Thursday, March 25, 2010
Billboards number 1's was the theme and mostly the performances have begun to fair better than before. Looks like these contestants needed to be pushed into a theme to really show who they were.
On a day when Miley Cyrus was a mentor (although people questioned why she would be mentoring them she wasn't too bad) there were performances that definitely stood out while others fizzled. The performances that became the matter of survival to make it to Idol's Summer tour.
Lee Dewyze proved he isn't always uncomfortable while on stage. His jazzy performance of The Letter was one of the week's standouts along with Crystal Bowersox's vocally charged performance of Joplin's Me And Bobby McGee.
It was only more than obvious who would be going home this Wednesday and we were all just waiting for it. We were also expecting this week's results show to be flooded by teen idols who performed their current singles. However we weren't expecting Simon to rip away Paige Miles' last chance performance for a shot at the save. Whether it was harsh and whether or not Paige's vocal abilities ( or sudden lack thereof) were the reason for her elimination we don't know but we're expecting another reasonable elimination next week where the contestants will be singing R&B/Soul with Usher as their mentor. Can't wait.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Carrie Underwood has been added as a performer for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand April 18 on CBS (8 p.m. ET/PT).
In Other Idol News:
Fantasia will open WrestleMania America the Beautiful." She follows the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Schrezinger, who performed at last year's WrestleMania in Houston. Other past show-openers have included Aretha Franklin, John Legend and Ashanti. in Glendale. The R&B artist will sing "
The official American Idol magazine arrives this week and we have an exclusive first look at the cover! Though it took three years off, this first of four Season 9 issues promises rare backstage photos of "Idol" past and present, interviews with former finalists, makeup and hair tips from the show's glam squad It will be available on newsstands and in supermarkets starting
Saturday, March 20, 2010
This Tuesday, March 30th, Daughtry will be on Live With Regis And Kelly. They will be performing their single Life After You.
Also the official store at DaughtryOfficial.com is now offering the exclusive digital EP of six Leave This Town B-sides.
In other Idol news:
2007's American Idol, Jordin Sparks is going on tour! The "Battlefield Tour" of the United States begins this April. And SparksTown.com is your direct connection to Presales and Meet and Greets! Ticket presales for Premium SparksTown members begin Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 10:00AM at SparksTown.com
Carrie Underwood will be performing on the to hour long tribute CBS is airing for country legend duo Brooks & Dunn. Joining her is another Idol alum Jennifer Hudson. They will be performing their favorite Brooks & Dunn songs. The special airs May 23rd.
And CBS has also announced that this year David Letterman will have all this year's Idol castoffs on his show The Late Show With David Letterman. It starts this upcoming Monday with the latest castoff, Lacey Brown. And on the Monday after the finale The Late Show will have this year's winner.
Friday, March 19, 2010
So The Rolling Stones became quite an interesting theme giving America quite a few good performances. Lee Dewyze was once again our favorite with his performance of Beast Of Burden. Andrew Garcia also gave us an intense performance of Give Me Shelter . Crystal Bowersox chose a much more interesting song that displayed more of her amazing talent since going live.
On the results show Lacey Brown was sent home which was definitely expected given her continually boring performances. Orianthi and Ke$ha gave rather mediocre performances. '07 Idol winner David Cook returned with his band singing The Rolling Stones classic Jumpin' Jack Flash and instantly stole not only the show but the week.
Not quite sure what next week's theme will be but I am looking forward to it. I'm hoping that with the theme set out for this years contestants they will be headed towards a more interesting road. And yes, once again I'm looking forward to whatever Lee brings to the table for next week.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
So another week of performances rolled in for 2010 and another round of disappointments followed. The only stand out was Lee Dewyze and I rather enjoyed Todrick Hall's Somebody To Love. Tim Urban's performance of Hallelujah was alright but touched nothing of performances of that song from the past. The girls (although appraised this year) have failed to impress despite the powerhouse of Crystal Bowersox's voice.)
