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Nigel Lythgoe-led MDA telethon outdoes Jerry Lewis; Carrie, Kelly nominated for CMAs

CREDIT: AP

CREDIT: AP

Although the marathon was significantly shorter and missing its signature Jerry Lewis, the MDA this Labor Day weekend raised more money than last year with Nigel Lythgoe as host. This is the first time Lewis was absent after 46 years.

MDA raised $61.4 million. Other co-hosts besides Lythgoe included Alison Sweeney, Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl. Guests included Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Can’t imagine Nigel had anything to do with that?

The show didn’t ignore Lewis, providing montages and kind words. Lewis did not make a surprise appearance though Nigel said he had hoped he would.

As we know, Lewis badmouthed “Idol” a few weeks ago and soon after, he was gone from MDA. Coincidence? Who knows?

- CMA nominations are out and Carrie Underwood was nominated for female vocalist of the year, an award she won three times 2006 to 2008.  She was nominated in 2009 and 2010 as well but did not win. (Last year, Miranda Lambert won.) Carrie will host the show with Brad Paisley for a fourth time. The show airs November 9.

Kelly Clarkson was nominated for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Georgia’s Jason Aldean. She was nominated in 2007 for Musical Event of the Year but did not win with “Because of You,” her duet with Reba McEntire.

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JTesla

September 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

Congratulations to Carrie and Kelly.

Woodpappy

September 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

Great for the MDA…Guess it was time to breathe some new life blood into the telethon. Thanks Jerry for all those years.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 6th, 2011
1:07 pm

:mrgreen:

That is all…

…oh, and hi y’all! Hope everyone had a great holiday!

JTesla

September 6th, 2011
1:56 pm

“As we know, Lewis badmouthed ‘Idol’ a few weeks ago and soon after, he was gone from MDA. Coincidence? Who knows?”

Perhaps Jerry was told that he was going to be replaced by an Idol producer, badmouthed ‘Idol’, and then the news of his removal was announced.

Just a thought.

Rickster

September 6th, 2011
2:45 pm

Good weekend, K&CF. Did some more work down in the super secret, undisclosed, well-armed, highly secure but oh-so-comfy bunker. Plus… had all three grandkids over on Saturday. :-)

Rickster

September 6th, 2011
3:19 pm

Plus, went by a Goodwill store & found four pairs of brand new pants (all with tags still on them) – three jeans & one dress pants.

Probably paid less for all four than I would have for one of the new at the store. :-)

Harriett

September 6th, 2011
4:37 pm

Time to mosey on home, folks. Funny day, what with being off yesterday.

Rickster

September 6th, 2011
5:07 pm

Sure seemed like a Monday, didn’t it?

Of course, you’re even closer to your beach weekend! :-)

I’m outta here too, folks.

JTesla

September 6th, 2011
5:34 pm

Kind of waiting for Rodney to run with the “alleged” tiff between the Idol judges. The honeymoon is over and now they are fighting over contestants. In other words, they need to drum up some drama because they know that the judging last year was the worst ever. OK that last part was simply my opinion.

Read for yourself.

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/06/american-idol-judges-have-a-tiff/

Best line from the article: “Our advice to the judges: Save your fighting energy for beating ‘The X Factor’ in the ratings.”

D.Smith

September 6th, 2011
6:50 pm

I really wish people would check their facts before writing…the MDA telethon for the first year ever included corporate donations in its final total, in all prior years when Jerry hosted the tote and final total ONLY INCLUDED THE DONATIONS REGULAR FOLKS CALLED IN DURING THE SHOW….they didnt raise anywhere near what they normally do when Jerry is at the helm.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

I also read that the book keeping changed this year and their telethon individual donations were down (apples to apples). You don’t fk with friends of Sinatra. Lythgoe looks claymation, and as we all know, American Idol is pop culture crap for weak minded skulls full of mush…that being said, lythgoe has parlayed the stupidity of the American idol audience into mountains of cash for himself and fox, so..kudos!

Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M…Get the money; dollar, dollar bill, y’all.

Deirdre

September 6th, 2011
7:56 pm

And to think I was rooting for Auburn….just goes to show what we weak-minded skulls full od mush will latch on to.

Deirdre

September 6th, 2011
8:02 pm

Lythgoe doesn’t own Idol. Simon Fuller is the one parlaying the stupidity of the Idol watchers into mountains of cash. Oh wait…it hasn’t really cost the audience anything other than cable fees that they’d be paying anyway. So..is it the network that’s stupid…no…they’ve been earning tons of cash as well…so is it the sponsors that pay huge fees to Idol for commercial time????? NO!!! Because they’ve also been earning tons of cash from the fact that Idol is STILL, after 10 seasons, the #1 show on TV.

I’m not sure I get your point, Trisha.

neg haleysox

September 6th, 2011
9:08 pm

Jerry

September 6th, 2011
11:26 pm

Idon’t believe the numbers.
If the MDA could pull in a greater amount of cash in 1/3 of the time allotted, they would have done it years ago. I think the #’s are a result of creative accounting and I have not confidence in them.

Mercedes S.

September 7th, 2011
12:17 am

You tell em, Jer!

Best part of “Contagion” – the very beginning. Black screen, timid “cough cough” .

JTesla

September 7th, 2011
12:24 am

C.R.E.A.M. rises to the top.

tim

September 7th, 2011
4:07 am

This guy is another person who does not understand facts from fiction. i am sure you would like to sleep with Nigel, but that won’t happen, so why not ask for an audit? Look at the facts not what the American Idol machine makes you write…

beth

September 7th, 2011
4:19 am

Wow the comment about corparate money being counted with the aveage joe’s donations might be right on-most people I talked to either didn’t watch or donate. where i live none of the local stations even showed it-go figure. I bet in 6 hrs they didn’t raise a quarter of their usual amount.

Mercedes S.

September 7th, 2011
6:27 am

Early hello and goodbye – jury duty…

Deirdre

September 7th, 2011
7:12 am

Morning!

I have to ask D Smith, re the MDA telethon, why would corporate donations NOT be included in the past? Wouldn’t the MDA want to encourage corporate donations by announcing them? The idea that corporate donations weren’t included in the total until this year makes absolutely NO SENSE! And I seem to remember, why back in the beginnings of the telethon, that corporations were announced, that reps from large corps would show up on the telethon and hand Jerry a check.

Deirdre

September 7th, 2011
7:13 am

Don’t get me wrong…I also think it’s hard to believe that the telethon made that much money in half the time…I just think that D. Smith’s reason for it cannot be true.

Harriett

September 7th, 2011
8:39 am

Good morning!

Well, I think it was tacky to say they made more money without Jerry. Why not just report a successful campaign amount and leave the jab out of it altogether?

Rickster

September 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Very disappointing night on AGT last night..

Lys Anges: Gone. (Worst song choice since the Russian Bar Trio.)
Anna Graceman: Probably gone.
WSDT: Too predictable now.
Miami All Stars: Save the cheerleader stuff for Toni Basil.

My favs (the ones I voted for): Silouhettes. Landon Swank, Landau Murphy Jr & Team iLuminate

But I wouldn’t be surprised if the motoboys get in.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 7th, 2011
8:50 am

Hey y’all,

Rickster, that sound like a lovely weekend! (Sorry, I just now got back from *my* bunker!)

As far as MDA, the slight on Jerry was rude, but shouldn’t the focus be on what good will come out of the money raised? Yes, very simplistic of me.

In other news, does anyone (Rodney) know why “American Idol” is not an option on the “Entertainment” drop down menu of the ajc.com homepage like it used to be? :?

Rickster

September 7th, 2011
8:57 am

I noticed that too, K&CF.

