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Fox releases ‘teasers’ for Wednesday’s Milwaukee auditions; Elton John spouts off again

Front of the line on July 19, 2010 at the Milwaukee auditions of "American Idol." CREDIT: AP

Front of the line on July 19, 2010 at the Milwaukee auditions of "American Idol." CREDIT: AP

Fox is releasing teasers for the Milwaukee auditions tomorrow night, hoping that might inspire more curiosity among Web denizens. Here are five:

Thank goodness, this gal doesn’t try to hit the high note (at least the segment we hear here):

This drags on…. for the longest time.

This guy won’t just break even:

Josh Turner, eat your heart out:

And this gal is gutsy enough to sing Whitney Houston – and get away with it:

And Elton John continues act like a know it all about “American Idol,” if you care. He talks to MTV:

” ‘X Factor’ is going to be a huge show,” John said. “It’s going to be huge, because you can have bands on there, and that’s one thing I wanted to change, if I had been on ‘American Idol,’ ” he revealed. “Get away from the solo stuff. Let’s have bands, let’s have writers, let’s have songwriters, let’s change the format a little, and that’s why ‘X Factor’ is going to do so well, because it’s a different lineup. You can have bands and groups. That’s more interesting I think.”

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JTesla

January 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

Great Elton, that is more interesting, but it is not American Idol. It’s like saying a pepperoni pizza would be better if you took off the pepperoni and added Canadian bacon and pineapple. That might make for a good pizza, but it would no longer be pepperoni pizza.

Teasers: like I need to be teased.

Highlander

January 25th, 2011
6:38 pm

Doesn’t Elton sound a bit hypocritical here? After all, it was never Elton John and …(insert your own name for his band here.)

Bernie Taupin wrote most of his early hits with him but never performed on stage or got any concert billing.

The name of the show is American Idol, not Battle Of The Bands.

Mo Schreibman

January 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

We will call Ed McMahon when we want an authority on talent show programs or buying magazines we do not want.

Deirdre

January 25th, 2011
7:20 pm

Elton, Elton, Elton! And you wonder why I never wanted you as an Idol judge! tsk!

Rosita

January 25th, 2011
7:25 pm

Elton’s real name is something like Archibald McBeeken.

Deirdre

January 25th, 2011
7:41 pm

Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

Are you thinking of Archie Leech? aka Cary Grant?

JTesla

January 25th, 2011
7:42 pm

Reginald Kenneth Dwight, but that is Sir Elton Hercules John to you.

Just today I saw a picture of Elton with his spouse and new baby. Cute baby. I’d say cute couple, but Sir Elton is still a little bloated, and pasty.

Highlander

January 25th, 2011
8:02 pm

You’re right, JT. As time goes on, Elton looks more and more like a character from an old Monty Python skit.

Harm

January 25th, 2011
8:24 pm

I liked Elton better when he kept his mouth shut! As a matter of fact, I like all celebrities to keep their mouths shut! They should just do what they are famous for! Singing,dancing,acting,sports,etc…

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sonja

January 25th, 2011
9:18 pm

I have to agree with Elton. American Idol is losing ratings, and I think having bands or duets would be a great idea. Tired of the same old thing.

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

January 25th, 2011
9:37 pm

so….**gasp** … don’t watch if you don’t like it.

duh?

or go to American Idol blogs to say you don’t like it. i mean, it’s one thing to come to an AI blog and say you don’t like this contestant or that, or this judge or that, or even this format or that, but to say you don’t like the whole show, or that it is dead, or whatever …. meh… go watch Survivor or something. probably more your style — fake contests between really creepy people.

whatEVAH

Mercedes S.

January 25th, 2011
10:35 pm

And how is Elton John relevant on the music scene today?

JTesla

January 25th, 2011
10:35 pm

American Idol is an old show… it will lose ratings, no matter what it does.

Rosita

January 25th, 2011
11:06 pm

Deirdre, yes, I knew one was Archibald and one was Reginald. . . lol.
I remember when Elton was young,
He and Susie had so much fun . . .

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Highlander

January 26th, 2011
7:04 am

“I have to agree with Elton. American Idol is losing ratings” – Sonja, 1/25, 9:18pm.

