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Kara DioGuardi coming back, Jordin Sparks opens 7th with 48,000 copies sold, Kelli Glover cut from America’s Got Talent

E! reports that Kara DioGuardi is coming back at significantly less pay than the other three. That makes sense.

What else is DioGuardi going to do? As for “Idol,” they must have known viewers are split on her. Some like her. Some don’t. I’m kind of indifferent. Occasionally, she’d add some interesting insight into the issue of marketability but as the show went on, she became more and more of a mindless cheerleader. We’ll see if things change this year because it looks like we’re stuck with four judges again. (I can’t imagine Paula Abdul NOT coming back.)

What do you think of Kara DioGuardi coming back?

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Jordin Sparks opened last week at a modest 48,000 copies, ranked No. 7 for the week. This, despite a top 11 hit in “Battlefield.” (It’s almost top 10 and should make it.)

Her first album opened at 119,000 copies.

She is more of a download artist. She sold more than 4.5 million downloads from her first four singles. Her debut album only sold about one million copies.

Daughtry’s “Leave This Town” slipped down to about 100,000 copies sold, falling to No. 2 for the week. His single “No Surprise” made it into the top 20 for the first time.

Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life” edged up to No. 9 on the country chart, her highest charting single so far. (Thank you, Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song and showed up in her video!) Bucky Covington’s “I Want My Life Back” peaked at No. 31 and is now slipping.

-Meanwhile, Kelli Glover, who almost made it to the top 10 season one of “American Idol,” found herself in a similar position on “America’s Got Talent.” The judges cut her in Vegas, the last person cut in fact before the final 40 were named. “This is not fair,” she said, very angrily, as she departed. “I can sing better than anybody in here.”

Poor Kelli. But at least “AGT” finally gets to the live portion of the competition next week. I love that little girl who sang Tina Turner. Sure, she has zero chance of winning but she was so entertaining. Who will win at this point? The former chicken catcher farmer dude Kevin Skinner has a shot. I truly liked him. So does baritone singer Lawrence Beaman. (Both were featured at the end of Tuesday night’s episode.)

They did can the Susan Boyle wannabe Kari Callin with nary a word, thank goodness. She didn’t even make the first cut in Vegas. She honestly was not that good. I had no clue why she even got the reaction she did from the judges.

Overscene: Anoop Desai at the Vortex in Little Five Points having a burger Thursday at about 1 p.m.. A friend of mine saw him. That’s just down the block from the Variety Playhouse where I saw him a couple months ago for the Amos Lee concert. I guess the “Idols” (at least the ones who are not in the middle of producing an album) have a day off before tomorrow night’s concert.

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Rickster

July 30th, 2009
9:50 am

Like I wrote in the last thread… I think Paula may be on the way out. Everyone knows that four judges caused problems with running long, and more people seemed to have disliked the four judge format. If Paula hasn’t signed this late in the game… she may not be signed at all.

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
9:56 am

Oh.. and way to go Deidre! You beat Rodney to the punch with the E onlie story!

Should we call you “Scoop?”

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
10:03 am

re-posting from that last thread..

Was watching AGT last night and saw that the former Idol contestant (Kellie Glover) got passed over for the top 40. While I think her little “I can sing better than anyone here” tirade made me much less sympathetic to her… for her to get passed over and some of the freak show acts (like the light bulb chewing guy) made it through was incomprehensible.

They must have a quota system, X number of singers, Y number of dance acts, Z number of freak shows.

And if Hasselhoff isn’t the most smarmy, self-absorbed, pompous celebrity on the planet… he’s at least in the top three.

David Church

July 30th, 2009
10:06 am

The cutting of Kelli Glover was a travesty. She has the look and definitely the talent to go far in her singing. I dont think AGT is truly the place for serious musicians anyway, more of a circus tent sideshow. Please, Top 40 for a couple who juggle chain saws.
Kelli, girl you stay the course . Your time is coming for sure. Have faith.

