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  • Billy Idol Records Album of Christmas Standards

    11/23/2006 2:55:47 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 67 replies · 3,246+ views
    Rock 103 Memphis ^ | November 23, 2006 | Staff
    He croons songs including "Frosty the Snowman" on the festive CD 'Happy Holidays.' Billy Idol has stunned his diehard fans by ditching his punk image to record an album of classic Christmas songs. The rocker croons a selection of songs including "Frosty the Snowman," "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on the festive CD 'Happy Holidays.' And the British rocker insists he had no trouble hitting the right notes, because the songs just flowed out of him. He says, "These songs were a challenge to sing as so many other singers have interpreted them in their own...
  • 'American Idol' rocker Chris Daughtry signs deal

    07/10/2006 9:53:16 AM PDT · by The G Man · 16 replies · 387+ views
    NEW YORK - Coming in fourth place on "American Idol" isn't so bad. Chris Daughtry, who was voted off the Fox talent contest's fifth edition in an elimination round, has signed with music mogul Clive Davis in conjunction with 19 Recordings Unlimited, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, RCA Records announced Monday. The 26-year-old North Carolina native will form a band "and has already begun to work with A-list collaborators" to write and record material for an album, expected to be released later this year. Daughtry turned down an offer to be lead singer for the band Fuel...
  • Registration Begins for Second Military Idol Competition

    06/28/2006 10:52:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 339+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 28, 2006 – Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can now register for a shot at becoming the second Military Idol. 2005 Military Idol winner Sgt. William Glenn (center), an Alabama National Guardsman then stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, receives the winning check from Sgt. Maj. Willie Wilson of the Army Community and Family Support Center while emcee Leeann Tweeden and competitors watch. Photo by Kristy Davies   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is based on the premises of Fox's "American Idol." Contestants - whether they're from an active, Guard...
  • American Idol

    05/24/2006 5:13:19 PM PDT · by 3catsanadog · 28 replies · 741+ views
    American Idol ^ | 5/24/06 | 3catsanadog
    Well, here it is - the final show. The Silver Fox Soul Patrol vs. McPheever.
  • American Idol 2006--Live Thread (Part III)

    05/08/2006 4:22:13 AM PDT · by silent_jonny · 11,454 replies · 145,486+ views
    Fox ^ | 5-8-06
    always for Tammy
  • Dubya Sign on American Idol

    05/04/2006 2:17:50 AM PDT · by bolobaby · 47 replies · 2,010+ views
    American Idol - ^ | 5/5/06 | BoloBaby
    I was watching the videos of the American Idol performances and I saw something completely unexpected during the Taylor Hicks performance of "Play That Funky Music White Boy." One audience member is holding a sign that isn't rooting for a contestant - instead it is rooting for our president!Here's the "W" sign, plain as day...It ain't doctored folks - check the video yourself. Now... I wonder how that slipped in? ;)
  • American Idol 2006--Live Thread (Part II)

    03/24/2006 9:00:43 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 11,384 replies · 129,543+ views
    FOX ^ | 3-25-06
    still for Tammy
  • Support of Troops Censored on AI Message Boards

    03/06/2006 12:30:53 PM PST · by bolobaby · 7 replies · 414+ views
    American Idol message boards ^ | 3/6/06 | bolobaby
    Here is a post that was just deleted on the American Idol message boards. Notice that it refers to a DIFFERENT thread that was ALSO deleted: "User "armywife" put up a thread a couple of days ago that described how some troops in Iraq felt about the contestants' performances. She brought a unique perspective to the table since the troops had heard the contestants sing, but NOT seen what they looked like. The troops were from armywife's husband's unit, so NATURALLY many posts were added to the thread saying "God bless," wishing them a safe return, and being generally supportive...
  • When ‘American Idol,’ idle election collide (Mass. gov.)

