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Bo Bice video, Jordin Sparks not much of a concert draw

Bo Bice’s new video for “You Take Care of Yourself.” It has a traditional country sound, not so much his signature 1970s Southern rock. But it sure beats his effort at pop “The Real Thing.”

MJ had some concert stats which show Adam Lambert having no trouble selling out 4,500 seat amphitheaters. Jordin Sparks did a couple of small dates with rather dismal results:

196 Jordin Sparks
Regency Center Grand Ballroom; San Francisco, Calif.
July 10, 2010
$6,784; 409 of 1,424 (29%); $28, $12.50

Pollstar (from IdolStages):
Jordin Sparks
Sellersville Theatre 1894; Sellersville PA
July 29, 2010
$1,446; 57 of 320 (18%)

We also haven’t seen how the Idols did August 1 here at Gwinnett Arena but it was so-so numbers in Dallas a week later:
50 American Idols Live
American Airlines Center; Dallas, Texas
Aug. 9, 2010
$313,324; 5,518 of 9,938 (56%); $70.50, $50.50, $40.50

The shows seem to be grossing about half of what the past two years have been doing so I anticipate this tour will end up grossing $15 million vs. $30 million each in 2008 and 2009.

MJ also reports Lee DeWyze’s release date has been pushed back to November 16 for his first post “Idol” album.

-Here’s a person who knows a bit about Steven Tyler and the assessment is not good. He’s known to ramble and is not known for providing great insights into music. Not good.

For a show increasingly skewing and feeling older, “Idol” should have gone young and brave — Justin Timberlake being the ideal. The worst part is Tyler probably wasn’t the first one on returning “Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe‘s call sheet. Tyler’s the one you reach out to after Elton and Cher said “Not interested.”

My question: what happened to Harry Connick Jr.????

78 comments Add your comment

JTesla

August 19th, 2010
11:28 am

Ouch, poor Jordin, and she actually has some hits.

“Tyler’s the one you reach out to after Elton and Cher said ‘Not interested.’”

LOL

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
11:33 am

Here’s the thing. Jordin Sparks is still totally off my radar. I anyone asks me who won Idol on any given year, the name pops out of my mouth instantaneously…..except for season 6. I have to stop and think. More often than not, it takes longer than I expect for the name to come to me.

It isn’t that I don’t like he voice…I do. And it isn’t that I don’t think she’s a good rep for Idol…I do. It’s just that, for me, she is not memorable.

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
11:34 am

I seriously need to start proofreading!

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
11:38 am

Yeah!!!! What happened to Harry!!!!!???? To be honest, Harry is going to appeal to a mostly older crowd(by older, I mean, not teens). But, as far as I can tell, he’s articulate(unlike Tyler) he’s a good mentor(unknown about Tyler), he’s a master with music(questionable with Tyler) and he’s really great looking!(do I even need to go there)

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
11:50 am

Re Bo…I like his southern rock better but if he can make a name for himself in country then more power to him.

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
12:01 pm

With the departure of Rickey Minor… what would be wrong about HCjr becoming the new musical director? As wonderful of a job as he did during his mentor stint… I think he’d do GREAT taking over the band duties.

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Other than we’d rather have HCjr as judge, of course… but other than that I mean! :-)

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
1:55 pm

If we don’t get to talking, Rodney will put up another Fantasia thread! ;-)

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
2:02 pm

I’m trying to do my part, your queeness.

JTesla

August 19th, 2010
2:05 pm

Jordin doesn’t even inspire web hits. Fantasia = 108,532 hits Jordin = 34 hits. And yes I totally made those numbers up, but I’m willing to bet that the actual numbers are very close to that.

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
2:06 pm

I could always make a disparaging remark about Clay Aiken, PBS or “the guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”)

That should stir things up. :-)

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
2:11 pm

D, No…..I’m here! I’m here, y’all!

Poor Jordin. For some reason, she just doesn’t attract the masses, even if she’s had a 2-3 big singles. I liked her and her music, but D nailed it. She’s not that memorable.

Of course Idol is skewing older, the show’s been on for 8 years. Some of us here still in school then. ( :D ). But I do think that Har-RY > Steven Tyler.

Regardless of who they pick, the show’s going to feel really different. We already saw what the loss of Paula led to, so…it’ll be interesting to see how it works.

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
2:17 pm

…and in “random, maybe no one else, but me cares” Kelly Update: she is still working on her next album. I supposed it might be delayed since someone hacked her computer and stole about 18 songs that she’d been working on. She has The. Worst. Luck. Ever. when it comes to her music being leaked on the web.

Oh, and she also got a new Maltese puppy, that she named: Security. I supposed so she can call it loudly, “Security! Come here!” (Reminds me of a friend who was insistent on naming his next dog “Damm!t.”

