Idol Headlines For 7/30/08

Thousands jump on the ‘Idol’ express in S.L.

Several thousand young people got a chance to be part of “American Idol” on Tuesday ‘  and for most of them it was short and bittersweet.

Out of the estimated 4, 000-6, 000 who showed up to audition at the EnergySolutions Arena, only about 200-400 were expected to make it to the second of three rounds. Those who did, however, could hardly contain their excitement.

“I was freaking out. I was so nervous. I started shaking like crazy, ” said 18-year-old Skyler Holman of Salt Lake City. “I was so happy, because I’ve dreamed about this forever. Ever since the show came on.”

Deseret News

Celebrities vow to conquer cancer with ‘Stand Up’ performances

Jennifer Aniston, America Ferrera, David Cook, Casey Affleck, Meryl Streep, Lance Armstrong, Scarlett Johansson and Forest Whitaker are just some of the celebrities who are taking a stand against cancer during a one-hour television special to be aired on ABC, CBS and NBC on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Stand Up to Cancer has attracted A-list names to participate in the broadcast.

USA Today

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Armstrong, Streep among cancer telethon volunteers

During the telethon, viewers will be invited to make donations by calling the celebrity-staffed phone bank or by texting.

Musicians and other participants are to be announced, according to a “Stand Up To Cancer” release.

Such network cooperation is rare but not unprecedented. In 2005, the six biggest broadcasters, along with cable channels, carried a Hurricane Katrina benefit program. In 2001, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox aired a telethon for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Fox was invited to participate in the cancer telethon but declined.

In a statement Tuesday, Fox called the telethon worthy but said it was focusing on “the global outreach of `Idol Gives Back, ‘” its charity effort tied to its hit singing contest “American Idol.”

Associated Press

‘American Idol’ auditions: You’ve got the makings of a star

Two weeks from today, thousands of would-be stars will gather in the predawn hours outside Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The lines will snake up one way and back the other, full of people waiting for that one big chance.

As the day moves along, they’ll each get their shot, their audition for American Idol.

‘Idol’ hopefuls confident going into auditions

The auditions have begun for “American Idol” in Utah, and the thousands of people going through EnergySolutions Arena all think they have what it takes.

Zach Sampson came from Cheyenne, barely slept overnight, but he thinks he’s got what it takes. Titianna Grigg thinks the song “I Have Soul” from a video game will send her on to the next round.

American Idol: More than 4, 000 Utahns make audition bids

They say three times are a charm, but for 26-year-old Heather Elmer, it took six times.
Elmer had auditioned five times before to be a contestant on America’s top-rated television show, “American Idol” – in seasons two, four, five, six and seven. But it wasn’t until Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena that the South Jordan resident finally was successful – as auditions for the country’s top-rated TV show arrived in Utah for the first time.
“My dad and I have a saying, ” she said. ” ‘No’ means ‘Not yet.’ ”

Salt Lake Tribune

American Idol also-ran Jason Castro recorded track for upcoming Mexican film

TORONTO ‘  “American Idol” crooner Jason Castro made good use of his time in Toronto by recording a song for an upcoming movie.

The dreadlocked 21-year-old, who placed fourth on the singing show earlier this year, was in town last weekend to perform at the Air Canada Centre with his fellow Top 10 finalists.

The day before the show, Castro popped by a lakeside studio to record a track for an upcoming Mexican film, “Tierra de Tigres.”

Recording studio Cherry Beach Sound says the film is currently being shot in Mexico and is due to be released there next spring.

Canadian Press

NOW That’s What I Call Country Coming Soon

NOW That What I Call Music!, the world top-selling multi-artist album series, has announced plans to release its first compilation featuring only Country Music. The album will hit stores August 26.

NOW That What I Call Country will feature 20 hit songs, including 15 Top-5 singles. Country superstars Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are among the artists included.

Purchasing the compilation will allow fans to unlock songs from some of Country Music up-and-coming artists. Tracks from Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, The Lost Trailers, Ashton Shepherd, Emily West and Chuck Wicks will be available for free download for those who buy the album.

Country Hound

American Idol’s Chris Daughtry and band rock Eastwood City

American band Daughtry on Tuesday night rocked the country during their one-night performance at the Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City, according to a report in QTV News on Q.

