Idol Headlines for 3/2/08

American Idol Contestants Deny Feuding Reports

According to TMZ unnamed spies, the American Idol contestants are engaged in some rather nasty feuding. American Idol judge Simon Cowell even hinted at the possibility when after a recent standout performance by David Archuleta, he said …Right now, youre the one to beat, and theyre nineteen very miserable contestants sitting here tonight.

However, if there are feuds taking place, then none of the most recently eliminated American Idol contestants are willing to admit to it. In a recent conference call with media, a couple of former American Idol 7 contestants went on record with their view that it all just one big happy family.

Reality TV Magazine

Filipino-American Ramiele Malubay Is A Big Hit Again On American Idol

Another week and another shining performance from Ramiele Malubay, the ultra-talented Filipino-American singer, on the hit television show “American Idol”. While the judges spoke disparagingly about her choice of song this week, they still had nothing but praise for her singing ability.

Simon Cowell, the notoriously sarcastic and caustic judge calls her one of the top three singers of the the remaining 16 singers. Judging by the booing from the fans when the judges mentioned they didn’t like her choice of song, it’s pretty evident that Ramiele has built up a huge fan following already.

Pacific News Center

Community Supports their American Idol

Mulberry native Amanda Overmyer is helping put her small town on the map.

The American Idol contestant is one of 16 singers left in the competition.

Students from Clinton Prairie High School hung signs around Mulberry to show their support for Overmyer.

The students and the town are excited to see her singing in the national spotlight.

Sheanna Kelley said, “We’ve never had anything that’s done anything in Mulberry, Indiana. So it’s really neat. I can see the town’s doing everything.”


Cowell insulted by Viagra ad offer

Simon Cowell has claimed he was offered £1 million to become the face of Viagra.

The X Factor judge said he was “insulted” by the request to advertise the erectile dysfunction drug.

In an interview with Glamour magazine, Cowell, 48, said Dannii Minogue would be better in bed than Amanda Holden and that Nicole Kidman had no sex appeal.

The acid-tongued judge admitted wearing platform shoes to make him appear taller.

Cowell said of his own grooming habits: “To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works, you do it once a year – who cares?

“I’d never dye my hair, although I know everyone thinks I do.”



Music mogul SIMON COWELL is relieved his pop protege LEONA LEWIS lost out at the Brit Awards last month (Feb08), because the snub will stop her from developing an ego.
The singer was nominated in four categories at the London awards ceremony, but sensationally lost out on gongs including British Female Solo Artist and British Single for her smash hit Bleeding Love, despite being the favourite to win.
But Cowell insists the experience will serve as a great learning curve for the young star.


‘Idol’ contestant has the last lyric, singing what comes naturally

Mandisa, a competitor two years ago in the season that ended with Taylor Hicks as the winner, took her Idol cred straight to the contemporary Christian market.

“When I saw Randy Jackson on Larry King Live with Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee, his advice to them was to do the music that comes the most naturally, ” Mandisa says. “That’s what comes natural to me, to sing about Jesus and all that he’s done for me, and encourage his people.”

Electric energy in rockin’ country with side of bluegrass

When Dierks Bentley took the stage at the Morris Performing Arts Center, Thursday night following performances by up-and-comer Luke Bryan and American Idol star Bucky Covington, the energy in the theater was electric.

All the guys on stage put together nearly five hours, almost two of them Bentley’s doing, of really great entertainment covering many genres that melded into a country format.

South Bend Tribune

Hollywood Royalty

Debbie Reynolds knows what it’s like to be a regular gal thrown into a situation where she is expected to dance like a dream ‘  as well as a dynamo.

Reynolds is in Hartford to rehearse the launch of the U.S. tour of the popular British show, “Strictly Ballroom, ” which she hosts. The show premieres tonight at 7 at Hartford’s Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. It features more than a dozen professional ballroom dancers as well as a pair of “American Idol” singers: Anthony Federov and Vonzell Solomon.

Hartford Courant

Carving The Afterlife by Anwar Robinson

When asked in interviews, “What advice would you offer Idol hopefuls?” I always say, “know who you are [as an artist], stick to it, and be well-versed in different styles of music.” Well-spoken from a former middle school chorus teacher, right? Well, retaining and conveying my life’s experiences through music is a quality that people often say they are fond of upon meeting me.

Before auditioning for American Idol, I didn’t watch the show. I could count on one hand the number of episodes that I actually watched and really didn’t understand that it was a pop culture phenomenon even in 2004 (my audition year). I knew the top contenders and winners, but I didn’t pay much attention. I found myself doing a lot of research during my ascension to the “Top 24” of 2005. My life was never the same.

The Daily Voice


I wanted to keep my recent knee injury under wraps until I had most of the information from the doctors regarding how long I’d be away from RENT. As of now, I am on medical leave from the Tour until my next visit with my operating surgeon. I am well and recuperating under the auspices of my beloved family and friends. More news to follow…


Underwood carries success well

Try to imagine Carrie Underwood’s hit song, “Before He Cheats, ” as a dance remix. Underwood couldn’t. She wouldn’t — even though her producers liked the idea. “I had to beg and plead, and finally put my foot down and not do it, ” Underwood said during an interview in late January. That was before Feb. 10, when she performed a mildly remixed version on the Grammy Awards, then took home a couple of Grammys for the original cut. She won best female country vocal performance, and “Before He Cheats” won best country song.

Just another stop on the road to superstardom for Underwood, who will be at the Kansas Coliseum on Thursday, opening for Keith Urban.


Salon professionals who are also “American Idol” fans can catch Katharine McPhee at 10 a.m. Sunday at America’s Beauty Show, at McCormick Place South. See

Chicago Tribune

Paul Potts: Salesman to sensation

The import version of Welsh tenor Paul Potts’ debut CD contains an unlikely candidate for operatic treatment: Everybody Hurts, a loping ballad by the Georgia rock band R.E.M. Potts not only covers the 1993 hit, he sings it in Italian. That explains the song’s parenthetical subtitle, Ognuno Soffre. It doesn’t explain what a former cell phone salesman turned opera sensation is doing interpreting R.E.M.

“I appreciate good music wherever I hear it, ” Potts, 37, said in a telephone conversation about his first U.S. tour, which begins on Saturday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.

Though not officially released here, Ognuno Soffre has at least one American admirer in R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills. “I think it’s beautiful, ” Mills said in an interview (to discuss the band’s upcoming appearance at the Langerado festival in Big Cypress National Preserve). “My father was a tenor … So I really appreciate it, and I appreciate the fact that our songs can translate to other styles.”

Sun Sentinal

‹American Idol still on top of the charts

The juggernaut that is American Idol (#1, #3) on CTV continues to rule the ratings this season.

But notice a few spots below: the unheralded homegrown engine that could, CBC Rick Mercer Report (#27) is standing strong against Idol, drawing almost a million viewers.

Pop Journalism

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