Today’s Idol Appearances
- Randy Jackson co-hosts Live with Regis and Kelly
- Randy Jackson is going to be on MTV’s show The Seven tomorrow (Jan. 13) talking all things Idol. The show starts at 5 EST/4c
- Bo Bice performs at the All Together Now benefit at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Season 9 TOUR News!
Lee DeWyze is looking to book a college tour! Check out the press release HERE. David Cook played colleges on the first leg of his 2009 concert tour. UPDATE: Crystal Bowersox is also looking for college dates & small venues Feb. thru April.
More talk show appearances: 1/17 – Paula Abdul appears on The Talk, CBS, 1/18 – Steven Tyler appears on Live with Regis and Kelly, Jennifer Lopez appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
Brian Mansfield of USA Today tweets, “Judging the national Country Showdown finals tonight. Two finalists–Kendall Phillips & Jaclyn North–are former Hollywood contestants…One of my fellow judges tonight is working with Casey James, & she speaks VERY highly of him & the music he’s cutting.”
FYI: The judge speaking highly of Casey is likely Lisa Ramsey-Perkins, Senior Director of A&R for Sony Music Nashville, who is one of the judges (and the only female on the panel). thanks windmills
Kellie Pickler just got back home from a USO tour. She tweets, “Just took some home to our military in Kuwait and Iraq. Back on US soil for now. Good to be home. #USA”
More Headlines after the JUMP…
“Idol” creator Simon Fuller receives honor at the Bulgari Save the Children benefit
Talent TV show producer Simon Fuller has been honored at the Bulgari Save the Children benefit Thursday for leading shows that have raised multi-million dollar to benefit worldwide charity. Fuller, the creator of the highly successful “Idol” franchise including “American Idol, ” received the honor from U.S. Save the Children’s Managing Director Mark Shriver at a benefit in L.A.
Fuller’s charitable campaign “Idol Gives Back” raised over $175 million dollars for many charities around the world including Save the Children.
Shriver introduced him as “the genius behind American Idol, a man who has transformed a TV audience into a community.”
Read more at All Headline News
Producer says new ‘Idol’ will be ‘nothing like what you’ve seen before’
“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe was hitting the pre-Golden Globes party circuit Thursday night. At the Bulgari fundraiser for Save the Children, he chatted with me about his return to the show, saying he “can’t wait to just get the new season out there. End all the speculation about it.”
Lythgoe said that this season of “Idol” will be “totally different.” How different does he really mean? On a scale of one to 10, this one’s an 11. “The show is nothing like what you’ve seen before, and the reason for that is the judges, ” Lythgoe said. Steven (Tyler) and Jennifer (Lopez), they know not just what makes a star, but they know what it’s like to be one, too. And their advice is really geared toward that.”
Read more at MSNBC
What “Chocolate Bunnies” Mean to Carrie Underwood
If you ever get the chance to chat with Carrie Underwood’s mom, and you suddenly hear Underwood start yelling “chocolate bunnies, ” just know the conversation is over. Because her mom Carole is such a talker and information sharer, Underwood had to create a secret code to let her mom know when it was time to ixnay the adorable childhood stories.
Read more at CMT
Lee DeWyze Thanks His Fans
David Cook was at The Griddle Cafe’s Red Velvet Pancake Mix Launch Hosted By Eliza Dushku And Expert Chef And Founder, Jodi. Check out some photos HERE. Cook fans tell me there will be an interview posted later.
‘American Idol’ aims to stay relevant, nurture performers
Those involved with the show acknowledge the stakes. “Obviously, we’ve done it for a long time, and fortunately the show has been successful, but I think this is a crucial year for us, ” host Ryan Seacrest says. “The stakes are high because we’ve got new infusions to the show. If we get it right, it will be a high return.”
MJ Santilli of Idol-centric MJ’s Big Blog (mjsbigblog.com) says Idol is at a crossroads.
Read more at USA Today
New ‘Idol’ Contestant — Tell Me How My Glass Tastes?!
TMZ has learned a 23-year-old who goes by the name, “Digidoo” got his shot in front of the “A.I.” judges in Nashville back in October … partially because of his voice and partially because of his GLASS MOHAWK.
