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‘Idol’ bits: tour starts Friday, Phillip Phillips ready to go

Remember Didi Benami? I know. I barely do, too. She stars in a music video by Theory of a Deadman.

Remember Didi Benami? I know. I barely do, too. She stars in a music video by Theory of a Deadman.

Wow. It’s been a deadly dull few days on the “Idol” front. Finding anything newsworthy was tough. But you regulars need a new thread so here ya go:

- People spoke with Phillip Philips about his recovery. I could tell more details were kept for the print edition. This online version tells us really nothing much. They claim an exclusive but he has spoken to plenty of other outlets. My guess is this one is simply more detailed. The tour is about to start in Detroit later this week. He’ll be at the Capitol 4th celebration in D.C. first this Wednesday, his first live performance since his kidney stone operation. You’ll be able to see it locally on GPB.

- Didi Benami from dreaded season 9 is in a Theory of a Deadman video for its song “Hurricane,” co-written by none other than Kara DioGuardi. She plays a “fallen Idol” of sorts. Her character wins an “Idol”-type show, rises, then falls. Andy Dick shows up. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she even donned the dress she had on when she was eliminated in 2010.

- Adam Lambert is working with Queen for a few dates in Eastern Europe, starting in the Ukraine.

- Jennifer Hudson will perform with the Boston Pops on CBS on July 4th at 10 p.m.

- ABC’s “Duets” has become a ratings disappointment, hitting new lows almost every week. I haven’t even had the energy to watch a full episode. Sorry, Kelly Clarkson! It went live last week, at least.

- “The Voice” singer Chris Mann, the dude with the operatic voice, signed a major record deal with Ron Fair’s new Universal imprint Faircraft, Billboard reports.  I never found him terribly compelling but he might find a niche in that arena.

- With ratings in half, “Idol” is now drawing about half the number of people to auditions as well. Reports say about 5,000 showed up in New Jersey last week. You have to think “The X Factor” and other music competition shows are siphoning off potential talent.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

75 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
9:50 am

Thanks for the new thread Rodney. Low audition numbers: yep Idol is dead just as people have been saying for the last six years.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
9:52 am

Congrats to Didi and Adam.

Condolences to Kelly for being in that horrible show.

The Idol tour starts soon. It will be interesting to see how they play it this year.

Rickster

July 2nd, 2012
10:20 am

Her character wins an “Idol”-type show, rises, then falls.

Much like 72.727272% (8/11) of the actual Idol winners! :-)

Woodpappy

July 2nd, 2012
10:29 am

Survived one of the hottest weekends I’ve seen in many many years. Hope everybody stayed cool enough.

Rickster

July 2nd, 2012
10:38 am

Didi finished 10th for her season. So she made the tour.

Cute, with an interesting – but underpowered – voice.

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
10:46 am

The weather for you guys looks crazy. It rained out here and according to the car temperature gauge we didn’t break 70. If anyone wants to adopt my tomato plants, they are welcome to them.

I don’t remember Didi, but I do remember that picture. It represents Season 9.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
11:01 am

I remember Didi very well. Wasn’t she the girl whose friend had died and Ryan tried to press her to talk about it…I think in a desperate effort to get her some votes. That season was not Ryan’s finest. He seemed desperate all the time.

Harriett

July 2nd, 2012
11:30 am

Right, D. I remember it as not being Ryan’s finest season at all. Well, nothing about it was fine.

JT, my tomato plants are loving the hot weather and direct sunshine, as long as I keep them watered. Yours would probably die of shock here now. I am eating my first ones of the season now. Yummy! Duke’s mayo and white bread and salt and pepper!

Mercedes S.

July 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Took a pc of my thermometer yesterday to commemorate 115 degrees in the shade.

Mercedes S.

July 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

Harriett, how do you keep your ‘maters from being eaten by critters? The second I neglect to pick a perfectly ripe tomato some bird or fourlegged fiend has left its mark.

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
11:51 am

I’m surprised you have critters down there, don’t the snakes eat the critters?

