The Season 6 Top 10Ãƒâ€š begin the big Pop Tart tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 6.Ãƒâ€š At this veryÃƒâ€š moment, they are in Los Angeles rehearsing for the tour.Ãƒâ€š Here’s an update on how they’ve been keeping busy in the weeks since the finale.Ãƒâ€š Part 1 starts withÃƒâ€š the Top 5 (after the jump).
Jordin Sparks – Jordin did the typical Idol media rounds after the finale, but since then, all has been quiet on the Jordin front, including any news about herÃƒâ€š record deal.Ãƒâ€š Last season, Ãƒâ€š Taylor Hicks’ signing withÃƒâ€š J Records was announcedÃƒâ€š within a week of the finale, before the end ofÃƒâ€š May.Ãƒâ€š Rumor has it her parents are managing her, but that is, strictly a rumor at this point. She performed at the Walmart shareholders meetingÃƒâ€š on June 1.Ãƒâ€š She recentlyÃƒâ€š sang the National Anthem before Game 2 of the NBA finals.Ãƒâ€š She, Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle will be featured in NBC’s 4th of July special airingÃƒâ€š on the evening of the 4th.Ãƒâ€š There are rumors that she’ll perform the National AnthemÃƒâ€š when the Super Bowl heads to Arizona in JanuaryÃƒâ€š 08. Ãƒâ€š Want to know more about Jordin and her family? Here’s an illuminating articleÃƒâ€š fromÃƒâ€š the conservative christianÃƒâ€š website Worldnet.
Blake Lewis – No news of record signings for Blake either (Katharine McPhee’s deal was announced on June 7 last year).Ãƒâ€š However, in this radio interviewÃƒâ€š with KISS 106 in Seattle, Blake says that he will be managed byÃƒâ€š Simon Fuller and the peeps at 19 Management.Ãƒâ€š Blake also did the typical media rounds.Ãƒâ€š His most recent TV appearanceÃƒâ€š was The View.Ãƒâ€š (Jordin SparksÃƒâ€š appeared on the same day in an earlier segment).Ãƒâ€š He also took a little R&R in Las Vegas, where he unfortunately caught the attentionÃƒâ€š the gossip columnists.Ãƒâ€š Ãƒâ€š Blake has been chosen by People magazineÃƒâ€š as one of the Team Plaid.
Melinda Doolittle -Ãƒâ€š Since leaving the competition in third place, Melinda sang the National AnthemÃƒâ€š for Game 5 of the NBA playoffs andÃƒâ€š did a press tour in NYC that included seeing Fantasia in “The Color Purple” with Jordin Sparks.Ãƒâ€š Whether she’s picked up by 19R/M remains to be seen.
Lakisha Jones -Ãƒâ€š Lakisha finally got her homecoming after the Idol finale wrapped up at the end of May.Ãƒâ€š She was celebrated in bothÃƒâ€š Houston, Texas where she lived for 6 years and her hometown in Michigan.Ãƒâ€š You can read all about itÃƒâ€š at Mlive.com’s Idol Chatter Blog.Ãƒâ€š Some of the festivities included an official Lakisha Jones Day in the State of Michigan on June 11, a performance at the State Capitol in Lansing, a rally in Flint, Michigan and a homecoming performance at the church she attended in Houston.
Chris Richardson -Ãƒâ€š Did you know that although Chris and Phil Stacey were eliminated together during what was technically the Top 5, Chris was the contestant who officially came in 5th, while Phil came in 6th.Ãƒâ€š That’s according to this interviewÃƒâ€š with Larry King.Ãƒâ€š Besides hanging outÃƒâ€š (and annoying little old ladies, presumably) in Las Vegas with Blake Lewis, Chris was also seenÃƒâ€š recently at the Elliott Yamin concert at the Roxy in LA along with Blake Lewis, Ace Young and Constantine Maroulis.Ãƒâ€š He appeared with Ace, Paris Bennett, Lisa Tucker, Kevin Covais, Sabrina Sloan, Kimberly Caldwell and Will Makar at Summerfest 2007 on June 2 in Brea, CA. Check out his performances on You Tube here, hereÃƒâ€š and with the entire Idol gang Ãƒâ€š here.
Part 2 coming soon!