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Title: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on June 26, 2008, 03:47:46 PM
American Idol Season 8

"AMERICAN IDOL" SEASON EIGHT AUDITIONS BEGIN THURSDAY, JULY 17, IN SAN FRANCISCO

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WHO WILL BE THE NEXT SINGING SUPERSTAR?

"AMERICAN IDOL" SEASON EIGHT AUDITIONS BEGIN THURSDAY, JULY 17, IN SAN FRANCISCO

Audition Dates Also Set For Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Kansas City, MO; Jacksonville, FL; East Rutherford, NJ; and San Juan, Puerto Rico

Auditions for the eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL begin Thursday, July 17, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA, and will continue in seven other cities. Once again, auditioners will have an extraordinary opportunity to perform before millions of TV viewers and become household names, with one winning the coveted American Idol title and a major recording contract.

Auditions will be held as follows:

San Francisco, CA Thursday, July 17 Cow Palace

Louisville, KY Monday, July 21 Freedom Hall

Phoenix, AZ Friday, July 25 Jobing.com Arena

Salt Lake City, UT Tuesday, July 29 EnergySolutions Arena

San Juan, Puerto Rico Saturday, Aug. 2 Coliseo de Puerto Rico

Kansas City, MO Friday, Aug. 8 Sprint Center

Jacksonville, FL Wednesday, Aug. 13 Veterans Memorial Arena

East Rutherford, NJ Tuesday, Aug. 19 IZOD Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex

Specific information for the San Francisco auditions is below. More details for the additional audition cities will be announced shortly.

San Francisco AMERICAN IDOL Auditions

WHO: Men and women 16-28 years old as of July 15, 2008, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply please visit americanidol.com for specific information.

WHERE: The Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Ave.
Daly City, CA 94014

WHEN: Thursday, July 17

HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from 7:00 AM on Tuesday, July 15 until 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 17. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out; therefore, once they obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to the Cow Palace on Thursday, July 17.

Audition information, including forms and requirements, is available online at americanidol.com.

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on June 27, 2008, 10:03:57 AM
Wow!! Already?? No auditions in Texas it seems.  They have held them in Austin before.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on July 10, 2008, 12:26:34 AM
Wow!! Already?? No auditions in Texas it seems.  They have held them in Austin before.

I know already TL

I did read in an article that the results show has been cut down to a half hour instead of the full hour we had this past season

I am looking forward to Season 8 :wohoo:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: rosesrred on July 10, 2008, 01:13:39 AM
Wow!! Already?? No auditions in Texas it seems.  They have held them in Austin before.

I know already TL

I did read in an article that the results show has been cut down to a half hour instead of the full hour we had this past season

I am looking forward to Season 8 :wohoo:

Me too, ca bb for some reason not so much BB maybe cuz I'll be gone when it starts like last BB and catching up is just too much work.  Who knows  :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: s1 on July 21, 2008, 02:48:20 PM
Okay, I need info on how American Idol works.  I just got an email from my cousin that her son made it through the first round today at Freedom Hall in Louisville.  Does this get him on the show or are there other rounds? 
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 01, 2008, 01:10:25 PM
Okay, I need info on how American Idol works.  I just got an email from my cousin that her son made it through the first round today at Freedom Hall in Louisville.  Does this get him on the show or are there other rounds? 

There are more rounds S1 but that is great news for your cousin's son he must be a pretty good singer

Best of Luck to him!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on September 01, 2008, 02:03:28 PM
Wow!! Already?? No auditions in Texas it seems.  They have held them in Austin before.

I know already TL

I did read in an article that the results show has been cut down to a half hour instead of the full hour we had this past season

I am looking forward to Season 8 :wohoo:

I'm glad they will cut down on the results, I don't mind an hour of them, just compress them!!  :jam:

How can it be September already??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 02, 2008, 08:30:20 AM

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 8 UPDATE:

GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONGWRITER KARA DIOGUARDI JOINS PAULA ABDUL, SIMON COWELL AND RANDY JACKSON AS JUDGE ON AMERICAN IDOL


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Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has joined AMERICAN IDOL as a fourth judge. She will sit alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson at the judges' table and use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to praise or critique the wannabe hopefuls throughout the competition. The eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL premieres January, 2009, on FOX.

"We are turning the heat up on 'Idol' this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table," said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She 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."

"We had originally intended for AMERICAN IDOL to have four judges," said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. "We've seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers."

Mike Darnell, President, Alternative Programming of FOX, added "For the past seven seasons, Paula has had to endure the experience of being the only woman at the judges' table. She's been as an island of consideration and gentle criticism between Randy and Simon, offering her invaluable expertise as a performer and No. 1 artist to the thousands who have competed on AMERICAN IDOL. With Kara by her side, Paula finally has some back-up and now there is going to be a lot more 'girl power' on the show."

One of the industry's most sought after songwriters and producers, DioGuardi's songs have appeared on more than 100 million records. Her songs have been recorded by Grammy award-winning artists including Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Santana, and Pink. Scores of major recording artists including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Natasha Bedingfield, Jewel, Ashley Tisdale, Katharine McPhee, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Clay Aiken, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Nick Lachey and Marc Anthony have also released DioGuardi's songs.

Over the last four years, she has been awarded 10 BMI Pop Awards for having written the most performed songs on radio. From her catalog of several hundred songs, over 264 have been released on major labels worldwide; and over 165 have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums. DioGuardi co-owns Arthouse Entertainment, where she develops and mentors fellow hit writers, producers and artists.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 05, 2008, 11:32:39 PM

I'm glad they will cut down on the results, I don't mind an hour of them, just compress them!!  :jam:

How can it be September already??

Same here TL I am happy with an hour long show

Where does the time go lol
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 06, 2008, 03:30:05 PM

American Idol's 4 Judges

Big changes are in store for AMERICAN IDOL as the cast adds a new judge, songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

But will the fourth judge be a third wheel?

Marc Istook takes a look at the future of Idol.

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 17, 2008, 11:27:46 PM
An interesting article:

NEW 'IDOL' JUDGE TOUGHER THAN PAULA, 'NICER THAN SIMON'

KARA DioGuardi, the new "American Idol" judge, is going through a bit of a behind-the-scenes audition herself.

On TV's biggest stage, no less.

After sitting through "Idol" auditions in New York, Jacksonville, Louisville and San Francisco, she's finding her footing, she says.

And she says her style continues to evolve as she critiques prospective contestants.

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"I just know I'm getting my groove, loosening up and forgetting about the big elephant in the room," she says about the enormity of "Idol" and of keeping pace with Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell.

"The first few [audition] cities I was like, 'Oh my God, the camera is on me' - it was a little strange," she says. "But I'm starting to let my true self come out. You forget about the camera and start being you.

"And that's been fun for me."

So how does the "real" DioGuardi fit into the pre-existing "Idol" judge troika - nice (Abdul), middle-of-the-road (Jackson) or snarky (Cowell)?

"I'm one of those people who's pretty honest and kind of say what I feel," she says. "I think you're going to see me be nice at times, but I'm a little more hard on the contestants.

"That's kind of my motto: 'All right, I'm gonna give you another chance, but you're skating on thin ice.'

"If there's something there, I'll give someone a shot - and then kill 'em during Hollywood week."

DioGuardi, who was raised in New Rochelle, is a music business insider, but she's virtually unknown to viewers.

Her biggest TV role, before now, was as a judge on ABC's "The One: Making a Music Star," an "Idol" copycat axed after two weeks in 2006.

"American Idol" is "really taking a gamble because there's something to be said for [hiring] people who've been in front of the camera for long periods of time," says DioGuardi, 37.

"I'm not famous and I'm not known - although I've thought of that [fame] route - it's kind of a weird thing.

"Who calls you up and says, 'You're gonna be the next judge on 'American Idol?' "

DioGuardi is close to Abdul. "We spent weeks together at the very beginning of my career and I practically moved into her house," she says.

But Cowell, now one of the show's executive producers, and Jackson were little more than TV personalities to her before she was hired .

The daughter of former Westchester Rep. Joseph DioGuardi has her own music company, Arthouse Entertainment, which nurtures fellow writers, artists and producers. She works with Phoenix House and has a boyfriend she's been dating for a little over a year.

"I have a place in Maine and basically he was the general contractor on the house next door to mine," she says.

"I met him on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of my mother's death.

"It was kind of like my mom said, 'You've been dating a lot of dogs lately - I'm going to send you a present.' "

Link: http://www.nypost.com/seven/09162008/tv/killer_kara_129269.htm (http://www.nypost.com/seven/09162008/tv/killer_kara_129269.htm)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 19, 2008, 08:44:43 PM

 :lol: Ryan Seacrest And Jeff Probst Brawl

Emmy hosts brawl on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 20, 2008, 01:04:59 AM
American Idol Season 8 Update:

AMERICAN IDOL REWIND RETURNS TO NATIONAL SYNDICATION WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22ND

Released by FremantleMedia

Encore Episodes Debut on TV Guide Network September 29th

New Season Features Extraordinary Highlights, Performances, New Interviews and Exclusive Footage from "American Idol" Seasons 3 and 4

AMERICAN IDOL REWIND is back and ready to debut an all-new season of extraordinary moments, top performances and exclusive highlights from the world television phenomenon, "American Idol." The top-rated syndicated series returns this season with a double dose of Idol mania, highlighting both Seasons 3 and 4 when it premieres in national syndication the week of September 22nd (check local listings). And for those who missed an episode or just can't get enough, encore episodes of AMERICAN IDOL REWIND will air on TV Guide Network beginning the week of September 29th (check local listings).

This year, Idol fans will get a chance to see all-new highlights, exclusive audition footage and all-new interviews with over 40 contestants from Seasons 3 and 4. Fans will also get to catch up with the most memorable Idols of the past when they sit down and reveal what it was like to be a part of the "American Idol" experience, what they really thought of Simon, Randy and Paula's comments, and what they've been up to since leaving the show.

On the season premiere of AMERICAN IDOL REWIND, viewers will get a high-speed tour of the season to come, a look back at all the contestants who made it through to Hollywood, those who made it through to the Top 12, and those who failed spectacularly. Viewers will be able to take a trip back in time and catch up with Idol superstars Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Bo Bice, Jennifer Hudson and many more when the journey all began for these young and talented singers.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 20, 2008, 01:17:39 AM
Update on Ryan Seacrest Emmy Nominee:

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JIMMY KIMMEL'S BIG NIGHT OF STARS" PRESENTS A PRE-EMMY SPECIAL FEATURING MICHAEL PHELPS, SALMA HAYEK, TRACY MORGAN AND THE TEAM OF EMMY HOSTS, TO AIR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ON ABC

In a primetime television event featuring celebrities from the world of television, sports, film and music, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel presents "Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars," a pre-Emmy Awards special in which he gets up close and personal with 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek, comedian Tracy Morgan and all five of the Best Host nominees -- Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest -- airing SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 20, 2008, 02:02:30 AM
A blurb in tv guide:

Simon to Settle Audition-Round Ties

It was one of the first questions that came to mind when American Idol added Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge for Season 8, and now there is an answer. A spokesperson for the Fox juggernaut confirms for TVGuide.com that during the audition rounds currently taking place here, there and everywhere, should the quartet of judges vote to a 2-2- tie, Simon Cowell will be the one who decides if a wannabe gets to be moving on to the Hollywood round.

Simon's status as kingmaker/heartbreaker was first revealed by Paula Abdul on a radio show. Sure, watch this new development make the Brit go and get all cocky on us now!

Link: http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Great-American-Idol/Simon-Season-8/800047049 (http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Great-American-Idol/Simon-Season-8/800047049)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 21, 2008, 12:32:17 PM

AMERICAN IDOL EMMY HAS 5 EMMY NOMINEES   :jumpy:

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality Competition Program
Ryan Seacrest

Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk Performance Award Or Reality Competition Programs
Episode #733 (David Cook Goes Home)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
American Idol

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special
American Idol Finale

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
American Idol Give Back
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 22, 2008, 03:30:10 AM

Congrat's to American Idol and Ryan Seacrest on your Emmy Nominations:

Ryan Seacrest at the Emmys


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Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 22, 2008, 03:32:00 AM

60th Primtime Emmy Awards - Ryan Seacrest

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 22, 2008, 03:37:25 AM
a few more from Secrest:



Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on September 25, 2008, 07:17:01 PM

An interview with American Idol Season 8 Judge Randy Jackson

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on October 07, 2008, 11:58:52 PM
An interesting article on American Idol's Host Ryan Seacrest:

'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest brings radio show to Z100

Ryan Seacrest, who may be quietly building himself into the most ubiquitous entertainment brand in pop music, is coming to New York radio.

The host of the country's most popular TV show, "American Idol," becomes the mid-day jock starting Monday on WHTZ (100.3 FM).

"Ryan is one of the strongest pop culture icons in the country," says Tom Poleman, senior vice president of programming for Z100's parent Clear Channel. "Bringing him in to follow Elvis Duran's morning show strengthens our station even further."

Top-40 Z100 was the city's No. 1 station in the new Arbitron radio ratings yesterday.

Seacrest will remain based in Los Angeles, where he hosts his own morning show on KIIS. The show for New York will spin off from that show, with modifications and customization.

"The way technology works now, he'll be doing a different show here than in L.A.," says Poleman. "For example, we can patch through the Z100 request line so he can take New York calls."

Poleman also notes that since mid-day shows are more music-intensive than morning shows, the Seacrest show on Z100 will have music in places where his L.A. morning show has conversation.

But Z100 won't shut him up, because a big part of his listener appeal stems from his connections inside the entertainment business.

"The biggest names talk with him," says Poleman. "And once 'Idol' starts, we will certainly look forward to his insights on that as well."

Z100 already gives extensive coverage to "Idol" on Duran's morning show, so Seacrest will further extend that saturation.

To accommodate Seacrest's arrival, WHTZ has moved Shelley Wade to the 2-5 a.m. shift. There has been sharp debate in radio over whether listeners prefer "live and local" shows to syndicated programs, but Poleman says "the opportunity to bring in a Ryan Seacrest was one we couldn't refuse."

Seacrest's show is syndicated by Premiere Radio, which is owned by Clear Channel and has already placed it on a number of other Clear Channel stations around the country.

He has been a successful example of something that hasn't always worked - placing a national talent on dozens of local radio stations, thus saving money for the company and giving those local stations a bigger-name host than they could otherwise afford to hire.

For the 33-year-old Seacrest, radio has been a big part of his rise to prominence. He made Forbes magazine's "Celebrity 100 Power List" this year, with estimated earnings of $14 million.

Some critics call him bland, but his upbeat, nice-guy personality has increasingly made him a go-to guy for pop culture events and a familiar, comfortable presence in an ever-spreading circle of media.

Starting Monday, that will include New York radio - and he's already got his cheerleader suit on.

"Z100 has been my favorite radio station in New York since I was a kid," says Seacrest. "I listen to Elvis all the time. I can't wait to play the Z100 jingles every workday."

Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/10/07/2008-10-07_american_idol_host_ryan_seacrest_brings_.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/10/07/2008-10-07_american_idol_host_ryan_seacrest_brings_.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on October 08, 2008, 10:57:22 PM
Another article on AI's Host Ryan Seacrest:

SEACREST RADIO SHOW BEAMS IN

RYAN Seacrest is coming to New York.

Beginning Monday, Seacrest's newsy radio show, "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," will air from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on Z100 (100.3 FM).

The "American Idol" host's LA-based show will be "customized" for a New York audience, according to a station spokeswoman.

"On Air with Ryan Seacrest," which airs on KIIS FM in LA, is extremely popular there with celebrities who appreciate Seacrest's Larry King-style, unthreatening demeanor and questions.

His show has been the media outlet of choice for stars like Britney Spears and Paula Abdul, who want to explain their way out of delicate situations.

Heather Mills famously broke down in tears on the show in 2007 when a call-in listener said she'd misjudged the former Mrs. Paul McCartney until seeing her perform on "Dancing With the Stars."

Seacrest also likes to use the show to break "Idol" news. The first word that "Idol" was adding a fourth judge this year came on his show.

He also gets first crack at "Idol" contestants after they are booted off the talent show.

Seacrest's taking over the midday spot on Z100 pushes deejay Shelley Wade to overnights, starting at 2 a.m.

Link: http://www.nypost.com/seven/10082008/tv/seacrest_radio_show_beams_in_132592.htm (http://www.nypost.com/seven/10082008/tv/seacrest_radio_show_beams_in_132592.htm)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on October 11, 2008, 07:43:36 PM

American Idol's Newset Judge Kara Dioguardi

Interview on Talkshow with Spike Feresten


Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on October 13, 2008, 04:42:42 PM
An interesting article:

SIMON $ALARY ENVY

WHAT has been long suspected about bad blood among the judges on "American Idol" over money was confirmed over the weekend.

Nigel Lythgoe, the former executive producer of "Idol," says that Simon Cowell is earning $36 million a year from Fox for the show - far more than his counterparts, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Jackson's and Abdul's "salary has never been advertised and Simon has been in Forbes which is why I am talking about it," Lythgoe told an Australian newspaper.

"But there is always jealousy in every job.

"Why is he getting more than the other two judges? Because it is believed that he brings more to the table."

Lythgoe, who quit the show at the end of last season to concentrate full-time on his own series, "So You Think You Can Dance," believes Cowell is worth every penny that he's paid.

"He has actually handled his negotiations quite brilliantly," Lythgoe says.

Cowell's negotiating strategy has been never to sign a contract for longer than 12 months.

"He's only ever negotiated by the year," Lythgoe said. "And now he is getting something like $22,000 per minute."

Link: http://www.nypost.com/seven/10132008/tv/simon_alary_envy_133359.htm (http://www.nypost.com/seven/10132008/tv/simon_alary_envy_133359.htm)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: girlrawker on November 04, 2008, 03:09:54 PM
i can't wait for new american idol to start! it should be good, it seems to get better and better each season...i'm so addicted to reality shows- esp. music ones...i've started watching Redemption Song on Fuse, has anyone caught it yet? it is AWESOME. it's about a group of girls getting a second chance and one is going to win a record deal. these chicks are crazy! i absolutely love kendra, she's AMAZING. her voice is so good! her friend started a blog for her at kendrassaucybaby.blogspot.com and reports on kendra and blogs some behind the scenes footage. it's pretty awesome! you guys should check it out!  :jumpy:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 06, 2008, 02:43:08 PM

 :jumpy: The Highly Anticipated AI Premiere!

It's difficult to match the excitement of the recent election, but we definitely have some news that will cause quite a stir.  AMERICAN IDOL, television’s No. 1 show, returns for Season Eight with a two-night, four-hour premiere event Tuesday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).  Do we need to even remind you to mark your calendars?

Link: http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1461 (http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1461)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 06, 2008, 06:57:33 PM

FOX ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE

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"24" IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE WITH TWO-NIGHT, FOUR-HOUR EVENT SUNDAY, JAN. 11 AND MONDAY, JAN. 12

"AMERICAN IDOL" RETURNS WITH TWO-NIGHT, FOUR-HOUR PREMIERE TUESDAY, JAN. 13 AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14

INTRIGUING NEW DRAMA "LIE TO ME" DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

JOSS WHEDON'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ACTION-THRILLER "DOLLHOUSE" LAUNCHES FRIDAY, FEB. 13

GORDON RAMSAY'S "HELL'S KITCHEN" STARTS COOKING THURSDAY, JAN. 29

HOUSE Shifts To Mondays Starting Jan. 19; BONES Moves To Thursdays Jan. 15; TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Travels To Fridays Feb. 13; HOLE IN THE WALL Finds Its Fit on Sundays Beginning Jan. 18

The wait is almost over as FOX announces premiere dates of new and returning series as well as revisions to its 2008-2009 midseason schedule.

January starts with the not-to-be-missed blockbuster premieres of 24 and AMERICAN IDOL. As previously announced, the non-stop action begins and a new day dawns for JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland) when 24 returns with an explosive two-night, four-hour season premiere Sunday, Jan. 11 and Monday, Jan. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). AMERICAN IDOL, television's No. 1 show, returns for Season Eight with a two-night, four-hour premiere event Tuesday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

All-new episodes of HOUSE, BONES, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and HOLE IN THE WALL will air on new nights in midseason. Get real on Mondays with all-new episodes of HOUSE leading into real-time drama 24. Emmy-winning medical drama HOUSE moves to Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and has its time period premiere Jan. 19 followed by the time period premiere of 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

FRINGE, the No. 1 new series of the season among Adults 18-49, will air in its regular time period Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) after AMERICAN IDOL starting Jan. 20.

LIE TO ME, the compelling new drama from the producers of 24, debuts Wednesday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) after AMERICAN IDOL and stars Tim Roth ("The Incredible Hulk," "Reservoir Dogs") as DR. CAL LIGHTMAN, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why. When someone shrugs one shoulder, rotates a hand or raises the lower lip, Lightman knows he's lying. Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies.

BOOTH (David Boreanaz), BRENNAN (Emily Deschanel) and the Jeffersonian team will continue to dig up more murders when BONES moves to Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Jan. 15 followed by more all-new episodes of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). On Thursday, Jan. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Gordon Ramsay steps into another kitchen to serve up a fifth course of HELL'S KITCHEN, the unscripted series that puts wannabe restaurateurs through a rigorous one-of-a-kind culinary boot camp.

On Friday, Feb. 13, FOX presents a thrilling new action-packed lineup featuring the return and time period premiere of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and the highly anticipated series premiere of Joss Whedon's DOLLHOUSE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). DOLLHOUSE reunites Whedon with Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), who stars as a member of a highly illegal underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas.

Saturday staples COPS (8:00-8:30 and 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) continue in their regular time periods with all-new episodes. MADtv (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) and TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) continue their late-night laughs with a mix of encore and original episodes.

Sundays find the right fit with the time period premieres of back-to-back episodes of HOLE IN THE WALL (7:00-7:30 and 7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) beginning Jan. 18. Following HOLE IN THE WALL, Animation Domination continues with a mixture of encore and all-new episodes of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), KING OF THE HILL (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

RECAP FOX MIDSEASON SCHEDULE

(All times ET/PT except as noted)

MONDAY

Monday, Jan. 5:

7:30 PM-CC ET TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL (LIVE)

Monday, Jan. 12:

8:00-10:00 PM 24 (Season Premiere, Part 2)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 19:

8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM 24 (Time Period Premiere)

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TUESDAY

Tuesday, Jan. 13:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 20:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)


9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE

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WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Jan. 14:

8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part 2)


Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 21:

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)


9:00-10:00 PM LIE TO ME (Series Premiere)

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THURSDAY

Thursday, Jan. 1:

7:30 PM-CC ET FEDEX ORANGE BOWL (LIVE)

Thursday, Jan. 8:

7:30 PM-CC ET FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LIVE)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 15:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 29:

8:00-9:00 PM BONES

9:00-10:00 PM HELL'S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)

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FRIDAY

Friday, Jan. 2:

7:30 PM-CC ET ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (LIVE)

Friday, Jan. 9:

8:00-10:00 PM FOX MOVIE SPECIAL: BRUCE ALMIGHTY

Fridays, beginning Jan. 16 (no change to lineup):

8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?

9:00-10:00 PM DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS!

Fridays, beginning Feb. 13:

8:00-9:00 PM TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (Time Period Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM DOLLHOUSE (Series Premiere)

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SATURDAY

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 3 (no change to lineup):

8:00-8:30 PM COPS

8:30-9:00 PM COPS

9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK

11:00 PM-Midnight MADtv

Midnight-12:30 AM TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN

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SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 11:

8:00-10:00 PM 24 (Season Premiere, Part 1)

Sundays, beginning Jan. 18:

7:00-7:30 PM HOLE IN THE WALL (Time Period Premiere)

7:30-8:00 PM HOLE IN THE WALL (Time Period Premiere)

8:00-10:00 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION (THE SIMPSONS, KING OF THE HILL, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD)

[EDITOR'S NOTE: PRISON BREAK and 'TIL DEATH will return to the schedule at a later date.]
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 10, 2008, 11:24:07 AM
New AI Judge Kara's Myspace Blog:

(http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo334/marigoldrealityfanforum/karab.jpg)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Music and More

Hi guys,

Life is very exciting these days. I had my first magazine photo shoot ever and it was a blast. I am getting to do things i never dreamed of doing. It's extremely challenging but i am learning so much along the way.

It's Hollywood week and the first time that we are filming the show in Los Angeles. I am looking forward to seeing the kids and getting closer to this year's idol.

On the music front, Pink's album, "Funhouse" debuted 2 on the BB220 and 1 in the UK. Pink's next single, "Sober" was co-written by Pink and Nate "Danja" Hills and myself. Also, David Archuleta's self-titled debut album drops November 11th and features "To Be With You" co-written by Arthouse Entertainment writer, Eman Kiriakou and myself.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Until next time check out www.arthouseent.com and www.americanidol.com for more updates.

xo

Kara
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 10, 2008, 11:50:39 AM
American Idol Nominated:

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR "THE 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS" TO BE HOSTED BY QUEEN LATIFAH JAN. 7, 2009 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

CBS Television Network Release

The nominations for THE 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS were announced this morning by Joshua Jackson "Fringe," Carrie Ann Inaba "Dancing with the Stars," Paula Marshall "Gary Unmarried" and Jay Mohr "Gary Unmarried." New categories this year include "Favorite Superhero," "Favorite TV Drama Diva," "Favorite Movie Cast" and "Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star."

Winners will be revealed during the live broadcast of THE 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS which will be hosted by Queen Latifah from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The first awards show of 2009, THE 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS honors fan favorites in television, movies and music.

PEOPLE magazine, in celebration of its own 35th birthday, will team up with People's Choice to present the first ever People's Choice Award for Favorite Star Under 35, in recognition of this dual milestone.   Beginning today http://www.pcavote.com/ and http://www.people.com/ will exclusively feature this unique poll, giving fans the opportunity to choose their favorite star, under the age of 35, by narrowing down from a group of Hollywood's biggest celebrities, chosen by PEOPLE's editors.

With the nominees revealed, fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in each category at http://www.pcavote.com/ starting today.  In addition, from November 10 to December 7, voters at pcaVOTE.com can enter for a chance to win two tickets to the 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS. People's Choice community members, both new and existing, are automatically entered into the contest each time they vote on any of the 41 categories.  Users must be logged in while voting to enter the contest. Membership is free and benefits include the opportunity to choose the nominees for the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards.

Nominees for THE 35TH ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS were determined with the help of E-Poll Market Research, a leading provider of products and custom research solutions for entertainment and media companies, agencies and Fortune 1000 companies.  The study was conducted by E-Poll using the People's Choice Online Community to achieve a nationally representative sample of respondents aged 13 or older.  For each category, the respondents were provided with a set of candidates determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses and music sales.  The respondents then chose their favorites in Television, Movies and Music.  They also had the option to write in their favorites where not included among the provided candidates. The top three selections in each category became the final nominees.

A complete list of nominees follows:

TELEVISION

FAVORITE COMPETITION / REALITY SHOW
American Idol  
Dancing with the Stars 
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 11, 2008, 02:22:14 PM
An interesting article:

"Idols" TV producer Fremantle seals YouTube deal

FremantleMedia, producer of the "Idols" reality-TV show format and soap opera "Neighbours," has agreed a deal to produce programs to be shown exclusively on YouTube and to split revenues with the video-sharing site.

Fremantle, part of Europe's RTL broadcast group, said the deal would seal a partnership that has already begun with Fremantle YouTube channels for shows such as UK hit talent contest "The X Factor" and Australia's "Hole in the Wall."

"Following a period of creative experimentation, FremantleMedia is cementing its relationship with us for content distribution," Patrick Walker, YouTube's director of video partnerships in Europe, the Middle East and Asia said on Monday.

Fremantle will use YouTube's VideoID technology, which recognizes and scans YouTube for copyright-infringing video and then allows the copyright holder to block the video, leave it there to promote the content or place ads next to it.

Claire Tavernier, head of Fremantle's FMX new media division, said the deal offered a chance to make money for the first time from showing Fremantle content on YouTube as well as the opportunity to have YouTube promote its programs.

She declined to estimate how much the deal might bring in over time but noted that the "American Idol" website alone made $13 million last year.

"We know there is money in that field and we also know YouTube has the audience," she told Reuters by telephone. "This is a key way of tapping into that value."

YouTube, the world's biggest video-sharing site, which was bought by Google two years ago, has also just agreed to show full-length TV shows and films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's archive to boost ad revenue by adding professional programing.

Last month, YouTube forged a similar partnership with CBS Corp.

Until now, YouTube has mainly featured short clips of 10 minutes or less made and uploaded by users.

The new partnerships put the company increasingly into direct competition with Hulu, an online video site owned by News Corp and General Electric's NBC Universal, which shows up-to-date full-length shows from U.S. networks.

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE4A97WW20081110 (http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSTRE4A97WW20081110)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 11, 2008, 03:44:55 PM
An interesting article with AI Judge Randy Jackson:

Randy Jackson honors former 'Idol' cast-off

When American Idol judge Randy Jackson agreed to MC the fifth annual Songs of Hope benefit gala honoring outstanding achievements in songwriting, he wasn't expecting to present the prestigious Martin Bandier Vanguard award to a former Idol auditioner who never made it past the first round. But that's exactly what transpired when Colbie Caillat accepted the prize Thursday night at the Esquire House high atop the Hollywood Hills. After Jackson complimented Caillat on writing the No. 1 hit "Bubbly," the 23-year-old Malibu native reminded him that she tried out for American Idol with that very same song — and was rejected. "No, you did not!," Jackson yelped. "I didn't refuse her, I think it was Simon Cowell." In an attempt to save face with a crowd of music business heavyweights (among them: Dave Stewart, Hans Zimmer and Will.I.Am), Jackson stuck with the kudos: "I'm telling you something, this 'Bubbly' song is huge, because we just finished auditions for season 8 and we've been hearing a lot of 'Bubbly.' Look, they're no Colbies, but what are you gonna do?"

So how does the new crop of Idol hopefuls look? Speaking to EW.com earlier in the evening, Jackson acknowledged that this year's auditions started off shaky. "But by the time we hit the third city, it was off and running," he said. "Season 8 is gonna be unbelievable. America's got a lot of talent." And with yesterday's announcement that the show will start airing a week earlier than in past seasons, will it also end sooner? Don't bet on it. "They'll probably add more weeks," joked Jackson.

Link: http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/music_biz/index.html (http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/music_biz/index.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 25, 2008, 12:16:09 AM
An interesting article:

Donny and Marie Osmond’s nephew, Jason Castro’s brother made it to Hollywood

The semi-final rounds for American Idol 8 took place in Hollywood last week, which means it’s time for information about the contestants to leak out, including some quasi-familiar names.

Once again, a message board poster who goes by Joesplace has revealed more than 20 people who made it to Hollywood, and many others who performed in front of the judges at various auditions. (Last year, Joesplace revealed the top 24 after revealing the top 50.)

MJ’s Big Blog helpfully sorted through the names, finding highlights including Jason Castro’s brother, Michael Castro, and Donnie and Marie Osmond’s nephew, David Osmond.

Others include Anna Kaelin, “the daughter of David Archuleta's vocal coach, Dean Kaelin”; Miss New York, Danielle “Danni” Roundtree; possible ringer Joanna Pacitti, who has had previous record deals and other music industry experience; and Jackie Tohn, an actress who appeared on The Sopranos and On the Lot.

Link: http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/american_idol_8/2008_Nov_24_hollywood_names (http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/american_idol_8/2008_Nov_24_hollywood_names)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 25, 2008, 12:21:36 AM
An interesting article:

Ford Sticks With 'American Idol' Sponsorship

Ford Motor. Co. to continue as "American Idol" sponsor as TV weighs fallout from Big Three's struggle

While the economic uncertainly surrounding American car makers has called into question some of the nation's biggest marketing budgets, struggling Ford Motor Co. will be sticking with its American Idol sponsorship for the 2009 season.

"Yes, the partnership between Ford and Idol continues in 2009," confirmed a Ford spokesperson.

Spokespersons for Fox as well as Idol producer Fremantle also confirmed that the relationship remains intact.

That is welcome news to everyone involved with the show, as Ford last year spent nearly $78 million on its American Idol sponsorship (including commercials), and has spent some $328.5 million over the seven seasons of Idol, according to data from TNS Media Intelligence.

The Big Three automakers' hopes for a $25 billion federal bailout were dimmed but not completely dashed last week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked the auto giants to submit a plan for how they would spend the requested amount. Congress is likely to reconsider the proposal sometime before Dec. 8, according to reports late last week.

Washington's reluctance to help left media executives everywhere skittish about the future of some major contracts, as General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are the nation's third-, sixth- and 14th-largest overall advertisers, respectively. GM's measured-media ad spending was $3 billion in 2007, while Ford's was $2.5 billion and Chrysler posted $1.7 billion, according to TNS data.

GM spent $1.1 billion on TV last year, Ford spent $982.1 million and Chrysler clocked in at $750 million, according to TNS.

Overall, BMO Capital Markets Managing Director of Internet and Broadcasting Research Lee Westerfield notes the automotive industry accounts for 20% of all advertising, and that doesn't bode well for the TV business.

"Automotive at the national and local level is likely to pull back further in 2009, but for slightly different reasons," Westerfield says. "The national dealers are driven more by automotive output and by new brand introductions, both of which are likely to be smaller in 2009 as business investment dwindles."

But a downturn was already evident long before the recent stock market crash. Through July 2008, Ford and Chrysler had each spent 22% less on advertising than last year and GM was down 6%, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

And it is no secret local TV stations are bearing a good amount of the brunt of the automaker troubles.

"Local TV is expected to be down 17% in 2009; excluding political dollars, on an apples-to-apples basis, down 11%," Westerfield says. That underscores the challenges at the station level and in each case, network and stations anticipate autos will be one of the downward drivers for 2009.

Television Bureau of Advertising President Chris Rohrs called the downturn in car sales "a serious, serious problem and a vivid demonstration of the collapse of the consumer economy."

With the economy as it is, Rohrs predicts next year "is going to be very difficult for all stations and particularly for stations that are not leaders in their markets."

Link: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6616931.html?desc=topstory (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6616931.html?desc=topstory)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on November 25, 2008, 03:20:22 PM
An update on AI judge Randy Jackson:

ABC Television Network
 
PRESS RELEASE

NEXT WEEK ON THE VIEW (12/1-5)

HUGH JACKMAN, RANDY JACKSON, DRAKE BELL, JOSH PECK, PATRICIA HEATON, MARLO THOMAS, JEFF GOLDBLUM AND JENNIFER ESPOSITO ON "THE VIEW," DEC. 1-5

Music from Martina McBride, Harry Connick, Jr. and Kristin Chenoweth

"All My Children" Stars JR Martinez and Beth Ehlers, Dec. 5

Hugh Jackman ("Australia"), Randy Jackson (author, "Body with Soul") , Drake Bell and Josh Peck ("Drake & Josh"), Patricia Heaton ("Front of the Class"), Marlo Thomas, Jeff Goldblum ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), Jennifer Esposito (ABC's "Samantha Who?"), "All My Children stars JR Martinez and Beth Ehlers plus music from Martina McBride, Harry Connick, Jr. and Kristin Chenoweth (ABC's "Pushing Daisies") are all featured DEC. 1-5 on ABC's "The View" (11:00a.m.-12:00 noon, ET). 

Scheduled guests for the week of Dec. 1-5 are as follows (subject to change):

MONDAY, DEC. 1 - Randy Jackson (author, "Body with Soul") ; Kristin Chenoweth (ABC's "Pushing Daisies") performs.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 01, 2008, 02:16:59 PM
An interesting article:

Fox Plays Up ‘Idol’ Emotion

Fox is thinking small in its efforts to promote the biggest show on television.

It’s not that the network is scaling back the breadth of its campaign for “American Idol,” the beyond-adjectives reality juggernaut that has kept it No. 1 in key ratings for the past four seasons. From relentless on-air spots to shopping mall takeovers, Fox is readying a marketing push the size of Simon Cowell’s ego to make sure viewers know “Idol” will return on Jan. 13.

The network even recruited reigning “Idol” champ David Cook to headline an on-air promo, marking the first time a past contestant has been used to market a new season of the show.

But after playing up the notion of “Idol” contestants as outsized personalities in last year’s pre-launch promotional campaign, Fox marketing chief Joe Earley has decided to scale things back for season eight.

The changes to the marketing, which come in the wake of a 9% decline in “Idol’s” ratings in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic last season, are in part a reflection of some of the expected tweaks to “Idol” next season, Mr. Earley explained.

“The show is more real, it’s back to its roots,” he said. “It doesn’t have a veneer.”

Mike Darnell, Fox’s president of alternative programming, said it’s too soon to offer specifics about the changes in the works. He did say, however, that “Idol” would be “more intimate” and “more raw” than last year.

“It’s going back to letting the kids be more emotional and seeing more of their reality,” he said. “We’re going to allow the public to see a little more of their emotional state.”

Overall, he said there “are subtle changes and there are bigger-than-subtle changes. But I wouldn’t call anything ‘radical.’”

Two significant shifts already announced include the addition of fourth judge Kara DioGuardi and the departure of longtime showrunner Nigel Lythgoe.

Mr. Darnell said that on a scale of one to 10, his excitement level regarding the tweaks to the show ranks at an 8.

“And I’m a 9 when it comes to the talent,” he added. “We just got done with Hollywood Week, and the talent and the characters we have are the best since season five.”

To fit with the more intimate feel of “Idol,” the marketing for the 2009 model of the show will be more down-to-earth, although Mr. Earley said the network will be spending a little bit more than it did last year.

“Last year, we had contestants reaching a level of perceived stardom much earlier, both in the show and in our marketing campaign,” Mr. Earley said. “We made them look great; the concept was that they had arrived. But looking back, we think that maybe it was too soon to have them arrive. This year, we wanted to make sure we started out with real people.”

Gone, then, are the images of Godzilla-sized generic “Idol” contestants Fox used last year to push the idea that the show created overnight celebrities. Instead, look for print ads that speak to the notion that the next “American Idol” could be anyone—a waitress, a cowboy, a single mom.

“We’re putting our models (in the print campaign) in the real world,” Mr. Earley said. “The hope is to convey that within all these everyday people there is an ‘Idol.’ It takes it to a more relatable place.”

Last year’s ads were accompanied by the tagline “Dream Big,” a phrase that played off the outsized show. The motto for “Idol” this season is the more grassroots-themed “Share Your Voice.”

Mr. Earley said Fox is hoping that slogan—and the marketing that surrounds it—will match the post-election zeitgeist in the country.

“It would be reaching to say we’re trying to tie into the election itself,” he cautioned. “But what we are tapping into is what we’ve just been through and the mood of the culture and the state of our economy. We’ve been through a lot of divisiveness lately, and our message is, ‘It’s time to stop arguing and fighting, to all pull together.’ And the most important message in the on-air campaign is that ‘American Idol’ is an event that brings us all together.”

Mr. Earley said Fox’s on-air spots will “show the range of emotions” that contestants go through during the “Idol” audition process.

“There’s pure celebratory joy ... but the heartache is there, too, the anger of the people who don’t move forward,” he said. “When I watch these spots, even though I’m a cynical television executive who has seen more of the ‘Idol’ process than viewers, I get chills. I’m not exaggerating. You get excited that this journey is back again.”

As for the spot featuring Mr. Cook, Mr. Earley said the ad begins with the singer about to go on-stage to perform his new single, “Light on.” He begins recalling how his “Idol” voyage began, with viewers seeing clips from Mr. Cook’s appearances on the show. “He then steps on-stage, and when he starts singing, you get that rush,” Mr. Earley said.

Mr. Cook spent a whole day shooting the spots for Fox, which began running the promotions over the Thanksgiving weekend. The benefit for Mr. Cook, of course, is promotion for his new album, which was released Nov. 18.

“We’re looking at doing some spots with some other past ‘Idol’ contestants,” Mr. Earley said.

Building Up

Fox’s promotional push for “Idol” will continue to build throughout the holidays. In addition to plenty of on-air, look for the network to aggressively go after the “Idol” audience where they’ll be spending a lot of time during the next month: shopping malls.

The network will dominate kiosk advertising in a number of big-city shopping centers. In addition, several malls will feature an interactive advertisement that will allow shoppers to take a picture of themselves as an “Idol” contestant.

“I love that anyone who’s in the mall can put themselves in one of our ads,” Mr. Earley said.

Also, Fox is teaming with its stations in major markets on a promotion designed to reinforce the feel-good nature of the show.

“Because a lot of the media buys are in malls, we’re doing promotions where ‘American Idol’ and the stations will be giving people gift cards for the holidays,” Mr. Earley revealed. He also said the network would once again “do a ton of radio” advertising, and that AmericanIdol.com—which is not owned by Fox—would also play a key part in touting the show’s relaunch.

Between weekly Paula Abdul crises and endless debate about the quality of each year’s contestants, “American Idol” would seem to be the show that promotes itself, making Mr. Earley’s job relatively easy. But whatever built-in advantages the network has when it comes to hyping the series are more than balanced by the pressure of keeping the show a dominant force in the ratings—and the pop culture.

