Friday, April 30, 2010

Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta Sing The Scientist

Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta made an appearance at John Marshall HS in Los Angeles Friday morning for a rally on the Oprah Winfrey Show promoting "No Phone Zone Day", which urges people to stop texting and driving.

Kris and Allison appeared on the show pledging not to text and drive, and after the show aired, they performed for the audience an AWESOME duet of the Colplay hit "The Scientist." They sound incredible together. Hopefully they will do this again when they play at the Six Flags show in a few weeks.

Check out the video here:



And rehearsal video from Kris's YouTube account:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Siobhan Won't Shriek Forever After On Idol

In another jam-packed Idol results show, Siobhan Magnus was voted out over fellow bottom 3 dwellers Casey James and Michael Lynche. Siobhan, who was making her first bottom 3 appearance, became one of just seven contestants to ever get the boot while singing in the pimp spot (also Lilly Scott, Anoop Desai, David Archuleta, Melinda Doolittle, Anthony Fedorov, Clay Aiken ... thanks @j_tak!).

I'm not all too surprised at Siobhan's boot, although I did pick her to win the whole thing at the start of the semifinal rounds. But her incessant shrieking and glory-noting for no good reason just began to grate, and she has now left Crystal Bowersox as the last girl standing in the supposed "Year of the Girls". LMAO.

Crammed into this results show was a performance by Rascal Flatts at the top of the show and a segment pimping Shrek Forever After, complete with video of the contestants watching the movie with Shrek headgear and an awkward live segment with Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz. Sons of Sylvia (the band formerly known as The Clark Brothers, who won that really lame The Next Great American Band show and whose lead singer Ashley Clark played with Carrie Underwood) worked their connections and got a plum performance slot. Lady Antebellum schooled every other non-Idol alum recording artist who has performed on Idol this year with an awesome vocal on "Need You Now" (I. LOVE. THIS. SONG.) And Rascal Flatts returned to the stage to sing with ... Shakira? Eh?

So Siobhan is out, and the Top 5 will be singing Frank Sinatra songs next week. Standards night have historically been good ones, so hopefully this group somehow carries on the tradition set by Kelly Clarkson.

Allison Iraheta Celebrates 18th Birthday With Kris Allen, David Cook

American Idol 2009 winner David Cook leaves STK restaurant and shares a laugh with the paparazzi
The night before her 18th birthday, Allison Iraheta celebrated with some of her Idol family, going out to dinner with Kris Allen and David Cook on Monday evening. Also in attendance were Allison's mother, Kris's wife Katy, David's brother Andrew and Kris's friend/bandmate Cale Mills.

Paparazzi caught a lot of the group's interaction after dinner as they waited for their cars. The paps are SOOOO clueless. One of them calls them "Daves", implying that Kris is David Archuleta. And then he goes on to say to Cook, "didn't you almost missed your audition because you was trying to go to China?" Cook just said, "I'm really confused by the way this conversation is going, but yeah, I'm gonna go with you."

Here's an unedited video from PopTV.com:


And more video from X17:


Happy Birthday, Allison!

AI9 Top 6 - That Don't Impress Me Much

The American Idol 9 Top 6 sang music by this week's mentor Shania Twain. Most of the Idols chose snoozy ballads to sing, and the one who did go for one of Shania's up-tempo hits somehow managed to slow it down a little bit with her style of singing. I think the playing field leveled out a bit with this week's performances, with, surprisingly, Crystal Bowersox getting the most criticism from the judges. I'm not sure there are any clear-cut candidates for the bottom 2 this week based on performance.

Lee DeWyze - You're Still The One (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
Kara DioGuardi went on and on about how far Lee had come, but this performance just brought me back to his first semifinal performance of "Chasing Cars" - Lee tinkering around with the melody of the song and singing out of tune. I really didn't like his phrasing in the chorus - "You're still the one I run (breath) to/ The one that I belong (breath) to."

Michael Lynche - It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
The song itself is a little bit of a snoozer, but I liked the Lutherizing of the song that Michael did. And after Lee's pitchiness, Michael should be commended for consistently singing in tune. The producers kept cutting to an adoring Shania both during and after his song. Hmm ... trying to keep Big Mike in the show?

Casey James - Don't (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
The judges proclaimed this to be Casey's best performance yet. On first viewing, I was all "EH?! Jealous Guy?" about that proclamation, but on second viewing, perhaps they're right. Outside of the goaty last note, Casey sounded fantastic. This performance really showcased what he could and should be doing after the show.

