Ellen DeGeneres has quit ‘American Idol’, while Kara DioGuardi has been sacked. The talk show host decided to quit her judging role after just one season because it wasn’t the “right fit” for her, while the pretty songwriter is said to have been asked to leave as part of a shakeup of the programme following head judge Simon Cowell’s departure. Explaining her departure in a statement, Ellen said: “A couple months ago, I let FOX and the ‘American Idol’ producers know that this didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. “I also realised this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on Idol and I am very grateful for the year I had, I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be. “Sources connected with the ‘American Idol’ negotiations tell Kara DioGuardi has judged her last contestant on ‘American Idol’ – because she’s been fired. “We’re told the show will be going back to a three-judge format and assuming all deals are finalised, the judge’s panel will consist of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. “We’re told the only way Kara could get a reprieve is if the J-Lo deal falls apart – but we’re told that deal is done.” Singer-and-actress Jennifer has reportedly been in talks with show boss Simon Fuller for several weeks.
After just wrapping a very busy few months out on the road which included a string of dates opening for Legendary Paul McCartney, fellow Dubliners, U2 and their first official headlining tour of the U.S., The Script are gearing up to head back out on the road this fall in support of American Idol alum, David Cook. The tour will kick off early November with The Script opening for rocker David Cook through early December. A string of confirmed dates are listed below with Continue reading →
More infos about Adam Lambert’s debut album revealed. This time, the future icon told Oprah’s site that he will give some of his “efforts” in writing songs. Like his co-Idol “winner” (Kris Allen will kill me) David Cook and Kelly Clarkson, Adam wants to be more involved with the production of his album, unlike other popstars who’s fond of waiting or buying songs (like who? harhar). He told Oprah.com, “We started writing, and I’ve been able to co-write on a handful of tracks and there’s more to come.” Adam also revealed that he’s enjoying the production pace, and very excited with his debut album. Meanwhile E! Online reports that Adam will be working with Lady GaGa’s producer RedOne, the team behind the hit songs “Poker Face” and “Just Dance”.
Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable “American Idol” audition. Well, except for the winning-it-all part. When the 23-year-old college student from Conway, Ark., first auditioned with Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” in Louisville, Ky., he seemed nothing more than a boy-next-door “Idol” hopeful, lacking the instant juggernaut feel of showy 27-year-old runner-up Adam Lambert or even plucky 17-year-old spark plug Allison Iraheta. A newsboy cap pulled down around his eyes, Allen was asked back then by the judges if he was the best singer. “You know, there’s probably people who are better than me,” was his response, a humility that Simon Cowell said he found off-putting. “Idol” producers must have agreed. Back in February, viewers had seen less of Allen out of all the crooners that moved forward in the competition. During Hollywood Week, neither of Allen’s solos were aired, just his “I Want You Back” group performance. In fact, more footage from his original audition was aired during Wednesday’s eighth season finale than in any previous episodes. Once selected as a finalist, Allen got off to a rocky start after his first performance. The judges were decidedly mixed over his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” yet his charming nice-guy demeanor quickly emerged when it was revealed that the longtime Jackson fan had been helping the other singers — his competitors of all people! — tackle their takes on the King of Pop. Allen himself seemed the most surprised about his shocking win by a margin of votes that, unlike last season’s landslide victory by David Cook over David Archuleta, was not publicly declared by host Ryan Seacrest. “I’m exhausted, and I’m shocked,” Allen said backstage after winning the title. “I’m really shocked.” In the beginning, the judges simply seemed, if not in love, then “in like” with Allen — not heaping the same amounts of love on him as Lambert until later in the season. The panel’s initial feedback bordered on superficial. Paula Abdul once gushed he was “adorable/sexy” while Cowell teased the smiley newlywed for introducing his wife so early in the competition, at risk of scaring of female fans. He always seemed to take their remarks in stride, content to forge ahead with his earnest singer-songwriter vibe no matter the outcome, never telegraphing a drive to best his fellow contestants. Instead, Allen stuck to focusing on his guitar and piano on the “Idol” stage, impressing the judges with his folksy, heartfelt interpretations of such songs as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and “Falling Slowly” from the indie musical “Once.” He hit a crescendo last week when he transformed Kanye West’s robotic tune “Heartless” into a soulful, acoustic ditty. “I had written you out of the competition, but that has changed after that performance,” Cowell boasted afterward. However, it was runner-up Lambert who always received the most praise — by both judges and screaming fans — right until Tuesday’s final performance. All the while, Allen was apparently neck-and-neck with Lambert when it came to viewer votes: The only time either was in the dreaded bottom-three was after their Rat Pack-themed performances. Last week, only 1 million viewer votes separated them — a tiny margin considering that nearly 100 million votes were cast for the finale. “I knew it was going to be a close race,” Lambert said backstage. “I think Kris is incredibly talented, and he’s a good person.” Though never referenced on the show, Allen’s religious background may have also played a role. Allen has worked as a worship leader at his hometown church, traveling on mission trips around the globe. His pastor, Brandon Shatswell, said Allen told him that his first time on the “Idol” stage reminded him of only one thing: going to church.