“It’s imperative that we continue to have the biggest show on television,” Mr. Earley said, fully aware that it’s “Idol’s” supersized ratings performance that has propelled Fox to first place in the Nielsens for the past four years. “We have never taken it for granted.”

Mr. Earley closely coordinates the marketing and publicity efforts for “Idol,” ensuring that both are in sync as Jan. 13 approaches. The spot featuring Mr. Cook, for example, was scheduled to premiere on an entertainment newsmagazine before it popped up on TVWeek.com and then began airing on the network.

And while there will be no shortage of free media reminding audiences of “Idol’s” return, Mr. Earley makes sure not to overlook the smallest details. He insists that every spot include the date and time “Idol” premieres. For the mall ads, “It’s important that from far away, you can see that the ad is for ‘American Idol’ and that the show is back.

“We’re conscientious about every detail,” he said. “When you’re in season eight of a show, you don’t take anything for granted. We need to make sure people know that, OK, we’ve been away—but now it’s ‘Idol’ time.”

Link: http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/11/fox_plays_up_idol_emotion.php (http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/11/fox_plays_up_idol_emotion.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 01, 2008, 11:14:25 PM

American Idol Season 8 Commercial

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 01, 2008, 11:19:58 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Cowell: I'm 100% a guy will win 'American Idol's eighth season

Simon Cowell is apparently certain a male will win American Idol's upcoming eighth season.

"I'm 100% a guy will win this year," Cowell told Extra during a Saturday night interview with ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour.

This isn't the first time Cowell has picked a male contestant as his early favorite to take home the Idol title.

While he was neutral before last spring's seventh season and said there were several "strong" guys and girls, he had said there was "one guy who stands out in the crowd and has what I call the liability factor" prior to Idol's Spring 2007 sixth season, which was subsequently won by Jordin Sparks.

American Idol eighth-season auditions took place this summer, and it will premiere with two consecutive two-hour broadcasts on January 13 and 14.

Following its two-night, four-hour debut, American Idol's eighth season  -- which will feature the on-screen addition of new fourth judge Kara DioGuardi -- will air the reminder of its open auditions and Hollywood Week broadcasts in the Tuesdays 8-9PM ET/PT time period beginning January 20 and the Wednesdays 8-9PM ET/PT time period beginning January 21.

Cowell described DioGuardi as "mouthy," but added she's starting to grow on him.

"She's mouthy, this girl.  I'm beginning to warm to her," he told Extra.  "I think she knows what she's talking about."

Link: http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/simon-cowell-im-100%25-guy-will-win-american-idol-eighth-season-8080.php (http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/simon-cowell-im-100%25-guy-will-win-american-idol-eighth-season-8080.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 10:41:13 PM

David Cook promotes American Idol Season 8

MyFox Los Angeles talks to David Cook about the new American Idol commercial

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 04, 2008, 03:15:40 PM
AI judge Paula Abdul appearance:

ABC Television Network
PRESS RELEASE 

NEXT WEEK ON THE VIEW (12/8-12)

MONDAY, DEC. 8 - Paula Abdul ("American Idol")
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 05, 2008, 11:34:32 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Cowell: ‘You Never Want The  People That You Work With To Do Well’

Weeks away from the premiere of Season 8 of “American Idol,” Simon Cowell has admitted there has been tension on the set of the hit Fox show. During a recent interview with Billy Bush for Access Hollywood and “The Billy Bush” show, Cowell confirmed that the addition of new judge Kara DioGuardi has taken some adjustment.

“You know what, it’s like when you’ve had dinner with three friends for years and now someone else joins the table — it’s a bit odd,” Simon told Billy. “That’s what it was like at the beginning. I genuinely couldn’t make up my mind whether I liked it or not. And then, when she was doing the Hollywood round she started to grow on me and I think she’s ballsy.”

When asked if Kara and Paula were walking on eggshells while filming Hollywood week, which Simon and the cast taped in Los Angeles recently, the British judge said that they were.

“A little bit, but you know what it’s like, Billy — when you work with other people you never want the people that you work with to do well,” he said. “You don’t. It’s just not in your human nature to want that.”

And the always-frank Simon was first to admit he doesn’t rejoice when his co-panelists secure new gigs.

“If I read about their deals, I’m not exactly opening bottles of champagne in joy because something good is happening in their lives,” he said. “I’m not like that and trust me, they’re not doing the same for me.”

While he may not be celebrating Randy and Paula’s independent successes, Simon is happy to take credit for a change he said has occurred with Kara since she was first brought on board.

“She’s looking better and I really mean this — I think I have made her look better, and I’m not kidding here… Physically [she] definitely looks better since she’s been working with me,” Simon said. “I think she just got to terms with the way I like people to look and I think she changed her wardrobe, her hair, because she heard me saying, ‘I like this’ and ‘I like that,’ so I definitely had a positive affect on the way that she looks.”

And with her improved attire, Simon said he was able to notice more about “Idol’s” newest star.

“Then I realized during the Hollywood round, she’s actually quite funny,” he said. “I think she knows what she’s talking about, so she’s growing on me… She’s quite hot now actually. But I promise you, you’ll see the difference. She looks better now.”

Link: http://www.accesshollywood.com/simon-cowell-you-never-want-the-people-that-you-work-with-to-do-well_article_12502 (http://www.accesshollywood.com/simon-cowell-you-never-want-the-people-that-you-work-with-to-do-well_article_12502)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RudyRules on December 06, 2008, 02:13:53 AM
Okay, I need info on how American Idol works.  I just got an email from my cousin that her son made it through the first round today at Freedom Hall in Louisville.  Does this get him on the show or are there other rounds? 

There are more rounds S1 but that is great news for your cousin's son he must be a pretty good singer

Best of Luck to him!!
Yeah, good luck to him, s1!  Hope he made it thru all the rounds and on to Hollywood! :tup:  If so, you'll have to tell us who he is!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 11, 2008, 05:28:46 PM
An interesting article posted by a spoiler from mjsbigblog:

BREAKING: Idol Schedule Set - Auditions Cut Back, Hollywood Round Expanded, Top 36 Coming to Hollywood, Wildcard Round Brought Back!

Snipped from an internal FOX Memo distributed this morning. (thanks sumIdol!)

FOX Network Program Executive Council DECEMBER 2008 MINUTES

AMERICAN IDOL When will the schedule and any new details about this season be released?

January through March details will hopefully be released before the Holidays. All episodes will be Tuesday-Wednesday. No Thursday’s planned; same overall number of hours as last year. There will be 3 weeks of auditions and 2 weeks of Hollywood rounds. There will be 36 contestants coming here to Hollywood as opposed to 24 last year. There will be a wild card week and there will continue to be 12 contestants in the Finals. There will be a couple of more 2 hour shows than in the past. Promotional thrust will have fewer bad singers and more ‘aspirational’ singers. There will be no Idol Gives Back.

So, lets summarize!

American Idol will be sticking to its Tuesday/Wednesday schedule - Not a surprise
There will be 3 weeks of auditions, down from 4 the past few years -  YES!  Four weeks of auditions, particularly with the bad singers taking up the bulk, had become interminable.
There will be a Top 36, rather than a Top 24 - Hm…
The Wild Card Week will be re-introduced- Hm…
No Thursdays planned- and Hm…
There will be 2 weeks of Hollywood Rounds - In the past, there would be at least 3 episodes of Hollywood, which made for some really compelling TV. I think the show really suffered when they cut these back to shoehorn in more crappy auditions.  This is good news
There will be a Top 12 as in previous years - Just as it should be.

Promotional thrust will have fewer bad singers and more ‘aspirational’ singers. There will be no Idol Gives Back.  -  Fewer bad singers?  Hallelujah.  It was getting to the point where I could not stomach the auditions anymore, they became so predictable and contrived.  I wonder if the death of auditioner Paula Goodspeed has impacted this decision at all.  With a tough economy gripping the nation, giving Idol Gives Back a rest is a good idea.

I’m a little unclear as to how the Semi-final/Wildcard round will play out.  It’s not really outlined in this memo.  Will they go back to the way they did it Seasons 1-3–which was to have groups of contestants perform each week, with the Top vote getters moving on to the Top 12?  The Wildcard round had rejected contestants come back to perform again, filling the remaining Top 12 slots…

Link:  http://mjsbigblog.com/breaking-american-idol-sets-its-schedule-top-36-coming-to-hollywood-wildcard-round-brought-back.htm (http://mjsbigblog.com/breaking-american-idol-sets-its-schedule-top-36-coming-to-hollywood-wildcard-round-brought-back.htm)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 13, 2008, 04:17:00 PM

American Idol Season 8 Update:

Fox is having a press conference call about “Idol’s” new season on Monday.

Look for plenty of news in the following days!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on December 13, 2008, 08:33:12 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed Marigold! Yeoman's Job, well done!

They needed to make a change. Let us get invested in the singers earlier. Last season we really never heard the ones who made the finals until they got to Hollywood. I'm so tired of the losers although a few will stick in my mind  forever. William Hung, the guy with the white feather hat and cape, singing I am your brother! The Yellow bird lady.


Now that I think about it, I will miss a few of the auditions...  :kisses

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 13, 2008, 11:24:00 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed Marigold! Yeoman's Job, well done!

They needed to make a change. Let us get invested in the singers earlier. Last season we really never heard the ones who made the finals until they got to Hollywood. I'm so tired of the losers although a few will stick in my mind  forever. William Hung, the guy with the white feather hat and cape, singing I am your brother! The Yellow bird lady.

Now that I think about it, I will miss a few of the auditions...  :kisses

 :jumpy: OMG OMG

Incase I miss you TL have a great holiday, see you soon

 :hugs: and  :kisses

ps: I totally agree
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 15, 2008, 01:17:39 PM

Fox Press Release

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

GET READY TO SHARE YOUR VOICE AS “AMERICAN IDOL” RETURNS WITH A BRAND-NEW SEASON, NEW CONTESTANTS AND A NEW JUDGE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, ON FOX

Top 36 Semifinalists Revealed Wednesday, Feb. 11

Voting Begins Tuesday, Feb. 17

Top 12 Singers Revealed After Judges’ Wild Card Round Thursday, March 5

Top 12 Finalists Perform for First Time Tuesday, March 10

The wait is almost over for the return of television’s No. 1 show! Last season’s finale boasted a record-breaking nearly 100 million votes cast in the crowning of David Cook as the winner, and now, AMERICAN IDOL is set to return with a two-night, four-hour premiere event featuring extraordinary talent and outrageous new auditions Tuesday, Jan. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The eighth season kicks off with three weeks of audition episodes, featuring tryouts held in East Rutherford, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. After the two-night premiere, auditions will continue for two weeks on Tuesday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Tuesday, Jan. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Jan. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The final audition episode will air Thursday, Jan. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The lucky auditioners who get the judges’ approval then move on to the “Hollywood Round” where contestants vie for a semifinalist position during the grueling next phase of the auditions. Extended for one week, the “Hollywood Round” episodes air: Tuesday, Feb. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); Wednesday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Tuesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On Wednesday, Feb. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), dreams come true for three dozen hopefuls, as Simon, Randy, Paula and Kara announce the Top 36 semifinalists.

It will then be up to America to decide who moves forward in the competition. For three consecutive Tuesdays including: Feb. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Feb. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), 12 different semifinalists will perform each night in the hopes of moving on to the Top 12. Each week during the LIVE results shows airing Wednesdays: Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Feb. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the three finalists with the highest number of America’s votes will secure coveted spots in the Top 12.

On Thursday, March 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), AMERICAN IDOL presents a special “Wild Card” episode featuring the judges favorite remaining contestants. After each of the contestants perform, the judges will select the three final contestants who will round out the Top 12.

The competition heats up as those Top 12 finalists take the stage for the first time together Tuesday, March 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). Immediately following, America has another chance to share its voice and vote for their favorite finalists.

RECAP (All times ET/PT)

Tuesday, Jan. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM)   Season Premiere, Part 1 

Wednesday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM)   Season Premiere, Part 2

Tuesday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Auditions Episode

Wednesday, Jan. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Auditions Episode

Tuesday, Jan. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Auditions Episode

Wednesday, Jan. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Auditions Episode

Thursday, Jan. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Auditions Episode   

Tuesday, Feb. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Hollywood Round, Part 1

Wednesday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Hollywood Round, Part 2

Tuesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Hollywood Round, Part 3

Wednesday, Feb. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM)   Hollywood Round, Part 4 – Top 36 Semifinalists Announced

Tuesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM)   12 Semifinalists Perform

Wednesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM)   First LIVE Results Show (ET live/PT tape-delayed) 3 Finalists Advance

Tuesday, Feb. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM)   12 Semifinalists Perform

Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM)   LIVE Results Show (ET live/PT tape-delayed) 3 Finalists Advance

Tuesday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM)   12 Semifinalists Perform

RECAP, Continued (All times ET/PT)

Wednesday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM)   LIVE Results Show (ET live/PT tape-delayed) 3 Finalists Advance

Thursday, March 5 (8:00-9:00 PM)   Wild Card Round – Top 12 Finalists Revealed

Tuesday, March 10 (8:00-10:00 PM)   Top 12 Finalists Perform

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 17, 2008, 01:16:32 PM
An interesting article:

Ken Warwick Dishes On the Dramatic Season 8 Changes

Executive Producer of American Idol Ken Warwick spoke to the media yesterday regarding the exciting new changes for season eight, and he made sure to separate fact from fiction.  The goal, as always, is to keep the core aspects of everyone's favorite show in tact while providing elements that give it a fresh feel each season.  One way this is done, according to Ken, is smart coverage of the hopefuls during the audition process.  After seven seasons, many of them have become what he calls "camera savvy," even developing an idea for what they think they should say.  Ken said that they tried to shy away from covering these folks this year, as he thinks it looks fairly obvious, and the judges don't like to see that either.

There will also be more coverage of the social interactions during Hollywood Week, much like there was a few seasons ago.  Appealing to the viewer's sense of curiosity, we will, once again, be able to find out when some auditioners did things like playing in the pool instead of spending the time rehearsing with their groups.  The Wild Card is another thing that will be returning this year, and Ken explained the thought process behind its reinstatement.  As he puts it, by the time the show is down to its Top 12, the fans have been seeing these same faces for weeks and weeks, which can make it a bit boring.  The Wild Card "keeps it fresher for longer," according to Ken, and gives us a chance to get to know all 36 hopefuls.

Ken addressed some of the concerns about the prior experience that some of these hopefuls have when auditioning for AI.  While he understands the love of the notion of finding a previously undiscovered star, he says that it's just not going to happen all the time.  In fact, he says that he looks at it a different way, and some of these folks have seen record deals come and go without success.  They come to AI feeling a bit bruised and battered, but the show ends up restoring their faith in the music business.  As long as they have no management now, that's all Ken says should matter.

Ken also talked extensively about the decision to add Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge this season and, to him, it simply made sense.  Not only did the Idol concept begin with four judges, but Kara adds even more legitimacy to the panel with her background.  As Ken explained, in past seasons, Kara would move in once the new Idol was crowned and she would take a pivotal role in his or her music career--writing, producing, making an album.  As he said, "So she's probably the best qualified person to know what we're looking for, which we thought was a good idea.  She's young, she's opinionated, she's incredibly talented, and she's a really good singer."  In the past, when the judges would rate the singing, the critique would come by way of a verbal review.  With Kara, she is able to tell the auditioner, "This is how you should have sung that," and she actually sings it!  According to Ken, this happens in a couple of the audition shows.

Another interesting element she provides is one of empathy.  Apparently, there are instances in which she gangs up with Paula Abdul against Simon Cowell in allowing the kids another chance to overcome their nerves.  Ken explains how sometimes the stress of the situation can take over:  "It's just one of those things.  You’ve been sitting there all day, and you’re frightened to death, and you know you’re a bit tired or you’ve driven 500 miles to get there and you’re not going to be great."  Unlike Simon, Kara and Paula would pick up on this, and give them a little more "leeway" to try and improve.  Simon does not react well to this, as one can imagine, which makes for great TV, according to Ken!

As many have probably heard, Ken confirmed that Idol Gives Back will not return this year.  In addition to this being a tough economical time for the nation, Ken admits to the fact that it's also a grueling preparation process, calling it a "heavy workload on everybody."  He says that it's also challenging to keep the quality of the "main show" up when preparing for such an extensive event, not to mention the finale comes only weeks later.  However, all this doesn't mean that IGB won't ultimately return.  As Ken said, they'll take a look again next year and decide at that point whether to do it.

Link: http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1502 (http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1502)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 17, 2008, 01:51:31 PM
An interesting article:

American Idol 8: Conference Call With Simon Cowell

American Idol premieres in less than a month on FOX.  It will undoubtedly once again be the highest-rated and most talked about series on American television.  One of the biggest reasons (perhaps the biggest reason) for American Idol's enduring success has been the presence of acerbic Brit Simon Cowell at the judges' table.  Cowell is American Idol's breakout star and always has been, even more so than any of the stars American Idol has created over the years.  This morning, Cowell took some time out of his busy schedule to hold a conference call with the press.  He discussed the addition of new judge Kara DioGuardi, what we can expect from this year's crop of singers, and the Paula Goodspeed tragedy, among other things.  You can read the highlights of the conference call below.

Simon has no idea whether the addition of a fourth judge will work or not.  He supports trying new things, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. 

Simon wasn't crazy about the last couple of years, with the smaller group of finalists.  He likes bringing back the Wild Card stages. 

Simon says the guys were better than the girls, by a long-shot, during the Hollywood rounds.  After Hollywood, Simon thinks they have an interesting group of finalists, different from people than they've had before. 

Apparently they are adding a new Emmy category for Best Reality Show Judge.  Simon says it's a good idea if he wins the Emmy, bad idea if he loses.

Simon on new judge Kara DioGuardi: Kara has experience, is opinionated, has written hit songs and she talks a lot.

The judges tried to be as broad and open-minded as possible when selecting the finalists.  He thinks personality is as important as talent for a show like American Idol. 

Simon doesn't like referring to Goodspeed as a stalker, given the tragedy.  He regrets that they didn't know how troubled she was.  He wishes they could have known, and then tried to help her.  The process of open auditions doesn't allow research for people.  Oftentimes, before the bad singers audition, they'll warn them that if they don't like criticism they shouldn't audition.  Simon also vouches for the integrity of the producers.  He doesn't like how they've been portrayed in the media recently. 

Simon says the two female judges ganging up on him hasn't been that bad. 

Simon's been happy with the album success of both David Archuleta and David Cook.  He says that success always depends on the material. 

No Idol Gives Back this year.  One reason is that it doesn't feel right to ask people in a economy in recession to give money.  They'll be doing it again, just not this year. 

RE: Paula's comments criticizing Simon.  He admits guilt, but that's their relationship.  He doesn't think her remarks were as pointed as they are being interpreted as. 

In the wake of the Goodspeed tragedy, Simon has thought a lot about maybe tempering his criticisms of the contestants.  After reflection, he thinks they should continue on as they have in the past.  He believes they've gone through it with a sense of humor.  Also, he thinks the process is worth viewing for the audience. If you're not good, you should find a normal job, etc. 

Simon says they try every year to get Paul McCartney on the show, but to no avail so far.  He loved having people like Lionel Richie and Quentin Tarantino on the show, and would welcome them back.  They recently had Beyonce and Britney on the British version and loved them.

He loves breaking the ties, the other judges hate it.  There have been a few ties, a few arguments. 

Simon thinks Chris Daughtry changed things for the rockers on the show.  A lot of so-called rockers show up and are clearly fake.  He's not surprised at Idol singers being successful in different genres, like rock and country. 

To Simon, personality is just about as important as talent.  He thinks last season had a lot of singers who didn't have great personalities and didn't speak their minds.  This is the year, he believes, that the singers fight back. 

Simon loved it in Salt Lake City.  The city, the air, the people.  He was very impressed with the talent.  He was expecting a more serious place, but it was quite fun.   

Simon says he had never spoken to Kara prior to her hiring for Idol.  The judges had no say in the matter, she was just brought on. 

Simon doesn't think that there are as many ringers in the mix as there were last year.  He prefers to have newer talents, who haven't been in the industry.  He didn't mind having people like Carly Smithson on the show last year, however. 

Simon says Britney would be first on the list in terms of possible mentors or just as a performer. 

Simon says all the cities this season represented themselves well.  No stand-out awful city, so stand-out great city.

He loves that FOX hasn't been greedy with Idol, and has resisted the urge to put on twice a year.  Simon says he'll continue to do the show until they're not welcome anymore.  He thinks American Idol can continue without him and be just fine. 

Simon doesn't remember the Paula Goodspeed audition.  He vaguely remembered the audition after seeing it on the news.  He reminds us that there are always seven security guards in the room, and they can stop the audition at any time.

Link: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/american-idol-8-conference-cal-25304.aspx (http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/american-idol-8-conference-cal-25304.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 17, 2008, 04:12:21 PM
An interesting article:

Can Blasts from the Past Amp Up Idol's Future?

American Idol is plumbing its past to bolster its future, in the wake of a seven percent audience decline for the previous cycle.

Among the changes on tap for Season 8, premiering Jan. 13, is the resurrection of two elements from seasons gone by — one of which affects game play, the other offering fun (if not deliciously catty) insight into the semifinalists.

As hinted in recent weeks, Season 8 will reinstitute the Wild Card round, in which singers who don't make the Top 9 are afforded one last chance to improve their fortune and thus comprise the Top 12.

"We want to change things up a bit," exec producer Ken Warwick tells TVGuide.com. Though the exact process has yet to be cemented, he says, "The judges can pick anybody they like that they thought maybe was better but just off form and then decide on three" from that group. Such a "save" is what kept eventual second-placer Clay Aiken in the Season 2 mix.

Also during the now-extended Hollywood round, Idol will spend time behind the scenes with the singers, chronicling the tomfoolery, tension and backstabbing which transpires during the hotel hallway rehearsals and run-throughs. (Invariably, one wannabe will choose a late-night hook-up over committing lyrics to memory, invoking the ire of his/her group members.) "I like that [look backstage] a lot," says Warwick. "I can't remember the reason we did away with it, but it very definitely is back this year."

Warwick's thoughts on two other tweaks to the new cycle of America's favorite reality competition:

Four's Company

Noting that the panel always featured four judges on the U.K. version of Idol, Warwick says that newcomer Kara DioGuardi "is fitting in vey well. She's a great singer ... and on a number of occasions she'll say, 'No, you should sing it like this' and she lets rip. It's great."

Idol Gives Back Won't Be Back

Explaining the decision to give the charitable effort a rest this cycle and, come 2010, adopt an every-other-year timetable, Warwick says, "It is an incredible stretch" of manpower to work the star-studded spectacle into an already intense season. "To add the weight of a huge charity show ... is very, very difficult," especially with the big finale coming just weeks later.

All told, Warwick insists that "no panic changes" have been made to Idol, only ones that made sense at this juncture in the show's run. As he notes, "We wouldn't have been on TV for eight years if it wasn't doing it right."

What's your take? Do you welcome the return of the "wild card" element? Psyched to revisit the hotel antics?

Link: http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Season-8-preview-1001015.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Season-8-preview-1001015.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 18, 2008, 06:29:28 PM
An interesting article:

Cowell says 'Idol' will deliver first-class males

"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell believes this coming season will be the year the male contestants shine.

"The guys overall, maybe about five or six of them, were just stronger and stood out more than the girls," Cowell told reporters on a conference call yesterday. "But I've said this in the past and been wrong. Anything can happen."

Aside from the gender divide, this year's group of aspiring singers will be much livelier than the last, said Cowell, who's adamant that contestants be as talented as they are interesting.

"Last year, it was sort of like battle of the blonds, and they all looked the same," Cowell said. "This year, there seems to be more personality. They're definitely standing up for themselves more, which I like, and they're different from people that we've had before."

Although he says it's too early to tell, Cowell is hopeful that the addition of a fourth judge, singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi, will boost the program. He hasn't seen the recent footage featuring DioGuardi, but from the experience of judging alongside her, he believes she will be good for "Idol."

"She's got experience," he said. "She's written hit songs, she's got an opinion - which is very, very important - and she talks a lot."

DioGuardi has worked with former "Idol" winners in the past, including Carrie Underwood and David Cook, which Cowell says proves she's not "snobby" about the process of finding talent on a television show, which can still be a problem in the music industry.

Cowell says he is happy to have the "wild card" round back in rotation, which he says will create "more fun" in the middle stages of the competition. He also said he agreed with the decision to skip the "Idol Gives Back" charity drive this year, so that viewers can focus on paying their own bills during the recession.

As for Paula Abdul's recent (and repeated) comments that he coerced her into appearing confused during live tapings, Cowell says he's guilty as charged and again apologized.

"But that's part of the relationship that I've had with Paula," he said. "It was never done with any maliciousness. She's never had an issue with me about it. If I thought I'd gone too far, I'd apologize. I thought she took most of this with a sense of humor. If she said, 'Don't ever do that again,' I wouldn't."

Cowell also said the suicide by former contestant Paula Goodspeed was "awful."

"My regret in all of this is we didn't know how troubled this person was, and if I could go back in time and know what she was going through, we could have spent time trying to help her," he said. "But we genuinely didn't know."

Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/12/18/2008-12-18_cowell_says_idol_will_deliver_firstclass.html (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2008/12/18/2008-12-18_cowell_says_idol_will_deliver_firstclass.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 18, 2008, 07:49:22 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Cowell On Paula, Kara, & The Fun of Season Eight

Simon Cowell spoke with the media about what we can expect from the fast-approaching season eight and, as expected, the acerbic judge didn't hold back when expressing his thoughts.  As for the return of the Wild Card, Simon is all for it.  Much like Ken Warwick, who talked to the media the other day as well, Simon thinks it will detract from the boredom that can set in from seeing the same faces throughout the whole season.  As he put it, "This way this is a bit more jeopardy and hopefully a bit more fun in the middle stages."

One thing that won't change, however, is the way he dishes out his criticism, despite some of the media scrutiny surrounding his sometimes harsh words.  Although he admitted to the fact that he has taken a closer look at his own style of judging, Simon has decided that most people who come on the show should understand the nature of it after seven seasons.  In fact, he prides himself on the fact that the show can actually help a less talented singer to realize that singing might not be his or her career of choice.  Simon addressed the rather cordial relationship he's had with some of the people who have returned, year after year:  "...you assume that everyone who enters American Idol kind of knows the score, that if you’re not great, you’re going to get some criticism.  A lot of people have had criticism in the past, but they come back year after year after year and always seem quite happy to meet us afterwards.  We’ve known some of these contestants for seven or eight years now."

As far as the addition of Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge goes, he admits to some hesitation at first adhering to the old "If it ain't broke" notion, but he was torn because of the success of four judges on the UK version.  When asked about Ken Warwick's revelation that there are times when Kara and Paula actually gang up on him, Simon said it definitely proved to be a tough situation for him.  He goes on to say that they both have strong personalities, but the consolation is that he has Randy on his side.  He wasn't ashamed to admit, however, that he is absolutely thrilled with the fact that he is the deciding factor in a tie situation.

Simon was also asked about Paula's recent comments in the media that Simon tries to distract her by whispering in her ear during the show, and Simon didn't even try to deny it!  He blatantly said, "I’ve done it from day one.  I mean, that’s part of the relationship I’ve had with Paula.  I’ve looked upon it, by the way, in a fun way.  I mean, it was never done with any maliciousness."  He went on to say that Paula has never asked him to stop, or he would.  He also said that he does the same thing to all the judges he's worked with on all of the shows.

As for the controversial statement that a guy will win this year, Simon was quick to say that his speculation wasn't about one male in particular.  Instead, he based it on the fact that he saw a lot of stellar guys perform during Hollywood Week.  But, as always, he points out that he could be wrong, as a Kelly Clarkson can always sneak up on you and "anything can happen."  On the whole, he calls them an "interesting bunch," and he likes the fact that they stand up to him more than anyone from other seasons.

The biggest query that American Idol fans have had for years is what the future holds for the show.  Simon said that he thinks it still has quite a bit of life left in it--even 10 to 20 years!  While he, himself, said that it could prove to be too challenging for him to stay on beyond season ten, he doesn't think this would hinder AI's success.  As he stated, "It could still continue without me.  I’ve always believed that.  This show is successful all over the world and I’m only on American Idol."  The key to its success so far, according to Simon?  He said that FOX has been smart by not being greedy.  Had the network put it on twice a year, he believes it "would have killed the process."

Link: http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1504 (http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1504)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 18, 2008, 08:03:29 PM
An interesting article:

American Idol debut set for January

Walt Disney World announced Dec. 18 it will debut its American Idol attraction next month at its Hollywood Studios theme park.

Disney announced plans to create the attraction in February, saying at the time that it would open late this year. The attraction is based on the Fox Television show of the same name.

Those attending the attraction will be put through a version of an American Idol audition. Winners of an end-of-the-day grand finale show receive an invitation to a future audition for the TV show.

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2008/12/15/daily47.html?ana=from_rss (http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2008/12/15/daily47.html?ana=from_rss)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 18, 2008, 08:15:30 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Cowell's got Beyonce, Britney on his mind

As Simon Cowell describes it, adding a second female judge to "American Idol" has brought a battle-of-the-sexes edge to the new season. Asked about a producer's comment that newcomer Kara DioGuardi and series veteran Paula Abdul are teaming up against him, Cowell replied: "What guy would like that? You've got two girls ganging up on you. One is hard enough; two is unbearable."

But with Randy Jackson at his side, Cowell told a teleconference Wednesday, "it's not that bad."

Cowell said he values the proven chemistry he has with Jackson and Abdul, but that singer-songwriter DioGuardi is a qualified judge and, what is more important, has strong opinions that she's willing to express.

He's taking a wait-and-see attitude about the revamped team. The show returns for its eighth season Jan. 13.

When it comes to celebrities he'd like to welcome on "Idol," Cowell said his wish list includes Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Britney Spears. McCartney has so far refused to appear on "American Idol," but Spears and Beyonce took part in Cowell's British talent show, "X Factor." Spears tops his list for "Idol," Cowell said.

He strongly defended the show's producers against complaints by Abdul that they exposed her to danger by letting an alleged stalker audition in a past season. The woman, Paula Goodspeed, was found dead of apparent suicide in a car near Abdul's Los Angeles home last month.

He took issue with descriptions of Goodspeed as a stalker rather than a fan, saying, "We're talking about a tragedy here." It was one Cowell found to be painful.

The show's producers have "the utmost integrity as human beings," Cowell said, and he believes they were unaware of how troubled Goodspeed was.

"American Idol" conducts an open audition process and doesn't research the many people who try out, said Cowell, adding that he does try to remind prospective contestants that they face criticism as part of the process. The show is not "inherently mean" but is about making dreams come true.

On Monday, series executive producer Ken Warwick said, "I would definitely not put a dangerous person or person I thought was remotely dangerous in front of the judges."

Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_en_tv/tv_american_idol_cowell_3 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081217/ap_on_en_tv/tv_american_idol_cowell_3)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 18, 2008, 08:35:59 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Cowell looks ahead to Season 8

As the drumbeat toward Season 8 continues (27 days to go), the world’s peek inside the season-to-be continued this morning as hizzonner Judge Simon Cowell addressed the media in a national conference call.  In topics including the format changes, the fourth judge and his own plans for the future, Cowell expressed a typically candid sense of uncertainty about how the changes would work out but cautious optimism that the season was shaping up well.

Asked about the addition of Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge to the lineup, Cowell said, “I have no idea whether this is going to work or not, because I haven’t seen the shows back yet.  The thing I do support is at least trying new things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

On the wild-card round being added this season: “I think it’s a good idea.  I wasn’t crazy about the process we went through the last couple years where we were given a group of contestants that you were bored with by show 5.”  He expressed confidence that judicial intervention would help insure some more interesting personalities stuck around to keep things lively.

On whether the guys are stronger this year than the girls: “My memory of that overall is the guys overall, maybe five or six of them were stronger.  But I’ve said this in the past and I’ve been wrong.”

On the overall crop: “My feeling having done the Hollywood round is that we’ve got an interesting bunch.  Last year it became the battle of the blonds and you couldn’t tell one from the other.  This year they stand out and are different and they are standing up for themselves a bit more.  I’m actually optimistic.”

On rumors that the Emmys are adding a category for best reality judge: “It’s a good thing providing I win and it’s a bad thing if I lose…But I wouldn’t hold my breath on winning.”

On the new judge herself: "She’s got experience, she’s written hit songs, she’s got an opinion which is very very important and she talks a lot…She knows what the end product is.

"She’s not snobby about this kind of music which some people can be.”

On diversity in the contestant field: “Trying to be as broad and open minded as possible so that we don’t end up with 12 people from the 'Stepford Wives.'  I think personality is as important as talent. What you hope you end up with is somebody like Fantasia who is not only a great singer but is an incredible person who has a great vibe.”

Inevitably, on Paula Goodspeed's apparent suicide: “We’re talking about a tragedy here so I really don’t like talking about this person as a stalker.  My regret in all of this is we didn’t know how troubled this person is but we really didn’t know…The process is its open auditions, we don’t research people…I assume that everyone who audtions knows what it’s like to audition, i.e., if you’re not very good you’re going to get criticized.”  He continued, saying that often before the taping of the auditions, the judges will go out and remind people that they may get criticized and if they can’t handle that they should leave. 

On the producers and their involvement in the tragedy: “These guys have the upmost integrity as human beings.  We're taking them at their word that they didn’t know she was as troubled as she was.  I spoke to them after the incident they were absolutely horrified.  These aren’t bad guys, these are the people who decided to do 'Idol Gives Back' and raised $125
million for charity."

On the two female judges ganging up on him: “What guy would like that? One is difficult. Two is unbearable.”

On the decision not to do "Idol Gives Back" this year: “From my perspective, the reason we haven’t done this is this, with what’s happening in the world I don’t think it feels right to tell people who are having trouble with mortgage that they need to be giving money… We will be doing this again it just didn’t feel appropriate this year.”

On whether the tragedy will lead to him restraining his barbs in the auditions:  “I’ve thought long and hard about it and I think the answer to the question is I think we will continue the way we’ve always done.  In the main I think we try to do it with humor I’ve always thought that it was important to show people at home that when bad singers come in and they’re not very good then its time to give up that kind of dream and get a normal job…When something like this happens it does make you take a step back but you assume that everyone who auditions for 'American Idol' kind of knows the score. That if you’re not very good you’re going to get criticism.”

On singers with previous recording experience: “I don’t think there are as many as last year…Really I prefer if they are kind of new people and haven’t had that kind of experience. It doesn’t seem quite fair. Having said that the Irish girl in particular was a great singer.”

On whether Britney Spears should come to the Idoldome: “I would love to have her mentor the contestants or to perform. She would be very very welcome.”

On his own "Idol" journey: “When I first did 'American Idol' the one thing I made sure I had was a return ticket because I genuinely thought we’d be off the air in 3 or 4 weeks but it worked out a lot better.  They’ve been smart that they haven’t been greedy about it and they haven’t put it on twice a year because it would kill the process. It’s been the best 8 years of my life. Absolutely fantastic.”

On whether he will re-up when his contract ends after next season: “I’ll make the decision next year with what I do as an onscreen judge. I’ve got two other shows and it is a big schedule now and it’s hard.”

Link to the article:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2008/12/simon-cowell-lo.html (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2008/12/simon-cowell-lo.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 20, 2008, 05:43:07 PM
An interesting article:

Fox execs speak — on 'American Idol,' 'Dollhouse' and more

Fox has a lot at stake next month. Thanks in large part to "American Idol," America's most-watched show, the network has for four straight seasons been No. 1 in the ad-friendly demographic of adults ages 18 to 49 — a reign that's beginning to summon memories of NBC's extraordinary run atop prime time in the 1980s and '90s.

But the TV business is changing and so is "Idol" as producers attempt to renew the show creatively and halt a modest ratings dip last season. Fox is also unveiling two new dramas: "Lie to Me," with Tim Roth as a "human lie detector," and Joss Whedon's latest sci-fi outing, the much-anticipated "Dollhouse."

Channel Island asked Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori and Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly about the challenges of the months ahead. An edited version:

Channel Island: You're changing "Idol" at a crucial time for the show. Last year the ratings were off, and the show's headed into Season 8.

Liguori: Last year we were down 9%. But toward the end of the season, our ratings were every bit as strong as they were the year before.

Reilly: Down 9% on a 7-year-old show: That becomes a headline about decline. But very few shows that age can remain that strong.

Liguori: Kara (DioGuardi, the new fourth judge) is someone who is adding a new dynamic. She can certainly go toe-to-toe with Simon Cowell on a musical basis, given her experience. We have a bit of a dynamic of girls versus guys (among the judges). Having seen her in action, she really brings her game and causes everyone else to raise theirs.

In terms of making tweaks to, let's call it the Top 36 [contesants], it's a little bit of going back to the future. We've done that in the past, and it really has worked. It somewhat heightens the drama around those Hollywood episodes.

CI: Many people were surprised that you didn't put Whedon's "Dollhouse" in one of those post-"Idol" spots, instead opting for the relatively sleepy zone of Fridays. Why put such a buzzed-about show on that night?

Liguori: It's a night where there's not a hell of a lot of competition. So we're able to get the show on there. We're able to allow the show to grow. The expectations may be slightly lower for its performance.

Reilly: By nature, this show has a particular kind of audience. That's just what Joss does. You could say, why "Lie to Me" [on Wednesdays] after "Idol"? I think that's a broader show. You don't want to put in something with more of a sci-fi bent.

Liguori: We think Tim is a breakout television character. We also feel that there's some aspiration to this show, especially in these times. This is a character and a team that is basically out to call people on their lies.

CI: On Tuesdays after "Idol," you'll have "Fringe," a show that premiered with surprisingly low numbers back in early September.

Reilly: We were never worried!

Liguori: Because of baseball, we tend to premiere early. And it is swimming upstream. The general audience isn't necessarily at the ready to sit down and start their fall TV viewing.

Reilly: This year there were two other factors involved. We had the presidential debates, which also propelled us to come on early. [And] the Olympics scored with the audience this year. It's very hard for anything else to really get any awareness. Everything we had heard and the feedback we had got was that people really liked the show.

CI: On Mondays, you've had "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," which has struggled for traction in its second season and is about to move to Fridays to join "Dollhouse." Why's "Sarah Connor" so ratings-challenged?

Reilly: Overall, the numbers are not where we hoped they'd be. And yet it has a very, very loyal core audience. Ultimately, moving it to Fridays, pairing it with "Dollhouse," felt like a cohesive strategy, two very compatible shows. Hopefully the Joss loyalists will show up.

CI: Fox's Sunday animated lineup has been relatively stable for years, but a lot of fans were disappointed to see "King of the Hill" finally retired. What was the thinking there?

Reilly: Just because "The Simpsons" has set a 20-year bar doesn't mean anything. What did we end up doing on "King," Peter?

Liguori: Thirteen seasons.

Reilly: How many shows go 13 seasons?

One of our real priorities in the last year is to really double our commitment to animation. We'll be starting "Sit Down Shut Up" this spring, that Mitch Hurwitz [of "Arrested Development"] created.

Liguori: That Sunday animated block is a signature Fox block. We're always looking to refresh it.

CI: "House" has suffered a bit in the ratings this year because you put it on at 8 p.m. as a lead-in for "Fringe." Why do that to your highest-rated scripted show?

Reilly: If you look at the cycles of the networks over the years, these are the years — when a network is consistently at the top of the game — where if you don't make strategic moves, you actually get hemmed in by your own success and then you're just watching those shows ride down. Most networks begin to move shows that are already in decline, further accelerating their decline, and they haven't actually platformed anything new coming out of it.

Believe me, it would have been a lot easier, and frankly we'd have a higher overall rating, if we'd left "House" alone. But with a finite amount of opportunities, particularly in the fall, this was the year we all decided, Let's use our assets, "House" and "Idol," to feed some new assets for the future.

Link to the article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/12/fox-has-a-lot-a.html (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/12/fox-has-a-lot-a.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on December 20, 2008, 05:46:40 PM
An interesting article:

Simon Soaks Up the Sun and Rakes It In

Simon Cowell went shirtless on Thursday as he tanned outside his vacation home in Barbados with a fruity cocktail in hand. He appears to have been living the life of a bachelor since splitting with Terri Seymour a few months ago, but he's no longer rolling solo — he's currently traveling with his married ex-girlfriend, the British singer Sinitta, and her two kids. On top of his newfound companionship, Simon also should be enjoying an unusually relaxing vacation considering that he's said to be making around $375,000 a day in royalties from all the holiday hits his record label released in the UK. Maybe all that extra cash is what's making him rethink his future with AI.

