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.’

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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.


The First Reviews!

A few Perezcious readers were lucky enough to experience the hot mess that was Paula Abdul‘s pre-taped Super Bowl performance on Sunday.

How bad was it???? Was it actually good????

Click here to check out their reports!

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  1. Good Morning! CarieB, I was sorry to hear about your pre-taping disaster. But look! It made Perez Hilton!
    Also, I watched “Gone Country” the other night. It was interesting. I actually think that Diana Degarmo has a decent shot at coming out on top. There are less pre-conceived notions about who she is compared to someone like Bobby Brown or Dee Snider. Dee Snider shouldn’t get too far although they’ll probably keep him around for entertainment value.

  2. An American Idol crop circle–heh–so many jokes, so little time.

    Gone Country is officially my favorite new show. I seriously love that show and I wanna be John Rich when I grow up.


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  4. “If you watch it they will come” either aliens are big fans of the show or someone also took a hint from “Fields of Dreams” Thier was a sighting of a ufo or maybe it was just Kevin Koster on a trackter? I could not help myself..
    IMO Ray did not look bad in uniform niether did Kyle chandler come to think of it.(pj bait)

  5. So sorry to read your less than satisfying experience at the Paula Abdul uhhhhh, whatever it was, CarrieB. At least you gave us some entertaining reading here, but, then, WE were not there, so your first hand experience was likely not so entertaining.

    The Perez link seems to indicate you were in good company.

    Gone Country: Is there a talent competition of this sort I will NOT watch? Hell to the no! I love me this stuff, so I am right there in line with this one. We’ll see how it shakes out, but I think Diana’s chances look very good in that crowd.

  6. With about 46% of HDD info in:
    LW TW artist /
    23 19 DAUGHTRY RCA/RMG 12,068



    44 46 JORDIN SPARKS 19/JIVE/ZLG 4,549

    Similiar to the way its been for awhile, Daughtry outsells CR and Jordin holding on in the Top 50. Some Hearts returns to the charts as well. I could see it staying like this for awhile with a Grammy boost to Daughtry and SH.

    I think someone used to post the different idols sales by week. It would be interesting to see how Jordin’s 9/10th week compares to other Idol releases. I think Daughtry will be 5x plat by the time Idol 8 rolls around.

    Paula’s a real mess.

  7. RE: Paula’s a real mess

    I had one of those friends who had nothing better to do than to actually go see this pre-tape performance. She tells me that Paula actually rocked in person. She may not be that great a vocalist, but her choreo and dancing cannot be beat.

    As for her being a meltdown mess that led to the late start — tell us something we don’t already know.

  8. This is an old link but I haven’t seen it here before. I searched for Ferras and checked the 1/25 and 1/26 threads. If it is a repeat, my apologies.
    When American Idol kicks you off of the show…
    Friday 01-25-2008 10:29am ET
    Every season they find a great song to use during the tribute for each contestant who gets voted off of the show. Somebody blabbed and I found the song they are going to use this year! The artist’s name is Ferras and the song is playing now at his myspace page. It’s called “Hollywood Is Not America” and it’s pretty good! Click HERE to listen to the song that will send every finalist, except for one, home.

  9. Ferras’ myspace blog also states that his song was chosen. His blog was posted on 1/15. Have I just missed all the buzz about the new boot song or is this just not news?

    Ferras on American Idol!

  10. I watched Gone Country friday night and it is my absolute favorite reality show ever! Im going to watch a rerun in ten minutes and that will make the 4th time Ive seen this episode. Every time I find something I missed and laugh at the same one liners. Carnie Wilson’s one liners are hilarious and Marcia Marcia Marcia does need medicated, as one on the bus said, lol. This is a great format and a wild mix of personalities. The preview for next fridays show looks wild too. Give it a watch, you might surprise yourself how much you like it. :) My money is on Diana or Carnie to win.

  11. okay… I’m feeling the pressure to watch this Gone Country show. Can someone tell me what time and what network?

  12. Lu – I think it’s on CMT on Fridays at 8, 7 central. I’m going to check it out myself.

  13. Justin Guarini writing a idol blog? I read a few paragraphs, but couldn’t continue. His writing is actually worse than his singing. ” Everybody loves a reformed sinner — unless of course youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re Satan. ” That’s the best you could think of? :glurps_tb:

  14. “Gone Country” is a good show… I really liked the first episode that I saw yesterday. I think it will be a fun one to watch, and CMT reruns their shows enough that even if you miss it when it’s originally aired during the week, you’ll be able to catch it sometime.

    I think Diana has a pretty good shot to win, actually. Like I said in the other thread (yesterday, I think), she definitely has the voice for country music.

  15. I need to check out “Gone Country”. I am sure Diana will do well on the show. I am enjoying Justin Guarini’s blog, especially the information about the audition process. He shares information about his experience and what you don’t see. Who knew that the judges had notes on everyone on those pieces of paper. It is well worth reading. I can’t wait until he shares information about the top 12.

  16. I wish I could watch “Gone Country” but I don’t get cable anymore. :-( Oh well.

    Here’s a new radio interview with Blake from Vancouver (for interested parties):

    They fit a lot into a small amount of time. Wonder if it was spliced? Anyway, he has some nice things to say about Ryan Tedder, the judges, the show, etc… Hopes he gets invited to perform on AI this year. Me too! :-)

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