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2009
10:34 am

Hey y’all!

I like Kara (for more than the obvious) and I’m willing to give her another chance to fit in with the judges. I can’t imagine it would be easy to be the new kid in class. I think she handled it pretty well…and she’s actually a pretty good singer, definitely a lot better than Paula. ;)

Heather MacDonald

July 30th, 2009
10:50 am

Rickster, I find the freak shows on AGT to be annoying, too. I think the sweet lady with the cleft palate who had faced rejection her whole life based on her looks was SO much more talented than that annoying little 8 year old who warbles off tune and giggles at every freakin’ thing. This is obviously not about finding real talent, or it would be much more watchable. It makes me sad.

Kelli Glover was phenomenal in her audition and I was heartbroken to see her passed over. I think I’m going to stop watching this one. I just get mad every week at the aging womanizer who drools over anything in a tight outfit. Ick. If I wanted to see that, I’d go visit my relatives.

JTesla

July 30th, 2009
10:53 am

Thank you Rodney! For the picture that is, thanks for the information too, but I can only enjoy reading the blog once, the picture is a gift that will keep on giving.

I’m not anti-Kara, I’m anti four judges. Kara, meh. I’d take her over Randy and Paula, but then I’d take a sock puppet over Randy and Paula.

Thanks for the numbers. 4.5 million downloads, very nice.

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2009
10:56 am

Right on, JT…but I’d rather look at Kara than Randy or Paula. Just sayin’.

Slightly OT, I just saw that Gretchen Wilson is starting her own label. Someone needs to follow that lead. ;)

JTesla

July 30th, 2009
11:23 am

True K&Cfan, let me break this down in terms of who I’d rather see:

Kara > Sock Puppet > Paula > Randy

Deirdre

July 30th, 2009
11:25 am

I think I’ve made my feelings known on this plenty of times. No objection to Kara…major objection to 4 judges. If this is how they will get rid of Paula, then most of us were right last year about Paula being on her way out.

I think that Heather has stated my opinion about AGT about as perfectly as it can be stated. I can pick maybe 1 or 2 contestants each year who are really talented….the others are just there for show…and to massage David Hasselhoff’s………..well, not his ego.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 30th, 2009
11:35 am

LOL — I think there are more than one or two, BUT i agree, most of them are just … bleh. that’s why i was surprised when the burlesque group Lollipop was turned away Tuesday night, LOL!!!

And
Oh
My
G_d

Did anyone ELSE watch SYTYCD last night? Brandon’s solo. Oh. Oh. Oh.

Nana

July 30th, 2009
11:52 am

Brandon’s solo was one of the best that I’ve seen on SYTYCD. Even the judges gave him a standing O. If I had to pick the winner today, without a doubt it would be him. He is totally awesome. When the contestants are standing next to Cat Deeley, they all look so short. She is one tall lady, although I know she has on 3 – 4 inch heels.

I still disagree with having four judges, but my opinion doesn’t carry any weight. Since Kara has a sesaon behind her, she just may have learned how to judge properly.

Is Paula’s contract up or does she still have time left on it? If she does, most likely, she will be back, unless it becomes null and void.

cookie

July 30th, 2009
12:17 pm

I’ve also been curious as to Cat’s height and just looked it up… her bio says she’s 5′9″. But I guess if you wear 6″ heels on top of being her height, that would put you about 6′3″

cookie

July 30th, 2009
12:18 pm

I honestly thought she was taller than 5′9″ tho

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
12:39 pm

Skinny people look taller. The only person I’ve seen skinnier than her was comedienne (And Atlantan) Pam “Bones” Stone.

ace dancer

July 30th, 2009
12:46 pm

paula needs to go – she is running the fuel out of her 4 cliches and does not seem to have the ability to articulate to any further level.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

I find that Randy is WAY more “cliche” dependent than Paula. What Paula lacks in articulation she makes up for in uniqueness. Randy as nothing new to say at all.

