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Talking to David Cook today, Carrie Underwood to perform at ‘CNN Heroes’ special

The news is pretty darn thin today on “Idol.” But I will be talking to David Cook today at 3 p.m. I’ll write up the interview for tomorrow. Carrie Underwood is also doing a press conference to promote her upcoming Christmas special on Fox. Cook will be on the special so I’ll ask him about that. Anybody wants to ask him a question, email me by 2:30 p.m. EST at rho@ajc.com. I may use it!

Here’s a positive review of his concert in St. Louis. (He’s coming to the Tabernacle Nov. 23):

As the show went on, Cook prowled the stage, making sure to pay attention to the crowd upstairs in the balcony and on all sides of the room. In fact, during the song “Declaration,” Cook unexpectedly left the stage, ran through the crowd to the back of the hall and upstairs, singing the final part of the song surrounded by enthralled supporters

The Detroit Free Press talked to him recently, too.

Q: You recently took in a Bruce Springsteen concert in New York, where he played his entire “Born to Run” album. Afterward you said you were in awe and had a lot of work to do. What was so awe-inspiring?

A: They played three hours and 15 minutes. Not long before that show we had done a show in San Diego for an hour and 45 minutes and I thought I was going to die. So to see someone like him put that much energy into a show … that was incredible. You can’t possibly walk away from that not feeling like you’ve learned something.

-Carrie Underwood and Leona Lewis will perform at the third annual “CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute,” which airs Thanksgiving on CNN at 9 p.m. The special features 10 regular folks who do extraordinary things. It will be taped at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Anderson Cooper hosts. Judges include CNN founder Ted Turner and part-time Atlantan Elton John.

- Kara DioGuardi plans to hang out with Ellen DeGeneres to get to know her better and build chemistry before she joins the show.

- People are so obsessed with Adam Lambert, they were all over his music video for “For Your Entertainment” yesterday. If you care, go to MJ’s blog,where the entry has a jaw-dropping 713 comments. I’m fairly certain even during the heyday of this blog, I’ve ever gotten 713 comments on anything!

- Kris Allen told USA Today why “No Boundaries” didn’t make his album:

“Not that the song was bad, but it never really had a chance,” he says. “It was bashed the minute we sang it on the show. When you do that, people aren’t going to respond to it well. And if they don’t respond to it on the show, they’re not going to respond to it on the album, either.”

43 comments Add your comment

JTesla

November 16th, 2009
9:32 am

Thanks Rodney, our goal: 714 posts. We just need the right Adam-Archie-Clay blog to pull it off. That and leave it up for 4 days.

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

November 16th, 2009
9:47 am

JT, need to add pictures of Carrie, Kelly, Kellie, Diana, and throw in bikini girl and Kim K to pull in a few extra blog hits to reach the coveted 714

kelly&carriefan

November 16th, 2009
9:50 am

LOL, well…I got Kelly *and* Carrie bikini pics…er, what?! I mean, good idea, Linny!

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

November 16th, 2009
10:03 am

see, i know what you guys like…

Rodney, I THINK I emailed you about the cookie interview — i know it’s not all that important, but he was one of the last to play the theatre, well, within the last month or so i guess, and i wonder if he even remembers being here since it was right after his loss of his brother…
not only right after, i think it was the only concert he performed between the death and funeral! and athens was so supportive of him but did not get to actually MEET him due to the circumstances…

would he come back when the theatre is rebuilt? was he aware it burned? i dunno….

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

November 16th, 2009
10:03 am

LOL sorry… i know what you guys AND K&Cfan like….

Rickster

November 16th, 2009
10:25 am

If you’ve never seen a Springsteen concert… it’s amazing. He plays for a good 2 – 2.5 hours, takes about a 15 minute break, (during which the crowd goes nuts wanting more) then comes back out and plays for 30 – 60 minutes.

David’s got a lot to work towards if he wants to match that.

(I’ll never forget the Springsteen concert I went to in early December at the old Omni. There were 16,000 – 17,000 fans all singing “Santa Claus is coming to town” during his last encore. I can still hear the echoes.)

Swami

November 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Only a few week left before predictions are scrutinized by Mike Swami.

Swami

November 16th, 2009
11:47 am

My crystal ball say someone of color will have title…perhaps bollywood come to stage.

Cowo

November 16th, 2009
12:26 pm

Sir Paul also does 2 1/2 hour concerts. Don’t know how – I’m a little younger (not too much!), and standing thru the whole Piedmont Park concert with no chair to seek aid from just about killed me! I was meant for indoor concerts!

Ask David C if he ever does “Music of the Night” in his concerts. I found the Idol one and put it on my GrooveShark, and it’s incredibly lovely.

Deirdre

November 16th, 2009
12:43 pm

Hey Swami…long time, no see!

Cowo, Cookie did a great job with Music of the Night!

Hope the interview goes well, Rodney.

