Monday, August 31, 2009

Idol News Roundup - 8/31/09

Brooke White has a pair of video interviews - with MTV Buzzworthy's The 5 and Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks. In The 5, Brooke reveals that she just started playing guitar with a pick two weeks ago and is scared of escalators. The Yahoo interview is very lengthy (with part 2 coming tomorrow), and there's a lot of talk about playing instruments on the show, plus going indie.

MTV News talks about the influx of Idol albums (possibly five) dropping in November.

Carrie Underwood is one of those five, and Tulsa World has an article about her upcoming release.

Carrie's Season 4 BFF Anthony Fedorov will star in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Seattle from Oct. 10-Nov. 1.

Daughtry will participate in the Andre Agassi Foundation 2009 Grand Slam for Children benefit concert on Sept. 26 at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Also performing are Dane Cook, Brian McKnight and Tim McGraw. No word yet on if Chris Daughtry and Dane Cook will reprise their Growing Pains duet.

The Grand Forks Herald reviewed David Cook's concert in Fargo. The reviewer described Cook as "just a guy who fell into fame. Not a celebrity seeker obsessed with the man in the mirror. Unlike some of his 'Idol' peers, Cook just seems obsessed with the music." Hmm, wonder if he is specifically alluding to someone ...

This article about Cook's concert in South Dakota will no doubt end up on Idletard since it talks about 82 year-old fans and a fan who came from New Jersey to watch the show.

Jordin Sparks got a brief but good review in the Ottawa Citizen after opening for the Jonas Brothers. The review said she "gave a dynamic performance during her opening set, impressing parents in the crowd with her incredible, multi-octave voice and Tina Turner-style charisma."

Paula Abdul talks exclusively with TV Guide Magazine about why she did not return to Idol. Paula says that she "had to stand on my principle" and that leaving was not about the money. She said, "It's never...I stand on principle where many people stand on money. I'm a hard-working artist. I've lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can't do that unless you are good at what you do. I believe in myself and you have to have your own self respect. And sometimes decisions are very difficult to make, but I've always believed that at the core I'm a survivor. There's not one thing I've done that I've really set my mind to that I've failed at."

Katy Perry talks to E! Online about her upcoming guest judge gig on Idol. She claims she's going to tell it like it is. "I don't want to break their hearts, but how many of us know that one person that has been trying and trying, and doing karaoke and little gigs here and there at, like, an open mic. And nobody has told them they can't sing in pitch—for, like, 15 years. You're like, 'Somebody needs to say something' and unfortunately, I might be that gal to tell you the truth."

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