David Cook shoots, scores national anthem gig
…American Idol David Cook may be a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan, but last night he knew his performance singing the national anthem before Game 3 was going to be part of hoop history.
…It the Lakers and the Celtics [team stats], said the new Idol and all-around sports fan. …I think this is one of those quintessential rivalries in sports. Im just honored to be here.
Got any predictions, Dave?
David Cook Rocks Prime-Time National Anthem
What’s harder ‘ belting out hits on American Idol or singing the national anthem before an NBA playoff game?
“The nerves are way worse [than on Idol], ” David Cook told reporters moments before his Tuesday night rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. “It’s the one song you don’t want to mess up. I’m going to try not to notice Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row and think about the lyrics.”
AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID COOK
What’s been the coolest thing you’ve done post-Idol?
I actually got to write with one of my musical heroes, a guy named Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace. I got to sit down and write some songs with him, and that was pretty heavy. I listened to Our Lady Peace growing up. It got me through the teenage angst.
American Idol David Cook Rejects Sex Symbol Status
The scruffy hunk recently told OK! Magazine, “It’s nice and flattering for people to say (that he is a sex symbol), but I want to be more than just that. I want to be an artist. he added, “You hear stories about groupies in hotels, I don’t want to get caught up in that.” So – is he getting serious with Kimberly, they have been spotted out together on a few occasions and even showed up at a Los Angeles Dodgers game where she sang the National Anthem.
David Cook Nervous About National Anthem
For David Cook, the most recent winner on American Idol, getting the chance to sing the National Anthem at Tuesday’s NBA Finals game in L.A. ranks high on his list of achievements.
“Top three, ” he told OK! before the game. “Between this, getting to do The Tonight Show, and I got to visit a children hospital in New York which was pretty heavy… Jay Leno and this, respectively, take second and third to that.”
VH1 reveals ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’ second-season cast
VH1 has revealed the identities of the seven Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew second-season participants, who will receive detoxification and treatment from David Drew “Dr. Drew” Pinsky and his staff.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’s cast consists of American Idol first-season third-place finisher Nikki McKibbon; former Sons of Hollywood star Sean Stewart; model and actress Amber Smith; former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler; actress and The Surreal Life sixth-season houseguest Tawny Kitaen; and former police brutality victim Rodney King.
Left to his own devices, Phil Stacey still might have come out on top ‘ and no one would have been more surprised than him
But what might be most surprising is that the 30-year-old Kentucky-born former music minister, who wasnt allowed to listen to pop music as a child, now has a record deal with the very company that scouted him as a teen.
Lyric Street, a division of Disney Buena Vista Music Group, is flying high on the charts with best-selling act Rascal Flatts. The group was No. 2 in record sales across all genres at the end of 2007. But newcomer Stacey isnt doing so bad himself, with a No. 8 self-titled album and a single, …If You Didnt Love Me, ascending the charts.
Paula Abdul Dances to Her Biggest Hit in 20 Years
Renowned choreographer, recording artist and American Idol host Paula Abdul has a lot to dance about this week. The singer latest single …Dance Like There No Tomorrow is currently No. 2 on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Abdul, whose charting career spans 20 years, scored her last hit single with …My Love Is For Real in 1995 which peaked at No.1.
“Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” continues to make history as well on the iTunes charts – debuting at No.1 on iTunes’ Dance chart, with the video to follow suit, topping the iTunes’ Video chart (not once, but twice). “Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow” is the featured first single off of fellow idol judge-producer-musician’s latest album, Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Vol. 1, which was released earlier this year.
“Idol” Finalist Maroulis Will Be Part of Radio Hits at Town Hall
Constantine Maroulis, the “American Idol” finalist who will star in the Premier Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, will also be part of Radio Hits of 1958.
The June 30 concert at Town Hall, part of the Radio Broadway series, will feature a host of theatre artists performing Billboard-charting hits of 1958. Show time is 8 PM.