Rickster

November 16th, 2009
12:48 pm

only 703 post to go to break MJ’s 713 mark! :-D

Where are the trolls and farm animals when you need them?

Nana

November 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

The animals are in the corral and the trolls are trying to bate them.

Had an employee take a bad fall and got a compound fracture in her leg. Spent a couple hours in the ER with her. Messed up my day for sure.

Nana

November 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

Gosh darn it, can’t even spell BAIT right! :(

JTesla

November 16th, 2009
1:17 pm

Yay Swami! I was starting to worry about how slow the blog has been, Swami can always bring in more numbers. Need to give this place a boost. How is the weather in the Seymour area these days?

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

November 16th, 2009
1:33 pm

JT gracious, i’d totally forgoteen about Seymour! *G* you’re amazing!

Swami

November 16th, 2009
2:26 pm

Swami cannot declare weather. Only idol. Perhaps you consult Miss Gulch for rain forecast.

kelly&carriefan

November 16th, 2009
4:23 pm

Since we’re all such fashionistas, I figured I’d share:

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20309550_20319370,00.html

Mercedes S.

November 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

I remember well Springsteen’s “stadium breaker” concert (his words), which took place at the Ullevi soccer arena, in Göteborg, Sweden, on June 8, 1985. It holds the record for any Swedish concert – including field-level seating, 64,312 people attended and almost rocked the stadium to pieces. The city rests on a layer of clay, and the rhythmic movement of tens of thousands of people jumping up and down to the final song, “Twist and Shout”, very nearly caused a structural collapse. The arena was closed down, and the concrete pillars supporting the stadium were expanded down to solid bedrock. Springsteen has performed many more times at Ullevi, and each time he talks about the 1985 concert and how he’d never seen enthusiasm like that.

Nana

November 17th, 2009
5:52 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”

So much to do here at the office, been here since 5:15 and working on my 4th cup of coffee just to get me going. We’re bringing back the employees who have been on layoff since August plus about 30 temps who have to be entered into my payroll, plus starting on my year end reports that can be done before year end. Trying to say alot here now incase I can’t get back until later today. The next few weeks will be hetic what with the holidays and me taking December 22 – Jan 4 off. Oh well, I’m thankful for having a job.

valkyrie_skirt

November 17th, 2009
7:15 am

wow! im so happy everytime i hear a positive write up or a news about david cook. the guy is really talented and he keeps getting better and better. his concert in the philippines w/ the other david is really a blast! hope he’ll do a solo follow up. and thank goodness he’s more of a TALENT than a showbiz commodity.

Highlander

November 17th, 2009
8:02 am

Good morning, everyone.

Bruce Springsteen definitely ranks among the top 5 artists (there’s a poll question, eh?) when it comes to live performance. I’ve seen his live show and it makes you wonder how he doesn’t need a week or two break between concerts!

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
8:08 am

Morning!

Busy day today. Wedding stuff. I’ll try to pop in when I can.

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
8:51 am

Kris Allen is on GMA today. Still can’t figured out how he won. Sounds like any other singer I’d catch at Smithes Olde Bar. Anyone who voted for that clown has to be clueless when it comes to talent. Idol sometimes casts lame winners based on popularity as opposed to talent. But the worst winners ever were Fantasia and Taylor. Second place winne’rs worst by far is Bo Byce. The fabled Kellie Pickler has done quite well for herself and is marketable with a degree of talent to keep her in the light and interest her fans.

Harriett

November 17th, 2009
9:00 am

Good morning, everyone. I am trying my best to crawl back into the human race, after experiencing a pretty nasty flu-like virus and being laid low for about nine days. I tried to work yesterday, but only made it until just after lunch. Today is going to be more of the same, but I will have to come back for my regular Tue/Thur afternoon gig that lasts until 6:45 PM.

Nana, I am going to have those same days off during the holidays! And, Cherie, nowhere did I see a qualifying “IMO, or IMHO” in your last post. Does this mean we are to take your statements as gospel truth, or written in stone? I don’t think so. Opinion is what this blog is all about, but calling names because of preferences is not.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
9:10 am

I’ve gotta agree with Cherie except about Kris being a clown and I like Bo Bice. Taylor was very entertaining during the season but he’s really a niche audience kind of performer and has done well with his particular following. Unfortunately, that doesn’t add up to fame and fortune for Taylor. I think he’s ok with that.

Deirdre

November 17th, 2009
9:11 am

Good grief, Harriett! You had a terrible case of the flu. Keep resting! It’s difficult for the body to recover from nasty viruses like that.

Mercedes S.

November 17th, 2009
9:17 am

Yes, Harriet, posting a blog IS stating an opinion, which is why, in my humble opinion, it is not necessary to write imo or imho each time an opinion is expressed. I may not agree with all of Cherie’s harsh words, but her sentiment that Kris is not a worthy Idol-winner is fine with me, That pigeon-toed “dance” was embarrassing, and his barely-there vocals mediocre. I take back every mean thought I ever had about Danny Gokey; at least that guy can sing.

