Following her win on NBC's hit series The Voice and fronting the pop-rock band Hey Monday, Cassadee Pope is preparing her place in country music. With a new single, album on the way and summer tour with Rascal Flatts, she's off to a great start.
Insight into my thoughts, rants, dreams and will include both written and video commentary in the coming months. Get ready, cause shit's about to get wildly inappropriate.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
And celebration is definitely in order for Ms. Spears, who's overseas with her "Circus" tour. Her album, "Circus, continues to impress on the charts and she's not showing any signs of slowing. To follow up the massive success of her 3rd single, "If You Seek Amy", the Queen of Pop is releasing the bonus track from the album as her 4th single from the album. "Radar" will include a full promotional package, including radio play and a hot video. The single cover artwork is below; what are your thoughts?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Speaking of hot, check this video of Space Cowboy's new single, "Falling Down" featuring Idol Insider's favorite new ladies, The Paradiso Girls. Chelsea's workin' it out!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Idol winner, Kris Allen, performed with Keith Urban, one week ago, before being crowned the winner. Check out this awesome performance of "Kiss the Girl" and watch Kris Allen's journey through season 8.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
To start things off, here is a fantastic performance - my favorite from the contestants - from the Idol finale, which aired last Wednesday. It features our season 8 runner up, Adam Lambert.
Monday, May 25, 2009
And even though she's been out of the public eye, minus her recent run in with the paps and a, now famous, homeless woman, she stopped by the National Memorial Day Concert to prove she still has the pipes that won her the votes to send her into the finale on Idol a few years ago. Take a look at Ms. (now a Mrs.) McPhee take on "America The Beautiful" and "Somewhere".
And happy 3-day weekend!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Check out Will Ferrell's return to "Celebrity Jeopardy":
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
But, first let's revisit last night's show. Allen sang with Keith Urban, showcasing a cool country vibe that we hadn't seen from him, even during country week. Lambert sang with KISS, which was one of the best performances of the night, and the two sang together, "We Are The Champions", with Queen. Everyone turned out from Rod Stewart to Queen Latifah. Steve Martin even gave an unfortunate performance on the banjo while Megan joy and Michael Sarver butchered their way through it. It was definitely a finale that Idol lovers won't soon forget. We'll be bringing you video of our favorite moments over the next week, so keep it here.
And for the winner, Kris Allen, who will embark on a US tour with the other Top 9, he's got a stop to make first. Check it out below.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Round One: Adam Lambert, predictably, sang "Mad World", which was his best performance on the season. But unfortunately it fell a little short in comparison to the first go at the song, leaving Kris to pick up the pieces with his piano accompanied choice of "Ain't No Sunshine". Kris' smooth vocal and new arrangement left me, and Simon, giving the round to him.
Round Two: Idol creator, Simon Fuller, chose some oldies, but goodies for the contestants. First, Adam gave what seemed to be the best performance by any contestant of the season with his original take on "A Change Is Gonna Come". He killed it and basically there was no following that as Kris took on Marvin Gaye's classic, "What's Goin' On". The song was arranged well, but unfortunately I agreed with Simon that it was too "small" for the finale setting. Round two goes to Adam!
Round Three: Both contestants sang the Kara DioGaurdi penned coronation song, "No Boundaries" which really didn't fit either artist very well. Adam's version was a little pitchy and he didn't really perform it, as he has all season - maybe cause he had just learned the song days before the finale? And just when I thought Kris had it in the bag, he performed. His version was even worse than Lambert's, bad notes, forgotten lyrics, and times where the key was completely off. And the Idol producers did a piss-poor job at hiding the teleprompter showing the lyrics as they sang, which made Kris' lyrical mis-step even less forgivable. The judges went easy on both and asked America to vote based on the whole season. Unfortunately, based on who sucked less, I give the round to Lambert.
To close the show, that was already running long, they threw it to Carrie Underwood who got cut off in the middle of singing, "Home Sweet Home". Check out the front half of the song below, for those whose DVR's might have missed it.
And finally, I think both are very talented and will both have successful careers in their genres, so it's a tough call as to who will win. Lambert has been getting some poor media attention and I have a feeling Gokey's votes will go to Kris, making him almost unbeatable. I really don't think it would be an"upset" either way - I guess we'll wait and see.
