Idol Headlines for 7/20/08

Cold morning temperatures don’t deter “American Idol” hopefuls

Several thousand “American Idol” hopefuls braved the chilly morning temperatures outside Cow Palace on Thursday for their shots at stardom.

The crowd began lining up about 5 a.m. and snaked in a long line through the stadium’s parking lot by the time doors opened four hours later. The 7, 000-strong crowd filled half the seats at Cow Palace for a full day of auditions.

Danielle Najmeh, 25, of San Jose, who hoped her version of Oleta Adams’ “Get Here” would secure her a spot on the show that has launched the careers of the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and most recently David Cook.

“Anything it touches turns to gold, ” she said about the show. “Since the days of ‘Star Search’ we haven’t seen anything like this.”

Inside Bay Area

America’s latest Idols bring their acts to St. Louis

The American Idol TV series recently completed its seventh season of competition, and it’s obvious to even the most casual observer that it has become a cultural phenomenon, tapping into the universal dream of being discovered as a “star” ‘  and combining it with bright, shiny faces competing for that prize.

Final results of this year’s competition were revealed in May, when the two Davids, winner Cook and runner-up Archuleta, were chosen. But for many of those in attendance at the American Idols Live! tour at ScottTrade Center on Friday evening, it appeared to be a chance to relive the competition for the crown.

Pre-teen and teenaged girls (and the occasional mom) waved signs proclaiming their love for either Archuleta or Cook when those two finalists eventually hit the stage in succession starting about 9:15.

St Louis Today

Brooke White Hates David Archuleta? LOL

You can’t believe everything you see ‘ or don’t see ‘ on MySpace, says American Idol’s Brooke White, who blames a technical glitch for the absence of David Archuleta as a “friend” on her page.

“Don’t fret, my dears, David is one of my favorite people on the planet!!!” she writes. “Rest assured, we all are all super-duper friends, like family, actually, enjoying this tour together.”

The 25-year-old fifth-place finalist on last season’s show says only a technical issue has kept 17-year-old runner-up “Archie” from showing up on her “top friends” box. Both are now on an American Idol tour of the U.S. with the other contestants.

Will So You Think You Can Dance Upstage Dancing with the Stars

Looks like “Dancing with the Stars” may be an Emmy wallflower again this year, at least when it comes to winning the award for choreography. “So You Think You Can Dance” took three of the five slots and “High School Musical 2” took another, leaving Julianne Hough as the sole contender for teaching celebrities how to trip the light fantastic. (See full list of nominees HERE.)

Last year, “Dancing with the Stars” was the lone loser while the high-energy “So You Think You Can Dance” took two of the Emmys for choreography and “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” won the third. And two years ago, despite three nominations, “Dancing with the Stars” was left on the sidelines as “High School Musical” won the only Emmy awarded for choreography.

LA Times

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