Posted: 4:21 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: season 14 auditions with judges begin 

By Rodney Ho

A contestant in Nashville gets to slow dance with Jennifer Lopez in a scene we'll likely see on Fox in five months. CREDIT: Fox

A contestant in Nashville gets to slow dance with Jennifer Lopez in a scene we’ll likely see on Fox in five months. CREDIT: Fox

Harry, Jennifer and Keith showed up in Nashville earlier this week for the first audition site for season 14.

The season 13 contestants are still on tour and already, season 14 is a mere five months away. And “Idol” has released video from the season at the earliest possible moment I’ve ever seen. A contestant ends up slow dancing with J. Lo to the latest torch song by Sam Smith “Stay With Me.” I have a feeling we’ll be hearing that song a few times come January.

The judges talked to press after day one and Harry Connick Jr. was blunt about the talent just being good, not great. “What you really want at the end of the day is to go back to the hotel, and say to each other, ‘You know what, that kid, the one with the purple hair, that kid was amazing.’ You want to get excited,” he told People.

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People also talked to Ryan Seacrest about his new line of clothing.

“The fun part for me is getting to put on a great suit,” Seacrest told PEOPLE about putting together the new collection. “I look forward to that every night I host Idol, I love putting on a great suit to go out to dinner, I like wearing them to work. It’s all about putting it on and feeling that sense of confidence you have when you put on something you feel good in.”

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PopMatters put together a nice compilation of Michael Johns music. As most of you probably know by now, the season 7 finalist and former Buckhead denizen died this past Saturday. His friends here are still planning a Tin Roof Cantina gathering to commemorate him later this month.

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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are set to host the CMA Awards for a seventh consecutive year on Nov. 5, airing on ABC.

Paisley just released a song “High Life” where he alludes to a copyright violation lawsuit against the writers of his song “Remind Me” (a duet with Underwood.) He even references her name in the song. Underwood provides some background to the song:

 

85 comments
MercedesS
MercedesS

Too much good programming out there, D. - hard to keep up with it all.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Guess I'll get outta here for the evening - tired of typing stuff over and over because some letters get dropped - but I cannot believe it - no trouble with this one post - first time today, or even this week! Good evening all.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

JLO has been enjoying the "youngsters" for awhile.  I think she has set her top 'boy toy' age limit at 25.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Is it just me or is J-Lo enjoying that dance just a bit too much?

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Mercedes, we just started watching Homeland.  I'm not sure why we never paid any attention to it when it first came out.  It is very good...no Breaking Bad but good.

MercedesS
MercedesS

DId anyone watch "The Knick"? Recorded, but haven't had time to watch yet. Clive Owen ought t be worth it. In my house we enjoyed "Outlander".

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I was just sitting outside with my last cup of coffee this morning.  Gotta love low humidity!  

Sam, I watched FS yesterday.  SPOILER ALERT FOR FALLING SKIES: Am I crazy or did Hal basically give Maggie to his brother?  

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

WoodP:  I say YES to that weather prognostication!!!!!

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Let's see...In finding something more pleasant, I'm happy that IDOL is coming back for yet another season and....I'm happy that it is not so hot outside for the next few days with LOW humidity here in Jawja.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I'm ready to find something more pleasant - and hope LB is the last of the string. And, wow was she gorgeous when she was young!

MercedesS
MercedesS

Let's hope that was it for a while. And that Ms.Bacall was the third in the string,

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

This blog needs to stop talking about death.  First Harriett, then Nana, Michael Johns then Robin Williams. Then there's Idol's slow death.   I don't know about the rest of you but I've had enough for awhile.  I need a break.  Selfish, I know but......

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Crap - Robin W hanged himself - that is not a good way to present this tragedy to your family! I can not imagine the trauma that discovery would cause some poor soul who walked into that room! Not that theres any really 'good' way to do this horrible act.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Kelly actually was the guest star playing herself in an episode of his new show last year, that was not renewed for this coming season, possibly one reason for his deepening depression.

And yes, Kristie McNichol did have some severe depression problems, and spent a good deal of time in rehab trying to overcome them. Sadly she mostly gave up acting. She was a really good young actress, starring in the wonderful series "Family" with Sada Thompson, James Broderick (matthew's father), and Meredith Baxter, as well as a really good teen movie "Little Darlings:, where she was a loner who went to summer camp, and lost her virginity to Matt Dillon in a  very touching scene, especially the aftermath.

Rickster_
Rickster_

And if anyone wonders why we're talking about Robin Williams in an Idol-related blog, not only did Robin Williams appear on an "Idol Gives Back" - Kelly Clarkson tweeted about his death.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Park Overall played in "Empty Nest" with Richard Mulligan (and I think Krist McNichols, who I believe had her own battles with depression.) She also plaved "Rowena" the sympathetic prostitute in Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick. 

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Sorry that Robin Williams suffered from depression.  The drugs and alcohol were probably his attempt to over ride the depression.  RIP sir.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

I remember, and liked, Park Overall - can't remember what series she was on years ago that I watched, but she was funny. I think maybe she played a prostitute in "Biloxi Blues" with Matthew Broderick. I liked Jonathan W when he was roped in and not allowed to go totally nuts.

Rickster_
Rickster_

I remember years ago while Johnny Carson was still hosting the tonight show, the evening's guests were Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters and Park Overall (look her up if you don't remember her.)


Robin & Jonathan were incredible, and Park (with that amazing southern drawl) held her own every step of the way. And Johnny had the good sense to just stay out of the way. 