The results show gave us a long overdue performance from Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud which easily showed us what we're missing from this season. There also arrived the unveiling of the Top 12. Alex lambert went home which seemed like a typical choice, so did Katelyn Epperly. But then Todrick Hall and Lilly Scott also were sent packing. Although I wasn't one to rave about these two performers I just didn't think that they deserved to be voted off so early.
So next week Idol brings us the theme of the Rolling Stones and a performance from David Cook. Can't wait to see if this years contestants can outshine an Idol of the past...
Friday, March 12, 2010
Of course you will be tuning into Idol this coming week. Not only are they presenting to you the first live show for the top 12, who ill doing songs from the rock legends The Rolling Stones. But, according to David Cook's official Twitter, Idol is also giving us live performance from season 7's winner David Cook. He returns to the Idol stage on Wednesday night's results show.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
On July 15th you can see Daughtry at Leinenkugel's Rock Fest, playing with acts such as Theory Of A Dead Man and Apocalyptica. CLICK HERE to order tickets!
They, along with the Goo Goo Dolls, will be headlining two days of a three day concert series presented in conjunction with the NCAA Tournment's Final Four baseketball games in Indianapolis. Performances are schedules at the Lawn at Whit River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., admission free. READ MORE HERE.
In Other Idol News:
Adam Lambert will be on Nightline, Friday, March 12th. So make sure you tune in to watch!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Kris Allen will soon be kicking off his Spring/Summer tour. He is not only going to play some solo shows- find those solo dates at Kris' official website CLICK HERE to visit- but Kris will be opening for some of the biggest names in the music industry today.
Here is the list of his tour dates with Keith Urban, One Republic, and Daughtry.
March 18th: Hartman Arena KZCH radio show in Wichita, KS
March 19th and 20th: Opening for One Republic at Six Flags San Antonio and Six Flags Dallas
March 21st: WVMV radio show in Detroit, MI
April 10th: KMXG radio show in Las Vegas, NV
April 17th: Atlantis Paradise Island Resorts in Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 22nd: CBS Radio Acoustic Show - Los Angeles
April 23rd: Opening for Keith Urban at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV
May 29th: Saline Summer Daze Festival in Benton, AR
July 17th: Alabama Adventure Theme Park in Bessemer, AL
July 28th: Opening for Keith Urban at California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, CA
August 6th: Opening for Daughtry at Hershey Pavillion in Hershey, PA
August 7th: The Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ
August 13th: Opening for Keith Urban at Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA
August 14th: Opening for Keith Urban at Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, IN
September 4th: Opening for Keith Urban at The Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, VT
September 9th: Opening for Keith Urban at The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PAIn other Idol news:
Jason Castro has new songs and they are available now on iTunes and Amazon.
One is Jason's new single That's What I'm Here For and Over The Rainbow
CLICK HERE to purchase them on iTunes and CLICK HERE for Amazon.
Michael Johns contributed to the Don't Look Down soundtrack. All 18 tracks are performed by Michael Johns And The Ontic. CLICK HERE to purchase on iTunes and CLICK HERE to purchase on Amazon.
Katharine McPhee is scheduled to be the musical guest on the Tonight Show on March 12th.
David Archuleta's book of memoirs Chords Of Strength: A Memoir Of Soul, Song, And The Power Of Perseverance has been pushed back from May 4th to June 1st.
Friday, March 5, 2010
On March 10th VH1 will be airing Unplugged: Adam Lambert. It will be the first of eight episodes including Phoenix (For MTV) ,The Script (For VH1),and Reba McEntire (For CMT) So, make sure you check out Adam on VH1 when he showcases his raw and natural talent on Vh1's Unplugged: Adam Lambert.
In other Idol news:
Jason Castro will perform on The Bachelor (at Molly and Jason's wedding) on March 8th at 8PM on ABC .