Link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/blogentertainment/?bbPostId=BAn0q6F6xL50Cz1xGweiCiNYxCzDBYHL7JlVqJAinB1FJepWY&bbParentWidgetId=B98VxfFxNxsUCre3huaR58T (http://www.foxnews.com/blogentertainment/?bbPostId=BAn0q6F6xL50Cz1xGweiCiNYxCzDBYHL7JlVqJAinB1FJepWY&bbParentWidgetId=B98VxfFxNxsUCre3huaR58T)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 02, 2009, 06:53:59 PM
An interesting article:

Kara DioGuardi: Here Comes the New 'Idol' judge

What does it take to join Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell as a judge on ''American Idol''? For the songwriter taking her place on the panel this season, the keys to success are telling it like it is -- and knowing ''when to shut up''

Kara DioGuardi is ensconced in the black velvet cocoon of a small home-recording studio, laying down a demo track while warmed by the glow of spice-scented candles. She's crooning a song she co-wrote — an encapsulation of falling in love that involves shooting stars and dancing shadows — in a powerhouse pop voice that lies somewhere between Natasha Bedingfield and Sara Bareilles. Somewhere good, that is. ''She kills it every time she sings,'' raves her writing partner, Jason Reeves. ''He's one of the greatest melody writers I've ever worked with,'' DioGuardi returns.

Sweet, right? So sweet, in fact, that we're starting to worry for DioGuardi, a heretofore behind-the-scenes songwriter-producer who's about to take on the most-watched, most-dissected job in pop music: When American Idol returns to Fox on Jan. 13, she'll become a fourth judge to Randy, Paula, and Simon. It's a job that requires a distinct dearth of sweetness, and a certain amount of, for lack of a better term, Simon Cowell-ness. ''Oh, I'm not gonna be this nice on the show,'' DioGuardi assures us.

In case we weren't convinced, she drops this rant when the subject of Idol auditions comes up: ''A lot of times people will sing a big song that they don't have the voice for instead of bringing out the uniqueness in their tone,'' she says. ''Another thing is, don't cheese me out. It's not a wedding band. And emote. Make me feel like you mean it. Don't just sing the way the song was written. That was Mariah's interpretation. Now what are you gonna do?'' Okay, we're worried again — but this time for the contestants.

That's exactly what Idol's producers are counting on. Heading into season 8, they're hoping viewers will be as rapt with how DioGuardi shakes up Idol's ''dawg''/''beautiful''/''dreadful'' judging dynamic as they are with which singer takes the big prize. And though the show has constantly worked to stay fresh — allowing contestants to play instruments last year, for instance — DioGuardi's new energy comes at a critical time, after last season's ratings took an 8 percent dip from 29.8 million viewers to 27.3 million. Idol actually tried adding a fourth judge once before in season 2, with New York radio personality Angie Martinez, but she quit just a few days in, saying it was ''uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream.'' Producers expect no such trouble with DioGuardi, who regularly evaluates new talent as a VP of A&R at Warner Bros. and co-owner of music production and publishing house ArtHouse Entertainment. She's the kind of 38-year-old who can rock a black leather jacket with leggings and write hits for everyone from Pink to Ashlee Simpson to the Jonas Brothers. ''She's very strong-willed, and we needed that with Simon around,'' explains exec producer Ken Warwick. ''I don't want anybody too benign on that panel. Kara tells it as it is.''

The feisty spirit that landed DioGuardi on America's most-judged panel of judges goes back to her Italian upbringing in Scarsdale, N.Y. ''My grandfather was a guy who came through Ellis Island and started a grocery store,'' she says. ''So my father had incredible balls. He had this I'm-gonna-do-whatever-I-want-to-do-and-you-can't-stop-me thing that I got.'' That drive spurred her to college at Duke, where she started out in the opera program but didn't quite fit in with the classical crowd — so instead she went pre-law. ''I always wanted to be a trial attorney,'' she says. ''I love to argue.''

After graduation in 1993, DioGuardi was living at home and fronting a garage band called Gramma Trips — ''covering songs, not writing my own'' — when a friend snagged her an interview for a job as the assistant to the editor in chief and publisher at Billboard magazine, where she ended up spending five years. While mastering the business side of the music industry during her workday, DioGuardi spent her downtime learning to craft songs, which she now describes as ''the worst things I've ever heard in my life. My first song was called 'Show Me Love,' about a girl who wants the guy to open up his heart. It was like, Honey, he's just not that into you.'' Eventually, though, she pulled together a respectable demo that she gave to none other than a pre-Idol Paula Abdul in 1998 by simply walking up to the pop star in New York and dropping the name of a Billboard connection.

''I asked her if she was any good,'' Abdul recalls. ''She said, 'Yeah, I'm really good.' And I believed her.'' Luckily, the demo delivered on DioGuardi's chutzpah: Abdul liked DioGuardi's work so much that she flew her out to stay at her Los Angeles home for six weeks of intensive collaboration. The results: a song called ''Spinning Around'' that became Kylie Minogue's 2000 comeback single — and a genial relationship with Abdul that both women hope will help squelch those intra-panel rivalry rumors. ''We were the best roommates,'' says Abdul. Adds DioGuardi, ''We didn't have one argument. We lived very well together — it was the strangest thing.''

The following year DioGuardi scored with Enrique Iglesias' multiplatinum album Escape, on which she co-wrote seven songs. The title track in particular revealed her knack for irresistible pop hooks, which led to a stunning roll on those charts published by her former employer. With 168 of her songs appearing on multiplatinum albums, you can thank (or curse) her for Simpson's ''Pieces of Me,'' Celine Dion's ''Taking Chances,'' Gwen Stefani's ''Rich Girl,'' Hilary Duff's ''Come Clean,'' Christina Aguilera's ''Ain't No Other Man,'' and Pink's ''Sober.'' She's also penned cuts for several products of the Idol machine, including Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta, David Cook, and Katherine McPhee

Industry insiders attribute DioGuardi's prolific portfolio to her no-nonsense work ethic. ''If you're in a jam and need something done, she's a great closer,'' says Jimmy Iovine, whose Interscope Records includes DioGuardi collaborators the Pussycat Dolls and will.i.am. ''I'd use her for anything.'' Music mogul Tommy Mottola — who paired her with Dion, Marc Anthony, and Jessica Simpson, among others — agrees: ''She's one of the best I've ever encountered. In pop music, where things can be sort of crap and mundane, she finds new twists lyrically, and her melodies are extraordinary.'' Another plus, as far as her Idol credentials go: She's got vocal chops. ''The truth is she can sing like there's no tomorrow,'' Warwick says. ''So whereas in the past when the kid would say, 'Aw, you couldn't sing any better' and none of the judges even tried, she does, and she can.''

But the question remains: Can she hold her own as a TV star? Sure, she appeared on ABC's 2006 Idol rip-off The One, but it was canceled after only four episodes. And crashing Randy, Paula, and Simon's party is something else altogether. ''They're like brothers and sisters at this point,'' she says, having already wrapped the brutal preliminary auditions as well as the Hollywood round. ''And I'm like the long-lost cousin who they're not sure they wanted to see, but now they're like, Okay, you can stay for dinner.'' She has what sounds like Randy Jackson's unequivocal — and ever-so-Randyesque — endorsement: ''I think people will look at me first and say, If the dawg is feeling her, then I should feel her too.''

For the record, she'll sit between Randy and Paula. ''They tried [putting] me between her and Simon,'' explains DioGuardi, ''but they kept trying to communicate and I didn't want to be in the middle of that.'' And, yes, both she and Abdul will be keeping their seats; producers insist DioGuardi isn't being groomed as her former mentor's replacement. ''That's just cheeky journalistic hype,'' Warwick says. Adds DioGuardi, ''Paula and I have a good vibe. I have respect for Paula. I'm not of the thinking that women should drag each other down.'' Abdul says she isn't worrying about her job security (''I was never told that she was coming in to take my place'') — and, in fact, only feels more confident with DioGuardi around: ''When I heard she was going to be the fourth judge, I thought, ha ha, hee hee, Simon has no idea I have an ally now.''

That's a relief to DioGuardi, who says her biggest challenge will be ''being aware of when to shut up.'' But could her penchant for telling it like it is end up rankling a nation of rabid Idol fans? In between singing the praises of a new love on her demo and waxing rhapsodic about writing partner Reeves, DioGuardi muses repeatedly, and without prompting, about whether America will think she's just too darn mean. ''I know who I am, but what are people going to perceive me as?'' she wonders. ''They may think my intensity and my boldness are bitchy. I hope not. I don't think I'm bitchy. Do you think I'm bitchy?'' No, but fortunately for Idol, we think she has a lot of potential.

Link to the article: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20007164_20171835_20249176,00.html (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20007164_20171835_20249176,00.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 02, 2009, 07:06:59 PM

American Idol Season 8 Commercial 2009 Premiere Promo

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 05, 2009, 01:49:06 PM

AI Judge Kara DioGuardi update:

UPCOMING GUESTS ON THE "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN" ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009  musician Kara DioGuardi
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 05, 2009, 01:54:00 PM
An interesting article:

Disney opening American Idol Experience Feb. 14
     
An attraction inspired by the "American Idol" TV show offically opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios Feb. 14.

Walt Disney World guests can register to audition in front of a Disney casting director for a chance to take part in the theme park show. Contestants who make the cut must then audition for a Disney producer. Those selected by producers will perform in front of an onstage panel of judges and an audience of park guests who vote on each show's winners.

Performing guests with the highest votes compete in an end-of-day grand finale show at the attraction. The winner of that competition gets a guaranteed reservation, with no waiting in long lines, for a future regional audition for the real "American Idol" TV show.

 :ascared details here: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/special/americanIdol/index?id=AmericanIdolExperiencePage (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/special/americanIdol/index?id=AmericanIdolExperiencePage)

Link to the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20090105/ap_tr_ge/travel_brief_disney_idol_1 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20090105/ap_tr_ge/travel_brief_disney_idol_1)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 05, 2009, 02:01:43 PM
An interesting article:

‘American Idol’ turns viewers into loons Music show inspires fan wars, stupid signs, and endless hours of texting

Sure, many TV shows have fans, but "American Idol" has addicts. The reality competition inspires fan wars, stupid signs, and endless hours of texting.

For those of us who watch "American Idol," this is it: the last moment before we all lose our minds.

That's because "Idol" makes us crazy. For five months, our sanity takes off for parts unknown. It doesn't happen all at once, of course. That would kill us. No, it just sort of quietly dribbles away until people who were once rational, clear-thinking individuals (I don't know you personally, but I'm assuming) have been transformed into raving loons.

"Idol" isn't the only show that has this effect. "Dancing With The Stars," for one, casts a spell powerful enough to make its audience openly plead for dance partners to become romantic partners and to accuse the show of rigging its results for ratings.

But "Idol" is bigger than "Dancing," of course, thus dragging more people over the line into Crazyville. And audience investment in "Idol" contestants is a different animal entirely. Viewers don't become fans of "Dancing" teams in the expectation that they'll continue following them once the season is finished.

That's not only how "Idol" works, though, that's exactly how "Idol" is designed to work. The show looks beyond the finale to the radio and sales charts. That requires a degree of fan devotion deep enough to last not only through the end of the season, but well into the months spent anticipating the contestants' albums. And viewers are all too happy to oblige.

In terms of hysterical loyalty to things that ultimately don't matter in the least, it might be second only to the fandom reserved for sports teams. The difference is, nobody's born a Brooke White fan and will die a Brooke White fan, having been raised to be a Brooke White fan no matter how poor of a season she might have. (Unless you happen to be related to Brooke White, of course, in which case this obviously doesn't apply.) That's how you know that she's not, say, the Red Sox.

But fans of "Idol" contestants act as if this were the same sort of lifelong passion, rather than something picked up over the course of a few weeks. Consider the hours spent texting and calling in as many votes as possible before the lines close. The proliferation of increasingly embarrassing signage in the audience at tapings. (Cougars For Cook, you should be ashamed of yourselves.) The YouTube video of David Archuleta fans in full meltdown when their fave lost last year's contest.

Same ratings as ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King’ And there are the fan wars. It's apparently not enough to simply love your contestant beyond all reason. Somebody somewhere loves a different contestant beyond all reason, and that's the sort of thing that can pit fan against fan, sometimes for years. Just wander into any online Clay Aiken fan community and mention Kelly Clarkson, and you'll see what I mean. And those two weren't even on the same season. You can imagine what happens with contestants who are actually in direct competition with one another.

But here's the thing. It's like loving the Jonas Brothers and finding your friend morally reprehensible for preferring Kevin to the obviously superior Nick. Guess what? They're all Jonas Brothers. You're on the same team, so save your strength. Believe me, you're going to need it once you encounter the Fall Out Boy crowd.

"Idol" works the same way. People who don't care about the show (and they do, in fact, exist) don't see the difference between David Cook and David Archuleta. All they see are two "American Idol" singers, and they are laughing at you for sniping amongst yourselves.

All of this is made possible by the way we pretend for nearly half a year that "Idol" is the most important thing in our lives. It's on the covers of magazines, gabbed about on morning shows, written about on the Internet. (What are you looking at?) There is almost total media saturation for months and months. It's so hard to escape that even people who don't watch the show end up with a pretty good idea of what's going on.

This is, in a word, insane. Yes, "Idol" is the number-one television show in the country, and Lord knows that the folks who put it together love to constantly trumpet their own greatness, whether it's number of viewers, votes tallied, awards won or some other measurement that just means more money for production companies 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia.

It is, however, just a television show, and possibly not nearly as big of one as we like to pretend. Not too long ago, NPR.org's Linda Holmes (an MSNBC.com contributor) pointed out that its ratings are, curiously for something that knocks down everything in its path, pretty much the same as those for the modestly successful and mostly forgotten 1980s series "Scarecrow And Mrs. King."

But not only did "Scarecrow" air at a time of fewer channels and thus less competition, it wasn't interactive. "Idol" is, both in the format of the show itself and the way we talk about it. We're not just watching it, we're using our phones to call the shots. And the Internet encourages the type of instant and prolonged discussion that would never be possible, or permitted, at the watercooler of any self-respecting office, to say nothing of its well-documented ability to upend reasonable conversation if you're not careful.

We can't handle the responsibility. It turns all of us into lunatics. The trick is to plead temporary insanity and remember to come back out into the light when it's all over.

Link to the article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28425662/ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28425662/)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 05, 2009, 02:12:59 PM

That's because "Idol" makes us crazy. For five months, our sanity takes off for parts unknown. It doesn't happen all at once, of course. That would kill us. No, it just sort of quietly dribbles away until people who were once rational, clear-thinking individuals (I don't know you personally, but I'm assuming) have been transformed into raving loons.


 :funny: hehehe very funny
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 06, 2009, 06:30:43 PM
love that quote lol when chris richardson was on he made top 6 the season jordan won, any way i would stay up and vote for 4 hrs omg i was out of my mind..looking bk. but he does live in my city and well i have seen him aroud town a lot and i did watch ai with his friends and family every week. sooo i guess i have an excuse. oh and last yr i did not vote untill like the lastfew weeks..
i had unlimeted texting att it wasn't pretty lol.. :ascared
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 06, 2009, 11:55:43 PM
An interesting article:

Interview: New `Idol' judge says male contestants hold early edge; frets about image problem

Kara DioGuardi was fretting about being the new face of "American Idol," and she put the blame on hungry mosquitoes.

"Here I am in Hawaii and I wake up yesterday and I'm covered in mosquito bites, 15 to 20, and it looks like I have the chicken pox," the songwriter-producer said on Tuesday.

"Nobody cares about a songwriter with mosquito bites. But a judge on `Idol' who's about to go in front of the press, that's a whole other story," said DioGuardi, who has joined the "American Idol" judging panel and has a whirlwind promotional schedule next week in New York that includes David Letterman's show.

DioGuardi is a hit machine whose songs have been recorded by Gwen Stefani, Faith Hill, Marc Anthony and others, including past "Idol" winners. She represents a big change for the hit Fox series, which is adding a new voice to those of veteran judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul in an eighth-season effort to freshen its familiar formula.

"American Idol" was the No. 1 program last season despite a small ratings dip, and DioGuardi said she's honored to be part of it. The season debut, and hers, is Jan. 13 (8-10 p.m. EST).

"I hope people find I bring something to the show that's different, and I can help these contestants learn something, whether they win or not," she said.

For some would-be pop stars DioGuardi encountered during auditions for the show, the lesson is a hard one.

"A bunch of them would come on and really believe that they were great. That was one of the biggest shocks for me. I was thinking, `Wow, are you kidding? ... I think this is going to be a hobby, and that's a great hobby to have.'"

DioGuardi said she spotted some uniquely talented performers during tryouts, especially among the men. But the pressure is on them to keep improving or they'll leave the door open for an underdog.

"They may have been great at the beginning but as the season goes on they have to keep upping it," she said.

Speaking of gender, don't expect to see any dramatic clashes between DioGuardi and Abdul, who is losing her throne as the sole female judge.

"Paula and I co-wrote my first international hit (Kylie Minogue's 'Spinning Around')," DioGuardi said. "I feel indebted to her for that, and I've never been of the thinking that women should drag each other down."

What about Cowell's claims that the two "girls" have ganged up on him when it comes to ratings contestants?

"There's definitely times Paula and I voice our opinion and it's of the same ilk. And if that's not what Simon thinks, then there's a little bit of tension there. But it's all fun. Nobody's going back to their room crying," DioGuardi said.

Except, she concedes, maybe some contestants.

Link to the article: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TV_AMERICAN_IDOL_DIOGUARDI?SITE=KTVB&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TV_AMERICAN_IDOL_DIOGUARDI?SITE=KTVB&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 06, 2009, 11:58:59 PM
love that quote lol when chris richardson was on he made top 6 the season jordan won, any way i would stay up and vote for 4 hrs omg i was out of my mind..looking bk. but he does live in my city and well i have seen him aroud town a lot and i did watch ai with his friends and family every week. sooo i guess i have an excuse. oh and last yr i did not vote untill like the lastfew weeks..
i had unlimeted texting att it wasn't pretty lol.. :ascared

 :funny: tory your hilarious we got pretty crazy here last year too
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 07, 2009, 03:07:11 PM
yea my texting finger was still in recovery from the yr befor lol..
i did vote for d cook tward the end though.. i am a junkie... :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 07, 2009, 06:38:28 PM
yea my texting finger was still in recovery from the yr befor lol..
i did vote for d cook tward the end though.. i am a junkie... :duno:

 :lol: lol I am looking forward to next weeks premiere I think we will have some fun  :sucks
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 08, 2009, 06:34:46 PM
An interesting article:

Conference Call with New 'American Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi

The great abominable machine of American Idol is mere days away from once more setting the network brush ablaze with its up and coming talents, its curmudgeonly Brit, its spritely asexual host, and the tasty bowl of crazy that is Paula Abdul.  One new ingredient to the ratings monster this season is Kara DioGuardi.  The songwriter and sometimes song-singer has been brought on as Idol's fourth judge this season, a perch never before held by anyone in a permanent fashion.  Kara held a conference call for the press today, in which she discussed the new season of Idol and what we can all expect to see from her in the coming months.

American Idol premieres on FOX next Tuesday, January 13 at 8pm. 

Kara was late for the call, but apologized profusely.  Kara says that the guys do indeed seem to have the edge this year, and that there's a certain unique-ness to a number of the guys this season.  She's confident that at least five men in the competition are great.  Kara says that this year there was a lot of soul influence, especially with the guys. 

The two vs. two thing put a lot of pressure on Kara, in that a lot of times she knew which way Simon would swing, and so she had to make the tie-breaking decisions.  Kara said that often, a person was on the fence for her and she would give them the benefit of the doubt. 

Kara loves it when the contestants play instruments, and she really encouraged it.  She also said that a lot of times people will fall apart when they take their instruments away. 

Kara and Paula have teamed up for some Girl Power at times.  In the beginning, Kara wasn't sure about everything.  Now, she thinks Paula has a lot of heart, Simon is a straight-talker, harsh but usually correct and Randy is the diplomat.  Kara is a combination of all of them. 

Kara's biggest mistakes were mostly her not knowing when to talk.  The other judges did not give her any initiation.  Kara does not have any signature lines.  There's no one judge that she agrees with most or agrees with the least. 

Kara was extremely honored to get the call to be the judge, and is really excited to be a part of the American Idol enterprise.  Also - she's getting married. 

Kara makes it clear that there is a huge amount of importance to be placed on second chances.  If there is talent there, they should get a second chance to find it.  At the beginning, not everyone has figured out how to use and cultivate that talent. 

Link to the article: http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/conference-call-with-new-ameri-25547.aspx (http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/conference-call-with-new-ameri-25547.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 08, 2009, 06:55:10 PM
An interesting article:

New 'American Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi Insists She Fits In

'It took a minute to be yourself,' she says of adding to the three-person panel.

Being the new kid is never easy, and "American Idol" rookie Kara DioGuardi will have millions of people watching her every move when she debuts on the show Tuesday. So how is the new judge fitting in with the time-tested trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?

"It took a minute to be yourself and also find a place in the show where you weren't at all detracting from the people around you or inhibiting them in any way," DioGuardi said in a conference call with reporters Thursday January  8. "It's something I'm still working on. I think I'm there"

Her transition hasn't been completely bump-free. "I would talk over people a lot, because I didn't really know when to talk. 'When do I speak? Who's speaking now?' " DioGuardi recalled thinking during her first few days.

Abdul was able to bring her fellow female judge back to life. "Paula was like, 'You need to be yourself.' Because in the beginning, the first city, I didn't want to step on anyone's toes, which is really not my personality," DioGuardi said. "I usually just say what I feel and do what I want. ... But at the beginning, I was like, 'There are all these cameras and all these people!' And Paula turned to me and said, 'Um, are you gonna be you?' [Laughs.] And I got the message."

DioGuardi acknowledged — just as executive producer Ken Warwick had previously told us — that she and Paula have been natural allies. "There's a little girl power going on," she laughed.

She also said she relates to Simon — at least occasionally. "I definitely can sometimes see where Simon's coming from, [though] I may not have said it quite the way he said it," DioGuardi said. "But I also do believe in second chances early on. I know that if I hadn't had a second chance, I wouldn't be where I am today.

"But third chances? Uh, that's another story," she laughed.

DioGuardi knows that the three-person dynamic has worked over the past seven seasons, but she's pretty sure there's a place for her in the mix. "I think I'm a combination of all of them," she said. "I do like to say it like I see it. I don't really mince words. I do feel I have a heart. And when you're dealing with creative people who have some talent, you want to make sure that you encourage them, but also, if they don't have any talent, you want to discourage them, because you don't want them to waste their time. I may say things that are negative, but I always try to do it with heart and some understanding of what it's like to be on the other side of the table."

So have Simon, Paula and Randy put Kara through any sort of initiation into the "Idol" club? "No," she laughed. "They may, though, still. Who knows?"

Link to the article: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1602350/20090108/index.jhtml?rsspartner=rssYahooNewscrawler (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1602350/20090108/index.jhtml?rsspartner=rssYahooNewscrawler)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 08, 2009, 09:10:20 PM
.... more on Kara from tvguide:

New Idol Judge: Season 8 Offers at Least Five "Great" Males

New Idol judge Kara DioGuardi isn't naming names, but she is admitting that she's impressed with a handful of the male hopefuls she's seen audition so far — plus a few of the ladies.

Speaking to press on Thursday, the music producer and latest addition to the reality juggernaut stayed mum on who to watch for when the series kicks off Jan. 13. "Looking at all of the contestants on the whole, I felt that the males were the strongest," she told TVGuide.com. "That being said, there are one or two females that I'm excited about as well. And I'm really just waiting for the show to roll and the next phase to see who's going to roll out on top."

DioGuardi did, however, hint at what differentiated some of the male performances she's seen so far, as compared to last year's roster. "There is a uniqueness to some of the male contestants that's different in terms of their voices, the songs they were picking and the general direction of what their record would be." She continued, "What I feel very confident about is that the men in the competition, there's...at least five that are great."

The Idol newbie also shared her views of how each of her fellow judges approaches the competition, and where she fits in. To DioGuardi, Paula has "heart," Simon "tells it like it is," Randy's the "diplomat," and she is a combination of the three, often finding herself in the uncomfortable position of making the call on a contestant.

"I may say things that are negative," DioGuardi explained, "but I always try to do it with heart, and some understanding of what it's like to be on the other side of the table." For her, the show so far has been a natural extension of her work as a songwriter and producer, often nurturing new talent, like (most recently) Colbie Caillat, as well as past Idols like Carrie Underwood.

"I've been involved in so many of these kids' careers," she said. "That's my life. I live for that."

Link to the article: http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Idol-Judge-Interview-1001350.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Idol-Judge-Interview-1001350.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 09, 2009, 01:01:52 PM
An interesting article an interview with Kara:

Idol’s New Judge Says She & Paula Bring ‘Girl Power’

American Idol’s new judge Kara DioGuardi, who’s written and produced music for stars including Christian Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Celine Dion, spoke with reporters Thursday and gave some hints about what to expect when Idol’s eighth season kicks off with a two-night premiere on Jan. 13 and 14. How does Kara, 38, get along with Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and the other woman on the panel, Paula Abdul? Which former contestant is she dying to work with? And how does Peg Bundy fit in? Read on for more from Idol’s opinionated new judge.

How have you changed the judging dynamic?
There are times definitely that Paula and I have kind of … [let's say] there’s a little girl power going on. With any kind of change, it brings out a different dynamic on the panel. In the beginning, it was a little unnerving — I didn’t know where I was going to sit, when I was going to speak.

Simon has said that you and Paula were ganging up on him during auditions. Were you?
When he deserves it, we give it to him. And believe me, he deserves it sometimes.

Did you make any mistakes when you started taping the show?
I would talk over people a lot, because I didn’t really know when to talk. And some of my looks in the beginning, I didn’t get them all right. I do have a stylist. But the makeup and the hair, it took me a minute. That first city, it was pretty big hair. I look like Peg Bundy. Those days are done.

What do you bring to the judges’ table that American Idol did not have before?
What’s really unique about me is that I’ve worked with a lot of great singers, from Christina to Pink to Celine Dion. I’ve been in the studio with them when they’ve actually recorded songs that we’ve co-written. I’ve worked really closely with them and given them guidance and I think that distinguishes me.

How would you describe the other judges’ styles, and your own?
Paula has a lot of heart. Simon pretty much tells it like it is. Sometimes he can be pretty harsh but he’s usually right. And Randy, he’s the diplomat. I have a combination of all of them. I do like to say it like I see it. I don’t really mince words, but I do feel I have a heart. When your dealing with creative people who have some talent, you want to make sure you encourage them but also, if they don’t have any talent, you want to discourage them, because you don’t want them to waste their time. I may say things that are negative but I always try to do it with some heart and some understanding of what it’s like to be on the other side of the table.

With four judges, Simon will be the tiebreaker this season. Did that happen often?
The two of them [Randy and Paula] would say yes at times, and then it would come down to me, because I knew [Simon] would say no. So I had to make that decision, whether I was going to give them another shot or not. And that was tough, because you’re dealing with people that you’ve met for a few seconds. Any of us can put through that contestant if we know where [Simon's] going to go.

Who do you tend to agree with the most?
There are have been times that I’ve agreed and disagreed with all of them. I definitely can sometimes see where Simon’s coming from. I wouldn’t have said it quite the way he said it, but I also do believe in second chances early on. I know that if I hadn’t had a second chance a lot of times, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sometimes you see potential in people and you have to think past some of the mistakes they made because they were nervous. But third chances, that’s another story.

Are there any stand-outs this season?
The males were the strongest. There are at least five that are great. That being said, there are one or two females that I’m excited about as well. There is a uniqueness to some of the male contestants. There was a lot of soul influence, like the way that Maroon 5 is soulful.

You’ve already written or produced music with former Idols Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, as well as David Archuleta. Any other former contestants you’d like to work with?
I really like Daughtry. I would love to co-write with him. If he’s out there and he wants to do a co-write, please call me!

Link to the article: http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/01/09/idols-new-judge-says-she-paula-bring-girl-power/ (http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/01/09/idols-new-judge-says-she-paula-bring-girl-power/)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 12, 2009, 06:53:02 PM
Whoohoo!! One more night and then a two hour audition show! I. can't. wait! I think this will be a good year, especially bringing back the wild card.  :tup:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 13, 2009, 12:23:15 AM
Whoohoo!! One more night and then a two hour audition show! I. can't. wait! I think this will be a good year, especially bringing back the wild card.  :tup:

 :groan: I don't know if I'm ready for this ... bad singing = headache  :funny:
 
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 13, 2009, 09:17:46 AM
LOL, but maybe a diamond among the heaps of coal???  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 13, 2009, 10:36:40 AM
LOL, but maybe a diamond among the heaps of coal???  :lol:

 :funny: hehehe
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 13, 2009, 10:39:51 AM
An interesting article:

`Idol' returns with the good, the bad, the bikini

The flat notes, the sweet surprises, the pleas of the rejected are all intact as "American Idol" returns for its eighth season of first-class karaoke.

A new twist is the bikini-clad contestant who splits the judges straight down the gender line in the debut episode.

Fox previewed the show Monday night for TV critics who simply couldn't wait 24 hours to see it air. The rest of America can judge for itself from 8-10 p.m. Tuesday.

The episode opens with auditions taped in Phoenix and features newcomer Kara DioGuardi, who joins Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the judging panel.

DioGuardi immediately distinguished herself by throwing down with the willowy woman in the very orange, very small bikini. DioGuardi, a songwriter-producer who also knows how to belt a tune, sang a few bars to show the contestant how it should have been done.

"Honestly, you don't have the chops to sing that song, sweetie," DioGuardi told her.

"But your demonstration wasn't any better," the woman snapped back.

Not diplomatic, Abdul cautioned, jumping into the fray.

But the male judges were definitely impressed.

"Beautiful," Cowell pronounced after hearing just a few bars.

From Jackson: "I think you have a have a lot of potential. I'm going to say yes."

That bikini is going to Hollywood and the next round of auditions.

Not so lucky was the extremely nervous man who was sweating as if he knew the executioner's ax hovered.

"You look like you're in pain or something," Cowell told him.

The British music producer was his usual amusing, acidic self. Jackson appeared loose and eager for another season, chair-dancing to the rhythm of more than one bad singer.

Definitely no, Jackson told one contestant, then added gleefully, "Man, that was wild!"

A pink cowboy-hatted teenager pleaded for another shot.

"Please, I'm shaking in my boots here," she pleaded, charmingly.

Boots, it turns out, are not as persuasive as a bathing suit.

Link to the article: http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/T/TV_AMERICAN_IDOL_PREVIEW?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=ENTERTAINMENT (http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/T/TV_AMERICAN_IDOL_PREVIEW?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=ENTERTAINMENT)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 13, 2009, 06:30:18 PM
An interesting article:

Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Is Engaged

As the eighth season of American Idol premieres Tuesday, new judge Kara DioGuardi has some big news: She's getting hitched!

DioGuardi, 38, and Mike McCuddy, 34, were engaged Dec. 8 while on vacation in Mexico, DioGuardi's rep confirms to PEOPLE.

But don't expect wedding bells for the duo too soon. Adds the rep: "No wedding date has been planned."

So just who is Mike McCuddy? He's a former school teacher-turned-general-contractor. And, he's also a dad, according to a New York Times bio of DioGuardi, meaning she won't just be a new wife, she'll also be a new stepmom!

Link to the article: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20252291,00.html (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20252291,00.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 14, 2009, 01:33:00 AM

TL I just finished watching  :sucks the premiere was pretty good I enjoyed it

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 14, 2009, 12:35:02 PM
An interesting article:

'Idol' premiere ratings huge, and lowest yet

"American Idol" had its lowest-rated premiere to date -- and Fox is likely thrilled.

The eighth season debut of the massively popular singing competition lost about 10% of its audience this year and a bit more (-16%) in the adult demo.

“Idol” was seen by 30.1 million viewers, with an 11.6 preliminary rating among adults 18-49 and 28 share. That's the lowest since the show's non-comparable series debut in the summer of 2002. Among total viewers, its the lowest since a special Monday start in 2004 (30.0 million).

Given that the previous “Idol” has endured declines the last two years (and that many TV shows lost steeper percentages when they premiered this season) the figure represents an expected drop that the network should be relived is not greater.

Much second guessing has been made over "Idol" format changes this year.  But tweaks such as adding a fourth judge and fewer flop auditions represent the tried and true way of freshening reality hits -- heavily promoted minor variations that don't alter the show's core format. If anything, “Idol” was at a greater risk of decline if Fox had left the show untouched.

CBS came in second place, NBC third and ABC fourth. CBS dramas “NCIS” (18.5 million, 3.7/9) and “The Mentalist” (18.1 million, 3.8/9) held up well against “Idol,” both drawing ratings on par with their other performances this season, though down when ranked against their most recent airings.

The second week of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” took a hit against Fox’s juggernaut, down 27% from its premiere. Yet "Loser" was up 10% in the slot compared to last year. The second week of ABC’s “Homeland Security” (6.0 million, 1.8/5, down 22%) and “Scrubs” (4.5 million, 2.2/5, down a disappointing 29%) also dropped.

Link to the article: http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/01/idol-premiere-ratings-2009.html (http://www.thrfeed.com/2009/01/idol-premiere-ratings-2009.html)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 14, 2009, 04:43:47 PM
Just a few thoughts about the first night of auditions.

There are only a few from last night that I remember. The bikini babe... (Not good) The sweet and adorable 16 year old, I think she'll go far in the competition. Stevie Nicks namesake, beautiful eyes, and the blind fellow. (Scott?) 
I think Scott (if I have his name right) sings OK, but I wonder how they will work around him when they have the group song routine, he also has the handicap of being able to engage the audience while singing which might prove to be a hindrance, his forte might be singing at the piano. (Just my opinion of course..)

I forgot about the tattooed girl who sang Barracuda Girl, then Alone, I liked the 2nd song far better than Barracuda.

What are your thoughts?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 14, 2009, 05:04:51 PM

I thought it was pretty good night the good ones were good and the bad were just awful

but OMG the nervous fellow Michael Gurr I hope I never see and hear that again
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 14, 2009, 05:19:41 PM

I thought it was pretty good night the good ones were good and the bad were just awful

but OMG the nervous fellow Michael Gurr I hope I never see and hear that again


On the nervous guy, same here.  :funny:

It was amusing to watch the Hollywood ticket holders jump into the pool. Wanna bet they weren't holding their REAL Hollywood pass?   :snicker:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 14, 2009, 05:54:08 PM

On the nervous guy, same here.  :funny:

It was amusing to watch the Hollywood ticket holders jump into the pool. Wanna bet they weren't holding their REAL Hollywood pass?   :snicker:

 :stare

Are you ready for more tonight  :popcorn:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 15, 2009, 11:52:19 AM
I sure was Marigold! I had pen and paper ready last night.  Looking over my list, I can't wait to see more of  Lil Rounds  the very last singer for the night. She really does remind me of Fantasia and unlike Melinda who had a wonderful voice, Rounds has confidence in herself, she projects class.

Jamar and Danny Gokey, two friends were both good, Gokey especially. Another one to watch, Anoop Desai. Anoop Dog.  :lol: That one doesn't do it. Randy needs to come up with a better catch phrase.  ;)

Cheer leaders for Andrew Lang, will we see them again at the Finale?  :lol:

Wasn't Michael Castro, brother of Jason Castro surprisingly good? It will be interesting to see how he progresses.

One more, the sisters Asia and India Morrison, Asia, no, not a chance but her sister India was good. Not sure how far she will progress but she probably will make the top 24.

There were others who got the golden pass to Hollywood, but for the most part they don't strike me as outstanding.

What do y'all think so far?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 15, 2009, 12:34:01 PM

I sure was Marigold! I had pen and paper ready last night. 
 

 :hearts: Oh you smart cookie you thanks for keeping track

There are sooo many of them it's hard to remember all of their names

I enjoyed last nights episode I wonder what RudyRules opinion is I hope she gets her internet set up soon  :sucks
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: pledge on January 15, 2009, 04:50:36 PM
Pen and Paper ...... very smart Texas Lady   :waves:     I need to do that because I get the names and faces all mixed up by the end of the two hours.  I agree with you on the ones you mentioned.  I didn't watch the first night so not familar with any of them.   
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on January 16, 2009, 07:29:08 AM
I'm glad they are bringing back the wildcard round! Jennifer Hudson PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :wohoo:

But let's hope there's not any Jennifer Hudson elimination this time!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on January 16, 2009, 10:22:39 PM
Just watched the show. I have to say, I like Kara DioGuardi. Although the auditions are fun to watch, I especially enjoyed it this time because there wasn't much focus on the gimmicky people.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 16, 2009, 10:44:17 PM
Just watched the show. I have to say, I like Kara DioGuardi. Although the auditions are fun to watch, I especially enjoyed it this time because there wasn't much focus on the gimmicky people.

I completely agree with you tweaking the show really helped

Kara seems like a good addition to the show
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on January 16, 2009, 11:17:22 PM
I just didn't like the top 24 format and double eliminations until top 12. How many talents have we lost when the contestants haven't prove themselves and are eliminated already before the top 12? :(

I was hoping they could have an America voted top 8 and let each judge choose who they want to pick to the top 12.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on January 17, 2009, 10:31:28 PM
I think they changed the format this season, so hopefully, the real talents get chosen well.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 18, 2009, 04:37:19 PM
Hi Pledge!!!  :-* Hello Joab and Raymond!  :waves:

I like the addition of the new judge, she brings expertise and balance between the other three. (Simon will always have the final say when he wants someone gone, he'll doom them with the KOD.)

I truly hope we never have another season with a contestant like Sanjaya. His loony backers kept him when other more worthy people got the boot.  :(
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 19, 2009, 11:25:48 PM
An interesting article:

Return of ‘Idol’ a Win for Darnell

Fox Exec, Pleased With Ratings, Has Surprises in Store

Fox’s Mike Darnell is breathing again.

After months of nervous anticipation, the network’s president of alternative entertainment finally was able to relax—a bit—after successfully launching the eighth season of “American Idol” last week. Ratings were down a tad, but in an era of double-digit declines, most TV industry observers interpreted the results as a major victory for Mr. Darnell and Fox’s marketing team.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with TelevisionWeek deputy editor and columnist Josef Adalian, Mr. Darnell talks about the ratings, hints at surprises “Idol” has in store this season and reveals what he really thought about NBC’s much-maligned Rosie O’Donnell variety special.

An edited transcript of the Q&A follows.

TVWeek: So the eighth season of “American Idol” premiered to really good ratings. Thoughts on the launch?

Mr. Darnell: Overall it’s thrilling to see any show come back at these numbers. And for the biggest show on TV to do it is almost shocking in this environment. We worked our butts off to make some changes … and it seems to be having an impact. … And the difference between this show (and No. 2 series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) is just amazing.

TVWeek: Do you think the current mood of the country played a role in how the show did?

Mr. Darnell: I’m not a big fan of the idea of the world at large affecting entertainment. I don’t think your tastes change in times of crisis. If you like hamburger, you like hamburger. But I do think there is a desire for comfort food right now, which is one reason CBS is doing well.

TVWeek: Talk about what you have done in advance of this season to make sure that the ratings remain as solid as possible.

Mr. Darnell: Well, we’ve done everything we can. Of course we added a fourth judge and we’re hoping that that changes the dynamic a bit, because what we’ve noticed with her is that she’s very good. She’s aggressive, she will fight with Simon, she’ll bond with Paula, she’ll fight with Paula, and what it’s doing is it’s taking the group dynamic and changing it. And I think the audience is ready for that.

They don’t say the same things over and over again, because she’s inserted a different voice and that just by itself has made it more–sort of new, and it really is working so far. We’re also going back to a raw feel. You know, maybe the show became a little too sterilized as far as, ‘Kid gets up, kid sings, kid walks off.’ Plus we’ll be doing more behind-the-scenes stuff with the kids, and they’re going to live in a house, so if anything–if sparks fly there, we’ll show some of that. We’re hoping to get more of who they are–more of the reality version, to be honest with you. It makes the show tick.

TVWeek: Can we expect surprises as the season goes along?

Mr. Darnell: Yeah. There’s a big surprise coming when we get to the top 12, but I can’t reveal it right now.

TVWeek: Will it change the way we think of “American Idol?”

Mr. Darnell: Well, it’s not going to change what you think of “American Idol” and we don’t want to do that. This show is, you know, a phenomenon. It’s American, it’s apple pie. We’re not changing the core of the show, but it is something that will be talked about and is something I think that has some element of controversy surrounding it.

TVWeek: Do the contestants know?

Mr. Darnell: No. No one knows.

TVWeek: Is that part of it? You want to keep the contestants guessing?

Mr. Darnell: Part of it. But I also think it’s more that it’s a long season and you want to keep as many surprises for the audience, for the press, for everybody, as you go along. Some controversies will pop out. But this is something that we sort of felt like, here’s one set of things we’re doing, we’re going to wait and give you the other set when we get to the final 12.

TVWeek: Is Kelly Clarkson—who has a big album coming out while you’re on the air—going to come back?

Mr. Darnell: I believe so. I believe you might see something actually in the next couple of weeks from Kelly.

TVWeek: What about guest stars for the Wednesday show? Will you look for younger artists to youth up the ratings?

Mr. Darnell: Not youth up. We’re going to big it up. (Musicians) will have to be ridiculously big this season for us to have them as mentors.

TVWeek: Every few years, people talk about reality being in a drought. That seems to be the case again now. Is reality in crisis?