Carrie Underwood Admits: ‘I Burp A Lot’
Say it isn’t so! When it comes to sex appeal, country songstress Carrie Underwood says she doesn’t fit the bill ‘ because she’s a burper.
“I don’t consider myself sexy … I’m kind of a nervous person in general. I’m socially awkward. I’m not tall and sensuous. I usually wear sweats everywhere I go. Oh, and I burp a lot, ” Underwood tells Cosmopolitan magazine in its July issue.
Jennifer: Not a Techie Like Her SATC Character
Jennifer Hudson lights up the big screen alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and the City movie, playing geek-chic Louise, Carrie’s right-hand tech woman.
With a computer science degree behind her, Louise organizes Carrie’s emails and calendar and revamps her outdated website, carriebradshaw.com, which by the looks of it still needs a makeover’ so blah for Carrie!
Wobbly start for NBC’s country warblers
The broadcast premiere of NBC …Nashville Star proved a bit off key. The sixth season of the reality singing competition, moving over from USA, drew low but not awful ratings last night.
…Star averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, finishing third in its 9 to 11 p.m. timeslot with new host Billy Ray Cyrus.
‘Nashville Star’: It’s all about the music. Almost
EW’s Whitney Pastorek recently pronounced Nashville Star better than American Idol. Assuming the show’s shine — seemingly buffed by Nashville’s move to NBC from USA for its sixth season — doesn’t wear off next week, I might just agree with her. Before we break down the Top 12 contestants (pictured, from left to right, Coffey Anderson, Gabe Garcia, and Justin Gaston), let’s examine what the show did right in last night’s two-hour premiere:
Apparently, Utahns really can dance
There are 20 finalists competing on the Fox hit “So You Think You Can Dance, ” and Utah has a one-in-five chance of having yet another winner.
Four finalists have strong ties to the state. One’s a native; one was raised here; and two made Utah their adopted home.
Chelsie Hightower, Thayne Jasperson, Gev Manoukian and Matt Dorame will perform on “Dance” tonight (7 p.m., Ch. 13); two of the 20 finalists will be eliminated on Thursday (8 p.m., Ch. 13).
Nigel Lythgoe Answers And So You Think You Can Dance Most Burning Questions
The live rounds of So You Think You Can Dance start tonight! (And yes, Ill be acting out the routines in my living room! Wanna make something of it?)
OK! Oliver Coleman got the chance to ring up Nigel Lythgoe, SYTYCD executive producer and resident judge, to get the scoop on what we can expect from this year talented Top 20!
Canadian Idol Recap: The Ottawa, Hamilton, East Coast and Web Auditions
Okay, Lloyd Robertson auditioning was cute, but mini-Sass, mini-Zack, mini-Jake, mini-Farley and mini-Ben was not. Please do not repeat Canadian Idol.
First up, Ottawa. Corp. Jonny Whitehead was our first mini-bio. He’s a solider at CFB Pettewawa. Stuff like this kind of makes me nervous. We have men in armed combat right now, I really don’t want to see the troops auditioning for Canadian Idol. Jonny had a great voice, but personally, asking for leave to go to the top 200, perhaps further, should really not be at the top of the list for military personnel at this point. Just my opinion.
Canadian Idol Recap: Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal
The competition is over, we have our Idol. Or at least, I have mine. Lloyd Robertson was great – it could have come across as cutesy (and I’m sure to most it did) but it’s nice when we get to see the serious news guys like Robertson and CBC’s Peter Mansbridge, let their hair down and have a little fun.
One more side note: in the past six days without Idol, I got to thinking that American Idol is really just copying Canadian Idol – were we not the first to have celebrity mentors? The first to allow contestants to use instruments? And the first, with Brian Melo last year, to crown a rocker as an Idol? What will we do this year that we see again on Fox in January (perhaps, Brian Williams, Katie Couric or Bill O’Rielly getting a gold ticket to L.A.)?