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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Avoiding Fantasia to talk about Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Lambert, David Archuleta, anybody else

Since I’m desperately trying to avoid leading with more on Fantasia and her suicide attempt and publicity tour and reality show and new album (which she gabbed about last night on “Lopez Tonight,”) I’m seeking something else to write about. There isn’t much so this is mostly tidbits:

images- Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0″ yesterday posted this rather bizarre bit focused on David Archuleta fans. Daniel Tosh’s commentary about “Idol” is painfully unfunny but he does mock Ryan Seacrest quite well – and the ending “Seven” spoof has a “surprise.”

-Nigel Lythgoe and Ace  Young (in a return appearance) will host the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy starting Sunday Sept. 5. Archuleta is scheduled to perform.

- Top “Idol” digital sales song is Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You,” with 42,000 sold last week and 302,000 total. It just entered the top 20 on the pop charts. (Neither Archuleta’s latest single nor Daughtry’s “September” are making much headway on that chart, both well below the top 40.)

-  Top “Idol” album is Carrie Underwood’s “Play On,” selling 9,000 copies and ranked #47 total. I used to follow album sales religiously but the numbers have gotten so low, it’s just plain depressing. Her album has sold 1.7 million. A decade ago, she’d be at 4 million plus with the same level of success.

- While on tour, Casey James landed in the hospital for some unspecified illness but is okay, according to his mom’s tweets.

- Not a single “Idol” is on the country airplay top 30. Tops is Kellie Pickler’s already peaked “Makin’ Me Fall In  Love Again,” which has dropped to No. 35 on the Mediabase 24/7 chart after peaking at No. 30. Danny Gokey’s “I Will Not Say Goodbye” is still gaining airplay but very slowly and remains at No. 38.

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Rickster

August 26th, 2010
9:54 am

Never thought I’d see the day when I’d be happy to see a thread that mentions “the guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who won?”) But compared to “the girl Diana shoulda beat” – I’ll take it.

Boobs!

Mike S

August 26th, 2010
10:06 am

I don’t know Rodney – to me this is just jumping from the frying pan into the fire going from FREAKtasia to an article full of Archie and his mind-numbed morons….

Just Saying

And I agree on AGT Rodney — I can count at least 5, possible more, acts this year that could have beaten Kevin Skinner last season (although I must admit I liked Kevin).

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
10:09 am

Heck… I can think of at least two acts from last year (Barbara Padilla and Lawrence Beaman) that shoulda beat Kevin Skinner. Personally, Kevin should never have made it out of Vegas.

Neg This

August 26th, 2010
10:09 am

Rodney, you have my thanks for boycotting the skank.

Harriett

August 26th, 2010
10:29 am

Oh, do not get me started on Kevin Skinner. Everyone who has ever played music for a living has seen a hundred Kevin Skinners come in and sit in with the band. There are always looks askance once they start singing. His guitar playing was ok on the Bob Dylan song (yes, Bob Dylan wrote “To Make You Feel My Love”), as were his vocals, but after that? In the toilet, IMO. And, he definitely should not have beat out Barbara P.

*grrr. I got started*

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
10:33 am

I wonder if Kevin took the present value of the million dollar annuity or if he’s sitting somewhere counting the days till next year for the next $25,000 check comes in?

If so, he’s only got 38 more years to wait till he collects the full million dollar prize!

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
10:49 am

Did anyone notice in the “next week’s contestants” montage, that they REALLY loaded up next week with the most talented act?

Michael Grasso
Murray the Magician (just doesn’t sound quite right, does it?)
Fighting Gravity (I like to call them “the glow-in-the-dark gang”)
Alice Tan Ridley
Jackie Evancho

and those are just the ones I remember. There were more.

I wonder if the producers tried to rig the results to ensure Antonio made it through by putting him with (IMO) weaker competition.

Nawwwwww they wouldn’t do something like that, would they? :-)

BIG JIM

August 26th, 2010
10:55 am

Rod,you don’t like Tosh.0?

Avoiding fatasia talk helps her cd sales.

Tosh is cool bro. Peace.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
11:13 am

Thanks dear Rodney – ah, is that a whiff of fresher blog air?! Though I must agree with the Archuletta remarks – ugh. But anything is better than the F word.

One of the gossip shows last night (could have been E!; ET, TMZ – I don’t know) said something about Paula “being with Simon on X FActor, even though she’s signed with CBS for a dance show” – while mentioning that she’s on another episode of Drop Dead Diva.

