Idol Headlines for 9/15/08

Jennifer Hudson Engaged to Boyfriend David Otunga

Jennifer Hudson and boyfriend, David Otunga, have gotten engaged, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“I can confirm that Jennifer got engaged to her boyfriend David on Friday night in L.A.” says the rep.

Otunga, who is known as “Punk” from the reality show I Love New York 2, popped the question with a Neil Lane diamond ring on the Dreamgirls Oscar winner’s 27th birthday.


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The Other Emmy Awards

There were a lot of Emmy Awards handed out Saturday night in Hollywood, what they call the Creative Arts Emmys (these are largely the categories we wish they would leave out of the Oscar broadcast every year), covering areas of expertise from hair and makeup to casting and costuming. My favorite category was …picture editing of clip packages. The winner in this was the guy who worked on …David Cook Goes Home for American Idol.

The Day

Underwood feels overwhelmed

Like the woman in the opening line of “Jesus Take the Wheel, ” Carrie Underwood is on her way to Cincinnati.

Well, right across the river from it, anyway. The country hit maker, riding high since winning the 2005 “American Idol” competition, will headline the Bank of Kentucky Center’s grand opening Sept. 24 at Northern Kentucky University.

Also like the woman in the song, Underwood has a lot on her mind these days, as she continues adjusting to stardom she never expected.

“I don’t do anything on a whim, ” she said. “I planned my life. You go to school, you graduate, you get a job. Something like ‘American Idol’ – that’s just not practical. Something like that isn’t really going to happen.”

Idol Chartwatch, September 15: Good Week for Idol Singles

There was lots of upward motion on the singles charts this week. David Cook …The Time of My Life, moved to #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. David becomes the second Idol winner to top that list, the first being Kelly Clarkson. Other non-winners who have held the number one spot on the A/C chart include Kimberley Locke and Chris Daughtry.

Foxes On Idol

Monday Mouse Watch : The Adventurers Club gets ready for its exit while the American Idol Experience delays its entrance

Speaking of Imagineering … The guys from WDI quietly put out the word late last week that the opening date for Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction — the “American Idol Experience” — has been pushed back from January of 2009 to the Spring of next year.

Why For the delay? Well … As I understand it, the retooling of the interior of the old “Superstar Television” Theater is taking far longer than Disney originally expected. Which — given how large & lavish the sets for the “American Idol Experience” are supposed to be — isn’t really all that much of a surprise.

I also hear that Disney Parks — working with 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia, the co-producers of the “American Idol” television series — has hatched this elaborate promotional plan for the “American Idol Experience.” Which involves this new DHS attraction being prominently displayed and/or mentioned as part of each episode of AI that airs on Fox in the coming season.

This promotional effort will culminate in late May of 2009 when the winner of next season’s “American Idol” is named. The very next day (or thereabouts), this individual will then be flown down to Walt Disney World so that they can then take part in the grand opening of the “American Idol Experience.” Which will (in theory, anyway) garner lots of free publicity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction.

Jim Hill Media

Emmys make curious choices for best TV moments

In honor of Emmy’s 60th birthday, its producers are asking viewers to vote for their favorite comic and dramatic moment since television’s inception. Since the JFK assassination, moon landing or 9/11 disaster would mostly likely win the dramatic moment, the news division was eliminated. So, evidently, were most cable shows.

What remains are 40 fairly predictable nominees, although clearly some choices may raise eyebrows. Surely, there was a clip from “MASH” that better fit the comedy category. Just how hilarious was the “American Idol I” finale, especially to Justin Guarini?


Women professionals on ‘Dancing’ make their celebrity partners shine

LOS ANGELES — It has been said of dancing icon Fred Astaire’s partner Ginger Rogers she had to do everything Astaire did while going backward and in high heels. In other words, men may lead in dancing, but it is the women who make the pairs win.

Need proof? Four of the six “Dancing With the Stars” celebrity winners have been men.

The seventh season starts at 8 p.m. next Monday. Female professional dancers Kym Johnson, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff will be under pressure to make their male partners look good. This year they will be paired with gridder Warren Sapp, comedian Jeff Ross and chef Rocco DiSpirito, respectively.

Fresno Bee

Miley Cyrus Takes Justin Gaston to Church

Miley Cyrus takes Nashville Star hunk Justin Gaston to Saturday morning church service in Pasadena, Calif.

The 15-year-old Hannah Montana starlet and her new tank top-clad man, who flipped through a pocket Bible while walking, grabbed lunch together with her momager Tish, country superstar father Billy Ray and younger sister Noah.

The Bible-believing bunch grabbed lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

Just Jared

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