lovepaula&ryan

July 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

I am shocked and I am going to cry this is the worst news I have ever heard in a while I don’t think I am going to watch so I only care for Paula to return cause she wants to not cause I am going to watch , one season of four judges is enough I will not be able to watch , it s certain for me now producers doesn’t care what fans feel so I will not care too right now my stomach statrting to cramp and my mouth is dry I feel terrible and so shockedddd . Why are they doing this more than 90% of Idol fans hated this idea and they are redoing it . worst news ever !SHOCKED SO SAD4 Judges again ? Kara again ? WHY ? She has no charisma and completely ruined the chemistryWhat on earth have we ever done to producers to do it again do you hate fans guys ? like 90% of fans or more hated the idea and you do it again I want to scream from the deepest area in my stomach for 2 hours my mouth is so dry now and I am so sad I swear I am going to cry I love the show I love Paula Ryan and Simon but I can’t watch it again cause , 3 judges are the best 4 judges is too bad too annoying too irritating too awful Well good luck to Paula Ryan and Simon but I will not be able to watch idol next season I dont wat to sound like bad fan so thanks for good times of Idol I am surely gonna miss the show Good luck specially to Paula who I feel so terrible I am not being able to watch if she returns and this what makes me even more sad now

: Fox denied the news I am praying it s not correct and it s just a rumor .

Nana

July 30th, 2009
1:58 pm

Thanks for the info cookie on Cat’s height.

Just received a call from West Ga Medical Center to come to LaGrange. It’s my Dad again. Will let ya’ll know what is happening when I find out. Say some prayers and keep your fingers crossed for me and him.

Lara

July 30th, 2009
1:59 pm

Yeah, not a fan of Kara and def not a fan of 4 judges. Can they please promise us that she is not going to write the coronation song this time!?!?!?!?
Haven’t seen last nights SYTYCD yet, looking forward to it!

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2009
2:07 pm

Nana, hope all goes well. Fingers, toes, and legs crossed for you!

Wow, lovepaula&ryan, you sure feel strongly about it. To each their own, I guess. I kinda liked Kara’s youthful and spunky personality.

Em

July 30th, 2009
2:12 pm

I WILL NOT WATCH IDOL WITHOUT PAULA ABDUL. Thats all I have to say.

falconexile

July 30th, 2009
2:13 pm

Who cares about AI you have to be braindead to watch this crap

Susy

July 30th, 2009
2:15 pm

paula has to be back. thats all i care about. nobody cares about diguardy. there are millions of keeppaula tweets on twitter. zero keepkara tweets. doesnt that say it all???

hey

July 30th, 2009
2:16 pm

KEEP PAULA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NOT WATCHING IDOL WITHOUT PAUL

Vanessa

July 30th, 2009
2:17 pm

What matters is that Paula returns. whatever happens to Kara, I dont give a damn. she is the female randy, nobody cares what Kara Or randy does. kara could drop off the face of the earth and nobody would care

Paula however has millions of fans who care about her!

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
2:19 pm

I wonder if “No Boundaries” is the reason why Kara is making so much less than the others? It was a horrible song. She deserves to be punished!

(But then again, if it’s on anyone’s album, she gets a share of the royalties, right?)

JTesla

July 30th, 2009
2:33 pm

Well, at least 1 person likes Paula. Hey wait a minute, is this Paula blogging with us? I think it is! I’m sorry, but I don’t think the producers are going to read this blog and suddenly say “gee I guess Paula does deserve 12 million!”

Heather MacDonald

July 30th, 2009
2:45 pm

lp&r is a product of the melville school of run-on sentences, I see. LOL I’m not too thrilled about Kara returning, but I also don’t care if Paula returns. It seems to me that the others are just space filler until Simon speaks, anyway. Randy is too hung up on catch phrases and Kara is just not very intelligent sometimes. At least Paula seems genuinely sweet to the contestants.

