP:
    27 27 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 2206 2096 110 12.348
    -12 Spins
    -51 Bullet
    -0.114 AI

    Pop:
    38 34 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 1340 995 345 9.694
    – 13 spins
    – 72 bullet
    – 0.443 AI

    HAC:
    14 12 KRIS ALLEN Live Like We’re Dying 1882 1877 5 8.669
    -19 Spins
    -42 Bullet
    +0.107 AI

    45 43 ADAM LAMBERT Whataya Want From Me 256 236 20 1.424
    – 13 spins
    – 15 bullet
    – 0.161 AI

    iTunes

    #27 LLWD (#14 pop)
    #77 WWFM (#29 pop)
    #131 FYE (#48 pop)
    #517 MBD (Danny) (#34 country)
    ‘”’“ FIBOU (#284 pop)

    # 58 Christmas from the Heart
    #125 & #165 FYE (#17 # 23 pop)
    #175 Kris Allen (#26 & #197 pop)
    #597 & #784 Just Like You (#73 & #99 pop)

  6. Congratulations to Adam’s drummer Longineu on his engagement today!!

  7. I luv the naughty Adam as well as the dirty Adam (TFM mv)..also the nice Adam (most all the rest of the time).

    to ohmyra…on a prev thread you mentioned you love of FYE. Mine too!!
    Don’t ya love Adam’s song Oh My Ra? Wish I could understand the words and I wish he would release this one.

  8. Thank you MJ, because of you I now know that there will be a reliving of AI8 from Jan 1 on Fox Reality channel. I’m just clueless on this kind of thing. I have Direct TV so that is channel 250 and I have my DVR ready.

    I can watch Kris Allen again, and hopefully that knowing the result, they will show more Kris from the Hollywood week.

  9. I can watch Kris Allen again, and hopefully that knowing the result, they will show more Kris from the Hollywood week.

    They did the same thing last year, replayed all of season 7. However, it was shown exactly the same way as it was originally aired. So, unfortunately, I don’t think Kris will be shown any more than what has been shown before.

  10. Thank you MJ, because of you I now know that there will be a reliving of AI8 from Jan 1 on Fox Reality channel. I’m just clueless on this kind of thing. I have Direct TV so that is channel 250 and I have my DVR ready.

    I can watch Kris Allen again, and hopefully that knowing the result, they will show more Kris from the Hollywood week.

    Has it been verified that that channel will still exist? I had read something about it being dropped or something. That means that “American Idol Extra” might not be shown. If they were to have it, someone else would be cohosting instead of Ace Young, I guess, as he is touring with “Grease.” I posted this already in yesterday headlines thread, but Merry Christmas and happy New Year!:-)And thank you, mj, for supplying us with all the Idol info there is out there.

  11. ozarka
    12/25/2009 at 4:24 pm
    I can watch Kris Allen again, and hopefully that knowing the result, they will show more Kris from the Hollywood week.

    They did the same thing last year, replayed all of season 7. However, it was shown exactly the same way as it was originally aired. So I don’t think Kris will be shown any more than what has was shown before.

    Boo ! Why not ? I’m sure that Fox has all these clips of Kris. I don’t know why they just keep it and not show them at all. I know that this what makes Kris more special to me knowing that he did not get any exposure except 1-2 minutes of White Chocolate, but still I want to see what he did at Hollywood week and why the judges advanced him.
    There is something special then that the judges saw and I’m just curious.

  12. Merry Christmas everybody! As usual my family thought I was nuts cuz I wanted to watch the parade this morning…it’s just not something we do every year. And as usual I was not disappointed. :cool: Now where’s that video since I didn’t get to tape it! :grin:

  13. very cute pic of a little girl jamming out while watching Kris on tv performing at the Disney Xmas parade.

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=vdcswx&s=6

    That is so cute. I’m glad actually that Kris has this connection with Disney and maybe the Disney song in a CD. Disney is such a big thing all over the world. Hopefully the relationship continues, I don’t find it cheesy at all. Someday he can write a song featured in a movie and that will be big.

