Idol Headlines for 9/18/08

Can ‘American Idol’ finally zoom ahead of ‘Amazing Race’?

At the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony last Sunday I caught up with Kynt and Vyxsin ‘  “a couple of Goth kids from Louisville, ” says Kynt ‘  whose elimination episode of “Amazing Race” will decide that show’s fate this year. That’s the one that was judged by Emmy voters ‘  and it’s a doozie full of thrilling action as five teams compete in Mumbai, India, to thread 108 flowers into a wedding garland, deliver propane gas tanks to residents and ride a rickshaw to a tailor shop.

However, “American Idol” submitted an excellent episode too: the two-hour season finale that not only includes the gripping suspense over which of the two Davids (Cook or Archuletta) will win, but their joint performance of Nickelback’s “Hero” and other socko musical turns by Donna Summer, ZZ Top, the Jonas Brothers and past “Idol” champ Carrie Underwood.

LA Times

Kellie Pickler Gets A Hosting Gig

Ya gotta love Kellie Pickler. She’s dumb as rocks, but so fun to watch. Well Ryan Seacrest must have a soft spot for Kellie too, because he picked her to co-host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with him this year.

The two will hang in Times Square with the millions of tourists that think it’s a good idea to be there on NYE, and eventually count down to 2009.

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Carrie Underwood headlining at Wolstein Center Tuesday

It’s hard to believe that Carrie Underwood was enduring Simon Cowell’s barbs just four years ago. And if it’s hard for us to believe, it’s even harder for her. “You’re probably talking to a different person now, ” said the 2004 “American Idol” winner in a call from Nashville to talk about her show Tuesday night at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

“It’s impossible not to change through everything that I’ve been through, ” said Underwood, who was nominated for two 2008 Country Music Association Awards — album of the year for “Carnival Ride” and female vocalist of the year.

“Carrie Underwood” Scrubbed As Title

Plenty of artists name either their first or second album after themselves, but Carrie had an aversion to that approach. In fact, it doubtful that shell ever have a CD that is ‘  as reviewers like to say ‘  eponymous.

“I don’t like self-titling things, ” she told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think that’s lazy. I mean, they know whose CD it is ‘  the name’s right on it. There’s a line in one of the songs (“Wheel of the World”): ‘God put us here on this carnival ride/We close our eyes never knowing where it will take us next.’ That just sums up my life.”


‘Teachers’ gets apple at NYTVF

NEW YORK — Several comedy pilots were among the big winners Wednesday at the fourth annual New York Television Festival, which celebrates independent TV programming.

“Teachers, ” a sitcom about a teacher at a suburban public school, received the 2008 NYTVF People’s Choice Award. The pilot from Jim Garvey starred “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis along with Katherine Holland, Sarah Litzinger and Noah Starr. It was voted upon by festival attendees.

Hollywood Reporter

The Footlights: Fall Theater Preview

Okay, this will be either be a unintentionally hilarious piece ocrap or prime mullet good times, but either way, this Constantine Maroulis-led rock jukebox fest — featuring the tunes of Bon Jovi, Styx, Journey, and Whitesnake, among many — should be a hoot. And theyd better have …Mr. Roboto in it. (New World Stages Off Broadway, previews begin 9/30, opens 10/10,

Entertainment Weekly

Jordin Sparks Elaborates on Purity Rings

We’re sure you’ve all seen the clips by now of Russell Brand poking fun at promise rings and the Jonas brothers at the VMA’s, and Jordin Sparks responding at the podium by saying “not everybody, guy or girl, wants to be a slut.” The American Idol winner went on Hannity & Colmes and explained in more detail her feelings on promise rings.

Not sure why she chose FOX News as the outlet, but we do admire this girl’s values. It probably came out the wrong way at the Video Music Awards, but there are few better examples for the younger generation than Jordin.