Idol winner Ruben Studdard will be performing on The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, March 8th. Go to http://www.wendyshow.com/tv-listings/ to check your local listings.
Carrie Underwood has once again won over America's votes except this time her title is different. She was recently voted as the headliner of Stadium Of Fire. The event is to be held at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on July 3rd.
Tickets go on sale on Friday at 5p.m. will be sold simultaneously online at www.stadiumoffire.com and www.byutickets.com, as well as at the Marriott Center Ticket Office. Details for advance ticket purchases are available at www.freedomfestival.org. Tickets will be sold at six different prices, ranging from $30 to $120
An album packed with songs that display the great talent Danny Gokey has that rocketed him to the top 3 of 2009's American Idol. This time though he comes full force with a country twist to his music (apparently on advice of Randy Travis) and it more than works. My Best Days is a blend of catchy, inspiring, and powerful songs giving Gokey an outlet for both his talent, his faith, and that motivation he brought to all of us when he graced the Idol stage.
The best song by far is I Will Not Say Goodbye. A powerful song that drips with heartache and sorrow. A perfect vehicle for Gokey's intense voice, it both grips you and will no doubt bring you to tears. It's Only (the retracted first single) is the perfect song for the times we live in now and the emotions he infuses into the melody is absolutely perfect. I Still Believe is a song that offers us the faith Gokey has always displayed. The lyrics are inspired and perfectly delivered. A testament to the power of belief and prayer.
It seems that Gokey has perhaps found his niche' in music with this well crafted and beautifully delivered debut. I'm hoping that this album is well received and that it brings about just what it is displaying: Faith, love, and inspiration. I will be surprised if this album isn't what Gokey's fans and also non-fans expected of him.
Next week not only brings us a new week of Idol but it also brings back Idol alums Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre to the stage. They will be performing Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It," on next week's show.
In other Idol news:
Kelly Clarkson was added to The Lilith Fair line up. She joins the likes of The Bangles, The Go-Go's, Dixie Chicks' Emily Robison and Martie Maguire's side project the Courtyard Hounds, Martina McBride, Suzanne Vega, festival founder Sarah McLachlan as well as Ke$ha, Colbie Caillat, Tegan and Sara, Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu, Emmylou Harris, Metric, Jill Scott, La Roux and Loretta Lynn.
On Sunday, April 11th, Jason Castro will performing at Live From The Vineyard. CLICK HERE to order tickets and check out the other acts.
With the guys dominating the night it is easy to say that all the performances that will be highlighted this week will come from the guys. After Crystal Bowersox's health scare left us having to hear the guys first we found ourselves enjoying ourselves quite a bit. Although some performances were much better than others there were obvious improvements. It's safe to say that the guys dominated the week.
The best performance by a mile was Lee Dewyze's Lips Of An Angel where he showcased more of that rasp and grit that is so amazing to hear. Tim Urban showed major improvement by singing a song well fitted for his vocals with Come On Get Higher and Alex Lambert showed America he's not only the 'nervous one' when he performed Everyone Knows.
As for the girls there was not much to highlight and nothing at all to get excited for. Most were seemingly tone deaf and others just chose horrible songs. Even our female fvorite Crystal Bowersox (although she showed as usual her great voice) leaned towards the boring side. I'm sad to confess that it was perhaps one of the worst performance episodes I had ever seen on Idol and I've been watching since 2006.
This week's results show voted off the ones that should have gone home last week and lso brought us some more Danny Gokey- who reached the top 3 last year.
I'm hoping for a step up from the girls and even MORE improvements from the guys. I'm also looking forward to seeing what Lee does next...Even if that's biased or not.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
If you were lucky enough to check out David Cook at Morongo Casino on February 27th then you were also one of the first to hear his new track "You And I". He has been spending a lot of time writing for his highly anticipated follow up to his platinum debut record. So, here is your little taste of his new record. CLICK HERE to hear the song.
