Posted: 11:35 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Dexter Roberts disappearance from tour, Taylor Hicks, Clay Aiken 

By Rodney Ho

Dexter Roberts is off the "Idols Live" tour with no explanation. CREDIT: Fox

Dexter Roberts is off the “Idols Live” tour with no explanation. CREDIT: Fox

Where is Dexter Roberts?

He did four “Idol Live” tour shows, then disappeared, last seen July 1.

The Alabama singer, who finished seventh,  left under mysterious circumstances. This story wonders if perhaps he was sick but he’s been seen around Alabama not looking so sick.

I did just receive at least a confirmation that he’s out but it doesn’t explain what happened behind the scenes:

“Both parties mutually agreed that he would be released from his contractual obligations to continue performing on the tour,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

I’m not clear if Dexter’s departure will really hurt the show in a grand way. He was hardly my favorite. I actually preferred Ben Briley, who finished 11th.

The show’s popularity – or lack thereof – has clearly impacted the tour itself, which is in smaller venues than in the past. There are 40 total cities, up from 30 last year, when a quarter of the dates were straight out cancelled. There is no live band for the first time  – just backing tracks. That’s a major minus.

On July 24, the show will come to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for the first time after many years at Gwinnett Arena. In Atlanta’s case, Verizon could fit 12,000 people, including 7,000 seats. Gwinnett Arena could fit up to 13,000 but was fitted for far less last year.

How is attendance so far for shows? I’m not sure. I haven’t seen numbers. I bet it’s doing better than last year, which was apparently a major disaster but certainly not as well as 2012.  I wasn’t able to access the tickets here so I can’t tell how well tickets are selling locally. (There were plenty of great seats a month ago.) On Stubhub right now, you can currently buy two tickets below cost, believe it or not, and the markup for others are not very high at all.

Wikipedia has the entire set list from the early dates which included Roberts’ songs.

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The “American Idol” bus tour for season 14 auditions is hitting smaller cities, including  Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday. It was in Richmond this past Tuesday, Elliot Yamin’s hometown.

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Taylor Hicks returns to metro Atlanta just a few weeks after his July 4th Centennial Olympic Park celebration appearance, this time at Westside Cultural Center, which he helped open last year. 

He will do a Habitat for Humanity charity concert there August 22 called Hicks for Habitat. You can buy tickets here. Unfortunately, I’m going to be out of town.

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Clay Aiken raised $450,000 during the second quarter for his long-shot campaign to unseat Rep. Renee Ellmers  in North Carolina.  Details here.

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Kelly Clarkson showed up on “Idol” in 2002 with some clothing design ideas before she began singing. She is funneling those ambitions to her baby with a line of onesies.

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Carrie Underwood’s promo for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” theme song hits movie theaters Sunday.

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Adam Lambert is getting good reviews for his lead role on the Queen tour, which is unfortunately not coming to Atlanta.

67 comments
Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Chloe did look terrible in this series! Are you thinking like me - that another series of "24" is just around the corner? No way they planned to end the whole shebang like that!  I was surprised by Audrey too.

William DeVane is not an attractive dude, but he's very good in everything he does! Even believable years ago in "Knots Landing" when he, in his 50's, was the romance interest for the extremely young (and gorgeous at that time) Nicolette Sheridan. Their storyline was scintillating!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Just finished my last 24 episode... dang, Audrey! At least she didn't have to know about her weaselly husband. William Devane was terrific as the Prez. Glad for the day later so Chgloe could wash off that horrible eye makeup.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: The end episode (I think you have only the last one left - the BF got shot in next to last show) has some big surprises. And they've definitely left it open-ended for another go-round! Let me know when you've seen the last one. We can discuss then all the craziness that happened.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Has anyone commented on Dexter departure from the Idol tour? Seems he won't be issed. 

MercedesS
MercedesS

Samm, I thibkj it was you who got me hooked on this season's 24-  one of the best ever! Have two epodes left. Chloe's bad b-f has just been shot. Of course, casting Michael Wincott was a giveaway from the start. He's always the baddie. 

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I hope to watch last night's tonight. Apparently, next seaon will be the last one - hate to see it go - summer is a lonely time for a true tv watcher!  The previews for tonight look frightening.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Looks like your typing problems stopped in the middle of your post.  

Looking forward to Project Runway as well.  It's a fun show.  I always tape it so I can get to the runway part quickly.  Not all that interested in the sewing room drama.

Sam, I have almost caught up with FS.  Just finished the escape episode.  Last week's and last night's episodes are left on the dvr.  I will try to get to them this afternoon.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Mercedes, proud of your Vicoy, I think, if I read it correctly.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Vicoy ! Victory ... but it coes (becomes) vicoy uless I slow down y typing. Cn u sl rd ths?

