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Posted on 01/16/2006 4:00:11 AM PST by silent_jonny
Texasflower helped make the AI threads so much fun. She always made me smile. FR will not be the same without her. ~ Retrokitten
I simply adored her ability to butt heads and loved reading her posts. She was always there with the perfect hug or hatpin, whichever she felt was most deserved. ~ Doodlelady
The sweetest, funniest, kindest poster on the AI threads where I had the honor of meeting her. ~ Jrabbit
Texasflower was an integral part of our American Idol gang. She was always sweet and upbeat and kind to all. ~ Palladin
In the beginning of November I was thinking about her because the town I work in was having their elections and it reminded me about her Dad going to vote in the ambulance I loved her and miss her. ~ No More Apples
She was unfailingly polite, and more than that. Kind, thoughtful, patriotic, encouraging. A blessing. She was one of my most favorite FReepers, and I do not say that very often. She was exceptional.
We never truly know how deeply our lives touch others. I certainly never communicated fully to Tammy how much her posts lifted me up, and I regret that. I assumed she would continue to be there and I would be able to keep responding to her appreciatively.
We will know in heaven the effect of our lives, when everyone gathers around the Lamb's throne and all our hearts are open and all our secrets known, and we have till forever to tell one another how God blessed us through each other ~ GretchenM
"Whooh! Whooh!" Halicia Thompson screamed as she jumped out the door of the audition room.
She stomped her feet and threw her arms in the air.
Thompson, 27, of Eden [NC], had made it through the second round of "American Idol" auditions Tuesday at the Greensboro Marriott.
"Look what I got for you! Thank you, Jesus. I've been on my knees," she screamed as she held up the bright yellow paper that was her ticket to the final audition. news-record.com
When we last saw Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice they were awash in hugs, kisses, flashing lights and falling confetti. There was one winner, but both had survived the crucible of American Idoladmirably so. Now their careers were before them and the real competition was about to begin: surviving in the post-Idol world.
Building on the success of her first single, Inside Your Heaven, which would eventually be named Billboards Top-Selling Country Single of the Year and Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year, Carrie was inundated with song submissions and professional advice. But the choice of what would be included on her debut album, she says, was hers alone.
There were so many wonderful songs from wonderful, wonderful songwriters here in Nashville -- and everywhere else -- that were sending us great songs. It was really just a matter of several of us sitting down and picking ones that would definitely work for me and definitely work for everything. I've never done this before, obviously, so I don't know what the best songs are. It's ultimately my decision about everything, so I definitely had people around helping me figure things out. I could have never done that alone. People would send me songs here and there, and we'd weed them out. cmt.com
"I love the new country sound that pop listeners would like, too. I also love Gretchen Wilson and that old country sound I can't see myself in one direction. I just want to listen and if I like the songs, those are the ones that are going to be on [the album]. kzla.com
The result is Some Hearts and, judging by the albums sales, Carrie has a good eye (and ear) for material. Released on November 15, 2005, Some Hearts has already been certified double-platinum for sales exceeding two million copies, making it the fastest selling debut album in Country Music history, according to Nielsen Soundscan, the company that tracks record sales. The first release from the album, Jesus, Take The Wheel is currently #1 on Billboards Hot Country chart.
"I feel like the luckiest person in the world the way everything worked out I feel like Jesus was taking the wheel and leading me through everything that was going on." netmusiccountdown.com
Along with fame, fortune and a best-selling album, there are some added perks that come with winning on Americas #1 show. In December, Carrie was invited to sing before the president in TNTs Christmas In Washington, along with Rascal Flatts, CeCe Winans and others.
There have been endorsement deals with Skechers and Hersheys
And most recently she was named Oklahoman of The Year by Oklahoma Today magazine.
There's a fine tradition of country music stars winning the Okie of the Year prize, which has also gone to Garth Brooks and Toby Keith. zap2it.com
Carrie Underwood has the whole package, according to Louisa McCune, editor in chief of Oklahoma Today.
When were assessing candidates, we look for someone who has accomplished something phenomenal in the past year. The next thing we ask ourselves is, does this person encompass all that makes this state great?
Carrie obviously had what it took, McCune said.muskogeephoenix.com
But things havent been quite as nice for Bo Bice.