Yes, Sonja. AI is doing so badly that it only beat it’s closest competition last week by about TEN MILLION VIEWERS!

So you don’t actually HAVE to agree with Elton. It’s just that you’re as misguided as he is. Please feel free to stop watching the show and we’ll just count ourselves as part of the other 23,000,000 or so that still do.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
7:28 am

Morning!

As long as American Idol stays as one of the top 5 shows it will continue. Unless the producers decide to move on to something else, this show will be around until fewer people are watching it than any other top 10 show. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Harriett

January 26th, 2011
8:40 am

Good morning! The rain is mostly gone, and thankfully no snow or ice. Hope it was the same there in Atlanta. However, the wet roads had consequences. I was almost home last evening when sirens started to blare, and I came up on a really awful wreck. It made me cry for those poor people whose lives had just changed in a sudden and terrible way. It looked pretty severe.

Woodpappy

January 26th, 2011
8:43 am

Harm I agree with you. Elton should keep his mouth shut except when he is singing. I don’t know where these so called “stars” get the idea that just because they can sing, dance, or act, that that gives much more weight to what they think than anyone else. Grow up. Oh I forgot, nobody ever tells you No.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
8:53 am

I guess when you get a microphone shoved in your face and asked your opinion about something, you start to believe your opinion is more important than others’ and that everyone else wants to hear it.

Reminder to most celebrities……celebrity news gatherers are just trying to get you to say SOMETHING about ANYTHING so they can quote you. You don’t have to be profound or knowledgeable or even interesting. Just tell them you’re having a good day and leave it at that.

And when you sit down for a scheduled interview…stick to the subject.

theloneranger

January 26th, 2011
8:55 am

OK folks, make me understand your comments about keeping their mouths shut…If you were being interviewed and asked questions…what would you do sing a song? All these artists get asked the questions and when they answer with their opinions everybody says STFU….I don’t understand..please enlighten me as to what they are suppose to say! should they say I have no opinion, should they say go away, what…what is it you want to hear when they are asked questions?

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:10 am

Morning, everyone (and good afternoon to Sakura.)

According to the doctors, today is D(elivery) Day (we hope.) The camera battery is fully charged and the truck is gassed up (as am I after last night’s meal.)

Elton John makes Mrs. Doubtfire look hot! :-)

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
9:15 am

loneranger…how about a simple “That’s not may area of expertise” or(regarding a tv show) “I know they work hard to provide the best show they can”

There’s lots of things a celebrity can say that would support rather than denigrate their fellow celebrities.

When asked about politics…”There’s a reason why voting booths are private”. Why do we need to hear their political preferences? They are only being asked those questions because the interviewer wants a headline. A celeb doesn’t have to hand them one.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:19 am

I’ve never understood why celebrities are assumed to know more about anything than the rest of us. I remember Meryl Streep, Dally Fields and Jessica Lange going in front of a Congressional committee testifying about the woes of farmers because they had parts in a movie about farmers. Ted Danson wailed that we only had 10 years to save our planet… over 20 years ago.

These folks are self-centered, narcissistic, elitist, mental light weights that have trouble expressing a cogent thought unless it’s written for them in a script.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:28 am

Make that “Sally Fields” please. Thank you.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:28 am

The Josh Turner wannabe has a great voice – for a country music career. He’ll make it to Hollywood, but he won’t make it to the live shows.

Sam-A

January 26th, 2011
9:34 am

I have to say that at least the celebrities actually CARE about the plight of farmers, saving the planet, et al. Maybe they don’t have the answers, but they can bring attention to the problems, hopefully getting others to care and try to get solutions in motion!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:38 am

I may have to disagree with you on that Sam-A. I think too many celebrities pick a cause that will make them look good and get them publicity so that some casting director somewhere will say “I want ________ for this upcoming picture.”

I think most of it is self-serving.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
9:42 am

BAD WORD… wrote lengthier dissertation about alar scare of 1989, the spray apple growers used to make their harvests ripen quicker (it was also a carcinogen), but I took my time, and the post didn’t “take”.

Not familiar with Dally Fields, Rickster, who she?

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
9:44 am

So what have Sally and Jessica done for farmers lately? My guess is that they were really into it after making “Places in the Heart” and something something Thousand Acres(can’t remember the name of Lange’s farmer movie)then forgot all about it once the dvd’s(or video tapes) came out.

