Tim Urban should have been gone weeks ago and somehow he has squeaked by each week with the help of Vote For The Worst. At what point do you think Tim will leave the competition? Leave your vote below and any thoughts in a comment. How Far Will Tim Urban Go?polls
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Now that America has voted and Ryan has sent Didi packing it is time to ask if you think America got it right. Simply leave your vote below and any thoughts in a comment. Did America Get The Vote Right?survey software
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Another big elimination this week. As we get through the first few weeks of whittling down the top 12 the poor performers get cut first and then the middle section of average performers could go any way. There's a real traffic jam in the middle at the moment as the votes get split across everyone. Thankfully there be less dilution after tonight.
Tonight we send home one person. Who is it going to be? Join Queen Angie after the jump and find out all the results.If you are watching, which I am sure you are, feel free to chat about the show live on the sidebar or leave your thoughts on who your favorites were tonight in [...]
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Diddy with Dirty Money, Usher (with a special guest) and Ruben Studdard all perform tonight, as one more Idol is eliminated!
Hilariously, Idol has issued a warning to watch out for the strobe lights during Diddy’s performance. WTF?
Ahh.. the speculation of the polls. Can Idolblog get it right again this week? Let's take a look at the rest of the interw3bs.
Over at Rickey.org, gracing the top of the poll is Lee Dewyze with 35% followed by Crystal Bowersox on 21%. Andrew Garcia is the only other person to make double digits with 12%. The bottom three spots fall to Katie Stevens, Aaron Kelly and Michael Lynche but there is no way in hell that's gonna be right. Rickey's polls seem to be way more skewed in 2010.
As the Idol results show drones on, let me first express my surprise at Shannen Doherty's ouster on DWTS. I had Buzz or Kate pegged to go for sure, although I think Buzz is getting votes based on 1) him being a national hero, and 2) him being the "sentimental old guy" of this "season".
I also expect Jake and the soap opera guy to be kicked of soon; it's just a matter of the order.
What puzzles me about Kate is why ABC would bring her on to begin with. The obvious answer is that she is a polarising figure who will bring ratings. Lots of people like her, although an equal (if not greater) number loathe her. I'm ambivalent about her personally, although I understand why lots of people think she's a publicity-loving control freak diva. It's interesting to watch her and Tony together; they obviously can't stand one another, and you wonder if John really was that crazy.
In other news, Didi is running her yap and I can't stand her speaking voice any more than I can stand her singing voice. I muted the TV.
Back to Kate: I think viewers like their "celebs" to try hard and show a little bit of humility; Kate does the former very well and the latter not so much. I appreciate the lengths she is willing to go to in order to provide for her children, but I think the world is at the Kate Gosselin overload point. Her fame and fortune are built on being a reality TV star; what would she do if that all went away?
I think there are a lot of people who are willing to vote for her because they see her has a hard-working mom who got stiffed by her lazy, passive-aggressive ex-husband, but I think a lot more people think less complimentary things about her.
As far as her dancing goes, she has no chance at winning (unless Nicole Sherzinger gets lost in a paper bag one day), but she's certainly not any worse than some of the others on the show.
Seacrest just announced the bottom 3 as Didi, Katie and Tim. For the record, that makes two weeks in a row that I've hit the bottom 3. Maybe TPTB will take mercy on us all and whack both Didi and Tim at once (Seacrest just sent Katie back to the couches for the second week in a row).
Kate's problem on DWTS will be that as long as she and Tony are sparring and she's trying to tell him how to do his job, they're going to have problems. I don't think she'll last more than two or three more weeks.
Back to the elimination. Didi and Tim are left and there are 12 minutes left in the show. Seacrest lets them stew for a while as Diddy performs. That makes tonight's performers Diddy, Usher and Rueben. That's almost a line-up of contemporary music. If only they had included a group sing instead of that stupid Ford commercial.