    03/03/2006 1:24:49 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 03/03/06 | Howie Carr
    This governor’s race is turning into the political version of “American Idol.” There are differences, of course - the interest level, for starters. A lot of people actually care who wins “American Idol.” And in the local version, the contestants don’t parlay their victory into millions of dollars. In the Beacon Hill version, you pay millions of dollars, and maybe you win. Our first contestant this morning is Lt. Gov. Kerry “Muffy” Healey. She’s all bent out of shape that Christy Mihos has decided to run as an independent. Apparently, Muffy hasn’t figured out she’s got a much bigger problem...
  • GLAAD Replies to Judges Comments on 'Idol'

    01/24/2006 4:39:32 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 33 replies · 737+ views
    NEW YORK - Is "American Idol" homophobic? The Fox talent show elicited a response from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) after judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson made what the gay rights group deemed questionable comments on last week's premiere episode. On Tuesday's show, seen by a Nielsen-chart topping 35.5 million viewers, Cowell told one male contestant to "wear a dress" and Jackson asked another, "are you a girl?" "The real offense here was in the producer's decision to add insult to injury by turning a contestant's gender expression into the butt of a joke," said Damon...
  • '70s Idol & Heroin Fiend Can't Turn Over New Leif (It's Somebody else's fault!)

    01/19/2006 12:25:25 PM PST · by CAWats · 91 replies · 2,844+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/1906 | MICHELLE CARUSO
    LOS ANGELES - Former teen idol Leif Garrett is hooked on heroin, his mom says - and she blames hard-partying rock 'n' roll legends like the Rolling Stones for steering her son toward drugs. "Leif idolized rock stars ... that whole life of rock 'n' roll and drugs ... the Rolling Stones. He figured if they could do it, so could he," Garrett's distraught mother, Carolyn Stellar, told the Daily News yesterday.
  • Kelly Clarkson Won't Let american 'Idol' Use Her Songs

    01/18/2006 4:46:23 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 9,353+ views
    PASADENA, Calif. - Singer Kelly Clarkson, who vaulted to fame as the first "American Idol" winner in 2002, is not letting any of her songs be used by new contestants on the show. A spokesman for Clarkson insisted it's nothing personal, but the stance prompted a public scolding from "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. "I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there," Cowell said Tuesday. Clarkson has become a major star in the past year, with her hit "Since U Been Gone" earning both massive sales and critical respect, particularly from a rock...
  • American Idol 2006--Live Thread I

    01/16/2006 4:00:11 AM PST · by silent_jonny · 14,693 replies · 134,177+ views
    FOX ^ | 1-16-06
    for Tammy
  • Guard Soldier in Germany wins Military Idol

    10/25/2005 4:22:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 383+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 25, 2005 | Kristy Davis and Charman Z. Brackett
    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Army News Service, Oct. 25, 2005) -- Choked with emotion, Staff Sgt. William Glenn paused while singing the finale number “Courage” after learning he had been named the first-ever Military Idol Sunday at Alexander Hall. Hundreds of Soldiers worldwide competed to make it into the first ever Military Idol competition. Each of the 36 participating Army installations sent forth one competitor to the final Military Idol competition held here. VIPs judge finals, but audience selects After a week of head-to-head showdowns, being judged by country recording artist Michael Peterson, retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Jack Tilley...
  • "American Idol" Castoff (Frenchie) Is Bill Clinton's Secretary in 'Monica! The Musical' in NYMF

    08/29/2005 4:03:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 315+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/29/05 | Kenneth Jones
    "American Idol" Castoff Is Bill Clinton's Secretary in 'Monica! The Musical' in NYMF Kenneth Jones Playbill On-Line 2 hours, 54 minutes ago Frenchie Davis will play President Bill Clinton's White House secretary Betty Currie in the world premiere of Monica! The Musical! beginning Sept. 21 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The musical about the sexual scandal involving Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky has been seen in developmental stagings, including a May 2005 workshop in Manhattan. NYMF and P73 Productions, Inc. present the latest production at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Sept. 21-Oct. 2. Casey...
  • Original 'Idol' Kelly Clarkson wins two at MTV Video Music Awards (photos)

    08/29/2005 2:56:36 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 84 replies · 1,243+ views
    Reality TV World ^ | 8-29-05 | UPI News Service
    With Diddy at the helm, it was no surprise the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards was hip-hop heavy, but rockers Green Day ruled the night taking home seven awards. Green Day's album "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" earned the California punks seven out of eight awards during the ceremony broadcast live from Miami Sunday night, including Video of the Year, Best Rock Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and the coveted Viewer's Choice Award In accepting for Best Rock Video, vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong said, "It's great to know rock music still has a place on MTV." Former "American...
  • Military Idol hopefuls let it all out

