In season 8, `American Idol’ hits high notes again
With the economy and Wall Street teetering and American expectations the same, it wasn’t a stretch to think “American Idol” might be another behemoth poised for a fall.
General gloom aside, it had its own issues. The Fox talent contest was entering year eight, when most shows nervously watch for plummeting ratings and a network pink slip. It was adding a new face to the popular three-judge panel and a key producer, Nigel Lythgoe, had moved on.
Could its number be up?
So much for theories. After finishing last season as television’s top-ranked show, “American Idol” is starting off the same way, dominating the competition in total viewers and advertiser-beloved young adults.
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“American Idol” Wannabes Style Advice
Posted by Staff on February 13, 2009 7:30 AM
There are some contestants among “American Idol’s” top 36 who need some major help in the style department! Luxaholics brings you the rundown on who’s not down, fashion-wise…
Did you miss “American Idol” this week? Let Luxaholics catch you up on the second most important aspect of the show — the fashion (and lack thereof) — from Cutest Style to Most Hideous Hair, Luxaholics plays self-appointed Fashion Police for these “Idol” wannabes:
Conway American Idol Hopeful: Kris Allen
Did you know American Idol hopeful Kris Allen lives in Arkansas? He auditioned in Louisville, and has made it to the top 36. So far, he’s had no drama, so the producers haven’t focused on him. I almost missed him last week. I really don’t expect him to make it to the top 12. It seems like the producers have already picked the top 12, and the rest are being set up for failure (which always happens on this show). This year the viewers are going to help narrow the field down, which means Kris’s lack of face time up to this point will be a bad thing.
If nobody knows who he is, nobody will vote for him.
Lincoln High School graduate Matt Giraud makes top 36 on ‘American Idol’
Giraud is a 2003 graduate of Lincoln High School in Augusta Township, where he performed in the high school choir and was a cadet teacher for the seventh grade performance choir, according to the high school. He went on to graduate from Western Michigan University, where he performed with the Gold Company vocal jazz program for two years, according to the university.
American Idol Bikini Girl’s 16th Minute Of Fame
Someone needs to tell Katrina Darrell it’s over. She got her 15 minutes of fame as “Bikini Girl” on American Idol before being sent packing but these new pics show she’s still out there trying to get attention.
Ok, she got ours! Katrina tried on bikinis yesterday at Everything But Water in Beverly Hills.
Kady Malloy gives advice to Idol wannabes
Kady Malloy has some sage advice for American Idol singers hoping to make viewers swoon. The Beatles are out. Aretha not a great idea, either. And never, ever try to follow Whitney.
The Katy native missed making last season top 12 by one week, so she knows what she talking about. Malloy, 19, is currently fielding record deals (and sporting darker hair), but she took time to whip up a quick list of love songs Idol contestants should avoid at all costs ‘ unless, of course, youre Kelly Clarkson or Jennifer Hudson:
Idol Worship: Joanna Pacitti “Still Not Giving Up!”
She may have been booted off of American Idol prematurely, but Joanna Pacitti can feel good about one thing: she joins a small, exclusive group of contestants that managed to make a name for themselves before reaching the Top 36 (or Top 24, in the case of Josiah Leming). So what’s next for the beleaguered wannabe pop star? For now, Pacitti is “laying low, ” according to a February 12 status update on her Facebook page, which also contains an endless string of wall posts from well-wishers, including one from her mom, who comments that Joanna and her Dancing With The Stars boyfriend Mark Ballas can now finally go public.
So much news this week, what with the Grammy Awards in town, the American Idol Experience opening at Disney World, and Joanna Pacitti’s unexpected departure from the Top 36. Our vital Idol recap…
Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson: together again… Kelly Clarkson performed her new single, “My Life Would Suck Without You, ” at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party on February 6. She joined an all-star lineup that included Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, fellow Idol alum Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston. Kelly also belted a cover of Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart, ” by special request from Clive. Looks like all that My December drama is finally behind them. [LA Times’ Pop & Hiss]
Carrie Underwood: Chris & Rihanna Rumors Are Getting “Ridiculous”
“I don’t think anybody actually knows what happened, ” she added. “I have no advice because, thank goodness, I’ve never been in any kind of abusive situation.”
She told Us she wishes people “would stop” spreading rumors about what led to the incident.
