Idol Headlines for 9/24/08

Clay Aiken: I’m a Gay Dad

Following the Aug. 8 birth of his son Parker, singer Clay Aiken is following through on a promise he made to himself as a new dad: to publicly acknowledge that he’s gay.

“It was the first decision I made as a father, ” Aiken, 29, tells the upcoming issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”

He adds that he hopes his fans “know that I’ve never intended to lie to anybody at all. … But if they leave, I don’t want them to leave hating me.”

The born-again Christian singer also reveals how he told his mother Faye he’s gay four years ago. After dropping off his younger brother Brett, who was being deployed to Iraq, at Camp Lejeune, “I started crying in the car, ” Aiken remembers. “It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don’t know why I started thinking about it … I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out.”


Chris Cornell Co-Writes David Cook Single

“American Idol” champ David Cook has selected “Light On, ” a co-write by Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell and Hinder/Puddle Of Mudd collaborator Brian Howes, as the first single from his debut album.

The track debuts tomorrow (Sept. 24) on AOL and Sept. 30 on iTunes. It will begin impacting U.S. radio outlets this week.


More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…

David Cook’s review-proof ‘Light On’ hits Web in time

David Cook’s debut album is still months away, but his first single, “Light On, ” is out now and sure to be inescapable this holiday season, or at least until the next Daughtry song comes out. Cook’s “Light On, ” in fact, is firmly in the Daughtry mode, albeit there’s a little bit more stubble and gruffness in his voice.

It’s full-on, cellphone-waving arena rock schmaltz, with husky, slow-moving guitars and a wallop of meaninglessly earnest vocals. Cook is undoubtedly straining his face red as he oh-so-desperately wails that the object of his affection “try to leave a light on when Im gone / something I rely on to get home.”

LA Times

Andrew Cook Reviews Brother David Cook’s New Single

“The song is a great representation of why my brother is not only good enough to win a television show but good enough to be a successful artist in today’s music scene.

“Light On” is a great transition song to get fans of “Time of my Life” to become fans of the David Cook sound as opposed to the American Idol sound. Only a little over a month to hear the rest of the album and I know I am not the only person waiting on the edge of my seat for it to come out.

My Fox KC

David Cook’s Mother Cries Over New Single

American Idol David Cook’s mother, Beth Foraker, just couldn’t hold in the emotion when she heard her son’s new single ‘Light On.’ She shed tears of joy upon hearing it on the radio. Mix 93.3 shared her interview with us.

My Fox KC

Lance Bass Congratulates Clay on Coming Out!

Following in the wake of the not-so-shocking confirmation from singer Clay Aiken that he is indeed gay, OK! spoke to openly homosexual former N-Sync member ‘  and current Dancing With the Stars competitor ‘  Lance Bass to get his reaction to the news.

“It’s great!” Lance told OK! at Tuesday night’s live DWTS broadcast. “I’m so happy he’s finally going to be happy with himself and share that with the world.”

OK Magazine

Clay Aiken finally admits he is gay!

It looks like the day has finally come when Clay Aiken is ready to come out of the closet. published this People magazine this afternoon declaring that Aiken is finally admitting that he’s gay!

In 2006, Clay told

“What do you say (to that question)? ¦ It’s like when I was 8. I remember something would get broken in the house, and Mom and Dad would call me in and say, ‘Did you do this?’ Well, it didn’t matter what I said. The only thing they would believe was yes. ¦ People are going to believe what they want.”

I guess a lot has changed.

Gay Socialites

Clay Aiken Reveals He’s Gay

ET has learned Clay Aiken is “coming out” as a gay man in the next edition of People magazine, which hits stands this Friday. Aiken will be pictured with his newborn son, Parker, and talk about the importance of being truthful regarding his sexuality.

Aiken is scheduled to appear in an already-taped interview about this headline-grabbing revelation with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, with promos beginning to run Wednesday morning, and the interview running on “Good Morning America” starting Thursday.

ET Online

Clay Aiken, Broadway Star and American Idol, Reveals Shocking Gayness

Not since the University of Alaska’s 2006 study proving that bears do, in fact, sh*t in the woods has a more exciting and revelatory discovery been made: on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken comes out of the closet. Yes I know. Take a seat and a deep breath before continuing.


Clay Aiken Comes Out Of The Closet: Nation’s Craft Stores Prepare For Lower Aiken-Related Revenues

The new issue of People hits newsstands tomorrow, and on its cover is a story that’s half-blockbuster, half-not all that surprising: American Idol runner-up and Manilow-mirroring crooner Clay Aiken is gay, and he’s finally come out of the closet (after years of telling inquiring interviewers that their questioning of his sexuality was “really rude”) because he wants to set a good example’ in the not lying about things sense, above all’ for his newborn son, Parker. While I’m happy that Aiken has gone public with his sexuality, admire his devotion to his child, and wish him (and his son) all the best, I have to wonder just what is happening in the universe of Claymates right now.


Are Those Breast Implants on Katharine McPhee?

