‘Idol’ boosts Boys, Girls Clubs
The Fox television show “American Idol” is providing more than just reality entertainment for youth in Gary and East Chicago.
American Idol Gives Back — the social services arm of the popular singing show — is giving $25, 000 to Boys & Girls Clubs in both cities.
The money, expected to arrive by March 23, will buy teaching materials like audio books, computers, and software, as well as $25 grocery store gift certificates for needy families whose parents volunteer at the clubs, according to Nakea Barksdale, marketing manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.
More than 250 children will benefit.
American Idol: David Archuleta big favorite to win
Total of eight American Idol contestants have been eliminated so far and the odds makers are finally joining on the action. On Thursday Jason Yeager, Alexandrea Lushington, Alaina Whitake and Robbie Carrico were voted off the American Idol, leaving only 16 contenders. And the online bookmaker BodogLife posted the odds on winning the popular reality competition, following the elimination round. At the bookmaker, David Archuleta is now the absolute favorite to win American Idol 7 with odds 11/10. The bookie is so certain that Archuleta will win, they have added additional props just for him – people can now wager if David Archuleta would win, surprisingly “yes” pays out on -110 and “no” pays out on favorite odds -130.
Kelly Clarkson out to please herself
Kelly Clarkson might have risen to fame in the public eye, but American Idol most successful graduate doesnt buy into the celebrity lifestyle.
The 25-year-old, who still calls Texas home, prefers reading books to red carpet schmoozing, shuns television and gossip magazines, and is happiest when she singing or writing songs.
Clarkson said she just lives …in her own bubble and pleases herself.
Just when you thought you were ‘Idol-ed’ out
This year, choose to stay “Home” with a show you won’t want to miss. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, as far as “American Idol” is concerned. It’s Daughtry — with frontman Chris Daughtry — ready to rock the Grandstand at the Great Allentown Fair Wednesday, Aug. 27, as announced today by fair officials. Tickets, at $39 and $49, go on sale Saturday, March 15.
Daughtry, fourth-place “Idol” finalist back in 2006, rocked his way to fame on the Hollywood stage back then and has been going strong ever since with a band that not only picked up his name but an American Music Award and Grammy nomination as well. The group’s been headlining dates as well as touring with heavies like Nickelback and Bon Jovi.
A double date with Bon Jovi
The warm-up act is post-grunge rock band Daughtry, fronted by former …American Idol heartthrob Chris Daughtry.
…Chris is unbelievable. He went over really, really well with our audience Sambora said, explaining how Daughtry was given a …test drive in New Jersey, when Bon Jovi played a 10-night stand that also featured as opening acts Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and My Chemical Romance.
…We became fast friends with (Daughtry). It was just kismet, Sambora said.
Kevin Covais: From American Idol to Teen Comedy
Some might remember him for his comebacks to acerbic judge Simon Cowell on Fox hit show, American Idol. Some, however, may have recognized at the time what Kevin Covais seems to prove today: those comebacks were merely his sarcastic and dry sense of humor, perhaps the very humor that helped land him a starring role in a mainstream Lionsgate picture to be released a mere two years after his …Idol run ended.
…College ‘ a teen comedy set to be released nationwide on April 11, 2008 ‘ focuses on three high school students who enjoy a wild weekend away while looking at a prospective college.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces 08-09 Season
The Pops Series opens the season with music and laughs August 29-30, 2008, as Emmy Award-winning superstar Wayne Brady takes the Meyerson stage for a night of song, humor and a Sammy Davis, Jr. tribute as this Emmy Award-winning superstar performs with the full Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other Pops season highlights include superstars Wayne Newton, Smokey Robinson and Michael McDonald; the favorite Valentine’s and Christmas Pops concerts; The Magical Music of Walt Disney with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing music from Disney’s most beloved movies, including big screen projections with original artwork; the renowned big band orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with soloist Debby Boone performing in the style of Rosemary Clooney; and Idols in Concert featuring American Idol finalists Diana DeGarmo, Constantine Maroulis and Kimberly Caldwell live with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Stage show national tour features ‹Baby V
Vonzell …Baby V Solomon, a Lee County resident, is one of the featured performers on the just-launched …Simply Ballroom national tour, according to the …American Idol Web site.
Solomon rose to fame as a contestant the fourth season of the hit reality TV show. She made it into the Top 3 finalists before being eliminated. Carrie Underwood, who is now one of country music biggest stars, went on to win Idol that season.
According to the online announcement, Solomon is joining fellow Idol contestant Anthony Fedorov on the tour. The show celebrity host is actress and singer Debbie Reynolds.