    08/06/2005 3:04:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Mark Levy€Herald/Review Spc. Saquawia Funderberk with the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion belts out a soulful song during Friday's Military Idol Contest at the Thunder Mountain Activity Center on Fort Huachuca. FORT HUACHUCA - The post's Military Idol is up for grabs. The first of three rounds to find a singer who will represent the fort at a national military contest kicked off Friday night at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. More than 250 spectators came out to cheer on their favorite singer. An hour before the event, fashioned after the successful "American Idol" of TV fame, more than a dozen...
  • Military Idol competition begins on Army installations

    08/05/2005 4:22:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 770+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 5, 2005 | Tim Hipps
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, August 4, 2005) – The first round of Military Idol competition began this week on U.S. Army installations around the world. The program, a takeoff of FOX Television’s “American Idol,” will determine which Soldier is the inaugural Military Idol after a final week of singing competition Oct. 17 through 23 at Fort Gordon, Ga. To reach the finals, Soldier-vocalists must first win a competition on one of 36 installations. Depending on the number of local competitors, that process could take from one to eight weeks. The Military Idol program is the brainchild of Coleen Amstein,...
  • Counsel to Probe Alleged 'Idol' Affair

    07/28/2005 9:08:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 326+ views
    AP ^ | 7/28/5 | LYNN ELBER
    Beverly Hills -- Taking a page from Washington, the producers of "American Idol" and Fox TV hired an independent counsel to determine whether judge Paula Abdul had an affair with a contestant on the hit talent show. "Any allegations against this show we take quite seriously," Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori said Thursday, calling the competition's credibility "extraordinarily important to us." Liguori refused to say if Fox and producers Fremantle Media and 19 Television would fire Abdul if the claims by Corey Clark, an unsuccessful contestant on season two, were found to be true. The probe's results are due soon...
  • American Idol 2005--Live Thread

    03/15/2005 5:53:32 AM PST · by silent_jonny · 10,810 replies · 112,862+ views
  • An Illicit Affair on 'American Idol'?

    05/03/2005 3:56:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies · 2,216+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5/3/05
    Ex-Contestant Says He Got Coaching From, Had Relationship With, Judge Paula AbdulMay 3, 2005 -- A former "American Idol" contestant told ABC News' "Primetime Live" that Paula Abdul, one of the judges for the hit reality television show, provided him with off-camera tips and assistance while he was a contestant, even helping him select some of the songs he would sing. "She was opening my eyes to like, 'Look, you sing this stuff. This is how you're going to get through,'" said Corey Clark, one of the 12 finalists during the Fox show's second season. Clark, then 22, said that...
  • `Idol' expose may become Paula Abdul's swan song

    05/03/2005 5:41:55 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 30 replies · 1,965+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 3, 2005 | Boston Herald Inside Track
    Speculation mounted yesterday that ``American Idol'' judge Paula Abdul may be voted off the hit reality show after ABC airs a damning investigation tomorrow night. Abdul, who has been under fire for erratic on-air behavior, may voluntarily vacate the judge's podium after ``Primetime Live'' airs answering-machine messages she left for a 24-year-old contestant. The Drudge Report says Abdul personally coached the contestant and then tried to cover it up. Speculation surrounds Corey Clark, who was run off the show last season after it was revealed he assaulted his teenage sister. Clark is peddling a tell-all biography in which he claims...
  • Stone Buddhas and the Ten Commandments: Icons or Idols?

    04/05/2005 8:11:14 PM PDT · by xzins · 1 replies · 263+ views
    Orthovox ^ | Apr 05 | Sheila Enstine
    Stone Buddhas and the Ten Commandments: Icons or Idols?   An OrthoVox Exclusive by Sheila Enstine     An icon is a flawed representation of the real thing.  An idol, on the other hand, attempts to replace the real thing.  As author Madeleine L’Engle explains, an idol is an icon of which we have false expectations.   If Afghanistan’s now-defunct Taliban government is any indication, L’Engle’s distinction is too fragile for some people to grasp. Consider the plight of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Since the fifth century, these two massive statues placidly watched over the southern-most route of the...
  • Error Leads to 'American Idol' Revote