Mr. Darnell: No. Look, here’s the thing. The key to what your question was is that every few years it’s the same question. And there’s a reason for that. This is a genre. Like all genres people like to imitate, but particularly in this genre. If (there’s) a big show and you make a little twist, sometimes you can have success. It’s a safe way to put something new on. Risk brings with it exactly that.

If you do something innovative and new, there’s a shot you’ll fail right away. There’s also a shot that it’ll take off. So every year, year and a half, something out of somewhere just comes out of nowhere and does a number. The goal is to come up with something that works, that’s new, but that isn’t so off the beam that no one’s going to come to it. That’s why I’m very excited about [variety show “The Osbournes: Loud and Dangerous”], to be honest, because it feels like, you know, you love them, you know them, but it’s a completely new conceit, period.

TVWeek: What else do you have in the hopper?

Mr. Darnell: There’s a couple things that are going on. I would say—I would call them in pilot stage right now. And two which I really like but until I see them done—and you know I’m like this, Joe—I’m very close-mouthed. I would rather not talk about something until it’s actually going on the air than even hint at it because my competitors are out there waiting—chomping at the bit, looking for anything. I honestly believe that the minute I say something, everybody’s on it, and I think it’s true of others, too. I mean, I listen.

TVWeek: Are there any producers or other executives at cable networks that you’re sort of admiring right now that you want to work with?

Mr. Darnell: Yeah, I like Cris Abrego’s stuff on VH1, and we’re actually looking at doing something together. I’m actually working on a pilot with him right now. I can’t talk about it. But I have to move him a little away from the stuff he’s doing there because I can’t compete with that stuff. You know, I love working with (Mark) Burnett. I love working with Rocket Science. I love working with Arthur Smith. You know, I’m doing a lot with Fremantle. I’d like to do something with Tom Foreman.

TVWeek: Let’s talk about “The Moment of Truth.” It premiered strongly, then trailed off. Kevin Reilly said you have 24 episodes on the shelf. Can you bring this show back?

Mr. Darnell: There’s not 24. I don’t know where that number came from. I think it’s more like maybe 16 or 17. … I think it’s going to come back and do well. The economic environment makes it a tough sell (to advertisers), in my opinion.

TVWeek: Is that becoming more of a problem? Advertiser resistance to reality?

Mr. Darnell: No, there’s always been (a problem). There are shows that are always going to be tougher than others on network television to sell. Period. I’ve been through that my entire career and that doesn’t mean you don’t do them. You do do them. The environment is a little worse right now, like it is for everything, because they can be—you know, there’s more picking and choosing going on.

TVWeek: “Secret Millionaire” was a positive show that did…

Mr. Darnell: Did well.

TVWeek: Will it be back? The producers seem to be hopeful that it will be.

Mr. Darnell: And so am I. It’s my hope and my belief that we’ll pick up more of those. It was a very—it was a great show. It surprised me, to be honest. It did better than I had imagined it would do.

TVWeek: Why is that?

Mr. Darnell: I think I’m not Mr. Aspirational, so those shows don’t hit me right in the forehead like some others do. And maybe a little bit of it is the times. I also think there’s an emotional arc to it, which is ... ridiculously emotional. You know, even I get a chill watching the final 15 minutes of the show, and that’s saying something.

TVWeek: What kind of show would you like to see on the air in the next year or two? Is there anything else that’s on your to-do list?

Mr. Darnell: It’s a good question. You know, I mean not just because I’m doing “The Osbournes,” (but) I’d like to see some sort of comedy show, whatever you want to call these things, because I think variety by itself is an outmoded term that really doesn’t mean anything anymore. I’d like to see something like that work. I’d like to see sort of a comedy hour, if you will. Something that doesn’t root itself in traditional reality but roots itself in sort of harkening back. And then ... I don’t know. It’s a tough question to answer. I think when I see it, I’ll know it. And then I’ll keep it to myself until it’s on the air.

TVWeek: Are there any shows your competitors have done lately that have made you wonder, “What were they thinking?”

Mr. Darnell: Rosie (O’Donnell’s variety special). That was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen on television, to be frank. It was really bad television. So I’m going to be honest. That was a “What were they thinking” to me. Live. Everything about it was a mistake.

TVWeek: There are new heads of reality at CBS, NBC and The CW. Any advice for the new guys?

Mr. Darnell: I would never give them advice … They have to do their own business in their own world in their own way. (But) I would say, look for something new and different, you know, and don’t be afraid of stuff. You know, I think that we all are guilty of leaning on the known and not going for the unknown. But I wish them well.

Link to the article: http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/01/return_of_idol_a_win_for_darne.php (http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/01/return_of_idol_a_win_for_darne.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: eragon on January 20, 2009, 06:33:34 AM
My Favorites So Far:
1. Casey Carlson
2. Arianna
3. JB Alful??
4. Lil Round
5. Stevie Wright
7. Von
6. Bikina Girl (I like her! - Simon)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 20, 2009, 02:56:56 PM
 :jumpy: i am so excited for another season of ai.. i usaly don't like this part becaus of the bad audtions so i am glad to here they tweeked the show it was way more barable to watch last week.. i do like the new judge, and love love jasons bro jmo..
 please excuse my miss spelled words and running sentinces i am extreamly deslix but i love to chat..

about sanjay i loved that he made the most out of his situation he new he did not have the pipes of other so he played to his streights intertain ment loved the pony hawk and btw u still rember him from his season, do u rember chris richardson he was 5 th that year.. also my tone death mo who love ai loved sanjaya, so he was getting the crying girl - tone death vote..

 :waves: i will b here can't wait to see who they show us tonight..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 21, 2009, 02:02:54 AM
Recap from tvguide:

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, San Francisco

Our Idol wannabes have flocked to San Francisco this week to make their dreams of being the next Kelly Clarkson or David Cook come true. Who will make us squirm, and who will make us smile?

Ryan starts off the night by showing the cameras the anxiety-producing walk that contestants make from the holding room to smack dab in front of the judges in the audition room. Of course when Ryan gets there, the judges mock him and tell him to "try it again in a normal voice."

Best Auditions
Tatiana Del Toro: We're not sure if she belongs in her own category of "awesomely scary" auditions. The Puerto Rico native is definitely... unique. She laughs like a hyena, and the producers make her look extra crazy by having her explain that she visited a psychic who told her she was destined to be in the top 12. After hearing her sing, it's clear she might not be top 12 material, but she did have talent. But, man, did she have a crazy laugh. It may haunt your dreams.
Adam Lambert: He came to us from the cast of Wicked and sang "Bohemian Rhapsody." The tiny bit we got to hear (what's up with that?) was fantastic. Simon thought he was too theatrical, but Randy finally spoke up and defended him with a big ol' "yes!"

Most Memorable Meltdown
Akilah Askew-Gholston: The 26-year-old "aspiring songwriter" (and we say that generously) wouldn't let her chance at Hollywood go. She told the judges, "No, I want to do the same song over again. I started from the wrong rectum!" She then proceeded to compliment Paula by dissing her: "Paula had a really big hit song in the '80s when I was a child." She just kept on going until they practically threw her out.

Tearjerker Moment
Kai Kalama: Kai has sacrificed having a life to take care of his mom, who has a seizure disorder. He's clearly an amazing son who loves his mom. She is clearly proud of him as a son and a singer. The 26-year-old sang a soulful and unique (in a good way this time) version of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Simon told him to "watch me on American Idol" to learn more about confidence (barf).

Best "Did Hell Just Freeze Over?" Moment
A contestant's son hugged Simon upon hearing his dad made it through to Hollywood. Simon hugged back!

Best Lines from the Judges
Simon: "It was really boring and I hate what you're wearing."
Simon: "...and your weird hair color..." Contestant: "The carpet matches the drapes!"
Simon: "Annie, I'm going to be honest with you, that sounded like you were drunk. And not one or two bottles, that was like a whole crate."

Link: http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1001904.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1001904.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 08:07:55 AM
My Favorites So Far:
1. Casey Carlson
2. Arianna
3. JB Alful??
4. Lil Round
5. Stevie Wright
7. Von
6. Bikina Girl (I like her! - Simon)

Hello Eragon!  :waves:

Refresh my memory, what did Casey Carlson sing? (I blame my DVR for screwing up 65,000 times for 2 weeks in a row!)

For now, the only singer that stands out in my mind from last night is Adam Lambert. Hopefully I can play back the 10 different clips that the DVR condescendingly recorded while restarting 10 different times and see the ones we missed.  (:;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 08:20:52 AM
:jumpy: i am so excited for another season of ai.. i usaly don't like this part becaus of the bad audtions so i am glad ..
 please excuse my miss spelled words and running sentinces i am extreamly deslix but i love to chat..

about sanjay i loved that he made the most out of his situation he new he did not have the pipes of other so he played to his streights intertain ment loved the pony hawk and btw u still rember him from his season, do u rember chris richardson he was 5 th that year.. also my tone death mo who love ai loved sanjaya, so he was getting the crying girl - tone death vote..

 :waves: i will b here can't wait to see who they show us tonight..

Hi Tory!! Glad you joined us. Don't worry about spelling! You're right about Sanjaya playing to his strength. He became a celebrity and who can forget that fauxhawk!  :lol:

I do sincerely hope that Tatiana Del Rio is not the new version of Sanjaya. She can sing but that maniacal laugh! :taze
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 21, 2009, 10:07:39 AM
ty for the welcom  :waves: i did not get to watch last nights show yet so i will post again after. and my dvr has been a night mare lately.. what is happining?? i looked up at 8 last night and it was not tapeing ai or 90210..i caught it about 8 min;s in than huby came in the room and i don;t like to be destrated when i am in tv mode lol..  :-[
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 01:24:02 PM
ty for the welcom  :waves: i did not get to watch last nights show yet so i will post again after. and my dvr has been a night mare lately.. what is happining?? i looked up at 8 last night and it was not tapeing ai or 90210..i caught it about 8 min;s in than huby came in the room and i don;t like to be destrated when i am in tv mode lol..  :-[

How odd! Our dang DVR did the same thing! Then I set it to record and it finally kicked in but then kept blanking out on us.  (:;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 21, 2009, 02:34:08 PM

How odd! Our dang DVR did the same thing! Then I set it to record and it finally kicked in but then kept blanking out on us.  (:;)


I missed most of last nights episode too and had to read recaps to keep up

But I am not missing tonights auditions, yippie  :popcorn:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 03:10:03 PM
I am NOT answering the phone if it rings, and not moving from my chair tonight. Pen and paper handy! :yess: :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 21, 2009, 05:04:04 PM
ty for the welcom  :waves: i did not get to watch last nights show yet so i will post again after. and my dvr has been a night mare lately.. what is happining?? i looked up at 8 last night and it was not tapeing ai or 90210..i caught it about 8 min;s in than huby came in the room and i don;t like to be destrated when i am in tv mode lol..  :-[

How odd! Our dang DVR did the same thing! Then I set it to record and it finally kicked in but then kept blanking out on us.  (:;)

mine is doing it now as we speek it did not tape 2shows today and now i am afraid to leave it alone... omg
i am calling my cable co tomorrow i hat to call it is a night mare waiting for them and then they send some one lame out the frist 3x's hhhuuuuu i was hopeing the prob would just go away but nooooo..

so i did watch ai and my thought on last nights show i loved kai i though his voice had a lot of depth to it. the dad was ok i don't think he will make it past hollie wood week. i think i heard them right they only put 12 ppl threw last night, low number for so many ppl.. they don't show the audtions in order . i no this from last year i had a friend who got a call bk from charlston sc aud. the way they edit the show amases me.. she got 2nd call bk and still did not see paula randy or simon, so they realy weed them out befor they see them.

they r told to were the same clothes to every audition for that reason. like the holding rm shots i think that is the second call bk and then there is a third, that is when ryan shows up, and the judges, by then the famlys get to go and there r not as many ppl. oh yea and she was only allowed to bring one person to 2and call bk. and was not soposto tell me, but we live in va beach and i got to talk to her all the way to sc on the cell so she could reherse , she is realy good and would have been great on the show last yr. any wayi hope my dvr holds up tonight i have a lot tapeing..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 06:27:16 PM
Tory: Reboot the DVR. Turn the power off completely, let it sit for a couple of minutes then turn the power back on, don't do anything and let it come back up with the time. That might help. We're going to reset ours as well, I just checked and the thing doesn't show that AI will be recorded again tonight.  :knuckles:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 21, 2009, 07:35:55 PM
7:35 PM CT: I am officially tired of the new judge!  :umn:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 21, 2009, 08:40:45 PM
ty texas lady i did not think of that. my shows taped tonight.i just finished idol.
 :jumpy: :jumpy: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :wohoo:

and at the end some one from here made it to holiewood..omg itis a girl from va beach va felica barton. they did not show much of her ( they did that with chris richardson) who is from here also well chesapeake va a conecting city. i watched every week with his friends and family he was on sanjayas season the year jordan won. any way yea!!! i hope my home town makes it as far as chris did he was 5th.. also my hubby just called and said sanjaya was on bill orieley tonight the factor i no i sp wrong..he has a book.. i am dvring it for later. this should b good..
i kind of like the new judge and i did not thinl i would huuummmm, i love the girl at the end she was awsome and her sad story.i hope she goooooossss farrr there were severl good ones tonight..jmo va beach going to hollie wood yea....
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 21, 2009, 10:49:09 PM
7:35 PM CT: I am officially tired of the new judge!  :umn:

 :lol: There was some pretty good ones tonight and oh my bleeding ears on the terrible ones  :groan:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 22, 2009, 09:27:54 PM
An interesting article:

‘American Idol’ Contender Joanna Pacitti Comes Under Fire

Joanna Pacitti has starred on Broadway, recorded an album for Geffen records and has dated a former professional winner of “Dancing With the Stars,” but she still felt she needed to give her career a boost by auditioning for Season 8 of “American Idol.”

Pacitti came under fire after last night, when it was revealed she was allowed to audition and put through to “Idol’s” Hollywood round on Thursday night’s show.

The 24-year-old joined the cast of Broadway’s “Annie” at the age of 11. But, she and her family ended up suing producers after Pacitti was replaced in the show after she became sick with bronchitis. Her mother filed suit for $50 million, but settled with producers out of court.

Pacitti later moved to Hollywood as a teen, signing to A&M records. She eventually released the 2006 album, “This Crazy Life” on Geffen.

She has appeared on the soundtrack for “Legally Blonde,” where she sang “Watch Me Shine,” and “Out From Under” from the “Bratz” movie. In fact, “Out From Under” was re-recorded by Britney Spears on her new CD, “Circus.”

But while plenty of former “Idol” contenders have had record deals prior to their “Idol” experience — including Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook and Carly Smithson — Pacitti’s experience is considered, by some, to be much broader.

The brunette, has dated “Dancing With the Stars” professional Mark Ballas, according to his manager.

“They have known each other for a while and are really good friends, who have also been on a couple of dates together,” Ballas’ manager told Access Hollywood. “They also performed at a charity benefit together a couple of months ago.”

And Pacitti has already been a part of reality TV. She was featured in one of MTV’s “True Life” episodes, which followed her as she worked on increasing her success. She was also featured in another documentary, following singers on the rise.

While a number of fans thought her audition was great, a host of posters on “Idol’s” official forum suggested she should be disqualified because of her background and suggested she may have an advantage if she makes it to the public vote.

“The point is that because she is a ‘semi-pro’… she already has a built in fan base and voting block. That skews the competition in her favor, especially in the early rounds,” forum member Marcdamon wrote.

Another forum user suggested Pacitti has already had her chance at fame and is hoping it leads to an “Idol” competition rule change.

“They need to change the rules to only allow for untapped talent. Joanna has already been on 2 major labels, has had a cover done by Britney and 3 songs on 3 different movie soundtracks,” Davesnay wrote. “She is taking valuable space away from somebody who hasn’t already had 5-6 chances.”

Link to the article: http://www.accesshollywood.com/american-idol-contender-joanna-pacitti-comes-under-fire_article_13208 (http://www.accesshollywood.com/american-idol-contender-joanna-pacitti-comes-under-fire_article_13208)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 22, 2009, 10:52:10 PM

I think she has far too much experience for Idol

I would rather see an unknown get that chance of a lifetime it means more to them where as Joanna has been there done that and then some

.... one of Joanna's videos

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 23, 2009, 09:44:43 AM
also milenda doolittle was a back up singer, i loved her butttt.... i was a little miffett..i watched her viedo the one u just posted and realy it was kind of anoying.. if she makes it threw to the show i will b up set cause it is realy not fair, unless they r looking for the american idol no matter if they r pros or not. she will deff remind evey one of mc phee and get that vote also, so with that said i vote.jmo also i voted like a mad woman for chris richardson and he is from chesapeake ,va no folling and he made it in melindas season to 5th..and then factor in the vote for the worst.com ppl they trow there rinch into the contest every year.i am pretty shre that is y taylor hicks won, jmo..they r a noght mare if any thing i wish they would change the voteing, have the public vote coun't like they do on abdc. and a side not hawk is on abdc he was also on so u think u can dance..huuummm and abdc is produced by randy jackson..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 23, 2009, 10:40:42 AM
I see what you mean Tory, that video is annoying. I am replaying Wed nite's audition, she says she went to Hollywood at 16, is 23 now and unemployed. She's the one who :crybabe:  I had to go back and replay the audition because I really didn't remember who she was.

Now I have mixed feelings, she is only 23, but it doesn't seem fair that she's had more chances than most AI contestants.  :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 23, 2009, 07:59:41 PM
ty texas lady for the comment!!! jmo she has mutured if she was 16 when she went to holliwood (can we say stag mom ) any way if she has been droped by 2 record labels she is not all that jmo..she probly made a good fristimpression, but when it came to haveing the pipes for real she did not.. again jmo also if u go to a job interview and get the job cause u r good at interviews the u no nothing about what u r doing at said job some one will catch on, and it will be by to the by..any way there is a vocal couch in hollie wood they get to work with and the raw talent gets a chance they realy do look for the under dog to be great i think that is y we all fell in love with the show, the aka cinderlla story.. dautry had been trying on his own and so had bo the bk up singer soooo many but who is the biggest star right now from the shows kelly clarkson and carrie underwood 2 cinderella stroys for sure and we love that and vote for that.. ok i am climing off my soap box now lol :groan: sry if that seem ranty..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 23, 2009, 08:30:26 PM
It wasn't ranty at all Tory.  ;)  She might make it to the final 12 but we haven't really seen all the good contestants yet. I know one thing, she didn't stick out in my mind as several others have.

You are so right about the Cinderella story and discovering talent that wouldn't have had such an opportunity otherwise. I loved Melinda, she has a wonderful voice but in retrospect, she wouldn't have been any more successful than she is now.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 23, 2009, 09:30:23 PM
i totaly agree about melinda. she is realy sweet but i am sure she is better in the bk ground. i got to meet the bk up singers forai that one yr with sanjaya and cris rich, and she was awsome and getting a lot of work i have seen her on soo many shows lately doing bk up for all kinds of artist..she has to b making some big bucks and doing what she loves.. and she is soooo nice. i talked to her for like 30 min at least.i ntroduced her to one of chris[s friends one i hung out with that whole season when he did not go to holliewood to see chris he got to go like 3x ithink..any way ty ty for understanding where i am going with my words.. i love music the most reality tv comes in a realy close second..lol
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: eragon on January 24, 2009, 04:22:16 AM
My Favorites So Far:
1. Casey Carlson
2. Arianna
3. JB Alful??
4. Lil Round
5. Stevie Wright
7. Von
6. Bikina Girl (I like her! - Simon)

Hello Eragon!  :waves:

Refresh my memory, what did Casey Carlson sing? (I blame my DVR for screwing up 65,000 times for 2 weeks in a row!)

For now, the only singer that stands out in my mind from last night is Adam Lambert. Hopefully I can play back the 10 different clips that the DVR condescendingly recorded while restarting 10 different times and see the ones we missed.  (:;)

A Thousand Miles
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on January 24, 2009, 05:29:15 AM
I missed the two episodes this week. Only caught glimpses. Been busy. :P Anyone real good that I missed?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 24, 2009, 12:48:44 PM
I missed the two episodes this week. Only caught glimpses. Been busy. :P Anyone real good that I missed?

Raymond, the best was the very last contestant on Wednesday evening. Her name is  Lenesha Young from Cincinnati. She sang Natti (or Natty) something she wrote herself. The judges loved her and so did I. She had a tough time growing up because the family was very poor. I think she'll go far.

The other singer who stood out for me was Alexis Grace. She’s 20 years old has a baby, the father is in the service or training.

We saw several others, Joanna Pacitti who has been on 2 record labels and sang in Annie on Broadway and Matt Girard. (He has an odd face; he's really good looking when he isn't smiling, not so good when he's smiling.)

One other, on Tuesday we saw Adam Lambert, a stage actor who sang Bohemian Rhapsody. Not sure how far he will go but he should make the top 24 at least.

I should explain my comment about Kara DioGuardi. I don't know if the producers want her to be more caustic towards Simon than Paula or told her to be more aggressive, but at exactly 7:33 PM CT, January 21st, 2009, I was over her. She made some asinine comments to Simon, not giving him a chance to say yes or no only to have him say yes. She also made a bad joke about one of the contestants who had been interviewed on a local radio show. The girl was voted most humorous in her year book. (I think it was her year book.) She insulted the girl and made her cry. Whatever, I'm over her. AI had the perfect mix, loony but lovable Paula, Randy and Simon.  My advice is to tone down the carp Kara.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 24, 2009, 12:53:57 PM
i totaly agree about melinda. she is realy sweet but i am sure she is better in the bk ground. i got to meet the bk up singers forai that one yr with sanjaya and cris rich, and she was awsome and getting a lot of work i have seen her on soo many shows lately doing bk up for all kinds of artist..she has to b making some big bucks and doing what she loves.. and she is soooo nice. i talked to her for like 30 min at least.i ntroduced her to one of chris[s friends one i hung out with that whole season when he did not go to holliewood to see chris he got to go like 3x ithink..any way ty ty for understanding where i am going with my words.. i love music the most reality tv comes in a realy close second..lol

Tory, how cool is THAT!  :tup: You got to meet the backup singers and Melinda! I'm really glad to know that she is doing well.  :hearts:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 24, 2009, 08:49:07 PM
yea is was way cool to hang out with the top ten and the bk up singers..sence chris rich is from here aka his parents friends and family all live here him tooo, all his bk stage passes were spoken for.not to mention all the chris fans that wanted to see him in his home town.it was the year jordan won also very sweet. my myspace has all the pic mostly my neice with every one, i have a realy cute one with her and jordan. any way lol i got my bk stage pas for her and i from sanjaya[s sister also a awsome person. it was a realy fun year for us...  :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: i put on my space party at the beach this year.i hope the girl from va beach goes to top 10 at least her last name felica barton..26 yr old mom. and the girl at the end was soooooo awsome i hope she win...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on January 24, 2009, 11:02:35 PM
I missed the two episodes this week. Only caught glimpses. Been busy. :P Anyone real good that I missed?

Raymond, the best was the very last contestant on Wednesday evening. Her name is  Lenesha Young from Cincinnati. She sang Natti (or Natty) something she wrote herself. The judges loved her and so did I. She had a tough time growing up because the family was very poor. I think she'll go far.

The other singer who stood out for me was Alexis Grace. She’s 20 years old has a baby, the father is in the service or training.

We saw several others, Joanna Pacitti who has been on 2 record labels and sang in Annie on Broadway and Matt Girard. (He has an odd face; he's really good looking when he isn't smiling, not so good when he's smiling.)

One other, on Tuesday we saw Adam Lambert, a stage actor who sang Bohemian Rhapsody. Not sure how far he will go but he should make the top 24 at least.

I should explain my comment about Kara DioGuardi. I don't know if the producers want her to be more caustic towards Simon than Paula or told her to be more aggressive, but at exactly 7:33 PM CT, January 21st, 2009, I was over her. She made some asinine comments to Simon, not giving him a chance to say yes or no only to have him say yes. She also made a bad joke about one of the contestants who had been interviewed on a local radio show. The girl was voted most humorous in her year book. (I think it was her year book.) She insulted the girl and made her cry. Whatever, I'm over her. AI had the perfect mix, loony but lovable Paula, Randy and Simon.  My advice is to tone down the carp Kara.


Ooh...I saw snippets of Lenesha & Adam's auditions. I agree, they do look like they're going far. And Kara doesn't bug me as far as I am concerned.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: booboobooboo on January 25, 2009, 12:02:27 AM
I really do not like how PC they are being this year. The 1sy few eppys were always my favorites, and now they have to go all nice because someone who was clearly unstable committed suicide. I guarantee that suicide was not from AI. She was a ticking time bomb.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 25, 2009, 08:02:31 AM
I really do not like how PC they are being this year. The 1sy few eppys were always my favorites, and now they have to go all nice because someone who was clearly unstable committed suicide. I guarantee that suicide was not from AI. She was a ticking time bomb.

Welcome to RFF Booboobooboo!!!   :bigwelcome

I had forgotten about that disturbed person, but I agree, it wasn't because of AI, she was ill. Didn't Simon make a comment about it on one of these first shows?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 25, 2009, 01:22:00 PM
how sad i don't rember the susicide thing?? what happened? thoses auditions r tough on strong minded ppl. deff not for the all ready not in a good place ppl. i went on 2 reality show aud one was bb that one was fun but the other one was horrable ppl in line were so mean and intimadating they were saying i cut in line and bulling me for hrs.. after i got my applacation and number igot out of line untill i new my group was close they were in my group. they started up again i allmost got that show but i was way rattled bc of them..my app got put in the sm pile..
the bb audtion was so awsome ppl were great. i audtion for last year, renny got  my spot but i am glade she was awsome..loved her..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 26, 2009, 01:53:57 PM
Tory, a rejected contestant named Paula Goodspeed suffered from depression and killed herself not too far from Paula's house. Apparently she was obsessed with Paula Abdul. It's a sad thing all around.

On another note, Wow! You almost got on BB? You must be a fun person Tory, Renny was the best BB contestant ever for me. She was awesome and if you were the alternate.. you must be as well.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 26, 2009, 04:10:44 PM
ty yea reany is awsome she was sooo funny i am glade she made it .. i did not get to la so i don't realy no how close i was , but i am 50 yrs old a hair dresser and well not as cute as renny  cuter lol..

i did here about that story from ai, i for got yea stocking paula not to stable just doing that..
i am going to try to b in chat tonight.. :groan: i always rember to late..hhhuuuuu
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 28, 2009, 12:06:26 AM
A recap from tvguide:

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, Jacksonville

More Idol hopefuls flooded into Jacksonville, aka Randy's hometown, dreaming of a chance to have their story told, or receive "yeses" from their beloved judges, or to hold a golden ticket in their hand. Or, if you're Bikini Girl, your dream is to have a chance to mack on Ryan Seacrest.

Randy and the judges are driven to the auditions with a fancy police escort (which annoys Simon because he's not getting the attention). As Ryan tells us that Jacksonville is where our Dawg got his start in life, Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" floats softly through the segment. Because we need to be reminded for the 1000th time that Randy played with Journey. Let's just skip to the auditions now, shall we?

Best Auditions
Joshua Ulloa: Not only does he "look like Justin Guarini," he also has some fun with audition, and more importantly he can sing. He is a tad over the top, but he has me at the "Wah, wah, waaaah" opening to Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."
Julissa Veloz: All together now, "RRRRRRRRRR" (lame attempt at sexy "r"-rolling). This hot tamale doesn't have the greatest voice, but we dig her spirit.
Jasmine Murray: She is adorable (beautiful, really) and could really belt out Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Most Awesome Meltdown
Darin Darnell: After his friend got cut, he could barely even begin his song he was so moved by grief (dude, it's just an audition!)... and maybe he should have stayed silent.

Best Girls Just Wanna Make Out Moment
After Simon and Randy said "yes" to the Shih Tzu-girl (aka Sharon Wilbur), Kara and Paula: A) needed a moment to think about her performance, or B) pretended to make out in order to stall answering the question. I think you all know the answer.

WTF Is Going On Moment
How did this happen? Before Naomi Sykes even has a chance to butcher "Loving You," her friend ends up in Randy's lap, Paula ends up in Simon's lap (mmm hmm) and Ryan ends up sitting in Kara's lap. Is this high school, or freakin' Idol? When Naomi gets to sing, it's pretty awful, and they ask if she's joking. Haven't they already learned that these people are never joking? Naomi dissolves into tears, but at least she gets a group hug from Randy, Paula and Kara out of the deal.

Best Lines from the Judges
Simon: It was kind of like Inspector Gadget [was singing].
Kara: My job isn't done here until Simon tries something on me.
Kara: I have a question: Do you have ants in your pants?

link: http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002192.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002192.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 28, 2009, 10:31:49 AM
Thoughts about last night's auditions?  :popcorn:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 28, 2009, 05:21:48 PM
i like the girl they made go change, and the justin guy was way better jmo than justin g.
i like the way they have lighten up the show a lot like ryan on the golf cart, the silly ness of  the lap sitting , i uasualy don't like the audition part but i am realy likeing it this year..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 28, 2009, 09:38:42 PM
A recap from tvguide:

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, Salt Lake City

Welcome to Salt Lake City, Dawgs! It's the land of David Archuleta as well as thousands of very "shiny, happy people" waiting to audition. But, will any of these happy peeps be able to impress our lap-sitting, fake making-out judges?

Right off the bat, I have a feeling some of you will not be happy that an Osmond tried out on American Idol. You may think it's not fair because the Osmonds have quite a few connections left in this biz. But, how can you deny this guy a chance? First of all, he's adorable, then there's the whole bravery thing with fighting his MS, and his dad (who also has MS) cries for his son at the drop of a hat! Oh yeah, and he has a beautiful voice. Thank goodness they put David Osmond through. Now, we're on to the rest of the show.

Best Auditions
Frankie Jordan: Simon likes her insantly, and the rest of the judges do as well. She's got a controlled, smoky voice like Amy Winehouse, but without the booze, drugs, tattoos and really big hair.
Megan Corkrey: So what if we got a little teary-eyed from her segment about being a 23-year-old single mom and recent divorcée? What are you gonna do about it? This girl opens her mouth and out pops out an amazingly original voice that reminds me of singers from a bygone era. This chick's got something special.
Austin Sisneros: OK, so his song choices are not great, but he's so sweet and can definitely sing! Simon even calls him "likable." Simon, you pushover.
Taylor Vaifanua: She's freakin' 16! Holy cow, this girl will go far! Randy, who never says anything constructive, calls out her natural tone and her ability to control her voice well.
Rose Flack: Why must they do these stories that make me cry! Poor Rose is an orphan who was taken in by her best friend's family. Even if she never opened her mouth I'd want her to go to Hollywood. Paula tells her to work on her vocals, but everyone else loves her cool, funky vibe and sweet energy.

Weirdest Lucky Rabbit Charm
Greg the Rabbit, or "Grabbit," if you will, hops behind Chris Kirkham during his audition in a huge, pink bunny suit. Ralphie from A Christmas Story has nothing on this dude. Though the lucky rabbit charm didn't pay off for Chris, "Grabbit" did get a bear hug from Simon. Must watch it again in slow-mo!

Best Lines from the Judges
Simon: You sounded like a baby.

Link: http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002246.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002246.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: georgiapeach on January 28, 2009, 10:32:38 PM
I liked everyone they picked, I even liked the big pink rabbit singer  :rotf:

Loved Megan and Rose...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 28, 2009, 10:41:50 PM
I liked everyone they picked, I even liked the big pink rabbit singer  :rotf:

Loved Megan and Rose...

 :funny: Loved the rabbit

There are so many good singers out there with very nice voices, really enjoyed watching this season

My dog hated the goth girls singing I never saw her ears get so perked up   :funny:  poor thing
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on January 29, 2009, 07:27:00 AM
Thanks MG for the updates!

So far from what we've seen and we haven't seen a lot of the singers they put through for fodder, we have a good mix of different types. It should be a fantastic season. No one sticks out as an outstanding superstar yet, but next week we'll see them in Hollywood and that's when we see whether they can push through or let their nerves get the best of them. I think this could be the best American Idol ever.

Loved that they put through David Osmund, not withstanding his famous family name and he downplayed his connection. Good on him! He's probably not the strongest of the singers but he has a good voice as MG's piece from TV Guide notes. 

Taylor Vaifanua, what can you say, she is good!

Rose Flack, beautiful girl, 17 years old singing 'I feel the Earth Move Under My Feet' and wowed Simon. He said she had to work on her vocals but said she is something special and she is.

Simon also liked Megan Corkrey, just divorced and mother of a two year old. He says she's different and she is.  :tup:

Austin Sisneros, lovable kid, president of his class. A schmoozer if ever there was one, but he'll add interest and he has a decent voice.

Only Goth girl in Salt Lake, Tara Matthews says she's gorgeous, no.... no..... a thousand times no!  )-**

We have another audition show tonight so don't forget, plus we have the premiere of Hell's Kitchen (http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,17524.150.html) after AI!

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 29, 2009, 10:08:44 PM

I didn't enjoy tonight's show the bad singing and with costumes  :groan: ugh
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on January 29, 2009, 10:31:09 PM
A recap from tvguide:

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, San Juan and New York City

As Ryan says, "fasten your seatbelts," because you're in for a wild ride, courtesy of New York City and San Juan. That's right, tonight we get a two-for-one deal on Idol hopefuls! Which city will produce the most talent?

Since there are two cities this evening, I'll make sure to note which city the contestants are from if I mention them below.

Best Auditions
Jorge Nunez (San Juan): He sounds a little like Marc Anthony (don't tell Marc, but I like Jorge better), and the judges enjoyed him while singing in both English ("What a Wonderful World") and Spanish ("My Way").
Melinda Camille (NYC): Besides her awesome energy (and the fact that she likes to dance around naked), she sounds fantastic singing "Feelin' good." Though Randy said she "fell off the melody a little," he and the other judges like her enough to send her to Hollywood.
Jackie Tohn (NYC): She chose a terrible first song with Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," but her second song (no idea what it was called) proved that she has a funky, bluesy voice. Who knows how far she'll get, but it's fun to see different types of artists get through to Hollywood.

Simon Proves He Has a Soul Moment
Adeola Adegoke (NYC): She is so confident she's going to Hollywood that she quit her job prior to the audition. But, upon hearing the first note of Jennifer Hudson's "I'm Telling You," we sure hope they haven't read her letter of resignation yet (and Simon said the same thing). I think small kittens might be dying somewhere. When Simon rejects her she blurts more painful singing, and Simon tells her he's even willing to phone her boss to get her job back. And, shockingly, he does call her boss and gets her job back. Yay, Simon.

It's Karma, Baby
The large plastic screen behind the judges came tumbling toward them during Jackie's audition. The crew catches it before it can smack any of them, but, still... maybe it's a sign, guys?

The Search for the Most Annoying Human Being on the Planet Is Now Over
Joel Contreras (San Juan): He calls himself the "Crazy Rocker," but really, he's just the most annoying person I've ever heard on this show. That's saying a lot. A lot. At first, I thought the giant iPod was creative, but his shrill voice (singing something I don't know) and massive "crazy in his eyes" routine made me fumble for the "fast forward" button on my DVR. I haven't even gotten to the lion hand puppet and the superhero suit... I'll just leave that to your imagination.

Stealing the Show
Monique Garcia Torres (San Juan): Monique brings her adorable 9-year-old brother Christopher into the audition for good luck, and he totally steals the show... at first. He brings the judges a broken shell and tells them they'll "love" Monique's audition. Screw that, get this kid his own show! But once Monique sings "Can't Hurry Love," her sweet voice puts a smile on the judges' faces. However, the judges don't think she's quite ready yet vocally, but Paula and Simon (!) let her through to Hollywood.

Redux Gone Wrong (or Right)
Alexis Cohen (NYC): How can we forget her crazed audition last year: the swearing, flipping the bird, her massive facial glitter, etc. She's back and all cleaned up. Too bad she sang "Like a Prayer" like it was a joke. When Simon tells her she's horrendous, the real Alexis emerges: She flips him a double bird and calls him naughty name on her way out.

Best Lines from the Evening
Randy: "Adeola, we have mad love for you, but singing just isn't your skeeze."
Kara: "I like you, you're kind of like a vitamin boost."
(Contestant) Nick Mitchell: "You hurt me like where I get kicked sometimes." Simon: I would have thought you'd have quite liked that." Nick: "You mean, the way you like it when Seacrest does it?" (Oh, snap!)
(Contestant) Alexis Cohen: "There's nothing left to do but give you the finger!"

Link: http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002273.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1002273.aspx)
Title: Re: ***Spoilers*** American Idol Season 8 Top 36
Post by: TexasLady on January 30, 2009, 05:55:20 PM
Quick review of last night's golden ticket recipients, 26 allowed through from New York, 9 from Puerto Rico. We didn't get to see many of the people who got their golden ticket and the show was a little boring.

Melinda Camille, 21, likes to dance nude in her room, wants to uplift humanity and sang "Feeling Good."

Jackie Tohn: She has an unusual dusky voice and the judges all loved her. 

Norman Gentle: He had the crazy guy gimmick thing going on with Simon disapproving, but in the end they gave him another chance and he sang "Amazing Grace." When he just sang he was pretty good but he just couldn't help himself towards the end of the song. He made it through to Hollywood but I'll be shocked if he lasts through Hollywood week. He did make Simon laugh though so that was a plus for him.

Kendell Beard from Austin. She was on and off so fast I don't even remember what she sang.

First up in Puerto Rico, Jorge Nunez who sang "My Way" in Spanish beautifully. Paula asked him to sing in English and he sang "What a Wonderful World." Kara criticized him for his English pronunciations but Simon pointed out that's why they came to Puerto Rico. 

Monique Garcia Torres was introduced by her little brother, sang "Love Don't Come Easy" and put through but we don't really know how the four judges voted because the camera switched to Ryan so the viewers could see her come out with her golden ticket.

Patricia Lewis Roman, 20, sang "I Want to Dance with Somebody" got three votes, Paula voting no.

The auditions finished with Alexis Cohen who famously screamed obscenities last year returned, sang Madonna's "Like a Mystery" passably well but when rejected reverted back to her true self.  :snicker: She was dressed like a lady but it didn't help much.  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on January 31, 2009, 10:44:58 AM
ty mg u said it best and love the lines u caught.. sometimes watching thease show makes u afraid to leave the house . like realy ppl like that r realy out there walking the streets  :ascared i can't wait to see next week it is going to b good...lots of DRAMA!!!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on February 01, 2009, 03:06:41 PM
From msnbc.com

Could this be the ‘American Idol’ final 36?



The full list of “American Idol” contestants ready to compete for your votes in Hollywood may have arrived.

A list of 36 contestants was posted on Friday on “Idol” fan site VoteForTheWorst.com and corroborated by JoesPlace, a blogger and message board contributor who has leaked similar, and quite accurate, information in past seasons.

Contestants will be competing for a spot in the top 36 in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi in the coming weeks, with the final announcement to be made in the Feb. 11 episode. In the following weeks, viewers will have the chance to start voting for their favorites as the show goes live. However, fans antsy to find out who might make the cut may want to peruse the list below — of course, take it with a grain of salt.

Adam Lambert
Alexander Wagner-Trugman
Alexis Grace
Allison Iraheta
Ann Marie Boskovich
Anoop Desai
Arianna Ayesha Afsar
Brent Keith
Casey Carlson
Danny Gokey
Jackie Tohn
Jasmine Murray
Jeanine Vailes
Jessica Langseth
Joanna Pacitti
Jorge Nunez
Junot Joyner
Kai Kalama
Kendall Beard
Kristen McNamara
Kris Allen
Lil Rounds
Matt Breitzke
Matt Giraud
Megan Corkrey
Michael (Unsure of last name — Sarver, Tristan)
Mishavonna Henson
Nate McGee (listed as Nathaniel Marshall on the “Idol” site)
Nick Western (possibly Nick Hendrix from Orlando)
Ricky Braddy
Scott MacIntyre
Stephen Fowler
Stevie Wright
Taylor Vaifanua
Tatiana Del Toro
Von Smith
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 01, 2009, 04:19:16 PM
Hi Will! I'm glad to see you here.  :jumpy:  Any favorites yet from the auditions?



ETA: WOW!!!! Jennifer Hudson just sang the National Anthem at the opening of the Super Bowl and it was absolutely thrilling. I think it was the best rendition I have ever heard.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on February 01, 2009, 05:47:53 PM

Hi Will! I'm glad to see you here.  :jumpy:  Any favorites yet from the auditions?

Hi TL, I haven't watched any of it yet, waiting until they get to the semi-finals before i check them out, kinda lost interest with the show and missed most of it last year due to BB9.

I didn't realize the list that I posted earlier has already been posted in other thread. I didn't see it. Oh well!