But testifying before congress????? Why? What(other than a role in a movie) gave them the personal experience that congress needed to hear about? Yes, people paid attention…for 10 minutes or so.

Harriett

January 26th, 2011
9:47 am

That is so frustrating, Mercedes. And, as I used to say when I lost a paper on my computer, “it was probably a masterpiece of reasoning.” LOL! You take the time to think and write something out, and then it is gone. I remember the alar thing.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
9:48 am

AH, Sally Field… sans “s” at end!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:50 am

I spelled it right the second time, Mercedes! :-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:51 am

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:51 am

Blame it on my soon-to-be-a-grandpa-again jitters. :-)

Hank Williams Jr.

January 26th, 2011
9:54 am

Deidre, how ya doin?

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:54 am

One too few Ss the first time. One too many the second time.

JTesla

January 26th, 2011
9:55 am

“celebrities” are welcome to come blog with us, how about we get our opinions printed in People or aired on ET. Sure they are entitled to their opinion, I don’t care about that, it is the idiots who believe them that I worry about. I’m looking at Jenny McformerJimCareydater, Tom Cruise, and numerous other bad opinionators who spout off garbage.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
9:55 am

I’m actually more impressed with celebs like Mat Damon and George Clooney who go out and fight the good fight every day that they can. Damon’s “fresh drinking water” campaign is making gianr inroads into saving children and adults from parasitic diseases. Clooney works tirelessly for the good of the starving people in Darfur. They may testify before congress but they have earned the right by being on the front lines of the battle they are fighting.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
9:57 am

“giant inroads” “Matt Damon”…..I think I woke up missing a few brain cells this morning…

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
9:57 am

I have the feeling its going to be a long day. 8-O

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
10:01 am

Has anyone else noticed that it’s getting colder this morning instead of warmer? I want to know where I’m living!!! This isn’t the Georgia I remember!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:02 am

Notice I said “too many celebrities” (not all) and “most of it is self-serving.”

I try not to paint with too broad of a brush. There are always exceptions.

If Damon’s interested in providing clean water in undeveloped countries, he needs to check out http://www.lifesaversystems.com/

Why ship large containers of water when you can just ship the means to decontaminate the water that’s already there?

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:04 am

Good gloomy Wednesday – no matter, glad to see the day!

@linny – I agree wholeheartedly with your 9:37.

@Mercedes S. – sorry, but had to laugh at you not being familiar with Sally Fields. Loved her in the Flying Nun (way before your time). You can see her as the matriach on the show Brothers and Sisters and in the commercial about osteoporis (sp?). Also, at an Academy Award show in the early 80’s she uttered these famous words “you love me, you really, really love me!” :lol: :lol: :lol:

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:10 am

I thought it was “you like me”

And actually, it’s Sally Field – not Sally Fields

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:13 am

And, amazingly, that’s her actual birth name!

Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is an American actress, singer (?), producer, director, and screenwriter.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:17 am

And in case folks didn’t check out the end of the last thread, Rodney says he’s figured out how to set the page to hold 100 posts rather than the inconvenient 50.

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:17 am

I am so sorry, I meant to type “like” but was thinking of something my child told me this morning!

Rosita

January 26th, 2011
10:22 am

Hi, all. Celebrities forfeit their privacy in public but the other side of the coin is that their opinions receive wider exposure than most folks’. Opinions are like navels — everybody’s got one. But I agree with the idea that the true heros are the ones that get out there and do something about the problems they see — Clooney, Damon, and don’t forget Bono from U2.

Harriett

January 26th, 2011
10:23 am

Int, Mercedes is our expert on movies. I am positive she knows who Sally Field is. She is actually a professional movie reviewer; hence our always asking her recommendations.

wreckedpizza

January 26th, 2011
10:25 am

I’d bet every dollar that Rodney has ever made that Mercedes is well aware of who Sally Field is; she was poking fun at Rickster for typing “Dally”….

And Fox, don’t tease me. Just let me know if Lenny and Squiggy will be showing up in Brew Town!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:29 am

@Harriett/wreckedpizza – thanks. I didn’t know she was being coy!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:33 am

“Elton John makes Mrs. Doubtfire look hot!” – OMG this is such a funny and scary thought!

kelly&carriefan

January 26th, 2011
10:35 am

Happy Rainy Hump Day, y’all!

