Sunday, August 31, 2008
There are many laugh-out-loud moments and one absolute gut buster as former Playboy bunny Shellie (the fantastic Anna Faris) turns a group of “losers” into the most popular sorority on campus.
But since this is an “Idol” blog, I should focus on Katharine McPhee. Kat honestly doesn’t have much to do in the movie, but she makes the most of what she does have. She has a few funny moments of her own, but she also has the movie’s corniest moment (and one of the few sour notes the movie hits). Plus, there’s never any justification for her character being pregnant, other than for a few sight gags.
And it’s really hard to buy that none of the girls know anything about guys when one of them is pregnant. She clearly knew something…
All in all, I think Kat could have a promising career in acting—just as long as she doesn’t try to remake any more 80s punk songs…
She wrote that a source told “OK!” that “they want another female in case Paula misses a taping.”
Hazlett quotes another source as saying that there were many times they had to cover for Paula during the live show. “She wouldn’t just totally disappear. She’d come back—just maybe not in time for live television.”
Paula’s tardiness getting to her seat is well documented, but I’ve never heard of her actually missing any part of a show.
And from what I’ve read, she’s not the only judge show who cuts it close during the live tapings…
So, I’ll just file this one strictly in the rumor category…
“Jesus, Take the Wheel” just crossed the mark of one million ringtones sold. Her first Platinum Mastertone was “Before He Cheats”…
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The foursome walked a red carpet together through a media circus looking to take the first picture of the group all together.
Simon was quoted in an AP story as saying, “It’s like, you know, having dinner with three people for seven years and getting quite bored of each other. So, it’s having a fourth person, new opinion, I think it’s gonna be interesting.”
Why do I not believe he’s really into this?
Simon later added, “Kara has a good reputation of A, having hits, and B, having an opinion. And that’s a good combination. And she’s cute.”
Randy said, “I think it’s gonna make it sexier.”
Simon also told reporters that they have not decided how ties will be broken now that there are four judges deciding who goes to Hollywood.
As for the seating order, both Randy and Simon said they would be sitting between “the two girls.”
And how will all of the opinions get fit into the show? Simon said, “Paula will have to speak less”…
I’m looking forward to seeing how it all works out…
The world has been lacking in style and sophistication lately, and Tara Reid unleashed her new line of apparel earlier this week. The former actress is pouring her prodigious talents into a new fashion line, Mantra, which she debuted in Las Vegas yesterday (August 25) in her bid to become the latest celebrity with a hit fashion line.
And Miss Reid definitely dressed to impress, sporting a turquoise blue mid-thigh length dress with a plunging backline and a pair of strappy heels with a Louis Vuitton handbag.
Mantra features t-shirts, dresses, bikinis, ponchos, and hoodies decorated with beads and charms. The pricing ranges from $65 and $180 depending on the item.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Ace Young will join the cast of “Grease” as Kenickie beginning September 9th. He’ll stay through the end of the year.
But if you’re excited about an Ace-Taylor reunion, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. Taylor’s run as Teen Angel comes to an end September 7th.
Ace will, however, star with Charleston’s own Derek Keeling who has played Danny since July…
Paula told Ryan today that she’s thrilled to have Kara DioGuardi join the show, especially since Paula feels like she launched her career. After meeting Kara, a “Billboard” employee dreaming of being a songwriter, outside a restaurant in New York, Paula convinced Kara to move to L.A. with her.
She told Ryan, “She was my roommate! And I took her all around the world with me and introduced her to wonderful people…She stayed in Sweden and wrote with these people and got started living her dream.”
When Ryan asked Paula where Kara will sit at the judges’ table, Paula said she hopes next to her, but if that proves “distracting,” she said Simon will probably separate them.
Does Paula really need any more distractions?
And since Paula seems genuinely excited about Kara, let me float another theory out there for you…
What if Kara is the exit strategy for Randy?...
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See you in Jamaica.
Monday, August 25, 2008
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My second reaction? “They’re squeezing Paula out”…
The official party line is that a fourth judge will add some excitement to the show.
In the official FOX press release, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “We had originally intended for ‘American Idol’ to have four judges. We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers.”
“Idol” guru Simon Fuller echoed her comments saying they were “turning the heat up” on the show this year. “[Kara] is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”
Jamaica gave the world something amazing to talk about, led by Usain Bolt's three world records, at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China. Congratulations to the entire Jamaica Olympic Team. Such an awesome performance! Jamaica came in 20th out of 204 countries, winning 11 medals and starring the show.
