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Jordin Sparks Gets Tattooed, Twice
Jordin Sparks got tattooed–twice! Sparks said the tattoos were part of her 18th Birthday Celebration. Watch the video to learn what kind of tattoos she got.
Artesia 2008 New Year’s celebration featuring American Idol country musician
The clock is winding down on 2007, and Artesia is preparing to welcome in 2008 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration featuring fun and entertainment for the whole family. The night’s headline attraction is country music entertainer Josh Gracin, who takes the stage at 10:45 p.m. Monday.Gracin first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the second season of the “American Idol” talent competition. Nine of his songs have reached the Billboard country charts, with his 2005 single “Nothin’ to Lose” going to No. 1.
Clay Aiken Visits Mexico Over Holidays
Raleigh native and recording star Clay Aiken spent the holidays as a UNICEF ambassador visiting children in Mexico that were affected by recent floods. According to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Aiken wrapped up the first leg of his trip to southeast Mexico by helping with a gift exchange and a sing along with 300 children and their families at a camp for flood victims.UNICEF says Aiken is traveling in the region with his mother and younger brother who is a Marine on leave from Iraq.Read Aiken’s blog from the field here: http://fieldnotes.unicefusa.org/
High notes hit despite sales slump
Elliott Yamin, Elliott Yamin: Carrie Underwood and Daughtry sold more records this year, but no Idol alum released a more likable record than Yamin. His velvety rasp made magic of singles Wait For You and One Word. But Trainwreck, with it’s old-school soul groove, is the disc’s secret weapon.
Here are my top 10 music stories of 2007, in no particular order:
American Idols: Daughtry, led by American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, had the best selling album of the year, and scored an impressive four Grammy noms, while American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s 2006 CD debut, Some Hearts, showed no signs of slowing down in ’07, as she picked up every major music award this year and got a few more Grammy nods for her single Before He Cheats. Her second album, Carnival Ride, came out in October and she’ll tour with Keith Urban in ’08.
America listened to Virginia’s voices
Chris Richardson on “American Idol.” Richardson, a scruffy-faced former Hooters kitchen manager from Chesapeake, sent waves of excitement through Hampton Roads as his “American Idol” adventure started to look more and more like a triumph. Ultimately, he made it to the top 5 in the contest before getting the boot May 2. Phil Stacey, a Navy man who was stationed in the region for a time, was eliminated the same night. Both singers returned to the area Sept. 18 to play Hampton Coliseum as part of the “American Idols Live!” tour.
WHO’S ON FOR 2008 LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S NEW YEAR’S EVE
Who would you rather spend New Year’s Eve with? Wholesome country belter Carrie Underwood, or sultry rhythm-and-blues goddess Alicia Keys? “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks or Miley Cyrus? Well, if you want, you can spend the night with all of these chart-topping powerhouses. The maestros of New Year’s Eve have lined up enough divas to keep any New Yorker happy. The party gets started with Dick’s annual extravaganza on ABC at 10 p.m. Sexy singer Fergie returns to host this Hollywood-based party where Underwood and Cyrus will perform, along with , Akon, Natasha Bedingfield, Sean Kingston, OneRepublic, Plain White T’s, Taylor Swift and will.i. am. On this roster, “American Idol” winner Underwood, who has emerged as true, Grammy-winning superstar in her own right, is the one to watch. Cuts from her latest album, “Carnival Ride” will be featured.Over on Fox, Cat Deeley hosts “New Year’s Eve Live” from Times Square. Deeley’s countdown to 2008 will offer a look back at the year’s most memorable moments in pop culture as well as live performances from “Idol”‘s most recent winner, Jordin Sparks as well as Blake Nelson, a finalist from last season.
Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Reality TV Stars
Among the male reality TV stars, there was one American Idol finalist that became a pop culture phenomenon. The entire country got swept up in Sanjaya-mania. While some people were starving themselves in protest of him being on the show, others admired his determination and confidence. For awhile, there was no more well-known reality TV star than Sanjaya Malakar.
Those state tax credits for filmmakers are going fast, and local producers Jeffrey D. Erb and Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, under the shingle Feverpitch Pictures, are planning four locally shot movies this spring:The Storyteller, a drama, will star Wes Bentley (P2, Ghost Rider, The Four Feathers) and possibly Katharine McPhee. Rob Masciantonio (Cold Hearts) will direct.
Paris Bennett – Naughty Pictures
Pictures from Paris Bennett ModelMayhem page (unconfirmed, but the pictures look compelling).
Kellie Pickler who?
TMZ obtained video of the ditzy blonde wannabeen from a 2004 appearance at a football game in her hometown of Albemarle, North Carolina — where the emcee of the game pronounced her name incorrectly, not once, but twice!Pickler was Miss Stanley County at the time, and while nobody knew who she was, she sang the national anthem beautifully.TMZ