Idol Headlines for 9/23/08

Jennifer Hudson in ‘Idol’ Duet With Fantasia

Jennifer Hudson: She lost “American Idol” to Fantasia a few seasons ago. Then she got the part of Effie in “Dreamgirls, ” which led to the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007.

A year and a half after that Oscar ceremony, Hudson releasing her first full length album next Tuesday. And guess what? Among other gems, the self-titled CD includes a snappy, sassy duet with Fantasia called “Im His Only Woman.” Fantasia, who had a lot of trouble with her recording career, once again shows what a star she should be.

Fox News

Mesa welcomes home an American Idol star

Come join us for a welcome home celebration honoring American Idol top five finalist and Mesa resident Brooke White, Saturday, Sep. 27, at the Mesa Amphitheatre. Brooke will be recognized for her achievements on the FOX reality show and will perform several songs as part of the celebration.

The event is free to the public; however, those attending may make a donation to Malaria No More, a non-profit group that works to prevent the spread of malaria in third world countries.

White, who was brought up in Mesa and attended Heritage High School, will also sign autographs Saturday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at Milano Music Center located at 38 W Main Street in Mesa. The autographs are also free.

EV Living

Ace Young

After releasing his self-titled debut album over the summer, Young was up for something different, so the former athlete high-tailed it to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. A week into his run, the warm and affable Young chatted about his Idol past and his Broadway debut. At one point, he had to cut things short to talk with Fox News, promising to call back. And you know what? He did.

Kellie Pickler Plays Name Game

Kellie Pickler sophomore album is set for release on Sept. 30, and it features a title that would make sense for only her to use: Kellie Pickler.

Country artists often title their album after one of the songs on a CD, so they could have easily picked Im Your Woman or Best Days Of Your Life. But using her name as a banner for the project seemed to reflect where she finds herself artistically.


Ryder Cup Gala Flat on the Floor for Carrie Underwood

We know she into football, but who knew Carrie Underwood would show up at the Ryder Cup for the black-tie gala in Louisville, Ky.? She was the evening entertainment, but Im not sure a golf tournament is anything like an Underwood concert.


Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney saviour

Jennifer Hudson says Whitney Houston saved her career.

The actress-and-singer – who was a contestant on US TV talent show ‘American Idol’ in 2004 – insists Whitney’s ongoing support and advice has been crucial to her success.

She said: “I sang a Whitney song on ‘American Idol’ and we have been in contact ever since. I wouldn’t be here without her. There has been nothing better than having her support.”

Monsters and Critics

‹Idol finalist to perform at Rock Church

If youre an …American Idol fan, youll instantly recognize the curly hair and the smooth voice of Chris Sligh.

The singer drew quite a fan base when he performed on the show sixth season in 2007, making it to the top 10.

…Everybody was so in love with that guy when he was on (the show), said Jordan Cundiff, youth leader and head of media at the Rock Church. …He was so good and kind.


Let Them Eat Cupcakes: Stars Party at Swagtastic Soiree

Paula Abdul seemed to be rekindling things with her restauranteur boyfriend JT Torregiani. Although the two broke up in June, JT and Paula were sharing a table together inside the bash.


Emmy Ratings Break All Records!

Yes, it’s true! Last night’s 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards beat 1990’s record numbers to become the least-watched Emmys in history. Only 12.2 million people tuned in, a 12 percent drop-off from last year’s 13 million viewers. How can they top this next year? Maybe they can invite back the same hosts!

NY Magazine

The Emmys: How the Hell Did Jeff Probst Beat Ryan Seacrest?

Sure, everybody knew that The Amazing Race would probably beat the better, more-culture-driving American Idol last night for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (just as it had for the previous five years), but who could possibly have foreseen Jeff Probst’s inane victory over Ryan Seacrest in the newly created Outstanding Reality Host category? Isn’t Seacrest widely acknowledged to be the master of the form? Isn’t that why he hosts practically every show on television? And isn’t his job ‘  steering the massive, unwieldy ship that is American Idol two, sometimes three, nights a week on live television ‘  way harder than Probst’s, which basically amounts to turning up to Survivor’s Tribal Councils and picking names out of a box? This is a travesty.

NY Magazine

Katee Shean comes to HP with the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour

It’s time to hop aboard the “Hot Tamale Train” again. The “So You Think You Can Dance” tour is chugging into the Bay Area, and San Jose’s own Katee Shean is on board.

The hometown hoofer first came to fame on Fox’s wildly popular reality-TV show for which the tour is named. The second-most-watched program over the summer, “So You Think You Can Dance” was revolutionary in its own right (Take that, “Dancing With the Stars”!), bringing the language of the body to the masses big-time. Think “American Idol” for the twinkle-toes set. The televised dance-off has propelled the exuberant 20-year-old into the limelight with a vengeance.

Mercury News

Dancing With The Stars: Season Premiere

Can you believe it? Dancing With The Stars is kicking off its seventh season. In an effort to keep things fresh, this season marks the largest cast of competitors ever. That cast also features both the youngest, and the oldest, contestants to ever appear on the show. There are winners from the Grammys, the Oscars, the Olympics, and the Super Bowl. It should make for quite a show.

TV Squad

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Fringe-worthy

Hi, everyone! I trust that your waking nightmare ‘  featuring a closet full of Cloris Leachman’s cleavage, Mark Ballas’ Pepto-hued jacket, and the ”edgy” styling of Lacey Schwimmer ‘  has left you well-rested. Me, I don’t need sleep. I’ve been operating on a serum of sparkles and pure joy ever since I saw Misty May serving a disco ball as if it were a volleyball (these are two of my most treasured types of balls) in ABC’s ubiquitous season 7 promo. As soon as Edyta showed up wearing legwarmers in the very first shot of the season, I had a profound sense that Dancing With the Stars had never really gone away. Because it hasn’t.

Entertainment Weekly

Cloris Leachman steals the show on ‹Dancing

The glitter, the glitz and the all-important cheese factor were back in full force Monday, as …Dancing with the Stars kicked off night one of a three-night premiere event. Tom …the host with the most Bergeron was once again joined by his sidekick, Samantha …at least she tries Harris, to welcome the biggest selection of ballroom wannabes the show has ever seen.


Dancing With the Stars Betting Odds

ABC television network promises the seventh season of Dancing With the Stars will have plenty of surprises and be the most demanding of its predecessors when the season premiers Monday night. Online sportsbook is onboard with the best opening round betting odds on each of the 13 dancing stars.

Listed by BetUS oddsmakers, Beijing Olympics beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treaner is the dancer with the best odds installed at +290 ($100 bet will win $290).

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