American Idol fanale Tuesday and rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. Other bands continue to tour the U.S. A. such as Elton John & Billy Joel, Phish, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock and the Jonas Brothers in June. Green Day announces their tour as Jimmy Buffett continues his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio. Tuesday night, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen will battle it out and keep millions of American Idol fans watching and dialing as they choose their new American Idol. Rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. All top 10 finalists: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre, will take the stage on a 50 city tour beginning July 5th, tickets are now on sale at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets. While President President Barack Obama is working on fixing the economy, some of Americas favorite bands are on tour in the U.S.A and Europe and Americans are buying tickets to sold out events. Elton John & Billy Joel, finishing up their spring Face 2 Face rock tour with remaining concerts in Indianapolis, IN, Auburn Hills, MI, Cleveland, OH, Washington, DC and parts of Canada. The Phish 2009 Summer Tour will still hit cities like Boston, MA, Nikon at Jones Beach, in Wantagh, NY. and Camden, NJ, also Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock will hit cities in June and July as well as the Jonas Brothers in June and Pink tickets are now on sale for September. Jimmy Buffett is continuing his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio. Green Day is now on tour as well as Nickelback and Coldplay.
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Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Keith Urban and Toby Keith are all on tour for the country music fans. If you are looking for comedy, seek Dane Cook, Flight of the Conchords, Jeff Dunham, Larry the Cable Guy or Ron White to name a few, even Whoopi Goldberg will perform in Las Vegas at the Encore Theatre At Wynn Las Vegas on May 22 and 23.
The Ultimate Fight Championships will happen in Las Vegas with UFC 98 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, followed by the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on June 20. The UFC 100 fight will happen at Mandalay Bay – Events Center on July 11, tickets are now on sale for all events at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets.
Michael Jackson will perform in London at the O2 Dome in the United Kingdom beginning July 8 and finish his 50th night concert on Feb. 24, 2010. So while the economy may be bad, Americans will always find a way to enjoy life by catching one of the many concerts and events featuring their favorite bands that are currently on tour at a city near you. For complete tour and concert dates, times and ticket prices visit http://www.NationalShowTickets.com when online and order tickets to sold out events.
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This season promises to be one of the best yet with new talent, a new judge and plenty of surprises along the way. Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. The show’s judges – Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and recent addition Kara DioGuardi – traveled to East Rutherford, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in search of the next American Idol. They winnow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week for a studio audience and television viewers.
The judges have their say after every performance, but it’s the viewing public that determines who will advance to the next round of competition and who will go home. Voting via telephone and text-messaging begins immediately after each performance show, and the results are announced during the following night’s broadcast.
Eventually the competition is narrowed down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and recently crowned David Cook have become household names and have risen to the top of the recording industry.
Emmy Award-winning AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment. The series is executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.