One of the funniest 30 minutes or so of television I've ever be fortunate enough to see.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Rickster, are you a teacher?

Very sad about Robin Williams - someone on the Today Show said "He could make everyone happy but himself".

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

So sad about Robin Williams.  He always had a touch of sadness in his eyes along with the twinkle.  So brilliant!  So clever!  So incredibly able to find the funny in just about anything.  What demon makes a person choose such a path?

MercedesS
MercedesS

Robin Williams - too, too sad.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Afternoon, everyone. Busy morning with it being the first day of school for the district I work for..

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

one of the slowest days on record! If Maggie hadn't been bitten by a snake, what would we have ever talked about!

D: Did you ever see the walls being built around Senoia by "Walking Dead"? Can't wait for it to start. I'm hoping to watch "Falling Skies" tonight, and maybe that duffus adult 1 year old will disappear.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Maybe no storms today!@ At least it's kinda sunny and humidity has gone down a little bit. We can hope.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Maggie is fine.  The swelling has gone down and she and Scarlett are in their kennel watching a crew of guys demolish what the previous crew of guys did to our pool.  Fun stuff!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Morning!

So Maggie met up with a snake this weekend and has a swollen nose and jaw to prove it.  We never saw the snake but she definitely has fang marks on her nose.  I don't know what we're going to do with this dog.  Most people have snakes passing through their yards on a daily basis and never know they are there.  We have a dog who thinks the snakes ought to pay some kind of toll apparently.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 The girl needs to grow up!


And she needs to dress her age (are you paying attention Heidi Klum?)

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@Rickster_  Rickster, I was thinking the same thing.  She "loves" those young men.

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC He has a lot of experience with scripted programming, for instance his show Keeping Up with he Kardashian's.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC AT the very least, he got very jealous when she hugged the brother. I so want the 'sister' to be gone - that particular part of the story is getting irritating.

JTesla
JTesla

@MercedesS Or 5th depending on how you count it and how far back you go.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 Oh boy...for just a second I thought you meant she lost her virginity to Marshall Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@Sam-A1 Nope. I'm a 12-month employee. But first day is everyone's busiest day.

Rickster_
Rickster_

@DeirdreC Makes me thinks of the Smokey Robinson hit, "Tears of a Clown." 


"Now if there's a smile on my face. It's only there trying to fool the public."


"Just like Pagliacci did... I try to keep my sadness hid. Smiling in the public eye, while in my lonely room I cry, the tears of a clown.... when there's no one around."

DanJohn
DanJohn

@DeirdreC  I so glad Maggie is okay. Some dogs won't go near snakes some do see them as a plaything. Be careful!!!


Snakes seem to be getting worse down here. Last year I killed 6 copperheads and 1 rattlesnake around my home. I have 20 acres and expect to see them in the woods and I've kept the yard clear of debris as well. The rattlesnake had 13 rattles and had eaten a half dozen koi. Luckily no one including my dogs were bitten. The scary part was all of them were in the area of my swimming pool where everyone spends time.

Woodpappy
Woodpappy

@DeirdreC  Deirdre you must live out in the sticks like me.  Our dogs bring up all kinds of chewed up "things".  It's a wonder only one of mine had to go to the vet for several hundred $ to see what bit her...ugh.

JTesla
JTesla

@DeirdreC Daily basis? That ain't right.


Hope Maggie gets to feeling better.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC  Is Maggie ok? She's been bitten so many times, she may turn into a snake one day. Let us know when she's cleared by the Vet. Poor baby.

I saw (just because it fit the time) the "Guardians..........." movie - didn't like it at all. Too juvenile for me, mainly because of the lack of a real storyline, just filmed for the interminable fight scenes. The guys will probably love it- fight-fight-fight. Waste of my time and money.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@Rickster_ @Sam-A1  I totally agree - a lady in her 40's who has a lovely figure can dress sexy and proactively and still not look like she's trying to relive her 20's.  Heidi K seems to like being naked or near naked lately.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Sam-A1 @DeirdreC I liked the Mira Sorvino character at first(nice foil for the anti-hero character)but she's getting annoying too.  It's like either the writers don't know what to do with her dialogue or she's just a bad actor.  It all feels very stilted. 

Also why is Tom growling most of his dialogue lately?  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@JTesla @DeirdreC Damn you, Lauren Bacall!  In truth, this one isn't the same.  Ms Bacall, at 89, led a long, successful FULL life.  We can look back and celebrate everything she has accomplished knowing that her road had come to a natural end.  It's different(except maybe for Idol)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @DeirdreC I think we expect comedians to be happy all the time but they are human.  However, being unhappy and being suicidal are too totally different things.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@DanJohn @DeirdreC We've seen them by our pool but mostly Maggie finds them in the wooded area behind our house.  First thing she did this morning when I let her out was go straight back to the area where the snake bit her yesterday.  And she's not playing with them...she hates them and won't tolerate them in our yard.  It has led to tons of fun for us!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC @Sam-A1 I think it's a combo with Mira S - I never could figure out how  she won an Oscar! She's not been good in anything I've seen her in, including this show.  Don't know what's going on with Tom - they have him being much more reckless than usual as well.

I'm having a helluva time typing here this week - skips half my letters - going nutso!

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

@DeirdreC  Glad she's ok, and sure wish she'd gain a little knowledge about what has happened to her so many times, remember it, and relate it to the bad times at the vet! I know she's a smart girl - but she really likes to play with fire!