Harriett

August 26th, 2010
11:16 am

Rickster, the $25,000 was gone before he could turn around good, I would bet. He had been out of work and the family was poverty-stricken and backwoodsy. That is what got him the title.

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
11:38 am

I’m sure it was, Harriett. I was just wondering if he took the $25,000 a year for 40 years – or if he took the cash value of the annuity.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2010
11:46 am

That Tosh thing was ok in places but I thought some of the behavior around the tweens was a little inappropriate.

News on Maggie not good. The bone has healed partially but is still open in places. They’re leaving the cast off to “stimulate” it which means we have to keep her in her crate and walk her on a leash for at least the next 10 days, then she’ll be able to stay in her outdoor kennel and try to heal for at least 5 more weeks. My ENTIRE summer is now officially a total DUD!

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
11:51 am

Sorry to hear that, your queeness.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

Sorry about Maggie – I had a little poodle who broke her ulna completely into. Spent 6 weeks in a cast (and cage) and it didn’t stay together properly, so had to be broken again and put together with plates, rods and screws. Is that a possibility for Mags? Hope there’s better news soon for her.

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

So sorry to hear about your dog, D. At least she has caring humans.

Never heard of Tosh guy; pretty funny. Thanks Rodney.

Have a new favorite movie of the year.

wreckedpizza

August 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

Sorry your entire summer is a wash, D; of course it has been no picnic for Maggie, either!
Best of luck to both of you in the next phase.

Tosh thing was pretty funny. Archie’s head in a box—LOL. Yeah.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2010
12:35 pm

‘pizza, Maggie is a trooper. this confinement will bother her a lot more than her leg does. She’s been running in the backyard with her cast held high in front of her looking for all the world like she’s about to say Heil Hitler. Now she can’t even do that. We’re all very frustrated.

I think Rodney is very clever. He managed to get the F-woman’s name in the title without actually really talking about her. He’ll get “hits” that way but the crazies have nothing to argue about.

Deirdre

August 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

Just ignore me. I’m feeling sorry for myself. Hubby and I were supposed to celebrate our 30th anniversary in July with a long weekend in the Napa Valley. Didn’t get to do that because someone has to be here to care for Maggie. I thought maybe we’d belatedly get to go as soon as Maggie got better but we’re looking at quite a few more weeks. So I’m probably going to be very pouty for the rest of the day.

Spirit

August 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

Im glad Fantasia went out and talk about her issues instead of the MEDIA giving there take on it and dragging it out for the next 2 wks….I really think some in the Media might be a Little upset the she put a sock in it by talking about…..After all it is her business for what ever the reasons. Let’s just move on……..

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

A couple of possible terms for your consideration:

Fantatics: Rabid Fantasia fans
Fantnesia: A condition we wish we could contract… the ability to forget about Fantasia

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

Feel free to make suggestions of your own. :-)

Harriett

August 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Oh, Dierdre, surely there is someon who could watch and take care of Maggie for you!

Deirdre

August 26th, 2010
1:56 pm

This from mj:

Susan Boyle’s famous audition for Britain’s Got Talent was digitally tweaked, according to a show insider. The Evening Standard quotes an anonymous source saying that the show’s production team — which is the same as The X Factor — smoothed out the Scottish singer’s voice in post-production.

Wow! If someone comes up with proof that this happened…..just wow!

Sam, Maggie has had a plate and screws in since the beginning. She didn’t break a bone, she destroyed a joint and they are trying to get the bones in the joint to knit together. This is why we can’t board her and why we don’t want to put the responsibility of her care on anyone else’s shoulders.

kelly&carriefan

August 26th, 2010
1:56 pm

D, I’m really sorry about the news on Maggie. Hopefully, she’ll have better luck at healing from now on. Here’s wishing her the speediest recovery possible. And feel free to pout, I would be too. Lucky that she’s got a good family caring for her.

Tangent: it breaks my heart to see so many poor dogs left behind. Which, speaking of, I found a little dog about a month ago, looked for his owner everywhere with no luck…He’s seriously the most loving, calm, cuddly little dog ever. So I’ve kept him, and named him Lucky.

