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.)
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.