Posted: 9:26 am Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

‘Idol’ bits: two Georgia ‘Idol’ contestants, top ‘Idol’ earners 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL XIII:Austin Auditions: Contestant Madelyn Patterson performs in front of the judges. AMERICAN IDOL XIII begins with a two-night, four-hour premiere Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © Copyright 2013 FOX Broadcasting Co.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII:Austin Auditions: Contestant Madelyn Patterson performs in front of the judges. AMERICAN IDOL XIII begins with a two-night, four-hour premiere Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © Copyright 2013 FOX Broadcasting Co.

Last week, I spoke with two of the Georgia-based contestants featured on Wednesday and Thursday’s shows. Without being too much of a spoiler, one of the two makes it into the final 31, based on what’s out there on the Web.

Madelyn Patterson of the tiny town of Jackson, GA sang Patti Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” on opening night in Austin.

While Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban gave her major kudos, Harry Connick Jr. warned her about over-reliance on “licks” and “runs.”

Patterson, a 23-year-old licensed cosmetologist, was born and raised in Jackson, an hour south of Atlanta. She has wanted to be on “Idol” since she was a pre-teen. She tried out for season 6 but didn’t get anywhere. This time, she did. “I feel like now is my time,” she said.  “My goal is to win.”

Despite Harry’s critique, she said “he knows what he’s talking about.” And all three judges are indeed as good-looking in person as they seem.

Patterson, who has a two-year-old son Brantley, loves Martina McBride and, of course, Carrie Underwood.


Madelyn Patterson – Up To the Mountain… by IdolxMuzic

Emmanual Zidor, who auditioned in San Francisco, is a 24-year-old Delta Air Lines ramp worker who has lived in Atlanta for two years.

The Miami native was the man who auditioned by singing as he entered the room. He then charmed the judge’s panel with his R&B voice and his personality. He sailed into Hollywood with his rendition of Beyonce’s “Beautiful Nightmare.” (She’s his favorite artist.)

“I came into that room to prove I’m not just a singer but an entertainer,” he said.

He purposely joined Delta for the flight privileges, which made it easier for him to make it to auditions.

Before coming on the show, he knew Connick Jr. best from his guest spot on “Will & Grace.” But he loved how Connick gave advice he could use for his future.

He said he hadn’t had much vocal training or performance experience before “Idol.” Last year, he tried out for “Idol” and didn’t get far so he did take some lessons.

Zidor  likes to do runs and enjoys showing off the powerful side of his voice in the style of Tevin Campbell or Gerald Levert. “A lot of males today don’t sing like that,” he said. “I’d like to bring that back.”

His favorite “Idols”: Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. “He brings dramatic entertainment like I want to be,” he said. “I look up to him so much being gay, just being himself. And he has an awesome voice.”

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The Thursday night episode of “Idol” took a sharp drop from opening night, a bit more than I expected. Ratings fall from 15.2 million to 13.4 million. The 18-49 rating fell from 4.7 to 3.9.

The opening night ratings plus 3 nights of DVR raised the 18-49 share from 4.7 to 5.4.

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Forbes magazine estimated the incomes of various “Idol” contestants last year and Carrie Underwood ran away with $31 million.

Kelly Clarkson came in a distant second with $7 million followed by Adam Lambert and Phillip Phillips at $5 million each.

They also profiled Taylor Hicks, who earned a cool $2.5 million last year.

You can see the rest here.

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Reminder: this Thursday’s “Idol” is out of Atlanta. Here are some preview videos:

This dude brought his dog:

This lady is from Slapout, Ala. which amused the judges:

And guess who’s back from season 9?

 

68 comments
Pitchy
Pitchy

I love this scene in Cadallic Records.  Etta James was raw, hurt and scarred singing that song as her "benefactor/lover/manager" walked out that door.  Love that song because it speaks from the heart of pain.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

We're moving over, folks!

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Sorry I forgot to post the next Idol entry. I thought I had but didn't!

Pitchy
Pitchy

One thing I can say is I love their casual appearances...it makes them more relatable. 

I can see her doing a duet with Amy Winehouse.

DanJohn
DanJohn

I hope there's some good R&B singers since they're in Detroit

Pitchy
Pitchy

I'm ready to script.  I have a new laptop and this keyboard is driving me insane.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

OK....let's stop scripting the contestants...they didn't ALL say they were doing in for Detroit

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

The porta-potty continues

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

We're here until Rodney puts up a new thread...if he does.

Pitchy
Pitchy

Somebody please tell me where which playground I should be on froliicing in the sand with you (lol)?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I think Rodney forgot to give us a new thread.

Pitchy
Pitchy

Checking to see if I'm online...

Rickster_
Rickster_

Have a good evening, everyone!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Hope that Jess girl makes it...

MercedesS
MercedesS

Oh No... will have to watch recording of tonight's Idol.  Miss not "seeing" it with y'all.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Looks like Gen. Larry and our man Harry hav a bromance going!

Rickster_
Rickster_

You can tell a LOT from a picture. For example.. if you click on the picture of Madelyn you can tell she's wearing a white bra & has varicous veins.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

I hear from Fox that several Georgians make it to Hollywood (naturally) with the Atlanta auditions and I think at least a couple are destined to go even further, including one dude who tried out season 11 but just missed the final cut. (I went back to read my recap from season 11, first episode, and the first name I bring up is Phillip Phillips.)

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good point, D. I'm always happy to see the Pickler who seems to do well at all kind of venues.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

So good to be hearing from you again, k&cf!

