Idol Headlines for 2/25/08

Fox Looks at Changing American Idol Audition Shows

There are still 20 contestants remaining in this season cycle of American Idol, but Fox executives are already looking ahead to changes for next year.
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Preston Beckman, the network executive vice president of strategic program planning and research, said he wants to see adjustments to the audition shows that kick off the ratings behemoth every year.

…It wont necessarily be anything radical; we just have to figure out how to start the show next year, said Beckman, who looking for a way to stem a ratings drop the network saw last month. …The early part saw some erosion and then we got to Hollywood.

Broadcasting and Cable

Oscar Red Carpet: Jennifer Garner Spices Up Basic Black, Miley Cyrus Gets Sophisticated

Bare shoulders were plentiful on one-shoulder Grecian gowns and sleeveless structured bust-lines. Katherine Heigl, who also wore red (especially on her cheeks), paired her gown with a Marilyn Monroe-inspired blond bob. Her one-shoulder, cinched-waist gown had a keyhole detail that added a nice avant-garde touch. Expectant mother Jessica Alba employed the oldest trick in J. Lo’s book, using a loose-hanging, deep-purple Marchesa gown to cover her bump, along with simple vintage Cartier jewelry. The dress also featured feather detailing across the bust to keep it modest, to the chagrin of men everywhere, we’re sure. Jennifer Hudson went Greek in her white gown with questionable animal-print-inspired rhinestone detailing ‘  but it wasn’t nearly as questionable as the python bolero she wore last year. At least she’s learning!


The awards we’d like to see…

The 80th Academy Awards ceremony is under way. Here, one hour into what has thus far been an equally charming and totally awkward event, a few thoughts on Awards That Should Be Presented, But Thus Far Have Not Been:

The Worst Presenter Award goes to Jennifer Hudson: Javier Bardem winning Best Supporting Actor: Not a surprise. The realization that Jennifer Hudson has absolutely no sense of dramatic timing: Kind of surprising.

Chicago Tribune

Simon Cowell: Oscars chiefs think I’m the ‘Antichrtist’

Well, we know he doesn’t suffer fools gladly but we never had Simon Cowell down as the Antichrist.

Apparently, Academy Award chiefs reckon the X Factor mogul is the embodiment of evil – and wasn’t welcome at last night’s Oscars ceremony.

Simon snarled to us: “They think I’m the Antichrist. They don’t like us TV people to be part of it – it’s ridiculous. It reeks of snobbery.”


‘Idol’ Judge Votes To Resume Singing

TAMPA – Paula Abdul says it’s too early to pick a front-runner in “American Idol, ” but “the top 10 this season could be better than all the previous seasons combined.”

The 45-year-old “Idol” judge held court last week with a telephone conference in which she discussed the current season of the Fox hit and her plans to return to recording and performing.

She says the “Idol” field is wide open, and for the first time in the show’s history, she and her fellow judges can’t even begin to predict who might take the prize.

“There are some definite standouts, ” she says. “You can’t deny David Archuleta and Jason Castro’s magic. And Michael Johns, and Alaina Whitaker and Ramiele Malubay and Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson … I would be crushed to lose any of them.”


After ‘Idol, ‘ Staunton native Berry again focuses on stage

Colton Berry’s pursuit of his “American Idol” dream might be over, but he still has his local theater connections to cushion his defeat.

On Thursday night, the Staunton native was among the first four of the top 24 finalists to be ejected from the singing competition by not getting enough votes.

His performance last week of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” received lukewarm comments from judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

In Rich

Haitian Model Booted Off American Idol

CaribWorldNews, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Feb. 25, 2008: A Haitian-born model and singer late last week became one of four contestants cut from the seventh season of American Idol.

Joanne Borgella, a plus size model and former Monique`s `Fat Chance` winner, was eliminated in the first round of cuts. Borgella auditioned in Philadelphia and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Alanis Morrisette and Andrea Bocelli.

She is the daughter of former `Radio Tropicale` owner, Dr. Joel Borgella, the Haitian Times reports.

Carribean World News

Pop goes Irish girl Carly’s dream of being the next Idol

An Irish singer hotly tipped to win the American Idol talent contest has been causing a stir online after it emerged she has already been a pop star.

Carly Smithson qualified for the next stage of the competition on Saturday night, sparking an internet backlash after revelations about a past singing career.

In the latest round of the popular programme, broadcast on TV3, Smithson emerged confidently as the second favourite contestant to win – but angry bloggers could now ruin her chances.

Belfast Telegraph

Busy Bucky makes time for Flint show

Country singer and “American Idol” veteran Bucky Covington has two sure-fire ways to find success.

“Every place I go, I always keep in my mind, ‘Be easy to work with, ‘” Covington said.

“Every venue you go to, they work with all kinds of people. I just don’t want to be that (unfriendly) guy. I’ve learned just to be nice to people. I definitely think that helps a lot, ” he said.

The second way? “The exposure from ‘American Idol’ – I’m recognizable through that show, ” he said. “I’m sure that helps.”


Reba-Kelly Tour Ends As Sell-Out

Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner take the stage at Wachovia Arena

The Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township played host on February 18 to American Idol superstar Carrie Underwood, who took the stage alongside Josh Turner’s deep country voice.

The lights were dimmed promptly at 7:30 p.m. and Turner took the stage offering the down home warmth his fans have come to expect. The country boy wowed the audience with his current hit, “Firecracker, ” but also performed his title track, “Long Black Train” off his debut album and “Another Try, ” his duet with Trisha Yearwood.


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