Idol Headlines for 6/16/08

Pop Tarts: Kellie Pickler ‘Blessed’ to Have Been Abandoned by Parents

After winning the hearts of “American Idol” audiences, Kellie Pickler enhanced her female assets. But the country crooner says there’s more behind her success than her appearance.

“My grandparents had such a huge impact on my life ‘  they took me under their wing and made me the woman that I am today and without them I could have easily been put into foster care, ” Pickler said before explaining that her mother abandoned her when she was a little girl and her father struggled with alcoholism and a drug addiction which saw him in and out of prison.


Jordin Sparks retains Aussie No.1

Jordin Sparks has retained the number one spot in the Australian singles chart for a second week.

The American Idol singer’s duet with Chris Brown keeps Gabriella Cilmi’s ‘Sweet Like Me’ in second place.

Elsewhere, Coldplay moved into the top ten with their single ‘Violet Hill’, while singer-songwriter Sarah Bareilles continued to rise up the charts to ninth.

The top ten in full:


Game 5 sights, sounds: SoCal’s Tiger and Lakers Show

Also on hand: 17-year-old Spanish basketball star Ricky Rubio; Ashanti, who sang the national anthem; country music star Shania Twain, wearing a Lakers hat and T-shirt; Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.; Sylvester Stallone; Paula Abdul; Diddy; Vanessa Marcil; Nicole Richie; Michelle Kwan; David Spade; Terrell Owens and Kelly Slater.

USA Today

Paula Abdul is Back on the Market

Paula Abdul is single, reports E! News.

The …American Idol host publicist, Jeffery Ballard, told E! News that Abdul and her boyfriend, J.T. Torregiani called it quits a while ago.

…They broke up months ago, says Ballard. Last July, Abdul, 46, announced that she was dating Torregiani’ who is 12 years her junior. …Things are looking good right now, Abdul said at that time.

Place Your Bet on Jennifer Hudson

Sex and the City star Jennifer Hudson catches a departing flight out of LAX airport in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Next week, J-Hud will present at the June 24 BET Awards, helping to recognize the year best musicians, music videos, actors and athletes. Ne-Yo, Terrence Howard and Gabrielle Union will also be handing out awards on stage.

Just Jared

Charo and Olivia N-J storm LA Pride

LA Gay Pride has come and gone, and 2008 will go down as a very special year indeed. The entertainment committee (headed by the tireless and under-appreciated Gaye Ann Bruno) pulled out all the stops and got two big names as our headliners: Joss Stone (doing her only gay pride celebration) and Olivia Newton-John (doing her only U.S. date in 2008). Our youngest audience in history went nuts over Joss, while Olivia was clearly the one that everyone wanted. But there were other people, too. American Idol was well represented by Kimberly Caldwell, Kimberley Locke (and her hot dancers), and Frenchie Davis, who I cajoled into singing “Seasons of Love” for the first time since leaving the Broadway company of Rent.

Bay Windows

Track Tidbits

Kristy Lee Cook’s horse, Coly Trail, finished second in the ninth race, a $5, 000 claimer for thoroughbred going 51/2 furlongs. Coly Trail went off the second betting choice in the five-horse field.

Mail Tribune

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