Idol Headlines for 12/30/09

Ryan Seacrest Previews His ‘Rockin’ New Year’s Eve’

With 2010 just days away, Ryan Seacrest is dishing about his star-studded TV special, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2010.”

“What happens is, the night before New Year’s Eve, Dick goes to sleep and he prays that it’s going to be miserably cold and wet for me, and I’m not kidding — he wants me to earn it! He’s been out there for some brutally cold New Year’s Eves, ” Ryan says.

“What’s great about being in New York City in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is that no matter how cold it is, you’re packed with a million-plus people and the energy is unlike any other place in the world on that night, ” he adds.


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Lambert dominated local music scene

North County’s music scene grew and changed in 2009, but the biggest local music story of the year didn’t happen here but 100 miles to the north, where ex-North County resident Adam Lambert became a global pop sensation on Fox’s “American Idol.”

The 27-year-old Lambert moved with his family to Rancho Penasquitos when he was 1 year old. At age 10, the freckle-faced and red-haired Lambert began performing steadily in youth theater at Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network in Poway. By the time he graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 2000, he’d become a regular at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre (in youth and adult shows). He moved to L.A. in 2001, where he worked steadily in musical theater until auditioning in mid-2008 for “American Idol.”

Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta to perform on Billboard’s New Year’s Eve special

Last New Year’s Eve, Kris Allen had an explosive holiday, even though he had no idea 2009 would bring him huge fame, a recording contract, and the title of ‘American Idol’  champ.

‘I had a party at my house with like, 45 people there, ‘  Allen said in a media conference call. ‘We all went to the roof with sparklers and someone’s pants caught on fire. That was pretty scary. I don’t think she ever came back to my house after that.’ 


Kris Allen & Allison Iraheta Talk New Year’s Eve & ‘American Idol’ Without Paula Abdul

As for the rumors that Simon Cowell may depart after the upcoming season, Allison and Kris say they can’t imagine the impact on the show if it loses two of the three original judges.

“Obviously, Simon’s a big watching point for a lot of people and they would have to replace him, but I really don’t have a clue, ” Kris attempts.

What they do know is why they want to be in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve performing on the Billboard show.

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Mills and Allen have been playing music together for four years. The duo first met musically through Chi Alpha at the University of Central Arkansas. A year ago, they started writing and recording together.

Then this little thing called American Idol happened. Mills and Allen tried out together with Kris’ brother, Daniel, but Kris was the only one to pass through all the rounds of auditions, and the rest is history.

When Allen came back to Little Rock in July for the Idols Live Tour, he talked to Mills about the possibility of joining his band.

Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’ : Who Could Replace Him If He Leaves?

If ‘Idol’  bigwig Cowell chooses to go, his departure would raise the issue of if anyone could ‘” or should ‘” take his place as ‘head’  judge. After a wave of criticism from some ‘Idol’  watchers over the decision to bring in music-outsider Ellen DeGeneresto fill Paula Abdul’s vacant seat, replacing Cowell will be a tough sell to the show’s fans and critics. The person sitting at the end of the table would need to know the music industry inside and out, not be afraid to tell someone when they’re bad, and have some track record with launching new artists into superstardom.

Was that mold broken with Cowell, or is there someone out there who can take his place? Speakeasy has a wishlist.


Simon Cowell, music industry destroyer? The ‘Grinch’ fires back at critics

It’s hard to deny that many, many people share Simon Cowell’s taste in music. Just look at the millions of CD sales Susan Boyle has been racking up. Yet along with this immense popularity, Cowell is also one of the most vigorously loathed figures in pop culture today. The man himself attempts to reckon with these contradictions in this week’s cover story of the venerable British music mag NME under the headline ‘THE GRINCH SPEAKS.’  Read on after the jump for some of the most outrageous revelations in the NME interview, including Cowell’s views on La Roux, Eminem, Oasis, Animal Collective, and more.


TV’s biggest local and national stories of 2009: Real Housewives, Adam Lambert, Kevin Gillespie

Paula Abdul announced her departure from ‘American Idol’  with a Tweet. CNN’s Rick Sanchez lives on Twitter. Local TV stations now offer Twitter updates.

So in honor of the Twitterverse, here are notable local and national TV stories of 2009 in no particular order ‘” in 140 characters or less.

Autopsy on Avenged Sevenfold’s Sullivan Inconclusive; Tributes Pour In For ‘The Rev’ 

Even a pair of former American Idol stars tweeted on Sullivan’s passing: Chris Daughtry wrote, ‘People are dying far too young these days’ ¦very sad news about ‘The Rev, ”  while David Cook tweeted, ‘Thoughts to friends and family of The Rev, drummer for Avenged Sevenfold. Dead at 28. Sad news.’  Similar messages were tweeted by members of Puddle of Mudd, My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Shinedown and more. ‘Really sad news, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan has died, ‘  Slash wrote. ‘This is a tragic turn of events, he will be mourned by many.’ 

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