In other Idol news: Jason Castro will be releasing his self titled debut album on April 13th. So make sure to rush to the store and pick up a copy!
Idol winner Carrie Underwood s up for six ACM's. Including Entertainer Of The Year-which she won last year-, Artist And Compsoer, Song Of The Year,Vocal Event Of The Year, Top Female Vocalist, and Album Of The Year. The ACM awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Vegas on April 18th at 8pm ET on CBS.
Katharine McPhee is set to make her TV pilot debut in the new NBC comedy The Pink House. McPhee's role is a girl named Emily who lives in an apartment behind the guys' house. A down-to-earth Midwest girl, Emily finds her healthy figure at odds with the California beach-bunny standard.Neither premiere schedule nor male lead cast have been announced.
Jordin Sparks will be performing at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 8th. Tickets go on sale March 6th!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Not only is season 8 finalist Danny Gokey releasing his anticipated debut album, My Best Days, on March 2nd, but he will be returning to the stage where America first grew to love him. On March 4th Idol will welcome back one of season 8's fan favorites Danny Gokey to the stage to perform his hit single My Best Days Are Ahead Of me.
Season 7 runner up David Archuleta has written a book of memoirs. Allowing his fans an insight in his own words of his amazing and inspiring journey of how he overcame vocal cord paralysis to achieve his dream of being a singer. He also reveals unexpected insecurities he has faced over her vocal ability. He also pays tribute to his loving family who always stood by him and how his unyielding faith helped get him through his remarkable journey. Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance, is now available for pre-order. The book will be out May 4.
He also has released a new song titled She's Not You. Listen and download by clicking HERE!
In other Idol news: One of season 7's fan favorites, Michael Johns has released a short clip of one of his new songs that he has been working on. The title of the song is The Only One. CLICK HERE to listen.
The performances this week ranged among the mediocre although the talent is immense. Several performers stood out however, proving that Idol can still bring us amazing performers. The one on the girls side that performed the best was Crystal Bowersox who sang Hand In My Pocket from Alanis Morrisette. And from the guys it was Lee Dewyze who sang Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars. Besides them there were several who caught our ears. Todrick Hall did great rendition of Since You've Been Gone. Didi Benami was quite good in her performance of The Way I Am. Tyler Grady was also amazing in his 70's way during his performance of American Woman. Besides them the performances were dull and lackluster. However the results show proved to be far more uninteresting.
Allison Iraheta performed Scars and Kris Allen performed an outstanding Let It Be for Haiti relief. While Ryan Seacrest told America that Idol Gives Back will indeed return this year the voters were busy voting off Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Nunoz, and Janell Wheeler. Although they certainly were not the best performers they did fair much better than most of the others. I'm hoping that next week's performances improve and treat us to two nights of incredible talent and more reasonable send homes. But then again we won't ever know what to expect until the votes are counted.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This past week we were given the names of the Top 24 and the results were at times stunning but over all were pleasant. It's no doubt that this season will be fixed with all the same amazing performances and charisma that helps make these Idols a star.
Ladies and gentleman, your Top 24! Get ready to start voting next week! Excited yet?
Top 12 Girls
Thursday, February 18, 2010
On the first results show of season nine not only will Idol deliver to you your top 20 which will be picked from your votes but they will also be giving you a performance from your American Idol, Kris Allen.
So be sure to watch Kris on Thursday, February 25th.
In other Idol news: Adam Lambert will be performing his hit single Whatya Want From Me on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on March 2nd.
Danny Gokey will be on Lifetime Television on February 23rd to appear on The Balancing Act.
The Emmy winning television event Idol Gives Back is returning this season. It will no doubt be given to you with tons of performances and appearances from Hollywood's biggest celebrities and former Idols. And it will all be for a good cause!
