Posted on 06 February 2013.
Posted on 25 October 2010.
The â€œIdolâ€ title continued to elude Korean-American John Park.
Park (pictured bottom left), a former â€œAmerican Idolâ€ contestant, lost to 25-year-old repairman Huh Gak (pictured top left) in the finals of â€œSuperstar K2,â€ Koreaâ€™s version of the hit American TV talent show.
The finale was a showdown between Park and Heo, who both sang two songs. The two made it to the finals after a series of eliminations.
The winner was decided by online votes (10 percent), judgesâ€™ decision (30 percent) and text message votes (60 percent). In the end, Huh got the most votes and won the title. For his feat, Huh won 200 million won (~$178,000) and a car. He will also release his first album.
Park, a native of Illinois, was a contestant in the Season 9 of the â€œAmerican Idolâ€ this year. He made it to the top 20 before being eliminated. He auditioned in Los Angeles.
In one interview, he claimed that he only auditioned for â€œAmerican Idolâ€ to gain experience before joining â€œSuperstar K.â€
â€œSuperstar K2,â€ produced and shown on Korean cable channel Mnet, drew 1.34 million Korean applicants, twice the number when the show had its first season.
Posted on 23 October 2010.
An Illinois man who made it to the Top 20 on last season’s “American Idol” is one of two finalists on Korea’s TV talent show “Superstar K.”
The Chicago Sun-Times said John Park is a Northbrook native and member of Purple Haze, a Northwestern University a capella group.
Park is competing against singer Heo Gak, who told a Korean music fan Web site he envies Park’s “soft smile and his flawless English pronunciation,” the Sun-Times said.
Source: The Money Times
Watch John Park’s Season 9 Top 20 performance after the jump.
Posted on 12 October 2010.
It pays to be on American Idol. Just ask Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, who earned more money than any other celebrity in primetime television over a one-year span.
Cowell ranks first on Forbes magazine’s list of “Primetime TV’s Top-Earning Men,” having collected $80 million from June 1, 2009 to June 1 of this year. Cowell’s fortune comes not only from his work on American Idol, which he left earlier this year, but also from his involvement in other series, such as America’s Got Talent and Britain’s The X Factor.
Similarly, Seacrest was a busy man when he wasn’t hosting American Idol. The emcee, who places second on Forbes’ list with $51 million, also hosts a Los Angeles-based radio show and is a producer of such TV programs as E!’s reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Forbes notes that the 10 top-earning men in primetime TV collectively received $308 million over the one-year time period, while the 10 top-earning women only received $162 million.
Here are the top-earning men in primetime TV, according to Forbes, along with their earnings for the year ending June 1, 2010:
1. Simon Cowell, American Idol, $80 million
2. Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, $51 million
3. Donald Trump, The Apprentice, $50 million
4. Steve Carell, The Office, $34 million
5. Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, $30 million
6. Kiefer Sutherland, 24, $20 million
7. Laurence Fishburne, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, $12 million
8. Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy, $11 million
9. Hugh Laurie, House, $10 million
10. Chris Meloni, Law & Order: SVU, $9.5 million
Source: 100 WAPI
Posted on 07 October 2010.
Lee DeWyze’s First Single “Live It Up” will debut ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ October 13
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Last May, Lee DeWyze thrilled millions of fans when he was crowned the Season 9 winner of American Idol. Now the wait is over for original music from this self-taught singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who will release his major-label debut album, Live It Up, on November 16 on 19 Recordings/RCA Records. Lee’s first single “Live It Up” will debut ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ October 13.
“Putting out an album on a major label is truly a dream come true,” says 24-year-old DeWyze, a native of Mount Prospect, IL, who had built up a sizeable following on the Chicago club scene when he first auditioned for Idol in June 2009 at the urging of his bandmates. He was the only male contestant never to land in the competition’s bottom three contestants. “I’m excited for all the people who supported me throughout Idol to hear what I can do with my own songs. The album shows a whole different side of me and I’m so proud of it.”
Working with top-notch collaborators such as Toby Gad, John Shanks, and Espionage, to name a few, DeWyze co-wrote most of the songs on Live It Up, which he recorded while on the road over the summer with the American Idols Live Tour. “To see my name listed in the credits on each song was really important to me because I’m a songwriter,” DeWyze says, “I also loved working with such talented writers. They all brought so much to the table and really helped me flesh out my sound.”