“You hear a new one every five minutes, and some of them are getting kind of ridiculous, ” she said. “I really hope everyone will lay off and just let everybody who’s involved figure out everything first.”
Carrie Underwood: ‹I Started Crying Over My ACM Nomination
ORLANDO, FL —
Carrie Underwood has revealed she burst into tears when she found out she was nominated for the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, earlier this week.
…I had forgotten the nominations were being done that day, so I was getting up, getting my stuff together ‘ we [had] a plane to catch early in the morning and my manager called me and I thought the plane was delayed or late or something was wrong, Carrie told Access on the red carpet at the opening of the …American Idol Experience at Disney Hollywood Studios. …So I pick up the phone [and] she says, ‹Congratulations! She told me and I started crying. It was amazing.
Carrie Underwood Talks Valentine Day
We all know that Miss Carrie Underwood is a lovely lady and that many guys would love to have her, but hold onto your Valentine Day gifts men – as the …American Idol singer says that she not a fan of the lover holiday.
…Im anti-Valentine Day. I dont believe-and this goes for anybody-your man shouldnt love you for one day out of 365. He should love you 365 days out of the year. I want Valentine Day every day, the 25-year-old told press.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood likely to repeat at Academy of Country Music Awards
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are all but certain to repeat recent victories as best vocalists when the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards are handed out April 5. And Kenny Chesney ‘ despite his protests about online voting ‘ could well take the title of entertainer of the year for the fifth consecutive time. And how can we so sure about this?
A look back at the history of these kudos along with those bestowed by their country cousin ‘ the Country Music Association (CMA) ‘ reveals a remarkable number of repeat winners. In the 43-year history of the ACM Awards, just 23 men and 24 women have won the vocalist prizes. And only 20 different acts have been named entertainer of the year. The CMAs are no different with many of the champs there having won first at the ACMs or vice versa. Over 42 years, the CMA Awards have seen 23 men and 23 women take top vocal honors while 28 different acts have ranked as entertainer of the year.
Seacrest, Underwood react to early ‹Idol exit
While Seacrest was up on the news as it broke, on the red carpet at the opening of the …American Idol Experience at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, Paula Abdul said she had very few details about Pacitti disqualification.
…I heard about it today as well. Im sure I will find out what the reasons are, but I have no idea what it about, Abdul said.
And it was news to dozens of the …Idol alumni who turned out at the Orlando event, including recent Grammy winner, Carrie Underwood.
KELLY CLARKSON – CLARKSON PUT OFF ACTING FOR GOOD
Singer KELLY CLARKSON has vowed never to appear on the big-screen again – because her last foray into acting was “horrible”.
The Since U Been Gone hitmaker starred in comedy musical From Justin to Kelly in 2003, as part of her deal for winning the first series of reality TV show American Idol.
The film was a box office flop, widely panned by critics – and Clarkson insists she will never be tempted to make the transition from musician to film star again.
She tells Attitude magazine, “Oh it was a movie I had to do, and it was so horrible. Whoever won (American Idol) had to do it. I tried to get out of it legally, because I have no desire to be an actress.
Kellie Pickler Speaks The Heart Truth
Not only did I run into 300 star Gerard Butler, American Idol Kellie Pickler also came out to support the annual Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show held during NY Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on Friday (February 13).
The event aimed at raising awareness of women heart health. Kellie told me how excited she was to sit front row at the show. The 22-year-old country crooner also shared how thrilled she is to be touring with BFF Taylor Swift later this year.
Cook hometown show sells out in 6 minutes
David Cook kicks off his first post-…American Idol trek today, but he is already thinking about the end of the jaunt and his hometown stop.
David tour will stop on April 22 in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., at the Ameristar Casino, a date which sold out recently in just six minutes.
…Im floored, …Idol season seven winner told Access Hollywood on Thursday. …I dont even know what to say. The support Ive just got from everybody, especially back home has just been amazing and I cant wait to go home again.
Simon Cowell’s Terri text messages
Simon Cowell has reportedly been bombarding his ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour with text messages.
The music mogul is reportedly desperate to win back Terri Seymour – who he split from last October after a six-year relationship – and has been showering her with attention.
A source said: “He has started to bombard Terri with texts saying he misses her and asking her to meet him.
“Terri only replied to a couple of the messages, but that has boosted Simon’s hopes.”