In the pivotal moment of his budding career, American Idols Bo Bice has been forced to put his career on ice. The reality-show runner-up should be celebrating the release of his debut CD, The Real Thing (with impressive first-week sales of 227,000, it placed fourth in Billboards Top 200)
"I'm grateful for 'Idol,' but so many of the first albums are taken as souvenirs," he adds. "I think that everything to do with my album -- the look of it, the feel, the songs-are about me. They didn't come in and go, 'Bo, change this, all of the kids are wearing mascara ...' F*** that. This is about the music. We got a rock'n'roll album, not a souvenir from a television show." billboard.com
But the Alabama native is back in his new hometown of Nashville after a sudden illness last month in Las Vegas forced him to cancel appearances on The 2005 Radio Music Awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Bice is undergoing tests to discover why hes still suffering stomach problems despite surgery last August to repair what he describes as a kink in his intestines.
He was having trouble eating, says In the Moment [CMT] exec producer George Moll, whose crew followed Bice from the Idols tour began last summer until early December. When we looked at the daily rushes, you could see that he was really struggling. And very, very thin.
According to his rep, RCAs Roger Widynowski, Bice is taking at least three weeks off before shooting a new video (a new tour to promote his album is also in the works). But the people around the 30-year-old are worried. As a musician, youve got to strike it when its hot, says pastor Donny Acton, a close friend and leader of Birminghams New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church. But hes not superhuman. Hes got to get some rest.
In the best of circumstances, Idols rocket launch to stardom requires extraordinary stamina. And Bice has needed to deal with other significant events. He married his longtime sweetheart, Caroline Fisher, on June 15, shortly after the shows finale. He broke his foot on stage in New Hampshire on July 31, then had major intestinal surgery on August 18. He and his wife welcomed their first child, Aidan, on September 24.
Moll, a veteran record industry observer who created VH1s Behind the Music, believes the stress that triggered Bices current health crisis didnt start until the singer realized he could no longer control his career. The job requires him to be constantly on the road, separated from his family and his longtime band, and recording songs that (with a few exceptions) are not his own.
From all accounts, Bice has taken the hardships in stride. But even he admitted in an interview in October that hes had trouble rolling with all the changes. If Ive learned anything in the past year, its to let go of a lot of things, he said. Im kind of a control freak when it comes to my business. But you cant control everything all the time. TV Guide
American Idol judge Randy Jackson greets the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson, backstage at the Peoples Choice Awards (January 10, 2006)
Jackson accepted the award on behalf of American Idol, which was named Favorite Reality Show, Competition.
And Kelly won the award for Favorite Female Performer, one in a string of awards and honors that she has received recently.
After the first season ... many critics wondered if American Idol would truly help to discover artists capable of maintaining long-term careers in the music industry. Kelly Clarkson has proven that the answer is definitely yes.
"Breakaway" finished 2005 as the No. 3 best-selling album of the year ...
[The album] debuted in the top 20 over a year ago, and has been in the top 20 for its entire chart life. It is the only album in the last five years to achieve such an amazing chart feat. "Breakaway" includes four No. 1 singles: the title track, "Since U Been Gone", "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and "Because of You." [The just released fifth single, "Walk Away" is also climbing quickly up the charts.]
[This] caps a year in which she was nominated for two Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Since U Been Gone", Best Pop Vocal Album "Breakaway" and won two American Music Awards, for Favorite Adult Contemporary Female Artist and the T-Mobile Text-In fan award. She won two MTV VMA Awards as well, for Best Pop Video and Best Female Video. realitytvmagazine.com
In spite of her star power, Clarkson is known for remaining grounded and loyal to her fan base ... "She is very conscientious of her audience and takes care of her people and of her show" [said Jay Cantu, program director for KHKZ-FM 106.3 in Weslaco, Texas] "Were excited to bring her down here because of that."
Because she began her career with a TV audience, Clarkson also enjoys something many artists dont; a widespread demographic of fans.
