Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jordin Sparks To Perform At The Star of Texas Fair And Rodeo

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

Adam Lambert To Be Guest On VH1's Top 20 Countdown

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

Weekly Review: Los Angeles/Dallas auditions

Los Angeles and Dallas have been visited a few times by American Idol and usually there are people worth seeing for 60 minutes. However this season we saw a minuscule amount talent in either city.
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

Dave Pittman stepped into the judges room with an inspiring story and an amazing voice. I really hope he makes it in Hollywood!

Erica Rhodes

The former Barney actress came in with a rather...interesting get up and a voice that kept us interested!

Todrick Hall

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

IdolWood Spotlight

Anoop Desai

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 Music Video!

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

Daughtry On A&E This Sunday

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

Adam Lambert To Be Apart Of Ellen's Birthday Bash!

On January 26th Adam Lambert will be appearing on Ellen for her birthday bash special. Make sure you tune in to see Adam's special birthday performance for Ellen! (check your local listing to see air time)

If you live in New York make sure to check out Adam, AI winner Kris Allen, and Allison Iraheta when they perform at New York's Highline Ballroom on February 12th!

Matt Giraud has announced the details of his first single! "You Don't Know Me" is a duet with Anna Wilson that will be available for download on iTunes starting on January 29th. Anna and Matt will also be performing the duet that night at their Grand Rapids show.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is dabbling in acting once again. Her official Twitter says she will be appearing on an episode of Bones!

In other Idol news: Jennifer Hudson will be performing at tomorrow's "Help for Haiti" telethon that will air on MTV. David Archuleta has also signed on to take part in the telethon as well. Tune into MTV tomorrow night at 8PM to watch the "Help for Haiti" telethon.
Idol winner Carrie Underwood's Music video for Temporary Home will premiere on on February 4th!

And make sure you check out Adam's track by track for his mega hit debut album For Your Entertainment on his official site.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Danny Gokey To Visit An AT&T Store In Ohio

On Saturday, January 23rd, Danny Gokey will be go to the AT&T show to take photos and sign autographs. The address to the store is: AT&T Store 35925 Detroit Rd. Across from Avon Commons Avon, OH 44011. So, if you're in the area make sure to go see Danny!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Weekly Review: Chicago/Orlando auditions

It seems like this weeks episode brought little interest contestant wise. And although the guest judges (Shania Twain and Kristen Chenoweth) were very good, the talent was shortcoming. Especially in Chicago.
So IdolWood has only decided to highlight our two favorites from this week.

Charity Vance

This sweet 16 year old has a touch of soft soul and displayed her unique style that was all her own.

Matt Lawrence

He found himself in bad waters awhile back but with this audition it looks like good times are ahead.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Daughtry Tour Dates!

Daughtry are finishing up their Leave This Town tour with dates all over the U.S, Canada, and Europe. See if Daughtry playing anywhere near you! Click the link below to check out their upcoming dates!

Album Review- Jordin breaks out sophomore

A fun and interesting blend of R&B and pop, Battlefield is an album that is both expected and widely liked from Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Her vocals are as powerful as ever, and the music is as likable as all the radio hits currently out. Her sophomore album shows an older, musically mature Sparks and it gives an insight into why she was the 2007 winner of American Idol.

No Parade, a piano based ballad is a perfect rendition of heartache. Sparks' vocals are amazing and the lyrics are some of the best on the album. The best song on the entire record however is Battlefield (Written by hit-maker and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Teddar) it is no surprise that it was the first single and gave Sparks another hit under her belt.

Battlefield is a successful release for Sparks and it is an indication as to the high standards she has set for herself musically. I'manticipating her next single and for whatever she releases in the coming year. I'm excited to see Jordin Sparks' 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Adam Lambert's New Music Video Premiere

Adam Lambert's latest music video for Whataya Want From Me off of his successful debut album For Your Entertainment premiered today! You can watch the video by clicking the link below:
An also don't forget to tune into VH1 today to see Adam on the Critics Choice Awards and on the 28th check out his AOL Sessions!
And remember to be n the look for Kris Allen's AL Sessions as well!

David Cook will be performing at Morongo Casino in Palm Springs, CA! GO see him if you can!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Weekly Review: Boston/Atlanta auditions

This week showcased as much talent as we have ever seen. The contestants ere fresh, ready, passionate, and sometimes hilarious. Nothing has come short from the moment the auditions got under way. As usual we hear Ryan Seacrest welcoming us, as delightful as ever before, and then we see multitudes of talent (some not so much) storm through the doors to try to get their ticket to Hollywood. The judges can be brutal, harsh, but altogether mostly honest and totally true. However IdolWood did see some standouts, a few who we will be pulling for once Hollywood week goes under way.

In Boston, a rain drenched day wasn't enough to cease the talent that showed off their fabulous vocal abilities. Victoria Beckham acted as the guest judge as we saw so much talent that is truly unforgettable. Here are our favorites from Boston.

Maddie Curtis-

The soulful 16 year old blew us away with her powerful vocals and amazing story!

Luke Shaffer
Luke Shaffer sang Secondhand Serenades "Fall For You" and it immediately got us liking him!

Justin Williams
Cancer survivor Justin Williams was as talented as he was inspirational. His vocals got us telling everyone to look out for him standing out in Hollywood!

Atlanta was no slacker when it came to talent. The usual abundance of talent rang through honestly! Here are our favorites from Atlanta as Mary J. Blige acted as guest judge!
Vanessa Wolfe
An honest, charming, and true southern girl Vanessa Wolfe gave us the kind of country the south is known for!

Holly Harden
When "Guitar Girl" came into the judges room we were all expecting another joke and go around. However when she opened her mouth to sing, we were all caught off guard! we're expecting to be unexpectedly surprised during Hollywood week!

Over all they passed through 56 people this week, let's wait with anticipation to see who else makes it in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Adam Lambert's Music Video Whataya Want From Me Premiere

Adam Lambert announced on twitter that Vh1 will be premiering his new music video for his single "Whataya Want From Me". It is set to premiere on VH1 Friday morning between 6 and 10am!

The San Diego Chargers blog has announced that Katharine McPhee will perform at the Chargers official tailgate, the Bud Light Power Party, before singing the National Anthem to kickoff the Chargers AFC Divisional playoff game against the New York Jets. The game is this weekend on January 16th.

In other news, Jason Castro's five song EP, Love Uncompromised, is set to be on sale at Amazon and other online retailers today! If you have pre-ordered Jason's CD from Jason's store, you will get the EP for free as a bonus.
And remember to pick up Danny Gokey's album, My Best Days, when it hits stores on March 2nd!

Monday, January 11, 2010

American Idol premiere

Get ready Idol lovers! The new season of American Idol is premiering tomorrow! Don't forget to sit in front of your TV and tune in or set your DVRs for 8/7pm!
Season 09 will no doubt be an amazing season with all the antics and great talents that seem to improve with each year. Check back here every week for a weekly review of the episodes that air!

Idol Spotlight:

David Hernandez

In the 2008 American Idol season David Hernandez landed the spot in the top 12, based on his easy vocals and interesting stage persona. However during this time a scandal rocked the stage of Idol. Hernandez's past was revealed and was quickly eliminated from the show. Whether or not his elimination actually had anything at all to do with the details of his past still remains an unanswered topic but what is known is the fact that David Hernandez was a very talented singer.
Hernandez appeared on the American Stars In Concert tour with Season 6 finalist Gina Glocksen and season 8's Michael Sarver and Alexis Grace. In Mid-January he will be on the Ballroom with a Twist as the lead singer which will run through mid-March.

He also has released a Christmas album that is available at and I-Tunes. The album is called This Christmas.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Katharine McPhee To Make Guest Apperance On NBC's Community

Katharine McPhee is going to be guest-starring on the NBC comedy Community. She will play Chevy Chase's step-daughter and potential love interest of character Jeff (played by Joel McHale) in the first post-Olympics episode in February. According to her Twitter, Kat will be taping her episode beginning tomorrow.

First IdolWood will like to congratulate Jason Castro on his marriage but he also will return to the Flytrap in Tulsa on February 7. The doors will open at 7 and the show begins at 8. This is an 18 & over show. You can order tickets now here:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Katharine McPhee's New Movie!

Katharine McPhee recently just wrapped up filming her new film You May Not Kiss The Bride. The romantic comedy centers on a mobster's daughter (McPhee) who has to get married in order to attain US citizenship. Dave Annable (from Brothers And Sisters) co-stars as a pet photographer named Brian Lighthouse. The film also features: Mena Suvari as Tonya (Annable's assistant,) Rob Schneider as Ernesto and Vinnie Jones as Brick. Tia Carrere, Kevin Dunn and Ken Davitian are also expected to appear in the movie.
The movie will be released early this year.
Watch a sneak peak by clicking the link below:

In Tampa Bay, Kris Allen, last year's American Idol winner, is coming to the Venue in Clearwater on Feb. 13 for the Meetball, a matchmaking event sponsored by 93.3-FLZ. The event is free (although it'll be 21 and up), and it won't be a full-fledged concert -- Allen is expected to play three or four acoustic songs. The event is 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road.
Also, Kris will be performing the National Anthem at The NFC Championship Game.

In other news, Adam Lambert will be presenting an award t the Critic's Choice Awards on January 15th. The award show airs on VH1. And the official date of his appearance on Oprah is the 19th, so be sure to tune in!
And on Monday, January 11th starting at 8 PM ET, Fuse Music Channel presents an Idol All Stars Takeover. So be sure to get your Idol fix in before the new season starts.

Album review- Katharine McPhee's sophomore

Accomplishing a feat not many pop stars before her have, Katharine McPhee has shown a much more mature side to her self titled debut album in 2007. Three years of wait and finally McPhee has released Unbroken, having co-written six of the tracks, it is a successful accomplishment for her music career.

Although the album is packed with beautifully sung vocals, smoothly arranged music, and lyrics that make you feel what emotions they are meant to convey, there are some that do stand out.
Had It All, an ode to what has been lost and what was thrown away. McPhee's vocals are strong as usual and the lyrics (co-written by Kara Dioguardi) are thoughtful. Terrified, about the feelings of fear before falling into a new relationship, is also a track that is highlight. Another song is Surrender, a love song that delivers the willing feeling of love and the arresting wonder of surrendering to it, a beautiful melody and flawless vocals are given.

If Unbroken is any indication of what is to come from McPhee in the future all of IdolWood and the hoards of music lovers will certainly anticipate what comes next.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Adam Lambert Scheduled To Make An Appearance On Oprah!

It has been confirmed that Adam Lambert will once again be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show. He will more than likely be performing and have a sit down interview with Oprah. The show like his last appearance on it will not be entirely dedicated to him but will only be a segment with him. The date has yet to be released.

Jordin Sparks will be joining Charice, Honor Society, and KSM for the star studded cast of the Olympic, World and National Figure Skating Champions. The To Hour US cable television premiere will air on Monday, February 8 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C) and is hosted by Michelle Kwan and legendary skater Peggy Fleming.