Posted: 10:00 am Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Orlando experience shutting down, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Smithson, ‘True Believer’ 

By Rodney Ho

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Singer Kelly Clarkson (R) and Brandon Blackstock attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

The Disney World Orlando “American Idol” experience is shutting down after five years, another obvious sign that the show’s popularity has basically nosedived.

More than 2,000 contestants have been able to audition for the regular”Idol’ series to date. The show will shut down in January. It opened in 2009. Each day, the winner among theme-show guests is given a “front of the line” ticket to an audition.

Finalists from this year who made it through the “experience” include Majesty Rose, Ben Briley & Emily Piriz.

More details here.

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Kelly Clarkson finally had her baby over the weekend. She really couldn’t wait. Her daughter’s name: River Rose Blackstock, She married Brandon Blackstock in October. More details here.

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Season 7 finalist Carly Smithson, who lived briefly in Atlanta at one point, will help pick singers during the cattle-call auditions in Minneapolis. This is the first time “Idol” has offered this job to a former “Idol” contestant. Details here.

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“Idol” will reward $50,000 to a “true believer” who convinced the 2015 winner to audition. Read more here.

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I was flipping through National Enquirer at Publix (don’t ask me why) and they claim “Idol” is bringing back the original judges. This despite the fact Keith Urban has already said he has signed on. Like I said, I read that in the National Enquirer. So this isn’t really news. It’s just what the National Enquirer wrote. And how often does anyone even reference the National Enquirer anymore?

74 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

New thread up.  Maybe the blog gremlin will behave on that one.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Wow...I finally am able to log in.  Had the spinning circle all morning long but no sign in.  Crazy !

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

and it just happened again with the post directly below!!!!!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes, I had one post this am just sit there with that little "donut" circling around and around! Finally copied it, left this place, came back in and pasted it and hit post , and it showed up. WEIRD!

Guess I'm looking fwd to "...Dome" starting. It's been awhile, but I remember finally getting to like it quite well, after a really slow start.

I can't figure out if I'm disappointed in "Falling Skies or not - such a weird, disjointed episode, especially for the first one in just about a year! Did not lead us watched gently into that show! Like jumping into a tub of ice water

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

There was an Under The Dome special on last night.  I wouldn't have known about it but my dvr is set to record all new episodes and I noticed that it was recording something.  I imagine the special was a "catch-up" kind of thing.  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: I'm now 2 behind on "24" - gotta get down to business with them.

Mondays are the "new Sundays", especially during the summer lull. AT least they're showing reruns of "Good Wife" and "Mentalist" still on CBS - I did miss some of them, so playing catch-up.

Wed & Thurs are the dullards of the summer, but at least I can watch a couple "Castle" episodes (again) on TNT, who runs "Castle" all night until 11 on both those nights. Always something nice to look at, no matter how many times I've seen the show.

MercedesS
MercedesS

"Tyrant" on FX tonight looks interesting in a "Not Without My Daughter" kind of way.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Good Morning!  Looks like rainy Tuesday. Gave "Last Ship" 5 minutes before I erased it.  What happened to the McSteamy guy? He sure bulked up (age?).  His face looked different from when I watched him on "GA" many moons ago (age? botox?).  Monday has now turned into the old Sunday for me - SIX shows I like to watch!  "Foyle" and "Banks" on PBS, "Major Crimes" and "Murder in the First" on TNT, "24" on Fox (I'm a bunch of episodes behind) and "Longmire" on A&E.  Now if only I had time to watch them all...

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

"Falling Skies" confused the he!! outta me, at least the first half. And it wasn't really explained all that well.

D: spoiler if you haven't seen it yet

Can't tell who's where, if they're all in the same place (other than Chinatown obviously). And I guess Chinatown and the whole scenario is imaginary, and the middle son is just dreaming via drugs, etc. Very weird show - I wish they'd been a bit better in letting the audience in on what was going on. Scary new alien stuff, however.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I am happy to hear that all 3 judges will be returning next season.  Nobody is perfect but these three were about the best we've had.  Cogent, interesting critiques combined with pleasant personalities and an effort not to put the contestants down with snide, uncalled for remarks i.e. Simon's unbelievably cruel comment to JHud about looking like a banana in the yellow dress or his insistence that one of the contestants(an obviously mentally challenged boy) looked like a bush baby. These judges stick with the business at hand, give constructive suggestions and seem to not be so apt to pick favorites(except for JLo and her love for Jena, of course)

Speaking of JLo(which apparently makes her very happy) rumors are around that she is having a fling with Maks from DWTS.


JTesla
JTesla

It's official, FOX will be bringing back the judges from last year.


*whew* I was really worried that we'd have to listen to Randy prattle on again.

DanJohn
DanJohn

I actually liked Rising Star. I understand the burnout that many feel towards singing competition shows but as G said the concept was sharp. No results show? Pretty refreshing IMO. You either make it or go home. I even thought Josh Groban was excellent and I thought going in he'd be a bore. Not only did he host but he mentored, lets see Ryan do that. LOL The judges were so-so. Brad Paisley & Kesha offered little but Ludacris was very good. The only thing that may hurt or could help the show is the Sunday night spot. Old fogies like myself might tune in and its possible the younger audience may although it would probably do better if school was in session. The show itself is different and refreshing something that both Idol and The Voice sorely need.  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Welcome Back to the Sweat Factory-ATL division, Mercedes! Wait for another review or 2 - I just didn't care for it, and especially for that guy's acting.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Back after nice visit with nephew and family in Des Moines.  Haven't had a chance to watch Sookie & co yet. Think I will erase Lost Ship without watching, after lukewarm response here.

