Idol Headlines for 4/21/08

Mother Nature stalls Earth Day event

U.S. Park Police halted a rain-soaked rally and free concert on the Mall in advance of Earth Day tomorrow when a thunderstorm with lightning entered the area just after 4 p.m.

The event, which drew thousands of environmentalists and music fans, was organized by the Earth Day Network in partnership with the Green Apple Music and Arts Festival and included performers such as the Roots, O.A.R, and Warren Haynes.

Blake Lewis, a past runner-up from the TV show “American Idol” opened the festival and offered apologies for the dreary weather to the youthful crowd.

“I’m from Seattle, ” he said. “I’m sorry. I brought the rain with me.”

Washington Times

Ominous signs for ‘American Idol’

MAYBE it’s not as shocking as, say, Aussie heartthrob Michael Johns getting voted off the show.

But the news still surprises: “American Idol’s” ratings are down. Way down, among some viewers.

Could it be that the singing smash, which has entirely reshaped television over the past seven seasons, is finally proving mortal? And if so, what will that mean for Fox, the rest of the TV industry and Ryan Seacrest’s career?

. . . this season the show has shed nearly one-fifth of women viewers ages 18 to 34 — one of its most important constituencies — and is down a comparable amount among kids 2 to 11. That’s a bad sign, because children and young adults are generally the first to bail on a show that’s getting crow’s feet.

LA Times

‘Idol’ singers who sing first may not last

First may be the worst for American Idol singers.

The leadoff performer on an Idol finals night stands a disproportionately greater chance of being eliminated than those who follow, according to an analysis of Idol’s seven seasons.

In 69 finals episodes, 20 singers in the No. 1 spot have been voted off, seven more than would be expected based on statistical probability, says Nick Straguzzi, co-founder of, which collects and analyzes Idol data. In four out of six weeks this season, the first finalist has been in the bottom three, twice being eliminated. “The No. 1 slot is by far the most dangerous for finalists, ” Straguzzi says.

USA Today

But…we already knew that, didn’t we?

Idol Singer a Ringer? Album Already Out

Back when Cook auditioned in Omaha for American Idol he was identified as a bartender who happened to be a friend of Chris Daughtry, a now wildly successful post-Idol graduate.

It sure didnt seem like Cook had a big career already ‘  albeit regionally. Hed already appeared on a couple albums with a local group, and there was some vague mention of a solo album that hed made himself.

But if Analog Heart is now being offered officially to proper downloading services ‘  and not on just mysterious indie platforms ‘  then Cook has to be behind it. That a first: an album out from an Idol contestant before the contest has concluded. What if he doesnt win?

Clive Davis: Ambush

The situation with Clive Davis at BMG Music on late Thursday caught all of us unawares’ including Davis himself, his loyal lieutenant Charles Goldstuck, and everyone else at Sony/BMG.

Im told that Clive Davis and Charles Goldstuck didnt know until it happened that BMG Rolf Schmidt Holtz pulled the trigger that their careers had been uprooted. Even Davis attorney, Allen Grubman, who knows everything, didnt realize what was happening until it was too late.

Fox 411

Can they beat Archuleta?

Halfway through the finals, the seventh “American Idol” crown is still David Archuleta’s to lose.
Sure, the 17-year-old from Murray, Utah, has shown by a couple of early missteps that he’s perfectly capable of blowing it.

Forgetting the lyrics to the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” could have doomed him if it had come later in the competition. Early on, the flub earned him a little audience sympathy and may have taught him a valuable lesson about how to prepare for a performance in front of tens of millions of people.

There also are rumors of pressure from a domineering stage dad that can have a major impact on the youngest finalist’s song choice and performance.


Pop Tarts: Mariah Carey’s Backstage Ordeal at ‘Idol’

Mariah Carey made her way to the CBS lot on Wednesday afternoon as the guest mentor on “American Idol.” And true to her rep, our girl was quite the diva.

