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Catching up: Lee DeWyze engaged, Haley Reinhart with Interscope

Haley at the Idols Live concert. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Haley at the Idols Live concert. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

While focused so much on the tour this week, I have neglected to report stuff that has been already floating around the Webisphere. So here ya go, in very quick fashion:

- Lee DeWyze, some dude who won “Idol” last year, is engaged to a model/actress Jonna Walsh, reports People. Yes, the Billy Joel/Christie Brinkley paradigm continues.

- Haley Reinhart has signed with Interscope Records.  “Idol”-affiliated record companies have so far picked up Haley, Scott McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Pia Toscano.

- And in upcoming news that never seems to happen but inevitably will: Hollywood Reporter says Jennifer Lopez will sign her contract with “Idol” this week. She reportedly was paid $12 million last year and may have been holding out for more this time around.

- Season 9’s Casey James is ready to release an album with a single dropping August 15. It’s dubbed “Let’s Not Call It A Night.”

33 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 28th, 2011
3:35 pm

Lee DeWyze some dude… LOL

Casey James? So last year, meaning so blah. Hope he does better than the others from that season.

Thanks Rodney.

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Don’t mean to be funny, but WHO IS CASEY JAMES?? Idol, obviously, but who? Should I know this??

Deirdre

July 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

Casey James…blonde hair…great guitar playing..took his shirt off at Kara’s request then lived to regret it, along with Kara, for the rest of the season.

Rosita

July 28th, 2011
4:31 pm

You really think Lee DeWyze looks as bad as Billy Joel, Rodney? C’mon. . .

Mercedes S.

July 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

That was the reminder I needed… Kara and the shirt. This is what Casey James will be remembered for. Not just for the rest of the season but for the rest of his LIFE.

JTesla

July 28th, 2011
5:49 pm

I thought I knew a lot about Idol, not K&Cfan “a lot” but at least some. However, I have to be honest, I had to Bing Casey James.

“Bing” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Google”

Gagirl

July 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

So happy for Lee Dewyze, good for him! He’s a great guy and deserves the best! And he IS a good looking guy too. Judge not lest you be judged. :-)

Nutmeg

July 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

Casey is–by *far*–the best instrumentalist to compete on the show.

I’ll definitely give him a listen.

Branch Loveless

July 28th, 2011
9:55 pm

Poor Lee – the Rodney Dangerfield of Idol.

Had to laugh at Sam-A’s possible freudian slip on the previous thread when she said Lee was “engagged”! LOL

Yay for Haley!

Neg Haleysox

July 28th, 2011
11:25 pm

Neg Haleysox

July 28th, 2011
11:39 pm

AllMusic gives Haley Reinhart’s new EP a stellar review.

Review

by Andrew Leahey

One of the more underrated contestants in American Idol history, Haley Reinhart belted her face off during the show’s 2011 season, earning a third-place finish when she arguably deserved something better. Several months after the May 2011 finale, Wal-Mart began releasing a string of Idol-related EPs, each one of which focused on a specific finalist from Season 10. Reinhart’s record is easily the best, not only because her best songs are all featured, but because she already sounds like a pro. Whereas Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery betrayed their youth on their own EPs, both of them imitating the styles of other country singers instead of blazing their own trails, Reinhart slays everything she touches, lacing her songs with neo-soul grit but rarely, if ever, oversinging. She’s a multi-dimensional singer, with a jazz background that adds a sexy, boozy sway to the rock numbers (“You Oughta Know,” “What Is and What Should Never Be”) and soul songs (“Bennie and the Jets,” “Rolling in the Deep”). That’s a hard thing to do on American Idol, where contestants fight over pre-packaged roles in order to win the country vote, the rock vote, the throwback singer vote, and so on. Reinhart doesn’t subscribe to any single genre here, and that’s what makes this EP a surprisingly solid appetizer for her full-length debut.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/american-idol-season-10-highlights-r2221964/review

Seth T

July 29th, 2011
3:13 am

Neg – myself and 2 other musicians I work with, that also watch Idol, all agreed – after her version of Rollin’ in the Deep (not to mention a couple other good songs) — that if we could pick just one of the Idols to work with and build a show for – it would be Haley Reinhart.

She has a great potential in no less than 3 related music genres with cross-over potential, so she has options to be a highly promotable singer. The key will be for her to get the right agents in her corner and stay completely away from doing appreciation gigs with her former family band after the tour. That will reduce her promotional value drastically if she does that, and while it may look sweet to some, it will be a huge mistake. I’m sure her label and temporary manager will discourage that as well, but it’s always a temptation in her situation, to do that.

She has a real “Diva” potential, but not with her Dad playing guitar and standing around with the camera on him while the voting numbers are given out. That was a blunder that I hope she doesn’t repeat in a different form after the tour – even though her family band has been responsible for her development.

There comes a time to move up and move on, and now is the time for Haley. Her family can be a great support and anchor in the high winds of new fame, but she needs to stay with the pro’s now. Just my soapbox for today – I’m still pizz’d about that unheard-of, bizzare situation of putting her dad on the stage at that level of the competition with her. I still fully believe that she would have been in the finals but for that.