In the television report, Audrey Carampel said this is the first time the band, led by Grammy nominated singer and American Idol alumnus Chris Daughtry, staged a concert in the country.

The audience reportedly got wild as the band performed their hits.

Earlier in the evening, the rock band held an autograph signing session where 100 lucky fans got the chance to have their Daughtry CDs signed by the band members.

gma news

Oh, Daughtry!

WHAT a lasting first impression! American band Daughtry, which visited Malaysia recently, made the Malaysian media wait two hours before giving only a 10-minute interview session.

…Why are you guys quiet?, asked Chris Daughtry of American Idol fame (vocals) as he and the other band members ‘  Josh Paul (bass), Joey Barnes (drums), Brian Craddock (guitar) and Josh Steely (guitar) ‘  entered the Press conference room. (Later it apologised that it was delayed due to sound checks).

…Life is good. Our journey in the music business has been a great experience for us and we have met a lot of wonderful people along the way, said Daughtry, when asked about his experiences post-American Idol.

The New Times Straits Online

Kansas City Blogger Gets Backstage on Broadway

A Kansas City blogger recently made his way to Broadway. Not to act, to report. Djramsey managed to get backstage to talk to former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and Janine DiVita from Grease. Hicks plays the Teen Angel in the Broadway show. You can watch his report on Youtube. The link is in the sidebar to this story.


Former Idol in Top Christian Charts – Former American Idol contestant Chris Sligh has reached No. 8 on the Christian charts.

“Empty Me” is the first single off Sligh’s new album, “Running Back to You, ” which first made its way into the top 10, July 21.

Sligh says fans tell him all the time how the song has touched them.

More Jennifer Hudson Promo Photos

Last week we posted some new promo photos for Jennifer Hudson album. Here are a few more. J-Hud will drop her self-titled debut on September 30th.

Bo Bice To Host 5th Annual Armed Forces Poker Run

Bo Bice, American Idol runner-up, will be hosting the 5th Annual Armed Forces Poker Run in Pelham, Alabama on August 2, 2008, benefiting the Readiness & Family Support Organization.

The charity ride will start at American Classic Motorcycles and will end back at Pub 261 after a 60 mile loop. The event will take participants on a multiple stop journey where they will draw a card, collect a t-shirt or other prizes in hopes at the end to have the best poker hand in play. Local band Five-O will entertain at the conclusion of the event and Bo Bice will be on-hand for a meet and greet with riders.

Singer, Plus-Size Model Locke to Reach Out to Job Corps Students

Kimberly Locke, a popular R&B singer and plus-size fashion model, will make a special appearance Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay on Monday, speaking to and performing for the hundreds of young vocational trainees enrolled at the Job Corps Center there.

San Francisco Sentinel

Bucky Covington here Saturday

Bucky Covington’s latest hit song “I’ll Walk, ” is still climbing the charts, and the success of yet another single for the North Carolina native makes the title of his previous hit all the more appropriate: “It’s Good to be Us.”

Musically, it’s been good to be Bucky ever since he heard “Angel Eyes” by Jeff Healey. Covington was 19 at the time and, inspired by the song and the singer, he bought an electric guitar and was consumed by his new passion.

At first he went in the direction of rock music but then began looking for a country band after he realized “rock just wasn’t speaking to me.”

The Progressor Times

Genius Products Expands into Music Content Through Multi-Year Distribution Agreement with Record Label Hi Fi Recordings, a Division of The Music Publishing Company of America

Genius Products, LLC, a leading independent home entertainment distribution company, today announced a multi-year distribution agreement with Hi Fi Recordings, the record label subsidiary of The Music Publishing Company of America (…MPCA), an independent publisher founded in May 2006. Hi Fi Recordings, founded in 1995, has built a deep and profound roster of artists including Donnie Osmond, Marie Osmond, Donnie and Marie Osmond as a duo act, Melinda Doolittle, Todd Rundgren, Dionne Warwick and Smash Mouth. The history of Hi Fi Recordings boasts the releases of successful hit albums from the likes of Avril Lavigne and Spacehog among others. Now acting as the recorded music label arm of MPCA, Hi Fi Recordings is dedicated to working with marquee recording artists while also achieving synergies with its vast collection of publishing copyrights.