RxDawg

August 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

I’m actually kind of surprised about Jordan. I’ve always thought of her as one of the most polished and talented winners from Idol. She is certainly in the better half of all of the Idol winners.

Meh, then again, I don’t buy her albums. But I don’t buy any Idol albums. I do have a Bo Bice CD (thanks to Rodney).

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
2:32 pm

Justin Guarini has been picked to play Patti Lupone’s son in the Broadway musical version of Woman On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. This is a coup for Justin. Patti Lupone is one of the most respected actresses on Broadway.

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
2:35 pm

hey K&CF, someone else may point out that Idol’s been on 9 years.. but not me. I’m not going to do that.

JTesla

August 19th, 2010
2:51 pm

Rodney, we need a Justin Guarini interview!

Heather MacDonald

August 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

Not on topic at all, but did Highlander see yet that Dagmar C-cup is leaving Channel 46 news at the end of the year? LOL

K&C Fan… I really do care about Kelly’s album. Completely blows that someone stole tracks from her. Just wait… Beyonce will mysteriously have another “sound-alike” hit. LOL Only kidding!!

Sam-A

August 19th, 2010
3:31 pm

K&C – I too care about Kelly and her music, tho not in the same way you care. I think she’s got just about the best female voice ever, and has made some really great records. Like with the Beatles, however, there are a few songs I don’t like. Have all her albums – I hope this doesn’t delay the next one. One song I HATE is the one on the latest album that starts out “I’m not your love monkey” UGH! Too old to remember song titles of ones I don’t like.

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
3:34 pm

Rickster, Idol premiered during the summer of 2002 with Kelly being crowned the winner on Sept 4th, 2002. (Yes, I remember the exact date, not sure what that says about me, ha!) But that’s why I say it’s been 8 years. Season 2 started on January of 2003. So, two seasons in less than a year explains the discrepancy. :)

Heather, I just was thinking of a clever title. Glad to have you onboard. This is not the first time this has happened to her, btw. Back before All I Ever Wanted came out, someone hacked one of her guitarist’s computers and stole 4 demos. She ended up only using on of those songs (completely rearranged), Ready. And Oy, Another Already Gone/Halo? Eek.

JTesla

August 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

Heather, even though I’m not in the area I do know who that is (thanks to Rodney’s other blog) and that is a loss, yes I’m a big fan. Not as big a fan as I am of Jen Hobby, but then I do like my Hobby’s.

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Oh, Sam-A, lol, good that I’m the only one around here that “cares” that way. I will just bear that cross for y’all. And the song, is Whyyawannabringmedown. I can understand why you don’t like it. I do and it reminds me of a slight old school No Doubt tune. The one from that albun I wasn’t too fond of, was If No One Will Listen. It felt a bit too Because of You: Pt 2 for me. Tho, I did really like BoY.

And am I hijacking the blog with Kelly stuff? “…not that there’s anything wrong with that.” ;)

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

JT, Jenn Hobby? Ha. I take it you’ll watch her tomorrow on Regis & Kelly? I think it’ll set the DVR to see how she does.

Rodney Ho

August 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

JTesla’s page view number estimates are not far off!

Rodney Ho

August 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Poor Kelly got her computer hacked? She really does have bad luck with such things, eh?

Rodney Ho

August 19th, 2010
3:45 pm

And oh, it was NOT me!

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

Ha, Rodney. Yeah…and it wasn’t me either! :)

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
4:06 pm

JT…the former Mr Hollywood used to intern for Jenn Hobby. Would you like an intro?

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
4:25 pm

That’s why I said I wouldn’t point that out, K&CF! :-)

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

It’s too easy to assume that just because it’s had 9 seasons that it’s been on 9 years! 8-O

kelly&carriefan

August 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

LOL, Rickster, true enough.

Sam-A

August 19th, 2010
4:32 pm

just Youtubed Kelly’s whole season. That girl really had the talent not only to sing the best by far, but man did she unfailingly choose completely the right song for her every single time. I’ve now added “Don’t Play That Song” to my Grooveshark. And came across her version(s) of “Cryin” (the Arrowsmith song), and it’s on there too. She does a better version of that than the “guy we apparently are stuck with instead of our beloved HCJr”

Supposed to be stormy tonight – AJC is calling it “the perfect storm” when mixed with Braves traffic. Glad I live North of that mess downtown! Everyone heading down 75/85 drive careful tonight.

JTesla

August 19th, 2010
4:36 pm

Sad about the numbers. I won’t complain about the Fantasia threads, because you have to give the masses what they want.

