Idol Headlines For 7/29/08

Ryan Seacrest: “I Was Bit by a Shark!”

So much for a relaxing trip to the beach.

On his KIIS-FM radio show Monday, Ryan Seacrest said he decided to take a dip in the ocean over the weekend when, he said, “I was bit by a shark!”

He said he was “about eight feet out” when he felt something swim by him. “I thought it was a stick, ” he said. “I wasn’t sure what had happened.” Then, he said, “I saw it swim! He took a bite, and he left.”

Seacrest, 33, said the shark’s tooth “wasn’t a great thing to find. It was like finding a splinter!”

US Magazine

Up Close With The American Idols – Chikezie

Chikezie Eze – who professionally goes by his first name only – entered this year’s American Idol competition the most experience as well as the least experience. Having tried out three times prior, he was a veteran of the show’s arduous audition process. Unlike fellow contestants such as David Cook, Carly Smithson, Michael Johns and Kristy Lee Cook – who had achieved various levels of professional experience – Chikezie had very little public exposure.

David Cook on Returning Home a Star

FOX 4 spoke to American Idol David Cook during his tour stop in St. Louis, Missouri. Cook talked about being able to make it back to Tulsa and the Kansas City area after winning American Idol. He did so without much fanfare. And, even went shopping for a much needed item: luggage. Cook will be in Kansas City on tour with the other Idols August 29 to 30. We’ll have more from our conversation with Cook on FOX 4 News at 9:00 Wednesday night.

My Fox KC

Carmen Rasmussen: ‘Idol’ hopefuls have nothing to lose, everything to gain

The scariest thing in life is taking chances. Following your dreams when you know the odds are seriously against you takes courage ‘  and encouragement from those who believe in you.

My dad is one of those people. Courageous, yes, but extremely encouraging. He is the reason I took a chance and tried out for “American Idol” five years ago.

It was mid-November. I stayed home from school because I sprained my ankle the night before and was in no mood to go hobbling down the halls of my high school with a big black boot on. I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself when the phone rang.

Deseret News

TV Guide Sees More Stars

The channel is continuing to step up its programming with a series of new agreements, which include closing a development deal for a celebrity-oriented show called My Favorite Things and acquiring cable rights to the syndicated show American Idol Rewind, according to officials.

The Rewind shows that the network is getting will include actual performances, present-day interviews and never-before-seen footage of Season 3 of American Idol, in which Fantasia Barrino emerged as the winner and Jennifer Hudson was a finalist.

Wear Carrie Underwood on Your Wrist

You could spend a fortune on designer bling and never even come close to the cool factor of these bracelets. Because each one is handmade from the used guitar strings off Carrie Underwood guitar. It part of the artist program. And besides looking hip, wearers are doing good since a portion of the proceeds go to a charity of the artist choice.

Simon Cowell’s Terri split

Simon Cowell has reportedly split from Terri Seymour.

The 48-year-old music mogul is believed to have walked out on Terri, 34, following a blazing row over Terri’s insecurities, and he has now ended their six-year relationship.

A friend of Simon’s told Britain’s Star magazine: “He told me he is tired of Terri’s insecurities. They lead separate lives, and that’s how he likes it, but lately she has turned up unannounced at events he is at.


She’s a ‘Small Town Girl’

Kellie Pickler, 22, may not have won season five of “American Idol, ” but it doesn’t seem to have hurt her career. The “Idol” top 12 finalist is now an award-winning country singer-songwriter.

“Growing up, I had been a big dreamer. Never in a million years did I think that everything would happen as quickly as it did, ” she said during a telephone interview.

Pickler tried out for “American Idol” at the age of 19 in North Carolina. “I was encouraged by different family members to try out and I was also following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, by trying to become a country singer, ” she said.


Trias will host film lovers at ‹Teen screening

Jasmine Trias fans can spend an evening with the former “American Idol” star when she hosts a private screening of “American Teen, ” a documentary film that generated buzz at the Sundance and Hawaii International film festivals.

The film follows five teenagers through their angst-ridden senior year in high school.

Trias will sign autographs and pose for pictures before the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Regal Theatres Dole Cannery 18.

Mary Murphy Says “So You Think You Can Dance” Too Close Too Call

“So You Think You Can Dance” is quickly heading towards its Aug. 7 finale and judge Mary Murphy says it’s anyone’s game. “In years past, we’ve seen some people run from the pack. Benji [Schwimmer] was a runaway train on the show, so it was no surprise when he won. I couldn’t tell you who’s going to win right now, ” the ballroom expert tells us.

“I was shocked when Kherington [Payne] was voted off because that was my first impression of someone I thought was going to be in the finale. I have no clue how America is going to vote.” As the finale nears, Murphy says she and the other judges will only be getting pickier.

National Ledger

Canadian Idol Top 8 Recap

The remaining 8 Canadian Idol hopefuls get intimate on this week show, performing unplugged. One might ask when exactly did the huge theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre become a source of great acoustics or what exactly Gavin Rossdale is doing on Canadian Idol. But I digress.


Canadian Idol Recap: The Top Eight Perform Unplugged

After a disappointing result on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, I have my sights set high for Canadian Idol. Gavin Rossdale is this week’s mentor for the Idols as they go unplugged in a week that “is always a crucial week for the contestants” according to Ben. (Then why is it always one of the first few shows of the Top 10?) And as we pan to the judges, I have to ask: what is with Zack’s wardrobe this year? First with the Bowie makeup, then the cowboy hat, and now this? For future theme weeks, I’m a little frightened to see what he will wear.

National Post

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