Donning a (typical) tight-fitting outfit, Mariah worked the press area backstage ‘  but it took a little longer than expected. Tech and camera guys apparently were made to put in the extra effort putting up lights and having them angled perfectly, with Carey’s people “double checking” that she was positioned perfectly at all times.

“We had to reshoot one of the questions, ” one cameraman told Tarts. “I had to change the lighting and alter the position and do it again because we went off angle slightly. She has a director of photography with her at all times and can only be shot from the waist up.”

Fox News

American Idol Songwriter: Who’s Now is it Now

I made the ultimate sacrifice this rainy Saturday morning and listened to the twenty nominees for the American Screenwriter competition for this year …American Idol. Ive come to a few conclusions.

1. The Powers That Be absolutely want David Cook to win. Almost every song was placed there in the songwriting competition with King Daughtry II in mind. While there were a few songs that would fit the girls or Castro (one would actually fit Kristy Sparkles perfectly), hardly any of them made sense for David Archuleta. Is Archu-D2 going to sing about giving in to all temptation? Methinks not. Though it would be awesome if he did.


‘Phantom’ sequel set for London

Broadway icon Andrew Lloyd Webber plans to open his sequel to “Phantom of the Opera” in London in late 2009 or early 2010.

It will be rich with illusions and set in Coney Island, Lloyd Webber said Saturday in an interview before the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins fight at the Thomas & Mack Center.

He’s been in town checking on his Las Vegas version of “Phantom” and mentoring the six “American Idol” finalists for Tuesday’s episode. They taped the segments at The Venetian. The “Phantom” sequel will be based on the novel “The Phantom of Manhattan” by Frederick Forsyth, who will collaborate.

‘Idol’ proves just the ticket for Broadway-musical roles

Last year, snarkily asked “Is Broadway the American Idol Graveyard?”

Fair question (if meanspirited), since seemingly every season has turned out at least one finalist that’s gone on to sing and dance under the bright lights of the Great White Way.

So, why is that, exactly?

“The one thing about Idol even its detractors can’t deny is that most of the contestants are pretty good live vocalists, ” says senior writer Michael Slezak. “What Idol allows Broadway to do is bring in someone who’s a household name, who can sing pretty well live and hit most of their notes — that’s got to be appealing for Broadway producers.”


Bentley’s homecoming rocks Country Thunder

Pickler warmed the crowd up with a short set that opened with the rocking Gotta Keep Moving and the still-funny Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind.

The women in the crowd related to lines in the second song like “I wonder how these jeans make me look from behind, ” while many of the guys were no doubt applying that concept as they watched the shapely Pickler work the stage.

Standouts of Pickler’s set were the bittersweet Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You and her cover of Tammy Wynette’s classic, Stand By Your Man. Pickler also sang a cover of Patsy Cline’s Walkin’ After Midnight.

The likable singer could benefit by getting another album out soon to beef up the original portions of her concert sets.

Pickler quieted things down for emotional takes on two songs that refer to her challenging childhood, My Angel and I Wonder.

She wrapped things up on an upbeat note with a fan favorite, the girl-power tune Red High Heels.


Alabama Adventure

Alabama Adventure is celebrating its grand opening weekend for the summer season. Officials want to focus on their concert series this year, which has been hugely successful in years past. The concerts start on June 13 when Ashton Shepard will be in town to perform. Over the summer, the park will welcome American Idol alum Phil Stacey, Raven Symone, and Ali and AJ, among others. The park has also teamed up with McDonald’s – you can pick up a coupon at participating locations, and children under ten can get in for free with a paying adult.


Write an ‹idol song

Even when given the chance of a lifetime, Perry Smith wouldnt trade his law practice for a career as a musician.

Smith, of Costa Mesa, is one of the 20 finalists who remain out of a pool of thousands in the American Idol Songwriting Competition. But if he won the competition and all the fame and guaranteed royalty money that comes along with it, he said he wouldnt quit his day job.

…I dont have the patience to be a really good musician, but I do like the songwriting aspect of it, Smith said. …If this competition opens any doors for me I would like to spend a little less time at the office and a little more time writing songs, but it more fun because it doesnt really matter.

