Posted: 5:20 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

‘Idol’ bits: Daughtry, Lee DeWyze/”Walking Dead,” Ruben Studdard 

By Rodney Ho

Lee DeWyze's song was the focal point during the opening and closer for the Bob Stookey storyline on "The Walking Dead" this past Sunday. CREDIT: AMC

Lee DeWyze’s song was the focal point during the opening and closer for the Bob Stookey storyline on “The Walking Dead” this past Sunday. CREDIT: AMC

“Walking Dead” fans heard a song played in the opening scene while Bob Stookey walked all by himself before Glenn and Daryl found him, prior to the prison attack. That song was sung by season 9 “Idol” winner Lee DeWyze called “Blackbird Song.”

DeWyze apparently wrote the song with the show in mind, according to radio.com:

“‘Blackbird Song’ first arrived with a very kind e-mail from Fred Jasper of Welk Music Group,” Golubic tells Radio.com, refering to the parent company of Vanguard Records, the label that DeWyze is signed to. ”Fred was commenting on an interview I had done about the end of ‘Breaking Bad’ [Golubic supervised that show's music as well] and passed along a download link from Lee DeWyze, mentioning how big a fan Lee was of ‘The Walking Dead’ and that he wrote ‘Blackbird Song’ with ‘The Walking Dead’ in mind. Maybe it was the nice words or the time of day, but as soon as I listened to the song it became clear that this was in ‘The Walking Dead’s wheelhouse and something show-runner Scott Gimple should hear. Scott responded very positively to the song and when it came time to telling Bob Stookey’s back story, ‘Blackbird Song’ turned out to be a fantastic structure to build the opening and closing of the episode.”

More details here.

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Daughtry is co-headlining a tour with the Goo Goo Dolls. He makes his debut appearance at Chastain Park Amphithteatre July 11.

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“Idol” results show moves to 9 p.m. this Thursday.

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Ruben Studdard, recently of ‘The Biggest Loser,” did an extensive interview with AI.com and talked about Atlanta’s Dolvett Quince. He’s down to 335 pounds!

Q: Have you stayed in touch with your “Biggest Loser” trainer, Dolvett Quince?

A: My trainer Dolvett is amazing. The good thing about him is that he isn’t one of those people who does a job and walks away from it. He and I developed a friendship that I didn’t expect. … A lot of times people say, “Oh, we’ll keep up,” but they don’t mean it. Dolvett has most definitely been true to form, guiding me through my process for the whole entire time the show went on. And it paid off. … After the show was over, I lost 120 pounds and I’ve since lost 7 or 8 more pounds since the finale. So whatever he tells me is working.

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Here are some notable auditions from “The Voice” Monday:

Kat Perkins has a good rock voice and three of the judges turn for her. She picks Team Adam.

Paula DeAnda had a record contract before and you can see why with the big notes:

Jake Barker does a passable rendition of a Bruno Mars song with falsetto galore:

Ria Eaton totally embellishes the deliciously simple song “Cups” in a way that doesn’t work for me:

A duo: Alaska and Madi do a Civil Wars song. It’s okay.

Ddendyl does “Stand By Me” as if she’s Janis Joplin, all emotive and such. Like “Cups,” I tend to prefer this song simple.

I like this dude Josh Kaufman doing George Michael’s “One More Try.” He goes for Team Adam.

29 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

SPOILER ALERT SONG SPOILERS:


Come Together by The Beatles (Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle (The Graduate)
Can’t You See by the Marshall Tucker Band (Blow)
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sweet Home Alabama)
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John (27 Dresses)
Let it Go by Idina Menzel (Frozen)
Skyfall by Adele (Skyfall)
To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (Hope Floats)
Falling Slowly by The Swell (Once)
Decode by Paramore (Twilight)

I Am Changing by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC- about the "Now" theme you announced, I sure hope we'll get a "Then"!  As I said to Rickster below, the fact that they're doing yet ANOTHER week of current songs is really disheartening.  :-(

I think that if these kids aspire to be musicians, they should learn something about the great music that has touched the souls of other decades. 

Rickster_
Rickster_

I just can't get excited about Idol any more.

In the immortal words of B. B. King, "The Thrill Is Gone."