"(Clarkson) has crossed over to different generations," said Alex Duran, program director for KVLY-FM 107.9. "Moms know it from driving in the car or flipping on FOX and watching American Idol. Shes clean; shes a clean artist who has a good name and a good reputation, and shes doing things the right way." (12-02-05) themonitor.com
Meet The Judges
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Paula Abdul was born June 19, 1962 in San Fernando, California. She began taking dancing classes at the age of eight and was the head of her cheerleader squad and class president her senior year at Van Nuys High School. After starting college she dropped out to join the LA Lakers cheerleaders where she became the head cheerleader and choreographer. She was recruited by The Jacksons to choreograph their 1984 "Torture" video, which lead to a long line of other video choreography jobs. In 1988 she released her first album "Forever Your Girl" with the single "Straight Up" that launched her into stardom.
Simon Cowell was born October 7, 1959 in Brighton, England. A movie producer, Simon first became famous as a judge on the Pop Idol show in the UK. Following the show to America he became equally well known in the US as a judge on the smash hit American Idol show. He executive produced the dating show Cupid on CBS in the US.
Randy Jackson was born June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to playing bass on Journey's "Raised On Radio" CD in 1986 he has been a producer and performer in the music industry for over 20 years. He was the Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records followed by four years as Senior Vice President of A&R at MCA Records.
Ryan Seacrest was born December 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ryan has hosted several kid shows including Gladiators 2000 and Wild Animal Games. He became a radio success in Los Angeles as host of his own show.
"American Idol" has had its share of drama over the course of four seasons, but much of that was the result of surprises in the audience voting. In the forthcoming fifth season, host Ryan Seacrest says, the contestants themselves may supply the theatrics.
"In terms of competitive spirit between the contestants, I think we've seen more drama, if you will, and more individual and independent competitive spirit than ever before."
In the past, Seacrest says, there was a sense of "political correctness" and politeness that pervaded the contestant pool. But with the show having made top-selling pop stars out of all four of its winners, a number of folks in the current "Idol" crop are just looking out for No. 1.
"You're going to see some personalities who are really gunning for that spot," Seacrest says. "They know exactly what they need to do to win, and they're not going to let anyone get in their way." zap2it.com
This new round of Idol ... may finally cross over into a reality-TV staple that it has since quite admirably dodged: backstage backstabbing. As host Ryan Seacrest recently told reporters and Randy Jackson now confirms that this flock of songbirds is more like a committee of vultures.
"Every season, when we go out on the audition tour, we never know what we're going to get," Jackson reports. "I think the kids this time probably want this worse than ever, so there's quite a bit of interesting fighting and dialogue going on amongst them. People's egos are saying, 'We're friends and we're all in this together, but hey, I want to win this and I don't want anybody to stand in my way.'"
Perhaps fueling this is the level of competition, which (you guessed it!) is being touted as the fiercest ever. "We say it every year, but this time it's 100,000 percent true: The talent is far better than any other season," proclaims Jackson. "There are great boys, great girls, and I think it's going to come down to the wire.
"Everybody is that good at the start," he adds. "This time, it will come down to who grows the most in front of the American public." zap2it.com
"You always try to find someone different each year," Simon says. "I was worried that we were going to get a lot of blonde girls trying to be Carrie Underwood. The second person we saw was like a clone of Carrie."
And Randy agrees, commenting, "We are trying to find someone unique. We are always trying to find someone different, but that has great, great talent."
"I feel bad when they are a little delusional and don't realize that they don't hear what we hear," Paula contributes. "So it is a little unnerving. I feel bad when they are good singers, but they are missing an element that they don't understand that they are missing. You either come in and wow the judges or you don't."
But keep in mind what Randy says, "It is the fifth season. Everyone has seen who America has voted for. Dude, if you don't come close to that, what are you doing?" etonline.com
Show Format and Schedule
The new season of American Idol will feature the same top twelve selection process as last year, FOX has confirmed.
The process sees the final 24 singers - twelve men and twelve women - perform live every week for three weeks, with two of each gender going home until the top twelve is reached.
The season premieres Tuesday, January 17 with the customary auditions phase, playing out over nine hours spread across four weeks. The 'Hollywood' stage begins Wednesday, February 8 while the top 24 performances begin Tuesday, February 21. The finals get underway when the top 12 take to the stage for the first time on Tuesday, March 14. digitalspy.com
And thats all, folksfor now :)
Tune in tomorrow night, January 17, at 8/7pm and join the fun on the live thread! Next ping will be at 7:30pm Eastern, just before show time.
Thank you to Doodlelady, GretchenM, Jrabbit, No More Apples, Palladin and Retrokitten for allowing me to use their quotes in Texasflowers tribute.