Crystal Bowersox - No One Needs to Know (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
Crystal's mouthiness during the judges' critique was more memorable than her actual performance. She sounded good and showed off her upper register, but the song itself didn't lend itself to any "moments". But as she said more than once, "bigger isn't always better" (as we'll see later with Siobhan).

Aaron Kelly - You've Got A Way (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
This was probably Aaron's best performance to date, and he really secured his position in the safety zone this week by saying he was singing the song to his mom and looking like he was about to cry. Oh you're a smart one, Aaron Kelly, stealing the grannie votes. ICU. And I also see you, Ryan Seacrest, saying "What's going to happen tomorrow night?! This is a hot competition tonight" like you were thinking Aaron was for sure going to be the one going home before he sang.

Siobhan Magnus - Any Man Of Mine (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
(Original version: iTunes | Amazon)
FINALLY a real up-tempo song! Er, sort of. Siobhan has a tendency to turn her songs sleepy, and it seemed like she slowed the tempo down here a little bit. She struggled to maintain the pace of the song and then ruined it with high, shrill and, above all, unnecessary glory notes. As Crystal said, bigger isn't better. And Kara, this Siobhan being "back" isn't something to celebrate.

So who's going home? I don't know that he necessarily deserves to go this week, but I think Big Mike's time is up. He already lasted one week past what I expected after the save. I think Lee and Siobhan might join him in the bottom 3.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kris Allen Summer Tour Dates

Kris Allen's summer tour dates are starting to shape up. Several new dates were announced today, including a few solo shows in the midwest. Kris is also opening for Barenaked Ladies, Keith Urban, The Fray and Maroon 5.

Here are Kris's upcoming shows. When more get announced, I will add here:

May 15 - Jackson, NJ, Six Flags Great Adventure (with Allison Iraheta)
May 22 - Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center (KISS 108 Concert) (Buy Tickets)
May 23 - San Antonio, TX, Hemisfair Park (Mixfest 2010) - (Buy Tickets)
May 28 - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (Scott & Todd's 2010 Summer Blast Off, WPLJ), with Barenaked Ladies (Free concert)
May 29 - Benton, AR, Saline Summer Daze Festival (Buy Tickets)
May 30 - Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Theme Park Resort - Laser Light Stage (Buy Tickets)
June 1 - Madison, WI, Capitol Theater (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 2 - Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 4 - Milwaukee, WI, Turner Ballroom (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 5 - Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Cafe (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 6 - Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theater (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 7 - Iowa City, IA, Englert Theater (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 9 - Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 10 - Mobile, AL, Soul Kitchen (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 11 - Huntsville, AL, Crossroads Cafe (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 12 - Cherokee, NC, Council Fire Ballroom at Harrah's Cherokee
June 14 - Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 15 - Hattiesburg, MS, Remington's Hunt Club Bar & Grill (with Green River Ordinance)
June 17 - Oklahoma City, OK, Frontier City (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 18 - Murphys, CA, Ironstone Ampitheater (opening for The Fray) (Buy Tickets)
June 19 - Arlington, TX, Six Flags Over Texas (Free with park admission)
June 21 - Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater (with Green River Ordinance) (Buy Tickets)
June 23 - Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theater (Buy Tickets)
June 24 - Atlanta, GA, Star 94.1 A-List Lounge (Private show - Win Tickets)
June 26 - New York, NY, Yankee Stadium (CBS Radio Expo)
June 27 - San Francisco, CA, Golden Gate Park (Alice's Summerthing - FREE SHOW)
June 28 - Fresno, CA, Tower Theatre (Buy Tickets)
July 1 - Lubbock, TX, Jake's Back Room
July 3 - Houston, TX, MIX Live Lounge
July 3 - Galveston, TX, Moody Gardens (104 KRBE Island Jam) (Buy Tickets)
July 5 - Fayetteville, AR, George's Majestic Lounge (Buy Tickets)
July 6 - Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre (Red, White & Boom) (Buy Tickets)
July 7 - St. Louis, MO, Six Flags St. Louis (Free with park admission)
July 8 - Council Bluffs, IA, Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
July 9 - Chicago, IL, John Hancock Building Plaza (WTMX Lunchtime Concert Series - Free concert)
July 9 - Chicago, IL, Old St. Patrick's Church (World's Largest Block Party, with Barenaked Ladies, Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
July 12 - Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
July 13 - Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (SOLD OUT)
July 17 - Bessemer, AL, Alabama Adventure (Buy Tickets)
July 21 - San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom (VENUE CHANGE; opening for Barenaked Ladies) (Buy Tickets)
July 22 - Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
July 23 - Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom, benefit concert with Miranda Cosgrove (Buy Tickets)
July 24 - San Diego, CA, Anthology (Buy Tickets: 7:30 pm SOLD OUT; 9:30 pm show added)
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ, Dodge Theater (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
July 27 - Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort (Buy Tickets)
July 28 - Paso Robles, CA, Mid-State Fair (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)
July 31- Baton Rouge, LA, Blue Bayou Waterpark
August 2 - Boston, MA, Mixfest 2010 (with Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot, Stephen Page) (Buy Tickets)
August 6 - Hershey, PA, Hersey Pavilion (opening for Daughtry) (Buy Tickets)
August 7 - Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata (Buy Tickets)
August 8 - Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
August 10 - Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
August 11 - Cleveland, OH, Nautica Pavilion (opening for Barenaked Ladies, with Angel Taylor) (Buy Tickets)
August 12 - West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair (opening for Train) (Buy Tickets)
August 13 - Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)
August 14 - Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)
August 17 - Raleigh, NC, Raleigh Amphitheater (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets: On Sale 7/10)
August 19 - Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheater (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets)
August 20 - Orlando, FL, The Social (Buy Tickets)
August 21 - Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets)
August 24 - Davidson, NC Belk Arena, Davidson College (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets)
August 26 - Chattanooga, TN, UTC McKenzie Arena (Buy Tickets)
August 27 - Memphis, TN, Mud Island Amphitheatre (opening for Maroon 5) (Buy Tickets)
August 28 - Lexington, KY, Applebee's Park (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown, Miggs) (Buy Tickets)
August 29 - Pittsburgh, PA, Amphitheater at Station Square (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets)
August 31 - Dayton, OH, Fifth Third Field (opening for Maroon 5, with VV Brown) (Buy Tickets)
September 2 - State College, PA, State Theatre (Buy Tickets)
September 3 - Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)
September 4 - Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Exposition (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)
September 5 - Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theatre (opening for Keith Urban) (Buy Tickets)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kris Allen, Keith Urban Join Forces On Boys Of Summer