  14. Boo ! Why not ? I’m sure that Fox has all these clips of Kris.

    Well, considering Kris won last year but didn’t get much Hollywood rounds exposure, they may make an exception to what’s generally been done. Last year the Davids both had quite a lot of face time during Hollywood week so they really had no reason to add more clips. I hope you’re right.

    ETA: Although, there was one clip the Archie fans were hoping for, that was not shown the first time around, his performance of “Crazy.” AI couldn’t show any contestants singing that song because the original artist would not give them permission to do so. But the fans figured they would show it for the replay, since Jason Castro apparently got permission to sing it for his AI tour set. But, alas, they still didn’t show it the second time around.

  15. So I don’t think Kris will be shown any more than what has was shown before.

    Boo ! Why not ? I’m sure that Fox has all these clips of Kris. I don’t know why they just keep it and not show them at all.

    I doubt they’d do anything that will cost any extra money, right? The show is in the can and done, it’s just a rerun. Costs them nothing and they make some advertising revenue.

    I watched Kris this morning and really liked how he put his own spin on that song. He can take the cheese out of any song and improve it, it seems to me. The crowd seemed to love it/him. Liked seeing the band again, too. Now maybe I’ll watch Letterman tonight if I really want to be a tard…

  16. You rock Mj!!!!(and everybody) <3

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    my family's being rrly annoying and not letting us open presents until after chritmas dinner.dinner?! WTF?
    whatevers.happy holidays everyone<3

  17. Ok, so is Kris on Conan AND Letterman tonight?

    In keeping with the Krismas spirit :grin: my family got Taboo this year, and we’re playing now. Later!

  18. Don’t ya love Adam’s song Oh My Ra? Wish I could understand the words and I wish he would release this one.

    Nice to know there are peeps like me.

  19. Diane

    The re-air of Kris’ appearance on Conan is Jan 1st. Tonight is the re-air of him on Letterman.

    And I’m almost positive the Fox Reality Channel is simply re-airing the Season AI8 episodes as they originally aired. So no bonus Kris or Adam or whoever. What Fox Reality Show is airing here isn’t the same thing as the AI Rewind show where they interview some of the contestants a couple of years later and have them talk about their AI experiences.

  20. Thanks girlygirl. Did anyone ever hear anything about Kris’s AOL Sessions? I know Cale tweeted that they were anxious to see them too.

  21. Haven’t heard anything new since Cale tweeted. I wish they would just put it up already. I need RG in my life right now. I hope everyone is having a merry Christmas and got everything they wanted. I got my flannel shirt that I wanted and a snuggie a pink one, some jewelry,I got four necklaces a bracelet and earrings. And a photo album from my mom.

  22. I don’t know if anyone has really looked, given it’s Christmas but the iTunes live feed seems frozen again. And is disagreeing with what the chart on the actual iTunes window is saying in terms of where LLWD and WWFM currently are (#24 or #27 for LLWD and #63 or #77 for WWFM, depending on which chart to believe)

  23. Happy Holidays everyone! You’re the best MJ! Thanks for all you do to give us the latest news and discussions. You go to alot of work to make a really fun, spirited, and interesting website!

  24. CNN is replaying the Larry King holiday music special tonight at 8pm ET

    Sorry. The LKL show has been preempted by breaking news about an airline hijacking.

  25. That video of little adam fan is sooo cute. That kid is a performer. I was hoping for some homemade vids of adam singing too. I’ve seen Alli’s and you can tell she is born to sing.

  26. ETA: Although, there was one clip the Archie fans were hoping for, that was not shown the first time around, his performance of ‘Crazy.’  AI couldn’t show any contestants singing that song because the original artist would not give them permission to do so. But the fans figured they would show it for the replay, since Jason Castro apparently got permission to sing it for his AI tour set. But, alas, they still didn’t show it the second time around.

    Fans apparently don’t see the distinction between a broadcast license and a performance license (not the same thing).

    Merry Christmas to all, by the way! Y’all rock!