So be sure to tune in like you do every week to watch Idol Gives Back on Wednesday, April 21st (8-10pm ET.)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tomorrow morning (4:45 am, 6:40 am, and 8:40 am EST) MTV will be broadcasting behind the scenes footage of the Ryan, Rock My Town concert featuring season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen, and season 8's runner up Adam Lambert and season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta. Be sure to wake up early- or stay up late- to watch!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert filmed his AOL sessions a little while ago and now it has been released to the public. Adam performed five songs from his recently certified gold debut record, For Your Entertainment. Watch the videos by clicking the link below:
Thursday, February 11, 2010
There were a few surprises during Hollywood Week. Standouts and ones that have a curious way of showing they belong in the top 24 but all in all this years Idol has displayed a group of talented singers, whether they are memorable or not.
Most of IdolWood's previous picks were eliminated (including our front runner Justin Williams) but there were some that stayed, and a couple who will get our votes!
Andrew Garcia and Jeff Goldford caught our interests while Casey James and Todrick Hall remained in the pack. We'll be looking forward to seeing our favorites during next week's portion of Hollywood!
If all you Danny fans can't wait for the March release of his anticipated debut album, My Best Days, then click the link below in order to hear a sneak peek of the upcoming album.
And be sure to keep watching Idol because Danny will be making a special appearance on an upcoming episode!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
For Promotion of her new album, Unbroken, Katharine McPhee will be appearing on ABC's The View on February 12th. She also will be appearing on Fox News Channel on the 13th and on March 3rd she will be appearing on The Wendy Williams Show. Be sure to tune in to see Katharine being interviewed and to watch her perform.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Finally AOL as put up the video of season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen's AOL sessions. But it was worth the wait. In it Kris performs his hit single Live Like We're Dying and four other songs off of his debut album.
Click the link below to watch it:
In other Idol news: Carrie Underwood has a very busy schedule up ahead of her. She has extended her Play On tour into June and on October 2nd she will be performing her first concert at the Hollywood Bowl, singing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Tickets for the prestigious concert event go on sale on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14
Saturday, February 6, 2010
It has not yet been confirmed if Danny Gokey will be joining the country duo for all their "Incredible Machine" tour dates.
But here is the latest tour schedule.
Friday, May 7th - The E-Center - Salt Lake City, Utah (w/ Julianne Hough)
Saturday, May 8th - World Arena - Colorado Springs, Colorado (w/ Julianne Hough)
Saturday, May 15th - Susquehanna Bank Center - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Jake Owen)
Sunday, May 23rd - Comcast Theater - Hartford, Connecticut (w/ Jake Owen)
Sunday, June 13th - CMAC - Canandaigua, New York (w/ Luke Bryan)
Thursday, June 17th - Sioux Falls Arena - Sioux Falls, South Dakota (w/ Luke Bryan)
And in other Idol news: Carrie Underwood has been selected as the first artist to be on the CMA Music Festival this year. Click the link below to purchase tickets!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
In Denver Victoria Beckham was again the guest judge and on the first day we saw one of the best outcomes. However only one did we pick. The Best of the Rest episode showed plenty of talent and truly did save the best for last.
In Denver Casey James made his mark on both the judges and we here at IdolWood. We look forward to seeing him in Hollywood.
His deep voice was only shown for a brief moment but it was enough to excite us.
This soulful singer came in with a heartbreaking and touching story as well as one of the best auditions.
Chris Daughtry announced on his official Twitter account that Daughtry will be performing at the Super Bowl Pre-Game Tailgate Party this Sunday. The Super Bowl will be Idol packed with Daughtry at the Tailgate party and Carrie Underwood singing the National Anthem.
Carrie Underwood is not only making a guest appearance on the hit comedy TV show How I Met Your Mother on March 1st but she is also going to make her big screen debut in the upcoming film, Soul Surfer.
The fil tells the true story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), the champion teen surfer, who had her arm severed by a shark in 2003 when she is was only 13 and her inspiring story. Carrie will play a youth counselor at Hamilton's church whose friendship and support played a huge role in the Bethany Hamilton's unlikely comeback.