Kris Allen played the first of several shows with Keith Urban Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, opening for the country super-star and later joining him to sing a cover of Don Henley's "Boys Of Summer." Kris and Keith had previously sung together at the American Idol finale last year, singing Keith's hit song "Kiss A Girl."

Kris's opening act set consisted of eight songs - Can't Stay Away, Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Is It Over, Red Guitar, The Truth, Alright With Me, Live Like We're Dying and Come Together.

Here's video of Boys of Summer, from ocamy24:



Other videos from Kris's set, from ocamy24 and apriljoiex83:

Is It Over:


Red Guitar:


Come Together:


Other shows Kris will be playing with Keith are:
July 28 - Paso Robles (Mid-State Fair)
August 13 - Des Moines, IA (Iowa State Fair)
August 14 - Indianapolis, IN (Indiana State Fair)
September 3 - Allentown, PA (The Great Allentown Fair)
September 4 - Essex Junction, VT (Champlain Valley Fair)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Adam Lambert Tour Dates Posted

Dates for Adam Lambert's "Glam-Nation" Tour have been posted at his website. Orianthi will be opening for Adam, as well as Allison Iraheta on most dates.

Here's a list of dates posted:
May 15 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center (KIIS-FM's Wango Tango) (Buy Tickets)
May 22 - Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center (KISS 108 concert) (Buy Tickets)
June 4 - Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts (w/ Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 5 - Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 6 - Wappinger Falls, NY, Dutchess Stadium, KFest 2010 (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 8 - Toledo, OH, OMNI (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 10 - Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Ballroom (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 11 - Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta)
June 12 - Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 14 - Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 15 - Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta)
June 17 - Hammond, IN, Shoehorse Casino (Buy Tickets)
June 18 - Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Theater (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta)
June 19 - Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre (KISS FM Wham Bam) (Buy Tickets)
June 22 - New York, NY, Nokia Theater (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 23 - New York, NY, Nokia Theater (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 24 - Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 26 - Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta)
June 27 - Baltimore, MD, Ram's Head (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 28 - Washington, DC, 9:30 Club (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
June 30 - Norfolk, VA, The Norva (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 2 - Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 3 - Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 6 - Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 7 - Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 9 - Cleveland, OH, Allen Theater (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 10 - Louisville, KY, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 12 - Chesaning, MI, Chesaning Showboat Music Festival (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 13 - Lansing, MI, Common Ground Music Festival (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 15 - Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre (with Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 16 - Wichita, KS, Cotillion Ballroom (with Orianthi, Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 17 - Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre (with Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 19 - Boise, ID, Morrison Center (with Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 20 - Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo (with Allison Iraheta) (Buy Tickets)
July 21 - Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
July 23 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield (Buy Tickets)
July 24 - Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
July 25 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield (Buy Tickets)
July 27 - Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair - Pacific Ampitheatre (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
July 28 - Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair - Pacific Ampitheatre (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
July 30 - San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall (Buy Tickets)
July 31 - Las Vegas, NV, The Beach at Mandalay Bay (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 1 - Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 3 - Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theatre (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 4 - Lubbock, TX, The Pavilion (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 6 - Oklahoma City, OK, Bricktown Events Center (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 7 - Springfield, MO, Juanita K. Hammons Hall (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 8 - St. Louis, MO,
