Danny Gokey's second Idolatry with Michael Slezak was much, much more relaxed than his first. Danny revealed that he is indeed going country. He talked about that genre plus songwriting and overthinking on the show in the video.
I hesitate to post this because a) It's the Examiner and b) I've never seen such atrocious spelling and grammar in an "article" in my life. It's seriously embarrassing. However, it's also a Q&A with Anoop Desai, so I'll just link it if anyone wants to read.
The Dartmouth had a review on the Boston show. It seems to have been written by a very knowledgeable Idol fan, who referenced Kradam and the song Michael Sarver did for his first audition (even I had forgotten that one). All of the guys plus Allison Iraheta got good reviews. Here's a good line: "If (Danny) Gokey had given the concert the atmosphere of a religious revival, then it most definitely sounded like the Second Coming of Jesus during (Adam) Lambert’s 15 minutes. His fierce voice and his honed ability to connect with the crowd justified all the hype." Kris Allen got probably one of the bigger compliments here, considering all of the nasty the fan wars. The reviewer wrote, "The final performer was season eight’s winner Kris Allen, who garnered as much screaming and applause as Lambert had before him. He may prefer plaid shirts to Lambert’s guy-liner, but the boyishly handsome Allen got even the most die-hard Lambert fans to cheer for him after his four songs..."
Another late, albeit brief review, this time from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which noted the strong camaraderie amongst the group.
Michael Johns talked about Paula Abdul and Kradison with Fox News' Pop Tarts. MJ said he thinks Paula will return to Idol. "She will be there, you watch," he said. "I think come December when it all comes out she will be there, they will rectify the situation." He also weighed in on the Idol finale voting, saying, "Kris Allen was definitely the rightful winner. Both he and Adam Lambert will have good careers, but I think Allison (Iraheta) will actually have the biggest career of all of them." Somehow this quote got the Glamberts in a tizzy, and Michael was apparently besieged by an angry mob because he posted the following on Twitter (I added periods. haha): "Stop all this Adam Lambert talk. I think he's a great talent. Stop taking what gets printed out of context. I've always said he was great. Adam is going to have a wonderful career. Sometimes articles print only some of what u say. It's just the nature of this biz." Michael doesn't really interact with fans on his Twitter, so for him to post that ... I can't imagine what kind of messages he was getting. Good lord, people. Get a grip!
Michael will be joining David Foster once again for a 10-city tour, David Foster & Friends. Also on the bill are Charice, Philip Bailey and Peter Cetera. Additional surprise guests "can be expected at each concert."
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online has a nice Q&A with David Cook that covers a wide variety of subjects, including how much he hated the group dances on Idol ("You could see the disdain on my face every Wednesday evening."), who he would love to collaborate with (Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant), and if he got to choose who he wrote with on his album ("Yeah, for the most part, I was lucky I got off the show and the label RCA/19 Recordings got involved in that and I gave them a wish list. I was fortunate to get a lot of the people on my wish list").
More Cook in the Casper Journal, who asks what fans can expect at his shows. Cook said, "The best synopsis I’ve heard of my show so far is a lot of sweat, a lot of stink and a lot of fun. I think that’s pretty accurate. We try to come out and put as much energy into these songs and try to transplant that into the audience. We just want everyone to leave feeling like they got way too much for their money."
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat's Idol Chatter blog continues to get more mileage out of its Cook interview. This blog item is about David's Scottish Terrier, ironically named Dublin.
Carrie Underwood clips coupons, she tells GAC. However, she always forgets to bring them with her to the store. LOL!
Ruben Studdard is going to appear in the movie Lifted with Trace Adkins. Zap2It.com describes the movie as an "Alabama-based film about a 12-year-old singer (Uriah Shelton) whose family is disrupted when his Marine father is re-deployed to Afghanistan."