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Jennifer Hudson, David Archuleta, Katharine McPhee all have New Year’s TV gigs

jennifer hudson weight watchers 2New Year’s Eve is a great pay day for any musical artist with even the slimmest of resumes. (For instance, in Atlanta, we get the likes of Soul Asylum and Coolio at the Hyatt Regency downtown, partying like it’s 1995.)

Jennifer Hudson is joining the biggest show on ABC, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” She joins Drake, Train, Mike Posner, Far East Movement, Atlanta’s Ne-Yo, La Roux, Natasha Bedingfield, Avril Lavigne and Willow Smith.

David Archuleta will be on “New Year’s Eve Live” on Fox while Katharine McPhee joins  Fox News for its “All American New Year.”

MJ has a sampling of others who won’t be televised, such as Matt Giraud at a casino in Battle Creek, Michigan and Melinda Doolittle, David Hernandez and Michael Johns at Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. I scanned a list of Las Vegas New Year’s sites and came across (of all people!) Jasmine Trias, who came in third season three behind Fantasia and Diana DeGarmo, performing at the Cannery. She’ll be competing with feature acts such as Nelly, Jay Sean, Jay-Z, Coldplay, B.o.B., Bruno Mars and Kool & the Gang.

The coolest thing any “Idol” alum is doing that has nothing to do with a pay day is Bo Bice: he will be performing for the troops at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

- One-day sales from Hits Daily Double project Crystal Bowersox’s album will move about 45,000 to 50,000, comparable to Lee DeWyze.

Here’s Bowersox’s “Farmer’s Daughter” video. It’s a pretty song. Will country radio pick it up?

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Harriett

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

I like the song, Rodney. Hey, Rodney, can’t you blog by using and alias? LOL!

JTesla

December 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Ring in the New Year with someone that had a dead career. Nice. Thanks Rodney, seems that just about everyone is working for New Years Eve.

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wreckedpizza

December 16th, 2010
10:04 am

Jasmine Trias! Now that is entertainment.

Couldn’t get the Crystal video to play; will try again later. But Rodney, don’t compare her album sales to Lee’s; Neg’s head could explode! We don’t want that to happen.

Deirdre

December 16th, 2010
11:28 am

I’m a little insulted by the “no blogging while on vacation” rule. Didn’t your colleagues like me yelling at them all the time for doing it wrong???? ;-)

Lot’s of Idols working this holiday. Good for them.

JTesla

December 16th, 2010
11:32 am

Rodney enjoy the vacation, and sneak in a visit to the blog when a certain person isn’t looking!

Mercedes S.

December 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

Woops…slipped onto Rodney’s OTHER blog by mistake and thought everybody was writing under an assumed name.

Make sure to include on your calendar a trip to the ‘plex for “The King’s Speech”. Have seen it twice and can’t wait to see it again.

Rosita

December 16th, 2010
1:58 pm

Have a great vacation, Rodney, and don’t look here . . . we mice may just play. . .
Just got back from an invasive but successful g.i. procedure — whew. Coffee and food are really great after 48 hours without!!

wreckedpizza

December 16th, 2010
2:05 pm

Good to hear the procedure was sucessful, Rosita. Hope everything is well with you.

Rodney- enjoy your “vacation”…or are you really Santa getting ready to do the toy thing? LOL!
If so, I would like to request Diana DeGarmo. Thanks, Santa Ho!

Sam-A

December 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

Mercedes: “King’s Speech” isn’t playing here. I searched by theater with tomorrow’s date and found it nowhere. Finally searched by title, and got answer “This film is not playing in your area”. BOO – I really want to see it.

Rosita

December 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

Thanks, ‘pizza!
All I want for Christmas is Andrea Bocelli. (Not the Memorex!) :-)

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

December 16th, 2010
6:04 pm

what did i miss about rodney vacation and no blogging?

grrr i hate to be out of the know!!!

lucky ‘cedes gets to see films some of us will NEVER get to see, lol

so did anyone watch singoff last night? what do you think of the (1) [apparent] assignment of group to do medley to each group; (2) judges’ choices for song in the second segment; and (3) judges’ decision to let all 4 be voted on?

at first i thought they’d chosen their own groups to medley on, but there were a couple of references to “the group you were given” … meh … just moderately impressed with the first half of last night’s show except for Street Corner Symphony — they DID the beatles proud, and despite the judges’ comments, they opened up eleanor rigby almost SPOT ON the original. However, the judges DID play very very wise and very very cool in their assignments… although i was frankly dreading House of the Rising Sun as done by Lawson — but OMG he turned it INTO a pure gospel delight. And the judges were right in allowing all four to go through to voting, imho. they all four stepped up and just kept raising the bar. I personally believe SCS should win, but i have a feeling nostalgia will play a huge role and jerry’s little group might take it all; imho they should be 3 or 4, with Street Corner first and surprisingly BackBeat second. I love Committed however, and was afraid last night would be their swan song…so glad NOT.

whew, sorry for the extra long post, just walked in from work and grabbed the ‘puter while i could!

later, gators!!!

