Chris Daughtry, just three months after headlining the Star 94 Jingle Jam, talked to my colleague Melissa Ruggieri about his show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Tuesday, March 27. He recently performed on “Idol” and told her he still gets nervous when going on that stage, even six years after the fact.
He will play a full set, of course, with more cuts from the new album. At the Star 94 concert, he did a trimmed down one hour focused on the hits. His last single ‘Crawling Back to You” peaked at No. 6 on the Hot AC chart. His harder-rockin’ “Outta My Head” is out next.
You can buy Daughtry tickets here.
- “Idol” ratings continue to lag far behind year ago numbers. Last Wednesday, the show drew 17.21 million viewers (5.1 rating 18-49) vs. 23.95 million for the comparable 2011 episode (7.1 rating 18-49). Last Thursday was a season low 15.58 million viewers and 4.2 rating 18-49 vs. 21.3 million and 6.4 rating 18-49 a year earlier.
- Simon Cowell’s security system must be on the fritz or staff must have been snoozing. An intruder threw a brick through a window and walked in on him.
-Adam Lambert’s new album “Trespassing” was pushed back from March. A release date has been set for May 15. His latest single “Better Than I Know Myself” has received mixed reviews and modest radio airplay. (It’s at No. 20 on the Hot AC chart.) Locally, Star 94 recently hosted him for a mini-concert (yes, the one I forgot about at Buckhead Theatre) and has added the song, giving it 15 spins the past week.
- Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger” remains No. 1 on the Hot AC and Top 40 charts.
- Steven Tyler’s Aerosmith is coming to Phillips Arena July 26. Tix go on sale 10 a.m. on Saturday.
My Power 9 as the theme this Wednesday is songs from their Idols. Stevie Nicks will be the guest mentor.
1. Phillip Phillps (holding) – I’m still a fan and sure, the fact he’s from Georgia doesn’t hurt. Although he showed resistance to an image makeover last week, which some regarded as arrogant, I appreciate that he knows who he is and won’t budge because what he is is appealing and entertaining. Is this another WGWG year? Probably.
2. Colton Dixon (up from 5) I’m still not sold on the guy despite an impressive “Piano Man” last week, but he seems to have the looks and persona that would get him far in this competition. In this case it’s WGWP, as in White Guy With Piano. Will he sing Daughtry again?
3. Jessica Sanchez (down from 2) She’s one of those powerhouse singers that knows how to bring out a ballad and run with it. She took an obscure, relatively weak Billy Joel song last week and injected some life into it. She has confidence and fashion sense. Personally, I can’t get into her Mariah-isms. She feels derivative vocally. In other words, I’d love for her to to create her own persona but I’m not sure she’s there yet. Still, she’s virtually guaranteed to do a Mariah song Wednesday.
4. Hollie Cavanagh (down from 3) – Like Jessica, she’s young and a bit of a blank slate. She also has no fashion sense. Vocally, she is a bit less controlled than Jessica as well. And her confidence isn’t quite there. But on the same thought process, she is more vulnerable than Jessica, which is appealing. She will be around for awhile.
5. Joshua Ledet (up from 6) – He still screams mid-finisher to me. Great vocalist but he has a style (like Jacob Lusk) that isn’t as broadly appealing as the folks above him in this ranking. I didn’t mind his performance last week but not everyone bought it. Given his singular style, he better pick an Idol this week that helps him capitalize on his emotions and bring it home.
6. Elise Testone (up from 10) – She is like a less attractive Haley Reinhart. She has great vocal control, a jazzy flair but a less than sprightly persona. She’s going to have to keep taking risks and going all out to stay alive. I thought her take on a very obscure Billy Joel song last week worked to all her strengths. We’ll see if she can maintain the momentum.
7.Skylar Laine (down from 4) – I had her at No. 2 opening the top 13 but she has lost serious steam the past two weeks. No matter how much I like her Reba routine, I’m getting the impression she is more a one-trick pony than a real artist at this stage. She isn’t ever terrible, just lackluster when she’s not doing something overtly upbeat. It’s like she isn’t old enough or mature enough to really connect with a real love song.
8. DeAndre Brackensick (up from 10) – He’s as lightweight as it gets and his take on “Only the Good Die Young,” with all the bouncing and flouncing, proved it. He’s more Andrew Ridgeley than George Michael. There’s no there there. But plenty of hair. His fans will only keep him around so long. Or so I hope.
9. Heejun Han (down from – I opened the top 13 with him at 4 but he’s been slipping, slipping, slipping. I liked that he went all “Vote for the Worst” what the hell last week, but that doesn’t exactly endear him for long-term survival. When Steven Tyler reprimands you, you know you’ve gone to the dark side of goofiness. As we’ve seen before last week, an earnest Heejun has been a boring Heejun. I oddly prefer the Silly Heejun. But it also means he’s going to have to do something wild and wooly this week to survive. He knows he has zero chance of winning and allows his insecurities to overwhelm him. I’m not sure which direction he’ll take: dull or daring.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk