Syesha Mercado: I Wasn’t Going to Tell America “This is What I Went Through”
…I always wanted to sing because I wanted to touch people, and Ive never lost that, American Idol third-place finisher Syesha Mercado told Rock Daily last week when she stopped by our office. …I was able to do that with American Idol, and that the most important thing for me as an artist.
Jason Castro visits Red Bar
I found him enjoying dinner Friday night with his girlfriend, Mandy, outside at the Red Bar. A non-stop line of admiring fans wanted pictures and autographs. I’m one of the guilty ones who asked for a picture and handed my phone to him to speak to Tammy, a fan in Alabama. I made a new friend for life with that call.
He is in Destin to spend time with Mandy before he goes into rehearsal June 6 in Los Angeles for the American Idol Live tour. Mandy is doing some ministry work for part of the summer here with a college group from Oklahoma. Look for his dreadlocks around town this week.
Syesha slips into Anaheim award show, watches mom sing
Syesha’s mom sang a song of praise. American Idol 2007 finalist Chris Sligh jammed on his guitar. The boy who started the No Cussing Club rapped. And former Notre Dame football underdog Rudy Ruettiger asked the audience to pray that the movie he inspired becomes a Broadway play.
Clay Aiken expecting a baby boy
After confirming the rather surprising news that Clay Aiken will be a father this coming August, TMZ now reports that the sex of the baby is a boy.
Although they’re not a couple, the “American Idol” star and music producer Jaymes Foster are expecting their first child together. The two have reportedly been close friends ever since working together on “Idol.”
Carmen Electra’s Public Make-Out Session; Shar Jackson Wants to Educate K-Fed on Safe Sex
David Hernandez was also there (yes, that “Idol” fave who was eliminated soon after it was exposed that he was previously an exotic dancer). He apparently poked fun at himself by giving an impromptu performance on the Platinum Stage stripper poles. Charming.
My ‘American Idol’ experience
Here the thing. I’m a huge “American Idol” fan. My brother Hans, however, is the “American Idol” fan.
He is the Donald Trump of AI aficionados, the Godfather, the iPod, the Simon Cowell.
Our house is peppered with AI merchandise, CDs of several “Idols” are scattered everywhere, and an impressive collection of AI episodes from all seven seasons take up pretty much enough hard disk space to run a small Internet cafÃƒÆ’ ©.
Put ‘Em Away Jennifer Hudson
But one thing she did stuck with me — the ensemble Louise wore to her hometown New Year’s party. You know, where her bra was peaking out from the top of her dress. Well, reminding us all just how fashion challenged she is, Jennifer has adopted the style in her real life, too, and can’t seem to wear anything else.
So far, flaunting her ta-ta’s on the red carpet has been successful, but when Jennifer dares to bare on the street, it’s walk of shame chic!
Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting Concerts Open To Public
The fun begins on Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena with country music star Taylor Swift and the rock group Lifehouse taking the stage.
On Wednesday you can see the All-American Rejects and Journey.
Thursday night you can catch the Latin Grammy award-winning Juan Luis Guerra at Barnhill Area.
Country music stars Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will also take the stage Thursday night at Razorback Stadium.
Inqlings: ‘Idol’ alum in film job in Philly
American Idol alumna Katharine McPhee and Wes Bentley (P2, American Beauty) will be here in August to film the psychological drama The Storyteller.
Behind the project, first reported yesterday in the Hollywood trades, are locals Jeffrey D. Erb and Joe Nicolo of Feverpitch Pictures.
Bentley plays a writer whose life falls apart when his father dies. McPhee plays his assistant, who starts investigating whether his muse as well as narrator for his stories (Journey to the Center of the Earth’s Anita Briem) is a figment of his imagination.
Locations in the ‘burbs are being secured, Erb says.
CMA Music Fest starts (unofficially) Monday
The CMA Music Festival officially begins Thursday in Nashville, but the music really starts tonight and continues through Sunday with parades, hundreds celebrities and artists, 100 hours of concerts, 30 hours of autograph signings, family activities, sporting competitions, grilling and barbequing contests, interactive exhibits, giveaways games and more.
A Listener’s Guide to the CMA Music Festival
If you’re going to be hitting the CMA Fest main stages, you’re going to want to know a little bit about whom you’re hearing. So here’s a little bit. All daytime shows are at Riverfront Park. The nightly concerts are at LP Field.
Phil Stacey Debut Country Music or Christian?
Former American Idol finalist Phil Stacey recently finished his self-titled debut album, which combines his love for country music with his strong Christian roots.
As a result, the record is receiving air play in both musical formats.
Stacey first single, …If You Didnt Love Me has already climbed to No. 32 on Billboard country singles chart, while …Identidy is receiving air time on Christian stations.
American Idol Season 6 Finale DVD Review
With Season 7 of American Idol just wrapped up, why not take a short trip back to 2007, back when the show used to be a hair more predictable. This year’s bizarre run-up to the finale featured singers that seemed to be cut from the classic Idol mode eliminated by the fickle populace to make room for a dreadlocked stoner, a Mormon dwarf and a puffy-faced rocker, among others. But last year was a little simpler, with fresh-faced crooner Jordin Sparks taking home the crown.
So You Think You Can Dance: The Best of This Week’s Auditions
I started my So You Think You Can Dance watching this season feeling great. Having never sat through the audition rounds before, I was surprised at first by how superior they seemed to the audition episodes on that other Fox reality show produced by Nigel Lythgoe. The talented competitors to self-deluded-freak-shows ratio was much more favorable. Although equally annoying, Mary Murphy is nowhere near as useless a judge as Paula Abdul. And the purposely bad dancers just wanting to get on TV actually got their comeuppance from the judges, instead of just being giggled at. It was so refreshing to see the judges and contestants on a national TV talent search actually seem to take their craft seriously. It was everything I’d always said I’d wanted from Idol, just with dancing.