Rodney Ho

December 16th, 2010
6:15 pm

Thanks for all your support, regulars, even during this relative dead time of the year. We are now just 41 days until the debut of season 10!

Mercedes S.

December 16th, 2010
6:26 pm

linny, take all the time you want; your posts are always delightful. And trust me, you will get to see “The King’s Speech” no matter where you live. Colin Firth will pick up his first Oscar for this one. When you see the film, note who plays the speech therapist’s wife… remember her as Elizabeth Bennet to Firth’s Mr. Darcy??!!

Nutmeg

December 16th, 2010
7:18 pm

@linny–I would bet money that the judges assigned The Backbeats to do Landslide thinking that it would send them home–and they couldn’t, not after that performance, so they decided not to kick anybody. >:) Definitely thought they had the moment of the night with that one–maybe of the series.

The Beatles doesn’t do for me what it apparently does for everyone else in the world–but I’m after their time, so that might be part of it. Street Corner Symphony appears to be the favorite going into the final, if one goes by iTunes downloads.

Nutmeg

December 16th, 2010
7:24 pm

One more thing–listening to Crystal’s album right now… I like it–a LOT–but I like that Bonnie Raitt vibe she has goin’ on–if she were a little softer, she’d remind me of Carrie Newcomer.

Rosita

December 16th, 2010
8:50 pm

Howzit, Nutmeg! You inching back in? :-)

Nana

December 17th, 2010
7:20 am

Good Morning All.

Up early to take doggies to be groomed. They both are little wooly bullies.

With all the changes that Idol has been talking about, I can’t wait for the season to begin. I just hope that we haven’t let ourselves get excited over nothing.

Rodney, have a great vacation and take a peek when you can. We will miss you.

Harriett, glad you had a great time in San Antonio and enjoyed DB. And, linny, your comments are always welcome whether they are short or long .Also, Dee, glad that your son and d-i-l are home for the holidays.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2010
7:55 am

Morning!

Thanks Nana, and I hope that Memory is doing better.

Had a fun night with the family. Today, Mr Silicon Valley and hubby are helping to move Mr Atlanta into his new apartment in…you guessed it….Atlanta. He was living with his girlfriend for awhile but they have called it quits. Mrs Silicon Valley has a big baby bump and has started to waddle a little. Very funny!

Just so JT and everett are forewarned, I will be blogging with the west coasters the first couple of weeks in March while I help out with the baby.

I chatted with Rodney yesterday and he assures me that my yelling at his co-workers has nothing to do with the ban on blogging during a vacation. I’m not so sure but I’ll take his word for it.

So, as I said yesterday, enjoy your time off Rodney and don’t worry about us. We’ll be pretty busy with the holidays and don’t need a new thread every day.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
8:46 am

Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been off the blog for a few days. Have been in some top-secret meetings of the Council of Legendary Figures in the super-secret, undisclosed, highly secure but oh-so-comfy bunker.

I hate to go back to the previous blog, but… with that smile on J-Lo’s face… and the look on Randy’s…. where is his right hand? :-)

Harriett

December 17th, 2010
8:50 am

Good morning, everyone. And, enjoy your time off, Rodney! We will still be here when you get back. And, thanks for the heads-up about the number of days left until the next season.

kelly&carriefan

December 17th, 2010
9:41 am

Happy Friday y’all!

Just dropping by with some little news from Nashville. Guess who got to meet Kelly last night? YEP! ME! The benefit was awesome. And I promise a full on review. Just wanted to share my update. I got to write a thank you note so Santa will leave her under my tree. Ha.

And she was everything I thought she would be. Sweet, approchable, simply awesome.

Nana

December 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Deirdre, thanks for inquiring about Memory. She has a vet visit Monday and hopefully, she will be discharged. She is doing better, not a 100%, but the vet said she may never be like she was. I will take her the way she is now, She can walk and run some, but not jump. I do believe that she knows her limitations, because she won’t even try to jump. I hope Maggie is better.

Deirdre

December 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Congrats k&cf!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to reading your review and I’m especially happy that Santa brought you an early Christmas present.

Sam-A

December 17th, 2010
9:50 am

K&C: Lucky girl – just what you wished for. She seems to be a sweet, generous, kind young lady, on top of all the talent that could possibly be packed into a girl! Happy for you. One down, one to go (Carrie).

Harriett

December 17th, 2010
10:11 am

KCF, what a thrill!! So happy for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it. It is doubly happy that you found her so approachable and nice.