It's been a fun season folks and I look forward to bringing you the news from these two talented guys as they continue their journey to super-stardom. Now, grab a cold beverage, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the finale!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Then, tomorrow's results show, promises to be a huge television event. Not only will one of the contestants become the new American Idol, but the show will feature a plethora of celebrity performances. The two-hour, live event will feature performances by Lionel Ritchie, Carlos Santana, Queen Latifah, Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz and the Black Eyes Peas. Carrie Underwood, who will perform her single recorded for this season's cast off single, "Home Sweet Home", and David Cook have been confirmed to appear, but it is rumored that the producers are trying to get all the previous winners to show. Also rumored is an appearance by David Bowie and/or KISS, but no word as to if this will happen. The idea is that every Idol hopeful will get a chance to perform with one of these stars. Those that have been confirmed are: Kris Allen with Keith Urban, Matt Giraud with Jason Mraz, Alison Iraheta with Cyndi Lauper and the KISS-Bowie rumor is for Lambert's duet partner. No word on the rest of the Top 10, although they will all appear on the show. The entertainment driven show, Extra, is reporting the Britney Spears may make a surprise appearance, but the Spears camp has denied the claims. I guess we'll just have to watch and see...
Keep your eyes peeled here for all the latest Idol-finale news!
UPDATE: I just saw the twitter message from Adam Leber, Britney's manager, who says, "No Idol for Brit. She is on vacation. Sorry guys". Although it seems the rumors have been put to rest, chatter continues that the Queen of Pop may appear to perform her new single, "Radar".
UPDATE #2: Danny "Jokey" Gokey has been confirmed to perform his duet with Lionel Richie. Sounds like a snooze fest to us...
UPDATE #3: Santana will be performing a song with the entire Top 13, no word on the song choice.
Update #4: "No Boundaries" is the name of the coronation song written by Kara, not "This Is How I Want To Be", as previously reported.
Update #5: Steve Martin will take the Idol stage tomorrow night with his banjo to play a song from his new album. Yes, Steve Martin, it sounds like a total snooze fest.
Update #6 - The Top 13 will perform "Smooth" with Santana and "So What" by P!nk on the results show.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Check out why it's Mother's Day all year long:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
After the show, I had a chance to chat it up with the girls before they had to head back to their hotel to prepare for their interview with Mix Terminal in the morning. The Idol Insider was definitely "on Patron Tequila, drunk off margaritas", so he had no problem cozying up to the beauties. Shar and I even got down on some of the "Patron" lyrics, while taking a twirl on Blake Street, in front of Club Beta. All of the girls were so full of energy and proved they each brought something special to the group. I am looking forward to many more run ins with them in the future, as they are quickly becoming an Idol Insider favorite! Check out their website to find out how you, too, can catch them on tour when they stop in your town; and be sure to tell them the Idol Insider sent you!
Some of the videos of their Denver performances are below, but check out my Facebook page for more footage and photos of the girls as they take over Denver! And don't forget to holler at the girls in the comment section to let them know how much you adore them!
This won't be the last you hear of them, as the Idol Insider will bring you the premiere of their first music video, news, and album reviews.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So, as a quick update, I am happy to announce that my choices for the finale, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, will face off next week for the chance to be the new American Idol! It's a tough call because Adam has been the fave all season, but Ryan announced that the two finalists were only 1 million votes apart in a 88 million vote night. And with Gokey out of the race, Kris could become quite unbeatable, since most of the Gokey support will likely go to Allen. It's definitely going to be a good show and will have me on the edge of my seat.
And last night also offered a fantastic performance from Season 6 winner, Jordin Sparks, who performed her new single, "Battlefield", with co-writer, Ryan Tedder. Jordin, who always has had a couple extra pounds, looked off the hook last night and we're definitely watching little Sparks grow up right before our eyes into a certified diva. If you missed the performance, we've got it for you below - and check out that fierce ending look Jordin flashes the camera. We also are posting Katy Perry's performance of "Waking Up In Vegas", which was alright, but we love that she opened it showing off her Elvis-esque cape with the name "Adam Lambert" embroidered on the back. Guess we know who's she's rooting for...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The girls are the newest bunch of beauties hand picked by the one and only, Robin Antin, who created The Pussycat Dolls and Girlicious. If you watched the reality series, The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious, on The CW a couple years ago, you might remember Chelsea Korka. Chelsea was let go before the finale, but it seems her run with Antin was not over. Korka will now be seen lending her fierce vocals and spicy flare to The Paradiso Girls. We're hoping for a meet and greet tonight, and if it happens, we'll bring you all the details tomorrow. Until then, let me hear ya: "Who wanna get tore up tonight, who wanna get drunk?" I do!
Check out their single here and then go get it on iTunes!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I wouldn't have predicted this, but Paula Abdul performance was the highlight of the show. Her comeback performance screamed that she's ready to be back on top and she was twirling, flipping, and dancing her butt off to prove just that.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
But, in the meantime, here's an update on what the rest of the past Idols winners have been up to...