The Pageant (Buy Tickets)
Aug. 10 -
Erie, PA, Warner Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 12 - Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 13 - Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest (Buy Tickets)
August 14 - St. Jean, QC, St. Jean Balloon Festival (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
August 16 - Concord, NH, Capitol Center for the Arts (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
August 17 - Providence, RI, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (Buy Tickets)
August 19 - Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
August 20 - Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
August 21 - Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (Buy Tickets)
August 23 - Albany, NY, Palace Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 24 - Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 26 - Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 27 - Richmond, VA, The National (Buy Tickets)
August 28 - Raleigh, NC, Memorial Auditorium (Buy Tickets)
August 30 - Covington, KY, Madison Theatre (Buy Tickets)
August 31 - Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Hall (Buy Tickets)
September 1 - Evansville, IN, Victory Theater (Buy Tickets)
September 3 - Des Moines, IA, Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheatre (Buy Tickets)
September 4 - Rockford, IL, On The Waterfront (Buy Tickets)
September 8 - Houston, TX, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets: on sale TBD)
September 10 - Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)
September 11- Tunica Resorts, MS, Harrah's Tunica (Buy Tickets)
September 12- New Orleans, LA, Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts
September 14- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall/Woodruff Arts Center (Buy Tickets)
September 15 - Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle (Buy Tickets)
September 18 - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay Rays game) (Buy Tickets)
September 21 - Puyallup, WA, Western Washington Fair (with Orianthi) (Buy Tickets)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kris Allen At The Atlantis Resort

Kris Allen played a solo show at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas Saturday night. He and his band played 12 songs, and also sang Happy Birthday to someone in the audience.

The setlist was: Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Can't Stay Away, Written All Over My Face, Man In The Mirror, Before We Come Undone, The Truth, Alright With Me (with his brother Daniel), Is It Over, Red Guitar, Live Like We're Dying, Falling Slowly/With Or Without You, and Come Together.

A couple of photos that were sent to @krinja_signal:
Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3

Video of Falling Slowly/With Or Without You (from Peanutttty):


And Is It Over:


Written All Over My Face (from kmt8871):


Partial Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise (from dlalderoh):

Video Of The Day - Beyonce, Jay-Z Young Forever

Beyonce joined her husband Jay-Z onstage for his latest single "Young Forever" as he headlined the first day of performances at Coachella Friday night. Beyonce sang the chorus of the song, which liberally samples the Alphaville 80's hit "Forever Young."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kris Allen Opens For Lady Antebellum

Kris Allen opened for one of the hottest acts in music right now, Lady Antebellum, at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on Apr. 15. Lady Antebellum currently holds the No. 1 song in HAC and AC and the No. 4 song in Top 40 radio with the smash song "Need You Now" and the No. 1 song in country with "American Honey." This kind of exposure is BIG.

Kris had the full band with him and sang "Can't Stay Away", "Heartless"/"Gangsta's Paradise", "Is It Over", "Red Guitar", "The Truth", "Alright With Me", "Live Like We're Dying" and "Come Together". Kris opening for Lady A wasn't widely known, so when he came out to start the show, the crowd went a little bonkers, especially the girl in front of me who totally lost it. You can hear it in the "Can't Stay Away" video. :)

I wasn't sure how "Heartless"/"Gangsta's Paradise" would fly with this country crowd, but they loved it. I think I underestimated how much casual Idol viewers loved this performance. "Is It Over" sounded great live as usual. "Red Guitar" was gorgeous. I still prefer acoustic "The Truth" over full band "The Truth", but I enjoyed this one too. Kris got the sing-along going on "Alright With Me", which I think went over really well with the crowd (coughSecondSinglecough). I felt like the audience did have familiarity with "Live Like We're Dying", which is great considering only one station in LA is actually playing it. And "Come Together" was So. Much. Fun. The crowd really got into this one.

