Idol Headlines for 3/28/08

Fox’s ‘Idol’ and ‘Truth’ Pile Up Numbers

No other network came close to catching Fox in the ratings on Wednesday, as 25.4 million viewers tuned in for the results edition of …American Idol, Nielsen reported. The 9 p.m. episode, which included the elimination of 22-year-old Chikezie, left, came after Fox game show …The Moment of Truth led the 8 oclock time slot with 10 million viewers. The two programs were Wednesday highest-rated, with NBC “Law & Order” repeat at 10 trailing in third with 8.1 million viewers. NBC tied CBS for a distant second place on the night. CBS broadcast reruns of …Criminal Minds at 9 (6.9 million viewers) and …CSI: NY at 10 (7.5 million) following …Big Brother at 8 (6 million). ABC, despite a fourth-place finish in total viewers, edged past CBS and NBC for second place among adults ages 18 to 49.

NY Times

“Idol” finalists need power of positive thinking By Carmen Rasmusen-Herbert

I wish I had a book like “The Secret” when I was on “American Idol.” I could’ve used advice on the power of positive thinking.

It’s incredibly difficult to get yourself in the right frame of mind to perform and just forget about all the outside stuff. Most times I wasn’t able to do it; consequently, my mental state really affected my performances.

On Tuesday night, judge Simon Cowell told Carly Smithson, “Something about that performance didn’t quite work. You were so tense. You need to lighten up a little.”

Deseret News

Online Casino American Idol Betting Starting To Trouble Gamblers

David Archuleta is still the favorites in the sports books, but he is no longer the overwhelming favorite he was a few weeks ago. His odds have dropped to +100.

David Cook has been gaining momentum with his strong performances. He is now the second choice at +200. From there, the odds balloon with the next three contestants all being lumped together. Brooke White is +810, and Michael Johns and Carly Smithson are both +900.

Two contestants that appear to be going in opposite directions are Jason Castro and Syesha Mercado. Castro has dropped to +3100, while Mercado has risen to +3400.

Casino Gambling Web

Do Not Enter the American Idol Songwriting Competition

The lame songwriting contest is back on American Idol this year. Should you enter? Of course not! AmericanIdolExposed has a great site that explains just why you shouldn’t waste your time. Among the reasons:

* The contest promotes itself as finding “amateur” or “undiscovered” songwriters, but that isn’t the case. The winners of the contest last year, Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody, had already written 14 number 1 hits and 20 top 10 hits for artists like John Tesh, Jaci Velasquez, and Rebecca Saint James.

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Ousted ‘Idol’ Overmyer back at Indiana home

The whirlwind that is the life of Amanda Overmyer took a brief pause this week.

The popular, former “American Idol” contestant got the rare chance to spend some time at her home in Mulberry Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“It’s really, really good to sleep in my own bed again, ” said the 23-year-old, sounding weary from a week of media interviews, television appearances and performances.

‘American Idol’ Castoff David Hernandez Eyed For ‘Rent’ Role As Musical Is Extended To September

The news is less than thrilling for Hernandez ‘  who made it to the “Idol” top 12 despite the revelation of his stripping past, only to be eliminated after a weak performance of the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There.” Kornberg confirmed that the Arizona native did audition for the one role that was available: Roger, an HIV-positive musician and former heroin addict. But while producers were impressed with Hernandez’s vocal ability, they did not think he was right for a lead role, given his lack of theater experience. They’re now considering him for a smaller part and will make a decision within a few weeks.


Fantasia Says Film Version Of ‘color Purple’ Musical In The Works

Singer and Broadway actress Fantasia Barrino, who recently wrapped her run as Celie in the musical adaptation of The Color Purple, says she will reprise her role in another screen version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Oprah Winfrey, who appeared as Sofia in the 1985 Steven Spielberg film and was a presenting producer for the Broadway run, will be a producer of the new version, according to Fantasia.

“We haven’t started yet because I’m going to work on my album, ” Barrino told “I think it’s fair that I committed myself, and promised that after I finish going on a tour, I’ll be ready to come back and commit myself to Miss Celie again … They’re going to work with me. They don’t have to but that’s a favor. Working with someone like Miss Oprah who’s so talented and amazing — It’s a blessing.”

KBS Radio

American Idol Season Three Finalist Jon Peter Lewis Announces Release Date of New Album Break the Silence on June 3rd

The new album finds a more seasoned Lewis balancing ‘sitting in my bedroom all alone’ melancholia, with the inviting, offbeat wit that put him on the short list of Idol cult favorites. Silence was produced by Chris
Garcia (Santana, Michelle Branch) and features the talents of drummer Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp, Indigo Girls) and guitarist Nick Lashley (Alanis Morissette).

PR Newswire

Leona Lewis Scores First U.S. No. 1 Hit

Already a chart-topper in her native U.K., Leona Lewis scores her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “Bleeding Love, ” which zooms 8-1. She’s the first female to take her inaugural single to the top of this tally since Fergie’s “London Bridge” in 2006.

“Bleeding Love” is also No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs after selling 219, 000 downloads, up 82%. Last week’s Hot 100 No. 1, Usher’s “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy, drops to No. 2 but is still the fastest growing track at radio.


AARP to Celebrate its 50th Anniversary With Star-Studded Musical Event in Atlanta

AARP, the world’s largest advocacy organization for the 50+ community, today announced it will bring a star studded, two-hour musical event entitled, “Songs of Soul and Inspiration” to the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA on June 21, 2008. The mega-event — directed by Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer and choreographer Debbie Allen — is part of AARP’s 50th anniversary celebration and features a once-in-a-lifetime line-up of female vocalists, including Yolanda Adams, Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Jamia, Dionne Warwick, CeCe Winans, the Fire Choir and Ann Nesby appearing with Paris Bennett.

Sun Herald

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