Could singer/actress Katharine McPhee be keeping a plastic surgery secret from her fans and public? In a recent appearance at New York Fashion Week, Katharine caught the attention of many onlookers with larger-than-usual cleavage flowing out of a very low-plunging pink dress. Her …accentuated breasts left many wondering whether or not she has joined the breast implants club.

Make Me Heal

Apple, Oprah Dubbed Artists’ Best Friends

According to Billboard, placement on an iPod/iTunes ad was the No. 1 way for an artist to break through to the mainstream.

Although, as Jerry Seinfeld can attest, appearing in a Microsoft ad can draw in a fair share of press as well…

Second to iPod power is Oprah Winfrey, who apparently does for albums almost what she does for books. Namely, make them fly off the shelves.

Other Top 10 powerhouse placements: a spot on a commercial running during a special event, i.e. the Super Bowl or the Olympics (No. 3); getting a tune butchered, er, covered on American Idol (No. 5); placement in either the Guitar Hero or Rock Band video games (Nos. 6 and 10, respectively); or having the honor of being chosen for the opening credits of a movie (No. 7).


Carrie, Little Big Town Hit Road

Carrie Underwood kicks off the 51-date fall leg of her tour in Cleveland on Tuesday, and she bringing along Little Big Town for the Carnival Ride.

The opening slot has multiple benefits for the band, which is relaunching its third album, A Place To Land, with four new songs on Oct. 14. The tour allows LBT to showcase its tight harmonies in front of 10, 000 people or more every night. And it also is allowing them the best production values theyve ever had on the road.


Carrie Underwood takes Cleveland’s Wolstein Center on Carnival Ride

CLEVELAND — Hi, everybody. Brian Seacolgate here, and welcome to another edition of “American Idyll.” Tonight’s installment looks at former contestant Carrie Underwood’s performance Tuesday at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

Thus, we turn to our panel of judges: Simmons, Paulette and Dandy. First up, Dandy.

“Dawg, check it out, check it out. Like, parts of it didn’t really work for me. I mean, it was cool and all, but five costume changes was more like a Reba show. As a matter of fact, I think Reba did that whole ballroom gown-into-a-miniskirt thing with “Fancy” a few years ago. Still, Dawg, I gotta give you props on that whole ‘I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore’ thang. True to your roots, and that’s cool.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour

After a remarkable season of So You Think You Can Dance, the top ten contestants took the show on the road. Tonight their stop was Salt Lake City, Utah. My wife and I watched every episode and enjoyed this past season and anxiously waited for them to stop here in Utah. Three of the contestants were from Utah and all three were on stage tonight performing and doing what they do best – dance, dance, dance!

I called ahead and got a photo pass and was able to get some fun shots. I haven’t edited them all, but here are some of my early favorites.


‘Dancing with the Stars’: Second dance, first cut

Oh Dancing with the Stars. We’re only on the second episode and you’ve already managed to tick me off. Not a good way to end your birthday.

As the show goes on, they will be revealing who is safe to dance one at a time causing some of the contestants to be nervous to the point of probably passing out. They better call Toni Braxton’s name early…but who knows since they’re calling names “in no particular order.”

Monday DWTS: What You Didnt See

Cloris Leachman gets a leg up on the competition, Brooke Burke dances one for the soccer moms and Warren Sapp scores his first post-retirement touchdown ¦

Showing Up the Competition What Cloris Leachman lacked in athleticism she made up for in showmanship. Her first night on the ballroom floor the 82 year old showed the kids that it not just a dance show. After performing an elegant foxtrot with partner Corky Ballas, Leachman appealed to the judges hearts by putting her left leg up on the podium, then mock praying to Len Goodman for mercy and crying, ‹Im an orphan to Carrie Ann Inaba. It was a move that stole comedian and fellow contestant Jeffrey Ross S heart. …I was jealous she did that, Ross said of Leachman schmoozing. …She is MY woman!


‘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

“Dancing with Stars” leads TV’s opening night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Twenty-four hours after co-hosting one of the biggest ratings flops in Emmy history, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” emcee Tom Bergeron presided over the top broadcast on opening night of U.S. television’s new season.

Monday’s two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” averaged 21.3 million viewers to rank as the night’s most watched show and lead ABC to a first-place finish in the overall network rankings, Nielsen Media Research reported on Tuesday.


‹Dancing with the Stars: Brooke Burke takes the lead, but Cloris Leachman steals the show

…Dancing with the Stars likes to tout its superlatives and firsts from one season to the next, and season seven is no different: this time, weve got the largest cast (13 people), the oldest star (Cloris Leachman, 82), the youngest star (Cody Linley, 18), the most nights of any season premiere (3), and the most eliminations the first week (2).

The main stories of the first night were as follows: (a) the judges apparently resolved not to start the scoring inflation so early this time around, (b) Cloris Leachman is a hilarious-yet-disruptive force who cannot last but, oh, how I wish she would, and (c) something terrible has happened to judge Bruno hair. In less shocking developments, co-host Samantha Harris arms remain remarkably toned and pro Edyta Sliwinska outfits remain completely outrageous.

LA Times

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