Live It Up is an engaging blend of rootsy pop, rock and folk, anchored by DeWyze’s soulful, rough-edged voice and bright-sounding acoustic guitar. “I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & the Papas, Cat Stevens, and Kris Kristofferson,” DeWyze says. “I love hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies â€” that’s what I’m about. I really admire guys like Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne, and to now be on the same record label as them â€” it just blows my mind.”
More details about Live It Up will be announced soon. For more about Lee, please visit www.leedewyzeofficial.com.
Posted on 15 September 2010.
Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out about her decision to leave American Idol after one season.
The comedienne – who confirmed she was departing the Fox competition in July – admitted to the show’s host Ryan Seacrest that she found the experience “really hard” at times.
“I just think that these kids are really taking it so seriously, and for me to make a joke every single time when, really, all they’re waiting for is constructive criticism not true, honest criticism…” she said on Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show.
“They want to be praised and I found it really difficult to watch them have their dreams shattered on national television and I couldn’t make a joke every time. If I made a joke that was not directed at them like with the bagpipe guy getting separated from the parade, when something like that comes up that was fun for me but not directed at them. It was just hard. I didn’t want to walk that line.”
She continued to say that her first day as a judge had been “tough because it was just a reality check for me to, go, ‘Oh wow, this is a whole different machine over here’.” She also revealed that she found out that day that Simon Cowell was leaving
“I thought, ‘Oh, how does this work now?’ Because I thought he was there for a while, and I thought we were going to play around and have fun because his persona is one way and mine is another so we were going to play with that. And we never really got to do that.”
DeGeneres added: “This is not just television. [The contestants] really are thinking their lives are going to change right now and my words are going to matter and I was like, ‘Oh, this is hard’.”
American Idol returns to Fox in January.
Source: Digital Spy
Posted on 15 September 2010.
As the investigation continues into a deadly shooting in Breathitt County, that left 6 people dead, including the gunman, we’re learning more about one of the victims.
Teresa Fugate, who was shot to death Saturday, was featured, along with her children, on a special episode of “American Idol.” That episode focused on various charities and encouraging people to raise money for them.
The episode, called “Idol Gives Back,” aired in April of this year.
Fugate’s family was highlighted through Save The Children, a non-profit organization focused on helping disadvantaged kids.
Actress Jennifer Garner visited the family as part of the episode.
The footage is now haunting. Teresa Fugate was shown walking in front of the very trailer where she was shot Saturday.
“The trailer is cold in the winter,” Fugate said during the episode. “We use kerosene for heat. When we don’t have money for kerosene, we heat with the oven to keep it warm in here.”
All four of Fugate’s children are enrolled in Save The Children programs. In Breathitt County, the focus is on books and literacy.
Save The Children released a statement late Monday afternoon, saying Teresa Fugate was a dedicated and loving mother.
The organization wants to provide assistance to her children.
Video of Teresa Fugate’s “Idol Give Back” story and a short news story about the shooting after the jump.
Posted on 28 July 2010.
Toronto Sun article
The American Idol reject who stormed the stage during the competition’s live TV finale in May is preparing to file a $300 million lawsuit against show producers, accusing them of “exploiting” his sexuality.
Former contestant Ian Benardo, who failed to pass auditions when he tried out for the talent show in 2006, interrupted funnyman Dane Cook’s comedy skit when he ran on stage and grabbed the microphone from the actor at the Los Angeles event.
Calling it “a Kanye West moment”, Benardo began to hurl abuse at exiting American Idol judge Simon Cowell, insisting he was going to replace the music mogul on the program because, “I’m more entertaining than you.”
But in new legal papers filed with the New York State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday, Benardo claims he was put up to the stunt by Idol executives who invited him back for this year’s final and asked him to be “outrageous” and “gay”.
The documents state that producers had previously “exploited… my sexual orientation” when he auditioned for the contest, by ordering him to “gay it up”.
Benardo insists he was given similar orders when he returned in May.
He goes on to accuse Cook of threatening him after the incident, claiming Idol bosses warned him he was “not safe” and advised him to leave the Nokia Theatre immediately.
According to TMZ.com, Benardo is now set to take the battle to court and is seeking damages for emotional injuries suffered and loss of employment opportunities as a result of the incident.
Representatives for both American Idol and Cook have yet to respond to the legal action.