Read more rect post that rojec Rnwreturn tis week. ECT RUNWAY PROJECT Runway I said. Grrrr.

That's the only reality show I watch except for Idol. Love them both; both are about talent I admire ... and don't have.


Last night we watched the season ender of "Endeavour" - which ended on a deeply unsatisfying hook: young Morse is thrown in jail for murder and favorite character is shot! Am I supposed to wait a whole year to find out what happens next? The show is fabulous: If you're familiar with Colin Dexter's TV hero "Morse", "Endeavour", which is Morse's first name, shows how the detective got his start at police work, in the 1960s.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: I've liked Chris Evans since I saw a movie he made with Kim Basinger a few years ago, called "Cellular" - it was a really good, scary movie with William H Macy (enough said!). His eyes are totally gorgeous - crystal clear turquoise blue - a bit like Bradley Cooper's gorgeous eyes.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

We watched Snowpiercer.  I'm not too sure how to describe it.  The concept is good, the visuals are very good, the story is good.  You know how badly George Lucas writes dialog?  Well, this guy writes better dialog but not great.  Sometimes the conversations seem stilted or out of context to what is happening.  It's a very stylized movie and I recommend it.  

Re Chris Evans(aka Captain America):  of all the Avengers, I would say he is the dorkiest and least attractive of the guys.  I have never seen the attraction that some people have in him until Snowpiercer.  In the movie, he plays a rebel who is filthy dirty, is dressed in dark, ragged clothing, is bearded and generally a mess.  All you can really see most of the time is his eyes.  Those eyes haunt you.  The desolation, the hopelessness, the years of misery are all transmitted through his eyes.  It's an action flick but, even during the most bloody sequences(and there are quite a few) those eyes still manage to capture your attention.  I don't know if that was deliberate on the director's part but, if it was, it was a stroke of genius.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

When asked about American Idol, Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice said this: “We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public." 

This must be why he gets paid the big bucks because, as much as we talk about the judges and the band and the production values(how many times can we look at JLo while one contestant is singing?) the real problem has been the contestants..  They HAVE to do better to survive and, even with another Kelly, Carrie and Sanjaya in the mix, the show will probably still fail.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I too loved James Garner, a tall handsome rascal of a charmer.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

RIP James Garner.  I loved his on screen persona and he was my favorite Maverick brother.  Sad.

GeoffCoe
GeoffCoe

RoHo, thanks for the update on the summer tour.  Major misstep not to have a live band: Without one, it's like paying a cover to go to a really good karaoke bar.
As for the smaller cities: I'll bet it could still fill whatever they've got for a performance venue in Slapout. 


MercedesS
MercedesS

Can't recommend any of the movies opening today in Atlanta. Didn't see "Sex Tape" but trusted friends tell me it's worse than "Tammy".

MercedesS
MercedesS

Ha! Got through on my handheld! The slow typing problem - check. Wordpress problem - check.

As I s rolled through stuff and read about Gena - forgot spelling now - I had a small brain freeze... Who won Idol thus year? I know it was a big burly guy who screamed a lot but I can't remember his name. Jake? Jesse?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Sometimes, when I get the "powered by wordpress" thingy, I switch the way I'm trying to get on.  If I've just been clicking my bookmark for the blog, I will go to ajc.com instead and scroll down to the link to Rodney's blog and try that.  Sometimes it works.

It is really difficult to understand why some computers have little problem and others have major problems.  It doesn't seem to have much to do with the server you are using or even the type of computer.  We know that Mercedes has it the worst.  Nothing seems to work for her and I imagine she has all sorts of security blocks on her computer that causes the problem.  For the rest of us, the degree of annoying problems seems to vary.  I usually have very few problems aside from the "powered by wordpress" thing and the need to sign in regularly.  Others seem to have problems signing in intermittently.

It's just weird, especially since wordpress has been around a long time and should have worked this all out by now.  I'm thinking that the tech people at the ajc are the problem.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I am all caught up on True Blood now.  Sad!  They are definitely wrapping up the series.  

Still haven't gotten to Falling Skies but that will happen over the weekend.  I have Dome on the dvr but seem reluctant to watch it.  One more episode of The Leftovers and I will be all caught up with that, too.