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
3:05 pm

When it comes to rambling commentary… we can see why lp&r loves Paula so much!

harrietth

July 30th, 2009
3:22 pm

Heather, it could be the Joycean school of stream-of-consciousness, too.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2009
3:27 pm

LOL!!!! You guys are hilarious!

Yep…I think there’s ONE person who really likes Paula! :-)

Nana…my thoughts and prayers!

Deirdre

July 30th, 2009
3:28 pm

I think we need to introduce lp&r to B-shep. I’d be fascinated to listen to their conversations.

wjones

July 30th, 2009
3:30 pm

Is it me or does Paula show up to EVERY show drunk or stoned or something? That might be why she hasn’t been renewed. And the Paula/Simon show is getting old to me anyway.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 30th, 2009
3:38 pm

whew…. kids are getting bored school just around the corner thank Goodness! and to the falconexile: “Who cares about AI you have to be braindead to watch this crap” — speaking of braindead, what kind of person with any brains at all goes onto blog sites of things they could not care less about and actually takes the time to comment???? on something that they disdain completely, apparently??? i mean…

i’m just sayin’

i just have to wonder, frankly how much of the paula-love is tongue-in-cheek…

just askin’!

Rickster

July 30th, 2009
3:38 pm

And JT and K&CF… don’t forget to right click and “save as.”

Amazing what some air brushing can do. Kara never looked that good during the show.

Deirdre

July 30th, 2009
3:39 pm

wjones…Paula is Paula…that’s just how she is…Rodney ran a video interview with her while she was filming a cameo for Drop Dead Divas and the one thing I learned from it was that Paula is a space cadet no matter what she takes or doesn’t take.

Now, I totally agree with you on the Simon/Paula show getting old…and boring! The coloring book and crayons were a cute put down of Simon last year right up until they started drawing on each other and then it just got icky!

Highlander

July 30th, 2009
3:52 pm

lp&r, please learn some grammar or make your posts much, much shorter. It simply takes waaaay too much time trying to decipher WTF you’re trying to say.

I, too, could satisfied with Kara (or by Kara? – that was for JT’s benefit) as long as Paula did not return. It needs to be one or the other. Four judges just did not work.

I discount anything “Fox” says (it’s always some ubiquitous source) since they do not produce the show and really have no control over it.

And couldn’t this ‘news’ about Kara coming back be the producer’s subtle way of telling Paula and her new manager to sit down and shut up?! …I’m just sayin’.

Highlander

July 30th, 2009
3:55 pm

OK, make that “could BE satisfied.”

kelly&carriefan

July 30th, 2009
4:02 pm

lol, Rickster….I’ve already “right clicked and saved” but the finale pics were better. ;)

FYI, Paula tweeted: “Hi everyone. I’ve been quiet as we are trying to work out details of how I can return to #Idol.”

Mercedes S.

July 30th, 2009
4:16 pm

“Return” to Idol? You only return if you have left. So Paula actually left Idol? Or is she just being her sweet, irrational, grammar-challenged self?

Highlander

July 30th, 2009
4:22 pm

Kelli Glover got shafted on AGT. Although she can’t “sing better than anyone here,” she is definitely better than most of the other “acts” they put through. And she’s a much better singer than Mia, the hippy chick they put through.

One of the problems with AGT is the producer’s (and judge’s) propensity for putting through some mediocre talent based more on their ‘poor, pitiful me’ back story. At times, AGT is the TMZ of talent shows. More tabloid than talent. (”When I was younger I survived measles, then I lost my big toe in a paper shredder accident but look at me now. I’m here to show America that you can always come back from adversity!”)

