Posted: 3:20 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Ryan Seacrest, all judges coming back, tepid tour sales 

By Rodney Ho

Fox finally confirmed what we’ve known for weeks: the entire season 13 “American Idol” judges panel and host will be back for season 14.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr, on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, April 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET / PT) on FOX.  CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr, on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, April 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET / PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

For the loyalists we have on this blog, we mostly agree that this is the best judges’ panel “Idol’ has ever had in terms of quality and chemistry. Too bad they didn’t put Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. together, say, three years ago. Now, hardly anybody cares. But the producers decided not to mess with a solid formula.

And Ryan Seacrest is back, of course. He, like many of us, is sticking with this show til the bitter end.

After the mere 2,000 showed up to Minneapolis auditions last week, New Orleans is next later this week.

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Speaking of Seacrest, he has signed on to host CBS’s live special “Fashion Rocks’ to dovetail with his Macy’s Fashion line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction collection, which will include tailored suits and accessories, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

I’m surprised it took him this long to get into clothing given his metrosexual ways.

What’s notable is he is now connected with all four major networks. He works with NBCUniversal and E! for red-carpet events. He hosts the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC. And then there’s “Idol” on Fox.  He is no longer doing “Today” show work. Something had to give!

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CHART UPDATE

Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire” has peaked at No. 7 on the Mediabase 24/7 AC charts and has fallen to 13. Daughtry‘s “Battleships” is stuck at 34.

Jennifer Hudson’s “Walk It Out” is at 29 and not showing much upward momentum on the urban chart. It’s at 24 on the urban AC chart.

The Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood duet “Somethin’ Bad” is up to 26 on the country chart. Scotty McCreery’s ‘Feelin’ It” is struggling at 43 but still gaining airplay.

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If you give a maximum of $5,200 to Clay Aiken‘s long-shot North Carolina Congressional campaign, he will record a personal song for you, according to the News and Observer.

The personalized recording comes on an autographed CD with a handwritten note from Aiken, who finished runner-up on the reality TV show in 2003.

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The “American Idol” live tour starts tonight at Binghamton. They stop July 24 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. How soft is demand this year? I was able to access SIXTH row seats on Ticketmaster at regular price just a few minutes ago. Yikes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

105 comments
JTesla
JTesla

I would agree to Lee being the worst, my pick second worst would be Fantasia. Even now when I watch her version of "Summertime" I don't hear what the fuss is all about. I don't like the sound of her voice. There were several people that season that should have won, she got it by simply outlasting the earlier than expected elimination of others.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

For me, Lee D is only #2 worst.

The worst Idol EVER for me was always and always will be the F-word. And all the raves about her "Summertime" - just don't get it at all. She always had a whiny, lispy, thick-tongued voice that was, at least to my household, worse that chalk on an old blackboard, or players shoes squeaking on a basketball court. None of my friends or coworkers at the time who used to watch the show could stand to hear her voice either. Not until I came upon this little "home for Idol fans", did I ever hear of anyone who remotely liked her singing.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

OK, assuming we all agree that Lee Dewyze is the worst winner ever on Idol, lets(for lack of anything better to do)pick who we think is the second worst winner and why.  Rules: you must base your opinion on the winners' Idol performances, not what they have done since Idol.  

I'm going with Scotty McCreery.   I like him and think he is very talented but he's also very one-note imo, singing basically the same song no matter what song it is.  And he sings a style of country that is too country for me.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Yes, it would be nice to move up

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: I play Solitaire on my pad if I get stirred up by a tv show, ie "24","WD", et al - calms me down to get into bed.

Wish Kelly would release some pix of her little girl so we could get moved to the front page! Guess at least Phillip 2 performing on the 4th might get us up front.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I got nothin'!  I was so exhausted after yesterday's game(I paced for the full 120 minutes)that I made myself a Grey Goose and tonic,  ate dinner, turned on Big Bang Theory reruns and did a crossword puzzle on my ipad until bedtime.  I'm hoping to be a bit more productive today! Time will tell.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

USA loses a heartbreaker to a team with much better skills but way less heart.  Thank you, guys for an exciting World Cup!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

And now we've moved to page 3

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Now you've really made me sad!! At least I'm going Thurs early am up to Highlands, NC - and hoping the weather is at least 10° cooler! And no rain - last year it rained the whole time.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

I guess so.  Probably everyone is at the beach enjoying vacation except us few. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Hi, Woodpappy! Looks like nobody has much to add!  A thoroughly boring day at the blog.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Hello Folks......nothing to add today I don't think.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: Not a fan, so it won't spoil anything for me. The guys will have the kitchen tv on anyway, and it's just down the hall from me.

