Idol Headlines for 12/29/08

Mark Ballas Injured on Tour

Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas suffered a groin injury and will have to sit out …a couple of weeks to heal, he announced on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Ballas, who won the season six DWTS mirror ball trophy with Olympic skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi last May, is on tour with the show. He grimaced in pain as he apologized to the Staples Center crowd for not being able to give his all, though he did manage a spirited performance with Yamaguchi as well as a crowd-pleasing, high-energy hip-hop routine with fellow pros Lacey Schwimmer and Derek Hough.


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Top 10 Stories of 2008: Castro Makes Idol Run

An Aggie idol’s rise to fame comes in at #9 on our Top 10 Stories of 2008 as voted on by visitors.

Construction Science major Jason Castro went from small town singer to the top four on the nation’s most popular television show, American Idol.

Before last spring, Castro was just your average college student at Texas A&M. That was before Idol.

It didn’t take long for the dread-locked crooner to became a favorite on Fox’s hit reality show, especially among Aggies.

Michael Johns Christmas Gift

I am a bit late commenting on this, but the Christmas spirit has run strong in Michael Johns this year, who took the unusual step of making his first post-“Idol” single an all-for-charity effort, donating the proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis division and to the Red Cross. Johns wrote of the single and his involvement with it on his MySpace blog:

LA Times

Michael Flatley and Nigel Lythgoe interview: Superstars of Dance on NBC

NBC has a great new reality show from the Kingpin of smallscreen veritas, Nigel Lythgoe.

…Superstars of Dance features the crà ¨me de la crà ¨me the world over in a professional level competition that eschews audience and call-in voting, and opts for pros to weigh in on their peers. The show is hosted by Lord of the Dance, first-generation Irishman Michael Flatley of Chicago, who even excelled in boxing; Flatley was a Golden Gloves champ in Chi-town back in 1975.

Monsters and Critics

Paula Abdul Mobbed By Fans & Paps Outside Beso

Paula Abdul was videotaped receiving a gift from a fan outside Beso in Hollywood on Friday (December 26), telling the assembled paparazzi that “I’m not leaving until Simon leaves” ‘American Idol’. Paula added that she’s “grateful for a 20 year career”. Watch footage below.


Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz, Clay Aiken, Jamie Lynn Spears And Other Surprising New Parents of 2008

1. Clay Aiken
Perhaps the Claymates were the only ones surprised to learn the “American Idol” runner-up is gay, but the earlier news that he was going to be a father made quite a ripple. The American Idol and his friend Jaymes Foster decided to raise son Parker together. “I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things, ” the singer said when he came out and introduced his son in the same People article. “I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”


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