Posted: 10:58 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Daughtry, auditions, Mark Burnett, Kelly Clarkson 

By Rodney Ho

Ryan Seacrest taking direction during the Atlanta early audition round. He did all his takes a single time. Why? He's Ryan Seacrest!

Ryan Seacrest at last year’s Atlanta auditions looking all authoritative. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Season 14 auditions for ‘American Idol” start next week, believe it or not, first in Minneapolis June 18.

Atlanta is not part of the auditions this year. The closest will be New Orleans June 25 and Nashville July 30. Else, you can go onto Long Island (my home island) on July 23 or San Francisco Sept. 29. These are the fewest audition cities “Idol” has done since season one, not surprisingly considering Fox is scaling back the show in multiple ways. There will also be a bus tour that is probably far cheaper that will run through Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Reno, NV; Columbus, OH; Richmond, VA; Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Myrtle Beach, SC; Branson, MO; Tallahassee, FL; and Kansas City, MO. They will also consider online auditions, too, until July 1.

So despite the lower costs involved here, opportunities have not really been shrunken. Just the prize itself has shrunken since the chances of becoming a “superstar” when so few people are now watching has fallen.

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Mark Burnett, executive producer of “Shark Tank,” ‘Survivor” and “The Voice,” told Deadline how much pride he has that “Survivor” actually beat “American Idol” this past spring although “Survivor” is even older than “Idol.”

His rationale seems kind of muddled to me about “Idol.” I think “Idol” has maintained its spirit from day one (though season 12 could be arguably the one where they tilted way too much toward the bickering judges). “Survivor” has no direct competitor like “The Voice.” Here he is talking about “Survivor.”

I think it’s because we’ve kept the game sacrosanct. We’ve kept the foundational values of the game completely in place. It’s a fantastic game, and we can all see ourselves, at some point, as Robinson Crusoe, and Lord of the Flies, what would we do, and we’re watching it play out. The thing about Idol is I don’t think we know what it is anymore. It’s neither here nor there. I think that all needs to be fixed if they intend to go forward.

He also said the humiliation model of “Idol” early on is out of favor but “Idol” itself has gotten away from that already. I think reality competition shows are no longer as en vogue as they used to be, with shows such as “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” and “America’s Next Top Model” far below their peak ratings as well.

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Season 13 runner up Jena Irene graduated high school a few days ago. Here are details.

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Chris Daughtry, during a D-Day celebration on “Fox & Friends,” declined to sing a patriotic song after his set was over and joked about it. That didn’t go over well with the vets. He had to apologize. He said he panicked and was caught off guard and handled it poorly. You can watch it here:

Here’s his very sincere apology:

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Kelly Clarkson is more than ready for her first baby to come out.

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Carrie Underwood’s duet with Miranda Lambert “Somethin’ Bad” is now at No. 33 on the country charts.

 

81 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Looking forward to the US playing Portugal on Sun.  If we can pull at least a tie out of that game we have a good chance of moving forward, especially if Germany destroys Ghana.

Re Klinsman's negativity:  He's German and a realist.  

Haven't seen GoT yet but will definitely watch it this afternoon.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good morning all. Let's get lively today! Since at least one of us is into the Soccer, "Go USA" - with one player in the hospital, one with an unknown injury, and the Capt with a broken nose - that may be their last stand, especially when  you add in a coach who tells them they stink and can't win, et al. (I'm not a fan, but watch "Today"). That dude needs to be sat down and watch "Miracle" and learn a few lessons from the great Hockey coach Herb Brooks! That man was a motivator!

JTesla
JTesla

Sitting at home watching Brazil v. Mexico, better than Fargo, Walking Dead, and Falling Skies put together. Although, zombies that fell from the sky on Fargo would make an interesting show.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Last episode of "Fargo" tonight! So enjoy that show.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

TNT ran a weekend full of shows last week. I just hope they run the last on this weekend, and a time I can watch to refresh.

Agree it must be a really expensive show to produce, but it's just too few shows and too long between them. That said, imagine the cost to produce "Walking Dead" - all that makeup is NOT CGI stuff - the makeup artist bill must be horrendous. My sister used to work with a woman's whose daughter was the stand-in for Michonne - said it took hours for each "featured" walker. Worth the effort - its a really great show.