Daily Pilot

London’s mayor? What does Simon Cowell say

This weekend, a woman with 103 ferrets at home singularly failed to make any of the half dozen she had brought with her do anything at all to assist her dream of instant celebrity.

Instead of dancing as she had hoped, they all disappeared off-stage to seek a safe hiding place up the trouser leg of the programme’s presenter, Ant (or maybe it was Dec).

The idea of Britain’s Got Talent is a simple one: a continuous audition process to find as yet unsigned variety acts. There is nothing new about it. It is a glammed-up, big-budget retake of Opportunity Knocks, but with the oleaginous front man Hughie Green replaced by the oleaginous Simon Cowell.

Aussie shows Britain he’s got talent

DRESSED in a skin-tight red bodysuit, Australian Steve Cousins has been labelled “the most ridiculous act ever” on Britain’s Got Talent, but he finally won the judges over.

Cousins, 29, originally from Newcastle in , New South Wales, calls himself the “Balloonatic” and says “I do something very silly involving a big balloon.”

After taking to the stage in a collared shirt to introduce himself to the judges, Cousins disappears off stage and reappears in the body suit, which leaves little to the imagination.

He’s handed a giant red balloon which he proceeds to climb into and bounce on his head. Before long, he’s immersed in the balloon and bouncing to the tune of Oompa Loompa.

Watch what Steve does with the balloon below:

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  1. I love how Fox News just randomly makes stuff up. So now David Cook is BFFs with Chris Daughtry? WTF? I can’t believe they’re trying to make something out of the low-budget, self-produced, independently released Analog Heart being available for purchase. (Apparently, they haven’t followed this show before). Yeah, the guy who sort of accidentally wandered into auditions with his little brother is “The Ringer.” I’m surprised they didn’t say he has 8 Grammy awards or something as long as they were at it. :rolleyes_tb:

    People will probably actually stop voting for him now because they think he has “a number 1 record!1!” when in reality he has probably sold a couple of hundred downloads on Amazon. HATE.

  2. Cheese, No. 1 on Amazon means only a couple of hundred downloads? I am curious about the data. He studied Daughtry’s audition before going to AI, how is it “accidentally wandered into auditions?”

  3. I don’t understand why Friedman is picking on DC. Idols selling pre-idol material while they are on the show is nothing new.

    His facts are often wrong, so that’s nothing new, either.

  4. Asteroid hits Earth. Gee, will this affect David Cook’s chance of winning American Idol. Doubt one vote will be gained or lost due to this incredible shocking news about his indy album. DUH.

    The NY Post has an interesting article about Clive’s boot today. More office politics than music biz. He may rise from the ashes again.

    While the ratings may be going south, the ability of the show to get fans invested and all “thuddy” seems to be as strong as ever. :biggrin_wp:

  5. I didn’t see a billboard update for this week, so from

    Hot Shot Debuts: Leona Lewis sets a new chart record as she takes Hot Shot Debut honors on The Billboard 200, becoming the first new British solo act ever to bow at the summit of the big chart…

    On the Hot 100, Daughtry sews on Hot Shot Debut stripes with “What About Now,” which enters at No. 18 thanks to a performance last week on the “American Idol” special “Idol Gives Back.”…

    Meanwhile, “Idol Gives Back” performers Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown see their duet “No Air” leap 17-3 to earn Greatest Gainer/Digital honors with a 34% increase in sales to 154,000. Daughtry takes the Greatest Gainer title on The Billboard 200 as the band’s self-titled set moves 36-16 on the back of a 44% sales increase to 25,000….

  6. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t understand why Friedman is picking on DC.

    Oh-oh. Friedman is Clive’s pet reporter. If you want to hear the latest on what Clive thinks (or for just some positive spin for our favourite poor, beleaguered record exec), if you want Clive’s side of the Kelly affair, if you want to hear how Sony/BMG made a HUGE mistake “firing” Clive’s a$$, then Friedman is your man.

