Idol Headlines for 3/4/08

Humility could doom David on ‹Idol

David Archuleta has an incredible voice, delivers age-defying performances, has charm and charisma, and holds the front-runner status on …American Idol 7.

He also has a problem: those things are actively working against him. In fact, everything that has led to near-universal praise for the …American Idol 7 semifinalist may actually prevent him from winning.


Strip Club: ‘Idol’ Once Danced Here

“American Idol” contestant David Hernandez once entertained audiences by removing his clothes instead of singing tunes, a manager at a male strip club in Phoenix told The Associated Press.

The 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Ariz., once worked as a stripper at Dick’s Cabaret, appearing fully nude and performing lap dances for the club’s “mostly male” clientele, club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday.

“He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here, ” Bryan said.

Associated Press

‘American Idol’ Power List: Ranking the Top 16

1. David Archuleta
The American Idol equivalent of a newborn puppy has some fans wondering if season 7 is all wrapped up after his soaring rendition of ”Imagine” left Paula in tears and the audience in screaming rapture. Still, it’s not advantageous to peak too soon in the competition ‘  just ask Melinda Doolittle. (Last week’s Power Ranking: No. 1)

2. Jason Castro
Granted, the sweetly befuddled dude fumbled the big note on his cover of ”I Just Want to Be Your Everything, ” but why didn’t the judges give him credit for reinventing Andy Gibb’s disco-era nugget into a folksy delight? Not a big ”vocalist” like Idol winners past, but is that necessarily a bad thing? (Last week: No. 2)

Entertainment Weekly

`American Idol’ Brings Back Charity Show

The second “American Idol” charity event is set for April 9, with a lineup that includes Bono, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood.

Last year’s “Idol Gives Back” show raised $76 million to benefit underprivileged children.

The Fox network announced the date Monday. Football stars Peyton and Eli Manning are also scheduled, along with John Legend, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox, Reese Witherspoon and Snoop Dogg. Fox said more names will be added in the coming weeks.

Associated Press

‘American’ made

The best, most mind-blowing …American Idol season EVER! That was the advance word from the …Idol brain trust, and if this seventh season hasn’t measured up yet, it hasn’t been for a lack of tested talent.

Young David Archuleta is a …Star Search winner. The San Diego-based Carly Smithson recorded with a major record label, as did the Australian-born Michael Johns. Kristy Lee Cook had a recording contract and a songwriting deal.

All of this is great conspiracy fodder, but that’s all it is. Because if there is anything we know about …American Idol, it’s that nobody knows anything. Just ask LaKisha Jones, the Season 6 favorite who finished in fourth place after being blindsided by Bee Gees Night.

Sign On San Diego

Mormon Pop: Looking back, ahead for ‘American Idol’s’ Mormons

Although considered by some to one of the best songs of all time, “Imagine’s” first verse lines about “no heaven” and “no religion” lead others to consider it “anti-God and controversial.”

When asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didnt sing the first verse, David meekly (and innocently?) replied that he liked the last verses better. But several media onlookers, myself included, wondered if David didn’t sing the first verse because of his Mormon faith (maybe that theory got blown out of the water, when this video appeared of David singing the complete song on “Good Things Utah” when he was 13).

But my point is this is exactly the kind of unexpected situation that happens in real life for LDS entertainers. You sing the second half of a song you like cause it fits the time constraints and the moment. But then ‘  unexpectedly ‘  your choice takes on a life of its own, perhaps becoming a signature performance and signature song. And then you have to decide whether or not to perform it on tour, on a best-selling CD, etc.

Deseret News

MORE SEXY PHOTOS FROM “IDOL” RAMIELE MALUBAY has unearthed more risque photographs of “American Idol” finalist Ramiele Malubay.

Last week uncovered racy photos of Malubay, 20, goofing around with some girlfriends on a fan Facebook page.

Newly discovered photos show the singer is similar poses with what appears to be coworkers. Yahoo TV reports that Malubay was a hostess at a local sushi restaurant in her hometown of Miramar, Fla.

Idol finalist drops out of two days of ‘Rent’ at DeVos

Anwar Robinson, a finalist in the fourth season of “American Idol” who has been touring with “Rent, ” is taking personal leave this week and will not appear in performances Tuesday and Wednesday in DeVos Performance Hall.

