Idol Headlines for 6/23/08

No Idle Time for Cook & Caldwell

American Idol David Cook confirmed to E! News that he and fellow Idol alum Kimberly Caldwell are still an item, and even got the blessing of Fox’s president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly.

“It’s great, he’s a catch and so is she, ” Reilly tells E!

Reilly and Cook were attending the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s annual Taste for a Cure Benefit in Beverly Hills.


OK! Interview: Syesha Mercado

Syesha Mercado made a spash on American Idol, finishing in third place, and now she’s continuing to make waves in the pages of OK!. Modeling some of the season’s hottest beach styles, the 21-year-old Florida native opens up to OK! about her bikini fashion, her Idol days, and why California is “awkward.”

OK Magazine

Monday Mouse Watch : Inside “The American Idol Experience”

Know this, though: If you dream of someday standing onstage at “The American Idol Experience” and belting out a tune … Make plans now to get to DHS as early as possible on the day that you want to audition. For Disney will only be selecting 120 candidates to possibly perform in that day’s shows. And once those slots are filled … That day’s auditions will be closed.

Level One of the “American Idol Experience” audition process will involve Guests entering one of four recording booths which will be located near the attraction’s entrance. Once they get inside this booth, a WDW cast member — via a two-way video hook-up — will ask this would-be performer to sing a brief solo (How brief? Try just 30 seconds worth of material).

If this WDW Guest is not selected to go on to the next round of auditions, a brief message will then scroll across the video screen in of that recording booth. With words to the effect of “Thanks for auditioning. Better luck next time.” If — on the other hand — this Guest does have the making of an “American Idol Experience” performer, a different message will pop up. “Please wait for additional instructions.”

Jim Hill Media

Bucky returns to the Buckeye State

NEW LEXINGTON – He may have been born and raised in the South, but “American Idol’s” Season 5 resident “country boy” Bucky Covington has a special place in his heart for the North, especially Ohio.

“I’m always excited to come to Ohio, ” Covington said in a phone interview with the Times Recorder. “Ohio’s always been very, very good to us with great crowds. My step-father’s from Ohio, and I went there three or four times growing up, usually to Columbus. It kind of feels like home.”


Daughtry set to rock KL on July 26

PETALING JAYA: Rock band Daughtry is slated to perform in Kuala Lumpur on July 26.

The band is appearing in the region as part of the Sony Ericsson Traffic Jam street party tour, with stops in Jakarta and Singapore next month.

Formed and fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, 28, the hard rock band received a lot of attention with its American Music Award-winning accolades and four Grammy nominations.

The Star

Product Placements Get FCC Scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are beginning an effort to crack down on stealth advertising in television shows, a move aimed at letting consumers know when companies have paid to use their products as props.

This week the Federal Communications Commission is expected to open a formal proceeding about new rules requiring more disclosure of product placement, a technique that has become a critical tool for Madison Avenue.

Some of the best-known deals include Coca-Cola Co.’s placement on Fox’s “American Idol, ” where TV viewers frequently see Coke cups on the judges’ table and hear frequent mentions of the brand.

Mulroney stands by Canadian Idol talent

Every season of Canadian Idol has its own signature. This year’s signature, Ben Mulroney insists, is talent. It’s of a higher calibre than it’s ever been before.

“In all honesty, ” Mulroney says, “without a hint of hyperbole, I think that if our Top 24 live up to their potential this year, we have the possibility of discovering some true talent.

‘Canadian Idol’ filled with new surprises

TORONTO – After becoming the first in the North American “Idol” franchise to allow hopefuls to play instruments a year ago, “Canadian Idol” is getting innovative once again, implementing a multitude of changes this season, with more to come.

“There’s a rule at ‘Canadian Idol, ‘ and the rule is, there are no rules, ” executive producer John Brunton said in an interview.

Idol innovations

After becoming the first in the North American Idol franchise to allow hopefuls to play instruments a year ago, Canadian Idol is innovating once again, implementing a multitude of changes this season, with more to come.

“One of the aspects of the format is that the format has got to keep changing, ” said executive producer John Brunton. “I don’t know if they feel that way in the States or anywhere else, but they certainly watch what we do and often copy what we do.”

Changes to the hit talent show began even before this sixth season started airing. For the first time, hopefuls could submit audition videos online.

The Star

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