Idol Headlines for 1/26/08

Carrie Underwood – All American Girl – Video

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood video for …All-American Girl.

Yeeha! Awesome. Loved this video.

Carrie youre so pretty!

‘American Idol’ controversy? Some viewers miffed, but it’s just business as usual

I just can’t believe all the things people say. Controversy!

Apologies to Prince for stealing his lyrics, but it seemed a fitting way to begin this week’s column on “American Idol.”

Yes, I’ve been watching the Fox TV reality series, although with a more casual eye than usual. Without a Birmingham-area contestant on the horizon — at least, none that’s been listed on Internet spoiler lists of the top 50– it’s been amusing to sit back and observe the early audition episodes filmed in Philadelphia, Dallas, San Diego and Charleston, S.C.

American Idol may be down (in ratings), but it’s certainly not out

Have you been seeing all the headlines ballyhooing American Idol and how the ratings are slipping and they’d better be careful. Did you know most shows erode viewers every season? This is the first Idol season premiere to be down from the prior year, so seven seasons in before premiere numbers drop is nothing short of extraordinary. And never mind that this year’s premiere reached an impressive 33.4 million, it was down 11% from last year.

TV Squad

Sing, You Can’t

I said it so well last season that Im just going to quote myself from one of last year early-in-the-season audition episodes ¦

OK, so here’s how I’m going to break this down for you. The audition episodes have no real narrative. There’s a pattern of Person Who Can’t Sing, Person Who Can’t Sing, Person Who Goes to Hollywood, montage of People Who Can’t Sing, and maybe a montage of Judges Being Stunned by People Who Can’t Sing. And then it just repeats itself. So my recaps for these early weeks can be whatever I decide to make them be, you know? I’m going to just list the ones who make it through and the ones who don’t. It’s easier that way. For me. If you really care about episode continuity, perhaps you should be watching the actual show instead of relying on some gay nobody sitting on his couch in his boxer shorts to do it for you.


TV Review: American Idol (Charleston Auditions), ITV2, Friday 25 January, 9pm

Paul’s already shared with you some of the best examples of ludicrously bad auditions from Series 7 so far, and it’s only three weeks old. Here’s another couple. They couldn’t sing either, but at least they found love and each other on the Idol message boards, and met up for the first time at the Charleston auditions. Depending on your point of view you’re either reaching for the tissues or the sick bag right about now

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Mocking the deluded

My enthusiasm for Melinda Doolittle vanished right quick. Not only did I find her apparent absence of a neck troubling, but it also got under my skin that she was already a professional singer when she auditioned for American Idol last season. I mean, she’d already sung with Aaron Neville, for God’s sake! She was an obvious ringer!

My irritation with the show was in no way balanced by the fact that the eventual winner was Jordin Sparks who, at 17, was the youngest person to ever win American Idol. In my cynical view, this was merely the result of a cultivated marketing strategy formed within the interiors of the entertainment industry, and not some sincere groundswell of public support.

Song of Filipino American Idol contestant a YouTube hit

…Were Brothers Forever has become a hit as Filipinos and even people of different nationalities are now making their own versions of the song, YouTube-style.

Sang and composed by Renaldo Lapuz, a Filipino contestant in the recent season of American Idol, the song has become a viral video which has inspired people to post their own clips singing the tune.

‘The Color Purple’ Ends Broadway Run Weeks After Fantasia’s Exit; Movie Version May Be On The Way

“The Color Purple, ” the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical that turned Fantasia into the unexpected darling of Broadway, posted its closing notice yesterday. The surprise announcement comes less than three weeks after the “American Idol” winner ended her critically and commercially hailed run in the Broadway show.

Sources tell MTV News that a movie version of the musical, starring Fantasia, is likely.

While it is common for shows to suffer a post-holiday lull in ticket sales, “The Color Purple” was unable to fill the void left when its unexpected standout star finished her contractual run January 6.


Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For ‘Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1’

Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge – Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album, which is due March 11, 2008, on his new label, Dream Merchant 21, and released through the Concord Music Group.

The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who’s track “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other guests on the album include Idol standouts Katharine McPhee and Elliot Yamin, U.K. phenom Joss Stone, country trailblazer Travis Tritt, pop-rock hitmaker Jason Mraz, ace country songwriter-producer John Rich (of Big & Rich), R&B luminary Sam Moore and Bon Jovi guitarist-harmonizer Richie Sambora. Randy also works once more with the incredible Mariah Carey who guests on the gospel track “Understand” along with Bebe Winans and Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell & Rance Allen. The collection also features major up and coming talent such as the wonderful Barbie Esco on the track “My R&B” and Kelli Selah on “Who’s Gonna Love You Now” among many others.


Sampling A Scoop Of Hollywood Fun

If you watch reality TV, you know that Americans love to pick a winner–and now there’s a chance to choose from five delicious new contestants.

That’s because a favorite brand of light ice cream has introduced its second-season lineup of “American Idol” light ice cream flavors. Ice cream lovers can sample this year’s hopefuls and cast a vote for their favorite flavor–offering a scoop of Hollywood fun for the entire family.

These Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned light ice cream flavors will have a sweet opportunity to shine in the spotlight while dishing up their individual personalities:


UNITED: McEntire, Clarkson are able to bridge genres, generations

The Queen of Country, Reba McEntire, and America first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, came to Joel Coliseum last night to perform before a nearly full house on their joint …Two Worlds, Two Voices tour.

The challenge for the limited-run tour was to find the winning common denominator to unite the disparate audiences for the younger, rock-oriented Clarkson and the savvy veteran, McEntire, whose show-business approach to country music made country music hip for people who didnt think they even liked country music.


Clarkson, McEntire a natural duo

NORFOLK A 27-year age difference matters none when two people share so many core similarities.

That’s especially true of Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire – the inaugural “American Idol” champ and the country veteran – both blessed with steamroller lungs, a repository of hits and easygoing wit.

The pair’s “2 Worlds 2 Voices” tour, orchestrated by their joint manager (and McEntire’s husband) Narvel Blackstock, is a quick, 15-date engagement likely designed to test the market for acceptance of the pair’s sharing a stage beyond their successful “Crossroads” TV special last year.



Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Grammy winner Marvin Hamlisch and jump-roping group the Bounding Bulldogs performed at the annual Help Raise Healthy Children Gala, a fundraiser dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Proceeds went to Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation, San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, Oakland Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.


Winter Dance Bash at Mille Lacs

ONAMIA, Minn. — Country artists, American Idols and Nashville stars will perform in the Winter Dance Bash at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs Events and Convention Center.

Performers include: Sawyer Brown, a band whose hits include “Betty’s Being Bad, “”The Boys and Me, “”Some Girls Do, ” and “Thank God For You;”Phil Stacey, an American Idol competitor who holds a degree in vocal performance from Lee University; Chris Young, winner of the fourth season of Nashville Star; Rissi Palmer, who is known for the single “Country Girl;” and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Music Row magazine’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year in 2000.


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