And special thanks to Wolfstar for her invaluable help in assembling this thread (you helped me more than you know!)
NOW ON WITH THE SHOW!
I gotta be on top some day
I wanna be a star
I can see my name in lights
Gonna be a rock 'n' roll singer
Gonna be a rock 'n' roll star
~ It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
If you wanna be a star of stage and screen
Look out! It's rough and mean
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
Well, you're up early....
So are you :)
He's waiting for Gore's speech today..
About the ping, I pinged two different lists and I don't know which you were on. If you'd like to be on the AI list, I'll be sure to include you.
FYI..New Year's Day I was out for a jog..went past my local video store...surprised they were open...everythig was out, abotu the only new DVD on the shelves was the just-release 2 disc set of "American Idol seasons 1-4"...I can heartily recommend to all of you that you rent it..some really great stuff....it has the BEST and the WORST....never seen before, I believe..including all of Kelly Clarkson's and Clay Aiken's first auditions....and from the last season..nearly 30 minutes each of the trips of Bo and Carrie back home the week before the final show..You get a real sense of who both of these are..they're really nice folks..Best $3 you'll spend in a long time...and I even caught a 2 second glimpse of Brian Dunkleman..
Yes, it is.
I remember reading one of her responses on a thread and as many of us do when something profound is said, I took a look at her profile page. The photo of her Dad just hit me. I had to say something so I sent a short note to her.
Yes, leave me on the ping list for AI.
Willliam Hung has had more air-time than the Dunkster..
That's true! And more people know who Hung is than poor Dunkleman (that's gotta hurt :)
Hi! Please include me on your ping list. Great job!
You've been added.
Fantastic job, Jonny. Thanks for the ping.
That is a sensitive, insightful, and beautiful portrait of Tammy, especially of her eyes. Although we miss her, I take comfort in knowing all her trials are over and she rests in peace.
You're really up early!
Jonny the thread looks wonderful and I loved the opening.!!Finally 24 and AI are back on. This week will be fun.
Thank you :)
Who is Brina Dunkleman?
I have a dinner Tuesday night, so I won't be live with you til Wednesday.
Oh the fun! I can't wait.
You must see the American Idol thread.
Nice job with the thread, Jonny
Please add me to the American Idol ping list. Thank you.
Thanks for adding me on the list! I'm a big fan of AI.
The first AI season, there were two co-hosts..Dunkleman and Seacrest..Dunk got, well, "dunked" after the first season..he was realy awful..check the season one link that SJ posted..maybe there is more info there...regards
My son got the DVD for Christmas, but I haven't had a chance to watch it. Now that things are settled down around here, I'm going to get to it. Especially with such a ringing endorsement (THE DUNKSTER!!!!)...
Here's to another LIVE THREAD! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the cause of frivolity on FR, silent_j!!
The same goes for "Dancing with the Stars". I'm simply not interested...nope not at all, never ever, no way.
BTW, can you believe Tatum O'Neil got voted off over P Miller and "perma tan man"? If I wasn't such a big Ashley fan I would have offed "P" the first night. But then again if the crack whore said she was an "actress" one more time I might have had to shoot myself...Paper Moon was a long time ago, babe. Go Ashley!
Thanks for the ping. You did a great job last season and I'm looking forward to this season.
Mrs. Suhks and I hope this will be a step up for her to get to hollywierd and get away from the WWF crap. She seems too good for that. What a great personality and did I mention legs?
That was a huge opening post.......
A beautiful tribute to Texas Flower. Thanks for all of your work on this thread, see you tomorrow.
Well, Jonny...you have out did yourself.....Bravo!...
The thread looks great! Thank you so much for your hard work in putting it together.
I'm looking forward to the new season. Judging by the commercials I saw yesterday, there will be no shortage of William Hung wannabes on the show. ;-)
'Idol' musings from the judges
By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
The three American Idol judges say that first-season winner Kelly Clarkson is the show's biggest success and the upcoming season (Tuesday, 8 ET/PT, Fox) features the strongest talent yet. But beyond that, their views vary on Idol's past and future. They discussed their personal judgments with USA TODAY.
Click link provided to read the rest of the article.
Please add me on the AI Ping list!
May I ask when and how Texas flower passed?
..GOD BLess her and her family...
