Today’s News roundup!
- Clay Aiken posted a blog on his website apologizing for his earlier blog that dissed Adam Lambert’s singing–based on “Ring of Fire” the only performance he happened to catch. He also dismissed the show post Season 3, criticizing producers for promoting contestants–unlike Ruben and himself, the best Top 2 evah!–who had some showbiz experience. Clay’s remarks made the rounds of the news cycle yesterday, so I’m betting he’s apologizing thanks to a little nudge from his publicist. He says if Adam is smart, he doesn’t care what he thinks of him, and that bloggers should spend their time paying attention “to important things like the US economy and the welfare of the world’s children.” Pretty pissy for an apology, if you ask me. via clayonline
- Queen’s Brian May tells Rollingstone that the band hasn’t offered Adam Lambert the vacant lead singer’s job in Queen yet, but says, …[drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isnt that easy. But Id certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there. The band recently ended a 4 year long relationship with singer Paul Rogers. May adds that he thinks both Adam and Kris Allen are “well worthy of big success” and is comfortable with Idol as a launching point for the careers of rock singers.
- E News reports that Chris Brown in in the studio working on a country song, and Robert Allen, a writer and producer working with him says Carrie Underwood is a possible duet partner. Did they even ask Carrie? I can’t imagine she’d touch that PR disaster with a 10 foot pole…
- AT&T posted some text voting stats in a press release: “More than 178 million text messages crossed its network as fans interacted with the country’s No. 1 TV show this season – the highest total for any season and more than double the 78 million messages AT&T reported last year.” The number includes text votes, plus the interactive stuff like trivia questions and voting reminders. Also, “More than twice as many AT&T customers played weekly Idol Trivia via text this season versus last.” and “The number of AT&T customers who opted in to receive voting number reminders…was 70 percent higher than last season; fans who opted in for vote number reminders this season sent nearly twice as many text votes than did the overall voting population.”
- Katrina Darrell aka “Bikini Girl” who got a 15 minute extension on her fame clock after her finale appearance Wednesday night tries to extend it even further in this interview with Radaronline. She says that Kara DioGuardi, who joined Katrina on stage for her “joke” (wooosh…right over Katrina’s head) performance of “Visions of Love”, is “a songwriter who wants to be an artist…she just made herself look stupid.” And the difference between Katrina and Kara? “I’m not 50 years old and I spray tan.” Katrina also thinks 100 million people watched the finale. Her math skills are worse than Kara’s!
- According to a survey, Simon Cowell is the celebrity most UKers would like to have as their Prime Minister. Kind of a weird idea for a poll, but OK.
- Adam Lambert and Kris Allen had dinner together after they taped Larry King Live last night. Aw.