Idol Headlines For 8/15/08

‘Idols’ Tour Rolls Through D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. ‘ Rabid ‘American Idol’ fans flocked to D.C.’s Verizon Center on Thursday night for a chance to hear their Season 7 favorites perform live and in person.

They had their favorites, from David Cook to David Archuleta, and everyone in between. The top 12 contestants from the most reason season of the hit FOX reality show made their way to the nation’s capitol as part of their nationwide tour.

Click on each Idol’s photo to see their raw interview with FOX 5 before the show

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Ex-Idol Guy’s a Cook Fan

At the Tropic Thunder red carpet, ex-American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe didnt seem all too sad to wave buh-bye to the Fox cash cow’ much happier to promote his competish So You Think You Can Dance? instead.

Youve overestimated the U.S.’ how else do ya explain Sanjaya sixth-place existence on the show? Reasoned Lith: …I have voted when I was the executive producer. Oh, really? So which David didya favor this last season? …Cook, he stated, without a moment hesitation.

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“American Idol” tour stops in D.C.

The screams said it all.

At 2:30 p.m. sharp, a shrill, collective squeal rose from the sidewalk outside the Verizon Center ‘ a sound heard from INSIDE the building.

The “American Idol” tour buses had arrived.

Six weeks into its cross-country trek, with another month to go, this “Idol” tour has incited the same type of fan frenzy as its six predecessors.

Exclusive Carly Smithson Interview

In our ongoing conversation with last season’s top 10, we had the chance to speak with Carly Smithson this past weekend. After all, Carly is a little bit more than half way through with the summer tour, so we figured we’d check in to see what she thought of her experiences thus far.

Carly was thrilled to be in Manchester, but not because of the rain that greeted her. Instead, it was only about an hour from their previous stop in Worcester, Massachusetts, which means it was a fairly easy bus ride for them. Typically, they’re on the buses for several hours a night, but because Worcester is so close to Manchester, they were on the road for only about an hour and were able to hit their hotel rooms at a reasonable time (for them) of around 1:30am.

American Idol

Backstage At 08 Teen Choice Awards Stars & Gifts In Spotlight With Backstage Creations

At the super-hot Fox TV Teen Choice 08 Awards, both American Idol Davids, Cook and Archuleta, took home awards thanks to their Goliath-like talent and super-cool personalities. Cook won the title of Choice Male Reality/Variety Star, and Archuleta, got the Choice Most Fanatic Fans trophy.

…Im here because of my fans. I cant tell you how much I love and appreciate them, Archuleta gushed as he stepped out of his limo and was rushed along the star-studded blue carpet leading up to the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. …I am blessed with so much in my life.


Top iTunes Downloads get their own radio show

Like many iTunes Store customers, we often find ourselves tired of the same boring Top 40 played over and over on mainstream radio. Hell, you don’t even have to turn to the iTunes Store for relief’ there are tons of Internet radio stations out there to cater to every taste. Premiere Radio Networks thinks it can combine the two, however, to create a master race of Internet radio: the iTunes Download show.

The recently-announced show (thanks to our friends at Macworld for tipping us off) will air between 7pm and midnight Eastern Time on Fridays and between 6pm and midnight on Sundays and Saturdays. You can access the show by going to the link above, and the description reads like this: “The iTunes Download is the next evolution of countdown shows, revealing the 30 most downloaded tracks in America every week, with radio veteran and iTunes Director of Music Programming, Alex Luke.”


Idol’ follies: Lawrence singers test their voices at TV auditions

When David Cook won this year …American Idol, much national attention was brought to his hometown: Kansas City.

Consequently, the …Idol juggernaut decided to select KC for the first time as one of its eight audition sites.

Last Friday, thousands of wannabe stars filed into venerable Kemper Arena (not the new Sprint Center, since …Idol is sponsored by AT&T) seeking their instant ticket to stardom.

Music Review: Taylor Hicks – The Early Works

Taylor Hicks The Early Works is a compilation of two independent albums Hicks recorded before appearing on – and winning – American Idol in 2006. With a couple of exceptions, Hicks post-Idol debut Taylor Hicks (released in late ’06) did not represent what kind of singer/songwriter/musician he really is. This album does.

Hicks has hinted that an album of new material should be coming out soon. It wouldnt surprise me if he is using this compilation as a preview of the musical direction he is headed for. The Early Works contains twelve tracks, ten of them Hicks’ originals: six songs each from 1997’s In Your Time and 2005’s Under The Radar. Both albums were recorded on a low budget – especially In Your Time, which was recorded live as a money saving tactic. This release has been remastered and the sound quality is very good.

