Idol Headlines for 7/16/08

Concert Review: American Idol Live In Concert

The American Idol 2008 Summer Tour is a family-friendly musical extravaganza that gives Idol fans a chance to see the top-ten contestants in person. All in all, the show is great for kids who are going to their first concert. But it’s also pretty much an enjoyable experience for anyone who is a fan of the popular TV show.

I caught the show in Tacoma, WA on July 12th, which was only the ninth show of their 50+ dates around the country. The show is a mixed bag of musical styles as well as a series of high and lows as far the performances go. It’s a fascinating examination to see which of these performers truly have the makings to rise to the next level beyond reality-show contestant. I also had the opportunity to chat with several of the Idols before the concert, which gave me further insight into how each of them approached the concert.

Review: Archuleta receives hero’s welcome back in Utah in ‘American Idol LIVE!’ tour stop

WEST VALLEY CITY – David Archuleta told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier in the day that he usually avoids dairy because it makes his throat “phlegmy.”
The Murray teen must have had a lactose-free Monday as he provided the vocal highlights, and the most screams from tweens and soccer moms alike, at the first of two “American Idol LIVE!” shows at the E Center.
The tour features the top-10 finalists of the most recent season of the FOX TV juggernaut. Each finalist is given three songs to sing, with second-place finisher Archuleta getting four songs and winner David Cook five songs. Group numbers are limited this year, with a mid-show U2 song and the show’s closer, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music.”

Salt Lake Tribune

Pickler rocks stage in front of big crowd

Savannah Harris, 6, of Tiro, had the best birthday of her young life Monday night.

The personable Savannah calls herself Kellie Pickler’s “biggest fan.” So on her birthday, her grandfather and mother took her to see her idol in person at the Crawford County Fair.

“I didn’t know I was going to be here tonight, ” Savannah said. Her grandfather bought the tickets three weeks ago and didn’t tell Savannah about it.
Savannah is such a big fan that she drew a picture of Kellie and herself and brought it with her to the concert.


Jordin Sparks going to summer camp

Arizona’s “American Idol, ” Jordin Sparks is trading the concert stage for the campfire this summer. Starting Tuesday, Sparks will be attending a summer camp.

“It’s called Kanakuk, it’s in Colorado and I go for about two weeks, ” said Jordin, who grew up in Glendale. Kanakuk is a Christian athletic camp, and Sparks has been going for years.

Chris Daughtry Visits ‘the Past’ With Sevendust

Sevendust has chosen “The Past” as the second single from the band’s latest album, Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow. The track features a guest vocal appearance from Chris Daughtry, a Sevendust fan and friend since before he was catapulted to fame as an American Idol contestant. Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon told us how the collaboration happened: “Couldn’t believe it, such a genuine guy. Over a year, you know, got to really know him, said, ‘Man, we should do a song together.’And we had the opportunity to do this, he happened to be in town, the kids were running around…Daughtry actually asked me, could he watch me do the vocals, and we did the same thing. Eatin’pizza, drinkin’cold beers, everything was relaxed and it was very fun. He’s kept a head on his shoulders with the avenue that he’s been able to take, and it’s a blessing for him. We’re very proud of him.”

“The Past” will officially head to rock radio stations later this month.

Exclusive Interview With Ace on Debut CD caught up with Ace Young in New York City in a stretch limo as he set off for Connecticut to do the CD release party at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Ace self-titled debut album Ace Young which hit stores today has already received rave reviews from which praised its …sleekly funky soundscapes.

American Idol shortcut comes to Elk Grove

Hundreds of people lined up outside of Skip Music to try to nail a guaranteed audition on American Idol when it stops at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on July 17.

People started lining up around 1 a.m. outside of the Skip Music in Elk Grove on July 11 to make sure they would be able to audition and compete for the …Sacramento Idol title to maybe meet Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

Idol hopefuls came from as far as Lake Tahoe, Tracy and Calaveras and Amador counties to compete.

American Idol Encore Warbles Onto Wii

Singing, dancing, playing instruments ¦ there no doubting that the music/rhythm genre has positively exploded in this generation, and if there one brand that bound to get the casual gamer up and off the sofa, it American Idol. Today Konami announced Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 for the Nintendo Wii.

American Idol Encore 2 allows you to stand in front of (and get judged by) Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and the ever-honest Simon Cowell. The title features 40 different songs to sing along to, allowing you to discover whether you have what it takes to become the next American Idol.


Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, …reality TV workers, and industry supporters will unite in solidarity at a press conference today, to kick-off the American Idol Truth Tour to spotlight adverse working conditions in the …reality TV industry and call for FremantleMedia to adopt industry standard benefits for its employees.

A major television production company that produces highly rated American Idol, as well as other network primetime programs including America Got Talent (NBC), Million Dollar Password (CBS), and Farmer Wants A Wife (CW), FremantleMedia continues to profit from AI and its other hit shows, while writers and other behind-the-scenes workers often face substandard working conditions. FremantleMedia employees have charged the company with multiple labor law violations, including withh olding overtime pay and failure to provide state-mandated meal or rest breaks, among other grievances. Currently, FremantleMedia workers do not receive industry-standard benefits guaranteed by a union contract, including pay minimums and health and pension benefits.

San Francisco Sentinal

Canadian Idol Recap: The Results – Ch-Ch-Changes

As we meet the judges, it’s good to see that Zack was able to get all of his eye makeup from Monday night off. I’m impressed. We don’t get their opinions, but flashback to the performance show. When we get back we have the obligatory group number. It was great to see Mookie and Earl do Fame (with Drew on drums); that was a great song choice.

And then Ben tells us as we go to commercial at Jully Black will be back when we get back from the break (and no, he doesn’t tell us what she will be doing). Before we get to Jully, we get the normal CTV promo with stars from Flashpoint in the audience. Then we go to a tape of Jully from the night before, where she was supposedly supporting the competitors. I don’t know, to me it just seems like she’s doing the job of a confessional camera, instead of Idol Confidential from last season, they talk to her, but whatever.

National Post

Canadian Idol Recap – Top 10 Results

The Idol dream ends for one wannabe on tonight top 10 results show.

Last night, the 10 Idols fought for the public vote singing David Bowie hits. Before they get to the elimination on tonight show, the Idols sing a medley of David Bowie songs.

Jully Black appears again on tonight show with clips from her mentoring the Idols before they went on stage last night. Once again, she steals the show. Why is a fantastic musician Ben Mulroney sidekick again? Jully deserves better.


Sophie Zalokar: I felt “very disrespected” by ‘Nashville Star’ judge Jewel

Sophie Zalokar admits rolling her eyes at Jewel was a rude thing to do, however she feels the Nashville Star sixth-season judge was also guilty of being disrespectful.

“I felt very disrespected, ” Zalokar told reporters during a Tuesday conference call.

“My reaction to her disrespecting us was to roll my eyes. At the time, I didn’t realize I was doing it. It just kind of happened. I did apologize to her for it. But I also feel that maybe she should have apologized to us for disrespecting us in that way. You can’t disrespect someone and then expect respect back.”

The incident in question occurred during last Monday night’s Nashville Star sixth-season broadcast.

Reality TV World

‘Nashville Star’ recap: AWKWARD!

Normally, we break it down for you in the order the contestants performed. But this week, we’re starting with the bottom two because seriously…

Entertainment Weekly

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