The role of Tom Collins will be played by Devon Settles.


Hopefuls croon original tunes on Gone Country

The Grand Ol Finale: …Ill kill for country music, Rich warns our contestants, concerned that the seven wannabes arent giving it their all. To quote DeGarmo, …Rich made Simon Cowell look like a pussy cat. DeGarmo closes out the episode in tears, transforming herself into some kind of feel-good character and making her most likely to wrestle the championship away from Bobby Brown at next week series finale concert. Meanwhile outside, Brown prays to God ‘  or talks to himself ‘  for help winning next week finale.

Rolling Stone

Performers Announced for 2008 CMA Music Festival

The initial lineup of performers for 2008 CMA Music Festival is a potent mix of Festival faithful, cross-genre first-timers and returning superstars.

Reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood, who has performed at the Festival every year since being crowned American Idol in 2005.

American Idol alumni and CMA Horizon Award nominee Kellie Pickler.

CMA Music Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, in Downtown Nashville.

PR Newswire

Straight-up ‹Idol

Paula Abdul says there a reason she not a cold-hearted snake when she judges the contestants on Fox …American Idol (Tuesday night at 8 on WFXT, Ch. 25).

Unlike cranky Simon Cowell, she has performed onstage.

…Simon will never understand how vulnerable it is to be out there, Abdul said in a recent conference call with reporters. …It just a very factual difference. We all come from different perspectives and backgrounds, and mine is that of a performer, that of an artist, and that of being vulnerable and hoping and praying that you nail it. . . . I am the only one who knows somewhat of what (the contestants) are feeling.

Boston Herald

Choir slams TV star Cowell for ‹ignorance

EBBW Vale Male Voice Choir have criticised Britain Got Talent after taking part in the show Cardiff auditions.

Spokesman David Jenkins said: …We arrived at 12.45pm and left at 7.45pm.

…We did not know there would be an audience but we were not too worried as we are used to big crowds.

…But by the time we actually got on stage and did the job everyone was tired, bearing in mind the majority of the choir members are over 60. It was a very long day.

They had a hard act to follow after the Maesteg Gleemen received a rapturous reception.

But Mr Jenkins described Simon Cowell as …an ignorant man.

IC Wales

Simon Cowell to produce Paul Potts film

Simon Cowell is making a new film based on the life of TV talent contest star Paul Potts.

The American Idol judge will produce the movie which tells the rags-to-riches tale of how the mobile phone salesman and wannabe tenor won ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” last year.

Cowell created the show and was one of the judges – TV’s “Mr Nasty” was for once left speechless by Potts’ talent.

Jordin Sparks Makes Aussie Debut

This Saturday, March 8, America’s newest Idol star Jordin Sparks releases her debut single ‘Tattoo’! Written by Amanda Ghost, (who co-penned James Blunt’s breakthrough classic “You’re Beautiful”) and produced by the Norwegian duo Stargate, (Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Rhianna). ‘Tattoo’ has sold over 1 million units already in the US. Watch the ‘Tattoo’ video here!

Carrie Underwood starts tour strongly

Carrie Underwood launched her headline tour, the “Carnival Ride Tour, ” on Feb. 18 and enjoyed sell-outs on the first week of shows. Underwood and special guest Josh Turner performed for more than 40, 000 fans.

Country Standard Time

Is Chace Hiding Carrie From His Co-Stars?

Since their romance jumped out of the gates in October with a smooch-filled weekend in NYC, country superstar Carrie Underwood and Gossip Girl stud Chace Crawford have only been seen together a handful of times ‘  never at red-carpet functions ‘  and rarely answer questions about their couple-dom.


Phil’s Pages: Chapter 6 — A week in the life

he first day of the week on the American Idol calendar is Thursday. Ryan Seacrest had announced the elimination the night before, and now that you knew you were safe, it was time to prepare for the next week (except during the semifinals, where you have to prepare for the next week and just hope).

Thursday morning was about picking out songs and meeting with the arrangers and vocal coaches (who were AWESOME). Thursday afternoon was spent shopping for your wardrobe. Then, we would come together for dinner and spend the rest of the evening rehearsing our songs and doing telephone interviews with newspapers and radio stations.


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