And this one’s for the boys, because I enjoy any chance at seeing Carrie in a button down and tie. ;)

http://music.msn.com/dueling-divas/photo-gallery/feature/?GT1=28102&photoidx=9

Deirdre

August 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

Thanks k&cf! And you gave your new pup the most appropriate name. He truly is Lucky to have found you.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

K&Cfan – from all dog adorers, thanks for keeping your little angel instead of tossing him into a shelter. Dogs deserve so much more than they usually get in life. That’s why I love the show “Last Chance Hwy” on Animal Planet so – such wonderful people doing such gracious and loving things to help these babies out of life-threatening situations.

Mercedes – what’s your new fave film? I saw the Jen Aniston movie Sunday and actually quite liked it. She’s adorable, Jason Bateman is a doll, and the kid was absolutely precious. Certainly not Oscar-worthy, but a nice 2 hours.

RK

August 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

I avoid Justin Bieber like the plague that he is, but look at this on ew. 76 pages of comments of kids that can’t spell, asking to win (when all they have to do is read and find out that’s not how you win).
http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/08/25/justin-bieber-3d-movie-fans/comment-page-76/#comments

Rodney Ho

August 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

Carrie Underwood to cohost the CMAs for a third year with Brad Paisley next year.

wreckedpizza

August 26th, 2010
2:33 pm

Damn, I thought wreckedpizza was gonna get to cohost with Carrie this time around. What is going on???

wreckedpizza

August 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

Thanks for the photo, kelly&carriefan. Carrie, IMHO, is so much more than Jessica Simpson. I’m a big Cowboy fan but this was an enormous fumble by Tony Romo. Reckon he’d like a “do-over”?

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

Heard on the news that a former “Canadian Idol” contestant was arrested for his part in a Muslim terror cell. Something tells me he didn’t do all that well on the show.

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

Or… maybe…. Tony’d want to “un-un-un-un-un-un-un-un do it?”

kelly&carriefan

August 26th, 2010
3:23 pm

D, I feel like I’m the “Lucky” one…and I tried many names before that one. It was the only one he’d answer to! So, he sort of named himself.

Sam, I don’t think I could watch those. I have a hard time watching/listening to that Pedigree commercial “Do not pity a shelter dog.” And who can forge the ASPCA ones? Seriously they make me want to cry and go and rescue them all. If only I had a huge ranch/farm or something.

wreckedpizza, I figured y’all would appreciate. :D

Rickster, HA! Maybe so. I wouldn’t be surprised if that song was directed @ him. I figured Cowboy Casanova was for Chace Crawford since he’s from Dallas and has blue eyes (very pretty ones, I might add…). Which, speaking of, small/weird world is that Tony is dating Chace’s sister and they hang out all the time. (And I clearly have too much time on my hands… :S )

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

Just back from the eye doctor so I have the oppposite of sanpaku eyes – no sclera ro speak of, and huge black spots instead of irises.

Sam-A, my fave movie of 2010 – and I doubt any other movie this fall/winter will affect me as much as this one did – is “The Pat Tillman Story”.

Harriett

August 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

Mercedes, I am looking forward to that one. I wonder what kind of theaetr will show it? I know we finally got Winter’s Bone here in Columbia, SC two weeks ago at our art-house type theater.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
3:52 pm

PT’s story is a heartbreaker for sure! I’m sure I’ll see it. I’m on needles and pins for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” – it’s breaking my heart that there are no more books, and only the two films left. This is my fave book/movie series ever. As a kid I loved “Betsy/Tacy/Tib”, “Nancy Drew”, and the “Adventure” series from Enid Blighton, but JK just blew me away with the Harry series, and her tremendous growth as a writer along the way. Oddly, the last movie, I left the first time I saw it very disappointed, but hopped back on that horse the next week and saw it again in IMAX, and loved it.

M – I do appreciate your information – you never ever know whether to trust the critics or not – good to hear from someone else first hand about it.

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
4:04 pm

Sam-A, do you mean Enid Blyton? Thanks to her I became a READER! The Five, The Adventure Kids, oh my gosh… are you from Canada? I would get Blyton’s books for my kids from friends in Canada and England!

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

Born at Piedmont Hospital, Atl. The library on W. P’tree (near what’s now the High) had all the EB books. Loved Jack, Lucy, Dinah and Phillip, his parrot and hedgehog. I think (and it’s been many many years), the Circus of Adventure was my fave, but hard to say. I wanted to be a part of those adventures badly. Also desperately wanted to have Nancy Drew’s adventure. Kind of thought I’d grow up to be a Private Detective – didn’t happen. Sad that the ND books are now only available at libraries in modernized form. I always loved Nancy’s “frocks” and “roadster”.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

Maybe that’s Peachtree – I always get the two confused! Anyway the library at Pershing Point near Sherwood Forest and Ansley Park – long gone now, sadly.

