Idol Headlines for 1/28/08

Since all of this is embargoed until AFTER the show airs on January 29th…

On Tuesday, January 29th during the American Idol Omaha auditions show, you will see a crop circle stretched across 5 acres that says, ‘Welcome to Omaha American Idol.’ Swanson Russell Associates created it and now it’s American Idol’s ‘Big Reveal.’

They are now using it as the ‘cold open’ (shot Miami-Vice style) for the Omaha audition show on January 29th. The senior producer for American Idol calls the crop circle his ‘big reveal.’


Life after ‘American Idol’

Kyle Reinneck was recently showcased on the Dallas auditions of “American Idol” singing a song made famous by the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Now the Edwardsville native is feeling the effects of appearing on such a popular program.

But Reinneck, 20, said he didn’t even sing the Clarkson song, “Never Again” in front of the judges. He actually sang “Disease” by Matchbox 20. Before a contestant goes in front of the three judges “you have interviews and you practice in the room, but you’re in front of producers and at any time they can let you go. So that was one of the times (I performed) before (singing in front of) the judges, ” Reinneck said.

He said most of Randy, Paula and Simon’s reactions — including Simon saying the performance was slightly demonic — that were shown on the program were authentic, however, he thinks the art of editing played a role as well.

Suburban Journals

‘American Idol’ Week 2: Power Rankings

1) Kristy Lee Cook
Gorgeous Oregonian’s ”Amazing Grace” was the hands-down highlight of week 1, but will an Internet backlash about her one-time deal with Arista Nashville cost her come American Idol voting season? (Last week: No. 1)

2) Michael Johns
Another of this season’s ”semi-pros” ‘  his former band once had a deal with Madonna’s label ‘  this Aussie made a strong impression with a tight T-shirt, toned biceps, and, oh yeah, a decent Otis Redding cover. (New this week)

Entertainment Weekly

The Happy Hickster

Ever since Aiken placed second on American Idol in 2003, he gets recognized everywhere, always. …Even in New York. I was always told people in New York dont care, and I think they probably dont that much, but there a little bit of a different thing about Idol. I was with the woman who runs the ambassador program for unicef’ Aiken was appointed an ambassador in 2004′ …so she worked with Katie Couric, people who are very recognizable, and she was one of the people who said that to me. And it was funny because a minute after she said it, as were walkin down the street, no fewer than five people said something to me. Just screamin from across the street! She said, ‹Ah have never seen anything lahk this in my life!ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

NY Magazine

Gone Country Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

There are two things you need to know about me that are relevant to this review: I hate reality TV with the purplest of passions, and although I was raised with country music, from 1963 on, Ive been a rocker at heart. That said, the one-hour premiere of Gone Country [Friday, CMT, 8/7C] ‘ which takes seven very non-country entertainers and tries to turn them into country stars ‘ is pure fun!


‘Country’ is foreign to them, for now

Even if you don’t watch Country Music Television, you might want to drop by tonight for the premiere of “Gone Country, ” because while you’ve seen this sort of show before, it’s likely you have never before seen Bobby Brown bonding with Marcia Brady on a smoking break.

Marcia, incidentally, is starstruck.

The premise of “Gone Country” is that seven semi-famous or once-famous folks who have nothing to do with country music are rounded up by John Rich, a legitimate country star. Then they compete to see which one can write and perform the best country song.

The group includes Brown, Maureen McCormick – that’s Marcia Brady to you – Carnie Wilson, Dee Snider, Sisqo, Julio Iglesias Jr., and Diana DeGarmo, a 2004 “American Idol” finalist.

NY Daily News

Justin Guarini Blogs About American Idol:

Hi, Im Justin Guarini, and I hate reality television.
There. I said it.
But I love American Idol. I sincerely do.
You have no idea how much I love it, though youll find out. Over the course of this new season of American Idol, its seventh ‘ and some are saying its most crucial ‘ Im going to blog my thoughts, observations, and experiences on the show, the kind you can only get from someone who has been through it from start to finale.


Rascal Flatts Feels Good at the BJC

The award-winning country & western band Rascal Flatts, and guest star Kellie Pickler, entertained an enthusiastic sold-out Bryce Jordan Center crowd Saturday night.

Pickler, who entered the national spotlight via the popular television show American Idol, opened the show with her audience-pleasing, small-town-girl brand of music. She sang a short list of hits, including …Things That Never Cross a Man Mind and …Red High Heels, and expressed her affection for Dolly Parton with a rendition …9 to 5. Pickler stopped frequently to sign autographs, even accepting a rose and a hug from an adoring male fan.


Celebs Get Ready to Par-tay in Super Bowl Style

Not to be outdone, …American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who will be on oh-say-can-you-see duty Sunday for the Big Game, is throwing a rockin charity event at Skye in Glendale. Party planners promise a fashion show, a gaming room and performances by Jordin as well as her fellow …Idols Melinda Doolittle, Chris Richardson and Lakisha Jones.

Boston Herald

A Birthday Serenade From Her Favorite Idol

Now we know who was placing all those toll-free calls! Diane Schuler of Great Falls got a special surprise at her 40th-birthday party, hosted by her spinal surgeon husband, Tom, at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast in Middleburg: Country singer Bucky Covington, whom you may (or may not!) remember as the long-hair who placed eighth on “American Idol” in 2006. “She’s a huge ‘Idol’ fan, ” said guest Jennifer Griffin. “She always wanted him to win, and her sister remembered that and hired him.” Bucky played for about an hour, then hung around to mingle with the 200 guests. It’s unknown how much he cost the hosts, but probably no bargain compared with most “AI” also-rans: His debut album sold 300, 000 copies last year.

Washington Post

County to stage ‘Idol’-like talent competition

MOUNT HOLLY ‘  The county will offer residents a chance to take their singing to the masses this spring with an …American Idol-inspired talent competition.

The county Division of Cultural Affairs and Tourism will launch the competition, titled …Burlington County’s Big Break, in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the county amphitheater in Westampton.

The competition culminates with the winner’s performance Aug. 2 alongside Brown and Covais who were finalists on the fifth season of the Fox Network’s popular television show …American Idol. Brown and Covais lost to Taylor Hicks.


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