Idol Headlines For 7/1/08

American Idol Tour Kicks Off

For months, as the entertainment world revolved around them, as desperate fans speed-dialed voting lines, as celebrity-driven tabloids and websites fought in mortal combat for every scrap of information about them, as television, music and Broadway rebuilt their firmaments in their wake, the contestants of …American Idol toiled in the show protective cocoon-like bubble. …We were in a white room for three months, said Irish songstress Carly Smithson.

But now, at last, their duties on the show over, America Top 10 gladiators of competitive singing are leaving the bubble and taking their songs directly to the millions of …Idol fans as they prepare for the 49-city …American Idols Live! tour, which begins Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz.

LA Times

David Archuleta Nervous about 1st Show

Hey guys!

Tomorrow our first show!! I have to admit Im a little nervous, but Im way excited at the same time. Weve been having rehearsals each day just getting ready for the big day, and everyone sounds great. Last night after the rehearsal Kristy Lee, Chikezie, Cook, Jason and his family, Carly and I went go karting and it was sooo much fun lol. At first I was kinda like eh, I dont know if I should go or not, I should get some rest and stuff. But Kristy Lee pushed me into going and now I want to go again.

David Cook on Caldwell: She’s Very Supportive

The American Idols Live! Tour kicks off Tuesday, July 1. But, Idol king, David Cook, doesn’t have his mind completely on the road.

Cook told TV Guide’s Carita Rizzo that the long, intense tour won’t bother his relationship with former Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell.

Cook told TV Guide “We seem to compliment each other really well…She’s very supportive, and not only with me but with my entire family, which is huge. She’s great.”

My Fox

David Cook: Idol Tour Won’t Detour Love Life

If you do the math on the American Idol Live! Ttour, it looks something like this: 53 performances in 49 cities over 72 days adds up to no love life. But as David Cook gets ready to board the bus, he’s not worried about the damper it may put on his relationship with former American Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell. “I get to do what I love and love what I do, so no, it doesn’t put a damper on anything, ” he told TV Guide between rehearsals and wardrobe fittings.

“Kim’s great, ” Cook continued. “She’s got a little bit of insight on it which definitely helps.”

TV Guide

Baby V enters not guilty plea for concealed weapon charge

Former …American Idol finalist Vonzell Solomon filed a not guilty plea to carrying a concealed firearm and will not appear at her arraignment, which was scheduled for today.

Solomon, 24, also known as Baby V, was stopped June 10 at Southwest Florida International Airport after security officials discovered an unloaded gun in her bags.

Solomon posted an apology on her Myspace page shortly after the incident.

Her attorney, Michael Rich, filed the not guilty fee late last week. Solomon next court hearing is scheduled for July 25 before Lee County Judge Leigh Frizzell Hayes.

Happy birthday, Fantasia Barrino!

Easiest way to bring tears to my eyes: Put me within 20 feet of a freshly sliced onion. A close runner-up: Show me a clip of Fantasia Barrino performing “I Believe” during American Idol’s third season performance finale. I start getting choked up at around the 2:39 mark, and reaching for the tissues at the Gospel-rific bridge.

To me, one of the great pop-culture mysteries of our time is, how in the name of all that’s holy has the global music-buying populace failed to turn ‘Tasia into a major superstar? I know, I know ¦ our birthday gal’s post-Idol musical output has been somewhat spotty, but listen to “Hood Boy, ” her collaboration with Big Boi (Ellen performance embedded below) and tell me it’s not one of the catchiest singles in the last decade to not crack Billboard’s pop Top 40.

Entertainment Weekly

Babies Having Babies

This paris_bennett.jpgprobably isn’t the way former “American Idol” hopeful Paris Bennett wanted to find her way back into the public eye, but as any slimy publicist would say, all publicity is good publicity.

Anyway! Paris is pregnant.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has confirmed reports that the “AI” contestant dubbed Princess P is expecting. She is due in October, when she’ll be 20-years-old.

NY Daily News

Former Idol Star Paris Bennett Is Pregnant

American Idol’s “Princess P” is going to be a proud parent, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Paris Bennett, 19, the Idol singer who was an early favorite ‘ and an early ejection ‘ in the show’s fifth season in 2006, is expecting her first child, the Minneapolis StarTribue reports.

The Rockford, Ill., native’s mother, Jamecia Bennett, told the paper that the father “chooses not to be in the public eye.” She added that Paris “has a ring” and is expecting to have a baby shower in August.

Photo Coverage: Radio Broadway Rehearsal’s cameras got to take sneak peak into the rehearsal process for the upcoming Radio Broadway presentation of the “The Radio Hits of 1958”

Radio Broadway Presents “The Radio Hits of 1958” will feature a variety of Broadway stars, including American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis and alumni from American Bandstand and will take place TONIGHT, Monday, June 30 at 8 p.m. at The Town Hall, Times Square’s landmark concert venue. The camera’s took a peek into rehearsal to watch the talented cast in action!


Franklin Residents Will Idol Away the 4th

Franklin’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kick off this Thursday, and will include an “American Idol”-style contest featuring Ayla Brown, a former contestant on the Fox television show.
ayla.JPGThe part of Ryan Seacrest will be played by Ayla Brown (Globe file image)

The celebration will kick off Thursday night at 10 with fireworks at the high school on Oak Street. Festivities will continue on the Town Common through the weekend, and will include concerts, a magic show, story readings (including an appearance by Snow White) and the singing contest, which begins Saturday night at 6.

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