    03/23/2005 10:26:19 AM PST · by JoeGar · 118 replies · 3,727+ views
    AP ^ | 3/23/05 | JoeGar
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 11 contestants left on Fox's reality hit "American Idol" are getting another shot at stardom. Phone numbers that allowed viewers to pick their favorite contestant were incorrectly displayed during Tuesday's show, prompting a re-vote during the show scheduled to air Wednesday, the network said in a statement. Phone lines will remain open for two hours following the episode, when another singer will be booted off this week by viewers. The contestant with the fewest votes goes home. In the running are Bo Bice, Anthony Fedorov, Constantine Maroulis, Anwar Robinson, Scott Savol, Nikko Smith, Mikalah Gordon,...
  • Channel 4 begins search to find Church Idol

    09/16/2004 12:18:16 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 284+ views
    C4 begins search to find Church Idol A church will have the chance to reverse its flagging fortunes with the help of a new TV show – Priest Idol. The church selected for the Channel 4 programme has a congregation of only nine, mainly ageing, regular worshippers. The show, to be broadcast at the end of next year, will hunt for a new vicar who can attract more people into the empty pews at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Lundwood in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Backed by a small panel of advisers, the chosen vicar will receive a sum of...
  • RONALD REAGAN, 1911-2004

    06/05/2004 11:42:23 PM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 12 replies · 171+ views
    It may be some time yet before Americans come to fully appreciate the magnitude of Ronald Reagan and his well-earned place in the pantheon of U.S. statesmen. But in many ways - not least, the boost he gave to the American spirit and his contribution to the defeat of communism - his was the most pivotal presidency of the 20th century. Reagan, who died yesterday at 93 - the longest-lived president ever - after an extended and agonizing struggle with the effects of Alzheimer's Disease, was the first two-term president in 30 years. And he left the White House with...
  • Father of 'American Idol' finalist charged in waitress incident(proud papa)

    05/28/2004 5:21:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 831+ views
    Father of 'American Idol' finalist charged in waitress incident Associated Press Posted on Fri, May. 28, 2004 COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - The father of a former "American Idol" finalist was charged Friday with simple battery after being accused by a waitress of making an unwelcome sexual advance. Former Atlanta police chief Eldrin Bell, the father of former "Idol" finalist Justin Guarini, was formally arrested Friday after a court hearing on the matter. Bell was released on his own recognizance. The 68-year-old Bell, a candidate for chairman of the Clayton County Commission, was Atlanta's police chief from 1990 to 1994. In...
  • AMERICAN IDOL: The Final Two!!!

    05/25/2004 4:56:16 PM PDT · by Howlin · 267 replies · 879+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2004
    Yeah, well, sue me!!!
  • American Idol Outrage: Your Vote Doesn't Count - A Seriously Flawed Voting System

    05/16/2004 10:10:24 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 76 replies · 988+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | May 18, 2004 | Deborah Starr Seibel
    American Idol Outrage: Your Vote Doesn't Count An in-depth look at America's most popular show reveals a seriously flawed voting system.By Deborah Starr Seibel -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/18/2004Dee Law has been a diehard fan of Fox's runaway hit American Idol since it started three seasons ago. But as the show speeds toward its May 26 conclusion with three songbirds left, the 40-year-old Pennsylvania homemaker couldn't care less about the outcome. A Clay Aiken fan, she lost faith in the process after making a shocking discovery last year: No matter how often she tried, she couldn't place her vote. Law...
  • Bush Bumps "Idol"

    04/12/2004 5:09:07 PM PDT · by Fledermaus · 18 replies · 189+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 04/12/2004 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX MON APRIL 12, 2004 17:00:05 ET XXXXX UPDATE: BUSH BUMPS 'IDOL' FOX will delay this week's AMERICAN IDOL competition by 24 hours, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, after the White House scheduled a formal Bush press conference during IDOL's Tuesday timeslot. "We are going to tape the show Tuesday night -- and air it on Wednesday, and the results from the show will be revealed during a special live Thursday night hour," a FOX source explained from Los Angeles. Developing... XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX MON APRIL 12, 2004 15:04:28 ET XXXXX FOX DEBATES: 'AMERICAN IDOL' OVER...

