Idol Headlines for 3/16/08

Carrie Underwood invited to join the Grand Ole Opry

Carrie Underwood will become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry after she was invited Saturday to join the long-running country music show.

Randy Travis extended the invitation as Underwood finished “I Told You So, ” a Travis song that Underwood recorded on her latest album.

Her official induction will be May 10.

Associated Press

Carrie Underwood Invited to Become Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Watch video of Randy Travis’ surprise invitation. Formal induction will take place May 10.

During Opry Live on GAC (Great American Country), Underwood sang …I Told You So, a cut from her latest album, CARNIVAL RIDE, originally written and recorded by Opry member Randy Travis. As Underwood accepted a standing ovation from the crowd, Travis, himself, surprised her on stage. Hugging a shocked and emotional Underwood, Travis said, …That a better performance than I will ever do of that song. Thank you. Im honored.

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Simon Cowell to visit Oprah Winfrey on Monday

Put Oprah Winfrey and “American Idol” together, and you can expect big ratings.

Winfrey will have one of the most crucial parts of the Fox singing contest on her show Monday: judge Simon Cowell.

The Winfrey people provided this tease: “Simon Cowell from ‘American Idol’ reveals his hottest discoveries! From secretary to superstar, Leona Lewis makes her American debut. Plus, the third ‘Oprah’s Big Give’ contestant to be sent home is here with the inside scoop!”

Orlando Sentinal


PENSIONERS invited to audition for Britain Got Talent were stunned when Simon Cowell started laying into them ‘ after just 30 seconds.

Producers asked the Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir to fork out £250 from their own pockets to travel to Cardiff for the show Welsh heat.

The choir ‘ all over the age of 60 with a veteran member aged 93 ‘ then waited seven hours to get on stage.

And things got worse when they started to sing in front of judges Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.

Daily Star

Little Lindsey Rose’s Favorite ‘Idol’ Singer Wears Wristband To Show Support For Girl

That little orange band seen on the wrist of “American Idol” contestant David Cook this week has a Tampa connection.

Cook got the wristband last week from WTVT, Channel 13, reporter Charley Belcher, who was on the “Idol” set to interview the 12 finalists. Belcher covers all things relating to “Idol.”

The band is a tribute to Belcher’s 7-year-old daughter, Lindsey Rose, who has leukemia.

“I didn’t mean for this to be a big deal or anything like that, and I am not encouraging anyone to vote for him, ” Belcher says. “I didn’t even know he was going to wear it.”

Natural talent + fate = Utah ‘Idol’ Archuleta

David Archuleta’s singing was an unstoppable force of nature. Somewhere in the family’s genetic chemistry, the music seeped right into his bones, and then fate or providence or whatever you want to call it lent a hand.

What if his father hadn’t left a “Les Miz” record lying around the house?

What if his mother, a singer and dancer, hadn’t emigrated from Honduras to Florida, where she met his father, who was there only to do temporary sales work for a summer?

What if his sister’s boyfriend hadn’t stumbled into a legendary voice coach, or what if the voice coach hadn’t needed help with his computers?

Deseret News

American Idol: Chikezie does great, David Archuleta stumbles

Last night (March 11th) was the American Idol Top 12 performance episode and it was nothing short of reality TV. Surprising twists and turns are shifting the possible outcome and the winner of the 2008 American Idol remains a mystery, thanks to Chikezie Eze and his awesome performance last night. Chikezie’s version of “She a Woman” literally brought the crowd to its feet and he may turn out to be one of the best bets you have ever seen. Currently Chikezie Eze is listed as the underdog of the 2008 American Idol, holding the worst odds out of the top 12 remaining – at the online sportsbook BodogLife, Chikezie is listed with odds 90/1. That means the bookmaker will pay out $90 on every $1 risked, if Chikezie Eze becomes the winner of American Idol 7!


Who Made Jim Carrey Do This On Idol?

I’ve heard Jim Carrey used to follow a cardinal rule when it came to acting: that you don’t take the character out of the context of the movie. And I’ve seen him at the Golden Globes talking out of his ass, like he did in Ace Ventura, but it was his idea, not Warner’s. Nevertheless, there was Carrey, dressed in a really sad elephant costume, selling out big-time on Fox’s American Idol to plug Horton Hears A Who! from the same studio. Granted, the comic’s career has been DOA at the box office in recent years. (His last film, The Number 23, was a huge flop for New Line. And last summer he accepted what Hollywood considered the worst talent deal ever for a movie.) But Carrey received a whopping $8 million for his voiceover work on Horton, the result of a sop from Fox studio bosses after they’d pulled the plug on the $112 mil comedy Used Guys he planned to do with Ben Stiller back in 2006.

Deadline Hollywood

Now Showing ‘American Idol – The Barbecue’?

Idolmania is big here on Guam. Evan Cohen, Managing Director for the Sorensen Media Group and FOX-6 television notes that the requests pouring in to Power98, the Top 40 sister radio station and even its Classic Hits sibling, 105 the KAT, for songs being sung by the contestants the previous night on the show is a testament to the show’s popularity on Guam. He notes that the show has become the “family hour”, a unique phenomenon in this day and age, where the entire family can get together and watch an entertaining television show together.

Pacific News Center has also received a lot of anecdotal evidence of ‘American Idol barbecues’ where friends and families get together to watch the shows. Just what the doctor prescribed – another excuse to barbecue.

Pacifc News Center

Music stars line up for Meijer Gardens and other West Michigan summer concerts

The B-93 Birthday Bash (in Ionia) and Mountain Country Music Festival (in Farwell) arrive on successive June weekends this year, which means country music fans can get a double-dose of twang and sunburns while welcoming the summer solstice.

The Birthday Bash (June 21-22) has snagged Chris Cagle, Phil Stacey, Billy Currington, Eric Church and Sorryville for Saturday, and Gretchen Wilson, Pat Green, Keith Anderson, Jake Owen and Jypsi for Sunday.


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