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Video: does Scotty have a real future?

I ponder Scotty, “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” here:

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Randy Jackson: all judges will be back in 2012

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We’ve all speculated that Jennifer Lopez and/or Steven Tyler might not be around in 2012. Tyler has a new single and a book. Lopez’s music career has been resurrected. And “Idol” has been a factor.

Is the exposure and time commitment is worth sticking around another year? Perhaps.

Randy Jackson told George Lopez on “Lopez Tonight” on TBS he’ll be back for an 11th year and his two partners will be there, too.

Then again, J. Lo hasn’t been quite so definitive in other news reports.

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Interview with Kara DioGuardi for new Bravo show ‘Platinum Hit’

Jewel with Kara DioGuardi on "Platinum Hit," debuting Tuesday, May 30, on Bravo

Jewel with Kara DioGuardi on "Platinum Hit," debuting Monday, May 30, 2011 on Bravo

Kara DioGuardi, a songwriter with dozens of top 10 hits, is now nearly a year removed from her last appearance on “American Idol.”

She was thrust into a thankless role on that show, meaning a role nobody quite knew. She didn’t either, based on her book “A Helluva High Note.”

So when she sensed that “Idol” producers last year weren’t 100% committed to her, she decided to beat them to the punch and resigned first. That also opened up doors for her, including a Bravo reality show that fits better in her lane: a competition among songwriters.

“I love that it’s a show that brings songwriters to light,” she said in a phone interview earlier this month. “A lot of people don’t even know it’s a job. There’s an army of people who do this on a daily basis and make a great living out of it.”

Here are her takes on various topics:

- Gone Country: DioGuardi has recently had great success in the country music …

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Top 4 coming to Microsoft Store at Lenox Saturday 4 p.m.

Haley Reinhart, with Tony Bennett during the finale, is scheduled to perform in Atlanta at Lenox Square Mall with Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

Haley Reinhart, with Tony Bennett during the finale, is scheduled to perform in Atlanta at Lenox Square Mall with Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin will be doing a concert for Microsoft at Lenox Square Mall at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

I’m out of town and will miss this spectacle, which will be a zoo for sure. (Sorry for the lateness of this. Microsoft never sent me info about this. I saw it on MJ’s blog just moments ago.)

According to the special event Facebook page, there were only general admission tickets available at the store as of 4 p.m. today. The concert itself will take place in the North Lenox Square parking lot. Wish I could be there!

It’s to celebrate the opening of the Microsoft store at that mall. I can’t imagine how much Microsoft is paying for this!

Here’s more info:

There will be two entrance areas clearly marked, one for premier viewing and another for …

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Nigel Lythgoe sort of, um, forgot about Lee DeWyze

Lee DeWyze. AP photo/Richard Drew

Lee DeWyze. AP photo/Richard Drew

“Idol” has its own pomp and circumstance. Over the years, one of those “traditions” which I never paid much attention to was the “passing of the crown.”

That means the winner from the year before comes on stage to congratulate the current winner, or something like that. Or they at least perform at some point during the finale. Honestly, this isn’t a big deal to me. But Lee DeWyze fans (yes, there are a few of them) went ballistic when they found out a few days ago that Lee wasn’t invited to perform or even come on stage for the finale. They viewed this as a deliberate diss of a man who has shown the least success of any winner to date and a symbol of how awful season nine was.

So it was interesting that Nigel Lythgoe, who wasn’t around a year ago and knows very well that a good number of folks didn’t care for season nine, asked Lee at the last second (literally) to come on stage to congratulate Scott McCreery. Lee, who was at least in the …

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Scotty McCreery gets $250K for winning plus merch sales

AP photo after the finale May 25, 2011 of Scotty McCreery

AP photo after the finale May 25, 2011 of Scotty McCreery

Because Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are both minors, a court in California had to approve the contracts. They also are made public, according to the Associated Press.

So we learned that Scotty is guaranteed $250,000 with an album. Lauren gets a guaranteed $87,500 and another $87,500 for an album. “Idol”-affiliated labels have picked up the winner and runner up every single year and I don’t expect that to change this year.

Interestingly enough, Jordin Sparks four years ago (also a minor) received MORE money than Scotty: $360,000 for winning and a first album.  Scotty and Lauren both get merchandise deals that should net them more cash, too. Scotty gets at least $50,000 and Alaina, $40,000. Past winners have gotten at least $100,000.

David Archuleta was paid out $310,000 season eight.

So, if anything, “Idol” has gotten cheaper. But the problem is albums are not selling as much as they used to so you can see why …

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Idol bits: Final ratings up, audition cities for season 11 set; is Cheryl Cole out on ‘X Factor’?

Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the finale night. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the finale night. CREDIT: Michael Becker/Fox

For the first time in five years, “Idol” saw ratings growth for its finale. The early Nielsen numbers were 29.3 million. Last year, the show only drew about 24.2 million, the lowest since season one. The 18-49 rating was 9.2, up from 8.2 in 2010.

Year over year, “Idol” is up 5 percent from 23.9 million to 25 million. The 18-49 rating is down 5% from 8.7/23 to 8.3/23. Note that the share is the same. The season 8 finale with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert drew 28.8 million and a 10.0 18-49 share. The season 7 finale with David Cook and David Archuleta drew about 32.7 million. The season six finale with Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis brought in 30.7 million. The top finale ever? Ruben and Clay season two with 38.1 million and the second biggest was season 5’s Taylor/Kat showdown with 36.4 million.

The final  “Dancing With the Stars” finale was 21.4 million with 4.6 18-49 rating.  This season’s 12th …

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My annual thank you note to my readers

I started my first thank you note in 2005 the morning after Carrie Underwood had defeated Bo Bice. (And no, her victory was not preordained. I honestly thought Bo had a shot.) I was in a hotel room in Birmingham, Ala. I was just amazed I even had readers at the time. I don’t think many of the regulars today were around back then. I also knew that most folks who were regular readers during the season would disappear off season.

Nonetheless, I decided at the time to keep the blog alive even during the off time. I figure there was always something happening “Idol” related most any day. There was the “Idols Live” tour and all the alums to track. There were chart singles to track, CD sales (yes, those still mattered back then) and the latest gossip about Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. And a few of you stuck around off season. Very few. Believe me, there were days I was lucky to get 7 or 8 comments in July. Lara, I recall, was one of the few.

But then season 5 happened and traffic …

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Who won ‘American Idol’? Scotty or Lauren?

Scotty winning

  • He earned it
  • I really wish it were Lauren
  • Wish it had been someone not in the top 2

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Winner Scotty McCreery during the Tom Jones medley surrounded by fellow male contestants. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

Winner Scotty McCreery during the Tom Jones medley surrounded by fellow male contestants. CREDIT: Michael Becker/FOX

Scotty McCreery, the putative front runner for months, took home the 10th “American Idol” crown Wednesday night, the first time a male country singer has taken home the prize.

He beat fellow teen and Rossville, GA resident Lauren Alaina, who gave it her all Tuesday but couldn’t close the gap.

Scotty had an aw-shucks appeal from day one but also a steely confidence. Some pinned him as a one-trick pony with his deep bass voice but he possesses natural stage presence and better-than-expected vocal range once he broke out of his Josh Turner mode.

The results came after two mostly very fun hours of medleys, guest stars and comedy. The highlights were numerous. Jack Black goofing around with Casey Abrams. J. Lo heating up …

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‘American Idol’ finale live blogging

‘American Idol’ finale live blogging

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