Sorry. I’m on vacation today so I’m skipping the press conferences with Lee and Crystal for today. I’ve seen press interviews in which Crystal said she expected Lee to win but didn’t seem all that upset about it.
Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox both signed recording deals with 19 Recording. Lee is with RCA, Crystal, with Jive. What that means exactly, I’m not sure. I always thought Jive was more pop oriented. Most likely, both albums will be out in the fourth quarter.
-Melinda Doolittle, promoting a book “Beyond Me,” is coming to Borders in Lithonia June 5 at 2 p.m., a Saturday. The address is 8000 Mall Parkway in Lithonia. I’m seeking an interview with her next week.
- Kris Allen is opening for Maroon 5 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre August 21. Presale starts 10 a.m. on June 1.
- The AT&T ad with Brooke White, former Atlantan Michael Johns, Kristy Lee Cook and Blake Lewis on group messaging. This is 1:54 long so I presume it’s online only? Or there’s a shorter one for TV? Not sure.
-And can someone refresh me on this? Mike S? I’ve been seeing reports saying the Ruben-Clay finale drew 38 million viewers. I think it was more like 34 million. I don’t know exactly where 38 million came from.
Here’s what I wrote for the AJC back in 2003 about ratings during the pre-blog days:
Atlanta’s infatuation with “American Idol” is as deep as winner Ruben Studdard’s soulful voice.
An eye-popping 1 million Atlantans watched the two-hour finale Wednesday night, according to Nielsen ratings service estimates.
By the final half hour, nearly half the TVs that were on in Atlanta were tuned in to see Birmingham’s Studdard outpoll Clay Aiken of Raleigh.
The ratings in Atlanta were stronger than any of the top 20 markets in the country, including New York, Los Angeles and Miami, according to the Fox network.
A Fox spokeswoman noted that several factors bumped up the local ratings. For one, the Atlanta Fox affiliate is more popular than most of its peers in other major cities. And “American Idol,” which had six African-Americans among its 12 finalists, drew a relatively high proportion of black viewers; African-Americans represent nearly 30 percent of metro Atlanta’s population.
Last year’s “Idol” also did well in Atlanta, partly because three of the 10 finalists were from the metro area. This year, only one of the final 12 was from Atlanta — Vanessa Olivarez, who was cut the first week — but half were from the Southeast.
Nationally, 34.2 million people watched the show, a sizable jump over last year’s final “Idol,” which drew about 23 million. It’s also the second best ratings performance for a reality show this season; after the 34.7 million who watched Fox’s “Joe Millionaire.”
Speaking of numbers, “Idol” co-host Ryan Seacrest not only botched the difference in votes for winner Studdard and runner-up Aiken once on Wednesday’s finale, but twice.
During the first hour, he said they were separated by 13,000 votes. Later he said it was 1,335. Fox later clarified that it was 134,000 out of 24 million votes tallied.
RCA Records has signed Aiken to a deal, while J Records has picked up Studdard (both labels are subsidiaries of the BMG Group). Album release dates, expected to be the same week, are undetermined. Amazon.com is offering pre-orders of singles by each. Aiken’s “This Is the Night” is already ranked No. 1, and Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings” is No. 2 among all CDs for sale. A spokeswoman for J Records said Studdard’s song should be out within a week; Aiken’s release date is not firm.