We're 57 minutes into the show and Didi will have to sing for her future. I thought Idol had the time management thing down. I guess now.
Will Didi burst into tears in the middle of her song? I mute her performance because they're going to let her go.
So that leaves us with 9 Idols. I'd say this week, the right singer got eliminated, although I'd have been happy to see Tim go, too.
I'm headed home on Friday and will go see Clash of the Titans this weekend (even without the prompting from Fox). It will be good to be back in my own bed again.
High Lord. Out.
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Kris Allen sings for the President of Rwanda
Kris Allen, in Rwanda with TOMS to deliver shoes to needy people, sang for the president of Rwanda today. Kris tweeted, “just sang for the president of rwanda tonight! my life is insane.”
Siobhan’s meltdown, Didi’s awkward Seacrest moment, Tim’s gigglefest… your burning ‘Idol’ questions, answered!
And for the first time in eight seasons, we were able to briefly chat with the contestants about their performances after the show, which means we’ve got all the angles covered! Wondering if Didi Benami felt as awkward as her exchange with Ryan Seacrest looked? What was up with Tim’s gigglefest? Was Siobhan’s backstage breakdown as dramatic as it seemed? Read on for some answers and a few new questions. Namely: Who’s going home?
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Adam Lambert tops ‘Idol’ track sales again
Adam Lambert’s Whataya Want From Me led all American Idol alumnae’s track sales last week, selling more than 54,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a seven percent increase over the previous week, bring his total to 756,000. (If he can maintain downloads in the 50,000 area, he’ll pass the million mark in five to six weeks.)
Being a mentor and a guest performer turned out to be much better than just being a guest performer last week. Downloads of When I Look at You more than doubled for Miley Cyrus, and two other tracks of hers got nice boosts as well. Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, on the other hand, barely made a splash with Make a Wave: Week-to-week downloads actually decreased 37 percent after their Idol duet.
Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP
‘TEMPORARY’ HIGHER: Carrie Underwood collects her ninth No. 1 on Country Songs, as “Temporary Home” advances 2-1.
The song is Underwood’s second leader from “Play On,” following “Cowboy Casanova,” which topped the Nov. 21, 2009, tally.
She sent four songs – “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” “Last Name” and “Just a Dream” – to No. 1 from her sophomore set, “Carnival Ride,” in 2007-08 and three – “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats” and “Wasted” from her debut, “Some Hearts” in 2006-07.
Since Underwood’s first week at No. 1 on Jan. 21, 2006, with “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” only two other women have reigned: Taylor Swift (four No. 1s) and Reba McEntire (one). Underwood is the first solo female to release three consecutive studio albums each boasting at least two No. 1s on Country Songs since McEntire strung together four such sets – “Whoever’s in New England,” “What Am I Gonna Do About You,” “The Last One to Know” and “Reba” – that yielded two toppers each from 1986 through 1989.
Lee DeWyze, Michael Lynche tied atop the latest Idol Meter rankings
Ken Barnes has updated the Idol Meter, and the Tuesday scoring finds Michael Lynche and Lee DeWyze tied at the top of the Meter, with 46 points each.
Lee had the week’s biggest point gain after his impressive performance of the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose’s Treat Her Like a Lady (“fresh for the show, not an overexposed standard, yet familiar to older viewers; ideally suited to his vocal abilities; and infectious in its own right”). Andrew Garcia (“must have been thrilled to get some positive feedback”) was the only other contestant that saw his point total rise this week.
‘American Idol’ Experts Predict The End For Didi Benami Or Tim Urban
MJ Santilli, of the popular MJsBigBlog.com, had to agree, though she still held out hope that one of the show’s seemingly bulletproof, perpetually poorly performing finalists might finally be on the chopping block. “Either Tim Urban or Didi Benami is going home this week,” she predicted. “Both have made trips to the bottom and have struggled to please the judges.”
‘American Idol’ Top 10 Report Card: Who Scored High On R&B Night?