Visit Jamaica to see for yourself what makes us so great. Don't keep Jamaica waiting.
Every country is great, especially Jamaica.
See you in Jamaica.
That would be the bombshell that “American Idol” is adding a fourth judge.
Songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who was a judge/mentor on ABC’s failed “The One” a few years back will fill the fourth seat.
I agree that she has the musical chops, but won’t this leave Simon even less time to speak? And isn’t he the only judge we listen to anyway?
I’ll have more on this development later…
Friday, August 22, 2008
The acoustic concert, which is a benefit for The Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation, will also include Everclear and the Flobots. The Academy will also host an event for the Republican National Convention, “The Songwriters Circle: The Songs We Love,” which will feature Brett James, who co-wrote Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”
Is it just me, or are the Democrats getting the better end of the deal here?
But unlike Kat, Kevin finds himself in a major role.
You can see the trailer here.
But after you watch that here, you may wish she had just stayed in the background…
According to “Billboard,” the song was written by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who produced it with his hitmaking colleague, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
Carrie will perform the song with Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, and LeAnn Rimes on “Stand Up to Cancer,” a special airing simultaneously on ABC, NBC and CBS September 5th.
The song will be available on iTunes September 2nd. It’s already starting to hit radio airwaves, and you can hear it here.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here, finally, is Sanjaya’s Nationwide commercial.
Personally, I think Sanjaya is fine and he does a good job singing the Nationwide jingle. I just don’t think the commercial is all that funny.
Be sure to let me know what you think…
In addition to the commercial, Nationwide has set up a website, Sanjaya-ize.com that allows visitors to upload a picture and try on various hairstyles, outfits and accessories worn by Sanjaya in the new ads and during “Idol.” You can share the look with the Nationwide Sanjaya widget. You can visit the website here.
“Crush” debuts at #2 after selling 166,000 downloads. It’s the best chart debut in more than 18 months and it’s the best debut by an “Idol” finalist with a song not performed on the show.
So what song was barely able to fend Archie off? Rihanna’s “Disturbia.”
If you still haven’t heard the song yet—and shame on any top 40 radio station that isn’t playing it for you—you can hear it here.
And you know I’m a Cook fan, but this song is GOOD…
Monday, August 18, 2008
The song? The band’s cover of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time,” which will appear on the upcoming deluxe version of “Daughtry.”
The song will premiere tonight on “Campbell Brown: Election Center,” but you can hear it here now.
By the way, Foreigner’s Mick Jones, who wrote the song has given Daughtry his approval by saying the song is “very cool” and “more than captured the essence of the original.”
Friday, August 15, 2008
He told host John Rich that he had two reasons for wanting to go country. First, he’d been a Willie Nelson fan since he was a kid. And second, Carrie Underwood. Bach said “Carrie’s got my song.” He figured if she can do his song, then he could do country.
When Rich asked Bach what he thought about Carrie having his song, Bach said, “She’s got good taste.”
The song he’s referring to is Skid Row’s “I Remember You,” which Carrie is known to occasionally perform in concert.
You can hear it for yourself here.
One of Bach’s competitors on “Gone Country 2,” Mikalah Gordon actually competed with Carrie in season four of “Idol.” Of course, I use the word “competed” rather loosely. However, I’m pleased to report that Mikalah has seriously toned down her personality for “Country”…
“Gone Country 2” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on CMT…
Thursday, August 14, 2008
“Break the Silence” is the title track from JPL’s latest album. It has been released to Adult Contemporary stations and is starting to get some play…
You can see the video here…
Mikalah is one of the contestants on “Gone Country 2,” along with Sebastian Bach, Lorenzo Lamas, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick (*N Sync), Irene Cara and Sean Young.
You have to admit. It will be interesting…
It’s also interesting that with as much disdain as John Rich has for “American Idol,” he still always has a former contestant on his show…
“Gone Country 2” premieres Friday, August 15th at 8 p.m. on CMT…
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Clay’s second stint in the show will run from September 19th-January 4th.
Although I’m happy for Clay since he obviously enjoys the Broadway stage—and it seems to enjoy him—I’m also a little disappointed since this means no Christmas tour and very little album promotion.
I’m hoping that it doesn’t mean, however, that there will not be a tour at all for his latest CD. That would just be wrong...