Lady Antebellum then came out, and I was soooo impressed by them. They are fantastic. I am a total fan now. I went home and purchased their first album to go along with the latest one that I bought when it came out. They are really entertaining, and the vocals are just great. When they came out to sing "Need You Now", the crowd went nuts, and we all sung along to the song so loudly that I couldn't even hear Charles and Hillary sing. It was one of those great concert moments. Just wow.

But that wasn't even the top moment of the show. For the encore, they sang "Hello World" and brought Josh Groban out to sing with them. JOSH! GROBAN! Talking about everyone going nuts. That was such a big surprise. And they weren't done. After the surprise performance, they finished up by singing "Hey Jude" and then brought Kris back to sing after the first chorus. It brought back such good memories of the Idol tour.

I was standing up in the front, so it was hard for me to gauge audience reaction except for what was surrounding me, but I thought the crowd enjoyed Kris's set and was really excited to see him. You can really tell in this video, which was shot far back. When Charles Kelley introduces Kris, the crowd goes nuts, and they get even louder when Kris starts to sing. :)

I didn't video the whole set because my camera battery was draining. And it died after I got about a minute of Josh Groban singing. So no Hey Jude, but others did. Here's HD quality from SnapCracklyPop. And the full song from Fourteen Plums, which also has a different angle on some hilarious dancing by Kris in Come Together:



Here are my videos -

Can't Stay Away:


Is It Over:


Red Guitar:


Come Together:


Lady Antebellum's R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A./What I Like About You mashup:


Lady Antebellum's I Run To You:


For the full Kris Allen set, here's a link to SnapCracklyPop's playlist.

Photos:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

American Idol Season 9 CD On Sale May 11

The American Idol Season 9 crew will be getting a compilation CD this season. It will be available to purchase on May 11 and available for preorder at AmericanIdolMusic.com or Amazon.com on Friday.

Here is the track listing:
1. Lee DeWyze - Treat Her Like A Lady
2. Andrew Garcia - Forever
3. Siobhan Magnus - Paint It, Black
4. Crystal Bowersox - Me And Bobby McGee
5. Casey James - Jealous Guy
6. Aaron Kelly - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
7. Michael Lynche - Ready For Love
8. Tim Urban - Under My Thumb
9. Didi Benami - Play With Fire
10. Katie Stevens - Let It Be

And once again, Idol/19 fail at Sales 101. These tracks are already available on iTunes already. Why not make a compilation CD of studio tracks that AREN'T, such as songs they sang during the semifinals? Sure, they'd have to record it, but the benefits outweight the costs here.

Now wouldn't this CD sound better (save for Casey's and maybe Andrew's songs)?
1. Lee DeWyze - Chasing Cars
2. Andrew Garcia - You Give Me Something
3. Siobhan Magnus - Wicked Game
4. Crystal Bowersox - Long As I Can See The Light
5. Casey James - Heaven
6. Aaron Kelly - Here Comes Goodbye
7. Michael Lynche - This Woman's Work
8. Tim Urban - Hallelujah
9. Didi Benami - Rhiannon
10. Katie Stevens - Put Your Records On

What's fascinating about this is the press release issued by RCA. The pimpage is not lost on me, although I do not understand how Aaron Kelly's Aerosmith song gets featured here. Check out this paragraph (bolding mine, wherein bold = LOL funny):

New judge Ellen DeGeneres and the talented Idol contenders exceeded already high expectations, delivering one of the competition's best seasons. American Idol: Season 9 captures many of 2010's signature performances, including Crystal Bowersox's rocking rendition of Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee," teen heartthrob Aaron Kelly's soaring cover of Aerosmith's classic "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" and Siobhan Magnus's electric version of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Taking pages from the legendary Lennon/McCartney songbook, Casey James delivered a stunning performance of "Jealous Guy," while 17-year old Katie Stevens provided one of the season's brightest moments with the fan favorite "Let It Be."

Everyone else is relegated to "other highlights." Hmm ...

Kris Allen At Hard Rock Hotel

Kris Allen headlined a free concert sponsored by Radio Sophie at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on April 12.

Sara Bareilles opened for Kris (!!!!), singing four songs - Bottle It Up, (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay, Love Song and Many The Miles.