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 01, 2009, 07:13:59 PM
It's OK Will, we'll use the list to keep an eye out for them next week when we have Hollywood Week.  :tup: You have to watch with us next week Will!  :yess:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 02, 2009, 04:47:51 PM
yea will, i  don't like this part of the show, normly i half way watch, but this year was way better, they showed more of the citys they were in and were not as degrading as in the past. i started watching knowing i was going to ff a lot and actully did not at all.. i look fw to tonight all though 2 ppl i liked r not on the list wan...if u have it on dvr u should watch u will b suprised. jmo
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 02, 2009, 04:56:30 PM
Yes he will have to Tory or I'll get after him if he doesn't!  :knuckles:  :funny:

Tomorrow night and Wed night should be good, we'll see who cracks and who doesn't and we'll use the list that Will  and eragon posted for us.  :sucks
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 02, 2009, 06:29:16 PM
ty tl i all most hope the list is wrong , but they usualy r right.. i was hopeing that jason castros bro made it and also the girl from va beach..neather r on the list.. :'( but the show looks realy good from the pre views can't wait.. al thought tonigh there r good shows on ..and hopefuly a live pod cast this week.... :hearts: :hearts:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 02, 2009, 09:28:13 PM
I wonder if Jason gets cut. He did say that he had only started singing a few weeks before he auditioned didn't he? Do you think perhaps he can't learn a song quickly?

There is a red haired girl that seems distraught, did we see her audition, I can't remember.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 05, 2009, 06:41:54 PM
Quick summary of Hollywood Week - Round 1 ~ Solo tryouts

First the contestants were given advice from the AI stylists, advice from Barry Manilow, and help with their song choice with the voice coaches. This year, first round they sing solo, and they are told they are either in or they are out, they don't proceed to the next round.

We were only shown a few of the contestants in groups who actually did well.

The judges listed to groups of eight, each singing a solo, received comments then were singled out with some sent home while the others were safe for another round. The first group included Lil Rounds along with Arianna Ayeshia, both making it through. My prediction, Lil Rounds will make it quite far this season.

Second Group: Nathaniel (Nat) Marshall, Anoop Desai, Jasmine Murray and Rose Flack, all made it through.

Third Group: Von Smith, Jorge Nunez Stephen Fowler all made it through to the next round.

Forth Group: Nick-Norman Mitchell aka Norman Gentle, Scott MacIntyre and Frankie Jordan.

147 tried out, 104 made it through.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 05, 2009, 06:59:16 PM
A recap:

American Idol Goes To Hollywood

We break down the heavy hitters, problem kids and comic relief.
American Idol has restored Hollywood Week to its full glory, and it's about time. The sight of dozens of young hopefuls gathered in one spot always provides its share of meltdowns and interpersonal drama, and really sheds light on who the true contenders are going to be. Performers who seemed like solid favorites coming out of their audition can be exposed as one-trick ponies, and some we have never seen before can grab the chance to make names for themselves.

The Hollywood round began with a new twist this year: a one-day boot camp featuring advice on styling, the vocal coaching of the stalwart Debra Byrd, and a pep talk of sorts from (is this show ever going to get younger?) Barry Manilow. After that, it was on to the traditional two-day kickoff of Hollywood competition, as the 147 singers were split in two, with half getting to tour Tinseltown while the other half performed one song a cappella. The purpose here is to weed out the obviously over-matched, as only 43 ended up being cut.
The hour served to reintroduce many of those featured prominently in the audition episodes. Only a couple of never-before-seen wannabes got any spotlight, and only a few of those who got their own audition segment failed to make it past their first test. I'll divide those we saw into groups.

The Heavy Hitters

Anyone who had a lengthy audition segment and was singled out for praise on this evening can safely be assumed to be someone the show is enthusiastic about. The three who stand out in this regard are Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, and Jackie Tohn, although I was less than thrilled with all three. Gokey, who might want to ask the show to stop talking about his dead wife before we're forced to start hating him, tried to overpower "Kiss From a Rose" without the upper register to make it work. Rounds beat the dead "I Will Always Love You" horse and was more loud than good. The judges, who have been known to confuse those concepts, gave her a standing O anyway. Tohn gave a reasonably effective blues performance, but she seems to believe she's now a stand-up comic, and I wonder how well her overall twitchiness will wear with the American public.

And You Guys Were Good Too

These are the singers who seemed as if they might have potential based on their auditions, but came across much more effectively in their first try in Hollywood. The judges were more enthusiastic about Jasmine Murray in Jacksonville than I was, but she showed here that she might be more than just a "marketable" teen face. Oil man Michael Sarver has apparently taken my advice and begun to play up his country side. Jorge Nunez sounded much better singing in English than he did in San Juan. Anoop Desai, who has more experience singing a cappella than most of the others, sounded effortlessly strong once again. And while many of us might want to dismiss David Osmond on the basis of his Osmond-ness, he's not going to make it easy thanks to his solid first-day vocal.
Also in this category is Stephen Fowler, whose original audition we did not see. He took on a Stevie Wonder song, often a bad idea on Idol, and ended up doing a decent Stevie impression. We'll be seeing more of him, along with several others who we did not see sing this night, but whose success was noted: Scott McIntyre (aka The Blind Guy), Anne Marie Boskovich, Alexis Grace (yay!), Adam Lambert, and Brent Keith Smith.

Problem Children

Most of the singers that Ryan Seacrest euphemistically referred to as "judges' favorites" (translation: the ones we decided to feature the past three weeks) were passed through with rote praise, but a few of them came in for such harsh criticism that it at first appeared they might not make it. Amy Winehouse sound-alike Frankie Jordan was knocked by Simon, but she ended up getting an OK. Emily Wynne-Hughes, the tattooed chick who deserted her band for Idol, picked a new song at the last minute and paid for that mistake with some negative comments before also being passed through. And free-spirited Rose Flack appeared to have some difficulties adapting to the more stressful pace. She displayed a laid-back Norah Jones vibe on "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," but while she's pleasant to listen to, I fear she is going to be swallowed up by the stage.
The perceived favorite who got slammed the hardest was Von Smith, he of the "Over the Rainbow" histrionics. He came out with what appears to be the one thing he can do, an over-the-top Broadway-type number that allowed viewers to once again get up and close and personal with his uvula. It was really no different than his audition, but for some reason Simon Cowell couldn't stand him this time around, calling Smith's performance "indulgent nonsense ... the sort of thing a child would do." To his credit, Smith seemed humbled by the attack, which for all I know is the first real criticism he's ever received.

Comic Relief

If you picked Nick "Norman Gentle" Mitchell and Katrina "Bikini Girl" Darrell to make it past the first day of Hollywood, then I want to go to Vegas with you. Mitchell, who actually has a decent (if hardly Idol-quality) voice when he's not clowning around, mugged his way through "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," complete with pitch pipe and shout-out to Seacrest. Darrell chose the infamous contestant-killer "Breathe" and while flat most of the way, was just barely good enough for Simon and Randy Jackson to make a case for her, despite Kara DioGuardi's best efforts at losing her nemesis once and for all. While these two are both entertaining in their own way, I don't envy the singers who will have to work with them in the group phase.

Wait Till Next Year

A few singers that had featured auditions failed to make it to the next phase. Jessica Furney won't have to make alternative plans for someone to look after her grandmother, as she was sent back to Kansas. Marginal golden ticket recipients Patricia Roman and Sharon Wilbur did not make it either. Jesus Valenzuela, who advanced out of San Francisco because Kara couldn't tell his kids no, had to leave the boys at home and thus was sent back to join them, departing in a huff.

Missing In Action


Several performers featured in the audition rounds weren't shown at all, although we can infer that they all survived the first cut. Joanna Pacitti, Austin Sisneros, Leneshe Young, Stevie Wright, Taylor Vaifauna, Cody Shelton, Casey Carlson, Kai Kalama, Michael Castro, and Megan Corkrey are in this group, as is Deanna Brown, who was shown offstage.

http://www.film.com/tv/american-idol/story/american-idol-goes-to-hollywood/25870030
Title: Re: ***Spoilers*** American Idol Season 8 Top 36
Post by: TexasLady on February 07, 2009, 12:29:06 PM
'Idol's' bitter “Bikini girl” Katrina Darrell on the 'haters'

"a lot of jealous haters out there.”

After being kicked off last night’s American Idol, “Bikini girl” Katrina Darrell speculated as to why she was kicked to the curb.

Bikini Girl says, “I think there were a lot of jealous haters out there and a lot of them were female, so it made it very difficult to work with them. And also I was very tired."

Never getting along with judge Kara DioGuardi, Darrell reveals, “I think she had it out for me in the beginning which was sad because we could’ve been really good friends.”

As for why Darrell wore a swimsuit to her first AI audition, she explains, “It was 110 degrees in Phoenix and I heard that people wait 15 hours and don’t even get to audition so I figured, what the heck. At least I'll be tan."

The sun-damaged “Bikini Girl” says of her moniker, “I think it’s a cute gimmick. I don’t plan on having that be my title forever.”

When asked about her future plans, she natters, “I want to get a record label. Work on an album and go on tour.” Although music is her number one passion, she reveals, “I would love to do Victoria Secret runway [shows] and have big wings.”  Really.

Darrell and judge Ryan Seacrest shared some intimate moments and she admits, “There was a crush. He has fiercely green eyes." So was Seacrest a good kisser? She responds, "He was good. He was scared…I think it was because of the show. He's not allowed to kiss back."

Sending a message to the AI judges, Darrell declares, “Bring me back. I want one of the three wild cards!”

“Extra’s” interview with Katrina Darrell airs tomorrow."

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_1457892.php/

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! A thousand times NO don't bring her back!  :lala







Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 09, 2009, 01:33:01 PM
yea no not gona happen lol.. by by bathing suit girl :jumpy: :jumpy:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 09, 2009, 04:36:07 PM
Recap: Hollywood Week, February 4th 2009

The first half hour was devoted to the group’s misadventures and mix mash of personalities, the tears, the drama, the slackers and those who rose to the occasion. 

9PM One hundred and seven contestants gather for the group round.

9:30PM: We are treated to Tatiana Del Toro, you remember her, the uncontrollable laughing hyena singer from the San Francisco auditions. She finally finds a group that will accept her and she immediately attempts to take over to the dismay of the other girls. Backstabbing begins. (For some reason we aren’t given her teammates names until they actually sing the next day.)

11:15PM the groups are formed and planning their songs and moves.

The next group highlighted has Katrina Darrell aka “The Bikini Girl.” The team consists of Rose Flack, Jasmine Murray, Lauren Barnes and "TBG." They call their team: Team Diva.

Meanwhile we finally know who the red-haired singer is; her name is Nancy Wilson who teams with Nathaniel (Nate) Marshall McGee and Kristen McNamara. Tatiana leaves her group and asks to join Team Compromise. Nancy and Nate don’t really want her at this point but Kristin does. It doesn’t matter because Tatiana goes back to her original group and asks if they think they can really win. Nancy dragging Kristen along, follows Tatiana and confront her asking her why she left them and will she come back. No, but wishes them a blessed day. Nancy, Kristen and Nate have a group hug and decide to have fun, they are in Hollywood. 

Danny Gokey and Jamar Rogers, Taylor Vaifanua and an unidentified girl are rehearsing in the kitchen have a great rapport and are doing well.

Later in the evening, Kristen takes a break from rehearsals to rest her throat which causes a major flare up with Nancy who wants to keep rehearsing. Nate has a meltdown, crying to another group that he just doesn’t know what to do; he’s tried his hardest to get them all to get along.

I’ll just spare you most of the drama with Rose and her team. “TBG” who left the group to go to bed won’t get up in the morning even though the girls try to talk to her while she hides under the covers. She hasn’t had much sleep and is tired. The girls leave without her, not knowing if she will show up or not and what they will do if she doesn’t. At the breakfast table “TBG” shows up ready to sing and the other girls leave. Rose foreshadows the end result when she says “We’re going to be the group that will be an absolute train wreck." She says she knew it from the beginning when she got into that group.

Group Auditions:

Simon terrifies them all announcing before they begin that anyone who forgets the words is out! Naturally this freaks them out.

First group is White Chocolate. The singers are India Morrison, Justin Williams, Kris Allen and Matt Giraud, who blow the judges away. India rapped and sang and even Simon loved them. (They were terrific.) All are put through to the next round.

Next group consists of Austin Siscernos and J.B. Ahfua, Maryn Azoff, Shelby Swartwood. They Sing Do Do.. but Didn’t, Didn’t. Simon says it was an absolute mess! Guys through and girls go home.

Action Squad is next up with Alex Wagner Trugman, Ryan Pinkston, Anne Marie Boskovich and Emily Wynne-Hughes. Emily forgot her words and the group had to help her with them. We know her fate. The judges were laughing and not in a good way but Alex and Anne Marie make it through. Emily is upset but understanding, Ryan says he feels manipulated and assaulted and he saw EVIL in Paula’s eyes!

After a number of bad singers, Simon asks for a truckload of Tylenol, the judges have words and finally we are treated to our next group which is Danny Gokey’s group. They have decided they will sing a cappella and it was a winning choice. Danny, Jamar Rogers, Taylor Vaifanua and our unidentified girl all make it through.

The next excellent group has Adam Lambert, Jeremy Michael Sarver, Matt Breitzke and Jessica Langseth. Adam and Jeremy are the standouts but all make it through.

Next up is Team Diva. They have all come together seemingly but the judges spot the discord. Lauren Barnes sings solo first with "TBG" next. Rose forgot her words. Simon says he knows this is not a team and "TBG" offers one excuse after another. she had heels on all day, she has scoliosis, etc. etc... Simon wasn't buying it. Jasmine makes it through with the others sent home.  Class to the end, Katrina wouldn’t even pose for the group photo.
 
After all the drama, finally it’s time for Tatiana, Muna Hiluf, Calin (?) and another unidentified girl all make it through. Tatiana thanks Jesus over and over again with her teammates standing by. It’s all about HER! (I hope she goes next round!)

Last team up is Team Compromise singing Mercy. Nathaniel Marshall sings the first solo, next is Nancy Wilson followed by Kristen McNamara. Nathaniel and Kristen make it through but not Nancy. The judges spotted the discord and Nancy takes her rejection badly, cursing at her teammates as she leaves the stage.

Danny Osmond didn’t make it, but he’ll be OK. Scott McIntyre does make the cut but we didn’t see him perform. Altogether seventy five go through to next round.



Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 11, 2009, 12:51:07 PM
Recap: February 10, 2009

The show begins with 72 contestants. Each will sing solo with the backup singers, the band and if they want to play an instrument that is also allowed.

This episode was chaotic with Ryan Seacrest trying to make sense of the mess beginning at the end of the day with the nervous singers in holding rooms then rewinding to the solos. 

As with previous shows we only see a selected few who perform leaving us in the dark about some of the other singers, obviously they are fodder for elimination.

7AM The singers pull numbers for the order of the day. They will receive no comments and no results. They must wait until evening when they are placed in the holding rooms.

First up: Adam Lambert who sings "Believe" by Cher. Next is Matt Giraud who plays the keyboard, he sings "Georgia on my Mind." The judges are ecstatic with his performance.

7:45PM Shot of the holding room with Matt, Danny and Jamar. Rewind to Jamar Rogers singing "Oh, It's What you Do to Me."The song is "Hey There Delia."  Jamar didn't impress me this time, but his friend Danny loved it.

Next up, Danny Gokey singing "I hope you Dance." The audience loves his performance.

8:00PM Judges juggling with photos, picking who stays who leaves.

8:30PM Judges still deliberating. First group moved to a new room.

8:45PM The judges have another group of 18, group 2, moved to their holding room.

Next up: Anoop Desai, Jorge Nunez and Scott McIntrye who plays the piano. Backstage he tells us he was told that Paula gave him a standing O and he's pumped!

First girl of the day is Kendall Beard, followed by Stevie Wright, Lil Rounds, Mishavonna Henson and Kristin McNamara.

Room 1 First group with Anoop Desai, Adam Lambert. This group will absolutely make it through this round.

9PM After being in the main holding room for hours, 2 groups of 18 each are decided and moved to their groups.

Room 2 Ricky Braddy, Michael Sarver, Alexander Wagner-Trugman and Tatiana are moved to this room and we wonder, is this good or bad to have Tatiana in this group. We are treated to a flashback of Nathanial Marshall’s trials and tribulations with his group, he is also part of this group.

Back to solos with Tatiana who thinks she did awwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeesommmmme! Tatiana my dear, straps and sleeves are a good thing!

Tatiana is removed from Room 2 because the judges have a dilemma, the numbers aren’t working out. (More soap opera drama)

Norman Mitchell has a decision to make, should he just sing or should Norman Gentle make a return visit. Norman Gentle returns. The guy is hilarious but is American Idol ready for him?  

Room 4 Norman is sent to Room 4 along with Mick Mitchell, Anne Marie Boskovich, and Ju’not Joyner. Tatiana joins them.

9:30PM All groups are set, Simon has to leave for London leaving Paula, Randy and Kara to deliver the news to the anxious singers.

Paula gives each room the news, first up is the group in room 2. Yes, you made it! Kai Kalama, Michael Sarver, Alexis Grace, Casey Carlson, Nathanial Marshall are in this room.

Next is room 3. Bad news, they are being sent home. This group includes India Morrison, Michael Castro, Kalin Lloyd and Lenesha Young. It’s the end of the road.

Room 1 and Room 4 are going through to the next round. This tends to confirm our leaked list of the 36 who made it through.

Room 1 confirmed: Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai and Jackie Tohn.

Room 4 contestants: Mick Mitchell, Ann Marie Boskovich, Ju’not Joyner  and Tatiana. Paula drags the news out, the group heard cheering from the other rooms and are fearful. Tatiana blubbers and the judges commiserate, finally delivering the news; yes, you are through to the next round.

Wednesday night is a 2 hour show whittling down the group to 36.



Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 11, 2009, 07:40:54 PM
Tantiana in Room 2 or Room 4, no difference. Idol producers just want to play up the drama of Tantiana in the last room. :knuckles:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 11, 2009, 08:11:22 PM
Tantiana in Room 2 or Room 4, no difference. Idol producers just want to play up the drama of Tantiana in the last room. :knuckles:

Joab, True!! it just makes her more annoying!  )-**
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 11, 2009, 08:29:44 PM
Tantiana in Room 2 or Room 4, no difference. Idol producers just want to play up the drama of Tantiana in the last room. :knuckles:

Joab, True!! it just makes her more annoying!  )-**

OMG, i would take the homeless girl who went home in room 3, 10 of her.. anyday than Tantiana. :meow:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 11, 2009, 08:33:30 PM
I SO agree. Far better choice.

I feel sorry for her, she has no pause button. She CAN sing, it's her emotionalism that is so annoying.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 11, 2009, 09:29:19 PM
Yes, Tantiana can sing.. but if she would just behave NORMALLY.. i think she would have been a favourite. :res:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 11, 2009, 10:11:14 PM
She'll be the VFTW candidate, I just know it. 

:umn: :groan: :snakes:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on February 12, 2009, 04:21:53 AM
 :yess:

FOX Press Release

[EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition. AMERICAN IDOL contestant Felicia Barton has replaced Ms. Pacitti as part of the Top 36.]

“AMERICAN IDOL” TOP 36 SEMIFINALISTS REVEALED!

VOTING BEGINS NEXT WEEK AFTER FIRST GROUP PERFORMS LIVE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, ON FOX

Three Finalists Advance During First LIVE Results Show Wednesday, February 18

Auditions ended tonight for the eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL as the Top 36 semifinalists were revealed by Simon, Paula, Randy and Kara. It’s now up to America to decide who advances in the competition and moves one step closer to becoming the next AMERICAN IDOL. The 36 hopefuls will be split into three groups of 12, and for three consecutive weeks, one group will perform each week. The live performance shows air Tuesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), and Tuesday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

At the end of each performance show, AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) for at least two hours in their region. Fans can use the branded toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.) until 12:00 AM ET/PT (11:00 PM CT/MT), subject to time zone restrictions. Additionally, for two hours at the end of the show in their region, AT&T Wireless subscribers can use their cell phones and text the word “Vote” to the four-digit short number (5701, 5702, etc.) representing the contestant of their choice.

Then on the weekly live results shows airing Wednesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 ET live/PT tape-delayed), Thursday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 ET live/PT tape-delayed) and Wednesday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 ET live/PT tape-delayed), Ryan Seacrest will announce the three semifinalists – the top male, the top female and the next top vote-recipient – America has chosen to move on in the competition.

On Thursday, March 5 (8:00-9:00 ET live/PT tape-delayed),  the special  “Wild Card” episode will feature the judges’ favorite remaining contestants battling it out live for a coveted spot in the next phase of the competition.

The AMERICAN IDOL Top 36 semifinalists are:

FEMALES:

Alexis Grace

Hometown:  Memphis, TN

Currently Resides: Memphis, TN

Age: 21
 
Grace has been singing since she was 7 years old. She was a member of the Concert Choir at the University of Memphis, and enjoys dancing, playing the guitar and taking care of her daughter.

Allison Iraheta

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA

Currently Resides: Downey, CA

Age: 16         
 
Iraheta is a junior in high school who began singing at age 5. She also enjoys playing the guitar.

Ann Marie Boskovich

Hometown:  Thousand Oaks, CA

Currently Resides: Nashville, TN

Age: 22
 
Currently pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, Boskovich began singing before she could talk. She also plays guitar and piano.

Arianna Afsar

Hometown:  San Diego, CA

Currently Resides: San Diego, CA

Age: 17
 
Afsar is a senior at Westview High School. She has been singing since she was 7 years old, and loves acting, dancing and playing piano.

Casey Carlson

Hometown:  Eden Prairie, MN

Currently Resides: Minneapolis, MN

Age: 20
 
Carlson is in her third year at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Psychology. She began taking voice lessons in fifth grade.

Felicia Barton

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Currently Resides: Virginia Beach, VA

Age: 26
 
Barton lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with her husband and son. She began singing before she could talk, and her first public performance was at age 2.

Jackie Tohn

Hometown:  Oceanside, NY

Currently Resides: Silver Lake, CA

Age: 28
 
Tohn resides in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake. She holds an associate’s degree in psychology from Santa Monica College. Her hobbies include acting, performing comedy and playing guitar.

Jasmine Murray

Hometown:  Columbus, MS

Currently Resides: Starkville, MS

Age: 17
 
Murray lives in Starkville, MS, and attends The Mississippi School of the Arts. She loves being on stage and has been singing since she was 3 years old.

Jeanine Vailes

Hometown:  Washington, DC

Currently Resides: Sherman Oaks, CA

Age: 28         
 
A recent arrival to Los Angeles, Vailes began singing at age 4 and had her first solo performance in church at age 9. She also enjoys songwriting, motivational speaking and doing voiceover work.

Jesse Langseth

Hometown:  Minneapolis, MN

Currently Resides: Minneapolis, MN

Age: 26
 
Langseth lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her 8-year-old daughter. In addition to singing, she also plays the piano and guitar.

Kendall Beard

Hometown:  Lufkin, TX

Currently Resides: Austin, TX

Age: 24
 
Beard graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In addition to singing, she has been studying dance for 12 years.

Kristen McNamara

Hometown:  Napa Valley, CA

Currently Resides: Nashville, TN

Age: 23
 
McNamara is a singer/songwriter originally from Northern California. She loves to dance and has been performing her whole life. Her hobbies include playing guitar, piano, painting and baking.

Lil Rounds

Hometown:  Memphis, TN

Currently Resides: Memphis, TN

Age: 24
 
Rounds lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband and three children. Music has always been a part of her life, and she began singing when she was 3 years old.

Megan Corkrey

Hometown:  Taylorsville, UT

Currently Resides: Sandy, UT

Age: 23
 
Corkrey lives in Sandy, UT, with her 2-year-old son, Ryder. She has been singing since age 3, and is a self-professed “foodie.”

Mishavonna Henson

Hometown:  Irvine, CA

Currently Resides: Irvine, CA

Age: 18         
 
Henson has been singing since she could talk and sang publicly for the first time in church. Her hobbies include horseback riding, acting, dancing and playing piano and guitar. She also takes classes at a junior college.

Stevie Wright

Hometown:  Phelan, CA

Currently Resides: Phelan, CA

Age: 17
 
Wright is a junior at Serrano High School. She works in a coffee shop and sings in a band with her youth group. Her real passion is singing, but she also loves to dance.

Tatiana Nicole Del Toro

Hometown:  San Juan, PR

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 24
 
Del Toro studied at the Manhattan School of Music and attended the New York Film Academy. Her hobbies include theater, acting, writing and dancing.

Taylor Vaifanua

Hometown:  Hurricane, UT

Currently Resides: Hurricane, UT

Age: 17
 
When Vaifanua was 2 years old, she and her family moved to Samoa and lived there for five years before returning to Utah. She is a junior at Hurricane High School, and her hobbies include sports, singing and dancing.

MALES:

Adam Lambert

Hometown:  San Diego, CA

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 26         
 
Lambert grew up in San Diego but currently lives in Hollywood. He began singing at age 10, and has been involved with musical theater for the past eight years.

Alexander Wagner-Trugman

Hometown:  Studio City, CA

Currently Resides: Studio City, CA

Age: 19         
 
Wagner-Trugman is a sophomore at the University of Miami. He began singing in high school, and he plays piano and guitar. His hobbies include playing video games and basketball.

Anoop Desai

Hometown:  Chapel Hill, NC

Currently Resides: Chapel Hill, NC

Age: 22
 
Desai is working on his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina. During his undergraduate years, he was a member of the UNC Clef Hangers, an a cappella group.

Brent Keith             

Hometown:  Blanchester, OH

Currently Resides: Nashville, TN

Age: 29         
 
A guitar player, Keith lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife. He has been singing all his life but started performing publicly when he was 13 years old.

Danny Gokey

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI

Currently Resides: Milwaukee, WI

Age: 28
 
Gokey is the president and founder of a non-profit organization. In addition to singing, he plays the piano and loves salsa dancing.

Jorge Nuñez

Hometown:  Cidra, Puerto Rico

Currently Resides: Carolina, Puerto Rico

Age: 21         
 
Nuñez is in his fourth year at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. In addition to English and Spanish, Nuñez is also fluent in French.

Ju’Not Joyner

Hometown:  Baltimore, MD

Currently Resides: Bowie, MD 

Age: 26         
 
A native of Maryland, Joyner owns his own business with his fiancée. He enjoys acting, comedy and songwriting.

Kai Kalama

Hometown:  Redlands, CA

Currently Resides: San Clemente, CA

Age: 27
 
Kalama began singing when he was 5 years old at his church. An accomplished musician, he also plays guitar, ukulele, bass, piano and drums.

Kris Allen

Hometown:  Jacksonville, AR

Currently Resides: Conway, AR

Age: 23
 
Allen is a student at the University of Central Arkansas. He has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 13 years old.

Matt Breitzke

Hometown:  Bixby, OK

Currently Resides: Bixby, OK

Age: 28
 
Breitzke spent his childhood in Hobart, IN, and later attended flight school in Tulsa, OK.  He has been singing and playing the guitar since the fifth grade.

Matt Giraud

Hometown:  Ypsilanti, MI 

Currently Resides: Kalamazoo, MI 

Age: 23
 
Giraud is a life-long resident of Michigan who graduated from Western Michigan University in 2007. He sings and plays piano in local clubs and hotels.

Michael Sarver

Hometown:  Jasper, TX

Currently Resides: Jasper, TX

Age: 27
 
Sarver is married with two children and works on an oil rig. He has always dreamed of being a singer/songwriter. Sarver also plays the piano, drums and guitar.

Nathaniel Marshall

Hometown:  Malone, NY

Currently Resides: Malone, NY

Age: 19
 
Marshall began singing at age 2, and sang publicly for the first time in his high school choir. He is a cosmetology student in New York.

Nick Mitchell

Hometown:  Brookfield, CT

Currently Resides: Brookfield, CT

Age: 27
 
Mitchell attended Marymount Manhattan College and Western Connecticut State University. He is a sketch comedian who performs in Manhattan and Connecticut.

Ricky Braddy

Hometown:  Nashville, TN

Currently Resides: Elizabeth City, NC

Age: 25
 
Braddy graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance. He began singing when he was 4 years old at his church.

Scott MacIntyre

Hometown:  Scottsdale, AZ

Currently Resides: Scottsdale, AZ 

Age: 23
 
MacIntyre earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University at age 19, and attended graduate school in London, England. He also plays piano, guitar and drums.

Stephen Fowler

Hometown:  Cleveland, OH

Currently Resides: Beachwood, OH

Age: 26
 
Fowler has been married for six years and has two sons. He has been singing his entire life, and began playing piano at 11 years old. He is a full-time musician who teaches piano at the Rainey Institute in Cleveland.

Von Smith

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Currently Resides: Greenwood, MO

Age: 22
 
Smith plays piano and is fluent in Spanish. His other hobbies include dancing, acting and songwriting. 


Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 12, 2009, 07:15:43 AM
Thanks Marigold for the update.  :tup: I'm shocked that Pachitti was disqualified. It's best for the show though.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 12, 2009, 12:16:51 PM
I looked through the top 36 profiles again..

These are the only few i remember -
Adam Lambert - powerful singing
Alex Wagner-Trugman - only remembered him with the singoff for top 36
Allison Iraheta - for her hair
Casey Carlson - for forgetting the lyrics
Anoop Desai - for a weird name
Jasmine Murray - she's the only one who survived in bikini girl's diva group
Kristen McNamara - she's ms calm, nancy's hate and the singoff, loads of screentime
Michael Sarver - for his profession
Mishavonna Henson - roughly remembered her face
Nick Mitchell - for his weird stunts
Nathaniel Marshall - drama king, Nathaniel.. o.o
Stephen Fowler - for forgetting the lyrics
Tatiana Nicole Del Toro - DUH
Danny Gokey - amazing voice
Matt Breitzke - singoff
Lil Rounds - mom of 3 and wants to change her family life

I can't believe i've only got an impression for 16 out of 36 contestants, and nearly half of them i only got to know more tonight with the 2 hr show. That's hardly just abit more than one-third. And of the few i remembered, i seriously think Idol producers really gave loads of screentimes to Nick, Nathaniel, Tatiana and Kristen that they really made such a huge impression on me that i only remember their names for now. T_T

I really hope Nathaniel, Nick and Tatiana does not get through though. I like Kristen though, hope she proves Simon wrong!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 12, 2009, 03:01:43 PM
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I can't believe i've only got an impression for 16 out of 36 contestants, and nearly half of them i only got to know more tonight with the 2 hr show. That's hardly just abit more than one-third. And of the few i remembered, i seriously think Idol producers really gave loads of screentimes to Nick, Nathaniel, Tatiana and Kristen that they really made such a huge impression on me that i only remember their names for now. T_T

I really hope Nathaniel, Nick and Tatiana does not get through though. I like Kristen though, hope she proves Simon wrong!

I love your list, and I agree with most of them. I cannot remember Allison Iraheta or Casey Carlson, can't remember anything about them. I love Michael Sarver,


I wonder about the three you mention, will they get eliminated before the final 12? Nick Gentle is quite funny, no doubt but this is a singing contest and he can't help going into the entertainment mode I would not want him to become a Taylor Hicks.

Nathaniel is a mess, he can sing but is SO high strung. Last night they gave some insight into his family life and it somewhat explains his personality.

Tatiana....  :groan:

I remember Anoop Desai, because our doctor's last name is Desai.  :lol:  However he is a good singer.

Who do you feel is the strongest male singer so far? I'm thinking Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey might be the strongest of the guys.

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 12, 2009, 09:01:55 PM
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Who do you feel is the strongest male singer so far? I'm thinking Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey might be the strongest of the guys.


Exactly what i felt as well. I only remembered their singing and it was impressive.

As for the girls, i think good old soulful Lil Rounds and a few of the younger 16 to 18 years old girl stands out.

And i still can't believe i still only know 4 full names from the 36 contestants. There's so many that i don't remember everyone! :groan:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 12, 2009, 09:26:20 PM
I don't think we CAN remember them all right now, only a few have been featured, two or three of them in a bad way. (Tatiana, the Bikini Girl and Nathaniel Marshall to some degree.)  :groan:

Maybe with the groups of 12 semi-finalists singing, we can get a better feeling for them.

According to my scribbled list this will be the first group singing on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Casey Carlson
Stephen Fowler
Jackie Tohn
Rick Braddy
Ann Marie Boskovich
Brent Keith
Alexis Grace
Michael Sarver
Stevie Wright
Danny Gokey
Tatiana Del Toro
Anoop Desai
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 12, 2009, 09:50:45 PM
I wonder how will Tatiana behave on the performance show.. :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 12, 2009, 09:57:11 PM
Probably like every other time. She'll sing her little whiny singsong to please keep her, or more likely sing it to US to vote for her. Please don't send me home!  )-**

I wish the producers would tell her, 'If you embarrass yourself as you have previously and do it on live TV, you will be eliminated immediately.' (I can hope right?)  :lol:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 12, 2009, 10:34:05 PM
I don't know, i'm quite disgusted by Tatiana's spot in Top 36. I don't know what the judges are thinking.. but we're looking for an Idol, not a whiney banshee.. an Idol is someone whom we can look up to..

Imagine the young children looking up to Tatiana and starts screaming, crying, being hysterical.. that doesn't sound like a very good role model to me. :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: eragon on February 13, 2009, 07:08:33 AM
Go Casey Carlson!!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 13, 2009, 07:42:49 AM
Did we know this? 

Kristen McNamara: "Star Search," "Nashville Star," and "American Idol"?
Posted by Lindy Parker

Remember all the drama that went down during last night's American Idol when Team Compromise started fighting for reasons best known to themselves, and then the blonde girl, Kristen (left), got screamed at onstage by her own team mate, the auburn-haired Nancy (right)?  Well, it turns out Kristen McNamara is no stranger to singing for the camera...

Apparently, 23 year old Kristen has appeared on Star Search and Nashville Star before auditioning for American Idol...

 Is there a rule governing how many reality show singing competetions a person can participate in?   On the other hand, she did warn us she would keep popping up.  Presumably the appropriate maxim is "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again."  It just seems a little shady to hop from one reality show to another hoping the next one will stick.....Right?  Doesn't it? Whatever, we're torn.

Source: http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/theremoteisland/archive/2009/02/05/kristen-mcnamara-quot-star-search-quot-quot-nashville-star-quot-and-quot-american-idol-quot.aspx


Nashville Star/USA Network
Kristen McNamara
Age: 20
Hometown: Napa Valley, California
Instruments: Guitar and Piano
Dream Duets: Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, Brian Adams or Big & Rich.

BIO

Kristen McNamara got started singing as soon as she "could make noise." But singing in chorus at school and church was not enough for Kristen, she yearned for more. Starting with nothing but a tape of Patsy Cline singing "Crazy," Kristen trained herself to sing every song perfectly. She thought that when recording in a studio, you only had one chance to get it right. That thinking trained young Kristen for her soon to be successful career.

Kristen, whose vocal range spans four octaves, has had the opportunity to open for great country acts such as Lonestar, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Kevin Sharp, Travis Tritt and Glen Campbell. She's performed everywhere from California to New York, and worked with a number of legendary producers like Andy Goldmark, Guy Roche, Narada Michael Walden, Gary Cirimelli and D. Scott Miller.

Recently, Kristen released her second CD, Restless, which includes four songs that she wrote, as well as seven other original songs. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "the next Celine Dion or the NEW Patsy Cline." While Mike Thomas of the Pacific Sun wrote "she has an uncommon vocal blend of God-given pipes and emotional reach -- she's a precociously gifted country pop artist."

Source: http://www.usanetwork.com/series/nashvillestar/theshow/characterprofiles/kristenmcnamara/index.html
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on February 13, 2009, 07:46:32 AM
I don't know, i'm quite disgusted by Tatiana's spot in Top 36. I don't know what the judges are thinking.. but we're looking for an Idol, not a whiney banshee.. an Idol is someone whom we can look up to..

Imagine the young children looking up to Tatiana and starts screaming, crying, being hysterical.. that doesn't sound like a very good role model to me. :duno:

I don't even think she's an Idol in a musical sense. She better go home soon. :groan: :res:

My faves right now are Adam, Anoop, Danny, Jasmine, Lil Rounds & Taylor.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 13, 2009, 07:50:42 AM
Brent Keith was also a Nashville Star contestant. It seems we will have several Country singers this year and with experience performing

Nashville Star/USA Network
Brent Keith
AGE: 24

HOMETOWN: Blanchester, Ohio

CURRENTLY RESIDES: Clarksville, Ohio

BIO: Brent lives in Clarksville, Ohio, where he writes his own songs and performs around the area. He currently works at P.C. Connection, and spends his off time with his girlfriend. Brent plays the guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, banjo, and keyboards. He has competed in the Colgate Country Showdown, where he placed in the top three in 1999, 2000, and 2001 and finally won the competition in 2002. His musical influences are The Warren Brothers, Jonny Lang, Keith Urban, The Eagles, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and Tim McGraw.

QUOTE: "I'm a modern-day country boy with influences from all over, but my music is probably best described as a blend of classic and current country and rock-n-roll. There's nothing I enjoy more than writing and performing my music live in front of a crowd, and I'm looking forward to the possibility of finally having the chance to show the world who I am and what I do."

Source: http://www.usanetwork.com/series/nashvillestar/theshow/characterprofiles/keith/index.html
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 13, 2009, 07:52:15 AM
I don't know, i'm quite disgusted by Tatiana's spot in Top 36. I don't know what the judges are thinking.. but we're looking for an Idol, not a whiney banshee.. an Idol is someone whom we can look up to..

Imagine the young children looking up to Tatiana and starts screaming, crying, being hysterical.. that doesn't sound like a very good role model to me. :duno:

I don't even think she's an Idol in a musical sense. She better go home soon. :groan: :res:

My faves right now are Adam, Anoop, Danny, Jasmine, Lil Rounds & Taylor.

The fact that VFTW already loves her is horrifying!  (:;) :knuckles: :groan: 

Raymond I totally agree with your favorites, they are the standouts this year.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on February 13, 2009, 08:01:21 AM
I don't know, i'm quite disgusted by Tatiana's spot in Top 36. I don't know what the judges are thinking.. but we're looking for an Idol, not a whiney banshee.. an Idol is someone whom we can look up to..

Imagine the young children looking up to Tatiana and starts screaming, crying, being hysterical.. that doesn't sound like a very good role model to me. :duno:

I don't even think she's an Idol in a musical sense. She better go home soon. :groan: :res:

My faves right now are Adam, Anoop, Danny, Jasmine, Lil Rounds & Taylor.

The fact that VFTW already loves her is horrifying!  (:;) :knuckles: :groan: 

Raymond I totally agree with your favorites, they are the standouts this year.

Well, unless she is the top female vote-getter (which I doubt) or the third-highest vote getter (which I SO dread), then she's SO outta here. Although I may want her to stay if she will pull off a meltdown the likes of which no one has seen if she is gone before the Final 12.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 13, 2009, 08:14:27 AM
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Well, unless she is the top female vote-getter (which I doubt) or the third-highest vote getter (which I SO dread), then she's SO outta here. Although I may want her to stay if she will pull off a meltdown the likes of which no one has seen if she is gone before the Final 12.

I love the way you think!  :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 13, 2009, 10:21:02 AM
yea virginia beach in the ai top 36!!! they did give a lot of tv face time to the winey screachy ones maby they were trying to keep the bad audition audance?? any way i hope that is over i think the new voteing system will get rid of ppl like tatiana and vftw will not b so powerful this year. i was hopeing the voteing would b more like danceing with the stars where the judges votes count for 1/2 this way we get to vote and they get to say by by to the one we realy want gone, it gives the show more control. jmo i loved taylor but he was not the best in his season, and rember chicken little how long he stayed around, and who can for get scott savo, he was in the top ten the yr carrie underwood won.
i went to that top ten idol concert and we had seats right behind scott savos and anthony i forgot his last names family, my neice was with me and she was like 9 and she asked them ,if  they were his parents they said  yes we r, and she said well i like him..she was bing polite..lol any way i like the new system i hope it works and we don't all loossee our minds this yr.. :jam:

i can't wait to here felicia barton sing she got no air time.. and belive me i watched if she is from the barton family i think she is or married to one of the bartons she has live here all her life also like meee....ineed to go get the paper there better b an artical about it.. i called severl raido stations when chris rich was on ai i was like u ppl need to under stand this is a big show and u r giving him no reckanition..sry sp. they were like realy we had no idea i got several stations excited about it , one would call me realy early in the morni on rusult day and ask me q every week i was even in the paper, one ng i text 4000 votes for chris i had unlimeted texting that yr..i still have a callous on that finger lol.. :groan:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 13, 2009, 11:57:40 AM
Wow, texting in America for AI is free?

Over here they charge us 60 cents for each vote! (:;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 13, 2009, 02:51:18 PM
i got this unlimed texting plan for like 5.00 that yr now unlimeted is 20.00.well no it is 10.0020 u get some internet on u r phone.. if felicia gets in i am going for the unlimeted again..where is over here??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on February 13, 2009, 11:26:01 PM
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Well, unless she is the top female vote-getter (which I doubt) or the third-highest vote getter (which I SO dread), then she's SO outta here. Although I may want her to stay if she will pull off a meltdown the likes of which no one has seen if she is gone before the Final 12.

