Idol Headlines For 7/23/08

Nearly 10, 000 turnout for American Idol auditions

They came to Louisville to be the next American Idol. Some made it and others did not, but they stood in a long line all to get a chance to sing their hearts out.

Nearly 10, 000 people waited for their chance to audition for American Idol Monday at Freedom Hall.

American Idol hopefuls had to register for the audition and pick up their wristbands on Saturday and Sunday. Auditions began Monday morning.

‘Idol’ David Cook talks cougars, crosswords as tour hits Detroit

In the circle of life that is “American Idol, ” the show begins each year during the snows of winter. After the spring flowers bloom, a winner is chosen. Then, in blazing summer, the concert version travels across the country, making a regular stop in Detroit.

Yes, the “American Idols Live!” 2008 tour arrives at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. Expect to see screaming young girls, a Pop-Tarts mascot (the event’s presenting sponsor), and all of your favorite Top 10 finalists, from the dude with the dreadlocks, Jason Castro, to the chick with the tattoo sleeve, Carly Smithson.

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David Cook Returns to Missouri for Tour

Your 2008 American Idol favorites spent Friday night in St. Louis tearing up the stage at the Scottrade Center as part of the Idol tour. FOX 2 talked with the finalists about how the tour is going so far.


Johns uses ‘Idol’ as training

Quick, look at Michael Johns’ MySpace page. You might see a video of a recent performance of the Aussie putting his soul into Dolly Parton’s “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” on the American Idols Live tour.

Fans were up in arms when he was voted off “American Idol” in April. But they have a chance to see him again as he tours with nine other singers from the seventh season’s Top 10 round, an event that visits U.S. Bank Arena Wednesday.

Up Close With The American Idols – Michael Johns

In part one of a five-part series of backstage interviews with the Idols, I talked with Michael Johns. Johns has put his surprising eighth place elimination from American Idol behind him. Currently he is focused on the Idol summer tour and recording tracks for an album he hopes to release later this year. Having talked with him a few weeks before, this would be my second interview with Johns. As with the first interview I found him to be friendly and open about his time on Idol, his musical interests, and his plans for the future.

“American Idol Truth Tour” and the reality behind reality TV

Many reality-show workers primarily perform editorial functions, like constructing plot outlines and editing words. The only difference between what they do and screenwriters is they use other people’s words. Also, despite their obvious writerly function, these workers aren’t classified as writers. Instead, they are called producers and thus not unionized. Some are treated shabbily, working 14-16 days for low pay and no health insurance.

The Writers Guild has been trying to call attention to their plight and to pressure the studios into letting them join the union. The guild supported three writing non-writers on “Top Model” a couple of years ago when they staged a walkout. Those people probably regretted ever doing such a thing when they were fired and the guild just kind of shrugged. But it was a start.


Area Residents Belt it Out for American Idol

Belters and crooners alike converged on Louisville this week, trying to make their voices heard the loudest over the other American Idol hopefuls.

Thousands showed up for the auditions at Freedom Hall yesterday for a round that will determine who gets to see Simon, Paula, and Randy in September. While there, we caught up with a few area residents who gave us a taste of what they hope to bring to the show.

It’s 3:30 a.m., but the city of Louisville isn’t exactly asleep. Even among the masses, there’s a few familiar faces.

“Being a vocalist, it’s always been a dream of mine and what better time than the present?” says Bowling Green Idol winner Shera Lawrence.

Tina American Idol Audition

Last week we shared with you that our friend Tina at WAY-FM in Huntsville, AL would be trying out for next years American Idol. Tina is currently the morning show co-host of the …Jack & Tina in the morning show, their Promotions Director and potentially the next American Idol. Well, yesterday she had her audition and is now sharing the news with us about her crazy day.

Interview With Season One’s Justin Guarini

So I’m roaming around the San Francisco American Idol auditions, having no problem getting people to sing for me, when who should I bump into but Justin Guarini! You may recall Justin lost to Kelly Clarkson in the first ever Idol finale, but that hasn’t stopped him from trucking along in his career: He’s currently covering all things Idol for TV Guide and doing a little singing as well (check out his MySpace page for a sample of his songs).

‘American Idol’ Diana DeGarmo heads back to Broadway

” American Idol” starlet Diana DeGarmo is heading back to Broadway, this time to revive the flower power of a 1970s Jesus with a fresh production of “Godspell.”

DeGarmo played the role of Penn Pingelton in the Broadway production of “Hairspray” in 2006.

The pop musical, which has a score by Stephen Schwartz, opens Oct. 23 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, producer Adam Epstein announced Tuesday. It will feature Gavin Creel as Jesus and Joshua Henry as Judas.

Preview performances begin Sept. 29.

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American Idol’s Alaina Whitiker Staying Busy in Tulsa

WHITAKER MALLOY: American Idol contestants Kady Malloy, left, and Alaina Whitaker, center, along with Brittney Whitaker, are working this summer to perfect their sound as …Whitaker Malloy. The trio recently filled in for Brooks and Dunn at a local casino.


She knows dance

Michaels was thrilled to talk when we caught up with her, opening up about being a “big girl” on the dance floor and fueling her legendary dances with her own traumas. We even got her to dish a bit on contestants like Jessica King, who was replaced by Comfort Fedoke in the Top 10 due to a rib injury!

She Knows

Canadian Idol Recap: And we’re down to eight

And we start off the show with the weekly Canadian Idol medley, lead with Amberly, Katherine and Mark singing Dream a Little Dream. Then came Purple Haze done by Drew and Earl with some nauseating camera movements (Earl seemed to forget the words) and then out popped Mitch. Finally, was Sebastian doing A Little Less Conversation with Theo, Mookie and his Mook-walk.

Not the best medley in Idol history, but whatever, it was only a few minutes. And performing tonight is Jaydee Bixby (I thought we got rid of him when we didn’t crown him last year’s Idol, I don’t know if I can stomach Jaydee’s twang once more). But before we get to that performance, we go back to Monday’s show with the recap.

National Post

Canadian Idol Top 9 Results

The Idols open the show with a medley of songs including …Kiss The Sky and …A Little Less Conversation.

We go through the typical recap of last night, with clips from the previous night performances.

Jaydee Bixby, the runner up from last season Canadian Idol, returns to the stage to sing …Old Fashioned Girl from his new album, Cowboys and Cadillacs.

Simple Plan will help celebrate Canadian Rock, Gavin Rossdale on Unplugged, Bryan Adamson Bryan Adams week, Tom Jones on Best of Britain.


‘Nashville Star’ recap: Best original song night ever?

Like judge and Grammy-nominated songwriter Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”), I was dreading original song night on Nashville Star. So much, in fact, that when I remembered it was original song night at the end of the workday yesterday, I let Slezak someone convince me to “prepare” for the impending heinoustry with a mojito, which eventually led to me watching the show on my DVR at a painfully late hour. Imagine my surprise then, when the remaining five contestants’ songs didn’t suck. At all. Let’s break it down, in reverse order.

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