  27. Well, considering Kris won last year but didn’t get much Hollywood rounds exposure, they may make an exception to what’s generally been done.

    Don’t count on it. If anything, they’ll do some snipping and cutting here and there to fit in more commercials. They aren’t going to make exceptions for those shows that ran overtime. The re-runs WILL fit with an hour or two-hour slot. There will be less footage, not more.

    If you want extra footage, you’ll have to wait until S8 runs on American Idol Rewind, if the show is still in production in a couple of years.

    Also, FOX reality is going off the air in March, entirely, so no S9 reruns, or American Idol Extra….

  28. yes mj, I heard the Fox reality network is going off the air too. On american idol rewind they are showing the Taylor Hicks season. Can’t remember when that was. S5? I remember when Rewind started…it was to show the first season to people who had never seen it, but were caught up in the popularity of the later seasons. If AI doesn’t do that well, we probably won’t see S8 on rewind. Hope they have a break-out star this time which will keep the franchise going. (and judges that catch on too with the peeps).

  29. Merry Christmas everyone. :) Sounds like someone had a good one. lol

    thedavidcook: # good day. GOOD day.
    about 1 hour ago from web

    I’m kinda bummed about losing the Fox Reality channel. I’ve been so used to seeing those AI Extras since season 5 I think.

  30. Maybe TV Guide Channel will pick up the AI stuff that Fox Reality Channel has been doing…since they already do some AI stuff as it is

  31. Don’t count on it. If anything, they’ll do some snipping and cutting here and there to fit in more commercials. They aren’t going to make exceptions for those shows that ran overtime. The re-runs WILL fit with an hour or two-hour slot. There will be less footage, not more.

    Come to think of it, when they replayed S7, they omitted all of the Ford music videos. I guess that was to make room for other advertisers.

    Maybe TV Guide Channel will pick up the AI stuff that Fox Reality Channel has been doing’ ¦since they already do some AI stuff as it is

    I sure hope so. I desperately want to see a rehashing of Season 7, complete with interviews, etc. Or will the Fox Reality Channel be still intact this Spring for Season 6 and 7? Don’t they rewind those seasons in pairs?

  32. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to MJ, Kirsten and all the poster and lurkers here at MJSBIGBLOG Thank you all for your opinions and information that is provided. Love the cheesy show and all that post here. Special shout out to Girlygirl, Q3, Suebrody, Fifthhousesun, Sunn, Lady Madonna, Will, Diane, DLee, Mary102, Allison Saga, Luvadamlambert, Squirrely, ozarka, JPfan, iluvai, Truthiness, oh heck I guess really everyone! Thanks! 2010 hopefully will be the best yet. I wish all the idols great success and much happiness as I do also to all who post and lurk here. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    OT-Interesting most looked at articles on the NY Post. Top 3 being all Idol.

  33. Also, FOX reality is going off the air in March, entirely, so no S9 reruns, or American Idol Extra’ ¦.

    Maybe TVguide channel will pick up the rights to rewind and also Idol Chat. I do know that Rewind also plays on channel 9 and 5 here in NYC in syndication. Even if Fox reality shuts down some other network may pick it up. Again My thought TVguide channel

  34. MJ, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day. I really appreciate all of the work that you put into this site. I have never seen you miss a day of doing headlines and updates since I started coming here many months ago and I thought that today might be an exception. But no, here you are! It is very impressive.

    And to all MJ posters, thanks for sharing your knowledge and opinions, I’ve spent many interesting and entertaining hours here!

  35. dhunken
    Special shout out to Girlygirl, Q3, Suebrody, Fifthhousesun, Sunn, Lady Madonna, Will, Diane, DLee, Mary102, Allison Saga, Luvadamlambert, Squirrely, ozarka, JPfan, iluvai, Truthiness, oh heck I guess really everyone! Thanks! 2010 hopefully will be the best yet. I wish all the idols great success and much happiness as I do also to all who post and lurk here. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    DITTO! And thanks dhunken!