I do admire the examples Rosita mentioned for going out there and learning about the subject before giving an opinion. The same can be said for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. I might not be a fan of theirs, really, but they have done some good works.

The celebs I respect most are the ones who do good work without making it public. Yes, I’m going to throw Kelly out there. She’s got her pet rescue ranch, is doing great stuff for House of Hope and hardly anyone knows about it.

As far as opinions, I’m with JT, everyone’s entitled to an opinion, it’s the ones who buy it as gospel that are the problem.

kelly&carriefan

January 26th, 2011
10:37 am

PS. Rickster, are you saying “Dude looks like a Lady?” ;)

Oh, and Sally Field’s commercial is for Boniva!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:39 am

Yes, Boniva. Thank you. And, the correct spelling is osteoporosis.

JTesla

January 26th, 2011
10:47 am

Sally Field was in “Smokey and the Bandit,” everyone knows and loves “Smokey and the Bandit,” therefore everyone knows Sally Field.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:47 am

I wrote “Dally Fields” the first time. I wrote “Sally Fields” the second time.

I should have written “Sally Field” once and been done with it! :-)

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:48 am

If you had know, Rickster, you would have written it correctly the first time. :wink:

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
10:49 am

Int, you’ve caught on! Misspellers are unmercifully teased here…and in my haste to quickly “submit” before my typing time is up, I often neglect to check spelling… and mistakes, while forgiven, are pointed out. No text-spelling here!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:50 am

Dang! If you had KNOWN….

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:51 am

:lol: @ Mercedes S. ~ now I know, and I’m glad I corrected myself before anyone stomped on me (LOL)!!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:52 am

We were watching Mrs. Doubtfire the other day with our little girl. Love the “dance sequence” with Mrs. Doubtfire cleaning/vacuuming, etc while “Dude Looks Like A Lady” plays!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
10:53 am

Note to all: Since Mercedes S. says “misspellers are unmercifully teased here,” don’t you guys realize that blogging is like typing on a form on an electric typewriter? You’re bound to make mistakes!

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
10:54 am

Rickster, I have a thing about Sally Field’s last name… eons ago, when I started out in this business, I did an interview with Burt Reynolds for WATL-TV. He and Sally were an item, and made movies together, as noted above, and I kept referring to her as Sally Fields.
With an s. Svereal times. Until Burt leaned over and said, gently, “That’s Field, without an S.”

wreckedpizza

January 26th, 2011
10:54 am

Happy Rainy Hump Day….you kill me, kelly&carriefan! :-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:56 am

The occassional abbreviation (IMO, IMHO, ROFL, etc.) excepted, of course. :-)

kelly&carriefan

January 26th, 2011
10:59 am

wreckedpizza, I do what I can.

Interesting, electric typewriter? What’s that? ;)

Mercedes, nice Burt story. Also, the movie you walked out after 56 minutes…does it open this weekend? I kind of like this $ucky Movie Mystery game.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
10:59 am

Or Happy Humpy Rain Day? ;-)

wreckedpizza

January 26th, 2011
11:00 am

Note to Rickster: someone is using you name to post on Mark Bradley’s blog. Acting all like a Green Bay fan and everything. You need to investigate! ;-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:00 am

The one thing about the blog though, is that it’ll identify words that it things are misspelled. It’s up to us to decide if it’s right or if we think we’re right.

JTesla

January 26th, 2011
11:00 am

Two sum of us, spellin and gramer miss takes r unim portent. We jus don’t care bout nun of them thangs. So come as u r.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:01 am

Hmmm… could be me, you know? I don’t limited myself strictly to one blog.

Does that make amblogdextrous? :-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:03 am

Have you folks noticed that we’re at >70 posts… and still only on page one?

Thank you RODNEY!!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:04 am

“Does that make amblogdextrous?” should be “Does that make me amblogdextrous?”

Thank you!