Kris was apparently going to sing a relatively short set but ended up doing nine songs (without a pre-determined setlist lol) - Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Before We Come Undone, Man In The Mirror, The Truth, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (NEW!), Alright With Me, Is It Over, Falling Slowly/With Or Without You, and Live Like We're Dying.

The standouts for me were Everybody Wants To Rule The World, which sounded fantastic, especially for something Kris and Cale just cooked up the night before (Kris messed up the lyrics a few times, and he made some classic oops! faces as it happened. It was really cute); Is It Over, which was one of the best versions of this song I've ever heard live; and Falling Slowly/With Or Without You, which got an INSANE response from the crowd. The place exploded with applause after he finished. It was such an intense performance.

Kris and Cale definitely kept the crowd entertained throughout. The songs were great, the banter was hilarious, and they put on a fantastic show. He just gets better and better everytime I see him.

Media from this event:

My videos:
Everybody Wants To Rule The World:


Is It Over:


Falling Slowly/With Or Without You:


Man In The Mirror:


Before We Come Undone:


Full set via the Sophie Radio livestream and from SnapCracklyPop.

Interviews:
Radio Sophie
Fox 5 (Part 1 | Part 2)

My photos from this show and from the radio show the next morning.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Idol Song List For Inspirational Songs Theme

This is the list of songs available for the Idols to sing for next week's theme of Inspirational Songs. There are four Idol coronation songs on there (A Moment Like This, Time Of My Life, This Is My Now, Flying Without Wings) and three other songs recorded by Idols (Live Like We're Dying by Kris Allen, So Small by Carrie Underwood and I Am Changing by Jennifer Hudson).

A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson
Amazing Grace - Susan Boyle
Angels - Robbie Williams
Anyway - Martina McBride
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - The Fifth Dimension
Better Days - Goo Goo Dolls
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Calling All Angels - Train
Changes - David Bowie
Dare You To Move - Switchfoot
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
Dream Weaver - Gary Wright
Drive - Incubus
Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
Flying Without Wings - Ruben Studdard
From A Distance - Bette Midler
Go The Distance - Michael Bolton
Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
Hands - Jewel
Heaven Help Us All - Stevie Wonder
Hero - Chad Kroeger
Higher - Creed
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler
I Am Changing - Jennifer Hudson
I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
I Turn To You - Christina Aguilera
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
If You Believe - The Wiz
I'll Be There - Jackson 5
I'll Stand By You - Pretenders
I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
I've Had The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Lifted - Lighthouse Family
Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Living In America - James Brown
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
Only Hope - Mandy Moore
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
People Get Ready - The Impressions
Rainbow - Sugar Ray
Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand - Diana Ross
Reflection - Christina Aguilera
Return To Innocence - Enigma
River Of Dreams - Billy Joel
Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar
So Small - Carrie Underwood
Stronger - Mary J. Blige
That's The Way God Planned It - Billy Preston
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne & Friends
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
The Impossible Dream - Frank Sinatra
The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion
The Time Of My Life - David Cook
This Is My Now - Jordin Sparks
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
We Are The Champions - Queen
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
What The World Needs Now - Jackie DeShannon
When You Believe - Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
World - Five For Fighting
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
You'll Never Walk Alone - Barbra Streisand
You're My Best Friend - Queen
You're The Inspiration - Chicago
You've Got A Friend - Carole King

Predictions!:
Aaron Kelly: My Wish
Casey James: Don't Stop
Crystal Bowersox: Hands or People Get Ready
Lee DeWyze: Hero or World
Michael Lynche: What A Wonderful World
Siobhan Magnus: The Prayer
Tim Urban: I Can See Clearly Now or Time Of My Life

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kris Allen At Pet-A-Palooza

Kris Allen played another concert in Las Vegas on Saturday, joining Orianthi, Five For Fighting and Barenaked Ladies for Pet-A-Palooza, sponsored by Mix 94.1. Kris had an eight song acoustic set, singing Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise, Before We Come Undone, Man In The Mirror, Is It Over, Send Me All Your Angels, The Truth, Alright With Me and Live Like We're Dying.

Here's some video, taken by cspannie:

Before We Come Undone:


Is It Over (with Cale Mills guitar solo!):


Send Me All Your Angels:


The Truth:


Live Like We're Dying:


Heartless/Gangsta's Paradise (from OhKissMySass):


Man In The Mirror (from BlakerBoy87):

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Video Of Kris Allen In Rwanda During Shoe Drop

A lovely video package from Kris Allen's Rwanda trip with TOMS Shoes, Bridge2Rwanda and Heifer International has been made public. It's a beautifully-done video that is impossible not to be moved by. These organizations are doing amazing things in Rwanda, and you can see it on the children's faces and in their smiles.