Lee Dewyze’s “American Idol” studying paid off. Crystal Bowersox showed she’s an honor student in more than one subject. And Didi Benami and Tim Urban might have been wise to sleep through Tuesday night’s test rather than show up and bomb so badly during their performances.
With Usher teaching the class for R&B week, there were students that continued to impress, and students that are in danger of flunking out. Let’s see how they all fared with another edition of our “Idol” report card. (And don’t miss Jim Cantiello’s “Idol” recap of their performances in the MTV Newsroom.)
Was Ryan Seacrest Being a Good Interviewer or a Meddling Bastard?
In the carefully orchestrated universe of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest plays the equal and opposite force to Simon and Kara’s mean-girl critiques: No matter how much the judges bash a contestant, Seacrest is there as a post-judgment palate cleanser, getting in the final, positive word to America, entreating us to vote for a singer regardless of his or her performance. But last night, something went terribly awry. Before Didi Benami performed “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted,” we saw a clip of her rehearsing with guest mentor Usher, during which the song moved her to tears. So after her live performance, Seacrest had a follow-up question. “I know this is going to go to a raw and emotional place,” he opened. Oh, dear, we thought, this can’t go well. And it didn’t.
?Idol? Guest Blog: Elliott Yamin Returns To Idolator, Looks Into The Souls Of The Top 10
American Idol pressed the Top 10 contestants to reach a bit outside their comfort zones (which, for many, remains singer-songwriter/coffeehouse rock). Did guest coach Usher get them to stretch? Well, kind of, in our opinion. But if there?s anyone truly qualified to review Idol?s R&B/soul week, then it must be most ?stank? soul performer (his word, not ours, and we mean it in the best way) Idol has ever produced ? Elliott Yamin. We?re honored to have Elliott back in the house as a guest blogger today (especially after his excellent take last week on the Top 11). We hardly need to say it, but Elliott remains one of the standout talents from any Idol season. Check out his official site to see his glorious performance of ?Free?, ?Can?t Keep On Loving You? and more at the Generosity Water charity event, Night of Generosity, from earlier this month. See his review of last night?s Idol below:
Exclusive: Paris Bennett Rates Fave American Idol Performances
Paris Bennett came in fifth place on the fifth season of American Idol (Taylor Hicks took the crown that year). Since then, she welcomed daughter Egypt, now 18 months old and released two albums (2007’s Prince P and 2008’s A Royal Christmas). She currently performs in the Minneapolis production of Rent.
Tuesday night was an overall good night, I think, on American Idol. There were some really great song choices: Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, India Arie. I love all of the artists the contestants chose.
Guest blogger Nick Mitchell breaks down the Top 10
As Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 tops the Billboard albums chart, it’s starting to feel like the whole world has a case of Bieber fever. And in addition to the legions of screaming teen girls who love the 16-year-old, young celebrities appear to be succumbing to Bieber’s charms too.
“The Last Airbender” star Nicola Peltz gushed to MTV News about the pop star at the Kids’ Choice Awards, where Bieber performed over the weekend. “I’m feeling the fever!” she said. Former “American Idol” contestant Allison Iraheta is also feeling hot for the teen star these days. “I have Bieber fever!” she shared. “Who doesn’t?”
Kelly Clarkson Calls Crystal Bowersox Her ‘Favorite,’ Thinks Lee Dewyze Is ‘Yummy’ On Twitter
Kelly Clarkson busted out soul and R&B covers in five of her final eight weeks on “American Idol,” including tunes from Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. The show’s inaugural champ is well-positioned, then, to size up the stand-outs on Tuesday night’s R&B-themed “Idol.” Which, via her Twitter account, she did for the world to see.
Clarkson’s favs? Crystal Bowersox, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynche and Andrew Garcia. But it was Sox ? and her piano-led rendition of Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” ? that really blew away the ex-contestant.
