American Idols Tour provides mixed bag at the Dunk last night
For some of them, it a last obligation before they begin a recording career in earnest. For others, it the last time theyll ever see the inside of a tour bus. It the American Idols Tour, and at the Dunkin Donuts Center last night, there were several members of each camp.
What the point of having a live show that consists mainly of the songs that the contestants already did on TV? Well, there the ritualistic laying-on of hands that happened every time a performer went up the ramps on the side of the stage and the audience rushed to touch him or her, but there also the chance to see how well these TV creations can handle the atmosphere of a live show. (Not surprisingly, it was a mixed bag.)
Jordin Sparks Defends Purity Rings on VMAs
Not everybody is laughing at Russell Brand at this year’s Video Music Awards.
Jordin Sparks spoke out against the British comedian’s jokes about the Jonas Brothers and their purity rings before introducing T.I.’s performance.
“I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, ” Sparks, 18, told the crowd, off-the-cuff, “because not everybody ‘ guy or girl ‘ wants to be a slut.”
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Simon, Randy, and Paula invade Louisville for more Idol auditions
(WHAS11) – American Idol heads back to Louisville today for the second and final round of auditions. Randy, Paula, and Simon are all expected to attend, along with newly announced 4th judge, Kara Dioguardi. Nearly 10, 000 people attended the first round of judging at the Fair and Exposition Center in July. Today’s auditions will take place at Churchill Downs.
‘Idol’ judges idle at 21c
It’s only fitting that the internationally known crew of “American Idol” judges stayed at the internationally renowned 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville.
I’m told Simon Cowell set up shop in the Pied a’ Terre — also known as “The Penthouse.”
The 3, 000-square-foot apartment on the fifth floor is filled with art that challenges your perceptions and has a rooftop terrace that offers prime viewing of the River City.
Downs and out for ‘Idol’ hopefuls
Shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday, the sound of Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman playing “Call to the Post” wafted through the air.
The tune signaled the arrival of “American Idol” judges Simon Cowell (wearing his signature tight white T-shirt), Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and newcomer Kara DioGuardi, along with host Ryan Seacrest.
The judges were whisked to the third floor of the Downs. There, the majority of an estimated 20 to 30 auditioning “Idol” hopefuls had their dreams dashed.
About an hour after the judges arrived, an angry Tiffany Felicia stormed out of Churchill Downs.
“All they look for is nerds — freaks!” the 18-year-old Cincinnati resident said, as she jetted toward the Gate 10 parking lot wearing three-inch stilettos.
Carrie Underwood Bids Farewell to the Big Apple
Ready to get out of the big city, Carrie Underwood was spotted leaving her NYC hotel on Saturday morning after performing for the Fashion Rocks and Stand Up To Cancer events.
As she stepped out of the hotel exit, the …American Idol winner looked casual cute, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with comfy pants and slippers while carrying a skull print travel bag.
Kellie Pickler interview in advance of CMA Music Festival on ABC
I hope you all had a great weekend. I enjoyed mine, hitting both a Sean Hannity/Neal Boortz event and Kathy Griffin the same evening. Talk about polar political opposites.
Anyway, I interviewed Kellie Pickler in late July in advance of Monday night airing of …CMA Music Festival Country Night to Rock at 8 p.m. She co hosts with Julianne Hough and Taylor Shift. She also sings her current single …Dont You Know Youre Beautiful.
After ‘Idol, ‘ recording, Pickler’s ready to host
Kellie Pickler finished in sixth place on the fifth season of American Idol. Don’t feel bad for her: The North Carolina woman used the opportunity to launch a successful country-music career, with a sophomore album due out this month. The bubbly singer also will host the ABC special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock tonight. Let’s hope it goes better than her notorious appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which earned her a spot of YouTube immortality. Pickler, surprisingly frank, called to talk up the TV gig.
Dakota Fanning & Jennifer Hudson are Bee-st Friends
Actress Dakota Fanning and actress/singer Jennifer Hudson from the film The Secret Life Of Bees, pose for a portrait during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival at The Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada on Saturday.
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Jennifer Hudson Says She Still Watches ‘Idol’
Superstar and former “Idol” conte stant Jennifer Hudson tells ET’s Jann Carl that she made sure to watch “American Idol” while filming her new movie, ‘The Secret Life of Bees, ‘ with co-stars Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys.
“Tuesday, Wednesday, I said, ‘I don’t wanna hear anything, I don’t care about anything else!’ Every Wednesday, I still get nervous, especially now, watching them. I know exactly how they feel because that’s elimination night and they want to win and they want to do well.”
It’s Britney Spears’ Night At The VMAs, While Kanye West Ends The Show With A Bang
Britney won her first (and second, and third) Moonman, the Jonas Brothers flooded the fake streets of New York with screaming fans, Pink tossed a dude down a flight of steps, Weezy nearly lost his pants and host Russell Brand told a bunch of jokes you’re probably still trying to untangle, which, we can assure you, were very, very, very dirty. It was a historic night for rehabbing pop star Britney Spears, who not only picked up the first VMA of her career, but capped her hat trick with the ultimate prize: Video of the Year.
Canadian Idol final two happy for ‘great start’ to careers, regardless of winner
Most of 2008 is a blur for Mitch MacDonald and Theo Tams, but life isn’t bound to get any less hectic as they prepare to square off for the final time on Canadian Idol.
In between rehearsals and jet-setting to New York with Tams to meet Grammy-winner John Legend, MacDonald says he knows making his mark on the music industry could be a limited-time offer.
“I don’t think (I’m) completely ready to do all of this, but I’m going to try my best because I think it’s very important to try to keep the ball rolling, ” MacDonald, 22, said from Toronto, where the CTV program is filmed.
“There is all this buzz and before you know it, there’s going to be another Canadian Idol going on and we’ll be old news.”
Another Canadian idol winds down, but there’s some spring in it yet
OK, so tonight’s Canadian Idol final performance show may not have captured the public’s imagination the way David vs. David did last May, but the contest pitting Theo vs. Mitch has much to recommend it.
Theo Tams, 23, of Lethbridge, Alta., is coming off a personal high, as he tore a cover off Bryan Adams’ Heaven last week in a performance resident Idol curmudgeon Zack Werner called “one of the top two or three performances in the history of the show.”