I love the way you think!  :funny:

Thanks. ;) I can't wait for the next episode. I wanna see which early fave crashes & burns.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 14, 2009, 08:17:08 AM
I just don't like this new way of arriving at the final 12, looking at the list for the first group, there are a lot of the better singers on this list but only 3 go through until the wild card episode.  :'(

Casey Carlson
Stephen Fowler
Jackie Tohn
Rick Braddy
Ann Marie Boskovich
Brent Keith
Alexis Grace
Michael Sarver
Stevie Wright
Danny Gokey
Tatiana Del Toro
Anoop Desai

BUT! I hope this is the end of Tatiana!   :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 14, 2009, 08:35:16 AM
I just don't like this new way of arriving at the final 12, looking at the list for the first group, there are a lot of the better singers on this list but only 3 go through until the wild card episode.  :'(

Casey Carlson
Stephen Fowler
Jackie Tohn
Rick Braddy
Ann Marie Boskovich
Brent Keith
Alexis Grace
Michael Sarver
Stevie Wright
Danny Gokey
Tatiana Del Toro
Anoop Desai

BUT! I hope this is the end of Tatiana!   :lol:

Let's hope Tatiana don't disgrace America on national television, to be broadcasted to the entire world to see.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 14, 2009, 09:21:20 AM
they will cut her mic, i can see the sound guy now with his finger on the button.. rember whatthey did to that clay akin want a bbbb.. he was sut down and not a min to soon jmo... i have serous douts she will get to top 12.. between her and norman i am seoursly wonder yyyyyyyyy... :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on February 14, 2009, 10:13:10 PM
I just don't like this new way of arriving at the final 12, looking at the list for the first group, there are a lot of the better singers on this list but only 3 go through until the wild card episode.  :'(

Casey Carlson
Stephen Fowler
Jackie Tohn
Rick Braddy
Ann Marie Boskovich
Brent Keith
Alexis Grace
Michael Sarver
Stevie Wright
Danny Gokey
Tatiana Del Toro
Anoop Desai

BUT! I hope this is the end of Tatiana!   :lol:

Let's hope Tatiana don't disgrace America on national television, to be broadcasted to the entire world to see.

Out of that list, I hope Danny, Anoop & probably Alexis make it, so it's not that much a problem for me.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 15, 2009, 11:06:19 AM

Please tell me you got freaked out like me. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 15, 2009, 12:07:31 PM
Words fail me  :funny:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 16, 2009, 09:01:25 AM
not me she can sing , but omg she is sooo anoying she has to go vftw is going to have a feild day if she stays in...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 17, 2009, 12:01:02 AM
Pretend i didn't post a banner here, VFTW is THE WORST. :funny:

Actually now to think of it.. as much as i hate her.. i think it would be absolutely hilarious to see her in the top 12. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 17, 2009, 07:15:42 AM
Joab has crossed to the dark side!!!  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 17, 2009, 08:07:18 AM
Joab has crossed to the dark side!!!  :lol:

I don't really want her in the top 12. I mean, she's a maverick..

BUT, imagine all the drama we'll get.. how the whole America will be so uptight like when Sanjaya just can't get eliminated.. & how Tatiana will freakout and cry and give us so many dumb moments to laugh about.. :funny:

BUTTTTTT, heck. She shall not make the final 12. I shall make do with her witch laugh video and have a good laugh everytime i feel down. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 17, 2009, 09:24:06 AM
yea no . i have to say that i loved the way sanja rolled with things on his season he was very intertaining in a no iratating way..i am glad he made it as far as he did. it was scott savo who drove me nutzzzz the yr vftw kept him in.. jmo i wish vftw would get a life i hope the new judgeing system puts them in there place.. :meow:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 17, 2009, 09:47:04 AM
Yup, i think they changed a new system because the old system just ensured that as long as the VFTW pick does not receive the lowest bottom 2 votes (for top 24) or bottom vote.. the VFTW pick will stay.

Now that it means having to be the top guy, top girl and THIRD highest number of votes.. this will mean that only 3 out of the 12 will make it and VFTW better do their best to make sure Tatiana gets the 3rd highest number of votes at least. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 17, 2009, 11:34:09 AM
they will they have this leagon of voters.. all though they might not pull out all there voteing powers till the top12 to insure one of the worst do get in.. i have seen what they r capable of and it is not pretty . i watch ai for the talent part i no a lot of ppl like it for the bad singer and the camera whores, but i love to watch the good singers. and this year there is a girl from va beach on the show she is the one who replace joann p., felica barton. she is realy good i you tub her  playing at the beach. i live in va beach, also 2 yrs ago on the sanja season we had a guy from cheasapeake va  chris richardson on the show he made it to 5th and i got to watch with his family every week..good ppl. i loved sanja not the voice so much but he had a great personality. so any way i can't wait to see what they do tonight.. i guess it wil b a girl ng than a boy ng than a by by ng. i hope by by goes to tatiana but we will c..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 18, 2009, 09:38:03 AM
ok so it was a bad night. omg the girls were wfull those nerves got allmost al the 12.. i felt so bad. danny did realy well if he leads worship in his church than he is use to being in front of ppl, he was hands down the best jmo. also i voted for contestant #2 ricky he lives about 30 min from va beach in elisabeth city nc, not far from chris rich i was so happy paula said chris name last night, i still have a cd of him singing that song, i for got about it, i don't want to b..chris killed it it was awsome..and way i voted for like an hr for rickey last night i hop he makes it in, i will not b suprised if tatania makes it, if vftw did there thing, and what was she doing last ng damage control??? the show deff had a rocky start last ng..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ruth on February 18, 2009, 10:30:52 AM
Love Danny, hope he makes it through! Some of the guys are really likeable but a pity they didn't make an impact. The girls were mostly so-so with the exception of Alexis who stood out, not to mention Tatiana who always stands out. I thought her performances was disastrous, can't believe the judges thought it was alright. Please don't let her make the top 12!

GO DANNY!!!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 18, 2009, 11:13:34 AM
yea tateanna is just weird..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 18, 2009, 06:44:42 PM
Hi Ruth! Thanks for your comments! I really don't want Tatiana to make it to the top 12.  :groan:

Welcome to RFF! 

:welcome: :bigwelcome :welcome:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 19, 2009, 10:35:36 AM
The next group of 12 performers are:

Megan Corkrey
Kris Allen
Mishavonna Henson
Matt Breitzke
Allison Iraheta
Matt Giraud
Jasmine Murray
Kai Kalama
Jesse Langseth
Adam Lambert
Jeanine Vailes
Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle

Show dates:  February 24th and 25th for results.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ruth on February 19, 2009, 11:14:59 AM
Thanks TexasLady! (: Yay, Tatiana didn't make it! And she's totally not gonna make it through the wild card. Picked for the round, maybe, but the judges sure aren't gonna put her through. Unless the other singers ain't that good. That said, I really hope Ricky gets through wild card to the top 12! He deserves it.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 19, 2009, 11:20:35 AM
Thanks TexasLady! (: Yay, Tatiana didn't make it! And she's totally not gonna make it through the wild card. Picked for the round, maybe, but the judges sure aren't gonna put her through. Unless the other singers ain't that good. That said, I really hope Ricky gets through wild card to the top 12! He deserves it.

I hope he does make it through. I thought Tatiana was Simon's drama queen last night. She had to fling her hair one each side before she answered Ryan. I'm SO glad she won't be back! I can't see the judges bringing her back as a wild card.  :jam:

We have at least one top singer in this next group, Adam Lambert. It will be interesting to see how Norman Gentle/Nathanial Marshall fares with the voting won't it!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 19, 2009, 11:45:43 AM
I'm just pissed they gave so much airtime to Tatiana, but hardly gave Ricky a moment of showing us his talented vocals. Why waste time on someone whom you know won't win and pisses half of America than to show us the story of some true vocal talent. :(
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 19, 2009, 12:11:06 PM
I'm just pissed they gave so much airtime to Tatiana, but hardly gave Ricky a moment of showing us his talented vocals. Why waste time on someone whom you know won't win and pisses half of America than to show us the story of some true vocal talent. :(

I don't know why they dragged it out so long, maybe to see if she would have another meltdown as you mentioned before. I did laugh at Michael Danny though, he just wanted to know and get it over with. LOL

Thanks Tory, my brain left on vacation without notice. LOL
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 19, 2009, 03:11:53 PM
ty u mean danny. the polar opessets danny and tatanna..lol any way i am confused on this wild card round i did the math and there has to be 4 groups of 12 to get from 36 to 12 so how r they going to do a wild card round?? please tell me if u no i am realy confused????how is it going to work??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 19, 2009, 03:35:00 PM
There were 4 groups, 1 sent home. Now we're seeing each of the 3 groups of 12. Once we vote 3 from each group, there will be 9 chosen by America. Then and I'm not sure how it will work, there will be a wild card show and the final 3 will be picked to make the final 12. It is confusing!  :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 19, 2009, 09:53:24 PM
There were 4 groups, 1 sent home. Now we're seeing each of the 3 groups of 12. Once we vote 3 from each group, there will be 9 chosen by America. Then and I'm not sure how it will work, there will be a wild card show and the final 3 will be picked to make the final 12. It is confusing!  :duno:

I believe i read 3 from each group that didn't make it to the top 12 by America's votes will be picked. Actually not making it to the top 12 by America's vote for Ricky might be good. What he needed was really screentime, and since this wildcard round (i'm sure judges will give it to him) he's definitely going to shine again (and advance as a judges pick and maybe gain some supporters as well).. this might be better than him than advancing through straight yesterday. Because Clay Aiken did came in 2nd and Jennifer Hudson did show that people just need to be given a second chance to shine and change. You never know what might happen to him having to go through another wildcard round of singing.. he might impress us and America so much and become a frontrunner of the show.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 20, 2009, 07:38:01 AM
I believe i read 3 from each group that didn't make it to the top 12 by America's votes will be picked. Actually not making it to the top 12 by America's vote for Ricky might be good. What he needed was really screentime, and since this wildcard round (i'm sure judges will give it to him) he's definitely going to shine again (and advance as a judges pick and maybe gain some supporters as well).. this might be better than him than advancing through straight yesterday. Because Clay Aiken did came in 2nd and Jennifer Hudson did show that people just need to be given a second chance to shine and change. You never know what might happen to him having to go through another wildcard round of singing.. he might impress us and America so much and become a frontrunner of the show.

Good points Joab!  :tup: I'm certain he and Anoop will be wild card choices from the judges. It makes total sense, each judge could choose 3 singers for a total of 12.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 20, 2009, 08:51:33 AM
I believe i read 3 from each group that didn't make it to the top 12 by America's votes will be picked. Actually not making it to the top 12 by America's vote for Ricky might be good. What he needed was really screentime, and since this wildcard round (i'm sure judges will give it to him) he's definitely going to shine again (and advance as a judges pick and maybe gain some supporters as well).. this might be better than him than advancing through straight yesterday. Because Clay Aiken did came in 2nd and Jennifer Hudson did show that people just need to be given a second chance to shine and change. You never know what might happen to him having to go through another wildcard round of singing.. he might impress us and America so much and become a frontrunner of the show.

Good points Joab!  :tup: I'm certain he and Anoop will be wild card choices from the judges. It makes total sense, each judge could choose 3 singers for a total of 12.

I think it might be 3 from each round only, with 3 of the 9 making it through.. but i believe 12 would be a good number anyway! ;D
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 20, 2009, 09:17:08 AM
From a Fox news release:

"... For three consecutive Tuesdays including:   February 17 (8/7c), February 24 (8/7c) and March 3 (8/7c), 12 different semifinalists will perform each night in the hopes of moving on to the Top 12.   Each week during the LIVE results shows airing Wednesdays:   February 18 (8/7c), February 25 (8/7c) and March 4 (8/7c), the three finalists with the highest number of America's votes -- one male, one female and the next top vote getter -- will secure coveted spots in the Top 12.

On Thursday, March 5 (8/7c), American Idol presents a special "Wild Card" episode featuring the judges' favorite remaining contestants.   After each of the contestants performs, the judges will select the three final contestants who will round out the Top 12."

Source: http://www.americanidol.com/news/view/?pid=1500

You may be right Joab. We'll find out on Thursday, March 5th. 

:hearts:  :wohoo: :jumpy:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 20, 2009, 10:42:15 AM
oh ty ty ty u guys r awsome this was the question that was rolling around in my head..and joab u found the andswer for me .. yea i don't have to search on other mb.. :kuss: :kuss: :kuss: :hearts: :hearts: it all makes sence now...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 20, 2009, 11:38:21 AM
oh ty ty ty u guys r awsome this was the question that was rolling around in my head..and joab u found the andswer for me .. yea i don't have to search on other mb.. :kuss: :kuss: :kuss: :hearts: :hearts: it all makes sence now...

You're welcome! I seriously hope they will have a surprise and somehow bring more than 12 people back to the show. In Singapore, our season of Singapore Idol had more than 10 good singers that the judges just had to open up the top 10 spot to top 12 to include in another 2 more singers from the wildcard round, because it was actually previously stated that only 1 would make it through. And they just changed it such that the first two episodes of the top 12, 2 instead of 1 contestant with the lowest vote will be eliminated, thus not messing up the season plan for finale or what.

I'm really hoping that if there's overflowing of talent, they should do this..  :tup:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 20, 2009, 12:06:32 PM
yea i realy think ricky sang better than mike but jmo.. and i still have the cd of chris richardson sing the song mike sang i for got how i got it.. i have all the songs he sang that season 6 irealy don't no how i get thing some times lol..so u r in singapor wow and sry my spelling is horrable.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 20, 2009, 12:27:17 PM
yea i realy think ricky sang better than mike but jmo.. and i still have the cd of chris richardson sing the song mike sang i for got how i got it.. i have all the songs he sang that season 6 irealy don't no how i get thing some times lol..so u r in singapor wow and sry my spelling is horrable.

It's okay tory, i think your posts are cute after some time. :kuss:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 20, 2009, 02:33:37 PM
yea i realy think ricky sang better than mike but jmo.. and i still have the cd of chris richardson sing the song mike sang i for got how i got it.. i have all the songs he sang that season 6 irealy don't no how i get thing some times lol..so u r in singapor wow and sry my spelling is horrable.

It's okay tory, i think your posts are cute after some time. :kuss:

how sweet of u to say that. thank you sooooooo much :-[ :-[ :jumpy: :jumpy:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 20, 2009, 07:10:28 PM
Tory is our RFF girl reporter for V. Beach and surrounding counties!  :hugs:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 20, 2009, 09:01:57 PM
yea i realy think ricky sang better than mike but jmo.. and i still have the cd of chris richardson sing the song mike sang i for got how i got it.. i have all the songs he sang that season 6 irealy don't no how i get thing some times lol..so u r in singapor wow and sry my spelling is horrable.

It's okay tory, i think your posts are cute after some time. :kuss:

how sweet of u to say that. thank you sooooooo much :-[ :-[ :jumpy: :jumpy:

 :jumpy: :hearts: :wohoo: :jam: Rock on!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 21, 2009, 10:41:58 AM
va beach and beond lol..just wait till bb starts omg... :yess:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 23, 2009, 09:50:37 PM
Note! Show Date Changes because of the President's address.

Wednesday, February 24: AMERICAN IDOL - ALL-NEW / 2-HOURS / SPECIAL DAY AND TIME"
2nd Group of 12 Perform"


**SPECIAL 2-HOUR EPISODE**
-- "AMERICAN IDOL" -- (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed)

AMERICA GETS A LOOK AT THE NEXT SET OF SEMI-FINALISTS ON AN ALL-NEW "AMERICAN IDOL" WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, ON FOX - AIRING ON THIS SPECIAL DAY AND TIME

IDOL Results Show will air THURSDAY Feb. 26 at 8pm ET/PT

Last week, the first 12 semi-finalists performed, and three contestants moved on to the Top 12. Tonight's episode features performances by the second group of 12 semi-finalists, and America will vote for their favorites. Tune in to the "2nd Group of 12 Perform" episode of AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM live ET / tape delayed PT) on FOX. (ID-817/818) (TV-PG; D, L) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo [VIEWER'S NOTE 1: LIE TO ME is preempted this evening.]

[VIEWER'S NOTE 2: AMERICAN IDOL Results Show is preempted this night and will air on Thursday.]


Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

Thursday February 25: AMERICAN IDOL "3 More Finalists Chosen" - 8 \ 7c

-- "AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS SHOW" -- (8:00-9:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed)

THREE FINALISTS CHOSEN TONIGHT ON AN ALL-NEW "AMERICAN IDOL" THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, ON FOX - AIRING ON THIS SPECIAL DAY AND TIME

On tonight's live results show, the 12 semi-finalists who performed Tuesday night will return to the stage to find out their fate. America's votes will be revealed and three finalists (highest male vote-getter, highest female vote-getter and next highest vote-getter) will move on in the competition, while nine semi-finalists will go home. Tune-in to AMERICAN IDOL Thursday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (ID2-817/818A) (TV-PG; D, L) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo [VIEWER'S NOTE: BONES is preempted this night.]

Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

Source: http://www.fox.com/schedule.htm?src=menu_item_schedule
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 24, 2009, 10:28:22 AM
Note! Show Date Changes because of the President's address.

Wednesday, February 24: AMERICAN IDOL - ALL-NEW / 2-HOURS / SPECIAL DAY AND TIME"
2nd Group of 12 Perform"


**SPECIAL 2-HOUR EPISODE**
-- "AMERICAN IDOL" -- (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed)

AMERICA GETS A LOOK AT THE NEXT SET OF SEMI-FINALISTS ON AN ALL-NEW "AMERICAN IDOL" WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, ON FOX - AIRING ON THIS SPECIAL DAY AND TIME

IDOL Results Show will air THURSDAY Feb. 26 at 8pm ET/PT

Last week, the first 12 semi-finalists performed, and three contestants moved on to the Top 12. Tonight's episode features performances by the second group of 12 semi-finalists, and America will vote for their favorites. Tune in to the "2nd Group of 12 Perform" episode of AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM live ET / tape delayed PT) on FOX. (ID-817/818) (TV-PG; D, L) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo [VIEWER'S NOTE 1: LIE TO ME is preempted this evening.]

[VIEWER'S NOTE 2: AMERICAN IDOL Results Show is preempted this night and will air on Thursday.]


Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

Thursday February 25: AMERICAN IDOL "3 More Finalists Chosen" - 8 \ 7c

-- "AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS SHOW" -- (8:00-9:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed)

THREE FINALISTS CHOSEN TONIGHT ON AN ALL-NEW "AMERICAN IDOL" THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, ON FOX - AIRING ON THIS SPECIAL DAY AND TIME

On tonight's live results show, the 12 semi-finalists who performed Tuesday night will return to the stage to find out their fate. America's votes will be revealed and three finalists (highest male vote-getter, highest female vote-getter and next highest vote-getter) will move on in the competition, while nine semi-finalists will go home. Tune-in to AMERICAN IDOL Thursday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. (ID2-817/818A) (TV-PG; D, L) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo [VIEWER'S NOTE: BONES is preempted this night.]

Host: Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson

Source: http://www.fox.com/schedule.htm?src=menu_item_schedule

the nine  will go home??? it is in that last paragraph...
 this stinks!!!! i hate the way they r doing the top 12 this year..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 24, 2009, 11:30:52 AM
They will literally go home.. meaning they are eliminated. But they won't go home if they are picked for wild card right? ;D
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 24, 2009, 11:47:17 AM
how can they get picked for wild card if they r home??? also after the next 2 groups there will b 12 all ready?? i think it is un fair this season if they don't do some wild cards. but i have heard no mention of it ecept the one artical TL found..and i no it is out there but please help me make sence of how they will or even if they r going to do a wild card, one min i think i fuigered it out and then ...i am confused again???? :jam: :jam: :jam:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 24, 2009, 12:10:01 PM
I think we started to be confused with the final 36. After Thursday, there will be 6 of the 12 chosen with one more group to perform. The 3 groups puts through 9. With the wild card show, the final 3 will be added to make the 12 that will go on to compete.

I'm withholding my judgment until the wild card show to see if it actually does make the competition better.  :flirt:

(Just do NOT bring back that laughing hyena! Tatiana!)

 :angel: :lala :hides :girly :-X :tantrum :popcorn: :crazy
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 24, 2009, 12:43:28 PM
I think we started to be confused with the final 36. After Thursday, there will be 6 of the 12 chosen with one more group to perform. The 3 groups puts through 9. With the wild card show, the final 3 will be added to make the 12 that will go on to compete.

I'm withholding my judgment until the wild card show to see if it actually does make the competition better.  :flirt:

(Just do NOT bring back that laughing hyena! Tatiana!)

 :angel: :lala :hides :girly :-X :tantrum :popcorn: :crazy

TL U R MY HERO!!! once again u have brought me bk from the bring of an ai melt down.OMG!!!!

ps i love the hiding under a chair i commented on it on the bb thread. i said come out from under that chair tl i love big brother , lol omg
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Snooky on February 25, 2009, 06:46:29 PM
I think we started to be confused with the final 36. After Thursday, there will be 6 of the 12 chosen with one more group to perform. The 3 groups puts through 9. With the wild card show, the final 3 will be added to make the 12 that will go on to compete.

I'm withholding my judgment until the wild card show to see if it actually does make the competition better.  :flirt:

(Just do NOT bring back that laughing hyena! Tatiana!)

 :angel: :lala :hides :girly :-X :tantrum :popcorn: :crazy

TL U R MY HERO!!! once again u have brought me bk from the bring of an ai melt down.OMG!!!!

ps i love the hiding under a chair i commented on it on the bb thread. i said come out from under that chair tl i love big brother , lol omg

For some reason I just liked watching Tatiana.  She was a fun character in the season.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 25, 2009, 10:11:41 PM
WOW! What do we think about this evening's performance?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: pledge on February 25, 2009, 10:30:30 PM
WOW! What do we think about this evening's performance?

YIKES   I'm just now watching ...... the first three contestants ...... not good    hopefully it gets
better
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 25, 2009, 10:43:57 PM
It gets better Pledge.  :tup:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on February 25, 2009, 11:56:07 PM
I'm only getting the show tonight.. will post my comments later!! CAN'T WAIT!! :jumpy:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 26, 2009, 10:56:39 AM
i think this group was way better than last weeks group as a whole, they were more on key and had a lot more confadance.
i was dissapointed that all the girls except a few sing the same bluesy/ jazzy sound i like that but is that all they r going to give us this season, caus alexis all ready got trough and the other girl that was the best jmo last night was that 16 yr old who sang alone, very hard song to sing btw.. and carrie under wood nailed it on her season..i love that song so if some one messes it up i will :groan: :groan:..i did not vote last night caus i am resting my finger for next week when felica barton takes the stage..now she doesn't sing the bluesy/jazzy sound so i hope that goes a longgggg way.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 26, 2009, 03:03:31 PM
My unofficial list for Group 3 singing next week, March 3rd:

Arianna Afsar
Felicia Barton
Kendall Beard
Kristen McNamara
Lil Rounds
Taylor Vaifanua

Alexander Wagner-Trugman
Jorge Nunez
Ju'not Joyner
Nathaniel Marshall
Scott MacIntyre
Von Smith

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on February 26, 2009, 03:20:04 PM
i wish they had of put felica in the frist round of ppl , some of the best girls r in her group.. and a lot more verity in felicas group last night there was not much, jmo
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on February 27, 2009, 09:31:22 AM
i wish they had of put felica in the frist round of ppl , some of the best girls r in her group.. and a lot more verity in felicas group last night there was not much, jmo

You're right Tory, she will have to compete with Lil Rounds. Not good....
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 01, 2009, 12:36:33 PM
ty tl i am wondering how they came up with thease groups?? so far they have been so not fair..jmo the frist group couldn't hold a tune in a bucket. and the second group all the girls had the same style singing. :meow: :meow: bad producers bad...
i hope they do better in the wild card round.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 01, 2009, 09:58:21 PM
ty tl i am wondering how they came up with thease groups?? so far they have been so not fair..jmo the frist group couldn't hold a tune in a bucket. and the second group all the girls had the same style singing. :meow: :meow: bad producers bad...
i hope they do better in the wild card round.

I think whatever group it is, it is all fair and square. You're competing to be the best, not competing to be just as good as the others and see who happened to have the more popularity and move on. Unless you're talking about them putting Adam, Alexis, Danny and Allison in the same group.. which i think producers did make sure they separate those that are really good (based on auditions and judges comments) to make sure that everyone has a fair and sqaure chance to move on. :)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 02, 2009, 11:28:32 AM
I can't remember exactly how they moved the groups, but I do remember they moved Tatiana into the first group to balance everything out. 

The wild card show should be great and will be seen on Thursday, March 5th so this is a big week for AI. Final 2 on Wednesday, then the wild card compete on Thursday.   :wohoo:

Kendell Beard from Austin will perform in group 3 as well as your fav Tory, Felicia Barton. As Joab says, everyone performing tomorrow night better be competing to be the best.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 02, 2009, 03:02:41 PM
oh for sure they r compeating to b the best..i still don't like the way they put ppl into thease groups?/ if only 3 out of12 go trew based on our votes than the judges / producers have way more power than even the best singers, what if they had put those 3 u mention in the same group?? it would not have been fare i don't think it was a good idea to put all those same stly girl in one group except alex's what if she had been in the sceond group with , the 16 yr old who went trew, they both sang great but what if one did not make the cut, and allsoi realy don't think the oil riging guy should b in a spot he was not good at all i love him and his story but...out of the last 2 groups i can name 4 guys who should b in that seat enstead of him, jmo :duno: :duno: :knuckles: :knuckles:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 02, 2009, 09:54:40 PM
I know tory, but if you're good you'll move on. As with Adam, Allison, Alexis and Danny.

Kris and Michael moving on.. i didn't really like it as i thought there should have been more deserving singers like Ricky and Megan moving on from both groups.. but you can't deny that as much as this is a singing contest (greatest one ever too!).. this is a popularity contest as well. If not, Melinda would have won Season 6 hands down.

So i guess this voting is actually good, as the most popular (guy and girl) moves on.. and not only that.. the next popular guy/girl has to be able to sing well and make an impression.. for them to be able to move the audience and make them vote for them. And to make up for this shortcoming that good singers are missed, they have a wildcard too! So all in all.. if you sing good.. you'll make it to the top 12 without a doubt. This is even better than the Season 4 to Season 7 voting style.. IMO. :tup:

Because we're all actually voting for just a few memorable singers to move on.. for Season 4 to Season 7.. the people in the top 12 were really unmemorable due to the voting method. Nobody remembered what song they sang to deserve/put them in the top 12. But till now, i still can remember people from past seasons with this similar voting method.. (Amy Adams, Jon Peter Lewis, Josh Gracin and a whole load of others.. which is amazing now that anyone can still remember their names!)

I'm actually with this voting style. That makes VFTW.com very pissed as it makes it so much difficult to put their pick through each week. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 03, 2009, 09:25:47 AM
Quote
I'm actually with this voting style. That makes VFTW.com very pissed as it makes it so much difficult to put their pick through each week.

If they are against it, then I'm for it!!!   :lol:


Two hour show tonight! Whoohoo!!!  :hearts:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 03, 2009, 09:57:54 AM
Quote
I'm actually with this voting style. That makes VFTW.com very pissed as it makes it so much difficult to put their pick through each week.

If they are against it, then I'm for it!!!   :lol:


Two hour show tonight! Whoohoo!!!  :hearts:

They know the fact that they can't beat America to get the top guy/girl.. so they just had to hell get their pick to have the third highest vote, which is IMPOSSIBLE. :neener:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 03, 2009, 12:03:47 PM
you r right if it gets vftw to come to a hault it is defff worth it... they have screwed this contste up for to many years, way over it.. i realy like the way they do the voteing on dwts. it gives the judges some power and we only get to vote a certin amount of time from one phone. i love AI but i realy think they trive or get something off of how many votes r generated each week. that is y they don't change it..my guy chris richardson got to 5th on seasom 6 and i voted one ng for 4 hrs stright.. huuuu and he still got voted off with phill stacy 2 weeks later rember idol gives bk omg, jmo a lot of hyp and it took away from the contestants those weeks and i voted 8 hrs 2 weeks in a row just to have chris voted off .. sry i ranted..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 03, 2009, 12:28:28 PM
Anyway, VFTW just ruined another Idol contestant.

Adam Lambert is the new victim, with rumours and evidence that he's gay.

VFTW = Hateful bunch of losers
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 03, 2009, 01:05:53 PM
Are we getting Wild Card up tonight as well? :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 03, 2009, 04:15:35 PM
Anyway, VFTW just ruined another Idol contestant.

Adam Lambert is the new victim, with rumours and evidence that he's gay.

VFTW = Hateful bunch of losers

My hubby doesn't like me to say I hate something.. but I really hate VFTW!   :groan:

Joab, Tonight is a 2 hour show with Group 3 singing, tomorrow night the results show and then the wild card show is Thursday night. Final 12 selected.  :jumpy:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 03, 2009, 04:23:57 PM
iam getting my voting finger ready for tonight... :hearts: :hearts: vftw y if idol is so big can't they get the ips add for them and shut them down??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 03, 2009, 06:00:08 PM
I have visions of Tory exercising her dialing fingers.   :tup:   :lol:

So far VFTW has not had have much influence this year and that is a good thing! Who would want their "endorsement" by being the target of the worst of the bunch being pushed along.  :elvis:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 03, 2009, 06:36:06 PM
can u c me lol TL .. :tup: :tup: :tup:one two three.and hang up lol rember u can start voting when the last person starts singing.. i am going to vote as long as they wil let me tonight... :knuckles: :tup: :tup: :tup: :yess:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 03, 2009, 07:00:40 PM
You go girl!! FE-LI-C-IA!!!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 03, 2009, 08:59:09 PM
Anyway, VFTW just ruined another Idol contestant.

Adam Lambert is the new victim, with rumours and evidence that he's gay.

VFTW = Hateful bunch of losers

My hubby doesn't like me to say I hate something.. but I really hate VFTW!   :groan:

Joab, Tonight is a 2 hour show with Group 3 singing, tomorrow night the results show and then the wild card show is Thursday night. Final 12 selected.  :jumpy:

That's really great! I liked it that they didn't gave all contestants equal amount of time for wildcard! :yess:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 04, 2009, 06:10:18 PM
so tl u think ricky is bk for the wild card round yea...i think felica did her thing last night.. i voted 1,070 x's i think i tryed to count..lol i wrote more on the other tread..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 04, 2009, 07:07:54 PM
so tl u think ricky is bk for the wild card round yea...i think felica did her thing last night.. i voted 1,070 x's i think i tryed to count..lol i wrote more on the other tread..

I think he will be back for another round. We'll know in an hour because Ryan just said we'll get more insight into the wild card session (Maybe we'll know names....)

From the other thread: The rumor mills say Anoop Desai, Ricky Braddy and Matt Girard are back in town so they can have another chance on Thursday, wild card round.

Source: http://www.joesplaceblog.com/2009/03/03/guess-whos-in-los-angeles-wildcard-spoiler/
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 04, 2009, 08:31:46 PM
ricky in felica out yea and booooo hooo
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 04, 2009, 10:06:38 PM
ricky in felica out yea and booooo hooo

Sorry Tory!  :hugs:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 05, 2009, 07:03:27 PM
ty tl i have been stewing all day over this i am soo upset megan is cute and the red hedish girl i can't rember except she did not sing very well.. so how in the world can they call them selfs judges oh yea they make the big bucks.. i don't c how ricky can make it trew they have to have there ballance of girls and boys i am going to watch tonight but imight jump on the vftw band wagon i am that mad.. and didn't felica sing the same song as megan?? and blew her away megan 's nerves got to her but y should she get another chance over some one who pulled of there preformance??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 07, 2009, 11:26:55 AM

American Idol Season 8

Released by Fox

KELLY CLARKSON RETURNS TO THE “AMERICAN IDOL” STAGE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, ON FOX

Season One AMERICAN IDOL winner and superstar recording artist Kelly Clarkson returns to the IDOL stage to perform her new hit single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” on the AMERICAN IDOL results show Wednesday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

“My Life Would Suck Without You” was released on January 28 and dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in a row. In February, the song catapulted from No. 97 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart in only one week, which marks the largest leap in the chart’s 50-year history. Clarkson previously held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 with her single, “A Moment Like This.” Since winning the first season of AMERICAN IDOL in 2002, Clarkson has sold 20 million albums worldwide. She is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two MTV Awards and 11 Billboard Awards. Her new album, “All I Ever Wanted,” hits stores on March 10.

On Tuesday, March 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 13 will take the stage for the first time and battle it out live for the IDOL crown. Tune in the following night Wednesday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to the live results show to see Clarkson perform her hit single and to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home.


American Idol Season 8

Released by Fox

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTAR KANYE WEST TO PERFORM ON “AMERICAN IDOL” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, ON FOX

International superstar and 12-time Grammy Award winner Kanye West will perform his hit single, “Heartless,” on the AMERICAN IDOL results show Wednesday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

West’s fourth consecutive chart-topping album, “808s & Heartbreak,” was released in November 2008 and has sold over 1.5 million copies to date. He has received numerous accolades for his latest album, and “Heartless” has been at the top of the charts for 16 weeks and counting.

On Tuesday, March 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 13 will take the stage for the first time and battle it out live for the IDOL crown. Tune in the following night Wednesday, March 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to the live results show to see West perform and to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 09, 2009, 10:20:32 PM
 :ascared  Not good  :lol:

Idol Voting System Faces a Sex-Rated Problem

Unless American Idol producers come up with a quick fix, viewers calling in to cast their vote Tuesday night run the risk of getting a racy earful — and we don't mean of a Beyoncé cover.

As has served them fine in the past, Idol has locked up a dozen extensions of the toll-free number 1-866-IDOLS — namely, suffixes 01 through 12.

But because this season features a Top 13 versus 12, Idol will need an extra number to call into. Problem is, 1-866-IDOLS-13 (as well as 1-866-IDOLS-00) directs the caller to a phone-sex service. And based on the prerecorded come-on, significantly more than standard messages rates apply, Ryan.

Unless Idol figures out a solution and gets the word out — and fast and loud — callers to 1-866-IDOLS-13 will be invited to spend $1.99 to $3.99 per minute to get "nasty talk" with "real local students, housewives and working girls from all over the country." And worse, they might not be able to cast their vote for Jorge's eyebrows.

Will Idol scramble to buy out the XXX-rated suffixes from teleservice provider Intimate Encounters, Inc.? Or will the show's producers toss aside their long-standing digits and scrape together 13 other numbers to dial? The Idol publicity team has yet to respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment.

http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Idol-Voting-Faces-1003848.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/American-Idol/Idol-Voting-Faces-1003848.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 10, 2009, 12:01:29 AM
It's tomorrow night. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 10, 2009, 11:39:58 AM
i though the voteing started at the top 24 last year?? i am sooo confused oh well good thing i don't have any one to vote for this yr.. i have allready voted 2000x's once for felica and the frist ricky so my slient protest for them not makeing it in is I AM NOT VOTEING THE REST OF THE SEASON. not that my votes counted i am guessing i am a small fish in a big pond with that deal..still not voteng it will make me fell better and i can talk to ppl and watch tv instead..i get to intence with the voteing thing lol..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 10, 2009, 01:19:42 PM
i though the voteing started at the top 24 last year?? i am sooo confused oh well good thing i don't have any one to vote for this yr.. i have allready voted 2000x's once for felica and the frist ricky so my slient protest for them not makeing it in is I AM NOT VOTEING THE REST OF THE SEASON. not that my votes counted i am guessing i am a small fish in a big pond with that deal..still not voteng it will make me fell better and i can talk to ppl and watch tv instead..i get to intence with the voteing thing lol..

Rest your fingers Tory...  :luvya: maybe we'll find someone special to root for as we get into it! I think Felicia came very close to being in the top baker's dozen. Won't it be interesting to see what Adam wears tonight?  :lol: How can he outdo that leather outfit from last week? ???
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 10, 2009, 02:27:45 PM
TY TL  lol adam probly has a lot of stage clothes, also they get personal wardrob ppl now. so he can get what ever he wants or needs to make a splash or title wave  lol i do love danny so he is giving me a reason to watch i can't wait to see what he sing i hope he wins, he will be the one consistan :hearts: :hearts:t person on this year mark my words..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 10, 2009, 06:23:07 PM
I think they'll all get wardrobe and styling now.. and I hope they cut Allison's hair and give it some style and better color.

It's a 2 hour show tonight, and we'll see what they do for Anoop's phone number.  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 10, 2009, 10:03:16 PM
I think they'll all get wardrobe and styling now.. and I hope they cut Allison's hair and give it some style and better color.

It's a 2 hour show tonight, and we'll see what they do for Anoop's phone number.  :lol:

 :funny: I seriously don't think they will use the old numbers. I've heard many theories, like judges saving one contestant from going through public vote straight away and the 12 numbers stick? But doesn't make sense. :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 10, 2009, 10:27:40 PM
:funny: I seriously don't think they will use the old numbers. I've heard many theories, like judges saving one contestant from going through public vote straight away and the 12 numbers stick? But doesn't make sense. :funny:

Ryan mentioned several times to be REALLLLLLY careful dialing for the 13th singer. (Alexis Grace.) The number they gave for her is 5736  :lol: He said they figured they were in the top 36 so they went with that number. (Paraphrasing.)  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 10, 2009, 10:56:11 PM
:funny: I seriously don't think they will use the old numbers. I've heard many theories, like judges saving one contestant from going through public vote straight away and the 12 numbers stick? But doesn't make sense. :funny:

Ryan mentioned several times to be REALLLLLLY careful dialing for the 13th singer. (Alexis Grace.) The number they gave for her is 5736  :lol: He said they figured they were in the top 36 so they went with that number. (Paraphrasing.)  :lol:

OMG, i can't wait to watch the top 13 perform! :hearts:

And 5736 is random. Imagine everyone else has 5701-12.. and she has 36! Well, she has something special that past contestants on idol doesn't have then! :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 10, 2009, 10:59:16 PM
Megan is the VFTW pick. I thought it would be Danny or Adam, with so many negative reports from them that the website is providing..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 11, 2009, 02:39:44 PM
well vftw is going to have a realy hard time this yr.jmo i think all the kids / singers r good !!!!i hope tis yr it bk fires on them and it keeps someone we realy like in lol..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 11, 2009, 03:24:12 PM
It's funny isn't it.. this year they don't even know who to pick.. no standouts (so to speak) for them!  :funny:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 11, 2009, 05:52:14 PM
love love it :yess: :yess:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 11, 2009, 09:36:30 PM
It's funny isn't it.. this year they don't even know who to pick.. no standouts (so to speak) for them!  :funny:



I fully agree. EVERYONE is GREAT this year. For example Megan screwed up yesterday, but we all know she's good. All the wildcards are good that's why they advance into the next round with judges approval. The top male and female of each group were good.. and that leaves Kris, Michael and Jorge in really bad shape if you put it this way. But besides Jorge, the other 2 did well too! And we all know Jorge sang well the third top 12 show. So that leaves VFTW with no "worst" candidate to choose from! :funny:

VFTW, PAWNED.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ruth on March 12, 2009, 12:49:00 PM
Yeah, I just love the top 13 this year. Even the ones who didn't perform well aren't terrible, unlike people like *cough* Sanjaya few seasons ago. VFTW should just cease all operations. Or if they really vote for Megan, I won't mind, I like her a lot!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 12, 2009, 03:35:57 PM

Fox Press Release

JASMINE MURRAY AND JORGE NUÑEZ ARE ELIMINATED FROM THE “AMERICAN IDOL” COMPETITION

JUDGES’ SAVE ADDS NEW TWIST TO SEASON

RANDY TRAVIS TO MENTOR TOP 11 ON COUNTRY-THEMED SHOW TUESDAY, MARCH 17, ON FOX

Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to Perform Wednesday, March 18

Finalists Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nuñez were eliminated tonight from AMERICAN IDOL’s first-ever Top 13 after they received the fewest of America’s nearly 33 million votes. On Tuesday’s performance show, finalists sang music from Michael Jackson’s songbook, and Murray, 17, from Starkville, MS, sang “I’ll Be There,” while Nuñez, 21, from Carolina, PR, performed “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

Tonight, AMERICAN IDOL also announced a new twist in the competition: the Judges’ Save. Up until only five finalists remain, the judges – if they unanimously agree – have the option to save from elimination the finalist receiving the lowest number of votes. The judges do not have to save a finalist during the competition. However, if they choose to use the Judges’ Save, they may only do so once during the season. The following week, the two finalists receiving the lowest number of votes will be eliminated.

On Tuesday, March 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 11 finalists (Kris Allen, Megan Joy Corkrey, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Michael Sarver) will return to the IDOL stage and perform songs popularized by members of The Grand Ole Opry. In addition, country music superstar Randy Travis joins the Idols as the first mentor of the season.

Tune in the following night Wednesday, March 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to see if the judges use their save or if America sends another finalist home. Also, Randy Travis and Carrie Underwood will sing “I Told You So” (previously a hit for Travis and now a hit single for Underwood), and Brad Paisley will perform his new single, “Then.”

