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Not so final after all: eighth audition city added in East Rutherford, N.J.

Well, I spoke too soon. I tallied the attendance at the first seven audition cities for season 11 and posted it yesterday. But apparently, “Idol” added a Northeast slot: East Rutherford, N.J., which is effectively the New York metro area.

The audition registration will begin Sept. 20 at the Izod Center and auditions will begin Sept. 22, according to ew.com.

New York tends to draw strong attendance, including 17,000 last year, the most out of any city in season 10. So far, based on my estimates, 64,000 people have tried out this year (though we do know some people do try out in multiple cities.) Last year, 68,000 tried out out of seven cities.

This is the first time ‘Idol” has included eight audition cities since season 8, when they also went to Puerto Rico (which drew only a few hundred people).

Last year, “Idol” held auditions in only six cities, then added a last-second seventh site in Los Angeles. Attendance was a bit underwhelming: only 3,000 showed up.

- Oh, and Hallelujah! Congrats to Jason Castro and his wife for their new baby.

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Sam-A

August 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Been a vegetarian for 12 years, so it’s all totally unfathomable to me! There is freedom of choice, but I sure don’t want to hear about or see any of this brutality and wastefulness of living creatures. So what you feel you have to do, but please don’t brag about it.

K&C: “Stuff……” is truly the best Idol performance ever for me too. I actually think Kelly’s “A Moment…..” is beautiful, but the song is a bit corny. However, it’s leagues above any of the other “anointment” songs. Another of my top fave Idol performances is David C.’s “Music of the Night” – a lovely performance.

Deirdre

August 29th, 2011
9:55 am

I was wondering why the east coast got left behind…Pittsburgh was the closest city to the Atlantic. So last year they added LA at the last minute and now NJ(basically NYC, just across the river)

Deirdre

August 29th, 2011
10:00 am

Since you are a vegetarian, I understand your point and will respect it….however, I saw no bragging in anything that was said.

Congrats to Jason on the new baby!

Sam-A

August 29th, 2011
10:08 am

Deirdre: not actually directed at you. Just sickens me to hear people talking about how many ducks, or how big a deer, etc. they’ve killed. Actually makes me feel ill, as I love animals, have had quite personal relationships with some ducks, think deer are among the most beautiful, graceful animals on earth, had a pet goat as a child (fan of my father gave him a baby goat – went over really well in the 50’s in the heart of Buckhead!), raised two easter chicks from babies to full blown roosters (again not too popular in Buckhead!). My family have always been animal lovers with very protective natures.

Hope Jason C;s baby avoids those nasta rasta braids! Liked Jason ok at first, but never could get over that hair. At least Crystal kept her’s mostly pulled back, and she was quite a bit more talented as well, which didn’t hurt!

Mercedes S.

August 29th, 2011
10:18 am

Since I can’t see any rastas in the pic, is that baby Castro’s mommy or daddy holding him/her?

Re Storm Irene, as always, the South (N.C. this time) suffered the most. Here in Atlanta I’ve been through two tornadoes, several icestorms, and many bad rains, all of which cut off power for several days and made roads impassable. Sorry, but I think they are whiners up North.

Sam-A

August 29th, 2011
10:24 am

I just glanced and assumed it was Mom, but on closer inspection, if so, Mama has a bit of a moustache.

Deirdre

August 29th, 2011
10:25 am

Those who are DWTS fans can find the cast list spoilers at mj’s. Might save you having to watch that awful Bachelor show.

Sam, no problem.

Which reminds me…I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes yesterday and actually enjoyed it more than I expected. The theory is plausible if extremely unlikely and I was happy that the apes weren’t blamed for the destruction of mankind. You have to stay for the credits to learn what happens to us humans.

Deirdre

August 29th, 2011
10:36 am

That’s Jason in the picture.

Harriett

August 29th, 2011
11:37 am

Deirdre, it looks like some of the contestants on DWTS may have weight issues to resolve, much like Kirstie’s.

Harriett

August 29th, 2011
11:38 am

Ok. I give up. I have tried two posts, and the blog is fighting back, telling me I have already posted that. Not true.

Harriett

August 29th, 2011
11:39 am

Well, one went into cyberspace, but the other made it thru. :)

Sam-A

August 29th, 2011
11:44 am

I’m not sure how true the DWTS info is, because a girl I work with who is really into said she’d just read that girl Chelsea, the blonde who was new last year, was definitely going to be on next season, and she’s not listed in the pros group.

Whomever gets Chas Bono will have a hard time – bless his heart, must weight 400 lbs.

Rickster

August 29th, 2011
12:28 pm

I just hope that Baby Castro takes after the mom! (That Jason is one unusual looking dude.)

Rickster

August 29th, 2011
1:48 pm

If the face of the person holding the baby has a slight mustache, then it’s gotta be the mom! :-)

Harriett

August 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Gotta run. Bye all.

Mercedes S.

August 29th, 2011
4:32 pm

Bravo to Chas Bono for foing the dance thing – hope he stays awhile so thos epounds come off. Hard to tell what he looks like with all that current weight.

Sam-A

August 29th, 2011
4:42 pm

Chastity was such an adorable child – I remember when she was 2-3 years old they brought her out at the end of every show, and she was a little doll. I feel sad for Cher – I think it really hit her hard from what she’s said in a couple interviews I’ve seen.

JTesla

August 29th, 2011
5:52 pm

Many may be are worried about someone being partnered with Chaz, due to the weight, I feel sorry for the person that gets stuck with Nancy Grace.

Mercedes S.

August 29th, 2011
10:51 pm

You’re not serious… Nancy Grace?? Her poor partner. Maybe he’ll strangle Nancy after she goes one harangue too far.