I have one Comcast DVR, and have not had that particular problem - every other conceivable one, but not failing to record HD. When you try to reverse or ff - it goes way past the point you want to stop - drives me nuts. and sometimes with the menu up, and going thru the channels in regular, the menu screen suddenly jumps to the HD numbers. Your problem is probably the dvrs, because it seems that problem would be system-wide, but who knows with those clowns.

I totally forgot "Dome" - will have to catch on demand.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

Last night my dvr refused to tape any HD channels.  I had to switch it over to the regular channels to tape Under the Dome.  Don't know what happened but since I have 2 set top dvrs from Comcast and both of them refused to tape HD channels, I assume it is Comcast's problem.  I haven't checked to see if it is fixed yet.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Watching World Cup this afternoon.  Any soccer fans out there, let me know if you don't want me to "spoil" tomorrow's USA vs Belgium game.  I realized after I "spoiled" the last USA result that I probably shouldn't have.

I will tape Under the Dome tonight.  Not sure I will stick with it although I got kind of engrossed last season.  I don't like most of the actors.  Hank from Breaking Bad is good but the rest of the cast has been pretty mediocre so far.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Welcome, "13 listeners", to the "Sam & JTesla Show"!

C'mon, somebody chime in here and give us a new topic to dissect.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Funny, I have a hard time thinking of John B in SciFi - a few years ago, I watched a few episodes of a Brit show called "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria" where John was the "Ryan" and Andrew Lloyd Webber was trying to cast a new Maria for a Brit stage production of "Sound of Music" - John was all smiley and jokey (and I must say a little bit snarky) around all the young girls (and yet I thought he was gay, but maybe because he acted so "slick", if that makes any sense).

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Torchwood is what I was thinking of!  It was a strange show - never knew when some strange alien creature would pop up. I watched a few of them - didn't get caught up enough to stay too long. Probably should have given it a longer chance. I do like my alien shows.

I've seen previews for some new shows on FX that look kind of promising. Just never think about that station!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

JT: Was John Barrowman one of the many Dr Who's? I know there've been several actors in the role, and I know John B has been in some SciFi BBC show. Just not sure which one. BBC has so many!

I've been seeing previews for a show starting, I think, in August - called "Stalker" - looks really scary. I don't recall which channel, but I think it's one of the "Big 3" networks.

JTesla
JTesla

1)Doctor Who, my favorite series of all time. I have watched episodes multiple times and will continue to do so. I’ve even gotten my daughter hooked on it. I've also come to enjoy the 13 episode seasons.

2) Hell’s Kitchen, a guilty pleasure. It’s the same formula every year, but I never tire of it.

3)Elementary, I don’t know what it is about this show that draws me in. Perhaps it’s that it breaks the mold of crime-drama’s that have gotten very stale for me.

4)American Idol, I have to be honest, I’m getting bored with it. I’ve just seen too much of it, and changing things up will only make things worse. I’m looking forward to next season, but I’ll continue to miss an episode or two and not feel like I really missed anything (as I did last season).

5) Sing your face off, I find it to be very entertaining, but my guess is that it will not be on again. John Barrowman is a great host, but the format of having two one hour shows a night tells me that the network is trying to get it off the air quickly.

6) Big Bang Theory: I never watch new episodes, but I do watch portions of re-runs. Yes, only portions, but it's quite enjoyable.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

10 shows a season will make it easy to catch up!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes, due to the total dearth of anything to watch last night (how different from "the season" when we all complain about too much on Sunday nights!), I ended up watching "Last Ship" again - and I have to say the 2nd show was much better than the first. Not great by any means, but a lot more 'watchable'. "McSteamy" is still deflated (no steam left), but he managed to get the only part of his face that moves now, the bottom lip and jaw, going enough that he actually got a couple of furrows in his forehead during a particularly dramatic scene! So, you might want to watch #2 on demand and see if you like it any better.

I guess "Orphan Black" had it's season ender last week, and didn't mention it. Imagine my surprise when I went to BBC at 9 Saturday night, and it was not there. Went "on demand" and saw that there were only 10 shows last time, and last week was the 10th show of season 2. Now I'm very disappointed that it's over for months! Seems like there were only 5 or 6 shows - I can't believe I've already watched 10!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I watch almost none of the shows on either list. Just don't get into the "....Anarchy" kind of stuff, et al. I like either "dead serious" or "light and enjoyable" that put a smile on my face. My faves  are probably lightweight up to the other two lists, but they're shows I love to watch:

1  Castle - witty, sweet, serious - can make me cry or laugh out loud. Always enjoy it. Love Nathan F!

2  Walking Dead - Scary, maddening, poignant, sad - really good characters that you actually care about, and good acting as well. Spend a lot of time yelling to the tv "don't do that!" or "don't open it!"

3  Downton Abbey - great acting, gorgeous to look at, sad, witty, excellent writing - Preston Sturgess meets Jane Austin.

