Idol Headlines for 9/21/08

Dancing With the Stars: 3 Night Season Premier

This Monday, the seventh season of Dancing With The Stars begins on ABC. Unlike previous seasons, this one will have thirteen couples and feature the youngest and oldest couples in Dancing With The Stars history. Here is a quick look at the couples and what they will be bringing to the dance floor:

The show begins on Monday and for the first time in the show history, someone will be eliminated on Tuesday before they have a chance to dance for a second time. The first full results show will take place on Wednesday. Who do you think will make it? Tune in to find out and dont forget to read TV Grapevine for a complete play by play, commentary and of course, the results. Remember, you heard it here first!

TV Grapevine

A superfan meets her ‘Idols ‘

The hardest part about interviewing TV and music stars is acting cool and collected, especially if you’re just a dorky superfan at heart.

I was in the basement of the new BOK Center before the “American Idols Live” tour’s last stop in Tulsa, waiting to interview a handful of this season’s biggest stars.

Even in five-minute mini interviews, that’s a lot of face time with people you’ve spent several months staring at on your TV (and writing articles about). I managed not to say anything too stupid (I hope) and abide by their publicists’ demands that we not ask for autographs or photos (sorry, Mom).

Here’s what I learned:

Gospel according to Jennifer

Jennifer Hudson’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Dreamgirls has pride of place in her house, on a lighted stand in the middle of her mantelpiece.

Yet Hudson has been singing since childhood, never having any aspirations to act, so the Grammy is the statue of which she has always dreamed — and finally may have a shot at with her debut album released on Saturday.

Jennifer Hudson: The ‘Dreamgirl’s’ Rise To The Top Still Feels Like A Dream – Part One

In part-one of this exclusive interview, the still-humble star talks candidly about seeing her ‘dreams’ come true and her excitement about finally releasing her debut self-titled CD.

It feels like a dream! It hasn’t slowed down since the moment I got the call saying, ‘Jennifer, you’re Effie White.’ Every day it’s another surprise and something else. Is this really my life? When you’re this blessed, you can’t help but to think that everybody says, ‘all good things come to an end, ‘ but it’s not gonna end yet is it? At the same time I like to try to enjoy every single thing and every single moment because I don’t take it lightly and it could have easily been someone else. But it’s me! It’s like I have to appreciate these things. It’s a blessing.

Black Voices

Concert review: Carrie Underwood at the Puyallup Fair ‘  inspiring, sweet and sassy

Country music’s reigning pop princess, Carrie Underwood, brought her inspiring, sweet and sometimes sassy style to a sold-out crowd at the Puyallup Fair Friday night. The singer kicked the night off with the lively “Flat on the Floor, ” from her most recent release, the multi-platinum “Carnival Ride.”

In the 90-minute set, she performed 18 songs from both of her albums ‘  including some of her biggest hits, like “Jesus Take the Wheel” ‘  for a rapt crowd. The show was the perfect touch to a setting that was a complete slice of Americana ‘  from the Krusty Pups to the Friday Night Lights-type scene at a high school down the street.

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’

Clay Aiken returned to the scene of his triumphant Broadway debut Friday September 19th as he reprised the role of ‘Sir Robin’ in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot. Clay’s debut on Broadway earlier this year was met with wild enthusiasm from both his legion of fans and the New York press. He’ll be performing the role of ‘Sir Robin ‘ at the Shubert Theatre from September 19 2008 – January 4 2009. made sure our camera was there as he made his return to the New York stage!


Life after American Idol

IMPERIAL, Pa. – Her microphone has just been turned off. A man running the show has yelled several times for her to “Say goodnight.”

But Sarah Burgess still has one song left- one for the soldiers she wants to see safe at home, and she’s going to sing it, with or without a microphone.

And so, the crowd gathered around the bar at The Lighthouse heard an a cappella version of Elton John’s “Daniel” and a plea by the singer to end the war.

The drive she displays on that stage may be one character trait that explains the East Palestine native’s success as a pop singer.

“I’m very stubborn, ” she says. “If someone says I can’t do something, then I’ve got to prove them wrong.”

Morning Journal News

Overmyer rocks Lafayette

That’s because another Lafayette native was giving her take on the Guns N’ Roses classic “Mr. Brownstone” Friday night in front 700 screaming fans at the Lafayette Theater.

The surprise cover came second into Amanda Overmyer’s much-anticipated “homecoming concert.” It was the 23-year-old’s first announced show in Greater Lafayette since she gained national fame this winter and spring on “American Idol.”

JC Online

Tour helps spread word about joys of ‘Dance’

Dance artists and presenters across America seek the holy grail of an engaged audience, people who embrace dance’s language of the body, flock to performances and jump into discussions of a dance’s meaning.

The quest to develop that dance-savvy audience is getting an injection of fresh energy from an unlikely source: Fox Television’s …So You Think You Can Dance, whose latest crop of dancers hits the San Diego Sports Arena next Sunday.

Sign On Sandiego

Lacey can dance, again

It was 2:30 in the afternoon before she had a minute to stop for a bite to eat, though first call was at 8 a.m.

Redlander Lacey Schwimmer said it was a typical day for her since being recruited as one of the professional dancers for ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” which premieres in a three-night live event at 8 p.m. Monday.

Interviews, promotions, staging, production work and “lots of rehearsal” have filled Lacey’s days for the last five weeks since teaming up with her celebrity partner – former *NSYNC member, author and trained cosmonaut Lance Bass.

“I’ll call it a circus but I am having a great time, ” Lacey said in a phone interview. “It has been fun, but it is a lot of work.”

Redlands Daily Facts

Scouting the stars

Does it seem the “stars” part of ABC’s hit “Dancing With the Stars” gets more outrageous each season? Maybe that’s the point, but this season’s batch — a comedian, some singers and actors, a couple of athletes and one person famous for being famous — is especially off-the-wall.

Here’s a look at the couples and a nonscientific approximation of their chances of winning the competition:

Penn Live

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 7 predictions

It’s time again for a new crop of shimmying B-list celebrities to do the shake (and fake-bake) for millions of adoring fans on ABC’s hit reality show, “Dancing With the Stars.”

This season — the show’s seventh — boasts the most contestants (13), the oldest participant (82-year-old Cloris Leachman), and the youngest, (18-year-old Cody Linley).


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