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
11:05 am

Re D’s earlier posting, “What have Sally and Kessica done for farmers lately?… What, other than a role in a movie, gave them personal experience that Congress must hear about”, I think Sally Field, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep are all intelligent women who take certain issues to heart. Lange has made several movies about “country” people (one was actually called “Country”), whether they labor in the field (”A Thousand Acres”, a retelling of “King Lear”) or on a stage (”Sweet Dreams”).

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:05 am

Yup… it’s going to be a long (mistake filled) day.

sheesh

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
11:07 am

K&Cfan, hint: the 56 min movie is a remake.

Rosita

January 26th, 2011
11:07 am

That’s right, the Rickster don’t limited himself strictly to one blog. . . he r smart that way.

JTesla

January 26th, 2011
11:09 am

If he were smart he would be rooting for the Steelers. Smart sexy people root for the Steelers.

OH I did not just go there! Wait yes I did. I went there.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:09 am

Wow! I’ve gone from just “Rickster” to “the Rickster?”

I can’t wait for the day when I become “The Rickster!” :-)

wreckedpizza

January 26th, 2011
11:10 am

I don’t know about amblogdextrous, but it does make you unfaithful to Rodney. We are only supposed to blog here and have no other blogs on the side. Am I right or am I right?

Man, the next thing you know someone will say that Rodney has another blog or something…as if.
(damn, cannot remember the sarcasm emoticon…)

Rosita

January 26th, 2011
11:10 am

And that will be abbreviated T’Rickster!!!!!

Rosita

January 26th, 2011
11:12 am

“Am I right or am I right?” One of my favorite lines from my favorite movie, Groundhog Day. Which I will be re-viewing in about a week.
(Speaker was Ned Ryerson, for those who want to know.) :-)

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:12 am

Ummmm… WreckedPizza. If what you say is true… how did you know there was someone using the name “Rickster” on Mark Bradley’s blog?

;-)

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
11:12 am

I see most of you are definitely “touched” with “both hands.” I like that. :cool:

@k&cfan – I’ve been trying to see how I would shorten your name. Doesn’t matter any longer. I’ve piggybacked on what others have done! I have an electric typewriter on my desk for single file labels I need to print on an occasional form!

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:14 am

What JT says may be true.

But it’s the incredibly sexy, incredibly smart people who root for the Packers. :-)

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
11:14 am

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rodney for figuring out how to get us back to a 100 post page! Tonight will be much easier!

Would someone please explain to me why I’m craving a Chick-fil-a chocolate milkshake on a 40 degree day??????

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:15 am

I mean… just look at Lawrence Beaman. He’s a big Packers Fan. He’s incredibly smart, the women find him incredibly sexy.

It’s like we’re twins or something.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:16 am

Except for the huge v-shaped chest.

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:17 am

And the chiseled features…

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:17 am

the muscular legs…

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:17 am

the deep voice….

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:18 am

other than that…. the resemblance is uncanny! :-)

wreckedpizza

January 26th, 2011
11:18 am

Rosita- love that movie, too. Ned Ryerson – LOL!

The Rickster- uh, busted huh?

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2011
11:19 am

You said it, Rickster, Jessica, not Kessica…

As for celebs and causes, had email from d-i-l in D.C. She had sighted Richard Dreyfuss at her downtown sandwich shop and wondered what he was doing there. She googled him and found http://www.thedreyfussinitiative.org. “It’s a non-profit that supports educating school children in American history and basic civics,” she wrote. “He feels it’s badly lacking in modern times. he wants to emphasize the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, not just tell the symbolic stories but really explain the meaning behind them and teach children to think critically at an earlier age.”

Rickster

January 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Actually, I just wanted to give the ladies a mental image that would put a smile on their faces on a dreary morning.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2011
11:21 am

Mercedes: I think Sally Field, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep are all intelligent women who take certain issues to heart.

I’m talking about celebs who let their actions speak louder than their words. Making movies about the subject? Don’t they get well paid for that?

As for the Steelers. We Georgians have a bone to pick with Big Ben about his penchant for college girls. Most guys with a penchant for college girls just flirt…..he took it quite a bit farther than flirting.

Therefore…I’m a Packers girl!

Interesting

January 26th, 2011
11:23 am

I am cracking up over here. @Rickster – I actually didn’t read the description because I didn’t want the mental picture in my mind clouding my thoughts! :wink: