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!