‘Idols’ on the road: We catch up with Michael Johns, in advance of Wednesday night’s show at Arco Arena
Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jul. 6–It’s been more than six weeks since Season 7 of “American Idol” wrapped, with rocker David Cook — in what some dubbed a shocker — taking the title over teen crooner David Archuleta.
Since then, deals have been signed, and the “Idol” Top 10 have conversed with Larry King and Ellen DeGeneres, gone to Vegas, gone home, taken copious amounts of vitamins and caught up on their sleep.
But hey, it’s time for a wake-up call.
‘Idol’ tour opens to rave reviews
And the Davids live up to expectations
Tulsa’s David Cook and the other “American Idol” finalists kicked off their cross-country tour this week, and the early reviews are in: It’s even better than the TV show.
Producers ditched many of the show’s cheesy group numbers on this tour and decided to let the performers each sing at least three songs, with the No. 10-ranked finalist Chikezie opening the show and winner Cook performing the final set.
Idols for the Holidays
If there anyone who knows how to capitalize on the …Idol phenomenon, it Michael Orland.
Michael is the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for …Idol. But now, he has added musical director to his resume as he is directing two …Idol-related shows.
…Idols in Concert! has been appearing at the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko San Francisco since July 1st. Three Idols take the stage each night for solo, duet and ensemble performances from among 16 participating throughout the two-month run. Idols scheduled to appear are: Anwar Robinson, LaKisha Jones, Jon Peter Lewis, Gina Glocksen, Rickey Smith, Mikalah Gordon, Julia DeMato, Trenyce, RJ Helton, Constantine Maroulis, Jasmine Trias, Vonzell Solomon, Brandon Rogers, Christina Christian, Leah LaBelle, Camile Velasco and a special Idol to be announced later.
Sparks holds Aussie No.1 for fifth week
Jordin Sparks has spent her fifth consecutive week at number one on the Australian singles chart.
Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’, last week’s number two, slipped four places to sixth, while Rihanna fell to fourth with her latest release ‘Take A Bow’.
Elsewhere, US popstar Katy Perry moved up 11 places to reach number two, while The Pussycat Dolls climbed to third.
Jordin Sparks has Energy in the Park
Jordin Sparks signs autographs for fans prior to her performance at the Annual …Energy In The Park concert at Strandbad Wannsee in Berlin, Germany on Saturday. She held up a sign that read, …Mathieu! Danke! (Matthew! Thank you!)
20+ pictures inside of Jordin Sparks with much energy in the park ¦
“Elvis: Viva Las Vegas” Special to Launch This August on DVD and Blu-ray, for Sale Exclusively at Wal-Mart and Airing on CMT
Thirty-one years after Elvis Presley’s passing, the special release of “Elvis: Viva Las Vegas, ” with never before seen bonus material, will be made available exclusively through Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club, beginning August 12, 2008 on both DVD and hi-definition Blu-ray for $10. Purchases also will be available online through Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. Fans who want to be among the first to own their own copy can pre-order the DVD through Walmart.com starting today.
Viva Las Vegas” features performances or interviews with: 50 Cent Faith Hill Miranda Lambert Lisa Marie Presley Beyonce Chris Isaak The Little Willies Priscilla Presley Brandi Carlile Dwayne Johnson David Lynch Jerry Schilling Mark Cohn Tom Jones Paul McCartney Patti Scialfa Chris Daughtry Toby Keith Willie Nelson, Nancy Sinatra Celine Dion with Joe Perry Jon Bon Jovi and Rob Thomas Joe Esposito George Klein Richie Sambora Three 6 Mafia…