American Idol’s John Park: Life on America’s #1 Show
When American Idol guest judge Shania Twain complimented contestant John Park on his “great low end” on Fox in January (among other bizarre but complimentary innuendo) I couldn’t help but agree. Not about the innuendo, but about the compliment.
I sang with John for a year when I was a senior and he was a freshman in our Northwestern University a cappella group, Purple Haze. So it was with incredible pride and only traces of envy that I watched John make it past the American Idol judges through to Hollywood (with an assist from Shania), through the next round, and the next, and the next, all the way to the Top 24 live episodes and into the top 10 guys–until he was cut. Today, as American Idol continues to whittle down its ranks, I caught up with my old singing mate to talk about a week in the life of a contestant on the number one show in America.
Carrie Underwood: Ready for Motherhood?
Carrie Underwood may not be hitched to fiance Mike Fisher just yet, but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t already started thinking about babies!
“I definitely think I have some motherly instincts,” she tells People magazine, crediting her dog Ace for preparing her for motherhood, but admits kids aren’t in the future, “anytime soon!”
The “American Idol” and Grammy winner says her Rat Terrier will be taking part in her upcoming nuptials.
“He’ll be one of the ring bearers,” she said of Ace. “I don’t know if I’ll put the ring on him. I don’t know if he’ll run away with it or eat it or something!”
Carrie Underwood?s Wedding Dress: ?Girly, Simple and Glamorous?
Carrie Underwood and her fiancé, NHL hockey player Mike Fisher have been busy planning their nuptials since getting engaged in late December. And while the Grammy-winning country singer?s fans have been lapping up every detail?including her preference of cupcakes over traditional wedding cake, and her dog Ace as the ring bearer?we?ve all been waiting for her to spill on ?The Dress?. ?It?s in the works,? the bride-to-be told reporters at the Pedigree Adoption Drive yesterday at the Bideawee animal shelter in NYC. ?It?s really pretty. It?s very in the beginning stages and it?s very me. It?s just girly and pretty, and it?s simple and glamorous at the same time.?
Paisley, Underwood to perform for W.Va. PGA event
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) ? Country music artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform at a private concert in July during The PGA Tour’s tournament at The Greenbrier resort.
The resort said Wednesday that weekly badges giving the public access to the Greenbrier Classic will include admission to the July 31 concert.
Prices range from $147 for a grounds badge to the $5,000 sponsorship table.
Thirty percent of the proceeds from each badge sold will be given to charitable organizations in West Virginia and Virginia.
The $6 million Greenbrier Classic will be held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs from July 29 to Aug. 1.
Resort owner and chairman Jim Justice says both Paisley and Underwood are both active in charitable efforts.
Jason Castro Announces First Ever Headlining Tour; Dates Kick Off April 17th in Dallas,
Atlantic recording artist Jason Castro has announced plans for his first-ever headlining tour. The dates herald the release of his much-anticipated debut LP, “JASON CASTRO,” which arrives in stores and at all online retailers on April 13th.
Castro will kick off his first headlining tour in his home state of Texas with an April 17th show at Dallas’s The Loft. The trek will then traverse the US through mid-May (see itinerary below). A further slate of summer tour dates will be announced shortly.
“JASON CASTRO” is highlighted by the new single, “That’s What I’m Here For,” which is currently scoring at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide.
As if all that isn’t enough, Castro was recently named the inaugural “Stayin’ Alive Ambassador” for Malaria No More, a non-profit organization aimed at ending malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Castro was introduced to Malaria No More and their efforts while still an American Idol finalist through the organization’s involvement with Idol Gives Back. Castro joins an impressive list of top celebrities involved with Malaria No More, including Ashton Kutcher and Will Smith, among others. The “Stayin’ Alive” program is Malaria No More’s flagship grassroots movement, focused on empowering American students to fight malaria through school dances and other events.