G_
G_

I saw about the first hour of Rising Star.  I think the concept is interesting, but at the end of the day............it's just another singing competition.  I don't think the show is bad, but I'm burnt out on shows right now. Just a wild guess, but I don't think it gets renewed.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I have gotten the "powered by wordpress" crapola a number of times already this morning!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Rising Star was not good.  Brad Paisley tried hard to be Blake Shelton but couldn't pull it off.  Kesha's pink hair and baby doll dress were interesting but none of her commentary was.  Ludacris was ok.  Josh Groban(love the guy's voice) was no Ryan Seacrest but then, hardly anybody is.  He was also ok but seemed to flounder a few times.  The contestants all had backstories that seemed designed to garner votes and way too much time was spent chatting with them.

The concept is interesting.  I wonder if you can take back your "yes" vote if a singer starts hitting sour notes later in the performance.

I don't think I'll be watching it again

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I am a soccer fan.  Yesterday's game between the USA and Portugal was a nail-biter.  Often, during stoppage time, when a team is ahead, they will pull almost everyone back to cover defense.  Sometimes this works, often it doesn't and it is a strategy that I hate.  Putting almost everyone on defense allows one's opponent multiple chances to score.  While the end result was deflating, to say the least, the USA has proven to be a formidable team this year and they are being shown a lot more respect than in previous years.  

GO USA!!!!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I taped "FS", and hope to watch it tonight. The previews look stunning.

I tried "Last Ship" - doubt I'll revisit unless there is nothing else to watch. I didn't ever watch "Grays Anatomy", but know who "McSteamy" was. Well, all the steam seems to have escaped before he filmed "LS" - he's downright homely looking. Apparently he botoxes every inch of his face - not a single piece of flesh moved during the whole show. His face is like a spooky mask or rubber dolls face! EEEk! His acting - meh, but the lack of emotion might be contributed to the lack of facial movement.

I don't watch soccer, but happened to be going up the dial, and hit that channel it was on just as the other team made that tying goal at the end of the game. Sad for the US guys, hope it wasn't overconfidence that they'd already won the game.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Sunday night!  Why do the networks cram everything we might want to watch on Sunday night?

I watched Rising Star...for awhile.  I got really bored.  I taped True Blood, The Last Ship and Falling Skies.  I will catch up with FS later today and see if I'm going to be even remotely interested in The Last Ship sometime this week.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Happy birthday greetings, Rodney, from Iowa.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Have a great weekend all.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

RoHo: Hope you and the Missus have a wonderful trip and enjoy the concert greatly! Just hold tightly to your wallet!

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Off to New York today to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden for my 45th birthday! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Morning...Been gone for a few days.  Was hoping that Jersey Boys was a good flick.  Was thinking about going to see it.  Mercedes?

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I saw the Adam Levine tape, and loved that he specifically mentioned "We haven't produced a super star like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood". D, you're right - Blake S has exploded onto tv everywhere. Even doing a commercial now (can't remember the product, however). I'm not sure Gwen Stefani will help their cause any - I've never seen much personality from her. Shakira was adorable, from the little bit I watched of the show.

From the ads for "Jersey Boys", I don't think the guy playing Frankie V has a voice that sounds very much like FV's voice (not that I liked FV's voice all that much - I seemed to always like the songs that were sung by other guys, or at least in a more normal voice).

YaY - TGIF! Lucky Rickster, getting that extra day off.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Been reading the reviews of Jersey Boys and I am so disappointed!  Mercedes, did you hate it as much as the other critics?

Also, Adam Levine has said that The Voice may have a problem if it doesn't produce a superstar.  Frankly I think it already has produced a superstar: Blake Shelton!  He's everywhere!

Rickster_
Rickster_

 I'm outta here. Won't be back till Monday. Everyone have a great weekend.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Anyone interested in watching that new ABC show "Rising Star"? I may DVR the first episode this Sunday just to see how the gimmick works with the wall and live voting.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Happy Birthday to original Idol judge Paula Abdul, who turns 52 today.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Finally saw the season finale of Game of Thrones.  Very well done as usual.  There is so much more to come!



MercedesS
MercedesS

Some people think that love means always having to have that crazy feeling you have at the beginning of a romance.  It's been proven to last no longer than 18 months... and out of it REAL love is supposed to grow.  

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1  Anything I attempt to say gets a red flag!!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 My dvr recorded a "sneak peek" episode before the season opener.  Maybe that caught us up.  Haven't watched it yet but looking forward to it.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC  I didn't get a chance to see it last night, thanks for the info .

G_
G_

@DeirdreC


Never thought a Tie would hurt this much.  That was the last shot of the game.  uuuggghh

MercedesS
MercedesS

Sorry , WP, missed screening. Mixed reviews. Liked "The Drover", though. Dystopian drama set in Australian desert . Good perfs from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattison, handsome leading men uglified.

JTesla
JTesla

@RodneyHo Looking forward to hearing about it, but Hell's Kitchen, Sing your Face Off, Riot, and the last two episodes of Cosmos on DVR are toooo much television for me.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@RodneyHo Ummmmm.... nope. Sorry. 


I'll be watching the special Sunday night episode of AGT.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@Rickster_ For some reason, I'd have thought she was older than that.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@MercedesS JLo is starting to remind me of that dreadful Hall & Oates song "Maneater"

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 @Rickster_ Like they say about cars... "Its not the years, it's the mileage." 

Paula's had some rough miles.