I think it is also significant that nearly half the people on the top 10 earnings list are non-winners.  Not only do Idol's winners manage to make a pretty good living but non-winners, in many instances, do really well, too.  I don't think any other talent competition show can claim that kind of success.

MercedesS
MercedesS

And good morning!

Haven't been out yet, but hubby hobbled out to get newspapers and said it was fre-e-e-zing.

MercedesS
MercedesS

One of the former Idol participants - and no, I'm not calling him an Idol - couldn't get a singing career going. Instead, his "job" is to sue Idol for racial discrimination, again and again. I looked at "the 31" this season, and the blue-eyed and blond-haired ones are barely there. A loser then, Corey, a loser now,

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Well, I don't think most of us believe all Idol winners will be "set for life", as many are pretty much out of sight. However, I'm betting almost all of them are making more money, and are more successful, no matter how small,  than any winner of "Voice" or "XF" .

notevensurprised
notevensurprised

the post the four top AI earners just to make it look like once you win AI you are set for life.....hey why not post all of the winners and their net worths....you know AI winner ruben studdard/fantasia..both broke and and filed bankruptcy....

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I guess we're back to feeling like we live in Canada for awhile.  17 degrees when I got up this morning.  Yuck!

But I'll have a nice fire going in the fireplace by the time Idol starts tonight.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good evening everyone.

PS: is there a plumber amonst us? Suddenly my house lost most of the hot water pressure (cold seems fine), especially in the upstairs bathrooms. Showers are hell right now.  The hot water heater is just under 5 years old. Before I spend $10,000 for a plumber to run by the house and assess the situation, anyone got any ideas?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thank you Mercedes!

It is getting really cold and windy out there. When I left for bank and lunch my car was registering 51° and there was no wind. By the time I drove 7 mins to the bank, it had dropped to 45 and the wind was crazy. I even had a few snowflakes fall on my windshield at home. Crazy.

Still desperately hoping the new producers do NOT allow JLo to slither all over her boy toy while wearing nearly nothing in stupid production self-grandising - that was a miserable part of the first two seasons we were stuck with her.

D & M:  I am so upset with Anna on "DA" - won't say much more in case you gals haven't seen it yet. She's been given every opportunity to do something - poor dear Mr Bates!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

You know what I like about the videos you put up?  JLo looks almost completely lost some of the time.  She is not gonna like all the attention Harry gets!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Pitchy 

After last year's diva-fest, anything would look casual.

Pitchy
Pitchy

@DeirdreC - Thank you.  As you know, I seem to be always lost.  I've tried to long on from work, but I haven't been successful. Bummer..

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS 

Little Kellie Pickler is personality plus.  She was always going to be successful.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@DeirdreCMy estimate in the past was 1/3 of the contestants were able to make some sort of living doing music. But I have to wonder the efficacy of the show for the poor season 12 contestants. I bet that percentage is dropping sharply.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS 

Happy to hear that your hubby is up and moving around.  Your nursemaid days are nearly over!

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@MercedesS Still on that train? Sheesh. Idol is one of the most diverse TV shows out there. If anyone is to blame for this supposed discrimination is the people who vote.... Not trying to start a whole debate, but once we have the finalists, it's America who votes. 

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

Hi Sam-A.  Agreed. Idol and to a lesser extent Voice and XF are doors people open. They might be sold as the big break, and for some it is, but if a contestant is smart enough and makes the right connections, they could do well for a long time. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@notevensurprised 

If you read the list, you would see that Fantasia is on it.  She hit bottom a few years ago but seems to be doing well now.  And the list is NOT their net worth but how much money they made in 2013.

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@DeirdreC Hi D, I'm LOVING the new blog format. Thanks @RodneyHo and co. for the shiny "new" sandbox! 


I would enjoy this cold a lot better if it came with a snow day.... :)

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Sam-A1 Check breaker to water heater.  Check both thermostats to ensure they are working with a volt meter. I bought an infrared temperature gun and can check the actual temp of my tanks in 2 seconds.  Good luck.

JTesla
JTesla

Nah, as long as Idol lets her re-re-launch her singing career, it's all good

Pitchy
Pitchy

@DanJohn @Pitchy - I had fun on the swings when I went to the park, but I also fell off a lot.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@RodneyHo @DeirdreC  It would seem that after 12 years the talent pool has been depleted by overfishing between Idol, AGT, The Voice, et. all.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@KellyandCarrieFan @MercedesS Hey, dear K&CF! So glad you're back. Mercedes is right about that slimy Corey creature - when he was kicked off for being arrested and charged with beating his sister, he came up with the fantasy that Paula had come on to him and they'd had an affair. When that was kickd outta the ball park, he's come up with "racial prejudice" crap over and over. Total Malarky!

And you are correct, "Idol" couldn't be more racially diverse - blacks/whites/ asians/hispanics - we've had 'em all and lots of each.

JTesla
JTesla

Yep, even Allison Iraheta got a job in the music business. There are a lot of lesser known Idol contestants who stepped through doors, maybe not to superstardom, but doors none the less.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Indeed. Most of the winners are doing just fine. I bet even Lee DeWyze isn't on food stamps.

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@DeirdreC @Sam-A1 Ooh, you all watch DA too? I got hooked over the holidays. Such a great show. I felt so bad for Anna and poor Mr. Bates. Also, I am NOT a fan of Edna.... ugh. 

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@JTesla J Lo's shooting a film in Atlanta now. She was in Decatur today!