Kris sings "Amazing Grace" in the video. In the presence of giggling babies. The cute is unreal.

The description on the video says:
This is a highlight of an incredible collaborative effort between Bridge 2 Rwanda, Heifer international, Toms Shoes, and Kris Allen. When amazing people come together for a purpose greater than themselves lives are changed. This week long effort is a small piece of something larger that anyone can become apart of. As the people of Rwanda would say "Murakoze" (Thank You).

Thursday, April 08, 2010

AI9 Top 9 Results: The Big Save

In a shocking result show, Michael Lynche was revealed as the lowest vote-getter amongst the bottom 3 of himself, Aaron Kelly and Andrew Garcia. Big Mike got a reprieve, however, when the judges unanimously voted to keep him in the competition with the judges' save after another stellar vocal performance of "This Woman's Work."

Prior to the save, there was a good 55 minutes of filler. The group sang a medley of Beatles songs. Oh wait, excuse me ... they lip-synched a medley of Beatles songs. And it was all kind of lifeless. I mean, geez. Last year, they had the blind albatross to work with on group numbers but still managed to make them fun. This year? Not so much, unless you count the literal dancing that occured on the "I Gotta Feeling" number during the line "jump off the sofa." And closing with "In The End"? Been there, done that two years ago.

Guest performances tonight came from Jason DeRulo, David Archuleta and Rihanna. DeRulo, a Kara DioGuardi prodigy, sang a little bit of "Whatcha Say" before going into this big production of "In My Head." He name-checked himself, as he always does in his songs, and then kind of made a hot mess out of his singing. DeRulo looked like he was trying a little too hard to be a mix of Ne-Yo, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Adam Lambert with that jacket. After his performance, Ryan actually went to the judges for comments, which they don't do often. Kara, naturally, gushed. Simon even told him "well done." Meh. Archie was the second performer and sang "Imagine." I thought he sounded great! And once again, the S7 and S8 alumni come in and show the S9ers (not to mention the other pros!) how it's done. It was announced prior to that Rihanna would be singing "Te Amo", but she instead sang "Rockstar 101". Uhh ... this song sucks. "Te Amo" is better and much more interesting than "Rockstar 101", and "Fire Bomb" is even better than both of those other two songs put together. If this is her new single, I think they made a mistake.

Oh, and the Idols continue to be total stiffs during the guest performers' songs. During DeRulo's performance, whenever they were on the screen, they just looked SO. BORED. I couldn't even see feet tapping. I don't know why it's a pet peeve with me, but I think Cory the warm-up guy needs to step in and work his magic with the contestants because the audience is plenty lively!

But with what lay ahead, I guess I couldn't really blame them for being self-absorbed since Ryan announced at the top of the show that there was a "shocking" result. Which immediately let me know that Tim Urban was safe. He seemed pretty loose himself, as usual. Before results started to get announced early in the show, Ryan Seacrest asked Tim about being nervous, and in true Teflon Tim fashion, he just smiled and said they just sang some great Beatles tunes and it doesn't get any better than this. LOL TIM WILL NOT CRACK!

So with Mike being saved, the save is no longer in play, and two contestants will be eliminated. Big Mike's fans now KNOW they have to vote, so he should be ok. Andrew, Aaron and Katie, on the other hand, they should probably start packing just in case.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Kris Allen Debuts Live Send Me All Your Angels At Barefoot Bash

Kris Allen sang his Wal-Mart bonus track "Send Me All Your Angels" for the first time tonight at the One Day Without Shoes for Rwanda Barefoot Bash at Heifer Village in Little Rock. "Send Me All Your Angels" is the song he co-wrote with Chris Daughtry. Restart aside, I think it sounds awesome, and I hope he keeps playing this at his upcoming shows.

Kris also sang "Man In The Mirror" and "Live Like We're Dying" at the event, where he shared stories about his recent trip to Rwanda with TOMS Shoes and Bridge2Rwanda.

Thanks so much to @paintedblaq for the quick video.