Woodpappy

December 17th, 2010
10:53 am

k&cf…how cool is that ! Way to go. I really like that woman alot. She is so down to earth. Good for you !

Woodpappy

December 17th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m looking forward to a great weekend. My son and grandson are flying in from California for Christmas this weekend. Should be especially fun.

Sam-A

December 17th, 2010
11:15 am

In case I get busy, and since I’m on vaca next week, and do NOT fool with computers in my off time, I hope all you guys have a wonderful Christmas, and enjoy your families; and hope Santa’s very good to these precious animals who’ve had so many problems this year.

wreckedpizza

December 17th, 2010
11:21 am

kelly&carriefan says of Kelly Clarkson: “And she was everything I thought she would be. Sweet, approchable, simply awesome.”

Bet Kelly thought the same of you, friend! Congrats on the meet. I am so happy for you I will contain my own jealousy! :-)

Harriett

December 17th, 2010
11:46 am

My grandson is flying in from Texas this afternoon. He’s been my life’s greatest joy; especially after the death of my son, his father. So, we are starting Christmas a bit early, but then, who cares? ;)

Mercedes S.

December 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

Confession time… and I’m not sure how you’ll take it. Like most everybody on the blog I thought Taylor Swift was an awful performer on the many live shows we saw her on this past year. When my youngest niece, who is s named after me, asked for “Speak Now”: for Christmas, I dutifully bought it,and then, just as I was about to wrap it… I tore off the packaging, removed the Christmas CD in the player, and stuck the Swift one on.

With technical help the girl ain’t bad. Her songs are fun, clever, and FUN TO LISTEN TO.

There. I said it. Waiting for he abuse.

Mercedes S.

December 17th, 2010
12:32 pm

Maybe that was a “fun” too many.

JTesla

December 17th, 2010
12:35 pm

Mercedes, I’ve never been big on the Taylor bashing, people like different music. So, in my mind it could always be worse, you could have bought a Lee DeWyze CD.

Harriett

December 17th, 2010
1:27 pm

I consider Taylor Swift in the same conversation as Justin Bieber. Both are young and talented, and I know why the tweens, especially, love them. I can see why their songs make it to the top of the charts, as well. However, for my taste? Well, something with a little more seasoning, please! ;)

Mercedes S.

December 17th, 2010
1:27 pm

Now that’s where I draw the line, JT!

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
1:33 pm

I think Mercedezs assessment was pretty fair.. but I stress the following following portions….

“With technical help… fun to listen to.”

I think the Taylor “bashing” focused on the fact that when she’s in the studio, with perfect conditions, multiple chances, and “technical help” – she’s not bad. In a live environment, Taylor is woefully lacking.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
2:03 pm

As we’ve seen from television performances… that certainly doesn’t apply to Carrie or Kelly. :-)

Sam-A

December 17th, 2010
2:36 pm

Taylor can’t “live sing” her way outta a wet paper bag, but she’s really a good songwriter, and has a great personality – I can see why the tweens love her. And she dresses at events better than any of the older, more seasoned stars – always looks perfectly put together, with gorgeous gowns that are still age-appropriate. I don’t hate her, just can’t stand her live singing. When she’s on Ellen D, she’s really funny.

Speaking of Ellen, Crystal was on yesterday and sang the new song. She sounded great, but it’s REALLY a country song, even had a steel guitar in the band. I do so hope she doesn’t go that way.

Mercedes S.

December 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

Country’s where the money is, Sam-A.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
3:12 pm

I hope that she doesn’t go country either. That would seriously screw up my “Women of Country Music” channel on Pandora Radio.

Harriett

December 17th, 2010
3:13 pm

Bye, y’all. Going to Charlotte airport to get my grandson. Talk on Monday!

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

Rodney needs to get Crystal a slot on the Zac Brown Band tour.

kelly&carriefan

December 17th, 2010
3:28 pm

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kelly&carriefan

December 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

Thanks y’all! Happy day.

I actually like Taylor Swift. Sure she is not a vocal powerhouse, but she does write some nice songs. And I respect how much she loves her fans. During CMAFest she had a 14.5Hrs meet angle greet. Yes, hours. Until the last person in line got to meet her.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

Zac Brown can never be seriously considered a country artist until he gets rid of that stupid looking knit cap and gets an honest-to-goodness cowboy hat (preferably a Stetson.)

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
3:36 pm

Same thing with Kristian Bush of Sugarland. What he’s thinking when he wears that little, narrow-brimmed piece of junk is beyond my comprehension. (But, then again, there’s a LOT that’s beyond my comprehension.)

