Today Idol headlines after the jump ¦
Clay Aiken & Family Celebrate Christmas With Survivors of Mexico’s Floods
UNICEF Ambassador and critically acclaimed recording artist Clay Aiken today wrapped up the first leg of his trip to the flood affected areas of southeast Mexico by participating in a gift exchange and “sing along” with over 300 children and their families at a camp erected for flood victims. Aiken, who is traveling in the region with his mother and younger brother, a Marine on leave from Iraq, will also be part of a UNICEF delegation scheduled to visit the state of Tabasco over the next two days.
Bulldogs spread Christmas cheer at Liberty Bowl
Both teams are scheduled to make trips to the hospital on Friday and the St. Jude patients will have an opportunity to take pictures with the players and get autographs.At halftime of Saturday’s game, several St. Jude patients will join American Idol alumnus Taylor Hicks during his performance.
Year-end Hot 100
Two Pink tracks–“Who Knew and the oft-censored “U & Ur Hand”–placed in the top 10, as did Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right.” Also, Elliott Yamin wound up being the highest-charting American Idol alum of the year who wasn’t Daughtry*, with “Wait For You” (No. 19) just nosing out “Before He Cheats” (No. 20).
Looking to 08
Since there is virtually no news going on in …Idol land, Ill post a question: what are you hoping for most in …Idol land in 2008, either for the show or for its alums?
Ad biz down despite Web
n terms of product placement, Nielsen reported an increased number of placements in primetime broadcast programming — 22, 046 occurrences compared with 19, 125 in the same period last year. Fox’s “American Idol” again was the top show in terms of the number of placements, with 4, 349 occurrences. Coca-Cola, primarily through its association with “Idol, ” was the most-placed brand with 3, 111 occurrences.
Blake Lewis Talks About Getting Screwed on American Idol
BW: When you first heard …This Is My Now, the ballad you had to perform during the finale, did you think you were toast?BL: Oh, totally. Me and Jordin went in a room with some guy who was producing that song and I was like, what the f’ is this? This is a piece of s’ . And youre not going to let me arrange it? OK, cool. Thanks guys. I didnt want to win American Idol anyway; I wanted to get second. Then we found out we had to learn it in, like, three days or something ridiculous. It was dumb. [Laughs.] It was just like, are you kidding me? It was really a piece of crap song. And the guys who wrote it were like, were sorry, dude.
Top Stories of 2007: Sanjaya
If you’re scratching your head and asking “Sanjaya Who?” then you probably don’t own a TV, or a computer for that matter. For two months, Sanjaya-hysteria ruled our television airwaves (sometimes three times a week). Thanks to a little show called American Idol, Sanjaya became one of the breakout reality TV stars of 2007.