Sam-A

August 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

And maybe the parrot was Jack’s – god, it’s tough getting old and not remember all the details from books read 45 years ago!

wreckedpizza

August 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
3:03 pm
Or… maybe…. Tony’d want to “un-un-un-un-un-un-un-un do it?”

LOL! You nailed it, man. Well said.

Harriett

August 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

Good evening! Tomorrow is another day!

Rickster

August 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

Thanks, Pizza!

Hope everyone has a great evening. I am outta here.

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Sam-A – wasn’t Philip the one who could “talk to the animals” -and calmed down two circus bears, whose trainer was ill? My favorite was the adventure where the kids were captured by some Inca people, and ready to be sacrificed to the sun god – until someone, probably smart Philip remembered that a solar eclipse was about to take plave that very day.

Rosita

August 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

Deirdre, sending good vibes for Maggie’s healing.
Mercedes, no sanpaku — ichiban!!

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

Gee, thanks, Rosita!
(I looked it up.)

Harm

August 26th, 2010
9:41 pm

Hang in there Deirdre and Maggie and Mr Deirdre!!!

I felt like a total boob today! I was at the grocery store with Asa, A man walks up to me and said “Can I ask you a question?” I said “yes.” He said “Are you Indian?” I replied “No I’m not Angela, I’m Angela’s mother.”

Apparently I’m deaf now! Thats ok because I’m blind too! I’ll adapt!

Mercedes S.

August 26th, 2010
11:06 pm

Harm, here’s another boob: in spite of severely dilated eyes, went to gym to work out even though I couldn’t see properly. (Hubby drove) I fell off the treadmill! I have two bandaged fingers, another bandaid on my elbow, and a huge scrape wound on my left shin. Thank God nobody saw me, it was close to closing time.So embarrassing.

Came home to relax with Project Runway – which was 90 minutes of drama, tears, people fighting to throw each under the proverbial bus… “American Idol” was NEVER this vicious! Y’all have to watch. Again,wish RoHo blogged about Runway.

Highlander

August 27th, 2010
7:20 am

Morning, everyone!

Man, I feel like a total boob for missing all the boob talk yesterday on the previous thread!

I promise I’ll try harder to keep abreast of things! :D

Deirdre

August 27th, 2010
7:55 am

Morning!

Quote from the bigwigs at AI:

“We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning during the American Idol competition,”

I think we all knew this already since the term “pitchy” was coined at American Idol.

Nana

August 27th, 2010
7:57 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.”

Deirdre, so sorry about the news on Maggie. I wished it had been better for all involved, especially for her. Maybe you and hubby can get to Napa Valley before the year is out.

Sam-A

August 27th, 2010
8:30 am

M: Yes, Phillip was the animal-loving boy. Those books were my faves for years. I never knew about all the other series she wrote, guess the library I went to didn’t carry them – I’d have read anything she wrote. There’s a site where they are all available (diescovered yesterday after you mentioned the other books), and they’re selling for as low as 99 cents, depending on condition, but apparently they are all the updated versions. I’d like to read the “Mystery” series, about more brother/sister groups. Oh, well.

Rosita

August 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Hello, all. Missed the boobs talk on previous thread and just tried to post about it but the censors won’t let me. Weird — just trying to say that’s not a very nice word for something so wonderful as mammary glands — let’s see if that gets through!
‘pizza: many good alternatives beginning with ‘t’ :-)

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
9:01 am

Morning all.

JT.. here’s a little something to last you through the weekend:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=93722

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
9:06 am

I just hope JT’s Armenian! :-)

wreckedpizza

August 27th, 2010
9:07 am

I hear you, Rosita. Though I doubt some of the alternatives would make it past the censors!
Whatever term is used I agree “they” are wonderful.

Who is this JT that Rickster refers to? We’ve already determined it is NOT Jasmine Trias.

Rosita

August 27th, 2010
9:24 am

Maybe it’s Justin Thyme.
snark snark

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
9:58 am

Justin Timberlake? nah.
Jessica Tandy? (nope. she’s passed on.)
Judy Tenuta?

Mercedes S.

August 27th, 2010
10:05 am

Morning, all!