    If Friedman is posting crap about David C, I’ll go out on a limb and predict that Clive is not a fan. Which, given the recent shake-up may or may not be a good thing.

  7. Tiny little bone to pick. Personal irritation of mine. Will the phrase “Voted off American Idol” ever be called for what it is? Completely incorrect?

    This is not “Survivor.” No one if “voted off” of this show. Not now. Not ever.

    [end rant/]

  8. Actually, what we know is that David studied Chris’s audition before he saw the judges which is at least the third step in the audition process. He may very well have gone to the cattle call auditions as support for his brother with barely a thought of singing himself. Things may have changed once he made it through.

  9. Guy who is #1 on iTunes doesn’t have label/show support. Yep, that makes perfect sense in Idol world. Maybe Friedman is OMG 111!! AN ARCHIE FAN.

    Pretty sure Clive is cleaning out his desk and not engaged in any Cookie related activities.

  10. The terms voted off are incorrect. I like what Bucky said on season 5: He was invited to leave. LOL Since, we don’t vote for those we don’t like, then it should properly be said, having received the fewest number of votes.

    In regard to Clive, I have this to say: “KARMA, baby!” Or what goes around, comes around.

  11. I’m not fan of Clive but according to NY Post spin (which could be all PR bs) it’s really more about office politics than karma. Although they may be one and the same. It’s not like the guy replacing him who is teen pop all the way will be any kind of improvement either (sadly.) OMG maybe the new guy is feeding Friedman the anti-Cook info since Archie is more his style (crack pot Idol theory #1294).

  12. Ratings are down but the interest is up? I beleive the American Idol watchers who normally watch it every year are just more interested in the contestants and Ai has lost some casual viewers. It is talked about the same here as last season not near the level of 5. The article I agree to the point of the show just getting old but would not be surprised with a few tweeks and it doing better.

  13. What makes this season a tad more boring than normal, is that it seems they have Archuleta crowned already. Didn’t they do that last year with Melinda too?
    Season 5, they wanted Daughtry. They got their Carrie in 4, Fantasia in 3, and, Ruben in 2.

    The judges should keep their mouths shut on talk shows about who they think is going to win. They have an agenda, which probably comes from the producers.

    So, when they take that element of surprise away from the voting public, they lose interest. It’s like, ok, give Archie the title, don’t waste our time with the pretense that anyone else other then who you’ve chosen will win.

    They are pimping the top 3 right now. That’s the reason Simon has turned on Carly. I don’t think she’s going to make the top 3. Of course, I could be wrong, but, it seems, they have deserted her.

    This is reality tv, so, I’m not surprised by any of the outcome. I suspect MJ’s ouster could’ve been a ploy to increase buzz about the show. Guess we’ll never know.

  14. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not fan of Clive but according to NY Post spin (which could be all PR bs) ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really more about office politics than karma.

    Word on the Velvet Rope was that Clive’s ouster has something to do with Leona’s numbers. But, wait, Friedman will say, Leona had the number 1 album last week. Why, yes she did, but given the amount of cash they burned on that album, it should have done a lot better.

    Clive is known for spending a LOT of money on his pet projects and we’ve already heard that Leona got a $10 million contract. Moving 235K units is not that freat when you have the number 1 single (and airplay often costs money), you’ve just been on Oprah and after spending lots of money for production.

    Leona was reportedly the straw that broke the camel’s back. Barry is known for being a bit more stingy with the moola. Jive was reportedly the only profitable label within Sony last year and that’s because of the effective use of very small promo budgets.

    Clive’s P&L = bad
    Barry’s P&L = good
    Sony not playing well with BMG part of Sony/BMG
    Result: Barry’s in charge.

  15. Cheese, No. 1 on Amazon means only a couple of hundred downloads? I am curious about the data. He studied Daughtryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s audition before going to AI, how is it à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“accidentally wandered into auditions?à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    ianamy, I am just guessing that Amazon has a very small share of the mp3 download market, compared to Walmart, iTunes, etc. When I bought DC’s cd from them, I never even knew they sold mp3 downloads and I order music/media stuff from Amazon at least twice a month. David has probably sold a few thousand CDs, rather than hundreds, at most. The Fox article practically makes it sound like he’s topping some chart that matters.