    03/24/2004 10:10:19 AM PST · by ItsTheMediaStupid · 114 replies · 406+ views
    Drudge Report. ^ | March 24, 2004 | Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED MARCH 24, 2004 11:25:38 ET XXXXX The nation's top TV show is at the center of a fresh decency debate after AMERICAN IDOL judge Simon Cowell gestured a one finger salute during Tuesday night's broadcast from Hollywood. The obscene gesture came during a heated exchange with fellow judge Paula Abdul. Cowell held his middle finger to his cheek as Abdul railed against comments made about a contestant. The image came close to being cut, a top FOX executive tells the DRUDGE REPORT. "We were not sure he was doing what he was doing, quite frankly,"...
  • Norway's 'Pop Idol' Wins World Title

    01/02/2004 8:05:39 AM PST · by Teacher317 · 27 replies · 258+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 01-02-04 | AP
    Norway's 'Pop Idol' Wins World Title LONDON - Norway's "Pop Idol" Kurt Nilsen moved a step up to "World Idol" on Thursday when he triumphed in a singing competition with winners from 10 other nations "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson (news) won second place, and Belgium's Peter Everard came in third when the vote was announced on Britain's ITV television Friday evening following a Christmas Day broadcast of the international singing competition. "This is totally amazing," said a thrilled and tearful Nilson. "I love you guys," he told the 10 other competitors. The competitors are all winners of the first season...
  • General Casts War In Religious Terms

    10/16/2003 5:06:23 AM PDT · by SLB · 42 replies · 428+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 16, 2003 | Richard T. Cooper, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has assigned the task of tracking down and eliminating Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and other high-profile targets to an Army general who sees the war on terrorism as a clash between Judeo-Christian values and Satan. Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, the new deputy undersecretary of Defense for intelligence, is a much-decorated and twice-wounded veteran of covert military operations. From the bloody 1993 clash with Muslim warlords in Somalia chronicled in "Black Hawk Down" and the hunt for Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar to the ill-fated attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980,...
  • Arab world's version of ``American Idol'' has a nationalist bent and vehement fans

    08/18/2003 1:50:37 PM PDT · by bedolido · 18 replies · 334+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/18/03 | BASSEM MROUE
    <p>And you thought "American Idol" fans were excitable. They've got nothing on the millions of Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians backing their national favorites on "Superstar," the show's knockoff in the Arab world.</p> <p>Competition went smoothly until last week, when front-runner Melhem Zein, of Lebanon, was eliminated in the semifinals. Angry fans in the audience pelted each other with chairs or anything else they could find, and the two remaining contestants fainted. The live broadcast came to a halt.</p>
  • American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is suing Alabama clothing maker

    08/01/2003 11:26:52 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 67 replies · 566+ views
    the smoking gun ^ | 8.1.03 | smoking gun
    AUGUST 1--Oversized "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is suing the Alabama clothing maker who once supplied him with those colorful "205" jerseys--size XXXXXXXXL--he wore on the Fox TV talent show. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, the corpulent crooner claims that 205 Flava, Inc., the Birmingham couturier, is improperly using images of the swollen singer to move its merch via its web site. The two-ton troubadour is seeking a court injunction against the firm, which the elephantine entertainer estimates to have earned north of $2 million by exploiting his image. The sweaty Studdard, currently headlining the...
  • Kobe's "Idol" Girl

    07/10/2003 1:10:37 PM PDT · by Recourse · 489 replies · 514+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 10, 2003 | DOUGLAS MONTERO and WILLIAM J. GORTA
    <p>July 10, 2003 -- Kobe Bryant's alleged sex-assault victim is an aspiring chanteuse who drove a thousand miles for a shot at stardom on Fox's blockbuster "American Idol," a friend told The Post yesterday.</p> <p>Despite being cut from the hit reality show, the alleged victim's a talented pianist and songwriter who hopes to become a music teacher when she graduates college, friends said.</p>
  • Is Clay (Aiken) gay? You know we asked -- An Advocate Exclusive

    05/28/2003 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 167 replies · 5,610+ views
    The Advocate ^ | May 22, 2003 | Alonso Duralde
    Is Clay gay? You know we asked was on the scene in Los Angeles for the American Idol finale and couldn’t resist asking runner-up Clay Aiken backstage if he knew how many of his gay fans hope that he’s family too. By Alonso Duralde An exclusive posted May 22, 2003 OK, so when Fox offered me press credentials to attend the big climactic results show of the second season of American Idol, I figured I could write something funny for about fashion (season 1 finalist Christina Christian carried a small dog with her down the red carpet)...
  • Ruben's big night on Idol plays small