Simon Cowell: I haven’t split with Terri Seymour

Simon Cowell’s rep has rubbished claims The X Factor judge has broken up with his squeeze Terri Seymour. A mag reported he had a massive row with his long-term girlfriend, which resulted in him banning her from a holiday. Simon allegedly ditched TV presenter Terri to go to St Tropez with his ex Sinitta, 39, and hypnotist Paul McKenna, 44, And he was said to have bought her a £2.3million LA home as a ‘parting gift’.

But his rep insists everything’s fine between the pair.

Now Magazine


Last Thursday morning, I turned to TV editor Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and said, …Next week, Im going to write about how Will is going to win ‹So You Think You Dance.ƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Little did I realize the travesty that was in store that evening when the sweet (and, thankfully, often shirtless) Will got sent packing, along with female contestant Comfort.

OK, full disclosure here. I am one of those reality show watchers who never votes, yet always complains if the results dont go my way. Annoying yes, but somehow, I think that if I dont vote during the show, I somehow hang on to my fragile dignity (which tends to erode with some reality TV viewing, um, …Two Coreys, anyone?).


‘So You Think You Can Dance’ gives Norman Lear’s a twirl

IF ANYONE could bridge the gap between the golden age of television comedy and today’s reality shows, it’s probably Norman Lear.

But who would have thought that he could get young Americans dancing to the polls?

That’s exactly what happened last week when producer Nigel Lythgoe, a judge on Fox’s ” So You Think You Can Dance, ” urged viewers to visit Lear’s website, where they could register to vote in this November’s presidential election.

Lythgoe and Mike Darnell, head of Fox’s reality show division, were so impressed by Lear’s nonpartisan effort that they decided to mention the website on the show last Wednesday.

Lear was traveling when the show aired. But it didn’t take him long to find out about it.

LA Times

Seven left after Toronto’s Sebastian Pigott eliminated from Canadian Idol

A Toronto man is the latest to be eliminated from Canadian Idol.

The exit of singer, actor and writer Sebastian Pigott, 25, leaves seven contestants trying to sing their way to the top.

Pigott sang and played harmonica for his version of Little Richard’s “Lucille” in Monday night’s “Unplugged” episode.

He was sent packing after learning Tuesday night that he received the fewest of 2.3 million votes cast.

Toronto man Mookie Morris, 18, and Newfoundland’s Mark Day, 20, were also in the bottom three.

Canadian Press

Canadian Idol Recap: And then there were seven

We kick off this week’s results show not with a group medley, but a group song. Which is a nice change. The Top 8 sang “an accoustic version” of My Generation by The Who. Interesting choice especially since the first line is “they try to put me down, ” which can easily be addressed to Idol critics. And while I’m not his biggest fan, I liked when Sebastian hopped on the judges table to sing in Zack’s face (“I hope you die before I get old”) as payback for Zack’s comment from Monday night. I also thought the back and forth between Earl and Mookie was great.

National Post

Legendary Songstress Anne Murray to Mentor and Perform on Canadian Idol

She has sold more than 50 million albums and is one of Canada most enduring national treasures ‘ and she coming to Canadian Idol. CTV announced tonight that multiple Grammy and JUNO Award winning singer Anne Murray will become the latest powerhouse mentor to share her considerable expertise and work with the Canadian Idol finalists as they perform selections from her legendary songbook on Monday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Murray will then perform on the Canadian Idol results episode on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET when the remaining Top 4 are revealed (visit to confirm local listings).

Channel Canada

‘Nashville Star’ recap: Patricia Heaton and Sinbad watch this show?

Last night’s Nashville Star saw the final four return to their hometowns to put on a concert, be treated like a rock star, and if you’re Coffey, to meet fans Patricia Heaton and Sinbad. Heaton said she’s been watching him every week; Sinbad insisted that he’s been voting. (How hard did NBC have to work to find out that Sinbad was a Coffey fan?) Our thoughts go out to those celebs this morning because their pick got the boot. Let’s break the performances down.

Entertainment Weekly

NBC ‘Nashville Star’ exit interview with Coffey

Monday’s “Nashville Star” was themed for hometown reunions. The final four remained: Shawn Mayer, Coffey, Gabe Garcia, and Melissa Lawson who were all local heroes returning to their stomping grounds to rally their base.

Monsters and Critics

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