I wish I could have tomatoes this early, even in the best of years we don’t start getting them until mid July. One benefit of living in a hotter climate.

MyPatootie

July 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

Leesburg GA has one more thing to add to those “notches” on their belt. Carly Mathis, almost took the Miss GA title last week in Columbus. She was first runner-up. Her dad, Dawson Mathis, was a former news anchor at WALB-TV in Albany, and a state congressman for several years. She is definitely a “looker”! Leesburg seems to have lots of good “genes” going for it. Also, here’s hoping Adam Lambert finds something in the Ukraine he loves well enough to stay there. Would not miss the “screamer” at all.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

Yes, the tomatoes are terrific here. As far as critters, a fence keeps the tomato eating critters away. We learned that when our Golden Retriever took a shine to tomatoes about 15 years ago and used to dine on them before I had a chance to rescue them. It doesn’t keep the snakes out but it’s very effective against deer, possum, raccoon and goldens.

Harriett

July 2nd, 2012
12:23 pm

Mercedes, I actually live in the city, so most critters don’t bother coming into my yard. Squirrels are the ones that do bothersome stuff like pulling the green tomatoes from other folks’ gardens, but for some reason they’ve left mine alone over the years. I give major credit to the large hickory tree in my back yard. There are always plenty of nuts, so that’s what the squirrels pull. It is a nuisance with the hulls all over the ground at times, but better than losing my tomatoes! As for birds, guess I am just lucky.

Mercedes S.

July 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Thanks for tomato tips – I live in the city too, and have a frisky corgi that loves chasing small things that run but she refuses to go out in this heat.

Yes, Patoo, Adam likes those blond Eastern-Euro boys, but he likes his home more.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
1:05 pm

Harriett, I have huge hickories in my back yard as well. My dogs fight the squirrels for the nuts. The squirrels often win but Scarlett is like lightning…she CAN catch them and often does.

G

July 2nd, 2012
1:21 pm

With the number of Idol contestants on the decline, I think much of that is people are getting smarter. All of the rock and r&b singers that usually tryout, are not showing up. The word is out. Why tryout for Idol if you already know the end result? Hollie, Jess, Joshua were strong competition and good enough to win. If they couldn’t win, then it’s a wrap.

I hope that David Leathers Jr. decides NOT to tryout for Idol again. His name keeps coming up as a shoe-in to make top 10 next season. It will only be a waste of time for him too. I hope he tries other avenues.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

G I still think you WAY over-estimate the importance of winning. Anyone trying to break into show business knows that exposure is what gets the job done, not winning a contest. Idol, and all the other shows for that matter, provide exposure. Making it to the top 12 provides at least 11 weeks of prime time performances twice a week. You can’t buy that kind of exposure anywhere else and it is Idol’s most valuable function. Winning is nothing compared to that.

G

July 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

Deirdre, at the end of the day it’s still……..a competition. Competion (in Idol terms) has ONE winner and everyone else is a loser. For “exposure” to pay off, it takes a whole lot of luck. The resources available to losers are far less than the winner.

G

July 2nd, 2012
2:18 pm

Also, let’s not try and use the “Tour” as an effective source for contestants to make it. The tour simply “pimps” the contestants to make more money and advertise for the show, ater the season. After the tour, most contestants are back where they started.

Woodpappy

July 2nd, 2012
2:23 pm

Yes but they have exposure and a little jingle in their pockets !

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

I disagree G, I know you can get more glue out of the WGWG angle, but it’s not something that will influence those that try to make the show. Heck, people will still try out because they will think they are the ONE that will break the cycle. However, with fewer people watching there is just a smaller pool of mediocre talent that packs the stadiums just because they watched the show all last season and convinced themselves “hey why not me?”