    05/23/2003 9:58:35 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 14 replies · 241+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | May 23, 2003 | VINAY MENON
    May. 23, 2003. 01:00 AM Ruben's big night on Idol plays small VINAY MENON "I feel great. Thank y'all. I love y'all." After uttering those not-so-memorable words, Ruben Studdard stared ahead, almost blankly, as rivulets of sweat dribbled down his ample forehead. Inside L.A.'s Universal Amphitheater, as hot lights illuminated his stunned face, giddy fans hollered and clapped, chanting, "Ru-ben! Ru-ben! Ru-ben!" a two-syllable hallelujah to pop culture's newest demigod. The big man with the big voice was the big winner as one of television's biggest hits capped another big season. Too bad it seemed so small. In what may...
  • Inside the American Idol Studio -- The weird vibe at the show's finale.

    05/23/2003 9:54:41 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 2 replies · 463+ views
    Slate ^ | May 23, 2003 | Michael Joseph Gross
    Inside the American Idol Studio The weird vibe at the show's finale. By Michael Joseph Gross Posted Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 2:12 PM PT Fat Man and Little Boy: The bomb that is American Idol It was not like going to a rock concert. The Universal Amphitheatre was close to its capacity crowd of 6,189 for yesterday's broadcast of the American Idol season finale; and if the place was not, as sweet-and-sour host Ryan Seacrest joked, "jam-packed with Hollywood freeloaders," it also wasn't exactly packed with true fans. I tried to pick out people who looked like they had...
  • RUBIN or CLAY? (American Idol Finals)

    05/20/2003 8:14:43 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 1 replies · 355+ views
    Coke or Pepsi? Potatoes or stuffing? What do you guys think?
  • LIVE THREAD: American Idol - May 19, 2003

    05/19/2003 4:04:15 PM PDT · by Howlin · 48 replies · 266+ views
    The thread for live comments during tonight's show!

    05/19/2003 3:55:43 AM PDT · by JustPiper · 67 replies · 1,916+ views
    Drudge Retort ^ | 5-18-03 | Drudge
    DRUDGE REPORT RIGOROUS SCHEDULE, STRESS: 'AMERICAN IDOL' FRONTRUNNER HEALTH FEARS With recording legend Luther Vandross still hospitalized after a severe stroke, concern over AMERICAN IDOL finalist Ruben Studdard's health and well-being has become a priority with recording executive Clive Davis, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Pound-progressive Studdard is often captured on TV sweating profusely after only a few notes. "He sometimes can be terribly lethargic, he moves slow," one top insider explains. Music guru Davis, who has vowed to personally oversee the launch of Studdard [or Dixie favorite Clay Aiken], has been hit hard by the Vandross health crises, which...
  • Putin is Russia's new pop idol

    08/23/2002 5:01:54 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 18 replies · 592+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Friday, 23 August, 2002, 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK | By Sarah Rainsford
    A pop song idolising President Putin is making waves in Russia. DJs at two leading radio stations have been playing the song, but say they cannot be sure where it came from. President Putin, who is still riding high in the popularity stakes, is rapidly becoming a highly marketable commodity in Russia. But the Kremlin is not amused. A Man Like Putin "If only I could find a man like Putin," croons the female vocalist of pop band Singing Together. Fed up with a boyfriend who drinks and fights, she decides it is time for someone new, someone strong and...
  • Hulkamania is Still Running Wild

    04/15/2002 5:17:53 AM PDT · by The American · 44 replies · 418+ views
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | April 15, 2002 | Matt Flahive
    My friends and I talked about idols last week. We rattled off names -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan and General John Jumper -- until a couple of guys confessed they look up to no one. Living life without an idol? No wonder society is deteriorating. So, as a public service, I propose a hero we can all strive to emulate: Hulk Hogan. Before you scoff at my suggestion, hear me out. Everybody needs an idol. Success requires motivation, and idolizing somebody provides that inspiration. By pursuing the best qualities of a role model, you will be more focused and successful...