4  Orphan Black - 44 you are so right about Tatiana - she is unbelievable. How she can keep all the characters she plays straight in her mind is amazing. Story get a little bit wonky and hard to follow sometimes, but its worth the watch.

5  Major Crimes - loved the original "The Closer", and keeping the whole cast (save "Brenda") was genius.    Entertaining every time. Love the two "gray hairs", especially Provenza.

6  Pretty Little Liars - as convoluted as any show on tv - keeps me guessing every week. Can get scary too.

7  Good Wife - great acting and great storyline - keeps you wondering what will happen next - they actually killed off the MAIN male star this season - I was totally shocked.

8  Sleepy Hollow - a BIG surprise this past season - I love this show. Can be funny and still scare the crap outta you in the same show.

9  Mentalist - I still enjoy watching "Jane" play his mind games with the guilty parties.

10 Will just put Idol in here out of love and respect for it's glory years (the first 6 or 7 seasons)

Special Mention to "Falling Skies" - quite good alien mayhem

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Both Phillip Phillips and Jordin Sparks will be performing at the Capitol Fourth airing on GPB this Friday evening.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

I enjoyed McCovey's list of favorite current shows so much that I started thinking about what my list would look like.  I discovered that I can't list 10.  And one of my choices, while still on the air, is old!  I guess I don't watch as much tv as I thought I did.

1. Game of Thrones:  This show is a masterpiece.  While it is following the general plot lines of the series of books, it often gets places by going different directions.  Gruesome and funny, I wouldn't miss it!

2. Big Bang Theory:  When nothing else is on TV, I turn on the reruns of this sitcom because it always makes me laugh. New episodes usually have me rolling on the floor.

3. Walking Dead:  This show is not perfect but it is soooo engrossing.  Each character brings something interesting to the story and each storyline has me questioning what I might do in those circumstances. 

4. American Idol: yes, I know it is a dying show.  Yes, I know there are far more up to date versions elsewhere but AI is the daddy of all singing contests, it still pleases me even when I'm annoyed by the singers or the judges or the band.  I just like it.

5. True Blood:  In its last season, this show still entertains me.  Sookie and Bill and Eric have been a "pleasant" diversion.  It's a vampire(and werewolf) tale that is always fun.

6. House of Cards:  Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are the 2 scariest people on TV.  And that statement comes from a person who likes to watch vampires and aliens.  While season 2 may have been slightly over the top, the series always makes you feel like this might actually be the way Washington works....heaven help us all!

7. Grey's Anatomy:  I'm just about ready for this show to end but they always manage one or two very interesting plots and characters to keep me engaged.

8. Downton Abbey:  This show is just soap opera fun...at least, that's how it started out.  It may be getting a little thin in the plot and they've already traveled through 2 decades.  Shouldn't everybody look a lot older?


That's it.  I want to start watching Mad Men and Orange is the New Black on Netflix.  I have seen 2 episodes of Fargo and really liked it, too.

McCovey44
McCovey44

I was asked to guest on another writer's blog.  The topic was "Favorite Current TV Shows and Why?"  The long whys won't fit on here but here are the shows.  It's the slow season here.


1. Mad Men: Nothing surprises me more week to week or season to season than Mad Men. It's drama, history, comedy and just off-beat enough to make me go, "What?" 


2.) Sons of Anarchy: Hamlet on bikes. SOA is an extraordinarily violent show yet, for the number of gruesome deaths that have occurred I am often surprised by them. Jax Teller is a tortured soul. Part of him would dearly love to go straight (or what the club would consider straight. I mean there would still be prostitution. Come on!)


3.) Fargo: The movie was one of my Top Ten ever. Could the series capture the tone? As the folks in the far North would say, "O Jeez, you betcha'" Season One was short, bloody and quirky. I can't wait for Season Two. "Based on a true story" gives this one extra juice as well. I'm big on that.


4.) The Americans: Only those of us who were of age in the 80's may be able to grasp the realism of this show about Soviet spies embedded in Washington D.C. in the 80s. 


5.) Orphan Black: Cloning. How much can be done? How much is already being done? What will the bad guys do when they figure it out? Just who are the bad guys anyway? This is a good show but the reason it should make everyone's Top Ten is because of the lead actress. Tatiana Maslany is masterful as she plays in virtually every scene as one or more of the subjects of the grand experiment. BBC America has a keeper in Orphan Black.


6.) Veep: This is my biggest regret in not having HBO anymore. Politicians tend to come off as stuffy ideologues in real life. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss portrays the Vice President of the United States (along with her staff) as vain, power hungry and well on the road to mucking up the country entirely.