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2011
7:31 am

Speaking id mismanaged careers – anyone here ever heard of Helen Shapiro? Her big hit in Europe was “Walkingn Back to Happiness”. She was a huge star in the early 60s. The Beatles were her back-up on a tour in 1963! They wrote “Misery” for her, a song her record company thought was too downbeat for a very young girl. Helen flew to Nashville to make an album with Boots Randolph and the Jordanaires. On of the songs was “It’s My Party”. COlumbia thought it “too bratty” and held off releasing it as a single. Lesley Gore made the cover, which in turn “made” Lesley Gore.
All this info from article in WSJ. Helen Shapiro had a fantastic voice. I Googled some of her songs. It’s obviously from her Amy Winehouse got her inspiration.

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2011
7:33 am

Forgot to add – good career points made by Seth T. And Good Morning!

Rickster

July 29th, 2011
8:17 am

In the “beauty & the beast category” – I think the ultimate pairing would be Ric Ocasak & Paulina Porizkova.

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
8:20 am

Branch – not a slip – gagged at the thought!

Mercedes: Helen Shapiro was great! And I LOVED “Walking Back To Happiness” – thanks for reminding me of it, I’ll have to see if it can be added to my Grooveshark playlist! I (and my sister) were the ultimate Beatles fans, but quite into the Brit Invasion (excepting the Dave Clark 5, whom we loathed). I also loved Sandy Shaw (”Always Something There To Remind Me”, “Girl Don’t Come”) and Lulu (”To Sir With Love”. “Oh Me, Oh My”).

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2011
8:50 am

OMG Sam-A!! Another big Shapiro hit was “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. Even better than the Shirelles’ version… how about Cilla Black? She was my absolute girl favorite of the British invasion. “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, :”You’re My World”… “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”… and her amazing “Alfie”. There’s a black and white snippet of that recording, which shows you how it was done back then – Cilla, conductor, and orchestra all together, one take.

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Barefoot girl Sandy won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Puppet on a String” – remember that one??

Mercedes S.

July 29th, 2011
8:57 am

As for movies opening today… people seem to either love or hate “Cowboys and Aliens”. The haters complain about all the cliches from both genres – quiet cowboy hero from nowhere who stands up to mean rich rancher vs. aliens harvesting humans for something… but isn’t that why we love those genres? I thought Daniel Craig (quiet one) and Harrison Ford (mean rancher) were very well matched, and the 13-girl from “House” is a fun, enterprising “pioneer” woman. Audience I saw it with were dead silent – no texting, no chatting; always a good sign – and cheered when “little guys” manned up.

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
9:04 am

Liked Cilla ok, “You’re My World” is a great song! Don’t remember “Puppet On a String”. Did you like the guys: Searchers (loved them). Gerry & the Pacemakers (”I’ll Be There” is one gorgeous song, and I love “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” too). I guess either Sandy or Dusty – or both – were my fave girl Brits.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2011
9:31 am

Morning! Still on east coast time in my head apparently.

What great Brit memories. Loved Cilla, Dusty, Gerry….real singers. I don’t remember Helen but I certainly remember “Alfie” Beautiful song.

Deirdre

July 29th, 2011
9:34 am

Mercedes, thanks for the Cowboys and Aliens review. I’m looking forward to seeing it. And yes, if members of an audience can restrain themselves from texting or(to my horror) playing Dirty Birds during a movie, it must be pretty good.

Hubby and I will be babysitting Lucas tomorrow while my son and d-i-l go see the Harry Potter movie. They are excited!

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Mercedes Now I’m walking all over the office singing “Walking back to happiness I shared with you – never knew I’d be so blue, now I know what love can do, so I’m walking back to …….” . Was able to add to my grooveshark, but it’s at the end of 48 songs, so will be awhile before I hear it. “Girl Don’t Come” just started up. I LOVE grooveshark, even though it’ pretty confusing to get stuff up, and I cannot delete something to save my life!

Deirdre

July 29th, 2011
9:58 am

Deirdre

July 29th, 2011
10:04 am

And:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuoNa5g6i8

This is classic Burt Bacharach. Remember when he used to mentor the Idols? Season 2 he spent a lot of time with then for the compilation album for the group sing of What the World Needs Now

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Thanks, D!! The recorded version that was popular in the mid-60’s was not quite so “perky” and more soulful. Isn’t it lovely to see that people actually dressed up to perform on tv, instead of (barely) covering strategic areas with various cuts of meat or see thru fabrics so popular today. Give me the 60’s anytime!

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
10:10 am

Damn, Cilla was good!

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
10:14 am

Sam-A

July 29th, 2011
10:45 am

Seems there’s a new thread up

Rodney Ho

July 29th, 2011
10:48 am

Yes indeed, New thread indeed! It’s Durbin time, baby!

Sandra

July 29th, 2011
10:14 pm

Well, those of you who cant remember that 6, 4 blond Casey James, guitar, player…. He has been all over the US playing with nme bands and also opening with his own show,s…. His recording has been sent to all of the radio, stations… The song is AWESOME… could be a crossover….go to his Casey James Band facebook… a PHL country station already played it…. Its going to be huge…. Im so happy for him…not to mention he plays 7 guitars and all ready has written 63 songs…….

Sandra

July 29th, 2011
10:18 pm

Haley Reinhart is another , so talented. Probably one of the most talented voices that American Idol has ever had….. She is going to have a long career also.. She can sing anything. and I love her blues, Jazzy voice…
I picked Casey James frm last year and Haley Reinhart this year….the best

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