(Video of Ian’s American Idol AND So You Think You Can Dance auditions after the jump.)
Posted on 05 July 2010.
American Idol has been canceling some of their tour stops for some reason.
Tour Stops Cancelled
Posted on 16 June 2010.
The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge says ‘Idol’ was more worried about the judges than the talent this year.
By Gil Kaufman – MTV News
Nigel Lythgoe doesn’t produce “American Idol” anymore, but that doesn’t mean the “So You Think You Can Dance” judge/ executive producer doesn’t have an opinion on the troubled ninth season of “Idol.”
Though it retained its title as the most popular show on television, Lythgoe told The Canadian Press that “Idol” show-runners lost a bit of their mojo this year.
“The team took their eye off the ball a little bit and was more worried about the judges and what was happening with them than it was regarding the talent last year,” he said. “It became about Kara (DioGuardi) joining and making the fourth judge; Paula (Abdul) leaving; Ellen (DeGeneres) joining and Simon leaving â€” and much more about them and concentrating on that than on the talent that they were finding.”
In general, Lythgoe said, he wasn’t much of a fan of the season, which ended with former paint salesman Lee DeWyze winning out over earthy Ohio single mom Crystal Bowersox in the lowest-rated “Idol” finale since season one.
“It wasn’t a vintage year,” he said, adding that he doesn’t believe departed lead judge Cowell should be replaced on the panel. “It’s never been my opinion that four judges work on that program because it should be about the talent,” said Lythgoe, who was one of the executive producers of “Idol” for the first seven seasons.
In other “Idol” news, the American Federation of Musicians sued the show’s producers on Friday, claiming that “Idol” has sold downloads and ringtones of songs performed on the show without paying the musicians who originally played on them, according to Variety. The suit seeks $500,000 in back pay for the union musicians who played the songs on the show.
While the “Idol” band members are paid for the initial performance on the show, AFM contracts call for additional payment for any “new use” of their music, including ringtones, which the union claims the musicians have not been paid for. The union is also seeking contributions to the union pension fund, interest, attorney fees and payments to the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund for “American Idol” video sales with song performances. According to a union spokesperson, the lawsuit was a final resort after the failure of settlement talks â€” in which “Idol” producers initially offered a settlement of less than 5 percent of the claim.
A spokesperson for “Idol” could not be reached for comment on Lythgoe’s statements or the lawsuit.
Posted on 15 June 2010.
By Carina MacKenzie @ Zap 2 It
Season 9 “American Idol” eliminee Siobhan Magnus has never been shy about the fact that she’s a huge fan of Hanson — yes, the “Mmm-Bop” guys. (You know you loved them.) She’s even got a line from one of their songs tattooed on her wrist.
Apparently, the admiration is mutual. Taylor Hanson invited Magnus to perform with him and his brothers Zac and Isaac at a secret midnight show in Los Angeles. Reality Rocks snuck into the rehearsals, where Siobhan fit in perfectly with the band because she’d “been practicing for 14 years.”
“She showed up ready,” Taylor says, adding that fans on the band’s message board alerted them that Siobhan loved their music.
“Someone had written ‘Did you see the girl with the Hanson sweatshirt at Hollywood week?’” Siobhan says, admitting that she checked out the forums as well. “And then someone posted, ‘Well, if she’s a Hanson fan, I bet she’s reading this and laughing at us,’ and I’m sitting there reading it and laughing.”
“Thankfully she made it easy on us and she agreed to cover some of our own songs,” Zac adds. “So we already knew them.”
Hanson’s latest album, “Shout It Out” was released on June 8. Check out Siobhan’s rehearsal of “Weird” with the Hanson brothers below. Dreams do come true, kids.
Posted on 09 June 2010.
From The Straits Times
LOS ANGELES – “AMERICAN Idol” winner Lee DeWyze failed to crack Billboard’s Top 10 singles and digital charts in one of the most tepid debuts yet from a champion of the top-rated reality TV show.
DeWyze’s cover version of U2′s “Beautiful Day” entered in 12th place on the digital charts with 95,000 downloads, and in 24th place on the Hot 100 singles charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan data on Thursday. Runner-up Crystal Bowersox fared no better. Her finale song last week, “Up To the Mountain”, debuted at No. 57 on the singles charts and 32nd place on the digital charts with 49,000 downloads.