Highlander

July 30th, 2009
4:22 pm

Pacman seems to be alive and well today!!!

harrietth

July 30th, 2009
4:24 pm

Time for me to run for the day. Enjoyed the conversation and comments. Hope Nana’s dad is ok, or if not, she is, at least. SYTYCD tonight!

yvette

July 30th, 2009
6:26 pm

I thought the show was better without Kara, not it takes too long having her comments in. Things don’t flow right in the show anymore. I was happy with just Paula, Randy and Simon.

JTesla

July 30th, 2009
7:46 pm

Don’t worry next year will be better. The judging will start off with Kara, go to a sock puppet, and then end with Simon. We will be back to the top 5 singing 2 songs each, and the top 4 singing 2 songs each and everyone will rejoice.

linny@home

July 31st, 2009
12:36 am

one can only hope, JT, one can ONLY hope!!!

wreckedpizza

July 31st, 2009
1:47 am

Boo! Hiss-hiss! Thanks for ruining my day with the Kara news. I was REALLY hoping she would not be back. Guess my idea of rotating guest judges, including former Idol contestants, is just too far ahead of its time. I’ll just have to quit watching the show…no, that ain’t gonna happen!

Linny, thanks for the rebuttal to falconreject, falconexile or whatever. If you don’t like Idol, no need to comment. There are plenty of other blogs to inhabit.

Nana, hoping for the best for your dad. We’re all pulling for him and thinking of you.

And wherever you are, Diana DeGarmo— good night and stay beautiful!

Heather MacDonald

July 31st, 2009
7:48 am

Harriett, Either way, it’s hard to read!! LOL

Judy

July 31st, 2009
8:07 am

Good morning! I actually think Kara coming in this past season, was Ken’s way of preparing America for his phase out of Paula. Although, she did seek help last year, she was definitely a liabliity with obvious misuse of prescription drugs which she denied even using for the longest time. four judges was too many and I think Ken is ready to cut Paula loose. I would have perferred a judge similar to her because she was usually the nicest person even if it meant saying, “nice dress”.

Deirdre

July 31st, 2009
8:10 am

Morning!

A shout-out to Nana! Just to let you know we’re thinking about you!

SYTYCD was just about what was expected. I think Brandon may have this one in the bag.

I’m enjoying the needed rain but, considering we were supposed to get our hail-damaged roof replace today and tomorrow…the timing could have been better.

JT, has it cooled off a little up your way?

Deirdre

July 31st, 2009
9:05 am

Just watched Kelly clarkson on GMA this morning! That girl has got some PIPES!

JTesla

July 31st, 2009
9:16 am

Deirdre, upper 90’s so yes it is cooler, but not cool enough. We need some 60° weather with a day of non-stop rain.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 31st, 2009
9:16 am

g’morning crew — My only disappointment was that Melissa did not make it through instead of Jannine. [in fact i thought jannine should have gone weeks ago, certainly instead of janette] I felt she [Melissa] was much better, consistently growing and working SO far outside her training. It’s really really hard to overcome the “rules” of ballet to do other dances, and to do them as well as she did …. but 3 out of 4 faves for me isn’t too bad. I’m just happy Evan made it through — may seem oldfashioned or old fogeyish to many, but that boy has true dancing talent — he’s not so much a “trick” dancer as a pure dancer in the genre of Kelly and Astaire. Not bad for a short guy *ducking*

I think Brandon SHOULD be the winner — my only concern is that the voters who’ve been around MAY have a small backlash to two strong black males winning in a row, and thus give Kayla a slight edge. And I think Kayla DESERVES to be in the two two, regardless. My order, personally, for elimination next week is Jannine, then(sigh) Evan, then Kayla then Brandon.

I may NEVER forget that solo Tuesday night. Is it on YouTube yet???

ok so the only relation to AI is that it’s a competition show…. LOL

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 31st, 2009
9:17 am

err that would be in the “TOP two”, not “two two” – d’oh

Rickster

July 31st, 2009
9:41 am

Linny… maybe that should have been “tu tu” rather than “two two.” After all… it’s a DANCE show!

kelly&carriefan

July 31st, 2009
9:42 am

*sigh* Yes, D, she sure does….it definitely was nice to wake up to her. :)

Nana

July 31st, 2009
9:50 am

Hey gang, a quick update.