Monday, August 11, 2008
In the message, Michael said he hopes to have a record done by Thanksgiving for a January or February release. He’s also hoping to have a single released in November. Michael did not elaborate on what kind of an album it would be or on what label it would be released.
In the meantime, Michael will be headed back to Australia to do a charity event in October and then he will return to the states to do a private show with Carly Smithson in Las Vegas.
Michael also reports that he will be doing a concert at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys 400 and will be singing the National Anthem before the race on ABC October 25th…
“Daughtry: The Deluxe Edition” features the original CD with four bonus tracks: “Feels Like the First Time,” a performance of “It’s Not Over” from the MSN Control Room, an acoustic with strings version of “Home” and the “Idol Gives Back” version of “What About Now.” It will also feature a DVD with videos of “It’s Not Over,” “Home,” “Over You,” “Feels Like Tonight” and “What About Now;” live performances from AOL of “Breakdown” and “There and Back Again;” plus an interview.
“Daughtry: The Deluxe Edition” hits stores September 9th…
Saturday, August 9, 2008
However, if I have one complaint, it would be that Josh seemed to employ too many of the same tricks that he did the last time I saw him. He even opened the show with the same recording featuring soundbites from the “American Idol” judges. Personally, I think Josh has been successful enough in his own right to drop the “Idol” intro…
His first song was a more uptempo version of “I Wanna Live” and then he proceeded to perform for a solid hour and a half with only a small break before the encore.
He sang all of his singles, including his two (surprising) misfires, “I Keep Coming Back” and “Favorite State of Mind,” his latest hit, “We Weren’t Crazy” and his new single, “Unbelievable.” He also did two of his favorites from his first CD, “Wheels” and “Turn It Up” and three additional tracks from his new CD “Livin’ It Up,” the Tim McGraw cover “Telluride,” and my favorite, “Found,” which I hope will eventually be a single.
As for covers, the two most significant ones were Robert Palmer’s “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)” and a beautiful rendition of MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine.”
But I have to say the thing that stood out for me the most at the concert was the crowd…
A large group of people actually left after the second song and small groups left throughout the rest of the show (especially during “I Can Only Imagine”). But the real kicker came at the end. Josh had yet to sing “Nothing to Lose,” which I knew was his encore. But when he and his band (who is awesome, by the way) left the stage abruptly at the end of “Turn It Up” (without even trying to sell it as an actual exit) people actually started leaving—a lot of people. Did they really think he would leave without doing his biggest hit? Some of the people leaving were actually surprised when his band returned to the stage.
But having seen Josh before, I knew what was next. I knew that Josh would appear somewhere other than the stage and I scanned around the grandstand looking for him (The people around me must have wondered what I was looking for.). Sure enough, Josh appeared in the middle of the crowd to the left of the stage where he was absolutely mobbed by cameras. How he was even able to sing (“Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up, by the way), I have no idea.
Josh then retook the stage to finish “Sun” and then go right into “Nothing to Lose,” which got a big reaction from the fans, since I think that was the only reason most of them were there. But even before he finished it, there was another mass exodus…
However, I was in place following Josh with my camera, because as soon as he grabbed the water bottles from the stage I knew that he would spray the crowd and I wanted to be ready to capture it. In fact, I was so busy following Josh with the camera that I missed a member of his band falling while trying to run away from Josh. But Josh got a nice long laugh out of it.
If you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend seeing Josh in concert. Just be on the look out for water AND flying t-shirts. Josh loves to throw them into the crowd. And don’t worry if you’re not sitting right in the front. Josh has an excellent arm—excellent enough to reach a certain blogger seated a ways back from the stage…
If any of you were at the concert, feel free to share your reaction. Just post a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Friday, August 8, 2008
Parker Foster Aiken was born at 8:08 a.m. (How cool is that?) at a hospital in North Carolina. He weighed in at 6 lbs., 2 oz, and is 19 in. long.
Clay said Parker is “healthy, happy and as loud as his daddy.” Clay added that the baby’s mother, Jaymes—who he called his “dear friend”—is doing well.
Clay began his blog post with a simple message to his fans:
I know it's been a while. I'm sure you know, it's been a full full
summer. Sorry we haven't spoken in so long. But, I'm sure you know... I hate
putting the cart before the horse. Not my way to tempt fate. But I wanted to
stop by, if only for a second, so you could be the first folks I tell.... HE'S
Clay closed the post by promising to share more “at some point in the future.”