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

G: The resources available to losers are far less than the winner. While this was true when Idol first began it no longer is. In many cases there are a number of singers in the top 10 who get lucrative contracts, not necessarily with Idol but with other agencies who have seen their potential through their exposure on Idol. The list os successful “losers” is far longer than the list of successful “winners”. All the winner gets, besides a contract that may or may not provide major promotion depending on how the Idol machine feels about the winner, is first place on the talk show rounds after Idol ends. And usually with the second place “loser” tagging along and getting just as much(dare I say it again) exposure.

It goes with the whole concept of Idol not caring who wins. They’ll provide the winners’ rewards but they also take an interest in the other contestants. Heck even the second placer wins a car.

So who is the contest for? Not the singers. It’s for the viewers. It makes watching Idol more fun when we viewers get rewarded with picking the winner. Or not picking the winner but enjoying the job of finding who we like best and voting for them. It’s basically a sport for the audience, like watching a football game and betting on which team will win.

I never said anything about the tour.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

So Anderson Copper is gay…Captain obvious strikes again! In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue, Football is the number one money making sport, and Obama sucks.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 2nd, 2012
3:01 pm

cooper, even.

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
3:07 pm

And we care about this why TrishaDishaWarEagle? I know that I don’t care. I didn’t care before his announcement if he was or wasn’t, I also don’t care what fabric softener he uses, I don’t care about the type of car he drives, all I care about is if he can deliver the news. He does alright in that department for me, although I have problems with the news media in general and the gimmicks they use, but that isn’t Anderson’s fault.

Rickster

July 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

“We” don’t, Jt… but obviously TDWE does.

Harriett

July 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

This isn’t our old WE is it?

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
4:18 pm

Of course if you do care, Rodney created a new thread to satisfy people’s obsession with gay. I was the first to comment, so maybe I’m obsessed… oh noes!

G

July 2nd, 2012
4:19 pm

If the WGWG is affecting viewers and voting, what makes you think it’s not limited to contestants? I’m quite sure there are many contestants that want to win, and aware that their chances are non-existent. WGWG is the Idol standard. Point well taken, and we will all notice how this wil bring forth changes (which have already started with turnout and proposed production changes).

Ryan boasts about votes due to fanatic voters. He makes it sound so grandiose. The voters and viewers are down. There’s nothing he can boast about in terms of that anymore. Face it. The product has been hijacked, and will be tainted for some time to come. The journey is only fun if don’t know who’s going to win. That’s no longer true for Idol.

The Superbowl, Wold Series, etc. are contests too and they are about winning. Teams play the game to win……….not for exposure or moral victory. The winner goes to Disney World and the loser goes to he…..

Harriett

July 2nd, 2012
4:38 pm

Talk to you tomorrow, everyone.

G

July 2nd, 2012
4:39 pm

True, Idol may not care who wins. But they sure as heck care who watches……..or moreso those who are declining to watch.

Rickster

July 2nd, 2012
4:59 pm

Hope everyone has a good evening. Stay safe.

Deirdre

July 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

The decline in viewership can be attributed to a whole bunch of factors.

1. Season TWELVE. Can we say that again? TWELVE. Most of those seasons are on top or near the top of the ratings…this past season included. Please name as many prime time shows as you can that have lasted 12 seasons. How many of those were number one in the ratings for 6 of those seasons? A ratings decline is inevitable and was expected LONG before this.

2. Ratings are declining for just about every network prime time show. Cable now offers high quality programing that, for some unknown reason, the networks are not matching. In general, audiences are watching network tv in fewer numbers. Ya can’t blame Idol for that.

3. Copy-cat shows are suddenly all over the place diluting the pool. Why? Because Idol was and still is the standard bearer for contest style shows. Duets, The Voice, X-Factor and The Sing-off ALL follow Idol’s footsteps by jumping on the singing competition bandwagon…and yet Idol, in its old age, still beats them all in the ratings.

4. Idol will die a natural death sometime soon. We all know that. But it won’t be solely or even mostly because of who wins each year. While the wgwg syndrome may have a detrimental effect on Idol’s ratings, it will not come even close to being the reason Idol goes off the air.