Send Me All Your Angels:


Man In The Mirror:


Kris talks about his trip to Rwanda, saying "It was a transforming kind of thing ... You go out there to help people, and you come back changed." (from connie0128):


News report from Fox 16 in Little Rock:

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

AI9 Lennon/McCartney Night: We Can Work It Out

I'll admit that I bitched and moaned when I heard that this week's theme for the Top 9 was Lennon/McCartney. I was expecting something along the lines of the ill-advised second week of Beatles night in Season 7. But I'll give these guys some credit - it was much better than I anticipated, with even a few standout performances towards the middle/end. Not to mention some outstanding video packages featuring Andrew Garcia professing his love to Tim Urban, and Crystal Bowersox letting the world know about the great Landrew romance where they're going to have Danny Gokey babies. Danny Gokey babies, y'all!

Aaron Kelly - The Long And Winding Road (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
Zzzzzz. Which shouldn't be a surprise with Aaron. Nor is it a surprise that he keeps picking these types of songs that successful past Idols have done before (David Archuleta this week, Kris Allen last week, David Cook the week before). Aaron's voice sounded a bit rough there at the end. And he definitely messed up a lyric: "You left me standing here many times ago". Uhh that doesn't even make sense. LMAO at Simon calling him "sweet-EE". Aaron effed up by saying he definitely did not want to change the song up because it's a Beatles song. You really have no clue, do you, little boy? Buh-Bye.

Katie Stevens - Let It Be (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
Wow. Katie said she would take to prom the person who has voted for her most. CoughWHORECough. The judges gave her quite the tongue-bath, but I'm not impressed. See, I've seen this done in such a heartfelt manner on the Idol stage twice. Brooke White made me CRY, y'all. Kris Allen made me cry. Katie was just ... singing. Katie did not bare her soul like those two did on that song. Sure, it sounded fine. For her. I personally thought she sang it in too high of a key. And the judges? Way to make it ALL. ABOUT. YOU. Simon takes credit for telling her to sing it country (WTF? That didn't sound country!), Kara starts singing it like she did to Bikini Girl last year. But any sympathy I had for Katie there went out the window with Katie looking smug throughout her critiques and then saying she "moved her" when Kara started leaving her chair. UGH HAAAAAAAAAATE!

Andrew Garcia - Can't Buy Me Love (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
I actually didn't mind the arrangement of the song. Unfortunately, I just really don't like the tone of his voice. AT ALL. And Andrew does nothing on stage but stand there and play while peering down his glasses like Mr. Magoo. He's way past his expiration date.

Michael Lynche - Eleanor Rigby (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
I'm not sure about this arrangement, and there are still lots of moments where his stage movements are SO hammy and unwatchable, but his vocals were good, which is more than I can say for some of the others this year. I didn't think he made it all that contemporary like Randy and Kara were going on about, though.

Crystal Bowersox - Come Together (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
Oooh a didgeridoo on stage! I really like this vibe. Unfortunately, I did fear on more than a few occasions, though, that Crystal was about to forget the lyrics, and I think she did at least once. That was quite a bit distracting, especially when she started to sing off the mic, as if she was looking on the side of her hand at the lyrics written on it.

Tim Urban - All My Lovin' (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
His video package talks about how Tim is always smiling (and Andrew is totally drinking Tim's milkshake LOL). Tim doesn't do enough of the smiling and shaking of his hair in this performance. I think he needed to be a bit more playful, but this was probably one of his better performances of the season from a vocal standpoint, using the Tim curve and the S9 curve. Thank goodness Randy Jackson asked him a question that allowed Tim to talk, shrug and smile. That ought to give him a bunch of extra votes.

Casey James - Jealous Guy (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
I really, really like this performance. Very understated and powerful. That cello was a great touch. Best performance of the night and his best of the season so far!

Siobhan Magnus - Across The Universe (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
See, Siobhan. When you're not freakin' SHRIEKING your voice is beautiful. The arrangement is a little sleepy and slow, but she sounded great. Her outfit is a different story, but whatever. But Siobhan, please don't bring your tears and personal problems to the stage, mmkay? Don't be a Gokey.

Lee DeWyze - Hey Jude (Studio Recording | Performance Video)
Speaking of Gokey, Andrew and Lee are going to have Danny Gokey babies, says Crystal! OMFG. That was amazing!!!! That was the best part of that whole package. Lee completely pussed out on the high notes and had a weak vocal. The bagpipes made ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. As Simon said, it's like he turned up on the wrong show. LMAO yes.

In danger this week has got to be Aaron and Andrew. I'd put Katie in there too. I'm going to go with Aaron this week, although I would laugh heartily if Katie goes, leaving the group with six guys and TWO girls in the season that has been touted so hard as being the year a girl is going to win. Ha HA!