Kelly Clarkson (Season 1): Her fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, debuted at #1 and is still tearing up the charts with her first two singles, "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "I Do Not Hook Up". At a recent appearance Kelly confirmed that her third single will be "Already Gone".
Ruben Studdard (Season 2): Ruben has not experienced as much success as the Idol divas, but he continues to power on. His fourth album, Love Is, will be in stores May 19th.
Fantasia Barrino (Season 3): Fantasia is busy working on her third studio album, as well as appearing in a 10-week run of The Color Purple. Fantasia is also shopping around a reality TV series in which she will return to High School to finally graduate.
Carrie Underwood (Season 4): Carrie, who recently became the first solo female in 10 years to win Entertainer of the Year, has been spending most of her time writing and recording for her third album in Nashville, Tennessee. Her album, currently untitled, is planned to come out in the late fall/early winter.
Taylor Hicks (Season 5): After being dropped from his Idol contract, Hicks hit the road with the touring version of Grease. On March 10, Taylor's second album was released on his own record label and he has been busy promoting it across the country.
Jordin Sparks (Season 6): Jordin is preparing the release of her sophomore album, still untitled, for a early fall release. She will premiering her new single, "Battlefield", on the Idol Top 3 Results Show next week.
David Cook (Season 7): David, who recently lost his brother to brain cancer, has been busy touring colleges across the country and recently released two new singles from his debut album, "Come Back To Me" and "Bar-ba-Sol".
And here's a quick update from some other notable, non-winning, contestants...
Clay Aiken (Season 2): After parting ways with his label, RCA, Aiken appeared on the April 8th episode of America's Next Top Model. He is said to be spending time being a new dad and working on some new music to shop around to new labels.
Josh Gracin (Season 2): After the third single, "Telluride", from his sophomore album We Weren't Crazy flopped on country radio, his label, Lyric Street Records, quickly dropped him from its artist roster. Gracin is currently working on new music, posted a new song, "Enough", on his MySpace and is shopping for a new label.
Bo Bice (Season 4): Bo will be releasing his third album on June 9th, which will feature a backing band that consists of Steve Gorman, of the Black Crowes, and Dan Toler of the Allman Brothers Band. He will also be recording a live version album this summer and release a documentary of his tour in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq last year.
Katharine McPhee (Season 5): McPhee recently signed a new recording deal with Verve Forecast and is releasing a new album later this Fall. She is also set to star in the romantic comedy, Wedlocked, later this year.
Elliott Yamin (Season 5): Elliott's sophomore album, Fight For Love, is in stores today and the single of the same name has already hit radio. He also recording a duet with Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks, for Hicks' new album, The Distance.
Chris Daughtry (Season 5): His sophomore album is set to be released on July 14th, which promises to even more rock than the last album. Daughtry will perform their new single, "No Surprise", on this week's results show.
Bucky Covington (Season 5): Bucky is working on his sophomore album with Lyric Street Records, which is set to arrive in stores September 8th, and recently released the first single from the disc, which flopped on country radio.
Blake Lewis (Season 6): Lewis is working on a dance/techno album that he hopes to release this year with his new label, Tommy Boy Records.
David Archuleta (Season 7): Archuleta is currently on a promotional tour for his new single, "A Little Too Not Over You", and is gearing up to hit the road with Demi Lovato this summer.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Also, ex-Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, revealed that most of the time the bottom 3 is not revealed to America in the correct order. The producers are given the go ahead to put them in any order they want to create a boost in ratings. So, this confirms our theory that Adam Lambert was not in the bottom 2 last week, but they are working to boost his votes to crown him the winner. That seems bullish to us!
And, lastly, since the contestants that the Vote For The Worsters keep trying to keep around are getting cut (Megan Joy, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud), they have now turned their attention to Danny, who was once a front runner, as the worst hopeful left standing. Seems like they haven't thought that one through.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Cook's brother, Adam Cook, had made David try out for Idol. Had it not been for him, the world may never know David Cook, the superstar. Check out this video of David delivering the sad and emotional news this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
As we know, next week's theme is Rock Week, which should suit most of the contestants left, and Slash will be the guest mentor. Does he actually talk??? I guess, we'll see. But the really exciting news we have for you is not about the contestants performances, but, instead, the results show. Not only will No Doubt be performing their new single, "Stand And Deliver", but past Idol contestant, Chris Daughtry, will also be debuting his band's new single from their sophomore album. We can't wait - it promises to be a great show.
And the new Idol songs don't stop there. Jordin Sparks, season 6 winner, will debut her new single, "Battlefield", on the Top 3 results show along with Katy Perry, who will sing her new single, "Waking Up In Vegas".