In the later rounds, I'll also try and post two lists for each round -- how they did for the night, and where I see them overall in the competition. While the nightly evals are subjective, the "overall" list is going to be highly subjective. Remember, it's not just about the voice, but also the stage presence, personality, and "the look". (Side note: if the contestants are really going to be back-stabbing vultures, it is going to hurt them on my scorecard.)
I also might as well define a few terms and/or concepts that I will use throughout the competition, so that the regulars will know what I mean when I use them.
Oddly enough, in the later stages, the single most critical factor each week will be song selection -- can the contestant find the right song within the style that allows them to showcase their voice and personal style to the best extent? It needs to be challenging, but not so difficult as to not be able to be performed well with less than a week's preparation. It needs to allow the singer to show range, power, versatility, and emotion.
Other things to look for on the vocals:
In terms of stage presence, what I'm really looking for is:
Just FYI, for those who are interested, the real work of making a star comes after the contest. The artist has to go out and promote their album and themselves, and work hard at it. Only a small number of former AI contestants are doing well in other entertainment industry venues. Jennifer Hudson will be the first former AI alum to star -- have the lead -- in an A-list motion picture. Dianna DeGarmo is touring in a Broadway musical as the lead.
So far, only Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Josh Gracin (who had two #1 Country singles) and, although she's still only just beginning, Carrie Underwood, look likely to have long-term recording success. Clay might, but he still hasn't cut a 2nd album.
Recording artists must tour to promote their material and to stand any chance of making the really big bucks. Here is a link to the list top touring acts of 2005.
The 2005 American Idols Live tour (which the top 10 contestants have done each year) is #37 on the list, grossing $16.9 million.
Only Kelly and Clay Aiken have had success with solo tours. In 2005, Kelly grossed $11.7 million domestically on her first solo tour. This figure does not include her overseas tours. She has become a big star in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, and is building in continental Europe.
Clay did a solo domestic tour in 2005, grossing $7.1 million.
Although my personal favorite of the AI alumni is Kelly Clarkson, Josh Gracin has the best story of them all. As fans of the show will remember, he was in the Marines during his stint on AI. Afterwards, he went back, finished his commitment to the Marines, then moved his family to Nashville where he has become one of the top new Country artists largely on his own without any help from the AI machinery.
Finally, so far (and to the best of my knowledge) only three former AI alumni have gone to Iraq to entertain our troops. They are Kelly Clarkson, Diana DeGarmo and Josh Gracin.
Thank you, jonny!
Josh Set To Open for Trace Adkins
Country giant Trace Adkins will kick off 2006 with his Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Tour, and Josh Gracin will be the opening act on the tour. This will be Josh's first big tour (most new artists start out opening for established acts), and we wish him every success.
Carrie Underwood will be touring later this year as the opening act for a big established star. Rumor is that it might be with Keith Urban, but nothing firm has been announced.
A great thread to begin the season, y'all! Thanks for posting all this...I'd no idea that Bo was so ill.
WoW!!! Jonny, you did a great job on this complicated presentation, with Wolfstar's help. I breeze in and out through the weeks .. not a regular viewer, but y'all will have some fun judging and picking the next big star.
Jonny, beautiful tribute and wonderful thread - again.
Your sensitive portrait of Tammy is just exquisite, especially the soft light in her beautiful, warm eyes.
Our daughter just saw Carrie Underwood perform last weekend in Maine.
It was such a lift...so excellent and generous and wholesome, with all ages having a really good time.
She could truly see first hand why Carrie was the right one to win.
She told me that American Idol gets razzed for being lightweight, but it makes people so HAPPY. It makes them want to sing.
There were three little girls who went up to Carrie afterwards, handing her little stuffed animals, and they were THRILLED.
Can you think of a better example for them than Carrie?
USO cheers troops, but Iraq gigs tough to book
Williams said he'd like to see more comedians in their 20s entertaining the troops, most of whom are that age. Pop singer Jessica Simpson and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson are among the few young stars who have visited war zones.
Kelly has also lent her celebrity to the group "Cell Phones for Soldiers." Here is a link to their website, which has the following photo of Kelly with some of the kids raising money for this worthy cause:
For their generosity toward our troops in a time when the vast majority of celebrities run the other way, Kelly, Diana and Josh are the three former AI contestants that I most admire.
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