    David did not intend to audition during the cattle call phase of auditions, but his brother talked him into it. He watched a YouTube of Daughtry’s audition the day before he auditioned before the judges. I am not sure how this made him Daughtry’s friend.

    Anyway, the article still pissed me off and I think it’s filled with misinformation, misguided insinuations and just flat out incorrect “facts”, which could lead to fewer votes for David among voters who are either (1) dumb or (2) just barely paying attention and believe that he’s somehow already #1 on the Billboard 200. But I feel a little better now that I’ve had my morning coffee.

    ETA: Thanks for the update, purps!

    ETAA: Thanks for the facts to back up my assumption about Amazon downloads, bee!

  16. There was some speculation on another thread about sales from Amazon and Cookie’s pre-idol release supposedly “charting”. I found this article in the the NY Times interesting since it confirms that digital downloads from Amazon account for only 2% of all total paid downloads. I don’t think Mariah Carey or Madonna have to worry about sales of “Analog Heart”.

    Amazon Gains Share of Shrinking Paid Music Market

  17. He watched a YouTube of Daughtryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s audition the day before he auditioned before the judges. I am not sure how this made him Daughtryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s friend.

    Many an Idol fanatic thinks that they are friends with their Idol after just watching them on TV, so there is a precedent for that logic jump.


    Anyway, the article still pissed me off and I think ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s filled with misinformation, misguided insinuations and just flat out incorrect facts, which could affect Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s votes among voters with fewer braincells.

    I don’t think that many people will see the article. David will only have problems with this if it hits the wire. If other news agencies start to cover this “story” that will create a “scandal”. We’ve all seen how one news article can spin out of control, but most of the time it does not.

  18. The article about Kellie at Country Thunder also mentions that Bucky joined Billy Ray Cyrus onstage for a “danceworthy version” of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”. Ooh, I would have loved to see that.

  19. My comments:
    Clive: I hope he keeps giving his online Grammy shows. They are very entertaining. I also wonder if this move means some artists’ contracts will go bye-bye….like Whitney and Fantasia. Although Fantasia is due for a 3rd album. If the record company paid for Whitney’s rehab (which is probable) and she doesn’t have a record out and they are waiting for her to complete the record, the new guy could easily say bye-bye. He’s not loyal to Whitney….and he may not be loyal to American Idol and their contestants.

    Britain’s Got Talent: All these talent shows — ayayayayayay! when will they stop.
    Viewership: It’s bound to happen to any TV show — any 24. People are not as attached and/or excited as it was when it was brand new. The show has to keep producing “stars” and bigger stars or the show is toast. Simon doesn’t help any with his “honest” claims of retiring and being bored of the talent.

  20. I didn’t know that Leona had a 10 million dollar contract. In the current musical world, it’s crazy to give such a contract to a newcomer, IMO. She’s doing well so far though. She is #1 on the airplay chart for her single, her single has been #1 in sales and she had the #1 CD last week. Mariah will knock her out of that spot when the new sales figures are released in a day or two.

    Leona has had a lot of promotion. She’s been all over TV and radio. (She’s even been on Oprah’s show and Tyra’s show. LOL)

    I wonder how Clive’s removal will affect Whitney’s comeback and Jennifer Hudson’s CD. Maybe Clive got them far enough along that they can both still be finished.

  21. Cookie’s BFFs with Daughtry now? BFFs, my ass.

    The article about beating Archie gave me a laugh. The girls should really go see that and follow the advice it gave them.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“No Turning Backà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  (Topic: Going for the gold, inspiration, drugs, sex with strangers) à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ This very rock-heavy (Cook) song is evidently all about going crazy and following oneà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s id. The chorus is about caving to temptation, acceleration, and elevation (i.e. money, drugs, and sex). Very edgy for Idol. I gave it a 9/10 and I hope D2 has to sing it.

    I love magistra. LOL.