Connie Talk

Preparing the Matt Lauer Roast

It has the trappings of being the Friars Club’s dullest roast yet when “Today” show host Matt Lauer is feted Oct. 24 in an event hosted by Al Roker and featuring rosts from such comic giants as Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Brian Williams, Bryant Gumbel, Diane Sawyer, Mike Wallace, Mary Hart, Mario Lopez, Maria Menounos and Jeff Zucker.

And also on the dias? Donald Trump, Aretha Franklin, Jeremy Sisto, Neil Simon and, uh, Clay Aiken.

It will be weird.

Pickler of ‹American Idol tops bill at fair

BLOOMSBURG ‘  Although she didnt always impress the judges on …American Idol, Kellie Pickler is sure to attract an energetic crowd for her upcoming performance at the Bloomsburg Fair.

…I love traveling around, doing shows and seeing cool parts of America I would not have had the chance to see, Pickler said. …I am excited about coming to Bloomsburg and have the chance to sing my songs and have a great time. It will be fun.

Idhasoft: Hires Two American Idols to Record Christmas Album for Customers

September 18, 2008 — Idhasoft, Inc., the world’s fastest growing IT company, has signed two American Idols, RJ Helton and Vonzell Solomon, to a month-long contract for the upcoming holiday season. The Idols, along with recording an Idhasoft Christmas album, will be performing across the nation for some of Idhasoft’s most strategic customers. “We thought what better way to give back to our customers than to provide them with a special performance for their holiday party, ” said Rich Velez, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

The Idols, RJ Helton and Vonzell Solomon will first record a private full length Christmas album to be sent to Idhasoft’s entire customer base. They are in the studio recording this week with the album expected to be finished by the end of September. The Idols will then travel the country performing for some of Idhasoft’s most important customers. “Our customers are the reason we grew from zero to $100, 000, 000 in one year. For this, we want to treat our customers to the best holiday celebration possible. This will allow our customers to give their employees a holiday party they’ll never forget, ” stated Deke Johnson, President of Idhasoft’s Oracle division.

PR Web

Kim K Blogs About DWTS Experience

Kim Kardashian has enjoyed her experience thus far so much on Dancing With The Stars that she’s blogging about it on her Myspace page. Kim takes us through the journey of meeting her partner Mark, getting over her fear of dancing, and how fun it is to wear the costumes!

Secrets of Dancing With the Stars

When Dancing With the Stars premieres on Monday, September 22, a new batch of hoofers will hit the dance floor. In Touch went behind the scenes with this season’s cast to get the scoop on the drama in the dance floor. For example TV personality Brooke Burke reveals where she’d put her mirror ball trophy if she takes home the grand prize, and Lance Bass tells us how he getting healthier. Joining Brooke and Lance are Hannah Montana Cody Linley, singer Toni Braxton, reality star Kim Kardashian, gold medal-winning athletes Misty May-Treanor and Maurice Greene, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, soap diva Susan Lucci, comedian Jeffrey Ross, retired football player Warren Sapp, actor Ted McGinley and 82-year-old Oscar winner Cloris Leachman.

In Touch Weekly

Piers Morgan Sounds Off on the Top 10 and Why Sarah Palin Shoud Be a Talent Judge

After several rounds of auditions and a break for the Olympics, America Got Talent (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on NBC) is finally heading to the Top 10 acts this week. The talent ranges from opera singer Donald Braswell to Elvis impersonator Joseph Hall. Judge Piers Morgan recently spoke to about the remaining talent, his rivalry with Simon Cowell and why Sarah Palin is his choice for Talent judge. ‘Emmet Sullivan

America’s Got Talent: Episode 315

Other performers “got everyone in this room” as The Hoff said because the Top 10 offered a good number of fantastic performances. It will be difficult for America to vote for the America’s Got Talent winner next week because the competition is fierce. This week, the judges actually told at least three performers, in one way or another, that they were front runners but there can be only one winner. But first, they must get voted through to the Top 5. Who will make the cut?

TV Squad

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