The Hamilton Spectator caught up with some of the Idols backstage before Friday night's concert to find out what they did on their day off Thursday. Danny Gokey bought a watch and went to the movies to see Adam Sandler's new flick, Funny People. Danny's review? It "probably wasn't his best." Megan Joy went shopping with Lil Rounds and Allison Iraheta. Matt Giraud checked out the town with Danny and Michael Sarver. Lil got her hair done and went with the Idol tour hairdresser to a diner. Kris Allen said what day off? "I don’t think I’m going to get one for about a year." And Scott MacIntyre visited with old friends in his former hometown of Oakville. And ate. He always talks about eating, so I LOL'ed so much when I read this quote from him: "Lunch was Lebanese at Montfort. I can’t understand why I don’t weigh 300 pounds."
DC Concert Examiner interviewed Danny Gokey about Sophia's Heart Foundation.
A Newsweek blogger's take of the Long Island concert from the front row. I am sure some of the Glamberts are taking this review as gospel, but I can see the stealth snark, starting with the photo of the two Glamberts holding flat Adam Lamberts. Not to mention this comment: "First, he covers Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," and it's the best performance in the history of music." I can't believe Idletard hasn't blogged about this article yet.
People reports that Mary J. Blige is going to be a guest judge for the Atlanta auditions and that Natalie Cole is NOT going to be an judge and that she thinks Paula Abdul did the right thing to leave.
Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace tells the Great Falls Tribune that he was a "total hater of American Idol and what it stands for." But after having worked with David Cook and Kelly Clarkson, he has softened his stance (although he still has never watched an episode) saying, "once you get to know these people, you realize ... they're all artists in their own right."