  22. I’m glad magistra reviewed those songs so that I don’t have to listen to them!

  23. Kirsten, you’re good girl. It’s all about the money isn’t it….stands to reason…I didn’t know Leona only moved 235K units….that’s not good and Clive does like to throw Marketing money at artists, esp. those he loves.

    Gabam: My thoughts exactly. Jen-Hud’s been under contract for 3 years and no CD. Two of them were scrapped. She’s doing the song title to the SATC movie, so maybe that’s a good thing. The word from those who heard the title song is that she’s fantastic.

    It will be interesting to see who shows up for the Idols finals: Clive or Weiss?

  24. Pretty sure Clive is cleaning out his desk and not engaged in any Cookie related activities.

    Ya think with everything else going on in his life that Clive has bigger fish to fry than David C? Gee, I can’t imagine that! LOL

    Sure, the 17-year-old from Murray, Utah, has shown by a couple of early missteps that he’s perfectly capable of blowing it.

    Missteps?!?! Wait, I thought he was a robot?

    How he can beat Archuleta: All the rockers in the audience have to turn out in big numbers and vote many, many times.

    Okay, now that? Not. going. to. happen.

  25. 235k for Leona? ouch. guess she was payola’d all the way to #1…

    I started hearing the buzz about her last year, checked her out on youtube and wasn’t all that impressed. I guess it had more to do with them seeing her as some Whitney/Mariah cross, which explains why Clive was willing to dump so much money into her.

    Unrelated to Idol, but that book they’re basing the Phantom sequel on was pretty horrid…

  26. Leona sold over 500K in Europe, so that’s why her album here was expected to do well.
    You know the music business is a changing landscape, it’s not like it was decades ago. Even Prince has to find newer and different ways to sell records.

  27. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a first: an album out from an Idol contestant before the contest has concluded. What if he doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t win?

    Well, didn’t Taylor have an album out before Idol that was being sold WHILE he was on Idol?

    eta: apparently I can’t do quotes today – the top is from the article. The bottom is from me.

  28. Michelle Apr 21st, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    235k for Leona? ouch. guess she was payolaà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d all the way to #1à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Its worse than that. According to HDD she sold 208.6k but when soundscan came out it was down to 205k.

  29. grayhound – not to mention Carly’s CD is still out and selling as well. the article’s spin is that somehow that’s not as bad. don’t know the logic behind that…because David’s album is selling well at the moment?

  30. Pretty sure Clive is cleaning out his desk and not engaged in any Cookie related activities.

    Nobody said that, imo. Unless you’ve read it on other boards.

    I think the point that Kirsten is trying to make, is that Roger Friedman from FOX has always done Clive’s bidding PR-wise. His coverage of Clive is usually an awesome example of sycophantic ass-kissing at it’s finest.

  31. About Leona — We shouldn’t get all excited because that’s the first week. Janet Jackson did less than that, 186,000. And CDs have a long life, they can sell over a long time. Even Kelly Clarkson’s My December took about a month to get pass 600,000.
    But it sounds about right….Sony/BMG is seeing all this money being thrown at artists to launch their recording careers and it’s not working….however, to be fair, Leona had a head start. She was selling well in Europe. It’s tough to break into this market. Even for an American.

  32. michelle:

    Not sure why this guy hasn’t done his homework either. Didn’t MJ have a CD out as well? (not sure if I’m right with that or not). But anyhow – Taylor’s CD was selling the whole time, and he WON and no one made a big deal of out it, so I don’t know why this is an issue.

  33. “If Friedman is posting crap about David C, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll go out on a limb and predict that Clive is not a fan.”

    Just responding to this comment. Implication Friedman is reflecting Clive’s anti-cookie feelings. I don’t know anything more about the story except what I read here. Maybe they want him to go 4th like Daughtry. I have no idea (shrug)

  34. How much input will Clive have on the Idol process now that he’s been demoted?

  35. OMG.

    So David Cook has a CD out that he made himself in 2006? How completely unfair to undiscovered talent like… Carly, Michael (major label deals)… David A. (winner of Star Search). OMG. Yeesh.