The film also stars Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as Bethany Hamilton's parents.
And be sure to check out the world premiere of "We Are the World - 25 For Haiti" in 3D during NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 12. Idol alumni Katharine McPhee will be taking part in it.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Idol inner, Fantasia, released her new single today titled "Even Angels". It is off of her new album due to be released in March or April. You can also catch Fantasia on Oprah today.
Listen to her single by clicking the link below:
In other Idol news Carrie Underwood released her new vidoe for Temporary Home. Watch her video by clicking the link below:
And if you are a David Cook fan then check out his new Vlog to check out what he's been up to and to hear a sneak peek at what he has been working on.
Click the link below:
Monday, February 1, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
On March 16th season six Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, is set to perform at The Star Of Texas Fair and Rodeo.
And good news, Idol is going to have more to hour shows this season. So get ready for more Idol! Specifically, the top 12 (March 16th,) top 11 (March 23rd,) top 10 (March 30th) and top 9 (April 6th) shows are all going to be two-hour episodes.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Make sure to tune into VH1's Top 20 Countdown on February 20th because Adam Lambert will be the guest on the show.
But, don't worry you can see Adam before then on the 31st you can see Adam as Entertainment Tonight's fashion correspondent. Adam says about being ET's fashion correspondent, "I'll be OK. I love clothes, I love fashion, I pay attention to that stuff." And he admits that he is very honest, "I'm overly honest, so that will probably show through. I won't be mean though. I'm not mean."
So make sure to tune in to see Adam and don't forget to watch the Grammy's on CBS.
On February 7th the Super Bowl in Miami not only pits the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints but it also brings you Idol winner, Carrie Underwood singing the National Anthem. So, tune in, not only fr the game, but, to watch Carrie.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In Los Angeles there was talent and yet very little to jump up and down about. The guest judges (Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry) were less than interesting and the episode gave nothing exciting. So it is from the Dallas auditions we will be taking our highlights from. Dallas provided three favorites and two rather interesting judges (Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas).
Dave Pittman stepped into the judges room with an inspiring story and an amazing voice. I really hope he makes it in Hollywood!
The former Barney actress came in with a rather...interesting get up and a voice that kept us interested!
He worked with Fantasia on stage and now he's looking for some fame of his own. We're waiting for it too!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Anoop Desai auditioned for American Idol for a very tragic and personal reasons. Little did he know that by auditioning he would become an Idol mainstay and a sensation. Not only did he break boundaries (becoming only the second Indian American to become a major finalist) but he also gave us great performances that all had Anoop's special touch.
Having been signed by JS2 Communications, Desai has announced that he will be releasing a single in the Spring of 2010 and his album will follow shortly after.
Desai will no doubt become a musical sensation much as he was on Idol. He is truly talented and we can already see great things in his future.
Danny Gokey's new video for his first single 'My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me' was released today. The single is off of his debut album, "My Best Days', which is scheduled to be released on March 2nd.
Click the link below to watch his new video:
And in other Idol news, not only is AI winner, Carrie Underwood nominated for a more than one Grammy but she and Idol alumni, Jennifer Hudson will partaking in the 3D tribute the late legend, Michael Jackson. So tune into the Grammy's on January 31st, not only to root for the nominated Idols(Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson), but to check Carrie and Jennifer on the 3D tribute.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tune in Sunday to watch A&E "Private Sessions" - 'Songs For Haiti'. A two hour earthquake relief fundraising special featuring some of A&E's favorite performances from past seasons, including Daughtry! This special will air Sunday 01/24 at 8:00am ET on A&E.
Jordin Sparks will be singing the National Anthem this Sunday at the Jets v. Colts game on CBS at 3:00 PM EST!
In other Idol news Ruben Studdard new single Don\'t Make \'Em Like U No More featuring Rick Ross is now available on Vibe.com.