Toby, Clint Lead “Troops” Special

No genre has sent more artists to the Middle East to perform for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than country music, and a number of the format biggest stars ‘  including Toby Keith, Joe Nichols and Clint Black ‘  are slated to appear in a September ABC special, “America United: In Support Of Our Troops.”

Theyre joined in the two-hour event ‘  cobbled together from shoots at a variety of military bases ‘  by Jessica Simpson, ZZ Top, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Jordin Sparks, comedian Kathy Griffin and Sam & Dave singer Sam Moore, among others.

Idol Alumni Congratulate New Dad Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken’s fellow American Idol stars are thrilled for the new daddy ‘ and one even has her own baby news.

“Congratulations! I am very happy for him, ” Rickey Smith, 29, told PEOPLE. “He has great morals and ethics, and I think his baby will be brought up in love.”


Pop and Rock Listings

JORDIN SPARKS, JESSE MCCARTNEY (Tuesday) The victor of the sixth season of …American Idol, Jordin Sparks offers smooth, pop-perfect vocals with a vague R&B tinge. The actor and singer Jesse McCartney recently released his third LP, …Departure (Hollywood), which, conveniently, marks a departure from his pop beginnings and a move toward a more urban, dance-oriented sound. With Prima J. At 8 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street, (212) 307-7171,; $39.50. (Petrusich)

New York Times

For those Republicans about to rock, we welcome you

Other private RNC gigs in downtown Minneapolis include country singer Gretchen Wilson at Trocaderos, “American Idol” rocker Chris Daughtry at Epic and “All Star” band Smash Mouth at Aqua.


Full Tracklisting of ‘Now That’s What I Call Country’

Tracklisting of “Now That’s What I Call Country”:

In the hype of country music that garner larger fans each day, Now That’s What I Call Music! series will release for the first time in U.S., the ultimate compilation of country hits. Boasting tracks from the genre’s icons such as Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sugarland and Carrie Underwood among others, the album will hit the stores on August 26.

1. Carrie Underwood – “All-American Girl”
18. Kellie Pickler – “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind”


American Idol producer unveils wine in Paso

Nigel Lythgoe, an American Idol producer and producer/judge on the Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance, ” poured wine from his Villa San-Juliette Winery at Albertson’s in Paso Robles this afternoon.

Lythgoe, fellow American Idol producer Ken Warwick and their exploits learn about owning a vineyard and making wine at the San Miguel winery are the subject of “Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes, ” a Fox Reality channel show.

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Dance floods TV; Amateurs soft shoe to studios

Turn on the TV: There’s Comfort, lunging backward like it’s the forward thing to do, and Gev twirling on his head, b-boy style. Kourtni pirouettes bare foot as smooth as a turntable.

Switch channels: Football star Jason Taylor and his partner square off against figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner in a fast-break cha cha.

And if you graze again, you might find Mario Lopez introducing the kinetic moves of MTV’s dance crew competition.


So You Think You Can Dance Joshua Allen Wants To Meet Michael Jackson

So You Think You Can Dance Winner Joshua Allen has a bright future ahead of him. Joshua faced one of the most talented casts ever on So You Think You Can Dance on his route to becoming the first hip-hop dancer to ever win the show.

Now, that the So You Think You Can Dance season is over, Joshua shared some of his plans for the future during a recent conference call. Joshua said, …Living, accomplishing more goals in life, just doing everything Ive always dreamed of doing, really, that what it means to me. Keeping my name out there, and just having so much fun, and everything I want to do, I hope it comes true for me because I worked so hard, and Im a hard worker.

Reality Magazine

Exclusive Interview: Twitch Boss of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

A few weeks before the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance, I posed this question to Comfort Fedoke: Is it possible for a hip hop dancer to win this thing? Not only was it possible but Twitch Boss and Joshua Allen, both hip hop dancers, were the last two standing. Josh may have been crowned the winner but Twitch will be just as well known. He came into this season with a built in fan base, after losing the last spot in Vegas last year to Hok Konishi. Twitch left the show with no regrets and proud of the way that he represented hip hop. Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.

Buddy TV

Melissa Lawson Knocks Down Milestones

Just 10 days after she was proclaimed the winner of NBC “Nashville Star, ” Melissa Lawson has experienced an amazing conversion from housewife to jet-setting celebrity.

She headed off to Beijing, where she performed at the Olympics; her first single, “What If It All Goes Right, ” went to No. 1 on the iTunes country chart and immediately debuted in Billboard; and she made plans to record further material for her debut album. Meanwhile, she set to make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday.

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