So, Deirdre dear - go ahead and pour salt on the wounds of us peons who have just about been priced out of the flying market! ".....fly Delta for almost nothing" vs "we can only afford to fly about once a month". I'll be driving wherever I go forever, I think.

Next vaca, in the spring, I desperately want to go to World of Harry Potter and ride the Hogwarts Express and see Diagon Alley. The ads are driving me nutty. It looks fabulous. Comcast has, in the "On Demand" section, a bunch of litte 5-15 minute films all about the two parks, with "Hermione", "Ron" and the twins giving small tours and describing what's available.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

"Falling Skies" starts Sunday - Yah. I sure wish TNT would do this show like their other series, with two seasons - a whole year is too long - I don't remember where we left off last year!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Happy Tuesday (if there is such a thing!), Today is my baby's 2nd birthday - she is now officially not a puppy-sad for her mommy. Big party tonight with new toys, chicken fingers and a special cupcake for the girls.

Deirdre: Little planes scare me. Had to fly a 9-seater from San Juan to St Maarten once - we were one with the clouds, at least it seemed that way. My Dad was a pilot in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and a friend lent him a little Piper when I was about 10 - he flew us around ATL, over Stone Mtn, and thought it would be cute to fly upside down - I didn't agree at all! Give me a 737 et al any time. My all time favorite plane was the L1011, I thought that was the most comfortable plane I'd ever been on. Hated when they were taken out of service.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

A big Congrats to Kelly Clarkson on the birth of her daughter, River Rose Blackstock!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Hello...sorry, I was in New York celebrating my nephew's college graduation. Just got back.  For the first time, we flew our own plane there.  It was quite an experience!  Fun and ridiculously expensive!

if you are still logged in, whether you are on the internet or not, your icon will show up.  It's no big deal.

Jenny11
Jenny11

OK - Rodney - I'm a little concerned!  Sam-A says below she saw my icon "listening", an hour or so ago.... however, I was not home and my computer was not even ON!!!  I just now logged in. 

WTH????

I don't like that.  Does "Log Out" not actually log us OUT? 



MercedesS
MercedesS

Very happy with GoT season finale last night - perfect Father's Day segment!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes, looks like we're here alone in the posting today. Guess no one else has anything to say. D, Jt and Jen - we can see you guys lurking above.

D How's the pup p-ing going - you said it was better once his niece and nephew left - has it cleared up totally? Hope he'll be able to get treatment for the "thing" soon.

2 people in my office lost beloved dogs last week, and another is having to have his family cat and dog down today - apparently they're both very old and have been pretty sick lately. A very sad day at this office. And add to that, 3 auditors arrived this am. What fun.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Her name is River Rose, and no details given about weight or length.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks for news, Mercedes. Congratulations to Kelly and I hope we see some pics soon. Glad she's done with her really hard pregnancy.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Just ate my post!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Message for Rodney - Kelly had a baby girl!  Reason for new thread??

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Just saw "Chef" - liked it a lot. The kid was adorable.  Sad tomorrow is already Monday.








MercedesS
MercedesS

Ouch, Mc44... let us know how you enjoyed the film.

McCovey44
McCovey44

My son is taking me out for barbecue and "A Million Ways to Die in the West" tomorrow.  Good stuff!  What are your Father's Day plans?

Highlander1
Highlander1

"He (Mark Burnett) also said the humiliation model of “Idol” early on is out of favor..."

I disagree vehemently! When Simon was (usually correctly) calling out contestants for substandard performances, Idol was the ratings leader.I believe most viewers are tired of seeing sub-par and/or off-key performances getting a pass.

HCJ was a bit more critical this past season but often was so technical about it that the average viewer either didn't understand what he was talking about or fell asleep before he finished.

In the immortal words of guest audition judge Katy Perry, "This isn't a Lifetime movie."

Idol is supposed to be a contest to find the best singer/performer, not a bunch of also-rans. Only in kids' soccer does every participant get a trophy!

Jenny11
Jenny11

Hey @JTesla!!  I just answered you on the "superstar" thread below.  I had to leave right after posting yesterday, and only just now saw you answered me.  :-)

(That's my only small gripe with this latest blog format - I love that you can reply to specific posts, but I do wish it had a way to notify you when you log in "you have new replies."  Oh well.  Can't have everything, I guess.)