Nice to see Katia listening to me and staying out to sea and not making landfall. (And – most importantly – not ruining Harriett’s beach weekend!) :-)

Rickster

September 7th, 2011
9:02 am

And since this blog did mention Carrie… has Rodney mentioned that Carrie Underwood will now be appearing in advertisements for Olay? I think not.

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=12699&sitesection=ajc_top&VID=23526520

You’re welcome, folks. :-)

Deirdre

September 7th, 2011
9:05 am

Rodney will explain. Be patient.

Deirdre

September 7th, 2011
9:15 am

If y’all remember, I mentioned that there is a new editor at the ajc and we will be seeing some changes.

Harriett

September 7th, 2011
9:40 am

D, there is also a blog explanation published under the blogs. I found this one under “more blogs.”

Rickster, I was just sick about Lys Agnes, who up until last night was my favorite. She really did herself in with the Cher act. Now, my favorite is Landau Eugene Murphy. Loved Sillhouettes, too. I disagree that Anna Graceman will be gone. And, I do believe Team Illuminate will be in the finals.

Sam-A

September 7th, 2011
9:42 am

Mercedes: I did jury duty a few months ago – 2 1/2 days sitting around, finally released at lunch time on the 3rd. Took a good book so all was not wasted.

Saw “The Whistleblower” this weekend – what a downer! It was so dreary and depressing, and not an iota of an uplifing moment. Wish I’d known – not in the mood for “totally depressing”. On the other hand, after his last two debacles, Woody Allen finally made a film pleasant enough to sit thru! “Midnight in Paris” was not bad, and the clothes and Paris were mesmerizingly beautiful. An interesting movie, even though I’m not a fan of Owen Wilson. Even he looked better than usual – the lighting seemed to minimize that (to quote a line from “A Hard Day’s Night”) hideous great hooter.

Sam-A

September 7th, 2011
9:46 am

Anyone else shocked+disappointed that Eddie Murphy will dumbdown the Oscars as host next year? I was so hoping for Billy Crystal to return. Last year was abysmal, and th forcast for next year not looking much better!

Oddly, someone on TODAY doing the story listed other comedians who’ve hosted the show, ie Bob Hope, Billy C, etc. but incredibly didn’t mention the greta Johnny Carson!

Sam-A

September 7th, 2011
9:47 am

or maybe that’d be GREAT Johnny C.

Deirdre

September 7th, 2011
9:56 am

Gale Parker

September 7th, 2011
10:41 am

What a load of nonsense! They didn’t and will never outdo Jerry. Most of that money was collected by Firemen and Corporations all year long – all Nigel and Co. did was collect the money? Could you possibly be foolish to believe that money was raised in 6 hours. Wake up Atlanta and America – you’ve been fooled again. And surprise, surprise … one again the good guy gets the shaft. Well, Jerry Lewis, I think you should win the Nobel Peace Prize and shame on the fools who did this to you!

Rodney Ho

September 7th, 2011
11:29 am

Since ajc.com has made that move, I may as well just break the news rather than you speculate it: “Idol” as a separate blog, I’ve been told, will end, by early next year. It will be merged into my radio/tv blog. This was not my decision. I will continue this blog as long as they’ll let me.

Scott

September 7th, 2011
12:10 pm

You said it, Gale! And, millions of right-minded people agree with you. Most of that money was raised during the course of the entire year — long before it was announced that the jackwagons and slugs at MDA unceremoniously and tastelessly fired an 85 year old man who raised them billions over decades.

gypsysong

September 7th, 2011
1:16 pm

D.Smith and you would know this how? Where are you getting your “facts”? It’s about the kids and the other folks served by MDA not the money and it’s certainly not about Jerry Lewis who should have retired years ago! The people of America have spoken loud and clear, they love and appreciate JL and all he has done, but it’s time to move on and start focusing on taking care of “his” kids and make them their own and stop focusing on JL’s faded stardom…

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