Rockin’ Idol / America has a new Idol
Cook says he never saw himself as “Idol” material. He had recently moved from his long-time home base of Blue Springs, Mo., to Tulsa, to play guitar in the Midwest Kings, a band that had a regional touring base.
He had already released a debut CD, “Analog Heart, ” and was working on his second album when he auditioned for “Idol.”
Cook wasn’t sold on the idea that his rock-pop sound would be a good fit for “American Idol.”
“I didn’t really know I was what the show was looking for, ” Cook says. “I had watched in the past and never seen a rocker win the show. And to me, it was kind of like, if somebody like Bo (Bice) or somebody like Chris (Daughtry) can’t come on here and win it, what shot do I have?”
David Cook: A rocking “Idol” rocks on
How crazy has life been for David Cook since May, when he edged favorite David Archuleta to be crowned the 2008 winner of the seventh season of “American Idol?”
“They tell me my name’s David, ” the 25-year-old singer says with a laugh. “I don’t know what my last name is. I assume it’s Archuleta!”
He’s in no way complaining about the photo shoots, interviews, tour rehearsals and meetings that have crammed his schedule since his “American Idol” victory, he hastens to add.
AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! TOUR COMES TO A.C.
The American Idols Live! Tour is taking the country by storm making over 50 stops this summer including right here in Atlantic City. Jennifer Husko finds out a little summer traffic doesnt keep these idols away from their fans.
Eager fans stood outside boardwalk hall early this morning hoping and waiting to meet their favorite American Idol before they take the stage for the Season 7 American Idol Live! Tour.
Fans said who their favorites were, “Who are we waiting for? Brooke White laugh!”, “David Cook!!!”, “Jason! Jason! Jason!”, “David Archuleta definitely!”, “Carly and Michael Johns are my favorite!”
But summer traffic clogged the highways into the shore resort causing a slight delay. One fan empathized, “We live at the Jersey shore so we understand.”
Catching Up With Ramiele
Once Ramiele Malubay was chosen as one of the top 24 contestants in season 7 of American Idol, life for her has been anything but dull. After competing for five weeks knowing that she would be on tour during the summer, Ramiele stayed in L.A. This worked out well for her, as rehearsals for the finale and the tour began in earnest before the season even ended.
Life in the Idol world is always fast paced. As soon as the finale ended, rehearsals really kicked up and then the top 10 Idols were on the road, touring America from coast to coast. Lucikly for us, Ramiele took some time out of her busy schedule while she was in Newark to share some thoughts about the past year.
Bo Bice tries to balance growing family, career
Whenever Bo Bice travels to Ohio, he said, there just something about the Buckeye state that sparks a memory of home.
That why the long-haired Southern rocker said he looking forward to coming back to the Toledo area to jam with his band at The Andersons 25th Annual Northwest Ohio Rib-Off.
…We love coming to Ohio. Weve been there several times, said the 32-year-old singer who is slated to play at the Rib-Off at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Fort Benning hosts Soldier and Family Appreciation Day
Fort Benning held an appreciation event Friday for soldiers and family members who worked hard and sacrificed through the last deployment.
Rock act Eve 6, country singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert and “American Idol” season two finalist Kimberly Locke performed Friday at Soldiers and Family Appreciation Day.
Hurley Hospital in Flint celebrates 100 years
It’s where Macy Mortimer fought for her life as a premature baby born at 1 pound, 2 ounces.
And where Jackson Langford was saved after his lungs collapsed at 2 days old.
Even American Idol darling LaKisha Jones was born here.
All three helped Hurley Medical Center celebrate its 100th birthday party Saturday at the hospital’s HurleyFest Innovation Festival.
Sony to Pay Louis Vuitton for Past Britney, Da Brat Videos
If we ever trademark a special pattern made from our initials, we would hire the Louis Vuitton legal team to help protect it in a heartbeat because they are on their game. The luxury company won another victory yesterday in its never-ending trademark-protection crusade, this time against Sony BMG. In a legal dispute just slightly more glamorous than LVMH’s recent ones with eBay, Sony BMG has agreed to pay Louis Vuitton 100, 000 euros, or $155, 830. Louis Vuitton got upset with the music giant because they used its Toile Monogram and Multicolore trademarks in music videos and on CDs by Britney Spears, Ruben Studdard, and Da Brat. For example, in her “Do Somethin'” video, Britney appears driving through the clouds with her sexy girl entourage* in a pink hummer with a pink dashboard embossed with Louis Vuitton’s signature pattern (which flashes on the screen for literally less than a second). “We don’t make dashboards, ” a Vuitton spokeswoman told the Daily News. Though you can still watch the “Do Somethin’ ” video on YouTube (thank God), Sony BMG has agreed to cease distribution of American Idol winner Studdard’s album The Return and pay Louis Vuitton an extra, undisclosed amount of cash in relation to that case.
Before she got married in February to producer Nick Cokas, American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee admits her plan was to have a baby immediately after the wedding.
“Before I got married, I was like ‘I wanna have kids right away. And then I got married, and I was like ‘No.’ It might have had something to do with wearing the preggie pad for two months. So, thank you House Bunny.”
Toms River Fest back in action
Amberlee Adams, along with the rest of America, caught her first glimpse of Carrie Underwood three years ago on “American Idol.”
On Saturday, the 13-year-old from South Plainfield was positively giddy that the famous pop star was headlining the first night of Toms River Fest.
“She’s my idol. I voted for her from the start of the show, and now I get to see her, ” Adams said.
Idols, Celebs Providing Local Help
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation’s annual gala fundraiser, “Help Is on the Way 14: Blame It on the Movies, ” is this Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Among the out-of-towners are a slew of “American Idol” alumni including Frenchie Davis, Vonzell Solomon, the East Bay’s own RJ Helton, Constantine Maroulis and Kimberly Locke — all the “AI” kids happen to be in town because they’ve been performing at the Rrazz Room.
Cowell to shock Seymour with holiday plans
Simon Cowell’s rocky relationship with Terri Seymour is expected to come under further strain after he invited ex-girlfriend Sinitta to come on holiday with him.
The music mogul wants Sinitta and her family to join himself and Terri on their month-long Caribbean Christmas break. They will jet off together after he completes work on X Factor at the end of the year.
Cowell has not discussed the matter with Terri as they are not on speaking terms following a series of rows. However, insiders have said that she will be infuriated by the news.
SIMON’S XMAS FACTOR!
Pop mogul Simon Cowell has dropped an almighty clanger with furious partner Terri Seymour after inviting an EX-GIRLFRIEND on a month-long Caribbean Christmas break.
The X Factor judge has boobed by asking former lover and pop singer Sinitta to join him for his festive holiday in Barbados.
Simon’s unwitting blunder will stun TV presenter Terri, 33, who desperately wants to save their crumbling six-year-long relationship.
The pair fell out after Sinitta, 41 – one of his closest pals and his lover during the early Eighties – publicly humiliated Terri by saying Simon, 48, would never marry her because he was incapable of being faithful.