7.) Big Bang Theory: The only conventional sitcom on the list, but I haven't yet watched an episode without laughing out loud at least once. At the beginning there was a fair amount of nerd v. pretty girl stereotyping but as the show has aged it has stirred all of that up until the characters have grown levels and shades you wouldn't have imagined at the beginning


8.) Family Guy: A few year ago this animation from Seth MacFarlane's team would have been 5th or 6th but it is still Top Ten. It surprises every Sunday night.


9) Justified: What sets "Justified" apart is the almost Shakespearean script. No tobaccy chewin' half grunts as sentences when Raylen talks to Boyd Crowder. There is a portrait of many colors in those lines. I love the English language and "Justified loves it just as much.


10.) American Idol: Guilty pleasure. I can't help it. I pick a favorite or two, root for them, occasionally vote for them, argue with my wife about them, and argue with others about them too. Almost no one (relative to earlier years) is watching any more but I am, to the bitter end. 


Near misses, in no particular order.


Nashville which was more interesting when it was more about the inside workings of the music industry and less soap operatic. There are some quality singers on here, though. Hayden Panatierre is the best.


South Park which was Top Three when it first came out but as the kids have gotten older and even more profane and gross it has faded for me a little. Surprises? Umm yeah.


Portlandia which is more meaningful to those of us who have lived in and around Portland for years. Trust me, folks. This thing isn't that far off from being a documentary.


Modern Family.  Two words.  Phil Dunphy

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

closing off for the weekend. (still stuck here till 5 - but so quiet around here, don't guess I'll miss much!) Till Monday morning. Good weekend all.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: for the past couple days, I've had no trouble. Now that I've stated it, all the gremlins will attack me for my next post!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Ha!  Now I see not everything on the previous post made it. 


PS. What's with jumpy ads on left telling me I MUST "update" with "them" if I want to connect to blog??

MercedesS
MercedesS

I swear, if you don't see my name here anymore, it's not that I don't have anything to say, but a) it's so dang hard to GET ON the blog (the lates excuse is "long-running script problem with web page) and b) innocuous comments are either red-flagged or frozen. I love Rodney, the Idol Blog, and all the Idolers here, even the trolls.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I've been trying to find something from my favorite non-winner Melinda Doolittle(probably the 2nd or 3rd best voice ever on Idol) but all her stuff on youtube is old.  I know she's working so I have to assume her people are blocking amateur videos.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

He's SOOOO Gorgeous, and so talented to boot. I adore him - wish he'd turn up on tv sometimes. His wife is a lucky lady!

Thanks D for posting this!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 Agree!  Page 3 is a pain in the behind!  I would take just about anything as an excuse to move to the first page.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC  GOOD GRIEF!!!! Haven't checked shows from yesterday yet - set  to record... mndy is the new Sudy

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC I get alerts from 2 aps on my phone regarding all the games, so for me you can't spoil it.

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-A1 In Doctor Who and Torchwood he's a very carefree character. He starts as a smooth scoundrel type of guy that has some of the series best lines.

By the way, John is gay, I had to let me wife know that during Sing your face off.

JTesla
JTesla

@Sam-1 He wasn't the Doctor, but a companion. So you have the show correct. His character even had a spin-off titled "Torchwood" which was also a pretty good show.

JTesla
JTesla

And yes, I could only come up with 5 shows and portions of a 6th.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC You are correct! And to anyone who's never seen the show, but can get BBC, and likes a rather complicated plotline and good acting, this is the show for you.

The star, Tatiana Maslany, plays a half dozen different roles, and each to perfection, in each episode. She's won the "Critic's Award" for best actress in a tv drama the past two years (the show was just last week, when she won the latest).

It's  bit complicated, because it's

a)  on BBC

b)  filmed in Canada and by Canadians for US audiences

c) supposed to be in USA

d)  several characters have Brit accents

Took me awhile to get that all sorted out.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1  How could I forget DA, OB and MC!  And Mentalist! Thanks, Sam! Of the "new" shows, I like "Motive" and "Unforgettable."  Started watching "Tyrant" and stopped midway.  We could see where it was heading, and it didn't look pleasant at the halfway mark.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@McCovey44  I obviously am not watching enough TV - I've only seen 3 of your posted shows! (Idol, Veep and Fargo).  Where's "Nurse Jackie", though? "Broadchurch"? "Foyle's War"? "True Detective"?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@McCovey44 Great post, McCovey!  Thanks.  I think I will compile a list for Monday morning. The shows have to be current, right? so I can't include Breaking Bad?   Ok, I'm on it!.

JTesla
JTesla

Pay no attention to the ads, they won't make your life any easier.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@MercedesS I am equally frustrated with you about these issues. I wish I could do something about it!

McCovey44
McCovey44

@MercedesS @McCovey44 I saw one Broadchurch and may have gotten into it if I had seen more.  True Detective was really good but its not current.