You guys know that I’ve been a little torn about this story, but the truth is I’m really happy for Clay and I hate that someone exposed something he clearly wasn’t ready to tell. And you have to appreciate him sharing the news with his fans first.
I just hate that this news is going to lead to another week of jokes at Clay’s expense instead of another week of appreciating Clay’s new album, which is still playing in my car…
Clay, if there’s any chance you’re reading this, I wish you nothing but the best and I hope that once things have settled down, you’ll find it in your heart to go on tour soon. We miss you.
Hey, what can I say? I’m a Claymate…
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The album will include her current single, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” as well as “Best Days of Your Life,” which she co-wrote on the road with Taylor Swift. Swift recorded background vocals for the song.
Also on the album is “Rocks Instead of Rice,” which she co-wrote with the writers of “Before He Cheats.” It’s about a woman at the wedding of a former boyfriend. She performed the song during her appearance at the Paramount Arts Center last month.
You may remember that September 30th is also the date for Jennifer Hudson’s release. I warned you this fall was going to be expensive…
Ah, the magic of technology…
Carrie Underwood will duet with Elvis on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
The CD was recorded in RCA Studio B in Nashville, the same studio where Elvis recorded his original 1971 Christmas sessions.
The CD will be previewed August 14th during Elvis Week in Memphis. It will hit stores October 14th…
I have been unable to confirm this, but Amazon lists Archie’s release date as November 4th. And we know that Cook’s release is expected in November (No date has been set.). So, if Archie’s date is firm, that means either Archie is releasing before Cook or MTV is right.
I certainly hope they are not. Releasing the CDs on the same day would be a total disaster. “Idol” has a real chance to perk up its sales here and a competition would completely blow it.
I’ll keep you posted…
E! News is reporting that Archie is working on songs with Rock Mafia Records, the duo who have worked with Aly & AJ, Vanessa Hudgens, Mariah Carey and most recently Miley Cyrus on her new hit single, “7 Things.”
According to the E! report, Archie and his father, Jeff, who is also apparently his manager (Uh-oh), recently met with Rock Mafia and decided they should go “in that direction,” hoping for a “Miley touch to the album.”
The Hills star, Lauren Conrad 22, has landed a gig designing “a couture gown for the women handing out statuettes at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.”
“I am so excited that the Academy has asked me to design a dress for this year’s Emmy Awards,” LC said in a statement released earlier today. “I will be doing a red carpet look that still reflects the simple classic design of the Lauren Conrad Collection but with a black tie twist.”
Added Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich: "We are very excited to have someone as talented as Lauren Conrad working with us to help make this a very memorable and exciting show."
Conrad recently denied reports that she is not involved in the creation of her clothing line.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
But today, he took a few minutes to talk to me about Friday’s show and his new single…
“The show is very high energy,” he told me. “I run around all over the stage. We try to give the crowd the best show possible. I’m trying to bring country music to people who normally don’t listen to country. I want the crowd to feel happy, not feel like they went to a turkey show.”
The last time I saw Josh in concert, he performed several covers, but when I asked him if he could reveal what ones we might see Friday night, he just laughed. “I can’t give up all of the surprises,” he told me. He did however admit that the songs can change with each show.
Tonight Josh is in Martinsburg, WV. Tomorrow he’ll be in Wheeling and Wednesday, he’ll be in Point Pleasant, NJ. So what’s the toughest thing about being on the road? “Getting in the swing of things. Just trying to fit into everyone’s schedules. At home I have to fit in with my wife and kids’ schedule and on the road I have to fit into a different schedule. It’s hard when you’re on stage until 11 o’clock at night and you can’t wind down until 1 or 2 in the morning. It’s like working the midnight shift.”
Josh’s home schedule is about to get even busier as he and his wife are expecting their fourth child in the fall—a girl. That will give Josh three girls and one boy, but he’s used to being outnumbered, having grown up with four sisters.
It’s obvious how important Josh’s family is to him as he talks about his new single, “Unbelievable,” which he wrote for his wife of seven years, Ann Marie. “I sat down and wanted to write a song—obviously about my wife—but also a song that people can relate to…Like ‘Brass Bed’ [a top five hit from Josh’s debut album]. Women like it, but guys do too…I wanted to write it from a guy’s perspective so guys could sing it and not feel stupid for liking a love song. I just wrote the things that come to mind when I look at my wife.”