    JosieX
    I really appreciate all of the work that you put into this site.

    DITTO again!

    KrisAllen
    Merry Christmas! To those who don’t celebrate enjoy the empty streets.

    A final DITTO! :grin:

  36. A present to dhunken (thanks for the shoutout!);

    A cool video made by ontd_ai to Adams Master Plan, even has Kris and the Davids in it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laPj1IH29LA

    DAmmmn.. I thought the song was catchy.. but had never listened to the lyrics that closely. Now I am loving the song and the message!

    Great video by the way, very very well done! A great message.

  37. I love this site! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone.

    Whoo hoo! I got a laptop for Christmas because my husband wanted to kick me off his computer. (Since I’m am always sneaking up to his office to log on to MJ’s.) :)

    Thanks MJ!!!!

  38. Yes and Happy Holidays to everyone!

    And thanks MJ for the site! I am glad I came across it this year.

  39. Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat dito!! (Merry Christmas to everybody here!!)

    Thanks for this site, good luck on the next batch of idols!

    Take care everyone, have a fun and safe holiday!

  40. i’m just learning how to use this stupid mouse pad thingy on my laptop computer. sorry for double posting….

  41. Someone mentioned LLWD earlier and asked about the live feed being stuck. I just checked the live feed, and LLWD is #23. Adam’s singles are at #48 and $127. Does that sound stuck? I don’t know. If it’s not stuck, I like the way LLWD keeps holding its own and climbing rather than falling. :smile:

  42. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! (Or holiday celebration!)

  43. I also hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (or if you don’t celebrate the holidays, a good day)!

    Thank you MJ for everything you do on a daily basis!

  44. Maybe TVguide channel will pick up the rights to rewind and also Idol Chat. I do know that Rewind also plays on channel 9 and 5 here in NYC in syndication. Even if Fox reality shuts down some other network may pick it up. Again My thought TVguide channel

    Rewind and Extra are two different shows. Extra is the show that runs concurrently with the season on Fox reality. It begins with the Top 12 and offers extras like interviews with eliminated contestants, and behind the scenes tidbits. Rewind is a syndicated show that revisits past Idol seasons. This past season featured Season 5.

    Rewind will come back if the people who produce it believe they can continue to make money on it (Season 6 is next, so I don’t know!). Extra is probably done with the demise of Fox Reality.

  45. Someone mentioned LLWD earlier and asked about the live feed being stuck. I just checked the live feed, and LLWD is #23. Adam’s singles are at #48 and $127. Does that sound stuck? I don’t know. If it’s not stuck, I like the way LLWD keeps holding its own and climbing rather than falling.

    Make sure that you are seeing the latest live feed. Sometimes you have to refresh by entering different numbers in the limit (check the times and dates listed). The iTunes chart on iTunes is messed up for me, but if I go to the live feeds on the internet and force the refresh (Date Dec 26, Time: 6:57 PST):

    30 Kris Allen “Live Like You’re Dying”
    108 Adam Lambert “Whattaya Want From Me”
    144 Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment”

    This is normal during iTunes Giftcard week. What we are seeing is people filling their iPods with hits from 2009 so a lot of older songs are surging. These songs are still likely selling more than they did last week. It’s the numbers that matter, not the rank.

  46. What I wish they would do is start selling each season on DVD. They’d make a killing. Maybe once the show ends they’ll work out whatever is preventing them from doing this. From what I’ve heard its more complicated than simply whether or not they want to?

  47. What I wish they would do is start selling each season on DVD. They’d make a killing.

    I’ve always wondered why they don’t do that. They could do a winner and runner-up CD/DVD and make a killing.

  48. It’s about the rights to the music. A one-time use broadcast to a zillion people is a whole different animal from rights on a DVD which is going to continue to be sold in perpetuity. In short, it costs a lot more to get the rights to the music from the composer(s) and/or lyricist(s). Broadcast rights for one night of AI are a lot higher than performance rights for an in-person concert. And DVD rights are a lot higher than rights for one night of AI.

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