Since I’m using a computer, you must know that right now I’m not at the hospital. Had to bring keys to my office so the employee paychecks could be disbursed to them. I left in a hurry yesterday and never thought about giving the checks to my boss.

Dad is in CCU, but is stable. His b/p dropped to 57/43 yesterday and that casued a big concern, but is up to 90/70 this morning. All test results are not in, so still don’t know if infact, it was a heart attack, but it is his heart that is acting up. This is all I know for now. Heading back down in about 30 minutes, so I will check in when I get another chance. Thanks for all the concerns, well wishes and prayers. You all are a great bunch of people.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 31st, 2009
10:36 am

Prayers, Nana — going out continually! just keep us posted.

kelly&carriefan

July 31st, 2009
10:40 am

Nana, good to hear some small piece of good news, hoping the rest is better. Continued thoughts, prayers, and good wishes your way. :)

JT, it’s raining and low 80s here…but I would love some 60s. At least the tepms are going the right way for you. :)

Anyone actually going to the show tonight? I hear some unconfirmed reports that Adam was at Blake’s last night. Paging, Peach Buzz! ;)

harrietth

July 31st, 2009
11:18 am

Morning! Late getting here today with all my last-minute stuff to do before I leave for a week’s vacation. Tomorrow I am headed for the beautiful South Carolina coast to be a beach bum for a week. Hope the weather holds out, but I love the beach in all kinds of weather.

SYTYCD: just about what I thought. Glad, too, linny, that Evan made it through. I am thinking he might outdo Brandon if his fan base has anything to do with it. He has consistently fooled everyone who thought each week he’d be the next to go. People love him. Having said that, I agree that Brandon and Kayla belong in the top two.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 31st, 2009
4:02 pm

I can hear, in the distance, Roy Rogers, with his cowboys, and maybe even dale…. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, LOL!!! sho’ is quiet in heah!!!

Deirdre

July 31st, 2009
4:17 pm

Sorry for my absence. My dog Maggie knocked a slat loose from our fence and she and Scarlett went off to explore the neighborhood. We got Scarlett back in a couple of hours but we just found Maggie(who had circled the house a few times during the day just to let us know that she was still alive).

Needless to say, she is in deep doo-doo!

kelly&carriefan

July 31st, 2009
4:46 pm

that sounds like a fun afternoon for you, D.

Linny, I checked in a time or two, but well, I wasn’t exactly in the mood to just talk to myself… ;)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 31st, 2009
4:50 pm

D, glad you got them both back!

K&C, Harriett and I felt the same way, communicated via email— “anyone there, or is it just me” sort of thing… i finally decided after nearly 5 hours to let the world know we’re still functional, LOL!!!

y’all have a great weekend!!!

Mercedes S.

July 31st, 2009
6:30 pm

Deirdre, invisible fence worked for us…

Rodney Ho

July 31st, 2009
6:40 pm

Sorry. I’m at the Idol concert. Did the media interviews but was busy working on other stuff so I didn’t have a chance to post them. I talked to Allison, Michael Sarver, Scott, Anoop and Kris. They bring out different people each night so I missed out on two folks I wanted to see: Megan Joy and Adam Lambert. I did see Matt Giraud walk by. Oh, well.

I’ll post my concert review first, then post the interviews tomorrow when they’ll get better play…

JTesla

July 31st, 2009
7:24 pm

YAY. So Rodney got an interview with Allison, somebody, somebody else, some other guy, and the guy who won. Looking forward to it!

MB

August 3rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Is Kara the only one getting credit for discovering Adam Lambert? Is Adam Lambert the only contestant last year that Kara discovered? Wait, weren’t there 9 other idols, including the winner? hmmmmmmmm..

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