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

really quiet Friday. Except at Marietta Pizza - Boss, his wife, 3 of 4 kids, and 4 tvs with the soccer game going on with sound FULL blast! Ah, to be back to the nice quiet office.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning, all! In the mood for a dumb, fun movie? "22 Jump Street" is all that.  Basically the same movie as "21 Jump Street", only this time inept cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a college. Good comic support from Wyatt Russell (Kurt's son) and Jillian Bell.

MercedesS
MercedesS

I could sign in, but am I able to post?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Morning everyone. Friday - sunny (at least for now) - temps lower today - lunching at Marietta Pizza = Ah, life is good!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Here's a chart put together buy Vulture that shows the decline in network shows just this past season.  It is pretty sad to look at but at the same time it basically says that the 4 major networks are mostly failing in providing good viewing choices.  The chart is much bigger than you will see at first but click the chart and you can see the whole thing. Out of a total of 71 shows, 10 gained viewers, 6 stayed the same and 55 dropped in viewership:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/06/2013-14-nielsen-tv-ratings-depressing-chart.html

JTesla
JTesla

I think I saw Allison Iraheta doing a backup singer gig on "Sing your face off".


A very fun show if nobody else is watching it, catch it on demand.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Good evening all. Tomorrow - TGIF!!!!!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 Sam, flying for almost nothing is the only perk the Delta pilots have left.  And that's only if there is room on the plane.  Usually we have to fly at dawn or at midnight just to be able to get on. It tends to make planning a vacation nearly impossible.  

I know that doesn't help much.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 I have no idea what was happening on this show a year ago.  I agree that the season is too short but it is a complicated show that's difficult to film with all the special effects so I understand.  I hope they do a bit of a review before plunging in.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 First time riders should never EVER be treated to acrobatics unless they are prepared in advance.  

Agree about the L1011.  It was one of my favorites.  Hubby now flies a 767 and loves that one.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC  Envious... so, you basically arrive at "your" plane right before takeoff... no bothering with security lines, worries about luggage not making it, worries about not finding overhead space for your carry-on because selfish passenger five rows back has places HIS carry-on luggage there (it's always a man), worries about unpleasant seatmates, and so on???? ENVIOUS!  

JTesla
JTesla

Thanks Sam. I know that Wrecked Pizza (or whatever he is going by now) is an even bigger fan, but I took a look as well. I could do without seeing Ace, but it's all good.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS Haven't seen it yet.  I will probably see it this afternoon or tomorrow.

McCovey44
McCovey44

@MercedesS A bit disappointed in "A Million..."  When we first saw the previews I thought it was an opening weekend must.  Then I saw that it was panned as lukewarm at best on Rotten Tomatoes and my opinion fell into the same range.  Why use 90+ F%$#s when 10 will suffice. Some good gags but for every three that hit another five were missed.  I liked "Ted" but this wasn't as good.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS At least a college is more believable.....if you want believability in your comedies, that is.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Woodpappy @MercedesS  Saw a smiley, "happy" picture of Billy Bob Thornton in People magazine.  Afraid that after "Fargo" I won't be able to buy Billy Bob as a benevolent character again.  Reminds me of Anthony Perkins in "Psycho".

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC @Sam-A1  I know - I used to have flight attendant friends when I was younger and lived in apts, and now have a neighbor in my cul de sac who flies - and leaves her dog home alone for untenable lengths of time. She complains about how hard it is to get a seat anywhere near holidays, and her family is in Iowa. Still............

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC Add to that the cost of the fuel and we really cannot afford to take a trip more than once a month....especially when we can fly Delta for practically nothing at all.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC "Right before takeoff" involves the preflight check, refueling, and a bunch of stuff that takes about an hour.  Not dealing with the TSA is the best part.  We flew around some huge weather yesterday but I am not a nervous flyer.  I figure my husband knows what he is doing and he's always been a safety first kind of guy.  He is retiring in about a year and a half so we figured we'd go ahead and get our own airplane before we lost a regular paycheck.  It's kinda like when people buy an RV when they retire to drive around the country.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC The one caveat here is that I believe that every show below Idol on the list has either been cancelled or has announced its upcoming final season.