Although Josh has left his days on “American Idol” far behind him, I couldn’t resist asking him just one “Idol”-related question. What is the most popular question you get about “American Idol”?
Without hesitation, Josh answers, “What was Simon really like?” And without me asking, he goes on to tell me that Simon is a normal guy who’s good to talk to.
It seems to me that he’s not the only one…
Josh Gracin will be in concert at the Scioto County Fair Friday, August 8th at 8 p.m. on the grandstand at the Scioto County Fairgrounds in Lucasville. Admission is $7.
In the meantime, take a listen to Josh's new single, "Unbelievable," which he wrote for his wife, Ann Marie.
Josh is extremely proud of this one, and he should be. It's gorgeous...
More later, so stay tuned...
Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria are reportedly set to go into business together.
The “Desperate Housewives” actress and former Spice Girls star are planning to team up to open a incomparable nightspot in Las Vegas.
The venue will include a restaurant, Beso II - the second eatery in Eva’s Beso franchise - and a casino.
A source told Britain’s Daily Star newspaper: “Eva and Victoria are obsessed with the game and spend most of their evenings going out for a civilized meal and then getting stuck into a meaty tournament. But they realized there are no venues which provide dinner and focus on this new Hollywood craze.”
“So when Eva said she was opening a new branch of Beso in the gambling capital of the world, Victoria had the brainwave of turning it into a place which specializes in food and their favorite game.”
“Eva will oversee the restaurant, while Victoria channels her energies into the casino.”
Other games reportedly set to be offered in the casino include Mah Jong, Chicken foot and Cut-Throat.
Beso II will serve food by celebrity chef Todd English and specialize in the same Latin infusion made famous by the original restaurant.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
From the Jamaica Information Service:
The Jamaican National Flag was first raised on Independence Day, August 6, 1962. It signifies the birth of our nation.
The Flag brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success. It is flown on many triumphant occasions, showing the pride that Jamaicans have in their country and in the flag itself.
Read on here: Jamaica Information Service
Make sure you take time to celebrate Jamaica's birthday.
See you in Jamaica.
You may remember that Nigel is also the president of 19 Entertainment Television.
In a statement to the media yesterday (as quoted on TVGuide.com), Nigel said he would be traveling to South Africa, Australia and Canada to work on local versions of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“[As such] I will step back from my day-to-day producing work on ‘American Idol’ and will be devoting my time to a new venture with Simon Fuller.”
In the statement, Fuller praised Nigel’s work and said that they were “now looking at developing a number of shows” through the joint venture…
Are you ready?
Clive Davis is not involved AT ALL in David Cook’s CD.
Cook told EW.com, “I never heard his name brought up.”
Of course, this is probably because of the shakeup earlier this year that removed Clive as the head of SonyBMG (now about to drop the BMG, by the way), but who really cares what the reason is, right?
So who is involved with Cook’s CD? He tells EW.com that Rob Cavallo, who produced Green Day’s “American Idiot,” is producing the CD. Also, Cook has written with Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Ed Roland (Collective Soul).
No big surprise then that Cook promises the CD will be a “rock record.”
Which may mean that the “Idol” single “The Time of My Life” won’t make the cut. Cook told EW.com that he hasn’t made a decision yet, but he doesn’t “want any song to stick out like a sore thumb.”
So I’m guessing that’s a no…
Cook added that “in every meeting that I’ve had with 19 and RCA, they’ve been very supportive of what I want to do with my record.”
I feel the absence of Clive already, don’t you?...
The song is undeniably catchy, but I’m still not all that impressed with KLC’s vocal chops…
What do you guys think?
Monday, August 4, 2008
It’s clear that they’re going to go the Jordin Sparks pop route with Archie, and considering the airplay Jordin’s been getting these days, that’s not a bad thing.
According to a post on YouTube, the single will be available on iTunes August 12th.
You can hear it here.
Be sure to let me know what you think…
The report quotes sources as saying that Nigel had told people he just wasn’t “passionate” about the show anymore and that it was time for someone else to step in.
TMZ.com also reports that Nigel is working on a new venture with “Idol” guru Simon Fuller and that he plans to spend more time focusing on “So You Think You Can Dance,” where he is an executive producer and judge.
No confirmation on this story yet from any other sources, but if it is true it leads to a question…
Did Nigel really step down of his own free will or was he asked to leave in order to shake the show up creatively?
I didn’t always agree with everything Nigel did, but I think he will be missed…
What do you guys think?
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