I have noticed that the movie Snowpiercer(which apparently is too artsy for the boondocks) has appeared on On Demand.  I will probably watch that this weekend.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

I thought that Jena Irene was the contestant who most improved over the season of IDOL.  Hope she has a long career in the biz.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

D: I was 'unlogged in' yesterday as well, but it would NOT open to let me re-log-in. It was crazy and very frustrating. Hope Mercedes doesn't have the same problems we encountered yesterday, or we may never again hear from her.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

It's easy for the ajc to blame wordpress and wordpress to blame the ajc.  That's why nothing gets done.  While Sam was locked out, I discovered that I had to sign in every time I clicked on.  I don't know what they're doing but they need to stop!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I was totally shut out re posting late yesterday afternoon. 

I saw, while flipping thru the channels a couple weeks ago, a girl on that singing show with the wall up that looked exactly (and I mean exactly) like Jena after she cut her bangs. I stopped for a minute to see if it was her, but the cut to a commercial, and I moved on. I'm telling you she was a doppelganger for Jena.

Guys, yesterday's AJC had a link with pix of Kellie P in a bikini on the beach. I didn't open it, but tried to post the line for you fellas - but as I said earlier, I was totally locked outta here.

Oh, and TGIF!

McCovey44
McCovey44

I read Rodney's blurb about Carrie's Sunday Night Football promo and read it "Porno."  I feel dirty.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Just spoke with Jena Irene in advance of the tour coming to Atlanta. I know the regulars weren't keen fans of her but she did a good job and I respect her ability to listen to the judges and improve. She was sweet, just turned 18, seems very focused on trying to do well in a tough business.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Better late than never I guess.  Thanks Rodney for the new thread.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Thanks for the info, RoHo - good to know it's not just me, but I do feel for everyone else (well not everyone else - a couple from yesterday with all those complaints - hard to miss them).

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Only took me an hour to get that post to go! Knew when I bragged earlier that I wasn't having any trouble, it would come lookin for me!!!!!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Kelly's little girl is a doll.

In the Oh boy moment today, Russia has apparKently brought a Malasian airliner down with a missile in Ukrane. Almost 300 dead - appears some Americans aboard. Here we go yet again!

JTesla
JTesla

Thanks Deiliah for trying to be less zealous in your attack against anything that you may have viewed as a slight against Taylor. It's appreciated.

JTesla
JTesla

Dexter who?

That was my slow type, this is how it turns out at normal typing speed:

Dter o?

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC  No, I just slowed down.  Pecking with one finger. The middle.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 When my younger son was Mr Hollywood, he knew Chris Evan's then girl friend and often hung out with them when a bunch of their friends went out together.  He says he's a really nice guy.

GeoffCoe
GeoffCoe

ps:No sign-in needed to post this.  Didn't even occur to me until I read the litany of complaints below.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS I guess I lied about only having to sign in once today.  I just had to sign in for this.

Have you seen Snowpiercer yet?  We are watching it On Demand tonight.  It's the ONLY movie I have wanted to see so far this summer.  Don't know if it's just me or the dearth of movies that interest me.

JTesla
JTesla

I only need to sign in once a day, and rarely get the blank page. The thing that is starting to annoy me has to do with typing. I'll type and the system will sometimes only register a few of the letters, so at those times I have to slow it down for each letter to show up and if a letter doesn't show up I have to hit that key again.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@DeirdreC I don't need to sign in every day anymore which is a big improvement. I get the "powered by wordpress" blank page, too. This is probably not Wordpress but our Medley system and this third party commenting system trying to coordinate with Wordpress. It's three different operations attempting to work together and I suspect there are issues there.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Woodpappy I agree with you on that, Wp.  I was not a fan of her voice but she worked hard and got the attention she deserved for her efforts.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC Every time I tried to log in yesterday all I got was the "wordpress logo:.

JTesla
JTesla

@RodneyHo I look forward to reading the interview.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Sam-A1 I rarely have problems but then again, I am the administrator.

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Sam-A1 This whole commenting system is so screwed up. I wish I knew why.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 Russia says rebels shot it down. Ukraine says Russia did.  Will we ever know the truth? I am happy to not be traveling in that part of the world!

JTesla
JTesla

No plans to fly  Malaysia Airlines anytime soon. Not a banner year for them.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@JTesla I've been getting the typing thing for months - not every day, but often enough. Just decides to drop some of the letters I'm typing. Drives me nuts!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla So weird.  I never have the typing problem.  I get the blank page at least once a day and for the last 3 days I've had to sign in every time.  Today, I only had to sign in this morning.  And for 2 straight weeks before I went to San Jose, I never had to sign in at all.

If it was consistent, you might be able to figure out a back way in but it tries to surprise me everyday with something new.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Sam-A1 @JTesla  I have to sign in every time I comment, all day long.  I always get the wordpress at least 4 times a day.  Very frustrating indeed. Never have had any problems with typing tho...