Good quote, Nana… I should embroider it on a sampler.
Sam-A, I forgot about the Mystery books.. Constable Goon! They’re almost as good as the Five and Adventure series. Did you also read Richmal Crompton’s “William” books?

I’m still in the midst of watching “Masrine”, two movies (and four hrs) about a French career criminal with the weird-looking, but fascinating Vincent Cassel in the lead.

JTesla

August 27th, 2010
10:06 am

Rodney found the only thing that could rouse me from a long vacation… Josh.0. Funniest thing EVER!

Now back to pole dancing, I wish Jasmine were here.

Sam-A

August 27th, 2010
10:12 am

M: do not know the “William” books. Did read the Hardy Boys, oh, and forgot when I was 5 started reading the Bobbsey Twins, but don’t remember much about them.

Is Vincent C the guy who plays Poirot in the PBS shows? Name is familiar, but can’t place him.

Nothing interesting starting at the movies this week – guess I’ll break down and go to the Midtown Arts for “….Bone…” movie. If my little one, who is being spayed today, is ok that is. Otherwise, and boring weekend sitting at home with the wee little lassie, keeping her from removing stitches. Hope there’s something good on ppv in that case.

Rosita

August 27th, 2010
10:21 am

David Suchet plays Poirot!

Rosita

August 27th, 2010
10:39 am

JTes: If you mean T-tosh O, I agree!

Sam-A

August 27th, 2010
10:42 am

Thanks Rosita – should have remembered, since I watched a PBS show “David Suchet on the Orient Express” not too long ago!

Mercedes S.

August 27th, 2010
10:57 am

The French Vincent Cassel, who has said of himself, “I am best known for crazy bad guys with short tempers” is probably best known in this country for “La haine” (1995), “Irreversible” (2002), “Brotherhood of the Wolf” (2001) and “Eastern Promises” (with Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts). He’s married to the gorgeous Monica Bellkucci and they have 2 kids.

“Irreversible” is a pretty nasty movie but I liked it because it makes you change your mind in a weird way. “Brotherhood” is a spectacular costume/horror film and “Eastern Promises” is just all-around great…

Mercedes S.

August 27th, 2010
10:58 am

Make that Monica Bellucci!

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Sam-A

August 27th, 2010
11:35 am

M: Saw “Eastern Promises” – Just remember lots of “Russian Mafia” violence. Or am I getting its storyline mixed up with season before last “24″? Just googled him – yes I’ve seen him in several movies.

Maybe Rodney should do a combined Idol/Movies/Books blog in the off season!

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
11:35 am

Just looked on Google for images of Monica Bellucci…

In the immortal words of the great Keith Jackson….

Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooah Nelly! :-)

Mercedes S.

August 27th, 2010
12:16 pm

Yes, Rickster, men respond positively to La Bella Bellucci…

Right about the Russian mafia, Sam-A! Just started reading “Three Stations” by Martin Cruz Smith. I’ve loved his books about Arkady Renko since his first appearence in “Gorky Park”.

What an excellent idea of yours to suggest a variegated Rodney blog in Idol’s off-season!

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

Variegated? Rodney’s going to write about ferns? :-)

BIG JIM

August 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

No fatasia talk? Good.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? How many grains of sand are
there on the planet? How can The TeaBaggers “plan” a rally on the same day as the MLK Jr.
service? Why does Lil’ Wayne look like a baby Predator? Why are there so many damn cellphones
on the market? Why does American Idol not have more booty shaking?

These are real issues that can bring this great nation to her knees!

Rickster

August 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

Just went we thought Big Jim was totally off topic.. he manages to pull it back in! Good job!

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

Another Fantasia free blog entry is up!

Neg This

August 27th, 2010
4:10 pm

It’s almost scotch-thirty, gang.

Hunnzy

August 27th, 2010
6:15 pm

David Archuleta just started promoting his new single Something Bout Love! Wont be long before its right up there. He has been on a radio tour just this week. Good Day New York a few days ago, Six Flags New England today, Tomorrow US Open Aurther Ash Kids Day!!This month is full of promo so glad Jive is promoting him. He has such great talent his songs need to hit the radio to make it! His book Chords of Strength made it to New York best seller list! Cant wait for him to be back on tour again. He has been really busy all year writing a book and finishing this next album The Other Side of Down— #3. Due out on Oct. 5th! So proud of what he has accomplished at just 19. Go Archie!!!!!

Frankentasia

August 27th, 2010
10:19 pm

What up? U dank u can krump me awff dis place?