- 7:22 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Carrie Underwood announced on Instagram today that she’s expecting her first child with her husband Mike Fisher.
“In honor of “Labor” Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier,” she wrote with a picture of her two dogs, each wearing shirts saying “I’m going to be a big brother.”
She is due in the spring. She is 31. Fisher is 34. The couple married at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia in the summer of 2010.
In New Orleans, “Idol” released a snippet of Harry Connick Jr. jamming with a season 14 contestant.
- 9:11 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Clay Aiken campaigned in San Francisco to raise money for his underdog effort to become a House representative in a Republican-favored district in North Carolina. He is facing off against an incumbent Renee Ellmers.
According to the San Francisco Gate, “Aiken’s speech to the crowd at Catch lasted 15 minutes without missing a beat on education, interest-free student loans, veterans support, his pre-Idol past working with disabled children, and why he’s seeking a seat in Congress now. Clay Aiken made articulate, well-rounded points. I don’t mean to sound shocked, but this is the guy who got beat by Arsenio Hall [More]
‘American Idol’ bits: optimism out of Kansas City auditions, Josh Gracin, Michael Johns, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, Sam Woolf
- 8:01 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
I’m on vacation this week so I’m leaving this space for you regulars to talk amongst yourselves. I apologize if all this news if a bit old but I needed to fill the space with something while I’m gone!
The ‘American Idol’ judges last week liked what they saw in the Kansas City auditions.
“I think we did find some future superstars,” said Lopez, wearing a sparkling black blouse with sparkly shoes,
- 10:56 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson’s debut album “Testify” dropped yesterday and HitsDailyDouble projects based on first-day sales that he will sell a mere 9,000 to 11,000 copies. That’s even worse than Candice Glover‘s 19,000 last year.
It would officially be the worst-selling debut of any “Idol” winner to date. Not surprising given how the show has disappeared off the pop culture radar screen and the fact album sales continue to slip away with each subsequent year.
His album is coming out sooner than any other winner in history, less than three months after the finale. Most winner albums debut in the fall. [More]
- 4:21 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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 [More]
- 3:10 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss Atlanta ties to FX’s new “Partners” with Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer, the passing of former “American Idol” contestant Michael Johns and a shakeup at 11 Alive.
- 3:09 pm Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Season 7 “American Idol” finalist and former Atlanta denizen Michael Johns died yesterday, multiple sources tell me.
The administrator for his fan website confirmed his death on Twitter as well.
Details have not been revealed as of yet but from what I hear, the family is not in a position yet to provide a statement. A source told me what the Hollywood Reporter reported: the death was related to a blood clot emanating from a minor ankle injury. (UPDATE: People talked to doctors about how a minor injury like this could cause the heart to stop.) The last photo [More]
- 12:29 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Georgia’s own season 11 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips performed Saturday night as co-headliner with O.A.R. during his first appearance at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Given the rocket launcher of a song “Home” to propel his career, Phillips is now onto his second album and has bagged two more hit singles “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.” (American Family Insurance is still using “Home” in its ads in 2014.)
He has recovered from his kidney stone issues that plagued him in 2012 and in an interview last week sounds thrilled to be touring around the country almost nonstop since he left “Idol” two [More]
- 10:44 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
“American Idol” is definitely a case where you can look at it as the glass half empty (cratering ratings, no recent breakout stars) or glass half full (great judges’ panel, decent talent from season 13).
The same can be said about the tour itself, which has always been a way for the contestants to remind paying customers why they voted for them in the first place with no pressure of judgment and the ability to choose songs they know they can sing. That hasn’t changed.
From a glass half empty perspective, “Idol” tour producers cut costs by slimming down the stage, recycling [More]
- 4:32 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
‘American Idol” runner up Jena Irene had her share of critics on this blog this year. Many just found her style grating, her enunciation poor.
But you have to give her credit for working on her craft, taking critiques seriously and improving week by week. She was also far more versatile than most of her competitors. able to work behind a piano a capella and rocking it with the live band. And the bottom line is she has charisma and can sing, two important components for any artist.
I spoke with her in an advance of the upcoming stop at Verizon Wireless [More]