The pair’s “Falling Slowly” duet from earlier in the season came in at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. Both DeWyze and Bowersox were overshadowed by singer Katy Perry, whose “California Gurls” retook top billing on the digital charts with 269,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Last year’s “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen, sold 134,00 digital downloads of the original song “No Boundaries” in its first week, entering at No.4. The 2008 champion, David Cook, moved 236,000 downloads and grabbed the No.1 digital spot with his single “The Time of My Life”, Billboard said.
The lukewarm reception for DeWyze and Bowersox, who both signed recording contracts with Sony Entertainment Group, follows the lowest-rated finale since 2002 for the Fox television network’s “American Idol”.
Nielsen data showed that 24.2 million viewers tuned in to Fox last week to watch the former paint salesman take the crown in the finale to a 9th season that lost some 9 per cent of its audience overall, but remained the most-watched TV show in the United States. Fans and media watchers say the format for “Idol” is showing its age, and blamed mediocre contestants and lack of chemistry on the judges panel for the dwindling audience.
Posted on 09 June 2010.
Dewyze’s Debut Album is Set for Release in Fall 2010
From the PR Newswire
LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire/ — American Idol Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze has been signed to 19 Recordings/RCA Records. He is preparing to start work on his debut album which is due for release in fall 2010.
The 24 year old Mount Prospect, IL native impressed millions throughout the season taking home this year’s American Idol winning title. Dewyze is a self taught musician who began singing and playing guitar in his teens. Auditioned in Chicago, Dewyze was the only male contestant never to land in the bottom three during American Idol Season 9.
“Lee is the People’s choice, the working class hero who won the hearts of America to become The 9th American Idol,” says Simon Fuller – Creator of American Idol and Founder of 19 Entertainment. “Lee has a powerful voice, integrity and a passion for music that literally brought tears to his eyes. We are all looking forward so much to Lee recording his new album to be released in the late fall.”
“Lee struck a real chord with the American public this season on Idol. His humility coupled with his vast talent and musicianship should make him a big artist for a long time to come,” says Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO RCA/JIVE Label Group. “We at the RCA Label are excited to work with Lee and 19 on an album that speaks to his widespread appeal.”
“Looking back on the last few months and all I gained from my experience on American Idol, it is incredible to know that this is only the beginning for me. Being signed by 19 Entertainment/RCA Records is a dream come true,” says Lee. “I know that by working with them, I have the support that will allow me to record the best possible album I can – an album I’m proud of and confident in.”
Lee will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idol’s Live tour. The tour kicks off July 1 in Auburn Hills, Michigan and ends September 14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Posted on 27 May 2010.
Posted on 27 May 2010.
Season 9 of American Idol has come to a close. While it wasn’t a record breaking season on the blog it was still fun and it wouldn’t have been the same without all of the regulars who dusted off their keyboards in January and rode through the “Twain” Wreck of a season. You all are what make the blog and the reason I devote the time I do into it.
A gigantic thank you to Angie for blogging the results shows again this season. I need a night off and Angie was there again with her wit and spunk to bring you up to the minute results even if it meant puking through the Adam Lambert performance.
A huge thank you to all my mods. You know who you are. You kept sanity to the comments and the shoutbox even though this season the comments were mild in comparison to the past. I try to read through everything, I can’t and I admit I miss stuff but you guys are there to find it and delete it. Thank you so much. You are all re-hired for next season :)
Alan. You are a great guy to put up with the shit I have put you through this season. I have tormented you in comments, on the shoutbox, on facebook and I even threatened to blow up your farm a couple of times. I look back and wonder how you dealt with my crap. Thank you again for all of your dedication to The Idol Radio Show, my blog, me and the readers. You are truly good at what you do even though we give you a ton of grief over it.
Darryl. Thank you again for allowing idolbloglive.com to be a part of the All Digital Radio Network. I feel we have built an awesome partnership and look forward to working with you again next season. If you ever find a way to fire Alan, I am your man and I want an autographed picture of Dr. Larry :)
Keep in mind that I won’t be closing down the blog until January. Angie and I will still blog So You Think You Can Dance and other various reality shows. I will live blog any awards shows and of course be updating the site daily with various American Idol news. Don’t forget we still need to find Simon’s replacement and I will keep the blog updated with the progress.
Again I thank all of you for visiting and reading this season. I had fun and hope you all did as well. Don’t be a stranger. Stop back often and leave some love.
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