Read more at TMZ
Richard Rushfield’s ‘Untold Story’ sings out about ‘Idol’
Q: What is the “untold” story of American Idol?
A: So many parts of the show seem like part of the natural order of the universe — a three-judge panel, for instance. When they created it, it was a combination of luck, some smart decisions and a lot of things that could have gone differently and produced a very different show. It’s also the story backstage, about producing something that no one expected to be a hit. The show was completely written off when it first aired in America. It was considered a Star Searchretread.
Read more at USA Today
Fantasia’s Secret Emails To Married Lover: ‘I Need You!’ — Read Them Here
American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino knew her boyfriend Antwaun Cook was still living with his wife when they started dating and RadarOnline.com has the exclusive email exchange to prove it.
“You going back home really did it for me. I’m sorry, ” Fantasia wrote in an email to Antwaun dated April 16, 2010.
“How do think I Feel? When your still staying over there… But you telling me you want to Be with me…”
Read more at RadarOnline
Taylor Hicks On Jam Cruise: ‘I Had a Blast!’
“I had a blast on the cruise, ” Hicks tells the Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship. “Fesitval sound and lighting everywhere on the ship, world-class musicians, it was an honor sitting in with them.” Among the highlights, adds the season 5 winner, the Dead’s “Sugaree, ” a fan favorite, on the pool deck during Happy Hour and the ever popular “jam room” on the lower deck, where musicians would congregate from 3:00 to 8:00 in the morning.
Read more at Idol Worship
‘Extra’ Raw! Katharine McPhee at The Grove
Singer Katharine McPhee, “Idol” of Sherman Oaks, is doing some good in the world. The lovely Kat stopped by The Grove to chat with “Extra’s” Mario Lopez about the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake — and how she’s teamed with American Eagle Oufitters for the “Help Haiti Heal” T-shirt campaign. Nice! Watch!
More on “OC Can You Sing?” – Katharine McPhee
Ever dreamed of being on “American Idol”? The second initiative takes place in March when Pacific Symphony hosts the competition, “OC Can You Sing?, ” designed for amateur singers living in Orange County. Audition tapes are now being accepted; residents are invited to submit video-taped performances to YouTube). Chosen by a panel and the public, finalists compete at the Symphony’s Pops concert featuring “American Idol” finalist Katharine McPhee, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, on March 17-19 at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. For details on how to submit a video, visit www.pacificsymphony.org/OCCanUSing. For more information, contact Brandon Rueda at (714) 876-2335; or [email protected]
Read more at Laguna Beach Independent
Ayla Brown, Senator’s kid, ex-Idol, Goes country
The former “American Idol” contestant is moving to Nashville, Tenn., to test her talents as a country singer.
Her father, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, told The Associated Press this week that music producers in Nashville “want to work with her.”
Ayla Brown’s website says she’s spending the coming week writing and recording at Starstruck Studios. It says she’s moving there in early February.
Read more at Associated Press
The Glee Project: Contestants Vying for Guest Role Will Go Through Glee Bootcamp
“The net was so wide, ” he continued. “As on Glee, everyone’s appropriate. Any size, shape, ethnicity, and that’s what makes it so wonderful [to cast].”
That pool will be whittled further to 12 contestants by the end of next week. The final batch will then be put through what producers are calling Glee bootcamp.
“They’ll be trained by the real creative team on Glee, mentoring them, helping them every step of the way, ” Glee Project executive producer Michael Davies said. “They’re really going through the experience of what it takes on a weekly basis to be good enough to be on the show. It’s a very demanding show.”
Oxygen will premiere repeats of Glee beginning with an all-day marathon Saturday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m./10c. The Glee Project will debut in June.
Read more at TV Guide
Boyle ‘invited Cowell, Morgan to party’
Susan Boyle has reportedly invited Piers Morgan to her housewarming bash.
The Britain’s Got Talent star is throwing the party at her £300, 000 gated home in Blackburn tomorrow, according to The Sun. The paper claims that the singer has invited both Morgan and Simon Cowell to the event.
“We’ve heard Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan have been invited, ” a source said. “Susan’s very keen to see Piers again.”
Read more at Digital Spy