Mercedes S.

November 17th, 2009
9:19 am

PS. I refer of course to Kris’s GMA performance this am. He may have been livelier at other venues.

Harriett

November 17th, 2009
9:30 am

Mercedes, your point is well-taken, but name-calling because you happen to disagree I find offensive. Most of us on the blog do take the time to use IMO, or IMHO to qualify some of our statements. And, unequivical statements such as were made give me pause, that’s all.

Harriett

November 17th, 2009
9:31 am

Oh, and thanks for your concern, D. Yes, it has been difficult!

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
10:13 am

Harriet…who did I call a name? I went back and read my post. I simply said Kris Allen was a clown. Now why would that be offensive to you? Is he a relative of yours? Take a chill pill already, will ya?

Harriett

November 17th, 2009
10:50 am

Cherie, it was the spirit of your criticism, and even though I am an Adam Lambert fan, I still feel protective of Kris, I guess. And, I have had quite enough pills for now, thank you, having survived a nine-day virus :)

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
10:51 am

I love how Cherie admits to calling someone a name in the same paragraph as questioning where she called anyone names.

Cherie, your posts make me LOL in my pants.

Harriett

November 17th, 2009
11:21 am

Sorry to bail on you, but I am only here until lunch time, then back this afternoon late. Hope everyone has a great day. It is good to be back with blog friends. Talk tomorrow.

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
11:31 am

Hey y’all….

JT, LOL, indeed. I mean, Kris might be an average singer you can find at Smith’s Olde Bar (or Eddie’s Attic, even), but he gets to make a living doing what he loves. Not every Idol is cut out to be a superstar. He’s a likeable guy who followed the Cook School of Tweaking Songs to make himself the “different” guy. Perhaps to overcome his vocal shortcomings, but clearly it worked.

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
11:33 am

Oh, and speaking of “Superstar,”…NPR named Breakaway one of the 50 Most Important Recordings of the Decade. :)

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
11:38 am

Good God Jtesteroneless. I didn’t know a simple post would be so disected. Mercedes seems to think not too highly of Kris Allen either so what gives. As for lol’ng in your pants, you’d do better to pee in your pants as I can see I’m dealing with a baby. Harriett I was at Kaiser at the crack of dawn getting my own pills dispensed. So I feel your pain.

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
11:49 am

Points to Cherie for knowing the last name of Kris, I’d forgotten it again.

Cherie, who would have thought that disagreeing with you would cause such a bitter reaction. You might want to take one of those pills that you prescribed earlier.

Everyone: Please note that Cherie has spoken; disagreement with her will not be tolerated. Thank you.

Keep them coming Cherie.

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
11:51 am

You know that saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Well……………………………..

See y’all later and have a GREAT DAY!

Rodney Ho

November 17th, 2009
12:26 pm

David Cook interview finally up. It took a long time to transcribe. It’s really long. I kind of did the kitchen sink thing and posted almost everything, even the boring answers to some questions fans asked. I was technically given 15 minutes but I think it went closer to 25 and there was no publicist on the phone cutting me off. I asked a ton of questions because he wasn’t terribly expansive on most of them. But he was polite and answered (almost) everything. I did forget to ask about the Athens theater. Sorry Linny!

Cherie

November 17th, 2009
12:32 pm

Testosteronless, you really are a horses behind. I have no reaction whatsoever. I’m at home sick today and reading and posting to different blogs but this is the only site where it seems hostile. If you don’t like what I have to say, then don’t read it.

@K&CFan. Is that Kelly Clarkson or Kelly Pickler? They’re both great but I think I would “Pickler” if given the choice. I think she was at Wild Bills recently and wanted to see her but other work obligations kept me from going.

kelly&carriefan

November 17th, 2009
12:53 pm

So, JT is a big boy and can defend himself, but turning this into a silly name calling is uncalled for. After all, opinions are like…um…noses, everyone’s got one!

Different strokes for different folks…and to answer the question, Kelly Clarkson, but I do think Kellie Pickler is quite entertaining.

JTesla

November 17th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think it is rather telling that Cherie needs to resort to ad hominem attacks to defend her position. Cherie, you made a point and backed it up with nother other than personal attacks. Don’t be surprised if even those that might agree with your original point have a problem with your approach.

As for this site being the only one that seems hostile, might I point out that you are the one that brought the hostile? You started by attacking anyone who voted for Kris, without providing anything to back it up, you followed by instructing someone who disagreed with you to take a pill. I’ll point out that I’ve not called you a baby, or used anything other than the screen name you selected both hostile actions which you have brought.

The hostile is here and it is you. You strike me as a person who lacks the intelligence to back their opinions with anything other than bitter personal attacks. Sad really.