K&Cfan: DVR is set. Deirdre: that would be a great idea on paper. But… reality would set in, and truth be told reality is actually a lot more fun. That is as long as I can continue to sprinkle my reality with a healthy dose of fantasy. What kind of fantasy: well let’s just say that Jenn Hobby occupies the token blond spot on my “list”.

Mercedes S.

August 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

WHO IS JENN HOBBY?

Rickster

August 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

Oh oh… it’s time for me to head out of here so I won’t have to “take it” any more today. :-)

Hope everyone has a great evening.

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Mercedes, Jenn Hobby is one of the gang on The Bert Show, Atlanta’s favorite morning radio show.

Highlander

August 19th, 2010
6:39 pm

Yes, it’s truly a sad day in Atlanta weather reporting. Although Dagmar isn’t really a meteorologist, she does have a couple other fine points. :wink:

Mercedes S.

August 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

Thanks, D. Not familiar with the Bert Show.
Tonight’s “Project Runway!” That, or “The Last Exorcism”.

Mercedes S.

August 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

What a slow-moving thread, though.

Highlander

August 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

blkshepherd (from the last thread), I’m a big Journey fan from way back so I would prefer Steve Perry over Steven Tyler any day.

My Top 5 candidates for male judge:
1. Harry C, Jr – showed real personality and honesty as a mentor.
2. David Foster – was a great mentor, also, and I believe he’s be brutally honest.
3. Steve Perry – great vocal chops.
4. Neil Patrick Harris – wasn’t afraid to speak his mind when guest judging.
5. ME – But I’d probably be too honest for them. (”As singing goes, …you have a lovely SPEAKING voice.”)

While I agree that Berry Gordy or Clive Davis (or Smokey Robinson?) might make good judges, they’re a bit too far down life’s highway. And, unfortunately, many of the younger audience that AI wants to target don’t even know who they are.

Mercedes S.

August 19th, 2010
7:19 pm

In other AJC news… I want to see a picture of that lice-infested, 158 pound 5-year old from Cobb county…

Deirdre

August 19th, 2010
8:10 pm

I like your choices, Highlander. All of them are better than Steven Tyler.

Harm

August 19th, 2010
11:02 pm

I’m going to Florida tomorrow! Yay me! Talk to ya’ll soon!

JTesla

August 20th, 2010
1:21 am

Bah I’m stuck in moderation la-la land. Here:

Have fun in Florida Harm. I’ll be here tomorrow, but after that I’m gone for a week. I’m going to go and train to do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H1zjRU8hBo&feature=player_embedded

Yeah, should only take a week of training right?

JTesla

August 20th, 2010
1:22 am

Either that or I’ll spend a week trying to get some of this stuff, because it looks really good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I05TvKaufo&feature=player_embedded

Deirdre

August 20th, 2010
7:53 am

Morning!

Harm, have fun in Florida.

LOL! JT. We’ll just have to muddle through without you. I’ll ask Rodney to hold off on any Fantasia threads until you return. I know you wouldn’t want to miss that!

Deirdre

August 20th, 2010
7:55 am

Hubby is making waffles. I may be the pancake master in this house but hubby has brought waffles to a whole new level!

Harriett

August 20th, 2010
8:09 am

Mmmm, waffles. Pass me a couple, would you? Oh, and good morning!

Lara

August 20th, 2010
8:27 am

THANK YOU RODNEY!!! That was a great way to start my Friday morning!!!
Way country, but I still love his tone and his voice – love Bo Bice. Oh wait, y’all knew that already…
Mmmmm, waffles…..

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
8:35 am

If you want advice on French Toast, your queeness…. I’m your man! :-)

Harriett

August 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Rickster, I will have bananas on mine! :)

kelly&carriefan

August 20th, 2010
8:42 am

Sam-A, not sure if the Cryin’ version you was from Lifetime’s Women Rock special, but you should also check out the version of Free Your Mind with En Vogue that Kelly did for it. She was really good with that…

Highlander, loved your list.

kelly&carriefan

August 20th, 2010
8:45 am

Oh, and Happy Friday y’all!

Hmm, French Toast, Waffles, Kelly…I mean, what?

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
8:48 am

I like strawberries on mine. (yum)

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
8:56 am

Finally decided to watch the video. Did anyone else notice that at the beginning, it said the title was “You Take Yourself With You” rather than “You Take Care of Yourself?”

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
9:09 am

Quick thoughts on the video:

1. The title is “You Take Yourself With You”
2. Cool Car!
3. Camera gets waaaaaaay too close too often.
4. The song was a great fit for Bo & his voice. I think he’s got a future in country
5. Mranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” is a better retrospective song

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
10:59 am

Man…. where did everyone go?

Deirdre

August 20th, 2010
11:01 am

More fuel for the judges’ fire….Mariah Carey is in negotiations. Word is she wants the job!