The lower turn-out stems mostly from Idol’s new competition, from declining ratings, from cable tv’s superior programming. And it’s happening to Idol’s competition as well…after only a couple of years for some of them.

Highlander

July 3rd, 2012
7:43 am

I seem to remember Didi as another pretty blonde with a good (not great) voice who was another victim of inconsistent remarks/critiques from the judges.

And that’s one thing you have to give PhilX2 some credit for, G. He didn’t play the game of listening to everything the judges (or Tommy Hilfiger – for sure!) said and changing things to suit them. He went through the entire season doing things pretty much the way he wanted to.

Deirdre

July 3rd, 2012
7:49 am

Morning!

I got halfway through AGT last night and quit. Certainly a better group than was on in the prelims but….a 6 year old tap dancer? Cute but not extra talented. Talking dogs? OK, I liked the idea but the routine had no ooomph, no energy. Quiet girl singer? read the “oomph and energy” comment again. BMX bikes? I can see this one in Vegas. I wouldn’t go see it but at least it was action-packed.

Highlander

July 3rd, 2012
7:50 am

Regarding #2 in Deirdre’s 5:19pm post: “Cable now offers high quality programing that, for some unknown reason, the networks are not matching.”

What’s even more strange is that most of those cable stations (USA, FX, etc.) are owned by the networks!

Deirdre

July 3rd, 2012
8:05 am

AMC, in particular, has been providing excellent programming. The Killing and The Walking Dead are head and shoulders above some of the stuff the networks put out. And I won’t even mention the amazing original programming that HBO and Showtime does.

Deirdre

July 3rd, 2012
8:07 am

And I failed to mention streaming and dvrs as another source for the decline across the board of ratings on network tv. We can now watch most programs any time we want rather than on a set schedule. I watched Falling Skies yesterday afternoon.

Harriett

July 3rd, 2012
8:31 am

Morning!

I know you are not a fan, but Mad Men kind of started the deal with fine programming on AMC. They’ve had a five year run thus far, too. Then, add The Killing and The Walking Dead, and I can’t think of a single network that has had such excellent programming–year ’round, too. When a season is over for one, then another excellent program begins its run.

Deirdre

July 3rd, 2012
8:42 am

Yes, Mad Men is one of the forerunners…along with The Closer.

Who carries Breaking Bad? I haven’t watched it but it get excellent reviews and I may start it on Netflix before the summer is over.

Woodpappy

July 3rd, 2012
8:52 am

Good Morning All.

Harriett

July 3rd, 2012
8:59 am

Uh, oh. I just said something that Pac Man didn’t like.

Pitchy

July 3rd, 2012
9:02 am

Good morning, Good morning!

The Closer is a fabulous show!

Pitchy

July 3rd, 2012
9:29 am

What happened? I come on board and all convo stops (lol).

Harriett

July 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

Holiday week, Pitchy. Slow as molasses. I am working but off tomorrow.

Actually, I had written a paragraph, but am still trying to figure out what I said that offended PacMan.

I think we’ve lost Nana to Facebook.

Pitchy

July 3rd, 2012
9:55 am

Lost Nana to Facebook. You can’t have a riverting conversation on FB like we do here. Has she lost her marbles as well (lolol).

Yeah, I’m off tomorrow too.

bknsty14

July 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

The networks simply can’t get away with what the cable channels can. The violence and gore, and the language, and, in some cases the skin/sex. Just look at shows like It’s Always Sunny. That is a great show that could never be carried on the big 4 networks. South Park, The League, Blue Mountain State, too. All funny shows with no place on network TV. And no way shows like Game of Thrones or Shameless or Boardwalk Empire could ever work on a network. When networks finally are able to push the boundaries that cable can, then they may be able to catch back up.

Rickster

July 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

RIP Sheriff Andy Taylor. Reports are that Andy Griffith has passed away.

Pitchy

July 3rd, 2012
10:33 am

Awww, I didn’t know that.

RIP in Mr. Andy Griffith.