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
3:48 pm

K&CF… I’ll see your Taylor Swift and raise you one Garth Brooks:

Garth Brooks decided at the last minute to attend the 25th anniversary of the festival in 1996. He was swarmed with fans, and stayed in his booth signing autographs for 23 hours and 10 minutes without a single break.”

Almost an entire day greeting fans & signing autographs?? Unbelievable!

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
3:50 pm

Just goes to show you what wearing an honest-to-goodness cowboy hat does for your fan base! :-)

Shirley

December 17th, 2010
4:49 pm

Thanks for mentioning that Bo will be with the troops this New Year’s Eve. He may not have the biggest paycheck but few have a bigger heart. He does so much for people through all his charity work. He’s one of the good guys.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
4:55 pm

I didn’t even see the Bo item. Hey Rodney… it’s “Naval “base… not “Navel” base.

I’m just saying… that’s all.

Rickster

December 17th, 2010
5:01 pm

Was supposed to be off the rest of the year after today… but my job was basically threatened if I don’t work several days over the next two weeks. Don’t know how much I’ll be on, though.

So if I’m not on, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you may celebrate) and a safe New Years.

Rosita

December 17th, 2010
5:39 pm

Lots of great good news about healings and reunions on here today! T’Rickster, there could be such a thing as a Navel base — it’s on the opposite end of the orange . . . :-)
A second-grader at my grandson’s school asked me today if snowmen have butts! I told him I was stumped!
God bless us, every one.

JTesla

December 17th, 2010
5:46 pm

I have a Navel base on my stomach.

Rodney Ho

December 17th, 2010
6:02 pm

Shows you how exhausted I was yesterday trying to pump out so much copy in a short amount of time before going on vacation. A wave from frigid Minneapolis!

Rodney Ho

December 17th, 2010
6:18 pm

Brian Mansfield of USA Today poses a GREAT idea: bring back “An American Idol Christmas” special!
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/12/how-about-an-american-idol-holiday-special/1?csp=34

Deirdre

December 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

An American Idol Christmas Special!!! I LOVE that idea!

Stay warm Rodney!

Mercedes S.

December 18th, 2010
12:37 pm

With Rodney gone for a week, andnobody to monitor the blog, how many “pages” do you think we’ll get to in a week?

kelly&carriefan

December 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

Rickster, funny you mentioned Garth Brooks. I got to catch his show here in Nashville last night. Wow. That man sure can entertain! :)

wreckedpizza

December 19th, 2010
4:32 am

Mercedes- at this rate we might hit 4 pages. Maybe…but don’t bet on it.

Nutmeg

December 19th, 2010
9:38 am

@Rosita–Heh. I glance back over here about once a day or so–I just usually lurk. >:) And The Sing Off has me all fired up, not to mention the Bowersox debut… Oh, and finals are over–my papers are finished, my grading is done, and I’m done with my Ph.D. coursework. Now it’s comps, then the dissertation, and then I’ll be Dr. Nutmeg.

JTesla

December 19th, 2010
11:49 am

Ph.D. in…?

Rosita

December 19th, 2010
3:26 pm

Yah, Dr. Nutmeg,inquiring minds want to know!

Rodney Ho

December 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

I wrote four advance items next week Monday thru Thursday.

Highlander

December 20th, 2010
7:03 am

The front page has a link to the story, “Fantasia Sings At Mayor’s Masked Ball.”

For the sake of the guests, let’s hope SHE was wearing a mask! :evil:

Highlander

December 20th, 2010
7:07 am

As I haven’t had much time to post lately (and don’t know if I will before the week’s end), I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Rickster

December 20th, 2010
2:44 pm

Boy, K&CF… first getting to meet Kelly C… and then getting to see Garth in concert?

You oughta buy a lottery ticket the way your luck is going!! :-)

Sahara Palms Apartments - Staff Protected RAPIST !

December 21st, 2010
2:01 pm

Maria who is the Rental Agent at Sahara Palms Apts. Protected Rapist Danielle Grant, for some unknow reason.Thier relationship is unknow at this time. She was over heard laughing at how The Victim was tormented and RAPED she thought it was funny how Grant talked about victim.Ms Grant who resides at the apts. Danielle Grant 23, of Las Vegas is a RAPIST, she and another man used a date rape drug on Victim at Sahara Palms Apartments 2900 El Camino ave. apt 170, Danielle L Grant sodomized the victim with a plunger. She is lite skinned 4′6 to 4′7 and she drives a Black Ford Focus, She works as an dental assistant during day. STOP her please. Victim is too ashamed to tell Police. Memory just now coming back. Danielle L Grant MUST BE STOPED. She is a drug addict and dealer ( Lortab and Meth,weed ) sometimes works as a Vegas Escort/Prostitute when she needs money. If you have information on her criminal activities Please contact the Las Vegas Police Dept.