Deirdre

August 20th, 2010
11:02 am

Heading out for a haircut. Back later!

Harriett

August 20th, 2010
11:10 am

Sorry, Rickster. Students keep interfering with my blogging ;) I am in and out these days, anyway.

Mariah Carey will definitely not be a fit for this panel. When I say it out loud, it seems really, really strange: “Steven Tyler. Mariah Carey.” :roll:

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
11:11 am

Don’t tell that to your hair stylist, your queeness… or they’ll make a serious mistake with your hair!

JTesla

August 20th, 2010
11:13 am

“Mariah Carey” sorry we already have Steven Tyler and we don’t need two people who espouse the virtues of butterflies.

wreckedpizza

August 20th, 2010
11:19 am

Say no to Mariah and go after Gwen Stefani! Or Dagmar Midcap…that could work.

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
11:19 am

JTesla

August 20th, 2010
11:42 am

Perhaps the Idol producers realized that they couldn’t give us ‘really good’, and they didn’t want to go with ‘mediocre’, so they decided to try the ‘awesomely bad’ approach.

wreckedpizza

August 20th, 2010
12:06 pm

How awesomely bad would this panel be: Steven Tyler, Howard Stern and Joe Jonas? Boggles the ole mind doesn’t it?

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
1:01 pm

Give me a lobotomy and then maybe I could consider that panel.

Of course, watching a whole season of that panel would likely have the same effect.

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
1:11 pm

Would that be a horribly bad panel?

In the word of Joe Jonas…. “Yeah”

kelly&carriefan

August 20th, 2010
1:29 pm

Mariah Carey? Oy. And they thought J Lo was a diva?! :shock:

The more I think about this, the more I’m coming to the conclusion that the producers are just turning Idol into a parody of itself. :eyeroll:

wreckedpizza

August 20th, 2010
1:29 pm

But, it could also be terribly entertaining. Steven could tumble for us, Joe could try to think of another word to add to his critiques, and Howard could comment on the female contestants’ racks and maybe question Ryan Seacrest’s sexuality. Oh, what fun!

Deirdre

August 20th, 2010
1:48 pm

I think Mariah’s name is out there so we’ll be more accepting of JLo……cuz seriously, there is no diva like a Mariah Carey diva!

Rickster

August 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

I wonder if Maria’s pushing for a cushy job like that since Nick’s got the AGT gig?

I mean… how easy is it?

There are 6 – 8 auditions cities = 12 – 16 days.
There’s Hollywood week = 5 days
There’s one two live shows per week for, what 12 weeks? = 24 days

That means roughly 45 working days per year. And they get how many millions per year?

wreckedpizza

August 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

In other important news today: Kim Kardashian has decided to wait a while before having kids. Don’t know why we need to know that but it has been reported. JT can probably inform us of the monumental impact of this news…yeah.

JTesla

August 20th, 2010
2:27 pm

wreckedpizza, that deserves a new thread, especially since her Ryan Seacrest produced series is getting ready to start up again. You know she has the hips for pushing out a few kids, just saying.

So what happened to Rosita?

wreckedpizza

August 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

Yes, JTesla, I remember the full-on pic of those hips a few weeks back—–yessiree!

Rosita seems to be MIA, BTW.

Rodney Ho

August 20th, 2010
2:47 pm

New blog entry up!

Connie D.

August 20th, 2010
3:16 pm

Rodney, you need to remove the Sellersville entry for Jordin. She did not play that gig. It was posted on MJ’s, but is now removed. Also never listed on IdolStages.com

blkshepherd

August 30th, 2010
2:30 pm

Can any one tell me why Jordan Sparks won? She never came close to putting any toot in my horn. She was boring from day one and on AI.she always looks like shes about to go to a prom. her outfits left a lot to be desired, and looks un sure of herself..Her winning was a Fluke, along with a few others I shall not name but AI bloggers KNOW who
they are..well let just say..manage to slide on through with the crown.

Kelly Clarkson, Adam, Clay, and the blond(her name escapes me but shes always winning Country awards)all of them are Really unique..The rest..forgetable. Fanny the Tasia, disappointing(she needs to fire her manager and who ever dresses her) Ruben who? Chris who? Cook who? even Taylor let me down and I still think he got Soul(except soul dont sell like POP..sorry Taylor you chose wrong genre of music(Even Michael Jackson didnt stick with soul music and Neither did James Brown(Living in America wasent exactly his Most Soulful tune(he James tried to cross over to Pop Lol with his two white go go dancers (bad managers I guess) Daughtrys ok. nothing I would go out and buy. And I had such high hopes for the show after Fanny the tashia won. oh the pain..the pain :-(