Idol Headlines for 2/17/08

Why has no one else picked up on the fact that Carly Smithson previously worked with Randy Jackson?

Even though Yahoo and Reuters have finally picked up on the Carly Smithson debacle this week (the same story that we posted before Christmas and then again a week later… seriously, you guys should lurk here more often, you’re way behind), no one else has picked up on the fact that Randy Jackson worked for MCA Records the same time Carly was there. Randy was the senior vice president of A&R. That’s big stuff. Come on guys… we posted about that one back on January 28th. So who will be the first news outlet (besides us) to post about it?

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Talking with Michael Johns

On Thursday, i did nab a few minutes to gab with Michael Johns, the Aussie native and former Atlantan (plus an early favorite who has gotten plenty of love from the …Idol judges and producers.)

First off, he 29 and for most of his life, he was known as Michael Lee. Last year, he changed it to Michael Johns. (Lee was his dad name and he hasnt been in contact with his dad since he was 15.) Johns is a multiple of his middle name John and his stepdad name John.

Access Atlanta

Plus-sized ‘American Idol’ ambitions

“American Idol” contestant Joanne Borgella has been hearing for years that she’s too big to make it in show business.

She’s just never listened.

“Because of my size, every producer, everyone I ever met, would say to my parents, ‘Your daughter doesn’t have the package. She’s an amazing singer, but she has to have the look, ‘” the 25-year-old plus-sized model from Hoboken told the Daily News. “Because I’ve come from such a strong family, I stayed true to myself and just kept at it.”

It’s a good thing she did.

New York Daily News

Paula Abdul: Judge for Yourself

She may not be the most eloquent of speakers, and her singing abilities may have seen their day, but when Paula’s out — people can’t help but watch her every move.


Will Celebrities Remember “the Lyrics?”

Every game show seems to eventually turn to the “celebrity” edition. Fox’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” is calling on the celebs sort of early in its run.

Starting next week, celebrities will join host Wayne Brady, singing for their favorite charity.

Those scheduled to “perform” include Poison singer and reality TV lover Bret Michaels, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, and former “American Idol” contestant Kimberly Locke. Also expect “surprise” appearances by Kenny Loggins and Gloria Gaynor — the surprise being that they will both sing their own hits.

TV Fodder

Soul Patrol, You Have My Apology

It all started with what I thought was an innocent joke – “Taylor Hicks? The guy can sing, but he can’t ball.” Little did I know my well-intended joking jab would come back to haunt me. Yes, Hicks’ fans came here in droves with several people leaving comments and several more personally e-mailing me.

Other than learning this weekend that two seven-footers can shoot way outside from the post area (Tim Duncan and David Robinson during the Shooting Stars competition to lead Team San Antonio to the win), it’s that you do not, I repeat, DO NOT mess with the Soul Patrol!

‘Idol’ Stacey performs at Griffins game

Phil Stacey is about to experience his first hockey game, and he is stoked.

“I used to only follow the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, ” he said in an interview before his appearance at the Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night.

“Because of ‘American Idol, ‘ (and the opportunities that came from being on the show), I am a huge sports fan these days, ” Stacey said.

Singing the national anthem and sitting on the sidelines of a Jacksonville Jaguars game has been only one dream come true for the budding sports junkie.


Rock, country stars join benefit lineup

The organizers of next week massive benefit concert for the Station Family Fund say the goals of the concert are to raise money for the survivors of the fire and to keep the people and the problems left in the wake of the blaze in the public memory.

The Phoenix Rising concert on Feb. 25 at the Dunkin Donuts Center, in Providence, will bring a bill including a country segment ‘  with John Rich, of Big & Rich; Gretchen Wilson; Dierks Bentley; Randy Owen, of Alabama; and American Idol Kellie Pickler ‘  and a rock segment ‘  featuring an acoustic performance by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis; Twisted Sister; Winger; Tesla; Kevin Max; Stryper; Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, formerly of the platinum-selling group Boston; Carmine Appice SLAM!; Danny Seraphine and more.

Providence Journal

Concert review: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood both fall under the country music banner. That where most of their sales come from, despite some crossover success. And their awards are in the country category.

But it not really country music theyre playing. Instead, it a crowd-pleasing blend of pop and rock, with traditional country instruments providing color.

Their crowd ‘  a sold-out 8, 426 at the Roanoke Civic Center ‘  was there to rock with them. The audience had to wait about a half-hour after the announced starting time because of logistical difficulties. Urban huge setup had forced some on-the-fly audience shuffling, and many people were left standing.

Rascal Flatts `feeling good’

The crowd at the i wireless Center Friday night sure “felt good, ” as Rascal Flatts performed once again for a sold-out house.

The show opened with Kellie Pickler, whose vocals were just as sweet as she was. Interacting with the crowd, she strutted back and forth across the stage.

As she sang “One of the Guys, ” and “Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind, ” the crowd was laughing, dancing and singing along. Then she brought the crowd home with her by singing the first song she ever wrote, “Small Town Girl.”

Quad Cities Online

Kelly Clarkson tour

KELLY Clarkson will kick off her Australian tour March 1, with special guests Sean Kingston and Mandy Moore.
Clarkson’s new single …Dont Waste Your time has powered onto airwaves nationally.

…Dont Waste Your Time was the second Most Added Song at Australian radio last week and is the third hit from the platinum …My December album.

The results reaffirm the powerhouse Texan singer status as one of the country most popular artists.

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