With more than 23 years on the charts and an Opry member since 1986, Randy Travis is one of the Top 10 best-selling solo country artists of all-time. Since making his debut with 1986’s multi-platinum “Storms of Life,” he has sold over 21 million albums and has 22 No. 1 hits, six Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, nine Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and 10 American Music Awards (AMAs). His most recent album, “Around the Bend,” was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2008. His many hits include “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “1982,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “He Walked on Water,” “Look, Heart, No Hands,” and “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart.” In addition to his extraordinary recording career, Travis has appeared in films and on television. His new CD, “I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis,” will be in stores March 17.

Carrie Underwood was crowned AMERICAN IDOL just four short years ago in 2005, and made her first live performance on the Grand Ole Opry a few weeks later on June 10, 2005. She was invited to become an Opry member by Randy Travis in March 2008, and her official induction took place on May 10, 2008 by Opry member Garth Brooks. Since winning AMERICAN IDOL, Underwood has become one of the most popular performers in the nation. Her debut album, “Some Hearts,” is the biggest selling AMERICAN IDOL debut project to date in the U.S., having sold more than 7 million albums. With the release of her current album, “Carnival Ride,” she has now sold 10 million albums and has had nine No. 1 singles. Underwood has received eight Billboard Awards, six ACM Awards, five CMA Awards, five AMAs, four CMT (Country Music Television) Music Awards, four Grammy Awards, five People’s Choice Awards and two BMI Songwriter Awards.

Brad Paisley recently marked his eighth year as an Opry member, having been inducted by his friend and mentor Steve Wariner on February 17, 2001. The West Virginia native embraces his Opry membership with numerous Opry performances each year and treasured friendships with Opry members, including country legend Little Jimmy Dickens, who has made several appearances in Paisley’s music videos. Paisley is the reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and has garnered a record-setting nine consecutive No. 1 singles in addition to another four chart-toppers. He was awarded two Grammy Awards this year and is currently the most nominated artist for the upcoming ACM Awards, with six nods. “The Paisley Party Tour” concludes this week, after having played to over 800,000 fans in seven months. “American Saturday Night,” Paisley’s next CD, will be in stores June 30.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 12, 2009, 08:09:33 PM
Country week = :groan:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: bee1233 on March 13, 2009, 02:22:42 AM
I agree county  :groan: lol
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: pledge on March 13, 2009, 07:53:46 AM
I love country    :hides    It's always interesting, however, to hear some contestants try to
sing country.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 13, 2009, 11:14:22 AM
I love country too, but Simon despises it!  :lol: I feel for the singers, chooooooose wisely little grasshoppers...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 13, 2009, 12:14:26 PM
I love country too, but Simon despises it!  :lol: I feel for the singers, chooooooose wisely little grasshoppers...

Please, someone sing some Carrie songs and pull it off. Because pulling off an American Idol winner song = VOTESSSSSS. But screw it, (Lisa Tucker with Because of You).. you're dead. :groan:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 13, 2009, 03:29:20 PM
 country week will b awsome is bc i hope adam falls off his pedistol... :funny: :funny:
i am not a country fan but i love carrie and bead is soo cute i for get what he sings caus i don't listen to the country music station in my car.( that is the only time i lestin to the raido), there r some great song though that r cross over songs and i am pretty sure r on the list, it would b awsome to here danny sing a third day song, and one of the girls sing i will allway's love u linda ronsted style, i guess adam could actuly get away with an allmond bro's song, that would actuly be good,oh and if kris sang the switchfoot song from the movie a walk to rember only one, perfict..some one take me to hollie wood so i can help pic song lol..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Snooky on March 13, 2009, 05:20:57 PM
Too many good people, you guys are right!  Country is... For the most part not okay!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Ray! on March 13, 2009, 11:47:00 PM
It's like the producers thought, "Since the people this season are already good, let's screw up their song choices."
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 14, 2009, 10:03:28 AM
yea comming out of the gate with mj, realy?? but they allways do this have a country week and an mj week , then they get ppl trying to promote ther new cd's as mentors, and it is there week, and ai makes it look like the mentors spend a lot of time with the contestans but they don't they get like 5 min with them , we see the mentors on tv longer than the contastants get with them..at least it is country music and not a certian country artist. they get more of a choice that way..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Jobby on March 14, 2009, 11:29:09 AM
I'm just really looking forward to every week. First time since season 3!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 14, 2009, 07:31:58 PM

Late Show with David Lettermen Scheduled Guest

Thursday March 19, 2009

American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi



Live with Regis and Kelly Scheduled Guests

Monday March 16, 2009

The 12th AMERICAN IDOL finalist performs on the "Live" stage.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 15, 2009, 12:10:45 AM
ty mg setting dvr...oh ps r ther 12 or 11 left now..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 15, 2009, 10:18:47 AM
yea comming out of the gate with mj, realy?? but they allways do this have a country week and an mj week , then they get ppl trying to promote ther new cd's as mentors, and it is there week, and ai makes it look like the mentors spend a lot of time with the contestans but they don't they get like 5 min with them , we see the mentors on tv longer than the contastants get with them..at least it is country music and not a certian country artist. they get more of a choice that way..

Didn't realize this! You'd think from the editing that they really get some help from the mentors.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 15, 2009, 10:56:55 AM
u would think it is just another way for the artist to promo there new cd..in some cases what the artist says about the contestant that they show on the show the contestant hasn;t even seen yet.
the contestants r kept soooo busy,alll week it is crazy, they do photo shot every week learn a new group routine every week, shoot a ford vid every week, and learn a new song, so if ther is a mentor they have to get in hair and make up yet again then got do there 5 min with the guest artise..it is a realy hard job for them, oh nd the day b 4 the frist show they have to do camara blocking,some times the day of the show they do the camra blocking, i no they have to on group day, and yea day of frist show too cause that has to b staged so the camra and lighting ppl can get there stuff right, oh and after they pic ther song another task, they uasualy do that the day after the second show(elimanation) at some point during the week they get up with the wardrob person and the hair ppl..i don't think they sleep, lol :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 15, 2009, 11:20:33 AM
u would think it is just another way for the artist to promo there new cd..in some cases what the artist says about the contestant that they show on the show the contestant hasn;t even seen yet.
the contestants r kept soooo busy,alll week it is crazy, they do photo shot every week learn a new group routine every week, shoot a ford vid every week, and learn a new song, so if ther is a mentor they have to get in hair and make up yet again then got do there 5 min with the guest artise..it is a realy hard job for them, oh nd the day b 4 the frist show they have to do camara blocking,some times the day of the show they do the camra blocking, i no they have to on group day, and yea day of frist show too cause that has to b staged so the camra and lighting ppl can get there stuff right, oh and after they pic ther song another task, they uasualy do that the day after the second show(elimanation) at some point during the week they get up with the wardrob person and the hair ppl..i don't think they sleep, lol :duno:

It occurs to me that if they are so tied up with their time, the odds of screwing up their song big time is made all the more possible if they get 5 minutes of input about how to change what they are doing.  :ascared
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 15, 2009, 11:38:51 AM
up that is y they alllways have ther ipods with them they r listing to the song ove and over while they r waiting for ther turn in the ford vid or to c the mentor or hair and make up, i no chri and blake use to down load there songs and rearange them all week then they hav to give the new arangment to the band. allso i no they do better with out the bk up singers, if the sound guy messes up and i have heard and seen that happen than the bk up sinngers r louder than the idol. i love the bk up singers they r realy sewwt i talked to one for like and hr one night..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 16, 2009, 02:46:08 PM

ABC Television Network

PRESS RELEASE

REGIS AND KELLY SPRING FORWARD WITH GREAT GUESTS IN MARCH AND APRIL
 
Julia Roberts to Make First-Ever Appearance on "Live";
Other Top Guests Include Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore,
Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck and Miley Cyrus

"American Idol" Finalists Perform and "Dancing with the Stars" Cast-offs Stop by Each Week

Kathie Lee Returns!

Popular morning talk show "Live with Regis and Kelly" heads into Spring 2009 with a stellar lineup. At the top of the list is Academy Award-winning actress JULIA ROBERTS, who will make her first-ever appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Wednesday, March 18. The luminous star of such films as "Steel Magnolias," "Pretty Woman," "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's Eleven" will chat with hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa about her new movie, "Duplicity."

"Live" is the place to be to catch the top performers from TV's most exciting reality competition shows. Beginning March 16, as the blockbuster hit "AMERICAN IDOL" amps up the competition, every Monday the finalists that have been voted off will perform on "Live." In addition, every Thursday the most recent cast-off couple from "DANCING WITH THE STARS" will stop by to spend some time with Regis and Kelly.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 17, 2009, 04:59:10 PM

Oh boy a ton of speculation/spoilers out there including who the top 4 are ( a fix ) and song choices for tonight

I won’t be tuning in tonight listening to country music is a form of torture I can’t stand it  :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 18, 2009, 12:18:00 AM
From tvguide:

American Idol Episode Recap: Top 11 Perform

This week, the remaining 11 Idols will be singing country songs that celebrate the Grand Old Opry with help from mentor Randy Travis.

Michael Sarver
Michael sings the ultimate good ol' boy song: "Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)." While it's kinda the perfect song for him to sing, it's not all that challenging vocally. Randy isn't very impressed, and Kara likes seeing his personality but misses the big notes she knows he's capable of singing. Paula says the song allowed him to have a lot of fun and that this genre suits him well, while Simon says he couldn't understand a word he was saying.

Allison Iraheta
Randy cautions Allison to just use her pipes to show off her singing ("Blame It on Your Heart") and not to be too cutesy with her Ashlee Simpson hoedown dance moves. Luckily, she listens to him and just rocks the crap out of that country song. She also looks phenomenal! Kara says she really made that song her own and that every week she gets better and better. Paula says it was another rock-solid performance, and now she wants her to experiment with songs that allow her to be vulnerable. Simon says it was good, though tuneless in parts, and verging on precocious. Randy thinks it was "dope"!

Kris Allen
Kris is also singing a Garth Brooks tune, but is slowing things down a bit with "To Make You Feel My Love." Randy says he made the song his own, and Garth would be proud of that. Aw. It's a lovely, quiet but well-sung performance. Paula says she's pleasantly surprised and thinks it was an honest and vulnerable performance. Simon thinks it was terrific and a nice choice of song with lots of control. He also admits that for the first time he thinks Kris could do really well this season. Randy loves his "tender moments" and Kara says it was very "Kris Allen." Whatever Kara.

Lil Rounds
Wow, Lil looks so different this week! Though the dress is heinous, the color is lovely. Lil is singing "Independence Day," and Randy thinks she has the pipes to pull it off. The beginning is just OK for me, but since she loves to sing big, it improves during the chorus. Did she seem a little stiff, or is it just me? Randy says she struggled in the beginning, and she never really seemed to be in her comfort zone. Kara says they all know she's a great singer, but we didn't see it until the end of the song. Paula says she should have stuck with one verse instead of two, but by gosh she looks pretty (excuse me while I roll my eyes). Simon says (after the great "Lil-Little" debate) that she sounded like a singer at a wedding who was forced to sing a song that someone requested.

Adam Lambert
Adam is singing Johnny Cash's great hit "Ring of Fire," and has struck Randy speechless and gives him points for being "unique." Awesome. How the heck is this a country song with this arrangement? I guess there are no rules for how the song is arranged. But holy moly, this felt like a bad SNL sketch about some Emo kid singing in the basement about his pain. Kara says it was all a little strange, but she kinda liked it. Paula says he's someone who stands out and is true to himself. Simon says, "What the hell was that?" He thinks it was complete indulgent nonsense. Randy says it was like Nine Inch Nails doing a country song.

Scott MacIntryre
Scott is singing Martina McBride's "Wild Angels" with his piano. He sounds really nice singing the song, but like last week, is nice enough? The song does pick up near the end and shows off more of his range and ability. Paula says it was another impressive performance and but that it's time to lose the piano crutch. Simon says that Paula's idea is stupid, and the piano suits him. He thinks he's choosing the wrong songs, and Randy and Kara want him to up his game next week.

Alexis Grace
Alexis is singing Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Randy really thinks she understands how to tell story with a song. I really like Alexis and think she's talented, but the beginning of the song sounded off to me. When she was able to belt it out a bit more, it sounded much better. Randy says it didn't quite work and was pitchy. Kara thinks she lost her edge by choosing this song, but Paula thinks it worked because she showed her softer side. Simon thinks it was OK, but forgettable.

Danny Gokey
Danny is so nervous with Randy that he has trouble getting out any of Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel." But Randy thinks that if he can pull it together, his soulfulness will really come out. Like many others tonight, the beginning of the song is so rough, but he's able to rock the chorus. Kara didn't like the front end, but loved the second part, while Paula thinks the beginning was helping him build the story of the song. She also thinks Carrie Underwood would love his version and buy a record of it. Simon agrees with Paula about building the song, but hates Danny's white jacket (as do I). Randy thinks he needs to work on the verses (the beginning) of the songs because they were a tad pitchy.

Anoop Desai
Anoop is singing Willie Nelson's "You Were Always on My Mind," and Randy thinks people will rethink his capability as a singer... in a good way. I think 'Noop Dog did a great job with this song. It's one of those iconic songs that is kind of iffy to tackle, but he made it his own. Paula says Anoop is back and is proud of him for picking a song that fit him like a glove. Simon says Anoop went from "zero to hero" and that it was one of his favorite performances of the night. Randy says he showed he really can sing, and he loved the arrangement. Kara says he did an amazing job taking an untouchable song and making it his own.

Megan Joy (Corkrey)
Seriously, she's dropping the Corkrey already? Ugh. Megan chooses "Walkin' After Midnight," and although Randy is hesitant about her song choice at first, he enjoys her take on it. Oh jeez, what is she wearing? My shock over her dress is only slightly distracted by her vocals, which are inconsistent and pitchy. And, seriously, ditch the awful hip-shaking. Randy must be on crack because he thinks it all worked. Kara thinks her song and her look are perfect (says the chick wearing the Xanadu outfit). Paula talks more about her having the flu and being a fighter than her actual vocals. Clearly, they are all impressed with her for hanging in there while she's been so sick, and I give her props for that. But her vocals were not all that!

Matt Giraud
Matt's singing Carrie Underwood's "So Small," and Randy really surprised him with his soulful version. I think he nailed the performance. He told the story, and really showed his range. Kara says, "There's nothing small about you!" Paula says "You're piercing through so many people's hearts, and you pierced mine." Oh, Paula. Simon says Matt doesn't get enough credit for his vocals, yet tonight, he out-sang Danny. Randy says it was his favorite performance of the night, and that "he's got it going on tonight."

http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1004148.aspx (http://www.tvguide.com/Episode-Recaps/american-idol/American-Idol-Episode-1004148.aspx)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 09:30:36 AM
Let's address the rumor/news that AI is fixed. I have a clip below of what is believed to be the original source of this rumor.

Quote
American Idol' chatter four-sees finalists
By Linda Schreffler and Sean Adams
Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 7:13 AM

Aside from Paula Abdul, the producers of “American Idol” have one more loudmouth to deal with on the set.

One of the hit show’s staffers is running around telling anyone who’ll listen that the team of producers and judges has already picked the final four contestants — despite the fact that 11 kids are still battling to be the latest pop star.

The female “AI” worker told a “group of people that the last four are going to be Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace,” said our insider. Asked if this was opinion or actual fact, the staffer vehemently retorted, “Those ARE the people,” saying it wasn’t mere speculation.

If it was just her prediction, she’d be spot-on with this week’s TV Guide, which also chose those exact four wanna-be crooners as its picks for stardom....

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/03/17/2009-03-17_american_idol_chatter_foursees_finalists.html


It is difficult to believe that a "fix" could be so blatantly achieved. The four listed are probably the most talked about as favorites, so are we surprised they are the singers named? With so many people involved in the show and tabulating the phone vote results, someone would let it be known that the fix was in and it would kill the show, not to mention that it is illegal as well.

I have always believed that the most influential person critiquing the singers is Simon. If he doesn't like your performance, beware. (I call it giving a singer the KOD - Kiss Of Death!)

What do you think? Is the show fixed already?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 11:26:17 AM
I didn't vote last night, which is shocking to me since I have always voted since I began watching during the first season.   :ascared  I just couldn't decide, the ones I like the best are getting votes and I didn't feel that the people on the bottom as I perceive them, I don't care one way or the other.

Michael Sarver, I graded as a C. The judges weren't too pleased and Simon gave him the KOD by saying he couldn't understand a single word, called it clumsy and worse, a Karaoke star but clumsy.

Allison: She could sing country, she's proving to be very versatile. Simon who hates Country said it was good but verging on precocious. Randy said DOPE! Not precocious.  :lol:

Kris Allan: Nice ballad. Much better than last week.

Lil Rounds: Loved it when she sang the chorus.. showed more of her vocal talents, but as much as I like her, she's not performing as I hoped she would.

Adam Lambert: OMG! I HATED it, but give it to him, he's a performer!!! I didn't want to throw my TV out the window but I know Country and that ain't Country.  :lol:

Scott McIntyre: Loved the piano arrangement, he was just so-so for his singing. He will have to step it up to stay in the competition. For me, he was the worst last night. Simon told him to get better songs.

Alexis Grace: I think she chose a hard song because we identify it with Dolly and no one can sing it as well as Dolly but I thought she did it well with her own interpretation. Paula liked it saying it showed her soft side. Kara, Simon and Randy didn't like it much.

Danny Gokey: After the disastrous audition for Randy Travis I wondered, would he flop and how bad would it be but he did fine.  I don't know who styles Danny but I wish they would come up with a better look and I wonder if he wouldn't do better with contacts because changing the glasses every week is beginning to be distracting.

Anoop Desai: Best performance? I think so. Loved it.

Megan Joy (Corkrey) Considering she was ill, she's fun to watch. Not the best singer but I hope she gets to stay longer so we can see if she grows as a performer. (Playing back her song she really hit some bad notes but she performed, kudos!)

Matt Giraud: He proved he belongs on the stage. Nice performance. Judges loved him and he got the last spot on the show.

I think Alexis could go home tonight, but I hope not. I'd rather see Scott go because I think he had just a so so performance but he won't.

Predictions???  Will the judges use their one time save tonight?

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 18, 2009, 12:13:37 PM
Let's address the rumor/news that AI is fixed. I have a clip below of what is believed to be the original source of this rumor.

Quote
American Idol' chatter four-sees finalists
By Linda Schreffler and Sean Adams
Tuesday, March 17th 2009, 7:13 AM

Aside from Paula Abdul, the producers of “American Idol” have one more loudmouth to deal with on the set.

One of the hit show’s staffers is running around telling anyone who’ll listen that the team of producers and judges has already picked the final four contestants — despite the fact that 11 kids are still battling to be the latest pop star.

The female “AI” worker told a “group of people that the last four are going to be Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace,” said our insider. Asked if this was opinion or actual fact, the staffer vehemently retorted, “Those ARE the people,” saying it wasn’t mere speculation.

If it was just her prediction, she’d be spot-on with this week’s TV Guide, which also chose those exact four wanna-be crooners as its picks for stardom....

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/03/17/2009-03-17_american_idol_chatter_foursees_finalists.html


It is difficult to believe that a "fix" could be so blatantly achieved. The four listed are probably the most talked about as favorites, so are we surprised they are the singers named? With so many people involved in the show and tabulating the phone vote results, someone would let it be known that the fix was in and it would kill the show, not to mention that it is illegal as well.

I have always believed that the most influential person critiquing the singers is Simon. If he doesn't like your performance, beware. (I call it giving a singer the KOD - Kiss Of Death!)

What do you think? Is the show fixed already?


and ps if the comp was fixed taylor hicks would not have won, and the year chris rich was in the finaly 4 were 3 girls and one blake lewis. i think the reason they have trowen in this new judges veito is bc they don't want another daughtry slipping trew the crack,s or jenn hudson..

jmo i am sure even the ppl who work on the show have to sign confadeuality contract???
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 18, 2009, 12:36:00 PM
TL and MG i agreee with u both.

michael and scott were the worst last night ,jmo

my top 3 last night
kris
matt
anoop

middle

all the rest

ok my take on adam last night i perdited he was going to fall of his pedstil last night  but with that said i was thinking jim morrison meets led zeplin on acid..

u have to have this tawing in u r voice to sing country and if u don't have it u got to work with what u have, jmo

realy none of them sang there songs in the country way the closes any one got was megan joy lol
i felt sorry for her haveing to sing last night , i no how grem aphobic tv ppl r did u notice ryan did not touch her when he went up to her he had the box of cleanx ,and all the judges were turned around in there chairs as soon as they cut bk to them and got her off stage. the poor thing she is probly in quarintine. i bet she is not in the ford vid shoot tonight, if she is they will put her in by her self..
i actuly liked that she did not do her rediculous dancing as much last night, talk about destrating that dancing she does is horrable,,all most as bad as adams interpation of jim morrison, lol
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 18, 2009, 02:45:33 PM
An interesting article:

Idols spring into a tour

Hot on the heels of a successful Christmas tour, another set of former American Idol contestants have hit the road. Billed as the “American Stars in Concert: Spring Break Tour,” season six finalists Melinda Doolittle, Gina Glocksen and Phil Stacey have joined forces with season seven’s Chikezie to tour 14 cities across the U.S. “It’s all I want to do — I find so much pleasure in entertaining,” Chikezie tells In Touch, adding, “And I am practically homeless!"

Since finishing with the show, no one on this tour has been idle. Melinda and Phil have both released CDs, Gina is a newlywed and Chikezie has been touring nonstop.

“It’s all I want to do, I find so much pleasure in entertaining,” Chikezie tells In Touch, adding, “And I am practically homeless! After all the touring, I decided to let my apartment go because I was never there. I’ve moved home with my parents, as it just made sense.”

Despite being a season seven alum, Chikezie does have a connection with his season six tour mates. “I actually auditioned for season six and got to know them all during Hollywood week,” he reveals. “So it’s a reunion of sorts. I am fan of all of them and watching them on the show, I thought I had to audition again next year — so I did.”

In addition to touring and working on his first album, the former Idol has been doing his part to give back, becoming involved in the Donate Life America organization. “They raise awareness for organ donation,” Chikezie says. “It’s such an important thing. I have been given a lot, and this is the perfect opportunity to give back.” Idol fans can expect a few Chikezie favorites on the tour ("I Believe to My Soul" and "All the Woman I Need") along with duets with Gina, Melinda and Phil. “Phil says I am basically a season six person,” he laughs. “So they have adopted me. I am the kid who went to high school with them and got held back a year.”

After being criticized by the judges for a lack of self-confidence, former background singer Melinda Doolittle is happy to be front and center stage. Her debut album, Coming Back to You, hit stores in February, and this tour is perfect practice for her own upcoming tour. “I have my own band and background singers now,” she tells In Touch. “So doing this tour right in the middle of getting my band to together for my summer tour is crazy. But it feels amazing.”

Concertgoers will get a taste of her debut with two songs from the album, "Declaration of Love" and the first single, "It’s Your Love." However, it’s the duets in the show she is thrilled about. “My dream has always been to sing a duet with Phil,” she says, “and it’s happening on 'If I Ain’t Got You.' He was my favorite voice on our season. I also get to do 'For Good' from Wicked with Gina — it’s amazing. When they asked me to do the tour, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to hang out with Phil, Gina and Chikezie, who we all met in Hollywood week of our season. We have a blast together.” And having to share a bus won’t change that, she laughs. “Being on a bus - it’s my favorite thing," Melinda says. "I have done two Christmas tours and been on the road as much as possible. I sleep the best on a bus because the bumps rock me to sleep. It’s my happy place.”

American Idol fans first got to know Phil Stacey when he rushed from his audition to catch the birth of his second child (now 2 years old), all on camera. “My wife shoved me out of the house for that audition,” he reminisces. “She had three weeks to go … but you just never know. Everything is cool at home, my wife still loves me and with a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old … they grow up too fast.” Phil is another who had no qualms about jumping back on the road to tour. “It’s always nice to get together with everyone. That’s what it’s all about — having fun,” he tells In Touch. “It’s spring break! We’ll be out meeting people and spending as much time with those who loved the show and say thanks for your support.” After a successful debut CD last year, Phil is thrilled his follow-up is near completion. His tour set includes songs from his CD and two Idol favorites – "Every Breath You Take" and "Tobacco Road." “I had to do 'Every Breath,'” he laughs. “The first nice comment I ever got from Simon was after doing that Police song, so I am sticking with that.” But there is one thing that makes him wince - those cheesy dances. “We’re doing some cheesy stuff in the group numbers,” he cringes. “I can’t dance to save my life. So if you want to see me make a complete fool of myself, there's no need to watch Idol reruns — come see us live.”

Life hasn’t stood still for rocker Gina Glocksen since American Idol. She became Gina Glocksen-Ruzicka last New Year’s Eve, after marrying longtime beau Joe Ruzicka in her hometown of Chicago. So the hardest part of the tour for her is leaving for it. “I hate leaving him,” Gina tells In Touch. “Being a newlywed, we haven’t really had a chance to experience the ‘newlywed time.’ But he is so supportive, and I can’t ask for anything more.”

Gina admits adjusting to married life and combining it with a career has its challenges, but the chance to catch up with some Idol friends and entertain audiences is something she just can’t pass up. “I was looking forward to this so much," she says. "I am usually at home when I am not recording, so getting the call to do this — I was all, 'Yes, please!'” For her part of the show, Gina performs Heart’s "Alone" (an Idol favorite), but did have some reservations. “I can’t not do that song,” she laughs, adding, “And I didn’t want to, either, because Allison Iraheta just did it this season and knocked it out of the park!” She’s thrilled with doing an original tune, "Just Me," a song with a great message. “It’s for young girls and it was the first song I ever wrote with my husband,” she says. “It’s cute and has a meaning.”

In addition to the tour, Gina is putting the finishing touches on demos and may go the independent route when it comes to releasing a long-awaited debut album. “I’ve succeeded in getting that techno Pink-type sound I wanted,” she beams, “and I'm so happy about it. If anyone wants to check it out, visit my web site” at Please click here http://www.rocktheglock.com/1_1/home/ (http://www.rocktheglock.com/1_1/home/) for more.


“It's funny, when I reflect on my time on Idol, I tear up." She says. "It was a point in my life that I never wanted to end, and it really never will. I will always have the Idol tag and I am fine with that. The show brought so many people into my life and I’d never change that for anything. Idol was like the college experience I never had.” Meanwhile, it’s time for fun on the road and help paying the bills, and Gina can’t be happier. “I guess marriage has made me grow up a little,” she reveals. “And having that 'wife' title is weird and scary. I just got used to saying 'husband' recently.”

The remaining “American Stars in Concert: Spring Break” tour dates are as follows: 3/18/09 – Panama City, FL at Marina Civic Center 3/20-3/21/09 – Dallas, TX at Dallas Symphony 3/25/09 – Lancaster, PA at American Music Theatre 3/26/09 – Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Stadium 3/27/09 – Dearborn, MI at Ford Center 3/28/09 – St. Charles, IL at Arcada Theatre 3/30/09 – Marion, IL at Marion Culture and Civic Center 4/15/09 – Worcester, MA at Hanover Theatre 4/16/09 – Springfield, MA at MassMutual Center 4/17/09 – Morristown, NJ at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts 4/18/09 – Glenside, PA at Keswick Theatre 4/24/09 – Boise, ID at Morrison Center 5/1/09 – Ivins, UT at Tuacahn Center for the Arts

http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/idols_spring_into_a_tour.php (http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/idols_spring_into_a_tour.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 03:09:28 PM
TL and MG i agreee with u both.

michael and scott were the worst last night ,jmo

my top 3 last night
kris
matt
anoop

middle

all the rest

ok my take on adam last night i perdited he was going to fall of his pedstil last night  but with that said i was thinking jim morrison meets led zeplin on acid..

u have to have this tawing in u r voice to sing country and if u don't have it u got to work with what u have, jmo

realy none of them sang there songs in the country way the closes any one got was megan joy lol
i felt sorry for her haveing to sing last night , i no how grem aphobic tv ppl r did u notice ryan did not touch her when he went up to her he had the box of cleanx ,and all the judges were turned around in there chairs as soon as they cut bk to them and got her off stage. the poor thing she is probly in quarintine. i bet she is not in the ford vid shoot tonight, if she is they will put her in by her self..
i actuly liked that she did not do her rediculous dancing as much last night, talk about destrating that dancing she does is horrable,,all most as bad as adams interpation of jim morrison, lol

I agree with you Tory, I'd put Anoop first though. You are also right about predicting Adam's fall and he best be a little careful. One could read into his take on Ring on Fire as disrespect to the country genre. I think he can do this once and be OK but there are times to be over the top, he just can't do this too often.

Poor Megan! I did notice that Ryan wasn't getting too close. I've been meaning to comment on her dance moves, they are a little strange looking but I thought it's just me because I'm getting old and not hip!  :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 03:34:04 PM
 :hearts: :jumpy: :wohoo:


Clip:
'American Idol' to film at Motown museum with Gordy, Robinson

BY BRIAN McCOLLUM • Free Press Pop Music Writer • March 18, 2009
 
Get ready for your close-up, Detroit. “American Idol” is headed this way.

The top-rated television show will encamp at the Motown Historical Museum on Thursday, the Free Press has learned, shooting footage for a Motown-themed episode next week.

In Motown’s old Studio A, Detroit icons Berry Gordy Jr. and Smokey Robinson will mentor the show’s 10 finalists through a series of Hitsville song selections, sources said. The taped segments will air next week before the contestants perform the songs live on the show’s Los Angeles stage.

Read the rest here: http://www.freep.com/article/20090318/ENT03/90318077/+American+Idol++to+film+at+Motown+museum+with+Gordy++Robinson
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 18, 2009, 03:46:46 PM

Released by Fox

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note the unique start/end times for this evening’s programming.]

**SPECIAL EXTENDED EPISODE**—“AMERICAN IDOL”—(8:00-9:20 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo
 
THE FINALISTS PERFORM LIVE ON A SPECIAL EXTENDED EPISODE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” TUESDAY, MARCH 31, ON FOX

The AMERICAN IDOL finalists take the stage to perform LIVE for the nation. The contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition. Tune in to see who impresses the judges and who buckles under the pressure on the AMERICAN IDOL Performance Show airing Tuesday, March 31 (8:00-9:20 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

ALSO

--“AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS SHOW”—(9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) CC-HDTV 720p-In Stereo
 
FIND OUT WHO STAYS AND WHO GOES HOME ON THE “AMERICAN IDOL” RESULTS SHOW WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, ON FOX

The contestants find out who is safe and who will be sent home on the AMERICAN IDOL Results Show airing Wednesday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 18, 2009, 04:38:21 PM
wow u guys r the crack research team.. ty for all the info.. phill and chris rich got the boot the same week seson six bc of the idols gives bk thing they did . they did not elemate any one that week so they elmanted 2 the next week and it was phill #6 and chris rich#5 so they went on the talk show's together..i was thinking about the idols give bk think and wondering if dannny was wereing one of the left over jackets from that show lol..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: banzai on March 18, 2009, 05:04:48 PM

This is the Middle Eastern version that Adam talked about. Performed by Dilana of Supernova.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 18, 2009, 05:28:34 PM

This is the Middle Eastern version that Adam talked about. Performed by Dilana of Supernova.


Oh cool thanks for sharing bonzai
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 06:34:01 PM

This is the Middle Eastern version that Adam talked about. Performed by Dilana of Supernova.

OOhhhhhhhhhhh Thanks banzai for the video! I remember her now but I didn't watch Rockstar all that much so this version was a shock/surprise.   :hugs:

ETA: I listened to Adam again, I have to say I like his better than Dilana's version. Another shock/surprise.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 18, 2009, 09:25:01 PM
Another shocker. Alexis Grace was eliminated and the judges decided not to save her after she performed her song again from last night.

I'm sorry to see her leave.  :(
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 19, 2009, 11:52:11 AM

Fox Press Release

ALEXIS GRACE IS ELIMINATED FROM THE “AMERICAN IDOL” COMPETITION 

NEXT WEEK’S “AMERICAN IDOL” SHOWS TO AIR ON SPECIAL NIGHTS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, AND THURSDAY, MARCH 26, ON FOX SMOKEY ROBINSON AND BERRY GORDY TO HELP CELEBRATE  “50 YEARS OF MOTOWN” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Smokey Robinson and Ruben Studdard to Perform Thursday, March 26

Finalist Alexis Grace was eliminated tonight from AMERICAN IDOL after she received the fewest of America’s over 31 million votes. On Tuesday’s show, finalists performed songs popularized by members of The Grand Ole Opry, and Grace, 21, from Memphis, TN, sang “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.

On a special Wednesday, March 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) performance show, the Top 10 finalists (Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Megan Joy, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Michael Sarver) will return to the IDOL stage to celebrate and pay tribute to “50 Years of Motown” as well as perform classic Motown songs.

Tune in the following night Thursday, March 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to find out if the judges use their save or if America sends another finalist home. Also, Smokey Robinson will perform, and AMERICAN IDOL winner Ruben Studdard will return to the IDOL stage to perform his new single, “Together.”

Smokey Robinson has been synonymous with the Motown sound since the late 1950s when he first met Motown founder Berry Gordy in Detroit. Gordy took Robinson and The Miracles under his wing, and in 1960, signed them to Motown. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles began turning out a string of hits in the early 1960s, including “Shop Around,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby” and “I Second That Emotion.” Robinson quickly became involved in every facet of Motown’s operations, writing and producing his own work as well as that of Mary Wells & the Supremes, and he helped establish The Temptations. Robinson left The Miracles in 1971 to concentrate on his role as Vice President of Motown, and the following year, he launched his solo career. Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. A familiar face on the IDOL stage, he performed a medley of his hits with the Top 6 male finalists on the AMERICAN IDOL Season Six finale.

Songwriter, producer, director and entrepreneur Berry Gordy is the man behind the Motown sound and acts such as Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Gladys Knight & the Pips, Chris Clark, Rick James and Teena Marie. Under his leadership, Motown achieved one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century by creating music that broke down barriers in a segregated country, touching all people, regardless of color. Starting out in a house that came to be known as Hitsville, USA, he built Motown into a record company with one of the most impressive rosters of artists in the history of pop music. In the 1960s, Gordy booked his artists on television shows including “American Bandstand” and “The Ed Sullivan Show” and in clubs such as New York’s Copacabana, paving the way for other Motown artists and R&B acts. What Berry Gordy and Motown accomplished in music, television and film had never been achieved before; their contributions to music past, present and future are truly immeasurable.

The distinctive, upbeat and uplifting music of Motown Records brought together pop and soul, white and black, old and young, like never before and continues to this day. Motown broke down racial prejudice by becoming the most successful independent record company in history and the most successful African-American owned business in America. Today, the label is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic recorded music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises, and the timeless songs of Motown from 1959 to 1985 are represented by EMI Music Publishing. Through the end of 2009, Universal Music Group and EMI Music Publishing will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Detroit label’s musical achievements with a series of initiatives, including monthly music releases.

Since winning the second season of AMERICAN IDOL in 2003, Ruben Studdard’s impact on the music charts has been impressive. His single “Flying Without Wings” debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, and his version of “Superstar” peaked at No. 2 on the R&B chart. In December 2003, his first album, “Soulful,” had advance orders of over a million copies, which automatically qualified it for platinum certification and allowed the record to enter The Billboard 200 at No. 1. His follow-up single, “Sorry 2004,” reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B chart. Studdard’s new album, “Love IS,” helmed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, is scheduled for release on May 19 through a joint venture with Hickory Records and 19 Recordings. The album is a collection of love songs featuring original recording as well as covers of classic hits.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 19, 2009, 02:32:00 PM
An interesting article:

David Cook to receive platinum CD on American Idol!

He may have already won the title of American Idol, but David Cook has returned to the show that made him a household name. The rocker, who beat out pop crooner David Archuleta on last season’s competition, performed his new single “Come Back to Me” for a thrilled audience, which will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Fox reality hit. David also received a surprise treat of his own — a platinum album of his self-titled debut CD. “Before Idol, it took me a year to sell 1,000 records, and now I am platinum in three months. Amazing!” a grateful David announced, clearly stunned that he managed to sell 1 million copies in such a short time. Prior to his TV breakthrough, the singer released a slow-selling independent album titled Analog Heart, which now commands up to $500 on eBay. It looks like there’s no stopping this shooting star

Link: http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/david_cook_to_receive_platinum.php (http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/david_cook_to_receive_platinum.php)

More of the same on EW: http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/03/idol-top-11-res.html?xid=rss-feed-tvwatch-%27Idol%27+results+night%3A+On+the+scene (http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/03/idol-top-11-res.html?xid=rss-feed-tvwatch-%27Idol%27+results+night%3A+On+the+scene)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Blondie on March 20, 2009, 08:27:26 AM
Adam is not weird all the time. This is one of my favorite songs.

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 20, 2009, 03:19:16 PM
Adam is not weird all the time. This is one of my favorite songs.


wow that was powerful.. love love loved it!!!! where and what was that from? i no the bible the part befor moses comes to there rescue the isreal lights. i have never c n that play..ok i have totaly changed my mind on adam he is not dark at all. he was playing a great role the other night. cause that kid can act...and sing.. thank u blondie for sharing that..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 20, 2009, 03:26:36 PM
Powerful! Why isn't he on Broadway? No matter, he will be.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 20, 2009, 09:55:04 PM
 :popcorn:

American Idol 8 Talks to Fox 17 in Motown!

The season 8 Idols were in Detroit, MI, at the Motown Museum

Watch them arrive for their mentoring session.






http://www.youtube.com/user/paulamichelle75 (http://www.youtube.com/user/paulamichelle75)

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on March 21, 2009, 01:49:15 AM
Reality Steve's intake on Idol

American Idol” Results Show

-Not bad, huh? I nailed who the bottom three were going to be in Wednesday’s column, although I had the wrong person going home. However, if you follow my Twitter account (RealitySteve), you’ll know that ten minutes into the results show on Wednesday, I said that I felt Alexis was headed home. I was shocked that Seacrest said at the very open of the show, “I think you’ll be surprised as to tonight’s results”. Well geez, when they showed us Michael, Allison, and Alexis in the bottom three, isn’t it logical to think that the only one we’d be surprised to see leave at that point would be Alexis?

-So much for the new “twist” saving Alexis. Too early. Simon made it too obvious. When Alexis was announced as the one with the fewest votes, and Simon said, “You’re the one we were thinking of saving”, it was rather obvious they weren’t going to save her. Why would he have just given it away before she sang? And if the bottom vote getter has one last chance to try and impress the judges, how can they do that singing the exact same song that sent them home the night before? The only reason the “veto” is in there, is if Adam, Danny, Lil Rounds, or Matt happens to be the bottom vote getter before the Final 5. I said Alexis was part of that group on Wednesday, but there was no way they were using their only “veto” on Week 2 of the finals. If Alexis lasted a few more weeks and got the lowest votes let’s say when it was down to 7 people, then they would’ve used it then. But this early, by using it, they weren’t protected later on if one of the “favorites” happened to get the lowest votes. And lets face it, Alexis is still one of the top five singers on the show this year, she just had a bad week.

-In case you didn’t know, Carrie Underwood and Alien Travis’ performance is actually filmed on Tuesday night after the contestants perform then they try to play it off as live on Wednesday. But I think most people know better. During their performance, they dimmed the lights on the judges so you wouldn’t be able to tell, but those like me who care about this sort of stuff know that Simon wore a black shirt on Tuesday, and white shirt on Wednesday. Well, during Carrie and Aliens performance, even though the lights were dimmed, you could see Simon had on his black shirt, which proved the performance wasn’t live on Wednesday night. Even Seacrest changes into what he’s going to be wearing Wednesday night to introduce the act. Brad Paisley’s performance was done live on Wednesday. Not so much for Carrie and Alien Head.

-I said it last week and I’ll say it again: They’ve got to get rid of the group performance to kick off the show Wednesday nights. It’s so obvious the thing is lip synched, its horribly choreographed, and frankly, it seems like it would be a detriment to people wanting to go out and by tickets to the “Idol” Concert Tour. “Here’s a glimpse of what they’ll all look like lip synching together and awkwardly dancing around on stage! Coming soon to an arena near you!” Gee, can I buy my tickets now?

http://www.realitysteve.com/
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 21, 2009, 07:51:56 AM
I see Michael Sarver and Megan were missing in the 2nd video. Apparently they are both sick. It's a shame they weren't able to go to Motown.  :(
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Blondie on March 21, 2009, 10:38:49 AM
Tory,
It's from Ten Commandments the Musical starring Val Kilmer in 2004. The song is performed by Adam Lambert as Joshua.

Through the magic of musical theatre, one of the world's greatest stories has been reborn. With a stunning new vision, The Ten Commandments: The Musical brings to life the gripping tale of two brothers, Moses and Ramses. United by love, divided by destiny, they lead their two nations in an epic struggle between slavery and liberty. The Hebrews were slaves in Egypt 3,300 years ago. When Moses, a Hebrew baby raised as a brother to the Egyptian prince, learned of his true origins, he was thrust into a new life, leading his people to freedom. But liberty was not enough. To survive and thrive, they had to abide by the rules of their God, The Ten Commandments. The story that has inspired billions of people now becomes a call to the world for peace, love and brotherhood.