American Idol Star Melinda Doolittle Reveals Timeless Truth and Overcoming Personal Hardship in New Book to Release May 4, 2010
Melinda Doolittle, acclaimed recording artist and American Idol favorite, releases her new book project, Beyond Me, which reveals how her own success and personal accomplishments poignantly impact her often challenging investment in surprisingly, encouraging and nurturing others. The book reveals how she he learned ?the hard way? on Idol and how she has overcome very tough times through her own life experiences, with the support and insight of a single mother, making it work. Beyond Me will be released in bookstores nationwide on May 4, 2010 and features a foreword by American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks.
Kara DioGuardi Debuts New Music, Announces Live Shows [AUDIO]
n her freshman year on “American Idol”, judge Kara DioGuardi frequently flirted with the idea singing on the show, most memorably with aggressive contestant Katrina Darrell (a.k.a. Bikini Girl) during her audition in Phoenix, AZ. But now, we get to hear Kara belt every high and low note in two new recordings by the accomplished songwriter and record executive.
In the interview, Kara also exclusively announced her first solo live performance taking place April 9 & 10 in Atlantic City, NJ at Borgata Spa & Resort! Click here to buy tickets!
‘Dancing With the Stars’: Kate Gosselin and Tony to create ‘Jon & Kate’-themed routine
Wow. ABC is wisely milking Kate Gosselin?s tabloid infamy for all it?s worth, plus a heap of mismatching rhinestones. According to E! Online, Kate and her professional partner, St. Tony Dovolani, will create a routine inspired by Kate?s marriage to Jon Gosselin for week 3 of Dancing With the Stars. Look at her. She?s thrilled. I?m sure DANCMSTR (head judge Len Goodman) will appreciate the ?light and shade? of Jon and Kate?s tumultuous marriage personified.
‘Glee’ Exclusive: New details on the crazy upcoming Lady Gaga episode
We already knew that the Glee kids would be tackling Lady Gaga in their back nine episodes, set to begin airing on Fox April 13. But now we actually can tell you which Gaga tunes to get the choral overhaul: ?Bad Romance? and ?Poker Face.? The latter of the pair will be tackled by Lea Michele?s Rachel. Says creator Ryan Murphy, ?Lea does a very stripped-down version of ?Poker Face.?? Meanwhile, ?Romance? sounds like a much more elaborate number, with the glee club actually donning Gaga-esque wardrobe for the performance. ?I do know that we?re all different Lady Gagas, and at one point I am the Kermit the Frog Lady Gaga,? says Michele, referring to this crazy ensemble worn by the pop star. ?I saw a picture of the Kermit the Frog Lady Gaga with a Post-It on it that said ?Lea.? I was like, oh, great. Everyone else has incredible Lady Gaga outfits and I have that one.? And it sounds like producers are making sure the costumes are up to par with the real Gaga?s eccentric wardrobe choices. Says Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, ?The outfits are gonna be incredible. All the costumes are outrageous and legit. I actually went to the tailor this morning who makes the real Gaga outfits. They?re going all-out.?
‘Glee’ cast goes wild for Rolling Stone
The newest issue of Rolling Stone features all the dirt you didn’t know about your squeaky clean “Glee” favorites.
For instance, did you know goody two-shoes Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) has tattoos in real life?
According to Rolling Stone, the “Glee” feature uncovers “the stories behind stolen car stereos, illegal substances, Facebook-revenge fantasies and more.”
We’re intrigued! Tell us more!
Lea Michele delves into the aforementioned tattoos, while Cory Monteith says he had some childhood arrests for offenses that “didn’t hurt people.” Monteith is also apparently quite the fart prankster on the set.
Next stop in Adam Lambert’s international promo tour? Sweden. Here’s a video of Adam performing “Music Again” Live, at Berns, Stockholm, Sweden.
Update: Added “Whataya Want From Me”, “Sleepwalker”, “Mad World”
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Whataya Want From Me and Sleepwalker