  36. Michelle — my questions exactly!!!! Betcha this new guy at BMG is starting to rewrite the contract. Instead of 3 albums, maybe just one; you think?

  37. OMG.

    So David Cook has a CD out that he made himself in 2006? How completely unfair to undiscovered talent likeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Carly, Michael (major label deals)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ David A. (winner of Star Search). OMG. Yeesh.

    Haha, exactly. Not to add KLC was signed by a label and both she and Brooke had albums out.

  38. OMG.

    So David Cook has a CD out that he made himself in 2006? How completely unfair to undiscovered talent likeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Carly, Michael (major label deals)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ David A. (winner of Star Search). OMG. Yeesh.

    Yup! I don’t know why that article is making such a huge deal about Cookie’s album. Numerous contestants before have had CD’s out and have done professional work prior to joining the Idol cast. If they’re going to hate on Cookie, at least hate on everyone else — or rather, just not at all.

  39. Well one thing it does for Idol: heightens interest and gets more people tuned in. More controversy!!!

  40. Didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t MJ have a CD out as well? (not sure if Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m right with that or not).

    Michael doesn’t have a cd out but his previous band, The Rising, does. It was never released in 03 but the record company decided to release it once MJ was on AI.

  41. I remember “BIG deals” being made out of tater hix earlier cd’s……also Clive is One hundred and twelve years old — also oper winfrey clive are real big buds–and i beweev tater hix is the only idol who nevAH sat on oper’s couch—jordan season 7 winner will be there b4 tater hix evah makes it.

    when simon goes on oper’s sho–she never fails to bring up tater….

  42. Mariah already has Leona’s numbers at HDD, with only half of the reporting in.

    The one difference between David C & Taylor selling CDs during the competition, is David is selling his on Amazon and garnering press, Taylor’s was sold from one local Birmingham store that only Internet and Birmingham fans were aware of.

    If AI cares, it’s only because they’re not getting a cut.

  43. AI à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹most likelyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ winner once beaten by a Pinoy

    …David Archuleta, the half-American, half-Honduran teen crooner, will be the next American Idol, predict several TV critics in the United States.

    But before the 17-year-old AI frontrunnerà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s inevitable coronation at the end of Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s seventh season a few months from now, it would be of great interest to note that David once lost to a Filipino-American singer from California on CBSà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Star Search.

    It was five years ago when David, then 12 and winner of the Junior Singers Competition on Star Search, lost to then 10-year-old Mark Mejia of San Diego during the Battle of the Champions, a winnersà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ circle showdown. Also defeated by Mark was Tiffany Evans, 10, of Ocean City, New Jersey.

    Fast forward to 2008. David, now a teen dreamboat, is inching his way to becoming the next American Idol, and in the process crushed the aspiration of another AI Season 7 Top 12 finalist, Ramiele Malubay of Florida, to become the first Asian-American to clinch the AI title. (Ramiele, a Filipino-American, is reportedly eyeing a singing career in the Philippines after the AI US tour).

    And Mark? The Fil-Am boy, now 15, seems to have gone to oblivion. At least for now.

    According to reports Mark, son of Emmanuel and Gilda Mejia, is gearing up for next yearà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s AI when he turns 16, the minimum age requirement for AI contestants…

    Philippine Star

    Mark may have a big problem, though…

    In the looks (and height) department, however, they admit that Mark has a lot of catching up to do. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The boy needs a makeover if he wants to impress Simon Cowell,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  one observer noted, referring to the AI British judge known for his scathing remarks.

  44. For some reason, Brandon’s Roger’s CD was not available until after the show and tour last year. I’m not sure what the difference is in these situations.

  45. Interesting… I just wrote an article about DC’s album and was checking my links and discovered that his CD is nowhere to be found on the top downloads list and the “Amazon ranking” line in the product box is gone. Very strange indeed.

  46. Now DC’s song links are gone and you can no longer buy the album on Amazon. Methinks TPTB have been working overtime tonight.

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