Here is an article on the play


http://www.socal.com/articles/1214-52.html




The Many Faces Of Adam     :wohoo:


here is some of Adams videos of the past

http://www.thebestarts.com/AdamLambert/default.aspx


You can also go to his fansite here

http://adam-lambert.org/

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 21, 2009, 11:53:11 AM
ty blondie that was val k i though i saw him in the vid i will go bk and look. val is one of my fav's.. i did not know they made a musical of the ten commanments i have seen the one with charlton heston.. i was allso blessed to see joseph and his amazing technocolor dream coat on broadway yrs ago..that was awsome..have u heard of the play a man called jesus. they tour around all over the world it is realy good .again i am going bk to watch that vid u posted ty ty ty again..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 23, 2009, 05:40:14 PM
The 'Velvet Teddy Bear' returns!


American Idol: Ruben Studdard Returns For Motown Week


March 23, 2009 10:05:47 by Paulene Hinds

The second season American Idol  winner Ruben Studdard, is set to return to the hit Fox reality-competition this Thursday. The Velvet Teddybear, will perform his new single Together as American Idol celebrates 50 years of Motown. Along with Ruben Studdard, there will be a special performance from Smokey Robinson.

Together is Ruben Studdard’s first single from his forthcoming fourth album Love Is.

Love Is, set to be released by Hickory Records, features songs from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and is expected to hit stores and digital retailers on May 19.

Since winning the American Idol  crown, Ruben Studdard has released three albums: Soulful, I Need an Angel and The Return.

Ruben Studdard is currently starring in the the 30th Anniversary national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ with fellow American Idol performer Frenchie Davis. The tour will make a stop in the New York City area at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx on May 16th, 2009.

Source: http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/blog/2009/03/23/american-idol-ruben-studdard-returns-for-motown-week/

Smokey Robinson is also going to perform Thursday night, March 26.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 23, 2009, 05:47:51 PM
ty tl for the info
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 23, 2009, 06:14:40 PM
ty tl for the info

It should be a good night. I'm looking forward to it.  :wohoo:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on March 24, 2009, 09:58:23 AM
New Pics Of Your Top 10 'American Idol' Finalists!

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Take a look at brand-new pics of your "American Idol" Top 10 finalists! On "Idol"'s Motown night, who will bring the house down, and who will make the judges frown? Tune in to FOX on Wednesday night to find out!

http://www.etonline.com/
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 24, 2009, 10:04:42 AM
Thanks Will!  :hugs: What a great bunch of singers this year!

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 24, 2009, 03:01:48 PM
An interesting article:

Inside the 'American Idol' Mansion!

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This season, the American Idols are living like true celebrities. Luxaholics got the inside scoop on all the details of the "American Idol" mansion!

The top 13 Idols don't just have a chance at the AI crown -- they also get to live like stars during the competition. A FOX spokesperson told Luxaholics that the contestants' mansion is "huge and has the most amazing amenities." Check out the house stats:

• The mansion features 20 bathrooms -- that's one and a half bathroom per contestant!

• 9 bedrooms -- that means they have to share!

• A media/screening room -- so they can watch their performances.

• A basketball court -- livin' like a true balla.

• A bowling alley -- maybe they could invite Obama for a game!

• Gym -- no wonder they all get so skinny by the end of the season!

• An indoor pool -- few celebs have that!

• Outdoor pool -- "American Idol" pool party anyone?

• The idols are rumored to have private chefs cooking for them on a daily basis. Hmm... think they have personal trainers too?

• No wonder they don't want to go home!

http://www.luxaholics.com/celebrity/inside_the_american_idol_mansion.php (http://www.luxaholics.com/celebrity/inside_the_american_idol_mansion.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 24, 2009, 03:41:28 PM
An interesting article:

Jennifer Hudson Scheduled To Perform On ‘American Idol’

Jennifer Hudson is returning to “American Idol” — for one night only.

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning actress, singer and “Idol” alum is scheduled to tape a performance in front of the studio audience on Wednesday after the live broadcast has ended, says a person close to the show who did not want his or her name used because the person was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Hudson’s appearance will air on an upcoming segment, the person says. It will be the 26-year-old superstar’s first time as a performer on the stage that made her famous since the slayings last year in Chicago of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Hudson will likely sing a song from her self-titled debut CD, which won the Grammy for best R&B album in February. She was a finalist on the third season of “American Idol.”

http://www.accesshollywood.com/jennifer-hudson-scheduled-to-perform-on-american-idol_article_15923 (http://www.accesshollywood.com/jennifer-hudson-scheduled-to-perform-on-american-idol_article_15923)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 24, 2009, 05:52:56 PM
An interesting article:

Ruben Studdard Talks About His Return to Idol

Get ready to get down to the sounds of Motown!

American Idol’s top 10 contestants will pay tribute to “50 Years of Motown” on Wednesday’s performance show and on Thursday, they’ll get to meet the show’s season 2 champ.

“Returning to American Idol means a great deal to me. It’s like going back home,” Ruben Studdard tells PEOPLE. “I get a chance to see many of the people responsible for elevating my career to the amazing level it is today. To be surrounded by American Idol’s great fans and all of the fantastic people that make the show happen is a blessing and I can’t wait to be a part of that world again.”

Studdard, who will sing his latest single, “Together,” will top off a week of star power for the contestants. On Wednesday, Smokey Robinson and songwriter and producer Berry Gordy will lend their expertise as mentors. Robinson, formerly of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, is known for early ’60s hits like “Shop Around” and “You Really Got a Hold on Me.”

Gordy has worked with iconic acts like Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie and Rick James.

The pair of legends will certainly have plenty of expert advice for the contestants — as does Studdard.

“Stay focused,” he says. “There are a lot of things that surround you when you are in this situation that can distract you. It’s important that [the contestants] keep their head on straight and never lose sight of the ultimate goal.”

Robinson will also perform for the Idol audience on Thursday’s results show, but Studdard has his eyes on the contestants. “I’m excited to see all of them. They all have such unique talents and interpretations of the music,” he says. “It’s going to be fun to watch them all perform.”

http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/03/24/ruben-studdard-talks-about-his-return-to-idol/ (http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/03/24/ruben-studdard-talks-about-his-return-to-idol/)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 24, 2009, 07:42:49 PM
nice house i mean mansion.. to bad simon isn't making a reality show out of it all so that would be fun ai meets bb..i wonder how many ppl would vote some one of because they were not nice to live with??
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 24, 2009, 09:19:31 PM
nice house i mean mansion.. to bad simon isn't making a reality show out of it all so that would be fun ai meets bb..i wonder how many ppl would vote some one of because they were not nice to live with??

 :lol: lol the BB houseguests would love being there idk it might be easier to avoid them in a house that big and the size of the yard and the etc......
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 25, 2009, 06:39:44 PM
yea nto enough DRAMA  :funny: :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 26, 2009, 09:59:38 PM
Hee.. wonder what the judges really mean when they give their critiques? (I bet we can come up with more of our own as well.)  :lol:

 Snippet:

‘Idol’ translator: ‘Likability’ means ‘big teeth’
Judges have their own secret code, and you don't want to be ‘pitchy’
   
COMMENTARY
By Linda Holmes
msnbc.com contributor
updated 3:20 p.m. CT, Tues., March. 24, 2009

You know what the judges say every week on “American Idol,” but do you know what their critiques really mean? “Idol” has developed its own lexicon, where up can be down, bad can be good, and Paula Abdul can be considered coherent. Here, we present a guide to some of the expressions you’ll hear most often, and what they really mean.

Pitchy: Probably the most famous word in the “Idol” lexicon, it theoretically relates to whether notes are sharp or flat, and it is sometimes used that way. In most cases, however, it actually means something like, “That will make people’s dogs crawl under the table.”

Making it your own: Often used for performances that require a particularly large number of notes to render a particularly simple melody. Roughly translated: “I’m sure John Lennon would appreciate your help improving ‘Imagine.’”

Cruise ship/theme park/wedding: According to Simon Cowell lore, the worst music in the world is performed at weddings, the second-worst at theme parks, and the third-worst on cruise ships. Generally, “wedding” means you were overly earnest, “theme park” means you were overly happy, and “cruise ship” means he can’t put his finger on it, but he sees you wearing sparkles.

Karaoke: Usually, this means you were stuck with a terrible arrangement, although it can also mean you look like you’re covering the song on an episode of “The Brady Bunch.”

You look beautiful tonight: This is a Paula Abdul expression meaning “You can’t sing.” It is slightly different from “You’re a beautiful girl,” which means “You can’t sing, and you’re probably going to be eliminated this week.”

Read the rest here:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29781589/
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 26, 2009, 11:46:14 PM
my dvr cut offf the end again simond said michael and it was cut off. so did they save him?? :duno: :duno:
if they did i think it would b a wast of a save jmo??someonewho saw it let me no plllleeesee,,
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 26, 2009, 11:55:51 PM
my dvr cut offf the end again simond said michael and it was cut off. so did they save him?? :duno: :duno:
if they did i think it would b a wast of a save jmo??someonewho saw it let me no plllleeesee,,

I think it's OK to post it now, the West Coast has seen the show. Yes, they let Michael go and didn't save him.

Our DVR rebooted just as Simon was saying 'NO! We aren't saving him.'  Is that what happened with your DVR Tory?  My hubby keeps telling me that we need to get a new one and we were both cussing at it.  :funny:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 27, 2009, 12:58:01 AM
ty tl i realy think they should have saved alexis if they are going to save any one this early so she would have been in the top ten , jmo i thought she was better than michael last week..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 27, 2009, 04:09:14 AM

Fox Press Release

MICHAEL SARVER IS ELIMINATED FROM THE “AMERICAN IDOL” COMPETITION

TOP 9 FINALISTS PERFORM LIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 31, ON FOX

David Cook and Lady Gaga to Perform Wednesday, April 1

Finalist Michael Sarver was eliminated tonight from AMERICAN IDOL after he received the fewest of the record-setting more than 36 million votes. On Wednesday’s show, finalists performed songs celebrating 50 Years of Motown, and Sarver, 27, from Jasper, TX, sang “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.

Next week, the Top 9 finalists – Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Megan Joy, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre and Lil Rounds – will return to the IDOL stage to perform Tuesday, March 31 (8:00-9:20 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Tune in the following night Wednesday, March 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to find out if the judges use their save or if America sends another finalist home. Also, David Cook returns to the IDOL stage to perform his new single “Come Back to Me,” and pop sensation Lady Gaga takes the stage to sing her hit “Poker Face.”

David Cook’s self-titled debut album was released in November 2008 and has already been certified platinum. The album, for which Cook collaborated with an illustrious group of songwriters, including Chris Cornell, Johnny Rzeznik, Zac Maloy and Raine Maida, entered the Billboard charts at No. 3 and the digital album charts at No. 1, marking the best debut from an AMERICAN IDOL winner since 2006. “Light On,” the first single from the album, premiered online, received more than 1 million plays in less than a week and dominated the AOL Top 40 radio chart with eight (non-consecutive) weeks at No. 1. His latest single, “Come Back To Me,” goes to radio on April 6. Cook kicked off his first headline tour, “The Declaration Tour 2009”, on February 13 and is still going strong with sold-out dates.

Lady Gaga is a multitalented singer and songwriter from New York who learned to play the piano by ear at age 4. She wrote her first piano ballad at age 13 and shortly afterwards began playing in clubs around New York City. She attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and was signed by her 20th birthday by Interscope Records. Gaga wrote songs for other pop acts, including The Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block, before her debut album, “The Fame,” was released in 2008. The album’s first single, “Just Dance,” hit No. 1 around the world and earned Lady Gaga her first Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. She will embark on a worldwide tour this year in support of her album.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 27, 2009, 04:13:08 AM

David Cook and Lady Gaga to Perform Wednesday, April 1


 :hearts: Cookie ..... awesome love her cd
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 27, 2009, 04:02:12 PM
i love johnny resnik he is the singer of goo goo dools..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 27, 2009, 09:27:58 PM

i love johnny resnik he is the singer of goo goo dools..


 :tup: good choice me too
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on March 27, 2009, 09:29:34 PM
hmmmm  :lol: nah

Idol's begging curse?

Could there be an American Idol curse unraveling this season? It's becoming apparent no one should sing a song with the word "beg" in it - unless you want to find yourself begging to stay in the competition. Last week, Alexis Grace begged "Jolene" not to take her man during Country Week, while this week Michael Sarver declared he "ain't too proud to beg" by doing the song of the same name by the Temptations for Motown week. Ironically, both found themselves up for elimination, singing for their lives, and hoping to receive the judges veto vote. After a record-breaking 36 million votes, Michael, along with Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre, were all in the bottom three. But the judges decided to let Michael go home to his family after belting out "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" again. "It's fine," said Michael after the announcement. "I get to go home to my family and I am on the Top 10 tour!" The show also featured a showstopping performance from Motown legend Stevie Wonder, a duet by Smokey Robinson and Joss Stone, and the return of season two winner Ruben Studdard. Next week sees David Cook return to the stage that made him a star and pop sensation Lady GaGa performs her hit "Poker Face."

http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/idols_begging_curse.php (http://www.intouchweekly.com/2009/03/idols_begging_curse.php)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 28, 2009, 12:18:05 PM

i love johnny resnik he is the singer of goo goo dools..


 :tup: good choice me too

i love him more lol!!! :hearts: :hearts:

any way i loved hearing smokeys voice he sounded soo awsome last week on the show josh she was ok, i would have rather herd him sing with alison to be honest that strong smokey voice of hers and smokey together wow ..i can't wait to here david cook next week, i was so happy he won last yr he sang a switch foot song in final 3 i think and it was over for me.. love love him now...
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 28, 2009, 12:37:31 PM
ty tl i realy think they should have saved alexis if they are going to save any one this early so she would have been in the top ten , jmo i thought she was better than michael last week..

I wish they had saved Alexis. Simon can be so mean! Telling Michael and Matt that people just don't like them.  :groan: Could be people didn't vote thinking they were safe.  :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 28, 2009, 03:21:39 PM
simond does say some realy unnessasery things.. how can u say that when america voted that many x's i am sure it was close, also simond says things to get ppl mad so they will vote, a ;pt of reverse psy with that one.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 28, 2009, 03:39:15 PM
simond does say some realy unnessasery things.. how can u say that when america voted that many x's i am sure it was close, also simond says things to get ppl mad so they will vote, a ;pt of reverse psy with that one.

 :funny: Reverse psychology works for me Tory! I did vote for Matt and Michael, Michael not so much.  ;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 28, 2009, 09:08:18 PM
 :jam: :jam: oh simond  :meow: :meow: all though i uauslaly agree with him on the nigh they sing.. i have disagreed with him a few times but again i think it is his way of getting ppl to vote for thoes ppl.. who no's :duno: :duno:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 28, 2009, 09:53:56 PM
I like that he is blunt with the singers when they perform.  :tup:  I generally agree with him. It just seems like this year with the Judges Save thing, he's been a little too blunt/mean.  :hammer
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on March 29, 2009, 05:27:31 PM
yea like he needed more power lol..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on March 31, 2009, 03:21:08 PM
Note: Set your recorders accordingly. Tonight's show will be approximately an hour and 25 minutes, bleeding into the launch of the Osbourne's new show, Osbournes: Reloaded.


Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Snooky on March 31, 2009, 07:09:48 PM
I like that he is blunt with the singers when they perform.  :tup:  I generally agree with him. It just seems like this year with the Judges Save thing, he's been a little too blunt/mean.  :hammer

Yes!  I think that since they have an extra judge this season, that the judges should want a little more power.  Simon used to get a 33% chance of getting what he wanted, this season he has a 25% chance.  I also think that Cara and Paula would save anyone if it wasn't for him.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 01, 2009, 10:54:40 AM
Yes!  I think that since they have an extra judge this season, that the judges should want a little more power.  Simon used to get a 33% chance of getting what he wanted, this season he has a 25% chance.  I also think that Cara and Paula would save anyone if it wasn't for him.

I think Simon is still pretty powerful. He can say some of the most devastating things with his critiques.  :ascared I tend to give him credit though because he never liked Taylor Hicks and looking back he has been one of the weakest winners to date.

Are you liking Kara Snooky?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 01, 2009, 10:58:36 AM
i think they r going long on the show each week bceaus a they have to many judges and b that entrance they make in the beginging it remines me of some one anonceing a prize fight, and here r u r judges blh blh,how freekon anoying..and how totaly not nessasery .
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 01, 2009, 11:59:12 AM
i think they r going long on the show each week bceaus a they have to many judges and b that entrance they make in the beginging it remines me of some one anonceing a prize fight, and here r u r judges blh blh,how freekon anoying..and how totaly not nessasery .

I've noticed several of the Fox shows run over now, not just AI. I'm resetting the DVR so I don't miss the previews!  (:;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on April 01, 2009, 12:11:18 PM
American Idol: What You Didn't See on Last Night's Show! 

Here's what you didn't see on last night's American Idol:

CLASHING WITH CONTESTANTS

While judge Kara DioGuardi critiqued contestant Megan Joy's performance of "Turn Your Lights Down Low," her brother yelled out, "Broken record!" It startled the judge.

During the break, DioGuardi approached him and the rest of her family. At first, she thought he was yelling "broken record" at his sister. When Joy's brother told her the comment was aimed at her, DioGuardi was taken aback. "I am? Why?" she asked. He then said "packaged artist" could be her "packaged phrase." Upset, she stormed off with her bodyguards.

She approached Joy's brother again during the next break, tapping him on the shoulder. She then said to the people around them, "Can you believe what he said to me?"

It wasn't her only miffed moment. After DioGuardi and low-scoring contestant Anoop Desai clashed over his rendition of Usher's "Caught Up," the show went to commercial and DioGuardi made an annoyed face as she turned away to walk backstage. She then greeted guest Neil Patrick Harris (who was with his beau David Burtka) as he waved wildly from the audience.

GETTING THE COLD SHOULDER FROM SIMON

DioGuardi recently complained on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that the other judges "talk about the clothes" more than the "technical" aspects of a singer's performance. But when contestant Allison Iraheta walked on stage in a poofy red dress and black leggings, DioGuardi ended up commenting on her look. When Simon Cowell remarked that Iraheta resembled "something out of The Addams Family," DioGuardi leaned over and said to him off-mic, "So, you agree with me!" Cowell refused to acknowledge her.

Throughout the show, Cowell and Paula Abdul (who was "upset" over DioGuardi's comments to DeGeneres, says a source) bonded, talking and whispering frequently. After contestant Scott MacIntyre sang, the two cut off DioGuardi's critique by walking backstage with their arms around each other.

MIXING UP CLUB NAMES

The ladies in the audience went crazy after Adam Lambert sang "Play That Funky Music." While Abdul judged his performance, DioGuardi tried to talk to Cowell over Abdul's head. He appeared to ignore her. DioGuardi then made a reference to "Studio 54," but she accidentally called it "Studio 57." As the show went to a break, she cleared up her mistake, making a throat-slashing motion.

http://www.usmagazine.com/news/idol-what-you-didnt-see-on-last-nights-show-200914
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 01, 2009, 06:08:55 PM
goood stuff will ty ty ty i wish they would get rid of her but i am sure she has a contract oh but simond could buy her out omg that would b awsome..
tl a lot of shows runnn over it is getting on my last nerve i missed  like 20 min of tar this week i was taping a re runn of desprat hw and did  not no it i am still NOT OVER IT... (:;) (:;)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 01, 2009, 08:02:21 PM
goood stuff will ty ty ty i wish they would get rid of her but i am sure she has a contract oh but simond could buy her out omg that would b awsome..
tl a lot of shows runnn over it is getting on my last nerve i missed  like 20 min of tar this week i was taping a re runn of desprat hw and did  not no it i am still NOT OVER IT... (:;) (:;)

AW, I'm sorry Tory!! TAR started late because of the basketball playoffs.  But look what I found for you.  :-*

Friday Nights at 8 ET

Visit the official Amazing Race website at CBS.com
The Travel Channel is airing episodes of the award-winning reality series "The Amazing Race" from CBS Television on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET starting Feb. 20.
The popular series, hosted by Phil Keoghan, follows contestants across the globe through some of the world's most exotic and beautiful destinations as they compete against one another through a series of challenges for the ultimate grand prize.

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Amazing_Race&vgnextrefresh=1

About Kara, I said back in January that I was tired of her and I haven't changed my mind. She makes the most inane comments.  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 01, 2009, 10:27:09 PM
An interesting article:

Miley Cyrus Heading To ‘American Idol’
 
Miley Cyrus is scheduled to head to “American Idol,” Access Hollywood has learned from sources close to the show.

The 16-year-old superstar, who is gearing up for the release of “Hannah Montana The Movie,” is scheduled to pre-tape a performance for the hit FOX reality competition tonight. It’s likely that the performance will air next week, in the days leading up to the release of her new film.

She will tape the performance prior to the audience taking their seats. An airdate has not yet been set for Miley’s performance.

Miley isn’t the first contender to pre-tape a performance on “Idol.” Recently, “Idol” alumni Jennifer Hudson and David Cook both pre-recorded performances for the show.

This coming Friday, Miley will wrap up a busy week by heading to Access Hollywood and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Her big film premiere will be Thursday night in Hollywood. Tune in on Monday to see what happened during the pop star’s special visit to our set.

http://www.accesshollywood.com/miley-cyrus-heading-to-american-idol_article_16241 (http://www.accesshollywood.com/miley-cyrus-heading-to-american-idol_article_16241)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 02, 2009, 10:34:23 AM

Fox Press Release

MEGAN JOY IS ELIMINATED FROM THE “AMERICAN IDOL” COMPETITION
 
TOP 8 FINALISTS PERFORM SONGS FROM THE YEAR THEY WERE BORN TUESDAY, APRIL 7, ON FOX
 
Kellie Pickler to Perform Wednesday, April 8
 
Finalist Megan Joy was eliminated tonight from AMERICAN IDOL after she received the fewest of America’s more than 36 million votes. On Wednesday’s show, finalists performed Top Downloaded songs, and Joy, 23, from Sandy, UT, sang “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley.
 
Next week, the Top 8 finalists – Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Scott MacIntyre and Lil Rounds – take the stage Tuesday, April 7 (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to perform songs from the year they were born.
 
Tune in the following night Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to find out if the judges use their save or if America sends another finalist home. Also, Season Five finalist Kellie Pickler returns to the IDOL stage to perform her new single, “Best Days of Your Life.”
 
Kellie Pickler’s gold-certified album, “Small Town Girl,” became the best-selling debut in 2006 by a solo country artist. Two of the album’s singles, “I Wonder,” and “Red High Heels,” placed on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Top 15 chart. Pickler’s self-titled sophomore album recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart, making her only the sixth country artist to have their debut and follow-up albums enter at the top of the charts. Winner of three 2008 CMT Awards, Pickler penned five of the album’s tracks, including the hit “Best Days of Your Life,” which was co-written with Taylor Swift. Swift, who also lends her background vocals on the record, will appear with Pickler on the “Fearless Tour 2009.” The six-month tour will visit 52 cities in 38 states and provinces across the U.S. and Canada.
 
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 02, 2009, 07:18:23 PM
thank you soo much TL!!! i found it on sat ng here yea!!!!
about kera i do rember u saying u did not like her ,i think i defende her i can't rember??
i love that stuff mg found and i am sick of her saying the same thing all the time. ur so right tl 3 judges is plenty.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 03, 2009, 12:07:37 PM
thank you soo much TL!!! i found it on sat ng here yea!!!!
about kera i do rember u saying u did not like her ,i think i defende her i can't rember??
i love that stuff mg found and i am sick of her saying the same thing all the time. ur so right tl 3 judges is plenty.

I think they had the perfect balance, 3 judges, Paula for the encouragement, Randy who can give good advice but can sink your chances as well and Simon who tells it like it is but bluntly. I really do not want to hear who is commercial. (That's the point isn't it?) I don't care who they are by shopping with them either. I really preferred the guest judges who would come in and give their perspective. If Kara stays, I'd like to hear her comments about the music and the arrangement and the more technical aspects which as a song writer she can do quite well.

It was amusing to hear the shout, 'Broken record!'
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 03, 2009, 01:30:11 PM
i for got about the guest judges darn i liked them all though they realy never said much, and when the guest singer's / mentors r on they r giving about the same 2 cents worth, jmo.
and i for got i wanted to comment about allisons dress that is so in style for the kids that like that kind of stuff i have seen that look all over the place. thoses judges need to get out more..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: Snooky on April 03, 2009, 06:03:16 PM
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Are you liking Kara Snooky?

Yes, she tends to be more strict than Paula!
 :lol:
Sorry for taking so long to reply!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 03, 2009, 09:07:05 PM
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Are you liking Kara Snooky?

Yes, she tends to be more strict than Paula!
 :lol:
Sorry for taking so long to reply!

That's true, and she can get a sentence put together...  :lol:

Bless Paula's heart. She does give them compliments though so not everything they hear is all negative.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 04, 2009, 10:31:04 AM
i am allway confused on what they her compared to what i here every week..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 04, 2009, 11:05:57 AM
i am allway confused on what they her compared to what i here every week..

You bring up a good point. Another is complaints about what they wear. I didn't think Allison's outfit was so bad that she needed criticism about it. She's trying to be her age and experiment. Poor Lil, no matter what she does or wears they rag on her. No wonder she was in tears last Wednesday evening.
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 04, 2009, 11:19:02 AM
yea you liven where u do u probly see a lot of that kind of allison where.. i know i see it all the time i do think those judges need to get out more. jmo about lil i think she was in tears caus she was seeing her baby's how cute were they she must b such a good mom those kids were so well behaved..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 04, 2009, 11:41:00 AM
I think you are right about her wanting to see her little boy. I found an exit interview with Megan where she mentions him.

Snip:

Megan Joy: "I've Got No Beef With Simon"
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 2:45pm by BuzzSugar

American Idol's own rockin' robin, Megan Joy, took to the phones on Wednesday to talk about her elimination, the caw-ing, and her comments about not caring what Simon said. She said she woke up on Wednesday "feeling like I was going to go home no matter what" and decided to make the most of her last few Idol moments because part of her was ready to leave the show and go home to her son. Here are highlights:

    * On her "I love you, Simon, but I just don't care" comment: "I cared about the competition — I didn't want people to misunderstand me not caring. I just didn't care that Simon didn't like my songs."
    * On the caw-ing: "I love birds and bird noises. I just decided that if I'm going out, I'm going out with a bang. I'm just going to be myself. So I flew the whole time. . . . [The other contestants] said, 'Meg, if you go tonight, we're gonna caw for you, we're gonna support you,' so I was like, 'Don't you forget to caw.'"

Read the rest here: http://www.buzzsugar.com/2995452
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 04, 2009, 12:13:10 PM

Final 8 Perform : Tuesday, April 7, 2009. The theme is songs from the year they were born. (80's!!)

What will they sing? Have song suggestions for the final 8? Post them here.  :tup:

My all time favorite, Kellie Pickler will return on Wednesday April 9th to sing 'Best Days of Your Life.'  :hearts:

Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 05, 2009, 02:20:48 PM
the 80's humm not my fav dec of music?? all i can think of r shoulder pads and dinisty loland realy bad hair!!!
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 06, 2009, 02:51:40 PM
the 80's humm not my fav dec of music?? all i can think of r shoulder pads and dinisty loland realy bad hair!!!

 :tup: have an awesome time
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 06, 2009, 03:09:18 PM
the 80's humm not my fav dec of music?? all i can think of r shoulder pads and dinisty loland realy bad hair!!!

All I keep thinking about is Betty Davis Eyes.  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 06, 2009, 07:37:07 PM
Here are the ages of the remaining eight:

Adam Lambert: 26 years old

Allison Iraheta: 16 years old

Anoop Desai: 21 years old

Danny Gokey: 28 years old

Kris Allen: 23 years old

Lil Rounds: 23 years old

Matt Giraud: 23 years old

Scott McIntyre: 23 years old.

Since Allison was born in 1993, what will she sing?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 07, 2009, 05:05:44 PM
ok i am realy going to think about this lets see phill collins he was great sry to the 80's there were some great ppl i for got, whitny houston,sting split from the police in the 80's so he could be in there. oh monadona, cindy lauper girls just want to have fun, ok to name a few i can't wait till tonight..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 07, 2009, 06:57:26 PM
ok i am realy going to think about this lets see phill collins he was great sry to the 80's there were some great ppl i for got, whitny houston,sting split from the police in the 80's so he could be in there. oh monadona, cindy lauper girls just want to have fun, ok to name a few i can't wait till tonight..

Won't be long now till we know. I love LOVE Cindy Lauper! It would have been fun to hear Megan sing 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun.'

So many to choose from, Whitney, Sting, Phil Collins, you're right!  :tup:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: RealityFreakWill on April 08, 2009, 10:34:23 AM
'American Idol''s Top Eight Sings Songs from the Year They Were Born

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"American Idol'' is down to the final eight competitors, and this week the contestants performed songs from the year they were born.

Danny Gokey launched the night with his own interpretation of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Judge Randy Jackson admitted, "When you first came out, I didn't love the arrangement. Here's the thing, I love you and you made me love it. This is a vocal show and you have talent." Kara DioGuardi agreed, adding, "I, too, was: What kind of arrangement is that? But at the end, you just killed it. You turned it on its head. You made it your own." Paula simply said, "Wow! Danny, you opened the show setting the bar so high everyone is going to have to run to catch up." Simon commented, "I thought the beginning was good; the middle was lazy and the end was terrific. Overall, great."

Born in 1985, Kris Allen's song choice was "All She Wants to Do is Dance," made famous by Don Henley. Kara critiqued him: "I was excited you picked an up-tempo song. I wanted you to sing up-tempo. [But the arrangement] kind of lost a lot of its youth. You are a really good singer. Still a fan." Paula added, "You took one of the most melodically same-note songs and you did change it up to make it uniquely your own. You are likeable." Simon told Kris: "Likeable yes, but it was indulgent, boring and forgettable. Where I got disappointed was that you came over as a guitarist who wants to sing, rather than a singer who plays the guitar. It was a stupid song choice." Randy felt the arrangement was a little self-indulgent. "I lost you. I was listening more to the music and the band. The competition is about you, not the song."

Lil Rounds performed the legendary Tina Turner classic, "What's Love Got to Do With It?" Paula stated, "You look hot tonight. This was the week, I thought you would take your own liberties, go outside the box and prove that you know exactly who you are as an artist. You are a brilliant vocalist, but that gets you only so far. If you are not able to take the reigns … you needed to lead Rickey Minor and the band to create your own niche in a song that is so classic. I don't feel that you did that." Simon was more harsh, saying, "We are not looking for a second or third-rate version of Tina Turner, even to the point you were copying the way she walks. It is literally like we have lost you. I have no idea who you are. You are not making the impact you should." Randy added, "We all love you. You are mad talented. What the two just said is real. We say each week, 'You remind us of….' It is like you are not listening to us. Tina is not you. It is not happening." Kara agreed, pointing out, "It is about making that leap from a singer to an artist. When you are up there performing, your lower range really suffers. You need to find your power there."

From 1982, Anoop Desai selected Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." Randy complimented him, saying, "You pulled it back. I am always impressed by you. Dude, that was a very nice vocal. Props to you." Kara pointed out, "You controlled the song; you did not let it control you. You showed you could take a pop song [and make it yours]." And Simon said, "Last week, you were abysmal. This week, you took a song and made it your version. I don't think it was fantastic, but good."

Scott MacIntyre stepped out from behind the piano and picked up a guitar for Survivor's "The Search is Over." Kara told him, "I have to commend you coming out there and playing the guitar. I am not sure I would have picked that song for you as a power ballad. You had some good moments; but you had some bad moments." Paula said, "I give you credit for stepping away from the comfort zone of the piano. I had no idea you played guitar. I think maybe reaching for some of those high notes came across screechy, but overall, bravo." Simon commented, "I would suggest you go back to the piano next week. That is where you are comfortable. The song was horrible, if I am being honest, and the guitar wasn't that much better. The two didn't go together. This was you trying to be somebody else, and it didn't work." Randy thought the song was just okay. "The vocals were okay, but it didn't show you as a star," he said."

From 1992, Allison Iraheta picked "I Can't Make You Love Me." Paula enthused, "You know what is so great about having you in this competition? You hear one note and it is undeniably Allison. That is a gift you can't put a price tag on. I loved that you had some tenderness to a song that is so gut-wrenching. It had the same arrangement as the original, but you made it your own." Simon told her, "I thought that was very good. I really do. I think we have just got to sort you out a bit and make you more likeable. I don't think your personality is coming over. I still don't know much about you. That, in a competition like this, is so important." Randy pointed out, "There was a girl who won the first season of this [competition] that you remind me so much of. She talked so much that she was hoarse half the time. She could sing her face off and so can you." Kara complimented, "To take adult content and make it believable and you is talent. Whatever they said, 'Let's go make a record.'"

Time was running out when Matt Giraud took the stage to perform Stevie Wonder's "Part Time Lover." So the judges kept it short and sweet. Randy complimented, "Vocally, one of the best of the night." Kara added, "Incredible on every level. Unbelievable." Paula had two kind words: "Standing O." And Simon said, "Better than last week. Well done."

Last, but by no means least was Adam Lambert, who impressed with the quiet ballad, "Mad World." With no time left, Simon told him, "Adam, the bad news is we are running out of time; the good news is I am the only one going to be talking. I want to give you a standing ovation!"

Tune in to "American Idol" Wednesday night at 9 on FOX to find out who will be going home.

http://www.etonline.com/news/2009/04/72599/index.html
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 08, 2009, 01:21:28 PM
:)

Fox Press Release

MAY IS MASSIVE ON FOX

CROWNING OF THE NEXT SINGING SUPERSTAR ON TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SERIES “AMERICAN IDOL” MAY 19 AND 20

the three-hour, two-night season finale of AMERICAN IDOL, featuring the final performance show May 19 and the final live results show that’s sure to captivate America May 20.
 
Here are the highlights, night by night, for this May on FOX:

TUESDAY
 
America continues to vote for its next AMERICAN IDOL during FOX May, and Tuesday nights boast four not-to-be-missed episodes, including Part 1 of the hotly anticipated two-night season finale; three all-new creepy installments of FRINGE; and a special preview of the new musical comedy series GLEE.
 
Tuesday, April 28

AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “5 Finalists Compete”
The Top 5 finalists perform LIVE for the nation, singing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
 
Tuesday, May 5

AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “4 Finalists Compete”
The Top 4 finalists perform LIVE as they vie for the title.
 
Tuesday, May 12

AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “3 Finalists Compete”
In the series’ 300th episode, the Top 3 finalists take to the stage on another all-new LIVE performance show.
 
Tuesday, May 19

AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “2 Finalists Compete” – Season Finale, Part 1
On the first night of the two-night season finale, the remaining two finalists battle it out for the AMERICAN IDOL crown at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in front of a live audience and millions of viewers watching at home. After the finalists perform, viewers will vote to decide who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL. 
 
WEDNESDAY
 
On Wednesday nights this May, FOX presents three all-new installments of the new hit series LIE TO ME, as well as four live AMERICAN IDOL results shows, including the two-hour season finale that promises to be the biggest night of television this season.
 
Wednesday, April 29
 
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 5 Voted Off”
This May, the AMERICAN IDOL live results shows count down to the final two contestants. Each week, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title. Tonight, the competition goes from the Top 5 to the Top 4.
 
Wednesday, May 6
 
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 4 Voted Off”
In another all-new LIVE results show, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title, narrowing the competition from four to three contestants.
 
Wednesday, May 13
 
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 3 Voted Off”
The Top 2 finalists are revealed in another all-new LIVE results show.
 
Wednesday, May 20

AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Winner” – Season Finale, Part 2
On the second part of the two-night AMERICAN IDOL season finale, the Top 13 reunite on stage one last time. At the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the next AMERICAN IDOL
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 08, 2009, 03:20:13 PM
ty mg for all the info and updates!!

my take on last night was it was the good the bad and the ugly, song choices and sining, some of the songs were good but the singing wasn't so much and the good songs sounded awfull?? any way i will go into more detail on the desusiond thread ty again mg..
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 09, 2009, 04:35:06 AM

Released by Fox

SCOTT MACINTYRE IS ELIMINATED FROM THE “AMERICAN IDOL” COMPETITION
 
TOP 7 FINALISTS PERFORM SONGS OF THE CINEMA UNDER GUIDANCE OF ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR QUENTIN TARANTINO TUESDAY, APRIL 14, ON FOX
 
Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus to Perform Wednesday, April 15
 
Finalist Scott MacIntyre was eliminated tonight from AMERICAN IDOL after he received the fewest of America’s 34 million votes. On Tuesday’s show, finalists performed songs from the year they were born, and MacIntyre, 23, from Scottsdale, AZ, sang “The Search Is Over” by Survivor.
 
Next week, the Top 7 finalists – Kris Allen, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and Lil Rounds – take the stage Tuesday, April 14 (8:00-9:01 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to perform songs of the cinema under the guidance of director Quentin Tarantino in an “Idols at the Movies”-themed performance show.
 
Tune in the following night Wednesday, April 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) to find out if the judges use their save or if America sends another finalist home. Also, Season Three finalist Jennifer Hudson returns to the IDOL stage to perform her new single, “If This Isn’t Love,” and Miley Cyrus will sing “The Climb” from “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 09, 2009, 10:29:36 AM
well adam has this week in the bag. he has a hug theater resame. and he is realy good , i am wondering y they r haveing a diretor not a mentor they r realy trying to make thing different this year maby a little 2 different?
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 09, 2009, 09:56:10 PM
well adam has this week in the bag. he has a hug theater resame. and he is realy good , i am wondering y they r haveing a diretor not a mentor they r realy trying to make thing different this year maby a little 2 different?

This should be a good test for them!!  :tup: Piece of cake for Adam.  :lol:
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: TexasLady on April 09, 2009, 10:04:17 PM
An Interview from Scott:


MacIntyre reflects on 'American Idol' experience


By MIKE HUGHES • For The Salinas Californian • April 9, 2009

Scott MacIntyre grants that he never quite fit the "American Idol" mold.

Many contestants grew up on rock and pop music. For MacIntyre -- who was eliminated from the show Wednesday -- that was almost an afterthought.

"I really had no idea what was going on in pop music and what was hip and on the radio until I was 14," MacIntyre, who is virtually blind, said by phone today.

By then, he was already a classical piano prodigy. He had studied intensively when he moved to Toronto (from California) with his family at 10; he continued after moving to Arizona at 14. He graduated from Arizona State, added a master's degree from the Royal College of Music in London; he also studied in Boston and Salzburg, Austria.

"I'm kind of the academic-guy-turned-pop-star," he said.

Definitely academic. MacIntyre may be the first person in "Idol" interviews to use the word "expressivity" and the phrase "vocally and pianistically."

Still, he said, his passion is now on the pop side. "I actually have a huge catalog of original (pop) songs."

In recent years, he said, he's been working on several fronts. In addition to classical -- he's won competitions and soloed with orchestras -- he's had:

-- The Glutes, a duo with his brother which he calls "punk pop power-rock."

-- Solo work. He calls it "pop, rock, singer-songwriter" music in the John Mayer vein.

-- The MacIntyre Family Singers, who do acoustic jazz, Broadway and such. It includes the entire family, except for his father. "He auditions for the MacIntyre Family Singers every year and never makes the cut."

Read the rest of the interview here: http://thecalifornian.com/article/20090409/ENTERTAINMENT10/90409035/1002/NEWS01
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: marigold on April 09, 2009, 11:14:57 PM
An interesting article:

Ambulance Called For Frankie Avalon Prior To ‘Idol’ Performance
 
Pop legend Frankie Avalon surprised the “American Idol” audience Wednesday night singing his classic hit “Venus,” – but his performance almost never happened.

An ambulance was called for Frankie before he took the stage after he became shaky from having not eaten all day, the singer revealed.

“I ate a whole bag of those red candies, and all of a sudden 20 min before the show, I get the shakes,” Frankie told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush on “The Billy Bush Show” on Thursday.

”[The paramedics] took my blood pressure and asked me questions and all that stuff,” he continued.

But Frankie told the emergency medical team that the show must go on!

“I said, ‘Hey, I am on in five minutes!’ And of course, I did the show and everything was fine after that,” he added.

“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was busy updating fans after the incident occurred, writing on his Twitter account, “Frankie Avalon almost didn’t go on… paramedics were called. Close call but we love him!”

Despite his medical scare, Frankie turned out a stellar performance – even making judge Simon Cowell smile.

http://www.accesshollywood.com/ambulance-called-for-frankie-avalon-prior-to-idol-performance_article_16536 (http://www.accesshollywood.com/ambulance-called-for-frankie-avalon-prior-to-idol-performance_article_16536)
Title: Re: American Idol Season 8
Post by: tory on April 10, 2009, 11:59:57 AM
aww he was so cute too!!! that was a great part of the show haveing him sing simon's birth yr..i am a yr older than simon, he might have more money , but i am more fablous lol...
and ps my dad who is a hair stylest is 79 and still doing hair he loves it that genaration they r like the engergiser bunnys. my dad is going to a hair show in vegas in may. go dad go..