Posted: 5:53 am Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

‘Idol’ bits: new voting methods, Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips 

By Rodney Ho

Google searches“American Idol” is adding some intriguing voting elements this year.
This includes real-time Google searches as part of the “voting.” I’m not sure how this will work but apparently whenever you hunt for a particular singer on Google, a voting  platform will pop up. I’m not sure when people will be able to vote this way.

Toll-free calling, the only option the first few seasons, will still be available. Then texting came along partway through. Last year, they added Facebook and an American Idol app.

“Idol” will also add a new wrinkle: real-time voting results while the performance show is happening. starting Feb. 26 during the first finalist performance show.

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Carrie Underwood is the new face of Almay.

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More stories keep coming out that Clay Aiken is serious about running as a Democratic candidate for a North Carolina house seat.

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Ruben Studdard finally has a new album coming out next month.

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Everybody loves Harry. Here’s another sample from the New York Post.

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Phillip Phillips gets to do the pre-game Super Bowl show along with The Band Perry.

79 comments
MercedesS
MercedesS

Jefferson theme girl made me nervous

MercedesS
MercedesS

Oh Hi Pitchy and, and...

Just saw first segment. Liked the two first girls.

Pitchy
Pitchy

Good point, Keith.  Family and friends are watching.  No need to shred people's aspirations to shred.  You're a standup guy.

DanJohn
DanJohn

Interesting that so far all the contestants are attractive AND can sing!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Kylie Lumberjack is so nice!

Pitchy
Pitchy

Oooh, I like this second girl.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Ok, who is blogging from their car stuck on 285?

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

Goodness. I love Imagine Dragons, but this song is gonna make the "banned" list pretty soon. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Austin Woolf is gorgeous.  Nice voice, too.

DanJohn
DanJohn

Hello Pitchy, Looks like Alabama will have an early contestant.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Hey guys!  Idol is going to be way more interesting than snow

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I guess Rodney forgot again!  ;-)  I'll keep my eyes open for a new thread.  This one isn't too comment heavy so it will be ok

Pitchy
Pitchy

Hated the hat, hated it!  Looked like Arby's trademark, Bullwinkle's side kick, a head full of lumpy poop!!!

Pitchy
Pitchy

Good evening, MercedesS!  How are you?

JTesla
JTesla

While you wait for Rodney: Pharrell's hat, discuss.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Nothing?

Yoo-hoo!

Rodney?

Anybody?

MercedesS
MercedesS

Will we be able to see Idol in Atlanta tonight or is Fox also one of those All Weather All Night channels?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

This is what happens when we depend on the gov't to "take care of us" imo.  Everyone in Atlanta knew what the weather report said.  Thinking for ourselves has been discouraged for so long that we have actually started to believe that we need the gov't's help for everything.  There's absolutely no reason that parents should have sent their kids to school yesterday.  Let them have a snow day even if the gov't says no.  

We can talk about the north having more equipment and more practice at this stuff but here's what's also true:  People STAY HOME until the roads can be plowed and treated.

What really annoys me is that it wasn't just the gov't that ignored the weather report...it was EVERYONE else, too!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Morning!


Hope everybody in Atlanta is safe and sound today and not stuck in a car somewhere. One of hubby's co-workers got home at 11 pm, after leaving work nine hours earlier.  D-I-l left work at 12:30 and spent 2,5 hrs driving the four miles home.


In my 42 years of living in Atlanta I can't remembered a bigger traffic catastrophe. And so much of yesterday's despair was preventable, if the mayor and the governor and their minions had only been listening to the weather reports since last Sunday.  Not closing the schools was inexcusable.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Sam, I'm pretty sure you won't go to work today.  I hope you didn't get stuck in the traffic mess yesterday.  Hate to think of you still sitting in your car early this morning!

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@DeirdreC Hi D. Not I. I left work early and got home before 1pm yesterday. I feel so lucky. Hope everyone's okay out there. 


@Pitchy , agree. Reading the SnowedOutAltanta Facebook page warmed my heart. 

Pitchy
Pitchy

@DeirdreC - Hopefully no one!  What happened is a travesty, dreadful, scandalous, absolutely ridiculous.

JTesla
JTesla

When we have the 24 hour snow storm coverage, they usually dial t back a bit for the big shows, hoefully you guys are as lucky.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS 

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the storm news marathon will end before Idol begins.

JTesla
JTesla

EDIT: our local news has now picked up the "Atlanta weather gridlock" story. Now I understand where you are coming from Deirdre, but people are still stupid.

JTesla
JTesla

I'm no fan of government, or the government "take care of us" mentality, but if the government didn't warn people to avoid travel, or to prepare for impending disaster then things would be a lot worse. Government is basically stupid and people are generally stupid too.

Pitchy
Pitchy

@DanJohn @Pitchy - Me too.

BTW, I do not like posting a comment in reply back and "post comment" box isn't on screen for me to click.  I have to exit out and hit reply again just to send my comment.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla 

Having lived in Buffalo I know it isn't necessarily more equipment or more experience that makes that city better at dealing with the weather.  It's being aware of the limitations.  Living in Atlanta I have never seen 3 inches of snow NOT shut down the roads.  Since this storm had been predicted for at least 2 days before it happened, I have to ask why BOTH the gov't and the populace didn't accept what Mother Nature was about to do.  If even a third of the people who went to work had not gone in anticipation of the storm...if Atlanta had closed the schools knowing the storm was coming...if people had just respected the situation instead of assuming the gov't would handle the problem, things might be a bit better.  

Roads can't be treated if they are covered with cars and trucks.  

Pre-treatment only works if the temps do not go below a certain point.  

Dealing with Mother Nature requires cooperation from everyone.  


DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Pitchy @KellyandCarrieFan @DeirdreC I told him that but he added that he had to sit another 3 hours on the tarmac waiting to get de-iced

Pitchy
Pitchy

@DeirdreC @KellyandCarrieFan @Pitchy - I was at a mtg by the airport when snow started to fall.  Took me 2 hrs to get home driving 20mph.  I was nervous and happy when I finally saw my exit.  Baffled to wake up to find people still on road trying to get home.

How I have to post in reply box is annoying.

KellyandCarrieFan
KellyandCarrieFan

@DeirdreC @KellyandCarrieFan @Pitchy Wo, I can imagine. And how sad is it that 3 hours was actually somewhat decent? . I had a co-worker who had to turn back and sleep in the office. My building was closed today and I got the email that we're closed tomorrow. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla 

It's always somebody else's fault!  Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

JTesla
JTesla

I just read a story in the paper of a 16 year girl who fell 3000 feet in a skydiving accident and lived. Lots of broken stuff, but lived.

The interesting part for me was that her dad, who approved of her jumping and even jumped right before her, is questioning how the company or the state of Oklahoma could allow his daughter to jump. Boggling.