Mercedes S.

August 29th, 2011
10:59 pm

Curiosity drove me to MJ’s Big Blog… who ARE those people??
For me total unknowns: Ron Astest. JR Martinez, Hope Solo, Rob Kardashian.
Have heard names, but can’t place them: Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley, Chynna Phillips
Think I now Elizabetta Canalis – George Clooney’s ex?

Highlander

August 30th, 2011
7:01 am

Morning, fellow no-lifers!

Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and Papas) and was (is??) a member of Wilson Phillips.

Nancy Grace… Will the judges be afraid to say anything negative out of fear?

Seriously, shouldn’t this show be called “Dancing With The (Sort Of) Celebrities”??? :twisted:

Deirdre

August 30th, 2011
7:33 am

Morning!

Ron Artest is a basketball player. Hope Solo is the terrific and very attractive keeper for the US women’s soccer team. Kristen is a reality tv star. Carson Kressley is the guy from Queer Eye. Rob Kardashian is brother to Kim. I’m going to have to look up JR Martinez.

Deirdre

August 30th, 2011
7:35 am

Wow! JR Martinez is a war veteran who was severely burned. He appeared for a short time on a soap opera to help badly scarred burn victims become more open with their wounds.

Jake

August 30th, 2011
7:40 am

I love to hunt, it’s a way of life. I like to hunt deer, rabbits, and I fish all the time. I love meat. I get a special feeling when I am alone with nature and hunting. I think everyone should go hunting atleast 100 times in their life. I will hunt today, or I might wait until tonight to sneak up on a really big deer.

Deirdre

August 30th, 2011
7:59 am

Jake…since it isn’t deer hunting season, that makes you kinda scummy.

Jake

August 30th, 2011
8:02 am

you being on this blog everyday, and it isnt idol season makes you even more scummy…..

Harriett

August 30th, 2011
8:04 am

How do you know she’s on here every day, Jake? Unless, of course, you are too!

Good morning all!

Deirdre

August 30th, 2011
8:17 am

LOL Harriett.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

August 30th, 2011
8:40 am

Hi y’all,

This list for DWTS? A big pile of MEH. Do we need another Kardashian? But, Hope Solo, guess I’ll have to watch at least the first night….

D, I believe JR Martinez is still on All My Children, you know, before it goes off the air later this month.

Sam-A

August 30th, 2011
8:59 am

Jake’s a real charmer – hope he’s around for awhile (NOT).

Carson Cressley might be amusing – but a little goes a long way! I don’t see more than a few mins each week – it’s always on against something I watch, ie “The Closer”, etc.

Rickster

August 30th, 2011
8:59 am

It should be “Dancing with the C-List denizens.”

But that doesn’t have quite the same “wow” factor, does it?

Mercedes S.

August 30th, 2011
9:22 am

Sam-A, fellow “Closer” fan – do you see the show going on without Brenda? I think it can – as she gets kicked upstairs, to police chiefdom, Gabriel becomes the new boss, and all the rest of the beloved sidekicks stay on…This way Mrs. Bacon could make a guest appearance every now and then…

Now that I know who the DWTS are, I’m inclined to watch the show…for the first time!

Sam-A

August 30th, 2011
9:32 am

Don’t know – Brenda is the heart of the show. But I have to say the cast is the best “ensemble” I’ve ever seen on a tv show – can’t believe they’ve never won any of those awards. Love the two “gray hairs” Provenza and Flynn, Gabriel, Tao, Sanchez and especially Fritz – their relationship is so complex and interesting, and he’s such a patient and kind character (very well written); and all the rest of the gang. I’d certainly give it a try. Don’t think I’d like Mary McDonald’s character taking over, but maybe last night’s show could be a hint at that!

JTesla

August 30th, 2011
9:36 am

Jake: “I get a special feeling when I am alone with nature and hunting”

So in other words you touch yourself when you are out hunting. Nice.

DWTS… meh.

Rita

August 30th, 2011
10:31 am

tesla, why must you make every comment of a sexual nature, you are one sick person.

JTesla

August 30th, 2011
10:48 am

Rita, if sex is “sick” to you then you should probably seek some professional help.

Oh and I don’t see any “sexual nature” in my 5:52 pm post. Unless Nancy Grace floats your boat, but if she does I again say: seek some professional help.

Sam-A

August 30th, 2011
10:59 am

JT: Assume ou mean that last post in the spirit of “though there’s plenty of her to “float”, if that’s the kind of person you find attractive, you should seek some professional help”

JTesla

August 30th, 2011
11:06 am

Actually Sam, I can’t make a comment without including something of a sexual nature, so “float your boat” is an euphemism.

Oh I need something sexual in this post… gonorrhea.

Harm

August 30th, 2011
11:08 am

Don’t have much to add.
JR Martinez is still on All My Children, he gets my vote probably!
In my opinion, the actress who played Minnie in The Help, deserves an Oscar!

Harriett

August 30th, 2011
11:18 am

Rita, lighten up, sweetheart. And, just so you know–we love our JT around here! ;)

Sam-A

August 30th, 2011
11:22 am

JT, I was assuming you meant no slight to our beloved K&CFan!

JTesla

August 30th, 2011
11:35 am

Why, does Nancy Grace float her boat? If so, then K&Cfan we need to talk. I can understand if Katie Couric gets the man in the boat floating, because she’s got it going on, but Nancy Grace?

Sam-A

August 30th, 2011
11:50 am

I’m getting dizzy – TG for lunch time!

smk

August 30th, 2011
11:55 am

It’s my understanding this is the last season of The Closer. Wish it would go on – with or without Brenda. It’s a great show!

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