DanJohn
DanJohn

Rodney, thanks for posting the videos from The Voice. Josh is my favorite to win it which means he won't. I think one of the girls is from Lawrenceville GA maybe Ddendyl? I can't remember which girl.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

When I got home from work yesterday, the wife was watching the Dr. Phil Show and there was Ruben Studdard ( a much slimmer version) singing and promoting his new album.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

In keeping with its modern music trend, the Idol Pad is reporting that next week's theme will be "Now", taking music from the current week's Billboard Hot 100.  Are we going to get a "Then"?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I know Sam will appreciate this and since Rodney has WD in his headline, I feel completely at ease telling this.  The one-eyed dog in last week's episode is a pooch named Dooley and , according to reports, lost his eye saving his owner from car-jackers.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Looking forward to the movie theme tonight.  We used to be able to speculate on what each contestant might sing but the themes are pretty wide open this year.

I will make a small wager that someone will do a Disney song.

I will try to get the spoiler list(American Idol releases the list about 2 hours before the show airs on the east coast) Last week's release was a rapid-fire video of the song list that gave me a headache trying to decipher.

FarTrain
FarTrain

Here's hoping Cali Tucker does well on The Voice.  They did not show a full song by her, but she's on Team Blake, and I think maybe a darkhorse. Not sure why they cut her short on the show.   As Blake said she's Tanya Tucker's niece, and I recall seeing her on the reality show Tanya did a few years ago.  She's been doing quite a few shows in clubs around Nashville and has several YouTube videos out.  Has written several original songs also.  If she survives those "silly" battle rounds(hate those, no a true indicator) I think she will surprise some people. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

A big hearty congrats to Lee Dewyze(I swear, I never thought I would say that)  The song was good and Lee definitely benefits from recording rather than singing live.

Thanks for the reminder about the results show time change.  Not sure it will help ratings but staying opposite Big Bang Theory can only hurt.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@Rickster_ I hear you.  I was having trouble getting into this season too... and now, just as I've started to enjoy it, they announce that next week's theme is the current billboard top 100.  Ugh ugh UGH. They've already had weeks and weeks to sing current "music", haven't they? 

I'll still look forward to this evening's movie theme, but next week... did I mention UGH?!?!?!?  There goes all my briefly renewed interest in the show. 

G_
G_

@DanJohn I remember her face and back story, but not her name.  She went with Team Usher.  As usual, Blake has a STRONG team, and it looks like Shakira is bringing up the rear.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@DeirdreC should be a short video.

Michael: "Melinda, why do you think the mentoring is completely failing?"

Melinda: "Randy sucks as a mentor"

Michael: "That's all for now folks. Have a good day and we'll see you next time."

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC Thanks D., agree with what they said. Biggest Idol problem is Randy's non-mentoring.

G_
G_

@DeirdreC Not sure how I feel about a "Then" from this particular group.  The worst part about a "Then" theme, is the contestants are getting younger.  Unless they are a student of the craft (most are not), they will not get the interpretation of the music.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC "A" Disney song? Girls are probably fighting over THE Disney song from "Frozen". Losers can then fight over "Do you want to build a snowman". 

FarTrain
FarTrain

"NOT" a true indicator.   Where's the edit button on my keyboard?

JTesla
JTesla

"Shakira is bringing up the rear" and what a fine rear it is. Oh wait, you are talking competition wise aren't you?

G_
G_

@MercedesS @DeirdreC Biggest problem is who's "bright" idea was it to hire Randy as a mentor.  THAT's the true cause of the problem.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Woodpappy @DeirdreC  Melinda asks a lot of good questions like Why did they let her choose that song?  and Why are some of them singing in the wrong key?

G_
G_

@JTesla LOLOLO!!!! Good one! Now that you mention it, yeah!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla  Knew it was on the way.  I was just sitting here waiting, JT!  ;-)

DanJohn
DanJohn

@DeirdreC @Woodpappy I love Reality Check since both Melinda and Michael S tell it like it is. I wonder if somewhere Jimmy Iovine is grinning at the comments about Randy's mentoring.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla  Poor John.  I assume he was trying to avoid wearing his glasses and drew a blank.  Very embarrassing!

JTesla
JTesla

That's Adela Dazeem.